Daniel Ricciardo all set to give the ‘Shoey’ the boot

first_imgDaniel Ricciardo fears that the “shoey”, a podium ritual dreaded by rival drivers and loved by Formula One fans as well as anyone else not in drinking distance, may be getting out of control.The smiling Australian’s signature celebration involves the pouring of podium champagne into a sweaty racing boot, which an unlucky victim is then urged to share in front of a global audience.With the Red Bull driver having notched up five podiums in a row, including a surprise victory in Azerbaijan at the end of June, the world has been watching plenty of shoeys this season.At the last two races, Azerbaijan and Austria, they were instigated more by podium interviewers – former racers David Coulthard and Martin Brundle – than the happy driver.”I honestly didn’t plan on doing it. Even in Baku I was, like, ‘ah, I won’t do it’,” Ricciardo told reporters on Thursday when asked about his plans for Sunday’s British Grand Prix.”DC (Coulthard) took my shoes off and then in Austria Martin was frothing for it. I feel like there’s some real sick bastards around here. I never thought it would continue like this.”Ricciardo said fans were even shouting “shoey” during an “F1 Live” promotional event in central London on Wednesday.”I’m just walking along, minding my business and they’re like ‘do a shoey’…I don’t actually just take my shoe off while I’m walking in the street and drink out of it. I feel like I dug a hole for myself with this one,” he grinned.advertisement”On that note, I feel like it’s been fun. I want to say it’s run its course; we’ll see what happens.”In Austria, while television commentator Brundle drank deeply from the shoe, Mercedes’ race winner Valtteri Bottas made himself scarce.Ricciardo was unimpressed, even if he conceded that the shoey could be risky when races were back-to-back because the top three could all pick up something that put them in hospital for a week.”I heard the Finns drink. I really heard that. But Valtteri did not carry his flag well last Sunday,” he said. “Shame on him. Wow. Valtteri Bottas. Disappointed. That’s it. No more shoeys.”Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton, Bottas’s teammate and Sunday’s race favourite, was with the Finn. “I still stand firm on the toe jam stuff,” he said. “The juice from the foot is not something I wish to drink. Especially someone else’s.”last_img read more

Pakistan vs Australia: Out-of-form Mohammad Amir dropped for two-Test series

first_imgPakistan have left out struggling pace spearhead Mohammad Amir from the 17-member squad for the two-match Test series against Australia starting in United Arab Emirates next month, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Thursday.The 26-year-old fast bowler, who returned from a five-year ban for match-fixing in January 2016, had a wicketless Asia Cup 2018 and was also dropped for two matches in the tournament.Pakistan crashed out of the Asia Cup after losing to Bangladesh, who meet India in the final in Dubai on Friday.We were poor in all departments, my own performance bad: SarfrazPakistan will heavily rely on its ace leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who played a key role in the 2-0 win over Australia in UAE in 2014, when he took 12 wickets.Besides Yasir the squad has 19-year-old leg-spinner Shadab Khan and 33-year-old off-spinner Bilal Asif, who has yet to play a Test match but played three one-day internationals in 2015. Shadab has eight wickets in four Tests.Asia Cup 2018: ‘Never seen a more subdued Pakistan team in months’Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said the team was selected keeping in mind the conditions in the UAE, where Pakistan have been forced to play its home matches since 2009.”The team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions of the UAE. Amir has been dropped on lack of form and Wahab Riaz and Mir Hamza comes in the side.”We have three spinners Yasir, Shadab and Asif who are in the squad keeping in view the UAE wickets,” said Inzamam.India best side in the world, we need to learn from them: Shoaib MalikadvertisementThe first Test starts in Dubai from October 7 while the second one will be staged in Abu Dhabi from October 16. Both teams will also play three Twenty20 internationals, the squads for which will be announced later.Left-arm paceman Riaz returns to the squad after playing the last of his 26 Tests in October last year. The squad also has another fast-rising left-arm paceman Hamza who has yet to play for Pakistan. Sarfraz Ahmed will lead the the 17-man squad.Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

