Heat wave toll rises to 750 in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana

first_imgTelangana and Andhra Pradesh continue to reel under intense heat wave with the death toll rising to over 750. In Andhra Pradesh, 551 people were reported to have died due to the extreme heat conditions. At least 213 people were reported dead in Telangana.Old-aged, children, labourers, rickshaw pullers, beggars and people living in streets were the worst affected by the heat wave.There was no let-up in severe heat wave conditions in the two Telugu states as Raagundam in Telangana sizzled with a maximum temperature of 44.8 degree Celsius. Met officials released a heat wave warning for Adilabad, Khammam, Nalgonda, Karimnagar districts in the state.In Andhra Pradesh, the maximum temperature of 46.8 degrees Celsius was recorded at Jangameswarapuram of Prakasam district. Tuni of East Godavari District recorded 46.3 degrees Celsius while Kakinada recorded 46.1 degrees Celsius.The Andhra Pradesh government is said to have has declared the situation caused by heat wave alarming and appealed to people not to venture out between 11 am and 4 pm.An aid of Rs 1 lakh for the families of victims of heat wave was also announced by the chief minister of the state.last_img read more

Wayne Rooney’s wife Coleen used to his cheating, claims ex-prostitute

first_img And now, the winner of British reality TV show Big Brother 15, is set to launch a book, A Man’s World on June 3, revealing more about her romance with Rooney. During an interview on British TV show, Gold Morning Britain, Helen took a swipe at Coleen saying she doesn’t care about Rooney cheating on her. “I should think. I know her and I think it messes her up. Look in an ideal world, it can’t mess her up that much because she stays with him and he cheats on her all the time,” Helen said. “Unfortunately, I am making the most of it. People want to know why I did certain things and I will tell them in my own words,” Helen added. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Rooney’s wife Coleen ready for legal battle with Vardy’s wife Rebekah over leaked stories Wayne Rooney and wife Coleen have seen it all – sex scandals, affairs, one night stands Footballer Jamie Vardy’s wife Rebekah: My husband doesn’t define who I am Former British prostitute Helen Wood recently slammed former England footballer Wayne Rooney’s wife Coleen for putting up with husband’s cheating. Helen, 32, shot into news when she claimed that the former Manchester United star, 33, slept with her in 2009 while Coleen, 33, was pregnant with their first son, Kai.Related Newslast_img read more

83: Harrdy Sandhu reveals how he got his dream role in Ranveer Singh film

first_imgAfter giving many hit numbers, Punjabi singer Harrdy Sandhu is all set to make his Bollywood debut with Kabir Khan’s film 83. The film is based on India’s historic victory at the 1983 cricket World Cup, which stars Ranveer Singh in the lead role. In an interview to a daily, the singer revealed that despite being a popular singer it was not easy for him to get the role.He said, I was doing interviews for the song Kya Baat Ay and somebody told me that a movie on 1983 World Cup was being planned and that I could try to get a part, since I have been a cricketer. Ammy Virk (who is playing the role of Balwinder Singh Sandhu in the film) had also mentioned about it. One day, when I was in Chandigarh, he called me and asked me to come downstairs. Kabir Khan is here and he wants to meet you’.”Harrdy tried to impress the director with his confidence in their first meeting. The singer added, “When I met him, the first thing that he asked me was, ‘Will you be able to do Madan Lal’s bowling action?’ I said, I will do the action, first tell me what is the character?”The singer revealed that they didn’t exchange their numbers and therefore couldn’t contact each other for days. He added, “And then they called me after 4-5 days telling me that they were in the locking period, so if I could send a video imitating Madan Lal’s bowling action. I practised and sent the video. But I did not get any call from them for almost three days. I thought perhaps they didn’t like my video. But they called me again and said, First tell us, how did you do the action?’ They liked the video and said that they would love to have me in the movie.”advertisementHarrdy had played for national U-17 cricket team of India. In a recent Instagram post he wrote, “It was my Dad’s dream for me to play for India. It was my dream to win a World Cup. What I couldn’t do in real life because of an unfortunate injury, going to do that in the reel life. Doing a film about my first passion Cricket. Itis a very emotional feeling for me. I’ll be playing Madan Lal Sir, who at the time when I played U-17 india, was also the bowling coach at the National Cricket Academy.”ALSO SEE | Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone have eyes for only each other at Mumbai receptionALSO WATCH | Deepika Padukone marries Ranveer Singh in Italylast_img read more

