first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Mendes sidelined as Real Madrid president Florentino opens Mourinho talksby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is already in talks with Jose Mourinho.Sacked this week by Manchester United, Mourinho is wanted back at Real by Florentino for a second spell in charge.Mundo Deportivo says key to the reviving of negotiations is the absence of super agent Jorge Mendes. While Mendes is still representing Mourinho, he is taking a back seat in talks with Florentino. The pair have fallen out over the manner of Cristiano Ronaldo’s summer departure to Juventus.Mourinho is dealing directly with Florentino and his No2 Jose Angel Sanchez. The Portuguese has a good relationship with both Real powerbrokers. last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool hero Aldridge: Klopp must cull two or three playersby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool hero John Aldridge has advised Jurgen Klopp to replace two or three players this summer.The Reds boss fielded his second string XI in Monday night’s FA Cup loss to Wolves.Without naming names, Aldridge believes a few of those fringe senior players blew their chance.”The goals we conceded against Wolves were really poor,” Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.”James Milner has been almost faultless this season but he made a bad mistake and got punished with their opening goal.”Then after we got ourselves back into the game at 1-1 we were so slow to close Ruben Neves down and he hammered one into the bottom corner. It was a great hit but he shouldn’t have been allowed to get the shot away.”Two or three of that line up won’t be at the club come the start of pre-season.”I don’t want to name names but we all know who they are. Monday night underlined that they need to be replaced.”Klopp gave an opportunity to some senior pros who have been waiting for their chance but they wasted it.”I didn’t see players showing they were willing to run through a brick wall for the club. They played within themselves and that’s not good enough.”Hoever and fellow youngsters Curtis Jones and Rafa Camacho needed help but they got very little.”You certainly couldn’t attach any blame to the young lads. They tried their hardest but they were let down by senior players who didn’t give their all.” last_img read more

first_imgBrighton boss Potter delivers challenge to Bissoumaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGraham Potter is hoping Yves Bissouma can add goals to his Brighton side against Aston Villa on Wednesday.Bissouma came off the bench against Newcastle last Saturday and will likely start in the Carabao Cup clash with Villa.Quizzed on whether Bissouma can add to his side’s goalscoring threat, Potter said: “I think so. He has got the qualities.”It is about getting him into the right areas of the pitch, getting him to shoot at the right time and from the right places – because sometimes he shoots from maybe not the best location – but you can see his ability.”He has only been training with us a week but you can already tell he’s that type of footballer, a free player, that can excite and get a crowd off their seats.”He has worked hard to get back from his injury and we’re looking forward to seeing him on the pitch on Wednesday.”It is a good game for him to get some time on the pitch.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgLee Clark: Newcastle need Almiron goal; Noble tribute; Souness right on Man Utdby Lee Clarka month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWithout being disrespectful to Brighton, because every team you come up against in the Premier League are tough opponents, but if Newcastle are playing teams in the same situation as themselves at St. James’ Park, you expect them to be on the front foot, be positive and taking the game on.I think Steve Bruce would have wanted his team to play that way. He certainly wouldn’t have wanted the 71 per cent possession to 29 per cent possession ratio in favour of the away team. In the first-half Brighton were totally dominant and in saying that if you look over the course of the game Newcastle probably had as many clear cut chances as Brighton.The chance that Miguel Almiron had is one that a striker with confidence puts down the side of the goalkeeper into the corner of the goal. Instead he just fired it straight down the goalkeeper’s throat. That’s a player who is trying desperately hard to break this goalscoring duck. He’s got such a brilliant work ethic for the team, the reports you get from the training ground is that he works ever so hard on the pitch and I think everybody that is associated with the club are willing Almiron on to get this goal because I think if he gets the first one, his confidence levels will rise and he’ll go on a bit of a run.I know Brighton had their own chances and they were the dominant team. So I think all in all it was a disappointing performance and a disappointing weekend because I think Steve Bruce and his staff were probably expecting three points. The positive thing out of it is that they haven’t lost the game, they’ve kept the clean sheet that will help the defenders and the goalkeeper and then obviously they’ve got a point from a performance that probably didn’t warrant it. The problem they’ve got now is they’ve got extremely tough league games in the next three. They’ve got to start to picking up points because it’s getting really tight at the bottom there in terms of there being five or six teams where one or two wins can get you out of the relegation zone and on the other hand two or three losses puts you right in there and gives you confidence issues.DELIGHTED FOR ANDY, BUT…I was absolutely delighted to see Andy Carroll back in Newcastle colours, but the problem we’ve got is everyone is hanging their hopes on him because of the season we’ve had. It’s a big call because of his injury problems, he’s not going to be straight into the firing line in terms of starting games. It’s going to have to be a gradual process with Andy working up his match fitness. He got 10-15 minutes against Brighton and I think Steve will be trying to use him from the bench and maybe giving him a little bit longer with each appearance, then seeing how long it will take before he believes he is ready to start. But Andy has obviously lifted the mood around the club and around the city. All I’d warn is that there’s a lot of pressure on him because everyone is hanging their hopes on him to be the one that turns things around for the club.HUDDERSFIELDI’ve seen the two games since Danny Cowley took over and I totally agree with his sentiments from what he said after those games: it’s a club that has forgot how to win. It’s been that long. It’s a group of players, I think he used the words, that play the scoreboard rather than the game, so even when they go ahead they are worrying about getting pegged back, and if they get overtaken it seems to effect their mentality and confidence. I thought for an hour they did great against West Bromwich Albion, it’s always a tough place to go the Hawthorns. But then as soon as West Brom got back to 2-2 there looked like there’d be only one winner and that ended up being the case.Danny has come out and said he feels the team isn’t fit enough to play the way he wants to play for 94, 95 minutes. It’s a really tough period for the club. The manager is trying to get his ideas across, it’s not going to happen overnight, especially if he wants to change so many things. Reports stated that ten days leading up to the game Danny gave the players so much information, so you could worry about it being overload for them. You just hope that they can get this first win sooner rather than later because the longer it goes on the longer it will just frighten the life out of everyone in terms of fans, players, staff, because everyone starts losing their confidence and wondering where the next result is coming from.SOUNESS WAS RIGHT ABOUT MAN UTDI think there is a good chance that it could be the worst ever Manchester United squad in the Premier League era without a doubt. I was really disappointed with their performance against West Ham United. The three guys in the Sky Sports studio – Graeme Souness, Roy Keane and Jose Mourinho – know a hell of a lot about winning major trophies and what it takes, and they were quite scathing and rightly so on the performance level that Man Utd delivered against West Ham. I thought it was quite inept, quite flat to be honest. All you expect from a Man Utd team, even in the games that they’ve lost, you expect them to be up and at you, creating numerous chances, playing with lots of a tempo, lots of speed, hitting you on the break, you’re always worried even when you’re in front that they can come back and hurt you because of their pace. They just look like a run of the mill Premier League team at the moment. People are talking about them breaking into the top-four, I would say that you’ve got to worry about them getting into the top-six at this moment in time, never mind the top-four, because I think their performance levels are quite average at best. NOBLE RIGHT WHERE HE WANTS TO BEThe answer to Mark Noble joining a bigger club is tough when you’re playing for the club that you love and support and you’re playing every week and you’re classed as one of the main men.He’s been a terrific ambassador for West Ham. You can see he loves the club. When they’ve had the times of turmoil and disappointment, he’s always been the one that steps up and comes to the fore, whether that has to be communicating with the fans or on the pitch.He’s the leader for those West Ham supporters and their fans – and the group of players who are in the dressing room would understand what the club means to play for West Ham because of Mark Noble. Am I surprised he hasn’t been in the England set-up? Yeah I probably am. But in terms of playing for a big club, I don’t think he’d be too bothered or interested in that. He’s living his dream so I don’t think moving anywhere else would’ve been of any interest to him. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorLee ClarkShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_img​Ex-Watford boss Gracia rejects Espanyolby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Watford manager Javi Gracia has turned down the chance to manage Espanyol.A report from Grada 3 in Spain suggests that Gracia was offered the chance to return to management in La Liga.But he rejected the chance to join Espnayol after his representatives turned down the club’s advances.Gracia was sacked by Watford after four games into the Premier League season, due to a poor run of form that included the tail end of last season.He was replaced by another Spaniard, Quique Sanchez Flores. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl delighted with Ings formby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is delighted with the form of Danny Ings.Ings has scored four goals in his last three matches in all competitions and Hasenhuttl has been speaking about his form. He stated, “Danny is in really good shape at the moment. He had a really god pre-season, without injuries, and this is the most important thing for him. “That is why he can work so hard at the moment, he has a great workload for the team. “When he has the ball, he has the quality to score, he gets a lot of chances at the moment, which helps us absolutely. “What I like about Danny is he is also open-minded, he is a very positive character for this team and I hope he will continue his run.” last_img read more

first_imgCincinnati band member's 35-1 sign is thrown in trash.Twitter/@BennettESPNGive some credit to Cincinnati—the Bearcats couldn’t quite close, and Kentucky dominated today’s game down the stretch, but they never gave the impression that they were intimidated by the Wildcats. One UC band member was similarly confident, and had a very simple ’35-1′ sign at the KFC Yum! Center, which got some traction on social media before the game. Even Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd commented on it.op·ti·mism ˈäptəˌmizəm/ 1. hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something. #BBN pic.twitter.com/9Z5ApOrSFX— Scott Utterback (@Utterback13) March 21, 2015My favorite Cincinnati is “35-1.” Clever. Aspirational. And it ain’t gonna happen. @KentuckyMBB #marchmadness— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 21, 2015After the game, however, that Bearcat fan was clearly dejected. ESPN’s Brian Bennett came across the sign in the trash after the game.Says it all pic.twitter.com/hPn0oeyYxT— Brian Bennett (@BennettESPN) March 21, 2015Despite Cincinnati’s best effort, Kentucky became the first team in college basketball history to reach 36-0 with the win.last_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid have confirmed Gareth Bale has sustained a calf injury, with head coach Santiago Solari hopeful that he’ll be back in action soon.The Welshman limped out of his side’s 2-2 draw with Villarreal at half-time – the 11th occasion this season that he has been substituted in the top flight and the 15th in all competitions.But Solari is hopeful he’ll only be out for a short period, with Madrid later confirming the forward had sustained a “grade 1 soleus muscle injury in his left leg” and that he’ll continue to be assessed. 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 Argentine told reporters: “For now we believe that the Bale thing is something light and today they will put him on tests and we will have more information. We hope he is back soon because he is a very important player.”The most important thing now is to recover players and avoid them getting injured. Footballers are not machines.”Solari also discussed Marcelo’s importance to Madrid, with the Brazilian left-back having been strongly linked with a move to Juventus in the January transfer window.He added: “Marcelo has had a very difficult first half of the season with three very important injuries but he is very important for us and it is key that he takes his time.”Despite the setback against Villarreal, Madrid are unbeaten in their last four games in La Liga and are currently seven points behind league leaders Barcelona.And Solari has called on his players to maintain their focus as they attempt to further cut the gap to Ernesto Valverde’s side when they face Real Sociedad on Sunday.”The objective is to continue climbing positions, the beginning has not been easy and we have gone from ninth to fourth,” he said.”The competition is open and we have to continue to cut [Barcelona’s advantage] and go to each battle to win it. We had a good first half in Villarreal but it cost us the points for not scoring our chances.”Madrid will still consider themselves in the hunt for the Liga title, while they are also in contention to win the Copa del Rey, where they will face Leganes in the last 16, and the Champions League.And, having won the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi in what was a busy December for the club, Solari praised his players for their efforts.He added: “We face three competitions and we’ll try to put in all the energy levels. The rivals change and their characteristics, the players are not machines. Nobody has had less vacation time than us, the players put all their effort in.”Karim [Benzema] is a very generous player, [Dani] Carvajal has a huge heart, [Luka] Modric had a 39.4 degree temperature before Villarreal and went on to play, Lucas Vazquez has run 14 kilometers per game.On Isco, Solari continued: “Isco has so much quality that he can play in any area of the field. Sometimes you do not have to be decisive with speed but with the quality and the final pass.”last_img read more

first_imgDaniele Rugani looks set to leave Juventus this summer, with Ligue 1 outfit Monaco joining Roma in the chase for the centre-back.  Rugani was a target for Premier League club Arsenal, though Juventus turned down a two-year loan deal for the 25-year-old.  With the Premier League transfer deadline having passed, the options for the centre-back must now come from the rest of Europe, but he still seems to have plenty of suitors for his services.   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? Roma remain long-time admirers of the former Empoli star and are currently leading the chase for his signature, but the Serie A side will have some competition from Ligue 1 side Monaco.  Sources have confirmed to Goal that Monaco have started asking about Rugani’s availability, though negotiations of an actual deal have yet to take place between the two sides.  The centre-back would address a need for either Roma or Monaco, with the Serie A side having shipped 48 goals in 38 league matches last season while finishing sixth.  Monaco’s record at the back was far worse as the club struggled through a terrible season in Ligue 1, letting in 58 goals and finishing just above the relegation zone.  Rugani’s place with Juventus is up in the air at the moment, with the club boasting Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci as first-choice centre-backs. Matthijs de Ligt Juventus 2019-20The club also landed Merih Demiral from Sassulo and Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt this summer, likely leaving him as part of a third-choice lineup.  The defender played just 15 times in Serie A last season, down from 22 the year before, as Juventus cruised to another league title, and could see his minutes fall even more drastically this term.  Despite that, he seems content to stay with the Turin side should a move not get done. New Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri and Rugani have a good relationship from their time together with Empoli, where Rugani was named to the Serie A team of the year. Juventus get their title defence under way on August 24 against Parma in what will be Sarri’s first official test as boss.  The club will then face last year’s runners-up, Napoli, in their second match of the Serie A season on August 31.last_img read more

first_imgTua Tagovailoa points directions to a teammate.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the offense against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)A caller into The Paul Finebaum Show on ESPN made a despicable comment about Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa heading into next weekend’s game against LSU.The caller, Darriel from Columbus, had a suggestion for how the Tigers can beat the seemingly unbeatable Crimson Tide.“The way you beat Alabama is you take out Tua’s knee,” Darriel said, per 247Sports. “Who cares about a head shot? Take out a knee and you got them beat. They still haven’t beaten nobody. I’m glad they’re disrespecting LSU like this. When they knock Tua out and LSU wins and Alabama struggles to beat Mississippi State and then loses to Auburn, it’s over. It is o-v-e-r. That’s the way it’s going to play out, you watch.“The fall is going to be hard and I’m going to love every second of it.”Tua has been dealing with a knee injury this season. He missed part of a game earlier this season after suffering a scary sprain on the field.Finebaum, unsurprisingly, was not happy with the suggestion.“You know me, Darriel, I don’t preach,” Finebaum said. “Anyone that would call into this program or put on Twitter a suggestion in doing serious injury to a college football player is disgusting. It may be legal, but it’s despicable. I can’t believe you would even write that down.”Alabama and LSU are set to meet in Baton Rouge, La. on Saturday, Nov. 3. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. E.T. on CBS.last_img read more

first_imgAn interior view of the Texas Longhorns stadium.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view taken during the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Rice Owls on September 22, 2007 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 58-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)One of the top wide receivers in the 2019 class has announced his commitment. He’s heading to the Big 12.Marcus Washington, a four-star wide receiver out of St. Louis, Missouri, announced late on Friday night that he’s made a decision.The four-star prospect is heading to Texas.Washington, the No. 32 WR in the class per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, chose the Longhorns over Nebraska, Ohio State and Alabama, among other programs.?COMMIT ALERT?4-Star WR Marcus Washington (@_MarcusW11) from St. Louis, MO (Trinity Catholic) has committed to the Longhorns. #HookEm pic.twitter.com/s7vPi4AkTu— Armchair Texas (@ArmchairTexas) October 26, 2018Washington is Texas’ 20th commitment of the class.Texas’ 2019 class is ranked the No. 7 class in the country.last_img read more

first_imgChase Young celebrates a play for Ohio State football.INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Chase Young #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after a defensive play in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the first quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State enters year one of the Ryan Day era projected to be one of the five best teams in the country. The Buckeyes are once again a national title contender.That doesn’t mean OSU doesn’t have its share of issues to overcome. Recently, ESPN named the team’s quarterback depth as its biggest concern for next season.Fortunately, the Buckeyes remain loaded at the offensive skill positions and should be strong defensively, at least on paper. Ohio State’s defense struggled immensely at times in 2018, and was the major reason for the blowout loss to Purdue.However, the unit has two new defensive coordinators (Greg Mattison, Jeff Hafley) and added a third top-flight assistant (Al Washington) as well.Today, ESPN’s Tom Van Haaren called the defense the biggest reason for optimism in Columbus for 2019.Ryan Day’s offense was tough for most defenses to stop, but the Ohio State defense had issues throughout the season. While Ohio State is losing defensive end Nick Bosa and defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, most of the defense is returning next season. Bosa didn’t play much of last season anyway, and Chase Young showed a ton of promise in his place. Now, with new defensive coaches Greg Mattison and Al Washington, who came over from Michigan, along with Jeff Hafley, who is coming from the San Francisco 49ers, the defense should be in the top tier in 2019.Young is the big name for the Buckeyes’ ‘D’ but the group is laden with former four and five-star recruits, so others will be asked to step up. The secondary could be especially strong, with five-star cornerback Jeffrey Okudah looking like a budding star and strong safety Jordan Fuller opting to return to school.Ohio State will open its 2019 season against Florida Atlantic on August 31.last_img read more

first_img Indo-Asian News Service PanajiJanuary 14, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 16:37 IST KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya have been sent back home from the Australian tour (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been suspended by the BCCI pending an inquiryThe cricketers were guilty of making sexist comments on Koffee with KaranShubman Gill and Vijay Shankar have replaced the duo in the Indian ODI teamBanned Indian cricketer S. Sreesanth on Monday, chided young cricketers Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul for their misogynist comments on the ‘Koffee with Karan’ show, but also said that Team India need the “match winner” duo for the upcoming ODI World Cup.”I will only say that whatever happened was very bad, but the World Cup is around the corner. Both Hardik and Rahul are both good cricketers…,” Sreesanth told reporters here.”I will only say to Hardik and Rahul, that surely they are both match-winners and sooner or later they will be back on the field. Yes, I know how difficult it is for a cricketer to miss the game and I just hope BCCI allows them to play, once they realise I am sure they should be playing where they should be playing,” the former India pace bowler added.Sreesanth said that those who had erred worse than Rahul and Pandya had gotten away with it in the past and slammed them for targeting the duo now.”Yes, what happened was wrong. They said some wrong things. But there are others whose have made bigger mistakes than these, who are still playing and are in different fields not just cricket. The same people are speaking about this. When they see an opportunity they pounce on it like tigers,” Sreesanth said.Sreesanth hoped that his ban on playing first class cricket in India would be lifted soon.”On top of that, if my ban gets lifted this month or next month, then I will be the happiest…,” he said, adding that if the ban is eventually lifted, he would like to test himself in first class matches before taking a call on fighting for a chance to represent Team India again.advertisementSreesanth said that he would just walk away from the game if he realised that he is not up to scratch.Sreesanth was arrested in a spot fixing scandal in 2013 and was banned for life.”If not, I will call it a day because a lot of youngsters are there and it will be great for Indian cricket as well as my Kerala state. I should not be hanging around because I am Sreesanth and the ban got lifted. I will be more than happy with all the respect. If I am not doing well, I will walk away from the game,” Sreesanth said.Speaking about his political stint, Sreesanth, who is in the BJP, said that he would like to help the party ride on his popularity.”I will also use my popularity to lift my party. My party is like a family to me. I will work with them,” he said.Also Read | Babul Supriyo slams Diana Edulji over Hardik, Rahul suspensions after Koffee with KaranAlso Read | Hardik Pandya loses Gillette endorsement deal after Koffee with Karan controversyAlso Read | Suspended Hardik, Rahul shouldn’t enjoy the perks of travelling with Team India: GavaskarFor 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 Hardik PandyaFollow KL RahulFollow Koffee With KaranFollow S SreesanthFollow Indian cricket teamFollow BCCI Sreesanth backs Hardik, Rahul: Others have made bigger mistakes but are still playingSreesanth said that those who had erred worse than KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya had gotten away with it in the past and slammed them for targeting the duo now.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgJasprit Bumrah effect! Kid in Hong Kong imitates India pacer’s action, bowls a ripperIn a video uploaded by Hong Kong Cricket, a kid in an U-13 cricket tournament in the country can be seen bowling a ripper while imitating Jasprit Bumrah’s hop, skip and jump bowling action. advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 5, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 11:42 IST Jasprit Bumrah has emerged the leader of India’s bowling attack (AP Photo)After years of Indian kids idolising fast bowlers from pace-rich teams of the likes of Australia, Pakistan and New Zealand, an Indian fast bowler has taken the cricketing world by storm.An unusual action coupled with pinpoint accuracy has made Jasprit Bumrah one of the best pacers going around. The smiling assassin doesn’t showcase the aggression that is typical of a fast bowler but is proving to be opposition batsmen’s biggest headache these days.Ever since his debut in red-ball cricket, Bumrah has been able to establish himself as one of the lethal pacers across all formats. The India pacer jolted the Australian batsmen in their own backyard and played a crucial role in setting up India’s historic 2-1 Test series win.Months after a video of an Australian kid imitating Bumrah’s action in his backyard surfaced on the internet, a clip of a U-13 cricketer in Hong Kong trying his bit to mimic the India pacer has gone viral.Hong Kong Cricket took to social media to share a video clip of the kid bowling during an U-13 cricket tournament in the country. The kid can be seen taking a short bowling stride before picking up pace, just like Bumrah’s hop, skip and jump bowling action.Incidentally, the kid can be seen testing the batsman with the delivery bowled with the unusual action.Spotted in the U-13s League today – another interesting bowling action. Does this remind you of somebody? @Jaspritbumrah93 @BCCI @ICCMediaComms @ICC #Cricket #HKCricket pic.twitter.com/A8OOfmtfPGadvertisementHong Kong Cricket (@CricketHK) March 3, 2019Notably, Bumrah had responed to the video of the Australian kid, who had imitated his action. “The kid is so cute. Give him my best wishes,” the 25-year-old had written.The kid is so cute . Give him my best wishes .Jasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) January 9, 2019Bumrah has gone on to establish himself as the leader of India’s bowling attack, across the three formats of the game. After snaring 48 wickets in his first year in Test cricket, Bumrah is gearing up for his first World Cup tournament.Bumrah is likely to lead the pace attack in England and Wales while the likes of Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are battling for the second pacer’s spot.Also Read | Nagpur ODI: MS Dhoni returns to happy hunting ground amid strong form vs AustraliaAlso Read | India aim for continued ODI dominance over Australia in NagpurAlso 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 Jasprit BumrahFollow Hong Kong CricketFollow India national cricket teamlast_img read more

