East contenders make their moves, Anthony Davis has to wait until summer for his

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Raptors are getting former All-Star center Marc Gasol from Memphis. The 76ers, a day after acquiring forward Tobias Harris from the Clippers, sent Markelle Fultz to Orlando and will hope Jonathan Simmons can provide some production where the former No. 1 pick couldn’t.“Those teams were already really good. And the assumption would only be that they’d only benefit from those moves,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “It will be quite a challenge. As we knew it would be.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAll the trades were confirmed to The Associated Press by people with knowledge of the details because they couldn’t be announced before they were approved by the NBA.A busy swap season that included Dallas’ acquisition of Kristaps Porzingis from New York ended without a move for Davis, the player who dominated the discussion in recent weeks. The Pelicans didn’t find a deal for Davis, who had requested a trade and informed the team he wouldn’t sign a contract extension this summer. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Police confirm football player’s body recovered from plane wreckage New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, center in street clothes, watches form the bench with teammates late in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. The Pacers won 109-107. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Toronto, Milwaukee and Philadelphia made their moves. Anthony Davis will have to wait until the summer for his.The New Orleans Pelicans held onto Davis but dealt Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks, one of the Eastern Conference contenders who fortified their teams Thursday before the NBA trade deadline.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town But the Lakers couldn’t put together a strong enough package to the Pelicans’ liking for the All-Star forward, who will go back into the trade market after the season ends. There will be other marquee names available then with a free agent class that could be highlighted by players such as Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard.Boston didn’t jump into the trading deadline fray but may try to get involved in the summer.For now, the Celtics appear to feel they have enough to win the East.The other conference contenders looked for upgrades — and went out and got some that likely will fit well.Milwaukee (40-13) already has the NBA’s best record and Mirotic’s outside-shooting ability for a big man would appear to fit perfectly in a lineup around superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two games back of the Bucks, the Raptors sent center Jonas Valanciunias to Memphis to acquire Gasol. Valanciunas had been coming off the bench and Toronto coach Nick Nurse will have to decide whether he uses Gasol in the same manner, or returns to a traditional bigger lineup with the former defensive player of the year in the middle.“(Gasol) is one of the best fives in the league for a long time now, perennial All-Star, Defensive Player of the Year,” Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said. “Just really excited to see how we can acclimate him to what we do and see how much he can give us a boost. Obviously we’re very excited about that.”The 76ers have made two major trades during the season, previously getting Jimmy Butler from Minnesota before the deal to bring in Harris, Boban Marjanovic and forward Mike Scott.“We understand the team invested a lot in us,” Harris said. “It was a big move. It was a win-now move. That means a lot. This is already a winning culture and we look to bring our games to it and help as best we can.”All of those clubs feel they improved their chances to be the first East team to reach the NBA Finals without LeBron James since 2010.Things were quieter in the West, where there were no upgrades by teams currently in playoff position. The Clippers currently hold the eighth and final spot but appear willing to give it up in favor of positioning themselves for the summer, with their moves designed to help them pursue two top free agents in July.But the Golden State Warriors or teams pursuing them can still bolster their squads by adding players who are free agents. Players on rosters of another team must be waived by March 1 in order to sign with another team and be eligible to appear in the postseason.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Cyber hackers publish medical data for Mo Farah, Rafael Nadal and Justin Rose

first_imgOlympic champions Mo Farah, Rafael Nadal and Justin Rose were among athletes targeted on Monday in the latest leak of confidential medical documents that the world anti-doping agency (WADA) says were hacked by a Russian cyber espionage group.Britain’s Farah became only the second man to retain the 5,000 and 10,000 metres Olympic titles at the Rio de Janeiro Games last month while compatriot Rose won the first gold medal in golf for 112 years.Spaniard Nadal, a 14-times tennis grand slam winner, won Olympic men’s doubles gold with Marc Lopez. He also won the men’s singles title at the 2008 Beijing Games but missed London 2012 due to a knee injury.WADA has said it believes the hackers, named as APT28 and Fancy Bears, gained access to its anti-doping administration and management system (ADAMS) via an IOC-created account for the Rio Games.Documents relating to Farah, and published on the fancybear.net website, showed that the distance runner had no active Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) at the time of the Olympics.He received intravenous infusions of saline solution, morphine sulphate and vicodin administered orally during a period in hospital between July 3-5, 2014 when he had collapsed after a training run.Prior to that, he was given a TUE for an 80mg dosage of the corticosteroid triamcinolone in October 2008.Rose had authorisation for daily dosages of the anti-inflammatory drug prednisolone between May this year and June 20.Justin Rose. (Reuters Photo)The documents relating to Nadal, who was out for more than two months with a wrist injury that forced him to miss the French Open and Wimbledon before the Olympics, showed exemptions in 2009 and 2012.advertisementRafael Nadal (Reuters Photo)The fourth release of data so far concerned 26 athletes from Argentina, Belgium, Burundi, Canada, Denmark, France, Britain, Hungary, Spain and the United States.Other high-profile names included Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba, British cyclist Callum Skinner and double Olympic rowing gold medallist Helen Glover.TUEs allow athletes to take banned substances for verified medical needs and there is no suggestion any of those named have broken any rules.WADA has said the “criminal attack” has recklessly exposed personal data in an attempt to smear reputations.The agency has also said it believes the attacks are being carried out as retaliation for investigations that exposed state-sponsored doping in Russia.Fancy Bear has previously posted data for U.S. athletes Simone Biles, Elena Delle Donne, and Serena and Venus Williams as well as Tour de France-winning British cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.last_img read more

