first_imgA nine-year-old boy and a teenage girl were today killed while nine other civilians injured as Pakistani troops opened fire and lobbed mortars at dozens of villages and posts along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.Indian troops guarding the border effectively retaliated, a police spokesman said.The spokesman said Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked and heavy firing and shelling from across the border in Dhigwar, Kerni and Shahpur sectors around 0650 hours.A nine-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl were killed and nine other civilians were injured in the Pakistani firing targeting different villages, he said.The deceased have been identified as Asrar Ahmad of Mohallha Qasba and Yasmeen Akhtar of Kerma village of Dighwar.The condition of three of the injured was stated to be “critical”.The critically injured persons were referred to the Government Medical College Hospital here for specialised treatment, the spokesman said.The firing and shelling by Pakistan sparked panic among border residents.The year 2017 has seen a sharp increase in ceasefire violations by Pakistan.Till August 1, there were 285 violations by Pakistani forces while in 2016, the number was significantly less at 228 for the entire year, according to Army figures.last_img read more

first_imgSomeone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Both games, which were won by an average of 2.5 points, saw the Falcons collapse in the end game and allowed UP to snatch the close victories.And just as Adamson faltered, so did Ahanmisi who has one more year of college eligibility left.The shooting guard was one of the deadlier wings in Season 81, putting up 17.5 points on 42 percent shooting from the field and 39 percent from deep with 4.0 rebounds.Ahanmisi saw dips in his production this year, averaging 14.2 points on 36 percent from the field and 31 percent from three with 3.8 rebounds just before the FEU game.“I’m playing my final year and whatever the outcome goes, I’m just going to give it all my next year,” said Ahanmisi who had 10 points on 3-of-19 shooting against the Tamaraws.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. UAAP women’s basketball: UST locks up Final 4 slot in win over La Salle MOST READ View comments MANILA, Philippines—Adamson University’s chase for the Final Four drew to a close and Jerrick Ahanmisi couldn’t help but pin some of the blame on himself.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Soaring Falcons bid goodbye to their title hopes when they lost to Far Eastern University, 63-60, Wednesday in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament, missing the semifinals after three straight appearances.Ahanmisi, who was given more of a leadership role this year, said there wasn’t any added pressure for him to deliver but he acknowledged that he didn’t perform as well as he had hoped.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“I don’t really think it had any pressure on me, it’s just that I didn’t perform as well as I was supposed to,” said Ahanmisi. “It cost us, as you guys saw, the losses that we had.”The Soaring Falcons, who slipped to 4-8 with two games to play, could’ve remained in the race if not for two close losses to University of the Philippines.last_img read more

