The sea of red and white which over the past month had become a hallmark of the Commonwealth Games in the city may have slowly faded away after the closing ceremony, but the group of young volunteers are finding it hard to let go.The hard work put in by volunteers was a major reason for the success of the recent Commonwealth GamesDressed in their bright red trackpants and white windcheater uniforms, the young brigade found dotting the city assisting at stadiums and press tribunes across the Games venues here are bidding goodbye to the mega event, which was more than just a sporting event for them.”The Games brought people from diverse backgrounds together and the amount of time we spent together during the last 20 days formed a strong bond of friendship between us, thus this very moment is very painful for me,” says Neha, one of the volunteers. Many like Neha joined the volunteer bandwagon for fun but seem to have taken away an experience they say will cherish forever.”Initially I thought it was just a worthless job but the whole experience has been very rewarding… I can now tell my grandchildren that I was a volunteer at the 2010 Games,” says another collegiate. Their attachment to the whole set-up is such that many want the show to continue infinitely!”We simply didn’t want the Games to end, we wanted to keep working as long as we can,” said Sarika, an army officer’s wife who as a volunteer organised sight-seeing trips for foreign athletes. The thrill of being in the vicinity of star athletes has been one of the few attractions of the job that usually involved 8-10 hours of hard work per day.advertisement”We got to interact with lots of people – athletes, officials, and the media. For me, the best moment was when I stood at an arm’s distance from star boxer Vijender Singh,” she said.”The other day I guided gold medallist Somdev Devvarman to his team bus,” said Ankur Vasudeva, an engineering student who was attached to the British Virgin Islands contingent. Wearing a green team jersey of the island nation, he said: “The Chef-de Mission gifted this shirt to me.”The 22,000 strong volunteer workforce found a special mention in the speeches of Commonwealth Games Federation chief Michael Fennell and Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi at the closing ceremony. Even the foreign athletes recognised their work and were all praise for their dedicated and unflinching service.”They (volunteers) did a great job, in them India had a really big asset which was put to good use. I don’t think the Games would have done well without them,” said Ratu Maafua, a rugby player from Tonga.Meanwhile, the volunteers clicked loads of pictures with fellow workers and foreign athletes to ensure that even if the memories fade, they can be relived and refreshed anytime. “I have made friends with lots of volunteers and they also helped us a lot in the daily work,” said Abbey Burton, an English trap shooter.However, as they say there is always a next time, many volunteers are banking on the success of the Delhi Commonwealth Games for India to bag an Olympics very soon. “I hope India gets a chance to host the 2020 Olympics and no matter what, I shall be the first person to enroll as a volunteer,” says Jatin Kalra of Maharishi Dayanand University. Jatin also hopes that social networking would enable him to stay in touch with the new friends he made during his volunteer posting at the Games Village Press Centre.”Facebook haina uske liye (Facebook can be used for that),” the computer engineering student adds. Other volunteers like Sushant, who was involved with press operations, say they plan to use the experience as building blocks in their careers. “I am going for a good holiday now … When I get back I plan to get involved with the media management of Games,” he says.Sampat Kumar says he plans to go back to college and then hunt for a job. “I have learnt to speak English and am confident of giving interviews,” he says.–With inputs from PTI
Ouch: Karate Thiagarajan (with mike) presides over the pandemoniumWhen the J. Jayalalithaa government introduced the one-man-one-post rule, aimed at clipping the wings of M.K. Stalin, Chennai mayor and MLA, the DMK went curiously silent.But when Stalin finally shed his mayoral robes last month leading Deputy mayor “Karate” Thyagarajan to plonk,Ouch: Karate Thiagarajan (with mike) presides over the pandemoniumWhen the J. Jayalalithaa government introduced the one-man-one-post rule, aimed at clipping the wings of M.K. Stalin, Chennai mayor and MLA, the DMK went curiously silent.But when Stalin finally shed his mayoral robes last month leading Deputy mayor “Karate” Thyagarajan to plonk himself on the mayor’s seat, there was chaos in the Chennai Corporation.At a council meeting of the corporation chaired by Thyagarajan for the first time on June 28, DMK members came in cars sporting the mayoral flag. Clad in black and belligerent, they frequently interrupted the meeting and walked out – and in – in protest.When TMC leader P. Vetrivel passed an unsavoury remark on the DMK’s conduct, members took offence and a minor fisticuff ensued.Surprisingly, Thyagarajan, contrary to what his prefix would suggest, sat rock-like on the mayoral throne vowing to carry out “all Amma’s orders”.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, left, helps escort coach Steve Kerr after Kerr was ejected during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. The Blazers won 129-107. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Thursday following his rant at officials during his team’s defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers.Kerr needed to be escorted from the court at Portland’s Moda Center on Wednesday after angrily objecting to a flagrant foul called against Draymond Green.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Aiming higher “That was head-scratching that could be called a flagrant foul. I mean, the guy’s going to go up for a dunk, you got to make sure he doesn’t dunk it. So I told Kenny I beg to differ.”Green was equally bemused, suggesting he was being penalized over-harshly because of his checkered disciplinary record.“I got a lot of ball,” Green said of the foul. “I don’t know. It’s the Draymond rule.”Green however saluted Kerr’s response to the incident.“I loved that too,” Green said. “That was amazing. It’s great.”ADVERTISEMENT The Warriors coach was assessed two technical fouls and ejected after slamming his clipboard to the ground and unleashing a verbal volley against official Kenny Mauer.Kerr’s fine was confirmed by NBA vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesKerr later spoke to reporters about his angry reaction, explaining he was baffled by the decision to call a foul on Green for what looked like an innocuous challenge.“I was just shocked that it was called a flagrant foul,” Kerr said.
