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Sports Minister Tracey Crouch resigns in wake of betting crackdown delay

first_img live cricket Frank Warren names four dream fights he wants to make in 2020, including Fury vs AJ The MP tweeted: “It is with great sadness I have resigned from one of the best jobs in Government. Thank you so much for all the very kind messages of support I have received throughout the day. Politicians come and go but principles stay with us forever.”The move came after the Government made it clear it was standing firm when Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss failed to give ground during the Budget debate in the Commons.Ms Truss told MPs that the Government is “certainly happy to discuss” the matter, but gave no indication of a change of policy.Ms Crouch has been a leading campaigner in reducing the maximum stake for FOBTs. CELEBRATION PLANS PLAN 1 Ms Crouch with former Blackburn and Wigan striker Jason Roberts KO KINGS South Africa vs England first Test live on talkSPORT 2 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade center_img ANOTHER ONE The most unbelievable UFC knockouts of the decade, with McGregor, Silva and Holm Latest Sports News Canelo, Joshua and Wilder pick up prestigious Ring Magazine awards for 2019 Jake Paul vs AnEsonGib officially announced with date and venue confirmed MONEY Tracey Crouch has resigned as Sports and Civil Society Minister after Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced delays to cut the maximum stake for fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).Ms Crouch is unhappy the cap on FOBTs bets being reduced from £100 to £2 will not come into place until October 2019. AJ insists he was serious about sparring Fury – ‘I might batter him around the ring’ Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith joined cross-party calls to bring the change forward to April 2019.Tom Watson, the shadow culture secretary, tweeted praise for Ms Crouch saying: “She poured her heart and soul into a significant review of these destructive machines, faced down a systematic lobbying attempt by the gambling industry and took the right decision for those suffering from problem gambling, their families and communities.”last_img read more

Road ‘accidents’ mostly avoidable

first_img23 June 2006Several major accidents on South Africa’s roads have captured the attention of the media recently.At the same time, the scale of road deaths around the world has been exposed by the Commission for Global Road Safety, which released its Robertson Report this month, urging the leaders of developing countries in particular to do more to address road safety.Poorer countries hit hardestThe Robertson Report finds that more than 85% of road traffic deaths and injuries occur in low- and middle-income countries, costing their economies an estimated US$64.5-billion to $100-billion annually. Emphasizing that global road safety is seriously under-resourced, the report urges governments in low- and middle-income countries to adopt their own road casualty reduction targets, which it says should be “ambitious but achievable”.The World Health Organization estimated that almost 1.2-million people around the world died and as many as 50 million were injured in road crashes in 2002 – and forecast that, unless effective action were taken, these figures would double by 2020.Road accidents are a major and growing public health epidemic, a “disease” comparable in its destructive capacity to malaria and tuberculosis – yet one which, in most cases, is known to be preventable.Road ‘accidents’ in South AfricaThe first comprehensive statistical analysis of road accidents in South Africa, published by the Road Traffic Management Corporation in 2005, found that 90% of crashes in South Africa in 2004 were the result of lawlessness – in other words, were foreseeable and preventable and hence not strictly “accidents” at all.Data collected from accident reports for 2004 indicated that most accidents on South Africa’s roads could be attributed to two or more simultaneous offences.“Human factors” – such as non-adherence to traffic rules and aggressive, reckless, negligent or inconsiderate driver behaviour – were the major contributing factors, playing a causal role in 70-80% of all accidents. These included driving too fast for the circumstances, as well as driving under the influence of alcohol.“Vehicle factors” such as poor lights, smooth or damaged tyres and poor brakes contributed to a further 10-15% of accidents.Poor road conditions – which have drawn much media attention lately – only contributed to 5-10% of accidents in 2004.Changing attitudesFrom these statistics it becomes evident that the answers to most road safety questions will depend not only on funding, effective road safety strategies and visible campaigns. They will have to include an attitude change from those who travel and walk South Africa’s roads – one which incorporates respect for the value of human life.Not only will effective enforcement have to remove transgressors from the road, but ordinary citizens will also have to take responsibility for their actions.South African commuters have recently been empowered to report dangerous conditions and driver behaviour to the National Commuter Hotline. It is envisaged that this will enable the country’s transport authorities to address these complaints with those subsidised companies neglecting the safety of commuters.Is it possible to change attitudes towards road safety? The alternative is too scary to consider .Advocate Johan Jonck is the developer of the website www.arrivealive.co.za, a private initiative to complement the efforts of the Department of Transport to enhance awareness of road safety in South Africa.last_img read more

