Chris Gayle loses Big Bash League contract after fresh sexism row

first_imgBig Bash League (BBL) franchise Melbourne Renegades’ chief executive Stuart Coventry has confirmed they will not re-sign swashbuckling West Indian opener Chris Gayle for next summer’s tournament. (IPL Full Coverage|Points Table)Gayle also faces possible censure from his English county club Somerset when he arrives in the UK following his latest controversial remarks to female journalist Charlotte Edwardes of The Times. He has since said the comments were made in jest. ‘BIG, BIG BAT’ CONTROVERSYAt one point in the interview, Gayle told the journalist he has “a very, very big bat, the biggest in the wooooorld,” adding: “You think you could lift it? You’d need two hands.” (Read – Gayle asks female journalist: Have you ever had a threesome?)  Earlier this year, Gayle had courted controversy during his infamous “Don’t blush, baby” interview with Australian reporter Mel McLaughlin during a boundary-line interview at the BBL .  Gayle equaled the record for the fastest Twenty20 fifty in his final innings for the Renegades last summer, but otherwise was below par with 260 runs at an average of 32.50 in eight matches.’CHRIS GAYLE NOT PART OF OUR PLANS’ “Well unveil our international signings soon and Chris isnt part of those plans,” Coventry was quoted as saying by News Corp on Tuesday. Gayle’s banishment from BBL comes as the West Indian launched a publicity drive for his forthcoming autobiography in which former Aussie cricketers Chris Rogers, Ian Chappell and ex-England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff have earned his wrath.GAYLE HIT BACK AT ROGERS, FLINTOFF Each of the trio critical of Gayle’s comments to McLaughlin last summer and Gayle has hit out at them in his biography. Rogers had said that he was concerned about the influence the West Indian might have on youngsters when they played together at the Sydney Thunder. But Gayle hit back to claim Rogers was his partner in crime at the Sydney nightspots.  “Chris Rogers, how can you claim that when it was you and me at the bar most nights?” Gayle was quoted as saying by The Times, London, on Monday. “I’m not a snitch, but I’ve heard from your own mouth what you’ve done. Next time you want to open your mouth, maybe chew on a carrot instead,?? he added.’YOU’VE TO BAN CRICKET ITSELF’ Gayle also said, “you would have to ban cricket itself” if the International Cricket Council (ICC) followed through on Chappell’s request to remove him from the sport. “Ian Chappell, a man who was once convicted of unlawful assault in the West Indies for punching a cricket official. Ian Chappell, how can you ban the Universe Boss? You’d have to ban cricket itself,” Gayle said.advertisementFlintoff tweeted after the infamous “don’t blush baby” remarks to say that Gayle had “made himself look a bit of a chop there” to draw Gayle’s ire. “This coming from a man who admitted he (Flintoff) took Viagra during a Test match. The only chop Freddie knows is when he used to bowl short to me and I would chop him past backward point for four,” Gayle said. Gayle was forced to apologise the following morning for asking McLaughlin out for a drink on live television. However, he still maintained the whole affair was nothing more than a joke. Gayle is currently playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.last_img read more

Honored and proud

first_imgCone’s chance to win another gold medal comes 21 years after the Centennial Team, a squad which he was so proud of.In his final post-game interview in that campaign, Cone, teary-eyed, told Filipino reporters that he would love to have “another shot.”This is his chance.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Perhaps that’s also why it wasn’t that much of a chore for Cone to accept the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) offer to take charge of the country’s Southeast Asian Games bid slated here later this year.“I would know—I’ve been there, done that. Or should I say, I’ve been there and didn’t do that,” Cone coyly told reporters on the eve of the announcement, where he all but confirmed the move.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40On Monday afternoon, the SBP announced that the multi-titled mentor had accepted the job—a first in his 30-year career—to coach in the biennial meet where the opposition is obviously a lot inferior compared to the last time he coached a Philippine Five.“Even though my appointment is just a stopgap measure and a short-term commitment, I am incredibly honored and proud to be selected,” Cone said in a text message. “I am very happy to help in any way.” Cone said that he would be convening with the SBP over the coming days for the team’s “plan of attack.”Cone already has a championship with a Philippine team, an all-pro squad in 1998 which he led to the Jones Cup title in Taipei. That squad, also known as the Centennial Team, eventually finished third in the Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand, that year.“We’re hoping by the end of the week we’ll have a pool of players working together at full force,” said Cone, the PBA’s winningest coach and the only one ever to complete two Grand Slams.Al Panlilio, the president of the SBP who personally offered Cone the job on Saturday, said the move to put Cone on board speaks highly of how the cage body wanted to pick up the pieces following a disastrous bid in the Fiba World Cup in China just two weeks ago.“Other countries like Indonesia are already putting in the work,” Panlilio said.“We also want to reiterate that we’re taking it one step at a time and this arrangement is for the SEA Games only, for now.”ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers LATEST STORIES View comments Full interview with PBA coaches Norman Black, Tim Cone PLAY LIST 14:15Full interview with PBA coaches Norman Black, Tim Cone03:49Will Ginebra’s Barangay be a huge factor in the PBA Finals?01:34Cone believes San Miguel ‘greatest team’ in this era02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetanocenter_img Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical If there’s anyone who knows just how close basketball is to the Filipinos’ hearts, Tim Cone said it would be him.“I know that as well—or better than anybody,” he told reporters on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Baron feels anything is possible as long as PH volleyball is unitedlast_img read more

