FIFA calls proposed Futsal League as unauthorised

Mumbai, Apr 6 (PTI) Expressing concerns over the proposed Premier Futsal league, announced yesterday with great fanfare here by former Portugal football star Luis Figo, world governing football body FIFA has shot off a letter to the All India Football Federation, it has been learnt. “FIFAs head of events, Jaime Yarza, has sent a letter to the AIFF expressing concerns over a non-affiliated group having announced the Futsal League which has not been sanctioned by them,” a source privy to the development told PTI today. Yesterday, Figo launched the five-a-side Futsal League featuring eight city-based franchise teams which is to be held in the country from July 15-24. Figo, who played with distinction for top Spanish sides Barcelona and Real Madrid, will be the president of the first-ever futsal league, started by Indian entrepreneurs under the entity Premier Futsal Management private limited, it was announced at a media conference here. The tournament is to bring together 56 top Futsal players from 21 countries across the world with each franchise team comprising three international players, one international marquee soccer player and one Indian player. Each squad would be made up of 12 players. The League, in association with Futsal Association of India, would launch a talent programme across the eight cities to identify five regional players of each team. The eight cities/states having franchise outfits are: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi, Hyderabad and Goa. Figo, the 43-year-old former FIFA World Player of the Year, said that it was a new challenge for him and he looked forward to succeeding in it as he had done as a player earlier. “Its a new challenge and adventure I have taken up, which I hope to make as a success and thats why I said yes to this new project,” he told the press conference. “People love soccer and cricket out here. India has a huge population, a huge market and it offers a huge opportunity for doing sports events with great success. I am doing something positive for the sport and the country and my experience as a soccer player will hopefully help me in this development,” said Figo at the launch. PTI SSR DK SSC SSCadvertisement read more

Mahendra Singh Dhoni becomes joint second-most successful ODI skipper

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni added another feather to his cap when he led India to a 3-0 clean sweep of Zimbabwe in a three-match ODI series in Harare.Chasing a paltry 124 to blank the hosts, India rode on fifties by debutant Faiz Fazal and Lokesh Rahul to hammer Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in the third ODI. (Dhoni becomes first Indian wicketkeeper to complete 350 ODI dismissals)The victory helped Dhoni become the second-most successful captain as he joined former Australia skipper Allan Border to win 107 ODIs. Another ex-Aussie captain Ricky Ponting heads the list with 165 victories. (Dhoni flexes his muscles after crushing Zimbabwe)The victory also helped Dhoni become the first Indian captain to record three ODI series whitewashes. Before Zimbabwe, India had defeated England 5-0 in 2008 and repeated their feat in 2011-12. Both of these series sweeps came at home. (Faiz Fazal justifies late call-up with swashbuckling fifty on ODI debut)That’s not all. Dhoni also became the first Indian wicket-keeper and fourth in the world to complete 350 dismissals in ODIs. Dhoni has taken 261 catches and effected 89 stumpings in 278 matches. (Dhoni happy to focus on daughter after hectic season)He achieved the feat yesterday against Zimbabwe, when he caught Elton Chigumbura off medium pacer Jasprit Bumrah in the 33rd over.Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara leads the list with 482 dismissals followed by Australian Adam Gilchrist and South African Mark Boucher with 472 and 424 dismissals, respectively.last_img read more

Mashrafe Mortaza and Sabbir Rahman fined, Jos Buttler reprimanded

first_imgBangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza and batsman Sabbir Rahman have been fined 20 percent of their match fees following an angry exchange with England skipper Jos Buttler during the second one-day international on Sunday.Buttler was reprimanded after being found guilty of “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting” after his dismissal during Bangladesh’s series-levelling 34-run victory.”The Bangladesh players overstepped in their celebration of Jos Buttler’s wicket, which prompted an inappropriate reaction from the dismissed batsman and required the on-field umpires’ intervention,” Javagal Srinath, a member of the International Cricket Council’s elite panel of match referees, said in a statement on Monday. (Also read: Mashrafe Mortaza stars as Bangladesh humble England to level ODI series)”We all want to see high intensity on the field of play, but only as long as it is not provoking or antagonising or disrespecting the opponent.”Buttler, who said he was disappointed by Bangladesh’s celebrations after the game, had to be held back by the umpires during a heated confrontation after he was given out lbw for 57 following a review.All three players admitted the offences and accepted the sanctions.last_img read more

