Month: October 2019

10 months agoMan Utd fullback Shaw on Solskjaer: My first impressions

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd fullback Shaw on Solskjaer: My first impressionsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United fullback Luke Shaw admits he’s enjoying the work of new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Shaw says the Norwegian has managed to turn around mood at the club in a short amount of time and believes United fans are appreciating his positive approach to the role.”I think you can see from the outside how much he has changed things in such a short space of time,” he said.”He is just a really positive manager, he knows what the club needs and also what the fans want in the way we are playing.”He’s bringing that attacking, quick play back to Old Trafford. I’m sure the fans are going to appreciate that as much as we [the players] do.” last_img read more

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10 months agoSevilla need Man Utd co-operation to get Bailly deal done

first_imgSevilla need Man Utd co-operation to get Bailly deal doneby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla need Manchester United’s co-operation to get a deal done for Eric Bailly.Estadio Deportivo says Sevilla coach Pablo Machin is ‘seriously interested’ in bringing the Ivorian back to La Liga.A loan deal until the end of the season may be a possibility as Los Rojiblancos look to bolster their defensive options going into the second half of the season.There are concerns though that Bailly’s wage demands could prove to be a stumbling block with his weekly pay said to be around £75,000.Sevilla would require United to pay some of his salary if a loan move is to materialise. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoPotter getting to know Brighton squad through injuries

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Potter getting to know Brighton squad through injuriesby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton manager Graham Potter says he is having to dig deep in his squad this season.Steven Alzate and Aaron Connolly are teenagers who have recently made their debuts as Albion’s injury list includes the likes of Leandro Trossard, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Leon Balogun.Speaking before Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash with Aston Villa, Potter said of his squad: “We’re just at the start of working with the group, and that’s the under-23s as well and the whole playing staff here, so the more information we get the better for us – and that’s how we shall look at this game.”We want to, hopefully, be surprised, of course.”He added: “It’s an opportunity to look at the group in its entirety and guys who have not had as much game time as they would like will get the opportunity.”We can also look at some younger players as well to see how they cope in that type of environment against what I think will be a strong Aston Villa side.”Of course, it’s a game you want to win but at the same time we’re in a bit of a heavy period as well with a couple of injuries so we just need to look after the group and make sure we select the right team to be as competitive as we can.” last_img read more

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25 days agoRudi Garcia lined up for AC Milan move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rudi Garcia lined up for AC Milan moveby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRudi Garcia is being lined up for a return to Italy.The former AS Roma coach is available after being forced out of Olympique Marseille last season.And Gazzetta dello Sport says Garcia is wanted by AC Milan.After their defeat to Fiorentina, Milan coach Marco Giampaolo is under great pressure. Indeed, defeat to Genoa this week could see him axed.And among those contacted by intermediaries about the job is Garcia.Milan is currently sitting in 12th place in Serie A. last_img read more

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Guardiola: If De Bruyne has a problem, he knows where I am

first_img Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries. Pep Guardiola said Kevin De Bruyne “knows where I am” if he has a problem with having been substituted in Manchester City’s thrashing of Burton Albion on Wednesday.The Belgium midfielder was withdrawn after less than an hour in City’s 9-0 rout of the League One side, which all but secured their spot in the EFL Cup final.De Bruyne, who opened the scoring after five minutes, disappeared down the tunnel and appeared displeased at the decision, with reports suggesting he was angered at being denied the opportunity to build on his match fitness after spending time on the sidelines with a knee injury. 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? And Guardiola, whose side host Wolves in the Premier League on Monday, encouraged De Bruyne to speak up if there is an issue.”I don’t know what happened, he didn’t speak to me, so I don’t know what happened,” said the City boss.”If he has a problem he knows where I am, so I don’t know, really. I didn’t speak with him so that one time I cannot say what he thinks because I don’t know.”13 – Kevin De Bruyne has scored nine goals and assisted four more in 12 League Cup appearances for Manchester City. Noggin. #CarabaoCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 9 January 2019De Bruyne has managed only 194 minutes of top-flight action this season after missing only one Premier League game last term. The Belgian has appeared in six league matches this season, scoring one goal, while making three League Cup appearances and featuring in one Champions League match.Manchester City are seven points behind league-leaders Liverpool, who edged Brighton 1-0 on Saturday behind a Mohamed Salah penalty kick.last_img read more

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Van Dijk: Kane’s fitness held him back in CL final

first_imgVirgil van Dijk believes Harry Kane’s lack of match fitness hindered him mentally during Liverpool’s 2-0 Champions League final win over Tottenham.Centre-back Van Dijk crowned a brilliant individual season by being named man of the match at the Wanda Metropolitano, where Kane was largely ineffective on his first appearance for almost two months following an ankle injury.The pair could face off once again on Thursday, when the Netherlands take on England in their Nations League Finals semi-final in Guimaraes. 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? “Harry Kane is a fantastic striker, I think one of the best in England. And I think he’s definitely the best striker England have for the national team,” Van Dijk told a pre-match news conference.”But I also know that if you’re not 100 per cent fit, then it’s going to be in your head if you get a little knock or you pass and you get a little bit of pain.”It’s going to be in your head, so obviously I expected him to play the final, but I knew he was not going to be 100 per cent.”I don’t know if he’s playing tomorrow, but if he is, then we’ll see how we’re going to manage.”Speaking later on at his own briefing, England manager Gareth Southgate was not about to give an extensive public take on Kane’s Champions League final showing.”I don’t think it’s for me to comment on club performances in individual games because that then leads me into talking about other coaches and other players and they’re not my team,” he said.”Of course I was at the game and wanted to see how it played out. A lot of the service that went into Harry, he wasn’t favourite when it was arriving in his area.”The winner of the match between England and the Netherlands will face Portugal in the final, after Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick saw his side past Switzerland 3-1 on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Jimenez, Navarro highlight Mexico XI

first_imgRaul Jimenez leads the line for Mexico while Fernando Navarro wins his first cap for El tri with a start against Venezuela on Wednesday. Tata Martino is coaching just his third match as Mexico manager and once again is relying on the Wolves forward up front, as he did with his debut match on the bench, a 3-1 win over Chile. On either side of Jimenez are two players who don’t always play as wingers. Monterrey’s Rodolfo Pizarro, who also started against Chile but generally plays more centrally, and Cruz Azul’s Roberto Alvarado, a 20-year-old who has experience as an interior midfielder, get the nod. With several attackers not available for the Gold Cup, the chemistry between that front three may be critical to Mexico achieving its goal of reclaiming the Gold Cup. Martino also is handing Leon right back Navarro his international debut at age 30, days after he played in the Liga MX final against Tigres. Next to him is a center-back pairing of Diego Reyes and Nestor Araujo with Monterrey left back Jesus Gallardo filling out the four-man back line.  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? In the midfield, Pizarro and Gallardo’s teammate Carlos Rodriguez earns his second cap with America’s Edson Alvarez sitting deeper and PSV midfielder Erick Gutierrez starting on the left. Rodriguez debuted against Chile as well, a surprise starter in Martino’s debut, while Alvarez was the only player to start both March friendly matches. Jonathan Orozco starts as the goalkeeper with likely Gold Cup starter Guillermo Ochoa on the bench. For Venezuela, hometown forward Josef Martinez begins on the bench. The Atlanta United forward has not played often in Rafael Dudamel’s one-forward system, and he’s opted for Salomon Rondon up top. Several MLS players or alumni do get the start though, with D.C. United’s Junior Moreno and former NYCFC midfielder Yangel Herrera in a lineup composed entirely of players who play outside Venezuela. The game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium is scheduled to kick off at 9 p.m. ET, with the final 23-man list for the Gold Cup due shortly after. Mexico XI:   Orozco; Navarro, Reyes, Araujo, Gallardo; C. Rodriguez, Alvarez, Gutierrez; Pizarro, Jimenez, Alvarado Venezuela XI: Farinez; Hernandez, Osorio, Villanueva, Rosales; Rincon, Herrera, Moreno, Machis, Murillo; Rondonlast_img read more

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More Klopp than Mourinho! Inside Lampard’s Chelsea revolution

first_imgAfter a year of toxicity under Maurizio Sarri, Frank Lampard is the perfect man to reunite Chelsea’s fan base.Stamford Bridge was engulfed in in-fighting under the Italian boss, who departed for Juventus after a turbulent – yet successful – year in West London.While Sarri never won over locals, Chelsea legend Lampard will have no such problems after a record-breaking 13-year spell as a player at the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Well-educated, empathetic and hard-working, Lampard is a modern coach who immediately impressed after taking his first managerial role at Derby County a year ago.Unlike Sarri, Lampard prefers to be tactically versatile and adapt his game plan to his opponents. However, like the Italian, he has so far preferred to utilise a 4-3-3 formation with inverted wingers who cut inside.However, his system is a more counter-attacking version to the possession-based one used at Stamford Bridge last season. His teams are aggressive in transition, as so thrillingly illustrated in Derby’s shock win over Man Utd at Old Trafford.The likes of Jack Marriott and Harry Wilson exploited the space in behind to cause numerous problems – something Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Pedro and Christian Pulisic can replicate at Chelsea.Derby were always extremely dangerous when the other team had possession. They counter-pressed as soon as they lost the ball, while they also pressed aggressively from the front against sides that played out from the back.In that sense, Lampard’s management style can be compared to Jurgen Klopp’s. And, just like the Liverpool boss, he also looks to connect with his team’s fans. At Derby last season, he led ‘The Bounce’, with fans jumping as soon as their manager gave them the order.Lampard had financial limits imposed on him at Derby, so his sixth-placed finish was a significant achievement in the Championship, even if the subsequent play-off final loss to Aston Villa was tough to take.Still, Derby’s 2018-19 campaign may be best remembered for their rivalry with Leeds United and particularly the ‘Spygate’ scandal, which was sparked by Marcelo Bielsa having been caught sending a scout to watch Lampard’s team train in January.Leeds won that battle after Lampard reacted in an emotional, Mourinho-esque fashion against actions he believed had broken the unwritten rules of etiquette in the English game.Bielsa defended himself by demonstrating that spying was only a small part of the research that he and his team produce before matches.Lampard, though, felt patronised. Indeed, he is a coach who also believes in the importance in data and analytics, so considers himself just as meticulous and detailed in his approach to matches.So, it was obviously immensely satisfying for him to eventually win the war with Bielsa by beating Leeds in the play-off semi-finals.”Lampard, start the bounce…” 👀 pic.twitter.com/ePNZyGDa7d — Derby County (@dcfcofficial) July 22, 2018 The influence of Mourinho on Lampard is natural – with the pair having worked together for four years during two spells at Chelsea – but this is no second coming of the ‘Special One’.Lampard has himself spelt out that he has his own unique football philosophy.”I try to be myself, I think that’s very important,” Lampard told Goal in April. “Copying anyone as a manager, or anyone in general is a mistake.”You have to find your own methods or your own ways so I certainly have no fear of tapping into a bit of the managers that I have worked with over the years but I don’t think that I am similar to any of them.”I try to take positive points from a lot of who I worked with. In terms of how I work, I try to be thoughtful in the week. I sometimes think to be reactionary to performances or mistakes can be an error. So, I try to be a manager who plans things out.”Of course, you have to be reactionary in games to stuff but I try to take things through the week. All the information. Be as prepared as I can be and thorough with the staff that I have got.”Then, make decisions having done that work which I think gives you the best opportunity to have that success.”Frank Lampard GFXLampard’s right-hand man at Chelsea is likely to be Jody Morris, who was also his assistant manager at Derby.Morris knows Chelsea inside and out, having spent 10 years at the club as a player and then four years coaching the club’s academy teams between 2014 and 2018.Morris was a vocal critic on Twitter and on television about managers – including Sarri – who underused young players.”The thing about Chelsea is I don’t think there’s an academy in this country that’s better,” Morris said on Sky Sports recently. “[The] players are good enough, most definitely, but the managers are not, for one, aware of them.”Mason Mount – on loan at Derby last season – is one player who could benefit from the arrival of the new coaching team, which will also likely boast ex-Blues fitness coach Chris Jones. Mount starred as an advanced playmaker under Lampard at Derby, scoring eight goals in 35 games.Academy graduates and players returning from loan will be crucial for Chelsea next season after FIFA imposed a two-window transfer ban on the club. The Blues have taken what appears to be a strategic decision to not appeal for the ban to be frozen despite denying all wrongdoing.Frank Lampard GFXBoth Morris and Lampard have a track record of not only working with Chelsea youth players but also promoting academy products during their time at Pride Park.Elsewhere, Petr Cech has already returned to the Bridge as the club’s new technical and performance advisor, while Claude Makelele could also be welcomed back into the fold.Both achieved incredible success as players at Chelsea – and were renowned for their strong personalities and work-ethic. Lampard would demand the same values from his players but he will not impose strict rules on the squad.For Lampard, this is a dream job and he would work as hard as he possibly can to make a success of the opportunity – just as he did when he arrived as a player.Many said that Lampard wasn’t ready for Chelsea when he signed for £11 million ($14m) in 2001, but he went onto become the club’s record scorer with 211 goals and won three Premier Leagues, the Champions League, four FA Cups, two League Cups and the Europa League.Chelsea are now not as strong as they once were and – with star man Eden Hazard having left for Real Madrid – Lampard will need time to rebuild the team with younger players.However, the 41-year-old can be a breath of fresh air and you can guarantee that everyone at Stamford Bridge will be right behind him. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Griezmann explains Barcelona U-turn

first_imgAntoine Griezmann has said the time was right to join Barcelona after completing a long-awaited switch from Atletico Madrid.The France forward has signed a five-year deal after Barca agreed to trigger his €120 million (£107m/$134m) release clause.Griezmann was seemingly set to join Barca in the summer of 2018 only to confirm during a television documentary he was staying at Atletico. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The 28-year-old forward signed a new contract with Atletico soon after, but reports surfaced in the second half of the 2018-19 campaign that he was hoping for another chance to join the Liga champions.And the attacker acknowledged that U-turn in his first public comments since becoming a Barca player on Friday, saying he was taught as a child that opportunities can come around again.”When I was a boy, my dad taught me that trains don’t come around just once,” Griezmann said in a video posted on Twitter by Barcelona.”Now it’s time to take on the challenge of a new destination. Finally, our paths cross.”I’ll defend the Barca colours with all my determination and commitment. It’s our time.”In addition to last year’s documentary and the player’s subsequent reversal, the transfer saga has seen Atletico levy accusations of improper conduct at both Barcelona and Griezmann, claiming they had been in negotiations while Diego Simeone’s side was still battling in the Champions League.And despite Friday’s announcement by the Liga champions, the saga does not appear to be over, as Atletico are insisting Barcelona should have paid €200m to activate his release clause.Atletico contend the France international agreed terms with Barca before his clause dropped on July 1 and thus they are entitled to the €200m figure.Griezmann’s former club released a statement Friday indicating they will take legal action to recoup that fee.”Atletico Madrid believes the termination of the contract occurred before the end of last season due to events, acts and demonstrations carried out by the player and that is why it [the club] has already started procedures it considers appropriate for the defence of its rights and legitimate interests,” said the club’s statement.last_img read more

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Tyler Trent Praises Michigan State Fans For What They Did Today

first_imgTyler Trent asks Purdue football fans to do the "Kinnick Wave" during game against Iowa.Purdue student and superfan Tyler Trent became a household name last week, when he returned to campus after having to withdraw from his freshman year due to his battle with cancer.Trent was able to make it to Ross-Ade Stadium to see the Boilermakers football team blast Ohio State 49-20, one of the biggest wins in recent program history.Trent was profiled during College GameDay, and later did an emotional interview with Tom Rinaldi from his box during the game.During the game, Purdue fans chanted “cancer sucks” in honor of Trent.That is starting to catch on elsewhere in the Big Ten, now.During the week, Michigan State fans started to circulate the idea of doing a “cancer sucks” chant during today’s game against Purdue in East Lansing. It became a reality this afternoon.Michigan State fans chant ‘Cancer sucks’ to honor #Purdue superfan @theTylerTrent. pic.twitter.com/BNY3jA7Gh3— Andrew Pogar (@AndrewPogar) October 27, 2018Tyler Trent has tweeted about the “cancer sucks” chant from the Michigan State fans.Once again, props to the @MSU_FBStudents for stepping up and doing this. https://t.co/aexN4CyFc4— Tyler Trent ? (@theTylerTrent) October 27, 2018After last week’s game, Trent’s mother revealed that he received a ton of cards from Ohio State fans who were touched by his story.This hasn’t been an easy year for fans of Ohio State and Michigan State, and almost every week, we hear stories of college football fans who take things too far, or about other unfortunate things that happen in the periphery of the sport.It is moments like this that remind us that the vast majority of college football fans are good people who just love sports, and supporting their schools.last_img read more

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Video: This Is College Football’s Catch Of The Year

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES – NOVEMBER 11: General view of action as the Oregon Ducks take on the USC Trojans on November 11, 2006 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Trojans defeated the Ducks 35-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)We just had college football’s best catch of the year in this evening’s game between Arizona State and USC.N’Keal Harry, a junior wide receiver for the Sun Devils, made a spectacular 1-handed grab late in the game against the Trojans.It’s already being dubbed the “catch of the year.”Check it out:N’Keal Harry with the catch of the year. pic.twitter.com/9TjCjohypj— Casey Baker (@CaseyBake16) October 27, 2018Here’s another angle:I slightly disagree @adamamin… This catch might be the best Catch of the Year in College Football. Wow! pic.twitter.com/pZr2u61gMk— Jorge Sedano (@SedanoESPN) October 27, 2018It doesn’t get much better than that.Arizona State went on to beat USC, 38-35.last_img read more

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Writer Calls Major College Football Coach The Game’s “Biggest Jack—“

first_imgAn interior view of the Texas Longhorns stadium.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view taken during the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Rice Owls on September 22, 2007 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 58-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas head football coach Tom Herman is facing some major criticism this week for what he said following his team’s loss to West Virginia. The 43-year-old head coach wondered why Mountaineers’ quarterback Will Grier wasn’t called for a taunting penalty on his game-winning score. It came across as fairly petty, especially considering what Herman did at Texas’ bowl game last year.Criticism is nothing new for Herman, who hasn’t always seemed to handle adversity very well as the Longhorns’ head coach.One college football writer has taken the criticism to another level.The Big Lead’s Ryan Phillips has called Herman the “biggest jackass” in college football.Tom Herman Is The Biggest Jackass In College Football https://t.co/oVlxyEz5SL— The Big Lead (@thebiglead) November 5, 2018From the story:Hey Tom? Grow up. You’re supposed to be the adult in the room, not encouraging your team to look like morons. He’s also a guy who calls into radio shows to complain about reporting while trying to escape with half-truths, and one former player this summer asked for Herman to keep his name out of his mouth.Criticism of Herman is certainly fair at this point. Is he actually the “biggest jackass” in college football? Probably not, but he might be the major coach facing the most criticism right now. Texas is a ridiculously high-pressure job and, at times, Herman could definitely handle it better.last_img read more

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Bret Bielema Might Be A Candidate For This Head Coaching Job

first_imgA closeup of Bret Bielema in an Arkansas jumpsuit.FAYETTEVILLE, AR – NOVEMBER 12: Head Coach Bret Bielema of the Arkansas Razorbacks on the sidelines in the first half of a game against the LSU Tigers at Razorback Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)Earlier today, Kansas announced that head coach David Beaty will not be retained at the end of the season. This isn’t much of a surprise considering how Beaty’s tenure has gone.While he inherited a massive dumpster fire from Charlie Weis, Beaty hasn’t done much to turn things around. He’s just 6-39 with the Jayhawks, though three of those wins have come this season.There are already a handful of coaches being named as potential candidates for KU, but one seems obvious: Bret Bielema.Bielema is currently serving as a consultant to Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots after losing his job at Arkansas last November. While he was with the Razorbacks, he worked for current Kansas AD Jeff Long.If you search Bielema’s name on Twitter, you will see some making the natural connection.And so our Bret Bielema watch begins https://t.co/KSI2bHHnev— Neil W. Blackmon (@nwblackmon) November 4, 2018For the first time ever, in the “Who to follow” thing, Bret Bielema was listed first on my feed today. Universe telling me something? #KUfball https://t.co/oPx56BBTxZ— Thor Nystrom (@thorku) November 4, 2018Bret Bielema better get writing another letter to Jeff Long— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) November 4, 2018Of course, Bielema is a retread, which might not be the angle that Kansas wants to go. It might take an outside-the-box hire to finally jump start things in Lawrence.For now though, Bielema’s name will be bandied about for the opening.last_img read more

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New Bowl Projection For Florida Heading Into Saturday’s Action

first_imgFeleipe Franks and D'Andre Swift hugging after a game.JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 27: Feleipe Franks #13 of the Florida Gators and D’Andre Swift #7 of the Georgia Bulldogs shake hands following a game at TIAA Bank Field on October 27, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)The Florida Gators have a 9-3 record, and are in the running for a New Year’s Six game in a few weeks. Let’s take a look at the latest regarding where Florida football could land.Florida had a strong first season under new head coach Dan Mullen. The Gators scored big wins over Mississippi State and LSU, and blasted rival Florida State to end the year. The team did drop its first game to Kentucky in decades, but the Wildcats wound up being a Top 15 team, and could also make a New Year’s Six game. The other two losses came to SEC East champion Georgia, and an underrated Missouri club.The Gators are likely going to wind up third or fourth in the SEC’s bowl pecking order, behind Playoff hopefuls Alabama and Georgia. The Gators enter today one spot ahead of LSU in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, with Kentucky falling a few spots behind the Tigers.If Florida football sticks around the Top 12 when the new rankings come out tomorrow, it should make a New Year’s Six game.On Friday, Sports Illustrated’s Eric Single released a new set of bowl projections. He projected that the Gators would head to the Peach Bowl to face Michigan out of the Big Ten.His projections have Alabama making the College Football Playoff, Georgia representing the SEC in the Sugar Bowl, and LSU heading to the Fiesta Bowl as an at-large. Kentucky would head to the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.Dan Mullen wasn’t the splashiest hire last off-season, but he did an incredible job at Mississippi State, and after his time as the Gators’ offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer, he made all the sense in the world for the program as it looked to rebound from the Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain tenures.The Peach Bowl will be played on Dec. 29 at noon ET, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. It will be broadcast on ESPN.[Sports Illustrated]last_img read more

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College Basketball’s No. 1 Transfer, Kerry Blackshear, Makes Decision

first_img 247Sports’ Evan Daniels confirms the decision.Sources: Kerry Blackshear, the top available transfer, just committed to Florida | Story: https://t.co/wVWATJe80v pic.twitter.com/dJJcvMW6Qx— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) June 27, 2019Blackshear took visits to Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee. He’s immediately eligible as a graduate transfer.The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 14.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game for the Hokies last season. He put his name in the NCAA’s transfer portal after Buzz Williams left Virginia Tech for Texas A&M.This is a massive get for Mike White and Florida, which is coming off a second round loss in the NCAA Tournament to Michigan. Kerry Blackshear Jr. of the Virginia Tech Hokies.SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 22: Kerry Blackshear Jr. #24 of the Virginia Tech Hokies drives with the ball against Hasahn French #11 of the Saint Louis Billikens during their game in the First Round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament at SAP Center on March 22, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)The No. 1 transfer in college basketball has reportedly made his decision and it’s somewhat of a  surprising one.Kerry Blackshear, a standout forward at Virginia Tech, was considering several major programs with his transfer decision, including Kentucky, which was believed by some to be the favorite following his visit to Lexington.The former Hokies star will reportedly be playing for a different SEC program, however.Blackshear has reportedly committed to Florida.last_img read more

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Poor West Indies tour can open doors to England Test side: Jos Buttler

first_imgPoor West Indies tour can open doors to England Test side: Jos ButtlerJos Buttler feels that there may spots up for grabs in the England Test side ahead of the Ashes series, especially after the poor showing by the batsmen in West Indies.advertisement Reuters St. LuciaFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 12:25 IST Jos Buttler is hoping for a England Test recall after the team’s poor showing in West Indies (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland have been humbled by West Indies in the first two Test of the seriesThe third Test between West Indies and England begins in St Lucia on SaturdayEngland have only one Test after the Windies tour against Ireland before the AshesEngland’s disappointing performances on their West Indies tour could open the door for new players looking to break into the Test team, batsman Jos Buttler has said.England are down 2-0 in the three-match series after last week’s 10-wicket defeat in the second Test at Antigua, where their batsmen managed scores of 187 and 132 in two innings.Their flaws were exposed in the opening Test too where the tourists suffered a humiliating 381-run defeat and Buttler said England’s fringe and uncapped players would be keen to stake their claim.”It’s fair to say for a little while now there’s been positions up for grabs,” Buttler told the BBC.”That’s an exciting place for guys outside and inside the team — to know there are opportunities to make a real stand and say this is the position you’re personally going to nail down.”After the third Test, which begins in St Lucia on Saturday, Joe Root’s side face Ireland at Lord’s before the Ashes series against Australia gets underway in August, leaving them with limited opportunities to have a settled team.Buttler said a more immediate task was to get their batsmen to handle testing conditions, pointing to Darren Bravo as an example after the West Indies player occupied the crease for over five hours in Antigua for his 50.”International cricket demands you adapt to conditions and West Indies have done that really well and we’ve been found wanting,” he added.”Bravo committed to setting his stall out and putting a high price on his wicket. That commitment to your style and staying true to how you want to play is so important.”advertisementAll-rounder Ben Stokes could be a doubt for the third Test after missing training due to bruised right heel, British media reported, adding Ben Foakes (hand) and Chris Woakes (knee) are also nursing injuries.Also Read | Jack Leach tells England to improve, not complain about pitchesAlso Read | Duckett stars as England Lions reach 303 for 5 vs India A on Day 1 of 1st unofficial TestAlso Read | Joe Denly keen to prove his worth in third Test against West IndiesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow West Indies vs EnglandFollow England cricket teamFollow Jos ButtlerFollow 3rd TestFollow Ashes 2019Follow Jos Buttler England Testlast_img read more

