Crying bitterly on the podium, Sarita Devi refused to wear the medal at the ceremony podiumIn what appears to be a clear insult to the injury, Indian boxer Sarita Devi now faces a possible disciplinary action from International Boxing Association(AIBA) for returning her bronze medal during the podium ceremony with the world governing body’s supervisor describing her act as “regretful”.The Indian lightweight boxer stunned officials and spectators by refusing to accept the bronze medal, which is now in the custody of organisers.Sarita was in disbelief yesterday when she lost against home favourite Jina Park, who ended up as the silver-medallist. She was clearly the better of the two pugilists but the judges thought otherwise.Crying bitterly on the podium, Sarita first refused to wear the medal before handing it over to Park after sharing an emotional hug with the home boxer.The former Asian and world champion then left the ceremony. Park, visibly rattled by the turn of events, left the medal on the podium and made her exit.”AIBA has already proceeded its Disciplinary Action Process to review this case, and the decision will be made immediately after the Asian Games,” AIBA said in a statement.AIBA in its statement said that its supervisor and Technical Delegate David B Francis has submitted a report to the Olympic Council of Asia(OCA) concerning the case.”The whole incident looked like a well planned scenario by her and her team, and it is regretful to watch a boxer refuse the medal regardless of what happened in the competition,” Francis wrote.advertisementSarita Devi cries looking at a medal as she is consoled by Vietnam’s Thi Duyen Luu”In this regard, as the Technical Delegate, I had to request OCA to review this incident, so any boxer or athlete in other sports will not follow in her footsteps by respecting the spirit of fair-play and sportsmanship of the Olympic Movement,” added Francis.The AIBA Supervisor argued that the whole Indian Boxing Team was protesting the AIBA Referees and Judges’ system and management, which was “obviously caused by a lack of understanding of the AIBA Technical and AOB Competition Rules.”The report further added that while protesting, the Indian did not follow the AIBA Technical Rules and protested against the judge’s decisions, though the rules only allow a protest against the referee’s decision.Sarita appeared to be a clear winner in the bout yesterday, dominating the proceedings with such ferocity that Park barely managed to stand the assault. But much to the shock of the Indian contingent and the spectators, the judges awarded the bout to Park.Miffed by the decisions, the Indian boxing contingent also lodged a protest after paying a non-refundable USD 500 fee. But, it ended up being for a lost cause as the International Boxing Association’s(AIBA) technical committee rules bar any complaints against judges and protests can only be filed against decision of the referees.”It’s not that I did not want to accept the medal. I accepted it and then gave it back to the Koreans. I had to do this to continue with my boxing career or the memory of this incident would have stayed on in my mind. I would now go back and hug my infant child,” she said.She was ready to accept the consequences of her actions but also accused the Indian officialdom of being uncaring in the whole episode.”I am prepared for any consequences. Not one Indian official came to us and consoled or even spoke to us,” she said.Sarita Devi waves and leaves the podium as China’s Yin Junhua gestures to herSarita Devi’s pent up anger came to fore as she lashed out at the Indian officials who were nowhere to find when she needed another $100 to lodge a protest against the judges’ decision. She said that her husband furnished $400 but they were still short by another $100 to register her protest. And, unlikely of the Indian officials, someone from the crowd came forward and helped her with the money.Sarita’s incident, however, wasn’t the only case of the dubious boxing scoring. India’s Devendro Singh also lost 0-3 against his Korean rival despite dominating the second and third round in the quarterfinal. The judges ruled the bout in favour of the Korean boxer in what looked like another games marred by dodgy decisions.In the other incident, a Mongolian boxer also suffered a similar fate and couldn’t believe that the judges ruled against his favour.Distraught with the decision, the Mongolian refused to leave the ring and stood there despite the judges asking him to leave.advertisementThe Mongolians were up for a fight and decided to withdraw their entire boxing team as a mark of protest. Unlike the Indian contingent, the Mongolian Chef de Mission, Contingent leader and everyone took the AIBA head on.
Milkha Singh was honoured with the lifetime achievement award at the second edition of the Indian Sports Honours, an initiative by Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman, RP-SG Group and Virat Kohli, held on September 27 at Dome, NSCI in Mumbai.A total of seventeen honours were presented during the ceremony, comprising eleven Jury Honours, including one Lifetime Achievement Honour, and six popular choice honours, a media release issued here on Friday said. Milkha Singh, 92, best known as the ‘Flying Sikh’ and most remembered for finishing fourth in the 400m final in the 1960 Rome Olympic Games, was bestowed with the lifetime achievement award.While 23-year-old Smriti Mandhana got the sportswoman of the year award for the team category. Mandhana has so far played 50 ODIs and 62 T20s, scoring 1,951 and 1,344 runs respectively.Among the other prominent winners were the Indian Cricket’s men team led by Kohli himself, who bagged the honour of the ‘Team of the Year’.The nominees for the Honours were shortlisted by over 200 journalists from the Sports Journalist Federation of India (SJFI). The Jury Honours were then decided by the ISH jury, which included among others Sanjiv Goenka, Pulella Gopichand, Mahesh Bhupathi, Sardar Singh, Abhinav Bindra, P T Usha and Anjali Bhagwat.The winners of the Popular Choice Honours were selected by the fans themselves and the winners of each category were decided based on the highest number of votes in each category.Winners:Jury Honours:Differently Abled Sportsman of the Year: Sandeep ChaudharyDifferently Abled Sportswoman of the Year: Rakshita RajuEmerging Sportsman of the Year: Saurabh ChaudharyEmerging Sportswoman of the Year: Manu BhakerCoach of the Year: Pulella GopichandSportsman of the Year (Individual): Bajrang PuniaSportswoman of the Year (Individual): Vinesh PhogatSportsman of the Year (Team): Sunil ChhetriSportswoman of the Year (Team): Smriti MandhanaTeam of the Year: Indian Cricket Team – MenLifetime Achievement Honour: Milkha SinghPopular Choice Honours:Breakthrough Performance of the Year – Male: Jasprit BumrahBreakthrough Performance of the Year – Female: Jemimah RodriguesSpirit of Sport Honour: Sunil ChhetriComeback of the Year: Dipa KarmakarClub of the Year: Chennai Super KingsFan Club of the Year: Whistle Podu Army CSK Fan Club(With inputs from Agencies) Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Award Ceremonychennai super kingsIndian cricket teamIndian Sports Honours First Published: October 11, 2019, 6:32 PM IST
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho clarified on Saturday that he has not signed a contract with anybody, but expects to be back in football in time for the start of next season and would prefer to work in England again.”At this moment I can promise you that I don’t have a contract with anybody,” he said at the 02 Arena on Saturday where he was watching a night of international boxing.”I’m in a position to be open to any club, to any national team, but to be honest if possible I’d like a club, and analyse and think what’s best for my career and to be back with everything I have.”Mourinho, one of the world’s most successful coaches, was sacked by Chelsea in December after the Premier League champions started the season with nine defeats in their first 16 matches.The 53-year-old, who has also coached Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto, has been strongly tipped in media reports to take over from Louis van Gaal at Manchester United next season.”Reports are reports and I made a decision in the beginning not to feed them, not to confirm, not to deny,” he told Sky Sports television.”If anybody has respect for Mr Van Gaal I’m probably one of the first ones because he’s my friend and I worked with him a few years (as an assistant coach at Barcelona).”I’m linked with many jobs, in the summer I will have a job,” said Mourinho.”This is April, everything starts in July. Every decision normally is made between the end of May and the start of June.”advertisementThe Portuguese made it clear he would prefer another club in England where his family is settled.”I love the country, I love the football here. My family is very stable and happy. If possible, yes, it (England) would be my first choice,” he said.Mourinho also confirmed he had rejected an offer from the Syrian FA to coach their national team.”The Syrian one is true because they published the letter that they sent to my agent (Jorge Mendes), but in a very respectful way we told them we were not interested in that job,” he said.
