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first_imgDespite having made it to the history books, India U-17 midfielder Jeakson Singh Thounaojam refused to take all the credit for the India’s first-ever goal in any FIFA tournament, which he headed in against Colombia on October 9.Off Sanjeev Stalin’s corner kick, Jeakson rose high to head in India’s first goal of the FIFA U-17 World Cup and described the goal scoring as a “great feeling.””I’m very happy and I would like to thank my teammates as because of them I got the opportunity to score. I only played my part. Just because I scored doesn’t mean that I should get all the credit. It was a great feeling for me as well as for the entire team and country,” he expressed.Jeakson shared that his goal scoring exploits have made his parents proud and despite the illness of his father, he is well aware of the history Jeakson has made.”I want to dedicate the goal to my parents. I talked to my mother and she was very proud of me. My father is unwell after having suffered a cardiac arrest but he knows that I’ve scored for India,” he added.9.40 pm, October 9, 2017 – History was created #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/ZjZX427NKB- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 10, 2017The 16-year-old midfielder said that the one minute, which started with him scoring the goal and ended with Colombia scoring another to take back the lead, left them with a bitter-sweet taste.”I was very excited at that moment. In fact, we all were watching the fans scream. But we conceded immediately and it was quite shattering.”advertisement”It was such a sweet and sour feeling for all of us. There were many who congratulated me. I was happy; we were all happy. But at the same time, it was so much of a disappointment as we couldn’t get a result which I feel we fully deserved,” Jeakson said.India will be facing Ghana tomorrow in their last group encounter of the U-17 World Cup and with no points from both their games till now, India are reeling at the bottom of the group.”We will play as per our plans. As a team we are prepared to fight it out. We played well against Colombia. We have fought hard and will do the same against Ghana,” he concluded.(With inputs from AIFF media)last_img read more


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first_imgMithali Raj’s record 200th ODI appearance ended in defeat as India lost the third and final match of the series by 8 wickets against New Zealand in Hamilton on Friday.Chasing a modest target of 150, New Zealand rode on half-centuries from Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite to win the match in the 30th over. The series however, ended 2-1 in India’s favour.Captain Satterthwaite remained unbeaten on 66 while Bates scored 57 off 64 balls as the White Ferns chased down the target in 29.2 overs at Seddon Park.Poonam Yadav managed to grab a wicket while Jhulan Goswami affected a run out of Lauren Down but it was too little too late for Mithali’s team.Earlier, Mithali managed to add just 9 runs to the Indian total while Deepti Sharma top-scored with 52 off 90 balls as India got bowled out for 149 in 44 overs. Harmanpreet Kaur was the next-best scorer with 24 runs.For New Zealand, Anna Peterson starred with the ball as she took 4 wickets for 28 runs while Lea Tahuhu bagged 3 wickets for 26 runs.Mithali’s 200th match made her the first female cricketer to achieve the feat in the 50-over format.Congratulations on No.200 Skipper – @M_Raj03 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/oxCWRp4qGOBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 1, 2019Interestingly, India have played 263 ODIs in total and Mithali has featured in 200 of them. Since her ODI debut on 25 June, 1999, the team have played 213 matches in the format. She has been a part of all but 13 of them.This is Mithali’s 20th year in international cricket during which time she has amassed 6622 runs in 200 ODIs with 7 hundreds and 52 half-centuries in 180 innings. The 36-year-old has also played 10 Tests and scored 663 runs at an average of 51 while in 85 T20Is she has managed 2283 runs at 37.42 with 17 fifties.advertisementThe women’s team’s loss came a day after the Indian men’s team suffered an 8-wicket defeat in the fourth ODI against Kane Williamson’s New Zealand team at the same venue.Rohit Sharma, who was also playing his 200th game on Thursday, was leading the team in Virat Kohli’s absence and didn’t have the best of games either as India got bowled out for 92 thanks to Trent Boult’s five-wicket haul. Rohit managed just 7 runs in the match.New Zealand then rode on Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls’s unbeaten knocks to reach the target with 8 wickets in hand.last_img read more


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first_imgJunior Tushar Shahani shocked second seeded Ranjit Singh in four games to enter the men’s final of the Otters Club Vedanta Squash Open here on Saturday.Shahani, who lost in the semi finals of the under-19 event held concurrently a few hours earlier, won 11-5, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8 in the semi-final contest.He will meet 3/4 seeded Abhishek Agarwal in the summit clash following the latter’s 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 verdict over Sandeep Jhangra, seeded in the 9/16 slot, in the other semi final tie.In the women’s semi-finals, Aishwarya Khubchandani’s dream run came to an end when 3/4 seed Sanya Vats overpowered her 11-7, 12-10, 11-7.Top seed Urwashi Joshi took her appointed place in the final as she breezed past 5/8 seed Radhika Rathore 11-8, 11-3, 11-6 in the other semi final.Results (all semi finals): Women: Urwashi Joshi [1] bt Radhika Rathore [5/8] 11-8, 11-3, 11-6; Sanya Vats [3/4] bt Aishwarya Khubchandani 11-7, 12-10, 11-7.Men: Abhishek Agarwal [3/4] bt Sandeep Jangra [9/16] 11-8, 11-5, 11-6; Tushar Shahani bt Ranjit Singh [2] 11-5, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8.Also Read | Singapore Open 2019: Nozomi Okuhara thrashes PV Sindhu in one-sided semi-finalAlso Read | Singapore Open: PV Sindhu seals semifinal spot; Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth knocked outAlso Watch | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli struggles to solve RCB’s loss puzzlelast_img read more


