Muzaffarnagar tense over cow slaughter rumours

first_imgThe riot-hit town of Muzaffarnagar was tense after a dozen people were injured in a clash between police personnel and common public over rumours of cow slaughter at the Sherpur village on Friday. The clash erupted moments after the police personnel were returning from the village after failing to find evidence to back the alleged reports of cow slaughter in Sherpur.The villagers took to stone pelting when some of the police personnel allegedly beat up some villagers.According to Mehraj, one of the villagers who sustained injuries during the clash, the police entered households and started beating people who were sick and bedridden while searching some of the houses for alleged cow slaughter.“When the villagers protested against the beating of people, the police lathicharged us. Some of us got badly injured. This is no way of policing and investigating cow slaughter. We are no criminals. This worsened the situation and agitated and angry villagers started stone-pelting. Two police vehicles were burnt in this process,” he said.More force rush to siteExtra police force was rushed to the spot to control law and order. According to the Deputy Inspector General (Saharanpur range) Kattarpu S. Emmanuel, police had gone to the Sherpur village after they got a tip-off about cow slaughter in a particular house. “The police team tried to verify the tip-off and see if it was true. The police did not find anything in the particular house and even in its neighbourhood. The team was returning when the violence happened,” he said.last_img read more

Kenstar teams up with Mumbai Indians for IPL season 10

first_imgcricket COMMENT COMMENTS Published on IPL 2017 Appliances brand Kenstar has joined hands for the first time with Mumbai Indians franchise as an official partner for the tenth season of the Indian Premier League.Mumbai Indians has been a consistent and one of the most successful teams in IPL having won the 2011 Champions League Twenty20 and the IPL in 2013 and 2015.The MI brigade has some acclaimed names from the cricket fraternity such as Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Mitchell Johnson to name a few, who are known for their powerful performances.Like MI, Kenstar also believes in offering power-packed performance and touching the hearts of its patrons through a wide range of product offerings, the company said.Rajiv Kenue, COO, Kenstar, said, “We are delighted to team up with Mumbai Indians for the Indian Premiere League season 10 which is one of the biggest sporting platforms in India currently. With its format, it appeals to a larger section of consumers across the country. With this association, we aim to connect with a larger section of the society. We wish the team all the best for their forthcoming innings and look forward to adding many more years to this association.” SHARE SHARE EMAIL March 20, 2017 SHARElast_img read more

The dapper code

first_imgAt 10 pm, after a 12 hour-long shoot, Shahid Kapoor is refreshingly energetic and enthusiastic. He swiftly transforms from a casuals-clad young man into a nattily dressed star in a deep green jacket ensemble sporting a well-styled beard and moustache; a mark of his much-touted Padmavati look. “Let’s do something,At 10 pm, after a 12 hour-long shoot, Shahid Kapoor is refreshingly energetic and enthusiastic. He swiftly transforms from a casuals-clad young man into a nattily dressed star in a deep green jacket ensemble sporting a well-styled beard and moustache; a mark of his much-touted Padmavati look. “Let’s do something edgy,” he says. Over the next 30 minutes, he slips into a Jacuzzi, sprawls on a chair, shows off his nimble-footed moves for the camera and effortlessly raises himself on his toes on top of a table for that “edgy” photograph, exhibiting the aura of a star and the versatility of a performer. His style, he says, defines him-“sharp, chic, edgy and contemporary”. As an actor, Kapoor is all this; he’s essayed varied characters from the troubled Haider to the wild rock star of Udta Punjab.Styled by Anisha Jain Hair Aalim Hakim; Makeup James Gladwin Alaxender; Ensemble Sahil Aneja; Watch Jaeger-LeCoultre; Location Hotel Sea Princess, Mumbai”Style is a way of expressing yourself; it’s a reflection of who you are and a part of looking cool, relevant and contemporary. In society, people perceive you by how you dress and how you look,” he says. A versatile actor, Kapoor is also closely involved in styling the look for each character he plays. “Style and clothes are fundamental to creating a new visual or a new character each time. The look, his physical attributes and his personality have to be rediscovered,” he says. If the suave Aditya of Jab We Met wore sharp suits and a bespectacled look, Udta Punjab’s Tommy Singh sported dreadlocks, loose t-shirts with side zippers and winged shoes. Tommy Singh, incidentally, is Kapoor’s most memorable character, whom he styled along with Payal Saluja, the film’s costume designer. “He is a free radical character who is completely over-the-top and unpredictable. We created a look that justifies that personality,” he says. So the clothes were sourced from different parts of the world and then remodeled to create a unique style. The iconic winged shoes, which went on to become an intrinsic part of the musician’s look, came from London after Kapoor spotted them on a fashion portal. The character sported 14 tattoos to reflect his eccentric personality.advertisement”I looked into each of them because each tattoo defined a part of him. The dreadlocks, streaks of green in the hair, the shocking, over-the-top look; I always wanted to do that,” says the actor.Always eager to experiment, Kapoor, however, doesn’t wear anything “that’s not me”. If his screen looks always reflect the personality of the character, his off-screen style reflects his mood and the occasion. “I like clothes that give me space for movement. I like ensembles that make me feel free and not claustrophobic,” he says. A typical day sees Kapoor shuttle between studios, meetings, the gym and his shoots. “The outfit should fit into various spaces because I cannot keep changing,” he says. While he isn’t too fond of accessories, Kapoor has an enviable collection of shades and sporty watches. “My face type allows me to experiment with different styles of shades,” he says. Even as he is counted among the most stylish in the film business, Kapoor doesn’t have any brands on his favourites list and often relies on his stylist Anisha Jain to bring him the best outfits from across the country. “Fashion, style and comfort are equally important for him. I like clothes that define me,” he says.last_img read more

