German prosecutors charge secretary to Nazi camp commandant

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they have charged the elderly secretary of the former commandant of Stutthof with 10,000 counts of accessory to murder on allegations that she was part of the apparatus that helped the Nazi concentration camp function. The 95-year-old also faces an unspecified number of counts of accessory to attempted murder for her service at the camp between June 1943 and April 1945, said Peter Mueller-Rakow, spokesman for prosecutors in the northern town of Itzehoe, on Friday. No trial date has been set.last_img

Australia’s Whitehaven Coal delays decision on $700 million mine expansion as sales slump

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Australian Financial Review:Whitehaven Coal shares slumped on Thursday after the miner downgraded its coal sales target for the second time in five months and ruled out investments in coal mine expansions this year amid turbulent financial marketsThe freeze on expansion decisions has most relevance for the $700 million Vickery project near Gunnedah in New South Wales, which was expected to be the subject of an investment decision in 2020.But the project continues to be held up in NSW approval processes, and Whitehaven said on Thursday it would be cautious amid the recent market turbulence, even though the coronavirus had not affected its business to any significant degree.The comments come after Whitehaven’s half year profits in February were 91 per cent lower than in the previous comparable period, on lower coal prices and lower sales volumes. Whitehaven also reported in February that its net debt had more than tripled.Whitehaven had originally hoped to sell between 20 million and 21 million tonnes in fiscal 2020, but was forced to downgrade both its coal sales and coal production targets in December after disruption from drought, bushfires and staffing problems. The company said on Thursday it would not achieve its downgraded coal sales target of between 19 million and 20 million tonnes, telling the market it would now sell between 17.5 million and 18.5 million tonnes in the year to June 30.The new target suggests Whitehaven will sell between 14 per cent and 19 per cent less coal than last year, and it looms as Whitehaven’s weakest year of coal sales since 2015.[Peter Ker]More: Whitehaven delays coal expansions, takes second sales downgrade Australia’s Whitehaven Coal delays decision on $700 million mine expansion as sales slumplast_img read more

The Arsenal board break promises and can’t be trusted, says former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Comment Kevin Campbell (c) won the league title with Arsenal in 1991 (Picture: Getty Images/Getty Images)‘If we’re brutally honest this board, since leaving Highbury, have made all these promises and haven’t backed the promises up.‘They haven’t backed Unai Emery properly and now the chickens are coming home to roost. Now they’re going to have to do something.‘I don’t trust the board, I’ve got to be honest. It seems like they’re interested in other things than the playing staff.‘There are a lot of angry Arsenal fans now because, remember, they got sold a dream leaving Highbury.‘The fantastic Emirates Stadium, they were told they were going to compete at the elite level and it just hasn’t happened.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFreddie Ljungberg is in temporary charge of the side and will be hoping that good results put him in line to take the job on a permanent basis.Club director Josh Kroenke said of the Swede: ‘We feel he is the right person in the moment to take the club forward.‘We started to fall short of several goals that we set. We still feel we can achieve those goals this season.‘First and foremost, Freddie has Arsenal DNA. Obviously he was a player here for a number of years, the supporters know him very well and he’s worked diligently behind the scenes for the past several years.‘My message to Freddie and the players was let’s get back to basics and most importantly let’s get back to having some fun.’MORE: Why Freddie Ljungberg has started Kieran Tierney on bench for Arsenal’s clash with NorwichMORE: Why Arsenal have cooled interest in Nuno Espirito Santo Phil HaighSunday 1 Dec 2019 1:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link The Arsenal board break promises and can’t be trusted, says former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell Vinai Venkatesham Arsenal’s managing director, Raul Sanllehi Arsenal’s head of football and Edu the technical director have come in for criticism (Picture: Getty Images)The Arsenal board cannot be trusted to follow through on their promises, believes former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell.Sunday afternoon sees Arsenal’s first game since Unai Emery was sacked, as they take on Norwich in the Premier League at Carrow Road.The Spaniard was dismissed after going seven games without a win in all competitions and the side languishing in ninth in the Premier League.Campbell, who played for the Gunners from 1988-1995, feels that the state of the club is no real surprise and the Arsenal hierarchy have simply not delivered on promises that date back to leaving Highbury for the Emirates in 2006.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘What’s been happening at Arsenal, it’s been coming,’ Campbell told talkSPORT.last_img read more

