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Piers Morgan trolls Virender Sehwag after India women suffer heartbreak. Viru hits back with sharp retort

first_imgIndia’s dream of lifting the Women’s World Cup was shattered by England in the final at Lord’s on Sunday when the home team emerged victorious by nine runs in a nerve-wracking clash.While the whole nation praised the women team’s effort in the summit clash, English journalist Piers Morgan took a dig at Virender Sehwag when the legendary cricketer tweeted praising Mithali Raj’s girls.”Super proud of the girls. Tough luck today but women’s cricket in India has truly arrived. Thank you girls. Salute your spirit,” Sehwag tweeted after the match.However, Morgan, who has had Twitter battles with Sehwag in the past, was at it again.”You OK, buddy @virendersehwag?,” he wrote on Twitter.Sehwag gave Morgan a fitting reply yet again, “Me and all of India prouder even in this loss than you can ever be mate. We fought well & will only get better & stronger. Enjoy for a change!,” he wrote.Me and all of India prouder even in this loss than you can ever be mate.We fought well &will only get better & stronger.Enjoy for a change! Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 23, 2017Sehwag and Morgan’s Twitter war has become quite famous since the Rio Olympics in August when the Englishman took a dig at India’s medal celebrations.It all started with Morgan poking fun at India after the rousing welcome it gave to badminton star PV Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik when they returned to the country with a silver and a bronze medal respectively from the Rio Olympics in August last year. Sehwag immediately hit back at Morgan and was hailed by the Twitterati for his reply.advertisementSince then duo has regularly engaged in war of words on the social media site.Morgan had even challenged Sehwag for Rupees 1 million for charity on England winning an ODI World Cup before India won another Olympic Gold medal.last_img read more

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Crvena Zvezda completed sweep of Panathinaikos

first_imgIn an exciting and highly-entertaining clash of two playoff hopefuls, Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade held off Panathinaikos Athens 69-67 in a jam-packed Kombank Arena in the Serbian capital on Friday night. Both teams now have 6-4 records in Group E and Zvezda’s sweep of the series gives it third place in the standings over Panathinaikos, which sits in fourth. The night started with a moment of silence for the passing of Mr. Dragan Nikolic, one of Serbia’s most popular actors and a Crvena Zvezda Media Person Award winner. The Greens, led by James Gist, took control early, and led by as many as 9 points in the first half, but Zvezda rallied to within 28-31 at halftime and then used a 15-4 charge in the third quarter to build an 11-point margin. The lead increased to 55-42 early in the fourth, but Elliot Williams caught fire, fueling a 0-13 run that got things square at 55-55. However, Panathinaikos never went in front again, as Tarance Kinsey and Quincy Miller made key plays down the stretch to bring joy to the home fans. Kinsey scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half, and Miller finished with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in victory. Nemanja Dangubic contributed with 9 points for Zvezda. Williams netted 15 of his 17 points after halftime for Panathinaikos which saw its five-game winning streak snapped. Big man Miroslav Raduljica collected 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals for the visitors, and Gist scored all of his 9 points in the first half in defeat.First quarter: Panathinaikos shakes off slow start in styleBoth teams struggled to score in the first two minutes, probably overwhelmed by the outstanding basketball atmosphere at Kombank Arena. Kinsey got Zvezda going with free throws and Dangubic copied him right after that for a 4-0 lead. Panathinaikos committed 4 turnovers in as many minutes, but Gist rescued the Greens with a huge alley-oop slam. Dangubic kept pushing Zvezda with a turnaround jumper, which Sasha Pavlovic matched with a power layup. Raduljica scored off a spin move in the low post and collected a steal, which allowed Nick Calathes to give Panathinaikos its first lead, 6-8. Raduljica made free throws and a dunk by Gist boosted the Greens’ edge to 6-12, after a 0-10 run. Miller struck from downtown, but Gist took over with another huge alley-oop dunk and Pavlovic added a jumper for a 9-16 advantage. Vasilije Micic split free throws and a reverse layup by Ognjen Kuzmic gave Panathinaikos a 