World Cup 2018: Kane, Lukaku star as European nations dominate again

first_imgHarry Kane was the saviour for England as he score an injury-time winner to lead his team to a 2-1 win over Tunisia in the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on Tuesday.This was the first time that England have scored two or more goals in the opening game of a World Cup for the first time since 1998. Both were scored by Kane and was the first to do so in regular time since Gary Lineker achieved the same feat against Paraguay back in 1986. He also scored the two goals against two different goalkeepers for the first time since Diego Forlan did the same against South Africa in 2010.Ferjani Sassi, who scored the equaliser for Tunisia, became the first African to score in this World Cup.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEBuzz kill: Gnats swarm playersEngland and Tunisia players swatted away swarms of gnats during their opening World Cup game in Russia’s riverside city of Volgograd on Monday.The area around Volgograd is known for its swamps and wide rivers, the perfect breeding ground for insects during the hot and dry summer in the Russian south.Russian media said authorities used planes in the months before the game to spray the area around the stadium, which is next to the massive Volga river, with a special substance designed to kill them off, but the effort was only partially successful.PHOTOSAuthorities also tried to regulate the flow of water at a nearby hydro-electric dam which locals believe has adirect effect on the number of insects.advertisementSeveral players were sprayed by staff just before kick-off, but that did not appear to be enough either. England’s Raheem Sterling looked particularly bothered by the tiny gnats circling his face before the start of the second half.Fresh Start? England scored late to beat Tunisia 2-1 in their 2018 FIFA World Cup opener (Reuters Photo)England decided to play an attack-minded midfield in their World Cup Group G opening match against Tunisia.England manager Gareth Southgate included Jesse Lingard in the starting lineup, with Jordan Henderson as the solitary England enforcer in the middle of the pitch and left Eric Dier on the bench, as widely expected.Harry Kane ecstatic after scoring late winner vs TunisiaHarry Maguire was given the nod as part of England’s central back three alongside John Stones and Kyle Walker, leaving experienced defender Gary Cahill on the bench.England’s starting XI was so fresh that it had a cumulative total of 248 caps between them, which is the lowest by an England team in an international tournament since June 1962. Only four payers had who have played more than 30 matches, with them being Jordan Henderson (39), Raheem Sterling (38), Kyle Walker (35) and Ashley Young (34).Belgium unbeaten in 20 games Belgium have not lost their last 10 games in the World Cup (Reuters Photo)Belgium opened their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign with a 3-0 win over debutants Panama in their Group G encounter at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi.With the win, Belgium are unbeaten in their last 20 matches. They have won 15 games and drawing just five with their last loss coming in September 2016 when they lost 2-0 to Spain.World Cup 2018: Belgium manager hails quality of Mertens and LukakuDries Mertens joined Marc Wilmots (1998 and 2002) as only the second player to score in two editions of the World Cup, when he hammered home a superb volley two minutes into the second half, sending the ball arcing over Jaime Penedo after Panama struggled to clear a cross.Romelu Lukaku’s hard work up front was rewarded when he headed home Kevin De Bruyne’s brilliant pass off the outside off his foot to make it 2-0 in the 69th minute and the big striker latched on to an Eden Hazard pass to complete the scoring with a neat finish.Lukaku almost makes history Romelu Lukaku scored a brace against Panama (AP Photo)Lukaku scored a brace to break the resistance of a brave Panama side on their World Cup debut. In the first half, Lukaku had just seven touches of the ball which was seven fewer than any other player on the pitch. He also just had one shot (that too off target), and made six passes (with only two of them being successful).He scored in the 69th and 75th minutes to be trailing legendary Jan Ceulemans in the list of most goals for the ‘Red Devils’ in major tournaments (World Cup and EUROs). Lukaku with five goals is level with Marc Wilmots and is behind only to Ceulemans with six.advertisementSweden’s goal drought endsSweden defeated South Korea 1-0 to win an opening World Cup game for the first time since 1958. The last time they had beaten the tournament hosts Mexico 3-0. They were winless in their last seven World Cup opening matches, winning just two and drawing the rest.Granqvist seals historic victory for Sweden over South KoreaIn the 65th-minute Viktor Claesson was brought down by Kim Min-woo in the penalty box, and after consulting with the Video Assistant Referee system, a penalty kick was awarded. In the second VAR-awarded penalty of the World Cup, Sweden’s 33-year-old captain Andreas Granqvist stepped up confidently to sweep the ball low and left of the otherwise impressively in-form goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo.Granqvist’s Historic Penalty Granqvist’s goal was the first penalty scored by Sweden at the World Cup since 2002 (AP Photo)Granqvist’s goal was the first penalty scored by Sweden at the World Cup since 2002, when Henrik Larsson netted against Nigeria. Up until that goal, Sweden had last scored a goal in a 2-1 defeat against Chile back in March.”The VAR took a while but we are very pleased they had it … I was pretty sure,” Granqvist said of the wait.Interestingly Granqvist’s last four goals have all comes from the penalty spot, with goals against Belarus, Luxemburg and now South Korea.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Urban Meyer’s Daughter Retweets New Bombshell Report

