Canada entry row: High Commission tracking matter, says Sushma

first_imgThe Indian High Commission in Ottawa has taken up the issue of denial of entry to two Punjab MLAs with the Canadian government, seeking to know the circumstances and reasons for the action by the immigration authorities.In a reply to Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana K.P. Singh, who had raised the issue of denial of entry of two AAP MLAs — Kultar Singh Sandhwan and Amarjit Singh Sandoa — at the Ottawa airport on July 21, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has disclosed that the office immediately contacted the High Commissioner in Ottawa to ascertain the facts.In the letter to the Speaker, Ms. Sushma Swaraj wrote, “We take all matters pertaining to members of our legislative bodies very seriously. In fact, the moment I was apprised of the treatment meted out to the two AAP MLAs by the Canadian authorities, my office immediately contacted the High Commissioner in Ottawa to ascertain the facts.”She further wrote, “I fully agree with you that elected members of our Assemblies deserve to be treated with courtesy and respect whenever they travel abroad. The Canadian foreign office has sent the mission an interim response stating that ‘consultations with the Canadian Border Services Agency are ongoing to determine a comprehensive response’. Our Mission will continue to pursue this issue with the Canadian side to ensure that such incidents do not recur in the future.”The External Affairs Minister also said that Indian diplomats in Canada were unaware of the visit of these two MLAs. “Neither was the Indian External Affairs Ministry informed of the visit nor the requisite political clearance sought,” the letter added.last_img read more

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Bolick blasts critics after ejection: ‘I’m not playing to be the MVP’

first_img“They want to win so bad, we want to win so bad. But they say I had a closed fist? Just watch the video. I know I did not do that. They think I did that so I’ll accept whatever consequences are.”The 21-year-old argued that he feels he didn’t do anything to merit an ejection in the tussle, saying that after he was taken down, all he was trying to do is to stand up and shoot the ensuing free throws — which makes all the judgment more baffling in Bolick’s view.The 21-year-old Bolick believes he did not deserve to be ejected.“You be the judge. You’re here every game and you can see it. Maybe on my side, when I feel that I am wrong, I know that I’m wrong. But I know I didn’t do anything. I just want to play the game that I love, growing up because this is my sport,” he said.“Whatever the referees or the commissioner does, if they’re mad at me, they’re critical of the team, it’s already their problem. That’s their job, and if they think they’ve done their job, then they’ve done their job. My job is to play for my team and bring the spirit, heart, love for the game and I hope that whatever the consequences they want to give me, I’ll accept it with a full heart. They think I did something? I was the one who got hurt and I was even thrown out.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa San Beda coach livid over disqualifying foul on Bolick Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick PLAY LIST 01:18Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick00:50Trending Articles02:45Drilon blasts Duterte’s infra program as ‘dismal failure’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The ejection could cost Bolick a one-game suspension, which would take effect on Friday against Mapua, and eligibility to vie for any individual award.“I can only say one thing: I really don’t care if they hate me, and that’s fine with me. My teammates are telling me that I can still win the MVP, but I told them I’m not playing to be the MVP. I don’t want to play to be the MVP this season. I couldn’t care less. I’m not playing for MVP stats. I’m just playing to win. Give the MVP to anyone else,” he said.“One thing that they’ll never take away is the win, the love of the game that I bring to my teammates, coaches, and the staff. I really don’t care if they hate San Beda or whatever. That’s fine. But they’ll never take the will for me to win another championship this year and to give back to San Beda.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRobert Bolick was left dumbfounded when he was ejected late in San Beda’s 72-58 win over College of St. Benilde on Tuesday.Bolick was nearing a triple-double with 14 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds before an incident involving him and Blazers guard Carlo Young triggered a scuffle.ADVERTISEMENT “He took me down and I didn’t do anything. You saw the video, you be the judge,” he said.Bolick and his teammate Clint Doliguez, who entered the court during the melee, were tossed with 2:28 still left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTempers flared but Bolick understands that what happened is just part of the game.“I know him and that’s the way he plays. He’s Visayan and that’s how we play. He took me down, but I really don’t care. It’s part of the game. They’re frustrated because we’re up, but it happens to all,” Bolick said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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Fletcher must be given the task of grooming GenNext

