10 months agoBarcelona ace Dembele scoffs at claims of paying pal €15,000-a-month

first_imgBarcelona ace Dembele scoffs at claims of paying pal €15,000-a-monthby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona ace Ousmane Dembele has scoffed at claims he is paying a friend to make sure he does things on time.Dembele continues to upset management and senior players with his poor timekeeping.And Radio Marca reported that Dembele is paying one of his entourage €15,000-a-month to keep him on the straight and narrow.However, Dembele has denied the story with a reaction on Twitter with several disparaging emojis.https://t.co/LP7RBIAFNp— Ousmane Dembélé (@Dembouz) December 19, 2018 About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoThomas Partey insists he’s committed to Atletico Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Thomas Partey insists he’s committed to Atletico Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey insists he’s committed to the club.While Thomas started the match against Espanyol last week, he has often been left out of Diego Simeone’s starting line-up for the biggest matches.”Sometimes I feel unhappy at Atletico,” he said after the game.”To be happy you have to play in important games and feel stronger, more confident.The Ghanaian wanted to clarify his statements and went to social media in order to do so.”On Saturday after the match I made some statements that were not understood well,” he wrote.”I want to explain myself better.”Atletico is the club where I want to be and I would like to keep growing as a player, for the club and for the fans.”And it’s true that I feel like I can be even more important and that’s why I work hard every day.”I do not want to be content and that is good [as I look to become] the best player that I can be.”Merry Christmas and Aupa Atleti!” last_img read more

a month agoLopetegui urges Sevilla fans be calm over table leadership

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lopetegui urges Sevilla fans be calm over table leadershipby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJulen Lopetegui urged Sevilla fans to stay calm as they sit top of the table.Sevilla lead the LaLiga Santander after a 1-0 win away at Alaves on Sunday.”Being top does not tell me anything because there’s such a long way to go,” Lopetegui said”The only thing it tells me is that the team is doing well, that we are getting stronger as a team and now we are heading into Europe.” A first-half goal from Joan Jordan was enough to give Sevilla their third win out of four matches and Lopetegui was pleased with his side’s display.”We played a good game and a very good first half against a difficult opponent who make things very challenging.”The team did very well with the aspects we had worked on.”In the second half, it was tougher. They played more direct and perhaps we needed to interpret the situation and not back down. It was a deserved and fair victory,” he added. last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool fullback Robertson to miss Napoli clash

first_imgLiverpool fullback Robertson to miss Napoli clashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndrew Robertson is set to miss Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Napoli.Robertson is a doubt for Liverpool’s Champions League clash against Napoli on Tuesday night.Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool’s official website: “Robbo didn’t train today and we have to see. “It is not a major thing, it was more precautionary today, but it is not 100 per cent sure [he will be available].”We will have to test it tomorrow and then we will see.”Initially it was reported that Robertson had been cleared as he had travelled with the squad but he missed training on Monday morning with a slight knock. The Reds sold Alberto Moreno in the summer and did not sign a back-up left-back. This means James Milner or Joe Gomez is likely to play in defence if Robertson can not overcome his knock in time. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoBarcelona Juvenil A Victor Valdes cops suspension

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona Juvenil A Victor Valdes cops suspensionby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona Juvenil A Victor Valdes has been given a two match ban after his referee outburst. The Barca great will not be on the sidelines for the clashes against Atletico Villacarlos and Lleida Esportiu. Valdes was sent off against Girona, for insulting the assistant referee. “F*** yourself,” said Valdes to the assistant and he was dismissed for it.The former Barcelona goalkeeper took over recently and along with Patrick Kluivert, is one of the ex-pros being brought back into the club. last_img read more

Real Madrid surge late to seal first leg win against Girona

first_imgSergio Ramos scored twice as Real Madrid earned a 4-2 lead in a pulsating first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final at home to Girona.Anthony Lozano gave Girona an early lead at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday, but Madrid battled back thanks to Lucas Vazquez’s equaliser and a Ramos penalty.Another spot-kick saw Girona equalise, Alex Granell stepping up to convert after Marcos Llorente needlessly handled the ball in the box, but Ramos and Karim Benzema struck late. 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? Madrid’s captain rose highest in the box to crash home a header from Marcelo’s cross and Girona’s hopes were dashed when Benzema slotted in a Vinicius Junior cross.Madrid forced a trio of early corners, but Girona took the lead with their first attack in the seventh minute, Raul Garcia given too much space on the left to deliver a cross Lozano met on the volley.The hosts soon levelled, though, Benzema sending Alvaro Odriozola clear in the right channel to pull back a low pass that Vazquez placed home.Madrid led in the 42nd minute, Ramos beating Gorka Iraizoz with a Panenka from the spot after Vinicius’s feet were too quick for Lozano on the edge of the box.PANENKA!@SergioRamos #RMCopa | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/uiENvppe58— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 24, 2019Benzema clipped the post before the break but when Llorente thrust out his hand to deflect a cross Girona made the tie all square, Granell confidently smashing his penalty beyond Thibaut Courtois.Vinicius was involved again as Madrid regained the lead in the 77th minute, getting into space on the left to tee up Marcelo for a cross Ramos was never going to miss.Madrid were not finished, however, and substitute Isco threaded a pass through for Vinicius, who slipped a low cross into the box that Benzema gobbled up to give Santiago Solari’s side a two-goal cushion. What does it mean? Madrid showing signs of improvementSantiago Solari’s side crave elusive momentum and they needed Ramos to bail them out yet again, but a clinical close to the game put them in control. Eusebio Sacristan’s Girona may have caused an even bigger shock had leading scorer Cristhian Stuani started the game, but having knocked Atletico Madrid out in the last round they will still feel they have a chance.Vinicius growing into leader of Madrid’s attackReplacing Cristiano Ronaldo was always going to be a huge challenge for Madrid, but Brazilian winger Vinicius is continually enhancing his stature at the Santiago Bernabeu. He won the penalty that saw Madrid take the lead and was a constant threat off the wing with his pace and tricks, setting up Benzema for the last goal of the game.Llorente’s moment of madness could be costlyWhat Llorente was thinking when he stuck out an arm in his own penalty box is hard to imagine, with the young midfielder fortunate his error – committed just seven minutes after coming on for Casemiro – has not cost Madrid a first-leg lead. He has been one of the major successes of Solari’s spell, but with Toni Kroos returning to fitness after over two weeks out he may be spending more time on the bench.What’s next?The second leg will be played in a week, but before then Madrid go to Espanyol on Sunday in LaLiga, with Girona hosting Catalan neighbours Barcelona earlier on the same day. read morelast_img read more

Watch: Colin Cowherd Says Washington Deservedly Kept Out Of CFB Playoff Top 4

first_imgColin Cowherd speaking on his radio show.YouTubeColin Cowherd does not think Washington was ranked unfairly in the first CFB playoff rankings.The undefeated Huskies checked in at No. 5 in the initial rankings, released last night. Texas A&M (7-1) beat them out for the fourth and final playoff spot, while 7-1 Ohio State was behind UDub at No. 6.Cowherd said on his show today that the committee got it right keeping Washington out. In this video, he defends A&M being put ahead of them despite having a loss, based off strength of schedule and strength of record.Cowherd also says he would have put Ohio State at No. 4, even though he is fine with the Aggies being there. Then he compares Washington to viral presidential debate audience member Ken Bone.Regardless what Cowherd’s opinion is, there’s a good chance all of this will play out on the field in the next few weeks, and the committee will have an easier time with the final rankings in December.last_img read more

Report: France 2 Bolivia 0

first_imgFrance warmed up for a tough Euro 2020 qualifying trip to Turkey by easing to a 2-0 friendly win over Bolivia in Nantes on Sunday.Thomas Lemar and Antoine Griezmann scored first half-goals as the world champions made light work of a side that has won just once since September 2017.The South Americans, who now head to Brazil to contest the Copa America, had goalkeeper Carlos Lampe to thank for keeping the margin down in a one-sided affair. 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? France’s frustrations going forward were compounded by the loss of Kylian Mbappe to an ankle knock late in the first half, an unwanted concern ahead of Saturday’s crunch Group H clash in Konya.The gulf in class was clear from as early as the fifth minute, Lemar collecting Griezmann’s pass and lifting a deft finish over the onrushing Lampe.Samuel Umtiti and Florian Thauvin both went close before Griezmann added the second, the seemingly outgoing Atletico Madrid man producing an intelligent finish on the turn following Bolivia’s failure to clear in the box..@AntoGriezmann spins and pokes the ball home for 2-0!  #FRABOL #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/Tw8FU9tSeG— French Team  (@FrenchTeam) June 2, 2019The celebrations were tempered somewhat after a clash of ankles with Raul Castro forced Mbappe to hobble out of the match at half-time.Lampe denied the Paris Saint-Germain star’s replacement, Wissam Ben Yedder, soon after the interval and then stuck out a boot to divert a goal-bound Lemar strike.Thauvin, substitute Kingsley Coman and Paul Pogba all tried in vain to give the scoreline a fairer reflection of France’s dominance but Bolivia held out with more help from their impressive 32-year-old keeper.What does it mean? Mbappe experiment needs more timeAfforded the chance to start centrally as Olivier Giroud watched from the bench, Mbappe will be disappointed that his opportunity to impress came to a premature conclusion.The 20-year-old is a known quantity as a wide player at international level and it appears as though that is where he will stay for the time being.Griezmann stands above the packIf concerned that a planned move to Barcelona appears less likely to come to fruition, Griezmann certainly did not show it in Nantes.He set up the opener and scored the second in the kind of classy performance that might just convince the LaLiga champions to take him to Camp Nou.Thauvin toils without rewardDeschamps is not short on options in wide areas and the France boss will be less inclined to hand Thauvin another start in Turkey, the Marseille man having lacked polish in promising moments.What’s next?Following their top-of-the-table clash with Turkey, France face a rather more straightforward encounter away at Andorra.Bolivia, meanwhile, have a difficult date with hosts Brazil in their Copa America opener. Peru and Venezuela are their other Group A opponents. read morelast_img read more

Lampard: Abraham needs to keep his head up

first_imgChelsea manager Frank Lampard has offered his support to Tammy Abraham after the young striker’s penalty miss against Liverpool proved decisive on Wednesday. After the first nine players converted their penalties in a shootout in the UEFA Super Cup, Abraham saw his spot-kick saved by Adrian to seal the trophy for Liverpool.  Lampard was not phased after seeing Abraham miss the crucial penalty, insisting that moments like those are part of being a top-level player.   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? “Tammy needs to keep his head up,” Lampard told BT Sport. “That’s part and parcel of being a top player. You want to take the fifth penalty but you might miss it.” The first-year Chelsea boss was proud of his side’s performance in a 2-2 draw over 120 minutes in Istanbul, a major improvement after the Blues fell 4-0 to Manchester United in their Premier League opener on Sunday. “They showed their personality. It was a tough, tough game against a fantastic Liverpool team,” Lampard said.  “Talk about Jorginho, talk about that performance, talk about [N’Golo] Kante who has hardly trained, talk about Kurt Zouma, Andreas [Christensen], I could go through them all, incredible. “I’m really proud and I know we lost, but I’m confident for the season after that.” Lampard will have to rely heavily on youth this season, with the Blues in the middle of a two-window transfer ban that will see them unable to sign players until next summer. But the manager isn’t concerned about his side’s inability to bring in players, insisting that he’s got a strong group to work with.  “We’ve got a real quality bunch in here,” Lampard said. “People will talk about transfer bans and all that, but I already knew this was a really good group of players and we’re working harder as a team. “We’re trying to install the way I want them to play and the way they played today had so many good things. “It’s hard, but I don’t want to just focus on youth. We’re obsessed with Chelsea and youth at the moment.” One of those young players is Christian Pulisic, who impressed on his first Chelsea start with an assist and a fantastic goal that was ruled out for offside.  “Really pleased, let’s not forget Pulisic is 20. He goes and gets an assist and will only get better,” Lampard said. “He has to get used to teams like Liverpool and how they play. “Mason [Mount] and Tammy gave us another dimension when they came on. Mason almost scored, so did Tammy.”last_img read more

Star Athlete Recruit Announces Surprising Commitment

first_imgA generic picture of a football pylon.BLACKSBURG, VA – NOVEMBER 17: A general view of an end zone pylon during the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and North Carolina Tar Heels at Lane Stadium on November 17, 2011 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)One of the top athlete recruits in college football has announced his college decision. It’s a surprising one.Cam’Ron Kelly, a four-star athlete out of Chesapeake, Va., announced on Twitter this morning that he’s committed to Virginia Tech.This comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering the top athlete was believed by most to be considering Clemson or Penn State more. Kelly had even reportedly visited Virginia more than he had VT.He’s going to be a Hokie, though.Kelly announced the news on Twitter.“110% COMMITTED!!!” he wrote.110% COMMITTED!!! pic.twitter.com/3kaEtcxrA5— Cam’Ron Kelly (@CamRonJKelly) June 7, 2018This is a big pickup for Virginia Tech. Kelly is ranked the No. 158 overall recruit by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.The Hokies’ class is ranked No. 31 in the country.last_img read more

ESPN Names The Easiest Schedule In College Football

first_imgWisconsin's field during a game against Nebraska.MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 15: A general view of play between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The college football season is nearly here. In just a few weeks college football’s best programs will be taking the field on Saturdays once again.Heading into the 2018 campaign, ESPN’s FPI took at look at the easiest schedules in the game. Earlier this year, Oregon held the distinction as having the easiest schedule in the country.However, over the summer, that has changed. The easiest schedule in the country now belongs to a team in the Big Ten.Now, that might come as a surprise until you look at which division within the Big Ten the team is from. The Wisconsin Badgers enter the 2018 season with the easiest schedule thanks to its position within the Big Ten West.Wisconsin avoids the major competition from the Big Ten East – except for road games to Michigan and Penn State.Check out the Badgers 2018 schedule:Wisconsin's 2018 college football schedule.Wisconsin is a heavy favorite in every 2018 contest except for the road games to Michigan and Penn State. According to ESPN’s FPI, the Badgers toughest game will come against the Nittany Lions, where Wisconsin has just a 36.6-percent chance to win.Road games to Northwestern and Purdue won’t be a cake walk either, but Wisconsin’s non-conference schedule bodes for a quick 3-0 start to the season.last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Reveals His Pick For Today’s Oklahoma-Texas Game

first_imgPaul Finebaum explains why Clemson will lose.Out of all the matchups set for this weekend, the Red River Rivalry should be one of the best. With the No. 19 Texas Longhorns and No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners both playing excellent football, it could be heading for a nail-biting finish.This game will have major implications on the Big 12, as the Sooners try to keep their undefeated season alive. For the Longhorns, defeating their biggest rival would prove they are back in business.While several predictions for this game already in, ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum finally revealed his winner on SportsCenter.From 247sports.com: “Texas is not back yet, but they’re looking better and better,” Finebaum said. “C’mon, Kyler Murray taking over for Baker Mayfield, OU wins in Dallas.”Clearly, Finebaum likes how Kyler Murray is playing for Oklahoma. Last weekend, the dual-threat quarterback had over 400 passing yards and seven total touchdowns.Although Texas continues to play solid defense this season, the Sooners present many challenges on offense.Oklahoma and Texas are set to kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET from Dallas.Do you think the Longhorns can shock the Sooners?last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Comments On Michigan Player’s Pregame Midfield Incident

first_imgMichigan head coach Jim Harbaugh patting a player on the head.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates a first half score with Shea Patterson #2 while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The Michigan Wolverines picked up another statement victory over the weekend, but it didn’t come without controversy. Before they defeated the Michigan State Spartans on the road, Jim Harbaugh’s players found themselves making headlines for all the wrong reasons.During warmups, linebacker Devin Bush unleashed his hatred for Michigan State by scraping the Spartan logo. It’s possible that his emotions got caught up in the rivalry, yet it was still unsettling to watch.After two days since the situation occurred, Harbaugh has finally opened up about the situation.“I don’t blame Devin. I liked the way our guys handled it. That would be like going back and saying, “Oh, look at Devin Bush, look at him out there. He’s out at midfield scraping up the logo.” After what just took place, that’s straight out of the Pistons’ playbook. Do something to them, say something to them, elbow them and when somebody else does something back, then flop.”Harbaugh on Devin Bush and scraping the Spartan logo pic.twitter.com/t8ONJZBpNq— angelique (@chengelis) October 22, 2018Regardless of everyone else’s opinion on the topic, Michigan’s head coach isn’t furious with Bush’s pre-game antics.It probably wasn’t the wisest decision in the world, but at least his actions weren’t harmful.Harbaugh normally sides with players, and once again he’s proving that he won’t throw his guys under the bus. Perhaps, that is the reason behind Michigan’s success of late.last_img read more

Clemson Landed A Surprise Signee Today

first_imgDabo Swinney speaks on the sideline.ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers already had a top recruiting class heading into National Signing Day, but Dabo Swinney’s team got a surprise boost on Wednesday with one player’s unexpected decision.Three-star OL Kaleb Boateng raised some eyebrows when he revealed he was committing to Clemson, despite previously having Maryland, Arizona, and FAU in his top three schools list.Boateng revealed in an interview with 247Sports that a recent conversation with Dabo Swinney on FaceTime was followed by an offer from Clemson.“Coach (Brent) Venables called me and told me to send him my transcripts and test scores,” Boateng said. “Later that night when I landed, I FaceTimed with coach Swinney and coach Venables, and they said they wanted to offer me.”Even though Boateng had not visited Clemson since March, he admitted that it reminded him of his high school.“In all honesty, Clemson kind of reminds me of my high school,” Boateng said. “Not in the winning aspect but more like the morals and standards of the school and football program. There’s a great emphasis on academics and the coaches are genuine. Everyone on the team is really treated as equals.”Boateng did not allow a sack in 13 games with Fort Lauderdale this past season.[247Sports]last_img read more

Urban Meyer Could Work Michigan Games If He Takes The FOX Job

first_imgohio state head coach urban meyer after his final gamePASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Sporting News reported that Fox Sports is close to a deal with former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to make him its star college football analyst. According to the report, Meyer would have his choice to work either “as a color commentator in the game booth or as a studio analyst at Fox.”It’s an interesting development regarding the former Buckeyes head coach who cited health concerns as his reason to step down from coaching Ohio State. If he lands this new job, he’ll be working long hours and traveling a significant amount.Meyer still has his job working with Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith in addition to teaching a class this semester.If Meyer does land the Fox Sports gig, there’s a real possibility he would call Michigan games. Fox primarily airs coverage of the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences, and airs “The Game” between Michigan and Ohio State.To be a fly on the wall if/when someone at Fox calls Michigan and says:”Urban Meyer’s part of the broadcast team this week, he’d like to watch practice.” https://t.co/zhdEVAOanL— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) January 17, 2019We’re sure Michigan fans would be thrilled with listening to Urban Meyer break down the action between his former Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines.Mark your calendars for November 30 when Michigan travels to Columbus to take on Ohio State in the final regular season game.last_img read more

New 2019 Win Total Projections For College Football’s Top Programs

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)College football teams have begun spring practices in preparation for the 2019 season. With just under half-a-year before the new season, sports books are updating their win total projections for the season.On Monday, college football insider Brett McMurphy revealed the most notable win total projections from the BetOnline sports book. Among them are projections from each of the Power Five conferences, along with several notable Group of Five schools.From the SEC, longtime powerhouse Alabama is expected to have the highest total with 11 projected wins. The best total in the SEC East belongs to Georgia with 10.5 wins.In the Big Ten, Ohio State gets the highest win total with 10. Arch-rival Michigan comes in second with 9.5 wins, while powerhouses Penn State and Wisconsin are projected to get 8.5 wins.Win totals via @betonline_agAlabama 11 Auburn 8 Boise 8.5 Clemson 11 Florida 9 Georgia 10½ LSU 9 Miami 8½ Michigan 9½ Miss St 8 Notre Dame 9½ Ohio St 10 OU 10½ Oregon 9½ Penn St 8½ Texas 9½ Texas A&M 7½ UCF 10 USC 8½ Washington 10 Wash St 8½ Wisconsin 8½— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) March 11, 2019In the Big 12, Oklahoma gets the highest win total with 10.5, while Texas comes in with 9.5 wins.The ACC will see Clemson dominate once again with 11 wins – a number that would seem to indicate their winning streak coming to an end.As for the Pac-12, Washington appears to be the lead dog with 10 projected wins, while long-suffering USC recovers with 8.5 wins of their own.Independent Notre Dame seems to suffer a slump with only 9.5 projected wins.Group of Five titans Boise State and UCF are slated to get 8.5 and 10 wins respectively.last_img read more

Urban Meyer’s Texts Appear To Suggest He Withheld Information From Media Regarding Zach Smith

first_img He also appeared to suggest he would knowingly withhold information from the media when he addressed the situation.“Amazingly all the stuff vs. Zach will get legally dropped and he was fired. Tuff perception world we live in. He was fired for cumulative stuff. I will not tell media,” Meyer said.This exchange between former player Trace Armstrong and Meyer also stood out.Meyer called the decision “easy” but brought up how the charges were dropped and that the perception of the case was why Zach Smith had to go.Oh, and also that he won’t tell the media that. pic.twitter.com/387CIbBVdO— Wyatt Crosher (@wcrosher) August 2, 2019It’s not a good look for the former Ohio State head coach. The situation became extremely muddied last summer surrounding the Ohio State football program.Smith, after domestic violence allegations, was eventually fired by Ohio State ahead of the 2018 season.As for Meyer, he received a three-game suspension and decided to walk away from the program following the 2018 campaign.Stay tuned for more on the developing situation. A closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)On Friday afternoon, Ohio State released over 2,000 texts and emails related to the Zach Smith allegations that rocked the university – and college football as a whole – last summer.Within the documents were text messages sent and received from former Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer’s phone.A text exchange between Meyer and agent Trace Armstrong caught the attention of many.In the exchange, Meyer suggested he was forced to fire Smith even after the issues surrounding the former Buckeyes assistant coach were dropped legally.last_img read more

Ratchanok Intanon beats Carolina Marin to win Malaysia Masters

first_img Indo-Asian News Service Kuala LumpurJanuary 20, 2019UPDATED: January 20, 2019 21:08 IST Ratchanok Intanon had a spectacular run in Malaysia (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRatchanok Intanon defeated Carolina Marin 21-9, 22-20 in the final of the Malaysia MastersHeading into the final, Marin had won three of her last four matches against IntanonIntanon dominated the match from the startThailand’s Ratchanok Intanon defeated Spanish badminton star Carolina Marin 21-9, 22-20 in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, clinching the Malaysia Masters final in just 42 minutes.Heading into the final, Marin had won three of her last four matches against Intanon, reports Efe news.The Thai, seeded No. 6 in the tournament, dominated the match from the start, jumping to a quick 6-1 lead and never letting Marin back into the set.Marin played better in the second set, grabbing a 10-7 lead before Intanon managed to tie it at 12-12.The players went back and forth, with Marin making a huge push and going up 19-18.Intanon, however, was not to be denied and she managed to edge Marin and take the title.Intanon had a spectacular run in Malaysia, upsetting top-ranked Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan and defeating 18-year-old home crowd favorite Goh Jin Wei of Malaysia 21-16, 21-16 in Saturday’s second semi-final.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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Ratchanok IntanonFollow Carolina MarinFollow Malaysia Masters Ratchanok Intanon beats Carolina Marin to win Malaysia MastersRatchanok Intanon defeated Carolina Marin 21-9, 22-20 in the final of the Malaysia Masters on Sunday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Sania Mirza eyes comeback to tennis by the end of year

first_img Press Trust of India BengaluruFebruary 9, 2019UPDATED: February 9, 2019 20:59 IST Sania Mirza said tennis has given her everything and she wants to try to make a comeback. (@MirzaSania Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSania Mirza has not played tennis since knee injury in October 2017Mirza delivered baby boy Izhaan Mirza-Malik in October 2018Mirza said she has lost weight and will now begin tennis trainingIndia’s tennis star Sania Mirza is planning to make a return to the game by year end following the birth of her baby.The 32-year-old had last played at the China Open in October, 2017 where she suffered a knee injury and was out of competition in early part of last year.In October, last year Sania had delivered a baby boy and the Indian ace said she now wants to return to the game and would start her training soon.”Realistic possibility for comeback is by the end of the year,” she said in an interaction at The Huddle held by The Hindu, here.”My conditioning trainer is coming in the next ten days. Now that I have lost weight, I do tennis specific training.”I am 32 years old, I am not so young as a tennis player. But I would die if I did not try. Tennis is my life, it has given me everything. I still have it in me.”Sania said she looks up to German legend Steffi Graf, a winner of 22 Grand Slam titles, as she has achieved a lot even after marriage and having a kid.”Steffi Graf is someone I look up to. I am still star struck whenever I see her. She is a great example because people say a woman cannot have to it all, but she had it all,” he said.”She is the greatest player. She married and had kids and achieved many things in life despite it.”Talking about favourite player, Sania said, “I will go with John McEnroe because he had personality. I don’t smash rackets, but it is fun to watch others do that.”advertisementShe also said she had the backing of parents and Mahesh Bhupathi in her initial stages of her career.Replying to a query, Sania said tennis cannot compete with cricket in terms of popularity because a billion people prefer to watch cricket than tennis.Sania said India is doing well in different sports, but in tennis it is not quite there.”We are a country of a lot of people. We need to have more people making it to the top. I do regret that there isn’t any system to promote players to the top level,” she said.”We are doing better as a country in different sports, but in tennis we are not quite there.”Also Read | ‘I want to be the perfect mother’Also Read | Sania Mirza scores new win in the gym 3 months after birth of son Izhaan. See picsFor 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 byPTI Tags :Follow Sania MirzaFollow Tennis Sania Mirza eyes comeback to tennis by the end of yearSania Mirza, who gave birth to baby boy Izhaan Mirza-Malik in Hyderabad in October last year, said she is realistically looking to come back to tennis by the end of 2019.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Janhvi Kapoor shows off her midriff in ravishing crop top and tights. See pics

first_imgOther Galleries 10 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Malaika Arora in top and mini shorts makes case for comfort dressing at gym. See pics 9 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Disha Patani is comfortable yet sexy in spaghetti crop top and track pants at Mumbai airport 12 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Kiara Advani to Urvashi Rautela: Best and worst-dressed at award night 9 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Kriti Sanon pairs smart denim jacket with neon green dress for Housefull 4 promotions. See pics Other Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoLifestyleLifestyleGallery Image: Image: Caption: Janhvi Kapoor was recently spotted outside her gym in Khar, Mumbai.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Caption: The actress chose to wear grey co-ords for her workout session.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Caption: With her grey top, Janhvi chose to wear a blush pink sports bra.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Caption: She paired her look with her favourite black fluffy slippers and her LV bag which costs a whooping Rs 2 lakh.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Caption: The Dhadak actress chose a no makeup look and let her long flowy traces down.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Caption: The actress will be next seen in the film Takht along side Ranveer Singh and Kareena Kapoor.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Tags: Janhvi KapoorGym lookSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticlePhoto By: Yogen ShahShort description: Janhvi Kapoor was recently spotted outside her gym in Khar, Mumbai. The Dhadak actress chose to wear grey co-ords for her workout session.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5c82683681cb41552050230_1473495_editCommentContent Publish date: Friday, March 8, 2019 – 18:00Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NjciLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1ODkiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NjcifQ==770×433:last_img read more

