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a month agoArsenal keeper Leno: We must continue to take risks

first_imgArsenal keeper Leno: We must continue to take risksby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno says the club will continue to take risks playing out from the back.Sokratis’ poor pass deep in defence allowed Tom Cleverley to make it 2-1 in Sunday’s draw with Watford, who eventually scored again to steal a point.But Leno says it is vital for his team to take risks in order to beat the opposition press.”It is still a process we have to work on,” said Leno. “We try to take the risk because if we beat the press of Watford, then there is a lot of space for our strikers.”In the first half, we did it very well but in the second we didn’t create too many chances from playing out from the back.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Report: HS Coach Very Upset At Ohio State Over Treatment Of Player Leaving Program

first_imgOhio State Upset RecruitOhio State Upset RecruitJamel Dean, a four-star defensive back who enrolled early at Ohio State this winter, will be leaving the Buckeyes’ program, Eleven Warriors first reported earlier today. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound cornerback has dealt with multiple knee injuries over the past couple of years and was not cleared by Ohio State’s medical staff. He has not been practicing with the Buckeyes spring. Dean, ranked the No. 32 cornerback in the 2015 class by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings, will be leaving OSU altogether. The situation greatly upsets Dean’s high school coach, according to a report by Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com.HS coach of Ohio State’s Jamel Dean tells NEOMG he is angry over treatment of departing freshman http://t.co/mQBfvM3noP— Doug Lesmerises (@DougLesmerises) April 8, 2015From Cleveland.com’s report: The high school football coach of Ohio State freshman Jamel Dean feels the Buckeyes are denying Dean his place on the team over a typical injury.“It’s ridiculous,” John Wilkinson told Northeast Ohio Media Group on Wednesday. “It’s totally wrong to do this to an 18-year-old kid who should be in high school, who you talked into coming up there early.“You can’t treat people this way.”Dean tore his ACL during his junior season at Cocoa High School in Florida, but played a full season as a senior. He re-injured his knee prior to the Semper Fidelis All-American Game in January. Dean was one of four players in the 2015 class to enroll early in Columbus. Ohio State has yet to comment on the situation. The Buckeyes open their season Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. [Cleveland.com]last_img read more

Such losses are irreparable: Sachin Tendulkar condoles Asif Ali daughter’s demise

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 24, 2019UPDATED: May 24, 2019 11:17 IST Asif Ali is yet to rejoin the Pakistan national team in England for the World Cup (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAsif Ali’s 2-year-old daughter lost her battle with stage-IV cancerPakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan offered condolences to Asif’s familyPCB has granted Asif special leave to be with his grieving family at homeCricket legend Sachin Tendulkar feels the pain that Asif Ali must be going through right now after the Pakistan batsman lost his two-year-old daughter to cancer earlier this week.Sachin Tendulkar offered words of comfort for Asif, whose 19-month-old daughter Noor Fatima lost her battle with stage-IV cancer and passed away in Rochester (US) on Sunday.”Look, the loss of an immediate family member devastates. I express my heartfelt condolences to Asif, his wife and the other family members… Such losses are irreparable and Asif is bound to keep thinking of his late daughter even when he’s back in England for the World Cup,” Tendulkar told The Telegraph.Tendulkar is no stranger to the situation that Asif is right now as he had lost his father during the 1999 World Cup. He had to return home from England in the middle of the tournament to be with his family after his father’s demise and even missed the match against Zimbabwe.Tendulkar rejoined the Indian team just before the next match against Kenya in which he scored 140 not out and was adjudged man-of-the-match as India won by 94 runs.”I say that from my own sad experience as I lost my father very early in the 1999 World Cup and had returned home (for the last rites). Despite going back, in the thick of action, I couldn’t get the loss of my father out of my thoughts. It takes time. I wish Asif well,” Tendulkar said.My daughter my angle returned to Allah last night.May Allah grant her jannat.Thanks everyone for you support, love, messages & prayers during this tough time.advertisementAsif Ali (@AasifAli2018) May 20, 2019Islamabad United, Ali’s Pakistan Super League (PSL) team sent out a tweet on May 19 condoling the death: “ISLU family pays its deepest condolences to @AasifAli2018 on the tragic loss of his daughter. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Asif & his family. Asif is a great example of strength & courage. He is an inspiration to us.”It was during the fourth season of the PSL that Ali had come to know about his daughter’s illness. He had also tweeted before taking Fatima to the US for treatment saying: “My daughter is fighting the stage IV cancer and we are taking her to US for her treatment.”Also Read | Pakistan batsman Asif Ali loses 2-year-old daughter to cancerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Asif AliFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow World Cup 2019 Such losses are irreparable: Sachin Tendulkar condoles Asif Ali daughter’s demiseAsif Ali was dealt a huge personal blow when his 2-year-old daughter died fighting against cancer in a hospital in USA earlier this week.advertisementlast_img read more

