Call the shrink! Sarri admits Chelsea players need sports psychologistby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is weighing up bringing in a sports psychologist to work with his players.The Blues suffered a second defeat in four Premier League games on Saturday, as Leicester left Stamford Bridge with all three points.“I had a sports psychologist 15 years ago in Italy, but it was difficult, because the clubs were not ready then,” said Sarri.”But [now] we can talk about it – why not? The reason we lost was not our physical condition.“On Saturday, we were very good for 55 minutes and then two minutes after the goal we were in trouble. So I think there is another reason.”We reacted a little shocked and with mental confusion. We had to only keep playing like we did before the goal, there was time to recover.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Apple’s successor to iPhone XR may include a telephoto lensThe successor to the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max are likely to include a telephoto lens and a wide-angle lens in their triple camera setup and they could use a a 3D molding glass at the back.advertisement Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiApril 29, 2019UPDATED: May 1, 2019 09:47 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe iPhone XR successor is likely to include a telephoto lens.The iPhone XR successor is also likely to include a wide-angle lens.The iPhone XR successor could use a 3D molding glass at the back.Apple is scheduled to launch three new variants of its iPhone – the iPhone 11 or the iPhone XI — this year. Rumours circulating so far have indicated that the top variants of the company’s 2019 iPhone would sport a triple rear camera setup that would be housed inside a square camera bump. And now we have some update about the third iPhone in Apple’s 2019 lineup. Reports have already indicated that Apple’s successor to the iPhone XR – possibly the iPhone XR 2 – would sport a dual rear camera setup. And now a new report suggests that one of the two lenses at the back of the iPhone XR 2 would be a telephoto lens.The iPhone XR, that was launched last year, sports a 12MP camera with a wide-angle lens. And this year the Cupertino, California based company plans to add another lens – a telephoto lens – in addition to a wide-angle lens, Japanese site Macotakara reported quoting Chinese suppliers.Interestingly, the higher variants of the 2019 iPhones that will succeed the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max would include a triple camera setup at the back with the two iPhones borrowing two of their three rear cameras from their low-cost sibling.Besides sharing details about the camera, the blog said that it is possible that the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max successors use a 3D molding glass for storing the rear camera. It is also possible that the tech giant uses the same 3D molding glass in securing the dual rear camera setup of its iPhone XR successor.advertisementInterestingly, the report notes that Apple is likely to keep the display size of its 2019 iPhone lineup same as that of its 2018 iPhones. This means that the successors to iPhone XR, the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max are likely to be available in 6.1 LCD, 5.8 inches OLED and 6.5 inches OLED screen sizes.In addition to this, Apple’s 2019 iPhones are likely to come with a USB to Lightning cable and a USB Type-C 18W adpater. That said it is important to note that all of these are rumours so far and we won’t know anything for sure till Apple officially unveils its iPhone 11 lineup later this year.ALSO READ: | iPhone 11, iPhone XR 2 in 2019 may come with better selfie camera, a new 3-camera systemALSO READ: | New iPhone XI renders show new design: Massive camera bump with three large camerasALSO READ: | Apple’s 2019 iPhone lineup may include two OLED models with a triple rear camera setupGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo
Peshawar: At least three persons were killed and ten others injured in a suicide blast at a hospital in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Sunday, according to a police official.The blast took place in front of the emergency gate of District headquarter hospital Dera Ismail Khan district of the province, Deputy Superintendent of Police Iftikhar Shah said.At least three persons were killed and ten others sustained injuries, he said. Immediately, the injured persons were rushed to a nearby hospital.According to Bomb Disposal Squad officials, around 7 to 8 kilograms of explosive material was used in the blast.Security personnel cordoned off the site of the attack and launched search operation, and several police pickets have been set up at different locations in the region.
