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The Allahabad High Court while granting bail to doctor Kafeel Ahmad Khan, has said that there was “no material on record, which may establish medical negligence against” him individually in connection with the death of infants in a Gorakhpur hospital last August.Significantly, the court also takes on record the Yogi Adityanath government’s submission that the deaths did not take place due to the shortage of oxygen.Citing insufficient evidence, the court granted bail to the doctor on Wednesday. “The Court must also bear in mind that the State in its affidavit and more particularly in paragraph 16 thereof does not attribute the deaths to a shortage of medical oxygen,” Justice Yashwant Sinha said in the order on Wednesday but made available only on Thursday.Mr. Khan has been languishing in jail in connection with the BRD hospital incident since September.The court said that the state government in its affidavit also “does not refer to any evidence which may establish or even tend to indicate that the applicant has tried to influence witnesses or to tamper with the evidence.”In another significant point, Justice Verma said Mr. Khan was also “not stated to be part of the tendering process that resulted in the enlistment of the entity, which was charged with the supply of medical oxygen.”Manish Bhandari, the main supplier of medical oxygen to the BRD hospital in Gorakhpur, has already been granted bail by the Supreme Court in the same case, the HC pointed out in favour of Mr. Khan.Mr. Khan faces charges under attempt to commit culpable homicide, criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy, which fall under Sections 308, 409 and 120 B of the Indian Penal Code, respectively. The additional charges of corruption and private practice have already been dropped during investigation for lack of evidence, something which the court too noted in its order.
Millions of tons. That’s how much plastic should be floating in the world’s oceans, given our ubiquitous use of the stuff. But a new study finds that 99% of this plastic is missing. One disturbing possibility: Fish are eating it.If that’s the case, “there is potential for this plastic to enter the global ocean food web,” says Carlos Duarte, an oceanographer at the University of Western Australia, Crawley. “And we are part of this food web.”Humans produce almost 300 million tons of plastic each year. Most of this ends up in landfills or waste pits, but a 1970s National Academy of Sciences study estimated that 0.1% of all plastic washes into the oceans from land, carried by rivers, floods, or storms, or dumped by maritime vessels. Some of this material becomes trapped in Arctic ice and some, landing on beaches, can even turn into rocks made of plastic. 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After months of trailing fine mesh nets around the world, the vessels came up light—by a lot. Instead of the millions of tons scientists had expected, the researchers calculated the global load of ocean plastic to be about only 40,000 tons at the most, the researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “We can’t account for 99% of the plastic that we have in the ocean,” says Duarte, the team’s leader.He suspects that a lot of the missing plastic has been eaten by marine animals. When plastic is floating out on the open ocean, waves and radiation from the sun can fragment it into smaller and smaller particles, until it gets so small it begins to look like fish food—especially to small lanternfish, a widespread small marine fish known to ingest plastic.“Yes, animals are eating it,” says oceanographer Peter Davison of the Farallon Institute for Advanced Ecosystem Research in Petaluma, California, who was not involved in the study. “That much is indisputable.” But, he says, it’s hard to know at this time what the biological consequences are. Toxic ocean pollutants like DDT, PCBs, or mercury cling to the surface of plastics, causing them to “suck up all the pollutants in the water and concentrate them.” When animals eat the plastic, that poison could be going into the fish and traveling up the food chain to market species like tuna or swordfish. Or, Davison says, toxins in the fish “may dissolve back into the water … or for all we know they’re puking [the plastic] or pooping it out, and there’s no long-term damage. We don’t know.”It’s impossible to know how much the animals are eating, says Kara Law, a physical oceanographer at the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, who was not involved in the work. The estimated amount of plastic entering the ocean that the study uses is almost half a century old, and “we’re desperately in need of a better estimate of how much plastic is entering the ocean annually.”What’s more, both Davison and Law say there are a number of other potential places the plastic could be ending up. It could be washing ashore, and a lot of it could be degrading into pieces too small to be detected. Another possibility is that organisms sticking to and growing on the plastic are dragging the junk beneath the ocean’s surface, either suspending it in the water column or sinking it all the way to the sea floor. Microbes may even be eating the stuff.Best-case scenario for the fate of the missing plastic? It’s sinking from the weight of organisms sticking to it or in animal feces and getting buried on the ocean floor, Law says. “I don’t think we can conceive of the worst-case scenario, quite frankly. We really don’t know what this plastic is doing.”
NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers George is averaging 21.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.17 steals in his first season with the Thunder after seven with Indiana.“Obviously, I would have liked to make it under better circumstance, because of an injury I got in,” George said after his team’s 121-108 win at Detroit. “But needless to say, I’m happy for this to be my fifth and go alongside Russ (Westbrook) and, you know, be a part of this franchise to hold it down for the Thunder. I’m grateful for this opportunity.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCousins was voted to start and was drafted to Team LeBron by captain LeBron James. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Uproar after darts ‘walk-on’ girls axed Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH APNEW YORK — Oklahoma City forward Paul George will replace injured New Orleans center DeMarcus Cousins on Team LeBron in the NBA All-Star Game.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the decision Saturday (Sunday Manila time), a day after Cousins went down for the season with an Achilles tear. The All-Star Game is Feb. 18 in Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT
LATEST STORIES “We have a contractual obligation with the Alab-San Miguel team in the ABL,” Parks’ agent, Charlie Dy, told the Inquirer on Christmas Day. “So, yes, he will play that contract out and join Blackwater on May 11 at the earliest.“And besides, when we filled out an application form for the [PBA] Draft, we specifically stated that we will play out our Alab contract,” Dy declared.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefBut team owner Dioceldo Sy, who has dangled the maximum three-year contract worth P10.4 million to Parks in order to lure him out of the Alab fold and get the strongest Blackwater team for the Philippine Cup possible, is hoping that San Miguel releases Parks because “they’re already too strong in the ABL.”“With Parks in the lineup, we have a fair chance to make the playoffs,” Sy said in a separate telephone interview. “And if we make the semifinals, it will be anybody’s game from there. Who knows? We might even make the Finals.” Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue First trilogy excites Eustaquio TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blackwater has never made it past the quarterfinals going to its fifth year in Asia’s pioneering pro league, and if ever the Elite do make a Final Four, he would want that to be in the all-Filipino.But as of now, the two camps can’t seem to agree on when Parks will start his tenure with the Elite, even as Sy said that he wouldn’t trade the left-handed guard “unless he disrupts the chemistry of the team.”Reports came out last week that Sy had come to terms with Meralco for a three-team deal that would send Parks to the Bolts.“We’ve kept our last two top picks [in Mac Belo and Reymar Jose] and we won’t trade him,” Sy said of Parks. “But if for some reason hindi maging maganda chemistry sa team, then that’s the time.”ADVERTISEMENT Knowing the prestige that the all-Filipino conference brings in a PBA season, Blackwater would like to have Ray Parks suit up once the Philippine Cup opens on Jan. 13.Problem is, the athletic swingman out of National University, whom the Elite selected second overall in the last Draft, has made it known that he’ll only be available if the Elite are to make the Finals of the tournament sometime in May.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion
Good news for drivers in the Hinton area.Plymouth County Road C-70 at U.S. 75 near Hinton reopened to traffic at 5 p.m. Wednesday.The Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 3 Office reminds motorists that there is still construction taking place on Highway 75.Be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones.
zoomImage by WMN Japanese energy company JERA and EDF Trading Limited (EDFT), a company operating in the international wholesale energy markets, have completed the transaction to merge their LNG optimization and trading activities.As informed, the activities have been combined into JERA Global Markets (JERAGM), the new name for JERA Trading.JERAGM is now the exclusive LNG optimiser for JERA and EDF, managing their collective short and medium-term LNG optimization activities in the wholesale markets.The transaction follows the successful completion of the acquisition of EDFT’s coal business by JERAGM in April 2017.“This is a great opportunity for EDFT which strengthens our partnership with one of the largest buyers of LNG and coal in the world. I look forward to building this business with JERA and developing future cooperation in the evolving energy markets,” John Rittenhouse, Chief Executive of EDF Trading, commented.“As one of the largest utility-owned seaborne energy optimisers, JERAGM would significantly contribute to building and strengthening relationships with both current and new counterparties amid global expansion of the LNG market. I look forward to developing an even closer relationship with EDFT,” Sunao Nakamura, Managing Executive Officer of JERA and Chairman of JERAGM, said.JERA holds 66.67% of the equity in JERAGM through its wholly-owned subsidiary JERA Trading International. In addition, EDFT holds 33.33% of the shares in JERAGM and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF S.A. (EDF).JERA and EDFT will now have joint responsibility and joint control in managing the new and expanded business.
