first_imgBarca promptly responded, though, as Suarez showed great Barca promptly responded, though, as Suarez showed great strength to hold the ball up and then lay it off for Messi to fire into the roof of the net with the outside of his left foot. Luis Enriques men should have put the game out of ight before half-time as Cuellar flew to his right to prevent Messi from scoring a first-half hat-trick before Neymar curled the rebound against the post.Barcas demolition of Celta in the final half an hour on Sunday was lit up by Messis decision to pass a penalty into Suarezs path to complete his hat-trick.And the former Liverpool striker may have regretted not returning the favour as Cuellar dived to his right to save Suarezs spot-kick after the keeper had brought down Neymar.Barca have now missed eight of their 16 penalties this season.However, Suarez made amends with a much harder opportunity 23 minutes from time when his left-footed effort curled in off the far post for his 40th goal of the season.Arda Turan should have rounded off a 31st consecutive match without defeat for Barca with his first goal for the club, but he tried to square Messis brilliant cross to Suarez and the ball flew inches wide. AFP AH AHlast_img read more

Judo champion who defied Iran’s rules now in hiding

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical In this photo taken Sept. 12, 2019, Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei poses for a portrait photo at an undisclosed southern city of Germany. Saeid Mollaei has been in hiding since he left the Iranian judo team last month, saying he had been ordered to withdraw from the world championships on political grounds. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)DUESSELDORF, Germany — Saeid Mollaei has been in hiding since he left the Iranian judo team last month, saying he had been ordered to withdraw from the world championships on political grounds.Now he’s training for next year’s Olympics without a guarantee he can compete.ADVERTISEMENT FIBA will look to ease travel burdens at 2023 World Cup DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ In the end, Mollaei lost a bronze-medal bout and didn’t face Muki, who won gold. The International Judo Federation, which is supporting Mollaei, said he received demands to withdraw from an Iranian deputy sports minister, embassy staff and the head of the Iranian Olympic Committee.Mollaei’s likeliest route to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is now the International Olympic Committee’s team for refugees. The IJF is helping him but said he will need refugee status from the United Nations.So far, adapting to life in Germany is hard.“Even the clothes you can see on me (are gifts). I had nothing when arrived in Germany. I just decided to come and I came,” he said. “I had a lot of gifts from friends and this is how I live now, with the help of a few friends and the IJF. I’m still waiting to see what will happen later, how I can compete, but obviously from the very beginning of my arrival here in Germany I started my training. Where and how I will compete later, I don’t know yet.”Mollaei said he has not asked for asylum in Germany. Instead, he is living on a visa issued when he competed in German club events, and is cautious about security.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect Mollaei was the defending world champion, and Israel’s Sagi Muki his biggest rival for the gold medal. There was one problem — Iran has a policy of boycotting all competitions against Israelis, even if that means an athlete’s training was all for nothing.Mollaei told The Associated Press he was ordered to lose a preliminary bout against a Russian in order to cover up the reason for his withdrawal. When he refused and won, he received more intimidating calls from senior officials.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“For once, I decided to live as a free man for myself, and prove to the world that I am a brave man,” Mollaei said in a recent interview in Germany, where he’s living in an undisclosed location.“I did this for my human soul. For myself. I wanted to practice and compete with freedom, with peace of mind,” said Mollaei, speaking in Persian. “I didn’t want to worry about whom to compete with and whom not to compete with. I’ll compete with anyone, to honor the Olympic charter.” LATEST STORIES Official: Iran to enrich as much uranium as needed PLAY LIST 01:35Official: Iran to enrich as much uranium as needed01:26US ‘engaged in economic war with Iran,’ says foreign minister00:50Trending 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’ Powerfully built, with broad shoulders, Mollaei speaks softly and chooses his words carefully.“Even when I want to contact my family I do it through a friend in Tehran because my family is under surveillance and I can’t talk about many issues,” he said. “I don’t have much contact with any of my friends.”Mollaei told the AP he had been given similar orders to avoid Israeli competitors on three previous occasions. The last time was in February, when he failed to appear for the medal ceremony at a competition in France because it would mean sharing the podium with Muki.“Almost all Iranian athletes have received such orders when it is linked to Israeli athletes,” he said.Iranian officials have said Mollaei was somehow manipulated into leaving the team, and that he would be welcomed if he returned home.He is skeptical, pointing to an Iranian letter to the IJF in May pledging to comply with Olympic non-discrimination rules. At the time, it was hailed as a signal Iran would end its sports boycott of Israel.“I can assure you that they didn’t comply with the Olympic Charter. So how can we trust them?” Mollaei said of Iran’s sports officials.Mollaei’s break with the Iranian authorities comes at a time when activists are using sports to defy government demands.Female Iranian activists have campaigned for years to be allowed to attend sports stadiums, particularly for men’s soccer games, and staged protests at last year’s World Cup in Russia. Last week, Iranian news outlets reported 29-year-old soccer fan Sahar Khodayari had died after setting herself on fire upon learning she could spend six months in prison for trying to sneak into a game.Mollaei expressed sympathy for Khodayari and other female campaigners. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ “I wondered why this happened, why Iranian women can’t freely live like other girls, and enjoy sports and enjoy watching sports,” he said. “I don’t know what’s going on, and why such difficulties should only happen to Iranians and the Iranian sport community.“I don’t know what to say. I’m just sad and disappointed. I just hope that one day the girls and athletes in my country can live freely and can enjoy life.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Sports Wrap: Keaton Jennings repeats Alastair Cook’s feat, Umpire Paul Reiffel suffers head injury in Mumbai Test and more

