first_imgFactor this. Australia are whitewashed 3-0 by Sri Lanka in Colombo and lose their number one ranking in Test cricket.Over 15,000 kilometers away, in Port of Spain, India wake up to the news that they have shot up to the top spot in the ICC’s Test rankings but they would need to win their last Test against the West Indies which was scheduled to start next day.If India lost or drew, Pakistan, who had drawn a magical series against England, would shoot up to the top for the very first time in history.Rain, only rain, could have stopped India. After a resounding win (actually their biggest outside Asia), Virat Kohli’s men were thwarted by long spells of shower and Roston Chase in Jamaica as the hosts held on for a draw against all odds. West Indies weren’t as lucky at Gros Islet, where India’s pacers were far more disciplined and pulled off another comprehensive victory.The situation hasn’t improved as it continues to rain. Head coach @anilkumble1074 is at the ground for inspection. pic.twitter.com/MVWC9vefV3 BCCI (@BCCI) August 11, 2016But as luck would have it, rain cut short the first day of India’s final Test in the Caribbean. India sent down only 22 overs but Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin had by then removed the dangerous Leon Johnson and Darren Bravo. But that would be the end of that. Rain forced the players inside and though it opened up only for an hour again early on Day 2, no play was possible.advertisementWhen you are waiting at the hotel & getting bored. Rains are annoying when a match is going on #TestOfPatience pic.twitter.com/vkJc4nCO4V Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 21, 2016Reason? Soggy ground conditions. There was no rain for the last three days but no further than those 22 overs could be bowled. The ground was not covered sufficiently and despite bright sunshine, the field refused to dry up. Why were there no supersoppers? Nobody had an answer.It really was a sham at the end of the day. And what more, it cost India the number one rank in Test cricket. They needed to win 3-0 to keep Pakistan away but the lack of basic facilities robbed Kohli of a chance to retain the top spot and return home with 13 Test matches to play.India will of course get a chance to get back up again. A series victory over New Zealand would see them regain their slot at the top but an entire Test match was lost to poor planning and ridiculously bad ground arrangements. It was a shocker in more ways than one.Those in the know say facilities at most West Indies grounds are actually superb. Then what happened for those four days, where India were desperately waiting to get back on and play? The ICC came out to give Port of Spain a poor rating but that was hardly a surprise.Simultaneously, in Durban, South Africa’s opening Test against New Zealand was lost to similar circumstances. There is a need for the game’s world governing body to take stock of what really is up at various cricket centers around the world.Neither Port of Spain nor Durban is new to Test cricket. They are among the world’s most iconic grounds and to see two important matches being laid to waste was a pity.Now, that wasn’t the end of India’s misfortunes.Together with West Indies, India travelled to pleasant Miami, where the two were scheduled to lock horns in two T20 Internationals in Florida – this was the first time India were playing international cricket in the United States of America.The first of those two games was a cracker. West Indies, riding on Evin Lewis’ 49-ball 100 piled up a staggering 245 and sensationally, India came within one run of a victory, thanks to Lokesh Rahul’s 51-ball 110 not out.In the second match played on Sunday, India’s spinners exhibited a lesson in slow bowling and restricted West Indies to a modest 143 on the same surface. But a heavy shower after two overs of India’s chase meant the game had to be abandoned.But it wasn’t rain that robbed India of their 16th T20 International win this year in 21 matches. The game started a full 40 minutes behind schedule because the broadcasters had satellite problems. It was a technical delay which rendered thousands of fans, who had flown in from all corners, helpless. They had to come watch cricket along with their American friends, partners and colleagues but what they got instead was a spectacle.advertisementRain played spoilsport today but what a great initiative to bring cricket to a non-cricketing country. Kudos to @BCCI for making this happen Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) August 29, 2016It was either dumb bad luck or something more sinister that did not allow India to press for victories in two different formats and two different countries. Whatever the reasons, both Kohli and MS Dhoni were deprived. India was deprived.last_img read more