Bumrah will be a big threat to the opposition in the World Cup: Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgBatting great Sachin Tendulkar has said India pacer Jasprit Bumrah will be causing a lot of problems to opposition batsmen in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, starting May 30 in England.Tendulkar added that he is not surprised with Bumrah’s success across all formats of the game and said he had known that the Mumbai Indians pacer had it in him to “rattle the best batsmen in the world”.Tendulkar’s comments come as Bumrah has established himself as one of the top bowlers across the three formats of the game. With his uncanny action and incredible consistency to bowl toe-crushers, Bumrah grew into one of the best white-ball bowlers after making his limited-overs debut in 2016.However, his rapid rise as one of the premium bowlers in red-ball cricket has taken quite a few by surprise but not Sachin Tendulkar. Bumrah had made his Test debut as recently as January 2018 and finished the year with 48 wickets. He also made it to the ICC Test Team of the Year in his maiden season in whites at the highest level.”I am not surprised by Bumrah’s success. Having spent time with him and seen his sincere and honest efforts to improve and learn, I always knew it was a matter of time before he would rattle the best batsmen in the world,” Tendulkar said, as quoted by Sportstar.He added: “I have seen from close quarters how he looks to improve. In 2015, I had seen his ability to win a battle. With Kane Williamson in batting, I had said Bumrah would make his mark. I am happy he has.advertisement”His action and deceptive bowling, plus the consistency to take wickets, make him a dangerous bowler. He knows how to execute his plans. Bumrah will be a big threat to the opposition and a great asset to India at the World Cup.”Bumrah had rattled Australia and led India to a historic 2-1 Test series win at their own backyard. The sturdy pacer had made an immediate impact in Tests as he shone in South Africa and carried his form to England wherein he improved with every Test, adding variety to his bowling.The Mumbai Indians pacer has been rested for the ongoing tour of New Zealand. He is expected to be back for the home series vs Australia, starting later this month.Tendulkar fan of Pant’s fearless approachMeanwhile, Tendulkar also heaped praise on young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, saying he loved the latter’s fearless approach. Pant, who leapfrogged Virat Kohli to emerge as the second highest run-scorer in Australia Tests, will join Team India for the upcoming three-match T20I series vs New Zealand.”Rishabh has terrific prospects in international cricket. He has a great future but he must keep his head on his shoulders and look to enjoy his game. If he keeps his focus he will play long because things will happen around his cricket essentially. I have liked his approach and the fact that he is fearless,” Pant said.Also Read | Babar Azam as good as Virat Kohli? Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has this to sayAlso Read | Indian batsmen found Jasprit Bumrah ‘one of the most difficult’ to face: Bharat Arun Also See:last_img read more