P C Chandra Group, the leading business house from East India, in association with Eastern India Cinetel Welfare Trust, recently organised the 7th edition of their CSR programme ‘PC Chandra Tribute’, to offer financial support to eleven yesteryears’ film personalities and technicians from the Bengali film industry. Veteran actor Lily Chakraborty and Theatre Personality, Arindam Ganguly were the Chief Guests for this momentous ceremony along with Abhishek Auddy, Director, Chandras’ Chemical Enterprises Pvt Ltd. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainFirst, the Group undertook this initiative in 2013 to support ailing artists/ technicians/ cinematographers/ personalities who have contributed to the film industry in the prime of their lives but are going through difficult times, currently. This year’s recipient list includes names like actor Arpita Bekar, actor Sipra Saha, cameraman Mohan Rana, former production assistant Sambhu Nath Saha, cinematographer Pantoo Nag and others. The Group is providing Rs 5000/– per month for one year to ten artists/technicians/assistant director and Rs 10,000/– per month to Arpita Baker.Speaking at the event, Abhishek Auddy, Director, Chandras’ Chemical said, “As a corporate it is our social responsibility to support and take care of the personalities who have contributed towards the film industry which has entertained us. This a token of appreciation and a way of showing our gratitude.”
A Canadian scientist is calling for action to protect significant geological and historical features on the moon, Mars, and other planets.Jack Matthews, of Memorial University of Newfoundland, says as nations and private companies increasingly explore and develop outer space, there’s a growing threat to extraterrestrial environments.“A global agreement to protect the most important sites is needed before it’s too late,” he said Tuesday in an interview from Oxford, England.Matthews, a post-doctoral fellow in Memorial’s Department of Earth Sciences, and Sean McMahon of the U.K. Centre for Astrobiology have just published a paper on the topic.“The solar system holds billions of years’ worth of geological heritage,” said McMahon. “We owe it to future generations not to squander their inheritance.”Matthews said that includes historical and cultural sites, including the Apollo 11 lunar landing site.“There lies the first footprints ever made by a human on another celestial body. That footprint still exists there because there is no atmosphere on the moon, therefore there isn’t any wind. So that dusty footprint is still there, preserved on the surface of the moon.”Matthews said with a number of countries and private companies actively preparing to send humans beyond Earth, now is the time to have the discussion and debate.SpaceX, a private American company founded by Elon Musk, has a goal to send its first cargo mission to Mars in 2022.The People’s Republic of China has initiated a manned spaceflight program, while the European Union, Japan, and India have also planned future crewed space missions.The paper was released Tuesday in “Acta Astronautica,” a publication of the International Academy of Austronautics.Matthews said their proposal wouldn’t stand in the way of exploration or resource development, but would protect places like Valles Marineris — known as the Mars version of the Grand Canyon.“We wish to conserve very specific, important sites, that represent something either cultural or historic or educational or scientific, or even just aesthetic. There are wonderful landscapes that we have seen in photographs from the Curiosity rover and other rovers, that if they were on Earth would no doubt be national parks,” he said.It’s expected that explorers to other planets will need to mine or otherwise extract the resources needed to provide water and rocket fuel for the return home, for habitation, or to continue further into the solar system.Matthews said just because we can’t go to those sites at the moment doesn’t make them less worthy of protection.He said the countries of the world came together to protect Antarctica through the Antarctic Treaty, and the same could be done to protect sites in space, and he hopes their paper will start the discussion.Matthews said he envisions a governing body could be within or parallel to the United Nations.He said existing protocols used to protect geological heritage on Earth could be used on other planets in what he’s calling exogeoconservation.Matthews said it could take years to produce an agreement, so discussion and debate needs to start now.
CAIRO – At least 16 people, mostly policemen, were killed in Tuesday’s Mansoura bombing.Egyptian authorities on Thursday released a young man detained two days ago on suspicion of involvement in a deadly attack on a security headquarters in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura.Yasser Adel, son of former Muslim Brotherhood lawmaker Adel Younis, was arrested at Cairo International Airport on Tuesday as he prepared to board a plane bound for Turkey. “He was released after it was made sure he was not involved in the Mansoura terrorist attack,” a security source said.Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Ahmed Osman had earlier denied that Adel was a member of the group.“Being the son of a Muslim Brotherhood leader does not necessarily mean that he is a group member,” Osman told Anadolu Agency.Yasser, he said, had been on his way to visit his father, who has been living in Turkey for the last year.At least 16 people, mostly policemen, were killed in Tuesday’s Mansoura bombing.One day after the attack, the Egyptian government officially designated the Brotherhood – the group from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails – as a “terrorist group.”By Mahmoud al-Husseini
Casablanca – King Mohammed VI held, on Monday at the Royal Palace in Casablanca, direct talks with President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, who is on an official visit to Morocco.On this occasion, the King decorated Rwanda’s Head of State with the Order of Muhammad (Wissam al-Mohammadi) of special class, the highest state decoration of the kingdom.Previously, King Mohammed VI chaired at the Meshuar square in the Casablanca Royal Place, the official welcome ceremonial for President Paul Kagame.
