Caroline Wozniacki, Madison Keys to play clay-court final in Charleston

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Wozniacki will be making her third appearance in the Volvo Car Open final. The Dane lost in 2009, but took home the title two years later.Keys is into her second Volvo final, losing the 2015 championship against Angelique Kerber.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNeither Wozniacki nor Keys has won this season, continuing a curious trend on the WTA of a different winner each week. So far, there have been no multiple winners through 14 tournaments.Wozniacki, the 2018 Australian Open champion, has now beaten Martic all six times they have played. LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Last foul, dribble no-call make refs focus of Final Four Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Caroline Wozniacki, from Denmark, returns a shot to Petra Martic, from Croatia, during their semifinal match at the Volvo Car Open tennis tournament in Charleston, S.C., Saturday, April 6, 2019. Wozniacki won 6-3, 6-4. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)CHARLESTON, S.C. — Caroline Wozniacki and Madison Keys will play for the title in Charleston after posting straight-set wins on Saturday.The fifth-seeded Wozniacki advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 16 seed Petra Martic of Croatia. The eighth-seeded Keys outlasted Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 6-4, 6-0, winning eight of the final nine games following a 70-minute rain delay at the season’s first clay-court tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Yusuf Pathan, marauder on the field, happy to change diapers off it

first_imgAmidst all the hullabaloo surrounding an IPL franchise owned by a Bollywood superstar, Yusuf Pathan stands like a man who has the ability to hit the mute button and slip into HIS territory anytime. (Full IPL Coverage)Travelling, jet lag, adoring fans waiting to mob their heroes at the team hotel post midnight and after a energy-sapping game, the elder Pathan never complains about anything. Patience and perspective are this knight’s most important virtue these days.”Look at these children, they must’ve been waiting for me since last so many hours. Bachhe farishtey hote hain (kids are angels). I make sure nobody goes back home disappointed,” Yusuf tells India Today in an exclusive chat as a young Kolkata Knight Riders fan nervously juggles with his selfie stick.Having become father for the second time in the middle of the current IPL season, one can sense the source of Yusuf’s latest burst of energy.”True that! I am in such a happy zone. There was a gap between our matches when my second son was born so I was lucky enough to go home and meet him. I still change my elder son’s diapers, now comes more responsibility. I have always believed that fathers should also play an important role in a child’s upbringing,” he says.That happy zone has extended to the playing field as well.Yusuf happy and deadlyWith 228 runs from 10 matches, Yusuf is the third highest run-getter for the Knight Riders this season. Many would dub this as a fairly decent show considering that the first two on that list – skipper Gautam Gambhir and his opening partner Robin Uthappa – have hardly let anyone else bat this time around.advertisementYusuf’s blitzkrieg 29-ball 60 against Bangalore and another unbeaten 41-ball 63 vs Gujarat on Sunday helped KKR recover from a precarious situation. Another 106 runs in the remaining four games and 2016 will become Yusuf’s second-best IPL season ever after the inaugural edition in 2008 when he aggregated 435 runs from 16 games.Image was posted by Yusuf Pathan on Instagram.Click here to Enlarge “Mashallah. This season is going really well for me. I want to finish it on a high. Our team is winning, it is a happy dressing room with every individual contributing. Good that we have been doing well right from the start, being the top team in the league. At KKR, we want to carry this momentum till the end.”Putting a price tag on his wicketThe 2016 version of Yusuf Pathan is also a lot different from the slam-bang big hitter of yesteryears. In six of the 10 innings this season, the 33-year-old has got a ‘not out’ tag attached to the runs scored from his bat.”Yes, I have made quite a few changes in my technique now. I am now more experienced, more wiser. Moreover, I have constantly assessed my game sitting with seniors like (Jacques) Kallis, (Simon) Katich and (Wasim) Akram. Having them around has helped a lot. I know that the opposition team will always be under more pressure if I stand in the middle for long. I wait for my big overs now instead of having a go at every ball. I have realised this, implemented it in my batting and the results are showing,” said Yusuf.’Happy to have the skipper’s trust’Faith and form restored, Yusuf is happy that skipper Gambhir is giving him a chance to bat up the order.”I have always justified the faith skipper has shown in me. I have passed in every exam. I am happy the way captain is using me, good for me as well as the team if I come up the batting order and get more overs to bat,” says the Baroda batsman. With runs comes the hope of making a comeback in the Indian team. It’s been four years since Yusuf was last seen in Team India colours.”I am trying everything to make a comeback in the Indian team. I am working hard and I will definitely come back in the Indian team,” he assures.last_img read more