India vs New Zealand: Mohammed Shami fastest Indian to 100 ODI wickets

first_imgNew Zealand vs India, 1st ODIFull ScorecardBrief Scores:New Zealand 18/2 (3.3 overs) vs IndiaMohammed Shami has just carried on the good form in New Zealand and become the fastest Indian bowler to complete 100 wickets in one-day internationals.Shami on Wednesday removed New Zealand opener Martin Guptill in the very first over he bowled in the match to achieve the feat.The Bengal pacer beat the Indian record which was previously held by left-arm swing bowler Irfan Pathan. Shami got to the landmark in his 56th ODI while Pathan had done it in 59 matches.Zaheer Khan (65 ODIs), Ajit Agarkar (67) and Javagal Srinath (68 ODIs) complete the top five fastest bowlers from India to complete 100 wickets.100 ODI wickets and counting for @MdShami11 #TeamIndia #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/3RVvthg1CHBCCI (@BCCI) January 23, 2019Overall, Shami is tied with Kiwi speedster Trent Boult as the sixth fastest to the landmark in terms of matches played. Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan leads the list, having set the record in 44 ODIs followed by Mitchell Starc (52 ODIs), Saqlain Mushtaq (53 ODIs), Shane Bond (54 ODIs) and Brett Lee (55 ODIs).Shami has been in terrific form for India ever since he made a comeback in the one-day side in Australia earlier this month. He got just 5 wickets in the series in the three ODIs but was impressive with the line and lengths he bowled throughout the series.Shami, after picking up the wicket of Gutpill in the ongoing ODI in Napier, removed the second Kiwi opener Colin Munro, with the third ball of his second over for 8 to give India the perfect start after KaneWilliamson won the toss and opted to bat first at McLean Park.advertisementlast_img read more

Real Madrid suffer keeper blow

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid suffer keeper blow after Navas injury setback Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 19:19 10/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) keylor navas - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Real Madrid v Eibar Primera División The Costa Rica international looks likely to miss the Champions League return game with Tottenham at Wembley Real Madrid have confirmed goalkeeper Keylor Navas has sustained an adductor injury.The Costa Rica international is reported to have suffered a relapse of the problem he picked up during the international break.Los Blancos 11/10 to concede v Eibar Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 30-year-old missed the 2-1 La Liga win over Getafe last weekend but returned for the midweek Champions League clash with Tottenham, making a crucial save from Harry Kane in the 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.Madrid released a statement on Friday confirming he has a thigh problem but would not specify how long he is expected to be sidelined.However, reports in Spain suggest he could be out of action for up to two weeks, making him a doubt for the return fixture against Spurs at Wembley on November 1.Navas will also likely miss the Copa del Rey trip to Fuenlabrada and the league visit to Girona, as well as this Sunday’s home game against Eibar.last_img read more

CFB Analyst: Why Notre Dame May Underwhelm This Year

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Crawford says it is potentially the most “unfair” schedule in the country, and a reason that ND may underwhelm:“There’s a reason Notre Dame’s projected preseason win total is under 10 this season. Unlike the 2018 campaign, the schedule doesn’t let up and there’s three games that stick out as uh-ohs in terms of getting back to the College Football Playoff as an independent unbeaten. The Irish travel to Georgia and Michigan before November and sandwiched between those showdowns is a home tilt with Virginia, the preseason ACC Coastal Division favorite. They’ll also play at Stanford in the regular-season finale. Notre Dame’s slate might be the most unfair in college football since seven of its 12 games are against teams coming off bye weeks.”Crawford is bullish on the team itself, saying it compares to last year’s. However, bye weeks can really help a team, and the combination of bad luck in when these games are played plus a high level of opponent may very well lead to a slide for ND.[247Sports] A closeup of Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly wearing a visor.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish takes the field with his team before the game against the Clemson Tigers during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Notre Dame had something of a breakout season last year, putting itself in position to play for a national title for the first time in the College Football Playoff era. The Fighting Irish ran the table during the regular season, before losing to Clemson in the semifinal.With a number of big players, including starting quarterback Ian Book, returning, expectations remain pretty high for the Fighting Irish. The preseason FPI projections at ESPN have Notre Dame at No. 7, between nine and 10 wins for the season.Of course, there’s no guarantee that the Fighting Irish will have a similar season. Brian Kelly’s squad faces a very brutal schedule, with a pair of games against bona fide College Football Playoff contenders in Georgia and Michigan.That schedule is a major reason why 247’s Brad Crawford has Notre Dame football as a regression candidate for 2019.There has been a ton of discussion about the schedule, which also features seven games against teams coming off of byes.last_img read more

