10 months ago​Sarri reiterates opinion of Chelsea as non-contenders

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Sarri reiterates opinion of Chelsea as non-contendersby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMaurizio Sarri has reiterated his opinion that Chelsea are not title contenders.While Sarri has done a decent job since replacing Antonio Conte in the summer, his team are in 4th place and 11 points off the league leaders Liverpool.He believes that is too big a gap to make up in half a season, especially as Chelsea have struggled for consistency in recent months.”No,” he said when a reporter asked if they were title contenders in his press conference. “You know very well my opinion. “From the beginning of the season there are two teams above, then there is a little gap. “City will be able to recover the gap, the title is fighting between City and Liverpool.” last_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan striker Keita Balde upset for Koulibaly

first_imgInter Milan striker Keita Balde upset for Koulibalyby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan striker Keita Balde paid tribute to Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly after victory over Empoli.Keita was stunned by the racist abuse Koulibaly suffered last week against Inter.He said, “I consider Koulibaly to be my brother: we play for the same National Team, and I tell him the things that I want to say personally on the phone. Such things most certainly should not be happening in our times: football is wonderful and doesn’t need bad moments and insults tainting it. “Football should be enjoyed, it provides hope and brings joy to children. We all have to do better and work together to create a better world.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoWatford open talks with Galatasaray for Ozan Kabak

first_imgWatford open talks with Galatasaray for Ozan Kabakby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford have opened talks with Galatasaray for Ozan Kabak.The young defender has been linked with a move to England for several weeks, though he also has been the subject of enquiries from Inter Milan and Roma.However, Italian sources say Inter agents have learned Watford are now in talks with Gala for the defender.And the Hornets are willing to meet his €7.5m buyout clause to bring him to England.Watford management are in the market for a young centre-half signing as they seek to drive down the average age of their defensive options. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd midfielder Matic admits to frustration under Solskjaer

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Matic admits to frustration under Solskjaerby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic admits he is frustrated with his role under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The 31-year-old made his first start of the season in Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Leicester City.”Of course [it has been frustrating],” Matic said. “I want to play, I always give my best for the team.”The coach is the man who picks the team and when you are on the bench you are not happy, but I am trying to convince him to change his mind and pick me to play.”The season is long. [Against Leicester] as you saw I played, and we won the game.”I am happy so we will see in the future what the coach will decide”I am ready. In the last 10 years I have played in a high level and every game I try to do my best to help the team because I think I am a team player and I can help a lot I think.” last_img read more

22 days agoLiverpool defender Van Dijk: I didn’t see much of Haaland

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender Van Dijk: I didn’t see much of Haalandby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk admits he didn’t see enough of Erling Haaland last night to make an assessment.The striker came off the bench to score in RB Salzburg’s 4-3 Champions League defeat at Anfield.Van Dijk said, “I don’t know how long he participated, maybe thirty minutes, but it was a good goal, a close-up shot. “But I haven’t seen much of him.”The Dutchman added: “We just want to do better and score more goals. The fact that we won in the end is the most important thing.” last_img read more

17 days agoSACKED! AC Milan axe manager Marco Giampaolo

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say SACKED! AC Milan axe manager Marco Giampaoloby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan have sacked manager Marco Giampaolo after only three and a half months in charge because of a poor start to the season.Milan are 13th in Serie A, three points above the relegation zone, after three wins in their first seven games.Giampaolo, 52, succeeded Gennaro Gattuso in June after the former Italy midfielder quit because Milan missed out on Champions League qualification.”The club is grateful to Marco for the work carried out and wishes him all the best to come in his professional career,” said AC Milan in a statement.Milan beat Genoa 2-1 on Saturday after Pepe Reina saved a penalty in injury time, but had three successive defeats before that, against rivals Inter, Torino and Fiorentina.Giampaolo left Sampdoria at the end of last season after guiding them to a ninth-placed finish in Serie A. last_img read more

Coutinho thanks Messi for penalty gesture

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho thanked Lionel Messi for allowing him to take a confidence-boosting penalty as Barcelona hammered Sevilla to reach the Copa del Rey semi-finals.Coutinho has endured a difficult season with Ousmane Dembele seemingly preferred by Ernesto Valverde, but the France winger’s hamstring injury has opened a spot in Barca’s attack.And Coutinho grabbed his chance with both hands in Wednesday’s second leg, scoring twice as Barca heaped more Copa del Rey misery on Sevilla, whom they battered 5-0 in last year’s final. 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? Barca’s 6-1 victory overturned a 2-0 deficit from the first leg when Messi was rested by Valverde, but the captain was in inspirational form at Camp Nou.And when Messi was fouled by Quincy Promes he allowed Coutinho to step up to beat Juan Soriano and get the rout up and running, with former Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez, Sergi Roberto and Messi himself also on target.”The penalty has come naturally,” Coutinho told Barca TV. “Leo’s gesture shows how great it is.”Thanks to Leo, for letting me kick the penalty, that’s good for the confidence of the group.”We knew that to overcome, we had to be involved from the beginning.”Barca join Real Betis and Valencia in the semi-finals, with either Real Madrid or Girona to join them on Thursday.last_img read more

Report: Cardiff 2 Bournemouth 0

first_imgBobby Reid scored a brace on his 26th birthday to help Cardiff City end their four-game winless Premier League streak with a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth as the club paid tribute to missing striker Emiliano Sala.It was Cardiff’s first win of 2019 and one they thoroughly deserved after successfully shackling a Bournemouth side who put four past Chelsea in their previous outing.Reid converted a fifth-minute penalty and was a constant menace to Bournemouth’s defenders, who failed to contain him when he doubled the Bluebirds’ lead just seconds into the second half. 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? The result was not enough to lift Cardiff out of the relegation zone – they are two points behind 17th-placed Burnley – but on an emotional night they pulled together and delivered a result and a performance that the whole club sorely needed. Sala became Cardiff’s record signing last month when he moved from Nantes, but while crossing the English Channel his plane subsequently disappeared.Steve Cook handled a high ball in the penalty area to divert it away from Oumar Niasse after just five minutes and Reid sent the ensuing spot-kick straight down the middle to beat Artur Boruc.Bournemouth grew into the game with Josh King and Andrew Surman pulling the strings and Ryan Fraser curled a shot around the post from 18 yards with Cardiff’s defenders backing away from him.Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge made a superb save to turn Surman’s dipping 20-yard shot onto the crossbar and at the other end Adam Smith defended Josh Murphy’s cross superbly, sweeping the ball away from Callum Paterson when the winger would surely have scored at close range.The second half was just 13 seconds old when Aron Gunnarsson’s long ball forward split the Bournemouth defence and Reid took a touch to guide it past Boruc before tucking it into the empty net.Bournemouth pressed throughout the second half without giving Etheridge any real scares and Eddie Howe’s men certainly missed the creativity of David Brooks as they suffered a second defeat in four games.2 – Bobby Reid is the first player to score a brace on his birthday in the Premier League since Christian Benteke vs Southampton in December 2016. Cake. #CARBOU— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 2, 2019 What does it mean? Cherries picked offBournemouth were hopeful of claiming a third successive league win when they arrived in Cardiff, but the Bluebirds instead moved to within two points of safety.Reid runs the showCardiff had hoped Sala would be the man to turn their season around and Reid rose to the occasion on a night when his absence was on peoples’ minds, scoring twice and providing the hosts with a constant attacking outlet.Cook caught outBournemouth were still very much in the game at the start of the second half, but after Reid cruised past Cook with ease to score Cardiff’s second, the Cherries were left with a mountain to climb.What’s next?Cardiff head to Southampton for a clash that could have a significant bearing on this season’s Premier League relegation battle, while Bournemouth face a daunting trip to Anfield to face league leaders Liverpool. read morelast_img read more

Brian Kelly After Loss To Duke: “Coaching Had Nothing To Do With The Outcome Today”

first_imgBrian Kelly speaking at a press conference.YouTube/WatchNDBrian Kelly and his Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder are under serious fire after the 1-3 start to the Fighting Irish season.However, the head coach is not pinning the program’s loss today on coaching performance. During his post-game press conference, Kelly said that “coaching had nothing to do with the outcome today,” and instead pointed to a lack of “fun, enjoyment, and energy” on the part of the players.Here is Kelly’s full press conference.On the role of coaching, specifically on the defensive side, in the loss to the Blue Devils:“Actually that’s probably the one area that I feel better about today. We did what I wanted today in terms of coaching, and coaching had nothing to do with the outcome today. I was pleased from that perspective.”On multiple occasion, Kelly mentions that no player’s job is safe, and then says that he wants players who bring passion to the field. The only one who did today, he said, was sophomore running back Dexter Williams, who had 24 rushing yards and a score on five carries.“There’s no fun, there’s no enjoyment, there’s no energy. We’ve got to look for the guys that want to have fun and play this game with passion and energy and that’s where we got to go.”It sounds like Notre Dame fans can probably expect changes to be made after this third loss in four games. However, based on Brian Kelly’s presser, they’ll likely be on the depth chart, and not the coaching staff. That is not going to make the fans who’ve been calling for Brian VanGorder’s job since Week 1, starting petitions for him to be fired, and chanting “fire VanGorder” during the end of today’s game.Notre Dame will look to rebound against Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey next Saturday.[CoachingSearch.com]last_img read more

Arsenal’s Hazard! Why Pepe will be an €80m sensation

first_imgOver the years, Lille have sent a string of players to the Premier League but none have commanded a fee close to the €80 million (£72m/$89m) that Arsenal are set to lavish upon the club to secure the services of attacker Nicolas Pepe.The Gunners have, of course, done business with LOSC previously, notably signing Gervinho from the 2010-11 side that won Ligue 1. If the Ivorian proved to be a flop in the Premier League, netting a disappointing nine league goals over the course of 46 appearances, his team-mate in France’s far north, Eden Hazard, proved altogether more successful at Chelsea.Despite the weight of expectation generated by the transfer dogfight over his signature, the massive fee involved and the fact that he is being touted as the ‘new Henry’, Pepe is equipped with all the tools to follow in Hazard’s footsteps by becoming a star in England. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Even without knowing where the player’s future lay when speaking in February, Lille boss Christophe Galtier seemed to hint that Arsenal would be the best option for the Ivory Coast star.“We’ve not talked about it, but I see him going to a club that plays all in red and likes to have their wide players cut inside on their stronger foot,” Galtier said, showing his clairvoyance is every bit as strong as his management.Playing off the right wing, the left-footed Pepe amassed 22 goals and 11 assists in Ligue 1 last season. Put into context, only 11 players managed double figures in both categories in all of Europe’s big five leagues over the course of 2018-19.Meanwhile, only three players, Lionel Messi (49), Kylian Mbappe (40) and Fabio Quagliarella (34) were directly involved in more league goals all season. Looking back to Hazard’s best year in France – the 2011-12 campaign, one year after the title win – he managed 20 goals and 15 assists. The Belgian was just 21 at the time but Pepe only turned 24 on May 29. Just like Hazard, he has considerable room for improvement and a move to England should help him realise his potential.Nicolas Pepe Lille GFX* Season 2018-19 (league only) Indeed, Oscar Damiani, an agent who specialises in French football, has not been shy about talking up his client.“He can reach the highest level,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport when it seemed likely Pepe was bound for Napoli. “He’s a great striker, technical and fast.“He is great on the counterattack and is able to accelerate for long distances. He plays wide but goes straight at goal, scoring lots of goals and getting a lot of assists. But he plays a little alone, and tactically is a bit rough.” Former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho can be counted among Pepe’s fans, while Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel implied an interest in the winger when he said earlier this season that he could “play for them tomorrow”, such is his quality.Another man who has had a long and illustrious career at the highest level, club-mate Jose Fonte, a veteran of over 150 Premier League matches with Southampton and West Ham, and a European Championship winner with Portugal, has said that Pepe can mingle with the very best.“He could play for a Real Madrid, a Barcelona – any team,” the centre-back told RMC in October.“But he has to continue to want to learn, to have his feet on the ground, continue to work and progress every day. That’s the only way he can reach and maintain a high standard of play. But it’s clear he’s got the talent.”This was evident throughout last season as he led Lille to an unexpected runners-up finish in Ligue 1, charging up the table after a relegation scrap a year earlier.There was no let-up in his quality and, encouragingly for Arsenal given they have just seen Alexandre Lacazette limp out of a pre-season match with Lyon, there has been no suggestion that he has any physical weaknesses.Nicolas Pepe GFXAnother asset that will help him adapt when he finally moves to England is his strong mentality.Whereas Gervinho showed weakness in that regard, there is no suggestion that Pepe will wilt under pressure. Having gone through difficult periods in his career before, he appreciates both the need to work and that he is not yet the finished product.“In terms of efficiency, I’m in the middle of a very big step, at a very good level. But I think I can do even better,” he explained last September to L’Equipe .Certainly, there were still some doubts swirling over his capability back then.He had a mixed first season in Lille, struggling initially under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa, who used him fruitlessly as a centre-forward, then excelling under Galtier. The coach had a major influence in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang blossoming in front of goal at Saint-Etienne and worked similar magic on Pepe.A rigorous manager, Galtier has also sought to develop the player’s defensive work-rate and positional sense, aspects that still need refining as Pepe readies himself to make the short jump across The Channel, having made his first steps in the professional game at Angers.Year on year, he has improved each aspect of his game but this will be his biggest test to date.Pepe, though, is well prepared for the challenge and Arsenal fans are rightly excited about the prospect of him lining up at the Emirates for the foreseeable future.last_img read more

The Official Walmart Twitter Account Just Savagely Trolled Tennessee

first_imgFans pack the stands to support their teams as the Mississippi Rebels face the Tennessee Volunteers.KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 01: Fans pack the stands to support their teams as the Mississippi Rebels face the Tennessee Volunteers on October 1, 2005 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)There was a time brands used social media to call attention to their products and upcoming deals. We no longer live in that time.In 2018, brands such as Wendy’s have turned to insulting would-be consumers, albeit satirically. That’s exactly what Walmart did earlier today when it called out the Tennessee Volunteers.How’d we get here? Well it all started by a Volunteers fan tweeting about new Florida head coach Dan Mullen’s shoes. Houston Kress, of Fox Sports Knoxville, took a shot at rival Florida by saying that only the school’s colors could make an iconic shoe look like it came from a bin at Walmart.Here’s that tweet.Only Florida’s colors and logo could make an iconic shoe look like it came from a bin at WalMart. https://t.co/vTyrl6XNpd— Houston Kress (@VolRumorMill) July 17, 2018The official Walmart Twitter account decided to clap back in epic fashion. Someone running the Walmart account decided Volunteers fans needed to be reminded of last year’s epic loss to Florida in the final seconds.Speaking of pulling things out of a bin: https://t.co/yulLwf418j— Walmart (@Walmart) July 17, 2018We truly live in a beautiful and terrifying time.last_img read more

A Legendary College Football QB Reveals He Wanted To Play For A Different School

first_imgA general view of BYU's football stadium.PROVO, UT – NOVEMBER 12: General view of LaVell Edwards Stadium during the game between the Southern Utah Thunderbirds and the Brigham Young Cougars on November 12, 2016 in Provo Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Jim McMahon is one of the best college football quarterbacks in the modern era. The former BYU star led several dominant Cougars’ teams, setting a number of passing records.The Utah native went on to have a lengthy NFL career. He was taken No. 5 overall in the 1982 NFL Draft and played in the league until 1996.McMahon, though, recently revealed that he wanted to play for a different college.“I only went there because my dad wouldn’t let me go to UNLV,” McMahon said.“They offered me a house, car, money, easy job at the casino… I would have been Steve Wynn if I went to Vegas, either that or dead from doing the strippers”To say that @JimMcMahon’s BYU experience was a bit different than his teammates in Provo would be an understatement @RedditCFB ? pic.twitter.com/h2yMuqjG4m— Thuzio (@Thuzio) August 29, 2018Things seemed to work out for him decently at BYU. He was a two-time All-American and a two-time Holiday Bowl MVP.McMahon went on to win two Super Bowls and make the 1986 Pro Bowl in the NFL.last_img read more

New Bowl Projection For Virginia Tech After Win Over Marshall

first_imgVirginia Tech coach Justin Fuente in the huddle with his players.GREENVILLE, NC – SEPTEMBER 16: Head coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies Justin Fuente instructs his team in the second half against the East Carolina Pirates at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Greenville, North Carolina. Virginia Tech defeated East Carolina 64-17. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)The Virginia Tech Hokies are up big on Marshall in the fourth quarter. With a win, the Hokies will go to 6-6, and likely keep their record bowl streak alive. Let’s take a look at the latest regarding where Virginia Tech football could land.Virginia Tech is in the middle of a very down season by the program’s standards. The Hokies entered the year with significant injury issues on the defensive side of the ball, and lost its starting quarterback Josh Jackson four games into the season.Throw in an early season bout with ECU that was cancelled due to a storm, and Virginia Tech really ran the risk of missing a bowl for the first time since 1992. With Florida State going 5-7 this year, thanks in part to a season-opening loss to the Hokies, Virginia Tech now has the undisputed longest active streak in the country at 26 years.With this win over Marshall, in a late-scheduled game to make up for the ECU rain out, the Hokies will push it to 27.If Virginia Tech football finishes off this win, the 6-6 Hokies will head to a middling bowl game.Earlier this week, ESPN released a new set of bowl projections. Penciling in a Va Tech win, Mitch Sherman projected them to go to the Birmingham Bowl and facing Memphis. Head coach Justin Fuente came over from the Tigers a few years ago, and Memphis is a fun team, so there would be some interesting storylines here.The Tigers play later today in the AAC Championship against the McKenzie Milton-less UCF Knights, a team that they’ve played tough in recent years, and with a ton of other 6-6 and 7-5 ACC programs, plenty can change there.Virginia Tech will be the last team in the country to clinch bowl eligibility, and will bump a Group of Five program out of a slot. The ACC now has 11 bowl eligible programs in the conference.This wasn’t a banner year for Fuente’s Hokies, but with all of the injuries, you can point to where things got off track. He’ll need the team to bounce back next year, or there might start to be some pressure in Blacksburg.The Birmingham Bowl is played at Legion Field on December 22. The game will be broadcast at noon ET on ESPN.[ESPN]last_img read more

Rohit Sharma trolled with Mumbai Indians quota jibe, Krunal Pandya responds in style

first_img India Today Web Desk AucklandFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 14:16 IST Krunal Pandya had the perfect answer to troll questioning his position in the Indian cricket team (@ICC Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndai went in with an unchanged side for the 2nd T20I against New ZealandRohit Sharma was trolled for his Mumbai Indians teammate Krunal PandyaKrunal produced outstanding figures of 3 wickets for 28 runs from 4 oversBrief Score – New Zealand 158/8 (20 overs) against India. De Grandhomme (50), Taylor (42), Krunal (3/28), Khaleel (2/27) (SCORECARD)India decided to field an unchanged side for the second T20I against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday. Team India’s stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma came under some criticism for picking Krunal Pandya, with many alleging some sort of Mumbai Indians bias in team selection.The decision to name the same playing XI that suffered India’s worst ever loss in T20Is, in terms of runs, in the first game of the three-match series in Wellington.”I know we lost the last game, but chasing has been our strength. We have spoken about what we need to do with bat and ball. Hopefully we can get a win today. We just need to do the right things and do them consistently. We discussed what went wrong in the last game. Hopefully we won’t repeat them,” Rohit said at the toss, which New Zealand won and decided to bat first.”We are playing the same team. I know there will be a lot of talk about Krunal and Kuldeep. Kuldeep has been brilliant for us. It’s just that we want to see other guys as well, especially in overseas conditions. Having one bad game doesn’t say anything. We need to give them more games to understand what they have in them,” he added.Many on social media criticised Rohit’s move, arguing that Kuldeep Yadav would have been a more ‘sensible’ choice. for the record, the Pandya brothers – Krunal and Hardik – along with Rohit Sharma, represent the Mumbai Indians in India’s playing XI for the match.advertisementNeeded Kuldeep inplace of krunal but Rohit want to make Indian team into Mumbai indiansNazia… (@itsNaziaZone_) February 6, 2019Rohit Loves Krunal … A bit of Mumbai indians Touch !Mehran MANI (@ManiMehran14) February 8, 2019As the game started, Krunal was handed the ball in the last over of the powerplay (6th) of the New Zealand innings. Krunal struck gold in his very first over as he dismissed Colin Munro, with just his second ball, and Daryl Mitchell, on the last ball.Krunal struck again in his second over of the match, removing the Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson, to prove his critics wrong. He finished the innings with impressive figures of 3 wickets for 28 runs as New Zealand managed 158/8 in their 20 overs.Also Read | Rohit Sharma overtakes Martin Guptill to become highest run-scorer in T20IsAlso Read | Controversy rocks India’s T20I vs New Zealand in Krunal Pandya’s 1st overFor 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 Rohit SharmaFollow trolledFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow MIFollow Krunal PandyaFollow India vs New ZealandFollow 2nd T20I Rohit Sharma trolled with Mumbai Indians quota jibe, Krunal Pandya responds in styleKrunal Pandya hit back at trolls with with figures of 3 wickets for 28 runs off his fours overs after many called Mumbai Indians bias helped in his selection against New Zealand in the second T20I.advertisementlast_img read more

Ricky Ponting backs Usman Khawaja to make Australia’s World Cup squad

first_img Reuters New DelhiMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 11:55 IST Usman Khawaja was the man-of-the-series in Australia’s 3-2 ODI win over India (AP Photo)In-form batsman Usman Khawaja should be part of Australia’s World Cup plans despite the imminent returns of Steve Smith and David Warner, former captain Ricky Ponting has said.Khawaja struck 383 runs, including two centuries, in Australia’s 3-2 series win over India earlier this month and Ponting is of the view that the left-hander opener had earned his place at the World Cup.”I think we all saw over the last few weeks just how skilful a player Usman Khawaja is… and I think when you see him play like that it just makes you wonder why he doesn’t do it a bit more regularly,” Ponting told reporters on Tuesday.”I would be surprised if Khawaja wasn’t in the (World Cup) squad. Khawaja could probably slot down at three when Warner comes in and Steve Smith might bat at four or five or something just to shore up those middle overs.”Smith and Warner were suspended for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year and are set to be reintegrated into the team ahead of the May 30-July 14 World Cup in England and Wales.Ponting, who led Australia to World Cup glory in 2003 and 2007, said current skipper Aaron Finch would continue to lead the side at this year’s tournament but former captain Smith could still be counted for advice.”(Smith) is still out on the field, so he can help Aaron Finch out,” Ponting added. “I’d imagine that Aaron Finch would be leaning on Steve Smith a lot for a bit of advice, maybe leading into the games, as far as preparation is concerned.”advertisementAlso Read | Australia’s Adam Zampa still not counting on World Cup spotFor 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 Ricky PontingFollow Usman KhawajaFollow Australia squadFollow 2019 ICC World Cup Ricky Ponting backs Usman Khawaja to make Australia’s World Cup squadRicky Ponting feels Usman Khawaja, who scored two ODI centuries in the recently concluded series against India, should be in Australia’s squad for the 2019 ICC World Cupadvertisementlast_img read more