Rochelle Humes pregnant with her second child

first_imgLondon, Nov 17 (PTI) Singer Rochelle Humes is expecting her second child with husband Marvin Humes.The 27-year-old singer is already mother to three-year-old daughter Alaia-Mai with her former JLS star spouse.The Saturdays star Rochelle announced that the couple are preparing to welcome a new arrival into their lives, reported Daily Mirror.Sharing a stunning black and white picture of her wearing a sports bra and white shirt draped over her shoulders, Rochelle is seen cradling her already prominent bump.Admitting she and Marvin have yet to find out the sex of their unborn baby, Rochelle captioned the shot on Instagram: “Ten tiny fingers, ten tiny toes, but who are you? Nobody knows…” PTI JCH JCHlast_img read more

WATCH: Can Gunners shoot down Utd?

first_imgChelsea v Newcastle United WATCH: Can Arsenal continue home dominance over Man Utd? Goal 21:53 12/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Arsenal Manchester United Premier League Getty Images Chelsea v Newcastle United Watford v Tottenham Hotspur Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool Arsenal v Manchester United Manchester City v West Ham United Manchester United Newcastle United Chelsea Watford Tottenham Hotspur Liverpool Brighton & Hove Albion Arsenal Manchester City West Ham United Premier League Videos Arsene Wenger’s side are looking for their fourth win on the bounce in the highlight of the weekend’s action that could see Man City move out of sight Fresh from a thrilling round of midweek fixtures, the Premier League rolls on this weekend with the pick of the bunch pitting Arsenal against Manchester United.Three consecutive victories have fired the Gunners up to fourth and they’ll be hoping to continue their fine run against a side who have failed to beat them in four of their last five league visits to the Emirates.Arsenal have also won their last four Saturday evening kick-offs at home, though their last defeat arrived at the hands of United in November 2014. 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 Former Red Devil Danny Welbeck is pushing for a start and Wenger might be tempted to use the England international, who has scored in each of his last three appearances against his former side in all competitions.Second-place United will be desperate to take all three points to keep runaway leaders Man City in sight. Sitting pretty with 40 points on the board already, only Tottenham in 1960-61 can match City’s start to this top-flight season after 14 games (W13 D1)Third-placed Chelsea, meanwhile, welcome back former manager Rafa Benitez hoping to extend their run of 15 wins in 22 PL games against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge.Liverpool travel south to Brighton hoping in-form Mo Salah can inspire them to what would be only their second win in their last 5 trips to newly promoted sides.The Egyptian has now has had a hand in 14 goals in his 14 PL games for Liverpool (12 goals, 2 assists).Tottenham, down in sixth, head to Watford hoping to avoid a fourth consecutive away defeat. They last lost four in a row on the road in January 2009 under Harry Redknapp.Who will handle the pressure?The Goal Pressure Index is presented by Sure, Official Partner of Chelsea FC, Everton FC and Southampton FC. Join the conversation on Twitter @Sure.last_img read more

