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  • India And The U.S., Oceans Apart

    first_imgThe U.S. has sold nearly $15 billion worth of arms to India over the last 10 years. So the Donald Trump administration’s displeasure at India’s recent decision to buy the S-400 missile system from Russia puts a question mark about the future of India-U.S. cooperation in the Indo-Pacific for three reasons. Washington perceives Russia as a security threat. It stresses interoperability with U.S. armed forces.Read it at The Hindu Related Itemslast_img

  • Maharashtra election results: Shiv Sena’s vote share dips to 16.44%

    first_imgThe Shiv Sena may have emerged as an important political party in the State, but its vote share is down to 16.44% in 2019 from 19.35% in 2014. The Sena has won 56 seats, as against 62 in 2014. However, with the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) numbers having dwindled, the Sena has grown in importance.The 2014 Assembly elections were fought separately by Sena and BJP, at the end of which the Sena won 62 seats and BJP won 122. The Sena had held sway in Mumbai and Konkan, winning 14 seats in each region. The two parties had sealed a pre-election alliance this time round. The Sena’s tally stands at 56, six seats lower than in 2014. It has seen a dip in its vote share as well. The party’s star candidate, Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray, won from the Worli constituency by a margin of 67,427 votes, which will instil more confidence in the Sena. Not only is he the first Thackeray to contest any election, but he is also the Sena’s face for chief ministership or deputy chief ministership. Eye-opener: Uddhav“This election is an eye-opener for all political parties. The people of Maharashtra keep their parties rooted to the ground. I am proud that people have kept democracy alive. We are proud of Aaditya, who is forging ahead in politics on his own. I bow before the people of Maharashtra,” Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said, at a press conference. The Sena has maintained its 14 seats in Mumbai, with most sitting MLAs winning this time. However, it faced a massive upset in Bandra East, where Matoshree, the Thackeray residence, is located. The party was unable to quell the rebellion of sitting MLA Trupti Sawant, who as an Independent won around 23,000 votes. She caused a division of Sena votes in the area, leading to the defeat of Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar and the victory of the Congress’s Zeeshan Siddiqui.In Konkan, the Kankavli seat had become a flashpoint between the Sena and BJP after former Shiv Sainik Narayan Rane joined the BJP despite the Sena’s opposition and his son Nitesh was fielded by the BJP from the seat. The Sena had gone against the BJP and fielded Satish Sawant, who lost by 28,116 seats.In North Maharashtra, the Sena lost its three existing seats in Deolali, Sinnar and Niphad. However, Sena candidate Suhas Kande defeated the NCP’s Pankaj Bhujbal by 13,889 votes in Nandgaon.In western Maharashtra and Vidarbha, the Sena had a subdued performance. However, in Marathwada, the party won 13 seats as against nine in 2014.last_img read more

  • Fellaini shows off new haircut

    first_imgMarouane Fellaini has revealed a drastic new look after the Manchester United midfielder shaved off his distinctive afro.Fellaini’s giant hairdo had become synonymous with his 6’4″ frame and aerial prowess at the heart of midfield for United, Everton and Belgium.The midfielder, who turns 31 on November 22, posted pictures of himself on social media with the caption “New year, new look.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Belgian is entering his sixth season at United following his five-year spell at Everton, having committed his future to the club amidst speculation in the summer. The towering midfielder has often been Jose Mourinho’s go-to option from the bench for United, giving them a more direct option when chasing a game or to defend long balls forward when holding a lead.”[I’m] a player who knows his qualities. I know what I can do, and what I can’t,” he said to Manchester United’s official website.And Mourinho insisted that using Fellaini off the bench, rather than from the start, could have made a decisive difference to the result of the Manchester derby, which City won 3-1 on Sunday.“Fellaini was not ready to play for 90 minutes. I can just imagine when the result was 2-1 to bring a fresh Fellaini to the pitch. I think they would be in big, big trouble,” Mourinho said to the Evening Standard.“But when the result was 2-1 and we had that final push Fellaini was doing an incredible effort to stay on the pitch, not fresh at all, risking his injury and condition and giving everything for the team.“But clearly one thing is to bring a fresh Fellaini on and another thing is to bring him on fresh for this match.”Fellaini faces Nations League action next with Belgium as they play Iceland at home, before travelling to Switzerland in a clash that is likely to decide who finishes top of the group.last_img read more

  • Van Dijk proud of record-breaking Liverpool defence

    first_imgVirgil van Dijk is proud of Liverpool’s exceptional defensive record this season but insists that he is not the reason for the Reds’ improvement.Van Dijk has been in fine form for Jurgen Klopp’s side this term and his dominant performances have helped the league leaders go unbeaten in the opening half of the campaign, conceding just seven goals.And, in an article on Liverpool’s website to mark a year since the Dutchman’s arrival from Southampton for a world-record fee for a defender of £75 million ($94m), Van Dijk has expressed his pride following a superb 12 months at Anfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Our defensive record this season has been spoken about a lot and I’m definitely proud of it,” Van Dijk wrote.”The entire team has contributed towards it and we should all be proud of the fact we’re trying to keep clean sheets, not only the defence.”Everyone has done their bit. We all do it together. Everyone is a big part of the records we’ve set.”We all do it together and that’s something to be proud of collectively. Setting club records is very, very nice and something to stimulate everyone else to keep going and not be satisfied with what we have right now.”Hopefully we’ll all be happy at the end of the season with something to show for it.”One year ago I joined @LFC It’s been an incredible year and I’ve loved every minute pic.twitter.com/ufN7O9qUC0— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) December 27, 2018Van Dijk has been hailed as the player who has solved Liverpool’s defensive problems and the 27-year-old accepts that, had the Reds’ frailties remained, he would have come under scrutiny.”It’s very important to me all the lads get the recognition,” he continued. “When things are going well people will probably say that I am the one that changed things, but it is not like that.”But if things are not going well, I am the guy that will get the blame because of my transfer fee. But that’s the life we live as footballers.”Liverpool sit six points clear at the top thanks to a 4-0 win over Newcastle United on Boxing Day, though their title chances could be put to the test when they host Arsenal on Saturday, before facing champions Manchester City on January 3. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