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Do you like boys? Shannon Gabriel had told Joe Root during St Lucia Test

first_imgDo you like boys? Shannon Gabriel had told Joe Root during St Lucia TestWest Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel has apologised unreservedly for his comments directed at Joe Root during the third Test against England. On Wednesday, the International Cricket Council banned Gabriel for 4 ODIs following his homophobic slur.advertisement India Today Web Desk St LuciaFebruary 14, 2019UPDATED: February 14, 2019 13:38 IST Shannon Gabriel said he had asked Joe Root to stop smiling at him during the third Test between England and the West Indies in St Lucia (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShannon Gabriel has apologised for his words directed at Joe Root during the St Lucia TestGabriel has been banned for 4 ODIs after the ICC found he was in breach of the Code of ConductGabriel said he had told Joe Root: Do you like boys?West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has issued a public statement to apologise for his words during the third and final Test against England at St Lucia. Gabriel had made an apparent homophobic slur at England captain Joe Root.Stump microphone during the third day of the Test picked Joe Root telling Gabriel there was nothing wrong with gay. While it was not immediately clear what Shannon Gabriel exactly told Root, the International Cricket Council charged Gabriel over his alleged anti-gay remarks.England went on to win the Test by 232 runs while West Indies won the series. On Wednesday, Shannon Gabriel was banned by the ICC for days over his personal abuse of Joe Root.Soon after, Shannon Gabriel expressed his unreserved apology in a public statement.Asked Root to stop smiling at me: Gabriel”I think I owe it to them (friends and well-wishers) and to all supporters of West Indies cricket to provide an accurate record of what happened,” he wrote in the statement.”The exchange occurred during a tense moment on the field. The pressure was on and England’s captain Joe Root was looking at me intensely as I prepared to bowl, which may have been the usual psychological strategy with which all Test cricketers are familiar.”I recognize now that I was attempting to break through my own tension when I said to Joe Root: ‘Why are you smiling at me? Do you like boys?’Shannon entertains England skipper Joe Root and Ben Stokes after the Final test of the Wisden Trophy #WIvENG #MenInMaroon #ItsOurGame pic.twitter.com/GaCCnqd85MadvertisementWindies Cricket (@windiescricket) February 13, 2019″His response, which was picked up by the microphone, was: ‘Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.’ I then responded: ‘I have no issues with that, but you should stop smiling at me.'”The ICC found Gabriel guilty of breaching article 2.13 of the Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to personal abuse of a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire or Match Referee during an international match, following an incident with England Captain Joe Root.It was understood Joe Root did not report the incident to match officials. Speaking to the media later, Root had said Gabriel might even regret his comments later.”Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret, but they should stay on the field,” Root said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Shanon GabrielFollow Joe RootFollow England vs West IndiesFollow ICCFollow Shannon Gabriel sledginglast_img read more

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Abhinandan Varthaman’s Gunslinger: Tamil moustache all of India wants

first_imgAbhinandan Varthaman’s Gunslinger: Tamil moustache all of India wantsPeople have already started expressing their desire to sport a moustache like Indian Air Force hero Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 09:32 IST Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman sports a moustache that resembles the gunslinger moustache combines with thin strip mutton chop beard.Once you see him it is difficult to forget him. The face, characterised with a thick gunslinger moustache with thin mutton chop beard and a proud smile, is hard to miss. The image of his face and his moustache lingers on in your mind’s eye after the first glance. We are talking about none other than Indian Air Force (IAF) braveheart Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who returned to India after being held captive by Pakistan on February 27.In the wake of the hardship he went through, when you visualise Abhinandan Varthaman’s smiling face, his hard-to-miss gunslinger moustache appears to radiate pride and confidence.His grit and determination further exemplified in his mannerism when he was held by the Pakistan Army.How proud we are to have you ! Bow down to your skills and even more your grit and courage #WelcomeBackAbhinandan . We love you and are filled with pride because of you.#WeAreSupposedToTellYouThis pic.twitter.com/IfqBFNNa3TVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 1, 2019Unlike characters from the England of the 18-19th century, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman doesn’t sport a messy moustache.In fact, as you see his photos and videos closely, you will observe that his moustache is beautifully crafted in a manner that ensures that neither his radiating smile, nor his proud face gets covered with it.Wanna grow a moustache like IAF Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman!!!(@debarshi_taki) March 1, 2019Abhinandan Varthaman’s moustache does not fit into any airtight characterisation of moustaches. It heavily resembles the gunslinger, but also has some characteristics of the horseshoe, the Hungarian, and the wild west moustache. For a complete look, Abhinandan Varthaman sports his gunslinger moustache with a thin strap mutton chop beard.advertisementA slightly longer version of his moustache was sported by General Alexander Shaler, a highly decorated officer from the United States of America. A simple search on Wikipedia suggests that he received the US military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honour. This was for his role in the Second battle of Fredericksburg.Can we speak for a moment about how amazing Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman’s Moustache is? https://t.co/p5BolOfVI8Ken Dennis (@KenDennis) February 28, 2019Ever since the news of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman being taken captive by Pakistan broke and videos of him being questioned started doing the rounds, praise for his bravery, courage and grit has flooded the social media.People have not only hailed his courage and ability to maintain calm despite being taken captive by Pakistan, there are many who want to sport a moustache like him. His fans have started expressing their desire on Twitter and Instagram.Don’t be surprised if it becomes the next style sensation in India as it welcomes its hero with the chant: Abhibanadan ka abhinandan ho!ALSO READ | #WelcomeBackAbhinandan: Indian sports stars cheer as air warrior returns homeALSO READ | Abhinandan Varthaman carries a legacy of courage, grace, valourALSO READ | ABHINANDAN, Varthaman: Kashmiri youth welcome IAF hero, back peace processALSO READ | IAF pilot Abhinandan’s father thanks people for being with family in hour of needGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byMukesh Rawat Tags :Follow Abhinandan Varthamanlast_img read more

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Porsche Cayenne Coupe launched, new model gets two engine options

first_img Varun Singh New DelhiMarch 22, 2019UPDATED: March 22, 2019 12:30 IST Cayenne Turbo Coupe (left) and Cayenne Coupe (right).HIGHLIGHTSThe new Cayenne Coupe comes with a 2.16 m2 panoramic fixed glass roof as standard.The front windscreen and A-pillar on the Cayenne Coupe are shallower than in the Cayenne.At the front, there are new eight-way sports seats with integrated headrests.Porsche has launched the Cayenne Coupe. The new model is available with two engine options. Besides, the Coupe gets sharper lines with a unique rear section, an adaptive rear spoiler and two different roof concepts.While the new Porsche Cayenne Coupe models are available for order now, the customers will have to contact the local Porsche centres for country specific model information, pricing and market arrival date. Porsche Cayenne CoupeThe Cayenne Coupe gets a six-cylinder turbocharged 3.0-litre engine, which delivers 340 hp and 450 Nm of torque. It can make 0-100 kmph in 6.0 seconds with the sports chrono package, while with the optional lightweight sports package, 0-100 kmph can be achieved in 5.9 seconds. The Cayenne Coupe can touch a maximum speed of 243 kmph. Porsche Cayenne Turbo CoupeThe Cayenne Turbo Coupe is available with a 4.0-litre V8 engine with twin-turbo charging. This mill is good for 550 hp and 770 Nm of torque. It can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 3.9 seconds and touch a top speed of 286 kmph.”The Coupe includes all the technical highlights of the current Cayenne, but has an even more dynamic design and new technical details that position it as more progressive, athletic and emotional,” Porsche AG Executive Board Chairman Oliver Blume.The front windscreen and A-pillar on the Cayenne Coupe are shallower than in the Cayenne, thanks to a roof edge that has been lowered by around 20 millimetres. Redesigned rear doors and fenders broaden the shoulders of this vehicle by 18 millimetres. The rear number plate is integrated into the bumper.advertisementPorsche Style Vice President Michael Mauer said: “The significantly more steep roof line that falls away to the rear makes the Cayenne Coupe appear even more dynamic and positions it as the sportiest-looking model in the segment.” A roof spoiler accentuates the distinctive coupe silhouette. On each Cayenne Coupe model, the roof spoiler is combined with a new adaptive rear spoiler as part of Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA). The spoiler extends by 135 mm at speeds of 90 kmph and up, increasing the contact pressure on the rear axle, while PAA simultaneously enhances efficiency.The new Cayenne Coupe comes with a 2.16 m2 panoramic fixed glass roof as standard. A contoured carbon roof is optionally available for the Coupe. The carbon roof is available in one of the three lightweight sports packages. These packages also include the sport design features and new 22-inch GT design wheels, seat centres in classic checked fabric as well as carbon and Alcantara accents in the interior. For the Cayenne Turbo Coupe, the package also includes a sports exhaust system.There is plenty of space for up to four people in the new Cayenne Coupe. At the front, there are new eight-way sports seats with integrated headrests. In the rear, the new Coupe comes fitted with a rear bench that has the characteristics of two individual seats. The Coupe gets a 625-litre boot and the space can be increased to 1,540 litres with the rear seats folded down.ALSO READ | Toyota, Suzuki to collaborate on development of hybrid electric vehicles and compact vehicle enginesALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza’s production to start at Toyota Kirloskar Motor from 2022ALSO READ | MG Motor India announces Benedict Cumberbatch as brand ambassador ahead of Hector launch in mid-2019Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow New coupe launchFollow 2019 coupe launchFollow Twin turbo enginesFollow New coupe modelsFollow New coupe design Porsche Cayenne Coupe launched, new model gets two engine optionsThe Cayenne Coupe gets a six-cylinder turbocharged 3.0-litre engine, while the Cayenne Turbo Coupe is available with a 4.0-litre V8 engine with twin-turbo charging.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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MS Dhoni’s CSK thrashes Virat Kohli’s RCB in IPL 2019 opener

first_imgOther Galleries 4 images Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Free Fire India Today League: Team Nawabzade win final and Rs 8.5 Lakh 4 images Thu, 10 Oct, 2019 IND vs SA, 2nd Test: Mayank Agarwal hundred put India on top on Day 1Other Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoSportsIPL 2019SportsIPL 2019Gallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: IPLCaption: Chennai Super Kings won the toss against RCB and elected to bowl.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: IPLCaption: Harbhajan Singh picked the wickets of Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers to jolt RCB early on.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: IPLCaption: Imran Tahir returned with excellent figures of 3 for 9 in his quota of 4 overs.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: IPLCaption: Chennai Super Kings fans watched their team play at Chepauk after a long time.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: IPLCaption: Yuzvendra Chahal got Shane Watson out for a duck.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: IPLCaption: Sakshi Dhoni was there at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai to watch her husband in action.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: IPLCaption: MS Dhoni’s CSK extended their unbeaten streak against RCB to seven matches.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Tags: IPL 2019CSK vs RCBChennai Super KingsRoyal Challengers BangaloreMS DhoniVirat KohliHarbhajan SinghSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticleShort description: IPL 2019: MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings outclassed Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore by 7 wickets in the season opener at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5c967edfbe6a31553366751_1485046_editCommentContent Publish date: Sunday, March 24, 2019 (All day)Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDg1MjEiLCIxMjA2NTUwIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1NjEiLCIxODA0MDUyIl0sInN1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6WyIxODA0MDUzIl0sInN1Yl9zdWJfY2F0ZWdvcnkiOm51bGwsInN1Yl9zdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJwcmltYXJ5X2NhdGVnb3J5IjoiMTIwNjU1MCJ9770x433:last_img read more

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Mo Salah watches daughter score goal, Shahid Afridi bans girls from cricket. Best reactions

first_img Next Mo Salah watches daughter score goal, Shahid Afridi bans girls from cricket. Best reactionsRecently, Internet dragged cricketer Shahid Afridi for saying that he doesn’t allow his daughters to play outdoor sports after footballer Mo Salah was spotted proudly watching his daughter scoring a goal after his match in England.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 15, 2019UPDATED: May 15, 2019 15:19 IST Shahid Afridi and Mo Salah with their daughtersA heartwarming moment at Liverpool’s Anfield stadium recently had the whole crowd erupt in cheer and the video is the best thing you will witness today.After a match between Liverpool and Manchester City, Mo Salah’s young daughter, Makka, dribbled across the field to score a goal as the proud father watched her on.Watch the video:This is great to watch. Beautiful scenes. Mo Salah’s daughter.pic.twitter.com/BNr8MHTKZRWorld Cup (@FlFAWC2018) May 12, 2019The video of the little munchkin happily dribbling to score her goal in the open field, amid the crowd’s cheer, is going viral online.The moment took place after Mo Salah won the Premier League Golden Boot.After the video went viral, Twitterati started comparing the football player to cricketer Shahid Afridi, who in a controversial statement recently said that he does not give permission to his daughters to play outdoor sports and feminists can say whatever they want about his decision.My daughters are very precious to me! My life revolves around them. They all have some ambitions in life and I will support them while guiding them as a responsible father 1/2Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) May 12, 2019He also said, “It’s for social and religious reasons that I’ve made this decision regarding my daughters not competing in public sporting activities and their mother agrees with me.”advertisementFor every Shahid Afridi who tries to control his daughter there is a Mohammed Salah who lets his daughter run free and enjoy her life. https://t.co/3bGgZMRKY3Amena (@Fashionopolis) May 13, 2019A Twitter user, Amena, had tweeted the comparison between the two players, after which the particular tweet went viral.She wrote, “For every Shahid Afridi who tries to control his daughter there is a Mohammed Salah who lets his daughter run free and enjoy her life.”After she posted the tweet, many people agreed with her saying, “Beautiful. That is what girls need to be taught, to be independent and strong.”Another user wrote, “So true. Afridi is a caveman whole Mo Salah is a proper father…and sane too.”While the internet dragged Afridi for his sexist comments, Twitterati praised the footballer for his response to his adorable daughter scoring a goal.Another beautiful moment.. pic.twitter.com/WKzvZF9NBpJeri At Thabari (@doktermesine) May 13, 2019This is the best video I have seen for a while. So cuteVicky Arshad (@originalvicky) May 13, 2019Awesome dribbling skills from Salah Junior …..give her a contract now @LFC @MoSalahKate Ardern (@KateAlvanley) May 13, 2019Gave me chillsOluwatobi E.A. (@Teamlogo_ng) May 13, 2019Well we don’t know about you, Mo Salah definitely is a proud father who knows that his daughter’s got to spread her wings and shine.ALSO SEE | Little girl climbs on to dad’s back during namaz in Kashmir. Seen the adorable viral video yet?ALSO READ | Couple dancing on Baazigar gives Shah Rukh and Kajol a run for money. Watch hilarious TikTok videoALSO WATCH | Couple goes high on PDA on a bike on Delhi roads. Watch videoGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKrishna Priya Pallavi Tags :Follow Mo SalahFollow Shahid Afridilast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Khawaja shines as Australia conclude warm-up in style

first_img Mid on Usman Khawaja U. Khawaja st Kusal Perera b Jeffrey Vandersay Mid Wicket (44.5) view full scorecard Australia AUS Mid off 35 0 69.23 0 not out 2/51 (7.5) 241/5 Super Over Mid Wicket Press Trust of India LondonMay 27, 2019UPDATED: May 27, 2019 23:02 IST Usman Khawaja shone for Australia as the defending champions thrashed Sri Lanka by 5 wickets on Sunday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia beat Sri Lanka comfortably in their 2nd warm-up matchKhawaja played a match-winning knock of 89 off 105 ballsAustralia defeated England by 12 runs in their 1st warm-up matchAustralia concluded their World Cup preparation on an emphatic note, beating a struggling Sri Lanka by five wickets in their final warm-up game here on Monday.Usman Khawaja, who opened alongside skipper Aaron Finch in place of a rested David Warner, anchored the chase with 89 off 105 balls. Australia eventually breezed to victory in 44.5 overs.Sri Lanka, who have lost eight of their last nine ODIs, scored 239 for eight after opting to bat with opener Lahiru Thirimanne making 56 off 69 balls.Australia went into the game with 12 players as they did in their first warm-up game against England.The Finch-led squad rested Warner, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff to give game time to those who did not take the field against favourites England on Saturday when Australia beat the World Cup hosts by 12 runs.Pace spearhead Mitchell Starc bowled nine overs, picking up a wicket for 39 runs while Pat Cummins bowled eight overs in which he removed Thisara Perera and conceded 23 runs.It was another clinical effort from Australia who have the become the team to beat in the upcoming World Cup alongside England. They staged a remarkable turnaround that began with a 3-2 series win in India in March before they blanked Pakistan 5-0 in the UAE.Australia cruise to win even without Smith and WarnerThey did all of that in the absence of Steve Smith and Warner who are now back to provide a massive boost to a unit that seems to be peaking at the right time.While Smith starred against England with a century, it was the turn of Khawaja to make it count in the middle. He took his time in a solid knock, hitting only three fours. By coming out to bat after hurting his left knee while fielding, the southpaw dispelled concerns over his fitness.advertisementKey middle-order batsman Glenn Maxwell, who did not play against England, scored a run-a-ball 36 ahead of his team’s World Cup opener against Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1.Also Read | Virat Kohli captain on paper but MS Dhoni on ground: Suresh RainaAlso Read | Conflict of Interest allegation against Sachin Tendulkar infructuous: BCCI ethics officerAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Australia cricket teamFollow Usman KhawajaFollow Australia vs Sri LankaFollow World Cup warm-up 0 0 1 All batsmen are considered right handed 1 18 Referee: Jeff Crowe (NZ) Umpires: Joel Wilson (WI), Nigel Llong (ENG) and S Ravi (IND) 0 Jason Behrendorff J. Behrendorff 3.4 o 26 (50.0) c Lahiru Thirimanne b Milinda Siriwardana 0 Australia beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets fine Leg All batsmen are considered right handed 4.66 105 5.6 Mid on 0 Thisara Perera T. Perera 54 lbw b Nuwan Pradeep B 0 fine Leg 0 Point commentary 30 84.76 view more view less 0 68.75 56 (69) ICC Cricket World Cup Warm-up Matches, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 15:00 (Local Time) Point Square Leg All batsmen are considered right handed Point 241/5 0 covers Square Leg Pat Cummins P. Cummins not out covers Mid off covers Square Leg 0 5 Mid Wicket 34 third Man 0 Point Mid off 161/3 ( G. Maxwell 30 Overs) , 2 Sri Lanka SL c Milinda Siriwardana b Dhananjaya de Silva All batsmen are considered right handed Scorecard All batsmen are considered right handed Mid off Nuwan Pradeep N. Pradeep All batsmen are considered right handed No data available! fine Leg Australia AUS Shaun Marsh S. Marsh c Milinda Siriwardana b Dhananjaya de Silva fine Leg 106.66 covers Usman Khawaja (AUS) U. Khawaja (AUS) Glenn Maxwell G. Maxwell c Lahiru Thirimanne b Milinda Siriwardana r Series Status: 11 51 wd 203/4 ( M. Stoinis 36.4 Overs) , Match Ended Match Ended (44.5) 239/8 covers Mid on third Man covers 0 Marcus Stoinis M. Stoinis c sub b Jeffrey Vandersay 2/39 (9) Mid on 36 239/8 73.91 Jeffrey Vandersay J. Vandersay 7.5 0 third Mancenter_img Square Leg Mid Wicket 4 5 0 Mid on Top Batsmen Top Batsmen All batsmen are considered right handed vs R 2 0 1 6.51 36 third Man Top Bowlers Top Bowlers Square Leg Mid off 26 covers Point 2 Jeffrey Vandersay (SL) J. Vandersay (SL) 218/5 ( U. Khawaja 40.2 Overs) , 3 Point Toss: SL elected to bat Aaron Finch (c) A. Finch (c) lbw b Nuwan Pradeep 9 S/R 2 (50.0) Fall of Wickets 0 (44.5) Lahiru Thirimanne (SL) L. Thirimanne (SL) fine Leg Nathan Coulter-Nile Nathan Coulter 7 0 Alex Carey (wk) A. Carey (wk) not out Square Leg Mid on World Cup 2019: Khawaja shines as Australia conclude warm-up in styleAustralia thrashed Sri Lanka by 5 wickets, chasing a 240-run target with 31 balls and 5 wickets to spare. Usman Khawaja shone for the defending champions as he hit 89 from 105 balls.  4s 16/1 ( A. Finch 4 Overs) , 28 100 st Kusal Perera b Jeffrey Vandersay Mid Wicket advertisement 1 1 Kane Richardson K. Richardson w ICC Cricket World Cup Warm-up Matches, 2019, Match 7 Suranga Lakmal S. Lakmal e/r 5.4 third Man Jeevan Mendis J. Mendis 0 Mid on 0 Square Leg 241/5 89 6 1 28 1 Mid Wicket Sri Lanka SL 32 0 10 Adam Zampa (AUS) A. Zampa (AUS) 0 Australia graphs 0 third Man ICC Cricket World Cup Warm-up Matches, 2019 fine Leg Mid off Mid Wicket 46 Sri Lanka Extras: 12 runs (B: 0, LB: 2, WD: 9, NB: 1, P: 0) 16 Dhananjaya de Silva de Silva 11 0 17 89 (105) 0 Mid off not out third Man c sub b Jeffrey Vandersay 6s nb 2 96/2 ( S. Marsh 19.3 Overs) , Point Australia batting AUS batting Milinda Siriwardana M. Siriwardana 5 3 Adam Zampa A. Zampa fine Leg m 0 – 6 4.33 Sri Lanka Bowling SL Bowling 81.81last_img read more

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The brands of politics

first_img Next The brands of politicsIf brand-speak represents popular culture, we have less to worry about than some of us might think.advertisement india today digital New Delhi August 9, 2019 ISSUE DATE: August 19, 2019UPDATED: August 12, 2019 13:43 IST Image credit: Siddhant JumdeThe good news is that Indian brands unequivocally live in the world of customers and the people of India, and not in the world of politicians. They speak to people, mindful of commercial good sense, by tapping into popular culture; the good news is that they still see popular cultureThe good news is that Indian brands unequivocally live in the world of customers and the people of India, and not in the world of politicians. They speak to people, mindful of commercial good sense, by tapping into popular culture; the good news is that they still see popular culture as being quite far removed from the patriotic jingoism of today’s politics.Every Independence Day and Republic Day, brands in India do special campaigns-citizen brand talking to citizen consumer-and the conversation is quite revealing of the way business thinks about the state of the nation.We haven’t yet seen what the brand-speak for Independence Day 2019 will be, but it is a very safe bet, based on recent trends, that most will neither echo nor argue against the present political discourse on patriotism.The politics of patriotism that we saw during the recent elections was distressingly centre stage, and has been carried over into the post-election political space too. The BJP portrayed itself as standing for a very muscular and authoritarian patriotism, with aggressive images of military and disciplinarian force.It chastised those who asked questions or expressed dissent, with labels of ‘disrespectful to the country’, ‘anti-national’, ‘pessimist’ and more. There has been no alternative sketch of patriotism offered by any other contestant in the political space, except for noisy quibbles about the use of military images in political campaigns and questioning the officially declared numbers of casualties during the cross-border surgical strikes conducted on terrorist camps.Media brands quickly dived in to take positions on the level of patriotism of those referred to in the election campaign as the ‘tukde tukde gang’, the ‘Khan Market gang’ and the ‘JNU gang’, and also on the patriotism-or lack of it-of the ‘kitne aadmi thhe (how many men were there)?’ question, straight out of the movie Sholay, some political parties asked.advertisementIn this fraught atmosphere, non-media brands have thankfully decided to stay out of this arena and this tonality.No commercial brand can be authoritarian and survive in this new age of customer power, liberalisation and female empowerment. But is there no payoff for commercial brands that take a stand on societal and political issues? Recent research in more developed markets shows that customers want brands that share their beliefs.Are there any brands in India that are taking a stand and pushing back against this version of patriotism?Among the established brands that made a clear statement pushing back against the new politics of patriotism was one of the big four of India’s business conglomerates.Last year, for Independence Day, it ran a campaign showing India through the eyes of truck drivers. After talking of the varied sights, sounds and foods that they came across in their travels, one of the drivers says, “yeh jo ghar mein baithe television mein dikhate hain, usse bilkul alag hai mera desh (my country is different from what they show on TV).”Another truck driver, from the northeast, says, “Kabhi kabhi bataana padta hai ki main yahaan ka hoon, par chalta hai, jaan boojh ke nahin poochhte hain (sometimes I have to tell people that I am from India, but that’s ok, they aren’t asking to offend).”Yet another declares that “kuchh log ke chhote soch se desh chhota nahin hota (the small-mindedness of a few people doesn’t make the country small)”. The ad ends celebrating the truck drivers’ perspective, and suggests that we emulate their way of thinking.Change in India comes slowly, one drop at a time, until the tipping point of a pushback against the prevailing political discourse is reached. Recently, a food service delivery publicly denounced a customer’s request for a Hindu delivery boy-there has also been a similar request and a not-so-public pushback from a cab service.Perhaps this will give courage to younger, millennial andGen Z brands to stand up and say “we disagree with and disapprove of such talk”.How do Indian brands express patriotism, and how has this changed over time?The safe, popular and uncomplicated space that many have chosen includes admiration for the country’s achievements, recaps of past and recent milestones and salutes to the great scientists (while staying away from politically charged figures). An evergreen theme that many brands use to signal their identification with, and love for, the country is that of celebrating and recognising her unity in diversity.Varieties of food, customs, traditions, festivals, sights, attire and musical instruments have been used compellingly. Interestingly, this used to be the official political discourse as well till not long ago, best captured in the wonderful, heart-warming, government-sponsored Doordarshan film Mile sur mera tumhaara (1988), involving leading musicians from around the country all singing differently but in harmony.advertisementThe film’s predecessor, Spread the Light of Freedom, made around the same time, had sportsmen and women from across the country carrying a torch in relay-again, meant to celebrate diversity and honour achievement in sports.There haven’t been similar campaigns from the government since 1991, when the focus shifted from building society to building the nation’s economy. ‘Jai Jawan (hail the soldier)’, saluting the armed forces is another popular theme that still prevails, perhaps the only area where political and brand discourse overlap.Post 1991, for the next two decades, as India went from strength to strength, the theme of ‘nation building’ became a favourite. Electrical brands, food brands, bank brands, business conglomerates and large companies all vied with each other to present their nation-building credentials.The very old companies chronicled their contribution from Independence onward, while the new ones talked of their scope and scale and their recent achievements. Market leaders in every category tried to make themselves synonymous with India and to suggest that they fuelled the flame of India’s diversity-‘the taste of India’, ‘banker to every Indian’, ‘the nation’s history is our history’ and of course the most beloved ‘buland Bharat ki buland tasveer (a bold image of bold India)’.With the generational shift in companies and communicators, how does young India think about such things? Are we seeing changes in the way brands approach patriotism, their role as Indian citizens, or their Independence and Republic Day ads?One segment of it-a large one-merely sees these ‘special country days’ as a marketing opportunity. A hotel room aggregator exhorts people to take advantage of the long Independence Day weekend and travel to various parts of the country; another lot announces mega sales; yet another segment takes ‘freedom’ and ‘independence’ literally, promising freedom from cuts and scratchy beards and slippery tyres and the like.If we grant these businesses their perception of consumerism as the highest altar at which to worship, there is still a clear segment of others who are not content with a mere chronicling and celebration of diversity, but are using their brand platform to ‘help build a better India’-taking the nation-building theme to the next level.If earlier the theme was translated as ‘built factories, introduced new products, provided jobs, worked with all segments of society’, it is now beginning to be translated as ‘promoting desirable behaviours of a nation with a progressive society’.There are ads around ‘soch badalna hoga (ways of thinking need to change)’, ‘opportunity for everyone to rise’, ‘what has education done for you’ and so on. Women’s independence, safety and freedom from social restraints is a popular theme; environmental protection (not ‘Swachh Bharat’ slogans) and freedom from plastic is another; inclusion or the general ‘freedom to be’ and equal rights for under-privileged sections is another; and a gentle and positive comment on the move to a ‘no bribery and corruption/ fast transactions’ environment from a digital payment brand are all welcome indicators of what we will see more of in the future.advertisementRecent WhatsApp messages doing the rounds talk of ‘swadeshi-videshi (domestic-foreign)’ brands, bemoaning how the behemoths among US and Chinese brands are taking over the Indian market and blaming the government for not enabling the rise of Indian brands.The Bombay Club of 1991 thinking back again? No, that ship of patriotism has sailed. The new theme around swadeshi-videshi is to get our fair share of our own market by competing fair and square and doing what China is doing-creating local beaters of global champs.Nirma, and now Patanjali, rose on an anti-MNC platform. However, it is not patriotism but fair pricing that is their proposition. The ‘made in country X or Y’ national branding is now beginning to lose all its previous perceptions as supply chains have gone global. Orders from a website in Asia go to a US address; the shipping is from Europe, while the tag says ‘Made in India’.If brand-speak represents popular culture, we have less to worry about than some of us might think! The days when brands kowtowed to politicians are over. The days when they push back and take a stand if needed are yet to come, but there are definitely green shoots on the horizon.Rama Bijapurkar is a leading Indian consultant on market strategy and consumer behaviourYou’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments last_img read more

