9 months agoPorto midfielder Hector Herrera on Arsenal, Wolves radar

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Porto midfielder Hector Herrera on Arsenal, Wolves radarby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePorto midfielder Hector Herrera is on Arsenal’s radar this month.TMW says Arsenal are planning a move for Porto ace Herrera.Gunners boss Unai Emery is looking at the midfielder as he seeks to strenghten his option.But he’s not alone. Roma, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Wolves have also been linked.Herrera enjoyed an outstanding World Cup with Mexico and was linked with Real Madrid last summer. last_img read more

9 months agoSolskjaer’s smash-and-grab: Why this Man Utd manager has more than luck going for him

first_imgSolskjaer’s smash-and-grab: Why this Man Utd manager has more than luck going for himby Chris Beattie9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: A 1-0 win in London. At Tottenham. On paper it reads like a real smash-and-grab. And it was. But the way Manchester United nicked these three points was a complete 180 to the tale such a result would’ve demanded just a month ago…Jammy. Lucky. Yeah, Spurs fans can feel aggrieved today. Mauricio Pochettino, the home manager, had no complaints in the aftermath. They simply came up against an inspired goalkeeper. But David de Gea would also pull off such performances pre- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Spaniard was outstanding. Inspirational. But so was what he saw in front of him. As mentioned, this was a smash-and-grab. But it was done by a United on the front foot. In their best traditions. Spurs weren’t locked down. Their play wasn’t stifled. Strangled. It was the opposite. Pochettino’s greatest concern wasn’t breaking down a packed defence. It was the two forwards Solskjaer insisted stayed on the halfway line. No matter the pressure. No matter the time Spurs had in possession. United’s manager always had two attackers waiting to turn Tottenham’s defenders around.Six wins from six. With a bit of luck to help things along. But what’s wrong with being a lucky manager? Especially when it’s his initiative which is bringing this change of fortune.It’s not luck that Solskjaer has decided to go all in with Marcus Rashford as his prime – central – striker. It’s not luck that the Norwegian has realised the best way to win with this group of players is by backing their attacking strength. And it wasn’t luck that produced the winner – via Rashford – at Wembley on Sunday. The reaction of the manager and his staff a clear indicator that a week’s work in Dubai had just come off. Something which the matchwinner would later confirm.“We’ve done a lot of work in training on switching the play and little things like that,” Rashford revealed in the aftermath. “We’ve had a long week in training (in Dubai) and it’s been tough in training, but that’s the type of thing we’ve been working on. So for it to come out in a game is good for us as players and good for the staff as well.” Claims that Solskjaer is simply the beneficiary of player power – that they’re now performing because Jose Mourinho isn’t around – is insulting to the caretaker boss. When he and his staff review Sunday’s win, they’ll be confronted by the same problems as what Mourinho struggled with. A loose back four. An even looser midfield. By rights, Spurs should have taken the three points. But Solskjaer has made a difference. On the training pitch. In team selection. He’s giving this group of United players a tactical platform to go out and win. And as this column has already stated, it’s a platform over 11 years in the making. From the highs with Molde. To the lows with Cardiff City. And everything inbetween. These United players are the recipient of the decade long apprenticeship served by Solskjaer.They may get torn to shreds at the back. But United will always have a chance with De Gea between the posts and the pace they have up front. In the Mourinho era, we’d say the manager can’t trust his back four. But this is Solskjaer’s time, though the sentiment remains the same. He’s leaning on those players regarded as the best inside his squad. And they all happen to be attackers. It’s a cliche, but it’s working for this United manager: attack is the best form of defence.And suddenly this lot do have the makings of a great United team. And in the very best traditions of Sir Alex Ferguson. A great goalkeeper. Attacking, edge-of-your seat pace in attack. If Ed Woodward, United’s vice-chairman exec, can find his manager a new centre-half, they’ll be a step closer to completing the revival.From Gary Pallister. To Jaap Stam. And Rio Ferdinand. Sir Alex broke transfer record after transfer record to find the right centre-half to buttress the style of football he wanted to employ.Five years since the Scot’s retirement and Solskjaer is bringing back that approach. It might as well have been Fergie himself when the manager declared late Sunday afternoon: “We’ve got the best goalkeeper in the world. We’ve got blistering pace…”And now he just needs that centre-half. If Woodward is still hesitating this smash-and-grab should strengthen the manager’s case. Give him what he needs and Solskjaer is proving he can deliver. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

23 days agoChelsea keeping tabs on Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile

first_imgChelsea keeping tabs on Monaco defender Benoit Badiashileby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are keeping tabs on AS Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile.Le 10 Sport says Chelsea have the 18 year-old high on their shopping list.While they’re banned from working the market in January, Chelsea are actively drawing up plans for the 2020 summer transfer window.Chelsea have been watching Badiashile since he was 15 years of age.Badiashile is a first team regular with ASM this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

20 days agoDyche hails Burnley players and staff as they reach fourth

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Dyche hails Burnley players and staff as they reach fourthby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche hailed his players and staff as Jeff Hendrick’s winner sent them fourth in the Premier League.A set play from the training ground worked a treat as Hendrick, back in his favoured central midfield role, smashed home a deep Ashley Westwood corner at the far post to win a tight Turf Moor tussle against the 10-man Toffees.Seamus Coleman saw red for the visitors early in the second half following a barge on Dwight McNeil, which followed an accidental, but reckless first half challenge that ultimately forced Erik Pieters out of the game.“I don’t get too carried away with league table. I’m more interested in the one at the end of the season,” laughed Dyche.“Don’t get me wrong, it’s to be enjoyed for Burnley Football Club and the fans, but for me it’s about focusing on every game and on where we are at the end of the season.“But within that, there are still moments to be enjoyed and you take in these performances and where we are now, compared to a year ago.“We are in a good place because the players have earned the right. They have come back with a real edge to them and I’ll remind you, I was just as proud of them this time last season, when we didn’t have as many points behind us.”Dyche, who celebrates seven years at Turf Moor later this month, added: “One of my many obsessions is finding different ways to win and today was a really tight, tough game.“They are a really good side and I know they’ve had a tough run, but they have quality all over the pitch.“But I thought we contained them well and the red card probably changes the feel of it.” last_img read more

7 hours agoEx-Man Utd stars ​Van Persie, Scholes tell Woodward: Solskjaer must stay

first_imgEx-Man Utd stars ​Van Persie, Scholes tell Woodward: Solskjaer must stayby Ansser Sadiq7 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveTwo former Manchester United players believe that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should remain in charge at the club.Solskjaer is under increased pressure after United’s poor performances this season.Some fans believe that he should get the boot.But two players who enjoyed success with United, Robin van Persie and Paul Scholes, are behind Solskjaer.”It has been a rough start,” Van Persie said on BT Sport after United’s battling 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday night. “What is tough for Solskjaer is it’s not his team. He needs time.”Scholes said: “When you assess the season so far, 14th tells you everything. It has not been good enough.”But we have to trust what Ole is doing. He’s right at the start of his rebuild. His first three signings have done very well. I’ve still got the faith. Let him carry on.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

A Plane Crash Has Delayed The Start Of The Texas Tech-Kansas State Men’s Basketball Game

first_imgTexas Tech plays a home men's basketball game.Update: The plane reportedly crashed into the TV tower of NBC’s Lubbock affiliate, KCBD. Getting reports that a plane hit the transmission tower of @KCBD11 and that their HDTV tower was severed in two. KCBD is in Lubbock.— Chris Walker (@WalkerATX) February 5, 2015Just got word from our colleagues & friends at KCBD that everyone inside the station IS safe. We have a crew at downed plane now #Lubbock— Brian Holland (@BHollandSports) February 5, 2015Earlier: The start of the Texas Tech-Kansas State men’s basketball game at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock has been delayed. The cause of the delay: a small plane has crashed near the Red Raiders’ campus, knocking out the power at Texas Tech’s arena. We are unaware of the severity of the crash. A small plane just crashed near Texas Tech, temporarily knocking out power at the arena. Tip off will be delayed.— Kellis Robinett (@KellisRobinett) February 5, 2015For those familiar with Lubbock, the plane crash is said to have happened near Avenue Q.— Kellis Robinett (@KellisRobinett) February 5, 2015Lights are back on at Texas Tech. Countdown clock indicates we are 8:30 away from tip-off.— Kellis Robinett (@KellisRobinett) February 5, 2015Texas Tech and Kansas State were set to tip off at 9 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ESPNU.last_img read more

Man Utd stars raise money for charity at annual gala dinner

first_imgManchester United’s star names suited up for the club’s annual charity gala dinner in partnership with Unicef on Tuesday night.The event marked a 20-year co-operation between United and Unicef, the longest running partnership of its kind between a football club and a charity.£225,000 was raised at the event as a number of unique items were made available for auction, including caretaker manager and former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s unique custom-made watch presented to him upon his acceptance of the interim role, which sold for £35,000. 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? “It’s absolutely fantastic to be back home and to be a part of this club again,” Solskjaer said to the club’s official website.“I remember the first association I had with Unicef as a player in Beijing in 1999 and I’m honoured to now be the goodwill ambassador for Unicef back home in Norway.”For me, it’s the closest charity to my heart and it’s fantastic to see so many people here and, hopefully, we can raise a lot of money tonight.”Other star guests included musician Lewis Capaldi, who performed during dinner, and Angus Deayton, who hosted the event.The United playing squad, suited and booted, took the time to pause for some red carpet pictures on their way in, with the likes of David de Gea, Paul Pogba and Juan Mata all caught on camera.Ander Herrera Marcos Rojo Juan Mata David de Gea Emilio Alvarez Man Utd 2019Phil Jones Kaya Jones Alexis Sanchez Sergio Romero Eliana Guercio Man Utd 2019The funds raised from this year’s dinner go towards Unicef’s Children’s Emergency Fund, helping the charity as they respond to roughly 300 humanitarian emergencies per year around the world.Mike Penrose, executive director, Unicef UK said to the club’s official website: “Thanks to the club, the players and fans.”Over the last 20 years, United for Unicef has changed the lives of millions of children around the world.“It is our aim to ensure that children caught up in emergencies have the chance to rebuild their lives – through access to quick and sustainable support.”Children are in desperate need of life-saving food, water and medicine as well as a safe space to learn and be protected.”Funds raised from tonight’s Gala Dinner will enable Unicef to reach even more of the world’s most vulnerable children.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Sarri: Why I left out Hudson-Odoi

first_imgUnder-fire Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed team balance was the reason he left wantaway winger Callum Hudson-Odoi out of the squad to face Bournemouth.Sarri’s side were thumped 4-0 by the Cherries at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday, with Hudson-Odoi’s conspicuous absence from the team list noted.The 18-year old attacker had a transfer request to join Bayern Munich rejected by the Blues on Monday – less than 24 hours after the second goal in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup. 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? Initial reports suggested Sarri had omitted Hudson-Odoi from the matchday squad as punishment for wanting to leave the club, however the Italian coach said the talented teenager was left out to maintain balance.”He was with us, he played three days ago. There was Willian [in the starting XI], so I had only one winger on the bench,” Sarri said in his post-match press conference.”We have four wingers, one had to be in the stands.”The four-goal defeat was only the second time Chelsea have ever been defeated by that margin in Premier League history – since a 5-1 loss against Liverpool in September 1996.After going in goalless at half-time, the Blues collapsed in the second half as Josh King’s brace and goals from David Brooks and Charlie Daniels sealed a famous Cherries win.The thrashing saw Chelsea replaced in the top four by Arsenal and the gap to sixth-placed Manchester United stuck at two points.Sarri admitted he may be at fault for the team’s mentality against the likes of Bournemouth compared to a “big team”, but refused to concede he was under pressure.”At the moment they can react against a big team, when we play against a big team we can play with a big level of motivation,” he said.”But in this match it was different. Suddenly after the first goal we were not able to play. I think it was a different situation. Of course about the mentality.”I feel frustrated, not under pressure. I did not see my work [on the pitch], so I am frustrated.”Chelsea will have an immediate opportunity to atone for the defeat with a home fixture against Premier League strugglers Huddersfield Town on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Why didn’t hypocritical Messi cry during Chelsea or Madrid controversies?

first_imgJust like the flip of a coin, a controversial refereeing decision has two sides. It’s safe to say that  Lionel Messi struggled with being on the wrong end of such calls during the 2019 Copa America.At club level with Barcelona, Messi has occasionally found himself on the right side of a debatable decision. From the Catalans’ Champions League semi-final win over Chelsea in 2009 to their extraordinary comeback against PSG in 2017, there have been highly-publicised instances where the footballing gods have smiled on the Argentina star. Unsurprisingly, he never stopped to question such fortune on these occasions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare But in Brazil over the past month, his nation were not so lucky – even with VAR watching on. A number of decisions went against Argentina and their captain, as Messi once again failed to truly shine on the international stage. While question marks rightly swirl around a number of calls, including the 32-year-old’s sending off in the third-place play-off against Chile, there is no doubt his conduct following that game – and after his side’s semi-final loss to Brazil – has left plenty to be desired, with players and coaches alike questioning his lack of ‘respect’. Messi refused to accept his third-place medal on Saturday and alleged that the tournament had been rigged for the hosts, as his frustration boiled over in ugly and – arguably – hypocritical fashion.”There is no doubt, the whole thing is set up for Brazil,” Messi snapped. “I did not want to be part of this corruption, we shouldn’t have to be part of this disrespect we suffered during the Copa America.”We could have gone further but we weren’t allowed into the final. Corruption, referees and all the rest stopped people from enjoying the football.”I always tell the truth and I’m honest, that is what keeps me calm, if what I say has repercussions that is not my business.”The truth of the matter, however, is football is often a game of 50-50s and Messi has previously kept quiet when bad calls have benefited him.  Lionel MessiAn infamous example of this was Barcelona’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Chelsea in 2009 when the Blues were denied a number of clear penalties.The referee that night, Tom Henning Ovrebo, was notoriously branded a “f***ing disgrace” by Chelsea striker Didier Drogba on live television at the conclusion of a tie that Barcelona won on away goals. They went onto beat Manchester United in the final.Ovrebo himself conceded nine years later it was not a performance he’s proud of. “It was not my best day, really,” Ovrebo told  Marca in 2018 having hung up his whistle.”There were several errors and everyone will have their opinion of those plays. But those mistakes can be committed by a referee, and sometimes a player or a coach. Some days you are not at the level you should be.”But no, I can’t be proud of that performance.”Two years after that infamous night at Stamford Bridge, the Catalans would again benefit from a night of Champions League controversy as they beat Real Madrid 2-0 in the first leg of their 2011 semi-final.That night saw both coach Jose Mourinho and defender Pepe sent off for Madrid as Messi struck twice to all but book his side’s place in the final – which they again won against Man Utd.Not one to hold back, ‘The Special One’ launched a scathing attack in the aftermath suggesting Barcelona had been benefiting from questionable officiating for years. “One day, I would like Josep Guardiola to win this competition properly,” Mourinho began his tirade. “We are talking about an absolutely fantastic football team, so why do they need that?”Last year it was a miracle that Inter got there playing with 10 men for so long. A miracle. Why weren’t there four penalties against Chelsea [in 2009]? Why send off [Arsenal’s Robin] Van Persie [in the last 16]?”Why Ovrebo? Why Busacca? Why De Bleeckere? Why Stark? (all referees) Why? Because every semi-final the same things happen.”Where does their power come from? I don’t know if it is the UNICEF sponsorship or if it is because they are nice guys. I don’t understand. They have to get to the final, and they’ll get there, full stop.” Jose Mourinho Real Madrid 2011Mourinho was rightly pilloried for his outrageous Barca conspiracy claims back in 2011 – as well as being handed a five-match ban by UEFA – but eight years later the usually mild-mannered Messi has repeated a similar offence. He now will likely suffer a stern punishment too from CONMEBOL.Given his subdued nature, it was certainly surprising to see Argentina’s captain take a page out of Mourinho’s playbook as he cast a very real shadow over Brazil’s success.For Selecao captain Thiago Silva, who was on the wrong end of a hugely controversial 6-1 defeat to Barcelona with PSG in 2017, Messi’s conduct not only lacked class but had serious shades of hypocrisy.During that Champions League last 16 second leg at Camp Nou, Barca were awarded two very questionable penalties – while PSG were denied a clear one of their own – as the Catalans overturned a 4-0 first-leg deficit to progress.”Sometimes in defeat, we try to focus on other people,” Thiago said after Brazil defeated Peru 3-1 in the Copa America final .”I think he [Messi] did not say it out of spite, but we are sad because, in the game we lost 6-1 to Barcelona, he played the referee, which, in my opinion, was ridiculous.”But we did not give a statement that the referee was in favour of Barcelona. I think you have to show respect.”Brazil do not have five stars at random – none of them have been stolen. It was played on the pitch.”In that respect, nothing can be taken away from Messi’s incredible achievements with Barcelona either.However, the superstar certainly comes away from his Copa America meltdown looking more than a little hypocritical given past refereeing controversies.last_img read more

Cocu: I’m not going to try to be like Lampard

first_imgPhillip Cocu will not try to fill Frank Lampard’s shoes after taking charge of Derby County.Former PSV boss Cocu was appointed as Lampard’s successor at the Championship club after the ex-England midfielder returned to Chelsea as their new head coach.But the Dutchman says he will be his own man as he attempts to steer the Rams back into the Premier League. 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? “First of all, I’m very happy to be here, of course,” Cocu said at his unveiling on Friday. “I think this is the right step in my career – and the right fit.”I can imagine the fans are sad he’s gone, because he did a good job. But it is a great opportunity for him to lead a team like Chelsea.”I’m not going to try to be like him – I’ll be myself – but what I like is the bond between the club and the fans.”“I love it.”  pic.twitter.com/AdNJmFxK95— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) July 19, 2019Derby lost to Aston Villa in the play-off final last season and Cocu feels, if his squad is strengthened, another top-six finish is a realistic goal for the 2019-20 campaign.”We are still working on strengthening the team,” Cocu added. “It is very important to judge the players we have.”But in certain positions, we need some players with more experience, to guide the rest of the young team. There’s no buying just for buying. There always has to be an idea behind it.”I believe we have the potential to be in the top six again. And reaching the play-off final last season is one more experience for the players. Especially with a younger squad, you need those experiences.”Cocu won three Eredivisie titles in four years between 2014 and 2018 with PSV, while also claiming a KNVB Cup during his time as caretaker in the 2011-12 season.He was also an assistant manager to Bert van Marwijk in the Netherlands’ 2010 World Cup campaign, where they were beaten in extra-time in the final by Spain.last_img read more

Bielik leaves Arsenal as he completes £10m Derby move

first_imgArsenal have sold defender Krystian Bielik to Championship side Derby County for a fee of £10 million ($12m).The 21-year-old, who joined from Legia Warsaw In 2015, leaves north London without having made a single Premier League appearance for the club, with his only two outings in a Gunners shirt coming in the Carabao Cup.He enjoyed a successful loan spell at Charlton Athletic last season, helping the club earn promotion to the Championship via the play-offs. 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? His performances for the Addicks saw him attract interest from a number of Championship clubs, while Serie A giants AC Milan were also linked with a move.Goal reported on Thursday that Bielik was on the verge of joining Derby after he indicated to the Gunners that he didn’t want to go out on loan for the 2019-20 season.The Gunners were keen to retain the Poland Under-21 international but he favoured a departure from the club if he was not going to be given the first-team opportunities he craved under Unai Emery this season.He could make his Rams debut in their Championship season opener against Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on Monday.”He is a young player at the age of 21 and it is a permanent deal which I think is a very good investment for the club. I am very happy he has joined the team,” Derby manager Phillip Cocu told the club’s official website following the signing of Bielik.”He will get better and develop, but for his age he is a very good player.”The deal gives Arsenal a timely cash boost with under a week to go until the transfer deadline.The Gunners smashed their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille in a £72m ($87m) deal on Thursday but still hope to add further players before the deadline.The north London club are still keen on landing Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, having already seen two bids rejected by the Scottish champions for the 22-year-old.There are likely to be further departures too with Laurent Koscielny expected to seal a move back to France and the club open to offers for Shkodran Mustafi.last_img read more

‘Neymar would be a bomb in Barca locker room’

first_imgNeymar would be “a bomb inside the locker room” if brought back to Barcelona, says Hristo Stoichkov, with a Camp Nou legend opposed to any deal for the Brazilian forward.Efforts by Blaugrana officials to re-sign the South American from Paris Saint-Germain have been stepped up.An entourage has been sent to France for transfer talks, with Barca hoping that an agreement can be reached despite already investing heavily in Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong this summer. 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? Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu is understood to be steering the transfer plans, with there a desire on his part to return to Neymar to Catalunya as a marquee addition.Stoichkov, though, believes a big-money deal will do more harm than good, with there no obvious role for him within an already star-studded squad.The iconic former frontman told Univision: “Barcelona does not need Neymar.“He has no place because there are already important players. There is [Ousmane] Dembele, Griezmann, [Luis] Suarez and[Lionel] Messi.“Where is he going to play? He would be a bomb inside the locker room.”Stoichkov, who took in two goal-laden spells with Barca in his playing days, added: “For my part, I don’t want him to come back.“Sure, there is a group of players who want him to return and ask the president to make an effort, but Barca will not spend a single euro bringing back because they have no money to pay PSG.”Ivan Rakitic, Philippe CoutinhoBarcelona have been seeking to get around any financial issues by incorporating players already on their books into bids for Neymar.Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho have been mooted as potential makeweights, allowing PSG to get creative cover for an outgoing forward, but Stoichkov believes the wrong approach is being taken.The Bulgarian added: “Players offered to PSG? It is disrespectful.“For example, Rakitic is a great worker, a very humble boy who has never let his guard down and has always defended the interests of Barcelona.“Coutinho? He cost a lot of money but has a lot of football in him and I defend him.“Hopefully, no Barcelona player leaves.”last_img read more