Delhi Capitals played very well and they deserved this win: Kane Williamson

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper Kane Williamson said his side did not come out with their best performance in the Eliminator of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and that’s why Delhi Capitals deserved to win.Sunrisers had to face a heart-wrenching two-wicket defeat in the knockout game at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here on Wednesday.After setting up a competitive 163-run target, SRH failed to capture key moments during the course of the game and eventually bowed out of the competition.After the match, Williamson felt the total of 162 was adequate. “It was one of those surfaces that produce such close matches. I believed we had a competitive total after the first half. I knew it would be a tricky chase after the powerplay overs as with such totals there are small margins.””We have been in a position of strength before and haven’t nailed it, today was another such day and that’s a little bit frustrating,” he added.It was Prithvi Shaw who set up the chase for Delhi with 56 off 38 at the top of the order before Rishabh Pant blasted 49 off 21 to take them to the brink of victory. However, there were hiccups during the run chase towards the end as the Shreyas Iyer-led side lost a flurry of wickets before Keemo Paul pulled Khaleel Ahmed for the winning boundary off the penultimate delivery.”Delhi played very well, they are a strong outfit and I think they deserved this win and I think they will go all the way,” said Williamson.advertisement”We believed it was a winning total and it looked like it for a long time, they started well and had all the momentum, they had some quality players, as expected on this wicket we squeezed them back and got ourselves ahead, we weren’t very clinical with the catching or in our bowling, we weren’t great today. It wasn’t our best performance, a few things needed to be changed and it could have been a winning total,” he added.The Kiwi further said the team was building and hoped the players would continue to grow and come out with a better performance in the next season.”We are building well as a franchise and the development process will have to continue,” he signed off.Also Read | IPL 2019: Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw knock SRH out, Delhi Capitals on course for maiden finalAlso Read | How is Rishabh Pant not in World Cup squad? Asks Michael Vaughan after DC beat SRHlast_img read more