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Sri Lanka Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera has prevented the national One-day International (ODI) squad from leaving the country for not getting his approval before selecting the team.The minister had forced nine cricketers of the squad to disembark a flight to India on Monday night.”The selectors had made the selection on the first (of December) but as they were unable to come to a final decision on the inclusion of certain players, the squad was delayed in being sent to me,” Jayasekera was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo on Tuesday.The three-match ODI series between India and Sri Lanka will begin in Dharamsala on December 10.The country’s sports law states that all Sri Lankan national squads are subject to the sports minister’s approval.”How can I approve a team at such short notice? If you go by the sports law, it requires the list to be sent three weeks prior to leaving,” he told the the Daily Mirror.”Here, they are sending a team just three to four hours before leaving the country. So I had to recall them.”I have nothing against the players. In fact, Thisara (Perera) called me last night from the flight and said, ‘Sir we have already boarded’. But I told him, ‘Nothing doing’. If I allowed them to go, I am setting a precedent here,” he added.”Most players reached the airport around 9pm on Monday. Left-arm spinner Sachith Pathirana had even boarded the flight, but they were told to go back home as the team didn’t have the approval of the minister of sports,” a cricket official was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.advertisement
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 01: McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights looks to pass in the second half against the Auburn Tigers during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)UCF star quarterback McKenzie Milton suffered one of the worst injuries of the college football season last week. Here’s the latest on the status of the Knights’ star QB.Milton, who has been one of the top quarterbacks in the country over the last two seasons, had to undergo emergency surgery on his leg.The full extent of Milton’s injury hasn’t been released at the request of his family, however new details on his status emerged today.Thankfully, they’re promising.From ESPN:UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton told a teammate he was able to walk over the weekend for the first time since suffering a devastating knee injury against South Florida last Friday.Milton remains hospitalized at Tampa General, though coach Josh Heupel and teammates have been to visit. Milton took a helmet to his right knee on a scramble during UCF’s 38-10 win, and his leg bent at an awkward angle. He underwent surgery on Saturday.Teammate Jordan Johnson, one of Milton’s best friends, said in an interview Monday that he spoke with Milton over the weekend on FaceTime and that Milton had walked for the first time since his surgery.UCF’s head coach, Josh Heupel, said his quarterback has been up-lifting.“The first thing he asked about before I even got up there was the game. He wanted to know what the final of the game was. Then you talk to him, and his next thought is turning to this ball game and his teammates. He cares deeply about what he and the team’s put into this season, expects us to go out and play in a great way. His thoughts will be with us on game day certainly,” he said.Our thoughts are with McKenzie and his family as he continues to recover.
New reporting requirements introduced today, May 3, will help make patient care better and safer for Nova Scotians. The Improving Patient Safety and Health System Accountability Act will require district health authorities and the IWK Health Centre to report publicly and to the Department of Health and Wellness on a number of patient safety indicators beginning with the hand hygiene adherence rates. Other indicators, including rates of infections will be added in the future. “This act will support and strengthen our efforts to improve patient safety by providing greater public accountability to the patients who rely on our health-care system for safe care,” said Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. “Patient safety is about managing and reducing risks to ensure that the care patients receive is as safe as possible. Hand hygiene adherence rates will be our first priority under the act because it is considered by many experts to be one of the best ways to measure patient safety overall.” Although district health authorities and the IWK monitor and report on many patient safety indicators, they are not always reported publicly or to the Department of Health and Wellness, and may not be reported the same way. The Department of Health and Wellness will work with the districts and the IWK to develop consistent collection methods and reporting processes to ensure information can be compared across the province. The legislation is an important step towards developing a provincial surveillance program that will track and monitor key infection rates and other patient safety indicators. “Our health-care providers are committed to providing the safest care possible to patients. This legislation will let the public know how well we’re performing and allow us to better monitor rates over time, track improvements and develop strategies to address areas of concern,” said Dr. Peter Vaughan, vice president of Medicine for South Shore Health, member of the province’s Quality and Patient Safety Advisory Committee and current chair of Accreditation Canada’s Board of Directors. Nova Scotia is the second province in Canada to take a strong legislated position requiring patient care indicators to be reported publicly. Ontario introduced similar reporting requirements in 2008.