first_imgLucky to have played with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers: Shivam DubeIPL 2019: Talking on his performance in this season of the cash-rich league, Shivam Dube felt that despite giving his best, it didn’t work for his team and he will try to perform better in futureadvertisement Indo-Asian News Service MumbaiMay 10, 2019UPDATED: May 10, 2019 15:53 IST Shivam Dube said it is every young cricketer’s dream to play under Virat Kohli (Twitter: @iamshivamdube)HIGHLIGHTSShivam Dube, a budding talent from Mumbai, said it is every young cricketer’s dream to play under Virat KohliAccording to Dube, AB de Villers always told him to keep a positive attitude in any situationIn IPL 2019, Dube felt that despite giving his best, it didn’t work for his team and he will try to perform better in futureAfter another dismal show from Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), skipper Virat Kohli’s leadership skills were under the scanner, but young all-rounder Shivam Dube, who played for the franchise and will now feature for Shivaji Park Lions in the Mumbai T20 League, feels the Indian captain knows how to manage a team.Dube, a budding talent from Mumbai, was all praise for the Indian run-machine and said it is every young cricketer’s dream to play under Kohli in any format of the game.Speaking to IANS after Bangalore’s exit from IPL 2019, Dube said: “Virat (bhaiya) is undoubtedly the best player we have in our team (RCB) at the moment. It’s a great opportunity to be mentored by him and playing under him.”I think every young cricketer wants to play with him at least once, sharing the crease with him is something that goes a long way in helping you learn. I was lucky to have been able to play under him in this IPL.”Expressing his views on Kohli’s captaincy, the 25-year-old said: “I have been able to learn a lot of things from him, including his way of managing the team and keeping the entire team together. He is a great leader.”When quizzed about the special tips he received from South Africa superstar AB de Villiers, Dube said: “ABD always told me to keep a positive attitude in any situation and it has really helped solve my problems in tough situations. He’s a great team player and even as a senior, he always motivated me in practice as well as in the matches.”advertisementTalking on his performance in this season of the cash-rich league, Dube felt that despite giving his best, it didn’t work for his team and he will try to perform better in future.”I gave my 100 percent but unfortunately it wasn’t enough for our team as a whole. I know I have more to achieve and I can definitely do much better. I am confident I will get more chances in different formats of the game. My focus at the moment is doing my best for the Shivaji Park Lions in the upcoming Mumbai T20 League.”After playing in one of the most challenging T20 leagues in the world, Dube is all set to participate in Mumbai’s local T20 league and is looking to use the tournament as another platform to showcase his talent.”Shivaji Park Lions is my home since Mumbai is where I belong. Shivaji Park Lions has given me the perfect opportunity to showcase myself as a talented cricketer. Yes, I come with some experience, but that only helps enhance the overall performance of the team, rather than putting more pressure on me.”The whole team is full of talent and it is also a great learning experience. I just want to better my performance with every match I play for Shivaji Park Lions,” Dube said.With several T20 leagues evolving swiftly, he feels the tournaments will give youngsters another opportunity to showcase their talent.”It is a great move that cricket is being recognized at every level, there are so many of us who dream to play at a bigger level and such domestic matches give us encouragement and opportunity. I am happy that I am getting a chance to play in the league,” he said.Dube was adjudged Player of the Tournament last season after accumulating 213 runs from eight games and bagging 12 wickets.”The faith that Shivaji Park Lions have put in me by retaining me is a great gesture. I won’t let them down. Shivaji Park Lions are ready to roar louder this season. We may have missed the last one by a thread, but we as a team are confident of doing well this season,” he said.Also Read | Always great on paper: Vijay Mallya tweets on RCB’s poor IPL 2019 campaignAlso Read | RCB fan girl goes viral overnight. Move over, Wink Girl Priya Prakash VarrierFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Royal Challenger BangaloreFollow Virat Kohlilast_img read more

first_imgStop jumping around at Wagah Border and perform on field: Shoaib Akhtar to Hasan AliIndia vs Pakistan: Shoaib Akhtar slammed Pakistan pacer Hassan Ali and asked him to stop jumping around at the Wagah Border and focus on his cricket instead. On Sunday, Ali gave away 84 runs as Pakistan went down to India once again in a World Cup game. view more view less Next commentary advertisement scorecard Anita Jat ManchesterJune 17, 2019UPDATED: June 17, 2019 22:53 IST Hasan Ali suffered the most at the hands of the Indian batsmen among all other Pakistani bowlers on Sunday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShoaib Akhtar singled out pacer Hasan Ali as one of the architects of Pakistan’s defeatHasan Ali went for 84 runs off his 9 overs, the most expensive figures by a Pakistani bowler in World CupsAkhtar also slammed Sarfaraz Ahmed and called him a ‘brainless’ skipperPakistan were completely outclassed by India at Old Trafford on Sunday as they succumbed to an 89-run (DLS) defeat. It was Pakistan’s 7th successive loss to India in the tournament’s history.Under overcast conditions, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed opted to field first but his bowlers looked clueless against aggressive Indian batsmen who went on to pile up 336 for 5 off 50 overs. Besides, Pakistan were sloppy on the field and it left their fans fuming.Chasing the huge total, Pakistan lost Imam-ul-Haq early and managed only 38 runs in the first 10 overs and soon collapsed to 165 for 6 to eventually lose the rain-interrupted game by a massive margin.A dismal display in all the three departments from Pakistan players did not go down with former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar fuming.Speaking on his YouTube channel, Shoaib Akhtar slammed Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and called him a ‘brainless’ skipper and then one by one took a shot at every other Pakistani player.Lashing out at fast bowler Hasan Ali, Akhtar pointed out to Ali’s antics at the Attari-Wagah Border where he performed his signature wicket-taking gesture.”Hasan Ali, who never shies away from jumping around at the Wagah border, couldn’t apply himself when it mattered the most. Many of his deliveries were short-pitched. His mindset seems to be: I want to keep playing T20s and the PSL. But in the World Cup 2019, we can see that he has not shown any pace or swing that could trouble batsmen,” said Shoaib Akhtar.Critcizing Sarfarz, Akhtar said, “The game was half-won by Pakistan when Sarfaraz won the toss, but he tried hard to lose the match. Toss was very crucial and even if Pakistan had made 260, with their bowling, they could have defended it. So I think it was just brainless captaincy. It’s a very saddening and disheartening performance from the Pakistan team captain. I wanted to see shades of Imran Khan in him but it’s too late for him now.”advertisementHasan Ali proved to be the most expenisive Pakistan bowler on Sunday as he leaked 84 runs in the 9 overs he bowled while picked a wicket.After one victory in the 5 games, including a wash-out, Pakistan have 3 points to be placed among the bottom two on the World Cup points table.Also Read | Kuch fitness nai, kuch nai: Pakistan fans blame burger for defeat to IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shahid Afridi credits IPL after India beat PakistanAlso Read | India best team in World Cup 2019, way better than Pakistan: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Rohit Sharma’s cheeky reply to Pakistani journalist will make you smileFor 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 Hasan AliFollow Shoaib AkhtarFollow India vs PakistanFollow World Cup 2019 graphs No data available!last_img read more

first_imgSamsung Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit e wearables set to launch in India soon, Flipkart listing confirmsThe Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e wearables were first unveiled at the Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event in February. They are now set to launch in India soon as per a teaser on Flipkart.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJune 24, 2019UPDATED: June 25, 2019 10:31 IST HIGHLIGHTSSamsung is set to launch the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e in India.The Samsung wearables will be available on Flipkart following their launch.The Galaxy Fit sports an AMOLED display and is water resistant up to 50 meters.Samsung will finally launch its latest fitness wearables in India. The Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e wearables were first unveiled at the Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event in February alongside the Galaxy S10 series and Galaxy Buds. While the flagship phones as well as the truly wireless earbuds have been available in India for a while now, the fitness trackers have been missing. It seems the company is now ready to launch the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e in India as per a teaser on Flipkart.The Flipkart teaser shows an image of a fitness band with the lines “Get ready to get fit” and “The NextGen of fitness is coming.” Apart from a ‘Notify Me’ option, there is not much else that is known about the launch of the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e at the moment. The Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e are simple fitness tracking devices with prices starting at Eur 39 (approx Rs 3,000). The Galaxy Fit sports a 0.95-inch AMOLED (120×240) display, while the Galaxy Fit e gets a slightly smaller 0.75-inch PMOLED (64×128) screen. The fitness trackers are water resistant up to 50 meters and can show notifications when paired with a phone. The wearables can also auto detect some workouts such as walking, running and dynamic workout.The Galaxy Fit houses a 120mAh battery while the Fit e packs a smaller 70mAh capacity. Both the fitness wearables run on FreeRTOS and support Bluetooth 5.0 LE. The Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e are compatible with Android phones running Android 5 or higher with at least 1.5GB of RAM and iPhone 7 and above running on iOS 10 or newer OS.advertisementALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A10 variant listed on FCC with dual cameras, bigger batteryALSO READ | More Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Note 10 Pro cases show up to confirm designGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy Fitlast_img read more

first_imgTerence Lewis and British Council come together to teach gender sensitization to BMC school studentsBritish Council brings ‘Changing Moves Changing Minds’, aDance and sport based international programme, to 0.1 million students in Mumbai municipal corporation run schools in collaboration with Gem and Jewellery National Relief Foundation to spark gender equality conversations in classrooms.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 16, 2019UPDATED: September 16, 2019 17:54 IST British Council, the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations, announced the launch of its international gender-education programme – Changing Moves Changing Minds (CMCM) – in Mumbai. This globally successful programme will be implemented in 1187 Mumbai municipal corporation run schools starting October 2019 with the support of programme partners – Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) Gem and Jewellery National Relief Foundation (GJNRF). Terence Lewis, renowned contemporary dance choreographer is the brand ambassador for the programme.What is Changing Moves Changing Minds (CMCM)?Changing Moves Changing Minds (CMCM) is an international education programme that is conceptualized and delivered by British Council, the Royal Academy of Dance (UK) and the Marylebone Cricket Club (UK) that attempts to break gender stereotypes amongst young children at an early age.CMCM has a six- week curriculum using ‘cricket-dance methodology’ that challenges gender stereotypes through sport (cricket) and dance as a medium, promoting positive gender roles in children and enabling young people to realise their potential and fulfil their aspirations.Who can join Changing Moves Changing Minds (CMCM)?The programme is designed for children falling in the age group of 10-12 years from Classes 5, 6 and 7.It aims to reach more than one lakh students in Mumbai through 120 master trainers and 2374 teachers.Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) have together co-trained master trainers and these master trainers will cascade this training to schoolteachers who will then deliver the learning to students.Aditya Thackeray, Shivsena Leader & Yuvasena President along with Praveen Pardeshi IAS – MCGM, Sanjay Kothari – Chairman, GJNRF, Barbara Wickham OBE – Director, British Council India and Terence Lewis attended the launch event at BMC English High School, Worli.advertisementWho said what? “Changing Moves Changing Minds is an innovative project which targets gender stereotypes at an early age and ensures gender equality. We are happy that British Council and Gem and Jewellery National Relief Foundation have come together for this cause. We would like to upscale this project across Mumbai municipal schools “said Aditya Thackeray, Shivsena Leader & Yuvasena President.”We are very happy to get associated with British Council and also thankful to GJNRF for supporting this cause. We are hopeful that with this intervention, children studying in BMC schools would get exposure of beyond the classroom activities which would help them to understand gender stereotypes and how to address them.” said Praveen Pardeshi, Commissioner, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.”As part of our work partnering with State and Municipal Governments on their education reform agendas, I am delighted to be working with Mumbai Corporation on this exciting project to be delivered across government primary schools in Mumbai. The British Council has worked with the Royal Academy of Dance and Marylebone Cricket Club to bring their exciting Changing Moves Changing Minds project to India. This uses cricket and movement to challenge gender stereotypes in the classroom, help girls and boys better understand each other and encourage every child to reach their full potential.” said Helen Silvester, Director West India, British Council.”We believe that proper education is need of the hour for our country and joining hands with British Council is a good opportunity for us. British Council trained master trainers will train the teachers of Municipal schools and in turn these teachers will train students. We are happy to get associated with them and hope it will go a long way in education system of Municipal schools.” said Sanjay Kothari, Chairman Gem and Jewellery National Relief Foundation.Terence Lewis, renowned contemporary dance choreographer and the brand ambassador for the programme said, “I feel happy to be associated with the International gender-education programme by British Council called Changing Moves Changing Minds (CMCM) that challenges gender stereotypes through dance and sport (cricket) as a medium, promoting positive gender roles in children. Being a role model for the youth across the country and having judged and mentored young talented kids on television, I feel a programme like this running at the grass-root level where gender stereotypes are common, is much-needed. It has the potential to be a real game-changer and hence as a public figure and role model, I take this as my responsibility to promote and support this program so that it can reach a wider audience.”The CMCM programme by British Council has been piloted in other Indian cities already and has received tremendous success on sensitisation and delivery parameters.Pilot projects have demonstrated that the ‘cricket-dance’ methodology is a unique concept that has the potential to be gender transformative.advertisementAround 90 percent of students are participating as they have preferred cricket and dance to be taught together over individual dance or cricket classes and 98 percent of children felt that teachers showed no partiality in the delivery of the CMCM class which is a testament to the success of the project.While over 80 Master Trainers have been trained across Odisha, Maharashtra, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore so far, the current programme is the largest CMCM programme in India so far with an aim to train over 120 Master Trainers in the city.Also read: UK authorities impressed by Indian education policyAlso read: This new India-UK scheme will fund UK students to visit India for higher studiesGet 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? 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first_img India Today Web Desk Ulan-UdeOctober 10, 2019UPDATED: October 10, 2019 20:35 IST Lovlina Borgohain defeated Karolina Koszewska of Poland 4-1 in 69kg category at World Boxing Championships. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndian women boxers have assured India at least 4 bonze medals at the World ChampionshipsMary Kom, Maju Rani, Jamuna Boro and Lovlina Borgohain advanced to semifinals at WorldsIt will be Mary Kom’s 8th medal at the World ChampionshipsIndian women boxers continued their winning momentum on Day 8 of the ongoing World Boxing Championships in Russia as they assured the country at least four bronze medals on Thursday.It was six-time world champion MC Mary Kom who assured India its first bronze medal at the event and an 8th worlds medal for herself. Later in the day, debutants Manju Rani and Jamuna Boro also marched into the semifinals. Lovlina Borgohain, who won a bronze medal at last year’s World Championships, also secured herself of another worlds medal.Jamuna Boro defeated Germany’s Ursula Gottlob 4-1 in the 54kg quarterfinals while Manju Rani stunned top seeded Kim Hyang-mi of North Korea in the 48kg category to secure a maiden worlds medal.Today’s bout went according to our plan. The strategy that the coaches had fixed, worked well, so I was able to produce this result. We will again have to strategise for my next bout and hopefully repeat the result, said Manju Rani after the big win.Prior to Rani’s bout, India’s Mary Kom defeated Colombia’s Valencia Victoria in her quarterfinal bout here to secure her maiden world medal in the 51kg category, in which she won an Olympic medal back in 2012.Mary Kom assures herself 8th medal at WorldsAfter assuring herself at least a bonze, Mary Kom also became the first boxer in the history of World Championships to win 8 world meet medals. She was tied on 7 with Cuban men’s legend Felix Savon after winning the gold in the 48kg category in New Delhi last year.advertisement”I am very happy to have secured a medal but I would be looking to make it better by reaching the finals,” the 36-year-old Mary Kom said after the bout.”It was a good bout for me and I will now try to improve on this performance in the semifinals,” she added.Awaiting her in the semifinals on Saturday, after a rest day on Friday, is second-seeded Turk Busenaz Cakiroglu, who is the reigning European Championships and European Games gold-medallist. Cakiroglu defeated China’s Cai Zongju in her quarterfinal bout. For Rani, her next opponent is going to be Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat, who upstaged fifth seed Yuliyanova Asenova. India Open winner will be put to a stern test in the semis as she faces the top seed and former Asian Games bronze medallist Huang Hsiao-Wen of Chinese Taipei.She took me by surprise with her aggression at first but I knew I could control more with each passing round, said Boro on her opponent.My next bout is against a Chinese Taipei boxer who is taller than me but I have practiced with taller opponents and I am hoping to continue my good performance, she added.Borgohain’s opponent in the semfinals would be China’s Yang Liu, who shocked top seed Chen Nien-Chin in her quarterfinal clash.However, two-time bronze-medallist Kavita Chahal (+81kg) bowed out after a 0-5 loss to Belarus’ Katsiaryna Kavaleva.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 byAnita Jat Next India assured of at least 4 bronze medals at World Boxing ChampionshipsWomen World Boxing Championships: After Mary Kom, Manju Rani assured India a second bronze medal in Russia after the 6th seeded Indian stunned top-seeded Kim Hyang-mi in 48kg categoryadvertisementlast_img read more

first_img The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa Editors’ Recommendations How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep 3 of the Best Teeth Whitening Products For Pearly Whites What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable As much as we love a good stroll at the farmers’ market buying local produce, we are busy dudes and sometimes a Saturday morning lounging on the couch trumps marching through the market. But we still are big supporters of organic, local and healthy food and many of the online shopping spots just don’t carry the brands we would typically shop for.Enter Thrive Market, the first socially conscious online store selling natural and organic products at wholesale prices. They carry over 2,500 products from 400 of the best brands on the market. We tested it out (you can too with a free trial membership) and were very impressed with the products we found. Compostable trash bags? Cool! Brown Rice Pasta? Yes please. Tea tree toothpicks? Right on. There is a minimal fee to be a member ($56 a year) but it is well worth it. Think of it as an online co-op.We spoke to the founder of Thrive Market, Gunnar Lovelace (yes, really) about his background and how the market became a reality.Gunnar, what is your background?I’ve been in the natural products industry for many years. It’s a $200 billion annual market from food to health to clothing. I also have a jewelry company called Love Heals that sells in 500 stores.When did Thrive Market launch?We just launched in mid November and had 500,000 people the first week! So there is an incredible demand.What inspired you to start this online shopping destination?I grew up with a single mom and saw how hard it was for her to make healthy choices.I have been fascinated by health and wellness my whole life. Later my mother married a man who owns a food co-op and I realized how buying through a co-op can get you better prices. So this is basically like a 21st Century Co-Op. I am fascinated with a vehicle for social change.Is this a first? It’s the first time you can buy a lot of these natural products at the same price as conventional products. The biggest complaint by most American families is that they can’t afford organic products.How did you meet the brands?A lot of my friends own these companies- I have been in the food world for the past 16 years. They were just as excited to do this and to get more exposure. We are basically taking out the middle man. We take the product and sell directly to the consumer.So is it thriving? Sorry we had to.We are constantly bringing on new brands. Our primary focus is to educate people about the availability of these products. That is the most essential goal as well as getting the word out as far and wide as possible. We make it easy for people by providing them with a simple website, free shipping and heavy customer service. We want to be known as a trusted curated source. When there are 50 bags of chips at a healthy food store it is overwhelming, so we narrow it down. 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United Stateslast_img read more

first_img Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart 1. BMW 2016 X1 2. BMW 2016 X1 3. BMW 2016 X1 4. BMW 2016 X1 5. BMW 2016 X1 6. BMW 2016 X1 7. BMW 2016 X1 8. BMW 2016 X1 9. BMW 2016 X1 10. BMW 2016 X1 11. BMW 2016 X1 12. BMW 2016 X1 13. BMW 2016 X1 14. BMW 2016 X1 15. BMW 2016 X1 16. BMW 2016 X1 17. BMW 2016 X1 18. BMW 2016 X1 19. BMW 2016 X1 20. BMW 2016 X1 21. BMW 2016 X1 Following a leak on Tuesday, BMW has lifted the veil off of the all-new second-generation X1. The Munich-based automaker’s next entry-level crossover is scheduled to greet the public for the first time in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.Shorter, wider and taller than the outgoing model, the X1 gets a sharper-looking design that borrows styling cues such as angular headlights, a sculpted hood, and a tall kidney grille from the entry-level 1 Series hatchback sold across Europe. The rear fascia ditches the current model’s L-shape tail lamps in favor of more streamlined units that emphasize the crossover’s width. All told, the second-gen X1 boasts a much more harmonious design than the current model.The cockpit features a familiar layout but it gains a 6.5-inch multimedia screen located on top of the dashboard and a longer center console. The soft-roader continues to offer BMW’s familiar no-nonsense analog instrument cluster and a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel. Trunk space checks in at 17.8 cubic feet with five occupants on board, a generous increase compared to the outgoing model’s 14.8 cubes, while folding down the rear seats clears up over 54 cubic feet.The X1 is an entry-level model in name only, and buyers can spruce it up by choosing from a long list of high-tech options including a heads-up display, full LED headlights, BMW’s Dynamic Damper Control and power-adjustable rear seats.At launch, the crossover will exclusively be available with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 228 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 258 foot-pounds of torque at just 1,250 rpm. Linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the turbo four sends the X1 from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 130 mph, though BMW can raise that figure to 143 mph at an extra cost.The X1 shares its front-wheel drive UKL platform with the MINI Hardtop and the 2 Series Active Tourer, but all models come standard with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. However, a more affordable front-wheel drive version could join the lineup a little later in the production run.After greeting the show-going public in Frankfurt, the 2016 BMW X1 will go on sale across the nation next fall. Pricing and fuel economy figures will be published in the weeks leading up to its on-sale date. 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Editors’ Recommendations center_img A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected The Bulletproof, Million-Dollar Ramsmobile SUV Has an Optional Hookahlast_img read more