first_imgNEW YORK — A year ago, no one could’ve pictured this. Yet here they were, Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros, soaking in champagne, merrily posing for a victory shot on the mound at Yankee Stadium.After all that losing, this was one October win to remember.Pitching on three days’ rest for the first time in his career, Keuchel baffled New York for six innings of three-hit ball. Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez homered, and the Astros beat the Yankees 3-0 Oct. 6 in the American League wild-card game.“Nobody really gave us anything at the start of the year. And I don’t think anybody gave us a shot at the end of the year,” said Keuchel, the AL’s only 20-game winner.The orange-clad Astros, who secured their spot in this winner-take-all game on the last day of the regular season, advanced to the Division Series against the defending AL champion Royals starting Thursday night in Kansas City.Aggressive from the start in their initial playoff appearance as an AL club — and first since being swept by the White Sox in the 2005 World Series — the Astros came out swinging against Masahiro Tanaka in front of a revved-up Bronx crowd.Rasmus sent Tanaka’s first pitch of the second inning soaring into deep right field. Gomez, who only had five plate appearances after missing nearly two weeks with a strained chest muscle in mid-September, connected on the first offering of the fourth.“That really settled me down, and that’s who we are,” Keuchel said. “We hit a lot of home runs, pitch well and play defense.”AL hits leader Jose Altuve had an RBI single off All-Star reliever Dellin Betances in the seventh.Reliever Tony Sipp walked one, and Will Harris and Luke Gregerson were each perfect for an inning to finish the three-hitter. The boos from the 50,113 stunned fans in the crowd grew with each out as Gregerson closed for a save.The Astros raced to an area between first and second after Brian McCann grounded out to end it and jumped up and down in a big scrum. As he was coming off the field, Keuchel pumped his fists toward a group of cheering Astros supporters in orange shirts — a few in big black beards — behind the visiting dugout.It was a celebration a few years in the making, a raucous 30-minute party in the visiting clubhouse that carried onto the field. The Astros had averaged 104 losses in their previous four seasons.“Now we get to go to Kansas City. It’s going to be some grind-it-out baseball,” Rasmus said. “We have to come in there the way we came in tonight. It’s going to be fun.”In a matchup of teams that surprised many by building big division leads and then wasting them, the upstart Astros, just two years removed from a 111-loss season, looked the more comfortable team in the October limelight.They clowned around during pregame introductions, and stayed loose the whole game.The Yankees lost six of seven to close the regular season. Then before working out Oct. 5, they learned CC Sabathia was checking into an alcohol rehab facility and would miss the postseason.Despite all the talk of a playoff reset for the struggling lineup, New York went bust against a new nemesis in its first postseason game of the post-Derek Jeter era.“Just didn’t get it done,” Manager Joe Girardi said.Fans taunted the 27-year-old Keuchel the moment he walked to the outfield for warmups. Then he toyed with the Yankees from the first batter, striking out Brett Gardner looking.“It’s hard not to get up for a game like this,” Keuchel said of pitching on short rest. “I’ve worked so hard the last four years in the big leagues, especially with rebuilding with our team. I knew if we had a shot, I was going to give everything I possibly could.”Gardner, McCann, Chris Young and Girardi had words with plate umpire Eric Cooper as Keuchel cruised through New York’s lineup for the third time this season.The AL Cy Young Award contender held the Yankees scoreless for 16 innings in two regular-season starts. On this much bigger stage, the lefty was just as confounding, dropping his slider and two-seam fastball seemingly wherever he wanted in striking out seven as nearly all his teammates and coaches stood along the dugout railing for every pitch.When he gave up two singles in the sixth — bringing the crowd to its feet with Alex Rodriguez stepping into the batter’s box — Manager A.J. Hinch took a walk to the mound to give Keuchel a breather. Keuchel responded by getting A-Rod to fly out lazily to center field for his final out.“”He was as good as it gets,” A-Rod said. “He was Greg Maddux from the left side.”Keuchel is the first pitcher with a scoreless postseason start on three days’ rest since Josh Beckett pitched a shutout for the Marlins at Yankee Stadium in the clinching Game 6 of the 2003 World Series, STATS said.Tanaka struggled with the long ball, giving up 25 homers in 24 starts this year. He only allowed two more hits in five innings but matched a season high with three walks.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgAt Electronica 2018, rugged connector and component manufacturer Bulgin will be showcasing a selection of its most advanced connector, switch and sensor products designed to deliver high performance in the harshest environments. Bulgin’s focus on optical fiber connectors, smart connectors and sensors reflect the increasing demand for optical fiber connections in outdoor and extreme environments and rugged sensors to support the Internet of Things megatrend.Visitors to the Bulgin stand will be able to see Bulgin’s extensive range, including its Buccaneer range of circular power and data connectors, industrial automation connectors, switches, battery holders and sensors. In addition, will be introduced Bulgin’s rugged optical fiber range, including the 4000 Series Fiber LC Simplex, one of the smallest harsh environment optical standard LC simplex connectors available on the market. Also on show is Bulgin’s environmentally sealed intelligent connector, containing a 7 x 5 mm PCB with an EEPROM device situated securely underneath the overmould of the miniature Bulgin 400 Series connector.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Swissbit: SD memory card in “Deep Well Imaging” projectNext Parasoft partners with Infosyslast_img read more