Karachi, Apr 20 (PTI) Four Pakistani bodybuilders have died in mysterious circumstances in the Punjab province this month including Humayun Khurrum, a gold medallist in the South Asian Bodybuilding Championship. The other bodybuilders who have died from suspected use of banned steroids in April include Matloob Haider and Muhammad Rizwan from Gujranwala and Hamid Ali, nicknamed Gujju from Lahore. Gujju, who wanted to become Mr Pakistan, died just weeks after he took part in a South Asian event and won a bronze. The deaths have raised concerns in the sports community that young aspiring bodybuilders using gymnasiums and clubs might have fallen prey to use of prohibited and illegal steroids and drugs to enhance their performances and physique. Khurrum had passed away on Sunday at his home while having dinner. Dr Salman Rafique, special adviser to Punjab Chief Minister, said that apparently all four bodybuilders died in similar circumstances. “I have directed the district administration officials to hold an inquiry into these deaths,” he said. Pakistan Body Building Federation (PBBF) President Shaikh Farooq Iqbal said more details would be revealed after the federation completed its inquiry into these deaths. “Rizwan apparently died from a heart attack but we are investigating,” he added. He admitted that there was a culture in most gymnasiums and clubs of youngsters using prohibited steroids and drugs. “We will now start registering gyms and clubs all over the country in an attempt to increase awareness about supplements and over-the-counter drugs and reduce unauthorised usage,” he added. Abdul Majid, a national level bodybuilder and a close friend of Khurrum, said bodybuilders were scared after the deaths. “They are worried and scared now and the deaths have raised concerns whether they are related to the use of steroids,” he said. PTI Cor AH ATKadvertisement
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Nick Saban spent the entire offseason figuring out different ways to not tell the public who his starting quarterback would be against Louisville on opening night. But once the game started, well, he couldn’t keep it a secret any longer.Tua Tagovailoa, who didn’t start a game last season but came in at halftime of the national title contest against Georgia to lead the Crimson Tide on an incredible come-from-behind victory, was officially the starter.Jalen Hurts, who started every game for the past two seasons, did not get the nod.Tagovailoa promptly led Alabama on a touchdown drive to start off the game. He found Jerry Jeudy in the corner of the end zone.And it’s Tua Tagovailoa starting under center for Bama pic.twitter.com/SxzfYNH5tI— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 2, 2018Tua is just a playmaker #Devy #Superflex pic.twitter.com/80LXAChu9n— Clayton Stefan (@DFF_Clayton) September 2, 2018While Tagovailoa started the game, you can expect to see Hurts against Louisville as well. Saban may just rotate the quarterbacks, for all we know. But Tagovailoa started the game under center, and that matters.Alabama currently leads Louisville 7-0 just a few minutes into the contest.
Story Highlights The intervention, under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP), is expected to reduce the health facility’s electricity consumption for cooling by 20 per cent, with annual savings of approximately $5.2 million. At the official handover of the project on Thursday (May 9), Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, expressed gratitude to the PCJ.He noted that the new cooling systems will provide greater comfort for patients and staff and complement the Ministry’s Compassionate Care Programme, aimed at enhancing the delivery of care at public health facilities. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, for her part, said that awareness workshops have been held to promote behaviour change among staff, so that the target for reduction in electricity consumption can be achieved and maintained.She noted that the EECP conducted energy audit training sessions, where the hospital’s property manager and other members of staff were taught how to assess and implement energy conservation measures.Minister Williams said there will be ongoing measuring, reporting and verification regarding the electricity consumption patterns of the facility.Acting Group General Manager, PCJ, Brian Richardson, said it is anticipated that the new solutions will not only reduce electricity usage but also lower operational expenses.Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (second right), speaking with Acting Group General Manager, Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), Brian Richardson (right), during a ceremony for the official handover of an air-conditioning upgrading project at May Pen Hospital in Clarendon on Thursday (May 9). Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams (second left); and PCJ Chairman, Russell Hadeed, also attended the function. The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has undertaken air-conditioning overhaul at the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon at a cost of approximately $73.6 million.The intervention, under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP), is expected to reduce the health facility’s electricity consumption for cooling by 20 per cent, with annual savings of approximately $5.2 million.It involved the installation of a modern, energy-efficient cooling system at the Accident and Emergency Department, which will ensure that this section of the hospital meets the compliance standards for fresh air.Another cooling system was deployed at the offices of the Clarendon Health Department, which is located on the hospital compound.Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams (left), cuts the ribbon to unveil a plaque dedicating the air-conditioning overhaul at the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon under the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP). Looking on (from left) are Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton; PCJ Chairman, Russell Hadeed; Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, St. Andrade Sinclair; PCJ Acting Group General Manager, Brian Richardson; and Councillor for the Denbigh Division, Joel Williams. The project was offcially handed over on May 9. The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has undertaken air-conditioning overhaul at the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon at a cost of approximately $73.6 million. It involved the installation of a modern, energy-efficient cooling system at the Accident and Emergency Department, which will ensure that this section of the hospital meets the compliance standards for fresh air. He noted that the improvements “have made for a more comfortable environment for the patients and a more productive work space for the staff”.Chief Executive Officer of the May Pen Hospital, St. Andrade Sinclair, in expressing gratitude to the PCJ, said that “we are seeing the benefits with an environmentally friendly atmosphere”.“We are happy for the improvements and hope this example will encourage non-governmental organisations, the private sector and members of our diaspora to follow suit and contribute to our hospitals and clinics,” he added.The EECP is designed to enhance and promote energy efficiency, conservation and cost savings through initiatives and measures undertaken across the public sector.