10-18 lead after 10 minutes.Second quarter: Zvezda closes the gapVladimir Stimac split free throws early in the quarter, but Zvezda kept committing turnovers – 9 in 11 minutes – and was outrebounded 5-10 by the Greens until that point. Raduljica remained on fire with a put-back layup, which Marko Simonovic matched with a backdoor basket to make it 13-20. Panathinaikos called timeout and faced early trouble with Raduljica heading to the bench with 3 fouls. Micic split free throws and a driving layup by James Feldeine gave Panathinaikos a 14-22 cushion. Stimac ignited the crowd with a slam, but Gist did better with an off-balance triple. After free throws from Miller and Zirbes, Vince Hunter had a tip-in. Kinsey cut it to 22-27 with a corner triple, but Hunter dunked. But foul shots from Kinsey and Zirbes brought Zvezda within 28-31 at halftime.Third quarter: Home team makes a big runA jumper apiece from Jovic and Kinsey tied the game at 32-32. Jovic took it coast-to-coast for a layup, then dished a no-look pass for a Miller dunk and a 4-point lead. Kuzmic had a layup-plus foul on the other end that snapped an 8-1 run, but Dangubic hit a wide-open triple, Kinsey added another short jumper and Zibes scored a layup for a 43-35 lead with Kombank Arena erupting. After a timeout, MarQuez Haynes knocked down a three-pointer for Panathinaikos, but Kinsey made a pair of foul shots and a jumper in transition to open a 9-point margin. Feldeine hit a long jumper for the visitors, but Micic answered with a driving layup and Guduric added a reverse layup to make it 51-40. Haynes made a corner jumper, but Miller gave the hosts a 53-42 advantage.Fourth quarter: Kinsey and Miller help Zvezda hold onMicic drove for a layup on the opening possession of the quarter to make the margin 13 points. However, Williams made free throws and buried a jumper before Nick Calathes picked Guduric’s pocket and raced for layup to cut the margin to 55-48. After a Zvezda timeout, Williams strung together 7 points, a run that featured him making 3 of 4 free throws and a pair of jumpers, including a step-back shot that tied it at 55-55 with 5:55 to play, forcing another timeout by Zvezda. Miller battled for a tough spinning runner to snap a 0-13 run, and Kinsey made 2 from the foul line. Raduljica slammed home a put-back for the Greens, but Miller’s foul shots restored a 4-point gap. The hosts made two defensive stands, before a short jumper from Kinsey put Zvezda ahead 63-57. After a Panathinaikos timeout, Zvezda forced another turnover and Zirbes split free throws to get the lead to 7. Raduljica kept Panathinaikos’s hopes alive with a three-point play and Williams buried a three-pointer with 27 seconds left to cut the deficit to 64-63. But Williams fouled out a second later and Dangubic made a pair of free throws. After Calathes only split foul shots on the other end, Kinsey fed Miller for a basket-plus-foul that sealed the deal with 9.7 seconds to go at 69-64. Pavlovic’s triple only rounded out the scoring with Zvezda’s fans and players already celebrating a huge win.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: 21 SEPT, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALPatna/Kolkata/Srinagar/Bhopal:Muharram procession(B)Beawar:BSF and army officers pay tribute to HavaldarRashid Kathat(B)Ranchi:MOU exchange(A)Bengaluru:7th Electric Vehicles Expo(A)Dhanbad:Karma festival celebrations(A)Amritsar:Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai(B)Chikmagalur:Muharram in Karnataka(A)Beawar:Havaldar Rashid Kathat death(B)Patna:Protest aginst SC/ST Amendment Act(B)Kolkata:Weather: Rains in Kolkata(A)Dhanbad:Karma festival celebrations(A)Sonepat:Gold Medallist Arpinder Singh being welcomed(B)Patna:New BPCC President garlanded(B)Sangli:Muharram porocession in Sangli(B)Kolkata:AIDSO activists protest(B)INERNATIONALAberdeen : A scene where a shooting took place inAberdeen(B)Los Angeles:Police offIcer stands guard while policesearch for a shooting suspect at a Jack inthe Box restaurant(B)Istanbul: Teknofest aviation, space and technology fair(B)Washington:Donald Trump walks out of the Oval Office at the White House(B)LasVegas:Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally(A)New Bern:Storm beached yacht off of East Front Stree(B)Mexico City:Earthquake, one month after(B)Seoul: Inaugural ceremony at Defense Ministry(B)SPORTSSantiago:Sixteen soccer match(B)London/Genk: Europa League Group E soccer match(B)Thessaloniki:League soccer match between(A)Prague:Europa League group C soccer match(B)Atlanta:Tour Championship golf tournament(B)Culiacan:Sinaloa soccer team(B)PTI PHOTO GCS DLDLadvertisementlast_img read more

