Trudeau nominates Theberge Belanger as commissioners for languages and lobbying

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau nominated an official languages commissioner on Thursday as well as a lobbying commissioner.Trudeau’s choice for the languages job was Raymond Theberge, who has been president and vice-chancellor of Universite de Moncton since 2012.The Franco-Manitoban’s name began circulating last week as the likely successor to Graham Fraser.Madeleine Meilleur withdrew her candidacy earlier this year following accusations from the opposition she was too closely linked to the governing Liberals.Trudeau praised Theberge as someone with a passion for the linguistic duality.“I am confident that Mr. Theberge will hold our government to account for the full implementation of the Official Languages Act,” Trudeau said in a statement.The federation representing francophone and Acadian communities across Canada said it was thrilled the new commissioner is not from Ontario or Quebec — something not seen in almost 50 years.“What I see that is positive with the nomination, above all, is that someone was finally chosen — it was about time,” said federation president Jean Johnson. “We are officially happy with the nomination, full stop. Now, let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work.”For the lobbying position, Trudeau chose Nancy Belanger, who currently has a high-ranking position at the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada.The Prime Minister’s Office said Belanger’s legal career with the federal public service spans more than two decades.Trudeau said Belanger has the legal background and leadership experience to do an outstanding job as lobbying commissioner.Both nominations must be approved by the House of Commons and the Senate.last_img read more

Bid On VIP Tickets To Oprahs The Life You Want Weekend

first_imgHere’s your chance to share in Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. September 19-20, 2014 with 2 VIP tickets.A new celebrity charity auction is giving you the chance to bid on VIP tickets that will ensure you’re seated in the first forward-facing rows, so close to the action that the experience unfolds right before you. Your VIP credentials includes a VIP Gift Bag, an Event Program, and a VIP Experience which includes an opportunity to have your photo taken with Oprah. Lunch will be provided as part of your Experience, as well.Your VIP Package includes: • Floor Seating, front forward-facing rows • Photo Opportunity with Oprah • VIP Credentials • VIP Gift Bag • Event ProgramOprah Winfrey’s hand-picked life trailblazers in Washington DC include Iyanla Vanzant, Rob Bell, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Mark Nepo.“All of my life, I have wanted to lead people to an empathy space. To a gratitude space,” Oprah Winfrey says. “I want us all to fulfill our greatest potential. To find our calling and summon the courage to live it.”For more details about the weekend schedule, visit: teaching to conversation to one-on-one connection, to music, laughter and breathtaking moments, this will be an unforgettable life experience.Proceeds from the auction will benefit RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. To access the auction – which runs until June 5 – visit read more

18.39 pc voter turnout till 11 am in Maharashtra

first_imgMumbai: An average 18.39 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the first four hours in Maharashtra’s 17 seats on Monday as polling for the fourth and last phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state was underway. Polling began at 7 am and long queues were seen outside many booths, some of which were decorated with balloons and ‘rangolis’ (colourful decorations). BJP MP Poonam Mahajan, industrialist Anil Ambani, Congress nominee Urmila Matondkar and actor Rekha were among the early voters in Mumbai. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework State education minister Vinod Tawde, BJP candidate from Mumhai-North East Manoj Kotak and Congress nominee from Mumbai-Central Eknath Gaikwad also exercised their franchise in the initial hours. So far, Nandurbar Lok Sabha seat recorded highest polling at 24.59 per cent while Kalyan constituency saw lowest voter turnout of 13.91 per cent, according to an official statement. The voting figures till 11 am in other constituencies are as follows: Dhule- 18.26 per cent, Dindori – 21.06 per cent, Nashik- 17.22 per cent, Palghar- 21.46 per cent, Bhiwandi- 17.25 per cent, Thane-17.43 per cent, Mumbai-North- 19.46 per cent, Mumbai-North West 17.64 per cent, Mumbai-North East-18.39 per cent, Mumbai-North Central- 16.21 per cent, Mumbai-South Central-16.80 per cent, Mumbai- South 15.51 per cent, Maval- 18.23 per cent, Shirur- 18.65 per cent and Shirdi 20.55 per cent. As many as 3.11 crore voters spread across the Mumbai metropolitan region and northern and western Maharashtra are eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 323 candidates in the fray in these 17 seats. Around 40 polling booths in these constituencies, including 26 in suburban Mumbai, are being managed women.last_img read more

Maradona Visits Ref Who Allowed ‘Hand of God’ Goal

Rabat – Diego Maradona visited the referee who allowed his ‘Hand of God’ goal against England at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.The Argentinian legend hugged and kissed Ali Bennaceur of Tunisia, now 71, who failed to spot the controversial handball after Maradona tapped the ball over the head of England’s goalie Peter Shilton with his hand during Argentina’s 2-1 win against England in the quarter finals.Minutes later, “El Pibe de Oro” (“The Golden Boy”) dribbled past five England players to score a second goal voted the goal of the century by voters in 2002 “This weekend I visited Tunisia and I had an emotional reunion with Ali Bennaceur, the referee of the England match in Mexico, 1986,” Maradona wrote on his Facebook Monday.“I gave him an Argentina shirt and he gave me the picture of that game that hangs in his home. My dedication: ‘For Ali, my eternal friend.”Maradona presented Bennaceur with a signed Argentina jersey inscribed with the words “For Ali, my eternal friend”.The former Tunisian referee handed the former Argentina player a framed photo of himself, Maradona and England captain Peter Shilton, before the match at the Azteca Stadium.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Trial of Gdim Izik Defendants Postponed Until December 26

