Indian investment is crucial to post-Brexit growth in the United Kingdom, according to a new report that showed that nearly 800 Indian companies in the country had a combined revenue of £46.4 billion last year. The firms employed nearly 105,000 people and paid £360 million in corporation tax last year, the report, titled “India Meets Britain Tracker 2018,” said.It also identified 87 fast-growing Indian companies in the United Kingdom, the top five being TMT Metal Holdings Ltd, Wipro Holdings UK Ltd, Piramal Imaging Ltd, Tata Group firm TCNA UK Ltd, and Route Mobile UK Ltd. Of these 87 companies, 22 had been featured in last year’s list.One-third of the total number of firms also recorded an impressive growth rate of over 50 percent, and over half of the fast-growing firms are based in London. Observing that the British capital is now becoming a leading destination for investment, the report noted that this is a jump from 44 per cent of companies headquartered there in 2017 and 39 per cent in 2016.The report, in its fifth year now, is released annually by professional services major Grant Thornton with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). “The report clearly shows that the UK remains a highly attractive destination for Indian investors,” Anuj Chande, head of South Asia Group at Grant Thornton UK, was quoted as saying by PTI.Noting that the United Kingdom cannot overlook Indian economy, which is growing to be the third largest in the world by 2030, he added: “Following the Brexit vote, the UK economy is in a period of flux as it looks at how to reinvigorate its role as a global trading nation and seeks to forge new trade deals. The UK must ensure that, beyond Brexit, it (India) remains a leading investment destination.”The current report highlights not only the 87 Indian companies in the United Kingdom, but also the top Indian employers, with insights into the company’s evolving scale, business activities, locations and their performance that impact the UK economy. The report also observed that 19 per cent of these fast growing Indian companies in the UK had women on their boards.“The phenomenal growth rate just goes to show that Brexit or no Brexit, the UK remains a very important partner for India,” YK Sinha, the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, was quoted as saying by the news agency.The report only lists Indian companies which have a minimum two-year track record in the United Kingdom, turnover of more than £5 million and year-on-year revenue growth of at least 10 per cent as per the latest published accounts filed as on Feb. 28 this year. The companies that are on the current list have an an average annual growth rate of 44 per cent, with seven companies seeing turnover growth of more than 100 percent. These companies include TMT Metal Holdings Ltd, Route Mobile (UK) Ltd and Accord Healthcare Ltd. Four of these companies are on the list for the fifth consecutive year – Accord Healthcare Ltd, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Europe Ltd, Milpharm Ltd, and Secure Meters (UK) Ltd.The current list heavily features companies in technology and telecom, and pharmaceutical and chemicals sectors prominently, as they make up 20 per cent and 16 per cent of the list, respectively.According to the report, Indian companies in the United Kingdom saw operating profits of £2.25 billion. “At a time when the UK is forging a future outside of the European Union, it will be looking to strengthen its ties with long-standing partners like India. The Indian economy is forecast to grow substantially and what the UK must focus on is both creating new and maintaining existing investment opportunities as it competes for India’s investment on a global platform,” Shuchita Sonalika, director and head of CII UK, was quoted as saying in the report. Related ItemsBrexitLondonUnited Kingdom
An immensely confident Virender Sehwag on Tuesday declared that India would be the favourite to win the World Cup early next year, saying the home factor would be a big advantage to the team. If that happens, India will become the first ever home side to clinch the World Cup.Viru feels the Indian cricket team will have more home advantage than others.Since the inception of the World Cup in 1975, in 35 years, no host nation has won the title. But the everpositive Sehwag reasoned that despite what some people might feel about hosting the Indian Premier League (IPL) having “reduced” India’s “home advantage”, the team will still enjoy more benefit than the other teams.”It’s a benefit that we are playing in India since childhood. We know how the wickets behave and what the advantages are at all centres. We will surely get the benefit, but there are some other teams that are regularly visiting India and getting used to the conditions. The task will be difficult, but the Indian team will be the favourite,” the India vice-captain announced.Sehwag did not agree with some people, like South Africa coach Corrie van Zyl, who feels that the hosting of the IPL has diminished India’s home advantage as foreign players now know the conditions well.”We are playing here more often than the foreign players-since our childhood. We play in the under-19 category, firstclass (level) and then for India. We play a lot more series in India, so we are more used to the conditions here,” he said, after unveiling 12 commemorative models of Timex watches, the official product licensee of the World Cup.advertisement”If you see, India have recently played more matches in the subcontinent than the other countries. So, we will have more benefit. Yes, it’s true that foreign players in the IPL have adjusted well to the conditions, but it is difficult to adjust as a team.” The 31-year-old dashing opener stressed that the team would not spare any effort to break the World Cup home jinx.”We will surely try, but we can’t say we will definitely win. What we can do is to make our best effort. Win or loss depends on which team plays well on a particular day. But we will surely make more than 100 percent effort and win the World Cup,” he assured.Sehwag is pleased with his current form in all forms of the game, having helped India draw the three-match Test series in Sri Lanka. He was adjudged the man of the series.In the ODI tri-series, too, he was named the man of the series.”I would love to extend this form to the World Cup. You never know, sometimes you score runs, sometimes you don’t-and sometimes people praise you and sometimes criticise you. But the way I am batting at the moment I am confident,” said the right-hander who was the highest scorer for India in the 2003 World Cup final against Australia.Sehwag will get another chance to test the Australians in the two-Test series beginning in Mohali on October 1.”India’s preparation for the World Cup is starting from the Australia series. I am looking forward to that,” he said.He, however, clarified that he doesn’t play for records, though Sehwag’s coach Amar Nath Sharma feels that if his bestknown ward bats for full 50 overs in an ODI he can break Sachin Tendulkar’s world record of the highest innings, 200 not out.”There are so many players who can break the record if they play full 50 overs. But we are not playing for records; we play to perform and to try and win games. I try to score and win games for the country,” he said.