‘Average’ hurricane season likely says experts

first_img Tweet 8 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharecenter_img NewsRegional ‘Average’ hurricane season likely says experts by: – March 7, 2012 Sharing is caring! The famed Colorado State University hurricane forecasting team, led by William Gray and Phil Klotzbach, is expected to issue its hurricane season forecast on April 4BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday March 7, 2012 – Hurricane season is still a few months away in the Caribbean but businesses and homeowners are being given early indicators that this season should not be excessively fierce. The National Hurricane Center’s new director, Bill Read, said this week that they expect an average season, with 12 tropical systems, and around 6 becoming hurricanes, in contrast with last year’s busy season in which there were 19 storms. Read attributed this likelihood to the fact that sea surface temperatures is forecast to be cooler this year than in 2011.The hurricane season officially starts in the Caribbean and Atlantic on June 1 and ends on November 30 and the centre is expected to issue a more comprehensive forecast during the second half of May.On average, the Atlantic-Caribbean hurricane season brings 12.1 tropical storms, with 6.4 of those strengthening into hurricanes. The region is still in the midst of a multi-decade busy period, and 2011 saw 19 tropical storms, with seven growing into hurricanes, including three major ones.The famed Colorado State University hurricane forecasting team, led by William Gray and Phil Klotzbach, is expected to issue its hurricane season forecast on April 4 but a preliminary forecast released last December showed that they too were predicting an average season.Their December forecast stated that there was a 45% chance of this season featuring 12 to 15 named storms, seven to nine hurricanes, three to four of those being major ones.Weather Services International, a private weather forecaster, also released an early pre-season forecast in December predicting a relatively tame 2012 season with a total of 12 named storms and seven hurricanes.However, all these predictions aside, Read told reporters while attending the March 5 conference with representatives of other federal agencies to discuss hurricane forecasting and warning, that there was very little confidence in a forecast issued this far ahead of the season.“My guys don’t think seasonal forecasts have any meaningfulness,” he added, saying the Hurricane Center is focused on warning people so they get out of harm’s way.This is a stance shared by Gray and Klotzbach who stated on their website that the December 2011 forecast would be their last December forecast in future since their seasonal hurricane forecasts of the last 20 years “have not shown real-time forecast skill”.Read said at the conference on Monday that he was looking forward to the day when science had improved to the point where forecasters could reliably issue forecasts showing where a hurricane would be a week ahead of time.“We’re two to five years from a seven-day forecast,” Read said, but admitted that the Hurricane Center, which now issues five-day forecasts on the giant storms, did not want to issue a seven-day forecast until there is greater confidence in the predictions.“No one makes decisions based on that kind of forecast that can kill them,” Read said. “There is plenty of time to recover from a bad decision to play golf on Saturday when it’s Monday; it’s not going to kill you. If you start moving nursing home patients at seven days (ahead) you could kill them.”But, he said, better forecasts won’t help the public if they ignore them.“The biggest challenge is to crack the denial. If you haven’t cracked the `it won’t happen to me thought process’ you can do everything else right and they are going to say it won’t happen to me and not do it,” he said. “If you can get past the denial, the rest of it is not as difficult as you think.”Caribbean 360 Newslast_img