Rabat – 24 defendants charged with brutally killing law enforcement officers in the Gdim Izik camp while they were performing their duties have had their sentencing hearing postponed to December 26, 2016, according to Spanish news agency EFE. The same source reported that the public prosecutor announced on November 24 that the hearing will take place in the criminal chamber of Rabat’s Court of Appeals.The incident of the Gdim Izik camp took place during the months of October and November 2010, after a group of Sahraouis set up tent in the outskirts of Laayoune as a way to protest against unemployment and opportunities in the city. After a sting of unsuccessful discussions with the protesters, Moroccan authorities moved to dismantle the camp peacefully in a bid to impose the respect of law and the preservation of public order.Morocco’s law enforcement officers was instructed to avoid opening fire or causing damages. However, some Polisario extremists capitalized on the peaceful protest to cause anarchy by attacking the security forces with gas bottles, knives, swords, incendiary bottles and stones. They killed 11 law enforcement officers, a firefighter and civilians. They also injured 70 other people and damaged public property. read more

Algeria Deports Syrian Refugees to Niger

Rabat – Algeria has deported dozens of Syrian refugees to Niger, saying they entered the country irregularly, reported Syria TV on Wednesday.Quoting a source, Syria TV said Algeria deported about 50 Syrians, including women and children, to Niger.The source added that the migrants had been stranded for 85 days due to their irregular status before they were deported. The source also expressed fear that Niger might deport the migrants back to Syria, a conflict zone since 2011. Several Syrian activists condemned Algeria’s move. The Syrian president of the Syrian Center of Studies and Legal Research, Anwar Al Bounni, wrote on his Facebook in November that dozens of fleeing Syrians “are stuck in an Arab country, Algeria.”Al Bounni said that there was a “tendency to return them back to criminal,” referring to Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.He asserted that Algeria’s intention was a “violation of international humanitarian law as Syria is not safe.” The president of the opposition group Syrian Negotiating Body, Nasr Al Hariri, wrote on his Twitter that his organization had communicated with the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Syrians, who are facing the “deportation danger to Syria.”Read Also: Syrian Regime’s Deraa Offensive Displaces Tens of Thousands“Their deportation means death or arrest and revenge,” Al Hariri argued. With the civil war, Syria also become an easy target for terrorist groups, including ISIS.Earlier this year, international NGOs accused Algeria of abandoning migrants in the Sahara desert. In June, the Globe and Mail reported that Algeria had abandoned 13,000 migrants in the previous 14 months, including women and children, without food and water.Earlier this week, US President Donald Trump ordered troops to withdraw from Syria, saying that the US had defeated ISIS.“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency,” Trump tweeted.In contrast, the Moroccan government believes that ISIS still poses a threat to every country. Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) head, Abdelhak Khiame, said, “No one should say that the ISIS threat has ended.” He added that the war against ISIS will take a long time. read more

BMO lays off nearly 1000 staff in fourth quarter

TORONTO — Bank of Montreal quietly made swift and widespread staff cuts in the fourth quarter, reducing its workforce by the equivalent of nearly 1,000 positions.Chief operating officer Frank Techar confirmed Tuesday during a conference call to discuss the bank’s fourth-quarter results that BMO made the cuts in an effort to reduce expenses and make the bank’s overall operations more efficient.The total reductions were “full-time equivalent” positions, which are calculated on an average work week but can include part-time jobs.“We did see a big reduction in the head count,” he told analysts in a financial results conference call.But he conceded that the bank may have actually laid off too many people at once.“For the quarter we overshot a little bit,” he said. “We do have some outstanding vacancies that I would expect will fill as we go into the first quarter.”Typically, a public company issues a press release about significant layoffs as part of its disclosure practices, though the Canadian banks haven’t always followed that practice.Most of the cuts were made at the Bank of Montreal’s Canadian personal and commercial banking operations, where about 730 jobs were eliminated.At the end of the fourth quarter, BMO had about 45,631 employees across its business, which also includes its U.S. banking operations, wealth management division and capital markets.The last time BMO made deep cuts its workforce was when it laid off 3% of its staff in 2009 amid widespread economic uncertainty.The Canadian Press read more

UNs daunting 2005 agenda reform war on poverty and terror – Malloch

“The world is changing and the UN needs to change with it,” he said, referring to the report of the High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change appointed by Mr. Annan to draw up a blueprint for UN reform.”And if we miss this opportunity for lasting reform, there may not be another one,” he told the Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the world body’s global development network which he has headed since 1999. The UN in 2005 has twin-track agenda of security and development, he said, or the need to rebuild, as the Panel argues, “a legitimate multilateral security system that addresses the threats that disproportionately fall on the poor such as poverty and disease as well as threats that more often preoccupy the rich, such as terrorism and the spread of weapons of mass destruction.”Another challenge comes from the UN Millennium Project delivered by Special Adviser Jeffrey Sachs earlier this month recommending, among other things, that rich countries double their investments in poor nations to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of halving extreme poverty by 2015.But while the UN, UNDP and Mr. Sachs’ team “can take pride in having helped frame so much of the agenda for 2005, putting it there is the easy bit. Delivering is the hard part,” Mr. Malloch Brown added. read more

Marking International Day of Nowruz Ban calls on cultures to protect environment

“Nowruz does more than bring countries together; it reminds us to cherish the planet we share,” Mr. Ban said in his message for the International Day of Nowruz. “By highlighting the beauty of nature and the renewal of springtime, Nowruz can inspire celebrants and onlookers alike to practice greater environmental stewardship.”Originating in Iran’s ancient history, Nowruz is celebrated by more than 300 million people worldwide on 21 March, the day of the spring equinox, which marks the sun’s crossing of the Equator and the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.For more than three millennia, people in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Middle East, among other regions, have observed Nowruz through their own special traditions.In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 March as the International Day of Nowruz. The holiday was also added to the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity administered by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “Nowruz engenders a vast array of cultural expressions. Celebratory rites can take the form of horseracing, traditional wrestling, songs in various languages, tales about the mythological King Jamshid, or lighting candles in front of homes. These different manifestations of the spirit of Nowruz carry the same message of human solidarity,” Mr. Ban said. “I offer my best wishes to those who celebrate, and express hope that all people can use the occasion to reflect on the beauty of nature, the promise of spring and the power of culture to build peace,” he added. read more

Gripped by electoral crisis Afghanistan needs statesmanship not brinksmanship – UN envoy

