10 months agoChelsea hero Pat Nevin: Big 2019 to look forward to

first_imgChelsea hero Pat Nevin: Big 2019 to look forward toby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea hero Pat Nevin believes the club has plenty to look forward to in 2019.He wrote for the club’s website: “Obviously changing a manager is a stressful business, but rarely has that change looked so smooth than it has with the introduction of Maurizio Sarri. “The football is as pleasing on the eye as you could hope for much of the time and the club certainly looks to have taken on board most of the modern technical and tactical football ideas out there.”Maybe the best thing about where we are now at the end of the year is the excitement about the year to come. It will be interesting, enjoyable, entertaining and hopefully successful. It will of course have its ups and downs, but what would I wish for most in the year to come at Chelsea? Like many of us in 12 months’ time I hope once again to be saying the phrase, ‘Eden Hazard has had another great year for Chelsea’. If we can say that, then we will probably have some more silverware too.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoWest Ham striker Marko Arnautovic subject of mega Chinese offer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic subject of mega Chinese offerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham striker Marko Arnautovic is the subject of a massive bid from China.The Mirror says West Ham are poised to reject a £35m bid from China for key striker Arnautovic.The bid, from an as yet unnamed Chinese Super League Club, was submitted on Wednesday for the 29 year old Austrian, who is joint-top scorer for the Hammers this season with eight goals in 17 games in all competitions.Arnautovic moved to London Stadium for a club record £20m fee from Stoke in July 2017, scoring 11 times for West Ham last season.The Hammers have no intention of selling Arnautovic, whose contract has another four years to run.The club, sources say, value Arnautovic at far higher than £35m – having themselves spent £40m this summer on Brazilian midfielder Felipe Anderson. last_img read more

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a month agoDel Bosque: Don’t ask me about Real Madrid

first_imgDel Bosque: Don’t ask me about Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid coach Vicente del Bosque has swerved questions about his old club.Los Blancos are enduring a horrid spell at the moment, but the ex-Spain coach was keen to talk about anything other than their predicament.”I neither owe nor wish Real Madrid any bother,” he said, refusing to comment on their issues.Instead, Del Bosque wanted to focus on Spain and Robert Moreno, in whose direction he sent praise.”There’s good preparation and training,” Del Bosque explained.”Things don’t happen by chance and the federation have done a good job.”It’s not necessary to have been a great player to be a coach.”There’s no direct relationship.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Draymond Green Is Ranting Hard About The Championship Game Referees, Thinks They Should Lose Their Jobs

first_imgnational championship referees ball fingertipsIn a word, the refereeing during tonight’s NCAA Tournament championship game was questionable. There were bad calls on both sides during Duke’s 68-63 victory against Wisconsin, but one call seemed to stand out. This one. Former Michigan State star and current Golden State Warrior Draymond Green is ranting hard about the officiating on Twitter. He thinks they should lose their jobs. Between the NCAA not paying players and the calls the referees make I don’t know what’s more corrupt!!! That was ridiculous— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) April 7, 2015If those 3 refs don’t lose their jobs the entire NCAA need to be under federal review!!!!— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) April 7, 2015Congrats to my young bull @BigJah15 doe!!!!— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) April 7, 2015But whew it’s hard not to get that call right— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) April 7, 2015The officiating was poor throughout the NCAA Tournament, so it’s not very surprising that is was poor in the championship game.last_img read more

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When Did Florida State, Jimbo Fisher First See Video Of Dismissed QB De’Andre Johnson Punching Woman?

first_imgDe'Andre Johnson seen on camera punching a woman.De’Andre Johnson Florida StateOn Monday, Florida State dismissed four-star freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson after a video surfaced of the dual-threat QB punching a woman in a Tallahassee bar in June. Some were critical of FSU and head coach Jimbo Fisher for taking until Monday night to dismiss the talented prospect. Fisher and Florida State officials, though, claim they see the video tape until it was published online yesterday. Via @JShankerESPN: #FSU officials didn’t see video of Johnson punching woman until it was published on Tallahassee Democrat site Monday— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) July 7, 2015#FSU official said Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher didn’t see video until Monday night because he was traveling in West Virginia— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) July 7, 2015In the end, all that really matters is that Johnson was dismissed and justice gets served. But that’s pretty hard to believe.last_img read more

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Michigan Lands 2018 Recruit Jalil Irvin

first_imgjalil irvinjalil irvinJalil Irvin, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound player from Stone Mountain, Georgia, has officially committed to the Michigan Wolverines. Irvin dropped the news on Twitter Friday morning, adding that since he still has two years of high school left, he’ll be taking official visits elsewhere. Irvin isn’t yet ranked by 247 Sports, but he does have offers from two other schools – Illinois and Tulane.Think you officially a Michigan commmit #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/78dSlEO3P4— Jalil Irvin (@only1_lil) June 3, 2016Irvin is Michigan’s third 2018 commitment – joining Leonard Taylor and Antwuan Johnson.last_img read more

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Check Out Mike Gundy Attempting To Dance After Win Over Texas

first_imgMike GundyTwitter/@CowboyFBWARNING: What you are about to see from Mike Gundy isn’t pretty.Oklahoma State picked up a nice win against Texas on Saturday by the final count of 49-31. Whether or not the loss puts Charlie Strong’s job in jeopardy is an unknown, but we do know one thing and that is that ‘Pokes head coach Mike Gundy can not dance.Here he is celebrating the win over the Longhorns:You know. #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/9lKoo957G0— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 1, 2016You know from the very start that this is about to be bad as soon as he starts swaying his arms back and forth.It gets even worse when he starts moving closer and closer to the ground in some sort of squatting motion.The arm swaying may be the most cringe worthy part of the dance. It’s almost as if he is imitating a monkey.Shoutout to the person filming this video and keeping such a steady hand in the midst of watching that spectacle.Keep doing you, Mr. Gundy.last_img read more

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Update On Notre Dame CB Julian Love

first_imgJulian Love makes a tackle for Notre Dame in a win over Florida State.SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 10: Julian Love #27 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish tackles George Campbell #11 of the Florida State Seminoles in the second quarter of the game at Notre Dame Stadium on November 10, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Earlier: Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love was an All-American this season. Right now, the Fighting Irish are playing without him.Love has missed two series in a row for undisclosed reasons. On the second series, his replacement Donte Vaughn was beaten for a touchdown.That touchdown is the reason Clemson currently leads 9-3.Donte Vaughn fell down covering Justyn Ross on the TD catch. Irish clearly missing Julian Love, who hasn’t been on the field for the last few drives. Don’t know why, but that could make a huge difference in this game.— Alex Wilcox (@AlexWilcoxWNDU) December 29, 2018Right now, there has been no concrete update for Love’s absence. If he has to miss the rest of the game, ND’s secondary could be in trouble.There have been no press box announcements about Julian Love’s absence. #Cottonbowl— Zach Braziller (@NYPost_Brazille) December 29, 2018We will provide an update on Love’s status as soon as one comes out. The ESPN broadcast says Notre Dame is tight-lipped in regards to injuries, but someone has to know something soon.Clemson and Notre Dame are midway through the second quarter at the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.You can watch on ESPN. Update: Love reportedly spent more than 15 minutes in the blue medical tent getting his hamstring looked at. He is currently on the sideline riding a stationary bike.We have a Julian Love sighting….riding stationary bike behind #Irish bench…— Tom Noie (@tnoieNDI) December 29, 2018We’d imagine he tries to give it a go but we’ll see how his leg holds up.last_img read more

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LB Recruit Dylan Jordan Expected To Make Decision After Nebraska Visit

first_imgNebraska football's game day balloon release.LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 31: Nebraska fans release red balloons after the Nebraska Cornhuskers score their first points of the game against the Wyoming Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Kansas doesn’t have the reputation as a huge producer of football talent, which may be part of the reason that linebacker Dylan Jordan flew so far under the radar.Even so, as we approach National Signing Day, Jordan has seen things really ramp up in his recruitment as of late.Jordan only recently received rankings from 247Sports.He is a three-star recruit, and the No. 1073 player overall in the class of 2019.The site also has him listed at No. 74 among outside linebackers and No. 8 in Kansas.Those numbers may seem a bit low, given the programs that have come in to land him late in this cycle. Over the last two weekends, he has visited Utah and TCU.This weekend, Dylan Jordan will be making a trip to Nebraska football, as previously scheduled.He confirmed the trip after having Huskers head coach Scott Frost and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander in for a home visit.Thanks @HuskerFBNation for stopping by today! Excited to see campus this weekend on my OV!!?⚪️? #gbr #blackshirtnation pic.twitter.com/6PxOLxfkRf— DJ3️⃣ (@thedylanjordan_) January 21, 2019On Monday, Jordan announced that he will make his announcement next Monday, after returning from Lincoln.I will be shutting down my recruitment a week from today at 5 p.m.! HUGE thanks to all the coaches that have recruited me! Excited to see what my future holds! #AGTG????— DJ3️⃣ (@thedylanjordan_) January 21, 2019That has to be good news for the Huskers, who will get the last shot to impress the linebacker. Other schools like Auburn, Kansas, and Kansas State were reportedly involved as well, but won’t be getting visits.last_img read more

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Report: Nebraska Linebacker Quayshon Alexander Set To Transfer

first_imgShot of the Nebraska Cornhuskers flag.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: The Nebraska Cornhuskers flag after a touchdown against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska may have an issue bubbling up with its linebacker depth. On Wednesday, the team reportedly lost Breon Dixon, a former four-star player that transferred in from Ole Miss.Now, a second outside linebacker is departing the Huskers in two days. Reserve Quayshon Alexander is set to transfer.Alexander was a member of Nebraska’s 2016 recruiting class. He was a three-star recruit out of New Jersey, and chose the Huskers over nearby Rutgers, as well as Big Ten power Michigan out of high school.Alexander is also coming off of a productive spring game in which he recorded seven tackles, which adds to the surprise a bit.According to a report by the Omaha World-Herald, Quayshon Alexander is set to transfer from Nebraska.From the article:A source with knowledge of the decision confirmed late Wednesday night that junior Quayshon Alexander is leaving NU’s football program. Alexander missed the 2018 football season while recovering from shoulder surgery. He appeared in the 2019 spring game — leading the way with seven tackles — and spoke to reporters afterward.He seemed to hint towards that decision with a Wednesday tweet as well.Another chapter needs to be written— Quayshon T Alexander (@KinG_QuaY_23) April 24, 2019Alexander played sparingly in 2017, and then missed the entire 2018 season after shoulder surgery.[Omaha World-Herald]last_img read more

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ESPN Ranks The 5 Most “Important” Players In College Football

first_imgJoe Burrow throwing a pass.GLENDALE, ARIZONA – JANUARY 01: Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers throws a pass during the first half of the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl between LSU and Central Florida at State Farm Stadium on January 01, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Everyone is likely pretty aware of who the best players in college football are heading into the start of the 2019 regular season.Trevor Lawrence, Tua Tagovailoa, Jake Fromm, Jonathan Taylor, Chase Young and others typically make up most “best players in college football” lists.Which players are “most important,” though?ESPN’s Bill Connelly decided to rank the most important players in the College Football Playoff chase heading into the 2019 season.A couple of quarterbacks are sitting at the top of the list, though they are probably not the quarterbacks you think.The top five:Texas A&M QB Kellen MondLSU QB Joe BurrowOklahoma QB Jalen HurtsOhio State QB Justin FieldsPenn State QB Sean CliffordAs you can see, the most “important” players in college football are the quarterbacks of the College Football Playoff contending teams that are not on Alabama, Clemson or Georgia – the three most proven teams.It’s hard to argue against that. If any of those quarterbacks have stellar seasons (Burrow, Fields and Hurts, especially), their teams should be right in the College Football Playoff hunt. If they disappoint, their teams will likely be on the outside looking in.You can view ESPN’s full top 25 list here.last_img read more

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Brady Quinn: Notre Dame’s Schedule Is Biggest Issue It Faces This Year

first_img On the other hand, Quinn did reveal that Notre Dame’s schedule could be a major issue, saying “I think the toughest thing they have to battle this year is their schedule.”Notre Dame has to face Georgia, Michigan and Stanford on the road this season.Here is the segment from The Herd that featured Quinn:Trevor Lawrence has the attention of @MattLeinartQB:”He just gets it, he understands it… I’ve never seen a freshman quarterback play like that.” pic.twitter.com/J5iCMaOyCy— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 23, 2019Tough road contests are going to pose a threat to Notre Dame’s postseason chances, but that isn’t the only problem. Multiple opponents on the schedule will be coming off their own bye week.“Seven teams coming off bye – that’s the most in college football this year,” Brady Quinn said. “I think those are the roadblocks they’ll have to get through because so many teams are going to have two weeks to prepare for them.”Current projections have the Fighting Irish missing the Playoff. That would change if they can get through all the road tests that are waiting ahead of them.Notre Dame will be on the road to open the 2019 season as it’ll face Louisville on September 2. Brady Quinn playing for Notre Dame.LOS ANGELES – NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback Brady Quinn #10 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish drops back against the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 25, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. USC won 44-24. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)Last season didn’t end the way Notre Dame planned, but the program should be in great shape for this fall. However, former Fighting Irish quarterback Brady Quinn sees a huge obstacle that could prevent his alma mater from getting back to the College Football Playoff.With the college football season just about to start, Doug Gottlieb had multiple experts on FS1’s The Herd. During the segment, Quinn made it clear that he’s confident in the Fighting Irish. Instead of letting the blowout loss to Clemson affect his view of the program, he thinks it’ll serve as a great learning experience.“I think there in a good spot, and I think they feel as good about this year’s team as ever before,” Quinn said. “Ian Book and the rest of the leaders on that team have a good idea of what they need to do moving forward in order to get there (the Playoff).”last_img read more

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Predicting The College Football AP Poll After Week 4 Of The 2019 Season

first_imgJim Harbaugh on the sideline at Wisconsin.MADISON, WISCONSIN – SEPTEMBER 21: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches action prior to a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Week four of the 2019 college football season featured some incredible matchups and some surprising results. The most notable, of course, was Wisconsin’s dismantling of Michigan up at Camp Randall.The biggest game of the weekend, however, was Notre Dame at Georgia. While the Fighting Irish hung tough on the road, the Bulldogs ultimately emerged with the victory.There were also a few upsets. USC took down No. 10 Utah to take control of the Pac-12 South, while Pittsburgh used a late trick play to knock off No. 15 UCF.Here’s what we think the AP Poll will look like on Sunday afternoon: ClemsonAlabamaGeorgiaLSUOklahomaOhio StateAuburnFloridaTexasWisconsinNotre DamePenn StateOregonWashington State (plays UCLA tonight)IowaBoise StateTexas A&MUSCUtahWashingtonMichiganCaliforniaVirginiaMichigan StateArmyCollege football fans – do we have it right?last_img read more

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Jasprit Bumrah scary for opposition batsmen, would not want to face him: Virat Kohli

first_img Rajarshi Gupta MelbourneDecember 30, 2018UPDATED: December 30, 2018 12:51 IST Jasprit Bumrah is the leading wicket-taker in the series with 20 wickets in three Tests so far (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKohli praised Bumrah for his attitude after the pacer’s 9-wicket haul helped India win the Boxing Day TestKohli said Bumrah always thinks of wickets when he looks at any pitchBumrah was named man-of-the-match for his sterling performance at the MCGVirat Kohli lauded Jasprit Bumrah after his star pacer won the man-of-the-match award with his nine-wicket haul in the Boxing Day Test which India won by 137 runs.Bumrah picked six wickets in the first innings and three in the second as India demolished Australia to win their first ever Boxing Day Test Down Under on Sunday.Kohli said Bumrah would is now a scary proposition for opposition batsmen and he wouldn’t want to face him.Bumrah picked up 9 for 86 in the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to record the best haul by an Indian pacer in Australia.”I think the fact that he was showing amazing levels of fitness and energy in white-ball cricket, hence, he was so good because he was not giving runs with the new ball, he was getting wickets and then he would come back in the death overs and not one loose delivery.”He was training like he wanted to play Test cricket. The mindset he has is what separates him from anyone else in the world. He looks at a pitch and he doesn’t think it’s a hard toil. He thinks wickets, he thinks ‘how can I make a breakthrough?’. Your mindset separates you from the rest.”The way he has matured in Test cricket and the areas he is bowling so soon, so quickly in his Test career is a very scary sign for all the batsmen around the world. I wouldn’t want to face Jasprit Bumrah to be honest, because once he’s on a roll he can really crank it up,” Kohli said at the press conference on Sunday.advertisementThe Indian skipper is full of praise for star quick Jasprit Bumrah! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/LRwUY1Fswlcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 30, 2018Bumrah has 20 wickets from three Tests in the ongoing series and has clearly been the standout bowler so far. He finished his first year in Test cricket with 49 wickets across South Africa, England and Australia.Bumrah also recorded five-wicket hauls in South Africa, England and Australia – becoming the first Asian pacer to do that in the same calendar year. He credited the Indian domestic circuit for helping him become the bowler he is today.Kohli, who was criticised for some of his decisions as captain, said he did not read opinions of other people but strived to do what was best for the team.Allan Border had been surprised with India’s decision to not enforce the follow-on after taking a 292-run lead in the first innings. Many others felt rain over the weekend could hamper India’s chances of sealing a historic win.”It’s a good thing I don’t read any comments or opinions (on not enforcing the follow on). I wanted us to bat more, and add some more runs, because batting would be difficult on day four and five.”We knew that it would be tough for Australia, but credit to our bowlers, especially Jasprit (Bumrah). The three fast bowlers have broken the record for most wickets by pacers in a calendar year for a team, which is brilliant. I certainly feel proud as a captain when they bowl in partnerships. No one is looking to out-bowl each other,” Kohli said.Virat Kohli is obsessed #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/XMyETnDWkBcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 30, 2018Relief was writ large on Kohli’s face after India wrapped up victory on the final day. The entire first session was washed out due to rain but India did not take long to secure a well-deserved win.Kohli also lauded opener Hanuma Vihari for his gutsy performance. After KL Rahul and Murali Vijay flopped in Adelaide and Perth, India decided to open with debutant Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari.While Agarwal scored 75 and 42, Vihari did not get many runs but impressed his captain with a resolute and stubborn show in the first innings which Kohli admitted made it easier for him and Pujara to stitch up a strong partnership”Our first-class cricket is amazing, which is why we won. Credit must go to first-class set-up in India, which challenges our fast bowlers in India, and that helps them abroad.”Agarwal showed great character on Boxing Day. And Pujara has always been composed, so we just wanted a big partnership. And the fact that Vihari batted so long in the first innings, it allowed us to bat more confidently. And Rohit’s 60-odd as well,” the 30-year-old skipper said.Also Read | We are not going to stop, ready for Sydney: Virat Kohli after historic Boxing Day Test winAlso Read | Tim Paine cries foul after Australia lose: We served India pitches that suit themAlso Read | Boxing Day Test: Virat Kohli shares dressing room photos after crushing AustraliaadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India beat AustraliaFollow Virat KohliFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow India win Boxing Day Test Jasprit Bumrah scary for opposition batsmen, would not want to face him: Virat KohliIndia vs Australia: Virat Kohli said Jasprit Bumrah always thinks wickets when he looks at any pitch. Bumrah was named man-of-the-match for his 9-wicket haul in the Boxing Day Test vs Australia.advertisementlast_img read more

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India vs England: Smriti Mandhana becomes India’s youngest T20I captain

first_imgIndia vs England: Smriti Mandhana becomes India’s youngest T20I captainIn the absence of an injured Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana is leading India women against England in the ongoing three-match T20I series in Guwahati.advertisement India Today Web Desk GuwahatiMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 4, 2019 13:18 IST Smriti Mandhana became the number one ODI batter in the ICC Women’s Rankings last month (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAt 22 years and 229 days, Smriti Mandhana is the youngest T20I captain for IndiaSuresh Raina held the record previously as he was first appointed as India men’s T20I captain aged 23 years and 197 daysSmriti Mandhana won the toss in her first stint as India women’s T20I captain in Guwahati on MondayBatting sensation Smriti Mandhana became the youngest T20I captain for India when she led the women’s team against England in the first T20I in Guwahati. At 22 years and 229 days, the India women’s cricket team opener is taking over from Harmanpreet Kaur, who has been ruled out of the three-match series with an ankle injury.Out-of-favour India batsman, Suresh Raina previously held the record as he was appointed as the captain of the men’s T20I team at 23 years and 197 days. Notably, Harmanpreet was the youngest woman to have led the India women’s T20I team (23 years, 237 days) before Monday.Smriti Mandhana had a lucky start to her captaincy stint as she won the toss and opted to field against England in Guwahati. However, India bowlers conceded 45 runs without picking up a wicket in the first six overs of the ongoing T20I.Mandhana opted for experience in the squad as she brought back senior campaigner Mithali Raj into the playing XI in the absenceo of injured Harmanpreet.Notably, India have headed into the ongoing T20I series on the back of a 2-1 ODI series win over England women in Mumbai.Captain @mandhana_smriti calls it right and India have opted to bowl first. The coin rolled a long distance.?? #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/t0cCMe22BLBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) March 4, 2019Meanwhile, Mandhana stressed that her approach to the game won’t change with the burden of captaincy on her shoulders.”The preparation won’t change because as a vice-captain for the last 2 years I have been attending all the meetings of strategy. I know already what we are going to do before the match when I was not the captain. But I will make extra effort to speak to bowlers,” Mandhana said on the eve of the first T20I.advertisement”I have been playing under a lot of captains in the last 4-5 years and I have tried to learn everything from them. I don’t really like to mix captaincy and batting…as it will complicate me more.”Mandhana became the number one ODI batter in the ICC Women’s Rankings last month following her exemplary run of form in both the ODIs and T20Is.Also Read | India facing healthy headache, reserves going to be key at the World Cup: MSK PrasadAlso Read | India vs Australia: Usman Khawaja marvels MS Dhoni’s ability to stay calm in run chasesAlso 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 Smriti MandhanaFollow India vs EnglandFollow India women’s cricket teamFollow Suresh RainaFollow Harmanpreet Kaurlast_img read more