Chris Kirkland: ‘I didn’t want to wake up in the morning. It just starts again’

first_imgShare on Pinterest It is sometimes referred to as the lightbulb moment; when it finally becomes clear that there is a fundamental problem. Kirkland reached out to Michael Bennett, the head of player welfare at the Professional Footballers’ Association, and the path to recovery would be illuminated.Kirkland is no longer ashamed or embarrassed and he wants to tell his harrowing story so that others who are suffering in silence might feel the confidence to seek help. He is scheduled to speak at the PFA’s mental health and emotional wellbeing conference on Thursday at St George’s Park.“It’s easy for me to talk about it now because I’ve seen a way out of it,” Kirkland says. “That is the biggest thing and I want other people and other players to know that you’ve just got to talk. I never saw a way out of it until I started to talk about it. There was a fear. But as soon as you talk, that’s when you’re helping yourself and your family.” Football Topics Twitter Share on Twitter “I didn’t know what was happening. Obviously, you read stuff and I had a feeling it was depression but I wasn’t diagnosed, at the time, because I never said anything to anyone.”Kirkland felt he had coped with what came his way at the start of his career, when his uncommon mixture of height, agility and bravery marked him out for stardom. He became the most expensive goalkeeper in English football when Liverpool paid Coventry City £8m for him in 2001 – he was 20 years of age – while hyperbole tracked him.David Platt, the England Under-21 manager, called him the “best young goalkeeper in the world” while Sven-Göran Eriksson, the England manager, described him as the “future of English goalkeeping”. Kirkland would win his one and only senior cap as a second-half substitute against Greece in August 2006.However, Kirkland has since learned that it might have been impossible for him to compartmentalise the various demands and stresses. As Leeona puts it, they “pile up on top of each other before you get to a point where it all just explodes”. Kirkland carries plenty of scars but they are beginning to heal. These days he will get out of the house and do something if he does not feel great instead of locking the doors. He has set up the Chris Kirkland Goalkeeper Academy for young hopefuls while he also coaches his daughter’s under-11s team. She is a goalkeeper too.Kirkland says that he would like to get into counselling to help those affected by mental health problems and there is no doubt that his own sessions with a woman in south Manchester – facilitated by Bennett and the PFA – have changed his life.“She has worked wonders,” Kirkland says. “I saw her at least once a week at first and now, I’m at once every two or three weeks. She’s given me coping mechanisms, such as breathing techniques, because I struggle a lot with anxiety; I still do. It’s an ongoing process but I now know that I can and will get through it.”In the UK the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123.In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org. PFA members can contact the confidential wellbeing helpline on 07500 000777 interviews Read more Share via Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest Facebook Chris Kirkland dives for the ball ahead of Chelsea’s Salomon Kalou in 2006. Photograph: Professional Sport/Popperfoto/Getty Images Sarah Taylor: ‘I didn’t know my purpose. Was I a cricketer? Or someone else?’center_img Share on Messenger Kirkland sits in the lounge of his home in Aughton, to the north of Liverpool. Leeona is there, too, and so is the family dog, Sam. The veneer of comfort is inscrutable. Footballers have got it all, haven’t they? But depression is no respecter of reputation and it spreads furiously beneath the surface.Kirkland remembers “crying my eyes out” when he said his goodbyes at Wigan after six years – he had fallen from favour under Roberto Martínez – and, although he would be the No1 at Sheffield Wednesday for the next two seasons, he could feel “things starting to slip”.“As strange as it sounds, I managed to block it out during matches,” Kirkland adds. “I don’t know how. But the anxiousness was getting the better of me – with the travelling, for example. If I had to stay over in Sheffield, I was panicking.” Kirkland lost his place in the Wednesday team to Keiren Westwood in 2014-15 and he describes that season as “when it started to show; when I just wanted to shut down completely”.Wednesday would still offer him a new contract for the following season but he did not sign it. “I was going to,” Kirkland says. “It was the first day of pre-season, I was in the gym and I was going to go up and sign my contract in the next 10 minutes. But something just said: ‘I can’t stay.’“I went in and said that I’d got problems. I didn’t tell them what they were. I just said I needed to be nearer to home because of the anxiety of the travelling over there and being away. Would I get stuck in traffic? Would I have to stay over? They were all gobsmacked, even if they knew that something was not quite right.”Kirkland signed a one-year deal at Preston North End but the downward spiral continued. He lost a dear friend to cancer at the beginning of 2016 while his dog, Max, died in the same week. Each was a shattering blow to his increasingly fragile psyche.Kirkland has never been a big socialiser and was always uncomfortable with his position in the public eye. As the depression tightened its grip, he became reclusive. “It’s a big knock-on thing and, eventually, you don’t want to go out,” Kirkland says. “You don’t want to talk to people. You put your phone on silent and you don’t reply to anyone. I couldn’t wait to come home. It’s a vicious circle and you just can’t get yourself out of it.