The UN Technical Working Group, in conjunction with the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), carried out contingency planning activities in the impacted area last year, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement today, citing local media as reporting that this helped local communities in reacting to the disaster.The first UN inter-agency assessment team, comprising staff from OCHA, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN World Food Programme (WFP), UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), arrived in the affected areas on Sumatra island, which was devastated by an earthquake and ensuing tsunami in December 2004.Indonesia, through various Government ministries and regional health offices, is spearheading the emergency response effort, with help from several UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement and other Governments.In conjunction with the Ministry of Health, WHO is keeping close watch on the public health situation, with emergency trauma kits and health professions on standby. UNICEF will distribute school tents, hygiene kits, cooking sets, water purification tablets and jerry cans.Almost than 200 people and rising have been reported injured, and more than 3,600 homes and 20 schools have been damaged.Although the Government said that it appreciates the assistance it is receiving from international organizations, it has not requested international assistance. OCHA reported that the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team was informed that its services were not required. 7 March 2007United Nations-backed disaster preparedness training reportedly prepared local communities in minimizing casualties following yesterday’s 6.3 magnitude earthquake on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, where the Government is currently revising the death toll downwards from 73 to 52 people, the world body’s main humanitarian office said today.
In a statement issued in The Hague, the Tribunal said Protais Zigiranyirazo, a brother of the President’s wife, Agathe Kanziga, was arrested on charges of extermination or alternatively, with murder, as crimes against humanity. Known as “Mr. Z,” Mr. Zigiranyirazo allegedly joined others including Hassan Ngeze, Joseph Nzirorera and Jean Bosco Barayagwiza (who are already in the custody of the Tribunal) in the planning and ordering of the massacres during the genocide in Rwanda. He is accused of having facilitated the killings between April and July 1994 by collaborating with regional and local officials in the distribution of arms, the ordering of roadblocks and subsequent murders.During May 1994, the accused allegedly ordered his son, Jean-Marie-Vianney Makiza, to kill three police officers who had been detained at a roadblock located opposite his residence in Giciye.Mr. Zigiranyirazo, born in 1938, will be transferred to the UN Detention facility in Arusha, Tanzania, as soon as legal formalities in Belgium have been completed.
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. A carbon dioxide bidding war is expected to break out between the meat, fizzy drinks, beer and packaging industries in the scramble to get hold of supplies after two key factories restarted production.Two of the UK’s biggest CO2 plants, in Billingham and Wilton, Teesside, were back up and running on Monday but the problems are now expected to be with distribution amid widespread shortages across the UK.Nick Allen, chief executive of the British Meat Processors Association, told The Telegraph: “It could still be a difficult week. There are only so many lorries in the country that can move it around.“There will be a battle between the beer, meat and drinks industries. It could well end up coming down to who’s prepared to pay the most.“I would be amazed if it doesn’t turn into a bidding war. The distributors will be fighting to get hold of it and then they will have to prioritise their own clients, many of whom are offering huge sums to get their hands on the stuff.”He said it would still take around 48 hours for the plants to turn the liquid CO2 into food-grade gas. The CO2 shortage has lasted for nearly a fortnight, forcing shops to ration fizzy drinks, Warburtons to stop making crumpets, bars to run out of beer and abattoirs, which use CO2 to stun animals before they are slaughtered, to suspend operations. Desperate pub landlords, fearful of running dry during the England World Cup games, have been contacting distributors all over the country, prepared to drive hundreds of miles for a prized canister, at any price.Mark O’Neill, of The Beer and Gas Man, which provides CO2 to around 750 customers in the West Midlands, said businesses were so desperate that pub landlords were prepared to drive to Leicester from Brighton, Liverpool and Altrincham and pay five times over the usual price for single cylinders.The Government held an emergency meeting of its Food Chain Emergency Liaison Group on Monday, which involved various suppliers and trade associations.A Food and Drink Federation spokeswoman said that despite the developments, they expected to see an ongoing impact on the choice of food and drink products available to consumers.“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and hope to be able to establish when normal service will resume,” she said.