first_imgKeaton Jennings 19th Englishman to slam hundred on Test debutKeaton Jennings, 24, was dropped on zero and made the most of his early reprieve, by hammering a hundred on debut for England in the Mumbai Test.Mumbai Test: Umpire Paul Reiffel walks off after suffering head injuryThe 50-year-old Paul Reiffel walked off the field and was taken to the hospital for a scan.Sourav Ganguly reunites with Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh at Yuvraj Singh’s wedding receptionYuvraj Singh’s reception party saw an impressive guest list, including eminent personalities from the field of cricket and politics.Glenn Maxwell’s attitude impresses coach Darren Lehmann”He has been fantastic, full credit to him, the way he’s handled it and the way he’s been around the team,” Lehmann said.FIFA’s Infantino urges zero tolerance for child abuseThe English Football Association (FA) have launched a review into allegations of children being sexually abused at professional clubs, while British police are also investigating mounting accusations of pedophile activity.last_img read more

Beating China tough but not impossible, says Anas Edathodika

first_imgIndia is slated to face China and Anas Edathodika feels upsetting them in front of their home crowd is “a tremendously tough job but not an impossible one.””It’ll be a tremendously tough job for us against China, that too at an away match. But winning isn’t impossible. We had a 13-match unbeaten streak including 9 wins recently and that is a perfect testament to the team’s hard work,” Anas told AIFF.”Coach (Stephen Constantine) has backed the younger guys and they have also repaid it equally. There’s a feel-good factor in Indian Football at this moment and it provides us with a positive vibe,” he commented.Less than 2 days to go for a historic International Friendly between #China and #India.Let’s BACK THE BLUE! #CHNvIND #BackTheBlue #AsianDream #IndianFootball Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 11, 2018India will take on China in an international friendly on Saturday as part of their preparations for next year’s Asian Cup.READ – China recently beat India’s Asian Cup groupmate: Jhingan, Jeje await tough friendlyHaving won 12 out of the 17 encounters between the two countries so far the Chinese have always enjoyed an upper hand over their Indian counterparts but Anas shared that “both teams have to start afresh on 13th.”WATCH – India sweat it out at the JLN stadium as tough China test awaits”Indian Football has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 3-4 years. Younger players have put in terrific effort along with the seniors which has eventually helped the team gain more success up front. We can’t deny the history but both teams have to start afresh on 13th. Both teams will start from ground zero,” the 31-year-old defender stressed.advertisementREAD – Aim to break into top 10 in Asia first, World Cup later: Sunil Chhetri”Chhetri bhai, Gurpreet, Jeje, Sandesh, etc, have been there for a significant time and they never shy away from sharing a bit or two with the youngsters.”Being a defender, Anas is aware of the uphill task of keeping the rivals at bay.READ – Balwant Singh drops out of China vs India due to passport issues”Every single game is a tough test for the defenders. But, we have to work cohesively as a unit. Everyone including the attackers, midfielders, defenders have to play their due part to get the job done. It’s a no-brainer that the match will be a gruelling one for us,” he said.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Swansea City sack manager Clement

first_imgSwansea City Swansea City sack manager Clement Tom Maston Last updated 1 year ago 04:01 12/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Clement Swansea City Getty Images Swansea City Premier League The former Bayern Munich coach departs with the Swans sat bottom of the Premier League table having won just three matches this season Swansea City have sacked manager Paul Clement after a poor first half to the Premier League season.The Swans, who narrowly avoided relegation last season, sit bottom of the top-flight table having won just three league matches.Clement spend just short of a year in charge at the Liberty Stadium having replaced Bob Bradley at the helm in early January 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Paul Clement Swansea CityBut having kept them in the Premier League last season, the former Chelsea and Bayern Munich coach leaves alongside coaches Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi.”To change the manager, especially at only the halfway point of the season, is the last thing we wanted to do as a club,” said Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins.“We had three different manager last season and as a result we all wanted to give Paul as much time as possible to turn things around.HD Paul Clement Swansea Arsenal“But we felt we couldn’t leave it any longer and needed to make a change to give us the best chance of an uplift and a turnaround in fortunes with the club bottom of the Premier League.”Swansea have been criticised for their transfer business since the end of last season, with Renato Sanches, Wilfried Bony and Roque Mesa struggling to make much of an impact.The Swans are next in action against Crystal Palace on Saturday as they look to pull themselves away from danger. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Bernardo Silva admits regret for Mendy tweet as Guardiola again defends player