NHT Contributors Can Get Their Refunds

first_imgContributors to the National Housing Trust (NHT) are being assured that their funds are safe, and that the usual annual refunds will be readily available whenever persons choose to make claims. Chairman of the NHT, Easton Douglas, gave the assurance today (February 21), at a Jamaica House press briefing, where he noted that the NHT is now in the process of repaying some $2.6 billion in refunds.“The National Housing Trust is well and healthy and is viable, and will be sustainable,” Mr. Douglas stated.He was addressing concerns that have been raised since Finance Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, announced that the Government will be asking the NHT for $11 billion annually for four years, for budgetary support.[RELATED: NHT Will Honour Commitment to Contributors – PM]The Chairman emphasised that the agency is not a Trust fund, as is being put forward by some persons who are questioning the move.“The Trust does not satisfy the legal requirement of being a Trust…the NHT Act does describe the institution as the National Housing Trust, but the opinion we have received from the Solicitor General, (is) that it is not a legal Trust in the true sense…and therefore, we are not a Trustee,” he stated.On the matter of whether it is legal for the Government to use money from the NHT in this manner, Mr. Douglas explained that under the Public Bodies Management and Accountability law, the Minister of Finance has the authority to seek from any public body, monies from surpluses, deferred earnings, or profits for financial support.He pointed out that the NHT qualifies as a public body, and therefore falls under this law. “It falls clearly within the definition of a public body, and the Minister of Finance can seek to get funds for fiscal consolidation, from surplus, retained earnings or profit,” he reinforced.Noting that the Trust already has a surplus of $22 billion, which will account for two years of draw-down, he informed that by the end of March, this will move to $22.9 million.“So, the surplus keeps rolling in from our investments, our operations, from interest rates, from mortgages and loans…therefore, we are quite safe with respect to the $44 billion over four years. This is not affecting the viability or sustainability of the Trust,” he told journalists.The use of NHT funds is part of a number of measures being taken to ensure that the country reaches an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). An IMF deal will allow access to critical funding as well as indicate to other multi-lateral partners that the Government is prudently managing its fiscal affairs. It will also boost investor confidence.last_img read more

Liberian-Flag Ships Get Retrofit Deal

first_imgzoom The Liberian Registry has entered into a partnership with U.S.-based consultancy EfficientShip Finance (ESF) to offer turnkey retrofit solutions for Liberian-flag ships.ESF will provide the financial capital needed for each project, and assume responsibility for technology performance and fuel volatility risk, along with the technical supervision and monitoring to perform retrofits. Owners and operators remit to ESF a proportion of the amount they save on fuel costs, or which they receive in the form of additional negotiated hire. The retrofit projects require no upfront capital by owners and, since the payments are always a share of the savings, there is an ongoing net benefit to customers.The ESF global programme includes a mix of fuel efficiency retrofit solutions for each target vessel, based on its trading pattern, age, size, speed, and consumption. The technologies used include, among others, wake-improving ducts, rudder bulbs and fins, protracted tip propellers, engine improvements, smooth coatings, and performance and trim optimising software.For ships trading within ECA zones, the programme may include the installation of exhaust scrubber systems or the conversion of engines to LNG dual-fuel, to comply with emissions requirements which came into effect on January 1, 2015.The Liberian Registry is also offering special tonnage tax discounts for ships participating in this green initiative. Each ship in the programme will be entitled to a 50 per cent annual tonnage tax discount in the first year, and up to a 25 per cent discount in both the second and third years.Christian Mollitor, LISCR vice-president and project manager of the green initiative, said: ”This represents a great opportunity for owners with ships delivered prior to the eco-boom to have their ships retrofitted with proven fuel-saving technologies. It should help owners and operators reduce fuel costs while creating the potential to increase hire or charter rates or achieve better pool points, and increase asset values in the secondhand market. It should also produce improved utilisation rates and marketability, and reduce port costs, freeing up funds for core business investments, including new ship acquisitions, or just facilitating the preservation of cash reserves to make it through a tough market.”last_img read more

