Swamy links Sonia with chopper deal, Cong forces adjournments

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 27 (PTI) Angry exchanges between opposition Congress and ruling BJP members over Subramaniam Swamy seeking to drag Sonia Gandhis name in the controversial AgustaWestland helicopter contract bribery case led to two adjournments of the Rajya Sabha in the pre-noon session. However, Gandhis name was later expunged by Deputy Chairman P J Kurien. Swamy had raised the issue through an adjournment notice under Rule 267, his first intervention since he took oath in the House yesterday, and referred to the allegations made by Christian Micheal, the middleman in the scandal, through a letter in the High Court of Italy. The naming of Gandhi led the Congress members to angrily storm into the Well, with a handful even moving closer to the treasury benches menacingly. Members of the treasury benches too got up on their seats to counter the opposition. Fearing an ugly showdown, a couple of marshalls too stepped into the Well to act as a wall between the opposition and the ruling side. Before things got out of hand, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien adjourned the House for 10 minutes. When the House reassembled, Kurien expunged Swamys reference to Gandhi saying he should not name a member who cannot come and defend himself or herself. “I am not admonishing you as this is your first speech in the House” after being nominated to the Upper House. “But the name is expunged,” Kurien said. This did not satisfy the Congress members who were in the Well again shouting slogans against Swamy. Kurien said though it was Swamys first day today after being nominated to the Rajya Sabha, “you have been member of this House before and you should know that the name of a member of the other House cannot be taken here”. As Congress members continued to raise slogans from the Well, the Deputy Chairman again adjourned the House till noon. (More) PTI ANZ ARC ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: All you need to know