first_imgShare via Email The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Pinterest Everton v Manchester City: match preview Share on LinkedIn Topics Reuse this content Share on Twitter Guardiola does not anticipate the club employing a social media officer to safeguard what players may post. “That is not going to happen,” he said. “It [social media] is part of our lives. When I was born there was no internet, social media. If I was 12, 13, 14, 16 I would use it like they use it.”Guardiola brushed off the fact that Gabriel Jesus is unhappy at his limited playing time, after the Brazilian stated this in a recent interview in his homeland. The striker also said there was “no reason to leave City”.The manager said: “He’s special. I saw the interview and it was perfect. No problem. He was respectful. Of course he wants to play. He’s the No 9 for Brazil. He’s the only striker in the world with this mentality. He plays one second, two minutes, 90 minutes and has to play his best. I understand completely.”Guardiola insisted Sergio Agüero was not his first-choice No 9. Jesus has started only one of City’s six Premier League games, though a hamstring problem did rule him out for around a month.“I judge in terms of their different qualities,” he said. “I try to let them play both as much as possible. Both are incredible players.” news Manchester City Share on Facebook Race Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Read more Bernardo Silva has expressed regret at any unintentional hurt he may have caused with the tweet sent to his Manchester City teammate Benjamin Mendy last weekend.The Portuguese midfielder posted a picture of a cartoon character used to promote a Spanish chocolate brand alongside one of Mendy as a child with the caption “Guess who?” and two smileys. He deleted the tweet but the Football Association is investigating the incident and it is understood Silva wrote a letter to make clear he regretted any offence caused. Mendy has also offered his support to the midfielder over the investigation. The letter was sent to the governing body before Thursday’s 5pm deadline, with a potential sanction being a six-game ban.Pep Guardiola said Silva may “take a lesson” to ensure he learns from the incident. “If someone is offended I can understand it,” the City manager said. “Bernardo is maybe going to take a lesson and it’s not going to happen again.”Guardiola again defended the player, as he had done following Tuesday’s EFL Cup win at Preston, saying it was only “one joke”.He said: “Put the focus on other things, not Bernardo. Regarding Bernardo I was incredibly clear. If they believe, if the people believe, that Bernardo is this type of player they are completely wrong. They judged one joke, I judge three years every single day with him and how he is and his friendship. Nothing more to add.“It was just a joke. It’s a cartoon and the face is quite similar. The same happened a thousand million times with white people. It’s the same. It was a cartoon. It was just a joke and that’s all. But if the people in the [FA] think it is the opposite then Bernardo and City are open to listen and to say [our] opinion. That is all.”last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_img Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2927 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333 from Mills Road in Goodwood, south to Brookside Road will have one-lane closures for patching and sealing from Thursday, July 26, to Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. -30-last_img

Historical Debates Now Online

first_imgThe Legislative Library has posted all of the available debates of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly (Hansard) from 1868–1993 online. This gives Nova Scotians access to the historical debates of the House, such as the 1907 debate on Prohibition in Nova Scotia and the debates leading up to the opening of the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge in Halifax. Hansard did not transcribe debates from 1917-1919, and 1921-1950, so debates during those dates are not available. To access the historical debates, go to . All of the available Legislative Council debates from 1858-1861 and 1875-1922 are also now online and can be viewed at . The Legislative Library is now in the process of making the Journals of the House of Assembly from 1867-1900 available online.last_img read more

Quebec man charged in slaying of Alberta woman 16 years ago

first_imgAIRDRIE, Alta. – A Quebec man has been charged in the slaying of a 21-year-old Alberta woman 16 years ago.The RCMP say Stephane Parent has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Adrienne McColl in February 2002.Supt. Garrett Woolsey says Parent, who is 49, was arrested in Gatineau, Que., on Saturday and has been living in Ontario and Quebec since shortly after McColl’s death.McColl disappeared around Valentine’s Day and her body was found three days later in a rancher’s field near Nanton, 85 kilometres south of Calgary.April Hall was close friends with McColl and says they worked with Parent at the Studio 82 bikini bar in Calgary at the time McColl vanished.Hall says Parent and McColl were romantically involved and had a volatile relationship.Hall says it’s been difficult for McColl’s loved ones to wait so long for an arrest and she’s feeling happy, angry and sad all at the same time.“I’m just a wreck right now. I never thought this day would come. This is just unbelievable,” she said Monday.“It’s just been so long. We’ve just waited so long for this.”Hall said she and McColl were supposed to go out the night her friend disappeared.About one week ago, the RCMP announced they’d found new evidence in the cold case thanks to advances in technology. Investigators with the major crimes unit said in that statement they were convinced they would make an arrest.They said the investigation had been ongoing since the discovery of McColl’s body.Hall said her hopes have been raised over the years, only to be let down. She said she got a call four years ago from an RCMP constable suggesting there would soon be an arrest, but nothing came of it.“I’m so overwhelmed right now I don’t know what to think.”last_img read more

Two Laurier professors sue former TA who recorded disciplinary meeting

first_imgTwo Ontario university professors who are being sued for defamation by controversial author and professor Jordan Peterson over comments made during a private meeting allege a former teaching assistant who recorded the conversation is responsible for its broader publication.Nathan Rambukkana and Herbert Pimlott, who teach at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., maintain their comments about Peterson were not defamatory but argue in a third-party claim that they could not have known the statements would be recorded or disseminated outside the November 2017 meeting.The pair allege Lindsay Shepherd, then a teaching assistant, had “power and control” over the recording and the distribution of the conversation, and meant for the contents of the meeting to potentially become widely available and discussed.Therefore, they argue, should the court find Peterson suffered damages or injuries, those would be “attributable to Shepherd and her publication and dissemination” of the recording.The allegations have not been proven in court and Shepherd’s lawyer says the young woman has not yet been served with the document.Howard Levitt says that while he has not seen the claim, his client will defend herself against the allegations. He further says the professors’ argument makes no sense considering the conversation was also shared by media outlets and others.“Why don’t you sue all the news agencies…that published it, if that’s really your position?” Levitt told The Canadian Press.Neither Rambukkana nor Pimlott immediately responded to requests for comment, but they have previously denied the allegations in Peterson’s lawsuit.At the heart of both suits is a 2017 meeting between the professors, a Laurier staff member and Shepherd, who was then a teaching assistant in Rambukkana’s communications class.According to Peterson’s unproven statement of claim, the disciplinary meeting was called after Shepherd showed students an excerpt of a TVOntario broadcast in which Peterson defends his opposition to gender-neutral pronouns.Peterson, a University of Toronto psychology professor who has gained international attention for his views on free speech and political correctness, alleges in his suit that the professors and staff member compared him to Adolf Hitler and accused him of being a “charlatan” over the course of the meeting.Shepherd recorded the discussion and later posted the audio to Youtube, where Peterson — who is seeking $1.5 million in damages — alleges anyone searching his name online could be exposed to it.“This has a significant impact on Peterson’s reputation among those with whom he deals, including fellow academics, future or existing students, the university where he works and those whom might read his books or listen to his lecture,” his statement of claim said.Peterson further alleges Wilfrid Laurier University is liable for the conduct of its employees.Shepherd, meanwhile, has filed her own lawsuit against Laurier claiming the university behaved negligently and left her unemployable in academia after the incident.Wilfrid Laurier University said it would fight both Peterson’s and Shepherd’s lawsuits.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

