Astomos Elgas to Study LPG as Ship Bunker Fuel

first_imgzoom Japan’s Astomos Energy Corporation and Australian LPG distributor Elgas have agreed to further study the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as ship bunker fuel.Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the companies will enhance cooperation across all aspects of LPG bunkering including the sharing of information, research and development and collaboration in securing global supply sites for LPG bunkering within the Asia Pacific.The agreement is set to strengthen the relationship between the two companies in the field of seaborne LPG trading and contribute to the expansion into new business areas.Earlier in 2017, Astomos signed a separate MOU with Norway-based oil and gas company Statoil for the same purposes, to study the application of LPG as bunker fuel.LPG bunkering concept was shaped as one of the solutions for the approaching SOx Regulation for shipping fuels in 2020.last_img read more

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Farm Aid 2014 To Be Televised Live Exclusively On AXS TV

first_imgFarm Aid announced today that AXS TV will be the exclusive television broadcaster of Farm Aid 2014, to be presented live in high definition (HD) on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT.This partnership brings the concert experience to fans who are unable to attend the sold-out family farm festival at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C.“Farm Aid is excited to partner with AXS TV for the first time in our history,” said Jennifer Fahy, communications director at Farm Aid. “We’re glad farmers, music fans and eaters across the country can join our celebration of music, good food and family farmers and call for a strong family farm food system.”Farm Aid 2014 will feature live performances by Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson and board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, as well as performances recorded earlier in the day from additional Farm Aid artists including Jack White, Gary Clark Jr., Jamey Johnson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Delta Rae and more.In addition, the webcast, “Farm Aid 2014 Presented by Amy’s Kitchen,” will stream at www.farmaid.org.Furthermore, Willie Nelson’s SiriusXM channel (56), Willie’s Roadhouse, will air live from Farm Aid 2014, beginning at 12 p.m. EDT. SiriusXM’s Dallas Wayne will host backstage interviews and behind-the-scenes coverage of the event.Festival fans can put the entire Farm Aid experience in the palm of their hands with the official Farm Aid 2014 mobile app, which is now available for iPhone and Android devices. Fans can view the entire Farm Aid 2014 schedule and add artists, workshops and artist briefings to make their own personalized schedule for the day. To download the app, visit www.farmaid.org/app.For more information about joining the #Road2FarmAid, visit www.farmaid.org/Road2FarmAid.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Cameron Bailey aims for more walkable TIFF in 2017

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement If there’s a new spring in the step of Cameron Bailey, TIFF’s artistic director, there are two good reasons for it.The first is the happy surprise of the Best Picture win for Moonlight at last Sunday’s Academy Awards. Bailey selected Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age phenomenon to make its international premiere in the Platform section of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, brilliantly fulfilling the new program’s mandate to seek out and showcase fresh talent.Moonlight is screening at TIFF Bell Lightbox, the festival’s HQ at King and John Sts., marking the first time since the facility opened in 2010 that a film’s Lightbox run coincided with its Best Picture crowning.center_img “It’s still playing!” a delighted Bailey says in an interview in a TIFF meeting room.“We’ve never had a Best Picture Oscar winner on a run in the building, so that’s amazing.” Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The second reason for Bailey’s joyful motion is he’s eager to get TIFF goers back on the good foot. The festival announced major changes last week, among them a 20 per cent reduction in films shown — more on that in a second — and a farewell to Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema and the Isabel Bader Theatre as fest screening venues.last_img read more

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Canadian Utilities selling Canadian fossil fuel based power assets

first_imgThe sales do not include Ashcor Technologies, the Oldman River Hydro Facility or any international projects.Canadian Utilities says that following the sales it will have approximately 250 megawatts of electricity generation assets in Canada, Mexico and Australia.The company, which is an Atco Ltd. subsidiary, says the sale concludes a strategic evaluation announced last year. CALGARY, A.B. – Canadian Utilities Ltd. says it has signed agreements to sell its entire Canadian fossil fuel-based electricity generation portfolio for approximately $835 million.Under a deal with Heartland Generation Ltd., an affiliate of Energy Capital Partners, the company will sell 11 partly or fully owned natural gas-fired and coal-fired electricity generation assets in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.Canadian Utilities has also signed an agreement to sell its 50-per-cent stake in the Cory Cogeneration Station near Saskatoon to SaskPower International.last_img read more

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Two Gay Men Arrested in Casablanca While Having Sex in Taxi

Rabat – Two gay men were reported to have been arrested on Saturday by the police in Casablanca after having been caught having sexual intercourse in a taxi, according to  Moroccan daily, Assabah.The two men were discovered in a taxi parked near the Arrahma Gardens complex in Hay Rahma, according to local authorities in Hay Rahma, Casablanca. When the authorities approached the vehicle, they found the two, completely nude,engaged in sexual intercourse. The authorities took them to the prosecutor’s office, and charged them with public indecency.Assabah also noted that the authorities’ intervention was quick and efficient to protect the suspects from assault by pedestrians who had gathered at the scene. The police secured the scene, and prevented onlookers from approaching the vehicle while they allowed the men to put on their clothes. According to the same source, one of the men was a 35-year-old taxi driver, and the other was a 29-year-old man. They had met on the Corniche Ain Diab.Article 489 of the Moroccan Penal Code punishes people convicted of engaging in sexual activities with others of the same gender with prison terms ranging from  six months to three years. Sexual relations out of wedlock are also unlawful pursuant to the Moroccan Penal Code. read more