first_imgThe ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will begin on May 30 with hosts England playing their opening match against South Africa at London. This will be a 6-week long festival of cricket featuring the top ten teams in world cricket. The format for the tournament will be a single group of 10 teams, with each team playing the other nine once.This means a total of 45 matches will be played in the league stage, with each team playing a total of nine matches. The top four teams from the group will progress to the knockout stage. The first semi-final will be played in Manchester on July 9. In this World Cup, there are Super Overs only in the semi-finals and final. In the past two World Cups, a Super Over was available only for the final.England are considered as the favourites to clinch the World Cup 2019 as they are No.1 ODI side in the ICC’s rankings. They have been unbeatable in a one-day series in more than two years, and are the hosts too. India are ranked No.2 and are considered strong contenders too. Team India will lock horns with South Africa on June 5 in their opening game.England and Wales have previously staged the World Cup in 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999. Australia are the most successful side, having won in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015. The West Indies won the first two editions in 1975 and 1979, while India won in 1983 and 2011. Other winners are Pakistan in 1992 and Sri Lanka in 1996.Prize money on offerThere is a lot of money to be made. The total prize money is $10 million. The winner receives $4 million and the runners-up earn $2 million. Tthe losing semi-finalists get $800,000 each at the end of the 46-day tournament being played across 11 venues.10 TEAMS:India | England | Pakistan | Australia | South Africa | Sri Lanka | New Zealand | West Indies | Bangladesh | Afghanistan.Here are the squads and fixtures of all teamsINDIAIndia Squad:Virat Kohli ©, Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wicket keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Y. Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami.India Fixtures:SA vs IND on June 05, 15:00 PM (IST)IND vs AUS on June 09, 15:00 PM (IST)IND vs NZ on June 13, 15:00 PM (IST)IND vs PAK on June 16, 15:00 PM (IST)IND vs AFG on June 22, 15:00 PM (IST)WI vs IND on June 27, 15:00 PM (IST)ENG vs IND on June 30, 15:00 PM (IST)BAN vs IND on July 02, 15:00 PM (IST)SL vs IND on July 06, 15:00 PM (IST)ENGLANDEngland Squad:Eoin Morgan ©, Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wicket keeper), Jos Buttler (wicket keeper), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.England Fixtures:ENG vs SA on May 30, 15:00 PM (IST)ENG vs PAK on June 3, 15:00 PM (IST)ENG vs BAN on June 8, 15:00 PM (IST)ENG vs WI on June 14, 15:00 PM (IST)AFG vs ENG on June 18, 15:00 PM (IST)ENG vs SL on June 21, 15:00 PM (IST)ENG vs AUS on June 25, 15:00 PM (IST)ENG vs IND on June 30, 15:00 PM (IST)ENG vs NZ on July 3, 15:00 PM (IST)PAKISTANPakistan Squad:Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & wicket keeper), Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad HasnainadvertisementPakistan Fixtures:PAK vs WI on May 31, 15:00 PM (IST)ENG vs PAK on June 3, 15:00 PM (IST)PAK vs SL on June 7, 15:00 PM (IST)AUS vs PAK on June 12, 15:00 PM (IST)IND vs PAK on June 16, 15:00 PM (IST)PAK vs SA on June 23, 15:00 PM (IST)NZ vs PAK on June 26, 15:00 PM (IST)AFG vs PAK on June 29, 15:00 PM (IST)BAN vs PAK on July 5, 18:00 PM (IST)AUSTRALIAAustralia Squad:Aaron Finch ©, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wicket keeper), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Kane Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Pat CumminsAustralia Fixtures:AFG vs AUS on June 1, 15:00 PM (IST)AUS vs WI on June 6, 15:00 PM (IST)IND vs AUS on June 09, 15:00 PM (IST)AUS vs PAK on June 12, 15:00 PM (IST)AUS vs SL on June 15, 15:00 PM (IST)AUS vs BAN on June 20, 15:00 PM (IST)ENG vs AUS on June 25, 15:00 PM (IST)AUS vs NZ on June 29, 18:00 PM (IST)AUS vs SA on July 6, 18:00 PM (IST)SOUTH AFRICASouth Africa Squad:Faf du Plessis ©, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wicket keeper), JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen.South Africa Fixtures:advertisementENG vs SA on May 30, 15:00 PM (IST)SA vs BAN on June 2, 15:00 PM (IST)SA vs IND on June 05, 15:00 PM (IST)SA vs WI on June 10, 15:00 PM (IST)SA vs AFG on June 15, 18:00 PM (IST)NZ vs SA on June 19, 15:00 PM (IST)PAK vs SA on June 23, 15:00 PM (IST)SL vs SA on June 28, 15:00 PM (IST)AUS vs SA on July 6, 18:00 PM (IST)SRI LANKASri Lanka Squad:Dimuth Karunaratne ©, Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga, Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jefferey Vandersay, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Jeewan Mendis and Milinda Siriwardana.Sri Lanka Fixtures:NZ vs SL on June 1, 15:00 PM (IST)AFG vs SL on June 5, 15:00 PM (IST)PAK vs SL on June 7, 15:00 PM (IST)BAN vs SL on June 11, 15:00 PM (IST)AUS vs SL on June 15, 15:00 PM (IST)ENG vs SL on June 21, 15:00 PM (IST)SL vs SA on June 28, 15:00 PM (IST)SL vs WI on July 1, 15:00 PM (IST)SL vs IND on July 6, 15:00 PM (IST)NEW ZEALANDNew Zealand Squad:Kane Williamson ©, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wicket keeper), Tom Blundell (wicket keeper), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham.New Zealand Fixtures:NZ vs SL on June 1, 18:00 PM (IST)BAN vs NZ on June 5, 15:00 PM (IST)AFG vs NZ on June 8, 18:00 PM (IST)IND vs NZ on June 13, 15:00 PM (IST)NZ vs SA on June 19, 15:00 PM (IST)WI vs NZ on June 22, 18:00 PM (IST)NZ vs PAK on June 26, 15:00 PM (IST)AUS vs NZ on June 29, 18:00 PM (IST)ENG vs NZ on July 3, 15:00 PM (IST)WEST INDIESWest Indies Squad:Jason Holder ©, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Nicholas Pooran (wicket keeper), Ashley Nurse, Fabian Allen, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wicket keeper), Oshane Thomas, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis.West Indies Fixtures:PAK vs WI on May 31, 15:00 PM (IST)AUS vs WI on June 6, 15:00 PM (IST)SA vs WI on June 10, 15:00 PM (IST)ENG vs WI on June 14, 15:00 PM (IST)WI vs BAN on June 17, 15:00 PM (IST)WI vs NZ on June 22, 18:00 PM (IST)WI vs IND on June 27, 15:00 PM (IST)SL vs WI on July 1, 15:00 PM (IST)AFG vs WI on July 4, 15:00 PM (IST)BANGLADESHBangladesh Squad:Mashrafe Mortaza ©, Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicket keeper), Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan (vc), Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahaman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed.Bangladesh Fixtures:SA vs BAN on June 2, 15:00 PM (IST)BAN vs NZ on June 5, 15:00 PM (IST)ENG vs BAN on June 8, 15:00 PM (IST)BAN vs SL on June 11, 15:00 PM (IST)WI vs BAN on June 17, 15:00 PM (IST)AUS vs BAN on June 20, 15:00 PM (IST)BAN vs AFG on June 24, 15:00 PM (IST)BAN vs IND on July 02, 15:00 PM (IST)BAN vs PAK on July 5, 18:00 PM (IST)AFGHANISTANAfghanistan Squad:Gulbadin Naib ©, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.advertisementAfghanistan Fixtures:AFG vs AUS on June 1, 15:00 PM (IST)AFG vs SL on June 5, 15:00 PM (IST)AFG vs NZ on June 8, 18:00 PM (IST)SA vs AFG on June 15, 18:00 PM (IST)ENG vs AFG on June 18, 15:00 PM (IST)IND vs AFG on June 22, 15:00 PM (IST)BAN vs AFG on June 24, 15:00 PM (IST)AFG vs PAK on June 29, 15:00 PM (IST)AFG vs WI on July 4, 15:00 PM (IST)Also Read | Virat Kohli has amazingly matured as captain: Kapil DevAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Hosts England take on Steyn-less South AfricaAlso Watch:last_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2019: Viv Richards picks Jos Buttler as X-factor of World Cup 2019