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first_imgzoom OMS PolluxDanish-registered standby safety vessel, OMS Pollux, collided with a pile supporting a turbine yesterday at Walney Wind Farm, off Barrow-in-Furness.  The vessel has since been leaking marine gas oil (diesel),  the UK Maritime Coast Guard Agency said yesterday.The Liverpool Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) received a call at 9:05 yesterday morning reporting that a ship collided with a turbine pile and has since joined coordinating the recovery of the damaged ship.The Nordic Offshore Marine’s vessel, with a crew of around 18 on board, was last reported afloat and there were no reported injuries.OMS Pollux has moved under its own power to its current location north of the Port of Liverpool limits, and away from environmentally sensitive areas.The Barrow lifeboat attended the incident and the ship was escorted in relay by the Barrow, Lytham and Hoylake lifeboats.The fixed-wing aircraft from Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s counter pollution team has made a flypast and reports that a surface sheen, 5-10 metres wide and around 0.7 nautical miles in length is trailing the vessel.Unlike heavier forms of fuel, marine gas oil should evaporate or disperse naturally.The OMS Pollux will remain offshore outside the Liverpool Port Authority limits until the leak has been stopped, the Coast Guard said.The multi-agency Environment Group set up to respond to this type of incident – and comprising local authorities, emergency services, government agencies and other stakeholders – is assessing the local situation.The Liverpool MRCC said it was  in constant contact with the vessel and was also monitoring the situation.The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been informed.Press Release, August 15, 2014; Image: Nordic Offshorelast_img read more


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first_imgCALGARY — A sense of calm comes over Nikki Pike when she’s with her three hens Nugget, Nibble and Noodle.The Calgary woman has had anxiety and depression since she was sexually abused as a girl. Spending time with backyard chickens provided a safe haven during that traumatic time, and the mental link between the birds and peaceful feelings has followed her into adulthood.“When I’m holding them, I’m feeling, I’m smelling, I’m hearing,” she says. “What calms me down is all of those sensory aspects of being with them.”Pike is working to formally register her “girls” as livestock emotional support animals under a new city program. In December 2017, a complaint prompted the city to investigate her backyard chicken coop.“I was worried that somebody was going to come and take them away,” she recalls. “That’s incredibly stressful on top of my already crazy life that involves a lot of anxiety.”Pike urged the city to amend its pet bylaw to allow animals normally found on farms into urban homes for mental-health purposes. Council voted to make the change last fall.Pike is happy the city has recognized her chickens’ importance to her mental health — and that the bylaw takes into account animal welfare and effects on neighbours.Pike’s hens spend most of their time in a heated coop decked out with disco balls, but they come inside at night for cuddles and treats. Her two sons, eight and six, like to read them bedtime stories.Chickens are more affectionate and show more personality than people realize, says Pike.“They will hop up on you and demand snuggles.” To get a permit, an applicant must provide a letter from a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist stating an animal is needed to treat a mental-health condition. Many websites will provide a boilerplate letter for a fee. But Aalika Kohli, a business and policy analyst for the city, says those won’t do.“The process is pretty robust to ensure there are no loopholes.”The city must be satisfied the animal has adequate space and that there’s contact information for a veterinarian who can provide specialized care. An alternate home for the animal must also be lined up.The city has not received any applications since its online portal opened in March, but Kohli says she’s expecting five to 10 a year.She thinks most applications will be for chickens, pot-bellied pigs and miniature horses. Larger animals, like cows, would probably require too much space, but Kohli says each application will be weighed case by case.Strathmore, east of Calgary, is the only other jurisdiction the city found with a similar bylaw. An exception there was made for a family with a pot-bellied pig.  In 2014, Trevor Dahl and his family convinced Strathmore’s town council to allow Chuckles, a pot-bellied pig, into their home.The Dahls had taken in Chuckles as a rescue a few years earlier, but were told he couldn’t stay. Dahl says the pig was a big help to his daughter, then 10, who had been having nightmares after a large fire on their street.“As soon as he started sleeping through the night, she started sleeping through the night, too,” he says.The Dahls have since moved to a more rural area where county officials have no problem with Chuckles and another pig named Fairie as long as they’re not a nuisance.Unlike service animals — such as dogs that help blind people get around — emotional support animals don’t need training.Dahl took Chuckles to be trained in Edmonton anyway to bolster the case before Strathmore’s town council. The course was a breeze for the pig, he says.Dahl believes municipalities should regulate pot-bellied pigs the same as cats or dogs. They’re clean and quiet, but their sharp minds do need to be kept occupied with games and toys to keep them out of trouble.“They are more loyal than a dog. They’re incredibly intelligent. They’re extremely affectionate.”Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