VANCOUVER – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will personally reveal today what Canada has offered to provide the United Nations in terms of troops and military equipment for peacekeeping missions.The moment will mark Canada’s first tangible step back into peacekeeping since the Liberals promised last year to provide the UN with up to 600 troops and 150 police officers.But like that commitment, which stopped short of committing to any specific mission, Trudeau’s announcement is also expected to be missing some key details.Sources say the government has put several offers on the table for the UN’s consideration, including the deployment of helicopters to help in Mali, and a transport plane in Uganda to assist different missions in Africa.It is also reportedly ready to provide a rapid-reaction force in the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria; assist the UN’s new police mission in Haiti; and send trainers to help other countries get better at peacekeeping.But UN and Canadian officials are said to still be hammering out many of the details, such as when and how those offers would be employed.Trudeau’s decision to personal reveal Canada’s offer during this week’s peacekeeping summit in Vancouver nonetheless sends a message that the government is intent on delivering on its promise to help the UN.The prime minister’s announcement will be one of a number of highlights during Wednesday’s meeting, which is being attended by representatives from 80 countries involved in peacekeeping.Retired lieutenant-general Romeo Dallaire will help roll out a new set of commitments for the international community to sign onto aimed at preventing the use of child soldiers and better protecting children in conflict.The UN released a report last month that found more than 8,000 children were killed or injured in conflicts around the world in 2016 and thousands of children had been recruited or used by warring factions.Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie is also scheduled to deliver a keynote address on preventing and better addressing sexual violence in armed conflict.After long ignoring the issue of sexual violence in war, the international community has in recent years stepped up its efforts to end rape and other sexual crimes in conflict zones and to hold perpetrators to account.But the UN has also struggled with revelations that peacekeepers themselves have either sexually abused or exploited the very people they were meant to protect in a number of countries.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan kicked off the two-day Vancouver summit on Tuesday by noting that not only did Canada help invent peacekeeping, but 120,000 Canadians have worn blue helmets or berets over the years.Yet Sajjan also reminded delegates, including foreign dignitaries, military officials and civil society actors, that peacekeeping has changed since Canada was among the top troop-contributing countries in the 1990s.And he said it is imperative that the international community adapt to ensure the UN can respond effectively in what are increasingly complex and dangerous environments and conflicts.“Today, it’s rare to see UN peacekeepers monitoring a ceasefire between two countries. Today’s missions are often undertaken in areas of ongoing conflict. Places where there is not much peace to keep,” he said.“It’s more about protecting civilians and working to build a peace in a hostile environment where belligerents are not identified. In the face of this extraordinary and evolving challenge, we must ask ourselves: What can we do better? What must we do differently?”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.
