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first_imgThe Telegraph 2 February 2015Two elderly Scottish cousins who relied on each other to get by have undergone joint euthanasia because they feared being put in separate care homes.Stuart Henderson, 86, and Phyllis McConachie, 89, took their lives together in a Swiss clinic in November last year. Neither was terminally ill.The pair had lived together for 40 years and managed to look after each other in a sheltered housing complex.But, with Ms McConachie having injured her hip in a fall and with Mr Henderson’s onset dementia, the cousins worried they would be sent to different homes and separated.Their joint deaths have sparked outrage among anti-euthanasia campaigners, who have described their case as “the ultimate abandonment” due to a lack of patient-centred care in the UK.Mr Henderson and Ms McConachie travelled to Eternal Spirit – an assisted-dying organisation in Basel, Switzerland – where they were given lethal medication.They died holding hands on Nov 10.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/11382849/Elderly-cousins-undergo-joint-euthanasia-for-fear-of-being-separated.htmllast_img read more


first_imgThe U.S.O. (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama) offense ended up being as cold as the November afternoon on which its last game was played.After tallying over 800 yards in his first two games in the state playoffs, senior Akil Young threw a season-high seven interceptions en route to a 41-14 loss to Selinsgrove Nov 24. The game was played at Mansion Park stadium in Altoona.During the course of the PIAA Class AAA first-round game, the Seals—a District 4 representative—wore the U.S.O. defense down with its 325 rushing yards.“None of us were really used to playing in the cold and snow like that,” senior linebacker Myles Catlin said. “Those hits feel way different in those conditions but they weren’t going to slow down that running game that punished us all game.”Despite his mistakes, Young paced the Wildcats offense with his 192 yards through the air— including a 28-yard score to junior running back Clay Moorefield. He finished second on the team with five catches for 41 yards.“They pounded us and pounded us until we couldn’t take anymore,” Catlin added.Selinsgrove (10-3) finished with a single passing yard for the game.“We couldn’t believe how effective their running game was,” junior receiver Marcus Johnson said. “What was so amazing was how we couldn’t contain it.”Johnson accounted for the other Wildcats score with a 61-yard punt return for a score in the second quarter. He also finished with six receptions for 62 yards to lead the way for U.S.O. (7-4).Mike Walter led the way for Selinsgrove with his 151 yards, by handling 21 of his offenses’ 65 total rushing attempts to go along with scores from 15, 4, 1 and 29 away.U.S.O doubled their opponents’ penalty yards with 90.Even with Selinsgrove’s one-dimensional scheme on offense, U.S.O.’s usual high-powered arsenal was out-matched by over 100 yards. They only accumulated 240.“We still feel like we accomplished more than we were supposed to,” Catlin said. “As a team, we weren’t let down by our effort. We knew we gave it our all but our all wasn’t quite good enough. But we still feel good about we put out there.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @malikvincent.)last_img read more


first_img“This is Santa Anita Park, the enormous, legendary, Art Deco key lime pie of a racetrack, where Seabiscuit and armies of other racehorses ‘crossed the finish line to infamy,’ according to the track’s promotional materials. You are invigorated from staring at the life-size statue of Seabiscuit in the center of the walking ring. And your senses are filled with the scent of hot dogs and horse flesh and the Winner Circle ladies’ Channel No. 5, all combining into an elixir of bliss beneath a brilliantly blue southern California sky.“…We walk through hallways festooned with framed vintage pictures of the great horses and movie stars, from Marlene Dietrich to Fred Astaire, who frequented Santa Anita; we turn a corner and go through more doors, including one labeled TACK ROOM KEEP OUT. Brackpool punches numbers into a keypad to the left of the door and another door opens…”Feature by Mark Seal Photography by Spencer LowellVia Centurion Magazinelast_img read more