Briefing the Security Council in the wake of the fallout from Afghanistan’s 14 June run-off presidential election – meant to pave the way for the country’s first-ever democratic transfer of power but which instead has sparked charges of fraud from one candidate and the departure of a senior electoral official – Special Representative of the Secretary-General Ján Kubiš urged Afghan political leaders to step up their efforts to break the political impasse. “How the two presidential candidates and the country’s leadership manage these events will be vital to Afghanistan’s unity and stability,” he said, referring to Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abduallah and events that occurred since the finalization of the Secretary-General’s latest report on the situation in Afghanistan. Mr. Abdullah chose to disengage from the electoral process after the run-off poll, citing institutional bias and massive fraud, in light of high levels of voter turnout in some parts of the country. Mr. Ghani’s camp in turn attributes this to his team’s mobilization efforts. The run-off and subsequent electoral gridlock come during the Taliban’s “summer fighting season,” with 530 security incidents recorded on 14 June – just over 250 of those assessed as being directly election related. Mr. Kubiš noted that both candidates have been targeted with violence, including a double suicide attack on Mr. Abdullah’s campaign convoy.Mr. Kubiš said the recent resignation of the Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) Chief Electoral Officer would hopefully provide a point for re-entry and in particular lead to discussions between the campaign teams and institutions on strengthening technical checks and balances where voting patterns are claimed to be unusual and in increasing confidence in the credibility of the electoral process and the acceptability of its outcome.“The presidential candidates need to immediately engage with one another and the mandated electoral institutions in actively defining solutions to help the process move forward with improved quality and credibility,” he said, underscoring that given rising tensions, including increasing ethnic overtones, the utmost maturity is required, notably by the two presidential candidates.Otherwise, said Mr. Kubiš, who is also head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), the risk is a confrontation of the two candidates and their supporters, where the losing side will reject the results and contest their legitimacy, possibly leading to a protracted confrontation with a danger of a slide into violence, which Afghanistan and the wider region, can ill-afford“As with elections anywhere in the world, there can ultimately be only one winner. The need now is for statesmanship not brinksmanship,” he declared, calling for calm amongst both candidates’ supporters amidst “sharpening, hateful rhetoric of an increasingly inflammatory tone, risking ethnic division.” Most disturbingly, this includes rhetoric evoking memories of the fratricidal conflicts in the 1990s. Turning briefly to other current important issues, Mr. Kubiš noted the “challenging” nature of the relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan during the reporting period. Tomorrow, Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser will lead a high-level delegation of political, military and security personnel to Islamabad, following a similar visit to Kabul. There are to be discussions in all spheres, but notably a focus on combatting the joint menace of terrorism, he said, welcoming such steps.He noted that since the finalisation of the Secretary-General’s report, the Pakistani Government has launched military operations in North Waziristan. This has resulted in mass population movements from the affected areas. Many thousands of those displaced have been moving across into Afghanistan’s Khost and Paktika provinces. “Afghan authorities, with the full support of the United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, have been working to provide assistance to those displaced, with the majority being hosted in local communities,” said Mr. Kubiš. Noting Afghanistan’s economic challenges and own internal displacement, he hoped the operation on the Pakistani side of the border can be shaped in a way that will not further escalate an exodus of civilians.Today’s Council meeting also included a briefing by the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, who stressed that possible declines in economic development, international aid and business confidence would most likely increase Afghanistan’s reliance on the illicit economy. “Over the last decade, drug cultivation and production have been the most profitable illicit and criminal business activities in Afghanistan. We estimate that 80 per cent of the world’s opium and heroin are produced in Afghanistan. The narcotics trade may be worth between 10 to 15 per cent of the country’s GDP,” he said. Mr. Fedotov said illicit drugs were a multi-billion dollar business in the country that impacted on security, the rule of law, health, and sustainable development. Increased production was related to rises in global consumption, but also due to domestic speculation and corruption. Although Afghanistan’s illicit drug problem was formidable, the UNODC chief said it would be “unfair to say that nothing has been done to confront this challenge.” He noted that, despite this year’s election being the main priority of the security forces, eradication of the opium crop had continued. UNODC’s role, Mr. Fedotov said, was to provide support and assistance to the relevant Afghan counter-narcotic authorities, and “to encourage them to do more.” A more comprehensive approach was needed, one that focused on promoting alternative development, delivering good governance, the rule of law, and anti-money laundering and anti-corruption activities, and generating the political will and international support to maintain a long-term engagement with Afghanistan, he said. The Council wrapped up its work on Afghanistan with the adoption of separate presidential statements: one calling on all stakeholders to engage with the electoral institutions and processes with patience and respect, refrain from any acts that incite imminent violence, civil disorder or lead to instability; and the other calling on States to strengthen international and regional cooperation to counter the threat posed by the production, trafficking, and consumption of illicit drugs originating in Afghanistan. read more