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JP Duminy to retire from ODIs after 2019 ICC World Cup

first_imgJP Duminy to retire from ODIs after 2019 ICC World CupJP Duminy announced that he will retire from one-day internationals after the 2019 ICC World Cup but added that he will be available for T20Isadvertisement India Today Web Desk Cape TownMarch 15, 2019UPDATED: March 15, 2019 17:24 IST JP Duminy said the 2019 ICC World Cup will be his last time playing for South Africa in ODIs (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJP Duminy said he will retire from ODI after the 2019 ICC World CupDuminy will play his last ODI in South Africa vs Sri Lanka on SaturdayDuminy had earlier called time on his Test career back in September 2017JP Duminy announced that he will retire from one-day internationals after the 2019 ICC World Cup to be later this year in England and Wales. Duminy though clarified, that his retirement is only from ODIs and that he will continue to be available for selection in Twety20 Internationals for South Africa.JP Duminy had earlier called time on his Test as well as first-class career back in September 2017, having represented the Proteas in 46 Test matches.”The last few months on the sidelines have given me an opportunity to re-assess my career going forward and to plot some goals I’d like to achieve in the future,” JP Duminy said, announcing his retirement.”While a decision like this is never easy, I also feel that it is the right time for me to pass on the baton. I will still be available to play international and domestic T20 cricket, but would also like to invest more time towards my growing family, who are my number one priority. I have been privileged to live out my dream playing a sport I love, and I am forever grateful for the support I have received from my teammates, coaches, family, friends and fans throughout the years,” JP Duminy added.”I will still be available to play international and domestic T20 cricket, but would also like to invest more time towards my growing family, who are my number one priority.” – @jpduminy21 #ProteaFire #ThankYouJP pic.twitter.com/xeIDcMZAG9 Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) March 15, 2019″I have been privileged to live out my dream playing a sport I love, and I am forever grateful for the support I have received from my team mates, coaches, family, friends and fans throughout the years. – @jpduminy21 pic.twitter.com/0i3ZZJ5UViadvertisement Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) March 15, 2019JP Duminy will play his last ODI in South Africa at Newlands when they take on Sri Lanka in the fifth ODI on Saturday. South Africa lead the series 4-0.Ahead of that match, Duminy has represented South Africa in 193 ODIs and scored 5047 runs, at an average of 37.39, Duminy has also taken a total of 68 ODI wickets.Duminy will be making his third appearance at a 50-over ICC World Cup, after the 2011 edition in India-Bangladesh-Sri Lanka and the 2015 edition in Australia-New Zealand.The 2019 World Cup will be Duminy’s third appearance in the tournament, having featured for South Africa in 2011 in the subcontinent and in 2015 in Australia and New Zealand.Also Read | Sreesanth life ban revoked, Supreme Court asks BCCI to revisit quantum of punishmentAlso Read | Never underestimate importance of MS Dhoni: Michael ClarkeFor 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 JP DuminyFollow ODIFollow retirementFollow 2019 ICC World Cuplast_img read more

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Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL image leak shows it will come with 3.5mm headphone jack and no notch, key specs detailed earlier

first_imgGoogle Pixel 3a and 3a XL image leak shows it will come with 3.5mm headphone jack and no notch, key specs detailed earlierOfficial renders of Google’s Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL have been leaked, clearly showing that these cheaper Pixels will come with a 3.5mm headphone jack and screens that have full fat bezels instead of camera cutouts or water-drop notch.advertisement India Today Tech New DelhiApril 19, 2019UPDATED: April 22, 2019 08:19 IST Image Courtesy: SlashLeaksHIGHLIGHTSThe Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL is expected to launch on May 7, when the Google IO kicks-off.It is expected that the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL will come similar cameras that are there in the more expensive Pixel 3 phones.The hardware in the Pixel 3a will be more toned down, and screen size is expected to be smaller.It is expected that in a few weeks from now on May 7 Google will announce the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL as it kicks of the Google IO in San Francisco. Now ahead of the launch fresh renders of the upcoming Pixel phones have been leaked, showing the devices in their full and revealing glory. The Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL are expected to be the cheaper variants of the existing Pixel 3 phones. They are likely to come with the toned down hardware except the camera system, which is the highlight of the current Pixel 3 phones and which Google is likely to keep same in the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL.But the leaked renders show that there are changes. It is clear from the Pixel 3a renders that the new Pixel phones will sport the 3.5mm headphone jack, a feature that Google earlier removed from the more expensive Pixel 3. Currently a number of high-end premium phones don’t come with the 3.5mm headphone jack. The renders also show that the Pixel 3a will have rather thick bezels, similar to what we saw in the Pixel 2 in 2017. Currently, the Pixel 3 sports full bezels, albeit somewhat slim, whereas the Pixel 3 Xl comes with cutout notch that houses two front cameras. The Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL will both have thick bezels.The renders also show that the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL will have single front camera. It has been rumoured that this will be the same 8-megapixel camera with wide-angle lens that is part of the front camera system in the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL.advertisementWhat else do we know about the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL. A lot actually because there have been a number of leaks.– The Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL are expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor. They are likely to come with 4GB RAM.– The Pixel 3a, which is smaller, will come with a 5.6-inch screen with resolution of 2220×1080 pixels. Surprisingly, the bigger Pixel 3a XL with a 6-inch OLED screen, is likely to sport lower resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels.– The Pixel 3a is going to have a 3000 mAh battery while the Pixel 3a XL will come with 3400 mAh battery.– The Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL will come with same primary camera that is inside the Pixel 3. This means the same 12-megapixel sensor, and possibly the same excellent images for which Pixel phones are kind of famous now.– Both the upcoming Pixel phones will come with 64GB internal storage, support for eSIM and squeezable frame (something we don’t need but Google insists on it apparently).Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL India price and launchWhile the global launch of the Pixel 3a is on May 7, the India launch will be likely after a few weeks but possibly the same month. Currently there is no word about the India price of these two phones, but there are rumours about the global launch of the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL and that also gives a hint to the India prices of these two phones.If you were expecting that these are going to be the “cheap” Google Pixel phones, tone down your expectations. Compared to the existing Pixel 3 phones, the Pixel 3a will be relatively affordable but it won’t be cheap. The global price of the Pixel 3a has been rumoured to around $500, and hence it could be priced in India around Rs 40,000. The Pixel 3a XL price in India could be around Rs 50,000 given that it its global price is expected to be around $650.ALSO READ: | Google could launch Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL at Google I/O 2019ALSO READ: | Google Senior VP teases photo from unreleased smartphone, could be Pixel 3aALSO READ: | Google Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL price leaks, may compete with OnePlus 7 in IndiaGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow GoogleFollow Pixel 3aFollow Pixel 3a XLlast_img read more

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First in Indian Cricket: Women state captains to have voice at BCCI Conclave

first_imgFirst in Indian Cricket: Women state captains to have voice at BCCI ConclaveDuring the May 17 conclave in Mumbai, the captains and coaches of the women’s state teams will be joining their male counterparts in giving an assessment of the just-concluded domestic seasonadvertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiMay 8, 2019UPDATED: May 8, 2019 16:05 IST Jhulan Goswami, Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues along with other domestic captains will be attending the conference (Twitter: @bcciwomen)HIGHLIGHTSThe more than a decade old conclave is conducted at the end of every domestic seasonJhulan Goswami, Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues along with other domestic captains will be attending the conferenceSub-standard umpiring across all formats and age groups is also likely to come up for discussionIn a first, the Indian cricket board will be inviting all the state skippers of the women’s teams at its ‘Annual Domestic Captains and Coaches Conclave’, making the event more inclusive.The more than a decade old conclave is conducted at the end of every domestic season. Captains and Coaches of various Ranji Trophy teams give their feedback to the BCCI administration about the season that goes by. However, the women cricketers were not made a part of it in the previous editions.During the May 17 conclave in Mumbai, the captains and coaches of the women’s state teams will be joining their male counterparts in giving assessment of the just-concluded domestic season.”Yes, this is the first time that domestic women’s team captains and the chief coaches have been invited to the conclave. Their feedback is very important and we would like to know what they thought about the last season,” BCCI GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim, who is also in charge of overall development of women’s game, told PTI on Wednesday.Karim, however, didn’t wish to get into whether there will be discussions on how to broaden the talent pool in order to have a full-fledged women’s IPL in near future.”I would not like to comment on that but yes we need to get feedback from our women cricketers and coaches for the development of the game and how we can help to raise the quality of cricket at the domestic level,” the former India wicketkeeper said.It is expected that likes of Jhulan Goswami (Bengal), Mithali Raj (Railways), Jemimah Rodrigues (Mumbai) along with other domestic captains will be attending the conference.advertisementAs far as the men’s conclave goes, the notable aspect up for discussion will be the feedback provided by the captains and coaches of the North Eastern states who joined the first class system last season.It is expected that sub-standard umpiring across all formats and age groups (men and women) is also likely to come up for discussion during the meeting.In all, the 2018-19 season featured 2024 domestic matches (men and women) across age-groups with 6471 registered players (men and women) taking part.This was close to 1000 matches more than last year.Also Read | There is still time before women cricketers get equal pay, says Mithali RajAlso Read | Overseas players keen on Women’s IPLFor 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 BCCIFollow India women cricketFollow Mithali Rajlast_img read more

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Angelique Kerber downs Maria Sharapova at Mallorca Open

first_img Reuters New DelhiJune 21, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 09:52 IST Angleique Kerber defeats Maria Sharapova by 6-2 6-3 at Mallorca Open (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSMaria Sharapova recently returned from a shoulder surgeryKerber clinched a straight-set win over Sharapova on ThursdayKerber will next face France’s Caroline Garcia in MallorcaTop seed Angelique Kerber won the battle of current and former Wimbledon champions as she beat Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-3 in a heavyweight second-round clash at the Mallorca Open on Thursday.Germany’s Kerber, who will arrive at Wimbledon as reigning champion, proved too solid for Sharapova as her comeback from yet more shoulder problems was cut short.Kerber’s claycourt season was hampered by an ankle injury and she bowed out in the first round of the French Open.But the 31-year-old left-hander looked sharp as she dominated Sharapova on the Santa Ponsa grass, setting up a quarter-final against either France’s Caroline Garcia or Spanish wildcard Paula Badosa.”It was a good match and I felt good from the first point on the court,” Kerber, who now has four consecutive wins over Sharapova, told reporters.”I trusted my game today and just wanted to be aggressive.”Sharapova, who returned to action this week ranked 85th after undergoing shoulder surgery in February, has spent a fortnight on the Mallorca lawns sharpening her game for her comeback but said her lack of match play showed.”I made a few too many unforced errors,” said the 32-year-old Russian, who won Wimbledon in 2004.Despite having only two matches under her belt, Sharapova said it would not be too smart for my shoulder to add another warm-up tournament to her schedule ahead of Wimbledon.”These two matches were very important, for my arm, putting pressure on my arm and seeing how it does and it’s done pretty well so I will take that optimism to London,” she said.advertisement”Right now I have to take it one tournament at a time.”American teenager Amanda Anisimova, who reached the French Open semi-finals this month, eased past Alize Cornet 6-2 6-4.She will next face third seed Belinda Bencic, who also sealed her place in the quarter-finals.She was leading 5-7 6-3 3-1 when American opponent Shelby Rogers had to retire with an injury.Also Read | Mallorca Open: Sharapova wins on return from injury break, set for Kerber testAlso Read | Dominic Thiem extends olive branch to Serena Williams with mixed doubles offerAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Maria SharapovaFollow Angelique KerberFollow Mallorca Open Angelique Kerber downs Maria Sharapova at Mallorca OpenReigning Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber made light work of Maria Sharapova challenge in a big-ticket second round at Mallorca Open, easing past the Russian 6-2, 6-3.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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India on the field | Independence Day Special

first_img Ruchir Joshi New Delhi August 9, 2019 ISSUE DATE: August 19, 2019UPDATED: August 15, 2019 07:38 IST Image credit: Raj VermaTogether, Indian cricket and its supporters tell us a lot about the journey our society has taken over the last hundred odd years. As Ramachandra Guha’s and Prashant Kidambi’s books on cricket history tell us, in the late 19th century, cricket was a scattered activity in different urban and mofussilTogether, Indian cricket and its supporters tell us a lot about the journey our society has taken over the last hundred odd years. As Ramachandra Guha’s and Prashant Kidambi’s books on cricket history tell us, in the late 19th century, cricket was a scattered activity in different urban and mofussil pockets of pre-Partition India.The first Indian clubs were formed in Bombay, Karachi, Madras and Calcutta and they played among themselves on inferior, bumpy maidans while the sahebs played in a parallel world, on the other side of the fence on their (somewhat) plush green grounds. Around the same time that various Indian political groups began to challenge the Empire’s unquestioned hegemony, Indian teams began to have the occasional game against the goras.At first the Indian teams usually lost, but gradually the outcomes began to be less predictable. These matches would have loud crowds of local janata supporting the native teams. A victory could mean riotous celebrations and the defeat of a desi team, due to what was perceived as biased umpiring, could lead to just plain rioting.It was clear that the game was able to excite passions, even among people who had no access to playing kits, cricketing skills or proper grounds. Or, perhaps, the game worked like a magnifying glass, focusing scattered passions into one flaming pinpoint.The idea of a national team formed at roughly the same time as the independence movement. The important difference was that while Gandhi and the Congress moved out of their middle-class enclosures to connect with the poorest sections of urban and rural India, organised cricket in India kept looking to the Maharajas and Nawabs for leadership.advertisementHowever, unsurprisingly, issues from the country’s politics kept seeping into the sport. Could Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Parsis and Christians play in the same team? What would a team weighted towards upper castes and classes do when the talent of a player from (what one would now call) a Dalit background made it impossible to exclude him? Would the team travel together? Would they eat together? Would they come together only on the playing field?By the end of World War II, there was a large pool of seriously gifted players in the subcontinent, a pool from which a properly selected eleven could challenge any team in the world. A WAG once said that the chief reason the English made sure that India was partitioned was that “a team from a united India would have spelt the end of all meaningful competition in world cricket”.Wistful exaggerations aside, cricketing was among the many intricate networks that Partition sundered, especially in the north and the west of the subcontinent.If the jute factories stayed in West Bengal and the jute fields supplying to those factories went to East Pakistan, people still argue that a bulk of the batting talent stayed in India while almost the entire pace attack went to West Pakistan. While this may be a gross simplification, the fact was that Partition scattered things unevenly across India and the two Pakistans.Just as notions of patriotism had to be rejigged, being a supporter of the Indian team meant different things before and after August 1947. For our test team, the multiple humiliations and honourable draws we suffered in the first 20-odd years of Independence were accompanied by the spread of the radio network.The live cricket commentary coming in from grounds across the world where India were playing left slight scars across the addicted eardrums of Indian cricket fans who grew up in the 1950s and the 1960s, and yet the patriot-cum-cricket fan in us never gave up, never stopped hoping.Indian cricket went through two quantum jumps, one at the beginning of the 1970s and one just after the end of the decade. The unexpected series wins in the West Indies and then England in 1970-71 meant that expectations of the Indian fans went up-we could win Test series, we will keep winning; forget about counting staved off defeats as substitute victories.1983 meant something quite else-we could win even in this format that was, till now, challenging for our slow-scoring batsmen, Test-designed bowlers and sluggish fielders. Earlier, we had won the odd series here and there, most often at home, but this was a World Cup where, in theory, we had been proven superior to every other cricket-playing country in the world.In the years immediately following our World Cup triumph, this superiority waxed and waned, dimmed and brightened, but the screaming, shouting, blue shirt-ripping triumphalism did not waver over the next 30 years.advertisementOf late, though, things have changed. With the Indian team going from being underdogs to bullying overdogs, this triumphalism has transformed into something truly ugly. The final stage of this mutation took place between 2001 and 2011 and is related to, among other things, our improved game, the burgeoning of the Indian TV audience to mammoth proportions and the huge sports industry the IPL has become.Alongside this growth of economic clout is the increasing display of aggression onfield by players.Around 2001 (or possibly a little earlier) our players started becoming infected by what one could call “Aussie-itis” or “Oz-itis”-the extreme sledging and aggressive physical projections perfected into an art form by Steve Waugh’s famous Australians. “Tit-for-Tat”, “toe to toe”, “give as good as you get” and other such phrases became mantras in our press, with our players also spouting these clichés in interviews and such.Some of the Indian team’s retaliations worked, some didn’t. During the 2001 Test series, Ganguly got up Waugh’s nose by making him wait for the toss, Dravid told three hulking Australians surrounding him to “F*** off”, yielding desirable results. But then came the ridiculous sight of Zaheer Khan trying to sledge Matthew Hayden in the 2003 World Cup final in Johannesburg.Hayden was flaying Zaheer’s bowling. Hayden was the master of sledging and this sort of a thing pumped him up; Zaheer, an amateur, struggled for an invective in a language not his own, but eventually got carted across the ground, both verbally and cricket-wise.By the time the next batch of young Indian men put on the country’s colours, the sledging had become as indispensable as batting, bowling and fielding skills.When I bumped into one of these young turks (now a waning senior of fluctuating presence in the team) and suggested that he was being over-aggressive, he snarled into the distance, ‘No, no, nutthhing! Weeyyavtu givvidbag tudem!’The Aussies infected us, but then we added our own strain to the infection. The Aussies might be racist, macho and thuggish, they may also be cheats, but there is no trace of jingoism or militarism in their presentation.Off the field, these Australian men are seen looking after their small babies; even on-field, if there is an addition to their cricketing clothes, it’s to support some cause, such as the fight against breast cancer; their nationalism or political beliefs are kept well out of sight.We, on the other hand, go from the absurd to the ridiculous. Our team walks out wearing military caps in an international match to “show support for our soldiers”; Mahendra Singh Dhoni tags his regimental insignia on to his wicket-keeping gloves in a World Cup; insisting we need to differentiate ourselves from England’s blue, we add one particular colour from our flag to our altered kit and it just happens to be the colour preferred by the ruling political party.You understand what a really wealthy country is when you see extremely well-to-do people happily taking trams to the supermarket.advertisementSimilarly, I understood something about a country that’s really rich in sporting terms, when an Australian cricket fan once told me, “I’m bloody bored of us always winning like machines. I’d really like to see this Ponting side get stuffed, I just don’t like their style of cricket!”While sportsmen are notoriously stupid politically and usually tend to veer towards reactionary strongmen leaders (look at pictures of Recep Erdogan attending Mesut Özil’s wedding), there are also exceptions.Look at the major American football stars refusing to stand for the national anthem, choosing to kneel instead in protest of US president Donald Trump’s policies, or Megan Rapinoe showing Trump her middle digit after winning the World Cup.While we in India are very far from Australia’s wide-ranging sporting success, we are the cricketing world’s boorish nouveau riche and there was some odd satisfaction in seeing the obnoxiously cocky Indian team go down to New Zealand (which would not have been there had we lost to Pakistan, Australia or England) in the semi-finals.As for protests, true independence and true patriotism (and, yes, true sporting wealth) will be evident when some internationally successful Indian sportswoman or sportsman fearlessly stands up to an Indian government on a political issue.Ruchir Joshi is a film-maker and writerYou’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet 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 India on the field | Independence Day SpecialIn India, true patriotism and true sporting wealth will come of age only when sportspersons stop pandering to strongmen and political leaders.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Target Collective Brings Stylish Menswear and Accessories to You

first_img1. Locally Grown Badge T 2. Taylor Stitch Stripe Shirt 3. Duluth Pack Scout Bag 4. Billykirk Carryall Bag 5. Billykirk Belt Finding stylish menswear and accessories is going to be as easy as heading to your local Target. That’s because the Minneapolis-based retailer is launching Target Collective, their first collaboration targeted specifically at men that features, according to the retailer, “impeccably-crafted, U.S.A.-made goods including hand-tooled leather belts, durable canvas bags, graphic tees and irreverent stationery from partners Billykirk, Owen & Fred, Taylor Stitch, Duluth Pack, Locally Grown and Terrapin Stationers.”“What excites me about this program is that we’ve curated brands we think our guests will love, and that we’ve worked with each brand to co-create products specifically with our guests in mind,” said Kathee Tesija, chief merchandising and supply chain officer, Target. “By exploring innovative partnerships like Target Collective, we’re bringing newness to our assortment and offering our guests easy access to stylish, well-crafted, quality products they’ll find only at Target.”That sounds exactly up The Manual’s alley. Prices in the partnership range from $10 to $270, with most items going for less than $100. In the market for a new backpack, weekender back or dopp kit? Duluth has the Pack Scout Bag, Billykirk made a useful messenger bag, carryall bag and a dopp kit. If clothes are what you’re after, go for the nicely crafted Taylor Stitch striped shirt and chambray or chino pants. If grooming accessories are what you’re after, look into getting Owen & Fred’s shave kit or soap. And if you’re in need of a good t-shirt, check out Locally Grown’s offerings.Target Collective makes it easy to find the brands that we at The Manual love to bring to you, so hurry up and get to your local Target before everything sells out. We can’t wait to go there and grab a Billykirk messenger bag.For more information, visit target.com. Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Men Editors’ Recommendations The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men center_img What to Wear for Labor Day and the Unofficial End of Summer You Definitely Need a Shirt Jacket for Fall 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know last_img read more

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Ship ahoy! Aston Martin sets sail on its first-ever yacht, christened the AM37

first_img 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make Editors’ Recommendations The Best Small-Space Furniture for Living Tiny We’re in Love with the Look of Gerber’s New Everyday Carry Knives A Brief History of the Chevrolet Corvette, America’s Most Iconic Sports Car Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair Late last month, Aston Martin announced plans to launch no less than three new models before the end of the decade, including a brand new sports car and an all-electric crossover inspired by the DBX concept. However, the next addition to the automaker’s growing lineup is not a car at all but a large powerboat designed and built jointly with a Dutch company called Quintessence Yacht.The boat is dubbed AM37, a name that hints at its 37-foot length. It will feature a hull made of lightweight composite materials, and structural parts crafted out of carbon fiber in order to keep its weight in check. Quintessence promises that the high-tech construction will allow the boat to provide luxury sports car-like handling, performance, and comfort, even on rough seas.The AM37 will be just as high-tech on the inside. It will offer a fully-integrated high-definition touch screen controlled by either voice commands, regular buttons located on the dashboard, or a remote control. The boat will be fitted with a pair of individual captain’s chairs and a sofa-like wrap-around rear-bench with room for at least eight additional passengers.Related: Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT First DriveAlthough precise technical details are not available yet, Quintessence reveals that two versions of the yacht will initially be available. The AM37 S will be a sport yacht capable of reaching a top speed of 60 knots (roughly 70 mph), while the standard AM37 will be a more luxurious gran turismo-style boat with a top speed of 50 knots (about 57 mph).The first prototype is currently being built in a new facility located in England so official pictures have not been published yet, but Aston and Quintessence have released a handful of computer-generated images that give us a decent idea of what to expect from the boat.Aston Martin and Quintessence’s AM37 will be introduced at a private event that will take place late this year. The agreement between the two companies is envisioned as the beginning of a long collaboration that will eventually spawn a full lineup of yachts and powerboats.last_img read more