Sale of Galileo filly signals end to 12-year Godolphin-Coolmore rift

first_imgWhen the hammer fell on Lot 35 at the Goffs Orby sale in County Kildare on Tuesday, a yearling filly by Galileo changed hands for €1.2m and a 12-year rift between Europe’s biggest racing and bloodstock operations seemingly drew to a close. The filly, a daughter of the Group Two winner L’Amour de Ma Vie, was bought to race for Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation, and the owner’s long-standing boycott of yearlings by stallions which stand at John Magnier’s Coolmore Stud seems to be over – just in time for Europe’s most prestigious bloodstock sale, Tattersalls Book 1, in Newmarket next week.The cause of the rift between Magnier and Sheikh Mohammed has never been publicly revealed, though any number of theories have circulated since September 2005, when the Sheikh’s team abruptly stopped bidding for the offspring of Coolmore stallions at the high-profile Keeneland sales in Kentucky. Topics Read more Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Horse racing … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Cracksman out of Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Champion Stakes unlikely While the Sheikh has since bought horses in training sired by Coolmore stallions, including New Approach, who won the 2008 Derby in the colours of Princess Haya, his wife, the boycott of Coolmore-sired yearlings was maintained until a few weeks ago, when a handful were purchased in the United States.Significantly, though, the €1.2m purchase on Tuesday was the result of a bidding duel between John Gosden, representing Godolphin, and John Magnier’s son, MV Magnier, which carried the eventual selling price into seven figures, more than double the €580,000 paid for the day’s second-top lot.Magnier and his partners in the Coolmore Stud syndicate, including Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, are regular buyers of the offspring of their own stallions at the major bloodstock sales, which keeps the market buoyant for breeders while also filling Aidan O’Brien’s racing stable with a fresh generation of potential Classic winners – and future Coolmore stallions – each season.Coolmore’s grip on the most sought-after bloodlines in racing owes much to the brilliant stallion Sadler’s Wells, who was the leading sire in Britain and Ireland for 13 years running from 1992, and the potency he passed on to his sons Montjeu and, above all, Galileo, the 2001 Derby winner and champion sire in eight of the last nine seasons.Sheikh Mohammed has spent the dozen years of his boycott adopting a similar policy to that of Magnier and Coolmore, by buying and racing the offspring of his own stallions in the Darley Stud operation, including Dubawi, the runner-up to Galileo in the sires’ table in 2015 and 2016.The price of avoiding Coolmore’s stallions, however, has been paid on the track. O’Brien has won the Derby six times since 2001, holds the all-time record for victories in Group One races and is on course to set a new record for Group One wins in a single season this year. Sheikh Mohammed, by contrast, has yet to see his own colours cross the line in front in the Derby, while the last trainer to win the British championship solely with Godolphin-owned horses was Saeed bin Suroor in 2004.Gosden, the champion trainer in 2015, was originally lured home to Britain from America to train for Sheikh Mohammed in 1989, and is now training an increasing number of horses for Godolphin.Gosden’s growing significance in the operation is underlined by his successful bid for Tuesday’s top lot in Ireland, and follows the sudden resignation of John Ferguson, Godolphin’s chief executive and one of the Sheikh’s longest-serving bloodstock advisors, in June this year following an internal feud with Bin Suroor. Enable to be supplemented for Arc after Cracksman’s absence Share on Twitter Godolphincenter_img Read more Horse racing tips Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share via Email news Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum Share on Messenger Though he is now within sight of his 70th birthday, Sheikh Mohammed’s will to win on the turf is apparently undiminished. If Godolphin’s purchase on Tuesday truly marks the end of his Coolmore boycott, prices for Europe’s most choicely-bred yearlings at Tattersalls next week could be heading through the roof.Godolphin will send only a single runner, the 25-1 outsider Cloth Of Stars from Andre Fabre’s stable in Chantilly, to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly on Sunday, when Gosden will saddle Enable, the odds-on favourite. She will be added to the field at Wednesday’s supplementary stage to join the 19 horses remaining after the second forfeit stage on Tuesday. All seven of Aidan O’Brien’s initial entries are still in the running, while the going at Chantilly is soft ahead of what could be significant rainfall this weekend.The possibility of a soft-ground Arc could influence Ryan Moore’s choice of partner from the O’Brien team, and he is now 5-4 (from 4-1) with Ladbrokes to ride Order Of St George, the 2016 Ascot Gold Cup winner, in Sunday’s big race. Winter, the 1,000 Guineas winner, is out to 11-4 (from 7-4) to step up to 12 furlongs for the first time in the Arc with Moore in the saddle, and could yet be re-routed to the Prix de l’Opera, over 10 furlongs.Wednesday’s tips, by Greg WoodGoodwood2.10 Setting Sail 2.40 Billesdon Brook 3.10 Me Too Nagasaki (nb) 3.45 What About Carlo 4.20 Notice 4.50 Bahamian Sunrise 5.25 The Big ShortRedcar 2.00 Rock On Bertie 2.30 Milan Reef 3.00 Al Hajar 3.35 Valdolobo 4.10 Quatrieme Ami (nap) 4.40 Fort Bastion 5.15 Desert Ruler 5.45 Point Of WoodsPerth2.20 Pat’s Oscar 2.50 Hope’s Wishes 3.25 Brutal 4.00 Urtheoneiwant 4.30 Ahead Of The Curve 5.05 BallypointKempton Park5.40 Tony Soprano 6.10 Manthoor 6.40 Dazzle Gold 7.10 Maghaweer 7.40 Cape To Cuba 8.10 Batts Rock 8.40 Alfarris 9.10 Atlanta Belle Reuse this contentlast_img read more

