In Bengal, a village and its nuclear power plans

first_imgBefore 2006, Haripur, located between Junput and Soula, was like any fishing village along the West Bengal coast. Within months of the Left Front returning to power for the seventh consecutive time in 2006, it shot into the limelight with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) proposing a nuclear power plant there. The Trinamool Congress, then in the Opposition, fought against the project.When the Trinamool Congress came to power for the first time in 2011, it ruled out the possibility of the project ever taking off. The then Power Minister Manish Gupta said in the Assembly that the nuclear power project would not come up at Haripur or anywhere in the State for that matter. Why now?This Monday, however, the NPCIL appeared to have revived the plan, as it released a pre-project aerial survey of the coastline. While releasing the survey, NPCIL officials underscored the necessity of a nuclear power plant in the State. Anutosh Chakraborty, NPCIL official and additional chief engineer of the Haripur Nuclear Park, said the project was never abandoned and remained in a “proposed state.” NPCIL officials said they were hoping for a “positive” discussion with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and had sought an appointment with her.How will it help?NPCIL officials are now emphasising that the project will revive the economy of the investment-starved West Bengal. Over the past few days, scientists like the Director of Variable Electron and Cyclotron Centre Amitava Roy, have also backed the ₹1-lakh crore project, arguing that it will have a huge impact on the State’s economy. Haripur is located in the Contai (Kanthi) subdivision of Purba Medinipur district, where the byelection for the Contai (Kanthi) South Assembly segment is being held on Sunday. The nuclear plant dominated the campaign in the primarily rural constituency. While the Trinamool Congress assured voters that it was still opposed to the plant, BJP leaders insisted that the project was not going to be imposed on the people. “The plant will be a possibility only if the State agrees to provide land,” senior BJP leader Rahul Sinha said.What’s the problem?The proposed plant will have a VVER-1000 reactor and generate 6 X 1000 MW. It is being planned with Russian collaboration. It will require 1,300 acres. NPCIL officials said around 1,000 acres would be used for setting up the plant and the rest for creating infrastructure. Even a decade after the plan was put on the back burner, the attitude of the locals remains unchanged. They staunchly oppose the idea of a nuclear power plant being set up in or around their village. Under the banner of Haripur Parimanu Prakalpa Pratirodh Andolan Committee (Haripur Nuclear Power Project Resistance Movement Committee), residents of the area have given a call for a rally against the plant later this month.The villagers fear that not only Haripur but also a number of villages in the 10-square km radius of the plant will be exposed to radiation. They are also concerned about the loss of livelihood. In November 2016, representatives of the committee held a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of their movement. On November 17 and 18, 2006, thousands of locals did not allow the then NPCIL Chairperson, S.K. Jain, to visit the site. The protest turned out to be a major setback for the plant and the Left Front government. “Just as in 2006, this time too we will resist any attempt by the NPCIL to set up its plant. We cannot endanger the health of our children and lose our livelihood in the name of so-called development,” said Debasis Shyamal, convener of the committee.last_img read more

Kepa Arrizabalaga defies coach as Chelsea loses to Manchester City in final shootout

