Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday accused Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal of trying to mislead the farmers of the State with his “brazenly false and unfounded allegations”.Mr. Badal had claimed that the Chief Minister was trying to pass the buck on farm loan waiver.“Had the SAD-BJP government done anything for the State’s farmers during their 10-year rule, the farming community would not be under such acute distress today,” Capt. Singh said. “Our government is doing everything in its powers to bring succour to the beleaguered farmers,” he said in a statement.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I can’t wait to take action and really spread the word about it. I think it’s so important that they’re going across Asia and across the world and I think it’s a great partnership and I’m happy to be a part of it.”Wei Soo, co-founder of Global Citizen and managing director, also expressed his excitement over the partnership, knowing the kind of impact ONE can create with its growing popularity particularly in Asia.“I think ONE championship and its fans can have massive impact in terms of its reach of billions throughout the region and throughout the world and particularly to the values that they espouse and talk about. The values in martial arts which is crucial to the region,” Soo said. “And those are also the values that we want.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPEyeing to make an impact on a much bigger scale, ONE Championship on Monday launched a partnership with Global Citizen, a non-government organization which aims to provide a better life for everyone.The team up is only fitting as ONE, the biggest MMA organization in Asia, adheres to the advocacies of Global Citizen with Chatri Sityodtong, ONE chairman and CEO, reaffirming that part the promotion’s responsibility is to contribute into easing out conflicts in the society.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES D-League: Zark’s-Lyceum dumps Batangas-EAC by 37 points NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police 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 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “As I’ve said before, in ONE, we are more than just having amazing fighters and athletes. These guys are heroes not only to their country but to the world,” said Sityodtong in a press conference at City of Dreams Manila.“And we’re going to use our platform and we’re going to use it to change the world for the better. That’s why we have partners like Global Citizen and amazing heroes like Brandon Vera, Angela Lee and Eduard Folayang, whom our children look up to.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutVera, Lee and Folayang, three of the most popular ONE fighters were named Global Citizen ambassadors for the Philippines and Singapore.“I’m so excited to be a Global Citizen ambassador. I can’t wait to get started and really learn more about this awesome program and movement,” said Lee, the women’s atomweight world champion. View comments
It couldn’t have been better for India. Defeating archrivals Pakistan to enter the final of the ICC World Cup made the victory even sweeter for the co-hosts.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was elated after leading his team into the ultimate battle for the biggest prize in cricket but admitted that they misread the pitch, which was slow and low, and played three seamers.”We misread the pitch and played three seamers. But we were lucky as they bowled and fielded really well. In fact this was the first match in the tournament where we used only five bowlers and didn’t have use any part-time bowler,” Dhoni said.Talking about the target India set for Pakistan, Dhoni said he was confident that it was a fighting score looking at the pitch. “The pitch became slower and the ball was keeping low towards the later overs, so it was not easy to score quickly. Our aim was to last through the overs and I think we put up a decent score,” he said.Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, who failed to snap Pakistan’s losing streak against India in the World Cup said losing wickets at regular intervals became their nemesis.”We were not able to build any solid partnerships and kept on losing wickets, some of them while playing some irresponsible shots. They (India) also bowled and fielded well and ultimately we lost to the better team,” Afridi said.There was a special word of praise for Wahab Riaz, who took five wickets, from his captain. “Wahab bowled really well. He got Sehwag out. But we missed too many chances and I think Sachin was very lucky today,” Afridi commented.advertisementIndeed, Sachin Tendulkar, who was adjudged the man of the match for his 85, had many a close shave during the match. The maestro too was of the opinion that India’s total – 260 – was a fighting score.”Viru got us off to a flyer. But the way the pitch was behaving I think we had a fighting total on board. Also towards the end of the innings Raina played a special knock and those runs were very crucial for us,” Tendulkar said.Looking forward to the final Tendulkar said the team should remain focussed. “The final is of course a special occasion. And we hope to remain calm and focussed to repeat today’s performance said,” he said.