“I couldn’t think properly. I couldn’t see a way of functioning. I didn’t want to get out of bed. I didn’t want to do the stuff that I’d always done. I just didn’t want to do anything. I wanted to shut myself off.”Leeona says that it was like losing her husband for four years. Kirkland nods. “I wasn’t the person she married,” he says. “Leeona’s family are in Scotland, mine are in Leicester, we’re tight-knit and I’ve always taken it upon myself to be the man of the house. I was embarrassed that I couldn’t look after the family properly. Chris Kirkland in action for Liverpool at Deportivo La Coruña in the Champions League. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images Chris Kirkland felt trapped, paralysed, desperate. But the former England and Liverpool goalkeeper was terrified that he might have further to fall. “What happened to Gary Speed was the thing that really worried me,” Kirkland says, with reference to the Wales midfielder’s death in 2011. “I didn’t know how far away I was from that. Hopefully, a long, long way.“I always ask myself: ‘Would I have done something to myself? Would I have harmed myself? I like to think I wouldn’t have done. I certainly didn’t sit there one night, thinking, right, I’ve got to … you know. But you think about it. You do, yeah. Because you don’t want to wake up.“I said to my wife, Leeona, that I couldn’t wait to go to sleep at night and just be clear. But then, I didn’t want to wake up in the morning because it just starts again. I’d never have done it because of Leeona and our daughter, Lucy. But I was worried how close I was to the next step. That’s why I said: ‘I need to stop playing football.’” Pinterest When people say Chris Kirkland, they say: ‘Always injured.’ It’s not: ‘Chris Kirkland; he won the Champions League Kirkland’s injuries are a key part of his story and the perception of him. He suffered terribly at Liverpool and during a season-long loan at West Bromwich Albion in 2005-06, when one of his lay-offs was caused by a laceration to the kidney that left him urinating blood.The injuries themselves, to quote Kirkland, “knocked the stuffing out of me” but so, too, did the view of him as a serial crock. Post-2006 he had an excellent fitness record. “That’s one of the things that has griped at me – that people say I was always injured, when I wasn’t,” Kirkland says.Kirkland’s other regret is linked to the injuries that held him back at Liverpool. “I always wonder, and I can’t help it, where I would have got to if I had been injury-free,” he says. “My career could have been a lot better. When people say Chris Kirkland, they say: ‘Always injured.’ It’s not like: ‘Chris Kirkland; he won the Champions League.’ Like the top players. That’s just another factor that has piled up.”Kirkland might have won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2004-05 but, having started in four of their group phase ties, including the decisive 3-1 home win over Olympiakos, he was ruled out by injury for the remainder of the campaign. He was in the stands, together with Leeona, for the penalty shoot-out victory over Milan in the final and, to add to the insult, the team flight headed back from Istanbul without them.“They didn’t wait for us,” Kirkland says. “We got left and we missed the parade. Apparently, my medal was given to somebody else. We watched the parade on TV but only for a bit. We had to turn it off. So, that was a bit of a kick.”Kirkland reflects, too, on how he was only ever one error from being “crucified in the papers” – a goalkeeper’s lot is thankless – while he came to be more aware of the excruciating pressure in matches once he got to Wigan and relegation was a part of the equation. Then, there was the incident in October 2012 when, playing for Wednesday, he was blindsided by a pitch-invading Leeds United fan and punched in the face. It was August last year and Kirkland was mired in a battle against depression – the insidious illness that he says started to creep up on him in 2012, after his departure from Wigan Athletic, a club he loved and did not want to leave. Kirkland had signed a one-year contract at Bury in June 2016 but he came to feel overwhelmed. He simply could not continue.Bury were hugely supportive and the club’s manager, Dave Flitcroft, showed why he is cut out to be a leader of men. Flitcroft told him to get away, take his time, seek help but, Kirkland being Kirkland, he decided to give it one more try.“I restarted training but, on the third day, I was in a five-a-side game, there were shots coming in and I just wasn’t diving,” Kirkland says. “I was thinking: ‘I don’t want to be here any more.’ I walked off, I went straight up to Dave and I said: ‘I can’t do it anymore. I need you to rip my contract up.’ That’s when the statement came out.”In his statement Kirkland talked about how he needed “time and space away from the game”; that he was retiring at 35 after a 17-season professional career in order to put his “family’s future and well-being first”. It did not disclose the specifics of the depression. “It was because I was ashamed,” Kirkland says. “I wasn’t getting any help at that point. Nobody knew. But it was straight after that when I said to Leeona: ‘I have to do something here’.” I was ashamed. I wasn’t getting any help at that point. Nobody knew. I said to Leeona: ‘I have to do something here’ Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Read more Gail Emms: ‘I lost my identity in badminton. I lost me’ Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