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Urban Meyer remains on paid administrative leave at Ohio State, but a new bombshell report from a Buckeyes’ reporter has everyone talking about the head coach’s status.Jeff Snook, a veteran author who’s published multiple books on Ohio State’s program (he’s also a graduate of the university), spoke with members of Zach and Courtney Smith’s families.The entire post is worth a read and can be found here.Urban Meyer’s oldest daughter, Nicki, has since taken to Twitter to retweet several things in defense of father.The following tweets have been retweeted:Lynn Bruce, Zach Smith’s mom, alleges that Courtney Smith vowed to “take Zach down and take Urban Meyer down with him.”— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 9, 2018Courtney Smith’s mother, Tina Carano, backed up Lynn Bruce’s account.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 9, 2018Alleged abuser Zach Smith’s mother, Lynn Bruce, says his ex-wife, Courtney Smith, was the actual abuser in yet another Facebook report bombshell Re: Ohio State saga —— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) August 9, 2018Meyer’s other daughter, GiGi, also retweeted the following tweets:Lynn Bruce, Zach Smith’s mom, alleges that Courtney Smith vowed to “take Zach down and take Urban Meyer down with him.”— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 9, 2018Lynn Bruce alleges Courtney Smith told her this on multiple occasions.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 9, 2018Courtney Smith’s mother, Tina Carano, backed up Lynn Bruce’s account.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 9, 2018It’s one thing for Zach’s mother to defend him. When an alleged victim’s mother does the same, that raises eyebrows, no?“This is my daughter and I love her but I do not approve of what she has done and how it was done.”— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 9, 2018This is clearly an ongoing saga. It would not be surprising if more information trickles out.Ohio State, which placed Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave last Wednesday, said on Sunday night that its investigation will take up to two weeks. Stay tuned.last_img read more

