first_imgBefore leaving for South Africa, India’s second triple centurion in Test cricket, Karun Nair said he would like to make the most of the tour and prove his mettle to the national selectors again.And he did show some of his class before signing off from South Africa after a disappointing tour overall.Karun slammed a 144-ball 90 to anchor a tricky chase as India A beat South Africa A by six wickets in the second unofficial Test to level the two-match series 1-1. This is the Karnataka batsman’s highest score after his brilliant triple ton against England at Chennai in December last year.  Karun made his debut Test against England in the third Test, where he scored a 4 before he was run-out. In the next match he was out after scoring 13 from 18 balls. As people questioned the selection, he replied back in fine fashion. The right-hander got another chance in the 5th Test due an injury that Ajinkya Rahane picked up and this time he grabbed the opportunity with both hands. He slammed 303 off 281 balls to give India a huge first-innings total of 759/7. The bowlers then did the job for the hosts and India won the match by an innings and 75 runs and bagged the series 4-0.However, he went down in history books as one of the unluckiest triple centurions ever. He was dropped for the following Test against Australia in Pune as Rahane recovered from his injury and walked straight back into the playing XI. But the team failed to live up to the challenge as Steve O’Keefe picked up six wickets a-piece in both the innings to hand the visitors a humongous 333-run victory and take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.advertisementReuters PhotoKarun made a comeback in the second Test in his home ground at Bengaluru but showed complete lack of determination and failed to play a long innings as he was out playing reckless shots in both the innings for 26 and a first-ball duck respectively. In the following Test at Ranchi as well, he repeated the same mistake and was bowled by Josh Hazlewood for 23. And things didn’t get any better for him as he failed to live up to expectations in the last and final Test at Dharamsala, especially in the absence of captain Virat Kohli in the team. Karun fell cheaply for 5 and didn’t get to bat in the second innings.The 25-year-old had a decent Indian Premier League campaign in 2017, scoring 281 from 14 matches for the Delhi Daredevils but that was not enough for him to be on the plane to England for the Champions Trophy or to the West Indies. He was also replaced by Rohit Sharma in the Test squad for the Sri Lanka tour as well.Karun instead was sent to play under Manish Pandey for India A in a 50-overs tri-series involving South Africa A and Afghanistan A and a two-match unofficial Test series, where he was elected as the captain. He scored 95 runs from four innings in the ODIs as India won the series.In the two Test matches he scored 46 runs from the three innings before raking up a match-winning 90 in the fourth innings to cap off the  tour.This was a long due knock from the diminutive batsman and he will hope to stay fit and get a call-up for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka at home in November.last_img read more

first_imgEngland will certainly start as favourites against New Zealand with perhaps the most destructive 50-over batting line-up comprising Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes.However, New Zealand will leave no stone unturned to beat the hosts and claim their maiden World Cup title.Whichever team wins at Lord’s, a new World Champion will emerge on Sunday (or Monday if the game goes into a reserve day) as neither team has won the World Cup before. Curiously, the winner will also be only the 2nd side to have won the World Cup after losing more than 2 matches in the tournament.While both teams have quality bowling attacks, the batting of the New Zealand outfit is something that will definitely bother the Kiwis, especially the poor form of experienced opener Martin Guptill.BatsmenEngland’s opening pair of Jonny Bairstow (496 runs) and Jason Roy(426 runs) are occupying 7th and 10th position in the highest run-getters list. Considering their form, Bairstow and Roy must be the first names in your dream 11 team.Kane Williamson should be an automatic choice as the No.3 batsman with the New Zealand captain averaging over 90 in the tournament with 548 runs to his name already. In-form Ross Taylor and Joe Root can be good options to complete the batting list.All-roundersBen Stokes is averaging over 50 in this World Cup with the bat and 32.28 with the ball so he walks into the side 9 times out of 10.James Neesham is in the form of his life with bat and ball for New Zealand in this World Cup. He has already picked up a five-wicket haul in the tournament and has been decent with the bat whenever he has got the opportunity.advertisementWicket-keeperJos Buttler is currently the best batting keeper in the World Cup 2019. He has the ability to get going from the first delivery as he holds a strike rate of 130.41, which is the best among of all England batsman, who has played more than 5 innings.BowlersJofra Archer and Lockie Ferguson would be the best bets in the bowling lineup. Archer is the third in the list of highest wicket-takers in World Cup 2019 with 19 scalps off 10 games whereas Ferguson ranks 5th with just one wicket less than the English pacer.New Zealand’s Trent Boult should be your third pacer as he has taken 17 wickets off 9 matchesNew Zealand vs England Dream11 suggested Playing XI: Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Kane Williamson(VC), Joe Root, Ross Taylor, Ben Stokes (C), James Neesham, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.New Zealand vs England squads:England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, James Vince, Liam Dawson.New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Tom Blundell, Matt Henry, Colin Munro, Tim Southee.ALSO READ | New Zealand vs England, London Weather Forecast: Will rain play spoilsport in World Cup final?ALSO READ | World Cup 2019: England’s road to the finalALSO WATCH:last_img read more