first_img How to Cook Steak in the Oven Editors’ Recommendations The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Waking up hungover is terrible when you’re in college. You may be in a strange apartment, covered in marker drawings, and missing a shoe. You may still have the taste of jungle juice in your mouth. You may not remember going to Cookout at 3:30 AM and ordering six bacon cheese hot dogs. In short, it’s terrible (except for that last part, which is awesome).Waking up hungover as an adult, though, is even worse. It hits you like a truckload of regret and sadness, and you spend hours wishing that the world would just go away.Some things help this, of course. Water, of course. Gatorade. Crackers and toast, convincing someone else to drive you to the nearest Bojangles.To Keith Barnofski and his business partners, though, there was another option. Something simple and delicious. Peanut butter, jacked up on caffeine. It’d be perfect, they realized, for those rough mornings after throwing one too many back or for college students in a rush to get to class. Thus, Steem Caffeinated Peanut Butter was born.One serving of Steem (2 tbsp) has around as caffeine as a cup of coffee: a cup of coffee usually has between 80 and 135mg per 8-ounce cup while Steem comes in at 150mg per serving.Naturally, we had to try it.Related: Chefs Share Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dessert RecipesTo make sure the test was, as they say, scientific—we could not let you, the readers, down—our spirits writer made sure to test it under the proper conditions: the morning after a Halloween party.The peanut butter:The flavor, if you like/are used to natural peanut butters, is great. There is a good balance of sweet and salty that isn’t overpowering one way or the other. Steem is thick and a little gritty, but again, nothing out of the ordinary for people who have eaten natural peanut butter.The caffeine:The Mayo Clinic recommends up to 400mg as safe for adults. Two quick spoonfuls of Steem brings you close to that amount, without having to get out of bed and brew coffee (leaving the jar bedside seemed like the best idea ever at first sight of it that morning).The results:It wasn’t an immediate miracle cure, but it did help. Taking certain headache medicines is bad for you after you’ve been drinking, so this all-natural product helps on in that respect. As mentioned above, convenience is also a benefit—you don’t even need a spoon. You can just scoop some out with a finger if you’re so inclined.Overall:In the end, it’s easy to see why this helps with hangovers or getting to class on time or running races or any of the other times when Steem can be put into action.For those who are a little more motivated in their anti-hangover cure procedures, check out this recipe for Five-Ingredient No-Bake Caffeinated Peanut Butter Balls from their blog:Ingredients:1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels1 stick of salted butter1 sleeve of graham crackers1 cup confectioner’s sugar1 jar of STEEM Caffeinated Peanut ButterProcess:Throw your oven down the stairs! Who needs that hunk of junk, right? You can make peanut butter bars now!Did you ever notice that there’s nine graham crackers in a sleeve? Not eight, not ten; nine. Anyone else think that’s weird? Anyway, use all of your bottled rage to crush the graham crackers into crumbs. Try not to get any tears of catharsis into the mixing bowl.Cup of confectioner’s sugar? Dump it in! Melt a stick of butter. And no, wiseguy, you don’t need no stinkin’ oven to melt the butter. Put it into a microwave safe bowl and nuke it for about 40 seconds. Then throw it into the mix.Pour the entire contents of one brave jar of STEEM into the bowl and mix until your forearm is all veiny.Take that big, beautiful, pasty mess out of that bowl and drop it into your lined baking pan. Press it down as evenly as you can, pushing it all the way to the corners. Make sure your hands are clean. Actually, you should have done that long before here. Are your hands clean? Go back in time and wash your hands before getting this far. Gross.Put a cup of semi-sweet morsels in a microwave-safe bowl (even the same one you used to melt the butter so you can get that .00001g of buttery cholesterol that was left behind) and nuke it for about 50 seconds. It’s touchy; after about 35 or 40 seconds, take the bowl out and try to stir it up a bit. After you nuke it for the last 15 seconds or so, it should be smooth enough to stir, and you’ll see quickly that the remaining morsels are melting and it should smooth out. Don’t give it a chance to harden; quickly pour it on top of your pb layer and spread it around evenly. I don’t go quite all the way to the edges of the pan with the chocolate because it’ll just get stuck to the foil on the edges and chocolate that I can’t eat is a thing that should not happen.Looks good, doesn’t it? Damn right it does. Now put that sucker in the fridge. The fridge is like the anti-oven. Let it set for at least an hour, more like two.Blow everybody’s freaking minds. The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Ciderlast_img read more

first_img Editors’ Recommendations In order for a book to be great, two elements are essential: good writing and an interesting subject. Superlative writing can hold the attention for a time even if the focus of said prose is decidedly prosaic. Witness David Foster Wallace’s sublime review of a dictionary as evidence, were any needed. Though we must also accept that, at some point, our interest would wander had DFW made a book out of his writeup about a book. And a fascinating, compelling subject can hold a reader’s attention for a good number of paragraphs even if the writing itself is poor. Take, for example, posts you have read on various social media platforms.Again, to be great, a book must be well-written and about something interesting. You might not have know that rain was interesting. And prior to the publication of her recent book Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, you might not have heard of Cynthia Barnett, so you could be forgiven for not knowing whether or not she is a writer worth your time. If you’ll take my two cents, here the are: One, rain, as it turns out, is interesting — fascinating even. And penny number two: Cynthia Barnett is a damn good writer.Barnett brings an interesting background to her subject matter here; she cut her teeth as a newspaper reporter, writing both regular columns and doing investigative journalism. Her past experience shows through in her ability to use crisp, well-paced prose to advance the narrative, giving us enough detail to bring clarity without waxing on ad nauseum and losing our focus. While not all of her writing was about environmental matters, much of it trended in that direction. And her passion both within and beyond the bounds of her professional work has always been defined by environmental matters, with water at the heart of her interests. Fortunately, for those of us with less knowledge of and/or aptitude for matters of universal, global concern, Barnett is also committed to making both the plight and the potential remedies for matters related to conservation and environmental protection accessible to a general audience.In other words, don’t worry if you don’t have master’s degree in environmental science or policy — you will still enjoy Rain. And you will easily learn from it.This fast-paced, 292-page book starts back about 4.5 billion years ago when the Earth was a superheated, lifeless ball of fire, soon to be a planet bearing water as delivered by untold millions of meteors crashing into the surface. These celestial missiles weren’t bringers or death, however, but of life, and Barnett doesn’t just tell us that, but instead paints a picture with her words:“About half a billion years after it started, the blitzkrieg began to wind down. As the last of the flaming chunks fell to the surface or hurtled away, the planet finally had a chance to cool. The water vapor could condense.  At long last, it began to rain.”Reading this book, which brings the author (and her reader) from Scotland to the American South to coastal India to myriad points in between, one begins to see rain not merely as a nuisance for the city dweller or a lifeline for the farmer; not as a bringer of death in the form of floods when too much falls or of suffering during drought when too little comes; and not as inspiration for the poet, painter, or songwriter. Rain is none of those things alone, but is rather the universal factor binding all life, human, animal, and flora together. Barnett reveals this both with casual anecdotes — for example, there is, at any given moment, more water in the atmosphere than in all the world’s rivers combined — and through compelling accounts of her own firsthand travels and experiences.One thing Barnett’s book does not do is sound a five-alarm warning about the imminent collapse of the entire global ecosystem, or about the coming pandemics sure to be caused by a lack of sufficient clean water, or other such grim, gloom-and-doom forecasts. Yes, she is an environmentalist and, yes, she’s concerned about our planet and the way we have long been treating it. While reading Rain will likely compel you to be a bit more thoughtful in your use of water and might even get you to be more actively involved in conservation efforts, it’s not an indictment in the way other notable environmental-themed works are (to name the obvious choice, Silent Spring). Rather this is simply a very good book about a surprisingly compelling subject that will certainly entertain and just might inspire.When the rain does come, stay dry with the best hiking gear, rubber boots, and umbrellas. The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now last_img read more

first_img Shinola’s New Detrola Watch Collection Is As Modern As It Is Colorful Editors’ Recommendations Next 1 of 3 Usually, this type of watch makes telling the time of day a little more difficult. However, Rado’s scratch-resistant ceramic casing and wide spokes let the dial stand out in the right areas so it acts as both a functional timepiece as well as an attractive fashion statement. And, because it’s packed with 80 hours of power reserve and three popping colors, there is much to praise about Rado’s new creation.The Rado True Open Heart is 40mm in diameter, 10.4mm thick, and 47.3mm in length — the perfect size for those who might not be used to wearing watches often. And because of the ceramic construction, it’s also extremely lightweight and won’t weigh your wrist down.As technical as it is teeming with uniqueness and execution, the Rado True Open Heart Automatic ceramic watch is a great example of how a simple and thoughtful redesign can bring a wristwatch to new heights. The ceramic material is what made the True Collection so intriguing to begin with, so coupling that with a standout silhouette only makes sense.Although it wears a bit of an expensive price tag — somewhere in the $2,050- $2,200, depending on which version you choose — the Rado True Open Heart Automatic is built to stand the test of time with durability and timelessness.But, if this doesn’t strike your fancy, you can always take a look at the best watches under $1,000. Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Staying true to its gears, Rado has redesigned and relaunched its trusted ceramic timepiece in the True Collection. The new design, dubbed the True Open Heart Automatic ceramic watch, flaunts a skeletonized dial that is bold, ballsy, beautiful, and everything in between. The True Collection first came to market in 2007 and quickly became one of Rado’s most popular option thanks in part to the watches’ comfortable fit, durable scratch-resistant casing, and elegant sapphire crystals. The newest creation in the lineup follows suit, but with a twist.The skeleton appearance makes the Rado True Open Heart a timekeeping eye-catcher, providing a glimpse of the ever-reliable Swiss movement balance wheel (aka gear movement) at work within Rado’s stunning, case. Previous 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiserlast_img read more

first_img Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, says the country’s macroeconomic prospects “remain positive as the indicators and outputs continue to show signs of recovery. Story Highlights Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, says the country’s macroeconomic prospects “remain positive as the indicators and outputs continue to show signs of recovery.“Foreign reserves are above the level deemed adequate and the current account deficit remains low and sustainable. Additionally, market interest rates are at historic lows and fiscal performance continues to be strong,” he points out.He was speaking at the Central Bank’s quarterly media briefing, held at the BOJ Auditorium in downtown Kingston on Thursday (February 21)Other notable indicators highlighted by Mr. Wynter include improving labour market conditions, which saw the unemployment rate falling to 8.7 per cent as at October 2018 from 10.4 per cent a year earlier, as stated by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica in the Labour Force Survey for the month.He further reiterated that growth for the October to December 2018 quarter is estimated to have accelerated in the range of 1.5 to 2.5 per cent, rising above the 1.2 per cent recorded in December 2017.“The Bank assesses that this pace of growth reflected improvements in external demand, investment and, to a lesser extent, private consumption. The key economic sectors reflecting increased economic activity included mining and quarrying, construction and tourism,” the Governor noted.Mr. Wynter said BOJ projections are for growth to remain close to current rates over the next two years.Additionally, he said further improvements in labour market conditions are expected over the same period, “with more jobs in mining and quarrying, finance and insurance, and business process outsourcing”.“Overall, Jamaica’s macroeconomic indicators continue to reflect entrenched stability, although the economy is… estimated to be operating below its potential,” Mr. Wynter added.On Wednesday (February 20), Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Director General, Dr. Wayne Henry, indicated that the economy grew by an estimated 1.7 per cent during the December 2018 quarter.The goods producing and services industries were estimated to have grown by 4.2 and 0.8 per cent, respectively, during the period.The top-performing goods producing sectors were mining and quarrying, up 22.9 per cent; construction, up 3.5 per cent; agriculture, forestry and fishing – 2.6 per cent; and manufacturing – one per cent.Industries registering the largest growth rates were hotels and restaurants, up 2.5 per cent, and transport and communication – 1.6 per cent.Dr. Henry said these out-turns resulted in an estimated 2018 calendar year growth average of 1.8 per cent, the strongest since 2006.The goods producing and services industries were estimated to have grown by 4.8 and 0.8 per cent, respectively.Mining and quarrying, with 32.5 per cent; agriculture, forestry and fishing – 4.1 per cent; and construction – 2.8 per cent, were the top-performing sectors.“We estimate growth for Fiscal Year 2018/19 in the range of 1.5 to 2.5 per cent. The outlook for Fiscal Year 2019/20 is also positive, with projected growth within the range of one to two per cent,” Dr. Henry said. “Foreign reserves are above the level deemed adequate and the current account deficit remains low and sustainable. Additionally, market interest rates are at historic lows and fiscal performance continues to be strong,” he points out. He was speaking at the Central Bank’s quarterly media briefing, held at the BOJ Auditorium in downtown Kingston on Thursday (February 21)last_img read more

first_imgThe Government of Jamaica will be renewing its effort to dispose of several public sector assets during the new financial year, through a managed privatisation process.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, informed that the assets will be divested to either the private sector or communities, where it is determined that they would be used more productively, on a sustainable basis. “In doing so, the Government will seek to balance, the well-understood need for getting the best price possible for certain assets and the urgency to put these assets into productive use to create jobs, goods or services,” the Governor-General stated, while delivering the Throne Speech at the opening of the 2013/14 Parliamentary Year on Thursday, April 4, at Gordon House.He explained that Government has arrived at this position because it has found that many assets have been allowed to remain idle for years because it has been trying to secure some incremental increase in price, at or above, the perceived worth of these assets.He advised that the Parliament would be kept informed of any action that will be taken in this regard and the reasons for so doing.The Governor-General noted too that the model of Public/Private Partnerships, some of which are currently being undertaken, will continue to be pursued as a matter of policy.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

first_imgMinister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says productivity is the most pressing development issue at present, and there is need for the country to revolutionize its approach to the matter.“Productivity happens to be at the heart of any strategic action we will contemplate for the future, whether at the level of the enterprise or of the country. If we do not seek to put drastic improvements in productivity at the centre of our concerns to energize for action, in respect of the opportunities before us, then success for growth and the full development of our potential will continue to elude us,” the Minister argued.Mr. Kellier was delivering the keynote address at the opening of the 31st Jamaica Employers Federation (JEF) annual three-day Business and Workplace Convention and Expo, at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on May 2.The Minister said he is aware that some business enterprises have been laying the groundwork in preparation for the opportunities that may arise when the present economic recession would have passed, and unless the issue of improvement in productivity is given keen attention, the expected benefits will not materialize.Presenting data to support his point, he stated that research done by the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) within the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, is showing that between 1972 and 2007 the country’s labour productivity has been declining at an average annual rate of 1.5 per cent.He also noted that productivity involving labour, capital, energy and other inputs, has declined by an average annual rate of 1.74 per cent over the same period.“The upshot of this has been slow and low growth in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and literal stagnation in the GDP per capita, or the standard of living for most Jamaicans,” the Minister said.He emphasized that it is important to note that Jamaica is not the only country in the region that is so affected.The Minister said that the tri-partite movement of Labour, Management and Government have a crucial role to play regionally in going forward, in reversing productivity decline and accelerating economic growth. Mr. Kellier added that as globalization deepens, improvements in productivity will become increasingly important to competitiveness and integration into the global economy.Meanwhile, President of the JEF, David Wan, said the Convention and Expo come at a very opportune time for the government, private sector and the country as a whole.He expressed the view that against the background of the recently signed deal between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the government, both private and public sectors will have to become much more efficient.“We will have to do more with less, and a large part of this is optimizing the human talent we have in place,” Mr. Wan said.The three-day event is being held under the theme: ‘Energize for action….our cause…our call’.By Bryan Miller, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

first_imgThe Government will be investing in the training and education of animators, to ensure that the country has the requisite skills, in sufficient numbers, to meet the demand for the expertise both locally and internationally.This was disclosed by State Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, during an interview with JIS News at the closing of the KingstOOn animation conference and film festival on June 22, at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies (UWI).He said that already, discussions have been held towards introducing animation education in the school system. The intention is to train students to become animation artists for film, television, video games, and the internet.“We have met with the Ministry of Education and they have actually started putting together a curriculum for animation. We are going to ensure that the curriculum is consistent with what the industry actually wants…,” he told JIS News.Mr. Robinson said the staging of the conference and film festival, which sought to give visibility to the pool of talented young Jamaican artists, will provide the catalyst for the development of animation as a major industry in Jamaica.He informed that follow-up discussions have already commenced with the World Bank and Montreal-based Toon Boom, which is a major software development company, “about linking us with companies that are looking for opportunities to outsource to Jamaica, so we have already started the follow-up kind of actions.”The State Minister expressed pleasure at the huge turnout and participation in the two-day event. “It has really been heartwarming to see the kind of turnout and enthusiasm that has been displayed here,” he told JIS News.He praised the animators for the stellar work they produced in the various categories of the competition held, noting that the pieces were judged by a panel of internationally acclaimed adjudicators.“I think it affirms to us that there is an abundance of talent and creativity out there in animation in Jamaica and we just need to put in place the systems and mechanisms to translate what is raw talent into an industry that can earn for Jamaica, foreign exchange, and provide employment for a lot of people, so it has really energised us,” he stated.Over 135 entries were received in the categories of Best Final Animation Product or Advert; Best Experimental Animation; Best Storyboard/Script; and Best Character.“Down to Earth” by Kira Clayton, was adjudged the Best Final Animation Product or Advert; Tanya Batson-Savage’s “Endeavour” won forBest Storyboard/Script; “Red Locks – The Village Ram”by George Hay, was the Best Character; while “HelloKingstOOn”by Kemar McInnis was the Best Experimental Animation.The winners were presented with an array of prizes including scholarships, internships, and free internet service.The two-day KingstOOn conference and film festival was organisedby the Government in partnership with the World Bank, the Canadian High Commission, and JAMPRO.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

first_imgMinister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has highlighted the importance of intellectual property (IP) protection to national development.He noted that IP remains the pillar for providing equitable reward for creators and those who invest in, distribute and manage these innovations.Senator Reid said that having a robust IP framework in place will help to attract and sustain investment in innovations, and spur growth and development, while providing a competitive advantage for countries.He was speaking at the opening of a joint CARICOM/United States Public-Private Sector Stakeholder Seminar and Dialogue on Broadcast Licensing and Enforcement at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on June 21.The two-day event brought together content creators, cable operators and other distributors, copyright owners, regulators, collection agencies and policy advisors to examine existing legal provisions on broadcast licensing at both the domestic and international levels, and the impact on consumers.Topics explored included the legal framework for content and signal licensing, business considerations in the US and the Caribbean; and the nature, dimensions, and prevalence of piracy in the region.Senator Reid expressed the hope that the two-day dialogue and seminar will help to craft a relevant model for access to content, while ensuring that IP rights are protected.Other speakers included Regional IP Attaché for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, United States Patent and Trademark Office, J. Todd Reves; Chairman, Broadcasting Commission Jamaica (BCJ), Professor Anthony Clayton; and Political/Economic Counsellor, US Embassy, Kingston, Christian Redmer.The event was organised by the US Patent and Trademark Office in collaboration with the US Embassy Kingston, through support from the CARICOM Secretariat, the BCJ, Jamaica Intellectual Property Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.last_img read more

first_img Noting that the programme is working, he urged citizens to continue to provide information to the police. He said there should be “no space left in communities for criminals to operate”. Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, is reporting that 21 of the island’s most wanted persons have been apprehended under the Fugitive Apprehension Programme since July 2017. Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, is reporting that 21 of the island’s most wanted persons have been apprehended under the Fugitive Apprehension Programme since July 2017.The programme provides a reward of $1 million to individuals who supply information that leads to the capture of wanted persons.Noting that the programme is working, he urged citizens to continue to provide information to the police. He said there should be “no space left in communities for criminals to operate”.Minister Montague was speaking at the opening of the Green Acres police post in St. Catherine on Thursday (March 15). The facility is located in the Green Acres Commercial Car Park.Health Minister and Member of Parliament for West Central St. Catherine, where Green Acres is located, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said the facility fills an important gap that exists in the area.He told the gathering that the design plan for a new 20-man station is advanced and is before the St. Catherine Municipal Corporation.He argued that the station is necessary, given the expansion in population in the area and further development that is slated for the community.Dr. Tufton pledged to provide resources from his Constituency Development Fund (CDF), among other means, to support the project.“We are going to make these parts safer against deviants; we have no place for that in this community,” he said.Earlier, head of the Police Area 5, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Derrick Knight, said the community has been experiencing stability in the last few months.He reported that there have been frequent police patrols and arrests of suspects. Minister Montague was speaking at the opening of the Green Acres police post in St. Catherine on Thursday (March 15). The facility is located in the Green Acres Commercial Car Park. Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_img Five of the teams that participated in this year’s renewal of the Development Bank of Jamaica’s (DBJ) National Business Model Competition (NBMC) for tertiary institutions will represent the country in the 2018 International Business Model Competition (IBMC) in Utah, USA, from May 10 to 11. The UWI’s Skolastik Oasis and NCU’s Beasc Technology were also invited to participate. Heading the record list of entrants is University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus-based market research entity, Queritel, which topped the six teams participating in the recent NBMC finals at The Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, to emerge as Jamaica’s official representative at the IBMC. Five of the teams that participated in this year’s renewal of the Development Bank of Jamaica’s (DBJ) National Business Model Competition (NBMC) for tertiary institutions will represent the country in the 2018 International Business Model Competition (IBMC) in Utah, USA, from May 10 to 11.Heading the record list of entrants is University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus-based market research entity, Queritel, which topped the six teams participating in the recent NBMC finals at The Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, to emerge as Jamaica’s official representative at the IBMC.Queritel will be joined by first and second runners-up, Eco-Structures and Pneulyfe, representing the UWI and Northern Caribbean University (NCU), respectively.The UWI’s Skolastik Oasis and NCU’s Beasc Technology were also invited to participate.This year’s record number of NBMC entrants results from Jamaica securing four of the 12 coveted spaces offered in the IBMC’s highly competitive ‘At Large Round’, a feat never before accomplished.The DBJ’s Jamaica Venture Capital Programme Project Coordinator, Audrey Richards, who coordinates the NBMC, describes this as a “tremendous achievement”.“It endorses the work our universities are doing in building future business leaders. It is an endorsement of the quality of the judges at our competition, and it sends a signal that the work we, the Development Bank of Jamaica though the Jamaica Venture Capital Programme, are doing with our universities and, indeed (towards) the development of a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, is on the right path,” she says.There is great anticipation of Jamaica doing well again in the upcoming IBMC, to replicate and even surpass impressive performances recorded by teams entering since 2014, when the country sent its first representative.Jamaican teams have consistently finished in the top 10, despite competing against thousands of participants from over 40 colleges and universities across the world.The 2014 NBMC winner, Herboo Enterprise, placed eighth; 2015 champion, JarGro Enterprise, reached the semi-finals; 2016 winner, Guardana Inc, which received honorary mention – sixth; and 2017 champion, Natsima Nutraceuticals – fourth.The replication or surpassing of these placements would cap a record-breaking year for the NBMC, which saw the UWI, through Queritel, winning the competition for the first time and, in the process, breaking NCU’s dominance of the initiative since its inception.The competition, which is designed to encourage and promote the creative and innovative thinking of students, facilitates local entrepreneurial skills and enhances collaboration and communication between stakeholders in the private sector and academia.According to Querital’s Vice President for Marketing and Operations, Kedonne Martin, “originally the idea for Queritel was (to name the entity) Research Aid Plus, which came up after realising that students on campus needed research work done and they needed help with this… so they came to us”.“After working with this idea for a year and pitching it, we realised that it made more sense to (market it) to entrepreneurs, who would be more willing to pay for this service. So, we pivoted to Queritel and, since then, we have had over 120 customers and made over US$6,000 in revenue, and it has been amazing. Winning this competition is another form of validation for us, and we are so happy for it,” he says.The members of Querital copped the winning prize of $2 million, plus an all-expense paid trip to the IBMC, slated for the prestigious Utah Valley Convention Centre and the Provo Marriott Hotel and Conference Centre.Prizes totalling $4 million were up for grabs in this year’s NBMC, which was sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank, through the Multilateral Investment Fund; PanJam Investment; Restaurant Associates, through its flagship brand, Burger King; Musson Foundation; NCB Foundation; Sagicor Group; Scotiabank; GK Capital Management; and the PetroCaribe Development Fund.The IBMC is sponsored by the Kevin and Debra Rollins Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University, headquartered in Provo, Utah.The entrepreneurship programme at the Marriott School, which has campuses/students across the United States and in 105 other countries, is consistently ranked among the top such offered, annually. 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first_imgHEART Trust/NTA Managing Director, Dr. Janet Dyer (right), shakes the hand of Executive Director, City and Guilds Group International Division, Jeremy Dadhi, after both signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will facilitate the institutions’ expansion of certification opportunities for Jamaica’s workforce and trainees. The signing took place at HEART’s head office in New Kingston on Friday (December 7). HEART Trust/NTA Managing Director, Dr. Janet Dyer (centre) and Executive Director, City and Guilds Group International Division, Jeremy Dadhi (left), sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will facilitate the institutions’ expansion of certification opportunities for Jamaica’s workforce and trainees. The signing took place at HEART’s head office in New Kingston on Friday (December 7). Observing is HEART’s Acting Senior Director for Workforce Development and Employment, Arden Elizabeth Grant.last_img read more