Memphis’ Secret Weapon: Acre’s Chef Wally Joe

first_img Is Classic French Technique Still Relevant In Today’s Culinary World? How to Make Lasagna Bolognese, According to a Chef [nggallery id = 136]Tonight, the sporting world’s attention will turn to the city of Memphis as the hometown Grizzlies take on the Los Angeles Clippers in what promises to be the next thrilling entry in their physical NBA Playoff match up. However exciting the game will be, this afternoon, our attention is turned to Memphis, but for a different reason—the local restaurant ACRE.Located little more than a twenty-minute drive from Beale Street and the FedEx Forum, ACRE is helmed by Chef Wally Joe. Chef Joe was born in Hong Kong and moved to Mississippi as a child. Being the son of Chinese parents with a deep appreciation for fresh food, Wally actually butchered his first chicken at age eight.“My grandmother showed me how to do that,” Chef Joe says. “The thing is that I grew up with farming and livestock and having everything fresh. It wasn’t until I got to school and saw what other kids grew up with—McDonald’s and Pizza Hut—that I realized I was different.”In Mississippi, Chef Joe’s parents ran a grocery and then later opened up their own restaurant, KC’s. However, since he grew up in the restaurant business, cooking was “the last thing” that Wally wanted to do. Instead, he studied banking and finance at the University of Mississippi. But, when the four years were up, he decided to assess his options. “I took the LSAT, but I decided that three more years of school was not for me and neither was sitting behind a desk in an office.”Instead, he decided to travel the world and was exposed to new places and cities as well as a variety of freshly prepared dishes and cuisines. The entire experience set off an “epiphany” for Wally. He returned to Mississippi to work at KC’s, where business was growing and his parents needed his help. As he worked in his parents’ kitchen, Wally’s newfound love for the culinary arts flourished and he was off and running as a chef.In 2002, Chef Joe moved to Memphis and opened his own restaurant, Wally Joe’s. After running that restaurant for four years, Wally wanted a new challenge. So, he teamed up with business partners Mary and Frank Staley and opened ACRE in 2011. “It’s actually a dream restaurant,” Chef Joe says. “It’s a former home that has been renovated into a beautiful and relaxed space and its right in the middle of the city. It’s just a small, perfect restaurant.”At ACRE, Chef Joe specializes in dishes that utilize only the freshest seasonal ingredients. For most of his time in Memphis, Wally’s cooking was seen as “too edgy”; he was ahead of his time, but now the food world has caught up. There are a variety of flavors and cuisines at work on Acre’s menu—aside from the Hazelnut Fed Pork Brisket, you wouldn’t suspect that it’s in the South. But Chef Joe doesn’t want to be fenced in by classifications. “I don’t need ten ingredients on a plate anymore. I just want the freshest flavors I can get. So whatever that is, I’ll use. We buy what we can locally, but some of my favorite fishes are skate and wild striped bass and I want to be able to serve those things when they are fresh.”This month, while you will find regional pork dishes and vegetables on the menu, Chef Joe says that diners can also expect to find soft shell crabs, (“They are really one of the great delicacies of the season”), as well as fresh mushrooms, fava beans, wild salmon from Alaska, spring lamb and all-around bright flavors.Aside from keeping his menu fresh, Chef Joe wants to continue to build ACRE as a Memphis institution and to become even more of a fixture in the food scene. “One of the most exhilarating parts about opening Acre has been seeing all of my old clientele from Wally Joe’s and just re-connecting with the city. I’d been on the sidelines since I moved on from my last restaurant, so I’m just re-introducing myself to the city and to the culinary scene at large.” How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club How to Grill Fish: A Quick and Easy Guide to Getting it Right Every Time Editors’ Recommendations Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Pickslast_img read more

Buyer’s Credit for Export of Ships to MOL Cape in …

first_imgJBIC, January 15, 2014; Image: MOL 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close My location zoom The Japan Bank for International Cooperation signed on December 12 two buyer’s credit agreements totaling up to about 60.7 million U.S. dollars (JBIC portion) for funding the purchase of two very large ore carriers with MOL Cape (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. (MOL Cape) incorporated in Singapore, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (Mitsui O.S.K.).These loans are cofinanced with Mizuho Bank, Ltd. (lead arranger), with the overall cofinancing amount reaching about 121.5 million U.S. dollars for two vessels. Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) will provide Buyer’s Credit Insurance for the portion cofinanced by private financial institutions.MOL Cape, the purchaser of these vessels, is headquartered in Singapore and is an exclusive large bulk carrier operator of the Mitsui O.S.K. group. These loans are intended to finance MOL Cape to purchase two 250,000 DWTtype ore carriers built by Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in their domestic shipyard.These loans will support the export of ships built in a Japanese shipyard which perform a significant role in the regional economy and associated industries, including their mid-tier enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Thus, these loans will contribute to maintaining and improving the international competitiveness of the Japanese shipbuilding industry.“JBIC will continue to support the export of ships built in Japanese shipyards in partnership with the Shipbuilders’ Association of Japan by drawing on its various financial facilities and schemes for structuring projects and performing its risk-assuming function,” JBIC stated.last_img read more

Program to Help Children in Need of Wheelchairs

first_imgHelp is on the way to assist Nova Scotia families with the cost of their children’s wheelchairs. Applications are now available for the children’s wheelchair recycling demonstration project. The province is providing $500,000 and the program is being administered by the Abilities Foundation of Nova Scotia. “This program provides important support to help families cover the cost of wheelchairs, to meet the needs of their growing child,” said David Morse, Minister of Community Services. “The Abilities Foundation is an experienced partner, and we appreciate their support in delivering this service.” The program provides wheelchairs to children 18 years of age and under who need a chair for the first time or who have outgrown their current chair. A steering committee of representatives from community organizations and the Department of Community Services will monitor the program and participate in its evaluation. “We’re pleased to help make this vital program available to families in Nova Scotia. From experience we know that covering the costs of a wheelchair can be very challenging,” said Tom Merriam, president and CEO of the Abilities Foundation of Nova Scotia. “We are heartened that the government of Nova Scotia has provided this funding and recognized this is an investment in the development and independence of young Nova Scotians.” Eligibility for the program and the amount of any possible family contribution are based on family income. Eligible children will be offered a wheelchair to meet their specific needs based on the assessment of an occupational therapist or other medical professional. In addition to new chairs purchased for the program, recycled wheelchairs will be offered to provide assistance to as many applicants as possible. Applications and more information on the program are available from the Abilities Foundation of Nova Scotia on the website at or by phone at 902-453-6000.last_img read more

