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

Calgary has made quantum leaps in tech but adaptation must continue CED

first_imgWith the prospect of the energy sector not having the same economic impact as in decades past for Alberta, the head of Calgary Economic Development says the city has job creators have to continue to adapt to a changing fiscal landscape.“We have a little adapting to do,” Mary Moran said after a joint presentation to a Calgary audience with the Conference Board of Canada and ATB Financial.Moran said that mostly has to do with technological advancements we have to get more comfortable dealing with uncertainty.“Advancements that are in our face, not happening down the road, they’re happening today,” she said. “GDP growth and job growth will come from a different place and so we have to make sure that we’re set up.”But Moran said there’s good news in recent history.“Compared to a year ago, I think we’ve made quantum leaps,” she said, pointing to some of the economic success she outlined in her presentation, such as CED helping support around 90 businesses in the last two years, creating approximately 5,000 jobs.Recent successes have included Amazon announcing it’ll be building a fulfillment centre in Balzac that will create 750 jobs, as well as companies like RocketSpace, a California-based tech firm setting up a local branch.But she also said while there’s plenty of private wealth in the city, conditions have to be ripe for private investment and attracting capital, which the Conference Board of Canada agrees with.The board’s senior fellow Glen Hodgson said while Calgary’s economy will grow by 4.6 per cent this year and 2.1 next year, he’s keeping a close eye on if there will be a certain kind of balance.“This year it’s way too much the consumer [spending], not enough private investment, next year I’m looking for more,” he said.As for the big fish of Amazon picking Calgary as its second headquarters, Moran denies the notion Calgary doesn’t have much of a chance.“I hear it all,” she said. “We do have a shot.“If it comes down to cost and it comes down to having the right talent, then we have a really, really chance.”last_img read more

SD 60 facing teacher shortage using AHCOTE strategy to attract teachers

first_imgSD 60 and 59 are currently facing a teacher crunch after the decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that introduced hundreds of new jobs across the province, resulting in the districts competing with other regions of the province in regards to teacher prospects.“How do we enhance growing the strategy of growing teachers locally?” added Sloan. “AHCOTE is a great strategy and is a high yield strategy in that regard because it takes in people who are already familiar with the area that want to teach here. It’s the best way to try to produce more teachers in the immediate future to help deal with the shortages.”Even though the school year is nearly 75 percent complete, the district still has teacher vacancies, Sloan stated he is very confident with the support from everyone involved that more people will be drawn to northeast B.C. to help deal with the shortage. In the meantime, the district is signing off on a lot of letters of permission for people who have the necessary college degrees in the required fields, as a temporarily fill. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 is teaming up with other schools and their representatives in northeastern B.C., in order to come up with better ways of recruiting more teachers to the area.The Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education is comprised of the Northern Lights College along with area School Districts including 59 and 60. Its training program is run out of NLC in association with Simon Fraser University.“The Consortium has always had representatives from Fort Nelson, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John,” said Superintendent Dave Sloan. “In the past few years the cohorts have gotten smaller and there are fewer teacher candidates. Cohorts have gone to 18 months of intake every other year instead of every year as both districts north and south of the river are facing a teacher shortage.”last_img read more

Province launching prototype childcare spaces for only 10 a day

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of B.C. has launched applications for prototype daycares that will charge only $10 a day.The Ministry of Children and Family Development is now accepting applications from licensed child care providers who want their facilities to become prototype sites, which will model child care at a cost of $200-a-month per child, and report on the results. Information learned from these prototype sites will inform changes and the expansion of universal child care over the next 10 years.The new prototype sites, which will run from Sept. 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019, will convert approximately 1,800 licensed child care spaces at existing facilities around the province into low-cost spaces for families. Fees at approved facilities will be capped at $200 a month, per child. For eligible families with an annual pre-tax income of less than $45,000, childcare will be free at these facilities through the new Affordable Child Care Benefit, which will officially roll out in September 2018. Families with a pre-tax income under $111,000 will pay less than $10 a day.Providers interested in this opportunity can learn more by participating in informational webinars being held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, Wednesday, June 27, and Wednesday, July 4, 2018. To join one of the webinars, please visit: http://video.web.gov.bc.ca/mcfd/liveIn February, the Province signed a $153-million Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) partnership agreement with the Government of Canada. As part of this agreement, the federal government is investing $60 million over the next two years to support these prototype sites.last_img read more