first_imgSix first-half goals set Belgium on its way to a record-tying victory and a place in next year’s European Championship.Three late goals revived the Netherlands’ chances of being at the continent-wide tournament, too.Belgium — the world’s top-ranked soccer nation — became the first team to qualify for Euro 2020 by crushing San Marino 9-0 on Thursday, matching the biggest margin of victory in its history. It was 6-0 by halftime in Brussels, with striker Romelu Lukaku scoring two of the goals to pass 50 in internationals.The Belgians consolidated their place at the summit of Group I and guaranteed a top-two finish with three qualifiers to spare.Their neighbors didn’t have it so easy, with the Netherlands’ scoring three goals from the 80th minute to come from behind and beat Northern Ireland 3-1 in the Dutch stronghold of Rotterdam. Memphis Depay scored two of those late goals.It left the two teams in a three-way tie on 12 points with Germany in Group C. The Northern Irish have played one game more, though, and their remaining two qualifiers are against the Dutch and the Germans.Croatia and Poland both won 3-0, against Hungary and Latvia respectively, to stay in control of their groups.RAMPANT BELGIUMBelgium has now won an international game by a nine-goal margin on four occasions, with San Marino on the receiving end of two of those thrashings. In 2001, it lost 10-1 in this fixture.Double figures looked well within reach of the Belgians after they scored six goals in the final 17 minutes of the first half, with Nacer Chadli, Toby Alderweireld and Youri Tielemans joining Lukaku in finding the back of the net. There was also an own-goal from Cristian Brolli.The other three goals came from the 79th minute, through Christian Benteke, Yari Verschaeren and Timothy Castagne.“Nine-nil is a good result,” said Lukaku, who now has a record-extending 51 goals for Belgium, “but we would have loved to have scored one more and broken that all-time record.”Russia looks almost certain to join Belgium in advancing from the group after beating Scotland 4-0 at home to stay eight points clear of Cyprus in second place.Russia is away to Cyprus on Sunday, and needs only a point to qualify.LEAVING IT LATEWith the Dutch trailing 1-0 heading into the final 10 minutes, it looked as though they might need a back-door route to Euro 2020 via the playoffs.A defeat would have left them six points adrift of Northern Ireland but Ronald Koeman’s team finally converted one of their chances when Depay scored in the 80th to cancel out Josh Magennis’ opener five minutes earlier.Luuk de Jong and Depay — following a surging run by Frenkie de Jong — added goals in injury time to seal victory for the Netherlands, who have now won 17 matches in a row at Feyenoord’s De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam since drawing 0-0 with Romania in March 2007.“We are devastated with the nature of the defeat,” said Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill, whose team went from being favorites to automatically qualify to the outsiders in the space of about 10 minutes.Belarus drew 0-0 with Estonia in the group’s other game. Both teams are out of contention.LEWANDOWSKI HAT TRICKRobert Lewandowsi moved onto 60 international goals by scoring his sixth hat trick for Poland in its 3-0 win in Latvia.The Bayern Munich striker netted twice in the opening 13 minutes before adding a third in the 76th.Austria stayed three points behind Poland in Group G by coming from behind to beat Israel 3-1. North Macedonia beat Slovenia 2-1 and is a further two points in third place.CROATIA IN COMMANDCroatia, the World Cup semifinalist last year, opened up a three-point lead in Group E by beating Hungary 3-0 thanks to a fifth-minute opener by Luka Modric and two goals by Bruno Petkovic.Second-place Slovakia was held to a 1-1 draw at home to Wales, which is fourth — three points behind its opponent — but has a game in hand over all the teams above them.The top two in each of the 10 groups qualify for the 24-team Euro 2020, which is being played in 12 countries with no automatic places for hosts. The other four qualifiers will come through four tiers of playoffs in March.___By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgTwenty-three times major champion Serena Williams suffered the worst loss of her storied career on Tuesday, falling 6-1, 6-0 to Britain’s Johanna Konta in the first round of the Silicon Valley Classic.After a routine hold to start the match, Williams lost the next 12 games in a one-sided affair that lasted less than an hour, stunning the partisan crowd of 3,000 at San Jose State University.Those expecting to see Williams continue to battle back after a difficult child birth last year were left disappointed as the 36-year-old committed 25 unforced errors to Konta’s nine and managed to put just 41 percent of her first serves into play.”I think she played well in the second set and I think I wasn’t sharp at all in the first set and she got confident and she clearly ran away with it,” the American said after the loss.Williams, who lost the Wimbledon final earlier this month to German Angelique Kerber, had never lost a match before where she did not win at least two games since turning pro in 1995.As poorly as Williams played, the 27-year-old Konta was sharp, firing six aces and smacking 17 winners to Williams’ nine while controlling the tempo of the match.”She obviously wasn’t playing at her best level, nowhere near it, and I really just tried to play the match on my terms,” said Konta, who won the tournament two years ago.”I tried to put aside the incredible champion she is and just play the player of the day,” she said.advertisement”I felt I did better than her on the day but it’s still a humbling experience to be out here with her.”With the loss, Williams falls to 11-4 since returning to the tour and will look to bounce back when she competes in the Cincinnati Open next month, another hard court tune-up ahead of this year’s U.S. Open.Konta will face American teenager Sofia Kenin in the second round.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

first_imgAfter beating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their own backyard, Rajasthan Royals will return home to keep their chances afloat of making it to the playoffs of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) edition when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), here at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Saturday.Royals are currently placed at the seventh spot with eight points from 11 games and would be looking to take confidence from their three-wicket win at the Eden Gardens in their last encounter.However, they would be missing the likes of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer who have flown back to England to join the national side for the World Cup camp.On the other hand, SRH, placed at the fourth spot with five wins from 10 games, would want to leave behind the six-wicket win against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and return to winning ways.What TV channel and live stream is the IPL 2019 match between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad on?All IPL 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD. Hotstar.com and Hotstar app will live stream all the games.Where will the IPL 2019 match between RR and SRH be played?The IPL 2019 match between Rajasthan Royals and will be played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between RR and SRH live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.advertisementWhere can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between RR and SRH?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between RR and SRH?Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Steven Smith, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Ish Sodhi, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Sudhesan Midhun, Aryaman Birla, Manan Vohra, Prashant Chopra.Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, Shreevats Goswami, Wriddhiman Saha, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake, K. Khaleel Ahmed, T. Natarajan.Also See:last_img read more