first_img14 November 2014The manufacturing sector is seen as a key driver for inclusive growth, job creation and poverty alleviation, but it has been in decline for the past three decades. This has prompted South Africa to commit resources to building and supporting it.Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies pointed out that the demise of South Africa’s tool, die and mould making (TDM) sector over the last 30 years had resulted in a loss of more than 80% of the country’s manufacturing capacity.Following the decline of the sector, a partnership was set up between the Department of Trade and Industry and the Toolmaking Association of South Africa, which gave rise to a multi-stakeholder intervention known as the National Tooling Initiative (NTI). “The NTI, as a rehabilitation strategy, aims to address production and technology challenges, skills deficit and transformation in the sector,” Davies said.On average, he estimated, the South African economy used more than R15-billion a year of TDM equipment and maintenance services, of which only 20% was provided by the local industry. This not only had an adverse effect on the balance of payments, but resulted in significant loss of technical and engineering skills and maintenance support. Given the centrality of the TDM sector, the broader manufacturing sector’s competitiveness had also been negatively affected.The shortage of toolmakers also poses a serious challenge to achieving the goals set out in the Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap). The overriding goal of Ipap is to prevent industrial decline and support the growth and diversification of South Africa’s manufacturing sector. “Current toolmakers in South Africa are ageing (with an average age of 55 years) and the number of properly trained toolmakers produced per year remains very low in comparison, resulting in a continuing shortage of toolmakers in a variety of manufacturing sectors,” Davies stressed.His department understood the importance of the TDM sector to the economy and to date had supported the NTI with over R260-million, of which R9-million had been used to equip the Tooling Centre of Excellence, set up at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation. Supplementary funds would be earmarked in an effort to develop a state-of-the-art facility. “This investment is necessary and will assist South Africa in reversing the skills deficit, close the age gap and contribute to regaining the manufacturing competitiveness.”Davies was speaking at the launch of the centre, on 10 November. NTI chief executive Dirk van Dyk added that the initiative needed industry participation for the programme to succeed. Under the programme’s skills development pilot phase, 1 600 students were being trained at further education and training colleges and centres of excellence. Also, more than 200 manufacturing companies had so far provided on-the-job training for the students.The NTI was set up with the national objective of rehabilitating the South African TDM sector, so contributing to a strategic growth stimulator for manufacturing and technical skills development. Developed as a national, multi-stakeholder initiative, it is structured as a public private partnership. This allows the government and the industry to co-operate in the large scale intervention that is required to rehabilitate the TDM sector.It has five driving programmes: skills and expertise development; capacity expansion, small, medium and micro enterprise and broad-based black economic empowerment structuring; technology recapitalisation; competitiveness improvement and export development; and public private partnership governance structure development.Stakeholders take part in and contribute to these programmes on regional and national levels through capacitated legal structures and forums.SAinfo reporter and SANews.govlast_img read more


first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Four-time Asian Cup champion Japan is staying in the same hotel with the Azkals, near the Zayed Sports City Stadium.No other player from the Philippine team had looked forward to meeting the Japanese players than Sato, who was born in Davao City but grew up in Sendai, Japan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“When I was young I always looked up to them,” said Sato, whose mother Elma Caumanday was an English teacher in Japan, where he met his father, Toshiyuki Sato, an engineer.“It was kind of like my dream, to play with them, play against them and now we are here in the same competition.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH Azkals’ Daisuke Sato shields the ball from South Korea’s Lee Jae-sung during their AFC Asian Cup group C match –APABU DHABI—Philippines defender Daisuke Sato hardly looked daunted when the Azkals went toe-to-toe with South Korea in the AFC Asian Cup opener that ended in 1-0 defeat on Monday.But the Filipino-Japanese’s chance meeting with his idols left him awestruck as soon as the Azkals arrived in its hotel at the capital city of the United Arab Emirates.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue On top of playing against continental heavyweights, moments like meeting his childhood heroes have made a first appearance in the quadrennial competition a memorable one for Sato—and the rest of the Azkals who were playing the China Dragons at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium at press time.Growing up, Sato idolized Yuto Nagatomo, the 32-year-old Japan star, who has played most of his career in Europe.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30Eriksson’s ‘Azkals’ put Philippines on Asian Cup map02:42PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES PBA wants a big dynamic season TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more