first_img\R Moscow, July 15 (AFP) Russian President Vladimir Putin knows the legacy of his World Cup will be judged partly by the fate of the stadiums after the tournament and he is determined they are put to good use. Russia has spent at least USD 4 billion (3.4 billion euros) on arena construction and refurbishments for the month-long showpiece. Stunning venues rose from the ground in developed cities far from Moscow such as Nizhny Novogrod on the Volga River and in small and isolated places like Saransk. Putin’s last TV phone-in show held a week before the tournament was unremarkable — until the moment he decided to underscore the importance of 12 stadium’s fate. Russia’s dominant leader for most of the past two decades suddenly turned serious and even emotional. The regional bosses he was lecturing via video link froze behind their respective desks. “I want to address colleagues from the regions,” Putin said. “No matter what, you cannot allow these venues to turn into some sort of markets like those in the mid-1990s.” The idea of Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium becoming the go-to destination for second-hand clothes might puzzle fans lucky enough to have tickets for today’s final between Croatia and France. The 80,000-seat arena will be the focus of global attention and packed to the rafters.But this will be Luzhniki on its good day. The venerable crucible of Soviet sport entered the era of Russia’s independence in the 1990s looking scruffy and bleeding cash. The country was mired in poverty and the only way to pay for Luzhniki’s upkeep was by parcelling off space to fly-by-night merchants who set up stalls across its vast grounds.advertisement It stood as the unsightly symbol of Russia’s problems until being torn down in 2011 and lavishly rebuilt as the focus of the World Cup. While Luzhniki’s future as the national stadium is probably safe, it is the subsistence model that places such as Saransk and Samara are forced to consider as they inherit grand stadiums that will be home to teams that draw a few thousand fans. – Putin’s promise – =================== The stadiums that start to resemble Luzhniki as it was in the 1990s will remind locals of the sums Putin splurged showing off how his Russia could stage the most complex event in the world. Ones that help develop football and the neighbourhoods around them will be remembered as historic turning points. A spin around the 11 host cities suggests that most of the 12 arenas are destined to struggle — at least at first. Only six have teams playing in the Premier League that fans are willing to pay money to watch. FC Mordovia Saransk have been promoted from third-tier status to the more respectable second division to help fill the stands. The Black Sea resort of Sochi did not even have a team until being assigned one last month that usually played before a couple of hundred determined supporters in Saint Petersburg. The move was orchestrated by one of Putin’s wealthy childhood friends. Average attendance in the lower FNL division where five World Cup stadium teams play was 2,029 last season. Premier League matches have been drawing 12,000-13,000 and all but two of the new and rebuilt arenas have at least 44,000 seats. “When we were designing our stadium, we were planning to include many options for making it commercially viable,” said Samara’s sports minister Dmitry Shlyakhtin. “Right now, we do not fully understand how this can be done.” – Missing millions – ==================== Regional authorities told the Kommersant business daily that running all the new and rebuilt facilities will cost up to $100 million a year. The federal government intends to allocate around USD 200 million to help teams and local officials cover the costs. But that money will be paid out over five years and also be used for youth football development and other expenses. Few provincial bosses think it will be enough — and not many analysts see a quick fix.Industry experts say the appeal of being inside new stadiums boosts tickets sales slightly and for only a matter of years. The US engineering firm AECOM is confident about the arena it designed for Spartak Moscow in which five World Cup matches were played. It is less certain how a place like Saransk intends to fill its 45,000-seater. “It is very difficult to see how such stadium capacities can be economically sustainable without major changes in the supporter demographic,” AECOM said in a research note. – Seeking solutions – ===================== Putin’s unusual ban on flea markets shot down the idea reportedly being considered by Saransk governor Vladimir Volkov.advertisement The Kremlin has said nothing about Nizhny Novgorod’s proposal to convert a part of its venue into a medical clinic. Kaliningrad intends to create a free-trade zone around its arena while Yekaterinburg is taking down the soaring temporary extensions that jutted out of the stadium and accounted for 12,000 seats. Yekaterinburg represents Russia’s attempt to fix past World Cup excesses in places such as Brazil and South Korea that left disused arena scattered in their wake. AECOM thinks the investment’s wisdom will ultimately be determined not by football but by how Russia’s economy and broader “geopolitical circumstances” fair. (AFP) AHAHlast_img read more


first_imgFormer Australia cricketer Matthew Hayden has now joined Virender Sehwag in the babysitting advertisement for the upcoming T20I and ODI series between India and Australia. The two-T20Is and five ODIs series will begin on February 24 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru but ahead of the on-field battles, the promotions have all been over the infamous babysitting episode between Rishabh Pant and Tim Paine.Virender Sehwag began the babysitting commercial, where he can be seen with a bunch of kids wearing Australian jerseys, saying: “Jab hum Australia gaye the, toh unhone poocha tha babysitting karoge? Humne kahaa sabke sab aajaao. Zaroor karenge [When we had gone to Australia, they asked us, will you babysit? We said all of you come, we will surely do].”Hayden has responded to the ad and Sehwag on social media by saying, “Never take Aussie’s for a joke Viru Boy.”Now Hayden has joined Sehwag in a new commercial for the series. Sehwag begins the new commercial by bringing bottles of milk for the kids adorning Australian jerseys.He goes to one kid and says, “Beta aap bhi doodh pee lo, warna Kohli aa jayega [Son, you also have milk, otherwise Kohli will come]” and the kid has an expression of disdain.As Sehwag turnaround, a ball hits the bottles in hand and they all fall in the tray. Hayden then enters the ad beaming and says, “Viru Paaji, Australians ko bachcha mat samajhna!”I do not want to say ‘I told you so’ but guess what, I TOLD YOU SO, @virendersehwag!The Aussies are up for the #babysitting challenge from Feb 24 on Star Sports. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/46knNAenlBadvertisementMatthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) February 16, 2019All the kids then begin smiling wide and clap along.This babysitting anecdote began during the third day of the Boxing Day Test, when Australian captain and wicketkeeper Paine asked Pant, who was batting then: “Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids.”When Pant got the chance in the following innings, he referred to Paine as the “temporary captain” and mocked him from behind the stumps.During Indian team’s New Year meet with Australian Prime Minister, Pant was pictured with Paine’s wife Bonnie and his kids and the photograph posted by Bonnie went viral.The joke went so viral that during the Sydney Test in January, the Bharat Army even dedicated a song to Babysitter Pant.Pant even reacted to the advertisement on Twitter as he wrote, “Viru paaji showing me how to be better at cricket and babysitting an inspiration always!”The first T20I between India and Australia will be held on February 24 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The second will take place on February 27 at the Y.S. Rajashekhar Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.The ODI series will begin on March 2 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. Nagpur will host the second ODI on March 5 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.Ranchi’s JSCA International Stadium Complex will see the third ODI on March 8, followed by Mohali (March 10) and Delhi (March 13).Also Read | Will try to be more expressive with the ball vs Australia: Vijay ShankarAlso Read | Never thought I will get an opportunity to play for India so soon: Mayank MarkandeAlso Read | Want to give Rishabh Pant a few ODIs before taking final call on World Cup: MSK PrasadAlso Read | Virat Kohli returns to lead India in T20Is and ODIs vs Australialast_img read more