Europa League: Chelsea cannot afford Malmo mistake against top sides, says Sarri

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was relieved to get their first win after a 6-0 drubbing at Manchester City but said they cannot afford to concede goals against top Premier League sides like they did in Thursday’s 2-1 Europa League win at Malmo.Chelsea had taken a 2-0 lead before the hour mark in the first leg but a quick Malmo counter-attack 10 minutes from time allowed the Swedish side to go into the return leg with a glimmer of hope.”If we concede a goal like this to a team like Manchester City or United or Tottenham, then you risk conceding three goals in 10 minutes,” Sarri told reporters.”I am happy with the confidence, it wasn’t easy to play with this confidence after the last match. We have to do better but I think that the performance was a good performance.”Sarri also demanded consistency from his squad that has had mixed results in 2019, as the sixth-placed side face a tough run of potentially season-defining fixtures in the coming two weeks.The London side face Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday, host Malmo in the second leg, then head to Wembley for the League Cup final against Man City before meeting Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League three days later.”We need to have continuity and consistency, in the mental condition to be able to approach every match with the same level of application, determination and attention,” Sarri added.”If you are in bad mental condition in England, in ten days you can lose three or four very important matches. We have to approach every match in the same way.”advertisementAlso Watch:last_img read more

Meet the commissioners that will lead the MMIW National Inquiry

first_imgCommissioner Qajaq RobinsonAssociate, Borden Ladner Gervais LLPIqaluit, NunavutQajaq Robinson is a graduate of the Akitsiraq Law Program – a partnership between the University of Victoria and Nunavut Arctic College. Born in Iqaluit and raised in Igloolik, Ms. Robinson is a strong Northern advocate, who is fluent in Inuktitut and English . She articled at Maliiganik Tukisiiniakvik, clerked with judges of the Nunavut Court of Justice under the Chief Justice  at the time, Beverley Browne, and then became a Crown prosecutor who worked the circuit court in Nunavut for four years.Ms. Robinson is presently an Associate with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Ottawa, Ontario, where she works on Team North, a multi-disciplinary team of 70 lawyers who do a variety of work for First Nation communities in the northern parts of central and western provinces and the territories.  She has worked on a wide range of issues affecting Indigenous rights. Most recently, Ms. Robinson worked as legal counsel at the Specific Claims Tribunal, travelling to First Nations communities across Canada. In addition, Ms. Robinson is the Vice President of Tungasuvvingat Inuit, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing cultural and wellness programs to Inuit in Ottawa Commissioner Marilyn PoitrasAssistant ProfessorSaskatoon, SaskatchewanMarilyn Poitras was appointed Assistant Professor in the College of Law, at University of Saskatchewan in 2009. She obtained her L.L.M from Harvard and herL.L.B from the University of Saskatchewan.Prior to being appointed Assistant Professor, her professional life was a fusion of law, governance, community and institutional education. Her expertise and passion is around constitutional/Aboriginal law with a life study of customary laws. Ms. Poitras was a Native Court Worker and moved into the area of constitutional law after articling with the Saskatchewan Department of Justice. She has developed a number of legal education initiatives, including the precursor to the Akitsiraq Law School in Nunavut, where she has been a professor, and the Indigenous People’s Resource Management Program at the University of Saskatchewan.Ms. Poitras has worked in private practice and litigated in every level of court in Canada. She has significant experience in the development of self government with the Beaufort Delta Agreement, treaty implementation with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Treaty Table Justice Portfolio as well as the revisions to the Saskatchewan Métis Election Process. Ms. Poitras also works on CIDA funded research on ancestral domain and land conflict in Central Mindanao. Ms. Poitras is also the film producer of 7 Minutes, a film about an Indigenous woman from Saskatchewan who was stalked and chased. She is also the editor of numerous Elder’s books for various First Nations in Saskatchewan who tell their own stories of life, residential school and traditional teachings. Chief Commissioner, the Honourable Marion BullerProvincial Court Judge, British ColumbiaMistawasis First Nation, SaskatchewanThe Honourable Judge Marion Buller was appointed the first female First Nations judge in British Columbia in 1994. Prior to being appointed to the Provincial Court bench, Judge Buller worked as a civil and criminal lawyer (1988-1994). Judge Buller served as both a director and president of Canada’s Indigenous Bar Association and has been a member of the B.C. Police Commission and the Law Court Education Society. She was the Commission Counsel for the Caribou-Chilcotin Justice Inquiry and published reports and articles dealing with Aboriginal rights and legal services for First Nations in British Columbia. Judge Buller was instrumental in starting the First Nations Court of British Columbia in 2006.Judge Buller received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Victoria, and went on to study law there as well. Judge Buller is currently resident in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, where she sits on the Provincial Court Bench, but maintains band membership with the Mistawasis First Nation in Saskatchewan. Commissioner Michèle AudetteFormer President of Femmes autochtones du Québec (Québec Native Women’s Association)Mani Utenam, QuébecBorn to a French father and Innu mother, in the Innu community of Mani Utenam in Québec, Michèle Audette is a native long-time Innu speaker. She began her political career very early having been elected one of the youngest-ever Presidents of the Québec Native Women’s Association (QNWA), a Native Women’s Association of Canada member organization, where she has advocated actively to support women’s issues. She was instrumental in helping Ecole Nationale D’Administration Publique create an innovative program in the field of Aboriginal public policy. Additionally, from 2004-2009, Ms. Audette served as Deputy Minister at the provincial Secretariat of the Status of Women in Québec. She was the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.center_img APTN National NewsIndigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett released the names of the five commissioners that will lead the country to the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls for the next two years. Here are the biographies that were provided by the department of Indigenous Affairs. Commissioner Brian EyolfsonActing Deputy Director, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, Legal ServicesCouchiching First Nation, OntarioBrian Eyolfson holds a B.Sc. in psychology, an L.L.B from Queen’s University and an L.L.M, specializing in administrative law, from Osgoode Hall Law School.Mr. Eyolfson was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1994 and has served as a Senior Staff Lawyer with Aboriginal Legal Services in Toronto and as Counsel to the Ontario Human Rights Commission .  He was Counsel to Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto at the Ipperwash Inquiry, and practiced human rights, Aboriginal and administrative law before a variety of tribunals and courts. He is a Vice Chair with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, where he adjudicated and mediated human rights applications, from 2007 to 2016. Mr. Eyolfson is currently acting as the Deputy Director in the Legal Services Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.last_img read more

Airline disputes familys account of woman left at OHare

first_imgCHICAGO — American Airlines says closed-circuit television footage at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport shows a 67-year-old woman in a wheelchair wasn’t apparently upset or left alone as long as her family claims.American released a timeline that shows Olimpia Warsaw was alone 1 1/4 hours after her flight was cancelled late Friday — during which time Warsaw twice used a walker to go outside to smoke.Relatives have said they didn’t know Warsaw was stranded until she failed to arrive in Detroit. American says the porter assigned to stay with her made a six-minute telephone call to Warsaw’s son less than an hour after the flight was cancelled.Warsaw’s son, Claude Coltea, says American can “condense the timeline all they want,” but the call wasn’t made until nearly three hours after Warsaw first boarded the plane and that the porter left Warsaw alone.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Frances yellow vest protesters join union march a first

