Eng vs SL: Sangakkara ton secures draw but England win series

first_imgSri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara’s maiden Test hundred in England helped the tourists save the series finale at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Monday. ScoreSri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara raises his bat post his ton. APBut a draw in the third and final Test gave England a 1-0 win in this three-match series after an innings and 14-run win in the first Test in Cardiff was followed by stalemate at Lord’s, London. Rain, which robbed the first Test ever staged at the Rose Bowl of 155 overs on the first three days, had the final say when a downpour during the tea interval on the fifth day brought this match to a premature close.Bad weather meant 369 overs were lost in the series as a whole, equivalent to 26-and-a-half hours’ playing time. Sri Lanka were 334 for five in their second innings in reply to England’s first innings 377 for eight declared, a lead of 141, having lost just two wickets on the last day.One of those was Sangakkara, out shortly before tea for 119 when the lefthander’s square cut off James Anderson was caught by substitute Adam Rouse at backward point. His exit ended a fifth wicket stand of 141 with Thilan Samaraweera, who was left stranded on 87 not out. Sangakkara was frustrated by Sri Lanka’s collapse to 82 all out inside 25 overs in Cardiff which effectively cost them the Test series.”None of us were really switched on there, we could have had a 0- 0 Test series,” he said.”There is a lot of regret but lessons were learned. There were various situations that could have played out today but we batted with our heads held high and walked away with a good result.” England captain Andrew Strauss said: “We got ourselves in a position to go on and win the game but fair play to Sangakkara especially, the Sri Lankans blunted our attack – we didn’t make the inroads we needed to make.”advertisement- With inputs from agencieslast_img read more

Princeton orders staff to stop using term man

first_imgNew York, Aug 19 (PTI) US prestigious Princeton University has ordered its staff to stop using the term man as part of an effort to remove gendered words for fostering an inclusive environment.The Princeton Universitys Human Resource department has largely wiped the word man from its vocabulary with the relatively new policy in effect at the Ivy League institution spelling out the directive in a four-page memo that aims to make the department more gender inclusive.Instead of using man, employees are told to use words such as human beings, individuals or people, the campus news outfit The College Fix reported.Instead of “man and wife” use spouses or partners. Switch out man made with artificial, handmade or manufactured, the guidelines state.Do not use the verb to man as in to work something, instead use to operate or to staff. Throw out workman-like and replace it with skillful, the memo states.The memo goes on to list a variety of occupations that typically include the word man in them and offers replacements — business person instead of businessman, firefighter instead of fireman, ancestors instead of forefathers, and so on.”Consistent with style guidelines issued by Princetons Office of Human Resources and Office of Communications, and as endorsed by the Institutional Equity Planning Group as a preferred University practice, HR has developed these gender inclusive style guidelines, to be utilised by all HR staff members in HR communications, policies, job descriptions, and job postings,” the memo is quoted as saying.advertisementJohn Cramer, Princetons director of media relations, said the guidelines “reflect the universitys initiative of fostering an inclusive environment”.Many universities have also encouraged the campus community as a whole to use gender neutral or gender inclusive language.Last year, the University of Tennessees Office for Diversity and Inclusion suggested students use the pronouns ze, xe, hir, hirs and zirs, along with others, for those who do not identify with a particular biological sex.About concerns over whether or not students would see their grades suffer for not following its guide in classwork and common speech, Cramer clarified that “these are guidelines issued by HR, developed in cooperation with Institutional Equity Planning Group for communication and job postings. Students are not mandated to follow this policy.” PTI ASK AKJ ASKlast_img read more

ISL: Another big name as Pune City sign Spanish forward

first_imgPune City FC signed Spanish forward Jesus Tato on Tuesday for the third edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament.Tato’s football career has mostly been restricted to playing in Spain. He said he was excited at the prospect of playing football out of his comfort zone. “I am turning a new page in my career. Having played in Spain for most of my career, adapting to new culture, new style and different players will be a challenge I will relish and hope it will make me a better player,” he said.Tato started his career with Barcelona playing for their youth team. He scored 11 goals playing for the Catalan giants ‘C’ team in his three years with them.He then moved on and played for Murcia, Albacete, Xerez, Las Palmas, Girona, Zaragoza in his senior career. Besides he also represented the Spanish U-16 and U-20 national teams.COACH PLEASED TO HAVE TATOHead coach Antonio Habas was pleased to have another ward from his homeland joining forces with him at FC Pune City.”Tato is a player with a solid work ethic and is also a thorough team player to say the least,” Habas said.”His attacking mindset makes him a dangerous player in any position that he plays. I welcome him to his new home and hope he makes the difference he is expected to make to the side.”last_img read more