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. He said Mr Salmond was notified an initial investigation had been launched into the complaints on January 17, before one of the complaints appeared to have been formally lodged.There was disagreement between Mr Salmond’s defence and the government over a complaint against him that was allegedly raised and dealt with informally in late 2013 – something the government previously denied. Christine O’Neill, for the government, said written statements had been lodged on whether a complaint was dealt with at the time.The court heard Mr Salmond had lodged a statement of written evidence, as had two other individuals – not named in court – for his case.The full case is due to be heard over four days from January 15. A lawyer representing Alex Salmond has told a court he will argue that the former first minister was not given adequate information about the sexual misconduct allegations against him.Mr Salmond is taking legal action against the Scottish Government to challenge its complaints procedure after two sexual harassment allegations were made in January.The former MP and MSP, who denies the allegations, has resigned from the SNP and is pursuing a judicial review in Scotland’s highest civil court, challenging the fairness of the inquiry into the claims.The inquiry was overseen by the Scottish Government’s senior civil servant, Leslie Evans, the permanent secretary, and Scottish ministers, who are contesting the action.The judge Lord Pentland told a short procedural hearing at the Court of Session in Edinburgh that lawyers for the government would argue that Mr Salmond did not have a valid case and would also raise a time bar issue. Alex Salmond strongly denies the allegationsCredit:Reuters He added that the Scottish Government’s position was that Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, agreed a new complaints procedure on December 20, and formal complaints about Mr Salmond were lodged on January 16 and January 24, 2018.Ronnie Clancy QC, representing the former SNP leader, said there should have been more information than the “gist” of the allegations, and questioned the procedure under which they were investigated.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T shakes up tuition aid programmeAugust 4, 2016In “latest news”Caribbean News Round-upDecember 4, 2015In “Regional”T&T to clamp down on non – Nationals who seek free medical attentionApril 6, 2014In “Regional” (Trinidad Guardian) Minister in the Ministry of Education Dr Lovell Francis says T&T is facing a “watershed” economic moment and must develop its human capital if it is to survive economic ruin.Speaking at Tobago’s second consultation on the Draft Education Policy Paper 2017-2012 at the Victor E. Bruce Financial Complex in Scarborough yesterday, Lovell said the country’s educators must create a policy to drive economic change.He said, “Unless we take this education system that has a number of strengths but some critical weaknesses and we get it right now so that we produce that kind of student who will become that kind of citizen… that will create that kind of development that will lead to long-term prosperity … this nation is doomed.”He added: “For the last two centuries …we had something that we could depend upon…it used to be sugar, (then) cocoa, and then oil – our crutch to lean on for the last 100 years…the days of oil and gas are numbered.”Lovell said some nations thrive on their human resources that are “highly productive…and allows their society to thrive, evolve and prosper.”He said although this country has people with ideas, creativity, thoughtfulness, it’s human resource suffered from “a lack of productivity, poor work ethic … (and) poor attitude towards ourselves and our country.”Echoing similar sentiments, Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles, who gave also spoke at the consultation, added that parents must be “more involved” in changing the education system.“I sometimes feel that stakeholder voices on educational issues are too muted and that our only highlight on some of the issues are what we think should reside at the level of the Education Division and the Ministry of Education.”He asked: “Are school PTAs collusively loud and sufficiently articulate in demonstrating concerns in the extent of the respected standard of student performances, as you will agree with me that parents are an integral part of the education process?”Minister of Education Anthony Garcia encouraged stakeholders to build on the system’s existing strengths.He reminded them that this country meets most of the United Nation’s development of sustainable goals, including universal early childhood education, government-sponsored primary and secondary education and “tremendous” advances tertiary education.
