Govt imposes 850tonne MEP on onion exports

first_imgNew Delhi: The government on Friday imposed a minimum onion export price of USD 850 per tonne to curb its shipments and help bring down spiralling domestic prices. Onion prices have risen to about Rs 40-50 per kg in the national capital from Rs 20-30 per kg a few days back. “Export of all varieties of onions…will be allowed only on letter of credit subject to a minimum export price of USD 850 FOB (freight on board) per metric ton till further orders,” the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification. The country exports on an average of 15 lakh tonnes of onions a year. India produces around 17-18 million tonnes of onion per year.last_img read more

Fentanyllaced heroin suspected in four Toronto overdose deaths since Thursday

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto police say a rash of suspected drug-related deaths in a three day period is highly unusual for the city and prompted investigators to issue a public safety alert on Saturday.Four people have been found dead since Thursday, police said.“It’s quite unusual,” said Const. Craig Brister, a police spokesman.Overdose calls are something officers deal with all the time in Toronto, said Brister, but the number of cases since Thursday is out of the ordinary.“What’s unique about this situation is the fact that we’re seeing such a number of them in such a close time together and within a relatively close proximity in the city, most of it has been focused in the downtown area,” he said.Police say there have been a total of 20 overdoses in the city’s downtown core in a three day period and police are worried about the possibility of fentanyl-laced heroin.Investigators say the most recent death occurred Saturday when a woman was found dead in a stairwell.Police say it appears her death was drug-related, but weren’t sure if fentanyl-laced heroin is to blame.Police can only speculate as to the source of the drugs responsible for the overdoses at this point but want to make sure the public is warned.“We have had a significant number of overdose incidents in the last couple of days which is alarming to us and that’s why we’re trying to put out as much information as we can to the public so there is an awareness,” Brister said in an interview Saturday night.Police say anyone coming into contact with a substance suspected to be heroin should exercise extreme caution and should contact police immediately if something is spotted in parks or public areas.Many Canadian cities have grappled with drug overdose deaths in recent months, perhaps the most notable being Vancouver, which recorded 25 deaths and nearly 600 overdose calls last month alone.More than 1,000 people died of overdoses in British Columbia last year and the coroner says fentanyl was involved in many of those deaths.last_img read more

Ontario caribou facing wolf attacks to be moved off island by helicopter

first_imgEndangered caribou on an island in Lake Superior will be rounded up, blindfolded and placed inside a helicopter to travel to a new home early next year as the Ontario government tries to save them from a pack of wolves.The complex relocation of the caribou from Michipicoten Island was announced by Ontario’s minister of natural resources and forestry on Thursday, with the government noting that the animals are destined to join a small herd on another island where they’ll roam free from predators.Troubles for the caribou began in the winter of 2013 when an ice bridge formed that allowed a small number of wolves to travel the 16 kilometres from the mainland to the island in northwestern Ontario, said ministry spokeswoman Jolanta Kowalski.The ice bridge formed the following winter as well, and was considered a rare occurrence, Kowalski said.Since then the wolves have systematically slaughtered the caribou to the point that the ministry is worried about the population’s complete decimation.“We’re worried,” Kowalski said. “The caribou numbers are down considerably.”A survey of the herd in 2011 showed 680 caribou on the island. Last year, there were only 120 caribou and about a dozen wolves.Some of the caribou will be taken from Michipicoten Island to the Slate Islands, further north in Lake Superior, next year.“We will be transporting a suitable portion of the caribou population to the Slate Islands to ensure the continued viability of this important species on an island free from predators,” Natural Resources and Forestry Minister Kathryn McGarry said in a statement.The ministry is working out the details, but said there are only about two to four bull caribou on Slate Islands. Kowalski said they’re still figuring out how many caribou to bring over, but noted that they won’t be moving the entire herd.“We’ll move enough that we can hopefully ensure the viability of the species on the Slate Islands,” she said.In a way the Michipicoten caribou will be returning home. In 1982, the ministry moved eight caribou from Slate Islands to Michipicoten Island and their population growth had long been considered a huge success, Kowalski said.Historic records indicate there were caribou on the island in the early 1800s, Kowalski said, but they disappeared by the mid-1800s due to hunting.The caribou getting a new home may be sedated for the move and are expected to have blindfolds and ear plugs to make them as comfortable as possible before they’re placed on a large transport helicopter for the journey, Kowalski said.The ministry is working with the Michipicoten First Nation to save the endangered animals, she added.“Our hope is that the move goes well and the population survives,” Kowalski said. “This is their best chance.”last_img read more