first_imgWest Indies legend Viv Richards admitted to being a huge fan of Jos Buttler and picked the England wicketkeeper batsman as the player who would be the X-factor in the ongoing World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.”Apart from Virat I believe England have some players who can hurt you. Like Jos Buttler, I’m a big fan of him. People like Eoin Morgan as well,” Viv Richards said at Salaam Cricket 2019.Nasser Hussain, Michael Clarke and Wasim Akram had their picks as well.”Not many sides win the World Cup without great individuals. West Indies had Viv, India had MS Dhoni in 2011. What you need is greatness to get you over the line. Whichever side has that greatness will win the World Cup this year,” Nasser Hussain said.”Virat Kohli has been the standout batsman for a long period of time. The statistics say the story. Virat will be sitting in his room right now praying to go out and bat in the World Cup final. If India is chasing 250 in the final, he will want to score 200 of that. That is instilled in Virat,” Michael Clarke said.”I reckon David Warner will be the X-factor. He has come back after a year and he has a point to prove. He will be the player to watch out in this World Cup,” Wasim Akram said.Pakistan batsman Younis Khan meanwhile, reckons that every team has an X-factor in their team in this World Cup.”Every team has an X-factor in their side. We are not talking much about two teams this time – New Zealand and West Indies. New Zealand always perform well in big tournaments like this. Even the West Indies side is very dangerous. They both can beat any team.advertisement”If you talk about X-factor the Indian team has Virat Kohli, the Windies have Chris Gayle, Martin Guptill is there in New Zealand. There are 4-5 players who can become big stars. Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam can be match-winners for Pakistan,” Younis Khan said.The legends were also asked on who they thought was the greatest player in World Cup history according to them and most of them took Richards’s name.Sunil Gavaskar: “Sir Viv Richards.”Wasim Akram: “I would also pick Viv Richards in my team. He was the whole package.”Viv Richards: “For some reason I think England have got an individual who is going to get things done. I would pick Jos Buttler.”Michael Clarke: “I’d like to pick Shane Warne.”Misbah: “Wasim Akram was the full package so I would go for him.”Nasser Hussain: “I’m going to go for Viv. It is an absolute fact that Viv Richards was the greatest of all time. He is also a great ambassador of the sport.”last_img read more

GRASSLEY HOPES TO GET WELLMARK BACK IN IOWA HEALTH EXCHANGE

first_imgGrassley-090507-18363- 0032 If Medica pulls out of Iowa’s Affordable Care Act exchange after proposing a 43 and a half per cent rate increase, some 72-thousand Iowans would have no health care options.Two other providers, Aetna and Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, abandoned the exchange this spring.Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s working to return one of them to the fold.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/GRASSLEYHC.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..”32 waiver” ;20The state is proposing a “stopgap” plan that would revise the A-C-A and keep insurers on the state’s exchange.Wellmark officials say the company’s re-entry would hinge on federal approval of that stopgap.Grassley says it’s a complicated process to sort it all out.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/GRASSLEYHC2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..”the exchange” :16The Republican Senator places blame on the health plan which was initially devised by Democrats and President Obama:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/GRASSLEYHC3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..”was passed” :19The U-S House passed a replacement plan for the A-C-A weeks ago, a plan many senators rejected.The Senate, according to Grassley, is making significant progress on its own replacement plan, hopefully by the July 4th break.Radio Iowalast_img read more

Dortmund to step up Reus contract talks

first_imgTransfers Dortmund to step up Reus contract talks Joe Wright 20:47 2/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) marco reus - cropped Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Borussia Dortmund v Augsburg Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga The Bundesliga club are eager to secure the Germany international on a new deal following his return from injury Borussia Dortmund plan to step up talks with Marco Reus over a new contract, according to sporting director Michael Zorc.The Germany international has 18 months remaining on his deal at Signal Iduna Park and has yet to agree to an extension.Reus only returned from a cruciate ligament injury in February and has scored twice in his last two Bundesliga appearances, against Borussia Monchengladbach and Augsburg. 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 Zorc says the 28-year-old did not want to discuss new terms while he recovered but now expects negotiations to pick up pace.”We totally understood that Marco did not want to enter contract talks during his injury,” he told Sport Bild.”And, of course, we will now intensify the talks.”Reus, who moved to Dortmund from Gladbach in 2012, has been linked with a possible move to Liverpool.However, it is reported in Germany that the player’s representatives have already held preliminary talks with Dortmund officials over a new contract.Dortmund coach Peter Stoger recently labelled Reus “indispensable” following his return from injury amid speculation of a potential summer transfer.”If he’s fit and well he is indispensable for any team,” Stoger said of the 28-year-old.”We will do it the same way as we handled it last week. We speak to him constantly because he knows his body very well, because he knows how well he is, and because it is just as important to us as it is to him that he stays healthy.”So, we will decide soon how we manage his role. It was always in our minds [that he would be rested], but if he feels well, he is indispensable for this team.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Giveaway: $250 Mountain Standard Shopping Spree (Just in Time for Spring)