Launch of Test Your Financial IQ Contest

first_imgYoung people in Nova Scotia will have a chance to win $750 in this year’s Test Your Financial IQ contest during the month of March. The unique online quiz, sponsored by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), will help teach youth about the importance of saving and investing money for their future. Last year almost 700 people between the ages of 15 and 21 participated in the contest in Nova Scotia. “This tells us that young people have a thirst for learning about saving and investing information,” said Chris Pottie, compliance examiner and investor education officer, of the Nova Scotia Securities Commission. The quiz, which is available at www.tyfiq.ca , features questions and facts about budgeting, saving and investing in a format that will appeal to students. Thirteen entries, one from each province and territory, will be randomly selected from eligible quiz participants to win a $750 cash award. Teachers are encouraged to use the quiz as a fun and informative learning tool. They can also download teachers’ resource materials from the website at www.tyfiq.ca/teachers . Teachers may enter a contest for a chance to win a prize worth $100. “The learning tools are entertaining and instructional,” said Ms. Pottie. “I strongly urge teachers to use them.” The Canadian Securities Administrators, a council of the securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories, co-ordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets. Its mandate is to protect investors from unfair or fraudulent practices through regulation of the securities industry. Part of the protection is educating investors about the risks, responsibilities and rewards of investing.last_img read more

Habitat Conservation Fund Helps 12 Projects

first_imgMartens, piping plovers and flying squirrels are among a number of Nova Scotia wildlife habitats that will benefit from the Habitat Conservation Fund. Twelve projects will be supported with $86,000 this year from the fund, which is financed by the $3 wildlife habitat stamp on all hunting licences sold in Nova Scotia. “This initiative allows hunters and trappers to help protect the province’s wildlife habitats when they purchase their stamp,” said Department of Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell. “Since 2001, more than $860,000 has been invested in wildlife conservation.” The fund’s primary goal is to help projects that protect and enhance wildlife habitats. Projects are funded up to 75 per cent, on a cost-shared basis, to a maximum of $25,000 ($50,000 for land acquisition). To be considered, a project must improve habitat, research wildlife habitat, conduct related education programs or purchase land for the benefit of wildlife. Project applications are reviewed for recommendation by an independent board of directors with members from hunting, naturalist and academic associations. Applications for the 2010 Habitat Conservation Fund can be submitted to the Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division, between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30. Guidelines and application forms can be obtained from Natural Resources offices or at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/habfund/ . Information on 2009 and past projects, is also available on the website.last_img read more

Finance Minister Looking for Ideas to Move Nova Scotia Forward

first_imgNova Scotians are invited to share their ideas for moving Nova Scotia forward as Finance Minister Maureen MacDonald continues her pre-budget consultation. “For the past three years, we have been working with Nova Scotians to get the provincial finances under control, while at the same time, investing in health care, education, infrastructure, and jobs,” said Ms. MacDonald. “Now, as we work on the next budget, I want to hear about people’s priorities and what ideas they have for moving of our province forward.” Ms. MacDonald has already met with groups in the Annapolis Valley, Halifax and Pictou County. She will be visiting Mahone Bay and Bridgewater today, Jan. 29. She will also visit Sydney (Feb. 1), Truro (Feb. 5) and the Annapolis Valley (Feb. 12). There are many ways people and groups can share ideas with the finance minister: attend a locally sponsored event talk with the local MLA e-mail financeminister@gov.ns.ca tweet to @NSFinance send a letter to the minister at, Department of Finance, P.O. Box 187, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2N3. “Budgets are about making choices, and at a time when Canada and provinces are facing fiscal challenges caused by the global economic crisis, it becomes even more important to maintain discipline and stay focused on our priorities,” said Ms. MacDonald. “This consultation is a good opportunity for Nova Scotians to have their say as we get ready for the economic opportunities ahead of us.”last_img read more