Australian Cameron Bancroft named captain of Durham

first_img Reuters LondonMarch 22, 2019UPDATED: March 22, 2019 10:25 IST Cameron Bancroft replaced the retired Paul Collingwood as the captain of Durham (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCameron Bancroft made his return to cricket after serving out his banHe was banned for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandalBancroft will be leading Durham in English county cricketEnglish county Durham have named Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft, who served a nine-month ban last year for his role in a ball-tampering scandal, as their captain for this season.Bancroft returned to action in December after his suspension for his part in the Australian team’s plan to change the condition of the ball during a test match in South Africa last year.Australia captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner were both handed one-year bans for their roles in the incident.Bancroft replaced as Durham captain former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood who retired at the end of last season.”He’s proven since returning to first-class cricket over the last few months that he has the mental toughness, skill and attitude to excel at the highest level and I’m sure he will relish the challenge we have at Durham this season,” Durham’s Lead High Performance Coach James Franklin told the club’s website on Thursday.”We’re delighted to have Cameron with us for the season and we’re confident he has the attributes to lead this exciting young Durham dressing-room.”The 26-year-old returned to action in the Big Bash League and has played four-day cricket for Western Australia.Bancroft was caught on camera trying to tamper with the ball using sandpaper during Australia’s test against South Africa in Cape Town last March. He admitted he lied in a subsequent news conference, saying he used sticky tape covered in dirt to change the ball’s condition.Smith later admitted the plan to use sandpaper had been hatched by the team’s leadership group and in a later interview Bancroft, a relative newcomer to the side, said he had carried out the instruction to “fit in”.advertisementBancroft, who has eight test caps, could be named in Australia’s squad for the Ashes series in England this year.Also Read | New Zealand sports minister hopes Bangladesh will return to playFor 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 AustraliaFollow Cameron BancroftFollow CaptainFollow DurhamFollow EnglandFollow countyFollow Ball tampering scandal Australian Cameron Bancroft named captain of DurhamCameron Bancroft, who made his return to cricket after serving out his ban for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal, will be leading Durham in English county cricket.advertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma rested vs KXIP, Kieron Pollard to lead Mumbai Indians

first_img scorecard IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma rested vs KXIP, Kieron Pollard to lead Mumbai IndiansIPL 2019: Kieron Pollard was tasked with leading Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab after Rohit Sharma was rested following an injury scare. Siddhesh Lad replaced Rohit in the playing XI at the Wankhede. graphs commentary No data available!center_img view more view less advertisement Rajarshi Gupta MumbaiApril 10, 2019UPDATED: April 10, 2019 20:13 IST IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians decided to rest Rohit Sharma as a precautionary measure after an injury scare. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMumbai Indians decided to rest Rohit Sharma as a precautionary measure after an injury scareKieron Pollard was named stand-in captain vs KXIP at the Wankhede on WednesdaySiddhesh Lad, who has been with MI since 2015, replaced Rohit Sharma in the playing XIMumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma was rested as a precautionary measure against Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday. Kieron Pollard led MI against Kings XI Punjab after Rohit Sharma was ruled out with a right leg muscle spasm.Rohit Sharma has played 178 matches in the Indian Premier League and has scored 4611 runs including 1 hundred and 34 fifties.However, in the 2019 Indian Premier League, Rohit has only managed to score 118 runs from 5 matches and is yet to hit a fifty.On Tuesday, Rohit Sharma gave Mumbai Indians and India a major injury scare when he limped out of MI’s practice session. Rohit is key for MI in the IPL and he is expected to play a big role for India in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.Kieron Pollard had captained Mumbai Indians in 3 games in 2014, but in the Champions League, when Rohit Sharma, sustained a fractured middle finger!#IPL2019#MIvKXIPMohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 10, 2019There had been a slight injury scare around Jasprit Bumrah earlier in the season but he was declared fit soon after.On the eve of Mumbai Indians’ match against Kings XI Punjab, Rohit Sharma appeared to pull his muscle and lay on the ground and looked in pain. However, he walked up the steps after receiving immediate medical attention.Kieron Pollard said Rohit Sharma was rested against KXIP only as a precautionary measure. After tonight’s clash, Mumbai Indians will host Rajasthan Royals on April 13 and Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 15 before travelling to Delhi for their match against Delhi Capitals on April 18.advertisementSiddhesh Lad is all set to make his debut for the @mipaltan #MIvKXIP pic.twitter.com/tPw5eQN3svIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 10, 2019Rohit Sharma was replaced by Siddhesh Lad who has been with Mumbai Indians since 2015 but had never got a game before. The 26-year-old Siddhesh Lad has scored heavily in first-class cricket. From 49 matches, Lad has scored 3592 runs including 8 hundreds.Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Siddhesh Lad, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard (captain), Rahul Chahar, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit BumrahKings XI Punjab: Chris Gayle, K.L. Rahul (wicketkeeper), Karun Nair, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Sam Curran, Hardus Viljoen, Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed ShamiAlso Read | IPL 2019: MI likely to rest injured Rohit Sharma for KXIP match at WankhedeAlso Read | Started to doubt myself after Koffee with Karan row, I was hated nationally: KL RahulFor 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 bykarishma Tags :Follow Mumbai IndiansFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow IPL 2019Follow Kieron PollardFollow Rohit Sharmalast_img read more

Champions League quarters: United boss Solskjaer hoping for PSG repeat against Barcelona

first_imgChampions League quarters: United boss Solskjaer hoping for PSG repeat against BarcelonaManchester United suffered a 1-0 defeat to Barcelona in the quarter-final first leg of Champions League 2018-19 at home on Wednesday.advertisement Reuters ManchesterApril 11, 2019UPDATED: April 11, 2019 08:50 IST Champions League: Manchester United face a tough test in the quarter-final second leg in Barcelona next week (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLuke Shaw’s own goal gave Barcelona a 1-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford on WednesdayManchester United lost the home match of their R16 tie to PSG before turning the tie around in Paris last monthBarcelona though are unbeaten in their last 30 Champions League home games going back to 2013Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows all about improbable Champions League comebacks and hopes his side can serve up a repeat of last month’s victory against Paris St Germain at Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium next week.United, who were beaten 1-0 by Barca at Old Trafford in the quarter-final first leg on Wednesday, lost the home match of the previous round to PSG 2-0 before turning the tie around in the French capital.That result gives the Norwegian manager the belief that his team are capable of progressing to the semi-finals, despite the fact that Barca are unbeaten in their last 30 Champions League home games going back to 2013.”The PSG performance gives us hope and belief we can do it, but we are playing against the favourites,” said Solskjaer, who famously netted United’s stoppage-time winner in the 1999 final against Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp, one of the competition’s most famous comebacks.”It will be a bigger achievement winning that one because with the history of Barcelona, they are not used to losing at home but we can do it. No doubt about it,” he said.Although neither Marcus Rashford nor Romelu Lukaku were able to trouble Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen on Wednesday, Solskjaer believes the United forwards can get opportunities in Spain.”We are a goal threat, be it Rom or Rash or whoever is playing up there we have to create chances for them.”We have to take our chances. You have to be very efficient over there. We know we are not going to create loads of chances. We have to take the ones we get.advertisement”We have to soak up the pressure, accept they will want to kill the tie and want to put the sword into us. We have to soak that pressure and break and keep the ball at times better than we did,” he said.”Away from home we beat Juventus, we beat PSG, we have to go to Barcelona and win that one. We know that we have possibilities in this tie. Now is not the time to think about our home performances. Now we’ve got to look forward to the future.”Also Read | Champions League: 2-0 win over Porto very good result, says Liverpool boss KloppAlso Read | Champions League quarters: Guardiola upbeat despite Man City setback at TottenhamAlso 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 Manchester UnitedFollow BarcelonaFollow Ole Gunnar SolskjaerFollow PSGFollow Champions League Nextlast_img read more

My nephews love the way I celebrate wickets: Rashid Khan tells Imran Tahir

first_imgMy nephews love the way I celebrate wickets: Rashid Khan tells Imran TahirRashid Khan and Imran Tahir got together for a candid chat after the game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday. All batsmen are considered right handed 0 Match Ended fine Leg Hyderabad HYD Point Series Status: Player Of The Match: David Warner 4 not out 138.63 0 Mid off (20.0) (16.5) 50 (25) Chennai All batsmen are considered right handed Ravindra Jadeja R. Jadeja Mid off Hyderabad batting HYD batting Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 20:00 (Local Time) fine Leg Point vs Top Batsmen Top Batsmen 5.5 63.63 covers 33 fine Leg 2.5 Mid Wicket Imran Tahir (CHE) I. Tahir (CHE) Mid Wicket (16.5) fine Leg Square Leg Square Leg 10 Imran Tahir I. Tahir – 11.64 131/4 ( D. Hooda 16.4 Overs) , 10.33 All batsmen are considered right handed third Man 0 Rohan Sen HyderabadApril 18, 2019UPDATED: April 18, 2019 12:32 IST Rashid Khan and Imran Tahir both picked 2 wickets each in the SRH vs CSK match on Wednesday (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRashid Khan and Imran Tahir spoke about each other’s wicket celebrationsTahir is the second highest wicket-taker in IPL 2019 with 15 scalps in 9 games so farSunrisers Hyderabad (137/4) beat Chennai Super Kings (132/5) by 6 wicketsImran Tahir’s wicket celebrations would put any 40-year-old to shame with the way he runs around the ground, fistpumping in joy. Tahir is the oldest player in the ongoing Indian Premier League and is also the second highest wicket taker so far this season.The South African leg-spinner has spoken at length about his celebrations time and again this season and got talking about it once again with Afghanistan superstar Rashid Khan on Wednesday.Rashid Khan starred with the ball for Sunrisers Hyderabad as they defeated Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium. Rashid picked two wickets in the match while Tahir also struck twice for the Super Kings but they failed to defend 132 on a good batting surface in Hyderabad.SRH eased to victory with 19 balls to spare as Jonny Bairstow (61 not out) and David Warner (50) once again lay a strong platform for SRH in their run chase with a 66-run opening stand.But it was Rashid who scripted the win for the Sunrisers with the wickets of Suresh Raina and Kedar Jadhav in the 14th over which put the brakes on Chennai’s scoring and they ended up with a below-par total.How is that for a frame guys? Two leggies, best buddies all smiles post game in Hyderabad #IPLSelfie #VIVOIPL #SRHvCSK #SpiritOfCricket @ChennaiIPL @SunRisers pic.twitter.com/55aiaFAjGPIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 17, 2019After the match, Rashid and Tahir got together for a candid chat where the duo asked each other about their wicket celebrations.Tahir asked Rashid about his trademark celebration which was missing from Wednesday night’s match to which the Afghan leggie said that he didn’t get the chance as both his wickets were reviewed by the batsmen.advertisement”I celebrate like that all the time but mostly I observe the wicket and how I have got the batsman out. If I get a batsman bowled or caught-behind then I celebrate like my usual self. I didn’t get the chance today as both batsmen got out leg-before and took the review. My nephews tell me that they love the way I celebrate my wickets,” Rashid told Imran Tahir on iplt20.com”I’m really happy to hear that. I hope you keep celebrating your wickets like that but don’t do that against Chennai,” Tahir replied jokingly.Leggies born across generations, @ImranTahirSA and @rashidkhan_19 talk about each other’s celebrations after the @SunRisers win; a reunion in Chennai!Watch on as Rashid divulges an insider secret! Interview by @28anand. #SRHvCSKFull video – https://t.co/Fm7c0s5dHQ pic.twitter.com/LFDN5s9yvoIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 18, 2019Rashid then asked Tahir the secret behind his celebration to which the South African said even his wife doesn’t know why he celebrates like that.”I want to thank the almighty for making me capable enough so that I can play in such a big league like this. And playing with a brother like you (Rashid). When you perform against such world class players you feel really happy. I express my happiness with my celebrations. Even my wife and family members don’t have a clue why I celebrate my wickets like that,” Tahir said.Rashid then went on to reveal that his Afghanistan teammate Wafadar Momand told him not to get out to Tahir in the IPL.”Wafadar told me, ‘I will pray to god that you don’t get dismissed by Imran Tahir because he will get you out first and then make you run till your home’,” Rashid joked.Also Read | MS Dhoni shares a laugh with David Warner after SRH finally beat CSKAlso Read | SRH defeat a wake-up call for Chennai Super Kings: Suresh RainaAlso Read | A sweet moment in Hyderabad brings a smile on David Warner’s faceAlso Read | MS Dhoni out with back spasm, not captaining CSK for the 1st time since 2010For 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rashid KhanFollow Imran TahirFollow IPL 2019Follow SRH vs CSK nb c Sam Billings b Imran Tahir 137/4 advertisement 0 All batsmen are considered right handed c Faf du Plessis b Deepak Chahar Rashid Khan (HYD) R. Khan (HYD) Mid on Mid Wicket 2 0 Sandeep Sharma S. Sharma Point Square Leg Mid on Deepak Chahar D. Chahar 44 105/3 ( V. Shankar 12.2 Overs) , R fine Leg 137/4 0 Top Bowlers Top Bowlers Scorecard 0 Mid on Mid off wd 50 Kane Williamson (c) K. Williamson (c) c & b Imran Tahir 0 0 Match Ended 0 6s 0 2/17 (4) commentary No data available! Square Leg All batsmen are considered right handed Deepak Hooda D. Hooda c Faf du Plessis b Karn Sharma B 7 Referee: Prakash Bhatt (IND) Umpires: Ulhas Gandhe (IND), Ian Gould (ENG) and Chettithody Shamshuddin (IND) Mid Wicket 81.25 71/2 ( K. Williamson 7 Overs) , Mid on Shardul Thakur S. Thakur center_img 2/20 (4) covers 5 third Man 0 Point 60 Chennai CHE S/R covers Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 33 Chennai Bowling CHE Bowling 31 10.33 Square Leg 0 0 1 Indian Premier League, 2019 third Man 22 Chennai CHE Yusuf Pathan Y. Pathan not out 0 31 w Karn Sharma K. Sharma Jonny Bairstow (HYD) J. Bairstow (HYD) Mid off 132/5 0 covers graphs Jonny Bairstow (wk) J. Bairstow (wk) not out Rashid Khan R. Khan Point 0 0 Extras: 3 runs (B: 0, LB: 0, WD: 3, NB: 0, P: 0) third Man (16.5) 0 66/1 ( D. Warner 5.4 Overs) , Hyderabad HYD Mid Wicket 3 Mid off o 11 r 3 3 16 David Warner (HYD) D. Warner (HYD) 61 covers 5 c Faf du Plessis b Karn Sharma Bhuvneshwar Kumar B. Kumar 0 0 25 132/5 Hyderabad beat Chennai by 6 wickets 1 Mid on 0 3 0 e/r third Man 13 3 3 4 Khaleel Ahmed K. Ahmed 61 (44) Fall of Wickets Hyderabad 0 view full scorecard Super Over 200 Toss: CHE elected to bat (20.0) m 137/4 0 c & b Imran Tahir 20 1 4s Vijay Shankar V. Shankar c Sam Billings b Imran Tahir not out 0 view more view less David Warner D. Warner c Faf du Plessis b Deepak Chahar Shahbaz Nadeem S. Nadeem last_img read more

Asian Athletics Championships 2019: Dutee breaks record, Hima Das injured in heats

first_img India Today Web Desk DohApril 21, 2019UPDATED: April 21, 2019 17:10 IST Dutee broke her own national record to qualify for the women’s 100m semi-finals of the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships. (AP photo)HIGHLIGHTSDutee Chand set a new national record with 11.28sHima Das suffered an injury in her 400m heatsHima had won a 400m gold at the World U20 Championships last yearDutee Chand proved worthy of medal expectations as she broke her own national record to qualify for the women’s 100m semi-finals on the first day of the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships at the Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, on Sunday.Dutee timed her personal best of 11.28s in the heats, breaking her national record of 11.29s, to emerge the fastest qualifier in Doha.Dutee was the fastest qualifier as she clocked 11.28s in the heats, breaking her own national record of 11.29s set in Guwahati last year.That’s Dutee Chand after improving her own National Record with a timing of 11.28s this morning in 100m (W) heats at #AAC2019 #DohaAll the best champ for finals!#AsianAthletics @qatarathletics @[email protected] pic.twitter.com/AhwegDyjUdAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) April 21, 2019In 2018, the Indian sprinter had won silver in women’s 100m at the Jakarta Asian Games, gifting her country its first in this event since 1998.Elsewhere, another medal hope for India, Hima Das, pulled out halfway through women’s 400m semi-finals owing to an injury. However, her counterpart MR Poovamma qualified for the 400m final, finishing second with a time of 52.46.Junior World champion and Asian Games silver medallist Hima Das suffered a back pain to crash out of the tournament.Official statement on @HimaDas8″She had spasm at L4 and L5. The Doctor who attended her said informed us and he said nothing serious. She will be OK within a day or two”- Radhakrishnan Nair, Deputy Chief Coach #India.#AAC2019 #AsianAthleticsPC- @rahuldpawar pic.twitter.com/Lvry9j4KT7advertisementAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) April 21, 2019The 19-year-old came in lighlight in 2018, winning a 400m gold at the World U20 Championships. Hima is currently also the national holder with 50.79s clocked in the 2018 Asian Games.In men’s 400m category, Muhammad Anas finished third in his heat with a time of 46.36s to make it to the semi-finals.In other events, Asian Games silver medallist Jinson Johnson finished second in his heats with a time of 1:53.43s to qualify for the 800m semi-finals while Gomathi Marimuthu clocked 2:04.96 to finish second in her heats and qualify for the 800m finals.In 400m, Arokia Rajiv qualified for the semi-finals, winning his heats with a timing of 46.25s.This Asian Championships is crucial as the gold medallist gets the automatic qualification for the World Championships. This competition is also an ideal platform to accumulate ranking points if an athlete fails to achieve the stiff entry standards prescribed by the international federation.Also read | Sri Lanka serial blasts: Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar condemn ‘act of terror’Also Read | Riyan Parag, the boy who almost became IPL’s youngest half-centurion, loves soft toysAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Hima DasFollow Jinson JohnsonFollow Dutee ChandFollow Asian Athletic Championship Asian Athletics Championships 2019: Dutee breaks record, Hima Das injured in heatsIn a major setback to the Indian team, junior world champion Hima Das pulled up with an injury to crash out of the Asian Athletics Championships.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Shakib Al Hasan quickest to rare double for all-rounders

first_img Rajarshi Gupta LondonJune 3, 2019UPDATED: June 3, 2019 09:30 IST Shakib Al Hasan, the fastest to reach the double of 5000+ runs. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShakib Al Hasan is the fastest to reach the double of 5000+ runs and 250 wickets in ODIsShakib was named man-of-the-match after he scored 75 and took 1 for 50 vs South AfricaBangladesh defeated South Africa by 21 runs in their World Cup 2019 opener on SundayBangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan became the quickest to reach the double of 5000+ runs and 250 wickets in one-day internationals. He played a starring role in a 21-run victory over South Africa in Bangladesh’s opening match of World Cup 2019 on Sunday.Shakib took only 199 matches to reach the double of 5000+ runs and 250 ODI wickets. Abdul Razaaq had held the record previously after reaching the mark in 258 ODIs. Shahid Afridi had reached the milestone in 273 matches while Jacques Kallis and Sanath Jayasuriya took 296 and 304 matches respectively.Shakib Al Hasan made 75 off 84 in Bangladesh’s highest ODI total of 330 for 6 before picking 1 for 50 off 10 overs with the ball.Shakib was named man-of-the-match for his efforts.Speaking after the match, Shakib said Bangladesh had the belief and confidence of doing well in the World Cup this year. They had played the Champions Trophy in England in 2017 and conditions in the country were not completely alien to them.”I think this is one of our top wins. We have had a few upsets before in the World Cup, but this time we want to prove and the start can’t get any better. Before arriving here, we had the belief, we needed this start and we need to build on the momentum. I played two years for Worcestershire and I know the conditions here.”We played the 2017 Champions trophy and we had a fair idea about how the wickets behave, knew it would be good for batting,” he said.Bangladesh next take on New Zealand on June 5.advertisementAlso Read | Rest of the world: Sunil Gavaskar trolls England over non-English playersAlso Read | Still not convinced how England can handle home pressure: Vivian RichardsAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow South Africa vs BangladeshFollow shakib al hasan World Cup 2019: Shakib Al Hasan quickest to rare double for all-roundersWorld Cup 2019: Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan reached the double of 5000+ runs and 250 wickets in ODIs in only 199 matches. He achieved the feat with his match-winning performance against South Africa on Sunday.advertisementlast_img read more

Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3XL available at massive discount on Flipkart and Amazon

first_img Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiJune 27, 2019UPDATED: June 28, 2019 08:41 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Google Pixel 3 smartphones are available at a massive discount on Flipkart and Amazon.The 4GB RAM and 64GB variant of Pixel 3 XL is available for Rs 54,499 on Flipkart.The 4GB RAM and 64GB variant of Pixel 3 is available for Rs 52,499 on Flipkart.If you were planning to buy a new Pixel smartphone now would be the time to do so as Google’s premium budget flagship devices – the Google Pixel 3 and the Google Pixel 3 XL – are available at massive discounts on Flipkart and Amazon India.The 4GB RAM and 64GB memory variant of the Google Pixel 3 XL, which was launched at a price of Rs 83,000 in India last year, is available for Rs 54,999 on Flipkart. On the contrary, it is available for just Rs 58,799 (clearly White) on Amazon India’s e-retail platform. The price of the 4GB RAM and 128GB memory variant of the device, which made a debut at a price of Rs 92,000 in India, is down by Rs 26,000 and it is available for Rs 65,999 on Flipkart. Amazon India, however, is offering a greater discount as the 128GB variant of Pixel 3 XL (just Black) is available for Rs 76,990 on the e-retail platform.Just like the Pixel 3 XL, the Pixel 3 is also available at discounted price on the two e-retail platforms. While the 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory variant of Pixel 3, that was launched at a price of Rs 71,000 in India, is available for Rs 52,499 on Flipkart, it (just Black colour variant) costs Rs 56,840 on Amazon India. Similarly, the 4GB RAM and 128GB memory variant of the Pixel 3 that was launched in India for Rs 83,000 is available for Rs 58,999 on Flipkart. It (not Pink colour variant) is available for Rs 58,990 on Amazon India.In addition to this, Flipkart is also offering five per cent instant discount on EMI with ICICI bank credit and debit cards. It is also offering five per cent off on payments made via Axis bank buzz credit cards on the purchase of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones.advertisementWith the Pixel 3 series smartphones available at such lucrative prices, it is difficult to select which smartphone is a better fit for you. So here is a quick summary of the two smartphones for you: the Google Pixel 3 comes with a 5.5-inch full HD+ OLED display while the Pixel 3 XL features a 6.3-inch full HD+ OLED display. Both the smartphones are protected by Gorilla Glass 5 protection and feature HDR support. Both the devices run on Android 9.0 Pie and are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. They sport 4GB RAM and are available in 64GB and 128GB memory variants.In terms of the camera, both the smartphones — Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL — come with a 12.2MP dual pixel rear camera and an 8MP wide-angle and telephoto lenses in the front. The only other point of difference between Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is the battery. While Pixel 3 comes with a 2,915 mAh battery, the Pixel 3 XL comes with 3,430mAh battery. Both the devices come with 18W USB type-C charger with support for 18W fast charging and Qi wireless charging.ALSO READ: | Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL with smart cameras and Android 9 launched in India, available from Nov 1ALSO READ: | Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL get a massive price cut, price now starts at Rs 52,499 in IndiaALSO READ: | Flipkart offers discount on smartphones during Qualcomm Snapdragon Days sale: Top dealsGet 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 byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow GoogleFollow Google pixel 3Follow Google Pixel 3 XLFollow FlipkartFollow Amazon Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3XL available at massive discount on Flipkart and AmazonFlipkart is also offering five per cent instant discount on EMI with ICICI bank credit and debit cards. It is also offering five per cent off on payments made via Axis bank buzz credit cards on the purchase of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones.advertisementlast_img read more