Paul Lee was scoreless in Game 5 for Magnolia. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Paul Lee went scoreless but his impact remained significant in helping Magnolia win against Rain or Shine in the pivotal Game 5 of their Philippine Cup semifinals series.Lee played 28 minutes and missed all of his eight shots from the field but the Hotshots were plus-11 when he was on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon each had 14 points and three assists while Rafi Reavis added nine points and 12 rebounds to lead Magnolia.“It’s okay if I was scoreless because they were really trying to take my game away,” Lee said in Filipino. “But I kept reading the defense and looking for opportunities. They took me out of the game, but by doing that, they left my teammates open.”“I ended up a plus-11 so I have no problems with being scoreless.”The Hotshots look to close out the Painters in Game 6 Friday night at Ynares Center in Antipolo.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07Robredo to ICAD: Let’s go beyond our diefferences00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Gennady Golovkin splits with long-time trainer Sanchez over money dispute Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “Paul Lee knows that it’s not about the points. It’s his leadership. His presence is the most important thing for us—how he draws the defense, how he leads his team,” Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero said in Filipino after his squad’s 82-74 win for a 3-2 series lead.READ: Magnolia closer to PBA finals return, overcomes Rain or Shine in Game 5FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I know Paul. He can score anytime but he wants his teammates to have confidence also. Now, Mark Barroca has that confidence, which he didn’t have the past games. Same with Rafi Reavis and Jio Jalalon so that’s big for us.”The Elasto Painters used their bevy of guards to hound Lee but while they were able to shut down the star guard offensively, their collapsing defense on him left the Hotshots’ other players with some room to operate. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Bikes, shortcuts, bibs for cash: China marathon cheats run rampant “It was a good offensive game but I thought the turnovers really made the difference,” Stotts said.TIP-INS:Portland: The Trail Blazers lost three of four to the Nuggets in the regular season, but the Nuggets only outscored them by a cumulative six points. … The Trail Blazers outshot the Nuggets 51.9% to 50.6%. …Denver: The Nuggets are 4-1 at the Pepsi Center in the playoffs after going an NBA-best 37-4 at home during the regular season. … Denver was 27 of 31 from the free throw line. … Back-to-back layups by Lillard pulled Portland to within five points with nine minutes left, but Jokic sank a pair of free throws off CJ McCollum’s flagrant foul sandwiched by a pair of dunks by Mason Plumlee as Denver pushed its lead back to double digits at 107-96.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Lillard, who struck for 50 points, including a 37-footer at the buzzer to oust Oklahoma City in five games, scored two more points than Jokic. But he had a-half dozen turnovers, missed 8 of 12 3-point attempts and Gary Harris blocked his 3 from behind in the closing minute to keep the Trail Blazers from closing in.“We just made him uncomfortable,” said Jamal Murray, who added 23 points and eight assists for Denver to go with just one turnover.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDespite logging 41½ minutes after playing 43½ two nights earlier, Jokic continued his playoff coming-out party by dominating once more. He made 11 of 18 shots and all 12 of his free throws to go with nine boards and a half dozen assists.“He’s a sponge,” Paul Millsap said. “He picks it up. He sees how people are playing him and guarding him and he makes the right play every time. That’s what’s great about him — he doesn’t force anything. Everything is going to be the right play. He’s going to make the right reads. He’s like a quarterback out there. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess That, said Jokic, was “a really good game for us. It’s Game 7 against an experienced team and I think the level of physicality, the level of pace was at a really, really high level that night. It was a really tough game for us to win and we won it. It gave us an example of how we need to play.”That’s exactly the kind of mettle Malone was looking for from his team, the youngest in the West.KANTER RETURNSThe Trail Blazers got a boost from Enes Kanter, who separated his left shoulder in Game 5 against the Thunder. He scored 26 points in his return to the lineup.“Enes was terrific, very efficient, finished around the basket playing through the shoulder injury,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “I couldn’t have asked any more of him.”Kanter was more concerned about facing Jokic.“I didn’t even think about my shoulder,” Kanter said. “It’s the playoffs.”SLOPPY PLAYThe game was marred by 30 turnovers, but the Blazers turned 12 takeaways to just six points while the Nuggets turned Portland’s 18 turnovers into 23 points.“I think today’s game was really sloppy,” Jokic said. “There wasn’t much defense.” Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, pushes off Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard in the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Monday, April 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — The Denver Nuggets avoided both an emotional letdown and another Damian Lillard masterpiece.Forty-eight hours after dispatching the Spurs in their first Game 7 triumph in 41 years, the Nuggets rode a 37-point performance from Nikola Jokic to a 121-113 win over the well-rested Portland Trail Blazers in the opener of their second-round series Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “I consider him like a Tom Brady — he’s always going to pick you apart and make the right reads. Commend him for doing that at this stage in his career. It’s unbelievable.”Denver coach Michael Malone was more concerned about his team’s emotional state than his players’ physical state after a hard-fought series with San Antonio while the Blazers, making their sixth straight playoff appearance, were enjoying nearly a week off.“Saturday night, an emotional high, winning a Game 7, that was part of my biggest concern about tonight,” Malone said. “Obviously you’re worried about guarding them but how would we react from that emotional hangover? I thought our guys did a pretty good job.”Game 2 is Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center.The Nuggets were coming off a 90-86 win over San Antonio 48 hours earlier, their first Game 7 victory since May 3, 1978, against Milwaukee.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Australia sport news It sounds like something out of a TV show – probably because it is. Winner of reality TV program The Recruit, Matt Eagles, has been named to make his AFL debut at 28 in Brisbane’s clash with Collingwood at the Gabba on Sunday. … 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. Reuse this content Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Eagles – from Port Lincoln in South Australia – did not start playing AFL until he was a teenager. That’s not the most unlikely part of his journey. Besides landscaping, Eagles had also dabbled in mining and dredging work before rolling the dice and entering The Recruit.