first_imgArsenal begin their quest for Premier League glory in 2019-20 at Newcastle United, with St James’ Park the stage upon which Unai Emery’s side will make their competitive bow this term.Pre-season ended with four winless games for the Gunners, including a 2-1 reverse against Barcelona in the Joan Gamper Trophy last Sunday.Newcastle, meanwhile, will be under the charge of Steve Bruce for the first time in a competitive environment, having signed off their friendly matches with a convincing 2-1 win over Saint-Etienne. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Game Newcastle vs Arsenal Date Sunday, August 11 Time 2pm BST / 9pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched  live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the UK, the match will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. It can be streamed via Sky Go Extra. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Extra Squads & Team News Position Newcastle squad Goalkeepers Dubravka, Darlow, Elliot Defenders Lascelles, Schar, Fernandez, Clark, Dummett, Willems, Manquillo, Krafth Midfielders Hayden, Ki, Shelvey, Ritchie, Almiron, S. Longstaff, M. Longstaff Forwards Atsu, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, Gayle, Muto Newcastle starting XI: Dubravka; Schär, Lascelles, Dummett; Manquillo, Shelvey, Hayden, Longstaff, Ritchie; Almiron; Joelinton. Position Arsenal squad Goalkeepers Leno, Martinez, Macey Defenders Bellerin, Sokratis, Monreal, Mustafi, Chambers, David Luiz Midfielders Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Willock, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Ceballos Forwards Lacazette, Aubameyang, Nelson, Pepe Arsenal starting XI: Leno; Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Sokratis, Monreal; Guendouzi, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Willock, Nelson; Aubameyang.Betting & Match Odds Arsenal are 17/20 to kick their season off with a win at  bet365 . Newcastle are 7/2 to cause a shock, while the draw is on offer at 14/5.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Arsenal celebrating 2019Unai Emery’s second season with Arsenal begins in earnest with a trip to Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday.The Gunners had a satisfactory first campaign with the former Paris Saint-Germain boss in charge, though they missed out on the Champions League, something they will be eager to rectify between now and May.While the summer addition of Nicolas Pepe seemed to set the Emirates side up for a thrilling all-out-attack approach this season, Emery subsequently moved to secure the signings of defenders David Luiz and Kieran Tierney over the final hours of the transfer window, suggesting that some effort will be made to shore up an area that has long been considered an Achilles heel for the team.With both ends of the field strengthened, the Gunners will hope to return to Europe’s top table in little over 12 months, having narrowly missed out last time around by finishing fifth in the league last term and failing to overcome Chelsea in the Europa League final.“Our ambition is to do the best possible in the all the competitions, the most important of these is the Premier League,” Emery said. “Our first target is to be in the top four, we reduced the distance last season. Manchester City and Liverpool are stronger than the others at the beginning. “We want to compete with them and reduced the points gap. Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea have the same objectives. “Last year the difference was really small and the challenge now is for us to achieve a top-four finish.“Other teams are coming back, signing new players and working very well. The Premier League is the best competition in the world. We are going to work to compete and get into the top four.”Newcastle, meanwhile, are coming off the back of a complicated summer that saw Rafael Benitez depart at the end of his contract. While speculation whirled for weeks, it was ultimately Steve Bruce who was the man anointed to replace the ex Real Madrid boss.There has been scepticism over the appointment, but the Magpies turned in a strong display against Saint-Etienne in a friendly victory last weekend.“Hopefully, I’ll win those supporters who are still in doubt over,” Bruce said on Friday. “Over a period of time, hopefully, I’ll get that sort of respect they have for Rafa. Deep down I know the fans will get behind the team. You can feel a little mood swing already.”A positive result against the Gunners would only hasten that progress. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgA referee signaling a touchdown during a Florida Gators game.(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)A major conference has announced that it its officiating will be reviewed by a third party in the offseason.Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott announced on Saturday that the conference’s officiating for football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball will be reviewed.“We’ve done that from time to time,” Scott said of football. “I thought it was an important time to bring in an outside group.”Scott added that they will be doing similar reviews for men’s and women’s basketball.“I’m constantly looking to improve (our conference’s officiating,” he said.Larry Scott said there’s going to be an external review of men’s and women’s basketball officiating in addition to football.— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) March 17, 2019Here’s his full explanation:Larry Scott said that he brought in a third party to analyze @pac12 officiating for football and plans to do the same thing for men’s and women’s basketball. pic.twitter.com/zam1S6ELV2— Daily Wildcat Hoops (@WildcatHoops) March 17, 2019The Pac-12’s football officiating in particular has come under some scrutiny in recent seasons, especially during 2018.Pac-12 fans can take solace in the fact that their conference is looking to improve it.last_img read more