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Kosovo UN envoy to unveil final status proposal to both parties tomorrow

1 February 2007The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Kosovo’s future status process Martti Ahtisaari will officially present his proposal on the Serbian province’s final status to the Serbian Government and Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian-led provisional authorities tomorrow. Mr. Ahtisaari will visit Belgrade and Pristina to brief each party, and he will hold press conferences in both cities, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters today.Independence and autonomy are among options that have been mentioned for the province, where Albanians outnumber Serbs and others by 9 to 1, but Serbia rejects independence. The most recent UN report said the two sides remained “diametrically opposed” in their views.The UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has run the province since 1999, when troops from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) drove out Yugoslav forces amid ethnic fighting.Mr. Ahtisaari has already presented the proposal to the so-called Contact Group – the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Russia – which have been helping to seek a solution.After briefing Belgrade and Pristina, the envoy will then wait for feedback from the parties before sending the proposal to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who will then transmit it to the Security Council.On the eve of the official announcement, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Kosovo Joachim Rücker told the province’s Municipal Assembly presidents that a final status would not magically resolve all of its problems.“The role of municipal authorities in making the future Kosovo sustainable socially and economically cannot be overestimated,” he said during a meeting at UNMIK headquarters in Pristina, stressing that they can play a particularly important role in promoting inter-ethnic dialogue, encouraging freedom of movement and spurring local economic development.Mr. Rücker added that the decentralization of power in Kosovo is critical to making all ethnic communities feel at home. read more

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Oil drops as US consumers rein in spending offsetting a drop in

Oil drops as US consumers rein in spending, offsetting a drop in supplies by News Staff Posted Jun 13, 2012 5:09 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil prices fell Wednesday after the U.S. government reported slower retail sales and a drop in spending at the pump.If Americans aren’t shopping, they don’t need to swing by the gas station for a fill-up quite as often.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude lost 70 cents to finish at US$82.62 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Brent crude, which is used to price international oil and to make gasoline in much of the U.S., fell a penny to end at $97.13.The U.S. Commerce Department said Wednesday that retail spending slipped 0.2 per cent in May, following an identical decline in April.Slow sales at gasoline stations helped push overall spending down. But even when the effect of volatile gasoline spending was excluded, retail spending rose just 0.1 per cent, a disappointment to economists.It’s a sign that consumers have pulled back. If consumers stay home and shippers move fewer goods, they will burn less gasoline and diesel and demand for crude to make the fuel will fall.Meanwhile, the U.S. Energy Department said crude supplies fell by 200,000 barrels last week, though they remain relatively high for this time of year. Gasoline supplies shrank by 1.7 million barrels, however, leaving stocks slightly below average.Analysts expected an increase in gasoline supplies. The decline was surprising because U.S. gasoline demand has been weak. The supply report briefly pushed oil higher before it retreated to negative territory.Jim Ritterbusch, an independent oil trader and analyst, said it is likely that exports of gasoline from the Gulf Coast to Latin America and other countries led to the drain in gasoline stocks, not any rebound in U.S. demand.Oil prices fluctuated throughout the day because the oil market is skittish ahead of several upcoming events that could influence global supply and demand:— On Thursday the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will meet in Vienna. OPEC could decide to restrict production in an effort to reverse a decline in the price of crude. Oil has fallen 24 per cent since late February.— More U.S. economic data will be released this week, including initial jobless claims for the first week in June and industrial production in May.— An election in Greece that could lead the country to abandon the euro has traders worried that the European financial crisis could worsen.— Early next week leaders from six global powers will try to convince Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions when the two sides meet in Moscow.Iran’s pursuit of nuclear technology has led the West to tighten sanctions against the country in hopes of depriving the country of revenue from oil sales. A European embargo of Iranian oil is set to take effect July 1.Concerns over Iran’s possible reaction to the new sanctions sent oil sharply higher early this year, but worries have dissipated since Iran has agreed to participate in talks. If the talks break down, worries over supply disruptions from the Middle East could return to the market and push prices higher, experts say.“We have such a basket of risk, we’re up, we’re down, it’s a trader’s market,” says Rich Ilczyszyn, founder of iiTrader.com.In other trading, heating oil fell a penny to finish at US$2.611 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), wholesale gasoline rose less than a cent to end at US$2.655 a gallon and natural gas fell 4.7 cents to finish at US$2.185 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

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Sheryl Sandbergs new book a tale of grief resilience