first_imgPublic memory is short and in less than a week, India will be competing against England in the ODI series. It was a truly forgettable Test series, with India getting creamed in all four matches. One of the sarcastic jokes doing the rounds was how had it not been for the nationwide stir over corruption led by Anna Hazare, there may have been more brickbats for the Indian team.With the T20 and ODIs to follow, we will have to give captain MS Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher a breather. It is a well known fact that what let India down was the batting. Barring the heroics of Rahul Dravid, everyone – Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman included – struggled against swing and seam.And as the Master failed to get his 100th hundred, it was clear nothing was going to go India’s way in an eminently forgettable series. What will happen in the first T20 and the one- dayers will become clear soon, but if we are looking at solutions for our problems in Test cricket, the role of the coach comes under the scanner.At a time when Greg Chappell has been booted out by the Australians after an inquiry into their flop show in the Ashes, one remembers that it was the former India coach who had made a vision plan for India in 2005. Guru Greg had envisaged a future plan back then and some of the cricketers who have done well now are products of it.advertisementYet, when Chappell left and Gary Kirsten took over, he was basically handling a team which was settling down well.While Kirsten will always be remembered as the man who was coach of the Indian team which won the ICC World Cup, he never really had time to look at our domestic cricket, identify talent and groom it. TODAY, WHEN people talk of replacements for the greats who have been serving the Test team, one doesn’t know where to look. Batsmen like Suresh Raina have flopped against the short- pitched stuff and the other Young Turks have also done nothing worth note.So if one is talking of rebuilding the Indian Test team – easier said than done – we have to ensure that the men who matter spend time and energy on spotting talent which has potential to do well in the longer version of the game.To be sure, the Indian cricket board and coach Fletcher will have to look at the talent available in the Ranji and Duleep Trophy tournaments. These are our best domestic first- class events and talent spotting has to be done right there.Once that is done, the next task should be to groom Test batsmen.Countries like Australia and England have done that and unless we do it, any talk of India becoming the No. 1 Test nation again is pure hogwash.There are obstacles in the path of identifying and grooming Test batsmen, as most players do look for quick monetary rewards.There is enough money to be made from ODIs and the IPL is there to spoil youngsters.Unless the players’ fee for Ranji Trophy is further increased and the same policy is adopted for Tests, India may never be able to woo players to the longer version.Having said that, I sincerely hope that there is conviction in the players’ oft- expressed dream to make the Test grade, since it is the ultimate format of the game.As a cricket playing nation which virtually dictates terms to the rest of the world, men who run the sport at home do lack vision. These wise men have been able to spoil good Test material like S Badrinath and use him in a few ODIs.Such myopic vision needs correction and we need a new bunch of selectors who will do an honest job, more so as they now get paid handsomely.While it is primarily the job of the selectors to travel across the country and see what new talent is available, there should be a clear brief for Fletcher.How that will happen is a big question, since India’s international calendar is packed and Fletcher will be spending more time away from home. If we continue to ignore Test cricket and correspondingly our Ranji and Duleep Trophy cricket, miracles will not happen.The big test at the end of the year will be against the Australians, who are licking their wounds after the Ashes defeat.However, just as Chappell in his first role as advisor to Australian cricket wanted Allan Border to be groomed as Test captain, we also need to plan. And by this, I do not mean looking at the Indian Test captaincy, but finding the batsmen with the right temperament and also fast bowlers who can fire in a fiveday match.advertisementlast_img read more

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SPORT- RESULTS 6

first_img6th Race: The Delhi Race Club(1940) LTD. Cup.6th Race: The Delhi Race Club(1940) LTD. Cup. Dist 1200 Mts. Gentle Knowledge (Mr.N.V.Rohin Kumar, Capt.Jamshed J.Appoo, Mr.B.K.Agarwal & Mr.Aditya Agarwal rep.Guru Sports Media Pvt Ltd & Mr.Akhilesh Kumar Gupta) 62.5 Ranidan singh First. Noverro 54.5 A.Ashhad Asbar Second. No More Politics 60 Sandeep Rajput Third. Captian Courageous 59.5 B.Mahesh Fourth. All Ran. Won by: 1-1/4, Nose and HD. Time: 1 Min 11.668 Sec. Tote: Rs 127/- for win, Rs 37/- Rs 17/- and Rs 88/- for places FC: Rs 477/- Shp: Rs 46/- Tanala: Rs 9214/- Favourite: Noverro. Winner trained by: Rutherford. — More PTI COR PS PDSlast_img read more

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Under-17 World Cup ticket to cost less than Rs 50

first_imgDuring the first phase of ticket sales, an FIFA U-17 World Cup pass will cost just 48 rupees, tournament director Javier Ceppi said here on Sunday.The World Cup final will take place at the Salt Lake Stadium on October 28.The first phase of online ticket sale will start at exactly 19:11 hours on Tuesday, the time signifying the year 1911 when city football giants Mohun Bagan became the first club from the country to beat English side East Yorkshire Regiment 2-1 to win the IFA Shield.The Salt Lake Stadium will host ten matches — the most number among all the venues — which includes the final.New Delhi, Kochi, Navi Mumbai, Goa and Guwahati are the other venues for the World Cup starting October 6.”We are starting our online ticket sale on Tuesday. As you all know it will start at 19:11 hours as we wanted to honour Indian footall. It was the first time an Indian football team beat an English team on a final of an important tournament. It’s important for Indian football. It’s important for history and for Kolkata,” Ceppi said.”Per match it will come to around less than Rs 50. We are selling for all ten matches. The complete package (of 10 matches) will be Rs 480.””So, you can actually watch a World Cup final for Rs 48, if you buy the complete package. This kind of package is unheard of. This kind of discount will be only be given in the first phase,” Ceppi said.Tickets for the first phase will be available for booking with the physical imprint arriving later after the draw is made on July 7.advertisement”During tournament time you will get tickets for full price. It will also be economical but Rs 48 is for first phase. Tickets will be sold online. They will book for their tickets now. They will get it physically later.”Ceppi said, “So this phase there will be limited amount. It depends on response If we sellout, we will put more on that limited amount.”Rs 48 tickets will be of category three, Ceppi said, adding these will be the most available ones.”Rs 48 is category three which is biggest category. There is category four (at the Salt Lake Stadium) also in this stadium, which we are not opening now.”Ceppi said all six venues will have tickets available for Rs 48 with the total package differing as Kolkata has the highest number of games.”Other venues will be Rs 48 per match. So venues having less matches will be Rs 48 into number of matches,” Ceppi said.”There will be three categories in which tickets for each venue will be opened up. It is limited category that will be opened up now.””It is 60 percent discount of what originally the tickets will be when the tournament comes. It is for rewarding the people who are buying first. This is for the true football fan. Not only that, the sense of tickets sales, we will also give out the name of which is th city that likes football the most of the country,” he added.Besides category three tickets, there will be category one and two for which prices will be approximately Rs 800-1,600.”Other prices besides Rs 480 are Rs 800 and Rs 1600 approximately. These are all complete packages. This will be available on FIFA.com. The area and block will be mentioned while booking,” Ceppi said.”The city that buys more tickets, it’s easy for us to understand that city likes football the most.””Why it is particularly for football lovers? Because you don’t know the teams. There is going to be high quality football matches. This will give us an impression of which venue has real football fans in the country,” Ceppi added.last_img read more