Ringing the Eden bell special moment for me: Kapil Dev

first_imgHe won India their first-ever World Cup, he once famously held world record for highest Test wickets and when he walks out at the Eden Gardens Friday morning, Kapil Dev will write another piece of history. (Kapil Dev will ring the bell at Eden to mark India’s 250th Test at home)When Sourav Ganguly got a Lord’s-type bell installed at the Eden Gardens the first call he made was to Kapil, with a simple request. “Paaji, I want you to ring the bell the first time ever,” and Kapil responded with, “Anything for you, Dada”. (Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar feel some Lodha panel recommendations are harsh) So, five minutes before the two umpires and the players walk out for the start of the second India-New Zealand Test on Friday, Kapil will do the honours by ringing the bell in a ceremony designed especially by Cricket Association of Bengal. (Also read: Kapil Dev backs action-packed result-oriented Test matches)Speaking to Aaj Tak, Kapil said: “I have done it at the Lord’s but doing it at our own ground, and that too the Eden Gardens will be an honour for me. It was sweet of Sourav to think of me as the first one to ring it and I am looking forward to it.” Kapil will be in Kolkata as commentator and thinks of it as a good tradition. “Today it is me, tomorrow it will be somebody else. That’s how I see it and former players will feel part of the action. Eden Gardens is one of the most special grounds for Indians and you feel the aura around that place when you go out there. It will be a special moment for me too. I wish Sourav, CAB and the cricket-loving people in Kolkata the best of this Test match,” Kapil added.advertisementlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S10+ to come with dual selfie and triple rear cameras

first_imgSamsung launched the Galaxy S9 and S9+ phones at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this year. The successor to these Samsung phones will be the Galaxy S10 and S10+. We can expect Samsung to launch the S10 series of phones in MWC 2019, which is in Feb next year. The launch information, however, is yet to be confirmed by the South Korean tech giant. Rumours of the Galaxy S10 and S10+ have already started making rounds on the internet. The new rumour says that the Galaxy S10+ — the expensive model — will sport a dual-selfie camera.Until now reports were that Samsung will launch two phones under its S10 series. But now, a new report coming from a Korean publication, The Bell suggests that the there will be three and not two phones. According to some industry sources, Samsung will be launching three S10 series phones, which are expected to be — Galaxy S10, and two Galaxy S10+ devices, one of which will sport a bigger display.Out of the three phones, Galaxy S10 will be the base model and also cheaper. According to reports, Samsung Galaxy S10 will be codenamed ‘Beyond 0’. The smartphone will come with a screen size of 5.8-inch. The phone will boast of a Super AMOLED display. The rear panel of the phone will include two cameras each of 12-MP each. Out of the two, the primary camera will be dedicated for wide angle shots, while the secondary camera will have a telephoto lens. The Galaxy S10 will come with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.advertisementAlongside the S10, there will be two S10+ phones. Out of the two models, one will be codenamed Beyond 1 and come with a 6.2-inch curved Super AMOLED display. Beyond 1 will come with under the display fingerprint scanner just as the Oppo Find X and Vivo Nex. On the camera front, the Galaxy S10+ (Beyond 1) will sport triple cameras on the rear and single camera on the front. On the back panel, the Beyond 1 Galaxy S10+ will boast of a 12MP wide + 12MP telephoto + 16MP fixed-focus 120-degree super wide angle lenses. On the front, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ will come with a single front-facing camera.The second model of the S10+ will reportedly come with codename Beyond 2 and be the most expensive model of the three. The Beyond 2 will come with a 6.44-inch curved Super AMOLED display and under the display fingerprint scanner. On the rear, the phone will include triple cameras with 12MP wide + 12MP tele + 16MP fixed-focus 120-degree super wide angle lens. On the front, the Beyond 2 will sport two selfie cameras.As of now, there’s no information on the configuration of the two selfie cameras but reports suggest that it could be similar to that of the Galaxy A8 (2018), which is 16MP + 8MP camera setup.Before the Galaxy S10 series, Samsung, right now, is prepping up to announce the most awaited flagship device of the year, the Galaxy Note 9 on August 9 at the company’s Unpacked event.last_img read more