first_imgzoom McDermott International, Inc. said that its Dive Support Vessel Thebaud Sea (“DSV”) was recently mobilized for an Emergency Pipeline Repair intervention offshore the United Arab Emirates.This is the third time in recent months that the DSV has been fast-tracked to carry out an emergency response. This contract is included in McDermott’s first quarter 2014 backlog.“Pipeline failures can often result in significant production loss, which is why reaction speed to these cases is critical,” explained Scott Cummins, Executive Vice President, Offshore. “Although there is added pressure due to the impact in oil revenues, Health, Safety and the Environment remains at the forefront for Emergency Pipeline Repair Systems (“EPRS”). The pipeline must be safely isolated and then stabilized before any repairs can be executed, to ensure the safety of the diver and the environment.”With the support of in-house offshore resources, McDermott engineering teams have completed several EPRS studies on behalf of a number of clients. For each repair scenario, an individually tailored solution was delivered to cater to specific emergency responses to pipeline damage.“Every case is unique, which is why the approach must be robust enough to handle any given situation,” commented Cummins. “Our operational knowledge, experience and expertise defines our engineering deliverables as real solutions, over theoretical studies. We are pleased that our clients have shown repeat confidence in our EPRS capabilities,” he concluded.McDermott, March 14, 2014last_img read more

first_imgzoom German liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd completed the planned capital increase of EUR 370 million (USD 453.5m) as part of the business combination with the Chilean shipping company Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV). As planned, CSAV subscribed to EUR 259 million (USD 317.5m) and Kühne Maritime made a cash contribution of EUR 111 million (USD 136m). The capital increase had already been agreed upon mid-April with the signing of the contracts to combine CSAV’s container business with Hapag-Lloyd. It was to be implemented by the end of 2014.After the capital increase, the shareholders of Hapag-Lloyd AG hold the following stakes: CSAV with 34%, HGV (City of Hamburg) 23.2%, Kühne Maritime 20.8%, TUI 13.9%, Signal Iduna 3.3%, HSH Nordbank 1.8%, M.M.Warburg & CO 1.8% (including two private investors) and HanseMerkur 1.1%. CSAV, HGV and Kühne Maritime have agreed to pool 51% of the shares in Hapag-Lloyd in order to discuss and make key decisions together in the future.The capital increase was a requirement for releasing the bond with a volume of EUR 250 million (USD 306.5m) that had already been placed successfully on November 20.The proceeds from the bond with a maturity of five years will be used for the early redemption of the Hapag-Lloyd Euro bond due in October 2015. The redemption will take place on December 23.last_img read more

first_imgzoom US West Coast longshore workers have filed suit with the district court in Los Angeles against the terminal operators asking for compensation of their health costs.Some 300,000 claims are being submitted saying that the Pacific Maritime Association’s health plan was in violation of the federal law.Should the court rule in favour of port workers, the claims could reach up to USD 100 million in unpaid costs, Michael McClelland, co-counsel for the plaintiffs in the case, is quoted by Long Beach Press Telegram as saying.Apart from PMA, the lawsuit names Zenith American Solutions and Cigna Inc., the current and former third-party administrators of the employee health plan for the workers, along with PMA trustees who manage the plan, the newspaper said.The PMA and ILWU reached a tentative agreement at the end of February on a new five-year contract covering workers at all 29 West Coast ports after nine months of talks.Details of the agreement have not been released. However, the deal has enabled the port operations to be resumed so as to unclog the congested ports.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgzoom A German-Canadian research team has been conducting preparatory work to develop a system for a safe navigation through the icy waters of the Northwest Passage.A research team, coordinated by German Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE, aims at establishing a monitoring and information system that would enable ships to navigate safely through the passage in the future.The project entitled PASSAGES (Protection and Advanced Surveillance System for the Artic: Green, Efficient, Secure) is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as well as the project partners Airbus, exact Earth, and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.Wolfgang Koch, Head of Sensor Data and Information Fusion at FKIE, said that enabling the safe navigation through the passage is not an easy task because the route is challenging not only due to the presence of a number of bays, islands, uncharted shoals and narrows, but also because of drift ice and extreme weather conditions.In addition, vessels sometimes do not record their positions or (in cases like those of illegal fishing vessels) record false positions. The system has to provide reliable information about all of that.According to Fraunhofer, one of the problems is that there is little data available, because of the lack of infrastructure in sensor and communication technology. The entire route is larger than Western Europe and is sparsely populated. Even if there were sufficient data these would have to be processed into information which would be useful for stakeholders such as ship crews, Fraunhofer said.The researchers are addressing all of these difficulties by developing concepts about which technology can gather what information and where and how it can be fused.“The difficulty is to bring together very diverse and inaccurate data in order to provide for instance decision support for ship captains to decide on which route to take when,“ Koch said.The researchers said they need to create algorithms for the fusion of sensor data.The first thing to do is to tap data sources in the harsh climate zone. The Automatic Identification System (AIS) can be used, which reports among other information ships‘ current position. In addition, there are satellite images. Even old sonar systems from the Cold War era could be resurrected, the researchers said.However, a high-resolution view by means of which captains could safely pilot through the water does not yet exist. Koch is therefore still hoping for another data provider – the passive radar.Ships could navigate safely through the Northwest Passage in the future.This technology uses the electromagnetic pollution from mobile stations near the coast. Receiving stations will tap into this and gain information about ships and ice blocks – their size, position and speed. In this way, Koch said that large areas can be monitored. Other possibilities are unmanned vehicles that gather information below and above water.As the polar ice caps are melting, the Northwest Passage is becoming navigable for longer periods of the year. Ship traffic, however, still bears hazardous risks, according to Fraunhofer. The goal of the project is to change this.The sea route is said to be important for the federal government of Germany, due to its economic benefits.“For a country dependent on exports, such as Germany, shorter sea routes are of great importance,“ Koch said. “Compared to the route between East Asia and Europe via the Suez Canal, the route via the Northwest Passage is about 5,000 nautical miles shorter, which means enormous savings for ship owners,“ Koch added.The researchers hope that the project would evolve from a research into a development project. An operational system would be a great asset for shipping companies, coast guards, maritime authorities as well as for insurance companies, the researchers claim.Referring to insurance companies, Koch said that they could calculate premiums for the ships that are to be insured. After the tricky route is made manageable through safe navigation, ship owners would not have to spend so much on insurance coverage.It will take at least a decade until the navigation system is ready to be launched, according to Fraunhofer. Over these years, the route is expected to become progressively ice-free and economically navigable for shipping traffic.“As dramatic as global warming is, we try to get at least something positive out of it,“ Koch said.last_img read more

first_imgThe province has completed its review of three applications for surface coal exploration and mining in the Sydney coalfield, and its review of three proposals to develop the Donkin subsea coal resource. “We are excited about the economic, environmental and social benefits that can come from these projects,” said Minister of Natural Resources Richard Hurlburt. “Where appropriate, we hope to extract the coal for sale at current market value, which would give Cape Breton a significant economic benefit, a source of employment, and provide more economical resources to users who now have to import it from as far away as South America.” A special lease for coal at the former Prince Mine site at Point Aconi was approved for Pioneer Coal Limited on April 14. The project has been registered for environmental assessment, and is under review by the Department of Environment and Labour. Approval was given on June 2 to issue Coastal Construction and Excavating Limited an exploration licence to explore an area near the Prince Mine Road, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, subject to landowner consent. The licence area is about 25 per cent of the resource block outlined in the original call for proposals. Thomas Brogan and Sons Construction Ltd. was unsuccessful in obtaining mineral rights for the Birch Grove resource block. A fourth application for a lease for surface coal resources in the Broughton coal block is under review. Recommendations of the review committee regarding proposals to develop the Donkin subsea coal resource are under final consideration and a decision is expected in early July. There are an estimated seven- to eight-million tonnes of coal in Cape Breton that could be mined by small surface operations. This could have a market value of between $300 million and $500 million, could generate up to 100 direct jobs and more than 200 indirect jobs. A special exploratory licence permits a company to determine the presence of coal, the quality of the coal and the economic viability of a potential project. It does not allow for development. Mineral leases issued by the Department of Natural Resources provide control of the resource to the successful applicant but provide no permission for operation of a mine. All applicants must successfully complete the environmental assessment and industrial approval process through the Department of Environment and Labour, and receive landowner approval before they can begin mine development. This ensures that any mining operation will protect water courses, water supply, wetlands, and wildlife habitats. The surface coal mining blocks within the Sydney coalfield are currently the subject of a cumulative environmental effects study by the Department of Environmental and Labour. Results are expected by the end of the summer. When extraction of coal is completed, the lease holder is required to restore the site to a condition that is environmentally acceptable and that addresses local interests. A good example of the community benefits from surface mining is in Stellarton, the site of the Pioneer Coal Limited mine, which employs 70 persons. Mining operations are expected to be completed by 2011, and the lease holder and the community have agreed that the site will be reclaimed in a way that will allow the community to meet its land-use planning objectives. The plans include converting the land — which had been severely compromised by historical mining — for use as parkland, sports facilities, and residential and industrial properties.last_img read more

first_imgDrivers on Highway 102 should soon have a smoother ride thanks to a road-paving tender called today, Jan. 17, by the province. The Department of Transportation and Public Works called for tenders to repave the northbound lanes of Highway 102 from Shortts Lake for 10.5 kilometres to the Irwin Road overpass. The project is to be completed this summer. “This is one of the province’s busiest sections of highway and it’s important that we keep it in tip-top shape,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “By tendering this job now, we’re helping the contractor get an early start on it in the spring.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

first_imgYour voice matters and the Select Committee on Participation in the Democratic Process wants to hear it. The select committee is beginning to gather feedback from people throughout the province to help it try to discover ways to reverse the trend of fewer Nova Scotians voting in elections. By offering personal insight, Nova Scotians can help take a step toward a stronger, more representative government. “We encourage Nova Scotians from all walks of life, in every community, to offer input on how to increase the number of people who vote,” said select committee chair Michel Samson. “Participation in the democratic process is a cornerstone of a strong government and assuring everyone has a say in how the province is run.” Initial public comments, teamed with an analysis of past research, will help shape the actions of the select committee as it moves toward issuing a report and recommendations this winter. The all-party committee, introduced by a resolution during the 2006 fall sitting of the House of Assembly, includes vice chairs Mark Parent and Maureen MacDonald as well as Pat Dunn, Keith Bain, Graham Steele, Charlie Parker, H. David Wilson and Harold (Junior) Theriault. People can offer comments by calling, toll-free, at 1-888-388-6489 or 424-5787 in Halifax Regional Municipality, by fax at 902-424-0513 or e-mail at legcomm@gov.ns.ca . Comments can also be mailed to Select Committee on Participation in the Democratic Process, c/o Legislative Committees Office, 3rd Floor, Dennis Building, 1740 Granville St., P.O. Box 2630 Station M, Halifax, N.S., B3J 3N5. For more information on the select committee, go to the website at www.gov.ns.ca/legislature and select the link on the lower left of the page.last_img read more

first_imgA review of operations by the South West Shore Development Authority by Ernst and Young was released today, May 26. The 73 page document examines the administration of the regional development authority from January 2008 to February 2010, the sale of the Shelburne Youth Centre and the relationship with the Yarmouth Area Industrial Commission. “This report is very thorough and points to key issues that must be addressed,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development. The report was commissioned by the Department of Economic and Rural Development at the request of the South West Shore Development Authority in response to a recommendation made by the Office of the Ombudsman. “The board has started the process of reviewing this report, and has already started to act on these findings,” said Phil LeBlanc, chair of the South West Shore Development Authority. A copy of the report can be viewed at: www.gov.ns.ca/econ/reports/swsda .last_img read more

first_imgA Halifax company that provides a secure, online file-sharing service is advancing its innovative technology and entering new markets with investment from the province. TitanFile Inc. has secured $250,000 in financing from Innovacorp. “Innovative technology companies like TitanFile play an important role in growing our province’s economy,” said acting Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister John MacDonell. “This investment supports the innovation and competitiveness priorities of jobsHere, our plan to grow the economy.” Founded by Milan Vrekic and Tony Abou-Assaleh, TitanFile lets organizations easily and securely share large or confidential documents inside and outside an organization, over the Internet. The technology also lets the sender track and control the document, such as knowing when it was read and by whom, or disable the option to print or forward the file. Unlike similar products, TitanFile users don’t need to install special programs, configure computers, or add special hardware. It is also the only cloud-based document-transfer option that is fully compliant with Canadian privacy laws. “We’re pleased to be an early investor in this promising company,” said Clifford Gross, president and CEO of Innovacorp. “Their compelling encryption technology and commitment to customer service puts them in great standing for success in the rapidly growing market for online document security and management.” The company is enjoying considerable momentum. Earlier this year, TitanFile won an award in Texas for new ventures in the cloud-computing industry, and was one of five companies chosen to showcase at a DemoCamp event in Toronto, beating out numerous applications from entrepreneurs around the country. In 2010, the company won the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council’s Best Big Idea competition for best entrepreneurial idea from 118 submissions. TitanFile is a finalist for the 2011 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 companies-to-watch list. “This financing will let us build an even stronger product and roll it out into the marketplace,” said Mr. Vrekic. “We’re excited to work with Innovacorp as we grow our company.” Innovacorp, Nova Scotia’s technology commercialization agency, manages a venture capital fund that invests in early stage, high growth companies. Target industries include clean technology, information technology, and life sciences. Seed and venture capital investment is a critical part of Innovacorp’s business model, which has earned international recognition as a best practice approach to technology commercialization.last_img read more

first_img « Nous sommes heureux que ces groupes communautaires et l’université profitent du programme de tarif de rachat communautaire pour réaliser des projets locaux de production d’électricité renouvelable, a déclaré M. Parker. Ils font preuve d’initiative en participant au programme COMFIT pour répondre à leurs besoins en électricité et réduire leur empreinte environnementale. » Pour le recteur et vice-chancelier de l’Université Sainte-Anne, Allister Surette, cette approbation signifie l’achèvement d’une autre étape dans les efforts faits par l’université pour devenir l’université la plus verte au Canada. M. Surette a déclaré que l’utilisation d’une éolienne dans le cadre du programme COMFIT, qui s’ajoute à de celle d’une chaudière alimentée à la biomasse et de 118 panneaux solaires, contribuera à la réduction des gaz à effet de serre et des coûts de fonctionnement de l’université. Le concept du programme COMFIT a été décrit dans le Plan en matière d’électricité renouvelable de 2010. Le but du programme est de contribuer à un approvisionnement en énergie propre à des prix stables, d’appuyer les projets de production d’énergie renouvelable et de créer des emplois. « La réalisation de projets de production d’énergie renouvelable partout dans la province nous aidera à réduire notre coûteuse dépendance au charbon importé et à atteindre le but imposé par la loi, qui est d’avoir une production énergétique provenant à 40 p. 100 de sources d’énergie renouvelable d’ici 2020, a dit M. Parker. COMFIT est un élément important du plan d’énergie renouvelable de la Nouvelle-Écosse. » Les projets présentés sont étudiés par un comité formé de plusieurs représentants des ministères provinciaux. Le comité évalue chaque projet en fonction de critères établis, notamment les avantages pour la collectivité, l’appui communautaire, le financement et la planification de l’implantation. Les projets qui visent une capacité de distribution sont évalués en fonction de critères différents dans le cadre d’un processus d’évaluation distinct. L’information sur les exigences et sur le processus de prise de décision est affiché à www.nsrenewables.ca (en anglais seulement). Jusqu’à présent, plus de 25 groupes communautaires ont présenté plus de 100 projets locaux de production d’énergie renouvelable dans le cadre du programme COMFIT. Le programme accepte encore des demandes qui répondent aux critères. COMFIT accorde aux groupes admissibles un prix fixe par kilowattheure pour la production d’électricité à partir des ressources renouvelables, telles que le vent, la biomasse, les marées, et de l’utilisation de turbines en mer ainsi que de centrales marémotrices et au fil de l’eau. Les tarifs de rachat communautaire ont été établis par la Commission des services publics et d’examen en septembre 2011. Les groupes admissibles sont les municipalités, les Premières Nations, les coopératives, les fonds d’investissement communautaires pour le développement économique et les associations à but non lucratif. La Province s’attend à la production de 100 mégawatts grâce à COMFIT. Pour plus d’information sur le programme, allez à www.nsrenewables.ca (en anglais seulement). Dans un avenir rapproché, quatre collectivités et une université profiteront des bienfaits d’une électricité propre, verte et renouvelable produite chez elles. Le ministre de l’Énergie, Charlie Parker, a annoncé aujourd’hui, 9 juillet, que cinq projets avaient été approuvés dans le cadre du programme de tarif de rachat communautaire (COMFIT). Il s’agit : du projet éolien de 800 kilowatts de la société Northumberland Wind Field à Barney’s River, dans le comté de Pictou ; du projet éolien de 4 mégawatts à Barrachois, dans la Municipalité régionale du Cap-Breton, et de 2,3 mégawatts à Gaetz Brook, dans la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, proposé par le groupe Wind4all Communities; du projet éolien de 50 kilowatts sur le campus de l’Université Sainte-Anne à Pointe-de-l’Église, dans le comté de Digby; du projet de 4,8 mégawatts à Kemptown, dans le comté de Colchester, proposé par Affinity Renewables, un organisme à but non lucratif appartenant à la Nova Scotia SPCA; du projet de 1,6 mégawatts de la société Celtic Current à Marion Bridge, dans la Municipalité régionale du Cap-Breton. last_img read more

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) released its first quarter results today, Sept. 5. For the three month period, from April 1 to July 1, the NSLC recorded sales of $150.6 million compared to sales of $148.7 million for the same period last year, an increase of 1.3 per cent. NSLC’s first quarter net income was $58.6 million, an increase of $1.4 million or 2.4 per cent, when compared to first quarter last year. This quarter had one less selling day than the same period last year. A detailed news release can be found by following the News Releases link on the NSLC website at www.myNSLC.com . -30-last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotia’s creative businesses will expand into new markets, create more jobs, and build stronger cultural communities with a new CEO dedicated to growing its economy. Lisa Bugden has been appointed president and CEO of Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia. Ms. Bugden brings more than 24 years of experience in leadership, public and government affairs, and business development in the public and private sectors. “Twenty-eight thousand Nova Scotians work in arts and culture industries, generating almost $1.2 billion, and we are only scratching the surface,” said Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations John MacDonell, on behalf of Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Lisa Bugden is the right person, with the right skills, to work with industry to grow creative businesses that many Nova Scotian families depend on.” With management experience and insight over a broad range of industries, she joins the organization as it continues to expand Nova Scotia’s billion-dollar arts and culture industries to new markets, create new jobs and build stronger cultural communities. “Lisa Bugden is a dynamic collaborator. Her expertise, combined with her passion for economic development, make her the ideal person to foster relationships within the creative sector on our behalf,” said Cheryl Hodder, chair of the board of directors. “We are excited about the future under her leadership, as we set the long-term vision and strategy for growth of the province’s many diverse creative industries.” Before joining Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia, Ms. Bugden was a vice-president with Nova Scotia Business Inc. where she developed strategies to help home-grown businesses reach new markets and become stronger global competitors. “In today’s global and digital world there is no barrier between having a strong culture and new businesses rooted in unique cultural assets,” said Ms. Bugden. “I am looking forward to working with communities and businesses as we build on the strength of what’s been achieved at Film Nova Scotia and the opportunities ahead with Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia.” Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia was launched in November of 2012 as a lead agency for Nova Scotia’s creative businesses. It will provide the expertise needed to help those entrepreneurs become more productive and globally competitive. Ms. Bugden will begin with the agency April 22 and will lead the agency’s consultations with industry partners to produce a new five-year strategic plan.last_img read more

first_imgCOLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 246 Sections of Route 246, from 200 metres west of Kennedy Hill Road for about 5.8 kilometres west to Marshall Road, is reduced to one lane for upgrading including paving, slope stabilization and guardrail repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic is stop-and-go and work takes place from daylight to dusk. -30-last_img