PARIS — France’s yellow vest protest movement has joined ranks with a major union in a day of nationwide protests over taxes and buying power, a first for both.There were brief scuffles and police fired several rounds of tear gas at Tuesday’s Paris demonstration, clearing troublemakers from the elegant Place de la Concorde, which borders the U.S. Embassy.Tear gas was also used in Lille and elsewhere. However, tension was minimal compared with the weekly protests held since November by the yellow vest movement to demand fiscal and social justice in a major challenge to President Emmanuel Macron.The Communist-backed CGT union marched from Paris City Hall to the Place de la Concorde side-by-side with protesters from the yellow vest movement, which takes its name from the safety vests they wear that are required in all cars.The Associated Press read more

Moroccos Ouarzazate to Host 2nd Regional Fair of Local Products

Rabat – The city of Ouarzazate will host the second annual Regional Fair of Local Products October-12-15.Nearly 100 cooperatives will take part in the event in Ouarzazate, a city in the Sahara desert 200 kilometers across the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech, including 90 agricultural cooperatives.The fair will feature several workshops and a conference on issues of promoting local products, solidarity tourism, and self-employment. The cultural symposium will take place under the theme “local products at the service of solidarity tourism and self-employment.”One of Morocco’s most impressive monuments, the Kasbah of Taourirt, located in Ouarzazate, will also host several events linked to the fair, including musical shows. Field visits are also included in the event’s agenda.The fair is organized by the Chamber of Agriculture of the Draa-Tafilalet region in collaboration with the province of Ouarzazate, the Regional Directorate of Agriculture, the National Agency for the Development of Oasis Areas and Argan, and the Regional Office for Agricultural Development.All people in the province of Smara will be the guest of honor for the event.The first fair of local products took place in Errachidia in eastern Morocco in March 2017. The event’s theme was “the enhancement of local products, a lever for the social and solidarity economy.” read more

Middle East Time to act decisively Annan tells Security Council

According to the text of his remarks made public after the briefing, the Secretary-General said that a lasting solution to the conflict rests on the Council’s own resolutions, including Resolution 242, which embodies the principle of land for peace, and Resolution 1397, which envisages two States – Israel and Palestine – living in peace side-by-side. It is clear, the Secretary-General said, that there will be no settlement in the absence of real security guarantees for Israel and, to that end, the Palestinian Authority must live up to its obligations. The social and economic plight of the Palestinians people is also an obstacle to achieving lasting peace and security, he added. “We do not have time to waste,” the Secretary-General said. “We need to act decisively, and act soon to tackle the fundamental issues – and to solve them.” Speaking to reporters following the meeting, Mr. Annan repeated his call for resolute action to comprehensively address the fundamental concerns of the two sides. “You have to give both parties a sense that you are determined and moving ahead to tackle the issues, and of course security is extremely important for the Israelis, but for the Palestinians, the end of the occupation is essential – that is also important,” he said. The meeting was presided over by Farouk al-Shara, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Syria, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency. Mr. Annan’s briefing was followed by a statement by Foreign Minister al-Shara, with all other Council members scheduled to take part. Also today, the Council was scheduled to hold a meeting chaired by Mexico on the situation between India and Pakistan. The meeting is being convened under the “Arria formula,” which allows members of the Council to gather instead of holding a meeting of the Council itself. This allows Council members to hear the views of non-Council members, such as representatives of non-State parties and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in an informal and confidential setting. read more