Happy Birthday Sunil Gavaskar: Wishes pour in for batting great on 70th birthday

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 10, 2019UPDATED: July 10, 2019 14:55 IST Sunil Gavaskar (former captain, India cricket team) at the India Today Conclave 2019 in Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi on 1st March 2019. Photograph by Vikram SharmaHIGHLIGHTSBorn on July 10, 1949, Sunil Gavaskar turned 70 on WednesdayGavaskar is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the sportGavaskar became the first cricketer to 10,000 runs in Test cricketBatting great and World Cup-winning former opener Sunil Gavaskar turned 70 on Wednesday. The Little Master, as he was fondly called by his fans, is regarded as one of the finest batsmen the sport has ever had.Sunil Gavaskar made his debut for India against the West Indies in 1971. The Mumbai cricketer showed he belongs to the highest level of the sport as early as his maiden series as he smashed 771 runs in the Test series in West Indies.Gavaskar was India’s batting mainstay during the 1970s and the 1980s. As they famously put, “as long as Gavaskar was there, there was hope”. Gavaskar was known for his immaculate defence. His ability to concentrate over long periods was peerless.Gavaskar’s swag was unmatched as well. Imagine facing the big West Indies fast bowlers of the 1970s without helmets? Well, Gavaskar battled fire with fire as he was among the most successful players agianst top-quality pace bowling during his heyday.More importantly, Gavaskar was a true professional. The way he prepared for cricket matches, let alone international outings rubbed off on his teammates. India’s World Cup-winning former captain, Kapil Dev often sings praises of Gavaskar’s professional approach that changed the outlook of Indian cricket.The batting great from Mumbai was the first batsman in world cricket to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Gavaskar is the only batsman to have scored double hundreds in all four innings of Test matches.Gavaskar represented India in 125 Tests and 108 ODIs before calling it quits in 1987. Gavaskar amassed 10,122 runs in Tests and 3092 runs in ODIs and hit 35 international hundreds.advertisementWishing Batting Legend and former India captain Sunil Gavaskar a very Happy Birthday ???????? #SunilGavaskar pic.twitter.com/whtWm7P40zBCCI (@BCCI) July 10, 2019World Cup winner ??Cricketing legend ????Ambassador of the sport ??Wishing a very happy birthday to our Little Master – #SunilGavaskar ??#CricketMeriJaan pic.twitter.com/0z2lGoKSOLMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) July 10, 2019Happy birthday to the legend #SunilGavaskar Sir. May you have a wonderful year ahead.. pic.twitter.com/QA2skh0xOyShikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) July 10, 2019Happy Birthday #SunilGavaskar , the first Indian superstar cricketer who showed the World how to face the fastest of fast bowling fearlessly. #HappyBirthdayGavaskarSumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) July 10, 2019Wishing batting legend & former #TeamIndia captain #SunilGavaskar a very happy birthday. India always had hope with you at the crease, Sunny! pic.twitter.com/4r6ERlmm6xCapt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) July 10, 2019Wishing Batting Legend and former Indian captain #SunilGavaskar a very Happy Birthday! pic.twitter.com/2cIh9oC1XQDoordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) July 10, 2019Happy birthday #SunilGavaskar Sir, have a great year ahead. ??cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) July 10, 2019No helmets. Uncovered pitches. Iconic bowlers. Bags of runs!Happy Birthday, Legend! #HallaBol #HappyBirthdaySunilGavaskar #SunilGavaskar pic.twitter.com/Stq7MoQg13Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) July 10, 2019No helmets. Uncovered pitches. Iconic bowlers. Bags of runs!Happy Birthday, Legend! #HallaBol #HappyBirthdaySunilGavaskar #SunilGavaskar pic.twitter.com/Stq7MoQg13Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) July 10, 2019The first man to 10,000 Test runs ?? ??A Test-best of 236* ?? ??35 international hundreds ?? ??Happy birthday to one of the greats, Sunil Gavaskar! pic.twitter.com/AFw2njatE0ICC (@ICC) July 10, 2019#SunilGavaskar – he told my generation we could be winners … no matter what the playing field ….the sheer courage and swag of the man …. and he faced the most fiery fast bowling like a dude.Harini Calamur (@calamur) July 10, 2019What if Gavsakar had played T20 cricket? Here’s what legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne told India Today earlier this year.”Sunny [Gavaskar] would have adapted. He is a great player. If he were playing now, he would smash it all over the park. Great players adapt to whatever the scenario was.”Also Read | Martin Guptill: Leading run-scorer in 2015 World Cup, goes through nightmarish time in 2019Also 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 Sunil Gavaskar Happy Birthday Sunil Gavaskar: Wishes pour in for batting great on 70th birthdayLegendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar was unstoppable when it came to scoring runs with his inimitable style at the top of the order. The World Cup-winner, who turned 70 on Wednesday, is now among the finest analysts of the game.advertisementlast_img read more

A chat with the guys at STAG

first_imgIn 2009, Steve Shuck and Don Weir were pissed off. The scarcity of menswear stores in Austin was at an all time low, and the pair struggled to identify any single destination that provided all manner of man stuff – accessories, gadgets, grooming, etcetera. Fortunately, their disgruntlement led to the birth of STAG, a modern-day general store/haven for men stocking everything from John Derian prints to vintage Lee jackets and Hammerpress stationery.The Manual caught up with them one windy Thursday evening to talk essential provisions for the modern gentleman and weekend plans.When did you open the store?The store opened in December 2009.From where did the General Store for men concept originate?When we were thinking about the store, we recognized that Austin was riddled with loads of shops and boutiques aimed at women, but very few catering to men. The few men’s stores that existed either sat side by side with a women’s boutique (and felt like an afterthought) or were very small with little selection. We really set out to create a space exclusively for men, with an assortment of goods that met many of his needs in one place – apparel, accessories, furniture, grooming, design, music, art, gifts, and more.What is your definition of a modern gentleman?For us, he’s a guy that cares about classic style over current fashion. He’s confident in himself and his taste, yet open minded to new thoughts and ideas. He values quality and tradition, but is not beholden to old ways. He’s intellectually curious, and thinks about the world outside of his immediate view.What’s on your radar for summer? We’ve stocked the store with modern spins on classic menswear styles and fabrics for summer. You’ll find a strong selection of madras, seersucker, gingham, and other lightweight cotton favorites in everything from short sleeved camp shirts and Bermuda length shorts to more tailored suits and vests. There’s also a lot of nautical influence this summer, lots of indigos and stripes, that’s more merchant marine than Nantucket. And, as Austin temperatures will be in the triple digits soon, a great swimsuit from Saturdays or Katin and a beach towel from the Hudson Bay Company to hit Barton Springs (a natural spring-fed pool in town) along with a cooler of cold beer are a must.You talk about selecting products with ‘authentic, red-blooded style’ what do you mean by this?We mean classic items with an American point of view that can stand the test of time in both style and wear & tear. We want our guy to feel good about investing in quality workmanship and special details over trends and embellishments. We try to only select items for the shop that can be in his closet for years to come.Thanks for the chat! Do you have any exciting plans this weekend?There’s a big Grand Prix motorcycle race in town that several friends are going to, but we need to take down the 18′ Sioux tipi that’s in our back yard. It’s an amazing place to hang out with friends in the winter and spring, but absolutely brutal in the summer. Learning All About Aquavit with Christian Krogstad Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team How to Make a Whiskey Sour Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Juniper Ridge Desert Denim Wash

first_imgHow long do you go before you wash your jeans? We know that those of you who either want to keep your denim looking brand new and those of you who don’t do laundry regularly probably go through long periods without washing your jeans. That makes for the potential for smelly pants. One of our favorite grooming labels, the California-based Juniper Ridge was probably thinking about that problem when they developed Desert Denim Wash, which isn’t actually a wash for your denim, but rather a strong fragrance that’s crafted in small, seasonal batches and smells like “you’ve spent all day among the wildflowers in California’s high-desert country” that you can use to revive your jeans after daily wearing. It’s like Febreze for The Manual man.The fragrance contains notes of desert cedar, pine pitch, sun washed granite, Mojave sunflower, yucca bloom, greasewood, and sawdust.“It’s just like lying on your sleeping pad after a campfire dinner in the warm-air desert woodlands of the Mojave with a sky full of bright desert stars.” explains Hall Newbegin, founder of Juniper Ridge, on the company’s website. “Those desert trees and plants- desert piñon, cedar, desert lavender, ambrosia – just hunker down all day in the sun. But then when it cools down in the evening, they spring back to life and open up with this gorgeous, intoxicating resinous smell. That’s what’s in there — not an imitation of it, but the real stuff from that place!“So use it to freshen up your room, or to actually spruce up your jeans in between washing. After wearing your jeans day after day, your friends and girlfriend will thank you.For more information, visit juniperridge.com. A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care Hardworking Gentlemen Offers American-Made Grooming Goods for the Everyday Man 8 Best-Smelling Solid Colognes for Men Editors’ Recommendations How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Pickslast_img read more

Spring Shaving Tips From Old South Barber (with bourbon by IW Harper)

first_img How to Grow and Maintain Stubble Eucalyptus oil has natural healing properties for ingrown hairs and irritation so we recommend a few drops of this added to your aftershave. Use hot water or a hot towel to open up your pores before shaving When trimming your beard, don’t just move the clippers up and down, move them in a every direction (almost in a circular motion) all over your beard to make sure you get every hair.All photographs courtesy of Jonathan Boncek 1. Old South 2. Old South 3. Old South 4. Old South 5. Old South 6. Old South 7. Old South Shave with the grain initially. If you want a closer shave, go against the grain for the second pass After your shave, use cold towels to close pores and reduce irritation Always use a pre-shave oil before shavingcenter_img How to Shave With a Straight Razor The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard With the warm weather approaching it’s time for a little beard trim and a proper shave to enjoy that spring breeze across our face. We headed over to Old South Barber in historic Charleston, South Carolina to see our girl Darlene and hear (and experience) some of her top shaving tips.The experience wouldn’t be complete without a nip of I.W. Harper bourbon to relax us into the chair. This bourbon epitomizes old school charm –  like an old fashioned hot shave- and it made this treat all the more special.Shaving TipsMen tend to always be in a rush. If they would take just a couple of more minutes, their shaving experience would be so much more enjoyable and effective. Here are my suggestions:Trim down your facial hair so it doesn’t pull if you are using a straight razor How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy Editors’ Recommendations How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Fasterlast_img read more

Cyber Monday Has Ended, But the Best Cyber Week Deals on Men’s Gear Are Here

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Travel Agency Tech: Revolutionizing How You Save Time And Money

first_imgWritten By: Steve Hirshan, Senior Vice President of Sales Support – Avoya Travel  “I’ve got some spare time on my hands,” said no independent business owner ever. You have a long list of things to get done every day, and your time is valuable. Every minute spent, whether it be searching for new clients, managing your customer data, or finding the best promotions for your clients, is energy better suited toward making that next sale. Small businesses spend an average of 20 hours per week on marketing alone, according to Small Business Trends. On top of that, 32% of professionals spend over an hour a day on data entry and analysis, per Introhive. Add that up and that’s more than half your week, gone in a flash. Time isn’t the only precious commodity as an independent business owner; your expenses are equally important. Why not save both time and money when it comes to sourcing new clients? According to Survey Anyplace, the average cost per lead in the travel and tourism industry is $29. Let that sink in for a moment. So, what’s the solution to all this?At Avoya Travel®, we are continually pioneering to provide Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network™ with the very best resources and cutting-edge technology to make it easier to run an independent business and sell more travel. With the offerings of Avoya’s powerful technology suite, you can save time and money, while also increasing your sales and efficiency. Even if you are a technology novice, our easy-to-use system can help you maximize your income and productivity. Avoya’s patented technology incorporates all the functionality your independent travel business needs into one accessible source. You have the freedom of running your own independent business, while having the best support along your road to success. Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network have exclusive access to Agent Power™, Avoya’s state-of-the-art technology. This comprehensive system allows you to streamline your workflow into one platform, with access to award-winning marketing programs, efficiency-boosting support resources, and so much more. Here’s how you can take your agency to the next level with some of the exclusive and invaluable resources included in Agent Power, at no additional cost. Get New Clients Delivered Directly To YouWasting your valuable time and money to find clients is a thing of the past. You’re here to sell memorable vacation experiences, not worry about where to find your next customer. So, let Avoya handle the marketing, and instead channel all your energy into making sales and building relationships with your clients. Day or night, you can get new clients sent directly to you with the industry’s most successful leads program, Live Leads™. Through Avoya’s patented technology, travel seekers are matched to you by your specialty. They’re also sent to you and only you, so there’s no need to worry about being in competition with your colleagues in the Avoya Network. With access to qualified customers 24/7 via web, phone, or mobile app, you’re never limited in your selling potential – it no longer matters where you work. Want to sell travel while relaxing on the beach? No problem – the world is your office! This optional program is the #1 solution to one of the biggest challenges that travel professional’s face, and it’s available at no additional cost to you. Make Stronger Strategic Business DecisionsWhen it comes to your client data, the difference between simply having access to it and knowing how to utilize it is integral to the success of your business. We believe in supporting you, the travel seller, and provide the best high-tech resources to help you understand and leverage your client database to ultimately get more completed bookings. Sometimes, data can be overwhelming. The numbers seem to be just that – numbers. But harnessing that data and transforming it into meaningful, practical information can tremendously help you to make better business decisions. Avoya’s powerful CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system, a fully-integrated digital resource, provides you with vital customer data and insights to help you increase your productivity while easily managing your client information. Client information can be effortlessly loaded and accessed, freeing up your time for more important tasks. With access to information regarding clients, booking sales, closing rates, and more, you’ll have all the information you need to improve relationships with past and future clients, streamline processes, and increase profitability. Improve Agency Operations With Performance ReportsWithout knowing how well your agency is doing, as well as where you have room for improvement, there is no way to grow. Tracking the performance of your business is an important resource in ensuring your business, and your sales, continue to progress. Avoya’s Agency Dashboard™, an easy-to-understand resource integrated into Agent Power, provides you with direct, daily access to reports and insights crucial to running your travel business. Using actionable reports, you can get deeper insight into your agency performance, in turn helping you make the best data-based decisions to employ a strategic plan to propel your future bookings and incomes. The best part: the metrics are clear and easy to understand, so no need to worry about any statistical know-how. The value of truly knowing and understanding what this data means is priceless. You can take your success into your own hands and your business to new heights! No More Searching For The Best DealSo many promotions to sift through, but which ones actually apply to your client’s booking and provide the best value for what they’re looking for? Save time and skip the hassle of searching with Avoya’s Smart Value System™. Using this innovative technology, you can seamlessly find the best promotions available for your clients all in one easy-to-use booking engine. Customers are always looking for the dollar-value as the bottom line, so why not give it to them? By providing your clients with high-quality quotes showing the dollar-value associated with the perks they’re receiving, you’ll increase the likelihood of closing that sale. Save Time With All The Essential ResourcesAlong with all the incredible marketing and technology offerings detailed above, Avoya’s Agent Power offers many more dynamic resources to enhance your daily business processes and continually drive you on the path to success. Back-Office SupportWith an integrated email interface and calendar, back-office tasks can function like a breeze. Appointments, reminders, and automated notices help you keep in contact with clients 24/7 and ensure a payment deadline is never missed. Integrated Booking EnginesProvide you with exclusive access to Avoya’s preferred supplier partner inventories, allowing you to easily book tours, cruises, hotels, and more, all in one central place. Plus, you’ll earn the highest commission rates in the industry, and get paid sooner with weekly direct deposit. Educational and Professional DevelopmentContinue to learn and grow as a travel professional with educational and professional development resources found within Agent Power, including Avoya University™, featuring hundreds of interactive recorded lessons, an easily-searchable online Knowledge Base, and weekly webinars with sales best practices, supplier updates,and more. Live SupportYou’ll never feel alone in the Avoya Network. Support is easily accessed through Agent Power, and available 7 days a week. You’ll also have the support of your fellow travel professionals in the Community Forum, featuring a wealth of shared network knowledge. Accounting & Commission TrackingEasily manage and ensure that your bookings are accurate, while also keeping track of your commission reports. Travel Professionals Love These Resources Because They WorkIndependent Agencies in the Avoya Network continually outperform their peers in other leading networks. Voted Best Host Agency five years in a row, our goal is to empower travel professionals with the best resources to be more successful than ever before. Avoya has programs for both experienced travel professionals and entrepreneurs new to the industry. Whether you’re searching for a new host or looking to supplement the offerings of your current host with the programs and resources in the Avoya Travel Network, contact us today at 1-888-320-4670 or visit www.JoinAvoya.com to learn more.last_img read more

Tourism Minister says $1.2 Billion in Place for Projects

first_imgMinister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, has assured that funding is in place to implement the $1.2 billion transformational development projects, which he announced in his Sectoral Debate presentation on July 2, in the House of Representatives.The Minister pointed out that the plans and activities span several agencies, with gestation periods of up to nine months.Dr. McNeill, who was speaking to journalists at a post-Sectoral Debate press briefing, hosted by Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, at Jamaica House, on Wednesday, July 3, said the approach taken by the Ministry was to announce the plans when they had been completed, instead of during the planning stages.The projects, being financed by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) include: the refurbishing and upgrading of the Ocho Rios cruise ship terminal, at a cost of $400 million; lighting of the ‘Elegant Corridor’ in Montego Bay, St. James, at a cost of $400 million; the installation of bicycle tracks and pedestrian pathways along the Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril, at a cost of $170 million; the rehabilitation of the Naval Hospital and the creation of a museum in Port Royal, as well as the upgrading of films shown at a state-of-the-art theatre that has already been established there. Some $220 million has been earmarked for this project.A Memorandum of Understanding has already been signed for implementation of the projects, and the funds transferred to the implementing agencies.Dr. McNeill informed that other areas are being looked at for further development, in the next phase of the transformational projects. These include Falmouth, where he conducted a tour last week. Discussions have also been held regarding projects for Port Antonio, Portland, and Spanish Town, St. Catherine.“There are projects we are doing now, but in the meantime, we are developing the next wave of transformational projects…The actual planning is very detailed, and it will take us some time to roll them out, but we are going to be working on a series of these projects,” he added.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

Gov’t Appoints Boards To Supervise Juvenile Facilities

first_imgStory Highlights The Boards of Visitors will give oversight to the operations of juvenile facilities, with the primary objective of ensuring that the children are protected. The establishment of the Boards of Visitors is a direct response to the Armadale tragedy on March 22, 2009. The Government is continuing on its strategic path to protect and promote the rights and well-being of the nation’s children through the establishment of Boards of Visitors for juvenile facilities.This was stated by Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of National Security, Karen Clarke-Davis, during a meeting for members of the Boards on November 21, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.The Boards of Visitors will give oversight to the operations of juvenile facilities, with the primary objective of ensuring that the best interests of the children in correctional and remand centres are protected.They will monitor the operations of the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Centre; Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre; Hill Top Juvenile Correctional Centre; South Camp Juvenile Correctional and Remand Centre, and ensure that they meet minimum standards.The establishment of the Boards of Visitors is a direct response to the Armadale tragedy on March 22, 2009.Mrs. Clarke Davis said the Ministry remains resolute in safeguarding the wellbeing of all of Jamaica’s children, in particular, the 275 who are currently in the care of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).“The Ministry accepts the task of protecting the interest and welfare of our juveniles is a mammoth one and believes that the development of our nation requires a multi-faceted and collaborative approach,” she said.She reminded the members of the Boards that they have the opportunity to influence the outcomes of rehabilitation programmes, to shape the reintegration strategy, and to contribute to the wards’ return to society as positive citizens.“We look forward to receiving your recommendations and to a cordial working relationship. The children are our future, let us provide each one with every opportunity to excel and realise their full potential,” she stated.The Chief Technical Director implored them to seek to make a difference and execute their functions with compassion, understanding and love for the children as they aim to protect their best interests.“Discharge your functions without fear or favour but be friendly. Be thorough but thoughtful, be robust but be respectful. We must seek to do all in our powers to ensure that there is never a repeat of an ‘Armadale’,” she said.Each Board, which will meet once per month, is mandated to submit reports to the Children’s Advocate, the Superintendent of the specified institution, the Commissioner of Corrections and the Minister of National Security. Each Board will meet once per month.last_img read more

Spanish Town Hospital to Be Upgraded

first_img Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says a pre-construction technical assessment is being undertaken at the Spanish Town Hospital as part of plans to upgrade the Type B facility to a Type A.“Upgrading from a (Type) B to an A means more services, more facilities, more beds and, as a consequence, being better able to respond to the needs of the community,” he said.Dr. Tufton was speaking at the signing of a grant agreement between the Embassy of Japan and the St. Catherine-based hospital for $9.4 million (US$81,376) to procure an ultrasound machine, at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on January 15.It is expected that the assessment will examine all areas of the construction project to create an accurate picture of all requirements before actual construction begins.Hospitals in Jamaica are classified as either Type A, B or C. As a Type B facility, there are restrictions in terms of specialist services the hospital provides. The upgrading will, therefore, enable the facility to better serve the wide range of cases from St. Catherine and neighbouring parishes.Type A facilities provide comprehensive secondary and tertiary healthcare services and are the final referral points for public and private hospitals.Dr. Tufton noted that the Japanese Government, under their Grassroots and Human Security Project, are “contributing to the critical area of equipment”, which is needed.Meanwhile, the Minister is hoping that “before the end of the calendar year (and), if not, certainly early into the next financial year… we will break ground for the expansion of the Spanish Town Hospital”.Dr. Tufton expressed gratitude to the Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency, Hiromasa Yamazaki, for the contribution his Government is making to the Spanish Town Hospital under the Grassroots and Human Security Project.Under that project, a number of hospitals and organisations have benefited, including the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital, which recently obtained an ultrasound machine. The Bustamante Hospital for Children also benefited from improved facilities and medical equipment in 2013/14.He also noted that the St. Elizabeth Municipal Corporation, in 2015/16, benefited from three fire trucks and a water tank truck.For her part, Parish Manager of the St. Catherine Health Services, Beverley Needham, says the donation by the Japanese Government will further strengthen efforts to improve healthcare delivery at the hospital.“We are truly grateful that the Embassy of Japan chose the Spanish Town Hospital to benefit from this much-needed intervention,” she said.For his part, Mr. Yamazaki said the grant represents a commitment to assist Jamaica to meet its health needs.“We are willing to work further with the Government of Jamaica, as well as each hospital like Spanish Town and St. Ann’s Bay as well as others,” he said.The Ambassador said that expanding the Japan-Jamaica partnership is his top priority, and that the handover of the grant funds marks the continuation of that relationship.“A stronger bridge is being developed with Jamaica in our quest to support the development endeavours of this progressive country in the critical areas of education, energy, disaster risk management, climate change and health,” he said. Story Highlights Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says a pre-construction technical assessment is being undertaken at the Spanish Town Hospital as part of plans to upgrade the Type B facility to a Type A. Dr. Tufton expressed gratitude to the Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency, Hiromasa Yamazaki, for the contribution his Government is making to the Spanish Town Hospital under the Grassroots and Human Security Project. Dr. Tufton was speaking at the signing of a grant agreement between the Embassy of Japan and the St. Catherine-based hospital for $9.4 million (US$81,376) to procure an ultrasound machine, at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on January 15.last_img read more

Significant Reduction in Crime in St. James, West Kingston and St. Catherine


Parents Better Equipped to Raise Their Children

first_img Parents in several communities across the island are now better equipped to discipline their children without using coercive practices, often characterised by hostility and derision.This was facilitated under a parenting education programme implemented by the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III through collaboration with the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC).A total of 250 parents and community parent trainers (CPTs) graduated from the programme during a ceremony held at the Spanish Court Hotel on Wednesday, October 10.Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, in his address at the ceremony, hailed the CSJP III and the NPSC for the initiative, which he said seeks to bring order and a positive framework to “one of the most critical occupations in society”.He urged parents to desist from using corporal punishment as a disciplinary tool and noted that he is happy that the CSJP’s programme aims to support parents in identifying alternative practices.“We are human; we get frustrated. You can get angry, and sometimes you expect the child to understand, but they too are feeling your frustration, and it’s a matter of how you respond. You are to engage them emotionally, to share any moment of frustration in a way that they know that you care about them, that you love them and your objective is to [uplift them],” he pointed out.Dr. Chang argued that changing the style of parenting to one that is focused on care, love and understanding will help to reduce violence in the society. “Give the children a sense of self-worth and self-respect,” he added.CSJP Programme Manager, Simeon Robinson, in his remarks urged the graduates to be ambassadors for effective parenting within their communities.He further challenged them to bring at least one other parent from their communities into the programme.The parenting education programme, conducted from November 2017 to June 2018, aimed to hone the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to raise children with the aptitude to resist violent and antisocial behaviours.The first phase started with the training of 112 CPTs, who provided one-on-one in-home intensive coaching for the parents engaged.Phase two of the initiative saw 50 of the CPTs assigned to 166 families. After some 4,140 home visits, 138 parents completed the programme. Story Highlights A total of 250 parents and community parent trainers (CPTs) graduated from the programme during a ceremony held at the Spanish Court Hotel on Wednesday, October 10. This was facilitated under a parenting education programme implemented by the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III through collaboration with the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC). Parents in several communities across the island are now better equipped to discipline their children without using coercive practices, often characterised by hostility and derision.last_img read more