“The journey has been a bit of a rollercoaster coming from a different pathway,” Eagles said. “I’ve loved it and I’d like to take this time to thank everyone involved in the journey – I’m just really proud to put the jumper on.”Eagles – a ruck-forward – had earned a one year Lions contract extension in late 2017. He will hope to spark the second-last Lions against the Magpies (10th; 3-3 record) after a frustrating 0-6 season start. Share on LinkedIn AFL Share on Messenger Brisbane Lions Carlton finally commits to rebuild – but will leadership baulk? Read more Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Topics Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp An AFL career appeared an eternity away for Eagles when he owned a landscaping business just two years ago. But a decision to enter season two of Fox8’s The Recruit in 2016 changed his life.“The dream has come true for him. It’s come true because he’s worked hard,” Lions coach Chris Fagan said.At 200cm and 99kg, Eagles had all the physical attributes of an AFL player when he was drafted onto the Lions’ rookie list after winning The Recruit. But Fagan admitted he had his doubts when the dreadlocked Eagles first arrived at the Lions.“If you had have been at the first training session he turned up to, which was my first training session with the Lions, the number of times he got falconed [ball hit him in the head] and missed kicks and missed handballs, I was thinking ‘this is going to test me out a little bit’,” Fagan said.“From that day forward he’s continued to improve in all elements- skill, game understanding, diet, fitness, the lot. He’s come a long, long way. It’s a great story.”Sign up to receive the latest Australian sports stories every day Australian rules football
England Women’s team manager Phil Neville has not backed away from his criticism of the behaviour of Cameroon’s players and staff during their controversial defeat to Neville’s team in the Women’s World Cup second round game on Sunday.The Cameroon players reacted poorly to two VAR decisions – one awarded to England after initially being disallowed at the end of the first-half, while Cameroon had a goal chalked off after it had been given just after the restart. Each was the result of a marginal offside call.The African side protested both decisions, and after the England goal was awarded they delayed the subsequent kick-off to have an impromptu team huddle in the centre-circle. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Neville was clear that he would not accept similar actions from his charges, and laid the blame at the feet of Alain Djeufmadid in the opposition dugout.“When I started in management, I think Arsene Wenger told me the team mirror the manager,” Neville told a press conference after the game.“And their team mirrored the manager. If that was any of my players, and it wouldn’t ever be any of my players, they would never play for England again with that sort of behaviour.”The former Manchester United man sought to praise the referee, Qin Liang of China, for the way she handled the protests, and even her failure to award what he thought should have been a penalty to England as the game wore down.“I feel sorry for the referee,” he continued.“The decisions were correct, and I think at the end the referee was probably trying to protect football by not giving the penalty, not giving the sending off.“She was trying to protect football and I admire her unbelievably for that.”Neville also urged Cameroon to back away from criticisms of the officials after the game, saying they should consider their own behaviour.“I think what we’ve seen today is we’ve seen people fighting in the VIP area, we’ve seen Cameroon people fighting at our hotel and we’ve seen that behaviour on the field.“So I would say get your ship in order before you start throwing stones.“I’m just proud of my players, I’m proud of the organisation I work for, because we’ve handled ourselves with class.”
September, glorious September: it’s National Biscuit Month. A time when we spend 30 days truly appreciating the flaky, buttery, golden brown circles of dough that make mornings worth it. Now for a National Biscuit Month pop quiz! Which city is the biscuit capital of the world? If you guessed Natchez, Mississippi, go get yourself a victory biscuit! (Incidentally, it’s also the Bed & Breakfast capital of the world, if anyone ever asks). The historic town, just 80 miles from Baton Rouge, is celebrating its 300th birthday with its first ever Biscuit Festival on September 24th. Arrange to drive, fly, or paddle down the Mississippi because this should not be missed. Plus, festival organizer Chef Regina Charboneau offers us her famous Butter Biscuit with orange marmalade recipe. Natchez was founded in 1716 and still has a rich cultural mix of its original settlers: the Natchez people, later the French, Spanish, English, as well as the members of the Bambara tribe of west Africa brought over as slaves. Boasting the greatest number of antebellum houses anywhere in the United States, it’s also the oldest continuous settlement on the mighty Mississippi. Plus, Conde Nast says it’s the seventh friendliest city.As if all that weren’t enough, it’s got biscuits, baby, and the festival to prove it. This is the inaugural festival and the people of Natchez are offering a helluva lineup. There will be a bake off, naturally, with three categories: Children’s, Home Cooks, and Chefs. Each category will compete in both breakfast biscuits and the intriguingly named “most creative” biscuits.Chef Bingo Starr and Chef Regina Charboneau will host biscuit demonstrations at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm, offering up pro tips to making these doughy circles of heaven. Different restaurants will provide their spin on biscuits for tasting: among them, Chef Starr’s incomparable Carriage House (on the grounds of the spectacular Stanton Hall) is serving up a Spicy Pimento Cheese biscuit, Chef Charbonneau’s King’s Tavern (which is possibly haunted) is cooking up a Chicken Pot Pie with bacon thyme biscuit crust, and the aptly-named Biscuits and Blues is offering up caramelized pears on a cinnamon biscuit.Perhaps the most exciting moment of the day will come at 2 pm when the Biscuit Queen will be chosen by the audience and then crowned. The title may conjure up a sweet, beautiful, simpering Southern Belle, but the committee behind the Natchez Biscuit Festival knows their true queen may come from an unexpected place. In their own words, because it’s too wonderful to paraphrase: “Floozys may apply…but cute is cute- you can be 5 years old or 95 years old.” And this is all while shoving sweet and savory biscuits in your face along the shores of the lolling Mississippi. The event is free and open to the public from 10 am to 6 pm on Main Street between Pearl and Wall streets. Is there a more perfect day?The festival is the creation of Chef Regina Charboneau, native daughter of Natchez, who after years of culinary adventuring