Pollution more deadly than smoking AIDS and war new report says

first_imgOTTAWA – Pollution kills more people around the world than war and infectious diseases, says a new report — proof, environmental lobbyists say, of why Canada needs enforceable national air quality standards.The Lancet medical journal study released Thursday says at least nine million people died around the globe in 2015 because of pollution. Almost half of those deaths occurred in India and China, nine out of 10 were in low and middle-income countries, and those most affected came from marginalized and poor communities, the report found.Air, soil and water pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals killed three times more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined and 15 times more people than war and violence, it concludes.Canada has one of the lower rates of pollution-related deaths, according to the report, less than 50 deaths per 100,000 people. By comparison, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan — as well as at least a dozen African nations — recorded rates of more than 151 deaths per 100,000 people.Bruce Lanphear, a health sciences professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, was one of the 40 scientists who worked on the two-year study. He said Canada needs to create better surveillance research to better explore potential links between pollution and diseases like cancer, diabetes, respiratory illnesses and heart failure.“Pollution is man made and that means that we can control it and that means we can prevent these diseases,” Lanphear said.“We spend so much on trying to develop new drugs or on treatment, and this is becoming increasingly costly. But here with pollution we know enough to act and we know enough to prevent a substantial amount of disease and death.”Environmental Defence program manager Muhannad Malas said Canada is one of the only developed countries without national, legally binding and enforceable standards for air quality.“What we have in Canada is basically guidelines,” Malas said.Canada has ambient air quality standards under the Environmental Protection Act that set certain objectives for ozone, sulphur dioxide and fine particulate matter, but they are only voluntary. They also don’t include several of the most troublesome pollutants, including cadmium and benzene, he added.Benzene is a carcinogen which the World Health Organization says has no safe level of exposure for humans.It is also one of the chemicals which leaked without warning to residents in Sarnia’s “Chemical Valley” among nearly 500 incidents of chemical spills uncovered by a joint investigation by the Toronto Star, Global News and journalism students at Ryerson and Concordia universities this month.There was only one public warning issued about those incidents.Chemical Valley — a 40-square kilometre region in Sarnia which is home to more than five dozen chemical plants and oil refineries — was singled out in the Lancet report as an “environmental injustice” for First Nations in the area.The Lancet report also notes an environmental injustice for First Nations in northern Alberta due to pollution from the oilsands.Malas said provincial governments have some laws in place, but they are not uniform. A national standard that can be — and is — enforced is what’s necessary, he argued.“What we’re asking for in this case is national enforceable standards that are at least on par with (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) standards.”In 2016, Ontario introduced strict new standards for benzene but many plants in the Chemical Valley area say those standards can’t be met — plants the government has since given an exemption.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has committed to updating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act next year. That’s the perfect vehicle and the perfect time to finally step up and put strict limits on air pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals to protect Canadians, said Malas.A parliamentary committee studied the issue in 2016, and made more than 80 recommendations last spring to amend the law, including developing national enforceable standards for air and drinking water quality, in concert with the provinces.McKenna said recently she is studying the recommendations and intends to introduce legislation by June 2018.— Follow @mrabson on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the report was released Friday.last_img read more

StatCan warns of impact on release of trade data from US government

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Statistics Canada is warning the partial shutdown of the U.S. government could have an impact on the agency’s ability to release a complete picture of trade between North America’s largest trading partners.Each country has been using the other’s import data to produce its export statistics since 1990.U.S. imports from Canada reported to U.S. Customs and Border Protection are compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau and sent to Statistics Canada to be used as statistics for Canada’s exports to the United States.Data for November won’t be affected by the shutdown which started Dec. 22. However, future months could be affected because data for Canada’s exports to the United States ended with the December numbers.The U.S. is Canada’s most important trading partner, with about 75 per cent of Canada’s total merchandise exports destined for the U.S., while Canada is the top export destination for U.S. goods, accounting for about 18 per cent of total U.S. merchandise exports.The statistics agencies of each country normally publish trade statistics simultaneously on predetermined dates.“The sharing of import data, which is generally preferred because of the greater scrutiny import shipments are subject to by customs agencies, helps to ensure accurate and coherent bilateral trade statistics, while reducing the administrative burden on exporting companies,” Statistics Canada said in a statement Thursday.last_img read more