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Babita Phogat congratulates sister Vinesh on qualifying for Tokyo Olympics

first_img Asian News International New DelhiSeptember 18, 2019UPDATED: September 18, 2019 18:11 IST Vinesh Phogat of India in action (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVinesh Phogat secured a spot for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after an impressive 8-2 win against Sarah HildebrandtShe became the first Indian wrestler to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in the 53 kg categoryVinesh bagged back-to-back gold medals in the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth GamesIndian wrestler Babita Phogat congratulated her sister Vinesh Phogat for qualifying in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics here on Wednesday.”I want to congratulate Vinesh for qualifying in the Olympics,” said Babita in a video message.Vinesh secured a spot for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after an impressive 8-2 win against Sarah Hildebrandt of the USA in the ongoing World Wrestling Championship on Wednesday.With this victory, Vinesh became the first Indian wrestler to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in the 53 kg category.Babita also thanked Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, Wrestling Federation in India President Brijbhushan Sharan Singh and Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar for encouraging sportspersons.”I want to thanks Sports Minister and also the President of Wrestling Federation in India Brijbhushan Singh as he has taken wrestling to new heights. I also want to thank our Chief Minister. So, I want to thank all of them to encourage sports,” she said.Vinesh bagged back-to-back gold medals in the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games. In the 2018 Asian Games, she clinched a gold medal in the 50 kg category.Also Read | India wrestler Vinesh Phogat makes it to 2020 Tokyo Olympics, to fight for bronze at WorldsAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Tokyo OlympicsFollow Vinesh Phogat Babita Phogat congratulates sister Vinesh on qualifying for Tokyo OlympicsIndian wrestler Babita Phogat congratulated her sister Vinesh Phogat for qualifying in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Summer Trekking: Fjallraven

first_imgThis summer it’s time to step up your trekking and travel game. Rather than shop the bargain racks at your local REI for a tired pair of baggy hiking pants and tech t-shirt, it’s time to graduate to high quality apparel that will last on the trail as long as you will. Fjallraven’s spring and summer line this year is inspired by the brand’s Swedish heritage, and will easily perform on the trails and water, while setting you apart from the typical hiking shirts and yoga pants crowd.Related: The Best Hiking Shirts | Feit Wool HikerKeb Gaiter Trousers ($225)Fjallraven’s signature G-1000 material reinforces the Keb Gaiter Trousers in key places like the knees and instep, making them ultra durable. This new version of the award winning Keb features a zip-off conversion into shorts. You can keep the lower portion on your legs with a drawstring closure and boot hook to protect your legs when walking through high brush or scrambling up steep rock. Stretch panels through the inner thigh, seat, and back of the knees provide breathability and comfort when temperatures climb. If you’re looking for a hiking pant that departs from the typical cheap technical fabric and cookie-cutter design, the Kebs provide the best option for the design conscious trekker who deserves the very best.Kanken Backpack ($75)The Kanken series of backpacks has been around since 1978. In the nearly forty years that they have been in production, they’ve gone from being a simple school bag for Swedish children to a global icon. Made from Fjallraven’s Vinylon polypropylene fabric, the Kanken excels at shedding moisture. The simple design provides everything you need to a light day hiking load, and new variants built for urban commuters will organize all your portable electronics when you’re on the road.High Coast Wind Anorak ($180)Anorak style jackets may have fallen out of favor here in the US, but the pull-over design is alive and well. The High Coast is a perfect summer layering piece, combining soft organic cotton with a polyamide blend. It is wind resistant, and like the G-1000 canvas of the Kebs, is waxed for water resistance and quick drying. The kangaroo pouch in the front doubles as a pack bag, helping you keep it organized when stashed in a day pack. It is perfect for early morning hikes and late evenings on the water fishing or paddling.Abisko Vent Shirt ($110)The Abisko line is designed around hybrid fabrics and light weight trekking. The vent shirt is our favorite of the apparel collection, especially for long days when it pulls office duty in the morning, and helps us sneak away for an afternoon fly fishing session and bar crawl afterward. The light fabric is complemented by a vented yoke and mesh gusseting under the arms, helping dump heat when you’re on the trail. The button-down collar and chest pockets recall simple safari and photographer shirts, with updated styling for the modern adventurer. Editors’ Recommendations 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul last_img read more

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The World’s Most Epic Small Ship Sailing Experiences

first_img 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Small ship sailing allows travelers to visit the most remote destinations on Earth.Modern cruise ships can now show travelers more of the globe than ever before. But, full-size vessels can only explore so much.  Here are three epic small ship sailing expeditions for intimately exploring the world’s last remaining, truly wild destinations.The Outer Atolls of the Marshall Islands (via Infinity Expeditions)With less than 20 passengers aboard, Infinity Expeditions is the definition of small ship sailing. These aren’t your typical Carnival-style vacation cruises, however. Passengers are expected to volunteer with every aspect of daily life aboard the ship including cooking, cleaning, navigating, and anything else involved in the life of a sailor. The company’s sole ship, Infinity, is a 120-foot vessel purpose-built to tackle the world’s most remote destinations. Their annual travel schedule features only a handful of destinations, but all are bucket-list-worthy. As the second least visited country on the planet, the Outer Atolls of the Marshall Islands is among the most beautiful, most pristine destinations most travelers will ever visit. The highlight of the itinerary is the opportunity to dive Bikini Atoll to explore the “Nuclear Fleet” wrecks from the United States’ atomic testing fleet. Cost: from €59 per day, including three vegan meals daily, plus free sailing, yoga, and cooking classesRelated: Sailing Into New Design with Victorie YachtsAntarctica (via Quixote Expeditions)Even with the recent boom in cruise ship travel to Antarctica, it remains one of the world’s wildest destinations. Skip the full-size ships, however, in favor of a small ship experience that allows passengers to get up close with some of the continent’s most remote and unseen spots. Quixote Expeditions’ annual Antarctic Sailing Expedition is a 25-day, once-in-a-lifetime journey that takes passengers from the Argentinian town of Ushuaia (nicknamed the “End of the World”), across the Drake Passage, and onward to the Antarctic Peninsula. At 66 feet, the company’s sole vessel, Ocean Tramp, carries a maximum of just 12 (including crew), meaning passengers are able to intimately explore the wildlife, geography, and topography of the continent in a way that’s completely impossible with larger vessels. Cost: from $8,000 USDMadeira to the Azores (via Rubicon 3)If you’re hard-pressed to find the Azores on a map, you’re not alone (it’s in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, by the way — 850 miles west of continental Portugal). This remote Portuguese archipelago is among the world’s most beautiful destinations that no one is talking about. Rubicon 3’s Madeira to the Azores itinerary is a hardcore, 15-day sailing expedition that explores every inch of the island chain by sea. For a few brief days, the trip navigates alongside the vineyards, beaches, and stunning cliffs of coastal Madeira before heading to Porto Santo. From there, it’s onward to open ocean before circling the islands of the Azores, all the while snorkeling, stargazing, and whale-watching. The trip puts the “working” in “working vacation” — every passenger is intimately involved with the day-to-day ship operation. Indeed, most guests book the trip as an intense crash course in fully-certified seamanship. Cost: from £1,350 Major Airline Admits to Monitoring Passengers Via Onboard Cameras Virgin Voyages Sea-ks Name For New Cruise-Ship-Exclusive Beer World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Editors’ Recommendations World’s First Hybrid-Electric Cruise Ship Sails the Northwest Passage last_img read more

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Travel Playlist: Tunes to Listen to While on the Move

first_img How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica on Sabbatical The first gaggle of six songs is catchy and comforting, providing something good and solid to hold on to while the methodical chaos of the airport swirls all around you. “Big Jet Plane” by siblings Angus and Julia Stone and the similarly heart-beating bass lined “Ship And The Globe” set the opening tone with a consoling user friendly groove. The Virgins, Beck, and J.J. Cale pick up the pace and set us up nicely for the oft celebrated and perpetually missed, Tom Petty, and his rumination on the metaphorical act of “Learning To Fly” (best not to focus too specifically on the lyrics as you prepare to hurl your body through the sky at 600 mph).And then, aaaaaaahhhhh …  welcome to the soft, inviting, tropical, guitar-based “Island Trip” by Blank & Jones, as we enter into the chilled out beats and bass section that is devised to help you relax and enjoy the flight as best you can (ideally with noise-cancelling headphones). “Eyes Be Closed” by Washed Out is as close as I could get to a tune that actually feels like flying, with Ernest Greene encouraging us to rise up and float outside ourselves and find the source of light over divine echoing synth lines and multi layered vocals.From there, the next three songs — “Cruise Control (Rollmottle Remix)” by Jeffrey Paradise, “A Trip To The Moon” by Aiolos Rue, and “Journey” by Saib — provide some nice ethereal subsonic waves interwoven with gentle beats upon which to float along. Sol Rising’s “The Journey” with its entrancing guitar line and odd high pitched vocals asking “where are we going…?” ramps up the tempo for the next few tracks. Until “Voyage” by Knowsum calms us back down with some straight forward funky beats and bass augmented by some light airy xylophone.The space capsule fully detaches from the fuselage as we get into Sacramento’s own Tycho and their mind expanding gravity defying “From Home” off the Past Is Prologue album. We then continue our down-tempo, chillaxed space walk over the next few tunes, culminating with another dreamy gem from Washed Out in the form of “Floating By”.Shifting gears ever so slightly, we get into the sparse Casio-toned musings of the Kostars (half of Luscious Jackson) and their escapist ode to avoiding the cops via “Jolene On The Freeway.” “Ramblin’ Man” by Lemon Jelly could very well stand as the centerpiece of the whole mix as our inquisitive narrator asks our intrepid journeyman why he travels. The long, heavily United Kingdom-leaning list of destinations to follow makes for a dizzying bouillabaisse of possibility as we follow our ramblin’ man off into the sunset.“Sleeping Children Are Still Flying” and the next flock of songs get us into some eclectic sparse hip-hoppy tunes with which to get yourself pretty far out there. This section concludes with Smoke Trees and their voyeuristic studio scene intro to the super freshness of the multi-layered “Trip To Work.”“Wandering” by The Moses begins the gentle easygoing descent into even deeper otherworldly tonal touchstones as we slowly wind our way down into what one might hope to be actual airplane based slumber (a state which yours truly struggles dearly to attain). Following “Trip to the Stix,” “in the car,” and “wandering daze,” Tycho comes back to take us even further out into space (and ourselves) with “Adrift.”I’ve always had a strange affection for “Airportman” by REM and its whispered message of “great opportunity” wafting over the hazy ambient sleeping pill-esque song beneath. Which then gives way to “Drift” by the lesser known Benji Lewis – an excellent mantra to help us drift by the clouds outside the airplane window before we glide through the final cluster of ever slowing tracks in the mix. Lonnie Liston Smith and The Isley Brothers throw out some contemplative, mellow, voyaging funk before the final few tracks take us all the way down to a very low sitting heart rate and minimalistic euphony to complete our journey.May this playlist help you to get where you need to go, whether you’re traveling to a far-away land or just looking to take a pleasant trip inward (and upward). Enjoy! 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Editors’ Recommendations center_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout This playlist was designed to soothe one’s soul while traveling (particularly during the airborne variety). Each song was chosen to invoke various visions of travel, both in lyrical content and vibe. For best results, hit play while stepping out of your ride-share vehicle before entering the airport. The mix is engineered to audio-cure what ails you during the initial two and a half hours of your journey.last_img read more

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This Tiny Concrete Home in Tokyo Feels a Lot Bigger Than It Is

first_img Atelier TEKUTO This Desert Oasis Is a Stylish Update on Classic Adobe Homes Atelier TEKUTO For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner The final layout is four floors of glass and concrete that reaches into the sky. The main level holds the gallery and Japanese room, which features a tatami mat floor. The second floor holds the living room, dining room, kitchen, and bathroom. In the small living room, the ceiling is double the usual height to create a sense of openness in a tight space. A large triangular window lets light flood the room, making it feel bright and airy. The top level houses the couple’s bedroom, and the audio visual room was tucked into the basement, which helped aid in the sound-proofing.The home was designed as one continuous vertical volume. This, combined with open tread staircases, allows maximum light to reach all corners of the home, including the basement level.To create a concrete home that felt open, the team developed a 100-percent recyclable concrete made from shirasu instead of sand. Shirasu is a special volcanic ash deposit created from pyroclastic flow and is found all over southern Japan. Special micro closed-cells give the shirasu a unique property: it creates concrete that can control humidity and deodorize the air, both of which are important features in humid, crowded Tokyo. Previous Atelier TEKUTO Atelier TEKUTO Atelier TEKUTO 1 of 7 Editors’ Recommendations As the world’s most populous cities struggle with a housing shortage, more and more architects are getting creative with buildings that maximize space on small pieces of land.This holds true for R torso C house, an award-winning, cleverly designed home from Tokyo-based architectural firm Atelier TEKUTO. The private residence, which sits on a corner plot in Tokyo that is just 66 square meters (or 216 square feet), makes use of an angular shape and high ceilings to create the illusion of a spacious home inside and out. With a very small 337 square feet of floor space, Atelier TEKUTO packed as much as they could into this “micro-house”.Architect Yasuhiro Yamashita is no stranger to tiny houses; the firm specializes in creating structures that take advantage of every last inch of available space. But he had to get really creative with R torso C. The couple wanted a home that had the traditional spaces like a living room, dining room, and “Japanese room,” but they also needed a gallery space and an insulated audio visual space — all while remaining environmentally friendly. Atelier TEKUTO Next Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bite Atelier TEKUTO North Canon Drive Residence Is Worth Every Penny of Its $45 Million Price Tag Atelier TEKUTO Thailand’s WARchitect Design Studio is Elevating Home Designlast_img read more

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Amazon Prime Will Show Live Games From the English Premier League — But There’s a Catch

first_img Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty ImagesAmazon is digging deeper into live sports coverage after inking a deal with the most-watched sports league in the world.The company said on Thursday, June 7, that it has struck a deal with the English Premier League, giving U.K-based soccer fans with Prime membership access to 20 games per season for three seasons starting next year. Unfortunately, Americans will not have the same streaming abilities. How much Amazon forked out for the package hasn’t been made public.The soccer coverage comprises all fixtures across several days during the festive period and will feature all of the Premier League teams, including giants such as Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Arsenal.Coming almost halfway through the English soccer season, the games take place at a time when the league positionings really start to take shape. Results at this traditionally popular part of the season, with fans relaxing with family over the Christmas holiday, can really propel a team onto greater things or knock the confidence of those struggling at the bottom of the table.Amazon will be hoping that the importance of these games, combined with the holiday season timing, will be enough to persuade more Brits to sign up for its Prime service. In the U.K., Prime costs £79 (about $105) a year. Besides the live sports coverage, subscribers can also access TV shows, movies, ebooks, and music, and also receive free and fast delivery of orders from its online store.Besides December’s live soccer coverage, Prime subscribers will also be about to catch weekly highlights of all the Premier League games throughout the season.“We are always looking to add more value to Prime, and we’re delighted to now offer, for the first time, live Premier League matches to Prime members at no extra cost to their membership,” said Jay Marine, vice president of Prime Video in Europe. “Over these two December fixture rounds, Prime members will be able to watch every team, every game, so no matter which Premier League team you support, you’re guaranteed to see them play live on Prime Video.”But this latest deal means that the most dedicated of Brit-based soccer fans will now have to sign up not only to Amazon Prime, but also Sky Sports and BT Sport to access live broadcasts for all Premier League games throughout the season, though for many people the highlights shows may be enough.Competing with the likes of Facebook and Twitter for the rights to show live sports events, Amazon last year inked a deal to stream 37 ATP tennis events, and also paid out for a number of NFL games. In March, analyst Daniel Ives, head of technology research at GBH Insight, described a “pivotal window” around 2021 when many media rights deals for sports end in 2021, giving tech-streaming firms like Amazon and Facebook the chance to battle with “traditional entrenched media/cable players” for more coverage rights.A version of this article originally ran on our brother site, Digital Trends. Editors’ Recommendations Pairing the English Premier League Soccer Teams with Craft Beers from the United States The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now last_img read more

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Major Investments Expected from Mission to China and Singapore

first_imgMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says the Government expects some major investments to arise from his recent trips to China and Singapore. “As early as next month, we expect exploratory visits from at least three companies out of China, with at least one of them expressing a strong desire to establish a strategic partnership in locating their regional hub in Jamaica,” Mr. Hylton disclosed. He was speaking at a press conference at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on Thursday (November 15), where he gave an update on the mission, which took place from October 25 to November 7. The Minister said that by engaging China and Singapore early in Jamaica’s plans for a logistics hub, some solid partnerships have been secured. “This is underpinned by the fact that Jamaica will become an integral component in the international transshipment industry, as it will represent one of only two ports expected to be ready upon completion of the expansion of the Panama canal in 2015,” he added. Mr. Hylton pointed out that there is “strong agreement and acceptance” regarding the opportunities and benefits to be obtained by the expansion of the Panama canal for both China and Jamaica. He said the strategic benefit that could accrue to both countries, with the development of a global logistics hub in the island, was acknowledged. Turning to Singapore, he informed that the mission had benefitted from in-depth presentations on Singapore’s port systems and operations, which provided useful insight on modern practices and a grasp of global standards which exist in the logistics industry. Additionally, presentations were made on the country’s tax structure, which supports its transshipment operations. “To top it off, the Singaporean government expressed is willingness to offer us a range of technical support, given their own experiences and well developed expertise,” he noted, adding that the Port of Singapore Authority had also indicated its interest in exploring opportunities in the further development and operations at Jamaica’s ports. The purpose of the mission was to meet with counterpart Ministers in China and Singapore, with a view to deepening commercial and industrial relations between Jamaica and those countries; engage potential investors and promote investment opportunities in the proposed logistics hub and other sectors in Jamaica; as well as to gain insight and greater perspective on the development of Jamaica’s logistics industry. Mr. Hylton said that these objectives were successfully achieved, as the mission team was able to complete a packed itinerary targeting potential investors across all focus sectors, and to present specific opportunities for investing in Jamaica The Minister’s team included JAMPRO President, Sancia Bennett Templer; Chairman of the Factories Corporation of Jamaica, Clive Fagan; and Chairman of the Logistics Taskforce, Dr. Eric Deans.last_img read more

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Residents of Whitehall Get Titles

first_imgMONTEGO BAY – Residents, who occupy housing lots in the Whitehall phase one housing development in Westmoreland, were presented with their titles on Friday (Nov. 23), by Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy. More than 500 lots are available in the development, which was originally earmarked for hotel workers in the 1980’s.  The Government started the project under Operation PRIDE in the early 1990’s, and has decided to hand over the titles to owners for nominal fees ranging from $25,000 to $300,000. Minister Guy, in addressing the title handing over ceremony held at the Whitehall Early Childhood Institution, said he was pleased with the project. “I am impressed with the level of work being done. What I see at Whitehall is something that every recipient here, and those who are not here, ought to be proud off. It is a wonderful development,” he stated. He challenged the residents to take charge of the community. “Let us be the ones in charge and not others. I am talking about the criminals creeping in and taking charge. At the end, let us have a community that everyone can be proud of,” he urged. The Minister said he has mandated the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) to institute a competition among the various Operation Pride housing schemes, aimed at fostering civic pride. Such as competition, he argued, could encourage residents to always work to keep their communities in top shape, while they vie for prizes. “Let us see, of these communities, which one can vie for a prize from the Housing Agency of Jamaica, because, what we are talking about is not only national development, but personal and civic development as well,” he stated. The Whitehall development is a three phase project, with more than 2,000 houses to be provided at the end of the undertaking.  A total of 512 housing lots are available in phase 1, while 24 lots are earmarked for commercial activities. Member of Parliament for Western Westmoreland, Dr. Wykeham McNeil, who is also Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, informed that funding is now in place for the completion of the playfield, and community centre.last_img read more

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Prince Michael Suggests Aggressive Enforcement of Seat Belt Law

first_imgHis Royal Highness, Prince Michael of Kent, has suggested that aggressive enforcement of the seat belt law could assist in further improving road safety in Jamaica.He pointed out that the use of safety belts and helmets is one of the most basic ways of improving road safety in any country. The Prince was speaking during a Round Table discussion with representatives of the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing and the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), following a tour of the National Works Agency’s Traffic Management Centre in Kingston, on April 17. The tour and discussion formed part of the itinerary for the Prince’s five-day working visit to the island, from April 15 to 19, as special guest of the NRSC, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.Citing the case of Costa Rica, he noted that enforcement of the seat belt law in that country had made a significant impact on its usage among motorists, and in turn, road safety. He informed that the country was awarded the Prince Michael Road Safety honour as a result of its achievements in improving seat belt compliance.“The reason I gave them an award is because, finally, 20 years after the (seat belt) law had been introduced, they actually got around to enforcement. So, it can be done and if Costa Rica can do it, I’m sure you can do it,” he said.Responding to Prince Michael’s suggestion,Executive Director at the NRSC, Paula Fletcher, said that the Council, and other stakeholders, including the Road Safety Unit, have been working to change the culture of seat belt usage in Jamaica, through the use of public education campaigns.She informed that these campaigns have seen very favourable results over the years.“We are aware of the challenges with seat belt usage, and from time to time, have had various programmes,” she said.Mrs. Fletcher informed that in conjunction with the NRSC’s 20th anniversary celebrations, the Council has launched a road safety campaign, in collaboration with Olympic gold medallist, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, with one of the main messages being the promotion of seat belt usage. The Prince is the Royal Patron for the Commission for Global Road Safety and Patron of the non-profit organisation, Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). Both organisations have been leading advocates in the fight to reduce road traffic injuries and deaths.He is also Patron for the Institute of the Motor Industry, as well as founder and patron of the Prince Michael Road Safety Award Scheme. Additionally, he is President of the Institute of Road Safety Officers and is an Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Highways and Transportation.The Prince, who arrived in the island on April 15, is on a five-day visit as the special guest of the NRSC, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. He will depart the island on Friday, April 19. Also in attendance were: Minister of Transport, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies; Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy; State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Richard Azan; Vice Chairman and Convener of the NRSC, Earl Jarrett; and Co-ordinator of the Below 240 Programme, Victor Anderson.By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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Workshop to Highlight Changes to Environmental Management Standards

first_imgThe National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ) will be conducting an awareness session and workshop to highlight changes and revisions made to environmental requirement standards under which companies, manufacturers and exporters must operate.The session, which is scheduled for Wednesday, June 5, at the Bureau of Standards, 6 Winchester Road, Kingston, will specifically address the International Standardization Organization/International Electrotechnical Commission(ISO/IEC) 17021-2 Competence Requirements and the revision made to the ISO 14001:2015 Standard.Manager of the NCBJ, Jacqueline Scott-Brown, explained that the event will target ISO 14001 certified company representatives, environmental expert advisors and practitioners, technical experts, exporters, project managers and environmental management system auditors, who have to conform to these standards.She pointed out that the revision to the ISO 14001 will come into effect 2015 therefore, persons need to become familiar with the terms and conditions of the amended requirements.Turning to the ISO/IEC 17021-2 Competence Requirements, Mrs. Scott-Brown explained that this is an upgrade to the standard for auditing and certification of the environmental management system.“The requirement standards have been revised to make it easier for companies to better understand the underlying principles in relation to the environment such as waste management control, energy use and pollution prevention,” she noted.She urged persons to ensure that their activities, products, services, location and method of distribution reflect the new changes as this can allow them to expand their market reach and become globally competitive.The mandate of the NCBJ is to provide affordable certification to small, medium and large organizations in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.It actively promotes the international certification of management systems among Jamaican small and medium firms in particular, with the objective of these entities gaining international acceptance and quality standards.For more information on the upcoming session and the work of the NCBJ, persons may call 619-1131, 632-4275 or send email to: ncbj@bsj.org.jm.Contact: Kadian Brownlast_img read more

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Smokers Should Look out for Signs of Lung Cancer

first_imgSenior Medical Officer at the National Chest Hospital, Dr. Terry Baker, is urging persons who have been exposed to cigarette smoke over an extended period to look out for signs of lung cancer.Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Dr. Baker, who is a pulmonologist and internist, pointed out that the disease may present itself in myriad ways, and early signs may often be attributed to other conditions.“The person may have a cough, or they may begin to cough up phlegm or mucous that has changed in colour or consistency, or they may begin to cough up blood. They may have chest pain or consistent hoarseness,” she said.She, however, warned that persons may have pain in other parts of the body, such as arthritis. “This is a particular arthritis or inflammation that we see affecting the bones and joints in persons who have lung cancer. The bones and joints may become swollen and very tender.“The cancer may spread to other organs, to the brain (the person may have severe headaches, personality changes or seizures), to the spine or to the bone. You may also have collapse of the spine,” she explained.Dr. Baker pointed out that because there are no early signs or definitive signs that point to an ailment being lung cancer, one has to have a high index of suspicion when somebody presents with particular complaints.“When it becomes clinically apparent, and the person begins to feel sick, is usually when the cancer has been present within the body for quite a while and has now spread or invaded other structures,” she said.“Cancer cells can stay in the lung and multiply, divide and become larger and they stay there for quite a while before the person becomes ill, and that is part of the difficulty with lung cancer. While we recognise and applaud the advances made in terms of treating lung cancer, the five-year survival is very low,” Dr. Baker added.Dr. Baker was, however, quick to assure that having advanced disease does not mean that it will not be treated.“We may not be able to cure, but we will still treat and endeavour to arrest the spread of the growth of the cancer and help the person in terms of overcoming whatever complications they may have due to the presence of the cancer, and generally help them to feel better and to better manage in terms of other issues or complications that may arise,” she explained.Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, with more than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined.Cigarette smoking is associated with a number of other cancers, including cancers of the tongue, breast, cervix, stomach and colon as well as heart disease.National Chest Hospital is the only specialist hospital in the island that specifically treats patients with chest-related illnesses. The month of November is observed worldwide as Lung Cancer Awareness Month.last_img read more