Harry Kane completes season with hat trick, collects Premier League golden boot

first_imgHarry Kane scored his second hat trick inside three days as Tottenham beat relegated Hull 7-1 on Sunday, ensuring the striker finished as the Premier League’s top scorer for the second successive season.Kane collected the league’s golden boot despite missing around three months of the season through injury for the Premier League runners-up.After netting four in Tottenham’s 6-1 thrashing of Leicester on Thursday to overtake Everton’s Romelu Lukaku in the scoring charts, Kane took his league tally to 29 against Hull.Harry Kane becomes the 5th player to win the #GoldenBoot in back-to-back #PL seasons Premier League (@premierleague) May 21, 2017Kane scored twice in the opening 13 minutes and completed his treble midway through the second period to complete Tottenham’s best top-flight campaign since 1963 in fine style.From the man himself, @HKane…#PLFinale #GoldenBoot Premier League (@premierleague) May 21, 2017Dele Alli, Victor Wanyama, Ben Davies and Toby Alderweireld also netted for Spurs, while Sam Clucas scored Hull’s only goal. Tottenham, without a league title since 1961, finished seven points behind Chelsea.So proud to win this beauty again! Thanks to the team for helping me achieve this! Perfect week to finish the season! #COYS #GoldenBoot Harry Kane (@HKane) May 21, 2017last_img read more

Asian Games 2018: A look at India’s 6 gold medals so far

first_imgThe 18th edition of the Asian Games is underway in Indonesia. India have sent a 572-athlete strong contingent, who will be participating in 18 different events. Indian athletes have already clinched six gold medals at the event and would be looking to better their tally from the 2014 Incheon Games, where India won 11 gold medals.Here are the gold medal medal winners for India at Asian Games 2018 so far:Bajrang Punia, wrestlingWrestler Bajrang won India’s its first gold medal at the games in the 65kg freestyle category.An in-form Bajrang outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout.In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but the Haryana grappler held his nerve to prevail 10-8 in an exciting battle.Vinesh Phogat, wrestlingVinesh created hsitory after she won the 50kg category final. Vinesh is the first Indian female wrestler to win gold at the Games.Vinesh defeated Japan’s Irie Yuki 6-2 in the final to bag the top prize.Saurabh Chaudhary, shootingSaurabh, clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event with Games record of 240.7. The 16-year-old, son of a farmer, became the youngest Indian shooter to strike gold at the games.Rahi Sarnobat, shootingRahi scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games as she prevailed in a nervy shoot-off in the 25m pistol event.The 27-year-old got the better of Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a shoot-off after both shot a Games record score of 34 in the finals.advertisementIndian rowing teamThe Indian rowing team clinched the gold medal in the men’s Quadruple Sculls final.The Indian rowing team comprising of Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 6:17.13 to bag the yellow medal.Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan, tennisBopanna and Sharan won the gold medal in the men’s doubles tennis event at the ongoing 18th Asian Games 2018 in the twin cities of Jakarta and Palembang by winning the gold medal match against Kazakhstan’s men’s doubles pair.Bopanna and Sharan, who were the top seeds in the event, played to their billing throughout the tournament and beat Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyev 6-3, 6-4 to scoop the top prize in the event.last_img read more

Ederson tipped to join De Gea among global elite

first_imgManchester City Ederson tipped to join De Gea among global elite following Manchester derby heroics Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 00:06 12/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(14) Ederson Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Manchester United v Manchester City Manchester United Kyle Walker believes his Manchester City team-mate boasts the potential to become the best goalkeeper in world football Ederson is capable of challenging the likes of David de Gea for the title of best goalkeeper in world football, says Manchester City team-mate Kyle Walker.The Brazilian moved to England over the summer as part of a big-money rebuilding project at the Etihad Stadium.With Pep Guardiola eager to find a ball-playing keeper to complete his side, £35 million was spent luring the 24-year-old away from Benfica. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ederson has impressed during his short time at City, with an eye-catching display against Manchester United in his last outing – which included a crucial double save to deny Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata – convincing Walker that his colleague is destined for the top.Asked by City TV where the Brazilian stands in the goalkeeping pecking order, Walker said: “He’s right up there.“I’ve played with some good goalkeepers – Hugo Lloris is a top-class goalkeeper. De Gea, you can see he’s a world-class goalkeeper as well.“But Ede, how young he is, the potential he has got and how he wants to learn each and every day, I think he can go right to the top.”Ederson save Manchester United Manchester City Premier League 10122017Ederson kept Lukaku at bay with his face during a 2-1 victory over United, while being alert enough to then stick out an arm to deny Mata.It is not the first time that he has put his body on the line for the good of the City cause, with an infamous collision with Liverpool’s Sadio Mane back in September leaving him requiring stitches as he was offered an early lesson in how tough life in the Premier League can be.He has, however, been able to answer all the questions asked of him so far to help Guardiola’s side pull 11 points clear at the top of the table.City are now being billed as title winners in waiting, despite there still being some 22 games to come, but Walker insists nobody at the Etihad will be allowing complacency to set in.The England international added: “We need to keep working hard, keep preparing physically and mentally for each and every game.“We’ve got an important one on Wednesday against Swansea and we just need to go and get the three points.”On his first experience of the Manchester derby, a man who has previously graced similar occasions in Sheffield and north London said: “It was good. It’s always good when you’re winning. I’m buzzing.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Kentucky Basketball: John Calipari Tells Colin Cowherd He Has To “Go To Church, Ask For Forgiveness” For His John Wall Criticism