2015 New Years Message From Kofi Annan Chair Of The Elders

first_imgAs Chair of The Elders, Kofi Annan has released a New Year’s message on behalf of The Elders.He reflects on the events of 2014 and looks towards 2015, saying: “Today more than ever, we need far-sighted leaders who can see beyond their national boundaries and beyond the next election.”“When Nelson Mandela founded The Elders in 2007, he urged us to “support courage where there is fear”. Looking back at the events of 2014 and ahead to the global challenges we confront in 2015, it can seem that our world is almost paralysed by fear,” writes Annan. “There are those for whom fear is a daily reality – people who fear for their lives and those of their loved ones; people who face the constant threat of violence, disease, or hunger.“But there are also fears that have less basis in fact – fear of change, fear of the unknown, fear of ‘the other.’ Often irrational, these fears can lead us to retreat behind barricades, turn our backs on those in need, and persecute those we see as a threat. We see this in our reluctance to give shelter to those who flee violent conflict; in the rise of aggressive nationalism and identity politics; and in growing religious extremism and sectarianism.Far-sighted leaders“And then there are the fears we all too often see in our political leaders – the fear of losing face, of losing popularity, of losing power. These concerns may seem trivial, but when our leaders are in the grip of such fears, the prospects for our world are dire indeed.“All too frequently, leaders will concern themselves with matters that are closest at hand, while the most serious issues are often more distant –geographically or in time. For example, if we fail to tackle climate change the worst effects will be suffered by future generations and by poor countries far from global power centres. And I have to ask whether we would still be struggling to find effective treatment and vaccines for Ebola if it had been a problem in the cities of Europe or North America rather than in Africa.“Today more than ever, we need far-sighted leaders who can see beyond their national boundaries and beyond the next election.“Looking back at the world’s most distinguished and respected leaders, it was never their ability to deliver tax cuts, impose strict immigration policies, or launch acts of armed aggression on other countries that earned our admiration. It was their wisdom, their integrity and their compassion for their fellow human beings.A unique position“As Elders, we understand the constraints that can inhibit our political leaders. Several of my fellow Elders have held political office at the highest levels and are well aware of the pressures that leaders can face. This understanding, coupled with the freedom of no longer being in office, puts us in a unique position to support and encourage today’s leaders to take the courageous decisions the world desperately needs.“For example, in the past year, we have travelled to Iran and Myanmar to offer whatever help we can as these countries’ leaders take the often precarious path towards reform, greater openness, and ultimately, a more peaceful existence. The Elders have also spoken out about the need for governments to provide greater protection for women and girls, and take a stand against the violence, discrimination and oppression they suffer in many societies.Shared vision“2015 will be a crucial year in the battle to avert a climate change catastrophe, and in the run-up to December’s Paris summit, we will be supporting efforts to secure a bold new binding agreement to cap carbon emissions. We are calling for an equitable agreement under which the world’s richer countries support the aspirations of other nations to follow a sustainable development path. Such an agreement is clearly in the interests of our entire planet but it will require far-sighted courageous action on the part of our political leaders.“They would do well to recall the words of Franklin D Roosevelt in his inaugural address as US President in 1933: “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which parlayzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”“But Roosevelt went on to say that courageous leadership requires the understanding and support of the people. We need to make clear to our leaders what we expect of them; we need to hold them to account; but we also need to let them know that if they have the courage to do the right thing, then we will support them. We need to help them overcome their fear; share their burden; and be willing to pay the price of progress.“For progress rarely comes without a price: social change means being prepared to share; a just and ordered society means accepting constraints on our behaviour; and making peace with our enemies means being open to compromise and forgiveness.Progress means participation“As we begin another new year, I am confident that it will be the power and willingness of ordinary citizens – especially young people – to catalyse positive change and support courageous, compassionate leadership that will make a difference. Everyone can play their part – whether it is through participation in democratic processes, through peaceful protest against injustice, through harnessing the power of social media and new modes of communication, or simply through offering support and solidarity to those in need.“This is where my greatest hopes lie for 2015. On behalf of all the Elders, I wish you a happy, healthy and peaceful year.”last_img read more