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: MISC Berhad Malaysian shipping group MISC Berhad (MISC) has received a time charter contract from Idemitsu Kosan (IKC) for the provision of a floating, storage and offloading (FSO) vessel in Vietnam. Secured through Malaysia Vietnam Offshore Terminal (L) Limited (MVOT), its 51%-owned joint-venture with PetroVietnam Technical Services Corporation (PTSC), the contract represents the expansion of MISC’s footprint in providing offshore solutions in the ASEAN region.The contract, secured through an international competitive bidding process, is valued at around USD 176 million. Under the deal, MVOT will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, installation, commissioning, lease and operations of the FSO.Upon its conversion, the FSO will be deployed for the Sao Vang and Dai Nguyet Development Project in Blocks 05-1b and 05-1c, offshore Vietnam and it will be leased for a duration of seven years. The contract and the charter is expected to commence by mid-2020.
Construction is set to begin on a new group home to replaceMacDonald Hall in Inverness County, Tourism and Culture MinisterRodney MacDonald announced today, July 30, on behalf of CommunityServices Minister, David Morse. “The new MacDonald Hall has been designed to meet residents’needs and will be an important addition to our community,” saidMr. MacDonald. “This new centre will ensure that MacDonald Hallresidents will not only be able to stay in their home communitybut live in the comfort of a brand-new home, with family andfriends close by.” The new home will be built adjacent to the existing MacDonaldHall and will offer enhanced accessibility, home-like comfortsand ample green space for residents. The estimated capital costsare about $600,000. The home will accommodate residents currentlyat MacDonald Hall. MacDonald Hall is funded under the Community Supports for Adultsprogram, which provides a wide range of services for adults withdisabilities who need support to live in the community. Thoseservices include group homes, small-option homes, adultresidential centres, supervised apartments and adult servicecentres. -30-
Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 will have a one-lane closure for road work from the intersection of Route 354 in Noel, westerly to the end of Moose Brook. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Motorists are advised to expect delays. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to dusk until Monday, Oct. 31. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 223 Route 223 has a partial lane closure for road repairs from Highway 125 westerly for 6.5 kilometres. The work continues until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from the Colchester County line westerly for about 5.4 kilometres, will have a one-lane closure for paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Work will also be carried out on the on- and off-ramps at Exit 18A, east of Kemptown. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 208 Route 208, from Zwicker Mill Road in New Germany westerly to Upper Branch Road in Hemford, will have alternating lane closures for repaving until Sunday, July 31. Traffic control consists of signs and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane, from 0.06 kilometres south of the Exit 10 overpass structure southbound to about 0.08 kilometres north of Exit 9 overpass structure, including ramps at Exit 10, for asphalt concrete patching and repaving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-563-3780 Fax: 902-563-2517 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333, from Redmonds Road southerly to Paddy’s Head Road, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Sunday, July 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Marshall Road, Morden Road and Victoria Harbour Overpass Marshall Road Overpass, Morden Road Overpass and Victoria Harbour Overpass — all located over Highway 101 — will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Wednesday, July 27. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Traffic on two sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104 will be reduced to one lane between the Crowes Mills Road overpass and Exit 17 near Valley Cross Roads. The lane reduction is necessary for the repaving of these sections and is required until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-756-2697 Fax: 902-756-3458 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 at Aulds Cove, west of the weigh scales on the Canso Causeway will occasionally be reduced to one-lane of traffic until Tuesday, July 26. Speed will be reduced to 50 kilometres through the detour. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-563-3780 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, from Meadowbrook Drive at Sydney Mines town line, easterly for 4.1 kilometres, will have a partial lane closure until Sunday, July 31, for repairs. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until Tuesday, Aug. 30. Temporary traffic signals are in place. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102, between Exit 13A and Highway 104, will have intermittent lane closures on both northbound and southbound lanes due to cleanup until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of signs. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Vernon Bridge Vernon Bridge in Murray Siding is closed until Thursday, Sept. 1 while a replacement bridge is constructed. The 6.4-kilometre detour follows:Easterly from Old Courthouse Branch along Salmon River Road to Valley Road for 2.4 kilometres, then southerly along Valley Road to Valleydale Road for half a kilometre, then westerly along Valleydale Road to Greenfield Road for 2.7 kilometres, and northerly along Greenfield Road to East Prince Street for about 0.8 kilometres. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 289 Route 289 will have a one-lane closure for paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-563-3377 Fax: 902-563-3379 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 There will be intermittent one-lane closures between Guysborough and Halfway Cove for asphalt paving until Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local area office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Glenroy (Marydale) Bridge The Glenroy (Marydale) Bridge located on the Marydale Caledonia Road in St. Andrews will be closed to traffic until Monday, Oct. 31 for repairs. A detour is available via the Antigonish/Guysborough Road and the south intersection of Marydale Caledonia Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Motorists are advised that Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from 1.5 kilometres west of Exit 16 to 0.3 kilometres west of Exit 17E, will have a one-lane closure for repairs from Monday, July 25 to Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive The Burnside Drive underpass structure on Highway 111 will have periodic lane closures for repairs until Tuesday, Aug. 30. Traffic control consists of flashing lights and barrels. Speed will be reduced to 60 kilometres on Highway 111. Work takes place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Barneys Brook Bridge Trunk 2, at Barneys Brook Bridge, has a one-lane closure for removal of exiting structure. A temporary bridge is in place. Work continues until Tuesday, Aug. 30. Detour route available via Highway 102, from Exit 3 to Exit 9. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Halifax International Airport Underpass Structure The Halifax International Airport underpass structure at Exit 6 on Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Friday, Aug. 5. Traffic control consists of barricades. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Work is continuing on the Highway 103 twinning project between Exit 4 at Hubley and Exit 5 at Tantallon. Minor blasting may occur near Exit 5 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. throughout the month of July. Traffic control will consist of signs and traffic control persons. Work in the area is expected to continue until the fall. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 NEW WORK ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from three kilometres west of Exit 17 near Kingston to the overpass at Route 362, will have a one-lane closure for repairs from Monday, July 25 to Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 6 Trunk 6 will have a one-lane closure from Ripley Road, 10 kilometres easterly toward Pugwash, from Monday, July 25 to Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Old Guysborough Road Old Guysborough Road (Route 212) from Antrim Road, west of Dollar Lake Provincial Park, for 6.7 kilometres to Wyse Road will have a one-lane closure until Monday, Oct. 31. The closure is to allow asphalt and concrete repaving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, from 900 metres east of Exit 4 to one kilometre west of Exit 3, will have partial lane closures until Sunday, July 31, for repairs. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: TRUNK 28 Trunk 28 at Arnold’s Brook will be closed to all traffic until Sunday, Aug. 28 to reconstruct the Arnold’s Brook bridge. A posted detour will be available via the Lingan Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 306 – Old Sambro Road There will be a one-lane closure from Lieblin Drive south to Acre Road for repairs until Friday, July 29. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Route 201 Route 201 in Greenwood will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Monday, Aug. 8. Work takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 There will be intermittent one-lane closures on two sections of Highway 102 for re-paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Section one is on the southbound lane between exits 13A and 12,and section two is on the northbound lane between exits 11 and 12. Traffic control consists of signs. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Barra Strait Bridge The Barra Strait Bridge on Route 223 at Grand Narrows will have intermittent one-lane closures for repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 289 Route 289 between Springside Cross Road and Route 336 will be closed to traffic, except for local traffic, until Monday, Oct. 31 for installation of culverts. Traffic control will consist of barricades and traffic control persons. A detour will be available via the Springside Cross Road and Route 336. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 209 Route 209 will have a one-lane closure from North Greville Road, six kilometres easterly toward Parrsboro, from Monday, July 25 to Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, from Exit 6 northerly to the Hants County line, including off ramps at Exit 6 and Exit 7, will have a one-lane closure until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until Friday, July 29. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 PICTOU AND COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 from Exit 18A (near Mount Thom) for eight kilometres easterly, will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 will have a one-lane closure for road work between Exit 27A, at Sutherland’s River, and French River — a distance of about 6.5 kilometres — until Wednesday, Aug. 31. There are two detours available. For the section east of Exit 27 at Sutherland’s River, the alternate is Trunk 4. The detour for the section between Exit 27A and Exit 27 is available via Exit 26 at the Thorburn Road Interchange via Route 347 (Sherbrooke Road), Thorburn Road, and Trunk 4. 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Twitter The event is sure to be an emotional tribute to a beloved musician and friend.The free show will take place in Burlington, but the band will also livestream on their official Facebook page.“Mike loved our fans so much. We want to honour him and his legacy by continuing our world tour to bring the spirit of this memorial to our fans across the globe,” the band said in a statement on Monday.Members of Barenaked Ladies, Monster Truck, USS, Darenots, Saint Alvia and Scott Helman will also join Walk Off The Earth on stage.The Canadian band gained popularity online performing covers and original songs using unique instruments.By COREY ATAD | ET CANADA Advertisement The late Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor of Walk Off The Earth (Photo: Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement The band Walk Off the Earth is finding a way to pay tribute to their late band member.The group recently announced the tragic news that Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor had passed away.After an outpouring of condolences and support from fans, WOTE has announced a special event they’re holding in Taylor’s honour on Sunday, Jan. 13 in Burlington, Ont.❤️ pic.twitter.com/tEb8I10fBh— Walk off the Earth (@WalkOffTheEarth) January 4, 2019 Facebook Login/Register With:
Tangier – Morocco is the only country in the Arab region that has managed tonticipate the “Arab Spring” by undertaking, in the last fifteen years, an unprecedented political openness at the time, said Friday in Tangier, Special Representative of the European Union for the Southern Mediterranean, Bernardino León Gross.This openness, which began during the reign of the late King Hassan II, was evidenced by a a political openness which led more pluralism, and this is what helped Morocco manage the new situation in the Arab region differently, he said.Regarding the position of the European Union vis-à -vis the events of the Arab Spring, Mr. Gross, who was speaking at the 3rd plenary session of the Medays Forum, said the EU seeks to support, politically and financially, the dynamics of change and the democratic reforms in the countries of the “Arab Spring”, in the framework of the respect for the national sovereignty of each country. In the same vein, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Philip Crowley called for the establishment of national strategies in the Arab Spring countries, for balanced relationships between the governors and the governed.Regarding the dynamics of change in his country, Mohamed Abdulghafar, diplomatic adviser to the King of Bahrain, noted that the “Bahraini Spring” began long before the Arab revolutions in 2011, thanks to a series of social and political reforms to meet the aspirations of the people.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says tariffs on imported vehicles from Europe are something “we certainly think about” and a final decision depends on the United States and the European Union reaching a trade deal.Trump was asked about the prospect for tariffs on auto imports before a meeting Wednesday with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.Trump says the two countries have a “great trade relationship” but complained about the U.S. running a trade deficit with the EU.The Commerce Department has investigated whether imported vehicles and parts pose a threat to national security. The president could impose tariffs if the department concludes they are such a threat.Trump says the EU is “very tough to make a deal with” and adds, “If we don’t do the deal, we’ll do the tariffs.”Kevin Freking, The Associated Press
“If we put together income and social trends, public health factors, detection and treatment approaches, together with perceptions and the need to show results, one message emerges, loud and clear: the greater and the wider the commitment of society to drug control, the greater the likelihood of success,” Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said in his opening remarks to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, meeting this week in Vienna.Mr. Costa reiterated last year’s assessment that “important progress is being made towards the still distant goals” set in 1998 at the UN General Assembly special session on drugs, when governments called for a significant reduction in the supply and demand for illicit narcotics.Afghanistan, as the world’s largest producer of opiates, remains a special challenge, Mr. Costa noted, as the country needs continuing support in implementing its new national drug control strategy aimed at eradication of opium cultivation within the 10-year timeframe.”Dismantling Afghanistan’s opium economy with the instruments of democracy, rule of law and development will be a long and complex process,” Mr. Costa said, warning that “as long as demand persists at over 4,000 tons of opium a year and trading profits therefore remain [one gram of heroin sells in Kabul at $1 at source, but retails in Europe at $100] illicit opium will be produced somewhere – whether in Afghanistan or not.””The conclusion is clear: supply control measures must be accompanied by efforts to curb abuse,” the UNODC chief said.In other news from the opening session, Sweden presented its new national drug control strategy, based on full support for UN counter-narcotic efforts. “Through the United Nations, Sweden can contribute to the fight against drugs, primarily by working preventively, but also by impeding drug production and smuggling,” said Carin Jämtin, Swedish Minister for Development Cooperation.Two-thirds of Sweden’s annual $7.4 million contribution to UNODC will be earmarked for demand reduction projects, policy support and advocacy. The remaining funds will be available for general UNODC drug control work.