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation (NSPLCC) is reminding Nova Scotians to keep age in mind when giving lottery products as gifts this holiday season. “Lottery and Scratch ‘N Win tickets can be fun stocking stuffers for adults, but they are not child’s play,” said Bob MacKinnon, NSPLCC’s president and CEO. “Even though it might seem innocent, lottery and scratch tickets are forms of gambling that are only appropriate for adults.” Parents, caregivers and family members are influential role models for children. It is important that they help prevent youth from gambling. “It is important for adults to send a strong message to our kids,” said Mr. MacKinnon. “No matter what the season, minors should not take part in any gambling activity.” The NSPLCC and its ticket lottery operator, Atlantic Lottery, continue to take measures to ensure adults and youth understand this responsibility. This includes placing the age of majority messaging on ticket lottery products and confirming ticket lottery retailers are committed to enforcing the 19+ laws. The NSPLCC also participates in McGill University’s Holiday Campaign, which is a way to remind people that they can keep the fun in the holidays by gifting lottery tickets responsibly to adults.last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotians will have access to more cancer-related resources for their children at local libraries. The nine regional libraries across the province have established a core collection of 15 books to help children who are coping with a parent with a serious illness. The collection will be available in the coming weeks. “The province is proud to continue to support local libraries,” said Leo Glavine, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “This was brought forward to us as a gap by someone who had a specific need. “Our hope is that enhancing the collection of cancer-related resources will provide parents with cancer the information for their children to better understand the disease and their role in the journey.” The department is providing $5,000 in funding. Each library region will receive at least two copies of each title in the core collection and includes an assortment of fictional and nonfictional material. “Supporting a healthy community is at the centre of our vision,” said Lynn Somers, director of the Nova Scotia Provincial Library. “We know this collection will enhance the services of our public libraries.” The resources will be available within each regional library’s collection. Families who do not have direct access to a library will be able to borrow resources through outreach services like Books by Mail, mobile libraries and ebook services. To learn more, visit https://library.novascotia.ca/ .last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Rashid Khan has been left isolated with renowned Indian golfers steering clear of the controversy, a day after the two-time Asian Tour champion was detained by police for trying to enter the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) here. Rashid and nine other caddie-turned-golfers were detained and taken to Tuqhlaq Road police station for questioning after they tried to enter DGC to practice on Saturday. The 28-year-old from Delhi on Sunday alleged that the DGC is discriminating against golfers from humble background. He even threatened to quit the sport and give up his Olympic dream if the club doesn’t allow him to use its facilities. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunWhile Rashid received the support of two-time European Tour champion Shubhankar Sharma and domestic regulars Shamim Khan and Mukesh Kumar, former Asian tour winners like Jyoti Randhawa, SSP Chawrasia and Gaganjeet Bhullar decided not to comment on the issue. “I don’t want to comment anything. I don’t have the whole picture, I dont know what is happening. I don’t know what was discussed between Rashid and DGC officials, so I would rather not comment,” Randhawa said. Chawrasia, who is playing in Denmark, said: “I don’t know exactly what happened. I am not from Delhi so I never had such issues. Some players are playing while some are having issues apparently. So it is a thing between players and DGC. There is a system in place and hope it gets sorted.”last_img read more

first_imgGreater Noida: Three persons have been arrested by Gautam Buddh Nagar police in connection with the murder case of a Samajwadi Party leader in Dadri area of Greater Noida on May 31. Police investigations revealed personal enmity over property dispute to be a reason behind the murder.30-years-old Ramtek Katariya was shot outside his house in Garhi village in Dadri area on May 31st afternoon. Police, on Wednesday, arrested three persons, who have been identified as Baleshwar Katariya and Kapil, both natives of Garhi village and Nitesh from Kheri Bhanota village in Greater Noida. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkVineet Jaiswal, Superintendent of Police (rural), Gautam Buddh Nagar ruled out any political rivalry behind the murder. “Following the incident, victim’s kin have alleged a few persons from their distant relatives to have killed Katariya over an old personal enmity and an FIR naming seven persons was registered at Dadri police station. The accused were absconding after the incident while police were making efforts to trace them at various suspected hide outs. On Wednesday, police arrested three persons in connection with the case while soon we will nab other accused as well,” said Jaiswal. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe officer further said that the murder was a fallout of an old personal enmity between two families in distant relations. “Upon sustained interrogations, it came to light that the main accused Baleshwar suspected Katariya to have killed his elder brother Ramesh whose body was found near railway track in Aligarh district in January 2019. He also feared a life threat from Katariya and plotted conspiracy to kill him. The accused confessed to have committed the crime while the car and weapons used in the murder have been recovered from their possession,” added Jaiswal. Police have recovered the alto car used and crime and three illegal pistol from their possession.last_img read more

first_imgAizawl/Agartala: The Mizoram government has launched an awareness campaign across the state on climate change and global warming, officials said on Wednesday. The government took action after a report stated that Assam, Mizoram and Jammu and Kashmir are among the 12 Himalayan states in India that are extremely vulnerable to global warming and climate change. The Mizoram Remote Sensing Application Centre (MIRSAC) and Deputy Commissioners of various districts are organising awareness campaigns involving government officials, NGOs, media persons, academicians, village council leaders and students, said a state Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) official. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Addressing an awareness-cum-workshop in Lunglei district on Tuesday, Lunglei Deputy Commissioner K. Lalrinzuali said that India’s 12 Himalayan states, especially Assam, Mizoram and Jammu and Kashmir, are the most vulnerable to climate change. “Himalayan communities are generally more vulnerable to climate change because they have fewer livelihood options, limited infrastructure and a high dependence on natural resources,” she said while referring to a recent study conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology-Mandi, IIT-Guwahati and Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah Stressing on the gravity of the present situation, Lalrinzuali told people to plant more trees, use natural resources judiciously and adopt simple eco-friendly habits in their daily routines, a DIPR statement said. Speaking at the event, Chief Scientific Officer of Mizoram’s Directorate of Science and Technology, R.K. Lallianthanga, highlighted the various initiatives and projects undertaken by his department to deal with the situation arising out of climate change. According to an official of Tripura Science, Technology and Environment Department, states having low per capita income, low area under irrigation and low area under forests per 1,000 households and high area under open forests received a high vulnerability score in the joint study. “Assam has the least area under irrigation, least forest area available per 1,000 rural households and the second lowest per capita income among the other IHR (Indian Himalayan Region) states, and thus scores the highest vulnerability score,” the official said on condition of anonymity. Based on this assessment, the vulnerability index was found to be the highest for Assam (0.72) and Mizoram (0.71), followed by Jammu and Kashmir (0.62), Manipur (0.59), Meghalaya and West Bengal (both 0.58), Nagaland (0.57), Himachal Pradesh and Tripura (both 0.51), Arunachal Pradesh (0.47) and Uttarakhand (0.45).Sikkim is the least vulnerable state with the index being 0.42. The Himalayas are the largest and tallest mountain range in the world, bordering five countries and covering an area of about 43 lakh sq km. Nearly 1.5 billion people depend on the Himalayas for water, food and energy. The Himalayan ecosystem is considered as extremely fragile and diverse but vital for India.last_img read more

first_imgTehran: The mechanism set up by European powers to help Iran skirt US sanctions will be of limited use but it has highlighted a welcome distance between Washington and its allies, Tehran’s top diplomat said Monday. The EU said Friday after a crisis meeting aimed at salvaging a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that the INSTEX payment mechanism was finally “operational” and that the first transactions were being processed. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’ “Although it does not meet the demands of the Islamic republic, (or) Europeans’ obligations… it has a strategic value (in showing) that the closest allies of the United States are distancing themselves from America in their economic relations,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. “This will certainly have long-term effects,” he added, during a speech broadcast on state television. Britain, France and Germany launched the special payment system in late January after US President Donald Trump abruptly quit the nuclear deal last year and reimposed sweeping sanctions on Iran. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping It is seen as key to EU efforts to preserve the deal but its promise of easing the bite of US sanctions, which have cut Iran off from the international financial system and decimated its oil exports, has been slow to materialise. In response to the US measures, Tehran announced in May it would abandon some of the limits on its nuclear activities imposed under the deal, threatening to give up two others by July 7 if the other signatories to the accord do not help it break the US embargo. INSTEX was designed to only support transactions in the pharmaceutical, medical and agricultural-food sectors.last_img read more

first_imgAhmedabad: A court here issued fresh summons to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday directing him to appear on August 9 in a criminal defamation suit filed against him by a local BJP leader for allegedly calling Union Home Minister Amit Shah a “murder accused”. Additional chief metropolitan magistrate D S Dabhi re-issued the summons after the one issued on May 1, which was to be served through Lok Sabha Speaker as Gandhi is a Member of Parliament, was returned. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The Speaker returned the summons saying he has no locus standi in the matter, the complainant’s lawyer Prakash Patel said. The fresh summons asking Gandhi to appear on August 9 will now be served directly to the Congress leader at his residence in New Delhi. The court earlier held that prima facie there was a case of criminal defamation against Gandhi under Indian Penal Code Section (IPC) section 500. Krishnavadan Brahmbhatt, a local BJP corporator, alleged that Gandhi made the objectionable comments at an election rally in Jabalpur on April 23. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Brahmbhatt contended that Gandhi’s remark was defamatory as Shah was acquitted by a CBI court in 2015 in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. Neither the high court nor the Supreme Court entertained the challenge to Shah’s acquittal, he said. “Gandhi (thus) committed an offence of defamation as per Sections 499 and 500 of the IPC,” he said. The CBI court’s January 2, 2015 order acquitting Shah got wide publicity and was well known “in all political circles including that of the Congress”, the complaint said. After Gandhi’s remark at the rally, Shah hit back at him, pointing out that he had been acquitted in the case, and questioned Congress president’s “legal knowledge”. In 2015, a special court discharged Shah in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati encounter cases, holding no case existed against him and that he had been implicated for political reasons. Earlier, another magistrate’s court here also issued summons to Gandhi and Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala in a criminal defamation suit filed by the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank and its chairman. Amit Shah is a director of the bank. The matter will come up for hearing on July 12 when Gandhi is likely to appear. The suit alleged that the Congress leaders falsely claimed the bank was involved in a scam to swap Rs 750 crore in scrapped notes with valid currency within five days of demonetisation in 2016. Last week Gandhi had appeared in courts in Mumbai and Patna in connection with two cases of alleged defamatory remarks against the RSS and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi respectively.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The ED Thursday said it has attached assets worth Rs 24.77 crore in India and abroad of fugitive diamond jeweller Mehul Choksi, accused in the over Rs 13,000 crore PNB loan fraud and money laundering case.The attached properties include three commercial assets based in Dubai, a Mercedes Benz car and a number of fixed deposits in bank accounts in the country and outside, the agency said. The total value of the attached properties is Rs 24.77 crore, it said. According to the statement, a provisional order under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) has been issued, the Enforcement Directorate said in a statement. Out of the total proceeds of crime worth Rs 6,097.73 crore, the ED has attached and seized properties worth Rs 2,534.7 crore, including this attachment, it said.last_img read more

first_imgChandigarh: A flood-like situation prevailed in many parts of Punjab and Haryana where the Indian Air Force on Monday rescued nine persons stuck in Karnal district due to sudden rise of water in the River Yamuna. While the Meteorological Department said no heavy rainfall was reported in most parts of the two states on Monday morning, the two states had received heavy rains during the past three days. Assisted by the Karnal Police, the Indian Air Force rescued nine persons including women and children who had got stuck in Karnal. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The rescue operation was carried out by the IAF in the early hours of Monday despite adverse weather, Haryana’s Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Navdeep Singh Virk said. Keeping in view the alarming situation due to release of 2.4 lakh cusecs of water from Ropar headwork, Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar, Varinder Kumar Sharma has ordered the stationing of companies of National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) at vulnerable points in Shahkot, Nakodar and Phillaur. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The Deputy Commissioner, who along with senior police officials inspected the level of water at Phillaur bridge and at village Danewal in Shahkot, on Monday said that 50 expert swimmers and divers of NDRF have been stationed at Shahkot. 42 expert swimmers and divers of SDRF have been stationed at Nakodar Sub Division. The Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner said Army authorities have also been requested to station their columns at all these Sub Divisions in the district so that they could help the administration in case of any need. Rescue centres have been established in every Sub Division where requisite provisions of food and shelter have been made. Besides, medical teams have been deployed at all centres for providing medical assistance to the evacuees. Sharma had earlier asked the sub-divisional magistrates Phillaur, Nakodar and Shahkot to get 81 low-lying and flood-prone villages evacuated to save them from fury of floods. Jalandhar district authorities have asked people living near the swollen Sutlej River and low-lying areas to remain alert following the release of excess water from the Bhakra Dam. In the Yamuna River, water level had risen dangerously at the Hathni Kund barrage in Yamuna Nagar, Haryana on Sunday evening. Haryana’s Department of Revenue and Disaster Management issued a high flood warning on Sunday alerting deputy commissioners of Karnal, Panipat, Sonipat, Faridabad and Palwal. The Yamuna River discharge at 6 pm on Sunday was 8,28,072 cusecs, which is categorised as a “high flood” situation, officials said. There were reports that rain water had entered a village in Yamunanagar on Monday and people were being evacuated. All the deputy commissioners of the five Haryana districts have been requested to keep a close watch on the situation and keep their disaster management resources on high readiness to tackle any adverse situation. In Punjab, floods were reported from areas like Rupnagar, Fatehgarh Sahib and Pathankot. Authorities have also ordered closure of schools in Rupnagar on Monday. The Punjab government had on Friday issued a high alert in the state after a forecast of heavy rainfall in next 48 to 72 hours. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has directed all deputy commissioners in the state to monitor the situation closely. The chief minister himself is keeping close tabs on the situation, officials said. He has instructed field officers of revenue, drainage, health, food and animal husbandry departments to stay alert and prepared to handle any eventuality arising out of heavy rains.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The health condition of former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has improved on Sunday, with his chest X-ray showing signs of stability. It also showed the improvement of pneumonitis which Bhattacharjee had been suffering from. The press statement issued by the hospital on Sunday said that his hemoglobin level has risen to 10 gm/dl and the carbon dioxide levels have come down, giving a sense of relief to the doctors.A medical board of eight doctors was formed for the treatment of the former chief minister on Sunday morning. The press statement also stated that Bhattacharjee has been maintaining stability in all the vital parameters. He also took food, ice cream and tea orally on Sunday morning. BiPAP (non-invasive ventilation) was conducted on the patient for nearly six hours on Saturday night and the oxygen level has now increased in his body. He was fully conscious on Sunday and talked to the doctors and his family members. However, he will continue to need oxygen. Bhattacharjee, a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patient, was admitted to a private hospital in the city with multiple cardiac ailments on Friday.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Starting in October, all prescription opioids must carry a warning sticker about potential adverse effects and pharmacists will be required to provide information handouts to consumers about the potent narcotics, Health Canada announced Wednesday.It is the first time the federal government has issued regulations requiring a warning sticker and a patient handout for a medicine dispensed by a pharmacy.Dr. Supriya Sharma, Health Canada’s chief medical adviser, said the yellow warning sticker will be applied to the container and state that the medication can cause dependence, addiction and overdose.The handout will include information about the signs of opioid overdose and potential side-effects, as well as warnings not to share the medication and to store it safely out of the reach of children.The new regulations also require pharmaceutical companies to develop and implement risk-management plans aimed at reducing the potential harms associated with the use of the drugs.“While much of the opioid crisis can be attributed to contaminated drugs that have been obtained illegally, prescription opioids have also contributed to this issue,” said Sharma, referring to an epidemic of overdose deaths in Canada.“We want patients to have ongoing conversations with their health-care providers and pharmacists about the risks and the benefits of prescription opioids,” she told a media briefing from Ottawa. “These stickers and handouts will help continue those conversations.”Sharma said the sticker will act as a red flag every time a consumer uses an opioid, a visual warning that the medication carries the potential for significant risk, backed up by the single-sheet information handout.“And the most important thing about that is this information will be consistent, so this information will be given with every opioid dispensed in Canada … previously we didn’t have a mechanism to ensure that that information was consistent across all provinces and territories.”However, the Canadian Pharmacists Association questions the use of the government-mandated stickers and handouts.“I think we have mixed feelings, and we actually expressed our mixed feelings to Health Canada last year,” said Phil Emberley, the organization’s director of professional affairs.“One of the functions of pharmacies and how pharmacists practice is that we like to individualize our communications to patients,” he said. “So rather than treating them all as one homogenous group … we often tailor our communications to the unique needs of patients, depending on their demographics, on what particular disorder they’re being treated for.“So we’re very leery about the use of general messaging that applies to everybody without considering the needs of individual patients.”For example, the warning label and patient-information sheet could be inappropriate for people taking opioids like methadone or Suboxone to manage an addiction to the drugs, Emberley cautioned.“To regularly tell that patient who’s in treatment that this is a drug that causes addiction, dependence and overdose, I’m not sure that that’s going to be in the best interest of optimizing their outcomes on the treatment program,” he said.The new regulations are part of Vanessa’s Law, named after Vanessa Young, who died in 2000 at age 15 as the result of taking a prescription drug. The law, passed in 2014, is aimed at protecting consumers from unsafe medications and reducing adverse reactions.Wednesday’s announcement marks the first time Ottawa has used the regulatory power of the legislation to place conditions on licences to sell medications, in this case the requirement that manufacturers of the powerful painkillers provide Health Canada with a risk-management plan, including the means of monitoring for adverse events related to the drugs once they are on the market.“Practically all of the opioids were actually approved at a time when we didn’t have risk-management plans, so this is a way to have manufacturers have the obligation that they put these plans in place and it also allows us to have consistency in our approach to the way these products are monitored once they’re on the market,” Sharma said.The plans must also contain measures to help minimize the risks to patients taking the drugs, such as training sessions about their risks and benefits for doctors and other practitioners.“If we find that somebody isn’t complying, our first step is to try to bring them into compliance, to work with the company to make sure that they’re doing that,” she said, noting that regulations allow for fines and penalties and even litigation for non-compliance.Prior to the passage of Vanessa’s Law, the Food and Drug Act allowed for a maximum fine of $5,000.“Now that’s gone up to millions per day.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. – A young aboriginal man who sexually assaulted a 16-year-old friend “exhibits great potential” despite a difficult upbringing and should not face a lengthy jail term, a Nova Scotia judge says.Judge James Chipman sentenced Davis Joseph Prosper to four months in jail in a decision the judge said took Prosper’s aboriginal status into account.“The case before me does not involve a position of trust or a child victim,” Chipman said in a Nova Scotia Supreme Court sentencing decision handed down June 16 in Sydney and released in written form Monday.“On the facts in context, I accept that Mr. Prosper’s actions were impulsive. He acted for his own sexual gratification at great expense to the victim. Having said this, he made no threats and there was no striking, choking or sexual intercourse.”Prosper, who is in his early 20s, assaulted the girl while she was texting her boyfriend in her bedroom on the Eskasoni First Nation in August 2015, according to the ruling.He tried to take off her shorts and sexually assaulted her underneath her clothing.The ruling said her boyfriend told Prosper, either by text or by phone, to leave the house.“What took place can hardly be regarded as a victimless crime. True damage was done and we can only all hope that the continuing passage of time will provide some relief and closure,” said Chipman.Crown attorney John MacDonald had sought a two-year jail term for what he called “a major or serious sex assault,” while defence lawyer Blair Kasouf suggested 90 days intermittently.“It appears to have been an impulsive, immature act. There were no threats, striking, choking or sexual intercourse,” Kasouf told the judge.Chipman said he was satisfied Prosper, who is currently unemployed and living with his uncle, took responsibility for his actions and expressed remorse.He quoted from Prosper’s pre-sentence report that said “he has experienced the adverse effects of the toxic social environment and poor socio-economic conditions that continue to impact the lives of aboriginal people since the time of colonization.”Prosper pleaded guilty.Along with the jail sentence, Chipman also sentenced Prosper to 18 months probation and, among other measures, banned him from owning firearms for 10 years, except “to hunt for sustenance.”“Given the circumstances of the crime, along with Mr. Prosper’s status … I am of the view that despite a difficult upbringing and poor socio-economic status, Mr. Prosper exhibits great potential. In these difficult circumstances, I have decided that a fit and proper sentence should not involve a lengthy period of incarceration as sought by the Crown,” Chipman said.last_img read more

first_imgAJAX, Ont. – A police force in southern Ontario says two of its officers are facing numerous charges related to an alleged local drug ring.Durham Region police say the officers came under investigation as the force began looking into alleged activities at a bar in Ajax, Ont.Police say they began looking into allegations of drug transactions and excessive alcohol service at the Black Bear Bar and Grill in the summer of 2016, and eventually discovered that the two officers were connected to the bar’s owner.On Tuesday, police arrested the two officers along with three other people and laid numerous charges related to the alleged trafficking of marijuana and cocaine.Const. Husen Aswat, who has been with Durham Region police for nine years, is facing 19 charges including seven counts of breach of trust and four counts of trafficking in cocaine.Eight-year force veteran Const. Amandeep Thakur is facing four charges including two counts of breach of trust and possession of property obtained by crime. Both officers are currently suspended from duty.Three other men are facing a total of 23 charges between them. Police did not indicate whether the owner of the bar was included in those charged.Durham Region police said the investigation was conducted in collaboration with officers from Toronto. Chief Paul Martin said the officers’ alleged conduct was particularly troubling.“Obviously it’s very concerning and disappointing when we find ourselves investigating our own employees,” he said in a statement.When the force became aware of the possible involvement of its members, Martin said they conducted a “vigorous” investigation.“No one is above the law and every one of our employees is accountable for their actions,” he said. “I want to assure the community that this is not a reflection of our women and men who work so hard every day to uphold the law and keep our communities safe.”All five of the men charged have been held in custody for bail hearings.last_img read more