SOCAR Chooses Transas’ Fast Rescue Boat Simulator

first_imgzoom Transas Marine has successfully completed installation of the Fast Rescue Boat Simulator for the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) Education Training and Certification Department. The simulator is based on the latest Transas Navi-Trainer Professional software (NTPRO) and will be used to train the SOCAR personnel to ensure safety at sea.Training will be focused on Search and Rescue operations, in particular rescue boats operation, helicopter operation, and coordination of SAR operations in most adverse weather conditions. Simultaneous recording and playback, as well as use of equipment and data exchange in real time are the most effective means for crew training in rescue of human life at sea. The Search and Rescue functionality of the Transas Navigational simulator NTPRO 5000 enables training in accordance with the IAMSAR manual (edited jointly by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and International Maritime Organisation).The State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) is involved in exploring oil and gas fields, producing, processing, and transporting oil, gas, and gas condensate, and supplying natural gas in Azerbaijan. SOCAR corporate entities include three production divisions, two oil refineries and one gas processing plant, oil tanker fleet, deep water platform fabrication yard, two trusts, one institution, and 22 subdivisions.Transas, October 30, 2013last_img read more

USA: WSF Is One Step Closer to LNG Propulsion

first_imgzoom Washington State Ferries is another step closer to significantly reducing fuel costs and transportation emissions by switching a class of vessels from diesel fuel to liquefied natural gas.After more than three years of study, WSF has a plan to safely convert six Issaquah Class vessels to run on cleaner-burning LNG. The proposal was officially submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard on Nov. 18 in a formal letter of intent (LOI) and waterways suitability assessment (WSA). The submission of the LOI and WSA marks the official starting point of the Coast Guard’s review process. WSF expects the Coast Guard to issue a finding regarding the LNG conversion proposal in 2014.“Fuel is WSF’s fastest growing operating expense,” said David Moseley, assistant secretary for the Washington State Department of Transportation, Ferries Division. “Replacing diesel with LNG on the Issaquah Class ferries could result in very substantial savings on fuel over the remaining 30 years of their service life. This will also mean a cleaner, more efficient future for our fleet by significantly decreasing emissions.”The average Issaquah Class vessel carries up to 124 cars and 1,200 passengers, serving on some of the state’s busiest ferry routes. Converting the fuel systems from ultra-low sulfur diesel to LNG would significantly reduce emissions according to WSDOT’s Air Emissions Model, including: 89 percent reduction in particulate matter61 percent reduction in nitrous oxide28 percent reduction in carbon dioxide59 percent reduction in sulfur dioxideFor the proposed LNG conversions, WSF would install main propulsion engines to use natural gas and retrofit LNG fuel tanks on the top decks of the six vessels. The proposal calls for a phased approach for conversions to avoid schedule changes or delays. Once vessels are converted and back in service, they would begin a routine overnight, out-of-service refueling process similar to current diesel refueling.Since 2010, WSF has been studying the benefits of alternative fuels and evaluating the feasibility and safety of using LNG to fuel its vessels. The process included the U.S. Coast Guard, multiple agencies at the state and local level, private industry organizations, the Washington State Joint Transportation Committee and consultants including Cedar River Group and Det Norske Veritas, the world’s leading authority on LNG-fueled passenger ferries.WSF concluded its study process by issuing the final waterways suitability assessment, which includes a safety and security assessment and a risk-management plan. The study found that the LNG proposal is inherently safe with risks as low as reasonably practicable.Use of LNG to power passenger ferries has been proven technically and operationally feasible worldwide for more than a decade, with Norway operating LNG-fueled passenger vessels since 2000. LNG is also fast becoming an efficient alternative fuel for buses and semi-trucks. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Print  Close WSDOT, November 22, 2013last_img read more

Saipem Completes Sale of Firenze FPSO to Eni

first_imgzoom Saipem announces that, following the sale of the entire share capital of the company Floaters S.p.A. to Eni, it has now completed the sale to Eni of Firenze FPSO, as notified to the market on 11 and 12 December 2013.As announced on December 11th, the Board of Directors of Saipem S.p.A. has approved the signing of an agreement with Eni for the sale of the Firenze FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) business line for €336 million ($463 million).Firenze FPSO unit is currently deployed in the Eni-operated Aquila field off the coast of Puglia, together with the on-board processing plant.The sale also includes existing related contracts, including those in place with production and vessel operations personnel. The contract signed with Eni in 2009 provided for the option to purchase the vessel Firenze FPSO alone subsequent to the conversion and commissioning of the vessel, which was completed at the end of last year.Saipem, Decembar 30, 2013last_img read more

TGE Marine Pens Contract for Conversion of Qatari Q-Max …

first_img Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location zoom At the beginning of January TGE Marine has signed the contract with MAN Diesel & Turbo (MDT) for the design and supply of the LNG fuel gas package destined for the conversion of the first Qatari Q-max carrier to run on LNG or HFO. The modification of the low speed 2-stroke main engine will make use of MDT’s electronically controlled gas injection system.The conversion of the ship shall take place at the Nakilat Keppel Offshore & Marine facilities in Qatar. Once converted and put into operation the ship will be propelled by the world’s first low speed diesel engine running on LNG onboard a ship.TGE Marine has intensively investigated the design of the high pressure fuel gas supply system with its partner ACD from the US for the pumping and vaporizing system, including a complete dynamic simulation of the system considering all load scenarios. TGE Marine’s scope of delivery includes a modular pre-fabricated fuel gas skid, which is scheduled for delivery in Q1, 2015. TGE Marine’s CEO, Manfred Küver, commented: “We are extremely pleased to have been selected by MDT as partner for its first conversion contract for one of the largest LNG-carriers in the market. This prestigious project is certainly a signal for the market that the MAN 2-stroke ME-GI solution is one of the most economic approaches of a modern LNG carrier design.” TGE Marine, January 17, 2014; Image: Nakilatlast_img read more

Afai Floats Out ‘Peng Xing 16’ Catamaran …

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Afai Southern launched aluminum high-speed catamaran ferry ‘PENG XING 16’ built for Shenzhen Pengxing Shipping Co.,Ltd on Monday, April 1st, 2014.The ship owner and CCS Guangzhou Branch, together with Afai’s leaders attended the ceremony where they signed progress certificate of the important milestone of shipbuilding. My location Print  Close Afai, April 3, 2014last_img

Arup Takes Part in White Rose Extension Project

first_imgzoom Arup has won contract from Husky Energy to carry out the detailed engineering design for the White Rose Extension Project concrete gravity structure.Subject to partner, corporate and regulatory approvals, WREP is being developed through the construction of a wellhead platform, and Arup will be responsible for the DED of the concrete gravity structure (CGS) of the wellhead platform.The CGS will be constructed in a purpose-built dry graving dock and, when completed, will be the first fixed wellhead platform off the coast of Newfoundland & Labrador.Arup was engaged by Husky Energy to perform a concept study for the wellhead platform and provided project management and design services for the pre-Front End Engineering Design and FEED.This included management of the pre-FEED of the topside drilling and accommodation module supported on the ~72,000m3 CGS platform.The firm’s concept centered on using a dry-build solution for the CGS, which allows the CGS to be constructed entirely onshore and then towed 350 km east of Newfoundland to the site and installed by ballasting on to the seabed.Key collaborators on the project include Mustang Canada Inc. who completed the drilling and accommodation FEED; Upstream Engineering LLC for the drilling and accommodation concept and pre-FEED; and C-CORE for the definition of sea ice and iceberg loading criteria. Press Release, April 20, 2014last_img read more

NAO Set to Release US IPO

first_imgzoom Nordic American Offshore Ltd. has announced the commencement of its initial public offering of 5,882,352 common shares.Since November 2013, Nordic American Offshore (NAO) has been listed on the Norwegian OTC (over the counter) market. The offering price is expected to be between $16.00 and $18.00 per share.NAO expects to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 882,352 additional common shares to cover over-allotments.At the company’s request, the underwriters have reserved up to $13.0 million of the common shares for sale to Nordic American Tankers Limited, a Bermuda company related to NAO, at the initial public offering price.The common shares have been approved for listing on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NAO”, subject to official notice of issuance.NAO intends to use approximately $81 million of the net proceeds of this offering towards the purchase of two newbuilding platform supply vessels (PSV).The company may use the balance of the net proceeds for the construction of up to three optional PSVs that are similar to the company’s PSVs, under a letter of intent into which the company has entered, and for other acquisitions and general corporate purposes including working capital.If the options are exercised, NAO will have a fleet of 11 vessels.Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and DNB Markets, Inc. are acting as joint book-running managers and Global Hunter Securities, and LLC is acting as a co-manager for the initial public offering.The initial public offering is being made by means of a prospectus. A preliminary prospectus related to the offering has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). June 2, 2014last_img read more

Scorpio Reports Minimal Loss in 3rd Quarter

first_imgzoom Scorpio Tankers Inc. today reported a minimal net loss of USD 1.2 million, or USD 0.01 basic and diluted loss per share for the three months ended September 30. For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the company had net income of USD 51.6 million, or USD 0.29 basic and USD 0.28 diluted earnings per share.Since July 28, 2014, Scorpio has acquired USD 67.5 million of its common shares that are being held as treasury shares, in the open market at an average price of USD 8.64 per share.The company has USD 82.5 million remaining under its stock buyback program.With respect to fleet expansion, in October 2014, Scorpio took delivery of four product tankers.STI Yorkville and STI Mayfair, MR product tankers, were delivered from HMD and SPP, respectively and STI Wembley and STI Battersea, ice-class 1A Handymax product tankers, were delivered from HMD. Upon delivery, STI Yorkville and STI Mayfair each commenced a time charter for up to 120 days at approximately USD 18,000 per day and STI Wembley and STI Battersea each commenced a time charter for up to 120 days at approximately USD 15,000 per day.The company has taken delivery of 21 vessels under its newbuilding program with HMD, SPP, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. (DSME) and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (HSHI) since June 30, 2014.During the third quarter of 2014, the company made USD 451.2 million of installment payments on its newbuilding vessels. Scorpio Tankers currently has 27 newbuilding vessel orders with HMD, SPP, HSHI and DSME (14 MRs, five Handymax ice class 1-A tankers and eight LR2s).Press Releaselast_img read more

MPA Eases Bunkering Concerns

first_imgThe Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has played down the impact of the recent turmoils at O/W Bunker by saying that the company’s bankruptcy will cause minimal disruption to bunker supply in the Port of Singapore.The MPA says that there are currently more than 60 bunker suppliers in Singapore, and OW Bunker Far East (Singapore) Pte Ltd accounted for less than three percent of the 42.6 million metric tonnes supplied in Singapore in 2013.The MPA is working with the industry and the industry associations to mitigate any potential impact on bunkering operations in Singapore.To address any concerns from the industry, the MPA is working with the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) and the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) to conduct dialogue sessions shortly.The MPA will also work closely with the various stakeholders to ensure that bunkering operations in Singapore run as smoothly and as normally as possible.Press Releaselast_img read more

KKR, Borealis Maritime Take Over HSAM Fleet

first_imgzoom Investment firm KKR and London maritime shipping company Borealis Maritime have entered into the $254.5 million acquisition of Hanseatic Ship Asset Management GmbH, a 100 percent owned subsidiary of Commerzbank AG controlling a fleet of 18 container and dry cargo vessels.The acquisition was carried out through a joint venture vehicle established by the two firms.Hanseatic Ship Asset Management (HSAM) was established in Hamburg by Commerzbank AG in 2013 as part of a strategy to reduce their loan exposure to the shipping industry. Vessels with good market prospects and highly desirable specifications were taken over by Commerzbank in restructuring non-performing lending engagements. As a result, HSAM acquired a modern fleet of 13 mid-size container vessels and 5 mid-size dry bulk vessels during the course of 2013 to 2015.Embarcadero Maritime III, a joint venture formed by KKR and Borealis Maritime to invest in distressed shipping assets, will acquire HSAM with all its assets.Following this purchase, investment vehicles established by KKR and Borealis will jointly operate a fleet of over 50 vessels in the container, chemical, product and LPG sectors. To date, KKR and Borealis have deployed over $600 million into vessel acquisitions and continue to pursue additional transactions opportunistically.Christoph Toepfer, CEO of Borealis Maritime, stated: “The acquisition of HSAM will significantly increase our managed fleet, making us one of Europe’s leading container vessel operators. We believe the quality of vessels being acquired from Commerzbank is second to none and this transaction is an attractive expansion of our activities with our partners KKR.”  “Partnering with maritime lenders to offer feasible solutions to problematic lending engagements remains a core component of our expansion strategy,” said Brian Dillard, a member of KKR’s Special Situations team.KKR is funding the acquisition through certain of its managed funds and accounts, including its Special Situations Fund II, which matches long-term capital to support the cyclical nature of shipping assets.last_img read more

Spotted: Berge Bulk Makes It Three

first_imgImage Courtesy: Berge BulkIn today’s spotted we feature Berge Bulk’s newly delivered Berge Asahidake from Namura Shipyard in Japan, the company’s third newly built handy-size vessel.The 34,000 DWT vessel is named after Asahidake Mountain, which is, at 2,291m (7,516 ft) the tallest mountain in Hokkaidō, Japan, and an active stratovolcano.Like her sister ships, Berge Hakodate and Berge Daisetsu, Berge Asahidake is equipped with energy-saving and environmentally friendly technologies such as rudder bulb fins, Namura flow control fins, and a new generation of propeller that omits root and hub-vortex cavitation. The main engine’s technology electronically controls fuel injection and the exhaust valve drive. This allows an auto-tuning of the engine and ensures more efficient operations during slow steaming. Berge Asahidake will be traded on the spot market.The growing Berge Bulk fleet will soon be joined by a fourth, 34,000 DWT sister ship. In total, the company is expecting the delivery of three further 34,000 handy-size newbuilds before the end of the year, completing a series of six Namura sister ships.last_img read more

Stolt-Nielsen Eyes LNG Distribution Projects

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed shipowner Stolt-Nielsen Limited plans to build a global business of small-scale regional LNG distribution projects, focusing on terminals in strategic locations, which would be serviced by a flexible fleet of ships, the company said.The shipowner added that these LNG distribution projects would be underwritten by a committed base load demand.The company is also looking to develop an integrated model to include sourcing of LNG, shipping to small scale terminals (10,000 cbm – 30,000 cbm) and distribution from the terminalsvia truck and ISO containers to the end user.According to Stolt-Nielsen, the company is seeing potential projects in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, South America, India, Indonesia, Africa and Canada.The projects would have an aim to service stranded-demand customers out of reach of conventional pipeline gas. Stolt-Nielsen noted that the “off-take agreements are currently in the 10-15 year range with suitable counterparty credit.”“I think this is a huge growth area for Stolt-Nielsen,” the company’s CEO Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen said, adding that the LNG segment could prove to be of grate value to the firm.Stolt-Nielsen earlier issued a guarded outlook for Stolt Tankers despite improved operating results in the first six months of 2016, saying that the division might be facing delays and cancellations of newbuildings.“Going forward, we remain guarded with respect to the outlook for Stolt Tankers in 2017 and 2018. The orderbook stands at 27% of the existing fleet, but it remains unclear how this will ultimately play out, as some delays and cancellations of newbuildings seem increasingly likely. Also, higher exports of certain commodity chemicals from the U.S. Gulf are pulling tonnage out of our niche market in specialty chemicals, thus helping to maintain our freight rates,” Stolt-Nielsen said.The company reported its net profit at USD 37.8 million for the second quarter ended May 31, 2016, up from a net profit of USD 30.4 million seen in the first quarter of the year.The revenue for the period also increased to USD 478.9 million, from USD 464 million seen in the first quarter of 2016.last_img read more

Spotted New Bitumen Tanker Joins Thome Group

first_imgImage Courtesy: Thome GroupSingapore-based ship manager Thome Group has welcomed to its fleet Star River, a bitumen tanker newbuild.The naming and delivery ceremony for the vessel took place at Chengxi shipyard, part of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), on February 5, 2018.The 37,000 dwt Star River departed the shipyard on February 6.The vessel is the first 37,000 dwt asphalt tanker built for Japanese ship owner Kumiai Senpaku by Chengxi, the shipbuilder said.Star River, which flies the flag of the Marshall Islands, currently has a market value of USD 44.21 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

NSRL Final Sale Completed

first_imgProceeds from total sales of Nova Scotia Resources Limited (NSRL)have now reached $408 million. Finance Minister Peter Christieclosed a deal today, Oct. 23, to sell the province’s NSRL sharesto Endless Energy Corporation of Alberta, for $1.6 million cash. “I am pleased to say that we received good value on the sale onNSRL and Nova Scotia taxpayers are no longer involved in thehigh-risk business of oil and gas exploration,” said Mr.Christie. The province continues to hold no-risk assets, includingroyalties, seismic data and a net profit interest in significantdiscovery licenses. The province’s $17.5-million guarantee to theCanada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board for the plannedabandonment of the Cohasset-Panuke oilfield is still in place. Mr. Christie today also released a 2000 report from ScotiaCapital, in which the financial advisors investigated options forselling or retaining the Crown corporation. The report said thatin a best-case scenario, the government might hope to sell NSRLto an industry buyer for $401 million. Mr. Christie said, “The end result shows that government madegood decisions on behalf of Nova Scotia taxpayers.” The report also indicated that if NSRL had continued as an activeCrown corporation, it would not have been able to repay itsexisting debt. The gains on the sale of NSRL are used to reduce the province’snet direct debt.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Leads Way in Night Paving

first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS -Nova Scotia Leads Way in NightPaving In the specialized world of night paving, Nova Scotia’s GerardKennedy is a star. He’s been asked by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration togive talks all over the United States. And, this week, the engineer with Nova Scotia’s Department ofTransportation and Public Works will make a presentation onpaving roads in the dark of night to a national asphaltconference right here at home. “Working at night is an effective way to keep traffic flowingduring the daytime,” said Mr. Kennedy. “When a project must becarried out at night it is important to have standards so thatthe work is carried out safely.” Mr. Kennedy developed the rules around night paving for a pavingjob on Highway 125, near Sydney. Given the high traffic volumeson Highway 125, he needed to develop a way to pave effectively atnight while maintaining safety for workers and drivers. Hisspecifications worked and night paving has been used successfullysince then on other jobs in Nova Scotia. “Night paving is not suitable for all locations; it costs moreand presents new safety challenges,” said Mr. Kennedy. “But we’veshown that it can be done in certain locations, and it can bedone effectively.” Mr. Kennedy is one of about 24 speakers and presenters fromaround the world gathered in Halifax for a conference hosted bythe Canadian Technical Asphalt Association. Presenters arediscussing topics such as recycling asphalt and high-performanceasphalt. In Canada, more than $1 billion dollars a year is spent onasphalt paving. In the United States, that amount is more than$10 billion. Roadbuilding companies in Nova Scotia export their expertise inthis field around the world. Dexter Construction Ltd., forinstance, completed a night-paving contract last winter at theBermuda International Airport. “The paving project created many challenges for our company,including everything from shipping equipment and aggregates fromNova Scotia to the requirements of nighttime paving,” said AndyWeaver, quality manager with Dexter Construction Ltd. “BermudaInternational Airport is a single runway airport which meantaccess for construction was limited to nighttime hours. This wasa particular situation where proper nighttime paving techniquesand experience were a must to ensure safety, quality andefficiency.” The conference has attracted almost 300 delegates from around theworld to Halifax. It continues until Wednesday, Nov. 19.last_img read more

Minister Accepts Electricity Committee Recommendations

first_img Sustaining a reliable electricity supply will be the province’snumber one priority as it makes changes to Nova Scotia’selectricity system to increase competition and encourage morerenewable energy sources. Energy Minister Cecil Clarke has accepted the recommendations ina report submitted by the Electricity Marketplace GovernanceCommittee in October. The comprehensive report addresses a numberof complex issues with respect to electricity markets,competition, transmission, renewable energy, meeting an increasedenergy demand, and co-generation and makes 89 recommendations. “The report provides us with a framework for improving ourelectricity market by encouraging competition and renewableenergy generation in a way that protects the reliability of oursystem,” said Mr. Clarke. “Implementing the framework will be along-term process — we’re going to be cautious, collaborativeand we’re going to do this the right way so that we are able tomeet our energy needs today and into the future.” The Department of Energy will be working with the Nova ScotiaUtility and Review Board (UARB), Nova Scotia Power and otherstakeholders in the coming months to establish transmissionaccess to power producers, open competition for municipalutilities and permit the sale of renewable energy. Some of the recommendations will require approval from the UARB,while others will require changes to legislation. “Like the Energy Strategy, the report identifies a number ofinitiatives that we can start right away to begin the process,”said Mr. Clarke. “We’re responding to those now while we work onour approach to some of the more complex recommendations in thereport.” The department will make the report a key priority in the 2004-05business plan and will report on progress made through thegovernment’s yearly accountability report and the annual EnergyStrategy Progress Report. The Electricity Marketplace Governance Committee was created inMay 2002 to make recommendations to the Minister of Energy on thestrategic implementation, development, structure, and rules forthe electricity sector. The committee had seven members and twoobservers and was chaired by Robert Fournier. The province also retained the services of Navigant ConsultingLtd. to provide the committee with independent technicalassistance and advice on the variety of complex electricityissues. A copy of the Electricity Marketplace Governance Committee Reportcan be obtained at www.gov.ns.ca/energy . ENERGY Minister Accepts Electricity Committee Recommendationslast_img read more

Young Smokers Invited to Open Casting Call

first_img If the kiosk is not visiting your area, call 1-866-996-3599 to tell your story, or visit www.sickofsmoke.com . Smokers who want help to quit can call the Smoker’s Helpline at 1-877-513-5333 or visit www.sickofsmoke.com . Feb. 6-11: New Glasgow, Highland Square Mall Feb. 14–17: Antigonish, St. FX University Feb. 21–24: Sydney, Mayflower Mall Feb. 28–March 3: Lunenburg, NSCC Campus March 7–10: Wolfville, Acadia University March 14-17: Halifax, location to be confirmed If you sneak off for a smoke by a dumpster, stand out in the freezing cold, or hide your smoking from family and friends, you might just land yourself a role in a new series of television ads currently in the works for Nova Scotia Health Promotion. The ads will feature young Nova Scotians telling their stories about the lengths they will, and have to go to have a smoke. An open casting call throughout Nova Scotia was launched today, Feb. 6. “The best way to get our message out to young Nova Scotians who smoke is for them to hear it from others who are just like them,” said Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “Smoking is becoming harder and less appealing and we hope young people will see themselves in these ads and decide that they have good reason to quit.” The idea came while researching the current campaign. “We talked to young smokers about the lengths they must go and suddenly we started hearing all kinds of stories,” said Steve Machat, manager of tobacco control for Nova Scotia Health Promotion. “These stories provide valuable insight into the real-life situations smokers experience.” Mr. Machat said it’s important for people to know that help is available for quitting. He pointed out that five years ago, 30 per cent of Nova Scotians smoked and today it has dropped to 20 per cent. While this is good news, rates among young adults remain high and this campaign hopes to change that. Similar to past anti-smoking campaigns, this campaign will not focus on the health effects of tobacco use, nor will it preach quitting. The campaign will share real stories about the realities of smoking for young people and will invite young people to think about their own smoking habit and come to their own conclusions about quitting. A kiosk will travel throughout Nova Scotia in the next few weeks, visiting the following locations:last_img read more