Canada adds 48,300 new jobs, but wage growth and hours worked slip by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 10, 2017 6:52 am MDT Last Updated Feb 10, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Statistics Canada says the economy added 48,300 net new jobs in January, pulling down the national unemployment rate to 6.8 per cent from 6.9 per cent. Workers are pictured at the Vancouver Shipyard in an October 7, 2013, file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward OTTAWA – The country’s labour market continues to pump out new jobs, but Canadians are seeing wage increases fade and their work hours shrink.Last month, the job market unexpectedly added 48,300 net new positions, thanks to surges in part-time and private-sector work, Statistics Canada said Friday.The January employment survey showed an increase of 32,400 part-time positions and a smaller gain of 15,800 jobs in the more-desirable category of full-time work. Both numbers, however, were too low to be deemed statistically significant.The report also found that private-sector jobs rose 32,400 between December and January, compared with an increase of 7,700 public-sector positions.The increases helped drop the unemployment rate last month to 6.8 per cent from 6.9 per cent.Economists described the overall job growth, which once again defied their expectations, as “very impressive” and “remarkably strong.”“It seems as if we are all thinking that streak is going to come to an end and it just keeps on going,” said Desjardins senior economist Jimmy Jean, noting the number beat the consensus prediction for a sixth straight month.But even with more people working, Jean said the composition of the labour data remained sub par due to some “lingering weakness.”He pointed to the disappointing growth in hourly wages in January compared with a year earlier. Hourly earnings increased by less than 1.3 per cent, which was below inflation.In the past, Jean said hourly wages have often grown between two and three per cent, and sometimes even a little bit more.“So, there’s been a steady deterioration on that front and it seems like we can’t really get off that trajectory,” said Jean, who also noted that year over year hours worked was only up 0.2 per cent due to the shift toward part-time work.Jean noted that the Bank of Canada had expressed concerns about hours worked and earnings growth and didn’t think the latest jobs data would ease its preoccupations, even if overall the job market continues to expand.Other experts also pointed to the slumping wage and work hours increases.“It’s disappointing to see that we had a decline in hours worked — we also saw very weak wage growth,” said Craig Alexander, chief economist for the Conference Board of Canada.Alexander was encouraged that the “surprising” amount of job creation that Canada saw in the second half of last year has continued into 2017.He said some people will point to negative details of the job growth, such as the rise of part-time positions.But Alexander noted it’s important to remember that the gain of nearly 16,000 full-time positionslast month was healthy on its own, even if most of the new jobs created were part time.“I think the critics are often too glass-half-empty when they’re looking at this,” he said.Looking back 12 months, Canada gained 276,100 net new jobs overall with the addition of 86,200 full-time positions and 189,900 part-time jobs.The job market has now seen increases in five out of the last six monthly reports. In December, the overall labour force expanded by 53,700 net jobs compared with the previous month.Economists had projected the job numbers to stay unchanged last month and for the unemployment rate to hold at 6.9 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.The vast majority of the new jobs — or 42,600 positions — were created in the services sector, with the bulk of those concentrated in areas such as finance, insurance, real estate, business management, transportation and warehousing.The number of factory jobs in Canada increased by 5,600 positions last month.The category of self-employed positions added 8,200 last month while paid employee jobs climbed by 40,000.Among the provinces, Ontario gained the most jobs last month with 28,800 new positions, an increase of 0.4 per cent compared with December. Most of those new jobs — or 23,500 positions — were part time.The overall number of jobs in Alberta last month was essentially unchanged compared to December, but the province did shed 24,300 full-time positions.The report was stronger for British Columbia, which gained 11,200 net new positions last month thanks to a month-over-month increase of 25,400 full-time jobs.Statistics Canada also found the national youth unemployment rate rose in January to 13.3 per cent, up from 12.6 per cent.Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly stated the jobs growth figure in the second headline.
UK new car registrations experienced a moderate increase in July, up 0.1% for the month, according to figures released by SMMT. 1,599,159 new cars have been registered so far this year, putting demand in the year-to-date 2.8% higher than for the same period in 2015 following a strong first quarter.July followed the trend seen throughout this year whereby lower private registrations were offset by fleet purchases, which increased by 5.0% this month. Demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles remained remarkably strong with 24.7% more registrations compared with the same month in 2015.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “After a healthy start to 2016 and record registrations in 2015 the market is showing signs of cooling. The automotive market is a vital part of the British economy and it’s important government delivers the economic conditions which instil business and consumer confidence. With low interest rates, attractive finance options and exciting new models coming to the showrooms, the market still has lots to offer customers.” Passenger car demand sees small increase in July as UK registrations rose by 0.1%.Demand for AFVs remains healthy up 24.7% but still small market share.Monthly car registrations level off after record 2015 and strong early 2016 growth. Download the press release and additional data tableClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Playing as a substitute has become the norm for curler Matt Wozniak this season. It’s a role that is almost completely foreign to Marc Kennedy.Both players will serve as replacements on Team Brad Jacobs next month to fill the vacancy created by Ryan Fry’s decision to take an indefinite leave.Wozniak, who planned to take a year off after his long run with Team Mike McEwen ended last season, has played twice for Team Reid Carruthers and once for Team Matt Dunstone this season. Kennedy, meanwhile, said he hasn’t played as a sub since a brief stint with the Ferbey Four rink 15 years ago. “I was 21 years old and I didn’t make one shot,” Kennedy said with a laugh. “I missed every shot and we won the game. I played second because Scott Pfeifer had to write an exam for his MBA. So I came in to play, I was sweeping with Marcel (Rocque) and learning the ropes.“I was nervous and I didn’t make one shot. Hopefully next week goes a little better than that.”Kennedy took a step back from the competitive game this season to recharge mentally and physically after a solid four-year run with Team Kevin Koe. That was preceded by an eight-year run with Team Kevin Martin, highlighted by an Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games.“I’ve been on some pretty solid teams that played together for a long time,” Kennedy said. “Having a new player come in isn’t something I’m used to, especially being the new player. But you know what, I get along with these guys really well and I always have.“There’s always been a real mutual respect there as competitors and friends. I think we’ll be able to jell and mesh pretty good together and hopefully pretty quickly.”Kennedy will play third with Jacobs at the Dec. 5-9 Canada Cup in Estevan, Sask., with E.J. Harnden at second and Ryan Harnden at lead. The team will turn to Wozniak for the Dec. 11-16 National in Conception Bay South, N.L.Wozniak will play his usual position of second at the Grand Slam event while E.J. Harnden will move to third.“I really enjoyed playing against those guys and just hanging out outside of curling,” Wozniak said. “It was a pretty easy ‘yes’ for me.” It’s unclear when Fry might return to the Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.