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The personal information of more than two dozen students attending the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia has potentially been breached online.Spokesman Dave Pinton said the Abbotsford-based university and police are investigating suspicious email related to the disclosure of “limited personal information” of 29 students.The information involves names, emails, phone numbers, addresses, grade point average and in one case, limited financial information.Pinton said whoever sent an email to students on Monday a demanded $30,000 ransom.The university temporarily suspended access to some student and staff web systems and is working with the students and investigators, he said. The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of B.C. has also been notified.“UFV takes the security of our email and information systems very seriously,” he said, adding that the university is keeping students and staff updated on the availability of its online systems.Abbotsford police say they were contacted by the university on Monday about demands for money involving the students’ information.Const. Ian MacDonald said the incident has been deemed an extortion attempt and computer forensic experts within the department’s major crime unit are involved.The case appears similar to phone or email scams where fraudsters pretend to be police or government officials and demand the victim pay a fine or face detention, he said.Investigating scams can be a challenge, particularly online where perpetrators try to cover up their digital fingerprints or victims pay ransoms with Bitcoin or gift cards, MacDonald said.“From a policing standpoint we try to do as much as we can by way of prevention before people get separated from their money,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgMOUNT PEARL, N.L. – A Newfoundland woman who was suffering from an advanced form of cancer when she won a $1.5-million lottery jackpot in November has died.Diane Elaine Bishop of Mount Pearl had Stage 4 breast cancer.An online obituary says the 51-year-old convenience store operator, who had two sons in their 20s, died Tuesday surrounded by her family.In October, Bishop told CBC she couldn’t afford to stop working at the store in Mount Pearl despite her diagnosis and a daily battle with joint pain, nausea and headaches.Strangers soon started to come forward to offer her financial support.When she won the lottery a month later, she said was responding to chemotherapy treatment.“This money wasn’t about going out and buying a new house or taking trips,” she said at the time. “This was about survival. I can survive now, and my kids can survive.”There was a growing list of online tributes to Bishop on Wednesday.“Her continuing public struggle to fight for government medical funding for all terminal patients everywhere, has been incredibly moving,” said one message on a funeral home site.“Being a single mother, running a business, fighting the good fight, keeping a beacon of positive light lit for all around her, and all the while dealing with a terminal illness … literally left me speechless and in awe.”Lynda Trelegan also expressed her condolences online, saying: “Diane was the most kind, thoughtful and courageous person that I had have ever met. She fought long and hard, and I pray that she is now at peace.”A funeral service is planned for Saturday at Barrett’s Funeral Home Chapel in St. John’s.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – A Calgary Herald newspaper column on sexual misconduct accusations against U.S. Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh has prompted two women on Calgary city council to shun interview requests from the paper.In her Wednesday column headlined “Kavanaugh doesn’t deserve this. What happened in high school stays in high school,” Naomi Lakritz wrote that the #MeToo movement has created the equivalent of a Salem witch trial for Kavanaugh.The column triggered a backlash on social media, including Twitter announcements from councillors Jyoti Gondek and Druh Farrell that they would not accept interview requests from the paper until the editorial was retracted and an apology issued.In a statement to CTV Calgary, Herald editor-in-chief Lorne Motley says freedom of speech is important and the columnist’s role at a newspaper is to express an opinion.Three women have come forward since Kavanaugh’s nomination was announced with allegations that include sexual assault, indecent exposure and sexual misconduct.One of them — Christine Blasey Ford — testified before a U.S. Senate hearing Thursday that the nominee assaulted her in 1982, but Kavanaugh refuted the accusation when he later appeared before the panel.In her tweet, Gondek wrote that while she is not a “big newsmaker,” she will not be replying to interview requests from Calgary Herald journalists “until the editorial board recognizes the impact of their decision to minimize the gravity of high school sexual assault.”Farrell said in her posting that although the newspaper has some great writers, “I can’t stand by while sexual assault is trivialized. I stand with my colleague (Gondek) in support of women. I won’t be taking interview requests until they retract and apologize.”Other social media postings have called for the cancellation of Herald subscriptions, or the pulling of advertising.Early Thursday afternoon, Lakritz issued a statement to CTV Calgary saying she was not weighing in on whether Kavanaugh is guilty or not.“I obviously don’t have any knowledge of that. What I’m saying is that whatever someone allegedly did as a 15-year-old should not count against him when he’s a man of 53, decades removed from the teenager he once was. Were we all perfect angels at 15? I doubt it. Would we want something we may have done at 15 to affect our lives as mature adults at 40 or 50? Obviously not.”Lakritz said the councillors who have decided to boycott the paper’s reporters “are obviously sadly unaware of the principles of free speech.”The Herald said in its Friday edition that its editorial pages reflect a variety of opinions, with the goal of stirring debate.“We do believe in open debate, vigorous dialogue and free speech, including — of course — for those people who have been subjected to sexual assault and sexual misconduct. Those who stand up to their abusers and those who share their stories should be applauded, not shouted down. Their decisions to speak their truth are actions that merit consideration and respect.” (CTV Calgary, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER – On the heels of his narrow victory in Vancouver’s dramatic mayoral race, observers say Kennedy Stewart’s biggest challenge will be leading a council fractured across party lines as he tries to deliver on platform promises like increasing housing supply.The former NDP MP, who ran as an Independent, will lead 10 councillors divided across four parties with an even split between progressives and members of the right-leaning Non-Partisan Association.Vancouver is one of the few cities in Canada that operates on a party system.“We’re going to need a new civic engineer who knows how to build bridges and not walls,” said Andy Yan, director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University.That could mean making strategic compromises and more open dialogue in council chambers instead of behind caucus doors, he said.While Kennedy’s platform included a subway line extension and new approaches to fighting the opioid crisis, his primary campaign focus has been clear: Housing. Among his plans on the file are immediately hiring a renters’ advocate and increasing supply by 85,000 new units, including 25,000 non-profit rentals, over 10 years.Following his victory, Kennedy told reporters he wants the conversation to move beyond housing by the end of his four-year term. He said he’s confident he can do so by working with all members of council.“I’ve been talking with them all the way through, all the way through this race and I think there are ideas we share in common and we’re just going to have to go policy by policy and make sure we’re not alienating anyone. I’m confident we can do it,” Stewart told reporters following his victory speech.Patrick Smith, a political science and urban systems professor at Simon Fraser University, said the upcoming federal election will likely work in Stewart’s favour as the federal Liberals court votes and open the coffers for public projects.“He may be astute enough to be able to produce some initiatives on the housing front,” Smith said, adding that will require building alliances.Stewart edged out contender Ken Sim of the NPA to win the election with a lead of fewer than 1,000 votes in the race to replace outgoing Mayor Gregor Robertson, who did not run for re-election.Robertson’s party Vision Vancouver entered the race weak, with its mayoral candidate Ian Campbell bowing out days before the nomination deadline. It won no seats on council.Smith said it all but marks the end of the party after 10 years in power.“It’s the old adage, never say never in politics. But we’re going to say a very strong maybe,” Smith said.Meantime, the Green party saw significant gains, winning three of 10 councillor seats. Two of its candidates, incumbent Adriane Carr and Pete Fry, each won more votes than Stewart or Sim.“It’s in one way a Green sweep in Vancouver. I think it also reflects values. At the core of it, Vancouver still acknowledges the importance of sustainability,” he said, even if voters disagreed with Vision’s strategy for achieving it.Sim has not conceded the election, saying after results came in early Sunday morning that more votes needed to be counted and he would seek advice in the coming days.The NPA did not immediately respond to requests for comment Sunday afternoon.last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – Crews have begun tearing into the mangled Boeing 747 cargo jet that overshot a Halifax runway last week, as gawkers marvelled at the huge wreck — and how close the plane came to breaching the airport’s fence and overrunning a public road.Dozens of people watched late Sunday afternoon as a backhoe dug into the midsection of the fuselage, which buckled when the empty SkyLease Cargo plane overshot the runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Wednesday.“It’s quite a sight — it’s awful close to the road. If it hadn’t stopped where it did, it would be right where we’re parking right now,” said Jayme Newcombe, who came from Milford, N.S., with her partner Jamie Fillmore to show the mangled aircraft to their three-year-old son, Riley, who is fascinated by planes.“They’re very lucky to walk away from that for sure. A few more feet and they would have gone through some telephone poles and it could have been worse for them. Very lucky to end it the way they did,” said Fillmore.The four crew members suffered minor injuries and the plane was badly damaged when it slid 210 metres off the end of Runway 14 on Wednesday. Federal investigators said it touched down in rainy conditions while being buffeted by a crosswind with a potential tailwind.“I’m glad for the crew that it held together, that it basically stayed in roughly one piece — although not in a real healthy way for the plane,” said Oscar Lopez of Halifax, one of the many who braved near-freezing temperatures for a look. “It’s something with that crack in the middle … it’s quite a sight.”Flight KKE 4854, which had arrived from Chicago just after 5 a.m. Wednesday after a two-and-a-half hour flight, was to be loaded with live lobster destined for China.As it skidded down a slight, grassy embankment, the plane hit a large localizer antenna, its landing gear collapsed, two of its four engines were torn off and there was a small fire under the tail section — caused by one of the severed engines.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada said Saturday that it had released the site, and planned to examine recovered components at its Ottawa lab.Investigators planned to download and analyze data from the cockpit voice and flight data recorders, the TSB said. They planned to talk to witnesses, review control tower audio and radar data, and investigate weather and runway surface conditions as well as records for the aircraft and its pilots.It also said it would “examine the terrain at the end of the runway at Halifax/Stanfield Airport to determine what role it played in aircraft damage.”On Monday, Theresa Rath Spicer, director of public affairs, marketing and customer relations for the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, said the backhoe was used to prepare for the dismantling and removal of the aircraft.“First and foremost, safety and the environment remain our top priorities, and with respect to that, we are continuing to work to mitigate the environmental concerns caused by the fuel leak,” she said.“We’ve engaged an environmental consultant very early on in this process, and we’re working in concert with them as we monitor the situation on a 24/7 basis.”Rath Spicer said the impact of the fuel leak — classified by the TSB as “minimal” — has been contained to the immediate site area, and arrangements will be made to remove the impacted soil as soon as possible.She said the next step is to remove the fuel from the aircraft before dismantling the aircraft itself. The process is expected to take a number of days.She added that operations for the airport went back to normal on Friday.“We did see some delays, cancellations and even some early arriving flights on Saturday with the inclement weather, but we are pleased to report that at this time, our operation has normalized,” she said.Late Sunday afternoon, the massive plane remained within a few dozen metres of the fence as crews worked around it.The operator of a large backhoe would rip at the plane’s mid-section, get out to take a look, and then take another swipe. A smaller backhoe picked up nearby debris, including what appeared to be pieces of airport ground equipment, as people with rakes filled up drums with debris.“By the looks of the terrain at the end of the runway there, they must have had a real bumpy ride there, that last bit,” said Carl Gates, who drove from Dartmouth for a look with his wife, Lorraine.“It’s going to take quite a bit to get it out of there,” said Lorraine Gates.Jordan Reimer drove to the airport from the Annapolis Valley to have a look at the wreck with some friends. He said he had recently damaged his own light aircraft in a windstorm, and sympathized with the pilot.“A fun thing to see — it’s huge. Was worth the drive all the way out here, definitely,” he said. “I just feel really bad for the pilot. He did not have a good day.”last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — Conservative MP David Yurdiga says people suffering from disabilities that worsen and ease aren’t treated fairly under Canadian law and he wants to change that.Yurdiga says he wants to see legislative and policy changes that would ensure those living with multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, arthritis, and other “episodic” disabilities are protected, can stay in the workforce and get better access to programs they need.Yurdiga’s wife Kathy was diagnosed with MS in 2004 and she says she still wakes up every day wondering whether she will be disabled.The Fort McMurray-Cold Lake MP says his family had a support system when his wife first had difficulty using her hands, including those who worked with her in their family business and their children.But Yurdiga says he’s heard from thousands of Canadians living with episodic disabilities who have been forced into disability systems that don’t allow them to work.Yurdiga introduced a motion in the House of Commons in early November that calls on the Commons’ human-resources committee to study the issue. The committee discussed the topic for the first time today. Yurdiga says that’s a first step but his goal is stronger laws.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgThe bison bull was a long way from where he should have been — on provincial grazing lands in west-central Alberta instead of the rugged backcountry of Banff National Park.“We are considering destruction versus capture of this animal,” Parks Canada wildlife ecologist Jesse Whittington wrote 11 days after the bull, dubbed M05, crossed the park’s eastern boundary.Emails obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act detail how Parks Canada staff strived to bring MO5’s summer excursion to a happy conclusion, and how they carefully crafted their message when it did not turn out the way they’d hoped.A Parks Canada program to reintroduce bison to Banff reached a major milestone July 29 when more than 30 animals were released from a paddock into 1,200 square kilometres of Rocky Mountain wilderness. It was the first time in 140 years that bison roamed wild there.About a week later, two bulls — M05 and M19 — ventured out of the park independently.The agency committed to the Alberta government that it would take action if bison wandered too far. Public safety was a factor and there were also concerns about the animals coming into contact with cattle or damaging property.For days, staff were able to track the bulls’ movements using satellite data and signals from their collars.By Aug. 16, M05 was covering an average of 15 kilometres daily and could have reached private ranchland within a day.They tried coaxing it back into the park, but it didn’t work. Moving him was not an option because of a wildfire nearby. Fire crews were using all available large helicopters.Parks staff found M05 in a swamp and shot him. “That was a thankless and difficult job. I appreciate your willingness to do it,” Whittington wrote the two workers who killed the bull.M19 was still outside the park, but his location was not a concern at the time.Karsten Heuer, manager for the Banff Reintroduction Project, told colleagues it was important to get the tone right in a media release.“Minimize repetition and avoid use of government terms like ‘management action’ that make us sound a little cold-hearted.”Once the bull’s death did hit the news, the agency noted “overwhelmingly negative” reaction.“The CBC and CTV Calgary Facebook posts both garnered over 100 comments, over 100 ‘angry’ reactions and over or nearly 100 ‘sad’ reactions,” said a report that included a sampling of comments.“Parks Canada you screwed up royally. You don’t deserve bison roaming free in the park,” one said.Staff at the agency’s national office sent supportive messages to their Banff colleagues.“We just want to sympathize with you on the occasion of what must have been an agonizing decision,” said one note to Heuer.Parks officials were able to capture M19 three days after M05 was killed.He was tranquilized, hoisted away by helicopter and then trucked to Waterton Lakes National Park. He couldn’t return to the Banff herd, lest he wander off again and encourage others to follow.National office was not keen on publicizing a photo of M19 bundled up and suspended under the helicopter. It said it would “prefer having a picture of the bison (happy and healthy) in his new paddock.”“The picture below might be misinterpreted by the public, be shared out of context on social media etc.” In an interview, Bill Hunt, Banff’s resource conservation manager, recalled it being a tough time. That was especially true for those who killed M05 as they had spent 18 months caring for the animals before they were released.“Whether it’s dealing with bears or elk or cougars or wolves or bison, sometimes we have to make these difficult decisions,” Hunt said.The remaining herd — now numbering 34 — has mostly gathered around the spot where it was initially released. One bull seems to like being on his own the next valley over, but he’s still well within the reintroduction zone. A cow and two of her young dipped briefly across the boundary in October, but turned back.“Although it had some very serious challenges, overall we’re having a fantastic outcome here,” Hunt said. “Thirty-four healthy bison maintaining themselves over winter, which was our key concern, right in the heart of Banff.”Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgThe Globe reports that SNC-Lavalin repeatedly lobbied Justin Trudeau’s aides for a deal and Trudeau’s office leaned on Wilson-Raybould to make it happen.No such agreement was ever reached and Wilson-Raybould was moved to be minister of veterans affairs in a January cabinet shuffle.Meantime, Trudeau is denying the serious claims being levelled in the report.“At no time did I or my office direct the current or previous attorney general to make any particular decision in this matter,” he told reporters on Thursday.The Prime Minister repeats that the allegations in the Globe article are false. Says neither he, nor anyone in his office directed the Attorney General on this case. Was asked if there was any pressure or influence, as opposed to direction. Repeats his answer #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 7, 2019Conservatives respondCalling the reports “disturbing”, Opposition leader Andrew Scheer says the prime minister needs to come clean immediately, and believes Trudeau’s answers today fall short of him doing so.“What’s perhaps even more shocking, however, is that the prime minister himself appears to have fired his own attorney general for refusing to bow to his demands,” Scheer said. “We’ve seen this elsewhere on the world stage when leaders dismiss their attorneys general for defying their orders.”Scheer adds “nothing short of full disclosure” will be accepted. When asked whether Scheer believes Trudeau’s claims that the allegations are false, the federal Conservative leader said “it obviously sounded like those words were written by a lawyer, not the prime minister’s own words.”Scheer says it sounds like Trudeau’s careful answer today was written by a lawyer #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 7, 2019Scheer says his party will explore every option if Trudeau “continues to fail to be transparent with Canadians.”Former judge suggests criminal investigation may be warrantedIt hasn’t taken long for someone to suggest a criminal investigation needs to be done if these reports are true.A former judge who now teaches law at UBC — Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond — says, if nothing else, an investigation would restore public confidence in the justice ministry in the wake of the shocking report.“Minister Wilson-Raybould, not only is she an extremely competent individual, she was Canada’s first Indigenous attorney general, and I was concerned when she was moved from that position that there was something of a whisper campaign out of the centre of government that she was not competent or she was not a team player.”Turpel-Lafond believes Wilson-Raybould is a person of principle, which is why she’s expecting police to get involved.“Even just to restore public confidence. But I’m just very proud of her as a British Columbian, standing up for the values that are very important in our society which is doing the right thing and making sure the legal process, courts, and prosecutions do their job and keeping your nose out of them so that they can be protected to do their job.”Meantime, SNC-Lavalin says it has no comment on the reports.SNC Lavelin’s response to the allegations of pressure from the PMO on their case: “We have no comment on today’s Globe and Mail article” #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 7, 2019 OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail says former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould disappointed the Prime Minister’s Office by refusing to help SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal prosecution.The Quebec engineering and construction giant has been facing legal trouble over allegations it paid millions of dollars in bribes to get government business in Libya, which would be a crime under Canadian law.As justice minister, Wilson-Raybould could have gotten involved in the case against the company by directing federal prosecutors to negotiate a “remediation agreement,” a way of undoing damage without admitting the company itself was at fault for things particular employees did.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s export credit agency says it regrets a 2015 decision to lend US$41 million to a South African company owned by members of a family with ties to former president Jacob Zuma.Export Development Canada executive vice-president Carl Burlock says in the months and years that followed, the agency became increasingly concerned about the loan it provided to Westdawn Investments to backstop the sale of Bombardier aircraft. Over that time, Burlock says in a statement, allegations related to corruption and political interference were mounting against members of the Gupta family, which owns the company.He says EDC ended its business relationship with Westdawn in late 2017 and the company has responded by filing a lawsuit in the United Kingdom against the agency to contest the deal’s termination.Burlock says the agency’s decision to support the purchase was in line with its international commitments under the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and that it relied on the fact there were no formal charges or active investigations related to the allegations.Zuma resigned as South Africa’s president in 2018 after a near-decade-long tenure marked by persistent corruption allegations. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgWhen Linkin Park rose to fame from their breakthrough album, Hybrid Theory, they gained an immense following, who to this day, cherish the band for their nu metal and rap metal qualities.VIP Seats To MusiCares EventCredit/Copyright: Omaze.comToday, after collaborating with artists such as Jay-Z, selling over 50 million albums worldwide, and winning two Grammy Awards, the band is making themselves available to you. Omaze.com offering anyone – not just one – but two chances to kick it with the guys from Linkin Park. Read on to find out more.Omaze.com has partnered with Linkin Park and MusiCares to offer you and your readers a chance to win 2 front row VIP balcony tickets to the MusiCares Benefit Concert on May 30 in LA. The concert is honoring Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington and skateboarder, surfer and musician Tony Alva. Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Anthony Kiedis will be presenting with special performances by Chester Benningfield, Slash, and more surprise guests! One lucky entry and their guest will learn what it feels like to experience an historical event in person while helping people in need, only for $10. For more details on how to enter, visit HERE.Hang In Studio With Linkin ParkCredit/Copyright: Omaze.comFor private access to Linkin Park’s new music album, Omaze is offering anyone the chance to win VIP access to a live recording session and the chance to win a rare autographed poster or drum head, all for just $10. The winner and their guest will hear material that the band is working for their next album and kick with the guys between sets. And, as an added bonus, each entry to this experience also helps provide necessary services for children and their families recovering from Hurricane Sandy. You may enter HERE.last_img read more

first_imgAlmost one year ago, a horrific shooting rampage in Newtown, CT took the lives of 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School.This week, Kings Of Leon, Pearl Jam, Tim McGraw, Nick Offerman, Zachary Quinto and more have united with online charity auction site Charitybuzz to raise funds and awareness for Sandy Hook Promise, an organization founded by parents and spouses who lost loved ones in the tragic mass shooting.The national nonprofit led by community members works to honor all victims of Sandy Hook by preventing the causes of gun violence and helping the local community cope with the lasting effects of the tragedy. Find out more about the charity here.The Sandy Hook Promise online auction is open for bidding through Tuesday, December 17th at www.Charitybuzz.com/SandyHook.Auction highlights include: • Lunch with Nick Offerman on the set of Parks and Recreation in Los Angeles • A Fender Guitar signed by Pearl Jam and a copy of their set list from the concert • Meet Kings of Leon at their concert at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT • Enjoy a set visit to Modern Family in Los Angeles • Meet Zachary Quinto at a performance of The Glass Menagerie on Broadway, with two premium seats • Enjoy an exclusive tour of the Facebook Silicon Valley Campus • Enjoy a taping and cocktails at Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live! with Andy Cohen in NYC • A round of golf with Joe LaCava, caddy for Tiger Woods, at Newtown Country Club • Tickets to a taping of NBC’s The Voice season 6 in Los Angeles • A Taylor Guitar signed by Tim McGraw • and more!last_img read more

first_imgNatalia Vodianova and the Naked Heart Foundation hosted the Backstage Gala at the English National Opera’s London Coliseum Theatre this week.Natalia Vodianova and Diana VishnevaGuests who joined host Natalia Vodianova, together with Antoine Arnault, were delighted to discover on arrival that they would be dining on stage, where they were treated to a rare glimpse of the acclaimed theatre, and backstage otherwise reserved for performers.Supermodel, and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova, who founded the Naked Heart Foundation 10 years ago, joined forces with one of today’s greatest dancers Diana Vishneva to host this unforgettable evening which saw some of the world’s greatest Ballet, and Opera talents perform a once in a lifetime show for just 200 privileged guests.Distinguished faces from the art world; Harry Blain, Gary Hume, Georgie Hopton and Sotheby’s Lord Dalmany were accompanied by young British talent; Pixie Lott, James Norton, Dynamo, and Lily Donaldson in their enjoyment of extraordinary, and intimate performances from world renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov, and Marcelino Sambe, as well as the world premiere of Zeitgeist by The Royal Ballet’s principal dancers Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson choreographed by Alastair Marriott of the Royal Ballet.Guests also had the opportunity to take part in a very special charity auction with all proceeds going to the Naked Heart Foundation, and Diana Vishneva’s Foundation, which supports emerging dance professionals. The 11 money-can’t-buy lots included; Original Diana Vishneva black and white prints by Patrick Demarchelier, a personalised Louis Vuitton case accompanied containing Diana’s own ballet slippers, an original Annie Leibovitz print of Natalia Vodianova, a Couture experience, and made to measure dress by Valentino, and Afternoon Tea, and a ballet class with Diana Vishneva. The pinnacle of the auction and the evening was the opportunity to take to the stage with Diana Vishneva with guests instead nominating Natalia, and donating generously to see her on stage with her co-host.The Naked Heart Foundation is fortunate to have been supported by some of the world’s most acclaimed artists, musicians and fashion designers, who have lent their time and talent to over the past 10 years to the invaluable work they do with children with special needs. Naked Heart Foundation events have become renowned for their unique and unexpected fundraising style uniting luxury, with giving. The efforts and support of all who attended the Backstage Gala raised £435,000 towards the Naked Heart Foundation’s and Diana Vishneva Foundation’s important missions.last_img read more