Is Indian time a real thing Time to weigh in

first_img(On Thursday, Québec’s Indigenous Affairs Minister Geoffrey Kelly used ‘Indian time’ when asked why it took 8 years to write a piece of legislation. The term wasn’t received well.)Bruce SpenceSpecial to APTN National NewsEvery once in a while the phrase “Indian Time” rears its ugly head in discussions around the clean water coolers of modern day work places. Except in Aboriginal organizations. Ain’t nobody got time for that.For those of you who’ve never heard it, Indian Time means….in the vernacular of construction company foremen from bygone eras…. those damned Indians are always late.Just saying, that’s what it meant in my world.Kind of a racist thing to say though when it’s a human foible present in every people and culture the world over.How ignorant is it to attach the colloquialism to an entire people when there are individuals in every race in every country who couldn’t be on time for their own funerals if their life depended on it. I am one of those by the way.One of my best friends and mentors, an ex-military Saulteaux guy from Pine Creek, hated to be late and he never was. 10 minutes early was too late for him.As someone younger and wiser than me pointed out, we never had clocks. Didn’t need them. Winter has been coming aroundWinter has been coming around year in and year out around the same time since time immemorial.Same with spring, summer and autumn.So are the solstices, just in time for winter (or spring, or summer or fall) like clockwork.Those wild rice lakes were and still are ready for picking every September.Bottom line is, IT doesn’t exist.”bspence@aptn.caBruce Spence is the lineup editor for APTN National News. He is based in Winnipeg.last_img read more

UN troops in Liberia work to prevent crossborder violence from Côte dIvoire

Aiming to prevent the spread of recent instability in Côte d’Ivoire , the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) is conducting exercises along the border between the two countries, officials with the world body said today.The measures also are intended to reassure the population in the area of UNMIL’s ability to maintain security throughout the country, UNMIL said. Elite Irish and Swedish troops, which comprise UNMIL’s most mobile force, are carrying out the border exercises. On Friday, the head of UNMIL, Alan Doss, was in the area with a number of senior Liberian officials. They were briefed by the troops, who are formed in a “Quick Reaction Force.” The Quick Reaction Force is conducting extensive around-the-clock patrols along a 300-kilometre stretch of the densely forested and hilly border utilizing tracked all-terrain vehicles, armored personnel carriers and four wheel drive jeeps. UNMIL helicopters are supporting the Quick Reaction Force by operating air reconnaissance missions as well as inserting troops into remote areas not accessible by roads to conduct foot patrols.Intensive contact is maintained with the local population to gather information about the possible existence of weapons in the area and to detect if there have been any attempts to recruit Liberian ex-combatants to fight across the border.UNMIL said local people have “warmly received” the troops and have told the patrols they feel reassured by their presence. Speaking to journalists who accompanied the delegation, Mr. Doss said UNMIL would not want the insecurity in Cote d’Ivoire to undermine the hard-earned peace in Liberia. He emphasized that UNMIL would continue to provide the security environment necessary for the new Liberian Government to get on with the business of rebuilding the country after decades of violence and instability. Mr. Doss also stressed that UNMIL would continue to maintain a robust military presence in Liberia because “without security there cannot be stability, and without stability there cannot be development.” While in the southeastern Liberian town of Fishtown, the delegation was also briefed by UNMIL’s Chinese Engineering Battalion about its extensive efforts to rebuild Liberia’s road infrastructure. The unit has already repaired more than 700 kilometers of road, constructed numerous bridges and culverts. The contingent will soon repair the bridge connecting Fishtown and Harper to open up the area to commerce and development. read more

On UN Day Ban celebrates Organizations continuing commitment for a better world

In his message on the Day, observed annually on 24 October, the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the Charter of the United Nations, Mr. Ban acknowledged that millions of people continue to suffer deplorable exploitation through bonded labour, human trafficking, sexual slavery or unsafe conditions in factories, fields and mines while the global economy remains an uneven playing field. “The founding of the United Nations was a solemn pledge to the world’s people to end such assaults on human dignity, and lead the way to a better future,” he said. “There have been painful setbacks, and there is much work ahead to realize the Charter’s vision. But we can take heart from our achievements.” Among those achievements, Mr. Ban noted, were the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which had “inspired the most successful anti-poverty campaign ever,” numerous UN treaties addressing inequality, torture, and racism, and the on-the-ground work of UN peacekeepers and humanitarian workers. “At this critical moment, let us reaffirm our commitment to empowering the marginalized and vulnerable,” the Secretary- General concluded.“On United Nations Day, I call on Governments and individuals to work in common cause for the common good.” UN Office in Geneva (UNOG) marks UN Day. The event brought together staff from across the UN system in a formation reading “UN 70”, a reference to the Organization’s 70th anniversary, which will be observed in 2015. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré Top Afghan singers perform at a concert in Kabul to mark UN Day highlighting the United Nations’ work in support of the people and government of Afghanistan. Photo: Fardin Waezi/UNAMA UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Luciano lays a wreath at the UNIFIL cenotaph in memory of fallen peacekeepers on UN Day. Photo: UNIFIL Ahead of UN Day, members of battalions from Japan, Bangladesh, Ghana and Nepal serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) take part in the first round of a tug of war contest. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine Top Afghan singers perform at a concert in Kabul to mark UN Day highlighting the United Nations’ work in support of the people and government of Afghanistan. Photo: Fardin Waezi/UNAMA Ahead of UN Day, members of battalions from Japan, Bangladesh, Ghana and Nepal serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) take part in the first round of a tug of war contest. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine As part of UN Day celebrations, UNAMID and UN Agencies organized a photo exhibition in El Fasher, North Darfur. Photo by Mohamed Mahady/UNAMID Top Afghan singers perform at a concert in Kabul to mark UN Day highlighting the United Nations’ work in support of the people and government of Afghanistan. Photo: Fardin Waezi/UNAMA ‹ ›The 24th of October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday. As part of the observance of the Day, the UN’s Department of Public Information organized a concert, to be held in the newly-renovated General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York, featuring world-renowned concert pianist and UN Messenger of Peace, Lang Lang, and 16-time Grammy Award-winner, Sting. Performing with Lang Lang will be an international youth orchestra representing five continents, assembled especially for the occasion, to be conducted by Manuel López-Gómez. Manuel López-Gómez, as well as many of the youth musicians hail from the renowned El Sistema programme, which provides music education to children from poor social-economic backgrounds. As such, the concert offers an opportunity to highlight the United Nations’ focus on youth and the education of global citizens. It also marks an important milestone during the yearlong global observance of the 70th anniversary of the Organization. read more

