Ontario teen Denis Shapovalov upsets Rafael Nadal at Rogers Cup

first_imgEven Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov was amazed he had beaten tennis superstar Rafael Nadal.The 18-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ontario shocked himself, the crowd that roared with every point he scored, and the tennis world with his 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over top-seeded Nadal in the third round of the Rogers Cup on Thursday night at a sold out Uniprix Stadium.Shapovalov dropped to the ground and covered his face in joy and surprise as the cheers reached deafening levels after the match point fell, completing his comeback from a 3-0 deficit in the third-set tiebreaker.“It’s what I dreamed of all my life growing up, playing guys like Rafa (Nadal), Roger (Federer), Andy (Murray),” said Shapovalov. “You know, my dream came true today.”The victory put him into a quarter-final Friday against France’s Adrian Mannarino, who beat Hyeon Chung 6-3,6-3.It was one of the biggest wins in Canadian tennis history and it came at the tournament that some still call the Canadian Open.Shapovalov became the youngest player to reach the tournament’s quarter-finals since Bjorn Borg in 1974.He also became the youngest quarter-finalist at a Masters Series tournament ever and is the youngest to beat a player ranked in the top two in the world since Nadal beat Federer in 2004 in Miami.Shapovalov will reach his goal of moving into the top 100 in the world in a week that saw him save four match points in a first round win over Rogerio Dutra Silva, then beat 2009 U.S. Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round before toppling Nadal.“I’m very thankful that I’m in this position,” said Shapovalov, who had hockey great Wayne Gretzky and Olympic swimming star Penny Oleksiak cheering for him from the seats. “If I didn’t save those four match points in the first round, there wouldn’t even be a chance to play Juan Martin or Rafa.“It’s difficult to say how I was feeling during the match. It was extremely hard physically and mentally. Rafa is such a warrior. I’m just so happy to come out with the win.”Nadal, who could have claimed the No. 1 ranking if he had reached the semifinals this week, said it was the worst match he played all year, but he had kind words for Shapovalov.“He played well,” the 31-year-old said. “He has a great potential.“I wish him the best. He has everything to become a great player. He played with the right determination in the important moments.”Shapovalov looked unfazed in facing the biggest opponent of his young career. After Nadal cruised through the first set, Shapovalov kept battling, breaking service while taking a 3-0 lead in the second. When Nadal would start taking a control of a game, the younger of the two lefthanders would respond with big serves or impressive forehands down the lines.Nadal fought off two break points to hold serve at 4-2, then earned his own break to win back the momentum from the 2016 Wimbledon junior boys champion, only to see Shapovalov snatch it back and clinch the second set.The two held serve through the third. Nadal went up 3-0, but Shapovalov used two aces to fight back and complete the upset victory over the 10-time French Open champion.Second-seeded Roger Federer, a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 winner over Spain’s David Ferrer, isn’t one to gloat over his stunning record against Spaniard, who was ranked third in the world in 2013.Without playing especially well, the 19-time Grand Slam champion from Switzerland stretched his career record against the Ferrer to 17-0. It started with a win in Vienna in 2003.“Maybe in the beginning he was not as good as he is now,” Federer said of Ferrer. “Maybe I won five times because I’m better than he was.“I was No. 1 in the world. I played him on hard courts also. I didn’t play him often on clay. Also, there were many tight matches, so maybe it became a mental thing for him. I have a lot of respect for David. As a person, he’s very nice. He’s a great fighter on the court. So this type of head-to-head is a bit strange.”In Friday’s quarter-finals, second-seeded Federer will face 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, against whom he is 6-0. Bautista Agut outlasted Frenchman Gael Monfils 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2) in a two hours 56 minutes battle.Unseeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman posted a strange win over American Jared Donaldson 0-6, 7-5, 7-5 to advance to a quarter-final meeting with Robin Haase, the 52nd-ranked Dutchman who upset seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1.Kevin Anderson of South Africa downed American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-1 and will next play fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev, who ousted 16th seeded Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 6-3.Federer, who breezed past Canadian Peter Polansky in the second round on Wednesday, looked lost in the opening set, spraying balls long, wide or into the net, but gradually rediscovered at least some of the form that has seen the 36-year-old Swiss put back the clock with two grand slam wins this year.last_img read more