first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo is an ‘example’ – Pochettino marvels at Real Madrid star’s professionalism Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 22:24 10/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ronaldo-cropped Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Tottenham Hotspur v Real Madrid Real Madrid Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Champions League Harry Kane Tottenham’s manager hopes his side keep the superstar quiet on Wednesday, but he knows stopping “the best” will not be easy Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is a “phenomenon” and an “example” to anyone due to his immense levels of professionalism, according to Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino.Ronaldo will go up against Pochettino’s Spurs on Wednesday at Wembley, as Real Madrid look to improve upon their 1-1 draw with the Premier League side at the Santiago Bernabeu.Ronaldo 5/2 to score first vs. Spurs 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 It was Ronaldo who scored Madrid’s goal when the two sides last met, and he will be eager to catch the eye as he returns to England, where he excelled for Manchester United between 2003 and 2009.Since leaving United, Ronaldo has continued to excel in Madrid and won The Best FIFA Men’s Player for a second year running recently.And Pochettino is adamant his talent and professionalism make him worthy of such an award.”He’s a phenomenon,” Pochettino told Marca. “He has been awarded ‘The Best’ and the truth is that he deserves it.”In addition to his qualities as a professional, he is an example. He never tires of repeating that the secret is to work hard, to strive, to take care of himself. Every player should apply it.”Pochettino even compared Spurs striker Harry Kane to Ronaldo in terms of his attitude: “I do not know Cristiano in depth, but he gives me the same feeling as Harry.”They are very similar in terms of professionalism. They understand that we must strive to achieve success. He [Kane] has a similar mentality.”last_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSG to discuss Everton asking price for Idrissa Gueyeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG are ready to discuss the asking price of Everton for Idrissa Gueye.Everton had believed they’d successfully fought off the attentions of PSG last week for the midfielder.However, Telefoot says PSG chief Antero Henrique is now prepared to get closer to Everton’s €45m valuation.Henrique is confident he will strike personal terms with Gueye as early as today.And it’s suggested PSG will then move to thrash out a fee with Everton for the player’s transfer. last_img read more


first_imgTom Arnold claps for Iowa football.Twitter/@frzachk After a number of middling years recently, Hawkeyes fandom is paying off for the thousands of diehards that pack Kinnick Stadium every week. Iowa is 10-0, and just wins over sub-.500 Purdue and Nebraska teams away from heading into the post-season with an unblemished record. Iowa fans have plenty to be proud of, and one of the most notable—actor Tom Arnold—hopped on with ESPN‘s Ryen Russillo and Danny Kanell to discuss how he became an Iowa fan, and his thoughts on the season. VIDEO: @TomArnold talks about his love for @TheIowaHawkeyes https://t.co/rU1B8luilO— Russillo and Kanell (@RussilloKanell) November 20, 2015Most Iowa fans can probably relate to how he’s feeling right now.[ESPN, Saturday Tradition]last_img read more


first_imgThe Government is to forgo $14.032 billion in taxes as part of measures to stimulate greater business and economic activity and boost growth.This is contained in the Revenue Measures for the 2019/20 fiscal year announced by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, as he opened the 2019/20 budget debate in the House of Representatives on March 7.The measures, which take effect on April 1, include abolishing the Minimum Business Tax, payable by all registered companies. The potential revenue loss is $1.093 billion.In addition, there will be an increase in the annual General Consumption Tax (GCT) threshold to $10 million, up from the current $3 million. The potential revenue loss is $0.731 billion.“This means that approximately 3, 500 small businesses that currently file GCT will no longer be required to do so. Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ)), which currently has to see to the compliance of these 3, 500 [businesses], will now free up resources, allowing them to concentrate on larger businesses and ensure they are complying. This is economic opportunity for all,” Dr. Clarke said.Also, the House is being asked to consider a proposal to supplant all Ad Valorem Stamp Duty rates payable on any instrument pursuant to the Stamp Duty Act, including the granting of security as collateral for loans, with a specific (flat rate) stamp duty of $5000 per document. The potential revenue loss from this measure is $6.650 billion.Dr. Clarke pointed out that “these Ad Valorem stamp duties are distortionary…and disincentives the very activities we want to encourage. It discourages transactions, competition, and impedes access to finance for all but particularly, micro and small businesses.”Other measures include a reduction of the transfer tax payable on the transfer of real property and financial instruments. It is proposed to reduce the transfer tax to two per cent, down from five per cent. The potential revenue loss is $3.431 billion.There will also be an increase in the transfer tax (estate tax) threshold applicable to the estate of deceased persons. It is proposed to increase the transfer tax threshold in the case where the estate of a deceased person is to be transferred. This threshold is to be increased to $10 million, up from the current $100,000. The potential revenue loss is $0.287 billion.“This will allow for greater mobility of assets, which is consistent with our drive for economic growth,” Dr. Clarke said.Other measures include a proposal to abolish the asset tax payable by non-financial institutions. The structure of the asset tax was modified in 2012 to impose, on the one hand, a tax regime for non-financial institutions and on the other hand, a tax for financial institutions.The potential revenue loss is $1.840 billion and the effective date for implementation is the year of assessment 2019.last_img read more