TORONTO – Corus Entertainment Inc. shares sank to their lowest level in nearly two years on Wednesday after the media company said its first-quarter results fell short of expectations as some of its TV advertisers adjusted their spending priorities.Corus shares closed down 17 per cent at $9.17 apiece on Wednesday after it reported a first-quarter profit attributable to shareholders of $77.7 million, or 38 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Nov. 30, up from $71.1 million or 36 cents per share a year ago.However, on an adjusted basis, Corus says it earned a profit attributable to shareholders of $78.9 million or 38 cents per share for the quarter, down from an adjusted profit of $80.8 million or 41 cents per share a year ago. That fell short of both its own expectations as well as those of analysts.Revenue at the television and radio media company totalled $457.4 million, down 22 per cent from the quarter a year ago.“The advertising industry continues to reassess and recalibrate as marketers evolve their media modelling strategies to optimize the mix of TV, radio and digital media elements,” Corus CEO Doug Murphy told analysts.He said longer-term TV advertising bookings were on a good pace leading into the fall programming season and appeared headed for modest growth.“However, as the quarter progressed, we saw a shift towards shorter-term buys. … as we approached the end of the calendar year it also became apparent that certain advertising commitments would not be fulfilled as forecast.”He said the weakness in TV advertising more than offset gains in other parts of the Corus business, which also includes one of Canada’s largest private-sector radio operations and the Nelvana animation and publishing business.At least one major securities dealer lowered its price target for Corus shares, saying it’s taking a more cautious view of the stock unless the company demonstrates that it can strengthen TV advertising revenue or find other sources.“While we believe management is taking the appropriate strategic and tactical initiatives in a changing television industry, a major forecast recalibration and limited visibility leave us on the sidelines,” wrote Drew McReynolds, who covers Canadian telecom and media companies for RBC Dominion Securities.RBC Dominion lowered its price target for Corus by $2 or 17 per cent to $10. The stock hasn’t closed below $10 since February 2016.Murphy said Corus is actively pursuing several initiatives to change the way it does business with advertisers but it needs to do so with partners such as advertising agencies and cable companies.“We can’t just snap our fingers and have the complete rollout done. That’s where I think we all need to be somewhat patient,” Murphy said.The Toronto-based company (TSX:CJR.B) said its monthly dividend will remain at about 9.5 cents per share, where it has been since February 2015, and executives told analysts they’d continue to control costs.Murphy told analysts that Corus is prepared to make certain capital investments, such as technology that identifies more specific audience segments and markets them to advertising agencies.“We plan to introduce beta trials with the five major (advertising) agencies this year.”
VANCOUVER — Canada’s securities regulator says it will share more information with the country’s financial intelligence unit to better protect against money laundering and terrorist financing.The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, the national self-regulatory body that oversees all investment dealers and their trading in debt and equity markets, announced the deal Thursday.The organization says in a news release that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, also known as Fintrac.Under the agreement, the two organizations will share with each other the anti-money laundering related findings from their audits and examinations of investment firms.The release says the two organizations will also maintain close, timely and ongoing communications about any activities that may impact the other in their pursuits to protect Canadian investors.Two reports on money laundering released by the British Columbia government this month raised alarm about Fintrac’s ability to gather and share information on criminals washing dirty money in Canada.The Canadian Press
Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts has received the National Trust for Canada’s 2016 Ecclesiastical Insurance Cornerstone Award for Building Heritage.The independent awards jury was unanimous in its decision to honour the project.“While Brock has constructed several substantial buildings over the past two decades, the creation of the Marilyn Walker School represented a bold step into the downtown, integration with the surrounding community, and into the unfamiliar area of adaptive re-use,” said Project Manager Scott Roper. “Brock met utter success in creating a stand-out academic entity as well as being the trigger for the social, economic and urban revitalization of downtown St. Catharines.”He said the National Trust’s recognition confirms that Brock’s initiative improves quality of life and contributes to our collective national identity.Established in 2013 with the sponsorship of Ecclesiastical Insurance, the award honours exemplary commercial, institutional or mixed use projects to recognize the people who have contributed to the successful regeneration of heritage buildings and sites.The MIWSFPA was completed in 2015, a $45.5-million redevelopment of the former Canada Hair Cloth Building, an iconic structure in downtown St. Catharines which has been transformed and expanded to include a 35,000-square-foot addition.The facility is the result of nearly a decade of hard work and commitment from hundreds of people.The awards ceremony took take place Friday, Oct. 21 in Hamilton.