No reported right whale deaths in Canadian waters so far in 2018

first_imgHALIFAX – There have been no reported deaths of North Atlantic right whales in Canadian waters this year — with dozens of the endangered mammals spotted amid strict fishing and vessel speed restrictions, federal officials say.There were 12 whale deaths last year in Canadian waters, half of those in June.“Earlier in the year there was a report in the United States of one (death) … but in Canadian waters there have been none,” said Adam Burns, director general of fisheries resource management at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).At least 18 right whales have been found dead overall in Canadian and U.S. waters since 2017, likely due to rope entanglements and ship collisions.DFO said Thursday that aerial surveillance had so far detected at least 75 whales in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.“This number likely underestimates the total number of right whales that may be present in the southern Gulf or in Canadian waters at this time,” said Jean Landry, the department’s director of marine mammal science.Landry said observers had logged 371 flying hours since early April, more than last year’s total by science aircraft.Meanwhile, DFO has temporarily closed 4,600 square kilometres of the Gulf and another 780 square kilometres in the Roseway Basin off Nova Scotia’s southern coast to non-tended fixed gear fisheries such as snow crab and lobster.The closures have drawn the ire of some lobster fishermen, who say the latest closures have squeezed them into tight proximity in zones that are already heavily fished.Nearly 500 brought empty lobster traps to Caraquet, N.B., on Thursday to protest against the continuing closures. They created a wall of traps outside a building where Acadie-Bathurst Liberal MP Serge Cormier has an office.But with the lobster and snow crab seasons set to wrap up at the end of this month, Burns said DFO isn’t about to relent on urgent measures, given the unprecedented number of right whale deaths last year.“These measures have a real impact on fish harvesters, processors, and communities in Atlantic Canada; however the long-term economic risks of not adequately protecting North Atlantic right whales is greater,” Burns said.He said there has already been a temporary suspension of Marine Stewardship Council certification for the snow crab fishery in the southern Gulf, and additional trade and eco-certification impacts could result in “long term serious economic impacts to coastal communities in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.”Still the industry continues to speak out with an eye to the future after reports of lobster landings that are down by as much as 25 per cent in some areas.Groups such as the Maritime Fishermen’s Union and the Pecheurs professionnels du Sud de la Gaspesie have said frustration is mounting after Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc decided not to exempt waters up to 10 fathoms deep from the closures.LeBlanc has said he isn’t insensitive to fishermen’s concerns and Ottawa is considering ways to alleviate the economic hardship. That includes measures to help processing plant workers qualify for Employment Insurance, and a possible fall opening of the lobster fishery to make up for lost days.The Lobster Council of Canada called for measures that balance protection with the impact on fishermen.“While we all agree we must do what we can to ensure the protection of the North Atlantic right whale, we believe we must continue to monitor the impact many of these mitigation measures are having on the people and communities that rely on the lobster fishery for their livelihood,” council executive director Geoff Irvine said in a news release Wednesday.“We need to continue to look for the right balance to allow the fishery to continue while ensuring the right whale’s protection.”Meanwhile, Transport Canada provided statistics on its mandatory slow-down area in the western Gulf, where vessels of 20 metres or larger are limited to a speed of 10 knots.Luc Brisebois, executive director of marine safety and security, said 1,085 vessels have been monitored to date. Of that number, 106 were recorded above the speed limit.“Out of those 106, there were 84 deemed non-violation,” Brisebois said, for issues related to time at speed, and the effects of weather or sea conditions.He said 21 cases are still under review, but since the slowdown was implemented April 28 only one vessel has been found in violation, resulting in a $6,000 fine.last_img read more

Nigerian Actor Hakeem Kae Kazeem Named As Charity Ambassador

first_imgNigerian born Hollywood actor Hakeem Kae Kazeem has been appointed Global Ambassador for Africa 2.0.Founded in 2010, Africa 2.0 is composed of 450+ young African leaders from more than 41 nationalities sharing a collective vision for Africa. Members are committed to the development of the continent through effective initiatives.Members of Advisory board include Chairman Olusegun Obasanjo, H.E. Joaquim Kissano – former President of Mozambique – and the Reverend Jesse Jackson amongst others.Africa 2.0 is a D-ink Tank (a Think Tank that Does Things) committed to thought leadership through concrete and exemplary actions.“I am truly honoured to be associated with Africa 2.0 – a pioneering platform for a new generation of African leaders to inspire and create a solid infrastructure – to shape a brighter future for our Continent,” said Hakeem.Hakeem’s new role will see him participate in AFRICA 2.0 global campaigns spanning across its 29 Chapter CountriesHakeem Kae Kazim has featured in blockbusters such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Hotel Rwanda, and more.Find out more about Africa 2.0 here.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,156.40, down 118.04 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 16 cents, or 1.71 per cent, to $9.20 on 29.3 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Down 15 cents, or 5.66 per cent, to $2.50 on 22.6 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Down $1.57, or 9.5 per cent, to $14.96 on 6.2 million sharesEnbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up three cents, or 0.07 per cent, to $43.52 on 6.1 million sharesBaytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down 13 cents, or 4.94 per cent, to $2.50 on 5.4 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Down 16 cents, or 0.72 per cent, to $22.17 on 5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bombardier Inc. A Bombardier-Alstom consortium has received a $448-million order by Montreal’s transport agency for more Azur metro cars, but that won’t save at least 100 workers from layoffs. The fresh deal for 153 rail cars comprises 17 trains of nine cars each, with deliveries set to start in the spring of 2020, according to the consortium and the Societe de transportation de Montreal (STM). The Montreal-based Bombardier’s share adds up to $281 million, with French rail giant Alstom claiming $167 million.Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC). Down 29 cents, or 3.37 per cent to $8.32. European sports chain Decathlon is replacing Saks Off Fifth in a spot over two floors at the Montreal Eaton Centre. Hudson’s Bay Company says it and mall developer Ivanhoe Cambridge have mutually agreed to no longer open a Saks Off Fifth location. The Toronto-based department store chain owner said plans for the location have been abandoned “due to a number of factors,” but refused to reveal what those factors are. France-based sporting goods store Decathlon will open in the Saks space next fall, the first for a downtown location in Canada.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). The cannabis producer saw “strong demand” for recreational pot during the initial few weeks of legalization in Canada and it expects consumer appetite to continue to outstrip supply for “some time.” The Edmonton-based pot producer said it was able to meet “just about all” of its supply obligations leading up to and after pot for adult use was legalized on Oct. 17, but it will take time to ramp up its cannabis production in the coming quarters. The company delivered revenues of $29.7 million, more than triple the $8.2 million during the same period last year. It also posted a profit of $104.2 million, up from nearly $3.6 million a year ago, boosted by an unrealized non-cash gain on derivatives and marketable securities.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