first_imgMEMBERS OF SIOUX CITY STATE LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION RECEIVED A BRIEFING FRIDAY FROM THE IOWA STATE PATROL.THE LEGISLATIVE COFFEE WAS HELD TO INFORM LAWMAKERS ABOUT LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES FOR THE PATROL AND SAFETY ISSUES.THOSE INCLUDE STRENGTHENING DISTRACTED DRIVING AND SEAT BELT LAWS, IMPROVING SCHOOL SAFETY AND ASSESSING THREATS, PLUS ENSURING DANGEROUS CRIMINALS COMPLY WITH THEIR SENTENCES.THE FORUM WAS HELD AT PANERA BREAD.THE 2020 IOWA LEGISLATIVE SESSION BEGINS ON JANUARY 13TH.last_img

first_imgU17 World Cup FIFA U-17 World Cup: Indian Colts to train in Gurugram from September 26 Manasi Pathak Last updated 2 years ago 19:34 18/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Praful Patel Indian U-17 World Cup Squad AIFF Media U17 World Cup India U17 The Indian Colts will embark upon their World Cup journey from October 6 and ahead of the mega event the young guns will train in Gurugram.. FIFA U-17 World Cup- the biggest honours in youth football is about to kick off in less than three weeks at India.The Indian Colts have been clubbed in Group A with USA, Ghana and Colombia and Luis Norton’s young guns are currently preparing for the mega event in Goa.The Indian side contested in a practice match against the reserve squad of Indian Super League outfit FC Goa on September 16 which saw the Gaurs get the better of the Indian Cubs in a 1-0 result.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The Indian team will continue to train in the Konkan area for the coming days and will fly to Delhi on September 25. India’s World Cup journey kicks off on October 6 against the USA at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi. In order to prepare for the much-anticipated competition, the team will train at Conscient Football – a football school in Gurugram.There are three training sites arranged in every host city for the 24 sides, of which Delhi’s training grounds include the likes of JLN Stadium Training Site 1 and JLN Stadium Training Site 2 in Pragati Vihar, Sudeva Training Site at Civil Lines and Delhi University – Rugby Ground at Vishvavidalaya Marg. However, it must be noted that as per rules laid down by FIFA for the blockbuster event, the official training sites cannot be used for friendly matches as of ten business days before the first training session scheduled at the relevant training site.This is why the Indian side will continue to train in Gurugram until they are eligible to practise at the three selected training grounds in the capital city. The tickets for India’s fixtures can be bought here.last_img read more

first_imgAvery johnsons smiles at alabama podium.avery johnson alabamaAvery Johnson turned in a pretty decent season in his first year as head coach of Alabama men’s basketball, leading the rebuilding Crimson Tide to an 18-15 record and an NIT berth. Johnson was previously a pretty successful NBA head coach, leading the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals in 2006, competing against great head coaches like the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich.After his first season in Tuscaloosa, Johnson thinks there are some pretty significant similarities between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Popovich, two of the great coaches ever in their respective sports. He discussed those similarities on ESPN’s Mike & Mike this morning. SEC Country transcribed the interview:“You look at Coach Saban, look at all the guys that are going in the first round this year,” Johnson told the show Monday morning. “Those guys, every single day — I’ve been on the practice field with those guys — Coach Saban gets after them really hard. But they listen, they take it and all of those guys are very competitive. Coach Saban and Coach Popovich, they have a lot in common.”…“They’re both about habits, and habits are formed in practice,” Johnson said. “When you look at what happens in the game, it’s a direct reflection on the discipline and details that their teams perform with in practice. Both guys are very, very competitive — I don’t think either of them wants to lose a game of checkers or chess — and they have a high level of expectation every single day with everything that they do.”At first glance, Saban and Popovich don’t seem that similar, but they definitely share a bunch of traits the more you think about it.[SEC Country]last_img read more