Gonorrhea other STIs on rise in Canada social media networks one possible

first_imgTORONTO – Rates of sexually transmitted infections are continuing to rise across Canada, say public health experts, who point to a number of possible reasons for the uptick in cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis.“In general, all the sexually transmitted infections have been increasing in the last 20 years,” said Dr. Jason Wong, a physician epidemiologist at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), who tracks cases of sexually transmitted infections, or STIs.The growth of dating apps is one suspected culprit, though no studies have been conducted to prove a link between online hookups and the spread of STIs, said Wong.“But logically, it’s easier to find sex and easier to find anonymous sex than it was before, which makes it harder for public health to track outbreaks when you don’t know who’s the contact for people that may have been exposed,” he said.“The technology certainly serves to be a quicker interface to connecting with sexual partners.”Wong also said more people appear to be having condomless sex, including those in the gay community, who once were at the vanguard of safe-sex campaigns in response to the HIV-AIDS epidemic.“But with HIV treatment being really so effective now that it’s essentially a chronic disease, the concern around contracting HIV has really decreased a lot and that potentially is diving the reduction in condom use,” he said.Last year, the province recorded 3,295 cases of gonorrhea, a dip from the roughly 3,700 a year earlier, but a major jump from 2012, when only 1,400 cases were reported.On the other side of the country, Nova Scotia has also noticed a steady rise in gonorrhea and chlamydia cases since 2016, primarily in the Halifax area, said Dr. Trevor Arnason, regional medical officer of health for the central zone, which includes the provincial capital.“In 2018, we are seeing slightly more than double the number of case reports than we’d expect based on the three previous years of data for the province,” he said. “Normally we would expect around 50 cases reported by the end of April, and there were over 100 reported cases across the province.”About 85 per cent of those were recorded in and around Halifax.There’s been a slow increase in cases of chlamydia in Nova Scotia since 2007, though no rapid jump in the number of infections as seen with gonorrhea, said Arnason, noting that syphilis cases have been declining since 2013, following an outbreak among men who have sex with men in 2009.Along with reduced condom use, Arnason said there’s a concern about the growing number of people engaging in sex with multiple partners, possibly facilitated by social networking sites and dating apps.“We know the vast majority of our cases are diagnosed in the under-30 age group and many of them are diagnosed at university or college sexual health clinics,” he said Monday from Halifax, which is home to several post-secondary institutions.With young girls and many boys in Canada being vaccinated against human papillomavirus — a major cause of cervical cancer — and changes to guidelines advising that lower-risk women be tested less often for that malignancy than previously recommended, there is likely less screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia, Arnason said. Such STI testing was often performed at the same time as a Pap smear.“Again, we don’t have any certainty, but there is concern that people are not getting tested as frequently and that is driving a long-term trend of increased transmission.”Nationally, statistics confirm bacterial STIs are on an upward trajectory in jurisdictions across the country. Alberta, for example, recorded 4,763 cases of gonorrhea in 2017, up from about 3,700 the previous year.In 2015, the latest year for which national figures are available, there were almost 116,500 cases of chlamydia, the most commonly reported STI in Canada, with females accounting for two-thirds of infections, says the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Between 2010 and 2015, chlamydia rates increased by almost 17 per cent.Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported STI in the country. About 19,845 cases were recorded in 2015, a jump of more than 65 per cent from 2010. Males had higher rates than females, with the highest number of cases among those aged 15 to 29, PHAC says.From 2010 to 2015, the rate of infectious syphilis in Canada increased by almost 86 per cent. In 2015, a total of 3,321 cases were reported, with nearly 94 per cent occurring among males; those aged 20 to 39 had the highest rates and men who have sex with men were among those at most risk.While the three STIs can be successfully cured with antibiotics, untreated chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease in females, affecting fertility. Untreated, syphilis can cause damage to the brain, nerves, eyes, cardiovascular system, bones and joints. In extreme cases, it can be fatal.And when it comes to gonorrhea, Wong of the BCCDC said doctors are keeping an eye out for a rare strain of the bacterium that’s become resistant to one of the standard antibiotics long used to treat the disease, which turned up in a Quebec woman last year — the first such case in North America. About a half-dozen cases have been reported worldwide, notably in Japan and elsewhere in Asia.The Quebec woman had not travelled to Asia, but her boyfriend had been in Thailand and China and had unprotected sex in both countries, researchers reported.As a result, Wong said public health officials are closely monitoring gonorrhea cases “because we do have some concerns that our treatments are not going to be effective anymore.”Prevention is key, he said, stressing that condom use is among the best ways to protect against infection.“It’s not just the bugs we have to think about, it’s networks of people and how they connect with one another and thinking about what we can do to prevent people from getting these infections or getting complications,” he said.“But we’re also looking at what we can do on a population level that might suppress the potential that you would be exposed to these infections in the first place.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Future of weed is not smoking Calgary set to accept licensing applications