first_img The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations 11 of the Best Low-Calorie Craft Beers for Watching Your Beer Belly An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Based out of Boulder, Colorado, one of the world’s epicenters for mountain climbing, trekking, hiking, and generally just hanging around at elevation, Mountain Standard offers high-quality, durable outdoor gear and goods for lower prices than can be found most anywhere else. They are able to undercut bigger brands on pricing without skimping on craftsmanship by offering a direct to consumer sales model. There are no retail outlets for Mountain Standard, only the wild world of the web. And that’s the way they like it. With little overhead, Mountain Standard is able to fill the need for affordable outdoor gear that still has the functionality and performance of those larger outfitters.With spring in full swing in most parts of the country, getting outdoors is going to become more and more of a priority for many of The Manual’s readers. But inevitably with each new outdoor season, new gear is required to replace the old, worn, and torn. We want to help you with that. And thanks to our friends at Mountain Standard, you now have the chance at winning a $250 shopping spree to prove that you don’t need a lot of money to get outdoors and experience nature. Sign up to win below and be part of Mountain Standard’s #RIMBY (Right In My Back Yard) spirit.Here’s what $250 from MS can get you (with money to spare):Down Vest – $59See ItLightweight Pullover Hoodie – $27See ItFun Hog Tee – $27See ItStandard Issue Insulator – $63See ItRIMBY Tee – $28See It The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now last_img read more

Newly Delivered Höegh Jacksonville Begins Bareboat Charter

first_imgOcean Yield took delivery of the newbuilding PCTC vessel “Höegh Jacksonville” from Daewoo-Mangalia Heavy Industries, Romania at the end of April.The vessel, which has a capacity of 6, 500 cars, was delivered on time and on budget and has from delivery entered into its 12-year bareboat charter to Höegh Autoliners.Classed by the DNV, the vessel has a gross tonnage of 57,000 tons and a length overall of 199.90 m.last_img

Traffic Advisory Kings County

first_imgKINGS COUNTY: Prospect Road Prospect Road between English Mountain Road and Cambridge Mountain Road will be closed to replace a culvert until Tuesday, Sept. 14. A detour is available along Trunk 1. Local Area Office: 902-902-538-4199 -30-last_img

Mise à jour sur la prématernelle

first_imgLes classes de prématernelle accueilleront bientôt des centaines d’enfants de quatre ans à l’échelle de la province. Le processus d’embauche est terminé dans le Tri-County School Board, où six classes sont prêtes à ouvrir la semaine du 25 septembre. Les parents recevront des renseignements supplémentaires cette semaine. Cinquante classes à 43 différents endroits de la province offriront gratuitement le programme de prématernelle. Ce nombre inclut les 20 programmes qui existent déjà à l’intention des enfants de quatre ans, y compris les huit programmes offerts par les centres de la petite enfance. « Les recherches démontrent bien les avantages du programme de prématernelle pour les enfants, affirme Zach Churchill, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. « Le fait d’offrir gratuitement à toutes les familles un accès égal au programme de prématernelle permet à tous les enfants d’avoir des chances égales et leur donne un bon départ pour l’apprentissage. » Les conseils scolaires en sont à différentes étapes du processus d’embauche. Le recrutement se poursuivra jusqu’à ce que tous les postes aient été pourvus. Le ministère continuera de collaborer avec ses partenaires pour assurer l’ouverture de toutes les classes avant la fin du mois de septembre. Voici des mises à jour pour chacun des conseils scolaires : Tri-County School Board : Le processus d’embauche est terminé. Annapolis Valley Regional School Board : Le processus d’embauche est terminé à l’exception d’un seul poste. South Shore Regional School Board : Le processus d’embauche est terminé à l’exception d’un seul poste. Halifax Regional School Board : Le processus d’embauche est terminé à l’exception d’un seul poste. Chignecto-Central Regional School Board : Les entrevues sont en cours. Strait Regional School Board : Le processus d’embauche est en cours. Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board : Les entrevues pour les postes d’éducatrices de la petite enfance sont terminées. Le processus d’embauche pour le poste de gestionnaire du programme de prématernelle est en cours. Conseil scolaire acadien provincial : Le programme existant du centre de la petite enfance a été transformé en programme de prématernelle. Les conseils scolaires communiqueront avec les parents qui ont déjà inscrit leur enfant pour confirmer l’inscription une fois le processus d’embauche du personnel terminé. Il s’agit de la première phase d’un processus de mise en place sur quatre ans du programme gratuit de prématernelle qui sera offert à toutes les familles néo-écossaises de la province d’ici 2020. Pour obtenir plus d’information, les parents peuvent consulter le www.ednet.ns.ca/pre-primary (en anglais seulement) ou le site Web de leur conseil scolaire.last_img read more