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Sehwag vs Shoaib set for another showdown, this time on ice

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 22 (PTI) Come February, the longstanding rivalry between Virender Sehwag and Shoaib Akhtar will be renewed but this time it will play out on an ice field rather than on a cricket ground. The exotic location for the Sehwag-Akhtar showdown will be a frozen lake in St. Moritz, Switzerland with the spectacular Swiss Alps in the backdrop. Cricket on ice has been played in St. Moritz by a bunch of amateurs since 1988 but it will be the first time that greats of the game will grace the Alpine resort. Twenty20 matches will be played on February 8 and 9 next year and besides Sehwag and Akhtar, lending star power will be Mohammad Kaif, Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga, Michael Hussey, Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Daniel Vettori, Nathan Mcullum, Grant Elliot, Monty Panesar and Owais Shah. The event, called St. Moritz Ice Cricket, has been launched with an aim to establish the sport in an unchartered territory like Switzerland. Organiser Vijay Singh of VJ Sports claims the pilot project has the approval of world body ICC. Sehwag, who was present at the launch alongside Kaif, said he took just two minutes to say yes to the offer. “I never thought playing cricket on ice was possible but now that it is happening, I wanted to experience it. It wont be serious cricket but it would still be a challenge to play on ice,” said Sehwag. How much time did Kaif take to sign on the dotted line? “Five minutes to be honest. Cricket is not popular in Europe but with this initiative, we can make an impact. And playing on ice does sound very interesting,” said the 36- year-old, who is still playing at the First-Class level. Sehwag is not new to playing exhibition games outside India. He played the MCL in Dubai and was also part of Cricket All Stars which was played in the USA two years ago. “I was still playing First-Class cricket in 2015 so it was not very difficult to play those matches. Now since I have stopped playing the game completely, it will be a challenge to get into the groove. “But there will be no pressure to win or lose. Also, now that I am retired I dont need to take anyones permission including the BCCI,” he quipped. It has been learnt the top stars will be paid in the range of USD 40,000-50,000 for two games while the others will get something between USD 20,000-30,000. Players will use the traditional cricketing gear including the red-ball but will wear sports shoes instead of spikes. The weather is expected to be nice and sunny during the day but the temperatures can dip to as low as -20 degree celsius. The matches will be played on matting pitch. PTI BS AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

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Tiger Woods revival ignites Masters buildup but glory may have to wait