  • Budget Bulletin Healthy Kids

    first_imgINVESTING IN THE HEALTH OF OUR CHILDRENImproving the health of Nova Scotia’s children is aresponsibility shared among parents, communities, government andschools. In 2005-06, the Province of Nova Scotia is doing itspart by investing in initiatives aimed at helping kids get inshape and stay in shape. Many of the new investments will be directed towards childrenwhere they spend much of their time — at school. The Office ofHealth Promotion and the Department of Education are working toensure more physical activity opportunities and healthy eatingoptions at school. DEVELOPING HEALTHY EATING PROGRAMSA total of $595,000 in grants will benefit schools so they candevelop or start a healthy eating plan. Funds will be used forthings like beverage selection, menu planning, pricing andtraining for staff and volunteers involved in school food andnutrition. A $360,000 investment will place public health nutritionists ineach district health authority. The nutritionists will supportthe implementation of the Healthy Eating Nova Scotia strategy,released in March 2005, and will provide support to schools intheir region to develop and start healthy eating programs. There is an undeniable link between students’ academicperformance and their overall health and well-being. A $750,000breakfast program will see elementary school studentsprovincewide have a healthy breakfast to ensure that every childgets a good start to the school day. DEVELOPING HEALTHY AND ACTIVE LEARNERSThrough its new plan for education, Learning for Life: BrighterFutures Together, the Department of Education will focus ondeveloping healthy and active learners. Recognizing the roleschools play in supporting healthy, active lifestyles, thedepartment will invest $1.7 million in programming and resourcesto better support students. Initiatives include new physical education programming and more physical education teachers, aresource for every school board to support schools inimplementing health and physical education programs, healtheducation resources for parents and students and moreprofessional development for teachers. INCREASING PHYSICAL ACTIVITYThrough a partnership with the federal government, a $1-millioninvestment over three years will see a sport animator hired foreach school board who will bridge the gap between schools andcommunities to increase participation in sport, physical activityand recreation. The Active Kids, Healthy Kids research conducted in 2001 will berepeated this year to track the changes in level and frequency ofphysical activity among children and youth in grades 3, 7 and 11.The new research will also look into healthy eating habits. Withan investment of $352,000, six physical education teachers willbe seconded to collect the information, and researchers willcompile and interpret the data. Armed with this information, wecan track our progress to date and better plan policies andprograms to help young Nova Scotians become healthier. More than $2 million is invested annually in facilities thatpromote sport and physical recreation. This year, an additional$150,000 will be dedicated to supporting school playgrounds sochildren can play and be physically active with safe equipment.An additional $90,000 will buy new physical education equipmentfor schools. A total of $9.5 million is being invested in theOffice of Health Promotion in 2005-06 to increase physicalactivity opportunities for all Nova Scotians. A healthy living tax credit will be introduced for childreneffective July 1, 2005. Families will receive an allowable taxcredit on up to $150 for each child who is registered in aqualifying sport, municipal or public program. -30-last_img read more

  • Infinixs Hot 7 Pro to go on sale from June 17

    first_imgNew Delhi: Transion Holding’s online-exclusive sub-brand Infinix new Infinix Hot 7 Pro smartphone will be available at Rs 8,999 on Flipkart from June 17 to June 21, the company said on Sunday. The company claims that Infinix Hot 7 Pro is the first smartphone with 6GB of RAM priced under Rs 10,000 in India. It has a 6.19-inch HD+ display with a notch at top, a MediaTek Helio P-22 processor coupled with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The smartphone also features an AI-enabled dual rear camera setup of 13MP and 2MP each. In the front too, there is a 13MP and a 2MP camera equipped with AI Portrait and Beauty mode. In addition, the phone packs a 4000mh battery capacity and runs Android 9 Pie-based XOS 5.0 out-of-the-box.last_img read more

  • HC seeks ASI reply on PIL relating to ancient temple in Bihar

    first_imgPatna: The Patna High Court has sought a reply from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on a PIL seeking directions to authorities concerned for the preservation of a temple in Bihar’s Kaimur district which is said to be more than 1,600 years old. A Division Bench comprising Justice Jyoti Saran and Parth Sarthy passed the order Friday on the Public Interest Litigation filed by Gaurav Kumar Singh, a student of Chanakya National Law University here. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The PIL seeks a writ of mandamus (direction) for protection and preservation of Maa Mundeshwari temple and idols of the deities in it. The PIL, which has also named the Union ministry for Youth and Culture as a respondent, has also sought a direction for the repair of the damage that has already been caused to the temple’s structure, idols of the deities installed inside it and its boundary wall besides deployment of armed personnel, i.e., CISF or police for its security. The petitioner has appended to the PIL the printout of an email he wrote to several authorities on March 29 this year, drawing their attention towards the decrepitude of the temple “which is more than 1600 years old” and was declared a “protected monument way back in 1914”. The court directed the ASI to file its reply while fixing August 9 as the next date of hearing in the matter.last_img read more