first_imgWashington: US President Donald Trump on Monday urged Republicans and Democrats to agree on tighter gun control, suggesting that new legislation could be linked to his pet project of immigration reform. “Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform,” Trump tweeted as he prepared to address the nation on two weekend shootings that left 29 dead and dozens wounded in Texas and Ohio. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!” Trump wrote. Gun culture is deeply rooted in America, and efforts to strengthen firearms regulations remain divisive even though mass shootings are commonplace. The weekend massacres in El Paso and Dayton were the 250th and 251st mass shootings so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, an NGO. It defines such an event as a shooting in which at least four people are killed or wounded. Following the latest shootings, Trump said Sunday that “hate has no place in our country,” but he also blamed mental illness for the violence. “These are really people that are very, very seriously mentally ill,” he said, although police have not confirmed such a claim. “We have to get it stopped. This has been going on for years… and years in our country,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgWINNIPEG – The Manitoba government is backing down from a plan to stop publishing notices of everything from environmental protection changes to public health orders in newspapers.Cathy Cox, the minister for sport, culture and heritage, says the government realizes it was moving too fast, and will not enact the relevant sections of an omnibus bill now before the legislature.The plan, announced last year, quickly ran into opposition from newspaper publishers and others.Kate Jackman-Atkinson, editor of the Neepawa Banner, said the change would leave people in the dark about issues such as when pesticides are being used in their area.The bill would also have eliminated mandatory newspaper notices of proposed changes to ecological reserves, hearings of human rights complaints and more.The notices would have only been required in the Manitoba Gazette, the government’s official catalogue of legal notices which is available online.But critics said most members of the public don’t know about the gazette and would not check it regularly.“It’s no secret that newspapers make money from publishing (government) notices, but that’s not why I think this is a bad idea,” Jackman-Atkinson wrote in a recent column.“I think these changes will make it harder for Manitobans to be informed about the issues that will have an impact on their lives.”Cox said the Progressive Conservative government has heard the message.“Everything will remain as it was before,” Cox said.“I’ve listened to a lot of Manitobans … so based on what we’ve heard, we know that this is a little bit of uncharted waters here and we were moving too quickly.”The legislative process — passing the bill as-is, but not enacting the sections affecting newspapers — will leave the government the option of imposing the changes at a future date, but Cox indicated the status quo will remain for some time.“Obviously, I don’t know what things are going to look like in 50 years — I mean, everything may be online — but we are saying right now we are pausing, we are listening to Manitobans, we’ve moved to quickly.”When it first proposed the changes last year, the government said it was simply keeping up with the times by moving public notices to the internet.It is also in the process of making the Manitoba Gazette available for free. Accessing the gazette currently requires a subscription of $100 a year.last_img read more


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Transit is going to be bringing new city buses to Fort St. John this year, with an unveiling of the new bus model happening at City Hall tomorrow.The new Vicinity buses are made by Aldergrove-based Grande West Transportation International Ltd. and are 35 feet long. BC Transit says the bus model performs better and has more safety features than those in its current fleet.The buses can seat 30 passengers with room for another 24 standees, with space for two mobility aids. The new buses are also equipped with two doors for more efficient operation and easier access for customers. The same model bus was unveiled in Prince George on Tuesday. The buses will be unveiled tomorrow at City Hall at a ceremony beginning at 1:00 p.m.last_img read more


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council awarded the tender for new signal lights and upgrades for the curling club and the North Peace Cultural Centre.The 2019 Capital Roadworks tender was awarded to Knappett Industries (2006) Ltd. of Fort St. John, totalling $408,738.75 and the funds are allocated from the one-time extra payment from the Gas Tax Agreement Community Works Fund. For the signalization of the intersection of 98 Street and 100 Avenue and modification of the existing traffic signals and lane markings at the intersection of 102 St and 100 AveThis project was identified at the 100 Street Charrette process as a first step in improving traffic flow around the phased construction projects related to infrastructure and surface works upgrading. To read more; CLICK HERE Tender for the 2019 Curling Club and Cultural Centre – Facility Improvements was awarded to Hegge Construction Ltd., from Dawson Creek, BC, for $422,750.00 plus applicable taxes.From the IRC Facility Audit recommendations, the Curling Club and Cultural Centre will receive improvements.The Curling Club will receive exterior improvements to lower walls, some interior painting, replacement of the overhead door, some added insulation to the exterior walls and some new exterior doors.The Cultural Centre will receive interior improvements to office spaces, some new carpeting and some new interior doors, the exterior concrete will be repaired and new exterior doors will also be replaced.last_img read more


TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index fell in late-morning trading as Bombardier Inc. shares weighed on the key industrials sector.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 11.80 points at 16,574.72 as shares of Bombardier fell following a move by the company to cut its financial guidance for the year.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 205.5 points at 26,391.55. The S&P 500 index was down 5.23 points at 2,922.02, while the Nasdaq composite was down 0.55 points at 8,101.46.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.10 cents US compared with an average of 74.21 cents US on Wednesday.The June crude contract was down 11 cents at US$65.78 per barrel and the June natural gas contract was down 3.6 cents at US$2.54 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was up US$2.70 at US$1,282.10 an ounce and the May copper contract was down 3.75 cents at US$2.87 a pound. Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press read more