With increased prize money, women’s Indian Open to begin from October 18

first_img(Eds: rephrasing intro) New Delhi, Sep 25 (PTI) India’s premier women’s golf event — the Hero Indian Open — will be contested over 72 holes for the first time when it tees off at the DLF Golf and Country Club here from October 18-21, the organisers announced Tuesday.The event will see as many as 120 players from over 30 countries vying for the coveted trophy.The tournament will witness the defending champion Camille Chevalier of France trying to extend her hold over the trophy from a strong field of international and Indian players.The tournament, co-sponsored by Castrol, will set a host of new landmarks — starting with the prize money that touches a record USD half a million for the first time, making it the second richest golf tournament in the country after the men’s Indian Open.The prize money gets a 25 per cent increase over 2017 and a five-fold increase from its inaugural edition in 2007.For the first time, the tournament will be contested over 72 holes and will be telecast live over all four days, a significant landmark for Indian women’s golf.Vani Kapoor, who finished a career-best tied-sixth in the previous edition, will be leading the Indian challenge. Among other top Indians is the current Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit leader – Tvesa Malik, along with Amandeep Drall, and Gursimar Badwal among others.The international players include Camille, former champion Swedish Caroline Hedwall, Beth Allen – the 2016 LET Order of Merit (OOM) winner, Thailand’s Kanyalak Preedasuttjit – winner of the Thailand Ladies Open, and Celine Boutier – winner of the Australian Ladies Classic.advertisementCurrently, 11 of the top-20 players on the LET OOM have entered the tournament, which is already higher than previous years. There are nine tournament winners in the field, which includes the 2016 winner of the LET OOM.”As a long-term sponsor of Golf across the world, it gives me great joy and satisfaction to see this sport take giant strides in India. Tournaments such as these inspire young girls to take up the sport as a career,” Chairman, Managing Director and CEO, Hero MotoCorp, Pawan Munjal, said. PTI APA BS PM PMlast_img read more

ICC ODI rankings: Rohit Sharma regains 2nd spot, Virat Kohli stays No.1

first_imgRohit Sharma, after leading India to a record seventh Asia Cup title in the absence of Virat Kohli, moved up two places to equal his career-best second spot to make it a 1-2 for India in ICC ODI rankings for batsmen.Rohit Sharma, who scored 317 runs, second to only his teammate Shikhar Dhawan, in the Asia Cup had climbed up to the second spot for the first time earlier this year in July.Rohit Sharma scored 48 off 55 deliveries in the Asia Cup final as India beat Bangladesh by three wickets in a last ball-thriller.India’s regular captain Virat Kohli continues to be the top-ranked ODI batsman with 884 points while Rohit was second with 842 rating points.Also read – Sourav Ganguly surprised by Rohit Sharma’s omission from Test series vs West IndiesRohit’s opening partner Dhawan also moved up four slots to attain the fifth rank after ending up as the highest run-getter in the Asia Cup in UAE with 342 runs.Dhawan and Rohit were even given a rest in India’s final Super Four match against Afghanistan but still ended up as the top two run scorers in the tournament, primarily at the bakc of a record 210-run partnership in the Super Four match against Pakistan, where Rohit slammed an unbeaten 111 while Dhawan blasted 114 runs.Also read – India vs West Indies: Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Siraj earn maiden Test call-upsApart from Rohit and Dhawan, spinner Kuldeep Yadav gained three places to reach his career-best third place after he finished as the joint-highest wicket taker in the Asia Cup.advertisementKuldeep, with 10 wickets, shared the honours with Bangladesh quick Mustafizur Rahman and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan.Rashid displaced former Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan to become the top-ranked all-rounders in ODIs while he continued to be second to Jasprit Bumrah in the ODI rankings for bowlers. He has become the first from Afghanistan and 32nd overall to reach top position in the all rounders’ with a jump of six places.Also read – Asia Cup 2018: Rashid Khan’s all-round show helps Afghanistan crush BangladeshRashid’s success with the ball saw him cross the 800-point mark during the tournament, that had five of the 10 teams who will take part in next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup, and he also chipped in with 87 runs to reach a career-best 97th position among batsmen.Afghanistan opener Mohammad Shahzad has gained 19 slots to reach 36th position, his highest in two years, while spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman has gained 15 slots to reach eighth position.Also read – Asia Cup 2018: Birthday boy Rashid Khan becomes Afghanistan’s joint-highest wicket-takerFor Bangladesh, wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has attained a career-best 16th position, while Liton Das has advanced 107 positions to reach 116th rank after his fine century in the final. Mustafizur has moved up four places to take 12th position among bowlers.Pakistan left-hander Imam-ul-Haq has gained 15 places to reach a career-best 27th position while Shoaib Malik has gained 12 slots to reach 42nd position. Junaid Khan has gained seven slots to reach 30th position among bowlers.For Sri Lanka, Upul Tharanga has gained two positions to reach 41st rank while Hong Kong captain Anshuman Rath’s knock of 73 against India has led him to 55th position with 532 points, the highest ever points tally for a Hong Kong batsman.Rath’s opening partner Nizakat Khan has gained 28 slots to reach a career-best 78th rank.In the ICC ODI Team rankings, there is no change in positions. England lead the rankings, followed by India, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the West Indies.However, India have gained one point and Afghanistan five. Pakistan and Sri Lanka have lost three points each.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