Former chief Charles Weaselhead elected University of Lethbridge chancellor

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. — An Indigenous man has been elected as chancellor of the University of Lethbridge for the first time in the school’s 52-year history.Charles Weaselhead is the former chief of the Blood Tribe and one-time Treaty 7 grand chief.“I am truly, deeply honoured to represent the University of Lethbridge and to represent Aboriginal people throughout communities in Alberta and beyond,” he said Friday.A residential school survivor, Weaselhead has devoted his life to promoting health, education and economic development for Indigenous people.Recently retired, his new role with the university is a little out of his comfort zone, he said, but he welcomes the chance to learn and serve. Weaselhead said the population of Indigenous young people is growing fast.He said it is part of the university’s responsibility to provide opportunities for those youth to learn and have a career.“Right now, we’re in a period where our young people, especially in my home communities, are battling opioid addictions and we have an emergency crisis,” he said. “With myself as the chancellor of the University of Lethbridge, I think it gets our young people putting on their thinking caps that they can get to this position too.”The university is in the heart of traditional Blackfoot territory in southern Alberta.University president Mike Mahon said he is honoured that Weaselhead accepted the role of chancellor.He said it is long overdue.“I’m so proud of our university that we made the decision to recognize the importance of our Indigenous community here in Lethbridge and around southern Alberta,” Mahon said.“To recognize the importance of truth and reconciliation, but also recognizing Charlie for who he is — an amazing leader, a great businessman, a fantastic communicator and somebody that’s really made a difference.”Weaselhead is to be officially installed at the university’s spring convocation. He succeeds Janice Varzari, who has served as chancellor since 2015. (Lethbridge News Now)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Statement From UN Foundation On New Restrictions Of US Foreign Assistance To

first_imgUnited Nations Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin has issued the following statement on the imposition of the Mexico City Policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule, last enacted in 2001.The policy, enacted again this week through Executive action, prohibits foreign non-governmental organizations from receiving any U.S. foreign assistance for family planning if they provide information, referrals, or services for legal abortion or lobby for abortion. U.S. law already prohibits the use of U.S. foreign assistance to pay for abortion information and services as a method of family planning. Therefore, organizations that provide abortion information or services do so with non-U.S. government funding. The enactment of the Global Gag Rule means organizations that provide abortion information or services or lobby for abortion cannot receive any U.S. foreign assistance, even for their non-abortion work, including providing voluntary family planning services and reproductive health care. Calvin said:“The United Nations Foundation does not support the Global Gag Rule, which jeopardizes the health and well-being of the world’s most vulnerable girls and women.“This action will do more than change policy; it will make it more difficult for millions of girls and women to access the contraception and health care they need to determine their futures. When the policy was last enacted, health care clinics in many countries were forced to close and outreach services for the hardest to reach populations were eliminated, leaving many of the world’s poorest people without access to critical services, such as maternal and child health care, HIV testing and counseling, and contraceptives, including condoms. Without these life-saving services, more women and infants died due to pregnancy-related complications. In some countries, the Global Gag Rule led to increases in abortions as women had more unintended pregnancies.“The Global Gag Rule also runs counter to long-standing bipartisan support in Congress and in the American public for U.S. leadership in providing voluntary family planning services to women and couples around the world who want it.“U.S. funding for voluntary family planning programs globally has allowed girls to stay in school, pursue jobs, and have children if and when they are ready. It has helped to improve maternal and child health, decrease unintended pregnancies, lower HIV infection rates, and reduce poverty. Still, more than 225 million women worldwide who want to delay or avoid pregnancy are not using modern contraception and need our support.“Now is the time to build on progress, not reverse it. The United Nations Foundation stands ready to work with the new U.S. Administration to continue America’s leadership in improving health around the world. Access to reproductive health care, including contraception, is a human right and enables girls and women to plan their lives, climb out of poverty, and achieve a more sustainable future.”The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors. Learn more here.last_img read more

The Elders Statement On US Reintroduction Of Global Gag Rule

first_imgThe Elders have expressed concern at the decision by the new US Administration to reintroduce the so-called “Global Gag Rule” that cuts US funding to organisations that help provide abortion services.
When the rule has been enacted by previous US Presidents over the past three decades, it has jeopardised the health and wellbeing of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Gro Harlem Brundtland, Deputy Chair of The Elders, said:“This decision puts the health of women and children at risk. We know from past experience that when the Global Gag Rule is enacted, health care clinics are forced to close and services for hard-to-reach populations eliminated. If this happens again, vulnerable people will die unnecessarily.”Mary Robinson, Elder and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, added:“The decision to re-impose the Global Gag Rule risks reversing progress on maternal, child and reproductive health in the poorest countries and poorest communities. In September 2015 the United States committed to the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. I hope the new Administration will continue to support aid that helps cut poverty, promote gender equality and build a more prosperous future for our shared planet.”last_img read more

Storm knocks out power at Waterford District High School

Waterford District High School students get an extra-long weekend following Wednesday night’s storm.The storm damaged a transformer at the school, which left parts of the building with no power.Kimberly Newhouse, manager of communications and community relations at Grand Erie District School Board, said some rooms have hydro but there not enough to run classes for all of the students.The repairs on the transponder are expected to be completed on Thursday.Friday is a PA Day and students are to return to classes on Monday. read more

BUFS season continues with Let the Sunshine In

The second offering in the Brock University Film Society’s fall season, Let the Sunshine In, promises an evening of humour and passion on Thursday, Sept. 27.Isabelle (Juliette Binoche) is a recently divorced 50-something artist searching for a connection. As she tries to find comfort in the arms of an array of men, she ponders just what she’s seeking, and whether sex and companionship are the keys to fulfilment.Binoche delivers “one of her finest and most subtly calibrated performances,” in this “wistful grown-up romantic comedy,” according to the Washington Post.For more than 40 years, the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film has hosted the film society (previously known as a series) to bring some of the best in independent, international and Canadian cinema to St. Catharines.Tickets are available at the Film House on the evening of screenings. General admission is $9 or $7 for members, plus tax. Memberships are available through the Film House website.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> read more