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first_imgTORONTO — Three former students of a prestigious Toronto private school have pleaded guilty in a sex assault scandal that rocked the institution. The teens, who attended St. Michael’s College School, each pleaded guilty to one count of sex assault with a weapon and one count of assault with a weapon.One of the teens also pleaded guilty to making child pornography.Police launched an investigation last fall after a video that captured an alleged sexual assault on the school’s campus was shared on social media.Seven students were charged with assault and sexual assault offences that related to three incidents involving members of one of the school’s football teams.Four of the students charged were expelled and three withdrew from the school in the wake of the allegations.This report by the Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 3, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


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first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The provincial government wants to make B.C. drivers pay ICBC premiums that more fairly reflect the risk they represent on the roads.ICBC‘s current rate structure is more than 30 years old. It is built around ensuring the vehicle rather than the driver and allows discounts to drivers despite multiple crashes.The structure has resulted in British Columbians with crash-free, clean driving records subsidizing bad drivers, including those with multiple accidents. B.C. Attorney General David Eby explained the submission ICBC is making to the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) will include revenue-neutral proposals aimed at levelling that playing field. “We want to modernize ICBC so that British Columbians pay according to their crash history, driving records and level of risk, and take responsibility for their driving habits,” said Eby.  “It’s only fair.”“Right now, the system is broken. A driver with no crashes could be paying the same premium as a driver with three at-fault crashes in a year. We heard from British Columbians that their insurance rates need to be fair and we agree. Good drivers shouldn’t have to continue paying more to cover the costs for those who cause crashes or present a higher risk on our roads.”The proposed changes align with the feedback the government received from nearly 35,000 British Columbians on how to make insurance fair. Proposed changes to basic insurance include: Moving to a driver-based model, so that at-fault crashes are tied to the driver and not the person who owns the vehicle.Increasing insurance discounts for drivers with up to 40 years of driving experience, up from the current limit of nine years.New discounts available for vehicles with original, manufacturer-installed automatic emergency braking technology and for vehicles driven less than 5,000 kilometres per year.Basic insurance discounts for inexperienced drivers will be adjusted to better reflect their risk.At-fault crashes will have a larger impact on the premium a driver pays.Rate classes and territories data will be updated for the first time in more than 10 years to reflect significant changes in traffic density, population growth and changes in the urban infrastructure.An increase to the Driver Penalty Point (DPP) and Driver Risk Premium (DRP) programs of 20% in fall 2018 and 20% in fall 2019, as previously announced.“The changes we are proposing are the most significant updates to how ICBC‘s basic insurance premiums are set in more than 30 years,” said ICBC’s Board Chair Joy MacPhail. “When British Columbians were asked for their feedback on this topic, one message came out loud and clear, lower-risk drivers shouldn’t be paying the same as some high-risk drivers.”As part of these changes, ICBC is proposing a “transition cap” that limits how much the premium can change annually based on a customer’s driving record and at-fault crash history. Most customers will fully transition to their new basic premium within three years under the proposed changes.The B.C. government has directed ICBC to file an application with the BCUC by Aug. 15, 2018. Subject to approval, the changes would come into effect September 2019. Separately, the government has also directed ICBC to move the timing of its basic insurance rate application to the BCUC from late August to December to align any rate change with the other product changes already announced.last_img read more