In the news today March 26

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, March 26———CANADIANS EVACUATED COUNTER-TERROR TROOPS IN MALICanadian peacekeepers were called upon to evacuate several wounded French soldiers in Mali earlier this month after their counter-terrorism patrol was ambushed by militants. The previously unreported evacuation marked the first time the Canadians have been asked to help non-UN forces in the sprawling West African nation, where the French have been conducting counter-terror operations since 2014. Canadian mission commander Col. Travis Morehen says the UN and France have agreed to help each other in extreme circumstances and that his peacekeepers ended up saving allied lives.———TRUDEAU MEETING WITH LABOUR LEADERS IN WINNIPEGJustin Trudeau will be focusing on the training benefits in the recently released budget as he meets with labour leaders in Winnipeg today. The prime minister arrived in the city yesterday evening and gave a speech at Liberal donor event about how this fall’s election is a choice about the kind of country Canadians want. Trudeau warned people not to move towards populism and dog-whistle politics. Trudeau never spoke about the S-N-C-Lavalin controversy ,but alluded to it by telling the crowd of supporters that the Conservatives are trying to avoid talking about the recently released budget because they don’t have a better plan.———SNOWDEN ‘GAURDIAN ANGEL’ ARRIVES IN CANADAA woman who escaped violence and human trafficking, and helped shelter former CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden when he fled to Hong Kong, has arrived in Canada with her daughter after being granted refugee status. Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter Keana arrived in Toronto on Monday before travelling to Montreal, where they will settle in an apartment provided to them by a non-profit group that filed her 2016 asylum application. Her lawyer, Robert Tibbo, said Rodel was part of a group that became known as Snowden’s “Guardian Angels.” They helped the fugitive at Tibbo’s request in 2013, when the whistleblower fled the United States to Hong Kong after leaking classified information about the U.S. National Security Administration.———B.C. BRINGS IN TAX CREDIT TO SPUR LNG DEVELOPMENTBritish Columbia is changing the province’s tax structure for liquefied natural gas projects, aiming to encourage more development through a natural gas tax credit. Finance Minister Carole James says the change was introduced in legislation Monday and is meant to bring jobs and other financial benefits to the province through economic partnerships with Indigenous Peoples while also protecting the environment. Under the changes, the government would amend the Income Tax Act to implement the tax credit for LNG development. It would also repeal the Liquefied Natural Gas Income Tax Act, which it says created barriers for investment and left the province open to footing the bill for special industry tax and regulatory protections.———NOVA SCOTIA TO TABLE BALANCED BUDGET TODAYNova Scotia’s Liberal government is expected to table its fourth consecutive balanced budget today. Finance Minister Karen Casey says past fiscal prudence means the budget will contain increased funding for priority areas such as health care and education. Casey says the capital plan announced earlier this month shows the province is committed to boosting health care spending for things that are needed. The capital plan contains $156.9 million for redevelopment of the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax and design work for new health-care facilities in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— A sentencing hearing will be held for Matthew Percy, a former Saint Mary’s University groundskeeper who was found guilty of sexual assault and voyeurism.— The trial continues of Lance Matthew Regan, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of a fellow inmate at Edmonton Institution in 2011. The charge was initially thrown out due to trial delays and the Supreme Court’s Jordan decision.— Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale delivers a keynote address to the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Saskatchewan mayor hopes his community follows him on path to reconciliation

first_imgLarissa BurnoufAPTN National NewsThe mayor of Elbow, Saskatchewan has agreed to help in the elimination of racism faced by First Nations people in his community by ensuring that all staff and elected officials be educated on the history of Treaties, residential schools and the treaty and inherent rights of first nations people.Rob Hundeby said it’s time to acknowledge that racism is alive and well in Saskatchewan.“I’ve actually had people approach me and say part of the reason they look at investing in Elbow or building a home in Elbow, is because there is no reserve that’s close by,” he said. That’s wrong. Racism is still a part of Saskatchewan.”Hundeby said at a recent Saskatchewan urban municipalities (SUMA) convention, FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron was welcomed for the first time to address the communities.He said he was touched by Cameron’s speech and it opened his eyes to the racist attitudes still being in Saskatchewan.“There’s SUMA, which you’re dealing with urban communities, and there’s SARM, which you’re dealing with rural communities,” he said. “And the Indigenous population doesn’t really have a fit anywhere in there and I think partially due to racism.”The mayor is now setting an example and apologizing for any racist attitudes he’s had towards aboriginal people, hoping it starts to build bridges towards reconciliation.“I apologize to you Chief Cameron and the FSIN for any racist thoughts, comments or actions that I’ve had during my life and I hope you accept my apology.”Cameron, who heads up the FSIN, shook the mayors hand and accepted the apology.Cameron said it’s a starting point that will hopefully welcome other urban and rural municipalities in the province to come to the table and begin to work together on addressing racism. And that ending racism and building a bond between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in Saskatchewan is something we must do now, for future generations.“None of us are going anywhere but our children and grandchildren are going to live here,” said Cameron. “What kind of legacy and foundation do we want to leave behind for our children? {That} legacy is built on love, kindness, and respect. Acceptance of each and every one of us, for who we are, what we are, where we live, how we walk, how we talk. Acceptance and forgiveness.”Hundeby said while the resolution to sign the MOU was passed unanimously by village council, the community of Elbow has not be consulted.He said he hopes his constituents are on board.last_img read more