Canadian Helicopter sees growth opportunities at home with mining and Plan Nord

MONTREAL – Canadian Helicopters Group Inc. sees plenty of growth opportunities in Canada even as it eyes continued activities in Afghanistan and acquisition opportunities in Asia, South American and Africa.“The continuing recovery in the general Canadian economy leads us to expect that 2012 will prove to be another strong year in terms of our top and bottom lines,” CEO Don Wall said at the company’s annual meeting, at which shareholders approved a new corporate name.Following approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange, its moniker will change to HNZ Group (TSX:HNZ.A, TSX:HNZ.B). However, it will retain its operating identity as Canadian Helicopters and Nampa Valley Helicopters.Both the mining and energy sectors should expand their work this year.But the Montreal-based company is also beginning to focus on reaping benefits from the Quebec government’s $80-billion northern development called Plan Nord.It operates some 40 aircraft in the province, but could relocate others if opportunities warrant a shift.“We think there will be considerable upside there and we are building our business around that,” he said in response to a shareholder question.Wall declined to disclose any revenue forecasts from potential Plan Nord contracts.Most of the work will be focused on helping the mining and utilities sectors develop in remote areas with limited access except by helicopter.“It is very much a focus towards helicopter support work so we think it will be very good for us over the next few years,” he said later in an interview.The distinction between regular activities and Plan Nord is a little blurry. Canadian Helicopters already supports the railway sector in the province out of Sept Iles, but could add contracts if Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) pursues an expansion to remote mines.Wall said the company has also had discussions with Ontario’s embattled emergency helicopter service Ornge, which was a client for 35 years before its contract ended last year.The air ambulance service is under criminal investigation for “financial irregularities.”The Ontario government cleaned house and took control of the organization after the provincial auditor general released a report in March describing a “real culture of fear and intimidation” among paramedics and other lower-level staff.Ornge plans to continue providing the service internally, but Wall said there’s a possibility it could eventually become a customer again.“Right now you have a situation where you have a new board, a new management team that are trying to decide what’s best to do and I think it will take some time to figure that out.”Canadian Helicopters lost some Afghanistan business last fall, but expects that two remaining contracts will be extended this fall and may eventually be renewed through 2016.After that, it hopes to be part of U.S.-led reconstruction efforts that have been solidified with President Barack Obama’s commitment to keep troops in the country until 2024.“We think we will have a role,” Wall said, noting that companies like Fluor and Aegis are already looking at the country.“They need helicopters there’s no doubt about that. Will the work be the same? I don’t know but certainly there’s good opportunities.”Last year’s acquisition of HNZ could also be a springboard to acquisitions or winning contracts, especially in Asia’s oil and gas sector.It has also spent time in South America and Africa but hasn’t found “appealing” opportunities.Canadian Helicopters (TSX:CHL.A) said late Thursday that its first-quarter net income nearly doubled to $8.3 million as a pick up in the Southern Hemisphere helped to offset a seasonal slowdown in Canadian operations.The provider of helicopter services for both civilian and military customers said profits amounted to 63 cents per share, up from $4.8 million, or 37 cents per share in the same quarter of 2011.Revenues grew 33.3 per cent to $62.5 million from $46.9 million, driven by activity in its fire fighting and resource sector markets.Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets said he expects the company will use its “solid financial position” to make an international acquisition to diversify its revenue away from Afghanistan.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Canadian Helicopters shares closed at $33.99, up 89 cents or 2.69 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted May 11, 2012 5:24 pm MDT Canadian Helicopter sees growth opportunities at home with mining and Plan Nord read more

Ban calls on all Nigerians to vote in large numbers ahead of

In a statement released by his spokesperson’s office, the UN chief commended progress made by Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission in the preparation for the elections. “The Secretary-General welcomes the joint statement signed under the auspices of the National Peace Committee and issued yesterday by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and Retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari, in which they renewed their pledge for peaceful free, fair and credible elections,” the statement said. Mr. Ban commended both parties for their commitment to respect the outcome of the elections and called on the candidates and their supporters to resolve disputes that may arise from the electoral process through peaceful means. “The success of the polls is the responsibility of all Nigerian actors: the electoral authorities, security agencies, political parties, candidates, religious leaders, civil society and voters,” Mr. Ban said in the statement.The Secretary-General’s statement also expressed hope that tomorrow’s elections will be transparent, inclusive, and peaceful. The relevant national authorities must be accountable to the Nigerian people to ensure that this is the case. “The international community has high expectations that Nigeria will provide leadership in setting a high standard for this election,” it added. read more

Goodmans distinguished alumnus Jason Sparaga keeps on giving back

Part of a series featuring Brock’s 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award recipientsJason Sparaga (BBA ’93), founder of Spara Capital Partners and co-founder and co-CEO of Spark Power Corp., is enthused about improving the Goodman School of Business student experience, and makes space in his busy life to stay involved with the school.It’s no surprise that, last September, he was named this year’s distinguished graduate of the Goodman School of Business. What is surprising is that, considering his impressive business accomplishments and community involvement, he finds time to visit Brock and mentor student leaders. But he does.“This award helps me reconnect and feel a part of the University,” he said. “Since graduating, I spent a lot of time participating in the development of students and this award recognizes those efforts.”In 2009 he co-founded Spark Power Corp with his partner, Andrew Clark. Aligned with Ontario’s 2008 Green Energy Act, Spark was at the forefront of the renewable energy sector and worked collaboratively with several stakeholders to help establish and shape Ontario’s renewable energy industry. Spark has gone on to build a reputation as an innovator and leader in rural, agricultural and community power in North America, and established itself in the power and utility sector, now employing more than 400 in the organization.In 2001 Sparaga launched Spara Capital Partners, a boutique financial advisory firm that has become one of Canada’s leading independent mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance firms.Besides holding a Chartered Professional Accountant designation, Sparaga is active on the board of Unity for Autism, sits on the Marketing Advisory Committee of Junior Achievement Canada, is founder of the Spark Power Play Challenge (a fundraiser that supports Prostate Cancer Canada) and sits on numerous other boards.Sparaga’s advocacy for entrepreneurship and education have extended to the Goodman School of Business, where he is actively involved in the Dean’s Advisory Council and has served as a judge for the last four years at Brock Innovation Group’s annual Monster Pitch event which puts students’ entrepreneurial pitches to the test, much like CBC’s popular show Dragons’ Den.“Monster Pitch is a riot and I love doing that,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to bring in Bruce Croxon, Jim Treliving, Deborah Rosati and John Lettieri as judges. We have a lot of fun and it blows our minds every year to see how much effort and thought students put into their presentations,” he said.A Niagara Falls native, Sparaga lives in Burlington with his wife Michelle and their four children, the oldest of whom graduated from Brock this year. read more