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is honored on the field for Senior Day. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorTwo round of fireworks went off and fans loudly chanted “J-T, J-T” while quarterback J.T. Barrett was the final Ohio State senior introduced before Saturday’s game against Illinois.The three-time captain rushed out, showered by the loudest cheers for any of the 19 seniors, carrying flowers to deliver to his parents on the field. But for Barrett, the moment he had talked about during the week, did not happen.“Didn’t see my mom cry,” Barrett said. “I thought today was the day, but no. It’s still 22 years and counting I haven’t seen my mom cry.”Barrett’s entrance through the tunnel onto the field marked the final time he, as a player, would take to the field in Ohio Stadium.In the 52-14 blowout of Illinois, Barrett finished the game quickly, as expected. Barrett had left the game in the second quarter in favor of backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins, but was called back in after the second-stringer proved ineffective. The quarterback, whom some fans wanted replaced with Haskins earlier in the season, was the one to replace Haskins following the backup’s fumble and return for Illinois’ first score.Head coach Urban Meyer said, “I was pissed,” about the mistakes and said he needed to put the starters back in to prevent the game from turning into a “clown show.”“[Meyer] was very upset,” Barrett said. “I saw him and then it was like, well he’s definitely known for sending the starters back in, so let me go find my knee brace and go find my helmet because I didn’t have any of those things. I wasn’t shocked by any means, but I knew when my man [Haskins] fumbled the ball, it was like this is not about to be good.”Barrett entered the game, and after failing to get anything going his first drive back, took the team down the field after Illinois coughed up the punt to extend the Buckeye lead to 45-7.By the time his night finally came to an end, Barrett had completed 11-of-19 passes for 141 yards and two touchdown passes. He also rushed five times for 33 yards, including a touchdown.Along the way, he added some more notes to his crowded resume. He set the program record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback, surpassing Braxton Miller’s total of 3,054, and became the first Ohio State quarterback to throw 100 touchdown passes.When it’s all said and done, Barrett willy be among the most productive quarterbacks in the history of the Big Ten, and the most decorated Ohio State quarterback of all-time. He holds 35 total Big Ten or Ohio State records combined, many of them set in Columbus.If he has any more records left to break, they will come away from Ohio Stadium.“There’s a last thing for everything,” Barrett said. “I was trying to do my best while I was playing here in Ohio Stadium and send everyone out there in a good way as far as seniors today.”The end of Barrett’s time in Ohio Stadium is not the end of his journey as a Buckeye. Though it might be his finale in front of the home crowd, Barrett still has at least three games remaining with the upcoming rivalry game against Michigan, the Big Ten championship against Wisconsin and a bowl game or two.“It’s certainly not a goodbye,” head coach Urban Meyer said. “When we say goodbye, it’s going to be a tough one. But that was not a goodbye. That was a chance for him to tip his hat.”Barrett had his moment to tip his hat. And while he certainly will spend time reflecting on his time spent in Ohio Stadium, his attention will quickly have to turn to the week ahead. As the victory bell started to chime and the band began to play, Barrett, wearing a rain poncho and clutching the Illibuck, walked with the rest of his team in front of the Ohio Stadium student section to sing, “Carmen Ohio” one final time.
The children waited for the man to leave then “jumped down over her body” and ran to town to seek help, says Townsend in The Secret Life of Sue Townsend (Aged 68¾), which includes footage filmed by a friend in 2005 but never previously broadcast.Townsend, who died at the age of 68 in 2014, never drew on the incident directly in her writing but suggests that it did have a profound influence on her.Arriving at a sweet shop run by “a bloke called Mr Gibson”, Townsend gabbled out her story.”But he disbelieved us and told us to get out.” Within days the children were vindicated when police charged Reynolds with the murder of Janet, who was killed with her own school tie.Reynolds confessed and was hanged five months later. “My memory is of me at eight being an adult being grown-up, and coping in a grown-up way with things that little children shouldn’t have to cope with. It is also astonishing how many writers have suffered similar things. It turns you in on yourself. You become very aware of atmosphere. You notice things.” Sue Townsend, the late author of the Adrian Mole series, witnessed a child being strangled in the woods when she was eight years old, a new documentary reveals.In 1953, the then Susan Johnstone hid in a tree with of friends in a wood near her Leicester home while she watched helplessly as 12-year-old Janet Warner was murdered by Joseph Reynolds, a labourer from Dublin.”My memory was that he was dragging her by the throat and he strangled her,” Townsend recalls in previously unseen footage to be shown on BBC2 on Saturday. 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. ‘Sue would tell me what really upset her was that she was not believed by that shopkeeper’Colin Broadway Townsend’s widower, Colin Broadway, recalled last week his late wife talking about the incident.”Sue would tell me what really upset her was that she was not believed by that shopkeeper,” he was reported as saying by The Sunday Times.”She felt this was probably because she came from the wrong side of the tracks.”Townsend, who established herself as one of Britain’s most renowned comic writers, came from humble roots.Her father was a postman and her mother worked as an assistant in a school canteen. She left school at 15 with no qualifications and married her childhood sweetheart Keith Townsend at the age of 18.Three children followed. Townsend was first diagnosed with diabetes in the Eighties; she went blind in 2001, and then needed a new kidney. She also suffered from degenerative arthritis and major heart problems.