Manchester United Is Too Unlucky To Be Great

Tottenham1.782.13+0.35 West Brom1.141.18+0.04 Liverpool1.862.09+0.23 AVERAGE GOALS West Ham1.431.33-0.10 Watford1.101.16+0.06 Stoke City1.301.12-0.18 Hull City1.011.03+0.02 Crystal Palace1.401.38-0.02 Sunderland1.000.81-0.19 Leicester City1.331.28-0.05 That’s only 0.19 goals per game more than Man U has actually scored, which may not sound like much. And it isn’t! It amounts to a grand total of 7.8 goals over a full, 38-game season. But goals are a premium commodity in soccer — one extra goal can easily be the difference between a draw and a win, and thus a difference between one point and three in the standings.Teams as good as Manchester United don’t usually miss as many goals as Manchester United has. Since 2010-11 there have been 57 English Premier League teams that have scored more goals than they’ve allowed. Manchester United, as it currently stands, is the ninth-most unlucky team on the list. While that’s not record breaking, it’s enough to take a team from solid Champions League contender to long shot.Even more frustrating, for both the team and its fans, Manchester United is missing the best kinds of shots. They’re missing opportunities that soccer stats-keeper Opta labels as “big chances,” chances such as Rashford’s against Chelsea. (Which is why it was so impressive Rashford’s went in!) They’re the kinds of chances you remember a player missing, the sitters, the one-on-ones with the keepers, the striker arriving completely unmarked in the box at exactly the right time. Manchester United have had 59 shots labeled as clear-cut chances, fourth-most in the league and worth 25.62 expected goals. From them, they’ve scored a disappointing 21 goals, the 11th most in the Premier League. Wipe out that 4.62 expected goal deficit (the second-biggest “big chance deficit” in the league, behind only mediocre Stoke City) and United are only two off their expected goal pace.But wait there’s more. A full 50 percent of the big chances that Manchester United have put on target have been saved by the opposing keeper. That’s the kind of thing that rarely happens. No other team this season has had more than 42 percent of its on-target big chances saved. In fact, only six teams in the last seven seasons have had more than 50 percent of the big chances they put on net saved. If it seems as though goalkeepers have been standing on their heads to deny United all season, well, they have been.It’s cold comfort, but despite the lack of goals, this United team is better than in years past. Everything other than United’s finishing has improved. They’re taking 16.97 shots per game and getting six per game on target, the most in both categories since the 2011-12 season. The team���s expected goal total of 1.74 per game is up 0.48 goals from last season and is the highest mark since 2012-13. These are all steps in the right direction.All the stuff holding United back — the general lack of ability to put the ball in the back of the net, the seeming Achilles’ heel of big chances, opposing goalkeepers standing on their head on a weekly basis — is largely outside of Manchester United’s control. Finishing is a fickle thing. The expected goals a team creates is a much better guide to how they’ll do in the future than the actual goals they score. Players miss good chances sometimes. Sometimes they miss lots of good chances. Sometimes, they even do it for a whole season.It’s small consolation for United fans coping with the possibility of a fifth-place season, but United’s attack actually marks a decided step forward for the club. The things the team could control were good enough to get it a top-four EPL finish. What got in the way were the things it couldn’t.Check out our club soccer predictions. Burnley1.031.00-0.03 AFC Bournemouth1.351.36+0.01 Manchester City2.091.97-0.12 Middlesbrough0.940.72-0.22 Manchester United’s Ander Herrera intercepted a pass in a game this month against Chelsea (possibly with some extra-legal help from his arm), turned and slid an inch-perfect pass through Chelsea’s league-best defense. Young striker Marcus Rashford collected the pass and slotted the ball past Chelsea’s keeper to give United an early 1-0 lead. United went on to win 2-0, and the goal was emblematic of the style of soccer that United’s manager, Jose Mourinho, prefers to deploy against top opponents: Defend stoutly, transition fast and use an opponent’s momentum against them to create high-quality counterattacking opportunities. It worked like a charm against Chelsea.If only it always did. That goal kept Manchester United’s relatively slim hopes of a top-four finish alive (the chances of which have since climbed to 35 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight’s club soccer predictions). But the reason Man U’s chances aren’t good is because they’re one of the unluckiest teams in the Premier League. For large stretches of the season the team has played well, created the kinds of chances it wants to create and then … not actually scored goals.Manchester United currently sits in fifth place in the Premier League with 63 points after 32 games. On Thursday, they face Manchester City in the much-anticipated Manchester derby, with a chance to pass their rivals in the standings and stake a claim on fourth place. It’s a chance to salvage what has seemed to be a disappointing season with a momentous win and a real shot at the top four.While Manchester’s defense has been excellent, the attack has struggled to keep pace. The team only concedes 0.77 goals per game, the second-best mark in the league.1The data in this article is current through last Friday. Only Tottenham Hotspur has been stingier. The attack is averaging 1.55 goals per game, though, only seventh best in the Premier League this season. It’s a testament to United’s strong defense that they’re even as close to the top as they are. The funny thing is that there’s nothing wrong with United’s attack. If instead of looking at the team’s goals, we look at its expected goals, a metric that estimates how many goals a team should have scored on average given where they were taken, the team looks much better. United’s expected goal total is a more respectable 1.74 goals per game, the fourth highest in the Premier League. Manchester United isn’t scoring like we’d expect Chelsea1.572.03+0.46 Southampton1.421.19-0.23 Manchester United1.741.55-0.19 Swansea City1.161.12-0.04 TEAMEXPECTEDACTUALDIFFERENCE Everton1.511.82+0.31 Data for all English Premier League teams is current through April 21.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Arsenal1.742.03+0.29 read more