Ohio State mens hockey player Ryan Dzingel to forgo senior season sign

Junior forward Ryan Dzingel (18) attempts to win a faceoff during a game against Michigan March 2 at Nationwide Arena. OSU lost, 4-3.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternThe Big Ten men’s hockey leading scorer is no longer going to wreak havoc on opposing college defenders.Ohio State junior forward Ryan Dzingel announced his intentions to forgo his senior season after signing an entry-level contract with the NHL’s Ottawa Senators.“It was a very difficult decision leaving my friends and the program I love. I felt like it was the right choice for me moving forward with my career, even though Ohio State is heading in the right direction,” Dzingel said in a press release. “Thank you again to my teammates, coaches and fans. I will miss it.”Dzingel’s deal is for two years, and he is also set to sign an amateur tryout agreement. Doing so means he is set to be assigned to the team’s American Hockey League affiliate — the Binghamton Senators — for the rest of the season.Dzingel finished his junior year at OSU as the Big Ten’s leader in goals (22) and points (46), and was named to the All-Big Ten team in addition to being a finalist for this year’s Hobey Baker Award, given to the nation’s top college player.First-year OSU coach Steve Rohlik said the team is looking forward to seeing Dzingel compete at the professional level.“We are very proud of Ryan and all he has accomplished at Ohio State,” Rohlik said in the release. “We are excited for his new journey and wish him all the best.”Dzingel finished at or tied for the team lead in points at OSU in each of his three seasons as a Buckeye, compiling a total of 108 points in 110 games.The Wheaton, Ill., native was drafted by Ottawa in seventh round of the 2011 NHL Draft. The Senators’ next game is scheduled for Friday against the Rochester Americans.Dzingel did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment Wednesday. read more

NFL Coaches Yell At Refs Because It Freakin Works

In the first quarter of a scoreless 2016 AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos faced third-and-6 from their own 44-yard line. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas ran a 15-yard out, breaking toward the Broncos’ sideline. He did not catch Manning’s wobbly throw, but there was contact on the play, and Denver’s players and coaching staff appealed to the official for a pass interference call on Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan. They got one, and the Broncos got a first down, scoring the game’s opening touchdown four plays later.On the ensuing drive, the Patriots faced third-and-3 at their own 27-yard line. Rob Gronkowski ran a wheel route up the Broncos’ sideline with T.J. Ward in coverage. As the Patriots tight end turned to look back for the ball, the defender made contact and shoved him, preventing a catch. Both Gronk and Tom Brady yelled for a penalty. The flag did not come, and the Patriots were forced to punt.Similar plays led to different outcomes that benefited the team on the sideline closest to the on-field action. Most NFL refs would likely say they are immune any sideline bias. “If I make a call because a coach is screaming at me on one side of the field and it’s wrong, that’s a bad day for me,” former NFL official Scott Green told us. (The NFL declined to comment.)But as it turns out, a sideline bias in the NFL is real, and it’s spectacular. To prove it, we looked at the rates at which refs call the NFL’s most severe penalties, including defensive pass interference, aggressive infractions like personal fouls and unnecessary roughness, and offensive holding calls, based on where the offensive team ran its play.1Some of this research was published in March in Economic Inquiry.For three common penalties, the direction of the play — that is, whether it’s run toward the offensive or defensive team’s sideline — makes a significant difference. In other words, refs make more defensive pass interference calls on the offensive team’s sideline but more offensive holding calls on the defensive team’s sideline. What’s more, these differences aren’t uniform across the field — the effect only shows up on plays run, roughly, between the 32-yard lines, the same space where coaches and players are allowed to stand during play.The following graphs show the penalty rates per 1,000 plays for defensive pass interference and aggressive defensive penalties, which include unnecessary roughness, personal fouls, unsportsmanlike conduct, and horse-collar tackles.2The data includes regular-season games between 2010 and 2014, and uses coin-toss information provided by Football Outsiders and play-by-play data from Armchair Analysis. To estimate penalty rates, we used a model of penalty outcomes that depends on yard line and which sideline (offensive or defensive team’s) the play was closer to. Additional methodological details can be found here. Refs throw flags for defensive infractions at significantly higher rates when plays are run in the direction of the offensive team’s sideline; near midfield, defensive penalties are called about 50 percent more often on the offensive team’s sideline than the defensive team’s. Close to the end zone, where the sidelines are supposed to be free of coaches and players, these differences are negligible.For offensive flags, that association is reversed, at least on holding penalties.3Offensive pass interference calls didn’t vary by proximity to either team’s sideline. Here’s the rate of holding calls made on outside run plays, which shows how the defensive team’s sideline can help draw flags on the offense. Around midfield, offensive holding gets called about 35 percent more often on plays run at the defensive team’s sideline. So what could be causing this phenomenon?Refs are faced with a near-impossible task. They make judgment calls in real time, relying on just their eyes and their experience. Deprived of the advantages, like instant replay, that we enjoy from the couch, refs have less information to help them resist the normal subconscious urge to draw on external cues for assistance in making borderline calls. In psychology terms, this process is called cue learning. It’s why we laugh longer in the presence of other humans laughing,4Which, in turn, is the reason that many TV comedies use a laugh track. why we eat more in the presence of overweight company, and why our judgment of persuasive speeches is influenced by the audience’s reaction.The most common cue in sports is crowd noise, and because crowd noise almost always supports the home team, the way the fans sway the referees is the No. 1 driver of home-field advantage in sports. And one notable experiment suggests that how loud a crowd is helps refs decide whether an interaction should be penalized. A pair of German researchers showed actual referees old video clips of possible soccer infractions, with crowd noise played at high or low volume. Refs looking at the exact same interactions were more likely to hand out a yellow card when they heard a lot of crowd noise than when the volume was low.It follows, then, that screaming and hat-throwing football personnel may also have an effect on referee choices. In football, this sideline bias even seems to supersede refs’ tendency to support the home team: The differences in the penalty rates from sideline to sideline are several times larger than the differences in penalty rates between the home and away teams.That bias can affect the outcome even when officials have time to confer. In a 2015 playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions, Matthew Stafford threw a third-and-1 pass to Brandon Pettigrew. Officials initially called defensive pass interference on the Cowboys’ Anthony Hitchens.But the flag occurred right in front of the Cowboys sideline. This led to some confusion. It also led to a helmetless Dez Bryant yelling at the official.After conferring with each other, the officials picked up the flag, a decision that Mike Pereira, Fox Sports’ rules analyst and the NFL’s former vice president of officiating, said was incorrect. Brian Burke of Advanced Football Analytics calculates that when the official picked up the flag, the Lions’ chances of winning that game dropped by 12 percentage points.Dallas won 24-20.Check out our latest NFL playoff predictions. read more