Trump to award Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom

first_img Reuters New YorkApril 16, 2019UPDATED: April 16, 2019 09:19 IST Donald Trump, an avid golfer, and Tiger Woods have played together in the past including in February (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTiger Woods’ one-stroke win at Augusta National has led to an outpouring of supportThe Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honour in the United StatesLove people who are great under pressure. What a fantastic life comeback for a really great guy!: TrumpUS President Donald Trump on Monday said he would award Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom after the golfer won the Masters for the fifth time on Sunday.”Spoke to @TigerWoods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday’s @TheMasters, & to inform him that because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM,” Trump tweeted.The victory on Sunday was one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, as the 43-year-old ended an 11-year major title drought having overcome personal and professional setbacks including a highly-public divorce and multiple surgeries.The one-stroke win at Augusta National led to an outpouring of support from sports greats and politicians including Trump.Trump, an avid golfer, and Woods have played together in the past including in February when the pair joined golf great Jack Nicklaus for a round at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida.Trump appeared to follow the action at this year’s Masters closely, tweeting well-wishes to the field on Saturday and encouraging people to tune in when Woods had the lead with just two holes left to play on Sunday.”Congratulations to @TigerWoods, a truly Great Champion!” Trump tweeted shortly after Woods sank a short putt to secure his 15th major title.”Love people who are great under pressure. What a fantastic life comeback for a really great guy!” he added later.The medal is the highest civilian honour in the United States and is given annually to people who have made outstanding contributions to the security or national interests of the country, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavours.advertisementSince taking office Trump has given the award to several athletes including former professional NFL players Roger Staubach and Alan Page and late professional baseball player George Herman “Babe” Ruth, Jr.Also Read | One of my biggest wins: Tiger Woods after winning Masters, his first major in 11 yearsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Donald TrumpFollow Tiger WoodsFollow Masters 2019 GolfFollow Presidential Medal of Freedom Next Trump to award Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of FreedomTiger Woods scripted one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history on Sunday as the celebrated golfer ended an 11-year major title drought having overcome personal and professional setbacks including a highly-public divorce and multiple injuries. advertisementlast_img read more

Owen & Fred: Define Your Lifestyle with a Great Bag

first_imgThe founder of Owen & Fred says his company’s products are so hot these days that men want them from the moment they wake in the morning to the time they go to bed. While the company offers more than 150 products, Mike Arnot specifically talks about their line of bags that guys use for commuting to work, going to the gym, or heading out on a weekend getaway.Related: 5 Weekender Bags for your Next Getaway“We have a great waxed canvas weekender,” said Arnot. “It’s well-sized. You could probably fit three soccer balls in it and a good number of clothes. We also have what I think are great-priced duffel bags. They’re $115 and you can’t beat that for a duffel you can use for the gym and a weekend getaway. We sell a lot of duffels.”Arnot launched the company in 2012, but at the time he wasn’t focused on bags. He was looking for a better wallet.“I wanted to buy a wallet that wasn’t too frilly or made with crappy leather,” he said. “You find a lot of that on the market. I thought we could design something and have it made here.”He put that vision into action and Owen & Fred was born. All of their products are high quality, affordable and made in the U.S. In 2014, they launched into retail stores and now have 450 accounts worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and J.Crew. Bloomingdale’s and Restoration Hardware are set to start selling Owen & Fred products this fall.Plus, Arnot is getting ready to unveil the first retail store in the historic NoLIta neighborhood in New York City. The store at 230 Mulberry Street is the first retail concept for Owen & Fred, with plans to launch similar stores in other domestic markets in 2017. The store design showcases the brand’s travel accessories and weekend bags, and features floor-to- ceiling looping videos shot from the flight deck of commercial aircraft.Owen & Fred is releasing two to three new products a month. In August, they will unveil a new grooming line called “You Dirty Dog.” We’ll be on the lookout for that. 7 Best Gym Bags to Haul All Your Workout Gear Editors’ Recommendations Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Save the Environment in Style: Taylor Stitch Makes New Apparel from Old Garments What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable last_img read more