West Indies 1st team to score less than 75 in successive T20Is, lose series 3-0 to England

first_imgWest Indies 1st team to score less than 75 in successive T20Is, lose series 3-0 to EnglandWest Indies were beaten 3-0 in the T20I series and they were bowled out for 71 in just 13 overs in the third T20I at St Kitts and Nevis on Sunday. advertisement Reuters Saint KittsMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 08:37 IST No West Indies batsman scored more than 11 during the third T20I on Sunday (@windiescricket Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFast-medium bowler David Willey rattled through West Indies’ top order, taking 4-7 off three oversIt took England just 10.3 overs to polish off their victory target, Jonny Bairstow scoring a quickfire 37West Indies vs England, 3rd T20I, David Willey, West Indies cricket, West Indies T20I records, West Indies 45 all out, West Indies 71 all outEngland ended their Caribbean tour on an upbeat note when they thrashed West Indies by eight wickets in the final Twenty20 international on Sunday to sweep the three-match series.Fast-medium bowler David Willey rattled through West Indies’ top order, taking 4-7 off three overs as England dismissed the home team for a paltry 71 in 13 overs at Basseterre in Saint Kitts and Nevis.The capitulation left West Indies with the ignominy of being the first team to score less than 75 in consecutive T20 internationals, following their 45-run total in the second game on Friday.No West Indies batsman scored more than 11.It took England just 10.3 overs to polish off their victory target, Jonny Bairstow scoring a quickfire 37.#WIvENG It just wasn’t enough today from the #MenInMaroon. ENG finish the Sandals T20I Series 3-0 #ItsOurGame pic.twitter.com/OgphAURnMSWindies Cricket (@windiescricket) March 10, 2019The dye was cast from the first ball on a slowish wicket when Shai Hope gave an easy catch to short cover off Willey, who was named man-of-the-match.”My role up front there is to try to swing the new ball,” Willey said. “Tonight it didn’t swing a great deal but I put it in the right area and there was a bit of hold in the pitch for me and it forced some errors from the West Indies.”Captain Eoin Morgan was particularly pleased with the performance of some of his fringe players who got a chance to play when several first-choice players were rested.”Guys who don’t get a huge amount of opportunities have stuck their hand up on numerous occasions and it’s really exciting to see,” Morgan said, naming bowlers Willey and Chris Jordan and batsmen Sam Billings and Joe Denly.advertisementWest Indies captain Jason Holder said his team needed to learn to adjust to the batting conditions.”If conditions aren’t true in terms of the ball coming onto the bat we’ve got to adapt and set it up for our middle and lower (order) in the back half of the innings,” he said.England return home having improved as their tour progressed. They lost the test series 2-1 then drew the one-dayers 2-2 before sweeping the Twenty20 matches.Also Read | PCB writes to ICC for action against India for wearing camouflage capsAlso Read | DRS not consistent at all, says Virat Kohli after India fail to defend 358 vs AustraliaAlso 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 West Indies vs EnglandFollow Jason HolderFollow David WilleyFollow Eoin Morganlast_img read more

IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians sign Alzarri Joseph as Adam Milne replacement

first_img Press Trust of India MumbaiMarch 28, 2019UPDATED: March 29, 2019 17:49 IST IPL 2019: Alzarri Joseph replaced Adam Milne in the Mumbai Indians squad. (Mumbai Indians Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAlzarri Joseph is the new addition to the Mumbai Indians squad for IPL 2019Joseph is a replacement for Adam MilneMilne was ruled out of the tournament with heel injuryThree-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians have signed West Indian pacer Alzarri Joseph after their New Zealand import Adam Milne was ruled out of the event due to a heel injury.The 26-year-old Milne has been forced to pull out without playing a single IPL game this season.”Mumbai Indians have picked Alzarri Joseph as a replacement for the injured fast bowler Adam Milne for the IPL 2019,” the IPL said in a statement.”Joseph has featured in nine Tests and 16 ODIs for the West Indies so far,” it added.Joseph, a right-arm pacer, has picked up 25 Test wickets and 24 ODI wickets for his country.Joseph’s inclusion further boosts Mumbai’s bowling attack after the return of Sri Lankan veteran pacer Lasith Malinga.Mumbai lost their opening game against Delhi Capitals on Sunday.Also Read | Watch: Have Royal Challengers Bangalore found their own Jasprit Bumrah?Also Read | AB de Villiers wants RCB batsmen to step up in home game vs MIAlso Read | KSCA, RCB to invite 60 army men each for every home gameFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Mumbai IndiansFollow MIFollow Alzarri JosephFollow Adam Milne IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians sign Alzarri Joseph as Adam Milne replacementIndian Premier League 2019: Mumbai Indians have roped in West Indian pacer Alzarri Joseph after New Zealand’s Adam Milne was ruled out with a heel injury.advertisementlast_img read more

India favourites to win the World Cup 2019: Mohammad Azharuddin

first_imgIndia favourites to win the World Cup 2019: Mohammad AzharuddinMohammad Azharuddin feels Virat Kohli’s Team India are favourite going into the 2019 ICC World Cup, adding that he would be disappointed if they don’t.advertisement Press Trust of India HyderabadMay 14, 2019UPDATED: May 14, 2019 15:00 IST India have a very good team to win the 2019 ICC World Cup feels Mohammad Azharuddin (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMohammad Azharuddin picked India as favourite to win the 2019 ICC World CupAzharuddin said India have a good bowling attack to do well in English conditionsIndia play South Africa in the first game on June 5 at SouthamptonFormer skipper Mohammad Azharuddin described India as the favourites to lift the ODI World Cup, saying the team has very good bowlers who can win the quadrennial event, which gets underway in England on May 30.”We have a very good chance. We have a very good team. We have very good bowlers. A lot of people are saying if the wickets are favouring the bowlers, we will find it difficult. But even our bowlers can also get the opposition out. We have got world-class bowlers,” Azharuddin, who scored 6215 runs in 99 Tests and 9378 runs in 334 ODIs, said.”We have a very good team. I will be very disappointed if they don’t win,” he told PTI here.India’s fast bowling unit is led by Jasprit Bumrah, one of the world’s top bowlers in the ODI format also includes the likes of Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya.Asked if he thought India were the favourites to win the Cup, he replied in the affirmative.”I think so. India, I think (India) are number one, second England, third Australia. Because, in cricket, you never know. Anything can happen. The team who plays well on a particular day always wins. There are going to be upsets also, but hopefully not with our team,” said Azharuddin.India will begin their campaign at the World Cup with a clash against South Africa on June 5 at Southampton.Also Read | Virat Kohli’s childhood coach says Pakistan stand no chance against India in World CupFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Mohammad AzharuddinFollow IndiaFollow Team IndiaFollow 2019 ICC World Cuplast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Gulbadin Naib rues Rashid Khan’s absence after 7-wicket loss to NZ

first_img scorecard commentary India Today Web Desk TauntonJune 9, 2019UPDATED: June 9, 2019 02:13 IST Williamson and Latham took NZ to victory against Afghanistan (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand beat Afghanistan by 7 wickets on SaturdaySpinner Rashid Khan couldn’t bowl after being hit on the head while battingJimmy Neesham was the star for NZ with the ball picking 5 wicketsAfter Afghanistan’s 7-wicket loss to New Zealand in their 2nd match of World Cup 2019, their captain Gulbadin Naib said that he missed the services of star-spinner Rashid Khan who couldn’t take the field during New Zealand’s chase after he was hit by a bouncer from seamer Lockie Ferguson.Having failed two concussion tests, the Afghan team management decided to rest Rashid as a precautionary measure but the team could only pick 3 Kiwi wickets as NZ completed a comfortable victory. Naib also conceded that Afghanistan ‘were not great in the field’ and that contributed to the defeat.”We started really well. Hazrat and Noor were great with the bat. We misread the length of the ball, some of us batsmen, and we threw our wickets away early. So credit to the Kiwi bowlers. We have to play out 50 overs, and it is important for us to stay at the wicket. Our bowlers started well. The wickets did not support the fast bowlers, so we missed out on Rashid. I just tell the boys to keep calm and show a little more composure in the middle. We missed out on saving some boundaries too and we were not great in the field, so we have a long way to go – the improvement at this high level of cricket will happen day by day,” Naib told Star Sports after the match.New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was pleased with his side’s ‘outstanding’ effort and singled out James Neesham and Lockie Ferguson for special praise.advertisement”It was an outstanding effort. There are some world-class players in the Afghan side. I have played with a number of them for a few years. They got off to a good start and it was important to build some pressure in the middle overs, and the way the seamers came back in the middle-overs was fantastic – pace, bounce and a bit of movement did it for them. Lockie doesn’t need a lot of encouragement to turn up the speed. He has been fantastic in the three games so far. The left and right-arm combination helps up top and Neesham hitting the wicket hard with the bounce, pace and the movement – the same with their opening bowlers. The fielding, I think, was great from us. The batting improved from the last match. We have chased three games in a row and we are trying to chase some of the lower targets on surfaces that, if you’re put under pressure, you can pick up wickets. It is important to build partnerships in those situations. Every game you play, you set out to win it, and it’s great to have three wins in a row to start with. We have a couple of days off now, and then we have India after that so we need to adapt to new venues, which is the nature of tournament sport, but the guys will be looking forward to it,” said Williamson.James Neesham who was adjudged the Man of the Match for his best-ever figures of 5/31 said that earlier he had ‘let a few external voices affect’ his bowling but against Afghanistan, he went back to his ‘forte’ of ‘hitting the deck hard’ which yielded expected results.”Pretty pleased with my performance today. Afghanistan put us under pressure very early with the bat, but we knew we had the ability to dent them even after the start they got. The chase was clinical, obviously. Our home conditions are lower and slower, but the bouncy conditions suited me personally, to be honest. I let a few external voices affect my bowling, and I went back to my forte today – hitting the deck hard, and not trying to swing the ball too much,” said Neesham.Also Read | World Cup 2019: New Zealand retain top spot after dominant win over AfghanistanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rashid Khan fails concussion test after blow to head in New Zealand gameFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Gulbadin NaibFollow Rashid KhanFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow James Neesham Next No data available! advertisement view more view less World Cup 2019: Gulbadin Naib rues Rashid Khan’s absence after 7-wicket loss to NZA blow to the head while batting meant Rashid Khan couldn’t bowl a single ball during New Zealand’s chase of 173 as Afghanistan succumbed to a second successive loss in World Cup 2019 graphslast_img read more

India vs South Africa 2nd Test Live Streaming: When, where to watch live telecast, online coverage

first_img India Today Web Desk PuneOctober 9, 2019UPDATED: October 9, 2019 19:52 IST India vs South Africa 2nd Test Match Live Streaming (PTI Photo)Besides the two participating teams, a lot of eyeballs will be on the 22-yard strip at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium when India take on South Africa in the second Test beginning Thursday.The match will provide the hosts with a chance to wrap up the three-Test rubber and break the record for registering the maximum number of consecutive Test series wins at home. The Virat Kohli-led team won the first Test by a big margin of 203 runs and thus would enter the MCA Stadium brimming with confidence.But memories of the 2017 Test against Australia here, where India lost by 333 runs and the match ended in three days, are bound to haunt Kohli and Co.The International Cricket Council (ICC) had rated the pitch as “poor” and curator Pandurang Salgaonkar was in the eye of a storm.Salgaonkar was involved in a ‘pitch-fixing’ episode and was subsequently suspended by the ICC for six months later that year on the eve of the ODI against New Zealand.Back again after one match since his suspension got over (India versus West Indies, 2018) the 69-year-old will be worried about the overhead conditions with rain lashing Pune in the weeks leading up to the game.When is the India vs South Africa 2nd Test match?The India vs South Africa 2nd Test match will be played from October 10, 2019.Where will the India vs South Africa 2nd Test match be played?The India vs South Africa 1st Test match will be played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.advertisementWhat time does the India vs South Africa 2nd Test begin?The India vs South Africa 2nd Test match will start at 9:00 AM IST.Which TV channels will broadcast the India vs South Africa 2nd Test match live?The India vs South Africa 2nd Test match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. The match will be aired live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi commentary.How do I watch live streaming of the India vs South Africa 2nd Test match?The live streaming of the India vs South Africa 2nd Test match will be available on Hotstar. You can also catch the live updates on https://www.indiatoday.in/sportsWhat are the squads for 2nd Test between India and South Africa?India playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed ShamiSouth Africa squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma (vc), Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock (wk), Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Senuran Muthusamy, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Rudi Second.Also Read | Pune Weather Forecast, India vs South Africa 2nd Test Match: Will bad weather play spoilsport?Also see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow live streaming India vs South Africa 2nd Test Live Streaming: When, where to watch live telecast, online coverageIndia vs South Africa Live Streaming 2nd Test, Telecast: Here’s how you can watch the 2nd Test match between India and South Africa, starting October 10 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Pick Your Favorite: 6 Autumn Apple Cocktails

first_img 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without Editors’ Recommendations 2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon 1 part Fresh Lemon3/4 part Honey2 dashes Apple Cider Vinegar1 dash Angostura® Bitters1 sprig of Charred Rosemary (for garnish)*Method:Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass. Serve neat or on the rocks. Garnish with a sprig of Charred Rosemary.*To char the rosemary sprig, place it over an open flame (either on a grill or stovetop) and rotate for 5-10 seconds until herb begins to smoke and brown slightly.Ruby Salted Dog1.5 oz New Amsterdam Apple Vodka4 oz Ruby Red Grapefruit JuiceSqueeze of a lime wedgeMethod: Add ingredients into a salt rimmed Collins glass filled with ice, and stir together to combine/chill. Garnish with apple slices and fennel.The ‘Merican Dream(Created by North American Brand Ambassador Gary Hayward)1.5 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin.5 oz lemon juice.25 oz pumpkin syrup1.5 oz apple juiceSmall pinch of nutmeg, cinnamon and saffronFoam: Equal parts egg white, lemon, simple syrup and apple syrup.Method: Mix liquid ingredients with  small pinch of nutmeg, cinnamon, and saffron. Shake and serve over ice.Foam Method: Shake hard with 1 ice cube and spoon onto the top of the cocktail.Orchard Toddy(pictured)1 bottle Cinnful Apple Angry Orchard Cider4.5 oz Scotch or Irish Whiskey2.25 oz Lemon Juice3 oz Honey Ginger Syrup**3 oz WaterMethod: Add all ingredients to a Crock Pot and set at low heat. Allow to heat up and then serve and garnish with a lemon wheel studded with cloves. If using a stovetop, add all ingredients to a small saucepan and simmer over low heat. Be careful not to allow the mixture to get too hot because the alcohol will boil off.**Honey Ginger Syrup:2 cups Honey1 cup Water2 tbs Finely Chopped Peeled GingerMethod: Peel the ginger and then finely chop. Add all ingredients to a pot and cover. Simmer over medium to low heat for 20 min. Strain, allow to cool and store in the refrigeratorEffen Green Apple Mule1 part Effen Green Apple Vodka2 parts Ginger BeerJuice of 1/2 LimeMethod: Squeeze the lime half into a Copper Mug filled with crushed ice and drop in the squeezed lime. Add vodka and ginger beer and stir.Gilded Apple(Created by Jesse Marino, Wine & Spirits Manager of David Burke fabrick)1.5 oz Breckenridge Bourbon.5 oz Breckenridge Bitter Liquor1 oz Apple Pie ShrubGarnish: Candied Lemon Peel and Apple SliceMethod: In a stirring glass, combine bourbon, bitter liquor and shrub. Stir over ice. Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish. 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer center_img Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Behind pumpkin carving, apple picking is one of the most iconic fall activities out there. The thing is, apple picking involves finding an apple orchard, going to the orchard, then actually walking around and picking the apples. It’s a lot of work and great for Instagram selfies, sure, but at the end of the day, do you really want to spend all that time to get a few apples?We have a better idea, one that’ll save you the time and effort of apple picking, but still deliver one hundred percent of the apple flavors: mix up these apple-based cocktails and use those hours in more meaningful ways than trying to decide if that Granny Smith is ready for picking or not.Then again, if you’re really feeling athletic (and Insta-worthy), mix up some cocktails, toss’em in mason jars, and do both.Basil Hayden’s Autumn Sour(By Jon Feuersänger Denver, CO)last_img read more

One of Portland’s Best Restaurants, Raven and Rose, Is Inside an Historic “Horse Palace”

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Pair Oysters with Martinis WhistlePig Teams Up With Four Chefs on a New Whiskey The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less London Opens World’s First Cheese Conveyor Belt Restaurant America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene The absolutely delectable English gastro-pub food of Portland, Oregon’s Raven and Rose restaurant is often initially overshadowed by the very building in which it resides.Because that building is, in fact, a former Victorian carriage house or “horse palace” built in 1883 for one of Portland’s first great businessmen, William Ladd. The building has outlasted Ladd’s estate by over a century, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was literally moved three blocks away for over a year to make room for construction of an underground parking garage, before being moved back to its original location. In 2011, the building was purchased by the Mygrant family who worked with architects to restore and renovate the building and bring it not only up to code, but to exceed all environmental standards to become the LEED-Gold certified restaurant it is today.Inspiration for Raven and Rose’s amazing food came from owner Lisa Mygrant’s “time spent living, cooking and learning in England and Ireland.” Taking a page from the book of classic British Pubs, Raven and Rose’s dinner menu gives prominence to game-based dishes including hearty venison and tender rabbit and also offers up duck, lamb, pork, beef, and the spoils of the sea, including fish, oysters, and clams. Focusing on working directly with local farmers and makers, Raven and Rose believes their ingredients and the companies they come from should be as environmentally sound as possible. Raven and Rose makes clear, “From pastured meats to sustainably harvested seafoods to organic produce to biodynamic and natural wines, the health of the planet and of our guests and our employees.”The Fisherman’s Board changes daily, but always includes the freshest seafood available sourced from local fishermen. Also pictured is the Liver Pate.To fully appreciate the British-Isles inspired food, start your meal at Raven and Rose with a half dozen mignonette oysters and follow it by a couple unique starters: First, the beetroot salad made from roasted beets, apples, curried yogurt cream, and Marcona almonds.  The brightness of the curried yogurt cream works well with the apple and is all balanced by the slight earthy, bitterness of the beets. The plate is also a feast for the eyes, with the attention-grabbing pop of red from the beets. Follow this with the second starter called “Under a London Fog.” Made with chicories, wine-poached pear, walnut vinaigrette, and Humboldt fog goat cheese, the poached pear helps to neutralize the intense flavor of the cheese, melding the flavors from the chicories and walnuts into an overall nuanced, yet distinct palate-pleaser.West Cork rabbit two ways, with bacon-wrapped saddle, braised leg, mustard, cream, sweetbread, and chanterelles.After such cheese and cream oriented dishes, have a go at Raven and Roses’s lighter fare, especially the Fisherman’s board. Composed of only the freshest local seafood, the version we had while at Raven and Rose consisted of a refreshing salmon tartar, salty trout roe, cod brandade, perfectly cooked BBQ prawns, grilled octopus (which was cooked sous vide (for supreme tenderness) before being finished off on the wood-fired grill), and grilled mackerel. Other sharable plates that are worth your while are the Ballymaloe chicken liver pâté and the Goan curried clams.Raven & Rose Grass Fed Venison with huckleberry, spruce, foraged mushrooms, and potato coins.For an entree, we recommend the West Cork rabbit two ways, a beautiful dish that cooks the locally rabbit in the form of a bacon-wrapped saddle and a braised leg with accompany mustard, cream, sweetbread, and carrots, chanterelles, and onions. Our server, Joe, mentioned that the chef created this dish so that the sides are “what the rabbit itself would eat.” Another great option is the grass-fed venison (raised in southern Oregon). Venison is an extremely hard dish to get right, owing to the fact that it is extremely low in fat and, if cooked too long, can result in a tough, rubber-like piece of meat with no flavor. Not so at Raven and Rose. This venison was cooked to an absolutely perfect rare center with accompanying mushrooms, huckleberries, and potato coins. Again, the main dish is surrounded with vegetables that the deer itself would have eaten in the wild.If you’ve still got room after all that, Raven and Rose serves a mean dessert menu (we’re partial to the Crème fraîche cheesecake) and some great after dinner drinks.If you’re looking for a full-on boozy beverage to send you to bed full and warm, try the super smooth Ladd’s Manhattan, complete with a single giant ice cube.At Raven and Rose, the team is “dedicated to making everything [they] can in-house, daily and by hand…[They] butcher steaks, roasts, rabbits, birds, and fish in-house everyday. For the bar, [they] hand-squeeze all of [their] juices each day, and make all of [their] own syrups, cordials and tinctures.  [They] believe it is all worth the effort, and we hope you will taste the difference.”We certainly did.last_img read more

“Reel Masters” Follows Top Chefs on their Ultimate Fishing Trips

first_img WhistlePig Teams Up With Four Chefs on a New Whiskey Each section of the book profiles a different chef, follows him on a fishing adventure, and shares a few of his favorite dishes to serve with the bounty he’s collected from a successful day on the water. For a better idea of what Reel Masters is all about, we’re going to give you a brief rundown of each featured chef, why he loves to fish, and the types of recipes you can expect to find in the book. May it inspire and bring you luck on your next big fishing excursion.Jeremiah BaconWho: The Oak Steakhouse and The Macintosh in Charleston, South Carolina, five-time James Beard Award semifinalistWhy he loves to fish: “Just rocking on the boat, sitting still and listening to the sound of the waves hitting the sides. It’s a place that forces me to listen, watch, feel the water and have patience. It’s about what’s going on in a whole other world—the one on the water and the one under it.”Favorite recipes: Grilled Red Drum with Sauce Gribiche, Samal Chimichurri, Jo’s Crab QuicheJohn BeshWho: August, Domenica, Pizza Domenica and Willa Jean in New Orleans (plus many more), James Beard Award winner, author of four cookbooksWhy he loves to fish: “One could easily say that I have not evolved much since those early days of my idyllic youth. I am just as comfortable today lost in the Louisiana marsh with those same fellows I once fished with as a child as I am in one of our kitchens.”Favorite recipes: Creole Seafood Jambalaya, Mamma’s Seafood Gumbo, Pickled ShrimpWalter BundyWho: Shagbark in Richmond, Virginia, has appeared at The James Beard House and on Food Network’s Food Nation with Bobby FlayWhy he loves to fish: “To me, fishing is about being out in the majestic outdoors, in God’s beauty. That’s my church—the ocean, the bay and the rivers. It’s a beauty I cannot describe. I am at complete peace on the water. It is a special place and feeling for me. It’s like what I imagine heaven to be.”Favorite recipes: Roasted “Clams Virginia,” Chesapeake Bay Oyster Stew with Mascarpone Grits, Forest Mushrooms and Black Pepper Demi-GlaceKelly EnglishWho: Executive chef and owner of Restaurant Iris, The Second Line and Iris Etc. Catering in Memphis, TN. James Beard Award Semifinalist and winner of Cochon555 in 2012Why he loves to fish: “That moment when you are kind of by yourself while being surrounded with people you love… that’s the perfect place and time to me. It doesn’t matter what boat you are on with what pole, you get that moment every time no matter what.”Favorite recipes: Ryan Plummer’s Killer Frickin’ Ceviche, Tomato and Crab Salad with Avocado Vinaigrette, Venice Court BouillonJohn CurrenceWho: Executive chef and owner of City Grocery Restaurant Group—which includes restaurants like City Grocery, Ajax Diner and Big Bad Breakfast—in Oxford, Mississippi, and James Beard Award winnerWhy he loves to fish: “I don’t give a shit about fishing, but there is nowhere that I’d rather be than in a boat in the south Louisiana marsh, hauling in speckled trout and redfish. The irony is that the two are not mutually exclusive.”Favorite recipes: Smoked Trout Dip, Trout Tacos, Trout Salad LardonChris HastingsWho: Hot and Hot Fish Club and OvenBird in Birmingham, Alabama, James Beard Award-winner and Iron Chef America championWhy he loves to fish: ”Fishing and that intimate relationship with water have provided many hours of reflective solitude in both the happiest and most dire times in my life. It has been and always will be Big Medicine for me.”Favorite recipes: Dave’s Summer Salad, Wild Turkey Salad with First of the Season Morels and WatercressDonald LinkWho: Herbsaint, Cochon and Pêche Seafood Grill in New Orleans and three-time James Beard Award winnerWhy he loves to fish: “Today our tradition carries on with my daughter and son learning from my father. All the magic I felt being at the lake is alive and well inside them. I see myself in them, whether we are fishing at sunrise or just watching the sunset from the boat.”Favorite recipes: Fried Bass, Lake Beans, and Crusty CornbreadKevin WillmannWho: Farmhaus Restaurant in St. Louis, Missouri, multiple-year James Beard Award nominee and winner of Food & Wine Best New Chef 2011Why he loves to fish: “The excitement to land a good fish on generally light tackle—dumping line off the reel—is unbeatable. To share the experience with your buds and the teamwork needed to land said fish is gold.”Favorite recipes: Char-Grilled Cobia with Stewed Tomatoes and Okra, Corn and Shrimp Salad with Tasso, Smoked Pensacola Mullet (Featured Image) Editors’ Recommendations Whether you do it for a hobby or livelihood, fishing is very purpose-driven work. We all need to eat, but when you go out and find that food yourself instead of buying it in the store, it takes on a whole new importance. Fishing is one of those sports that’s very in the moment, but it’s also full of memories, stories and folklore. In her latest book, Reel Masters: Chefs Casting About with Timing and Grace, author, editor and publisher Susan Schadt journeys out onto the water with eight southern chefs that have a deep love for the sport. Although their restaurants serve modern renditions of classic low country fare, these fishing chefs never forget about their roots and the heritage that’s tied to the region and ingredients. They are passionate about ecosystem replenishment and conservation for future generations. Part field guide, part cookbook, Reel Masters is a story of yesterday, now and next time. The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Nowcenter_img Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux last_img read more