Biggest web-spinner found in SA

first_imgNephila komaci photographed in the wildat Tembe National Elephant Park.(Image: Tembe) The spectacular golden-hued web spunby industrious golden orb weavers, in thiscase N. inaurata.(Image: Matjaž Kuntner)MEDIA CONTACTS • Matjaž KuntnerSlovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts+386 1 470 6338Janine ErasmusScientists have discovered a new species of the golden orb weaving spider in South Africa – and the Nephila komaci is believed to be the largest of all golden orb weavers known to science.The discovery, part of a project on nephilid spiders, heralds the first new species to be added to the Nephila genus for 130 years.To date more than 41 000 spiders have been scientifically identified, and about 450 new species are added to the list each year – but not since 1879 has a new golden orb weaver been one of them. N. komaci is therefore quite an arachnological catch.The nephilid project has received a funding grant of almost €800 000 (R8.8-million) from the European Union under its Sixth Framework programme for research and technological development.The find, under the title Discovery of the Largest Orbweaving Spider Species: The Evolution of Gigantism in Nephila, was published in the 20 October 2009 edition of PLoS One, the open-access peer-reviewed journal of the Public Library of Science.Mysterious speciesThe species was first described in 2000 by biologist Matjaž Kuntner, when he came across a preserved specimen in the ARC-Plant Protection Research Institute just outside Pretoria. The specimen’s label dated back to 1978 and no-one knew if there were any living examples.Kuntner chairs the Institute of Biology at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and is also a research associate at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.The scientist was surprised to find this giant spider that did not match any known specimens. He and his colleague Jonathan Coddington, also of the Smithsonian, headed several expeditions to South Africa to track down a live version of the intriguing creature.Their quest was unsuccessful at first, and the team began to think the preserved specimen described in 2000 was a hybrid, or possibly extinct.A second specimen, also preserved, and of Madagascan origin, was found in 2003 in the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien in Vienna, Austria. Out of more than 2 500 similar specimens in 37 institutions, this was the only other Nephila komaci found. The discovery enabled the team to conclude that the original spider was not a hybrid.But since they had not yet found a living specimen of the mysterious arachnid, again the theory of extinction surfaced.In 2007, with the help of colleagues in South Africa, a field trip to KwaZulu-Natal’s Tembe National Elephant Park unearthed one male and two female individuals, all alive and well. The scientists were finally able to confirm the discovery of a new species.N. komaci is named after Kuntner’s best friend Andrej Komac, also a scientist, who died in an accident around the time of these discoveries. The genus name Nephila is taken from ancient Greek, meaning “fond of spinning” (nen: to spin and philos: love).“We fear the species might be endangered, as its only definite habitat is a sand forest in Tembe Elephant Park,” said Coddington. “Our data suggest that the species is not abundant, its range is restricted and all known localities lie within two endangered biodiversity hotspots: Maputaland and Madagascar.”He added that the discovery was just further evidence that “it’s a wonderful world”.The two have issued a plea for the public to help them find more living specimens, and possibly whole populations of the rare creature.Formidable femaleThe female Nephila komaci is the biggest spider of her type. Her leg span measures up to 12cm, about the size of a CD, while her body length is just under 4cm.However, the male of the species is puny in comparison – at just 2.5cm he is small enough to ride on his mate’s back, which he spends much of his time doing.This odd arachnid couple is typical of nephilid spiders, which show extreme sexual dimorphism – that is, the existence of two distinctly different forms within a species or on the same plant.The scientific view for this phenomenon is that the female most likely evolved to her gigantic size to scare away small predators and be able to lay more eggs.Despite the fearsome appearance and the possession of venom, the spiders are not dangerous to humans. The venom, explained Kuntner, works only on the spiders’ prey, which is mostly large insects, and will not poison a human.Although there are spiders larger than the golden orb weavers, their webs are certainly the biggest of all. The spectacular webs can reach as large as 1m in width or more. They are durable enough to last several years, and can trap not only insects but small birds.“Golden” refers to the colour of the silk, not the actual spider. Recently the silk from over 1-million industrious spinners was used to weave a one-of-a-kind textile.Seventy people collected golden orb spiders from telephone poles in Madagascar over a four-year period. Using a machine that allowed them to process 24 spiders at a time, another 12 people collected about 24m of silk filament from each captive. Filaments were then woven into silk strands, each one containing 96 filaments.The silk was carefully woven into a beautiful golden, 3.3m by 1.2m piece of cloth, the only one of its kind, which went on display at the American Museum of Natural History in September 2009.Unique environmentThe Tembe Elephant Park lies in the Maputaland region on the ancient “ivory route” which connected gold and ivory traders in pre-colonial Zululand and Mozambique.The reserve is home to the last indigenous elephant herd in the province, comprising over 220 individuals, and boasts what is possibly the largest tusker in Africa – certainly the largest in Southern Africa. He is Isilo, a 65-year-old bull and herd leader.Tembe is also home to one of the smallest antelopes in the world – the dainty suni, which stands just 35cm high at the shoulder. Ewes weigh more than rams but at just 5.4kg, they are still extremely petite creatures.In addition to elephant, the reserve is home to the other four members of the Big Five – lion, leopard, black and white rhino and buffalo. Visitors can also see zebra, giraffe, all species of antelope indigenous to the habitats of the area (sand forest, grassland, wetland) and more than 340 bird species.The reserve has one luxury lodge, which is 50% owned and fully operated by the local Tembe tribe. It offers all creature comforts, two game drives every day, meals under the stars, and other activities for the energetic visitor, such as scuba diving on reefs at the coast nearby.last_img read more