first_imgThe Elders today expressed shock and deep dismay over the latest incident of heavy civilian casualties in Yemen resulting from the Saudi-led aerial bombing campaign.They called on the United States and United Kingdom, the two permanent members of the UN Security Council who are the main supporters of the campaign, to take decisive steps to prevent further needless deaths.Over 140 people died and more than 500 were injured at a funeral hall in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, when it came under repeated attack from the air on Saturday.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, said: “Over the past 18 months, civilians have borne the brunt of this bloody conflict. All too frequently, protected locations such as hospitals and civilian gatherings such as weddings and, now, even a funeral have found themselves under attack. This is simply unacceptable. As the principal supporters of the Saudi coalition, we believe the United States and United Kingdom have the main duty to ensure there is no recurrence.”Independent researchers estimate that over a third of coalition air strikes have hit civilian targets. The Houthi rebels and allied forces have frequently also been guilty of breaches of international humanitarian law during fighting.The Elders noted that the US is “reviewing” its support for the Saudi-led military campaign in the wake of the weekend’s attacks and that the UK’s Foreign Office has raised its own concerns with Riyadh, stating that there can be “no military solution” to the conflict. Washington and London must now use their considerable leverage with Saudi Arabia to push hard for an early ceasefire and resumed negotiations for a political solution.They also called for much greater international attention to be paid to the desperate plight of Yemen’s civilian population. According to the UN, over half of Yemen’s 27-million people are suffering from malnutrition and in need of humanitarian assistance.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Director Jason Bourque, right, talks over a scene with Duane Howard. Photo David Dolsen Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Enid-Raye Adams’ dad was an addict for most of his adult life. And, like many people who love an addict, at a certain point Adams reached her own rock bottom with her dad’s addiction. She cut him out of her life.“I thought it was the right decision, and it might have been for a time,” recalls the Vancouver-based actress and producer in a recent interview. “I didn’t realize how much I would regret the decision I made to cut him out of my life until the day after he died [in his sleep, of natural causes].”That day after, Adams experienced what she describes now as a “moment of revelation: I realized instantly that I could have found the balance between my own wellness and staying connected to him, and I didn’t know until it was too late.”last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK, United Nations — “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany is set to narrate an audiobook for a new instalment of the hit sci-fi drama series.A statement says the Regina native will voice “Orphan Black: The Next Chapter” for New York-based digital reading and audio platform Serial Box.The collaboration with Toronto-based Temple Street will be available later this summer for reading and listening. Author Malka Older will be the showrunner alongside Mishell Baker, Lindsay Smith, and Heli Kennedy as series writers.They’ll create weekly episodes, which are described as “the length of an average commute.”The first episode will be free.“These new Serial Box Originals are designed to fit into today’s fast-paced mobile lifestyle,” says a statement.“Users can switch between reading and listening with a simple click, picking up right where they left off in either format.”Serial Box also recently announced a deal with Marvel Entertainment to create original stories based on “Black Panther,” “Jessica Jones,” “Black Widow” and “Thor.”Maslany won an Emmy Award for playing multiple clones on “Orphan Black,” which ran for five seasons on Space and BBC America.The Canadian Press Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: STEPHEN KING’S THE STAND FILMING IN VANCOUVER THIS FALL/WINTERA new 10-episode adaption of Stephen King’s The Stand from CBS All Access is filming in Vancouver this Fall/Winter.Filming dates: September 16th to March 11th.Working Title: Radio Nowhere. EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT STEPHEN KING’S NEW THE STAND SERIES SO FARStephen King’s The Stand is heading back to the small screen — this time, with a 10-episode streaming series coming to CBS All Access.King’s 1978 novel is one of his most popular titles ever and centers on a group of survivors who have managed to make it through the catastrophic plague that cost the other 99 percent of the world their lives, but which must still contend with Randall Flagg a.k.a. the Dark Man.CBS All Access announced a straight-to-series order for The Stand in January 2019, which marks the first time the story has been adapted since 1994, when it debuted as a four-episode miniseries on ABC. The new take on The Stand has since begun to take shape, so to keep you up to speed with everything ahead for this eerie apocalyptic series, here’s a look at everything we know about The Stand so far. READ MORETHE STAND TV SERIES WILL START SHOOTING IN SEPTEMBERDetails on the latest TV adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand are still a mystery, but at least we now know production is set to begin in just a few months.It’s happening: The Stand is getting another TV adaptation, this time thanks to CBS All Access. Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic novel was adapted for the small screen back in 1994 as a four-part miniseries starring Molly Ringwald, Gary Sinise and Rob Lowe, among many others (like Stephen King, John Landis, and Sam Raimi). READ MOREcenter_img Facebook Cast: James Marsden, Amber Heard, Whoopi Goldberg, Greg Kinnear , Odessa Young, Henry Zaga. READ MORE Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LOS ANGELES, CA and TORONTO, ON – July 2, 2019 – IDW Entertainment, SEVEN24 Films, Space (soon to be CTV Sci-fi Channel), and SYFY announced today that “Wynonna Earp,” the award-winning series based on the IDW comic created by Beau Smith, has been greenlit to start production for its fourth season. With a major commitment from Bell Media’s Crave as a new production partner and streaming platform, production is slated to begin later this year. Season 4 is expected to debut in Summer 2020 on Space in Canada and SYFY in the US, with Seasons 1-3 streaming on Crave in the fall. Additionally, IDW Entertainment announced that Cineflix Studios has come aboard to co-produce, with Cineflix rights handling international sales for all four seasons of the series.Winner of the 2018 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show, “Wynonna Earp” follows the life of the great, great granddaughter (Melanie Scrofano, “Bad Blood”) of famous lawman Wyatt Earp. The action-packed supernatural sci-fi series stars Scrofano, Tim Rozon (“Schitt’s Creek”), Dominique Provost-Chalkley (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”) and Katherine Barrell (“Working Moms”).“We are absolutely thrilled that we get to make more ‘Wynonna Earp,’ and are grateful to our networks and partners for working hard to ensure we can,” said Emily Andras, Showrunner and Executive Producer. “This is an enormous testament to our passionate and fierce fans, the Earpers, who remind us every day how to fight like hell for the things you love with wit, ferocity and kindness.” Known for having one of the most active social media communities – from arranging fan conventions around the world to raising money for LGBTQ charities – “Wynonna Earp” has been praised for its “fierce and committed performances”*, and has received and been nominated for numerous awards including Canadian Screen Awards, GLAAD Media Awards, Directors Guild of Canada, Writers Guild of Canada and Alberta Film & Television Awards.“Crave is a service that is always on the lookout for content that makes an impact and resonates with a diverse audience,” said Justin Stockman, Vice-President, Premium SVOD and OTT, Bell Media. “We felt this show still had so much more to say to so many fans, so we put our money where our mouth is to help save this series.“Wynonna Earp’s return highlights the importance and value of the unwavering dedication and support of fans. We are thrilled to continue working with the incredible Emily Andras, the talented cast, and our expert production partners,” said Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty. “We know Purgatory has many more stories to tell, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for Season 4.”SEVEN24’s Jordy Randall and Tom Cox, in addition to Cineflix’s Peter Emerson and Brett Burlock, serve as Executive Producers along with Todd Berger and Rick Jacobs..ABOUT IDW ENTERTAINMENTIDW Entertainment, a franchise studio division of IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX: IDWM), is charged with developing, financing, producing and distributing entertainment content ranging from series and features to interactive experiences and digital content from sister company IDW Publishing’s extensive IP catalog of comic books and graphic novels.Since launching in 2013, IDW Entertainment has successfully delivered three seasons of the critically-acclaimed “Wynonna Earp”, which debuted on SYFY in the U.S.; Spike TV in the UK and Australia; and Netflix Globally. The Company is also in production on a Netflix series adaptation of the popular comic book “Locke & Key”, by Joe Hill and show run by Carlton Cuse, slated to premiere in 2020. Additionally, IDW Entertainment has completed production on the Netflix Original series “V-Wars” set to premiere in 2019, starring Ian Somerhalder; and “October Faction” also slated to premiere in 2019.ABOUT SEVEN24 FILMSSEVEN24 Films is an independent film and television production company whose work has spanned over two decades. Executive Producers Tom Cox and Jordy Randall have produced dramatic series, mini-series, television movies and feature films garnering over one hundred industry awards and nominations. In addition to the People’s Choice Award winning series, Wynonna Earp, current projects include Fortunate Son, a political thriller for CBC and NBCU International, Dark Cargo, a noir thriller for YouTube Premium, JANN, the #1 new Comedy on CTV, and the hit family series Heartland, the longest running one-hour series in Canadian history, now in its thirteenth season for CBC and UPtv. Previous projects include Young Drunk Punk for Rogers and CBC, the Canadian Screen Award winner Borealis, the Gemini Award winning movie Mayerthorpe and Gemini Award winning Mini-Series Burn Up. Tom Cox and Jordy Randall were also co-producers on numerous high-profile feature films including the Academy Award nominated Brokeback Mountain, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Resurrecting the Champ.ABOUT SPACE (soon to be CTV Sci-fi Channel)Space is home to phenomenal programming including imaginative dramas, epic movies, engaging reality series. Named “Channel of the Year” in 2013 by Playback magazine, Space is also home to original series WYNONNA EARP, KILLJOYS, and the exclusive Canadian home for signature series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, DOCTOR WHO, KRYPTON, and CASTLE ROCK. Space content is always available on demand at Space.ca and on Space-branded On Demand channels through several of Canada’s TV Providers, and on Facebook, @SpaceChannel, and other social media platforms. Space is part of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.ABOUT CRAVEDelivering more Emmy® Award-winning programming than any other service, Crave is Canada’s prestige entertainment offering, with HBO, SHOWTIME®, Starz, Hollywood-hit movies, a superior collection of kid’s movies and programs, and thousands of hours of acclaimed television series, specials, factual programming, and originals that can’t be found anywhere else. Crave is the exclusive home of HBO in Canada, delivering HBO’s current slate of signature dramatic and comedic programs, documentaries, films, and live specials, as well as titles from HBO’s extensive off-air library. Crave is also home to current SHOWTIME series and specials, and past SHOWTIME hits. Crave is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet at Crave.ca, via iOS and Android, and other platforms. It’s also available through participating television providers across six 24-hour High Definition linear and on demand channels. Crave is from Bell Media, Canada’s leading content company, providing Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming on network, specialty, pay and digital platforms. Visit our website at Crave.ca.ABOUT CINEFLIX STUDIOSCineflix Studios creates scripted content for the US, Canada, and international markets. Partnering with top flight showrunners and third-party producers, Cineflix Studios brings creative, co-financing, and distribution expertise through Cineflix Rights to premium projects. Cineflix Studios co-financed and co-produced two seasons of the dramatic series Pure for WGNA/Hulu/Super Channel/CBC and the recently renewed break-out hit series Coroner for CBC/NBCU International Networks. 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first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Akwesasne Mohawk man is on probation after occupying land in New York State.William Roger Jock, a member of an Akwesasne Longhouse, stands accused of stealing land.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has this story.last_img

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere was a massive gathering of Idle No More supporters Wednesday.At one point there were so many who turned out the place hosting the meeting collapsed.But don’t worry, nobody was hurt.This is a story about the secret weapon Idle No More uses to organize.It’s a tool they used Wednesday to bring out thousands to a discussion about the future of the movement.APTN National News reporter Tim Fontaine has the story.last_img

first_imgAs we step further into 2018, business confidence in Alberta is the highest it’s been since the economic downturn hit.A new study by the Business Development Bank of Canada says investment will be strong in the coming months. BDC Chief Economist Pierre Cléroux said 2017 was a year of growth, and companies are looking to continue that recovery.“There’s a shift in the investment pattern. Businesses are investing more in technology, in employee training, than they are investing in equipment and buildings,” he said. But employee training doesn’t necessarily mean hiring.Cléroux said the minimum wage hike may mean less of a focus on labour. “As a business owner, you hire people, you invest in technology and that’s basically what you have to produce something. If the cost of labour is increasing, well, it’s an incentive to invest more in your capital, or technology,” he said. The BDC predicts Alberta, B.C. and Quebec will lead the country in terms of investment in 2018.last_img read more

first_imgTRENTON, N.S. – Time appears to be running out to find a new operator for a former wind tower manufacturing plant in northeastern Nova Scotia developed with $56 million in provincial funding.In an interview Thursday following a tour of the former DSME Trenton plant, Business Minister Geoff MacLellan said the province would have to make a decision on what comes next by the end of this fiscal year if a buyer isn’t found.“We are coming to a point where we have to make a final decision on this,” said MacLellan.The minister said possible future steps could include finding buyers for the equipment, or in the worst case scenario, liquidating the plant’s assets.“The best case scenario for the Pictou County region and for the government and the province is to find a buyer that would operate this (plant) in its totality,” said MacLellan.However, he wouldn’t speculate on the likelihood of that possibility given the time remaining.“Obviously we are remaining hopeful,” he said, although he couldn’t give specifics on how many business entities had expressed interest in the plant.MacLellan said two years into the receivership process and near the end of a second round of bids, it’s costing the province $150,000 a month to keep the plant in operational shape.The first round of bids was abandoned in late 2016 after the province rejected three, including two of only $1.The plant closed in February 2016 after taxpayers had sunk $56.3 million into the facility. Operations wrapped up less than a month after the province said it wouldn’t put any more public money into a plant that had hoped to develop the capacity to produce 250 wind turbine towers and 200 blade sets per year.The previous NDP government announced in 2010 it had taken a 49 per cent equity stake in the firm, committed up to $59.4 million to the manufacturing plant and predicted 500 jobs would be created within three years.At the time of the closure, DSME told the province that it couldn’t start payment on $36 million in repayable loans.Former business minister Mark Furey said in November 2016 that he didn’t know whether there was an opportunity to recover “any of those losses.”MacLellan said nothing had changed since then.“There’s no conversations I’m having about recovering any of the loans or the investment that was made by the previous government,” he said.The province is the primary secured creditor for the plant.last_img read more

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as he headed to the Group of 20 Nations summit Thursday, citing Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian vessels as a source of tension in a relationship he has fostered in the face of criticism.Trump tweeted his decision from Air Force One shortly after his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, revealed he had lied to Congress to cover up that he was negotiating a real estate deal in Moscow on Trump’s behalf during the Republican presidential primary in 2016.The news ensured any meeting with Putin would spotlight the special counsel’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow during the campaign. Trump has denied any wrongdoing and on Thursday called Cohen a “weak person” looking for a reduced sentence.The last-minute move kicked off a global economic meeting expected to be dominated by Trump’s seat-of-his-pants diplomacy. The Putin meeting — a continuation of a controversial summit between the two in July — was just one of a series of high-stakes items on Trump’s agenda, which also includes talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on how to ease a rising trade war.Although Trump had previously floated cancelling the meeting with Putin, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters he did not make the final decision until boarding the plane for Argentina and speaking with national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The Kremlin said it had not been formally notified of the decision, which came hours after Moscow said the meeting was on track.“I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!” Trump tweeted from Air Force One.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko praised Trump on Twitter, saying, “This is how great leaders act!”Sanders also said two of Trump’s planned bilateral meetings — with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in — had been cancelled. Trump will instead speak informally with those leaders at the conference. She did not offer any explanation for those changes to the schedule.The stakes for the sit-down between Putin and Trump were raised this week by Russia’s stepped-up aggression in the Kerch Strait, stemming from its years long occupation of Eastern Ukraine. Russia recently seized three Ukrainian vessels and crews. Russia said Ukraine didn’t have permission to pass between Russia’s mainland and the Crimean Peninsula. Ukraine insisted its vessels abided by maritime laws.Tensions had already been high over the war in Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race. Trump has sought to improve the relationship with Putin, but was roundly criticized after the July summit in Helsinki for failing to publicly denounce Russia’s interference and appearing to accept Putin’s denials of such activity.While Trump’s statement was strongly worded, he has made similarly dramatic moves before only to walk them back. In the spring he cancelled a planned summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, only to revive the meeting a week later.The G-20 meeting in Buenos Aires comes amid growing economic uncertainty and global displeasure with Trump’s trade policy.The most pressing issue on Trump’s packed schedule of meetings is whether he can reach a detente with Xi over trade after months in which both sides have raised tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other’s goods, shaking financial markets and threatening the global economy. Without an agreement, the U.S. is set to increase the tariffs on January 1.Departing the White House Thursday, Trump said he was “very close” to a deal with China, but added, “I don’t know that I want to do it, because what we have right now is billions and billions of dollars coming in to the United States in the form of tariffs or taxes.”With China, experts said Trump likely wants to see something come out of the meeting.“I think it’s in President Trump’s interest to have this meeting be viewed as a success,” said David Dollar, a senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution. “The markets are looking for some kind of dialing down of the rhetoric, and in particular markets are hoping there will not be an escalation of U.S. tariffs on January 1. So there’s a foundation for some kind of agreement.”That approach leaves open the possibility for a preliminary or vague deal. Trump’s Singapore summit with Kim produced a vague agreement on denuclearization with few, if any, specifics. Since then progress between the two nations appears to have slowed, but Trump continues to hail the meeting as a historic breakthrough.Trump’s advisers have sought to manage expectations heading into the talks, though some have projected optimism.“If China will come to the table, or in this case the dinner table, with some new ideas and some new attitudes and some new co-operation, as the president said, there is a good possibility they could make a deal,” economic adviser Larry Kudlow said this week. “He’s open to it. So nothing is written in cement or stone.”On the ground for just two days, Trump is packing every moment with diplomacy, conducting bilateral meetings with numerous world leaders as well as group events.Trump’s visit will also put him in the same room as Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the first time since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The U.S. resident and prominent critic of the Saudi royal family was brutally killed last month upon entering the country’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, a plot that sparked a diplomatic row that cast the future of the U.S.-Saudi relationship into doubt.U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that the Saudi crown prince, known as MBS, must have at least known of the plot. Lawmakers in both parties have called on Trump to, at minimum, avoid the young heir apparent as punishment.But Trump publicly announced his decision to effectively give the prince a free pass in the name of “America First,” citing vastly exaggerated claims of Saudi military contracts and investments in the United States. The president also views Saudi Arabia as a vital counterbalance to Iranian influence in the Middle East.While no official sit-down is scheduled, Trump has kept the door open to a casual meeting.“I don’t know that he’s going to be there,” Trump said last week. “But if he is, I would.”The crown prince arrived in Argentina on Wednesday and on Tuesday White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, “I wouldn’t say that we’ve ruled out any interaction.”Taking office on an “America First” platform, Trump has long had an uneasy relationship with his position on the world stage and has largely eschewed taking on a moral leadership role. Instead he has tailored his portfolio to promote American interests and to sow disruption. He has slapped tariffs on the European Union and pulled the U.S. out of the landmark Paris Climate Accord and the Iran nuclear deal. Trump also has suggested he might be willing to pull the U.S. out of NATO if member counties don’t significantly boost their defence spending.Zeke Miller And Catherine Lucey, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgANCHORAGE, Alaska — A small town in southeast Alaska is planning to construct a new pier, aiming to boost tourism by allowing access for more cruise ships.KTVA-TV reports the city of Hoonah on Chichagof Island is partnering with Huna Totem Corporation and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to build a pier at Icy Strait Point.Hoonah city administrator Dennis Gray says tourism is the main economic driver in the town of fewer than 800 people after the logging industry dwindled. The pier should allow more ships to reach the town west of Juneau.Officials say the new pier should be ready for the 2020 tourism season depending on if construction stays on schedule.___Information from: KTVA-TV, http://www.ktva.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

first_img“It makes me happy to call Fort St. John home when the community comes together,” said Moose FM Promotions Director Sydney Reid. “In just over 48 hours, we were able to not only raise the needed funds but surpass our goal.  Thank you to everyone; whether you donated, started your own fundraising or shared the post on social media.  Every action helped us reach our goal!”Video Playerhttp://energeticcity.mystagingwebsite.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/video-1532638568.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: http://energeticcity.mystagingwebsite.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/video-1532638568.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Without the processor, Chloe is completely deaf and must rely on sign language. Kalas added that with her daughter going into grade one this year, a new cochlear implant is a must since it’s already difficult for someone who uses an implant to hear in a school environment.A new processor for the cochlear implant costs $11,130 while the cable and coil cost an additional $370. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The GoFundMe campaign raising money for a local 6-year-old deaf girl who lost the processor for her cochlear implant has reached its goal.The campaign started just after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, and reached the $12,000 goal just after 1:00 this afternoon.The processor fell off when 6-year-old Chloe Kalas was bumped while playing in the park. Chloe’s mom Elizabeth and her husband searched the park seven different times but came up empty-handed.last_img read more

first_imgOct20 – Marigold Centre – Truro, NS 22 – Rebecca Cohn Auditorium – Halifax, NS 23 – Playhouse Theatre – Fredericton, NB 24 – Imperial Theatre – Saint John, NB 25 – Homburg Theatre – Charlottetown, PE 26 – Convocation Hall – Wolfville, NS 27 – Capitol Theatre – Moncton, NB 29 – Imperiale Bell – Quebec, QC 30 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC The below dates are with Andrew Hyatt: Nov1 – FirstOntario – St. Catharines, ON2 – Burlington Performing Arts Centre – Burlington, ON 3 – Rose Theatre – Brampton, ON 4 – Fraser Auditorium – Sudbury, ON 5 – Academy Theatre – Lindsay, ON 7 – Sanderson Centre for Performing Arts – Brantford, ON 8 – FirstOntario Arts Centre – Milton, ON 9 – The Grand Theatre – Kingston, ON 10 – River Run Centre – Guelph, ON 11 – Regent Theatre – Oshawa, ON 12 – Festival Hall – Pembroke, ON The below dates are with Tenille Arts: 15 – Club Regent – Winnipeg, MB 16 – Club Regent – Winnipeg, MB 17 – Casino Regina – Regina, SK 20 – Vic Juba Theatre – Lloydminster, SK 21 – Red Deer Memorial Centre – Red Deer, AB 22 – Douglas J Cardinal Performing Arts – Grande Prairie, AB 23 – Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre – Fort St. John, BC 24 – Quesnel + District SR Citizen Centre – Quesnel, BC 26 – Massey Theatre – New Westminster, BC 27 – Port Theatre – Nanaimo, BC 28 – Tidemark Theatre – Campbell River, BC 29 – Cowichan Performing Arts Centre – Duncan, BC 30 – Vernon Performing Arts Centre – Vernon, BC Dec1 – Charles Bailey Theatre – Trail, BC 2 – Key City Theatre – Cranbrook, BC Many of Brody’s songs were in fact written at his kitchen table, and the acoustic tour is meant to replicate that intimate setting that inspires his original works, “I want to give my fans a window into how my songs were written, how they sound in their rawest form, performed in an intimate theatre setting,” states Brody.The focus on compelling storytelling in country continues where the opening acts in each market are concerned. Acclaiming singer-songwriter Jessica Mitchell will join Brody on each of the East Coast dates, including Montreal, giving listeners a taste of her genre-bending sound with tracks on her recently released debut album, Heart of Glass. Country musician Andrew Hyatt, who recently released his second Top Ten hit, “Do It With You”, will join Brody on his dates in Ontario. SK native Tenille Arts who was recently featured on The Bachelor, will be involved in the dates in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, providing insight into the meaning behind the songs on her debut EP. THE FULL LIST OF TOUR DATES IS AS FOLLOWS: The below dates are with singer-songwriter Jessica Mitchell: Ticket OptionsGeneral Admission – Grab a seat and enjoy the show at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre – Tickets are $55 plus fees and taxes.VIP – Enjoy the show from the VIP section right in front of the stage.  You’ll have a private bar and you’ll get access to the build your own nacho bar for the entire show – Tickets are $75 plus fees and taxes.Dean Brody VIP – Not only will you enjoy the show from the VIP section and all the features listed above, you’ll also get to meet Dean Brody, Question and Answer session with Dean and an exclusive merch item – This exclusive opportunity is limited and costs only $139.99 plus fees and taxes.About Dean BrodyFresh off of his second headline show at Budweiser Stage in Toronto on August 17, Brody is a 3-time winner of the CCMA Award for Songwriter of the Year in previous years, and is currently nominated for “8th Day”, from his sixth album, Beautiful Freakshow, which hit the #1 spot on the Nielsen BDS and Mediabase Canadian Country Airplay Charts earlier this year. Brody’s reputation for penning thoughtful, articulate, original narratives in music began back in 2009 with the release of “Brothers”, a touching song about a loved one leaving for the military, which resonated both north and south of the border. Celebrated songs such as “Trail in Life”, “Another Man’s Gold”, “Bounty”, have gone on to place Brody in a unique category all his own, rising beyond the conventional tracks that can be heard on mainstream radio in lyrical composition, and yet still retaining conventional success, with Brody recently landing his 22nd Top 10 hit at country radio, with “Good Goodbye.” His ballad “Time” released in 2016, laments on the passing of time, becoming especially poignant in a social media era with less one-on-one interaction with loved ones, earned critical acclaim and a great deal of recognition, showcasing Brody’s unique ability to make people think about their actions through his lyrics.center_img Dean Brody Heads out on the Dirt Road Stories Tour Beginning October 20 on the East Coast with a stop in Fort St. John.Current CCMA Fan’s Choice, 2-time Juno Award-winning artist and celebrated songwriter, Dean Brody will be hitting the road this fall for the Dirt Road Stories Tour, with a stop in Fort St. John on Friday, November 23 at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. local time at Systems Sound Source or online at www.energetictickets.ca.  Tickets start at only $55 plus fees and taxes.  Plus there are VIP options for you to get up close and personal with Dean Brody, see below for all the details.  Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.Make sure to join the Energetictickets.ca/newsletter before the end of the day today, for your chance to buy tickets before anyone else.  You’ll get a special email early Thursday morning.last_img read more