Education Minister Jamie Muir introduced legislation today, April20, to change the name of Université Sainte-Anne — Collège del’Acadie to Université Sainte-Anne. “We’re pleased to respond to the request from the board ofgovernors of Université Sainte-Anne — Collège de l’Acadie,” saidMr. Muir. The board of governors approved the name change on Jan. 17, 2004,and the formal request for the necessary legislation was made onOct. 6, 2004. -30-
NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana judge says a company building an oil pipeline through south Louisiana trespassed on the land of three people challenging the construction — but he allowed the work to continue and awarded each of the three $150 in compensation and damages.Judge Keith Comeaux’s ruling Thursday disappointed opponents of the nearly complete Bayou Bridge Pipeline, who said they would appeal.Opponents had hoped the St. Martinville-based judge would order the pipeline removed from the relatively small amount of land involved, a fraction of a 38-acre (15-hectare) tract. Barring that, they had hoped for a major damage award to discourage what they said was the illegal taking of land.Energy Transfer Partners, the project owner, has said the 162-mile (260-kilometre) pipeline is expected to be operational by year’s end.Kevin McGill, The Associated Press
Rabat – The Egyptian government is under fire for a new proposal to sell Egyptian citizenship to foreign investors at a price tag starting at $250,000. The proposal has stirred a controversy in Egypt as activists and several politicians labeled it a “humiliation to the country.”Amid Egypt’s crisis-ridden economy, the Egyptian government has reportedly proposed a new “serious” project to raise revenue that involves selling Egyptian citizenship to foreign investors. The proposal has been touted as a solution to the deteriorating investment climate in the country, according to local media outlets. According to Almasry Alyoum, the proposal is the brainchild of Mohammad Sameh, the head of the Arab Union for Direct Investment.The Egyptian government has recently begun discussing ways to set up an investment fund whose capital would be raised through financial contributions by Gulf’ states as well as Arabs and foreigners keen on acquiring Egyptian nationality, the source added.The proposal stirred controversy in Egypt as it has come under the local media’s spotlight recently. The Egyptian government has received harsh criticism from activists and politicians alike.Several politicians and activists labeled the proposal as a political insult to Egypt. Vice president of the Popular Alliance Party, Medhat Zahid, said the proposal “allows granting Egyptian citizenship to those who can afford its price, rather than granting it free of charge to certain people who deserve it.”Almasry Alyoum quoted Mustafa Tawil, a member of the High Commission for the Al-Wafd Party, as saying “Mohammad Sameh’s proposal is a farce.”“The Egyptian government should neither discuss nor accept this proposal that humiliates Egypt. Under this proposal, Egyptian citizenship will become a trade commodity, which is completely unacceptable.”Mustafa Tawil pointed out that the proposal might be used by Israeli agents to obtain Egyptian citizenship in order to enjoy the right of political participation in Egypt.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Maj.-Gen. Claudio Graziano, Force Commander of UNIFIL, held the meeting at the UN Position at the border crossing at Ras Al Naqoura, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.She said the Force Commander was encouraged with the general approach of the two sides and their determination to adhere to the relevant provisions of the Security Council resolution that ended last year’s war between Israel and Hizbollah.Today’s discussion focused on how to carry out the provisions of that resolution, especially concerning violations of the Blue Line, with a view to preventing further incidents. They also looked at the security arrangements for the northern part of the village of Ghajar. 9 October 2007The military chief of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today met with senior officials from both the Lebanese and the Israeli armies to discuss recent violations of the Blue Line between the two countries, the marking of the line and the temporary security arrangements for a key border village.
Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva and the Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament, told a press conference that while the forum had begun its 2002 session with new hopes generated by the reaffirmation of multilateralism as the core principle of negotiations, it was unable to overcome the long-lasting impasse over its programme of work.Despite this lack of progress, however, Mr. Ordzhonikidze voiced the hope that the Conference would be able to overcome its present stalemate and make use of its great potential to the fullest extent possible. “Frankly speaking, I hope we will be able to overcome this impasse,” he said. “I am optimistic about this.”During its third and last session of the year, the Geneva-based forum discussed a proposal by five former Conference Presidents that attempts to bridge the gaps between Member States on the main stumbling blocks – the prevention of an arms race in outer space and nuclear disarmament. The proposal had enjoyed broad support and would be further explored during preparations for next year’s session, Mr. Ordzhonikidze said.Although the Conference was frozen in its work, it was still regarded by the international community as the indispensable forum for arms control and disarmament negotiations, he stressed, noting that top political and technical experts were representing the Member States. He added that enormous intellectual and political potential at the Conference should be preserved and put into good use in the interest of international peace and security.