A GARDA INVESTIGATION has been launched into the large-scale data breach at the Ennis-based Loyaltybuild, which manages customer loyalty schemes in Ireland and across Europe.The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner has confirmed that the credit card details of over 500,000 people may have been compromised.Full card details of over 376,000 customers were taken, of which 70,000 were Supervalu Getaway customers and more than 8,000 AXA Leisure Break customers.Details of an additional 150,000 clients were also potentially compromised.Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast this morning, Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes advised anyone concerned over the issue to “examine their credit card bills for the last month or so”.He said that full credit card details were being held by the company when the breach happened, including CVV numbers, meaning they could potentially be used by the hackers.“We’ve made sure that banks have been alerted so they can be monitoring the credit cards for any unusual transactions either now or going into the future,” Hawkes said.Details of up to a further 1.1 million people were also accessed. Hawkes explained that the figure was “separately made up of the access hackers obtained to names, addresses, phones numbers and so on”.“The point to be alerted there is that if people are getting strange phonecalls pretending to be from Supervalu, Axa or their credit card company, just to be very careful as it seems the hackers would have access to that information as well. “Hawkes said it yet to be ascertained whether money had been taken from anyone’s account.“That’s the process that’s going on now as people check their accounts for any unusual transactions, so we won’t know until we hear back from people or their banks.”The Data Protection Commissioner said Gardaí were attempting to track down who was responsible but that it was “an extemely difficult thing to do as the people typically are located in other countries and usually are very good at hiding their identity”.He said the “one piece of good news” this morning was that it appeared customers just needed to check their statements for the last month or so. The advice yesterday was that people should check back over the last two years of transactions.Read: Criminals “have all details needed to use credit cards”Read: Supervalu payment card breach ‘more extensive’ than expected
FOUR OUT OF five 18-34 year olds would rather get rid of their TV, laptop and tablet first before their smartphone, new research has found.Research from O2 Media – which looked at Irish people’s relationships with their devices on a day-to-day basis – found that 70 per cent of respondents say their smartphone is their “first or most important screen.”This figure rose to 78% when looking at the 18-34 year old demographic.This is reflected in the amount of time people spend on their phones as 68 per cent of 18 -34 year olds said they use it the most when interacting online while 73 per cent use their smartphones more than PC, TV, or tablets.Another major development is the amount of time people will spend looking at their smartphone while watching TV. 57 per cent of 18-34 year olds would spend the same amount of time or more on their smartphone while watching TV, and this figure falls to 49 per cent when considering all respondents.The managing director of O2 Media, Fintan Lonergan, said that the survey shows “just how far smartphone usage has penetrated the market, becoming the ‘first screen’ for the majority over a relatively short space of time.”However, one area that smartphones are still catching up on is online opping. Only 16 per cent of 18-34 year olds use their smartphone to purchase goods with the majority doing their shopping through their PC.Read: Samsung considers bringing eye-scan security to Galaxy S5 >Read: 10 ways to improve your smartphone’s battery life >
Earlier in the day, Robert Bowling, Creative Strategist at Inifinity Ward, tweeted that tonight we would see a world-premiere of the gameplay coming in Modern Warfare 3. He said around 9pm ET/6pm PT we’d see the trailer on TV during the NBA Western Conference Finals. A full hour early, he posted the video to YouTube, and it doesn’t disappoint.If you’ve been following the leaks and information releases around Modern Warfare 3, none of the gameplay will surprised you. What may surprise you though is how good everything looks. Everything in the cinematic is actual game footage, not pre-rendered or dressed-up cinematic sequences. The full trailer builds on the teasers already posted to the Call of Duty YouTube channel, but now we get to see how the battles in some of the world’s major cities will play out.AdChoices广告The video is a world tour of some of the places around the globe where players will get to experience the game, from street battles on the streets of Paris to swimming through flooded New York City subways. Near the end of the video, we’re treated to a little tidbit of story, and at first the initial “WW3,” which turns and becomes “MW3,” implying this global conflict may be bigger than we initially anticipated. Modern Warfare 3 lands on store shelves November 8th.
Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station is to get a $100 million upgrade to make it “more functional for passengers”, the Victorian government announced this week.Premier Daniel Andrews said the restoration work to be completed by 2019 would fix the station’s exterior and leaking roof, while entrances, pedestrian underpasses and signage will also be improved.Mr Andrews described the current state of the station as “an embarrassment”.“This is a grand old building that has been allowed to really crumble,” he added.“We’re going to drag this facility into the 21st century, but also preserve it and return it to its glory days as an icon of our great city.”A business case is also to be developed for the station’s dilapidated ballroom and other derelict interior areas in order to attract commercial tenants.Mr Andrews said the government would discuss potential collaborations with the private sector, universities and the City of Melbourne for utilising the station’s interior spaces once the roof had been restored.The Andrews government shelved the former Napthine government’s plan to transform the iconic station guided by the winning Swiss design of a $1 million international design competition.Melbourne conservation architect Arthur Andronas – who was part of Zaha Hadid’s consortium proposal for the 2013 competition – told Neos Kosmos he welcomed the news that the building will finally get attention.“I’m pleased something is going to be done, they’re looking at two aspects; the heritage building component on the one hand, and the public transport infrastructure and amenities on the other. Both need urgent work,” said Mr Andronas.Asked if the previous government’s approach to transforming the station was over ambitious, Mr Andronas said both approaches were legitimate.“The previous government tried to find a way to make the whole project a viable solution, but also it was about putting Melbourne on the map architecturally.“From the public’s point of view I think this is a much more acceptable solution.”Victorian Opposition spokesman David Hodgett described the proposed funding as “little more than a band-aid solution”. “To patch a roof and give it a lick of paint is hardly what I’d call deserving of this iconic building,” Mr Hodgett said, adding that the figure proposed by Labor represented only 5 per cent of the total cost of a proper refurbishment. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
A Vancouver businessman has donated $1 million toward the construction of a new grief support center in honor of his late wife.Don Heimbigner made the gift to the Community Home Health & Hospice capital campaign for a grief support center, conference center and memorial garden in Salmon Creek. Heimbigner’s wife, Elaine, was a long-time patient who received in-home care and hospice services until she died in February.The new 9,000-square-foot facility will be constructed next to Community Home Health & Hospice’s 10-bed hospice center, which will now be called Elaine and Don Heimbigner Hospice Care Center, near Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.“Throughout our 58-year marriage, everyone referred to us as ‘Don and Elaine Heimbigner.’ Now she will finally be first,” Don Heimbigner said in a news release. Heimbigner owned Don’s Sports Center and patented a bowling ball finger grip that was highly successful, according to the news release.Community Home Health & Hospice kicked off the capital campaign last year. With more than $3 million raised, the project is now in the design stage. Construction will begin in the spring and a grand opening is scheduled for late 2017 or early 2018, said Greg Pang, the center’s president and CEO, in the news release.“The Heimbigners gift will enable us to expand our nonprofit mission to thousands more in our community who need our support,” Pang said in the news release. “As a nonprofit agency, it is our mission to extend grief care to everyone in the community, not only hospice families.”
PNP Administration condemns Governor’s words Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:desarrollos hotelco, statement, tci givernment, walter sipta Government says Desarrollos will fight law suit; Due diligence ongoing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales – Thursday, 17 April 2015. In response to recent media reports concerning civil legal action in the US involving developer Walter Stipa and his companies, the Turks and Caicos lslands Government states the following in relation to Stipa’s $224m development there:“The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Government takes its governance and anti-corruption responsibilities very serious indeed.“As such, we have carried out appropriate due diligence works with regards to Mr Stipa’s Desarrollos Hotelco group and their proposals in the TCI. As due diligence is an ongoing process, we continue to request information from Desarrollos and other sources.“Since 2012, this work has been led by the Government’s Investment Unit using several internationally recognised systems for corroborating and checking investor information, including: Thomson Reuters’ World-Check, a leading global ‘know your customer’ software system; Lexis Nexis’ World Compliance, another leading anti-money laundering, and risk and compliance screening tool. As part of the Government’s due diligence requirements the Desarrollos Hotelco group has also provided corporate documentation to substantiate shareholders and directors.