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Not Your Father’s Overcoat: How To Pick The Right Jacket For Every Occasion

first_img Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Image courtesy of Laura Bittner via Creative Commons. Editors’ Recommendations How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall center_img Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt Gone are the days when men would go out into the world swimming in fabric. Raglan sleeves, billowing bodices, rain jackets over suits, and dusters down to the ankles have lost favor with the fashion gods—and thank goodness for that. The age of the well-fitting, simple, clean line-dominated coat is upon us. Whether you’re looking for a casual bomber for a guys night at the bar or a nice overcoat for date night, the possibilities are endless according to Brian Hathaway, a style expert at Mario’s in Portland, OR.“Our philosophy is that you can’t have too much outerwear,” Hathaway says. Men’s outerwear is experiencing a renaissance at the moment.Bombers and parkas and great coats, oh my. Whether you want something dressy or casual, functional or fashionable—or both!—now is a great time to go out and enjoy all the outerwear the world has to offer.  There is a jacket for every occasion, and The Manual is here to help you figure out what to wear.LengthThe general rule according to Hathaway is: the longer the coat, the dressier the occasion.While short overcoats were in vogue for a few years, length is making a comeback.These overcoats aren’t your dad’s dusters, however. A properly fitted overcoat should fall just above the knee whether you’re short or tall. There’s room to play with this length if you so choose, but taller gentlemen be warned that anything that hits mid-thigh might make you look oversized, and shorter gents, avoid anything below the knee. Parkas and other rain jackets look best when they fall somewhere between just below the buttocks and just above mid-thigh.Bombers and other short coats should hit just above the derrière or, at the longest, mid-butt.BodiceWhile this is largely dependent on the kind of coat you’re looking for—bombers and track jackets, for instance, tend to have fuller bodices—straight silhouettes are universally flattering. Hathaway says to look for a jacket that fits comfortably through the waist but doesn’t pull. “While you don’t want too much fabric, which overwhelms, you don’t want a skinny fit either.” You should be able to move comfortably in your coat without too much excess fabric, though keep in mind how many layers you plan to wear underneath. If you’re still confused about the right balance between a clean fit and a skinny fit, use the X test for suits. If the jacket pulls at the fastening point, it’s too tight.“The straight silhouette just gives a clean finish and a modern look,” Hathaway says.While tailoring is an option, Hathaway says, you want to get as close a fit off the rack as possible.Related: TGIF Shopping: Norwegian Wool’s Fall Collection Is Here To Warm Your ChillSleeves And ShouldersPay attention to the sleeves of a jacket, and it’ll make the difference between looking dapper and looking like you’re playing dress-up. Hathaway says the sleeve should hit about an inch above the V of your hand. Anything longer, and you’ll look undersized; anything shorter, and you’ll look like you’ve squeezed into a child’s coat.Look for how the shoulder fits as well. You want the shoulder of your jacket to be sharp. Avoid jackets with shoulders that extend more than half an inch to an inch past your actual shoulder. Again, this is dependent upon how much you’ll be layering underneath. The general rule is that you want the shoulder to have a close, sharp fit without any pull. For nicer overcoats, beware raglan sleeves. While not always the case—The Manual always urges you to use your own judgment—the diagonal seam can make the shoulder look shapeless and sloppy.DetailsHathaway says details are getting cleaner and sharper on coats. While there’s room for the occasional flare, for the most part coats are dark, clean, and simple—no more superfluous zippers or piled-on pockets.“Less detail is better,” Hathaway says. “It’s more modern, and it looks better on everyone.” Details like spread collars, shearling, or accent colors—burgundy is our favorite right now—are visually appealing yet subtle. That’s not to say you should avoid fun details if they speak to you. It’s all fair game as long as it doesn’t overwhelm.Hathaway says that he’s seen a lot of really great reversible jackets come through Mario’s as well: one side is a softer fabric, like wool, and the other is nylon. Reversible jackets are chameleons—they look good on every occasion.One of the best parts about shopping for a coat in 2016? Technological advances.“Technology has changed the way we shop for coats,” Hathaway says. Cashmere is no longer reserved for dry days, for example. Now you can buy water resistant cashmere and look sharp in any weather. No matter which way you cut it or what you’re looking for—whether a nice leather jacket for the weekend or a cashmere great coat for a night on the town—as long as you follow our fit guide, you won’t go wrong.last_img read more

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Your Shave And A Haircut At Rooks Barbershop PDX

first_img The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style Editors’ Recommendations Fall in Love with Tentree’s New Fall Collection, Then Plant a Tree 9 Best Backpacking Tents for Your Next Adventure, from Budget to Ultralight When visiting Portland, you’ll want to have your hair cut at Rooks Barbershop. Started by Master Barber, Justin King, Rooks was one of the only barbers in the city offering a straight edge shave. Men’s Journal took notice of this PDX favorite, featured the shop and things took off from there. Rooks moved three blocks down, added five barber chairs and three more barbers. They continued to expand offering traditional services from classically trained barbers. We caught up with King for the inside scoop.TM: What can a guy expect from his appointment at Rooks Barbershop? What’s the vibe like?JK: Rooks is a simple barbershop that has become known for its easy-going, laid back vibe. While a lot of shops focus on having a vintage aesthetic with wood and taxidermy, Rooks focuses on what we do best; good old fashioned barbering. During a visit to Rooks, our customers can expect to hear loud banter about politics, sports, news and entertainment, a top-quality haircut or hot shave by experienced, highly trained barbers, and a cold beer. No gimmicks, just barbering.TM: How does Rooks reflect Portland? What are the most popular styles requested by the Portland guys?JK: Rooks is an institution in Portland, being one of the first of the “revival’ barbershops. We reflect the feel of the city, in that we’re simple and down to earth, yet we turn out a quality product.A lot of guys these days are requesting the more timeless, classic looks. It’s not uncommon for us to send someone off looking like they just stepped out of a 1920s speakeasy, or a clean, tapered cut complimented by a well-groomed chest-length beard. Portland is a dynamic city, and our customers run the gamut. From young to old, hipster to student to lawyer, Portland folks trust our barbers to make them look their best.TM: Do you have any tips for taking care of your hair in the dead of winter?JK: Condition your hair! The natural oils in the hair tend to dry up in harsher climates, so it’s important to remember to pay a little extra attention to your hairs health during those winter months. Condition every time you shampoo, no exceptions, as conditioner is made to replenish the moisture you lose by shampooing.TM: Aside from getting rid of the scruff, are there any benefits for the skin from getting a straight edge shave?JK: When done right, a straight shave could be invigorating and rejuvenating for the skin, stripping away dead skin cells and build up.Aside from it being extremely relaxing, both the heat and the oils and lubricants used during a hot towel shave will soften your skin and create a gentler, more thorough shave.TM: What are your favorite shampoo and styling products and why?JK: Rooks sells and uses an array of products. We generally prefer water-based styling products, such as Bonafide or Layrite pomades, as they’re easy to wash out and are less damaging to the hair and scalp.TM: Valentine’s Day is coming. Do you have any suggestions for getting more handsome in a week?JK: Nothing is more handsome than a man with confidence, and having a head of hair that’s custom designed for your head shape, hair type, etc. can help bring that confidence out. Talk to your barber and ask for their help determining what kind of style is best suited for you. Don’t be afraid to bring in a picture or two, as it helps give us a good idea of what you like. After all, you’re the reason we’re here! Street. Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scenelast_img read more

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The best core exercises for men

first_img How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish Inhale on the eccentric and exhale on the concentric. For example, when you are doing a leg squat: when you are squatting down toward the floor (eccentric contraction) you will want to inhale, and when you are rising and going into a straight position (concentric contraction) you will want to exhale.Do not hold your breath. This will cause intra-abdominal pressure, or a Valsalva maneuver. This can result in seeing stars, passing out and even vomiting. In addition, you do not want to reverse your breathing because you will lose integrity in your core and surrounding muscles, which are usually activated when you are breathing correctly while moving a resistance load.If you’re still having trouble, try counting under your breath. When you are completing a repetition, count underneath your breath. This is an involuntary way to move air or exhale. For example, when you are doing a chest press and you are pushing the bar away from your chest, say the number “one” softly and when you are doing your second rep, say “two,” etc. ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:34Loaded: 0%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts Editors’ Recommendations Who among us hasn’t dreamed of rocking washboard abs, especially when in the midst of a grueling set of sit-ups? Working your core can definitely lead you down the path to an aesthetically pleasing midsection, but it’s so much more important than that.When we talk about core muscles, we’re not just referring to your abs. Your core–which is made up of your abdominals, obliques, lower back muscles and glutes–supports and stabilizes your spine and can affect your balance. Working out your core, when done properly, can help prevent back injury and prevent pain and discomfort caused by sitting for 8 hours per day.The Manual has teamed up with Kisar Dhillon, a personal trainer based in Portland, Oregon, and his team at The Art Of Personal Training to bring you the second in a series of videos to help you ease into a strength training routine. You can do these exercises at the gym, at home, or even at work.In this video, Peter Fuller, a trainer with over 15 years of experience, shows us how to properly do squats and planks. Though simple, these are the best core exercises for men who are just starting out with a fitness routine. Fuller shows proper form, breathing technique and how to mix things up if you’re looking for an added challenge.Related: The best leg exercises for menA quick note before you get startedJust as we reminded you with our leg exercises: though these are introductory core exercises, proper technique is important in order to prevent injury and make sure you get the most out of your workout. Dhillon, who has been in the fitness industry for over twenty years, expanded on Fuller’s explanation of proper breathing technique: Ready? Let’s get sweating.The WorkoutThis circuit was designed to increase in difficulty as you go on. The farther you get in the circuit, the more you’ll have to engage your core. Make sure to take a brief rest between sets so you can gauge how your body is feeling. If you’re up for an added challenge, do this circuit twice in a row!Basic squat: 2 sets of 8-10 repsGoblet squat (with kettlebell): 2 sets of 8-10 repsBar squat: 2 sets of 8-10 repsSide plank, knees bent: 2 sets of 10-15 repsSide plank, top leg out: 2 sets of 10-15 repsSide plank, feet out on top of each other: 2 sets of 10-15 repsSide plank, top foot out, bottom foot lifted off the ground: 2 sets of 10-15 reps The best core exercises for men Close How to Build Your Own Home Gym for Under $350 The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and More How to Change a Light Fixture Without Getting Shockedlast_img read more

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Strong Women in Your Hand: New Old Milwaukee Labels Feature Retro Pin-Up Girls

first_img The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less No matter how tried and true a product may be, every once in a while it’s going to need a little bit of freshening up—a facelift, if you will. In the case of Old Milwaukee, which has been brewed since 1849, decided to go for a visual renewal by simply putting on a beautiful face. Starting this month, the iconic brand is rolling out their Pin-Up label series, featuring beautiful women and never has a can of beer looked so beautiful.The first in the series, “Stars and Stripes,” hearkens back to World War II-era beauties and has the power to make even the most battle-weary soldiers raise a salute. The next pin-up in the series—which will be unveiled in September—will give a nod to the the outdoors, and more specifically, hunting.The Pin-Up Series will run on all Old Milwaukee Lager, Old Milwaukee Light, and Old Milwaukee N.A. packaging and will be available at retailers, bars, and restaurants nationwide. New designs will be released on larger format packages of Old Milwaukee and Old Milwaukee Lite every four months, while “Stars and Stripes” will be a permanent addition on smaller packages and single-serve cans. According to Brand Manager Heather Rodman, the series honors female doers and disruptors who have left a legacy that continues to inspire today. “The new look embraces the heritage of the brand while paying respect to the strong women that made pin-up culture in America something to be proud of,” she said in a statement. The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Brooklyn Brew Shop Offers Pint-Size Beer Making Kits for Small Kitchens

first_imgBrooklyn Brew Shop/InstagramThe obstacles of brewing your own beer at home can be high. Not only does a new home brewer have the cost of start-up equipment and ingredients, there is also the investment of time. For many would-be home brewers, the hardest element to acquire is the physical space necessary to house all of the gear.Recent entries in the brewing appliance category have definitely reduced the physical footprint needed to homebrew. But if you’re interested in the more traditional, manual brewing arts, you still need plenty of room to ferment and store your equipment and final product.Brooklyn Brew Shop/Facebook Brooklyn Brew Shop/FacebookBrooklyn Brew Shop heard the pain of apartment dwellers and downsizers, and came up with a delightful solution. Through the shop’s online website — and numerous retailers like Amazon, Macy’s, and Williams-Sonoma — you can purchase one-gallon brewing kits that include everything you need to get started in a space-saving package. While most beginning brewer kits service five gallons or more, these relatively tiny starter packs can find a place in even the tightest of kitchens.The one-gallon boxes retail for around $40 each and include a glass fermenter, a thermometer, vinyl tubing, a racking cane, airlock, cleaner, and a stopper. These packages also include a recipe kit featuring crushed grains, hops, yeast, and any required additives. The only things you’ll need to provide are your own brewing pot, bottles, and caps.There are a wide variety of recipes available in the starter packs, from the ever popular India Pale Ale style to pumpkin beers and oatmeal stouts. There are even master brewer kits where the recipes are provided from established craft breweries like Evil Twin and Stillwater Artisanal Ales. After brewing your initial batch, you can return to the Brooklyn Brew Shop website to order additional recipe packs, which are economically priced at $15 each. Need a break from beer? Brooklyn Brew Shop also sells cider and sparkling wine kits and ingredient packages. A one-gallon Brooklyn Brew Shop beer making kit is the perfect way to introduce a friend to home brewing or fill the needs of those with limited space.Feature image courtesy of Brooklyn Brew Shop/Instagram. What’s So Great About the Icelandic Hot Dog? Editors’ Recommendations The Most Interesting Drinks From Around the World You Can Try Today The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene The Best Fresh Hop Beers to Celebrate the Hop Harvest last_img read more

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See How One Tiny House Packs Maximum Luxury Into Minimal Space

first_img World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat 1 of 8 This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness Previous Next center_img Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bite This Little House in Washington Has Big Personality The tiny house trend is causing a big shift in homeownership. The idea of a smaller mortgage (and nearly non-existent utility bills) has more people looking to downsize their homes from maze-like McMansions to cozy retreats. But with downsizing comes the worry that a small space means less modern amenities we’ve all grown used to. Recognizing this concern, architects like James Cutler of Cutler Anderson Architects are creating new homes packed with luxury in a small footprint.Sandwiched between boulders, Cutler’s Rock House is an 800-square-foot home that overlooks the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada (keep in mind that most “real” tiny houses clock in at 400 square feet max). It is part of Carraig Rock, a rural community designed as a luxury retreat from the hustle of everyday life. The focus of each cabin is to unwind and enjoy the beauty of nature in style. The rugged ridge where Rock House sits was the inspiration for the name and layout of the home. Part of the rock was cut away, allowing the home to sit in the ridge and blend in with its surroundings. Using the natural environment as inspiration, the materials of the home include polished stone floors, timber partitions in place of walls, and exposed wood beam ceilings. The entry is at the back of the home and is accessed by a simple dirt path. Stepping inside, the space is filled with natural light thanks to a wall of windows in the front of the home. The use of partitions instead of full-height walls allows light to reach the rear of the home, keeping the entire space bright and airy. The main space is the family room, which includes a sitting area and a luxurious, contemporary kitchen. All of the exterior walls are made of glass, providing jaw-dropping, 180-degree views of the Rocky Mountains. The unique footprint of the home resulted in an almost triangular family room that juts out over the land. The space is decked out in stylish mid-century modern furnishings with a cozy cabin feel enhanced by a wood-burning fireplace.Off to the side is the only bedroom, which also provides a stunning vista of the surrounding landscape. One of the biggest worries people have about downsizing is lack of storage. This issue was cleverly addressed by Cutler; the partition wall has built-in shelving with plenty of space for storage and displaying personal items.Rock House is just one of 44 properties in the Carraig Ridge community. Residents all jointly own the 550 acres of land, ensuring that when you live here, you will get to enjoy the beauty of the land in near seclusion. Doesn’t that sound nice? Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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How to Make Your Own Ranch Dressing

first_imgIngredients:1 c sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt).5 c mayonnaise.5 tsp dill.5 tsp chives.5 tsp parsley.25 tsp garlic powder.25 tsp onion powder.25 tsp black pepper.25 tsp saltMethod:Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Stir to incorporate.Let chill 20-30 minutes before serving. 1 of 4 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Next Sam Slaughter/The Manual Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes Ranch dressing has become the ubiquitous dipping sauce for everything from fried pickles and buffalo wings to, well, just take a look on the internet — people literally dip everything into ranch. Hell, people have even chugged ranch dressing.The obsession with ranch dressing doesn’t end at consuming it on things. People have put ranch on everything from T-shirts to flasks and have turned ranch dressing flavor into myriad items, from dental floss to soda. We wouldn’t be surprised if there were even ranch-flavored condoms out there (no, we didn’t look that one up).There are a couple things you probably didn’t know about ranch dressing, though. First, did you know it was invented by a Nebraskan cowboy who was living in Alaska? We’re not kidding. A guy named Steve Gayle (formerly Kenneth Gayle) developed the recipe while working as a plumbing contractor. Second, and the reason you’re probably here, it’s actually incredibly easy to make. By easy, we mean that you need absolutely zero talent in the kitchen to mix up a batch of homemade ranch dressing.Sam Slaughter/The ManualIt might seem like some green-flecked mystical concoction that’s come from on high to deliver joy to one’s taste buds and soul, but with just a couple ingredients and about five minutes of prep time, you too can be on your way to recreating what Kenneth Henson did in the early 1950s.The one difference between the recipe you see here and the original is that Henson’s original recipe was developed as a buttermilk dressing. Instead of buttermilk, we’ve used a combination of sour cream (you can substitute Greek yogurt) and mayo, which gives the dressing a little more body than buttermilk. This thickness makes it more a dip than a dressing, so if you are hoping to use it on salads or as a dressing, just substitute the sour cream for milk.Homemade Ranch Dressing Sam Slaughter/The Manual Sam Slaughter/The Manual Editors’ Recommendations Previous Sam Slaughter/The Manual 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish How to Make a Whiskey Sourlast_img read more

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Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit to be Strengthened

first_img Speaking to agricultural stakeholders at the 64th Hague Agricultural Show in Trelawny, on March 6, Mr. Shaw that if the PLPU needs beefing up, and if it needs more resources, action will be taken. The PLPU is a collaboration between the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries and the Ministry of National Security to curtail the theft of agricultural produce across Jamaica. It makes provision for the appointment of agricultural wardens to engage and assist farmers in an effort to prevent the theft of agricultural produce and livestock.Trelawny is one of a number of farming parishes being affected by high cases of praedial larceny.“It is a disgrace and we need to come together, and the Government must lead the way to curb praedial larceny,” said the Minister.In the meantime, Mr. Shaw outlined that $800 million will be allocated in the upcoming fiscal year to rehabilitate farm roads across Jamaica through the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).He noted that production incentives will also be made available to support small farmers as well as plans to distribute farmlands for alternative production.“In Jamaica, we have too much idle lands and idle hands. So, we are going to be distributing lands for alternative production. We are not coming out of sugar, but we are going to rationalise. So, we produce sugar cane efficiently on smaller acres of land and make other acres of land available for the production of other things, such as castor beans for castor oil,” Mr. Shaw said.The Hague Agricultural Show exhibited the best of Trelawny’s farming sector. The event also featured livestock competitions, a farmers’ competition, and the 2019 Farm Queen pageant. Story Highlights “I am going to ensure that we put more resources into the unit, because my heart goes out to all farmers when they raise their goats and cattle, plant their produce and then somebody comes in the dead of night to reap it before they can reap it and take care of their families,” the Minister said.center_img Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he will be reviewing the Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit (PLPU), to make it more effective in reducing farm thefts.Speaking to agricultural stakeholders at the 64th Hague Agricultural Show in Trelawny, on March 6, Mr. Shaw that if the PLPU needs beefing up, and if it needs more resources, action will be taken.“I am going to ensure that we put more resources into the unit, because my heart goes out to all farmers when they raise their goats and cattle, plant their produce and then somebody comes in the dead of night to reap it before they can reap it and take care of their families,” the Minister said.The Guardsman Group Canine Exhibition, which was staged at the 64th Hague Agricultural Show, in Trelawny, on Wednesday, March 6. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he will be reviewing the Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit (PLPU), to make it more effective in reducing farm thefts.last_img read more

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14 Newly Certified Tour Guides for Montego Bay

first_img The 13 males and one female, who previously operated as unofficial tour guides in the tourism capital, recently completed a 12-day course covering elements of customer service as well as Montego Bay’s cultural, historical and contemporary heritage. The resort city of Montego Bay now has 14 newly trained and certified tour guides. “You must not allow anyone to destroy what you are out there to do. You have persons on the street who do the things that you do, but they are not certified. So what I would encourage you to do is to encourage them to get certified, because this is the first step in making sure that we all share a bit of the tourism pie,” he said.Mayor Davis was speaking at the graduation ceremony held on Wednesday (March 20) at the offices of the St. James Municipal Corporation, which had partnered with the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCO) in organising the training.Regional Manager for the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCO), Kenya Keddo-Laing, and Regional Director of TPDCo, Odette Dyer, presents sole female in the Montego Bay tour guide training programme, Vennissa Johnson, with her certificate at the graduation ceremony held at the St. James Municipal Corporation on Wednesday, March 20. A total of 14 persons were trained under the Team Jamaica initiative and the Montego Bay City Guides programme as part of efforts to curb visitor harassment. The resort city of Montego Bay now has 14 newly trained and certified tour guides.The 13 males and one female, who previously operated as unofficial tour guides in the tourism capital, recently completed a 12-day course covering elements of customer service as well as Montego Bay’s cultural, historical and contemporary heritage.The training was done under the Team Jamaica initiative and the Montego Bay City Guides programme, and is part of efforts to curb visitor harassment.Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis, commended the tour guides, noting that they have been empowered to make meaningful contributions towards the development of the city, the parish of St. James and the growing tourism sector.Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis (left), hands over a certificate to newly trained Montego Bay tour guide, Lloyd Haye, during a graduation ceremony held on Wednesday (March 20) at the St. James Municipal Corporation. Executive Director, Jamaica Vacations, Joy Roberts, shares the moment. A total of 14 persons were trained under the Team Jamaica initiative and the Montego Bay City Guides programme as part of efforts to curb visitor harassment. Story Highlights The training was done under the Team Jamaica initiative and the Montego Bay City Guides programme, and is part of efforts to curb visitor harassment. He suggested that the Government “look at the legislative framework in order to make their activities legal, because even though they are certified, there is a law against soliciting as it relates to intercepting visitors to offer them a service”.last_img read more

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Gov’t Allocates $10 Million to Offender Rehabilitation Programme

first_imgThe Government has allocated some $10 million to boost activities under the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Local Offender and Deported Persons Programme.As outlined in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, the programme seeks to: reduce the rate of re-offending among local offenders and deportees; improve the rehabilitation and reintegration of deportees and offenders in Jamaica; and establish emergency safety nets to receive deportees immediately on their return to the country.It is also expected to provide services throughout Jamaica to help the reintegration of deportees and local offenders; contribute to the strengthening of the Jamaican government’s policy framework through collaborations between government departments and civil society.For this fiscal year, the government intends to: continue support towards rehabilitation and reintegration initiatives in the Department of Correctional Services (DCS); continue support to existing models throughout Jamaica with keen focus on income generation and entrepreneurship initiatives; establishment of a sustainable reintegration and case management model for deported females in Kingston; and complete activities related to standardising reception and processing protocols in St. James.Up to March this year, some of the achievements include: implementation of rehabilitative activities for local offenders under the Courtney Walsh Foundation and Springboard initiatives based in the DCS; additional support towards Open Arms Charitable Mission (St. James) and the Portland Rehabilitation Management to expand income generation initiatives for deported migrants and ex-offenders; and completion of renovation works at Open Arms for establishment of an administrative and counselling space, as well as computer laboratory and skills training area.The programme, which is being implemented by the Ministry of National Security, began in November 2008, and following a number of extensions, is now scheduled to end in March 2014. By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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NCSC to Launch Series of Retirement Planning Seminars

first_img The National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) will be launching its second annual series of retirement planning seminars, at the Cardiff Hall Hotel in Runaway Bay, St. Ann, on Thursday, August 15, starting at 9:30 a.m.The seminars will be held islandwide from August 16 to 22, and will feature a number of presentations, intended to educate and assist persons to set and achieve realistic goals and objectives for the future.Themed: ‘Retirement is a process, not an Event – Be Prepared’, the seminars are aimed at encouraging persons in the informal sector of the society to start planning for their retirement years while working.“We are targeting persons in the informal sector, including farmers, dressmakers, tailors, hairdressers, vendors, musicians, housewives, domestic workers, landscapers and barbers. We have found  that the mass proportion of this group do not plan for their retirement, so we hope to create a change in behaviour with the sessions, so that these persons can start planning for their retirement,” Executive Director of the NCSC, Charmaine Muirhead told JIS News.She added that the seminars will also provide the appropriate platform for citizens to look at their lives, and see how best they can make them more meaningful, as they grow older.“We will be providing participants with relevant information that will allow them to shape their lives in a more positive manner, so that they will be able to face the future more confidently. We are targeting both the young and the old, because as soon as persons reach the age of 18 they should start planning for their retirement, so that they can enjoy it in a better manner,” she emphasised.Mrs. Muirhead is encouraging youngsters to educate themselves on all that they can do for their retirement years, because proper retirement planning involves choosing the best possible option, which should start as early as persons obtain their first job.She also implored persons who are approaching retirement to start getting ready, and for those who already have their retirement plans in place, to just endorse the event, and be aware of other existing options.Highlighting the theme, the Executive Director is also urging the target group, persons 18 to 55 years, to start contributing to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), so that they can reap the benefits in the future.She stressed that this is important, because as persons get older, they develop certain illnesses, and require various medications, that are sometimes very costly.“This can be less burdensome if the necessary plans are put in place now, which will guarantee ease of financial burden, health wise, among other benefits,” she said.For additional information on the seminars, persons can contact the nearest NIS parish office or the NCSC at 926-2374 or 906-9277-8. Youngsters encouraged to educate themselves on all that they can do for their retirement years Themed: ‘Retirement is a process, not an Event – Be Prepared’ Story Highlights The seminars will be held islandwide from August 16 to 22last_img read more