The Harold Greenberg Fund Announces ShortstoFeatures Program Recipients

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Bell Media’s The Harold Greenberg Fund, in partnership with premium pay television network The Movie Network, announced today the latest recipients of The Harold Greenberg Fund’s Shorts-to-Features Program, a distinctive funding program designed to support up-and-coming Canadian filmmaking talent by funding a short film project with feature-length potential.Each recipient receives $32,000 towards the production of their short film projects, with an additional $5,000 contribution toward the script development of the recipient’s feature film versions. This year’s chosen short films are: The Drop-In, from writer-director Naledi Jackson, producer Priscilla Galvez, and executive producer Daniel Iron; A Blessing From the Sea, from writer-director Adam Perry, writer-producer Jason Arsenault, and producer Jenna MacMillan; and Lira’s Forest, from acclaimed actor and writer-director Connor Jessup, producer Ashley Shields-Muir, and executive producer Albert Shin.About the films: Facebook Social Media links Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img About the Harold Greenberg Fund:The English-Language Program of The Harold Greenberg Fund provides reimbursable financial assistance for the development and production of feature films, as well as sponsoring industry workshops, training programs, festivals, special events, and awards. Since 1986, the English-Language Program and French-Language Program have invested more than $101 million in over 4,320 projects in the Canadian film and television industry. It is proud to support the vision and works of Canadian storytellers. Visit for more information.About The Movie Network:The Movie Network is a national pay television service delivering premiere access to Hollywood hit movies, new and exclusive HBO content, critically acclaimed SHOWTIME series and first-rate Canadian programming to subscribers. The Movie Network and TMN Encore service includes six 24-hour multiplex channels – TMN 1, TMN 2, TMN 3, HBO Canada 1, TMN Encore, and TMN Encore 2. All seven multiplex channels are simulcast in High Definition and joined by TMN GO, a multi-platform video streaming service, and The Movie Network OnDemand. The Movie Network is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about The Movie Network is available at Twitter @themovienetwork@TMN_Publicitythemovienetworkthemovienetwork Login/Register With: The Drop-InA Toronto hairdresser has a challenging day when a mysterious visitor from her past arrives for a drop-in appointment.A Blessing From the SeaA fishing village becomes a growing crime scene after two desperate fisherman find a bag of money and decide to keep it.Lira’s ForestAn elderly woman approaching the end of her life encounters a strange spirit from the nearby forest.The Harold Greenberg Fund has been an instrumental supporter of industry training, project development and promotional initiatives. In addition to the Fund’s Script Development and Equity Investment Programs, the Industry Initiatives Program invests $200,000 each year in the Canadian film and television industry. Funded by The Movie Network, this program is reviewed annually by the English-Language Committee, including Suzette Couture, Damon D’Oliveira, Melanie Friesen, John Galway, Richie Mehta, Jane Tattersall, and Corrie Coe.last_img read more

Teva and Apple fall while Newmont Goldcorp and NextEra rise

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Monday:Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd., down $2.13 to $12.23The company allegedly conspired with other generic drugmakers to inflate and manipulate prices, according to a lawsuit.Apple Inc., down $11.46 to $185.72The technology company stands to lose revenue as the U.S. and China escalate their ongoing trade war.Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., down $4.22 to $67.10The home goods retailer said CEO Steven Temares resigned from his position and the board of directors.Colfax Corp., down 54 cents to $26.50The manufacturing and engineering company is nearing a deal to sell its air and gas handling division, according to media reports.Newmont Goldcorp Corp., up 76 cents to $30.91The gold mining company and its peers made gains as gold prices ticked higher and the broader stock market slumped.L Brands Inc., down $1.51 to $22.43The owner of Victoria’s Secret is considering taking its annual fashion show off of network television, according to media reports.NextEra Energy Inc., up $3.17 to $194.93The utility company and many of its peers made gains after investors fled to safer holdings as the U.S.-China trade war escalates.Deere & Co., down $9.77 to $146.28The agricultural equipment maker could see its revenue suffer if demand slows because of the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China.The Associated Press read more