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Though perhaps best known as Facebook’s No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg is also a mentor, a mother, a billionaire and an author. When her husband Dave Goldberg died suddenly in 2015 while they were vacationing in Mexico, she added “widow” to the list.“The grief felt like a void, like it was sucking me in and pushing on me, pulling me in and I couldn’t even see or breathe,” she said in an interview with The Associated Press. “People who have been through things like this told me it gets better. And I really didn’t believe them…. I want other people going through things to believe it does get better.”Her new book — “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy,” written with psychologist Adam Grant — chronicles the devastating loss, her grief and how she emerged from it with a new perspective on life. A humbled follow-up to her first book, “Lean In ,” it’s also a how-to, drawing from studies and the experiences of others to describe techniques for building strength and resilience and ways to support those going through hard times.Sandberg also uses the new book to address what she now sees as shortcomings in the career advice she offered women in “Lean In.” Surveying the world as a wealthy corporate executive rendered her oblivious to the circumstances faced by less fortunate women, she acknowledged. Not everyone can lean in; not everyone wants to.“I didn’t get it,” she wrote. “I didn’t get how hard it is to succeed at work when you are overwhelmed at home.”THE FIRST MONTHSThe most affecting parts of the book recount not just Sandberg’s grief, but that of her children. When she had to tell them that their father died. When, arriving at the cemetery for his funeral, they “got out of the car and fell to the ground, unable to take another step. I lay on the grass, holding them as they wailed,” unable to protect them from their sorrow.It did get better, though slowly. Sandberg returned to work at Facebook in a haze, unable to summon her previous self-confidence.“I couldn’t understand when friends didn’t ask me how I was. I felt invisible, as if I was standing in front of them but they couldn’t see me,” she wrote, adding later, that by staying silent in such situations “we often isolate friends, family and co-workers.”At Facebook, Sandberg has long been an advocate of “bringing your whole self to work,” meaning a willingness to share your personal life with co-workers. But this can get tricky when it comes to facing trauma. Sandberg found it difficult, and even considered carrying around a stuffed pachyderm to encourage co-workers and even friends to talk about the “elephant in the room.”PICKING UP THE PIECESThen one day, about a month after Goldberg died, she decided to post on Facebook about her grief, her gratitude toward her friends, and her related tumultuous feelings — for instance, coming to believe she would never again feel real joy. She wrote it out, not planning to share it publicly. After some more thought, she decided it couldn’t possibly make things worse.The change was immediate. Friends, co-workers and strangers — many of whom had dealt with loss themselves — began reaching out. It helped, Sandberg wrote. The post has been shared more than 400,000 times and has some 74,000 comments. It opened up a conversation.“I know it almost sounds silly because I certainly work at Facebook and I know what Facebook’s mission is,” she said. “But experiencing it for myself was a very … deep experience.”Talking about these things, as difficult as it might be, can be a lifeline. As is getting help at work, something Sandberg acknowledged not everyone can. Facebook has recently extended its bereavement policies to allow employees more time off after the death of a loved one. But Sandberg says supporting people once they are back at work — including reminding them that their contributions are needed and welcome — is just as important.“Death is not the only kind of adversity that summons up the elephant,” Sandberg wrote in the book. “Anything that reminds us of the possibility of loss can leave us at a loss for words. Financial difficulties. Divorce. Unemployment. Rape. Addiction. Incarceration. Illness.”BUILDING STRENGTHA few weeks after she lost her husband, Sandberg was talking with a friend, making plans for someone to fill in for a father-child activity. Crying, she told the friend “But I want Dave.” He put his arm around her and said, “Option A is not available. So let’s just kick the s— out of Option B.”Sandberg said she believes strongly in pre-traumatic growth — people’s ability to build up resilience before something bad happens so that they are able to deal with it better. She has peppered the book with anecdotes and studies about resilience, from the story of Malala Yousafzai, the 19-year-old Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace laureate, to that of the survivors of a 1972 plane crash in the Andes described in the book (and movie) “Alive.”“Tragedy does not have to be personal, pervasive or permanent, but resilience can be,” she wrote. “We can build it and carry it with us throughout our lives.”___Online: https://optionb.org/ Sheryl Sandberg’s new book a tale of grief, resilience FILE – In this Wednesday, June 22, 2016, file photo, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg speaks at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. Sandberg’s new book, “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy,” recounts the death of her husband, her grief, and how she recovered from it. Written with psychologist Adam Grant, it also includes research and advice on how people can build up resilience not just after, but before traumatic events happen. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2017 7:04 am MDT Last Updated Apr 24, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Syria UN officials give firsthand accounts of horrible terrible desperation in besieged