Visiting Southern Greenland, a Land of Vikings and Icebergs

first_img Next Photo Courtesy of Sentinel Photography 1 of 10 Photo Courtesy of Sentinel Photography Editors’ Recommendations The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Qaqortoq/Sentinel Photography Previous center_img Photo Courtesy of Sentinel Photography What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain As we begin making our initial descent, I get my first glimpse of the world’s largest island. The largely glacier-covered landmass can only be reached from two locations: Iceland and Denmark. I chose Denmark, and my journey began with a transatlantic flight from the U.S. to Amsterdam included a connection in Copenhagen. After overnighting in the Danish city, I was off for an adventure in the southern fjords of Greenland, where glaciers calve, the land is indeed green, and Vikings once dwelled.Our plane drops in over a mountain and descends quickly to a remote runway that was once a military base created by the United States leading up to their entry into World War II. The airport at Narsarsuaq is the starting point for our journey.Qaqortoq/Photo Courtesy of Sentinel PhotographyAfter gathering our baggage, we await for a shift in weather that will allow us the opportunity to cross the Tunulliarfik Fjord via rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) to the opposite side and the community of Qassiarsuk.Upon arriving in Qassiarsuk, we are greeted by an ominous statue standing vigil looking over the land towards the sea. The statue is that of Leif Eriksson, son of Erik the Red, and marks the importance that the region played in the westward expansion of Vikings.Our guide greets us as we load our gear into a small SUV and we begin the drive over the mountain to a small family farm near the shore of Sermilik Fjord. We spend the next few days residing in a small, remote hostel built by the outfitter located on the sheep farm in Tasiusaq. Power is supplied by a generator and is only turned on for a few hours a day. Our guide prepares us a meal of musk ox and pasta before we retire for the night.Over the next two days, we hike the area overlooking the fjord and kayak along its shores. There are a no indigenous trees to this part of Greenland and the vegetation is limited to small ground cover and tiny bushes. Despite its name, the island is predominately covered in ice; only a narrow portion of its coastal area supports vegetation, allowing human existence to flourish in this otherwise barren expanse.Photo Courtesy of Sentinel PhotographyTo assess our group’s kayaking skills, we spend an afternoon kayaking along the small bay near Tasiusaq. Here, we are floating among ice giants that have broken away from the Eqaloruutsit Glacier. This constant flow of ice keeps the fjord relatively blocked, but our kayaks easily navigate the congested waterway.The following day, we pack accordingly and set out for an overnight excursion on the fjord. It is raining and, in addition to our base layers, we adorn paddling jackets and pogies (paddling mitts) to protect ourselves from the cold precipitation. In addition to our personal effects that we have packed carefully into waterproof bags, we have also loaded both the front and rear cargo areas of kayaks with group gear including tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking gear, and food.We navigate our way through the iceberg field to a remote rocky beach where we set up camp in the rain before having a hot dinner in the group shelter. The sky is overcast and we retire early after a long day in the cockpit.After breakfast the following morning, we break camp and reload the kayaks before taking a hike to the top of ridge, where we get our first glimpse of the glacier that has spawned all of the icebergs that we have glided among over the past few days. This glacier is one of many that creates the ice sheet that covers most of Greenland year round. The area around the base of the glacier is littered with ice that will ultimately make their way into the bay that we have kayaked through in previous days.Photo Courtesy of Sentinel PhotographyWe slowly navigate our way back across the fjord. We gather our gear from the hostel and are transported back to Qassiarsuk where we spend the night at the Leif Ericsson Hostel and experience a “taste of Greenland” tapas-style meal. Our guide only tells us what each course is after we have sample the traditional food, which includes local fish, caribou, seal, and whale.We awake the next morning to find that a small expedition cruise ship has arrived in the fjord. The passengers aboard the ship are here to visit the former site of Erik the Red’s settlement of Brattahlid (present-day Qassiarsuk), which was settled over a thousand years ago. While once the home of indigenous people and Viking settlers, Qassiarsuk is now a sheep farming community that is rich in archaeological history. Among this small community sits the ruins of Viking longhouses, a church, and reconstructed replicas that mimic what once dotted the landscape.This is just one of many Viking settlements that cover the southern landscape. While there are some overland trails that connect some of the different regions, fjords and open waterways prevent easy navigation. However, if you want to get from one place to another with any expedience, that can only be accomplished via boat. We utilize Blue Ice Explorer, a service that transports us to Qassiarsuk, Narsaq, Qaqortoq, Igaliku, and a few spots in between.Narsaq/Photo Courtesy of Sentinel PhotographyFrom the ship, we spot other Viking settlements. Aside from the gentle hum of the boat’s engine, one could easily be transported back a millennium, as the landscape has changed very little. These views are what some of the early Norse settlers must have experienced when they first navigated these waters. We are allowed to come ashore at Hvalsey (near Qaqortoq), which is home to the best preserved Norse ruins in southern Greenland, specifically Hvalsey Church.Departing Greenland is about as logistically challenging as getting to the island itself. On our final day, we hiked 90 minutes to the boat dock before taking the boat two hours back down the fjord to Narsarsuaq, where we arrived just over a week ago. Our boat captain navigates the iceberg field and even stops and collects a small chunk of floating ice, chips off pieces of the small iceberg into cups, and pours each of us a martini that is thousands of years in the making. This is our final toast before we return to the airport for our flight back to Denmark.Having recently utilized one of the many online DNA services to ascertain my genetic origins, I can only speculate that the people who represent my Scandinavian roots perhaps once spent time here in the southern fjords. I leave Greenland with more questions than answers.Get the GearWhile beautiful, Greenland can be an inhospitable environment. When planning a visit to the world’s largest island, one should pay careful attention to gear selection for optimal enjoyment. Here are a few of my favorite choices for a visit to the southern fjord region.Mammut Meron HS Hooded Jacket – $525A good jacket is worth its weight in gold when facing extreme conditions. This GORE-TEX-strapped option can handle even the worst weather in high elevations.See ItHelly Hansen Odin 9 Worlds Jacket – $400We also like this option from Helly Hansen. The waterproof, windproof material is complemented by a design that allows for comfortable mobility.See ItPatagonia Micro Puff Hoody – $299This down alternative piece is the lightest, most packable insulated jacket we have tested. Paired with a base layer and a storm-proof shell, this is the ultimate mid layer.See ItGarmont Santiago Mid GTX – $190We took these mid-sized hiking shoes with us to Greenland. The lightweight Vibram outsole is great for gripping wet, slippery terrain.See ItScarpa Neutron GTX – $170For a low-cut option, go for the Scarpa Neutron GTX. The best part? It’s waterproof.See ItGoal Zero Venture 70 Recharger – $150Never miss that shot because you ran out of juice. The Venture 70 is ideal for keeping phones, camera batteries, and other tech powered for when you need them most, which is why it’s one of our top eco chargers.See It 9 Socially Conscious Sweaters for Cozying Up in Comfort This Falllast_img read more

Haul Your Gear with the Best Duffel Bags for Any Adventure

first_img 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure Editors’ Recommendations The Big List of Brands with Lifetime Warranties: Buy It Once, Have It Forever 7 Best Gym Bags to Haul All Your Workout Gear Going outside is a gear-intensive business. Taking climbing equipment to the Himalayas, fishing gear to the boat, or camping supplies to the truck all require durable carriers, so we’ve rounded up some of the best duffel bags for adventures. First, a couple points to think about before you buy one.SizeEveryone says size doesn’t matter, but it does in this case. Duffels range from 30 liters up to 150 liters.A 30-liter bag is great for weekend trips with minimal gear (or for filling with a sweaty gym kit). Fifty and 60 liters hold gear for a week, maybe less for gear-heavy sports like mountaineering; 50 is about the limit for carry-on luggage. Longer expeditions will need the 90- and 120-liter beasts. We suggest mixing and and matching sizes for the most efficient use of space.The Northface/REIWater-ResistanceEvery one of the bags on this list is very weather-resistant. While most are not dunk-proof because of the zipper, the fabric can easily stand up to rain and snow. See the two waterproof options below — the Aqua Quest White Water and the Yeti Panga — if you need something that can handle being soaked on rafts or paddle board trips.PocketsSome bags are just big open sacs. Throw everything in. Others have side pockets, mesh pockets, lid pockets, ID pockets. Look for pockets if you want to organize small stuff inside for quick access.North St BagsHandles and StrapsDriving, flying, driving, flying, ‘yaking, hiking, driving, and flying to your destination isn’t going to work for your old luggage with wheels. These bags have many ways to carry depending on what the transportation vehicle (or animal) of the day is. Dual briefcase-style handles are convenient, but get cumbersome with big bags. Shoulder straps can handle a heavier load. Side and end handles work well for throwing and dragging. Backpack straps are great for shorter distances and are often removable so they don’t get chewed up in airport conveyor belts.Best Duffel BagsThese bags will keep your gear dry and won’t break open like an old grocery bag. If you’re looking for a stylish duffel for a weekend getaway, check out the best travel duffels.Thule ChasmSay “Thule” and most people think roof racks and ski boxes. However, this brand also has stellar luggage and other gear to help your adventure. Thule’s adventure duffels give you efficient containers to cram all your gear in before loading into the back of the truck or the cargo box on the roof.Ranging from from 40 liters up to 130, the Chasm adventure duffel line is super durable with a 1,000-denier, waterproof fabric. The oversized mouth is easy to stuff with shoes, base layers, and helmets. One end pocket and two mesh pockets under the lid keep phones, passports, and protein bars at the ready.When you need to move, you’ve got options with the Chasm. Briefcase-style handles snap together for quick carries or attach to the sides, keeping them out of the way. Soft, breathable backpack straps latch to the webbing loops on the top and bottom. Use one shoulder strap attached in the center for a shoulder strap, or take them both off entirely and stash them inside.The Thule Chasm duffel is available in four sizes:40 liter for $130 (2.9 lbs)70 liter for $160 (3.7 lbs)90 liter for $180 (4.2 lbs)130 liter for $190 (5 lbs)Aqua Quest White WaterWhen the weather might turn terrible on your trip, or you know you’re going to get wet, you’ll want to take a waterproof duffel bag. All of the duffels in our roundup are very weather resistant, but happens when you need more? You need a bag company in the Pacific Northwest that specializes in waterproof gear. Based near the wettest place in North America, which can see 260 inches of rain per year, Aqua Quest knows how to stay dry.The White Water is a hybrid duffel and roll-top dry bag. Where as dry bags are long tubes that are a pain to find anything in, the White Water opens like a duffel and is far easier to organize. Stuff your gear in the huge opening, roll the top, snap it down, and begin your wet adventure. For quick access, there are two small mesh pockets on the outside, but don’t put your brand-new camera in these if it needs to stay dry.You can carry the White Water like a briefcase with the comfortable handle or clip on the included shoulder strap to any one of six high-strength D-rings. You can also tie it down to your raft or roof rack with the two rows of webbing on the bottom.The Aqua Quest White Water duffel is available in two sizes.50 liter – $70 (1.6 lbs)75 liter – $80 (2.2 lbs)North St. WeekenderNow we go from extreme waterproofing to a more urban styling with the North St. Weekender Duffle. Based out of Portland, Oregon, North St. Bags focuses on classic designs built in the U.S. This duffel is part of the new Weekender series, which includes an all-black backpack, meeting bag, dopp kit, and packing cubes.While not suited for expeditions to Everest, the Weekender is perfect for quick trips. The 56-liter size can hold gear for a week including your running or biking kit. One end of the bag is an expandable “shoe garage” for dirty shoes and wet gear. Velcro strips inside can mount optional carry cases for laptops and tablets.Sticking to the business side of things, the Weekender duffel has briefcase-style handles and a removable shoulder strap. Two additional, removable compression straps keep your gear tightly packed or tied down to motorcycle or bike.The North St. Weekender Duffel is available in one size:56 liter for $330 (2 lbs, 14 oz)Osprey TransporterNext stop: a duffel made by one of the biggest backpack manufacturers in the world. Osprey Packs makes a lot of backpacks — everything from packable daypacks to super-haulers that can fit two weeks worth of gear and food. So what does a backpack manufacturer do when they make a duffel? Put really nice backpack straps on it.The Osprey Transporter is super durable and really nice to carry. The fabric, handles, straps, and lid feel solid and overbuilt. The large U-shaped lid opens wide to show the main compartment and two mesh pockets. Unzip a hidden compartment on the lid to slide out the full backpack strap harness. Buckle the ends of the straps in place and you’re ready to haul the thing on your back. Osprey is the only duffel-maker on this list to include a chest strap — complete with emergency whistle — which will keep your backpack straps in the right place if you have to shoulder it for a while.The Osprey Transporter is available in four sizes:40 liter for $150 (2.7 lbs)65 liter for $170 (3.1 lbs)95 liter for $190 (3.5 lbs)130 liter for $220 (4.1 lbs)Patagonia Black HolePatagonia doesn’t like anything with unnecessary bells and whistles. The Black Hole Duffel is just a super durable and weather-resistant bag to haul gear.Don’t worry about the Black Hole in the rain. A water repellent finish on the outside and rain flaps over the zipper mean nothing is getting in. Simple, removable backpack straps are comfortable on the shoulders when you have to walk. Hide them inside the bag when travelling so they don’t get caught. Haul handles on the ends and daisy chain webbing on the sides let you tie it down to any kind of adventure transportation.Two pockets inside the lid hold headlamps or passports. Built-in compressions straps inside squeeze everything together. You can store the whole back in a laptop-sized pocket on the side when you turn it inside out. No more searching for that stuff sack in the garage. Or the bedroom. Or the truck.The Patagonia Black Hole Duffel comes in four sizes. There is also the Lightweight Black Hole with a thinner material and no end pocket if you need to save a few ounces:45 liters for $119 (1.7 lbs)60 liters for $129 (2.4 lbs)90 liters for $149 (3.2 lbs)120 liters for $169 (3.7 lbs)Yeti PangaYeti makes coolers that last forever — the brand builds them so solid you don’t have to wonder when it’s going to break. They just don’t. That’s also how Yeti built the Panga Duffel: super durable and super waterproof.For harsh, soaking wet conditions, the Yeti Panga keeps things simple. One straight zipper gives you access to the main compartment. This zipper is completely waterproof as long as you keep it lubed up with the included zipper lube. When it’s fully zipped up, it’s airtight. You can fill it with air and stand on it if you want.Two mesh pockets inside help you stay organized. Two haul handles and four tie-down points on either end help with transportation. You can also unclip the backpack straps and throw them inside when you don’t need them.The Yeti Panga is available in three sizes:50 liters for $300 (5.2 lbs)75 liters for $350 (6.1 lbs)100 liters for $399 (6.8 lbs)Gregory AlpacaWhen you need a simple, reliable, weatherproof duffel that’s going up mountains and around the world, many turn to one of these last two options. A tried and tested gear hauler, the Gregory Alpaca’s main feature is that it’s there when you need it.The body is made with burly 900 denier diamond rip-stop material. The bottom is covered with another 630 denier nylon. Drag this one around the world, up mountains and down rough roads. It’s going to take a long time to wear through that material.The Alpaca is only duffel with daisy chain webbing running the both sides of the bags. Tie it down anywhere, any way. Briefcase handles and backpack straps give you carry options. One end pocket and two mesh pockets under the large D-shaped lid hold small stuff for quick access.The Gregory Alpaca is available in three sizes:60 liters for $130 (2.15 lbs)90 liters for $149 (3.9 lbs)120 liters for $170 (4.1 lbs)The North Face Base CampThe North Face Base Camp Duffel is a bit of a legend in the gear world. One of the first laminated gear hauling bags, it’s gone through some changes, but is still the super durable adventure duffel it started out as. Adventurer Jimmy Chin and the rest of The North Face athlete team have carried their gear on thousands of trips with these bags.To make the Base Camp last through decades of use, The North Face uses 1,000-denier laminate, which is thicker than most bags. Not content with just that, the brand adds 840-denier ballistic nylon to the bottom. Feel free to tie it to the back of your truck and drag it down the road. It’ll be fine.There’s one zippered end pocket, a mesh pocket under the lid, and another end pocket inside. Carrying your gear is easy the comfortable backpack straps and briefcase handles. Rack it or yak it with the daisy chains down both sides and the haul handles on the ends.The North Face Base Camp is available in six sizes, ranging from the 31-liter gym bag  up to the monstrous 150-liter XXL that could carry multiple children.31 liter (XS) for $100 (2.1 lbs)50 liter (S) for $120 (2.7 lbs)71 liter (M) for $135 (3.5 lbs)95 liter (L) for $145 (4.1 lbs)132 liter (XL) for $160 (4.4 lbs)150 liter (XXL) for $175 (4.7 lbs) REI’s Gear Rental Program Will Change How You Experience the Outdoors last_img read more

Victoria Jubilee Hospital Receives Equipment

first_img The charity will also be donating two blood pressure machines and other equipment to the Kingston Public Hospital. The Victoria Jubilee Hospital has received medical equipment valued at US$6,700 from United Kingdom-based charity, Rejuvenate Jamaica Hospitals, to improve its neonatal services.The equipment, five incubators and five phototherapy devices, were handed over during a ceremony held on February 22, at the hospital’s North Street address in Kingston.The charity will also be donating two blood pressure machines and other equipment to the Kingston Public Hospital.In her remarks at the ceremony, Chief Executive Officer of the Kingston Public Hospital and Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Colleen Wright, expressed gratitude for the donation.Proud parents, Diane Shand (second right) and Jeffrey Richards (right) show their newborn twins, Malik and Malia to Consultant Paediatrician, Neonatal Care Unit, Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Dr. Yanique Brown (left). Others are (from second left): Registered Nurse, Tamara Campbell; Chief Executive Officer of the Kingston Public Hospital and the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Colleen Wright; and Director of Nursing Services for the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Elise Fairweather Blackwood. They attended the handover ceremony for five incubators and five phototherapy devices donated to the hospital by the United Kingdom-based charity, Rejuvenate Jamaica Hospitals. The ceremony was held on February 22 at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital’s North Street address in Kingston. The equipment, five incubators and five phototherapy devices, were handed over during a ceremony held on February 22, at the hospital’s North Street address in Kingston. The Victoria Jubilee Hospital has received medical equipment valued at US$6,700 from United Kingdom-based charity, Rejuvenate Jamaica Hospitals, to improve its neonatal services.center_img Story Highlights “I know that your donation will assist in enhancing the healthcare of our clients. At this hospital we provide gynaecological care, as well as maternity care. We know from time to time babies are going to be born that need to be placed in the incubators. We are grateful for the donation and we will use it as prescribed,” Ms. Wright said.Senior Medical Officer at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Dr. Rishi Chand, said the hospital’s services are in great demand, noting that an average of 700 babies are delivered each month.He expressed appreciation for the equipment, noting that it “is going to help us manage our patients”.Dr. Chand added that the Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC) which is to come on stream shortly, will further assist in expanding the hospital’s capacity.Representative of Rejuvenate Jamaica Hospitals, Joan Lindsay, said the charity remains committed to improving the services of the island’s public health facilities.“We have been fundraising for the past five years. We are grateful for the public that freely give and donate to the cause. It is because of them that we are able to equip the hospital with these incubators. Children are our future, and so we were inspired to try to get these equipment,” she said.Rejuvenate Jamaica Hospitals’ mandate is to improve public health facilities across the island.last_img read more

Lab Accreditation Should Be Mandatory – Minister Hylton

first_imgMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has expressed the view that laboratory accreditation should be mandatory, as is done in other territories.“I think the time has come for us to begin to consider this…the risks are too great,” the Minister emphasised. Currently, labs voluntarily seek out accreditation.Mr. Hylton was speaking on Tuesday, June 25, at the presentation of an accreditation certificate to Biomedical Caledonia Medical Laboratory, the first medical lab to receive the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JNAAC) stamp of approval.Stressing the importance of the accreditation, Minister Hylton said Jamaica is on the verge of an economic transformation with the Global Logistics Hub initiative, and that all of the country’s operations must be able to withstand international testing and scrutiny, in order to effectively compete.“Providing accreditation for our health services will play a major role in that transformation and move us further towards the goals of making Jamaica the choice of place to live, work, raise families and do business,” he explained.Mr. Hylton added that accreditation of local medical labs to international standards is an important step in improving the quality of the health care for Jamaicans and foreigners.“Based on the cost/benefit assessment, there is a growing trend for hospitals in the US and the UK to outsource laboratory and diagnostic tests to developing countries, as it costs, on average, 70 to 80 per cent less,” he told the audience.In her remarks, Chief Executive Officer of JANAAC, Marguerite Domville, emphasised that the process of accreditation is a long one, but an effective health care system is required to: have medical labs that provide accurate results, within the meaningful timeframe that is needed for proper clinical management; and use appropriate lab procedures with respect to ethics, confidentiality and the safety of patients.“A medical lab accredited to the international standard ISO151 89 will deliver this type of high quality service, because a lot is required to meet this standard,” she stated.Mrs. Domville pointed out that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported that 70 per cent of clinical decision making is influenced by medical laboratory results.She informed that the medical laboratories requirement for quality and competence standard was developed with strong input from the medical, scientific and clinical international communities for use by medical labs, in developing their management systems, and maintaining their own competencies.The standard was also developed to allow accreditation bodies to confirm, or recognise the competence of these labs, through accreditation.“JANAAC, in conducting these assessments for accreditation, has used a team of technical experts to assess Biomedical lab and is satisfied that they have obtained objective evidence that indicate that this laboratory has satisfied all the criteria specified in this international standard, so you can feel confident when you use their services,” the CEO stated.As part of the accreditation process, there will be three consecutive years of surveillance, including review assessments, to ensure that the lab continues to fulfill the requirements, and at the end of four years, there will be a full reassessment, which is similar to the initial assessment, to ascertain the lab’s competence.Biomedical is the first medical lab in Jamaica to be accredited by JNAAC. The accreditation agency has so far awarded six accreditations to labs which have met the requirements of the international standard ISO/IEC 17-025. These labs are mainly concerned with food and environmental testing.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

Jamaican Born Professor is Number One in ACCA

first_img Dr. Henry is a Professor at the School of Accounting at the Florida International University in Miami. Dr. Henry polled a total of 2,674 votes in the recent international elections. Story Highlights Jamaican-born professor, Dr. Kenneth Henry, has been re-elected to the Council of the Association of Certified and Chartered Accountants (ACCA). Jamaican-born professor, Dr. Kenneth Henry, has been re-elected to the Council of the Association of Certified and Chartered Accountants (ACCA) with the highest number of votes, and is ranked number one on the list of 13 elected Council members.Dr. Henry polled a total of 2,674 votes in the recent international elections and will serve on the ACCA for another three years.The Professor, who was in London for the meeting of the ACCA, called on the Jamaican High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Her Excellency Aloun N’dombet-Assamba.He told the High Commissioner that he felt honoured by the confidence placed in him by members of the Association. He said that he was proud to be an ambassador for Jamaica, and to be showing that the island not only produced outstanding athletes and musicians, but also accomplished academics.Of the five elected Council members in Professor Henry’s original group from 2010, four were also re-elected. The four represent USA, Romania, South Africa and the UK.One of his primary roles on Council is a member ambassador. He continues to be the only Council member representing the USA, and he also represents Jamaica and the Caribbean.Dr. Henry is a Professor at the School of Accounting at the Florida International University in Miami.last_img read more