first_imgMEDICINE HAT, Alta. – An Alberta man faces a charge of inciting hate, as well as numerous firearms offences, after someone showed up at a business with money that was stamped with anti-Semitic messages.Police in Medicine Hat say that when the business called them last week about the money, they arrested the man and searched his backpack.They say they found numerous $5 and $20 bills stamped with messages linked with white genocide conspiracy theories, as well as links to an anti-Semitic website.Police say they later searched his home, where they seized four firearms, including two high-powered rifles with the serial numbers removed, and 1,200 rounds of ammunition along with high-capacity magazines.They say they also found computer equipment, white supremacy documents and anti-immigration stickers.Loki Hulgaard, 35, of Medicine Hat has been released from custody on $4,000 bail and will appear in court on Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL — The Quebec government is set to announce the parameters of an independent commission looking into youth protection services after a seven-year-old girl who was followed by child services died in a case of alleged mistreatment.Premier Francois Legault, Junior Health Minister Lionel Carmant, who oversees youth protection, and representatives of all main parties at the legislature are expected to be on hand at a Quebec City hotel later today.The Coalition Avenir Quebec government has already chosen Regine Laurent, a nurse and former labour leader, to preside over the commission, which will include lawmakers and other experts.Legault had promised the inquiry in the days following the death of the seven-year-old from Granby, Que.The girl’s father, 30, and stepmother, 35, were each charged with unlawful confinement while the woman was also charged with aggravated assault. They return to court separately next week in the town about 80 kilometres east of Montreal.The Crown is looking at the evidence to see if they’ll be upgrading the charges the pair face.Granby police found the girl at her home in critical condition and she died April 29 after her guardians had appeared in court.Several investigations have already been ordered into the handling of the death of the young girl, including a coroner’s inquest, an internal probe by the regional health authority that oversees youth protection in the Eastern Townships region, an investigation by the Quebec Human Rights and Youth Commission and a police probe into death.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgAutism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, proudly presents its third annual BLUE JEAN BALL, honoring Autism Speaks Board of Directors’ Member Chuck Saftler.Saftler, who is President of Program Strategy and Chief Operating Officer of FX Networks, is being honored for his dedication to autism awareness. Presented by The GUESS? Foundation, the BLUE JEAN BALL will take place Thursday, October 24, 2013, at Boulevard 3 in Hollywood.Dave Grohl will perform an acoustic set at the event.The headline attraction of the evening will be a special acoustic set by Grammy® Award-winning music legend Dave Grohl. In addition, The White Buffalo with singer/songwriter Jake Smith (Shadows, Greys and Evil Ways) will perform.Hosting the event will be television personality Maria Menounos (Extra) and Emmy® Award-winning Actor Michael Chiklis (The Shield, Vegas, The Commish). Artist John Matos (CRASH) will premiere a limited edition print dedicated to Autism Speaks. World-renowned DJ Splyce will be providing entertainment throughout the evening.Chuck Saftler, Maria Menounos and Michael ChiklisThe Autism Speaks BLUE JEAN BALL is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for innovative autism research and resources for individuals and families affected by the disorder. Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and additional information are available at events.autismspeaks.org/bluejeanball.“We are proud to honor our good friend Chuck Saftler, and to acknowledge his tireless efforts in raising funds and awareness for the autism community,” said Liz Feld, president of Autism Speaks. “Chuck and his wife, Colleen, are champions for the cause. What a perfect year to recognize his contributions to our mission, given the success of FX’s The Bridge, featuring a very real character on the autism spectrum.” Feld continued, “We are thrilled and grateful to have the talented Dave Grohl perform. Dave has been an advocate for all children and we are so thankful for his contribution to our cause.”“One in 88 children is currently diagnosed with autism, and the annual cost for families living with the disorder is an average of $60,000,” added Matt Asner, Executive Director of Southern California for Autism Speaks. “Now, more than ever, we need to raise awareness and assure that research, advocacy and family service initiatives continue to be funded. What better way to make a little noise than with a rock and roll concert?”“The BLUE JEAN BALL has become one of Autism Speaks’ signature special events and second largest fundraiser in Southern California,” said 2013 event Co-Chairs and Board of Directors’ members Nikki Pesusich of Coterie Media and Georgianna Junco-Kelman, Special Education Attorney. Past participants and honorees have included Sarah McLachlan, Toni Braxton, Paul Marciano, photographer Rob Shanahan, Sinbad, Brooke White, Raphael Saadiq, Sarah Shahi, Beth Reisgraph, Nikki Reed and Paul MacDonald, among others.Don’t miss the 2013 Blue Jean Ball!About AutismAutism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a 78 percent increase in six years that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis.About Autism SpeaksAutism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed nearly $200 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.last_img read more

first_imgamfAR will host its annual New York Gala on February 8, at Cipriani Wall Street.Hosted by Lena Dunham, the event will honour Scarlett Johansson and Donatella Versace. There will also be a special performance by Ellie Goulding.Event Chairs include Woody Allen, Harry Belafonte, Steve Buscemi, Kenneth Cole, Alan Cumming, Lady Gaga, Iman, Heidi Klum, Lauren Bush Lauren, and many more.The amfAR New York Gala serves as the unofficial kick-off to New York Fashion Week and honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This spectacular star-studded black-tie event will feature cocktails, a seated dinner, a live auction of luxury items, musical performances, and a special tribute to the honorees.Since 1998, the amfAR New York Gala has become one of New York City’s most successful and high-profile AIDS benefit events. The Gala consistently attracts — and salutes — some of the biggest names in entertainment, fashion, art, and AIDS advocacy. To date the amfAR New York Gala has raised more than $17 million.More information can be found here.last_img read more

Niagara police are appealing for the public’s help in locating a missing 20-year-old man.Dani Joseph-Varghese was last seen in the early morning hours of Feb. 9 in the area of Dufferin Islands on the Niagara Parkway.He is described as East Indian, five-foot-five, with a slim build, black hair, and brown eyes. He was wearing a black leather jacket, black jeans, grey shoes and a grey Tommy Hilfiger sweater.Joseph-Varghese’s family and police say they are concerned for his welfare.Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact police at 905-688-4111, ext. 2200.