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Rabat – The 21st annual New York Sephardic Film Festival opened on March 5 with a focus on Morocco. The featured performance involved the Grammy-nominated group Innov Gnawa summoning the spirits of Shabbat with the Israeli Sephardic jazz musician Itamar Borochov; for the third year in a row, this cultural exchange happened thanks to the partnership with the Mimouna Association, a grassroots Moroccan organization which introduces Jewish culture to Muslim university students.Gnawa music, which arose out of musical traditions of black Moroccans, and was adopted and adapted by Jews for post-Shabbat gatherings that would go on all night, is a novelty for most American Jews, even those who are familiar with the more general Moroccan musical tradition and who have had the occasion to see Gnawa groups perform all over Morocco.The novelty of the beautiful costumes, and the creative fusion of the  Gnawa songs with  Itamar Borochov’s jazz performance should come as no surprise thanks to Morocco’s rich mosaic of cultures, and encouragement not of mere coexistence, but curiosity and mutual exploration of each other’s traditions by the people from various backgrounds – Arab, Amazigh, Jewish, black tribes from other African regions who have since added their touch to Morocco’s diversity. Already famous for preserving its multifaceted cultural identity at home, Morocco is also leading by example among other MENA countries. Morocco’s leadership manifests in two ways: through the impact, its own culture has in other countries, and second, by promoting peace and good relations with other states through cultural exchanges and participation in other events.Moroccan communities are strong and active in many European countries, but they are also making an impact in the United States. In New York, for instance, a community movement called Moroccan Americans in New York, led by Simo Elaissaoui, who was recognized at the Opening Night for his contribution to the monthly Jewish and Moroccan social networking dinners, is now an NGO that is working together to build bridges between the Moroccan American community in New York and other groups, including American Jewish professionals, as well as doing broad cultural outreach by introducing Moroccan culture to the diversity of the busy city life.Despite being thousands of miles away from Morocco, the community spirit, values, and connection to their culture is strong and carries the message of openness and warmth wherever these communities settle. For that reason, Moroccans are also successful messengers of peace and bridgebuilding wherever they go.  In fact, this year, American Sephardi Federation, which is the organizer of the film festival, made history by successfully nominating two young Moroccan filmmakers to the Jerusalem Film Festival study program. They will spend 6-8 weeks learning and shooting short films in Israel over the summer. The films will then be presented at the next NY Sephardic Film festival in 2019. Moreover, the opening ceremony, held in the spirit of Moroccan tolerance, honored the Golden Globe-winning Franco-Tunisian director Said Ben Said with a Pomegranate Award for Moral Courage in response to his valiant stand against Jew-hatred in the Arab world.Mr. Ben Said, in a conversation, explained that his strong opposition to anti-Semitism arose as he grew up as a minority in France, and came to feel a sense of solidarity with other such groups, including Jews. He made it clear that he views much of the hatred aimed at Israel not as a form of support for Palestinian aspirations to statehood, or empathy for their suffering (for there is no mass outrage about the fate of the Palestinians trapped in refugee camps in Syria, for instance), but rather, hatred of Jewish presence in the Middle East. In his acceptance speech, he quoted Kafka’s response on that issue, which compared Zionism to a caravan peacefully sojourning to its destination. Kafka contrasted it with the virulent forms of extreme and ethnocentric European nationalism which contributed to the major wars plaguing the 20th century. Some would say, that such a presentation was political and therefore controversial. However, Morocco had sent an official representative to be at the event, who, along with officials from a number of other countries, correctly understood Ben Said’s message – political disputes, however, heated, should be settled without besmirching entire nations with hateful and defamatory messaging, nor should political conflicts between governments be an impediment to cultural exchanges between their peoples.Among MENA states, Morocco, again, is a leader in underscoring that cultural and athletic exchanges are not a place to resolve external political issues, but rather moments of bonding, learning, and friendly competition. In an inspiring lesson of true sportsmanship that places merit above propaganda and political agendas, Morocco hosted a world championship tournament in judo in Agadir, where two Israelis won medals. A female judoka took home the gold, and was allowed to display the Israeli national flag, while the Israeli anthem:”HaTikvah” played during the ceremony. This event is monumental, because it showed Morocco’s growing leadership, strength, and security as a rising star in Africa and an increasingly influential MENA country.Strong countries need not be afraid of athletes and other non-political figures visiting, partaking in cultural events – and even taking the risk of winning under their own flags, even when the governments of these countries are in dispute over some issue of considerable importance. The role of athletic events is precisely in overcoming such barriers. Nor should athletes who happen to be living in a particular state should be penalized for the actions of their governments.  Athletic competitions are the healthiest outlets for aggressive energy; just as cultural exchanges are much more preferrable fora to discuss controversial ideas than never-ending political battles, where all sides are compelled to play to public expectations of their constituents and agenda-driven groups, rather than to humanize one another and come to any sort of understanding. By refusing to boycott such events, or even hosting them, Morocco is accomplishing something important not just for herself but for all MENA countries looking to overcome past and present issues in dealing with each other, and sorting out various problems. It is setting an example of separating ideas from the people who carry them. That ability is what defines moderation, and what is unthinkable to extremists.Blind hatred has never led to any resolutions of conflicts, any improvements in human rights, any growth in understanding. On the contrary, inability to view individual members of any particular group as individual human beings with motivations, aspirations, and interests apart from the larger goals of that group have only fueled continuous problems and separation. Engaging in a discussion or an exchange does not mean acceptance or agreement with any political agenda, or for that matter, any particular paradigm or idea. Yet for too long, conflicts in MENA have turned into total wars, which, rather than focusing on separating the politics from the human endeavors, conflated conflcts with complete dehumanization of all participants, sowing distrust, bigotry, and fear.Morocco’s willingness to take steps which go far beyond what some of its neighors are willing to do, at a risk of raising eyebrows, is the only pragmatic solution to move past the endless and self-fulfilling need to nod to the public expectations and appearances and actually lead not only its own society, but all others hampered by misgivings and uncertainty, into a better direction. In essence, these steps have carved out a room where discussion of even the most controversial subjects is permissible, where openness to engage directly sets the tone for potential resolutions and creative ideas rather than talking past one another, and where the natural curiosity inherent to all human beings can finally satisfy itself through knowledge, learning, and experience rather than through rumors, conspiracy theories, fantasies, and distortions. We should be under no illusion that there is a quick fix to all of the current impediments to peaceful coexistence within MENA. There are far too many factors, issues, and questions to be addressed, too many decades of disinformation, misinformation, and accumulated biases.  However, the sowing of the seeds for growth is that first step that can bring about a journey of discovery and exploration, that will eventually lead to more and more people of various backgrounds coming together to resolve these issues rather than use them as weapons to perpetuate misunderstandings and tensions.There was, however, one magic ingredient that should not be forgotten before any such serious discussion.Moroccans know that secret well, and for that reason, their efforts in coexistence have been so successful.That secret is… plenty of good food and laughter. Before entering the auditorium to listen to all the speeches,  we ate copious amounts of delicious Moroccan food, drank Moroccan tea, partook in henna decorations, flaunted caftans, and mingled in a relaxed setting – meeting each other, talking, laughing, taking pictures, and seeing incredible opportunities for a rich, fascinating, and joyous future together.Only after we were satiated and not a crumb was left, did we get to the presentations. And it went very well.The lesson in that, of course, is first – if you want a great event, make sure to invite Moroccans. Not only will they show up, and be present in every moment, but you will have plenty to talk about and remember for years to come.And… never engage in any serious discussions or controversies on an empty stomach. Moroccans know that, and for that reason, they lead the way. Full people are happy people, and happy people make things happen. Moroccan opening night was a spectacular success thanks to its many partners – Association Mimouna, the Consulate General of Morocco in New York, and of course, Morocco Tourism Office… and it was but just one of the many more great events to come. Now when people hear Morocco, they no longer ask me about safety issues or express fear… they are starting to think of good food, of great music, of natural diversity, and of openness… and they want to come back for much more. read more