Pulisic and Altidore rise to the occasion

first_imgUnited States USMNT Player Ratings: Pulisic & Altidore rise to the occasion in Panama rout Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 2 years ago 09:29 10/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jozy Altidore Christian Pulisic USA Panama Kim Klement United States United States v Panama Panama WC Qualification CONCACAF Opinion The attackers combined to lethal effect as the U.S. national team earned a much-needed three points in World Cup qualifying ORLANDO, Fla. — Less than a month has passed since Christian Pulisic’s 19th birthday, but his status as the U.S. national team’s talisman has been solidified for quite some time. At this point, the label “most talented player in U.S. history” is a staggering consensus.Yet special players must step up in special moments, and there has been no more pressure-packed situation in Pulisic’s young career than Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Panama at Orlando City Stadium. With the Americans up against a nightmare scenario, facing their most desperate qualifier since the 2002 cycle, Pulisic rose to the occasion in spectacular fashion.From his first touch, it was obvious Pulisic was bringing the bravado necessary to take control. He needed just eight minutes to unlock Panama’s stingy back line with a much-needed opener, and teed up Jozy Altidore with casually brilliant skill in the 19th minute. 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. Speaking of Altidore, the 27-year-old delivered quite the supporting performance to Pulisic’s starring act. In setting up Pulisic’s opener, tapping home the second goal and floating in a Panenka for the third, Altidore partnered to great effect with Bobby Wood.Here are Goal’s player ratings from the Americans’ 4-0 triumph over Panama:Just a kid from Hershey.@cpulisic_10 delivers yet again for the #USMNT! pic.twitter.com/j5KzsKvvJ9— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) October 7, 2017 Pick your poison.Goal: @JozyAltidore @cpulisic_10Goal: @cpulisic_10 @JozyAltidore pic.twitter.com/eNabKWPKNK— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) October 7, 2017GK TIM HOWARD, 6: Wasn’t asked to do much but calmly dealt with the efforts that came his way, avoiding any rebounds.D DEANDRE YEDLIN, 8: Locked down his side of the field with speed and tenacious defending, offering a notable upgrade at the position after sitting out the September qualifiers.D OMAR GONZALEZ, 6: Had a few shaky moments early before settling into the game, providing a key aerial presence.D MATT BESLER, 7: Was solid in distribution and avoided any substantial slip-ups on a day the U.S. kept control.D JORGE VILLAFANA, 5: Saw himself exposed on a couple occasions but recovered well enough to ensure nothing came of those opportunities.M PAUL ARRIOLA, 7: Brought energy on the right flank that fit the occasion perfectly, and though his final ball left something to be desired, he set up Wood for a couple golden chances — including the fourth goal.M MICHAEL BRADLEY, 7: Did what he needed to do as the lone defensive midfielder, covering acres of space while winning loose balls.M DARLINGTON NAGBE, 6: Was fairly quiet but still offered classy movement and control that often gets taken for granted.M CHRISTIAN PULISIC, 9: What more can you say? By the time Pulisic exited in the 57th minute, resting up ahead of Tuesday’s trip to face Trinidad & Tobago, the Borussia Dortmund star had yet again steered the U.S. to a crucial victory. We’ll be talking about this performance for years to come.F JOZY ALTIDORE, 8: Picked up two goals and an assist before halftime. The 27-year-old may have a history of injuries come big tournaments, but he’s cementing his legacy as an all-time great for the U.S. in World Cup qualifying.F BOBBY WOOD, 8: Played a part in the opener before using a persistent run to draw the penalty just before halftime. Flirting with the score sheet all night, he finally got on the board with a nifty turn and finish in the 63rd minute.SubstitutesM DAX MCCARTY, 6: Earning his World Cup qualifying debut in his hometown, the veteran brought composure to central midfield as the U.S. sealed the result.F CLINT DEMPSEY, 5: Nearly got on the end of some chances over the final 19 minutes.M ALEJANDRO BEDOYA, 5: Put in a solid 11-minute shift to help see out the three points.last_img read more

Alabama Football: Here’s Video Of Nick Saban Dancing To Greek Folk Music

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide takes the field before playing against the Louisiana State University Tigers.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide takes the field before playing against the Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)As you’d imagine, the photos and video taken at Kristen Saban’s wedding this past Saturday have provided a treasure trove’s worth of content for Alabama fans. So far, we’ve shown you the fireworks at Bryant-Denny, the “Sweet Home Alabama” rendition and the happy couple dancing with Big Al mascot heads. But we saved perhaps the best clip of all for last.Here’s Nick Saban dancing to some greek folk music – presumably to celebrate the heritage of his daughter’s husband.We’ve seen him do the Electric Slide and the Cupid Shuffle. This might be the best we’ve seen yet from him, however.last_img read more