Ohio State mens hockey splits series with Michigan State

OSU junior forward Nick Schilkey (7) during a game against Michigan State on Jan 29. at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWith a juicy home matchup against a last-place Michigan State team at home, the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team (8-14-2, 3-5-2) came into the weekend with a two-game sweep on its mind. After dropping Friday night’s game, however, it had to scramble to hold off the Spartans on Saturday night to hold onto the split.Michigan State (6-18-2, 2-8-0) got on the board first in Game 1 just over three minutes in the first period. A poor clearance by junior defenseman Drew Brevig was picked up by junior forward Joe Cox. Cox then played it in to sophomore forward Dylan Pavelek, who sneaked the puck through multiple bodies and under OSU junior goaltender Christian Frey.The Spartans would double their lead a little under six minutes later. Sophomore forward Luke Stork was dispossessed by junior forward Mackenzie MacEachern in the defensive zone. MacEachern then centered a pass for Spartans senior forward and captain Michael Ferrantino, who fired the puck into the upper-righthand corner of Frey’s net.“First and foremost, you tip your cap to Michigan State. They came in here and dictated the play, especially for the first two periods, a lot in the second period,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “We didn’t play well, and again that has a lot to do with those guys in (Michigan State’s) locker room. For whatever reason we just weren’t on our game and we couldn’t find it.”The Buckeyes would reply with a goal from junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey. Schilkey collected a pass from sophomore forward Matthew Weis off a faceoff, and launched the puck from long range behind senior goalie Jake Hildebrand, bringing the score to 2-1 at the conclusion of the first period.The second period was looking to finish scoreless, but Michigan State would regain its two-goal advantage with under two minutes remaining in the period. Freshman forward Brennan Sanford’s shot was inadvertently deflected past Frey by OSU freshman defenseman Tommy Parran for the friendly-fire goal.“We’ve just got to be better in all phases. Really, to be honest with you, a couple of bad giveaways on our part they ended up in the net,” Rohlik said about the defensive miscues. “But overall, it just wasn’t our best effort for whatever reason, and certainly we’ve got to clean that up.”Frustrations began to boil over when Weis got tangled with junior forward Thomas Ebbing in front of Hildebrand’s goal. Both players were sent to the box for roughing after the whistle as the second period ended.“We talked all week that this is a good hockey team in Michigan State. Their record, don’t let that record fool you. They’re very capable of beating anybody on any night,” Rohlik said.The Buckeyes once again cut the lead to one goal four and a half minutes into the third period. Freshman forward Mason Jobst picked up a pass from junior forward David Gust and fired a short-range effort into Hildebrand’s goal.Gust’s assist extended his point streak to 12 games, while Jobst’s seventh goal of the season ranks him second among Big Ten rookies.“It’s on us, us leaders to play the right way. Just as a forward group we got to get pucks in and we’ve got to play better as a whole,” co-captain Nick Schilkey said. “Pucks might find the back of the net for us here and there, but we’ve got to clean up a lot of things ourselves.”The Spartans would put the game away, however, with a little over a minute left in the period. The Buckeyes left an empty net in a last-ditch effort to find an equalizer, but it would be MacEachern who would score for Michigan State, putting the match away at a score of 4-2.“We gave one away tonight, but we’ve got to turn the page and come back tomorrow and just get back our game,” Schilkey said.The following evening, the Buckeyes looked to have gotten their game back after a scoreless first period, limiting Michigan State to just eight shots.Goals finally came in the second period. Freshman forward Miguel Fidler fired the Buckeyes into the lead at the 4:40 mark with his second goal of the season. Jobst would double the lead for the Scarlet and Gray with just a little under five minutes remaining in the period.“No question. Guys forget (the bad game). That’s a very good hockey team over there, and they can beat anybody in the country on any given night,” Rohlik said about his team’s bounceback performance. “This is certainly a step in the right direction.”Gust would connect with Jobst again, stretching his point streak to 13 games. Jobst tacked on another point toward his 1.86 points per game, which ranks him fifth in the nation.Michigan State would bring a goal back courtesy of MacEachern with just over 15 seconds left in the period.The third period was dominated by defense, with neither side finding the back of the net. The Spartans would pull their goalie entering the final minute of the period, but neither side could score, ending the contest 2-1.There was a bit of a scare when sophomore forward Christian Lampasso was sent flying head first into the boards by junior forward Thomas Ebbing. Lampasso was attempting to collect a loose puck behind Michigan State’s net when both players hit the deck. He skated off under his own power. There was controversy regarding the lack of an icing call on the play.“Tough call. The hard part about it is my understanding of the icing rule was to eliminate those kinds of hits or plays,” Rohlik said. “To be going full speed, those boards aren’t giving, so it was a dangerous play. There guy was trying to go for the puck, I’m not saying he’s in there trying to hit our guy, but it’s a tough play.”Senior defenseman and co-captain Craig Dalrymple echoed the words of his coach.“I fired (the puck) down and I honestly thought it was icing,” Dalrymple said. “That last two minute sequence, as a defenseman, as a team, we’re not going to give this one up. We’re just happy we got the job done.”OSU is set to complete its three-weekend homestand following a week off against Penn State on Feb. 12 and 13 against Minnesota. Puck-drop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. read more

G4S prison officer started text affair with inmate using phone he hid

Cardiff Crown Court heard Shauna Cleary (pictured) gave her number to the prisoner and sent him messages on a contraband phone he had hidden in his cell 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. She was also ordered to complete 15 days of rehabilitation activity as part of her punishment.Jarman was jailed in 2016 after he threatened to kill a pensioner and cut his neck with a knife having broken into his house.  Cardiff Crown Court heard Shauna Cleary (pictured) gave her number to the prisoner and sent him messages on a contraband phone he had hidden in his cellCredit:Wales News Service A G4S prison officer started a text affair with an inmate by sending him messages on a secret mobile phone, a court heard. Shauna Cleary, 25, sparked a personal relationship with Kurt Jarman while working at HM Parc prison in Bridgend, south Wales, which is privately-operated by the security firm.Jarman, 22, was serving a 10-year sentence for attacking a 77-year-old man with a Stanley knife having forced his way into the pensioner’s house in 2015.Cardiff Crown Court heard Cleary gave her number to the prisoner and sent him messages on a contraband phone he had hidden in his cell.Prosecutor Joanna James said analysis revealed Jarman called Cleary in August last year, which was the catalyst for the relationship “gaining momentum”.Cleary sent the prisoner two messages on October 1 but the content was not known. She was later arrested and her phone and laptop were seized.The court heard she had been working at G4S-run HM Parc Prison in Bridgend, south Wales, from August 2016 to November 2017.  During a three-hour attack, the 22-year-old amateur rugby player ransacked his victim’s house, eventually marched him to a cash dispenser having  demanded £5,000. Jarman was drunk when he forced his way into the house in Machynlleth, Powys, and punched the 77-year-old to the floor.The judge also sentenced Jarman, and after he admitted possessing a mobile phone inside prison, he was sentenced to a further six months. Jarman was jailed in March 2016 and was sent to HM Parc – a category B prison near the M4. Sentencing, Judge Williams said the G4S prison officer had been “terribly compromised and vulnerable to being manipulated”.Cleary, from Pontypridd, south Wales, admitted misconduct in public office and was given a 16-week suspended prison sentence. read more