The annual death toll from job-related diseases and injuries has risen to 2 million, while many more people are injured as a result of their work, according to statistics released today by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO).The estimates, which cover the year 2000, show that on average, more than 5,000 people died every day, while for every deadly accident there were an additional 500 to 2,000 injuries. For every fatal work-related disease there are about 100 other illnesses causing absence from work.In a report prepared for the World Congress on Occupational Safety and Health at Work, scheduled to open in Vienna on Sunday, the ILO said the number of documented deaths among workers has increased since 1990, in part because of better statistical accounting but also because the number of cases of work-related cancer and circulatory diseases have increased. Also over the past decade, figures for fatal accidents went up slightly in developing countries but decreased in most industrialized countries.According to the report, the biggest killer in the workplace is cancer, causing roughly 640,000 or 32 per cent of deaths, followed by circulatory diseases at 23 per cent, accidents at 19 per cent and communicable diseases at 17 per cent. Asbestos alone, the report says, takes some 100,000 lives annually.Dr. Jukka Takala, Director of the ILO’s InFocus Programme on Safety and Health at Work and the Environment, said the worst news concerned young people, with the report estimating that 12,000 children die each year working in hazardous conditions.ILO Director-General Juan Somavia drew attention to the broad scope of the tragedy. “Let us not forget the impact that these accidents and diseases have on the families of the worker who has become injured, disabled or may have died as a result of work,” he said. “The emotional distress, the personal adjustment and even the financial survival of the family are also factors that must be considered.”“The world has a moral obligation to act,” he stressed. “These findings must be part of future strategies to promote occupational safety and health at work.” read more

In the first 15-minute edition of “UN and Africa,” the Secretary-General addressed questions about crucial issues, including the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of western Sudan and the serious challenges of UN peacekeeping, particularly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).According to Chief Executive Producer Ben Malor, the programme “aims to cover topical, newsy and current-affairs-related stories about what the UN is doing for Africa, in Africa, and about Africa.”Each week, “UN and Africa” will tackle the key political, humanitarian, security, health, development and other issues facing African countries such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; peacekeeping; the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD); sustainable development; South-South cooperation and others, he said.More information is provided on the new programme’s web site. read more

CSeries could fly again in a few weeks, says engine maker executive by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 5, 2014 10:14 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Bombardier’s CSeries planes could resume flight testing in a few weeks after the plane’s engine manufacturer believes it has found the cause of an incident a week ago that grounded the four test aircraft.“We believe it is not going to have a significant impact on the testing schedule and we’re working now with Bombardier on a plan to resume testing here in the next few weeks, we hope,” Greg Hayes, chief financial officer of Pratt & Whitney parent company United Technologies told a Chicago investors conference Thursday.“We believe we have an understanding of what occurred and, if we’re correct, we think it can be rapidly fixed,” Hayes said.Hayes said a preliminary analysis of the engine confirms the incident wasn’t related to the engine’s design, which features a geared fan that drives the aircraft’s fuel-savings advantage.“We think it was something much more simple than that and, again, it gives us confidence this is not going to be a significant financial exposure for UTC.”One of the CSeries’ two engines that malfunctioned was sent to the United States for a detailed investigation.UTC has invested more than US$5 billion on the engine program that will be used for several aircraft, including CSeries, Airbus narrowbodies and Mitsubishi regional jet.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) spokesman Marc Duchesne called UTC’s findings “positive.”“We’re listening to what they’re saying and it’s a positive sign, definitely,” he said in an interview.Bombardier hopes to disclose in the coming days more details about the engine incident and timing for a return to flight testing. In the meantime, the remaining three test aircraft are doing ground testing.The aircraft have flown nearly 330 hours of testing, well short of the 2,400 required to receive Transport Canada certification. The company expects to get some credit for ground testing and anticipates flight hours will pick up as the seven test airplanes, each with different missions, take to the air.Chief executive Pierre Beaudoin told reporters on Monday that he believes the new passenger jet will be ready for service as planned next year despite the engine incident.“I can understand that people would ask questions when there is an event like this…but we feel confident that we’ll find the problem rapidly with Pratt & Whitney and that we’ll be able to meet our schedule to entry into service in the second half of 2015,” he said.He added that has “absolute confidence” in the engine that was certified by Transport Canada in February 2013.Bombardier’s shares were hit following the incident and some analysts have said they expected them to remain under pressure until the cause of the engine problem is determined.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier shares were unchanged at C$3.70 in Thursday midday trading.Analysts have said the latest CSeries setback has aggravated concerns about the slow flight test program and calls into question its development program.Kevin Chiang of CIBC World Markets has said the “best-case scenario” is if the engine problem is restricted to the first test aircraft, especially since the engine has completed thousands of hours of testing and that engine-related incidents are not uncommon during flight testing.The US$4.4-billion CSeries program is expected to generate US$5 billion to US$8 billion a year in revenues at maturity and help improve overall profitability for Bombardier, Canada’s largest aerospace company and one of the world’s top producers of aircraft for commercial airlines and the business sector.Meanwhile, Hayes told the Deutsche Bank Global Industrials and Basic Materials Conference that it anticipates strong growth for its commercial aerospace business as a growing global middle class boosts traffic, prompting airlines to buy new planes and replace aging fleets.Only 16 per cent of the world’s population have ever flown on an aircraft, but demand is expected to be sparked as the middle class surges over the next two decades to include two-thirds of the population. He said about 30,000 new aircraft will be purchase in the next 20 years.Although the International Air Transportation Association has lowered its profitability forecasts, it still expects the worlds’ airlines will generate US$18 billion of profits this year. Hayes said four straight years of airline profits will allow carriers to buy spare parts and drive UTC sales.Hayes also noted that UTC will take a nearly US$500 million charge in the second quarter for the Canadian Maritime Helicopter program. Sources say the Harper government has reached a deal to amend its contract with the U.S. manufacturer of the long-delayed CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopters. The military version of Sikorsky’s S-92 helicopter won’t be fully operational until 2018.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter read more