first_imgKarim Bellarabi celebrates after scoring the fastest goal in the German league historyKarim Bellarabi scored the quickest goal in 52 seasons of the Bundesliga to help Bayer Leverkusen beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the opening round on Saturday.Bellarabi scored nine seconds after kickoff, beating the previous record of 11 seconds set by Giovane Elber for Bayern Munich in January 1998, Ulf Kirsten for Leverkusen in March 2002 and Paul Freier for Bochum in May 2003.Hakan Calhanoglu passed the ball to Son Heung-min, who played Sebastian Boenisch through. Boenisch passed to Bellarabi, who eluded Dortmund defender Matthias Ginter and slotted inside the left post from 12 meters.”We did a lot of things very well,” said Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt after his Bundesliga debut. “We constantly attacked the opponents and stayed very active.”Dortmund’s efforts were frustrated by disciplined defending and intense pressure, particularly in the first half with the visitors tiring in the second.”It was a very scrappy game. There was hardly any space,” Dortmund midfielder Sebastian Kehl said.Borussia Dortmund players walk off the field disappointed after losing 2-0 to LeverkusenLeverkusen keeper Bernd Leno made a host of saves to deny the home side a late equalizer, before Bellarabi set up Stefan Kiessling to secure the result in the fifth minute of injury time.”In the end you have to grit your teeth, but when a result like this comes out of it, then it helps you forget the pain,” Kiessling said.Leverkusen holds a 3-2 lead over FC Copenhagen ahead of the home leg of their Champions League qualifier on Wednesday.advertisementEarlier, Schalke let a one-goal lead slip by conceding twice in three minutes to lose to Hannover 2-1.Klaas Jan Huntelaar opened the scoring with a tap-in when Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting set him up two minutes into the second half, but Edgar Prib equalized for Hannover in the 67th after a great run and cross from Leonardo Bittencourt.Prib broke quickly three minutes later and set up Joselu for what proved to be the winning goal.”Our plan worked until the 67th minute,” said Schalke coach Jens Keller, whose side crashed out of the first round of the German Cup after losing to third-division Dynamo Dresden 2-1 on Monday.Also Saturday, promoted Cologne drew 0-0 with visiting Hamburger SV on its return to the Bundesliga after two seasons in the second division.”After 75 goals (conceded) in the previous season, a scoreless draw is good,” said Hamburg coach Mirko Slomka.Haris Seferovic’s 15th-minute goal on his Bundesliga debut was enough for Eintracht Frankfurt to beat Freiburg 1-0. The Swiss striker scooped the loose ball inside the post after Freiburg’s defense failed to clear.”We can play much, much better. We made too many simple mistakes. But I don’t want to complain,” said Frankfurt coach Thomas Schaaf on his return to the Bundesliga after a season away.Werder Bremen came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Hertha Berlin and Hoffenheim defeated Augsburg 2-0 at home.Julian Schieber scored with Hertha’s first attack in the 18th minute and the former Borussia Dortmund striker claimed his second in the 47th as the home side had most of the chances.Assani Lukimya pulled one back against the run of play six minutes later and Franco di Santo equalized two minutes after that for the visitors.Adam Szalai got Hoffenheim off the mark in the 33rd after Augsburg missed several chances to clear, two minutes before Tarik Elyounoussi made it 2-0 with the visitors’ defense still in disarray.Defending champion Bayern Munich kicked off the season Friday with a 2-1 win over visiting Wolfsburg.last_img read more


first_imgYouth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp is thrilled to announced that Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally” star Calum Worthy has been named National Celebrity Spokesperson for this summer’s innovative leadership camps for youth ages 12-17.A life-changing camp for world-changing teens founded in 2009, YEA Camp has helped hundreds of teens and tweens learn how to get involved and make a difference on the social cause of their choice.“I’m thrilled to work with YEA Camp to let young people know that they can make a difference on the environment, bullying, human rights, animals rights, and so many other important causes,” said Calum Worthy. “There’s so much we can all do to make our world a better place.”Teens from across the country will be spending a week this summer developing their confidence and skills to change the world while at Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp. YEA Camp will offer four week-long overnight sessions in three states: California, Oregon, and New York. YEA Camp will be presented July 12-19, 2015 (Quaker Center in Santa Cruz, CA), July 25-August 1, 2015 (Camp Adams in Mollala, OR) and August 9-16, 2015 (Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in High Falls, NY). For the first time ever, YEA Camp will offer YEA Camp For Animal Advocates, a special session for campers passionate about this issue, also taking place August 9-16, 2015 (Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in High Falls, NY).“We are honored to collaborate with Calum Worthy, whose dedication to making our world a better place inspires young people to find their voice to make a difference,” said YEA Camp founder Nora Kramer. “Calum is so committed to protecting the environment and advocating for a better world. We are delighted to work with him as we support our campers to get active on social causes they care about.”Limited space is still available for this summer’s sessions. For more information please visit www.yeacamp.org and on social media: @yeacamplast_img read more