QB Kelly Bryant Has Scheduled A Transfer Visit To Another Program

first_imgKelly Bryant of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship.CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 02: Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant announced his plans to transfer from the program after he was benched in favor of freshman phenom Trevor Lawrence. Since he announced his plans, several schools have been named as potential landing spots for Bryant.Earlier this week, it was reported Bryant scheduled a visit to North Carolina. Now, another school has emerged as a candidate.According to Woody Womack of Rivals, Bryant plans to visit Arkansas.From Womack:Bryant told Rivals.com that he will follow his unofficial visit to Chapel Hill up with an official visit to Arkansas for the Razorbacks game against Tulsa on Oct. 20.“I’m going to take my first official visit to Arkansas,” Bryant said Wednesday. “I’m excited to get down to Fayetteville and see what all Arkansas has to offer.”Bryant revealed he’s taking graduate classes at Clemson and plans to finish the fall semester there before transferring to his new program at the start of the 2019 calendar year.The former Tigers starter will be in North Carolina for this weekend’s game against Virginia Tech.Stay tuned for more on Bryant’s transfer process.[Rivals]last_img read more

HS Football Player Dies After Complications During ACL Surgery

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonA high school football player passed away from complications during surgery, according to a report from WSPA. Nick Dixon, the captain of the Spartanburg High School football team, passed away on Friday afternoon.He was just 18 years old. According to the school’s superintendent, Dixon died less than 24 hours after he verbally committed to attend and play football for Division II Wingate.The school’s official football Twitter account confirmed the news of Dixon’s passing.Nick Dixon you will be missed. pic.twitter.com/6R3t1JHrco— SpartanburgVikingsFootball (@SHSVikingsfb) January 11, 2019Dixon was reportedly undergoing surgery on his ACL and meniscus when complications occurred. Doctors worked to revive Dixon, but were unsuccessful.Dixon played in the Shrine Bowl, which pits the best players from the state of South Carolina and North Carolina against each other.Our thoughts are with the Dixon family.last_img read more

Scott Frost Addresses Nebraska Football’s Suspensions

first_imgNebraska football coach Scott Frost ahead of his team's game against Troy.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches the team warm up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season kicked off last weekend with a solid appetizer in the form of Florida vs. Miami that saw the Gators escape an upset loss with a 24-20 victory.The rest of the nation is in action this weekend, starting with a handful of games on Thursday night.Perhaps the biggest darkhorse to make a play for the College Football Playoff is Nebraska. The Huskers are a favorite of those betting on the title game across the nation.The hype is real. However, before the team takes the field this weekend, the program received some bad news. The team suspended two players indefinitely, just days before the season kicks off.Wide receiver Andre Hunt and tight end Katerian Legrone have both been suspended. The reason and length of the suspension was unknown at the time.A day later, head coach Scott Frost said he knows “very little” about the suspensions. While he doesn’t know much about them, he said they were necessary and failed to elaborate.Frost said he knows “very little” about Hunt/LeGrone situations. He found the suspensions necessary. Won’t elaborate.— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) August 29, 2019Neither played a significant role for the Huskers last season. However, both are expected to play more this season.Nebraska opens the season against South Alabama this weekend. The Huskers and Jaguars kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.last_img read more

Ohio State 4-Star WR Recruit Had An Insane First Game

first_imgOhio State footballs.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Footballs for the Ohio State Buckeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)This past weekend wasn’t just spectacular for the current Ohio State Buckeyes. It turns out that 2020 four-star commit Jaxon Smith-Njigba also had a performance to remember.Justin Fields quickly turned into the biggest star on campus with his impressive debut for Ohio State. The former Georgia quarterback had five total touchdowns in Week 1.While the topic of conversation in Columbus surrounded Fields, a future member of the Buckeyes also performed well in his season opener.Smith-Njigba had 13 receptions for 311 yards and three touchdowns in his season opener for Rockwall High School. It’s an absurd stat line for any player at any level. Throughout the game it was clear that Smith-Njigba could just blow past the secondary with ease.Check out the highlights:Ohio State’s Class of 2020 is off the charts and one of its top commits @jaxon_smith1 put on a show in Rockwall’s (TX) season opener.13 receptions. 311 yards. 3 touchdowns. (@Bucknuts247, @brianhartline, @ryandaytime) #GoBucks🎥: https://t.co/XQAd7MwS96 pic.twitter.com/MDVLktqpub— Zack Poff (@Zack_Poff_MP) September 2, 2019Smith-Njigba is the No. 62 overall recruit and No. 10 wide receiver in his class, per 247Sports.Ohio State has rich history when it comes to developing wideouts. It’s very possible that Smith-Njigba continues that trend with the program.He won’t be the only playmaker committing to the Buckeyes for next season. Five-star wide receiver Julian Fleming should make an immediate impact for the team.Following this weekend, fans have to be confident in Ryan Day’s ability to coach his current core at Ohio State and recruit future stars in the process.last_img read more

IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma confirms he will open the batting for Mumbai Indians

first_imgIPL 2019: Rohit Sharma confirms he will open the batting for Mumbai IndiansMumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma said his decision to open the innings for the IPL franchise has been taken, keeping in mind his preparation for the 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Walesadvertisement India Today Web Desk MumbaiMarch 19, 2019UPDATED: March 19, 2019 14:31 IST Rohit Sharma will open the batting for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019 (@mipaltan Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma said Mumbai Indians’ team combination for IPL 2019 allows him to open the battingou have to listen to your body. If it needs rest, I’ll take rest: Rohit on workload managementMumbai Indians open their campaign against Delhi Capitals at home on March 24Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma on Tuesday confirmed he will open the batting for the three-time champions in most of the matches in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.Rohit Sharma said he had always wanted to bat according to the needs of the team and opined that the team they have picked this time gives him the freedom to bat higher up the order.Rohit also added that the move to open the batting for Mumbai Indians has been taken, keeping in mind the preparations for 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.”My approach will be the same as it is for any tournament. I have in the past batted in the middle order and I have opened as well in a few games. Yeah, wherever the team requires me to bat, I have to bat there. We have to make sure we get the right balance and team composition,” Rohit told the media on Tuesday.The Mumbai Indians captain: “This year, I will open the batting in all the games. That’s for sure. World Cup is one of the factors. But that [opening position] is where I have got a lot of success of late. The team understands that. We now have got some experience in the middle order. That allows me to go and bat at the top. I will try and open in every game possible.”Rohit has achieved a lot of success while opening the batting for India over the years. The right-hander averages more than 50 while opening the batting for India in ODI cricket and has amassed 6043 runs, including 20 centuries at No. 1 and No. 2 position.advertisementOn the flipside, Rohit has struggled to be as consistent while batting in the middle-order. At the international level, Rohit averages considerably less when he bats in the middle order than when he opens the batting.In the IPL, Rohit has been struggling to get going in the middle order. Rohit had managed just 286 runs in 14 matches last season wherein Mumbai Indians failed to make the play-offs. Even during Mumbai’s title-winning campaign in 2017, Rohit averaged only 23.78 from 17 matches.You have to listen to your body: Rohit on workload managementMeanwhile, Rohit also spoke on the much-talked-about issue of workload management for World Cup-bound players during IPL 2019, starting May 23.While India captain Virat Kohli had insisted there is no cap of the players’ workload and suggested the players need to be smart about managing themselves, Rohit has pointed out that India players are heading into the IPL on the back of a busy international schedule on the road.”We’ve been on the road for the past couple of years. You have to listen to your body. If it needs rest, I’ll take rest. We’re here for the biggest league in the world. So we know our priorities,” Rohit said.Also Read | IPL 2019: Virat not a shrewd captain, can’t compare him with Dhoni and Rohit, says GambhirAlso Read | IPL 2019: Sachin Tendulkar agrees with Virat Kohli on workload managementAlso Read | Sunrisers Hyderabad feel confident when David Warner is around: Deepak HoodaAlso 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 Mumbai IndiansFollow Indian Premier LeagueFollow Rohit SharmaFollow IPL 2019Follow Yuvraj Singhlast_img read more

New Zealand first team to announce World Cup squad, Tom Blundell surprise inclusion

first_img Reuters WellingtonApril 3, 2019UPDATED: April 3, 2019 08:41 IST Ross Taylor and New Zealand coach Gary Stead arrive at the Tai Tapu School for the World Cup squad announcement (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe 15-man squad will be led by captain Kane WilliamsonTom Blundell has been called in as cover for wicketkeeper Tom LathamNZ have included just 2 specialist spinners in Ish Sodhi and Mitchell SantnerWicketkeeper Tom Blundell was the surprise selection in New Zealand’s 15-man squad for the ICC World Cup later this year, despite never having played the format at international level.The 28-year-old Blundell has played just two Tests, making a century on debut, and three Twenty20 internationals for New Zealand, but will serve as a backup to Tom Latham for the May 30-July 14 tournament in England and Wales.”The key for us was finding the right balance for the squad and making sure we had our bases covered for what is going to be a very competitive World Cup,” coach Gary Stead said.”As a one-day unit we’ve been pretty consistent over the past few years and possess a very experienced group of core players, proven at the top level.”Great scenes following the @cricketworldcup squad announcement at Tai Tapu School. Former pupil Henry Nicholls in hot demand. #BACKTHEBLACKCAPS #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/YID2oOQ6aKBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) April 2, 2019Blundell’s last appearance for New Zealand was in a Twenty20 international against Australia in Sydney in early 2018. He did not play a single game for Wellington in New Zealand’s domestic one-day competition this season.His surprise elevation into the squad is at the expense of Tim Seifert, who had been the preferred wicketkeeper in Twenty20 internationals this summer and made his one-day international debut in January against Sri Lanka.The aggressive Seifert, who can bat up and down the order, showed his potential with quickfire scores of 84 and 43 while opening against India in Twenty20 internationals in February, but broke his finger towards the end of the season.advertisementWhile he would have recovered for the World Cup, questions had been asked about his work with the gloves and Stead had said he would prefer to select a specialist to back up Latham, who only assumed the role in the one-day squad two years ago.Henry Nicholls had been previously mooted as a potential emergency wicketkeeper if Latham got injured, but is now expected to open the batting with Martin Guptill after Colin Munro fell out of favour.BREAKING: The @BLACKCAPS have named their #CWC19 squad! pic.twitter.com/sbC0cvOXPTCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) April 2, 2019Munro still made the final 15-man squad with his ability to also bowl medium pace but is more likely to be batting cover.Ish Sodhi also won a tight selection battle with Todd Astle as the second spinner, with all-rounder Mitchell Santner the first-choice slow bowler.The choice of Sodhi over Astle was considered a far from straightforward selection battle, with both legspinners given opportunities to prove themselves in white-ball cricket over New Zealand’s summer.Astle is the stronger batsman but Sodhi is considered the more attacking bowler and took 24 wickets at 21.17 in his final three first-class games in March.James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme were named as the all-rounders, while the four frontline pace bowlers Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry were never in doubt.Squad: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow New Zealand squadFollow NZ World Cup squadFollow Tom BlundellFollow Kane Williamson New Zealand first team to announce World Cup squad, Tom Blundell surprise inclusionWicketkeeper Tom Blundell’s last appearance for New Zealand was in a Twenty20 international against Australia in Sydney in early 2018.advertisementlast_img read more

Dream11 Prediction: Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for India vs Afghanistan

first_img India Today Web Desk SouthamptonJune 21, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 20:37 IST Team India have so far been able to put on complete performances in each of their three games (Reuters Photo)With three wins in four matches (including a no result), Team India will be looking to come out with yet another commanding performance and continue their winning run in the ongoing World Cup when they take on Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl here on Saturday.Team India have so far been able to put on complete performances in each of their three games against South Africa, Australia and Pakistan. While the top-order has consistently given good starts, the bowlers, aided by some brilliant fielding, have backed it up with disciplined performance.If India bats first at the Ageas Bowl, Virat Kohli’s team will likely be targeting Afghanistan for the biggest total of the tournament so far. That honor currently belongs to England which smashed Afghanistan for 397-6 on Tuesday. India can also boost its net run rate, a potential tiebreaker if it stumbles later on.Afghanistan has lost all five games so far but shown signs of improvement, including against England where it used all 50 overs for the first time this tournament. It still lost by 150 runs, thanks mostly to England captain Eoin Morgan’s 71-ball 148 and an ODI record 17 sixes into the crowd at Old Trafford.Dream XI Fantasy Tips: India vs AfghanistanBatsmenPicking Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the playing XI should be a no-brainer for fans as both have been in superb form. Rohit in particular, has been the best batsman in the Indian team so far with 319 runs from three matches and is fifth on the list of highest run-getters in the tournament. Kohli too has been averaging over 59 with two half-centuries so far.advertisementWhen it comes to picking Indian batsmen, these 2 should be your top choices followed by KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya, who doubles up as the all-rounder as well. On the other hand, Afghanistan have been below par with both bat and ball and the sloppy fieldwork has also not helped their cause. Hashmatullah Shahidi has been their best batsman so far with 165 runs so he would be a good pick from the other side.BowlersIndia will be going in with three fast bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Mohammad Shami. The injury to Bhuvneshwar Kumar will give Shami the opportunity to shine for the next few games after he warmed the bench for the first three.Bumrah, the world’s top-ranked ODI paceman has five wickets so far in three completed games for India and walks in to any dream XI side for sure. Rashid Khan, after getting thrashed in the previous game, would be looking to bounce back so picking him in the side could be a gamble which can pay off handsomely if he performs to his potential. Kuldeep Yadav was on fire against Pakistan so he gets the preference over Yuzvendra Chahal.All-roundersHardik Pandya doubles up as the pinch-hitter in the death overs and is a good wicket-taking option in the middle overs with the ball. He can walk into any side just through his batting talent and the form he is in right now.Gulbadin Naib as the second all-rounder can be a good option as well. He has picked five wickets so far in five matches and scored 100 runs at 20.00.Wicket-keeperThere shouldn’t be any confusion in this department as MS Dhoni wins the contest hands down against any wicket-keeper in the world. He has the fastest hands in the business along with a shrewd cricketing brain, makes him an invaluable asset in any cricketing side.Dream XI Team for India vs AfghanistanRohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Gulbadin Naib, MS Dhoni, Rashid Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami.Squads:India: Virat Kohli (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep YadavAfghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (c), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah (wk), Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Ikram Ali Khil.Also Read | India vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019: Why Rashid Khan, Nabi and Mujeeb face stern test vs IndiaAlso Read | Told my mom about World Cup call-up, she went straight to the temple: Rishabh PantAlso Read | Harbhajan Singh backs Vijay Shankar ahead of Rishabh Pant for Afghanistan matchAlso Read | India vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019, Weather Update: Will rain play spoilsport in Southampton?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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs Afghanistan dram 11 predictionFollow Dream11 Captain predictionFollow Dream11 Vice Captain PredictionFollow Dream11 Playing XI PredictionFollow India vs AfghanistanFollow World Cup 2019 Next Dream11 Prediction: Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for India vs AfghanistanDream11 Prediction: India vs Afghanistan Captain and Vice Captain Prediction: The scoreboard may need as much preparation and care as the wicket ahead of Saturday’s anticipated run-fest when India seeks to follow title rival England by thumping Afghanistan at the Cricket World Cup.advertisementlast_img read more

India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019 Broadcast: When and where to watch

first_imgIndia vs West Indies, World Cup 2019 Broadcast: When and where to watchICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Here you can find all the details regarding when, where and how to watch Match 34 of the World Cup between India and West Indies at the Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 27, 2019UPDATED: June 27, 2019 17:13 IST India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019 Broadcast: When and where to watch Live Streaming (Reuters Photo)Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s batting approach and position in the middle order will be the team management’s primary concern when India take on an ousted-yet-dangerous West Indies in the sixth league phase encounter of the World Cup on Thursday.As the league phase hits the home stretch, India will look to ensure a smooth passage into the semi-finals with yet another victory.India vs West Indies Live Cricket Match Streaming: Watch WI vs IND Live Match on Star Sports and DD SportsBut it could be easier said than done against a West Indies side, which might play party poopers with nothing to lose in their remaining few games.In fact, West Indies’ unpredictability and the former India captain’s repeated failure during the important second Powerplay overs leaves skipper Virat Kohli with a few points to ponder.Dhoni’s painfully slow approach against West Indies yielded 28 off 52 balls and he was roundly criticised. Even the normally restrained Sachin Tendulkar questioned the approach.The Indian team management knows that only too well but with four group matches left, the only option they have right now is to alter Dhoni’s batting position, possibly giving a few more deliveries to Jadhav, who can be innovative in his shot selection.Hardik Pandya is being used as a floater but the West Indies match showed that if he doesn’t get support from the other end, there is too much pressure on him to hit every delivery for a six.Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri till now have not been too keen to use Rishabh Pant’s firepower. Pant can come in only if the team management considers the idea of Vijay Shankar being disposable.advertisementWith nine points from five games, India are comfortably positioned in the top four and require two wins out of the remaining four games to book their place in the semi-finals.What TV channel and live stream is the World Cup 2019 match India vs West Indies on?All World Cup 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD. Hotstar.com and Hotstar app will live stream all the games.Where will the World Cup 2019 match between India vs West Indies be played?The World Cup 2019 match India vs West Indies will be played at The Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester from 3 PM IST on Thursday, June 27.Where can I watch the World Cup 2019 match India vs West Indies live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the World Cup 2019 match India vs West Indies?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket-world-cup-2019What are the squads for the World Cup 2019 match India vs West Indies?India: Virat Kohli (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav.West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shannon Gabriel, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen, Oshane Thomas, Nicholas Pooran.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India bowling coach defends MS Dhoni’s knock vs AfghanistanAlso Read | Everyone knows India’s style of cricket, hopefully we can conquer that: Chris GayleAlso Read | India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Weather Updates from Manchester on ThursdayFor 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 India vs West Indies LIVEFollow world cup 2019 broadcast tv channelsFollow ind vs wi live streamFollow India vs West Indies hotstar freelast_img read more

World Cup 2019: With eyes on top spot, India take on Sri Lanka in final group game

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: With eyes on top spot, India take on Sri Lanka in final group gameIndia vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2019: India are through to the semi-finals but they would not want to slip up against Sri Lanka in their final group match. Plenty is still at stake.advertisement Next Rajarshi Gupta LeedsJuly 6, 2019UPDATED: July 6, 2019 08:53 IST India will be looking to win their final World Cup 2019 group-stage game on Saturday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTS India take on Sri Lanka for their final league match of the 2019 Cricket World CupIndia have already qualified for the semi-finals while Sri Lanka will play for pride Sri Lanka had stunned England to throw open the 2019 Cricket World upIndia vs Sri Lanka in World Cup has meant something over the decades. When the two teams play at Leeds on Saturday for their final group match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, it would mean little for India who have already made it to the semi-finals.Sri Lanka, who have won only 3 out of their 8 matches so far, will play for pride. India will of course not take this game lightly. Sri Lanka stunned England to complicate life for the hosts and they can be a dangerous unit if the opposition gets too complacent.India would look to beat Sri Lanka and hope South Africa get the better of Australia so they can top the group. That would mean an India vs New Zealand semi-final while Australia play England for a place in the [email protected] on the team’s mentality going into the game against Sri Lanka #TeamIndia #SLvIND #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/ZZjvCobE65BCCI (@BCCI) July 5, 2019In 1996, India went down to Sri Lanka in the semi-final of after a poor batting performance on a pitch which turned square. Crowd violence forced the match officals to abandon the game and Vinod Kambli walked off in tears. In 2007, a 69-run defeat to Sri Lanka marked the end of a horror World Cup campaign for India.4 years later in 2011, India beat Sri Lanka in the World Cup final to erase those painful memories of Port of Spain. What a night that was in Mumbai. Since then, India have domianted Sri Lanka across formats. Sri Lanka have struggled over the past several years with the retirement of a lot of their legends.advertisementOn Saturday, India will go in as overwhelming favourites but Afghanistan and Bangladesh exposed several chinks in India’s armour in this World Cup.With Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of the World Cup, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have had to do the bulk of the work. KL Rahul came good in a record opening stand with Rohit Sharma against Bangladesh but the middle-order is still a concernMS Dhoni’s strike rate has been a major talking point in this World Cup. It was Dhoni’s heroic innings which sealed a second World Cup triumph for India. Times have changed in the last 8 years.Dhoni is no more the player he once was but he is still razor sharp with the gloves behind the wickets and he reads the game better than anyone else in the Indian team.Moreover, India would want to try Ravindra Jadeja in the XI. He is only India player who has not got a game in this World Cup and his all-round skills could be vital for the team.Sri Lanka would be disappointed with their performances but at least the senior pros Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews stood up to lead strong fights. Avishka Fernando, 21, has also played a few impactful innings and he would be eager to sign off on a high against the pre-tournament favourites.Weaker teams have exposed the frailties of India’s middle-order in this tournament and that is something the Indians would want to sort out before the semi-finals.On Saturday, plenty will be at stake. Sri Lanka want to leave England with some happy memories. India need to iron out their flaws and finish the group stage with another win.This is not the Sri Lankan team which fought India tooth and nail at the Wankhede Stadium on April 2, 2011 but this Indian middle-order is also not the same which triumphed despite the early dismissal of their star openers.Also Read | Pakistan finish on a high but fail to reach World Cup 2019 semi-finalsAlso Read | Shoaib Malik retires from ODI after Pakistan’s World Cup campaign endsAlso 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 India vs Sri LankaFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow LeedsFollow MS DhoniFollow Virat KohliFollow Lasith Malingalast_img read more

Unfair to expect MS Dhoni to finish games every time: Sachin Tendulkar

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Classic Tailoring from Read Wall

first_img The Big List of Brands with Lifetime Warranties: Buy It Once, Have It Forever 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce Made in America is one of our favorite topics to cover. But sometimes brands tend to try too hard, too rugged, too waxed, too plaid. You get the picture. That is why we were excited to get to know Read Wall a little better. The D.C. based line has been around for only a couple of seasons and the founder is a whopping 26 years old. Clearly somebody wasn’t day dreaming in business class. He also has zero training in fashion, something we are seeing more of in menswear – people who have a passion and make it happen. We respect that.Read Wall is quite simply offering great, tailored and relatively affordable clothing (ya gotta pay more for something not made in China bro!).  No lumber jack story, no trip to Kathmandu or JFK references in sight. There is a well edited collection to shop – under 40 pieces actually, making the shopping experience less daunting and streamlined.Shirting is what Read is most well known for and the basis of his brand. There are ginghams, twills, chambrays and madras to name a few. No gimmicks, no trends, just quality shirts made in America with a little better cut than you may find from bigger name brands. As Read told us, “It’s very rare that a customer who purchases a shirt doesn’t come back and order more. Then again, they’ll generally pick up a pair of chinos or a tie to complement the look, too.”Like so many brands today, there is a socially conscious angle. For every item sold, Read Wall donates a book to a child in need through Books for Africa (because he has actually taught classes in Africa!).This summer look out for small, web-exclusive collections each month with limited edition products. And in the fall suiting will be rolling out. Read is working with the iconic Brooklyn tailoring factory, Martin Greenfield on some seriously great cuts. Nothing trendy mind you. All class. Editors’ Recommendations Pairing the English Premier League Soccer Teams with Craft Beers from the United States last_img read more