Top stories of 2018: No. 4

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A farmer’s promise and farm wife’s revengeThis clever poem points out the ills of expanding the farm inventory prior to renovating the wife’s dream kitchen.last_img

Meerut farmers yet to link bank accounts with Aadhaar

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Video: Lee Corso Finally Picks Michigan State On College GameDay

first_imgThree times this year, ESPN College GameDay analyst Lee Corso had the opportunity to pick Michigan State. Three times he opted not to, and consequently, lost. It appears that he’s finally a believer.Saturday, Corso, in Indianapolis ahead of the Big Ten title game between the Spartans and the Iowa Hawkeyes, picked MSU to win the conference. He donned a large Spartans helmet to make his pick. Here’s video, via FanSided’s Mike Dyce.Corso picks Michigan State pic.twitter.com/F7YIQ1I5Yl— Mike Dyce (@mikedyce) December 5, 2015Lee Corso is 0-3 picking against @MSU_Football in @ChevyTrucks #SaturdaySelections this year. He learned his lesson! pic.twitter.com/Ga5f0ftKmx— ESPN (@espn) December 5, 2015Corso’s blessing isn’t exactly a good thing – he’s just 3-10 on the year. That being said, Michigan State fans are still probably feeling pretty good about his decision.last_img read more

KOTC Orders Four Product Tankers from Hyundai Mipo

first_imgKuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) has returned to Korean shipbuilder Hyundai with an order for four product tankers. The company inked a contract with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard for the construction of four 48,000 dwt product carriers on April 24.As stipulated in the USD 167.6 million deal, the delivery of the quartet is planned for 2020, the final ship being scheduled to join KOTC’s fleet in May.The latest contract is part of KOTC’s ambitious fleet build-up plan, under which the company aims to more than double its fleet by 2040, bringing it to 60 ships.As disclosed, the company plans to add eleven product tankers, six VLCCs and one more LPG vessel to its ordering tally.KOTC already ordered three LPG tankers from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in January and one VLCC from Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry in March, 2018.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: KOTClast_img read more