“Let’s differentiate the farmers from the tobacco farmers. I have seen the tobacco farmers… They always try to manipulate. Even if they are brought on table, they are not on the table and always think about the profits. They bribe… so sometimes it’s difficult to actually let them participate due to conflict of interest,” Vera da Coasta Silva, Head of the UN Tobacco Treaty Secretariat, told IANS.Additional Health Secretary Arun Panda said: “We will certainly talk to them (tobacco farmers) over their demands and grievances.” (Colombo Gazette) Pointing out that tobacco is part of the socio-culture, a major cause behind its increased consumption, Nadda said: “We are certainly trying to remove this issue from roots.”Member countries on the occasion said the WHO FCTC rules were the strongest tool to curb tobacco use in the world.The six-day COP 7 Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Convention will bring together the WHO FCTC’s 180 Parties (nations) — which includes almost every country in the world as well as regional economic integration organisations like the European Union. Several letters were written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nadda seeking participation in FCTC COP7 but they did not yield any result.On Monday, over 500 tobacco farmers protested under the banner of the Federation of All India Farmers Association and International Tobacco Growers Association. They were detained outside the India Exposition Mart — the main venue of the COP7 FCTC.Though the FCTC Secretariat said there was no point negotiating with the farmers as they were manipulative and adamant over their own demands without understanding the disease burden caused by tobacco, the Health Ministry said it will talk to them after the convention gets over. WHO and the Health Ministry have been facing criticism from tobacco farmers for last six months over FCTC COP 7 and the stringent laws against the tobacco industry including the hike in pictorial warnings on all tobacco products. As part of the new efforts against the industry, Sirisena said Sri Lanka will introduce plain packaging of all tobacco products in a new step to curb its consumption and its illicit trade, stating smokeless tobacco was an alarming issue in his country. The 7th edition of World Health Organisation(WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) – the world’s biggest conference on anti-tobacco policies — began in India today, with India and Sri Lanka determined to eliminate tobacco consumption from the roots, IANS reported.At the convention, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena urged the world not to succumb or compromise with the tobacco industry, terming them manipulative and influencing policy makers most of the time. “We still have a long way to go in terms of preventing the millions of deaths caused by tobacco both in India and other parts of the world. There is a huge economic burden on people due to the tobacco use, which needs to be prevented,” said Nadda.According to WHO, India has 75 million tobacco consumers and every year 1.2 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is spent on tobacco control programmes and treatment of patients suffering from various types of cancers caused by tobacco. Indian Health Minister J.P. Nadda, who opened the convention, called for the prevention of youths from adopting tobacco consumption as it continued to cause one million deaths every year. read more


by The Associated Press Posted Jul 1, 2013 11:47 am MDT US stocks advance in midday trading as concerns ease of a sudden reduction in Fed stimulus NEW YORK, N.Y. – US stocks are rising as investors judge that the economy still isn’t growing fast enough for the central bank to cut back on its stimulus program.Last month the Standard & Poor’s 500 index logged its first monthly decline since October after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank could ease back on its stimulus this year if the economy continues to recover.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 146 points, or 1 per cent, at 15,054 at midday Monday.The S&P 500 was up 17 points, or 1.1 per cent, at 1,623. The S&P 500 had its best first half of a year since 1998, returning 13.8 per cent with dividends reinvested.The Nasdaq composite was up 44 points, or 1.3 per cent, at 3,447. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