“We saw thousands of people in desperation, thousands of people who are severely malnourished, older people who were in clear dire physical condition because of lack of regular access to food,” said UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria Yacoub El Hillo, who was with the first aid convoy to get through to Madaya, under siege by pro-Government forces, since October. “We saw people who seemed to have lost hope that the world cared about them,” he added by telephone from Damascus on his return from the town of 42,000 people, where the 44-truck convoy of life-saving items, including health, nutrition and food supplies, blankets and shelter materials was unloaded into the early hours of today. At the same time, a 21-truck convoy delivered similar items to 20,000 people in Kafraya and Foah, two towns under siege by opposition forces near the Turkish border in northwest Syria, also cut off from humanitarian access since October, as the war between the Government and a whole spectrum of opposition forces nears the start of its sixth year.As the first reports were coming in from the besieged towns, UN humanitarian and development agencies gave details of their $7.73-billion appeal, in vital new funding for 2016 to help 22.5 million people in Syria and across the region. The appeal comprises two main elements: help for an anticipated 4.7 million refugees in neighbouring countries by the end of 2016 as well as four million people in communities hosting them, and support for 13.5 million displaced and conflict-affected people inside Syria itself.The aid convoys are the result of tortuously negotiated local ceasefires between the UN and its partners, Government and rebel forces, even though the UN Security Council three weeks ago demanded immediate humanitarian access across all battle lines. “Of course, there were a number of terrible examples of emergencies for intervention, to evacuate 400 critically ill people who are going to die if they don’t get fast to a medical facility that has the capacity to deal with their complicated condition […] These people must get out today before tomorrow if we are going to save their lives,” Mr. Hillo said of the people in Madaya.The UN and its partners hope to send in new convoys to the besieged towns on Thursday with mobile medical clinics and emergency feeding centres for children “who are at a very advanced stage of malnourishment,” he added. He stressed that sieges must be lifted throughout Syria, where the UN and its partners are equally concerned about the 4.5 million people living in hard-to-reach areas, including nearly 400,000 in 15 besieged locations without access to the aid that they desperately need. “The sieges can no longer be tolerated,” Mr. Hillo declared. “Many people have lost their lives while waiting. Many more will die if the world does not move faster […] There are many, many horrible and terrible human stories.”According to the non-government group Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), 23 people starved to death in Madaya in December, six of them children.“We were pretty horrified,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative Sajjad Malik, who was also with the first convoy to reach Madaya. “Most of them have not had bread, rice or vegetables for quite some time. They were desperately looking for something while we were offloading cars… kids and everybody around the cars were asking for anything (to eat) … we could see how desperate the situation is. They have been going around looking for grass or herbs and they use a bit of spices and make soup,” he said. The few meagre supplies of food that remained in the town are being sold at exorbitant prices – with $300 sought for a kilo of rice, said Mr. Malik, adding: “Reportedly someone sold a motorbike to get five kilos of rice.”“If we are not able to sustain this support to these communities, even this effort […] with all these trucks now is going to be another band-aid, because within a month, they will run out of food and medicines. What we saw in Madaya should not happen anywhere in this century, it should not have happened now,” he said. read more

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Womens basketball OSU throttles LIU Brooklyn 11354

OSU freshman guard Jensen Caretti (33) outlasts Duquesne senior forward Amadea Szamosi’s (15) block in the second quarter of the Buckeyes 89-69 win over the Dukes at St. John’s Arena on Nov. 11. Credit: Angelia Heimsoth | For The LanternIn the first-ever contest between the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds and the Ohio State Buckeyes, it wasn’t much of a contest at all. The No. 7 Buckeyes (3-1) dominated on both sides of the ball to claim a 113-54 victory.OSU’s energy was noticeable, and the Buckeyes used its advantages in size and athletic ability to rattle the Blackbirds from the beginning. OSU scored the game’s first 11 points in the first 1:25 of play and never looked back from there.“We were really trying to focus on ourselves to get better, and we did that,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said. “If we were going to make it about the score, or something like that, then we were going to get distracted and get caught up in some things that we shouldn’t be doing.”Redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun led all scorers with 22 points. She had 18 of those by the end of the first quarter after burying her first six shots, including five from beyond the three-point line.“My team did a great job of finding me once they saw I was hitting all those threes,” Calhoun said. “I feel like the ball was moving a lot more than it normally does.”The Buckeyes jumped out to a 32-8 lead in the first quarter thanks to the hot shooting of Calhoun and a swarming presence on defense. OSU forced 10 LIU turnovers and allowed the Blackbirds to go just 3-for-13 from the field with one assist in the opening quarter.OSU outscored LIU 27-12 in the second to take a 59-20 advantage into the half. In the second, the Buckeyes outscored the Blackbirds 54-34 to secure the win.For the game, OSU outrebounded LIU 56-30. The Buckeyes forced 28 turnovers and gave the Blackbirds just 10 assists. OSU shot 50.6 percent from the field overall, while LIU managed just 31.5 percent.McGuff said that the Buckeyes lost focus at times during the second half, but he chalked that up to playing some of his younger players more than usual.“I wanted to give them a chance to not only play, but to have to push themselves when they’re a little bit tired,” McGuff said. “In those moments, we lost some focus and intensity and they made us pay.”Junior guard Kelsey Mitchell added 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Redshirt sophomore forward Makayla Waterman tallied 15 points and freshman guard Kiara Lewis put up 12 points. All 10 Buckeyes to see the floor scored at least four points.Drew Winter led the Blackhawks with 12 points on 5-of-15 shooting.Mavunga sits, other bigs get timeRedshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga, usually a starter for the Buckeyes, did not play.“She’s OK, I just wanted to give her a day of rest,” McGuff said. “I thought we could get by today.”Junior forward Alexa Hart started in place of Mavunga and scored six points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field. Hart added seven rebounds and a pair of blocks.Freshman forward Tori McCoy also saw extended minutes with Mavunga sitting. The extra floor time allowed her to work through some of her early season struggles.“I’m still kind of shaky… but I think I’m fitting in really well,” McCoy said. “I’m starting to get used to the way they play.”McCoy finished with nine points and a team-high 12 rebounds.Up nextThe Buckeyes will now head to Florida to participate in the Gulf Coast Showcase. OSU’s first game in the Sunshine State will be against Florida Gulf Coast at 5 p.m. on Friday. read more