Famous San Francisco Restaurant State Bird Provisions Serves Up New Cookbook

first_img The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App State Bird Provisions/FacebookWhen Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski met in high school, they had no idea that they would eventually create State Bird Provisions, one of the most successful restaurants in San Francisco.When the couple first leased the adjacent spaces that would eventually become their food business, they knew that they wanted to serve at least one thing: fried quail with stewed onions. Brioza notes that quail is California’s official bird, and the rest of the name came together organically.What started out as a recipe for quail would go on to become a famed Michelin-starred eatery at 1520 Fillmore St. in San Francisco’s Western Addition. Now the duo is sharing the dishes that turned their restaurant into one of the country’s most celebrated foodie destinations in State Bird Provisions: A Cookbook.The recipes in the cookbook are just as diverse as San Francisco. The combination of Brioza and Krasinski’s poignant stories and tasty recipes allows readers to bring the best of State Bird Provisions into their own kitchens.For those not familiar with the restaurant’s concept, Brioza and Krasinski have fused together a number of influences from the east and west, serving small plates dim-sum style with far-off and local influences. Since the menu didn’t fit into any typical boxes, Brioza drew inspiration from as far away as Italy, where he sourced farro, and  Vietnam, where he found the optimum fish sauce — eve as close as San Francisco’s Chinatown, where he discovered a Sichuan cumin lamb.Recipes include a braised pork belly made with only five ingredients (but first soaked in a simple brine of salt, water, sugar, pepper, dill pickles, and smoked trout). There’s even a chapter dedicated to ferments, pickles, and preserves that shows readers how to make sauerkraut. You’ll also learn more about  sauces, entrees, desserts, and everything in between — even some basic foundations of cooking.Feature image courtesy of State Bird Provisions/Facebook. World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene last_img read more

Its a dead zone says Pictou Landing Elder about pulp mills effect

first_imgLuke YohoAPTN NewsThe first thing you see driving onto the property of Pictou Landing Elder Carl Thomas is a sign that reads “No Pipe” attached to the side of his porch.Less than a half kilometre down the road is Boat Harbour – a body of water that has been the centre of a battle between the community and a pulp and paper mill for decades.“What I’ve seen happen here at Boat harbour back in 1966, it only took a few days to wipe out this whole harbour,” Thomas said. “All the fish were dead, they were upside down. There were clams, nothing was good anymore. Our whole livelihood was taken away.”A Lost Ecosystem Elder Carl Thomas at his home in Pictou Landing. Photo: Luke Yoho/APTNFor over 50 years, Northern Pulp has been dumping toxic effluent into Boat Harbour beside Pictou Landing First Nation.The pulp mill has been met with controversy and opposition from the community since the opening of the facility with complaints ranging from the plant’s odour to potentially-related health issues.On a daily basis, the pulp mill pumps 80 million litres of the effluent into settling ponds, where the wastewater sits for seven to 30 days as contaminants to settle to the bottom. After a dam at the mouth of the harbour releases the water back into the strait.“We can no longer swim back there, get our food back there, get our medicine back there, couldn’t do anything back there anymore,” said Thomas.“It’s a dead zone.”Water Protectors Assemble There is now a proposal from the mill to build a subsea pipe intended to dispose of effluent into Nova Scotia’s Northumberland Strait.Last weekend, Mi’kmaq activists and allies rallied on the beaches and in the waters of Pictou Harbour to protest the project.Thomas said the rally was a sign of solidarity for a community whose livelihood has been crippled since the pulp mill’s construction.“What they are proposing with that new pipeline, they are saying it’s not going to harm it. I don’t believe that,” said Thomas.Members of Pictou Landing have expressed concern for decades about the adverse effects of the pulp mill’s toxic refuse on the environment and the community, which was disregarded until an effluent leak in 2014 pushed the company to take action.The rupture brought much-needed attention to the condition of the lagoons, and the urgency to clean the harbour, which could cost over $130 million.Nicole MacKenzie standing by Boat Harbour. Photo: Luke Yoho/APTNA price tag that the company is indemnified from paying due to an agreement reached in the 1960’s with the province.“We are really concerned with what could happen if they get this proposal approved to pump their pulp effluent waste into pristine fishing grounds,” said activist Nicole MacKenzie.“We’re still working with the fishermen to build scientific-based evidence that pumping effluent into the Northumberland Strait will be harmful to the water and marine life.”Pictou Landing coordinated with several organizations, such as Friends of Northumberland Strait and the Northumberland Fishermen’s Association, to raise awareness about Northern Pulp’s decision to dump the potentially hazardous waste directly into the strait. Friday’s protest empowered a community whose cries for action have otherwise been ignored.A Change in Tide “We Indigenous people, we’re always concerned about the environment, no matter it be land or water or air. We always care,” said Thomas,“It was good to see the chiefs from other reserves come and support the rally. It was good to see all the boats from different provinces, from different fishing areas, come down and collaborating this big rally just to make people aware, the world aware, of what is really going on. What they are really proposing.”Good news may just be around the bend for the residents of Pictou County.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said on Tuesday that there may be federal intervention in the way of an environmental assessment once the plant submits their final proposal for the project in the fall.lyoho@aptn.calast_img read more