England choose older Dukes ball with more prominent seam for Ashes

first_imgAn older Dukes ball with a more prominent seam will be used in England’s Tests against Ireland and Australia this year instead of the new version being used in the County Championship, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Wednesday.The ball for this year’s County Championship was designed with the smaller seam at the behest of the ECB’s Cricket Committee to bring better balance between bat and ball during the early and latter parts of the domestic season.However, the ECB decided that the ball for international matches in the summer would be made to the same specification as those that were used in the 2017 and 2018 home Test programmes.”It is felt that the 2017-18 specification Dukes ball on test match pitches has produced highly entertaining cricket that has helped promote the test format,” the ECB said in a statement.England will warm up for the five-match home Ashes series against Australia starting on Aug. 1 with their first ever test against Ireland, which will be a four-day contest in July.Also Read | Ishant Sharma recalls banter with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in IPL 2019Also Read | BCCI sends Indian Cricketers Association for registrationAlso See:last_img read more

10 months agoSkriniar? Godin? Why Man Utd owe Solskjaer a defensive deal

first_imgSkriniar? Godin? Why Man Utd owe Solskjaer a defensive dealby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: So blank it? Let this transfer window pass? No chance. Manchester United will be active this month. Indeed, they already are. Though whether it’s a ruse for a longer term target. Or one to get in immediately. Only Ed Woodward can tell us that…The idea that United’s vice-chairman exec is going to sit this one out. That he’ll wait until the summer. Wait until Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been discarded for the more acceptable, marketable name. Well, given his history, that just doesn’t stack up.Louis van Gaal never asked for Angel di Maria nor Radamel Falcao. Jose Mourinho had no idea about Eric Bailly until they were being introduced at Carrington. If there is a deal to be done, then Woodward – and to be fair, in consultation with Jim Lawlor – will pull the trigger. From Italy, it’s broke in the last 48 hours. They’re in for him. Diego Godin. Turned down once in August after a beat the deadline offer. Woodward has moved late – again – with an attempt to rumble Inter Milan’s month-long negotiations with the Uruguayan’s minders.The latest is Woodward has matched Inter’s contract offer of around £2m-a-year. And with his current deal to expire in June, both clubs believe Atletico Madrid will sell for a bargain basement £3m.For the moment, those in the know – specifically in Milan – believe Godin is ready to commit to the Nerazzurri. The great irony being, it was Woodward who set this whole thing in motion six months ago. Need an explanation? Well, let’s turn to the defender’s biographer Jose Navarro, who declared on Saturday night: “Godin has not closed any deal with Inter. But the reality is that Atletico made some promises to the player, after the Manchester United bid, and they never respected it. And then they made no effort to renew Godin’s contract.”So promises broken and a deal still alive. Woodward could be in here. We know – sans Jose – United still want that cheap, experienced centre-half signing. The enquiries after Andreas Granqvist, the Helsingborgs captain, had Lawlor’s finger prints all over it. With the opportunity again raised, Inter’s intermediaries can’t be surprised by United’s eleventh hour attempt.But there’s another factor to be considered. Another player in this mix. Milan Skriniar. Inter Milan’s Slovakian centre-half. Admired by Jose Mourinho. Approved by Woodward. Before Godin, a bid of €70m was lodged for Skriniar and flatly rejected by the Italians. The player stating at the time: “I’m happy about the interest in me, but Inter decided how they decided, so I cannot say anything more about it.”And the same source making that €70m revelation is now insisting Inter’s move for Godin would be to replace Skriniar, not complement him. Further strengthening United’s hand is Barcelona – their nearest rivals for the defender – taking Jeison Murillo on-loan from Valencia just last week. Find that €70m and Woodward could have his man – so long as he steps aside for Inter to take Godin.So where does this leave Solskjaer? Well, simply in the same place as all those before him. Van Gaal, Mourinho, David Moyes… even Ryan Giggs. They had their say. Sure. But they didn’t really have power of veto. For his part, Solskjaer will surely welcome a defensive signing. He didn’t make light of having to move Matteo Darmian inside for Saturday’s FA Cup win over Reading. Just as Mourinho suffered before him, the Norwegian has found the squad short at the back. Whether it’s Godin, Skriniar or some equivalent, Solskjaer will appreciate the show of support.And he deserves it. Even battling through a labourious 2-0 win over the Royals, the manager still found a way to lift the crowd. Two five goal results. The revival of Paul Pogba. The confirmation of Marcus Rashford. Solskjaer has been delivering way beyond his brief. And he read the mood superbly on Saturday, spying the chance to give everyone inside Old Trafford a lift with the debut of Tahith Chong.It could’ve been just a ho-hum win. Expected. Forgettable. Instead, Solskjaer gave those attending something special. An ‘I was there’ moment as he gave Chong a first home appearance.Any of those ex-teammates warning against business this month. That making a major signing for Solskjaer would be wrong given he’ll be gone by June. They need to consider recent history.No matter whom is in the home dugout, Woodward will buy regardless. And if it’s to be a defender who can make an instant impact all the better. It’s the least the current manager deserves for what he’s done for Manchester United in these three short weeks. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Flu risks far greater than vaccine risks