first_imgblogposts Read more Read more Another man no doubt delighted to fall under the radar is Paul Casey. The 40-year-old Englishman took on status as the man who killed Santa Claus on Sunday, his brilliant 65 proving five strokes better than Woods on the day. Casey can be bracketed among those with too much talent not to win a major but that drought is ongoing. Casey is admirably free from shackles when on the golf course. “I don’t stress about technique, I never have,” he said. “I figure everything out, I pick the target and hit it.”A Casey game perfectly suited for Augusta is illustrated by his last three finishes there – sixth, fourth and sixth. More worthy of attention perhaps was the ending of a wait for a PGA Tour win that had stretched back to 2009. Casey cut a distraught figure after falling short at the Tour Championship in September but has recovered in emphatic style. He is the only player in this PGA Tour season to produce three closing rounds of 66 or better. “At Augusta, a 40-something could take on anybody,” Casey said.The 40-something on everybody’s lips plays at the Arnold Palmer Invitational from Thursday. Woods has won at Bay Hill eight times. “That doesn’t automatically mean I’m going to win this week,” he cautioned. “I still have to do the work.”It remains one in progress. Excitement attached to Woods is perfectly fair but it requires occasional context. Facebook That even Woods is keen to add to this wave of optimism will have wider meaning. He has, after all, always been happy to place doubt or fear into the minds of opponents. At this stage in his career he has little to lose.Nonetheless, perhaps we have skipped a few steps of reality. It is also surely fair to view a year of competitive Woods golf before making strong claims of imminent glory.Woods has not won a major title since 2008. His last top-10 finish at the Masters – an event he has not claimed since 2005 – was five years ago. Albeit this is the formative stages of a comeback, Woods is still to enjoy anything approaching the leaderboard significance that should have the likes of Justin Thomas cowering with fear. He has not emerged successfully from a battle with Thomas or his peers. Pinterest Phil Mickelson, who produced a stunning performance this month to claim the WGC Mexico Championship at the age of 47, looks a more salient Masters bet than Woods. Mickelson is seeking to become the oldest winner in Masters history. That Augusta National is not particularly penal off the tee plays into the left-hander’s favour. Share on LinkedIn Bookmakers are apparently revelling in these fevered times for golf. By Monday afternoon, the only absent bulletin was the price for Tiger Woods to walk unassisted on Rae’s Creek when taking to the 12th green during his first round at the Masters. That may be in the post.Woods’s surpassing of expectations has been timely. With the first major of the year, the Masters, only three weeks away, the 42-year-old finds himself listed among the second favourites to prevail. Woods can be backed at shorter odds than Sergio García, the defending champion, Justin Rose, a modern day Augusta specialist, and Bubba Watson, a double winner in the past six years. Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Messenger Topics Paul Casey’s Valspar Championship victory has raised hopes that his major drought can finally be broken. Photograph: Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Tiger Woods As recently as September Woods admitted he was unsure whether he could ever play competitive golf again as back issues refused to subside. Now he is fuelling a spike in television ratings which only serves to endorse his value to a sport that occasionally grasps desperately for relevance.Two things are undeniable. Woods has surprised all onlookers with his latest return to the PGA Tour, which has included 12th place at the Honda Classic and last weekend’s second at the Valspar Championship. That the 14-times major champion is trying to piece together arguably the greatest comeback in the history of sport is also of benefit to the rest of the Masters field, who will gleefully talk up Woods’s chances while shifting the spotlight away from themselves.On Tuesday Woods spoke of his “frustration” at missing the Masters of 2016 and 2017. “I love playing Augusta National, I love it,” he said. “And I know how to play it.“Sometimes I don’t play it well but I know how to play it. Just being out there on those greens, hitting putts and being creative … there’s no other golf course like it in the world and there’s no other golf tournament like it. It’s a players’ heaven.“It has a deep place in my heart. I am very eager to get back. I feel like I am physically able to do it again and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”center_img Since you’re here… Sportblog Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Golf US sports Support The Guardian Paul Lawrie, the unassuming Open champion with 2020 vision How US golf fans finally fell in love with Tiger Woods Share via Email The Masters It is also surely fair to view a year of competitive Woods golf before making strong claims of imminent glory … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this content Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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Wigan docked two points before Super League opener over salary cap breach

first_imgShare on Messenger Super League 2019 team-by-team guide: will Grand Final go to the Wire? Read more Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Quick guide No more Super 8s: Super League’s new season structure Share on Facebook Topics Share on Pinterest Hide Rugby league The staging of three significant games back-to-back over the opening weekend is designed to capture the public’s attention. Friday the Hull clubs, FC and KR, do battle. Then, 24 hours later, Warrington host Leeds in a game that showcases another of Elstone’s key Super League revamps: the influx of big-money imports.Among them are Leeds’ trio of big names, who are headlined by the Tongan Konrad Hurrell. “It feels like an exciting time to join the competition,” said Hurrell, who took up league only seven years ago after failing to earn a contract as a union player in New Zealand. Now he arrives in England as one of the biggest stars in league. Since you’re here… Read more “I asked New Zealand Warriors for a trial, they gave me one and I got my foot in the door. I’d played union my whole life in Tonga until I was 18. I didn’t really know anything about league but everything happens for a reason. I know they’ve signed me for a reason, and it’s a challenge I’m excited about.”As well as making stars of its players, Super League wants to create more standalone events. The Magic Weekend is heading for Anfield in May, while Wigan will play Catalans at Barcelona’s Camp Nou in the same month, with the goal of a record regular-season attendance the target. Share via Email Share on WhatsApp With the Super 8s system now scrapped following a vote last September, the Super League season is now more straightforward.Main season12 teams play home and away.An additional round of fixtures takes place at Magic Weekend on 25 & 26 May, with Anfield hosting six matches across the two days this season.The top Super League team wins the League Leaders’ Shield.Promotion and relegation is simply a case of one down from Super League, one up from the Championship.Play-offsThe race to the Grand Final now takes in the top five.The League Leaders’ Shield winners move straight into the semi-finals, but the 2nd or 3rd place team can lose their first play-off match and still have a chance of winning the final.Round 1Elimination final: 4th v 5thQualifying final: 2nd v 3rdRound 2Semi-final 1: Qualifying final loser v Elimination final winnerSemi-final 2: 1st v Qualifying final winnerFinalSF1 winner v SF2 winner center_img Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Show Super League Thank you for your feedback. news The Super League season is kicking off early – and in style Share on Twitter “I came to terms with the fact I wasn’t going to make it,” said Davies. “I was going to play amateur rugby and get a job, and even switched to rugby union. I went to play union for Fylde and was called back to my old league team, Wigan St Patricks, because they were short of players. I played there, Wigan were watching and offered me a trial with the under-19s just before my 19th birthday. It’s been a bit mad since. Leigh sacked me off and I was happy working at the stadium cleaning the pitch and changing the posts, but I’m happier now.” “I take full responsibility for an admitted breach by Wigan and apologise unreservedly for the error and accept a fine is justified,” their chairman, Ian Lenagan, said. “However, a points deduction is the last resort as a sanction for a significant level of breach. Wigan will appeal against that aspect of the penalty.”The news overshadows the beginning of a campaign Robert Elstone has likely dreaded and anticipated in equal measure. Last September, only minutes after the Super League chief executive pushed through changes to the domestic league structure for the 2019 season, he declared: “The hard work starts now.”On Thursday the fruits of Elstone’s labour over the first six months of his time in charge will be on display for the first time. Since the end of last season, Super League has introduced new rules, big-name signings and an all-round approach to revitalise the competition’s profile both in and beyond the game’s heartlands.Elstone’s manifesto for change has many components but key is an acknowledgment that Super League has failed to make household names of its stars in recent years. Hoping to buck that trend is Tom Davies.Three years ago, the Wigan winger was tending the pitch at Leigh Centurions, having been let go as an apprentice by the lower-league club. Now he is a Super League winner at 22 and undoubtedly a future England player, a story made all the more impressive by his arduous journey to the top. Wigan Warriors Wigan head to St Helens for the start of the Super League season on Thursday night but the reigning champions will begin their title defence under a cloud after being deducted two points for a breach of the salary cap.An independent tribunal found Wigan guilty of breaking the rules in 2017 in relation to six separate payments totalling £14,700. The Warriors will appeal against the points deduction, arguing the breach was because of an administrative error which led them to being at “less than 101%” of the cap limit. Was this helpful? Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Raspberry mousse cakes sold in multiple provinces recalled for norovirus