Photo: Former Georgia Running Backs Todd Gurley And Isaiah Crowell Traded Jerseys After NFL Game

first_imgTodd Gurley giving a stiff arm to a Seahawks player.SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 17: Running back Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams stiff-arms free safety Bradley McDougald #30 of the Seattle Seahawks as he rushes in the first quarter at CenturyLink Field on December 17, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)The NFL features plenty of Georgia talent, and two former Bulldog running backs—Todd Gurley and Isaiah Crowell—faced off in today’s Cleveland Browns vs. St. Louis Rams game. Afterwards, the two rushers swapped jerseys, as many friends and alumni have started to do after NFL games.Crowell started at Georgia in 2011 before transferring to Alabama State after being dismissed from the program. Gurley was a superstar for Georgia from 2012-2014, compiling 3,285 yards in his college career. Today, Gurley dominated, rushing for 128 yards and two touchdowns while Crowell rushed for nine yards.last_img read more

Update On Status Of Alabama Starting QB Tua Tagovailoa

first_imgTua Tagovailoa points directions to a teammate.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the offense against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Nick Saban has been adamant all week that his starting quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, will be playing in today’s game against The Citadel. Alabama’s star QB has been dealing with a knee injury for part of the 2018 season, but Saban will not be resting him today.Here’s the latest on the status of the Heisman Trophy frontrunner.While Saban has maintained that Tagovailoa will be playing this afternoon, ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum doesn’t believe he’ll be on the field for very long.The SEC guru said on SportsCenter this morning that he can’t see Tagovailoa playing for more than a couple of series.“Nick Saban has to say that because he doesn’t want to give the impression that he’s not taking The Citadel seriously,” Finebaum said today. “You may remember — he lost to Louisiana Monroe his first year at Alabama in 2007 on this day. During his first year at LSU, he lost to UAB. He understands these schools can beat the big boys. A couple years ago, The Citadel beat South Carolina, but that won’t happen today.“But watch — if Tua plays more than two series, I’ll pull the remaining hair out of my head.”Resting Tagovailoa for the entire game might be the smart move, but it’s not one Saban is willing to make. He’s been adamant all week that it’s important for him to play.“Just like when I got asked on Monday like we should not play Tua in this game. Well, if we didn’t play Tua in this game, we’d be sending the message to every good player that we have that they shouldn’t play in the game,” Saban told reporters earlier this week. “So eventually, why should we even play? We should just forfeit so nobody gets hurt. Take a loss and just be done be done with it. Or is it an opportunity for everybody to improve and grow and challenge themselves to get better so that we go out and execute and play better as a team and build a little momentum through the week and the game, aight, so maybe we play better in the next game. So, that’s what I believe.“And it really doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks. They have every right to work like I’ve worked for 30-something years as a coach and get a job and have their own team. Then they can make any decision that they want. I tell the assistants that all the time. ‘You want to do it that way? Get you a head job, and you can do it that way, aight. But right now, this is the way we’re going to do it.’”Tagovailoa’s knee injury is believed to be a minor one, but if it were to get more serious, it could be a devastating blow for the Crimson Tide.Alabama and The Citadel are set to kick off at noon E.T. The game will be televised on SEC Network.last_img read more

Hafnia Sole Shipping Agree Refinancing Deal

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Denmark-based shipping company Hafnia Tankers has completed two sale and leaseback transactions with a Sole Shipping fund.The vessels included in the deal with the company’s business arm, Skaatholmen Shipping, are the 2010-built LR1 tankers, Hafnia Asia and Hafnia Arctic.The vessels have been sold to Skaatholmen Shipping with a seven-year bareboat charter back with annual purchase options from year two onwards and a purchase obligation in year seven.Hafnia Tankers informed that the transaction entailed a sale of the vessels at market value and a fully levered lease arrangement which gives rise to a positive liquidity effect of around USD 19 million and “further adds to the already strong cash position”.The profile of the lease arrangement allows Hafnia to abide by its policy of maintaining a low cash-breakeven. The company said that the transaction has been finalized and the ships have been handed over to the lessor.last_img read more

New Years Day Levee

first_imgLt.-Gov. Mayann Francis will receive the public for the annual New Year’s Day levee from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 1. This year’s levee will be held in a new location at Province House, 1726 Hollis St., Halifax. “The New Year’s Day levee is a long-standing tradition,” said the lieutenant governor. “I think it is important to ensure this tradition continues as an opportunity to celebrate the New Year with Nova Scotians.” Musical entertainment will be provided and families with children are welcome. -30-last_img read more