first_imgWebsites such as YouTube allow anyone to pose as an expert or newsmaker nowadays. It can be frustrating and confusing, particularly when you’re simply looking for the facts to answer your questions. Lately, I’ve been hearing concerns from people about Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) and anaphylaxis, after information they have seen on the Internet, read in the paper and heard on the news. While it’s good for people to have questions about H1N1 so they can make informed decisions, it’s also important to be careful about what you deem as credible sources of information. Are you going to trust information from an anonymous source on the Internet, or well-documented scientific information backed by research? This column is technical, but I wanted to take this approach so I can thoroughly address the concerns I’m hearing. People need solid, credible information on potential adverse effects related to the HIN1 vaccine. It’s important everyone clearly understands that the risks of remaining unimmunized far exceed any potential risks of receiving the H1N1 vaccine. First, I want to talk about Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). A link between GBS and influenza immunization has not been fully proven. Even if there is a link, the risk of contracting GBS after getting the influenza vaccine is, at most, one additional GBS case for every one million doses administered. The fact is, people are at far greater risk of developing GBS after getting the flu than after getting the vaccine. Guillain-Barré Syndrome is a neurological condition that causes numbness or tingling in toes and fingers. These symptoms can progress over several days with weakness in the arms and legs and, in some people, the disease can further develop into paralysis of the arms and legs. Most patients fully recover from GBS with treatment. GBS is actually quite common. It can be caused by things such as Campylobacter, a common cause of food-borne illness, and certain surgeries. In addition, respiratory viruses, including influenza, can also trigger GBS. About 600 to 700 new cases of GBS are diagnosed each year in Canada — that’s 12 to 14 per week — and about 30 cases per year in Nova Scotia. I also know people have questions about anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is an acute allergic reaction related to various medications and/or food products. It’s not unique to vaccines. Anaphylaxis occurs rapidly, and can be treated successfully, if detected early. This is why we ask people to stay in the clinic for 15 minutes after immunization to be monitored for allergic reactions. Public Health nurses and other vaccine providers are trained to assess and treat cases of possible anaphylaxis. Vaccine safety is a key priority of all immunization programs. As part of the planning for H1N1, the existing monitoring system for adverse events after immunization was enhanced across the country. If an unusual or severe event, possibly related to the H1N1 vaccine, is reported to Public Health, it is thoroughly investigated at a provincial and national level. Measures are in place for appropriate and timely action if there are indications of safety concerns with the vaccine. The HINI vaccine is safe. It works. The risks of getting severely ill or dying from HINI are greater than any potential risks from the HINI vaccine. I encourage all Nova Scotians to get vaccinated, to protect themselves and their families. Staying informed about H1N1 will help keep you healthy this flu season. Visit our website at www.gov.ns.ca/h1n1 for current information on H1N1. You can also join us on our Facebook and Twitter pages at gov.ns.ca/facebook or twitter.com/nsgov . For questions related to illness care, please call HealthLink 811. -30-last_img read more

Mikmaq nations want Aboriginal and Treaty rights addressed as pipeline hearings continue