“In addition, the Desarrollos Ritz Carlton development in the TCI is being substantially financed by Marriott, a world leading luxury hotel chain. Marriott too met with the TCI Government to demonstrate their commitment to the success of this five star development. Desarrollos and Marriott have a proven track record of having already developed four successful resorts together in the Caribbean region.“We are aware of the civil lawsuit against members of the Desarrollos Hotelco group. We are in receipt of representations from their attorneys, and note that those involved have filed defences in the US courts.“Despite local speculation to the contrary, the development land for the five star Desarrollos Ritz Carlton development was purchased privately. No Crown Land has been transferred or leased to the Desarrollos Hotelco group. However, an application has been made for the leasing of a parcel of land of 0.46 acres in size. The land was publicly tendered and the tender having now closed, is being processed in accordance with the requirements of our Crown Land Ordinance.” Desarrollos Owners accused in Ponzi scheme; could jeopardize TCI Ritz Carlton Recommended for you
(Google Maps screenshot)A 39-year-old Ketchikan man was buried in an avalanche while snowboarding on Dude Mountain Sunday afternoon. A search began on Monday, but has been temporarily suspended because of bad weather.Listen nowJerry Kiffer is with Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad. He said two snowboarders hiked up to the summit area of the mountain. They were snowboarding when the avalanche was triggered at about noon.“One person was buried – or presumed to have been buried,” Kiffer said. “The other one used his avalanche beacon, was able to get a signal from the other person, dug for an hour and a half, wasn’t able to locate him. Without cell signal or anyway to get help, he came back down the mountain to get help.”Kiffer said KVRS was notified at about 5 p.m. At that point, he said it was too dark to start a recovery effort. They had hoped to launch a helicopter on Monday, but weather prevented them from getting close.Kiffer says crews skied and snowshoed to the site instead. At around noon, they were testing the snow to see whether it was safe to search.In an interview later on Monday afternoon, Chris John of KVRS said the snow conditions were extremely dangerous, and crews could not search thoroughly. They looked as best they could from stable areas on the mountain, he says, and didn’t see any sign.The wind was blowing about 50 mph on top of the mountain, and recovery crews were recalled mid-afternoon. John says they will try again when the weather improves, which could be Thursday or Friday.According to Alaska State Troopers’ online dispatch, the man is Marvin Scott. Next of kin has been notified.
Private sector telecom operators may get a revenue boost of Rs 1.5 lakh crore by 2020 if the government approves the proposals made by the telecom regulator on the implementation of the national broadband project BharatNet.However, operators are wary of the major challenges over right of way (RoW) to instal cables. They want the issues to be addressed by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) beofre they participate in the project “actively”.”If TRAI’s (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) recommendations are implemented, and the government ensures free RoW to private sector participants, as suggested by the telecom regulator, the revenue potential from broadband services could attain very significant levels by 2020, and be in the Rs 1-1.5 lakh crore range,” Broadband India Forum (BIF) president TV Ramachandran told The Economic Times.The forum represents telecom players such as Airtel, Vodafone, Telenor, RCom, Qualcomm, Ericsson, Intel, Marvell, UTStarcom and BSNL.The revenue boost could be significant upon the removal of RoW, as it is the biggest impediment and most expensive part of setting up an optical fibre network across the country, said Hemant Joshi, partner at Deloitte, Haskins & Sells.”If the RoW challenge is addressed, BharatNet as India’s principal broadband backbone, can be a potential GDP (gross domestic product) multiplier, equivalent to 2-4 times the $18 billion that is proposed to be invested in the Digital India project,” Joshi told the daily.Joshi added BharatNet has the potential to increase India’s GDP growth by $36-72 billion in the coming years.TRAI had recently said private telcos see RoW as a significant risk, while submitting a list of recommendations to DoT on expediting the Rs 74,000-crore BharatNet project.The regulator had urged DoT to clear the path for “a guaranteed provision of free RoW as a necessary and non-negotiable precondition for successful deployment of the national broadband project”.BharatNet is primarily aimed at providing government services to the common man under the Digital India initiative. But the cost of implementation of the project has seen a threefold increase to Rs 74,000 crore due to delays in meeting deadlines over the past three years.”We need clarity on who bears end-to-end responsibility for connectivity for quality of service and service-level agreements,” said Rajan Mathews, director-general of the Cellular Operators Association.