Province and Michelin to Invest in Bridgewater Facility

first_imgAn expansion in the Michelin facility in Bridgewater will result in an increased capacity for the production of steel cable and the phasing in of about 36 jobs, as the project progresses. The province of Nova Scotia and Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. announced today, Aug. 29, a $36-million project to expand and modernize the steel cord products operation at Michelin’s Bridgewater facility. The expansion addresses growing demand for steel cable, which is used in the production of earthmover and truck tires, and is due to be completed in 2008. Michelin is investing $32 million and the province is investing up to $4.38 million, to increase the operation’s cable capacity by 11 per cent to supply plant expansions for truck and earthmover tires at Michelin’s Waterville, Nova Scotia, and Lexington, South Carolina, facilities. “This is exciting news for Bridgewater and for Nova Scotia. Attracting continued investment from global companies like Michelin is a key factor to building a prosperous economy and providing stable, long-term employment in our local communities,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “This investment supports our commitment to the success of our advanced manufacturing industry in rural Nova Scotia.” The $4.38 million investment incentive is being funded from the Industrial Expansion Fund, which is used to help establish, develop or expand industries in the province. The fund can help companies, like Michelin, secure investment capital and with a return to the province of $3 for every dollar invested, the fund represents a significant return on investment. “We appreciate the province’s financial contribution towards this project and its support of Michelin in Nova Scotia,” said Carrie-Jane Bernard, manager of Michelin’s steel cord products operation at Bridgewater. “We have a significant success story to tell here in Bridgewater with our steel cord production and this investment in our production capacity clearly demonstrates our ability to grow and remain competitive in the global market.” The growing demand for Michelin earthmover and truck tires is a key driver for this investment in Bridgewater. Michelin’s plans for expansion include the addition of about 8,700 square metres to the existing plant structure, modernization of cabling process machinery, and the addition of technical and manufacturing employees related to the production of steel cord products. “For more than 30 years, the province has enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Michelin,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, acting Economic Development Minister. “This expansion is another example of the co-operation between Michelin and the province to work together to create good, high-paying jobs for Nova Scotians.” Michelin’s Bridgewater facility produces steel cord products and tires for cars, light trucks and SUV’s. Michelin opened the facility in 1971 beginning with the production of steel cord product and two years later followed with its first passenger tire. The world’s largest tire maker, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks, motorcycles and the space shuttle. The company also publishes travel guides, maps and atlases covering Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. Headquartered in Laval, Quebec, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. employs about 3,500 people in Nova Scotia and operates three plants in the province making them the fourth-largest employer in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Cultural Capital of Canada Featured at Conference

first_imgStrengthening communities through arts and cultural development will be the topic of the keynote address at the annual Arts and Culture Conference being held at the DeCoste Centre in Pictou, Oct. 19. Paul Gallant, chair of the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council, announced today, Sept. 7, that Antoine Landry, the mayor of Caraquet, N.B., has been confirmed as the keynote speaker. “Caraquet was a single-industry town just 50 years ago,” said Mr. Landry, who comes from a large musical family and has been involved for many years in the cultural development of Caraquet. “Today, with the right focus and investment, it has become a community brimming with social, tourism, economic and cultural activities.” Caraquet’s cultural commitment is exemplary for a town of fewer than 5,000 residents. In New Brunswick, it is considered a role model both as a centre for Acadian culture and as an artistically vibrant community, and in 2003, Canadian Heritage awarded it the distinction of Cultural Capital of Canada. “It is an incredible story that demonstrates the importance of arts and culture to the well-being of our communities,” said Mr. Gallant. “We hope it will inspire representatives from Nova Scotia’s arts and culture sector to continue developing, fostering and promoting arts and culture in their communities.” The Arts and Culture Conference and Awards Gala, hosted by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council, will also feature a number of panelists and presenters. Anyone interested in attending is urged to register right away, as space is limited and filling up quickly. The awards gala, which will celebrate and support the pursuit of excellence, innovation and artistic expression by Nova Scotia artists, will include the presentation of the Portia White Prize, Aliant New Media Prize and Prix Grand-Pré Prize. The deadline for submitting nominations for the Portia White Prize and applications for the Aliant New Media Prize is Friday, Sept. 15. The Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council was established in 2003. In consultation with the arts and culture sector, it provides advice and recommendations to guide the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage regarding ongoing investment in Nova Scotia’s artists, cultural industries and cultural activities.last_img read more

Sydney Area Service Centre Expands In Region

first_imgMore jobs are coming to Sydney as a customer management centre is expanding to take advantage of emerging opportunities. ServiCom Canada Limited is expanding its site in Sydney, creating up to 175 new full-time positions. Premier Rodney MacDonald made the announcement today, April 16, with Gene Caldwell, chief financial officer of ServiCom Canada Limited; Todd Riley, site director of ServiCom’s Sydney location; and Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI). The province of Nova Scotia, through NSBI, authorized a payroll rebate for ServiCom to a maximum of $914,400 over the next five years. “ServiCom has proven its dedication to the province and the people of Nova Scotia,” said Premier MacDonald. “This agreement will create more opportunities for Nova Scotians to live and work in their home province.” An expanded Sydney site and the addition of new employees will allow ServiCom to accommodate new contracts and focus on incoming calls. “We have a proven track record of success at our Sydney location,” said Mr. Caldwell. “We’re eager to expand on this success and further dip into the talented labour pool in Cape Breton.” “This is another example of the quality of talented workers we have in the province,” said Mr. Lund. “Nova Scotia has the people to meet the growth potential of successful companies like ServiCom.” ServiCom LLC is a whole-owned subsidiary of JNET Communications LLC. JNET was established in 2003 to provide a suite of customer management and fulfillment services to Fortune 500 customers. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory, export development and financial services.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Inverness Kings Counties

first_img KINGS COUNTY: Prospect Road Prospect Road from the intersection of the Irving Big Stop to Trunk 12 will be closed for culvert replacement on Tuesday, July 31. Detour on Highway 101. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang – Cabot Trail Construction of approaches for temporary bridge at Grand Etang. One lane of bridge will be closed from today, July 30 until Friday, Aug. 17 Work takes place from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. NEW WORKlast_img read more

Staffing Change in Premiers Office

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald’s director of communications, Sasha Irving, has decided to leave her position, effective Sept. 14. “I am always sorry to lose someone of Sasha’s calibre, but I would never ask anyone to hold back on developing their career further in whatever capacity they chose,” said the premier. “Sasha is passionate about her work, exceptionally talented, and she worked very hard for the province. She will do well in whatever she chooses and I wish her all the best.” The recruitment process for Ms. Irving’s successor will begin immediately. -30-last_img read more

General Hillier Named Honourary National Chair of Democracy 250

first_imgDemocracy 250 co-chair John Hamm today, June 10, announced that Gen. Rick Hillier, Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff, will be the Honourary National Chair of Democracy 250. “I am delighted that Gen. Hillier has agreed to support Democracy 250’s objectives and to help bring national attention to a proud Nova Scotia first,” said Dr. Hamm. “Gen. Hillier is greatly admired and deeply respected for his service to his country. His remarkable skills as a leader and communicator will bring prominence and prestige to this special year of celebration.” Gen. Hillier, who will retire as Chief of Defence Staff in July, said he is proud to be a part of any effort that recognizes the tremendous sacrifices Canada’s veterans have made, and the men and women serving in uniform today continue to make, in the name of democracy. “I was pleased to learn that in planning this year’s celebrations, Democracy 250 stated its intention to recognize and thank past and present members of Canada’s military for standing firm for democracy, both at home and abroad. I am proud to support this initiative,” said Gen. Hillier. Democracy 250, a non-partisan body, was established in April 2007 with the unanimous consent of the Nova Scotia Legislature to oversee celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of parliamentary democracy in Canada. It is co-chaired by former premiers John Hamm and Russell MacLellan, and supported by an all-party management committee. For more information on Democracy 250 visit the website at www.democracy250.ca .last_img read more

Nouvelles recommandations relatives aux doses du vaccin contre la grippe H1N1 pour

first_imgLes enfants âgés de six mois à neuf ans qui ont déjà reçu une dose du vaccin contre la grippe H1N1 n’ont pas besoin d’une deuxième dose pendant la saison grippale 2009-2010. La nouvelle recommandation provient du Groupe de travail national sur les vaccins pandémiques. « L’annonce est basée sur le faible taux d’activité grippale H1N1 à l’échelle du pays et sur l’attente que l’activité n’augmentera pas au printemps, a dit le Dr Robert Strang, médecin-hygiéniste en chef de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Toutefois, j’encourage toujours les gens qui n’ont pas encore reçu le vaccin contre la grippe H1N1 à se faire vacciner. » Le vaccin contre la grippe H1N1 peut encore être administré aux enfants au besoin, mais seule une dose est nécessaire. Cette directive inclut tous les enfants âgés de six mois à neuf ans, peu importe leurs antécédents médicaux. L’activité grippale H1N1 demeure faible en Nouvelle-Écosse. Seuls deux cas ont été confirmés en laboratoire depuis le début de l’année 2010. Au cours de la saison grippale 2009-2010, un total de 752 cas de grippe H1N1 ont été confirmés en laboratoire. Le gouvernement provincial publie un rapport sur les maladies respiratoires, y compris le H1N1, tous les mercredis. Vous pouvez le consulter (en anglais seulement) à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/h1n1/flu-activity_fr.asp.last_img read more

Deputy Minister Swims Across Harbour for United Way

first_imgTransportation and Infrastructure Renewal deputy minister David Darrow is going to great lengths to support the United Way. In fact, Mr. Darrow has challenged his department to raise more than $2,500 to see him swim across Halifax Harbour on Wednesday, Aug. 25. “I’ve thought about doing this for a couple of years,” said Mr. Darrow. “I’m excited by this challenge and I’m confident that my colleagues will raise a little extra this year to support this great cause.” The department’s webmaster, Kevin Doran, will swim with Mr. Darrow as he braves the harbour at noon. Starting the swim from the Woodside Ferry Terminal and ending it near Bishop’s Landing, the pair estimate it will take them about an hour to complete. For over 50 years, the government of Nova Scotia has contributed to the United Way of Canada. Every year more than 1,600 provincial government employees make donations. The government employee campaign begins in October. Contributions stay in the community and help fund 57 agencies and over 100 programs. To learn more or to donate, please visit www.unitedwayhalifax.ca .last_img read more

Province Adds New Stroketreatment Drug to Pharmacare

first_imgNova Scotians being treated for abnormal heart rhythm caused by blood flow will have access to a new stroke-prevention drug under the provincial Pharmacare program. The province announced today, May 17, it will provide $2.5 million in funding to add the anti-coagulant Dabigatran to Pharmacare for eligible patients who need an alternative to Warfarin. Starting in June, Dabigatran, best known by the brand name Pradax, will be listed as a benefit to help prevent stroke in non-valvular atrial fibrillation patients who cannot be treated with Warfarin. “We heard from many Nova Scotians who couldn’t take warfarin but could not afford the alternative drug,” said Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. “Starting next month, Pradax will be available to these patients to help prevent stroke.” At the usual dose, Pradax is similar to Warfarin in preventing stroke and has a similar safety profile. Unlike Warfarin, Pradax does not need to be monitored as frequently. “Working with the manufacturer and other provinces and territories, Nova Scotia established specific listing criteria that will allow eligible patients to access this medication under Pharmacare,” said Ms. MacDonald. “For many patients, this drug provides an alternative to manage risk of stroke, while minimizing budget impact concerns.” About 8,000 to 10,000 Nova Scotians are taking Warfarin for atrial fibrillation and other conditions. “I’ve been telling my patients about options to Warfarin therapy for some time now,” said Dr. Adam Clarke, a cardiologist with Valley Regional Hospital. “While I appreciate there is a cost associated with adding a new drug to the Pharmacare coverage, I applaud the government for this decision. This addition will make a significant difference for many people who could not previously get the care they needed. “I believe there will be fewer Nova Scotians having strokes this year because of this update.” Funding for Pradax is an example of how the province is taking action to get lower, fair prices for generic drugs and keep the dramatic growth of spending on drugs through Pharmacare in check. This year, government is on track to spend $6 million less on drugs because of its fair drug pricing plan. Nearly 180,000 Nova Scotians benefit from Nova Scotia’s Pharmacare program. More information about Pharmacare is available at www.gov.ns.ca/health/pharmacare .last_img read more

Onetime Community Crime Prevention Grants Available

first_imgThe province is helping make families and communities safer by funding projects that will reduce crime in Nova Scotia. Funding grants are available for community-based activities, projects and programs that address community needs. “We need to prevent crime from happening in the first place,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Maurice Smith, on behalf of Justice Minister Ross Landry. “By investing at the community level, we are able to help provide practical ways to address the needs of a community and, in some cases, directly impact the root causes of crime.” The One-time Community Crime Prevention Investment Grant Program awards $40,000 annually. Nova Scotians are eligible to apply for grants of $1,000 to $5,000. Previous recipients include community organizations, schools and the private sector. The Nova Scotia Police Youth Program was one of 49 recipients to get a grant in 2012, which was used to help fund a provincial youth police training weekend. “The police training weekend was an excellent opportunity for police to mentor youth from across the province and teach them leadership and crime-prevention fundamentals,” said Cst. Ken MacDonald, New Glasgow Police and training co-ordinator. “The success of the week was impacted by support from the Department of Justice and the crime prevention investment grant.” Government invests annually in initiatives that support crime prevention and community safety. Among these are the Lighthouses Program, which awards funding to community organizations that help keep youth from being involved in crime, the Additional Officer Program, which puts additional officers and resources in our communities, and the internationally recognized Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program. Online applications for the One-time Community Crime Prevention Investment Grant Program will be accepted until Jan. 31. For more information and applications, visit www.gov.ns.ca/just.last_img read more

Premier Saddened by Passing of Rita MacNeil

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter, today, April 17, expressed sadness over the passing of Rita MacNeil. “Rita always followed her passion and never let anything hold her back from reaching her dreams,” said Premier Dexter. “Despite her world-wide success, you felt like you could be her friend. She was a kind woman who stayed close to her deep roots in Big Pond.” The premier recognized her struggle with poverty, and her work to advance women’s equality. “Her roots were evident in her songs and in her voice, but you didn’t have to be from Cape Breton to be moved when she sang Working Man,” said Premier Dexter. “The words toShe’s Called Nova Scotia will echo in the hearts of Nova Scotians all over the world for years to come.” Ms. MacNeil was a member of Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia. She was recognized with three Juno Awards and multiple Canadian Country Music Association and East Coast Music awards. The premier expressed condolences to Ms. MacNeil’s friends and family.last_img read more

Permanent Cease Trade Order for Mutual Fund Salesperson

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Securities Commission has issued a similar order against Timothy Wade MacDonald to one previously issued by the Nova Scotia Provincial Court. The court issued its order on April 12, 2010, against Mr. MacDonald after he pleaded guilty to eight counts of fraud. At the time of his offence he was registered as a mutual fund salesperson in Nova Scotia. According to the court, Mr. MacDonald operated MB Capital Management Limited, a financial services company, which he used to steal significant amounts of money from his clients. The court said that his actions caused extreme financial damage to the people who trusted him. The commission found there was sufficient reason to issue a similar order which cancels Mr. MacDonald’s registration and ordered him to permanently: cease trading in Nova Scotia, except on his own behalf through a registrant of the commission be denied from using exemptions contained in Nova Scotia securities laws be prohibited from becoming or acting as a director or officer of any issuer permanently be prohibited from becoming or acting as a registrant, investment fund manager or promoter permanently. To view the order visit nssc.novascotia.ca . Contact the commission at [email protected] to report these types of activities or file a complaint. The commission encourages all Nova Scotians to be vigilant when it comes to their finances. This includes not only being aware of all activity in accounts, but also understanding the recommendations that advisors make and being comfortable with investment decisions. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating the investment industry in the province. -30-last_img read more

Mise à jour sur la circulation et les routes fermées

first_img Cloverville Road entre Walsh Post et South Lakevale Road, fermé MacMaster Road près de l’adresse 212, fermé West Side Lochaber, fermé Le ministère des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure avise les automobilistes que des sections de routes sont fermées ou partiellement fermées dans certaines régions à l’échelle de la province après la pluie abondante et les vents forts d’hier. On demande aux conducteurs de faire preuve de prudence, d’utiliser les détours prévus et de faire attention aux débris sur les routes et aux accotements qui pourraient avoir été emportés par les eaux. On demande également aux conducteurs de respecter les barrages. Veuillez signaler au 511 toute route endommagée ou inondée où il n’y a pas d’affichage avisant les gens. Les équipes travailleront sans arrêt pour réparer les routes endommagées et continueront de surveiller la situation au cas où des fermetures supplémentaires sont nécessaires. Une liste des routes touchées se trouve au http://511.gov.ns.ca/en/text_report.html. Voici une liste des fermetures causées par la tempête en date du mardi 11 octobre à 9 h 45 : Comté d’Antigonish New Harbour-Lundy Road, fermé Starks Road, près de Fox Island Road, fermé Little Passage Road, Arichat, fermé Grand River Falls Road, Loch Lomond, fermé Comté de Victoria MacKeigan Road, fermé Pont Marion, fermé Brickyard Road, fermé Route 255, de Dearns Corner à Port Morien, fermé Marconi Towers Road, fermé Beachmont Road, fermé Coxheath Road près de Burton Drive, fermé Route 216 à Benacadie Pond, fermé New Boston Road, fermé Barra Glen, Iona, fermé Gillis Point Road entre Washabuck et Iona, fermé Comté de Richmond -30- Comté Cape Breton Comté de Guysborough Crandall Road, Port Hawkesbury, fermé South Side River Deny’s, fermé Comté d’Invernesslast_img read more

North East votes Confusion among Muslims voters

first_imgNew Delhi: Whom to vote, Congress candidate Sheila Dikshit or AAP candidate Dilip Pandey? Vote division and the confusion prevailed among the Muslim voters in the North East Constituency of Delhi.Congress worker Maaruf Saifi said, “Former CM Sheila Dikshit’s decision to contest from here is something that people did not expect and feel fortunate that a huge figure like her has chosen the area which resulted the vote drifted towards the Aam Aadmi Party returning to the Congress so that the national party can put up a fight and defeat the BJP.” Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarShahid Mirza, who owns chemist shop at the main Mustafabad road, said that he supports Aam Aadmi Party because of the work done by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, but feels that since Dikshit is not an ordinary Congress leader, the older generations will take her side and this splitted the vote bank which may benefitted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He further added that locals have realised that the Dilip Pandey’s campaign was strong on ground and has been campaigning and building outreach among locals for almost two years now. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceEarlier, he was only the symphathiser of North East voters in Muslim ghettos and has been closely involved in governance of Delhi government, but last time entry of Sheila Dixit has created a rift among the Muslims voters. Another resident of Mustafabad, Samshad Saifi said that Pandey had not only been campaigning but working for the upliftment of the people by sending girls to schools, undertaking cleaning drives, laying sewer lines and improving the condition of arterial roads. A first time voter from Ghonda and a social worker, Riyaz malik said that ever since the congress candidate Dikshit has entered the campaign, the voters have realised that the game is big and Congress will be a better tactical vote. Meanwhile, star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi’s road show may have diverted AAP sympathisers towards the Congress.last_img read more

BJP demands white paper on public transport in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari on Tuesday wrote to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, raising 10 questions on the functioning of the public transport system in the Capital city, in the wake of the recent announcement that the state government plans to make transportation for women in metro and buses free. He demanded that the government publish a white paper on the status of public transport systems in Delhi so that the feasibility of such schemes can be discussed in the public domain. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarTiwari termed the announcement of free travel for women as an election promise with the 2019 Assembly polls looming. He said due to the shortage of buses, the number of taxis and autos have increased. The state BJP chief claimed that Kejriwal recovered Rs 2,000 crore as cess from the people of Delhi but does not give details on how the fund is used. He has asked Kejriwal to categorically state the number of the DTC and cluster buses on February 10, 2015, and how many of them were in running condition. “What is the number of DTC and cluster buses today? How much is spent on the maintenance of the low floor buses which are more than 10 years old?” Tiwari asked in his letter. The North East Delhi MP however clarified that he is not against the idea of free travel in metro and buses for women, but that the timing of such announcements must be questioned. He has also asked about the steps taken by Delhi Government for improving the transport system of Delhi and the success in this regard.last_img read more

Dhawan injury weather pose challenge for India vs NZ

first_imgNottingham: The Indian team’s alternative strategy in the absence of an injured Shikhar Dhawan will be put through a stern test by a feisty New Zealand attack ready to ask a few probing questions if weather does not play spoilsport in their World Cup encounter here on Thursday. The contest, which could be a curtailed one due to inclement weather, will have a quality Black Caps seam attack ready to make life difficult for a new opening pair that is likely to feature KL Rahul at the top alongside Rohit Sharma. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenDhawan has been ruled out of at least the next three games owing to a hairline fracture in his left thumb. New Zealand have had a good record against India at global events. Kane Williamson’s men would be more than determined to win four-on-trot and maintain their pole position. Dhawan has unintentionally forced Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri to go for a tactical rejig despite convincing performances in the first two games against South Africa and Australia. Also Read – Mandhana ruled out of South Africa ODI seriesIf being forced to tinker with a successful opening combination that has cumulatively scored 4681 runs is a bit unsettling, there is also a positive side to the Dhawan injury saga. It has provided India with an opportunity to test how good their Plan B is. Rahul’s probable elevation at the top will certainly bring Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik into the picture as far as the No.4 slot is concerned. Shankar’s all-round abilities are pitted against Karthik’s experience. The thick cloud cover and damp conditions could also bring in Mohammed Shami into the equation at the expense of one of the wrist spinners. In case both Shankar and Karthik find a place in the playing XI, then Kedar Jadhav will be the one to miss out. The situation demands technical nous from skipper Kohli and more so from coach Ravi Shastri, known to be a shrewd tactical operator. It couldn’t have been a more ideal time to go for such a rejig given that the tournament is still in its second week and one of the bounciest yet good batting tracks is on offer on Thursday. This might not be the best of circumstances to open the batting but the talented Rahul will be determined to make this opportunity count. Dealing with adversity separates men from boys and if Rahul is able to successfully play out a testing opening spell from Trent Boult, it could work wonders for his confidence going into the next set of games. He would have a great reference point in the dynamic Rohit Sharma, who will be at the other end of the 22 yards. The manner in which Rohit has transformed his game according to conditions has been more than commendable.last_img read more

Plan to revoke H4 visas yet to get final shape US official

first_imgWashington DC: The Trump administration’s decision to rescind work authorisation for H-4 visa holders, a large number of whom are the spouses of high-skilled Indian IT professionals, is yet to get a final shape as the rule making process is incomplete, an official has said. Under the previous Obama administration, certain H-4 workers were allowed to get employment authorisation. However, US President Donald Trump, soon after coming to power, said that he plans to rescind such a rule. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonThe proposed rule is yet to be formally notified and the Trump administration has delayed the notification a number of times in the past two years. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) “continues reviewing” all employment-based visa programmes, including the H-4 EADs or employment authorisation card, an official said. H-4 visas are issued to the spouses of H-1B visa holders, a significantly large number of whom are high-skilled professionals from India. “No decision about the Obama administration regulation granting work authorisation to certain H-4 spouses is final until the rule making process is completed,” the official said. Recently, the Department of Homeland Security in its annual spring agenda reiterated the proposal to remove from its regulations certain H-4 spouses of H-1B non-immigrants as a class of aliens eligible for employment authorisation.last_img read more

Stimac has brought lots of fresh ideas Soosairaj

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian men’s football team is currently going through a transition period, with a number of players getting their debuts under new head coach Igor Stimac. One such player is Michael Soosairaj, who has impressed one and all over the course of the last two seasons in the I-League and then the Indian Super League. A call up to the national camp was followed by him getting selected for the final 23 for the King’s Cup 2019 in Thailand. In Thailand, Stimac went on to give as many as six debuts against a tough Curacao team in the tournament opener — Soosairaj was one of them. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev The 24-year-old rated the moment of coming on as a substitute in the second half as his best moment in his playing career so far. “I remember it. The coach pointed at me and asked me to gear-up,” recalled Soosairaj. “I was nervous. But I kept on telling myself, ‘Okay, Soosai! Be cool. Do not get nervous.'” “I did feel the pressure for the first five minutes, but once I got used to the pace of the game, and it was all okay since then,” he added. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships This personal favourite moment, though, has come to Soosairaj after hours of toil on the training pitch and at the gym, something that Stimac has ensured that all players adhere to. “The new coach has brought in a lot of fresh ideas on how to train the players and prepare them for the style that he wants us to implement on the pitch,” said Soosairaj. “It’s not just the technical abilities that are tested, but physical attributes like strength and stamina are also given equal importance while assessing players.” “We all need to work hard for that. We were provided individual programmes. There wasn’t any room for any compromise. We have to stay fit, if we are to have a chance of making it to the team. And by saying ‘staying fit,’ I mean attaining top international fitness standards,” he continued. “In his style of play, Stimac ensures that the whole team fights together. We defend together, and we attack together.” With the Intercontinental Cup coming up, Soosairaj is hard at work in Mumbai, where the probables for the Indian squad are training ahead of the tournament. “Last year, I watched it on television from my home. But this time it’s different. I am really excited to be a part of the camp ahead of the tournament. I shall most certainly give it my all if I’m picked.”last_img read more