Strauss steps down as Director of England Cricket after a three-and-a-half year tenure

first_imgFormer England captain Andrew Strauss stepped down as the the Director of England Cricket after three and a half years in the role.Strauss will now take up a more flexible role in the England Cricket Board (ECB) and is will help Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison in the process of recruiting a full-time successor.Strauss’s resignation comes a few months after he stepped back from the position to support his wife Ruth in her fight against cancer.Andy Flower, who replaced Strauss, will continue in his interim capacity until December before the ECB announces a permanent replacement for Strauss.Speaking about his decision, Strauss said that 2019 is an extremely important year for English cricket and the man, who is in charge should have time for the job and support the board properly.”After three and a half incredible years with the ECB, I have taken the difficult decision to step down from my role as Director of England Cricket.”Next year is potentially the most important the game has had in this country, with the World Cup on home soil and a home Ashes series, and we have an incredible opportunity to do something special. It is vital that the Director of Cricket can give consistent guidance and support to England Cricket through this period,” Strauss was quoted as saying by a ECB press release.He also revealed the reason behind his decision to step down.”Taking time out this summer to support my wife and kids, as Ruth goes through treatment for cancer, has given me the chance to fully consider what’s right for England and what’s needed at home. The role in cricket requires total focus and commitment to deliver the best results, yet right now I need far more flexibility than could ever be possible in my position in order to support my family.advertisement”I will not be leaving the game completely initially helping Tom to shape the role for my successor, then supporting a range of other ECB projects but it’s important to see someone else in place for a crucial summer in 2019.”It has been hugely motivating and enjoyable to be working for the ECB and England Cricket,” Strauss said.Strauss thanked his colleagues for helping him throughout his tenure and wished everyone good luck.”Before taking on this incredible role, I had little appreciation of all the selfless work that goes on across the ECB and throughout domestic cricket to ensure we have winning England teams and that the game, as a whole, keeps growing.”I have been fortunate to be at the ECB at a time when ground-breaking progress has been made, giving cricket a platform to evolve and inspire for years to come. I would like to express my gratitude to Tom, Colin Graves and the leadership team for their commitment and support in helping to drive English cricket forward.”I would also like to offer my sincere thanks to all of those who I have had the pleasure to work with, both inside and outside of the ECB. Finally, I would like to wish Trevor, Paul, Joe, Eoin and all of those involved in the England teams all the very best in a historical year in 2019,” Strauss said.Chief Executive Officer of the ECB Tom Harrison also expressed his gratitude and thanked Strauss for handling his role so professionally.”I know that I speak for everyone at the ECB when I say that we’re very sad to see Andrew step down from the role and we all wish him and his family the very best.”He deserves huge respect for the way he has managed his role, fully supported Ruth and their boys and calmly considered this decision. And it’s hard to overestimate his contribution since joining us in May 2015,” Harrison said.”He is an exceptional talent and it is easy to see how he has made a success of each step in his career moving from dressing room, to captaincy, to commentary, to a key role in the governing body and all the while being the most popular of colleagues.”Andrew has brought enormous credibility, measured thinking, strong leadership and exceptional insight and we have been extremely fortunate to have worked so closely with him for the last three and a half years. He has improved the ways we work and set the direction for the men’s Test, One-Day and T20 teams.”But whilst Andrew leaves the post he is not lost to the ECB. He is uniquely placed to help us define the role and help recruit the right person to build on his exceptional work,” he added.advertisementCurrently, the English team is in Sri Lanka, where they will play five ODIs, one T20I and three Tests from October 5 to November 27.ECB confirmed that a full-time appointment will be made before England’s West Indies tour in the New Year.last_img read more

Glenn Spencer Sees Room For Improvement Ahead Of Matchup With Central Michigan

first_img“Yeah, it’s good to analyze it,” said Spencer. “There’s an old adage that things are never as good as they seem and they’re never as bad as they seem, so between some missed tackles we had in the open field, some bad reads and some guys relaxing a couple of times, it was very close to getting those guys to realize how close we are to being very average, or how close we are to having a good defense. That’s left to be determined by next week’s performance.”The Cowboys held SE Louisiana to 203 total yards and a single touchdown, while forcing the Lions to go 1-13 on 3rd downs and 0-3 on 4th downs in the blowout win. The Cowboys also forced 4 turnovers, all fumbles forced.They will face a much stiffer test this week against Cooper Rush and Central Michigan. Rush is coming off an impressive 2015 where he was selected 2nd Team All-MAC, throwing for 3848 yards and 25 touchdowns, along with a 144.7 passer efficiency rating. Compared to the SE Lousiana Lions who threw the ball just 14 times on Saturday, we will see a much clearer picture of where the Cowboy defense and the secondary in particular stands after their match-up this upcoming Saturday with Central Michigan.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Despite a strong performance by the Cowboy defense against Southeastern Louisiana, defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer sees lots of room for improvement out of his group after watching the film from the game. Citing missed tackles, bad reads, and some relaxation, Coach Spencer stressed the need to constantly improve in his press conference from Monday.last_img read more