Baseball Ohio State looking to put rough 2017 behind it heading into

Ohio State freshman right fielder Dominic Canzone bats in the bottom of the seventh inning against North Carolina Greensboro. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterTo say the Ohio State baseball team had an up-and-down 2017 season might be too generous. It limped to a 22-34 overall finish, including an 8-16 conference record, and did not qualify for the Big Ten tournament.In particular, the pitching staff performed uncharacteristically poor, with an ERA climbing above the 5.00 mark for the first time since head coach Greg Beals took over in 2011.“We know it’s not acceptable to have the record we did last year here at Ohio State,” redshirt senior pitcher Adam Niemeyer said. Despite last season’s struggles, sophomore outfielder Dominic Canzone and senior pitcher Seth Kinker both said this team expects to compete for and win a Big Ten title.Being fresh off an 11th-place Big Ten finish does not provide much reason to believe that goal is attainable. But the return of several starters and a renewed chemistry provides hope for the Buckeyes.Niemeyer said a main issue with last year’s team was the growing pains involved in having “17 or 18 new players in key roles.” This year’s team will not have that problem. Beals used the word “feeling” to describe the attitude last season’s group had as opposed to “attacking” like he expects this squad to do.“I see a lot better baserunning, being able to go first to third, being able to score from first base,” Beals said. “Dirt-ball reads, having some action in counts where in a 3-1, 3-2 count where we think there’s gonna be action with the bat we’ll get runners started. Just little things like that.”The Buckeyes will return all of their starting pitchers from a season ago except Jake Post. Junior Ryan Feltner, who was recently listed as the top-ranked Big Ten prospect by both D1Baseball.com and Perfect Game scouting services, has struggled in the past, but could prove to be the ace of the staff. He already has been named as the regular-season Friday night starter.To fill out the starting rotation, Beals also will look to Niemeyer and fellow redshirt senior Yianni Pavlopoulos, along with junior Connor Curlis and sophomore Jake Vance. All five of those players have started at least five games for Ohio State, and only Vance has fewer than 24 game appearances.Curlis will take the mound first for the Buckeyes this weekend during the Snowbird Classic, Beals said.“[Curlis] is working very hard,” Kinker said. “He works with Feltner who, honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone work as hard as Feltner.”Kinker, who had 54 strikeouts and a 2.95 ERA last season, headlines a bullpen that features four additional seniors. Experience won’t necessarily translate to performance on the mound though, especially on the back of a poor performance from the pitching staff last year. Niemeyer expects his fellow hurlers to improve their control.“[We want to] fill up the zone early in counts, ‘cause that gives us an advantage,” Niemeyer said. “You just have to have the mindset if someone hits a first-pitch ground or fly ball that’s a good thing. You don’t have to try to strike everyone out.”The Buckeyes maintained all but two starters from last season’s starting lineup. Among the returnees is sophomore Conner Pohl at third base, who was second on the team with a .325 batting average last season. Last year’s primary third baseman Brady Cherry is back playing second base. Canzone will be in right field once again; he led the team with a .346 batting average and was second with 36 RBI. He also stole 13 bases.“I’m very confident with the guys that we’re gonna put on the field this year,” Canzone said. “All around it’s just a lot of great chemistry across the board, this team. I’m just excited and it’s the most fun I’ve had, honestly, in a preseason.”Junior catcher Jacob Barnwell is back behind the plate after 51 starts last season, and junior college transfer Kobie Foppe rounds out the infield at shortstop with a defensive style Beals called “smooth.” Malik Jones, another junior college transfer, will be in center field.An intriguing development within the batting order is the group of athletes vying for playing time at first base, left field and designated hitter.“We’ve got several capable bodies. Bo Coolen and Noah McGowan are both gonna get playing time at first base, McGowan can play some left field and DH, Nate Romans can DH, [Tyler] Cowles can play left field and DH,” Beals said. “We’re gonna be able to wiggle and play some guys that are hot.”Ohio State opens its season Friday against UW-Milwaukee as part of the Snowbird Classic. read more

New Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith reveals shows bosses gave