The Best Duffels For Fall Adventures

first_img All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Editors’ Recommendations 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities A good duffel bag is essential for packing up your adventure gear. Whether you’re planning a weekend on the road, morning mountain bike excursion, or fly fishing sunset, having the right tool to haul your gear makes your work getting to and from your getaway easier. We’ve been beating on a few of the best duffels on long weekends in the mountains and these are our favorites.Related: 5 Best Mountain Town Adventures | Stio Mountain Apparel For The WeekenderCotopaxi Chumpi 35L Duffel, $100Cotopaxi’s new Chumpi is the perfect weekend roadtrip workhorse. The burley nylon-cotton outer fabric stands up to everything from overzealous TSA baggage inspectors to long days on the road. A contrast color liner makes it easy to spot your essential gear. Stowaway backpack straps add some extra carrying options when you have to get it to a secluded cabin or mountain lodge.Gear Hauling StorageStio Basin Tech Tote 59L, $109For long days filled with serious amounts of fun, you need to bring along mountain bike helmets, hiking boots, climbing shoes, and all your other adventure gear. Stio’s Basin Tech Tote is a modern take on a classic tote bag design. This mighty little duffel is deceptively huge. When the compression straps are left wide, it easily swallowed all our downhill riding armor, a change of clothes, and favorite biking pack for a day on the trails in Big Sky, Montana. The side panels of the body are lined with mesh organizer pockets, so you’ll always have your battery packs, snacks, and other small items within reach. The 600-d nylon body will take multiple years’ worth of hard use. In short, this is the ultimate mountain life bag.Waterproof AdventureSealLine WideMouth Waterproof Duffel, $90You need dry gear whether you’re out exploring on a SUP, going canyoneering in Zion National Park, or just enjoying a mellow day at the beach. We love the WideMouth for its simplicity – the roll top closure has printed instructions on it – and ease of use. It will keep forty liters of gear dry for days on end. Our favorite use is keeping food and clothes dry while paddling into remote campsites on our SUPs. The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventurelast_img read more

Cavorting in Cavalier Country: The Best of Charlottesville, Virginia

first_img Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind WhistlePig Teams Up With Four Chefs on a New Whiskey An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Editors’ Recommendations 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Charlottesville, Virginia and the surrounding area boasts something for all visitors — including culinary finds, wine tours, and even fly-fishing. Nestled into the foothills of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains you can spend a day on an urban foodie and shopping excursion, tour a plethora of vineyards or simply hike around Shenandoah National Park. Read on to find out what to do if you ever find yourself entering Cavalier country.EAT & DRINKRed Pump KitchenWe have heard that fine dining is back in effect and we couldn’t be happier. When we want to spend good money on dinner, we want an environment that makes us feel a tad special. Besides all the candles, the greenery and the friendly hospitality, the food, of course, is the star.The brainchild of the Easton Porter Group, The Red Pump offered a refreshing beet salad with goat cheese fondue, Atlantic Grouper with Black Garlic and some seriously decadent gelato for dessert. This is a must for one excellent night out.Brasserie SaisonAll hail the first brewery to open on Charlottesville’s downtown mall. Serving up Franco-Belgian delicacies such as traditional mussels as well as more off the radar items like pork & peanut paté. See if they have the blueberry & crème fraîche ice cream served with macerated local blueberries on the menu for dessert. If so, stay.Oakhurst Inn CaféLocated in an old house, hit up this laid back spot for breakfast. The Buckwheat Shortcakes were memorable as was the Baked Local Farm Egg. Sit outside and bring your pup.Ace Biscuit and BarbecueThis may look like a hole in the wall spot for locals, but believe us, the word is out. Chef Brian Ashwood has lines out the door on Saturday and Sunday mornings. And for good reason. The biscuits, covered in gravy and topped with fried chicken just can’t be beaten. Get ready for a food coma after hitting up this joint.Mudhouse CoffeeBack in 1993 everyone thought Lynelle and John were crazy to open their own coffee cart. 22 years later they have an actual storefront and are the center for local buzz and hanging out. In 2012 they started roasting their own coffee and now they even have gift subscriptions for those missing their local favorites.Old Cabell Hall on campus of University of Virginia DOMonticelloYou may yawn at most house tours, but those houses weren’t built by one of America’s smartest, wackiest and fascinating men. Thomas Jefferson built and rebuilt Monticello over and over until he got it right and it’s still cuckoo. There is a clock with counter weights that lower into the floor. There is a mantle that has a side panel where wine could be hoisted up from the cellar and Mr. Jefferson even built himself a walk-in closet above his bed that was only accessible by ladder. The grounds are pretty amazing as well including his 1,000-foot vegetable garden, the constant excavation around the property and the cemetery that is still in use.Pippin HillOk, so we have been to many a wine tasting. Usually, you park, enter a massive building and stand around with strangers trying tiny sips of several wines, get the slightest bit of a buzz and then leave. Not at Pippin Hill. This place is like wine Oz. We drove up a sweeping drive and parked across from a stunning barn and huge white tent. When we walked up to the barn we were greeted with one of the best damn views in Virginia. We were then sat down at a table overlooking said view where we ordered Spring Time Asparagus Salad, Fava Bean Ragout, Tapas and finished off with Crème Brûlée with flowering mint. Between courses, we could wander up to the tasting tables and sample a variety of their award-winning wines. And yes, we got pretty tipsy and ended up running through the vineyards. A cartwheel may have happened. This place is vino paradise.Virginia Distillery CompanySo if you aren’t a wine fan, we know Malt Whisky may raise some hairs. Now open, the company imports Malt Whisky from Scotland and finishes it in Virginia port-style wine casks. We were not able to visit  because it wasn’t open yet, but now that it is, we will report back once we return! The product is already in some of the best bars in New York and we can vouch for its rich, hearty taste.The Albemarle AnglerIf you are a fan of fly fishing, ring up these boys and head out on a day’s adventure to one of the many great trout and smallmouth bass streams in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Jackson River, the James River and the Shenandoah River. If you don’t have time to fish, their store is stocked with awesome gear.Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park, VirginiaSHOPJ.M. Stock ProvisionsJ.M. Stock is Central Virginia’s premier purveyor & retailer of local, grass-fed beef and pasture raised meats. This is where the locals go to get the best beef, pork, and poultry around. Go check out this whole animal butcher shop and see how they do everything from snout to tail.  You can also find a curated selection of pantry items, in-house prepared foods, beer, wine, and a fine selection of artisan cheese from around the globe to take for a picnic or as a souvenir.The Monticello Gift ShopThis is pretty much Virginia in a nutshell. You have hundreds of books, locally made products and snacks, wines, kids toys and even plants, seeds and of course, a bust of Thomas Jefferson.Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, VirginiaNew Dominion BookshopToday we all just click and buy so it is refreshing to darken the door of an old-fashioned book shop. Independently owned on the festive historic downtown mall, New Dominion is the oldest bookseller in Virginia. Go in and get lost in their aisles and pick up some souvenirs.The Men’s and Boy’s ShopSo old school they don’t even have a website, this is the kind of spot your grandfather would approve of. While some of the brands are a tad boring, you can’t beat Filson, Barbour, and Pendleton. And come fall, you can’t go wrong with their socks, scarves, flannels and tweed caps.And GeorgeWhile this isn’t the most masculine of shops, if you are traveling with your lady she will thank you for stopping in. Full of cool antiques and custom made pieces; it is definitely worth a wander round.SLEEPOakhurst InnWe love the concept of Oakhurst; it is comprised of several old houses all converted into well appointed (but not stuffy) hotel rooms. So you get the B&B feel with the luxury of turn down service and fresh baked cookies on your bedside table. Added bonus is the café just a short walk away in, you guessed it, an old house converted to a cozy café. Oakhurst is conveniently situated right behind UVA if you are there visiting friends for a college reunion.Oakhurst InnClifton InnOn the flossy side of things, the Clifton Inn has 17 luxury rooms on 100 acres. You can even rent out an entire farmhouse if you are having a family reunion or wedding weekend. The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Citieslast_img read more

A Visit with the Indigenous Broran Community of Costa Rica (Photos)

center_img How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale The modest, rural house sits on the edge of the rainforest high in the mountains in the Térraba region of Costa Rica. The afternoon shower has passed and in the distance, above the hum and buzz and the dripping of rainwater onto thick leaves, I can hear the roosters and Brahman cattle of a neighboring farm. The sound is electrifying. Alive.Over an open fire in the kitchen adjacent to the porch where I sit, cacao boils slowly, turning into what will soon be a chocolate-y beverage. Earlier in the day, as part of my visit to the area, I’d had a hand in harvesting and roasting the beans used to make the drink.Daunting masks of powerful animals are spread out on a table alongside well-worn carving tools. The masks are part an annual ceremony performed by the Broran, an indigenous community that has lived in this region of Costa Rica for centuries. I’ve come to visit the Broran and experience the rainforest through the eyes of those whose lives are intertwined with it. It is something I’ve looked forward to for months but, unfortunately, I also have a terrible cough … Matt Payne/The Manual“Tos?” asks Bolmar, a powerful man and the artist of the ceremonial masks. He pantomimes a cough to clarify. Bolmar and his brother, Yuba, have begun hosting tourists to share their people’s traditions. They’ve been showing me around all afternoon.“Sí,” I say.“I will make better,” he says. “Come with me.”With that, we set off into the rainforest. Bolmar moves through the dense foliage as though he is a part of it, with me clunking and coughing behind. He stops at a plant, plucks a leaf, takes in its scent, then tosses it on the ground and pulls another. He smells the little stem again, only it is not just a little sniff. It is as if he is breathing in its essence — the lineage of the plant from the beginning of time. Then he smiles.Matt Payne/The Manual“Very good.” He cuts two more leaves and puts them in a satchel.“Come,” he says with another smile. “There is more …”He stops again, plucking another leaf, this one more frazzled looking and closer to the ground. Most of the Broran converted to Catholicism after the Spanish occupation of Costa Rica, but they largely consider themselves deeply spiritual people, their lives divinely woven with Mother Earth.  This ethereal connection is apparent as he contemplates yet another plant. “This is good,” he says again with more gust — and once again, we are off.The Térraba River is Costa Rica’s second longest waterway, emptying into the Pacific Ocean north of the Osa Peninsula. The Térraba (Teribe) region , located in the southeastern part of the country, is occupied by six indigenous communities, including the Broran. There are roughly 1,000 Broran living in the area and, despite having lived  the river valley for many centuries, their language and traditions are getting lost in an ever-evolving global culture of technology and urbanization. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

These 19.2-Ounce Beer Cans Are the New Tall Boys

first_img 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts The Ultimate Brewery Tour of Austin, Texas The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Editors’ Recommendations The Best Oktoberfest Beers to Sip On This Season center_img Tall boys were once reserved for big-name beers, but like pretty much everything else, craft beer has entered the game.Best Craft Tall Boys:Anchor SteamOskar Blues Dale’s Pale AleFounders All Day IPASierra Nevada BFDRevolution Anti-HeroDogfish Head Seaquench Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions For the past year, breweries have been rolling out an array of 19.2-ounce cans (equal to an imperial pint, as you’d usually get for a Guinness) so they can make their way into single-serve settings, like convenience stores, sporting events, and concerts.This is a little funny to think about since, not long ago, cans were largely shunned by the craft industry. Can you believe it? (Sorry not sorry.)It’s a small move in many respects, but for some of the larger breweries, it’s important in the competition with the massive global brewers. Here are a few of the 19.2-ounce stovepipe cans to pick up at the next sporting event, concert, or for a day at the beach or in the woods. Or, you know, just for drinking while hanging out on your porch, listening to some good tunes.Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company/FacebookSan Francisco-based Anchor Steam pre-dates the craft revolution but its purchase by Fritz Maytag is part of what ignited it. The beer dates back to the 1800s and is just as fantastic in the 21st century. Anchor recently started packaging it in the tall cans, perfect for a San Francisco Giants game.Oskar Blues Brewery Dale’s Pale AleOskar Blues Brewery/FacebookFor all intents and purposes, Oskar Blues set off the can revolution, so why wouldn’t their beers also be packaged in the “stovepipes”? Oskar Blues’ easy-drinking beers like Dale’s Pale, Pinner Throwback IPA, and Momma’s Little Yella Pils all come in the package size, as well as a batch of the Ten Fidy imperial stouts.Founders Brewing Co. All Day IPAFounders Brewing Co./FacebookIt might seem like Founders All Day IPA is pretty much everywhere, and there’s a pretty good reason for that: It’s a solid beer for so many occasions. All Day IPA has kept Founders among the fastest growing breweries in the nation for the past few years as it ascended into the brewing giants realm. The 19.2-ounce tall boy makes plenty of sense for Founders as it sought to get it in more outlets.Sierra Nevada BFDSierra Nevada/FacebookThere’s certainly a trend for easier and lighter-drinking beers from brewers as they recognized the way to more drinkers’ mouths. One of the craft beer OGs, Sierra Nevada, launched its BFD, or Beer for Drinking (we know what you were thinking and no, it’s not that, at least officially), an American blonde ale “that hits all the right spots.”Revolution Brewing Anti-HeroRevolution BrewingRevolution Brewing isn’t one of the largest craft breweries in the U.S. like some of these others on this list, but it’s got big aspirations and certainly has a decent path forward in a world where it’s hard to grow too large anymore. Anti-Hero is a tasty IPA and there’s plenty of sports and concerts in Chicago for this hometown brewery to capitalize on.Dogfish Head Brewing SeaquenchDogfish Head BrewingSeaquench has garnered a lot of support as a refreshing and fairly low-calorie beer for the summer. Dogfish Head says Seaquench is a combination of styles from Germany: Kolsch, gose, and berliner weiss, creating a tart beer with lime juice and sea salt. A great beer for a hot day in the sun (or a concert), Seaquench can be consumed in large quantities, so a 19.2-ounce tall boy helps that task.last_img read more

Nurses Support Review of No-User Fees Policy

first_imgThe Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) supporting the Government’s move to review the abolition of user fees in the public health care system. The 2012/2013 LASCO/NAJ Nurse of the Year, Victoria Melhado, made the declaration at a public education forum staged by the NAJ on November 23, at Emancipation Park in New Kingston. Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, informed earlier this year, that two studies are to be undertaken to identify gaps in the system, in areas such as human resource, finance, and the provision of medical, nursing, pharmacy, allied health and auxiliary health services. He said the review process is in keeping with Government’s thrust to strengthen primary health care, and to raise the bar as it relates to the services provided in secondary and tertiary health care facilities. The Health Minister, at the time, stated that while Government wants to offer free health care, it cannot afford to adequately fund quality care across the system. He said that the aim is to come up with a workable alternative, and assured that whatever solution is arrived at, no one would be denied access to health care. Nurse Melhado, in stating her association’s approval of the review, stated that persons in first world countries pay to receive and experience quality health care and so too should Jamaicans. “This is the Nurses Association of Jamaica stance, and a general consensus amongst health care workers, especially those of us who are working at the bedsides of patients each day,” she stated. She said the association is of the opinion that special arrangements can be made for the most vulnerable in the society, such as children and the elderly, but “other persons should acknowledge some amount of social responsibility.” The education forum, under the theme: ‘Against Child Abuse, Incest and Child Trafficking: Let’s Protect Our Children!’, was held in collaboration with the non- government organisation, Be Inspired International, which Nurse Melhado heads. The event sought to bring attention to various issues affecting children and to examine measures in place, and strategies being implemented,to safeguard their rights, in terms of prevention, protection and prosecution.  The event formed part of activities to mark Youth and Parent Month, as well as International Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse, in November.last_img read more

Jamaica Encouraged to Develop Health Tourism Industry

first_imgExecutive Director of the Washington, D.C., Board of Medicine, Dr. Jacqueline Watson, says Jamaica can establish and operate a thriving health tourism industry, mainly in the area of health care.Making a presentation on June 17, at a forum exploring the diversity of Jamaica’s tourism product, at the 5th Biennial Diaspora Conference, being held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Dr. Watson pointed out that the services generally sought by Americans for health care include orthopaedic surgeries, hip replacement, and dental surgery.“Health and wellness integrated care, that is where Jamaica has a distinct advantage, and we have to start the medical tourism development from a health perspective,” she told her audience.She urged the country to prepare for the new US health care plan slated to come on stream during 2015, as Jamaica could attract many persons who will then have health insurance.“People travel, and the main reason they are travelling is for health reasons, and they choose an attractive destination. Depending on the services you are offering, it can certainly be a boom to the economy,” Dr. Watson said.Explaining the concept of health tourism, she described it as the movement of people from a “highly developed area of the world for medical health care, usually to find treatment at a lower cost.”Dr. Watson pointed out that over 50 countries have identified medical tourism as a national industry, adding that Jamaica would be an ideal destination, given the fact that medical training in Jamaica is in keeping with standards in the US and the United Kingdom.For his part, Vice President at JAMPRO, Claude Duncan, told the forum that many persons from abroad, including the Caribbean are currently utilizing health facilities in Jamaica.He said that insurance companies in those countries encourage persons to travel overseas for medical procedures, as it is less costly to them, while increasing earnings for the host country.Meanwhile, noted Jamaican Scientist, Professor Henry Lowe, said the investment opportunities in health are enormous, and persons should seize them.Contact: Garfield L. Anguslast_img read more

Climate Change Policy and Action Plan to be Tabled in Parliament

first_imgStory Highlights The Policy and Action Plan calls for the development of climate change sector plans All Ministries and Departments will be required to designate a focal point to facilitate the coordination of climate change actions A draft Green Paper on the Climate Change Policy Framework and Action Plan will be tabled shortly in the House of Representatives.This was disclosed by Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, during Tuesday’s (September 10) sitting of the House of Representatives.The Minister was responding to a motion brought by Member of Parliament for North Western St. James, and Opposition Spokesman on Climate Change, Dr. Horace Chang, on climate change and its impacts.Mr. Pickersgill said that the Policy and Action Plan calls for the development of climate change sector plans as well as the implementation of special initiatives within key sectors.“In addition, all Ministries and Departments will be required to designate a focal point to facilitate the coordination of climate change actions across government,” he stated.The policy was prepared under the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCADRR) Project funded by the Government of Jamaica, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) also supported this process.Mr. Pickersgill also mentioned that under a project with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), a National Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management (CDRM) Policy and Strategy for Jamaica is being developed.He explained that this policy will incorporate the draft Hazard Mitigation Policy (2005) and will be based on the Model Comprehensive Disaster Management Policy prepared by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).The motion was approved and is to be referred to a Special Joint Select Committee of Parliament for consideration and report. The motion was approved and is to be referred to a Special Joint Select Committee of Parliamentlast_img read more

Jamaicans Urged to Rescue Relatives Living on the Streets

first_img Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke, has made an appeal for Jamaicans, whose relatives are living on the streets to show care and responsibility and rescue them.“We have too many persons, who have abandoned their family members…. who are not helping where they should. My call is a call to bring back that community to care for itself and its less fortunate and its most vulnerable members,” the Mayor said.She was addressing the handing over of a bus to the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) to support the organisation’s homeless programme on October 2.The vehicle was donated through a partnership involving Mega Mart, Scotia Bank, and Food for the Poor (FFP).Speaking at a handing over ceremony at the Marie Atkins Night Shelter in Kingston, Mayor Brown Burke said the partnership to provide the vehicle represented the kind of teamwork needed to solve the street people challenge in the society.She made a commitment to take care of the vehicle. “My charge is to make sure that it (bus) lasts a little longer than the last one that we find a good driver, who will take care of it. I am giving the commitment that the purpose for which it is presented here is the purpose for which it will be used,” Senator Brown Burke said.The bus will be used to transport street persons during times of medical emergencies, or natural disasters, when they need to be removed from the streets.The Poor Relief Department at the KSAC has direct responsibility for homeless persons and had been providing specialized services through the Marie Atkins Night Shelter located at 65 Hanover Street.Over the years, with strong push from the KSAC, FFP, other individuals and civic groups, several organisations and businesses have been reaching out to persons on the streets, and to the Council’s homeless programme. A bus was presented to the KSAC to support the organisation’s homeless programme. Story Highlights The bus will be used to transport street persons when they need to be removed from the streets. The vehicle was donated through a partnership involving Mega Mart, Scotia Bank, and Food for the Poor.last_img read more

Defamation Act Passed in the House of Representatives

first_imgStory Highlights A key feature of the Bill is the abolition of the distinction between libel and slander. The amended Defamation Act 2013, which seeks to replace the decades-old slander and libel laws, was passed in the House of Representatives on November 5 with bi-partisan support.According to Attorney General, Hon. Patrick Atkinson, who led the debate, a key feature of the Bill is the abolition of the distinction between libel and slander and the establishment of a single cause of action to be known as defamation.It also seeks to abolish the law related to criminal libel and to institute a legal limit of two years within which a lawsuit for defamation can be filed instead of the previous six years.Additionally, the Bill introduces provision for the media not being liable, if it innocently disseminates information from a reputable source, and also replaces the defence of justification with the defence of truth.It also provides provisions for the resolution of disputes without court proceedings, as well as modification for the defence of fair comment.In giving support to the Act, Opposition Spokesperson on National Security and Justice, Delroy Chuck said “there is very little disagreement with the provisions of the Bill”.He noted that the Opposition is in “full support” of the Bill, as it seeks  to remove a historical legacy of criminal libel, where persons could have been charged for making “outrageous” comments.“It has also made it very clear that once a publication is truthful and fair or if it is qualified in certain circumstances that you (the media) have freedom of expression,” he said.Jamaica previously operated with a Libel and Slander Act, which was passed in 1851, and the Defamation Act, which was passed in 1961.The legislation was passed in the Upper House in July. The Bill introduces provision for the media not being liable. The amended Defamation Act 2013 seeks to replace the decades-old slander and libel laws.last_img read more