first_imgJohn Calipari talks to Colin Cowherd about John Wall.John Calipari Colin Cowherd John WallColin Cowherd likes to criticize John Wall. The ESPN personality does it often on his radio show. For an in-depth look at Cowherd’s distaste for the Washington Wizards’ star point guard, you can read this by the Washington Post‘s Dan Steinberg. This morning, Wall’s college coach, John Calipari, went on Cowherd’s ESPN radio show. During his appearance, Calipari discussed Cowherd’s criticism of his former player. He doesn’t like it. The 56-year-old Wildcats’ coach joked that Cowherd has to “go to church” and “ask for forgiveness” for his Wall hate. Calipari to Colin Cowherd on John Wall hate: “You’ve gotta go to church, ask for forgiveness, let it go.”— Dan Bodner (@DanBodnerKSC) June 5, 2015Here’s video of the interview, courtesy of Sports Grid.This is why Kentucky fans love Calipari so much.last_img read more

Now Ashok Leyland declares noworking day in 5 factories

first_imgMumbai: Ashok Leyland on Monday declared a ‘no-working day’ for five of its factories across India, days after it reported a sharp drop of 47 per cent in its sales for August.The commercial vehicle major said that “due to weak demand for our products” the company will see “non-working days” at various plant “locations during September 2019”. At Ennore in Chennai, the number of non-working days would be 16, at Hosur 1, 2, CPPS it would be five while at Alwar, Rajasthan it would be 10. At Bhandara, Maharashtra the number of non-working days will be 10, while for Pantnagar in UP, it will be 18. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsIn a statement issued earlier, the company said that it sold a total of 9,231 units in August, down from 17,386 units sold during the corresponding month in 2018. Meanwhile, the ongoing consumption slowdown that has gripped the Indian economy dragged down the automobile industry August sales to their lowest level since 1997-98, data showed on Monday. Data furnished by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), showed that total sales of the Indian automobile sector declined by 23.55 per cent in August to 1,821,490 units, from 2,382,436 units sold during the corresponding month of the previous year. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThis is the steepest fall in overall vehicle sales in the country since SIAM started recording wholesale vehicle sales data in 1997-98. Passenger car sales in the month under consideration plunged by 41.09 per cent to 115,957 units, against 196,847 units sold in August 2018. In the commercial vehicle segment, sales were down by 38.71 per cent to 51,897 units. The sale of three-wheelers in August declined by 6.93 per cent to 58,818 units. In the case of two-wheelers, which include scooters, motorcycles and mopeds, the sale edged lower by 22.24 per cent to 1,514,196 units.last_img read more

Greenhouse growers uproot other crops for a stake in lucrative cannabis market

first_imgLINCOLN, Ont. – Inside this southern Ontario greenhouse, workers delicately clip each stem of a potted orchid onto thin, black stakes jutting out from its soil, marking the finishing touches on the final floral harvest before turning over a new leaf: marijuana.The Lincoln, Ont. facility, which was purchased by Newstrike Resources Ltd. last year and will be filled with cannabis plants in the coming months, is one of many across Canada where traditional crops are being uprooted as licensed marijuana producers seek to expand as quickly as possible ahead of the legalization of recreational marijuana this summer.Greenhouse growers — already coping with long-standing challenges such as foreign competition and thinning margins — are facing added pressure from the rise of marijuana as a legal, commercial crop because it creates more competition for horticultural talent and higher profitability expectations for financing.That leaves indoor farmers increasingly eyeing the more lucrative source of green.“They’re doing the math and saying: ‘Hey, if I’m unable to get my prices up on my vegetables, then this marijuana thing and what they’re paying for it… might help me average out’,” said Joseph Sbrocchi, the general manager of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers.Their newfound interest in what was once the black sheep of horticulture presents an opportunity for Canadian licensed marijuana producers looking to scale up quickly.Newstrike bought the greenhouse in August from the Westbrook Group of Companies, which is in the midst of overhauling operations as the flower business is facing new challenges including online shopping and cost increases.Newstrike had been looking at several greenhouses to take over and decided that the semi-robotic orchid facility would be best suited for growing cannabis, said chief operating officer Kevin Epp.Newstrike preferred to retrofit a greenhouse and hire some of its employees rather than build one from the ground up, which can require long application processes for permits and recruiting and training of new employees, Epp added.Others are also jumping into the greenhouse space, which offers licensed producers more natural, and therefore cheaper, growing conditions than the large-scale warehouses they first began building.In December, Canopy Growth Corp. signed a joint venture deal with Les Serres Stephan Bertrand Inc., a large-scale tomato greenhouse operator in Quebec. As part of the deal, Canopy will lease a greenhouse from Bertrand that will be upgraded and retrofitted for cannabis production by April.And in January, Aphria Inc. decided to expand its own greenhouse operations in a deal with fellow Leamington, Ont.-based greenhouse grower Double Diamond Farms, which grows tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and eggplant in the region known for agriculture.Village Farms International Inc., one of the largest and longest-running greenhouse growers in North America, was one of the first to take a closer look at pot.In June last year, the tomato, pepper and cucumber grower inked a joint venture with licensed producer Emerald Health Therapeutics. As part of the agreement, a massive greenhouse that was used for tomatoes in Delta, B.C. is being converted to cannabis production, with options to acquire two additional greenhouses.The lucrative cannabis market is making it harder for farmers growing other crops to obtain financing for greenhouses, said Sylvain Charlebois, professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University.When a farmer seeks financing for a greenhouse, one key assessment metric is the future financial performance of the facility, he explained. Marijuana not only has higher revenue potential, it also requires less labour, energy and moisture than some traditional crops, Charlebois added. In turn, cannabis has raised the bar for expected greenhouse profitability.“You have a beautiful car that just rolled into the parking lot, which is more beautiful than the car that you are looking at buying,” Charlebois said. “Well, obviously, it will attract more attention elsewhere. And that’s what cannabis is doing.”Farmers are also facing increased competition on the talent front, with Canadian marijuana companies on a hiring spree to acquire staff for new or expanding facilities.Michael DeGiglio, Village Farms’ chief executive, said there has always been poaching in the vegetable industry, in which it can take a decade to train a confident grower. Village Farms prides itself on not cannibalizing other companies’ talent, he said, but such activity is now starting to ramp up.“There’s always poaching, and there will be huge poaching in this sector too,” he said.DeGiglio warns, however, that picking off growers with higher pay will lead to a “scenario of disaster” in the future when cannabis profits may not be so lush. Both cannabis companies and traditional greenhouse growers have said they are being squeezed, for example, from Ontario’s 21-per-cent pay jump to $14 an hour as of Jan. 1.“Cannabis will commoditize out like every other crop… And one day when the supply is greater than the demand, things will recheck,” he said. “And you can’t afford to pay people more than the competitive salaries.”But even when the nascent Canadian marijuana sector matures in two or three years, DeGiglio expects the margins on marijuana will still be three or four times more than vegetables.Profit margins on produce have been eroding for 10 years because of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the strain of competing with Mexico, where wages are far lower, he said.“We keep cutting our costs, but you get to the point where you’re cutting into bone.”Companies in this story: (TSXV:HIP, TSX:APH, TSX:WEED, TSX:VFF, CSE:EMH)last_img read more