Fenerbahce: Ozil not a possibility

first_imgFenerbahce have distanced themselves from reports linking them with Arsenal star Mesut Ozil, with the Turkish club adamant they cannot afford the former Germany international playmaker.Ozil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013, and although he has been a key player for much of that time, he has also polarised opinion among the club’s supporters due to a perceived lack of work ethic when the going gets tough.After an underwhelming season under Unai Emery last term, media speculation had suggested Arsenal are willing to offload the 30-year-old in order to lighten their wage bill, but Fenerbahce insist rumours of a loan move are wide of the mark. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare A statement from the Super Lig side read: “Mesut Ozil, with his career and standing, successfully represents our country abroad (Ozil is of Turkish ancestry). He is an important value known with the identity of Fenerbahce.”However, Fenerbahce does not have a proposal for Mesut Ozil. Under the current economic conditions, such a step is not possible for both parties.”Our president, Ali Koc, made statements on the subject in the WinWin program held on June 20 and emphasised that this could not be realised in the short term.”Ozil signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract in February last year, as the Gunners managed to prevent him leaving on a free transfer at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.That was seen as a major coup, particularly given the departure of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United in January 2018, but Ozil’s form has not recovered as expected.Following Emery’s arrival, Ozil failed to consistently impress and he was left out of the team on numerous occasions, making only 20 Premier League starts in 2018-19.Arsenal’s next clash sees them take in a pre-season friendly with the Colorado Rapids next Tuesday before taking part in the International Champions Cup, the Emirates Cup and the Joan Gamper Cup in Barcelona ahead of the new Premier League season.The Gunners start the 2019-20 English top flight campaign with a trip to Newcastle United on August 11, with Europa League commitments set to begin in mid-September. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Dispatches from Charleville

first_imgThe Academy held a reunion on August 10 and 11 for all its employees who worked here and superannuated after 1997 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the Mussoorie campus and to acknowledge their contribution in making LBSNAA one of the finest institutions of the country. The main celebrations will be held on September 1 when Minister of State for Personnel Public Grievances & Pensions, Jitendra Prasad will deliver the keynote to members of the 94th FC, lay the foundation stone for a new 900-seat auditorium, launch the coffee table book ‘Karmasu Kaushalam: Excellence in Action’ and release the special first-day cover on the Academy, besides interacting with existing employees. We had over 400 of our ex-faculty and employees ranging from ex-Directors Wajahat Habibullah, DS Mathur and Padamveer Singh and Joint Directors VK Agnihotri and Prem Gera to our Mess employees, horse riding assistants, housekeeping, and the watch and ward staff coming in with their families. Many came with their grandchildren to show them the place they had worked for their lifetime. Many of the children who grew up on this campus hold responsible positions in the civil services, defence forces, academe and the corporate world. There was a general sense of cheer and some wonderment at changes in the Academy. For those who superannuated in the last century and were visiting the Academy after two decades, the changes were quite stark. Almost everything was now on an auto mode, and most transactions were paperless. Gardens were cleaner, sports facilities had improved, and most importantly, power-cuts were a thing of the past – both on account of the much-improved power situation in Uttarakhand, and the presence of back-up gensets. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe highlights included a welcome High Tea in the Officers Mess on August 10 which opened its portals to all employees, irrespective of rank – many ex-Mess workers and bearers were quite overwhelmed at being served on the same tables they had waited upon earlier in their lives. Many eyes were filled, including those of your columnist when they held hands with the Directing staff to convey their joy and delight. The celebrations on the next day started with morning ragas by Ayan Sen Gupta on the sitar and Indranil Bhaduri on the tabla playing the Rag Lalit and Rag Bhairavi in the verdant lawns. What a mesmerising performance with the clouds and the mist flowing by the lovely Deodars, Himalayan Cypress, Chinars and Magnolias and Silver Oaks which adorn the Director’s lawns. Even the artists were so happy to perform the morning Ragas in the open – for an auditorium can be air conditioned but it cannot recreate the morning in the hills of Mussorie! Also Read – Insider threat managementWe then had the children of the academy faculty and employees – Sanvi, Yusra, Maitreyi, Anaya, Shalu and Yumna – perform the Ganesh Vandana and kids from the Balwadi, our kindergarten school – Kavya, Anisha, Avani, Shivangi, Ruhi, Ananya,Tanisha, Kanishka, Anshika, Avantika and Harshika – sing a very cheerful welcome song, a quiz on the Academy and Mussorie, an exhibition of pictures, portraits, souvenirs and memorabilia from the times Mussorie was established, and an afternoon of painting, sketching and creative expressions by all employees. Your columnist also got a prize for spelling out the acronym of MALL – Military Area Limited Lines! Growing up in a cantonment town has many in-built advantages! The ex-Directors and senior faculty colleagues also spoke on the occasion. While recalling his time, former Director, Habibullah spoke of how the Academy remains eternally young – it has the ability to bring out the best in everyone. Another former Director, DS Mathur mentioned the great and significant changes made in the infrastructure and the transformation of LBSNAA. From being the centre for foundation training alone to research and mid-career training as well, the Academy was also now a respected think tank on governance and development interventions. Padamvir Singh wanted the Academy to strengthen the research and global outreach programs. Dr VK Agnihotri offered to assist the Academy in updating its publication “Skills for Effective Administrators” and Sarojini Thakur promised her help to make the National Gender Centre, the ‘Numerous Uno’ centre in its genre. Ashok Thakur recalled how he got over the fear and inhibition in the use of computers and IT during his stint in the Academy and my batch mate Prem Gera offered everyone a great Garba treat in Baroda where he currently heads the GACL. Your columnist also shared with everyone present the expectations which the government has placed on the Academy. From next year all the successful candidates in CSE will receive the FC training here at one place – rather than at two or three Academies which really affected the esprit de corps – the raison d’être for the Foundation Course, and this will involve the construction of a new 900-seat auditorium to accommodate the entire batch. The souvenir shop received a large number of visitors – and stocks nearly ran out for several key items like Academy T-shirts, tracksuits and walking sticks! The weather gods were kind and the evening dance and dinner to the accompaniment of the Gurkha Regiment band marked the grand finale to the two-day event which made the hills come alive to the sound of music, dance, remembrance and fond expectations! (Dr. Sanjeev Chopra is Director, LBSNAA, Mussoorie, and Honorary Curator, Valley of Words: Literature and Arts Festival, Dehradun. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