DR Congo experts call for bolstered monitoring of arms shipments

In recommendations in its report that was made public today, the five-member panel urged that the mission, known as MONUC, should be notified of “all incoming shipments of military supplies in a timely fashion.”The report was written based on six weeks of investigations that the Group carried out in the DRC, as well as neighbouring countries such as Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda, late last year.When investigating reported cases of military supplies being delivered to the country between August and November 2007, the Group “was informed that as a sovereign State, the Democratic Republic of the Congo considers it has no obligation to disclose this information.”The experts also advised that the Security Council ask the Government and its international partners to restart an “effective process” to disarm, demobilize and reintegrate members of illegal armed groups.Last August, the 15-member body voted unanimously to maintain the sanctions until this month. 19 February 2008The Group of Experts dealing with illegal arms flows into and around the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has called for the strengthening of the monitoring capacity of the United Nations Mission in the vast African nation. read more

UN meeting on AsiaPacific seeks to close huge financial gap for development

“The region needs a much needed shot in the arm to jump start its economies and fight poverty,” the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Kim Hak-Su, told the closing session of the group’s 62nd meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia.“I think we can say we are 70 per cent on the way to finding solutions to close the financing gap, which is very encouraging,” he said of the Jakarta Declaration summing up the meeting’s deliberations.The ministers and senior officials from over 50 countries adopted 12 resolutions that provide the Secretariat with mandates on regional cooperation in such areas as Pacific island developing countries, trade and investment, tourism, Trans-Asian Railway network, information society in Asia and the Pacific, literacy, statistics, as well as the coordination of early warning system arrangements for tsunamis. The resolutions reflected the region’s growing concern about education, public health, rising energy prices and a deteriorating environment, as well as the determination to find new ways to finance its development agenda and increase public-private sector partnerships to achieve it.In what was a first for the Commission, six Pacific leaders exchanged views with other ESCAP members, calling for greater support to the sub-region’s development in such areas as employment, sustainable development; economic infrastructure, and trade, investment and tourism.With an Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ) of nearly 20 million square miles and a huge maritime area, the resource-rich Pacific island developing countries and territories, with a total population of 8 million, reached out to their Asian counterparts to create what ESCAP called “win-win” partnerships.Headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand, ESCAP is the largest of the UN’s five Regional Commissions in terms of population served and area covered. The only inter-governmental forum covering the entire Asia-Pacific region, it aims to promote economic activity and social progress in developing countries throughout the area. read more

Open Text to buy some business assets from tech company HP for

Open Text to buy some business assets from tech company HP for US$315 million by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 20, 2016 7:49 am MDT Last Updated Jun 20, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WATERLOO, Ont. – Open Text Corp. says it will pay US$315 million to acquire some of HP Inc.’s business assets.The transaction includes HP Extream, HP Output Management, HP TeleForm and HP LiquidOffice — collectively used to manage customer communications.Open Text (TSX:OTC) says the purchase will help it expand its range of customer communications management products and services.It estimates that the acquired HP businesses will generate between US$110 million and US$125 million of annualized revenue.The Waterloo, Ont., company is approaching the end of its 2016 financial year, which ends June 30. Revenue for the first nine months ended March 31 totalled US$1.34 billion and analyst estimates full-year revenue will be US$1.82 billion.Open Text expects the sale to close in the first quarter of its 2017 financial year, which begins July 1. read more

Rice genetics placed in global data pool to help develop sustainable crops

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) Treaty made the announcement this week at a meeting for the plant treaty, which is being hosted by FAO in Rome this week.“The genetic information that IRRI is making available to us, and the public at large, is a hugely generous and significant show of support to our endeavours to make all relevant information on genetic resources on plant crops available for future food security,” Shakeel Bhatti, the Secretary of the International Treaty, said in a press release.“To have so much information on rice, which after all is the basic food for half the world’s population, placed at the fingertips of everyone is a major step in securing food security for future generations,” he added.FAO noted that “the need to develop crop varieties that are both more productive, less environmentally damaging and also shock tolerant” is crucial to development, particularly because of the growing global population and the agricultural shocks caused by climate change.During the Rome treaty meeting, participants will discuss how to create one global information system on plant genetic resources, including information on how to access genetic material and seed samples from existing gene banks.“We can’t expect every programme, every gene bank in the world to re-design their databases to match some international standard,” said Director General of IRRI Robert Zeigler, “what we need is inter-operability, to create portals where everyone’s databases can talk to another. This is what the Global Information System on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture will be.” read more