According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Burkina Faso, Niger and Mauritania host some 175,000 Malian refugees who fled the recent conflict there. Refugees eligible to vote in exile are people already registered in the Malian Administrative Civil Status Census, conducted in 2010. “UNHCR is supporting the participation of refugees in these elections, although our role is limited to a strictly humanitarian and non-political one,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva. “We are providing refugees with practical information on their right to participate in the elections and we are also providing some transportation.” In Burkina Faso, UNHCR has launched awareness campaigns in all refugee camps as well as spontaneous refugee sites, and in urban settings with concentrations of refugees. “We are letting people know that personal information and data held by UNHCR is not being shared with the Malian Government, and advising on steps to take should people come under pressure from any person or party involved in the election,” Mr. Edwards said. Of almost 50,000 refugees in Burkina Faso, more than 18,400 are of voting age, and over the past four days, 10 teams deployed by the Malian Embassy and supported by UNHCR have started registering refugees to vote. The process is monitored by Burkina Faso’s national refugee commission. Mr. Edwards said registration numbers have picked up in the past few days, and added that the names of registered voters will be sent to authorities in the Bamako, the Malian capital, so that electoral cards can be sent to Burkina Faso and distributed to refugees. Similar arrangements are in place in Niger and Mauritania, which host some 50,000 and 75,000 refugees, respectively. UNHCR previously facilitated out-of-country voting by refugees in South Sudan in 2011, in Iraq in 2010 and in Afghanistan in 2004. read more

In a statement released today by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the experts said they had previously expressed concern at an earlier decision by Pakistan to rescind its unofficial six-year moratorium on the death penalty for non-military personnel in terrorism-related cases.“Terrorism attacks should not prevent States from complying with the stringent requirements of international law for the imposition of the death penalty,” the independent experts noted. International law requires that the death penalty may be imposed only in the context of a stringent functioning of the law and order system, so as to ensure the highest respect of due process and fair trial guarantees for the defendants. “Only full respect of these guarantees distinguishes capital punishment as possibly permitted under international law from an arbitrary execution,” the experts stressed. “The administration of justice through military tribunals raises serious questions, particularly in terms of access to justice, independence and impartiality of the court, and respect for the fair trial rights of the accused.”The experts, known as Special Rapporteurs are part of the ‘Special Procedures’ of the Human Rights Council, which is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Among the experts, who work on an individual, voluntary, unpaid basis and are not UN staff, were the Special Rapporteurs on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism; on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; and on the independence of judges and lawyers. The Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on arbitrary detention and the Chair of the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearance were also part of the team.They said that using military tribunals to try civilians in the name of national security, a state of emergency or counter-terrorism, runs against all relevant international and regional human rights standards and established case law.“Military tribunals should have jurisdiction only over military personnel who commit military offences or breaches of military discipline,” they said. “And then only when those offences or breaches do not amount to serious human rights violations, and they should never have the power to impose the death penalty.”They stressed that they had repeatedly called on States to assess whether the use of the death penalty is compatible with the right to life, as well as the inherent dignity of the human person, and to consider if the severe mental and physical pain or suffering it causes could constitute a violation of the absolute prohibition of torture. “We hope that the decision of the Supreme Court will provide an opportunity for all relevant actors in Pakistan to pursue a critically important dialogue aiming to address the questions relating to the legality of military tribunals, and the use of the death penalty, in line with Pakistan’s international human rights obligations,” the experts said, stressing that ensuring a safe environment for judges, prosecutors, lawyers and other members of the justice system is of fundamental importance. read more