first_imgThe province of Nova Scotia ended the 2004-05 fiscal year with a $165-million surplus and a lower net direct debt, according to annual financial statements released today, Sept. 28, in Halifax. The 2004-05 public accounts, which detail the financial results of the year ended March 31, 2005, show that revenues exceeded expenses by $165.3 million, $127 million higher than the year before. Nova Scotia’s net direct debt — the difference between the province’s financial liabilities and financial assets — dropped for the first time in many years. As of March 31, net direct debt was $12.3 billion, $19.4 million lower than the previous year. “The government of Nova Scotia has been working to slow the growth of Nova Scotia’s debt in recent years, and it’s gratifying to see our net direct debt drop earlier than expected,” said Finance Minister Peter Christie. “We still have a long way to go, but it’s an important milestone.” This is the fourth year in a row that the province has brought in a balanced budget and recorded a surplus in its year-end financial statements. Consolidated fund revenues were $283 million higher than budgeted in 2004-05. This was largely due to increased revenues from federal transfers, provincial corporate income tax, and offshore forfeiture payments. This gave government the opportunity to make a number of strategic investments in economic development, health, and other areas. Net program expenses of the consolidated fund exceeded budget by $115 million in 2004-05. Government also designated $60 million for much-needed capital infrastructure improvements in 2005-06 and 2006-07. In 2005-06, the province paid off $830 million in unmatured debt with funds from the federal offshore offset agreement. The $830 million will be recognized for accounting purposes in 2005-06 and beyond. Provincial surpluses in the last five years have been factored into net direct debt. Net direct debt is scheduled to drop again in 2007-08 under the province’s legislated debt reduction plan. Nova Scotia’s economy performed well overall in 2004-05, with 1.3 per cent real economic growth and unemployment dropping to 8.8 per cent in 2004 from 9.1 per cent in 2003. Bond rating agencies have responded to Nova Scotia’s positive indicators by upgrading the province’s credit rating and outlook in 2004 and 2005. As part of ongoing efforts to make financial documents more understandable, government revised the content and layout of the Public Accounts 2004-05 Volume I document. The content changes are consistent with the recommendations of the public sector accounting board. “One of our goals this year is to improve our financial documents to help Nova Scotians understand the province’s financial picture,” Mr. Christie said. “It’s part of our commitment to transparency and accountability.” The March 31, 2005 financial statements are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Nova Scotia’s auditor general has signed off on the statements by providing an unqualified auditor’s report that is reproduced in the publication.last_img read more

first_imgUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and acclaimed actor Danny Glover joined children for a friendly game of dodge ball in Sarajevo today in a show of active support of the “It’s About Ability” campaign to promote inclusion for children with disabilities.A special guest of this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival, Glover took to the field to support the campaign launched in early July by UNICEF, the European Union delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina and USAID, to raise awareness and change attitudes and actions around children with disabilities and their families.The actor was joined by UNICEF’s Representative Florence Bauer, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina Renzo Daviddi, and USAID acting Mission Director, Steven Majors along with children living with and without disabilities as a part of Youth Sports Games finals in Sarajevo.The “It’s About Ability” campaign aims to get people to sign a pledge to commit to supporting children with disabilities by: Encouraging the participation of children with disabilities into society; Involving children with disabilities and their families in decision making; Promoting the early identification of disabilities; Ensuring access of children with disabilities to essential services; Promoting day-care services for children with disabilities; Expanding opportunities for children with disabilities to reach their full potential; Mainstreaming the rights of children with disabilities into all policies and programmes.Children with disabilities are too often left invisible in Bosnia and Herzegovina and therefore outside the reach of social services. They are often confined to their homes or placed in large-scale institutions. As a result, they have less access to health services and education and are more likely to experience neglect and abuse.Source:UNICEFlast_img read more

The video shows women attending a public concert in Saudi Arabia, a scene unimaginable in the country only a few months ago.“Some women even took of their head scarves, allowing their hair to hang loose.”In this concert venue, women and men are separated as required by law, but the fact that women are able to attend is a revolution in the conservative kingdom. The young Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman introduced a lot of major social changes, deemed progressive, in his country.After introducing many reforms in favor of the Saudi women, they are now officially allowed to legally start their own businesses without the consent of male guardians. read more

by Ian Campbell Posted Aug 4, 2015 3:41 pm MDT Finance Minister Joe Ceci seeks input from Calgary business community on budget AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta’s Finance Minister is calling a roundtable he had earlier with Calgary’s business community as productive.Joe Ceci, who is currently trying to craft the NDP provincial government’s first-ever budget, listened as members of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce provided their input.“The meeting was a wonderful opportunity for me and my staff to gain significant input from small business, medium-sized business around the importance of government and business working lock-step with each other,” Ceci said.“Certainly that’s been our plan as a government, to be clear about the changes we believe need to happen and to bring those forward in a timed and measured way so everybody understands what those are and how they adjust and adapt to them.”Ceci said he got a number of cues from people and appreciated the one of the meeting, calling it productive, cordial and constructive.“Global oil prices are obviously a major concern not only for me and the work I’m doing, but Albertans in general. We have a significant focus on that every day. The forecasts going forward are changing and when I get back to Edmonton to sit down with my Deputy Minister and finance officials we’ll be looking at new forecasts to bring forward.”The Finance Minister says they are still looking at roughly a $5-Billion dollar deficit in the fall.“The direction to all ministers was to ensure that they’re being as efficient and effective with the budget monies they have, with the interim supply monies they have been allotted. To ensure we meet our targets, they will have to constrain spending; we haven’t set absolute targets yet for departments and ministers. We know there is a challenge we have to address.”“Ministers have to come to me with their budgets and that will be a discussion (additional savings) we have when they sit down with me,” Ceci explained.“My perspective is long-term for Alberta, we have a report coming to us from Mr. Dodge and that will talk about the capital side and the potential investments that will stimulate our economy long-term.”Politicians return to Edmonton on October 26th, one week after the election.Calgary Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Adam Legge told reporters participants talked about a number of issues including tax credits, minimum wage, access to labour, markets and capital overall.Legge believes there were lots of interesting perspectives shared that the Minister will be able to take back, to be a part of the budget.“It was about making sure that we protect the quality of life here in Alberta, business did want to communicate to the Minister in these consultations is that the tax measures that have happened should be done in a phased approach. They have to be minding the ship, no one is suggesting any massive cuts need to be made but to live within our means, just as business does,” he said.“I think the challenge is this is a very short budget window; the reality is we don’t expect any of these major significant efficiencies to be found over the next few months. The reality is I think this is going to be something we encourage the government to do over the course of its mandate.”Anyone who didn’t get a chance to weigh in can still have their say but participating online at budget.alberta.ca or participate in a telephone town hall which will be taking place in September. read more