General Motors WPP rise Stitch Fix CalAmp fall

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday:WPP PLC, up $1.25 to $52.38The advertising and marketing giant announced a major restructuring that will include shedding 3,500 jobs.General Motors Co., up 27 cents to $34.69Bloomberg News reported that China is moving closer to lowering tariffs on imported cars made in the U.S.Stitch Fix Inc., down $5.43 to $20.54The online clothing styling service reported weaker-than-expected growth in active clients.Bank of New York Mellon Corp., up 11 cents to $47.67The bank announced an increase in its share buyback program.Ascena Retail Group Inc., up 19 cents to $2.92The owner of clothing store chains posted earnings and sales that were better than analysts were expecting.DSW Inc., up $1.88 to $25.01The footwear and accessories retailer reported results that easily beat analysts’ forecasts and issued a strong full-year outlook.Casey’s General Stores Inc., up $9.78 to $129.46The convenience store chain earned more in its latest quarter than analysts were expecting.CalAmp Corp., down $2.81 to $14.18The technology company sharply lowered its earnings and revenue forecasts.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Targeted methane emission cut rules estimated to save billions says CERI study

first_imgThe first exceeds the target, resulting in an emissions reduction of 35 million equivalent tonnes of carbon dioxide per year but at a cost of $3 billion to $5.5 billion to implement.The second achieves the 45 percent or 20-million-tonne-per-year goal and costs $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion, while the third cuts more than 22 million tonnes of emissions and costs just $500 million to $1.5 billion.CERI is partly funded by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers _ along with the federal and Alberta governments and others. Its findings support a recommendation by CAPP that industry be allowed the discretion to make methane reductions on a cost-effective basis.Fogwill says a problem with methane emission targets is that data is incomplete and therefore implementation should be delayed.Environmental groups have said data, often provided by industry, is flawed but want the regulations to be implemented sooner.Methane, the main component of natural gas, is considered a potent contributor to climate change. CALGARY, A.B. – A study from the Canadian Energy Research Institute suggests the oil and gas industry could save billions of dollars if governments implement optimized methane emission reduction regulations instead of requiring the same level of cuts at every emitting source.The federal government has proposed regulations for methane emission reductions from the upstream oil and gas sector that would start early next year with the target of cutting by 45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025 _ Alberta has the same percentage target but compared with 2014 emissions.CEO Allan Fogwill says CERI’s study examined three scenarios, one in which all possible means were employed to reduce all emission sources, one which required every methane emitter to cut by the 45 percent amount, and one where emission cuts were implemented on a best-bang-for-the-buck basis.last_img read more

Unblocking naked Venus Facebook OKs museum nudes after all

GENEVA — It seems Facebook can be friends with a topless Venus after all.The social media giant said Tuesday it mistakenly blocked a museum in Switzerland from using images of two statues — a marble Venus and a bronze of a nude, kneeling man — to promote an upcoming exhibit.The Museum of Art and History in Geneva had protested Facebook’s citing of nudity concerns to keep the images off. The two statues are part of the exhibit.Facebook said in an email to The Associated Press: “The ad was inadvertently rejected and is now available again on Facebook. We apologize for the mistake.”The museum says it has been preparing another promotional piece for its “Caesar and the Rhone” exhibit, which focuses on Caesar’s conquests in the first century B.C.Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press read more

House Republicans set Thursday vote on 659 million bill for border crisis

by Erica Werner, The Associated Press Posted Jul 29, 2014 9:02 am MDT House Republicans set Thursday vote on $659 million bill for border crisis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home. The election-year measure would allow Republicans to say they tried to solve the humanitarian problem in South Texas, even though it stands no chance of becoming law.The bill would cost $659 million through the final two months of this fiscal year, far less than the $3.7 billion requested by President Barack Obama for this year and next, and a sharp reduction from the $1.5 billion initially proposed by the House spending committee. The cuts were designed to win over skeptical conservatives and give lawmakers something they could pass before leaving Washington at week’s end for their annual August recess.The measure also includes policy changes rejected by most Democrats that would allow unaccompanied youths who’ve been arriving by the tens of thousands from Central America to be turned around quickly at the border and sent back home.“I think there’s sufficient support in the House to move this bill,” House Speaker John Boehner told reporters after meeting with rank-and-file lawmakers on the issue, though he said there was more work to do.A vote was set for Thursday.Even if it does pass the House, the bill is certain to be rejected by the Democratic-run Senate, which was set to take a procedural vote on its own $2.7 billion border package Wednesday.The Senate bill, which does not include the policy changes embraced by the House, lacks GOP support and seemed unlikely to move forward. The Senate bill also includes money for Western wildfires and Israeli defence that was left out of the House version. So there appeared to be no path to a compromise that could send a bill to Obama’s desk ahead of the five-week congressional recess.Complicating matters further, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid floated the idea of using the House measure as a vehicle for advancing a comprehensive immigration reform bill including a path to citizenship for millions now here illegally. That legislation passed the Senate a year ago but stalled in the House. “Maybe it’s an opening for us to have a conference on our comprehensive immigration reform,” Reid told reporters.House conservatives have warned repeatedly that anything they pass could become a vehicle for the Senate’s immigration bill, and Reid’s comments seemed to confirm their worst fears. Perhaps that was intentional, since the result could be to limit conservative support for the border spending bill in the House.Boehner responded angrily, accusing Reid of “making a deceitful and cynical attempt to derail the House’s common-sense solution.”“So let me be as clear as I can be with Senator Reid: the House of Representatives will not take up the Senate immigration reform bill or accept it back from the Senate in any fashion,” Boehner said in a statement.If Reid’s ploy was intended to upset Boehner’s efforts, it was unclear that it would succeed.Numerous House Republicans have said that they did not want to go back to their districts to face voters without acting to deal with the influx of kids and teens showing up at the South Texas border without their parents, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. More than 57,000 have arrived since October, many fleeing vicious gangs and trying to reunite with family members, but also drawn by rumours that once here, they would be allowed to stay.Ahead of Reid’s remarks, GOP lawmakers said that their measure appeared to enjoy widespread support, although some conservatives said they remained opposed.“Frankly, we need to show that we can act and act thoughtfully, responsibly and quickly,” said Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., who supports the measure.But Democrats rejected the legislation, largely because of the legal change to a 2008 trafficking law that guarantees immigration hearings for unaccompanied kids who arrive here from anywhere other than Mexico or Canada. The House GOP bill would allow the Central American kids to be treated like Mexican kids, who can be turned around quickly at the border unless they can convince Border Patrol agents that they have a credible fear of return meriting additional screening.“If they try to change the law that covers and protects the rights of these refugee children, we are going to oppose it,” said Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y. “We will vote against it and they will not have the votes to pass it.”The House GOP legislation includes $405 million for the Homeland Security Department, which administration officials have said is in danger of running out of money for customs and border activities in coming months. It includes $22 million to hire more temporary immigration judges and outfit immigration courtrooms with video teleconferencing equipment, and $35 million to double spending for the National Guard presence on the border. In addition, $197 million would go to the Health and Human Services Department for housing and humanitarian assistance for the minors, and $40 million for Central American governments to help with repatriation efforts.___Associated Press writers Donna Cassata and Alan Fram contributed to this report. read more