first_imgThe Canadian PressSAINT JOHN, N.B. – Mi’kmaq communities in New Brunswick say they remain “deeply concerned” about the effect the proposed Energy East pipeline will have on their Aboriginal and Treaty rights.Chief George Ginnish, of the Eel Ground First Nation, made the comment on behalf of nine Mi’kmaq communities at the National Energy Board hearings in Saint John, N.B., Wednesday.Ginnish says the communities are concerned about the impacts on watersheds and water crossings as well as on traditional fisheries and on species such as Atlantic salmon.He says there are also concerns about increased tanker traffic in the Bay of Fundy.Ginnish says unless those concerns are “meaningfully addressed,” the Mi’kmaq will not consent to the pipeline crossing its territory.Officials with Energy East say they are committed to ongoing consultations with First Nations groups in order to address their concerns.The hearings are taking place as Environment Minister Catherine McKenna urged Canadians to have confidence in the evaluation process of large-scale energy projects like Energy East.McKenna declined to comment directly on new revelations surrounding the National Energy Board, the body responsible for conducting consultations on TransCanada’s proposed pipeline project.The National Observer revealed last week that the NEB’s chairman and two of its commissioners met with ex-Quebec premier Jean Charest in January 2015 while he was acting as a consultant to TransCanada.The NEB, which initially denied the meeting had taken place, apologized to the online news site and called it an honest mistake.NEB spokesman Craig Loewen said there was no ill intent behind its initial denial.The federal regulator had asked to meet with Quebec representatives from a wide range of groups: municipal associations, chambers of commerce, mayors and a former premier.The exercise was in an effort to learn how to engage with the province, said Marc-Andre Plouffe, an NEB director at its Montreal office.Plouffe said the board wasn’t aware of any ties Charest had with any particular company.With the board’s credibility under fire, McKenna told a news conference in Halifax that Canadians must have faith in the system.“We must have confidence in our system, we must have confidence in our institutions, and we must ensure we have decisions that are independent,” McKenna said, adding the Liberal government is committed to reviewing the environmental assessment process rigorously.A spokesman for Charest at McCarthy Tetrault law offices where he works was unavailable for comment Tuesday.NEB hearings began Monday in New Brunswick with promoters of the Energy East project reassuring the public about the safety of the 4,500-kilometre pipeline that would see crude oil transported from Alberta to Eastern Canada.Hearings move to Montreal from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2 and to Quebec City from Oct. 3 to 7.The board must submit its report by March 2018 after which the federal cabinet will have the final say on the project.last_img read more

Chinas January exports rebound imports decline

BEIJING — China’s exports rebounded in January from a contraction late last year amid trade tensions with Washington, but imports declined.Customs data on Thursday showed exports rose 9.1 per cent from a year earlier to $217.6 billion, an improvement from December’s 3.5 per cent contraction. Imports declined 1.5 per cent to $178.4 billion.Chinese exports to the United States have been squeezed by President Donald Trump’s tariff hike in a dispute over Beijing’s technology ambitions.U.S. and Chinese negotiators began talks Thursday that Trump says will help decide whether he allows another tariff hike on $200 billion of imports from China to go ahead March 2.The Associated Press

Côte dIvoire UN Human Rights Council strongly condemns postelectoral abuses

23 December 2010The United Nations Human Rights Council today strongly condemned the human rights violations in Côte d’Ivoire, and demanded the protection of civilians and the prosecution of those responsible for abuses in the wake of the recent presidential poll. The United Nations Human Rights Council today strongly condemned the human rights violations in Côte d’Ivoire, and demanded the protection of civilians and the prosecution of those responsible for abuses in the wake of the recent presidential poll. The West African country plunged into turmoil after incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo refused to stand down after he lost the presidential election to his rival, Alassane Ouattara, who has been recognized by the international community, including the UN, as the duly elected president of Côte d’Ivoire.In a resolution adopted during a special session in Geneva, the Council said the human rights violations include killings, destruction of property, abductions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions, sexual violence and denial of the right to peaceful assembly.The Council urged all parties, particularly defence and security forces, to refrain from violence and to respect all human rights and fundamental freedoms.It also appealed to the media to refrain from inciting violence and spreading hostile propaganda and hate speech. All restrictions on the media must also cease, the Council said, adding that the Ivorians must “spare no efforts” to preserve peace, security and human rights and to strengthen democratic institutions.Addressing today’s session, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang told the Council that human rights officials have verified allegations of numerous violations over the past one week.“Between 16 and 21 December, human rights officers have substantiated allegations of 173 killings, 90 instances of torture and ill treatment, 471 arrests and detentions and 24 cases of enforced or involuntary disappearances,” said Ms. Kang.It has not been possible to investigate all the allegations of serious human rights violations, including reports of mass graves, due to movement restrictions imposed on UN personnel, she added.Ms. Kang called for the immediate lifting of restrictions imposed by security forces and youth groups loyal to Mr. Gbagbo, saying such infringements on freedom of movement have also hindered the capacity of the UN to deliver much-needed services and humanitarian assistance.She also voiced concern over the “monopolization of many means of communication,” including state radio and television by Mr. Gbagbo’s loyalists, saying that foreign broadcasts considered favourable to Mr. Ouattara have been banned for several weeks and constantly scrambled.“Particularly alarming is the use of the national Radio and Télévision Ivoirienne and some private newspapers to incite hatred and violence among the population and to disseminate false and inflammatory information against the United Nations.”She reminded leaders in Côte d’Ivoire of human rights norms, particularly the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which establishes that the authority of a government stems from the will of the people, hence the need for Mr. Gbagbo and his supporters to respect the outcome of the elections.In an interview with UN Radio, Y. J. Choi, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Côte d’Ivoire, said he was personally prevented from visiting a site suspected to be a mass grave.“I went there and we were about to enter into negotiations then reinforcement came with young men mounted on pick-up trucks […] with rocket launchers directly aiming at us… Finally, because of our rules of engagement we returned but we will continue to try to reach this site to verify the facts.”He added that he had met Mr. Gbagbo several times since the declaration of the results of the 28 November elections.“I met him several times to deliver two messages: that he lost and must accept it; the second message was if his action to change the results of the election results in serious violations of human rights then there would be no turning back. He will be dragging […] people into tragedy.”Meanwhile, the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), which Mr. Choi heads, reported that severe violations of human rights and acts of intimidation continue in many neighbourhoods of Abidjan, the country’s commercial capital, and in the west.Abuses include identifying dwellings by marking them with signs to facilitate the entry by armed individuals at night into homes to abduct people and commit other crimes, UNOCI said in a statement at a press briefing in Abidjan. To protect themselves, men have been setting up makeshift barricades while women warn neighbourhoods of the presence of intruders by blowing whistles and banging pots and pans.The UN mission said both access routes to the Golf Hotel, where Mr. Ouattara’s office is situated, remain blockaded by troops and youths loyal to Mr. Gbagbo’s camp, who are sometimes assisted by masked individuals armed with rocket launchers.Restrictions on UNOCI persist and its supply trucks and patrols are being blocked or followed by armed men in vehicles.Hostile broadcasts against UNOCI have continued and additional pressure is being applied by making it difficult for the mission to access its hangar at the Abidjan airport and the cutting off of fuel supplies.Cote read more