The construction site of the hydroelectric facility at Muskrat Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador is seen on July 14, 2015. Nalcor Energy says around 50 protesters have broken into the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric site in Labrador. Nalcor spokeswoman Karen O’Neill says protesters and several vehicles breached the main gate Saturday afternoon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan Protesters broke into the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric site in Labrador and formed a blockade around it, Nalcor Energy confirmed Saturday.Nalcor spokeswoman Karen O’Neill said protesters and vehicles entered the work site near Happy Valley-Goose Bay Saturday afternoon, and a blockade of around 150 people formed outside the main entrance.Mayor of Cartwright Dwight Lethbridge said demonstrators gained access to the site by cutting a chain off one of the gates. Lethbridge said he drove a “truckload” of people onto the site, but some protesters asked to be taken back as the situation grew “tense.”“There was the threat of RCMP coming to arrest people and there was a helicopter flying very low over our heads,” he said. “It was a heart-pounding kind of moment.”Lethbridge described the demonstration as “extremely peaceful.” Police were concerned that “things might escalate” between protesters and workers on the site, he said in an interview, but that has not been the case.Protesters blocked access to the site over the last week, despite a court injunction that led to nine arrests Monday. The actions were in response to Nalcor’s confirmation methylmercury levels are expected to rise in the reservoir created by construction of the project.The provincial government has ordered Nalcor to remove forest cover from the land that will be flooded to create the 41-square-kilometre reservoir. Critics of the project say the water will be contaminated with toxic levels of methylmercury if too many trees are left to rot at the bottom of the reservoir, raising health concerns.Nalcor says flooding is scheduled to begin later this month, though the company tweeted Saturday it won’t happen this weekend.A statement from Premier Dwight Ball said Nalcor would do nothing to increase water levels until a meeting with community leaders in the area that is set for Tuesday.“We urge protesters to remain peaceful and be respectful in their actions for the safety of both themselves and workers onsite,” Ball said in the statement issued Saturday.O’Neill said earlier Saturday that Nalcor is working to secure the site and protect the safety of “people, facilities and equipment.”The RCMP said the main highway to Muskrat Falls was closed. Police confirmed the closure was linked to the protests and cited public safety concerns.Lethbridge says the protesters include environmentalists, members of three aboriginal groups and nearby residents and they all have a long and varied list of demands.“There are people here who want the project shut down no matter what,” Lethbridge said. “Personally, I think the government is a bit too far in for that … (The project) is officially a boondoggle, but they have the opportunity to make it righter than it has been.” Protesters break into Muskrat Falls site, more form blockade outside by Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 22, 2016 1:52 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