first_imgPot enthusiasts celebrate 4/20 for likely that last time while non-medicinal marijuana remains illegal on April 20, 2018.In April 2017, the federal government introduced Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act. It’s legislation that is expected to be enacted by summer, 2018.In the interim, the roles and responsibilities of the province and municipalities become clearer. In Calgary, interested sellers are preparing for a business licensing lottery.“The city’s done a great job,” CEO and President of 420 Investments, Jeff Mooij told 660 NEWS.“They’ve been very proactive,” he said. “I think they’re one of the first cities in this province to start initiating some of these things, and actually getting some of the paperwork coming in to their city and their municipality for licensing.”After voting 10-4 to ban smoking, vaping or consuming cannabis in public, with an exception for those using it for medical reasons, the city is expected to begin accepting retail applications on April 24, 2018.“[It’s] a lot of hurdles, a lot of, you know, applications,” Mooij said. “A lot of paperwork, and the City of Calgary is fairly reasonable with what they’re asking for, for applications.”When it comes to marijuana responsibilities, when pot becomes legal, municipal governments will be the authority on retail locations and rules, public consumption, land use and zoning and education.“The process, right now, will be a huge lineup at City Hall on April 24,” Mooij said. “Sort of a first-come-first-served lottery, type thing, that’s happening on Tuesday morning. So, it should be a bit of chaos, should be interesting to see how many people line up.”The city clarifies that the lottery system will not be totally random, as they will review applications based on the order in which they are received and a pre-determined set of criteria.Applications can also be made online at calgary.ca/cannabisbusiness, beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. When asked about the proposed Calgary bylaw, and a ban on public consumption, with medicinal exceptions, Mooij noted he was not concerned.“Medical versus recreational, outside, I mean, it’s all a moot point,” he proclaimed. “Eventually, you know, smoking’s a dying thing.”“Vape pens and edibles, that’s the future of this. Nobody’s going to be smoking outside,” he continued.Alberta Gaming and Liquor has received about 500 applications for pot-shops in the province, and with that knowledge, Mooij anticipates at least 100 businesses could be in search of a Calgary licence on Tuesday.last_img read more

Agricultural partnership program returns

The Ontario and federal governments announced starting in March farmers and other businesses can apply again for support under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program.The CAP allows farmers and businesses to get funding for projects to boost innovation, economic development, environmental stewardship and food safety, a release said.The intake process will be between March 22 and May 6, 2019 and more information will become available on the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs websites on or before March 8, 2019.“The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is our commitment to farmers, processors and agri-food businesses that strategic funding for initiatives will be there to help them grow, innovate, and prosper,” federal Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay said in a release.“Our government is proud to support this strong and competitive sector as it continues to create well paying middle class jobs for Canadians and meet the world’s growing demand for its high quality products,” he added.The federal and provincial governments have committed support for more than 1,350 projects through the initiative to help eligible farmers, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow, the release said.The partnership focuses on economic development in the agri-food and agri-products sector, environmental stewardship to enhance water quality and soil health and protection and assurance to reinforce the foundation for public trust in the sector.Program guides will be available at www.ontarioprogramguides.net and applicants can submit to www.ontarioprograms.net.The partnership is a five year and $3 billion commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments.“Through these investments from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, we will strengthen this key economic driver in our province and help eligible businesses grow, improve and prosper,” Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman said in the release. read more