The Rose Bowl isn’t the National Championship, but playing in the oldest, most prestigious bowl is a tradition that every Big Ten and Pac-10 team dreams of.The Ohio State Buckeyes are one win away from realizing that dream, but must first knock off the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday. An OSU win will cement a record fifth consecutive conference title and the Buckeyes will certainly smell the roses.OSU Coach Jim Tressel knows just how much the game means. He said that on Saturday, both teams will know what will be on the line.“I think it would be hard if you have the opportunity to earn a chance to play in that bowl game to minimize the excitement of that,” Tressel said. “We haven’t gone in a long time. It’s an important thing to Ohio State. It’s an important thing to Iowa. I’m not sure what year was the last time they went, but it’s a big deal.”“The Granddaddy of Them All,” as the Rose Bowl has come to be known, is a spectacle filled with tradition, a parade and a fierce inter-conference rivalry.The Big Ten and Pac-10 send their best teams to play on Jan. 1, but surprisingly, the Rose Bowl always seems to escape the Buckeyes’ grasp.  Ohio State has only played in the Rose Bowl three times in the last 30 years. Their last appearance in 1997 was an instant classic with the Buckeyes winning on a late touchdown against previously undefeated Arizona State.Since the inception of the Bowl Championship Series in 1998, the Buckeyes would have sent three teams to the prestigious bowl: 2002, 2006 and 2007 would have all been Rose Bowl years, but instead, OSU played for a national championship.In 2007, OSU lost to Illinois in the penultimate game of the season. The following week, after a win over Michigan and another Big Ten title, the roses were brought out and the Buckeyes celebrated what was believed to be a bid to the big game.However, due to several upsets the Buckeyes climbed from No. 7 to No. 1 without playing another game and instead went to the National Championship against LSU.“We were real excited to win another Big Ten championship and get the chance to go to the Rose Bowl,” senior tight end Jake Ballard said about the 2007 victory. “It was thrilling, we hadn’t been to the Rose Bowl in 10, now 12 years. We were just looking forward to going.”The BCS title game might have more at stake, but as a Big Ten school, the Rose Bowl is what a team plays for. Its tradition and pageantry cannot be rivaled. Tressel even got a bit nostalgic when talking about New Year’s Day’s most sacred game.“Jan. 1 in our house, two black-and-white TVs set up side by side, that old 30-pot coffee … my dad never got off the couch, man, we were taking him coffee and switching stations. I mean, that was — shoot, you were living on Jan. 1,” Tressel said with a smile. “That was it for the year, by the way.”Recently, the Rose Bowl hasn’t been a proud event for the Big Ten. The conference representative has been blown out by USC the last three years and hasn’t won the bowl since 2000.“The Rose Bowl is everything, it is where college football is at; … what it’s all about,” Ballard said. “Everybody wants to go there, everyone wants to play in that game. Ohio State has a long history in the Rose Bowl and we haven’t been back in some time. To go out there our senior year and to take care of business and come back with a Rose Bowl victory would be something great for Ohio State.”It would also benefit the Big Ten as a whole, Ballard said, because of their lack of big bowl wins the last several years.Ohio State could kill two birds with one stone Jan. 1. Making up for its past three BCS bowl losses, but also getting a big win for a conference that has struggled recently in postseason play.To do that, the Buckeyes will have to beat Iowa first. read more