The Storm took another hit this week when it was announced that veteran point guard Sue Bird was going to be sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury. Seattle is also missing coach Dan Hughes for an indeterminate amount of time as he battles cancer.“The most important thing to us is that Sue is healthy and strong. Based on her feedback and evaluation from her longtime surgeon and our medical team, it was determined the best course of action was a scope,” Storm CEO and general manager Alisha Valavanis said. “We have confidence this will support Sue’s full recovery and we look forward to her return to the court.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWith the Storm short-handed, Washington, Las Vegas and Los Angeles are the favorites to win the title. The Mystics lost to the Storm in the WNBA Finals last season. The Aces added 6-foot-8 Australian star Liz Cambage last week. The runner-up for the MVP in 2018 will give Las Vegas a dynamic duo in the front court, pairing her with last season’s rookie of the year A’ja Wilson.The Sparks added Chiney Ogwumike from the Connecticut Sun, pairing her with her sister Nneka. The sisters will have to carry the load a little more in the early part of the season as Candace Parker is sidelined with a hamstring injury for a few weeks. FILE – Sue Bird #10 and Jewell Loyd #24 of the Seattle Storm celebrate a three pointer against the Washington Mystics in the first half during game three of the WNBA Finals at EagleBank Arena on September 12, 2018 in Fairfax, Virginia. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — It’s been a busy offseason for the WNBA with big names changing places, a new commissioner and sadly a few injuries to some of the games’ greatest players.The league will tip off its 23rd season on Friday with many teams hoping to win the championship this year. The defending champion Seattle Storm may be extremely hard-pressed to repeat. Reigning MVP Breanna Stewart suffered an Achilles injury in the winter while playing for a Russian club team. She’ll be sidelined for the season.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MORE TV OPTIONS: The league struck a deal to broadcast 40 of its games on the CBS Sports Network . That nearly doubles the amount that were shown on national television last year. The TV channel will use local broadcast feeds for now, similar to what NBA TV does for WNBA games. The league also has a deal with ESPN to show 16 regular-season telecasts, including three on ABC. The upcoming NBA TV schedule of WNBA games has not been finalized yet, but nearly 50 games are expected to be broadcast — the same as last year.NEW OWNERSHIP: The New York Liberty found a new owner in the offseason as the team was bought by an investment group led by Brooklyn Nets minority owner Joseph Tsai. Tsai, co-founder of the e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, bought a 49 percent interest in the Nets in April. The team played an exhibition game at Barclays Center and drew over 4,000 fans. The team will play most of its home games this season in Westchester, but Tsai said at the exhibition game that he would welcome more games at Barclays in the future.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments After phenomenal PBA debut, expect Terrence Jones to still get better for TNT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:29Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me?02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Here are a few other tidbits for the upcoming season.MISSING IN ACTION: Stewart, Bird and Parker aren’t the only players not playing for the early part of the season due to injury. Angel McCoughtry is still recovering from a knee injury she suffered last year. Diana Taurasi is out for at least a month while recovering from a back injury. It isn’t just injuries that are sidelining some of the league’s top players. Skylar Diggins-Smith gave birth to a baby boy this spring and hopes to return to the Dallas Wings lineup at some point this season. Maya Moore decided to take a year away from playing basketball to focus on her family and “some ministry dreams that have been stirring in my heart for many years.”NEW LADY IN CHARGE: The WNBA has a new leader as the league hired Cathy Engelbert as its commissioner last week. The previous four leaders of the WNBA had been known as president.“Commissioner, first of all, honored and humbled to have that title. And it comes with awesome responsibility … just really humbled,” Engelbert said.Since 2015, Engelbert has been CEO of Deloitte US, an accounting organization that works with Fortune 500 companies. 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Nikita Parris says she has no idea of the impact England are having at home with their Women’s World Cup success – despite phonecalls from her mum.Parris has been one of the Lionesses’ star players on their run to the semi-finals, and will be key if they are to beat the world champions, the United States, on Tuesday.But in her World Cup bubble, she’s not aware of the team’s growing status back across the English channel. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “I’ve tried to limit myself on social media. Just concentrate ultimately on what happens on the pitch and how the team plays,” the winger explained.“I haven’t had any sense of how it is at home. I call my mum and she says, ‘oh [you] are all over the TV!’“She can’t believe how much we have impacted at the World Cup and how much back at home it has been a massive influence.“Long may that continue. Women’s football is one the rise and I hope young girls across the world – never mind just in England – are inspired to take up the sport, any sport in general, whatever they fall in love with. That’s all we’ve done,” Parris added.“We’ve taken up a sport and fallen in love with it and worked hard to make sure we got to the top. Any young girl across the world can do that.”Their performances prompted Phil Neville to describe his players “badass women” – and Parris is happy to live up to that.“Why shouldn’t we think we can’t be badder than [the United States] when we went to the She Believes and we won it?” the 25-year-old said.“And we went toe to toe with them? You know? We beat America in the past. We beat them 1-0 under Mark [Sampson]. Why shouldn’t we think we can beat them?“Why do we have to come to this tournament semi-final and think ‘oh it’s America?’ Nobody fears America. Nobody fears Germany. Nobody fears England.“They know that on the day, no matter who you are, if you perform and get the best out of each and every player on the field of play, you’ll win the game.“I don’t fear America and I don’t think my teammates do. We’ve played them in the past in She Believes. We went up against them.”Reminded of the USA’s 13-0 victory over Thailand in the group stages, Parris remained bullish.“No disrespect to Thailand but 13-0 is against Thailand,” she said.“I don’t want to disrespect any other team you know, but that 13-0 against Thailand.“They did show the ruthless part of them at times. I think Thailand struggled against them – don’t get me wrong. But we’re not Thailand.”Parris and England face the USA on Tuesday 2 July, with kick-off 20:00 BST in the first semi-final of the tournament.