Despite captains’ injuries, Wisconsin stays on track

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald file photoThe captains for the Wisconsin hockey team are given a “C” patch on the front of their jersey at the beginning of the season.Perhaps they should be given a red cross.The Badgers swept the University of Alaska-Anchorage this weekend, but lost junior captain Blake Geoffrion to an ankle injury during the second period Friday night.After losing senior captain Ben Street to an ACL tear four games into the season, UW has lost both their captains in less than two months.“It’s unfortunate,” assistant captain Jamie McBain said. “Obviously, we are hoping that Blake comes back quick.”The Badgers carried a 3-0 lead into the third period after Geoffrion went down, but allowed two goals in the final frame to finish the game with a 3-2 victory.The injury to Geoffrion — along with a concussion suffered by freshman defenseman Jake Gardiner — seemed to leave the Badgers deflated on the ice.“It was a wacky night, but it was a different team without Blake,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “He is our captain. He is a guy who carries the message. He is a guy who leads by example, so again, it was like flying a plane that had lost one of (its) engines and we were trying to land the darn thing.”Although Eaves’ team finished with the victory, the coach was solemn after the game, choosing to focus on what he considered an average showing by his players, instead of the injuries.“It was not only guys that had been lost, but the way we were playing,” Eaves said. “We had a lead and we hadn’t played the type of hockey that we were capable of. There was a good news, bad news thing. It was about focusing on going back and trying to play the way we were capable of — that was the message.”Playing Saturday without Geoffrion, Gardiner or Ben Grotting, the Badgers outperformed the Seawolves in every category en route to a 7-2 win. The win was UW’s fifth in a row, and possibly the most impressive of the season.“People stepped up to the plate tonight,” Eaves said. “With Blake being down, you kind of look around the room — and we talked about it — this has to be done collectively. And it was done collectively, as the score sheet shows.”Though Geoffrion leads the team with eight goals for the season, he doesn’t quite fit the bill of a go-to scorer, and the Badger offense wasn’t set back without him.“You know last year we had Kyle Turris, who is a goal scorer,” junior Michael Davies said. “We don’t look up to anyone — I guess a committee is how we are doing it. We are all just out there playing and anyone can put the puck in the net.”Of the four players with letters on their jersey — Street, Geoffrion and assistants McBain and Ryan McDonagh — Geoffrion is easily the most vocal on and off the ice. Through his absence, however, other players stepped up to fulfill that role.“I think we have got a bunch of leaders on this team,” Smith said. “We look to the people that got letters right now, but everybody talks in the room … everybody speaks up and does their own part. I don’t think that losing Blake or Street or anything makes our team nervous. I think everybody has a leadership role and they play to it.”With the Badgers riding a five-game winning streak — and having only lost once in their past 11 contests — conventional wisdom says the team would be lamenting their three-week break. But with three injuries on this weekend alone, the time off should serve UW well.“Obviously, we want to keep playing — everyone does,” sophomore Sean Dolan said. “I mean, we all love the game, but part of me thinks that maybe it is good for our bodies to get rested up, and come back for the second half. We need to keep climbing this mountain and put our foot on the gas pedal even harder.”last_img read more

Central Queensland tourism hit hard by floods

first_imgThe impact of recent flooding in Central Queensland has been felt by the tourism industry as employers in the region are forced to cut back on jobs. A business survey by Capricorn Tourism and Economic Development (CTED) has revealed that the closure of roads, rail and air into the region’s capital Rockhampton since 3 January has impacted severely across all industries in the area, resulting in job losses and cuts in employment hours. “In the tourism/hospitality industry alone, we believe that approximately 1,200 full time equivalent employees have no work for an extended period of time as a result of this prolonged isolation of Central Queensland’s capital city, Rockhampton,” Capricorn Tourism and Economic Development chief executive Mary Carroll said. “Most employed on a casual or permanent part-time basis are receiving no hours and no pay, and many full time employees are being asked to take voluntary annual leave to assist business cash flow.” According to Ms Carroll, the impact on businesses will continue “for many months, if not years”. “The irony is that the severity of these job losses are not because of businesses being inundated by flood waters, but rather by the capital of CQ, Rockhampton being inaccessible, therefore unable to trade due to inadequate road access on the national highway from the south and Capricorn Hwy to the west”. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more