from Alaska to Paris to San Francisco, authoring cookbooks and being the culinary director of the American Queen Riverboat, she returned home in 2001. She bought historic Twin Oaks, offering guesthouses and cooking classes that she teaches herself! She’s also the owner of King’s Tavern, which is the oldest (still standing) building in the Mississippi Territory and as stated earlier, is probably haunted.If you tragically can’t attend personally, Chef Charboneau has gifted us with her recipe for Butter Biscuits with orange marmalade butter to give you a taste of what you’re missing.Regina Charboneau Twin Oaks -Biscuit recipesI prefer Calumet baking powder and Land O Lakes salted butter and salted margarine. Also note that freezing the biscuits before they’re baked is essential—it adds to the flakiness, and they can be made ahead of time and kept for up to 2 months in the freezer.Makes 2 dozen4 cups all-purpose flour1/4 cup baking powder1/4 cup sugar1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, chilled and cut into 2-inch cubes1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) salted margarine, chilled and cut into 2-inch cubes1 3/4 cups buttermilk, chilled Put the flour, baking powder, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Turn the machine on low and blend the dry ingredients for 15 seconds. Add the butter and margarine cubes and the buttermilk to the flour mixture before turning on the mixer. Turn the mixer on medium and count to ten. This goes very quickly; the key is to not overmix the dough. There will be large chunks (the size of quarters) of butter and margarine in the dough. That’s just how it should be. Don’t mix it any more. Once the dough is rolled and folded, it will become smooth. Scrape the dough from the bowl onto a generously floured work surface and shape into a rectangle about 2 inches thick. Fold the dough into thirds and, with a rolling pin, roll the dough out to a 2-inch thickness. Fold it again into thirds, give the dough a one-quarter turn, and roll it out again to a 2-inch thickness. Continue folding, turning, and rolling the dough until it is smooth and the dough has yellow ribbons of butter and margarine. This is a sign that the biscuits will be flaky. Roll the dough to 1 1/2-inch thickness. Using a 2-inch biscuit cutter, cut the dough into rounds. When rerolling the dough, gently stack it to retain the layers. Do not overwork the dough. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen, transfer the biscuits to plastic bags. The unbaked biscuits can be frozen for 2 months. To bake, preheat the oven to 350°F. Place however many frozen biscuits you want to serve in the cups of muffin tins Let thaw in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Bake until golden brown, 23 to 25 minutes. Serve right out of the oven—biscuits are best freshly baked. Baking them in muffin tins is key, as it helps the biscuits keep their shape and get the perfect crispness on the bottom.Orange Marmalade Butter1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, at room temperature3 tablespoons sweet orange marmalade Put the butter and marmalade in a mini food processor and pulse to combine. (Alternatively, whisk together the butter and marmalade in a bowl.) Using a rubber spatula, transfer the butter to a decorative serving bowl. Serve the butter with hot biscuits or other breakfast pastries.The butter also can be spread onto a sheet of plastic wrap, shaped into a log, wrapped, and frozen. Bring to room temperature before serving, either on a butter dish or cut into thin slices. The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious For a Grown-Up Spin on a Slushy, Try A Mangoneada How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes Editors’ Recommendations
America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make The Best Cast Iron Camping Cookware Size MattersAfter you’ve found the perfect spot, determine what size you want your fire pit to be. The smaller the fire pit, the smaller the heat output and seating area for friends to gather. The bigger the pit, the larger the fire needed, as well as the amount of space between friends to converse across. We suggest a fire pit with an outside diameter between four and six feet, depending on the thickness of the wall of your fire pit. For height, think about how tall your furniture will be and shoot for something that is a couple of inches shorter. This will allow for both optimal heat and fire viewing enjoyment.Make a PlanThere are many different ways to build a fire pit. Some might choose to use cement to build a base and hold together an inside ring of heat-friendly fire bricks and an outside layer of face stones. Others might be happy with a rudimentary ring of big rocks (use igneous rock instead of rock like sandstone, which has air pockets). We think there is a place in the middle that looks good, works well, and doesn’t cost too much time or money. A solid fire pit can be built by creating a safe and attractive base, using large rocks — and proper stacking technique — to build a ring with an open and natural look or with an added fire bowl.How to Build a Fire PitFollow these steps to build your very own primitive hotspot:Ground: Your fire pit should sit on a level ground. Mark out the shape of your fire pit — the outside circumference — on your lawn (you can use a screwdriver and string to measure). Then remove 2-3 inches of the topsoil layer in that area to make room for your base. Stamp down the soil and make sure it is level. Feel free to use proper tools or your hands and feet — get creative.Base: Fill the 2-3 inch void with gravel or sand to create the base on which your fire pit will be built. Stamp down and equally disperse the base material so it is flat and level.Stones: You can go two ways here, depending on how much you want to pay and what you want your fire pit to look like. The easy way means going to your big box hardware store for pre-cut fire pit stones, the other means picking up landscape or field stones from your local landscape supply store (or field). Either source (except the field) can help you pick the right rock for your project. With either option, consider using a landscape adhesive between stones to keep them in place. Otherwise, let gravity do its job.Pre-cut fire pit stones: Take a look at the ready-to-go stones or full kit from Lowe’s. A kit is an easy option, but you can buy the individual stones to reduce costs and increase your creative control. This is a basic but solid option.Landscape/field stones: Working with a knowledgeable landscape staff member, pick out stones of various sizes and patterns. Make sure they are fire-friendly. This option will result in a rustic and natural product, but will likely cost quite a bit more and require thoughtful stacking technique. It’s time to rekindle that fire — a fire that has echoed through the souls of man for years. The drive to take an idea, make a plan, gather materials, and build something where there was nothing before. It’s time to return to confidence, determination, self-belief. One of man’s greatest accomplishments was to harness fire, so why not start by building a fire pit?The steps below are an outline of how to build a fire