JSIF ISO Certification Upgraded

first_img The Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF’s) International Organization for Standardization (ISO) environmental management certification has been upgraded from ISO 14001:2004 to ISO 14001:2015. Story Highlights This was disclosed by JSIF’s Managing Director, Omar Sweeney, who said this will, among other things, allow the entity and, by extension, Jamaica to access increased financing from international funding partners to undertake projects designed to safeguard the environment. Mr. Sweeney said JSIF will be better able to positively impact the communities where the development projects it administers are implemented, in keeping with global standards. The Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF’s) International Organization for Standardization (ISO) environmental management certification has been upgraded from ISO 14001:2004 to ISO 14001:2015.This was disclosed by JSIF’s Managing Director, Omar Sweeney, who said this will, among other things, allow the entity and, by extension, Jamaica to access increased financing from international funding partners to undertake projects designed to safeguard the environment.He was speaking at the Kiwanis Club of Barbican’s third anniversary meeting at the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission’s offices on Hagley Park Road in Kingston on Tuesday (January 16).Mr. Sweeney said JSIF will be better able to positively impact the communities where the development projects it administers are implemented, in keeping with global standards.“What that means is that… all of our practices, procedures and policies (are) certified to the international standard of ISO, in terms of how contractors work and how we leave the environment when projects are (completed),” Mr. Sweeney indicated.One example of this is the solid waste management system sub-project, implemented under the World Bank-funded Integrated Community Development Project.The Jamaica Social Investment Fund was first accredited in 2009 when it gained ISO 14001:2004 certification, which strengthened the agency’s overall environmental management capacity to carry out its various development projects.The agency has the distinction of currently being the only State entity in Jamaica and the wider Commonwealth Caribbean to attain this level of environmental accreditation.The ISO 14001 standard specifies a set of requirements for environmental management systems.last_img read more

BOJ Governor Reports Low Inflation in April

first_img Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, says the 3.2 per cent rate of inflation recorded for April 2018, fell below the BOJ’s target range of four to six per cent. Additionally, he said it was lower than the 3.9 per cent out-turn for March 2018, and the 5.2 per cent recorded for December 2017, as reported by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN). Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, says the 3.2 per cent rate of inflation recorded for April 2018, fell below the BOJ’s target range of four to six per cent.Additionally, he said it was lower than the 3.9 per cent out-turn for March 2018, and the 5.2 per cent recorded for December 2017, as reported by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN).The Governor was speaking at the Bank’s quarterly media briefing, at the BOJ auditorium, downtown Kingston, on Monday (May 21).Mr. Wynter said the reduced rate of inflation was due mainly to the sharper-than-anticipated decline in agricultural prices since January 2018, reflecting a recovery in the sector’s output.The Governor said the lower rate also resulted from “an unusually sharp decline” in electricity costs in April.Mr. Wynter said based on these developments, the BOJ’s projection for inflation over the next fiscal year is slightly lower than the figure indicated in February.The projection then was for inflation to continue tracking around the lower half of the four to six per cent range.“The projected path now incorporates the impact of the decline in agricultural food prices that has occurred… and also the impact of the upturn of crude oil prices since July last year,” Mr. Wynter said, adding that the recent upturn in grain prices is also included.Meanwhile, the Governor said the risks to the inflation forecast are “skewed to the downside”.The major risks, he indicated, include weaker-than-anticipated domestic demand conditions, noting that adverse weather conditions may cause local agricultural crop prices to rise faster than expected; and slower-than-anticipated global economic growth.Mr. Wynter noted that the latter risk is associated with emerging geo-political tensions and protectionist policies that have surfaced over the last six months.Additionally, he said there is upside risk from higher-than-projected crude oil prices.“But our current assessment is that crude oil prices will likely fall as geopolitical uncertainties wane and the impact of excess supplies prevails on the market,” Mr. Wynter said. Mr. Wynter said the reduced rate of inflation was due mainly to the sharper-than-anticipated decline in agricultural prices since January 2018, reflecting a recovery in the sector’s output. Story Highlightslast_img read more

IMO: Goal-Based Standards Verification Process Underway

first_imgzoom IMO audit teams will shortly be established to verify construction rules for bulk carriers and oil tankers of classification societies which act as recognized organizations (ROs), following the receipt of requests for verification by the 31 December 2013 deadline.A new SOLAS regulation II-1/3-10 on Goal-based ship construction standards (GBS) for bulk carriers and oil tankers was adopted by IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), at its eighty-seventh session in May 2010, by resolution MSC.290(87). This regulation, which entered into force on 1 January 2012, requires that all oil tankers and bulk carriers of 150 m in length and above, for which the building contract is placed on or after 1 July 2016, satisfy applicable structural requirements conforming to the functional requirements of the International Goal-based Ship Construction Standards for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (GBS Standards) (resolution MSC.287(87)).Under the GBS Standards, construction rules for bulk carriers and oil tankers of classification societies which act as recognized organizations (ROs) or national Administrations will be verified, based on the Guidelines for verification of conformity with goal-based ship construction standards for bulk carriers and oil tankers (resolution MSC.296(87)) (GBS Guidelines). According to the timetable approved by MSC 87, the deadline for the receipt by IMO of initial verification requests from classification societies was 31 December 2013.In support of the Committee’s request that the verification process should be conducted as efficiently as possible, the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has delivered its Common Package 1 comprising various IACS requirements to support the requests from its member societies.Based on the requests for verification audits, the IMO Secretariat will establish GBS Audit Teams as soon as possible, to conduct audits for verification of the subject construction rules. The outcome of the audits will be submitted to the MSC in May 2016 at the latest and, if approved by the MSC, those construction rules will be applied to bulk carriers and oil tankers to be built on or after 1 July 2016.On 20 December 2013, IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu met with the Chairman of IACS, Mr. Roberto Cazzulo, Chairman of RINA Services, who confirmed that the IACS Council had adopted new harmonised Common Structural Rules (CSR) for oil tankers and bulk carriers, which will be presented to IMO for GBS verification as its Common Package 2, by the end of June 2014.Commenting on the above developments, Mr. Sekimizu expressed his satisfaction with the timely and efficient manner in which the GBS verification process was being progressed, as instructed by the Maritime Safety Committee.IMO, January 3, 2014last_img read more

Multi-Million Pontoon Becomes Operational at Gwynt y Môr (UK)

first_img Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom A new £multi-million pontoon has become fully operationally at the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm base at the Port of Mostyn in North Wales.Port of MostynThe 10-berth pontoon will greatly improve the offshore transfer of wind turbine engineers and technicians throughout the construction and operational lifetime of the wind farm.Approximately 110 new long term skilled jobs are being created to staff the Gwynt y Môr base at Mostyn which is gradually becoming operational ahead of the wind farm’s completion later this year.RWE Innogy UK’s Gwynt y Môr Project Director, Toby Edmonds, said: “Completing the pontoon has been an important step forward in the development of both the construction and operations facilities for Gwynt y Môr at the Port of Mostyn.“We are delighted that the facility is up and running and is already delivering the anticipated improvements we expected to the efficiency of offshore works.“Transfer times to Gwynt y Môr have reduced, allowing technicians and engineers more time to work on the turbines. In addition, the new pontoon is less tidally restricted, so access to and from the port is greatly enhanced.“The new pontoon will play a vital role throughout the lifetime of the wind farm.”The 10-berth pontoon was commissioned with power, water and re-fuelling locations built in. UK based civil engineering company, BAM Nuttall won the contract for its design and construction, with approximately 15 BAM Nuttall employees overseeing the build. Consent for the pontoon was granted by the Welsh Government last March and construction took place throughout the summer months. Paul O’Toole from BAM Nuttall said: “We were delighted to win this prestigious contract.“The project at Mostyn demonstrates the commitment that BAM Nuttall has towards supporting construction in the renewable energy market.”Gwynt y Môr is a €2billion offshore wind farm on schedule to become fully operational in 2014, when it will be capable of generating enough energy from renewable sources to power the equivalent of approximately 400,000 homes – around a third of the total number of homes in all of Wales.The construction of Gwynt y Môr to date, has enabled the injection of over £350million into the UK supply chain, created and secured employment for over 2,500 people in the UK, and is expected to sustain over 110 jobs long term through a new multi-million pound operations and maintenance base, which will be built in North Wales.At the same time, North Wales Communities have been consulted on how to most usefully invest over £19million in community funding over the wind farm’s working lifetime – a topic crucial to Welsh and UK government in the delivery of energy policy. This is in addition to the £690,000 Tourism Fund. My location RWE, February 6, 2014last_img read more

Four South Korean Yard Workers Crushed to Death

first_imgzoom Four workers of Geochung Shipbuilding’s Busan-based yard have been crushed to death earlier today by a falling structure at the shipyard, South Korean news agency Yonhap informed. According to the Busan Fire Department, the operator’s cabin attached to a 40-ton crane used for shipbuilding broke away and fell from about 20 meters height during crane demolition work.The cabin rolled over on its side, crushing one person inside and three people who were standing on top of it, Yonhap said.A fifth worker managed to escape the structure and was not hurt, Korea Herald reported.The cause of the accident is believed to be breach of safety procedures during attempts to disconnect the cabin.Investigation into the case is underway.World Maritime News Staff; Image of the scene of the accident is available here.last_img read more

Interview: Alfa Laval Scrubber Sales Forge Ahead

first_imgWith marine gas oil (MGO) currently costing almost twice as much as heavy fuel oil (HFO), Diks says that shipowners operating within ECA areas might see a 50% drop in fuel costs after installing scrubbers.”We expect a continued good demand for PureSOx, as ship owners will now start to be able to see the difference between HFO bills and MGO bills. The oil prices have been lowered, but the price difference is still about the same and therefore results in a good business case for many vessels,” Diks told WMN.”Currently, these shipowners won’t see a major difference in their fuel bills, compared to last year, as the fuel prices have dropped significantly in the last couple of months. So the incentive to invest now, might appear less, although the relative saving now has increased from 30 to 50%, so ship owners that want to strengthen their competitive position might opt for a scrubber solution. This definitely applies for ship owners sailing to a large extent in ECA areas,” said Diks.Alfa Laval sees the introduction of the new sulphur cap as an instigator of technological innovations in the development of scrubbers. As more and more companies enter the market, ”Alfa Laval will continue its R&D program to extend its product portfolio,” said Diks.WMN: Should the compliance with the new sulphur regulations be mandatory? What should be done to ensure better enforcement of the new sulphur limitations?Diks: There is no doubt that legislation already ratified in 2008 is in place and should be enforced. Enforcement is of course key to achieve a level playing field for ship owners sailing in ECAs and justifies investments in a scrubber solution.WMN: What has been the product that has sparked the greatest interest from your clients ahead of the sulphur switch?Diks: We have been focusing on our PureSOx solution that now has been sold to over 60 vessels. Customers value our reliability as we have a proven track record regarding abatement technologies to meet the new sulphur regulations. In September we launched our PureSOx 2.0 at the SMM in Hamburg which created huge interest and which has been sold since then to Horizon Lines, Atlantic Container Lines and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.WMN: How long does it take for one of your scrubbers to be installed on a vessel?Diks: PureSOx is delivered as prefabricated components and modules, with every aspect of its installation well planned in advance. The packing of the components and their delivery to the site is optimized for a fast installation start-up. To save docking time, some preparation can be done while the vessel is in operation, and the final commissioning can also be handled en route. With a capable shipyard and smart planning, the total vessel downtime can be kept to as little as 2-3 weeks.WMN: With PureSOx recently being granted its first class approvals within MEPC.184 (59), you suggested that the class approval process for open-loop scrubbers, should not only rely on measurements, but also include calculation-based methodologies? How will these calculations be performed?Diks: This topic has been discussed and is still under discussion in IMO. Alfa Laval has developed its own calculation based methodology but realizes that this needs to be synchronized with all parties involved. A common approach to this is key to ensure a solution that can be pragmatically implemented during retrofits/new building projects. Our customers are looking for clear guidance regarding the pH requirements.WMN: Has Alfa Laval performed any environmental and financial viability tests so far, and what have been the results?Diks: Alfa Laval has performed tests and they can be found in the 2012 COWI report. Alfa Laval’s scrubber portfolio can be offered with 3 operational modes – closed loop, open loop and hybrid. When systems are operating in closed loop operation, almost no harmful substances are released into the water. In closed loop operation the scrubber water is dosed with an alkaline additive and recirculated. As the scrubber water becomes dirty, the water is cleaned with our unique water cleaning process. What remains is sludge that needs to be disposed at harbor reception facilities. Only a small part of the cleaned water needs to be discharged overboard, the remainder of the cleaned water is fed back and re-used in the scrubbing process. Alfa Laval will continue its development program to ensure that scrubbers remain an economically viable solution and will be able to coop with more stringent future legislation.WMN: Are there any plans to launch a new product soon, and what are your goals for 2015?Diks: Over the course of 2015 we will launch our inline version of PureSOx. The first system will soon be tested on board. Full sales of the inline will start in Q4 of 2015. We will continue working on the development of the PureSOx 2.0 which has been launched at SMM Hamburg 2014.World Maritime News Staff; Images: Alfa Laval Swedish engineering group Alfa Laval has seen a steady growth in the orders of their marine exhaust gas cleaning systems, the so-called scrubbers, spurred on by the introduction of the 0.1% Sulphur Directive, and the trend is expected to continue throughout 2015, René Diks, Manager Marketing & Sales, Exhaust Gas Cleaning at Alfa Laval, told World Maritime News.Rene Diks, Alfa Laval’sBusiness Unit Manager for Exhaust Gas cleaningNow in its second generation, the Alfa Laval PureSOx scrubber has accumulated an order portfolio of 70 units, comprising over 1,100 connected megawatts on roughly 65 vessels, including two full-scale pilot installations and the first orders in the US and Asia. The most recent order was secured from Finnlines for an exhaust gas scrubber for MS Finnmerchant.Judging by Alfa Laval’s order book, this exhaust gas cleaning technology is the most popular with ro/ro and cruise ship owners, with Spliethoff, DFDS, Grimaldi Group and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, among others, opting for the PureSOx scrubbers. Geographically speaking, the strongest demand for PureSOx scrubbers is recorded in North Europe, Germany, Benelux and the USA, according to Diks.last_img read more

Spotted: MV Veteran Ready for Work

first_imgDamen-built 80-metre ice class RoPax ferry MV Veteran was handed over to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (GNL) in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada on 23 October 2015. The vessel will start services from Fogo Island and Change Islands before the end of November.Announcing the arrival of the vessel, Premier Paul Davis of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador said: “The arrival of the MV Veteran is a proud moment for our province and the residents of Fogo Island and Change Islands.”MV Veteran is the first of a two-vessel contract, with a design stemming from a Canadian-Danish partnership between Fleetway and Knud E. Hansen.The sister ship, the MV Legionnaire, launched by the same shipyard on 15 July 2015, is scheduled for delivery in the spring of 2016. MV Legionnaire will operate on the short-haul route, the busiest route from Portugal Cove to Bell Island.Both vessels are part of a large “lifeline” vessel replacement programme being undertaken by the Provincial Government to modernise its fleet.These 200-passenger vessels have roll-on, roll-off capacity for 60 vehicles. The 80.9 long MV Veteran with a beam of 17.2 and cruising speed of 14 knots, will replace the MV Earl Windsor built in 1975. The sister ship will replace the MV Beaumont Hamel which dates from 1985.In addition, a certified Damen maintenance centre for these vessels is being established in the capital of the Newfoundland and Labrador region, St. John’s.last_img read more

CMES Receives Scrapping Subsidy from China

first_imgzoom Shanghai-based shipping company China Merchants Energy Shipping Co., Ltd (CMES) has received a financial package as part of the Chinese government’s scrapping subsidy program, the company said in a Shanghai Stock Exchange filing.Namely, the shipping firm received an amount of some RMB 763.4 million (USD 116 million) in scrap-and-build subsidies.CMES added that the funds, secured on June 16, will be categorised as non-operating income in the company’s 2016 financial results.The ship scrapping subsidy program, which was launched in 2013, was initially set to expire last year, however, China extended it until 2017.Under the program, shipping companies are encouraged to demolish older vessels with the aim of cutting vessel overcapacity and modernizing their fleets with modern eco-friendlier counterparts.The subsidies of RMB1,500 per gross tonne for scrapping older tonnage have proved to be a much needed lifeline for the country’s shipping companies such as China COSCO and China Shipping Development that managed to stay profitable in 2014.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Kinder Morgan Terminals Signs USD 900 Mn Deal with Nucor

first_imgzoom Houston-based energy company Kinder Morgan entered into a new, 10-year agreement with US steel producer Nucor Corporation to provide in-plant services for five of Nucor’s facilities in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and two facilities in Arkansas. KMI will be handling approximately 14.8 million tons annually of scrap steel, direct-reduced iron, pig iron and other feedstocks, as well as providing other ancillary services at the five facilities which produce some 13.4 million tons of steel products annually.The company said that the value of the agreement is approximately USD 900 million.“This new agreement ensures that KMI will continue to provide handling, processing, warehousing and marine services to Nucor, the largest recycler and steel producer in North America,” said KMI Terminals President John Schlosser. “These facilities provide Nucor and other customers access to our growing national network of marine and rail terminals. This agreement also reconfirms KMI’s commitment to growing our terminals business,” Schlosser added.Kinder Morgan owns an interest in or operates some 180 terminals.last_img read more

MHI Eyes Alliances with Three Japanese Shipbuilders

first_imgzoom Due to the current environment surrounding the shipbuilding industry, the Japanese shipbuilder Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) said that it plans to launch discussions toward forming new alliances with three compatriot shipbuilders, namely, Imabari Shipbuilding, Oshima Shipbuilding and Namura Shipbuilding.The move targets the integration of MHI’s strengths in shipbuilding technology and engineering with the three partners’ manufacturing capabilities and cost competitiveness, which would boost ship development capabilities, enhance negotiation response, and enable further cost reductions.MHI said that it “recognizes the need to undertake swift and progressive steps to secure the competitive strength required by Japan’s shipbuilding industry in order to compete, and mark sustained growth, in the global marketplace.”Furthermore, the company said that it would also consider the establishment of a technology center to undertake advanced technology development and education in shipbuilding technologies and skills.Going forward, MHI plans to issue a broad call for participation in the technology center by Japanese shipbuilders, marine transport companies, and others, with the aim of elevating the global presence of Japan’s shipbuilding industry through integration of the diversified knowledge possessed by partners in the industry.last_img read more

KDB Ten Hanjin Ships Up for Grabs

first_imgzoom The state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB), the main creditor of the former South Korean shipping giant Hanjin Shipping, has launched sales proceedings for ten Hanjin ships, Yonhap News Agency cited industry sources.The bank has reportedly asked the potential buyers of the ships, which include two container vessels and eight bulk carriers, to submit their bids by February 21.After the financially troubled shipping firm filed for court receivership in late August 2016, the company returned all ships bought with bank loans to its lenders.The latest vessels sale was announced a week after the Seoul Central District Court unveiled that it will end Hanjin Shipping’s rehabilitation process on February 17.In an effort to collect enough cash to pay back its creditors, the company opted to sell a number of its assets, including its entire Asia to US route network and operations on the routes, a number of containerships, as well as its overseas businesses.In early February, Hanjin’s 54 percent stake in Total Terminals International (TTI), the operator of two facilities in Long Beach and Seattle, was sold to Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and South Korean Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) for a USD 78 million.Undertaken by MSC’s subsidiary Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) and HMM, the purchase includes all of Hanjin’s equity and shareholder loans in both TTI and the associated terminal equipment leasing company Hanjin TEC Inc.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Port of Long Beach to Continue Modernization Works

first_imgzoom The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a USD 748 million budget for the Port of Long Beach in the next fiscal year, with more than 60 percent set aside to continue its modernization program.The budget will be presented to the Long Beach City Council for approval. For the fiscal year starting October 1, 2017, the port plans to spend USD 457 million on capital projects, a part of this decade’s USD 4 billion program to increase efficiency by upgrading terminals, waterways, bridges, rail lines, marine safety and other vital infrastructure.“This spending blueprint advances the nation’s largest seaport modernization program and our practice of investing revenue back into our harbor, a leading economic engine for this region, the state and the nation,” Lori Ann Guzmán, Harbor Commission President, said.“The budget reflects this Port’s fiscally prudent, results-driven approach to budgeting and capital improvements,” Guzmán added.The fiscal year 2018 budget projects a 1.8 percent increase in operating revenue over the current year.The budget puts USD 16.4 million into “net position,” designating it for spending in the future, beyond fiscal year 2018.Meanwhile, as part of the approved budget, the port is expected to transfer USD 18.7 million to the city’s Tidelands Operating Fund, which is used for beachfront improvements in Long Beach.Ongoing major capital improvement projects include the Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement and the Middle Harbor redevelopment, a model for green cargo operations and the most advanced facility of its kind in the world, the Port of Long Beach said.Another highlight in the budget includes USD 404,000 in funding for the Port Community Grants Program, approved by the Harbor Commission this year. Over the next 12 to 15 years, funding from the environmental grants program will help offset the impacts of port operations on the surrounding community.last_img read more

Samsung Heavy Nabs USD 366 Million Deal

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has won a deal for the construction of three special-purpose ships worth KRW 415.7 billion (USD 366.1 million).The shipbuilder said the order was received from an undisclosed North American shipowner.The delivery of the ships is set to be completed by the end of 2020, a regulatory filing reads.This is the second order for special-purpose ships in less than a month.To remind, SHI announced in June that it had received a contract to construct two special-purpose ships for a European company.According to the shipbuilder’s stock exchange filing, the deal has a value of around KRW 266.1 billion (USD 240 million).The special-purpose units are scheduled for delivery to the unnamed owner by the end of January 2021.In addition, the shipbuilder added that it has secured the go-ahead for the construction of two LNG carriers announced in April 2018.The contract for two firm 174,000 m3 LNG carriers with options for two more units was subject to board approval from the unnamed buyer.The two firm LNG carriers, which are priced at USD 184 million a piece, are scheduled for delivery by October 2020.For the second quarter of the year, SHI reported a net loss of KRW 142.7 billion (USD 126 million) compared with a net profit of KRW 22.7 billion a year earlier.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Low MR Charter Rates Hurt Pyxis Tankers Earnings

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy of Shaah Shahidh on Unsplash. Due to lower MR charter rates, Greek product tanker company Pyxis Tankers ended the second quarter of this year with a widened net loss.The company posted a net loss of USD 1.3 million in Q2 2018, compared to a net loss of USD 0.8 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.Voyage revenues stood at USD 7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018, representing a decrease of USD 1.4 million from USD 8.4 million reported in Q2 2017. As explained, the decrease in gross voyage revenues during the second quarter of 2018 was primarily due to lower time charter equivalent rates, as well as to a slight decrease in total operating days attributed to increased idle days between voyage charter employments.“Overall, our operating results for the second quarter of 2018 were mixed. As the quarter unfolded, the time charters for our medium range tankers (“MRs”) rolled-off into a very difficult spot market at much lower rates,” Valentios Valentis, Pyxis Tankers’ Chairman and CEO, commented.“Weaker demand for MRs was caused by temporary market disruptions in the Atlantic basin, led by lower activity in the Gulf of Mexico, continued drawdown of inventories of refined petroleum products in storage and intrusion of larger ships, mainly newbuild crude carriers, which transported clean products on their maiden voyages. Three out of four of our MR tankers are currently in the spot market, which we hope will improve by this fall,” Valentis added.“As for our small tankers, we experienced a nice improvement in trading activity compared to the first quarter of 2018. We have continued to focus on our costs during this challenging period. The success of our efforts was clearly demonstrated during the second quarter as our total operational costs (…) improved,” Valentis continued.The company’s CEO further said that chartering activity is expected to be challenging, however, with a modest upward trend when moving into the fourth quarter. Additionally, a long-term improvement in charter rates is expected as a result of attractive market fundamentals.“We remain optimistic about the fundamentals of the product tanker market, specifically for MRs, and believe that Pyxis Tankers has the platform and position to take advantage of them,” Valentis concluded.Focused on growing its fleet of MR vessels, Pyxis Tankers currently owns a fleet of four MR and two small tankers engaged in seaborne transportation of refined petroleum products and other bulk liquids.last_img read more

EU Gives Green Light to Polish LNG Terminal Extension

first_imgzoomIllustration, Image Courtesy: LNG Carrier/ Flickr-Kees Torn under CC BY-SA 2.0 license The European Commission has approved plans to support the increase of the regasification capacity, and the development of additional functionalities, of the LNG terminal in Świnoujście, Poland.The plans were approved under EU State aid rules and would see the terminal capacity increase from 5 to 7.5 billion cubic metres per year.The Polish LNG will receive EUR 128 million (USD 145.3 million) from the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund, under the 2014-20 Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme.The increase in capacity was included in the list of Projects of Common Interest of the European Union as part of the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan (BEMIP) corridor.last_img read more

Qatargas QFlex LNG Tanker Sets Milestones in Turkey

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Qatargas Doha-based Qatargas has set a benchmark with the delivery of the largest single cargo of LNG to the Marmara LNG Terminal in Turkey. The super-chilled LNG was delivered on board the Q-Flex LNG tanker Al Sheehaniya, which enters the record books as the first ever Q-Flex vessel to call at the recently expanded terminal.Featuring a 210,000 cbm capacity, the Sheehaniya loaded a cargo of ~207,000 cbm of LNG at the Ras Laffan terminal in Qatar on May 30, 2019, before heading to Turkey.​“The recent expansion of Marmara LNG Terminal allows Qatargas to send the world’s largest LNG vessels to yet another LNG terminal in Turkey. With 14 LNG trains and a total annual production capacity of 77 million tonnes, Qatargas is ideally positioned to meet increasing customer demand for reliable LNG, and capture the economies of scale afforded by Q-Flex and Q-Max LNG vessels,” Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chief Executive Officer, Qatargas said.The Marmara LNG terminal was originally designed to accommodate conventional size vessels, and recently went through upgrades to accommodate both Q-Flex and Q-Max vessels.last_img read more