“Access to information and technological know-how is essential if the world is to defeat hunger, protect the environment and achieve the other Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed by Heads of State and Government at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000,” Mr. Annan said in a message marking World Telecommunication Day. “But to harness this potential, we need to forge global partnerships for development between governments, the private sector, civil society and the United Nations system,” he added. The MDGs seek to halve poverty and improve access to health care, education and sanitation among other targets by 2015.“Today, many people could not imagine daily life without the use of increasingly sophisticated information and communication technologies (ICTs), from television and radio to the mobile telephone and the Internet,” Mr. Annan said. “Yet for millions of people in the world’s poorest countries, there remains a ‘digital divide’ excluding them from the benefits of ICTs.” He noted that last December, at the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva, leaders set out a shared vision of how the world can eliminate the digital divide in content and physical infrastructure in preparation for the second phase in Tunis next year. “On World Telecommunication Day, let us resolve to do all we can to lead the way to a truly open, inclusive and prosperous telecommunications age,” he concluded.
Spike Lee launches online Kickstarter campaign hoping to raise $1.25 million for his next film AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The next Spike Lee joint will be a Kickstarter production.Following in the footsteps of “Veronica Mars” and Zach Braff, Lee has launched an online campaign to help fund his next feature film. The Brooklyn filmmaker on Monday unveiled his bid to raise $1.25 million over the next month using the fundraising site Kickstarter.Lee offered few details on the film, but said it would be about “the addiction of blood.”The 56-year-old director said he was inspired to crowd-source the film after hearing from a student of his that the “Veronica Mars” movie raised $5.7 million on Kickstarter, and Braff’s film pulled in $3.1 million. Said Lee in a video posted on his Kickstarter page: “When I heard about that, I said, ‘Oh, snap!’”Though filmmakers including David Fincher have been involved with Kickstarter projects, Lee, the director of “Do the Right Thing” and “Malcolm X” is easily the most established filmmaker yet to use the service to raise money for a feature. His remake of the 2003 South Korean thriller “Oldboy” is to be released in October.Kickstarter, which takes a percentage of donations, has found both supporters enamoured by the ability to circumvent the usual means of film production, and critics who call it digital panhandling and lament that backers, unlike typical film investors, get no cut of any eventual grosses.In a video message, Lee said the current climate is difficult an independent filmmakers and the only way to insure your vision gets on screen “is when you bring the money to the table.”“Super Heroes, Comic Books, 3-D Special EFX, Blowing up the Planet Nine Times and Fly through the Air while Transforming is not my Thang,” wrote Lee. “To me it’s not just that these Films are being made but it seems like these are the only films getting made.”Contribution levels range up to $10,000, which earns a trip with Lee to a New York Knicks game in his courtside seats.“Do you wish to see Human Beings dealing with each other on a Human Level?” implored Lee. “How many more explosions with Ear splitting Sound Effects can you take? C’mon People, please get behind this Joint.”___Online:___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jake_coyle by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Jul 22, 2013 3:14 pm MDT
by News Staff Posted Oct 22, 2014 7:46 am MDT The CEO of Canada Pacific Railway said he wouldn’t rule the Calgary based company out as a takeover candidate.Hunter Harrison tells The Globe and Mail North America is headed to gridlock unless mergers between train companies occur. He says the number of cars on the tracks is increasing but new infrastructure is being stifled by public resistance.As far as mergers go, Harrison said CP Rail could work as the buyer or the seller. The comments come after merger talks ended between CP and Florida-based CSX Corp. that would have given the Canadian company access to rail lines at major U.S. oil refineries. CP Rail says North America headed for either mergers or gridlock AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Alabama vs. Auburn, Florida vs. Florida State, Michigan vs. Ohio State. Those are the types of college football rivalries from which sports legends are made. This weekend on the northern tip of Manhattan in New York City (known for having the lowest percentage of college football fans in the nation), a different type of history will be produced. The 0-8 Cornell Big Red will visit the 0-8 Columbia Lions. It’s a game sure to be memorable not because the two teams are so good, but because both of them are so bad.I’m a Columbia Lions football fan. I listen to their games on WKCR-FM. I’m attending Saturday’s game against Cornell. I went to every home game from 1994 to 2000, and I treasure an autographed photo with then-Lions and later NFL star Marcellus Wiley.But Columbia enters the game with statistics that resemble those of a peewee football team dropped into the NFL. Columbia has scored more than seven points in only one game this season. Last week against Harvard, the Lions suffered the ultimate embarrassment: getting shut out 45-0.The away team hasn’t been much better. Only against Princeton has Cornell put up more than 16 points in a game, and the Big Red still managed to score fewer points in that game, 27, than Columbia’s