pit. This guide will serve as the spark to get you started on your project. There are many different approaches, from minimalist to extravagant, so do as you please. As you get started, take comfort in knowing that mistakes will be made along the way, but your final product will bring warmth to your friends and to yourself.Choose Your SpotConsider where your fire pit would make the most sense. In addition to thinking through backyard flow and aesthetics, consider these few important aspects:Is there anything nearby that can catch fire? A nearby bush, low hanging tree limbs, your house …Will you want furniture around your fire pit? Allow for enough space to furnish appropriately.Are the neighbors going to be annoyed — or annoying? Editors’ Recommendations How to Put Out a Fire Without Hurting Yourself in the Process Finishing touches: Once the wall of the fire pit is complete, you can leave it as is or add an appropriately sized fire bowl for aesthetics and easy clean-up.Invite Friends and FamilyYour hands might be bandaged, toes stubbed, and mind tired from setbacks — but you’ve done it. You’ve harnessed the power of fire. Well, almost. Call up your friends and get your family over to enjoy the fruits of your labor. It’s time to relax and spend some time with your loved ones. At some point in the night, though, when things are dying down and you find a quiet moment besides the fire, think of those that came before you and how they too stared into the flame wondering about the mountains, the moon, and, perhaps, what to build next.Article originally published March 2017. Last updated December 2018. The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure
Hong Kong-based container liner Seaspan Corporation has ordered seven containerships for a total of USD 653 million.On April 13, 2014, Seaspan entered into contracts with Hanjin Heavy Industries Corporation Philippines (HHIC-PHIL) for the construction of five 11000 TEU containerships for an aggregate purchase price of approximately USD 467.5 million.These five vessels are scheduled for delivery throughout 2017 and each vessel is on a 17-year charter, at the conclusion of which the operator plans to purchase each vessel at a pre-determined amount.Pursuant to its right of first refusal agreement with Greater China Intermodal Investments LLC, (GCI), Seaspan retained three of the 11000 TEU newbuilding containerships and GCI acquired the remaining two vessels.On April 27, 2015, Seaspan entered into contracts with Jiangsu Xinfu and Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. for the construction of two 10000 TEU containerships for an aggregate purchase price of approximately USD 186 million. These vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2017 and will be constructed using Seaspan’s SAVER design. These vessels remain subject to allocation pursuant to Seaspan’s right of first refusal agreement with GCI, the company said.” These transactions increase our owned and managed fleet to 118 vessels. With a strong and flexible capital structure, we remain well positioned to capitalize on growth opportunities, as we continue to provide leading liner companies with large, efficient containerships,” commented Gerry Wang, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of Seaspan.Seaspan reported a strong and stable cash flow in the first quarter of 2015 due to its growing fleet. Revenue increased by 12.2% to $188.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, over the same period in 2014. The increase was primarily due to the delivery of six 10000 TEU vessels in 2014, partially offset by an increase in scheduled offhire.The company posted USD 21,333 net profit in Q1 2015, 18% higher when compared to the same period in 2014.“Complementing our growth strategy, we continue to take advantage of our stable business model to return capital to shareholders. We are pleased to have declared a $0.375 per share common dividend for the first quarter, representing a 9% increase over the fourth quarter 2014 dividend and a 275% increase since March 2010,” Wang added.
Dans son rapport d’avril 2018 au sujet du suivi des recommandations de 2014 et 2015, publié aujourd’hui 3 avril, le vérificateur général Michael Pickup a souligné que le gouvernement fait un très bon travail dans l’application des recommandations formulées dans le cadre de vérifications précédentes. « Cette année, le taux d’achèvement général est de 75 p. 100, et il s’agit du taux le plus haut atteint par le gouvernement. Je félicite le gouvernement et je suis ravi de voir une amélioration continue au cours des quatre dernières années. Le taux d’achèvement en 2014 était de 53 p. 100, comparativement à 75 p. 100 cette année », affirme M. Pickup. Le vérificateur général a fait un suivi sur 213 recommandations et les engagements pris par le gouvernement en réponse à ces recommandations, découlant de 20 vérifications effectuées en 2014 et en 2015. Les 160 recommandations mises en application démontrent les efforts continus des dirigeants du gouvernement et de la fonction publique, ainsi que l’examen rigoureux des personnes responsables de la surveillance. « Il est encourageant de voir les 12 organismes du gouvernement qui ont accompli la totalité des mesures promises, et les dirigeants de ces organismes peuvent être fiers de cette réussite. » « Les organismes qui n’ont pas encore accompli toutes les mesures promises doivent poursuivre leur travail pour contribuer à la promotion d’un meilleur gouvernement pour tous les Néo-Écossais. » Dans son rapport, le vérificateur général a souligné que le taux d’achèvement de la Régie de la santé de la Nouvelle-Écosse relativement à deux vérifications effectuées en 2014 était de 44 p. 100. Il note qu’il est inquiétant que la Régie n’ait pas accompli cinq des sept mesures prévues pour appliquer les recommandations concernant le temps d’attente pour les chirurgies et l’utilisation des salles d’opération. Le temps d’attentes pour une chirurgie demeure un problème pour les Néo-Écossais et leurs familles. Les données publiques démontrent que les Néo-Écossais qui ont besoin d’un remplacement de la hanche ou du genou doivent généralement attendre un an et demi pour leur chirurgie, excluant le temps d’attente pour un renvoi à un chirurgien. La norme nationale du temps d’attente pour une chirurgie est de six mois, et le gouvernement provincial a accepté cette norme. « Les représentants de la Régie de la santé de la Nouvelle-Écosse nous ont dit qu’ils travaillent en vue de réduire le temps d’attente pour une chirurgie et d’améliorer l’utilisation des salles d’opération à l’échelle de la province. Ils disent avoir élaboré un plan détaillé pour la réduction du temps d’attente pour le remplacement d’une hanche ou d’un genou en vue de respecter la norme nationale de six mois d’attente d’ici 2020 », poursuit M. Pickup. « Nous encourageons la Régie à accomplir toutes les mesures promises et à faire rapport au public sur la réduction du temps d’attente pour une chirurgie, y compris les réductions considérables nécessaires pour atteindre son objectif d’ici 2020. » Une courte vidéo, un résumé de deux pages et le rapport intégral de 37 pages sont disponibles au http://www.oag-ns.ca (en anglais seulement).