  • Three ILFS group entities enter into pact with secured lenders

    first_imgNew Delhi: Crisis-hit IL&FS Monday said it has entered into an agreement with secured lenders of three group entities, that have a debt burden of Rs 5,071 crore, as part of resolution process.Binding term sheet has been signed with secured lenders of three entities — Moradabad Bareilly Expressway Ltd, Jharkhand Road Projects and West Gujarat Expressway Ltd. This move is in line with the current management’s efforts to monetise assets and would also help in repaying debt to mutual funds. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”Total debt across these three entities is approximately Rs 5,071 crore — Rs 3,242 crore from secured lenders and Rs 1,829 crore from unsecured lenders,” a release said. The revised proposal involves certain concessions and modification of terms of financial debt availed by these entities from lenders. The release of cash flow from existing accounts will be used for servicing financial and operational creditors, reduction in debt service coverage ratio requirement; utilisation of surplus cash and preference to secured lenders over unsecured lenders in case of a shortfall, it added. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe major secured lenders of Moradabad Bareilly Expressway Ltd include India Infra Debt Ltd, L&T Infrastructure Finance Company, L&T Finance, L&T Infra Debt Fund, Bank of Baroda and Bank of India. The overall debt is around Rs 1,567 crore. Jharkhand Road Project is undertaking developments of five projects. India Infra Debt Ltd, L&T Infra Debt Fund, Aditya Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund, Aditya Birla Health Insurance and Capital Asset Fund are among the major secured lenders. The aggregate debt is around Rs 1,545 crore. According to the release, West Gujarat Expressway has been awarded road project in Gujarat and its major secured lenders include L&T Infrastructure Finance Company and L&T Infra Debt Fund with debt of about Rs 129 crore.last_img read more

  • MMIW commissioners reconcile Canada Day with their genocide finding

    first_imgMMIWG commissioner Michele Audette, in white, takes part in a round dance at the ceremony in Thunder Bay, Ont. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNThe Canadian PressWhen Michele Audette was growing up, Canada Day was not a celebration.It left her feeling bitter.The daughter of a Quebecois father and an Innu mother, Audette didn’t see herself in the school curriculum.She didn’t see a recognition of Indigenous populations that existed for thousands of years in many of the places she lived.But she was also conflicted.When First Nations, Metis and Inuit dancers took the stage there would be a feeling of pride, she says, even if it was only fleeting.“They were there to remind Canada that people were here, are still here today, and showing the resilience of our nations. It is beautiful,” she says. “But it needs to be there everyday. It needs to be there in the laws, the policies and the programs.”Audette spent more than two years hearing testimony from women, families and experts as one of the commissioners from the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.The inquiry’s final report, released in early June, detailed a deliberate and persistent pattern of abuses against Indigenous women, girls, two-spirited people and LGBTQ individuals, which it said can only be described as a genocide.The report included 231 recommendations, including calls for all Canadians to learn Indigenous history and use that knowledge to break down barriers.A lot of Indigenous people don’t celebrate Canada Day because it’s a reminder of colonization, says inquiry Chief Commissioner Marion Buller. And they won’t celebrate until they see a real change in policies and practices from all levels of government, she says.“One thing that we all have to accept is colonization happened and is still happening,” says Buller, who is from Mistawasis First Nation in Saskatchewan.When the Europeans first arrived, First Nations helped the settlers survive. But over time, the fur market declined, as did military threats, and Indigenous people became an obstacle.Reserves were set up on less habitable land to make room for railroads and settlements, or so that water could be diverted. Ceremonies were outlawed and a pass system was set up to control movement. Inadequate government rations left communities starving and susceptible to sickness.Children were forced into residential schools where many faced physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Thousands of children died.The ’60s Scoop in which Indigenous children were adopted out to non-Indigenous families followed.Many Canadians were not taught this history growing up, the commissioners say, and were shocked to learn colonization continues.Family members who testified at the inquiry spoke about multigenerational trauma. They told commissioners about ongoing policies displacing women from traditional roles, forced sterilizations, children being apprehended, confrontations with police, poverty, violence and housing insecurity.“This country is at war, and Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people are under siege,” the report says.The inquiry found human and Indigenous rights violations, homophobia, transphobia and marginalization “woven into the fabric of Canadian society,” says Commissioner Brian Eyolfson from the Couchiching First Nation in Ontario.Canada Day is an opportunity for education, he suggests.“It’s important to include Indigenous Peoples and their histories, contributions and their current realities in celebrations,” Eyolfson says.The holiday is problematic when it only reflects a palatable history of the country, adds commissioner Qajaq Robinson, but it doesn’t mean non-Indigenous people opt out because they feel ashamed.“I don’t think it accomplishes much if we bow our heads in shame and hide in our living rooms,” says Robinson, who was born and raised in Nunavut.She says the country’s positive aspects can be celebrated without glossing over the destructive parts of its past. But that means including Indigenous communities and making sure they feel welcome on their own terms.“What I believe Canada Day can be is a time of reflection and a time to put into action our calls to justice, particularly around the importance of developing relationships.“I don’t think that it’s a contradiction to celebrate the potential of Canada and to celebrate some of what we’ve done, or to be proud of it while also reflecting on what has happened and what we need to do moving forward.”last_img read more