Mumbai gets first spell of heavy rains traffic affected

first_imgMumbai: After a delay of several days, the first spell of heavy rains lashed the metropolis and its outskirts Friday morning, slowing down road and rail traffic. The Met office has predicted moderate rainfall with a few spells of heavy showers in the financial capital in the next 24 hours. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in the last five hours, its weather station has recorded an average rainfall of 43.23 mm in the island city, 64.14 mm in eastern suburbs and 78.21 mm in western suburbs. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah The civic body said the flow of road traffic has been reported to be slow, while suburban services of the Central and Western Railways were running behind schedule. “The city has recorded moderate rainfall in the last few hours. So far, no untoward incident or major water-logging has been reported at the Disaster Management Cell,” a senior civic official said. Meanwhile, heavy showers brought cheers to civic officials who said they will help in improving stock in reservoirs supplying water to the metropolis. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony Since monsoon has been playing truant, the civic administration has been forced to use reserve stock of water from its lakes to fulfil the needs of Mumbaikars. Suburban train services, considered Mumbai’s lifeline, were running late by 10 to 15 minutes, said the officer. According to a BMC spokesperson, due to the ongoing metro rail work and water-logging at some places, a few buses of civic transport undertaking BEST were diverted from their regular routes. Heavy traffic jam affected the movement of vehicles on the Mulund-Sion stretch of the Eastern Express Highway, he said, adding the BMC had to close a busy subway in suburban Andheri due to water-logging. The Thane railway station witnessed water-logging on tracks and the local civic administration has been alerted about it by the Central Railway (CR). “Water entered on tracks from the city area. The TMC (Thane Municipal Corporation) has been informed. The TMC is sending officials to check and do the needful. Our officers are there to help,” CR chief spokesperson Sunil Udasi said. The Western Railway, in a statement said, several teams of officials along with RPF jawans have been deployed at different locations to ensure smooth operation of trains. “Tracks and signals are working well without any failure. Train operation is normal. Today we received a few mail express trains late at Surat from Vadodara due to heavy rains in Vadodara division,” said the statement.last_img read more

Ayushmann delighted with performance of Article 15

first_imgMumbai: Ayushmann Khurranas investigative drama Article 15 registered Rs 20.04 crore in its first weekend, and the actor is delighted with the love and appreciation that the film has been getting from the audience. “Article 15 is an incredibly important film for India and its youth. I am delighted with the love and appreciation that the film has received in its opening weekend,” Ayushmann said in a statement. Article 15 aims to remind people about Article 15 of the Constitution which prohibits any discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, and how its value has been forgotten. “As an actor, I have backed a story that is tremendously relevant and I thank my director Anubhav Sinha for his brilliant vision, his courage to tell a story that needed to be told,” said the actor, who plays a police officer in the film. “It was an emotionally draining role and I gave it my all. I’m delighted that my work is being liked by audiences who want to see good and quality cinema,” added Ayushmann.last_img read more

Tamil Nadu court sentences MDMK chief Vaiko to 1 year in prison

first_imgChennai: The senior Tamil Nadu leader was found guilty under section 124 A (sedition) also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000, reports said.MDMK chief Vaiko was on Friday sentenced to one year in jail by a special court in Tamil Nadu’s Chennai in connection with a sedition case filed against him in 2009 by the DMK government in the southern state. Judge J Shanthi held the senior Tamil Nadu leader guilty of sedition under section 124 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000. Vaiko, who was present in the court, said he never sought any leniency. A petition was filed to suspend the conviction enabling an appeal against the order. The conviction and sentence then stayed for a month. Police had registered a case under section 124(A) against Vaiko for the speech he made while releasing his book Naan Kutram Sattugiren or I am Making the Accusation) in 2009.last_img read more

NASA engineers install legs wheels on Mars 2020 rover

first_imgLos Angeles: NASA engineers have recently installed the legs and wheels, known as the mobility suspension on the Mars 2020 rover, according to a latest release of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). More than a dozen “bunny suit”-clad engineers integrated the rover’s legs and wheels on June 13 in the clean room of the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at JPL, marking another milestone in the rover’s building, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Adding to the complexity of the engineering team’s integration effort was the “rocker-bogie” suspension system, which keeps the rover body balanced, enabling it to “rock” up or down, depending on the various positions of the six wheels, according to JPL. Measuring 52.5 centimeters in diameter and machined with traction-providing cleats, or grousers, the current wheels are engineering models that will be replaced with flight models next year, JPL said. Every wheel has its own motor. The two front and two rear wheels also have individual steering motors that enable the vehicle to turn a full 360 degrees in place. Mars 2020 will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in July 2020. It is scheduled to land at Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021.last_img read more

Russian plane evacuated due to smell two hospitalised

first_imgMoscow: Two people were hospitalised Friday after an Armenia-bound plane was evacuated in Moscow following a strange smell and smoke in the cabin, the airline and airport officials said. The early morning flight operated by Russia’s Nordwind Airlines had to be aborted during takeoff after a “foreign smell” on board the Boeing 737, the company said. The crew used emergency slides to evacuate the passengers — 162 adults and 11 children. Citing the plane’s commander, Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport where the incident took place, said there was smoke in the cabin but no fire. Five passengers sought medical help and two were hospitalised, Sheremetyevo said. The plane was replaced but 28 passengers refused to continue their journey. In May, 41 people were killed when a Russian passenger plane made an emergency landing and caught fire at Sheremetyevo.last_img read more

Vulture population declined from 40 million to 19000 in over 3 decades

first_imgNew Delhi: There has been a sharp decline in the population of vultures in the country which has come down from 40 million to 19,000 in over three decades, the Environment Ministry told the Parliament Friday.Responding to a query on the status of vultures in the country, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said there are three species of critically endangered resident Gyps vultures- White-backed vulture, Long-billed vulture and Slender-billed vulture- whose population as per the latest figures is 6,000, 12,000 and 1,000, respectively. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day”There has been a sharp decline in the vulture population. The crash in population was first noticed in the mid-90s and by 2007, there was a 99 per cent decline in the population of the three resident Gyps species of vultures,” he said. The minister said nationwide vulture surveys are being carried out by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) every four years sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and forest departments of various states since 1990. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: Bhagwat”The surveys are carried out mainly for three species of critically endangered resident Gyps vultures- White-backed, Long-billed and Slender-billed. These three species were very common in the country with an estimated population of 40 million in early eighties. Based on the latest survey carried out in the year 2015 and the results published in 2017, there were about 6,000 White-backed vultures, 12,000 Long-billed vultures and 1,000 Slender-billed vultures,” the minister said in a written reply. The major cause of mortality of vultures was found to be the veterinary non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug ‘Diclofenac’, given to cattle in pain and inflammation. “Diclofenac was found to be extremely toxic to vultures and causes renal failure. The Government of India banned the veterinary use of the drug in 2006 which was gazetted in the year 2008, but the misuse of multi-dose vials of human formulation of the drug in treating cattle was still causing mortality in vultures,” Javadekar said. On a question whether any vulture breeding centres have been established for their conservation, the minister said eight Vulture Conservation Breeding Centres (VCBCs) were established in different states of the country. “Four of the centres, Pinjore in Haryana (established in 2004), Rajabhatkhawa (in 2006) in West Bengal, Rani in Assam (in 2009) and Kerwa near Bhopal (established in 2008) are managed by respective state forest departments with support from BNHS and the Union Ministry of Environment,” he said. “Four more centres i.e. Junagarh in Gujarat (established in 2006), Nandankanan in Odisha (in 2006), Hyderabad in Telangana (in 2006) and Muta in Ranchi are established in state zoos and are being run by state forest departments with support from the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) of the Ministry of Environment and technical support from BNHS,” Javadekar said. With PTI inputslast_img read more

Students run riot after being expelled for molestation

first_imgGurugram: It was a scene of mayhem at a government school in Sohna on the outskirts of Gurugram after a group of students and their friends began pelting stones and destroying the school property.The entire incident transpired after seven students were expelled for molesting a girl from 11th standard. Not happy with the act, they called their relatives and began the circle of violence causing injuries to teachers and the passerby. What made the matter worse was the retaliatory attack by other students that further resulted in more injuries to the people outside and inside the school premises. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe situation was finally brought under control after the Sohna police reached the spot and made certain arrests in the case. As of now, the Sohna police has arrested seven people in the case and also detained others in the cases of rioting. The police have also formed a team to find out who else was involved in the violence and the destruction of the public property. Meanwhile, all those who have been injured have been admitted to the nearby hospitals for treatment. Those who have sustained severe injuries have been referred to Gurugram facilities. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”We have registered the cases under the following section and begun the investigations. We have also made certain arrests in the case. To begin with, the matter was related to a few boys in the schools being expelled for molestation. Being angry about what had happened to them they informed their friend and relatives and began destroying the public property. What made the matter even worse was the retaliatory attack by the students and teachers who did not want to get cowed down by the attack,” said a senior police official from Sohna Police. It is important to note that incidents of violence are not a new phenomenon in government schools of Haryana.last_img read more

Singleuse plastics to be banned inside Sealdah stn premises

first_imgKolkata: Single-use plastic materials will be banned inside the premises of Sealdah station from October 2.”Today (Saturday), we conducted different programmes spreading awareness about the harmful effects of plastics. I want to give a message that single-use plastics (disposable plastics) should be discontinued,” said P C Sharma, general manager of Eastern Railway (ER). A massive drive to stop use of plastics was organised by ER’s Sealdah division as part of the ‘Swachhta Hi Seva Pakhwada’ programme on Tuesday. A kiosk spreading awareness about the harmful effects of plastics was also installed inside the Sealdah station premises. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Ministry of Railways is observing ‘Swachhta Hi Seva Pakhwada’ across its entire network from September 15 to October 2, 2019 to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Nation. Detailed guidelines for the Pakhwada were formulated and circulated among each unit of Indian Railways. Sharma participated in the ‘Shramadaan’ for collection of plastic waste at Sealdah station. ER officials were also present on the occasion. ‘Shramadaan’ refers to a voluntary contribution involving physical effort. It is also a way to help and change the environment for the better. All railway vendors were instructed to avoid use of plastic carry-bags. Railway employees were also advised to ‘reduce, reuse and refuse’ plastic products and to use inexpensive reusable bags to reduce plastic footprint. After October 2, people will be fined if found using single-use plastics inside the station premises.last_img read more

Ukraine foreign minister warns G7 of Russian threats to western democracy

first_imgTORONTO – Russia is using Ukraine as a test ground for its information war against Western democracy, Ukraine’s foreign minister told G7 ministers meeting here on Sunday.Foreign Affairs Minister Chystia Freeland wants the disruptive influence of Russia on the West to be a top agenda item, and she set the table — literally — for Ukrainian foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin to deliver that message to her G7 counterparts.Freeland invited Klimkin to be part of Sunday’s talks, hosting him and other ministers at her home for a traditional brunch that was prepared by her own children.“It was amazing how she organized it, in the sense of creating this friendly atmosphere of hospitality with ministers sitting around the table with her kids … what they had personally prepared,” Klimkin told The Canadian Press in an interview Sunday afternoon.Their conversation was decidedly less festive, with Klimkin pressing the G7 to make a strong, unified stand against what he described as Kremlin efforts to destabilize democracy through election interference and other cyber-meddling.He said the petri dish for that strategy remains his country, which Russia invaded in 2014, annexing Crimea and occupying its eastern Donbass region.“Fundamentally, Ukraine is perceived by many and also by Russia as a sort of test range for testing Russian nonconventional warfare — hybrid war,” Klimkin said.He called this part of a bigger war “against the democratic transatlantic community.” Supporting Ukraine, he said, should be seen “as a part of a bigger pattern.“Fighting along with Ukraine would give an immense asset to the whole democratic community in the sense of understanding Russian efforts to destabilize the western world.”Freeland views the clash of the forces of democracy and authoritarianism as a defining feature of our time, and she has singled out Russian President Vladimir Putin as a major disrupter.Klimkin said all G7 ministers are committed to protecting democratic institutions. That includes the Trump administration in the U.S., where former FBI director Robert Mueller is leading the special investigation of possible collusion between Russia and the campaign that brought Trump to power in 2016.Klimkin said he had a “great meeting” in Toronto on Saturday with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan.“We have clear, consistent bipartisan support on (Capitol) Hill. We have such support from the administration.”Trump has nominated his CIA Director Mike Pompeo as his next secretary of state, but Pompeo isn’t in Toronto because he continues to face opposition to his confirmation.The G7 foreign ministers began meetings in Toronto on Sunday about the world’s many peace and security challenges, with the ongoing tensions with Russia and the North Korean nuclear crisis taking centre stageThe gathering comes days after North Korea pledged to suspend testing of its nuclear and long-range missiles and close its nuclear test site, and days ahead of this week’s historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.Trump is also working on his own landmark meeting with the North Korean leader in the coming weeks, after dispatching Pompeo on a secret mission to meet Kim two weeks ago to lay the groundwork.No date has been set, and there is uncertainty about what Trump might be able to accomplish.Trump’s envoy to Canada, Ambassador Kelly Craft, says her boss is leading international efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons arsenal.“Concerning the upcoming meeting, President Trump is really carrying the water on the North Korea issue,” Craft said in a statement to The Canadian Press. “It’s something we’ve also been working closely with Canada on.”Freeland co-hosted an international meeting on North Korea in January with Trump’s recently fired secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.Freeland announced that she and the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs, Federica Mogherini, will co-host a meeting of women foreign ministers in Canada this September.Canada has made the advancement of gender equality a pervasive theme that cuts across all G7 discussions, and the foreign ministers’ meeting is no exception.Freeland invited about a half-dozen non-G7 foreign ministers also attending the summit to a separate Saturday night dinner.She said her male Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, was the only man at Saturday’s dinner table. She noted that she and the other female ministers “are often in meetings where we are the only woman, and so Taro got to see a little bit what it was like.”Canada and Japan signed a military co-operation agreement on Saturday that will allow each other’s militaries to share equipment during joint exercises.Freeland and Kono also met last month in Tokyo, where they affirmed their commitment to keep economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to end its nuclear program at this G7 meeting.Freeland will be joined Monday by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who will lead his G7 interior minister counterparts in talks on terrorism and cyber security.last_img read more

Six stories in the news today May 4

first_imgSix stories in the news for Wednesday, May 3———PM TRUDEAU TO HEADLINE FUNDRAISER IN MONTREALPrime Minister Justin Trudeau promised political donors would not get preferential access to his government, and now the Liberals are trying to show they mean it as they revive their fundraising efforts. Trudeau will appear at a party fundraiser this evening in Montreal, which is unremarkable except for the fact that anyone can go. Anyone, that is, who has up to $250 to spare for a ticket, wants to give that money to the Liberal Party of Canada, and is not registered to lobby the PMO.———B.C. NDP VOWS TO FIGHT PIPELINE, BUT WON’T SAY HOWBritish Columbia’s New Democrats are vowing to do all they can to stop Kinder Morgan Canada’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion if they’re elected next Tuesday, but Leader John Horgan isn’t saying how he would do so. Horgan will only say he’ll raise the $7.4-billion pipeline expansion with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the day after the election.———FINAL ARGUMENTS IN FATAL GAS AND DASH TRIALA Calgary jury will hear final arguments today in the trial of a man charged in the hit-and-run death of a gas station worker. Joshua Cody Mitchell, 22, is on trial facing several charges, including second-degree murder. Maryam Rashidi, 35, tried to stop a driver from leaving a Calgary Centex gas station without paying for $113 worth of fuel in June 2015.———CROWN WRAPS ARGUMENTS IN B.C. POLYGAMY TRIALThe prosecution in the trial of two B.C. men accused of having multiple wives has wrapped up its case. Winston Blackmore is the head of a religious group in the province where residents follow the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints, a faith that condones plural marriage. Blackmore is on trial in B.C. Supreme Court in Cranbrook, B.C., alongside James Oler, and each is charged with one court of polygamy. Blackmore allegedly has 24 wives, while Oler is accused of marrying four women.———VERDICT TODAY FOR WOMAN WHO GAVE PIGS WATERA judge will deliver the verdict today in the case of a Toronto woman charged after giving water to pigs on a truck headed to slaughter. Anita Krajnc, of the group Toronto Pig Save, has pleaded not guilty to a mischief charge, although she has admitted that she gave water to the pigs. One of Krajnc’s lawyers has argued Krajnc was acting in the public good, and was therefore not breaking the law. The Crown has argued the pigs were the property of a farmer, and Krajnc was interfering with his property.———GIN RECALL EXTENDED COUNTRYWIDEFederal health authorities have extended a recall of gin that contains far more alcohol than what is declared on the label. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the recall of 1.14-litre bottles of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin began in Ontario and is now countrywide. The recall was initiated the gin’s alcohol content was found to be 77 per cent — not the 40 per cent declared on the label.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet in Montreal with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.— Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz will speak to a business audience in Mexico City.— Statistics Canada will release the Canadian international merchandise trade figures for March.— The Supreme Court of Canada is expected to decide if it will hear an appeal over a ruling on cross-border alcohol shopping.— The Fraser Institute will release a study examining carbon taxes and the cap-and-trade systems in Canada.last_img read more

The Monday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Monday, June 19———GOVERNOR GENERAL APOLOGIZES FOR INDIGENOUS REMARK: Gov. Gen. David Johnston apologized publicly Monday for referring to Indigenous Peoples as immigrants as he bestowed honours on 29 people — including the frontman of the Tragically Hip — for their efforts in furthering indigenous causes. Johnston told the investiture ceremony he misspoke when he said during a CBC Radio interview aired Saturday that the roots of Canadian immigration extend all the way back to include indigenous people. The comments, aired on CBC’s politics program “The House,’ touched off a flurry of criticism on social media, where some listeners complained that Johnston’s remarks reflected a deep-seated colonial mentality. “Let me apologize for not expressing myself correctly on this matter recently,” Johnston told Monday’s gathering, which followed an apologetic tweet of his own earlier in the day. “Indigenous Peoples are the original peoples of this land.”———SCHOOL MOURNS BOXING DEATH OF BELOVED TEACHER: The Edmonton elementary school where fighter Tim Hague taught is calling his death after a boxing match on the weekend a tragedy. The 34-year-old Hague died from injuries suffered in a second round technical knockout loss to Adam Braidwood in a heavyweight bout on Friday night. A statement from Ecole Bellevue School says Hague was a “beloved teacher and staff member” and that his death is “a tragedy for everyone.” The school is offering support to its staff and students to help deal with the loss. Hague’s death came less than a month after boxer David Whittom went into a coma with bleeding on the brain after knockout loss in Fredericton, N.B. The two cases have raised calls for an investigation into ways to improve the safety of fighters in boxing and MMA.———U.K. MOVES TO EASE TENSIONS AFTER ATTACK ON LONDON MUSLIMS: British authorities and Islamic leaders moved swiftly to ease concerns in the Muslim community after a man plowed a large van into a crowd of worshippers outside a north London mosque early Monday, injuring at least nine people. British media named the suspect as Darren Osborne, a 47-year-old father of four who was living in Cardiff, Wales. British Security Minister Ben Wallace said authorities were aware of rising far-right activity but the suspect was not known to them prior to the attack. Police are treating the incident as a terror attack. One man died at the scene, although he had been receiving first aid at the time and it wasn’t clear if he died as a result of the attack or from something else. The chaos outside the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park follows three Islamist-inspired attacks over the past three months that have triggered a surge in hate crimes around Britain. The Metropolitan Police Service, already stretched by its investigations of the earlier attacks and a high-rise apartment fire that is believed to have killed 79 people, immediately announced it was putting extra patrols on the streets to protect the public.———REPORT ALLEGES POLICE MISTREATMENT OF INDIGENOUS WOMEN: Indigenous women in Saskatchewan have been subjected to violence, invasive strip searches and other mistreatment by police, says a report from a human rights watchdog group that was quickly criticized by some police agencies. The 32-page report from New-York-based Human Rights Watch said the group documented 64 cases of alleged violent abuse during a visit last year to the province that included talks with indigenous women and social workers. The treatment of indigenous people by police in Saskatchewan has been the subject of high-profile legal proceedings. The 1990 death of Neil Stonechild, who was found frozen to death in a field outside Saskatoon, led to an inquiry and the firing of two Saskatoon police officers. The Human Rights Watch report documents more recent allegations of police abuse from indigenous women whose names were not revealed, including a Prince Albert woman who said an officer at a traffic stop in 2014 grabbed her ear and started hitting her because she didn’t want to leave her car with her child in it.———RUSSIAN THREAT COULD AFFECT CANADIAN PLANES: There are fears Canadian military aircraft operating over Syria could be caught in the middle of a new and potentially explosive dispute between the U.S. and Russia. Moscow warned Monday that it will track allied aircraft operating west of the Euphrates River in Syria as potential targets after the U.S. shot down a Syrian government warplane. American officials say the Syrian jet dropped bombs near U.S.-backed forces fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant — a claim the Syrian government and Russia both dispute. The Canadian military has been flying surveillance aircraft and a refuelling plane over Syria as part of its contribution to the U.S.-led anti-ISIL coalition. But while National Defence says it is monitoring the situation, it otherwise wouldn’t comment Monday on where the Canadian planes have been flying in Syria and whether they are in any increased risk of danger.———TIM HORTONS FRANCHISEE LAUNCHES CLASS ACTION: A Tim Hortons franchisee is seeking a class-action lawsuit alleging Restaurant Brands International is improperly using money from a national advertising fund. Since RBI acquired Tim Hortons in 2014 it has used money in the fund in ways that were not used previously or permitted, according to a statement of claim filed in Ontario Superior Court on Monday. Each franchisee contributes 3.5 per cent of their gross sales to the fund and since Dec. 14, 2014, the fund has collected nearly $700 million, according to the claim. The lawsuit alleges RBI has funnelled the money to itself, the TDL Group Corp., and several individuals — including RBI CEO Daniel Schwartz — also listed as defendants. The allegations have not been proven in court. RBI said in a statement that it vehemently disagrees with and denies all of the allegations. It said the company remains committed to working with restaurant owners to make the Tim Hortons brand strong.———LEGAL POT BY 2018 ‘RUSHED,’ MANITOBA MINISTER SAYS: Manitoba’s finance minister says he’s feeling rushed by the Trudeau government’s July 2018 timeline for legalizing recreational marijuana, and he wants an extension. Cameron Friesen says with the clock ticking there are still many unanswered questions on issues like public safety, enforcement and finding legal supplies of marijuana. He says provinces are responsible for much of the work and the high costs needed to create a regulated cannabis market. Friesen was speaking in Ottawa before a federal-provincial finance ministers meeting, which is exploring the issue of how to tax Canada’s forthcoming legal pot industry, among other things. He says he mentioned the idea of an extension to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau — but didn’t reveal how much extra time he’s hoping for. Provincial ministers are planning to push Ottawa to ensure they receive a share of pot-related tax revenue that fairly reflects the added costs provinces will have to assume on the road to legalization.———NEW TWIST IN EDMONTON SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE: A man convicted of sexually assaulting an indigenous woman whom the Crown had jailed and shackled to ensure her testimony has applied for legal records to discredit her as he seeks a mistrial. Lance David Blanchard was found guilty in December of aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping and unlawful confinement for the 2014 attack. The victim, a 28-year-old homeless woman, died in 2015 in an unrelated shooting. Tom Engel, Blanchard’s lawyer, has applied for the release of legal records that he contends contain new evidence that she was heavily addicted to drugs and was involved in criminal activity. Earlier this month, an Edmonton judge ruled against Blanchard’s attempt to have his convictions stayed over his treatment in custody. A judge is to hear arguments on the records request next Monday and for the mistrial application on July 26. Blanchard is scheduled for a dangerous offender hearing in January that could lead to him being jailed indefinitely.———FEDS DETAIL GENDER VIOLENCE STRATEGY: The Liberal government has unveiled its strategy on gender-based violence, proposing to spend the bulk of the cash allotted to create a centre of excellence within Status of Women Canada to both study and try to solve the problem. Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef said the money will help collect and share national data on gender-based violence that other levels of government and those on the front lines are unable to gather on their own. The centre will receive $77.5 million of the $101 million the Liberal government committed over five years to the gender-based violence strategy in the March budget, plus $16 million a year going forward, for research, data collection and programming. The rest of the money will be spread across several departments as part of a federal plan aimed at prevention, providing better support for survivors and helping the justice system become more responsive to the needs of those who experience sexual assault or other forms of violence.———HEALTH OFFICIALS TO MEET WITH DESMOND FAMILY: Nova Scotia’s health authority has agreed to meet with Lionel Desmond’s immediate family next week, almost six months after the former Canadian soldier fatally shot his mother, wife, daughter and himself in a horrific murder-suicide that attracted national attention. One of Desmond’s sisters, Chantel, confirmed today that the authority has scheduled a June 28 meeting at St. Martha’s Hospital in Antigonish, N.S., which is a half-hour drive from Lionel Desmond’s home in Upper Big Tracadie. The meeting will be important to the family because it will focus on the authority’s confidential review of how the province’s health-care system dealt with Lionel Desmond before the killings on or about Jan. 3. Chantel Desmond and her sister Cassandra Desmond recently joined a growing list of advocacy groups in calling for a broader fatality inquiry, saying they have yet to receive any useful information from public officials, including the Defence Department, Veterans Affairs Canada and the provincial government.last_img read more