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Parents Must Ensure That Children Eat Healthy Foods – Terrelonge

first_img Addressing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signing ceremony between the Ministry and Nestlé Jamaica Limited for extension of the company’s health and wellness programme in schools, at the Gregory Park Primary School in St. Catherine on May 30, he noted that sodas and some baked products “are bad for you, and have no nutrients at all”. Story Highlights Mr. Terrelonge pointed out that there are certain foods that must be avoided at all cost, because they are “killing our children slowly”, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, is calling on parents to make sure their children eat healthy foods.Mr. Terrelonge pointed out that there are certain foods that must be avoided at all cost, because they are “killing our children slowly”,Addressing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signing ceremony between the Ministry and Nestlé Jamaica Limited for extension of the company’s health and wellness programme in schools, at the Gregory Park Primary School in St. Catherine on May 30, he noted that sodas and some baked products “are bad for you, and have no nutrients at all”.Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge (second left, seated), enjoys the performance of students at the Gregory Park Primary School in St. Catherine, Christine Liscombe and Tyrese Williams, during yesterday’s (May 30), signing of an expanded memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Ministry and Nestlé Jamaica Limited, for extension of the company’s health and wellness programme in schools. Also enjoying the performance (from left) are Head of Marketing for Nestlé’s Anglo-Dutch Caribbean, Patricio Torres; Managing Director for Nestlé Jamaica, Daniel Caron, and Principal of the school, Richard Williams.center_img Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, is calling on parents to make sure their children eat healthy foods. The State Minister emphasised that children must get the best education, and unhealthy foods affect their growth.“If we want our children to get the best education, to live best lives, we have to focus on their health,” he said, adding that many young children are suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure, due partly to unhealthy consumption.The agreement with Nestlé seeks to promote nutrition, health and wellness among school-aged children, and to encourage employability skills among young adults.The MOU will be executed through two main programmes – Nestlé for Healthier Kids, and the Nestlé Youth Employment Initiative.Under the programme, which now incorporates 15 schools and is expected to have 15,000 students participating by the end of the year, children will benefit from Wellness and Wheels class visits and International Chef Days; there will be Nutrition Education Training for Teachers, and the establishment of school gardens.Meanwhile, Principal of the Gregory Park Primary School, Richard Williams, said he is pleased that the students will be exposed to “appropriate” information and techniques to guide them in making the right choices.“We believe that our duty is to create an enabling environment for the overall development of our children, ensuring that they practise wholesome living and healthy lifestyles,” the Principal said.For his part, Managing Director of Nestlé Jamaica, Daniel Caron, said the programme is about enhancing the quality of life for families and individuals, and to showcase the importance of healthy diets and healthy choices.“A healthy mind comes from a healthy body, and we are making a difference. This is part of our giving back, being responsible in our communities,” Mr. Caron said.last_img read more

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Finanstilsynet Completes Review of Financial Statement

first_imgzoom The Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway (Finanstilsynet) has completed a review of certain aspects of Stolt-Nielsen’s consolidated financial statements for 2012.The company agreed to reverse $12.3 million of the non-cash gains on bargain purchase relating to the Acuidoro and Moerdijk acquisitions completed during 2012. The non-cash gain on bargain purchase of $4.8 million relating to the Dagenham acquisition has not been reversed.Reference is made to Note 1 to the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements for the three months and year ended November 30, 2013 released on January 30, 2014. In the opinion of Finanstilsynet, the company’s recognition of non-cash gains on bargain purchase was not in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).As required by IAS 8, the effect of the reversal of these non-cash gains on bargain purchases is shown under 2012 comparative financial information and explained more fully in Note 1 of the 2013 Financial Statements.The 2013 Financial Statements stolt-nielsen, March 26, 2014last_img read more

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Air Products Hired for 2nd PETRONAS FLNG Project

first_imgzoom Air Products, the global provider of liquefied natural gas (LNG) technology and equipment, has signed an agreement with JGC Corporation to provide its proprietary LNG technology, equipment and process license for PETRONAS’ second floating LNG project (PFLNG 2) to be located off the coast of Malaysia.coil wound heat exchangerAir Products’ equipment and technology will be vital in the production of 1.5 million tons per year of LNG, targeted for onstream in 2018, for project owner Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), the national oil and gas company of Malaysia. Air Products’ LNG technology has been selected for all three offshore FLNG projects announced and in construction around the world to date.“In our LNG history as a company we have always tried to stay ahead of trends in the market and we are pleased that we have been selected for PETRONAS’ second FLNG project, as well as the other two global off-shore LNG projects thus far that have been announced. The PFLNG 2 project, much like PETRONAS’ first floating LNG (PFLNG 1) project, is an important one in the effort to monetize significant offshore natural gas reserves that would otherwise be unreachable,” said Bill Kennington, major account manager – LNG with Air Products. “In a project of this complexity, I trust that we have the best expertise from around the world to think of innovative solutions and game changing ideas to harness the best of engineering, design, and manufacturing equipment to ensure safety, quality, as well as a technically and commercially viable project,” said Datuk Abdullah Karim, vice president and venture director of LNG Projects – Domestic, PETRONAS.PFLNG 2, which will be drawing natural gas from the Rotan Field in the South China Sea, offshore Sabah, Malaysia, will use Air Products’ AP-NTM LNG Process and Equipment. Air Products will manufacture this proprietary equipment including coil wound heat exchangers and compressor-expanders at facilities in the United States, and the economizer cold boxes in Tanjung Langsat, Malaysia.The proprietary equipment will be shipped from the Air Products manufacturing facilities for assembly into modules and then installed on the PFLNG 2 vessel.The AP-N™ LNG process is the most efficient of all nitrogen recycle LNG processes in the industry, and is ideally suited for small scale FLNG applications. It is the same technology that was selected for the earlier announced PETRONAS PFLNG 1 Project, which is currently under construction in South Korea.The use of the AP-N™ LNG Process and Equipment for FLNG builds on the successful implementation of the nitrogen recycle section of Air Products’ AP-X® LNG Process and Equipment, which have been operating reliably for nearly five years in Qatar. The AP-N™ LNG Process and Equipment can be configured in an all-nitrogen recycle process for a single train at a nominal 1.5 million tons per annum, or it can be boosted in capacity with the addition of pre-cooling.In addition to the two PETRONAS FLNG projects, Air Products’ coil wound heat exchangers were selected for Shell’s Prelude floating LNG project under construction and slated for the Browse Basin off the northwest coast of Western Australia.A majority of the total worldwide LNG is produced with Air Products’ technology. Air Products has now designed, manufactured, and exported more than 100 coil wound heat exchangers for LNG projects around the globe over the last four decades.In January 2014 Air Products dedicated a second United States LNG manufacturing facility in Port Manatee, Florida. The new facility, when combined with the existing Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania LNG manufacturing facility, doubles the company’s manufacturing capacity for its proprietary and world-leading technology to both meet increasing customer demand, and specifically for the manufacture of larger LNG heat exchangers.Air Products, May 1, 2014last_img read more

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Euro Dockworkers Tackling Overcapacity, Automation Threats

first_imgzoom The combined unions of dockworkers in Germany, Netherlands, France, United Kingdom and Belgium as well as the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and the International Dockworkers Council (IDC) met in Rotterdam today to discuss the threats of overcapacity and on-going automation of terminals.Dockworkers’ unions in the so-called ‘Hamburg-Le Havre Range’ will also examine the expansion of global terminal operator DP World in Europe during this two-day meeting. The parties will look into possible ways of improving the industrial relationship between DP World and labor unions, as well as seek to develop a strategy to force the port operator to start talks about a collective bargaining agreement for the workers at all of their 5 terminals in the Range.Seaports are facing numerous challenges from changes in container shipping and extra terminal capacity being built in many northern European ports.Already many terminal operators are functioning below full utilisation and fail to realise their investments in their new, state-of-the-art terminals.Throughout the Range, ports are pushed into hefty competition, enticing shipping companies with ever-lower prices and higher discounts, further undermining the financial stability of terminal operators and endangering the working conditions of dockworkers, ETF claims.At the same time, automation leads to a decline in employment. Some indicate that Rotterdam, with its high levels of automation, may lose up to 20% of the jobs in its port industry, according to ETF.last_img read more

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US Navy Starts Search for El Faro Remains

first_imgzoom U.S. Navy deployed Fleet Ocean Tug USNS Apache (T-ATF 172) from Norfolk, Virginia, on October 19, to begin searching for wreckage from the missing U.S.-flagged container ship El Faro which went missing off the Bahamas on October 1 near the eye of the Hurricane Joaquin, and is presumed to have sunk.The USNS Apache is deploying to a search area northeast of Crooked Island in the Bahamas island chain, the last known location of the vessel and its crew of 33.The initial search area is 100 square miles, and water depth is estimated to be 15,000 feet across the expected search area. Transit to this search area is expected to take four-to-five days due to weather.Apache is equipped with several pieces of underwater search equipment, including a voyage data recorder locator, side-scan sonar and an underwater remote operated vehicle. The Navy’s mission will be to first locate the ship and, if possible, to retrieve the voyage data recorder – commonly known as a black box.The tug’s crew will be joined by a team from the Navy’s Supervisor of Diving and Salvage.The El Faro, a 790-foot roll on, roll off cargo ship owned by Sea Star Line and operated by TOTE Services, was en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Jacksonville, Florida. At approximately 7:30 a.m. local time October 1, U.S. Coast Guard watchstanders were notified that the El Faro was disabled some 36 nautical miles northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas.Just minutes before the distress alerts, the El Faro master had called TOTE’s designated person ashore and reported that the ship was experiencing some flooding. He said the crew had controlled the ingress of water but the ship was listing 15 degrees and had lost propulsion.The Coast Guard and TOTE were unable to reestablish communication with the ship. Twenty-eight U.S. crew members and five Polish workers were on board.The Coast Guard located one deceased person in a survival suit in the water Sunday night. 32 remaining crew members, including the ship’s captain, are missing and presumed dead.last_img read more

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G E Shipping Buys Two Suezmax Tankers

first_imgzoom Mumbai-based Great Eastern Shipping (G E Shipping) has inked contracts to buy two 157,000 dwt Suezmax crude carriers from Panama-based Bretta Tanker Holdings.The ships in question are the 2010-built Eugenie and the 2011-built Devon and they were sold for USD 36.4 million and USD 38.6 million, respectively.Built by South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries, the tankers are expected to join the company’s fleet in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017.Last week, G E Shipping signed a contract to buy a 150,000 dwt Suezmax crude carrier which will be delivered to the company also in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017.The company’s current fleet stands at 38 vessels, comprising 24 tankers and 14 dry bulk carriers, with an average age of 9.89 years.Additionally, G E Shipping has two secondhand Aframaxes and one newbuilding Kamsarmax on order. Following the delivery of the six contracted vessels, the company’s fleet will be comprised of 44 vessels.last_img read more

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RMI Registry Moves to 2nd Place in Dwt Terms

first_imgzoom The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) fleet now stands at 223,262,177 deadweight tons, making it the second largest registry in the world in terms of dwt.The RMI is not only the world’s second largest registry, but the Greek shipping industry’s leading flag as well. The RMI has been gaining market share year-on-year and the flag today has 791 ships totaling 62,190,301 dwt in its registry, representing over 18.9% of total dwt of the Greek owned fleet.“From long-standing traditional shipowners, particularly our standing as the number one flag for Greek owners, to a new wave of Chinese leasing companies, the RMI Registry is the registry of choice for owners looking for an innovative and quality driven partner,” Bill Gallagher, President at International Registries, Inc. (IRI), said.Theo Xenakoudis, Director, Worldwide Business Operations and Managing Director of IRI Piraeus office, said that “prior to registration, we vet the owner, operator and vessel before acceptance in the RMI Registry and during the vessel’s time in the Registry we continue to conduct risk assessments and work with our owners and operators to ensure their vessels meet the Registry’s quality standards.”Image Courtesy: IHS MarkitAdditionally, the RMI Registry has recently received preliminary confirmation that it will continue its United States (US) Coast Guard (USCG) Qualship 21 status for 2017.This would mark the 13th year in a row that the RMI Registry has held its Qualship 21 status.In October 2016, the RMI Registry attained the status as the world’s largest tanker fleet with additional tonnage joining the registry from markets in Greece, the United States (US), and Asia.At the time, the Registry said that its tanker fleet stood at 44.6 million gross tons (GT), while the registry’s overall fleet was at 137.3 million gross tons with an average age of 8.7 years.last_img read more

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Scorpio Tankers Confirms Sale of Two MR Product Tankers

first_imgzoom Monaco-based tanker shipping company Scorpio Tankers has confirmed the sale of two of its MR product tankers, STI Sapphire and STI Emerald.As disclosed, the company reached an agreement with an unnamed party to sell the 52,000 dwt vessels, which were built at South Korean Hyundai Mipo shipyard in 2013, for a total of USD 56.4 million.“The sales are expected to close in June 2017 at which time the company will repay the outstanding secured debt for these vessels of USD 27.6 million in aggregate,” Scorpio Tankers said.Additionally, Scorpio plans to record a write-down of around USD 9.3 million during the second quarter of 2017 in connection with the entry into this agreement.Last month, the company also entered into agreements to sell and leaseback three MR product tankers, STI Beryl, STI Le Rocher and STI Larvotto, to China’s Bank of Communications.Currently, Scorpio Tankers’ fleet is comprised of 78 owned product tankers with an average age of 2.3 years and 22 time or bareboat chartered-in vessels. In addition, the company has contracted for six newbuilding MR product tankers which are expected to be delivered by the end of 2017 and in the first quarter of 2018.last_img read more

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Ferguson Marine Splashes New LNGFuelled Ferry

first_imgzoom UK-based Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited (FMEL) launched the first LNG-fuelled ferry designed and constructed in the UK on November 21.The MV Glen Sannox, which hit the water at the Ferguson shipyard in Port Glasgow, is the first of two vessels ordered by Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL).Construction on the 102-metre vessel started in 2016 with delivery to CMAL scheduled to take place in the winter of 2018/19.The environmentally-friendly, vehicle passenger ferry is planned to be operated on the Ardrossan to Brodick route, trasporting up to 1,000 passengers and 127 cars.“As this is the first ferry in the UK capable of being run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and marine gas oil, not only has this been an extremely exciting and ambitious project for both FMEL and CMAL, but it has been an extremely complex one as well,” Jim McColl, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Clyde Blowers Capital, said.last_img read more

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Masters Failure Caused Celebrity Infinity Allision

first_imgzoom The cruise ship Celebrity Infinity allided with a berth in Alaska in June 2016 due to the master’s failure, according to the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).Following an investigation into the incident, the NTSB determined that the probable cause of Celebrity Infinity’s allision with the dock was the master’s failure to plan, monitor, and execute a safe docking evolution.​The Malta-flagged vessel allided with berth 3 in Ketchikan in the afternoon hours of June 3. There were no reports of injuries or pollution following the incident.Senior bridge and engineering personnel told investigators there were no problems with the nautical, bridge, or propulsion equipment at the time of the accident, and the bridge logbook indicated all regulatory and company required equipment was “tested and found in good working order.”The 90,940-gross-ton vessel sustained a 9-inch-diameter hole on the forward port side, about 12 feet above the waterline, while the berth suffered extensive damage to the catwalks and pilings. The cost of repairs was about USD 1.15 million, the NTSB informed.last_img read more

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Safe Bulkers Returns to Profit in Q1

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Safe Bulkers Driven by higher revenues, Monaco-based drybulk shipping company Safe Bulkers managed to return to profitability in the first quarter of this year.The company posted net income of USD 6 million in Q1 2018, compared to net loss of USD 3.3 million during the same period in 2017.Net revenues for the first quarter of 2018 increased by 31% to USD 43.5 million from USD 33.3 million during the same period in 2017. This was mainly due to improved charter rates, in addition to an increase in the average number of vessels, according to Safe Bulkers.“Our revenues continued to improve supporting gradual increase in our profitability. We intend to continue to use our cash from operations to further improve our capital structure and deleverage in forthcoming quarters,” Loukas Barmparis, President of Safe Bulkers, said.As of May 24, 2018, the company has agreed to finance the recently acquired secondhand vessel, which was paid from cash from operations, by increasing an existing credit facility of USD 36.7 million secured by three vessels to USD 54 million which will be secured by the four vessels after the increase. In addition, Safe Bulkers has agreed to finance an unencumbered vessel and refinance another existing facility of USD 23.5 million with a new 5-year term loan of USD 32 million.As of May 24, Safe Bulkers’ operational fleet comprised 39 drybulk vessels with an average age of 7.9 years and an aggregate carrying capacity of 3.5 million dwt. In addition, one Kamsarmax bulker is expected to join the company in June this year, marking the completion of Safe Bulkers’ newbuilding program.last_img read more

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SunStone Signs Deal for Seventh InfinityClass Ship

first_imgzoomSunStone Infinity class. Image Courtesy: SunStone Miami-based SunStone Ships has signed an agreement for the construction of its seventh Infinity-class ship in Hong Kong, China.The vessel, ordered on May 29, 2019, has a long-term charter agreement in place.Featuring a length of 104 meters and a width of 18 meters, the unit will be capable of carrying between 130-200 passengers and 85 to 115 crew members.The latest cruise ship is scheduled for delivery in September 2021.The company’s previously ordered Infinity-class vessels, currently under construction, are scheduled to join the SunStone fleet in August 2019, October 2020, January 2021, March 2022, September 2022 and October 2022, respectively.The vessels are Ice Class 1A, Polar Code 6 and are being built with Safe Return to Port, Dynamic Positioning, and Zero Speed Stabilizers.last_img read more

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Small Claims Limit Expands

first_imgNova Scotians who use the courts to resolve minor financial orproperty disputes will find it easier and cheaper; the limit insmall claims court is increasing to $15,000, effective Thursday,April 1. The court’s maximum limit is increasing from $10,000. “This will help Nova Scotians resolve relatively minor disputeswithout the time and expense of going to the Supreme Court,” saidacting Justice Minister Ernest Fage. “It’s another positive stepto help people get through our court system in a timely,efficient manner.” The small claims court provides a quick, informal and cost-effective method for deciding claims. It is not necessary for theperson making the claim or the person whom the claim is againstto have lawyers. Proceedings are also less formal than in othercourts. Cases are heard by adjudicators who are lawyers. The small claims court is administered by the Nova ScotiaDepartment of Justice. For more information see the website atwww.gov.ns.ca/just/small.htm .last_img read more

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Provinces Welcome 1 Billion Federal Aid Package

first_imgAGRICULTURE/FISHERIES–Provinces Welcome $1 Billion Federal AidPackage Canada’s ministers of agriculture welcomed the federalgovernment’s announcement of a $1-billion aid package for theagriculture sector today, March 30, while rejecting additionalprovincial funding for the initiative. A joint statement issued by the provinces of Nova Scotia,Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundlandand Labrador, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec andSaskatchewan applauded federal Agriculture Minister Andy Mitchellfor an initiative aimed at improving cash flow for strugglingCanadian farm families. The statement says: “We wish to commend the government of Canada for making such asubstantial investment in short-term relief for our nation’s farmfamilies. This package is a significant commitment from thefederal government to Canada’s agriculture sector. All governments acknowledge that the combination of economicpressures resulting from bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE),depressed commodity prices and ongoing trade disputes has put ourentire agriculture sector in an extremely difficult financialposition. However, our individual provinces already have committedunprecedented resources to this crisis and to long-term programsdeveloped for the national Agricultural Policy Framework. The federal government alone has the fiscal capacity to deliveran equitable, national agricultural support program withoutcompromising commitments to priorities such as health, educationand infrastructure. All provinces have raised the issue of affordability foragricultural support programs with the federal government in thepast. This remains a crucial issue that requires furtherdiscussion and resolution. We look forward to that discussion atour next meeting.” Canada’s next scheduled meeting of federal/provincial/territorialagriculture ministers is set for July in Kananaskis, Alta.last_img read more

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Preparing For Flooding

first_img Listen to the radio. Local authorities will issue instructions for those living in the affected areas. Know how to turn off your water, gas and electricity in case you are instructed to by local officials. If your main power box is not in a dry, safe area, do not try to turn off your electricity. Do not use well water for drinking, cooking or bathing until the water has been tested and you have been advised that it is safe to use. If your area is affected by a flood, the two most important concerns are safety and sanitation. Here are some guidelines to help you return home safely: Officials are also encouraging provincial residents to follow the basic rules for all weather-related emergencies: Prepare your home and property. Trim dead or diseased branches from trees, secure objects that could be torn loose or blown around. Choose a shelter area away from windows for you and your family. A basement, storm cellar or closet beneath the stairs can provide safe shelter in a severe storm. Maintain an emergency kit that includes food, a supply of water, clothing, blankets, medication, a flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, cash and a first aid kit. Make advanced arrangements to help a senior or other person in your neighbourhood who may need added assistance. Choose a meeting place for you and your family and set up some way to notify each other of whereabouts and safety should you be separated. The provincial Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) is reminding Nova Scotians that flooding can occur at any time following heavy rainfalls. Nova Scotia is expecting heavy rain and gusting winds this weekend (Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18) as tropical storm Ophelia approaches. The former hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm on Thursday, Sept. 15, after battering North Carolina. Craig MacLaughlan, executive director of EMO, says Nova Scotians should continue to listen for updated weather information or public safety bulletins as the storm progresses but that residents should also take steps to protect against the risk of flooding — especially if they live in areas prone to the problem. “It can be as simple as moving furniture and personal property away from possible flood water and securing property that might be swept away or damaged by a flood,” said Mr. MacLaughlan. Residents are also encouraged to ensure that they have access to drinking water in case their regular supply is unavailable or becomes contaminated. In the event of a flood, EMO says: Listen to the radio for instructions. Your local municipal office will let you know when it is safe to return to your home. If you encounter flooded roads, do not attempt to cross. Right after a storm, floodwaters are at their most dangerous. It only takes six inches of rapidly moving water to knock you off your feet. Do not reconnect your gas or electrical supply. Arrange for qualified personnel to inspect and connect these services. If you smell gas, leave your home and contact the gas company immediately. Check your home carefully for signs of damage, broken glass and other debris. Some items must be discarded following a flood. Items such as mattresses, pillows, sofas and upholstered furniture that have been soaked with flood water are no longer safe from harmful bacteria. Any food that has come in contact with flood water must also be discarded. This includes fresh or frozen food, food in boxes or jars, all bottled drinks and any cans that show signs of damage. For more information on preparing for a weather-related emergency, visit EMO’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo .last_img read more

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Amendments to the Livestock Health Services Act

first_imgActing Agriculture Minister Ron Chisholm introduced amendments to the Livestock Health Services Act today, March 19, in the legislature. The proposed amendment will give the minister of agriculture authority to make changes to the travel and service fees paid to veterinarians who look after large farm animals. “Veterinarians provide a key service to farmers who are not able to transport their animals to veterinarian clinics,” said Mr. Chisholm. “We want to make sure that they are adequately compensated for this service.” The proposed legislation does not affect the fees that are charged by veterinarians for their services. -30-last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img COLCHESTER COUNTY: Mines Bass River Road Mines Bass River Road will be closed for bridge repairs until Friday, Jan. 31. A detour route is available on East and West Montrose Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch Roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 CONTINUING WORK YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, from the Belleville Road intersection to Exit 32 in Argyle, will be reduced to on lane for milling, repaving and shoulder work. Traffic delays are expected. Cyclists are asked to use caution. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 -30- KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: George Street A section of George Street, near the Highway 125 overpass, will be reduced to one lane at various times for the construction of a new overpass. Work will take place until Jan. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hubbards Bridge Hubbards Bridge located on Trunk 3 will be closed to traffic for replacement of the bridge until Friday, Dec. 31. A detour is available on Shankle Road. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge on the Cabot Trail, two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 DIGBY COUNTY: Dick Theriault Road The bridge on Dick Theriault Road, about two kilometres southeast of the Old DAR Railway crossing, is closed for repairs. There is no detour. Transportation officials will be on site 24 hours a day until the bridge is repaired. Local Area Office: 902-769-2192 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, Exit 37 at Monastery, will have temporary traffic signals in place to restore the Tracadie overpass, Tracadie railway pass and the Tracadie Bridge. The structures are within 100 metres of each other. Temporary traffic signals are in place. Trunk 4 is available as an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337, Canal Bridge During construction of a new Canal Bridge on Main Street, Antigonish, traffic on Route 337 is being rerouted to a temporary detour bridge. The temporary bridge will be in place until Tuesday, May 31. Signs and traffic signals are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-7387 HANTS COUNTY: Route 224 – Milford Route 224 in Milford will be closed to repair a culvert until Friday, Jan. 7. Detour route in place. Local Area Office: 902-758-3009 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until Friday, March 18, for replacement. A detour is available from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fox Harbour Bridge The Fox Harbour Bridge on Ferry Road, near Wallace, is closed to traffic. A temporary, one-lane detour bridge will be open for drivers in the area during repairs to the regular bridge. There will be occasional stop and go traffic. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are now in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is located about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. They will be used until summer. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 NEW WORKlast_img read more

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Province Takes Next Steps on Review of Nova Scotia Home for Colored

first_imgThe province has appointed Robert Wright today, May 9, to lay the groundwork for a panel that will address allegations of abuse and seek to bring healing for former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children. Mr. Wright is a registered social worker, educator and passionate advocate for equitable and culturally appropriate services for African Nova Scotians. “Robert has an impressive track record and he brings a wealth of understanding and sensitivity to this very important task,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “This is another step in doing everything we can to ensure that former residents of the home have their voices heard, and that our programs and services are responsive to the needs of at-risk African Nova Scotian children and their families.” Mr. Wright will meet with former residents of the home and community members to develop terms of reference for a process that will allow former residents to share their stories, examine the response of public policies, programs and services, and provide a means of healing in the community. “We have a lot to learn from the former residents of the home, and they deserve to be heard,” said Mr. Wright. “I look forward to working with them on a restorative process that will thoroughly examine what happened and ensure we are doing all we can to protect children and families in need.” Mr. Wright is a private social-work clinician in Halifax. He has worked closely with health-care workers, educators, and the legal system over a career of more than 20 years. He served as executive director of the provincial Child and Youth Strategy that was established after the Nunn Report of 2006. He has written and presented extensively on cultural competence, and he founded a support group called ManTalk for male victims of sexual abuse. He will deliver terms of reference for a panel within two months.last_img read more