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SAN FRANCISCO — Google is making a $1 billion commitment to address the soaring price of housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, a problem that the internet company and its Silicon Valley peers helped create as the technology industry hired tens of thousands of high-paid workers.The pledge announced Tuesday by Google CEO Sundar Pichai consists of a $250 million investment fund and $750 million of company-owned land that will be used to build at least 15,000 homes that will include low- and mid-income housing.Google is lending a helping hand as it draws up plans to expand into sprawling offices beyond its headquarters in Mountain View, California. That suburban city of roughly 80,000 people has been swamped with affluent tech workers since Google moved there shortly after its 1998 inception.The Associated Press read more


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30 November 2011The United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees said today it has formed a partnership with a renowned architect to build 20 environmentally-friendly schools in the Gaza Strip. The blueprint for the “environmental zero impact” schools to be built by UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in partnership with award-winning architect Mario Cucinella, renowned for green architectural design and technology, will be showcased at the ongoing UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa.“This project is a first for UNRWA, which we hope will lead to the creation of environmentally friendly schools in the five areas where we work,” said Filippo Grandi, the UNRWA Commissioner-General. Such schools will also be built in the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria in future, he said.“We teach half a million students throughout the Middle East region. UNRWA is grateful to the Kuwait Fund, which is funding the pilot school through the Islamic Development Bank. We hope that all donors will come forward as this exciting initiative moves ahead,” Mr. Grandi added.At a cost of $2 million – about the same cost of building a regular UNRWA school – the schools will provide educational facilities for 800 students each in an atmosphere conducive to the highest levels of academic achievement, according to the agency. The schools are self-sustaining in water and energy.The aim is to promote high academic standards within the schools, while creating greater awareness and respect for the environment outside. read more


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Friends, family, and residents of Charlottesville remembered Heather Heyer Wednesday. CNN’s Omar Jimenez reports.