“Civilians continue to bear the brunt of this conflict,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos told the Security Council this afternoon during a briefing on the situation in Syria. “The inability of this Council and countries with influence over the different parties at war in Syria to agree on the elements for a political solution in the country means that the humanitarian consequences will continue to be dire for millions of Syrians.” The conflict, which began in March 2011, has already claimed more than 220,000 lives, according to UN estimates. Meanwhile, more than 12.2 million people continue to require life-saving aid. The fighting has also provoked massive displacement with more than 4 million people having sought refuge in neighbouring countries, while a further 7.6 million are displaced within Syria.At the same time, over 2 million people in Aleppo and Dar’a Governorates have been affected by wilful denial of water and electricity by parties to the conflict this month. Of the 212,000 people who are besieged, in conditions that deteriorate every day, only 304 were reached with food in January.In other areas where conditions deteriorate every day, parties to the conflict severely restrict access to those in need. In Raqqa and Deir ez Zor, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has closed down the offices of several aid organizations, including the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.In addition, Ms. Amos observed that children were “particularly badly affected” by the hostilities with 5.6 million children now in need of assistance and well over 2 million children out of school. “Basic services continue to be deliberately attacked at cut,” she continued. “As needs grow humanitarian organizations need to reach more people, but we are facing increasing difficulties in reaching the 4.8 million people who live in areas which are hard to reach. And as the violence escalates and conflict lines continue to shift, I fear that these numbers will rise. Access continues to be constrained by insecurity and active fighting but the parties to the conflict are increasingly, deliberately obstructing the delivery of life-saving aid.”In a recent briefing of the Security Council, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which Ms. Amos heads, already cautioned that it could not keep up with the needs of Syria’s people because there is simply not enough funding. By the end of last year, the Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan for 2014 was just 48 per cent funded.Lack of funding has already forced the World Food Programme (WFP) to reduce rations by 30 per cent. And for every million dollars that WHO cannot raise in Syria, some 227,000 people lose vital health services. And unless urgent funding is received before May 2015, a million children will not be able to access education.Pointing to the upcoming Kuwait Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, to be held on 31 March, Ms. Amos explained that the international community once again had “an opportunity to raise some of the resources required to maintain our life saving work” and encouraged Member States to “give generously.”For its part, the Security Council also highlighted the lack of funding which, it said, had “forced humanitarian agencies to reduce food rations” by 30 per cent.In a press statement released following the briefing, the 15 member Council warned that unless urgent funding is received before May 2015, one million Syrian children who are not attending school will not be able to access alternative education options. The UN body added that it welcomed the upcoming pledging conference as an opportunity “to respond with generous pledges of new humanitarian and development funding.”“Day after day, month after month, year after year, the death, destruction and violence in Syria grows,” Valerie Amos declared. “As Council members have said many times, there is no humanitarian solution to the crisis. The international community must demonstrate greater determination to reach a long overdue political solution.” read more

first_imgThis shocking footage shows the moment a man drove at 100mph along a bridge before veering into a crash barrier – leaving his car a mangled wreck.Jonathan Dent’s pick-up truck was catapulted over the barriers and landed on the adjacent footpath – very narrowly avoiding falling into the water below.The 32-year-old’s suicide attempt came after he “had enough” of problems at home, a court heard.He had to be cut from the mangled wreckage of his car – as seen in the photo – and suffered injuries including a broken arm.Recorder Bryan Cox QC acknowledged that a prison sentence – while justified – was not appropriate in this case and told Dent that his actions had “put other members of the public at severe risk”.Dent, of Grimsby, North East Lincs., admitted dangerous driving.When he swerved into the barriers of the Humber Bridge, near Hull, East Yorks., late in the evening of July 3, he caused £11,000 of damage, Grimsby Crown Court heard.Prosecutor Stephen Welch said a road user who witnessed the event estimated Dent was driving at around 100mph, and an accident investigator said the truck was travelling at between 95 and 104mph at the time of the collision.Mr Welch said: “He said he was at home and had been having issues with the Child Support Agency an ex-girlfriend and his partner.”His lorry was parked in Immingham and he intended to go there and sleep in the cab.”But he said the defendant had instead headed towards the Humber Bridge thinking a drive would calm him down.When asked by police why he had driven into the barriers, Dent said: “I don’t know, I had probably just had enough.”Dent was taken to hospital following the incident with injuries including a broken arm.Paul Genney, mitigating, said: “He has never been in trouble in his life before.”He has taken steps to sort out the problems that overcame him.”I don’t suppose the defendant gave any thought to it at the time.”There could have been people on the walk way and there were other cars there that had to witness the incident.”He wanted to kill himself, he was desperate.”It opened his eyes to problems he was not aware of then and he has made steps to address that.” Sentencing, Recorder Cox said a prison sentence was “justified” but also “not appropriate”, and told Dent: “You will appreciate I am sure that what you did put other members of the public at severe risk.”Dent was given a sentence of three months in prison for dangerous driving, suspended for two years, and was disqualified from driving for three years.If you are suffering problems in your personal life and need somebody to talk to, call the Samaritans on 116 123. Lines are open 24/7.ap video hub Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgOntario Mining Association member Goldcorp’s Red Lake mine has received the 2010 Passport to Prosperity Employer Champion Award in recognition of its initiatives to provide innovative learning programs for high school students in the community. For the past 25 years, the mine has provided local area teenagers with the opportunity to participate in job shadowing, mentoring and career development programs at the mine site. These activities have given high school students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the mining industry and the broad range of career options it provides through learning beyond the classroom.The Employer Champion Award is presented to employers in Ontario for their contributions to, and support for, high school co-op programs. Goldcorp’s Red Lake mine received this honour for providing experimental learning opportunities for numerous students from the Red Lake District High School over many years. The award was created 10 years ago to recognise employers who make significant contributions to fostering the next generation of skilled and talented workers.“We are pleased to receive this prestigious recognition,” said Mike Lalonde, Mine General Manager at Goldcorp’s Red Lake gold mine. “We have supported the co-operative education placements with the local high school for many years and the commitment from our staff and the local high school to make these placements a learning experience for students has paid off. Co-operative placements are a win-win for both the company and the students and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the Red Lake District High School in the future.”More than 26,000 employers are involved in the Passport to Prosperity program. The Passport to Prosperity is led by the Provincial Partnership Council. It works with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities and the Ontario Business Education Partnership, which represents business-education councils and local training boards.Goldcorp’s Red Lake mine has about 900 employees and 300 contractors at its operations. Red Lake, Ontario, is located near the Manitoba border 535 km northwest of Thunder Bay. The population of Red Lake and neigbouring communities is about 5,000.Miners and mining companies are responsible, solution-providing partners in society. They do more than find, extract and process minerals essential to our modern lifestyle. These companies are economic enterprises operated by men and women who are members of society and community builders. As volunteers and donors, they add great value to the quality of life in their communities and beyond.last_img read more