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said seeing Sarri undercut by Kepa made him “really sad.”“I don’t like that he leaves his coach and the assistant coach in a situation of great fragility,” Mourinho said while covering the match in Spain for the internet streaming service DAZN.Mourinho was fired by Chelsea in 2015 over “palpable discord” with his players.“Luckily I never had to go through this,” Mourinho said of Kepa’s onfield behavior. “The goalkeeper wants to show his personality, his confidence, wants to show that he is there and wants to be at the shootout and make saves — and I like that.”The episode also took the focus off Pep Guardiola winning his third major trophy in three seasons at City.City did lose top spot in the Premier League on Sunday after Liverpool drew 0-0 at Manchester United. But City is only a point behind Liverpool and the Abu Dhabi-owned team remains in contention for the Champions League and FA Cup as well.“The only problem is we will miss a lot of important players for the next few weeks,” Guardiola said. “Being in four competitions is so demanding, so tough. We don’t know where we’re going to arrive.″(Aymeric) Laporte, Fernandinho are injured, but it’s much better of course when you win.”And win calmly — without a flashpoint like Kepa defying his manager.“I’ve never seen it (before),” City captain Vincent Kompany said. “I wish I could do it every now and then when I don’t want to get subbed off.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But Kepa’s behavior wasn’t fine at all, according to former Chelsea captain John Terry.“Once your number goes up you have to come off and show a bit of respect,” Terry said in the Sky Sports television studio at Wembley. “Deal with that after.”Publicly humiliated with his authority undermined, Sarri was furious and initially headed down the tunnel before returning just in time for extra time to end.In the shootout, Kepa made only one save from Leroy Sane as Raheem Sterling completed the shootout victory to defend City’s title and keep the team in contention for a quadruple.“In no moment was it my intention to disobey, or anything like that with the boss,” Kepa said. “Just that it was misunderstood because I had been attended to by the medics twice, and he thought that I wasn’t in condition to continue.ADVERTISEMENT Ja Rule taking heat on social media after NBA halftime show Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga reacts after stops a shot from Manchester City’s Leroy Sane during a penalty shootout at the end of the English League Cup final soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London, England, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — Watching goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga appearing to struggle with cramp, and with a penalty shootout looming to settle the League Cup final, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri summoned a substitute from the bench.Kepa was furious.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wildly gesticulating with his arms, the world’s most expensive goalkeeper forcefully indicated to Sarri he would be ready to face penalties against Manchester City with the Wembley showpiece locked at 0-0 and extra time about to end.But Sarri was determined to bring on Willy Caballero, who saved three spot kicks in the 2016 League Cup final while in City’s winning side.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSo Kepa, who joined Chelsea in August for 80 million euros (then $93 million), simply would not leave the field.“It wasn’t that I was refusing to be substituted,” Kepa said later, after being beaten by four penalties in City’s 4-3 victory in the shootout. “It was a way of trying to tell the bench that I was fine.” “It was two or three minutes of confusion until the medics got to the bench, and they explained everything well.”After collecting his runners-up medal, Sarri sought to diffuse the controversy.“It was a big misunderstanding,” Sarri said. “I understood the goalkeeper had cramp and for me he was unable to go to penalties but the problem was not cramp so he was able to go to penalties.”Not that Sarri wants to see a repeat.“Kepa was right but in the wrong way,” Sarri said. “He was right for the motivation but not for the conduct.”Even Kepa realized the incident was damaging for the club’s reputation as images flashed around the world.“I understand that on television, on social media, they’re talking about this but I am here to explain it, to say that it wasn’t my intention to go against the manager,” Kepa said. “We have spoken now, and I was only trying to say ‘I’m fine.’ He thought I wasn’t fine. It was in tense moments, with a lot happening.”The insubordination exposes the player power that has appeared to often cause problems for Chelsea managers. It leaves the 60-year-old Sarri without a trophy in his career and Kepa’s defiance adds to the manager’s problems with Chelsea down to sixth in the Premier League.The incident distracted attention from how Sarri had set up his team to successfully thwart City two weeks after a 6-0 loss in the Premier League.“Today the players played exactly the match we prepared,” Sarri said. “I think I am fully in control of this situation. … We conceded nothing to the best team in Europe.” US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

From one Mark to another: Nonoy heeds Cruz’s advice to boost UST

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas head coach Aldin Ayo is slowly replicating what he’s done four years ago.Ayo was the architect of Letran’s 2015 title conquest in the NCAA and the blueprint of that championship run is now being integrated into the Growling Tigers’ ongoing campaign in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES ‘Outhustled’ Maroons need to match Tigers’ aggressiveness, says Perasol Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Mark Cruz, the Finals MVP of the Knights’ title series against San Beda, has taken his namesake Mark Nonoy under his wing  and the younger Mark has shown the early results of those training sessions.Nonoy had 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting, including 2-of-4 from three, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals helping the Growling Tigers feast on University of the Philippines, 89-69, in their semifinals clash.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“He told me to always believe in coach, and when I’m open I just shoot it because I’m given the license to go for it,” said Nonoy in Filipino Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“Our sessions helped because he’s been in this similar situation before. I accepted his advice because I know it’ll help me,” added Nonoy. Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Rice industry paralysis Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cruz is two inches shorter than the 5-foot-8 Nonoy but the two didn’t let their small stature be a hindrance for them in the sport with the diminutive Knight becoming a legend in Letran while the Growling Tiger is just getting started by winning this season’s Rookie of the Year plum.Nonoy, who ran circles around UP’s defense, said what impresses him most about Cruz is his heart.“I saw him on TV before when he was still in Letran and it wasn’t really the height and playing that well that impressed me but the heart,” said Nonoy, 19. “When I saw him I knew that he has a big fighting spirit.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