It’s not uncommon for kids to get the back to school blues but sometimes the stress can start to impact their lives and development.Registered psychologist, and Director of Moroz Child Psychology, Kelly Moroz says the best way to prepare kids for that first day is to make things as predictable as possible.“Some parents, just before school starts, will do dry runs with their children, waking up a little bit earlier, mimicking what getting ready for school looks like,” he said. “Taking a bus to get there, checking out the school and going on the playground.”Parents can also give them something to look forward to.“They might relate it to their own experience with school, talking about their favourite parts of the day to enhance the predictability of fun things that will occur in the school day,” said Moroz.Keeping a calendar with all of the extracurricular activities on it can also help.“The whole purpose of the hobbies and activities is to make for an enjoyable experience of life and if it’s starting to get to the point where you can barely even schedule in the activities themselves, let alone other relaxing fun time with the family, it’s often an indicator that changes have to occur with how many activities we do,” he explained.There are some clear signs stress could be affecting your child, such as coming up with excuses to avoid going to school.“It could change who they play with, how they eat and how they sleep,” said Moroz.For some, it could even look like they’re becoming ill.
Kolkata: More than one crore voters in over eight Lok Sabha constituencies will exercise their franchise on April 29.Canvassing reached a peak over the past couple of days including big rallies, road shows, street corner meetings and last minute door-to-door contact with voters in Berhampore, Ranaghat, Krishnanagar, Burdwan East, Burdwan-Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur (SC) and Birbhum, before coming to an end at 6 pm. Of these eight seats, Congress and BJP have one seat each. In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Adhir Chowdhury and Babul Supriyo were elected from Berhampore and Asansol respectively. The remaining six seats had been won by the Trinamool Congress in the 2014 elections. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn Berhampore, the Trinamool has fielded Apurba Sarkar, a close aide of Adhir Chowdhury. In the past four years, the TMC has made inroads in Murshidabad which is believed to be a Congress stronghold. Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, is looking after Murshidabad district on behalf of the party. He has organised the party and in 2018 Panchayat elections, the Trinamool has got control over the Zilla Parishad. In Krishnanagar seat, the Trinamool has fielded Mahua Moitra, the party’s MLA from Karimpur. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn Ranaghat, the Trinamool Congress supremo replaced Tapas Mondol, party’s candidate who was elected in 2014 with Rupali Biswas. The latter is the widow of Satyajit Biswas, the party’s MLA from Krishnagunj, who was murdered in February this year. In Asansol, Trinamool MP from Bankura Moon Moon Sen is contesting in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Her rival is Babul Supriyo, the sitting BJP MP. In Burdwan East and Burdwan-Durgapur seats, the Trinamool has fielded two sittings MPs, Sunil Mondol and Mumtaz Sanghamita respectively. Asit Mal is TMC’s nominee in Bolpur (SC) seat. The former MP Anupam Hazra was expelled from the party and he is contesting from Jadavpur seat. Shatabdi Roy is contesting from Birbhum Lok Sabha seat with Trinamool’s ticket. Mamata Banerjee has campaigned in all the eight seats and took part in road shows which had attracted thousands of people. Political experts said in the eight seats where election will be held on April 29, the Trinamool Congress is likely to gain the Asansol seat. Trinamool workers are burying hatchets and are campaigning for Moon Moon Sen. Besides door-to-door campaigns, Sen has addressed meetings of the workers and visited the villages. Malay Ghatak, state Law minister, said party workers are leaving no stones unturned to ensure her victory.
“The text being finalized over the next three weeks in Vienna has been compiled from proposals submitted by 26 countries from all regions of the world. That by itself reflects the global nature of the problem,” said Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the Vienna-based UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The sixth session of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Negotiation of the UN Convention against Corruption, running through 8 August, will focus on areas where divergence still exists. These include the search for a definition of corruption, assets recovery and the question of whether to sanction only public, or also private, corruption. Mr. Costa called for every effort to be made to reach consensus. “The effective fight against corruption is a condition for good governance and rule of law. These in turn are foundations of financial stability and sustainable development. Above all, the world needs an anticorruption instrument with teeth, namely able to have an impact,” he stated. Finalizing the text would allow the new instrument to be submitted to the General Assembly at its 58th session this September and to the High-level Signing Conference scheduled to take place in Merida, Mexico, from 9 to 11 December.