BLACKSBURG, VA – NOVEMBER 3: Running back AJ Dillon #2 of the Boston College Eagles carries the ball against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the first half at Lane Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)Today’s Syracuse-Boston College game in Chestnut Hill takes on extra significance. It is not every year that both the Orange and Eagles have at least seven wins heading into Rivalry Week, and get to jockey for bowl position.Boston College entered the half down 28-14, and will likely be without its best player moving forward.Coming back from the break, the Eagles announced that A.J. Dillon, one of college football’s top power rushers, is unlikely to return to the contest.Dillon ran 12 times for 56 yards in the first half, but looked gimpy on the sideline on a number of occasions. It was clear he wasn’t 100-percent, which is no surprise, as he’s been banged up for a few weeks.AJ Dillon is on the bench but ESPN reports he’s unlikely to play the 2nd half. He’s dealing with an ankle injury.— Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) November 24, 2018Travis Levy has carried four times for 27 yards, and has had some nice gains in this one. Still, BC definitely wishes it had its bell cow.To make matters worse, the Eagles lost star defensive end Zach Allen early in the second half. His status is unknown right now.That doesn’t mean BC is out of it though. The team intercepted Eric Dungey to open the second half, setting up a nice touchdown throw by Anthony Brown to cut things to 28-21.Syracuse is playing for its first 9+ win season since 2001, while Boston College is looking to end the regular season 8-4.
Login/Register With: Chef Aleem Syed – Photo by Steve Russell/Toronto Star Facebook Food Spin with Chef Aleem follows his day to day life as he whips through the streets of Toronto drawing culinary inspiration from his Indian roots, experimenting with new foods, and connecting with the community by sharing his story and creative dishes. He’s accomplished so much, but with many aspirations still on the horizon Aleem must contemplate: what’s next? TORONTO – Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) has announced that Food Spin with Chef Aleem – a documentary series following the life of Toronto food truck owner Aleem Syed – will premiere on November 29.A professionally trained chef, Aleem’s world was forever changed in 2008 when he was involved in a shooting accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. His passion for food never waivered and he made it his mission to open a halal – and fully wheelchair accessible – food truck called the Holy Grill. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter “Aleem’s passion and creativity shines through every aspect of his life, both in and out of the kitchen,” says John Melville, Vice-President of Programming and Production for AMI-tv. “We hope the audience will be inspired by his ability to overcome adversity and willingness to challenge societal norms.”To be accessible for those with sight loss the show features integrated described video – where Aleem describes his actions and surroundings during filming – eliminating the need for a secondary audio track.Food Spin with Chef Aleem is produced for AMI-tv by Fair-Play. The 13-epsiode series kicks off on Wednesday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Full episodes will be available online after the initial broadcast.Follow Accessible Media on Twitter: @AccessibleMediaAbout Accessible Media Inc.AMI is a not-for-profit media company that entertains, informs and empowers Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-télé in French, AMI’s vision is to establish and support a voice for Canadians with disabilities, representing their interests, concerns and values through accessible media, reflection and portrayal. To learn more visit AMI.ca and AMItele.ca.
New Delhi: Girls outshone boys in the ICSE Class 10 and 12 examination, with two students scoring 100 per cent marks.This is the first time that students have scored 100 per cent marks in the ISC exam. The results of the ICSE class 10 and ISC class 12 were announced on Tuesday by Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) chief executive and secretary Gerry Arathoon. While girls achieved a pass percentage of 99.05 per cent in class 10 examination as against 98.12 per cent by boys, the pass percentage achieved by girls in class 12 examination is 97.84 per cent as against 95.40 per cent of boys. Mumbai’s Juhi Rupesh Kajaria and Muktsar’s Manhar Bansal topped the class 10 ISCE examination with 99.60 per cent. The second rank has been shared by ten students with 99.40 per cent marks and the third rank has been shared by 24 students with 99.20 per cent marks. Kolkata’s Dewang Kumar Agarwal and Bengaluru’s Vibha Swaminathan topped the class 12 ISC examination with 100 per cent marks.
The campaign – called “Brighter Lives for Refugees” and unveiled throughout February and March – saw the IKEA Foundation donate €1 to UNHCR for every light-emitting diode (LED) bulb purchased by an IKEA customer. The €10.8 million raised during the two-month initiative will now help improve the lives of 380,000 refugees in Bangladesh, Chad, Ethiopia and Jordan. IKEA’s campaign comes at a time of record-breaking displacement around the world amid proliferating crises and conflicts. According to UNHCR’s Mid-Year Trends 2014 Report, released earlier this year, war across large swathes of the Middle East and Africa in the first six months of 2014 forcibly displaced some 5.5 million people, bringing the number of people being helped by UNHCR to 46.3 million as of mid-2014 – some 3.4 million more than at the end of 2013 and a new record high. “The number of displaced people worldwide has, for the first time since World War II, exceeded 50 million people, including 13 million refugees who are under UNHCR’s care,” UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees Thomas Alexander Aleinikoff confirmed in a press release. “In this context, the engagement of the public worldwide through our long-standing partner the IKEA Foundation has never been more important.” At night-time, a lack of light in refugee camps can severely impact the safety and security of refugees, particularly women and children, who remain vulnerable to violence and sexual abuse perpetrated under the cloak of darkness. In Jordan, the UN agency noted, some 11,000 Syrian refugees living in Azraq camp would now be able to move around safely after 500 solar streetlights and LED streetlights were installed. In refugee camps around Dollo Ado in Ethiopia, 40,000 solar lanterns – one per refugee family –and 240 streetlights are being delivered. Meanwhile, in Chad, over 13,000 refugee children have been enrolled in primary school. “I greatly appreciate the efforts of IKEA co-workers and the support of the customers who participated in this global campaign so that we can make the lives of thousands of refugees better and brighter,” concluded Mr. Aleinikoff.