Gun shots in Taylor leads to police pursuit

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – After a report of gunshots in Taylor, the Fort St. John RCMP were able to apprehend three suspects.On February 17, 2019, at 2:48 AM, the Fort St John RCMP Received a call from a Taylor resident who had been awakened by what they believed to be gunshots in the 9800 block of North Spruce Street in Taylor.Several officers were immediately deployed to the scene. On route, officers noted a lone vehicle heading north on Highway 97 from Taylor. When one of the officers went to conduct a traffic stop of the Dodge van, several items were observed being thrown from the van, one of which was believed to be a bullet-resistant vest.Police pursued the vehicle to Fort St John where it pulled into a local hotel parking lot and the three occupants attempted to flee from police on foot, but they were all taken into custody.The RCMP allege items were thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit.  The items were all recovered and identified as a bullet resistant vest, a shotgun and a 9mm pistol.I am very proud of the systematic response by our officers to this type of high risk call. They were able to contain the threat to the public while safely apprehending the alleged suspects, says Sergeant Dave Tyreman, acting Operations Officer.A 32-year-old Taylor woman, a 29-year-old Fort St John Man, and a 34-year-old Victoria man are being held in custody pending a Provincial Court appearance to answer to numerous firearm and other related offences.last_img read more

Why BJP leaders only attacking oppn not highlighting own achievements Akhilesh Yadav

first_imgLucknow: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Monday asked the BJP why its leaders were only attacking the opposition in their rallies and not highlighting their own positive achievements. In a tweet, he said the people wanted stable jobs, not a ‘chowkidar’ (watchman). He attacked the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over the plight of ‘shiksha mitras’ or contractual teachers among others and assured those unemployed of his support. “Why is the BJP targeting opposition parties in its rallies? Does it not have any positive achievements in its five-year rule. Fearing people’s wrath and defeat, BJP leaders and workers are avoiding campaigning and are making excuses that the weather is too hot,” Yadav claimed.last_img read more

A boost to Sanders

first_imgChicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot’s overwhelming victory was a message by the city’s voters Tuesday that they want an overhaul and makeover of City Hall and that they want to trash the entrenched political machine that has ruled the city for so long. The nation’s third largest city is now the largest American city ever to elect a black woman mayor. Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor, never held elective office until now. She won the election by besting Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle who, herself, served many years on the City Council. More than any candidate in recent times, Lightfoot racked up support in every single section of the city. She won in each of the city’s 50 wards. She had the support of Revolution Now, the progressive group founded by supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders. She will be sworn in on May 20 and on that day joins a group of seven other black women serving as mayors in large U.S. cities including Atlanta and New Orleans. After Jane Byrne, she becomes the second woman to serve as mayor of Chicago. Lightfoot and Preckwinkle, also an African American, say they are working to heal some of the differences between them and some of the divisions in the progressive community which saw unions and other organisations divided in whom they supported. Preckwinkle was perceived by many voters as having too close a connection to the old political machine and Lightfoot was criticised for not being strong enough in her prosecution of police misconduct. The other historical aspect of the elections is that avowed socialists won four additional seats on the City Council by the time polls closed. Many of the socialist aldermen are women of colour. Three aldermanic hopefuls backed by the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America won seats in the runoffs. In the 20th Ward Jeanette Taylor, with 60 per cent of the vote, grabbed the seat held by indicted Willie Cochran. In the 25th Ward, Byron Sigcho-Lopez, with 54 per cent of the vote, took the seat long held by Danny Solis. Solis was the powerful chair of the city’s Zoning Commission. In the 40th Ward, Andre Vasquez defeated the nine-term incumbent Pat O’Connor with 54 per cent of the vote. A fourth Democratic Socialists of America candidate, Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez, was leading by 64 votes with all precincts reporting. The winner will be determined when all the absentee ballots are counted and a recount is conducted. All of the new socialist aldermen will join Carlos-Ramirez-Rosa, a socialist incumbent in the 35th ward and newcomer Daniel LaSpata, another socialist incumbent. Both of them had won in the first-round elections in February. The results mean that in a 50-seat city council at least 10 per cent are members of the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America. “As democratic socialists, we’re ready to build a Chicago for all of us, not just a wealthy few,” said Lucie Macias, one of two Chicago DSA co-chairs. “Our Chicago for All platform is based on three main planks: housing for all, sanctuary for all, and education for all. We’re excited to build a socialist caucus in city hall to carry out this agenda and fight for Chicago’s working class.” The Chicago victories in the aldermanic races reflect a national trend of victories by DSA candidates. The most well-known, of course, was the victory in New York of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. DSA has already endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president. Sanders carried the 1st, 25th, 33rd, 35th, and 40th wards in the 2016 Democratic primary in Chicago.(Courtesy: People’s World Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Swagatalakshmi pays her tribute to Tagore