first_imgLeith has been lined up to replace Mary Berry as a judge for the baking competition.She has said it will be “a bit scary” following Berry, who was a hit with the public in her time on the show. Last week Leith’s fellow judge Paul Hollywood met up with his new Great British Bake Off colleague Noel Fielding for a night out. “What did they think is going to happen? I’m not likely to be trolled. This is a nice family show,” she said.But she arrived home from dinner that to find a security guard outside her house in the Cotswolds.“When I got home that night at 11 at night, there’s a chap in a van, a security guard.“They sent somebody down to the country to look after me.“And they sent someone to look after my agent. I mean, who do they think I am? Do they think I’m Prince Philip or something?” Prue Leith said she had been offered securityCredit:PA  Prue Leith will join Sandi Toksvig, Noel Fielding and Paul Hollywood on the new-look showCredit:PA Bake Off Fielding has proved a divisive choice to host the baking programme, which has moved from the BBC to Channel 4 and lost long-running presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins as a result.The Mighty Boosh star will present the popular show along with Sandi Toksvig. It’s an extraordinary honour to be charged with being in the mix to produce this national treasure of a show #GBBO— Sandi Toksvig (@sanditoksvig) March 16, 2017center_img 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. The TV baker and the comic beamed as they posed for a selfie. Along with the snap, shared on Instagram, Hollywood wrote: “Catching up with Noel.” Future Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith has revealed that the show’s producers have provided her with a close protection officer after fears about her security.Leith, 77, said she had refused the offer of someone to guard her from threats at first, but Channel 4 and production company Love Productions had insisted.“On the day that they announced who the line-up was, they wanted to send a close protection officer,” she told the Sun.She said she turned them down, but was told it was necessary “just to be on the safe side”. Hollywood has said he is a “big fan” of Fielding, telling ITV’s Loose Women: “I’m really excited. Obviously it’s a big thing for the country, the Bake Off, and when I heard the names read out, I was really excited.”I think the whole dynamics of it, when I sat down and thought about it, because I’m a big fan of Noel, and Sandi actually, and Prue.” Prue Leithlast_img read more

Detecting drowsiness in mining haul truck operators before it is too late

first_imgMore technology news that we were unable to include in the published surface haul trucks feature comes from OptAlert, which has a novel system that constantly measures operators’ alertness. The MOS solution alerts the operator of drowsiness, when it first begins and before it reaches dangerous levels. It works through a pair of innovative glasses worn by the operator. The glasses constantly measure the operator’s eye and eyelid movement. This information is analysed by an in-cab processor, determining the operator’s level of drowsiness in real time.A visual and audio warning is triggered when drowsiness reaches an initial risk level. The warning is targeted during early stages of drowsiness, before driving errors happen and while an operator is still alert enough to take suitable precautionary measures, return to an alert state of mind and continue to work in a safe condition. This initial warning stimulates and provokes alertness without the need to stop the haul truck. In the fraction of instances where drowsiness continues to set in, a second warning is provided, highlighting the need to implement company specific fatigue policies.Operation controllers receive real time systems information via the in-vehicle telematic system, enabling them to intervene when necessary.OptAlert-MOS stores data about the operator’s fatigue risk levels – up to 720 operational hours. This information is then compiled into Fatigue Risk Profiling reports that can be delivered on an hourly/daily/ weekly/monthly basis. These risk profiles (per operator/per shift/per site) allow managers to fully understand the fatigue patterns within their operation and incorporate this information into Fatigue Risk Management Systems on an ongoing basis.The differentiators of this system, the company says, include:OptAlertTM measures the driver’s physiological state of alertness objectively and continuously from minute to minute. It does not depend on theoretical calculations of the driver’s state based on the time of day and their unreliable subjective reports about previous sleepOptAlert warns drivers when the risk of a drowsy crash begins to rise, and does not wait until they are actually driving out of the lane, or falling asleep, which can be too late for preventive actionOptAlert is not affected by environmental conditions. It works equally well in daylight and dark, and whether or not drivers use prescription lenses or sunglassesOptAlert, the company says, “is the only system in the market that has been scientifically validated. The Monash University Accident Research Centre, Austin Hospital, Swinburne University of Technology, Professor Charles Czeisler from Harvard University Medical School have all independently evaluated the effectiveness of Optalert in monitoring drowsiness.” BHP Billiton’s two year study into fatigue technologies concluded in 2007 that: “OptAlert has been identified as the leading technology solution for BHP Billiton to help detect operator drowsiness/fatigue.”The OptAlert-SM solution has been implemented in mines throughout Australia, the USA, South America and South Africa.last_img read more

The first LeapTop Leap Motion embedded in HP Envy 17 laptop

first_imgIt looks like HP will be the first manufacturer to have a laptop on the shelf that offers the touchless magic of Leap Motion by embedding it in the computer.When Windows 8 was launched, with all of its touch-friendly gestures and large colorful buttons, the fist thing that occurred to many people was the ability to use a Kinect to interact with the OS. Instead of reaching out and touching the screen, using gestures and imaging to capture a hand floating and poking around would ultimately be more comfortable if it worked out.Intel’s perceptual computing unit is slowly working in that direction, adding eye tracking and other input techniques. The real winner if you want to get in on the ground floor with this kind of interaction comes from Leap Motion, and now it looks like someone has finally stuck the tech in a laptop.Just below the keyboard of the new Envy 17 Leap Motion Edition is a thin black strip with a pair of LEDs on either side. If you wave your hand over this sensor, Leap Motion comes to life and is ready to use.It wouldn’t be an HP laptop without some custom software, which exists in the the form of “Control Zones” designed to emulate the Windows 8 gestures for the charm bar and multitasking. Other than that it’s the same Leap Motion you can buy as a peripheral, including the pre-installed Airspace store filled with Leap-capable apps.HP will make the Envy 17 Leap Motion Edition available on October 16 starting at $1,049.99 with configuration options in storage, processor, and graphics.last_img read more