Daylight Saving Time Starting Earlier

first_imgBrighter evenings are starting a bit earlier this year. Daylight saving time will start three weeks earlier and last one week longer in the fall. A proclamation made under the Time Definition Act ensures that Nova Scotia is in sync when the United States extends its daylight saving time in March. Setting our clocks with the U.S., daylight saving time will ensure banking and other business transactions will not be affected. This is especially important for scheduled transportation services — including airline, buses and rail. In addition to economic benefits, Nova Scotians will enjoy a bit more daylight during the winter months. “Staying consistent with the U.S. will ensure there are no disruptions in our relationship with our chief trading partner,” said Justice Minister Murray Scott. “Being in sync is also important to our agriculture, fishery, transportation, shipping and other sectors in our province.” People will now have to move their clocks ahead one hour on the second Sunday in March. This year, that is March 11. Daylight saving time ends on the first Sunday in November, Nov. 4 this year. Most of the other provinces that use daylight saving time are also implementing the change. Computer users are advised to check their calendars to ensure appointments are up to date when the time change takes effect.last_img read more

Minister Encourages Nova Scotians to Take Advantage of Healthy Living Tax Credit

first_imgThe Healthy Living Tax Credit gives Nova Scotians of all ages an added incentive to get more active in 2009. Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, hosted an event today, Dec. 16, in Dartmouth to encourage Nova Scotians to get active and take advantage of the tax credit, which has been extended to include adults who participate in fitness activities. “The expansion of the Healthy Living Tax Credit from children and youth to people of all ages is a critical step to help people make healthier life choices,” said Mr. Barnet. “I encourage all Nova Scotians, as they approach the new year, to make a personal commitment to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle.” The expansion was announced as part of the 2008-09 budget. Programs that qualify include any organized sport, physical recreation or physical activity program that is offered to the public by the government of Canada, the province of Nova Scotia or any municipal government within the province. A private or not-for-profit organization registered to do business in Nova Scotia is also eligible. This includes activities such as swimming lessons, dance classes, ski memberships, gym memberships, hockey registrations and many more. Adults and children who sign up for registered sport and physical activity programs in 2009 will receive a 8.79 per cent credit off registration fees. To get the credit, they must keep and submit the receipt as part of their 2009 tax returns. They will then receive a maximum tax reduction $44 per person. The maximum expenditure per individual will be $500. Registration fee receipts must be dated on or after Jan. 1, 2009 for an adult to get the credit. “Hockey is just one of many physical activities that people can register for and receive the tax credit,” said Darren Cossar, executive director of Hockey Nova Scotia. “We’re glad to see the government of Nova Scotia encouraging people to sign up and get more physically active.” A list of provincial sport organizations, member groups, organized sports and physical recreation and physical activity organizations that are registered for the tax credit is available at www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/HealthyLivingIncentive.html . The Nova Scotia Healthy Living Tax Incentive was introduced in 2005, providing a credit for registrations of up to $150 in registration fees for eligible children’s fitness activities. The maximum expense was increased to $500 in 2006. It is estimated the tax credit will generate a savings of more than $8 million per year for active Nova Scotians.last_img read more

Financial Services Sector in Halifax Adds Due Diligence

first_imgCastle Hall Alternatives, the hedge fund industry’s leading provider of operational due diligence, is expanding in Halifax with plans to create up to 50 new positions. The province is supporting the growth with a six-year payroll rebate to a maximum of $1,422,900, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), and up to $150,000 through the Department of Economic and Rural Development, for training. “Castle Hall offers investors an independent due diligence solution,” said Chris Addy, CEO of Castle Hall Alternatives. “In Nova Scotia, we can access an experienced and stable pool of accounting and investment talent to support our ongoing growth.” The company focuses on the operational risk of an investment made by a person or company. It assesses how and where the fund is invested and the risk, helping clients make better investment decisions. “This is another important investment in jobs and a stronger economy,” said Bill Estabrooks, acting Minister of Economic and Rural Development. “We’re proud to be investing in a company that sees the importance of training and fostering new graduates and young professionals in our province.” “Castle Hall’s expansion builds on the financial services sector by adding diversity and growth,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business, Inc. “There are few markets where an individual can work for a world leader in due diligence, and Nova Scotia is now one of them.” Nova Scotia is Canada’s university capital and produces graduates in accounting, finance and business from countries around the world. It was this talent base, combined with the province’s growing reputation as a centre for hedge fund expertise, that attracted Castle Hall. Castle Hall managing directors Gillian Scott and Lori Barton, both chartered accountants and CFA Chartered Financial Analystcharterholders, head up Castle Hall in Nova Scotia. Both returned to the province after extensive experience in international finance outside Canada. Castle Hall Alternatives helps leading institutional investors, fund of funds, family offices and endowments identify and manage hedge fund operational risk. Castle Hall’s team draws on more than 30 years of direct due diligence experience and is the industry’s largest, dedicated provider of operational due diligence. For more information, visit www.castlehallalternatives.com . Nova Scotia Business, Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. For more information, visit www.novascotiabusiness.com/castlehall. The Industrial Expansion Fund helps industries with innovation and technology, and contributes to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia. The fund helps protect jobs and support businesses to be more competitive and sustainable. It provides financial support, such as loans and guarantees, when many traditional sources are reluctant to do so.last_img read more

New Auto Glass Certification Exam Introduced at Reduced Rate

first_imgNova Scotians working in the growing field of automotive glass now have the opportunity to gain certification through a new exam. While certification in the trade is voluntary, it helps define the occupation, improve safety, increase the professionalism the industry and attract new people. It also emphasizes the work as a skilled trade. Consumers will now be able to look for this certification to ensure windshield-related safety and structural elements of their vehicle are being handled by someone with recognized expertise and proficiency. The fee for taking the exam will be reduced for the first 12 months from $666.45 to $133.29. “We are committed to supporting and developing a highly skilled workforce and we are taking steps to make it easier for Nova Scotia’s tradespeople to become certified,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “I encourage all skilled tradespeople working in the automotive glass industry to write this exam. “Certification opens doors for individuals already in the trade and helps introduce new people to the industry.” Tradespeople who have at least 8,000 hours of hands-on experience may be eligible to write the exam. They will have to produce references from two individuals in the trade who can speak to their ability. In 2008, the Provincial Apprenticeship Board received an application from the Nova Scotia Automotive Human Resource Sector Council to designate the automotive glass occupation as a trade. The application was based on a study of auto glass shops in the province, focus groups and detailed consultations. The automotive glass industry was designated as a trade on March 31, 2009. “With changing vehicle technology and processes, increasing demand for service, and a proactive human resource strategy, the automotive glass industry is growing and certification is the next logical step,” said Shannon Smith, executive director, Automotive Human Resource Sector Council of Nova Scotia. ” It will help professionalize the industry through enhanced training and performance standards, improve safety for the public and create a career pathway for new apprentices.” Nova Scotia is the fourth province, after Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, to recognize this trade. The regular fee of $666.45 will be reinstated on Feb. 16, 2012. To apply for the certification exam call apprenticeship training at 902-424-5651 in Halifax or toll-free at 1-800-494-5651.last_img read more

Speed Limit to be Reduced in School Zones

first_imgTo protect students and make roads safer the province intends to introduce legislation this fall to reduce speed limits in school zones from 50 km/h to 30 km/h. “As a former teacher and principal, I know first hand that road safety is not always at the top of a student’s mind,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This reduction in speed could give a driver the extra split second needed to save a life.” Alberta, British Columbia, and New Brunswick already have a 30 km/h limit in school zones as do many U.S. states. The legislation is supported by numerous groups in Nova Scotia, including The Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association, Safe Communities HRM and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. “Speed matters,” said Pamela Fuselli, executive director at Safe Kids Canada. “It’s estimated that a pedestrian struck by a car travelling at 50 kilometres an hour is eight times more likely to be killed than someone hit at 30 kilometres an hour.” The legislation is being developed and is expected to be ready this fall.last_img read more

Publication du rapport intérimaire révisé

first_imgLa Commission indépendante de délimitation des circonscriptions électorales a soumis son rapport intérimaire révisé au ministre de la Justice, aujourd’hui 20 juillet. La Commission avait publié son rapport intérimaire le 1er juin dernier. La révision du rapport intérimaire a été effectuée à la suite d’une lettre datée du 14 juin de la part du ministre de la Justice, Ross Landry, indiquant qu’il n’était pas en mesure d’accepter le rapport intérimaire tel que soumis parce que le mandat donné à la Commission était obligatoire et non pas un simple guide. Après avoir été avisé que le mandat était juridiquement contraignant, le ministre a déclaré le rapport intérimaire nul et a demandé à la Commission de préparer un rapport intérimaire révisé qui respecte entièrement son mandat. « Nous avons pris les directives du ministre très au sérieux, a dit Teresa MacNeil, présidente de la Commission. Comme dans le rapport intérimaire, il a été difficile de respecter la parité relative du nombre d’électeurs dans les limites établies. Toutefois, nous sommes d’avis que le document actuel démontre que le mandat a été entièrement respecté. Nous avons hâte d’entente les commentaires des Néo-Écossais lors de notre deuxième série de rencontres publiques. » Le rapport intérimaire révisé met l’accent sur les circonscriptions protégées et sur les soumissions présentées par les Néo-Écossais depuis le 1er juin. Tel que requis, le nombre d’électeurs dans chaque circonscription électorale de la province ne varie pas plus de 25 p. 100 du nombre moyen d’électeurs. La Commission propose : qu’il y ait 51 membres dans l’Assemblée législative; que trois circonscriptions soient éliminées, c’est-à-dire une au Cap-Breton, une dans le nord-est de la Nouvelle-Écosse et une dans le sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse; que deux nouvelles circonscriptions (Fairview-Clayton Park et Sackville-Beaver Bank) soient créées dans la région d’Halifax. La circonscription de Preston sera étendue pour inclure des parties des circonscriptions de Cole Harbour et Dartmouth, et sera renommée Dartmouth-Preston. La nouvelle circonscription proposée se rapproche de la région urbaine de la MRH. La circonscription de Richmond sera étendue pour inclure des sections de Cape Breton West et de la ville de Port Hawkesbury, et sera renommée Cape Breton-Southwest. Les circonscriptions de Clare et d’Argyle seront fusionnées à la circonscription adjacente de Yarmouth. La circonscription proposée de Yarmouth-Argyle inclura la ville de Yarmouth et le district d’Argyle. La circonscription proposée de Clare-Yarmouth inclura le reste du district de Yarmouth et le district de Clare. Les ajustements des limites dans les autres circonscriptions ont été guidés par l’objectif de la parité relative du nombre d’électeurs, dans la mesure du possible. En ce qui a trait aux circonscriptions protégées, la Commission propose ce qui suit : La deuxième série de rencontres publiques débutera le mardi 7 août à Port Hawkesbury. Le rapport final doit être soumis au gouvernement au plus tard le vendredi 31 août. La Commission de délimitation des circonscriptions électorales a été nommée à la fin décembre 2010 pour établir un maximum de 52 sièges à l’Assemblée législative et pour maximiser la parité du pouvoir électoral. Elle a été chargée de créer des circonscriptions dont la population varie seulement de plus ou de moins de 25 p. 100 du nombre moyen d’électeurs. Elle était aussi chargée de fournir des conseils sur la façon dont les législateurs peuvent aborder les préoccupations liées aux régions géographiques, à l’histoire et aux intérêts communautaires, ainsi qu’à la diversité linguistique et culturelle, particulièrement en ce qui a trait aux populations acadienne et afro-néo-écossaise. Le rapport intérimaire révisé et l’horaire complet des rencontres publiques peuvent être consultés sur le site Web www.nselectoralboundaries.ca/fr.last_img read more

Traffic Advisories Colchester and Pictou Counties

first_imgCOLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102, Hilden Work on a culvert on Highway 102 in the Hilden area will require occasional lane reductions on traffic in both directions until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Drivers should watch for traffic control and be prepared to slow down. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: West River Bridge, Trunk 4 West River Bridge on Trunk 4 in West River, will have occasional lane reductions for repairs until Friday, Aug. 28. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. -30-last_img read more

Dish TV suffers Q4 loss of Rs 131630 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: Essel Group direct-to-home arm Dish TV India Ltd Tuesday reported a consolidated net loss of Rs 1,316.30 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 31. The company had posted a net profit of Rs 118.21 crore in the January-March quarter a year-ago, Dish TV India said in a BSE filing.Its revenue from operations during the quarter was Rs 1,398.75 crore. It was Rs 1,532.37 crore during the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal. Meanwhile, Dish TV said its results were not comparable as Videocon D2H Ltd had merged with it and all the assets and liabilities have been transferred in the company, on a going-concern basis with effect from said appointed date. “Thus, the current audited financial information presented in the financial results are not strictly comparable with previously published audited financial result for the year ended 31 March 2018,” it said. Dish TV’s total expenses were at Rs 1,490.72 crore. During the quarter, the company had a subscription revenues of Rs 1,308.3 crore.last_img read more

Kartarpur corridor hits roadblock as consensus eludes India Pak Report

first_imgLahore: The ambitious Kartarpur corridor linking Pakistan’s Gurudwara Darbar Sahib with India’s Dera Baba Nanak shrine has hit a roadblock after the technical experts from both the countries could not find a consensus on building a bridge over Ravi’s floodplain, a media report said Tuesday. The experts from Pakistan and India on Monday held a meeting to discuss the modalities for the corridor at the Kartarpur Zero Point. The Express Tribune reported that the meeting lasted only one hour during which the representatives of both the sides exchanged details of the construction work. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistIndia wants the construction of a kilometre-long bridge on the Ravi river while Pakistan suggested the need to construct a road, it said. The Indian officials objected to the road, citing the possibility of floods in the river. However, the Pakistani officials said that a dam could be built around the road and the inclination of the road could be kept high to avoid flood waters, the report said. The two countries also could not agree on the date for the next meeting. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceThe group from the Indian side had officials from the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Land Ports Authority of India, National Highways Authority of India, among others. The Pakistani side was represented by the officials of Federal Investigation Agency, customs, construction, Pakistan Rangers Punjab and Survey of Pakistan. Earlier in April, technical experts and foreign ministry officials from both the sides participated in the talks held at the same venue. In the March meeting, the two sides decided to present surveys and maps for border fencing and developmental work on the Dera Baba Nanak-Kartarpur Sahib Corridor to their respective governments. In November 2018, India and Pakistan agreed to set up a border crossing linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur – the final resting place of Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak – to Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district. Pakistan has said that the work on the corridor will be completed before the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak in November this year. The Kartarpur corridor is expected to provide visa-free access to Indian Sikh pilgrims to the Gurdwara in Kartarpur Sahib a small town in Narowal, four kilometres from the Pakistan-India border, where Sikhism founder Baba Guru Nanak spent the last 18 years of his life.last_img read more

Health dept holds meet with senior cops on security in hospitals

first_imgKolkata: State Health department officials held a meeting with senior police officers at Swasthya Bhawan on Tuesday, discussing security aspects at various state-run medical colleges in the city. The main purpose of the meeting was to address the instances of security lapse.Senior police officers have already visited various medical colleges in the city to take a stock of the security measures in place. On the basis of their observation, they met the health officials to discuss how to enhance the security infrastructure in the medical colleges and hospitals. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersMeanwhile, some junior doctors on Tuesday threatened to organise another movement, in response to the five accused persons arrested in connection with the NRS incident being granted bail. All five persons who were arrested in connection with the assault on the junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital a few days ago, were granted bail by a city court on Monday. The accused were given bail as there was not enough evidence to establish their involvement in the incident. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe five persons had been remanded to police custody on two occasions since their arrest. On Monday, a city court granted them bail on personal bond. The release of the accused did not go down well with the junior doctors as they are considering it ‘a failure’ of the police. A team of junior doctors from NRS Medical College and Hospital met the Director of Medical Education (DME) Dr Pradip Mitra on Tuesday in this regard. They also sought a clarification from the DME on how the accused, who had allegedly attacked the doctors, were granted bail. The junior doctors said that the Health department officials had provided them assurance that the accused persons had been booked under non-bailable sections. The DME reportedly told the junior doctors that it was the court’s decision and the Health department had nothing to do with it.last_img read more

Mamata asks TMC MLAs to apologise to people for past mistakes

first_imgKolkata:Stung by defections and poor show in the Lok Sabha polls, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee Thursday gave some pep-talk to her party MLAs asking them to be more humble while reaching out to the people and if needed, apologise for the mistakes committed in the past. Banerjee held a meeting with her party MLAs during the day — her first since the Lok Sabha polls which saw the BJP snatching away 18 of the 42 seats in the state, just four less than the TMC. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers A senior TMC leader said at the meeting, Banerjee exuded confidence that her party will bounce back in the 2021 Assembly polls and asked workers to prepare for it and bring old-timers back to the party fold. “Our party supremo has asked all MLAs to be more humble and reach out to the masses. She has also asked us that if needed the MLAs should apologize for their mistakes committed in the past,” a TMC MLA said. Another senior party leader said, “We have been told to submit a list of four names per booth who will look after booth level organisation, IT cell and reach out to the masses with the welfare schemes of the state government.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja According to TMC sources, Banerjee admonished some of the senior MLAs for making statements which did not go down well with the people during the Lok Sabha polls. She asked her party leaders to introspect and rebuked a section of them for the TMC’s poor performance in the general elections, a source said. The TMC supremo accused a few leaders of not working properly in their areas and for being “keen on taking illegal commission” (cut money) from people to provide benefits under government schemes. Elected representatives at municipal and panchayat levels are facing public ire over the issue of cut money.last_img read more

AAP believes in changing lives of Delhi people not spelling CMs jibe

first_imgNEW DELHI: Dismissing BJP leader Vijay Goel’s demand of changing the spelling of Delhi to ‘Dilli’, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the AAP dispensation believes in changing the life of Delhiites instead of renaming the city. He sought to know how the people of Delhi will benefit by changing the name of the national Capital. “We have to change the life of Delhiites instead of changing the name of Delhi. We have to make their life better. How will people of Delhi benefit by changing the name of the city?,” CM Kejriwal said on Twitter in Hindi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Prosperity will only come when we ensure quality education and medical treatment to their children, as well as provide them good roads, electricity and water,” he said. On Wednesday, Goel, who is also a Rajya Sabha MP, demanded that the name of the national capital be spelt ‘Dilli’ in English instead of ‘Delhi’. He was speaking during the Question Hour of the ongoing budget session. Goel said there were many different versions to the origin of the word ‘Delhi’. Some believe ‘Delhi’ originated from Raju Dillu, a king of Mauryan Dynasty who named the city after himself. Others say the name ‘Delhi’ is derived from the word ‘Deehleej’ as Delhi serves as the gateway to the great Indo-Gangetic Plain. “Demands like naming Delhi as Indraprastha or Hastinapura have also been raised earlier but if the name ‘Delhi’ had to stay then at least it should be pronounced correctly,” he added.last_img read more

Kejriwal challenges BJP to make power free in pollbound Maharashtra Haryana

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday slammed the BJP and Congress for terming the power subisidy scheme as political stunt. “The BJP and the Congress are not able to understand whether to support it or to oppose it. Some of them are calling it an election stunt. They are contesting elections in Maharashtra and Haryana, I challenge to do a similar “election stunt”! Why don’t they take up such election stunts?” said the Chief Minister. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe said he would ask people to vote for the BJP if it implemented the AAP government’s decision in both the states where polls are due later this year. He said his government will also make public transport free for women in Delhi. Addressing a gathering at his residence, Kejriwal asked the BJP to make its stand clear on the AAP government’s announcement on power tariff. The Delhi chief minister had announced on July 31 that people consuming up to 200 units of electricity won’t have to pay power bills. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThose who consume between 201 and 400 units would be given a 50 percent subsidy by the state government. “Some people say it’s Kejriwal’s poll stunt. I ask them (BJP) there are elections in Maharashtra and Haryana, why do not you pull this stunt there?” he questioned and alleged both the BJP and the Congress were clueless whether to support his government’s decision or not. Delhi BJP leaders, including its president Manoj Tiwari, and the Congress had slammed Kejriwal’s announcement as a “poll stunt” before assembly elections. “Governments face backlash of people after five years but this is first government which has gained more respect, love and faith of the people. This is because it has worked day and night for the people in the last five years,” CM Kejriwal said.last_img read more

School Education dept assures pay protection for PG grade teachers

first_imgKolkata: The School Education department has guaranteed pay protection for the teachers who have post-graduate (PG) degree and are holding PG category post.These teachers are eligible to apply for the post of PG category if they are within the age limit of 40 years and will be entitled to get protection of their last drawn pay. A notification in this regard, undersigned by the Principal Secretary of School Education department, has been published. The matter regarding the pay protection of in-service assistant teachers appointed afresh by the West Bengal Central School Service Commission under graduate or PG category has been under active consideration of the department. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA teachers’ organisation had met state Education minister Partha Chatterjee at the state Assembly last month, with their demand for pay protection and the minister had assured them that it was under consideration of the department. It may be mentioned that earlier the department had declared that teachers belonging to PG scale should not appear for examination again to seek transfer to a place near his/her residence. Similarly, teachers of graduate scale were also prevented to sit for examination of the same scale, but were allowed to do so for achieving PG scale. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe department had reasoned that with the provision of transfer to nearby places already available, such teachers need not appear for examination. However, a section of teachers had moved court challenging the order and got the nod of the court for appearing in such examinations. These teachers were recruited in their new posts by the department, but their seniority was not considered in the pay scale. They were drawing salary (initial pay) on the basis of their new post. These teachers have been pitching for pay protection and have made rounds to the Education department to press for their demand in the last few months. “The same principle of pay protection will be applicable for the teachers holding pass graduate degree and pass graduate category of post to apply for the post of pass graduate category of teachers. It will also be applicable for teachers of government-aided madrasas,” an official said.last_img read more

HC judge recuses from hearing Honeypreets bail plea

first_imgChandigarh: A Punjab and Haryana High Court judge has recused himself from hearing a bail plea filed by Honeypreet, the adopted daughter of convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. She is in jail in connection with violence that broke out in Panchkula in Haryana on August 25, 2017, following the conviction of the Dera chief. The case will now be put up before the Chief Justice so that the matter can be assigned to another bench. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Her counsel said she had no role in the violence and her name was subsequently added to the first information report (FIR). The self-styled godman was sentenced to 20 years in jail in August 2017 for raping two women. A special CBI court in Panchkula in January also sentenced him and three others to life imprisonment for the murder of a journalist over 16 years ago. Ram Rahim’s conviction had led to violence in Panchkula and Sirsa, leaving 41 people dead and over 260 injured.last_img read more

Canada names new China envoy amid damaged relations

first_imgToronto: Canada on Wednesday announced the appointment of a prominent businessman as its new ambassador to China amid damaged relations following the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Dominic Barton, the former global managing director of the influential consulting firm McKinsey & Co, as the new envoy. Barton is head of the Trudeau government’s economic advisory council. Beijing’s embassy in Ottawa said China has accepted the nomination of Barton and said the Chinese side “expects him to play a positive role in promoting the bilateral relations back to the right track.” Trudeau fired the previous ambassador after he said it would be “great” if the US dropped its extradition request for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe arrest of the daughter of the founder of Huawei at Vancouver’s airport December 1 severely damaged relations between China and Canada. The US wants her extradited to face charges that she committed fraud by misleading banks about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran. China detained Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor on December 10 in an apparent attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng. China has stopped importing certain Canadian products like canola and meat, and it also re-sentenced a convicted Canadian drug smuggler to death after the Meng arrest as part of an apparent campaign of intimidation and retribution against Canada. Barton worked in Asia for 12 years as well as serving on the board of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and worked as an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, according to online biographies.last_img read more

Unable to repay man shot dead financier

first_imgNew Delhi: A man shot dead a financier in Chhawla area of Dwarka district. Police have arrested the criminal. The accused was identified as Than Singh, a resident of Qutub Vihar in Goyla Dairy. He was arrested near New Delhi Railway Station.Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse said that during interrogation, Singh revealed that he used to party with his girlfriends and for this lavish life, he had borrowed money from many persons. He had taken Rs five lakh at the rate of 10 per cent from deceased Dinesh and was paying the monthly instalment regularly. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”According to Than Singh, he had already refunded Rs five lakh back to the deceased with interest. He again took Rs 60,000 from Dinesh, but he was demanding Rs 75,000, which the accused didn’t have,” DCP Anto Alphonse further added. Police further added that after a long quarrel in deceased house, Singh fired with his pistol on the head of Dinesh from behind and ran away from the spot. He then left for Mumbai and remained there. After spending some time, he came back to Delhi to arrange some more money and had planned to move somewhere in Uttarakhand.last_img read more