  • Morocco to Build 2026 World Cup Projects Regardless of Host Vote

    Rabat – Morocco is determined to carry out the projects listed in its 2026 World Cup bid book, even if the North African country loses hosting rights of the 23rd FIFA World tournament.Chief Executive Officer of the Moroccan bid committee Hicham El Amrani told BBC Sport that the country has decided to implement the projects listed in its bid book, “because it is for the good of our country and continent, not only to host the World Cup.”According to the official, the Moroccan committee is focusing on one goal now: winning the hosting rights. “But even if we don’t win and we lose in fair play and that will be fine.” The bid book outlines Morocco’s determination to host the massive tournament. Explaining its readiness for the event, the file says that the country will offer football fans and footballers with an unprecedented experience.The book includes a set of development projects, covering infrastructure, stadiums, and hotels. Chairman of the Moroccan bid committee Moulay Hafid Elalamy told reporters in a press conference held in February that Morocco is planning to build six 40,000-seat stadiums, in addition to a seventh 100,000-seat stadium in Casablanca.Morocco’s bid has collected the support of several African countries, including that of Algeria, Kenya, Tunisia, Nigeria, and Botswana. Surprisingly, South Africa retracted its support for Morocco’s bid on May 9, after pledging support for the African bid back in April.“It is an obligation for sporting bodies to understand what the country’s agenda is,” said South African Minister of Sport Tokozile Xasa.Commenting on African nations support, El Amrani said that no one is “forced” to back the Moroccan bid if “he believes that it doesn’t serve the country or the country’s football interest.”El Amrani added that “even if Africa has always acted in unity, unity does not mean 100% of all the member associations, this is part of the democratic process.”He added that Morocco has support from all over the world, including  Africa, Europe, and Asia.Commenting on the FIFA task force visit to Morocco back in April, El Amrani said that the FIFA inspection committee is set to publish the outcomes of its visit on May 29. The assessment will decide whether Morocco’s bid will continue its race until the big day, when 211 football federation will cast their vote for their favorite bid on June 13, in Moscow. read more

  • UN food agency chief to visit West Africa to spotlight silent emergencies

    8 November 2007The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will visit West Africa next week to spotlight the “silent emergencies” gripping the region, the agency announced today. The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will visit West Africa next week to spotlight the “silent emergencies” gripping the region, the agency announced today.“WFP is working in partnership throughout West Africa to address chronic malnutrition and climatic shock, and to ensure food security,” said Josette Sheeran, who will travel from 12 to 16 November to Mali and Senegal.“I look forward to meeting national and village-level leaders, as well as our beneficiaries, to discuss how we can beat hunger at its root.” Ms Sheeran will visit WFP projects in Mali, one of the world’s poorest countries where the rural poor are among the first to suffer new threats such as climate change and rising global commodity prices.Ms Sheeran will conclude her trip by attending a regional meeting in Dakar.West Africa, WFP said faces a “gathering storm” of desertification, land degradation, spiralling food prices in the face of the rise of biofuels, child malnutrition and low school enrolment rates. read more

  • Central Asian States could double income through economic cooperation – UN

    “This Report clearly identifies the immense potential economic and human benefits of regional cooperation for Central Asia and its neighbours,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) regional director Kalman Mizsei said of the comprehensive analysis of many challenges, including high trade costs, environmental devastation, increased inequality, rising migration, the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS and poor governance. “Improved trade, transport and transit, and better water and energy management on a region-wide basis would bring the biggest gains. But cooperation to deal with natural disasters, drug trafficking and epidemics, such as avian flu, is also essential,” he added of the five countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The Report – Bringing Down Barriers: Regional Cooperation for Human Development and Human Security – presented at an event in Tokyo, contends that increased cooperation would produce substantial political and economic gains, including income increases of 50 per cent to 100 per cent over the next 10 years. The cost of non-cooperation is continued deterioration in income distribution, social services and general living conditions, and possibly a descent into the vicious cycle of economic crisis and corrupt governance that often leads to social unrest, according to the report, which proposes the appointment of a special UN envoy for Central Asia to help advance regional cooperation. Other key recommendations include upgrading transport links, harmonizing transit, customs and border management, joining the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as establishing more efficient pricing and effective management of infrastructure at the national level.It also calls for setting up a regional consortium to manage the region’s abundant water and energy resources, as well as cooperation in addressing potentially catastrophic environmental hot-spots, disaster preparedness, drug trafficking and health, education and culture issues.One of the poorest regions of the world, Central Asia has been the focus of intense international attention because of its geopolitical importance and long-term economic potential, including large hydrocarbons reserves and other natural resources. The Report calls on regional organizations and international donors to help the five countries reduce barriers between them and create “borders with a human face” so that people can travel, trade and invest across frontiers without undue delay, harassment and cost.Donors are urged to strengthen support for region-wide initiatives, such as those aimed at dealing with transport and transit, HIV/AIDS, disaster preparedness and drug trafficking. read more

  • Climate change Micronesias biggest and continuing challenge President tells UN debate