Houston Texans Antonio Smith Loses Appeal

Antonio Smith’s appeal of the three-week suspension handed down by the NFL was denied Friday. According to a source, the Houston Texans defensive end will miss Week 1 of the regular season and lose roughly $400,000 of his salary.Smith was suspended last week after ripping Miami Dolphins player Richie Incognito’s helmet off and swinging it at his head during Houston’s second preseason game.“In general, I feel disappointed, disappointed in myself that I was able to let him get to me in the way that he did that frustrated me, when knowing that that’s his whole game, that’s what he bases his skill level off of, and I let him take me down a road that led me into that path,” Smith told KRIV-TV in Houston.“Initially, I was full of frustration,” Smith said. “I swung the helmet, but I didn’t swing the helmet to hit Richie Incognito. If I was going to swing the helmet to hit Richie Incognito, it wouldn’t have been hard. He’s right there close. You can see how low the helmet was and how tight I brought it to my body.”Smith will continue to practice with the team while on suspension—which officially ends Tuesday, Sept. 10. read more

Head trauma Bad to worse in one hit

This is the last part of the three-part series on concussions. Today’s story is about Second Impact Syndrome. Football is a sport of brain-rattling collisions, and concussions have become common at every level of competition. But an uncommon condition associated with the aftermath of such injuries is often fatal for the youngest players. Second Impact Syndrome occurs while the brain is recovering from an injury and suffers another blow. Because the brain is vulnerable after an initial injury, a relatively weak force can cause irreparable damage. If the brain’s ability to regulate blood flow is obstructed, a patient can die in as little as three minutes, according to sportsmd.com. In 2008, Jaquan Waller, 16, was killed after playing in a high school football game in Greenville, N.C. A medical examiner attributed his death to Second Impact Syndrome. The condition is more common among teenagers and children because their brains have not fully developed. “It doesn’t happen to everyone that’s still symptomatic, but it does happen,” said Richard Rodenberg, a physician at Ohio State and Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine. “And when it does happen, 50 percent of those kids statistically are at risk for death, and 100 percent of them will have a disability or suffer from permanent brain damage.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1.6 million to 3.2 million concussions occur every year in sports and other recreational activities. Second Impact Syndrome results when athletes sustain head injuries and one of three things happen: They don’t know they’ve been injured, they refuse to leave the game or they return to competition too soon. The syndrome occurs when “a second head injury is sustained, either that day or in the few days shortly thereafter,” said Kelsey Logan, medical director of the OSU Sports Concussion Program. “Some athletes have died.” Concussions can have serious consequences, especially for football players. The New York Times reported that since 1997, at least 50 youth football players, high-school aged or younger, from 20 states have died or sustained serious head injuries on the field. Although it’s hard to determine which athletes are in greatest danger of Second Impact Syndrome, dodging the disorder is not difficult. “It’s really unknown who’s at risk for this and what the factors are that lead to death in those cases,” Logan said. “Fortunately, it’s also something that’s totally preventable if we can recognize the symptoms of concussions.” Logan said concussion symptoms include chronic headaches, attention problems, short-term memory difficulties, sleeping problems and fatigue. Although Second Impact Syndrome can be avoided, there are instances when the concussed athletes’ symptoms go unnoticed, or athletes aren’t correctly treated. OSU athletics director Gene Smith said players are not always honest about their injuries. The tough part is “getting the players to admit it,” Smith said. They say, “‘I’m a player. No disrespect, I didn’t come here to get a philosophy degree. I came here to go pro.’ That’s the mentality we get when they get to us.” OSU club football team quarterback Bryan Thompson, who estimates he has suffered seven or eight concussions since he started playing football in the fourth grade, said he has played through a concussion. “Once in high school during a game, I had an obvious concussion. I even walked toward the wrong sideline. As the trainer evaluated me, I sort of snapped out of my dementia. It was a close game, so I said, ‘I’m fine,’ and went back in,” Thompson said. “After the game, I went to the doctor and it ended up being one of the two major concussions I’ve had.” Thompson, who had never heard of Second Impact Syndrome, said peer pressure can factor into playing though head injuries. Playing with a concussion “was a heat-of-the-moment thing, and of course I wanted to stay in the game,” Thompson said. “But at the same time, a lot of people don’t look at concussions as serious injuries. They give it a negative spin and say, ‘Well, I know a ton of people that have played with concussions before, so why aren’t you playing?’ Then you feel more obligated to play.” Doctors say that mentality is dangerous. “That’s the scary aspect,” Rodenberg said, “when (athletes) hide their symptoms.” read more