Celebrate Groundhog Day with Shubenacadie Sam

first_imgNova Scotians are invited to celebrate Groundhog Day with Shubenacadie Sam as he makes his annual spring forecasting prediction from his home at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park on Saturday, Feb. 2. Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin will join Sam and his friends to watch the prediction at 8 a.m. Folklore says winter will last for six more weeks if a groundhog sees its shadow. No shadow is a sign of an early spring. “Sam will be the first to make his prediction, about an hour before his fellow groundhogs in Ontario and the eastern United States,” said Mr. Rankin. “Sam and I invite everyone to be part of the excitement of Groundhog Day at the wildlife park and enjoy hot drinks, family activities and informative displays.” The park opens at 7 a.m. and admission is free-of-charge on Groundhog Day until noon. Feb. 2 is also World Wetlands Day. Wetlands provide an important service in carbon storage and mitigation against floods, as well as other ecological benefits. Representatives from Ducks Unlimited Canada, Department of Lands and Forestry, Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council, Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, Nova Scotia Birds Society, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation, Clean Nova Scotia and Mi’Kmaq Conservation Group will join Sam at the park to raise awareness about the value of wetlands. The Wetland Centre will also be open to visitors until 1 p.m. Those unable to attend Sam’s prediction can watch it live at http://www.novascotiawebcams.com/en/webcams/shubenacadie-sam/. Sam will also share his prediction on social media to everyone following @ShubenacadieSam on Twitter. For Groundhog Day, the park will be open until 3 p.m. Directions to the park and winter hours are available online at http://wildlifepark.novascotia.ca.last_img read more

Moroccans Internet Subscriptions Reach 1389 Million

Rabat – The use of the internet in Morocco and the amount of online subscribers has witnessed a rapid growth over the past year.The number of internet subscribers reached 13.89 million users in one year, accounting for a 63.5 percent growth, with a penetration rate of 41.1 percent, according to quarterly reports by the National Telecommunication Regulatory Agency (ANRT).Mobile internet usage increased by 69.6 percent with 12.81 million subscribers, the agency revealed in its November 2 report. Morocco’s mobile subscribers, according to the ANRT, stands at 44.45 million, with a penetration rate around 131 percent, mainly due to the country’s alleged superior mobile performance.ADSL subscribers rose to 1.08 million in this year’s third quarter, with a 15 percent growth, the regulatory agency informed.The overall increase in internet users is allegedly related in part to the decline in mobile communication prices. The “average revenue per minute” (ARPM) decreased by 15 percent.The mobile ARPM dropped from MAD 0.33 at the end of September 2014 to MAD 0.28 at the end of September 2015.According to the same source, the average internet bill per user decreased by 4 percent, from MAD 25 to 24 per month, in the same period.The average monthly bill for mobile internet usage decreased by 6 percent standing at MAD 17 per month, in the quarter of 2015.On the other hand, DSL internet (ADSL) bills registered a 4 percent increase, reaching MAD 95 per month.The number of mobile minutes used by Moroccans reached an average of 98 monthly minutes per user, registering a 6.5 percent increase during the same period.The rise in mobile minutes reached 11.2 percent with more than 14 billion outgoing minutes used. As far as text messages, the number of SMS grew 26.5 percent in a year, amounting to 4.29 billion. read more

Weekly US unemployment benefit applications jump to 379000 highest in 9 months

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Dec 19, 2013 6:47 am MDT Weekly US unemployment benefit applications jump to 379,000, highest in 9 months AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 379,000, the highest since March. The increase may reflect volatility around the Thanksgiving holidays.The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average jumped 13,250 to 343,250, the second straight increase.Applications are a proxy for layoffs. Last month, they fell to nearly the lowest level in six years, as companies cut fewer jobs. But two weeks ago, they surged 64,000 to 369,000.Economists dismissed that spike, saying it likely reflected a Thanksgiving holiday that fell later in the month. That can distort the government’s seasonal adjustments. But if the trend continues it would be a troubling sign of rising layoffs.The number of people receiving benefits rose sharply. More than 4.4 million people received unemployment benefits in the week ended Nov. 30, the latest data available. That was 600,000 more than the previous week. Those figures aren’t adjusted for seasonal patterns.Still, most other recent job market data has been positive and economists generally expect unemployment benefits applications will soon fall back.“We are inclined to ignore the recent claims data,” said Joseph LaVorgna, an economist at Deutsche Bank. “We see little evidence to suggest that the labour market trend of the past few months has meaningfully changed.”Hiring has been healthy for the past four months. The economy added an average of 204,000 jobs a month from August through November, a solid improvement from earlier in the year. The unemployment rate fell in November to a five-year low of 7 per cent.The unemployment rate remains above the historic averages of 5 per cent to 6 per cent that are associated with strong job markets.Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday that he expects the robust job gains to continue. Americans are spending more and the economy is less restrained by higher taxes and government spending cuts, he said.Those trends have “increased our confidence that the job market gains will continue,” Bernanke said at a press conference.The Fed said Wednesday that it would scale back its monthly bond purchases to $75 billion from $85 billion. The purchases are intended to lower long-term interest rates and encourage more spending. The cut suggests that Fed policymakers think the job market and economy will continue to improve even with less help from the Fed. read more