MAXAM hosting Sustainable Low Impact Mining meeting in Galdacano

first_imgMAXAM, a global technology company specialised in the design, development, manufacture and application of energetic materials, is today hosting the biannual meeting of the European SLIM Project at its facilities in Galdácano. This initiative, which forms part of the European Commission “Horizon 2020” programme, seeks to develop new sustainable mining solutions with a low environmental impact. Representatives of the thirteen companies and institutions taking part in the project will present the main advances reached in the first half of the year in the different lines of work.The SLIM (Sustainable Low Impact Mining) Project seeks to develop a cost-effective and sustainable solution for the mining of small mineral deposits. To do so, work is being carried to develop a new generation of explosives and an advanced blast design software based on improved rock mass characterisation and fragmentation models. This new mining solution will enable the feasible exploitation of minerals deposits that are not currently viable due to their small size and the corresponding high environmental impact. This will increase the supply of these European-mined raw materials, which is especially relevant in the current context in which some deposits have become exhausted and certain minerals have increased in price.MAXAM, a global leader in blasting solutions for mining, quarries and public works, brings its experience working around the world with customers and projects of all kinds. The company leads the working group whose mission is to develop an explosive and pumping equipment that enable the blast characteristics to be adapted on-site to suit the varying rock conditions. Furthermore, the company is working on an additional module for RIOBLAST, its blast design software, to incorporate the characteristics of the new explosive.The technologies developed for SLIM will be validated in two mines in Spain and one in Austria in order to ensure their technical superiority compared to the options currently available, as well as their ability to be integrated into mining activities. The environmental, social and economic impacts of the mining projects are also being studied as part of the SLIM Project, and in addition to the technical solution that is developed. To do so, one of its lines of work involves selecting five European cities that coexist with operations of this kind to interview to their inhabitants and to identify the social benefits deriving from the mining activity. Similarly, the project will become involved with local associations and key social agents, with whom dialogue will be opened, information will be exchanged and briefing sessions will be given.SLIM is led by the Technical University of Madrid and made up of another eleven organisations and companies from Austria, Denmark, Sweden, France and Spain, in addition to MAXAM: 3GSM, Benito Arno e Hijos, Bureau de Recherches Géoloquiques et Minières, VA Erzberg GmbH, Gate2Growth, Luleå Tekniska Universitet, Minpol, Montan Universität Leoben, Minera de Órgiva, Technische Universitaet Graz and ZABALA Innovation Consulting.last_img read more

ISIS gunmen open fire at the St Catherine monastery in Egypt

first_imgOne of Christianity’s holiest sites came under attack, during a fire exchange between Egyptian police and ISIS gunmen at Mount Sinai. The incident took place at the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St.Catherine, a site of pilgrimage for christianity. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, which started when gunmen opened fire on an Egyptian police checkpoint near the monastery killing one policeman and wounding four others. According to the officials, the gunmen were shooting from an elevated hilltop overlooking the police checkpoint just outside the monastery, which is located in a remote desert and mountainous area in the southern part of the Sinai Peninsula, where, according to scripture, God spoke to the prophet Moses from a burning bush. Only monks and clergy were inside the monastery at the time, since the site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was once a popular destination for pilgrims, has been closed to the public since 2015, for security reasons. There are no reports of damage to the compound, which is heavily fortified (the walls were built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian in 527) and guarded by security forces. After the initial fire exchange, the gunmen rereated. The attack on the monastery comes just over a week after suicide bombers attacked two Coptic Christian churches in the Nile Delta city of Tanta and the coastal city of Alexandria, killing 45 people on Palm Sunday.  Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Des papillons urticants envahissent la Guyane