China insists no hidden agenda in relationship with Sri Lanka

“Some other country’s allegation on China-Sri Lanka cooperation in Port area (Hambantota port) is baseless and incorrect. China welcomes any interested third party to participate the cooperation and make joint efforts to build Sri Lanka into the regional hub,” he said.President Maithripala Sirisena and the Chinese Ambassador recently participated in the groundbreaking ceremony to construct an agricultural economic center in Kaduruwela, Polonnaruwa funded by the Chinese. “China always attaches great importance to the efforts of Sri Lankan Government to improve people’s living standards,” he said. President Sirisena said the Agricultural Economic Centre would be built at a cost of Rs. 50.2 million under the assistance of the Chinese Government.The new center will comprise of a main commercial complex and an agricultural complex including stalls, children’s play area, cafeterias, banking facilities and sanitary facilities.China is also funding a well-drilling project in Welikanda, Polonnaruwa.  (Colombo Gazette) Ambassador Yi also emphasized that China’s cooperation with Sri Lanka has no hidden agenda and aims to seek a win-win situation. China has insisted there is no hidden agenda in its relationship with Sri Lanka.A statement by the Chinese Embassy in Colombo quoted the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang as saying as a true friend of Sri Lanka, China offered assistance to Sri Lanka without any conditions. read more

Motorcycle crash in the Falls

It’s been a bad day for motorcyclists on roads in the Niagara region.A man in his 30’s was airlifted to Hamilton General Hospital with serious injuries after his motorcycle was involved in a crash with a car on Lundy’s Lane Tuesday evening.The collision forced a section of Lundy’s Lane from Beechwood Road to Highway 58 to be closed for several hours while police investigated.There’s no word on the victim’s name or if any charges will be laid.A motorcyclist was killed earlier in the day after colliding with an SUV in Fort Erie.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Tilray Inc signs deal to acquire Alberta cannabis retailer Four20

NANAIMO, B.C. — Cannabis producer Tilray Inc. says it has signed a deal to acquire Alberta cannabis retailer Four20 in an agreement valued at up to $110 million.Calgary-based Four20 owns and operates six stores in Alberta and has secured 16 additional store locations.Under the terms of the agreement, Tilray will pay $70 million in Tilray class 2 common shares when the deal closes and an additional $40 million in common shares subject to the achievement of certain performance milestones.Tilray is making the acquisition through its High Park Holdings Ltd. subsidiary.The company says it plans to use Four20’s retail expertise to help expand into other provincial markets where licensed producer retail ownership will be permitted in the future.The deal is subject to regulatory approval and subject to customary terms and conditions, including approval by Four20 shareholders and court approval of the arrangement.The Canadian Press read more