2019 Suzuki Intruder launched in India, price starts at Rs 1.08 lakh

first_imgSuzuki Motorcycle India has launched the 2019 edition of Intruder at an introductory price of Rs 1,08,162 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new Suzuki Intruder is available in a fresh color scheme — Metallic Matte Titanium Silver.The 2019 Suzuki Intruder comes with features like an updated gear shift design and improvised brake pedal. While the front foot pegs provide comfort riding capability, Suzuki has added a backrest for the pillion as well.”We are delighted to start the new fiscal year with the launch of new Intruder which will fascinate the customers for a relaxed ride. With its modern-day design and premium appeal, Suzuki Intruder is an apt motorcycle for all the cruiser lovers in the country. The 2019 Intruder will offer a soothing daily commute as well as short weekend rides,” Suzuki Motorcycle India Vice President Devashish Handa said.The 2019 Suzuki Intruder gets the same 4-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled, SOHC, 2 Valve, 155-cc engine. The motor delivers 14.8 ps at 8,000 rpm and 14 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.There is a telescopic suspension at the front, while a swing arm type at the rear. The 2019 Suzuki Intruder gets disc brakes both upfront and at the rear. Also, there is a standard ABS (Antilock Braking System).Big-bike like shrouds and twin exhaust give the all-new Suzuki Intruder a bold presence on the road. Also, fully-digital instrumentation adds to the comfort.ALSO READ | BMW Z4 Roadster launched in India, price starts at Rs 64.90 lakhALSO READ | Toyota Innova Crysta, Innova Touring Sport, Fortuner launched with more comfort features, improved interiorsALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Celerio X get new safety features, prices start at Rs 4.31 lakhadvertisementlast_img read more

Reyes’ car was above 220kmph before crash: Police

first_imgThe Spanish Police have said that former Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid football star Jose Antonio Reyes was driving at more than 220kmph when he died in a car crash.The international player died near his hometown Utrera in the southern Spanish province of Seville on June 1. The accident took place on the A-376, a road linking Utrera with Seville. His cousin Jonathan Reyes was also killed in the crash.Although the car exceeded Spain’s speed limit (120kmph), it is not clear yet if that was the “final cause” of the incident, reports BBC Sport.The Guardia Civil, which is investigating the case, said that Reyes was driving the vehicle when the accident took place.”The investigation is still open. Because of that, we cannot still say that the speeding was the only and final cause of the accident. And neither can we still say the exact speed of the car. We know for sure that it was more than 220kmph,” a spokesperson said.Two days of mourning was declared after Reyes’ death. He had made 21 appearances with the Spanish national team and also played for several European clubs, including Arsenal and Benfica.The 35-year-old had been playing for Spanish second division side Extremadura this season.Also Read | Brazil coach Tite reserves judgment on Neymar rape accusationAlso Read | UEFA confirm VAR usage in Nations League finalsAlso Seelast_img read more

James Cromwell Speaks To Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

first_imgAward-winning actor James Cromwell met with Cardozo School of Law’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapter to discuss his journey to animal activism.James Cromwell speaking at the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter at New York’s Cordozo School of LawCredit/Copyright: Janette PellegriniCromwell has starred in a number of films and TV shows, including Star Trek: First Contact, The Green Mile, Space Cowboys, and The Artist. He is best known for his role as a farmer whose life is changed by a pig in the movie “Babe.” The film changed Cromwell’s life as well, inspiring him to adopt a vegan diet and become involved in animal causes, including ending the use of animals in entertainment and research, factory farming, and spaying and neutering pets.The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) was founded in 1979 to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.last_img read more