Jets place S Marcus Maye on seasonending injured reserve

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets have placed safety Marcus Maye on injured reserve, ending an injury-plagued season for the 2017 second-round draft pick.Maye played in just six games because of various ailments, the most recent being thumb and shoulder injuries. After a solid rookie season, he missed the first three games this year with a foot injury. Maye broke his right thumb in Week 6 and sat out just one game despite having a pin inserted into his hand. He then missed New York’s 27-13 loss to New England last Sunday.Coach Todd Bowles said during the week that surgery could be an option for Maye, who had a franchise-record 104-yard interception return against Denver in Week 5. It also set the NFL mark for the longest INT return without scoring.(Cornerback Darryl Roberts is expected to start Sunday at Tennessee in Maye’s safety spot for the second straight week.The Jets also announced Saturday that they signed cornerback Jeremy Clark from the practice squad. He was a sixth-round pick out of Michigan last year.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press read more

Becky Godden murder trial verdict Did double killer prey on other vulnerable

first_imgI caught a serial killer; preventing any further girls being murderedSteve Fulcher Police interview taxi driver Christopher Halliwell in February, 2015 He told police: “I don’t want to keep coming back every couple of years on different charges,” adding: “If I can clear this up in the next few hours, will everything else be forgotten?”Miss O’Callaghan’s mother, Elaine Pickford, and Detective Superintendent Sean Memory have both speculated for several years that there may have been other murders.Unsolved cases in neighbouring areas include Melanie Hall, a 25-year-old university graduate who disappeared in 1996 after leaving a nightclub in Bath, Somerset; Sally Ann John, a 24-year-old prostitute went missing from Swindon’s Manchester Road red light district in September 1995; and Thi Hai Nguyen a Vietnamese immigrant went missing in Swindon in 2005. John Godden , father of Becky Godden Killer taxi driver Christopher Halliwell may have murdered more vulnerable young women, police and relatives warned as it emerged he tried to cut a deal to avoid questions about other cases.Officers are set to renew pressure on Halliwell to detail whether he committed other sexually-motivated crimes in the eight years between the deaths of Becky Godden and Sian O’Callaghan.Prior to the trial, Halliwell hinted that he would admit to the murder of Godden if he was not pursued for other crimes. Miss O’Callaghan’s mother, Elaine Pickford, added: “Halliwell may have gone on to do others. We’ll never know will we? As far as I’m concerned I think there would be others. I don’t know when.”I don’t think a man started killing at the age he killed Becky, that’s my own personal take and I don’t think he’d have gone the length of time between Becky and Sian without needing his fix.”Meanwhile, Halliwell’s ex-wife, Lisa, told the Telegraph last night: “I do not know if there could be any more. He is not the person I knew. I hope the families can move on now.”And following Halliwell’s conviction for murdering Miss Godden, it can now be reported that he discussed strangulation and the definition of a serial killer with a fellow prisoner.The jury was not told of the account of Ernest Springer, an inmate at HMP Dartmoor with Halliwell in 1986, when the killer was serving a sentence for burglary.’I caught a serial killer’: says detective suspended over Becky Godden case as taxi driver is finally found guiltyThe detective who was suspended over his snap decision to take killer Christopher Halliwell to the shallow grave of Becky Godden today fiercely defended his actions as he insisted: “I caught a serial killer”.  Relatives of Miss Godden, who disappeared in Swindon in 2003, thanked Mr Fulcher for “bringing their little girl home” following a five-year wait for justice as he faced gross misconduct action. The prosecution against Halliwell was originally dropped after it emerged Mr Fulcher failed to caution him and questioned the taxi driver on a remote hilltop without a lawyer as he showed police where Miss Godden, 20, was buried in 2011.  Mr Fulcher told the court that at the time, Halliwell “had a weight lifted off his mind as a consequence of taking us to Sian, and that he considered the issue of unburdening regarding his previous offending”.The officer said Halliwell took him to the site of Miss Godden’s body and was only a few feet away from the exact spot after pacing it out.It was only then that Halliwell was read his rights by other officers and taken to a police station, where he was advised by a solicitor to give no comment in interviews.The charge of murdering Miss Godden was withdrawn until March this year, following an investigation by Wiltshire Police that uncovered overwhelming evidence against Halliwell.The father-of-three denied murder and represented himself during a two-week trial at Bristol Crown Court, where he told Mr Fulcher during cross-examination: “It was a pleasure ruining your career. You corrupt b—–d.”Mr Fulcher added that he expected the details of the case to lead to a “public crisis of confidence” and insisted he did not regret any decisions he made that day.”Ultimately, that decision ensured the return of two beautiful young women, which brought comfort to their families and ensured that Halliwell has been duly convicted of both murders,” he said.  “I want to ensure that any senior investigating officer, faced with crimes in action, is able to take the right decision without suffering the repercussions I experienced whilst performing my duty.”Mr Fulcher was also praised by the victims’ friends and family following the verdict at Bristol Crown Court.Speaking outside court, Karen Edwards, Miss Godden’s mother, thanked Mr Fulcher “for bringing my little girl home”. Christopher Halliwell appearing via video link in court at a previous hearing I accept that it was a really difficult investigation for himDetective Superintendent Sean Memory Other riddles include 39-year-old Tina Pryer, last seen getting in a taxi in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, in April 2001; Sandra Brewin, 21, who disappeared form her parents’ home in Peatmoor, Swindon in 1994; and Linda Razzell, a 41-year-old college worker who disappeared from Swindon in 2002. Mrs Razzell’s estranged husband Glyn Speaking outside court following yesterday’s guilty verdicts, DS Memory, the senior investigating officer, said: “I am really open-minded there may be others – there is an eight-year gap between Becky and Sian.”I would appeal to Christopher Halliwell, actually, if he wants to speak I’m willing to speak with him…He has clearly demonstrated he is very forensically aware. I can’t link him directly to any offences however there is an eight-year gap between the two murders and I have no evidence to suggest Becky was actually the first one.”Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, who was forced to resign over his handling of the case, also told Bristol Crown Court he believed there were other victims. John Godden , father of Becky GoddenCredit: Ben Birchall/PA Evidence that convinced jury to convict Christopher Halliwell of second murderWiltshire Police uncovered new evidence to help convict taxi driver Christopher Halliwell, 52, of the murder of 20-year-old prostitute Becky Godden more than a decade ago.Evidence of Miss XA former prostitute, who was only known in court as Miss X, told Halliwell’s trial that he was “besotted” with Miss Godden and was a “regular” customer. Miss X said Halliwell would give Miss Godden money to stop her working in Swindon’s red light district.Halliwell maintained he had never met Miss X, telling the jury: “I’ve never seen that woman before… it is a fairytale.”He also insisted that he never knew Miss Godden and said two drug dealers – who he refused to name – were responsible. Halliwell claimed he drove the two men in March 2003 to Oxo Bottom field in Eastleach, Gloucestershire, after they told him something “went wrong”.Months later, one of the men informed him that they had buried a prostitute from Swindon.The last sighting of Miss GoddenRebecca Boast, a friend of Miss Godden, told the court she saw her getting into a taxi outside Destiny And Desire nightclub in Swindon in January 2003. Police believe it was the night of January 3.Halliwell denied it was his taxi saying he had broken down in the Farringdon area of Oxfordshire after running out of fuel during a chauffeur job. He claims he was waiting for a driver from a rival firm to bring him a gallon of diesel.Running out of dieselAt 5.25am on the morning of January 3 2003 Halliwell logged a call with the RAC reporting that his Volvo S80 had run out of fuel on the A361 at Inglesham, near Lechlade-on-Thames, which is only a few miles from Eastleach.Halliwell said that RAC mechanic Ronald Chadwick “remembered nothing” of the incident.Oxo Bottom fieldForensic experts were able to link the soil found on a shovel in Halliwell’s shed to the field in Eastleach, Gloucestershire, where Miss Godden’s remains were found. They were also able to link tape found in the grave to tape attached to the shovel.Halliwell insisted that the spades found in his shed would not be able to dig a grave in that field.”The forensics evidence so poorly presented to the forensic lab, so poorly examined it is not worth mentioning. It is rubbish,” he said.Confessing to the murderTrial judge Sir John Griffith Williams ruled that Halliwell’s confession to Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher to murdering Miss Godden could be put before the jury. They were also told of details of a conversation Halliwell had with police surgeon Dr Nasir Ali, in which he said he had killed two people.Halliwell told the jury that he gave an “account” to Mr Fulcher about Miss Godden’s death because he wanted to get the detective in trouble for refusing him a solicitor and threatening his daughter.”As twisted as it is, what I did to Sian, I was going to do everything I could to destroy his career, basically get revenge for what he said at Barbury Castle about my kids,” Halliwell said.The father-of-three also maintained that the exact words he used to Dr Ali were “apparently I’ve killed two people”. Police interview taxi driver Christopher Halliwell in February, 2015Credit:Wiltshire Police Christopher Halliwell appearing via video link in court at a previous hearingCredit: Elizabeth Cook/PA “We have waited over five years for this momentous day,” she said. “It has been an extremely painful journey but today we have received the justice that has felt like an eternity coming for our beautiful little girl Becky.”She added: “I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart Steve Fulcher for bringing my little girl home.“I will also respect him and will be indebted to him for making that moral decision as a police officer but he should have never have suffered the terrible consequences, loss of reputation and career for doing such a thing.”Elaine Pickford, Miss O’Callaghan’s mother, said she believes Halliwell could have gone on to kill others, had the lead detective not breached police procedural rules to obtain the crucial confession. She added that her family held no “negative feeling” towards the officer. The 54-year-old said: “From my point of view I feel he shouldn’t have lost his career over it, for sure, but I also understand that he made decisions that caused a legal argument.”Detective Superintendent Sean Memory, the senior investigating officer for the case, accepted that it was a “really difficult investigation” for Mr Fulcher. He told the Daily Telegraph that he could not comment on whether the Independent Police Complaints Commission were right to find Mr Fulcher accountable, but added: “There is a possibility that Becky may well have remained where she is now, in an undignified clandestine grave had he not acted. “That doesn’t necessarily make it right but at least we have brought closure.” Ian Harris, head of the Complex Casework Unit for the Crown Prosecution Service Wessex, said the focus had been on “getting justice for Becky and her family” since Halliwell confessed in 2011.He said: “My team in the Complex Casework Unit in CPS Wessex has worked tirelessly with Wiltshire Police to build up a strong case against Christopher Halliwell and this meant that earlier this year we were able to re-start the prosecution for Becky’s murder.”Halliwell will be sentenced at the end of this week. Trial judge Sir John Griffith Williams said he was a “liar” and would receive either a whole life order or a “substantial” minimum term of imprisonment. It meant Halliwell, who confessed after being arrested over the disappearance of another woman, Sian O’Callaghan, could not be arrested or charged until further evidence was uncovered. Mr Fulcher, who resigned from Wiltshire Police in 2014 after being reinstated and given a written warning over the complaints, broke his silence and said he was “very pleased” that justice had been done.Speaking about his actions, Mr Fulcher said: “I did all I could to find an abducted girl, Sian O’Callaghan, in an effort to save her life; the first duty of a police officer.”I also recovered a second victim of Halliwell’s murder; Becky, returning her to her loved ones after eight years of their misery. I caught a serial killer; preventing any further girls being murdered.” Describing Halliwell as an “evil and depraved violator of women,” Mr Fulcher said that he adhered to the Association of Chief Police Officers’ kidnap principles and said Halliwell had to be arrested because he was about to commit suicide.Halliwell, 52, was later sentenced to life with a minimum of 25 years over the murder of Miss O’Callaghan, who he abducted in his taxi as she made her way home from a night out in Swindon in March 2011. It was while he was under arrest over Miss O’Callaghan’s abduction that he offered to take police to “another” body, leading them to a field near Eastleach, Gloucestershire, where he had buried Miss Godden’s body years earlier. Bristol Crown Court heard in 2012 that it was after Halliwell had been initially arrested that Mr Fulcher ordered him to be taken to Barbury Castle for questioning instead of a police station.During the nine-minute conversation with Halliwell, Mr Fulcher urged him to give up the location of Miss O’Callaghan. Halliwell later took the officers to a shallow grave near White Horse Hill in Uffington, Oxfordshire, where Miss O’Callaghan’s body had been left.The cab driver then asked the officer for another one-to-one chat in which Mr Fulcher claimed he used the words “another one”. 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.last_img read more