Boyfriend left Holby City actor John Michies daughter to die of drug overdose

Louella Fletcher-Michie and Ceon BroughtonCredit:Instagram Louella Fletcher-Michie and Ceon Broughton Sam Michie, Daisy Michie (Louella’s sister), John Michie, Carol Fletcher and Louella Fletcher-Michie pictured in 2015Credit:FameFlynet/Andy Barnes Prosecutor William Mousley QC said Broughton had been given a suspended sentence a month before the incident on September 10, 2017, and didn’t seek help for Ms Fletcher-Michie because he “didn’t want to be arrested”.  In August 2017 Broughton was given a 24-week prison sentence suspended for a year. The jury was not told what offence he had committed.Mr Mousley QC said: “Broughton knew that committing another offence would land him with 24 weeks, or possibly more, in jail.”Mr Mousley QC said “shockingly” Broughton “put his own liberty before her life” and said his “failure to get her treatment was borne out of selfishness and self-preservation”. Jurors were shown videos of dancer Ms Fletcher-Michie visibly distressed from the effects of 2C-P and heard Broughton had texted a friend saying “I can’t get bagged” in reference to being arrested. It is understood Ms Fletcher-Michie was the first known death from 2C-P. Broughton denies manslaughter and supplying Ms Fletcher-Michie with a class A drug.Broughton, of Enfield, London, has already admitted two counts of supplying class A drugs in relation to giving Ms Fletcher-Michie and her friend 2C-P at Glastonbury. Michie has now returned to Holby. The trial continues.The videos of a dying girlfriend Jurors were shown clips of the many recordings Broughton made using his mobile phone in the woods, showing Ms Fletcher-Michie heavily affected by the drug.She could be seen shouting loudly, repeating incoherent sentences and even hitting herself. In a police interview, Broughton said he “didn’t understand the gravity of the situation” and didn’t think it was “life or death”.A toxicology report revealed Ms Fletcher-Michie had 2C-P, ketamine and MDMA in her system. Mr Mousley QC said Louella was a “fit and healthy” dancer who worked abroad, rarely drank alcohol and enjoyed taking drugs recreationally at parties and festivals but was “always safe”.The opening from the prosecutionMr Mousley, opening the trial at Winchester Crown Court in Hampshire on Tuesday, said: “Less than an hour before her 25th birthday she died having taken a large dose, later described as an overdose by the defendant, from class A drug 2C-P, which he gave her.”Broughton was 28 at the time and he did not intend to cause the harm that he did and she willingly took it but it had a terrible effect on her. Mr Mousley QC said: “In the end Carol was so concerned she told her husband and they dropped everything to travel there from north London.”Ms Fletcher-Michie’s brother Sam also messaged Broughton urging him to get her help. “While he did communicate that he did have concerns through his phone he failed to take personal responsibility for a period of six hours.”Any reasonable person would have realised her life was in danger, had she been treated there is good reason to believe she would have recovered.”His failure to get her treatment, which alone would have saved her life, was borne out of selfishness and self-preservation.”He knew it would expose him to an arrest and criminal prosecution and that was at a time when he was subject of a suspended sentence, imposed just a month before.”The choice to put his own liberty before the life of a friend is a shocking indictment.” As worried Michie and his wife were dashing to Bestival they made calls to festival organisers and kept urging Broughton to get Ms Fletcher-Michie to medics.Around 10.30pm Ms Fletcher-Michie’s parents received a message from their daughter’s phone saying: “Can I call you later?”. Shortly after, Mr Mousley QC said Broughton text messaged his friend: “If her family ask, say a random gave us 2C-P.”Ms Fletcher-Michie died around an hour before Michie and his wife arrived at Bestival.By this time Broughton had left the wooded area. Michie handed his phone to organisers as it marked the GPS location of Broughton from an earlier message in their search to find Ms Fletcher-Michie.The ‘bumped up’ dose of 2C-PIn one message from Broughton to Ms Fletcher-Michie’s brother, the rapper said he “bumped it up a bit” in relation to her dose of 2C-P.The court heard the couple’s relationship broke down at the start of 2017 but they remained friends and Broughton supplied her and a friend 2C-P at Glastonbury Festival in 2017. Louella Fletcher-Michie Louella Fletcher-MichieCredit:Zoe Barling/PA “This led her to go through a terrible period of suffering in the woods by the festival, all while Broughton observed.”The drug he took did not have the same effect on him. It is not clear if she knew the strength of it or that it may well have been a cocktail of drugs but it was reckless from Broughton.”Worse still, he as her boyfriend was alone with her when they had the bad effects.”He had a responsibility to get her treatment which any reasonable and prudent person would have done. Holby City actor John Michie’s daughter was left to die by her rapper boyfriend at Bestival after he failed to get help because he “didn’t want to be arrested”, a court heard.  Louella Fletcher-Michie was supplied the hallucinogenic 2C-P by Ceon Broughton, who was on a suspended sentence, and he filmed her decline even after she had lost consciousness and died. Former Coronation Street star Mr Michie, 62, and his wife Carol Fletcher made a 130-mile journey to the music festival as their daughter was dying in a wooded area just 400m from medical facilities. She died an hour before they arrived. Jurors were told how Broughton gave her a “bumped up” dose of the class A substance and “failed to act” for six hours despite her needing urgent care, which would have given her a 90 per cent chance of survival, medical experts said. Instead of seeking help, the 29-year-old musician filmed Ms Fletcher-Michie on his mobile phone as her condition severely worsened, at one point recording for 51 minutes continuously. Broughton, who has recorded with top rap artists Skepta and Wiley, even filmed Ms Fletcher-Michie after she died, an hour before her 25th birthday.  Clips filmed at the start of the trip showed her repeatedly saying “this is the best trip I’ve ever had” as well as “call my mum this ain’t a joke”. Sam Michie, Daisy Michie (Louella's sister), John Michie, Carol Fletcher and Louella Fletcher-Michie pictured in 2015 Louella Fletcher-Michie and Ceon Broughton pictured togetherCredit:Instagram At one stage she can be heard shouting: “Trip up, magical monkey riding the forest… this is acid bruv.”She also shouted: “It’s mad that I’m having an acid trip and it can be this amazing.”She repeatedly yelled “call my mum” and at one stage shouted: “Call my mum, this is amazing, love you mum, love you grandma… I see through everything, I ain’t even joking.”During the footage, Broughton appears much quieter than Ms Fletcher-Michie and at times tells her to “put her phone away”.A family’s desperate scramble to save daughterBroughton ignored messages from worried Mr Michie and Ms Fletcher-Michie’s brother urging him to get help after he had spoken to Mrs Fletcher-Miche on the phone and she realised her daughter was unwell. Her mother had heard Ms Fletcher-Michie “screeching” in the background and said “she sounds crazy” following the call with Broughton, who later described Ms Fletcher-Michie as a “drama queen” in a text.Contact was made with Ms Fletcher-Michie’s parents around 7pm and Mrs Fletcher-Michie spoke to Broughton in an 11 minute phone call telling him to “get her help”. Louella Fletcher-Michie and Ceon Broughton pictured together Winchester Crown Court pictured on the opening morning of Ceon Broughton's trial Mr Mousley told jurors: “He filmed her when she was disturbed and seriously ill over a period of hours and even did so after she was dead.”It was only after her death that he finally left to speak to someone. They were 400 metres from the hospital on the site.”Throughout this period Louella does not appear to use her mobile and that’s because of the shocking state she was in.” Winchester Crown Court pictured on the opening morning of Ceon Broughton’s trialCredit:Solent 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