Iqaluits hospital needs repairs but contractor cant be found

first_imgAPTN National NewsIqaluit’s hospital was in the beginning of a $32 million renovation when the contractor doing the work defaulted and disappeared.Now people are questioning where the contractor went.More importantly people want to know where this leaves the hospital.APTN’s Malaya Qaunirq Chapman has the story.mqaunirqchapman@aptn.calast_img

Price tag for Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject rises by another billion CEO

first_imgAPTN National NewsCosts for the Muskrat Falls hydro project in Labrador are up another $1 billion, a “boondoggle” the man in charge says is worse than the lopsided Upper Churchill debacle.Nalcor Energy CEO Stan Marshall said Friday the new price tag is $12.7 billion with financing. That’s up from an estimate last year of $11.7 billion and is about $5 billion higher than when the former Progressive Conservative government approved Muskrat Falls five years ago.Marshall took over as head of the Crown corporation last year after the governing Liberals criticized oversight. He said at the time the megaproject was a colossal mistake that he’d try to fix.“I knew this was a boondoggle,” that should never have gone ahead, Marshall reiterated Friday.“As long as I’m here I’ll do my best,” he added, vowing it can still “finish strong.”“The only way to have solved this was not to have built it in the first place … It was too late to stop. We couldn’t get a refund.”Initial cost projections were drastically low-balled, he said: Either intentionally or unintentionally, “the costs were significantly underestimated.”Marshall blamed the latest budget bloat on contractor disputes, higher operating costs, a leaky cofferdam and delays, including a worksite occupation last fall by demonstrators concerned about methylmercury.Muskrat Falls has had its surprises. I’m not going to say that there won’t be anymore – Stan MarshallMarshall said 75 per cent of construction is now done, up from 48 per cent last May.First power is expected in 2019 at an estimated cost of 23.3 cents per kilowatt hour before tax.That’s up 8.2 cents from when Muskrat Falls was approved and would double recent rates paid by consumers.Marshall and Premier Dwight Ball have said they’ll look at ways to reduce that hit and cut average monthly bills that could otherwise go up more than $150 per month.The previous Tory government sanctioned Muskrat Falls in 2012, a joint venture with Nova Scotia utility Emera championed by former premier Danny Williams. It will bring power from Labrador to the island of Newfoundland then on to Nova Scotia using subsea cables and a vast overland transmission network.Williams hailed Muskrat Falls as the answer to his province’s long-running feud with Hydro-Quebec over transmission access and the Upper Churchill deal. Terms of the 65-year contract did not reflect rising energy rates.As a result, the Upper Churchill dam and powerhouse in Labrador have so far delivered about $27.5 billion for Hydro-Quebec versus $2 billion for Newfoundland and Labrador. The dispute is once again before the Supreme Court of Canada for a hearing on whether the contract should be reopened.Marshall said Friday that Muskrat Falls is especially painful because it made the opposite gaffe as supporters gambled that energy values would stay high. They lost, and this time ratepayers on the hook, he said.Costs could rise again, Marshall added.“Muskrat Falls has had its surprises. I’m not going to say that there won’t be anymore.”The province is already facing protests from Innu and Inuit leaders over the release of water from the dam and concerns around methylmercury poisoning. Methylmercury is a naturally occurring toxin contained in vegetation that sits in place until disturbed. It can be released when mixed with water.(Land protectors occupy the offices at Muskrat Falls in the fall of 2016.)In the fall, several protests, an occupation of the Muskrat Falls construction site and a hunger strike forced the province into a deal to study the effects of the poisoning – and to release water from the dam in the spring – when it is believed the toxin will have less an impact. But Nalcor announced that water would be released in July, not the spring.Marshall said Nalcor is working with Labrador Inuit leaders on methylmercury concerns downstream as land is flooded.“I’m not looking to do anything that will endanger people.”But Innu and Inuit leaders already said that the province reneged on a promise to lower water levels in the dam reservoir in the spring to negate possibly methylmercury concerns. NaBall said Friday that Muskrat Falls was “ill-conceived and reckless,” but stopped short of calling for a forensic audit.Such a review now would eat up more cash and could add to delays, he said. Ball said he’s committed to a more in-depth look later on.He blamed the staggering increases on “neglect” and questioned why Nalcor and the previous Tory government did not act years ago to rein in costs.On Friday, Ball released a 2013 risk management report by SNC-Lavalin that warned of the fiscal fallout.Stamped “confidential” and “for internal use only,” it forecast cost overruns of 39 per cent with a potential extra price tag of $2.4 billion when Muskrat Falls was just 20 per cent complete.Ball said he only received the report Thursday from Nalcor.Still, Ball continued this week to talk up future Labrador hydro projects. But he stressed that consultation with Innu and Inuit leaders would have to improve and any new developments can’t be “on the backs of ratepayers.”Former premier Paul Davis, who became official Opposition leader when the Liberals won in 2015, said Friday the Tory government pushed for Muskrat Falls based on information it had at the time. He said he wasn’t aware of the risk management report while in power.He also challenged Ball to order a forensic audit now if the premier questions those initial estimates.“We have nothing to hide from the decisions that we made.”-with files from the Canadian Pressnews@aptn.calast_img read more