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Hundreds Gather to Promote Workplace Safety

first_img The annual event provides an opportunity for government, employers, workers and safety leaders to share insight and best practices on how to make workplace safety a habit. “In life, we often learn by doing and habits are passed on from person to person. Ensuring the knowledge and sharing of best practices in an organization helps establish good habits that are the fabric of safety culture,” said Stuart MacLean, CEO of the Workers’ Compensation Board. “That’s how we’re going to continue to improve, and that’s how we’re going to make Nova Scotia the safest place to work in Canada.” For more information on North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, visit www.naosh.ca . The Workplace Safety Strategy progress report is available online at www.workplacesafetystrategy.ca . The new Small Business Safety Toolkit is available online at www.workplace-safety-toolkit.ca/toolkit.aspx . changes to the administrative penalties system to put more focus on education, and to direct fines collected towards initiatives that will help make workplaces safer an increase in targeted inspections, doubling those of high-risk companies with poor safety records the creation of a Safe at Sea Alliance, made up of fishermen, their families and community members, to examine safety in the industry the introduction of an online workplace health and safety quiz More than 250 safety professionals kicked off North American Occupational Safety and Health Week at a symposium in Dartmouth, today, May 4. Participants learned about a new small business safety toolkit that provides easy-to-use, step-by-step guidelines and sample forms to identify hazards and develop a safety plan. “When you’re running a small business you have a lot to manage,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “This toolkit will help business owners and managers protect their most valuable resource — their workers — so they can return home safe at the end of the day.” Topics on the agenda included safety leadership, occupational health and safety law, psychological health, and how to make safety a part of daily operations. “At the NSLC we see workplace safety as a partnership in prevention,” said Brad Doell, vice-president of supply chain and procurement, Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation. “To be successful everyone needs to be a participant. This includes having buy-in from the top and an actively engaged and involved team of employees.” Participants were also updated on the province’s Workplace Safety Strategy, including: last_img read more

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EOW probes fraud case against private builders

first_imgNew Delhi: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has registered a case against four persons (directors) of a real estate firm. The complainants, in their complaint, have told the investigating agency that the company officials duped home buyers on the pretext of building flats in their project in Sector 133 Noida. Police said that the victims have been duped to the sum of Rs 2.07 crore.”From around 2011 to 2013-14 based upon mass advertising and through their network of agents, the company, utilising the goodwill in the market lured unsuspecting people, who needed a house to purchase the house in their project in the proposed integrated township in Noida Sector 128-134,” police said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe company assured that all the statutory compliances for the project were in place and the flats would be completed and delivered within 42 months of allotment. The complainants further told that the builder had been making false promises of completing the work but on the ground, the work is stopped for last more than two years. Ponzi scheme cheating In another case, the EOW is probing the fraud in which 18 persons induced to invest money on lucrative returns in Ponzi schemes. The complainant told police that a husband-wife duo duped them of their money on the pretext of a business plan. “The two suspects told different persons regarding the cloth export plan through which in the next six months they will get the double amount,” added police. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceArmy official’s wife cheated A woman who claimed herself as the wife of retired Army official was duped for more than Rs 1.7 crore under the pretext of insurance policy scheme for bonus and pension by a person who claimed himself as a government employee and his associates. “The complainant in the case alleged that she never met the suspects but was contacted through phone,” added police. The EOW has started the probe in the case. Duped on the pretext of constructing house The complainant in the case wanted to build an additional house for which he paid several crores to private building company. The builder was known to the complainant. “My total claimed as of today are nearly Rs 7.10 crore which include the agreed amount of intrest till date,” complainant told police. The investigating agency said that the alleged accused are evading joining enquiry.last_img read more

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CID to take charge of Burdwan serial killer case soon

first_imgKolkata: State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is likely to take charge of the Burdwan serial killer case soon. Since the arrest of the accused Kamruzzaman Sarkar, CID sleuths have been keeping track of the case.During 2013, after several women were murdered, CID took charge of the investigation. A few persons were arrested on suspicion but were later found to have no connection with the case. As the case took a new turn after Kamruzzaman’s arrest, CID sleuths are following the developments. Sources informed that a team of CID may visit Kalna to interrogate Kamruzzaman in connection with previous cases. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaMeanwhile, Kamruzzaman’s wife Jahanara Bibi demanded capital punishment for her husband after she came to know about his crimes. Bibi informed that she did not doubt him as he used to behave normally at home. “If he has done even one murder, Kamruzzaman should be given capital punishment as it will be a lesson for other criminals. My request to the government is to help me as I have three children to raise,” said Bibi. According to sources, Kamruzzaman had been arrested earlier on two occasions for having connection with two theft cases a few years ago. Following interrogation on Tuesday, sleuths came to know about two jewellery shops where Kamruzzaman had sold the looted ornaments. On Wednesday, the shop owners were interrogated regarding the cases. Sources informed that they admitted that Kamruzzaman had sold some gold ornaments to them.last_img read more

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Criminal probe opened into deadly Kazakh arms depot blast

first_imgNur-Sultan: Kazakhstan’s president said Tuesday a criminal investigation has been opened into a munitions depot blast that killed two people and left 165 injured in a town in the south of the country. Authorities evacuated Arys, a town of 40,000 people, following Monday’s blast which the defence ministry said was caused by a fire which caused ammunition to explode. Social media users shared videos of residents fleeing the area, where properties were damaged, as huge plumes of smoke rose in the background. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Askar Mamin said Tuesday during a government meeting that “one civilian and one serviceman” were killed and 165 people had sought treatment. Newly-elected President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev Tuesday visited the injured at a hospital in Shymkent, a city close to Arys. He said in a tweet he had ordered the interior and defence ministries to prevent further explosions and pledged perpetrators would be “prosecuted under the law.” “A criminal case has been opened”. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador He pledged the government would restore the town and compensate victims. Regional governor Umirzak Shukeyev said Arys had been almost completely evacuated Monday but warned explosions at the depot might continue for several days. Three people were arrested for looting in Arys, Interior Minister Erlan Turgumbayev said. The disaster was an important test for Tokayev 66, who was elected in a June 9 vote that international observers criticized as showing “scant respect” for democracy. He is a loyal ally of long-time leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, 78, who shocked Kazakhs by stepping down from the presidency in March but who is still expected to call the shots in the oil-rich Central Asian country of 18 million people. Munitions depot blasts are not uncommon in Central Asia, where many depots are holdovers from Soviet times. Monday’s blast was the fourth time the depot near Arys has been a site of explosions, with three people killed during a blast in 2009.last_img read more

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12TH IFJAS to start from July 4

first_img12th edition of Indian Fashion Jewellery and Accessories show [IFJAS] will be held concurrently with 63rd India International Garment fair to reflect and display the rich legacy of traditional Indian workmanship blended into innovative designs of fashion jewellery and accessories. The fair will be held from July 4 – 6, 2019 at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida.More than 250 member exporters will be displaying varied range of fashion jewellery and accessories mainly focusing on fashion products like fashion and costume jewellery, imitation jewellery, fashion accessories, hand bags and fancy and embroidered fashion shoes and head to toe adornments made out of widest range of materials and designs available in the country in these categories. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainRavi K Passi, Chairman – EPCH said that India was not known in the field of fashions but in the past few decades, India has developed its expertise in this field and has now emerged as one of the leading providers of wide range of accessories matching with the dresses in accordance with the prevalent fashion. Vikas Manaktala, President Fair said that Council has made all out efforts to publicise IFJAS to invite overseas buyers from all across the globe and also domestic volume retail buyers to source the finest in Indian craftsmanship. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardDescribing it an important segment of India’s export basket, Rakesh Kumar, Director General – EPCH stated that The Council has been organising IFJAS on an annual basis. USA is the largest importer while UK continues to be second largest buyer. This sector has tremendous potential to expand further. Buyers from Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Belgium, Colombia, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, and other countries have already confirmed their visit to source the requirement of exquisite range of products. Apart from the countries mentioned above; buyers from CIS countries namely Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Tajikistan will be visiting the show. While addressing the press and media, Kumar said, “A theme pavilion on Designs, Trends and Forecast on fashion jewellery and accessories for 2020 will be set up at this show.” Fashion shows being an additional attraction will be held on each day of the fair so that visiting buyers can see the strength of Indian fashion jewellery and accessories. Ajay Shankar Memorial awards for best designed and displayed stands in the category of fashion jewellery and accessories will also be distributed during IFJAS 2019, informed Kumar, DG – EPCH.last_img read more

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FICN amounting to Rs 65 lakh seized in Kolkata 3 held

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force of Kolkata Police seized fake Indian currency notes (FICN) with a total face value of Rs 6,50,000, a senior officer said on Wednesday. Based on prior information, the officers intercepted three persons namely Nasiruddin Momin, 29, Shahid Sk, 28, and Suman Sarkar, 23, from A.J.C Bose on Tuesday. “FICN amounting to Rs 6,50,000 of total face value, with 325 notes of Rs 2,000 has been seized from his possession,” he said. They will be produced before the court on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Chandrayaan2 launch called off due to technical glitch ISRO to announce revised

first_imgSriharikota: Less than an hour before lift off, India’s second mission to Moon, Chandrayaan-2 onboard GSLVMkIII-M1 was Monday called off due to a technical snag, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. The countdown to the launch scheduled for 2.51 am was stopped 56 minutes and 24 seconds before lift off at 1.55 am following the announcement from the Mission Control Centre. Confusion prevailed for several minutes before ISRO came out with an official confirmation about the launch being cancelled. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day “A technical snag was observed in the launch vehicle system at t-minus 56 minutes. As a measure of abundant precaution Chandrayaan 2 launch has been called off for today,” ISRO Associate Director (Public Relations), B R Guruprasad said. “Revised launch date will be announced later,” he added. Another ISRO official said: “Launch is called off due to technical snag. It is not possible to make the launch within the (launch) window. (A new) launch schedule will be announced later.” Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty The space agency had earlier scheduled the launch in the first week of January but shifted it to July 15. The lift-off of the three-component spacecraft weighing 3,850 kg and comprising an orbiter, the lander and the rover was scheduled from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) here. President Ram Nath Kovind was in Sriharikota to witness the launch. The Chandrayaan-2 was supposed to explore the uncharted lunar south pole, 11 years after ISRO’s successful first lunar mission– Chandrayaan-1, which made more than 3,400 orbits around the moon and was operational for 312 days till August 29, 2009. The Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 onboard the heavy-lift rocket Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle GSLV-MkIII-M1, nicknamed Baahubali, would have taken 54 days to accomplish the task of landing on the Moon through meticulously planned orbital phases. After a full dress rehearsal last week, the countdown for the mission commenced at 6.51 am on Sunday and scientists had undergone various stages of propellant filling to power the rocket ahead of the launch. Billed as the most complex and prestigious mission ever undertaken by the ISRO since its inception, Chandrayaan-2 would make India the fourth country to soft land a rover on the lunar surface after Russia, the United States and China.last_img read more

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Measuring child progress

first_imgA society’s future is inextricably intertwined with its children. How they survive, grow, and thrive determine its developmental prospects since the world of tomorrow will inherit the children of today. So, investing in our children’s future makes for a compelling argument besides it being a moral imperative. A region that provides its children with the opportunities to grow and learn, protect their rights and presents to them a healthy living environment will not only help them to create a better life for themselves but also contribute to society’s growth and development over the long run. Also Read – A special kind of bondOn this front, India has a particularly high demographic advantage over its peers with over 40 per cent of its population below 18 years of age as per the last census. Even though this trend would now be declining, India still maintains a fertility rate of 2.3. By comparison, China has a fertility rate of 1.63. Thus, the population of children in India will remain substantially high for the time being giving India an opportunity to ensure better child progress that would reap future demographic dividends. Also Read – Insider threat managementTo be fair, India has undoubtedly made significant progress towards ensuring child progress in recent times. Being among the fastest-growing economies in the world has ensured that the country has adequate resources to make significant progress across different facets of child progress. In basic healthcare, for instance, child stunting declined from 48 per cent from in 2006 to 38 per cent in 2016 and anaemic children declined by 11 percentage points during the same period. The under-five deaths have fallen below 1 million for the first time ever. If one looks at the education status of the country, considerable progress has been made in universalising primary education, improving enrolment and completion rates, and addressing gender disparity. One of the other important aspects of child development relates to personal choices. The fulfilment of these rights is compromised through early marriages and child labour among other things. India has been successful in significantly reducing early marriages that has resulted in a global drop in the number of child brides. These improvements have been made possible with the children-centric policies and initiatives taken up the Indian government. However, comparative statistics reveal that significant deficits in child development still remain. For instance, despite the overall literacy rate of India being 95 per cent, around 64 lakh students are out of school during their primary schooling years which is higher than every other country except Nigeria. On the health front, India still bears 23.8 per cent of the global burden of malnourishment and is home to 30 per cent of the world’s stunted children under the age of five. The 2018 Global Nutrition Report revealed that India is not on track to achieve any of the WHO’s nine nutrition goals. Over the years India has suffered heavy economic losses due to these issues. For instance, it loses over $12 billion in GDP to vitamin and mineral deficiencies every year. There is an urgent need for India to act upon these issues as the extent of gains to the country will be significantly far-reaching. Apart from the productivity gains of a well-developed future workforce, there are other indirect benefits of child progress. First, when children get adequate nourishment and proper education, they are less likely to depend upon public welfare later in life. Second, with higher employability and employment comes a reduction in crime, which is not only a societal benefit in itself but also saves the state crucial resources that would have been spent in crime prevention. Finally, with more people entering the workforce and paying taxes, the rise in government revenue will accrue almost as future dividend for resources invested today into child progress. Thus, it makes immense economic sense for a nation to invest in its children and orient its policies towards their development. It is also important to make early interventions in child progress as adequate health and education at a young age makes significant impact on their cognitive abilities, thus, determining their future productivity. It will not only have a profound impact on the learning capabilities and lifetime opportunities for children but will also create the human capital that the country needs to boost development in the coming decades. To undertake such interventions, however, a data-driven approach is necessary as India envelops vast spatial disparities and a one-size-fits-all approach can hardly prove effective. Across the vast expanse of the country, it is hardly surprising to find inter and intrastate variations in economic and social conditions. Thus, policy needs to be attuned to local conditions, which needs to be guided by data on a measure of child progress at all regional levels. Time we develop a child progress index and create a measurement tool that propels us to achieve better outcomes. (Amit Kapoor is chair, Institute for Competitiveness, India. Manisha Kapoor, senior researcher, Institute for Competitiveness has contributed to the piece. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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HP India launches ultraslim ProBook for Rs 67260

first_imgNew Delhi: Expanding its commercial PC portfolio, HP India on Thursday launched a new notebook for Rs 67,260. Housing a powerful AMD Ryzen quad-core processor, the HP ProBook 445 G6 is lightweight and ultra-slim, built to enhance the productivity at small and medium businesses (SMBs). “With the new range of HP ProBook devices, we continue to raise the bar for exciting and secure devices with cutting edge PC innovation, that meets the expectations of our customers,” said Vickram Bedi, Senior Director, Personal Systems, HP Inc. India. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app On the design front, the ProBook has a refined natural silver, anodized aluminium finish which holds the near borderless display. It opens with a 180-degree hinge, a first on the ProBook 400 series, allowing for more ways to collaborate in various work environments through the ‘Lay-Flat’ design. It has HP Endpoint Security Stack which features like “HP BIOSphere Gen4” and “HP Client Security Manager G4” to guard against malware attacks. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emailsAdditional Features include HP Connection Optimizer, a self-healing wireless driver technology and HP Fast Charge that recharges the Notebook up to 50 per cent battery life in just 30 minutes. The ProBook can also deliver up to 11.5 hours of battery backup on a single charge. “The new HP ProBook 445 G6 is designed to deliver for every workplace requirement, thus providing a premium and immersive PC experience,” said Sanjeev Pathak, Head-Commercial, Personal Systems, HP Inc. India.last_img read more

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DDA housing scheme 2019 8438 flats alloted in draw

first_imgNew Delhi: The DDA on Tuesday held the draw of lots for its Housing Scheme 2019 for which only 10,294 flats were put on offer, out of the original kitty of nearly 18,000 units.Even in the final draw of lots, out of 10,294, only 8,438 flats were alloted in various categories from 45,012 applicants, a senior official told reporters. “The original total quantum of 17,921 flats was reduced to 10,294 as very less number of people applied for flats in Narela, especially in the EWS category,” another senior official said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe scheme, which is completely online had ended on June 10, and was for sale of nearly 18,000 newly-built flats in Delhi’s Vasant Kunj and Narela residential areas, for which the DDA had received about 50,000 applications, the urban body had earlier said. “People had the option to mark seven choices, depending on flat types and area, and less flats were picked in random computer-based draw of lots, as many applicants did not choose Narela options,” the official said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe draw of lots for the scheme was held at the Conference Room of Vikas Sadan, and the process was streamed live on the web through the DDA website. The draw of lots started at 12:30 pm and lasted for over an hour. Saroj Yadav, an applicant in the disabled category, was the first one to be picked up as an overall successful allottee, and got an MIG flat on ground floor in Vasant Kunj. Ved Prakash Thakur was the first successful allottee in the general category, who got a flat on fifth floor in Vasant Kunj. Persons with disability are given first preference in the draw of lots to get the ground floor, the DDA official said The draw of lots was held in the presence of retired high court judge, justice S N Aggarwal, Prof Anshul Kumar of IIT-Delhi and Deputy Director General of NIC Vishnu Chandra, he said.last_img read more

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Illegal sand mining Apex court notice to Centre CBI 5 states

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court directed the Centre, CBI and five states on Wednesday to respond to a plea which has sought investigation in illegal sand mining cases and termination of leases of entities which are involved in it.A bench headed by Justice S A Bobde initially asked the petitioner to approach the high court with his grievances but later issued notices to the Centre, CBI and states of Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe plea has alleged that illegal sand mining across the country has caused damage to the environment and adversely impacted the natural ecological system of the adjoining areas. During the hearing, the bench told advocate Prashant Bhushan, who appeared for petitioner M Alagarsamy, that they should move the high court first. “We want to have the advantage of high court’s order so that we can decide it properly,” the bench, also comprising Justices R Subhash Reddy and B R Gavai, told Bhushan. Bhushan said that “environmental havoc” has been created due to illegal sand mining and the authorities concerned have allowed entities to carry out mining without even mandatory environmental plan and clearance.last_img read more

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Real Madrid go headtohead with Barcelona for Neymar Reports

first_imgMadrid: Real Madrid will rival Barcelona in the race to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar this summer, according to reports in the Spanish press on Friday. Madrid have shifted focus to Neymar after the close of the English Premier League’s transfer window on Thursday ended their hopes of signing Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. According to Marca, Neymar has “returned to the scene” with the club “believing for some time that the team is lacking a big star up front”. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSports newspaper AS claims the Brazilian has been offered to Madrid by PSG, who are open to selling if they can either recoup the 222 million euros they spent on him in 2017 or receive half that amount, with players included in the deal. It means La Liga’s two greatest rivals are set to go head-to-head in the battle to sign Neymar before the Spanish transfer window closes on September 2. Barcelona newspaper Mundo Deportivo says the 27-year-old will wait until August 20 for Barcelona to make a decisive move, after which “PSG’s number 10 does not rule out any option in order to leave the French champions, where it is clear he does not want to stay any longer.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterBut Mundo adds that “it is clear Neymar wants to play for Barcelona” while Diario Sport agrees, writing that “the winning card Barca continues to hold is the will of the striker to runite with players like Leo Messi and Luis Suarez. With them he has a great understanding on the pitch and also a strong friendship off it.” Marca believes Madrid also have factors in their favour. “Neymar’s priority is not to go to Barcelona. His priority is to leave the PSG,” wrote Marca, also citing their “magnificent relationship” with PSG, “quite the opposite” of how the French club view Barcelona.last_img read more

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Microsoft hires former Siri boss for AI leadership role

first_imgSan Francisco: The former head of Apples Siri division Bill Stasior, is leaving the company after nearly a decade to join Microsofts artificial intelligence (AI) division. Stasior left Apple in May and he is joining Microsoft later this month as a corporate vice president, reporting to Chief Technology Officer Kevin Scott, The Verge reported on Monday. Stasior announced his job change by updating his resume on his personal website. He was vice president for AI and Siri when he left in May, according to his resume. According to his LinkedIn profile, from 2012 to 2019, he headed the 11,000-strong team of developers, scientists, product managers and designers working on Siri. Before Apple, Stasior was one of the top executives at Amazon. In addition, he previously worked at AltaVista and Oracle.last_img read more

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Police start suo motu case against Dilip Ghosh over controversial remarks

first_imgKolkata: East Midnapore district police started a suo motu case against state BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Tuesday, after he made some controversial remarks during a political rally at Mecheda on Monday.Ghosh’s statement has triggered sharp criticism from various sections of the society and condemnation from different political parties, including the ruling party in the state. He had sparked controversy on Monday, when he urged his party supporters to beat up Trinamool Congress workers or policemen and leave the rest to him. The district police found his statement highly derogatory and therefore started a suo motu case against him. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhile addressing a public meeting in Mecheda, Ghosh said: “We would not spare anybody, whether he is a Trinamool worker or a policeman. If you don’t beat them up, you are not a BJP man. I shall take care of the rest.” Ghosh had also told his party men that Trinamool Congress workers could be “squashed like flies and mosquitoes.” He had also argued: “If the former Union Finance minister P Chidambaram can go to jail, who are these people? Trinamool Congress workers are just like flies or mosquitoes to me.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe saffron leader had alleged that the ruling party and the police are conspiring to frame BJP workers in false cases. He also warned that those who are harassing BJP supporters would face dire consequences and threatened that he would beat them up in such a manner that their bodies cannot be traced. Senior Trinamool Congress leader Jyotipriya Mallick said that Ghosh would get the reply in 2021. Mallick also said that he would not pay any heed to what Ghosh says, as he considers the latter an “insane person.” Meanwhile, Ghosh justified his controversial statements on Tuesday, saying that he felt that violence was required to end violence, as otherwise their existence would be in trouble.last_img read more

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College building constructed with Indian aid inaugurated in Kathmandu

first_imgKathmandu: India Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri on Saturday inaugurated a building of Koteshwor Multiple Campus in Kathmandu District, which has been constructed with India’s grant assistance. The Koteshwor campus, established in 1990, is a non-profit, non-governmental community college. Affiliated with Tribhuvan University, the campus offers Bachelors level education courses in humanities and Masters level in management. The campus is affiliated with the National Examination Board and it offers ten-plus-two program in management and humanities as well. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The campus has over 3,700 students, around 60 per cent of whom are girls. The new three-storied building is constructed with the Government of India’s grant assistance of Nepalise Rs 45.1 million. It comprises 18 classrooms, office room and an administration complex. The Indian Embassy said the new building will boost learning environment in the region. Ruling Nepal Communist Party leader Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, former foreign secretary Madan Bhattarai and Chairman of District Coordination Committee Shiva Sundar Raj Vaidya attended the inauguration function.last_img read more

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School manager held for behaving inappropriately with Class 3 student in UPs

first_imgBadaun (UP): The manager of a school here was arrested after the father of an eight-year-old girl lodged a police complaint accusing him of inappropriate behaviour with his daughter, police said on Wednesday. The father of the Class 3 student lodged the complaint against the manager of a school in the Nai Sarai locality under the Sadar Kotwali police station limits on Tuesday, alleging that the accused had called his daughter over to a room, where he behaved inappropriately with her, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ashok Kumar Tripathi said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The complainant also alleged that when he confronted the accused about the incident, the latter threw him out of the school, the officer said. The girl said the accused had also behaved in a similar manner with some other girls studying in the school, the SSP said, adding that a group of parents staged a protest in front of the school and the police had to rush to the spot to control the situation. The accused had been arrested and a probe launched into the matter, the officer said.last_img read more

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Trump launches probe into auto imports possible tariffs

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Wednesday launched an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on the imports of automobiles into the United States, moving swiftly as talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled. President Donald Trump predicted earlier that U.S. automakers and auto workers would be “very happy” with the outcome of the NAFTA talks.The White House said in a statement that the president had asked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to consider whether the imports of automobiles, including trucks, and automotive parts threaten U.S. national security. The president said in the statement that “core industries such as automobiles and automotive parts are critical to our strength as a Nation.”The U.S. remains far apart on the talks over rewriting the trade pact with Canada and Mexico, with the discussions at an impasse over rules for car production. The initiation of the trade investigation could be seen as an attempt to gain leverage in the talks with the two U.S. neighbours. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said that efforts to renegotiate the trade agreement could spill into next year.Nearly half of the vehicles sold in the U.S. are imported, with many coming from assembly plants in Mexico and Canada. During a meeting with auto executives earlier this month, Trump said he would push for an increase in the production of vehicles built at U.S. plants. He has also criticized European Union auto imports and tariffs and earlier this year threatened a “tax” on European imports.A person familiar with the discussions said the president has suggested seeking new tariffs of 20 to 25 per cent on automobile imports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity and was not authorized to speak about private deliberations.Trump brought a little-used weapon to his fight to protect auto workers: Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. The provision authorizes the president to restrict imports and impose unlimited tariffs on national security grounds.The Trump administration used that authority in March to slap tariffs of 25 per cent on imported steel and 10 per cent on aluminum imports. Until then, the United States had pursued only two such investigations since joining the World Trade Organization in 1995. Both times — in a 1999 case involving oil imports and a 2001 case involving iron ore and steel imports — the Commerce Department refused to recommend sanctions.Critics fear that other countries will retaliate or use national security as a pretext to impose trade sanctions of their own.Daniel Ujczo, a trade lawyer with Dickinson Wright PLLC, said the tariff threat is likely meant to pressure Mexico into accepting U.S. demands for NAFTA changes that would shift more auto production to the U.S. from Mexico. But he questioned whether it would work.“I do not believe that it will have the desired effect,” Ujczo said. “Everyone knows that (the investigation) will take too long and has no chance of surviving any legal challenge.”Trump offered a hint about the move earlier in the day on the South Lawn, telling reporters that “you’ll be seeing very soon what I’m talking about.” He noted that both Mexico and Canada have been “very difficult to deal with” during the negotiations.“I am not happy with their requests. But I will tell you in the end we win, we will win and will win big,” Trump said before departing for New York. He said America’s neighbours have been “very spoiled because nobody’s done this but I will tell you that what they ask for is not fair. Our auto workers are going to be extremely happy.”Mexico has so far resisted U.S. attempts to get higher regional content rules in the auto industry and move production to higher-wage U.S. and Canadian factories. The U.S. has also sought to change NAFTA’s dispute-resolution system, and include a sunset clause that would allow countries to exit after five years.The Trump administration has already missed an informal deadline that had been set by House Speaker Paul Ryan to get a revamped deal to Congress in time for lawmakers to vote on it in a midterm election year. Mexico, meanwhile, will hold presidential elections on July 1 and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the leftist candidate who has led in polls, has said the re-negotiation shouldn’t be rushed through and should be left to the winner of the election.If the negotiators fail to agree to a revamped version of NAFTA, the discussions could be extended into 2019. Trump could also carry out his threat to abandon the agreement that he has long railed against, throwing commerce among the three countries into disarray.Trump has sought to overhaul NAFTA in an effort to return auto production to the United States and reduce America’s trade deficit. The U.S. has been demanding that a percentage of a car’s content of auto parts originate in a country — the U.S. or Canada — with average auto worker wages of about $15 an hour to qualify for NAFTA’s duty-free status.But companies have built supply chains that straddle NAFTA borders and changing the rules could disrupt their operations, raise costs and potentially put them at a competitive disadvantage with manufacturers in Asia and Europe.___AP Business Writer Paul Wiseman contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Postalworkers union wants Canada Post to come clean on theft statistics

first_imgVANCOUVER – The union representing postal workers wants Canada Post to release the number of community mailboxes that have been broken into across the country.Mike Palecek, national president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, said he’s frustrated by the Crown corporation’s unwillingness to share how frequently mail theft occurs.“We know it’s a problem and we know it’s a big problem,” Palecek said Monday in an interview. “We’re trying to find out how big so we can look for solutions.”The union has campaigned for the restoration of door-to-door service since the former Conservative government announced in 2013 it would be cutting the service. The Liberals campaigned in the last federal election to restore home delivery, and the results of a review into the future of Canada Post are expected to be released later this year.Palecek said that while exact numbers are unavailable, anecdotal reports from postal workers indicate that mail sent to between 1,500 and 4,000 addresses in Richmond, B.C., is being held.That could be for a variety of reasons, including break-ins to apartment panels or damaged community mailboxes, he said.“We’re just trying to know what we’re dealing with here. This should be a simple question.”Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton disputed the union’s claims, saying there are only 1,000 townhomes in Richmond that are without postal service, and none of them receive mail via community mailboxes.All of those addresses are part of a single development where private mailboxes were vandalized and have yet to be repaired, he said, adding that the boxes are the responsibility of the residents association.“We take security of the mail very seriously,” Hamilton said, adding that Canada Post does not release statistics on mailbox theft or vandalism because of security concerns.“We work with police so there’s no secret. It’s just we don’t provide those publicly.”Canada Post doesn’t want to encourage thefts and doesn’t discuss security measures it puts in place, he said.Home delivery started to be phased out in 2015, but the Liberals stopped the process pending the review of Canada Post’s operations.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