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories, a little before nine, you need to know with your morning coffee.1. #RESIGNATION Today’s Sunday World contains the story that led TD Patrick Nulty to resign unexpectedly last night. It details inappropriate messages sent to a teenage girl and to other women, some of which were sent by Nulty from inside Leinster House. Nulty has admitted sending messages while under the influence of alcohol.2. #MALAYSIA A pallet and belts have been spotted in the Indian ocean by Australian aircraft hunting for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The search, which will involve four military and four civilian aircraft, is to return to the area to try and zero in on the objects again.3. #MADRID An anti-austerity protest turned violent in Madrid yesterday evening, after tens of thousands of people descended on the city at the end of a “march for dignity” against the state of the country’s economy. After youths smashed bank windows, police fired rubber bullets.4. #SEARCH The search is ongoing for a missing Co Armagh fisherman on Lough Ree. The Sunday World says that a second member of the trio – who were plunged into the water when their boat capsized – has not been told about the tragic death of his other friend who was rescued.5. #EURO The government drew up contingency plans to replace the Euro amid fears it could collapse, the Sunday Independent says. The 2011 plans for a possible currency replacement were drawn up in secret by two teams from the Central Bank and Department of Finance.6. #PULSE A Cork mother, who is a member of the Travelling community, has spoken of her shock over discovering that gardaí put the details of her two young children into the PULSE system after they went to have passport forms signed. She told the Sunday Times that she feels her family’s privacy has been breached.7. #PRO LIFE The Standards in Public Office Commission has ended its investigation into a trip that 11 TDs and Senators took to the US with a pro-life group. The Sunday Times says this was because the participants said the trip was educational.8. #MUDSLIDE Three people have been killed and three critically injured in a landslide in Washington State in the USA. CNN says that people were heard crying out for help from underneath debris. One of the rescued was a six-month-old boy.9. #EBOLA An Ebola outbreak has struck Guinea, with 34 people dying from the highly contagious deadly disease. There is no treatment or vaccine available for the disease, which kills between 25 and 90 per cent of those who fall sick with it.last_img read more

Helping hand

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The number of Greeks coming to Australia has increased in past years. The decision to do so, as admitted by many, has not been theirs alone. The economic crisis, high unemployment rates and the quality of life in the Hellenic Republic has forced their hand to make this choice. Many are leaving behind families and a life they’ve known to migrate to a new country, unsure of what will be. Like the post-war migrants, many are coming to Australia with a high level of uncertainty. The organisation Hellenic-Australian Community Support Association (HACSA) – made up of a dedicated committee of volunteers – is doing all it can to take the stress out of migration and help these Greeks in any way they can. The association originally started two years ago as the Facebook group Greek Australian Support Network. As members saw the demand for assistance increase, they officially registered the association three months ago as HACSA. John Athanasopoulos, one of the 12 committee members, tells Neos Kosmos, HACSA will do everything in their power to help each Greek in anyway they can. Through finding them employment to securing housing arrangements, HACSA is not only made up of the 12-member committee, but he says there are a lot of people donating time and things that will assist the migrants make their transition in Australia easier. And he implores the Greek community in Australia to be more understanding and empathetic towards them. “It’s not easy for a 45-50 year to live their whole lives in Greece and then to uproot and come here with or without their family,” Mr Athanasopoulos explains. “It’s a hard decision to make, but it’s worse when the decision was made due to their circumstances, in this case – the crisis. “It’s hard to think someone is leaving his father with cancer in Greece, and he knows he may never see him again, and to come to Australia to build a life from scratch – there’s a lot of emotional baggage that these people have.” He is trying to unite the Greek community to better understand the conditions that these migrants are arriving in and to change perceptions of Greeks being lazy, which is an issue at times. But says so far, the first generation have provided ample assistance to HACSA and many of the newly arrived Greeks and credits them for all their voluntary work. The number one priority for newly arrived Greeks is to find employment, says Mr Athanasopoulos. This is the first port of call and HACSA assists these people in connecting them with employers but also asks businesses in the community if they are looking for staff. He says the second thing of concern to newly arrived Greeks, is finding a house. “This is an area that is an issue because they are new in Australia and they don’t have the history to help them find a rental property, as it’s hard to rent a house as it is,” says Mr Athanasopoulos. But with the assistance of HACSA, they manage to secure a home. HACSA has a small store room where they store donations such as furniture, kitchen appliances and items so when people do gain rental properties, they can assist with furnishing them. They find out what the person needs and will deliver it to their house – no matter how far they live. One of the biggest problems HACSA faces is people entering the country with the wrong visa, and are under the impression they can get employment even though they are on a tourist visa. He says when HACSA is contacted by Greeks still in Greece, the first piece of advice they always give is for them to ensure they have the correct visa. “[The Greeks] think we are being tough in saying that and they respond with ‘you understand what is going on in Greece’; they think we don’t want them to come to Australia and that we are scared they are going to take our jobs. “But we are saying the truth because it’s very hard to find a job here without a proper visa and hard to get sponsorship in Australia if you come here without a visa.” On Sunday 2 February, HACSA will be hosting an open day at the Grange Reserve, Osborne Avenue, Clayton South, and is hoping that all Greeks will attend. He says it’s a change for the newly arrived Greeks to meet Greek Australians and together they can discuss issues pertaining to both communities. He says the free event is important to attend to understand what each other is going through and for the newly arrived Greeks to make new networks and contacts. The event will take place between 11:00 am and 9:00 pm. There will be music and entertainment on the day.last_img read more