first_imgPolice search a landfill site in Milton, Cambridgeshire, for missing RAF airman Corrie McKeague. Credit:Andrew Parsons / i-Images Nicola Urquhart, mother of missing 23-year-old Corrie McKeague Corrie who was based at RAF Honington, Suffolk, was last seen on CCTV as he walked into a refuse collection area in Bury St Edmunds The lorry took a route which appeared to coincide with the movements of his phone. Suffolk Police said the search of the area was the “next logical step” after the vehicle’s waste load was found to be far heavier than first thought. 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. It follows work to move 8,000 tonnes of bulk material to make the area safe to search. “I can only pray that Corrie is found quickly and that we are able to get answers as to how this could have happened.”Please can I ask everyone on here to try really hard not to speculate just now. Each second waiting to find Corrie is torture enough. “This page was set up to find Corrie. We still need to do this.”From myself, Makeyan and Darroch thank you for your neverending support more than ever.”  CCTV footage shows Corrie McKeague in Bury St Edmunds on the night he went missing Mr McKeague pictured with girlfriend April OliverCredit:PA Mr McKeague pictured with girlfriend April Oliver Search teams have been scouring a landfill site this weekCredit:SWNS  The drastic difference in the weight of the load prompted police to swoop on a 26-year-old man, who was not the driver, before he was bailed on March 1.He was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice by misleading officers about the weight, but on Tuesday was told he faced no further action.He was told he will not face charges after detectives concluded he was not hiding information, police said.The last CCTV sighting of Mr McKeague showed him walking from a shop doorway and into a horseshoe-shaped area in Brentgovel Street, with no sign of him emerging. Specialist search team searching the Milton landfill site in Cambridge for the body of missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague.  Ms Elliott said: “The search of the landfill is a huge undertaking, and still may not provide the answer as to what happened, but now, with new information uncovered by the officers working on the case, this is the priority.”  CCTV footage shows Corrie McKeague in Bury St Edmunds on the night he went missingCredit:Suffolk Police Responding to the update from Suffolk Police, Mr McKeague’s mother, Nicola Urquhart, wrote on a social media page called Find Corrie: “With the weight of the bin that was lifted the night Corrie went missing has been incorrect and the true weight is over 100kg (sic).”This can really devastatingly only mean one thing. Police search a landfill site in Milton, Cambridgeshire, for missing RAF airman Corrie McKeague.  Corrie who was based at RAF Honington, Suffolk, was last seen on CCTV as he walked into a refuse collection area in Bury St EdmundsCredit: Andrew Parsons / i-Images Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott said: “We now know the weight of the waste collection from the ‘horseshoe’ on the night Corrie went missing was over 100kg, when the original information we were given indicated that this was 11kg, and this makes our search of the landfill the next logical step to try to find Corrie.She added: “There was no intention to mislead the investigation, however our discovery, through persisting with this through our inquiries and evidence gathering, now puts a new emphasis on the search.”The search of the landfill site will take six to 10 weeks, covering around 920 square metres up to a depth of eight metres, police said. Missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague could have ended up in the back of a rubbish lorry, police have suggested after they discovered that its load was much heavier than previously thought.His mother said that the news could “only mean one thing”. Officers are considering whether the lorry, which was spotted on CCTV making a collection near where Mr McKeague was last seen, could have carried Mr McKeague to a landfill site. Despite initial suggestions that the load of the lorry was 11kg, police said it was found to be more than 100kg.Forensic examinations previously found no traces of Mr McKeague in the lorry.The 23-year-old, from Fife, vanished on a night out with friends on September 24 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. His mother said she hoped he could be found quicklyCredit:Chris Radburn /PAlast_img read more


first_imgOn November 18 Lucara Diamond Corp, the high quality diamond producer with assets in Botswana, announced the recovery of a 1,111 ct gem quality, Type IIa diamond. The company stated: “The magnificent stone, which originated from the south lobe of Lucara’s Karowe mine, is the world’s second largest gem quality diamond ever recovered and the largest ever to be recovered through a modern processing facility. The stone was recovered by the newly installed Large Diamond Recovery (LDR) XRT machines. The stone measures 65 mm x 56 mm x 40 mm in size and is the largest ever to be recovered in Botswana.”William Lamb, President and CEO: “This historic diamond recovery puts Lucara and the Karowe mine amongst a select number of truly exceptional diamond producers. The significance of the recovery of a gem quality stone larger than 1,000 ct, the largest for more than a century and the continued recovery of high quality stones from the south lobe, cannot be overstated. Our focus on mining the south lobe, which is delivering value beyond expectation, has been perfectly timed with the commissioning of our recent plant modifications, enabling the recovery of these large, high quality exceptional diamonds.”Today Lucara Diamond announced that two more exceptional white stones have now been recovered through the XRT diamond recovery units. The two white diamonds, an 813 ct stone and a 374 ct stone. The weights of the stones are subject to change as these stones have not yet been cleaned. Once cleaned, photos will be published on the Lucara website www.lucaradiamond.com.Lamb: “I am truly at a loss for words. This has been an amazing week for Lucara with the recovery of the second largest and also the sixth largest gem quality diamonds ever mined. We are truly blessed by this amazing asset.”last_img read more