SMS Equipment to distribute Komatsu heavy equipment in Alaska

first_imgSMS Equipment says it has been appointed the official Alaska distributor for the full line-up of Komatsu heavy equipment, serving the construction, forestry, mining, and utility markets in the region.The Anchorage facility is the 39th location for SMS Equipment in North America, which also has facilities in Mongolia, making it one of the largest heavy equipment distributors in the world.SMS said it was selected to represent the Komatsu product line in the state thanks to its excellent record of providing world-class customer support in areas with challenges like those faced by Alaskans.Sales/Operations Manager, Drew Clerc, said: “We’re looking forward to offering the customer-centred support and industry-leading products that both SMS Equipment and Komatsu are known for. SMS and Komatsu have strong reputations for delivering excellent customer service and leading the competition in the integration of new technology.”To staff the Anchorage branch, SMS has built a team of locals with the experience to meet these challenges head-on, the company said.“Hiring local talent is key to ensuring that we meet our customers’ needs; however, the reason SMS Equipment did this is much deeper. Supporting the communities where we live and work is a core value of SMS Equipment,” Clerc said.The Anchorage branch is the first step toward what SMS Equipment envisions as a long and successful relationship with its Alaskan customers, it said.“Our goal is to develop a solid foundation by delivering exceptional customer support,” Clerc said. “We want to be the number-one solutions provider in Alaska. It will certainly take some time to reach that goal, but I’m confident that we will achieve it one customer at a time.”In addition to Komatsu, the Anchorage branch will carry and service products from Fecon, Terramac, Takeuchi and others.last_img read more

Boyce agony as Spurs leave Wigan in drop zone Long on target

first_imgEverton improved their chances of European football next season with a 1-0 win at home to Fulham that left them three points behind fifth-place Spurs, albeit having played a game more.South African midfielder Steven Pienaar scored the only goal of the game in the 16th minute at Goodison Park, sweeping the ball into the bottom-left corner from Seamus Coleman’s cut-back. Updated at 17.18EMMERSON BOYCE SCORED a desperate last-minute own goal as Tottenham Hotspur snatched a 2-2 draw at Wigan Athletic on Saturday that prevented the home side from climbing out of the Premier League relegation zone.A stunning goal from Callum McManaman had looked set to heave Wigan out of the bottom three, only for Boyce to inadvertently deflect the ball over the line from Gareth Bale’s miscued shot in the dying stages.Boyce had earlier scored an 11th-minute equaliser, heading home from a corner after Bale had charged down Wigan goalkeeper Joel Robles’ clearance to give the visitors an early lead.McManaman then slammed a left-foot howitzer past Hugo Lloris in the 49th minute to put the FA Cup finalists ahead, only for Boyce’s moment of misfortune to deny Wigan a potentially crucial victory.The point did little for either side, with Spurs squandering an opportunity to move back into the Champions League qualifying places, while Roberto Martinez’s Wigan now trail fourth-bottom Villa by two points with four games to play.Stoke City appear destined for another season among the English elite after a 1-0 win at home to Norwich City sent Tony Pulis’ side soaring up to 12th place in the table, eight points above the bottom three.Charlie Adam scored from a Peter Crouch knock-down early in the second half to leave Norwich six points clear of the relegation zone in 14th place. City relinquished their league crown to Manchester United earlier in the week but their success over mid-table West Ham gave them an eight-point cushion in second place and took them closer to Champions League qualification.Aguero opened the scoring with a well-worked effort after 28 minutes on a bright, sunny day at the Etihad Stadium, before Toure settled the game seven minutes from time with a crisp left-foot drive that flew into the top-left corner. Meanwhile, Marc-Antoine Fortune scored one goal and made another but was then sent off as West Bromwich Albion won 3-0 at Southampton, who ended the game with nine men.The Frenchman forced the ball over the line from a corner in the sixth minute and then released Romelu Lukaku to add a second goal with 23 minutes remaining.Shane Long added a late third, but by that stage Fortune had been shown a straight red card for slapping Southampton’s Gaston Ramirez.The Uruguayan had angered Fortune by catching Long with an elbow and he was sent off for the offence, with team-mate Daniel Fox following him down the tunnel after he jumped in on Steven Reid.Earlier, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure scored a pair of fine goals as Manchester City began life as former champions by winning 2-1 at home to West Ham United. The only blemish on City’s day came in injury time, when goalkeeper Joe Hart allowed a powerful Andy Carroll shot to squirm between his legs and over the line.“I’m happy for this performance,” said City manager Roberto Mancini. “I’m unhappy for the goals we missed, as we could have scored more goals, but this has been our problem this season.”Later on Saturday, fifth-bottom Newcastle United host Liverpool, who will be playing for the first time since striker Luis Suarez was suspended for 10 matches for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.YouTube credit: Mr101greatgoals14Yaya Toure scored a brilliant left-footed goal today>Ferguson backs Liverpool over Suarez ban>last_img read more

