Environmental and humanitarian risks of SAFER oil tanker On 3 June 2021, the Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme, Inger Andersen, and OCHA’s Director of Operations and Advocacy, Reena Ghelani, briefed the Security Council about the increasing environmental and humanitarian risks posed by the decaying Safer oil tanker located in the Houthi controlled territory of Yemen.The members of the Security Council reiterated Houthi responsibility for the situation and their extreme concern at the growing risk that the Safer oil tanker could rupture or explode, causing an environmental, economic, maritime and humanitarian catastrophe for Yemen and the region. This could further threaten and worsen the situation in Yemen and the region.The members of the Security Council noted that the Houthis signaled their acceptance of United Nations technical experts deploying to the tanker on 5 July 2020, and expect this deployment to happen as soon as possible.The members of the Security Council, noted ongoing discussions and stressed the need to urgently resolve outstanding issues and called on the Houthis to facilitate unconditional and safe access for UN experts to conduct a comprehensive and impartial assessment and initial repair mission, without further delay, ensuring close cooperation with the United Nations. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:council, director, Government, Humanitarian, maritime, oil, security, Security Council, tanker, UK, UK Government, UN, United Nations, Yemen
RelatedRock Star Atmosphere for Festival Song Finals RelatedRock Star Atmosphere for Festival Song Finals FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is promising a “rock star” atmosphere at this year’s Festival Song Competition finals scheduled for July 30 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, in Kingston.Speaking at a Think Tank session held on July 28, at the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) Kingston headquarters, Coordinator for the competition, David Reid, said that patrons would definitely get their money’s worth.“We’ll have a pre-show party led by Swatch International. The show itself will be filled with high technology and many surprises… you are going to believe that you are in a rock concert,” he said.The show will get underway at 7:00 p.m. and arrangements have been made for possible crowd overflow. “We have done our assessment and we have two mega screens that we will be putting up to accommodate the overflow outside of the stands. So persons who come and can’t get into the stands will enjoy the show by watching it on the screens in a real party atmosphere,” Mr. Reid said.Meanwhile, the Festival Song Coordinator told JIS News that the 10 songs, vying for lucrative prize money, as well as the 2010 Festival Song title, are of high quality and have been vetted by a panel of experienced and expert judges, who are satisfied that the lyrics and melody are original and impactful.“We have singers and songwriters from across the island and overseas whose songs have the ability to reach a wide cross section of the Jamaica population,” he boasted.Since June 19, the finalists have been on promotional drives across the island, as well as working with top directors and producers on a Jamaica Festival Song Album. They are expected to make appearances until the grand finals on July 30.“We have been promoting the competition with the finalists. They have been involved in a series of road shows, they performed at the RJR Jamaica St.Leger Race Day at Caymanas Track, the Sumfest Beach Party and Little Ochi Seafood Carnival. They will perform at the Claro lunch hour concert on July 29 and the Bank of Jamaica lunch hour concert on July 30 ahead of the finals that same night,” the Festival Song Coordinator informed.This year’s winner will receive $1 million courtesy of the main sponsor, Claro, and a 2010 Nissan Tiida from Fidelity Motors, in what is the most lucrative prize package in the history of the competition.All 10 song writers will also receive $100,000 in cash from the CHASE Fund. Other sponsors include Real Vibes Party Wine, Excelsior, Ting, Capital and Credit Merchant Bank, the KSAC and the Jamaica Information Service.Mr. Reid is urging Jamaicans to support this year’s competition, which is being held under the theme: ‘True Jamaican Patriot’.Tickets are available at all JCDC offices island wide, Music Mart in the Twin Gates Plaza, and at the Portmore Mall Pharmacy. VIP tickets, which will only be available pre-sold, will cost $1000, while regular adult tickets will cost $700 pre-sold, and $800 at the gate. Children’s tickets cost $300. RelatedRock Star Atmosphere for Festival Song Finals Rock Star Atmosphere for Festival Song Finals CultureJuly 29, 2010 Advertisements
by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org A legislative committee rejected a proposal on Thursday from the Shumlin administration that would allow nurses to forcibly medicate psychiatric patients.The irony is, they already do.Hospitals in Vermont follow federal regulations for treatment of psychiatric patients. Under Centers for Medicare and Medicaid rules, registered nurses can involuntarily restrain, seclude and medicate patients.Mental health advocates say forcible medication is psychologically damaging for patients and treatments should only be administered by certain trained personnel after a physician has evaluated a patient. In a 1984 court settlement, Vermont advocates and the state set a higher standard for involuntary restraint, seclusion and medication.That standard was the norm at the Vermont State Hospital. The hospital, which cared for patients in the care and custody of the commissioner, was closed on Aug. 28, 2011, after Tropical Storm Irene. Since then, psychiatric patients have been sent to local hospitals for care as part of the