Gov’t Receives Major Boost to Assist in Recovery Efforts

first_imgPrime Minister Andrew Holness today (May 23) received 3000 bags of cement from Caribbean Cement Company Limited, to assist in recovery efforts following the heavy rains last week.Prime Minister Holness thanked Carib Cement for the kind contribution to help those affected.“I am heartened by the response of Carib Cement to assist Jamaicans who have been adversely affected by the rains. Jamaica is privileged to have a private sector that continues to make significant contributions to the development of the country. The Government is committed to strengthening the partnership, with the private sector, in building Jamaica,” says the prime minister.In expressing his thanks to the company the prime minister encouraged other members of the private sector to assist in the recovery efforts.“On behalf of the people of Jamaica, I want to thank the management of Carib Cement, for their benevolence. This contribution will allow the government to assist more individuals. I am encouraging other members of the private sector to assist in the recovery efforts”, continued Prime Minister Holness.The Government, through the various agencies, has already started recovery works across the affected parishes as well as the distribution of relief supplies.Officials from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, ODPEM were also on hand to receive the donation.last_img read more

Gov’t will Ensure Cannabis Industry Meets Int’l Standards

first_img The Prime Minister was speaking at a ceremony to announce the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) award of Orphan Drug Status for ‘Chrysoeriol’ which has been developed by Flavocure Biotech LLC (FBL) to treat Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). While emphasising the need to be “absolutely careful and certain” about how the matter is treated, Mr. Holness said treading on the side of caution “will inure to the benefit of the country in the long term”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government will be exercising caution in how cannabis is leveraged in the development of Jamaica’s nutraceutical industry. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government will be exercising caution in how cannabis is leveraged in the development of Jamaica’s nutraceutical industry.He said the Administration has to ensure that Jamaica does not breach international rules and standards and that activities are being carried out lawfully.“These are not just standards to do with medicine or compliance to do with health. It is also financial and banking standards to ensure that our market is not being used for illegal activities (by persons) parading under a licence,” he pointed out.“The Government of Jamaica has to ensure that we are compliant with international standards, because cannabis and the (medication) that could potentially come from it are still not recognised in many countries, and some countries still consider it illegal,” he noted further.The Prime Minister was speaking at a ceremony to announce the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) award of Orphan Drug Status for ‘Chrysoeriol’ which has been developed by Flavocure Biotech LLC (FBL) to treat Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).The ceremony was held at Eden Gardens Wellness and Spa in St. Andrew on Wednesday, July 12.While emphasising the need to be “absolutely careful and certain” about how the matter is treated, Mr. Holness said treading on the side of caution “will inure to the benefit of the country in the long term”.The Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015, also referred to as the Ganja Reform Law, created the framework for the decriminalisation of offences under the Act, making possession of less than two ounces of ganja a ticketable offence.The legislation also created the framework for the development of legal medical marijuana, hemp and nutraceutical industries, and for the establishment of the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) to oversee the implementation of regulations for licences, permits and other authorisations for the cultivation, processing, distribution, sale and transportation of ganja.Flavocure Biotech LLC, based in Maryland in the United States, is owned and operated by the Eden Gardens Group of Companies, which is headed by noted Jamaican scientist, Dr. Henry Lowe.last_img read more

Don’t Place Lewd Posters at Schools

first_img Director of the Safety and Security in Schools Programme, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Coleridge Minto, said persons continue to place posters with material that is appropriate for children, at and near schools. Organisers of entertainment events are being urged to desist from placing posters and billboards with lewd material on premises housing educational institutions.Director of the Safety and Security in Schools Programme, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Coleridge Minto, said persons continue to place posters with material that is not appropriate for children, at and near schools.He is calling for responsible use of the nation’s educational facilities.“Our schools must be places where our children can go for learning, and when they are not being used for teaching and learning, they are used for other activities that our communities can be proud of,” he said.ASP Minto was delivering the keynote address at the awards ceremony for the Youth Gambling Prevention All-Island Poster Competition held on Tuesday (July 11) at RISE Life Management Services’ downtown Kingston offices.As it relates to school safety and security, he informed that the Government has earmarked $100 million for the erection of fences at various institutions across the island.He said there has been a reduction of break-ins at schools, and urged communities to do more to protect institutions.The poster competition, organised by RISE Life, is part of activities aimed at preventing gambling among youth, and in particular school-age adolescents, by creating awareness of the dangers that underage gaming poses.It was sponsored by the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) and Supreme Ventures.The Kingston-based Denham Town Primary School dominated the competition, taking the first- and second-place cash prizes of $20,000 and $10,000, respectively, plus trophies, with Immaculate Conception High in St. Andrew receiving a trophy and $7,500 for placing third.Denham Town Primary School also placed fourth, eighth, and ninth and shared tenth place with Immaculate Conception High.RISE Life Management Services operates the only gambling prevention, treatment, research and responsible gaming programme in the Caribbean, which has been in existence for over 11 years.In order to gamble legally in Jamaica, persons must be 18 years and over. As it relates to school safety and security, he informed that the Government has earmarked $100 million for the erection of fences at various institutions across the island. Organisers of entertainment events are being urged to desist from placing posters and billboards with lewd material on premises housing educational institutions. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Tertiary Students Encouraged to Apply For EU-Funded Scholarships

first_imgJamaican tertiary students are being encouraged to apply for European-funded scholarships under the Erasmus Mundus programme.Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation, Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, said it is an opportunity for students to get a better understanding of the diversity and richness of Europe.She was speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, at the agency’s head office in Kingston.Each year, EU-funded scholarships are awarded to the best student candidates applying under annual selection rounds to study in Europe. Since 2007, there have been over 38 Jamaican Erasmus scholars. In 2017, two Jamaicans were successful in gaining scholarships in the following fields – Sports Ethics and Journalism.“When I arrived here, within the first week I met one of the scholars, who spent six months in my hometown in the north of Poland… so it was quite amazing,” Ambassador Wasilewska said.The EU’s Political Counsellor, Gavin Tench, said that students at The Mico University College, University of the West Indies, the University of Technology and others “can have a look at where they want to go next. Maybe after their first degrees they can look about doing a master’s programme in Europe”.“What we allow Jamaican students to do is not just base themselves in one country or in one university. They have the opportunity to do two universities, possibly three and get exposed to not only the education system in both universities, but the culture,” he added.Prospective students can learn more about the programme via the EU’s website at https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/library/scholarships-catalogue_en;the Facebook page, which can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/EUErasmusPlusProgramme or the Twitter handle, @EUErasmusPlus.last_img read more

Minister Shaw Pleased with Private-Sector Interest in Former Sugar-Cane Lands

first_imgMinister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he is pleased with the interest from the private sector in the use of former sugar-cane lands for agricultural ventures.He said that the Ministry completed an audit of Government-owned lands managed by the SCJ Holdings Limited and “invited private-sector investors to partner with us by leasing the lands no longer needed for sugar-cane production to cultivate appropriate crops”.“I am pleased to inform you that the response, to date, has been very favourable, and we look forward to getting these lands into production in the shortest possible time,” he noted.“Our vision is to see our irrigable lands in full agricultural production, where we can provide high-quality, primary and value-added products for both the local and international markets, including CARICOM and the tourism industry,” he added.He was speaking at the opening of the Caribbean Urban Forum 2018 at the University of Technology on Wednesday (June 27).Minister Shaw said that events such as the Caribbean Urban Forum can help with spreading the message of the need to have more private investments in agriculture, not only in Jamaica, but the entire region.The Caribbean Urban Forum, being held from June 27 to 29, is designed to address specific policy issues within the Caribbean urban sector and further advance land-use planning and urban management within the region.More than 200 participants from countries across the region are in attendance, including land-use practitioners, policymakers, academics and allied professionals interested in urban and management issues within the Caribbean.last_img read more

Young Professionals Urged to Start Planning Early for Homeownership

first_img The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is advising young professionals to start planning early for homeownership. The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is advising young professionals to start planning early for homeownership.Speaking to JIS News recently, Assistant Environmental Planner at the entity, Zanetta Scott, said that having adequate funds for a house deposit continues to be a major deterrent to becoming a homeowner.As such, the entity is encouraging young people to explore financial products that will enable them to invest and save wisely for homeownership.“We often hear young professionals being encouraged to save for their pension, but, to add to that, we are also encouraging young persons to start saving for that house deposit once they start working,” she said.Senior Public Relations and Marketing Manager, Richard Jones, for his part, is advising young people who are able to purchase a home to act promptly as real estate appreciates quickly.He said that a single young professional earning between $150,000 and $200,000 per month should be able to afford a $6-million to $7-million home.“Buy now, buy as early as you can to avoid facing inflationary pressures; don’t wait if you can help it. Once you can afford something now, buy it, because a starter house isn’t necessarily the house you will retire in,” he said.He noted that being a young homeowner offers benefits such as lower mortgage rates with longer payment plans and more predictable housing costs.Mr. Jones told JIS News that come 2019, the HAJ will be developing three new housing schemes that will be attractive for young professionals. Speaking to JIS News recently, Assistant Environmental Planner at the entity, Zanetta Scott, said that having adequate funds for a house deposit continues to be a major deterrent to becoming a homeowner. center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

Germany: Ferus Smit Launches MV Reggeborg (VIDEO)

first_imgzoom Ferus Smit shipyard in Leer (Germany) recently launched the ice-classed multipurpose vessel m.v. Reggeborg.The vessel, with a cargo capacity of 23.000 tons, measuring nearly 170 meters in length and 20,40 meters in width, is the largest vessel Wagenborg ever owned. This is also the largest vessel ever built at Shipyard Ferus Smit.After m.v. Reestborg, m.v. Reggeborg is the second vessel in a series of three. This series will be completed with m.v. Roerborg. Her launch is expected in September 2014. My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, January 2, 2014last_img read more

Lloyd’s Register, UK P&I Club Upgrade …

first_imgzoom In a fully paperless operation, the apps enable ships’ crews and their managers to view necessary legislative and regulatory requirements, save multiple checklists, check off completed activities, add essential notes and send the completed checklists via email.LR and the UK P&I Club have analysed ISM, ISPS and ILO MLC reported deficiencies found by Port State Control. Accordingly, the apps have been designed to help counter the risk of Port State Control detentions and help companies comply with the legislative and regulatory requirements. The effective implementation of ISM, ISPS and ILO MLC will protect the fleet’s reputation and help to get the most out of the company’s resources.Captain Jim Barclay, Lloyd’s Register’s Port State Control specialist said: “After the release of our first smartphone app for the ILO MLC Pocket Checklist we received very good constructive comments from the marine industry which showed that the app was indeed very helpful, however, there was room for improvement by making the app more interactive. We have taken on those comments and this new edition of the ILO MLC app is enhanced by the improvements requested by the marine industry.“Now, launching another app for ISM/ISPS we can provide further support to benefit both ship and shore based personnel in the course of their duties.“UK Club Loss Prevention Director Karl Lumbers explained: “Just as the MLC 2006 convention aimed to rationalise the complex previous legislation relating to seafarers, we thought it made sense to simplify the compliance process as much as possible via the guidance of a checklist.“It would be frustrating for our owners to face detention due to simple teething problems with documentation or other proofs of compliance. Both these smartphone apps should empower the master and senior officers to make their ships compliant, guiding them through the necessary steps and providing an immediate note of what has been implemented and what remains outstanding. ”UK P&I Club, March 5, 2014last_img read more

PGS Gets Loan for Ramform Titan-Class Vessels

first_imgzoom Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) has decided to provide Buyer’s Credit Insurance for loans extended to PGS Titans AS, a subsidiary of Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (PGS) of Norway.The loans provided by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation are used for the purchase of two Ramform Titan-class vessels for three-dimensional (3D) sea bottom resource exploration, which are manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd in Nagasaki, Japan.Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) will co-finance the PGS loans and NEXI will provide Buyer’s Credit Insurance for the loan extended by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.In October 2012, PGS obtained a loan to purchase another two 3D seismic data acquisition vessels from Mitsubishi, for which NEXI also provided insurance.Ramform Titan-class, the most powerful and efficient marine seismic acquisition vessel ever, is designed to utilize and extract the full potential from the flagship GeoStreamer® technology. These new vessels provide an enhancement of many established features. The design incorporates an array of new capacity for one single purpose – to collect maximum amounts of seismic data: quickly, safely and reliably. March 11, 2014last_img read more

VIDEO: Quantum of the Seas Haven for High-Tech Aficionados

first_imgzoom Tech-savvy modern travelers will be wowed by Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, which incorporates unprecedented levels of technology to amp up the vacation experience.“Boatloads of bandwidth keep guests connected; easy-to-use systems expand guest choices and simplify schedules; and RFID technology speeds the boarding process and allows guests to keep track of their luggage every step of the way,”Royal Caribbean said.Altogether, customer-centered technology makes Quantum of the Seas six kinds of SMART:SMART Check-In: From sidewalk to ship in record timeA Quantum vacation begins at home, where guests can generate boarding documents online, upload their own ID photo, and receive digital boarding confirmation. By the time they arrive at the cruise terminal for departure, Royal Caribbean guests can go from “sidewalk to ship” in 10 minutes with no check-in counter, no forms to fill out and no lines to stand in.Guests will be able to track luggage in real time on their smartphones. Luggage will be tagged curbside with RFID technology at drop-off, and guests can monitor their bags’ progress through key points en route to the stateroom. On departure, the process is reversed.SMART Concierge: Flexibility at your fingertipsQuantum of the Seas will offer new RFID WOWband wristbands, which require only a simple tap to quickly navigate the ship, make onboard purchases, serve as the room key and more.SMART Connect: Downloads at the speed of modern lifeQuantum of the Seas will operate with unprecedented bandwidth using satellites launched by tech partner O3b Networks. With speeds that match fast broadband connections onshore, guests can be online 24/7, no matter what personal device they bring onboard. Guests can watch streaming video, check email, share images on social media and enjoy face-to-face video conversations – even in the middle of the ocean.In addition, Quantum’s connectivity makes it possible for one of the SeaPods in SeaPlex to become a live global video gaming suite where guests can enjoy Xbox Live and compete with other gamers worldwide.SMART Experiences: Shaking martinis and spinning screensA brand new venue, Bionic Bar, is set to make waves with robots at center stage. Guests place orders via tablets and then have fun watching robotic bartenders hard at work mixing cocktails.Quantum of the Seas will take advantage of technology in functional forms as well. Guest staterooms are equipped with device-charging USB outlets, as well as energy efficient and environmentally friendly lighting systems. Interior accommodations are outfitted with Virtual Balconies that display real-time sights and sounds of the sea through 80-inch LED screens, ensuring every stateroom has a view.SMART Service: Crew can connect better with guests – and with homeCustom apps will allow crew members to keep better track of guests’ tastes and preferences, allowing staff to tailor their personalized service. Whether a guest prefers gluten-free dining, early show seating, or shiatsu massage, the features of the smart ship allow crew members to anticipate every need.SMART Sustainability: Cleaner and greenerTechnology has even played a part in making the ship more environmentally friendly. Sophisticated computer modeling was used to reduce the vessel’s energy consumption with efficient hull configuration, engine design and energy saving devices. The ship has eliminated the use of incandescent bulbs; all lighting will be provided by low-energy LED or fluorescents. Motion sensors even dim hallway lighting when no one is present.The Quantum Class spans 18 decks, encompasses 167,800 gross registered tons, carries 4,180 guests at double occupancy and features 2,090 staterooms. Quantum of the Seas will sail out of New York Harbor from her homeport of Cape Liberty for her inaugural season before departing to her new homeport of Shanghai (Baoshan), China. Press Release; August 26, 2014last_img read more

NY Governor Cuomo Vetoes Port Ambrose LNG Project

first_imgzoom New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has vetoed the Port Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port project, citing security and economic concerns along with the potential to negatively impact off-shore wind development. The project, which had been proposed by Liberty Natural Gas, LLC, required approval from both Governor Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Christie under the federal Deepwater Port Act. Governor Cuomo detailed his full position in a letter sent to the U.S. Maritime Administration.“My administration carefully reviewed this project from all angles, and we have determined that the security and economic risks far outweigh any potential benefits,” said Governor Cuomo.“Superstorm Sandy taught us how quickly things can go from bad to worse when major infrastructure fails – and the potential for disaster with this project during extreme weather or amid other security risks is simply unacceptable. Port Ambrose would also hinder the local maritime economy in a way that negatively impacts businesses throughout Long Island, and that is simply unacceptable. This is a common-sense decision, because vetoing this project is in the best interests of New Yorkers.”The vetoed project proposed for the construction of a deepwater port consisting of a submerged buoy system for natural gas deliveries that was to be located in federal waters approximately 19 miles from the New York shore.Liberty Natural Gas had already chosen APL of Norway to construct the submerged buoy system as well as the equipment required to connect the vessels to the buoys when calling at Port Ambrose.Liberty Natural Gas also planned for LNG supplies to arrive at Port Ambrose via specially designed Shuttle & Regasification Vessels (SRVs). The company had earlier partnered up with Norway’s Höegh LNG on the construction of the SRVs.The port’s projected capacity was 400 million cubic feet of LNG per day, delivered via a new twenty-two mile subsea pipeline that was to connect offshore into the existing Transco Lower New York Bay Lateral pipeline serving Long Island and New York.last_img read more

Japan Wants More Oil from Iran

first_imgzoom Following the sanctions lifting against Iran on Friday, Japan plans to extend its deal on crude oil purchase from Iran until April 2017, National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) said.Japan also intends to increase the amount of crude oil from the current level of 110,000 barrels per day, however the exact increase amount was not disclosed.The announcement comes on the heels of the long-awaited lifting of the US-led sanctions against Iran as the country met  all the requirements  to curb its disputed nuclear program. The move has seen numerous international delegations flocking to Tehran with the aim of striking energy and trade deals.NIOC said that over the past month Iran hosted several visits from Japanese oil delegations to look for the ways of returning to the previous status of oil relations with Iran.Separately, Iran is working toward exporting its natural gas to Oman, where it would be converted into liquefied natural gas (LNG) intended for exports to international markets. Qalhat LNG plant is most likely to receive the cargo and convert it to LNG.To this end, Iran’s oil minister Bijan Zangeneh visited Oman last week to follow up talks on energy cooperation including a project to pipe Iran’s natural gas to Oman.According to Alireza Kameli, the managing director of the National Iranian Gas Export Company (NIGEC), around 30 percent of the gas that Iran plans to export to Oman will be used for producing LNG.The deal dates back to 2013 when the two parties agreed to ship natural gas via a sub-sea pipeline yet to be constructed.The proposed amount to be exported per day is 28 million cubic meters (mcm).World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Stolt Tankers Ready to Seize MA Opportunities

first_imgzoom As the separation of Stolt Tankers as a stand-alone company from Belgium’s Stolt-Nielsen Limited (SNL) nears completion, the company is ready to pursue merger and acquisition opportunities that might come its way.“Now we are ready to do another deal, meaning either acquiring a competitor or merging with a competitor using shares instead of cash,” Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen, SNL’s Chief Executive Officer, said while speaking in a conference call on the company’s results.“If that doesn’t happen, we are also ready to do an initial public offering (IPO) if we chose to.”Stolt-Nielsen further added that the company is laying the groundwork to be able to pursue an opportunity quickly.“Had we not separated out, it would have taken us one year to do a carry out a potential acquisition,” he explained.With regard to a potential IPO, Stolt-Nielsen said that even though the option is on the table, it has not been considered as an item on the agenda. This is in particular, as the timing of an IPO needs to be right, however, considering the current situation on the chemical tanker market, now is not the best time to do it.“We would prefer to pursue consolidation opportunities as there is very much room in the market for the consolidation to take place and it would be beneficial for everyone,” he further added.Nevertheless, if those efforts don’t bear fruit the company would turn to an IPO.Stolt Nielsen stressed it intends to remain a majority owner in its chemical tanker business.Oslo-listed Stolt-Nielsen Limited reported USD 49.2 million-worth net profit for the first nine months of 2017, considerably lower from USD 90.3 million posted in the corresponding period of 2016.Stolt Tankers’ third-quarter operating profit was USD 34.4 million, up from USD 27.6 million in the second quarter of 2017 and corresponding quarter of 2016 when it booked USD 31.4 million. For the nine-month period, the tanker division’s profit reached USD 90.5 million against last year’s USD 108 million.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Scorpio Bulkers Secures Loan for Ultramax Trio

first_imgzoom Monaco-based shipping company Scorpio Bulkers has received a commitment for a loan facility to finance a part of the market value of the three Ultramax dry bulk vessels it recently agreed to acquire.Secured from an undisclosed European financial institution, the loan facility is for an amount of up to USD 38.7 million. It will be used to finance up to 60% of the market value of the Ultramax trio.Scorpio Bulkers said that the loan facility will have a final maturity of five years from the signing date and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin of 2.85% per annum. The terms and conditions will be similar to those set forth in the company’s existing credit facilities.The loan facility is subject to customary conditions precedent and the execution of definitive documentation.Scorpio Bulkers informed that it has agreed to modify the deal related to the acquisition of one of the Ultramaxes, namely the 2015-built ship. Scorpio Bulkers will now include in the total consideration 910,802 common shares of the company.All of the Ultramax vessels were built at Chengxi Shipyard in China. Two of them were delivered in 2014 and one in 2015.last_img read more