Roy Halladay Was The Greatest Pitcher Of His Generation

9Felix Hernandez52.4251 The Doc was the greatest pitcher of this millenniumPitcher wins above replacement since 2000 Sources: The Baseball Gauge, 8Cole Hamels54.0160 5Roger Clemens57Curt Schilling26James Shields18 3Jack McDowell61Randy Johnson32Felix Hernandez18 4Clayton Kershaw59.4253 RKPITCHERCGPITCHERCGPITCHERCG 1Roy Halladay61.7652 5Mark Buehrle58.5330 RANKPLAYERWARCOMPLETE GAMESCY YOUNG AWARDS Yesterday’s news that the great pitcher Roy Halladay had died in a plane crash sent baseball’s fraternity of players and coaches into a state of deep mourning. Around the league, tributes to Halladay’s technical skill and work ethic poured in. As our former colleague Ben Lindbergh wrote at The Ringer, Halladay was the consummate pitcher’s pitcher — the guy other pitchers always wanted to be.But on a personal level, the reports hit me especially hard — I grew up a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, the team for whom Halladay first made his name as an ace. I was too young to experience the back-to-back World Series titles of 1992 and 1993, so my earliest memories came of the Blue Jays teams that stunk it up in the first decade of this millennium. Halladay was the one bright spot on an otherwise mediocre Toronto squad, so it was fitting that late Blue Jays game-caller Tom Cheek gave him the nickname “Doc” — a reference, of course, to Doc Holliday. But Halladay truly was a doctor on the mound — he healed so many of his team’s ills whenever he got the nod as that day’s starter.1As Jayson Stark pointed out, in games that Halladay started between 2002 and 2011 (his prime), his team went 195-108. When someone else started, his teams went 646-670.In his 12 seasons with Toronto, Doc pitched more than 2,000 innings and won 148 games, plus received the AL Cy Young award in 2003. He pitched 10 innings in a single game not once, but twice. Alongside Dave Stieb, Halladay is widely considered the greatest pitcher in Blue Jays history. When he was traded to the Phillies in 2009, my fellow Blue Jays fans were understandably upset, but they also understood. In his four seasons in Philadelphia, Doc’s stature grew to a whole new level. In typical fashion, he wasted no time, throwing a no-hitter in his postseason debut (just months after he pitched just the second perfect game in Phillies history). On the way, Doc won an NL Cy Young award — he’s one of just six pitchers in MLB history to win the award in both leagues.Because he spent years on a scuffling Toronto team, Doc’s greatness often gets overlooked. But it shouldn’t be. Based on total pitching wins above replacement since 2000, nobody this millennium has surpassed him yet, even though he hasn’t pitched in four years. 2Randy Johnson65Livan Hernandez36Adam Wainwright19 4Kevin Brown58CC Sabathia28Roy Halladay18 10Johan Santana51.4152 6Curt Schilling57Mark Mulder25Johnny Cueto17 8Chuck Finley46Javier Vazquez23Cliff Lee16 6Justin Verlander56.6231 1Greg Maddux75Roy Halladay47Clayton Kershaw25 10Doug Drabek41Sidney Ponson23Ervin Santana16 Halladay was a bridge between pitching erasMost complete games by decade in MLB, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s 7Tim Hudson54.8250 After this period of mourning for Halladay, writers and analysts will inevitably turn their attention to his Hall of Fame chances. And according to the yardsticks that we statheads typically look at, Halladay might seem like a borderline case. Because he had fewer dominant years than Hall of Fame voters like to see — he had injury problems early in his career and then retired relatively young — Halladay’s résumé is slightly below the HOF average for starting pitchers.2Based on JAWS, a WAR-based measure that tries to evaluate a player relative to his peers at the same position by balancing career and peak value. And although he meets the Hall’s criteria on other measures such as Bill James’s Black Ink Test (which tracks how often a player leads the league in important statistical categories), he falls short on some of the big statistical benchmarks that typically mark a HOF career.However, Halladay’s accomplishments are being sold short by these kinds of evaluations. His career stretched across two major eras of pitching, from a time when starters were often asked to finish games (no matter how many pitches it took) to the modern game, where bullpens are taking over for starters earlier and earlier. Halladay helped build a bridge between those two styles of starting pitching — as mentioned above, he could (and often did) go the distance and then some, recording complete-game totals that would have been commonplace in the 1980s and ’90s, but that stood out compared with his peers in the 2000s and even the 2010s, a decade in which he only pitched three full seasons. 1990s2000s2010s 2CC Sabathia61.5381 3Zack Greinke60.7161 9John Smoltz42Bartolo Colon23David Price16 7Scott Erickson47Mark Buehrle24Justin Verlander17 Source: FanGraphs Yet he was also a thoroughly modern pitcher, dominating with strikeouts and pinpoint control, a technician in addition to a workhorse. Since 2000, his fielding-independent pitching (relative to the league) is right up there with today’s aces such as Clayton Kershaw, Chris Sale and Corey Kluber. Since many of the metrics most commonly used to judge Hall of Fame standards were built with pitchers of a different era in mind, the metrics might need to be adjusted to better reflect what’s valued in today’s best hurlers. And Halladay might serve as a great test case, since he (more than maybe anyone else) helped the game transition between those eras of pitching.Whether Doc makes it to the Hall of Fame is irrelevant right now, though. What matters right now is that every time Halladay took to the mound, people were watching. Regardless of whether you were a pitcher or a hitter growing up, you wanted to be like Doc.— Neil Paine contributed research.CORRECTION (Nov. 8, 2017, 11:30 a.m.): A previous version of the first table in this article incorrectly showed Tim Hudson as having 26 complete games since 2000. He had 25. read more