Shumlin administration’s decentralized mental health system.After the Vermont State Hospital closed, the state’s rules for involuntarily seclusion, restraint and medication have been in limbo. Advocates say the state hospital regulations established after the Doe v. Miller settlement in 1984 should apply to all the hospitals now in the system. Representatives from the hospital industry and Paul Dupre, the commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, on the other hand, say the federal regulations should be the state standard.The Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules has been wrestling with the issue for more than a year, and voted 6-1 last week to oppose the Department of Mental Health’s plan to allow nurses to forcibly medicate patient without a physician evaluation.But that won’t be the end of the ongoing battle between the Shumlin administration, hospitals and advocates. The department can impose the rule (and risk getting sued) or come back to the Legislature and ask for a change in statute.At the committee’s meeting on Thursday, commissioner Dupre explained to lawmakers that the rules agreed to by the state and advocates in the Doe v. Miller settlement required physicians to assess patients before and after they are involuntarily medicated. Under CMS rules for community hospitals, practitioners can call a doctor once a patient is restrained, describe his or her symptoms and ask for an over-the-phone prescription.Dupre argued the VSH rule is outdated because the state now allows medical professionals, including physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners to perform many of the duties that were once the exclusive purview of doctors. Requiring physicians to evaluate every patient is ‘not the standard in medical care anymore,’ Dupre said.It’s impractical for a physician to be available after regular working hours for evaluations, he continued.‘The problem is, some people feel the need to follow the rule directly as it was at Vermont State Hospital ‘¦ but the same rights and protections at the state hospital are not defined by the law,’ Dupre said.The commissioner said the proposed rule is not a change in policy because the state expanded the authority of nurse practitioners and physician assistants a long time ago. It’s difficult to find psychiatrists, he said, and ‘if we set a rule we can’t follow, we’re going to make things worse.’‘In my mind, the state of Vermont has licensed these folks to do services that are the same as, or similar to, as to a physician,’ Dupre said.The problem with the phoned in assessment and prescription from a doctor, according to Rep. Anne Donahue, a patient advocate, is that there is no physician examination of the patient. Donahue says psychiatric patients should be seen by a doctor who can make an objective assessment on a patient’s condition before a drug is involuntarily administered.Jack McCullough, the project director of the Mental Health Law Project of Vermont Legal Aid, Inc., says the department’s proposed rule violates the legislative intent of Act 79, which requires the state to offer the same rights and protections for patients in the new decentralized state system that they were availed of at the Vermont State Hospital.At the state hospital, the only person authorized to order the emergency, involuntary medication of a patient was a physician, McCullough said. The department’s proposed rule removes that protection from patients in the custody and care of the commissioner, he said.‘This is a big deal,’ McCullough said. ‘The Vermont Supreme Court has looked at the question of commitment and involuntary medication, and it has said involuntary medication is an even greater intrusion on a person’s liberty than detention for psychiatric treatment. It’s a big deal for a hospital hold you under physical restraint and inject a medicine into you that you don’t want to get.’McCullough rejected the commissioner’s argument that changing the state rule is acceptable because nurse practitioners and physician assistants now do the work of doctors in other areas of medicine.‘The area of medical care here is involuntary,’ McCullough said. ‘In any other area of medical care you’re going to the hospital and they say, well, OK, you have a meeting with the physician’s assistant who is going to examine you, give you a diagnosis and prescribe treatment. That’s voluntary and you can decline that service if your wish is not to get service from physician’s assistant and get service from licensed physician.‘People locked up in a facility do not have the ability to decline a service not being provided by a licensed physician,’ McCullough continued.The second area in which the violates legislative intent, McCullough said, is in the scope of who the new rule applies to. The law, he says, is clear that the regulations must apply to all persons in the care and custody of the commissioner of the Department of Mental Health.Under the proposed regulations, the application of the rule would be limited to only patients who are already on psychiatric units.McCullough says limiting the physician assessment rule to patients on psychiatric units violates the law because ‘it fails to include people in care and custody of the commissioner who have an emergency medical need.’ It excludes patients who are treated in emergency rooms and minors.Too often, he said, patients are held in emergency rooms involuntarily and ‘force is used to keep them there.’ The sheriff’s department is there to physically restrain patients in many cases, McCullough said.The Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Care Administration has advocated for a broader definition of who can forcibly administer drugs. Jill Olson, a government relations representative for the association, says hospitals have a difficult time recruiting psychiatrists.
