A porter was found floating unconscious in the lake at the bottom of Worcester grounds on Sunday evening.The porter was discovered by third year students who had heard shouts coming from the lake.They immediately alerted the Porters’ Lodge and the emergency services. Police, an emergency response car, an ambulance, and two fire engines arrived at the scene within minutes.The incident took place on Sunday evening, at around 10.30pm. All the students who were present at the scene live in the Sainsbury building, a third year flat on Worcester grounds that is closest to the lake.Whilst waiting for the emergency services to arrive, another porter from the lodge attempted to rescue his colleague from the lake.Although the unconscious porter was near the edge of the water and close to the banks of the lake, his colleague was unable to move him as he was too heavy. Mud also slowed down the effort.Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service received a call at 10.42pm to the grounds of Worcester College.Two fire engines and a rescue boat were sent to the scene. The porter, aged around sixty, was recovered from the lake, and left in the care of the Ambulance Services.Having rescued the porter, the fire services called the police, who arrived at Worcester grounds soon after.South Central Ambulance Service confirmed, “We sent three resources to Worcester grounds: an emergency response car, an ambulance and an officer. The man was recovered from the lake- he was not conscious when we arrived at the scene, but by the time we arrived at the John Radcliffe Hospital, he was conscious and breathing”.A spokesperson from Thames Valley Police said “It is not confirmed how the porter came to be in the lake. However, we did not feel there were suspicious circumstances surrounding the event, and we do not believe there was a third party involved. We are not investigating the matter.”Mr Stephen Dyer, Domestic Bursar of Worcester College issued a statement, confirming that: “A man was rescued from Worcester College Pond at around 10:45pm. The emergency services attended and he was taken away by ambulance to the John Radcliffe Hospital where he is now reported to be doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.”
British Bakels MD Paul Morrow has been promoted to the two-strong executive committee that runs the Bakels group worldwide.The group comprises 35 Bakels companies spread over five continents and 30 countries employing over 2,000 people.Morrow will continue to report to executive chairman Armin Ulrich, who is based in Switzerland, while he takes over responsibility for growing the Bakels business worldwide.Morrow told British Baker: “The transition to the new role will take place later in 2008 and in that period we will appoint a new MD to take over my role in the UK.”Although much travel will be involved, Morrow will continue to be based in the UK, moving into new offices at the existing British Bakels HQ in Bicester.He said: “The UK industry gives you the experience of running an operating company in probably the most competitive bakery market in the world. If you make money successfully in the UK, you are world-class. I will stand firmly on the success of our UK business, where we have built successfully on our strong craft foundations. We can apply many of the lessons we have learned to the rest of the group. For example, European supermarkets now have a global presence.”Morrow added: “I have been at the helm of British Bakels for 14 years and am looking forward immensely to this new challenge. We must be in harmony with the markets we serve.”
Others include multiple Afrobasket winner Aisha Balarabe, Ify Ibekwe whose first international debut was at the 2019 Afrobasket in Senegal as well as Victoria Macaulay.Elizabeth Balogun who was named in the 2019 Atlantic Coast Conference Fresh Man Team while with Georgia Tech University is also on line to earn her first international cap alongside Pallas Kunnayi-Akpannah who narrowly missed the 2019 Afrobasket party.Nigeria grouped alongside Host- Mozambique and DR Congo in Group A while Senegal will compete against Angola and Mali in Group B will open camp on November 10 in MaputoAccording to FIBA, the two group winners will join 14 other teams from Europe, Asia and the Americas to fight for the 10 Olympic slots on offer at the Olympic Qualifying TournamentShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram D’Tigress Head Coach, Otis Hughley has announced a 12-man roaster for the 2020 pre-Olympics qualifiers coming up in Mozambique between November 14 to 17.Otis has also recalled United States of America-based Upe Atosu, whose last game for Nigeria was at the 2017 Afrobasket final win over Senegal.2019 Afrobasket Most Valuable Player Ezinne Kalu, Promise Anumakara, Atonye Nyingifa, Sarah Imovbioh and Evelyn Akhator have also been included in the 12-man list alongside team captain, Adaora Elonu.