Runners walkers have fun on the run

first_img• What: Run through Fort Vancouver National Historic Site for an event that supports the Fort Vancouver National Trust.• Where: Starts and finishes at Fred Meyer Grand Central Shopping Center, 2500 Columbia House Blvd.• When: Race starts 7:45 a.m., March 2. Registration opens at 6:45 a.m.• Cost: $45 for 15K, $39 for 10K and 6K, $7 to $10 for kids fun run and 1K run. Includes goody bag, T-shirt and other items.• Information: Energy Events Fort vancouver RunMore spring and summer runs:March 22: March Muddy Madness, Northwest Personal Training event ticketsApril 13: Blooms to Brews Half Marathon & 10K, Blooms to Brews event page/May 3: Walk Run for the Animals, Humane Society for Southwest Washington run pageJune 1: Run Like a Girl, Second Step Housing run pageJune 13-15: The Vancouver USA Marathon, Half Marathon and Freedom 5K, vancouverusamarathon.comJune 21: Summer Solstice Amazing Urban Adventure Race, Northwest Personal training events ticketsJuly 4: Firecracker 4-miler, Fit Right NW event page/July 12: 20th annual Lyle’s Myles 5K Run and Walk, 20: Girlfriends and Dudes Triathlon, Girlfriends and Dudes event pageJuly 20: Harvest Hay Half-Marathon, Havest Hay event pageJuly 27: Lacamas Lake Half Marathon, Lacamas Lake event pageAug. 2: The Spartan Sprint, Spartan Sprint event pageAug. 9: Cosmo 7K, Energy Events information pageThere’s more to running these days than just the meditative rhythm of feet on track.With a host of events for runners all year long, the activity is more of a nexus for a budding social scene. And it’s never too late to join in, said leaders of Clark County’s running community.“Health and fitness is becoming a much bigger part of people’s lives,” said Elba Benzler of Get Bold Events in Battle Ground. “It’s fun. And going out for these runs is more of an event with entertainment. There’s music, vendors, T-shirts. You’re out with your friends, you feel this huge sense of accomplishment.”Several local runs end with food, music and sometimes a beer garden. They can be great places to meet new people while also focusing on fitness.“Many events also support local charities — so it’s really nice because you’re able to do something for the community while you do something for yourself,” Benzler said.last_img read more

2019 New York Auto Show is deja vu all over again

first_imgNo two auto shows are ever the same — that’s part of what makes our coverage of each and every show so challenging and rewarding. But there are some similarities year-to-year that we can’t help but notice. Automakers tend to follow the same trends or react to the same market forces. They often bring the same types of cars to specific shows, too: think of all the wild supercars we see in Geneva, for instance.At this year’s New York Auto Show, several automakers essentially repeated the types of introductions they did last year. The specific vehicles are different, of course, but more often than not they’re in the same basic category or segment as what we saw at the 2018 New York show. Keep reading to see how this year’s debuts matched up with last year’s, and check out all the other debuts at the 2019 New York Auto Show with our complete coverage here.Alfa RomeoAlfa Romeo’s product rollout is in a bit of a lull right now — though we know that new models are in the pipeline. For now, though, Alfa is keeping customers interested and dealers sated with special-edition models of its great-driving Giulia and Stelvio. And that was the case at last year’s New York show, too.In 2018, both cars got Nero Edizione models with various pieces of blacked-out trim. This year, the cars get Quadrifoglio NRING (for Nurburgring) special-editions. The packages, which mostly consist of visual upgrades and are limited to a total of 110 cars between Giulia and Stelvio combined, celebrate the cars’ lap records at the ‘Ring. For the Giulia Quadrifoglio, that was a 7:32-minute lap while the Stelvio Quadrifoglio completed a lap in 7:51.7 minutes. Toyota”Toyota in New York” may as well be code for “better-looking crossovers,” as that’s been the car company’s strategy recently. Last year, the new RAV4’s rugged and remarkably appealing design impressed us. And this year, we had a similar reaction to seeing the new 2020 Highlander, which has a great new design. Neither model is only about style, of course, with the Highlander offering great updates like a hybrid powertrain good for up to 34 mpg. 26 Photos 2020 Lincoln Corsair brings smart luxury design to New York 42 Photos 2019 Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio NRING celebrates the cars’ lap times Genesis’ tiny, electric Mint concept zips into the New York Auto Show Post a comment 2019 Cadillac CT6 adds V-Sport model with twin-turbo V8 power 36 Photos Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio debut with sinister Nero Edizione package New York Auto Show 2019 VolkswagenTalk about a tease: this makes two years in a row that VW has shown off a pickup truck concept in New York. While officially those are intended just to gauge the public’s interest, we have heard that VW is “100 percent” investigating selling a truck here.Last year’s concept was based on the Atlas, hence the name Atlas Tanoak, and seemed pretty far off into show-car world with things like a light-up grille, enormous wheels and exaggerated design details. But this year’s Tarok concept — even the names sound the same — seems a fair bit more production-ready, especially when you see the basically-a-regular-VW interior. The Tarok is quite small compared to, say, a Toyota Tacoma, but with a roomy and flexible cargo bed, it still would offer a lot of utility for suburbanites who need a pickup truck only occasionally. New York Auto Show 2019 On the other hand, Toyota’s New York strategy could also be summed up as, “hatchbacks.” They’re a bit different in size and origin, of course. Last year’s introduction was the Corolla Hatchback, which rode on the automaker’s new TNGA platform and showed off much, much sportier design than we had seen from a Toyota product in quite some time. This year, it’s the Yaris Hatchback, which is not only a fair bit smaller but also from a different parent: specifically, the Yaris five-door is actually a Mazda2 underneath. Either way, we can’t help but see the symmetry in the introductions of crossovers and hatches here. 61 Photos 2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback: Mazda2, is that you? 61 Photos Lincoln Aviator looks to be soaring above the crowd LincolnLincoln is going all-in on what luxury customers have been proven to love: SUVs. Last year, New York played host to the introduction of the Aviator, a three-row model available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. OK, so technically the Aviator was a prototype/concept when we saw it in New York, with the finalized production model arriving at the LA show in the fall.This year it’s the same basic idea, albeit on a much smaller scale. The Lincoln Corsair is a replacement for the MKC, and again it seems quite in tune with what we know luxury shoppers want: premium design and materials, a roomy cabin and loads of technology. Lincoln is certainly on a roll launching new crossovers, and the New York show is a prime location for those debuts. SubaruBringing practical, roomy and family-friendly crossovers seems to be Subaru’s M.O. in New York — arguably at most auto shows, actually — with the back-to-back introductions of the new Forester in 2018 and the Outback in 2019.Both crossovers ride on the automaker’s Subaru Global Platform, which underpins almost all of the company’s models at this point, and both feature a 182-horsepower, 2.5-liter flat-four engine as standard. One big difference remains, however: the Forester no longer offers a turbo engine, whereas the Outback adds one with the return of its XT trim level. 0 2020 Cadillac CT5 brings a new look for the brand’s sedans to New York CadillacCadillac may no longer call New York City home, but its introductions here have been plenty consistent: sedans, and performance-focused ones at that. That’s quite a difference from rival American luxury brand Lincoln, which as you’ll read about later, instead focuses on SUVs in New York.What Cadillac brought this year is the 2020 CT5, a sport/luxury sedan designed to take on the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It has a longer wheelbase than the old Cadillac CTS but a shorter overall length. And 2.0-liter turbo and 3.0-liter twin-turbo engines, as well as Cadillac’s well-regarded Alpha chassis, bode well for enthusiastic driving.Last year the brand also had a sporty sedan here, specifically the CT6 V-Series. With its twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 cranking out 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque, it’s quite the appealing machine for enthusiasts. While initially said to be dead on arrival, the car was granted a stay of execution. 54 Photos VW Tarok pickup concept is in New York to gauge your reaction GenesisThe new luxury brand has a variety of sedans on sale and a crossover on the way, but it used both this year’s and last year’s New York events to look a bit further into the future. Both years, Genesis showed highly styled electric-car concepts. In 2018, it was the Essentia, a GT with stunning cab-rearward proportions and a beautiful interior. The only technical details revealed were that 0-to-60 miles per hour would take just 3 seconds. Oh, and Genesis also suggested it might actually push the Essentia to production.This year’s Genesis concept is a fair bit smaller, but the Mint is again a design-focused debut, and once again it’s electric. Designed as a city car, it would have a battery range of about 200 miles per charge. Again, there are hints that it could, in perhaps a tamer form, reach production: “We really hope to see this in the very near future,” Manfred Fitzgerald, global head of the Genesis brand, told Roadshow. Another similarity between the two models? Both show cars have upward-opening butterfly doors. 74 Photos 9 Photos 50 Photos See All 2019 Toyota RAV4 SUV debuts in NY with trick AWD, fresh tech 29 Photos Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V Genesis Essentia Concept is a posh, electric GT 54 Photos 2020 Subaru Outback is as ruggedly handsome as ever • Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Concept is a pickup truck tease Share your voice 2019 Subaru Ascent review 2020 Subaru Legacy first drive: It’s what’s inside that counts May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup The 2020 Toyota Highlander gets a new platform, new tech and new drivetrains 2019 Subaru Forester is roomier and quieter than before 57 Photos 46 Photos 2020 Cadillac XT6 first drive: Sometimes ‘more’ is more 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback races in to NY Auto Show Tags 46 Photos 30 Photos reading • 2019 New York Auto Show is deja vu all over again Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint 23 Photos More From Roadshow Car Industry Lincoln Alfa Romeo Genesis Cadillac Subaru Toyota Volkswagenlast_img read more