India is key focus area 3D printers next big thing

first_imgHouston: India is a very attractive market with high brand recognition for a computer hardware producer like Hewlett Packard, said HP Inc’s President for Asia Pacific and Japan, Tian Chong Ng. The Asia Pacific region — in which India is a key focus area — has been the fastest growing for HP and provided 16 per cent revenue growth last year. In Q1 of FY2019 it registered 8 per cent growth year-on-year, said Ng in the course of the HP Reinvent 2019 conference, the company’s largest global partner event. One reason for that is — India – and also the Asia Pacific region — tick marks on demographics trends which provide clear wins for HP: rapid urbanisation and more millennials are joining the work force. While HP is very positive on India and recognises its potential, there are no plans yet for setting up a manufacturing base in India. Ng said it already has a manufacturing base in China apart from others in Vietnam, Thailand and Japan. “There is an existing ecosystem in China and we don’t have plans for setting up a manufacturing base in India, he said. One focus area is the 3D printer, which offers HP great opportunity. Construction and automotive sectors are the focus areas here. Meanwhile, an MoU has been signed with the Andhra Pradesh government. “To be successful in India demands that we understand it,” he said. HP is also pushing gaming in a big way. However, this has not led to any thinking for manufacturing mobile phones in India, despite the high number of gamers in the country spurred by affordable android phones and cheap data. “Our strength is the PC business and we offer a whole family of products in that space,” Ng said.last_img read more

Ambassador Mauritania Is on Algerias Side in Western Sahara

Speaking to Mauritanian outlet Anbaa on December 15, Blah Ould Mekia, Mauritania’s ambassador to Rabat said that his country’s position is more in line with Algeria’s than Morocco’s. A known Polisario Front supporter, Algeria is pushing for self-determination in Western Sahara, in defiance of Morocco’s position that calls for local autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty.While Mauritania has traditionally dubbed itself a “neutral observer,” Ambassador Mekia said that Algiers and Nouakchott “share similar opinions when it comes to the Western Sahara conflict.” The Mauritanian diplomat explained that his country feels closer to Algeria on various other security issues on the regional and continental stages. On August 19, Algiers and Nouakchott  opened the land border between them. Referring to the move in the warmest terms, Mekia said that the event is the start of the countries’ ambition to establish a bilateral platform to face regional challenges.Read Also: US Officials Urge Trump Administration to Support Morocco on Western Sahara ConflictHe said: “The two countries have a similar vision for several regional and international issues, especially when it comes to the Western Sahara conflict brought under the auspices of the United Nations, as well as issues related to the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime.”In addition to security, Algeria and Mauritania are collaborating to “strengthen cooperation at all levels” and further their common regional agenda. The reason for the change, the ambassador argued, is because “Algeria is aware of the Maghreb region’s challenges.”Mekia’s statements are likely to shock Morocco’s diplomatic circles. Rabat expected closer ties with Nouakchott to allow for more diplomatic overtures in the Western Sahara settlement discussions.In early November, Morocco’s foreign affairs minister Nasser Bourita traveled to Mauritania to extend to President Ould Abdelaziz “a special message” from King Mohammed VI. The visit sought to “open a new chapter” in the two countries’ relations and probably to get Mauritania onboard with Morocco at the December 5-6 Geneva meeting.“Nothing will be like before,” an optimistic Bourita said after meeting with the Mauritanian president. “There is sincere political will on both sides to impart a new dynamic to bilateral relations in all domains,” the Moroccan minister said of his expectations based on his “warm and candid” discussion with Mauritanian officials.At the time, Morocco’s optimism seemed to echo in Mauritania. Shortly before Bourita’s state visit to Mauritania, Sidi Mohamed Ould Maham, Mauritania’s communications minister and government spokesperson said, “If Morocco takes one step forward towards Mauritania, you should rest assured that Mauritania will take ten steps forward.”Two weeks after the first Geneva meeting, however, the expected diplomatic overtures seem more distant than first thought. read more