34th Marathon des Sables Recap Stage Two is Defined by Desert

Rabat – The dunes of Erg Chebbi defined the second stage of the Marathon des Sables (MDS) as runners spent nearly a third of the stage’s 32.5 kilometers racing through Morocco’s largest dune field.Competitors left the starting line at 8:30 a.m. and by noon temperatures had reached 29.5 degrees celsius—3 degrees hotter than the first stage.The dunes and heat caused half a dozen competitors to drop out of the MDS by 2 p.m. Only two competitors dropped following the mixed terrain of the first stage, bringing the total number of runners from 781. In general, 11 hours is the maximum time expected to complete the stage. The race’s top finishers for both the men’s and the women’s race made it it in less than five hours.View Also: Marathon des Sables’ Course Through Morocco’s DesertThe men’s raceThe El Morabity brothers firmly held on to first and second place, with Mohamed El Morabity finishing just six seconds ahead of his brother, Rachid, who won the first stage of the marathon on Sunday, April 7.Abdelkader El Mouaziz remained in the top five by coming in less than four minutes after the El Morabity brothers. The three runners, all members of the Maroc TGCC Team, worked together to stay orientated in the dunes.“I did a great job for our team,” Mouaziz said. “I was in charge of the compass in the dunes.”The end of the second stage also brought the MDS’ first international top five men’s finishers. Fourth and fifth place were taken by Antonio Alongi, from Italy and Merile Robert from France—a stark contrast from the Moroccan dominated stage one.Stage Two: Men’s Top FiveRankNameCountryTime1Rachid El MorabityMorocco2:52:302Mohamed El MorabityMorocco2:52:363Abdelkader El MouazizMorocco2:56:144Antonio AlongiItaly3:01:145Merile RobertFrance3:04:02The women’s raceDutch runner Ragna Debats continued to dominate the women’s race, finishing the second stage nearly 45 minutes ahead of the next runner.“Thirteen kilometers of dunes, that was a first for me. I loved it,” Debats said.Behind Debats was American runner Meghan Hicks, who won the MDS in 2013. Hicks climbed to second place after finishing fifth in the first stage—overtaking Moroccan runner Aziz Raji and finishing more than six minutes ahead of her.“I didn’t have the opportunity to train on this type of terrain,” Raji said. “Still, I was able to make it to the Top 3. I hope to perform even better in the next stages.”Stage Two: Women’s Top FiveRankNameCountryTime1Ragna DebatsThe Netherlands3:14:222Meghan HicksThe United States of America3:59:003Aziza RajiMorocco4:05:324Gemma GameGreat Britain4:10:095Lauren WoodwissGreat Britain4:17:03The next stageDetails about the third stage have not yet been released, but it is expected to start at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 9.Morocco World News will continue to provide updates on the marathon throughout the week.Read Also: Runners Prepare for Morocco’s Marathon des Sables, World’s Longest Desert Race read more

Engine production up in April as exports accelerate

Engine manufacturing output rolling year total European market recovery and investment in new UK facilities bode well for industry’s future. April growth powered by production for export, which climbed 12.6% in the month.  Engine manufacturing output year-to-date, 2012-2014Click through to download the UK engine manufacturing news release for April 2014. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Engine output rose 2.9% in April to 217,599 units, as year-to-date volumes remain stable. 