The bizarre backstory behind the great Green defection that wasnt for NDP

nbndp.ca Joyce Richardson and her son Jonathan ended up being the only NDP defectors to the Green Party. Willy Robichaud, from Miramichi, got the call about two weeks ago. Joyce Richardson from the NDP was on the line, he said. She wanted to know what he thought about going Green. Robichaud had run for the NDP in last year’s New Brunswick election. He wasn’t planning to stand for anyone in the federal campaign. But he told Richardson he would think about the Greens and they agreed talk again. “I said I was going to look into it,” Robichaud said. “But I never went further than that.”Last week, Robichaud got another call, inviting him to a press conference in Moncton on Tuesday. He said couldn’t make it. He couldn’t get the time off work. And then, he said, he didn’t think much about the call again. Robichaud didn’t watch the press conference live. He didn’t hear about it on TV. It wasn’t until he checked Facebook later that night that he found out his own name was in the news, on a list of public defectors to the Green Party from the New Brunswick NDP. “I saw on the internet that I was signed in and I was never even there,” he said this week. “It’s a great big mix-up there. I don’t know what’s going on with that.”By last Friday, six of the original 14 names on that list, announced with much fanfare by the Green Party, had publicly confirmed they were still with the NDP. By the end of the week, only two of the 14 — Joyce Richardson and her son Jonathan — had formally resigned their memberships in the party, according to interim New Brunswick NDP leader Mackenzie Thomason.I don’t know how it got all mixed upAll week, meanwhile, all across Twitter, in press releases and media appearances, Canada’s fractious left was, as usual, tearing itself apart. New Democrats were accusing Greens of racism. Greens were calling New Democrats bullies. Actual federal leaders were fighting over the fate of former no-hope candidates for the fifth most popular party in a province roughly as large, by population, as the City of Mississauga.It was the great defection that was, then wasn’t, then was again, sort of. It was the first real bun fight in a federal campaign that had almost officially begun and it was fought between two progressive parties in a place where between them they’d be blessed to win a single seat.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.But the real story of the New Brunswick 14 is even stranger and smaller and more personal than the one that leaked out last week in dribs and drabs. It features a spurned leadership, a mother-son political duo, some late-night texting and the final proof, in case any more was needed, that all politics really is incredibly, minutely, mind-numbingly, local in the end.All in all, “it was a pretty embarrassing week,” said JP Lewis, an associate professor of political science at the University of New Brunswick.The two sides in New Brunswick’s Great Political Migration don’t agree on much. But they do agree on this. It all started with Joyce. Some former New Brunswick NDP candidates deny they left party to join the Greens In New Brunswick, being leader of the struggling NDP is a fourth job for 22-year-old Following mass defections to Green party in N.B., ex-NDP official blames voter racism against Singh Joyce Richardson joined the New Brunswick NDP about five years ago. A lawyer by training, and the former owner-operator of a daycare, Richardson was a candidate in the last provincial campaign. She lost, badly. But that’s not unusual for New Democrats in New Brunswick. The party hasn’t won a provincial seat in that province since 2003.In the aftermath of that campaign, in which the party finished with just 5% of the vote, Jennifer McKenzie, the incumbent leader, was pushed out. Richardson put her own name forward for the leadership. She was the only one who did. (In fact, she only did it, she said, because no one else would.)The provincial party, operating at that point with a skeleton crew of staff and volunteers, outsourced Richardson’s vetting to the federal party. Researchers there looked into Richardson’s past and found something that bothered them. In 2010, the Law Society of New Brunswick sanctioned Richardson for, among other things, practising law in Ontario and New Brunswick while her license was suspended.Richardson said there were mitigating circumstances behind that charge. She was suspended, she said, for failing to pay her law society dues while in what she described as an abusive relationship. She also thought she didn’t need her license to practice in small claims court in Ontario. But the law society sanction wasn’t the only thing the vetters flagged, Richardson said. They also objected to the fact that she still describes herself as a lawyer on social media, even though she no longer practices and they highlighted several cases where her conduct as a lawyer had been criticized by a judge.In any case, the party vetters felt they had enough to reject Richardson’s candidacy. She appealed that initial decision and lost. And in March, Mackenzie Thomason, a now 22-year-old furniture salesman and newspaper deliveryman, was elected to the interim leadership in her place.Richardson said that rejection came as something of a relief. “I didn’t want the NDP to fail,” she said. “I would have done the work if necessary.” But she was happy enough to leave it someone else.Still, not long after her aborted leadership run, Richardson began exploring the idea of switching parties. In August, she told her son, Jonathan Richardson, that she wanted to defect to the Greens. Jonathan, a New Brunswick organizer with the federal party, eventually agreed to join her, she said.What happened between that decision and last Tuesday’s announcement remains a matter of some dispute. Everyone does agree Richardson began reaching out to former NDP candidates in the provincial party in late summer to gauge interest in a mass switch.I’m leaving the partyShe texted Betty Weir, a bus driver and candidate in Albert, in the lead-up to the press conference last Tuesday.“I won’t be running next election either,” Richardson wrote in one text.“Can’t say as I blame ya,” Weir replied. “NDP NB is beyond broken.”“I’m leaving the party,” Richardson continued.“I already left,” Weir wrote. “They just won’t take my stupid page down off Facebook.”Richardson eventually asked Weir if she could count on her support. When Weir appeared to say yes, she added her name to the list, along with the names of Weir’s daughters, Madison and Hailey Duffy, also former candidates for the provincial NDP.After the press conference, though, Weir backtracked, publicly. She now says she never intended to leave the NDP. She said she was confused by what Joyce Richardson was asking her in the texts. It’s a busy time of year for Weir. She’s working overnights as a truck driver and mornings as a school bus driver. “It was a complete blunder on my part,” she said Monday. “I completely screwed up. It was all on me.”Still, Richardson did add the Duffy sisters, who are 23 and 21 respectively, to the list without checking with them personally. That doesn’t sit well with Madison Duffy. “It makes me uncomfortable,” she said. “It’s no little thing, you know what I mean?”Richardson said she thought it was fine to add the Duffy sisters after getting the all clear from their mom. She also said she thought she had the OK from Willy Robichaud. The only reason he didn’t come to the press conference, she believed, was because he couldn’t get the time off work. Robichaud remembers it differently. “I don’t know how it got all mixed up or how they did that,” he said, “but I’m not running for the NDP or the Green Party.”I think I was pretty clear about exactly what we were doingWhen the dust settled, six of the original 14 had publicly disavowed the Great Defection. The Green Party, in a press release, accused the NDP of using strong-arm tactics to get them back into the fold. But in the case of the four who spoke to the National Post, all that pressure amounted to was a phone call from a party organizer asking them if they were serious about switching teams. “The only thing they want(ed) to know is if it’s true,” said Robichaud. “There’s no pressure at all.”Last week, Jennifer Mckenzie the former New Brunswick NDP leader, accused Joyce’s son Jonathan of masterminding the whole affair. “He orchestrated to try to put his mother in as leader, and this is what he’s doing because that didn’t work out for him,” she told Global news. But Richardson insists that she and she alone contacted the candidates and put together the list.When she spoke to the National Post Monday, Richardson sounded exhausted and kind of disgusted by the whole affair. “It’s pretty embarrassing when you go and say that many people came and then all of a sudden, blang! then they’re saying it didn’t happen,” she said. “It was pretty embarrassing because I’m the one who handed in the names.”She still believes, though, that no one misunderstood what she was asking of them. “I don’t think they were confused at all,” she said. “I think I was pretty clear about exactly what we were doing.”As for Lewis, he thinks the whole thing was remarkably overblown. If you added up the votes of the Greens and the NDP in most parts of New Brunswick, he said, the combined party would still be in third place in the province. “We’re still talking about the third and maybe fifth place parties,” he said. “It’s bizarre.”• Email: rwarnica@nationalpost.com | Twitter: read more