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Hazardous conditions caused by climate change put Arctic research study on ice

first_imgAn Arctic climate change study has been cancelled because warming temperatures have filled the sea off northern Newfoundland with hazardous ice up to eight metres thick.Instead of cruising north with a team of scientists, the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Amundsen has been busy freeing fishing boats and helping other ships surrounded in ice that usually doesn’t travel so far south at this time of year.David Barber, the expedition’s chief scientist, says the irony is that climate change itself has put the climate change research project on ice.“I have been in the Arctic for 35 years and this is one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had,” he said Monday.“Normally these conditions aren’t so bad. This is climate change fully in action — affecting our ability to make use of marine resources and transport things.”Barber said warming temperatures have made the ice in the high Arctic thinner. When buffeted by storms and high winds, the ice can move much more freely and travels south on ocean currents.The expedition of 40 scientists was planning to travel to Hudson Bay, but the Amundsen had to be diverted to help ships caught in the Strait of Belle Isle and along the coast of Newfoundland.Barber, a University of Manitoba Arctic ice expert, said the heavy icebreaker helped rescue stranded fisherman and carved a path for tankers carrying diesel fuel to remote communities.At times, the ice was so thick the ship had to repeatedly back up and ram its way through the frozen barrier.“Typically we run into this when we overwinter in the High Arctic,” he said. “To be doing that off the Newfoundland coast in June was completely unheard of.”Barber said the delay caused by the ice prompted the cancellation of the expedition, but scientists put the time to good use. They will share information about the ice conditions with the Coast Guard and shipping companies.The Coast Guard said last week that some fishing boats that had been stuck in thick ice had returned safely to shore. Five fishermen were flown to safety by a military helicopter after their boat started to take on water.Scientists said the ice conditions are another indicator that climate change is not something that is going to happen — it is already here.Barber said the shifting of thick ice will have implications for ship movements in other areas of the Arctic, including Baffin Bay and parts of the Northwest Passage.He suggested the federal government needs to be more prepared for the changes through better monitoring of ice conditions and ensuring that Canada’s fleet of aging heavy icebreakers is up to the task.“It was a real eye-opener for me — just how unprepared we are for climate change when it comes to ice hazards,” he said.“This is a wake-up call for all of us in the country.”last_img read more

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Fans sing Happy Birthday to Sidney Crosby as he parades cup through

first_imgHALIFAX – NHL superstar Sidney Crosby said it’s “just a number,” as he turned 30 on Monday and brandished the Stanley Cup in a parade that wound through Halifax in his native Nova Scotia.Crosby rode on the back of a white pickup truck as marshal of the city’s annual Natal Day parade, waving to thousands of fans who lined the streets for a glimpse of “Sid the Kid” and the revered cup.Crosby told reporters he’ll enjoy the celebrations before setting his sights on training camp with the Pittsburgh Penguins later this month. The team will be making a bid for its third straight championship.“I have a pretty good understanding of how hard two is, so I don’t imagine what three must be like. I’d love to find out,” Crosby said.“It’s gonna be tough but we’re going to training camp with that in mind so it’ll be a big challenge but, you know, why not?”The three-time Stanley Cup champ and future Hall of Famer said NHL hockey just keeps getting faster, “And I like that.”He smiled when asked if, at 30, he has any grey hairs yet.“Lots,” he said to laughter from the room. “Greys and whites.”People lining the parade route sang Happy Birthday as Crosby passed, behind a marching band at the front of the parade.It began in Halifax’s historic north end, and then across a harbour bridge to Dartmouth. Crosby rode on the back of a white pick up truck, waving to the crowd with one hand and steadying the large silver cup with the other.The crowd cheered when the marching band played a rendition of Hockey Night in Canada.Parade-goer Colin Roberts, 12, plays peewee hockey and said Crosby is a role model.“He’s so good but he stays low key. He signs autographs.”Roberts’ nine-year-old brother, Eric, said Crosby is also kind.“He’s such a good player but he also takes the time to visit old folks’ homes.”Photos on social media over the weekend showed Crosby taking the cup to a local children’s hospital and hoisting it over his head beside an airplane in Halifax.Sana Rehan said she became a Crosby fan after watching him play in the 2010 Winter Olympics.“He’s so good, on and off the ice. He’s so humble and such a strong work ethic.”Rehan said her family has bonded over hockey and watching Crosby ever since, and Monday was the first time they saw the hockey star — and the Stanley Cup — in person.“He’s the best player in the world and we all became fans after that (Olympic) game.”Her 12-year-old brother Ahmad, who will play bantam hockey next year, said Crosby made him want to play hockey.“He’s got such skill. It makes you want to cheer for him.”Monday afternoon, Crosby was to take the cup to Rimouski, where he played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.last_img read more

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BC man who created revenge website targeting exwife says he was provoked

first_imgVANCOUVER – A British Columbia man convicted of criminally harassing his ex-wife says he created a revenge website to destroy her reputation because she insulted him in emails and had him deported without their teenage son.Patrick Fox told his sentencing hearing on Tuesday in B.C. Supreme Court that he blames Desiree Capuano for his deportation from the U.S. in 2013 following his conviction for perjury. She had custody of their son at the time.“If she had allowed (our son) to choose where he was going to live … maybe I might not have felt or believed that Desiree was such an evil person that the whole world should know the kind of person she is,” he said.Fox was found guilty by a jury in June of criminally harassing Capuano through threatening emails and the website, which maligns her as a white supremacist, drug addict and child abuser. He also posted private photos and her phone number and address.He repeatedly defended his online posts on Tuesday and claimed that the allegations are all true to the best of his knowledge.Fox, a Canadian citizen, testified that Capuano informed U.S. authorities that he was staying in the country illegally following his perjury conviction. He said that after border agents dropped him off at the Washington state-B.C. border in 2013, he was homeless for a period.Crown counsel Mark Myhre questioned Fox about the factual basis for blog posts in which he described Capuano’s fiance as a drug user and Capuano as a white supremacist. The posts are written as if she is the author, with titles including, “Yes, I am a racist.”Fox responded that he assumes her fiance uses caffeine, which is a drug, and pointed to an email in which Capuano compared him to a “dirty Mexican.”He also defended a post in which he described the logistics of travelling to Arizona, where Capuano lives, and shooting her. He said he was merely responding to her allegation in a CBC story that she feared he would cross the border to shoot her.“Otherwise, it would be a situation where Ms. Capuano could go on the news and say anything she wants about me and I can’t defend myself at all,” he said.He also alleged that Capuano has not taken meaningful steps to get the website taken down. Myhre responded that she repeatedly complained to police, as well as the company that hosts the website, and went to an Arizona court to get a protective order.“I don’t believe she really wants it taken down,” Fox replied.Fox arrived at the sentencing hearing on Tuesday in a red prison jumpsuit and carrying a stack of 700 pages of emails, dating back to 2011, which he alleged showed that Capuano and her fiance had threatened and taunted him for years before he created the website.Myhre told the judge that Fox had initiated many of the conversations.“They amount to nothing more than petty squabbling … and just don’t possibly amount to the kind of thing that might be considered provocation,” Myhre said.Fox also submitted to the court audio recordings of radio and television interviews Capuano conducted. He said a CBC story in February 2016, which prompted widespread media coverage, made him look like a “monster.”He said Capuano’s “false claims” and the negative media attention cost him his job, friends and business associates. His favourite restaurants stopped serving him, he added.Capuano has also filed a lawsuit against Fox alleging defamation, emotional distress, intimidation and loss of economic opportunities. She is seeking damages and an order requiring Fox to take down the website.None of the allegations contained in the notice of civil claim has been proven and Fox has not yet had an opportunity to respond.The sentencing hearing is expected to continue through Wednesday.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

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Suspect in Edmonton attack appears in court case adjourned until November

first_imgEDMONTON – It was a short court appearance this morning for a Somali refugee accused of attacking an Edmonton police officer before running down four pedestrians with a truck.The case against Abdulahi Hasan Sharif was adjourned until Nov. 14 so he can get a lawyer who can prepare a bail application.Sharif, who is 30, is charged with attempted murder, dangerous driving, criminal flight causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.Edmonton police have raised the possibility of terrorism charges against Sharif because there was an Islamic State flag in his car and he was investigated two years ago for espousing extremist views.But the RCMP has said the investigation is complex, and no terrorism charges have been laid so far.Sharif said nothing during his brief time in court.last_img read more

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CMHC says it can withstand a severe shock as it passes stress

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says stress testing has confirmed its mortgage loan insurance and securitization businesses are able to withstand a severe shock.The housing agency tested the strength of its businesses against several extreme scenarios.It looked at the impact of an earthquake in a major urban centre, a steep drop in the price of oil and a U.S.-style housing correction where unemployment rises along with a fall in house prices of 30 per cent.CMHC also examined an anti-globalization scenario that included a rise in protectionism, widespread use of tariffs and a euro-zone break-up.The agency began publicly releasing its stress test results in 2015.CMHC provides mortgage loan insurance for home buyers as well as securitization guarantee programs to help financial institutions.last_img read more

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Liberals consider amending Arms Trade Treaty bill in face of criticism

first_imgOTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland wants to re-examine Canada’s legislation to join a global arms control treaty after criticism that it gave her too much power, says the Liberal head of the committee studying the bill.Liberal MP Bob Nault said Freeland also wants to take a second look at another heavily criticized portion the bill: that it contains a loophole that could lead to weapons flowing to countries with poor human rights records.The House of Commons foreign affairs committee, which Nault chairs, is studying the bill, which would allow Canada to join the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty aimed at regulating the trade of a wide range of armaments from handguns to tanks.Groups such as Amnesty International have urged the government to amend the bill to close a loophole they say would allow Canada to sell arms to the United States, with no assurances they could not then be transferred to countries that abuse human rights, including Saudi Arabia.Alex Neve, Amnesty’s Canadian secretary general, testified that the proposed bill isn’t strong enough to prevent “diversion” of its U.S.-bound exports to rights abusing countries.He said a recently released U.S. Department of Defence audit found that it could not account for $1 billion worth of U.S. weapons, including tens of thousands of assault rifles, hundreds of mortar rounds and hundreds of armoured vehicles exported to Kuwait and Iraq.Nault said he recently discussed the issue with Freeland and “she’s quite prepared to look at some amendments.”“We’re hearing that people feel we can do a better job, we can do more,” Nault added.Peggy Mason, head of the Rideau Institute think tank, told the committee the bill gives too much discretion to the foreign affairs minister to approve arms exports. Human rights groups say the problem with that was exemplified last year when former foreign affairs minister Stephane Dion approved export permits for a large chunk of the controversial $15-billion sale in light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia.She said that a “key step in bringing Canada into line with the ATT involves placing hard limits on this discretion.”Nault said a committee meeting set for Thursday was postponed so the government could take a closer look at amendments put forth by the NDP to potentially strengthen the bill.The government didn’t want to use its majority on committee to force passage of the bill, he added.Helene Laverdiere, the New Democrat foreign affairs critic and committee member who proposed amendments, said she is happy with the decision to postpone hearings so the government can contemplate changes.“It’s better than outright refusal,” she said. “But we have to wait to see what they come back with.”The former Conservative government kept Canada out of the UN treaty because it feared it was a back door way to bring back the federal gun registry, which it abolished in 2012 as the fulfillment of a long-standing election promise to its rural base of supporters.Nault said he doesn’t believe the treaty contains any provision that would affect lawful gun ownership in Canada. But he added he is “comfortable we could put some language in there to assure domestic gun owners that this would have no impact on them.”last_img read more

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Lawyer for Canadian detained in Sudan balks at proposed delay in court

first_imgOTTAWA – Advocates for a Montreal man who is suing the federal government over his detention and treatment in Sudan are crying foul over what they are calling a new, unjustified delay in the case.Lawyer Paul Champ says the Justice Department will ask a Federal Court judge on Monday to indefinitely adjourn the civil trial launched by Abousfian Abdelrazik while it seeks a review by another judge of the evidence disclosed in the case so far.Abdelrazik is suing the Canadian government for an apology and compensation over his lengthy overseas detention, claiming that he was tortured by Sudanese intelligence officials.Champ told a news conference Friday he received a letter from Justice this week calling for a review of thousands of pages of material under national security provisions of the Canada Evidence Act.“It’s inexplicable,” he said. “You don’t choose to do that two days before the start of a trial. There is no excuse, in our view.”The adjournment request could result in a further delay of the trial for months or even years in what has already been a long-running case, Champ added.Ten weeks of proceedings in the case were to get underway on Monday and Champ said flights and hotels for witnesses from overseas had already been booked.“We are asking the government to do the right thing: stop these obstructive tactics, go to trial, have the evidence come out,” he said. “Or alternatively, they have the option of settling this case.”Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty International Canada, called the move a violation of Canada’s international human rights obligations. “The word that comes to mind? Unconscionable.”The office of Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould had no immediate comment Friday.Abdelrazik, 56, became a Canadian citizen in 1995, five years after he arrived in Canada from Africa as a refugee.He was arrested during a 2003 visit to Sudan to see family. In custody, Abdelrazik was interrogated by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service about suspected extremist links. He says he was tortured by Sudanese intelligence officials during two periods of detention.Abdelrazik denies any involvement in terrorism and Canada has said it knew nothing of his purported abuse.A Security Intelligence Review Committee probe of the Abdelrazik case, made public in 2013, found that while CSIS followed proper authorities in seeking approval to interview Abdelrazik following his initial imprisonment, the spy service “inappropriately, and in contravention of CSIS policy, disclosed personal and classified information.”last_img read more

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Advocates say access to abortion pill still an issue in Nova Scotia

first_imgHALIFAX — Advocates say Nova Scotians’ access to the abortion pill remains a major issue, with one student saying she had to wait nearly three weeks because of barriers including finding a doctor to prescribe the drug, testing delays and billing issues.The woman, from the Toronto area, says she was five weeks pregnant when she took a home pregnancy test.But she was almost eight weeks by the time she obtained the abortion pill Mifegymiso — a wait she describes as excruciating, and advocates say fails to realize the potential of the two-drug combination used to terminate early pregnancy.“I was having severe morning sickness and on top of that feeling a lot of shame. Trying to go through this whole process was daunting and intimidating,” she says.The student says she booked an appointment at Cape Breton University’s health clinic in Sydney, N.S., as soon as she found out she was pregnant and asked for the abortion pill.Instead, she was told to call an abortion clinic in Halifax.“It’s very overwhelming trying to figure out the health care system when you’re facing an unwanted pregnancy,” she says.Inquiries by The Canadian Press have revealed that only one of six university health clinics contacted across the province will prescribe Mifegymiso, a combination of mifepristone and misoprostol tablets available in Canada since 2016 and publicly funded in Nova Scotia since last November.The only Nova Scotia university that currently offers medical abortions — via the abortion pill, rather than a surgical procedure — as part of its primary care is St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish. Students at other universities are referred elsewhere, potentially delaying access.  That’s despite data that shows people aged 18-29 are the most likely to obtain an abortion, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information.Perhaps surprisingly, even the Halifax Sexual Health Centre — formerly Planned Parenthood — does not yet offer Mifegymiso, citing a physician shortage, funding issues and inadequate nursing support.“The biggest issue continues to be that this is considered a specialized service instead of the primary care that it is,” says Martha Paynter, a Halifax-area nurse and women’s health advocate. “We as clinicians need to step up.”She adds: “Medical abortion is very time dependent. When you’re eight weeks pregnant with an unwanted pregnancy … that’s a really difficult moment to become an advocate.”A series of stories by The Canadian Press in 2017 shone a national spotlight on barriers to abortion access in Nova Scotia, as multiple women described facing “agonizing” and “cruel” hurdles. The stories helped prompt a number of changes, including a new toll-free information line, the removal of a historical practice requiring women to obtain a referral before booking an abortion, and provincial funding for the abortion pill.But it appears women are still facing delays in some cases.The CBU student was told to call Nova Scotia’s only abortion clinic — the Women’s Choice Clinic at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.It offers both surgical and medical abortions, and can also refer women to a province-wide network of health professionals that are willing to prescribe Mifegymiso. There are currently nine family doctors, three gynecologists and one nurse practitioner on the list — though Lianne Yoshida, the medical director of the clinic, says it’s possible others are prescribing Mifegymiso to their own patients but are not part of the clinic’s network.The slow pickup could be attributed in part to early restrictions on the drug — including a training requirement for prescribers that has since been dropped, and the lack of a billing code in Nova Scotia until last spring.Still, demand for the abortion pill has been steady, with 670 Mifegymiso prescriptions logged in the provincial Drug Information System from Nov. 1, 2017, to Oct. 31, 2018, according to provincial data. That’s nearly two women terminating early pregnancies using medication every day in Nova Scotia.Meanwhile, the CBU student called the Halifax clinic as directed by the university health clinic, and she says she was then referred to a prescriber in Sydney.But she faced further delays obtaining an ultrasound and blood work, and ran into billing issues as a student from out-of-province.Although the abortion pill is publicly funded both in her home province of Ontario as well as in Nova Scotia, she found herself without any coverage for the abortion pill — which comes with a roughly $400 price tag.Without money to pay for the drug, she scrambled to obtain private health insurance through the university and ended up still paying about $70 out-of-pocket.Health Department spokeswoman Tracy Barron says the billing issue stems from Ontario’s coverage rules. She says if a Nova Scotia resident is studying in another province, for example, Nova Scotia would still provide coverage.Frederique Chabot, director of health promotion with Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, says Alberta’s coverage of Mifegymiso is considered “gold standard.”“Alberta actually anticipated this kind of issue,” Chabot says, noting the province only requires proof of address to have the prescription covered.Although still within the nine-week limit to take the drug, the student says by the time she took the abortion pill she was further along than she had hoped.She says neither her doctor nor the pharmacist prepared her for the immense pain and nausea.“My body went into shock, it was terrible,” she says. “They told me to have maxi pads and expect a lot of blood. But it was excruciating.”The student says she was told that if she vomited, the medications wouldn’t work properly and she’d have to start the process again.“I was alone and started to throw up and I had to keep swallowing it … I was curled up, my whole body was shaking for four hours.”She says she would have appreciated more information to make a fully informed decision about a medical abortion and to prepare for the physical pain.Dr. Dustin Costescu, a family planning specialist, says pain increases with advanced gestational age — and that’s why timely access to Mifegymiso is important.“There’s always a wait inherent to anything in health care,” he says. “But more than two weeks for a medical abortion seems long.”Shannon Hardy, an abortion doula and co-ordinator of Atlantic Abortion Support Services, says despite recent improvements there remains an “underground” element to accessing an abortion in Nova Scotia.“People will share by word-of-mouth which doctors will prescribe Mifegymiso and which pharmacies will even stock the medication,” Hardy says, pointing out another potential barrier women may face filling the prescription.Brett Bundale, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Hasnt campaigned with federal leader NDPs Notley says her focus on Alberta

first_imgCALGARY — Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley says she hasn’t campaigned with the federal party leader because her focus is on what’s best for the province — including pipelines.During a campaign stop in Calgary today, Notley was asked about a Thursday rally with federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and Alberta United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney.They attacked what they call the “Notley-Trudeau alliance.”Notley said the Kenney-Scheer rally makes her wonder if Kenney is even interested in standing up for Albertans.She questioned whether he’s trying to get back into the ring in Ottawa for his own political purposes.Notley said her job is to stand up for the people of Alberta rather than align with federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.“As you know, I don’t necessarily agree with the leader of our federal party as far as how that connects with the matter of pipelines,” she said. “So, no, we are not going to campaign together because we have two very different opinions on the issue.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Family strangers bid adieu to 7yearold girl A lot of outrage and

first_imgGRANBY, Que. — A seven-year-old girl whose death has become a rallying cry for change to Quebec’s youth protection system was laid to rest Thursday at a funeral attended by hundreds of mourners —including many complete strangers.A hush fell over those gathered as pall bearers carried the child-sized wooden coffin into St-Eugene Church in Granby, Que.The 78-year-old church was decorated with several dozen stuffed animals amid the ornate stained-glass windows and religious statues.“There were numerous messages — but above all to the little girl, we asked forgiveness,” said Serge Pelletier, the priest who presided over the sombre ceremony that he said was meant to help the family mourn.“And for the community — and Quebec at large — it was ‘Can we be more attentive to one another?’” Pelletier added. “Particularly for those most vulnerable, the children.”The emotional ceremony was interspersed with tears and hymns for the little girl, who cannot be named because she was involved with youth protection and is also the subject of a court-ordered publication ban.The young girl died in hospital April 30, one day after police found her at a home in the city about 80 kilometres east of Montreal.Two adults — identified by people close to the family as the girl’s father and his partner — were charged with unlawful confinement. The partner — described as the young girl’s stepmother — was also charged with aggravated assault. They return to court on May 23.Her death has triggered a number of probes and the Quebec government has ordered a public coroner’s inquest into the death of the girl, whose case had been known to youth protection services for several years prior to her death.The girl’s paternal grandmother and mother struggled with emotions as they read a poem, and were overcome as they sang a song by late French singer Johnny Hallyday called “Que Je t’aime.”The girl’s paternal uncle, who has actively advocated for the girl and for change, burst into tears as he read a card perched in a bouquet of flowers.“You left us on tiptoes, quietly, without warning,” he said through sobs. “We are still in shock.”Hundreds of people had paid tribute in the week since her death, leaving stuffed animals at a makeshift memorial at the girl’s home a few kilometres from the church.Her family donated half to the hospital in Sherbrooke, Que. The other stuffies, placed all over the church, went home with mourners, with instructions from the family to give them to a child who needs it.“We had to promise to give one to a child in need and I think that’s the most beautiful message the family could have given today,” said Darlene Ryan, a victims’-rights advocate mandated to speak on behalf of the family.Ryan said they want a full accounting of what happened in the girl’s case and for Quebec to create an ombudsman to deal specifically with child protection cases.“Children are in need of help,” Ryan said. “And the victim we were here for today desperately needed help and the system was not there to do so.”Ryan said the family is emotionally spent, but adds that their ordeal is just beginning. Her organization, which deals with families of missing and murdered individuals, says they want an independent inquiry into how the system failed the girl.The family’s immediate concern is the victim’s younger brother, who was removed from the home after his sister died and is now in the system instead of being put in the care of the paternal grandparents.“He’s with strangers at the moment, we don’t know where and we don’t know what type of help he’s getting,” Ryan said.Pelletier said the same shock and disbelief heard elsewhere in Quebec is being felt in Granby, but perhaps on a more visceral level given the closeness of the community.Some people among the mourners had vague connections to the family, such as having helped one relative move or crossing paths with another.Others didn’t know them at all, but the story has filtered throughout town.“I came to commemorate the little girl, to show our sympathies,” said parishioner Helene Bourdeau, who’s been a member of the parish for 69 years and said she felt for the girl’s mother.“I lost a little guy too, so I feel close to her.”For Therese Fournier, a Granby resident since 1979, the young girl’s death brought about a level of indignation as details have emerged about the girl’s life.“I feel like there was a lot of outrage and pain,” Fournier said, as she clutched a newborn member of her own family outside the church.“When I heard of her death, I felt anger, it’s something we didn’t think could happen.”— Follow @sidhartha_b on Twitter.Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Deer gets into Edmonton thrift shop breaks china escapes through window

first_imgEDMONTON (CITYNEWS) – You’ve heard of a bull in a china shop, but what about a deer in a thrift store? One West Edmonton business is assessing the damage after a wildlife encounter.John Francis, the manager of Mission Thrift Store says if it weren’t for security video of what happened just after opening on June 26, he might not have believed his employee’s claim.“I was getting to the stations and getting the day started,” he says. “The deer trotted through pretty quickly, right onto the sales floor.”It took advantage of an open back door, slipping past volunteers unnoticed, skipping the racks of clothing and shelves of books, when its eyes fell on the china.“It jumped straight ahead right through the shelving, busted a bunch of dishes, took the plate glass out immediately, kind of landed on the sidewalk, got up and trotted across the road,” Francis says.The non-profit now has to replace the window, but they say they are impressed the deer seemed unharmed, with no blood or fur left behind as it went trotting off down the busy street.“This neighborhood gets more interesting every day I’m here,” Francis adds.And he says the deer is welcome to come back, the staff just it hope it leaves through the front door.last_img read more