Senior Zack Bazile competes in the long jump during a meet in the French Field House. Bazile has a chance to win the NCAA indoor national championship when Ohio State travels to the NCAA indoor national championships. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State men’s 4×400-meter-relay team, junior Sade Olatoye and senior Zack Bazile earned All-American honors for their performances at the NCAA National Championship in College Station, Texas, on Saturday.Ohio State also had several second-team All-Americans. Each competitor at the meet was guaranteed to be at least a second-team All-American.Men’s recapThe Ohio State men’s team scored six points at this year’s championship meet, doubling last year’s total of three points, but still finishing in 36th place overall.Senior Zack Bazile earned first-team All-American honors in long jump with a fourth-place finish with a jump of 7.96 meters. Texas A&M’s Will Williams broke the facility record with a first-place jump of 8.19 meters. The 4×400-meter-relay team also earned All-American honors. The team, made up of sophomore Asa Burke, junior Nick Gray, senior Drelan Bramwell and freshman Andre Jeff, finished eighth with a time of 3:05.70. USC’s team broke the NCAA record with a time of 3:00.77. Gray also placed 10th after posting a time of 20.82 seconds in the 200-meter dash. He missed the finals and a first-team All-American honor by just .03 seconds. Houston’s Elijah Hall broke the NCAA record with a time of 20.02 seconds.Senior Nick Demaline placed 10th in shot put with a throw of 19.24 meters. Last season, he came in sixth in the championships after throwing 19.44 meters.For the first time this season, senior Cole Gorski no-heighted. He finished in 16th place.Women’s recapOlatoye was the lone scorer on the Buckeyes’ women’s team, scoring three points and repeating as an indoor All-American for weight throw. She finished sixth with a heave of 22.14 meters. Minnesota’s Kaitlyn Long broke the facility record with a throw of 23.70 meters.Olatoye also finished 12th in shot put with a throw of 16.12 meters. Junior Karrington Winters returned from injury to the 4×400-meter-relay team. Winters, senior Beatrice Hannan, sophomore Syaira Richardson and senior Maggie Barrie finished 11th with a time of 3:33.70.Barrie posted a time of 53.28 seconds to finish 12th in the 400-meter dash. USC’s Kendall Ellis and Kentucky’s Sydney Mclaughlin both broke the previous NCAA record at 50.46 seconds. Ellis now owns the record with a time of 50.34.Ohio State’s indoor season has concluded, but its outdoor season begins next weekend at Central Florida’s Black and Gold Challenge in Orlando, Florida.
The No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) will open divisional play this weekend, when they travel to Bloomington, Ind., to face the Indiana Hoosiers (2-3). First-year coach Urban Meyer talked about the upcoming challenge the Hoosiers might present, last weekend’s game against Nebraska and recruiting at the weekly Big Ten football coaches’ teleconference Tuesday. Looking past the Hoosiers? After back-to-back wins against ranked opponents, including a 63-38 drubbing of then-No. 21 Nebraska last weekend, the Buckeyes seem to be a confident bunch. But are they too confident? Meyer said it’s important for his team to realize there is plenty of football to be played before they can be considered a great team. “These kids are 6-0 and a lot of people are telling them how good they are,” Meyer said. “Quite honestly, we have a long way to go.” It is something that, arguably, happens every year in college football. Teams can win a big game against a ranked team, ride that high all week, and then lose to an inferior opponent that they underestimate a week later. Meyer said, however, that he is not concerned with his team’s focus as they prepare for an Indiana team that has lost its last three games. “We’re not at the point that we can start overlooking anybody,” Meyer said. “I’m concerned about execution and stopping them, not overlooking them.” Last week’s win bodes well for the future Last Saturday’s win against Nebraska could have major implications on the OSU football program for years to come. Meyer wasn’t able to give an exact number of recruits in attendance, but said that “there were a lot” of prospective Buckeyes in the Horseshoe last Saturday. Meyer also said the atmosphere in the stadium during the Buckeyes’ blowout left an impression of some of the nation’s elite high school prospects. “It’s a little risky sometimes to have a bunch of recruits come in on a big game, because if you fail and you lose, it’s miserable,” Meyer said. “The atmosphere was tremendous. The way we won in the second half, that was very critical for recruiting.” Miller, the Heisman Hopeful? As one of college football’s leaders in rushing yards per game, and the quarterback of the Big Ten’s only unbeaten team, sophomore Braxton Miller is gaining hype as a Heisman Trophy contender. “He’s one of the best players in the college game,” said Indiana coach Kevin Wilson. Wilson did say that, “there are better players out there,” but pointed out that the sophomore quarterback will only improve as he grows into Meyer’s system. “He’s young,” Wilson said. “Knowing a little bit about him, and knowing the coach that he’s got, he will get better and better. You’re not seeing the best of him.” A key component in winning the Heisman Trophy is having big games on big stages against ranked opponents. Miller might have done that last Saturday, rushing for a career-high 186 yards and scoring two touchdowns in a win against Nebraska. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, however, was not willing to anoint Miller as a favorite for college football’s most prestigious individual award. “That’s up to you guys,” Pelini said.