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says various raspberry mousse cakes have been recalled after it was discovered the desserts contained norovirus.The agency issued an expanded recall notice Wednesday, saying the products have been sold in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.The notice, which was initially issued last week for products sold in Quebec, says the cakes may have also been distributed in other provinces and territories.The agency says there have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of the cakes, but did not specify how many.The decision to recall the products was made after the CFIA investigated a foodborne illness outbreak.The recalled raspberry mousse cakes include several brands, including Michaud, Jessica, Laura Secord and Top Dessert.The CFIA says the desserts may have been sold frozen or refrigerated, or served from bakery counters without a label or coding.It is advising restaurants, hotels and food retailers not to serve the product and check the product labels to ensure they are not carrying the recalled cakes.The CFIA is also advising consumers who are unsure if they have purchased the affected product to contact the retailer.People with norovirus illness usually develop symptoms of gastroenteritis within 24 to 48 hours, but symptoms can start as early as 12 hours after exposure.The main symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach cramps. Other symptoms may include low-grade fever, headache, chills, muscle aches and fatigue.last_img read more

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Workers removed from oil platforms as hurricane threatens heavy rain winds

first_imgHALIFAX – ExxonMobil removed some of its workers from offshore oil platforms Wednesday as hurricane Chris advanced toward Atlantic Canada.The Category 2 storm, which was churning out winds in excess of 155 kilometres per hour, was expected to track south of Nova Scotia early Thursday before possibly making landfall in eastern Newfoundland later in the day.ExxonMobil said in a statement that an unspecified number of non-essential employees was taken off the Sable Offshore Energy facilities, which are near Sable Island, about 300 kilometres southeast of Halifax.“We continue to monitor, but based on current forecasts we do not expect the storm to affect our offshore operations,” ExxonMobil spokesman Merle MacIsaac said in an email, referring to the Sable project.He said they typically have about 150 people at the combined facilities, with about 90 personnel remaining offshore after the removals.BP Canada also said it has disconnected and moved the West Aquarius exploration drilling rig.Stacy O’Rourke, spokeswoman with the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board, said it’s not uncommon for operators to remove staff from their work sites and that they are required to have contingency plans in place for adverse weather conditions.“It’s not unusual at all,” she said. “Safety is paramount, so as a precautionary measure these steps were taken.”Environment Canada says the storm will steer clear of Nova Scotia and veer toward Newfoundland before it is downgraded to a post-tropical storm late Thursday.Hurricane Chris is expected to bring heavy rainfall and strong winds to the southeastern half of Newfoundland. It said total rainfall amounts could reach 70 millimetres, with the highest rainfall rates expected west of the Avalon peninsula.Ocean swells along the southern coast of Newfoundland are expected to reach eight metres in some areas, while the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia could also receive swells of up to four metres.In the United States, forecasters said Wednesday that beachgoers on the Atlantic coast should be wary of heavy surf and life-threatening rip-currents as Chris swirled off the U.S. East Coast.The National Weather Service in Miami said the storm was headed northeast at about 35 km/h.last_img read more