-based team. He decided to take an indefinite leave after his disqualification from the Red Deer Curling Classic on Nov. 17.He was ejected for what organizers called unsportsmanlike behaviour resulting from excessive drinking. Fry, who was playing as a substitute in Red Deer, was kicked out of the event along with teammates Jamie Koe, Chris Schille and DJ Kidby.Organizers said Fry broke three brooms and that the team used foul language and was disruptive to other players on the ice. The World Curling Tour fined Fry $1,000 and said that his behaviour was the reason for the team’s disqualification.All four players later issued statements to apologize for their actions. Fry has not responded to requests for comment.Jacobs, Fry and the Harnden brothers won the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier and won Olympic gold at the Sochi Games the following year.The team’s most recent victory came this month at the Grand Slam of Curling’s Tour Challenge in Thunder Bay, Ont.“For them, it’s just a matter of filling that gap until Ryan is ready to come back,” Kennedy said. “I’m happy to help at one event. I’ve known Ryan for a long time as well. I certainly support him and hope he can get through this.” ICE CHIPSScotland’s Bruce Mouat is up to fourth on the World Curling Tour’s Order of Merit standings after his victory over Sweden’s Niklas Edin at the recent European curling championships in Tallinn, Estonia.Edin remains in top spot while Canadian skips — No. 2 Brad Gushue, No. 3 Kevin Koe and No. 5 Brendan Bottcher — round out the top five. Koe has a slight edge on second-ranked John Epping in the year-to-date standings.Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg won the European playdowns to cement her hold on the No. 1 spot in the women’s overall list. Canada’s Rachel Homan, Jennifer Jones, Kerri Einarson and Tracy Fleury hold the next four positions.———Olympic mixed doubles champion John Morris will team with Kalynn Park at next week’s Curling World Cup in Omaha, Neb.Park replaces Taylor McDonald, who will be playing with Team Alison Flaxey at the Canada Cup that week instead.Morris teamed with Kaitlyn Lawes at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games in South Korea, where mixed doubles made its Olympic debut.Park, who played with Charley Thomas for several seasons, plans to team up with Braeden Moskowy for the rest of the mixed doubles campaign. Fleury will skip the Canadian women’s team entry in Omaha while Jason Gunnlaugson will skip the Canadian men’s team. Canada won gold in the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles competitions at the first leg of the World Cup last September in Suzhou, China.———Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter.Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press
Edith has returned to the top 100 for the first time since 1934, and Ralph is now at number 98, the highest position since 1944, beating out derivatives including Ralphie, Ralphy and Ralphi. Beatrice re-entered the top 100 five years ago having been absent since the 1920s, and Elsie reappeared in 2011 after dropping off in the 1930s. The data also reveals that while Olivia was the top girls’ name throughout England and Wales, Oliver was beaten by Muhammad in London, the West Midlands, and Yorkshire and The Humber, and by Harry in the north east of England. Analysis by the ONS suggested that some names had very localised popularity for religious reasons.David, which ranks 44th nationally, was the top boys’ name in five local authorities, three of which had a higher than average population of Jewish people. Similarly, Maryam, which ranks 78th nationally for girls’ names, is the top name in Tower Hamlets, Newham, Redbridge, Luton and Leicester, all areas with a large population of Muslims. Lisa, which peaked at 5th in 1974, is now in 764th place, with 52 girls given the name last year, and Louise, which was 13th in 1974 is now at 499th place, with 87 girls given the name, though it also features in almost 50 compound forms including Lilly-Louise, Phoebe-Louise, Bonnie-Louise and Faith-Louise. A similar pattern can be seen for boys’ names, with names such as Paul, which peaked in the top spot in 1974, now in 357th place behind Troy, Nikodem, Zayd and Teddie. Andrew, which was near the top in the 1960s and 1970s, is now in 210th position, with 250 boys given the name, and Mark, which was 2nd in 1974, is now 247th. The trend suggests new parents are avoiding giving their children the names they were familiar with among their peers or their parents’ generation. It’s been one of the UK’s most popular baby names for more than a century.But Sarah has dropped out of the top 100 girls’ names for first time since records began, ONS figures show. The name, which peaked in popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, fell to the 103rd most popular names in the data for 2017. It was the top girls’ name in 1974 and 1984, and its popularity has been falling ever since. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––An alternative spelling, Sara, overtook it in 2015, and last year was the 82nd most popular girl’s baby name in the UK. The change leaves Elizabeth as the only girls’ name which has been in the top 100 continually since records began in 1904. The very top of the list remained unchanged since last year, with Oliver and Olivia remaining the most popular boys’ and girls’ names. New entries into the top 100 for girls include Aurora, Hallie, Lyla and Bonnie. Sarah has met the same fate as many names which peaked in popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, including Claire, the second-most popular name in 1974, which had dropped to 90th place by 1996 and is now the 915th most popular baby girl name, with 41 newborns named Claire in 2017. By contrast, names which were popular earlier in the century, particularly in the 1930s and 1940s, are entering the top 100 again. Nick Stripe, of the ONS’ Vital Statistics Outputs Branch, said: “Although Oliver and Olivia remained the most popular baby names in 2017, some fascinating changes took place beneath them. “Leo entered the boys’ top 10 for the first time, whilst Hunter rocketed into the top 100, also for the first time, reaching number 78. “Sarah, the most popular name for baby girls throughout much of the 1970s and 1980s, dropped out of the top 100 for the first time since our records began in 1904.” 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.
EurOmax Resources has commenced drilling at Rudnitza in Serbia to test a copper-gold porphyry. The first diamond drillhole, EORC 07-01, will be drilled near PDRC 04-03 which was previously reported intersecting 144 m of 0.62% Cu equivalent1 or 1.06 g/t Au equivalent1 (0.40% Cu and 0.38g/t Au) from the base of oxidation to total depth of 244 m.This hole terminated in mineralisation. EORC 07-01 will be drilled with a different orientation to better intersect the dominant vein trends.The Rudnitza copper-gold porphyry consists of a large iron oxide, quartz vein stockwork zone outcropping over an area of approximately 400 m by 300 m. There are widespread ancient workings in this area most of which remain untested. The quartz stockwork, with vein density greater than 30 veins per metre, is developed within a quartz-magnetite alteration zone. This is surrounded by a larger argillic and advanced argillic alteration zone.After completion of the drilling at Rudnitza the rig will be moved to the Ceovishte licence to commence a five-hole program. Four holes will target a 1 km2 area of ancient mine working at Ceovishte. The Ceovishte target is an undrilled high sulphidation system with strong gold and base metal soil and rock chip geochemistry. Sampling of material from ancient mine dumps by a previous operator2 returned strong multi-element geochemistry with up to 0.3% Cu, 2.3% Zn, 6% Pb, 196 g/t Ag and 2.4 g/t Au. Assay of smelter slag from the area reports 10.7% Pb and 102 g/t Ag. A previously untested silica breccia, 8 km to the south of the Ceovishte HS System which is at least 200 m in diameter will also be drill tested. 1. Copper and gold equivalent calculations use metal prices of USD 1.25/lb copper and USD 450/oz gold. Adjustment factors for differences in relative metallurgical recoveries for gold and copper have not been be considered and metallurgical recoveries and net smelter returns are assumed to be 100%.2. The company believes results reported by the previous operator of the licence are reliable using industry standard quality controls and a certified laboratory.