    “Our very existence depends on it,” President Mori said in his address to the 67th Assembly’s General Debate, taking place at UN Headquarters in New York. “Without international cooperation and assistance, we are helpless against the adverse impacts of climate change.”President Mori called for closure of what he termed the “ambition gap.” In reference to the Kyoto Protocol’s rolling emission-reduction commitment periods, the first of which will expire at the end of 2012, ¬ he called on major emitters to “step up their level of commitment under the second commitment period.”“How do I tell my people that their plight and their future lie in the hands of those most responsible for greenhouse gasses?” he asked.The President said his country was pleased with the agreements – reached at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Brazil in June – for cooperation to begin on globally reducing the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons, noting that Micronesia had in 2009 proposed such an amendment to the Montreal Protocol on ozone depletion substances.But he urged leaders to recognize that Micronesia, despite appearing to occupy a “pretty empty” part of the world, is to its inhabitants “as much a homeland as any continental landmass.” “We must defend it just as strongly,” President Mori said. To that end, he outlined additional problems that threaten the “ocean environment” on which islanders depend for their livelihoods. In addition to rising tides and temperatures, and ocean acidification, he cited destructive fishing practices and pollutants such as mercury, oil and waste from “unsustainable” human activity.“Urgent actions to reduce by-catch, fish discards and post-harvest losses must be taken,” he said.He added that his country welcomed the decision in Rio to hold a global conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in 2012, and called for it to be located in one of the Pacific SIDS countries.Beyond Micronesia, other topics touched upon in the Micronesian leader’s speech included reform of the Security Council and the crisis in Syria.The President is one of scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

  • Ottawa appoints Brock President to 2021 Canada Games board

    Brock University President Gervan Fearon is being added to the Board of Directors for the 2021 Canada Summer Games Host Society, the body responsible for planning and delivering the Games in Niagara just over three years from now.Gervan FearonFearon is the federal government’s appointee to the 17-person board, whose membership represents a cross-section of the Niagara community. His appointment was conferred by Canada’s Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Kirsty Duncan, who wrote, “I am confident that Dr. Fearon will be a welcome addition to the current membership of the board.”Board Chair Doug Hamilton welcomed the announcement.“The 2021 Canada Games Society is extremely excited about the opportunity to work with Dr. Fearon,” said Hamilton. “Gervan’s wealth of experience and passion for sport and community development will help make the 2021 Canada Games an incredible success.”Fearon said his appointment will let Brock be an energetic partner that helps ensure the success of an event that has huge importance to the future growth of the Niagara community.“It is an honour to be a member of the Board working towards the Niagara region hosting the 2021 Canada Games,” said Fearon.  “As President of Brock University and a member of the Niagara community, I am thrilled to be working alongside outstanding colleagues on this critical initiative.”He said the Games represent “an important mechanism for regional community and economic development.”“The Canada Games is an opportunity for us all to build community, celebrate the outstanding achievements of our athletes and come together as Canadians in recognition of excellence. We will be working with individuals and organizations from across the region and, indeed, the entire country to make the 2021 Canada Games a success for the participants and for everyone in Niagara,” said Fearon.The Canada Games will bring approximately 5,000 young athletes from across Canada to Niagara in the summer of 2021. It is expected that about 5,000 volunteers will be needed to host the major event, and that the Games will bring an economic impact of approximately $200 million to the Niagara area.The announcement comes after Wayne Parrish commenced his new role, on March 1, as Chief Executive Officer of the 2021 Games. Parrish is the former president of Canada Basketball, which he still co-chairs, and has also served as Chief Operating Officer for Postmedia Network.The Host Society’s board members are Doug Hamilton (Chair), Tom Arkell, Mary De Sousa, Mario D’Uva, Carolyn Hurst, Evan Johnston, Karen Natho, Michele O’Keefe, Liz Palmieri, Tom Rankin, Elaine Roper, Adrienne Smoke, Wade Stayzer (treasurer), Mary Turner, David Veres, Debbie Zimmerman and now Gervan Fearon. read more

  • Charges dropped against Abu Hamzas son after arrest linked to doormans murder

    They appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday and the three spoke only to confirm their names, addresses and nationality.Akram wore a grey jumper and blue jeans, and Elshalakany wore a dark hoodie and grey jeans.Khalil was brought into the dock on two crutches and wore a designer t-shirt under a hoodie with tracksuit bottoms.Three men and a woman also received knife injuries during the attack but have all since been released from hospital.The court heard the trio have also been charged with four counts of GBH with intent and one count of violent disorder.Akram, of no fixed address, Khalil, of Fulham, west London and Elshalakany, of Hammersmith, west London, were remanded into custody and will next appear at Old Bailey on Friday. Tudor Simionov, who was killed in Park LaneCredit:Metropolitan Police/PA Tudor Simionov, who was killed in Park Lane Haroon Akram, 25, Adham Khalil, 20, and Adham Elshalakany, 23, have been charged with the murder of Tudor Simionov outside the exclusive event. The son of notorious Islamic hate preacher Abu Hamza has had the firearms charges against him surrounding the murder of a doorman dropped. Imran Mostafa Kamel, 26, was charged with possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear or danger and possession of a firearm when prohibited for life relating to an incident in the early hours of New Year’s Day outside an exclusive nightclub in Park Lane, London.The doorman, 33-year-old Tudor Simionov, was working at the New Year’s Eve party when he was fatally stabbed in the street at around 5.30am. Three men charged with his murder appeared in court on Wednesday and Kamel, who was initially questioned in connection with the killing, was due at the Old Bailey on Thursday morning. But this morning the Crown Prosecution Service revealed the charges had been dropped, citing a lack of evidence. A spokeswoman said: “We have a duty to keep cases under continuing review and, following a further review of all the available evidence in this case, we concluded that the evidential test to provide a realistic prospect of conviction was not met. The charges were therefore discontinued.”The charges against Kamel were not directly connected to the death of Mr Siminov, according to Scotland Yard, but it is understood he was with the three men charged with murder at the time of the incident outside the nightclub.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