11th house collapses at Bowbazar in wake of EW Metros tunnel boring

first_imgKolkata: Another building collapsed at Syakra Para Lane in Bowbazar on Monday, in the aftermath of East-West Metro’s construction work. The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL) subsequently conducted meeting and formed a committee that will go for inspection on Tuesday.The incident at Syakra Para Lane comes on a day when KMRCL has initiated the work for pulling down five buildings at Durga Pithuri Lane, which have been badly damaged due to the tunneling work. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”A five-member Building Assessment Committee (BAC) has been formed. They are expected to visit the site on Tuesday,” said A K Nandy, general manager (Administration), KMRCL. The BAC members are former Jadavpur University professor Nitin Som, professor Dr Somnath Ghosh, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology professor Dr Amitabho Ghosh, Indian Institute of Technology Chennai guest lecturer Dr N K Pichumoni and Ken Wong, an expert for the Metro project. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe committee will find out the reason of collapse and determine whether the buildings have collapsed due to tunnel boring work. The committee will also find out the soil condition of the place and how old the houses are. The four-storey building situated at 8 B Syakra Para Lane collapsed at around 9.45 am on Monday, adding to the list of 10 buildings in the Bowbazar area that have already collapsed fully or partially since August 31. More houses are under the threat of collapse apparently due to tunneling work for the under-construction 16.60-km East-West Metro Railway project. The most affected areas are Durga Pithuri Lane, Syakra Para Lane and Gour De Lane. Nandy reiterated that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is verifying the residents whose houses have been affected and are thus eligible to get compensation. “After the verification gets done by KMC, we are releasing the compensation amount. However, tomorrow we will not release the amount because of Muharram. 19 people have been handed over the Rs five lakh cheques last Saturday. Now onwards, we have decided to send the compensation amount directly to the bank accounts of the residents,” said Nandy. The residents of Durga Pithuri Lane, whose buildings would be demolished, were allowed to take their belongings from their houses on Monday. “We were able to take out television and documents after breaking the window of our house. However, we were unable to take out furniture. Today, the engineers are doing the inspection work. They will start the demolition work on Tuesday,” said Avinandan Dutta, a resident of 11, Durga Pithuri Lane, whose house will be demolished.last_img read more

Liberals looking to make homebuying more affordable for millennials Morneau

first_imgOTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the federal government is looking at ways to make home-buying more affordable for millennials.Following a speech today north of Toronto, Morneau made the comment when he was asked if Ottawa has any plans to help first-time buyers enter the housing market at a time of rising interest rates.Housing is expected to be a campaign issue ahead of October’s federal election — on Monday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh proposed measures he says will help build 500,000 new affordable housing units across Canada over the next 10 years.Morneau says the Liberal government has focused on three primary housing-related issues since coming to office in 2015: Canada’s shortage of affordable housing, a run-up in real-estate prices in some markets and ensuring millennials can afford homes.He says Ottawa has already taken steps to increase the supply of affordable housing and to ease hot markets by introducing stress tests to limit people’s ability to take out big mortgages.Morneau says the challenge of helping millennials enter the housing market is now the priority and that there’s multiple things the government is examining — but he didn’t elaborate on what measures are on the table.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Clear global strategy crucial in fighting climate change – Assembly President