EU Regulators to Fine Car Carrier Majors for Rigging Bids

first_imgzoom Car carrier majors are reportedly facing a new wave of sanctions from the EU regulators for their involvement in price-fixing schemes, Reuters informed citing undisclosed sources.The companies that are likely to be fined are Japanese shipping majors Nippon Yusen KK (NYK), K Line (Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd) and Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL), along with Norwegian Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ASA (WWL), among others.A ruling is expected in the following weeks, the report said.The decision is believed to be related to an investigation launched back in September 2012, when EU Commission officials raided the premises of several providers of maritime transport services for cars and construction and agricultural rolling machinery.Inspections took place in several EU member states in coordination with the US and Japanese competition authorities.The commission said at the time that it had reasons to believe that the companies concerned were involved in cartels and restrictive business practices.The Japanese trio confirmed in their respective annual reports for 2017 that they are being investigated in the EU and other overseas jurisdictions on suspicion of violation of antitrust law in relation to transportation of cars and other cargoes.In addition, class action lawsuits have been launched in the U.S. against the three companies and some of their respective overseas subsidiaries.As disclosed, the financial impact of the lawsuits is yet to be determined.Car carrier giants have been involved in several legal proceedings over the past few years. The most recent ones include a class action complaint launched before the United States Federal Maritime Commission by vehicle shippers in May 2016.Companies targeted by the complaint were NYK Line, Mitsui O.S.K., K Line, followed by World Logistics Service (U.S.A.), Eukor Car Carriers, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, CSAV, Höegh Autoliners, Autotrans and Nissan Motor Car Carrier Corp.Complainants allege that the companies violated provisions of the Shipping Act of 1984, because they conspired on price-fixing in the U.S. and elsewhere for the import and export of new, assembled vehicles to and from the U.S.The class action followed a similar investigation launched by Brazilian authorities earlier that year under suspicion that nine car shipping companies were involved in “an international cartel”, as they were linked to collusion on customer allocation and price fixing.Companies included in the investigation were K Line, NYK and Chile’s CSAV who agreed to cooperate in the investigation along with Grimaldi Group, Höegh Autoliners and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, Nissan Motor Car Carriers and MOL as well as Eukor Car Carriers.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Damen Marine Components Van der Velden Marine Systems Merge

first_imgzoom The Netherlands-based Damen Marine Components (DMC) and Van der Velden Marine Systems (VDVMS) have decided to merge into one company. As of January 1, the two companies are operating together as Damen Marine Components Netherlands (DMC NL), the duo said in a statement.DMC has been operating since the early 1980s as part of the Damen Shipyards Group. On the other hand, VDVMS has been an independent part of the Damen Shipyards Group’s components division since 2013.As explained, the decision was made to bring the two companies closer together in order to enhance performance.“This alignment means clients will have access to an increased portfolio of propulsion products in one place. At the same time, it combines the extensive market knowledge of two well-established partners, paving the way to more efficient products and services going forwards,” Steef E.F. Staal, managing director of DMC, said.Van der Velden Marine Systems’ brand will continue to be used as trademark for DMC NL’s rudder and steering gear products, according to the statement.last_img read more

Agritrade Resources Offloads VLCC Oldie

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Hong Kong-based Agritrade Resources Limited has decided to dispose of Sea Latitude, one of its very large crude carriers (VLCCs).As informed, the company has entered into a memorandum of agreement with Singapore’s Da Shun Shipping to sell the ship for USD 22.5 million.Built in South Korea in 2001, the LNG carrier is to be delivered at anchorage at Port of Kuala Sungai Linggi, Malaysia at the seller’s option. The delivery of the vessel is expected to take place on or before August 7, 2018.Explaining the reasons for the disposal, Agritrade Resources said the vessel is more than 16 years old — considered to be old and less attractive for charterers — and has high maintenance costs.Taking into account the prevailing market conditions, the company said that “the proceeds from the disposal will further enhance and strengthen the group’s financial position and liquidity.”Impacted by oversupply, the crude oil tanker fleet has seen a very serious deterioration of freight rates in the first half of 2018 when compared to 2017. Earnings for VLCCs in the first half of the year were as low at USD 6,001 per day on average, according to BIMCO.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Celebrates Museum Weekend

first_imgNova Scotians are encouraged to discover the unique stories, exceptional objects and special places that are part of their heritage during Museum Weekend, June 10 and 11. “This weekend is an ideal opportunity for people of all ages to explore their local museums,” said Judy Streatch, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. There are more than 100 museums in communities across Nova Scotia. More than 20 museums are holding special events, tours and activities to welcome visitors during the 11th Annual Museum Weekend. Visitors can hit the trails with museum interpreters to search for fossils, enjoy a ceilidh, or take in a birding or nature tour during the weekend. There are also opportunities to have fun with hands-on heritage skills, arts and crafts, or play games from the 1800s. Participants can discover fascinating facts about life at sea, sample old-fashioned recipes, or take in a new exhibit. Museum Weekend annually highlights the province’s rich heritage and the significant role museums play in preserving and interpreting local culture and natural history. For event details and museum listings see the website at museum.gov.ns.ca/museumweekendlast_img read more

Changes to Act Makes Communities Stronger

first_imgNova Scotia took another important step towards stronger, safer communities today, Oct. 8, with the introduction of changes to the provincial Emergency Management Act. “There is no greater priority than the safety and well being of Nova Scotian families,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Emergency Management. “Nova Scotia has a robust emergency management system; these updates will reinforce the system and how its parts work together.” The amendments update the act to reflect practices that ensure that provincial emergency response is co-ordinated at a high level. They document and enhance the existing provincial leadership structure for emergencies and the processes for the flow of information. “The Emergency Management Office and our partners never rest when it comes to preparing the province to respond to emergencies,” said Craig MacLaughlan, CEO and deputy head of EMO. “We are constantly evaluating and adapting to ensure Nova Scotians receive the prompt and effective response they deserve.” The executive emergency management committee and its members, role and mandate will be permanently added to the legislation. The legislation will clarify that the Emergency Management Act takes precedence over other provincial legislation for emergencies. The proposed amendments will help responding organizations communicate better before and during an emergency. The rules and ways information is shared about municipal states of readiness and major events will be formalized. The Emergency Management Office’s authority to make rules for municipalities’ duties, planning, evaluation and reporting for non-governmental essential service providers will be strengthened. Non-governmental agencies have the expertise to develop, train and exercise their internal business continuity plans. The Emergency Management Office works with these organizations to ensure plans align with the provincial emergency response. The proposed changes to the act provide the province with a means to compel a non-government entity to provide its plan if requested during a crisis. Changes to the act will also allow the province to impose greater penalties for emergency management legislation offences. Given the seriousness of such offences, the penalties will be significantly increased to up to $10,000 for individuals and $100,000 for corporations. Courts will also have the power to increase fines by the amount a person gained by committing the offence.last_img read more

Province Announces an Independent Investigative Unit

first_imgThe province is developing an independent investigative unit for Nova Scotia’s police system, Justice Minister Ross Landry announced today, Nov. 24. “We are ready to move forward developing a program to bring our justice system to the level of accountability that Nova Scotians have asked for,” said Mr. Landry. “We want a model that Nova Scotians trust and can be proud of. Pride in our justice system and accountability to those we serve is what this government continues to strive for.” The province is improving its supervision of the police system and will develop a more accountable and transparent model to investigating police actions when necessary. “It is our intent to support this new program by funding up to seven positions to ensure a faster process and a team of investigators that can cover all of Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Landry. The province is consulting with the other Atlantic provinces, police agencies and interested groups to develop a model for an Atlantic or a provincial special investigative unit that is arms length from law enforcement agencies. “From a provincial police perspective, this is a step in the right direction,” said Nova Scotia RCMP Chief Superintendent Blair McKnight. “The RCMP is very supportive of enhanced independent review. We look forward to working with the province in developing a model that works for Nova Scotians and ensures a process that is both accountable and transparent.” “Halifax Regional Police fully supports the concept of an independent investigative unit, which will place investigations of serious incidents involving police at arm’s length and provide a board that is independent of police agencies,” said Halifax Regional Police Chief Frank Beazley. “This process will help to ensure impartiality and transparency and bolster the public’s confidence in police.” Many other provinces have independent investigative units that investigate serious incidents, including death or serious injury or public interest concern, resulting from the actions of a police officer, and possibly of correctional officers and sheriffs.last_img read more

Le programme Hackmatack donne une voix aux élèves

first_imgDes centaines d’élèves de toute la province qui s’intéressent à la lecture aideront à choisir les auteurs canadiens qui seront récipiendaires du Prix littéraire Hackmatack – Le choix des jeunes. Chaque année, le programme Hackmatack donne aux élèves de la 4e à la 6e année du Canada atlantique l’occasion de lire une série de livres d’auteurs canadiens exceptionnelles et de voter pour leur livre préféré. Aujourd’hui 27 septembre, Marilyn More, ministre de l’Éducation, a livré deux exemplaires de chaque roman et ouvrage général en anglais mis en candidature aux prix de 2010-2011 à l’école Alderney, où la cinquantaine d’élèves inscrits aux groupes de lecture avaient très hâte de pouvoir commencer la lecture. « Il est incroyable de voir autant de jeunes et leurs familles s’intéresser aux merveilles et aux aventures que la lecture peut apporter, a dit Mme More. En permettant aux élèves de participer à leur apprentissage, nous développons leurs capacités de leadership, de lecture et d’écriture. J’ai vraiment hâte de connaître les choix des élèves. » Chaque année, le comité de sélection du programme Hackmatack prépare une liste des livres canadiens sélectionnés à l’intention des jeunes lecteurs. Les enfants lisent les livres et, le 1er avril, ils votent pour leur livre préféré. Les récipiendaires du prix Hackmatack dans chaque catégorie seront annoncés le 13 mai. Cette année, les livres choisis portent sur des sujets diversifiés tels que des aventures dans l’histoire, Cléopâtre, les masques et les renards. Riley O’Brien, une élève de 6e année de l’école Alderney, fait partie du club Hackmatack de son école depuis deux ans. Elle dit qu’elle s’est jointe au club parce qu’elle aime lire. « J’aime beaucoup presque tous les livres que j’ai lus au cours des deux dernières années, mais j’aime particulièrement les miniromans, a dit Riley. J’aime faire beaucoup de choses comme jouer dehors et aller au chalet, mais j’aime vraiment lire. » Chaque année en septembre, le ministère de l’Éducation envoie aux écoles primaires deux exemplaires de chaque livre en anglais choisi pour le programme du Prix littéraire Hackmatack – Le choix des jeunes. Les écoles du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) et les écoles qui offrent le programme d’immersion française précoce reçoivent également deux exemplaires de chaque livre en français. Plus de 175 groupes d’élèves néo-écossais ont participé au programme l’an dernier. Pour plus d’information sur la façon de participer au programme, visitez le www.hackmatack.ca.last_img read more

Better Protections for Temporary Foreign Workers

first_img update the provision that prohibits charging fees to workers for job placement services and create ways to recover any fees charged require federal government approval before changes to conditions of employment require that recruiters of temporary foreign workers obtain a licence from the province’s director of labour standards require employers who want to recruit temporary foreign workers to register with Access Nova Scotia. Online registration is free and takes only a few minutes. “As part of our new immigration strategy, we will speed up the approval process for temporary foreign workers in certain circumstances,” said Ms. More. “At the same time, we will protect and support these workers so that our province is more attractive as a place they can consider staying and building a life.” In addition to the legislation, $100,000 will be available to fund a pilot project for a community organization to act as an advocate and navigator for temporary international workers. Legislation introduced today, May 4, will improve protection for temporary foreign workers, especially recruitment and unfair treatment. Formal consultations last year confirmed reports of recruiters charging high fees and workers arriving to find employment conditions and compensation had changed from the original offer. “These are some of the most vulnerable workers in our province,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “These amendments will help better protect those who come to work in Nova Scotia from other countries. They play an important role in the ongoing growth and success of our economy.” While temporary foreign workers are covered by occupational health and safety regulations and labour standards, the new legislation will better protect them from being exploited. The amendments will: last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgCONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Riverside Road Sections of Riverside Road are closed for work to improve drainage. The road is closed from about two kilometres north of Route 236, Civic No. 3472 to Civic No. 3608. A detour is available on Route 236 to Princeport Road. Riverside Road will re-open March 31. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102, about four kilometres north of Exit 10, at Shubenacadie Bridge, is reduced to one lane to remove and install guard rail until Thursday, Feb. 28. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced by the end of March. -30- INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge will be closed until further notice for repairs. A detour will be available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Bayhead Bridge Bayhead Bridge, about 100 metres east of the Clark Road on Trunk 6, will be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Friday, March 1. Traffic signals are in place.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Joseph Howe Drive Overpass Repairs are being made on the Joseph Howe Drive overpass on Highway 102, Exit 0 until Saturday, Nov. 30. Travel lanes are shifted to accommodate rush hour traffic. Drivers should reduce speed to 50 km/h and drive with extra caution in the area or use an alternate route. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Stewiacke River Bridge Stewiacke River Bridge, south bound on Highway 102, will have a one lane closure for bridge repairs from Monday, Oct. 28, until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Innovation Drive Bridge Innovation Drive Bridge on Innovation Drive, about 600 metres north of the intersection of Highway 4 (Pictou Road), is closed for repairs until Thursday, Oct, 31. Detour signs are in place. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. CONTINUING WORK RICHMOND COUNTY: Cape Auguet Road Traffic on Cape Auguet Road, from the intersection of Lower Road south for about five kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving and other improvements. The work is scheduled to be completed by Thursday, Oct. 31. Drivers should travel with caution and obey signs and workers in the area. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 There are two projects on Highway 105: Project one is on the Orangedale Road from Highway 105, south to Orangedale Crossing for about seven kilometres. One lane is closed for clearing, ditching, drainage, paving and shouldering. The second project is on the Northside River Dennys Road from Highway 105, south for about five kilometres. One lane will be closed for clearing, ditching, drainage, paving and shouldering. Work is expected to be completed on Thursday, Oct. 31, and takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Traffic control people will be on site. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 101 Sections of Highway 101, from Exit 33 at Richmond Road to the Yarmouth/Digby County line, are reduced to one lane for repairs until Thursday, Oct. 31. Motorists should be prepared to stop. Cyclists should use caution because of a low shoulder. -30- CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed to be replaced. While the bridge is closed, the province is providing a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route for drivers has also been marked. The shuttle bus schedule is available at http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp . LUNENBURG COUNTY: Meisner Bridge Meisner Bridge on Highway 10, near Cherryfield, has alternating lane closures for repairs until Friday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Fred Christie Bridge Fred Christie Bridge on Valleydale Road, about 150 metres south of Old Greenfield Road, is closed for repairs until Friday, Nov. 8. A marked detour is in place via Valleydale Road to Greenfield Road to Salmon River Road. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River until Saturday, Nov. 30. Traffic is two lanes in both directions, however drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 332 Route 332 from Highway 3, east of Lunenburg to Blue Rocks Road, has alternating lane closures until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 329 Route 329, from New Harbour Road east for about eight kilometres, has alternating lane closures until Thursday, Oct. 31. There is stop-and-go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 4 Traffic on Highway 4, from west of Campbells Bridge, west for about five kilometres to Hay Cove Bridge, is reduced to one lane for repaving and the replacement of the Hay Cove bridge. Work is scheduled to be completed by Saturday, Nov. 30. Drivers should travel with caution and obey signs and workers in the area. KINGS COUNTY: Cornwallis River Bridge Cornwallis River Bridge, on Middle Dyke Road near Coldbrook, will have one-lane closures for bridge repairs until Friday, Nov. 15. Traffic will be controlled by traffic signals 24 hours a day. Public advised of delays, please take alternate route if possible. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 245 Sections of Route 245, for about five kilometres from east of Big Island Road to Lighthouse Lane, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Delays are expected. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 216 Sections of Route 216, from 15 kilometres west of Highway 4 to Eskasoni, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31. The lane closures are in effect 24 hours a day and are controlled by traffic signals or traffic control people. Delays are expected. Drivers should use extra caution and patience in the area. HANTS COUNTY: Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook Bridges The Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook bridges, on Route 202 in West Gore, have a 24-tonne weight restriction until further notice. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. HANTS COUNTY: Shubenacadie, Bridge Trunk 2 Shubenacadie Bridge on Highway 2 is reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Dec. 31. The speed limit is reduced to 50 km/h in the construction area. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Canso Causeway Highway 104, from the intersection of Highway 4 in Aulds Cove to the causeway’s swing bridge, will have one-lane closures during nighttime hours, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Construction is expected to continue until the end of November. Use caution in the area. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Sydney Construction has started on the George Street Roundabout in Sydney. Expect turning and slow moving trucks. Lane closures will be needed as the project progresses. Work is expected to continue until Saturday, Nov. 30, and takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Route 216 Route 216, from 14 kilometres west of Highway 4 to Eskasoni, is reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. DIGBY COUNTY: Acacia Valley Bridge Acacia Valley Bridge on Acacia Valley Road, about a half-kilometre south of the intersection of Ridge Road and Acacia Valley Road, is closed for bridge repairs until Friday, Nov. 29. A detour is in place. HANTS COUNTY: Falmouth Back Road Traffic on the Falmouth Back Road is reduced to one lane, from the intersection of Highway 1 east for about three kilometres, for repaving until Monday, Oct. 28. Expect delays and use extra caution or alternate routes, such as Town Road, Dyke Road, or Highway 14. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3 Highway 3, from Hermans Island to Route 332, has alternating lane closures until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Shaw Road Underpass Shaw Road Underpass, near Berwick, will be closed for repairs from Monday, Oct. 28, until Friday, Nov. 25. Detour route is Maple Street to Brooklyn Street. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Trunk 28 Trunk 28, from Kilkenny Lake Road to Daley Road for about five kilometres, is reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Night Closures Highway 107, between Exit 18 at Mineville Road and Exit 20 at William Porter Connector, is closed to all traffic from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. daily for repaving and widening. On Sunday, the road will stay closed until 8 a.m. Drivers will be detoured onto Highway 7. The project will be completed in late October. VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from Seal Island Bridge to the top of Kellys Mountain, will have alternating lane closures for repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Sections of Route 316, between Coddles Harbour Bridge and New Harbour West Road, is reduced to one lane until Friday, Nov. 15 for repaving. Drivers should reduce speed and obey signs and traffic control people in the area. NEW WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Barneys River Road Barneys River Road, from Highway 104 north to Avondale Cross Road, for about six kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving. There is one-way traffic through about two kilometres of work zones and delays are expected. Work takes places from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is expected to be completed by Thursday, Oct. 31.last_img read more

Secret Codes Exhibit Marks African Heritage Month

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Museum of Industry in Stellarton has launched an exhibition of contemporary quilts by African Nova Scotian quilters, as part of African Heritage Month 2015. “I titled the exhibit The Secret Codes after the picture codes alleged to have been used in the underground railroad quilts giving directions to escaped slaves fleeing to Canada,” said curator David Woods. “This exhibit includes Connie Glasgow-White’s underground railway sampler quilt revealing these codes. The show also reveals the long hidden beauty of African Nova Scotian quilting that traces back to at least 1890.” Mr. Woods challenged the Vale Quilters of New Glasgow to create picture quilts based on his drawings collected from his journey to rural black communities in the province. The Vale Quilters chose drawings from his collection and added elements from their own experiences to create quilted interpretations with vivid colours and bold designs. The Secret Codes also includes quilts received from an open call for narrative and picture quilts, as well as traditional African Nova Scotian quilts. “The quilts are a stunning feast for the eyes and a worthwhile opportunity to explore African Nova Scotia culture,” said museum director Debra McNabb. “We’re pleased to complement our Remembering Black Loyalists school program with this beautiful exhibit for the month of February.” The Museum of Industry received funding to host The Secret Codes from Support4Culture, a designated lottery program of the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation. The Secret Codes, presented by the Black Artists Network of Nova Scotia, is on display until Feb. 27. Museum hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. February is African Heritage Month.last_img read more

Conservation Officers Receive Training on New Aquaculture Regulations

first_imgConservation officers with the Department of Environment are about to complete training on the province’s new aquaculture regulations in order to conduct site inspections and will soon put that training to work. Over the last month, conservation officers from across the province received a detailed review of the legislation, an industry overview, a presentation on the variety of shellfish and fish species and the types of farming operations in Nova Scotia, and training on how to disinfect equipment used during site inspections. “By consolidating the roles of our fisheries inspectors and conservation officers within one department, we can better allocate our resources where and as they are needed,” said Margaret Miller, Minister of Environment. “Now 55 conservation officers are qualified to help site operators understand their responsibilities under the law. They will also conduct compliance checks and respond to complaints.” Before the consolidation and training, only four fisheries inspectors were responsible for conducting all compliance and enforcement actions across the province. Training for conservation officers was held in three locations across the province – Liverpool, Truro and Port Hawkesbury. The new aquaculture regulations became effective Oct. 26, 2015. They are available at http://novascotia.ca/fish/aquaculture/laws-regs/ .last_img read more

I used sun screen zip mints while bowling Panesar

first_imgLondon: Former England spinner Monty Panesar made shocking revelations about ball tampering, saying he would use sun screen, mints and also the zip of his trouser to make the ball reverse swing. In an excerpt of his book ‘The Full Monty’, which appeared on the Daily Mail, Panesar said he was told to keep the ball as dry as possible by the likes of James Anderson for whom he used to prepare the ball. “Whether we broke the laws depends on how you interpret them. We found that mints and sun cream had an effect on the saliva, and that helped the ball to reverse,” the 37-year old was quoted as saying. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun “I might also have ‘accidentally’ caught the ball on the zip of my trouser pocket to rough it up a little. “We all tried to change the condition of the ball, because reverse swing has such a huge impact. When I came into the England side, my job was to prepare the ball for the seamers. They’d say, ‘Listen mate, if you want to bowl with us it’s on one condition. Make sure you don’t get your sweaty hands on our shiny side.’ “Opening bowler Jimmy Anderson would say: ‘I just want you to keep that ball as dry as possible.’ ” Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up Panesar, who played 50 Tests between 2006 and 2013, said although rules of the game said the use of uniform was legal, there was some breach of the spirit. “That was probably a hairline fracture of the spirit of the game, even if the laws said you were allowed to ‘use your uniform’.” Law 42.3 of the MCC’s Laws of Cricket states that a fielder is free to polish a ball “provided that no artificial substance is used”. Last year, then Australia captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and opener Cameron Bancroft were suspended by Cricket Australia for ball tampering during their Test match against South Africa in Cape Town. Previously, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was also found guilty of ball-tampering by the International Cricket Council after using mints to alter the condition of the ball against Australia in 2016.last_img read more