Mens Basketball No 17 Ohio State fights through slow start and slow

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) takes a three-pointer in the second half of the game against Penn State on Jan. 25 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 17 Ohio State men’s basketball team could not get out of its own way against Illinois. Whether it was foul trouble or turnovers, the Buckeyes did all they could to keep the Fighting Illini in the game. Even with a 19-0 run to close out the first half, Ohio State could not pull away from Illinois and found itself trailing for 16:23 of the game. However, Ohio State (20-5, 11-1 Big Ten) made a late push to retake the lead and come away with the 75-67 win against Illinois (12-12, 2-9 Big Ten), narrowly avoiding what would have been its biggest upset loss of the season.“To respond like we did being down was really important for us and we knew it was going to be a game of some runs and a game of imperfection,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said. “Having a resilient approach was really important and the guys did that. They deserve a lot of credit.”Trailing 63-60 with 4:31 remaining in the game, redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop drilled a 3 to tie both the game and his career high in points at 32. With 3:39 left in the game, freshman center Kaleb Wesson made a layup to give Ohio State the 65-63 lead. Ohio State finished the game on a 15-4 run to create separation from Illinois in the end.The Buckeyes were carried once again by Bates-Diop, who set a new career high with 35 points. His 13 rebounds, which also led the game, gave him his 10th double-double of the season.With 8:50 left in the second half, Illinois redshirt senior guard Mark Alstork was fouled on a made layup to tie the game at 52. He made the and-1 to give the Illini the 53-52 lead. He stole the ball on the Buckeyes’ next possession and passed it to freshman guard Mark Smith, who took a foul and made his two free throws to put Illinois up three.Ohio State got off to an abysmal start against the Illini, falling into an early 28-13 hole. The Buckeyes quickly regained traction however, fighting back to a 34-30 lead with a 19-0 run over 9:50 to close out the first half. During that stretch, redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop scored 11 points. Ohio State held Illinois scoreless during the final 10:11 of the half.Starting in place of the suspended redshirt senior guard Kam Williams, sophomore forward Andre Wesson started the scoring off for Ohio State with a resounding one-handed dunk for the first basket of the game.Just under four minutes into the game, however, Illinois went on a 17-2 run to pull ahead to a commanding 28-13 advantage. Ohio State battled back, continuing to show this season that even when it allows big runs, it has what it takes to come back from those deficits.“I’m not the most confident guy at that point,” Holtmann said. “When you’ve watched Illinois there has been runs that they do a great job making on teams and then the way they play, it can lead to runs on both ends. I just didn’t think we had enough life to us defensively, but give Illinois credit. But having said that, we do have a pretty poised, confident group.”The Buckeyes did what they needed to do to win. Though they never were able to create much separation from themselves and their opponents, they never gave up and pushed ahead to the eight-point lead late when it needed to ensure it avoided the same devastating loss to Penn State.Ohio State turned the ball over 15 times and was called for 18 fouls during the game, compared to 11 and 23, respectively, by Illinois. The Fighting Illini converted those Buckeye turnovers into 16 points, whereas Ohio State managed 10 points off the Illinois turnovers.Ohio State outrebounded Illinois 45-22 and held a 38-16 advantage in paint points. Ohio State also made 26-of-33 free throws in the win.Up NextOhio State hits the road for its biggest matchup of the year, traveling to West Lafayette, Indiana, to face No. 3 Purdue at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in a clash between the top two teams in the Big Ten. read more