In Bali, 187 countries agreed to launch a two-year process of formal negotiations on a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.At the start of today’s General Assembly thematic debate on combating global warming, President Srgjan Kerim underscored the urgency of taking effective action.“We can’t wait for tomorrow,” he said. “We need to act today.”Under the so-called Bali Roadmap, key issues during the upcoming negotiations will be adaptation, mitigation, the deployment of climate-friendly technology and financing.“Many countries cannot wait until the effects of mitigation targets have an impact,” he said. “We need both targets and immediate practical actions that can help the most vulnerable adapt to climate change.”The UN system seeks to “deliver more than the sum of its parts” and requires clear political support from Member States, the President noted.He called on the over 100 delegates from Member States and organizations in attendance to consider what the UN’s goals should be following the Kyoto Protocol’s expiration in 2012 as well as how to link the fight against climate change with efforts to bolster development.The debate is expected to continue in the coming days. 12 February 2008To build on the momentum generated by last December’s historic United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, it is now critical to formulate a plan of action for the world body to tackle climate change comprehensively, the General Assembly’s President said today. read more

Urgent funding needed to boost child nutrition in Niger UN agencies stress

25 June 2010United Nations agencies are urging the international community to mobilize resources to boost child nutrition in Niger in the wake of new Government data that shows that the situation has deteriorated in the last 12 months. Nearly half of Niger’s 7.1 million people are currently affected by acute food shortages caused by prolonged drought and crop failure in West Africa’s arid Sahel region.An annual survey on child nutrition, released yesterday by the National Institute for Statistics, found that the global acute malnutrition rate in Niger has reached nearly 17 per cent for children under the age of five, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said in a news release.This level is far above the 15 per cent warning threshold and the 12.3 per cent rate estimated in 2009, the agencies noted, adding that in certain regions, such as Diffa and Maradi, the rates have reached 22.1 per cent and 19.7 per cent respectively, as against 17 per cent and 13.1 per cent last year. “The emergency threshold has been largely exceeded, the children are going through an extremely difficult time and we are very concerned. We have to reinforce immediately our interventions to limit diseases and losses of human life,” said Guido Cornale, UNICEF Director in Niger. “An acceleration of preventive and curative actions for malnourished children is ongoing. Donors’ support is crucial at this stage,” he added. Both UNICEF and WFP are carrying out major preventive and curative activities for children suffering from global acute malnutrition, expanding their operations beyond the existing emergency plans. The focus is on protecting children and pregnant and lactating women from malnutrition, as well as providing treatment to children suffering from acute, severe, and moderate malnutrition. “The immediate priority for WFP is to gather all available resources to ensure ameliorated food assistance for beneficiaries from now to December 2010,” said Richard Verbeeck, WFP Director in Niger. “The quality and the extent of our operations will depend on the donors’ commitment to attenuate the suffering of populations in Niger.” UNICEF will also be launching a communication campaign in the coming weeks to promote exclusive maternal breastfeeding until six months to protect infants and young children against malnutrition. Humanitarian agencies have so far received 46 per cent of the $190 million they requested in April to enable them to respond to the crisis in Niger. UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes has noted that, with adequate resources, they are better prepared to respond to the crisis than they were in 2005 when the country experienced another serious food crisis. read more

Several Lankan migrants used India to reach Australia

When asked if the Australian authorities would take any additional preventive measures in the wake of recent illegal migration attempt by a group of Sri Lankan refugees from Kerala coast, he said there is already the Australian Government’s tough border protection measures like the Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB).Under OSB, anyone who comes to Australia illegally by boat without a visa will never be allowed to settle in Australia and no exception are made to women, children and unaccompanied children.When asked if they would take up this issue with the Government of India in the wake of the recent attempts of migration from here, he said: “The Government of Australia and Government of India already have a good working relationship on the issue of illegal migration through the bilateral Joint Working Ground on Counter-Terrorism and Trans-National Crime.” Even as migrants from poor and war-torn countries continue their risky journey to European countries for a better life, the data available with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australia, reveals that 171 Sri Lankan illegal migrants, including nine females and nine children, managed to reach Australian coast over the years, the New Indian Express reported.The data further stated that many of those migrants used the Indian sub-continent as their springboard to reach the Antipodean. However, the precise break-up of Lankans who illegally migrated to Australia from India is not available with the department. Out of the 2,028 people, around 407 were from Iran, 184 from New Zealand, and 171 from Sri Lanka, followed by 142 from China and 121 from Vietnam. Speaking to ‘Express’ through an e-mail communication, Jon Bonnar, Deputy Consul-General for South India, said it has also been estimated that over 1,200 people were died at sea trying to reach Australia between 2008 and 2013.There were no known incidents under Operation Sovereign Borders involving loss of life since December 2013, he said. He added that no separate statistics are available about the nationality of the dead people.However, 735 were people were also allowed to live in the community after being approved for a residence determination as on 31 August 2015, the report said. According to the data provided by the Australian Consulate, as on 31 August 2015, 2,028 people were detained by the Australian Immigration authorities and sent them to immigration detention facilities. The number includes 1,807 in immigration detention on the mainland and 221 in immigration detention on Christmas Island of Australia. read more