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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Members of a small but defiant group are pledging to keep protesting the Site C hydroelectric project in northeastern British Columbia, despite being ordered off the land.They set up a camp on Dec. 31, when BC Hydro and Power Authority issued an eviction notice while pressing ahead with land clearing for the controversial $9-billion dam.The Crown corporation gave protesters 24 hours to leave the area known as Rocky Mountain Fort, on the south bank of the Peace River, just a few kilometres south of Fort St. John.It warned that BC Hydro personnel will remove all contents of the camp and deliver it to RCMP but such action had not been taken by Monday afternoon.Verena Hofmann, a Peace River Valley resident who was at the encampment over the weekend, said contractors appear ready to begin logging a three-kilometre region that is First Nations territory.“We’ve just heard that equipment has started up. It looks like they are intending to keep on cutting,” she said on the phone from Fort St. John. “Treaty 8 First Nation people are holding their ground and are not moving from the site, so things are intensifying and changing quickly.”Hofmann said demonstrators believe BC Hydro has no right to force them off the land in the midst of ongoing legal challenges involving Site C.Several court cases raise major concerns about the potential impact of flooding from the creation of a new lake on the Peace River and the surrounding valley during construction of the dam.She said upward of about five people at a time are occupying the west side of the mouth of the Moberly River in rotating shifts. First Nations people and other landowners are staying in a small cabin that was flown to the bank, as well as a hunting tent, she said.It takes about 30 minutes to walk or less by snow machine to reach an area where contractors are set up, she said.“There is no physical structure blockading BC Hydro’s construction, it’s individual people approaching them and reasonably and respectfully pleading with them to cease construction.”Local people are trying to protect the land — significant because it contains swaths of old-growth boreal forest — until court proceedings run their full course, Hofmann said.She said the group has asked that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reassess the environmental approval granted for the project by the former Conservative government, in conjunction with the B.C. government.A spokesman for Site C project said the utility will continue to monitor the situation and is evaluating “all options.”“BC Hydro respects the right of all individuals to peacefully protest and express their opinions about Site C in a safe and lawful manner,” Craig Fitzsimmons, the manager of communications and issues management, said in an email.“We are hopeful this can be resolved. We are in discussions with the protesters and local authorities to allow us to resume construction activities.”The Rocky Mountain Fort was established in 1794 by the North West Company as a fur trading post and is the site of the earliest settler post in mainland B.C.The dam will be the third on the Peace River, creating an 83-kilometre-long reservoir that’s slated to power up to 450,000 homes a year.BC Hydro announced in mid-December that a consortium of three companies will be paid about $1.75 billion to build the largest components of the Site C development over the next eight years.— By Tamsyn Burgmann in Vancouver— Follow @TamsynBurgmann on Twitter Protesters are defying an eviction notice from BC Hydro as the Crown utility presses ahead with land clearing around the Site C hydroelectric project along the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Verena Hoffmann BC Hydro orders protesters off land slated for logging near Site C dam by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 4, 2016 1:14 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


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“Timor-Leste is undoubtedly the leading example of the importance of an order based on international law. Next year, our Nation celebrates the 20th anniversary of the popular consultation organized by the United Nations, in which our people voted courageously for the independence,” she said on the last day of the Assembly’s seventy-third annual general debate.Speaking on behalf of Dionisio Baba Soares, Timor-Leste’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, she stressed the UN’s continuing beneficial role in her country’s affairs with the resolution this year of a maritime conflict with Australia, holding it up as an example for other countries.“Recently, the United Nations played again a major role in Timor-Leste’s future. For the first time, a Conciliation Commission, established in 2016 under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), succeeded in the positive resolution of a longstanding dispute between Timor-Leste and Australia about the definition of maritime boundaries,” she added.“This new [Maritime Boundary] treaty allowed us to consolidate national sovereignty and establish an important model for the peaceful resolution of international disputes. In a time of increasing global geopolitical tensions over maritime disputes, the success of the first conciliation process in history assume an unprecedented international significance.“Timor-Leste encourages other State Members to consider this mechanism for the peaceful settlement of maritime disputes. We believe that this mechanism will play an important role in appeasing global tensions on our seas.”Full statement available here. read more


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Virginia (7-5, Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. South Carolina (7-5, Southeastern Conference), Dec. 29, noon EST.LOCATION: Charlotte, North CarolinaTOP PLAYERSVirginia: QB Bryce Perkins, 2,472 yards passing, 22 TDs passing; 842 yards rushing, nine TDs rushing.South Carolina: WR Deebo Samuel. 882 yards receiving, 11 touchdowns.NOTABLEVirginia: Averaged 170.3 yards per game on the ground this season.South Carolina: Will Muschamp has won 22 games in three seasons, the most of any Gamecocks coach in his first three seasons.LAST TIMESouth Carolina 31, Virginia 7 (Sept. 6, 2003)BOWL HISTORYVirginia: Will be making 20th bowl appearance (7-12). The Cavaliers have lost their last three bowl games. However, they’re 2-0 at the Belk Bowl (formally called the Continental Tire Bowl), defeating West Virginia 48-22 in 2002 and Pittsburgh 23-16 in 2003 in Charlotte.South Carolina: Will be making 23rd bowl appearance (9-13). It is the Gamecocks’ first appearance in the Belk Bowl. However, they have played three times in regular season games in Charlotte and are 3-0, most recently defeating NC State, 35-28 to open the 2017 season.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and twitter.com/ap_top25The Associated Press read more