British skier watches in horror as brother and close friend die in

first_imgRajen Mahendra, 26, from CambridgeCredit:LinkedIn His friends have described him as a “fun-loving, adventurous, kind hearted and caring person”Credit:Family handout 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. All three men were skiing the 45-degree couloir when Mr Cassagneau-Francis and Mr Mahendra lost control and plunged several hundred metres down the icy, rocky terrain, with hard, compacted snow.  Friends of Dr Cassagneau-Francis have paid tribute to him. Rajen Mahendra, 26, from Cambridge Mr Cassagneau-Francis and his friend Mr Mahendra, who were both born and brought up in Cambridge, were skiing in an area popular with off-piste skiers.But conditions are particularly unfavourable at the moment and mountain experts have warned skiers to exercise the utmost caution if considering venturing off-piste. A spokesman for the PGHM, the high mountain police in Chamonix, said: “Three British men were skiing Le Couloir Du Chapeau. It is a steep off-piste area. The snow at the moment is very hard, it is not powder skiing. The two men fell several hundred metres, within a couple of minutes of each other.“For sure these men were good skiers but the conditions are not good. An investigation has been opened into the accident.”Police refused to say whether the skiers were wearing helmets.As a teenager Mr Mahendra attended the fee paying Perse School in Cambridge, while Mr Cassagneau-Francis went to Netherhall School and then Hills Road Sixth Form College and the pair  frequently socialised together.Mr Cassagneau-Francis went on to train as a junior doctor at Newcastle University and at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, in south east London, while Mr Mahendra joined the international advertising and PR group Reprise Media.Both Mr Mahendra and Mr Cassagneau-Francis were keen sportsman and the pair had skied together with their families during the past decade.A grinning selfie of Mr Mahendra and his friends was posted on Twitter by an old schoolmate, with the caption: “Perse 2010. Older, not wiser”. Another shows him making a speech to the table of young men, dressed in a novelty Christmas jumper. They said: “Oscar was a fun-loving, adventurous, kind hearted and caring person who touched the hearts of everyone he knew. He will be sorely missed but greatly remembered by all those that know and love him. The world is a darker place without his cheeky smile & zest for life.”A spokeswoman for the men’s tour operator Inghams said: “We are working closely with local authorities in Chamonix, France, and the British Consulate, following the fatal accident involving two skiers. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of our guests at this difficult time.”According to police, there was evidence that other skiers had skied the slope in previous days.The bodies of the two men were retrieved from the mountain by helicopter and police have opened an investigation into the tragedy. Officers are due to interview Oliver Cassagneau-Francis, who was not injured, but was yesterday described as being in shock. His friends have described him as a "fun-loving, adventurous, kind hearted and caring person" Mr Cassagneau-Francis’s brother Oliver Phillipe recently finished studying for a postgraduate degree in Economics at French university Sciences Po.Before this, he studied for a BSc in the subject in his hometown, at the University of Cambridge.Like his brother he is understood to have been a keen skier, often posting photographs of himself on the slopes.On one photograph of his brother Oliver Phillipe trekking up a mountain, apparently preparing to ski off-piste, Mr Cassagneau-Francis wrote: “New skis? And when can i come see you?!?! Skype me sometime”.Stuart Macdonald, a British IFMGA mountain guide based in Chamonix, said: “This is an extremely serious couloir to ski at any time because there is a cliff at the bottom that you need to exit beforehand and it is a 45-degree slope. This is extreme skiing in any conditions, let alone Sunday’s.”It is west-facing and relatively low in altitude and the past week we have had plenty of sun and no fresh snow. All these factors mean I would not have skied that couloir on Sunday.”They may have seen tracks in the snow that they then followed, but in Chamonix, in particular, you could well be following a world-class skier.” A British skier witnessed a tragic accident in which his younger brother and a close childhood friend fell to their death in the French Alps.Experienced skier Oscar Cassagneau-Francis and his friend Rajen Mahendra, both 26, plunged several hundred metres to their deaths in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc while skiing off-piste.Mr Cassagneau-Francis’ older brother Oliver Phillipe, 28, also a keen skier, saw one of the men fall at around 11.40am on Sunday.He managed to raise the alarm with the piste patrollers who then radioed the mountain police in a desperate bid to find the pair alive.It is not known if the second skier fell while Oliver Phillipe was calling for help but he told rescuers he did not see the second fatal fall.Mr Cassagneau-Francis had been on several skiing trips, but the weather conditions on the 1700 metre high Le Couloir Du Chapeau, a steep section of the famous Grands Montets ski area, were said to be perilous, despite the glorious sunshine.last_img read more