Thesis defences — July 15

PhD in Biological Sciences – Christopher CarterChristopher Carter will present his thesis defence on Monday, July 18 at 10:30 a.m. in H313. The title of his thesis is “Identification of novel retinoid receptors and their roles in vertebrate and invertebrate nervous systems.” Examining committee members are Michael Plyley, chair; Martin Petkovich, Queen’s University, external examiner; Gaynor Spencer and Robert Carlone, supervisors; David Gabriel, internal examiner; A. Joffre Mercier and Jeffrey Stuart, committee members. All are welcome to attend.PhD in Psychology – Marie GoodMarie Good will present her thesis defence on Friday, July 29 at 2 p.m. in Plaza 600F. The title of her thesis is “Exploring the Development and Psychosocial Correlates of Spirituality/Religiosity across Adolescence.” Examining committee members are Michael Plyley, chair; Michael Pratt, Wilfrid Laurier University, external examiner; Teena Willoughby, supervisor; Donato Tarulli, internal examiner; Linda Rose-Krasnor and Tanya Martini, committee members. All are welcome to attend.MSc in Kinesiology – Daniel CateriniDaniel Caterini will defend his thesis “The influence of Length Change Speed and Direction on Dynamic Function Potentiation in Fast Mouse Muscle” on July 18 at 1 p.m. in WC204B. Supervisors: Rene Vanderboom; advisory committee: Brian Roy and Philip Sullivan; external examiner: Robert Grange, Virginia Tech; chair: Dr Sandra Peters. (Teleconference)MA Physical Health and Education – Lindsay ClineLindsay Cline will defend her thesis on Wednesday, Aug. 3 in WC204B at 10 a.m. Title: “The Moderating Effects of Appearance Commentary on the Relationship between Weight Status and Physical Activity Participation in Female College Students.” Supervisor: Kimberley Gammage;advisory committee: Panagiota Klentrou and Philip Sullivan; external examiner: Krista Chandler, University of Windsor; chair: David Gabriel. read more

Canada Grounds Boeing 737 Max 8

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau has issued a “safety notice” effectively grounding Boeing’s 737 Max 8 in the wake of Sunday’s crash in Africa, the second involving the same type of airliner within six months.  In a news conference in Ottawa this morning Garneau said new information from satellite data arriving just this morning suggest a worrying correlation between the Ethiopian Airlines crash and last October’s tragedy off Indonesia.  He added however that nothing is conclusive yet and the grounding the plane in Canada is a precautionary move.Sunday’s crash killed 157 people including 18 from Canada.  Among them was a family of five from Hamilton and a Hagersville school teacher. read more

UN envoy on human rights defenders to visit Guatemala

UN envoy on human rights defenders to visit GuatemalaA United Nations envoy on human rights activists today announced plans to undertake a fact-finding mission to Guatemala next week.The Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Human Rights Defenders, Hina Jilani, will be in Guatemala from 27 May to 1 June at the Government’s invitation to examine the country’s legal framework as well as alleged incidents relating to the defence of human rights there.Ms. Jilani has requested to meet with senior Guatemalan officials, including the President, Vice-President, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister of the Interior and Minister of Labour. In addition, she plans to hold discussions with the President of Congress, President of the Supreme Court, President of the Constitutional Court and the General Prosecutor, and has also requested to meet with senior army and police officials. The Special Representative is scheduled to visit Guatemala City and San Marcos, where she will also meet with a wide range of non-governmental organizations and individuals engaged in human rights work, as well as with the country’s ombudsman. A report on the Special Representative’s findings and recommendations will be submitted to the next session of the Commission on Human Rights. read more

The 5 at 5 Thursday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING,TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #TEXAS: Police in Texas have said that between 5 and 15 people have been killed in the explosion at a fertiliser plant overnight. At least 160 other people were injured in the massive explosion, and police have said that the number of people killed is likely to rise.2. #DEATH AND TAXES: A soldier at a military barracks in Dublin has been sent a request for the property tax – for his entire military barracks. The letter adds to the growing list of examples where the Revenue Commissioners have sent demands for property taxes to the wrong person.3. #INSOLVENCY: Borrowers struggling to keep up with their debt repayments may be forced to move house, sell a car or change their childcare arrangements in order to qualify for the State’s new insolvency and debt resolution procedures. New guidelines published today outline the criteria used to define a ‘reasonable’ standard of living.4. #BUDGET: Cuts to welfare, health and transport have been confirmed in the government’s revised budget figures. Despite the cuts in some areas, other departments like Public Expenditure and Reform and Environment will be given more than had been originally forecast.5. #RHINO ROBBERY: Masked raiders made off with half a million euro worth of rhino heads and horns from the National Museum Archive in Swords, Dublin last night. The three men tied up a security guard and spent an hour loading up their haul into a white van. Gardaí are appealing to the public for information.last_img read more