…questioned by SOCU…released on $200,000 station bail eachOne day after being released on $6 million bail each, former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh and former Chief Executive Officer of the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL) Winston Brassington were called in for questioning by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).On Wednesday, the two former Government officials, accompanied by their lawyers – Anil Nandlall, Mark Waldron and Sase Gunraj – arrived at SOCU’s headquarters in Georgetown at about 09:00h and left some four hours later with SOCU officials.Nandlall told the press, who waited patiently outside SOCU, that the two were questioned about 27 allegations of misconduct in public office, even on matters dating back to 1994.These transactions involve the following Guyana Stockfeeds; Marilyn Oudho; Clairan’s; Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry; Duke Lodge; Pritipaul Singh Investments; Hand-in-Hand; National Hardware; Twin’s Manufacturing; Old GPC; Anthony Pierres; Property Holdings Inc; I Ali; Hicks, Linden; Sanata at Industrial Site; Mohabir, Linden and SOL (Guyana).The lead attorney noted that no allegation of dishonesty was made, nor are there any allegations that the duo has stolen public funds, or profited from these transactions. These transactions, according to him, had received the approval of Cabinet, and were one on the recommendations of the NICIL Board. “I maintain that these charges are intended to harass, humiliate and persecute these persons,” he asserted.Nandlall told Guyana Times that he was advised that the charges were recommended by advice received from Dr Sam Sittlington, who is assisting SOCU.“If these cases are tainted in criminality, are they now going to charge all the persons who purchased? That would even be more ridiculous.”He said it amounts to unfairness and unequal treatment meted out to his clients.In addition to that, Nandlall is arguing that Government distributed over 100,000 house lots which were deliberately sold below market value“Are they going to charge the 100,000 persons who benefited from these housing programme?”Targeting political opponentsMeanwhile, Dr Singh told the media that the coalition Administration was using SOCU to target its political opponents. “I would say that what we are witnessing is State bullyism, political harassment of the very worst kind,” he said. Nevertheless, the former Minister said both himself and Brassington are cooperating with SOCU.He reiterated that the charges for which he and his former colleague were granted bail for, are not only baseless but irrational. Dr Singh again expressed confidence that the matter would be disposed of and promised to remain focused, explaining that he will not be intimidated by the matter before him.On the other hand, Brassington also told the media that while being questioned, SOCU officials went through tonnes of files totalling over 20. “They are taking every instance where the valuation is above the selling price and calling it misconduct in public office… cases even if we had a public tender,” he said.The former NICIL head noted that every single transaction received several layers of approval, first by the Privatisation Unit Board, the NICIL Board and then by Cabinet. “We have produced records showing what we did and there is nothing wrong in what we did. Everything we did we have a justification and an approval from Boards and Cabinet, so it is a travesty in justice,” he added.Singh and Brassington were taken to the Criminal Investigations Department of the Guyana Police Force. They were fingerprinted and later released on $200,000 station bail each.The two former Government officials were charged on Tuesday for allegedly selling several plots of State land on the East Coast of Demerara to National Hardware Guyana Ltd for over $598 million; Scady Business Corporation at a cost of $150 million, and to Multi-cinemas Guyana at a cost of $185 million.The two will return to SOCU on Monday for further questioning.
John Barrow who was jailed for two years for abusing a young boy. Pic by Northwest Newspix.A 72 year old former engineer from West Donegal has been sentenced to two years in prison for sexually assaulting a 10 year old boy.John Barrow, who worked with a local electrical firm, indecently assaulted the young boy in the Crolly area in 1984. Barrow molested the boy after paying him to row his boat while out fishing and on another occasion when they returned from collecting turf.The victim, who now lives abroad, gave his evidence by video-link in the trial.Throughout the trial Barrow, who is originally from Co Louth, denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty.However a jury found him guilty of the two charges of indecent assault and yesterday he was sentenced to a total of two years in jail by Judge Francis Comerford at Letterkenny Circuit Court.In a witness impact statement given by the victim and read out in court, he said he had grown up a very angry and misunderstood young man.He got into trouble with the law, had drank too much alcohol and also took drugs.His marriage also broke down and he was now estranged from his wife and children.He revealed how up until recently, he could never tell his family what had happened to him and now he wanted to apologise for all he had done to them.He described the huge relief he found when he told a cousin about what had happened to him as a child and he encouraged him to contact the Gardai.He said “I will never be able to forget what that man did to me as a child. He has taken away my innocence and that can never be replaced.”The court had previously heard details on how Barrow had preyed on the young boy.He had offered him IR£5 to row his boat onto a lake for a fishing trip in 1984.After owing out to a small island, Barrow gave the boy a condom and asked him to put it on.The victim said he was unable to do so but that the pensioner then produced pornographic material from a black bin liner and committed a sex act.A couple of weeks later he said he was offered more money to help bring in turf.On this occasion, the victim said, the pornographic material was produced again and he was told to take it to a bedroom.The pensioner then got into the bed beside him, touched him and committed another sex attack.The court heard that Barrow is now 72 and suffers from ill health including a blood disorder.Judge Francis Comerford said he accepted that Barrow was of a certain age was unlikely to reoffend.However, he cited the fact that Barrow had continued to insist that he was innocent.“This is an indecent assault on a 10 year old child without any indication of any remorse.“This is a tremendously serious crime and will have lifelong consequences for (the victim),” he said.He sentenced Barrow to two years for each of the two indecent assault on the then ten year old boy but ordered that they run concurrently.He also placed the pensioner on the sex offenders register for 10 years.FORMER ENGINEER JAILED FOR SEXUALLY ABUSING 10 YEAR OLD BOY was last modified: July 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:abusecourtCrollydonegalGardaiJohn Barrowsex abuse