NXT announces tour of Canada and Midwest WWE signs former NFL player

first_img Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp NXT announces tour of Canada and MidwestTriple H tweeted out new NXT live events coming to the Midwest and Canada..@WWENXT hits the Midwest from Sept 16-18. #NXTDesMoines #NXTOmaha#NXTMinnyTickets on sale Friday at 10a CST— Triple H (@TripleH) August 1, 2016 Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:35 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter 2/8 WWE Live Results: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Strowman vs. Corbin, EC3 in action) SPOILERS: 7/20 Impact TV tapings in Windsor to air on Pursuit and Twitch Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Pinterest Roman Reigns is in Remission Triple H Facebook WWE signs former NFL playerWWE has announced the signing of former NFL offensive tackle and former Houston Texans star Brennan Williams. Williams officially reported to Orlando this week to begin training at the WWE Performance Center.It’s official… former @NFL player @GREATBLACKOTAKU is training at the @WWEPerformCtr!— WWE (@WWE) August 1, 2016Puff Daddy coming to RAWSean “Puff Daddy” Combs will be appearing on RAW next Monday night in Anaheim.JUST ANNOUNCED: Sean #PuffDaddy Combs is heading to #RAW NEXT WEEK! @iamdiddy— WWE (@WWE) August 1, 2016 Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Now Playing Up Next WWE Now: IIconics overcome their fears with Cathy Kelley on EdgeWalk of CN Tower Now Playing Up Next Google+ THEN @WWENXT goes to Canada Sept 22-24…#NXTToronto#NXTStCatharines#NXTKitchenerTickets on sale Fri at 10am ET.— Triple H (@TripleH) August 1, 2016 Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Mourinho applauds England players

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho has applauded Englands national team for their progress so far at the World Cup as he believes England have cause to be optimistic after their 2-1 knockout to Croatia at World Cup semi-final.Kieran Trippier scored the goal that gave England the lead in the fifth minutes but Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic shattered their hearts to the celebration for Croatia as they came to lead after extra time.Gareth Southgate’s team is the second youngest squad at the Mundial tournament, with an average age of 26 years old and key players such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling all under 25.England’s Under-20 and Under-17 teams was victorious in their respective World Cups in 2017, and Mourinho believes they have a bright future when for the Three Lions.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Speaking as a pundit for RT quoted in FourFourTwo, Mourinho said:“England have reason to cry because they were so close, but they have also have reason to be optimistic.“The team improved a lot in relation to previous appearances. It’s a young team, the majority of the players will play in the next World Cup with more experience at club level.”England had thanked all supporters and fans for the love received so farlast_img read more

Foden ready for England – Guardiola

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes young midfielder Phil Foden is ready for a call-up to the England senior national team.Foden who was part of the England youth side that were crowned champions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup back in 2017 has only featured sparingly for the Citizens so far this season but his manager believes if he wasn’t ready for a call-up, he wouldn’t be in the City first team.England senior team head coach Gareth Southgate was believed to be considering calling the youngster to his team before the September international break but opted against doing so, giving the player more time to focus on breaking into the Manchester City team.“We do our best, I do my best” said Guardiola, according to Daily Mail.“I think Phil is ready for England. He’s ready for City because he’s here. If he wasn’t ready, he wouldn’t be here. Phil’s special, his work ethic is excellent and he will have a lot of minutes this season. After that Gareth has his own decision.”jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“I don’t feel the pressure (developing Foden). I feel the pressure to win the games.”Guardiola believes Foden can become a more prominent first-team player in the future and his rapid development could provide competition for other top midfielders at the club.“He can compete with David Silva, with Gundogan, with Kevin De Bruyne when he’s fit, with Fernandinho, with the top players,” he added.“If you see the big 10-20 clubs in Europe in all the competitions, you don’t see many people playing who are 18-19 years old. Maybe one, two, three, but not too many.”last_img read more