Mother among 4 held for plotting childs kidnapping

first_imgGhaziabad: Ghaziabad police have arrested four persons including three women for allegedly kidnapping a five-year-old child from Khora area. Cops said that the mother of kidnapped child plotted conspiracy to kidnap him taking advantage of the child lifting rumours as she wanted to flee with her lover.According to police, the arrested persons have been identified as kidnapped child’s mother Zenab, her lover Salman, her friend Komal and Komal’s mother in law Sunita. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSN Singh, Superintendent of Police, Ghaziabad said that the mother of kidnapped child had left him at komal’s place and asked her to take care of her child for a couple of days. “On August 31, the woman told her friend Komal, who lives in Mayur Vihar area in Delhi, that her husband wants to marry another woman and she is going to stop him so she is leaving her child at her place. However, she came to Indirapuram police station and told police a fake story that a 25-years-old woman has kidnapped her child when she had gone to a market in Nyay Khand-1 area” said Singh. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe officer further said that earlier a case of kidnapping was registered but investigations rounded up on the involvement of kidnapped child’s mother into the incident. “Police found nothing relevant to the complaint when we checked the CCTV footage of the area and enquired the locals persons. Police found something to be fishy in the matter and checked the woman’s call records. It came to light that before the incident the woman frequently called a number that belongs to a male. Also the woman’s location was traced in Delhi instead of Nyay Khand at the time which she told police that her child was kidnapped. Police detained the woman for questioning where she broke up and told police that she wanted to get rid of her family as she wanted to marry her lover and tried to take advantage of child lifting rumours,” added Singh. A case has been registered.last_img read more

From improv to the CBC Calgarian Andrew Phung lands role in Kims

first_img Twitter Andrew Phung: that TV guy who was discovered . . .while performing improv.Not long after he began filming the CBC comedy Kim’s Convenience this summer, the Calgarian was keeping his improv chops sharp by performing two nights a week at Toronto’s Bad Dog Theatre.When he first went into the theatre to introduce himself, he found his story had preceded him. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement “A girl said ‘Are you the guy that got discovered at an improv show? There’s a story floating around that you got discovered at an improv show!’” says Phung. “I said: ‘Well, yeah, sort of.’ She said ‘That’s amazing, can you tell me the story?’ So it’s kind of become folklore in the improv scene.”For Calgarians, the idea that Phung needed to be discovered may seem strange. He has been a consistent presence in the city for more than decade, having joined the venerable Loose Moose Theatre as a 16-year-old. He’s been a go-to guy for hosting and emcee gigs for years, whether it be for corporations or other organizations. He’s topped local “best-of” lists for his comedic prowess.But, the simple fact is, national shows rarely cast in Calgary, or anywhere else other than Toronto and Vancouver. And Phung, who has a two-year-old son and another baby on the way, made the decision years ago to stay in his hometown. Television, he thought, was not in his future.But in the summer of 2015, he was performing his two-person improvised action-movie parody called Kill Hard with fellow Loose Mooser Jamie Northan at the Edmonton Fringe Festival. In the audience was writer Ins Choi, the man behind the hit 2011 play Kim’s Convenience. He told Phung he liked his performance and thought he would be perfect for the role of Kimchee in the upcoming TV adaptation. Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Sri Lanka says its focus is on diversification of labour markets