first_imgDes papillons urticants envahissent la GuyaneDepuis le début du mois de juillet, un couvre-feu a été mis en place dans la région de Sinnamary en Guyane en raison d’une invasion de papillons à poils urticants qui provoquent une forme de dermatose.C’est une invasion surprenante, mais loin d’être rare en Guyane. Depuis près d’un mois maintenant, la région de Sinnamary, située à 110 kilomètres à l’ouest de Cayenne, est en proie à une invasion de papillons à poils urticants. Des insectes qui provoquent la “papillonite”, une affection dermatologique qui peut durer une semaine et entraîner, dans certains cas, des œdèmes du visage.À lire aussiL’effrayante maladie de l’homme-arbre dont la peau se change en ”écorce”Le responsable n’est autre que le papillon de cendre (Hylesia Metabus), attiré, à partir de 19h, heure du crépuscule par les éclairages des villes. Il quitte alors la mangrove pour rejoindre les zones urbaines où “les femelles libèrent des milliers de fléchettes microscopiques et urticantes qui provoquent d’intenses démangeaisons au contact de la peau”, explique l’Agence régionale de Santé (ARS).Pour limiter l’envahissement et protéger les habitants, l’éclairage public a donc été suspendu et un couvre-feu a été déclaré : les commerces ferment tôt et la population se calfeutre chez elle derrière des moustiquaires. Néanmoins, “la lumière de la télévision suffit à attirer les papillons dans les maisons”, expliquent certains commerçants qui ont “dû fermer tous les soirs pendant un mois” en pleine saison touristique. Au Centre spatial guyanais (CSG) voisin, on pose “des pièges lumineux dans les zones à risques” et en particulier à proximité du site Soyouz qui est établi sur la commune, comme l’indique l’ingénieur-sécurité Claude Berteaud.Des mesures à long terme ? Le 29 juillet dernier, les Guyanais avaient organisé une marche de protestation pour réclamer l’éradication du papillon. Pour l’heure, une “cellule permanente d’observation et de prévention de la papillonite”, a été créée par le Conseil régional. Une réunion doit se tenir aujourd’hui à Sinnamary pour prendre des mesures à long terme. Des pièges lumineux ou des épandages aériens aux dates clefs de reproduction de la chenille devraient être mis en place. Depuis le 5 août toutefois, l’invasion diminue et les commerces rouvrent en soirée a indiqué 11 août 2011 à 13:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Orders up at Burgerville

first_imgBurgerville USA remains Vancouver’s beloved home-grown business.But the walk-up cinder-block hamburger stand that opened in 1962 in downtown — the second restaurant for a chain that now has approximately 40 restaurants in Washington and Oregon — has its final day Sunday.The restaurant will be open its usual Sunday hours, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.A steady stream of customers Saturday walked up to place orders, or to pick up orders they’d called ahead. Some people ate in their cars or at one of the few outside tables instead of truly taking it “to go.”It wouldn’t be their last meals of Tillamook cheeseburgers, Walla Walla sweet onion rings and Northwest blackberry shakes. But it would be their last meal at this Burgerville, a downtown Vancouver landmark. Portland resident Bob Powell works in Vancouver on Saturdays, supervising counseling interns at Open House Ministries. His wife Peggy drove north to meet him at one of his favorite lunch spots for a chicken tenders basket.He said the interns he supervises were crushed to learn that the Burgerville would be gone by fall. In March it was announced that the restaurant was closing because it had been sold to Elie Kassab, president and owner of Prestige Development.Kassab bought the site for $750,000. Jeff Harvey, president and CEO of Burgerville, acknowledged in an Aug. 29 letter that the downtown Burgerville, 307 E. Mill Plain Blvd., has sentimental significance.“This restaurant has been an iconic spot for both Burgerville and the Vancouver community and we know many of our guests have strong memories associated with this location, as do we. However, as this restaurant closes, in its place will be a new mixed-use space we are confident will help with the revitalization of downtown Vancouver,” Harvey wrote.last_img read more

Study How Successful are Journalism Grads After Graduation

first_imgThe University of Georgia has released its annual survey measuring the success of journalism and mass communications majors in finding jobs after graduation. The study found that about three out of four of those with bachelor’s degrees had successfully found employment upon graduation.Just a few months after graduation, on the benchmark date of Oct. 31, the survey found that 56 percent of bachelor’s degree recipients had a full-time job, a slight improvement from 53.3 percent the previous year. This can be compared to 56.6 percent of master’s degree recipients who had a full-time job on the same benchmark date. The success for bachelor’s recipients continued to increase six to eight months after graduation, with 65.6 percent of graduates securing full-time jobs.However, not all of these opportunities were in the field of the respondents’ majors. About 60 percent of bachelor’s degree recipients held jobs in the field of communications six to eight months after graduation, an increase from the previous year.Bachelor’s degree recipients who found full-time work earned an average of $32,000 in 2012, compared to $31,000 a year earlier. This increase was sufficient to offset the effects of a relatively modest inflation. By comparison, master’s degree recipients with full-time jobs earned an average of $40,000 in 2012, the same as in 2011. The study also found that journalism and communications graduates were more successful compared to others in the 20-24 year old age group. Journalism graduates had about a 10 percent unemployment rate, while the unemployment rate of the entire U.S. Labor Force aged 20-24 years old with bachelor’s degrees was about 14 percent.The report stated that about a quarter of the bachelor’s degree recipients said that they regretted studying journalism and communications, similar to the past.More female graduates reported having a full-time job than men in 2012, which has been the case historically. Also, bachelor’s degree recipients of racial and ethnic minority backgrounds had more difficulty finding work than other graduates. This gap has been consistent over time and was nearly the same as the previous year. Those minorities who were able to find a job were much less likely to find one in the field of communications than graduates who were not members of minority groups.last_img read more