Struga handball tournament ← Previous Story Jan Grebenc to Skjern Handbold Next Story → Bertus Servaas about Kielce’s future: Club isn’t in danger! One of the summer tournament with the longest tradition in Europe, Struga tournament in Macedonia, announced list of participants for the 46th edition which will be held between August 15 and 19 on open-roof court near Ohrid Lake. During the tournament will be played also Macedonian Super Cup Final between RK Vardar and RK Metalurg (August 18)Group 1: RK Celje PL (Slovenia), Besiktas (Turkey), Fenix Toulouse (France), Eurofarm RabotnikGroup 2: RK Zeleznicar Nis (Serbia), HCM Dobrogea Sud Constanta (Romania), Alingsas (Sweden), StrugaSCHEDULE:15.08.201817.30 Železničar – Struga19.15 HCM Dobrogea Sud Constanta – Alingsas21.00 Celje – Eurofarm Rabotnik16.08.201817.30 Besiktas – Eurofarm Rabotnik19.15 Železničar – Alingsas21.00 Celje – Fenix Toulouse17.08.201817.30 Struga – Alingsas19.15 Železničar – HCM Dobrogea Sud Constanta21.00 Fenix Toulouse – Besiktas18.08.201810.00 Struga – HCM Dobrogea Sud Constanta17.30 Eurofarm Rabotnik – Fenix Toulouse19.15 Celje – Besiktas21.00 Vardar – Metalurg19.08.201810.00 7th place match17.30 5th place match19.15 Bronze medal match21.00 FINAL read more