EHF European Cup 20112012 draw results

← Previous Story Barca’s returnee, Viran Morros: “Barca more than a Club” Next Story → Marta Mangue absent from Team Esbjerg EHFHandball European Cuo On Tuesday 26 July 2011 six competitions were drawn in Vienna (AUT). The draw decided the fixtures that will form the first two rounds played in all six competitions.Find the draw results here:2011/12 Women’s Challenge CupClick HERE for draw resultsDownload Seeding List (pdf)2011/12 Men’s Challenge CupClick HERE for draw resultsDownload Seeding List (pdf)2011/12 Women’s Cup Winners’ CupClick HERE for draw resultsDownload Seeding List (pdf)2011/12 Men’s Cup Winners’ CupClick HERE for draw resultsDownload Seeding List (pdf)2011/12 Women’s EHF CupClick HERE for draw resultsDownload Seeding List (pdf)2011/12 Men’s EHF CupClick HERE for draw resultsDownload Seeding List (pdf)TEXT: EHF read more

Spanish woman arrested at Dublin Airport over cocaine seizure

first_imgGARDAÍ FROM THE Garda National Drugs Unit along with Officers from Revenue Customs Service have seized cocaine with an estimated street value of €140,000.The discovery was made during a search operation at Dublin Airport yesterday evening and a female of Spanish nationality was arrested at the scene.It is believed the woman is in her 30s.She is currently being detained at Clondalkin Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking Act) 1996.She can be detained for up to 7 days.Gardaí have said the investigation is ongoing.last_img

Preview for tonights 129 WWE Royal Rumble 30 Man Royal Rumble Match

first_img WWE Smackdown Results – 9/10/19 (The Undertaker returns, Clash of Champions build) Jim Bilbee Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns You know HHH’s ego wont let him sit this one out, he will be involved someway. Rob Giles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp The 2017 30 Man Royal Rumble match will headline tonight’s 1/28 WWE Royal Rumble PPV live from San Antonio, Texas inside the Alamodome on WWE Network.Here is the card for tonight’s Royal Rumble beginning at a special start time of 7:00 p.m. Eastern (6:00 CT) with the Kickoff show beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET (4:00 CT).30 Man Royal Rumble MatchThe following names are confirmed with 8 spots open.The UndertakerGoldbergBrock LesnarBig ShowDean AmbroseThe MizSami ZaynDolph ZigglerBig EXavier WoodsKofi KingstonBray WyattRandy OrtonLuke HarperMojo RawleyBraun StrowmanChris JerichoBaron CorbinCesaroSheamusBig CassRusevWWE Championship MatchAJ Styles (c) vs. John CenaWWE Universal Championship – No DQ MatchChris Jericho will be suspended above the ring in a shark cageKevin Owens (c) vs. Roman ReignsWWE RAW Women’s Championship MatchCharlotte (c) vs. BayleyWWE Cruiserweight Championship MatchRich Swann (c) vs. NevilleKickoff Show:WWE RAW Tag Team Championships MatchSheamus and Cesaro (c’s) vs. Luke Gallows and Karl AndersonSasha Banks vs. Nia JaxBecky Lynch, Nikki Bella and Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss, Mickie James and NatalyaWrestleview.com will have live coverage of the WWE Royal Rumble tonight beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern (6:00 CT) with brief updates on Twitter via @wrestleview.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Naka will win January 29, 2017 at 1:18 pm Comments are closed. The Miz Alright can’t wait! WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Google+ Now Playing Up Next Pinterest WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands January 29, 2017 at 3:23 pmcenter_img Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Steven Herrera Facebook Now Playing Up Next 72mike72 Twitter Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Xavier Woods January 29, 2017 at 3:08 pm Videos Articles 4 COMMENTS 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show I hope not, that guy is overrated and annoying as hell. Like cringe-worthy, cheesy annoying. It’s gonna be a predictable “big name” that wins. Same like every year. Boring. And unnrealistic. Which means either Taker, Goldberg, Stowman, or Lesnar wins. You know what would be shocking, different, unpredictable & truly badass? If someone like Xavier Woods won! Imagine the reactions & aftermath of that one, let alone all the exciting storyline possibilities!! But nope… people would rather see a washed up old Undertaker or old out of shape Goldberg win. Same old shit. Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Triple H January 29, 2017 at 5:01 pm Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Two American Women arrested for Drug Possession on Cruise Ship