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s (NGKF) Phoenix office, in collaboration with Global Healthcare Services, announced the completion of a $141 million sale of the Integrated Medical Services portfolio encompassing four Class A medical office buildings totaling 406,894 square feet. This portfolio sale sets a new record for the Phoenix Metro area as the highest price paid at $347 per square foot for an on-campus, multi-tenant medical office portfolio.NGKF Global Healthcare Services Executive Managing Directors Garth Hogan and Todd Perman, along with Directors Trisha Talbot and Kathleen Morgan in the Phoenix office, represented the sellers. The buyer, Physicians Realty Trust, a self-managed healthcare real estate company, was self-represented.“This portfolio commanded such a high price because of the quality of the buildings and its ownership by physician-led organizations. It’s rare to have such a collection of trophy assets built by doctors who are immersed in the healthcare community. As experts in the field, they have exceptional insight into the location and development of these assets,” Hogan said. He added that the team fielded numerous offers during the marketing process, further underscoring the unique value of the asset and ownership.“This sale provided an important opportunity to monetize our assets at a point when we knew we’d gain the greatest value. The buyer, Physicians Realty Trust, truly understands the physician’s perspective and we respect their approach to healthcare real estate. We look forward to working with them,” said John Dover, MD, the management representative for the sellers.The portfolio is currently 96% leased and anchored by physician practice groups. The properties, built from 2004 to 2009, are situated in premier locations for medical practices in Maricopa County; three of the medical office buildings are located on hospital campuses. The buildings include: Paradise Valley IMS totaling 122,790 square feet; North Mountain IMS Medical Building totaling 121,976 square feet; Palm Valley Medical Office Building totaling 101,241 square feet, and Avondale IMS totaling 61,614 square feet.“These newer, well-occupied MOBs that attract strong tenants reflect the continued performance of MOB assets,” Talbot commented. “Physicians Realty Trust targets their investment in physician-owned MOBs throughout the country. For this reason, they will create a smooth ownership transition here in Phoenix.”According to NGKF, the medical office market has continued to outperform the general commercial real estate market, which has accelerated investor demand for this asset class. As a result of the proven resiliency and long-term security, medical office buildings have become a mainstream asset for institutional and private investors and are viewed as one of the most highly sought after asset types in commercial real estate.“This transaction is indicative of the appetite of institutional capital to acquire provider/physician-owned medical office properties in strong markets throughout the country. There has never been a better time for physicians who own their medical buildings to sell and capitalize on the highest values we’ve seen,” Hogan added.
INDIA: Plans for the second phase of the Nagpur metro network were formally adopted by the Maharashtra state government on January 8, and the Detailed Project Report submitted to the national government for endorsement.Expected to take four years to build, Phase 2 would add a further 48·3 km of elevated route and 35 stations to the initial lines being delivered by Maharashtra Metro Rail Corp. According to the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the state has also approved a Rs112bn funding package for the second phase.Phase 2 would see five new sections added to the network. The existing north-south line would be extended north by 13 km from Automotive Square to Kanhan, adding 12 stations, and south for 18·5 km from Mihan to the Butibori industrial estate with 10 stations. The east-west line would be extended east by 3·5 km from Prajapati Nagar to Transport Nagar in the Mahalgaon district, adding three stations. In the west, the line would continue for 6·7 km from Lokmanya Nagar to Hingya, with seven stations, while a 4·5 km branch would diverge northwards from Vasudev Nagar to Datta Wadi, serving three stations.