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Critical Crime-Fighting Bills This Year

first_img “The amended legislation will feature new penalties and harsher mandatory minimum sentences. This is the way to go, considering that the gun features in 80 per cent of all murders in Jamaica,” he explained. National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, said the MOCA Bill has already been tabled in the Lower House by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and is scheduled for debate next Tuesday (January 30). Story Highlights The Government will be pushing several critical pieces of legislation through Parliament this year that are aimed at strengthening crime-fighting.Among them is the Bill to establish the Major Organised and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) as an independent law-enforcement entity.National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, said the MOCA Bill has already been tabled in the Lower House by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and is scheduled for debate next Tuesday (January 30).He was speaking during the sitting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday (January 23).Minister Montague also informed that the Firearms Act is being reviewed and will be brought before Parliament in three months.“The amended legislation will feature new penalties and harsher mandatory minimum sentences. This is the way to go, considering that the gun features in 80 per cent of all murders in Jamaica,” he explained.The Minister also intends to take to Parliament, in short order, a Bill to merge the Police Services Commission (PSC) with the Police Civilian Oversight Authority (PCOA).“This was one of the recommendations arising from the Strategic Review of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in 2007. We have set ourselves six months to do so. The revamp and realignment of these two institutions will establish a more robust oversight body, which will help to drive accountability within the JCF,” Mr. Montague noted.He further informed that within six months, the Police Service Act will be tabled in Parliament, which will replace and repeal the 150-year-old Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Act.The objective, Mr. Montague said, is to break with the past and “create a modern police service befitting our times, and to better protect the members and serve the public”.Meanwhile, the amendments to the Finger Print Act will be completed within eight months.“The Anti-Gang Act is being amended to allow for a watch list to be established as well as the implementation of control orders against suspected criminals. We are also pursuing amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act that seek to have persons explain sudden wealth. These two pieces of legislation should be ready in 10 months,” Minister Montague said.He added that the Government is pursuing, immediately, a joint programme against tax cheats who are suspected of funding criminal activities. The Government will be pushing several critical pieces of legislation through Parliament this year that are aimed at strengthening crime-fighting.last_img read more

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$800 Million Allocated to Repair Farm Roads

first_imgStory Highlights “As a rural Member of Parliament for a constituency in which agriculture is the main economic activity, I am extremely sensitive to the plight of farmers. As the former Minister of Finance, I had no hesitation in ensuring a substantial allocation in last year’s Budget of nearly $500 million for the rehabilitation of farm roads, plus another $800 million in this year’s Budget for the same purpose,” he said. Newly appointed Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has announced that the Government will be allocating $800 million for the improvement of the island’s farm road network.Mr. Shaw, who was speaking at the launch of Farmers’ Month on Tuesday (April 4) at the Jamaica Agricultural Society’s (JAS) Church Street headquarters in downtown Kingston, said the allocation, included in the Budget for the 2018/19 fiscal year, will see the rehabilitation of several roadways, which will help to boost agriculture.“As a rural Member of Parliament for a constituency in which agriculture is the main economic activity, I am extremely sensitive to the plight of farmers. As the former Minister of Finance, I had no hesitation in ensuring a substantial allocation in last year’s Budget of nearly $500 million for the rehabilitation of farm roads, plus another $800 million in this year’s Budget for the same purpose,” he said.Mr. Shaw, who was appointed to the post late March, noted that there is significant potential for growth in the agricultural sector.“It has only been a week now since I assumed this portfolio, but I have already made it abundantly clear that my mission is to unleash the latent potential of agriculture, manufacturing and tourism, thus contributing to growth in the economy and enhancing rural development and prosperity for all farmers. The farmers are at the centre of the Ministry’s mandate,” he said.President of JAS, Norman Grant, told JIS News that the announcement is welcome news for the island’s farmers, as upgraded road conditions will greatly improve efficiency as well as contribute to increased earnings in the agricultural sector.“I would like to welcome the Minister’s announcement for the allocation of $800 million towards farm road improvement… . We called last year for $1 billion, up from the $500 million and we are happy that it is moving in the right direction. We will engage the Ministry and Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) to ensure that this is expedited, because there is a strong correlation between increased production and improvement of the rural and farm road network. The JAS is delighted that this allocation has been made,” the JAS President said.He added, “It is important to note, that if we want to increase production and productivity, that we (address the need for a proper) rural road network and farm roads in the agricultural areas.”Celebrated annually throughout the Month of April, this year’s commemoration of Farmers’ Month marks the 35th consecutive staging since its launch by the JAS to recognise the contribution of Jamaica’s farmers to national development.Activities for the month are being held under the theme ‘Grow What We Eat…Eat What We Grow’ and include church services, health fairs, training sessions, a farmers’ award ceremony and a mini expo. Newly appointed Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has announced that the Government will be allocating $800 million for the improvement of the island’s farm road network. Mr. Shaw, who was speaking at the launch of Farmers’ Month on Tuesday (April 4) at the Jamaica Agricultural Society’s (JAS) Church Street headquarters in downtown Kingston, said the allocation, included in the Budget for the 2018/19 fiscal year, will see the rehabilitation of several roadways, which will help to boost agriculture.last_img read more

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Smit Lamnalco, IRSHAD Sign Contract for AHTS Vessel SL Labuan

first_img Print  Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Smit Lamnalco, a marine services company, and Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports Operating Company, IRSHAD signed a two-year contract for DP2 AHTS vessel SL Labuan shortly after Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) had inaugurated Middle East Workboats Conference and Exhibition.Under the terms of the contract, Smit Lamnalco’s vessel will carry out maintenance activities for two years at three Single Point Mooring (SPM) crude oil terminals in Fujairah.Khalifa Al Qubaisi, General Manager of IRSHAD said: “The vessel has DP2 capabilities and sufficient deck area which makes the SL Labuan ideally suited for such operations, which also involves Saturation Diving activities”. World Maritime News Staff, October 3, 2013last_img read more

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Shipping Giants Slowing Down for Ocean Giants

first_imgzoom A coalition of government, non-profit and marine industry groups have announced the launch of a new trial incentive program to slow ships down in the Santa Barbara Channel in an effort to reduce air pollution and increase protection of endangered whales.Six global shipping companies, Maersk Line, COSCO, Hapag Lloyd, K Line, Matson, and United Arab Shipping Company are participating in the speed reduction incentive program from July through October.Selected ships in their fleets will reduce their speed to 12 knots or less (reduced from typical speeds of 14-18 knots) as they travel between Point Conception and the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Each company will receive USD 2,500 per participating vessel passing through the Santa Barbara Channel.Ship strikes are a threat to recovering endangered whale populations. The ships also emit greenhouse gases and air pollutants, and account for more than 50 percent of ozone-forming nitrogen oxides in Santa Barbara County.“Few people realize that ships off our coast, especially those moving at faster speeds, are a risk to endangered whales and the quality of the air we breathe,” said Kristi Birney of the Environmental Defense Center.“Reducing ship speeds to 12 knots or less reduces emissions of smog-forming air pollutants that harm our health,” said Dave Van Mullem, director, Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District.The program has funding to support 16 transits, and the initial response has been extremely positive.The coalition received more than 25 ship transit requests to be included in the trial and is seeking additional funding to expand the trial.“Slowing ships down reduces the likelihood that a ship strike on a whale will be fatal,” said Chris Mobley, superintendent, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.The vessel speed program is supported by local and national foundations. The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation will manage the incentive payments with funding from the Santa Barbara Foundation and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District.Payments will be provided upon verification of the ships’ speeds through the Channel, using Automatic Identification System monitors that receive speed and location data from the transponders on ships as they transit. Press Release; August 12, 2014, Image: awilast_img read more

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Brittany Ferries Bins LNG Conversion Plan

first_imgzoom French ferry operator Brittany Ferries has cancelled plans to convert several of its vessels to LNG, also binning the order placed at STX France shipyard for an LNG fueled ROpax ferry, deciding instead to install scrubbers on the three ships originally marked for conversion, the company said in a release.Brittany Ferries planned to spend £320 million (USD 509m) on the conversion project in order to meet the new EU regulations on sulphur emissions.The company stated that the necessary conditions to implement the LNG switch had not been met, and that there seems to be no temporary exemptions for shipowners going through the switch to comply with the latest sulphur directive coming into force on January 1, 2015.Jean Marc Roue, the company’s Supervisory Council President, said that the lack of exemptions would make it impossible for Brittany Ferries to stick to the conversion project, while at the same time paying tens of millions of dollars in added fuel costs. Press Release; October 14, 2014last_img read more

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15 Years of Hell and High Water for Ocean Yield Newbuilding

first_imgOslo-listed tanker owner and operator Ocean Yield ASA took delivery of the 37,000 dwt IMO II chemical tanker Navig8 Azotic from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea, on Monday, September 7. After being delivered from the shipyard, the Marshall Islands-flagged tanker commenced a 15-year ‘hell and high water’ bareboat charter to Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc.This is the fourth vessel delivered to Ocean Yield in a series of total eight chemical carriers that will be chartered to Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc.last_img read more

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Cochin Shipyard All Set to Build India’s LNG Carriers

first_imgzoom India’s Cochin shipyard is set to become the first domestic shipbuilder to build the country’s liquefied natural gas carriers (LNG) priced at USD 200 million each.Cochin Shipyard LTD has reportedly partnered with French Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) to build the LNG carrier containment system, the Times of India reports citing unnamed sources from the country’s shipping ministry.As disclosed, the two should formally sign the deal today. As a result, Cochin will have all the necessary technology and be ready to bid for Gail India’s LNG carriers to be built locally.Indian shipyards lack the necessary expertise in construction of these complex ships, therefore the potential bidders have teamed up with South Korean counterparts to share technology and know-how.India’s Cochin Shipyard Ltd entered into a deal with South Korean Samsung Heavy Industries, L&T Shipbuilding Ltd partnered up with Hyundai Heavy Industries whereas Pipavav teamed up with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.However, in September Indian shipbuilder Larsen & Toubro Ltd decided to withdraw from the race.In September, Gail issued a new tender to hire nine newly-built LNG carriers under modified terms aimed at facilitating the bidding process and removing hurdles that have prolonged the project.Under the new terms, Indian shipyards have been given the opportunity to take up to 13 % in each of the three carriers to be built locally.The move would see the equity stakes held by India in the ships increase from previous 36% to 49% thus serving as an incentive to global fleet owners to opt for the remaining 51% stake.Gail plans to time-charter the ships from global owners, who will order the construction of the nine ships.The LNG carriers ordered overseas are to be completed by May 2019, whereas the batch to be built by domestic shipyards should be delivered between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Wärtsilä to Equip Siem’s 4 New RoRos with Electrical Systems

first_imgzoom Finnish engineering company Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to provide integrated turnkey electrical solutions for four new RoRo ferries being built at the Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) in Germany. The vessels are contracted by SIEM RoRo Carriers and two are to be chartered to Denmark’s DFDS and two to EKOL in Turkey, according to Wärtsilä.The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in the second quarter of this year and started immediately, with first equipment scheduled for summer 2016.The full scope of supply covers the electrical systems engineering and project management, supply and installation of the cables and equipment, Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum navigation and automation, external and internal communication systems, energy distribution, the lighting system, and the engine control room consoles.The 11,000 dwt ferries feature a length of 209 meters and have cabins for 12 drivers and capacity for 283 trailers.“Wärtsilä SAM Electronics are fully familiar with the products and support required for these vessels, having repeated installations on these RoRo’s for many years. With the full integration and repeat of the systems, we expect an improvement in efficiency and reduction in risk,” Alex Gregg-Smith, Managing Director of FSG commented.last_img read more

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Canadian Seafarers Oppose Cuts in CSL’s New Contract

first_imgzoom Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU) is not happy with the proposals given by Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) regarding the new collective agreement.According to SIU’s president, Jim Given, other than some items on safety that both parties could agree on, and some non monetary issues, the proposals in the agreement offer nothing “but cuts and more cuts, deep cuts.” “For history sake I started in the SIU in 1979 and I dare say these proposals are an attempt to set us back to this date or before. The lack of respect shown to you in these 32 pages is shameful,” Given said in a statement.Negotiations on the proposals for the new contract between the union and CSL will commence on June 1 and are expected to last for three days.“We are professionals, and as such we will meet with CSL on June 1 and deliver your message, a message that says no to cuts and says clearly we are united and we will fight for what we have. Times may be tough, but I don’t think we have ever been as strong as we are now. Over the past couple of years we have forged ahead and won some battles and this one will be no different,” Given added, calling union members to stay strong and unified.The union president further said that even though the proposals may be a reason for great concern, the union has not agreed to any of the items, voicing hope that in light of the recent developments CSL would be willing to negotiate in good faith.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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PO Ferries Opens Expanded Terminal in Zeebrugge

first_imgzoom Pan-European ferry operator P&O Ferries has opened its expanded terminal in Zeebrugge, Belgium, which will help the company to double freight capacity in order to meet rising demand from exporters to Britain. The terminal has now been enlarged by 14 hectares, comprising a fourth berth and enhanced rail infrastructure.The expansion is expected to give the ferry company the capacity to handle 700,000 units of freight every year at the Belgian terminal, compared with the current figure of 370,000 units of cargo.From its Zeebrugge hub, P&O Ferries operates services across the North Sea to UK’s Tilbury, Hull and Teesport.Last month, the company said it recorded a 16 percent uplift in freight units on its service between Zeebrugge and Teesport between July and September 2016.In the same quarter, the number of freight units which the company shipped between Gothenburg and Britain almost doubled, compared with the same period in 2015.P&O Ferries operates 20 vessels on eight routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland.last_img read more

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SOCAR Buys Seven Tankers from Palmali Shipping

first_imgAzerbaijan’s national oil company The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) has bought seven tankers from Turkish shipping firm Palmali Shipping, according to data provided by VesselsValue. The price of the seven ships, which encompass two Suezmaxes and five Aframaxes, was not disclosed.SOCAR confirmed to World Maritime News that the company acquired the aforementioned ships, which were previously on time charter from Palmali to SOCAR. The company added that it “does not have ambition at the moment to acquire more assets.”The vessels in question are Heydar Aliyev, Zarifa Aliyeva, Guneshli, Azerbaijan, Baku, Absheron and Shah Deniz. They were built at South Korean and Japanese shipyards between 2002 and 2010.With the recent purchase, SOCAR plans to expand its transport capacity in the Mediterranean and Caspian Seas, local news site Azernews reported.SOCAR has a permission to market oil produced at Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli field and other fields in Azerbaijan.The oil company has a fleet of 30 vessels with a capacity ranging from 5,000 to 15,000 dwt.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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MES Hands Over Bulk Carrier Ocean Makmur

first_imgzoom Japanese shipbuilder and ship designer Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) delivered the 60,000 dwt bulk carrier MV Ocean Makmur on April 27.The shipbuilder said that the vessel, which was constructed at its Tamano shipyard, features a length of around 200 meters and a withd of 32 meters.With 34,578 gross tons, the bulk carrier was constructed for Indonesian company Indofood Sukses Makmur, according to data provided by VesselsValue.The 24th ship of Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding’s eco-ship neo60BC class has a market value of USD 26.4 million.The Singapore-flagged ship, which has a capacity of 76,121 m3, is equipped with four cranes and five cargo holds.It is designed for loading various cargos like coal, ore, grain, as well as lengthy/heavy cargo such as steel pipe and hot coil.MES informed that the new form of the bow and stern makes it possible to keep good performance in rough sea conditions as well as calm sea conditions and shows better maneuverability.The shipbuilder added that, considering strengthened restriction for SOx, the ship has low sulfur fuel oil tanks, which are designed for operation in ECA (Emission Control Areas).last_img read more

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Crown Attorney To Deal with Regulatory Offences

first_img The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service will dedicate a Crownattorney exclusively to the prosecution of provincial regulatoryoffences, Attorney General Michael Baker said today, April 26. “This is an important initiative designed to enhance the PublicProsecution Service’s expertise in provincial regulatoryprosecutions,” said Mr. Baker. He said the Crown attorney will concentrate initially onOccupational Health and Safety offences and will serve as an in-house resource for other Nova Scotia Crown attorneys involved inOccupational Health and Safety and other regulatory offenceprosecutions. The decision to assign a Crown attorney exclusively to regulatoryoffence prosecutions was a joint resolve of the PublicProsecution Service and the Department of Environment and Labour.Each organization wants to enhance the way these cases arehandled both at the investigation and prosecution stages. “We’re extremely pleased that the Occupational Health and SafetyAct will be the initial focus of the special prosecutor,” saidEnvironment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash. “Every time abusiness or individual is charged with health and safetyviolations, others are reminded of the financial consequencesbut, more importantly, of the impact on the day-to-day lives ofvictims and their family and friends.” The volume and complexity of Occupational Health and Safety Actoffences will limit the number of major cases the Crown attorneywill handle annually on a solo basis. But this dedicated Crownattorney will partner with other Crown attorneys across theprovince to conduct a number of major regulatory prosecutions anda few additional cases identified as being of medium significanceor difficulty. Prosecutions not identified as major cases willgenerally be prosecuted by Crown attorneys in the regions wherethe cases arise. The dedicated Crown attorney will be available for consultationswith all Crown attorneys who are involved in the prosecution ofthe Occupational Health and Safety Act and other regulatoryoffences. The dedicated Crown attorney may also participate inpost-trial debriefings between Department of Environment andLabour investigators and Crown attorneys. The Crown attorney will also identify and promote training andeducational opportunities for both Crown attorneys andEnvironment and Labour investigators involved in regulatoryprosecutions. Increased education will help improve the qualityof both inspections and prosecution services, ensuring that thecases going forward to the courts will meet the criteria thecourts demand. The Department of Environment and Labour will alsocontinue to promote safe and healthy workplaces by targetinginspections towards businesses or industry sectors where the riskor experience of injury is highest. The Public Prosecution Service will receive an additional$100,000 in provincial funding to implement this initiative. In addition to more than 35,000 criminal cases, the PublicProsecution Service’s 88 Crown attorneys last year handled morethan 4,800 provincial regulatory offence prosecutions. About 50of these were violations of the Occupational Health and SafetyAct. PUBLIC PROSECUTION SERVICE–Crown Attorney To Deal withRegulatory Offenceslast_img read more

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First Phase of Asbestos Management Report Released

first_imgAn independent environmental expert has confirmed that the Cape Breton Island Housing Authority properly managed the asbestos issue in public housing once it was brought to light this spring. The Department of Community Services released a report today, July 27, by Pinchin LeBlanc Environmental Limited, on the actions taken in dealing with vermiculite insulation that contained asbestos in two Cape Breton public housing complexes. The phase one report concluded that the actions taken by the Cape Breton Island Housing Authority met or exceeded industry standards in managing the discovery of asbestos. Recognized as national experts in asbestos management, Pinchin LeBlanc Environmental Limited determined that the Cape Breton Island Housing Authority and its contracted firm, Atlantic Indoor Air Audit Co., took all the necessary and appropriate actions in identifying and containing the asbestos found in vermiculite insulation in the homes at the Whitney Pier and Ashby locations. Ron LeBlanc, president of Pinchin LeBlanc Environmental Limited said, “Based on our review, we determined that the methods, procedures, and materials used for sealing all meet or exceed federal and provincial standards for this type of work.” The provincial government hired Pinchin LeBlanc Environmental Limited to review and validate all activities undertaken by the Cape Breton Island Housing Authority following the April stop-work order issued by the Department of Environment and Labour. Joan McKeough, director of the Cape Breton Island Housing Authority said, “We are pleased to have our early work in asbestos management confirmed as high quality, complete, and an appropriate response to the circumstances. We want to again reassure residents that their homes are safe.” Vermiculite insulation containing asbestos was discovered in attics of the Whitney Pier and Ashby Terrace apartments in April. The Atlantic Indoor Air Audit Co. conducted more than 100 air monitoring tests for the Cape Breton Island Housing Authority. To date, test results from 84 residents’ units indicate only one asbestos fibre has been detected. That is less than .000002 fibres per cubic centimetre, well below the Canadian occupational exposure limit of 0.1 fibres per cubic centimetre. Additional testing by Pinchin LeBlanc Environmental Limited found one asbestos fibre associated with vermiculite which was also well below occupational exposure limits. All attics were sealed with metal plates as were areas where an opportunity for movement of insulation from the attic space to the living space could have occurred, such as wall and ceiling junctions, around electrical fixtures, chimney shafts and furnace areas. Phase two of the Pinchin LeBlanc report is expected this fall and will identify options for permanently dealing with the attic insulation in the public housing units. Ms. McKeough said the Cape Breton Island Housing Authority is looking forward to receiving the phase two report from Pinchin LeBlanc Environmental Limited and to adopting a permanent solution that further ensures the long-term health and safety of residents. A copy of the report is available on the Community Services website at www.gov.ns.ca/coms/documents/PLPhase1.pdf .last_img read more

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Government Introduces Political Finance Reform Legislation

first_imgThe provincial government has introduced legislation to change the way Nova Scotia political parties are financed. Under amendments to the Members and Public Employees Disclosure Act, political donations will be subject to an annual maximum of $5,000 per party and political parties will get an annual grant tied to votes they receive in provincial elections. “These are fundamental, positive changes for our democratic system in Nova Scotia,” said Michael Baker, Minister responsible for the Elections Act. “We believe they will immediately improve the transparency and accountability of the electoral system, while at the same time promoting grassroots participation.” The legislation means that political parties cannot depend on large donations from any one person or organization, including private corporations and unions. Only residents of Nova Scotia can make donations, and donors exceeding the limit may be subject to a fine. Recognized political parties will receive annual public financing of $1.50 for each vote. During the transition to the new system, over the next two years, parties have the option of taking 90 cents per vote and a lump sum payment of $125,000 each. All four recognized political parties will receive payments in 2007, expected to total $745,000. One quarter of the amount will be paid in the 2006-07 fiscal year. In addition to the contribution limits, the legislation contains numerous restrictions related to other sources of political financing, such as loans and trust funds. The bill includes changes to the Income Tax Act that will adjust the tax credits for political donations. Smaller donations — under $1,000 — will be encouraged by a 75 per cent tax credit. Nova Scotia’s proposed legislation is similar to reforms introduced at the federal level and in other provinces, including Manitoba, New Brunswick and P.E.I.last_img read more