FIFA U17 WC Team Profile: Mali

first_imgU17 World Cup FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: All you need to know about Mali U-17 Ashish Peter Last updated 2 years ago 07:36 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mali U17 winners Backpagepix U17 World Cup Mali U17 As the kickoff to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India beckons closer, we bring to you a brief profile on the Mali U-17 team…. With the kick-off to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India just under a month away, preparations are on in full swing for the biggest football event to be ever held in the country.24 of the best teams from around the globe will arrive in India to battle it out for the coveted trophy at six venues across India with the final being held in Kolkata.As the youth football extravaganza draws near with each passing day, Goal continues to profile the various squads set to descend in the country. We take a look at the African nation Mali and their journey to qualification.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. INTRODUCTION Mali U17Though Mali have a strong pedigree in the youth tournaments, they have found the going tough at the senior level having never qualified for a World Cup.The most famous name to come out of the African Nation is Seydou Keita who went to become the most capped player for Mali with a record 102 appearances.The midfielder went on to have a fabulous professional career in Europe where he sent four successful seasons at Spanish giants Barcelona winning 14 major trophies.Currently though, Mali are experiencing one of their most successful periods in youth football with their talented squads shining on both the global and African stage.Country: MaliConfederation : Confederation of African Football (CAF)Nicknames : Les Aigles (The Eagles)Coach :  Jonas KomlaPAST RECORDS AND LAURELSGhana U17 v Mali U17Runners-up in the last edition held in Chile, Mali have had a mixed-bag in the FIFA U-17 World Cup so fair throughout its history.They came agonizingly close to making the last four in 1997 but bowed out to Germany in a penalty-shootout in the quarter-finals. Their most famous export, Seydou Keita, was a part of this squad and it was his decisive penalty-miss that sealed the fates of The Eagles in the last-eight.The African powerhouses qualified for three straight editions between 1997 and 2001 where they advanced to the quarter-finals twice.Mali’s next participation in the global showcase would not come until the last edition in 2015 where they broke their quarter-final hoodoo to make it to the summit clash before suffering defeat at the hands of African rivals Nigeria.The former French colony have been dominating the U-17 African Cup of Nations of late winning the last two editions held in 2015 and 2017.ROAD TO UNDER-17 WORLD CUPGhana u17 v Mali u17 cMali took part in the 2017 U-17 African Cup of Nations held in Gabon earlier this May which served as the qualifiers for the World Cup. The top four nations in the tournament were assured of a spot in the global showcase in India.Mali booked their passage after defending their crown as the 2015 winners overcame Ghana by a solitary goal in the final at Libreville.The Eagles were in fine form throughout their run to the title as they went undefeated in their five matches and in the process became the first nation to win back-to-back U-17 African Cup of Nations.Striker Hadji Drame was the top-scorer for the champions with three vital goals including an important penalty against Guinea in the last-four.TEAM COACH AND IDEOLOGY The team is led by Togolese coach Jonas Komla who had taken over the reins from Baye Bah after the latter had guided the African Nation to their first-ever U-17 African Cup of Nations title in 2015.If there were any doubts about Komla’s appetite for the role, they were removed when he emulated Bah by leading Mali to their second consecutive continental triumph earlier this year as Mali created history by defending their crown.The head coach has had extensive experience in his career so far which has seen him manage Djobila, one of the leading clubs in Mali. He has had stints outside the continent too including one with UAE club Bani Yas.The bulk of Mali’s Under-17 squad have played together since the Under-13 days and this has reflected in their continued success in the last two years.”Compared to other African countries, Mali are a step ahead when it comes to mental preparation. We’ve been working with these players since they started at U-13 level, and we’ve put a lot of emphasis on the mental aspect. You mustn’t forget that they come from very poor families and that football is a way out for them. We teach them to play every game with the same rigour and focus,” Komla had said to PLAYERS TO LOOK OUT FORMali U17Youssof Koita: The Mali custodian will be a tough wall to breach for any opposition in the upcoming World Cup. The teenager was in impressive form in the side’s continental triumph in May where he kept a clean-sheet in all the five matches. He was also the hero of the semi-final penalty-shootout against Guinea as he saved all the four spot-kicks fired at him to hand Mali a 2-0 victory.Hajdi Drame: The striker was Mali’s top-scorer in the same tournament with his three goals. He was particularly impressive in his side’s 6-1 thrashing of Angola where he scored a brace. He also had a vital role to play in their semi-final victory making no mistake with his spot-kick.FULL SQUADGOALKEEPERS: Alkalifa Coulibaly, Youssof Koita, Massire Gassama;DEFENDERS: Boubacar Haidara, Fode Konate, Mamadi Fofana, Soumaila Doumbia, Abdoulaye Diaby, Ibrahiim Kane;MIDFIELDERS: Djemoussa Traore, Mohamed Camara, Abdoulaye Dabo, Salam Giddou, Siaka Sidibe, Mamadou Samake, Cheick Oumar Doucoure;FORWARDS: Hadji Drame, Seme Camara, Mamadou Traore, Mahamane Toure, Lassana Ndiaye.last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal boss Emery: We failed to take our chances