Article published by Mike Gaworecki Earlier this year, Mongabay reported that there might be as few as 12 vaquita left in the world, down from 30 in 2017.The vaquita population has been driven to the brink of extinction by the illegal trade in swim bladders from a fish called totoaba, which are highly sought after by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, though they have no scientifically proven health benefits. Despite a ban that is currently in place, gillnets are used to catch totoaba in Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California — and they also ensnare vaquita, causing them to drown.Author Brooke Bessesen traveled to the Upper Gulf of California (also known as the Sea of Cortez), the vaquita’s only known range, to speak with local townspeople, fishermen, scientists, and activists in order to tell the tale of the small porpoise whose future is very much in doubt. The result is her new book, Vaquita: Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez, released last month by Island Press.Mexico made a two-year ban on gillnets in the Upper Gulf permanent last year, but that has not reversed the drastic downward trend in the vaquita population as the criminal cartels who have taken over the totoaba swim bladder trade have altogether disregarded the ban. A last-ditch effort to capture all of the remaining vaquita and breed them in captivity was also launched last year, and Bessesen was there at the time — which makes for a particularly dramatic point in the vaquita’s story, as the effort was ultimately halted after a breeding-age female died from complications related to being held in captivity.Mongabay spoke with Bessesen about what drew her into telling the vaquita’s story, what it was like to actually see a vaquita in the wild, and whether or not she came away from the experience with any hope that the diminutive marine mammal known as “the panda of the sea” might ultimately survive.Vaquita illustration by Greenpeace Mexico.Mongabay: What first drew you to research and write about the vaquita’s plight?Brooke Bessesen: The idea of writing a book came after attending a lecture by vaquita scientist Lorenzo Rojas in 2010. There were only about 200 of the remarkable porpoises left at that time, and the main threat to the species was commercial gillnets, especially for shrimp exports to the United States. A few years later, the totoaba trade exploded. By the time I started writing in 2016, Mexico was spending millions of dollars trying to enforce a gillnet ban with cartels running a swim-bladder smuggling operation to China. As soon as I began researching this story, I was drawn into a vortex of intrigue and urgency.In the course of your on-site research, did you discover anything that was particularly surprising or that you hadn’t expected going into the situation?BB: On my very first day in San Felipe, a female vaquita was found dead on the beach (a sad and gruesome introduction to the topic of entanglement). After the initial shock, one of the scientists said, “Well, there’s one good thing about dead vaquitas.” I thought, what that could possibly be? He told me, “Their bodies are evidence. Proof that they exist.” Turns out, many people in the Baja region believe vaquita to be a mythical animal. An unexpected hurdle for vaquita conservation: How do we save a species that isn’t even acknowledged?Did you actually get to see a vaquita in the wild? What was that experience like?BB: Given the vaquita’s elusive nature and low numbers, I honestly expected to write a whole book without ever seeing my subject. It was a total surprise when we spotted two vaquitas from a panga while exchanging underwater acoustic monitoring devices. Despite every effort, I still find it impossible to describe the experience. I can easily cite the time of day (6:05am) and who I was with (three fishermen contractors), but there are simply no words for the profound sense of connectedness the sighting provoked in me. I often wonder if those two vaquitas are still alive.Artist Leo Gonzales painted a vaquita mural on his house in El Golfo de Santa Clara to raise awareness of the small porpoises’s plight. Photo by Brooke Bessesen.As you detail in your book, criminal syndicates are very much involved in the illegal trade in totoaba maws that is driving the vaquita extinct. Did you ever feel unsafe being in the area and asking questions?BB: I never felt any immediate threat, but with so many interviewees asking to have their names withheld, and with boat burnings and cartel shootings making news, my nerves were always prickling. Any real concern, however, is for vaquitas and their advocates living and working in the Upper Gulf. While honest fishermen are struggling to feed their families, criminal poachers are brazenly working in broad daylight with no fear of imprisonment. Indeed, when an alleged cartel leader and totoaba trafficker was recently arrested with weapons and drugs in his possession for the murder and attempted-murder of two law enforcement officials, he was released within a week for “deficiencies in due process.” Until crime and corruption are eradicated, there is risk to anyone who might ask questions.You traveled to the Sea of Cortez to investigate firsthand. Do any of your experiences or any of the conversations you had with people in the region stick out in your mind?BB: In the gendered language of Spanish, vaquita is feminine — la vaquita. This leads native speakers to refer to the species as “she.” Although it was strange to my ear at first, I was always charmed by this grammatical form, and after many conversations, I found myself adopting the style and even allowing it to influence my writing voice. Vaquita