With hurricanes wildfires evacuation orders fall short

MIAMI — With Hurricane Michael strengthening as it took aim at Florida’s Panhandle, Mark Bowen and his employees watched the live footage through tears.They weren’t looking at increasingly dire storm forecasts last October. They were watching cameras trained on rural Bay County’s three main evacuation routes leading away from sugar-white beaches.Traffic was flowing smoothly when there should have been gridlock.Bowen, the county’s emergency management chief, had ordered about 120,000 coastal residents to evacuate but only about 20,000 actually left, according to preliminary estimates by county engineers.“There was this period where we were just beside ourselves,” Bowen said. “We couldn’t move our population to act.”It’s a problem Florida officials face before every big storm, though they usually have far more time than their counterparts in California, who need to evacuate residents threatened by fast-moving wildfires.Zachary Byrd said he got “not a word” to evacuate a wildfire closing in on the California town of Paradise.He had signed up for every warning system and previously got evacuation orders on his cellphone. But on the morning of Nov. 8, it took screams from his girlfriend to wake him up to the smell of Paradise on fire. One look out the window and Byrd knew he and his girlfriend had to flee.On the one main road out of town, gridlock was so bad people abandoned their vehicles and ran as flames crackled closer on both sides. It took Byrd almost three hours to get 15 miles (24 kilometres) to safety.“There came a point where I thought I might die,” he said of the Camp Fire that would kill 85, many of them elderly people trapped in their homes. He says until recently, he had weekly nightmares of the traffic jam and the sound of exploding propane tanks.“It sounded like we were getting bombed,” he said.Warning Californians to flee wildfires has been left solely to local officials for decades, and the alerts often came too late and failed to reach a large number of residents.The evacuation failures in Paradise and elsewhere have state authorities taking lessons from Florida and other states where hurricanes require a unified strategy to potentially get millions out of harm’s way.The efforts still run up against an entrenched problem: Some people just won’t leave, no matter the number of the warnings or how dire they are.California launched its first guidelines in March for local officials to follow during evacuations. The Florida Division of Emergency Management has used similar guidelines for years.Florida stresses regional co-ordination and allowing time to evacuate large communities, with county governments deciding when to tell people to flee.California’s new guidance urges communities to rely on a federal warning system, which ensures alerts reach the greatest number of people quickly, usually through cellphones.One of the biggest lessons in the new California guidelines: “Incomplete or imperfect information is not a valid reason to delay or avoid issuing a warning. Time is of the essence.”Researchers have found that only about half of people in mandatory evacuation zones leave before hurricanes. The percentage is higher for wildfires, but many still ignore the orders.People stay because of health problems, the cost and skepticism of the danger, as well as pets and animals that can be hard to accommodate. That’s why Cathy Fallon, her husband and adult son decided to ride out California’s most destructive wildfire as it churned across their modest Paradise ranch.“My horses,” Fallon said of her decision to stay even as the wildfire roared over a hillside.It’s difficult to devise evacuation plans for wildfires because they offer so little warning and can quickly shift direction, said Ron Anderson of Florida Disaster Consulting, who helped co-ordinate evacuations for hurricanes and wildfires for nearly 30 years with Florida’s Department of Transportation.“How are you going to evacuate for a wildfire when the wind could change and shut the road down with smoke?” he said. “With a hurricane, we know the road isn’t going to shut down for a few more days.”The best way to save lives is to plan ahead, Anderson said, by educating homeowners to clear properties of vegetation and debris that can burn and giving them a destination to go in a disaster.“Set up something in the community away from any wildfire or smoke damage that you could use as a shelter, so you’re not just telling people to leave and then leaving them to go their own direction,” Anderson said.To speed up evacuations, Florida transportation officials in January 2018 advised opening emergency shoulders to highway traffic, adding more lanes and emergency roadside services to major evacuation routes, adjusting traffic signals, and adding more cameras and message signs to alert drivers to problems.Many California communities have similar plans, but rural and remote towns with fewer resources and roads face special challenges. In Paradise, for instance, the main evacuation route was a narrow, two-lane road that couldn’t handle the sudden influx of traffic on Nov. 8 when 14,000 needed to flee at once.Residents need one unambiguous message from local officials when disaster looms, said Marty Senterfitt, director of emergency management and fire deputy chief in the Florida Keys. Offering options can confuse people and lead them to pick the most appealing option, instead of the safest.“Whatever your message is, you have to be definitive, and you have to be precise,” Senterfitt said. “You can’t in any way allow people’s minds to take the path of least resistance.”Two months before the chaotic evacuation of Paradise, the California governor signed a bill introduced by state Sen. Mike Mcguire that led to the publication of the state’s unifying guidelines last month. McGuire, a Democrat, represents much of the state’s wine country hit hard by wildfire in 2017. Many residents complained they didn’t receive warnings.“Bottom line, this legislation will save lives,” McGuire said. “The size and scope of wildland fires in California has grown exponentially over the past decade and a universal emergency alert system can’t come soon enough.”___Elias reported from San Francisco.Jennifer Kay And Paul Elias, The Associated Press read more