Ambedkar varsity to implement 10 reservation for EWS category

first_imgNew Delhi: Ambedkar University is all set to implement 10 percent reservation for Economically Weaker Section(EWS) students and also the varsity will be opening its registration portal for those belonging to the category on Wednesday, the varsity said. The university, which was established by the Delhi government, is re-opening its registration portal solely for students belonging to the EWS category in order to implement the 10 percent quota. The portal will be reopened from June 26-30 for economically weaker students for admission into undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. “The university is implementing the reservation in a phased manner. In academic session 2019-20, 10 per cent reservation will be implemented and 15 per cent will be implemented in the next academic session,” the university said in a statement.last_img read more

Mukherjee Nagar auto driver assault Plea in Delhi HC to direct police

first_imgNew Delhi: A plea has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking direction to police to curb excess force used by it and maintain cordial police-public relation in the wake of recent alleged police assault on an auto rickshaw driver and his son in Mukherjee Nagar area of the national capital. The PIL is listed for hearing on Monday before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Hari Shankar. The petitioner sought direction to implement the suggestions made by him through a representation to curb the use of excessive force by the police and on overall monitoring of the functioning of the police. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items The petition filed by advocate and social activist Amit Sahni suggested for providing body cameras to police officers to monitor and ensure proper conduct, behaviour of officials as well as public and also to ensure foolproof and transparent prosecution in case of any violation. On June 16, several video clips of a brawl between Sarabjeet Singh, an auto driver, and policemen went viral on social media. The video showed Delhi Police officials allegedly thrashing the auto driver and his minor son in front of Mukhejee Nagar Police Station in north Delhi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Several police officers were allegedly seen beating Singh and his son with baton, kick-blow and pulling him by hair. The minor, who was trying to rescue his father was also allegedly brutally beaten up. Three policemen — two Assistant Sub-Inspectors and a Constable — were suspended after the incident. The petition said that the courts while dealing with brutality of police in various judgments have observed that the object of the police is to control the situation and not to punish the person at the spot. It sought to sensitise police officers not indulge into fight with suspects and the focus must be on controlling the situation and not to punish the person on the spot. Another petition has also been filed in the high court seeking an independent CBI probe into the incident.last_img read more

Ggm not yet ready to cope with rains

first_imgGururgam: Having witnessed the adverse impact of heavy rainfall in Gurugram in 2016 and 2018, public agencies this time had assured that the city will be able to cope with the monsoon showers. The Thursday rainfall, however, showed that preparation of the public agencies in order to deal with the waterlogging still required more to be done. One-and-a-half hours of heavy rainfall which measured up to 87 millimetres was enough for large parts of the city to be submerged in two to three feet of water, yet again. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsWorryingly, the situation was not only bad in the internal area but major areas along the Sohna road that witnesses heavy traffic owing to a large number of multinational companies and residential societies was the worse affected. In certain areas of Sohna road the water rose up to the levels of four to five feet Other areas that were badly affected included National Highway-8 starting from Shankar Chowk, IFFCO Chowk, Hero Chowk and Rajiv Chowk. Other areas where their huge traffic snarls due to waterlogging were Sohna Road, Golf Course Road, having Chowk, Old-Delhi Road, Jacobpura, Basai Chowk and Sector10 Road. “In 2016 when Gurugram was totally jammed there were 55 millimetres of rainfall in a one-and-a-half hour, this time it was eighty-two millimetres. Yes, there were traffic snarls but the city did not stop. The capability of the city to deal with the rains is improving but yes there is a scope for improvement,” said Raman Malik, Haryana BJP spokesperson. The residents of Gurugram again vented their ire on the infrastructure of the city not being able to cope with the rains. “Few hours of rains and Gurugram roads turn into a river. During this, it is advisable to not travel by cars but by boats. What is even more shameful is that the recently revamped roads where hundreds of crores have been spent also get waterlogged,” said Mayank Bharadwaj.last_img read more

BCom sees highest number of admissions in DU so far

first_imgNew Delhi:B.Com course has so far seen the maximum number of admissions this academic session in the Delhi University, with Zakir Husain College seeing the highest enrolment of students. According to data shared by the varsity, 49,971 admissions have taken place till now and the number of cancellations stands at 8,348. The number of withdrawals is 1,234. At least 5,252 students have chosen B.Com, 4,897 have opted for B.Com(Honours) and 4,204 students have applied for BA (Honours) Political Science, it stated. The two other courses popular among the students are BA (Honours) History and BA(Honours) Hindi which have seen 2,683 and 2,279 enrolments, respectively. The admissions for BA(Honours) Political Science for the unreserved category were closed at many colleges after the first and second cut-off lists were announced.last_img read more

ICC suspends Zimbabwe from international cricket

first_imgLondon: The ICC on Thursday suspended Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect violation of global body’s constitution which doesn’t allow any government intervention. The current elected members of Zimbabwe board were suspended by government agency Sports and Recreation Committee (SRC) which was violation of articles 2.4 (c) and d. “Zimbabwe Cricket has been suspended with immediate effect. The ICC Board unanimously decided that Zimbabwe Cricket, an ICC Full Member, is in breach of Article 2.4 (c) and (d) of the ICC Constitution which imposes an obligation on Members to provide a process for free and democratic elections and to ensure that there is no government interference in its governance and / or administration for cricket respectively,” the ICC said in a statement. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenAs a consequence of suspension, ICC funding to Zimbabwe Cricket will be frozen and representative teams from Zimbabwe will not be allowed to participate in any ICC events. The ICC has directed that the elected Zimbabwe Cricket Board be reinstated to office within three months, and progress in this respect will be considered again at the October Board meeting. The ICC Board heard from both the Sports and Recreation Committee representatives of the Zimbabwe Government and Zimbabwe Cricket before making their decision. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said: “We do not take the decision to suspend a Member lightly, but we must keep our sport free from political interference. What has happened in Zimbabwe is a serious breach of the ICC Constitution and we cannot allow it to continue unchecked. “The ICC wants cricket to continue in Zimbabwe in accordance with the ICC Constitution,” Manohar said. The Croatia, Morocco and Zambia Cricket Union have both also been suspended for continuing to be non compliant. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe cricketers, including Sikandar Raza, were left shocked and heartbroken after the ICC suspended Zimbabwe cricket for government interference, a decision which they believe ended their careers and reduced the team to a bunch of strangers. The ICC on Thursday suspended Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect violation of global body’s constitution which doesn’t allow any government intervention. In an emotional post in twitter, Raza said this is not how he wanted to bid goodbye to the sport. “How one decision has made a team, strangers, How one decision has made so many people unemployed, How one decision affects so many families, How one decision has ended so many careers, Certainly not how I wanted to say goodbye to international cricket @ICC,” posted from his twitter handle. Former Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor said the heartbreaking decision ended the careers of many people who have been associated with the sport in the country. “@ICC It’s heartbreaking to hear your verdict and suspend cricket in Zimbabwe. The @ZimbabweSrc has no government back round yet our Chairman is an MP? Hundreds of honest people, players, support staff, ground staff totally devoted to ZC out of a job, just like that,” Taylor tweeted. Zimbabwe fast bowler Kyle Jarvis too expressed his disappointment on social media. “A lot of good people have just been put out of work @ICC,” he wrote in his twitter handle before adding: “Gutted”.last_img read more

Students with greater sense of belonging are helpful Study

first_imgResearchers have found that students who feel a greater sense of belonging with their peers, family and school community are less likely to become bullies. The findings suggest that parents and teachers should consider ways to create a supportive and accepting environment both at home and at school. “What we have found is that students’ perceptions of how supportive their school environment is has the power to alter bullying behaviour. This means that even acts of simple compassion and efforts to create an accepting and supportive space for students can help prevent bullying in schools,” said Chad Rose, Associate Professor at the University of Missouri. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainFor the study, researchers analysed survey responses from more than 900 middle school students from rural schools throughout the US. The survey addressed their sense of belonging as well as bullying behaviour. The results indicate that the more a student feels like they belong among their peers and family, the more likely they will feel like they belong at school. In addition, the more they feel like they belong within their school community, the less likely they were to report bullying behaviour. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThis indicates that parents might be able to play a proactive role in increasing their child’s sense of belonging at school by focusing on improving family belongingness. “If you have children with varying interests, it might be beneficial to suggest the whole family get together to attend each other’s events and activities, even if it does not please the whole crowd every time,” said Christopher Slaten, Associate Professor at the University of Missouri. The study suggests that one of the ways parents can increase a child’s sense of family belonging is to organise activities that cater to every child’s interests.last_img read more

Noida gets 1st pink toilet

first_imgNoida: The Noida Authority, on Thursday, inaugurated Noida’s first pink toilet in sector 50 market and a biometric attendance system for sanitation workers. Noida authority’s Chairman Alok Tandon and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ritu Maheshwari inaugurated the new facility.Speaking on the occasion, Maheshwari said that the new facility will help women visiting the area or passing by and has been built keeping in mind their needs. “We have considered the convenience of women and have constructed city’s first pink toilet which will cater their needs. Around nine pink toilets are already under-construction and will be shortly ready,” said Maheshwari. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe new facility will have five toilets, a sanitary pad vending machine, a separate room for breastfeeding for lactating mothers and a waiting bench to sit if the toilets are occupied. Officials said that these toilets will operate from 8 am to 8 pm daily. Apart from this, the authority also started a biometric attendance system for sanitation workers across Noida. Initially the new system will be for those sanitation workers who are working in sector 1 to sector 10 and will be implemented in others sectors soon. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAccording to officials, a biometric attendance system is already in place for other employees of the Authority. However, there was no system in place for the sanitation staff, who remain in the field to clean the city, said a senior officer of Noida authority. “The biometric attendance system will increase efficiency in managing the mobile workforce while the contractor will be responsible for ensuring that the sanitation staff record their attendance. In order to boost them, the authority will announce sanitation ambassadors every month to motivate the workers towards better performance. A red jacket and Rs 2100 cash prize will be given to 10 sanitation workers and two supervisors,” added Maheshwari. The authority also organised a gathering of sanitation staff from all over the city at noida stadium in sector 21A of Noida in which the new directions were given to the staff while the Safety gear like gloves and mask were also distributed to them.last_img read more

Indian mens hockey team beats Kiwis 50

first_imgTokyo: The Indian men’s hockey team won the Olympic Test event here on Wednesday, beating New Zealand 5-0 to avenge the loss it endured in their round robin clash. Captain Harmanpreet Singh (7th minute) set the ball rolling before Shamsher Singh (18th minute), Nilakanta Sharma (22nd minute), Gursahibjit Singh (26th minute) and Mandeep Singh (27th minute) scored for India at the Oi Hockey Stadium here. India had lost 1-2 to New Zealand earlier in round robin league-stage. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”We played very well. We managed to score our opportunities at the start of the game,” Harmanpreet said after the triumph. “I think the final was always going to be tough, we lost to New Zealand earlier. But we had been having practice sessions after that and worked on our mistakes to win today,” he added. Both teams began the match on a cautious note by turning over the ball in the mid-field. India won a penalty corner in the seventh minute, but couldn’t capitalise on the opportunity. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHowever, skipper Harmanpreet didn’t miss out on a re-awarded penalty corner. He executed a perfect dragflick to put India in the lead. The Indian team continued to hold possession and put tremendous pressure on the New Zealand defense as they ended the first quarter at 1-0. Shamsher scored India’s second goal through a penalty corner in the 18th minute. New Zealand managed to make only two circle entries in the second quarter as the Indian team scored three more goals. Nilakanta found the back of the net in the 22nd minute before Gursahibjit and Mandeep scored in quick succession. Vivek Prasad intercepted the ball brilliantly to assist a goal for Gursahibjit and Mandeep converted a penalty corner just before the half-time whistle. After an action-packed first half, the intensity dropped from both sides. New Zealand tried to make a few inroads in the third quarter as they took a shot in the 37th minute which went wide of the post. Jarmanpreet Singh saved a penalty corner in the next minute as India and New Zealand played out a goalless quarter but the former held the lead at 5-0. In the last quarter, India ensured they stayed in the lead and didn’t allow New Zealand to break through their defense throughout the match. India’s attacking approach in the match paid off as they walked off the pitch as winners of the competition.last_img read more

3 injured in blast outside Pak Consulate General in Jalalabad

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan has said that at least three persons, including a policeman, were injured in a blast outside its Consulate General in the volatile Jalalabad city in Afghanistan. Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded outside the consulate in Jalalabad. “IED exploded outside holding area of our Consulate General in Jalalabad. All Pakistani staff are safe. One policeman and two applicants are reportedly wounded,” he said in a tweet. “We are in contact with Afghan authorities to ensure strengthened security for Consulate General’s premises and personnel,” Faisal said. No outfit has taken responsibility of the attack. The consulate had been shut down in August last year, before resuming operations two months later, a media report said.last_img read more

Application for England coaching role was laughed at says Flintoff

first_imgManchester: Former Ashes-winning all rounder Andrew Flintoff said he once applied for the England head coach role in 2014 but claims his email was dismissed as a joke. “A few years ago I applied for the England coaching job — we were getting beat, I was in the office and thought, ‘I’m going to apply'”, Flintoff told BBC’s Test Match Special during the fourth test at Old Trafford on Friday. “I wrote an email for the interview, a month passed and I’d heard nothing. I chased it up, then I got a phone call saying they thought it was somebody taking the mick.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhFlintoff’s England career earned him cult status. The highlight came with his series-winning contributions with bat and ball during the thrilling 2005 Ashes at home to Australia. He was captain in 2006-07 when Australia inflicted emphatic revenge with a 5-0 hammering but was also part of the 2009 Ashes winning side. His off-field antics also made headlines, particularly at the 2007 World Cup in West Indies when he reportedly had to be rescued after falling off a pedalo following a night out — an incident that saw him stripped of the vice-captaincy and fined. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterEngland coach Trevor Bayliss is due to step down at the end of the current Ashes series and Flintoff, who retired from all forms of cricket in 2010 after a succession of injuries but made a brief Twenty20 comeback in 2014, said he is serious about becoming England’s coach one day. “Coaching is definitely an ambition,” said the 41-year-old, who has forged a successful TV career. “There are probably two or three coaching jobs I’d like — England, Lancashire or Lancashire Academy.”last_img read more

Police in Ontario have now identified 2 of 3 people killed in

first_imgCOOKSTOWN, Ont. – Ontario Provincial Police say they have now identified two of three people killed in a fiery pileup on a highway north of Toronto.Police say the coroner has identified a mini-van driver who was killed in the 14-vehicle crash on Halloween night as 41-year-old Michael John Landry of Oshawa, Ont.OPP had earlier identified 37-year-old Benjamin Dunn of North Bay, Ont., who was driving one of the two fuel tankers involved in the collision, as one of the victims.Const. Lauren Ball said Wednesday that investigators were still working to positively identify the third victim.OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt has said the intensity of the fire was making it difficult for the coroner’s office to officially identify those who died in the crash.Police say the collision happened on Highway 400 near County Road 88 in Cookstown, Ont., when at least one truck slammed into vehicles slowing in the area because of an earlier collision.Two fuel tankers spilled thousands of litres of fuel on the road and the impact caused a fireball that sent motorists running for their lives.OPP commissioner Vince Hawkes, who just days before had sounded the alarm about fatal collisions caused by distracted truck drivers, said the collision could have killed many more people.“It’s a miracle that we don’t have 25 bodies down there,” Hawkes had said.Hawkes put the trucking industry “on notice” late last month, citing three recent collisions involving large commercial vehicles that killed a total of six people.The Ontario Trucking Association has said the industry is committed to road safety, noting that there has been a 66 per cent decrease in the fatality rate from large truck collisions between 1995 and 2014 despite a 75 per cent rise in large truck vehicle registrations.last_img read more

Daughter of Quebec mosque victim expresses incomprehension at shooters actions

first_imgQUEBEC – Alexandre Bissonnette told police he’d feared for his family’s safety, but the daughter of one of his shooting victims at the Quebec City mosque says it was her family that paid the price for that fear.Megda Belkacemi testified at Bissonnette’s sentencing hearing Wednesday her family hasn’t been the same since her father, Khaled Belkacemi, was gunned down on Jan. 29, 2017.She referred to comments Bissonnette made to a police investigator the day after the shooting, when he claimed he wanted to protect his family against terrorist attacks.But it was Belkacemi’s family, not Bissonnette’s, that was attacked.Bissonnette, 28, pleaded guilty last month to six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder in the shooting.Emotions have been running high at the hearing, where survivors and relatives of victims continued Wednesday to describe the impact the murderous rampage has had on their lives.In the morning, Belkacemi told Quebec Superior Court Justice Francois Huot her family left Algeria to avoid terrorist attacks, only to fall victim to violence in Canada.Belkacemi, 29, said she can’t understand how someone from a similar age and background as herself could commit such an atrocity.Her mother, Safia Hamoudi, recalled desperately calling Quebec City hospitals in the hours following the shooting in the hope her husband was still alive.“My life doesn’t make sense any more,” she said in a victim impact statement. “I have lost all my joy in life.”Hamoudi, a mother of three, said she’s now afraid to return to the mosque because she worries she’ll meet the same fate as her husband.She described him as a warm, caring and peaceful man.“I have a hard time accepting that he’s dead from a gun,” she said.Her son, Amir Belkacemi, called Bissonnette “a monster.”“I don’t think monsters have their place among us, among those who cherish their humanity,” he said.Ibrahim Bekkari Sbai, who was at the mosque the night of the attack, told the court he couldn’t call Bissonnette a human being.He was the first witness who looked at the gunman and addressed him directly.Sbai said Bissonnette wasn’t properly educated and suggested his father was partly responsible for the shootings.Huot quickly interrupted Sbai’s testimony, telling the man there was no evidence Bissonnette was poorly educated.The gunman’s parents, Huot said, were “collateral victims,” who, according to him, “are suffering enormously from the situation.”Bissonnette began crying and the judge suspended the hearing.The defence is asking for a life sentence of 25 years for Bissonnette, while the Crown hasn’t yet said what it will recommend.Bissonnette can face as much as 150 years behind bars.last_img read more

In the news today Sept 5

first_imgFive stories in the news for Wednesday, Sept. 5———NAFTA TALKS TO RESUME TODAY IN WASHINGTONForeign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is to meet with her U.S. counterpart in Washington today in an effort to bring Canada into the NAFTA fold. Canada and the U.S. need to present a text to the U.S. Congress by Oct. 1 in order to join the deal the Trump administration signed with Mexico last week. Prime Minister Trudeau has said Canada will not sign onto a deal that does not include a dispute resolution mechanism and exemptions for cultural industries.———TRUDEAU, NOTLEY TO MEET TODAY IN EDMONTONThe prime minister’s office says Justin Trudeau will meet with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley this afternoon in Edmonton. A spokeswoman for Notley says the two leaders will discuss the Trans Mountain pipeline, and that the premier hopes they can look at possible paths forward for the project. A federal court last week reversed a cabinet decision to allow construction of the pipeline, ruling there was not enough consultation with Indigenous peoples.———TIFF STRESSES ‘ZERO TOLERANCE’ POLICYAs the Toronto International Film Festival prepares to kick off Thursday, it’s doing so in a changed landscape — one organizers have responded to with a few powerful additions to the usual mix of glitz and glam. With initiatives including the Share Her Journey women’s rally, a newly created hotline and an emphasis on its code of conduct, TIFF is making it clear it’s an inclusive and safe space after the tide of sexual misconduct allegations stemming from the Harvey Weinstein scandal last fall.———OSUNA BACK IN COURT IN TORONTOFormer Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna’s assault case is scheduled to return to court today. The 23-year-old was arrested in May and charged in connection with an alleged domestic incident. Osuna was suspended without pay for 75 games in June for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, and the Jays later traded him to the Houston Astros. Osuna’s lawyer, Domenic Basile, has said his client is remorseful of the circumstances of the situation but plans to plead not guilty.———FRATS TO BAN HARD BOOZEMost U.S. and Canadian fraternities have one year to ban vodka, tequila and other hard alcohol under a rule adopted during the recent annual meeting of their trade association, the group announced Tuesday. In “a near-unanimous vote” on Aug. 27, the 66 international and national men’s fraternities of the North-American Interfraternity Conference adopted the rule prohibiting hard alcohol with more than 15 per cent alcohol by volume from fraternity chapters and events unless served by licensed third-party vendors, the group said. The member fraternities have until Sept. 1, 2019, to implement the rule across their more than 6,100 chapters on 800 campuses.ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— The Bank of Canada makes an interest rate announcement.— Statistics Canada releases international merchandise trade data for July and labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost data for the second quarter.— Jordan application hearings are held in Red Deer, Alta., in the case of Shayne Gulka on kidnapping and first-degree murder charges.— Bank executives speak at the Scotiabank Financials Summit in Toronto.— WestJet CFO Harry Taylor and CN Rail chief executive JJ Ruest are among the presenters at the Cowen and Company 11th Annual Global Transportation Conference in Boston.— Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. releases Q1 results after market close. The Laval, Que.-based company will hold a conference call Thursday morning.— Conservation groups will make an announcement in Vancouver about southern resident killer whales.last_img read more

Parks Canada says elk euthanized after knocking down woman near Jasper Alta

first_imgJASPER, Alta. – Parks Canada says it has euthanized an elk in Jasper National Park after it injured a woman in a parking lot.In an emailed statement, the federal agency says the woman was in a lot at the Pyramid Bench trail site last week when the female elk knocked her down and kicked her.The animal was chased away by the woman’s companion and the woman was treated in hospital.The statement says Parks Canada found the elk and monitored it for three days, eventually opting to destroy it due to the severity of the attack.Herds of elk are common in and around Jasper, Alta., as they use the townsite to escape from predators.A warning remains in place for possible aggressive elk for the Pyramid and Patricia beach areas.Parks Canada says in the statement that the incident was not a case of a tourist putting themselves in a bad spot.Visitors are warned that elk may not appear threatening, but they can be aggressive and attack without warning.Parks Canada says in case of an encounter with an elk, you should raise your arms or any big object to make yourself appear larger, maintain eye contact and never turn your back or run.They also say to climb a tree or keep an object, such as a tree or large rock, between yourself and the elk. Back slowly out of the area, and if you are knocked down or fall, get up and try to move to cover or use an object to protect yourself.Do not play dead, the statement says.last_img read more