  • Bomb in Pakistan kills 47 injures 200

    first_imgA REMOTE-CONTROLLED bomb targeting Shiite Muslims killed 47 people including women and children and wounded more than 200 in Pakistan’s insurgency-hit southwest today, police and officials said.The bomb exploded in Hazara town, an area dominated by Shiites on the outskirts of Quetta, capital of oil and gas rich Baluchistan province.“At least 47 people have been killed and at least 200 more wounded. The death toll may rise. It was a remote-controlled bomb,” Wazir Khan Nasir, senior police officer in Quetta, told AFP.“It was a sectarian attack, the Shiite community was the target,” he added.Azhar Ali Shah, a second police officer, confirmed the death toll, which had initially been put at 10. Provincial home secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani told AFP that the dead included women and children.“We fear more casualties. We have announced an emergency in hospitals,” he said.Durrani said the bomb was planted near the pillar of a building in a bazaar. “The building collapsed due to the intensity of the bomb, some people have been trapped inside,” he said.Officials and witnesses said an angry mob surrounded the area after the blast and were not allowing policemen, rescue workers and reporters to reach the site.“They were angry and started a protest, some of them pelted police with stones,” home secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani told AFP.“Some of them were armed and were firing gunshots in the air, now they have allowed police and rescue workers to reach on spot,” he added.An AFP photographer counted 30 dead bodies in only one hospital.Sectarian violenceBaluchistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, has increasingly become a flashpoint for sectarian violence between Pakistan’s majority Sunni Muslims and Shiites, who account for around a fifth of the country’s 180 million people.At least 92 people were killed and 121 wounded on January 10, when two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a crowded snooker club in an area of Quetta city dominated by the Shiite community.It was Pakistan’s worst sectarian bombing, claimed by Sunni Muslim militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf later the same month sacked the provincial government in Baluchistan after meeting Shiite Muslim protesters demanding protection.The province is also rife with Islamist militants and a regional insurgency which began in 2004.The insurgents demand political autonomy and a greater share of profits from the region’s natural resources.- © AFP 2013.Read: Suicide attack at Pakistan checkpost leaves 24 dead>last_img read more