He lost his sight completely a month later as well as most of his hearing and spent the rest of the war in the camp’s medical hut.Once the war was over, he was able to return to the UK via the Philippines and New Zealand.Blind Veterans UK, which was founded as St Dunstan’s after more than 3,000 veterans were blinded in the First World War, has supported Mr Freer since 1946.Initially lacking optimism for the future, his confidence returned as he set about getting a job and learning braille thanks to the charity.After marrying, he and his wife Joan opened a post office, buying the property with the help of the organisation.Over the years they ran post offices in Ilfracombe, Devon, Grays in Essex and Gravesend in Kent.He now lives with his daughter Patricia in Cliftonville.Mr Freer said: “Having lost my sight as well as my hearing, my future seemed very dismal and I didn’t want to think about what lay ahead.”It is an extraordinary charity which makes an unbelievable difference to the lives of veterans like me, and our families too.” After 18 days of fighting, his garrison was forced to surrender and he remained a prisoner of war until the end of the conflict.The malnutrition he endured at the camp during the four-year ordeal left him blind. Ron Freer in uniformCredit:Blind Veterans UK Mr Freer said: “The camp was situated on the edge of the harbour with high fences all around.”The Japanese brought in a bag of rice for each unit but only enough for one meal a day per man. We cut an oil drum in half and used the bottom as a boiling pot for the rice.”Each man was given a scoop of rice but many were unable to eat it and looking at the portion of rice, one could see mice droppings and insects.”Disease soon broke out, resulting in many deaths.”In 1943 he was among 2,000 prisoners taken by a ship called The Lisbon to Japan when infectious disease diphtheria broke out.His life was saved by the actions of two doctors.Mr Freer said: “Lying in the hut with all the others suffering, I heard a voice say, ‘Turn over sergeant’, I was then injected with something and the voice said, ‘You are very lucky’.”I knew then that it was our medical officer. He later told me that a Japanese civilian doctor had managed to smuggle in six phials of anti-diphtheria toxin so the two of them had saved my life.” A blind 103-year-old former prisoner of war will be the oldest veteran to march at the Cenotaph as the nation marks the centenary of Armistice.Former Army sergeant Ron Freer will lead more than 100 comrades who also lost their sight when he attends the memorial in London on Sunday.Confirmed by the Royal British Legion as the oldest veteran due to attend, he will be representing charity Blind Veterans UK.He said this was a “huge honour” and the Remembrance commemorations hold a “special significance” for him as he remembers his own father’s death in battle on September 4 1918.The former postmaster, who lives in Kent, paid his respects at his father’s graveside earlier this year when he travelled to the Dernancourt Communal Cemetery in France with his family to lay a wreath.Born in Teignmouth, Devon, on October 21 1915, Mr Freer was captured in the Second World War while serving as a soldier with the Royal Artillery.He joined up in 1931 aged 15 initially with the Royal Horse Artillery and on the outbreak of war was posted to defend Hong Kong.In late 1941, the Japanese attacked the then British colony and Fort Stanley, where Mr Freer was based. 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.
As reported in a story by the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS), both the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the California Air Resources Board (ARB) are showing their support for biodiesel by urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase the biomass-based diesel and the advanced biofuel 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) targets.The proposed reductions would create a negative impact on advanced biofuels projects in the state, however, the both agencies support a reduction in the conventional corn-based ethanol category, according to comments submitted to EPA.In comments sent to the EPA, the groups stated, they “are concerned these proposed reductions will adversely impact the economic viability of more than 25 advanced biofuels projects in California that are receiving over $100 million in state funding.””The proposed rule also jeopardizes the development and expansion plans of numerous California biofuel projects that are projected to reach annual production of nearly 380 million gallons of biomass-based diesel and 180 million gallons of advanced biofuels by 2020,” the groups noted in their comments. “Should this portfolio of advanced, low carbon biofuels projects begin to falter due to the proposed reductions, it could impede the state of California’s efforts to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation sector fuels by 2020, as envisioned in the Global Warming Solutions Act and Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).”The groups also explained that the proposed reductions will negatively impact the “continued investment in low carbon fuels and in achieving greenhouse gas emissions reductions and transportation fuel diversification.”According to OPIS, specifically, ARB and the energy commission recommended EPA increase the 2014 biomass-based diesel requirement to 1.7 billion gal (up from EPA’s proposed 1.28 billion gal) and the advanced biofuel requirement to 2.75 billion gal (up from EPA’s proposed 2.20 billion gal).However, while both agencies support the growth of biodiesel and the increasing of RFS targets, they also support the proposed reduction to the total renewable fuel category, including the conventional biofuel target.”The state of California does support the 2014 reduction of the Renewable Biofuel (D6) requirement to 15.2 billion gpy. As a matter of state law and policy, the Energy Commission does not provide funding to biorefineries seeking to continue the production of first generation, high carbon intensity corn-based ethanol,” the agencies added.