highest point total this year (28). Last week, Cornell went down 42-7 against Dartmouth, and that wasn’t even their worst defeat of the season so far.Not surprisingly, of the 121 teams in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS, formerly known as Division I-AA) for which the NCAA provides statistics, Columbia is dead last in offensive points per game at 8.6. Cornell is not far behind, at No. 113, scoring only 12.9 points per game. In point differential (points scored minus points allowed), Columbia ranks No. 118 with -31.2. Cornell is ranked No. 114 with -21.5.The wretchedness goes beyond the scoreboard, though. In each facet of the game, these two teams have been exceptionally awful.The Lions rank last in the FCS with 51.3 rushing yards per game (YPG). Cornell comes in at No. 117 with 88 YPG.When it comes to passing, Columbia and Cornell are deceptively bad. Columbia has passed for 221.6 YPG (good for a rank of No. 52), while Cornell has passed for 179.3 YPG (good for No. 88). Of course, both teams have almost always been behind, so they have to pass in an effort to catch up. Passer efficiency, which takes into account pass attempts, completions, interceptions, touchdowns and yards, places Columbia No. 120 out of 121 and Cornell just slightly better at No. 103.The defenses aren’t much better. Columbia has given up 273.8 YPG on the ground (No. 120). Cornell has done better, at 189.1 YPG, but that still ranks only 84th. In passing defense, Columbia ranks No. 100 with 246.9 YPG, and Cornell lags at No. 106 with 262 YPG. In passer efficiency defense, Columbia comes in at No. 100 and Cornell at No. 118.Finally, there’s special teams. Both teams have made only two field goals all year, and both of those came in the same game for each team. Columbia and Cornell rank No. 111 and No. 112, respectively, with just 16.96 and 16.91 yards per kickoff return. In yards per punt return, Columbia ranks No. 75 with 6.80, and Cornell ranks a pathetic No. 118 with just 2.29.All hope is not lost, however. The two teams excel in one notable category: punting. Columbia has punted an amazingly high 7.25 times per game, and Cornell has done so 6.63 times per game. Those are good enough to rank No. 6 and No. 16, respectively! And perhaps because they have gotten so much practice, Columbia has averaged 34.83 yards per punt, and Cornell 36.34. Those averages rank in the top half of the FCS, at Nos. 60 and 25.So, if you live in the New York metro area, are a big fan of punting and want to see two teams that cannot score or stop anyone else from scoring, you’re in luck. It’s sure to be a riveting affair in a city that just doesn’t care.
Speaking about his previous struggle with writer’s block, he advised budding songsters to ride out the dry spell.He said: “You’ve just got to be patient, if there’s a song you believe in. Don’t write anything second-hand – if you’re not satisfied with it, don’t sing it. The lyrics do come eventually, you’ve just got to wait.”Sir Rod will meet the Queen later at a reception at the Royal Academy of Arts – her first public engagement in London since returning to Buckingham Palace after spending the summer at her Scottish residence. Sir Rod is receiving his knighthood in recognition of his services to music and charityCredit:Gareth Fulller/PA Wire Wearing tartan trousers, Stewart said of meeting the Duke: “We talked about music and he said ‘It’s great that you’re still going’ and I said: ‘I have to – I’ve got eight children!’.”He congratulated me on my long career – and I said how happy this made me. I just wish my mum and dad had been here to see it.”Fans could expect a “fantastic night” from his upcoming UK tour, the Maggie May singer said.He joked that there were seven women in his new band – “more than there are in the White House”. The singer disagreed with comments from Liverpool’s first black footballer, Howard Gayle, that the word “Empire” should be removed from honours titles, saying: “The Empire’s not quite as big as it used to be, but it’s still there, so I’m all for keeping the Empire”.The 58-year-old player, who was born in Toxteth, turned down an MBE, posting on Facebook that accepting it would be a “betrayal to all of the Africans who have lost their lives, or who have suffered as a result of Empire”. Veteran singer Sir Rod Stewart arriving at Buckingham Palace in London, with his wife, Penny Lancaster and children Alastair and AidenCredit:Gareth Fulller/PA Wire Singer Sir Rod Stewart has said he wished his parents were there to see him receive a knighthood, as the Duke of Cambridge congratulated him at Buckingham Palace.The 71-year-old, accompanied by his wife, Penny Lancaster, and their two sons, Alastair, 10, and five-year-old Aiden, was given the honour in recognition of his services to music and charity.He said he was “on cloud nine” after receiving the award from William on Tuesday. Sir Rod and his wife Penny LancasterCredit:Gareth Fulller/PA Wire Meanwhile, British-Nigerian actor David Oyelowo was given an OBE for his services to drama.The Queen Of Katwe star said he was proud of the acknowledgement and “proud to be British” after receiving the accolade.Some 86 recipients attended the ceremony at Buckingham Palace, proudly watched by 265 guests including family and friends.Songs including Imagine by John Lennon and Abba’s Mama Mia were played by the background orchestra to accompany the service.Others honoured include Vanessa Kingori, first black female publisher of British GQ, who was given an MBE for services to the media industry, and Professor Nick Webborn, who received an OBE for services to paralympic sports medicine and the British Paralympic Association.Irene and Michael Cullen, a couple from Lynemouth in Northumberland, who have fostered more than 100 children, were also recognised. 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.