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews #americanwomenarrestedfordrugs Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 7, 2017 – Nassau – American women arrested for drug possession on a cruise ship.Police Tourism Unit officers yesterday took two American women into custody after they found a quantity of dangerous drugs in their possession.The pair was visiting The Bahamas via cruise when found with illicit drugs.Reports are that shortly before 8:00am on June 6, officers assigned to the Police Tourism Unit, acting on information went onboard a cruise ship the at Prince George Dock, where they arrested the two women after they found a quantity of marijuana in their possession.#magneticmedianews#americanwomenarrestedfordrugslast_img read more

3rd junior science Olympiad begins

first_imgProfessor Jamilur Reza Choudhury inaugurated the ‘Third Bangladesh Junior Science Olympiad’ at University of Asia Pacific campus in the capital Saturday. Photo: Sabina YasminThe national phase of the ‘Third Bangladesh Junior Science Olympiad’ was inaugurated at University of Asia Pacific in the capital on Saturday morning with a view to select 50 junior scientists out of 481 participants.Six selected contestants of these 50 junior scientists will take part in the 14th International Junior Science Olympiad to be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands in December this year.Noted educationist, also vice chancellor of University of Asia Pacific, professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury, inaugurated the ‘Third Bangladesh Junior Science Olympiad’.He said, no nation can flourish without achieving development in science.Society for the Popularisation of Science, Bangladesh and Bangladesh Freedom Foundation have jointly organised the Junior Science Olympiad with the assistance of Prothom Alo. Al-Arafah Islami Bank Limited is sponsoring the Olympiad while Bigganchinta is the magazine partner.The 481 contestants of the ‘Third Bangladesh Junior Science Olympiad’ were selected in two phases – regional phases and an e-olympiad. Regional phases were held in nine major cities in the country. A total of 5,500 participants took part in those phases.Junior Science Olympiad convener Munir Hasan, scientist Rezaur Rahman, and Al-Arafah Islami Bank Limited managing director Habibur Rahman, deputy managing director Kazi Tawhid Ul Alam, Bangladesh Freedom Foundation executive director Sazzadur Rahman Chowdhury, and Society for the Popularisation of Science, Bangladesh general secretary Farsim Mannan Mohammadi also addressed the ceremony.A book fair is also underway at the campus of the University of Asia Pacific.Names of 50 selected contestants will be declared in the afternoon.last_img read more

Robbers hack policeman in Habiganj

first_imgMap of HabiganjA sub-inspector of police sustained stab injury in an attack of robbers on Chatiain-Ratanpur road in Madhabpur upazila of Habiganj on Monday night, reports news agency UNB.The injured is Zia Uddin, sub-inspector of Chatiain police outpost.S M Raju Ahmed, senior assistant superintendent of police, said a gang of robber attacked Zia around 10:00 pm while he was returning to police outpost from his workplace and stabbed him, leaving critically injured.Later, the injured SI was admitted to Habiganj Sadar Hospital.last_img