first_imgAs a gift to lovers of Rabindra sangeet, Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta – a noted Randindra Sangeet exponent – will be presenting a solo programme at Rabindra Sadan, on May 2 (the eve of Kabipaksha).The programme will start with the last song composed by Rabindra Nath and end with the poet’s first song ‘Nirab Rajani Dekho’. Also at the event, Bhavna Cassettes and Records will bring out an experimental CD titled ‘Ogo Bideshini’ by Dasgupta. Tagore had come in contact with Western music from his early life. That is why, in many of his compositions, the influence of Western music is evident. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainTherefore, the CD will have the singer’s compilation of original Western songs and the songs composed by Tagore. The compilation will also have some English, Scottish and Irish original songs, from which Tagore has taken the tunes and later composed his songs. Some of these songs are ‘Drink to me’, ‘Auld lang sune’, ‘Nancy lee’, ‘British Grenadiers’, ‘In good King Charles’, to name a few. The Bengal compositions include ‘Kotobaro bhebechinu’, ‘Purano sei diner kotha’, ‘Kali kali bolore aj’, ‘O dekhbi re bhai’, ‘Sokoli Phuralo’, etc. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardSwagatalakshmi got her initial training from her father Pabitra Dasgupta, who used to sing various types of songs when she was a kid. And, even her mother Subrata was a student of great Rabindrasangeet exponent Debabrata Biswas. After her mother’s demise, Swagatalakshmi translated 53 of Tagore songs which were later published in a book titled ‘Galaxy’. The singer also had the honour to sing in Parliament in 1995 and took part in functions all over the globe. Dasgupta was the playback singer in Rituporno Ghosh’s Chokher Bali. She got an award for singing ‘Eki labonye purno pran’ in the playback in a film directed by Gautam Ghosh. During her career, she came in contact with stalwarts like Kanika Bandyopadhyay, Supriyo Thakur, Suchitra Mitra, William Radice, Amartya Sen, among others. Dasgupta has given music to 75 songs from ‘Gitabitan’ which have not been given the musical form.last_img read more

Russias hybrid mission

first_imgRussia has forayed into gene-editing technology with a 111-billion-rouble (more than Rs 12 crore) federal programme that aims to develop 30 gene-edited plant and animal varieties in the next eight years. The programme, announced in April, 2019 will focus on developing 10 new varieties of gene-edited crops — such as barley, sugar beet, wheat and potatoes and animals by 2020; and another 20 by 2027, according to a report in Nature, a science journal. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyThe programme marks a welcome step for Russian researchers who were exempted from cultivating genetically modified (GM) organisms in the country by a 2016 law. While the 2016 law calls GM organisms as something “that cannot result from natural processes”, the new programme “describes gene-editing technologies such as CRISPR–Cas9 — which do not necessarily insert foreign DNA — as equivalent to conventional breeding methods”. The move would also help researchers get funding from private companies. Also Read – The future is here!Russia lags behind other major powers of the world in genetic research. In 2017, the country spent 1.11 per cent of its gross domestic product on research, compared with 2.13 per cent in China and 2.79 per cent in the United States. The programme is “a significant move” both for Russia and the world, and would encourage China to invest more in gene-editing technologies, and the United States to boost enthusiasm for such technologies, Yi Li, a plant scientist at the University of Connecticut, was quoted in Nature report. “For European countries, this can be a very interesting development in the light of the European court of justice ruling on genome editing,” he added. However, some researchers are sceptical of achieving the ambitious goals in the given deadline, and worry about excessive bureaucracy. “I am sure [the government] will spend the money and call the programme a huge success. I am less confident there will actually be any new varieties by next year — perhaps later,” Nature quoted a scientist, who wished to remain anonymous. The report also states that the projects to develop gene-edited versions of crops have already begun. “Scientists at Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) institutes in Moscow are developing pathogen-resistant varieties of potatoes and sugar beet. And gene-editing research aiming to make barley and wheat both easier to process and more nutritious is in progress at the Vavilov Research Institute of Plant Industry in St. Petersburg, and at the RAS Institute of Cytology and Genetics,” the report said.(The views expressed are of Down To Earth)last_img read more