Cambridge spy who got away how MI5 pursued brilliant New Zealand diplomat

first_imgSuspicions hardened as the years passed however.“It’s quite clear at the end MI5 are convinced he was working directly with the Soviets,” Dr Dunley said.In 1960, his wife was linked by her handwriting to a KGB operation to build false identities for Russian spies. Two years later Costello was reported to have met two Soviet intelligence officers, though Dr Dunley said the details of the meetings were “sketchy and there were even some doubts over the identification of the Russian officers”.Costello died in 1964.Dr Dunley said: “The debate has continued in the open since his death and the documents released today will provide a fascinating new insight into the man, but they are unlikely to entirely satisfy either side. This story appears to be one with more to run.”Costello’s 80-year-old son said the allegations against his parents had been debunked by a 2007 book called The Sixth Man by Sir James McNeish.He told the Telegraph the latest information appeared “a rerun of the sort of stuff that was previously run against my father”.He said he had never heard of allegations against his mother before. He added: “An MI5 handwriting expert wouldn’t stand up in court anywhere.” Bella Costello Costello and his openly left-wing views first came to the attention of MI5 while he was studying at Cambridge in 1930s, in an era when Kim Philby and his spy ring were recruited by the Soviets.His political sympathies cost him a teaching post at Exeter University, but that did not stop him getting a job four years later with New Zealand’s Department of External Affairs as second secretary at the Legation in Moscow.Dr Richard Dunley, a records specialist at the National Archives in Kew, said Costello was reputed to have informed the New Zealand prime minister he was “a little bit left wing” only to be told: “Oh well, it won’t hurt us to have one or two communists in Moscow”.MI5 was horrified Costello had been appointed to such a sensitive post, but when they tried to raise their concerns with the Dominions Office, they had to admit the case against him was “a thin one”.Dr Dunley said the files showed Britain repeatedly tried to have Costello removed, but New Zealand said it would not fire one of its most able diplomats without evidence.Costello was eventually forced out in 1955 after it became clear Britain and America were reluctant to share intelligence while he was in post.He returned to Britain and resumed his academic career at Manchester University.Dr Dunley said the records showed MI5 had switched back and forth during three decades tracking Costello as to whether he was a foreign agent, or “simply a politically active individual”. The New Zealand born academic, soldier and diplomat never faced espionage charges, but the files show that MI5 tracked him for three decades.The documents show British spy hunters claimed he went on to be seen with known Soviet intelligence officers, while handwriting analysts had linked his wife Bella to a plot to use details of long dead children to build fake identities for KGB spies.But Costello’s son on Tuesday dismissed the material in the files, saying the case against his parents had already been debunked. The documents released today will provide a fascinating new insight into the man, but they are unlikely to entirely satisfy either sideDr Richard Dunley, National Archives To Britain’s Cold War spy hunters, he was a determined Soviet agent and possibly one of the most effective recruits of the notorious Cambridge espionage ring.To his family and defenders, he was a brilliant linguist and senior diplomat, pursued by a McCarthyite witch hunt because of his unashamed left-wing politics.Now more than 50 years after his death, historic MI5 files released to the National Archives in Kew cast new light on the controversy over the life of Desmond Patrick Costello.The files covering the 1930s onwards for the first time reveal the extent of the security services suspicions against “Paddy” Costello. 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. Bella CostelloCredit:National Archives Mick Costello, a former journalist and industrial organiser for the Communist Party and now an academic at the University of Kent, said the evidence presented against his parents was “pretty thin”.His father was dogged by accusations he was a spy throughout his career and after his death was identified by the MI5 historian, Prof Christopher Andrew, based on KGB files, as one of the Soviet Union’s most important agents.last_img read more

35th International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes ICSMRI 2013

first_imgICSMRI 2013 is organised by IOM Communications on behalf of the Mining Technology Division of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. It will be held at Central Hall Westminster, London, England, October 15-17. Conference Chair Patrick Foster, Senior Lecturer in Mining Engineering, Camborne School of Mines, told IM: “We have had a much better response than anticipated to abstracts having received over 70. As a result we are moving to a bigger venue [to the Westminster Central Hall]. Confirmed keynote speakers include Stuart Bell (the Pike River Royal Commissioner from Queensland) and Rene Aguilar (from the ICMM), along with the UK’s Chief Inspector of Mines, Steve Denton.“The first International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes (ICSMRI) was held in 1931 in Buxton in the UK, which was then home to the UK’s Safety in Mines Research Establishment (now part of the Health & Safety Laboratory). Since this time the conference has been held every two years (with the exception of the Second World War) at locations around the world. Each conference has been extremely well attended by local and international audiences with the event providing a common forum for academics, researchers, safety experts and industry professionals to discuss and assess the challenges and achievements in the field of mines safety and disaster management.”A provisional program can be found on www.iom3online.orglast_img read more