UN protocol against smuggling of migrants set to come into force

The protocol against smuggling by land, sea or air, which supplements the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, will enter into force on 28 January, according to a statement issued today by the UN Information Service in Vienna.The protocol requires participant countries to incorporate its provisions into domestic law, to seek out and prosecute offenders and to improve international cooperation on the issue.The smuggling of migrants is defined as the procurement of the illegal entry of a person into a state of which they are not a citizen or resident, for financial or material benefit.The countries that have ratified the protocol are: Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Ecuador, France, the Gambia, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Senegal, Serbia and Montenegro, Spain, Tajikistan, Tunisia and Turkey. read more

Jockey Club restricts drink at the races to limit bad behaviour that

first_imgRacegoers believed to be professional footballers urinating into a glass at CheltenhamCredit: Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph 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. It is one of racing’s biggest showpiece events, but last year was marked by scenes of urinating footballers and women flashing in a hospitality box.Now the Jockey Club is to crack down on antisocial behaviour and drunkenness at the Cheltenham Festival by restricting racegoers to buying four alcoholic drinks at at time.Horse riding chiefs have ordered every public bar to have a water point and free bottles of water will be available at the end of the day. Complimentary bars in corporate hospitality boxes will also shut earlier at next month’s meeting.  Ian Renton, chief executive of the four-day festival, told The Times: “Our message is enjoy yourself and have a great day out at the races but don’t come here purely to drink.”It’s not want we want, it’s not the sort of publicity we want for the racecourse,” he said. “We want to ensure all racegoers can enjoy their racegoing unhindered by people drinking irresponsibly.”We are reinforcing our standard procedures, increasing the training of staff and the briefing of managers, and ensured that every member of bar staff has watched a video on responsible drinking.” Racegoers enjoying a drink during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse “We have taken steps to ensure those who have been errant in the past will be prevented from booking,” Mr Renton said. “We will look to ensure they are not booking under assumed names.”Ticket touts will also be curbed. As part of the co-ordinated approach with police and the local authority a bylaw has been passed to make street vending an offence. The law will be enforced by council officers backed up by police if necessary and will involve the confiscation of tickets.”Touting is moving towards the top of our list of issues to address,” Mr Renton said. “From the day I arrived four years ago we have tried to crack down to prevent this. It is slowly beginning to work.”The bylaw is a fantastic step forward and will assist us hugely. We have been cracking down on touts on the racecourse but cracking down on touts in the town is a sign of what we are trying to achieve and sends a strong message that they are not wanted.” Racegoers believed to be professional footballers urinating into a glass at Cheltenham The same limit will be enforced at key events at the club’s other courses, which include 14 of Britain’s best-known tracks, among them Aintree, the home of the Grand National, and Epsom, which stages the Derby.Cheltenham will also stop “making a virtue” in pre-festival publicity of the amount of drink consumed.The 2015 publicity said that 265,000 pints of Guinness, 120,000 bottles of wine and 20,000 bottles of champagne were drunk. Racegoers enjoying a drink during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham RacecourseCredit: Mike Egerton/PAlast_img read more