By Stephen McDermott Garda Commissioner Drew Harris Share350 Tweet Email2 46,141 Views Explainer: Why has a minor accident involving the Garda Commissioner attracted controversy? Details of the accident at Garda headquarters emerged over the weekend. GARDAÍ ARE FACING calls to clarify details of a security operation involving Drew Harris after a vehicle escorting the Commissioner crashed outside Garda headquarters.Details of the incident emerged over the weekend, when it was discovered that a P0lice Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) vehicle carrying Harris rammed a barrier at the Phoenix Park last month.Although there were no major injuries, the episode has brought controversy upon the Commissioner, who faced questions about his links to the PSNI before his appointment.The Minister for Justice has backed Harris, while gardaí and the PSNI have both said they are satisfied that normal procedures were followed during the escort.But opposition TDs and security analysts have both called on the Commissioner to clarify what he was doing in a PSNI vehicle and asked whether his security detail was safe, appropriate, or even legal.Here’s how the incident has played out so far, and what its implications are.Border crossingOver the weekend, reports emerged that a PSNI vehicle carrying Commissioner Drew Harris hit a barrier outside Garda HQ in Dublin last month.Because the incident took place during a security operation, both gardaí and the PSNI have remained tight-lipped about events that led to the crash, so it’s difficult to say with complete certainty what happened.However, there has been enough consistency in aspects of media reports that have allowed the public to piece together what took place.On March 25, the Commissioner was travelling from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland in a PSNI vehicle.Upon reaching the border, it is understood the vehicle carrying Harris was met by gardaí and travelled in convoy to Dublin without stopping – in other words, the Commissioner remained in the PSNI vehicle, with members of that force, the whole time.When the convoy reached the Phoenix Park, it’s believed that the gatekeeper didn’t recognise the car Harris was travelling in because they weren’t informed that that the Commissioner was in it.At some point, the gatekeeper is understood to have activated a spring-loaded security bollard to stop the car from entering Garda HQ, which caused damage to the front of the vehicle.No major injuries were caused during the incident, and Harris attended a meeting of the Joint Policing Committee in Galway later that day.Potential targetBut despite the minor nature of the accident, the episode has led to concerns about how security is being provided to Harris and managed across the border in general.Under normal operating procedures, it’s claimed that Harris would be transferred from a PSNI vehicle to a Garda vehicle at or near the border with the Republic of Ireland.In this instance, it appears that once the PSNI vehicle reached the border, it continued into the Republic with Harris and members of PSNI on board.Security analyst Tom Clonan tells TheJournal.ie that because of the change in jurisdiction, the border region is the most vulnerable area, a “weak link” for security.“They should have been travelling by air, by helicopter,” he says.“I don’t know why they weren’t. A few people have been killed over the years being moved from one vehicle to another.”Clonan also describes how, as a former Deputy Chief Constable of the PSNI, Harris is a target for dissident republicans on both sides of the border.As a high-ranking garda and former police officer, he says the Commissioner would have been travelling with the armed Close Protection Unit in Northern Ireland.“There’s no way they would have driven anywhere in Northern Ireland without him on board,” he says.“There were members of the PSNI Close Protection Unit carrying weapons in Ireland. And they are not allowed to do that under law. Legal implicationsSinn Féin justice spokesman Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire also expressed concerns about the operation, saying that if it went as described, it did so against normal procedures.“[It] raises a series of questions about why standard procedure was abandoned, whether the gardaí on duty at the Phoenix Park were informed of this and if not, why not?” he said in a statement yesterday.PSNI officers carry weapons at all times, so any vehicle carrying members of the force into Ireland would have also been carrying weapons as a result – which would be illegal under Irish law.Gardaí and the PSNI have since claimed that security arrangements for the escort were in line with standard practice.But Clonan says this explanation isn’t good enough, because Harris, as the Garda Commissioner, is the person with the ultimate responsibility for upholding Irish law.“Something that is unlawful is not satisfactory,” he says.Just because a policeman says it, doesn’t make it lawful. All Irish people have a right to know who has been carrying firearms in the jurisdiction.“If he was in a vehicle where people were carrying weapons, he should put his hand up and say it happened and clarify why.”Authorised weaponsTo counter this, it has been suggested that other foreign security forces – such as the US Secret Service – have been allowed to use firearms in the Republic of Ireland in recent years.However, such a move would require authorisation from the Minister for Justice, who can give permission to visiting officers to carry weapons on an exceptional basis.In a statement this morning, Charlie Flanagan offered his support to both police forces while also appearing himself to distance himself from the incident.The Minister acknowledged the reciprocal arrangements between gardaí and the PSNI for those travelling between both jurisdictions, saying they are “practical” and “risk-based”.But he added: “Having said that, I understand that there has been a minor incident involving a car travelling at about walking pace.“I am advised that the travel and security arrangements on this occasion were in line with standard practice.”It would certainly appear that if the PSNI officers in the vehicle carrying Harris were carrying weapons, the Minister did not give any authorisation for them to do so.Former employersThe incident also has implications for how cross-border security is being managed by gardaí and the PSNI.Following reports over the weekend, those potentially targeting Harris are now aware of his preference for travelling by road across the border – something he does frequently.Both forces now have to reconsider how the Commissioner travels to and from Northern Ireland to avoid any safety risks in future.“It raises serious questions about his security and they need to figure out a way of keeping him safe,” Clonan says.He adds that the Irish people also deserve an explanation for what happened, particularly what who was in the vehicle with Harris and how they returned to Northern Ireland.“If you put gardaí in Northern Ireland, unionists would go bananas – and rightly so. It would undermine their territorial integrity and sovereignty.”Clonan also suggests there are wider consequences if Harris doesn’t explain himself.“One of the reasons Drew Harris was appointed as Commissioner was to restore confidence in gardaí,” he says.“While he’s in that role, we must have clarity. We need to demand it of him.”Harris spent much of the lead-up to his appointment playing down claims that he is too close to his former employers.While he has managed to side-step such accusations during his first six months in the job, this controversy will have done him no favours. Monday 8 Apr 2019, 5:45 PM Short URL Apr 8th 2019, 5:45 PM https://jrnl.ie/4581442 77 Comments It’s a violation of our sovereignty, and an unlawful and illegal act. Image: PA Archive/PA Images Garda Commissioner Drew Harris Image: PA Archive/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Tourism Minister Olga Kefaloyianni presented a new strategy plan for 2013, which includes the active participation of professionals in the tourism industry, in Athens this week. Kefaloyianni said that one of the main targets of the proposal is a complete revamp of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO), announcing a shake-up in its bureaus abroad and the modernisation of the inspection process of tourism enterprises. GNTO General Secretary Nikos Karahalios added that the plan provides for 17 projects to be launched within 60 days. Promotional activities include visits to Berlin, Hannover, Cologne and Frankfurt, where Karahalios will meet representatives of Germany’s biggest tour operators (TUI, Thomas Cook, REWE) to discuss joint initiatives. The GNTO’s promotion budget for next year has been reduced to 10 million euros, but the ministry will be seeking ways to increase this figure.