Trooping the Colour Former Chief of Defence staff Lord Guthrie falls from

Police came swiftly to Lord Guthrie’s aidCredit:PA Wire Trooping the Colour Lord Guthrie fall Field Marshal Lord Guthrie, the former Chief of the General Staff, was injured after falling from his horse during Trooping the Colour on Saturday.Lord Guthrie, 79, was treated on The Mall by paramedics after appearing to collapse and slip from his steed.He was taken to hospital, where aides said he was “being well looked after”.Lord Guthrie, who was taking part as Colonel of the Life Guards, was Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army, from 1994 to 1997, and Chief of the Defence Staff from 1997 until his retirement in 2001.The incident took place close the Victoria Memorial, at the top of the Mall, in front of dozens of people waiting to watch the fly past and appearance of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. “He was behind the Queen, and just in front of the monument he fell off, and there were loads of paramedics and they put a screen up as well. Then we thought, something bad is really happening. “Will Berry, 22, added:  “There were a pair of policemen next to him, within that crowd, keeping their eye on him all the time.”John Nichol, the former Iraq prisoner of war turned author, said: “Really hope all is OK – a nicer General Officer you could not hope to meet. Wishing you well Sir.” “Once the Queen had gone past we then followed her up the Mall, and we got closer and heard from people near us that he was shaking, and people were propping him up, next to him. Police officers at the sceneCredit:PA Wire Police stand by as Lord Guthrie receives medical attentionCredit:PA Wire Pictures show Lord Guthrie on the ground, as officers rushed to his aid while another officer leads his horse away.Emily Dance, 22, said: “We were standing further up the mall and we saw the guy on his horse, and his posture was just sloped, he was lent back at a 45 degree angle. We spotted him way off. He looked like he was going to faint. During Lord Guthrie’s military career he saw service with the Welsh Guards and the SAS and was closely involved in military operations in Northern Ireland. Trooping the Colour - Lord Guthrie fall Trooping the Colour - Lord Guthrie fall Meanwhile, a 51-year-old woman was arrested for a public order offence after an item was thrown towards a procession at Trooping the Colour, Scotland Yard said. He advised the Government on the conduct of the Kosovo War and also cautioned against a British invasion of Zimbabwe to remove the then-dictator Robert Mugabe. A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said that Lord Guthrie was receiving medical attention. 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. read more

Two Polish nationals arrested at Rosslare Port

first_imgTWO MEN HAVE been arrested after attempting to smuggle over €60,000 worth of drugs through Rosslare Port.Officers from Revenue’s Customs Service seized 2.7 kilos of cannabis and .32 of a kilo of a substance believed to be ecstasy with a total street value of €63,200 at Rosslare Europort.The drugs were discovered concealed under the back seat of a car, which had arrived on a ferry from Cherbourg this afternoon.Two Polish nationals, both men, were arrested and taken to Wexford Garda station for questioning.Investigations are on-going.Read: Three women due in court over €360,000 drug seizurelast_img read more

Algae bloom chokes Melbournes Edwardes Park Lake

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Darebin City Council has issued a warning advising people to avoid contact with Edwardes Park Lake in Reservoir following the detection of blue-green algae by environmental officers. Manager Environment and Natural Resources Libby Hynes said the species of blue-green algae currently present in the lake could be harmful to animals. She advises pet owners to take care and make sure that animals do not enter or drink the water. The water may also be harmful to humans, she added. “People should avoid contact with the water and make sure that it does not come into contact with their skin or eyes.” Ms Hynes said people should avoid eating fish from the Lake. Council forbids fishing from the Lake all year round. Melbourne Water, the EPA, Department of Health, Department of Sustainability and Environment and the Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries) are working with the Council to manage and keep a close watch on the algae bloom. To help flush the algae out of the lake, the Council will run a recirculation pump for several hours a day to keep the water moving. Warning signs have also been put up around the lake to warn people of the potential hazards. Blue-green algae occurs naturally in waterways and erupts into blooms during hot weather and periods of drought. Ms Hynes said Council will advise residents when the situation has returned to normal.last_img read more