They discussed new avenues for enhanced cooperation between Sri Lanka and ITU in the development of telecommunication outreach and digitalization, specially geared to empowering youth and rural communities in Sri Lanka, while making internet access less costly.Matters relating to Sri Lanka’s participation and contribution in ITU forums including the ITU Telecom World 2018 and the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference as well as improving connectivity and cooperation through regional mechanisms were also discussed.Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Mrs. Samantha Jayasuriya, Deputy Permanent Representative and Ms. Shashika Somaratne, Minister Counsellor were associated with the Minister at these meetings. (Colombo Gazette) Minister of Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment, Harin Fernando, emphasised that the Government of Sri Lanka accorded priority to increasing foreign employment opportunities for Sri Lankans in semi-skilled and skilled categories, with a clear focus on diversification of labour markets.The Minister particularly highlighted the long-term productive contributions made by Sri Lankan labour migrants to the growth of Sri Lanka’s economy. The IOM Director General thanked the Minister for the excellent bilateral cooperation between Sri Lanka and the IOM and conveyed his appreciation for Sri Lanka’s leadership of Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) and its contribution and stewardship in the recent past, of the Colombo Process (CP). Director General Swing stressed that these regional processes as well as other initiatives such as migrant health, migration governance, once they were combined and harnessed into practical and cooperative programmes, could help many countries to leverage migration for development gains.  He encouraged Sri Lanka to continue to be active in these areas.Minister Harin Fernando also met Houlin Zhao, the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Minister Harin Fernando made these remarks during a meeting with Ambassador William Lacy Swing, the Director General of International Organization for Migration (IOM) and senior officials of the IOM in Geneva. read more

UN Foundation to accept contributions to Global AIDS and Health Fund

The Foundation – originally set up to execute philanthropist Ted Turner’s 1997 $1 billion gift in support of UN causes – has created a special account to receive contributions to the Global Fund, holding them in readiness until it becomes operational.The Foundation will accept money by cheque or wire transfer. It will provide regular reports to the UN Fund for International Partnerships, which was created in 1998 to coordinate, channel and monitor contributions from the UN Foundation. According to the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, as of 26 June, the Global Fund had received pledges from governments, the private sector and individuals totalling some $572 million. All contributions will be tax exempt for United States citizens and taxpayers, the Foundation said, adding that those wishing to contribute may send cheques payable to “UNF – Global Fund” to the United Nations Foundation, ATTN: Global Fund, Post Office Box 21001-1899, Pasadena, CA, 91110-1899. Those interested can send their inquiries by e-mail to AIDSFUND@unfoundation.org. read more

Government rejects lowcarbon plan proponents say would save earn billions

by Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 18, 2012 4:30 pm MDT OTTAWA – Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent is rejecting the final advice from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy to embrace a low-carbon economy.The federal advisory body lost its $5.2 million annual funding in the last budget and is using its last breath to promote a national environment-and-energy framework that would position Canada to become a global player in the burgeoning low-carbon world.But the key step in that strategy is to set a price on carbon and the federal government will not go down that path, a spokesman for Kent said Thursday.“The first essential condition for their plan to work is to impose carbon pricing,” spokesman Adam Sweet said in an email. “Unlike (Thomas) Mulcair’s NDP, we will not impose a job-killing carbon tax that would increase the cost of gas, groceries and electricity.”He was repeating a mantra that is uttered daily by many Conservative MPs since September, despite the NDP’s insistence that it proposes a cap-and-trade market to control emissions similar to one proposed by the Conservatives in 2006 — and not a carbon tax.The federal government is already taking many initiatives towards a green economy, Sweet added.Kent has said the round table lost its budget because the information it produced was available elsewhere. But Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has also said the advisory body was chopped because it advocated a carbon tax.In fact, the round table has never called for a carbon tax per se, but has argued repeatedly that putting a price on carbon in some way would give businesses the certainty they need to plan ahead and invest accordingly.Many companies and business leaders agree. And several provinces are now forging ahead on their own, developing disparate carbon-pricing schemes that are not yet linked at a national level.Without a national carbon price, Canada can’t meet its full potential in a global economy that is increasingly focused on goods and services with small carbon footprints, said Robert Slater, interim chair of the round table.“The future is low carbon,” the body’s final report said. “Economies the world over are making the transition.”The report said Canada stands to gain from such a shift and should accept that it’s coming.“Canada will inevitably need to cut carbon emissions across traditional sectors of the economy,” the report said.After consulting with 150 experts and studying available data, the round table concluded that failure to act will cost the country dearly.Companies and governments will have to shell out $87 billion over the next 30 years, mainly because industry would be locking in an unacceptably high level of greenhouse gas emissions that will eventually have to be undone. Government rejects low-carbon plan proponents say would save, earn billions AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