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November Tourism Stats Available

first_imgThe number of visitors to Nova Scotia has increased every month since June, with a total increase of two percent to the end of November. “We’re pleased with our tourism industry’s performance in 2007 with increases in visitor numbers and revenues,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “With our refreshed brand, we’re continuing to roll out our tourism plan in close partnership with the industry in order to attract and welcome more visitors in 2008.” Nova Scotia welcomed more than two million visitors from January to the end of November — 34,700 more visitors than the same period in 2006. The number of room nights sold also increased by 46,000, a two per cent increase. The preliminary revenue estimate for 2007 is $1.33 billion, a two per cent increase over 2006. The majority of visitors — 86 per cent — came from other parts of Canada, with 11 per cent coming from the United States and three per cent from overseas. The downward trend of American visitors to Canada continued. There were 18,600 fewer visitors from the United States to the end of November. This was offset by an increase of 57,300 visitors from other parts of Canada. About 69 per cent of visitors to Nova Scotia travelled by road, with the remaining 31 per cent arriving by air. From January to the end of November, room nights sold across the province varied from a 10 per cent increase on the Eastern Shore to a six per cent decrease in the Annapolis Valley. Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting tourism statistics includes counting overnight visitors — excluding Nova Scotia residents — at all entry points to the province and gathering the number of room nights sold from all licensed accommodation operators. Detailed tourism statistics can be found on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/pubs/insights . Statistics for December are expected to be released in late January.last_img read more

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Communities in Fundy Region Get Sport Recreation Investment

first_imgPeople in the Fundy region will soon have more opportunities and places to be physically active thanks to a $402,200 investment from the province’s recreation facility development program. Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, announced the investments today, June 12, for community groups, not-for-profit organizations and associations, municipalities and band councils in the Fundy region. “Providing children, families and seniors with accessible places to participate in sport and recreation is a key part of our plan to build safer, healthier communities,” said Mr. Barnet. “These groups have worked hard to improve their communities and we are proud to support them with these investments.” The grants will be used to develop trails, build ball fields and construct playgrounds. Recreation facility development is a $3-million program that helps municipalities and community groups plan, construct, renovate, conserve or acquire facilities for public recreation. Eligible projects include community centres, pools, sport facilities, parks, playgrounds, trails and other outdoor facilities. Community groups develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. They work with Health Promotion and Protection staff to plan projects and apply for funding. The recreation facility development grant program provides up to one third of capital costs; communities are responsible for raising the rest. The program will help create about $14.5 million in construction through 84 organizations. “Our goal is to make Nova Scotia the healthiest province in the country,” said Mr. Barnet. “These announcements represent another positive step toward reaching that goal.” Recreation facility development is one part of the province’s commitments to invest $68 million in sport and recreation infrastructure by the year 2017.last_img read more

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Nova Scotiabased SheepDogIncca Set for Growth with Google

first_imgHomegrown IT company SheepDogInc.ca is setting the bar high as the first certified Google Apps partner in Canada. With an increased demand in services, the company plans to create up to 60 new jobs in Halifax over five years. As the company expands, the province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), is supporting the company with a five-year payroll rebate for a maximum of $700,000. Premier Darrell Dexter made the announcement in Toronto today, Oct. 15, before delivering a keynote address to the Empire Club of Canada. SheepDogInc.ca president Shawn Wilke, chief technical officer Brandon Kolybaba, Google’s North America channel manager Pat Spears, and NSBI president and CEO Stephen Lund were in attendance. “I’m proud to support this innovative and competitive company that truly demonstrates Nova Scotia’s great entrepreneurial spirit,” said Premier Dexter. “SheepDog is creating exactly the type of opportunities needed for our young and talented professionals to live and work in Nova Scotia.” SheepDogInc.ca plans to establish itself as a key service provider for Google Apps, within the global Cloud Computing marketplace. Cloud Computing is a concept of globally offering Software as a Service (SaaS) on virtual computing resources provided over the internet. “Partnering with Google and now having the province’s support will enable us to remain business focused.” said Mr. Wilke, “As our customer market expands, we are working collaboratively with Google to remain competitive and serve the needs of our clients.” The company has clients worldwide and the list is growing, as businesses recognize the technical benefits and cost-saving solutions the applications offer. “Strong partnerships are key to our success,” said Ms. Spears. “We’re excited to be working with a Nova Scotia company like SheepDog — a company that provides value to our business and continues to deliver positive results.” Many businesses, universities and governments are switching to Google Apps like Gmail and realizing significant cost savings in computer hardware, software and maintenance. “This is a great example of how technology, talent and a little risk-taking can drive a business to success,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO, NSBI. “SheepDog’s perseverance captured the attention of one of the most successful companies in the world and we want to see more companies like this in Nova Scotia.” SheepDogInc.ca is not only a Google Apps Authorized Reseller, it also understands what today’s business consumers require to maximize business productivity. SheepDogInc.ca offers complete deployment, training and support for the Google AppsTM suite of products. The SheepDogInc.ca team is knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment-attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. Go to www.novascotiabusiness.com for more details.last_img read more

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New Health Care Workers On The Job

first_imgThe Annapolis Valley’s 16 newest continuing care assistants received certificates at a ceremony in Coldbrook today, Dec. 22. The 16 women, who have guaranteed job offers, prepared for their new careers through the province’s One Journey program, which addresses the shortage of skilled workers in some sectors of the economy. “One Journey is an interesting program,” said Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Ramona Jennex, on behalf of Labour and Workforce Development Minister Marilyn More. “It brings the federal and provincial governments together with employers who have unmet and growing needs for skilled workers and trains people to fill those needs.” Each person took a different path to the program. Some were affected by large layoffs in regional industries, while others were referred by the Department of Community Services or were ineligible for Employment Insurance. The 10-month training was delivered and co-ordinated by PeopleWorx, a not-for-profit organization based in Kentville, that works with clients, employers and other community partners to overcome employment obstacles across the Annapolis Valley. “The graduates came from varied backgrounds and experiences, and they received rave reviews from the agencies where they trained,” said PeopleWorx executive director Bill Travis. “They were dedicated, hard-working and mature, and I know they will do well in their new profession.” One Journey provided the students with continuing care assistant training required by the Department of Health, general workplace skills upgrading, employment counselling and placement services. Funding and support came from a combination of government and private sector sources. In February, the Department of Labour and Workforce Development invested $91,091 to support the project. The funding came from the Canada-Nova Scotia Labour Market Agreement, which provides skills training and upgrading to meet job market needs in the province. The Department of Health added $88,000 through its Continuing Care Assistant Bursary Assistance Program. The Evergreen Home for Special Care-Kentville, Grand View Manor-Berwick, Shannex-Kentville, and Wolfville Nursing Homes Ltd. offered on-the-job experience and supervision, lab space, advice to the trainers and guaranteed positions for graduates. Over the past two years, One Journey has trained 60 continuing care assistants for positions in Antigonish, New Glasgow, Tatamagouche, Truro and the Valley. Through 10 other One Journey programs, about 105 people trained to become professional truck drivers and residential counsellors.last_img read more

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Increased Clarity for School Review Process

first_imgLegislation introduced today, April 27, will improve the school review process by increasing the opportunity for community engagement and clarifying the circumstances under which a school must be reviewed. Amendments to the Education Act will, if passed, ensure that any school under consideration for closure is reviewed. The only exception will be when one school will be replaced by another public school with little or no change to the student population. “The decision to put a school under review is always difficult,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “These amendments will ensure communities have the opportunity to be fully involved in the school review process any time a public school is considered for permanent closure.” The new amendments expand on legislation passed in 2008 that broadened opportunities for community engagement, expanded the time frame to one year, and required school boards to prepare an identification report to support the review. “Government is very supportive of promoting schools as community assets,” said Ms. More. “This legislation will allow us to develop regulations that will provide more input at crucial stages of the process to ensure informed and better decisions.” The proposed changes to the act reflect feedback from school board and school advisory council representatives involved in school reviews since 2008.last_img read more

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National Dialogue on Childhood Obesity Launched

first_img making social and physical environments more supportive of physical activity and healthy eating identifying and addressing obesity risks earlier in children improved access to nutritious foods and less marketing of foods and beverages high in fat, sugar or sodium Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health and Wellness, along with her federal, provincial and territorial colleagues, today, March 7 launched Our Health Our Future: A National Dialogue on Healthy Weights. The dialogue is a key step in identifying actions to curb childhood obesity and promote healthy weights in Canada. Through Our Health Our Future, governments will engage Canada’s youth, parents and caregivers in a national conversation. The conversation will address factors that lead to obesity and generate ideas about how to promote healthy weights in children and youth. The outcomes of the dialogue will contribute to a report and recommendations for the meeting of national Health Ministers in November. “We all have a role to play in promoting healthy weights among our children,” said Ms. MacDonald. “The province of Nova Scotia is committed to taking action on childhood obesity. Our Health Our Future is key step in the development of the national strategy to address this important issue.” Our Health Our Future includes a website with opportunities to share ideas online, in-person dialogues in locations across the country, and a national summit. Discussion areas include: “I’m very excited to roll out this national dialogue with my colleagues,” said Leona Aglukkaq, federal Minister of Health. “This a groundbreaking event, bringing together for the first time in Canada a broad and diverse group of people to identify actions to this issue. Everyone has a role to play in helping children and youth live a healthy life.” Canadians, especially youth, are encouraged to visit www.ourhealthourfuture.gc.ca to share their ideas for change and to commit to their own action on healthy weights.last_img read more

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Nova Scotians Encouraged to Celebrate Her Majestys Diamond Jubilee

first_imgNova Scotians are invited to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee during community events, medal presentations, tours of Province House, film presentations and other activities to be held across the province throughout the year. The celebration of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s reign as the Queen of Canada begins today, Feb. 6, with the Queen’s Personal Canadian flag being raised at provincial legislatures across the country. “The Diamond Jubilee is a wonderful opportunity for all Nova Scotians to recognize and celebrate our province’s ties with the Commonwealth,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Those ties have helped to make our province, and our country, what it is today – a place that exemplifies peace, tradition, diversity, respect and strong values. “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I extend warm wishes and congratulations to Her Majesty on this remarkable and historic milestone.” There has only been one other Diamond Jubilee celebrated in Canada – that of Queen Victoria in 1897. Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis said Her Majesty’s 60-year reign demonstrates the importance of fostering and nourishing strong relationships in the global community. “As Nova Scotians celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, let us give thanks for a sovereign who continues to inspire us, who has stood beside us with unwavering strength, and who has been a trusted source of steadfast hope for the future,” said Lt.-Gov. Francis. The celebrations will recognize Nova Scotians who have made significant contributions to their communities at ceremonies to be held across the province throughout the year. In an effort to engage and recognize young Nova Scotians, the province will award 60 scholarships – one for each year of Her Majesty’s reign – to Grade 12 students who have demonstrated leadership and made significant contributions to their communities and the province. An interactive, online learning tool and resources about the Diamond Jubilee and Her Majesty will also be available to help teachers educate students in grades 2 to 11 on the monarchy and how Her Majesty continues to be a role model for active citizenship. “Young Nova Scotians are the leaders of tomorrow and the future of our province,” said Premier Dexter. “These tools will help students better understand how government works and why community involvement makes our province a stronger and better place to live, work and raise a family.” Nova Scotians can send congratulatory messages online through the Diamond Jubilee website or by signing a commemorative message book at Province House. The book is one-of-a-kind, handcrafted by a Nova Scotian artisan. These keepsakes will be sent to Her Majesty once the celebrations wrap up in December. As part of the festivities, a photo exhibit of previous Royal tours to Nova Scotia is on display at Province House and a film of the 1951 Royal Visit by then Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh will be shown at Government House tonight at 7 p.m. The Queen supports more than 620 charities and organizations around the world, including 33 charitable and military organizations in Canada. Since her accession to the Throne in 1952, Her Majesty has completed 22 Royal Tours of Canada, five of those including Nova Scotia, with the most recent in 2010. “I encourage all Nova Scotians, young and old alike, to celebrate this important and significant anniversary,” said the premier. For more information on the Diamond Jubilee, visit http://novascotia.ca/diamondjubilee.last_img read more

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Burning Permit Replacement to Improve Safety Save Money

first_imgThe province is developing an online system that will increase fire safety for Nova Scotians while replacing burning permits and eliminating their fees. It will launch next spring. “The province is making life easier and more affordable for Nova Scotians by improving the way permissions for backyard burning are managed,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “Once the system is ready, in spring 2014, people will no longer have to travel to a DNR office to pay for a paper permit that allows them to burn brush. It’s a better way to regulate domestic burning and increase overall fire safety.” As well as saving Nova Scotians burning fees, the new website will also save taxpayers money on administration costs. Last year, more than 8,600 domestic burning permits were issued by the department. About 99 per cent of Nova Scotia’s wildfires are caused by people who burn without a permit. “With this new online system, all Nova Scotians will have greater convenience and not have to travel to get a permit to burn, they will just check the website to see if it’s safe for them, or for their neighbour, to be burning on a given day,” said Jim Driscoll, deputy fire chief, Cape Breton Regional Municipality. “It will be a great way to make safe burning easier for people.” The burning advisory website will use a simple colour-coded system to let people know if burning in their county is permitted. Green means burning is permitted, red means it is not, and yellow means burning is permitted with cautions and restrictions. Starting in 2014, the domestic burning regulation period will be extended to March 15-Oct. 15, across the province. The safest time for domestic burning is in the winter. Nova Scotians do not have to wait for the burning season to burn brush. Winter burning directions are available at http://novascotia.ca/natr/forestprotection/wildfire/firecentre/winterburn.asp.last_img read more

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Fall 2015 Report Released

first_imgThe Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is not doing a good job of monitoring educational services delivered by school boards in Nova Scotia, such as how students are progressing, Auditor General Michael Pickup said in his fall report released today, Nov. 18. “The department has not set performance expectations for school boards or targets to look at how individual boards do on provincial math and literacy assessments,” the auditor general said. “As well, the Education Act does not clearly define the relationship between governing school boards and the minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “This leaves uncertainty around elected board members’ responsibility to those who elected them versus the minister.” The audit also assessed how Chignecto-Central, Halifax and Strait Regional School Boards are monitoring student education in their schools. It found all three boards do a good job of implementing continuous school improvement, but need to receive better information on how students are progressing and whether teachers and principals are meeting expectations. An audit of funding to universities at the Department of Labour and Advanced Education found the department is not doing enough to regularly monitor the financial health of universities. “At the time of our audit, there were no standard university financial reporting requirements,” the auditor general said. “And most provincial funding is provided without any accountability back to the province on how funding is spent.” The report noted there is no overall government direction to indicate how universities will achieve long-term sustainability. While some objectives of the province’s memorandum of understanding with universities were met, others were still being worked on when the memorandum expired. The audit also indicated that the process to allocate funding among the ten universities has not been updated since 2011 and is based on old enrolment data. The report also examined the province’s monitoring and funding of municipalities. The auditor general found the Department of Municipal Affairs needs to do a better job of evaluating and monitoring municipal financial risk. Financial information submitted by municipalities was not reviewed in a timely manner and department staff need to discuss negative financial indicators with municipalities. “The department does not follow up negative municipal financial indicators with municipalities to determine if there is an adequate plan to address the problems,” Mr. Pickup said. Additionally, municipal borrowing requests should be analyzed in greater detail before being approved. Chapter three of the report looked at whether government has plans to ensure critical services can continue in the event of a business interruption. The audit noted that it is not clear which government entity has overall responsibility for this important area. No one is providing central government oversight to ensure various department’s plans will work together and no priorities have been established. The audit found the new Northeast Correctional Facility, which opened February 2015, did not have a plan to manage significant incidents for several months after it opened. The audit also noted that schools in both Halifax Regional School Board and Conseil scholaire acadien provincial are not conducting all fire, lockdown and relocation drills as required. “For example, we tested records in 15 schools and found six did not conduct a fire drill in the first week of school and four did not have a relocation drill.” The report also noted that the Emergency Management Office, while generally having its roles and responsibilities well-documented, needs to update its business continuity plan. Finally, chapter six examined government efforts in forest management and protection. The audit found that the Department of Natural Resources had a good process to develop its strategic plan. However, the department could do a better job of monitoring implementation of the plan. “The Department of Natural Resources does not verify that operators stayed within their annual harvest limits,” said Mr. Pickup. “We found operators are paid for silviculture work without verifying this work was completed.” The 92-page report contains 38 recommendations to government. For the first time, the auditor general has included a brief video summarizing each audit on his office’s website. The full report and related videos are available at www.oag-ns.ca .last_img read more

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Team Heads to Dublin and London to Recruit More Physicians

first_imgAfter approving four new doctors through the new Physician Immigration Stream, a team led by the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration, will be in Dublin and London this week to continue promoting Nova Scotia and attracting more doctors to the province. “One of our top priorities at the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration this year is to attract and retain doctors from countries such as Ireland and the United Kingdom,” said Lena Metlege Diab, Minister of Immigration. “We will continue to aggressively and proactively market our province to highly qualified doctors who are seeking opportunities to live and work in new places.” The Nova Scotia Health Authority and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia will also be in attendance. College staff will provide information on licensing requirements in Nova Scotia. “The public entrusts the college to effectively license qualified physicians and we have made it a priority to offer eligible physicians an easy and efficient process for licensure,” said Dr. Gus Grant, registrar and CEO of the college. The Office of Immigration will launch its new international brand, Room, this week. The brand focuses on the unique attributes Nova Scotia offers immigrants – lifestyle, work-life balance and personal and professional opportunities. The new Physician Immigration Stream was launched in February. It helps attract more international doctors and specialists to the province by making the immigration process easier and faster for those who have already received job offers from the authority or the IWK Health Centre. The four doctors processed through the new immigration stream, who are on a path to permanent residency, include three family doctors and a specialist. They will work in Cape Breton, Antigonish and Halifax. A fifth application is currently being processed and is expected to be finalized this month.last_img read more

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New Board Member Appointed

first_imgNeil Black of Sherbrooke, Guysborough Co., will join Tourism Nova Scotia’s board of directors. His appointment was announced today, Oct. 22, by Geoff MacLellan, Minister responsible for Tourism Nova Scotia. “Mr. Black has considerable marketing, finance and management experience and will be a great addition to Tourism Nova Scotia’s board,” said Mr. MacLellan. “I want to thank him for his interest in growing Nova Scotia’s tourism industry and welcome him to the team.” Mr. Black is a retired financial consultant and real estate broker. In addition to operating his own mortgage brokerage, he has held management positions at Nova Scotia Savings and Loans Company, The Bank of Montreal, American Manor Corporation and Century 21. Mr. Black has also held positions on numerous volunteer boards and committees. “It is an exciting and important time for Tourism Nova Scotia,” said board chair Irene d’Entremont. “Neil’s expertise and insights will be valuable as we continue to execute our strategy to grow export tourism revenues and lead the industry toward the goal of $4 billion in annual tourism revenue by 2024.” Tourism Nova Scotia’s skills-based board is made up of business leaders from across Nova Scotia. Directors are appointed to the board based on a nomination process. Mr. Black’s appointment brings the board to full complement.last_img read more

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Sharp winds scuttle efforts to retrieve bodies

first_imgPithoragarh: Indian Air Force helicopters on Wednesday undertook three sorties to retrieve bodies of five mountaineers lying near the Nanda Devi East Peak in Uttarakhand but high-speed sharp winds hampered their efforts.Considering the tough terrain, the operation of retrieving the bodies might extend beyond a week, Pithoragarh District Magistrate V K Jogdande said. He said three sorties were undertaken from Pithoragarh to retrieve the bodies but the helicopters could not hover over and get down at the spot where five bodies were found. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistHigh-speed sharp winds at the peak did not let the IAF helicopters with ITBP mountaineers on board get down, he said. “Besides the aerial operation, the administration will also try to reach the spot by the land route tomorrow to retrieve the bodies,” he said. We are being joined by 35 State Disaster Response Force men tonight who will be divided into two groups. One will be sent to the spot by land route while the other will try to reach the spot by air,” the DM said. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France”Due to continuous snowfall in the region the bodies might be covered by snow which would further complicate the challenge for the rescue team,” he said. IAF helicopters had on Monday spotted the bodies of five of the eight mountaineers who went missing recently on way to the Nanda Devi East peak. The bodies had been sighted near an unscaled peak adjoining the Nanda Devi East peak during a search by IAF helicopters. The bodies were of mountaineers belonging to the eight-member team comprising climbers from the UK, US and Australia that went missing en route to the Nanda Devi East peak. Apparently, the mountaineers perished in an avalanche while ascending an unscaled peak near the Nanda Devi East peak after they failed to scale the latter, the DM had said. The bodies were sighted after an air search was conducted over the peak on the basis of clues provided by four climbers from the UK rescued during a sortie undertaken on Sunday. The missing mountaineers included seven from the UK, US and Australia besides one liaison officer from Delhi’s Indian Mountaineering Foundation. They had left Munsiyari on May 13 to scale the peak but did not return to the base camp on the appointed date of May 25. Led by well known British mountaineer Martin Moran, the team comprised John McLaren, Richard Payne, Rupert Havel (all from the UK), Ruth Macrain (Australia), Anthony Sudekum (US), Rachel Bimmel (US) and a liaison officer from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation Chetan Pandey. With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Cloud cover gusty winds protect Delhi from heat

first_imgNew Delhi: The national capital Monday recorded the lowest temperature for June this year at 33.3 degrees Celsius, as a cloud cover and gusty winds offered a much-needed respite from the sweltering heat.Light rainfall witnessed over the last two days ended a dry spell of around 20 days during which the mercury soared to as high as 48 degrees Celsius. Gusty winds and a cloudy sky kept the mercury in check. The city recorded a high of 33.3 degrees Celsius, six notches below normal and the lowest for June this year, and a minimum of 28 degrees Celsius, a MeT official said. Traces of rainfall were recorded at isolated places. Humidity levels oscillated between 50 and 54 per cent, it said. Similar weather conditions will prevail in the city for another three-four days. The mercury will hover between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius.last_img read more

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Apple recalls MacBook Pro units over battery fire risk

first_imgSan Francisco: Apple has recalled a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units which contain a battery that may overheat and pose a safety risk. The units with Retina display were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 and can be identified by their product serial number. Customers can get an affected 15-inch MacBook Pro battery replaced free of charge, Apple said in a statement on Thursday. The recall does not affect any other 15-inch MacBook Pro units or other Mac notebooks. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app “Apple is asking customers to stop using affected 15-inch MacBook Pro units. Customers should visit apple.com/support/15-inch-macbook-pro-battery-recall for details on product eligibility and how to have a battery replaced, free of charge,” said the company. Apple issued a similar replacement programme last year for newer 13-inch Pros over issues related to battery expansion. According to Apple famed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the tech giant would release an “all-new” 16-inch MacBook Pro later this year. Battery issues are not uncommon and Samsung had to recall its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in 2017 owing to batteries catching fire.last_img read more