“We believe in the right to assembly, expression and to practice your religion, but this should never be at the expense of a woman’s right to legal healthcare. Context is everything, and a woman’s right to privacy and family life is paramount when walking through our clinic doors.However, he said that the Public Spaces Protection Order was not an “adequate response  to what is a national problem, leaving most clinics across the country defenceless”.He added: “It is time for the UK government to end the postcode lottery of harassment and legislate for Safe Access Zones outside all registered abortion care providers in the UK.”Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) said: “We welcome the Court of Appeal’s decision. However, the harassment and intimidation of women and abortion clinic staff remains a national problem in need of a national solution.” She added: “Today’s judgment confirms that buffer zones are legal, proportionate, and necessary.” In September 2018 the then-Home Secretary Sajid Javid rejected calls for government legislation for buffer zones. There have been anti-abortion protests at 32 separate clinics and hospitals, including four new protest sites since then, according to BPAS. This September will see the campaign group 40 Days For Life begin six weeks of continuous “vigils” outside abortion clinics across the country, said the charity.  An abortion clinic buffer zone has been ruled legal by the Court of Appeal, which has said protesters can be forced to stand 100m away. In a landmark ruling, campaigners lost a Court of Appeal challenge against the country’s first protest-free “buffer zone” outside a Marie Stopes abortion clinic in Ealing. Three leading judges dismissed the appeal against the High Court, which had previously ruled that the restrictions, imposed by Ealing Council in west London on protests outside the clinic, were “justified”.The authority was the first to create a buffer zone in April 2018 when they imposed a public spaces protection order (PSPO) following reports of “intimidation, harassment and distress” for women using the facility in Mattock Lane, Ealing. However, the ruling may now encourage other councils to do the same. Earlier in the year a leaked report from the Manchester Marie Stopes centre, seen by The Telegraph, detailed the daily abuse faced by the clinic’s staff.  Protesters regularly gather outside the Marie Stopes clinic in EalingCredit:Jeff Gilbert for the Telegraph Protesters regularly gather outside the Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing It was argued on their behalf that the buffer zone of 100m interfered with their rights under the European Convention on Human Rights to freedom of expression, freedom of religion or belief and freedom of assembly and association.Ealing Council argued the buffer zone should remain and said some users of the clinic who had abortions many years ago are still “significantly affected by their encounters with the activists”.The authority’s QC said the council received a petition signed by more than 3,500 people urging it to take action.The appeal was unanimously dismissed on Wednesday by the Master of the Rolls Sir Terence Etherton, Lady Justice King and Lady Justice Nicola Davies who upheld the earlier decision in favour of Ealing.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised the “good news” in a tweet following the decision. He said: “A woman’s right to choose, free from intimidation or harassment, must be protected.” Marie Stopes UK’s Managing Director Richard Bentley said the Court of Appeal’s judgment was “a victory for common sense, compassion and women’s right to make decisions about their own bodies free from harassment”.  Ealing Council said the buffer zone prevented “intimidation, harassment and distress” for women using the clinicCredit:John Stillwell/PA Ms Murphy said that it was “unrealistic” to expect individual councils, who are already “under immense budgetary pressure” to pursue local PSPOs and urged the Home Secretary Priti Patel to consider national legislation.Representatives for Alina Dulgheriu and Andrea Orthova have said they will take the Court of Appeal’s decision to the Supreme Court.The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also tweeted his support. He said: “Whilst the right to peaceful protest must be respected, behaviour that seeks to deliberately target women for harassment and intimidation should not be tolerated.” Leader of Ealing Council, councillor Julian Bell, said they had seen a dramatic reduction in “activities having a detrimental effect” since the introduction of the buffer and called on the Home Secretary to introduce Ealing-style safe zones across the country. He said: “Anti-abortion groups who gather outside clinics have a detrimental impact on women, our team members and residents, and whether their behaviour is subtle or overt, it is a form of discrimination against women and targeted street harassment. Ahead of a 40-day anti-abortion protest in March, Greater Manchester Police offered increased support around the centre in South Manchester.Alina Dulgheriu and Andrea Orthova, who regularly attend a vigil run by the Good Counsel Network (GCN), challenged the decision at the Court of Appeal.  Ealing Council said the buffer zone prevented "intimidation, harassment and distress" for women using the clinic read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related …proposes fee of $10 – $20 (GYD) an hour for paid parking going forwardMAPM engaging in discussions with members of the Parking Meter CommitteeThe newly formulated Parking Meter Committee, chaired by Mayor and City Council (M&CC) Councillor Malcom Ferriera, met with members of the Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM) on Tuesday afternoon as part of the Committee’s consultative process to engage stakeholders as the controversial parking meter contract is being reviewed following a 3 months suspension.As members of the MAPM- which included an attorney- opened the discussions, they stated and emphasized that they are not against the introduction of a paid parking system in Guyana- specifically the city, but they are objecting to the current project on the grounds of lack of transparency, lack of adherence to the Public Procurement process and lack of consultation with the public.They then proceeded to call for full and complete revocation of the purported parking meter contract between the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and parking meter contractors, Smart City Solution Inc. (SCSI).“We maintain that the contract is illegal ab initio and as such, it is a legally untenable and impractical position to seek to renegotiate an illegality. In simple terms, there is no quick fix. It must be scrapped and the process restarted in accordance with law and the basic principles of good governance- due process, transparency and accountability, all of which were lacking prior,” their statement to the Parking Meter Committee said.MAPM emphasized that the absence of tendering in accordance to the laws of Guyana, particularly the Constitution of Guyana, the Public Procurement Act and the Municipal and District Councils Act is an insurmountable deficiency of the current purported contract.“We noted the Mayor’s comments as carried in certain sections of the media to the effect that tendering was not necessary since it was the contractor who approached the Council. However, this position is not grounded in law or logic. There is no exception in any of the Acts. Sections 232, 233 and 234 of the Municipal and District Council’s Act, which undoubtedly directly governs this Council specifies that any contract above the sum of GYD$250,000 must be tendered.”In addressing the Council’s justification that the current paid parking system would provide the much needed revenue for the M&CC to adequately function, the MAPM posited that the projected figures and actual figures earned as compared to the reported deficit of the council “does not make a strong argument for the Council,” and as such, the people of Guyana “out right reject this argument.”“The ratio of 80% to SCSI and 20% to M&CC for paid parking and 10% for Value Added Services further dilutes this position, particularly where other options are available which would yield higher revenue with lower impact. The absence of a deposit by SCSI also acts contrary to the revenue earning argument,” they explained to the listening ears of the Committee.Moreover, the Movement sought to poke holes into the other argument used by the M&CC to defend the parking meter initiative- which is that it eases traffic congestion. According to them [MAPM], there was no evidence to support this claim.“We have to date, not seen a feasibility study and/ or impact study which would support this position.” They also explained that the mandate of traffic congestion falls on the shoulders of the police according to the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act.In concluding, they sought to remind the Committee that court proceedings regarding the legality of the parking meter contract are still pending and as such, they explained that it would be prudent to await the outcome so as not to lead to further complications, especially if the court is against the contract.They reiterated again that the purported contract must be rescinded, and a new contract can be drafted in accordance to the law.Proposed feesChairman of the Parking Meter Committee, Malcom Ferriera expressed appreciation at the fact that the MAPM came prepared for an engaging discussion.After almost an hour of listening to the arguments put forward by the MAPM as to why the contract should be rescinded, Ferriera inquired as to what their thoughts on the parking meter fees were.One representative of the Movement posited that based on several interactions with members of the public, a fee of $10-$20 (GYD) an hour was considered adequate, with a package deal for employees, which would be a lower cost.In their defence for what may have been deemed a low cost, the MAPM contrasted the economic status of Guyana to the United States (US), highlighting that the amount Guyanese were being forced to pay for parking was almost equivalent to what was being charged in the US.However, they explained that based on the income level in the first world  country, the parking meter fee for one of the most expensive states in the US, amounted to 13 per cent of their monthly income, while in Guyana, the cost for parking for the average person cost a whopping 49 percent of their monthly income.More consultations are expected to be held with other members of the public during the week.The parking meter committee was established on April 26 2017, one month after the Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan suspended the paid parking initiative.It’s members consist of Malcolm Ferreira (Chairman), Roopnarine Persaud, Noelle Chow-Chee (VC), Ivelaw Henry, Trichria Richards, Carlyle Goring, and Heston Bostwick.The Committee’s Terms of Reference (TOR) was drafted and voted upon by the majority of  members of the M&CC. The TOR provides the committee with the authority to “engage with all stakeholders within the parameters of the framework agreed upon by the Council, Cabinet and Smart City Solutions (SCSI) to seek to determine what terms of the Agreement can and should be negotiated to bring the contract in harmony with the desires of the Council, Central Government, SCSI and the citizenry.”In addition to that, it obligates the committee members “to listen to proposals made by the other concerned parties and report same back to the Council for the council to make a decision on whether to accept or reject the said proposals,” “to advocate Council’s position in relation to the contract being mindful of the concerns of all the stakeholders,” to put forward workable solutions to any impasse that may arise with a view to arriving at an agreement that is mutually beneficial to all the stakeholders,” and “refer all financial suggestions to the Council’s Financial Committee for its opinion and /or advice.”The committee members are responsible for negotiating the position taken by the Mayor and City council with regards to the parking meters among themselves, then upon conclusion of the negotiating period, they are required to prepare a report and present same to Council at a meeting called for that purpose, setting out the proposals and or agreements arrived at.Since having been elected, the members were sworn to secrecy pending the submission of a report of recommendations to the M&CC.M&CC had entered into a contract with SCSI on May 13, 2016, for parking meters to be implemented in Georgetown.However, the project came under intense scrutiny and rejections from various public and private stakeholders, the Opposition and even some Central government officials over the clandestine way it was being foisted unto the populace, its prohibitive pricing and the contracting company’s general disregard with the way the new mechanism was introduced to the public, among many other concerns.After becoming effective in late January, 2017, several large protests were staged in front of City Hall calling for the contract to be revoked, while multiple stakeholders took the M&CC and the SCSI to court over the matter.Following a barrage of continuous onslaught form all sides, on March 21 2017, the Minister of Communities who had initially passed the by-laws bringing parking meters into effect, ordered that it be suspended for a period of three months to  facilitate the re-negotiations of the terms of the contract.  (Ramona Luthi) read more