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Will Smith’s upcoming film is stirring up some controversy, and it hasn’t even hit theaters yet. The movie is called Concussion, and it’s reportedly causing the NFL a bit of a headache.The Sony biopic tells the story of Nigerian forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu, who discovered a degenerative neurological disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The disease causes depression, dementia, and other behavioral changes in football players after repeated head trauma.Dr. Omalu presented his research to the press and the NFL in 2005 but was not met with open arms by the league. The NFL, instead, attempted to discredit his findings and allegedly blackball him in the science community.  It was an odd tactic, considering that Dr. Omalu specializes in neuropathology.Omalu’s discovery of CTE came after performing the autopsy of former Pittsburgh Steelers player Mike Webster, who publicly appeared to have gone crazy in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Though the NFL opposed Omalu’s work, a string of suicides by former NFL players—all of which were found to have CTE—brought his research to greater prominence and forced the NFL to acknowledge that concussions were an issue. A 2009 GQ profile on Dr. Omalu’s battle with the NFL, titled “Brain Game,” forms the basis for Concussion.  While there is some talk of Oscar buzz for Smith who portrays Dr. Omalu in the film, there’s even more buzz about how big of a problem the movie may cause for the NFL. Recent headlines suggest that the film delivers some serious blows to the league’s reputation, while a New York Times article published on September 1 claims that emails leaked during the big Sony hack reveal that the film may have been “watered down” by Sony executives in order to avoid rattling cages over at the NFL. However, Sony Pictures issued a statement to NBC on September 2, refuting those claims. “As will become immediately clear to anyone actually seeing the movie, nothing with regard to this important story has been ‘softened’ to placate anyone,” a spokesperson said.Dr. Bennet OmaluMeanwhile, the NFL has been doing some preemptive damage control, according to The Hollywood Reporter, welcoming any open dialogue the film may spark and holding a series of conferences and scientific strategy meetings on player safety in the months leading up to Concussion‘s release. “When something like this movie comes up and people want to talk about concussions or football or the future of the sport, that’s an opportunity for us to engage,” Jeff Miller, NFL senior VP of health and safety policy, said to The Hollywood Reporter.Miller even went so far as to say that the league would be happy to partner with Sony to raise awareness for concussion safety in the sport. “The studio hasn’t asked, and if they were to, and it gives us the opportunity to talk about the health and safety of our sport, we would do that, Miller added. That’s a much warmer reception than the NFL gave to Dr. Omalu. Neither Omalu’s name nor his research has been mentioned in any of the NFL’s recent statements. The NFL also effectively limited the reach of a 2013 documentary about Dr. Omalu and the NFL called League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis. The organization allegedly pressured ESPN, initially a partner on the project, to back out of the documentary that was based on a book written by two ESPN reporters.Omalu’s work is important for all professional athletes, but particularly to the predominantly Black NFL and the young Black players who aspire to be in the league—athletes who need to be informed, protected, and treated for the disease that the NFL has tried to discount.Since his discovery of CTE in Mike Webster, Dr. Omalu has examined the brains of at least 16 other former NFL players, who each died by some self-inflicted injury, and found CTE in all of them. He has received the backing of many doctors and scientists outside of the NFL’s roster. Some of those scientists were even hand-picked by the league to conduct their own examinations of the brains and were subsequently ignored by the NFL when their findings supported Dr. Omalu’s.Regardless of whether the NFL acknowledges the validity of Omalu’s research, they certainly won’t be able to dismiss it after it is given such public treatment as a Hollywood movie. With at least 17 cases of CTE diagnosed in NFL players, 5000 ex-players who sued the league for damages resulting from concussions in 2013, and thousands more who are or will be affected by them in the sport, Concussion may be putting a necessary spotlight on the biggest issue facing the NFL. And Will Smith may just be putting on the most important performance of his career to-date. read more


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first_imgSepro Mineral Systems has introduced the Sepro Blackhawk 100 cone crusher for heavy duty mining applications. It incorporates, says Sepro, “advanced technology with affordability to provide a reliable and simple to operate crushing solution. Engineered in-house, in partnership with key industry personnel who specialise in crusher design, the new cone crusher will meet the gap in supply of crushing equipment for small and medium sized projects.”The combination of the speed and eccentric throw of the 100 kW cone crusher provides fine crushing capability and high capacity in a very compact design. The Blackhawk 100 can be applied as a secondary or tertiary crusher as well as a pebble crusher. The new cone crusher can be incorporated into modular process solutions offered by Sepro Mineral Systems as part of a complete plant solution.The crusher is driven directly via a flexible coupling to the electric drive motor. This arrangement eliminates the need for sheaves and v-belts, allowing for simplified operation and maintenance. A variable speed drive package can be included to optimize the speed of the machine to the given liner profile, feed and production conditions.The lock bolt design for holding the cone liner in place eliminates the need for a torch or burning ring. In the event of tramp material entering the crusher, the hydraulic cylinder allows the release of the material.last_img read more