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Charity fundraisers face collapse after backlash against cold calls

first_imgPell & Bales was one of the biggest players in the charity fundraising sector Credit:Alamy  Pell & Bales was accused of bombarding elderly people with phone callsCredit:John Stillwell Pell & Bales was one of the biggest players in the charity fundraising sector  Pell & Bales was accused of bombarding elderly people with phone calls Cold calling charity fundraisers accused of targeting vulnerable people for donations are being forced out of business by tougher rules and an increasingly hostile public attitude.One of the largest telephone fundraisers in the country went bust last week amid a collapse in profits.Pell & Bales, which was accused of bombarding elderly people with phone calls and disguising the fact its fundraisers were paid employees rather than volunteers, is to go into liquidation with the loss of 20 full-time jobs.It blamed “the challenging market place” for its collapse, saying: “Following a period of intense media scrutiny and government measures to regulate the activities of telephone donation agencies, the management team of Pell & Bales have been forced by creditors, to place the company into liquidation.”It is the latest in a growing number of fundraising agencies to go to the wall as a result of stricter rules and an increasingly hostile public attitude to their work.Around 10 telephone fundraisers have gone into liquidation in the past 12 months, including GoGen, whose clients included the British Red Cross, Macmillan Cancer Support and the NSPCC.center_img This follows increasing complaints about the tactics used by the agencies, with claims vulnerable elderly people have been persuaded to sign over significant amount of money after being pestered with repeated phone calls.Insiders said the increasingly hostile attitude of the public towards cold-callers, along with the resulting new rules limiting the number of people fundraisers could call, had made it difficult for agencies such as Pell & Bales to operate.But that has also raised questions over the ability of charities to raise funds for vital projects to help the needy.In July 2015, the Information Commissioner banned fundraising organisations from calling existing charity supporters who were registered with the Telephone Preference Service, used by households to stop unsolicited sales and marketing calls.Another firm forced to close in April as a result of the changes, Personal Telephone Fundraising, said it lost 75 per cent of its business overnight as a result of the ruling.Pell & Bales was one of the biggest players in the charity fundraising sector and the third largest player in the market in terms of revenue.But in 2014 an investigation by Channel 4’s Dispatches programme found that recruits at Pell & Bales, which was raising funds for Oxfam, Unicef and Barnardo’s at the time, were told that they should pretend they had “children to feed” if potential donors asked why they were not unpaid volunteersIt was also reported that staff were given scripts in which potential donors were only to be told that they were being paid after donors had made a decision to donate.The programme spoke to an 82-year-old woman who hid her telephone to avoid the six calls a day she received from fundraisers  and a daughter who said her late father, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, set up direct debits to several charities after being targeted. 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. Emma Frost, from Bedfordshire, said she was shocked to discover how many charity direct debits were being taken from the bank account of her late father Joseph.An undercover reporter was also expected to meet targets.A Pell & Bales spokesman said at the time that its employee scripts, which were also questioned in the programme, were written “in line with legal requirements and best practice guidelines”.Pell & Bales’s collapse comes just two months after it was sold by its parent company Parseq to a group of investors led by the financier Gerry Hoare.Mr Hoare told The Third Sector magazine that his investment in Pell & Bales had proved to be a “very big mistake”.A statement issued by the investors said: “The challenging market place has meant it just is not possible to maintain the Pell & Bales business.”The firm’s profits fell by almost 80 per cent to £267,000 in 2014, and its turnover fell by more than 30 per cent to £7m, according to its latest accounts.It appears that Pell & Bales’ fundraisers and operations staff first became aware that the company was in serious trouble when they received text messages last week telling them not to come into work.Staff were unable to access their emails or log in to the company’s IT system. Others received telephone calls from one of the company’s investors, in which they were told they would not be paid for the month of August.They were told to make a claim to the insolvency firm Moorfields Corporate Recovery, which would handle the liquidation process.Pell & Bales’s sister company Pure Fundraising will continue to operate, with what it called an emphasis “on quality rather than quantity fundraising”.last_img read more

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Ashdown Forest fire Winnie the Poohs Hundred Acre Wood ablaze

On February 26, during the heatwave, two separate blazes started within an hour of each other in the forest on the hottest February day on record.Firefighters said more than 35 hectares had been ravaged. Ashdown Forest – the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood – went up in flames overnight as a fire swept across six acres of land. Firefighters were called to the forest near Kingstanding, 19 miles north-east of Brighton in East Sussex, at about 9.30pm.Crews are still battling the blaze, which has now spread across six hectares, an area roughly equivalent to six full-size football pitches.  The forest gave birth to AA Milne’s famous creation. The Hundred Acre Wood, from the author’s children’s books, is actually named after the Five Hundred Acre Wood in Ashdown Forest.An East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Six fire engines, four Land Rovers, a water carrier and the control unit are in attendance and our teams are tackling the fire using beaters.” The Ashdown Forest fireCredit:Alamy/SEUK News The cause is not yet known, but like some wildfires already reported this year, it is feared people lighting disposable barbecues in the forest or tossing cigarette ends into the undergrowth sparked it.But firefighters have not yet ruled out arson. Nature lovers fear the inferno has destroyed many birds’ nests containing eggs and chicks, and has killed rare butterflies and other wildlife.Pictures shared on social media show towering flames tearing across the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Ashdown Forest fire Firefighters tackle the Ashdown Forest blaze The fire is the second in as many months to ravage the forest.  Firefighters tackle the Ashdown Forest blazeCredit:SEUK/Abel/Mitchell 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