  • Who will light up the sequel to the best hurling summer ever

    first_img Davy Fitz and Eamon O’Shea – will their paths cross again this summer? Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOWho’ll be Hurler of the Year?Kikenny’s TJ Reid has looked in imposing form in recent times, so he’s a strong candidate, while I expect Tony Kelly, Podge Collins and a fair few of their Clare teammates to continue where they left off in last year’s competition.Tell us a young gun to keep an eye on?Clare obviously have several that could step up (as many did last year), but Dublin’s Cian O’Callaghan has looked impressive whenever I’ve seen him play, and could make a big difference to the senior side this year.Who’ll lift the Liam MacCarthy Cup in September?Clare, Tipperary, Cork, Galway and Dublin should all strongly challenge, but I fancy Kilkenny, provided their top players stay fit, to make up for last year’s anomaly and add yet another win to their collection.This summer I expect to see…Kilkenny back to their best, Sky Sports News presenters looking baffled and impressed in equal measure, and more than a few controversies.Eamon Donoghue2013 was the greatest hurling summer – what are you most looking forward to about the 2014 season?For me I can’t wait to see how Aidan Walsh gets on this year for Cork. He certainly has the talent to make it work but you’d imagine something will have to give. Cork hurling fans will hope that it’ll be the footballers who lose out. Let’s see.Call it: name your Munster and Leinster champions, and why?Munster – I think Clare or Tipp. And I’ll put my heart over my head and say Clare.Leinster – The Galway team seem to have hit a wall. Dublin will push hard, but I expect Kilkenny to do enough. Joe Canning will need to be at his best to give Galway any chance in Leinster. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO Who’ll be Hurler of the Year?If I’m going for Cork for the All-Ireland, I’ll have to pick Patrick Horgan or Seamus Harnedy. Tell us a young gun to keep an eye on?Colm Cronin will play a key role for Dublin. Kilkenny’s Padraig Walsh is another whose progress this year will be worth keeping an eye on. Who’ll lift the Liam MacCarthy Cup in September?I’m going to go with Cork. They weren’t far off last summer and they’ve improved this year. Clare, Tipp and of course Kilkenny will all have something to say about that though. This summer I expect to see…Munster being insanely competitive and whoever does come out, like last year, I expect to be turned over by another Munster team to win the All-Ireland.Patrick McCarry2013 was the greatest hurling summer – what are you most looking forward to about the 2014 season?It will be fascinating to see if Clare’s young bucks can live up to the favourites’ tag in big matches while Kilkenny will be working up a froth to get their trophy back. Dublin were unlucky with some reffing decisions last year but hopefully they can push on again.Call it: name your Munster and Leinster champions, and why?Munster – I’ll go for Tipperary here, beating Cork in the final.Leinster – The Cats will romp to the Leinster title and thrash some unfortunate team in the SF or final.Who’ll be Hurler of the Year?If I’m backing Kilkenny, and I am, I will go with TJ Reid.Tell us a young gun to keep an eye on?Everyone knows about Clare’s Tony Kelly and Shane O’Donnell. I will go for 22-year-old Cats player Padraig Walsh, younger brother of the excellent Tommy. Source: James Crombie/INPHOWho’ll lift the Liam MacCarthy Cup in September?Kilkenny, if they can get a settled 15 with the squad members (including Sheff, if and when he is fit) buying into impact roles off the bench. Two ifs and a when in there!This summer I expect to see…Masses of teenage girls descending on wherever Clare’s young Beatles are in action.Paul Hosford2013 was the greatest hurling summer – what are you most looking forward to about the 2014 season?So many storylines. Clare and Cork putting down the difficult second album, Kilkenny resurgent and Dublin and Tipp playing with something to prove. Personally can’t wait to see how Cork’s new additions bed in and if it’s enough to bring Liam home.Call it: name your Munster and Leinster champions, and why?Munster – Cork. I think we’ll catch Clare off-guard, but I think they’ll get stronger as the year goes on.Leinster – Kilkenny. This is a huge year for the Cats and I expect them to come out firing.Who’ll be Hurler of the Year?TJ Reid or Pat Horgan.Tell us a young gun to keep an eye on?Padraig Walsh in Kilkenny and Alan Cadogan in Cork. Both younger brothers of well-established stars, both could light it up.Who’ll lift the Liam MacCarthy Cup in September?Cork will beat Kilkenny 1-16 to 0-15.This summer I expect to see…Sky attempt to bill an early-round game from Wexford as a legitimate alternative to the World Cup.Donal Óg, Brendan Cummins and Cyril Farrell look into the 2014 hurling crystal ballPoll: Who’s the greatest hurler never to win an All-Ireland senior medal? Niall Kelly2013 was the greatest hurling summer – what are you most looking forward to about the 2014 season?There’s no shortage of storylines. Clare’s rise last summer was genuinely exciting and it will be great to see if they can build on that or if they’re one-hit wonders. Kilkenny, Tipp and Galway will be desperate to bite back while the Dubs and Cork will be anxious to make amends for last year’s missed opportunities.Call it: name your Munster and Leinster champions, and why?Leinster – Kilkenny: Dublin’s league form has been underwhelming at best while Kilkenny managed to drop some of their biggest names, shuffle the pack and still win another league title. They’re back, baby.Munster – Cork: But for Domhnall O’Donovan’s late heroics, they had the All-Ireland wrapped up last year. Clare and a rejuvenated Tipp are formidable foes but I think JBM’s Rebels are capable of accounting for both on any given Sunday.Who’ll be Hurler of the Year?Cork’s Conor Lehane. Some really good performances went unrewarded last summer as he was squeezed out of a competitive All-Star full forward line. If he steps up again, he’ll be magic.Tell us a young gun to keep an eye on?Dublin’s Colm Cronin, although picking him will hardly surprise anyone who has followed his progress to this point. Anthony Daly gave him plenty of league time this spring so I’d expect him to get his chance — and impress — in the Championship. Colm Cronin: Niall’s tip for the top. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOWho’ll lift the Liam MacCarthy Cup in September?The Dubs. If I don’t say it, nobody else will.This summer I expect to see…More interview gold from Davy Fitz. His first appearance on Sky will be unmissable.Fintan O’Toole2013 was the greatest hurling summer – what are you most looking forward to about the 2014 season?All of it. It’s the first hurling season in quite a while where there’s a group of highly-rated contenders bunched together at the start of the season. How Clare go about their title defence and how Kilkenny recover will be fascinating.Call it: name your Munster and Leinster champions, and why?Munster – Tipperary to build on their league progress, gain revenge for last year’s loss to Limerick and finish the job off in the provincial decider.Leinster – Kilkenny to make a familiar return to the top of the Leinster hurling tree.Who’ll be Hurler of the Year?I’ll narrow it down to Richie Hogan, Brendan Maher and the reigning award winner Tony Kelly. Hogan and Maher have excelled in the league. Brendan Maher has been in impressive form this spring – but can he carry on through the summer? Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOTell us a young gun to keep an eye on?Kelly is still U21 and the front-runner for this award. New faces to keep a particular eye on are Cork’s Alan Cadogan, Galway’s Padraig Brehony and Dublin’s Colm Cronin.Who’ll lift the Liam MacCarthy Cup in September?Excuse the fence-sitting but calling it right now is difficult given the tightness of the field. Clare, Kilkenny and Tipperary are the pace-setters but Cork are a good outside bet with a stronger squad this year. I’ll go for the outsiders then.This summer I expect to see…Hurling live up to the tag that Sky will bestow upon it ‘as the greatest sport in the world.’Steven O’Rourke2013 was the greatest hurling summer – what are you most looking forward to about the 2014 season?It would be hard to top the excitement of last season and I’m not sure we will but I’m really interested to see what the Leinster Qualifying Group has done for Antrim and Laois. In theory, playing more games should see them take momentum into the Leinster quarter-finals. However if you’re labouring to a three-point win over London, it doesn’t point to an early summer of upsets.Call it: name your Munster and Leinster champions, and why?Munster – Cork were one person’s interpretation of injury time away from winning the All-Ireland last year and I think they’ll build from Munster for another visit to Croke Park this September.Leinster – Brian Cody did more tinkering than Rafa Benitez during the league and Kilkenny still easily won it. If they can find the goals that deserted them last season, they’ll be a force to reckon with again. Cody has done plenty of tinkering to get Kilkenny ready. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOWho’ll be Hurler of the Year?I’m going for 20/1 long-shot TJ Reid. I think he’ll be key to any Kilkenny success this year.Tell us a young gun to keep an eye on?Such a tough call when there hasn’t been so much as an angry fist-pump-after-scoring-a-point yet but I’m going for Cork’s Alan Cadogan.Who’ll lift the Liam MacCarthy Cup in September?Kilkenny. They haven’t gone away you know.This summer I expect to see…Like Ulster in peil, I think Munster may be too competitive for its own good and Kilkenny will breeze through Leinster and win it all. It’s science.Paul Fennessy2013 was the greatest hurling summer – what are you most looking forward to about the 2014 season?The sheer unpredictability of it all. For many years, it seemed as if Kilkenny ultimately triumphing was a mere formality and it got a little boring after a while. I expect this year to be similarly exciting to last year, with four or five teams having a genuine chance of winning the All-Ireland.And of course, the baffling sight of Sky screening some of the games, with the SSN crew struggling manfully to pronounce various names of counties and players.Call it: name your Munster and Leinster champions, and why?I’m going with Clare in Munster — they have the best team on paper and have a seemingly endless supply of talented young players coming through the ranks. Unless they suffer an almighty hangover from their All-Ireland win last year, they should prove too strong for the rest of the pack.In Leinster, Kilkenny looked very strong in the league this year and will be desperate to recover from last year’s disappointing campaign, so I’m backing them, despite my heart telling me it’ll be Dublin.last_img read more