is dying. Will we help her?You were there for the attempt conservationists made at capturing all of the surviving vaquita in order to breed them in captivity. What was it like to witness such a desperate attempt to save the species fail?Gillnets. Photo by Brooke Bissesen.BB: The emotional tension was palpable, even though I was not on the boats. I am utterly heartbroken by the suffering of the two vaquitas who were captured. A few groups opposed the effort and their concern for the risks were justified. But the consensus was that it had to be attempted so there could be no questions later about the viability of captivity as a rescue measure. I think of the conservation biologists and veterinarians — people who have dedicated their lives, their entire careers, to the protection of vaquita. They were pushed to this extreme measure and I know it was agonizing for them. To watch all their effort, and whatever hope it held, end in such sadness was almost unbearable. Everyone must now refocus and unify efforts to save the vaquitas still alive in the Upper Gulf.Do you think, ultimately, there’s any hope for the vaquita? And even if not, do you think there are any hopeful lessons to be drawn from the vaquita’s story as told in your book? What were some of the more inspiring things you witnessed while researching this book?BB: As long as there are vaquitas, there is hope. We must kindle that hope — it fuels our resolve to save this charming little porpoise. Indeed, the most inspiring moments of my research were touched by human compassion. Despite all the obstacles, people still care enough to help. Social scientists strive to understand the struggles of the local people and support them to live better. Biologists keep collecting and sharing data, trusting us to open our eyes and act. Conservationists design new fishing gear and inspire fishermen to embrace sustainable practices. Activists patrol the waters, day and night, to protect the last living vaquitas. Watching all this, I have renewed faith that, together, we can drive change. That is hope. As a biologist named Sara once told me, “In the end, we are fighting for life.”Even if the vaquita doesn’t make it, what do you hope your book can achieve?BB: Although Vaquita focuses on this enigmatic porpoise, it also widens the lens for other at-risk species. I was confident the story would captivate readers who care about the environment. But delving into the dangers of cartels and corruption, the urgent need for U.S.- and Mexican-government action, and the mysteries of the elusive vaquita, I began to realize it would also attract readers who are drawn to more provocative content, who might otherwise overlook a book about endangered species. Vaquita is not an isolated case. She is the posterchild for entangled marine mammals around the globe. So, on the big scale, that’s what I hope the book does — I hope it brings everyone into the conversation, so we can figure out how to do things better. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Animals, Conservation, Environment, Fishing, Gillnets, Illegal Fishing, Illegal Trade, Interviews, Mammals, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Mammals, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trade
0Shares0000Kenya Sevens stunned Australia 19-17 to lift the Challenge Trophy at Wellington 7s.NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 29 – After lifting the Challenge Trophy at Wellington Sevens, Kenya has been drawn with South Africa, England and Japan in Pool A for the fourth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Sydney on the weekend of February 4.Shujaa upped their game to have a fine performance on Day Two at Wellington Sevens, overwhelming Russia 24-5 in the Challenge Trophy quarters, beating USA 19-12 in the semis before stunning Australia 19-17 to bag eight points. Billy ‘The Kid’ Odhiambo, who scored six tries at Wellington, had a sterling day to lead the Performance Tracker with 32 tackles, 20 breaks, 14 offloads and 68 carries to help Kenya remain 10th on 25 points after three legs.After 15 defeats in a row, Kenya claimed a rare win over Australia and all-time world top-try scorer Collins Injera was happy with the performance after returning to the team for the first time this season.“We wanted to keep our focus, Australia are a quality side. We stood up and got the win. Today was very windy, the toughest I have had here since my debut in 2006,” the Shujaa vice-captain said.Billy OdhiamboAgainst Australia, Kenya started on a high with Samuel Oliech setting the pace after Billy Odhiambo spotted a gap to offload to him for the first try of the match, which sparked some rhythm.Shujaa were on the score-sheet again, this time Billy Odhiambo crossing the try line but instead of putting it down he attempted to throw it to Injera who is clearly worried about Dan Norton and to some extent, Seabelo Senatla at the rate he’s going at. But James ‘Chucky’ Stannard stood in his way and prevented the try.But Odhiambo did it perfectly this time when he burst down the wing to provide the super offload for Injera to score his 237th try.Henry Hutchison gave Australia a glimmer of hope, scoring on the stroke of half-time under the posts to reduce the deficit. It was their first possession of the half and they scored relatively easily to trail 14-7 to Kenya at the break.Odhiambo was not done yet as the Mwamba RFC winger followed up his delicate kick down the wing to just get his fingertips to the ball and ground his sixth of the weekend, and 62nd career try.Australia pulled another one back as Dylan Pietsch scored his first-ever try before James Stannard sets up Mick Adams to dot in the corner, and then