Field trial confirms Metso MHC Series industryleading hydrocyclone performance

first_imgBased on extensive market research and industry feedback, the Metso MHC Series Hydrocyclone was developed focusing on delivering improved process performance and maintainability. To make sure the designed features meet the targeted results in production, Metso launched an extensive validation process covering various hydrocyclone sizes and applications in both pilot and field trials. The laboratory testing was performed in the Metso York Laboratory in Pennsylvania, US.  The targets for the initial testing were to evaluate efficiency, sharpness, fines bypass, and cut size for a homogenous ore type (limestone).The results from the laboratory test indicated very encouraging performance from the MHC internal geometry. At a reasonable operating pressure of 124 kPa, the cut size on a 250 mm hydrocyclone is below 30 microns. When operating in this condition, the cyclone efficiency is almost 90%. Efficiency is defined as the mass percentage of product size in the hydrocyclone feed that reported to the overflow (product size defined at the 80% passing point of the overflow).For the field trial, a Metso MHC650 (650 mm diameter) was installed in the grinding circuit at a copper concentrator in southwestern US. The goal of testing a production unit in a large-scale copper mine was primarily for wear component prototyping and continued process data collection.Various grades of rubber and polyurethane have been tested within the different hydrocyclone components. Ceramic inserts into polyurethane was first introduced as an apex insert, and secondly at the bottom of the conical section. The ceramic components are still in operation and are the focus of current wear component development and prototyping.To date, that field trial has been in operation for over 12,000 h. The data generated from the trial is being applied to Metso’s empirical hydrocyclone model used for sizing and simulation purposes. “It has confirmed the MHC Series achieves the performance for industry leading hydrocyclone technology. The field trial also confirmed that the MHC performance is predictable and responds as expected due to changes in operating conditions. Testing in the field and on the pilot scale is an ongoing process as the Metso MHC product line continues to develop.”“Based on the test program, the MHC Series performance is proving to be industry leading with an increased flow rate for a given pressure drop. Wear components within the individual units are optimised to promote even wear life throughout the entire assembly, resulting in increased overall wear life and consistent performance throughout the hydrocyclone lifecycle. These advancements have great potential to deliver long term benefits in improving classification efficiency while considering capital costs and operating costs.”last_img read more