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Canadian Judicial Council launches inquiry in conduct of Quebec Superior Court justice

first_imgMONTREAL — The Canadian Judicial Council says it will launch a public inquiry into the alleged conduct of a Quebec Superior Court judge.A five-member judicial conduct review panel looked at two separate allegations against Justice Gerard Dugre and decided they warranted an inquiry.In both instances, the allegations are not proven.One allegation involves a lengthy delay in rendering a decision in a divorce and family-related matter, rendered in late November 2018, more than nine months after the judge took the case under deliberation.The council says this was not the first allegation of a tardy decision, and it could demonstrate a pattern.The other allegation involves intemperate and inappropriate language stemming during a family law hearing in September 2018.“The allegations were that the judge was discourteous and the review panel found indeed the judge was intimidating, he was sometimes threatening and he did not let the parties provide their views, he did not let them make their arguments appropriately,” the council’s executive director, Norman Sabourin, said.The panel reviewed the matter and spoke with the judge and the chief justice of the Quebec Superior Court before concluding it might be serious enough to warrant the removal of the judge if found to be valid.The next step will involve creating an inquiry committee and the federal justice minister can appoint members of the bar to sit on the committee, Sabourin said.The council is responsible for investigating allegations against federally appointed judges.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Stars Attend British Heart Foundation Tunnel Of Love Fundraiser

first_imgSome of the greatest names from the worlds of fashion, art and music attended the British Heart Foundation’s Tunnel of Love fundraiser at the Victoria and Albert Museum earlier this month to raise money for their fight against heart failure.Video: Tunnel of Love 2015The event was fronted by British model Amber Le Bon and Youtube sensation Jim Chapman, with other guests including fashion vlogger Tanya Burr, model Millie Mackintosh, blogger Niomi Smart, TV presenter Angela Scanlon and Ladies of London star Marissa Hermer.High-profile artists in attendance included Gavin Turk and novelist Anthony Horowitz OBE.Pixie Lott took to the stage during the evening, with Lilah Parsons hitting the decks to get the party started followed by Billy Clark taking the later DJ slot.Hugh Edmeades, Christie’s International Director of Auctioneering, conducted the live auction which raised almost £70,000 for life saving research. The star prize of the evening was the chance to feature in Anthony Horowitz’s new Sherlock book – and two parts were auctioned for an incredible £23,000.The chance to have a portrait painted by Humphrey Ocean RA went for an incredible £11,000 and a week in a private house in Barbados raised £10,000.Guests also had the chance to bid on unique lots, including Kylie Minogue’s couture dress; a sought-after photograph of the Rolling Stones from 1968; a mentoring day to see inside workings of a top London fashion magazine and flowers for a year from Absolute Flowers and Home.Guests enjoyed Boujis cocktails during the canapé reception and a sumptuous three course meal by Zafferano accompanied by William Hardy Chardonnay and Shiraz.After dinner, guests played games including The Shoopla by Rayne Shoes, the Designer Bag Raffle and Perfume Roulette and Boujis hosted an after party.All proceeds from the event will help raise funds for the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.Simon Gillespie, BHF Chief Executive, said: “It was such an incredible evening and we’re so grateful to everyone who came for making it such an unforgettable night.“The money raised will help our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal and specifically a new ground-breaking Institute to drive forwards our mission to find a cure for heart failure.”last_img read more

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Kathleen Turner Helps Name Winners Of Democracy For All Video Challenge

first_imgOn Tuesday the winners of the Democracy For All Video Challenge were announced at an event aimed at putting the issue of big money in politics front-and-center and creating a platform for people to express themselves and take action to support the Democracy For All Amendment.Kathleen Turner Says No To Big MoneyCredit/Copyright: Jason DursoTwo advocacy organizations, Say No To Big Money and People For the American Way, created the video challenge that encouraged Americans to produce public service announcements supporting the proposed Democracy For All Amendment.Speaking at the National Press Club event was U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (FL-21), who are lead cosponsors of the Democracy For All Amendment (H.J.Res.22, S.J.Res.5). The winning videos were announced by Academy Award-nominated actress Kathleen Turner, with Say No To Big Money president Jeff Haggin and People For the American Way president Michael Keegan and executive vice president Marge Baker also speaking.The grand prize video, “Voters, assemble!” was created by Bryan Warner – a nonprofit communications director from Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina – and uses animation to depict a secret meeting between a group of villains who are plotting to nefariously influence politics by using big money. The video illustrates how easy it is for corporations and special interest groups to buy their way into Washington and influence policy in their favor. As the grand prize winner of the video challenge, Warner will receive $25,000.“Americans are fed up with millionaires and billionaires pumping money into shadowy Super PACs to buy our elections,” said Sen. Udall. “And thanks to the Supreme Court’s flawed decisions, including Citizens United six years ago, Congress is powerless to pass common-sense campaign finance laws. That’s why I’m pushing for a constitutional amendment to overturn those bad decisions so we can get big money out of politics. Millions of Americans nationwide have joined this grassroots push, and the Democracy For All Video Challenge has been a creative way to amplify our cause. Each video speaks to the core of our message – voters should have the loudest voices in our democracy, not wealthy special interests.”Congressman Deutch added, “A democracy for sale is not a democracy for all. Until we overturn Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United, corporations and a handful of billionaires will continue to spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying our elections and setting the agenda in Washington. Like the Democracy for All Amendment, the Democracy for All video contest is about elevating the voices of everyday Americans who may not be able to afford their own Super PACs but who have every right to be heard.”Awards were also given to five other videos, with the creators receiving $5,000 each. The winners were: “The Most Influential Man” (funniest video), “Voice of the 99” (most dramatic video), “American Show” (best original song), “Why Our Democracy Needs to be Changed” (best student video) and “Our Democracy is Not For Sale” (most creative video). All the winning videos can be viewed here.“The Democracy For All Video Challenge was created to tap into the creative potential of Americans who support a constitutional amendment that allows for reasonable limits to be set on money in elections,” said Jeff Haggin, president of Say No To Big Money. “Instead of hiring an advertising agency to produce spots promoting campaign finance reform, we decided to enable the true voice of Americans to be heard and give people across the country a chance to earn money for their efforts.”“This contest, like the amendment itself, was all about restoring the true spirit of the First Amendment,” added Marge Baker, executive vice president of People For the American Way. “There’s so much creative energy in the movement to get big money out of politics, and we wanted to put the voices of everyday Americans front and center.”The Democracy For All Amendment, currently being considered by Congress with 144 cosponsors in the House and 41 supporters in the Senate, would overturn cases such as Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court case that paved the way for unlimited political spending by corporations and the super wealthy.People For the American Way (PFAW) is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy. More information is available at www.PFAW.org.Say No To Big Money is a 501c4 nonprofit corporation for the public benefit with the mission of supporting the ratification of the Democracy For All Amendment that will regulate campaign contributions. Say No To Big Money is nonpartisan and does not promote or take sides on any political issues nor endorse candidates or elections. More information is available at www.SayNoToBigMoney.com.last_img read more

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Elton John Pens OpEd About North Carolinas HB2 Law

first_imgSir Elton John recently published an article in The Hill about North Carolina’s discriminatory HB2 law that, among other things, requires transgender public school students to use restrooms for the gender assigned on their birth certificate.“The failure of Gov. McCrory and other lawmakers to see this is a failure of compassion, a failure to recognize the difficult and frequently unwelcoming world transgender people must navigate every day – stigmatized by the fear and ignorance of others,” said Elton. “Fighting that stigma with love and empathy is at core of what we do at the Elton John AIDS Foundation.”To read the full Op-Ed, click here.last_img read more

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Allan Hawcos new Frontier

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement “Even though it’s produced by my company it was in many ways like being in another person’s show,” Hawco says in an interview in a downtown Toronto boardroom. “It was completely freeing just to act for once, without worrying about all the moving parts.”Republic of Doyle ran six seasons from 2010 to 2014 on the CBC. Most fans closely associate Hawco with the rakish Doyle, a private investigator in St John’s, N.L. Allan Hawco is Canadian television’s most prolific multi-tasker.His latest venture has his production company helming Discovery Channel’s first scripted TV show, Frontier, in which he also has a substantial acting role.But strangely, for someone as productive as Hawco his latest outing must feel like vacation, considering he starred in CBC’s now cancelled Republic of Doyle and was also showrunner, head writer and co-creator. Login/Register With:center_img Twitter Facebook Advertisement It was tough at times for fans to separate the public from the private persona. And for the first time in years, Hawco isn’t wearing Jake Doyle’s outfits; usually a black leather jacket when he’s on a promotional tour. He points to his jeans purchased by his wife and a casual mandarin-collared shirt he bought earlier for an audition.“It’s a whole new me,” he says, stretching out his legs to show his jeans.Hawco’s new character Douglas Brown also couldn’t be further from the freewheeling Doyle. Frontier takes place in late 18th-century North America during the struggle for wealth and power of the fur trade.last_img read more

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Siphe November never expected to have a life as a ballet dancer

first_imgAdvertisement Siphesihle November. (CBC Arts) Siphesihle November is the first dancer in the new CBC Arts series The Move. Over the coming weeks, we will introduce you to six dancers, each of whom will invite you into their routines, providing a deeper understanding of the movements that hold personal significance for them.  At 19 years old, Siphesihle November is currently the National Ballet of Canada’s youngest company member. For a kid who never dreamed of becoming a ballet dancer at all, it’s an impressive accomplishment.Born in a small South African town called Zolani, November began dancing with his brothers when he was quite young. His style at the time was rooted in kwaito, a fast paced type of music in which dancers are applauded for their intricate footwork, improvised movements and individuality — not characteristics usually associated with ballet. Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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WUTANG CLAN TO HEADLINE MUSIC AND FOOD FESTIVAL FROM CHEF MATTY MATHESON

first_imgMeanwhile, the food offerings will include several U.S. pitmasters and more than 20 local restaurants and grab-and-go outlets, including pasta-makers Famiglia Baldassarre, snack bar Donna’s, gourmet hot dog booth Kungfu Dawg, sushi bar Skippa and restaurant Alma.Matheson says each vendor will offer a limited number of dishes starting at $6. Children 12 and under are free with a ticket-holding adult.Mattyfest lands at Toronto’s RBC Echo Beach, Sept. 7. Tickets go on sale Thursday.“Mattyfest started out in the basement of Parts & Labour as a joke festival for my birthday weekend. This time it’s a lot more than that. I want to share the love I have for my city — for all of you!” Matheson said Monday in a release.“I want to create a small little world of excellent food and music provided by some of my favourite people! I want this to be for Toronto; the city that has given me so much in my life!”———Online: Matty-fest.comThe Canadian Press Advertisement Matty Matheson Advertisement Facebook Toronto chef Matty Matheson is launching his own food and music festival, headlined by the Wu-Tang Clan.The restaurateur, cookbook author and TV personality says Mattyfest 2019 will be a family-friendly marriage of food and music, with a menu curated by the outspoken, tattooed Viceland star.Two music stages will also feature the Descendents, Gogol Bordello and Danny Brown, with other with acts including Turnover and Metz.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Greens call for resurrection of Kelowna Accord

first_imgAPTN National NewsAfter two weeks on the campaign trail, Green Party leader Elizabeth made a stop in Montreal Monday and called for a resurrection of the Kelowna Accord.May said the Green Party would fight to restore the $5.1 billion accord which was created by the Paul Martin Liberals, but cancelled by Stephen Harper’s government.May also said her party was committed to rebuilding Canada’s health care system.She was joined by Holly Dressel, a best-selling author who has written about Canada’s health care system.last_img read more

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Seal a way of life in Nunavut

first_imgAPTN National NewsFew other symbols are more important to Inuit than the seal, a source of food and clothing.The celebration of the seal was timed this year to match up with Toonik Tyme.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has the details.last_img

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Atleo says Harpers promises falling flat

first_imgAPTN National NewsTen months after Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised the dawn of a new day with relations between First Nations and the federal government nothing has been done to back it up says the Assembly of First Nations.In a letter to Harper, AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo laments on the lack of the perceived progress made at a summit in January.  The goal of the meeting was to boost the prosperity and independence of First Nation peoples.With the AFN, Harper and members of his cabinet at the table, Atleo said at the time there appeared to be the potential for “real change” but it was agreed then the talks required a sincere follow-through to keep the wheels of progress turning.That hasn’t happened said Atleo.“At this point in time given the rate and pace of the follow up on key items, our January 2013 report will be disappointing,” wrote Atleo in the Oct. 24 letter to Harper. “Regrettably, there has been a loss of momentum and sense of frustration is being felt by the First Nation leadership.”Atleo said Harper promised to address several long-standing issues, including education, the implementation of treaties and economic development.“Actions are needed to build confidence,” he wrote. “Stripping aside blame and denial, the conditions speak for themselves. Families struggling under a myriad of health and social challenges, inadequate housing, youth deeply and disproportionally impacted by addictions and crime, growing statistics of our peoples missing, disposed and murdered.”He said First Nations are overwhelmed by unprecedented pressures on their lands and resources and “utterly lacking the capacity to effectively protect and advance their interests.”Atleo also wrote Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan the same day, in a more detailed letter.He said in despite of the summit “your ministry has continued to proceed with its previous legislative and policy agenda, as if the commitments at the gathering to fully involve, to build genuine partnership, had not taken place.”Atleo said Duncan and Harper have failed to address each area of concern agreed upon at the summit.last_img read more

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First Nations on both side of the border join forces against Kinder

first_imgTina House APTN National NewsThe National Energy Board is expected to make a decision on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline proposal.First Nation communities from both sides of the border who are opposed to the plan to part in a water protection ceremony in Vancouver.thouse@aptn.calast_img

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Trudeau to sit down with Indigenous leaders premiers at December meeting

first_imgAPTN National NewsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will sit down with Indigenous leaders, territorial leaders and premiers on Dec. 9 in Ottawa.According to a release from the Prime Minister’s Office, the meeting will centre around climate change and clean energy, including discussions on a low-carbon economy that creates “good paying, long-term jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it.”Ahead of the First Minister’s Meeting (FMM), Trudeau will meet with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed and Métis National Council President Clément Chartier.The release states that premiers are invited to take part in the meeting with Indigenous leaders, but Indigenous leaders are not taking part in the meeting between the prime minister and the premiers.The meeting “will serve as an opportunity to discuss the framework and Indigenous perspectives in advance of the FMM. The discussion will inform further partnerships with Indigenous peoples as part of ongoing collaboration to protect Canada’s land, air, and water for future generations and to build our clean growth economy,” said the release.“Indigenous voices and perspectives are of the utmost importance as our country works together to give our kids and grandkids a better, healthier, more prosperous, and more inclusive tomorrow. I look forward to working with Indigenous leaders to make real progress on the important issues affecting their communities and Canada.”The meeting comes at the end of the Assembly of First Nations special chiefs assembly in Gatineau, Que.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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Barbara Kentner who was hit by trailer hitch tossed from car in

first_imgWillow Fiddler APTN National NewsBarbara Kentner, an Indigenous woman who was seriously injured after being hit by trailer hitch thrown from a passing car in Thunder Bay, has died, according to her sister.Melissa Kentner said Tuesday that her sister Barbara Kentner died this morning shortly after 5 a.m.“I heard her take her last breath,” said Melissa Kentner, who was with her sister when Barbara Kentner was hit by a trailer hitch thrown by a passenger in a moving car on Jan. 28.Thunder Bay police initially charged Brayden Bushby with aggravated assault following the incident.Melissa Kentner, left, with her sister Barbara Kentner on June 27, 2017, St. Joseph’s Hospital, hospice unit. Willow Fiddler, APTNMore to comelast_img read more

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Chief says RCMP threatened to call in child and family services if

first_imgThe Canadian PressALEXIS CREEK, B.C. – The chief of the Tl’etinqox First Nation said RCMP officers told them to leave or risk having their children taken away. Instead, they erected a fire boundary and prepared to fight.“We are generation after generation that continue to live in a fire zone. This is not new to us,” said Chief Joe Alphonse, whose community is about 100 kilometres west of Williams Lake. “We feel this is the safest place for our community members to be.”Emergency officials and police are urging British Columbia residents to respect evacuation orders ahead of fast-moving wildfires, but some First Nations are standing their ground, successfully protecting their homes and property.There are about 1,000 residents on the reserve, but Alphonse said only about 300 stayed to fight the fires.BC Wildfire Service chief information officer Kevin Skrepnek said there had been a slight reprieve in the weather forecast with some rain expected, bringing relief to the windy, hot and dry conditions fuelling nearly 200 fires and displacing more than 14,000 people.Crews took advantage of calmer conditions Wednesday to make progress on fire guards near Williams Lake, where 10,000 people remain on evacuation alert.With improved conditions, Alphonse said he finally had a moment to reflect on the three days of firefighting without the aid of power or telephone service.He said Mounties told them to evacuate last weekend and the conversation quickly became heated.As chief, he said his signature is required to enforce the evacuation order on the reserve, which he chose not to authorize.Robert Turner of Emergency Management BC said Alphonse was correct. First Nations have the authority to issue their own evacuation orders for their territory.“They would hopefully be taking advice from the same experts as a local government,” he said.Alphonse said many in the community wanted to stay behind to fight and they have trained firefighters, access to heavy equipment and emergency plans to evacuate if they lost the battle with the fire.He said an officer threatened to have the Ministry of Children and Family Services “remove all the children.”Tempers flared and Alphonse said he suggested their own roadblocks would keep the Mounties out and if that didn’t work, perhaps warning shots above their heads would.RCMP Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau said in a statement Wednesday, “as far as the comments made by Chief Alphonse, we do not believe the comments made are reflective of the recent and continued meetings and conversations we have had with the chief.”The RCMP’s responsibility is to “advise the public that there has been an order and advise them of the risk associated with staying,” Linteau told reporters on a conference call.“Of course, if the person has the ability to make their own decision and they are over the age of 19, we will not force them to leave the home,” she said.But she said if there are children under 19 at risk, police are required to move them to a safe location. No children have been removed by the RCMP to date, she added.Alphonse disagrees that officers were trying to protect their children.“The safest place for our kids is here with their families under the supervision of the leadership of this community,” he said.The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said Indigenous Peoples have a fundamental right to make decisions about protecting and defending the safety, health and well-being of their community.“If and when houses and band infrastructure are lost to these fires, it will take years to rebuild and we fear in many instances the homes and infrastructure may never be built,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip.Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada said in a statement that the department is working with Emergency Management BC and First Nations to make sure the communities are supported.B.C. Forest Minister John Rustad told radio station CHNL that the province was concerned about the situation.“People are staying behind, they want to fight for their homes. That poses a very serious problem. We know these fires can be very, very volatile and can change at a moments notice,” Rustad said.Ultimately, Alphonse said staying was the right decision and it saved at least 10 homes.The chief of the Bonaparte Indian Band north of Ashcroft said they also defied an evacuation order over the weekend and successfully stopped flames from overrunning their reserve.“My community has some really skilled firefighters, like a lot of First Nations reserves, and they came together and they stopped that wildfire from wiping out that whole community,” Chief Ryan Day said.He said 60 of the band’s 280 members stayed to fight the fire.The community doesn’t have a firehall, a new water reservoir hasn’t been connected to their main supply yet and they don’t have a formal emergency response plan in place.But Day said the experience of the trained forest firefighters in his community and access to heavy equipment contributed to their success.“We weren’t prepared for it of course because it happened in a blink of an eye, but we snapped into action and everyone did their part,” he said.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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Care package aims to help Montreals Indigenous homeless community

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsIskweu (pronounced “is-kway”) is Cree for “woman.”It’s also the name for an initiative in Montreal that aims to prevent Indigenous homelessness.Tom Fennario has the story.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

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Huge tax bill heads for passage as GOP senators fall in line

first_imgWASHINGTON – After weeks of quarrels, qualms and then eleventh-hour horse-trading, Republicans revealed the details of their huge national tax rewrite late Friday — along with announcements of support that all but guarantee approval to give President Donald Trump the Christmas legislative triumph he’s been aching for.The legislation would slash tax rates for big business and lower levies on the richest Americans in a massive $1.5 trillion bill that the GOP plans to muscle through Congress next week before its year-end break. Benefits for most other taxpayers would be smaller.“This is happening. Tax reform under Republican control of Washington is happening,” House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin told rank-and-file members in a conference call. “Most critics out there didn’t think it could happen. … And now we’re on the doorstep of something truly historic.”According to the 1,097-page bill released late Friday, today’s 35 per cent rate on corporations would fall to 21 per cent, the crown jewel of the measure for many Republicans. Trump and GOP leaders had set 20 per cent as their goal, but added a point to free money for other tax cuts that won over wavering lawmakers in final talks.The legislation represents the first major legislative achievement for the GOP after nearly a full year in control of Congress and the White House. It’s the widest-ranging reshaping of the tax code in three decades and is expected to add to the nation’s $20 trillion debt. The tax cuts are projected to add $1.46 trillion over a decade.The bill would repeal an important part of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act — the requirement that all Americans have health insurance or face a penalty — as the GOP looks to unravel a law it failed to repeal and replace this past summer.Only on Friday did Republicans cement the needed support for the overhaul, securing endorsements from wavering senators.Marco Rubio of Florida relented in his high-profile opposition after negotiators expanded the tax credit that parents can claim for their children. He said he would vote for the measure next week.Rubio had been holding out for a bigger child credit for low-income families. After he got it, he tweeted that the change was “a solid step toward broader reforms which are both Pro-Growth and Pro-Worker.”Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the only Republican to vote against the Senate version earlier this month, made the surprise announcement that he would back the legislation. Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has repeatedly warned that the nation’s growing debt is the most serious threat to national security.“I realize this is a bet on our country’s enterprising spirit, and that is a bet I am willing to make,” Corker said.The White House said Trump “looks forward to fulfilling the promise he made to the American people to give them a tax cut by the end of the year.”The bill embodies a longstanding Republican philosophy that a substantial tax break for businesses will trigger economic growth and job creation for Americans in a trickle-down economy.Skeptical Democrats are likely to oppose the legislation unanimously.“Under this bill, the working class, middle class and upper middle class get skewered while the rich and wealthy corporations make out like bandits,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. “It is just the opposite of what America needs, and Republicans will rue the day they pass this.”The bill would drop today’s 39.6 per cent top rate on individuals to 37 per cent. The standard deduction — used by around two-thirds of households — would be nearly doubled, to $24,000 for married couples.The $1,000-per-child tax deduction would grow to $2,000, with up to $1,400 available in IRS refunds for families who owe little or no taxes. Parents would have to provide children’s Social Security numbers to receive the child tax credit, a measure intended to deny the credit to people who are in the U.S. illegally.Those who itemize would lose some deductions. The deduction that millions use in connection with state and local income, property and sales taxes would be capped at $10,000. That’s especially important to residents of high-tax states such as New York, New Jersey and California. Deductions for medical expenses that lawmakers once considered eliminating would be retained.The bill would allow homeowners to deduct interest only on the first $750,000 of a new mortgage, down from the current limit of $1 million.People who inherit fortunes would get a big break. The bill would double the exemption, meaning the estate tax would apply only to the portion of an estate over $22 million for married couples.Members of a House-Senate conference committee signed the final version of the legislation Friday, sending it to the two chambers for final passage next week. They have been working to blend the different versions passed by the two houses.Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority in the Senate, including two ailing senators who have missed votes this past week.John McCain of Arizona, who is 81, is at a Washington-area military hospital being treated for the side effects of brain cancer treatment, and 80-year-old Thad Cochran of Mississippi had a non-melanoma lesion removed from his nose earlier this week. GOP leaders are hopeful they will be available next week.last_img read more

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How to register to receive 25 Loblaw card after bread pricefixing arrangement

first_imgVANCOUVER – Loblaw Companies Ltd. is offering customers a $25 gift card as a goodwill gesture after admitting the company participated in an industry-wide bread price-fixing arrangement.“This conduct should never have happened,” said Galen G. Weston, CEO, during a conference call with analysts Tuesday.“The gift card is a direct acknowledgment of that to our customers. We hope that they’ll see it as a meaningful amount that demonstrates our commitment to keeping their trust and confidence,” he said in response to how the company arrived at the card’s $25 value.Here’s how to redeem the offer:Customers can visit LoblawCard.ca and enter their email address to be notified once registration opens.The company expects registration to begin on Jan. 8.Full details will follow, but broadly speaking, visitors to the site will have to declare that they are the age of majority or older, said spokesman Kevin Groh, in an email.The age of majority is 18 in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, P.E.I., Quebec and Saskatchewan. It is 19 in B.C., New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and the three territories.They will also have to declare that they bought certain packaged bread products at one of the eligible banner stores in Canada before Mach 1, 2015, he said.Registration closes May 8.The company expects three million to six million people will receive the gift card.Loblaw and George Weston Ltd. revealed Tuesday that they participated in an industry-wide bread price-fixing arrangement from late 2001 to March 2015, but tipped off Canada’s competition watchdog and will receive immunity in the ensuing investigation.last_img read more

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Some Montreal districts think a ban on sugary drinks is unworkable

first_imgMONTREAL – While Montreal’s city council has passed a motion looking to ban sugary drinks in municipal buildings, not all borough bosses believe it’s a workable measure.Some veteran councillors who voted against it earlier this month won’t be drafting those types of rules for their own districts, saying they go beyond their competency as municipal politicians and would prove difficult to enforce.“I’m for prevention, I’m for an excise tax where it would help fund the health system like tobacco,” said Luis Miranda, mayor of the eastern Montreal borough of Anjou.“But to start patrolling what goes into my arenas, what goes into my parks in the summertime when there’s a baseball tournament, I don’t agree.”A working group is expected to look at how to phase the ban on sports drinks, energy drinks and flavoured water into the city’s 19 boroughs.Miranda said such restrictions would create problems for different groups — youth sports teams, for example, which often have sponsorships with drink companies.Councillors from the borough of LaSalle also voted against the ban, with Mayor Manon Barbe saying she’d rather see education for citizens instead of having decisions imposed on them.LaSalle introduced a health policy in 2008 that required 30 per cent of menu items in public buildings to reflect healthy choices, but nothing was banned.Snack bars in LaSalle’s two municipal arenas shuttered after operators said the menu requirements made them unprofitable.They’ve since been replaced with vending machines that offer healthy alternatives as well as the usual fare.“I don’t want to have to choose for citizens,” Barbe said. “When I do my groceries, no one tells me what to put in my shopping cart.”The motion presented at Montreal council began as one that called on Ottawa to introduce a national excise tax on sugary drinks — something all Montreal councillors supported.Several public health groups have also pushed the idea of an excise tax.In May, organizations including the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Childhood Obesity Foundation touted the “health and economic benefits of a sugary drink levy” after having commissioned a study by the University of Waterloo.Researchers at the University of Toronto also came out in favour of a tax on sugary drinks in Canada, among other measures, to improve eating habits.The World Health Organization recommended a tax of at least 20 per cent in a 2016 report.In Canada, the Northwest Territories government said this year it was considering a sugar drink tax to help fight obesity.The federal government has looked at the pros and cons of such a tax, but didn’t include it in its 2016 budget, Finance Department briefing documents suggested.But the Canadian Beverage Association has called the Montreal excise tax motion disappointing, noting that studies demonstrate the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverage calories has dropped by at least 30 per cent since 2004 without a tax, even as obesity rates have risen.Barbe said the fact she and some colleagues voted against the motion doesn’t mean they’re against health initiatives — just that they believe it’s a job for the provincial and federal governments.“Where is it going to end? I don’t want to find myself in a position where I’m playing the part of the sugar police,” Barbe said.last_img read more