Hip operations only for those in so much pain they cant sleep

first_imgelderly couple  The number of patients seeking hip surgery has risen significantly amid an ageing population Credit:Alamy 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. Board papers seen by Health Service Journal say a “patient’s pain and disability should be sufficiently severe that it interferes with the patient’s daily life and/or ability to sleep” in order for surgery to be funded.Those who are obese with a body mass index of 35 or over will be told they need to lose 10 per cent of their weight to be eligible for NHS hip or knee surgery, unless their joint problems are very severe.Redditch and Bromsgrove, South Worcestershire, and Wyre Forest CCGs are aiming to prevent about 350 operations a year, by drawing up new eligibility restrictions.But the Royal College of Surgeons said there is “no clinical justification” for their plans.The move is the latest in a round of cost-cutting by CCGs – with wide restrictions in access to treatments, drugs and fertility treatment.center_img Mr Cannon said the scoring system used by the CCGs – known as the Oxford scoring system – were designed to measure outcomes of care “and should not be used to create barriers to care”.”Such criteria are in explicit contravention of Nice and surgical commissioning guidance, and have no clinical justification in being applied to a general population to determine who gets NHS treatment.Last year the surgeon warned that increasing numbers of patients would be left to endure “crippling pain” as rationing spreads across the NHS.A spokeswoman from Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG said: “The CCG has reviewed the criteria for those patients requiring hip or knee replacement surgery.”The Oxford scoring system is a guidance for clinicians and they recognise that many patients will benefit from physiotherapy and weight loss before considering surgery.“If a patient feels that they require this surgery but do not meet these criteria, there is a clear appeals system via individual funding requests whereby the effects can be considered upon the patient and the decision made regarding eligibility for funding.” Patients needing a new hip will only be operated on if they are in so much pain they cannot sleep or carry out daily tasks under new NHS rationing plans.The Royal College of Surgeons said the restrictions were “alarming” and “arbitrary” – ignoring the extra costs from delaying treatment and prolonging pain.Vice-President Stephen Cannon said there was “no clinical justification” for drawing up rules which would force pensioners to endure increasing pain and misery amid a growing financial crisis.Three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in the West Midlands have drawn up plans to dramatically cut the number of people who qualify for hip and knee replacements, in a bid to save £2m a year.Patients in pain would only receive surgery if they were in such agony that they could not sleep or carry out daily tasks, while the most obese will be told they could only have surgery if they lost weight/The CCGs are aiming to cut the number of people who qualify for hip replacements by 12 per cent, with a 19 per cent drop in knee replacements.Mr Cannon said: “The CCGs’ policy decision to restrict access to NHS care, based on arbitrary pain and disability thresholds, is alarming.“It is another example of how the huge financial strains the NHS is currently under are directly affecting patients. It is right to look at alternatives to surgery but this decision should be based on surgical assessment, not financial pressures,” he said.The college said it was  concerned that the latest policy was “just the tip of the iceberg” with rising numbers of areas limiting surgery to those most in pain.“Although the CCGs claim this will save them £2million a year, this overlooks the longer term impact on patients of delayed treatment, prolonged pain, and potentially higher costs of treatment. For example, patients affected by these changes may require additional pain relief medication, and may still require surgery further down the line, which may be more complex,” Mr Cannon said.last_img read more

Homemaker exwife of Laura Ashley boss wins a third of his £200m

first_imgMr Justice Bodey’s detailed ruling on who gets what is expected to be published in the near future.He had analysed the case at a private hearing but said journalists could name Dr Khoo and Ms Chai and report some information.The judge has barred reporters from revealing confidential financial material.Divorce lawyer Ayesha Vardag, who represented Ms Chai, said: “This litigation has been long and arduous. It is a journey which has now ended in the affirmation of the principle of fair sharing.“It emphasises that there is no place in England for discrimination between home maker and bread winner.“I am so proud of the whole team, including our client who worked so hard on this case.”Ms Chai added: “I just want to thank my superb legal team – everyone at Vardags, Richard Todd QC and Nicholas Yates. Thank you.” Khoo Kay Peng, non-executive chairman of Laura Ashley Holdings, leaving the High Court in London Ms Chai is a former Miss Malaysia who was married to businessman Khoo Kay Peng for 42 yearsCredit:Dwayne Senior A former Malaysian beauty queen has been awarded a £64 million divorce payout after a bitter legal battle which her lawyer has described as a victory for the ‘home maker’.A High Court judge ruled yesterday that Pauline Chai should receive the huge settlement – one of the largest in history – after 42 years’ marriage to the chairman of the Laura Ashley fashion business.Legal costs alone had already reached more than £6 million a year ago. The final bill will easily exceed that. The settlement announced by Mr Justice Bodey will be seen as striking a blow in favour of ‘stay at home’ wives.“He is the breadwinner and I stayed at home and looked after the children,” Ms Chai had told an earlier hearing.Ms Chai, who lives in a £30 million mansion in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, had married Dr Khoo, who is also Malaysian, in 1970 and the couple went on to have  five children.The legal costs began to escalate when Dr Khoo fought – and lost – a bid to have the divorce decided in the Malaysian courts where Ms Chai’s settlement would have been far less favourable.  Pauline Chai, estranged wife of Khoo Kay Peng 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.center_img Ms Chai had five children with her husband, who she described as the ‘breadwinner’Credit:PA  Pauline Chai, estranged wife of Khoo Kay Peng, non-executive chairman of Laura Ashley Holdings, leaving the High Court in London Khoo Kay Peng had wanted to give his wife £9mCredit:PA Ms Chai, who was Miss Malaysia in 1969, had demanded half of her ex-husband Khoo Kay Peng’s £205 million fortune. Ms Chai, 70, had insisted she made an equal contribution by fulfilling her role as a “traditional” wife.Dr Khoo, 78, the non-executive chairman of Laura Ashley Holdings, had wanted to give her just £9 million following their split on Valentine’s Day 2013. She won the right to have the case heard in London, arguing the Hertfordshire mansion was their main home, where she stored her collection of a thousand pairs of shoes in bedrooms, a corridor and the basement.last_img read more