first_imgVictorian Premier Ted Baillieu praised Hellenism and highlighted its impact on him as a young architect, at the official launch of Neos Kosmos Saturday edition on Wednesday. He spoke of how he and Multicultural Affairs Minister Nicholas Kotsiras were able to wrangle a rare opportunity, leveraging on Mr Baillieu’s architectural credentials, to be allowed in the Parthenon. “I still get goose-bumps when I remember the Greek flag snapping to the right as I stared out onto Athens through those columns,” the Premier said. Over 140 guests, including business leaders; state and federal politicians; community representatives; artists, writers and other prominent members of the Greek Australian community, came together at the Victorian Arts Centre to celebrate the new Saturday edition of Neos Kosmos.The launch opened with a moving performance by Paul Capsis singing Angela’s Sea, a song about the voyage of his maternal grandmother to Australia in the late 1940s on a ship full of migrants. Australian veteran rocker Ross Wilson closed the proceedings with the iconic Eagle Rock only this time with George Spirou on bouzouki.Following Paul Capsis, English Editor Fotis Kapetopoulos spoke and acknowledged that while the Saturday edition of Neos Kosmos has been in circulation since last July, attention to detail has been the reason the official launch was prolonged until now. “All of us tried to get it right, or right as possible,” Mr Kapetopoulos said. “At the end it’s about journalism of the highest order; independent, fearless and exciting.” The English Editor emphasised Neos Kosmos’ diverse readership, saying: “You do not need to be Greek, you don’t need to be able to read Greek, all you need is to have a Hellenic perspective.” Mr Kapetopoulos differentiated between “Greekness” which is “problematic” and Hellenism which is “universal”. He spoke of the “unique multicultural Australia” and pointed to the “majestic Paul Capsis” as an example of “creative excellence based on a hybrid culture” which make us all Australians. “I think of my nine-year-old son, who has Hellenic and Spanish heritage, as an Australian who will also read Neos Kosmos in years to come,” Mr Kapetopoulos said. Publisher Chris Gogos thanked the hundreds of thousands of readers who have supported Neos Kosmos for 54 years and said the paper would not be here today, or have been able to survive, if not for the way Melbourne embraces all cultures. The development of the English Edition dates back over 30 years. “In 1976 my father took the very bold step of introducing an English page in Neos Kosmos, a decision he was criticised for at the time,” the publisher said. “Over the last several years it’s been my vision to be where we are today.”The new Saturday English edition is a reflection of today’s Hellenic Australian community, Mr Gogos said. “It maintains the values of our parent publication, it’s the voice of the new generation of Greeks and, most importantly, it’s here to listen and express a voice for our readers, a voice that comes from a Hellenic perspective.” Premier Ted Baillieu recognised Neos Kosmos as a “wonderful constant” in the Greek Australian community. “For more than five decades it [Neos Kosmos] has offered its readers assurance that while the world outside may change and shift, you could find some comfort in the familiarity of this printed page,” Mr Baillieu said. Addressing the room Mr Baillieu joked “because it is the English language edition I am going to suppress what is otherwise my natural instinct to speak Greek to you.”Mr Baillieu said the official launch was symbolic of Victoria’s place in multicultural media referring to last weekend’s Neos Kosmos by pointing to the front page.The headline ‘The M-word is back’ hailed the move by Immigration Minister Chris Bowen in rubber-stamping a reborn multiculturalism policy. The page came with a banner thundering ‘Shame on you’ signalling an editorial inside that tore strips off Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison about the Christmas Island mourners.In closing, the Premier also announced a new grant under the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s “community strengthening” category where media outlets can apply for grants to support young aspiring journalists to gain work experience. Mr Baillieu awarded the first grant of $5000 to Neos Kosmos English Edition to go towards the mentoring of an emerging Greek Australian journalist. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has tipped Lionel Messi and Argentina for World Cup glory in 2022 but claimed the team needs an overhaul.Messi is currently taking time away from the national team after a tough campaign in Russia, and it’s unclear when he’ll return to the international scene.Sampaoli left his post after last summer’s tournament but says Messi and Argentina could be crowned world champions in Qatar.“Of course yes, but this needs a process, for everything that has happened up to now and you don’t break the process; you correct it.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“For the next World Cup or Copa America, you need organisation, unlimited confidence and knowing that everything requires a process.“If you don’t win the Copa America, you have to keep the process, not break it. Enough of this madness that if you do not ‘win’, ‘you’ are a loser. It’s not like that: if you believe, you can win even later. But you have to believe.”Messi will be 35 when the next World Cup begins and has declined to comment on his international future.last_img read more

first_imgThe Central Intelligence Agency is able to permanently infect an Apple Mac computer so that even reinstalling the operating system will not erase the bug, according to documents published Thursday by WikiLeaks.In its second release allegedly from the CIA’s arsenal of hacking tools, WikiLeaks also said that it appears the US spy agency has been able since 2008 to insert it bugs onto new and unused iPhones by intervening in Apple’s supply and distribution network.The release follows the initial publication on March 9 by the anti-secrecy group of thousands of pages of instructions and code from what it called the entire CIA arsenal of hacking tools.The documents are generally believed to be genuine although the CIA has not acknowledged this.The publication of the documents sparked a US counterintelligence investigation into how the documents leaked out from the CIA and made their way to WikiLeaks, with some people pointing fingers at the agency’s use of private subcontractors as a likely source.The newest documents focus on how the CIA targets Apple’s popular personal electronics to spy on users.They show the CIA developed a tool in 2012 called “Sonic Screwdriver” that can hijack an Apple computer’s password-protected boot process from peripheral devices like adapters and USB drives.By doing so, they can inject a undetectable bug deep into the computer’s essential firmware that will not be erased even when the computer is reformatted.The manual for the “NightSkies” bug shows that the CIA developed it in 2008 to be implanted physically in brand new iPhones.”While CIA assets are sometimes used to physically infect systems in the custody of a target, it is likely that many CIA physical access attacks have infected the targeted organization’s supply chain including by interdicting mail orders and other shipments,” WikiLeaks said.The documents provide a glimpse into the workings of the CIA. One showed the agency urgently trying to adapt NightSkies to a certain Apple laptop.The agency “has the opportunity to gift a MacBook Air to a target that will be implanted with this tool,” one 2009 document said.”The tool will be a beacon/implant that runs in the background of a MacBook Air that provides us with command and control capabilities.”last_img read more