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: We failed to take our chancesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery admits poor finishing saw them lose to Tottenham in last night’s Carabao Cup quarterfinal defeat.Spurs won 2-0 through goals from Son Heung-min and Dele Alli.Emery said, “I think we worked like we wanted to, like we’d prepared for this match. We created chances in the first half to score, but today the efficiency was not good for us. We didn’t concede a lot of chances, but they have good players with quality who scored. We worked for 90 minutes and in our moments we didn’t take our chances. “They scored theirs. Only the first half, I think we were good on the pitch but then sometimes we needed a bit more of the ball to keep possession longer. But that’s not easy against them because they press really well. Our planned game, we worked on that. It was poor finishing.”Emery continued: “We had Micki with the one on one [chance early on] and they scored with their first one-on-one. but this is football. Today I am happy with our performance, but not happy with our result. But also I think we are doing our process. They are ahead of us in this process. We need to continue creating our identity, our strong ideas to be more consistent in the games. “But this is our way. Now we’ve finished in this competition and are thinking about Saturday because we have another three very important competitions, the first is the Premier League, then the Europa League and also the FA Cup. Today we finished this competition.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

MS Dhoni talks a lot while batting and that helps: Virat Kohli

first_img Rohan Sen AdelaideJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 10:49 IST Virat Kohli played the attacking role while MS Dhoni took care of the singles and doubles from the other end during their stand (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKohli (104) and Dhoni (55*) were involved in a 82-run stand for the fourth wicketDhoni also added 57 runs with Dinesh Karthik (25*) to take India past the finish lineDhoni now holds the record for the highest average – 99.85 – in successful run chases in ODIs (min 25 innings)After a long time Indian cricket fans got to witness MS Dhoni finish a game for the country in the one-day format as the tourists beat Australia by 6 wickets in the second ODI in Adelaide on Tuesday.Chasing 299 on a tough pitch for the batsmen, Dhoni forged a crucial partnership with skipper Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik to take India over the line with just four balls to spare.It was a typical Dhoni knock as he took his time initially to settle down even as Kohli attacked from the other end. They both ran hard between the wickets like they always do in a partnership and put the pressure back on the Aussies.The duo added 82 runs for the fourth wicket as Kohli went on to score his 39th ODI hundred but got out at a time when India still needed 57 off 38 balls. The situation demanded a calm head and who better than Dhoni to be at the crease.Dhoni took care of the singles and doubles while Karthik played the attacking shots as the duo added 57 runs to take India over the line.The 37-year-old struggled towards the end of his innings as he kept running out of breath in the hot conditions in Adelaide but still managed to carry on and win the game.After the game Yuzvendra Chahal, who wasn’t included in the playing XI yet again, got to interview Kohli in which he asked what it was like to build a partnership with Dhoni, the finisher.advertisement”It’s important to take the game slow and strike rotation becomes very important and then when Mahi bhai comes on the crease, he talks a lot while batting and that helps a lot. When you are contemplating whether you should take a risk or not, he comes around and says there’s a lot of time in the game so it calms you down.”We bat very well together because we take the game forward and get runs from the middle. There was a phase in the middle of 4-5 overs where I attacked so those calculated risks had to be taken.”This is why you have been selected for the Indian team because you have to do that so that is something that should be worked upon mentally and I think a lot about it that if the team is in a problematic situation, I can get the team out and get the victory. When you are mentally convinced, you are able to perform on the field,” Kohli said in the interview on Not Miss: Meet Chahal TV’s debutant – Captain @imVkohliIn our fun segment, we get the Indian captain talking about his 39th ODI ton, the @msdhoni finish & a lot more – by @RajalAroraFull Video Link (@BCCI) January 15, 2019The 30-year-old once again lauded Dhoni for the way he paced his innings and played a typical knock that fans have witnessed so many times in this format over the years.”The classic way MS Dhoni plays in since a number of years, I think we saw a glimpse of that today. When you don’t play a lot of matches, especially at the international level to it’s difficult to get going from the start, he has even been in Australia for only a while – there’s jet lag, there’s tiredness, it is difficult for the mind to open up, even we experienced it in T20s that you can’t just start playing in flow right away.”So I think he will get more and more batting flow as he keeps playing and if he gets in the flow, as a team we feel very relaxed because we can bank on it. In Adelaide, he has already played a number of special innings which is why he must be feeling special too because again in Adelaide he has played a finishing knock. So as a team we feel very nice when he performs,” Kohli added.The focus now shifts to the series-deciding third ODI which will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 18.Also Read | MS Dhoni has done this for years: Dinesh Karthik on match-winning stand in AdelaideAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah salutes MS Dhoni: Legends don’t need to prove their worth to anyoneAlso Read | It was an MS Dhoni classic, hats off to him: Virat Kohli after Adelaide winFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Adelaide ODIFollow Virat KohliFollow MS Dhoni MS Dhoni talks a lot while batting and that helps: Virat KohliVirat Kohli, in an interview for the with Yuzvendra Chahal, spoke about his partnership with MS Dhoni and how the former India captain rolled back the years to play a typical finisher’s knock on Tuesday.advertisementlast_img read more

Russian, Crimean Ports Given International Status

first_imgzoom Russian PM Dimitri MedvedevRussian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a Decree which confirms the international status of all Russian ports, including those residing in the territory of the Republic of Crimea.Medvedev said that now border and customs procedures for arriving foreign vessels will be much more facilitated, eliminating the need for any additional permits and approvals. This will in turn help boost operation efficiency at the ports.Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich added that over the past 25 years, “our ports existed de jure without completely certain status, although de facto they were open to the entry of foreign ships.”Russian PM also signed a decree on amendments of the federal special-purpose programme “Development of Russia’s Transport System (2010–2020)”.According to the Decree, the project on the construction of port Sabetta on the Yamal peninsula including the creation of an approach canal in the Ob Bay can be fully financed with the reallocated resources.The Decree introduces amendments into the project on construction of a deepwater port in Baltijsk (Kaliningrad region).The Yamal LNG project in Russia’s Arctic includes the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant with capacity of 16.5 million tons of LNG annually based on the resource of the South Tambeyskoye field.Yamal LNG is owned by NOVATEK (60%), TOTAL (20%) and CNPC (20%).The project is scheduled to start producing gas in 2016, reaching an estimated supply of 16.5 million tonnes by 2018. World Maritime News Staff, October 1, 2014; Image: Russian Govtlast_img read more