Low salmon projections cancel popular Southeast Spring King Derby

first_imgThe Golden North Salmon Derby has three official stations, Douglas, Auke Bay and Amalga Harbor. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)A popular Southeast spring fishing derby won’t happen this year, because there aren’t enough fish.Listen nowThe Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has organized the Spring King Salmon Derby for two decades.The Juneau-area contest has raised $475,000 for scholarships to more than 1,500 students.But this year, the state Fish and Game Department announced it was shutting down the king salmon sport fishery in the area, because too few fish were expected to return to the Taku River, near derby grounds.Central Council Higher Education Manager Laird Jones said it had no other choice.“They closed the fishery from mid-April to mid-June. And the derby is typically the month of May,” Jones said. “So, no hooks in the water for king salmon.”He said the council, a regional tribal government, considered moving the derby dates back, but decided it wouldn’t work.Fish and Game officials aren’t sure why Taku River returns are down.Juneau Area Management Biologist Daniel Teske said the problem is in the ocean, not the rivers where kings spawn and hatch.“Something’s happening out there, whether it be less prey available or more predators and we are seeing it throughout a bunch of different systems here in Southeast,” Teske said.The department on Monday also restricted chinook fishing near the Chilkat, Stikine and Unuk rivers:Haines-Skagway area: The waters of Chilkat Inlet, north of Seduction Point, are closed April 15-July 15. In waters of Lynn Canal north of Sherman Rock the retention of king salmon is prohibited. Those caught must be released immediately and returned to the water unharmed from April 15-Dec. 31.Ketchikan area: Fishing is closed April 1-Aug. 14 in Behm Canal and the contiguous bays enclosed to the north by a line from Point Lees to Elsie Point and a line from Elsie Point to the longitude of the outlet of Long Lake and to the south by a line from the western entrance of Bailey Bay to the northern tip of Hassler Island. In West Behm Canal, the bag and possession limit is one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length for all anglers.Petersburg-Wrangell area: In the waters of District 8, for May 1-July 15, the bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length for all anglers.Teske said the low runs are part of a trend.“We’ve been in a period of low productivity for the last several years and our projected return for 2017 is well below our escapement goal,” Teske said. “Therefore, we’ve had to implement some conservative regulations in order to limit harvest.”David Turner Jr. won 2016’s Spring King Salmon Derby with a 29.25-pound salmon. (Image courtesy Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska)The Central Council supports the closure in hopes of building back fish populations.And Jones said Fish and Game provided plenty of notice.“They called our specialists here … around the end of December … and kind of said, ‘Here’s what we’re thinking, statisticians are still crunching the numbers and it’s looking bad,’” Jones said.Juneau has another large fishing contest, the Golden North Salmon Derby. It’s organized by the group Territorial Sportsmen.Board member Matt Robus said it happens after Taku kings peak.“A very large majority of the fish poundage caught in that August derby is coho,” Robus said. “There are a few king salmon and a few other individuals of other salmon species that are caught. But by and large the whole salmon derby at that time of year is focused and based on the silver salmon run.”That derby also raises funds for scholarships. It’s brought in more than $1.7 million for more than 300 students since the program began in 1953. Its grants are larger than the central council’s, but go to fewer people.Robus’ group understands how the council’s cancellation affects anglers and students, he said.“We are very sympathetic with the spring derby situation and we don’t wish that situation on anybody,” Robus said. “It’s unfortunate, but obviously, conservation of those fish stocks is the first thing … and I think everybody agrees with that.”That’s the situation now, but salmon returns change from year to year.Central Council’s Jones said his organization is concerned a closure could happen again in 2018.“We’re hoping that taking some of these measures might be enough,” Jones said. “But if it happens again, we’ll have to cross that bridge and see how well our fundraising goes this year.”The council still plans to help students with college costs, he said, and is considering other methods of raising the money.last_img read more

Ola launches drive to enable sustainable livelihoods for 5 lakh women by

first_imgOla, one of the world’s largest ride-hailing platforms, on Thursday launched a drive to enable sustainable livelihoods for 5 lakh women through its social welfare arm, Ola Foundation. The foundation will focus on enabling economic empowerment for women through employment-linked skills training, financial literacy and social empowerment through life-skills education.A charitable trust set up in December 2016, Ola Foundation has been actively involved in projects related to women empowerment over the last two years. Observations, research, and interactions with women, including spouses of Ola’s driver-partners in Bangalore, have shown how active participation by women in the workforce can significantly improve the quality of life for the whole family. The foundation’s training programs so far include training in textile production and printing, financial and digital literacy programs, health awareness, and vocational skills. Ola electronic Vehicle Unit |Reuters IndiaSpeaking on the launch, Srinivas Chunduru, the mentor at Ola Foundation, said, “Women can play a transformative role in society. Ola Foundation’s vision is to provide them access to resources and opportunities to create and bring about sustainable change in their lives, their families and in turn the community at large. Our pilot programs have demonstrated that financial and social independence for women can bring about a significant improvement in the well-being of their families. We are excited to work with various partners and patrons towards our mission to build sustainable livelihoods for 500,000 women by 2025.”Ola Foundation has partnered with various organizations to deliver programs that will focus on the economic and social empowerment of women. In partnership with 2Coms, an NSDC Certified vocational training partner, the Foundation will train women with skills that would qualify them for employment that will help them become financially independent. Additionally, in partnership with Buzz India,the Foundation will also impart the fundamentals of financial literacy for women to help them increase savings and reduce dependence on debt. According to a report by the Clinton Global Initiative, children’s education was prioritised in families where women were earning members and up to 90 percent of a woman’s income was spent on children and the family.Ola Foundation has also partnered with Gram Tarang for social empowerment and life skills training with a 60-hour interactive program. This program enhances specific competencies such as communication, problem-solving, decision making, health, hygiene, and sanitation.This academically proven module helps improve self-worth and increases confidence among women leading to holistic development. Ola electric vehiclestwitterAbout Ola Foundation:Ola Foundation is a private charitable trust formed under the Indian Trusts Act. The foundation, backed by Ola (ANI Technologies), aims to enable sustainable livelihood for women across India through programs that enable financial and social empowerment.last_img read more