SIUEdwardsville gets first win 8068 over Incarnate Word

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — Tyresse Williford scored 20 points, David McFarland added 12, including a go-ahead 3-pointer, and SIU-Edwardsville rallied to beat Incarnate Word 80-68 on Sunday for its first win of the season.McFarland broke a 33-all tie with a 3-pointer and the Cougars led 58-45 after Jaylen McCoy’s layup and 3-pointer with 9:38 to play after shooting 75 per cent from the field to that point in the second half. Christian Peevy’s 3-point play cut the lead to 11 with 7:59 to play, but the Cardinals got no closer.Anselm Uzuegbunem scored 12 and Brandon Jackson and McCoy had 10 apiece for the Cougars (1-3), who shot 49 per cent to the Cardinals’ 46 per cent and trailed 27-26 at halftime.Peevy scored a career-high 32 points and made 14 of 15 free throws for the Cardinals (4-5), who made 23 of 25 from the line. Morgan Taylor and Antoine Smith Jr. scored 11 apiece and Augustine Ene had 10.The Associated Press read more

Body found in search for missing journalist Florence Waters

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. A body believed to be that of missing journalist Florence Waters has been found in Oxfordshire, Thames Valley Police has said.The 33-year-old’s body was found on land near Oxford Road, Thame, on Thursday evening.Ms Waters’ next of kin have been informed and her death is not being believed to be suspicious, police said.Ms Waters worked as a regular freelance contributor for the arts pages of The Daily Telegraph and was previously online arts editor.Ms Waters’ artwork is advertised for sale on the Saatchi and Saatchi website. She was last seen on Monday, when she was reported missing from her home in Oxford. read more

Protests planned as Johnson faces opposition over Brexit plan

Protests against Boris Johnson’s Brexit stance are to be held as the Prime Minister faces cross-party opposition to his EU withdrawal moves.Demonstrators opposed to Brexit have planned more than 30 events across the UK this weekend as Mr Johnson looked set for a torrid week in the Commons.As Mr Johnson faces Parliamentary attempts to try and legislate against a no-deal exit from the EU, or hold a vote of confidence in his Government, the PM insisted opponents could be making the prospect of a withdrawal from the bloc without an agreement more likely.Mr Johnson’s remarks came as a Tory predecessor in Number 10, Sir John Major, announced he wanted to join a legal challenge to the PM’s decision to extend the suspension of Parliament over the annual party conference season.Sir John suggested his experience in Downing Street could assist the High Court in deciding whether Mr Johnson’s actions in proroguing Parliament are lawful.Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson said he was also joining the legal action against what he called “an unprecedented affront to democracy”.But Mr Johnson defended his decision and warned efforts to frustrate Brexit on October 31 would be seized on by Brussels to avoid offering a good deal. “I’m afraid that the more our friends and partners think, at the back of their mind, that Brexit could be stopped, that the UK could be kept in by Parliament, the less likely they are to give us the deal that we need,” he said.Businesswoman Gina Miller – who previously took the Government to court over the triggering of Article 50 to start the Brexit process – said her case would be heard on September 5.Shadow attorney general Shami Chakrabarti said she has been granted permission to intervene in the judicial review, as she accused the Government of operating from a “far-right play book”.Baroness Chakrabarti said: “I am grateful to the High Court for granting me permission to intervene in these important proceedings on behalf of the official opposition.”Parliamentary sovereignty remains the foremost and overarching principle of our constitution.”Whatever far-right play-book Number 10 may be copying from, the abusive shutdown of our legislature won’t wash under United Kingdom constitutional law.”In a separate legal case in Scotland, judge Lord Doherty rejected a call for an interim interdict to block the suspension of Parliament, but said a full hearing would take place on Tuesday. 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. read more