UN Ambassador Angelina Jolie urges donors to step up support for Iraqi

23 July 2009Academy award-winning actress and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations refugee agency Angelina Jolie today called for greater support for the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who remain displaced. “This is a moment where things seem to be improving on the ground, but Iraqis need a lot of support and help to rebuild their lives,” said Ms. Jolie, who was today visiting families in a makeshift settlement in a suburb of Baghdad, on her third visit to the country.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador spent a day at a camp in the Chikook suburb of north-west Baghdad, home to some 20,000 people, listening to men, women and children forced from their homes in the western suburbs of the capital.“I want to come back and find you in a better place and in a different situation,” said Ms. Jolie, expressing hope that UNHCR “and the Government will support you in getting a piece of land. You need help not because you are poor, but because you are the future of Iraq.”Chikook lacks drinking water, an operational sewage system and paved roads, and the area is littered with garbage, despite a UNHCR-organized clean-up earlier this year, the agency said.In recent months, UNHCR has been trucking in potable water to Chikook, worked on the rehabilitation of the water system and conducted minor shelter repairs.UNHCR estimates that 1.6 million Iraqis uprooted by a wave of sectarian violence that erupted in February 2006 after the bombing of a mosque in the ancient city of Samarra, and says that some 300,000 people have returned to their homes amid a general improvement in the security situation since mid-2008.The agency says that since April last year, it has provided emergency shelter rehabilitation and shelter upgrade to 5,000 families, and almost 20,000 homes will be rehabilitated by the end of this year. read more

Court orders release of Lalith Weeratungas passport

The Colombo High Court today ordered the release of the passport of former President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga.The High Court ordered the confiscated passport to be released on a Rs. 10 million bond.

Hamilton salt supply shaken

(Update)With the storm approaching maintenance crews should be out preparing roads and sidewalks. But a salt shortage in some areas, including Hamilton is making it extremely difficult to get everywhere that needs to be clear, cleared.The City of Hamilton gets its ice salt from Cleveland. But now that the great lakes are frozen, they can’t ship in extra supplies. That means the city will focus on salting priority roads. meanwhile, private businesses are having a difficult time getting their hands on any salt.The lineup for salt at Outdoor Supplies and Equipment on Nebo Road Tuesday morning was about a half a kilometre long. But with only one load of salt to go around, the supply quickly ran out.Owner Rick McDowell says not only has the supply depleted. It’s doubled in price: “Keeping everyone to a 2 tonne maximum. There are just too many people out there who want to buy the whole load. You just can’t do it. In December, we were $110 a year. Which is roughly a tonne. Now it’s $220.”At 5am, Paul Klingender of Klink and Son Lawn Maintenance was fifth in line for salt. He received about one and a half tonnes. He needed three times that amount: “I’ve never been in this situation before because salt has always been a readily available commodity. But this year, being the winter that we’ve had, I’m scrambling for salt. Maybe one day I do half the customers or a third of the customers and the next day I do another third and so on and so fourth. I have no choice.”Later in the day outdoor supplies received a surprise shipment of salt. And once again, McDowell will have to ration: “With the storm coming the company says ideally they’d have 250 metric tonnes of salt. Right now they have 36 and that’s expected to sell in under an hour.”Klingender says Canadian mines forecast the amount they’ll need for the season and stockpile accordingly. He says this year, they ran out of salt by the middle of January: “They have an obligation to the municipalities and the province for the highways ”Leaving small businesses to do whatever they can to get their hands on this now hot commodity. And while businesses in the GTHA are having a hard time finding salt. The Regional Municipality of Niagara says so far, it has enough. It brought in an extra shipment before the lakes froze. How long it will last will depend on how long this weather goes on for. read more

Greek volunteers awarded top UN humanitarian honour for efforts with migrants and