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Top players fume at Haryana govt over prize money cut

first_imgChandigarh: Top wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat and Yogeshwar Dutt on Wednesday slammed the Haryana government for “cut in prize money” due to them for winning international medals, an allegation denied by the state sports minister. The Haryana government was already facing flak for scrapping an award function which was to be held on Monday at Panchkula to give away cash prizes worth Rs 90 crore to about 3,000 sportspersons who have won medals in national and international competitions. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevInstead of rewarding the sportspersons in public, the state government decided to transfer the cash prize directly into their accounts. Some of the players, however, claimed that they got reduced amount in their accounts. State Sports Minister Anil Vij, however, said that there was no cut in prize money. “Haryana youth gave medals to the country. Haryana may be a small state, but it has made entire country proud on numerous occasions. Their (players’) morale should not be lowered by cut in prize money. My request to Haryana government is to reconsider this,” Asian champion Punia tweeted. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsPunia reminded the Haryana government that financial incentive was not the sole concern for a player, but they also expect the government to stand behind them. “When you promise rewards to players, at that time it is not the promise of financial incentives you make to them, but of standing solidly behind them. If you cannot stand on your promise, then in future what expectation a player can have from you,” he wrote. Phogat, a gold winner in 2018 Asian Games, was more vocal, asking the Haryana government to take back their prize money.last_img read more

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USA Russia to start talks on nuke arms control says Putin

first_imgOsaka: Foreign ministers from the United States and Russia will begin talks over nuclear arms control but it may not lead to an extension of the START3 nuclear disarmament treaty, President Vladimir Putin said Saturday. “We have charged our respective foreign ministers with starting consultations on this subject… but we can not yet say whether this will lead to an extension of START3,” Putin told reporters after a G20 summit in Osaka on Saturday. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’Putin did not say when talks would begin. START3 refers to a proposed agreement between the two nuclear powers for which negotiations broke down years ago. Intended as a successor to previous agreements, it would have required them to lower their numbers of deployed nuclear weapons. The two countries are currently covered by the New START treaty signed in 2010, which caps the number of nuclear warheads well below Cold War limits. But it expires in 2021 and Putin has been calling on the United States to negotiate an extension, saying Washington’s failure to do so is a threat to arms control. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingTogether with another agreement known as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, New START is considered a centrepiece of superpower arms control. Earlier this month, Putin said Russia was prepared to drop New START if the US continues to put off negotiations, warning of a “global catastrophe” if Washington works to dismantle the international arms control regime. Moscow suspended participation in the INF treaty in March after President Donald Trump’s White House announced it would ditch the key agreement for alleged Russian violations of the terms.last_img read more

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TrumpModi had productive discussion on range of issues during meeting in Osaka

first_imgOsaka: Donald Trump had a “productive discussion” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on topics like Iran, 5G and national security during their meeting here, the US President’s daughter and top adviser Ivanka Trump has said as she described India as a “critical” trading partner, security partner and ally of America. Modi and Trump met in the Japanese port city of Osaka on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, the first since the Indian prime minister led his Bharatiya Janata Party to a landslide win in the general elections. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’ In a video of Ivanka tweeted by the White House on Saturday, the final day of the G20 Summit, she gave a brief summary of Trump’s separate bilateral meetings between her father and Prime Minister Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Ivanka, who has made women’s economic issues her main focus, said the US President especially talked about the 5G telecommunications technology and its security implications with other global leaders in his bilateral meetings on the margins of the G20 Summit. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping “We are here at the G20 in Osaka and Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Abe just concluded a meeting with the President talking about 5G technology, particularly with focus on its security implication,” Ivanka said about the meeting between the top leaders of Japan-America-India here. “A one-on-one meeting between the President and Prime Minister Modi where the same issues were covered, of course 5G, as well as trade relationship between the United States and India, a critical trading partner, a critical security partner and a critical ally,” she said while commenting on the Trump-Modi meeting. “So it was a productive discussion, everything from Iran to national security was covered by the President and the US delegation with their Indian counterparts,” the 37-year-old businesswoman-turned politician said, adding that it has been a productive Friday morning for the US President. Modi himself tweeted that the topics discussed during his talks with President Trump were wide-ranging. “We discussed ways to leverage the power of technology, improve defence and security ties as well as issues relating to trade,” the prime minister said on Twitter. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told reporters that Prime Minister Modi and President Trump had a “very open and productive” meeting. “This was a very open and productive meeting. The two leaders had a very warm discussion,” he said. President Trump congratulated Prime Minister Modi on his victory and the two leaders discussed issues related to Iran, to 5G, to trade and to defence relations. On the issue of Iran, Modi outlined India’s energy concerns as well its concerns regarding peace and stability in the Persian Gulf region. Both sides agreed that they would remain in touch on the issue of Iran and will continue to have mutual discussion on how to ensure regional peace and stability. The discussion came at a time of heightened tensions between Iran and the US, which has accused Tehran of being behind a series of operations against oil tankers in highly sensitive Gulf waters. The US has also deployed its warships and additional soldiers to the region. On 5G, the prime minister highlighted the technical and business opportunities that this new area provides for cooperation between India and the United States. The Prime Minister outlined that India would have a billion users of the 5G technology and in that sense India is the second largest market in the world. “The way India moves or the way whatever choices India makes will essentially determine the way the global trend will go,” Gokhale said. He said Prime Minister Modi underlined the importance of Indo-US collaboration in the further development of 5G technology for mutual benefit. The two leaders discussed the issue of 5G at a time when Chinese telecom giant Huawei has urged India to make an “informed and independent decision” on permitting its 5G trials in the country. The Trump administration is putting pressure on other countries to restrict the operations of Huawei and banned American companies buying its products over security concerns. Gokhale said President Trump welcomed this idea and he spoke about the work that American companies are now doing in 5G. He specifically referred to the Silicon Valley and said that since he had taken over as the President of United States he has focused on this area, on developing America’s capabilities in technology, that he looked forward to working with India.last_img read more

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PM reminds people of Emergency says dont take democracy for granted

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday reminded people of the Emergency and urged them not to take democracy “for granted”, saying in day-to-day life, it is difficult to savour the joy of democratic rights, unless they are snatched away. In his first ‘Mann ki Baat’ monthly radio address after returning to power, he said everyday when one gets to eat food on time, one doesn’t realize what hunger pangs are. “Similarly, in day-to-day life, it is difficult to savour the joy of democratic rights, unless they are snatched away. During Emergency, every citizen of the country had started getting the feeling that something that belonged to him had been snatched away. If what was snatched had never been enjoyed by that person, ever, it had to eventually precipitate into a painful inner agony,” he said. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief The prime minister reminded people that in order to ensure smooth conduct of the social order, a constitution is required. “Laws and rules are necessary, rights and duties should be part of due discourse,” he said. On June 25, India marked the 44th anniversary of Emergency. In 1977 Lok Sabha elections, the PM said, people voted without bothering about other rights and requirements. They voted, he said, “just for the sake of saving democracy. And the country had witnessed one such Election in 1977.” Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC “When something is in close proximity of us, we tend to underestimate its importance. We ignore even amazing facts about it. We have been blessed with a democracy so invaluable, yet we take it for granted so easily,” he said. Modi was of the view that people must keep reminding themselves that democracy is “gloriously great, it flows in our veins, through centuries of dedicated practice.” Referring to the recently-concluded Lok Sabha election, he said a record 61 crore out of nearly 91 crore voters exercised their franchise. “If you exclude China, the number of people who voted in India exceeds the population of any other country in the world. The number of people who voted in the 2019 Lok Sabha election is more than the entire population of America, close to double the figure. The total number of voters in India exceeds the entire population of Europe,” said in his address. He pointed out that lakhs of teachers, officers and staff strived day and night to carry out the exercise. Three lakh personnel of the central armed police forces, 20 lakh state police personnel ensured free and fair elections. “Besides this, there is another fact pertaining to these elections that swells our hearts with pride. Perhaps, this is the first time ever that women have enthusiastically voted, as much as men did. This time the ratio of men and women who voted was almost the same. “Another encouraging fact is that, today, there are a record 78 women Members of Parliament. I congratulate the Election Commission and every person connected with the electioneering process and salute the aware voters of India,” Modi said. The prime minister also used the opportunity to ask people to read more and more books at a time when everything is available using “Google guru”. He said he prefers books and not bouquets as gifts and referred to a collection of Munshi Premchand’s stories which he went through again recently. ” … in today’s digital world and in the time of Google Guru … take some time out from your daily routine and devote it to books,” he said.last_img read more

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Uttarakhand HC issues contempt notices to Centre AIIMS Delhi

first_imgNainital: The Uttarakhand High Court has issued notices to Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan and AIIMS Delhi Director Randeep Guleria on a contempt petition filed by Indian Forest Service officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi in a case involving him. It has asked them to file their reply before July 26, asking why they should not be punished for contempt of court, according to the official orders. The matter relates to an order passed by the high court on August 21, last year while hearing the case of Chaturvedi. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! In its order, the court had termed as “vindictive” the attitude of the central government and imposed on it a cost of Rs. 25,000. The court was hearing Chaturvedi’s petition against an order passed by chairman of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), New Delhi, on July 27, 2018. The CAT chairman had stayed the proceedings of circuit bench of the tribunal in Nainital for a period of six weeks in the matter related to adverse entries into appraisal report of Chaturvedi, for financial year 2015-16, when he was serving in AIIMS on central deputation. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Chaturvedi, a 2002 batch officer of IFS, had sought quashing of orders of the CAT chairman and directions to Nainital bench of the tribunal to allow its proceedings. However, the AIIMS challenged this order of high court before the Supreme Court in October last year. On February 1, this year, the apex court not only upheld the orders of the high court but also the additional cost of Rs 25,000. Respondents have always acted with unprecedented haste while passing any illegal order or causing injury to petitioner, whether it be awarding zero grading in 48 hours (for which statutory instructions provide a period of 3 months) or removal of petitioner from post of CVO, to protect influential corrupt accused, in which around 20 signatures were recorded in just 24 hours. However, when it comes to compliance of lawful directions of courts in favour of petitioner, they are extremely slow/reluctant, Chaturvedi’s plea read.last_img read more

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Tourist vehicle skids off road plunges into Teesta

first_imgKolkata: A tourist vehicle travelling from Siliguri towards Sikkim skidded off the road and plunged more than 100 feet into the River Teesta near the Coronation bridge on Wednesday. The vehicle, along with the passengers and the driver, has gone missing in the river. A search operation has been launched.The incident occurred around 2 pm on Wednesday. The number plate (WB73E2940) of the vehicle, luggage, driver’s wallet and driving license and wallet were found from the accident site. A search and rescue operation has been launched. NDRF, rafters and fire brigade personnel have launched the search operation. The driver (as per his PAN card) is Rajesh Rai, a resident of Bhanunagar, Sevok Road, Bhaktinagar, Siliguri. On investigation, the police found out that the Innova vehicle was carrying two tourists from Jaipur, Rajasthan. They were identified as Aman Gaur (26) and Gaurav Sharma (24). Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAt the time of filing the report the vehicle as well as the passengers and drivers were still untraceable. Meanwhile, rains continued in the Hills on Wednesday with fresh landslides. There were 6 landslides reported between Rongtong and Kurseong on the NH55. The NJP-Darjeeling Darjeeling Himalayan railway services continue to be suspended. A Mazda truck and a bike were washed away in a slide in Tindharia. On the National Highway 10 to Sikkim, landslides were reported Kalijhora, 29th Mile, Setijhora and Bhoteybhir near Rongpu. Earth movers were pressed into service and a single lane was opened up for traffic.last_img read more

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Exam for appointments of postmen to be reconducted in local languages including

first_imgNew Delhi: Acceding to the demand by Tamil parties led by AIADMK, the Government on Tuesday decided to cancel the examination for appointment of postmen held on July 14 to hold it in all local languages including Tamil.”The examination will now be held in all local languages, as per the notification of 10-5-2019 of the department concerned (with) examination, including (in) Tamil,” Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the Rajya Sabha. Tamil parties had been protesting that questions in the postal department’s examination for appointments of postmen and assistants in rural areas held on Sunday were only in Hindi and English, and not Tamil. The AIADMK were joined in by DMK, CPI and CPI-M members in the protests. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Proceedings of the Upper House were adjourned thrice during the pre-lunch period and again for 30 minutes after the Upper House re-assembled at 2 PM on the issue. When the proceedings resumed, Prasad, who is the Union Minister for Law and Justice, Communications and Electronics and IT said he has examined the matter and it has been decided to cancel the examination held on July 14. “Certain issues were raised in this House by members, including my friends from Tamil Nadu. I have examined the matter today itself and it has been decided to cancel the examination held on 14-7-2019,” Prasad said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe minister said he would like to assure the House and the entire nation that the government led by Narendra Modi has respect for all regional languages, including Tamil. “I have myself seen the depth of language of Tamil when I was (election) in-charge there, and all other languages. Therefore this government’s commitment to respecting all languages is full and total,” Prasad said. His assurance satisfied the agitating members. V Maitreyan of the AIADMK expressed gratitude to Prasad and said “due to the development in the last couple of days unfortunately we were forced to raise the issue in the morning today in our own way. I am really thankful on behalf of my party members”. A Navaneethakrishnan of AIADMK said: “I really thank our minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Thank you Thank You Thank You”. T K Rangarajan (CPI-M) suggested that all departments should hold examinations in regional languages. Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma (Congress) said the larger issue is to pre-empt and ensure that there is no recurrence. “Therefore, will the government give a categorical assurance to this House, and through the House to the people of the country, that for all future recruitments, examinations, interviews, in all Central Government Departments, the PSUs, paramilitary forces, the three-language formula, the assurance for which was given by India’s first Prime Minister (Jawaharlal Nehru) shall be adhered to”.last_img read more

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How she bridged gap between Delhi Ggn

first_imgGurugram: On the wet Sunday afternoon when the former and longest-serving Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was cremated, it was not only residents of Delhi who were left teary-eyed but also the Gurgaon residents. It was not only Delhi that has expressed gratefulness to Sheila but also Gurgaon which is now Gurugram.Realising that Gurgaon was a developing city where a large number of Delhiites were going for job opportunities, it was under her leadership that the number of DTC buses were increased and that still continue to transport a large number of residents. Till date, there are three major routes on which the DTC buses ply between Gurugram and Delhi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThese routes include Anand Vihar, Badarpur, Karol Bagh and continue to ferry over lakhs of travellers on a daily basis. Moreover, she also made sure that not only connectivity was not enhanced by increasing the frequency of buses but she also made sure that the Delhi Metro was extended to Gurugram in the form of Yellow line. B etter coordination between Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Sheila Dikshit with the team of DMRC officials ensured that the phase of Yellow Line metro was completed in time. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn October 2010, Delhi Metro was introduced in Gurgaon that solved a major hurdle of transportation for the travellers of Gurgaon and Delhi. Credited for improving the road infrastructure of Delhi, it was also under her watch that road connectivity between Delhi and Gurgaon improved to world-class levels. Not only was the Delhi-Jaipur expressway popularly known as National Highway-8 was widened but she also made sure that the Mehrauli-Gurgaon road, most of which was under her department, was improved. Like a true leader, she realised that as Delhi expand, the connectivity towards its suburbs needed to be improved. Though not a frequent visitor to Gurgaon, she was a popular face especially among the urban electorate for her works in the national capital at her zenith. She attended various rallies in the city and was instrumental in making Congress a strong force in not only Gurgaon but also in Haryana.last_img read more

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Stalin questions SBIs low cut off marks for EWS category

first_imgChennai: DMK President M.K.Stalin on Wednesday said the low cut-off marks for economically weaker sections (EWS) –28.5 per cent– as against that for Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and other categories in the recruitment examination held by the State Bank of India (SBI) shows how the Central government has thrown social justice into a deep pit. In a tweet, Stalin said: “In the preliminary exam for recruitment of Junior Associate post, the SBI had fixed the cut off mark for EWS category at 28.5 per cent as against the cut off mark for SC, General and Other Backward Communities (OBC) at 61.25 per cent and for ST at 53.75 per cent.” He urged the Central government to remove the 10 per cent reservation for EWS.last_img read more

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Indian mens womens hockey teams leave for Olympic Test event

first_imgBengaluru: With an eye on the Olympic Qualifiers later this year, the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams on Sunday left for Tokyo to take part in the Test events, starting on August 17. The Olympic Test events are expected to provide good exposure to both the teams ahead of the Qualifiers in November. The Indian men’s team will play against hosts Japan, New Zealand and Malaysia, while the women will be up against Australia, China and Japan. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I believe this tournament is a good opportunity for youngsters to shine as we will all be watched closely ahead of the team selection for the Olympic Qualifiers,” said men’s team skipper Harmanpreet Singh. He also said that the Test event will help the team understand the playing conditions in Tokyo, the venue of next year’s Olympics. “We are positively working towards making the Olympic Qualification. Playing at this venue will help us understand the playing conditions there and we are looking forward to a good tournament,” said the defender dragflicker. The women’s team captain Rani said her team’s aim in the upcoming tournament is to register an upset win over higher ranked Australia. “We have done well against Japan and China in the past one year but the one team we are looking forward to do well against is Australia. A win against them will make a big impact for our team’s preparations for the Olympic Qualifier,” Rani said ahead of the team’s departure here.last_img read more

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Kohli Rahane power India to commanding position against WI

first_imgNorth Sound (Antigua): Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane’s half centuries strengthened India’s position in the first Test against West Indies, the two performing their leadership duties with aplomb here.After a career-defining 81 in the first innings, vice-captain Rahane remained unbeaten on 53 while skipper Kohli was batting on 51, as India reached 185 for three at stumps on the third day of their opening World Championship Test on Saturday.The visitors enjoyed an overall lead of 260 runs with seven wickets in hand and two full days play remaining. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhDropped on 17 by John Campbell off Kemar Roach’s bowling, Rahane made full use of the life to register his career’s 18th half-century.Rahane and Kohli’s unbroken fourth-wicket stand yielded 104 runs in 41.4 overs.India lost three wickets after lunch before Rahane and Kohli joined hands and the duo played without taking any risk to keep the visitors ahead.Off-spinner Roston Chase was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts, taking two wickets for 69 runs. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterOpener Mayank Agarwal (16) was the first wicket to fall for India in the second innings, controversially trapped in front by Chase in the 14th over. Although TV replays showed the ball was missing the leg stump, the batsman didn’t go for a review.After Agarwal’s departure, K L Rahul (38) and Chesteshwar Pujara (25) added 43 runs for the second wicket to take India forward.Rahul, however, gave away his wicket, bowled by Chase. He went across his stumps while going for a sweep, only to expose all the three stumps and the West Indian spinner succeeded as the batsman failed to connect the ball. An over later, Roach went through Pujara’s defence to reduce India to 81 for three.India had earlier taken a healthy 75-run first-innings lead, which had swelled to 89 by lunch.The visitors bowled out West Indies for 222 in 74.2 overs in their first innings in reply to their 297 all out, with Ishant Sharma returning figures of 5 for 43.Besides Ishant, Mohammed Shami (2/48) and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (2/64) scalped two wickets apiece.For West Indies, Chase top-scored with 48 while skipper Jason Holder played a fighting 39-run knock, as the hosts failed to build up partnerships.At the opening break of the third day, India were 14 for no loss in their second innings.Earlier, resuming at overnight 189 for eight, Holder and Miguel Cummins ground it out for 103 balls, forging a 41-run partnership for the ninth wicket to take West Indies closer to the Indian total.Holder made 39 off 65 balls with the help of five boundaries and even though Cummins could not open his account, he lasted 45 balls to frustrate the Indian bowlers. India needed 85 balls in the opening session to dislodge the duo.The partnership was finally broken when Holder edged a Mohammed Shami delivery to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant in the 74th over.Left-arm spinner Jadeja drew the curtains on West Indies innings when he cleaned up Cummins an over later.last_img read more

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HC asks Uttarakhand govt to take policy decision on liquor ban

first_imgNainital: The Uttarakhand High Court has given the state government six months to formulate a policy to implement provisions of the Excise Act which provide for prohibition of alcohol in the state. A division bench of the high court comprising Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma directed the state government on Thursday to take a policy decision for gradual prohibition of alcohol, petitioner DK Joshi, an advocate said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The high court has given six months to the state government, he said. Besides asking the state government to ensure compliance of section 37 A of the Excise Act which provides for prohibition, the court also ordered strict compliance of the law prohibiting sale of alcohol to a person under 21 years of age. The order came on a PIL filed by Joshi, an advocate and a resident of Garuda in Bageshwar district. It was contended in the PIL that liquor sold under government protection is affecting lives in the state. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Many households have been destroyed by the social evil and no compensation has been made for casualties, diseases and accidents caused by alcohol consumption, the PIL said. In Uttar Pradesh, the Excise Act, 1910, was amended by the UP government through 37A in 1978, but the Uttarakhand government did not implement this amendment.Even after 19 years of the creation of the state, no preventive steps have been taken towards prohibition of alcohol through this provision, the PIL submitted. On the contrary, the state government has registered an increasing number of shops in the name of revenue.The Excise Policy of 2019 gives special power to the DM to ensure that no area of ??the district is deprived of a liquor store, it said. The government for its part assured the court that in the year 2002, many restrictions had been imposed in the Excise Policy which were being duly followed. For instance, alcohol has been banned in religious places of the state including Haridwar, Rishikesh, Chardham, Purnagiri and Piran Kaliyar. Prescribed distance from school, college and temple mosque has also been maintained. Describing the verdict as historic, senior advocate VP Nautiyal, appearing for the petitioner, said the court has given the government six months to formulate a policy to implement the provisions of 37A. “The high court has given a historic decision to awaken the state government. It will curb growing trend of alcoholism in the state,” he said.last_img read more

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Countrys first regional happiness index for Madhya Pradesh by FY20

first_imgIndore: If everything goes as per plan, Madhya Pradesh might become the first state in the country to have a happiness index (HI) in place by the end of the financial year 2019-20, a top official has said. Madhya Pradesh Institute of Happiness CEO Akhilesh Argal said they are giving the final touches to the questionnaire for an upcoming government survey to measure the HI. “We are giving final touches to the questionnaire for the survey which will be launched in November this year. It is our aim that the survey is completed by the end of this financial year and the maiden happiness index announced,” said Argal. He said the state government has made Kharagpur-based IIT’s Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness as its “knowledge partner” for this unique project. “To prepare the survey, about 15,000 people from various villages, towns and cities in Madhya Pradesh would be contacted and their views on wide range of topics like lifestyle, income, education, health, safety, achievements, interests, positive and negative feelings, inter-personal relationships, attachment to environment etc. would be taken,” informed the CEO.last_img read more

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Eight Apache attack helicopters to be inducted into IAF at Pathankot today

first_imgPathankot: In a major boost to the Indian Air Force’s combat capabilities, eight US-made Apache AH-64E attack helicopters are set to be inducted into the IAF on September 3, officials said on Monday.Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa will be the chief guest during the induction ceremony, which will take place at the Pathankot Air Force station. The AH-64E Apache is one of the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopters and is flown by the US Army. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Eight of the Apache attack helicopters are set to be inducted into the IAF, that will enhance the force’s combat capabilities,” a senior IAF official said. The IAF had signed a multi-billion dollar contract with the US government and Boeing Ltd in September 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters. The first four of the 22 helicopters was handed over to the air force by Boeing on July 27. The delivery of the first batch of Apache helicopters to the IAF at the Hindan air base had come nearly four years after a multi-billion dollar deal for the choppers was sealed. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAdditionally, the Defence Ministry in 2017 approved the procurement of six Apache helicopters along with weapons systems from Boeing at a cost of Rs 4,168 crore for the Army. This will be its first fleet of attack choppers. By 2020, the IAF will operate a fleet of 22 Apaches. These first deliveries were ahead of schedule. The AH-64E Apache for the Indian Air Force completed successful first flights in July 2018. The first batch of Indian Air Force crew began their training to fly the Apache in the US in 2018. Senior IAF officials said the addition of the Apache fleet will significantly enhance the force’s combat capabilities as the chopper has been customised to suit IAF’s future requirements. Boeing has delivered more than 2,200 Apaches to customers around the world since the aircraft entered production and India is the 14th nation to select it for its military. “By 2020, the IAF will operate a fleet of 22 Apaches, and these first deliveries are ahead of schedule,” Boeing had earlier said. The aerospace major said the AH-64E has the latest technology insertions, maintaining its standing as the world’s best attack helicopter. “It is the only available combat helicopter with a spectrum of capabilities for virtually any mission requirement. For the AH-64 E, this includes greater thrust and lift, joint digital operability, improved survivability and cognitive decision aiding.last_img read more

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Bank unions threaten 2day strike later this month

first_imgChandigarh/Dharamshala: Four bank employee unions have given a call for a two-day strike from the midnight of September 25 and an indefinite stir from the second week of November to protest against the mega-merger of 10 nationalised banks, a union leader said on Thursday. The unions are also pressing for expeditious wage revision, the introduction of the five-day week and other demands. The strike call has been given by All India Bank Officer’s Confederation (AIBOC), All India Bank Officer’s Association (AIBOA), Indian National Bank Officer’s Congress (INBOC) and National Organisation of Bank Officers (NOBO), the general secretary of AIBOC (Chandigarh), Deepal Kumar Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalSharma, said here. Nationalised banks across the country will observe strike from midnight of September 25 to midnight of September 27 to protest merger and amalgamation in the banking sector by the central government and other demands of employees, Sharma said. He said that the nationalised banks will further observe indefinite strike from the second week of November. The bank employee unions are demanding expeditious wage revision, immediate introduction of five day week, halting of undue interference in the existing procedure of vigilance cases by outside agencies, settlement of issues pertaining to retirees, adequate recruitment, scrapping of NPS, reduction of service charges for consumers and harassing of officers under specious plea of non-performance, he said.last_img read more

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Govt to hold global tech brass meet to make India electronic export

first_imgNew Delhi: In a major move aimed at turning India into an export hub of electronic manufacturing, the government is set to hold a confidence-building measure meeting with industry bigwigs.While talking to Millennium Post, IT Secretary Ajay Prakash Sawhney said that the country has taken a giant leap to be a global electronics manufacturer as domestic manufacturing has grown from $ 29 billion in 2014-15 to $70 billion in 2018-19. It’s for the time that the government is going to hold direct dialogue with CEOs of over 50 global technology companies, including Apple, Samsung, Cisco, Vivo, etc, after the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi came into power, the IT Secretary said, adding that the IT Ministry itself has received over $15 billion worth of investment proposals under its flagship investment scheme. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalElaborating about the global meet, Sawhney said, “As per the schedule, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad would hold the round table discussion on Monday. At the meeting, global leaders would brainstorm about the challenges being faced by the industry, opportunities and expectations of the industry from the government to make Indian electronics manufacturing sector grows faster.” “Number of factors already make India an attractive destination for electronics manufacturing. There is a huge talent pool, cost competitiveness and all major brands are already here. The value addition being done in India for feature phones have now increased to 25 per cent from 11 per cent earlier and in smartphones, it is now 18 per cent,” he said. As India has emerged as the second-largest manufacturer of mobile handsets in the world and one of the world’s largest mobile manufacturing facility is based in India, the industry has also helped in employment generation for over 20 lakh persons across the country, the Secretary said.last_img read more

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Spotlight on Gill as India A play SA A

first_imgMysuru: Young Shubman Gill will be the centre of attraction when a dominant India ‘A’ lock horns against South Africa ‘A’ in the second and final unofficial Test of the series, starting here on Tuesday. After pocketing the five-match unofficial ODI series 4-1, India ‘A’ continued their domination over South Africa A in the Test rubber by winning the first game by seven wickets. And the Indians would look to draw curtains on the series on a perfect note with yet another complete performance. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhBut the focus will be on 19-year-old Gill, who has broken into the Indian Test squad for the three-match series against the Proteas, starting on October 2 in Visakhapatnam. Gill, who was captain in the first match, made a superb 90 en route to the comprehensive win. And the youngster from Punjab would be eager to prove the national selectors right after being named in the Virat Kohli-led Indian Test squad. In the second four-day game, the national selectors have given opportunities to several performers in the domestic circuit. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterExperienced Bengal wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha will take over the captaincy from Gill, while openers Priyank Panchal and Abhimanyu Easwaran have also been drafted in. Both Panchal and Easwaran, who too are knocking on the doors of the senior Test side, will be keen to showcase their potential after Gill leapfrogged them into the five-day team. Saha was in the reserves on the recent tour of West Indies as Rishab Pant donned the big gloves. With Pant’s keeping skills on Indian wickets yet to be tested in the longest format, Saha would fancy his chances and a good showing here would do him a world of good. Karnataka batsman Karun Nair, out of favour since the home series against Australia in 2017, is also part of the squad and will hope to score big after some impressive performances in the recent Duleep Trophy tournament. But it remains to be seen if Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar, who missed the first match due to a thumb injury, gets an opportunity. Spin trio of Shahbaz Nadeem, Jalaj Saxena and Krishnappa Gowtham did the damage in the Thiruvananthapuram game after pacers Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj had made early inroads into the South Africa ‘A’ line-up. Saxena, who plays for Kerala now, impressed with both bat and ball, while Nadeem picked up wickets in both innings. The home team’s bowling attack may witness some changes after experienced Umesh Yadav and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav were drafted into the squad along side Avesh Khan. After being outplayed in the first unofficial Test at Thiruvananthapuram, the visiting team led by Aiden Markram would hope for an improved show from his players in the final match of the series. South Africa ‘A’ have a handful of players who are part of the senior Test squad and they would be hoping for good outing. The batting unit led by the highly-rated Markram came a cropper in Thiruvananthapuram. For Markram and others in the Test team — Theunis de Bruyn, Zubayr Hamza, Heinrich Klaasen, Senuran Muthusamy, Dane Piedt and Lungi Ngidi — this match presents a chance to prepare for the tough examination that awaits them.last_img read more

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Trudeau says he swayed Trump not to bail on NAFTA

first_imgOTTAWA, ON. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is welcoming a promise from Donald Trump that the US president won’t pull out of NAFTA without first trying to renegotiate the pact.Trump was preparing to do just that, but changed his mind after a phone conversation with Trudeau and the Mexican president.Both Trudeau and the president are confirming this wasn’t an empty threat, with Trump admitting he was prepared to give notice of a pull out within days.However, Trudeau says on that phone call he pointed out the major economic consequences of such a move. “He was very much thinking about cancelling. It would cause a lot of short and medium-term pain for an awful lot of families. And he, like me, got elected on a platform of helping people and helping the middle class.”Trump took to social media to say a very good deal is still possible although there is frustration within his administration regarding the pace of renegotiations.Much of that has to do with hold-ups in Congress and a time crunch before the Mexican election which is a year away. “We agreed that we could sit down and get to work on looking at ways to improve NAFTA, as it’s been improved before, in a thoughtful way that will benefit all of our countries,” adds Trudeau.Despite the back and forth, it’s unclear when renegotiations will begin.last_img read more

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Eight revenue agency workers fired for roles in privacy breaches CRA says

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canada Revenue Agency says eight of its employees were fired in the last fiscal year after violating taxpayers’ privacy.Previously, the agency has not always confirmed if an employee was fired or shuffled out of the CRA for being part of a privacy breach, often citing the employee’s privacy.A spokesman for the agency says the employees in each case were found to have had unauthorized access to taxpayer information, including one incident that the CRA calls the largest such breach in the agency’s history.In that case, one employee improperly accessed the accounts of 1,264 taxpayers.All of the firings took place between April 2016 and March 2017, the federal government’s fiscal year.All of the incidents were also reported to the federal privacy commissioner as required on federal government policy because they involve sensitive personal information that could be used to cause “serious injury or harm” to the individual, or involved a large number of affected individuals.“The CRA takes the protection of Canadians’ tax information very seriously. The confidence and trust that individuals and businesses have in the CRA is a cornerstone of Canada’s tax system,” agency spokesman Patrick Samson said in an email.The agency has looked to crack down on internal privacy breaches years after Canada’s privacy watchdog released a critical audit of how the CRA controlled access to personal information.The privacy watchdog made 13 recommendations in 2013 in areas including monitoring of employee access rights, threat and risk assessments for information-technology systems and ensuring the privacy impacts of new programs are evaluated.Still, privacy violations have dogged the CRA.In February, the CRA reported that it had lost a DVD containing information on about 28,000 Yukon taxpayers. The information from the 2014 tax year, hasn’t been recovered, Samson said.The DVD was encrypted and the data stored in a way that it would be difficult to read even if the encryption were broken.Samson said there is no evidence that the personal information on the DVD has been compromised.last_img read more

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QuickQuotes what was said Friday about Canadas new feminist foreign aid policy

first_imgOTTAWA – Quotes about Canada’s new, feminist foreign aid policy announced Friday:“Focusing Canada’s international assistance on the full empowerment of women and girls is the most effective way for our international assistance to make a difference in the world. Sustainable development, peace and growth that works for everyone are not possible unless women and girls are valued and empowered.” — International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau.——“We’re pleased to see Canada take the lead towards a global culture shift to empower women and girls. This new feminist international assistance policy provides us with a critical opportunity to advance the empowerment and well-being of a significant segment of the world’s population that is at risk of being left out of global progress: 1.1 billion girls.” — David Morley, president and CEO, UNICEF Canada.——“Empowering women and girls is in Canada’s best interest and ensuring equal opportunity is much more than a bold commitment to feminism. It’s about basic human rights and basic common sense.” — Michael Messenger, president, World Vision Canada.——“The juxtaposition of a recommended 70 per cent increase to the defence budget with a recommended zero per cent increase to the development budget is simply stunning.” — Stuart Hickox, Canada director of anti-poverty group One, comparing Canada’s defence and assistance spending plans.——“This is a game-changer. From Syria and Yemen to Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, it is the grassroots women’s groups that are doing the heavy lifting to help communities respond to crisis, build peace and bring about gender equality.” — Leymah Gbowee of the Nobel Women’s Initiative.——“That there has been no increase in the international assistance envelope or even a plan for an increase is concerning.” — Cicely McWilliam, policy director for Save the Children Canada.——“Minister Bibeau’s leadership is bold and courageous and it marks an important shift in Canadian foreign policy. We look forward to working closely with her office to ensure this new model reaches those women’s rights organizations quickly and effectively-and that the funding’s impact is maximized.” — Jess Tomlin, president and CEO, The Match International Women’s Fund.——“Improving gender equality and women’s rights takes much more than bold words and good intentions. It will require hard work to push this agenda through.” — Jacquelyn Wright, vice-president of International Programs at CARE Canada.”——“They’re just using this as branding, and it’s just trying to look good because there’s no new money behind this.” — New Democrat MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau.last_img read more

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Liberals set to table bill to remodel national security measures

first_imgOTTAWA – Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale plans to introduce a bill today to upgrade a list of Conservative anti-terrorism measures.It will include more robust oversight of the Canada Border Services Agency along with changes to ensure existing security watchdogs can exchange information and collaborate more easily on reviews.The extensive package of legislation will also follow through on Liberal campaign promises to repeal some elements of omnibus security legislation brought in by the Conservatives after a gunman stormed Parliament Hill in 2014.The Trudeau government has committed to ensuring all CSIS warrants respect the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, to preserving legitimate protest and advocacy, and to defining terrorist propaganda more clearly.It has also pledged that appeals by Canadians on the no-fly list will be subject to mandatory review.The Liberals say the goal is to strike a balance between keeping Canadians safe while respecting their rights and freedoms.This bill, and another tabled Monday dealing with Access to Information, come as MPs prepare to dash off to their ridings for the summer, which means the legislation is unlikely to face serious debate until the fall.last_img read more

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Ottawa Inuit agree on boundaries for Arctic marine conservation area

first_imgPOND INLET, Nunavut – Inuit groups say their lobbying and traditional knowledge is behind a huge expansion in the boundaries for what is to become Canada’s largest national marine conservation area.“Our organizations worked extremely hard to ensure the extended boundary was accepted,” said P.J. Akeeagok, head of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.“It was Inuit traditional knowledge that determined the extent and the purpose of how Inuit used this particular very important body of water, and we’re now here celebrating today the expanded boundaries.”Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna joined Akeeagok and other Nunavut leaders in Pond Inlet on Monday to celebrate a deal that will more than double the size of the Lancaster Sound national marine conservation area — now to be known as Tallurutiup Imanga.The sound, off the north coast of Baffin Island, is a particularly rich area of the Arctic. Its cliff-studded coastline is interspersed with bays, inlets and deep fiords. Most of the world’s narwhal, as well as large numbers of beluga and bowhead whales, swim amongst the icebergs that bob in its waters.Polynyas — large sections of year-round, ice-free water — make rich habitat for seals and walrus, which in turn attract numerous polar bears. Seabirds flock there in the millions.For centuries, Inuit have depended on its waters.“It’s the cultural heart of our region,” said Akeeagok.Inuit began fighting in the 1960s to have the waters protected.In 2009, they went to court to block a German research vessel from conducting seismic tests that would have assessed the sound’s potential for oil and gas. The tests were blocked.Some say the furor over the court case was behind the Harper government’s 2009 decision to launch a study into how big the conservation area should be and where to put its boundaries.The Harper proposals, which were on the table as late as last year, called for setting aside about 48,000 square kilometres. Monday’s announcement creates an area of about 110,000 square kilometres.Together with existing adjacent protected areas, more than 130,000 square kilometres of ocean will be protected from mining, energy development, dumping and overfishing.“(The Inuit association) played a critical role (in the expansion),” said McKenna. Elders and Nunavut communities such as Pond Inlet were also heavily involved.Shell Canada also helped. Facing a lawsuit over alleged invalid exploration permits it held in the region, the company chose last year to relinquish rights to more than 8,000 square kilometres of ocean.McKenna said the new marine conservation area — Canada’s fifth — will be governed jointly with local Inuit. An impact-and-benefits agreement, complete with promises on new infrastructure and jobs, is planned for April.“Inuit will be directly involved in decision-making.”The talks will be crucial not only for Lancaster Sound, but for future protected areas, said Chris Debicki of The Pew Charitable Trusts Oceans North Canada.“This is the start of negotiations between Inuit and the federal government that will determine how protection is going to look in the 21st century,” he said.The Lancaster Sound expansion brings the portion of Canada’s marine waters under some form of protection to 3.5 per cent from 1.5 per cent. McKenna acknowledged that’s still below the government’s promised 10 per cent by 2020.“We’re working really hard,” she said.“We need to be doing this in partnership with Indigenous peoples, with different provinces and territories. Environmentalists and businesses are involved.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the protected area was called Tallurutiup Tariunga.last_img read more

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Three injured including bystanders in brazen Vancouver shooting

first_imgVANCOUVER – A targeted shooting on a major Vancouver street has left three people injured, including someone police describe as an “innocent” teen.Vancouver police said several shots were fired Saturday evening in a busy commercial and residential area on Broadway.Sgt. Jason Robillard said a man in his early 20s, who is believed to be the target of the attack, was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.A 15-year-old from Coquitlam, B.C., who was driving through the area when the shots were fired, was also seriously injured and taken to hospital.“At this time the evidence suggests that he is innocent,” Robillard said at a news conference Sunday.He said the victims taken to hospital remain in serious condition.A man in his 30s, who police said was not a target, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene and released.It’s unclear what prompted the incident, but Robillard said there are indications that gunfire was exchanged.“This is bad and we are concerned with how brazen this was,” Robillard said, adding that more than 30 officers are working on the case.No arrests have been made.The area of Broadway and Ontario Street remained closed through Sunday evening as the investigation continued.Area resident Gloria Gribling said she heard what she thought were fireworks going off Saturday evening.“I heard quite a large bang and then I thought that sounds like a gunshot, and then I thought ridiculous, I’m watching too much TV,” she said.“And then I hear immediately afterward what sounded like fireworks, very fast explosions but they weren’t as loud as the first one.”She said Broadway is a busy thoroughfare, and while the noise seemed out of character, she considers the area typically safe.“I have no fear of going for walks or anything like that around here, it’s very safe,” Gribling said.A number of local businesses, including a furniture store and yoga studio, posted on social media that they would remain closed while police had the area cordoned off.Robillard said police need time to gather evidence and capture the scene accurately.“Our officers are working diligently to try to put all the pieces together,” he said.Police are asking witnesses or anyone with dash-cam footage of the scene to come forward as the investigation continues.last_img read more

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High court to settle dispute over missing professors pension payments

first_imgOTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada will decide whether an Ottawa university can reclaim almost $500,000 in pension payments to a professor who went missing before being found dead in the woods near his home.George Roseme, a political science professor at Carleton University, was 77 and suffering from early-stage Alzheimer’s disease when he disappeared in September 2007.A six-day search of the area near Roseme’s home in nearby west Quebec failed to locate him.Roseme had signed a memorandum agreeing that his pension payments would cease with his death, rather than going to his heirs or estate.When the university learned of Roseme’s disappearance, Carleton informed Lynne Threlfall — his former partner and recipient of the pension monies as his property administrator — that it would cease payments.The university was forced to reverse the decision after Threlfall pointed out that under Quebec law, Roseme was presumed to be alive for seven years after his disappearance or until there was proof of death.In July 2013, Roseme’s remains were discovered by a dog in the woods near his property, and a coroner’s investigation concluded he had died in 2007.Shortly afterward, the university went to court to recoup the $497,332 in pension monies paid to Threlfall since 2008.Threlfall unsuccessfully argued in Quebec Superior Court that she should not have to return the payments, given that Roseme’s death had only recently been confirmed. A three-judge appeal panel upheld the decision against Threlfall, prompting her appeal to the Supreme Court.As usual, the high court gave no reason Thursday for agreeing to take the case and no date has been set for a hearing.last_img read more

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Coalition Avenir Quebec promises to improve eyewear coverage

first_imgMONTREAL – The Coalition Avenir Quebec wants young people to be able to see clearly now.The party says it will reimburse up to $250 every two years for anyone 17 or under who needs glasses or contact lenses.Currently, Quebec’s health insurance board covers the cost of an eye exam for youngsters but not the purchase of eyewear.Coalition Leader Francois Legault made the promise in eastern Quebec today on Day 8 of the provincial election campaign and said good vision is essential to success in school.Elsewhere on the campaign trail, Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee said he wants an additional 200,000 Quebecers to be working from home by 2025.Lisee believes having people work from home improves quality of life and also cuts down on traffic congestion.last_img read more

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Analysis Few options for Canada allies as RussiaUkraine conflict escalates

first_imgOTTAWA — Without U.S. global leadership, just a few effective ways remain for Canada and its allies to respond to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s latest attack on Ukraine.Short of dispatching a NATO-led naval show of force that could escalate to all-out war, the West could still hurt Putin by imposing more sanctions, travel restrictions and curbs on Russia’s foreign financial transactions, say diplomats and analysts.After seizing three Ukrainian ships and capturing their two dozen sailors in the Kerch Strait between Crimea and the Russian mainland on the weekend, Russia announced Wednesday it would deploy another battery of anti-aircraft missiles to the Crimean Peninsula, bolstering its hold on the region it seized from Ukraine in 2014.The Kremlin also said it would send nine Ukrainian sailors to court to face charges while the remaining 15 linger in prison indefinitely.Canada and other Western countries have called loudly for the release of the sailors, but the rhetoric will continue to fall on deaf ears in Moscow unless they hit Putin in the pocketbook.Michael Bociurkiw, a Canadian-born global-affairs analyst, says strong statements of support for Ukraine and condemnation of Russia — including from Canada — are appreciated in Kyiv, but they do not deter Putin.“What he really understands are more targeted sanctions, travel restrictions on a wider circle, financial restrictions on overseas transactions, on commercial Russian banks,” said Bociurkiw, who until recently served in Kyiv with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.For countries such as Canada, the United States and Britain, that could mean using their “Magnitsky” legislation, which allows them to sanction particular people deemed to have violated human rights, he said.That could prevent Putin’s rich oligarch friends from travelling and curtail their ability to buy foreign property and other assets, said Bociurkiw. (The law is named for a accountant who exposed corrupt Russian tax officials and died in prison.)Andriy Shevchenko, the Ukrainian ambassador to Canada, said his country wants Canada to push Magnitsky sanctions especially with its G7 allies. Canada, he says, still holds the chairmanship of the G7 for another month, and should use that position to deal with the current crisis.Canada could also use this week’s G20 meeting in Argentina to advance that line of response, said Shevchenko.“We would like to see a joint consolidated response from the free world,” he said. “We hope that Canada will help us unify this position among our allies.”The Ukrainian government has the names of individual prosecutors, judges, police officers, special-forces members and politicians who could be targeted, said Shevchenko.Canadian government officials, who briefed journalists prior to this week’s G20, were non-committal about what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland might be prepared to do on behalf of Ukraine at this week’s summit.Freeland on Twitter called the imprisonment of the sailors “completely unacceptable” and called for their release, adding that an “immediate de-escalation is necessary.” Freeland pushed the Ukraine crisis onto the G7 agenda earlier this year. She is headed to meeting of NATO foreign ministers next week.But Bociurkiw says the 28-country military alliance doesn’t have the stomach to send an armada through the Kerch Strait to challenge the Russian attempt to gain control over the Sea of Azov, a strategic body of water off Ukraine’s south roughly the size of Switzerland.Shevchenko said this weekend’s nautical clash represents a significant deepening of the Ukraine-Russia conflict because it marks the first time the Russian military has actively attacked Ukrainian forces. Until now, he said, Russia hid behind rebel separatist forces in eastern Ukraine.“This time they do not hide behind any ‘green men,’ or local mercenaries, or any rebels or whatever they call them. This time they do it openly,” said Shevchenko.“This is a message not just to Ukraine, but to the West. They are trying to say, ‘we believe we can do whatever we choose to.’ “Bociurkiw said the timing of the latest Russian attack is vintage Putin — it comes with Europe mired in uncertainty over Brexit, coupled with the rise of far-right governments in some eastern European capitals, as well as the dominance of a U.S. president who has often appeared too accommodating of the Russian leader.“We’re seeing the aftereffects of the U.S. abdicating its traditional role as the world’s policeman,” said Bociurkiw.Earlier this week, U.S. President Donald Trump blamed Russia for its “aggression” and said he might cancel a meeting with Putin at the G20.But a Kremlin spokesman quickly contradicted the U.S. president on Wednesday, saying Russian fully expects the meeting to take place.Bociurkiw said he expects Trump’s anti-Putin bluster to evaporate by the time he reaches Buenos Aires, given the U.S. president’s performance next to the Russian leader at their infamous Helsinki meeting this summer. Trump accepted Putin’s denial of meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, and faced massive criticism for not defending American interests.“Trump is very, very intimidated by Putin,” Bociurkiw said. “They’re both alpha males, but this is one male Trump can’t stand up to.”Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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SNC Lavalin controversy hurting Liberals in the polls

first_imgOTTAWA (660 NEWS) – The saga involving SNC and a former member of cabinet is hurting the Trudeau government in the eyes of voters.According to a new poll by Angus Reid, the federal Liberals trail the Conservative Party by seven points among decided and leaning voters.The poll shows the Tories at 38 per cent, Liberals at 31 per cent, and the NDP far behind at 14 per cent.New today: Trudeau government’s handling of SNC-Lavalin affair opens seven-point lead for CPC over Liberals https://t.co/aYw1hIU6Ay pic.twitter.com/EDPQEee466— Angus Reid Institute (@angusreidorg) February 26, 2019“(It’s) not necessarily especially surprising to us given the SNC Lavalin affair,” said research analyst with Angus Reid, Ian Holliday. “It’s been a tumultuous couple of weeks for the Trudeau government, and that seems to be taking a toll.”RELATED: Trudeau looking forward to Wilson-Raybould testimony on SNC-Lavalin controversyThe poll also showed nearly two-thirds of those who responded have an unfavourable view of Justin Trudeau and a similar number say opinions of the Prime Minister have worsened in the past month.Holliday did point out, though, that 54 per cent of respondents have an unfavourable view of Andrew Scheer with 64 per cent not favouring NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.None of the major federal party leaders have a positive favourability. Scheer (46% favourable, 54% unfavourable) comes closest at -8 https://t.co/aYw1hIU6Ay pic.twitter.com/sJvxf7h0Pv— Angus Reid Institute (@angusreidorg) February 26, 2019Those numbers are a far cry from the lead up to the 2015 election.“When we’re looking at Harper versus Trudeau and Mulcair in 2015, we tended to find more favourable or at least more neutral numbers for the opposition leaders than we are finding right now in this poll,” said Holliday.Holliday said that with the SNC Lavalin case still unfolding and the election just a few months away, more research and polls are expected to come.WATCH: Lametti, Trudeau comment on expected testimony from Wilson-Raybouldlast_img read more