Strategy to be Discussed at Geology Matters

first_imgNova Scotia’s natural resources strategy will be among the topics highlighted at the 35th annual Geology Matters 2011 conference, Monday, Oct. 24 and Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Halifax. “We are bringing the message of Nova Scotia’s natural resources strategy, that resources such as minerals will be managed sustainably to continue to bring jobs, economic growth, environmental protections, and a greater quality of life to Nova Scotia,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. The Geology Matters theme is Growing the Economy. Mining employs thousands of Nova Scotians and contributes close to $500 million annually to the provincial economy. “Despite general economic uncertainties globally, there is excellent opportunity in the mining industry in Nova Scotia, a province with favourable mineral endowment and infrastructure to support exploration, development, and production,” said Pat Mills, president of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia. “Now is the time for industry, government, and other key groups to seize the moment in this province, and the Geology Matters conference helps to build that momentum.” Monday will feature a presentation on the goals and actions of the province’s natural resources strategy, The Path We Share, released in August, and a keynote address by Mr. Parker. The day will also include a student workshop to introduce students to the programs of the mineral resources branch of the Department of Natural Resources, as well as employment opportunities in geosciences. On Tuesday, the Wetlands 101 workshop will teach delegates about the province’s wetlands and the policies and regulations in place to protect them. There will be displays and presentations by Natural Resources, universities, prospectors, Natural Resources Canada, companies engaged in mineral exploration, development, and mining, and other groups. The conference will feature numerous guest speakers. To learn more, visit .last_img read more

Firefighters from across Canada and US lend hand in Quebec forest fire

first_imgMONTREAL – More than 200 firefighters from across Canada and the northeastern United States have been sent to Quebec this month to help fight forest fires.Quebec’s forest fire protection service says the reinforcements hail from Saskatchewan, Alberta, Massachusetts and from Parks Canada.They will join the service’s 400 firefighters as well as their colleagues already lending a hand from New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Hampshire and Maine.About 60 fires are active at the moment.A spokeswoman for the fire protection service says there have been 357 fires in the province so far this year, up from an average of 276.last_img

Kelowna and Edmonton set to be hot spots in cannabis real estate

first_imgTORONTO – Two cities in Western Canada have been named the next commercial real estate “hot spots” for the cannabis market, according to a report.Real estate firm RE/Max Commercial says that Kelowna, B.C., and Edmonton are both expected to see positive commercial growth in the coming months as a result of cannabis legalization.Prices for commercial real estate in the southern B.C. city are anticipated to see an uptick, as approval for cannabis retail licences will be “extremely competitive” amid high demand once the substance becomes available.Kelowna, which is located in the Okanagan Valley, has already identified more than 900 potential zoned sites for dispensaries.Lease rates for industrial spaces in the area are also expected to rise as marijuana companies vie for more space to house their operations, says the annual Commercial Investor report.This increase comes after Kelowna’s real estate market saw an eight per cent decrease in total sales value for its commercial property year over year.Meanwhile, it is anticipated that vacancy rates will continue to drop and lease rates will rise moderately for the remainder of the year in Edmonton thanks to the arrival of Aurora Cannabis.New construction, particularly in the Leduc and Nisku areas of the city, has been burgeoning amid the addition of a 74,322 square metre (800,000 square foot) medical marijuana production facility and a 37,161 square metre (400,000 square foot) auto parts and distribution warehouse from Ford Canada.“Cannabis is adding an additional demand segment to the overall market, for industrial or retail,” said Elton Ash, regional executive vice-president at RE/MAX of Western Canada on Wednesday.“It’s good news from a landlord perspective.”last_img read more

Kate Flannery To Host John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary 33rd Annual Odyssey

first_imgOn Saturday, June 9, 2018 The John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary will hold the 33rd annual Odyssey Ball honoring the organization’s past presidents, a group of 14 philanthropic women who have led the charge in raising more than $20 million dollars to date for critical cancer research and education programs, with “The Trailblazer” Award.This year, the event takes place at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, a rustic outdoor venue that sets the perfect tone for the The Angels and Cowboys themed gala. Comedian and actress, Kate Flannery, known for her role on the hit show The Office, will serve as the emcee for the evening. The fundraiser benefits the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center and is organized by John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary co-chairs Martha Harper and Shirley Lipstone.The Trailblazers Award recognizes those who, through their service and leadership, have paved the way for innovation and impact in the cancer community. The Past Presidents of the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary date back to the founding members of the Auxiliary board of directors over 35 years ago. In addition to serving as an Auxiliary President, many are members of various organizations including but not limited to: Cancer Support Community, California Oncology Research Institute, Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, LACMA Art Museum Council, MOCA and many more. The honorees include: Hollace Brown, Diane Feldman, Ilene Eisenberg, Andrea Kopald, Ila Krane, Ina Lewis, Shirley Lipstone, Sue Newman Hochberg, Roberta Novick, Donna Rosen, Lois Rosen, Anita Swift and Ruth Weil along with Jackie Banchik and Sandy Cohen who will be honored in memoriam.“Never seeking attention for their efforts, this powerful group of women has selflessly volunteered their time and talents to see the mission of the Institute move forward,” said (Patrick Wayne, chairman of the board at the Institute and son of the legendary actor John Wayne). “It is time we turn the spotlight on this deserving group to celebrate their unique contributions and dedication to the advancement of cancer research and treatment.”The 33rd Annual Odyssey Ball is produced by Scott Mauro Entertainment, Inc., for the fifth consecutive year.The event begins at 4:30 PM with cocktails and saloon games for guest to enjoy upon arrival. At 6:00 PM guests will be seated for the awards presentation which will be followed by dinner, dancing, and an auction beginning at 7:00 PM. For more information, to purchase tickets, or donate please click here.last_img read more