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JUSTIN BIEBER I APPRECIATE TRUMP HELPING AAP ROCKY BUT CAN YOU ALSO

first_img Facebook Justin Bieber (Image via Getty/Gotham) Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Bieber said on Twitter late Friday he appreciated the President lobbying Swedish authorities on behalf of the rapper. Earlier Trump had said his administration was working to resolve the matter. READ MOREJUSTIN BIEBER CALLS OUT TRUMP OVER HIS EFFORTS TO HELP FREE A$AP ROCKYThis week we reported that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had lobbied the Trump administration into taking action to ensure the end of A$AP Rocky’s detainment in Sweden. It seems the Wests successfully convinced Donald Trump to join the “Free Rocky” movement as the president subsequently tweeted that he had spoken to Kanye and would be taking diplomatic steps to try and secure Rocky’s release. READ MOREJUSTIN BIEBER TWEETED AT DONALD TRUMP ASKING HIM TO FREE MIGRANT CHILDREN: ‘CAN YOU ALSO LET THOSE KIDS OUT OF CAGES?’Pop singer Justin Bieber took to Twitter on Saturday to ask President Donald Trump to free migrant children from cages on the border.“@realDonaldTrump can you also let those kids out of cages?” Bieber’s tweet read in part. READ MORE I want my friend out.. I appreciate you trying to help him. But while your at it @realDonaldTrump can you also let those kids out of cages?— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) July 20, 2019 JUSTIN BIEBER SPEAKS OUT AGAINST DONALD TRUMP ABOUT DETAINED CHILDREN ON TWITTERJustin Bieber is speaking out against Donald Trump. While Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have been busy working with Trump and the White House to release A$AP Rocky from jail in Sweden, Bieber is speaking out on behalf of the children being detained at the border. READ MOREJUSTIN BIEBER: I APPRECIATE TRUMP HELPING A$AP ROCKY, BUT ‘CAN YOU ALSO LET THOSE KIDS OUT OF CAGES?Justin Bieber supports President Donald Trump’s decision to help rapper A$AP Rocky, who is currently in the custody of Swedish police. But the “What Do You Mean” singer thinks others could benefit from the President’s attention, too. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Top US official holds key talks in Colombo on US foreign assistance

A top US official has had key talks in Colombo on US foreign assistance, the US Embassy in Colombo said.The Director of the Office of US Foreign Assistance Resources Hari Sastry has just concluded a visit to Sri Lanka. Sastry is one of the senior US Government officials who manages US overseas foreign assistance budgets, working closely with the Congress, the White House, and the US Agency for International Development and other parts of the State Department. US Government assistance totaled approximately $40 million last year. (Colombo Gazette) He was in Sri Lanka to see first-hand the impact that American support to the people of Sri Lanka is having in the daily lives of people and also affords him the opportunity to learn more about the challenges that are facing the rural people of Sri Lanka. read more

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Talking openly about drug abuse is vital for combating it – Annan

“Drug abuse is often a result of underlying problems or a symptom of a broader malaise,” Mr. Annan said in a message marking International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, whose theme this year is Let’s Talk About Drugs. “It is, therefore, important to talk about addressing the potential causes, and not just the abuse in isolation.“Talking about drugs is the only way to break the silence, stigma and exclusion that surround people who are drug-dependent, and that only make the problem worse. Talking openly is also essential if we are to tackle the problem early and avoid it becoming a chronic condition,” he added.The Secretary-General noted that an estimated 200 million people worldwide use illicit drugs and that the effects go far beyond the individuals concerned, causing incalculable harm to society in health, social and economic terms – including the spread of HIV.“Today’s International Day against Drug Abuse is a reminder to all of us to play our part,” he declared. “The United Nations is here to assist you in this fight.”UN General Assembly President Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic noted the progress made in some areas such as Southeast Asia and the Andes of Latin America, where narcotics cultivation and production are down, were offset by “dismaying trends” as in Afghanistan where record crops of opium poppies are being produced and in the new markets of Eastern Europe, Russia and China where drug abuse is on the rise.“What do these trends mean?” Mr. Kavan asked in his message. “They mean that we need to keep talking.”Launching the campaign, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said it “encourages parents, grandparents, other relatives, teachers, peers etc., to talk to children and young people about the dangers of drug use and to get them more involved” in discussing drugs openly.“We often hesitate to talk to our children about drugs and substance abuse, leaving them vulnerable to ill-informed or, worse, deliberately misleading information,” UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said. “Parents and adults who care for children and young people must learn to bring up the subject of substance abuse at the right time. Drug abuse is NOT an acceptable or, indeed, popular part of young people’s lives.”To support this year’s campaign, UNODC has produced 30- and 60-second radio spots in seven languages for unrestricted use by broadcasters. read more

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Months worth of rain to fall in a day as Met Office