Ivanka Trump steps down as director of Doonbeg golf resort

first_img Share31 Tweet Email Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 10:33 PM By Darragh McDonagh 35,088 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 42 Comments Donald and Ivanka Trump, pictured on 1 February Source: Evan VucciIVANKA TRUMP HAS followed her father by resigning as a director of two Irish companies that own and operate the US President’s hotel and golf resort in Doonbeg, Co Clare.Donald Trump resigned as a director of TIGL Enterprises Ltd and TIGL Management Ltd last month – just weeks after he told media that he “couldn’t care less” about the resort following complications with planning permissions.His resignation was also consistent with his previous indication that he would be stepping back from running his business empire to avoid conflicts of interest and concentrate on his new role as President.Last week, the Companies Registration Office (CRO) received documents from the two companies stating that Ivanka Trump had also resigned as a director.The 35-year-old businesswoman and former model has no formal role in the White House but is seen as a trusted and key adviser to her father. Her husband, Jared Kushner, also serves as a senior adviser to Trump.She promised to distance herself from family companies in advance of her father’s inauguration last month, writing on social media: “I will no longer be involved with the management or operations of the Trump Organisation.”Ivanka Trump has served as Executive Vice President of her father’s company, which has diverse interests that include hotels and golf courses across the globe, as well as a winery and modelling agency.Two of the president’s other children, Eric and Donald Jr, remain as directors of TIGL Enterprises Ltd and TIGL Management Ltd.Last month, accounts for TIGL Enterprises Ltd revealed that accumulated losses at the company had doubled last year to more than €5 million. President Trump remains the firm’s sole shareholder.He acquired the resort in 2014 for around €8.7 million. It was valued at €23 million by the businessman just one year later in financial disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission.The company incurred a loss of €2,578,838 during 2015, bringing its total accumulated losses to €5,128,639 since it was established by Trump in January 2014.TIGL Management Ltd reported accumulated profits of €146,938 in 2015 and had a cash balance of €253,597 at the end of the accounting period.Read: The Eiffel Tower is to get a glass security wall in response to France’s terror threatRead: Report shows ‘toxic’ culture of bullying at National Museum of Ireland Feb 9th 2017, 10:33 PM Short URL Ivanka Trump steps down as director of Doonbeg golf resort Trump himself resigned as a director of the two companies operating Doonbeg last month.last_img read more

City council yanks Stewart from transportation board

first_imgVancouver City Councilor Jeanne Stewart attended Tuesday’s Southwest Regional Transportation Council meeting, but not at her usual spot among the board of directors: city councilors pulled her from the board Monday night after she said she wouldn’t support bus rapid transit.Stewart told the city council she could not vote for plans for a high-capacity bus line on Fourth Plain Boulevard until she had more clear information about finances. That move violates a council policy that dictates board representatives vote with the majority of the council, not with their own views.Stewart said she would first propose that the regional transportation board delay approval, but her fellow council members said that she would have to vote in favor of a locally preferred alternative for bus rapid transit from downtown to Westfield Vancouver mall — at a cost of up to $55 million — not forestall it.But ultimately, the regional transportation board did what Stewart had wanted to do, and voted Tuesday afternoon to delay its support for the controversial project. As the flow-through agency for the millions in federal dollars needed to construct the line, the regional transportation board must approve bus rapid transit plans.A majority of the city council said last month that they liked the plan, with Stewart and Councilor Bill Turlay falling into a two-person minority. So on Monday, Stewart and Turlay were again on the losing side of a 4-2 vote to remove Stewart from her seat at the regional transportation board meeting.last_img read more

Vocativ Eliminates Entire Editorial Staff

first_img Employees were notified Wednesday morning that the company has begun a pivot to “focus exclusively on video content,” a Vocativ spokesperson tells Folio: in a statement that bears a number of similarities to the one given by Time Inc. CEO Rich Battista following that company’s own round of layoffs yesterday. A Vocativ spokesperson provided Folio: the following statement: Vocativ, the four-year-old digital media brand that made a name for itself by “mining the deep web” for original storytelling, terminated its entire editorial staff today, Folio: has learned. — Joe Lemire (@LemireJoe) June 14, 2017 It’s not clear at this time exactly how many staffers were let go, but a Google Sheet shared on Twitter indicates at least 21 “free agents” following the staff cuts. “Since its founding in late 2013, Vocativ has pioneered a new form of digital journalism using our proprietary technology to tell award-winning stories across a range of formats including on our website, social media and television. As the industry evolves, we are undertaking a strategic shift to focus exclusively on video content that will be distributed via social media and other platforms. The tremendous success we’ve experienced since our launch in both long- and short-form video has positioned us well for this evolution.” Vocativ has terminated its editorial team, and I am a free agent, effective immediately. I’d love to write for all of you. Email in bio. Founded in 2013, Vocativ primarily differentiates itself from other outlets through its use of a proprietary platform known as Verne, which the company has said allows it to scour the web to uncover stories other news agencies overlook. Vocativ scored its first TV deal, with MSNBC, in 2014, followed by an eight-part series airing on Showtime, “Dark Web,” which premiered last year. Getting laid off today, worked with an amazing team at Vocativ but now owners are “pivoting” to all video — Jessica Leber (@jessleber) June 14, 2017 A lot of wonderful and talented people got laid off at Vocativ today. Here’s all their contact info. Hire them:— Ryan Beckler (@RyanBeckler) June 14, 2017last_img read more