Army to remain on alert

He paid tribute to all those who have so far sacrificed in numerous ways to elevate the Army standards and stressed on the importance of marching forward as a fully-fledged professional Army in the future too. “Our Army that inherits a proud history has faced a multitude of different challenges during its journey for defence of the country’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and unitary status. Defeating maniac passion for terrorism and restoring law and order, we, as one and only Army in the world to do so, stunned everyone through the biggest ever humanitarian operation hitherto carried out in the world in order to salvage hostages,” he said. “In the same vein, I must underline that Sri Lanka Army is all the time alert to any kind of challenges that would prop up against the country and is ready to work for the best interest of the country,” the Army Commander said. (Colombo Gazette) The army will remain on alert despite being involved in development work following the end of the war, Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya said today.He said this while speaking to the troops at the 63rd Anniversary of the army today. He said that army efforts and contribution in promoting reconciliation and goodwill while simultaneously energetically committed to the revival of country’s development in spheres like engineering, infrastructure building, mega technical and agricultural projects, particularly in the North and East, have received accolades from the international community, too and such commendations should be noted.The Army Chief said that he intends to promote the image of the Army to suit international standards as a professional organization, and steps have already been taken to found more and more new Army training schools while elevating standards of the existing ones with modern techniques and facilities. read more

Manmohan assures GL on cooperation

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had assured the Minister of External Affairs Prof. GL Peiris that India’s cooperation with Sri Lanka in all sectors is accorded highest priority, the External Affairs Ministry said.A statement by the Ministry today said that Prof. GL Peiris who is currently in New Delhi in connection with the 8th Session of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission called on Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday. Recalling President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent visit to India in September 2012, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requested Minister Peiris to convey his warm personal regards to the President, the statement said. Prime Minister Singh had also expressed satisfaction at the very productive Joint Commission session between the two countries and stressed the importance of meetings of the nature of the Joint Commission in strengthening the bilateral partnership between India and Sri Lanka in all sectors including economic, trade and security. The External Affairs Ministry said that the Prime Minister had also appreciated several initiatives and projects by all stakeholders to increase bilateral trade and investment as well as people-to-people contact.Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs K. Amunugama and High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam were associated with Minister Peiris at the meeting while National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and High Commissioner Ashok Kantha were associated with Prime Minister Singh at the meeting. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Ronald Acuna Is Quietly Getting Better And Thats Scary