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Gyor and Baia Mare join Womens EHF Champions League

baia mareGyor Hungarian Gyor and Romanian HCM Baia Mare are the last two teams who will compete at the Women’s EHF Champions League 2015/2016. Both teams, last year quarterfinalists, showed clear domination during qualification tournaments. Romanian vice-champions Baia Mare beat Danish Esbjerg 32:21 in the final in front of home fans. The TOP scorer in the winning team was experienced left wing Elisei.Even without home fans support, Hungarian Gyor showed TOP quality against home squad Glassverket 30:21 (13:15) in Norway. Nicky Groot was TOP scorer with 8 goals. ← Previous Story SILENCE IN FLENS ARENA: MT Melsungen beat Flensburg! Next Story → VRANJES ERA: Ljubo extends love with SG Flensburg until 2020! read more

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Lautaro Martinez praises teammate Mauro Icardi

first_imgThe Argentinean says he’s learning a lot from his fellow countryman and hopes to leave a mark soon in the Lega Serie AArgentinean striker Lautaro Martinez recently joined Internazionale Milan for the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A season.And he has yet to score.The former Racing Club footballer scored 22 goals in 48 appearances for the Argentinean team from 2015 to 2018.But Martinez says he’s learning from his fellow countryman Mauro Icardi.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I am learning a lot from Icardi, he is helping me and I want to thank him for that, we spend a lot of time together,” Lautaro said to the Argentinean newspaper El Clarin echoed by Gianluca Di Marzio.“He is always there to help his teammates and he is also a very strong player.”“We are a new team, there are many new signings. We are starting to know each other and we are trying to assimilate Spalletti’s idea of football and try to replicate them on the pitch,” he added.“I am happy to play Champions League, we will play great games against Tottenham, Barcelona, and PSV. We will try our best to make history.”last_img read more

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Washougal man gets 34 years in Oregon motel incident

first_imgASTORIA, Ore. — A Washington state man has been sentenced to more than 34 years in prison following an officer-involved shooting at an Astoria, Ore., motel in February 2012.Yevgeniy Pavlovich Savinskiy, 38, of Washougal was convicted in May of attempted aggravated murder and other charges stemming from the confrontation at the Lamplighter Motel.Jurors also convicted him of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. Prosecutors said he tried to hire a county jail inmate last summer to kill his ex-wife, Olga Savinskiy, and Astoria Police Officer Joe Symonds, and to severely injure Deputy District Attorney Ron Brown.Brown was the only one of the three targets to speak at Friday’s sentencing. He asked Clatsop County Judge Phil Nelson to “hammer him,” The Daily Astorian newspaper reported.The Russian-born Savinskiy did not receive the maximum possible sentence, 56 years.“I just don’t think he cares about other people,” the judge said.The trouble began in February 2012, when motel workers discovered ammunition for an assault rifle and what they incorrectly thought was a pipe bomb after going to Savinskiy’s room to see if his belongings were inside. He had not been seen in days and his prepaid cash for the room had run out.last_img read more

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South Floridians flock to purchase Mega Million jackpot tickets

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The Mega Million jackpot has grown to $433 million, and it’s not too late to get tickets.Many South Florida residents have purchased tickets to get their hands on some big bucks thanks to the Mega Million jackpot.A few people, including one person in Florida, have already become $1 million richer after their tickets partially matched the numbers in Tuesday’s drawing.The big pot, however, continues to grow.The next drawing is Friday night.Those interested have until 10 p.m. Friday to purchase tickets. Good luck!Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Ruben Blades Making Movies Team Up On Delilah CoWritten By Lou Reed

first_imgameri’kana will be out May 24. Tomasa Del Real On Bringing Her Take On Reggaetón, NeoPerreo, To CoachellaRead more “It is the most amazing gift to work with Rubén who is an unparalleled artistic force,” Chi said. “He has mentored and inspired us––and has affirmed our belief that music is a powerful tool for illuminating stories that need to be told.” Making Movies, adding their touch of percussion and guitars, is now helping bring the song to life. Frontman Enrique Chi said, “This story is as valid today as it was 30 years ago when they wrote the song.” The song is also the latest collab between the musicians, both of whom have roots in Panama.  Ruben Blades & Making Movies Team Up On “Delilah,” Co-Written By Lou Reed Ruben Blades & Making Movies Team Up On “Delilah” ruben-blades-making-movies-team-delilah-co-written-lou-reed-0 Facebook center_img The song is co-penned by Blades and GRAMMY-winning rock icon Lou Reed in an epic music collaboration brought together by the topic of immigrationJennifer VelezGRAMMYs May 3, 2019 – 11:38 am Kansas City band Making Movies, whose Afro-Latin rock rhythms have invaded NPR’s Tiny Desk and gotten the attention of Rolling Stone, have dropped the third single off their forthcoming album ameri’kana. Titled “Delilah,” the track features co-writes from Latin GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter and musician Ruben Blades and the late GRAMMY-winning rock legend Lou Reed.”Delilah”‘s lyrics touch on the tragic realities of immigration when hope for starting a new life is met with the challenges immigration policies can bring. “I was beaten, finger printed, deported / for the love of Delilah,” Blades sings. The song was written by Blades and Reed during a week of music making in the east coast in the late ’80s. Blades’ “Letters To The Vatican” was one of the songs that came out of the session, but “Delilah” was left unfinished. “Lou and I got together in 1986, or 1987, to write songs for my first album in English, Nothing But The Truth. We were together for a week I believe, in an isolated place he had in the New Jersey woods,” Blades said in a statement to the Recording Academy. ” We made a deal beforehand, that any idea or lyric or anything we came up with during that time would be shared 50/50. We began with this but did not [finish] it then. I did some time after and, as agreed, we share the credit.” News Twitter Email last_img read more