Un nouveau séisme secoue la Nouvelle-ZélandeChristchurch, Nouvelle-Zélande – Un séisme a secoué mardi la ville de Christchurch, dans le sud de la Nouvelle-Zélande. Une violente réplique du puissant tremblement de terre qui avait touché la région le 4 septembre dernier.Cette réplique de magnitude 5 est l’une des plus fortes parmi les centaines d’autres qui ont secoué la ville depuis le séisme de magnitude 7 qui, s’il avait entraîné d’importants dégâts matériels, n’avait fait aucune victime.À lire aussiUn village de Nouvelle-Zélande veut bannir les chats pour protéger sa fauneCette fois, seuls des dégâts mineurs sur des bâtiments sont évoqués, comme de nombreuses coupures d’électricité. Par précaution, plusieurs bâtiments publics ont également été évacués. L’épicentre de cette réplique a été localisé à douze kilomètres de Christchurch, à seulement neuf kilomètres de profondeur, a précisé l’agence géologique de Nouvelle-Zélande GNS Science.Lors d’une conférence de presse, le Premier ministre John Key a expliqué être surtout préoccupé pour les habitants paniqués de la ville qui “veulent juste que les répliques s’arrêtent”. Depuis le 4 septembre dernier, 2.000 secousses ont en effet été enregistrées.Le 19 octobre 2010 à 15:18 • Emmanuel Perrin
Le bac à légumes, un nid à bactéries dans votre réfrigérateur ?Selon une récente étude britannique, le tiroir spécialement conçu pour accueillir les légumes dans le réfrigérateur pourrait contenir jusqu’à 750 fois la concentration de bactéries considérée comme sûre. Des micro-organismes parmi lesquels peuvent se trouver des E.coli, des listéria ou encore des salmonelles. Une moyenne de 7.850 colonies de bactéries par centimètre carré. C’est le résultat qu’ont obtenu des chercheurs pour la société Microban Europe basée à Cannock au Royaume-Uni en analysant des échantillons qu’ils avaient prélevés. Mais si ce chiffre apparait déjà inquiétant, il l’est d’autant plus lorsque l’on apprend d’où provenaient les fameux échantillons. Ceux-ci ont été extraits des bacs à légumes de 30 réfrigérateurs. Or, parmi les micro-organismes identifiés figuraient notamment E.coli, des espèces de la famille listeria ou encore des salmonelles. Trois types de bactéries qui peuvent s’avérer très dangereux pour la santé, voire dans certains cas mortels. D’après les estimations des chercheurs, la concentration de ces organismes dépassait ainsi de plus de 750 fois la limite considérée comme sûre. En Europe, la recommandation pour les préparations alimentaires et les surfaces en contact a en effet été fixée à entre 0 et 10 colonies bactériennes par centimètre carré. Paul McDonnell de Microban Europe qui a commissionné l’enquête explique : “La mission d’un réfrigérateur est de garder la nourriture en sécurité et de minimiser les chances que des bactéries ou des moisissures se développent. Il est donc inquiétant que dans certains il y ait clairement un problème substantiel, comme les recherches l’ont indiqué”. Cité par le Daily Mail, il précise également : “Les faibles températures des réfrigérateurs va seulement inhiber la croissance des bactéries en complément avec un nettoyage régulier. Quand les bactéries ont un coup de pouce et qu’aucun nettoyage n’est fait, elles vont se mettre à multiplier”. Or, du fait des tiroirs, il fait moins froid dans le bac à légumes que dans le reste du réfrigérateur, favorisant donc davantage la croissance des micro-organismes. Un nettoyage régulier nécessaire À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?D’après Microban Europe qui commercialisent des systèmes antibactériens, cette étude vient ainsi confirmer de précédentes enquêtes qui suggéraient des habitudes de nettoyage variées chez les utilisateurs. “Certains propriétaires de réfrigérateurs vident régulièrement toute la nourriture du réfrigérateur, essuient l’intérieur et nettoient séparément le bac à légumes. Cependant, certains ne sont effectivement jamais nettoyés, et c’est probablement là qu’intervient le problème”, confirme Paul McDonnell. Néanmoins, certains fabricants équipent aujourd’hui leurs produits de différents modes de protection contre les bactéries tels que des filtres à air spécifiques ou des surfaces plastiques qui minimisent les odeurs et freinent la prolifération potentielle de bactéries. Pour autant, ces dispositifs ne dispensent pas de la nécessité de régulièrement nettoyer son réfrigérateur, souligne l’étude. Le 19 octobre 2011 à 16:18 • Maxime Lambert
A Vancouver man pleaded guilty to first-degree theft after an investigation revealed he filed more than $6,000 in false insurance claims.Brad Burmester, 51, was charged with filing false insurance claims and first-degree theft, a felony, after an investigation by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Criminal Investigations Unit. Burmester pleaded guilty in King County Superior Court and will serve 100 hours of community service and pay $600 in court fees. He also paid $6,569 in restitution to Pemco Insurance.Burmester, who operated a business called Alligator Auto Glass out of his former Kirkland home, filed 15 false claims with Pemco Insurance for windshield or window repairs, according to the investigation. All 15 false claims were on behalf of people who were staff or parents of students at Juanita High School, where Burmester worked as a security guard and coach, according to the investigation.Students who park at the school are required to provide their insurance and vehicle information to receive a parking pass. Burmester had access to that information, according to the insurance commissioner’s office.Pemco began investigating the claims in March and referred the case to the insurance commissioner, as required by state law. Burmester resigned from his job at Juanita High School in April.