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first_imgSystème d’exploitation : Apple progresse mais Windows est encore loin devantEurope – Une récente étude montre que Windows est, de loin, le système d’exploitation le plus utilisé en Europe. Apple grignote néanmoins des parts de marché, tandis que Linux stagne.L’étude mensuelle des parts de marché des OS en Europe signée AT-Internet montre que Microsoft, bien qu’il possède un leadership important (91,9%), voit son chiffre baisser (-2,4% par rapport à mars dernier) malgré l’augmentation de 9% de l’utilisation de Windows 7. XP et Vista enregistrent pour leur part une chute d’utilisation. Cette réduction est en partie due à l’importance que commence à prendre Apple avec Mac OS X (+0,6%), mais aussi avec l’iPhone OS (+0,4%). La firme à la pomme représente désormais 6,8% des parts de marché (contre 4,5% l’année dernière) dont 10% au Royaume-Uni. Sur la dernière marche du podium, Linux joue la carte de la stabilité avec une part de 0,9% identique aux statistiques précédentes.Le 25 mai 2010 à 13:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


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first_imgChambre d’hôpital payante : des médecins dénoncent cette nouvelle mesureParis, France – Afin d’observer un retour à l’équilibre financier ces prochaines années, l’Assistance publique des hôpitaux de Paris (APHP) a annoncé la prochaine mise en place d’un supplément à payer pour les patients souhaitant une chambre individuelle. Cette nouvelle mesure est vivement critiquée par certains médecins.Avec 90 millions d’euros de déficit estimé en 2010, l’Assistance publique des hôpitaux de Paris a besoin de renflouer ses caisses. Pour ce faire, elle a choisi de mettre en place une nouvelle mesure tarifaire, consistant à faire payer les patients émettant le souhait d’occuper une chambre individuelle lors de leur hospitalisation. Une mesure que certains médecins sont loin d’approuver.Ainsi, le professeur André Grimaldi explique sur France Culture : “J’ai appris hier que désormais, quand vous voudrez une chambre seul à la Pitié-Salpêtrière, il vous en coûtera 40 euros la nuit. On était l’hôpital-entreprise, maintenant on est l’hôpital-hôtel !”. D’autres médecins reprochent à cette mesure d’être en totale contradiction avec un accès aux hôpitaux égal pour tous. Il n’empêche que l’APHP est bien décidée à l’appliquer, et la facturation des chambres individuelles pourrait bien être appliquée dès cet hiver.Le 8 octobre 2010 à 15:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


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first_imgFormer Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello thinks Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi showed a lack of respect for skipping the FIFA Football Awards show.Both players made it to the FIFPro World XI, while Juventus striker Ronaldo made it to the final three for Player of the Year and was nominated for the Puskas award.However, neither man turned up for the ceremony in London, and rumours are rife that Ronaldo decided to boycott the show after hearing that Luka Modric would win the big prize.That news didn’t go down well with Italian gaffer Capello who criticised the attitude of the former winners.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“It’s a lack of respect that they didn’t come,” Capello told Mundo Deportivo.“When the Oscars happen, they [the nominees] are all there. It’s possible they’ve won too often, and they don’t like to lose.“But you have to be gracious when you lose, just like when you win.”last_img read more


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first_imgTwo-fifths (41%) of respondents want to receive childcare vouchers via a salary sacrifice arrangement as part of their employee benefits package, according to research by Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services.Its survey of 1,000 employees also found that 51% of respondents want to contribute to their workplace pension through a salary sacrifice arrangement.The government will limit the range of benefits that attract tax and national insurance advantages when offered through a salary sacrifice arrangement from 6 April 2017. Childcare, pensions, ultra-low emission vehicles, and bikes-for-work-schemes are among the benefits exempt from the changes.The government’s new tax-free childcare scheme will be rolled out gradually from 28 April 2017, with all eligible parents set to be brought into the scheme by the end of the year. The existing childcare voucher scheme will close to new entrants from 28 April 2018.The research also found:36% of respondents would like to have access to discounted shopping through a salary sacrifice arrangement.20% of respondents would like their employer to provide access to car schemes through salary sacrifice, and 18% would like to be offered gym membership as a benefit through a salary sacrifice arrangement.22% of respondents who are parents have had to borrow money from friends and family to pay for childcare, and 32% have seen the cost of childcare increase by more than 10% since they started raising their child.James Malia (pictured), director of employee benefits at Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Sevices, said: “With just a matter of weeks to go until the new tax-free childcare scheme is introduced by the government, our research highlights that employees still view childcare vouchers as a highly valuable and sought after employee benefit.“With vouchers soon to disappear from the employee benefits world, businesses are going to have to think about other ways they can support families in order to remain competitive when it comes to attracting and retaining top talent.”last_img read more