Girlguides to get a period poverty badge as they encourage girls to

Guides will also be encouraged to create a short presentation to explain a period product to an alien from another planet. Guidance for leaders says that meetings should be a “safe space for girls to share their experiences and talk freely without feeling judged or embarrassed”. It also emphasises that it is “not only girls and women who experience periods, as trans boys and non-binary people experience them too.”Girlguiding is also calling for a change in the language used for periods, arguing that using euphemisms is “confusing” and “makes them seem like something that should be secret, hidden away and never mentioned”. It is is “calling for the language to change from hygiene or sanitary products, to period or menstrual products”.  The move sees Girlguiding join a national campaign to help girls who are suffering “period poverty”, meaning they are unable to afford tampons and pads. Girls will be encouraged to bring in items to donate to their fellow Guides who can’t afford them, or to take to local food banks. Girlguiding advocate Ellie Dibben said: “From a young age we are told that periods are meant to be private, a secret to be dealt with quietly, leaving many people ashamed and often uninformed about periods. “We need to bring periods into the open and give young people the opportunity to learn and ask questions.” The Girlguides Advocate Panel The Girlguides Advocate Panel The badge includes several different types of period products The Girl Guides are to get a “period poverty” badge as they encourage girls to discuss menstruation.The organisation has joined campaigning efforts to remove taboos around menstruation and help girls who struggle to afford products such as pads and tampons.A new programme of activities designed by the charity WaterAid will see girls devise a drama to set out how they would deal with situations such as what to do if their period leaks onto their underwear or clothes while they are not at home. Units will be able to buy period poverty badges decorated with images of tampons, pads and menstrual cups to demonstrate their commitment to the cause.  The badge shows several different types of period productsCredit:Girlguiding UK 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. read more

Big cat on the loose in Cornwall as paw print raises fears

”If any animal is sighted it should not be approached.”An RSPCA spokesman said: “The RSPCA has been contacted about a suspected big cat sighting in Harrowbarrow, Cornwall, last week.”Our officer attended after reports that a labrador had been scratched by a large, black cat.”Thankfully, the dog is fine although he has scratch marks, and the owner is taking precautions to keep an eye on the dog in case of further sightings.”We will continue to monitor the situation.” 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. A big cat is on the loose in Cornwall, police have said, after they made a plaster cast of a paw print left in the garden where a family dog was mauled.Police and the RSPCA say the paw print is far too large to be that of a domesticated cat, leading some to believe the myth of the big cats roaming Dartmoor to be true.It has been claimed that three pumas were released onto the wilds of Dartmoor by the late Mary Chipperfield, the famous circus owner, after her zoo in Plymouth closed in 1978. Her husband has denied the claims.There have been reports of big cats on the prowl around Dartmoor for years, and now dogs in the area are facing mysterious injuries.Officials have confirmed the prints – measuring almost five inches – are that of a big cat and police say “something has been here which should not be”. Th 23-year-old added: “He was covered in blood. He had a big deep gash on his front left leg and one between his toes.”On his left shoulder was a big black claw mark, as if a muddy claw had scraped down the side of him.”He’s still not interested in going out in the garden at night. He loves his garden and now can’t bear it.”The RSPCA said it had probably already caught something and was eating it in our garden and that’s why it didn’t take Marley; it was just protecting its food when it took him down.”Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police came to inspect the scene and took a cast of the large paw print left in his garden.A spokesperson said: “An officer attended the property and located the footprints in the garden. We called the RSPCA for advice and took a cast of the print which they confirmed was the pad of a large cat.”Over the years, there have been a number of similar reports across Devon and Cornwall.”There is no evidence that such animals represent a danger to humans. It is highly likely that they would avoid human contact and only represent a danger if trapped. It is believed Mary Chipperfield released pumas into the wild It is believed Mary Chipperfield released pumas into the wildCredit:Evening Standard/Getty Images James Stephenson, from the Cornwall village of Callington, close to Dartmoor, raised the alarm after his dog Marley was found with bleeding claw marks on its shoulder.He said he has seen a large cat prowling near his garden, and thinks this is the beast that mauled his pet. read more

Government can avoid further cuts with tax hike for top 10 of

first_imgA REPORT PUBLISHED today has recommended an increase in the income tax rate for the top 10 per cent of earners in Ireland, which could raise an additional €400 million, instead of further harsh cuts in the budget.The report by the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) said there are “mixed signals pointing towards stability, even tentative recovery, alongside concerns on export growth, domestic demand, continued long-term unemployment and declining GDP”.It recommended that the fiscal adjustment should be €2 billion, rather than the proposed €3.1 billion package suggesting that the saving on the promissory note restructuring could be used to reduce the Budget’s scale.The remaining adjustment should be achieved with taxation measures, according to NERI, with only cuts imposed being those already agreed and announced under the two public sector wage agreements.An additional €400 million from households in the top 10 per cent of income distribution – those earning above €109,000 a year – could be raised with a 1.5 per cent increase in the income tax rate, the report found.The report’s projections include depressed but positive GDP growth of one per cent this year, increasing marginally to 1.2 per cent in 2014 and a steady decrease in unemployment out to 2016 reaching 12.1 per cent.Read: Noonan: We might have some leeway if figures ahead of Budget are positive>last_img read more