Windows 7 les entreprises auront jusquau 31 décembre pour lessayer gratuitement

first_imgWindows 7 : les entreprises auront jusqu’au 31 décembre pour l’essayer gratuitementMonde – En prolongeant son offre d’essai gratuit jusqu’au 31 décembre 2010, Microsoft donne un nouveau coup de pouce à son dernier système d’exploitation, Windows 7, auprès des entreprises. Télécharger et installer en toute gratuité Windows 7 Entreprise pour une durée de 90 jours. Cette offre avait été proposée en septembre 2009 par Microsoft. Les entreprises avaient ainsi jusqu’au 31 mars 2010 pour tester le dernier OS de la firme de Redmond. Bonne nouvelle pour les professionnels : cette offre, gratuite mais sans limitation de fonctionnalités, est reconduite et prendra finalement fin le 31 décembre prochain.Ce nouveau coup de pouce donné à Windows 7 semble prouver à quel point Microsoft souhaite voir ses utilisateurs passer à ses systèmes d’exploitation récents, en l’occurrence Vista et Seven. Malgré ses neuf ans d’âge, XP n’a toujours pas tourné au vinaigre et demeure encore trop utilisé au goût de Microsoft, qui devrait progressivement le priver des dernières mises à jour de différents logiciels. Le 2 avril 2010 à 12:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sissoko believes Spurs can still win

first_imgThe Tottenham Hotspur footballer believes the team can still lift the English Premier League trophy this season.Tottenham Hotspur is currently in third place of the English Premier League with 57 points.The team is five points behind second and first place Liverpool and Manchester City respectively with 62 points.And for Spurs Moussa Sissoko, his team can still become the Premier League champions this season.“If people want to talk about Liverpool and Man City then it’s better for us,” he told The Daily Telegraph.“For me, I prefer that. It means we can just do our job. We will fight to the end and anything can happen.”“And, yes, I think we can win the league because we have a good team,” he added.And the 29-year-old is hungry for a trophy.The midfielder started his professional career with Toulouse in 2007, and in 2013 he moved to the EPL for the first time with Newcastle United.It was then in 2016 when he decided to transfer to the Spurs.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“There are 13 games to the end so there are a lot of points left. But each game will be massive and hopefully we can win every one of them,” he commented.“We can see that we are not far from winning something.”“It is only small details that we are missing. What are those small details? I don’t know but we need to find the solution,” he continued.“I think we are capable, we have the team to win, everything is here to win and we just need to keep working and fighting. That is the only way.”The last time the Spurs lifted the First Division trophy was in the 1960-1961 season when they also won the double by earning the FA Cup too.But since then, the last thing they won was the FA Cup in 1990-1991.Moussa is back!💪 @MoussaSissoko 💪#COYS pic.twitter.com/uaQvx5kVux— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 24, 2019last_img read more

2 samesex couples sue BNSF over health benefits

first_imgSEATTLE — Two workers sued one of the nation’s largest rail companies Tuesday, saying their same-sex spouses have repeatedly been denied health benefits even though gay marriage is legal in Washington state.The lawsuit against BNSF Railway, filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, alleges the company refused to add the spouses of locomotive engineer Michael Hall, of Pierce County, and conductor Amie Garrand, of Vancouver, to their plans.BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said he couldn’t comment on the lawsuit’s specifics. But he said the company offers benefits to the same-sex spouses of salaried employees, as opposed to those covered by collective bargaining agreements.“In terms of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements, BNSF does not have the ability to unilaterally expand coverage that was negotiated through multi-employer collective bargaining with rail labor organizations,” Melonas said, reading a statement. “Such discussions have been ongoing with the various representatives of the parties involved.”However, it wasn’t clear why such discussions were necessary. An excerpt of the bargaining agreement at issue, included as an exhibit to the lawsuit, says the husbands and wives of covered employees are dependents eligible for coverage. It makes no reference to whether those husbands and wives must be the opposite sex of the employee.last_img read more

Construction worker hospitalized after falling 5 stories in Dania Beach

first_imgDANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A construction worker suffered an injury to his pelvis after falling five stories at a building under construction in Dania Beach.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene along Stirling Road, around 12 p.m., Wednesday.Officials said the worker was on a scaffold on the fifth floor of the building when the incident occurred.Firefighters rescued the victim using a fire truck and an elevated platform.Rescue crews then transported the man to Memorial Regional Hospital. His injuries were said to be not life-threatening.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Telangana Gurukul Parents Association elects new prez

first_imgKhairatabad: VJ Kumar was elected as president of Telangana Gurukul Parents Association (TGPA). The election officer Gandu Rajesh Sparrow announced results of the elections at Mint Compound here on Monday. The elections for the new body were held at the Spoorthy Bhavan at Mint Compound in which Palle Surender of Karimnagar was elected as general secretary, Chatala Sadanandam (Warangal) as vice- president, Y Nagamani (Suryapet) as joint secretary and G Pavan Kumar (Karimnagar) as treasurer. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, VJ Kumar thanked the parents of gurukul students for reposing their trust and electing them. He promised them that he would strive for addressing various issues of gurukul schools and ensure that Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes and students belonging to the minority community get quality education in gurukul schools. A meeting of secretaries of all the gurukul schools would be held soon to discuss various issues facing gurukul schools, he added. He thanked the election officer Rajesh Sparrow and the Deputy Secretary of Social Welfare Residential Schools Pramod Kumar for monitoring the elections and conducting them impartially.last_img read more