Volunteers from the Spanish group ‘Proem-Aid’ teach refugee children from “PIKPA village” how to swim. For many of the youngsters, who endured terrifying sea crossings from Turkey, it is a skill that will change their lives forever. Photo: UNHCR/Gordon Welters ‹ › Hellenic Rescue Teams on the Greek island of Samos conduct a training exercise. Photo: UNHCR/Gordon Welters Yanis, captain of a rescue boat of the Hellenic Rescue Team on Samos. Photo: UNHCR/Gordon Welters Konstantinos Mitragas of the Hellenic Rescue Team. Photo: UNHCR/Gordon Welters A Greek human rights activist and a Greek volunteer rescue team – Efi Latsoudi and the Hellenic Rescue Team (HRT) – have been jointly awarded this year’s Nansen Refugee Award for their efforts to aid refugees arriving in Greece during 2015.“Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict and persecution last year made the desperate bid to reach Europe in search of safety, many risking their lives in unseaworthy boats and dinghies, in a journey which all too often proved insurmountable,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said in a news release on the win.“Both the Hellenic Rescue Team and Efi Latsoudi refused to stand by as they witnessed the dramatic humanitarian situation unfolding on their shores, and are fully deserving of the Nansen Refugee Award,” Mr. Grandi added. “Their efforts characterize the massive public response to the refugee and migrant emergency in Greece and across Europe, in which thousands of people stood in solidarity with those forced to flee, and the humanity and generosity of communities around the world who open their hearts and homes to refugees.”According to a news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), since 2007, Greece has been challenged by the arrival of a large number of refugees and migrants, but in 2015 sea arrivals escalated to an emergency. On the island of Lesvos alone, numbers topped 500,000 last year. In October 2015, arrivals peaked at more than 10,000 per day, as conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq continued to uproot people from their homes.‘Safe haven’ for refugees in Lesvos – joint winner Nansen Refugee Award 2016. Credit: UNHCR“For many refugees, the heroic humanitarian efforts of Greek volunteers in 2015 went well beyond pulling survivors from the seas, they helped them to take the first steps towards a normal life,” UNHCR noted in a news release. “During 2015 the HRT conducted round-the-clock operations to save refugees and migrants in distress at sea and Latsoudi showed compassion and care for the most vulnerable refugees arriving on the island of Lesvos through her work at PIKPA village,” the UN agency added.The Nansen Refugee Award recognises outstanding service to the cause of refugees and displaced people, and was first handed out in 1954 – Eleanor Roosevelt was its first recipient and other awardees since then include former refugee Hawa Aden Mohamed of Somalia and Sister Angélique Namaika of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is named after Fridtjof Nansen, a Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who served as the first High Commissioner for Refugees at the League of Nations, the predecessor of the United Nations. PIKPA village – For many refugees, the heroic humanitarian efforts of Greek volunteers in 2015 went well beyond pulling survivors from the seas, helping them to take the first steps towards a normal life. Photo: UNHCR/Gordon Welters Seventeen-year-old Syrian refugee Mohammed fled Syria alone. He spent his first day in Europe at Moria, a closed facility on the Greek island of Lesvos. “I was scared because I was tired from the journey and I was alone.” Photo: UNHCR/Gordon Welters Efi Latsoudi stands at the entrance to “PIKPA village” on the Greek island of Lesvos. Photo: UNHCR/Gordon Welters read more

Around 40 knackeries close down temporarily as losses mount

first_img Sheep on a farm. By Elaine Keogh Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tue 1:59 PM KNACKERIES AROUND THE country have closed their gates this morning, according to the chairperson of the Animal Collectors Association. Chairperson Michael McKeever, who has a knackery in Co Louth, said this morning that knackeries are working at a loss.He said that funding from the Department of Agriculture was reduced by over 80% in 2009.  Since then, additional costs have been passed onto farmers for the collection of their animals. The Animal Collectors Association (ACA) says it is not viable for the knackeries to continue running at a loss.The Department of Agriculture has been in discussion with the ACA in recent weeks in relation to the operation of knackeries and the Fallen Animal Scheme, according to a spokesperson for the department. “Arising from the discussions, DAFM has made proposals that would further enhance the supports it gives to the important work that knackeries undertake within the agri-sector,” the spokesperson said.  “The department seeks to continue our discussions with ACA with a view to resolving this issue.” Animals that have died on farms or animals that are alive but unwell and unfit for human consumption are sent to a knackery. McKeever confirmed this morning that the decision has been taken to close the gates on the 40 or so knackeries around the country.Louth TD Declan Breathnach said “this is part of an ongoing saga particularly with family run knackeries who are making losses.”“The Minister for Agriculture is aware of the situation and I am asking him to intervene before this situation escalates.”“The sustainability of knackeries is in question,” said Breathnach. “They have been trying to sustain an operation that is unsustainable without some form of support.”He added that “there is now an issue of health and safety and danger of spread of disease where animals are left uncollected.” Around 40 knackeries close down temporarily as losses mount “The sustainability of knackeries is in question,” a Louth TD said. 28,849 Views center_img 25 Comments Share10 Tweet Email Sheep on a farm. Image: Shutterstock/Heath Johnson Short URL Tuesday 10 Sep 2019, 1:59 PM Image: Shutterstock/Heath Johnsonlast_img read more