Westport and Caterpillar to develop natural gas technology to power mining machines

first_imgWestport Innovations, a global leader in natural gas engines, has signed agreements with Caterpillar to co-develop natural gas technology for off-road equipment, including mining trucks and locomotives. Caterpillar and Westport will combine technologies and expertise, including WestportTM High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) technology and Caterpillar’s industry leading off-road engine and machine product technology, to develop the natural gas fuel system. Caterpillar will fund the development program. When the products go to market, Westport expects to participate in the supply of key components.“This is a significant opportunity that has the potential to transform important segments of the global off-road equipment industries,” said David Demers, CEO of Westport Innovations. “We are working with the global leader in engines, locomotives and off-road equipment to develop an attractive natural gas offering for their customers. The substantial price difference between natural gas and diesel fuel is resulting in a strong financial incentive to enable off-road applications to take advantage of low natural gas energy costs without sacrificing operational performance. There is also a clear environmental incentive because of the reduced carbon emissions. Adding to the solid business case for this program is the potential to convert existing field units to natural gas – opening up a whole new market opportunity.”While the agreements initially focus on engines used in mining trucks and locomotives, the companies will also develop natural gas technology for Caterpillar’s off-road engines, which are used in a variety of applications worldwide.“This agreement does more than pair two leaders in their respective industries,” said Steve Fisher, Vice President of Caterpillar’s Large Power Systems Division. “Many of our customers are asking for natural-gas powered equipment in order to reap the financial and environmental benefits. The program positions Caterpillar to become the first manufacturer to bring Westport HPDI technology to the high power off-road market, offer the broadest product line of natural gas-fueled machines and equipment, and capitalize on the attractiveness of natural gas as an alternate mobile fuel – all within the shortest time frame for our customers.”“This is a true win-win for our customers and the environment,” said Billy Ainsworth, President and CEO of Electro-Motive Diesel, a subsidiary of Progress Rail Services, which will develop the natural gas-powered locomotives. “As a part of Caterpillar, we have the ability to be on the forefront of developing cutting-edge solutions for our industry, and we look forward to continuing those advancements for years to come.”Development programs will start immediately for both new and existing engines, combustion technology and fuel systems. Commercial production is expected to begin in about five years.last_img read more

Wave Glider autonomous ocean robot never needs refueling

first_imgAs we continue to fill the earth with billions of people, it’s important that we monitor the environment and in particular the oceans. Doing so is quite a difficult and expensive task though, due to the size of the oceans and the amount of resources it takes to setup a monitoring buoy or other such systems floating on the waves.As usual, a cheap solution to ocean monitoring has been developed with the aid of technology. Liquid Robotics have developed a completely autonomous robot known as Wave Glider to carry out such tasks.The unmanned maritime vehicle draws all the power it needs from the sun and sea. Its upper section floats on the surface of the water and looks like a surfboard covered in solar panels. 22 feet below the surface is a separate section of the robot attached by a cable to the board above and consisting of several wings. They bob up and down in the relatively still water as the board above moves with the waves, and in so doing generates energy.The Wave Glider is a connected device meaning it can transmit data via satellite anywhere in the world. If you have a web browser and an Internet connection it’s also possible to login and control the robot remotely.The key benefit of the Wave Glider is its ability to travel anywhere without need of refuelling, combined with remote control and on-board sensor systems allowing 24/7 monitoring capabilities. And as they are inexpensive, it’s possible to deploy tens or even hundreds of Wave Gliders in order to collect data about large areas of an ocean over a long period of time.Liquid Robotics believe the Wave Gliders abilities extend to many different fields. They have plans to offer them up for helping with search and rescue, port and harbor security, fisheries management, pollution detection, and marine mammal observation to name but a few. More at Liquid Robotics, via Make and Bloomberglast_img read more