See what future black hole images might look like from space

first_img Sci-Tech The first ever image of a black hole captured with the planet-wide virtual array called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). The light is being pulled into the black hole at the center of the Messier 87 galaxy over 50 million light-years away.  Event Horizon Telescope The very first image of a black hole rocked our little minds in April, but not everyone was impressed. Some likened the fuzzy circular shape to the Eye of Sauron, the Firefox logo or a doughnut. Now the race is on to one day deliver a sharper view of a black hole. A team of researchers led by astronomer Freek Roelofs at Radboud University in the Netherlands is proposing the creation of the Event Horizon Imager, a space-based system consisting of two or three satellites in Earth orbit that could capture crisper black hole images. They detailed the concept in a paper just published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. 0 Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects Space Post a comment Share your voicecenter_img Tags A wild black hole appears First black hole image could change everything we know about the universe Groundbreaking black hole picture reborn as Google doodle, Firefox logo The first black hole image came about through the collaborative efforts of the Event Horizon Telescope, a network of ground-based telescopes located around the world. A space-based system wouldn’t have to contend with Earth’s atmosphere and would also be able to take advantage of larger distances between the orbiting telescopes. “We would be able to take images with a resolution more than five times what is possible with the EHT,” Roelofs said. The scientists created a simulated view of the Sagittarius A* black hole at the center of the Milky Way to give us an idea of what an Event Horizon Imager might be able to do and how it would compare with the Event Horizon Telescope. blackholesims1These images show simulations of the Sagittarius A* black hole at different frequencies. The top set shows how it might look to the ground-based Event Horizon Telescope, while the bottom set shows how it might appear to a space-based Event Horizon Imager. F. Roelofs and M. Moscibrodzka, Radboud University The simulated image shows a more defined vision of a black hole. You wouldn’t mistake if for a doughnut or a bagel, but it does bear a resemblance to a coffee ring.There are challenges to creating a satellite system like this. “The concept demands that you must be able to ascertain the position and speed of the satellites very accurately,” said researcher Volodymyr Kudriashov with the Radboud Radio Lab and the European Space Agency. “But we really believe that the project is feasible.” The Event Horizon Telescope project is continuing its groundbreaking work, but it may one day be joined by the next generation of black hole paparazzi — in space. 27 Photoslast_img read more