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the stage after her speech after the announcement of poll results in the German general election (Bundestagswahl) in CDU headquarters in Berlin, Germany, 24 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel woke up Monday to a fourth term but now faces the double headache of an emboldened hard-right opposition party and thorny coalition talks ahead.If the campaign was widely decried as boring, its outcome was a bombshell-a populist surge weakened Merkel’s conservatives as well as the centre-left Social Democrats, handing both their worst results in decades.“A nightmare victory for Merkel,” said Germany’s best-selling daily Bild.After 12 years in power and running on a promise of stability and continuity, Merkel’s CDU/CSU bloc scored 33 percent, according to final results, against 20.5 percent for the Social Democrats under challenger Martin Schulz, who pledged to go into the opposition.The election spelt a breakthrough for the anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD), which with 12.6 percent became the third strongest party and vowed to “go after” Merkel over her migrant and refugee policy.News weekly Der Spiegel said Merkel had no one but herself to blame for the bruising she got from voters.“Angela Merkel deserved this defeat,” Spiegel’s Dirk Kurbjuweit wrote, accusing her of running an “uninspired” campaign and “largely ignoring the challenges posed by the right”.The entry of dozens of hard-right nationalist MPs to the glass-domed Bundestag chamber breaks a taboo in post-World War II Germany.“We will take our country back,” vowed the AfD’s jubilant Alexander Gauland, who has recently urged Germans to be proud of their war veterans and said a government official who is of Turkish origin should be “dumped in Anatolia”.While joyful supporters of the AfD-a party with links to the far-right French National Front and Britain’s UKIP-sang the German anthem at a Berlin club late Sunday, hundreds of protesters shouted “Nazis out!”‘Bitter disappointment’ -All other political parties have ruled out working with the AfD, whose leaders call Merkel a “traitor” for allowing in more than one million asylum seekers since the height of the refugee influx in 2015.While Germany still digests the rise of the right-wingers, Merkel’s inner circle will prepare Monday for what could be lengthy coalition talks ahead with a number of smaller parties.Party leaders will meet at 0700 GMT at Berlin headquarters to draw their conclusions from the election that some have dubbed a referendum on the refugee crisis, a contentious issue especially for her Bavarian CSU allies.CSU chief Horst Seehofer, a vocal critic of Merkel’s asylum policy, called the poll outcome a “bitter disappointment” and vowed to close the “open flank” on the right before state elections next year, signalling more trouble ahead.A weakened Merkel must now find a new junior partner after the Social Democrats (SPD) declared they would go into opposition, to recover the support they lost while governing in Merkel’s shadow.Schulz, putting a brave face on the defeat, vowed that the 150-year-old traditional workers’ party would serve as “the bulwark of democracy in this country” and stop the AfD from leading the opposition.‘Jamaica coalition’ -This will likely force Merkel to team up with two smaller, and very different, parties to form a lineup dubbed the “Jamaica coalition” because the three parties’ colours match those of the Caribbean country’s flag.One is the pro-business and liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP), which scored a 10.7-percent comeback after crashing out of parliament four years ago.The other is the left-leaning, ecologist Greens party, a pioneer of Germany’s anti-nuclear movement which won 8.9 percent on campaign pledges to drive forward the country’s clean energy shift and fight climate change.The far-left Die Linke, traditionally an opposition party, took 9.2 percent of votes.Weeks, if not months, of jockeying and horse-trading could lie ahead to build a new government and avoid snap elections.The FDP has governed with the conservatives before, and the two have in the past been seen as “natural allies”.But its leader Christian Lindner has pointed to new “red lines”, voicing scepticism especially on French President Emmanuel Macron’s plans for a single eurozone budget, which Merkel has cautiously greeted.The Greens, meanwhile, sharply differ with the FDP and CSU on key issues from immigration to the environment, pushing to expand wind farms, phase out coal and take to task car makers over the “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal.
Share Photo: NASA/Bill IngallsVeteran astronaut Ellen Ochoa is retiring as director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC). This photo shows her accompanying Vice President Mike Pence during a tour of the JSC in 2017.Veteran astronaut Ellen Ochoa is retiring on Friday as director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) after a five year tenure that has included improvements in how the JSC works in more adaptive ways, an increase of diversity in the workforce and involvement in missions to the International Space Station.Ochoa joined NASA in 1988 as a research engineer at Ames Research Center and moved to the JSC in 1990 when she was selected as an astronaut. She became the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on the nine-day STS-56 mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 1993.Ochoa started as JSC director in January 2013, becoming the center’s first Hispanic director and its second female director. She helped maximize use of the International Space Station and develop the Orion spacecraft for future missions.Ochoa also emphasized the importance of the JSC workforce including initiatives on diversity and inclusion.Under her leadership, the JSC started the so-called JSC 2.0, with the goal of advancing human space flight by being lean, agile, and adaptive to change.JSC 2.0 resulted in the Class 1-E Certification Process, which allows employees to move very quickly through the flight certification process and deliver custom-built hardware only 10 months after receiving project approval.This process has allowed astronauts to benefit from hardware flown to the space station within months instead of years.The first one-year mission on the International Space Station of Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko was completed in March 2016. The mission provided valuable information for future human space exploration.Additionally, with support from the JSC, Space Center Houston opened Independence Plaza in January 2016, showcasing the original Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, NASA 905, carrying the space shuttle replica Independence.Veteran NASA engineer Mark Geyer will replace Ochoa.