by The Associated Press Posted Jan 12, 2017 9:45 am MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, photo, shows a house for sale in Coral Gables, Fla. On Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, Freddie Mac reports on the week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) WASHINGTON – Long-term US mortgage rates fell this week, the second week of declines after snapping a nine-week run of increases.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on 30-year fixed-rate loans eased to an average 4.12 per cent from 4.20 per cent last week. That was still sharply higher than a 30-year rate that averaged 3.65 per cent for all of 2016, the lowest level recorded from records going back to 1971. A year ago, the benchmark rate stood at 3.92 per cent.The average for a 15-year mortgage declined to 3.37 per cent from 3.44 per cent last week.Mortgage rates surged in the weeks since the election of Donald Trump in early November. Investors in Treasury bonds bid yield rates higher because they believe the president-elect’s plans for tax cuts and higher spending on roads, bridges and airports will drive up economic growth and inflation.That would depress prices of long-term Treasury bonds because inflation would erode their value over time, a prospect that caused investors to demand higher yields.In the latest week, a report from the government on employment in December pushed the price of the 10-year Treasury bond higher, dampening its yield. The Labor Department report issued last Friday showed that U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs last month, capping a year of slower but solid hiring.Though the unemployment rate rose to 4.7 per cent from a nine-year low of 4.6 per cent, it did so for an encouraging reason: More people began looking for work. Because not all of them found jobs immediately, more people were counted as unemployed in December.Bond yields move opposite to prices and influence long-term mortgage rates. The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond fell to 2.37 per cent Wednesday from 2.44 per cent a week earlier. That compares with 1.87 per cent on Election Day Nov. 8. The yield declined further to 2.33 per cent Thursday morning.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was unchanged this week at 0.5 point. The fee on 15-year loans also remained at 0.5 point.Rates on adjustable five-year loans fell to 3.23 per cent from 3.33 per cent. The fee increased to 0.5 point from 0.4 point. Average US 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.12 per cent
In less than two weeks, world leaders will gather once again, this time in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, to launch a renewed and strengthened global partnership to finance people-centred sustainable development. They will aim to ensure that resources go where they are needed most to promote economic prosperity and improve health, education and employment opportunities while protecting the environment.The Third International Conference on Financing for Development comes at a critical time. Its outcome – still being negotiated by UN Member States – will be an important milestone on the road toward the adoption of a new sustainable development agenda in New York in September and a universal climate change agreement in Paris in December. “The implementation and success of our new global agenda will rely on a robust financing framework, which will be adopted in Addis,” said Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.Mr. Wu, who is also the Secretary-General of FFD3, as the Conference is informally known, added that success in Addis will leverage strong political momentum for the September summit that will adopt the post-2015 development agenda and the UN Paris climate conference, known as COP 21, where Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change are expected to agree a new accord to keep global warming below 2°C. “If we fail in Addis, the post-2015 development agenda cannot be successful,” he said in an interview with the UN News Centre. “If we fail both in the post-2015 development agenda and financing for development, I think the COP 21 negotiations will be adversely affected.” Wu Hongbo shares his outlook for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development with UNTV. Credit: UN DESA“As many of the ambassadors put it well, ‘we cannot afford to fail’,” he stressed.The Addis Conference will engage countries and businesses to channel their investments to improve people’s lives while protecting the environment. It is expected to result in concrete commitments on finance, trade, debt, governance, technology and innovation for the next 15 years. One of the most important issues discussed in Monterrey, as well as at the follow-up conference held in 2008 in the Qatari capital, Doha, was official development assistance (ODA), which remains crucial even today, especially for the world’s 48 least developed countries. The ‘Monterrey Consensus’ urged developed countries to make concrete efforts towards the target of 0.7 per cent of gross national product (GNP) as ODA to developing countries. Five countries have exceeded this target – Denmark, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.While net ODA flows increased significantly after Monterrey, from $84 billion in 2000 to about $134 billion in 2013, preliminary data for 2014 indicate a decline. “We are really trying to encourage all the donor countries, both in the OECD [Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development] and outside, to take a very serious look at what they’ve been doing in providing official development assistance and trying to scale up their efforts to meet their commitments as early as possible,” said Mr. Wu.At the same time, given that ODA alone will not generate the necessary resources, additional or innovative sources of financing will be crucial to achieve global development goals. An example of an innovative mechanism is the international solidarity levy on air tickets, the funds from which help to develop drugs to treat HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Experts believe the necessary financial resources do exist, with some $22 trillion a year in global savings, but the resources are currently not allocated adequately. The funds must be unlocked, mobilized, channelled and used more effectively for sustainable development. “We are trying to help the Member States to find their own way to finance the sustainable development agenda,” Mr. Wu stated. “We are trying to tell the international community how to help those who are in need, who are most vulnerable, with the financial support.”According to the Under-Secretary-General, the Addis Conference should produce three key outcomes: a holistic financing framework for sustainable development; concrete deliverables, particularly in areas such as poverty eradication; and a strong follow-up process that leaves no one behind.He believes political and finance leaders must take the responsibility and “rise to the challenge” when they meet in Addis from 13 to 16 July. “The Addis Ababa Conference on Financing for Development will be a test to make finance work for people and the planet.”