Brentford chief executive Mark Devlin says the club have not received an approach from Wigan for Uwe Rosler.Bees boss Rosler has been installed as the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed Owen Coyle as manager of the Championship side.Coyle left the DW Stadium this week and former Manchester City striker Rosler’s family home is in the North West.Devlin told West London Sport: “Because his family live there it’s perhaps a case of people putting two and two together.“We’ve had no approach for Uwe, he’s a big part of our future plans and we know he’s very happy here.”Rosler, 45, was appointed by Brentford in 2011 and almost led them to promotion last season, when they lost out to Doncaster on the final day and were then beaten by Yeovil in the League One play-off final.After a shaky spell this term, Rosler’s team are fourth in the table and unbeaten in nine matches.And tonight the club hope their ambitious long-term plans will be given the green light by Hounslow Council granting permission for a new 20,000-capacity stadium to be built at Lionel Road.See also:Wigan make approach for Bees bossBrentford allow Wigan to speak to 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SAN JOSE — The last time Patrick Marleau missed an NHL game, the Sharks roster included Rob Blake, Jonathan Cheechoo and Jeremy Roenick.Marleau’s ironman streak will reach 800 on Tuesday night when he steps on the ice at SAP Center for the Sharks’ game against the Chicago Blackhawks. It’s a streak that began when Marleau was 29 years old and continues two months after his 40th birthday.It’s another piece of Marleau’s resume, arguably just as impressive as his 553 goals, 1,172 points or over …
Bees stabilize their flight in windy conditions by extending their hind legs. Even though this costs 30% more energy and produces more drag, it provides stabilization against turbulence by increasing their moment of inertia (i.e., their resistance to being flipped over). A team of scientists videotaped the insects flying when blasted by powerful bursts of air, Science Daily reported. “In every case, the bees displayed a side-to-side rolling motion at high flight speeds, negotiating the turbulence by extending their rear legs while in flight.” They only studied ten species of bees. The team thinks this may be a universal skill among other members of their class Hymenoptera (bees, wasps, ants, and sawflies), but are not sure. There was no mention of evolution in the article, except that one of the scientists is a Harvard evolutionary biologist who said, “we know remarkably little about how animals navigate windy conditions and unpredictable airflows.”Who taught these bees about physics and aerodynamics? Did they learn it in Bee’s Knees Flight School? Did a lucky one figure it out and share the idea with its fellow aces (Lamarckism)? Did a lucky mutation arise, after trillions of bees fell dead from gusts of wind (neo-Darwinism)? Did the right engineering solution just emerge (naive Darwinism)? Those ideas don’t fly, even in hot air.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
A panel discussion hosted by the IDC looked at youth unemployment in Africa, its impact on the continent’s economy, and possible ways to reduce it.Martyn Davies of Frontier Advisory chaired the debate on youth unemployment in Africa. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Shamin ChibbaWhen asked how youth unemployment could be overcome, Miller Matola looked at the crowd, took a deep breath, and said: “Entrepreneurship is going to be a major element in transgressing this problem.”Matola, Brand South Africa’s chief executive, and six other business leaders spoke at the Africa Frontiers Forum, held at the Industrial Development Corporation head office in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 15 May. Having just returned from the World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa Summit in Cape Town, the panel looked at youth unemployment in Africa, its impact on the continent’s economy, and possible ways to reduce it.Dr Martyn Davies, the chief executive of Frontier Advisory, opened the discussion by saying the global rise in youth unemployment was harming the economy. “The number of young people who are unemployed in Africa is as large as the population of the United States.”South Africa had some of the highest unemployment rates in sub-Saharan Africa, he said, partly because of trade unions and rigid laws about hiring. Davies looked at China’s economic growth of 8%, which in turn created 15 million jobs a year, and said if South Africa could rise above its 2% growth to China’s level, then the country’s problems would be solved. “A 2% economy is not going to solve our problems. We are effectively sitting on a time bomb unless we create the opportunities aligned to economic growth.”Brand South Africa CEO, Miller Matola, said entrepreneurship can reduce youth unemployment. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Matola added that though economic growth, education and skills were critical, entrepreneurship presented a better solution. Leslie Maasdorp, the president of Bank of America Merrill Lynch for Southern Africa, agreed, saying that though there were a few young businesspeople in Africa, there were not enough to decrease unemployment and strengthen the economy.This was because the youth were unwilling to take risks: “If you look at people in the United States, they are more inclined to take risks and start businesses and fail. Failure is celebrated there.”A culture of innovation had to be created for youth to choose entrepreneurship as a career, Maasdorp added, explaining that the idea of competing with large South African conglomerates discouraged young entrepreneurs. “The chance of a small company taking on the likes of MTN or Cell C is slim.”Slim but not impossible: he said new technologies provided the entrepreneur with new possibilities, referring to M-Pesa, the Kenyan mobile banking service owned by Safaricom. It is now one of the fastest growing mobile banking companies in the world. “Banks from around the world are looking to M-Pesa to understand how this technology works and why there is such a huge uptake.”Africa needs role models, heroesFounder and chief executive of Raizcorp, Allon Raiz, said role models played a big part in creating young entrepreneurs. “Black economic empowerment is sucking smart and black entrepreneurs out of the economy. So that means we are not creating role models.”Most economies with an entrepreneurial base saw people naturally progress into entrepreneurship, he said. “Their parents were entrepreneurs and so were their grandparents. But there is no such thing in this country.” The continent should also look towards the agricultural sector for job opportunities, Raiz added, as it had a higher propensity to employ people.Jon Foster-Pedley, the dean and director of Henley Business School Africa, said that for youth unemployment to drop, Africa needed a new kind of hero who would be armed not with rifles but with education and skills. “The time for Afro-pessimism is over. The new African hero would be someone who creates something for their children and their grandchildren.”Young entrepreneurs are out thereTaking a different stance, Jayendra Naidoo, the executive chairman of investment company J&J Group, opposed fellow panellists, saying he had seen an upsurge of twentysomethings starting their own businesses. The nature of work had changed and it now required higher technical content and a greater demand for language and social skills, he explained. “Just as the industrial revolution changed work, we are moving towards jobs that have a flexibility of time. We work seven days a week and at all times of the day and night.”Naidoo also pointed out that job creation schemes developed by the public sector were not viable solutions to unemployment. It would be preferable, he said, if the government could create a support system that would change society’s behaviour from one of succour to that of resourcefulness. The social grant framework, though strong, did nothing to encourage behaviour change either. “Many countries are experimenting with a modern type of approach to welfare that gives people incentives to develop skills and become more eligible for employment.”Africa reaching its demographic dividendMaasdorp was optimistic that youth on the continent could rise because of Africa’s demographic dividend, which he said was an important ingredient for prosperity. Africa was experiencing this phenomenon for the first time, and in the next two decades it would be home to a large number of youth of working age. “We are already the youngest continent if you take the ages of 16 to 24; 70% are within that age gap.”By 2050, Africa would have 1,1 billion people of working age and would be supplying the rest of the world with labour.South Africa needs quality educationAnother solution offered during the discussion was mending the failing education system, particularly in South Africa. Maasdorp said that though there was a lot of money invested in education, the outcomes were “still pedestrian”. Current education models needed to be redeveloped. “It does not, in any way, prepare people for the world of work.”But Lebogang Mokwena, the director of youth development programmes in the Department of Higher Education and Training, claimed the government did provide students with a clear outline and less problematic transition into the working environment. She also questioned the need to teach entrepreneurship and whether it could enhance a person’s capabilities and innovation. “Perhaps it could be embedded – socially and culturally – in a subtle way.”Raiz said the education system was not practical and the skills gap between what was being produced and what was needed was getting wider. ”No one is coming up with solutions in terms of how to create a youth who can apply what they have learned.”Foster-Pedley believes part of the problem is that South Africans have been confusing education with intelligence for a very long time. “It does not mean that because someone is educated that they are intelligent and just because they are not educated it does not mean they are not intelligent.” South Africans’ underachieving ways were related to their lack of confidence, which was partly linked to the past. “If people deeply know they are intelligent, they will build the confidence that drives them forward.”There was a schism between private and public schooling, Maasdorp pointed out, calling for better collaboration between the two. Though public education was considered the main deliverer of that service, he explained that private schooling was growing fast and fulfilling particular gaps within the education system.Mokwena’s response was that the government intended on protecting the more vulnerable children from inferior private education. “Some of the more marginalised rural learners have access to inferior private schooling. We want to protect them.”Getting expats back to AfricaJinghao Lu, an analyst on the China-Africa desk at Frontier Advisory and audience member at the discussion, was curious about what Africa was doing to attract expats back to the continent. He said the majority of African expats living in the United States were highly educated, tech savvy and very entrepreneurial. “Those I met are very talented but there is no reason for them to come back to Africa.”Raiz responded that there were efforts to bring back African expats. He referred to Angel Jones, who established Homecoming Revolution, an independent non-profit organisation that encourages and assists South Africans living abroad to return home. She has now taken the service to the rest of Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.