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for June by province

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national unemployment rate was 6.5 per cent in June. Here are the jobless rates last month by province (previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador 14.9 per cent (14.8)— Prince Edward Island 10.2 (10.0)— Nova Scotia 8.8 (7.9)— New Brunswick 8.1 (8.4)— Quebec 6.0 (6.0)— Ontario 6.4 (6.5)— Manitoba 5.3 (5.3)— Saskatchewan 6.5 (6.3)— Alberta 7.4 (7.8)— British Columbia 5.1 (5.6)last_img

Five things to know about Canadas next Governor General

first_imgOTTAWA – Here are five things about Julie Payette, Canada’s Governor General designate.1. Payette — the second Canadian woman to fly into space after Roberta Bondar — was aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 1999 and Endeavour in 2009. She was the first Canadian astronaut to board the International Space Station.2. Born Oct. 20, 1963 in Montreal, Payette is fluent in French and English and can converse in Spanish, Italian, Russian and German.3. Payette enjoys running, skiing, racquet sports and scuba diving and is a member of the board of Canada’s “Own The Podium” Olympic program.4. Carried the Olympic flag in the Opening Ceremonies at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada that same year.5. Payette plays the piano and has sung with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Piacere Vocale in Basel, Switzerland, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto.(Source: The Canadian Space Agency)last_img read more

Federal archeology lab in Nova Scotia to remain open cabinet minister

first_imgHALIFAX – Parks Canada says it has decided to continue leasing a facility in a Halifax-area business park for an archeology lab that houses artifacts from the Atlantic region.Treasury Board President Scott Brison tweeted Wednesday evening that the Liberal government was keeping the facility going, saying it “meets conservation and security standards.”The previous Conservative government had announced in 2012 that the lab was closing as part of a consolidation of six labs, and the artifacts were scheduled to be moved.In a brief email, a Parks Canada spokeswoman confirmed Brison’s tweeted message.A number of local archeologists had criticized the Harper government’s plans to close the facility, saying it was both a valued storage facility and a source of expertise to researchers.last_img read more

Ottawa Pride will see Trudeau Wynne Canadas top general on Sunday

first_imgOTTAWA – Several prominent marchers will be making appearances at Ottawa’s annual Pride Parade today.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne will be joining the parade, as will General Jonathan Vance.Vance, the chief of defence staff, will lead a contingent of senior military leaders during the parade.He said in an interview with The Canadian Press last week that he hopes to show the military’s support and openness toward the LGBTQ community.Trudeau and Wynne have regularly attended Pride celebrations in other major Canadian cities, including Montreal and Toronto.Organizers for the Ottawa event say this year’s parade will be the largest in its history.last_img read more

Youth sentence for accused in killing of Regina 16yearold Hannah Leflar

first_imgREGINA – A judge who sent a teenager to rehabilitative custody Tuesday for taking part in the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old girl said his behaviour was abhorrent but did not merit an adult sentence.The teen, now 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Hannah Leflar, who was found by her stepfather in a pool of blood in the family’s Regina home in January 2015.She had been stabbed multiple times with a hunting knife by another boy she had recently dumped.All three teens were 16 at the time.Justice Lian Schwann said the Crown failed to meet the test of “diminished moral blameworthiness” that would be required for an adult sentence.She noted he did not plan nor become actively involved in the murder and concluded he is a low risk to reoffend. Schwann said his best chance would be under intense rehabilitation available under a special Youth Criminal Justice Act sentence.Intensive Rehabilitative Custody and Supervision consists of a period of custody with mandatory treatment followed by conditional supervision and support in the community. The maximum time in custody for second-degree murder is four years.The teen will not receive credit for 33 months he spent in a youth correctional facility.The defence had argued that the teen had made bad choices, but was remorseful and should be sent to a youth facility. The Crown had said an adult sentence would balance risk, public safety and rehabilitation.“She seemed to be quite swayed by the potential for the success with a (rehabilitative) sentence. I’m not entirely sure that the evidence bore that out,” prosecutor Chris White said outside a Regina court.“A lot of what we thought was the actions of a sophisticated killer were better described in her view as immaturity.”White suggested the sentence provides no closure for Leflar’s family.“They were certainly hopeful that there would be an adult sentence for this individual,” he said. “They’re certainly disappointed.”Defence lawyer Greg Wilson said he understands the family is upset.“I get that it’s not a popular sentence. I get that a lot of people aren’t going to like it, but Canadian law is based on consistency. It’s based on principles. It’s based on the Youth Criminal Justice Act and, at the end of the day, this is what we felt was going to be the appropriate outcome.”A lengthy sentencing hearing in September heard that the teen lured Leflar to her home, then watched as her former boyfriend stabbed her to death.Skylar Prockner was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced as an adult to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years.He is serving his sentence at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert and has launched an appeal.The teen said at his hearing that he didn’t think Prockner had a knife and was only hitting Leflar. He said he followed Prockner’s orders about destroying evidence out of fear he might be harmed.But he changed his story to say he knew they were going to Leflar’s house that day and he didn’t try to talk Prockner out of it.He admitted he looked forward to murdering Leflar, who had also been his friend.Leflar’s mother told the sentencing hearing that the youth “ushered (Hannah) to her death.”(CJME, CKRM, The Canadian Press)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had Justice Schwann’s first name spelled incorrectlylast_img read more

Entangled North Atlantic right whale in Bay of Fundy DFO

first_imgGRAND MANAN, N.B. – Fisheries and Oceans Canada says an entangled North Atlantic right whale has been spotted off Grand Manan, N.B.It says the Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station is tracking the whale about 22 nautical miles east of the community.The department says the Campobello Whale Rescue Team is unable to respond to assess the whale’s condition due to an issue with their vessel and deteriorating weather conditions.It says the forecast shows continued poor weather for the next two days.The DFO says it will monitor the situation via aerial surveillance.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced on July 21 that an area of the Grand Manan Basin was being closed to fishing because of two North Atlantic right whales being spotted in the Bay of Fundy.The area, which is a critical habitat area for the endangered species, was to remain in effect until further notice.While there have been no reported deaths of right whales this season thus far, the Fisheries Department said 12 North Atlantic right whales died unexpectedly in the Gulf of St. Lawrence between June and September of last year.last_img read more

Military calls off Alberta search after missing Cessna 172 found pilot dead

first_imgMAYERTHORPE, Alta. – The Royal Canadian Air Force says the search for a missing pilot and his Cessna 172 has ended with the discovery of the light plane and a body in a wooded area northwest of Edmonton.“The search for missing pilot Scott Schneider has ended with the discovery of his Cessna 172,” the military said in a release Thursday night.“Unfortunately, when Royal Canadian Air Force search and rescue technicians arrived on scene he was found without vital signs.”Schneider and the plane were last seen Sunday afternoon taking off from an airfield in Edson, Alta., bound for nearby Westlock.He was reported missing the following day when he failed to report for work.The military deployed Hercules aircraft and helicopters to search the rural area between the two communities.“While this is not the outcome we hoped for, we hope it brings closure to the family and friends of Mr. Schneider,” Maj. Gerry Favre, searchmaster with 1 Canadian Air Division said.“The thoughts of the entire search team are with the family right now.”The military said it found the plane after reviewing radar logs from a nearby airport.Schneider was flying alone with his dog.RCMP Cpl. Chris Warren said the aircraft was found in Lac. St. Anne County.“The RCMP attended and discovered an aircraft with extensive damage and a body at the scene” Warren said.Warren said Transport Canada and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are investigating.Warren said the family of the missing pilot has been in contact with RCMP since the plane was reported missing.The military had said the search for the plane had been hampered by smoke from wildfires in B.C. that prevented civilian aircraft from taking part.— By John Cotter in Edmontonlast_img read more

Montreal hit with rotating Canada Post strike 6000 workers walk off job

first_imgMONTREAL – About 6,000 Canada Post employees in Montreal have walked off the job, along with postal workers in several other cities as ongoing rotating strikes continue across the country.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said the Montreal walkout began at 10:30 p.m. local time Monday, joining several other cities participating in the 24-hour strikes.CUPW says walkouts are being held in five B.C. cities, including Fraser Valley West, Prince George, Squamish and Royal City.Workers are also out in Weyburn, Sask., and seven Ontario communities, including Cobourg, Deep River, Fort Frances, Peterborough and Kapuskasing.Last week, 9,000 workers in the Toronto area walked off the job for two days, forcing delays in shipments of tens of thousands of letters and parcels across the country.In a statement, Canada Post warns that the Montreal walkout will have a significant impact on operations, since it is an important processing hub.“Canada Post will make every effort to minimize the impact, but customers well beyond Montreal may see delays for parcel and mail delivery,” the Crown corporation said.CUPW and the postal service have been unable to reach new collective agreements for the two bargaining units in 10 months of negotiations.“We outlined our major issues to Canada Post at the very beginning of the negotiation process … and clearly stated that we would not sign any agreements that don’t address overwork and overburdening, equality and full-time jobs,” CUPW national president Mike Palecek said in a statement.“Our position hasn’t changed. We aren’t just bargaining for today, we are bargaining for the future — for our members and everyone who relies on the postal service.”Last Tuesday, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu appointed Morton Mitchnick, a former chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, to help the two parties resolve their contract differences.last_img read more

Father of Humboldt Bronco player got apology in tearful meeting with truck

first_imgMELFORT, Sask. — The father of a player killed in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash says he thinks meeting face-to-face with the truck driver who caused the collision was a powerful moment in both of their lives.Scott Thomas, whose son Evan died in the April 6 crash, said both he and Jakirat Singh Sidhu cried when the two met privately at Sidhu’s sentencing hearing this week.  “It was a very powerful, very emotional 15 minutes,” said Thomas. “There were lots of tears on both our parts.“He said exactly what he said in court … ‘I’m sorry, I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry.’”Thomas was sitting in court in Melfort, Sask., Wednesday when Sidhu’s brother tapped him on the knee and asked if Thomas would meet with their family after the hearing ended for the day.“We went into a small room in the back,” Thomas told The Canadian Press in an interview Thursday.Thomas had frequently said he would like to meet with the truck driver.He said Sidhu asked him how he could make it right for his family.“I said, ‘So far, you’ve done everything that’s in your power,’” Thomas recalled. “He pled guilty, he took away the possibility of a long, drawn-out trial. He ended the proceedings in a pretty short and quick and efficient manner and definitely saved our families a lot of grief going forward.“In his words, he can’t do anything to make it better, but he can stop proceedings that make it worse. That’s what he did. He’s already taken steps in that direction.”Thomas said he accepted Sidhu’s apology.“Absolutely,” said Thomas. “It was a powerful moment in both of our lives, I think. It’s what I had asked for.”Ninety victim impact statements were submitted from family members over three days. They cried as they spoke of their unending grief for those who died and their frustration for those forever scarred. Some said they can forgive Sidhu, while others said they are too angry.Crown prosecutor Thomas Healey told court that he admired the ability to forgive, but that actions must have consequences. He said that while there has been no case like it before in Canada, a sentence of 10 years with a 10-year driving prohibition would be appropriate.The defence made no specific sentence recommendation but cited other dangerous driving penalties stretching from 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 years behind bars.Thomas said he wouldn’t want to be in the judge’s position of having to determine Sidhu’s sentence.“There’s definitely some parts of our conversation I am still not talking about, but the range of human tragedy in this is unbelievable,” said Thomas. “Any time I think I can’t get any deeper into this, something happens to continually break my heart.”Sitting through the victim impact statements was sometimes harder than the days after the crash, he said.“A couple of Mr. Sidhu’s family members were in the meeting with us and you could see the pain in their faces. So many families on so many levels.“From the 29 people on the bus to the billet families to the first responders who were there. There’s thousands and thousands of people who were impacted by this and every one of them has a unique story. It’s unbelievable.”Thomas said his strongest feelings in the case are reserved for a system that allowed Sidhu on the road with little experience and even less training.“If I harbour long lasting hard feelings toward anybody it’s toward the company that employed him … the trucking industry that allowed this to happen and the governments that allowed a man like him to be behind the wheel,” Thomas said. “I have a horrible feeling there are hundreds of others who are trained just as poorly out on the road right now. He thought he was just doing his job.”Provincial court Judge Inez Cardinal said she will hand down her sentence March 22.“However this happens, there’s no winners here,” said Thomas.“There’s going to be losers. No matter how that decision comes down, a whole bunch more people are going to lose.”— By Colette Derworiz in Edmonton.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Muslim groups denounce Quebec Premier Legaults statements on Islamophobia

first_imgMONTREAL — Muslim groups are denouncing as insulting and offensive Quebec Premier Francois Legault’s statement Thursday that Islamophobia does not exist in Quebec.The National Council of Canadian Muslims called on Legault to retract the comments, which came two days after the second anniversary of a mosque shooting that killed six Muslim men in Quebec City.Legault said Thursday there is no Islamophobia in Quebec and closed the door on the idea of designating a national day to combat the problem.On Friday he clarified those comments, saying there is “not a current nor a culture of Islamophobia in Quebec” and that Quebecers are open and tolerant.NCCM executive director Ihsaan Gardee described Legault’s initial comment as an insult to the families of the Quebec City victims and to Muslim communities across Canada.Boufeldja Benabdallah, the president of the Quebec City mosque targeted in 2017, said he fears Legault’s comments will encourage the small minority of people who commit Islamophobic acts.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Man hurt during arrest for alleged slurs at BC vigil for New

first_imgSURREY, B.C. — An investigation is underway after a man in Surrey, B.C., was injured while being arrested for allegedly yelling racial slurs at a prayer vigil for the victims of the New Zealand mosque attacks.Surrey RCMP say it happened Sunday afternoon at the pre-planned event in the city’s civic plaza.They say the man was acting suspiciously at the time.The Independent Investigations Office confirms it has been notified and its investigators are now gathering evidence and seeking witnesses.The office, which investigates all cases of police-involved injury or death in British Columbia, says the injury occurred as the man was being taken into custody for breach of the peace.A statement from the office says that during the arrest the man went to the ground and was taken to hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.Surrey RCMP say in a post on their website that the office will “determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the man’s injuries.”The detachment says it will not make any further comment while the investigation is underway.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Crown wraps up closing arguments in British Columbia child bride case

first_imgCRANBROOK, B.C. — The Crown wrapped up its case Monday against a former member of a fundamentalist sect who is charged with the alleged removal of a girl from Canada in 2004 to marry a man in the United States.Special prosecutor Peter Wilson argued that the Crown doesn’t have to prove that sexual activity took place between the girl and the man she married.“The Crown only has to prove that at some point during the unfolding of the events, that the accused intended or subjectively foresaw that (the girl) would be subject to sexual contact,” Wilson told a B.C. Supreme Court judge in Cranbrook.James Oler is charged with removing the 15-year-old girl from Canada to marry a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which practises polygamy in Bountiful, B.C., and the United States.He was acquitted in 2017 by a judge who was not convinced Oler did anything within Canada’s borders to arrange the girl’s transfer to the U.S. But the B.C. Court of Appeal agreed with the Crown that proof of wrongdoing in Canada was not necessary and ordered a new trial.Wilson argued that Oler should have known the girl would be subject to sexual activity following her marriage based on the nature of church doctrine and the role of women in the faith.Women do not have financial assets and need permission to travel or pursue post-secondary education, former church members told the trial. They were taught that their role within the religion was to be a celestial wife in polygamous marriages and to bear children.The court has heard the 15-year-old girl’s marriage was documented by priesthood records kept by Warren Jeffs, the church’s president and prophet. The records were seized after U.S. law enforcement raided the Yearning for Zion ranch in Texas a decade ago.One priesthood record describes a phone call that Jeffs made to Oler, allegedly asking him to bring the girl to the United States to be married.Oler, who is self-represented, did not call any witnesses or mount a legal defence.Joe Doyle, who is serving as a friend of the court to ensure a fair trial, will present his closing arguments on Tuesday.(Cranbrook Daily Townsman)Trevor Crawley, Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook Daily Townsmanlast_img read more

Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford Makes The Play For Healthy Habits

first_img“Making the play” – something quarterback Matthew Stafford does week after week each season with the Detroit Lions – is something he couldn’t accomplish without good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) wants to know how kids in grades four through eight would make Michigan healthier through its second annual “Make the Play for Healthy Habits” video contest.The student that submits the winning video will get to star as a host of his/her own healthy lifestyle video blog series on aHealthierMichigan.org, and will receive a school assembly featuring Stafford.Video submissions are being accepted Jan. 30 – March 29. In April, 10 semifinalists will be selected and notified and their video submissions will be posted on aHealthierMichigan.org for a two-week public voting period. The winner will be announced in early May.“Last year we had such a tremendous response from kids across Michigan to this contest, we are excited to do it again,” said Andrew Hetzel, BCBSM vice president for corporate communications. “Kids are naturally creative. Working with their parents and teachers, Blue Cross wants to see their creativity come to life with the goal of making their schools and communities healthier.”Video submissions should be no more than two minutes long. They should creatively answer the question “What would you do to make Michigan healthier?” and include the student’s perspective on how themselves, their family, teachers and classmates can live a healthier life. Students should explain how they would communicate healthy lifestyle choices with their families and fellow students.Students can submit a video using any digital recording device using an MP3 format, such as a smartphone, iPad, Flip video or webcam, or they can upload a video via YouTube. For more information, please visit aHealthierMichigan.org/kidcontest.Students, grades four through eight, must be enrolled in an accredited public or private learning institution within Michigan to participate.According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being. The CDC also reports that 14.2 percent of Michigan adolescents in grades nine through 12 are overweight, while 11.9 percent are obese. In children ages two to five years, 16.3 percent are overweight and 13.3 percent are obese.Schools play a particularly critical role in combating obesity by establishing a safe and supportive environment with policies and practices that can encourage healthy behaviors. Schools also provide opportunities for students to learn about and practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.The “Make the Play for Healthy Habits” kid contest is an extension of BCBSM’s ongoing efforts to combat childhood obesity by encouraging kids to share their ideas using creativity and new media. In addition, this week BCBSM announced that elementary schools can apply for a new round of grant funding from Building Healthy Communities, a partnership with the Michigan Fitness Foundation, Wayne State University’s College of Education Center for School Health and the United Dairy Institute of Michigan. Since 2009, BCBSM, the program’s creator and primary funder, has invested more than $3 million in the Building Healthy Communities program in an effort to promote healthier lifestyles and prevent childhood obesity and its associated health risks.Immediate health effects of childhood obesity: • Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population-based sample of five- to 17-year-olds, 70 percent of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. • Obese adolescents are more likely to have pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes. • Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.Long-term health effects of childhood obesity: • Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer and osteoarthritis. One study showed that children who became obese as early as age two were more likely to be obese as adults. • Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risk for many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, gall bladder, thyroid, ovary, cervix and prostate, as well as multiple myeloma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Knowledge and prevention: • According to the CDC, healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases. • The dietary and physical activity behaviors of children and adolescents are influenced by many sectors of society, including families, communities, schools, child care settings, medical care providers, faith-based institutions, government agencies and the media, as well as the food, beverage and entertainment industries.Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are nonprofit corporations and independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more company information, visit bcbsm.com.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Stephen Fry Speaks About Mental Illness

first_imgSpeaking to an audience about his bipolar disorder and attempt to commit suicide last year, actor Stephen Fry had some commonsensical things to say.The president of Mind since 2011, a charity that provides information and support to those experiencing mental health problems, Fry is committed to openly discussing mental illness, including his own.“I am the victim of my own moods,” says Fry, “more than most people are perhaps, in as much as I have a condition which requires me to take medication so that I don’t get either too hyper or too depressed to the point of suicide.”Nevertheless, in his hotel room after a day of filming last year, Fry says he took very many pills and a lot of vodka, which caused his body to convulse so much that while unconscious he broke four ribs. It was thanks to his producer visiting his room that Fry was found and taken to hospital.“There is no ‘why’,” says Fry, “it’s not the right question. There’s no reason. If there were a reason for it, you could reason someone out of it, and you could tell them why they shouldn’t take their own life. My role, as I see it, is not to be shy about the morbidity and genuine nature of the likelihood of death amongst people with certain mood disorders.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