Indigenous protesters in Washington declare Trans Mountain wont be built

first_imgThe Trans Mountain expansion – recently bought by Canada for $4.5 billion – doesn’t only affect Canadian waters or land. The project will increase tanker traffic seven-fold in the Salish Sea, which borders British Columbia and Washington, and Kinder Morgan has noted the expansion potential of a connected 111-kilometre pipeline that runs from B.C.’s Fraser Valley to Washington refineries.Many Indigenous activists trace their roots to both sides of the border. George-Parker’s father is from North Vancouver’s Tsleil-Waututh Nation and his mother is from Washington’s Tulalip Tribes. He travels to B.C. often and in April disrupted a speech by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Vancouver.“Our people never had borders,” he said. “We still try not to let borders separate us.”The 2014 shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School deeply affected George-Parker, now 21. He found it outrageous that governments subsidize big business while underfunding education and counselling for young people. Canada’s purchase of Trans Mountain is the latest example of wasted government money, he said.Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has criticized Trudeau’s government for buying the pipeline project, calling it a “major step backward” in the climate change fight.Even though Inslee opposes the expansion, some protesters in his state don’t feel supported. Police arrested Janene Hampton in January and charged her with criminal trespassing after she and several other Indigenous women camped on the state capitol lawn to protest resource projects including Trans Mountain. VANCOUVER, B.C. – Cedar George-Parker remembers the moment he decided to devote his life to defending Indigenous people and their traditional territories. It was the one-year anniversary of a shooting at his high school that killed four of his classmates in Marysville, Wash.“I dropped to my knees and I said, ‘I’m going to make a change in the world,’” he recalled.George-Parker is among the Indigenous protesters in Washington state promising to fight the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Activists call the project the Standing Rock of the north, comparing it to the fierce Standing Rock Sioux protests that stalled the Dakota Access Pipeline for months. Hampton also camped at the Standing Rock protest for months. She joined the movement against pipelines to protect the water, said Hampton, a member of the Colville Okanagan Tribe, which has traditional territories spanning B.C.’s southern Interior to northeast Washington.“One of the big fights for us as Aboriginal people is the whales,” she said, adding they use sonar, and existing vessel noise has already disrupted their communication.Canada’s $1.5-billion oceans protection plan includes $7.2 million to increase the use of technologies that monitor underwater noise. It has also announced other steps to support the recovery of the endangered southern resident killer whale population, which lives in B.C. and Washington waters.The Canadian government often touts its oceans protection plan as “world-leading,” but as recently as May 2017, officials in Washington raised questions about Canada’s preparedness for an oil spill.center_img Washington required Kinder Morgan to conduct a worst-case scenario exercise. The company simulated a spill of 3,024 barrels of heavy synthetic crude oil in the Sumas River, which runs from B.C.’s Fraser Valley to Whatcom County, Wash.In a report following the exercise, state ecology department staff wrote that Kinder Morgan brought together a skilled spill management team including staff from U.S., Canadian, B.C. and Washington government agencies. But the report also said non-floating oil tactics planned on the Washington side were not planned on the B.C. side, and Canada did not discuss the type of equipment it would use to clean up a major spill.The exercise was conducted to meet U.S. regulatory requirements and was not focused on the Canadian response, said James Stevenson, a spokesman for the National Energy Board. A joint U.S.-Canadian plan to respond to cross-border spills exists but was not activated during the May 2017 exercise, he said.Canada’s purchase of the project includes the Puget Sound pipeline, a 111-kilometre line that diverts from the existing Trans Mountain pipeline in B.C. and carries oil to four Washington refineries. Environmental groups now fear an expansion to the Puget Sound line, citing 2017 financial disclosure documents in which Kinder Morgan touted the potential for increasing capacity.“That is definitely a big concern,” said Rebecca Ponzio, campaign director for Stand Up to Oil, a coalition of U.S. groups that oppose new oil terminals and coastal exports.Canada’s Department of Finance did not directly answer a question about whether it would consider expanding the Washington line, but it said it planned to follow Kinder Morgan’s 2018 construction schedule for the expansion of the pipeline in B.C. and Alberta.Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, said market conditions dictate how much crude oil is transported through the Puget Sound pipeline. While the line could be expanded, the company expects the majority of the expansion capacity from the Trans Mountain project will be for export from a marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C.But protesters won’t allow construction on the expansion to proceed without a fight.“That pipeline will never go through,” said Paul Wagner, a member of the Saanich First Nation who lives in Redmond, Wash., and goes by the traditional name Cheoketen.“The people are rising up.”By Laura KaneTHE CANADIAN PRESSlast_img read more