Images harder to ignore than words

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram His name was Aylan Kurdi. He was three years old. His five-year-old brother Galip and his mother Rehan were also lying dead a few steps away.Together with his father Abdullah, Aylan left his town Kobane, and was flung into the Mediterranean on a dinghy that capsized carrying 13 more souls to freedom.Aylan might be free now, however, the image of his tiny body washed ashore has haunted our souls. The question is: for how long? The conflict in the Middle East has been generating dead bodies for more than four years now, yet it seemed so distant and complicated for most first world citizens that only few would engage. No matter how many stories were published on the Syrian tragedy, no matter how many soldiers and journalists died reporting on countless dead children, our conscience would fall asleep soon afterwards. The debate around this picture has become an endless argumentum ad absurdum. Are we shocked because it deeply shakes us within or because it creates a feeling of unease unsuitable to our comfort zone?Is showing the dead child’s photo an act of disrespect towards him and his family; towards humanity itself?To this argument, one can raise the thousands of bloodstained photos of decapitated and shot to death children from Syria, which in an ‘equally disrespectful’ manner have been surfing the media. No matter how exposed to the obscene we are, we still manage to rationalise our horror and let it go. We have seen so many violence depictions that we have somewhat become desensitised.Aylan’s tiny body, however, lying peacefully ‘asleep’ on one Bodrum’s most popular sandy resorts did spread sentiment around the globe.Within hours, pity and sadness were succeeded by anger and repugnance.This dead child’s image, though, is hardly gruesome or revulsive in a literal sense. What is disturbing about his photo is probably how much it touches home, whilst being one swim away from Europe’s doorstep.Perhaps our aversion to this ‘politically-incorrect’ portrayal of reality stems from how difficult Aylan has made it to keep turning our backs on his plight. Perhaps he bares more resemblance to our safe western world children than we can handle. Would his father’s voice describing how the sea swallowed his family have the same impact on social media? Probably not.Hours after the powerful photographs emerged, many Conservative backbenchers began to urge Australia and the US to accept more refugees.European Union leaders announced they will convene at an emergency summit on 14 September to process, identify and aid the thousands of migrants entering the continent.Aylan’s perilous journey towards the European Promised Land came to an end in Bodrum. Meanwhile, his photograph continues to travel spreading a powerful message.How we choose to decipher it and whether it will reach its destination, is another matter.last_img read more

Canada un trafic maritime réglementé pour protéger les eaux arctiques

first_imgCanada : un trafic maritime réglementé pour protéger les eaux arctiquesCanada – Le ministre canadien des Transports, John Baird, a annoncé la mise en place d’une zone de trafic maritime réglementée visant notamment à préserver les eaux arctiques de la pollution.La nouvelle réglementation mise en place par le gouvernement canadien devrait entrer en vigueur dès le mois de juillet prochain. Elle exigera des navires de grande taille qu’ils envoient des renseignements aux autorités (identité, itinéraire…) lorsqu’ils naviguent dans les eaux de l’Arctique canadien. Ces mesures, a expliqué le ministre des Transports,permettront en plus d’assurer une navigation efficace, de renforcer la sécurité des bateaux, de leurs équipages et passagers, tout en protégeant “le milieu marin unique et fragile de l’Arctique”.John Baird a également souligné que la connaissance des positions et mouvements des navires contribuera notamment à mettre en place des interventions bien plus rapides et efficaces lors d’un déversement d’hydrocarbures. Et d’ajouter que “ces renseignements seront encore plus importants lorsque le trafic maritime augmentera en raison du développement dans l’Arctique”.Le 6 mars 2010 à 19:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more