Obaidul QuaderRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the present government is determined to resist any types of attacks on the minority community as it is a criminal offense, reports BSS.”No one including AL activists will be spared if they are involved in such criminal offense…The present government under the dynamic leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina is committed to resist any types of terrorist acts,” he said while speaking at a function held Ramakrishna Mission ground in city’s Gopibagh area.Jatiya Party (JP) presidium member Kazi Firoj Rashid MP addressed the function as the guest of honour with Mission Executive Committee president Gouragopal Shaha in the chair.Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) chairman Md Abdur Rahman were present as special guests while eminent writer and researcher Syed Abul Maksud, Engineer Sarwar Kaynat Md Nur, Ramakrishna Math Moharaja Swami Ameyananda Moharaj and Swami Dhrobeshananda, among others, addressed the programme.Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said, “We should remain alert as the conspirators are hatching conspiracy by torching the houses of minority community and carrying out repression on them ahead of the next parliament elections.”He said the next general elections will be held as per the constitution.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will be the government’s chief during the election period similar to other democratic countries across the world.Administrations, law enforcers and other organisations related to election will work under the supervision of election commission after declaration of polls schedule, he added.The AL general secretary said a vested quarter is trying to ruin the relation between Bangladesh and India.”But, I want to say them that they are living in fool’s paradise as the relation was established through the sacrifice of Indian soldiers during the Liberation War of Bangladesh…Our prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her counterpart Narendra Modi have given the relation of the two countries a new dimension,” the minister said.Earlier, Quader inaugurated the construction works of proposed Bibekananda Bhaban.
A small team of researchers with the Vienna Biocenter has discovered that a protein that exists on the exterior of zebrafish eggs acts as a sentry—allowing only sperm from zebrafish to enter. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes discovering the protein and the way they tested its purpose. Ruth Lehmann with the NYU School of Medicine writes a Perspective piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. Journal information: Science This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further More information: Sarah Herberg et al. The Ly6/uPAR protein Bouncer is necessary and sufficient for species-specific fertilization, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aat7113AbstractFertilization is fundamental for sexual reproduction, yet its molecular mechanisms are poorly understood. We found that an oocyte-expressed Ly6/uPAR protein, which we call Bouncer, is a crucial fertilization factor in zebrafish. Membrane-bound Bouncer mediates sperm-egg binding and is thus essential for sperm entry into the egg. Remarkably, Bouncer not only is required for sperm-egg interaction but is also sufficient to allow cross-species fertilization between zebrafish and medaka, two fish species that diverged more than 200 million years ago. Our study thus identifies Bouncer as a key determinant of species-specific fertilization in fish. Bouncer’s closest homolog in tetrapods, SPACA4, is restricted to the male germline in internally fertilizing vertebrates, which suggests that our findings in fish have relevance to human biology. Infertility mechanism in males identified Citation: Protein in zebrafish found to keep out sperm of other fish (2018, September 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-protein-zebrafish-sperm-fish.html © 2018 Phys.org For fish like the zebrafish, it is important to protect eggs from fertilization by other fish species—this is because they lay their eggs in the water. The eggs are subsequently fertilized by sperm that males eject into the water. The researchers in this new effort have found the mechanism involved—the fish produce a protein that serves as a gatekeeper, allowing only zebrafish sperm to enter.The researchers discovered the protein as they were conducting a study of the zebrafish genome—they found a gene responsible for producing a previously unknown 80 amino acid protein. Because of its location in the genome, the researchers suspected it was involved in reproduction. The discovery led them to design and carry out experiments to determine its purpose.The researchers used CRISPR to engineer test zebrafish that produce a homolog of a protein from another fish species—medaka. This allowed medaka sperm to fertilize eggs from the test zebrafish, but blocked the zebrafish sperm. This established that the purpose of the protein was to serve a gatekeeper, which is why they named it Bouncer.The results are important, Lehmann notes, because they bring scientists closer to understanding species-specific fertilization. She further notes that despite efforts by researchers over the years, the mechanism by which an egg and sperm produce a zygote is still not very well understood. Therefore, any new piece of information is important. The researchers plan to continue their study of Bouncer, with a specific goal of determining the bonding factors that come into play between egg and sperm.