  • SingleDay Registrations Available for Commodity Classic in San Antonio

    first_imgIf you can’t commit to all three days at the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, never fear!  One-day registrations can provide a robust experience of education, new equipment and technology and entertainment.One-day registration provides admission to all applicable events and educational sessions scheduled for that day including educational sessions, the trade show, the AG CONNECT Main Stage on the trade show floor and other daily activities.Registration is available in advance here and on-site during the event.Thursday registration includes a wide range of educational sessions and technical presentations, the Early Riser session on grain marketing, the grand opening of the huge trade show and the fiesta reception on the trade show floor and programming on the AG CONNECT Main Stage on the trade show floor.Friday registration includes the General Session, featuring inspirational speaker John O’Leary and other on-stage presentations, the early morning live taping of U.S. Farm Report, trade show access, the AG CONNECT Main Stage programs and a wide range of educational sessions and technical presentations.Saturday registration includes Early Riser sessions, educational sessions and technical presentations, trade show access, programming on the AG CONNECT Main Stage including special “Salute to Women in Ag” presentations, the closing learning center session and admission to the Evening of Entertainment, featuring country music star Pat Green. The trade show closes at noon that day.Registration fees vary depending on the day you choose to attend. Full registration is also still available, and covers all three days of the event. Members of the sponsoring commodity associations receive additional discounts on both full and one-day registrations.All registration and housing reservations should be made online www.commodityclassic.com. Experient is the official registration and housing provider for Commodity Classic. Check the website for a listing of the official Commodity Classic hotels to secure your hotel accommodations.The 2017 Commodity Classic will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The convention center will house all Commodity Classic events, including the Opening Reception, General Session, Evening of Entertainment, Trade Show, Learning Center Sessions and What’s New Sessions.A detailed schedule of events is also available on the website.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.last_img read more

  • Check out the new widescreen Android Auto interface in the 2020 Lexus

    first_img Lexus Android Update However, this still isn’t the all-new, totally redesigned Android Auto interface we were promised back at Google I/O 2019. That interface is still around the corner and features a complete rethinking of app organization and multitasking. What we’re seeing here is sort of a half-step that adds a bit of extra functionality to the current-generation software and solves the biggest nitpick I’ve had with Android Auto since launch: the constant toggling between the map and audio screens.Lexus representatives tell me that when Google flips the switch for the next-generation Android Auto software (presumably later this year), 2020 RX drivers will be instantly updated to the newest interface. The next big update is still on track for “later this summer,” so I’ll be keeping an eye out for it. Comments Lexus Share your voice Hands on with widescreen Android Auto in the 2020 Lexus RX Android Auto gets just a bit easier to use in the 2020 Lexus RX. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow The 2020 Lexus RX 350 and 450h will be the first Toyota/Lexus vehicles to support Android Auto connectivity. But when I plugged in my Pixel XL during an early drive event this week, I was surprised to learn that the RX is also one of the first vehicles that I’ve seen with widescreen support for Android Auto. Rather than being limited to a 16:9 box, the new software allows Android Auto to better stretch out across the RX’s ultrawide 12.3-inch, 2.66:1 aspect touchscreen, which is now situated closer to the driver on the SUV’s dashboard for easier access and viewing. lexus-2020-rx-android-auto-6159The new widescreen support allows Android Auto to make better use of the massive displays in modern luxury cars. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow On such a large screen, Android Auto uses a split-screen interface. The main area on the left side of the screen is the same, familiar Android Auto interface as before. Look closer and you’ll note that the menu bar for switching between the various functions — phone, media, navigation and home — and apps has been moved to a vertical orientation along the left edge of the screen.Meanwhile the right portion of the screen is a black box dedicated to displaying the time, date, phone battery level and signal strength. However, this area can also be used to display new multitasking information. For example, when viewing the map, a small box appears here with the currently playing song and play/pause and skip buttons. Toggle to the audio source, and the box displays the next turn for navigation when a destination is set.  12 Photos New Lexus RX 450h adopts radical style, retains stellar hybrid fuel economy Auto Tech SUVs Tags 2020 Lexus RX first drive: Sharper image More From Roadshow 2019 Lexus LS 500h review: Full-size hybrid offers luxury with tradeoffs 3last_img read more