Halifax judge tells rape victim You are strong and you are brave

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia judge praised a young university student for coming forward after a sexual assault she endured when she was 17, saying she showed courage and strength during a two-year legal ordeal that ended Tuesday with the sentencing of a male classmate.“Despite how difficult it must have been for her to share her thoughts and feelings regarding the impact of the assault … she somehow mustered the courage to read it into the record,” Justice Glen McDougall said before sentencing 21-year-old Chris Davidson of Calgary to 29 months in prison for sexual assault and unlawful confinement.“I hope she can continue to somehow find the strength and courage to go on,” the judge told the victim. “Often times, victims of sexual violence never get over the trauma of having been abused … You have already shown that if anyone can persevere and move forward, you can. You are young, strong and you are brave.”During Davidson’s trial in February, a Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury heard that the pair became fast friends as they both started their studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax in September 2015. Both were away from home and on their own for the first time — and both had little experience with alcohol.Davidson was 18 at the time.On the night in question, the couple planned to attend a fraternity party. Before they left, they both drank several shots of vodka.“Although Mr. Davidson didn’t have a lot of drinking experience, he matched (her) drink for drink,” McDougall said. “Nor did she have a great deal of drinking experience, based on the evidence.”McDougall said the woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, drank about six shots. Davidson had more, though the number remains unclear.When they returned to the woman’s dorm room, they undressed each other and prepared to engage in consensual sex, and the woman suggested he should wear a condom. But at one point, Davidson told the woman he had not had sex before, and was planning to share his first experience with his girlfriend.“Upon hearing for the first time that Mr. Davidson had a girlfriend, (she) decided that she did not want to go any further down this path and told Mr. Davidson to stop,” the judge said, adding that she placed her arm on his chest to make him stop. “Unfortunately, her efforts to end things were to no avail.”The woman placed a condom on Davidson’s penis when it became clear she could not restrain him or escape, the judge said.McDougall said the over-consumption of alcohol might help explain what happened, but he stressed that it couldn’t excuse Davidson’s actions, nor could it be considered a mitigating factor.The Alberta man told police he had no memory of what happened that night, saying he blacked out.Davidson did not testify in his own defence.In February, the jury found him guilty of sexual assault and unlawful confinement.On Monday, the woman read from a victim impact statement, telling the court she has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and has attempted suicide twice in the past year. She said she has nightmares about the assault and suffers from panic attacks, depression, anorexia, insomnia, self-mutilation and emotional flashbacks.Though she has been unable to attend classes, she insisted she will go back to school at some point.“I refuse to let this crime stop me from accomplishing all the things I have planned for my life,” she told the court.On Tuesday, McDougall told Davidson that it was clear from the evidence that he is an intelligent, respectful, church-going young man from a good family. The judge also cited a pre-sentence report that said he had no previous record and had taken responsibility for his actions.McDougall quoted from the report, saying Davidson had told an officer: “We both were drunk. I blacked out … The judge found me guilty, so I’m going to take responsibility. I chose to drink that much … I feel awful about what she said I had done … She is obviously traumatized.”The judge said even though Davidson showed regret and remorse, the impact of his actions were “devastating” for the victim.“Your conduct has caused perhaps irreparable harm,” he said.Dressed in a blue, collared shirt and tan pants, Davidson — a trim, clean-cut man with short brown hair — stared straight ahead when he stood to be formally sentenced. A few members of his family sobbed quietly as he was led away by two sheriff’s deputies.Outside court, defence lawyer William Leahey said the case is an example of what can happen when young people are away from home for the first time and are inexperienced with alcohol.“This set of facts … should be driven home to every student,” Leahey said. “They need to know the impact of booze when they’re young and have little or no experience.”The lawyer said parents typically do a good job of teaching their children good moral values while encouraging them to avoid drugs and alcohol.“But there’s a vulnerability that develops,” he said. “That vulnerability is a lack of experience with alcohol … You can look at this case and you could see how this could happen to anyone’s child.”—Follow @NovaMac on Twitterlast_img read more

Former female firefighter says she is to get official apology for discrimination

first_imgHALIFAX – A former firefighter says her 12-year battle against “systemic” gender discrimination has ended with a settlement that will see a public apology issued by the city of Halifax on Monday.In an interview Tuesday, Liane Tessier released details of an agreement that she says comes after years of complaints about abusive and disrespectful behaviour from her male counterparts.Tessier, who said other female firefighters have also come forward with concerns, said she hoped the settlement would signal that change is needed, especially in male-dominated professions.“Gender-based violence is not going to stop because of this apology,” said Tessier. “But hopefully my struggle, the settlement, and the apology will put other employers on notice as well.”Tessier said the settlement includes financial compensation and a commitment from the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency service to implement eight policy changes that she suggested.She said they cover a range of things from keeping hiring statistics to making the workplace safer for women to speak out. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is to monitor to ensure the fire service is abiding by the policies, she said.A city spokesman wouldn’t immediately comment on the settlement, saying the issue remains before the rights commission.“We continue to work closely with the commission regarding next steps and will provide more details once they can be made available,” Brendan Elliott said in an email.The 53-year-old Tessier first complained in 2005 about gender discrimination at the Herring Cove fire station.In a 26-page statement given to The Canadian Press, Tessier alleges she was “ostracized” and was subjected to “malicious gossip” after she spoke out. The statement and its allegations are not part of the settlement and haven’t been proven in court.She said she formally complained to management and was referred to a human relations consultant who “minimized and denied” all harassment claims.Tessier subsequently filed a complaint with the provincial rights commission in 2007, but she said it languished in the investigation phase for almost five years before it was dismissed.Not giving up, Tessier filed for a judicial review and in 2014 the Nova Scotia Supreme Court ordered that the complaint be re-examined by the rights commission.The case was to have come before a public board of inquiry in October of this year.“What’s hard about this last 12 years is that I had to speak and fight for my basic rights,” Tessier said. “And then I was getting retaliated against and had to eventually leave a job that I loved.”Although certified as a training instructor and competing in the firefighter combat challenge for years, Tessier said she was also passed over for jobs that were given to men with less experience.Tessier said she believes her experience has taught her about the “huge” imbalance of power that still exists in many modern workplaces and leaves many women “terrified” to speak out.She said women who come forward are seen as “trouble-makers or too sensitive,” while men are often hailed as “heroes or game-changers.”“There is a real double standard that is really evident and sort of infuriating,” said Tessier. “It made me crazy how I was treated so badly just because I wanted to have a better workplace for myself.”last_img read more

Vancouver shuts down Downtown Eastside residence due to deplorable negligence

first_imgVANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver is shutting down a decrepit residence on the Downtown Eastside, where some of the city’s most vulnerable have been living in what the CEO of a non-profit housing society said are mould- and feces-ridden conditions.Janice Abbott, the CEO of Atira Women’s Resource Society, which took over management of the Regent Hotel about three months ago, said the building is in horrific condition.An order was issued Wednesday giving the occupants eight days notice to leave the building and the province is offering tenancy at one of two nearby buildings it recently purchased.Atira Women’s Resource Society was in negotiations with the building’s owners, the Sahota family, for about 18 months before reaching an agreement to take over management of it, Abbott said.While the building appeared relatively clean each time she visited it during the negotiation period, Abbott said it was a different story once she was able to visit without giving advance notice and had the opportunity to meet people in their rooms.It’s still difficult to estimate how many actual tenants there are, because there were about 100 extra people sleeping in hallways, stairwells and elevators, she said.“There was mould in the rooms, ceilings had collapsed under the weight of water ingress, people were living without health care or attention from the health-care system,” Abbott said. “So unrelated to the shape of their rooms, they would be living in their own feces, urine-soaked mattresses.”This, in addition to rampant violence against women, assaults and cases of tenants being forced out of their rooms by others who wanted to rent them out, Abbott said.Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said the Regent Hotel has been the subject of more than 1,000 outstanding bylaw violations, including 445 that were referred for prosecution.“After many years of deplorable negligence by the owners of the Regent Hotel, the city and province must intervene for the safety and well-being of tenants,” Robertson said in a statement.The city’s chief building official determined that, due to decades of underinvestment and mismanagement by the building’s owners, structural and life-safety deficiencies constitute unsafe living conditions.About 80 residents will have the option to move into one of two buildings called the Jubilee Rooms on nearby Main Street, which the province recently purchased for $12.5 million.With the support of Atira and other service providers, including RainCity Housing, approximately 50 Regent tenants already have moved to other locations in the past several weeks.The Sahotas could not immediately be reached for comment.last_img read more

BC First Nation wont be able to return home for months after

first_imgMembers of a tiny First Nation in northwest British Columbia remain scattered across the province in hotels and relatives’ homes after fleeing destructive wildfires this summer.It will take months to clean up the damage in Tahltan First Nation territory in Telegraph Creek, which was devastated by four wildfires that merged into one 1,180-square-kilometre blaze in August, said Chief Rick McLean.Crews must clear debris and burned-out houses, ensure the water is drinkable, restore police and health services and even restock store shelves, he said. Rebuilding 21 destroyed homes can’t even begin until spring, when the ground isn’t frozen.“It’s mixed emotions,” McLean said. “Some people are happy they got out and have their safety and lives. Other people are taking it a little bit harder after losing all their stuff, everything.”The 2018 wildfire season was the worst in B.C. in terms of land burned, scorching more than 13,000 square kilometres. The flames hit First Nations especially hard and sparked complaints of poor funding and communication with Indigenous groups.The federal government is responsible for funding emergency planning for First Nations on reserve lands, while the province funds regional districts. Indigenous groups say the result is a complicated, bureaucratic system that left them ill-prepared.McLean said the Tahltan did not have adequate resources to battle wildfires. Its fire department runs on $10,000 a year, he said, which is not nearly enough given that maintaining and fuelling a fire truck costs several thousand dollars on its own.But he said he spoke in mid-August with Premier John Horgan, who raised his concerns with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Since then McLean has had further talks with the province and Indigenous Services Canada and believes they’ll help the nation rebuild.“Between (government funds) and our insurance, if you put all the pieces together, we hope to come up with enough to rebuild those homes that were lost and rebuild the community,” he said.Mobile homes will eventually be set up in the community for people whose houses were destroyed, said Kristina Michaud, who lives in Prince George but whose family is from Telegraph Creek.“It’s been difficult,” she said. “There are still lots of people who are in need and who are still displaced from the fires.”A benefit concert was recently held in Whitehorse and the First Nation is also accepting donations of money and furniture, said Michaud.“The whole nation has taken a hit. Even the homes that are still standing suffered a great amount of either water damage or smoke damage,” she said.“Our wildlife has been significantly hit hard. Even our rivers, we may not even be able to go home and fish for a few summers.”Forests Ministry spokeswoman Vivian Thomas confirmed Horgan spoke with McLean in August and raised the chief’s concerns about training and resources with Trudeau.The prime minister met with Horgan during a cabinet retreat in Nanaimo, said Rachel Rappaport, an Indigenous Services Canada spokeswoman.During the cabinet retreat, Trudeau flew on Aug. 23 to Prince George, where he pledged to “clear up those lines of flowing resources” to Indigenous communities.Ottawa and B.C. have a 10-year, $29.6 million agreement to deliver emergency services to on-reserve First Nations, enabling them to receive comparable support to local governments, said Indigenous Services Canada spokeswoman Martine Stevens.But she said significant efforts have been made this year to improve support for B.C. First Nations affected by wildfires, including streamlining a process to apply for funding for emergency preparedness and response projects.“Our department is working with the Tahltan First Nation community to assess impacts. We are working closely with the First Nation and partners to assist on immediate re-entry needs as well as recovery planning,” she added in a statement.B.C. has also established a new $50-million, three-year program that allows communities to apply for funding to cover up to 100 per cent of their wildfire risk reduction projects.McLean said he planned to apply for the funding and he urged other communities to do the same.“Clean up your debris, cut your guards, clean up all your old stumps, trees, and dry wood and grass,” he said. “Get your community members trained for fighting fires.“With the climate changing like this … fire is going to be the norm.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

Attawapiskat band Midnight Shine covers Neil Youngs Heart of Gold partly in

first_imgFollow @dfriend on Twitter.The Canadian Press Indigenous rockers Midnight Shine have added fresh glitter to Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” with new version that features a verse in Mushkegowuk Cree.The Attawapiskat band released a music video for their cover that’s filmed entirely in the northern Ontario community.The clip features lead singer Adrian Sutherland playing guitar and harmonica in a boat filled with his family and friends.The video was captured last October near Sutherland’s home as part of a marathon five-day shoot that included filming for two other songs.Midnight Shine’s “Heart of Gold” introduces new elements to one of Young’s most beloved songs, including a heavy drum beat, slide guitar, pow wow singing and the translated Cree verse.Sutherland performs the Indigenous chant and the vocals, while the Trews’ Chris Gormley appears as a guest drummer.The singer said in a press release that it proved difficult to directly translate the English into Cree words because gold is described as “money rock.” He said that wouldn’t do justice to Young’s meaning, so instead of “heart of gold” he chose to say, “good hearted.”“Heart of Gold” appears on Midnight Shine’s third album “High Road.”last_img read more

Everything is in front of us Cryptocurrency spurs Quebec regional economy

first_imgMAGOG, Que. — Emiliano Grodzki moves his right hand across the front of a series of small, rectangular machines, each fitted with a fan blowing warm air inside a former metal factory in Quebec’s Eastern Townships.Grodzki and the rest of the Bitfarms team modified the building to house two giant opposing walls of shelves holding thousands of powerful computing systems built for a single purpose: mining for digital currency.Known as hashing, the hunt for cryptocurrency is essentially an exhaustive attempt by a computer to solve a mathematical problem. Every second, each computer in Bitfarms’ factory in Magog, Que., conducts 13.5 trillion attempts at solving a math problem. Grodzki, 42, an entrepreneur from Argentina and Bitfarms’ chief strategy officer, stops his hand in front of one machine that is unlike the others: It’s blowing cold air. “This one is not hashing,” he says.Bitfarms’ machines are solving math problems in order to collect or mine Bitcoin, the world’s most famous digital currency. Companies have sprouted all over the world in an attempt to cash in on the cryptocurrency industry. But Bitfarms stands out.The Montreal-area company is trying to set itself apart as much by its infrastructure and vertically integrated business model as for its attempt to reduce the social stigma associated with the industry’s voracious energy usage.Since its inception in November 2017, Bitfarms has been rushing to retrofit factories in Quebec regions emptied out by the decline of the province’s manufacturing industries. The company leases a former Tupperware plant in Cowansville, an old carpet factory in Farnham and an ex-cocoa storage facility in St-Hyacinthe, all to mine cryptocurrency.And it is currently turning the former Sher-Wood hockey stick factory it bought in Sherbrooke into a fifth mining operation.Key to the company’s success is securing a stable, reliable — and relatively inexpensive — energy source. That’s where Quebec comes in, with its abundant, renewable and comparatively cheap hydroelectricity. Hydro-Quebec recently designated 668 megawatts for the growing cryptocurrency sector, more than is consumed by the province’s conventional mining industry.But Bitfarms recognizes it also needs to partner with local communities and convince them they aren’t trying to suck as much power as possible, make a quick buck and leave.The company recently signed an electricity agreement with Sherbrooke city council that is serving as a model for how towns across the province can make money partnering with players in this new industry.“We have a long-term mentality,” said Pierre-Luc Quimper, the 35-year-old co-founder and president of Bitfarms, who started his first website-hosting company at 14 in his New Brunswick hometown. “We want to be long-term partners.”Bitcoin began in 2009, and its creator is unknown. Every time a Bitcoin is bought and sold online, the transaction is recorded in a public, electronic ledger.The technology behind the ledger is called blockchain, which is composed of a series of linked “blocks” that each contain up to one megabyte worth of transaction data.Every time a block of transactions is closed, a complex mathematical problem is created. The hashing machines located in Bitfarms’ four factories are in competition with all the other hashing computers around the world to solve the problem.The first computer to come up with the winning number is authorized to create a new block in the chain, in which more Bitcoin transactions can be recorded.The winning computer is also awarded a set amount of Bitcoin, which can be transferred into hard currency or used to buy anything from food to homes.Bitfarms’ factories house at least 16,500 hashing machines between them. Together, they conduct 220 quadrillion attempts every second to solve the single math problem created when a block of Bitcoin transactions reaches capacity.Hydro-Quebec, the provincial utility, helped the Bitfarms team find locations around the province for mining operations. Then the City of Sherbrooke came knocking with a novel idea for the industry.Cities across Quebec purchase enough electricity from Hydro-Quebec to satisfy peak demands, most often during the dead of winter. But for much of the rest of the year, the energy grids have surplus electricity, and the provincial government has been pushing municipalities to come up with ways to sell the extra power, said Christian Laprise, director of Sherbrooke’s municipal power utility.The deal inked with Bitfarms secures the company 98 megawatts of electricity from Sherbrooke. But Bitfarms will have to reduce operations and use less energy during peak moments of the year when the grid is being taxed by residents.A couple of years ago, Laprise had no idea what Bitcoin and blockchain were, but now he thinks the technology can help develop the digital economy in smaller cities in the province.“It can be very volatile,” Laprise said, referring to the market price of cryptocurrencies, “but according to the research I’ve done, it’s pretty unanimous that blockchain is a system of the future.”Laprise said he hoped companies like Bitfarms diversify “and that they are sustainable over the long-term.”Bitfarms says its long-term goal is to expand into other applications of blockchain, but at the moment it’s concentrating on building its mining infrastructure.Toward the end of 2017, the price of Bitcoin exploded, jumping from about $6,700 in September 2017 to an all-time high of roughly $26,500 per coin, before dropping rapidly in early 2018. One Bitcoin is currently priced at roughly $8,500.In 2018, Bitfarms earned US$33.8 million in revenue and a gross profit of US$10.9 million, representing a 32-per-cent profit margin. But due to the massive drop in Bitcoin’s price over that period, the value of its mining equipment declined significantly, resulting in an US$18-million operating loss.Back in Magog, Grodzki said the broken hashing machine blowing out cold air would be repaired by the company’s technicians at its laboratory in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., south of Montreal. The company’s program department created and manages software that tracks the performance of each computer. Their four factories — five when the Sherbrooke operation is operational — run on an electrical system maintained by Volta electrique, a wholly owned subsidiary.Quimper says he remembers what it felt like when he was 10 years old discovering the internet. He said the blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies are at the same stage now as the internet was in 1997.“For the last four years, I’ve had the same feeling I had when I was 10 years old,” he said. “Everything is in front of us.”Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Vancouver Aquarium files civil claim suing city and park board over cetacean

first_imgVANCOUVER — The Vancouver Aquarium is suing the city and park board over the 2017 cetacean ban for breach of contract and claiming it lost millions of dollars in revenue.In May 2017 the Vancouver’s park board voted 6 to 1 to approve a bylaw banning whales, dolphins and porpoises in captivity.The bylaw went into effect immediately, preventing the Vancouver Aquarium from bringing new cetaceans to its facility in Stanley Park.In the civil claim filed May 14, the Vancouver Aquarium states attendance has dropped in the last two years, adding the bylaw has interfered with the aquarium’s “ability to carry out day-to-day administration” of the Marine Science Centre.“Compared to 2016, attendance at the Marine Science Centre in both 2017 and 2018 has declined by approximately 13 per cent,” the aquarium says in the claim.“Based on 2016 admission rates, this decline in attendance equates to a loss of approximately $4 million in revenues for each of 2017 and 2018.”  The Vancouver Aquarium has one senior-aged Pacific white-sided dolphin named Helen that the park board continues to support.“She was rescued from fishing nets many years ago, and has no pectoral fins as a result,” says a spokesperson for the aquarium.A B.C. Supreme Court judge had agreed with the aquarium’s attempt to quash the park board bylaw and declared it void. But that ruling was overturned in February by a panel of three Appeal Court judges, who sent the matter back to the B.C. Supreme Court.The Vancouver Aquarium says as the matter is currently before the B.C. Supreme Court, it is not in a position to provide additional details on the lawsuit.For more than five decades, cetaceans have been a central feature of the aquarium and its efforts to engage the public, the lawsuit says.In January 1999 the aquarium housed five belugas, one killer whale and one Pacific white-sided dolphin, it says.By September 2011 the aquarium had four belugas, three pacific white-sided dolphins and one harbour porpoise, the claim reads.In the early 2000s, it says the aquarium began planning a three-phase, $100-million expansion of the Marine Science Centre. It says the first phase included improvement of “facilities and systems” for cetaceans costing more than $2.75 million, while the second phase included expansion of habitats for cetaceans including the Canada’s Arctic exhibit.Over the last two years the lawsuit says the aquarium wrote off $2.2 million in design and consulting costs for the new Canada’s Arctic habitat for cetaceans, and lost a “major private donation” equal to $7.5 million which was in support of the habitat. The lawsuit says the aquarium also revised its plans for the second phase of the expansion project.The aquarium had announced in February 2017 that it would phase out its cetacean program by 2029. But it intended on bringing in five more belugas in the interim once it opened its Canada’s Arctic exhibit.“The ability to control the day-to-day administration of the Marine Science Centre — including the choice of what aquatic animals to bring into or display at the Marine Science Centre — is crucially linked to the Vancouver Aquarium’s fiscal sustainability,” the lawsuit says.  The lawsuit says since 1995 the aquarium has owned and operated the Marine Science Centre in Stanley Park under a series of licence agreements with the city, represented by the park board.The aquarium pays two licence fees, it says. This includes a fixed fee of $150,000 which is to be increased by $25,000 after every five years, and a monthly amount based on a percentage of gross revenues from retail food and beverage sales, it says.“Despite the changes to its permitted uses under the license agreement, the Vancouver Aquarium has continued to pay combined annual licence fees to the park board and the city in excess of $290,000,” the lawsuit says.A statement from the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation says it has received a claim for damages in response to the 2017 amendment of the bylaw to restrict the importation and keeping of cetaceans at the Vancouver Aquarium.“The Park Board is reviewing the claim with legal counsel and considering its options going forward. The Park Board will have no further comment while this matter is before the courts,” the statement says.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Some facts on West Point Grey academy where Justin Trudeau once was

first_imgVANCOUVER — Here’s a look at West Point Grey Academy, the school in Vancouver where Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau taught and was photographed as a 29-year-old wearing dark paint on his hands and face, dressed as Aladdin at a themed gala event: HISTORY: The school was founded in 1996 by four families. Its website says they “envisioned a progressive coeducational independent day school” for children on the west side of Vancouver.LOCATION: The academy opened on just over seven hectares of land on Jericho Hill. It overlooks picturesque English Bay and the North Shore mountains.STUDENT ENROLMENT: The original goal was for the school to have 150 students, but 325 children from junior kindergarten to Grade 8 ended up enrolled in its first class by September 1996. The school has space for 943 students today from junior kindergarten to grade 12.STAFF: The academy employs 174 teachers and staff.FACILITIES: Its campus on West 8th Avenue consists of three academic buildings and two gymnasiums.FIRST GRADUATES: The class of 2001 consisted of 31 students.TRUDEAU CONNECTION: The Liberal leader taught math, humanities, social studies, French and drama at the academy after graduating from the University of British Columbia in 1998. Trudeau left the academy in summer 2001 to take a teaching position in the public system and later taught at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary. He was the chair of Katimavik, a national volunteer service program, between 2002 and 2006.SOURCE: The Canadian Press, West Point Grey Academy and the University of British Columbia websites.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

New online tool allows voters to request info political parties have on

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Not only do Canadian voters have no clue what political parties know about us, we don’t know how they are using the information.That’s a warning from the executive director of Open Media, Laura Tribe, as the advocacy group launches a new privacy tool to help shed light on the problem.My Political Data, an online tool, helps voters request all the personal information political parties have gathered on them using the parties’ own policies.RELATED: Citizenship, abortion, unions, trees: Friday on the campaign trail“So if you’ve ever interacted with a party, someone came to your door asking you to vote Conservative and you said you would never vote Conservative, then they would probably mark somewhere on your supporter record that they think that you are very unlikely to vote for them, very left wing,” Tribe says.That data can be kept, sold and used to target you in the future, she adds.“And there’s a lot of assumptions that they’re making about us, they’re buying information from lists, potentially selling or sharing information we don’t know. We don’t know what analysis they’re running on it, but we know that there’s a lot of work being done on our data to, manipulate that data.”Using the tool, voters can ask each party to disclose exactly what has been collected on them. Tribe is hoping that even if none of the requests are answered, it will send a message that political groups are not exempt from the law.last_img read more

Cricketer James Anderson Names His Top 10 Songs For Charity

first_imgJames Anderson, Lancashire and England cricketer, and the man responsible for taking 10 wickets during the first Ashes test, helping England to victory, shares his top 10 favourite tracks of the moment to mark his ambassadorship of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.The ten tracks on James’ Spotify playlist are:Get Lucky – Daft Punk feat PharrellRadioactive – Imagine DragonsIndian Summer – StereophonicsDefault – Django DjangoMirrors – Justin TimberlakeLaura Palmer – BastilleHollow Talk – Choir of Young BelieversYou & I – Crystal FightersSomeone Told Me – Jake BuggHo Hey – The LumineersYou can listen to the Nordoff Robbins Amabassador James Anderson’s Top 10 tracks of the moment playlist on Spotify.Speaking about Nordoff Robbins’ work, James says, “Nordoff Robbins’ music therapy work struck a real chord with me. I’m a really big music fan so to see a charity using music to transform lives is really special to me. During a visit to their centre, I got to see first-hand the difference music therapy can make to all kinds of people. Their work is really unique and I’m proud to support them.”last_img read more