Column Croke Park II underlines the need for a unilateral approach to

first_imgTHE SECOND ACT of the Joke Park Agreement has been published after a series of dramatic walk-outs, the usual media posturing and obligatory look-important all night talks to hammer out the final deal (or play cards long enough that it looks like you fought your corner). The week that followed has seen the unions splitting in a way we really haven’t seen through the golden years of social partnership, and it seems that sector by sector there could well be industrial action to come and further pressure on fault lines.The legacy of Croke Park IThe whole idea of the agreement was to seek the same sort of non-confrontational consensus that ruled during the upwards-only salary review period of the boom. The government would seek efficiencies and in return there would be no lay-offs and the unions wouldn’t strike. Of course, all the pay raises during the boom years were supposed to deliver these mysterious and magical ‘efficiencies’, but never mind.Croke Park I managed to bring the public sector to realise such novel savings as universities tendering together for the same goods and services to avail of lower prices with their combined volume. In other words, we had to bargain with the unions to get senior employees to pick up the phone to one another and coordinate.Cork County Council managed to drop their annual travel bill by €300,000 in one year; which is fascinating when one considers that the Department of Foreign Affairs got its down by €500,000. Again in other words, the joke of an agreement saw such goodwill from union members (and it does seem from this that they are union members first, employees of the state second) that they decided to go on fewer junkets that year.Pay and allowancesThe new agreement crosses a Rubicon as far as the unions are concerned, in that it attacks certain forms of pay and allowances; cutting pay for those earning over €65,000 a year and freezing increments. I have written recently that the changes to the pay of front-line staff, who work under strained circumstances, is unacceptable. However, I don’t see much of a problem in cutting out the putting-stamps-on-letters or putting-toner-in-the-printer allowances for office workers; or being-paid-an-allowance-to-drive-a-forklift-when-your-job-title-is-forklift-driver. Similarly, the idea that folks in full time salaried jobs should work a 39 hour week merely begs the question in my mind as to why they don’t already work a 40 hour week.Our public sector has been constructed over the years like a patchwork quilt of organisations, working rules, pay agreements and bureaucratic pertinacity. One of the major accomplishments of Croke Park I was that it started to grease the wheels for moving public servants from one area of state employment to another to meet demands, such as in our social welfare apparatus. Under the union rules, when you’re hired you’re hired, and not but for a stick of dynamite, a promotion or pay increase should you move, change, adapt or acquiesce for the good of the organisation.A unilateral approach to reformIf we’re now going to see the truce between unions and the state comes apart, there should be a more unilateral approach to reform of how our public sector works. The example of Defence Forces reform in the past two decades springs to mind, when the government brought in external experts to produce a white paper on reform. It looked at the forces as they were at the time, set up for the troubles and UN deployments that were both winding down; and having a massive legacy that stretched back to British military rule of the country in terms of facilities and structures.The report looked at where they wanted to go, and a process of modernisation was implemented that changed things right down to the quality of the runners issued to soldiers for use during physical training. Facilities were closed, conditions improved and an up-or-out system came into effect.That kind of systemic and all-encompassing reform hasn’t been tried under the compromise agreements of Croke Park. It could be argued that its success in the Defence Forces lays with the dual facts that soldiers’ lives are at risk if the organisation isn’t performing at top notch; and anyway, they’re not allowed go on strike.The government should look to perform this kind of reform and improvement on an ongoing basis in any event; but in the context of the need for savings and more efficient work practices, it is particularly pertinent today. If unions are not willing to engage in the reasonably soft process of consensus built reform, public sector workers should be presented with reforms for efficiencies. Pay is a different matter, and I believe in reaching agreement there; but when it comes to work practices short of robber baron practices, employees should do as they are told.Bent over a barrelIf managers within the public sector want to frustrate reforms, they should be judged against their performance in achieving independently set targets and fired if they can’t – or won’t – do it. If workers want to strike while a deal is on the table, they should be left out in the cold. The country was bent over a barrel for too long by unions whose leaders had their heads in the trough alongside their political benefactors during the boom.These same unions, barring those on the frontline who are under a cheap attack, can get with the new programme or enjoy singing Marxist songs around the picket line fires while we move on ahead without them. There’s plenty of folks of who won’t expect a mail opening allowance during their 35 hour week who can cross those pickets.There’s a deal – it’s not ideal, but it’s a deal.Aaron McKenna is a businessman and a columnist for He is also involved in activism in his local area. You can find out more about him at or follow him on Twitter @aaronmckenna. To read more columns by Aaron click here.last_img read more

World of Warcraft Expansion Pack Fastest Selling PC Game

first_imgAfter a month of sales, Catalyst, the latest World of Warcraft expansion pack has hit 4.7 million copies–a new record that makes the title “the fastest selling PC game of all time,” according to the numbers Warcraft publisher, Blizzard. Catalyst beat out the previous record holder–Wrath of the Lich King, the previous Warcraft expansion pack. The title was released in United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand on December 7th, selling 3.3 million copies its first day. The game went on sale in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, two days later.Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime was, naturally, rather excited at the news, We created thousands of new quests, introduced new lands to explore, and extensively revamped the game world for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, making it our biggest and most ambitious expansion yet. We’ve been floored by the community’s response so far, and we’d like to thank them for their continued passion and support for World of Warcraft, and for helping Cataclysm reach this incredible milestone. Ahead of Catalyst’s release, WoW’s base grew to more than 12 million subscribers.last_img read more