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MPs are no Einstein when it comes to misattributing famous quotes

first_imgOTTAWA — Canadian parliamentarians love to quote Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity.No one more so than Liberal Sean Casey, who’s cited the famous quotation purportedly from the acclaimed physicist at least five times in the House of Commons or in parliamentary committees since he was first elected in 2011.“Albert Einstein once said, ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result,’” the Prince Edward Island MP told the Commons during a 2014 debate on the previous Conservative government’s bill to stiffen criminal penalties for child predators.“No one in the House would accuse the minister of justice of being Einstein, but the government’s behaviour on this issue gives rise to the suspicion that they are playing politics with a very serious issue.”But it seems no one can accuse Einstein of being Einstein either — at least not when it comes to the insanity quotation.“There is no evidence to suggest that Einstein ever said this,” says a report by micro-learning platform Blinkist.“It only began to be attributed to him long after his death … The exact origin of the quote is unknown, but the general consensus is that it emerged during the 1980s.”Casey is far from alone in mistakenly attributing the insanity definition to Einstein. A quick search of Commons and committee transcripts turns up at least 13 references to the supposed Einstein maxim by Liberal, Conservative and New Democrat MPs — just since 2015.According to Blinkist, which analyzed 25 years of publicly accessible records from Canadian, American and British legislative transcripts, it is the most frequently misattributed quotation cited by Canadian parliamentarians — with former Reform MP Mike Scott appearing to be the first to use it during parliamentary debate in 1999.“It’s human nature to try and find the perfect quote from famous figures we admire in order to support our point of view,” says Blinkist CEO and co-founder Holger Seim. “However, when taken out of context, quotes can lose their meaning or, as we’ve seen in the age of social media, could be completely wrong in the first place.”Here are the nine runners-up for the top misattributed quotes cited in Canada’s Parliament:— “Let them eat cake.” Attributed to Queen of France Marie Antoinette on learning that starving peasants had no bread. According to Blinkist, the phrase was first attributed to an unnamed princess in philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s 1770 work, “Confessions.” At the time, Marie Antoinette was a child, so it is unlikely she was the princess to whom Rousseau referred.— “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Attributed to 18th-century historian and philosopher Voltaire. According to Blinkist, “Voltaire never used this expression. It was actually written by Evelyn Beatrice Hall in her book, ‘The Friends of Voltaire,’ in 1906.”— “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” Attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the independence movement against British colonial rule in India. Blinkist says there is no evidence Gandhi ever said this, although it does fit with his non-violent philosophy.— “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Also attributed to Gandhi. According to Blinkist, what he actually said was, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.”— “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Attributed to American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. Blinkist says this was actually said by Carl W. Buehner, former Republican party candidate for governor of Utah.— “You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.” Attributed to former British prime minister Winston Churchill. According to the International Churchill Society, “It’s a nice quote, but definitely not Winston Churchill.”— “An army marches on its stomach.” Attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte.  Blinkist says there’s no evidence he ever said this.— “There are only two certainties in life: death and taxes.” Falsely attributed to various people, including Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin. According to Blinkist, it was first uttered by English actor Christopher Bullock in 1716.— “The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.” Attributed to one-time Soviet strongman Josef Stalin. Blinkist says this was “actually a satirical point made in an essay by Kurt Tucholsky about French diplomacy in 1925.”Joan Bryden, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Animal rights activists want Winnipeg zoo to shut down stingray exhibit

first_imgWINNIPEG — Animal rights activists want the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg to permanently shut down its interactive stingray exhibit.“Stingray Beach” allows visitors to get up close to a shallow pool, and touch and feed the animals.The zoo temporarily closed it down last week after three stingrays died and another three were injured because of natural — but aggressive — mating behaviour.The randy cownose rays are being exposed to less daylight and colder water to try to fool them into thinking mating season has passed.The zoo says it’s won’t permanently close the exhibit, which opened in May.Danae Tonge, who organized a small protest held on Sunday, says the stingrays are being used for entertainment and aren’t in a natural setting.“They’re being prodded at and that’s not right,” Tonge said. “They have nowhere to go to escape people. Their behaviour is being thrown off. Their being abused.”The zoo said a decision on when to reopen will be done based on what’s best for the stingrays. It said forceful mating behaviour — in which competitive males fight each other but also sometimes bite females while mating — has been observed in the wild as well as in captivity.The injured rays are receiving treatment and recuperating, it said, and the males and females have been separated in the main pool.Spokeswoman Laura Cabak told CTV Winnipeg that the zoo closed the exhibit to give its animal-care workers a chance to provide treatment, observe the stingrays without outside influence and modify their environment.“We take our responsibility to care for these animals very seriously,” said Cabak.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Alberta justice minister pushes for changes after killer allowed more freedom

first_imgCALGARY — Alberta’s justice minister says he’ll be pushing for changes after a review board ruled a schizophrenic man who killed five young people in Calgary can be eased back into the community.Doug Schweitzer says on Twitter that he’s heard from a lot of Albertans who are concerned, frustrated and disturbed by the Alberta Review Board’s recent decision.A judge found Matthew de Grood not criminally responsible in the 2014 stabbing deaths of Zackariah Rathwell, Jordan Segura, Kaitlin Perras, Josh Hunter and Lawrence Hong.Schweitzer says he’ll formally request that the board ensure a maximum possible role for victims to be part of the review board’s hearing process.He also says he’ll be asking Ottawa to review the standards of release for people found not criminally responsible of crimes.Schweitzer says he’ll also ask his department to examine any and all options around the review board process to respect victims.His office declined to provide further comment.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 3, 2019. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Prince Charles Speaks At Princes Trust Leadership Dinner

first_imgMore than five hundred business leaders raised over £400,000 at a special fundraising dinner for The Prince’s Trust last week.The Prince of Wales makes a speech at the Prince’s Trust Youth Leadership receptionCredit/Copyright: www.princeofwales.gov.uk/Founder and president, HRH The Prince of Wales, spoke about the impact of unemployment on young people’s mental health at the The Prince’s Trust and EMC Leadership Dinner.Hosted by newsreader Sophie Raworth and featuring a speech by Baroness Joanna Shields OBE – Advisor on the Digital Economy, Chairman of Tech City UK and Director of the London Stock Exchange Group – the event united business leaders to raise over £400,000 for The Trust.The evening also saw the unveiling of a multi-channel ad campaign, with the first Prince’s Trust TV advert in nearly a decade.The campaign – #TogetherWeCan – aims to increase support and donations to help vulnerable young people, many of whom are facing issues such as mental health problems, homelessness and abuse, move into employment, education or training.Speaking about the research produced by the Trust, The Prince said: “My Trust’s Youth Index, published earlier this month, found that it is often a lack of support at home which has a detrimental effect, and that a quarter of the young people in the UK don’t have anyone to talk to about their problems while growing up, and one in 10 have been physically attacked at home during their childhood.”The report, based on interviews with 2,265 16 to 25-year-olds, also revealed that while 20% of young people admitted to “falling apart” emotionally on a regular basis, this increased to a third among unemployed young people.His Royal Highness told more than 600 business leaders that research produced by his organisation had found that almost half of the unemployed young people it questioned felt depressed “always” or “often”.“For young people who are unemployed, the situation is increasingly dire, with 53% of them feeling anxious about everyday situations and a heart-breaking 47% feeling depressed ‘always’ or ‘often’.“As we all know, unemployment eats away at the confidence of those it affects, and I urge you not to forget about those young people who we haven’t reached yet, who are out there right now with no hope for the future.“They still need our help – and one very important way of doing so is through skills training. With so many gaps in skills … to be filled, the level of youth unemployment could be greatly reduced – with some joined-up thinking.”Hosted by BBC Broadcaster and Prince’s Trust Ambassador Sophie Raworth, the event featured Chantelle, a young ambassador for the Trust, telling her inspiring story of how she overcame the traumatic experience of being a young carer and unemployed to work in customer services with a leading bank.Guest speaker Baroness Shields said of the event: “The working world has experienced a seismic shift in how it uses technology, The Prince’s Trust is helping to put disadvantaged young people at the front of the queue for those jobs. I couldn’t be more proud to lend my support to this event.”last_img read more

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Wet Wet Wet Visit Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy

first_imgScottish band Wet Wet Wet were in London last week to help kick off Nordoff Robbins’ 40th anniversary celebrations, and took the time to visit the music therapy charity’s centre.During their visit, they got to meet Romano, an 11-year-old who has autism and global developmental delay. He has been attending the centre for around five years and his music therapy sessions have helped him hugely with personal skills (building confidence and reducing anxiety), developing cognitive skills (increasing self-awareness and speech development) and physical co-ordination.Romano got to experience an extra special session yesterday when he performed the band’s timeless number one hit, Love Is All Around, with the men themselves! With Tommy on drums, Neil at the piano, Graeme on guitar and Marti on vocals, the band embraced their new fifth member!Wet Wet Wet, a band who have sold in excess of 15 million records whilst notching up over thirty UK chart hits including three number 1’s, has a long history with Nordoff Robbins dating back to when they received a Silver Clef award for new music in 1988. At this point band members Graeme, Tommy, Neil and Marti were introduced to the inspiring work that the charity does, using music to help people express themselves and communicate. The band went on to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in 1992 in aid of Nordoff Robbins, funds from which opened a much needed library at the London-based music therapy centre in 1993. The facility is still used to this day by Nordoff Robbins students and therapists alike. The band have since been staunch supporters and decided to mark the longevity of their relationship with Nordoff Robbins, in what is the 40th birthday year for the charity, with a very special show last week.The band are a renowned live act having played to over four million people across 25 countries and although they are normally seen performing in massive arenas, the smaller surroundings of the Koko gig allowed fans to get a lot closer than normal. With a massive catalogue of much loved songs including Julia Says, Somewhere Somehow, Sweet Little Mystery and Goodnight Girl, this was a chance to see how the band earned their reputation as one of the most powerful live artists around.Marti Pellow, lead singer of Wet Wet Wet, said “We get to do two things we love – play live to our fans and support a charity we have believed in since day one. The work Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy does is special and it works. They are so dedicated and we wanted to wish them happy birthday by putting on this show.”Drummer Tommy Cunningham added “Music has given us a lot in life, and it’s great to be able to use music to give something back, we are very proud of our association with Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.”Source:Nordoff Robbinslast_img read more

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Jennifer Lawrence Visits Childrens Hospital In Canada

first_imgJennifer Lawrence visited patients at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Montreal last week.Jennifer Lawrence Visits Shriners Hospitals For Children In CanadaCredit/Copyright: Facebook“Jennifer Lawrence is in Montreal filming a new movie and she made time to visit some of our ‪#‎ShrinersCanada‬ kids and staff. Everyone had a great time!” said a note on the Shriners Facebook page.last_img

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Team Swachh Uses Cricket To Take On Open Defecation In India

first_imgICC Cricket For Good, UNICEF and the Board of Control for Cricket in India, along with cricketers from 16 teams in the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 have joined forces to educate children on sanitation and toilet use, as one essential step towards ending open defecation in India.More than 564 million Indians still defecate in the open – the largest number of people in any country in the world and half the global total. Almost 1 in 10 of the 1.2 million children under 5 years old who die every year in the country succumb to diarrhoea, which is linked to poor water, hygiene and sanitation. Some 40 per cent of the country’s children are stunted – chronically malnourished – a condition which is linked to open defecation.
 
The Team Swachh campaign aims to use the vast reach, appeal and power of cricket in India to build a social movement for toilet use, especially among children, and to promote messages on health, sanitation and hygiene.In specially designed Team Swachh cricket clinics set up in the stadia where the WT20 competition will be played, cricketers from participating teams will coach children about the importance of handwashing and using toilets.“Open defecation affects every aspect of a child’s life putting them at risk of stunting and exposing them to avoidable diseases,” said UNICEF India Representative Louis George Arsenault. “The aim is to harness the enormous popularity and appeal of cricket in this country to spread the word about why everyone should use a toilet. We can achieve this if we come together as a team – then we will see real progress.”

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar emphasized the need for team play. “Ending open defecation and achieving sanitation for all in India takes a genuine team effort in which all relevant actors – from the Government to the people practicing open defecation, from role models to international development partners – play together as one team,” he said.Speaking at the launch, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said ICC was committed to working with UNICEF to help improve the health, education, nutrition, and protection of children. Globally, ICC and UNICEF will engage the broader cricketing community to empower children and adolescents. Under the umbrella of Team UNICEF, UNICEF continues to use the power of sport to change the lives of children.The Team Swachh activities have already started. During the 3,000 km ICC WT20 Host City Tour in February – March, disadvantaged children chosen by local NGOs in eight cities joined Team Swachh. They met cricketing heroes like Yuvaraj Singh, Venkatesh Prasad, Umesh Yadav, Dinesh Karthik, Manoj Tiwari, Rishi Dhawan, Gurpreet Singh Mann, Pawan Negi, Sameer Dighe, Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Shubhlakshmi Sharma and Diana Edulji. These prominent cricketers demonstrated handwashing, played cricket and toilet-themed cricket games, and reached out to urban and rural populations with basic hygiene messages.last_img read more

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U2s Adam Clayton To Be Honored At MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert

first_imgU2 bassist Adam Clayton will be honored at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in New York on June 26 in support of MusiCares’ addiction recovery programs.Clayton will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition of his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund as well as his commitment to helping others with the addiction recovery process.Performers will be announced shortly.MusiCares offers a variety of addiction recovery services, including their signature MusiCares MAP Fund. Developed as a pool of resources to address addiction and recovery needs, the fund provides addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community, regardless of their financial condition. The MusiCares MAP Fund acknowledges that a vital part of recovery consists of ongoing support aftercare services.With 22 GRAMMYs, U2 are among the top GRAMMY winners of all time. The quartet — comprising frontman Bono, bassist Clayton, guitarist The Edge, and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. — are the only group in GRAMMY history to earn Album Of The Year twice, winning for The Joshua Tree for 1987 and How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb for 2005.“We are extremely pleased that our annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert is returning to New York City, and paying tribute to such a genuinely talented and influential artist as Adam Clayton,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares. “Adam is a hero to fans and music creators around the world, and he is also a hero in the world of recovery for his fearless determination to give voice to the issues of addiction that affect — and all too often devastate — our music community.”“MusiCares does such vital work in helping vulnerable people across our industry,” said Clayton. “I know from experience the importance of an accessible, supportive environment in times of need and I’m always happy to do what I can to benefit this important organization. I’m very much looking forward to the event in June.”The MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert is open to the public. A variety of seats and ticket packages are available. Contact MusiCares’ Wynnie Wynn for ticket information at 310.392.3777 or wynniew@grammy.com. Individual seats are available for purchase via AXS.com.last_img read more

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Voting Opens For Top 100 DJs In Aid Of UNICEF

first_imgDJ Mag has announced UNICEF will be this year’s beneficiary from their annual Top 100 Global DJ Poll.DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs Poll is the world’s biggest publicly voted music poll – with over 1 million votes in 2016 – and the definitive annual guide to the world’s most popular DJs. In 2016, Martin Garrix, the 20-year-old Dutch superstar, was voted the youngest ever No.1 DJ, and took the coveted top spot from 2015 winners, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.Voting opened this week – Wednesday 5th July at 12pm BST– for the 2017 edition of the Top 100 DJs Poll, and runs until Wednesday 13th September at 11.59pm BST. Dance music fans can cast their vote at www.top100djs.com.The results will be announced at a special awards show during the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) in October (further details and the event date will be announced soon). The full reveal of the Top 100 DJs Results will take place across DJ Mag’s digital and social channels on the same night, climaxing with the unveiling of the The World’s No.1 DJ. The magazine will then issue the Top 100 DJs print edition on 25th October, featuring interviews with every single DJ in the poll. Further. Top 100 DJs events will be revealed soon.Unicef, the global children’s organization, is the official charity beneficiary of Top 100 DJs 2017. Unicef works in over 190 countries around the world to keep all children healthy, happy and safe. They ensure more of the world’s children are vaccinated, educated and protected than any other organisation. DJ Mag will use the Top 100 DJs 2017 events and awards ceremony to raise money for Unicef, as well as giving voters an opportunity to enter a charity raffle, with prizes including an all-expenses-paid VIP trip to Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) to attend the Top 100 DJs Awards Show and meet the winning DJs. Further details on Top 100 DJs fundraising activities will be announced soon.In addition to Facebook and Google, fans can also vote for the first time via WeChat, Asia’s biggest social network. The voting platform has been opened up to more territories, reflecting the new frontiers of international club culture. The app is now translated into Russian, Chinese (simplified) and Japanese, in addition to seven other global languages. These changes will dramatically expand the reach of the poll and ensure it remains inclusive and globally representative.Unicef UK Deputy Executive Director, Catherine Cottrell, said:“We would like to thank DJ Mag for supporting Unicef through the 2017 Top 100 DJs poll. The money raised through working with this long-established cornerstone of the dance music calendar will have a great impact on the lives of children around the world. DJ Mag readers’ donations will help Unicef to continue to protect children in danger and transform their lives. With your help, we can make the world a safer place for children.”DJ Mag Managing Director, Martin Carvell, said:“We’re very excited to have Unicef as the charity beneficiary of Top 100 DJs 2017. Both the Top 100 DJs and the dance music industry have grown immensely over the last 25 years. Over 1 million people voted in last year’s poll and with the continuing global expansion of electronic music, we feel that the time is right for us, as music fans, industry, and DJs, to give something back.last_img read more

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Dionne Warwick To Speak At The Washington Post Program On The Fight

first_imgOn Tuesday, December 5, The Washington Post will host “Pathways to Progress: Combating the HIV/AIDS Epidemic,” a program exploring the fight against HIV/AIDS- an ongoing crisis in America that has faded from the spotlight, but remains an urgent problem.Speakers will discuss the latest scientific and medical advances aimed at combating and containing the disease; explore the barriers faced by policymakers and advocates who are calling for more HIV/AIDS research, funding and outreach; and take a deep-dive into the HIV/AIDS epidemic sweeping America’s Southern states.Confirmed speakers include:Dionne Warwick, Grammy Award-winning artist; HIV/AIDS activist Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious DiseasesJesse Milan, Jr., President and CEO, AIDS UnitedGregorio Millett, Vice President and Director, Public Policy, American Foundation for AIDS ResearchDel. Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D-D.C.), U.S. House of Representatives; Member, Congressional HIV/AIDS CaucusThe program will also include a discussion produced by Gilead featuring their own Executive Vice President, Corporate and Medical Affairs, Gregg H. Alton and State Department Chief Policy Advisor, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy, Cornelius Baker.EVENT DETAILSTuesday, December 5, 20179:00am – 10:45am (Doors open at 8:30am)The Washington Post Live Center1301 K Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20071“Pathways to Progress: Combating the HIV/AIDS Epidemic” is presented by Gilead with support from Whitman-Walker Health.last_img read more

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eBay for Charity Partners with GLAAD to Celebrate Pride Month and the

first_imgToday, eBay for Charity, a platform that easily connects buyers and sellers with the causes they care about, announced its partnership with GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy group, to launch a campaign in celebration of Pride Month this June.eBay for Charity Partners with GLAAD to Celebrate Pride Month & the LGBTQ CommunityFrom Monday, June 11 at 8 a.m. PDT – Thursday, June 21 at 8 a.m. PDT shoppers can visit eBay.com/GLAAD to enter a truly unique sweepstakes as well as bid on exclusive auction items and experiences donated by their favorite celebrities. 100% of proceeds from this campaign will benefit GLAAD, a nonprofit whose goal is to accelerate LGBTQ acceptance by working with content creators in film, television, music, digital, and more, as well as the news media, to ensure fair and accurate LGBTQ representation.“In partnership with our employee-led Communities of Inclusion like United in Pride, which focuses on the LGBTQ community, we are committed to making our workplace safe, inclusive and free of judgement and discrimination for everyone at eBay,” said Damien Hooper-Campbell eBay’s Chief Diversity Officer. “By partnering with GLAAD through this charity campaign, it is yet another way we’re able to help advocate, educate and celebrate diversity of the LGBTQ community within eBay and beyond.”Lunch with the Real Housewives 
The cast of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is offering the chance for one lucky fan to dine in housewife style for the day and join them for a VIP lunch. GLAAD supporters and Housewives fans alike can enter via a sweepstakes by donating either $10, $25, $50 or $75 at eBay.com/GLAAD. Shoppers who enter the sweepstakes by donating a value higher than $50 will receive a PINTRILL pin at no charge. See below for more information on the PINTRILL pins.Support GLAAD like a Celeb
Some of GLAAD’s biggest celebrity supporters including Debra Messing, Iggy Azalea, Halsey, and more, have united to celebrate Pride Month by donating unique auction items/experiences, including:Cast Autographed This Is Us “Pilot” ScriptTwo VIP Tickets and a Meet & Greet with HalseyWill & Grace Photo with the CastSigned Costume from Iggy AzaleaOne-on-One Lunch or Dinner with Yara MartinezTwo tickets and Meet & Greet with Melissa EtheridgeWynonna Earp Blue Devils Cheerleading UniformVIP Meet & Greet Pass with Betty WhoTwo Tour Costumes signed by Adam LambertNY Giants Quarterback Eli Manning Autographed PosterTwo Tickets to Broadway’s Acclaimed Kinky BootsAlice and Olivia SUGAR BABIES Embroidered & Beaded Handbag by Stacey BendetShow Your Pride
Lastly, eBay for Charity has partnered with PINTRILL to design two limited-edition Pride-themed pins that will be available exclusively on eBay for Charity for $15 each. The designs include a “Love Is Love” pin and a “Rainbow” pin.last_img read more

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