Black Candidates Are Missing in Ward 6 DC Council Race

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comOne of the District of Columbia’s most active political and cultural wards has a Black population over one-third and yet there are no Black candidates for that council seat this year.Ward 6 encompasses the U.S. Capitol, the popular Eastern Market, gentrifying Shaw and the booming Southwest Waterfront that includes the Nationals Major League Baseball Stadium. It is 51 percent White, 35 percent Black and the rest Latino and others. The ward is represented by Charles Allen (D), who is White, and he believes his jurisdiction has matured beyond voting for candidates based solely on race.Charles Allen represents Ward 6 on the D.C. Council. (Courtesy Photo)“I appreciate the strong African-American leadership that is in my ward,” Allen told the AFRO. “As a council member, I am supposed to represent all of my constituents regardless of their race and deal with issues that matter to all residents.”Allen has supported strong criminal justice reform on the council, making the system more humane for juvenile offenders, and wants more affordable housing in the District and modernizing school buildings. “These are issues that resonate for all Ward 6 residents and for working families and that includes African-American families,” he said.Allen is seeking re-election to a second term on the D.C. Council and faces one opponent, Lisa Hunter in the June 19 Democratic primary. Allen will face a Republican, Mike Bekesha, in the Nov. 6 general election.Hunter, who is part Jewish and part Latina, told the AFRO she will focus on affordable housing, job training and attainment and improving access to the District’s maternal and prenatal care system for African Americans in Ward 6.African-American Nadine Winter (D) was elected as the first Ward 6 council member in 1974 and she served until 1991 when she was defeated by another African American, Harold Brazil (D). Brazil ran for an at-large position on the council in 1996 and served in that capacity until 2005.When Brazil was elected at-large, his Ward 6 position was won by Sharon Ambrose, the first White woman to hold the position. Ambrose was followed by Tommy Wells (D) and Allen, who was elected in 2014.In 2014, Allen defeated African-American Darrel Thompson in the Democratic Primary. Thompson chose not to seek a rematch this year but said the lack of a Black candidate is less a matter of race than an issue of getting involved in the political process.“If people want to run for political office, they should run regardless of race,” Thompson told the AFRO. “It is good when people of different backgrounds become candidates. It makes the political process competitive and the voting public is exposed to a full range of ideas.”Francis Campbell, a former advisory neighborhood commissioner in Ward 6, told the AFRO he hasn’t decided who he will support for the Ward 6 position. “Many of the newer residents of the ward, who tend to be White, aren’t cognizant of the contributions of the long-term residents,” he said. In District lingo, older residents tend to mean Blacks and newer mean White and younger.Campbell said when his Black neighbors go to meetings in the ward they become frustrated when there is talk about dog parks and not about economic development and public safety issues that should be addressed. In some ways, Campbell doesn’t blame the new residents entirely. “The new residents do have more resources and the African Americans in the ward aren’t as cohesive as they should be,” he said.last_img read more

Ollie Locke announces his engagement to boyfriend Gareth Locke

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The couple took out an advert in the announcements section of The Times newspaper today. Under their names – Mr O.J.M Locke and Mr G.P. Locke – it stated the following.‘The engagement is announced between Oliver, son of Sarah and John Locke of Southampton, and Gareth, son of Margaret and David Locke of Suffolk.’Photo: @ollielockeworld | InstagramOllie took to Instagram to offer more insight, revealing that he has been friends with Gareth, commercial director of a fashion brand Holland Cooper, for ten years. However, it’s only more recently that the two took their relationship beyond mere friends.‘I have known him for 10 years, and at many of my most important life moments he was in the background.‘Earlier this year we realised that what we had both been looking for was standing in front of us all along, the greatest hint was probably that we already have the same surname!L-R: Gareth and Ollie Locke (Photo: @garethplocke | Instagram) Made in Chelsea’s Ollie Locke: ‘I am a gay man’center_img Made in Chelsea reality TV star Ollie Locke has announced his engagement to his long-time friend, Gareth Locke (no relation). Gay dating app corrects survey after ageism complaintCelebs Go Dating: Ollie Locke left ‘horrified’ by date’s NSFW tattooGay dating app Chappy relaunches with ‘zero tolerance for abuse’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : ‘I have never been happier and can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with someone who makes me smile like this every day! On Sunday I said yes Xx’Gareth Locke posted a photo of he and Ollie on his Instagram, saying ‘Feeling blessed he said yes!’Made in ChelseaOllie Locke, 31, came to mainstream prominence with his recurring appearances on the reality drama Made in Chelsea.The show was a hit in the UK and picked up a cult following in the US and elsewhere. Locke appeared in the London-based show between 2011-2013, re-appearing in Los Angeles and Ibiza spin-offs in 2015 and 2016.Locke previously had girlfriends and said he was bisexual. In 2016, he came out as gay. He was involved with the launch of the gay dating app Chappy in 2017, although he announced his departure from that business earlier this year.A spokesperson for Ollie Locke told GSN, ‘we don’t have any details’ concerning when the pair intend to marry.See alsoGay dating app Chappy relaunches with ‘zero tolerance for abuse’ Ollie Locke has announced his engagement to Gareth Locke (Photo: @ollilockeworld | Instagram)last_img read more