China Spent 147 billion To Halt Stock Market Crash Goldman Sachs

first_imgThe Chinese government bought shares worth 900 billion yuan ($147 billion) in the last two months from the country’s stock market to artificially lift stock prices in a bid to shore up investor confidence and stem the fall, according to investment banking firm Goldman Sachs.Since mid-June, the Chinese equity market has been witnessing high volatility, as investors saw the bull run fading. In the past one year, the Chinese equity index rose more than 150%, supported by a massive increase in retail investor participation.But on 27 July, the benchmark Chinese equity index Shanghai Composite fell 8.5%, posting its worst one-day decline since February 2007.Alarmed by the heavy sell-off, the Chinese government started intervening by funding state-backed China Securities Finance Corp. (CSF), which was entrusted to buy shares to prop up the market. The government also put many initial public offerings (IPOs) on hold.Goldman Sachs estimates that the Chinese government would have spent 860-900 billion yuan to stop the market crash in June and July, AFP reported.The firm said “the total war chest of potential funds available for market support at around 2.0 trillion yuan — including funds already spent.”A report by Bloomberg News on Thursday said that the CSF was asking for another 2.0 trillion yuan to contain the volatility in the stock market. If the government approves it, the overall funding will go up to 5.0 trillion yuan.However, Goldman said that the concerns over the government taking back its support to the market are “overdone.””The probability of a rash exit is low as the market has not yet stabilised and the government has no pressing need for the funds,” the investment banker said.last_img read more

CIAA Tournament Opens Postseason March For BSU as HU Streaks on Road

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comThe madness of college basketball’s postseason begins with the CIAA’s penultimate tournament in Charlotte with Bowie State right in the middle of it.  However, when it comes to making a run at the championship it may be the women who are the last Bulldogs standing this weekend.Coach Shadae Swan has firmly planted a thumbprint on Bowie State’s women’s program and this could be the time they break through and get to the championship game.  Swan led the Lady Bulldogs to a 21-3 overall record including a 14-3 mark in the conference and they finished 7-3 in the north division to earn second place.The Bowie State University Women’s Basketball team is on a six-game winning streak. (Courtesy Photo)In this case being the bridesmaid does have its advantages.  Bowie State earned a double bye in the women’s bracket and won’t have to play until Thursday versus Shaw, Winston-Salem State or Elizabeth City State.  They would have to win three games in three days to win as the number two seed from the north to win the championship.However, any hopes of winning a title rests on figuring how to beat Virginia Union in a pressure game.  The Lady Panthers earned the top seed by winning the north division and under coach Anne-Marie Gilbert are the gold standard for women’s programs in CIAA basketball.  They clinched their fourth consecutive north division crown with a 24-2 record, but one of their losses was to BSU.  Had it not been for a last minute meltdown in January at home they would’ve swept Union. The teams appeared to be headed to a meeting in the finals if the brackets hold true to form.Bowie State’s women are on a six game win streak but, the men are trending in the wrong direction.  Last Saturday’s loss at Elizabeth City State was their third straight and the inconsistency that has marked its season has emerged at the wrong time.Two of three losses were to Chowan and ECSU who were below them in the standings which dropped the Bulldogs to a number three seed from the north division. However, it was clear in the regular season finale against the Trojans they hadn’t recovered from the 93-69 beat down at Virginia State and were flat down near the Outer Banks of North Carolina.Those two losses force Bowie St. to win four games in four days to win the championship.  If the Bulldogs are to make a run in the tournament, they must get tougher on the boards.  Their inconsistency from the perimeter means they can’t rely on the three point shots as the equalizer this year. However, they have been very streaky from the outside all season and could very easily shoot themselves into the semifinal or out of the tournament in their opening game.BISON SWEEP CHARM CITYFortunately for Howard the home portion of their schedule ended after two heartbreaking losses to North Carolina A&T and North Carolina Central.  The vultures that were circling head coach Kevin Nickelberry earned a temporary respite after the Bison beat Coppin State to spoil homecoming and a tough win at Morgan St.Howard has six straight road wins and they don’t have to win another win at home to extend their season.   R.J. Cole led the Bison with 19 points in consecutive games against the Eagles and Bears get back to .500 in the conference entering the final week of the regular season before the MEAC Tournament begins in Norfolk, Va.Rumors continue to swirl around Howard’s program and Nickeberry’s job in particular.  Barring a MEAC Tournament title, the school won’t renew his deal after suspending him for two games following the postgame altercation versus Norfolk St.last_img read more

European team suggests new way to measure scientific relevance by city

first_img More information: — Which cities produce excellent papers worldwide more than can be expected? A new mapping approach–using Google Maps–based on statistical significance testing, Lutz Bornmann, Loet Leydesdorff, arXiv:1103.3216v2 [cs.DL]– © 2010 ( — In a move that must have been at least partly aimed at provoking prideful nationalism, Lutz Bornmann of the Max Planck Society in Munich and Loet Leydesdorff from the University of Amsterdam have put together a joint project where they were able to produce what they believe is a graphical representation of the relative importance of the science being done in major cities around the world and have published it on How to Spot an Influential Paper Based on its Citations Citation: European team suggests new way to measure scientific relevance by city (2011, March 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from They take the basic precept that ten percent of any scientific papers produced in any city, should account for ten percent of citations regarding those papers by others in the field and then mash it onto Google Earth maps with circles representing the relative importance of the science being done there; the bigger the circle, the more work being published; colors are used to denote performance values; red for underachievers, green for over (orange if things come out even, such as is the case with Oxford, England).The results of their efforts can be seen online and are divided by physics, chemistry and psychology. Because it is a Google Maps/Earth application, users can zoom in and out and when they hover over a circle, the name of the city will be displayed. Also, clicking on a circle shows the statistics that were used to arrive at that circle’s size and color.The two authors relied on data obtained from Scopus (circa 2008) for paper publication data, and used citation data up to the beginning of 2011; they focused exclusively on just three of the sciences; physics, chemistry and psychology. Not surprisingly, their work has received some criticism due to metrics that are not so easily quantified, such as whether the language a paper is published in has any bearing on how often it’s being cited by others who prefer to cite articles who write in their native tongue. Also, the authors themselves point out in their presentation paper that their methodology doesn’t allow for actual institutions of learning to be displayed or the density of science paper writers in a city; such as where one city could for example, have a few prolific writers that get mentioned often, while other cities might have many thousands that are seldom individually mentioned.In any case, regardless of how the project is perceived, it’s clear that another step has been taken in the ever ongoing process of measuring the quality of science that is being produced; and that can’t be a bad thing. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more