“A surprisingly honest and touching account of a trans girl surviving through sex work in Seattle. With excerpts published in the Eisner-nominated anthology ISLAND, the full-color volume, drawn and painted by REMY BOYDELL, is an unflinching debut graphic novel. Written by MICHELLE PEREZ.”THE PERVERT OGN(W): Michelle Perez (A): Remy BoydellI love painfully honest narratives within comics. That was pretty broad to say I know, but I honestly do. I think something is refreshing about stories that embark on genuinely thought-provoking journies that tightens its grip on you. At the beginning of The Pervert, Will Toledo preferences this graphic novel by saying “…it’s the sort of thing that should be allowed to speak for itself.” I can tell you that Will Toledo is absolutely right and that description of The Pervert is extremely dead-on.via Image ComicsThe Pervert is hard to talk about in more ways than one because you sincerely don’t know where to start. Michelle Perez pens a remarkably heartbreaking but authentic gut-punch of a comic that leaves you pondering but also breaks you inside out. A cast of anthropomorphic creatures chronicles their lives of sex work, relationships, clients, transition, and feelings. All told through an anonymous trans girl living in Seattle.Perez pulls no punches in this novel. It’s explicit, striking, arresting, hilarious and has you hoping for the best. I so enjoyed the uncertainty of this comic. You don’t know what will happen at the end of the day because Perez lets the chips fall where they may. She’s not afraid to let her character(s) get into some traumatic and agonizing situations. She lets the actions lead to consequences, lending themselves to decisions that need to be made at the end of the day.via Image ComicsThe Pervert isn’t going to be sunshine and roses. That’s so beautiful and brilliant about it. Real life doesn’t always let things tie up nicely. It levels out some harsh truth that makes you feel for the characters. Perez goes deeper than the surface things. She examines human connection, longing, acceptance, love, desire, empathy, apathy and many more feelings that are very hard to put out into the world. There’s no net to real them in. Perez’s script feels like a coming-of-age story in a different type of way. A way that not a lot of people know or have heart about which needs to be told. She lays the struggle of living a life where you have to do to get to where you need to go ultimately.Remy Boydell’s art makes it feel like you’re floating above this comic on a cloud. Boydell’s art illuminates story in a way that brings us into something gentle, but still very frank and honest, but sincere and serene. Her lines are precise and slimy detailed, but then what brings it all together is the use of watercolors that give it that wonderful serene nature. The use of watercolors by Boydell makes it very ethereal and almost unreal at times. The soft blues, pinks and more really brings you’re finding a soft balance between what you’re reading and what you’re seeing. Boydell’s art makes you feel like you’re flowing above the panels and watching everything take place below.via Image ComicsThe Pervert is a bit heavy read and not for the faint of heart. It’s a memorable and stunning graphic novel that will leave you with plenty of thoughts and emotions to hold. The Pervert contains a passionate and intensely moving narrative that does leave you with a glimmer of hope at the end of the day. The Pervert is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.4/25/18 Releases – In addition to The Pervert, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.7 Shells #0 by Jeffrey L. Wilson (W), Amrit Birdi & Robert Carey (A), Joaquin Pereyra (C) Mindy Lopkin (L) Black Rock ComicsIce Cream Man #4 by W. Maxwell Prince (W), Martin Morazzo (A), Chris O’ Halloran (C), Good Old Neon (L) Image ComicsAbbot #4 by Saladin Ahmed (W), Sami Kivela (I), Jason Wordie (C), Jim Campbell (L) BOOM! StudiosHack/Slash: Resurrection Vol. 1 by Tini Howard (W), Celor (A), K. Michael Russell (C), CRANK! (L) Image ComicsCrossroad Blues by Ace Atkins (W), Marco Finnegan (A), Chris Brunner (CA) Image ComicsLegion #4 by Peter Milligan (W), Lee Ferguson (A), Javier Rodriguez (CA) Marvel ComicsLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1