As 115 cardinals gather in the Sistine Chapel for the beginning of the conclave to elect a new Pope today, TheJournal.ie examines the process which will lead to white smoke emerging in St Peter’s Square. This article was originally published on 11 February. THE ANNOUNCEMENT of the resignation Pope Benedict XVI throws new focus on the peculiar mechanics by which a new pope is elected.For only the ninth time in a century, the world’s cardinals will assemble in Rome for a secretive event – which could potentially take weeks – to decide on the new supreme ruler of the Roman Catholic Church.Though it’s considered a monarchy by most political theorists – and, in fact, one of only six absolute monarchies, where the head of state holds total executive, law-making and judicial power – the papacy is a slightly more unusual one, in that it is elected.The electorate, however, is limited: the power to choose a new Pope falls not even merely to the world’s cardinals (who number 209 at present), but those under the age of 80.This means that, presently, there are only 115 voting members of the College of Cardinals.Under the Sistine ceilingThe Sistine Chapel at the Apostolic Palace in Rome is probably best known these days for having had its ceiling painted by Michaelangelo – but it also has a special place in the role of the Catholic Church.It is there – literally, under lock and key – where the College of Cardinals meet to choose a new pope. The members lodge in a purpose-built hotel adjoining St Peter’s Basilica, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, but the voting actually takes place in the Sistine Chapel.The reason members are kept under lock and key is to avoid any interference from the outside the world: in the 13th century, political interference after the death of Pope Clement IV led to the decision to hold future elections cum clave (literally meaning ‘under key’).During the conclave, as it has now become known, any outside media feeds to the Domus Sanctae Marthae is are disconnected and the members remain locked in with only each other for company.Usually the timetable for the Conclave is relatively formulaic (though only because they usually follow the death of the incumbent). The outgoing Pope is usually buried between four and six days after their death, offering enough time for pilgrims to pay their respects before a new member is chosen. In the meantime, the cardinals will have begun to arrive in Rome to arrange and attend the funeral.The conclave then usually begins to sit on the fifteenth day after the death, though this can be extended for a few more days to allow the arrival of latecoming cardinals. It is thought that a similar pattern will be observed next time, with the date of Benedict XVI’s resignation (February 28) as the date from which the others derive.As they meet in Rome, the cardinals – including those who are not of voting age, but who can still attend the discussions – are formally addressed on two occasions: once in the days preceding the conclave, and once in the Sistine Chapel just before the doors are sealed.The custom is that neither of the two people who address the cardinals are themselves eligible for election – ordinarily they are high-ranking civil servants within the Vatican, or cardinals who are retired and therefore ineligible for election.In occasions where the outgoing Pope has died, there are often unofficial extra lectures – including the homily at the Pope’s funeral, and at a Mass held for the cardinals on the day before the conclave. In 2005, both were addressed by Joseph Ratzinger – who ended up becoming Pope anyway. Though his sermon at the pre-conclave Mass was described as a ‘pitch for the papacy’, it is generally considered that Ratzinger was not personally lobbying for the office.With the final sermon given, the doors are locked – with the call, “Extra, omnes!”, demanding the evacuation of everyone unconnected to the conclave – and aren’t opened until the famous white smoke is seen.Ballot, then ballot, then ballot againThe general formula of the conclave is that there are two elections every morning of the conclave, and two each afternoon. A successful candidate needs a two-thirds majority of the votes cast.On the off-chance that there is a single stand-out candidate to take the papacy, a vote is held on the first afternoon of the conclave. If there is nobody elected, the members stop and begin to deliberate about the identity of the next members with the next vote held the following morning.A candidate, by the way, does not necessarily have to be a cardinal themselves – in theory, any male who is not considered a persona non grata by the Holy See can be chosen – though it is exceptionally rate for someone outside of the ranks of the cardinals to be chosen.Pope Benedict XVI’s election, marking the end of the Papal Conclave of 2005, is covered by British newspapers on Wednesday, April 20, 2005. (Martin Cleaver/AP)Each member casts their vote anonymously, formally placing their ballot paper in a box at the chapel altar when called to do so. As they cast their vote, each cardinal takes an oath declaring their faith that the person named on their ballot paper should become the next supreme pontiff. It is not permissible to abstain.After each vote, three officials (chosen at random as the conclave begins) verify the number of ballot papers cast, and ensure that the number of papers equals the total electorate. (If it doesn’t, they burn the papers without counting them.) Once verified, they then count the votes to determine if anyone has won.Votes are taken in pairs: a first ballot, if unsuccessful, is immediately followed by a second, without any time in between for members to confer or deliberate in any way. If the second ballot is unsuccessful, the papers from both ballots are burned with the addition of special chemicals to ensure the smoke is black.To avoid an infinitely long conclave, the process is suspended after three days – and then after each further seven ballots – so that members can be addressed by named senior officials. After 30 unsuccessful ballots, a day’s respite is called, after which only the two most-supported members stand in final run-off elections until one has won the two-thirds support needed.Habemus papam!Should a ballot result in a successful election, the ballot papers are again burned – but with the addition of chemicals causing white smoke, therefore indicating to the public outside that a new Pope has been found.The formal appointment is made by the Dean of the College of Cardinals (assuming that the Dean himself is not the winning candidate, in which case the duty is performed by the Sub-Dean. This was the case in 2005.) The Dean summons two other senior officials to witness the ‘appointment’.On the off-chance that the winning candidate is not already a bishop, they must first be ordained as a bishop – or, if circumstances need, as a priest or deacon in the first place. A layman nominated to be pope would therefore be ordained first as a deacon, then a priest, and then a bishop. Each of these ordinations is carried out by the Dean of the college.Once this is done, the nominee is formally asked, in Latin:Do you accept your canonical election as Supreme Pontiff?The nominee presumably answers in the affirmative (anyone unwilling to accept the job will probably have made their objections clear before then) and takes office from that very second – there is no oath to take, and the nominee becomes the new Pope from the moment they indicate their willingness to take the job.The new Pope is asked what papal name they want to take, and while a script proclaiming their election is written, they go into a small robing room where they get dressed in their new pontifical outfit and enjoy a brief moment of solitude and reflection.When they have dressed, a senior cardinal leads the delegation to the main balcony of St Peter’s Basilica and gives the famous address, in Latin, including the words ‘Habemus papam!’ (‘We have a Pope!’) They announce the nominated cardinal, and the name they have taken on – and the new Pope emerges, delivering their first pontifical address.In older times the conclave was followed in later days by an official coronation, where the new Pope was crowned (physically) with an elaborate crown known as the ‘triple tiara’.However, since the austere inauguration of John Paul I in 1978, neither John Paul II nor Benedict XVI have opted for a formal coronation. In any case, the event is not necessary – the Pope takes office, and assumes the power, from the moment they indicate their willingness to do so.Absent in body, but not in legacyBenedict himself will not take part in the conclave – his election to the papacy meant he lost his previous title as a cardinal, though even if he didn’t, he’d now be over the age of 80 to participate – but he will have dramatically shaped its outcome nonetheless.As of today, Benedict has chosen 37 members of the College of Cardinals – a reasonable number given he has spent less than eight years in powers – including 28 who fall under the voting age of 80.Though it’s not known for sure whether the plans will go ahead, in light of today’s news, this is due to be increased later this month: next week, Benedict was due to ‘cap’ another 22 new cardinals, including 18 who are under the age of 80.This will bring the electorate to 136, a third of whom will have been chosen by Benedict himself – prompting the automatic disqualification of some older members, as the electorate is limited to 120.The outgoing pontiff will therefore have a major imprint in the outcome of the election, whether he is present or not.Read: Pope Benedict resigns, citing ‘advanced age’ and deteriorating healthMore: Pope’s brother: Pontiff was ‘considering resignation for months’Reaction: Taoiseach extends ‘best wishes’ to Pope, President writes Pontiff a letter
Pourquoi les coups de soleil sont-ils douloureux ?Des chercheurs américains ont réussi à identifier la molécule responsable de la douleur ressentie lorsqu’on prend un coup de soleil. Ceci pourrait conduire à la mise au point d’un traitement pour combattre ces brûlures de la peau voire la douleur en général.C’est un peu le mal des beaux jours que beaucoup ont du mal à éviter, malgré les recommandations : le coup de soleil. Celui-ci se produit lorsque la peau est exposée trop longtemps aux rayons du soleil et à leurs ultraviolets (UV), en particulier les UVB (qui causent 95% des coups de soleil). A petites doses, les UVB ont certains bienfaits comme apporter une dose quotidienne de vitamine D ou encore améliorer l’humeur. Toutefois, en trop grandes quantités, ces ultraviolets peuvent causer des dégâts importants sur les cellules de peau. Selon une étude parue l’an dernier, ils peuvent détériorer des molécules appelées microARN, des fragments présents dans les cellules et qui jouent un rôle dans la régulation de l’expression des gènes. Ceci va alors provoquer une inflammation au niveau des cellules. C’est ce qui génère la douleur et la rougeur qui apparaissent.Une molécule qui joue un rôle dans la douleur Aussi, les coups de soleil seraient un peu la façon naturelle de notre corps de dire qu’il est temps de rentrer à l’intérieur afin d’éviter davantage de dégâts. Néanmoins, des chercheurs américains ont réussi à préciser encore davantage ce mécanisme en identifiant une molécule bien particulière, TRPV4. Selon l’étude publiée dans la revue Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, cette dernière est abondante dans les cellules de peau et est déjà connue pour jouer un rôle dans plusieurs processus douloureux.L’équipe de chercheurs a donc voulu savoir si cette même molécule ne jouait pas aussi un rôle dans la douleur et les dommages observés avec les coups de soleil, et il semblerait que ce soit bien le cas. Pour en arriver là, les scientifiques ont construit un modèle de souris dont les cellules de l’épiderme (et uniquement celles-ci) étaient privées de TRPV4. Puis ils ont exposé les pattes arrières (qui ressemblent le plus à la peau humaine) de ses spécimens et de souris normales à des rayons UVB.Ils ont alors constaté que les pattes des rongeurs non modifiés devenaient hypersensibles et que des cloques apparaissaient. En revanche, les souris privées de TRPV4 ont montré peu de sensibilisation et de blessures. Au cours d’une deuxième expérience, les chercheurs ont utilisé des cellules de peau de souris pour disséquer l’activité de la molécule. Ils ont alors constaté que les UVB provoquaient, grâce à TRPV4, un afflux de calcium dans les cellules. Un mécanisme semblable chez l’humain Plus précisément, les UVB auraient la capacité d’activer TRPV4 qui forme un canal installé au niveau des membranes cellulaires. Une fois activé, TRPV4 laisserait alors passer le calcium de l’extérieur de la cellule vers l’intérieur. Ceci aurait pour effet de faire rentrer une autre molécule appelée “endothéline”. Or, celle-ci est déjà connue pour être responsable de douleurs chez l’humain et même de démangeaisons. Ce qui expliquerait les sensations ressenties par les personnes qui ont pris un coup de soleil. Pour savoir si ces résultats obtenus chez la souris pouvaient être valables chez l’humain, les chercheurs ont observé l’activité de TRPV4 sur des cellules de peau humaine exposées à des UVB. Et ils sont arrivés aux mêmes conclusions. “Nous avons découvert une nouvelle explication de pourquoi les coups de soleil sont douloureux”, a expliqué Wolfgang Liedtke de la Duke University School of Medicine et l’un des auteurs principaux de l’étude. Mais ce scientifique et ses collèges n’en sont pas restés là.Une piste de traitement contre les coups de soleil ? À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Afin de pousser davantage les recherches, ils ont tenté de savoir s’ils pouvaient arriver à bloquer l’activité de TRPV4. Dans ce but, ils ont utilisé une molécule appelée GSK205 qui inhibe le canal et l’ont mélangée à une solution contenant de l’alcool et du glycérol (du désinfectant pour peau). Puis ils ont appliqué le mélange sur les pattes de souris exposées aux UVB. Ces dernières ont alors montré une résistance plus importante à la douleur et aux dégâts causés par les UVB. Quand ils ont appliqué le même mélange à des cellules de peau de souris, ils ont observé à plus petite échelle que l’influx de calcium causé par les UVB était stoppé. “Les résultats positionnent TRPV4 comme une nouvelle cible pour prévenir et traiter les coups de soleil, et probablement les dommages dus au soleil y compris le cancer de la peau et le vieillissement cutané. Néanmoins, plus de recherches doivent être faites avant que les inhibiteurs de TRPV4 puissent faire partie de l’arsenal de défense contre le soleil, peut-être dans des crèmes d’un nouveau genre ou pour traiter les dommages chroniques du soleil”, a commenté dans un communiqué Martin Steinhoff, de l’University of California à San Francisco. Selon Wolfgang Liedtke, la découverte pourrait même aller plus loin que le coup de soleil. “Si nous comprenons mieux les coups de soleil, nous pouvons mieux comprendre la douleur car ce qui empoisonne la vie de mes patients jour et nuit est ce qui affecte temporairement les personnes en bonne santé souffrant de coups de soleil”, a t-il remarqué.Le 6 août 2013 à 12:15 • Maxime Lambert