Chamber of Commerce to meet with Progress Energy

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce hosting a community meeting with Progress Energy to discuss the future economic activity for the City.Recently, Progress Energy has announced that it will be starting its well-drilling operations in the Fort St. John area.  On Trev Talks, Lilia Hansen, Executive Director for the Chamber of Commerce, said she is very appreciative that the President and CEO of Progress Energy will be meeting with the chamber.“I’ve got Mark Fitzgerald, President and CEO of Progress Energy coming to Fort St. John, I really appreciate it and, again, it’s building those connections, you know, with industry. With Julie Bourdon, we’ve been trying to work out some dates for some time, and Mark is going to come to Fort St. John”. Instead of speculating about what boost this project may bring to the local economy, Hansen says it will be great to hear what plans Fitzgerald will be presenting.“A lot of times, there’s talk in the coffee shops, you know, this is what’s going to happen to Fort St. John now that we have these positive announcements, we’re going to get it right from the president. This is what Progress Energy is expecting. They have some announcements to make as well, and I’m really glad they are coming to Fort St. John. They’re making Fort St. John a priority to start here”.Progress Energy has made no announcement as to how many holes are to be drilled. Earlier this week, Energeticcity.ca made a request for details from Progress Energy about the project. They have yet to respond to our request.A conversation with Progress Energy will be taking place on November 27 at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre. Everyone is welcomed to attend.To register for this event, you can visit FSJchamber.comTo watch the full discussion, you can view the entire episode of Trev Talks below:last_img read more

IRDAI seeks proposal from LIC on IDBI Bank stake reduction

first_imgNew Delhi: Insurance regulator IRDAI Monday said it has sought proposal from Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) for paring its shareholding in the recently acquired controlling stake in IDBI Bank. Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) stipulates that insurers are allowed to hold only up to 15 per cent stake in any listed entity. But LIC, with a special dispensation from IRDAI, holds more than the limit in some state-run banks. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepBesides, the Reserve Bank permits a ceiling of 15 per cent for promoter stake in a private sector bank. “We will decide on the timeline (for stake reduction by LIC in IDBI Bank). We are not leaving it to them. I have asked them (LIC) to give a proposal and after that we will take a decision,” IRDAI Chairman Subhash Chandra Khuntia said on the sidelines of an event organised by Ficci here. Last June, IRDAI permitted LIC to acquire up to 51 per cent stake in debt-ridden IDBI Bank. On December 28, LIC pumped Rs 14,500 crore into the bank as part of its takeover, following which it injected another Rs 5,030 crore on January 21. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAs a result, LIC acquired 51 per cent controlling stake in the bank, making the insurer the lender’s majority shareholder. For the third quarter ended December 2018, IDBI Bank reported widening of loss by nearly threefold to Rs 4,185.48 crore. The bank had reported a loss of Rs 1,524.31 crore in the year-ago period. Total income fell to Rs 6,190.94 crore for the quarter, compared with Rs 7,125.20 crore in the corresponding period a year ago. With regard to exposure of the insurance firm to debt- ridden IL&FS group companies, Khuntia said, the regulator will ensure that policyholders do not lose money. “Either they get it back fully or they will have to provide for it. Some of the IL&FS companies may be better off. We will find some ways so that policyholders are protected,” he said. Speaking at the event, Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) and National Health Authority CEO Indu Bhushan said Ayushman Bharat (AB) has benefited 15 lakh people since its launch in September. In 170 days, about Rs 2,000 crore has been spent on providing free health treatment to beneficiaries, he said.last_img read more