Man killed by colleague after attempting to part altercation

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFather of two drowns in Berbice RiverJune 12, 2016In “Local News”2 killed in separate accidentsDecember 2, 2018In “Crime”Businessman on bail for causing death by dangerous driving chargeDecember 28, 2018In “Court” A 51-year-old electrician is now dead following his attempts to break up a fight between two friends at a bar-b-que in Berbice on Sunday.Dead is Sylvan Stull of Plot “B”, Herstelling, East Bank Demerara.Based on information received, Stull was initially out with a group of friends at a horse racing event in Berbice but subsequently left with them to attend a bar-b-que at No 42 Village, Berbice.However, during this time, two of his colleagues became involved in a heated altercation, and the suspect, identified as a 32-year-old, reportedly drew a weapon.As Stull attempted to calm the situation and pull the two men apart, he was allegedly stabbed once to his neck by the 32-year-old.The 51-year-old was pronounced dead at the Mahaicony Hospital, East Coast Demerara while his attacker is presently in police custody, assisting with investigations.More details to follow in a subsequent report. read more

WCh 2013 Belarus secured 18 Finals

Belarus had no problem with Saudi Arabia 33:15 (18:5) in the crucial match for the placement at the 1/8 finals of the World Championship 2013. As the fourth team from Group C, Rutenka and friends will place against Group D winner – Spain or Croatia?STATISTICS ← Previous Story A severe storm disrupts travel for teams in Group B Next Story → 1/8 finals: Spain against Serbia – Hungary on Poland!

Vancouver man accused of shooting at passing vehicle

first_imgA Vancouver man has been arrested in connection with reports Tuesday of a man shooting at a passing vehicle in Orchards. Aron Hunter Rodgers, 44, was one of two men detained after the incident in the 7300 block of Northeast 159th Avenue, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. He was later booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of illegal discharge of a firearm and reckless endangerment.The second man detained, Charles Edward Alred,  22, was booked on an unrelated District Court warrant, the sheriff’s office said.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to the report of gunfire around 10:40 a.m. A caller said he saw a neighbor shooting at a blue sedan driving by the neighbor’s house. The caller said the shooter then hopped in a black Chevrolet Corvette and followed the blue car, according to the sheriff’s office.About 10 minutes later, a Vancouver police officer spotted a matching Corvette stopped on Fourth Plain Boulevard.Officers, with weapons drawn, approached and detained both the driver and a passenger near the Wendy’s at Northeast 162nd Avenue and 18th Street.last_img read more

Bjarnason decides to stay in Villa despite being in Championship

first_imgOne of Iceland’s main midfielder for their World Cup campaign, Birkir Bjarnasson, decides to stay in his current club although that means he will still play in Championship again next season.This 30-year old Icelander was the unused substitute for the promotion play off final match at Wembley since the manager, Steve Bruce, chose Mile Jedinak instead of him. However, according to Express and Star, he is still content at Villa Park. “This was hugely frustrating; it was especially frustrating not to play and try to do something about it,Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.“I’m not happy at all, but it went as it went. I have two years left of my contract at Villa and am very happy there. I’m happy with the club.”Aston Villa has already lost John Terry so far and probably Mile Jedinak soon since his future is also doubtful. This could be an opportunity for Bjarnason, who scored 3 goals and 2 assists last season, to seal a regular spot in the team next season.last_img read more