PlayerYearAgeOPS+PlayerYearAgeWAR/G Ronald Acuña Jr.’s rookie year was historicFor MLB hitters age 20 or younger in a season since 1901, greatest adjusted on-base plus slugging and wins above replacement per game 20Vada Pinson195920129Mel Ott192819.032 Min. 450 plate appearances for OPS+ leaders and 100 games for WAR/G leadersSources:, FanGraphs 17Bryce Harper201320133Ken Griffey Jr.199020.033 2Ty Cobb190720167Alex Rodriguez199620.064 3Mel Ott192920165Mel Ott192920.051 10Ronald Acuña Jr.201820145Jason Heyward201020.039 18Tony Conigliaro196520133Bryce Harper201320.033 11Juan Soto201819143Vada Pinson195920.038 4Al Kaline195520162Al Kaline195520.051 8Rogers Hornsby191620151Frank Robinson195620.041 15Ken Griffey Jr.199020136Bryce Harper201219.034 13Dick Hoblitzell190920143Rogers Hornsby191620.037 16Sherry Magee190520134Sherry Magee190520.034 At a glance, Acuña’s early 2019 numbers actually represent a slight downgrade from that stellar rookie campaign. His OPS+ has dipped from 145 to 134, thanks to a big decline in slugging percentage (.552 to .487). Relatedly, Acuña is hitting home runs less frequently, and his isolated power is down nearly 70 points. It looks sure like a mild sophomore slump — albeit one we should all be so lucky to have.Under the surface, however, Acuña has made some impressive strides this year in two important areas: plate discipline and defense.Acuña’s 2018 walk rate of 9.2 percent was already better than league average — particularly impressive considering the whole “20-year-old rookie” factor — but his 2019 rate is up to 12.7 percent, which ranks 35th in baseball. He’s seeing more pitches (4.61 per plate appearance, second-most in baseball) and consistently getting into good hitter’s counts more often than he did a year ago. At the same time, Acuña has been whiffing a lot less so far in 2019. He struck out in 25.3 percent of his plate appearances last season, which ranked him around the bottom quarter of MLB hitters, but this year that rate is down to 21.8 percent, comfortably in the top half of the league.Those changes give Acuña an overall strikeout-to-walk ratio of 1.72, which is the second-lowest in baseball for a hitter his age. Since a player’s batting eye is a core leading indicator for his underlying hitting skills, Acuña’s improved strike-zone judgment is a great sign of his ongoing development at the plate.The other area in which Acuña has improved is defense. We combined the Ultimate Zone Rating figures found at FanGraphs and the Defensive Runs Saved numbers at and found that Acuña was no better than an average outfielder last season. (And he might have been worse than that — another prominent metric, Michael Humphreys’ Defensive Regression Analysis, considered him to be 3 runs below average.) This season, Acuña’s numbers are up no matter which source you consult; he’s on pace to have improved by about 10 runs — or 1 entire win — if he ends up playing the same number of innings as in 2018.4Which probably undersells his potential improvement, because Acuña was limited to 111 games last year between injuries and Atlanta’s service-time chicanery.The advanced fielding stats may just be catching up with what the eye test already knew about Acuña’s defensive potential. FanGraphs’ annual poll of fan fielding assessments had already judged Acuña to be one of the most talented left fielders in the game last season, thanks to his tremendous first step and speed to the ball off the bat. But now that he’s putting those skills to use in the metrics, Acuña’s potential value looks even greater: Per 162 team games, he’s tracking for 7.0 WAR this season, which basically matches what Ken Griffey Jr. and Albert Pujols had at the same age.Acuña’s dip in power this year is a bit puzzling, particularly since his Statcast hitting metrics — including exit velocity, hard-hit ball rate and “barrels” (balls hit with the ideal velocity and launch angle) — are also down across the board. Some of that might come down to the injury that kept him out of Sunday’s game: “It’s been on and off,” Acuña told reporters through an interpreter after picking up four hits but exiting Saturday’s game early. “I’ve felt it for a while, so it wasn’t today. Today, it just kind of grabbed at me after I had a quick swing like that and got out of the box pretty quickly. That’s when I felt it. But I felt good coming into today, as always.”But assuming his back isn’t an ongoing issue, Acuña should get plenty more pitches to crush as the season goes on, given his improved willingness to wait out favorable counts. Acuña may not be launching balls out of the park left and right like Bellinger at the moment — he hasn’t homered since April 16, in fact — but the foundation of his game still has superstardom stamped into it as much as ever. 5Mickey Mantle195220162Ted Williams193920.046 14Mel Ott192819139Ronald Acuña Jr.201820.035 When the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Atlanta Braves for a three-game series starting tonight, all eyes will be on a precocious young star who’s taken his game to the next level early this season. We are, of course, talking about L.A.’s Cody Bellinger … right? Certainly Bellinger has been great so far, and he was just named the National League’s player of the month for April. But “precocious young star” could also fit Bellinger’s counterpart on the Braves: Ronald Acuña Jr. Acuña’s ongoing development as a superstar hasn’t gotten as much attention as Bellinger’s, particularly during his recent slump and injury absence over the weekend, but Atlanta’s 21-year-old left fielder is showing important signs of improvement, too, despite surface-level numbers that can’t match those of his Dodger rival.Acuña’s 2018 rookie season already put him in the history books. After being held down in Triple-A until April 25, he posted the 10th-best adjusted on-base plus slugging (OPS+) of any player age 20 or younger in a season since 1901,1Minimum 450 plate appearances. edging out fellow NL East outfielder Juan Soto in the process, and he had the 14th-most wins above replacement2Averaging together the WAR versions found at and FanGraphs. per game3Minimum 100 games. of any 20-or-under hitter over the same span, besting Bryce Harper, Ken Griffey Jr. and Willie Mays. Adj. on-base plus sluggingWins above replacement per game 6Alex Rodriguez199620161Mickey Mantle195220.046 1Mike Trout201220168Mike Trout201220.074 19Jason Heyward201020131Willie Mays195120.032 7Ted Williams193920160Ty Cobb190720.046 9Jimmie Foxx192820148Jimmie Foxx192820.040 12Frank Robinson195620143Manny Machado201320.037 read more

Wrestling No 4 Ohio State pounded by No 2 Penn State 3212

Junior Kyle Snyder lifts Penn State’s Nick Nevills for a takedown on Feb. 3, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 32-12. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorThe No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes stepped out to the mats draped in robes on Friday at the Schottenstein Center, but they weren’t able to get comfortable against the No. 2 Nittany Lions, eventually losing 32-12. OSU only managed three wins in 10 bouts.One of those victories was junior Kyle Snyder in the heavyweight division. The Olympic gold medal winner dominated No. 3 Nick Nevills 19-9. That was the highlight for the Buckeyes.Penn State began its dominance early starting with second-ranked Nick Suriano. OSU redshirt freshman Jose Rodriguez had little answer for Suriano, losing via technical fall at 125 pounds.No. 1 133-pounder redshirt junior Nathan Tomasello captured a technical fall of his own to even the team score 5-5, but it was the closest the Buckeyes would come to the upset.Penn State proceeded to go on a six-match win streak, driving the score up to 32-5 before  OSU redshirt freshman Kollin Moore captured a victory at 197 pounds. The Buckeyes were mathematically eliminated from a shot at a victory before the 184-pound matchup began.At 149 pounds, No. 5 Micah Jordan (OSU) was pitted against No. 1 Zain Retherford, and dropped the matchup with a 20-5 technical fall. Jordan has faced top-three opponents each of the last two weeks.“Micah Jordan wrestled a heck of a match against a heck of a wrestler,” OSU coach Tom Ryan said. “We had a mental break, and that mental break resulted in a six-point move. Two six-point moves occurred, and then you have a problem.”The Buckeyes trotted out backups at 157 and 174 pounds. Penn State had a top-10 wrestler in each of those classes and showed it by pinning their OSU counterparts at each of those weights.At 184 pounds, there was a rematch from the 2016 National Championships between sophomores Myles Martin and Bo Nickal. While Martin won the National Championship for OSU, Nickal got the better of him in this matchup, winning by decision 8-2.Fourth-ranked 197-pounder Kollin Moore continued to cement himself as one of the elite wrestlers in his weight class with a 9-6 decision victory over No. 9 Matt McCutcheon (PSU).On the night, the Buckeyes finished with three victories in 10 matchups, and they’re second consecutive team loss. There were no upset victories on the night, as every match was won by the wrestler who was ranked higher.At 174 pounds, Bo Jordan was out after aggravating a foot injury last week against Iowa, Ryan said in the post-match press conference.“The only reason why I would’ve wrestled him (Bo Jordan) tonight, was for my ego, the ego of this staff, and that’s a wrong reason to put someone in a wrestling match,” Ryan said. “The best thing for Bo is to heal and get ready to train. We do not want Bo feeling the way he feels now at the Big Tens.”On another note, American wrestlers were banned from participating in the Iranian World Cup, which included Snyder and former Buckeye great, and four-time NCAA champion, Logan Stieber.“I know they want us there to compete,” Snyder said about the current status of the U.S. Wrestling team’s visas to travel to Iran. “We’ll just have to see what happens.”Snyder and Stieber were set to wrestle in the tournament Feb. 16-17 before receiving news that they were not allowed to travel to Iran.OSU’s next match comes against another top opponent in No. 13 Rutgers on Monday in Columbus. read more