Report Trump counselled Cohen to lie to Congress rekindles impeachment cries

first_imgWASHINGTON — Another bombshell report about President Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia is rekindling talk of impeachment in Washington.BuzzFeed News is citing anonymous law enforcement sources in a report that says the president personally directed his former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about the timing of discussions to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.The unconfirmed revelation comes just days after Trump’s nominee for attorney general, William Barr, told a congressional committee that any direction to mislead Congress would constitute obstruction of justice.The story landed like a thunderclap in Washington, where prominent Democrats are vowing to get to the bottom of it.Texas Democrat Joaquin Castro, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, says Trump “must resign or be impeached” if it’s true while committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff calls the claim one of the most serious allegations against the president to date.Whether it would lead to impeachment proceedings is another matter: Democrats have a complex relationship with impeachment, a political exercise that’s fraught with risk, especially with both parties laying the groundwork for the 2020 presidential election. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Retirement not easy for many Canadians many try to reenter workforce

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Maybe tossing out that alarm clock isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.A new poll suggests the Golden Years lose their lustre pretty fast for a lot of Canadian retirees, with many trying to re-enter the workforce.More than a quarter (27%) surveyed by CIBC say they regret retiring and almost the same number (23%) say they have tried to go back to work.It’s not all about the money. Sixty per cent of those who get a job say they need the intellectual stimulation while half (50%) say it is financial worry that has them on the job hunt.RELATED: Region at risk of becoming an international retirement community, says GVBOTMost (78%) think that “semi-retirement” is the best option, allowing them to work reduced hours and get the best of both worlds.Unfortunately, that can come with mixed results.“People try to re-enter the labour market and get more money for retirement, but it can be a bit of a gamble,” Jamie Golombek with CIBC said.“Only a third of those people did so successfully at a similar pay and a similar level. The rest of them were only able to enter at a lower level or, in fact, gave up trying.”So how many people think they are just fine heading into retirement?“Not many,” Golombek laughed. “But there are some. One-in-five Canadians we surveyed said they don’t worry about money because their retirement plan is all set.”RELATED: Could you live on your retirement savings for 23 years?What’s interesting to Golombek is the number of Canadians ready to jump into retirement.“Half of the people we surveyed who are aged 55 to 64 secretly wish that their employer would offer them a severance package so they can leave and start retirement.”Golombek says along with a retirement plan, using strategies to minimize taxes during retirement can help stretch retirement dollars. “Getting the right advice is crucial, so be sure to consult with your financial and tax advisors.”last_img read more

Appeal dismissed in challenge to Alberta gaystraight alliance law

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — Opponents of Alberta’s law allowing gay-straight alliances in schools have been dealt another legal setback.Religious schools, public interest groups and parents filed a lawsuit last year seeking to have the legislation put on hold until there’s a ruling on its constitutionality.The coalition led by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms was denied its request, but it appealed.Two of three Alberta Court of Appeal justices have dismissed the appeal, while the third said part of it should be allowed.Justices Frederica Schutz and Dawn Pentelechuk wrote in their decision that the public good of protecting the safety and privacy of children, as well as promoting an inclusive school environment, is extremely high.Dissenting Justice Bruce McDonald wrote that schools should not have their funding withheld or lose their accreditation for the next academic year when the constitutional challenge has yet to be heard.Gay-straight alliances are clubs meant to make LGBTQ students feel welcome and to prevent bullying.Amendments to Alberta’s School Act brought in by the outgoing NDP government prohibit schools from informing parents if their children join the groups.Incoming United Conservative premier Jason Kenney has said his government will revert to old legislation that allows gay-straight alliances, but without blanket privacy protection for students.Teachers who felt a student’s health or safety is at risk would have the option to tell parents their child had joined a GSA.last_img read more

Vets lobby to expand medical cannabis laws to include dogs cats

first_imgOTTAWA — Parliament Hill is going to the dogs today as veterinarians lobby MPs to authorize the use of medical cannabis for critters.The vets are bringing five dogs to the Hill to draw attention to what they see as glaring omissions in the legalized regimes for medical and recreational marijuana.The law does not allow veterinarians to prescribe pot for pets, even though preliminary research suggests it could be beneficial in treating pain, seizures, anxiety and other disorders — much as it is for humans.Moreover, the law requires labels on cannabis products warning they be kept out of reach of children, but there’s no similar warning that they could be harmful to animals.Dr. Sarah Silcox, president of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine, says her group has been told the omissions were likely “an oversight” that can be considered when the legalized cannabis regime is reviewed in three years.But she wants more urgent action.“For our patients, they age much faster than we do and this really isn’t an issue that can wait for a three-year review,” Silcox said in an interview.Because vets can’t legally prescribe cannabinoids for animals, or even offer advice to pet owners on the most suitable products or dosages, Silcox said some people are taking it upon themselves to administer cannabis to their pets. They’re using products sold for human consumption or unregulated “black market” products marketed for animal use, but about which veterinarians have concerns about “safety and purity.”“Veterinarians are able to prescribe almost any other drug, including things like fentanyl and other opioids and … prescription drugs that contain cannabis derivatives and yet we’re not able to authorize the use of cannabis itself,” Silcox said.The prohibition on veterinary use of cannabinoids has made research into the potential benefits “challenging,” but Silcox said preliminary studies suggest positive benefits for managing pain from arthritis and other conditions, epilepsy, anxiety and general inflammatory conditions.It is particularly useful for treating cats, who are more sensitive than dogs to the other pain medications currently used for animals, she said.Silcox’s group and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association have lobbied the government to authorize veterinary use of cannabinoids. Silcox said they’ve been told by the policy adviser to Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor that it is not a priority at the moment, but can be considered when the Cannabis Act is reviewed in three years.However, Silcox noted the government is in the process of reviewing cannabis regulations now in preparation for adding edibles and oils to the list of legal products next year. It would take only a “few small changes” to add vets to the medical practitioners authorized to prescribe cannabinoids and to change references to people to patients, covering both the human and animal variety, she said.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Oil manufacturers lobby urges Senate to kill off environmental assessment bill

first_imgOTTAWA — A coalition of oil and gas industry groups, chambers of commerce and manufacturers associations say there is no room to fix the government’s environmental assessment legislation.The Save Canadian Jobs coalition is changing their slogan from “Fix Bill C-69” to “Stop Bill C-69” after the government rejected most of the changes proposed last week by the Senate.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said she would accept 99 Senate amendments but rejected those which she says would have made it optional to take into account the impact of projects on Indigenous rights and climate change.The legislation overhauls Canada’s assessment of major national project proposals for their environmental, economic, health and social impacts.The Senate now has to decide whether to pass the bill without all of its proposed amendments or kill it off entirely, leaving it to the next Parliament to fix the environmental assessment process.That vote is expected later this week; on Tuesday, the federal cabinet will decide whether the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will be approved for a second time.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Celina CaesarChavannes says black civil servants passed over for promotions

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Independent MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes says qualified black Canadians are being passed over for promotions to senior positions in the federal government due what she says are systemic racial barriers.Caesar-Chavannes, who is not running for re-election in October, used her final act in the House of Commons last week to shine a light on what she says is discrimination in the civil service.She says in all of Canada’s history, no black person has been appointed as a federal deputy minister, the bureaucratic head of a department.Caesar-Chavannes says there has also been a “thinning out” of visible minorities at the assistant-deputy-minister level.She has heard from current and former civil servants who say they have the qualifications to be promoted to managerial positions, but report being passed over for more senior jobs in favour of candidates they say were sometimes less qualified.Though it stands almost no chance of becoming law now, Caesar-Chavannes tabled a private member’s bill that would require the Canadian Human Rights Commission to annually report on the progress — or lack thereof — of government’s efforts to promote black Canadians and other visible minorities to more senior positions within the federal ranks.last_img read more

Pro BBQ Competition Beer And Watermelon Festival To Raise Awareness Of Homelessness

first_imgAmerican Family Housing (AFH) is hosting their 2nd annual Pigs, Ribs and Watermelon Professional BBQ competition and Beer festival at the Huntington State Beach parking area of Pacific Coast Hwy and Beach Blvd.Pigs, Ribs and Watermelon Professional BBQ Competition and Beer FestivalCredit/Copyright: Misty Schwartz PRThis is a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event and competing for the $10,000.00 purse will be 50 of the top west coast and some nationally ranked BBQ teams including teams from the TLC reality television show on BBQ Pitmasters. The 2nd Annual Pigs, Ribs and Watermelon Professional BBQ will provide beach goers the opportunity to revel in enjoyment of professionally prepared BBQ treats, craft beers and ice-cold watermelon in Huntington Beach.The public is invited to stop by and meet these BBQ masters in person, purchase and taste competitor’s meats, and meet their favorite celebrity guests. Tastings include: chicken, pork ribs, pork and brisket. The public will also get to choose the winner of the “Taste of BBQ” during the event by voting for their favorite BBQ team on Saturday from noon until 5:00 p.m.Event details:Friday, August 16 from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.Saturday, August 17 from noon until 10:00 p.m. (Kids BBQ competition for children ages 6-15 that is open to the public)Sunday, August 18 from noon until 8:00 p.m.Each day the event will be visited by celebrities such as Jake Busey (Starship Troopers, Good Vibes), Scott L. Schwartz (Ocean’s 11, 12, 13, Buffy The Vampire Slayer), David “Shark” Fralick (The Young And The Restless, Days Of Our Lives). They will also have BBQ and watermelon inspired cupcakes from Cupcake Wars Winner (Aloha Cupcakes) Erieka Pimentel of Bubba Sweets.FREE watermelon for all with watermelon carving demonstrations, watermelon eating contest, seed spitting for distance contest, and other watermelon activities plus a chance to meet and greet the celebrities. On stage constant stream festivities such as rib eating contests, rock, blues, rockabilly music, they are providing something for everyone. The beer festival returns and will feature over a dozen flavors of small lot craft along with the flavorful BBQ meat.American Family Housing was founded in May of 1985 by Executive Director, Jim Miller, as he noticed the growing numbers of homeless families living in parks in Orange County. American Family Housing has evolved from meeting the basic needs of providing food and clothing to an organization of 61 properties providing services of emergency housing, transitional housing, and permanent housing to assist its clients toward stability and renew their way of living. Housing Facilities are located in Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. For more information on American Family Housing visit www.afhusa.org or call (714) 897-3221 or Ribs, Pigs & Watermelons visit www.rpwbbq.com.Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

Stars Attend Food Bank For New York City Can Do Awards

first_imgFood Bank For New York City — the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs — raised more than $2 million this week at the organization’s annual Can Do Awards Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street.Mario Batali at Food Bank For New York City Can Do Awards DinnerCredit/Copyright: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesDorothea Bongiovi, MSNBC and Toyota were honored for their commitment to eradicating poverty and hunger.Presenters included Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio and Chris Canty. Notable attendees included Jon Bon Jovi, Selita Ebanks, Josh Charles, Rachael Ray, Ted Allen, Michael Stipe, Michael Potts, Lori Silverbush, Lauren Bush Lauren, David Lauren, Jill Hennessy, David Burke, Katie Lee, Kelly Bensimon, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Nastia Liukin, Sasha Cohen, Alysia Reiner, Joe Morton, Bevy Smith, David Alan Basche, Mary Giuliani and Phillip Baltz.Aaron Neville was the evening’s special musical guest. Cat Greenleaf, host of NBC’s “Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf,” emceed the event.The Can Do Awards Dinner is the premiere Food Bank For New York City event that helps support the nearly 1.5 million New Yorkers who rely on their programs and services to put food on the table. As the city’s hub for integrated food poverty assistance, Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts — food distribution, income support and nutrition education — all strategically guided by its research. Through its network of community-based member programs citywide, Food Bank helps provide 400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need. Learn how you can help at foodbanknyc.org.last_img read more

Top Chefs Gather For City Harvest

first_imgCity Harvest’s 35th Anniversary Gala is set to take place at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 24th. José Andrés, Bill & Wendy Mills, Robin Hood, and Chrissy Teigen will be honored during the evening.The gala raises funds to support City Harvest’s work rescuing good food that would otherwise go to waste and deliver it to New Yorkers in need.The 35th Anniversary Gala Benefit Committee includes Alex Guarnaschelli, Anita Lo, Bill Telepan, Dana Cowin, Dominique Ansel, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Marc Murphy, Margaret and Geoffrey Zakarian, Rocco DiSpirito, Ron Ben-Israel, Scott Conant, and Ted Allen.last_img read more

Sean Cullen in The Casting Room S04 E01

first_imgIn our first episode of Season 4, Sean Cullen (The Producers, International Comedy Star) auditions after a stint in Stratford!The Casting Room Web Series – tune in for new episodes coming up!Don’t forget to subscribe and share! Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Check out our website and see ALL the episodes:http://thecastingroom.bizLike the show on FB:http://www.facebook.com/thecastingroom1Follow the show on Twitter:http://www.twitter.com/thecastingroom1 Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

TIFF16s top five most tweeted films

first_img Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: “(Teller and Eckhart) were very candid about why they thought it was an important story,” Lynch says. “Their conversations really helped drive (Twitter mentions).” It doesn’t hurt that Teller has a fanatical fanbase from his work in the Divergent series and The Fault In Our Stars.Snowden Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Part of the biopic’s appeal was driven by its imminent Sept. 16 release (even though it went on to bomb at the box office). But director Oliver Stone’s politically charged statements about the U.S. election and government surveillance drove Twitter conversation as well. Stone was also the fifth most tweeted about celebrity of the festival, beating out his young actors Joseph Gordon Levitt and Shailene Woodley for mentions. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Natalie Portman dazzled as Jackie, tears were shed at Lion and the Sing soundtrack might finally get Frozen dropped from the family playlist. But while critics and filmmakers applauded the quality work onscreen at TIFF 2016, the internet’s town square, Twitter, had its own list of favourites. The social app’s Canadian entertainment lead Lindsay Lynch explains why these five movies were the most-mentioned on Twitter during the festival.Bleed for ThisAnd the Matthew McConaughey Award for Film with the Most Shocking Physical Transformations goes to … Bleed For This! The biopic of boxer Vinny Pazienza’s comeback following a near fatal car crash fuelled chatter around star Miles Teller’s super fit look as the boxer and co-star Aaron Eckhart’s all-natural paunch as his coach.last_img read more

Canadian actress Lauren Ash goes from Zellers to Superstore

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Lauren Ash was seemingly groomed as a teenager for her role as a worker at Cloud 9, the fictional big box store in the NBC sitcom Superstore.“My first job was at Zellers in Belleville!” exclaims the Ontario native after learning that her interviewer is Canadian. “It’s weird that my first job was in a store like this. And 15 years later I’m playing a character on American television who works there.”Zellers, of course, was that under-loved Canadian discount chain that is now just a shadow of its former corporate self. And don’t get Ash started talking about Bi-Way or Bargain Harolds. The interview with Ash (Super Fun Night) takes place as she walks through the aisles of the enormous Los Angeles set of Superstore, which is supposed to be in St. Louis, Mo. She starts in electronics before making her way down to ladies’ wear. This takes a while because of the size of the store.The detailed set duplicates just about every generic discount outlet you have ever shopped in. And apparently that means right down to the smell. Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgTORONTO  – Mastercard today announced a multi-year deal with Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group to be the official partner of Cirque du Soleil Touring Shows in Canada. Beginning this month, Mastercard will make a suite of offers and benefits available to cardholders, allowing them to experience the magic of Cirque du Soleillike never before.“Mastercard is continually innovating to bring people closer to their passions in new and exciting ways through our Priceless platform,” said Shawna Miller, vice president of Marketing and Communications for Mastercard in Canada. “Our partnership with Cirque du Soleil gives cardholders unparalleled access to creativity, unique entertainment experiences, and the inspiration to Start Something Priceless.”Under the partnership, Mastercard cardholders will have access to Priceless experiences with Cirque du Soleil in Canadaincluding shadowing a Cirque performer backstage, sharing dinner with the crew, and attending Cirque Camp to learn performance and artistic skills. Cardholders will also have access to preferred seating at all shows in Canada, as well as discounts on Canadian touring shows and Las Vegas resident shows. Advertisement Login/Register With: 15% off at Canadian touring shows20% off at Las Vegas resident showsAccess to presale windowsAccess to premiere night ticketsAccess to Mastercard VIP ExperienceMastercard Preferred Seating at shows across CanadaOnly cardholders can access Priceless Cities® experiences in Toronto, Montreal and 42 other Priceless Cities around the globe. To register for the latest news on Priceless Cities and experiences, visit www.priceless.com.About MastercardMastercard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. Our global payments processing network connects consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MastercardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.About Cirque du Soleil Entertainment GroupOriginally composed of 20 street performers in 1984, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group completely reinvented circus arts and went on to become a world leader in live entertainment. Established in Montreal, the Canadian organization has brought wonder and delight to over 190 million spectators with productions presented in close to 450 cities in 60 countries. Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group currently has over 4,000 employees, including 1,400 artists, from nearly 50 countries.Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group creates content for a broad range of audacious projects. On top of producing world-renowned shows, the organization has extended its creative approach to a large variety of entertainment forms such as multimedia productions, immersive experiences, theme parks and special events. Going beyond its various creations, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group aims to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art. For more information about Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, please go to cdsentertainmentgroup.com. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Facebook “Mastercard is known for creating Priceless experiences for its cardholders, and as a world leader in live entertainment, Cirque du Soleil brings wonder and delight to audiences around the world every day,” Richard Davies, Vice President, Corporate Alliances at Cirque du Soleil. “Our partnership is a natural fit and we’re excited to be working with Mastercard to create experiences that entertain, inspire and connect people in meaningful ways.”Benefits available to cardholders under the partnership include:Exclusive Priceless Experiences:Walk in Cirque Shoes: shadow a performer backstage, share dinner with the crew and enjoy a live show from preferred Mastercard seatsCirque Camp: learn Cirque performance and artistic skills, experience a guided tour, and receive a parting gift Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more


first_imgTORONTO — As he prepared to play a cutthroat commander in the new season of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Jonathan Watton of Corner Brook, N.L., heard from the writers that the character was similar to a certain Republican south of the border.“They said, ‘Look, there’s a particular political person in the States who we’ve thought of and he’s younger, he’s ambitious, politically astute, and in some ways out for himself,’” Watton said in an interview.And who was that person? Jonathan Watton poses for a portrait in Toronto, on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. As he prepared to play a cuttthroat commander in the new season of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Jonathan Watton of Corner Brook, N.L., heard from the writers that the character was similar to a certain Republican south of the border. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Lahodynskyj Facebook Advertisement “Should I say?” the affable Watton said with a laugh. “Well, they modelled him a little bit after Paul Ryan (the former U.S. House Speaker). Not in terms of necessarily where he comes from but just where he slots into that power structure: Politically astute, intelligent and yet just intensely after a goal. That was helpful for me. It just clarified what his motivations are.”Watton plays American Cmdr. Mathew Calhoun in season 3 of the Emmy-winning dystopian drama, which is shot in Toronto and around southern Ontario. He first appears in episode 3, set to air Sunday, and is in five episodes in total. The series is on Bravo and Crave in Canada.Season 1 was based on Toronto author Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel, while the rest of the series created by Bruce Miller explores what happens after the book ends.Calhoun is a new commander in the Republic of Gilead, a theocracy in which women are treated as a property of the state and some are forced to bear children to combat an infertility epidemic.Elisabeth Moss stars as protagonist June (a.k.a. Offred), who continues to defy the power structure along with a resistance movement that stretches into Canada, prompting Calhoun to take a hard line.“He feels the power structure needs to clamp down, that we need to be stronger here, rule with an iron fist and show no mercy,” said Watton, 41.“Anyone who shows any weakness, especially of the more established commanders who we’re starting to look at with questions, like Waterford for example, he thinks they need to step aside and we need to come down hard. He doesn’t think of himself as a bad guy, but he’s definitely in this world a bad guy.”Cmdr. Waterford is played by Joseph Fiennes, while Yvonne Strahovski plays his wife, Serena Joy. The characters have June in their household as a handmaid.“The tagline this year is ‘Blessed be the fight,’” said Watton, noting the season shows the resistance taking different “and maybe unexpected forms.”There’s also “a sense of hope, a sense of agency” for the resistance, he added.“We see June start to make some strong choices and some difficult ones, of where her loyalties lie and what she’s going to do to take down Gilead.”Watton’s previous credits include David Cronenberg’s film “Maps to the Stars,” and the shows “Private Eyes,” “Saving Hope” and “Murdoch Mysteries,” in which he was a series regular as Dr. Darcy Garland.He was a fan of Atwood’s novel and the series before signing on, and was able to get input directly from series writer Yahlin Chang onset, where the cast was “so welcoming.”“The Handmaid’s Tale” has brought his career to a new level, he said, “just because it’s become part of such a conversation critically with the work that goes on in the show, and also culturally it’s just become part of such a conversation that people are having and need to have now.”“There are many instances where sadly we see a lot of parallels between the very things that are going on in the world of the show, and in the world around us, so it’s an honour to be a part of that conversation,” Watton said.“Who would have thought we’d be having conversations about women’s reproductive rights now in 2019? And it’s very much on the table — more than on the table, it’s being stripped away from people in state legislatures across the U.S.”By Victoria Ahearn ~ The Canadian Press Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Irving Oil may be next target in New Brunswick antifracking fight

first_imgAPTN National NewsTensions and passions continue on the front-line of a fracking protest in New Brunswick.The situation recently reached a new level after Elsiopogtog Cheif Aaron Sock issued an ultimatum to the company conducting shale gas exploration in the region. Sock told the company to leave.The deadline has come and gone and those manning the barricades are wondering what is happening next.APTN’s Ossie Michelin is on the front lines.last_img