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles From Paris With Love Gala Raises 55 Million

first_imgIn recognition for their compassion and dedicated support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), late night talk show host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel, legendary Dodgers play-by-play announcer Vin Scully and global play and entertainment company Hasbro were awarded the Courage to Care award at CHLA’s ‘From Paris With Love’ gala Saturday.Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs onstage at the 2018 Children’s Hospital Los AngelesCredit/Copyright: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Children’s Hospital Los AngelesMore than 1,400 prominent philanthropists, local dignitaries and supporters gathered at The Event Deck at L.A. LIVE for an event that raised $5.5 million to support the patient care and medical research that children who visit the hospital need.“We won’t rest until every child has access to the care they need to set them on the path to a healthy and successful life,” Children’s Hospital Los Angeles President and CEO Paul S. Viviano told the audience. “Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is incredibly grateful to each of you for your support, which helps our hospital provide transformative compassionate care at more than half a million patient visits per year.”Late night talk show host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel touched millions of viewers around the world when he bravely shared the story about his son, William “Billy”, who was 3 days old when he received open-heart surgery at CHLA for tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia, a rare congenital heart defect. Kimmel has been a stalwart advocate for health care coverage for all children and families in America.Billy’s surgeon, Vaughn A. Starnes, MD, was the evening’s special guest and mission ambassador. Dr. Starnes, co-director of the Heart Institute and founder of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, lauded the Kimmel family for their “bravery and sense of purpose” during Billy’s health challenges.“One of the best parts of my job is getting to know our brave young patients and their families and helping them fight formidable odds. Often they come to us when they’ve been told by other centers that nothing else can be done – and the Heart Institute offers them help,” Dr. Starnes explained. “One of those families that I’ve come to greatly admire is the Kimmel family. They’ve taken their own personal experience and shared it with the nation, and in doing so changed the conversation about health care.”“So many children, from so many financial backgrounds are cared for so beautifully and with so much compassion,” Kimmel said of CHLA, his voice breaking with emotion. “We can never repay them, but we’re going to try.”For 67 years Vin Scully delighted baseball lovers with his one-of-a-kind play-by-play for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Since retiring in 2016, Scully has gained a new generation of listeners at CHLA by reading storybooks to patients in the hospital’s Literally Healing room. He’s also the voice of public service announcements supporting Proposition 4, the bond initiative to raise funds for children’s hospitals throughout California.“Two words that have always shaken my heart are ’children’s hospital,’ ” said Scully, who noted that he and his wife Sandi have been blessed with six children, 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. “Like every parent we worry a great deal…and then I visited that sacred place and saw the great spirit and dedication from those who work there.” He then implored the audience “to vote yes on Proposition 4 to gain more funds for children’s hospitals across the state.”Hasbro works passionately to create a universe where every child experiences hope, kindness and joy. The company has been a longtime CHLA supporter, providing charitable grants, product donations and employee volunteers at events throughout the year.“Giving back is part of our DNA, and we are incredibly proud to support this organization and the important work that you do,” said Brian Goldner, Hasbro chairman and chief executive officer. “Around the world, almost all of our employees volunteer with children’s causes – and I know our employees who spend time here, with you, with the patients and families under your care, are especially honored by this recognition. They’ve seen first-hand your commitment to care, and the difference you make in the lives of children and families.”Emmy-nominated actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson hosted the event, which celebrated the ongoing support from the evening’s honorees. Entertainment included Foo Fighters, who performed “Learn To Fly,” “My Hero,” and “Times Like These,” and Pharrell Williams, who concluded the evening with a set that included hit songs “Get Lucky,” and “Happy.” Williams danced onstage with 9-year-old CHLA patient Eliana Georges, who basked in the moment with her favorite singer, whispering in his ear and sharing a warm, tearful embrace.Pharrell Williams performs onstage with CHLA patient Eliana GeorgesEach honoree was presented with a one-of-a-kind hand-blown artisan glass award created by Cheryl Saban, PhD, an honorary director of the hospital’s Board of Directors and a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees. Television personality Mary Hart, an honorary director of the hospital’s Board of Directors and a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees, presented the award to Scully; Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, presented to Kimmel; and Jennifer Page, a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees, presented to Hasbro.They were joined at the event by Heidi Klum, Josh Gad, John Stamos, Teri Hatcher, Megan Henderson, Nikki DeLoach, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Daisy Fuentes, Richard Marx, Luc Robitaille, Dustin Brown, Victoria Arlen, Mark Hoppus, Malin Akerman, Italia Ricci, Robbie Amell, Alex Meneses, Colleen Ballinger, Lake Bell, Heather Parry, president of Live Nation Productions, and Jeff Shell, chairman of NBC Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.Hasbro was the gala’s title sponsor. Gala Benefactor sponsors were Costco Wholesale, The Walt Disney Company and The Sydney Smith Trust. Premier sponsors were the Goldhirsch-Yellin Foundation and Kristin and Jeffrey Worthe, chair of the CHLA Board of Directors.last_img read more

Bramptons Alessia Cara to perform at 2018 Grammy Awards in New York

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: The track is nominated for song of the year.The Justin Bieber remix of the Luis Fonsi-Daddy Yankee song Despacito has already been touted the song of the summer by many. But will it have longevity until September? The original Despacito video has more than two billion views on YouTube. (LuisFonsiVEVO/YouTube)Mars’ nominations include album, song and record of the year. Despacito will also compete for song and record of the year.Previously announced performers include Lady Gaga, Pink, Childish Gambino and Little Big Town. Bruno Mars and Cardi B, who recently collaborated on the upbeat song Finesse, will perform together at the Grammy Awards.The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that Despacito hit makers Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, SZA and Kesha will also take the stage at the Jan. 28 show at New York’s Madison Square Garden.Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid, the trio behind the suicide prevention hit 1-800-273-8255, will perform the song with a group of suicide attempt and loss survivors selected by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

PRINCE CHARLES REVEALS HES A HUGE LEONARD COHEN FAN HE WAS INCREDIBLY

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Prince Charles revealed he’s a fan of Leonard Cohen as he spoke to presenter Michael Berkeley on a special edition of Radio 3’s “Private Passions”.The 70-year-old chose Cohen’s “Take This Waltz” as one of his tracks, admitting: “I’ve always loved Leonard Cohen’s voice and his whole approach to the way he sang.“He was obviously incredibly sophisticated in the way he sang, but also wrote. I find it very moving, the words are so extraordinary, sort of Salvador Dali-like, they lead you into this remarkable Dali-like world.” Prince Charles (Photo by Chris Jackson – WPA Pool /Getty Images) Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Charles also discussed the decline of music education in schools.He explained, according to the Guardian: “I’m one of those people who believes in the importance of arts education and music education in schools.“Apart from anything else, I think people forget – or may not realize – what an enormous contribution the creative arts make to the whole economy. It’s immense.“So we slightly shoot ourselves in the feet if we ignore it altogether. When you go to schools which still have it [music education], it is wonderful to see the enthusiasm on the part of the children in their orchestras.”The royal then said of his own school, Gordonstoun: “In those days, the early ’60s, we had these marvelous music teachers who had escaped the Holocaust in Germany and came to Gordonstoun and taught music there.”By BECCA LONGMIRE | ET CANADA Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

PROJECT OF A LIFETIME CANADIAN PAUL MASSEY NOMINATED FOR BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY SOUND

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Canadian sound engineer Paul Massey says he’s “totally thrilled” and “ecstatic” to be nominated for an Oscar for his work on the 2018 film “Bohemian Rhapsody.”“This is a project of a lifetime for me, so to be recognized as well is just icing on the cake,” he told CTV News Channel from Los Angeles on Friday.“My background while I was in Toronto and in later years was in music engineering and music mixing, and so for me now to be able to bring that experience of music mixing into the film world on such an iconic film, I mean, gosh… it’s just so exciting for me.” Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, and Joe Mazzello as John Deacon in Twentieth Century Fox’s BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (Alex Bailey TM & © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation) Advertisement Massey, along with Tim Cavagin and John Casali, has been nominated for best sound mixing for the film, which is a biopic of legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

MacKay may order review of search and rescue protocol after teens death

first_imgAPTN National NewsDefence Minister Peter MacKay says a review may be on the horizon on how ground search crews communicate with the military.MacKay was once again defending the armed forces and its role in the search for Burton Winters, 14.MacKay, at a news conference Monday in Halifax, responded to more questions about the military’s role in searching for the teen who was found dead after a four day search about 20 kilometres from his community of Makkovik, Labrador.There are still questions over why the military search and rescue helicopter didn’t arrive on the scene sooner.MacKay says the military followed its set of guidelines.last_img read more

Inuit singersongwriter Kelly Fraser nominated for Juno Award

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN NewsA young Inuit singer-songwriter’s messages of cultural pride, hope and healing are making waves in the music industry.At just 24-years-old, Kelly Fraser has been nominated for a Juno Award for her second album, Sedna.She first heard the news last month from a friend.“I burst out crying and thought of my mother right away and then all those people that told me I couldn’t do it,” Fraser says. “I thought of them and I was like, here I am doing it.”From Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, Fraser says music was always a part of her life. Her mom had a Saturday morning radio show that played ‘70s and ‘80s era music like Tina Turner and Joan Jett. When she was 11 years old, Fraser learned to play the guitar. When she turned 15, she formed a band that wrote its own songs.She says she was always a fan of American singers and rappers but felt the music didn’t represent who she was – a teen girl from the Arctic.“I wanted to hear about someone that went through what I went through,” she says.Fraser says her songs have a lot of meaning, depicting the struggles of suicide, social issues and the painful history of her people.“I work with amazing people around me and I overcome the negative things people say with the support of people around me,” she says. “I didn’t always have that support. I had to really prove myself that I’m a serious artist with a message to tell to people all over the world and people are respecting that.”Fraser hopes to build on the Juno nomination, to showcase her music and inspire a new generation.The Juno Awards will take place in Vancouver on March 25th.last_img read more

Were you turned on by this at all RCMP officer asks Indigenous

first_imgThis underage teenager was interrogated by police for more than two hours after filing a sexual assault complaint. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTNHolly Moore and Brittany GuyotAPTN NewsVideo obtained by APTN Investigates shows a Kelowna RCMP officer interviewing an under-aged Indigenous teen for more than two hours after she reported a sexual assault while in care of the B.C child welfare system.APTN is protecting the victim’s identity.The youth is left alone with male officers throughout the two and a half-hour video from March 2012 and when female workers from the ministry are present, they are not supporting her except to offer her a hamburger.According to a recent interview with the woman, the alleged sexual assault by an acquaintance was first reported to the youth’s foster parent who took her to hospital.Kelowna RCMP constable interviewed the alleged victim for more than two hours The officer also points out inconsistencies in her statements.These included whether she told the alleged assailant “no” during the time when he was kissing her or when he was taking her clothes off.He also asks her why she stayed in the assailant’s home and took the bus with him.No charges were laid against the alleged perpetrator of the assault, something sadly unsurprising to the woman today.“I think a lot of Aboriginal women can relate to this,” she said. “Maybe now that there is video evidence of how police treat victims something will be done about it.”Punished for reporting assaultA statement of claim filed in March 2019 by the youth in the video claims she was punished for reporting that sexual assault.Court documents obtained by APTN say social worker Siobhan Stynes, and the youth’s then-foster parents accused the youth of falsifying the incident “for an excuse for using drugs.”It also alleges that “no meaningful investigations were carried out surrounding the circumstances of the sexual assault.”Read More:Social worker accused of punishing Indigenous youth for sexual assault allegation while in foster parentB.C. social worker sought out Indigenous high risk youth because no one would adequately safeguard their interests says claimThe video was released as the result of a Notice of Application to disclose all investigation notes in a civil suit against the Ministry of Child and Family Development, social worker Riley Robert Saunders and supervisor Siobhan Stynes.The lawsuits, including one class action, describe an alleged scheme where youth had joint bank accounts with Saunders and their funds were siphoned off, exposing the young people in care to homelessness, drugs and exploitation. The allegations have not been proven in court.Watch: APTN Investigates reporter Cullen Crozier profiled some of the cases in Broken Trust.APTN has reached out to the RCMP, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Robert Riley Saunders and Siobhan Stynes and has not heard back.@aptnnews-with files from Cullen Crozier Police briefly interviewed her and then she was brought into the West Kelowna RCMP detachment the next day for questioning with two ministry workers.She said a male officer immediately took her into an interview room and started to barrage her with questions.“I felt very alone in there,” she told APTN. “There was no parental support for me there at all. I was terrified.”“Were you at all turned on during this at all? Even a little bit?” the officer said. “You understand that when a guy tries to have sex with a female and the female is completely unwilling it is very difficult.”In one exchange, he appears to question how hard she tried to fight during the alleged assault.“Go over again with me how did you try and get him to stop,” he said. “Did you scream ‘no’ did you say ‘get off me’, did you say ‘this was rape? I need you to stop?’”“I don’t remember, tried to get my legs around him to try and get him to stop,” she said.“Okay… um I don’t know how that would work, if he’s having intercourse with you and your legs are flat.” the constable answered.center_img At one point the constable asks the teen if she is lying and if she knows the “seriousness” of what she is reporting.“Do you know what could happen to people who are accused of that?” he said. “They could go to prison for up to 14 years.”“You do understand making a report to police that is false is a crime,” he added that, “it’s not something we joke around with just so you know.”He also accuse the teen of lying to avoid getting in trouble with her foster parents.“Is one of the reasons why you came up with this is because you thought you might be pregnant and you thought you might need the pill?” he said.“It’s because I had just gotten taken advantage of and I didn’t consent to it,” she answers.The officer asks the teen why she asked the alleged perpetrator to wear a condom during the attack“Because I already knew it was going to happen and there was no escaping it,” she said to which he answered  “what does that tell me about your level of consent and your level of denial?”last_img read more

Language and child welfare bills pass as MPs head home for the

first_imgAPTN NewsTwo pieces of legislation dealing with First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples were passed by the House of Commons and Senate Thursday meaning they will become law in the coming days.Bill C-92, the law the Trudeau government says will give control of child welfare to communities, and Bill C-91, the Indigenous languages Act, were passed late in the afternoon.Both laws had critics who said they contained flaws and should not be passed.NDP-MP Romeo Saganash’s UNDRIP bill, C-262, would ensure federal laws are brought in line with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. But the government’s representative in the Senate, Peter Harder, announced Wednesday he did not see a path forward for the bill and the Trudeau government would campaign on fulfilling the intent of the bill.The House of Commons has risen for the summer, following a flurry of legislating that rushed numerous significant bills into law before the break. But other potential laws remained mired in the legislative process as of late Thursday, awaiting action in the Senate – or a possible special summer session centred on ratification of the new North American free trade deal.Some of the high-profile bills that reached final votes after the beginning of last week and now just await royal assent:Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, a much-debated bill that would ban oil tankers from a portion of the British Columbia coast. Its journey through parliament has been marked by a committee report that recommended it not pass, the defeat of that report and the House’s rejection of some Senate amendments. Following the adjournment of the House and much debate, the Senate chose not to pursue further changes and passed it Thursday evening.Bill C-93, which will allow expedited pardons for Canadians who were convicted of simple possession of cannabis before legalization came into effect. The bill passed in the Senate Wednesday, without amendment.Bill C-59, a bill to establish a national-security review agency, create an “intelligence commissioner” to oversee the conduct of Canada’s spy agencies, and clarify the mandate and powers of the Communications Security Establishment (the government cybersecurity agency). The bill was amended by the Senate but several of those changes were rejected by the House, and the Senate voted Tuesday not to insist on its recommendations.Bill C-75, which will “hybridize” a series of offences so that they can now be prosecuted as either indictable or less-serious summary charges, and establish peremptory challenges of jurors. The bill was passed through the Senate with amendments, the House chose not to accept several of those, and the Senate Thursday decided not to insist on the remaining changes.Bill C-84, a long-awaited bill that expands the definition of bestiality to any sexual contact with an animal. Those convicted of bestiality will now be registered as sex offenders and banned from owning animals. It also widens the definition of animal fighting so that it applies to the construction of any arena for that purpose. It passed without amendment Tuesday.At the time the House adjourned for the summer Thursday, several bills still required further consideration in the upper chamber, which continued sitting. Among them were several controversial and consequential bills:Bill C-69, also fiercely criticized by the Conservatives, is the second of the government’s two major environmental bills, and would create a new environmental-impact assessment process for major projects in Canada. The House rejected a majority of the Senate’s amendments. It was due for a vote late Thursday.Bills C-98, which gives a review commission powers to review the Canada Border Services Agency, was accelerated through the House Wednesday, when it was read a third time and passed in one swift motion.Bill C-83, which aims to eliminate the use of solitary confinement in Canadian prisons. The House rejected several key amendments proposed by the Senate, which some have said are needed to make the bill constitutional.Bill C-97, a sprawling budget-implementation bill which includes changes to Canada’s refugee system, support for news journalism, and introduces the Canada Training Credit.And then there’s the one bill that could affect all the others:Bill C-100, the government’s bill to ratify the new NAFTA agreement among Canada, the United States and Mexico. It has only been introduced and read for the first time in the House of Commons, but might move quickly through Parliament before the election should the United States complete its own ratification of the deal in Congress. If Parliament returns for that bill, the Commons and the Senate could also take up others at the same time.news@aptn.ca@aptnnews-with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Swoop to target millennials young families and cross border travellers WestJet

first_imgWestJet Airlines Inc. plans to target millennials, young families and frugal travellers for its discount carrier Swoop which launches service next summer.The Calgary-based airline (TSX:WJA) said it expects to offer fares that are about half the level of the mainline carrier, but come with hefty extra fees for bags and other ancillary services.It estimates the net savings should be 30 to 40 per cent.“The core of the brand is going to be low fares and enabling people to travel that wouldn’t be able to travel otherwise or travel more often,” WestJet executive vice-president Bob Cummings said Wednesday during an investor day presentation.About 60 per cent of Swoop passengers are expected to fly for leisure travel, 30 per cent to visit friends and family and 10 per cent for business or in groups.Cummings said WestJet “ripped apart” discount airline models used in the United States and Europe and looked at lessons they learned when designing Swoop.The key is to cut costs to their absolute lowest by outsourcing jobs where possible, obtaining low airport charges and restricting sales to online transactions.However, WestJet sees opportunity in eliminating the need for Canadian travellers to cross the border to access cheap fares.Fares from Canadian airports like Hamilton and Abbotsford, B.C. are expected to be similar to those at U.S. border airports, while saving hours in traffic.“We believe this is a substantive tried and true opportunity for us to go after,” Cummings told analysts.The full cost of Swoop charges and destinations will be unveiled in February when tickets go on sale.Swoop will compete against Flair Airlines, which said this week it was lifting carry-on fees, Canada Jetlines and the prospect of Air Canada Rouge and FlyToo joining the field.At the same time, WestJet says it will go after business and international travellers by adding premium cabins with hot food, Boeing 787 Dreamliners for global destinations and new lounges at key airports such as Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto.On Wednesday, WestJet and Delta Air Lines announced plans to form a joint venture that will enhance transborder service and deepen their relationship.The partnership, which has yet to be approved, is expected to be in operation in the first half of 2019. It would increase travel choices between Canada and the United States along with enhanced frequent flyer benefits.WestJet and Delta said their preliminary agreement anticipates co-ordinated schedules for new destinations and expanded codesharing, which allows each partner to book seats on the other’s flights.The deal with Atlanta-based Delta was announced as WestJet unveiled financial targets through 2020 that analyst Doug Taylor of Canaccord Genuity said “echo well-received guidance provided by Air Canada several months ago.”“We believe this guidance should be seen positively on the margin as it confirms that WestJet’s multiple expansion programs are not going to come at the expense of near-term profitability and balance sheet,” Taylor wrote in a report.WestJet said it expects annual revenues will increase by between $300 million and $500 million through 2022 from ancillary fees, an enhanced revenue management system and broadened fare products.It has also identified annual cost savings opportunities of $140 million to $200 million over the five years from fleet reconfigurations, airport operations cost savings, optimized maintenance plans, digital self service, and sales and distribution channel efficiencies.last_img read more

Encana to buy Newfield Exploration in allstock deal plans to raise dividend

first_imgCALGARY – Encana Corp. has signed a deal to acquire Newfield Exploration Co. in an all-stock offer it said was worth about US$5.5 billion.Under the deal announced Thursday, Newfield shareholders will receive 2.6719 Encana shares for each share of Newfield common stock.Encana will also assume US$2.2 billion of Newfield debt.“This strategic combination advances our strategy and is immediately accretive to our five-year plan,” Encana chief executive Doug Suttles said in a statement.Newfield shares closed at US$20.20 on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, while Encana shares closed at C$13.44 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The deal requires the support of a two-thirds majority vote of Newfield shareholders and a majority vote by Encana shareholders.Lee Boothby, Newfield’s chairman, president and CEO, said it is the best path forward for the company.“The combination of the two companies provides our investors with the very attributes that should be differentiated in today’s energy sector—operational scale, proven execution in development of large, liquids-rich onshore resource plays, a peer-leading cost structure and an exceptionally strong balance sheet,” Boothby said in a statement.Once the deal is completed, Encana shareholders will own approximately 63.5 per cent of the combined company and Newfield shareholders will own about 36.5 per cent.Two directors from the Newfield board will join the Encana board upon closing.Encana also said it plans to raise its dividend by 25 per cent and increase its share buyback program to US$1.5 billion once the deal closes.News of the acquisition came as Encana, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, reported a profit of US$39 million or four cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30.The result compared with a profit of US$294 million or 30 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Revenue totalled US$1.26 billion, up from US$861 million.Production in the quarter totalled 378,200 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up from 284,000 in the third quarter of 2017.Companies in this story: (TSX:ECA)last_img read more

Grains mostly higher Livestock higher

first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Dec. delivery was off 7.80 cents at $5.0260 a bushel; Dec. corn was up .40 cent at $3.6660 a bushel; Dec. oats rose 6 cents at $2.8960 bushel while Nov. soybeans gained 4.40 cents at 8.7440 a bushel.Beef and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Dec.live cattle was up .98 cent at $1.15 a pound; Nov. feeder cattle rose .80 cent at $1.4890 a pound; Dec. lean hogs gained 1.70 cents at .5750 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Report EU aims for bloc to go carbon neutral by 2050

first_imgBERLIN — The European Union’s executive branch is reportedly proposing that the bloc should reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.EU climate chief Miguel Arias Canete told German business daily Handelsblatt in an interview published Wednesday that Europe “has all the tools (needed) to be ambitious” when it comes to cutting greenhouse gases.Scientists say only by ending the use of fossil fuels within about three decades — a process known as decarbonization — can the 2015 Paris accord’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) be achieved.The European Commission is due to present its plan in Brussels later Wednesday, days before the start of a global climate summit in Katowice, Poland.The proposal would have to be approved by the bloc’s member states.The Associated Presslast_img read more

USA Cycling hires New Balance boss DeMartini as its CEO

first_imgCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Cycling has hired Rob DeMartini as its president and CEO, giving the longtime New Balance boss the job of not only growing the sport at the grassroots level but preparing the nation’s elite athletes for success at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The governing body announced DeMartini’s hiring in a statement Monday. He takes over for Derek Bouchard-Hall, who undertook a massive restructuring of USA Cycling before leaving the organization at year’s end to become CEO of Swiss cycling apparel company ASSOS.DeMartini, an avid cyclist, was hired primarily for his business acumen. He spent 20 years with Proctor & Gamble, then spent time with Tyson Foods, before taking over New Balance.He took the shoe and apparel company from annual revenues of $1.5 billion in 2007 to $4.4 billion last year, helping New Balance to regain its position as a leader in the running industry.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Former Peace River Navigators Coach passes away in Humboldt Broncos Crash

first_imgHUMBOLDT, S.K. – Former Coach from Peace River, Darcy Haugan is among the 14 people that have died in a tragic bus crash in Saskatchewan.According to MyGrandePrairieNow.com, family has confirmed the head coach of the Humboldt Broncos, Daucy Haugan passed away.  Haugan moved to Humboldt to coach the Broncos in 2015 after spending 12 years working with the Peace River Navigators.Haugan’s sister confirmed his death on Twitter. My brother didn’t make it…— invisigirlonfire (@DebbieJayneC) April 7, 2018 Here’s a few words my brother shared… pic.twitter.com/BQEDARi1xG— Lauren Dyck (Mr.) (@LaurenJDyck) April 7, 2018The crash involving the Humboldt Broncos team bus occurred on Highway 35 near Gronlid, more than two hundred kilometres northeast of Saskatoon late Friday afternoon.The bus was T-boned by a transport truck, according to the president of the Nipawin Hawks, which was scheduled to play the Broncos in Game 5 of a semi-final Friday night. There were 28 people, including the driver, on board the bus at the time of the collision, RCMP said in a release.I cannot imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy, in the Humboldt community and beyond. https://t.co/2cIn2CTy08— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 7, 2018The Humboldt Broncos released a statement late Friday night announcing the news on its website.center_img “Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the families of our staff and athletes as well as to all who have been impacted by this horrible tragedy. Our Broncos family is in shock as we try to come to grips with our incredible loss,” Broncos President Kevin Garinger said in the release.A GoFundMe campaign for the team has been set up and has already raised more than $176,000 as of Saturday morning.(WITH FILES FROM THE CANADIAN PRESS)Derek Grayson and Nick bonding and healing in hospital pic.twitter.com/DzesIoT27B— R J patter (@rjpatter) April 7, 2018last_img read more

Trans Mountain pipeline wont cause tension with Notley at meeting Horgan

first_imgFinance Minister Bill Morneau said Wednesday the federal government is prepared to offer an “indemnity” to help ease the political risks for any investors to ensure the pipeline expansion can proceed.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) Plans to triple capacity along Kinder Morgan’s existing Trans Mountain pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby have pitted Alberta and the federal government against B.C.’s government, which says it fears the impact a spill would have on the province’s environment and economy.“I believe, largely, the issue is around transporting diluted bitumen, whether it is by rail or by pipeline,” said Horgan. “I believe the risk of a diluted bitumen spill to our environment, to our economy, is too great. I’ve made that abundantly clear. I don’t think there’ll be any surprises next week.”B.C. filed a reference case in the province’s Court of Appeal last month to determine if it has jurisdiction to regulate heavy oil shipments. It also joined two other lawsuits launched by Indigenous groups opposed to the $7.4-billion project.Kinder Morgan has ceased all non-essential spending on the project until it receives assurances it can proceed without delays, setting a May 31 deadline on getting those guarantees. “The federal government now wants to talk about a national program,” Horgan said. “We’re excited about that, but we don’t want to be pushed aside after all the work we’ve done here in B.C. at the provincial level and to have the federal government come in and tell us where and how and what we should be doing.”He said B.C. wants to ensure the provinces continue to play a leading role in the development of pharmacare.Horgan said he and Notley only disagree on the Trans Mountain project, otherwise, their views “are lockstep.”On Thursday, B.C. announced plans to launch a lawsuit over new Alberta legislation that could restrict fuel exports to the West Coast.B.C. Attorney General David Eby said his province will ask the Court of Queen’s Bench in Alberta to declare the legislation unconstitutional on the grounds that one province cannot punish another.Notley said Thursday that Alberta is confident it has the authority to control the export of its own resources and she believes the new law will withstand a legal challenge, adding her province must safeguard its interests.center_img LANGFORD, B.C. – The premiers of British Columbia and Alberta will join their counterparts from Western Canada and the North at meetings next week in Yellowknife, but John Horgan doesn’t expect any drama over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.Horgan acknowledges he and Alberta’s Rachel Notley have differences on the pipeline, but he said Friday they are in agreement on a number of other matters and have been friends for 20 years.The ongoing tensions over the Trans Mountain project should not spill over into the expected major focus of the gathering, which is the development of a national pharmacare program, Horgan said. The provinces have always led the way on cost savings for prescription drugs and B.C. wants to be at the forefront of the issue, he added.last_img read more