first_imgA yellow weather warning for rain has been issued for parts of the UK, including the East Midlands, West Midlands, London, East Anglia and the South East. Social media users posted pictures of stranded cars on the road into Flamborough, and Melanie Onn, Labour MP for Great Grimsby, shared pictures on Twitter of the waterlogged roads, adding that some were “like a river” and that the water was “over my ankles”. Asda car park was like a swimming pool last night. 🏊— Chris (@chrisdafur81) August 9, 2017 A month’s worth of rain is set to fall in a day on parts of south and east England, causing flash flooding, the Met Office warned. The weather service has issued a yellow warning for rain in the south east, and said that some areas could experience several weeks’ worth in a matter of hours. A spokesman said: “There’s a warning over parts of the south and east of England of reasonably high rainfall totals. “Some areas will see 60 to 80mm through the whole day, and 20 to 30mm within two to three hours. “That has the potential to cause flash flooding.”The warning, which is in place until midnight, covers all of London as well as Oxford, Southampton, Norwich and Essex. Earlier flash flooding in a number of towns and villages in East Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire included scenes of 3ft (1m) deep standing water in parts of Withernsea and numerous incidents across the Grimsby and Immingham areas.Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said it responded to numerous calls on Tuesday evening from the Bridlington area down to Hull and towns south of the Humber. In some places 0.8in (20mm) to 1.2in (30mm) is predicted to fall within two or three hours. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. @NELCouncil @AnglianWater @Humberbeat Welholme Rd really needs shutting btwn Farebrother & Welholme Ave – drivers pls slow down pic.twitter.com/H7djQEmYW1— Melanie Onn MP (@OnnMel) August 8, 2017 Credit: Geoff Robinson “An area of heavy rain will sink slowly southwards across the east and south east of England during Wednesday,” said the Met Office.”Some transport routes may be affected by localised flooding, leading to longer journey times.”In addition, flooding of homes and businesses is possible. The heaviest of the rain should gradually become confined to the extreme south east of the UK later in the day.” With forecasts that up to 3.2in (80mm) of rain could fall across parts of the country over the next 24 hours, the Met Office has warned that more flooding of homes and businesses is possible. Good morning, Dan here. Heavy rain across the S and SE with sunny spells elsewhere and a cool breeze. https://t.co/a70feA0Qeq pic.twitter.com/fXW17VwWyc— Met Office (@metoffice) August 9, 2017  Geoff Robinson The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Leen in Nottinghamshire, meaning flooding is expected.Several “flood alerts” have also been issued – meaning flooding is possible – for areas including around the North Sea coast at Scarborough.The warnings come three weeks after heavy rain lashed the country and led to flash flooding in the coastal village of Coverack.Fifty properties were affected and several people had to be rescued from their homes from the village in Cornwall.last_img read more

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New Sandy Bridge MacBook Pros rumored to arrive on February 9th

first_imgApple may seem inscrutable in regards to their intentions when it comes to updating their products, but in reality, it’s easy to tell when your favorite existing Apple product is going to be refreshed. Apple not only stays fairly loyal to an internal schedule of product refreshes — yearly for iOS devices, roughly every nine months for Macs, with new designs every two years — but thanks to CFO Tim Cook’s notorious hatred of excess inventories, every major refresh of an Apple product is heralded a few weeks ahead of time by existing inventory running low.A couple weeks back, inventory began running low on 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros for both official Apple retailers and sites like Amazon. Now that shortage is deepening, with some areas and outlets reporting two to three week delays for new stock… and rumors are now indicating that we will officially see new MacBook Pros this Wednesday, February 9th.What should we expect from new MacBook Pros? Apple can no longer hold the MacBook Pro line from joining the rest of the notebook world in embracing Sandy Bridge architecture, so that’s a given.What else do we know? Well, Apple went on record during its Q1 earnings call that it viewed the MacBook Air as the “future” of the MacBook line, thanks to its slim form factor and instant-on capabilities. Expect, then, the next MacBook Pro to come with SSD drives. They will probably even drop their optical drives to decrease bulk and increase battery life: by launching the Mac App Store, Apple has made it clear that it sees digital distribution of software and media as the new de factor standard. Eliminating the SuperDrive from existing MacBook Pros just makes all the more room for battery life.It’s been a couple of years since the unibody MacBook Pros were first introduced, so we’re about due for a major refresh. Hopefully, Wednesday will reveal all as to what form that refresh will take.Read more at 9to5Maclast_img read more

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Yanis Varoufakis announces the name of his new political party

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s controversial former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has just revealed the name of his new party. The party will take part in the next elections as Greece’s electoral leg of the pan-European movement DiEM25.After it was put to vote, DiEM25 members across the board unanimously approved the name of their new political vessel hoping to “return the spirit of democracy to the place of its birth”. The name is EUROPEAN REALIST DISOBEDIENCE FRONT | DiEM25. MERA25, which is the Greek translation of the latin DiEM25 aspires to turn European Internationalism into a reality and a European Demos into a tangible possibility.The description ‘European realist disobedience front’ is an attempt to encapsulate the party’s philosophy, that without disobeying the prevalent politics run by irrational men and promoting absurd ideas there will be no real change; not return to reality. They also describe the Greek DiEM25 wing as a ‘front’ since it has become a battle field, exposing the EU’s financial weaknesses and inability to deal with the refugee crisis. Why ‘front’? Because Greece is suffocating in a Europe that is deconstructing itself Because, as long as countries like Greece are suffocating, Europe will be deconstructing itself, thus reinforcing the suffocation of Greece Only a broad, unifying, pan-european front against our Oligarchy-Without-Borders, that is responsible for Greece’s debt-bondage, can ever give breathing space to Greece and relief to its citizens.Why ‘European realist disobedience’? Because the only way to be a responsible Greek citizen today is to disobey the ludicrous policies that are responsible for Greece’s dessertification Because the only way of respecting Greece’s Parliamentarianism, Constitution and… common sense is to end the blind obedience to the directives of the troika and its domestic agents Authentic Greek Europeanists, today, understand that they have a duty to disobey the incompetent pseudo-technocrats who, on the altar of narrow oligarchic interests, are sacrificing Greece while de-legitimising Europe.Why MeRA? Because ‘mera’ in Greek translates into ‘day’, or ‘diem’ in Latin. And because Greeks have had enough of the long night of debt bondage to which they have been condemned for so many consecutive years.”Over the next days and weeks, DiEM25’s Greek members’ decision to create MeRA25 will lead to the new Greek party’s Manifesto. On Tuesday 20/2 a pre-inauguration public meetings will take place in Kalamata (Municipal Cultural Centre, at 7.30pm) while, on Monday 26/3, MeRA25’s inauguration will take place in Athens.“Until then, we call upon all European democrats who were cheered by the news of MeRA25’s impending birth, and who think this is a beginning worthy of their support, to visit this page and register their practical support,” Varoufakis continued.“This is merely the beginning. Greece is merely the beginning. Onwards to our pan-European campaign, culminating in the May 2019 European Parliament elections!”last_img read more