UN transfers 500 million in oil revenues to Development Fund for Iraq

The transfer comes as part of a process that began in response to Security Council resolution 1483, adopted in May 2003. That measure, in part, underlined that the DFI “shall be used in a transparent manner to meet the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people, for the economic reconstruction and repair of Iraq’s infrastructure, for the continued disarmament of Iraq, and for the costs of Iraqi civilian administration,” as well as for other purposes benefiting the Iraqi people. To date, a total of $8.1 billion has been transferred. read more

UN officials stress need for solidarity in bridging remaining gaps to combat

“We all have a role in overcoming today’s economic, political, environmental and social challenges, and we must all share the costs and benefits of sustainable development according to needs and ability,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day, observed annually on 20 December.“This is the essence of justice, fairness and equity. It is the meaning of solidarity.”The UN General Assembly proclaimed Human Solidarity Day convinced that the promotion of the culture of solidarity and the spirit of sharing is important for combating poverty. This year’s theme is “Bridging the gaps to achieve international development goals by 2015 and beyond.” Mr. Ban recalled that, in elaborating the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which were agreed 2000 and have a 2015 deadline – world leaders recognized that these objectives demanded that everyone practice mutual respect and accept shared responsibility.“I urge people from all nations, faiths, cultures and traditions to work together in common cause to keep the promise made at the turn of the Millennium and leave a legacy of peace, prosperity and sustainable progress for generations to come,” stated Mr. Ban.The President of the General Assembly, John Ashe, highlighted the fact that solidarity will be as crucial as ever as UN Member States shape the development agenda that will follow 2015.“The post-2015 development agenda will represent a significant global evolution in our thinking insofar as it envisions an interdependent, planetary community regardless of disparities in development,” he said in his message for the Day.“I believe that our success at building solidarity, equity and social justice depends on the extent to which our differences are celebrated rather than treated as a justification for hatred and violence,” he added. We can no longer allow mothers and children to perish from preventable diseases. Conflict and environmental degradation must cease to threaten our existence as a human family. “Our children and young people must receive the education and skills that will guide them toward a path of entrepreneurship and access to decent jobs. And finally, we must continue to strive to develop sustainable global partnerships,” he stated.In her statement to mark the Day, the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity, Virginia Dandan, said that many global challenges and mass human rights violations, including global poverty, have persisted because of the pervasive gaps that exist – gaps in communities, between countries, and in international policy frameworks – which allow the world’s most vulnerable people to fall through the cracks.“International solidarity is the bridge across these gaps in understanding, action and accountability. It is an imperative that can propel positive collective action among our communities, governments and international policy-makers, to ensure that the world moves forward together as one,” said Ms. Dandan.In designing the next global development agenda, it is vital to not only recognize what has been achieved but to take stock of the gaps that remain and to learn from them, she noted.“The post-2015 development agenda is an opportunity to close the gaps that persist, and to create a global development framework based on a genuine global partnership between States with human rights at its heart.“International solidarity must be our rallying cry to ensure that our governments come through on their commitments to meet the most basic development needs of our poorest communities.” read more

Valkyria Chronicles 4 Heads to PS4 Xbox One and Switch in 2018

first_img One of last generation’s best strategy RPGs was Sega’s Valkyria Chronicles. Unfortunately, the series failed to garner much attention in North America when it originally released in 2008. After two PlayStation Portable sequels (one of which was never localized) and a questionable spin-off (Valkyria Revolution), Sega is bringing the series back in a big way with Valkyria Chronicles 4.Over on the PlayStation Blog, Atlus PR Associate Will Chan spoke with producer, Kei Mikami about what the team’s goal for the title is. According to Mikami, Valkyria Chronicles 4 is being created for a global audience. Since Valkyria 2 and 3 were exclusive to PSP, those games were geared more toward Japanese players. The fourth installment will forgo the schoolyard themes and super soldiers and return to the series’ roots of telling a gripping war story. Like the original game, Valkyria 4 will focus on what life is like for average soldiers placed in extraordinary circumstances.The original Valkyria games centered on the small fictional country of Gallia. The aim of Valkyria 4 is to show the full scope of the Second Europan War. This means players can expect to learn how the war affects other continents outside of Europa. Despite its fictional nature, the producers are taking inspiration from World War II. Europa is, after all, a fictionalized version of Europe, so parallels are only natural. The team was also inspired by the brave soldiers who fought in the Second World War and bringing some of that into the game.Even though Valkyria Chronicles released in 2008, its visuals are still striking even today. Given the hardware we currently have, the developers are able to push the aesthetics even further.“New hardware allowed us to repaint the gorgeous visuals you know and love in a whole new light,” said Mikami. “In order to amplify Canvas’ hand-drawn, watercolor aesthetic, we deepened the shadows to make its colors pop. We also added real-time environmental effects — like footprints left in the snow, or heatwaves warping the air around you — to give the sense that you’re actually there in person.”With its release on three different platforms, Valkyria Chronicles 4 certainly has a decent shot of attaining global success. The game is set to drop in 2018 and is worth keeping an eye on if you’re a fan of the series or want to experience a different type of war game. If you haven’t played Valkyria Chronicles, you can currently pick up the remastered original on PlayStation 4 and Steam. Stay on target Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