Costa Rican taxi drivers languageschool workers arrested in fake English diploma scam

first_imgAgents of the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) on Monday raided a private English-language school in the province of Alajuela accused of issuing fake diplomas to taxi drivers who provide transport services at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport, outside San José.During the raid, OIJ officers arrested 12 cab drivers and four employees of the language school.In order to obtain permits to work at the airport, Costa Rica’s Public Transportation Council (CTP) requires taxi drivers to obtain certificates from accredited English-language schools that certify they speak the language at a conversational level. According to the OIJ, the targeted school belongs to a foreign owner who allegedly sold diplomas for up to $320 each.The detained taxi drivers allegedly received their certificates without attending a single lesson.The OIJ also raided CTP facilities in San José to confiscate all documents related to 100 permits for transport services at the airport that the agency issued last week.Those permits were issued after last July, when the Public Services Regulatory Authority cancelled a concession granted to private cab company Taxis Unidos, following an investigation into taxis that did not use mandatory taximeters to establish trip rates. Facebook Comments Related posts:Taxi fares to increase this month Striking taxi drivers block streets near Casa Presidencial Rates going up for Costa Rica taxis Taxis drivers block capital roads to demand crackdown on ‘piratas’last_img read more

Nominations Open for the Heads of Tech Leading 30000 people in ICT

first_imgWho is leading the 30,000+ people working in the South West’s thriving ICT sector? This is the question posed by representative body it@cork, who today launched the 2019 Leaders Awards and invited nominations from throughout the industry, to shine a light on those people who are leading the charge for the region’s tech community and paving the way for the continued success of tech in Cork and the surrounding, the body representing over 220 companies working within the ICT sector in the South West region, says nominations will remain open until September 13th for the prestigious Leaders Awards, which are now in their 13th year. The esteemed accolades recognise and celebrate achievement, innovation and commitment to the tech sector in the region. Winners will be decided by a judging panel over the course of 4 weeks and will be announced at a Gala dinner to take place at the Rochestown Park Hotel on October says the time has come once again for anyone and everyone with an interest in the tech industry to step forward and make their voice known.Speaking at the launch Anthony O’Callaghan, Chairperson of it@cork,“We are calling on the general public, the tech community and any other interested parties to nominate the people who they believe are worthy of recognition.13 years in and the annual it@cork Leaders Awards grows every year in terms of the volume and calibre of applicants. The awards have traced and tracked the relentless progression of the sector in Cork and the surrounding region, and the pace at which is it growing and improving picks up with every passing year. Each year brings with it a raft of new talent and a suite of new leaders and new names – all of whom have been selected by their peers as having a marked and lasting impact on the industry.From start-ups to global multinationals, as well as our innovative education sector, the Leader Awards recognise all those who have gone further than most in the use of technology in their respective organisations and businesses in order to excel growth. It is a great opportunity for us to celebrate collectively the achievements of the region”.it@cork have chosen the theme for this year’s Leaders Awards to be ‘Towards 2020’, which they say is a celebration of all the previous winners who have contributed immensely to the tech industry in the region, and a nod to the present and future leaders who will bring the Irish tech industry into the next decade.An exciting addition to this year’s initiative is the opening of the new it@cork Tech Leaders Hall of Fame, into which all previous winners of the prestigious Tech Leader of the Year award will be inducted.With Cork set to become the fastest-growing region under the Project 2040 plan, it@Cork say Cork is a place where opportunity meets talent, particularly in ICT.Eoghan O’ Mahony, Senior Cluster Manager at it@cork noted,“Cork & the greater South West region now employs over 30,000 people in ICT and support services businesses. It is an integral part of our local economy and has consistently grown over the past 5 years to become the region’s largest employer.From it@cork’s perspective, as a representative body for these companies we see our role widening year on year, and the demand for our training courses, networking events and forums growing exponentially. We take our role in the industry very seriously and we are committed to delivering in whatever way we can for every member of this vibrant community – from start-ups to SMEs and MNCs”.Nominations for it@cork leaders awards are now open on and it@cork are encouraging the general public and the tech community to get involved in this year’s event.The it@cork Leaders Awards categories are split into 8 different categories:– Tech Person of the Year (Winner 2018: Linda & Dan Kiely)– The One to Watch (Winner 2018: Smarttech247)– MNC of the Year (Winner 2018: McKesson)– Excellence in Education (Winner 2018: Gaelcholaiste Mhuire (A.G))– Tech Start-Up of the Year (Joint Winners 2018: Altada & GetVisibility)– Smart Technology Innovation Award (Winner 2018: GridBeyond)– Corporate Social Responsibility Award (Winner 2018: VMware International (Cork))– Technical Training Programme of the Year (Winner 2018: Xanadu)– Back for its 5th consecutive year, is the Tech Person of the Year Award. This is the only category that is nominated by the Board of it@cork and the ultimate winner is selected by a panel of 4 judges.As a previous winner of Tech Person of the Year Award, Jerry Sweeney, Founder and MD of Cloud CIX commented:“Having been on that stage & accepted the award, I can only tell people what an honour and a privilege it was not only to have been selected amongst such a stellar group of nominees but to even have been nominated by my colleagues and peers to begin with. We have a thriving tech industry here in Cork – the city itself makes Cork an attractive proposition for any IT business looking to set up or expand.But there is nothing greater than the power of people when it comes to this industry – its people are its backbone and they are the cause of and the reason for any and all the success that the sector has and continues to achieve. So, to lead these people in our common goal of making the Cork one of the most creative, most focused, and most ingenious tech hubs, not just in Ireland, but in Europe, is an absolute privilege.”last_img read more