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EWS quota in MBBS to be filled during third phase counselling

first_imgHyderabad: Kaloji Health University is likely to fill MBBS seats under EWS (Economically Weaker Sections) quota in third phase of counselling. Counselling for convener quota seats and management quota seats is in the process, but the varsity did not take a decision on filling EWS seats as it is still awaiting clarity from the MCI in this regard. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us MCI is yet to allot additional seats to private medical colleges to help them implement the EWS quota in private medical colleges. As of now, MCI has approved 190 additional seats in five government medical colleges to implement the new reservation quota. Of this EWS seats would be 90 plus. This number will increase in case private medical colleges are also sanctioned additional seats. Private medical college managements stated that a final decision is likely to be made by end of this month. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Government officials are expecting an official word from the MCI on this issue. However, indications are that MCI is all but likely to confine EWS quota this year only to government medical colleges all over the country dropping private medical colleges from the list, at least for this year. It will be difficult for most of the private colleges to fulfil staff and facilities requirements for the additional seats if allotted for implementing the EWS quota. Hence, they may be included in the list from the next academic year. Whatever might be the MCI decision, it will be implemented for all private medical colleges in the country. It may be recalled that ten private colleges from Telangana sent proposals for additional seats towards end of last month for implementing EWS quota.last_img read more

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Nerkonda Paarvai movie review by audience Live updates