stepped up to kick the conversion.But it was way too late as Shujaa Sevens had already sealed the win as they celebrated in style with their customary dance moves.South Africa beat Fiji 26-5 to be crowned Wellington champions, Scotland won bronze after a 28-22 win over Canada while0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Oak Forest Police in Illinois are searching for several men who struck two pedestrians with their cars and crashed into another car driven by a teenage girl before fleeing in stolen cars outside of Beggar’s Pizza. The pedestrian, an employee of Beggar’s Pizza, told police five men ordered numerous food items and left the restaurant without paying their $55 tab. Some of them men got into a black Audi and the others entered a white BMW.The 21-year-old employee followed them outside and stood in front of the BMW to stop them from leaving. The driver of the BMW instead drove forward and the employee jumped on the hood of the car to avoid being struck. The car continued to accelerate and while attempting to exit the parking lot onto Cicero Avenue, then hit a car driven by a 16-year-old Oak Forest girl, causing the employee to be thrown from the hood of the BMW and the girl’s car to spin around until it was facing the opposite direction. The BMW then fled north on Cicero Avenue. The employee was treated for leg lacerations by paramedics at the scene. The girl was also treated in scene by paramedics due to her car’s air-bag deploying.A second Beggar’s employee, who was off-duty but had been dining in the restaurant at the time, told police the men in the black Audi had struck him in the leg in the parking lot as they fled the lot after he also followed them outside. The second employee was also treated at the scene. The BMW’s license plate, which fell off the car during the crash, came back registered to a 2008 BMW that had been reported stolen. The waitress who had served the men and also followed them outside gave police the Audi’s plate number, which also came back as stolen. The five men were described as being in their late teens but complete descriptions were not available. [Source: Chicago Tribune]- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
The ATA office has been abuzz with Directors, Board members, employees, State Directors and representatives from around Australia, who came to Canberra with a much more important purpose than to talk about the final showdown in Australian Idol. Last Friday around 15 Professional Officers gathered to discuss the direction of the sport and ideas for better delivery of the sport. The Professional Officers meeting discussion centered around the ATA Management Audit, undertaken by Professor David Shilbury and Dr Pamm Kellett in July 2004. For those who are unsure of what the Audit involved or what the outcomes were, the full report and the Power Point presentation presented to all key stakeholders are available for download ATA Management Report Document and Management Audit Presentation State representatives agreed on the recommendations of the Audit and spent time at the workshop discussing avenues to progress change through the sport and the timelines for this change. Some of the areas which received discussion included constitutional requirements, strategic planning, financial management and human resource management. The successful outcome was agreement by professionals in the sport that a unitary model can work for Touch Football. Saturday the 20th brought more discussion and ideas to the conference table, as around 30 people, including ATA Board Members and State representatives, gathered for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Special General Meeting (SGM). Importantly, current Board members Brian Rooney and Paul Webb were re-elected for another 2 year period, while Mr Rooney was also awarded the prestigious honour of life membership. Congratulations to Mr Rooney on being awarded life membership, which is a symbol of the dedication and commitment he has always shown to Touch Football. The 2003/2004 Annual report was also presented and released and is also available online using the following links. ANNUAL REPORT 2003-2004 The SGM brought more discussion on the Management Audit and its recommendations, with everyone interested in the direction of the sport. A general agreement was reached by the delegates that change would be a positive move for Touch Football. However, several delegates indicated they would not sign the Deed of Commitment at the SGM, wanting to return to their members and address their questions and concerns before making a final decision. At this point the meeting was adjourned by the Chairman. The final decision will be made within the next 2-3 weeks once the meeting is reconvened. The adjournment of the 2004 SGM was significant for retiring CEO Bill Ker, as it signaled the final AGM and SGM he will attend in the role of CEO. Bill steps down from the position in July 2005 and everyone wishes him all the best for the future.
Sevilla refuse to rule out move for Chelsea striker Morataby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla have refused to rule out a move for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.The 26-year-old has scored five Premier League goals to his name from 11 starts and the Blues are reportedly willing to move him on.Sevilla are in the market for another striker after loaning striker Luis Muriel to Fiorentina. And when asked about Morata, sporting director Joaquin Caparros refused to rule out a move for the Spaniard.He said: “We are working on many names. The important thing is that the player wants to come to Sevilla.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say