first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Porn actress Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti must pay $4.85 million to an attorney who worked at his former law firm, a California judge ruled Monday in an order that holds the potential presidential candidate personally liable in a lawsuit over back pay.The Los Angeles judge ordered the payout the same day a separate ruling came down evicting Eagan Avenatti LLC from its office space in Southern California after four months of unpaid rent.In the case over back pay, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dennis Landin ruled that Avenatti personally guaranteed a settlement with attorney Jason Frank, who said Eagan Avenatti misstated its profits and that he was owed millions of dollars.Avenatti, who is best known for representing Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump following an alleged 2006 affair, did not appear at Monday’s hearing and never filed arguments in the case.He told The Associated Press that Frank owes him and the firm $12 million “for his fraud.” He did not provide details and declined to comment further. It’s unclear whether Avenatti has filed any litigation in the matter against Frank, whose attorney said Frank doesn’t owe Avenatti a dime and that saying so is defamatory.Avenatti, who is toying with a possible 2020 presidential run, can appeal the ruling but since he never filed arguments about why he shouldn’t have to pay the $4.85 million, any such effort would be “dead in the water,” said Frank’s attorney, Eric George.“He’s managed to delay this for ages,” George said. “At the end of the day, this is money that’s owed. No matter how you try to spin it, it comes back to the fact that he took money, it wasn’t his and now there’s a judgment saying it’s owed to my client.”Frank had worked at Avenatti’s former firm under an independent contractor agreement and was supposed to collect 25 per cent of its annual profits, along with 20 per cent of fees his clients paid, court documents say.“It’ll be important to keep an eye on him and sources of money that are coming in, see what his assets are, and take it from there,” George said.Meanwhile, Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert Moss issued an order Monday terminating Eagan Avenatti’s lease from office space in Newport Beach and ordering the law firm to pay $154,000 for four months of back rent. No one appeared in court on behalf of the firm.Monday’s developments came five months after a U.S. bankruptcy court judge ordered the firm to pay Frank $10 million. The $4.85 million for which Avenatti is now personally liable is in addition to that judgment.In July, the Justice Department accused Avenatti of making misrepresentations in the bankruptcy case and said his former law firm owed more than $440,000 in unpaid federal taxes.Avenatti’s lawyer said at the time that the matter had been resolved. The Justice Department insisted that settlement negotiations were continuing but the debt was still owed.The ruling against Avenatti comes a week after a federal judge dismissed Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against Trump, saying the president made a “hyperbolic statement” against a political adversary when he tweeted about a composite sketch that Avenatti has released.Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued Trump in April after he said a composite sketch of a man she said threatened her in 2011 to keep quiet about an alleged affair was a “con job.” Avenatti has appealed the ruling.The defamation claim is separate from another lawsuit that Daniels filed against Trump, which is ongoing. Daniels was paid $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement signed days before the 2016 election and is suing to dissolve that contract.___Balsamo reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Catherine Lucey contributed from Washington.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday removed its Joint Director Satyabrata Kumar, who is now in London assisting UK prosecutors in fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi’s bail hearing case at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court.In a confusion that erupted consequently because of the repatriation of an official investigating a case such as the PNB bank fraud case, ED headquarters in Delhi overturned Kumar’s repatriation order within minutes. Kumar is the main investigating officer from ED in the Nirav Modi case. Sources here said that Director of ED Sanjay Kumar Mishra has cancelled the order and reinstated him into his original post in the Mumbai Zonal Office (MZO) Unit I. The order, dated March 29, said that Kumar’s five-year tenure with the federal agency had ended. Citing Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) guidelines for personnel deputation, the order states that “no extension in deputation beyond 5th year is allowed and deputationist officer is deemed to have been relieved on the date of expiry of deputation period unless the competent authority has with requisite approvals, extended the period of deputation, in writing, prior to the date of expiry.” According to DoPT guidelines on personnel deputation, an officer’s tenure in the agency might be extended for up to two additional years. ED Special Director Vineet Agarwal had signed the order, which further stated that under the current circumstances, all cases being overseen by Kumar, including the USD 2-billion PNB Bank fraud case against Nirav Modi, must be handed over to his immediate superior authority, the Additional Director (western region), who also sits in Mumbai. The repatriation order, which is in possession of the Millennium Post also mentions a Supreme Court directive passed in November 2018, which forbade ED from transferring any officer investigating the coal block allocation scam. The ED order states that as one of the investigating officers in this case Kumar will continue to probe the case from its MZO. However, according to agency officials, it is not possible for Kumar to oversee any ED investigation if he is relieved of his duties in the federal investigative agency. Director Mishra confirmed on Friday that Kumar has not been transferred and that the necessary paperwork required for his two-year extension has already been moved. This cancellation of Kumar’s repatriation order will be followed by an approval of an extension of tenure of Kumar which has already been sent for clearance to the Department of Revenue under thew Union Finance Ministry and the DoPT, sources here said. The ED also issued a clarification through its Twitter handle. “Certain media reports have been appearing that Joint Director supervising investigation in the case of Nirav Modi has been relieved. This report is not correct and denied,” it said. With PTI inputslast_img read more

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