WWE statement on allegations made in AmannPunk lawsuit

first_img Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ MJF signs multi-year deal with All Elite Wrestling, Colt Cabana ending his podcast Now Playing Up Next The Miz Facebook Here’s Who CM Punk Might Fight At UFC 225 WhatsApp WWE issued the following statement on Monday responding to new allegations made by Phil “CM Punk” Brooks and Scott “Colt Cabana” Colton in new filings released within their ongoing lawsuit with WWE physician, Dr. Chris Amann:“Phil Brooks’ latest claim that WWE directed Dr. Amann to file a lawsuit against Brooks is categorically false. Dr. Amann made the decision to file suit in order to protect his professional reputation. WWE conducted its own investigation into this matter and found no evidence of wrongdoing by Dr. Amann, and thus continues to support Dr. Amann and the staff that runs our world-class medical program.”New filings released by attorneys for Brooks and Colton allege that the WWE and Dr. Amann are “collaborating and conspiring together in filing this lawsuit to retaliate against Brooks and Colton for the embarassment that the podcast caused WWE due to Brooks’ candid and truthful discussion of his various experiences while a part of WWE, despite the fact that Amann knows that Brooks’ statements about his complaints towards Amann are substantially true.”Amann filed a $1 million dollar lawsuit against Brooks and Colton earlier this year with Brooks and Colton later countersuing. A conference meeting has been set for October 9 with both sides’ attorneys to see where things stand with the case. Brooks and Colton are demanding that this case go to trial with a jury.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror MovieVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:27/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Now Playing Up Next Joe Rogan Says Floyd Mayweather Should Fight CM Punk in MMA Debut Kanecenter_img Did CM Punk Make A Secret Return To Wrestling? Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next CM Punk to appear at Starrcast III, Scheduled for interview and meet-and-greet CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Will CM Punk Ever Fight In The UFC Again? Now Playing Up Next Laura Vandervoort The Young Bucks on CM Punk coming to AEW, Cody’s chairshot, nearly signing with WWE Pinterestlast_img read more

City Council approved commercial flexibility code change to increase housing

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council recently approved the 12th update to a code that updates include flexibility options for residential developments requiring commercial use on the ground floor of buildings.The code change would help eliminate blight caused by empty storefronts and quickly produce additional housing units on the ground floors of many buildings, according to Councilmember Scott Sherman.“Commercial flexibility provides building owners more options to better utilize their space by converting blighted empty space with much needed housing units,” said Councilmember Sherman. “While this is another step in the right direction to fix our housing crisis, much work needs to be done.” Posted: July 25, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom City Council approved commercial flexibility code change to increase housing July 25, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Washington gets 6 million to retrain jobless workers

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday announced $6.175 million in job-training grants in Washington to retrain long-term unemployed workers, as part of a $154.7 million allocation to 32 states, Puerto Rico and the Cherokee tribal nation.The program funding includes more than $400,000 for services that will be offered through the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council in Clark and Cowlitz counties, said Tim Foley, director of employment and training for the SWWDC. The organization will focus its efforts on providing classroom and on-the-job training in the health care field for at least 82 people who have been unemployed six months or longer, he said. “It goes without saying that we are thrilled to have this opportunity to skill up the workforce for local health care employers,” Foley said by email. “This industry is expecting significant growth over the next few years as baby boomers both retire from the industry and begin to require additional health care services as they age.”The training will focus on entry level and mid-level occupations from certified nursing assistant up to registered nurse, Foley said. The workforce council will be reaching out to long-term unemployed workers, some of whom have given up on job searches and are no longer connected to employment assistance programs, he said.The money is available through the Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program. Funding should be available no later than Sept. 1, and the program will run through June 30, 2016, Foley said. Those who meet eligibility requirements may apply at WorkSource centers in Vancouver and Kelso.last_img read more

SSC examinee commits suicide for failure

first_imgBrahmanbariaA girl who failed in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination allegedly committed suicide by taking poison in Brahmanbaria’s Bancharampur upazila on Sunday night, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Mim, 15, daughter of Md Selim Miah and she appeared in the examination from Dhariarchar Haji Omar Ali High School.Nizam Uddin, officer-in-charge of Bancharampur police station, said Mim committed suicide at night by taking poison as she could not bear the pain of failure in the examination.On information, police recovered her body.last_img read more