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Windows 8 aura bien son App Store

first_imgWindows 8 aura bien son App StoreMicrosoft a confirmé sur son blog que son futur système d’exploitation Windows 8 disposera bien d’un magasin en ligne d’applications ou App store, pour tablettes tactiles et smartphones.Le secret n’aura pas tenu très longtemps. Afin de promouvoir le développement de son futur système d’exploitation Windows 8, Microsoft a lancé un blog dédié. Et dans son premier article consacré à la présentation des membres de l’équipe de développement, le géant américain a laissé filtré une information de premier ordre, la présence d’un App Store intégré à Windows 8, relaye Le Nouvel Obs. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Si aucune précision supplémentaire n’a été donnée, cette donnée confirme que le système d’exploitation devrait fonctionner sur plusieurs plateformes, dont les tablettes tactiles et les smartphones. Microsoft a donc décidé de copier la stratégie d’Apple, qui a depuis longtemps opté sur l’intégration d’un App Store dans ses OS. Il semblerait même que le nom de ce futur magasin en ligne ait déjà été choisi : ce sera le “Windows App Store”. Mais il faudra attendre encore un peu avant d’en savoir plus sur les projets de Microsoft.Le 19 août 2011 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Portland man sentenced to 14 years in shootings

first_imgA Portland man involved in two Vancouver shootings within a month, in which two people were injured, was sentenced Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court to 14 1/2 years in prison.Shawn D. Crawford, 24, shook his head as the sentence was handed down and was reluctant to sign the judgment. His attorneys had argued for a 12-year sentence.However, Judge Daniel Stahnke said he could not overlook Crawford’s “callous disregard to the safety of others.”“You were completely out of control in January 2015,” he said.Still, Stahnke said he would give Crawford a “taste of mercy” by not sentencing him to the top of the range, which was requested by the prosecution. That sentence would have been a little more than 15 years. He urged Crawford to come back to the community after he’s released from prison and be a role model for kids who are leading the same lifestyle.Crawford had pleaded guilty last week to first- and second-degree assault. In exchange for his guilty pleas, the original charges, which included attempted first-degree murder, were amended. His sentence included two deadly weapon enhancements — 24 and 12 months that run consecutive to the standard sentence.According to court records, he shot a man out of jealousy during a New Year’s Eve party on Jan. 1, 2015, at a residence in the 7200 block of Northeast 101st Avenue in Vancouver.last_img read more

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Enforcement of strengthened cell phone law begins Thursday

first_imgLiz Luce advocates a new kind of call-waiting: that is, waiting until the car stops before answering the phone or returning a text.Luce, former Clark County auditor and now the director of the Washington Department of Licensing, joined with the Washington State Patrol on Monday to warn drivers that on Thursday texting or talking while driving becomes a primary offense.For two years, it has been illegal to talk or text while driving, but that was a “secondary violation,” enforceable only if a driver committed a primary violation at the same time, such as speeding.Now, the law gets its teeth.Beginning Thursday at 12:01 a.m., law enforcement officers will have the ability to pull a driver over for nothing other than sliding a cell phone to an ear, or typing simple phrases, such as “C u soon.”Last week, text messaging was at the center of crashes on consecutive days in Clark County. It’s no wonder, then, that on Monday, it was texting, not talking, that dominated conversation.“It’s not worth the life of someone else,” said Luce. “You can travel the length of a football field in the time it takes to read a short text message.”last_img read more

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Woman bitten by 5foot python lurking inside toilet

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – A woman in Australia got the scare of a lifetime when she found a 5-foot python lurking in her toilet.According to 9 News, 59-year-old Helen Richards from Brisbane went into her bathroom to use the toilet, when she felt a slight sting on her bum.Richards had not turned the light on in her bathroom, as she did not plan on being in there for long.“I felt this sharp tap on my bottom, along with some pain,” she said.When she jumped up, she saw that painful nip came from a 5-foot carpet python.Courtesy of 9 NewsAccording to 9 News, a snake catcher showed up shortly after and safely removed the python.Richards only suffered minor puncture wounds from the bite. Luckily, the snake was not venomous. last_img read more

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