first_imgVIST Group (a subsidiary of ZYFRA Group) has successfully tested its new autonomous truck in operations under extreme temperatures from -50°C to +50°C. The autonomous truck, based on the BelAZ-7513R, has demonstrated that it can operate normally in extreme temperatures. During a test drive, the truck operated for 24 hours and completed 468 working cycles, covering a distance of 153 km without human intervention. The main purpose of the test drive was to check whether the autonomous system could overcome the problems caused by snow interfering with its radar and LiDAR systems. The test drive demonstrated that all systems can operate error-free.VIST says the updated BelAZ-7513R robotic dump truck compares favourably with earlier models thanks to the introduction of a new generation of intelligent control systems:• electro-hydraulic steering system and brakes with an electronic control system – a fundamentally new development which provides greater flexibility and compactness in steering design through the use of programmable logic controllers to ensure optimal control performance and interaction between the steering wheel and the leading hydraulic cylinders, brake pedal and brake mechanisms;• more detailed scanning of the surface, including under extreme temperatures;• shuttle mode reducing tire wear and route time by up to 12% by eliminating superfluous turns.Robotic dump trucks equipped with VIST Group solutions are already operating at a number of industrial facilities around the globe. In future, there are plans to maximise automation of the truck’s loading capacity as well. The loader itself will be able to build a 3D model of the rock mass to be loaded, determine the order of actions and correlate its movements with the position of the dump truck. The remote operator’s functions will be reduced to issuing expert instructions, thereby enabling one operator to manage 3-5 robotic loaders. These units will improve the overall efficiency of mining operations and give mining companies access to entirely new smart services.The BelAZ-7513R mining dump truck with a payload capacity of 110-136 t is designed for transportation of rock in the severe mining conditions of deep pits, in open-cast mining and on technological haul roads under various climatic conditions. The BelAZ-78250 is the biggest loader, with a bucket capacity of 11.5 m3 and a payload capacity of 20-22 t. It is equipped with an economical Cummins QST 30-C (1,050 hp) diesel engine with electronic control and a diagnostic system. Due to its increased dimensions, loading height and bucket capacity, this new machine can load dump trucks with a payload capacity of 90 and 130 t.last_img read more

first_img Related Items:bahamas weather, Tci weather Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Bahamas Marine Forecast – 10th August 2015 Sizzling weekend for Provo Marine Forecast 18th August 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHURRICANE CENTER, bahamas, 12 Oct 20141. Cloudiness and thunderstorms associated with a small low pressurearea located a few hundred miles east of the Leeward Islands continue to show signs of organization. Although dry air may hamper development, the overall environment is expected to be generallyconducive, and a tropical depression could form during the next day or so. The low is forecast to move westward at around 10 mph, and interests from the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico to Hispaniola andthe southeastern Bahamas should monitor its progress. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate this disturbance this afternoon, if necessary. Regardless of development,areas of heavy rains and gusty winds are expected to move across the Leeward Islands starting later today.* Formation chance through 48 hours…medium…50 percent.last_img read more

first_img Posted: July 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom July 9, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A University City man was behind bars Tuesday for allegedly killing his roommate during an argument at their home near Rose Canyon Open Space Park.Brandon Ganskow, 34, was booked on suspicion of murder on Monday afternoon, about eight hours after 56-year old Kevin Crosthwaite was found dead at their shared residence in the 5300 block of Bothe Avenue, according to San Diego police.Patrol officers responding to a report of a medical emergency at the home just north of state Route 52 and east of Interstate 5 found the body of Crosthwaite, who had suffered “obvious” upper body trauma, Lt. Anthony Dupree said.Investigators determined that the alleged slaying took place during “some sort of altercation” between the two men, according to Dupree.The lieutenant declined to comment on the cause of Crosthwaite’s death or the reason for the fight between him and Ganskow, whose 57-year-old mother also lives at the home the men shared.Ganskow was being held without bail at San Diego Central Jail pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, University City man jailed for allegedly murdering roommatelast_img read more