Will Ferrell To Host Massive Charity Desert Showdown

first_imgWill Ferrell is ready to bring the heat to the Desert Showdown, heading to the desert to commemorate the greatest (and most competitive!) 10th Anniversary of charity tennis and golf yet!Hosted by Will Ferrell, and held at the world famous La Quinta Resort & Club, the event has expanded to two days this year to include “The Will Powered Golf Classic”, a golf tournament unlike any other, exclusive post-round cocktail reception and celebrity entertainment.Leading into the neighboring BNP Paribas Open, the two-day event will benefit Cancer For College, a 501c3, non-profit organization that provides college scholarships for cancer survivors. Since 1993, the charity has granted nearly $2 million to more than 1,000 cancer survivors.To kick off the event on Monday, March 3, 2014, “The 21st Annual Will Powered Golf Classic” will take place on at the renowned Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert, CA. The tournament will be played in a shamble format with planned ceremonial tee off at 12 noon featuring Ferrell and Cancer for College Founder Craig Pollard. Following the golf, there will be a private evening reception with hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres at the gorgeous Big Horn Golf Club pool area adjacent to the clubhouse.March 4th, 2014, marks Day 2 and the 10th Anniversary of the Desert Smash, and tennis portion of the Showdown. The day kicks off with The Desert Smash Pro/Celebrity-Am Tennis Tournament, where donating amateurs pay to play with celebrity players and WTA/ATP Tour Pros. Following the Pro/Celebrity-Am Tournament, the fan favorite, Pro-Tennis Exhibition will kick off at 2:15pm on La Quinta’s intimate Stadium Court. This sell-out event, is notorious for bringing together some of the world’s best professional tennis players with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars for fun, entertaining tennis in addition to several exciting live auction items auctioned off with the help of the players.Early players scheduled to appear at this year’s exhibition include: loyal Desert Smasher’s ATP World No. 2 Novak Djokovic, and 2013 Australian Open Doubles Champions and ATP World No. 1 Doubles Team Bob & Mike Bryan. Star players that have participated in the past include: WTA World No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki, Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Marat Safin, Victoria Azarenka and Mardy Fish. Last year’s big celebrity battle with Novak Djokovic & Jeremy Piven vs. RedFoo and Mardy Fish was an entertaining, fun match that the crowd loved!Ferrell’s reasoning for his involvement in the Smash: “Cancer for College is an amazing cause. To see these cancer survivors realize their dream of a college education is inspiring. You know what else is inspiring? Me embarrassing Kevin Spacey on a tennis court in front of a thousand people. Those Academy Awards aren’t going to help him one bit when I’m raining fire on him from the baseline. It’s going to be a sight to behold. If an exhibition of pure athletic prowess does not make you want to give to this great cause, I don’t know what will.”Kevin Spacey will definitely be bringing the heat to the desert, having been training for months with premier coaches for his Pro/Celeb match against Ferrell. He sounds off taunting, “Will, I have long admired you, as I hope you know; but there will be no mercy in Palm Springs. I have taken this assignment like the greatest method actor who ever walked the face of the boards of the most inspired playhouse of all time… Za Actor’s Studio (and not just Inside but Outside too!) I’m ready, excited and very, very pumped to head out on the court and KILL YOU AT THE NET!!!!!”The Desert Smash Celebrity/Pro-Am Tournament is arguably one of the country’s best, composed of currently ranked WTA and ATP Tour players and some of the best known celebrity players. Past participants include: Stan Wawrinka, Ivan Ljubicic, Dinara Safina, Ernests Gulbis, Daniela Hantuchova, Paul Henri Mathieu, Xavier Malisse, James Blake, Jack Sock and Grand Slam Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.Each year, the Desert Smash attracts both celebrity and tennis fans who flock to La Quinta to rub elbows with the world’s best tennis players. Celebrities scheduled to appear this year include event host and “Anchorman” star Will Ferrell, two-time Oscar winner and current House of Cards star Kevin Spacey, Kaley Cuoco (Big Bang Theory), Justin Chambers (Grey’s Anatomy), Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy, Brave), Timothy Olyphant (Justified, Live Free or Die Hard), RedFoo (LMFAO), Jeremy Piven (Entourage, Old School), Lance Bass and Boris Kodjoe.Past celebrity attendees included: Michael B. Jordan, Christian Slater, Gavin Rossdale, Gwen Stefani, Ryan Kwanten, Joe Pesci, Justin Chambers, Timothy Olyphant, Boris Kodjoe, Michael Vartan, Lance Bass, Joanna Garcia, Eliza Dushku, Jennifer Morrison, and Kirk Fox.Capping off an epic two days of fundraising and tennis, the celebration will continue into the night with the 10th Anniversary Desert Smash Player Party, which will give supporters and attendees the chance to rub elbows with both Hollywood celebrities and tennis stars while supporting Cancer for College through an exciting live auction all the while enjoying cocktails, a fun selection of food and a live musical performance by Nelly and Boyz II Men.Ferrell notes: “This event is going to be huge. I believe, between the golf and tennis alone, we’re expecting over 12 million people at the Desert Showdown this year. It might be a record for attendance. It’s gonna make Coachella look like a pancake breakfast. Look, I’m not going to sugarcoat it. It’s going to be a lot of work, but there’s nothing easy about cancer. It can devastate a family physically, emotionally and financially. It’s what makes Cancer for College so important. They make a college education a reality for these survivors who have been through so much. Helping these families after all they have been through is the absolute least we can do.”Find out more about the events here.last_img read more

Garfield Joins The Shelter Pet Project

first_imgIn celebration of Adopt a Cat Month, beloved animated cat and international icon Garfield has joined The Shelter Pet Project in several new videos and sharable graphics to show the love and joy that shelter pets bring to their owners’ lives.Garfield Joins Shelter Pet ProjectIn the new public service ads (PSAs), characters Garfield and Odie encourage audiences to visit TheShelterPetProject.org to meet cats and dogs available for adoption at local shelters and rescue groups.Garfield and Odie have been beloved fixtures in popular culture since 1978, when the cartoon debuted in 41 newspapers. Today, the famous fat cat is featured in 2,100 newspapers and is the star of the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip. Garfield and Odie have gone on to also star in books, on TV, and even in musicals over the years.“Who better to champion the need to visit a shelter than Garfield?” said Garfield creator and CEO of Paws, Inc. Jim Davis. “Everyone here at Paws, Inc. is so honored to be a part of this initiative. I hope that Garfield can encourage a whole new generation to visit their local animal shelter or rescue group. Who knows, there might be a Garfield or an Odie waiting for them.”June marks a particularly active time for shelters and rescue groups, as it’s the peak of kitten season, when thousands of newborn homeless kittens join other cats available for adoption across the United States. There are cats for every personality in shelters and rescue groups right now, and with each adoption, the number of healthy and treatable pets who lose their lives in shelters each year declines. Currently, about 2.4 million pets still need to find a home each year. The Shelter Pet Project’s goal is to bring that number down to zero.“Every shelter pet deserves a loving family, and every loving family deserves an amazing shelter pet,” said Michael Markarian, Chief Program and Policy Officer for The HSUS. “We are thrilled to have the support of Garfield and Odie in urging families to make shelters and rescue groups their first stop when bringing a beloved new four-legged friend into their home.”The videos feature Garfield talking directly to the screen encouraging viewers to go online and see what shelter pets are available in their area. In addition to the videos, the Paws, Inc. team has created a series of animated social graphics depicting Garfield and Odie asking viewers to visit the Shelter Pet Project website. At TheShelterPetProject.org, prospective adopters can browse through a database of dogs and cats available for adoption in their area and learn more about misconceptions around shelter pet adoption as well as about the process of adopting a pet.“If just a small percentage of those looking to acquire a pet in the next year choose to adopt, we can end the euthanization of all healthy and treatable pets across the U.S,” said Rich Avanzino, President of Maddie’s Fund. “Thanks to Garfield, millions of people can see the joy – and laughs – that come with sharing their lives with pets. We couldn’t ask for a better friend to support our campaign.”“The Shelter Pet Project is one of our most beloved campaigns and it has helped countless pets find loving homes and families. This partnership with Paws, Inc. and Garfield will only enhance our message,” said Ad Council President and CEO Lisa Sherman. “Garfield has been an iconic and treasured figure for generations of children and families and he will be such an influential advocate for shelter pets across the country. We are hopeful that he will be able to reach and inspire new audiences.”last_img read more

AnnaLynne McCord To Present Junior League Of Los Angeles Community Leadership Award

first_imgOn Friday, November 6th, actress AnnaLynne McCord (90210, Dallas) will present the Junior League of Los Angeles’ (“JLLA”) Community Leadership Award to Carissa Phelps, author/attorney/advocate and founder of Runaway Girl, Inc., for her work helping sexually exploited runaway children and homeless youth.The event is part of JLLA’s annual Community Leadership Forum that is free for the community to attend. It will be held at the Downtown Central Library in Los Angeles from 9am – 12 noon.Carissa Phelps was the subject of the award-winning documentary, Carissa, the 2008 film that revisits her life as a sexually exploited runaway child living on the streets of Fresno, CA. She’s also the founder of Runaway Girl, Inc., which advocates for runaway and homeless youth, while providing training for organizations to effectively reach out and address homelessness and human trafficking.Actress AnnaLynne McCord has bravely opened up about her own sexual assault experience, and now feels it is time to speak out to aid other women. She just launched her own digital radio show “Truth” which launched 10/1/15 on Smiletime.The Junior League of Los Angeles, now in its 90th year of service, is bringing together members of the community to focus on an important issue impacting the city as it presents the annual Community Leadership Forum. This free community event will be held on November 6, 2015, at the Downtown Central Library in Los Angeles. Breakfast will be served from 9-10 AM; Speakers & Panel Discussion from 10 AM – 12 PM.This year’s topic will focus on The Disturbing Link Between Foster Youth and Human Trafficking. Featuring prominent experts in their field from the city, state and federal levels, the speakers will include: Carissa Phelps, author, advocate, attorney and founder of Runaway Girl Inc., Dana Harris, LAPD Detective Supervisor, Human Trafficking Investigator, and Maggy Krell, Deputy Attorney General, Statewide Human Trafficking Coordinator.Statistics indicate that approximately half of the sexually exploited children on the streets today were at one time living in foster care or in a group home run by the state. The Community Leadership Forum is just one way JLLA is bringing attention to the alarming issues among the foster youth population in the Los Angeles area.JLLA recently established a new partnership with the Alliance for Children’s Rights, a leader in the foster care world that provides children with permanency through adoption, legal guardianship, access to healthcare and an equitable education. This collaboration focuses on females ages 16-21 and empowers them with the life skills to transition out of foster care. For more information, click here.The Junior League of Los Angeles is committed to empowering women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Now in its 90th year of service, JLLA provides volunteers and funding to local non-profit agencies for the benefit and enrichment of the Los Angeles community. Nearly 600 volunteers contribute more than 60,000 hours of volunteer work each year to important projects and programs. In addition to the volunteer services that members contribute, the JLLA has contributed millions of dollars to fund programs and agencies that improve the overall wellbeing of the Los Angeles community.last_img read more

Point Foundation Announces 2018 Point Honors Gala

first_imgPoint Foundation will honor Tig Notaro and Ronan Farrow at the annual Point Honors gala in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza hotel April 9, 2018.Notaro, whom Rolling Stone named as one of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time, will receive the Point Impact Award, which is presented to an individual making a significant impact on improving the LGBTQ community. Farrow, a contributing writer for The New Yorker whose reporting on the transgender community has received a Stonewall Foundation Vision Award and been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award, will receive the Point Courage Award. The award recognizes those who have advocated for the future of the LGBTQ community and believe in the vision that investing in today’s potential will produce a brighter tomorrow.Additional celebrity participation to be announced soon. Past honorees have included Robin Roberts, Lena Dunham, Jonathan Groff, Wanda Sykes, and Andy Cohen.“Granting scholarships to LGBTQ students of merit like Point Foundation does, makes me hopeful that future generations will feel empowered to go out into the world and have their voices heard, whichever way that manifests itself,” said Notaro. “I am humbled to be recognized by an inspiring organization doing such truly important work.”“Empowering the next generation of LGBTQ students is both life changing for the scholarship recipients and important for the future of our country at a time when we desperately need their voices and, eventually, their leadership,” said Farrow. “I’m grateful for the Point Foundation’s work, and honored to be a part of this event.”“As individuals committed to inquiry and informed discourse, Tig Notaro and Ronan Farrow demonstrate the kind of engaged citizenship that inspires our Point scholarship recipients,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “They each have earned acclaim for confronting challenges with courage, intelligence, and wit. We are fortunate to be able to recognize their accomplishments at Point Honors.”Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. Some of Point’s 98 current scholarship recipients and 270 alumni will be present at the event to share their inspiring stories about how they have overcome challenges to get their higher education degrees.For more information and tickets, please visit www.pointfoundation.org/HonorsNY18.last_img read more

Serena and Venus Williams Join Advisory Board of the Billie Jean King

first_imgTennis icons and equal rights champions, Serena and Venus Williams have joined the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative (BJKLI) advisory board, it was announced today.In addition to their success on the tennis court, where they’ve captured a combined 30 Grand Slam singles titles, along with 14 Grand Slam doubles titles, and 4 Olympic gold medals each, the Williams sisters are strong advocates for equal prize money in the sport. They are also accomplished businesswomen and dedicated philanthropists. In 2016, Serena and Venus teamed up to establish The Williams Sisters Fund, which seeks to support various philanthropic efforts. Their first project, The Yetunde Price Resource Center, was created in honor of their late sister, Yetunde Price.Billie Jean King and the Williams sisters first met at a World TeamTennis clinic in Long Beach, California when Serena and Venus were young girls. They also worked together on the court when King was the Captain of the US Fed Cup and Olympic teams.“I’m thrilled to announce that my dear friends, Serena and Venus Williams, have joined the BJKLI advisory board,” said BJKLI Founder, Billie Jean King. “Without a doubt, they are two of the foremost athletes of their generation and true forces in challenging the public discourse on equality in sport and society. Serena and Venus will be tremendous additions to the BJKLI, and we are pleased to welcome them to our organization.”The BJKLI was founded in 2014 by Billie Jean King, her partner Ilana Kloss, and the global CEO advisory firm, Teneo, in an effort to move the needle forward on issues impacting equality and inclusion in the workplace. Since its inception, the BJKLI has partnered on industry-leading research and hosted a number of symposiums that have brought together diverse leaders from a range of industries to have honest conversations on the state of equality and how to broker tangible positive change.“It is truly an honor to join the advisory board of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative,” commented Serena Williams on her appointment. “Billie Jean has been an inspiration to me on and off the court, and I am excited to play a role in shaping the future of the organization and driving its mission forward.”“Billie Jean has been a role model for me and I’ve always admired her spirit of giving,” said Venus Williams. “I’m delighted to join the advisory board of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, and I intend to continue to do everything I can until Billie Jean’s dream of equality is made real.”The release of the Battle of the Sexes film in 2017 marked a pivotal year for the BJKLI. The organization celebrated at a luncheon at New York’s iconic Rainbow Room. The film, which is centered on the story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, highlights the inequality that existed between men and women. It serves as a poignant reminder that while progress has been made in the fight to achieve equality for all, much remains to be done.Building on the momentum of last year, 2018 is a milestone year for both the BJKLI and its founder. The BJKLI recently announced a partnership with Starbucks and support for the company’s commitment to global gender pay equity, encouraging others to embrace the principles of equal pay and make change. In the fall, the BJKLI will celebrate its fifth anniversary, and King will celebrate her 75th birthday. Events are planned to mark both occasions.The Williams sisters join other notable advisory board members including:Billie Jean King; IIana Kloss (Co-founder, BJKLI); Paul Keary (Vice-Chair, BJKLI and Co-founder & COO, Teneo Holdings); Christiane Amanpour (Anchor and Chief International Correspondent, CNN); Jason Collins (Former NBA Player and Civil Rights Advocate); David Furnish (Chairman, Elton John AIDS Foundation & CEO, Rocket Entertainment Group); Margo Georgiadis (CEO, Mattel); Maritza Gomez-Montiel (Former Vice Chairman and Deputy CEO, Deloitte LLP); Sir Elton John; Jonathan Kraft (President, The Kraft Group); Robert McCann (Chairman, UBS Americas); Pat Mitchell (Founder & CEO, POW! Strategies); Andy Roddick (Former World No. 1 and U.S. Open Champion); Pablo Salame (Global Co-Head, Securities Division, Goldman Sachs) and Michael Strautmanis (VP of Civic Engagement, The Obama Foundation).For more information on the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, visit BJKLI.org.last_img read more

Killer Secrets CTVs Chilling New Dramatic Thriller CARDINAL Anchors MidSeason Lineup with

first_imgA harsh winter is in store for Canadians, as CTV’s gripping new original series CARDINAL arrives on Jan. 25, it was announced today. Strategically scheduled in the same timeslot as this fall’s most-watched new series DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, CARDINAL airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, following a CraveTV FIRST LOOK on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The series also airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET beginning Jan. 26 on Super Écran.From Entertainment One (eOne) and Sienna Films, CARDINAL is directed by award-winning Montréal director Daniel Grou, aka Podz (19-2, MINUIT LE SOIR), CARDINAL was adapted for television by Canadian Screen Award-winner Aubrey Nealon (ORPHAN BLACK, SAVING HOPE) from award-winning author Giles Blunt’s John Cardinal Mysteries series. The six-part, bone-chilling drama follows Detective John Cardinal (Billy Campbell, THE KILLING) on a deadly hunt for a vicious killer in small Northern Ontario town.Headlining CTV’s action-packed midseason schedule that also includes the return of MASTERCHEF CANADA, the final season of SAVING HOPE, and the series premieres of big-buzz new series TRAINING DAY and TIME AFTER TIME, CARDINAL is squarely positioned to kick off the year as one of the most-anticipated drama debuts of the season. Advertisement About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 15 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. About Bell Media Independent ProductionBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, and MASTERCHEF CANADA. Upcoming original series on CTV include CARDINAL and THE DISAPPEARANCE. Among the original series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV comedies LETTERKENNY and RUSSELL PETERS IS THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER, Comedy’s new satirical news series THE BEAVERTON, and nine new series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Additional midseason programming and premiere dates will announced in the coming weeks.“This is an edge of your seat, bone-chilling, event thriller that delivers the drama,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. “We’re so proud that CARDINAL can pinch hit for DESIGNATED SURVIVOR during its planned hiatus as we introduce a new era of serialized drama to CTV viewers.”“We are thrilled that CTV’s unwavering enthusiasm for the show has afforded the series the opportunity to be at the forefront of their midseason programming,” said CARDINAL executive producers Julia Sereny and Jennifer Kawaja.Featuring Golden Globe® nominee Billy Campbell (THE KILLING) in the title role, CARDINAL also stars multiple Genie Award-winning actress Karine Vanasse (REVENGE) as his rookie partner, Detective Lise Delorme. The series also stars Brendan Fletcher (The Revenant) as Eric Fraser and Allie MacDonald (YOUNG DRUNK PUNK) as Edie Soames, a young couple in the town. Also appearing are Deborah Hay (The Anniversary) as Cardinal’s wife Catherine; Glen Gould (Rhymes for Young Ghouls) as fellow officer Jerry Commanda; Kristen Thomson (Away from Her) as Sergeant Noelle Dyson, Cardinal’s commanding officer; David Richmond Peck (ORPHAN BLACK) as Corporal Musgrave, an officer in charge of a tightly guarded investigation; Alanna Bale (PRIME RADICALS) as Cardinal’s daughter Kelly; and Robert Naylor (19-2) as Keith.In the premiere episode (available for media review here), entitled “Cardinal” (Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV GO and Thursday, Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. ET on Super Écran), viewers first meet Cardinal (Billy Campbell) after he’s been demoted for a hunch about a case that he wouldn’t let go. But he is brought back to the Homicide Unit when the body of missing 13-year-old Katie Pine is discovered, proving his instincts correct. As the series unfolds, back on the case, Cardinal’s search for her murderer soon becomes an all-consuming race to stay ahead of a serial killer. Meanwhile, he must manage his own precarious family issues and secrets, and keep a watchful eye on his new partner, Detective Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse), who he believes may have her own secret agenda.CARDINAL is adapted from the award-winning novel Forty Words for Sorrow, the first of the John Cardinal Mysteries, a series of six, best-selling crime novels written by Ontario native and award-winning author Giles Blunt. The gripping murder mystery was shot in Winter 2016 in Sudbury, Ont., North Bay, Ont., Atikameksheng Anishnawbek in Northern Ontario, and Toronto.CARDINAL is produced by Sienna Films and eOne in association with CTV, and commissioned for French-language Canadian broadcast by Super Écran. CARDINAL is distributed worldwide by eOne. Executive Producers are Julia Sereny and Jennifer Kawaja (COMBAT HOSPITAL) for Sienna Films. The series is also executive produced by Showrunner Aubrey Nealon, who adapted the series for television, and Director Daniel Grou, aka Podz. For Bell Media, Tom Hastings is Director, Drama, Independent Production; and Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media.Social Media links Advertisement Login/Register With: @CTV_PR @CTV_TELEVISION Billy Campbell – @WOCampbell Karine Vanasse – @karinevanasse Brendan Fletcher – @BrendanFletch1 Glen Gould – @glen_gould David Richmond-Peck – @richmondpeck Karine Vanasse – @karinevanasse Glen Gould – @glengould www.facebook.com/CTV www.facebook.com/SuperEcranlast_img read more

Leonard Cohen to be honoured with memorial concert in Montreal tonight

first_imgAdam Cohen said the artists were chosen based on their ability to entertain a crowd but also to serve his father’s songs well. The event will feature a star-studded lineup of performers including Sting, k.d. lang, Elvis Costello and Lana Del Rey. Login/Register With: Cohen’s son has said the planning for the concert began soon after his father’s death last November at the age of 82. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard are also expected to attend. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Feist, Damien Rice, Ron Sexsmith and comedian Seth Rogen are also set to perform tributes to the beloved singer-songwriter and poet. MONTREAL — A memorial concert will be held in Montreal tonight to pay tribute to the late Canadian artist Leonard Cohen. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

One day left submit your short film for a chance to win

first_img Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement How to submit your film.Entries must be under 30 minutes – the shorter the better. Drama, comedy, animation, documentary, sci-fi, horror, music video and experimental are all eligible but must be made by a Canadian writer, director or producer. The festival accepts films released after January 1, 2012.Tyler Parr, a previous winner of the Brian Linehan Actors Award for his work in the film Ironied, said about the NSI Online Short Film Festival: “What’s incredible about the festival is that they recognize precisely the commitment, time, expense and especially the passion that go into making a film. They have professional, dedicated jurors that come from a variety of backgrounds, so you know your film is being received with respect.”The NSI Online Short Film Festival is a year-round Canadian short film showcase with new films added every week. Since launching in 2008, the festival has programmed hundreds of films and awarded over $110K to Canadian media artists. Many of the films are available to watch in the archives.The NSI Online Short Film Festival is made possible through the support of Festival Partner Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment, Blue Ant Media, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Breakthrough Entertainment; Award Sponsors A&E Television Networks, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Blue Ant Media; and Industry Partner the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Advertisement $3,750 in cash awards are available to be won through the National Screen Institute’s Online Short Film Festival. Films are accepted exclusively through FilmFreeway until Wednesday, December 13, 2017.Films that meet award criteria are eligible for the $1,250 A&E Short Filmmakers Award and the $1,000 Brian Linehan Actors Award. These awards are presented four times a year. The $1,500 Blue Ant Media Documentary Award is presented twice a year. Read about the most recent winners.All NSI Online Short Film Festival winners receive a complimentary Friend membership for the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and non-acting award winners are qualified to be nominated for a Canadian Screen Award (if award criteria are met). Login/Register With:last_img read more

Des Canadiens en lice aux prix Emmys

first_img Login/Register With: Tatiana Maslany a déjà remporté un Emmy pour son rôle dans Orphan Black  en 2016. TORONTO — Les actrices canadiennes Tatiana Maslany et Sandra Oh sont en lice pour remporter un prix Emmy. Advertisement Twitter Facebookcenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Leur nom figure dans la catégorie de la meilleure actrice dans une série dramatique.Le travail de Tatiana Maslany, qui incarnait de multiples clones dans la série Orphan Black dont la dernière saison a été diffusée sur Space l’an dernier, est ainsi souligné.Sandra Oh, qui a grandi à Ottawa et a étudié à l’École nationale de théâtre du Canada à Montréal, est en nomination pour son rôle d’agente secrète dans la série  Killing Eve diffusée à BBC America. L’émission sera reprise sur la chaîne Bravo au Canada à partir du 22 juillet.last_img read more


first_imgNav performs at the Juno Awards in London, Ont., Sunday, March 17, 2019. Rapper Nav is latest Canadian to sit atop the Billboard album chart. ~ Frank Gunn / THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img In Canada, the album debuted in the top spot as well, with 10,000 units.The 29-year-old rapper’s tally was helped by solid streaming numbers and various merchandise bundles sold through his website.Fans could pick up an array of items, from hoodies to a 12-pack of “Bad Habits”-branded Styrofoam cups, and each included a refundable code for the digital album.Several days after its March 22 release, Nav reissued the album in a “deluxe version” with eight additional tracks.He also released an array of new merchandise bundles during the sales week, including a package that offered an early access pass for his concerts and the album for $10. Facebook Login/Register With: TORONTO — Rapper Nav is the latest Canadian to sit atop the Billboard album chart.The Toronto performer, born Navraj Goraya, scored his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with Bad Habits, released on the Weeknd’s XO record label.It sold the equivalent of 82,000 album units for the week ending March 28, a figure that includes both physical and digital sales as well as streaming numbers.last_img read more

Musical mix of blues and throat singing making the rounds in Northwest

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Metis blues singer and an Inuit throat singer have joined forces to create a unique musical collaboration.Quantum Tangle is now touring the Northwest Territories.APTN’s Iman Kassam caught up with the duo before they headed out.last_img

Cape Dorset unveils neverbeforeseen exhibit at new cultural Centre

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsCape Dorset Nunavut has been producing world-class Inuit art for nearly 60 years and the community finally has a new centre to showcase those works.Named after one of the most notable producers of Inuit art, the Kenojuak Ashevak Cultural Centre opened just a few months ago.Kenojuak Ashevak’s enchanted owl piece was made into a Canadian postage stamp, it also hangs prominently in the place named after her.Cultural Centre manager Louisa Parr remembers Ashevak when she was younger and says “she was extraordinary, she was very kind, she never had anything bad to say about anybody, she was kinda old fashioned, but also very famous.”[email protected]@KentDriscolllast_img read more