Businessman charged for shooting bandit

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBandit shot in robbery attempt on Soesdyke businessmanAugust 18, 2017In “Crime”$100,000 bail for Soesdyke man accused of fraudFebruary 5, 2014In “Crime”Businessman granted $100,000 bail for robbery underarmsNovember 29, 2013In “Crime” Linden businessman Lloyd Thomas, accused of discharging a loaded firearm at Anthony Rogers with intent to maim, disfigure, disable, or cause him actual bodily harm, was on Wednesday arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Annette Singh, charged with the offence.Lloyd ThomasUnrepresented by legal counsel, the 43-year-old defendant denied the charge, allegedly committed on August 17, 2017 at Sand Hills on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway, and explained to the court that he was on the road when he was attacked by a bandit who attempted to snatch a gold chain that he was wearing at the time.Thomas said he put up a fight, during which he was able to disarm the bandit of his gun, and he used it to shoot the bandit.Because the Police Prosecutor did not object to the defendant being placed on bail, Thomas was placed on $50,000 bail, and was ordered to report to the police station nearest to his home until the conclusion of this matter. The case will continue on September 11. read more

SUMMER 2017 Ljubomir Vranjes to overtake Veszprem and Hungary

One of the best handball coaches, Ljubomir Vranjes, would take a double role in Hungarian handball, according sources. The SG Flensburg Handewitt coach will replace Spaniard Xavi Sabate, who is currently in charge in Telekom Veszprem, but also Hungarian national team for the upcoming World Championship 2017 in France.Speculation about Sabate’s departure aren’t something new as Veselin Vujovic has been seen to overtake his role in the middle of the season, but Federation’s interest was that Sabate stay on the club’s bench, at least, until the end of NT’s action in January.However, it looks that Vranjes would be a more stabil solution, on which Hungarian handball could built a bright future. Investments in Hungarian handball are huge, clubs and Federation have no problem with money and that is fundamentally solid base that coach on the level of Vranjes could make more in years to come. Ljubomir VranjesTelekom Veszprem handball ← Previous Story Partybreakers from Magdeburg beat champions! Next Story → TOP 10 HANDBALL MOMENTS 2016: New rules, miracle in Cologne, Bad Boys, free-resin… read more

Meshkov Brest beat PSG Handball to secure TOP 16 spot

5. Vive Kielce  13 5 3 5 385:380 13 4. Kiel  13 7 1 5 337:332 15 ← Previous Story No.4 still undecided: Kielce win in Kiel! Next Story → Brave PPD Zagreb stopped by PICK in Szeged 8. Aalborg 13 2 1 10 340:374 5 Meshkov Brest are at EHF Champions League TOP 16! The champions of Belarus beat PSG Handball 29:28 and secured place No.6 at Preliminary Round ahead of RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko and Aalborg. The Serbian left back Petar Djordjic netted 10 goals for the winning squad who also took a chance due missing Gensheimer and Hansen in PSG team.Meshkov Brest – PSG Handball 29:28 (19:13)Meshkov Brest: Pesic, Mackevic; Rutenka (1), Yashchenko (1), Yurinok (1), Poteko, Nikulenkov (1), Stojkovic (3), Sumak (3), Vukic (2), Gorak (2), Razgor, Baranov, Shylovic (5), Astrasapkin.PSG: Coralles, Omeyer; Stepancic (1), Keita (3), Sagosen (3), Kounkoud (1), Damjanović, Remili (4), Abalo (4), L. Karabatic (3), Narcisse (4), Nilsen (2), N. Karabatic (3).RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko beat Aalborg 32:28, but match was just a question of prestige for both teams.STANDINGS:1. Paris SG  13 11 0 2 395:349 22 6. Meshkov Brest 13 4 2 7 346:373 10 7. Celje 13 3 1 9 376:405 7 2. Telekom Veszprem  12 7 1 4 347:325 15 3. Flensburg-H.  12 6 3 3 348:336 15 read more