GPA presents Annual Report and Financial Statement to PACPEC

first_imgBy Nelson MannehThe Gambia Ports Authority yesterday 27th April 2015 presented their annual report and financial statements at the Public Account and the Public Enterprise Committee of the National Assembly.In the opening remarks Mr Lamin L Sanyang, the Managing Director of the Gambia Ports Authority gave a summary of the annual report in which he noted some of the challenges they are facing and some of the achievements made during the year.According to Mr Sanyang, part of their updates on projects includes the construction of GPA access road and paving of Banjul ferry terminal. Accessing the head office in 2012 had been a problem and sand bags were being used for pedestrians to access the head office during heavy rains, he said. On the other hand the Banjul ferry terminal used to be flooded thereby making passengers and vehicles crossing difficult, he noted. He indicated that the terminal being the gateway to the capital city needed urgent attention. “In line with the above and  as part of earlier plans of the authority for its basic yard extension –phase 1, contract Agreement  was signed with Guangxi International Construction Company on the 19th march 2013 for the construction of the GPA Access Road and paving of Banjul ferry terminal at an initial contract cost of D11, 787, 483.49. Including additional works, the final cost was at D 15, 720, 544.39 and was successfully handed over to the Authority,”he noted.   He also made note of other projects like Painting of the EFSTH, Construction of July 22nd Pavilion, Construction of the Bund road to concrete pavement etc.He said one of the problems they face now is lack of enough space to store some of their materials.The financial statement which was presented to the Public Account and Public Enterprise Committee by Mr Tamsir Sallah, the Director of finance is a summary of the Administration expenses amounting to D214, 289,000.The chairman of the Gambia Ports Authority, Mr Mustapha B Colley, said they need space to pack some of their goods and other materials.The scrutinizing of their report will continue tody 28TH April, 2015. Foroyaa will continue to give updates as it continues.last_img read more

Assemblies of God Conference promotes Discipleship over Membership

first_img Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliament Providenciales, 26 Jun 2015 – That is the sound of the Creole church led by Pastor Woulieme Pompilus of Community Fellowship Center on night two of the 61st General Council which is historically being held for the first time in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Premier Rufus Ewing attended on this night and brought greetings, well wishes and expressed that now more than ever, the Turks and Caicos Islands needs God. Two families were rewarded for 19 years of service to the AG church here in the TCI; Elder Rex and Jan Messam and Elder Drexwell and Deaconness Joanna Seymour. The speaker for the night, Rev Dr. Maxo Joseph, a dynamic preacher from Haiti challenged church leadership to stop turning Believers into membership; that the goal should be to create discipleship. Discipleship he pointed out is the true vision of Jesus Christ, who is head of an evangelistic church. He called on the congregation to become empowered so that it could take the Caribbean for Christ. Joseph, who is planning to run for President of Haiti in its upcoming General Elections later this year, also paid a courtesy call on Premier Ewing. Related Items:assemblies of god, Community fellowship center, creole choir, Pastor Woulieme Pompilus, premier rufus ewing, rev dr. Maxo Joseph Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Servicelast_img read more

Vancouver Navy veteran lied about age to enlist

first_imgWhen a regulation barred Ed Maresh from enlisting in the Navy at the age of 16, he changed it.Not the regulation: He changed his age.After an unsuccessful trip to the recruiter’s office, Maresh did a little shopping on the way home and found what he needed to forge the date on his baptismal certificate.That’s what got Maresh into the Navy during World War II.The Vancouver resident is a member of a group known as Veterans of Underage Military Service: people who signed up before the legal enlistment age of 17.It wasn’t like Maresh had a lot of better options. He’d already been on his own for a while. The youngest of nine boys, Maresh wasn’t getting along too well with his stepmother. He dropped out of school as a sophomore and left his home in Woodburn, Ore., to work graveyard shift in a Portland shipyard.He eventually moved in with the family of his best friend, Clair Vandehey. When 17-year-old Clair — known as Buddy — said he was enlisting in the Navy, it sounded like a good idea to Maresh.On Oct. 14, 1943, they went to the recruiting office in Salem, Ore. When the Navy recruiter asked how old the boys were, Maresh said he was 16.last_img read more

Wilmington Rotary Clubs Annual Auction 10000 Raffle Set For November 16

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Rotary Club is excited to announce its Annual Auction on Friday, November 16, 2018, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). Doors open at 6pm. Auction begins at 7pm.Local businesses are donating items to be auctioned off, and there is a free buffet and cash bar available, as well as a “wine wall.”This is the Rotary Club’s big fundraiser, and proceeds go towards scholarships for graduating Wilmington seniors, as well as the various projects that the Club does around town, including improvements to Rotary Park, donations to the library and the public schools, and various youth organizations. Proceeds will also benefit Rotary International initiatives, including efforts to eradicate polio, develop clean water projects, and the homelessness and hunger initiative.At the conclusion of the night, the Club will draw the winning raffle tickets, for the following prizes:Grand Prize – $10,000Two Second Place Prizes – $1,000Two Third Place Prizes – $500Four Fourth Place Prizes – $250Only 350 tickets are being sold. Tickets cost $100 each.  For tickets or more information, please contact John Doherty at 978 658-3805.(NOTE: The above information is from the Wilmington Rotary Club’s Facebook page.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Rotary Club’s Annual Auction Set For November 17In “Community”Wilmington Rotary Auction Set for November 18In “Community”Tickets Still Available For Wilmington Rotary Trivia Night On June 14In “Community”last_img read more

Withdraw Narayanganj SP EC

first_imgThe election commission has directed the public security division of the home ministry to withdraw Narayanganj superintendent of police (SP) Anisur Rahman on specific allegations, reports UNB.”The decision to withdraw the SP has been taken on specific allegations,” EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said at a press briefing on Wednesday night.The EC move came after the BNP-led 20-party alliance placed a demand for removal of the police official.Earlier in the day, the EC sent a letter to the public security division to withdraw the SP.In the letter, the EC asked the division to give the charge of the SP to another official.On 25 November, the 20-party alliance placed a written demand for removal of the Narayanganj SP saying that they are in doubt whether he discharges the election duty neutrally as his wife Fatema Tuzzahura is a Member of Parliament from the reserved seat.Earlier on 26 November, the deputy commissioner of Natore was withdrawn.Besides, the commission has already asked to withdraw the officers-in-charge of Louhajang and Mithapukur police stations.last_img read more

Interim Mayor Young Honors Frank Robinson

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comBaltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young, thrust into the role of ex-officio mayor of Baltimore, honored a Baltimore Oriole Hall-of-Famer for his first public act.Young re-dedicated the sight of old Memorial Stadium at 33rd Street in East Baltimore as “Frank Robinson Way,” in honor of the Oriole legend.Interim Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young rededicates the sight of old Memorial Stadium as “Frank Robinson Way” as Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke and the Oriole Bird, and others look on. (Photo Credit: Sean Yoes)Young, who was forced into the position of interim mayor after Catherine Pugh announced an indefinite leave of absence in the wake of her Healthy Holly book scandal, was joined by several city officials including newly installed Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and veteran Baltimore City Councilmember Mary Pat Clarke. The re-dedicated Frank Robinson Way is in Clarke’s East Baltimore council district.When he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles from the Cincinnati Reds in 1966, Robinson almost single-handedly changed the fortunes of the Orioles organization. Robinson not only added one of the most powerful bats in baseball to the Orioles lineup, as well as a gold glove to the outfield, his aggressive playing style and fierce competitiveness transformed the team’s clubhouse. That first year as an Oriole, Robinson captured the rare triple crown, leading the league in home runs, runs batted in (RBI) and batting average and led the O’s to their first World Series title. The Orioles not only won the championship, but they swept the favored Los Angeles Dodgers in four games, and no player has captured the triple crown of baseball since Robinson’s prodigious 1966 season. At the end of the 1966 season, Robinson also earned his second league Most Valuable Player award.Interim Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young rededicates the sight of old Memorial Stadium as “Frank Robinson Way” as Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke and the Oriole Bird, and others look on. (Photo Credit: Sean Yoes)In 1970, Robinson led the Orioles to another World Series victory, this time over his former team the Reds. At the end of his playing career Robinson finished with 586 home runs (10th all-time), 1,812 RBI, 2,943 total base hits and a career batting average of .294. But, his impact on the game was far from over.In 1974, the Cleveland Indians made Robinson the first Black manager in Baseball history. Robinson also managed the San Francisco Giants, which made him the first Black manager in the National League, the Baltimore Orioles and the Montreal Expos as they made the transition to the Washington Nationals. Robinson is still the only player in the history of Major League Baseball to win the Most Valuable Player award in both leagues.Robinson died in February at age 83.last_img read more