ST VINCENT’S BOSS Tommy Conroy has admitted that whichever Dublin side qualifies for the AIB Leinster club SFC will be at a serious disadvantage.Diarmuid Connolly’s last gasp leveller for Vincent’s against county and provincial holders Ballymun Kickhams means the sides must meet for a final replay on Wednesday night.The short turnaround is required because Dublin’s representatives are scheduled to play St Loman’s of Westmeath in Mullingar next Sunday.So whoever wins the Dublin replay will have to contend with three ties in a week and fourth inside 13 days after winning their semi-finals on last Monday.“It’s unfortunate that both teams have to arrive back at Parnell Park on Wednesday,” said Conroy, who isn’t looking for a provincial postponement.“No, no, I’m not saying that. I’m just saying it’s unfortunate that it has been a draw. But what can we do? There’s nothing we can do about it. We just have to deal with it.”Still, the former Dublin star admitted it will be tough to lift his side again for the mid-week rematch, let alone a potential provincial encounter. “We have no injury worries, everybody has come out of it okay but you can’t come through a game like this and not be sore, not be very tired,” he added.Ballymun boss Paul Curran admitted the dramatic draw was ‘a lot to take in’ and revealed his disappointment that they didn’t secure victory with a five point lead in the 59th minute.“But we’re still in it and St Vincent’s showed incredible character to come back a couple of times when they looked dead and buried,” said Curran.Last March’s beaten All-Ireland club final boss revealed the list of injury concerns ahead of the rematch.“James Burke has a hamstring, Karl Connolly has some sort of a cramping problem, Dean Rock has a knee problem and there’s one or two others,” said Curran. “We’ll try and patch them up and be ready.”Ballymun and St Vincent’s to meet again as Dublin SFC final ends in drawWins for Oulart, Kilcormac and Mt Leinster Rangers in Leinster hurling
THE GOVERNMENT’S FLAGSHIP tourism initiative ‘The Gathering 2013′ has delivered between 250,000 and 275,000 visitors to Ireland this year and generated as much as €170 million in revenue.Findings compiled by the director of the project, Jim Miley, show that the initiative succeeded in its aim of engaging Irish people to invite their relatives and friends to attend the thousands of ‘Gatherings’ held across the country.Visits to Ireland for the first ten months of the year are up 7.3 per cent with double digit growth reported in visits from the United States – one of the tourism industry’s key target markets.The project also delivered within its approved budget of €13 million from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, with the Minister Leo Varadkar hailing its success.“It’s delivered the results we were looking for, giving a vital boost to tourism and employment. It helped to restore Ireland’s status as a premier tourism destination and it strengthened links with the diaspora,” he said.The Gathering was not without its critics with Irish actor Gabriel Byrne describing it as “a scam” while Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary renamed it ‘The Grabbing’.But Miley hailed the “enormous voluntary effort” in making it a success, saying that the interest had gone beyond what was expected.“The enormous voluntary effort in making the gathering a success is evidence of the on-going power of community and had a significant impact on generating 5,000 national events, many in counties, that would not typically be regarded as tourist destinations,” he said.He has recommended that it should not be staged more frequently than on a five-year cycle and that a decision on the next Gathering should not be made until the final Economic Impact and Social & Community Impact Report which is due to be published next year.Consideration should also be given to not repeating the project at all and instead focussing on the project’s legacies including tourism initiatives led by local authorities.Read: Gabriel Byrne slams The Gathering, calls it ‘a scam’Read: The Gathering might return in five or seven years time, says VaradkarRead: The head of the CIA is going to a gathering in Roscommon tonight