Tender for oil drilling issued

first_imgThe international tender issued by the government last week for oil drilling in 20 areas in the Ionian Sea, Western Greece and off Crete contains terms that can only be met by very large oil companies. Environment and Energy Ministry officials confirmed that these terms result from a targeted strategy to attract oil giants, mainly dictated by the great depths of the areas to be drilled.The tender is expected to begin six months after its publication in the official gazettes of Greece and the European Communities. Small and mid-sized companies may participate in consortia led by very large operators, which include Greece’s Hellenic Petroleum and Energean.The tender provides that the Greek government will receive 4 per cent of the quantities of the hydrocarbons produced either in money or in kind, plus a 20 per cent income tax. The investor will also pay a 5 per cent regional tax. The operating period is 25 years (with an option for two five-year extensions) and will commence with the announcement of the discovery of commercially viable deposits.Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Le cyclone Sandra se rapproche de la NouvelleCalédonie en état dalerte

first_imgLe cyclone Sandra se rapproche de la Nouvelle-Calédonie en état d’alerteLe cyclone tropical baptisé Sandra menace les côtes de la Nouvelle-Calédonie. De niveau 4, le phénomène est accompagné de vents puissants et de pluies abondantes qui devraient bientôt atteindre plusieurs communes placés en alerte orange. La Nouvelle-Calédonie est en état d’alerte depuis ce week-end. Après le cyclone Rusty qui a sévi en février dernier, c’est au tour d’un nouveau phénomène de menacer l’archipel. Le cyclone tropical baptisé Sandra est né jeudi au large de l’Indonésie et s’est rapproché des îles de Nouvelle-Calédonie au cours des deux derniers jours, tout en se renforçant. Désormais classé en cyclone de niveau 4, le phénomène se trouvait lundi à 17H heure locale à 260 km dans le nord-ouest des îles Bélep, situées à l’extrême nord de l’archipel.Le cyclone est accompagné de vents violents et de pluies abondantes qui devraient prochainement s’abattre sur plusieurs communes. “Sandra génère des vents moyens estimés à 185 km/h (rafales à 260 km/h) près de son centre, sa pression au centre est estimée à 930 hPa. Il se déplace vers le sud sud-est à une vitesse de 8 km/h environ. Sur l’’extrême nord du pays, on observe déjà des vents d’est proche de 90 km/h en rafales”, a expliqué Météo France dans son bulletin d’alerte cyclonique. Face à la menace, plusieurs communes, notamment sur les îles de Bélep, Poum, ainsi que Koumac et Ouegoa ont été placées en alerte orange. Au fur et à mesure que Sandra approche, la vigilance devrait toutefois être renforcée en rouge. Le reste de l’archipel français du Pacifique sud est pour l’heure en pré-alerte. “Pour les 24 prochaines heures, Sandra va poursuivre sa trajectoire vers le sud sud-est et se rapprocher progressivement du nord de la Nouvelle-Calédonie, ce qui devrait l’amener dans la matinée du mardi 12 mars 2013 à environ 100 km dans l’’ouest des Bélep”, a ajouté Météo France. La population appelée à rester chez elle À lire aussiHuit baleines d’une espèce rare s’échouent en Nouvelle-CalédonieSelon les météorologues, le vent et les pluies vont donc se renforcer à partir de la nuit prochaine, sur le nord du pays. Des rafales à plus de 100 km/h sont notamment attendues sur les Bélep et la pointe nord de la Grande Terre. Ajouté à cela, la mer deviendra dangereuse dans ces régions avec des creux possibles à 6 mètres au plus près du phénomène. Le Haut-Commissariat de Nouvelle-Calédonie a rappelé que l’alerte rouge implique la cessation de toute activité professionnelle, scolaire et commerciale. Il a demandé à la population de rejoindre impérativement les logements et les abris dans les zones menacées au cours des prochaines heures. Les habitants ont également été appelés à écouter attentivement les bulletins diffusés par le Service de Météo France sur les antennes radios.Le 11 mars 2013 à 11:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Clark Asks: Question about red light cameras gets green light

first_imgThere are those perennial topics when it comes to news that everyone always wants to talk about — weather and traffic.So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the top story in the October reader voting round for Clark Asks — with 48 percent of votes — was about red light cameras. A reader asked: “Why don’t we have red light cameras? Running red lights is rampant at certain intersections such as Padden Parkway and 117th.” Look for a story in the coming weeks delving into the ins and outs of these sometimes controversial traffic control devices.Tying for second place with 26 percent each were: “Are many Indian artifacts discovered by people just digging in their gardens in Clark County?” and “What’s with the new colors and paint configuration at some pedestrian street crossings?”If the question you voted for didn’t win, don’t despair. Sometimes we investigate the runners-up as well. And some questions pop up again in future voting rounds.Clark Asks is a feature The Columbian launched a year ago encouraging readers to ask questions about Clark County. We do our best to find the answers. Read those stories and learn more at columbian.com/clark-asks.In recent weeks, new business reporter Anthony Macuk looked at why construction had stalled on the 134th Street Lofts project in Salmon Creek — and found out work is starting again.last_img read more