first_imgShraddha Srinath, Abhirami and Andrea Tariang in Nerkonda Paarvai.PR HandoutLegendary actress Sridevi Kapoor’s wish to remake Bollywood movie Pink in Tamil has become a reality with the efforts of her husband-producer Boney Kapoor and Tamil actor Ajith Kumar. The talks for remaking the flick started when she was alive, but she passed away before the launch of the film titled Nerkonda Paarvai.Story: Nerkonda Paarvai, which is releasing on Friday, 8 August, revolves three women Meera Krishnan (Shraddha Srinath), Famila (Abhirami) and Andrea (Andrea Tariang). On a fateful day, the three go out with their friends for a party, but land in trouble when the men persuade them to have sex.In a bid to escape from the unexpected situation, they assault one among the three men and what follows next is a court-room drama where a lawyer Barath Subramani (Ajith Kumar) fights for the women, who are facing false charges against them.Analysis: Nerkonda Paarvai holds mirror to the men and exposes prevailing misogyny in the society. It brings out how victim-blaming has become a norm in the country and the rules are different for men-women. Indeed, the film tries to educate people understand the concept of ‘consent.’This is, undoubtedly, one of Ajith Kumar’s best movies in his career as Nerkonda Paarvai tries to address a serious issue bothering women. In fact, viewers are of the belief that there was a kind of lethargy in Thala’s performance in the last couple of films as filmmakers were not trying to exploit his true potential, but in his latest flick he has given such a performance which his fans were missing for years. Shraddha Srinath has given her best shot as the victim of sexual assault. She is on fire in the character. Likewise, Andrea and Abhirami too have done justice to their roles. And scenes involving Ajith and Rangaraj Pandey have come out well. Average Ratings Given by Audience: 3.5The movie has been premiered for the critics and cinephiles a few days ago from which it has already garnered positive reviews.Now, it has to be seen how the conservative Tamil audience will respond to the bold content in Ajith Kumar-starrer. Check out the viewers’ response below:Prem Kumar: #NerKondaPaarvai is one of the most important films in recent times. #Thala Ajith sir is fantastic on and off court! #HVinoth has done a great job! ☺️ Please watch it. And yes, NO means NO. Best wishes @BoneyKapoor @thisisysr @ShraddhaSrinath and the entire team!Shyam Prasad: #MuniratnaKurukshetra better than expected. Protagonist Duryodhana was missing from most of second half due to story writer Muniratna’s interpretation of Mahabharata. Detailed review this evening.Shashi Prasad: #Kurukshetra It’s Challenging Star @dasadarshan in the first and #Abhimanyu forced in the second half. CG graphics as expected. Overall, a decent show in the end. My take for the attempt minus the flawsArvind Raja: This movie is not only for girls. It’s important for both boys and girl Hats off thala ajith for this movie Thanks to all entire team(NKP)Annamalai (Suchu): #NerKondaPaarvai – Liked it much. After a long time a court film with powerful dialogues. #Thala acting was diff & super. Also love d mass scenes. Great team work & performances. NO MEANS NO. Congrats & all d best team.Rohit Venkatraman: #NerKondaPaarvai – #BharathSubramanian is here to stay to receive immense respect from the audiences & to be very precise the cross examination sequence with @ShraddhaSrinath brought out the best in #Ajith in recent times. Extremely grateful to dir #HVinoth for making it happen. The fact that a film like #Viswasam did not work for me beyond a certain level but #NKP guarantees repeat views for sure. Confidence level automatically goes up to expect something extraordinary with #Thala60 with the way #Vinoth had presented this film to Tamil audiences.Saravanan M: #NerKondaPaarvai A million thanks to #Thala for choosing #pink remake. At least few people will change their mindset about women after seeing this movie. #Thala’s offscreen image is reflecting in onscreen nowadays. Proud to be a #Thala fan #எண்ணம்போல்வாழ்க்கைBigboss3_Alapparai: #NerKondaPaarvai what a movie, No words to describe about #Thala what a settled and matured performance wow. After watching this movie so many of them will definitely change their mind set over “Independent womens in society” Huge respects for womens and Dont miss the movie.kishore: #NerKondaPaarvai – Blockbuster stuff. #HVinoth is the best thing that has happened to #Thala #Ajith in the recent times. Ajith sir has literally set the screen on fire with his terrific performance. This one is 200 percent sureshot!A2 Studio: #NerKondaPaarvai: Marana Masss #Thala #Ajith Screen Space is Ultimate & the dialogue delivery chancey eh illa ! So far best perfomance for #AK #Thala Fans ku semma treat iruku @ShraddhaSrinath hattsoff … you just nailed it. @thisisysr BGM Therific Movie #HV Have your say in the pollWho will be evicted from Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house this week? 1. Sakshi Agarwal 40.72% 2. Losliya 33.73% 3. Abhirami Venkatachalam 16.73% 4. Saravanan 8.82% Villan_Ofcl: #NerkondaPaarvai Brilliant #Thala’s Screenpresence , Dialogue Delivery , Acting Will definitely be one of the Best in his carrer Argument between Rangaraj Pandey and him is enough to prove that ACTOR Ajith is back like BOSS #NKP #HVinoth Now Waiting for #Thala60Akash: #NerkondaPaarvai Brilliant #Thala’s Screenpresence , Dialogue Delivery , Acting Will definitely be one of the Best in his carrer Argument between Rangaraj Pandey and him is enough to prove that ACTOR Ajith is back like BOSS #NKP #HVinoth Now Waiting for #Thala60CINEMAKARAN: #NerKondaPaarvai -(3.5/5) The Thala Ajithish version of Pink which has its full soul of the original. Very revelent topic to speak. The film has its own changes for Tamil and for lead actor. The court scenes worked out well between Thala, Rangaraj Pandey and three girls.Prashanth Rangaswamy: #NerKondaPaarvai interval – Most classy Ajith movie ever made. Over seas collection alone will cover the production cost. H.Vinoth – true genius . Audience spell bound by the way of narration..And @thisisysr BGM – one of his best in the past 10 years!! #NerKondaPaarvai – Please book your tickets with your family. This is the most complete actor Ajith movie you will ever see. The actor inside Ajith Kumar is roaring like a fierce tiger. This man H Vinoth – Needs to be felicitated with a full rojapoo maalai !!varalaxmi sarathkumar: #NKP is the need of the hour.I’m so glad #ThalaAjith sir has decided to do this movie..I hope everyone can learn from this film.. #NoMeansNo all the best to the entire team #HVinoth @ShraddhaSrinath @thisisysr I hope this changes our society’s outlook a little.. #NerKondaPaarvaisanthoshraj: #nerkondapaarvai 4.5/5:- No means no whether she is a sex worker, lover,wife, friend, etc.. NO MEANS NO From the mega hit blockbuster of viswasam Thala ajith once again strikes with nerkonda paarvai! Hats off to Thala ajith for choosing this script, none of the mass heroesRajasekar: #NerKondaPaarvai – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Thala Ajith completely owns the film , easily his career best work. The actor’s baritone voice and majestic screen presence are just wow in the courtroom scenes. Hats off for accepting this film and performed it with great elan, kudosSreedhar Pillai: #NerkondaPaarvai Powerful a reflection on the patriarchal mindset independent women faces in our society. Hats off to #ThalaAjith 4 doing such a daring & difficult role so convincingly, @ShraddhaSrinath fab. Dir #HVinoth a faithful & neat remake with some commercial ingredients.last_img read more

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DEA Plane Crashes in Sugar Land

first_img Share Fort Bend County Sheriff’s OfficeA DEA airplane crashed in Sugar Land on Sept. 19, 2018.A small plane operated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) crashed on a street in the Sugar Land area Wednesday. It hit two vehicles and injured one person.Officials said the injuries were not life-threatening.The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said three DEA employees were on the plane and the pilot reported engine problems just before the accident.The plane also hit some power lines, before colliding with the two vehicles.last_img read more

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