The Burning Question Should you use a big umbrella on busy streets

first_img Yes, anything to keep me in my own personal dry haven (265) Yes, anything to keep me in my own personal dry havenNo, they are city killers and go against all footpath etiquetteCan’t we all just get alongVoteGot a burning question that has divided your household/work colleagues/friends? Let us know in the comments section or email us at tips@thejournal.ie or sinead@thejournal.ieSee previous entries in The Burning Question > Can’t we all just get along (1421) No, they are city killers and go against all footpath etiquette (1242) It got us thinking about all those lads and ladies we’ve cussed in the past for bringing their extra-large umbrellas into the city’s busy streets, near-poking our eyes out, knocking our aforementioned hats off or sending us swerving into deep puddles.But, do they actually have the right idea?Today, we ask: Should you use a big umbrella on busy streets? WE KNOW HOW you feel. It’s Monday, you have the whole week looming ahead, and you have a lot on your plate.So do like we do here in TheJournal.ie HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing issues.Possibly.This week: It’s really gross out. The rain. The wind. The grey. We all got soaked coming into work after allowing the hats/hoods/scarves win out in the battle of whether to bring the crappy, little umbrella with us, given that it would probably have ended up like this: Poll Results:last_img read more

iPhone 5 will reportedly launch this Fall

first_imgAfter Apple broke from its typical summer cycle and released the iPhone 4S in October, many wondered whether the company was making an exception, or establishing a new rule. Would the next iPhone go back to the standard June/July slot, or would new iPhones arrive every fall?According to Japanese blog Macotakara, we have an answer. A story cites a “reliable source” as saying that the iPhone 5 will arrive this Fall, and that the Fall slot will now be the iPhone’s standard release slot.This would make sense for several reasons. For starters, if Apple were to return to the old summer schedule, this would give iPhone 4S buyers less than a year before a new model arrives. Many would buy it anyway, but it could lead to some frustration with Apple. Additionally, the Fall slot was, for years, devoted to the iPod. The iPod line, however, is an endangered species which no longer warrants such a prime time (pre-holiday) slot.Perhaps the biggest reason that it would make sense relates to sales. The iPhone 4S has been a monumental success, breaking iPhone sales records for Apple. Part of that was due to the pent-up anticipation for the next iPhone (it landed 16 months after the iPhone 4), but the 4S also benefited from the holiday shopping season. This would be a smart slot for Apple to keep the iPhone in.With that said, previous rumors have suggested that the iPhone 5 would return to the summer slot. One advantage of doing this would be to snatch early iPhone 4 buyers who are up for a new two-year contract.Which will it be? Only those who are sworn to secrecy know for sure, but we can promise you that there will be plenty more rumors about this for at least the next four months.Macotakara, via Apple Insiderlast_img read more