Winter Birds Book Launch and Signing

first_imgAs well as the books, both Culling and Vincent will be available to sign copies of the book as Winter Birds becomes available the night of the opening.Culling and Vincent are local artists to the North Peace Region FORT ST. JOHN, B.C.- Peace Gallery North is hosting a book launch and signing for Winter Birds, written by Diane Culling and illustrated by Cindy Vincent.The event takes place Friday, November 30th, 2018 from 7 pm – 9 pmThere will be a display of all the original paintings from, the book Autumn Bear and the Winter Bird books, as well as original pencil sketches and selected prints for sale.last_img read more

Auditor General says Province can do more to improve commercial vehicle safety

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Auditor General of B.C. says the Province can do more to ensure commercial vehicle safety.The report says over the last 10 years, 300 people have died per year in motor vehicle incidents, with almost 20% of those collisions involving a commercial vehicle.“The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General and ICBC have commercial vehicle safety programs in place that prevent crashes and save lives, but much more needs to be done to ensure British Columbia’s roads are safe,” said Carol Bellringer, auditor general. Heavy commercial vehicles, such as dump trucks, container trucks and semi-trailers, represent about 3% of vehicles registered in B.C., yet they are involved in 19% of fatal collisions in the province. In the majority of fatal collisions involving a heavy commercial vehicle, the commercial driver is not at fault.Safety education and awareness programs for road users on safe driving in and around commercial vehicles can prevent crashes. However, these programs are limited in B.C. because even though multiple organizations are involved, none have the budget or authority for overall responsibility. The report recommends that government establishes clear responsibility for the promotion of commercial vehicle road safety education and awareness.Government also needs to review the standards for commercial driver licensing. In B.C., drivers are not required to take driver training to get their commercial licence. Government does not know whether commercial driving standards in B.C. are adequate but has recently started to address this issue.The report also recommends that government do more to ensure commercial vehicles are operating safely on B.C.’s roads. For example, government does not have a clear and effective system to hold licensed private inspection facilities accountable for complying with commercial vehicle safety standards. Also, commercial vehicle safety and enforcement officers have a challenging job and could be more effective with better supports.last_img read more

Fort St John Petroleum Association hosts 10th Annual Oilmens Family Camp Weekend

first_imgThe Oilman of the Year award went to Art Jarvis, with Dave Marshall receiving the Ivor Miller Award.Oilmen’s President Dustin Stirling and Local MP Bob Zimmer were in attendance to congratulate and thank the oilmen for their continued support and involvement in the oil and gas industry. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Petroleum Association held their 10th Annual Oilmen’s Family Camp over the weekend at Peace Island Park in Taylor.This event was an opportunity for the entire family to enjoy a weekend of camping, boating, barbeques and even a duck race.On Saturday, the Oilmen held an awards ceremony where they honoured two of their members for their ongoing involvement and support in the oil and gas industry.last_img read more

Braden Road closed due to collision

first_imgEyewitnesses tell us the Taylor Fire Department, B.C. Ambulance and the RCMP are all on scene.  Taylor Fire Rescue was dispatched to the collision before 8:30 a.m. Monday.Drivebc.ca says an alternate route around the collision is using the Semple/Mason 237 road.The next update on the status of the road will be provided at 11 a.m. UPDATE as of 11:00 a.m. – The road is open to single lane alternating traffic.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Braden road is closed due to a collision.According to Drivebc.ca, the Braden road is closed 5km west of Highway 97 due to a collision.  There is no estimate on when the road will open again.last_img read more

Peru and Chile lock horns in India over GI tag on Pisco

first_imgNew Delhi: South American countries Peru and Chile may end up in Indian courts as both have locked horns in the country over GI (Geographical Indications) tag on ‘Pisco’ brandy. A GI tag is primarily an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product (handicrafts and industrial goods) originating from a definite geographical territory. Typically, such a name conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness, which is essentially attributable to the place of its origin. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepWhile Peru has sought GI tag in India for ‘Pisco’ brandy, Chile opposed the move saying they also sell the same product with same name. The GI Registry office in India passed an order renaming the GI as “Peruvian Pisco” and issued a certificate of registration. Against this order, Peru filed an appeal before the Intellectual Property Appellate Board as they want the tag as “Pisco” only. The Intellectual property appellate board (IPAB) after hearing the case accepted the appeal of Peru and accordingly stated that the mark of the appellant “Pisco” eligible for registration. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAccording to an official, Chile has raised opposition on this again. The official said that now Chile has to approach High Court as IPAB’s order can only be challenged in a High Court. Award of GI tag gives protection to a producer of those genuine products, which commands premium pricing in the domestic and international markets. Once GI protection is granted, no other producer can misuse the name to market similar products. It also provides comfort to customers about the authenticity of that product. The tag is initially granted for a period of ten years but can be renewed indefinitely.last_img read more

Imran Khans income drops sharply in 3 years

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s net income has dropped sharply in the last three years from 35.6 million Pakistani rupees in 2015 to only 4.7 million Pakistani rupees in 2017, the media reported on Monday. In 2015, a major chunk of Khan’s income comprised the gain of a little over 20 million Pakistani rupees from the sale of an apartment in Islamabad, followed by 9.8 million Pakistani rupees of foreign remittances, Dawn news reported citing official documents. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping In 2016, his total income dropped to 12.9 million Pakistani rupees of which he earned 7.4 million Pakistani rupees from “foreign services” alone. In contrast, the income of opposition leader in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif continued to see an upward trend as his net income rose from 7.6 million Pakistani rupees in 2015 and crossed 10 million Pakistani rupees in 2017. Former President Asif Ali Zardari’s agricultural income that comprises most part of his net income stood at 105 million Pakistani rupees in 2015. It rose to 114 million Pakistani rupees in 2016 and surged to 134 million Pakistani rupees in 2017. He holds 7,748 acres of land. His income from other sources also increased While his son Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari appears richer than him in terms of assets he holds in Pakistan and elsewhere, he lags behind the father in terms of income, according to the documents.last_img read more

With MCC in place Tourism dept decides to axe etenders

first_imgKolkata: The state Tourism department has cancelled three e-tenders that were floated with an objective to boost the tourism sector in the state.The tenders were floated a few days before the announcement of Lok Sabha election dates and with the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) coming into effect, the department cancelled the tenders soon after the election dates were announced. “The Prinicipal Secretary of our department (Atri Bhattacharya) does not want any complexities that may arise with the MCC coming into effect. So, he instructed us to cancel all the three e-tenders,” a senior official of the state Tourism department said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to the official, the three e-tenders that have been cancelled were for the selection of market research consultant to have a comprehensive mapping of the tourism sector, public relation and event management firm for a comprehensive publicity and promotion plan and engagement of engineering and technical consultant for developing a detailed financing model to work out cash flow statement, statement of profit and loss and balance-sheet. “After the election results are announced we plan to speed up the whole process,” the official said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayElaborating on the work of the public relation and event management firm the official said that it will be analysing market data and advice on media and communications options and also build a positive identity to assist in creating a uniform brand identity for Bengal Tourism that will resonate with the target groups both in India and abroad. The market research consultant will conduct a comprehensive study to map the movements of the tourists once they have entered the state, their average number of days of stay, average expenditure incurred and purpose of visit of each tourist during their stay in the state. The consultant will further provide feedback regarding specific preference of the tourists in terms of destination, cuisine, merchandise, grade of stay, transportation, specific feedback to overcome shortcomings in the tourism and hospitality sector in Bengal, specific observations and suggestions for domestic and international tourists to enter the state and to travel within the state in terms of transport and information. The job of the engineering and technical consultant will be social impact assessment due to the implementation of the project, especially the persons affected due to the project and requiring resettlement and rehabilitation. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants the state to be number one in the country when it comes to the inflow of both domestic and foreign tourists.last_img read more

South Korea launches 5G networks early to bag world 1st

first_imgSeoul: South Korea launched the world’s first nationwide 5G mobile networks two days early, its top mobile carriers said Thursday, giving a handful of users access in a late-night scramble to be the first providers of the super-fast wireless technology. Three top telecom providers – SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus – began their 5G services at 11 pm local time Wednesday, despite previously announcing the launch date would be April 5. Hyper-wired South Korea has long had a reputation for technical prowess, and Seoul had made the 5G rollout a priority as it seeks to stimulate stuttering economic growth. Along with the US, China and Japan, South Korea had been racing to claim the title as the world’s first provider of the ultra-fast network. But speculation that US mobile carrier Verizon might start its 5G services early forced South Korean providers to hastily organise a late-night launch, Yonhap news agency reported. In the event, Verizon began rolling out its 5G services in Chicago and Minneapolis on Wednesday in the US, a week ahead of schedule. But according to Yonhap, the South Korean launches came two hours earlier. “SK Telecom today announced that it has activated 5G services for six celebrities representing Korea as of 11 pm April 3, 2019,” the country’s biggest mobile operator said in a news release Thursday. The celebrities – including two members of K-pop band EXO and Olympic ice-skating heroine Kim Yu-na – were “the world’s first 5G smartphone subscribers”, it said. Both KT and LG Uplus said they also went live at the same time, with a total of three specially-selected users: KT offered it to the wife of a technician setting up its network on the disputed island of Dokdo, while LG Uplus provided it to a television personality and her racing-driver husband. For general customers, the services will be available from Friday – the original launch date – when Samsung Electronics rolls out the Galaxy S10 5G, the world’s first available smartphone with the technology built in. Verizon’s network will work with Lenovo’s Moto Z3 smartphone fitted with a special accessory, while rival US carrier AT&T launched a 5G-based system in parts of 12 cities in December – although it is only accessible to invited users through a free hotspot device, rather than paying customers with mobiles. Qatari firm Ooredoo said it offers 5G services in and around Doha – but does not have devices available to use them – while Japan is also expected to roll out a limited deployment in 2019 before full services start in time for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. Experts say 5G will bring smartphones near-instantaneous connectivity – 20 times faster than 4G – allowing users to download entire movies in less than a second. The technology is crucial for the future development of devices such as self-driving vehicles and is expected to bring about 565 billion in global economic benefits by 2034, according to the London-based Global System for Mobile Communications, an industry alliance. The implications of the new network have pitted Washington against Beijing – whose firms dominate 5G technology — in an increasingly bitter standoff. The US has pressed its allies and major economies to avoid 5G solutions from Chinese-owned telecom giant Huawei, citing security risks that technological backdoors could give Beijing access to 5G-connected utilities and other components. Chinese entities, including 1,529 5G patents registered by Huawei, own a total of 3,400 patents – more than a third of the total, according to data analysis firm IPlytics. South Korea comes next, with its companies holding 2,051 patents, while US firms have 1,368 together. Neither KT nor SK Telecom use Huawei technology in their 5G networks, but it is a supplier to LG UPlus, the companies said.last_img read more

Indian eves hold Malaysia to a 44 draw

first_imgKuala Lumpur: Navneet Kaur struck twice as the Indian women’s hockey team overcame a 2-4 setback in the third quarter to level the scores 4-4 in their third match against Malaysia in the five-match series here on Monday. Though it was India who established a strong position after taking an early 2-0 lead, the team made too many errors inside the circle while defending which led to conceding back-to-back PCs. Malaysia, on the other hand, ensured these opportunities were converted to goals. After Navjot Kaur scored a goal in the 13th minute and Navneet found the back of the net in the 22nd minute to give India a good start, Gurdip Kirandeep of Malaysia scored the team’s first goal in the 26th minute to narrow the Malaysian deficit to 1-2. This was Malaysia’s first goal of the tournament after losing to India 0-3 and 0-5 in the previous two matches. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThis goal propelled Malaysia to test the Indian defenders. An infringement on India’s part gave away a PC which Nuraini Rashid scored with ease. Two more PCs were converted by Nuramirah Zulkifli in the 35th minute and Nuraini Rashid scored again in the 38th minute to take a 4-2 lead in the third quarter. India, however, bounced back in the final quarter with two brilliant goals scored by Navneet in the 45th minute and Lalremsiami in the 54th minute as the visitors settled for a draw. “Obviously this wasn’t our best match, we must forget this and move on,” Chief India coach Sjoerd Marijne said.last_img read more

Celebrate Bengali New Year with Spencers

first_imgTo welcome Bengali 1426 and celebrate Poila Baisakh, Spencer’s announced its nine-day Matsyo Mahotsov at 15 Kolkata outlets on April 12, at the Quest Mall. Major attractions at the event were 27 kg Bhetki from Digha (West Bengal) and Katla (20 kg) from Nagarjun Sagar Reservoir (Telengana). Special arrangements were made to transport the big fish by refrigerated vans. The Bhetki (27 kg) arrived on the day after covering a 250 km journey in six hours. The Katla (20 kg) from Nagarjun Sagar covered 1500 kms distance in 30 hours. More than a hundred varieties of fish, the largest-ever in recent memory, will be available for Kolkata citizens from April 13-21 at 15 Spencer’s outlets everyday, between 9:30 am and 10 pm. The price begins at Rs 49 per kg (Mourala).last_img read more

Despite TikTok ban parent plans 1 bn India investment

first_imgNew Delhi: Unfazed by the ban on TikTok in India, the popular Chinese short video app’s parent ByteDance remains “very optimistic” and plans to invest $1 billion in the country over the next three years. ByteDance — touted to be among the world’s most valuable startups with investors like SoftBank, General Atlantic, KKR and Sequoia on board — also offers platforms like Helo and Vigo Video in India. Speaking to PTI, ByteDance Director (International Public Policy) Helena Lersch said the company has been strengthening its content moderation policies over the last many months. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We are obviously disappointed by the current developments, but we are also very optimistic that we will resolve this issue. We remain committed to our Indian users. As a company, we are looking to invest $1 billion over the next three years in India, that is how bullish we will remain to be here,” she said. The company would also be increasing the number of employees in India to 1,000 people by the end of this year. TikTok, which allows users to create short videos and share them, has more than 120 million users in India and is popular among youngsters. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe Madras High Court on April 3 had directed the Centre to ban TikTok app, saying it was evident from media reports that pornography and inappropriate content were made available through such mobile apps. Following the Supreme Court’s refusal to stay the Madras High Court order, tech giants Google and Apple removed TikTok from their app stores in India to prohibit further downloads of the app. Those who have already downloaded the app would be able to continue using it on their phones. Lersch declined to comment on court proceedings as the matter is subjudice. The hearing of the matter is scheduled for April 22 in the Supreme Court and for April 24 in the Madras High Court. India is a critical market for social media platforms given the large population of 1.3 billion people. With increasing availability of affordable smartphones and cheap data plans, the country is also the largest mobile data consumer market globally — an opportunity that global tech companies are vying to tap into. “We, as a company, abide by local laws, but we also want to be culturally appropriate. We have a content moderation team in India. We increased the capacity of our content moderation team globally by 400 per cent last year because we were prepared for the growth,” she added. According to her, the company has a a two-step approach for content moderation. “First is a tech approach — a machine learning tool that filters content and then it goes to a content moderation team. In India, the team speaks 14 languages. I think, it is fundamentally important that the team is based in the country and speaks local languages to make culturally relevant decisions,” she said. Around six million videos have been taken off the platform for violating its community guidelines, she added. Besides planned $1 billion investment, Lersche said the company would be ramping up headcount to 1,000 people by December 2019. “(About) 25 per cent of that will be just content moderation, which means there is full-time moderation staff based in India…We have around 250 full-time staff (right now) but we are very growing that rapidly,” she added.last_img read more

Libya military police chief killed in Benghazi security

first_imgBENGHAZI – Libya’s military police chief, Colonel Mustapha al-Barghathi, was shot dead Friday in the restive eastern city of Benghazi, the security services said.Unknown assailants gunned down Barghathi outside his home, Colonel Abdullah al-Zaidi, spokesman for the security services, told AFP.He said Barghathi — a former rebel leader in the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi — died of head and chest wounds at the Mediterranean city’s Al-Jala hospital. Barghathi was the first officer in Kadhafi’s army to defect and form a rebel force in the revolt, Zaidi said.Benghazi was the cradle of the uprising that toppled Kadhafi’s regime, but has since seen a series of assassinations targeting officers in the security services.Other attacks have targeted Western interests and diplomats, and much of the violence, including the killing of US ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in an attack on the US mission last year, has been attributed to radical Islamists.The attacks have not been claimed and no arrests have apparently been made.Two years after the revolution, Libya’s new authorities have failed to establish a new army and police force, and are still struggling to rein intribal militias and groups of former rebels.last_img read more

LH10 M first made in Morocco aircraft

Taroudant, Morocco- The French operational light aviation “LH Aviation” will open its construction unit in Morocco for the construction of an entirely “made in Morocco aircraft,” the company stated this Friday, according to the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Based in Melun-Villaroche, the French light aircraft manufacturer opens 10% of its capital financed by the Moroccan Mohsine Bennani-Karim for LH Aviation missions (amounting to?) € 4 million.The Moroccan businessman Bennani-Karim will invest more than € 10 million in the creation of a local factory that will have a production capacity of 80 aircrafts LH-10M per year, marking the first aircraft built completely in Morocco. The industrial Bennani-Karim will hold 49% of the local facility’s stakes while 51% will go to LH Aviation.“After making its first deliveries in 2013, LH Aviation opens 10% of its capital for € 4 million to the Moroccan industrial investor,” Mohsine Bennani-Karim, who is on the board of directors of the French company, was quoted by the MAP as saying.The two-seat light aircraft LH-10 M designed by LH Aviation of France, which will be presented for the first time at the Marrakesh Airshow, is the first aircraft fully adapted to operate in different African environments.According to the manufacturer, the first aircraft “made in Morocco” enjoys the most modern manufacturing techniques and may carry effective operations.Edited by Sahar Kian read more

ENS Rabat Hosts a Conference on Journalism Englishlanguage Teaching

By Amine MechaalRabat – The English department at L’ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) will host a conference under the theme “Journalism and English-language Teaching” in Rabat in association with Morocco World News on Saturday, February 28th. The conference will host a number of journalists, English-language professors, teacher trainees, and university and high school students. The participants will discuss and exchange their opinions about journalism, how they see it in Morocco, and ways of using journalism activities in English-language teaching. This conference began as an initiative from the English Department at the ENS and Morocco World News to introduce the attendees and teacher trainees to journalism and the many developments the field has seen. It also aims to draw a connection between journalism and the field of teaching English as a foreign language in Morocco, as well as to highlight the role of English in Moroccan journalism.The conference will highlight the potential of English in exporting our culture and national heritage overseas, since it’s an international language. It will also highlight the role that English plays as a window for Moroccan communities abroad to the political and social changes that Morocco encounters.The first presentation will be titled “An Introduction to Journalism,” and will be delivered by TESOL and TEFL teacher trainees from ENS. It will tackle many topics, including the history of journalism, the evolution of newspapers, ethics, and values of journalism.Miriam Tinberg, a ?Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) at the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE), will give another presentation on the criteria that are considered in evaluating online newspapers and the veracity of their news. This presentation will be followed by Caitlin MCateer, who is also a Fulbright ETA at the MACECE and teacher at the ENS, whose presentation will be about activities that are related to journalism and can be used by future English-language teachers in their practicum and after graduation.Mr. Adnane Bennis, the managing editor and Co-founder of online newspaper Morocco World News, will present the last topic. He will speak about the past and future of English as a language of journalism in Morocco. read more

Moroccan Police Arrest 10 People Over Alleged Ties with Spanish Criminal

Rabat – The judiciary police of Tetouan arrested, on Monday in coordination with the services of the general directorate of national territory surveillance, ten people suspected of having ties with an international criminal network which was recently dismantled in Spain for operating in drug trafficking and money laundering.The suspects were nabbed during simultaneous operations in Tetouan and Martil, said a statement by national police (DGSN), noting that they are three Moroccans and seven Spaniards, two of them wanted internationally by an arrest warrant issued by the Spanish judiciary authorities, due to their implication in a case of international drug trafficking and money laundering.Search operations led to the seizure of nearly 99,000 euros, three cars, 23 cell phones, a quantity of marijuana and hashish, in addition to a forged Spanish passport, said the statement. The accused, including the two Spanish nationals, were remanded in custody, to complete the probe conducted under the supervision of the competent public prosecutor, and to start the extradition proceedings of the Spanish nationals. These security operations are part of the cooperation between the Moroccan police and its Spanish counterpart in the fight against organized crime networks operating at the regional level, it recalled. read more

King Mohammed VIs African Tour in the Zambian Guinean and Ghanaian

By Julia CabreraRabat – King Mohammed VI took route to amend broken bonds and strengthen friendships across Africa starting on February 13, 2017.The tour that led him to visit Ghana, Zambia and Guinea has been well received by the African Nations. This is what other African Media Reported after the King’s recent visits:Visit to Ghana:Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, agrees with the importance of creating a more Unified Africa, and hence fully supports a stronger relationship with Morocco that can help better the lives of his citizens, according to Ghanaian news outlet, Graphic.The President of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce (GNCC), Nana Appiagyei Dankawoso, commended the new business agenda for building an economy, as it will create jobs and prosperity for all Ghanaians, according to Graphic.“The GNCC was engaging the Moroccan business delegation in a partnership to realize the government’s goal of ‘one district, one factory’ for industrial growth,” said the Graphic.25 cooperation agreements were signed between the two countries. According to the Ghana Business News, the King and Akufo-Addo presented each other with the highest honorary gifts of their countries to seal the bond.“All these agreements and MoU’s reflect Morocco’s unwavering commitment for the consolidation of a solidarity-based and active South-South cooperation that is one of the fundamental pillars of Moroccan foreign policy, the ultimate goal being serving the interests of African peoples,” said the MedAfrican Post.Visit to Zambia:The King’s visit to Zambia has attracted the attention of important Zambian and Moroccan CEOs and Business leaders, which according to the Lusaka Times, is going to “provide a unique and viable networking platform which will enhance private sector engagement as well as the establishment of trade links between the two countries.”The Africa Review in Kenya, said that the King’s visit to Zambia is “raising eyebrows.” political commentator McDonald Chipenzi told the Africa Review that the king’s visit is seeking to, “garner support to prevent the Sahrawi from being independent.”Zambia recently re-stated its support for the polisario, which is a known rival of Morocco.  However, despite diplomatic ties to the issue, the Lusaka Times said, “ it seems that President Edgar Lungu would rather look for fruitful deals with all African nations rather than be restricted by old ideas.”19 cooperation agreements were signed between Morocco and Zambia that project the interests of both nations.“We have missed Morocco for a long time and we are glad to find him again within its African family,” said Zambian president Edgar Lungu according to the Zambian Observer.Visit to Guinea:The King’s visit to Guinea on February 23, 2017 is the latest on his tour. He was warmly received and signed a total of 8 cooperation agreements. Guinean President Alpha Condé expressed the benefits that the relationship with Morocco brings to Guinea.According to the MedAfrica Times, the King’s meeting with Condé was mainly focused on the development of Africa and the challenges it faces, politically, economically and socially.  It reflected, “two heads of state Heads of State, who share love for Africa and hope to see their continent unleash all its potential to ensure development and wellbeing to African citizens,” they said.The King’s “South-South” agenda of continental economic growth aims to bring together the African Continent. Through bilateral cooperation and friendships, the South- South plan hopes to mold Africa into a stronger financial entity. Although the King’s agenda is in its early stages, the countries he has visited thus far are embracing his new ideals. They have opted to work towards a stronger, unified Africa, despite the diplomatic ties they have to the Western Sahara and their perspectives on the issue.Senegalese President Macky Sall, told Spanish Media La Nación , “While the topic of the Western Sahara is still pending, we can continue to find solutions as a family.”The King arrived to Côte d’Ivoire for a working visit to strengthen cooperation, on Friday, February 24, 2017. read more

Organigrams Q1 net revenue gets boost from recreational pot sales

Companies in this story: (TSX-V: OGI) MONCTON, N.B. — Licensed cannabis producer Organigram Holdings Inc. says net revenue in its latest quarter hit $12.4 million, up from $2.4 million from a year earlier, due to the launch of recreational pot sales in October.Organigram says its sales during the three-month period ended Nov. 30 marked a record quarterly high and amounted to more than what the company has historically sold to medical patients in an entire year.The Moncton-based company also reported that during what was its financial first quarter it sold 1.7 million grams of dried flower, up from 195,075 grams during the same period a year earlier.The company’s latest earnings comes after Statistics Canada reported cannabis retail sales across the country in November totalled $54 million, up from $43.1 million during the roughly two weeks of legal pot sales starting on October 17.The pot producer’s expenses also more than doubled to $5.5 million in the latest quarter from $2.6 million during the same period a year earlier as industry players ramped up their marketing spend ahead of legalization.Organigram also reported net income from continuing operations of $29.5 million, up from a net loss of $1.2 million a year ago.Analyzing the performance of marijuana companies is difficult because of accounting rules used in the agriculture industry that require companies to put a value on their pot plants before they are harvested, and approaches differ between producers on how to apply these guidelines. The Canadian Press read more