first_img“For TV you always have to build to a certain point,” explains Nugent, “then make room for an ad break and then build up to another point. If that documentary had just played as a feature length it would have had a very different feel to it.” Jonny Sexton’s younger brother forging his future in France ONE THING WAS certain before the Ronan O’Gara documentary, ‘ROG‘, was unleashed on RTE One on Thursday night, finding words other than ‘honest’ to describe it was going to be difficult.Little wonder. Over the years O’Gara has always assured straight-talking as a minimum. So when he agreed to allow a documentary chart the final chapter in his playing career, the legendary Munster and Ireland number 10 was only ever going to become even more frank.Dave Berry and Nathan Nugent have spent the past four years watching O’Gara work from close proximity. ‘ROG’, though, differs from the normal documentary in a number of ways.Firstly; Berry and Nugent did not have to waste any filming time building up a trust with their subject, it already existed. The co-directors are the men who brought you the previous behind-the-scenes looks at the Irish rugby camp; from Final Words, Triple Crown (2004), Reaching for Glory – when Berry gained access to the dressing room for the 2007 season – and Ireland’s Grand Slam Journey (2009). In that time the pair ran an idea past O’Gara and the rest is television history.Perhaps it is fitting that an O’Gara film has divided opinion. Indeed, even O’Gara himself expressed some discontent in his Irish Examiner column yesterday, saying his enjoyment of the sport had not come across as clearly as it could have. Of the criticisms that arose from the wider public during and in the immediate aftermath of Thursday night, most revolved around the omissions. The feeling is almost mutual with the filmmakers:“Keeping it down to 78 minutes,” says Berry when asked about the biggest challenge of the film.“Keeping it focused on the latter part of his career. The Heineken Cup final in 2008 is just a three-second shot, for the Grand Slam there’s about five seconds, then on top of that we had whole sections on Paul Darbyshire, the Lions, and summer tours… a whole load.“But when you do anything like this, it’s like writing a book: sometimes you have to leave chapters out to let it flow. That’s what Nathan Nugent did brilliantly. These parts might be 10 seconds long, but they add up and up and up.”©INPHO/Dan SheridanNugent also laments the omission of a touching segment on Darbyshire – the Munster fitness coach who suffered with motor neurone disease and died in 2011 – along with moments when the retired O’Gara revealed hand-written letters of admiration from Leinster players whom he would never have counted as close friends (perhaps the opposite) as a player. The co-director also happily accepts what he says are ‘absolutely valid’ criticisms of the way the story is knitted together without being tied to the raw chronology.“When we started editing it two years ago, a couple of people pointed out that the real story was that we had come to him towards the end of his career.“In many ways the Munster story has been told several times in other really good documentaries and he was such a part of that that we felt we were just repeating ourselves. What we really wanted to do was single out what was unique about this, but at the same time keep a flavour of the man himself.“The main story was from 2009 up to when he retired. We had to acknowledge his past, but if we had just gone back and started at the beginning it would have been a three-hour documentary.”Many probably wouldn’t have complained had that 180-minute epic been the appointment viewing that lay in store for them on Thursday, but the shop window of RTE One in prime time at the tail end of the Christmas schedule has its own constraints.center_img The content is now there at RTE’s disposal should they wish to fill a Blu-Ray disc with hours and hours of extras. For now, though, the film exists as a snappy, focused piece of work trained on the closing chapters of one of Ireland’s greatest ever rugby players.Of course, those last few pages of the O’Gara story were made turn all the faster by the arrival of Jonathan Sexton on the international scene. in 2010, under the stand in Stade Mayol, O’Gara had confided with Nugent, Berry and their camera that he was ready to give up the game he loved. However, with a year to still to run on his contract and a World Cup in the offing, the pair fancied he might take a rare backward step once he had a chance to shower and change out of his work clothes. When O’Gara did decide to retire last year, neither Berry nor Nugent had any more forewarning than the rest of the world.“Okay, we’ve got a finish here,” thought Berry when the Adidas boots were hung up. But the story had a twist. The story had an epilogue.©INPHO/Dan SheridanThe relationship between, the once rival, O’Gara and Sexton frames the film’s story arc: from O’Gara’s insistence that there could be no comparison between the pair in 2009; to 2013 when he is seeing more and more of himself in the man sitting in the back seat of his car.Some viewers had their tongue firmly in their cheek when calling that element a great modern love story, but you only need look at the treatment of Sexton from the O’Gara children from ‘Jonny’s wearing your jersey’ to happily poking him with a toy sword (the true mark of acceptance into a family) to know that this Bromance is sincere.Throughout the story, another aspect makes this film different from your average sportsman’s documentary.Two extensive interviews with O’Gara form the basis of the content. From there, there are shorter snippets when either Berry, Nugent or both caught up with him for a word on the sidelines or in a hotel room. Yet there is no voiceover, no talking heads or rent-a-quotes wheeled up to say what a great man he is and shuffle off again.He may have never been feted for his voice projection, but Ronan O’Gara has never needed anybody to talk for him, so the directors let him speak for himself.“You’re listening to Ronan O’Gara for the guts of 80 minutes and we never got him to link one section to the next,” Berry says with the voice of a man who’s achieved something he once thought a little crazy.“Yeah, there’s the odd bit of commentary and the news reports post World Cup, but that’s the craft of Nathan Nugent. He just has an amazing ability to let it flow. For me, the thing I’m most proud of is that it’s just the one voice.”“It was a real challenge,” says Nugent. “Normally in any documentary some people shine because you take the best of what they say and reinforce it through the words of other people to make a bit of light and shade. It put an awful lot of weight on just his voice. So he had to deliver.”Once again O’Gara has managed to come up with the goods. In a week where RTE’s documentary department has surpassed itself with films on Donal Walsh and tomorrow’s The Summit, ‘ROG’ more than holds its own – though, as O’Gara points out, the concerns of a sportsman are cast into a harsh light by the Donal Walsh documentary that aired 24 hours previously.SavageryThose who disliked it on first viewing will not be easily swayed, but Nugent and Berry have made clear this should not be viewed as an encyclopedic work on the career, life and times of Ronan O’Gara. This is a film for people who already know the source material, who know the tries and trials that did not make the cut. The people who know that incidents such as the savagery of Duncan McCrae could not be covered better than the blood-spattered Living With Lions, but who might still feel like they know ROG just a little bit better by the time the closing montage starts to roll.“I wouldn’t dare to suggest I know the guy, even still,” says Nugent, acknowledging there are still layers to be found in O’Gara’s character even after 10 years spent in his wake.“Shooting and interviewing him over the course of four years, he was always available to talk to us, always eager. He never once said, no he won’t talk to us. Or; ‘ah, listen lads, I’m not in the mood.’ He was always open to us and that was what helped bring forward all these little nuggets.”“A great guy,” comes Berry’s assessment. “If he has your trust he has your back. Any player we were there with just has nothing but absolute respect for him. He’s committed, he’s honest – he’s a perfect family man.”Archive>> Honesty & magic — O’Gara retires having made Irish rugby greatlast_img read more