Wilmington Youth Lacrosse To Hold Fundraiser At Woburns Jake n Joes TODAY

first_imgWOBURN, MA – Looking for an excuse to eat out?Wilmington Youth Lacrosse is holding a fundraiser at Jake n Joes Bar & Grille (230 Mishawum Road) in Woburn on Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 11:30am to close (12:30am Friday).Bring the flyer below and 20% of your bill will be donated to Wilmington Youth Lacrosse. Applies to dine-in and take-out only, not delivery.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Football Team To Hold Fundraiser At Woburn’s Jake ‘n Joes On September 12In “Community”WHS Lacrosse Team To Hold Fundraiser At Woburn’s Jake ‘n Joes On March 5In “Community”WHS Baseball Team To Hold Fundraiser At Woburn’s Jake ‘n Joes On May 31In “Community”last_img read more

Rs 442 for 2 bananas justified

first_imgMumbai: A week after Bollywood actor Rahul Bose highlighted how JW Marriott Hotel in Chandigarh billed him a staggering Rs 442 including GST for just two bananas, the Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) on Tuesday said the hotel did nothing “illegal”. In a statement, FHRAI Vice-President Gurbaxish Singh Kohli said that the 18 per cent GST levied by the hotel on Bose’s bill was “a legal requirement incumbent upon the hotel”. Also Read – Kamal Nath states that there is no struggle over leader’s post in MP Advertise With Us Kohli said that chain hotels have a presence across many cities and follow Standard Operating Procedures. They are not engaged in sale-purchase of fruits and vegetables but provide service of accommodation and restaurant service including food and beverages to the guests. “Unlike a retail store where bananas can be purchased at market price, a hotel offers service, quality, plate, cutlery, accompaniment, sanitized fruit, ambience and luxury, and not the commodity alone. Also Read – Amrapali case: List of aggrieved homebuyers submitted to Supreme Court Advertise With Us A coffee available at Rs 10 at a roadside stall could be served at Rs 250 in a luxury hotel,” Kohli explained. Justifying the 18 per cent GST, Kohli said that food served within the hotel premises with a declared tariff for accommodation of Rs 7,500 per day and above attracts GST at the rate of CGST 9 per cent and UT-GST 9 per cent. On July 22, Bose had posted the bananas bill charged by the JW Marriot Hotel, Chandigarh, kicking off a huge controversy. Advertise With Us Later, the Chandigarh Excise & Taxation Department served a show-cause notice to the hotel and slapped a Rs 25,000 penalty for levying GST on the two bananas, violating the provisions of HSN/Chapter 803. In view of the fracas over the two bananas, the FHRAI treasurer D.V.S. Somaraju said an advisory has gone out to all its members to sensitize their staff on how to handle such situations, and said it would issue precautionary measures to avoid such incidents in the future.last_img read more

Kunchacko Boban blessed with a baby boy after 14 years social media

first_imgKunchacko Boban: FacebookMollywood star Kunchacko Boban has been blessed with a baby boy. Kunchacko’s wife Priya Ann Samuel delivered the baby on April 17, 2019, and the couple welcomed a new member to their family after waiting for fourteen years.Kunchacko Boban himself confirmed this news on his Facebook page, and he thanked everyone for their prayers and blessings.”Blessed with a Baby Boy. Thank you all for your Prayers, Care & Love!! Jr.Kunchacko gives his Love to all,” wrote Kunchacko Boban on his Facebook page.Kunchacko Boban’s Facebook post welcoming a new family member to his family has already gone viral, and as of now, it has racked up more than 78,000 likes, 10,000 comments, and 1,400 shares. In the comment section, people are pouring wishes, and they believe that a junior romantic prince has taken his birth in Kerala.Kunchacko Boban has been the most valuable romantic hero in Mollywood since his debut in the industry through ‘Aniyathipravu’ in 1997. Even though the actor is now 42-years-old, Mollywood movie buffs consider him as a youth icon, and all the credit goes to Chackochan’s spectacular physique, and graceful dance moves.Kunchacko is now busy with the works of his upcoming movie ‘Virus’ directed by Aashiq Abu. The film is based on the Nipah outbreak which happened in Kerala in 2018. As per reports, Kunchacko Boban is playing the role of Dr Suresh Rajan, a physician in a government hospital in this movie.Apart from Kunchacko Boban, ‘Virus’ also stars Asif Ali, Tovino Thomas, Rahman, Indrajith Sukumaran, Soubin Shahir, Sreenath Bhasi, Dileesh Pothan, Parvathy, Rima Kallingal and Remya Nambeesan in other prominent roles. The film is expected to hit the screens in Summer 2019.Kunchako’s recent release was ‘Allu Ramendran’. The film was directed by Bilahiri, and it emerged as an average success at the box-office.last_img read more