Still the Iron Age 1st Edition Iron and Steel in the Modern

first_imgThis new book, Still the Iron Age: Iron and Steel in the Modern World  is an exploration of iron and steel, from its genesis to modern steel production and reflections on the future, taking readers on a journey from the early discovery of techniques used to work with steel to recent developments in the manufacturing and use of steel.Incorporates an interdisciplinary discussion of the history and evolution of the iron- and steel-making industry and its impact on the development of the modern worldServes as a valuable contribution because of its unique perspective that compares steel to technological advances in other materials, perceived to be importantDiscusses how we can manufacture smarter rather than deny demandExplores future opportunities and new efforts for sustainable development in the industry.Although the last two generations have seen an enormous amount of attention paid to advances in electronics, the fact remains that high-income, high-energy societies could thrive without microchips, etc., but, by contrast, could not exist without steel. Because of the importance of this material to comtemporary civilization, a comprehensive resource is needed for metallurgists, non-metallurgists, and anyone with a background in environmental studies, industry, manufacturing, and history, seeking a broader understanding of the history of iron and steel and its current and future impact on society.Given its coverage of the history of iron and steel from its genesis to slow pre-industrial progress, revolutionary advances during the 19th century, magnification of 19th century advances during the past five generations, patterns of modern steel production, the ubiquitous uses of the material, potential substitutions, advances in relative dematerialization, and appraisal of steel’s possible futures, Still the Iron Age: Iron and Steel in the Modern World by world-renowned author Vaclav Smil meets that need.This book would be of interest to metallurgists and non-metallurgists seeking a broader understanding of the history of steel and iron and their current and future impact on society as well as readers with backgrounds in environmental studies, industry, manufacturing and history.Author :  V  SmilImprint: Butterworth-HeinemannPrint Book ISBN : 9780128042335Pages: 280Dimensions: 229 X 152last_img read more

Slovenia and RK Gorenje lose goalie Klemen Ferlin

Slovenian head-coach Veselin Vujović will have no worries about the names of two goalkeepers who will represent national team at Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland. RK Gorenje goalie Klemen Ferlin suffered serious knee injury during the training session at the start of preparation and for him season is over.Slovenia have experienced Goražd Škof (HBC Nantes) and Matevž Skok (TUS Lubbecke) for the tournament on which Group will be extremely tough with Spain, Sweden and Germany. Klemen FerlinSlovenia ← Previous Story Croatia ahead of EURO 2016: Kopljar questionable, Ivić to replace Next Story → The end of season for Rene Toft Hansen read more

Thief who attacked pensioner with hammer jailed for five years

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Declan Brennan and Sonya McLean 21 Comments Share4 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 6:30 AM 10,397 Views A MAN WHO robbed a pensioner and attacked him with a hammer when the victim resisted has been jailed for five years.Warren Brennan (25) targeted his victim after the man had withdrawn €5,000 cash from a bank to give to his family.Wearing a motorcycle helmet and waving a claw hammer Brennan went up to the 71-year-old man and started shouting “give me the money”. When the victim refused and called him a “scumbag” Brennan hit him repeatedly with the hammer around the head and body.The victim was knocked to the ground and Brennan punched him in the face. The victim managed to pull Brennan’s helmet off and tried to gouge into his eyes.Brennan then bit down on the victim’s thumb breaking the skin before running off with the cash. The man told gardaí that he thought the attacker was going to bite his thumb off.He was released from hospital later with no serious problems. In a victim impact report he said that every time he sees a hammer or motorcycle helmet he has flash backs of the attack. He said he thinks this will continue for the rest of his life.Previous convictionsBrennan of Pearse House, Pearse Street, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery at Alderwood Park, Tallaght on October 27, 2015.He has 54 previous convictions including convictions for possession of firearms, theft, burglary and assault. In 2011 he was jailed for three years for carrying out an attempted robbery during which he held a gun to a shop assistant’s head.Brennan was on bail at the time of this robbery on a charge of aggravated burglary at a bookmakers on Lombard Street, Dublin city on December 20, 2014. He has since pleaded guilty to this offence and to resisting a garda on the same occasion.He was armed with a kitchen knife during this robbery and he tried to stab gardaí with it as they tried to arrest him.Judge Catherine Murphy told Brennan she recognised him from dealing with him in the Children’s Court a decade ago.“I told you you needed to get your act together and start living a crime free life,” she told the accused. “What I said to you clearly didn’t have the effect it was supposed to.”“I have no doubt you’re capable of changing life if you decide to keep away from drugs or alcohol,” the judge said.‘Nasty’Judge Murphy imposed consecutive sentences totalling seven years and suspended the final two years on strict conditions.The judge described the robbery as “particularly nasty” and said that Brennan had used “gratuitous violence”. She said the elderly victim “is never going to be the same man again”.She said both of the crimes “were very well thought out and deliberate”.Sean Gillane SC, defending, said his client had a difficult childhood after been “born into addiction” but was lucky enough to be parented by his maternal grandparents.His grandfather died when he was a young teenager. Counsel said this “led to a loss of direction in his own life” and Brennan then became a daily abuser of serious drugs and began offending.Read: Court of Appeal dismisses ‘Slab’ Murphy’s appeal against tax conviction> Image: gavel image via Shutterstock Thief who attacked pensioner with hammer jailed for five years The 25-year-old also bit the victim’s thumb during the attack. Jan 31st 2017, 6:30 AM Image: gavel image via Shutterstock Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3213704 last_img read more