RCMP sifted through 51000 of Bruce Carsons emails for 3 separate investigations

first_imgBy Kenneth Jackson and Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsThe RCMP have obtained 51,000 of Bruce Carson’s emails which have been used in three separate investigations against the former senior aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, according to a second recently unsealed RCMP court document obtained by APTN National News.The emails were first uncovered during the RCMP’s initial investigation of Carson for alleged influence peddling that resulted in a charge on July 2012 and is scheduled for trial May 26. In that case, Carson allegedly used his influence to help an Ottawa water filtration company try and land lucrative deals with First Nations suffering from dirty water.Part of the Crown’s case will be based around Carson’s emails written between June 30, 2010 and March 17, 2011, according to a new RCMP search warrant application, otherwise known as an Information to Obtain, unsealed this week at the request of APTN National News.The RCMP is also currently conducting two additional illegal lobbying investigations against Carson.The ITO details how the RCMP seized more than 51,000 of Carson’s emails from the servers at the University of Calgary and the laptop computer he used at the Canada School of Energy and Environment (CSEE), which was linked to the university.Carson was the head of the CSEE at the time the RCMP launched an investigation of his activities. Once news surfaced of the investigation, the organization immediately transferred Carson’s laptop and his emails to its law firm, McCarthy Tetrault LLP.According to the ITO, filed on Oct. 27, 2011, the RCMP wanted to obtain three separate search warrants all targeting Carson’s electronic correspondence. The warrants targeted the University of Calgary’s servers which held Carson’s emails, the Calgary offices of the law firm of McCarthy Tetrault LLP, which held an electronic copy of Carson’s emails, and Calgary Archives Inc., which held Carson’s laptop in case inside the media vault.The RCMP wanted Carson’s laptop for forensic analysis in case he had tried to delete information.“I believe that the seizure and examination of the laptop computer used by Carson may provide evidence of the offence that may not be available through the email examination,” wrote Sgt. Jody Vale of the commercial crimes unit in Ottawa’s A Division, who filed the ITO.It now turns out when the RCMP seized all of Carson’s emails it also obtained evidence of other alleged crimes.But it would take the Office of Lobbying Commissioner to point them out to the RCMP, according to a separate ITO. The lobbying commissioner sent a letter of complaint to the RCMP on July 2012, as a result of their own investigating into Carson.According to the RCMP, Carson was lobbying illegally for the Energy Policy Institute of Canada and CSEE according to a different RCMP search warrant application. The RCMP is investigating his lobbying activities on behalf of both organizations. Carson co-founded EPIC and was director CSEE prior to March 17, 2011.This past November, the RCMP went to a judge to request a search warrant to seize emails already in the RCMP’s possession in Ottawa, known as A Division as part of their illegal lobbying investigation.“As part of this investigation I executed a search warrant, directed toward the peace officers of the A division integrated technological crime unit in order to gain access to electronic data … seized during a previous investigation in relation to Mr. Carson,” said Const. Marie-Josee Robert in her application for a production order to obtain Carson’s CIBC bank records filed on Nov. 21, 2013. “The execution of the said judicial authorization yielded important evidence supporting the charges listed in this information.”That “previous investigation” was triggered by APTN National News on March 16, 2011. That same day Harper directed his now chief of staff Ray Novak to call in the Mounties to investigate Carson based on information provided to the Prime Minister’s Office by APTN National News reporters.“These materials contain troubling details about recent actions and claims made by Mr. Bruce Carson,” wrote Novak to the RCMP at the time. “The materials we have seen may provide evidence of matters inquiring investigation by the RCMP.”APTN National News told the PMO’s former director of communications Dimitri Soudas earlier that week it had obtained emails written by Carson that showed he was allegedly trying to use his federal government contacts to help an Ottawa water filtration company, H20 Pros, sell First Nation communities  water filtration systems through government contracts. The company had a financial agreement with Carson’s then-fiancee.Carson told APTN during multiple interviews he was only helping the company because his fiancee Michele McPherson worked there. Carson had witnessed a contract where McPherson would receive a cut of the profits, but according to the RCMP she didn’t appear to be involved much in the efforts to obtain contracts on First Nations.McPherson was a former Ottawa escort and the RCMP was told she first met Carson as a “client” around February 2010, according to the ITO used by the RCMP to obtain his emails.Prior to the RCMP executing search warrants, they had received dozens of Carson’s emails from two sources – Nicolas Kaszap, a former owner of H20 Pros and Liz Brant, an employee with the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation, where the company was trying to sell water filtration systems with the help of Carson.“I believe that Carson sent and received other emails that did not involve Kaszap and Brant, which will provide evidence of the offence,” wrote Vale. “I believe that Carson sent and received other emails that did not involve Kaszap and Brant, which will provide evidence of the offence.”Vale said Brian Heidecker, chair of CSEE during Carson’s time there, told her that when APTN’s story came out they transferred all Carson’s emails to the law office of McCarthy Tetrault in Calgary.Vale requested on Oct. 3, 2011, that they preserve all the data until a search warrant was obtained.Carson told APTN National News previously he thought he may be able to slip through a loophole in lobbying laws that allow people to “lobby” if it makes up less than 20 per cent of their work.“I guess my issue in this thing is that I don’t want to look like I’m an unregistered lobbyist in here because I’m not a lobbyist,” he said. “I really don’t want the lobbying commissioner sort of going crazy over my involvement in this.“Yeah, so this would be like one tenth of one per cent of my time so we’re all right,” he [email protected]@[email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Blanket of smoke from BC fires cause health concerns in Vancouver

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe city of Vancouver is warning elderly, people with respiratory issues and parents with young infants to stay indoors.With nearly 200 fires burning throughout British Columbia, smoke wafting into Vancouver and the surrounding area is now causing health concerns.And with 30 new fires popping up each day, the air isn’t expected to clear anytime soon.APTN’s Tina House [email protected]last_img

CIBC to rebrand The PrivateBank as CIBC Bank USA at dozens of

first_imgThe Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce is extending its brand across the U.S. by renaming dozens of recently-purchased locations south of the border as CIBC Bank USA.The Canadian lender closed its acquisition of Chicago-based PrivateBancorp in June.Today, the bank announced it is replacing the U.S. company’s brand called The PrivateBank with the CIBC name on 36 branches and commercial banking offices.A soccer field and a theatre in Chicago have also been renamed as the CIBC Fire Pitch and the CIBC Theatre.CIBC bought the U.S. bank for approximately $5 billion US in a bid to secure its foothold in the country.The Canadian bank has said it hopes to one day generate a quarter of its earnings in the U.S.last_img read more

Ottawa orders regulator to investigate telecom sales practices

first_imgThe sales practices of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies – a long-time sore spot for many consumers – will be the subject of a public inquiry ordered by the federal government on Thursday.“Like many Canadians, we are concerned by allegations of clearly inappropriate sales practices by telecom carriers,” Navdeep Bains, the minister responsible for telecommunications, said in a statement.“We have listened to Canadians about this issue, and we are taking action.”Bains said he has directed the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to conduct the investigation, including a public inquiry, and report on the sales practices used in the industry.His statement didn’t point a finger at particular industry players or specify which practices have been inappropriate.John Lawford, executive director the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in Ottawa, said he’s happy that the minister had asked for a public inquiry that will take a wide look at long-standing practices that are widespread.“I think consumers are going to see some real changes. Because it’s going to be hard to write a report that doesn’t have at least some recommendations to change the way things go.”“I hope the major telecoms are going to feel a little bit more fair when they sell stuff,” Lawford said from Ottawa.He said one the biggest sore points has been promotional discount prices that don’t last for the term of the entire service contract and add-on fees that aren’t well disclosed.“So the consumers feel they have been promised one price and had to pay another,” Lawford said.CRTC chairman Ian Scott had previously declined calls for a public inquiry lodged earlier this year by PIAC and OpenMedia, two consumer advocacy groups that often do battle with Canada’s major carriers such as BCE’s Bell, Rogers Communications, Telus and Quebecor’s Videotron.Rogers Communications issued a brief statement saying, “We strive to deliver the best possible experience for our customers with products and services that best meet their needs and budget, and we will participate and share how we work to be clear, simple and fair with our customers every time they contact us.”OpenMedia’s Katy Anderson said in an email that it’s unfortunate that the CRTC “needed guidance from the government” but added she was encouraged that Bains had ordered an investigation.“Hopefully this sends a strong signal to the CRTC to keep the interests of Canadians front of mind in all their decisions,” Anderson said.The CRTC is an arms-length regulatory body responsible for upholding the Telecommunications Act and the Broadcasting Act, which are both under review by the federal government.In that capacity, the CRTC has attempted to balance sometimes conflicting mandates – such as protecting the interests of consumers while creating conditions that allow for private-sector investment in infrastructure and innovation.Scott wasn’t available for comment but a CRTC spokeswoman acknowledged receipt of the minister’s directive.“`We understand that there are growing concerns about the issue. And we will announce next steps in due course,” Patricia Valladao said.last_img

Cineflix TV production group faces Ontario class action seeking unpaid wages

first_imgTORONTO – The company that makes “Property Brothers” and dozens of other TV programs is being sued for millions in regular wages as well as overtime, vacation and public holiday pay claimed on behalf of hundreds of contract production personnel.The proposed class action suit claims Cineflix and its affiliates violated the Ontario Employment Standards Act and seeks compensation for all past, present and future personnel in certain job classifications as far back as 2000.The suit filed in an Ontario court also claims the defendants are liable for any tax liabilities, Canada Pension Plan or employment insurance contributions owed by the affected personnel.The allegations have not been proven in court.Cineflix confirmed it was formally served with a statement of claim Tuesday afternoon.“Cineflix has demonstrated a solid history of ethical standards and respect for the creative community for over 20 years.” stated spokeswoman Vanessa Marra. “Cineflix will be vigorously contesting this claim.”A Toronto-based employment lawyer with no connection to the case said Tuesday that the issue is whether the workers have been improperly classified as independent contractors.“There is no universal test to determine whether a person is an employee or an independent contractor, but courts look to a number of factors to answer the central question of whether the person is in business on his own account or is actually an employee,” said Kimberly Boara Alexander, founding partner of KBA Partners LLP.The suit claims that Ontario’s provincial labour law applies — and entitles the plaintiffs to a minimum wage and other protections of the Employment Standards Act — because of the specific working conditions required of the personnel.For example, the suit says members of the class must adhere to a schedule determined by Cineflix, they’re told when and where to work, and to request unpaid days off in advance of taking such days as “vacation” or “sick days.”Another hurdle for the plaintiffs to overcome is that the Cineflix group is a multinational, with offices in Toronto and Montreal, as well as New York City, London and Dublin.The suit names more than 100 legal entities as defendants, including Cineflix Inc. and Cineflix Media Inc. and dozens of program-specific entities such as Cineflix (Property Brothers 6) Inc.The “Property Brothers” show, starring real estate expert Drew Scott and his twin brother Jonathan Scott, a contractor, is produced in association with HGTV — a specialty television channel devoted to homes, decoration and renovations.Other shows produced by Cineflix include “American Pickers,” “Secrets of the Morgue” and “Bizarre Murders.”The suit is seeking about $35 million in general damages and $10 million in punitive damages, plus costs and interest.The proposed class action was launched by Toronto-based law firm Cavalluzzo, which launched a similar class action earlier this year against Blyth Academy, a private school with a number of campuses, on behalf of teachers.The named plaintiff in the Cineflix suit, Anna Bourque, worked as a story editor from September 2017 to February 2018 at the company’s Toronto production office location.“Picture editors and story editors work together taking hundreds of hours of footage and sharpening it into 43 minutes or so of entertaining television, but as schedules get squeezed our hours expand and there is never compensation for that, so our pay becomes inversely proportional to the hours worked,” Bourque said in a press statement.The Cineflix workers covered by the suit aren’t members of a union but they have support from the Canadian Media Guild, and its parent CWA Canada, which aren’t plaintiffs in the case.“Since these workers aren’t covered by union contracts, production companies often use them as a way to create less expensive but still lucrative programming,” CMG organizer Denise O’Connell said in the press statement.“Reality and factual TV are the wild west of the entertainment world,” said Lise Lareau, a co-ordinator of the CMG’s Fairness in Factual TV campaign.“People working in this area of production are cut out of labour laws. They don’t have the rights of other employees, and historically they’ve been left out of union contracts enjoyed by the rest of the entertainment industry.”last_img read more

Water out of thin air California couples device wins 15M

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – It started out modestly enough: David Hertz, having learned that under the right conditions you really can make your own water out of thin air, put a little contraption on the roof of his office and began cranking out free bottles of H2O for anyone who wanted one.Soon he and his wife, Laura Doss-Hertz, were thinking bigger — so much so that this week the couple won the $1.5 million XPrize For Water Abundance. They prevailed by developing a system that uses shipping containers, wood chips and other detritus to produce as much as 528 gallons (2,000 litres) of water a day at a cost of no more than 2 cents a quart (1 litre).The XPrize competition, created by a group of philanthropists, entrepreneurs and others, has awarded more than $140 million over the years for what it calls audacious, futuristic ideas aimed at protecting and improving the planet. The first XPrize, for $10 million, went to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and aviation pioneer Burt Rutan in 2004 for SpaceShipOne, the first privately financed manned space flight.When Hertz learned a couple of years ago that a prize was about to be offered to whoever could come up with a cheap, innovative way to produce clean freshwater for a world that doesn’t have enough of it, he decided to go all in.At the time, his little water-making machine was cranking out 150 gallons a day, much of which was being given to homeless people living in and around the alley behind the Studio of Environmental Architecture, Hertz’s Venice Beach-area firm that specializes in creating green buildings.He and his wife, a commercial photographer, and their partner Richard Groden, who created the smaller machine, assembled The Skysource/Skywater Alliance and went to work. They settled on creating little rainstorms inside shipping containers by heating up wood chips to produce the temperature and humidity needed to draw water from the air and the wood itself.“One of the fascinating things about shipping containers is that more are imported than exported, so there’s generally a surplus,” said Hertz, adding they’re cheap and easy to move around.And if there’s no wood chips around for heat, coconut husks, rice, walnut shells, grass clippings or just about any other such waste product will do just fine.“Certainly in regions where you have a lot of biomass, this is going to be a very simple technology to deploy,” said Matthew Stuber, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Connecticut and expert on water systems who was one of the panel’s judges.He called their water-making machine a “really cool” merging of rather simple technologies that can be used to quickly deliver water to regions hit by natural disasters, stricken by drought or even rural areas with a shortage of clean water.Hertz and Doss-Hertz are just starting to contemplate how to accomplish that.Theirs was among 98 teams from 27 countries who entered the competition. Many teams were bigger and better funded, while the couple mortgaged their Malibu home to stay in the game. At one point, they were told they hadn’t made the final round of five, but one team dropped out and they were back in.“If you say we were the dark horse in the race, we weren’t even in the race,” Hertz recalled, smiling.He stood near a giant copy of the check in his office while Doss-Hertz prepared to leave for a photo shoot and a visitor sampled a glass of their freshly made water.Now, though, they are in for the long, wet haul.“There’s no restrictions whatsoever on how it’s used,” Hertz said of the prize money. “But Laura and I have committed to using it all for the development and deployment of these machines, to get them to people who need the water most.”last_img read more

Oregon hotel fires 2 men who mistreated black man

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. — A Portland, Oregon, hotel has fired two employees it says were involved in the mistreatment of a black man kicked out of its facility.DoubleTree Portland tweeted Saturday that the two men’s “actions were inconsistent with our standards.”Jermaine Massey accused the hotel of racially profiling him after a security guard called police to remove him from the lobby.The guard told Massey that if he could not provide a room number, he would be asked to leave. Massey posted an Instagram video that shows part of the interaction with the guard.The hotel’s general manager said the hotel had reached out to Massey privately but attorneys for Massey said they want a public explanation on why he was told to leave.Oregon Public Broadcasting reports Massey’s lawyers intend to pursue legal action.___Information from: KOPB-, http://www.opb.orgThe Associated Presslast_img read more

Numerous temperature records broken across the Peace Region Wednesday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The hot and sunny weather saw a number of temperature records broken across Northeast B.C. on Wednesday.Fort St. John broke the all-time high temperature record for May 23rd that has stood for over 50 years. Yesterday’s high of 27.9 degrees broke the previous high temperature of 25.6 degrees, which was set in 1961.Dawson Creek and Chetwynd also narrowly set new high temperature records that were previously set in 2015. The high of 29.3 degrees recorded at the Dawson Creek Airport beat the previous daytime high of 29.1 degrees, while Chetwynd’s high of 28.0 degrees was 0.2 degrees higher than the previous record.  Grande Prairie also broke a high temperature record Wednesday, beating the previous daytime high of 29.4 degrees that had stood for 60 years. Yesterday’s high in the Swan City was 29.6 degrees. Things also heated up on the other side of the Rockies Wedesday, as Mackenzie’s daytime high of 27.4 degrees was three whole degrees higher than the previous record, which was also set in 2015.last_img read more

City to implement Citizen Satisfaction Survey needs a different approach

first_imgCouncil stated they had concerns with the surveys presented as the way the information is gathered is through phone calls. A couple of councillors agreed that phone calls are not a great way to acquire the data needed as people tend to hang up on these calls and do not want to be disturbed at home in this manner.Acting-Mayor Bolin suggested that a successful survey would require everyone working together and that in years previous their most successful surveys and ways to acquire the communities input was not by phone yet rather a hands-on direct approach such as those that happened during the ‘Let’s talk Site C survey and the Survey about Marijuana’ standing out most to him.Bolin says it’s time for a more progressive approach in reaching citizens.“We would miss the entire next generation from the survey if we go that route.”Bolin also expressed that times have changed and what used to work is not working, he explained municipalities and even the Province’s referendum are receiving a low turn out rate.“I would rather see us with i-pads out at events collecting information from our citizens, a, we don’t spend the $40 grand and b, the information is more relevant with community participation than it would be if somebody is doing it as a third party.” Council recommended the City come back with recommendations that were more like the initiatives that took place, such as the Site C Survey and a more grassroots approach rather than getting an outside agency to get the job done. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John wants to implement a scheduled public survey to receive valuable feedback from residents yet traditional surveys might not garner the information the City seeks.The City Staff made a presentation to Council during Monday’s Committee of the Whole Meeting about how receiving regular input from the community, would be used to gauge the City’s strengths and weaknesses.The presentation, titled Citizen Satisfaction Survey, shared three options that feedback could be acquired from the community, 1) by a website, 2) by Third Party and 3) Research Company.  These three methods are strongly reliant on phone calls. With a budget of $40,000, each option does come with their own pros and cons as they lack personalization to our region.last_img read more

Canfor announces more curtailments in Mackenzie and a shift reduction in Prince

first_img“We deeply regret the impacts that these capacity reductions will have on our Mackenzie and Isle Pierre employees, contractors, their families and the local communities,” said Stephen Mackie, Senior Vice President of Canadian Operations, Canfor. “The BC forest industry is continuing to face very significant challenges. None of our temporary or permanent curtailment decisions have been made lightly, nor are they a reflection on the hard work and dedication of our employees.”In combination, these curtailments will reduce Canfor’s annual production output by approximately 400 million board feet, which is in addition to previously announced reductions. MACKENZIE, B.C. – Canfor announced Thursday more capacity reductions in Mackenzie and Prince George.The Mackenzie sawmill will be placed on an indefinite curtailment effective immediately due to the high cost of fibre and poor lumber markets. On top of that, Canfor says challenging operating conditions have made the mill uneconomic under current conditions.The Isle Pierre sawmill in Prince George will be permanently reduced from two shifts to one shift effective September 20, 2019. The capacity reduction, which is due to insufficient timber supply as a result of the mountain pine beetle epidemic and associated decline in the annual allowable cut, will enable the mill to better align its production capacity with the sustainable fibre supply in the region. last_img read more

EVM glitches inconvenience voters across city

first_imgKolkata: The seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state were marred by a few instances of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) glitches.Rampant malfunctioning of EVMs was reported from both Kolkata North and Kolkata South, as well as some other constituencies. In some places, voters including elderly citizens were seriously inconvenienced after the EVMs developed technical glitches leading to suspension of the voting process for a while. The Election Commission officials soon addressed the crisis and voting resumed in the affected booths. The voters who queued up at a polling booth in Kolkata South in the morning, complained about poor management by the Election Commission and the malfunctioning voting machines. Senior citizens were found waiting in long queues at multiple booths. An elderly voter standing in the queue outside a polling station under Kolkata South constituency said that he had reached the polling booth at 7 am and had to wait for more than 45 minutes as an EVM developed technical problem. It may be recalled that after taking cue from the previous phases of elections, the Election Commission had earlier assured that there would be alternative arrangements of EVMs in various booths. Senior Trinamool Congress leader and Mayor Firhad Hakim said polling could not be conducted smoothly at various booths of Kolkata South in the morning. In some places, polling was suspended for nearly one and half hour in the morning, Hakim said. While answering media questions on allegations of violence against Trinamool by Opposition parties, Hakim said: “The Opposition parties in the state have lost their footing and hence they are coming up with cooked-up stories. The Central Forces and BJP tried hard but the people of the state are with Trinamool Congress. We will win all the nine constituencies that went to poll on Sunday, with a minimum margin of 2-3 lakh votes. We will win all 42 seats in the state.” Trinamool Congress candidate from Kolkata North Sudip Bandyopadhyay also voiced his protest against the malfunctioning of EVMs. He said that 15 out of 22 EVMs from the polling stations in Chowringhee area had malfunctioned. “I have spoken to some Election officials and they have admitted to the malfunctioning of EVMs,” he added. After the final phase of elections concluded, Chief Electoral Officer Ariz Aftab said: “The number of EVMs malfunctioning was under the permissible limit and they were replaced in all affected places.”last_img read more

Gas reserves found onshore in Morocco

Fez – After months of drilling operations in Morocco, Circle Oil, an international oil and gas exploration company, announced the discovery of substantial natural gas findings in the country’s coastal region.The preliminary findings are the result of the drilling of a well in Sebou Permit, located along the coastline of Morocco onshore near Kenitra. Circle Oil began exploration near Sebou in May and this week reported the discovery of gas reserves at three different underground levels.“”We are delighted to add another successful discovery to our Sebou gas portfolio. This is the first well of a six well program to be drilled with our partner ONHYM in the Sebou permit and is coupled with another six well program in the Lalla Mimouna permit,” Chris Green, CEO of Circle Oil, said in a statement on Wednesday. The well will be sourced and tested to prepare the well for production in the future according to a press release by Circle Oil.Circle Oil is just one of the 34 companies carrying out natural gas and oil exploration operations in Morocco. The discovery of natural gas reserves onshore in Morocco suggests that the country could become a future giant in the field of oil and gas exportation.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more