first_imgThe project will employ the local labour force and Aboriginal companies as the procurement was done through an Aboriginal set-aside under the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business.Public Services and Procurement Canada is committed to maintaining the integrity of its infrastructure to ensure the safety of Canadians.“Through this project, our government is making the Alaska Highway safer for the community while protecting the environment. The contract demonstrates our commitment to working with communities to create jobs and strengthen the local economy,” said Carla Qualtrough Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility FORT NELSON, B.C. –  Industra-Liard Construction Ltd. of Surrey, British Columbia was awarded the contract for remediation work on the Alaska Highway in the area of Peterson Creek.The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, announced the awarding following what the government says was an open, fair and transparent bidding process.Through the contract, Industra-Liard Construction Ltd. will clean an abandoned portion of the old highway’s route and will remove non-functional infrastructure, such as culverts, road signs, guide rails and bridges that are no longer safe for the public and also prevents passage of fish in a nearby creek.last_img read more

first_imgMohali: With Kagiso Rabada’s yorker being the talk of the town, it will be interesting to see how the Delhi Capitals pacer counters the hard-hitting Kings XI Punjab batsmen when the two teams clash in an IPL match here on Monday. Rabada helped the Capitals defend the lowest total (10) in a Super Over in IPL history after the scores were tied at 185 in the allotted 20 overs each. Focus will now be on how the South African paceman would fare against the likes of Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and David Miller. Both sides are riding high on confidence having won their respective matches on Saturday. In fact, both the teams’ opening batsmen were the architect of their victory. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhWhile Delhi’s Prithvi Shaw (55-ball 99) almost took the team home against Kolkata Knight Riders, Rahul (57-ball 71) finished the job for Punjab against Mumbai Indians. Playing on home turf, Rahul, who had failed in his first two matches, played a controlled innings while Gayle (40) and Mayank Agarwal (43) also chipped in with crucial runs to help Punjab comfortably chase down the 177-run target, set by Mumbai. Gayle was his usual self and batted in the manner only he can as 36 of his 40-run knock came in boundaries and sixes. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterRahul has the ability to steady the innings and play sheet anchor’s role and Gayle can puncture opposition camp’s plans to control the run flow, something that Delhi would be worried about. Punjab’s bowling is spearheaded by Mohammed Shami and with other key players such as Andrew Tye and Hardus Viljoen in their ranks, it may not be easy for the visiting batsmen. Moreover, Ravichandran Ashwin-led KXIP would also have the advantage of playing at home and they will look to exploit familiar conditions once again. Delhi though will be desperate to get the momentum going after winning a close game. Chasing 186 to win against KKR, Delhi were set up nicely by Shaw but they failed score six runs from the last over, taking the match to Super Over. However, Rabada’s sensational yorkers in all six balls restricted KKR to just seven runs while chasing 11. Delhi will be hoping not to let that advantage slip. Besides Shaw, Delhi also have the likes of Rishabh Pant, who played a superb knock of 78 to pile up a mammoth 213 against Mumbai Indians in the first match, Shikhar Dhawan, captain Shreyas Iyer and Colin Ingram. They would expect their batsmen come out all guns blazing against Punjab on Sunday.last_img read more

first_imgMir Afsar Ali has come up with an album ‘Awshomapto’ – a monologue by the poet/author, where he recollects his memories of different endeavours – all of which has a common ground of love.His memoirs of six different phases of life which he had gone through in his lifetime are recorded. The album was released on April 12 in Kolkata. In all the phases, he thinks his main strength – escape refuge – and in the end the place where it all kind of converges in one point is songs and verses by Rabindranath Tagore. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHere we are connecting these six dots with six expressive Tagore songs in the project. List of songs (In exact order) Bhalobashi Bhalobashi (Koishorer Bhalobasha) Diosho Rojoni Ami Jeno Kar Ashae Ashae Thaki E Parobashe Iboshdo – Biroho (The distance in a relationship) Dekho Sokha Bhul Kore Bhalobeshona – (The labour of love) Chaya Ghonayeche Bonay Bonay(death separates) Megh Boleche Jabo The album stars following people: Male lead – Mir Afsar Ali (story teller) Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardFemale lead – Jayati Chakraborty (song) Composition and lyrics – Rabindra Nath Tagore Concept and music direction – Ashu Chakraborty Script – Rajib Chakraborty Hindusthan Records, the forerunner to The Indian Record Manufacturing Company Ltd (INRECO), began its journey in the early decades of 1900s. Being the oldest Indian music label in the country, it was evidently popular as the only Indian Music Company. Rabindranath Tagore recorded his first recording with ‘Hindusthan Records’ and encouraged his disciples to record as well. The music label has the top recording artists of the past hundred years including K L Saigal, S D Burman, Debabrata Biswas, Subinoy Roy, Pankaj Kumar Mullick, Amar Pal, Kanika Banerjee,Pannalal Bhattacharjee, Mohiner Ghoraguli, Abbasuddin, Gyan Prakash Ghosh, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Kanan Devi, Feroza Begum, Begum Akhtar, Mehdi Hassan, Ghulam Ali and other luminaries. As the format changed, the need of the hour was to take a strategic decision to diversify into the domain of emerging media and technology. INRECO was the first to get into the Digital Domain.last_img read more

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who has been named Beauty of the Year by People magazine, says she has realised that ‘looks arent everything. The actor, who got married to American singer-actor Nick Jonas, is one of the Beauties of the Year in People’s Beautiful Issue. Priyanka has also realised that “in the world we live in, the standard of beauty is not really real”. “And that’s something that we have done to ourselves,” people.com quoted her as saying. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaLooking back at the time she started working in show business, Priyanka said: “I think I realised what all it takes to actually look the way we do on magazine covers and the work we do. “That’s when I realised looks aren’t everything, it’s the confidence with which you walk into a room, it’s the ability to do your job to the best of your capabilities.” Her own definition of wellness revolves around skincare. “The way that I take care of my skin is to make sure to moisturise every day,” said Priyanka, who made India proud by winning the Miss World crown in 2000. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna”I take off all my make-up before I go to bed, and it doesn’t have to be really difficult. I think hydration is extremely important, drinking as much water as you can. That is truly the elixir of life.” As for her future, the actor is focused on building her brand and plans to be an “extremely glamorous old lady, who will always have an opinion on everyone”. “I’ll be super fun and yeah, (mine) will be the house everyone will want to come to,” added the actor.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has served a show-cause notice each to the BJP district president of Nadia Mahadev Sarkar and Trinamool Congress MLA from Chakdah Ratna Ghosh Kar, for their derogatory remarks. Sarkar had made some derogatory remarks on Mahua Moitra, who is contesting the ongoing Lok Sabha elections on a Trinamool Congress ticket. The Commission has taken a strong objection to his remarks after watching the video where he was heard saying the words. Sarkar has been asked to clarify why he made such remarks about a candidate of his rival party. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Commission had earlier sought a report from the District Magistrate of Nadia on April 17, regarding the statements made by Ghosh Kar. The Commission has now show-caused her after it found her statements highly derogatory in nature. The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has gone through the report submitted by the DM in this regard. The TMC MLA found herself at the centre of controversy after she made some objectionable remarks regarding the Central Force. It was alleged that during a closed door party meeting, she had appealed to the members of the party’s Mahila Morcha to “chase Central Forces away with broomsticks.” In another development, an FIR was lodged with the Hooghly police against Locket Chatterjee, who is contesting the election from Hooghly Lok Sabha constituency on BJP’s ticket. During a rally, Chatterjee had allegedly made some remarks which could have triggered communal tension in the area.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu Wednesday met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and discussed plans to hold a meeting of Opposition parties on May 21, two days ahead of Lok Sabha results to chalk out a post-poll alliance. Naidu met Gandhi before heading out to West Bengal to attend public rallies in support of the ruling Trinamool Congress in the state, sources said. In a brief meeting, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief is believed to have discussed the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) issue, voting percentage in the recently held five phase polling besides the Andhra Assembly election developments, the sources said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The sources said Naidu and Gandhi also discussed the post-poll scenario and more or less agreed to call a meeting of Opposition parties on May 21. The Lok Sabha elections are being held in seven phases. So far, polling in five phases are over and the counting of votes will be on May 23. Naidu will be meeting West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee apart from attending her rallies on Wednesday and Thursday. The Andhra Pradesh CM was in Delhi to attend the Supreme Court hearing on a petition filed by the Opposition parties to review its judgment rejecting 50 per cent random physical verification of EVMs using VVPATs. The apex court dismissed the petition following which the parties again met the Election Commission to press their demand.last_img read more

first_imgNew York – A residential building in Manhattan exploded and collapsed on Wednesday, killing at least one person and injuring 17 others as a serious fire engulfed the area in thick smoke, officials said. The explosion struck a building at 116th Street and Park Avenue in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, where witnesses said they were jolted awake by what sounded like an earthquake.Mainline train services in and out of Grand Central terminal were suspended as a result of the incident next to its tracks. Hundreds of police and firefighters were on site with emergency service vans and fire trucks, as a dense white column of smoke spewed into the sky next to the Metro-North railway line, an AFP reporter said.A spokesman for energy company Con Edison told local TV channel NY 1 that it got a call from the building alerting them to a possible gas leak at 9:13 am, shortly before the blast.Local residents also spoke of smelling gas in the area.But Con Edison stopped short of confirming that the explosion had been caused by a gas leak.“Obviously what we see is something that would be consistent (with a gas leak) but we can’t say at this point what caused (the explosion),” the spokesman told NY1.“It was an explosion and a building collapsed,” a spokesman for New York Police Department told AFP. Scores of firefighters were dispatched to the scene.Police told AFP one person was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital and that 17 other people had been injured.“The call came at 9:34 am (1334 GMT). It is a residential building. The New York Fire Department is in the process of extinguishing the fire,” another police spokesman added.The New York Fire Department told AFP that more than 168 fire fighters and 44 different units had responded to the explosion.Witness Robert Santiago told CBS that he was sleeping when all of a suddenly the explosion shook his bed and the floor.“It smells very bad out here. It smells like rubble,” he said.“I thought the world was coming to an end, an earthquake or something like that. Terrible,” he added.Another witness told CBS that “a lot of people” lived in the six-storey building, including one of her friends.“I’m scared, I’m scared. I came out to see the situation,” she told the channel from behind the security cordon at the scene.“I’m very scared. I’m shaking. I’m asthmatic and I’m not supposed to be here. I just came,” she added.Another witness who lived across the street told the channel that his relatives living further way also felt the blast.“I saw a lady running with no shoes on. It was crazy. It was like a war zone,” he said.“First of all I thought it was an earthquake. I got calls from my family who felt it too and that was all the way up town. Man, it was crazy,” he added.The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Metro-North trains had been suspended indefinitely in and out of Grand Central because of the building explosion and collapse.“Southbound trains are being held at stations to await further instructions. Northbound trains are being held in Grand Central,” said an emergency notice published on its website.last_img read more

Rabat – Government Chief Abdelilah Benkirane chaired, here Wednesday, the signing ceremony of the documents related to the investment contracts concerning the Safi thermal power plant at a total cost of 2.6 billion dollars (around 23 billion dirhams).The plant, the largest in Morocco, will provide an annual production covering around 25 percent of the national electricity demand by 2018, with an aggregate capacity of approximately 1,386 MW.This latest-generation plant, which is part of the national strategy to meet the growing electricity at the lowest cost and the environmental demand, is characterized by optimizing the environmental performance and efficiency high in comparison with conventional plants. It will enable a significant reduction in CO 2 and a reduction in costs associated with fuel. The plant will be built by the OEM South Korean Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co. The construction contract thereto, an amount of 1.8 billion U.S. dollars, was signed on August 9, 2013 between the manufacturer and the company SAFIEC.From the beginning of its construction, and throughout the period of its operation, the plant will contribute significantly to the dynamics of economic and social development of the Kingdom, and particularly that of the region of Safi and this, particularly in terms of job creation and use of the services of local SMEs.It will also allow the development of existing or under construction port, rail and power infrastructure, including the new port of Safi to house the coal dock that will supply the plant with coal and the construction works were initiated by King Mohammed VI in April 2013.The commercial operation of the plant will begin in 2017. read more

Rabat – King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary, received and appointed, Thursday at the Royal Palace in Casablanca, the members of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary, said a statement by the Royal Office.They are, in accordance with the provisions of article 115 of the Constitution, Mustapha Fares, in his capacity as first president of the Court of Cassation, deputy chairman of the Council and members:Mohamed Abdennabaoui, in his capacity as attorney general of the King at the Court of Cassation, a position to which he was appointed by the King on April 3, 2017.Abdelaali El Aabboudi, in his capacity as president of the first chamber of the Court of Cassation. Idriss El Yazami, in his capacity as president of the National Council of Human RightsAbdelaziz Benzakour, in his capacity as mediator of the KingdomKing Mohammed VI also named:– The five members, appointed by the King to the Council in accordance with the Constitution. They are Ahmed Khamlichi, Ahmed Ghazali, Mohamed El Haloui, Mohamed Amine Benabdellah and Hind Ayoubi Idrissi.– The elected members representing the judges of the Courts of Appeal. They are El Hassan Atlas, Hassan Jaber, Yassin Makhli and Majda Daoudi.-The elected members representing the judges of the first instance Courts. They are Adil Nidam, Mohamed Jalal Moussaoui, Faisal Chaouki, Abdelkarim Al-Aazani, Hajiba El Boukhari and Aicha Ennaciri.The installation by the King of this constitutional institution takes place in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and the Organic Law relating to the Supreme Council of the Judiciary.The place of justice in the national institutional structure has been strengthened and the judiciary has been elevated to full power, independent of the legislative and executive powers.Similarly, the prerogatives of the Council have been broadened, its diverse and plural composition has been guaranteed and its openness to its environment has been strengthened.During the audience, the deputy chairman of the Council and the members of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary were sworn in before King Mohammed VI. read more

Toronto – According to a new report from researchers at Georgia State University, terror attacks committed by Muslims in the US receive five times the media coverage than when the perpetrators are non-Muslim.The study covers all US-related terror attacks during the five-year period from 2011 to 2015. What it found was a 449 percent increase in media attention when the perpetrator was Muslim.The most high-profile of these attacks was the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The report reveals that media coverage of the event accounted for a whopping 20 percent of the total US-related terror coverage for the five-year period covered in the study. When compared to media coverage of terror attacks perpetrated by non-Muslims, the results are undeniable. A 2012 attack on a Sikh temple which left six people dead and was carried out by a Caucasian man, received just 3.8 percent coverage. By the same token, the notorious Dylan Roof attack on an African-American church in South Carolina where nine people were murdered, received only 7.4 percent.Authors of the report are quick to point out that their data offers irrefutable proof that US President Donald Trump has been feeding the American public errant information when he claims that the media has been under-reporting Muslim terrorist attacks.“When President Trump asserted that the media does not cover some terrorist attacks enough, it turns out that he was correct,” they write. “However, his assertion that attacks by Muslim perpetrators received less coverage is unsubstantiated.”They add that “Regardless of other factors, attacks perpetrated by Muslims receive a disproportionate amount of media coverage. In the present data, Muslims perpetrated 12.4 per cent of the attacks yet received 41.4 per cent of the news coverage.”The report is equally quick to point out that all the non-Muslim attacks covered in the study meet accepted criteria to be classified a terror attack. The data suggests that the disproportionate coverage is creating an irrational fear of Muslims in American culture.“Whether the disproportionate coverage is a conscious decision on the part of journalists or not, this stereotyping reinforces cultural narratives about what and who should be feared,” the report says.“By covering terrorist attacks by Muslims dramatically more than other incidents, media frame this type of event as more prevalent. Based on these findings, it is no wonder that Americans are so fearful of radical Islamic terrorism. Reality shows, however, that these fears are misplaced,” the report conclude. read more

Rabat – The government appears to have taken back its decision to deny civil society a position in the National Anti-Corruption Commission, instead giving two Moroccan NGOs seats in the commission for a two-year term as full members.Having reviewed the executive text of the composition of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, the head of the commission, El Othmani said during a meeting of the Governing Council on September 21 that two seats will be reserved for the NGOs.“In principle, it is the most representative NGO in this field [anti-corruption] that will be given the seats. However, it will be up to the head of government, the president of the commission, to decide by decree,” reported Telquel. The executive draft setting out the hierarchy of power within the commission had sparked controversy, as it stated that NGOs would not have the status of full members.The director of Transparency Maroc, Fouad Zirari, said to the same source on June 5 that he had learned “by rumor” that civil society organiations would not be invited to the new National Anti-Corruption Commission.“We were involved in the preparation of the national anti-corruption strategy adopted two years ago, which would systematically be followed by the creation of an anti-corruption commission. We learned that the government has finally decided to create a commission alone, without the participation of NGOS and civil society,” said Zirari.The president claimed that “the government does not really have the will to fight against corruption, otherwise it would have integrated the civil society without which nothing could be possible in this fight. The commission would only become a is only a showcase to make a good impression on the international scene.” read more

Rabat – Morocco is seeing a strong downward trend in all forms of poverty rates, which have become statistically insignificant in urban areas.Financial poverty affects only 2 percent of people in urban areas and almost 9 percent in rural areas, says a report by the High Commission of Planning (HCP).With a decline rate of 9.4 percent per year, the overall population suffering from multidimensional poverty has decreased from 7.5 million in 2004 to 2.8 million in 2014, said the HCP in its report on multidimensional poverty in 2014, published on October 5. The impact of multidimensional poverty decreased from 25.0 percent to 8.2 percent between 2004-2014 at the national level. In urban areas, the rate of multidimensional poverty fell from 9.1 percent to 2 percent in urban areas, and from 44.6 percent to 17.7 percent in rural areas.Multidimensional poverty remains predominantly a rural phenomenon. By 2014, 85.4 percent of multidimensional poor people live in rural areas, compared with 80 percent in 2004.The phenomenon is a result ofseveral factors, notes the HCP, particularlyadult education, which alone accounts for 34 percent of poverty at the national level, while child illiteracymakes up21.3 percent.Overall, education gaps account for slightly more than half(55.3 percent)of multidimensional poverty.Deprivations in terms of access to basic social infrastructure account for 19.7 percent of multidimensional poverty: 14.1 percent for deprivations in terms of habitat conditions, and 10.9 percent in terms of health.In urban areas, 60.8 percent of multidimensional poverty is due to deficits in education,for adults at 36.8 percent and for children at 24 percent. Inequality in terms of health contributes 24.5 percent of poverty in urban poverty.Lack of educational deprivation (54.5 percent), access to basic social infrastructure (21.2 percent), and housing conditions (15.3 percent) are the major drivers of multidimensional poverty in rural areas.Poorest Regions in Morocco, Getting richBetween 2004 and 2014, the incidence of multidimensional poverty declined in all regions. The poorest regions in 2004 experienced the largest decline in poverty, namely the Marrakech-Safi regions, from 34 percent to 11.3 percent, Tangier-Tétouan-Al Hoceima, from 30.3 percent to 9.5 percent and Béni Mellal-Khénifra, from 31 percent to 13.4 percent.Though the trend saw a decline in terms of provinces between 2004 and 2014, it still varies greatly from province to another.Thisdecline wasover 80 percent in the provinces of Skhirate-Témara, Nouaceur, Aousserd, Mediouna, Casablanca, Essemara, Rabat, Boujdour, Laayoune and Oued-Ed-Dahab, between 80 percent and 50 percentin 59 provinces, and between 26 percent and 49.7 percentin the rest of the provinces, namely Boulemane, Jerada, Taounate, Azilal and Assa-Zaga.The distribution of poverty shows that 3.5 million people or 10.3 percent of the population have a single poverty, 2.3 million suffer from multidimensional poverty (6.8 percent) and 1.2 million from financial poverty (3.5 percent). Meanwhile, 463,000 people or 1.4 percent of the population, are victims of both multidimensional poverty and financial poverty.With these three indices, the rate of poverty in its financial and multidimensional forms accounts for 3.9 million people, representing an overall poverty rate of 11.7 percent nationally, 3.9 percent in cities and 23.7 percent in the countryside. read more

Rabat – In the wake of  the corruption accusations surrounding Benyamin Netanyahu, several Israelis were arrested in what the police are calling “Case 4000.”Seven Israeli members of Netanyahu’s innermost circle were arrested less than a week ago on charges of bribing regulators, fraud, money laundering, corporate breach of trust, among other charges. This circle includes Shaul Elovitch, a close friend of the prime minister who runs an Israeli telecommunications giant named Bezeq Group.Nir Hefetz, Netanyahu’s former family spokesperson for many years also figures among the persons arrested, on suspicion of obstruction of justice and accepting bribes. A lawyer for Elovitch told CNN: “Shaul Elovitch vehemently denies the suspicions against him. We suggest that you be patient and do not rush to conclusions. We are certain that when things clear up, it will be possible to realize that he did not commit any offense.”However, several Israeli news outlets reported on Sunday that Netanyahu, who denied any wrongdoing, is not currently facing any charges, though he and his spouse are expected to be questioned,.On the other hand, at the annual Munich Security Conference attended by Netanyahu, he said “the arrests of members of his close circle revealed yet another futile investigation, a contrived bubble that will burst.” read more

The Canadian subsidiary of General Motors is trying to stop an auto workers union from airing a critical TV commercial during the Super Bowl.The 30-second ad calling the automaker greedy and “un-Canadian” is scheduled to broadcast on Canadian TV stations during Sunday’s game.GM announced plans in November to close its car factory in Oshawa, Ont., costing the jobs of about 2,600 blue-collar workers.The commercial accuses GM of continuing to expand in Mexico while leaving Canadians “out in the cold” and makes claims about the costs of a 2009 auto bailout.GM sent a cease-and-desist letter to Unifor giving it a Saturday deadline to stop using the ad.GM says in a statement that the ad is misleading and inaccurate.The Associated Press read more

Rabat – Morocco’s victory over Malawi has benefited the Atlas Lions. The team has gained a spot in this month’s FIFA ranking, up to 45th. With 1,425 points, the Atlas Lions rank fourth in Africa behind Tunisia (23), Senegal (25), and the Democratic Republic of Congo (40).Last month, the national football team dropped five spots to 46th. Coming first in the FIFA ranking, the 2018 World Cup champion, France, shares the lead with Belgium. France and Belgium have 1,729 points, followed by Brazil (3), Croatia (4), and Uruguay (5).To earn a better spot in the next FIFA ranking, the Moroccan team needs to score another win during the qualification games of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nationas (CAN). The Atlas Lions will play against Comoros on October 10 and Cameroon on November 17. read more