Students say parking still big problem at Clark College

first_imgClark College enrollmentWinter quartero Total students: 12,013.o Running Start: 1,971.o International: 171.o Worker retraining: 193.Parking at Clarko Total parking spaces: About 2,800.o Faculty/staff reserved spaces: 327.o Metered spaces: 50.Parking updateso Yellow lot 1 west of Fort Vancouver Way reopened Monday after underground infrastructure updates and restriping. It previously had 229 spaces, but now has 360 spaces.o Silver and Purple lots west of Fort Vancouver Way are a five- to seven-minute walk to campus, but usually are not full.Monday was a typical first day of the quarter at Clark College. As a car vacated a parking space, a waiting car zipped into the space before another driver could grab it. Motorists lined up for precious parking spots in the popular two green lots north of Gaiser Hall. Frankie Stone, 19, of Battle Ground said she’d driven around the northern parking lots more than four times before finding a vacant space. She carpooled with Emily Osborn, 20, also from Battle Ground. As she was talking, a car stopped, the driver rolled down her window and asked if she was leaving her space. Stone shook her head, closed her car door and headed for her class. The driver of the other car continued her search. The parking lot shuffle on Monday highlighted an ongoing problem on campus. Although some improvements have been made, some students still voiced their frustration with a lack of convenient parking, saying it makes it harder to get to class on time.School officials point out, however, that there are lots with available parking spaces about a five- to seven-minute walk from the college.After circling the parking lots on campus, Amber Tipton gave up and began searching for a place to park on the street in the neighborhood east of the college.last_img read more

Gowling WLG launches blockchainbased peertopeer recognition scheme

first_imgInternational law firm Gowling WLG has introduced a new blockchain-based peer-to-peer recognition scheme for 1,178 UK employees working at its London and Birmingham offices.The Gowling WLG Reward Token scheme (GRT), launched on 2 July 2018, was designed internally to educate employees about blockchain technology and help staff to earn and share rewards.Available for all UK-based staff, regardless of seniority, the scheme has now been rolled out across the business following a successful pilot period.The scheme enables employees to set up a GRT wallet, which is the blockchain platform for transferring employees’ custom cryptocurrency tokens. Tokens are then exchanged between employees using the GRT app in recognition of work achievements and successes. Tokens can be used to collect a free drink in the on-site restaurants at the London and Birmingham offices, or they can be re-gifted to another employee.Exchanging tokens is done on an anonymous basis and tokens can be sent to anyone within the business from any employee. Upon registering to use the scheme, employees receive two tokens and a transfer amount for redeeming and gifting tokens.The scheme was communicated to staff using a news story published on the staff intranet, via emails, and by leaving literature and refreshments on every floor of both office locations.Jody Jansen, head of architecture and innovation at Gowling WLG, said: “We’ve been piloting the GRT scheme now for a few months and the feedback has been fantastic. Our primary aim has always been to educate people about what blockchain is, and what it can do, but we also recognised the opportunity to use it as a way of saying thanks to individuals who are helping make a difference across the firm.”last_img read more

Crews finish removing crane that collapsed on Lauderhill homes

first_imgLAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews have finished removing the base of the crane that came crashing down in a Lauderhill neighborhood, leaving a family without a place to call home.The house that received most of the damage from Wednesday’s collapse is now crane free, after crews hauled off all parts of the equipment, Saturday.Lauderhill Fire Rescue used a flatbed truck to carry the massive parts away after, they said, the crane slammed into two homes on Northwest 11th Street and 43rd Terrace.Officials said the structure of the building that was more severely affected is a total loss.In addition, utility crews have repaired the water main that ruptured as a result of the collapse. However, a boil water notice remains in effect.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more