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Eastern refineries could save millions by buying more Canadian oil CERI report

first_imgCALGARY – Refineries in central and Atlantic Canada could save money on oil costs and produce fewer global greenhouse gas emissions if they bought more Canadian crude oil, according to a study by the Canadian Energy Research Institute released Wednesday.The study finds that substituting Canadian oil wherever possible using space on existing pipelines, railcars and ocean tankers would result in a 47 per cent reduction in foreign oil imports into Eastern Canada, saving the refineries $210 million per year and the equivalent of more than two million tonnes of carbon dioxide, or about 5.7 per cent.It adds that expanding the transportation system through a new pipeline equal to TransCanada Corp.’s cancelled Energy East would allow the eight refineries in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador to replace 57 per cent of imported oil at a savings of $317 million per year, while still cutting GHGs by two million tonnes.“I think there’s an opportunity for the energy sector to do more work together — east to west — to benefit Canada as a whole,” said CERI CEO Allan Fogwill following a presentation in Calgary.“There’s a social benefit in keeping it in the family and an economic benefit for eastern refineries (along with) an environmental benefit internationally.”He said the report, based on 2016 numbers gathered mainly without the refiners’ co-operation, doesn’t answer the question of why they buy from foreign suppliers when it would make sense to buy from within Canada.But he said he hopes its conclusions lead to a discussion about where the refineries source their oil.Peter Boag, CEO of the Canadian Fuels Association, which represents refiners, said operators weigh many factors to maximize the economic efficiency of their refineries, including looking at the composition of different types of crude oil.“Crude cost, the configuration and complexity of the refinery, and anticipated product demand are all factors that influence crude oil choice,” he said.He added that providing eastern Canadian refineries with better pipeline access to western Canadian crude would provide further flexibility in crude selection.The CERI study notes that the eastern refineries process just over one million barrels per day, of which 56 per cent comes from foreign countries led by the United States at 260,000 barrels of oil per day.About 39 per cent comes from Western Canada and five per cent is from eastern Canadian sources such as the offshore oilfields of Newfoundland and Labrador.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP)last_img read more

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Manhattan DA drops part of Harvey Weinstein case

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Prosecutors in New York City abandoned part of their sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein on Thursday after evidence surfaced that a lead police detective coached a witness to keep quiet when she raised doubts about the veracity of one of the allegations.Weinstein, 66, looked on as a judge agreed to dismiss the lone charge related to Lucia Evans, who helped spark the #MeToo movement a year ago when she told The New Yorker that the Hollywood mogul had forced her to perform oral sex in 2004 when she was a college student and fledgling actress.Weinstein’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, unsuccessfully urged Judge James Burke to deep-six the whole case, telling him: “The integrity of these proceedings has been compromised.”The bulk of the prosecution case remains intact, with Weinstein still facing five charges over allegations that he raped an unidentified woman in his Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. A conviction on the most serious charges could put him in prison for the rest of his life.Weinstein denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex.The turn of events, which had been simmering for weeks in closed-door meetings and sealed court documents, enraged Evans’ lawyer, who took to the courthouse steps to blast Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. for walking away from her client. Evans told the truth and never misled investigators, lawyer Carrie Goldberg said.“Let me be clear: the decision to throw away my client’s sexual assault charges says nothing about Weinstein’s guilt or innocence. Nor does it reflect on Lucia’s consistent allegation that she was sexually assaulted with force by Harvey Weinstein,” Goldberg said outside the courthouse. “It only speaks volumes about the Manhattan DA’s office and its mishandling of my client’s case.”Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon insisted in court that the rest of the case is strong and said the district attorney’s office was looking into the possibility of bringing additional charges.“In short, your honour, we are moving full steam ahead,” she said.Det. Nicholas DiGaudio, who was one of two investigators who escorted Weinstein out of a police station and into court after his May arrest, is now embroiled in an internal police department investigation and has been thrown off the case. Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said Thursday that the department takes seriously the allegations against him.Prosecutors said in a letter unsealed after Thursday’s hearing that they learned weeks ago that a woman who was with Evans the night she first met Weinstein at a restaurant had given DiGaudio a contradictory account of what happened, but that the detective had urged her to keep quiet, telling her “less is more.”The woman, prosecutors said, told the detective in February that Weinstein had offered them money to flash their breasts during the restaurant encounter. They initially declined, but the woman said that Evans later told her she had gone ahead and exposed herself to the film producer in a hallway. Goldberg disputed that.The woman also told the detective that sometime after an office meeting where Evans alleged Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex, she suggested what happened was consensual, according to the letter. Weinstein had promised to get her an acting job if she agreed to perform oral sex, and she agreed, it said.According to the witness, who was not named in the letter, Evans had been drinking and “appeared to be upset, embarrassed and shaking” when she recounted the story.Prosecutors also disclosed that they had discovered a draft email that Evans had written three years ago to a man who is now her husband that “describes details of the sexual assault that differ from the account” she provided to investigators.A message left on a phone DiGaudio used in the past wasn’t returned. The union for New York City police detectives didn’t return a message.Brafman said he believed Evans had lied both to the grand jury and to The New Yorker about her encounter with Weinstein and suggested she be prosecuted for perjury.“This is an attack on the fundamental integrity of the grand jury process,” Brafman said. “If you have a person willing to commit perjury in the grand jury, that is as serious as the crime of sexual assault because it undermines the fairness of the process for all of us.”Goldberg said Evans told the grand jury the truth.“The DA is aware of robust evidence, including witnesses, that seriously undermine the witness’ credibility and recollection of events. Yet, the DA consented to dismissal prior to investigating this evidence,” she wrote on Twitter.The developments in Weinstein’s case on Thursday capped a tough six-day stretch for the #MeToo movement, bookended by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation amid decades-old allegations that he had committed sexual misconduct. But victim advocates didn’t see it as a setback.“This is so much larger than any singular case,” Kristen Houser of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center said. “Weinstein may have been the snowball that started the avalanche, but the ability of any one perpetrator being held accountable or getting away with it doesn’t alter the national outrage.”The New Yorker, in a statement, said it stands by its reporting and fact-checking process and that “any assertion by lawyers for Harvey Weinstein that The New Yorker had information that contradicted Lucia Evans’s account is patently incorrect.”Vance has already been fiercely criticized for declining to prosecute Weinstein when an Italian model accused him of grabbing her breasts in 2015. At the time, Vance cited a lack of supporting evidence, despite the existence of a clandestinely made recording of Weinstein discussing the episode with the woman.In the months after The New York Times and The New Yorker began publishing stories about Weinstein’s interactions with women, activists pressured Vance to bring charges as dozens of people came forward with claims of sexual misconduct against him.DiGaudio and other police officials poured on the pressure, saying publicly that they believed they had gathered ample evidence to make an arrest.The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assaults unless they come forward publicly, as Evans has done.Weinstein is free on $1 million bail and is due back in court Dec. 20.__Follow Sisak at https://twitter.com/mikesisak and Hays at https://twitter.com/APtomhayslast_img read more

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The Latest Ukraine says ships were in international waters

first_imgMOSCOW — The Latest on raised tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local):12:30 p.m.Ukraine has released what it says is the exact location near Crimea where its vessels were fired on and seized by Russia over the weekend, showing that they were in international waters.The statement by Ukrainian officials contradicts Russia’s argument that it was chasing the ships because they were violating its territorial waters. Russia considers Crimea, which it annexed in 2014, part of its country.The Ukrainian ministry in charge of occupied territories on Wednesday published what it claimed were the exact co-ordinates of where the military vessels “Berdiansk”, “Nikopol”, and “Yany Kapu” were when they were attacked by Russia, putting them outside the 12-mile zone of territorial waters.Russian border guards have captured the vessels and the crews. Officials say they will try the seamen for violating the Russian border and that they do not consider them prisoners of war.___10:20 a.m.A military official says Russia will boost the defence of the occupied Crimean peninsula with more anti-aircraft missiles.The Interfax news agency on Wednesday quoted Col. Vadim Astafyev, the top Defence Ministry official in Russia’s south, as saying that Russia will add one S-400 anti-aircraft missile system to the three already deployed in the peninsula.The announcement comes three days after Russian border guards fired on three Ukrainian vessels and seized them and their crews. The first overt military confrontation between the two neighbouring countries has raised the spectre of a major conflict.Ukraine said its vessels were operating in line with international maritime rules, while Russia alleged they had failed to get permission to pass.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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US sportswear traced to factory in Chinas internment camps

first_imgHOTAN, China — Barbed wire and hundreds of cameras ring a massive compound of more than 30 dormitories, schools, warehouses and workshops in China’s far west. Dozens of armed officers and a growling Doberman stand guard outside.Behind locked gates, men and women are sewing sportswear that can end up on U.S. college campuses and sports teams.This is one of a growing number of internment camps in the Xinjiang region, where by some estimates 1 million Muslims are detained, forced to give up their language and their religion and subject to political indoctrination. Now, the Chinese government is also forcing some detainees to work in manufacturing and food industries. Some of them are within the internment camps; others are privately-owned, state-subsidized factories where detainees are sent once they are released.The Associated Press has tracked recent, ongoing shipments from one such factory inside an internment camp to Badger Sportswear, a leading supplier in Statesville, North Carolina. The shipments show how difficult it is to stop products made with forced labour from getting into the global supply chain, even though such imports are illegal in the U.S. Badger CEO John Anton said Sunday that the company would source sportswear elsewhere while it investigates.Chinese authorities say the camps, which they call training centres, offer free vocational training for Uighurs, Kazakhs and others, mostly Muslims, as part of a plan to bring minorities into “a modern civilized” world and eliminate poverty in Xinjiang. They say that people in the centres have signed agreements to receive vocational training.The Xinjiang Propaganda Department did not respond to a faxed request for comment. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman accused the foreign media Monday of making “many untrue reports” about the training centres, but did not specify when asked for details.“Those reports are completely based on hearsay evidence or made out of thin air,” the spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said at a daily briefing.However, a dozen people who either had been in a camp or had friends or family in one told the AP that detainees they knew were given no choice but to work at the factories. Most of the Uighurs and Kazakhs, who were interviewed in exile, also said that even people with professional jobs were retrained to do menial work.Payment varied according to the factory. Some got paid nothing, while others earned up to several hundred dollars a month, they said — barely above minimum wage for the poorer parts of Xinjiang. A person with firsthand knowledge of the situation in one county estimated that more than 10,000 detainees — or 10 to 20 per cent of the internment population there — are working in factories, with some earning just a tenth of what they used to earn before. The person declined to be named out of fear of retribution.A former reporter for Xinjiang TV in exile said that during his month-long detention last year, young people in his camp were taken away in the mornings to work without compensation in carpentry and a cement factory.“The camp didn’t pay any money, not a single cent,” he said, asking to be identified only by his first name, Elyar, because he has relatives still in Xinjiang. “Even for necessities, such as things to shower with or sleep at night, they would call our families outside to get them to pay for it.”Rushan Abbas, a Uighur in Washington, D.C., said her sister is among those detained. The sister, Dr. Gulshan Abbas, was taken to what the government calls a vocational centre, although she has no specific information on whether her sister is being forced to work.“American companies importing from those places should know those products are made by people being treated like slaves,” she said. “What are they going to do, train a doctor to be a seamstress?”___The predominantly Muslim Uighur and Kazakh ethnic minorities in China live mostly in the Xinjiang region bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan, with a legacy dating back to ancient traders on the Silk Road. In recent decades, violent attacks by Uighur militants have killed hundreds and prompted the Chinese government to blanket Xinjiang with stifling security.About two years ago, authorities launched a vast detention and reeducation campaign. They also use checkpoints, GPS tracking and face-scanning cameras for surveillance of ethnic minorities in the region. The slightest perceived misstep can land someone in the internment camps.Men and women in the complex that has shipped products to Badger Sportswear make clothes for privately-owned Hetian Taida Apparel in a cluster of 10 workshops within the compound walls. Hetian Taida says it is not affiliated with the internment camps, but its workforce includes detainees.As China faced growing international pressure about the detention camps, its state broadcaster aired a 15-minute report in October that featured a “vocational skills education and training centre” in the southern Xinjiang city of Hotan.“Terrorism and extremism are the common enemy of human civilization,” the China Central Television program began. In response, the report said, the Xinjiang government was using vocational training to solve this “global issue.”Wu Hongbo, the chairman of Hetian Taida, confirmed that the company has a factory inside the same compound as the training centre featured in the China Central Television report. Hetian Taida provides employment to those trainees who were deemed by the government to be “unproblematic,” he said, adding that the centre is government-operated.“We’re making our contribution to eradicating poverty,” Wu told the AP over the phone.The 20 to 30 trainees at the factory are treated like regular employees and make up a small fraction of the hundreds of people in its workforce, he said.Trainees featured in the state television report praised the Communist Party for saving them from a criminal path.“I don’t dare to imagine what would have happened to me if I didn’t come here,” one Uighur student said. “The party and government found me in time and saved me. They gave me a chance to reinvent myself.”The segment said that in addition to law and Mandarin-language classes, the training centre collaborated with companies to give trainees practical experience. Trainees were shown hunched over sewing machines in a factory whose interior matches that of Hetian Taida’s main Hotan branch, as seen in prior Chinese media reports.Police told the AP journalists who approached the compound earlier this month that they could not take photos or film in the area because it was part of a “military facility.” Yet the entrance was marked only by a tall gate that said it was an “apparel employment training base.”Posters line the barbed-wire perimeter, bearing messages such as “Learn to be grateful, learn to be an upright person” and “No need to pay tuition, find a job easily.”Nathan Ruser, a cyber-policy researcher at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), analyzed satellite images for the AP and found that in Hetian Taida’s case, the apparel factory and the government-run training camp are connected by a fenced path.“There are watchtowers throughout,” Ruser said. “There are clear fences between the buildings and walls that limit movement. Detainees can only access the factories area through walkways, and the entire facility is closed.”The AP could not independently determine if any workers were allowed to come and go, or how much if anything they were paid.At least 10 times this year shipping containers filled with thousands of men’s, women’s and youth polyester knitted T-shirts and pants were sent to Badger Sportswear, a 47-year-old athletic gear seller. The company mostly manufactures in Nicaragua and the U.S., and there is no way to tell where the products from Xinjiang specifically end up. But experts say supply chains are considered tainted by forced labour and modern slavery if even one item was produced by someone forced to work.Sprinkled on the Internet are clues that repeatedly tie the company to the detention camp’s sewing factory floor.Shawn Zhang, a researcher at the University of British Columbia, noted an overlooked Hotan city social media post from February about the first batch of some 1.5 million pieces of clothing worth $400,000 heading overseas from the Hetian Taida Factory. In the middle of a photo of young women flashing the peace sign is Badger Sportswear’s marketing director Ginny Gasswint, who is quoted as saying she’s surprised the workers are “friendly, beautiful, enthusiastic and hardworking.”Badger Sportswear goes to sports teams large and small, ranging from ranging from Charlotte Country Day School Squash team in Charlotte, North Carolina, to Rhode Island’s Coventry Little League and Hansberry College Prep in Chicago, according to its website and advertisements. The AP also found dozens of college bookstores advertising their gear printed on Badger Sportswear, including Texas A&M, University of Pennsylvania, Appalachian State University, University of Northern Iowa, University of Evansville and Bates College. However, it’s impossible to say if any particular shirt is made with forced labour.Badger chief executive Anton said Sunday that his company has sourced products from an affiliate of Hetian Taida for many years. He said about a year ago, the affiliate opened a new factory in western China. Anton confirmed Badger Sportswear officials visited the factory and have a certificate that the factory is certified by social compliance experts.“We will voluntarily halt sourcing and will move production elsewhere while we investigate the matters raised,” he said.Badger Sportswear was acquired by New York investment firm CCMP Capital Advisor in August 2016. Since then, CCMP has acquired three more team sportswear companies, which they are managing under the umbrella of Founder Sport Group.In recent years, Badger imported sportswear — jerseys, T-shirts, workout pants and more — from Nicaragua and Pakistan. But in April this year, it began importing 100 per cent polyester T-shirts and pants from Hetian Taida Apparel, according to U.S. customs data provided by ImportGenius, which analyzes consumer shipments. The address on the shipping records is the same as for the detention camp.The U.S. and United Nations say forced labour is a type of modern slavery, and that items made by people being exploited and coerced to work are banned from import to the U.S.It’s unclear whether other companies also export products made by forced labour in Xinjiang to the U.S., Europe and Asia. The AP found two companies exporting to the U.S. that share approximately the same co-ordinates as places experts have identified as internment camps, and Chinese media reports mention “training” there. But the AP could not confirm whether the companies use forced labour.___The detention camp system is part of China’s increasingly stringent state security under President Xi Jinping. Some detainees told AP earlier this year about beating, solitary confinement and other punishments if they do not recite political songs, names and phrases. The AP has not been given access to these facilities despite repeated attempts to get permission to visit.Not all the camps have forced labour. Many former detainees say they were held in facilities that didn’t have any manufacturing equipment and focused solely on political indoctrination.“They didn’t teach me anything. They were brainwashing me, trying to make us believe how great China is, how powerful it is, how developed its economy is,” said Kairat Samarkan, a Kazakh citizen who said he was tortured with a metal contraption that contorts your body before being released in February after he tried to kill himself.Interviewees described a wave of factory openings earlier this year. Ex-detainee Orynbek Koksebek said that shortly before his release in April, the director strode into his class and announced that a factory would be built in the camp. Koksebek, who cannot speak Mandarin, listened to a policeman as he translated the director’s words into Kazakh for the roughly 90 women and 15 men in the room.“We’re going to open a factory, you’re going to work,” Koksebek recalled him as saying. “We’ll teach you how to cook, how to sew clothes, how to fix cars.”This fall, months after Koksebek’s release, news began trickling into Kazakhstan that the Chinese government was starting forced labour in internment camps and would transfer some detainees out into gated, guarded factories. The workers must live in dormitories on factory grounds. Contact with family ranges from phone calls or in-person visits, to weekends at home under police surveillance.In October, Chinese authorities acknowledged the existence of what they called vocational training centres. State media published an interview with Shohret Zahir, the governor of Xinjiang, saying that “some trainees” were nearly done with their “courses.”“We will try to achieve a seamless connection between school teaching and social employment, so that after finishing their courses, the trainees will be able to find jobs and earn a well-off life,” Zahir said.The forced labour program goes along with a massive government initiative to develop Xinjiang’s economy by constructing enormous factory parks. Another internment camp the AP visited was inside a factory compound called Kunshan Industrial Park, opened under the national anti-poverty push. A local propaganda official, Chen Fang, said workers inside made food and clothes.A hospital, a police station, smokestacks, dormitories and a building with a sign that read “House of Workers” could be seen from outside the surrounding barbed wire fencing. Another section resembled a prison, with guard towers and high walls. The AP did not track any exports from Kunshan to the U.S.Many of those with relatives in such camps said their loved ones were well-educated with high-paying jobs before their arrest, and did not need a poverty alleviation program. Nurbakyt Kaliaskar, a sheepherder’s wife in Kazakhstan, said her daughter, Rezila Nulale, 25, was a college graduate with a well-paid advertising job in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, where she lived a typical urban lifestyle with a computer, a washing machine and an apartment in the city centre.Then last August, after returning from a visit to her family across the border in Kazakhstan, Nulale vanished. She didn’t answer phone calls and stopped showing up to work.Four months later a stranger contacted Kaliaskar online and confirmed her fear: her daughter had been detained for “political training.” The next spring, she said she fainted when two cases of her daughter’s clothes were delivered to her home in Kazakhstan.Last month, Kaliaskar got word via a friend who knows the family that Nulale was working in a factory next to the camp where she had been detained. The friend had heard from Kaliaskar’s brother, who had visited Nulale, bringing medicine for an injured hand.Kaliaskar learned her daughter wasn’t being paid and had to meet a daily quota of three articles of clothing. She couldn’t leave. Her uncle thought she looked pale and thin.“They say they’re teaching her to weave clothes. But the thing is, she’s well educated and had a job,” said Kaliaskar. “What’s the point of this training?”A former detainee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect himself and his family members, said other detainees from his camp also had been forced into jobs at factories far away. They were taken to a government office and handed labour contracts for six months to five years in a distant factory, which they were required to sign.If they ran from the factories, they were warned, they’d be taken straight back to the camps for “further education.”Farmers, herders and manual labourers with little Mandarin and no higher education say they appreciated Beijing’s past initiatives to help the poor, including subsidized housing and the installation of electricity and running water. But the camps, the forced education, and the factories, they say, go too far.“I never asked the government to find work for my husband,” said Mainur Medetbek, whose husband did odd repair jobs before vanishing into a camp in February during a visit to China from their home in Kazakhstan.She has been able to glean a sense of his conditions from monitored exchanges with relatives and from the husband of a woman who is in the same camp. He works in an apparel factory and is allowed to leave and spend the night with relatives every other Saturday. Though she’s not certain how much her husband makes, the woman in his camp earns 600 yuan (about $87) a month, less than half the local minimum wage and far less than what Medetbek’s husband used to earn.Since her husband was detained, Medetbek and her children have had no reliable source of income and sometimes go hungry. The ordeal has driven her to occasionally contemplate suicide.“They say it’s a factory, but it’s an excuse for detention. They don’t have freedom, there’s no time for him to talk with me,” she said. “They say they found a job for him. I think it’s a concentration camp.”___Martha Mendoza reported from Santa Cruz, California.Dake Kang, Martha Mendoza And Yanan Wang, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Search and rescue teams continuing search for missing person near Kinuseo Falls

first_imgAnyone with information is asked to contact the Tumbler Ridge RCMP at 250 242-5252.TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – Search and Rescue crews are continuing the search for a man who went missing near Kinuseo Falls on Saturday night.The Tumbler Ridge Search and Rescue is being supported by the North Peace Search and Rescue and the South Peace Search and Rescue in their search for the man, who was camping on an island at the bottom of the falls in Monkman Provincial Park when they were last seen.Search and Rescue crews are asking boaters to stay off the Murray River unless they have signed up with Search and Rescue crews to assist with the search. A post on Facebook by the Tumbler Ridge Search and Rescue organization says a swift water response team is in place.According to a post on Facebook, the missing person, who can be seen standing below the falls in a photograph while fishing, was wearing the same clothing when they disappeared. UPDATE: North District RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Madonna Saunderson said in a release that the search is continuing today with multiple trained personnel on site, including four jet boats that are searching the Murray River, the RCMP helicopter and Police Dog Services.A 29-year-old man from Dawson Creek was camping with friends near Kinuseo Falls when it is believed he may have gone into the river. The RCMP were notified about the missing camper at around 6:30 on Sunday morning.Search and Rescue was immediately called to the scene, including a swift water trained team. Personal belongings believed to be the missing Dawson man’s have been found, however, the man has not been located. Posts on social media suggest the person standing is the one missing.Anyone wishing to help can check in at the incident command post which is located at the nine-kilometre marker of the Murray Forest Service Road, or by calling Sarah at (250) 242-7733. The RCMP are expected to provide more information about the search for the missing person later this morning.last_img read more

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City holding public meeting to review 2017 Annual Report with residents Monday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is inviting residents to ask questions and give feedback during a public meeting next Monday when the City’s 2017 Annual Report will be released.The 75-page document highlights the City’s accomplishments and whether goals were met in 2017 as well as its goals for this year. The report also includes the City’s 2017 audited financial statements and a report on permissive property taxes.Copies of the report are available via this link: http://www.fortstjohn.ca/node/27966, or can be picked up at City Hall. The Council Chambers at City Hall will be the venue for the public meeting, which is taking place at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 25th.last_img read more

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World Jet Boat Championships day four results

first_imgXcalibur GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – The fourth-day results of the 2019 World Jet Boat Championships results are in.Local racers from the Peace Country River Rats and their times include;Unnatural Disaster  Gord Humphrey and navigator Jason Palfy No. 357 Unlimited Race Times: 02:11:22Currently ranked 4th position in the divisioncenter_img  Stacy Kelm and navigator Ty Wheat No. 195 CX Race Times: 02:58:20Currently ranked 7th position in the divisionLeroy Trapper Wolsey and navigator Jimmy Jackson No. 151 CX Race Times: 03:13:20Currently ranked 9th position in the divisionDirty Harry Clayton Wolsey and navigator Ryley Tschiedel No. 152 CX Race Times: 03:15:56Currently ranked 10th position in the divisionThe 2019 World Jet Boat Championships started in Whitecourt, travelling along the Peace River, and finish up with the last leg in Taylor on July 20 to the 21, 2019.More information on the 2019 World Jet Boat Championships; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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Ottawa BC to push electrification of gas industry to cut carbon emissions

first_imgB.C. Premier John Horgan joined Trudeau in making the announcement at a BC Hydro training centre in Surrey, saying the two governments are working to make the economy more environmentally sustainable.Environmental groups have criticized Horgan’s NDP government for its backing of the liquefied natural gas industry in B.C., arguing changes to the province’s tax structure and subsidies are helping a sector that increases carbon pollution.The federal and provincial governments have boosted LNG Canada’s plans for a $40-billion project in Kitimat, which is expected to create 10,000 construction jobs and up to 950 permanent positions in the processing terminal on the coast of B.C. SURREY, B.C. – The federal and British Columbia governments want to power the production of the natural gas industry in the province using electricity.As part of an agreement announced today, the two governments and BC Hydro are forming a committee to push projects that increase power transmission.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the agreement is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the natural gas industry, which produces about 18 percent of the carbon pollution in the province.last_img read more

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FIRs against Amrapali Leisure Valley director for duping several investors

first_imgNew Delhi: Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police on Saturday registered multiple FIRs against Amrapali Leisure Valley Pvt Ltd and its Director Anil Kumar Sharma for cheating multiple investors over the last decade by promising them flats and villas and misappropriating the booking amounts while not delivering the projects.According to one complainant, the accused approached him with a villa project to be constructed in Greater Noida. The accused was selling a villa with parking space to the complainant for a price of Rs 60.5 lakh at a booking amount of Rs 4 lakh. The complainant subsequently transferred the booking amount and signed an allotment/buyer agreement in August 2010. He was promised to get the delivery of the property within 18 months of receiving the booking amount. The complainant eventually had to take a loan of nearly Rs 36 lakh in order to pay the remaining amount for the villa, for which he is still paying interest. According to the complainant, the developer failed to even finish construction of the project. And in addition to this, the developer also charged close to Rs 1 lakh under the pretext of having to pay Noida Authority. In another FIR against the aforementioned accused, the complainant alleged that the developer duped investors by assuring them that they had necessary permissions from concerned authorities for the construction. And based on that, several advertisements were taken out in newspapers, inviting members of the public to invest. Complainants in both FIRs said that company employees and Director Sharma were coy about arranging meetings at the site office after receiving the necessary booking amounts. Even when the complainant from the second FIR went to the Delhi Government Mediation Centre, the accused kept avoiding them. In addition to this, she also alleged that the accused developer has not yet paid outstanding arrears to concerned authorities in as many as three other construction projects in the Greater Noida area. The complainant from the first FIR also alleged that after being handed an unfinished villa, he was further asked to pay Rs 8 lakh to a third party developer for the completion of his property. Both complainants have alleged that the accused have continuously duped multiple investors in such projects and misappropriated crores in the name of collecting booking amounts and paying relevant authorities. A case has been registered u/s 406/420/120B of the IPC against the accused and his accomplices at EOW.last_img read more

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