SpaceX kicks off its spacebased internet service tomorrow with 60satellite Starlink

first_imgAs wild as it sounds, the race is on to build a functioning space internet — and SpaceX is taking its biggest step yet with the launch of 60 (!) satellites tomorrow that will form the first wave of its Starlink constellation. It’s a hugely important and incredibly complex launch for the company — and should be well worth launching.A Falcon 9 loaded to the gills with the flat Starlink test satellites (they’re “production design” but not final hardware) is vertical at launchpad 40 in Cape Canaveral. It has completed its static fire test and should have a window for launch tomorrow, weather permitting.Building satellite constellations hundreds or thousands strong is seen by several major companies and investors as the next major phase of connectivity — though it will take years and billions of dollars to do so.OneWeb, perhaps SpaceX’s biggest competitor in this area, just secured $1.25 billion in funding after launching the first six satellites in March (of a planned 650). Jeff Bezos has announced that Amazon will join the fray with the proposed 3,236-satellite Project Kuiper. Ubiquitilink has a totally different approach. And plenty of others are taking on smaller segments, like lower-cost or domain-specific networks.Needless to say it’s an exciting sector, but today’s launch is a particularly interesting one because it is so consequential for SpaceX. If this doesn’t go well, it could set Starlink’s plans back long enough to give competitors an edge.The satellites stacked inside the Falcon 9 payload fairing. “Tight fit,” pointed out CEO Elon Musk.SpaceX hasn’t explained exactly how the 60 satellites will be distributed to their respective orbits, but founder and CEO Elon Musk did note on Twitter that there’s “no dispenser.” Of course there must be some kind of dispenser — these things aren’t going to just jump off of their own accord. They’re stuffed in there like kernels on a corncob, and likely each have a little spring that sends them out at a set velocity.A pair of prototype satellites, Tintin-A and B, have been in orbit since early last year, and have no doubt furnished a great deal of useful information to the Starlink program. But the 60 aboard tomorrow’s launch aren’t quite final hardware. Although Musk noted that they are “production design,” COO Gwynne Shotwell has said that they are still test models.“This next batch of satellites will really be a demonstration set for us to see the deployment scheme and start putting our network together,” she said at the Satellite 2019 conference in Washington, D.C. — they reportedly lack inter-satellite links but are otherwise functional. I’ve asked SpaceX for more information on this.It makes sense: If you’re planning to put thousands (perhaps as many as 12,000 eventually) of satellites into orbit, you’ll need to test at scale and with production hardware.And for those worried about the possibility of overpopulation in orbit — it’s absolutely something to consider, but many of these satellites will be flying at extremely low altitudes; at 550 kilometers up, these tiny satellites will naturally de-orbit in a handful of years. Even OneWeb’s, at 1,100 km, aren’t that high up — geosynchronous satellites are above 35,000 km. That doesn’t mean there’s no risk at all, but it does mean failed or abandoned satellites won’t stick around for long.Just don’t expect to boot up your Starlink connection any time soon. It would take a minimum of six more launches like this one — a total of 420, a happy coincidence for Musk — to provide “minor” coverage. This would likely only be for testing as well, not commercial service. That would need 12 more launches, and dozens more to bring it to the point where it can compete with terrestrial broadband.Even if it will take years to pull off, that is the plan. And by that time others will have spun up their operations as well. It’s an exciting time for space and for connectivity.No launch time has been set as of this writing, so takeoff is just planned for Wednesday the 15th at present. As there’s no need to synchronize the launch with the movement of any particular celestial body, T-0 should be fairly flexible and SpaceX will likely just wait for the best weather and visibility. Delays are always a possibility, though, so don’t be surprised if this is pushed out to later in the week.As always you’ll be able to watch the launch at the SpaceX website, but I’ll update this post with the live video link as soon as it’s available.last_img read more

Canadabound WestJet plane makes emergency landing in Iceland

first_img Posted by Monday, September 12, 2016 Canada-bound WestJet plane makes emergency landing in Iceland Tags: WestJet Sharecenter_img LONDON — WestJet says a flight from London to Edmonton diverted to Iceland on Saturday after the crew discovered a “potential mechanical issue.’”The pilots aboard the Boeing 767 declared an in-flight emergency about two hours after taking off from Gatwick Airport, but landed safely at Keflavik airport.Dan Hayden, a passenger on the plane, said there was a large cracking noise about 90 minutes into the flight.“We joked that an engine had gone. About 30 minutes later the pilot confirmed that it was an engine fault and they had been unable to resolve it, so we would land in Keflavik,” Hayden said in an email.WestJet didn’t disclose the nature of the mechanical issue, but said the plane would remain in Iceland for maintenance, and passengers would be put up in hotels and given meal vouchers until alternate arrangements could be made.It wouldn’t say how many people were onboard flight WS27, citing competition reasons.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTWestJet spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said that declaring an emergency “does not necessarily mean an actual emergency has occurred,” and is a measure taken “out of an abundance of caution.”Video of the jet’s landing in Keflavik that was posted to YouTube appeared to show an uneventful daylight landing, although fire trucks with lights flashing could be seen near the runway.WestJet flights to London’s Gatwick airport began in May. According to the website planespotters.net the Boeing 767 that landed in Keflavik entered service in 1991 with Qantas.WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky said in July that issues with the used Boeing 767s that were added to the fleet for the London flights were partly to blame for the company’s drop in earnings in the first quarter of 2016.Saretsky said at the time that the company dealt with flight delays and cancellations, and that the problems were heightened because the aircraft were delivered 55 days late. But he said that “early teething pains” had been worked out.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerHayden, who was on his way from the UK to a wedding in Las Vegas, said they were still waiting for word about flights out of Iceland.“We have a few days before the wedding, but we have no clothes to handle the cold temperatures here so we hope it’s not a long stay,” Hayden said. << Previous PostNext Post >> The Canadian Press last_img read more