Freshman forward Nichelle Prince (7) chases down the ball in a game against Eastern Michigan Aug. 25. OSU won, 2-1, in OT.Photo credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAfter splitting the first two matches away from Columbus, the No. 21 Ohio State women’s soccer team continues its road trip with a pair of matches against Central Michigan and St. John’s at the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind.The Buckeyes are 4-1-1 so far this season, and saw its school-record 15-match unbeaten streak end last Thursday in a 1-0 loss at Boston College. However, the Buckeyes rebounded with a 4-1 win against Northeastern Sunday.Despite Sunday’s win, coach Lori Walker is still looking for more out of her team, including a complete and mistake-free match.“We have yet to play a complete game. Flashes of brilliance have not been sustained,” Walker said. “We showed character coming back from a deficit (Sunday) but our own mistakes are throwing us into a hole that we have to fight and claw out of.”In Sunday’s win, freshman forward Nichelle Prince notched OSU’s first hat trick of the season and the 11th in program history. Prince also had an assist in the 13th minute to go along with her three goals.Walker praised Prince, and said it helped that she came to OSU with more experience than the average freshman.“Nichelle (Prince) is a very experienced player, she has (played) with her full national team in Canada and a youth world championship,” Walker said.With her performance over the weekend, Prince was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week Monday, the first Buckeye to receive a weekly honor this season. Prince has four goals on the season for OSU, which is good for a three-way tie for sixth in the Big Ten. She has also been helping out her teammates, adding in four assists, tied for fifth best in the conference.“I’m so glad to be playing with a great group of girls,” Prince said.Although Prince has four goals for the Buckeyes, as a team, they have 11 on the year, tied for eighth most in the Big 10. Offense is a key moving forward for the Buckeyes, senior midfielder Kristin Niederhaus said.“I think it’s going to be really important to work on keeping the ball more and combinational play … we can really work on that,” Neiderhaus said.The first opponent for the Buckeyes in the Hoosier Classic is scheduled to be the Central Michigan Chippewas Friday at 3:30 p.m. The Chippewas head into the match with an 0-4-1 record, falling to Washington 2-0 in their most recent match.Sunday, the Buckeyes are set face an undefeated St. John’s team that has only allowed one goal in six matches this season. Kickoff against the Red Storm is set for 11 a.m. Sunday.
Ohio State fans wait for the Buckeyes to arrive at Ross-Ade Stadium for the game against Purdue on Oct. 20. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes faced off against Purdue on Oct. 20 in Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes lost 49-20, making their overall record 7-1. Photos by Casey Cascaldo.
Dr Wolfgang Baum is inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in the exploration category for 2015. Baum has been a pioneer in process mineralogy, in fact he is a world recognised as a process mineralogist with over 40 years of industrial experience in the mining industry. He is currently director of the Ore Characterization and Process Mineralogy Laboratory at the FLSmidth Minerals Research Test Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.Baum pioneered the first commercial installation of QEMSCAN technology in the USA, operating five QEMSCAN systems in Arizona, and two at a mine site in Peru. He was the leader of a design and engineering team for the installation of the two of the most advanced robotics preparation and analytical laboratories in the USA. He is an innovator in the integration of mineralogical analyses into geo-metallurgical programs for several base metal mining operations in the USA and overseas.He has authored over 70 technical papers, hold two patents, and received the James Douglas Gold Medal award from SME in 2009.Baum left FLSmidth at the end of June and has formed a consulting firm called Ore & Plant Mineralogy LLC.Don’t forget to put your nominations in (to firstname.lastname@example.org) for the 2016 inductions. There are 12 categories:1.Exploration2.Underground development3.Underground Production4.Surface mining5.Comminution6.Concentration7.Mining software8.Safety9.Bulk handling10.Metallurgy11.Environmental management and stewardship12.Outstanding innovator.
Four years after the tragic deaths of teenagers George Loizou and Peter Stavrou, a jury is considering whether a P-plate driver caused or contributed to their deaths, along with two others, by drag racing, even though the car he was driving did not crash. The County Court jury was told on Wednesday that Simon Farrugia, then 19, was drag racing his 18-year-old friend Hasan Burke at up to 150km/h between Dromana and Altona North on December 9, 2007, after six friends left another friend’s memorial service, according to reports in The Age.Mr Burke’s car – with three passengers, Salih Niyazi, 18, and George Loizou and Peter Stavrou, both 17 – veered from the far right lane of the West Gate Freeway to the far left and hit a tree just before the Millers Road off-ramp. The car and its occupants were incinerated shortly after impact. Farrugia and his passenger, Mahmut Temurci, were not injured as Farrugia skidded to a stop in the emergency lane. Farrugia, now 22, has pleaded not guilty to four counts of culpable driving and one count of reckless conduct endangering life and is standing trial. Opening the case, prosecutor Tim Hoare said it would be alleged that Farrugia and Mr Burke were speeding and drag-racing ”in a competitive manner over some distance”. He said some witnesses put the speed of the cars at up to 150km/h and a police reconstruction put Mr Burke’s speed at a minimum of 149km/h at impact. However defence counsel Damian Sheales said both Farrugia and Mr Temurci denied drag racing or speeding. Mr Sheales – who described the case as ”tragic” – said both Farrugia and Mr Temurci had been consistent with their version of events to police since the collision but many witness accounts were different and not all could be correct. Witness Mary Nasser told the Victorian Country court that while people were pulling over seeing if they could help “there was nothing anyone could do”.Earlier, Ms Nasser said she saw a black vehicle overtake a white vehicle on the inside as she drove across the West Gate Freeway on the evening of December 9, 2007. The white car tried to change lanes before moving back to its lane and quickly braking. The car, which she estimated was doing about 130kmh, began to produce smoke as it veered across four lanes, left the road, hit a tree on its side and exploded, Ms Nasser said. She spoke to the driver of a black car that had pulled over, a man who gave his name as Simon and said he appeared in shock. “I said, ‘What’s happened, who are they?’” she said. “He said, ‘Oh they’re my friends. I think they were possibly speeding. I saw them in my rear view mirror’, or something like that. “He wasn’t sure what to do. He was upset.” The jury heard that a forensic report on Mr Burke concluded that he had traces of ecstasy in his blood, but that it was unlikely to have acutely affected his driving. However, they were told that the pathologist conceded that the effects of the fire could have lessened the amount of drugs in Mr Burke’s blood. The mother of victim Peter Stavrou, declined to comment to Neos Kosmos. The trial before Judge Paul Lacava continued yesterday. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram