Report: Porto 4 Lokomotiv 1

first_imgHector Herrera scored inside 90 seconds of Porto’s 4-1 win over Lokomotiv Moscow as Sergio Conceicao’s men dumped their opponents out of the Champions League and strengthened their grip on Group D.The Mexico international turned provider for Moussa Marega to double Porto’s lead before half-time as Lokomotiv failed to deal with two players who had scored against them in a 3-1 defeat just two weeks earlier.The result, combined with Schalke’s victory over Galatasaray in the group’s other game, condemned Yuri Semin’s Lokomotiv side to a Champions League exit after failing to earn a single point from their four games so far. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Porto dealt with a potentially tricky final half-hour after Jefferson Farfan pulled one back, Jesus Corona and Otavio scoring to wrap up a third consecutive Champions League victory for the first time since November 2015, when Julen Lopetegui was in charge of the club.Final de Jogo / End of the match / Final del PartidoFC Porto 4-1 FC LokomotivHerrera [2′]Marega [42′]Jesús Corona [67′]Otávio [90+3′]#FCPorto #FCPFCL #UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) November 6, 2018Lokomotiv were caught out by an electric start by Porto and Marega powered his way into the penalty area in the second minute before cutting the ball back to Herrera, whose angled shot from just outside the six-yard box took a deflection on its way past Guilherme into the net.Herrera returned the favour just before half-time, chipping a delightful pass into the path of Marega who drilled a low shot under Guilherme, beating the goalkeeper with power.Herrera flashed a header onto the outside of the post after nine minutes of the second half and he was made to rue the miss when second-half substitute Farfan lost his marker and headed Aleksey Miranchuk’s corner just inside the post shortly before the hour mark.Any hopes Lokomotiv had of mounting a comeback disappeared when Guilherme’s scuffed clearance fell to Oliver Torres and he played in Corona who guided the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs and into the net before Otavio came on and lashed home a fourth in stoppage-time. What does it mean? Porto poised to qualifyPorto are firm favourites to win Group D after claiming 10 points from four games, and victory over Schalke on November 28 would confirm their place in the knockout stages.Herrera leads by exampleLokomotiv struggled to contain Porto captain Herrera, who built on his early goal with an all-action performance and gave the game one of its best moments with his weighted pass for Marega to score the second.Corluka succumbs to Porto duoExperienced defender Vedran Corluka should have known all about the threat posed by Herrera and Marega after they scored in Moscow but he and his fellow defenders were caught napping early on and never really recovered.Key Opta Facts- Porto have won three straight Champions League matches for the first time since November 2015 under manager Julen Lopetegui.- Lokomotiv Moscow have now lost each of their last five matches in the Champions League, conceding 3+ goals in three of those games (12 goals conceded total).- Porto’s haul of 10 points after their opening four matches in this season’s Champions League is their highest tally at this stage since 2015-16, though they did end up falling out at the group stage, finishing third. What’s next?Three more home games await Porto, starting with the visit of Sporting Braga on Saturday, while Lokomotiv must prepare for a trip to mid-table Rubin Kazan in the Russian Premier League on Sunday. read morelast_img read more

Yanks Fall to Lowly Astros, 7-4

first_imgNEW YORK — Anyone who thought Houston would be a Yankee Stadium pushover hasn’t been paying attention to Chris Carter at the plate.After striking out four straight times, Carter snapped a ninth-inning tie with a colossal three-run homer the night of Aug. 19 that extended his second-half power surge and sent the Astros to a 7-4 victory over the New York Yankees.“I was just trying to hit it and put it in play. My first four at-bats, I didn’t do anything,” Carter said with a smile. “I went up there in the last at-bat and just tried to forget about it and regroup.”Marwin Gonzalez knocked in two runs with a pinch-hit single, and the fourth-place Astros (53-73) won for the third time in four meetings with the Yankees this year.Despite a $154 million difference in opening-day payroll, Houston took two of three at home against New York to begin the season.“Shows us that we’re on the right track,” winning pitcher Josh Fields said. “We’re playing a lot better baseball than last year.”Brian McCann hit a two-run homer, and Martin Prado had three hits for the Yankees, who dropped the opener of a six-game homestand against two teams with losing records.New York fell four games out of a playoff spot. “We were able to come back and tie the game up and we let it slip away,” Manager Joe Girardi said.David Robertson (1-4) walked consecutive batters and threw seven straight balls before Carter launched a 3-0 pitch into the raised concrete bleachers in left field for his 30th home run.“I tried to make a good pitch down and away. Instead, I threw it right into his bat path, and he put it 30 rows deep,” Robertson said. “I struggled out there tonight and I blew it for our team.”Carter, the reigning AL player of the week, is batting .340 with eight homers and 19 RBIs in his past 13 games. He leads the majors with 17 home runs and 42 RBIs since July 1.“It was like somebody flipped a light switch,” Fields said. Fields (3-6) tossed a scoreless eighth on his 29th birthday. With the infield in, Jacoby Ellsbury was thrown out at home on a one-out grounder to shortstop by slumping Carlos Beltran.Chad Qualls worked a perfect ninth for his 14th save.Prado singled in the fourth off starter Brett Oberholtzer before McCann drove an 0-2 pitch into the second deck in right for his 14th homer.Robbie Grossman hit a two-out RBI single in the fifth, and Houston chased Chris Capuano on his 36th birthday during a three-run sixth.Fowler led off with a triple and scored on Jason Castro’s tying groundout. After consecutive singles, both runners moved up when Jake Marisnick’s groundout deflected off reliever Adam Warren.Astros Manager Bo Porter pushed the right button, lifting No. 9 batter Gregorio Petit for a left-handed hitter even though Petit had doubled both times up. Gonzalez hit a two-run single that gave Houston a 4-2 lead.It was the first run-scoring hit by a Houston pinch hitter since Jesus Guzman had an RBI single against Texas on May 14. “I didn’t think that I was going in that early,” Gonzalez said. “Bo told me like 10 minutes before.”Prado tied it in the bottom half with a two-run double that ended Oberholtzer’s night.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Virat Kohli reveals what helped him scale Mt 10K in record-breaking time

first_imgVirat Kohli is like a machine. It does sound clichéd but it is true of a man who has embraced the boring and the mundane in his quest for excellence. He is now the fastest to 10,000 ODI runs. Sachin Tendulkar took 259 innings to get to the landmark – Kohli did it in only 205.Kohli has a better strike rate than any of the other 12 batsmen by the time they brought up their 10,000th run. He already has 37 hundreds. On Wednesday, he became the quickest to 1,000 runs in a calendar year. Kohli took only 11 innings to storm to 1045 runs in 2018. These are mind-numbing numbers.Like 2017, 2018 has been remarkable for Kohli. He started off with the tour of South Africa where he smashed 871 runs across formats. Then came the tour of England and he buried the ghost of 2014 with a sensational run in the Test series. A short break thereafter and Kohli is back in business – a Test hundred and back-to-back ODI hundreds in the ODI series against the Windies.While the cricket fraternity celebrated a monumental effort, Kohli himself stayed cool, choosing instead to focus on his goals ahead. He is the No.1 batsman in Tests and ODIs and by far the most celebrated cricketet in the world but there is no sense of entitlement. He knows he still needs to work hard for every run after setting the bar so incredibly high for himself.Read – It is not easy being Virat Kohli: Harbhajan Singh to India TodayadvertisementKohli conceded he had never imagined he would get to this stage in his ODI career. He broke – in fact, he hammered – the record of a man he has idolised all his life. Kohli is breaking one record after another set by Sachin Tendulkar. When he got to his 10,000th run in Vizag, he had outdone the Master Blaster by 59 innings. That’s staggering.Read – Keep the runs flowing: Sachin Tendulkar welcomes Virat Kohli to Club 10,000Kohli remained humble and said he had never imagined getting to this point.”I feel very grateful and blessed. I never imagined I would get to this stage one day in one-day internationals career but it has happened and I am very, very thankful to God and I am very grateful right now,” Kohli told India captain @imVkohli speaks about scaling mount 10K and why the team will always hold prime importance before personal milestones. DO NOT MISS THIS – by @Moulinparikh #TeamIndia #INDvWIInterview Link – (@BCCI) October 25, 2018″These things do not matter much but to understand that you have come this far in your career with playing for 10 years is something very special to me because I love this sport so much and you want to play it more and more. That for me is the most important thing and I am just happy that I have been able to play this long and hopefully for many more years to come,” he said.”I never thought I could achieve this feat or I would get to this stage. I always thought I just want to play for India.”I never thought this day would arrive one day and it just tells me that if you focus on the process and stay focussed on the right things, then these things become irrelevant after a while. My duty is to score runs and having done it for a long time, everything has collected for this moment but the intention should always be to look for what the team needs and get as many runs as possible. I have been able to push my physical abilities and mental abilities on what the team needs and in that process, more runs have been scored than otherwise.”Also Read – Pretty proud of my milestone: Virat Kohli after storming into 10,000-run clubKohli’s records and numbers are scarcely believable but he has a simple process which allows him to score all those runs with such breathtaking consistency.”I have just been focused on the situation and I am glad I have been able to help the team with the bat and as I said, it’s all about focussing on what the team needs and the situation demands. All these things look good from the outside as a package but from the inside as a player you know you are always focussed on the process,” he said.Stat – 1 tie, 4 losses and 8 wins: How batsmen fared on reaching 10,000 runsadvertisementAnd there is no arrogance or any sense of entitlement. Kohli knows he has a job to do, a job several other cricketers want. As the best batsman and the captain of the Indian national cricket team, Virat Kohli understands his responsibilities and duties well.”It is a great honour for me to represent my country. Even after playing for 10 years, I don’t feel I am entitled for anything here. You still have to work hard for every run you score at the international level because there are many people who want this very badly.”When you are in that position yourself, you should have the same hunger and passion. You should never take things for granted, never take it easy at any stage and if I have to dive six times in an over, I will do it for the team because that’s my duty and that’s why I am selected to play for my country. That’s not doing anyone a favour, that’s not showing anyone I am committed, that’s purely gaining an extra run for the team,” he said.(Written by Rajarshi Gupta)last_img read more

World Cup controversies: Javed Miandad’s antics against India, Prasad teaches Sohail a lesson

first_imgThe 2019 ICC World Cup is around the corner and as much as the fans of the game remember the highs and lows on the field, the heroic efforts of champions and the conquests of great cricket nations, a few controversial moments also spring to mind.From the hilarious exchange between Indian wicket-keeper Kiran More and Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad, to the equally iconic moment of Venkatesh Prasad punching the air in delight after dismissing Aamer Sohail just after being sledged, the Cricket World Cup has seen plenty of spicy moments.The case of Shane Warne having to go back home after testing positive for a banned substance also goes down as one of the most infamous incidents of the World Cup’s history.Another Australian’s antics too caused quite a stir as Adam Gilchrist scored a century with a squash ball in his glove. Other competing teams raised questions on the issue as Australia lifted their fourth straight World Cup.1992 – Miandad mocks More appealIndian wicket-keeper Kiran More was involved in a controversy in the match against Pakistan, which India ended up winning by 43 runs.More’s over-enthusiastic appeal for a leg-side catch of Javed Miandad, brought out one of the most hilarious reactions from the Pakistan batsman.So as to mock the Indian wicket-keeper, Miandad proceeded to jump up and down at his crease. The incident has gone down in the history books as one of the funniest at the Cricket World Cup.Some words were also said between the two, which has since been lost to history. The umpires reported the matter to the match referee, who in turn asked the tour managers to sort the matter.advertisement1996 – Prasad gives perfect reply to ShohailThe Aamer Sohail and Venkatesh Prasad exchange has attained cult status as a sign of the rivalry of between the two neighbouring countries – India and Pakistan.In the 1996 World Cup quarterfinal against India in Bengaluru, Pakistan were going great guns in their chase of 287, with Sohail keeping the scorers busy. After he brought up his fifty with an eye-catching push to the extra-cover boundary, some words were exchanged between Prasad and Sohail.Sohail pointed at the cover boundary, suggesting that there is where he would be hitting the next ball, as boos rained down from the stands at the Chinnaswamy.Venkatesh Prasad though had the last laugh, as in a dramatic change of fortunes, Sohail lost his timber the very next ball. Prasad had a few things to say this time and gave Sohail a mouthful and a send-off as the as the Bengaluru crowd erupted in joy.2003 – Shane Warne sent back from World CupThe might of the Australian team, in 2003 was tested when their star leg-spinner Shane Warne tested positive for a banned diuretic drug, known as Moduretic. The drug is generally used to treat hypertension, high blood pressure and fluid retention.ICC had banned the drug as can act as a masking agent for steroids and Warne was subsequently banned from the World Cup and had to fly back to Australia and that too in the middle of the tournament.2007 – Gilchrist’s squash ballAdam Gilchrist scored 149 off 104 balls and was instrumental in taking Australia to a 53-run victory Sri Lanka in the final of the 2007 edition of the World Cup.After reaching his hundred, Gilchrist raised his left hand to show off his glove, which had a prominent lump in the middle.The Australian wicket-keeper batsman later clarified that he had stuck a squash ball into the glove. The news infuriated the other teams as they questioned the legality or fairness of the move.”I’d been using this little device on the advice of a batting coach back in Perth. Often, he’d get me to put this squash ball in my bottom hand, and basically, it’s about putting the glove on, and my coach told me, ‘Try not to grip the bat too much with those last two, maybe three, fingers’,” Gilchrist had said in an interview with ICC.Australia won their fourth straight World Cup as Gilchrist and the squash ball was the hero.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Teams will be wary of India’s bowling attack, says Bhuvneshwar KumarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli won’t be affected by IPL performance, says Kuldeep YadavAlso Seelast_img read more

Photo: Amari Cooper’s Name Has Been Added To The First-Team All-American Wall At Alabama

first_imgAmari Cooper named first team all american.Amari Cooper’s time at Alabama has come to an end, as the wide receiver is headed to the NFL, but the former star will be forever remembered inside the Crimson Tide’s facility. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound wideout is one of the greatest wide receivers in Alabama history, so it’d be pretty tough to forget him, but that won’t be possible now, anyway. Cooper’s name has been etched into the first-team All-American wall inside the Crimson Tide’s facility, next to the other wide receivers who accomplished similar greatness. Cooper finished his Alabama career with 3,463 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns. He’s expected to be an early-to-mid first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.last_img read more

JBIC Approves Financing of Berge Bulk’s Newbuildings

first_imgjbic, March 25, 2014 zoom The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Berge Bulk have signed buyer’s credit agreements for funding the purchase of new bulk carriers.The loans will be co-financed by the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ. Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) will provide buyer’s credit insurance for the portion co-financed by the private financial institution.With the loan, Berge Bulk will be able to buy six 34,000 DWT bulk carriers, currently being built by Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.JBIC, in partnership with the Shipbuilders’ Association of Japan, will continue to support the export of Japanese-built ships that perform a significant role in the regional economy and associated industries.last_img read more

Bridgewater Hosts 36th Annual 4H Show

first_imgMembers of 4-H clubs will have the chance to show their skills at the 36 Annual Nova Scotia 4-H Show and the South Shore Exhibition Grounds in Bridgewater, Sept. 27 -29. 4-H members are eligible to compete at the show after achieving top honours at a local exhibition with their life skills or livestock project. This annual family event is an excellent opportunity for people to experience the 4-H youth leadership program in an interactive way. The Nova Scotia 4-H Show offers something for everyone and visitors will see 4-H members demonstrate the technical, livestock and life skills they learned throughout the year. “For 100 years 4-H has been a successful leadership development program that teaches youth to become future leaders in their communities, business, government and agriculture”, said Paul LaFleche, deputy Minister of Agriculture. “I encourage everyone to attend the Nova Scotia 4-H Show to witness what the 4-H program can offer every member of the family.” A national survey of 4-H alumni named leadership and youth development as the most important goals of the 4-H program. “4-H teaches us so many valuable skills and I can say from personal experience that it is a wonderful program,” said Nicole MacEachern, an 18-year old member with the County Line 4-H Club in Richmond County. “For the past three summers I’ve been a counsellor at Camp Rankin and in school completed the 4-H Personal Development Education Credit. I plan to continue being a 4-H member until I am 21 and then volunteer as a leader.” Nova Scotia has the largest 4-H Show in Canada with all the exhibitors being 4-H members from 9 – 21 years of age. The event is open to the public and admission is free. A schedule of events is available at read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. -30- INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Valley Mills Crowdis Bridge, in Valley Mills on Marble Mountain Road, is closed until further notice. Detour via Eden Road, Barren Road, Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Denys Road. Signs are in place. CONTINUING WORKlast_img

8 core sector industries grow by 51 in May

first_imgNew Delhi: The eight core sector industries recorded a growth of 5.1 per cent in May on the back of healthy output in steel and electricity. The eight core sector industries – coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertiliser, steel, cement and electricity – grew by 4.1 per cent in May last year. Steel and electricity output increased by 19.9 per cent and 7.2 per cent, respectively, during the month under review. However, crude oil, refinery products, and fertiliser were in the negative zone. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepDuring April-May, the eight sectors grew by 5.7 per cent compared to 4.4 per cent in the same period last year. Meanwhile, the Indian manufacturing sector growth moderated in June, largely owing to softer increase in new work intakes, which in turn translated into slower rises in output and employment, a monthly survey said Monday. The IHS Markit India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) was at 52.1 in June, down from May’s three-month high of 52.7, indicating a slight setback in the Indian manufacturing sector. This is the 23rd consecutive month that the manufacturing PMI has remained above the 50-point mark. In PMI parlance, a print above 50 means expansion, while a score below that denotes contraction. “Gauges of factory orders, production, employment and exports remained inside growth territory, but rates of expansion softened in all cases as domestic and international demand showed some signs of fading,” said Pollyanna de Lima, Principal Economist at IHS Markit. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAccording to the survey, consumer goods was the key source of growth, where robust increases in sales, output and employment were registered. Modest expansions in production and new work were noted in the intermediate goods category, but jobs stagnated. At the same time, operating conditions in the capital goods sector were broadly unchanged. Meanwhile, growth of new export orders also showed signs of weakness. “Also, a further decline in unfinished business points to excess capacity among goods producers, meaning that job creation may come to a halt in the near term should demand growth fail to revive,” Lima added. On the prices front, June data continued to show only a moderate increase in input costs and enabled firms to lower charges. Easing price pressure might prompt the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to continue with its dovish stance in its upcoming policy review in August. In the June review, RBI had cut key lending rates by 0.25 per cent for the third time this year to spur economic growth. “Firms tried to boost sales by offering price discounts for their goods, in light of subdued rises in cost burdens. Tamed cost inflation may assist competitive pricing and lift demand to a meaningful extent as we head into the second half of 2019.” Going ahead, manufacturers remained upbeat about growth prospects in June, with marketing initiatives, stable political conditions and forecasts of a pick-up in demand underpinning positive sentiment. However, the degree of optimism weakened slightly from that recorded in May.last_img read more

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has more First Nations than any other leader

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsGravel gives way to new blacktop here on the road leading into Pasqua First Nation.But that’s not something Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer would know, says Chief Todd Peigan, because the incumbent MP has never visited the reserve.“What can I tell you about Andy?” Peigan says over the phone from New York City, where he’s attending a special climate conference at the United Nations.“He has never attended Pasqua First Nation, he has never attended any of the party debates when they’re held on reserve.”Pasqua is one of 12 reserves in Scheer’s sprawling riding of Regina-Qu’Appelle, here in southeastern Saskatchewan.(Pasqua First Nation is one of 12 reserves in the Regina-Qu’Appelle riding. (Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Describing it as “diverse” is an understatement.The riding encompasses North Central (an inner-city neighbourhood voted most dangerous in Canada in 2005), the upcale bedroom communities of White City and Emerald Park on Regina’s eastern outskirts, and vast, rolling farmland that dots a picturesque valley.As an MP, Scheer represents the most First Nations of any party leader.Green Party’s Elizabeth May has four communities in her riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands in B.C., but the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, PPC leader Maxime Bernier and Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-François Blanchet have none.When Scheer coasted to victory in 2015 with the help of urban and rural voters, none of the 10 First Nation polls supported him.(One of the farms in Regina-Qu’Appelle. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Some of that anti-Scheer sentiment was captured in a controversial Facebook post on Sept. 16.Myke Agecoutay, a former vice chief of the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council, accused Scheer of making offensive comments in “the sacred boardroom” on Treaty 4 territory after accepting an invitation to meet with First Nation leaders.But Agecoutay, who now lives in Regina, didn’t respond to numerous requests from APTN News to defend or offer proof of his accusation.The post, which has since disappeared, is not true, said a spokesperson for Scheer in an email to APTN,“These allegations are patently false. The post has been deleted by Facebook,” the spokesperson said.(Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer outside the House of Commons in February. APTN file).Without Agecoutay or others in the room confirming the allegation, it is now social media history.But it’s being credited with sparking an interest in the federal election campaign, says the riding’s Liberal candidate Jordan Ames-Sinclair, a Treaty 4 Indigenous youth leader from Sakimay First Nation.“I’m aware of it; people are aware of it,” he said in an interview in his campaign office.Ames-Sinclair believes it’s “mathematically possible” for him to unseat Scheer if he takes all the Indigenous votes in the riding of just under 80,000 people, which according to Statistics Canada, is growing.“Not everyone feels they’ve been well represented,” said the business student at the University of Regina, who was recently endorsed by Liberal veteran Sheila Copps.“A large majority haven’t been voting.”#ScheerHomophobia @AndrewScheer worst nightmare. @JordanQuAppelle Dynamic young Métis two-spirit gay leader is the Liberal candidate against him. 13,000 indigenous people in the riding. That’s why Scheer is in hiding. Go Jordan!— Hon. Sheila Copps (@Sheila_Copps) August 29, 2019Jessica Gordon, one of the councillors for about 2,000 band members in Pasqua, knows something about fanning the flames of First Nation’s discontentment.She’s co-founder of the national Indigenous movement Idle No More.“There has been push back over the years that we shouldn’t vote (in the colonial system) – that it’s not our way,” she says, while driving to yet another meeting.“But we need to be engaged. We’re going to help people register and get to the polls.”(Jordan Ames-Sinclair is an Indigenous candidate opposing Scheer. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Sources at File Hills and Touchwood tribal councils in the riding, who aren’t authorized to speak for the organizations, confirmed their bosses are discussing a voting drive.Peigan, who identified Agecoutay as his nephew, was the only chief to respond to repeated requests for comment for this story.“We cannot just advise people to vote,” he says of plans to bus people to cast ballots and ensure there are polls on each First Nation for the Oct. 21 vote.“We have to advise them to vote Liberal.”Yes, despite high-profile party scandals involving the country’s first Indigenous attorney general and justice minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, and mocking people of colour via black-brownface, Peigan continues to support Trudeau.“Think of the alternative,” he said of Scheer. “(Here in the riding) he never went to bat for us.”(Jessica Gordon is a Pasqua First Nation band councillor and co-founder of Idle No More. Photo: courtesy: Facebook)Scheer wasn’t in Saskatchewan when APTN visited his riding earlier this week, and his spokesperson said he wasn’t available for an interview.But his face was plastered on billboards throughout the Saskatchewan capital and national pollsters claimed, at that point in time, his party was leading the Liberals.Toppling Trudeau would be a huge accomplishment for the man known here as ‘Andy’ who became Conservative party leader in 2017.Scheer is originally from Ottawa and moved to his wife’s hometown of Regina after meeting her at university.The father of five finished his degree in Saskatchewan and worked at an insurance agency and as a constituency assistant before making his own run for politics in 2005.He has won the riding twice and is hoping to take it – and the country – this third time.(Pedestrians cross a main street in downtown Regina, Sask. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)By comparison, his Liberal opponent was born, raised and still lives in Regina-Qu’Appelle.Ray Aldinger is running for the NDP, Dale Dewar for the Green Party, Tracey Sparrowhawk for the PPC and James Plummer for the Libertarian party.Ames-Sinclair says he has been active in both the colonial and First Nations political systems since he was 13.“In my years living in the riding, I felt no representation from (Scheer).”National Chief Perry Bellegarde also hails from Scheer’s riding but admits he didn’t vote in Canadian elections before 2015.“I was taught as a young boy that we don’t have to vote because we have treaty and it’s not our government,” he told a news conference Sept. 9 while releasing the Assembly of First Nations’ 2019 federal election priorities.“We have to use all the tools in our toolbox or use all the arrows in our quiver to bring out policy and legislative change, and voting is one of them.”Bellegarde’s office turned down an interview request from APTN about Agecoutay’s Facebook post.For more on the federal election click on: #vote2019Meanwhile, the Conservatives have yet to release an Indigenous platform but Scheer has made some of this thoughts clear on certain issues.He suggested during the Maclean’s magazine debate he would not follow a human rights tribunal order to pay victims of the child welfare system $40,000 in compensation – rather, he says, he would put the money to better use.Scheer also did not participate in any of the country’s climate strikes on Sept. 27.APTN has repeatedly invited Scheer to be interviewed about the campaign and forming government.His team has not read more

American Actor Robin Williams Found dead in Apparent Suicide

New York- American Actor-comedian Robin Williams was found dead on Monday at his home in Northern California, according to Reuters.Marin County Sheriff’s Office was quoted by Reuters as saying that the cause of the death of the 63-year old actor is an apparent suicide.The sheriff’s coroner’s division said it suspects the death was a suicide due to asphyxia, but the cause of death is still under investigation, the same source added. With agencies

UN sends medicine to fight infections brought on by deadly cold snap

22 January 2007Responding to a rise in pneumonia, bronchitis and other acute respiratory infections in Afghanistan following a wave of record cold temperatures there, the United Nations health agency is sending antibiotics for thousands of people and putting in place a system to protect many more from catching the illnesses. “Early recognition and prompt treatment are essential if we are to save lives,” UN spokesman Adrian Edwards told a press briefing in Kabul, the capital. He noted that acute respiratory infections account for 20 per cent of all deaths among children under five.Portions of the country are experiencing their coldest winter in more than 70 years, mirroring other South Asian States, such as Bangladesh, India and Nepal, which are also facing dipping temperatures. In Afghanistan, eight major provinces – Kabul, Nangahar, Paktia, Kandahar, Herat, Balkh, Badakshan and Bamiyan – have been hit particularly hard, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO). The agency is creating a Disease Early Warning System by sending surveillance teams to the affected areas and distributing medical kits with 120,000 doses of antibiotics for the most vulnerable. It has also issued simple hygiene measures to prevent the spread of respiratory infections during the winter.Also today, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced a $50 million project to bolster health care and education for children in conjunction with the Government.The health portion will target child survival, maternal health, nutrition and HIV/AIDS by training provincial health caregivers on treating malnourished children. It will also fund programmes to increase polio immunizations and vaccines against measles and tetanus.The UNICEF project also aims to build 246 new schools, develop textbooks for students in grades 7 to 9, train 11,500 newly-recruited female teachers, start literacy courses for 215,000 men and women, and de-worm almost 6 million children.Meanwhile, in the southern province of Helmand where there is heavy fighting, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing over 233 tons of emergency food supplies, including wheat, lentils and cooking oil, to 2,700 displaced families. read more

SecretaryGeneral urges restraint as CambodianThai border row turns deadly

“He calls on both parties to exercise utmost restraint and urges them to expedite bilateral talks so that their differences can be resolved peacefully,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.Media reports say two people were killed during the exchange of fire between Thai and Cambodian soldiers near the Preah Vihear Temple, which was inscribed on the World Heritage List by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in July.Since then there has been a build-up of military forces on both sides, and Mr. Ban has called previously for Cambodia and Thailand to both exercise restraint.The temple, which dates back to the 11th century, was recognized by the World Heritage Committee for “its natural situation on a promontory, with sheer cliffs overlooking a vast plain and mountain range; the quality of its architecture adapted to the natural environment and religious function of the temple; and, finally, the exceptional quality of the carved stone ornamentation of the temple.” 15 October 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed deep concern about the exchange of gunfire today along the Cambodian-Thai border near a disputed ancient temple that has reportedly led to the deaths of at least two people. read more

UN meeting adopts action plan on population and poverty for AsiaPacific region

The Fifth Asian and Pacific Population Conference concluded today by agreeing to a 22-page Plan of Action, which makes strategic recommendations in 12 areas of poverty reduction, including population, sustainable development, international and internal migration and urbanization.The text also addresses population ageing, gender equality, equity and empowerment of women, reproductive rights and reproductive health, adolescent reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. Behavioural change communication and information communication technology (ICT), data, research and training, partnerships, and resources are also the focus of the Plan’s suggestions, according to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), which co-organized the meeting with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA)In order to address the continuing problem of poverty in the region, the document urges governments to “ensure that demographic and population factors are fully integrated into national, sectoral and local-level planning, in particular addressing the needs of the poor and the disadvantaged,” and also to “emphasize human capital formation and infrastructural development…paying special attention to inequalities and disparities in access to education, health, employment and micro-credit.”As for reproductive rights and reproductive health services, the Plan calls on member countries to “strengthen reproductive health policies and implement comprehensive integrated reproductive health care including family planning services, throughout the health care system…focusing on the impoverished and other vulnerable groups.”On HIV/AIDS, the Plan urges governments to establish comprehensive surveillance systems, develop and implement national HIV/AIDS policies and action plans, establish national prevention programmes and integrate them into reproductive health programmes. The Plan also recommends that governments support community-based home-care initiatives, and help families and communities to address the economic and psychosocial needs of AIDS-affected children, including orphans. read more

Foster foster kids in BC to get access to money for nontuition

VANCOUVER – Former foster children in British Columbia will soon have access to a $200,000 fund that will help pay for non-tuition expenses if they can’t afford to attend post-secondary school.The project is launched by the credit union Coast Capital Savings and will cover costs such as rent, utilities, food and transportation.Children’s advocate Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has told a news conference that youth who have been in government care deserve the same opportunities as others to attend university or college, but many face financial obstacles.Last year, Turpel-Lafond challenged B.C.’s post-secondary schools to waive tuition fees for former youth in care, and she says Vancouver Island University has done so, while the University of B.C. will begin in September.Children’s Minister Stephanie Cadieux says the government already offers programs to help youth formerly in care get into post-secondary school, but the province can’t take on the task alone and needs support from other organizations.The fund will be managed by the Vancouver Foundation, and is expected to be available to eligible students in the fall. Foster foster kids in B.C. to get access to money for non-tuition fees by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 22, 2014 2:36 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

LeBron James and Longtime Partner Will Give Four Aspiring

Business news network CNBC announced that it will partner with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James to create a new reality series  focusing on burgeoning entrepreneurial opportunities in Cleveland. James will serve as producer on the series, which is set to debut this summer.“Cleveland Hustles speaks to the network’s entrepreneurial spirit and also creates an opportunity to help strengthen communities that have fallen on hard times,” said Jim Ackerman, EVP, Primetime Alternative, CNBC.The announcement comes during a low point in James’ relationship with his beloved Cleveland, after the news that there would be no indictment of Officer Timothy Loehmann in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.   The boy was playing in the park with a toy gun when Loehmann and his partner, Frank Garmback, arrived on scene and shot Rice within seconds. The event sent shock waves through the Twittersphere and sparked a #NoJusticeNoLeBron campaign to ask the superstar to sit out until there was an indictment.James admitted he did not know enough about the case to speak on the subject.Regarding the new show, CNBC says:NBA superstar LeBron James and his longtime friend and business partner Maverick Carter will give four aspiring local entrepreneurs the chance to realize their own dreams while also helping to revitalize a neighborhood in Cleveland. LeBron and Maverick will enlist the aid of four trusted business experts and associates, who will in turn invest in and mentor fledgling entrepreneurs who need a little jumpstart. In success, these four businesses will provide jobs and services for neighborhoods that desperately need investment.Cleveland Hustles continues his charity and commitment to the community he loves, even though he dropped the ball on the Tamir Rice issue. read more

Womens Hockey Ohio State Braendli shuts out No 1 Wisconsin in 10

Ohio State then-freshman goalie Andrea Braendli (30) prepares for a shot in the game against Minnesota State on Oct. 11. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Assistant Sports EditorOhio State freshman goalie Andrea Braendli pitched a shutout as the No. 7 Buckeyes women’s hockey team stole a victory from the No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers Friday night.Braendli made 32 saves as the Buckeyes (15-6, 9-4 WCHA) survived being outshot 32-20 to hold onto a 1-0 win against No. 1 Wisconsin (19-2, 9-2 WCHA) in the first game of a home series.Buckeyes head coach Nadine Muzerall praised her star freshman goalie for her performance against a Wisconsin team that had won 11 straight games dating back to Oct. 27.“Andrea has said numerous times that she loves to play against competitive teams,” Muzerall said. “Great players, they all want to play those types of games. Andrea is the perfect fit for our team, not just because she’s a stellar athlete, but because she’s got the right character and she’s a team-first person.”Physical play between the conference rivals began early, as a flurry of Wisconsin penalties set up an Ohio State power play goal from redshirt junior defenseman Jincy Dunne seven minutes into the period. It would prove to be the game’s lone score.Dunne’s slap shot goal was her second of the season and came courtesy of assists from sophomore forward and team points leader Emma Maltais and freshman defenseman Sophie Jaques.Faced with defending the net against the No. 2 goal-scoring attack in the nation, Braendli shut out the Badgers, who had only been held scoreless in one other game this season.Despite a stellar individual performance, Braendli credited the trust of her teammates as the catalyst for the victory.“That was a team win,” Braendli said. “They made me look good, actually. It’s amazing to play with them, it’s really an honor.”Though the Badgers entered the game with the nation’s best power play at 29.5 percent, Muzerall said it was Ohio State that gained momentum with the man advantage.In the first period, Muzerall said the four Wisconsin penalties allowed the Buckeyes scoring opportunities as Badgers rotated in and out of the penalty box.“That got us, obviously, in a rhythm,” Muzerall said. “They were all deserving. We were relentless and kept our feet moving, and when we did that we drew penalties. I think we surprised them with our speed.”Ohio State was on the defensive for most of the second and third periods, challenging Wisconsin redshirt junior goalie Kristin Campbell with just 11 shots after the first period, while the Badgers managed 13 in the third period alone.Muzerall said the shot discrepancy wasn’t a concern for the Buckeyes against a Wisconsin offense that came into the game outscoring opponents 81-23.“We weren’t concerned about what the shots were going to be, we just knew we had to play smart defensively,” Muzerall said. “We knew we couldn’t give up anything knowing how hard it is to score on Campbell and Wisconsin.”Wisconsin redshirt senior forward Annie Pankowski, No. 2 on the team in goals and points, put up just three shots on the night and snapped a seven-game goal streak.Muzerall said the upset will give the Buckeyes momentum and confidence moving forward.“People doubted us,” she said. “It’s a good way to prove to people we are the Buckeyes and we’re on the rise and we can play with the best of them.”Braendli said Ohio State will need to muster a similar performance Saturday in order to make it four-straight victories against Wisconsin dating back to last season.Ohio State will go for the series sweep as they face off with the Badgers again on Saturday at 3:07 p.m. at the OSU Ice Rink. read more

Plants that dont need soil or water to feature at Chelsea Flower

Courses on how to assemble terrariums are becoming popular 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. Plants that require neither soil nor water to grow will make their debut at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show as organisers hope to encourage young novices into gardening.Photos of air plants displayed neatly in glass terrariums are expected to be uploaded all over social media after the country’s top horticulturists said their low maintenance made them a good match for millennials.Houseplants in general are becoming more and more fashionable among young people, who are increasingly strapped for time and space in their homes.They are already a firm Instagram trend, with green-fingered youths contributing over 2.2 million pictures of greenery to the #plantsofinstagram hashtag. This year air plants are expected to lead the way because they require minimal attention, can fit in small spaces and brighten up house shares and flats. They only require occasional misting and sunlight.A whole section at the Chelsea Flower Show will be dedicated to them. Guy Barter, the chief horticulturalist at the RHS, said: “Air plants are compact, exotic and stylish, making them a great addition to rooms of any size.”As relatively low maintenance plants, they are a good match for young novices taking the first steps into the wonderful world of gardening.”These strange and outlandish plants are a great introduction to the wonders of botany and fit very well into any sized space. “People aren’t born to be gardeners. Now space and time are often short, gardening courses fit the bill nicely.”They are often included in glass bowls or terrariums, which are ideal for their warmth and humidity needs as well as being attractive and offering the chance to put your own stamp on how they are displayed.”Last year, the charity provided Andrew Gavin, who specialises in the plant, with a bursary to travel the world and discover new examples of the species.Mr Gavin, who will be showcasing his finds in the Great Pavilion in May, said: “Air Plants are booming in popularity due to the fact that they are so versatile and easy to grow. “You can just hang them from a piece of wire or place them on your windowsill, you can tie them on to drift wood to mimic how they grow in the wild or you can arrange them on an ornament or among semi-precious stones or sea shells. “Mist them with rainwater and place them in a position where they get bright light or half a day of sunlight.”His unusual collection of plants includes those that are easy to grow, have scented flowers and plants that change colour.Popular varieties of air plants include the silvery green tillandsia usneoides, which produces small, fragrant yellow flowers, and the tillandsia xerographica which has colour-changing leaves that go from silvery green to blush-pink in bright light. They are typically found in the West Indies, Mexico and much of Central and South America, and grow well on shells and rocks. Terrarium workshops across the UK have started to spring up in anticipation of the trend, which teaches curious gardeners how to make self-contained ecosystems for air plants from £30 a session. Other websites are also set to take advantage. One such company, Patch Plants, sells house plants including air plants in pretty, fashionable pots. It gives all its varieties human names and delivers them to your door, encouraging customers to post their new “pets” on Instagram. Courses on how to assemble terrariums are becoming popularCredit: Joshua McCullough read more

Rio Tinto hits landmark Pilbara iron ore operational performance ahead of schedule

first_imgRio Tinto yesterday announced a major milestone for Australia’s largest integrated mining project, with its Pilbara iron ore system of mines, rail and ports reaching a run rate of 290 Mt/y, two months ahead of schedule. Early completion of the expansion has added significant value to the Pilbara operations, with continued ramp-up of the system contributing to the record first quarter production achieved this year. This further shows the worldclass status of Rio Tinto’s Western Australian iron ore operations and follows completion of the infrastructure component in September 2013, which itself was delivered four months ahead of schedule and $400 million under budget.Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Andrew Harding said “This is a significant milestone which adds real value for our business and our shareholders by moving more iron ore through the Pilbara at low cost. It builds on an impressive track record of delivery, achieved through our culture of driving performance and the quality of our people. We are now focused on the next phase of our expansion towards 360 Mt/y. The infrastructure is on schedule for completion in a little over 12 months and, from a base run rate of 290 Mt/y, we have a rapid, low-cost pathway to increase mine production capacity by more than 60 Mt/y between now and 2017.”Rio Tinto has achieved the 290 Mt/a run rate but there is likely to be some run rate variability in coming months as Rio Tinto completes its 360 Mt/a expansion and realises the integration of AutoHaul®, the world’s first automated heavy-haul rail system.The 283 Mt/y expansion project was announced in October 2010 and was increased to 290 Mt/y in 2012 reflecting greater productivity throughout the integrated system of mines, rail and ports. First ore was loaded at the new Cape Lambert port B facility in August 2013.The 290 Mt/y infrastructure was completed in October 2013. The 360 Mt/y infrastructure will be completed by the end of the first half of 2015, and mine production capacity will increase by more than 60 Mt/y between 2014 and 2017.The majority of the low-cost growth will be delivered in the next two years with mine production of more than 330 Mt in 2015.To assist the implementation of AutoHaul, all 173 locomotives on the network and more than 10,500 ore cars have been fitted with two separate yet complementary, innovative systems: Electronically Controlled Pneumatic brakes (ECP) and Driver Assist.Both systems have been introduced as part of Rio Tinto’s rail capacity expansion, and will soon be followed by the AutoHaul automation project.For many years the ore trains of the Pilbara relied on a conventional braking system called the Automatic Air Brake. This enables brakes to be applied sequentially on individual cars but with ore trains typically stretching for more than 2 km in length, the brakes take the better part of a second to propagate from car to car and well over one minute to be applied throughout the train.With ECP, brake commands are delivered throughout the entire train at electronic speed, which enables the brakes to operate simultaneously. Braking distances are, therefore, reduced, as are the forces acting within the train. The driver can slow down and stop faster and with much higher precision and, therefore, with greater safety. Reduced forces means fewer failures and, at least in theory, less maintenance.Each locomotive is fitted with a Head End Unit and a driver display, and each pair of ore cars is fitted with a Car Control device. These devices help the ECP system to determine how many locomotives are in the train, as well as the number and individual location of ore cars, each identified by a unique number.All train brake commands, train status information, operating modes, monitoring, faults and train diagnostic information are displayed on the locomotive display for the driver to see.The reservoirs throughout the train – the cylinders that hold volumes of air for applying the brakes – are continuously being recharged, which reduces, and often eliminates, the recharging time following a stop, again increasing efficiency and safety.Driver Assist is a monitoring and control system and is considered the latest innovation in driver technology for rail networks. It relies on smart technology known as New York Air Brake’s LEADER™ (Locomotive Engineer Assist/Display Event Recorder), which monitors a host of “live” track information and conditions, and displays the data to the driver in real-time. These include:• Track geometry, such as the gradient or curve• Projected speeds ahead of the train in relation to signals and speed restrictions• The properties of the braking systems• Monitoring and reporting to the driver the in-train forcesThe system also makes informed recommendations to the driver based on the recorded information. This improves driving consistency (in other words, it facilitates optimum driving styles for different conditions) and reduces the time needed for driver training.With ECP installed on the rail fleet and delivering far more rapid brake commands and reactions, Driver Assist is better able to calculate braking requirements.last_img read more

Sunlight can make this dirty water cleanand save lives

first_imgDuring sunny days in June we have put bottles out on the windowsill here and we got complete inactivation of Eschericia coli after two hours, so if you get the sun you get a good effect.When SODIS was trialled in villages in Cambodia and Kenya, the rate of diarrhoea fell by 40 to 50 per cent.“We haven’t yet found an important waterborne pathogen that isn’t susceptible to SODIS,” says McGuigan. “Protozoans such as cryptosporidium are more resistant but it can still be accomplished; it just takes a good wallop of energy.”LimitationsThe major benefit of SODIS is the low price tag but this brings its own unique problem.“The simplicity is its biggest advantage and its biggest disadvantage,” explains McGuigan.If people see plastic bottles lying in the ditches and you give them a plastic bottle as the solution to unsafe drinking water, there’s not a lot of psychological value placed with the technology.Even though SODIS has been given the thumbs up by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for use in emergency settings, McGuigan maintains that “the biggest barrier is that people just don’t know about it”.Another challenge is dissolved solids in the water. Current advice is that if a newspaper headline is still readable through a bottle of cloudy water standing on top, then SODI will still be effective – otherwise it needs to be filtered. In trials, SODIS had a surprise advantage over chlorination, a more widely used method of decontamination.“The Cambodians thought SODIS was fantastic,” continues McGuigan.They loved the simplicity and the taste of the water. They don’t like the taste of chlorine, neither do the Maasi people in Kenya.Building on SuccessMcGuigan and his team are now working on ways to scale up and enhance the technique.“There‘s a lot of work associated with SODIS because the most you can disinfect in one go is a two-litre bottle. If you have a family of five or six kids, it’s quite a burden of work.”Working in collaboration with the Plataforma Solar de Almería in Spain, McGuigan and his team developed a half-pipe reflective cradle that concentrates and focuses sunlight to a 14-litre water bottle.The system is being tested in Uganda by Rosemary Nalwanga, a PhD student in the Makerere Kampala University, who is co‑supervised by McGuigan and Dr Brid Quilty in DCU as part of the “Water is Life” project, funded by Irish Aid. While the price tag of the system (it cost $200 to make the prototype) puts it out of range of most households, it would be cost-effective in schools or on a community basis.McGuigan has a curious end-goal for SODIS – he hopes that it become obsolete.“The ultimate goal is a safe effective water source. It would be better off investing in pumps and better pump technology.”However, there is caution. “It costs $3,000 to sink a borehole. SODIS is an effective treatment for almost no cost.”Read: Ireland is to send €3 million more aid to the PhilippinesRead: Here’s what Twitter thinks Ireland actually smells like DIRTY DRINKING WATER is a known death trap…but Irish scientists may have a solution.Researchers from the RSCI can prove that simply exposing dirty water in a plastic bottle to sunlight can kill all but the most resistant bugs.Professor Kevin McGuigan and his team have already shown that solar disinfection of water (SODIS for short) almost halves the rate of diarrhoea in Kenya, Cambodia and Uganda. Now the team are working on ways to scale up SODIS, upping the effort in the battle against waterborne disease, which kills about one child every 21 seconds.Harnessing the SunClean tap water is a pipe dream for 780 million people worldwide but SODIS is designed to be used in the home and only needs sunlight, patience and cheap reusable plastic bottles to work.“You put whatever drinking water you have available in the bottle, place it in direct sunlight and then after a minimum of six hours the water should be safe to drink,” explains McGuigan.Direct sunlight kills microbes in the water by a combination of heat and UV sterilisation, a process that is effective even when the sun is not ‘splitting the sky’.“If it is cloudy, we recommend that you put the water out for two consecutive days,” says McGuigan, who has even shown that SODIS can work in Ireland.last_img read more