What does Warmack bring to the table that makes him the number one prospect on my Cardinals board?The GoodExcellent pass and run blockerWhile Warmack has made his name as a road grader in the run game, his exploits in pass protection often go woefully underrated.Warmack is a bit undersized at only 6-2 320lbs, but he has extremely long arms at 34¾”, and shows an elite explosiveness to his initial movements.In pass pro, Warmack uses a strong punch to initially stun his defender then locks them out and “holds” them at bay with his length.Warmack has quick enough feet in the short area to move into and take on blitzing linebackers and defensive backs. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Three more prospects that could hear their named called when the Arizona Cardinals walk up to pick on April 25th.On my big board, I have Warmack ranked one, and most of you are well aware of my feelings about him. I want him to be the pick, but I don’t see it happening if the Cardinals stay at seven. His foot quickness in space isn’t great, although he doesn’t appear to be a plodder. But when asked to get out and block defensive backs in space, he typically will look to cut them instead of taking them on in their chest like he does with defenders in the box.His lack of foot speed and athleticism means he is strictly a guard prospect, and that could turn off some teams, especially in today’s evolving NFL game.The UglyHe’s a guard Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Cardinals must be sending out a lot of signals. Heard these names in last 24 hours: Lotulelei, Warmack and Fluker. #ThatTimeOfYear— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 17, 2013 Top Stories Gets across the defender’s face when need to reach block with an explosive first step, then gets his body around and fights the defender instead of just walling them off.When asked to trap or pull, Warmack shows good feet and a comfort level in moving in space — but isn’t at his best.Warmack wins at the second level consistently by getting his helmet in the defender’s chest and continuing to drive the defender off and away from the ball.The BadNot elite in spaceIn today’s NFL, many of the run game schemes ask for their guards to be able to pull and win in space. That isn’t Warmack’s forte. It is something that he can do, but you won’t be utilizing his strengths to their fullest. In the ever-changing NFL one thing remains a constant: guards get no love.The Cardinals’ guard play over the last couple of seasons has been bad. Warmack provides an immediate upgrade at a position of “need” but he doesn’t play a position of premium value.This may not seem like a big deal to us, the fans, but the reality is NFL teams don’t draft interior offensive linemen in the top 10.OverallWarmack is one of the best overall prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft, and the best combination of ability, scheme fit and need fulfillment in the draft for the Cardinals, in my opinion.The Alabama All-American can come in and immediately upgrade the Cardinals’ running game by teaming with an elite run blocking tackle like Levi Brown or a guy who showed in the second half of 2012 that he can hold up pretty well in run blocking, in Bobby Massie.The problem will be — does that impact hold enough value for the Cardinals to pull the trigger at seven? I don’t see it, no matter how much I want it to happen. Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo What Warmack does so well is maintain excellent technique and footwork. He consistently stays square to the line of scrimmage, keeps his feet in a solid base, and doesn’t bend at the waist, but instead shows a solid balance and a good ability to move laterally and mirror a defender in pass protection.In the run game, Warmack makes you understand why so many have him as a top-10 prospect in this draft class.Warmack does a great job at firing out and locking onto his assigned defender and then driving him out of the play.
North Korea is of course firmly in the news right now. It may seem absurd to suggest visiting a nation whose rulers, not for the first time, threaten nuclear war on the world. But with the international spotlight firmly on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, interest in this mysterious country has never been higher. So how about a holiday in Pyongyang?Updated: 8 April 2013Why would anyone want to go there?Good question. Two weeks in Majorca is a more likely holiday option for most of us, but North Korea has long held a certain allure to the more adventurous traveller. The biggest draw of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (what most of the world refers to as North Korea) is the very fact that it’s so cut off from the outside world. Nicknamed the Hermit State, it’s an isolated country, almost entirely untouched by tourists (fewer than 2000 foreign visitors are admitted each year).North Korea was formed in 1948, when the Korean Peninsula was divided into north and south following the Korean War and has been off limits to outsiders ever since. Considered the last true outpost of communism, North Korea makes a very unique travel experience to a place which in some ways resembles George Orwell’s vision of the state controlled future in his book 1984. Today Kim Jong-un continues the ideological regime of his father, whom the DPRK’s people refer to in revered tones as Mr Kim.What is there to see?Most visitors will spend the majority of their time in capital Pyongyang, reportedly one the strangest cities on the planet. Its most obvious attractions are its vast architectural wonders, including statues, towers and buildings that were created to showcase the achievements of the Kim rule, offering a fascinating insight into the products of a totalitarian dictatorship. BBC Radio broadcaster, Andy Kershaw, describes North Korea as “the greatest possible adventure” and “mind-blowingly wonderful”. (Listen to his fascinating radio documentary about North Korea here).Some itineraries can be extended to also include a visit to Paekdusan, the highest mountain in the country at 2744m and one of the most impressive sites on the Korean Peninsula, with a vast crater lake in the centre. There are also chances to visit the incredible spectacle of the Mass Games (which involves 100,000 performers) and the hot springs resort of Nampo.Danger and difficultyEven outwith the present heightened state of security, independent travel in North Korea is impossible. All visitors must be accompanied by official guides or drivers at almost all times, and contact with everyday North Koreans is extremely limited. However, there are several companies offering tours to North Korea who can help arrange a visa as well as accommodation, food and transport.In terms of crime, North Korea is ranked as one of the safest countries in the world to visit, and it’s highly unlikely that you would have any problems with pick-pockets, muggings etc.However, you will need to watch your tongue and where you point your camera; insulting or criticising the ‘regime’s leaders is illegal and could get you and your guide into serious trouble (think fines, prison or even death) so keep your thoughts on North Korea’s political system to yourself. (Read more: Life and Travel in North Korea: 9 secrets of the Hermit Kingdom).What’s the current situation?Despite the current tensions, with the North Korean government issuing warnings that it cannot guarantee the safety of foreign nationals in the event of the outbreak of war, the UK Foreign Office says: “Our overall assessment is that there is currently no immediate increased risk or danger to those living in or travelling to the DPRK as a result of these statements.”Koryo Tours, the leading travel company specialising in travel to the DPRK are currently still operating as normal.Should I visit North Korea?Apart from the obvious threat of nuclear war, there are some who believe North Korea should be boycotted by visitors due to suspected human rights abuses. However, although contact with locals is limited, meeting North Koreans is likely to help dispell preconceived stereotypes, and therefore benefit their understanding of the West and vice versa – which in our opinion, can only be good thing.Learn more:Life and Travel in North Korea: 9 Secrets of the Hermit KingdomNothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea: book reivewPyongyang: A Journey in North Korea: graphic novel: book reviewRead more on the world of War Tourism here. 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