Direct Provision centre shut over safety fears was paid €127 million by

first_imgDirect Provision centre shut over ‘safety fears’ was paid €12.7 million by the State Repeated requests for essential maintenance to be carried out had been ignored by the centre, according to the government. Short URL A DIRECT PROVISION centre that has been closed due to an alleged failure to meet basic health and safety standards was paid more than €12.7 million by the Government since 2001.The contract for the provision of accommodation for asylum seekers at Westbourne Holiday Hostel in Limerick was terminated by the Department of Justice after claims that management had failed to ensure the health and safety of residents.Repeated requests for essential maintenance to be carried out had been ignored by the centre, according to the Department.The contract for the provision of accommodation at the Limerick hostel was held by Westbourne Holiday Hostel Limited, which has received more than €12.7 million under contracts awarded by the State.Records released by the Department of Justice show that eight contracts for the provision of accommodation at the centre have run consecutively almost uninterrupted from June 2001 until June 2014.The value of these contracts varied from €544,320 to €3,095,820, totalling €12,741,279. Information relating to contracts awarded after 2014 has not been released by the Department due to reasons of commercial sensitivity.The official capacity of the centre has ranged from 90 to 105 during the 13-year period. There were 64 residents at the hostel this week, who will be transferred to other accommodation centres.A statement from the Department of Justice said: “The Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) has invoked the termination clause of the contract with Westbourne Holiday Hostel Ltd at Westbourne Accommodation Centre, Dock Road, Limerick. Jan 27th 2017, 6:01 AM By Darragh McDonagh 9 Comments Despite repeated requests to the contractor from last autumn, a schedule of works to address essential maintenance and to ensure the health and safety of those resident in the centre has not been forthcoming.The company is owned by Kenny Commercial Holdings Ltd – a subsidiary of Kenny Investment Holdings, which entered Nama as a going concern on 16 December 2010.Last July, Westbourne’s borrowings of €1.37 million were sold by Nama to OCM EmRu Debtco DAC, which is a subsidiary of Oaktree Capital Management Ltd – a so-called vulture capital fund company.A report of the Comptroller and Auditor General last year revealed that the State had paid a total of €251 million between to contractors for the provision of accommodation for asylum seekers between 2010 and 2015.There are currently 31 Direct Provision centres located in 16 counties, according to the RIA. Seven of these are state-owned, while others are run by private companies under contract with the Department of Justice.Read: Direct Provision centre in Limerick shuts over ‘health and safety fears’Read: When Syria comes to Roscommon: ‘We can’t run to Mass, then say ‘you’re not welcome” 7,657 Views center_img Share Tweet Email3 Image: Google Maps Image: Google Maps http://jrnl.ie/3206637 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 27 Jan 2017, 6:01 AMlast_img read more

Trinity College calls for university rankings strategy after falling 44 places in

first_imgTrinity College calls for university rankings strategy after falling 44 places in worldwide list The university is now rated as 164th best in the world compared with 120th last year. https://jrnl.ie/4804867 TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN has called for a “national strategy for university rankings” after dropping 44 places in the World University Rankings today.The university is now rated as 164th best in the world in the Times Higher Education list compared with 120th last year. It is Ireland’s only representative in the top 200, with UCD and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland ranked between 201 and 250.In a statement today, Trinity College said the latest decline “is part of a pattern which began in the years following the financial crisis when funding per student was drastically cut.“It also follows de-funding of investigator-led research funding to universities, having an impact on publication output and innovation. A similar fall next year would mean that no university in Ireland would be ranked in the top 200 by Times Higher Education,” the university said. “Much of the decline is relative as other countries invest in education,” it added. “Trinity’s decline came despite good performances across many categories. This included the University’s capacity to attract international students and participate in significant international research collaborations,” it said. In response to the rankings, Trinity has said that higher education rankings should be made a national priority by the government. Fianna Fáil education spokesperson, Thomas Byrne, said the decline was “deeply disappointing”.“After eight years of inaction on third level funding, poor performances in university rankings now seem like an inevitability. There is clearly a funding and leadership crisis in our third-level sector which the government has failed to get to grips with,” he said.  Source: THEIn all, nine Irish institutions make the 1000-strong list, with University College Cork, Dublin City University, Maynooth University, University of Limerick and Technological University Dublin also making the grade.NUI Galway welcomed its jump into the top 300 universities.Commenting on today’s list, President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, said: “This year, NUI Galway improved its score and its ranking band which we welcome as a reflection of the continuous effort across this University.”Maynooth University, meanwhile, made it into the top 301-350 bracket after placing in 351-400 range last year. In terms of the top universities in the world, UK and US institutions dominate the top 10 in the Times Higher Education rankings.On top is the University of Oxford, followed by the California Institute of Technology and University of Cambridge. The US and the UK are well represented, with 60 and 28 universities in the top 200 respectively, although the UK faces decline this year with 18 of its 28 universities dropping by at least one place since last year. France improved greatly since last year’s rankings with five universities in the top 200 compared with one last year. Mainland China, meanwhile, now has two universities in the top 25 worldwide – Tsinghua University (23rd) and Peking University (24th).  Image: Shutterstock/faithie Wed 7:02 PM Short URL 22,402 Views 29 Comments Share17 Tweet Email6 Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 7:01 PM By Cónal Thomas Image: Shutterstock/faithie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more