HighDef Images Help Uncover Galaxys Oldest Star Cluster

first_img Hubble Captures Gorgeous Star’s Final Stages of LifeAstronomers Discover Planet With Strange, Egg-Shaped Orbit High definition isn’t just for home entertainment.An ultra high-resolution image captured by the Gemini South telescope in Chile helped uncover one of the oldest star clusters in the Milky Way.“Ultra-sharp adaptive optics images from the Gemini Observatory allowed us to determine the ages of some of the oldest stars in our galaxy,” Leandro Kerber of Brazil’s University of São Paulo and State University of Santa Cruz, said in a statement.Using advanced adaptive optics technology at the Gemini Observatory, an international team of researchers zoomed in on a cluster of stars known as HP 1.“Because we captured these stars in such great detail,” group leader Kerber added, “we were able to determine their advanced age and piece together a very compelling story.”One that begins 13 billion years ago, as the universe neared its 1 billionth birthday.The cluster—”like an ancient fossil buried deep in our galaxy’s bulge,” as University of São Paulo PhD student Stefano Souza put it—dates back about 12.8 billion years.Which makes these stars among the oldest ever discovered—in the Milky Way and beyond.HP 1 (right) shown relative to the full field of the cluster (left) (via Gemini Observatory/NSF/AURA/VISTA/Aladin/CDS)Until recently, astronomers believed that the oldest globular star clusters—spherical swarms of up to a million stars—were found only in the outer parts of the Milky Way, while younger ones resided in the innermost regions.This study, as well as recent data collected from the Gemini Observatory and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, helps prove that theory wrong.Of the roughly 160 globular clusters known in our galaxy, about a quarter form the central hub of the Milky Way (the “yolk,” if you will). Made primarily of old stars, gas, and dust, it stretches some 10,000 light years across.Among the clusters, those that are most metal-poor (lacking in heavier elements)—including HP 1—have long been suspected of being the oldest.Using adaptive optics images from Gemini, as well as archival optical images from the Hubble Space Telescope, scientists were able to confirm that HP 1 was born less than a billion years after the Big Bang, when the universe was in its infancy.“These results crown an effort of more than two decades with some of the world’s premiere telescopes aimed at determining accurate chemical abundances with high-resolution spectroscopy,” study co-author Beatriz Barbuy, of the University of São Paulo, said.“HP 1 is playing a critical role in our understanding of how the Milky Way formed,” Kerber added. “It is helping us to bridge the gap in our understanding between our galaxy’s past and its present.”Kerber & Co. published their findings in the April issue of the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.More on Geek.com:Hubble Telescope Snaps Dazzling View of Two Colliding GalaxiesChandra X-Ray Telescope Uncovers Universe’s Missing MatterGot Sand In Your Shoe? Blame These Exploding Stars Stay on targetlast_img read more

NIB announces higher payments payouts

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Mar 2015 – Higher income earners in the country about to pay more taxes on their salaries, employers are also expected to pay more on those salaries with the changes taking effect at National Insurance come April 1. Increases coming with the new fiscal year for payments to and payouts by the National Insurance Board; the list released yesterday by NIB which now puts into force proposals and approvals from Cabinet and the House of Assembly. Maternity benefits extended now by two weeks to 14 weeks and the wage ceiling will be lifted from $2,600 per month to $4,000 per month being taxable. That new wage ceiling though, will be a gradual change according to the notice; graduated to the eventual $4,000 over three years. In other words, this first year or 30 days from now, the new wage ceiling will be $3,000. The contribution in the private sector is currently 8% with 4.6% payable by the employer and 3.4% payable by the employee… in the public sector it means TCIG will now have to pay 4.025% on all salaries up to $3,000 with the civil service employee paying the other 2.825%; a cumulative 6.85% on higher wages in Government. It will also be easier to pay NIB as the Board is promising that “provisions will be introduced this year for the payment of contributions at places other than an office of the National Insurance Board and payment via credit and debit cards.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:house of assembly, national insurance board, TCIG Editorial: Listen to your Mama Seriously, Sixth Form registration begins at Clement Howell High Aug 15 TCI Premier Responds To Beaches’ Letter Announcing Closure Recommended for youlast_img read more