Saul tips Griezmann for Ballon dOr

first_imgAtletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has backed fellow teammate and France superstar Antoine Griezmann to land the prestigious Ballon d’Or.Griezmann was included on the 30-man shortlist for the coveted individual prize, having finished third for the award in 2016.The 27-year-old enjoyed a successful campaign with the Rojiblancos netting 29 goals in 2017-18 as his team won the Europa League and helped Les Bleus to win the World Cup title.Saul believes Griezmann deserved to win the Ballon d’Or, ahead of Madrid’s Luka Modric who is still seen as the favourite.“I wish. He would be a fair winner for me,” the Atletico midfielder told RNE on Tuesday.Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona, Real MadridLionel Messi would accept Cristiano Ronaldo’s dinner invite Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Lionel Messi revealed he would have no problems accepting long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s surprise invitation to dinner sometime.“Atletico Madrid are growing and are doing so partly thanks to Griezmann. He doesn’t have the numbers of Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi, but he makes us play and score goals – for his club and the national team.”Saul also defended Atletico coach Diego Simeone, who was booed by fans earlier this season.Atletico sit third in the La Liga table, just a point behind leaders Sevilla after an even start to the season in Spain’s top flight.“With everything he has done and everything he is doing, the doubts are unthinkable,” Saul said.last_img read more

ASA Provides WTO Priorities to Ambassador Kirk

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) today communicated to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk its priorities for restarting World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations on the Doha Development Agenda on a foundation that offers an improved opportunity for a successful outcome for U.S. farmers.”In our view, a successful agreement must include significant improvements in market access, greater commitments by developing countries with world-class agricultural exporting sectors, and elimination of Differential Export Taxes,” said ASA President Johnny Dodson, a soybean producer from Halls, Tenn.”Unfortunately, the current drafts on the table contain so many loopholes and exemptions, U.S. producers would receive little in market access gains while having to give up a great deal in the area of domestic support,” Dodson said. “ASA and other agriculture producer organizations have repeatedly emphasized the need for a big outcome on market access, commensurate with the concessions U.S. agriculture is being asked to make on domestic support.”For ASA, a positive outcome in the Round will depend, in large measure, on acceptance by advanced developing countries of meaningful tariff reductions and limits on other modalities that could significantly restrict market access for agricultural imports, including soybeans and soybean and livestock products. In addition, developing countries with world-class agricultural export sectors must agree to disciplines on their domestic support programs and export subsidy practices, comparable to those accepted by developed exporting countries, including the elimination of Differential Export Taxes (DETs).ASA and the National Oilseed Processors Association have been outspoken advocates for eliminating DETs through which Argentina, Malaysia, and other countries subsidize exports of oilseed products, including soybean meal, soybean oil, and biodiesel.”This practice of taxing exports of a whole commodity, and particularly soybeans, at a higher rate than its processed products, clearly represents a significant export subsidy to the domestic processing industry, and it must be eliminated in any final Doha agreement,” Dodson said.last_img read more

World Life Experience pays volunteers to travel the world for a year

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Looking to escape the nine-to-five office grind? Social responsibility organisation World Life Experience is paying 11 individuals to travel across 23 cities worldwide in an all-expenses paid, year-long trip to do volunteer work at non-governmental organisations (NGOs).Successful applicants undertaking the one-year trip, which has been designed to highlight social, environmental and cultural diversity, will receive a salary of €2,500 (£2,202.31) a month. Furthermore, all expenses, such as travel, lodgings, food, activities, insurance and basic healthcare, will also be paid by World Life Experience in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.The team of 11 chosen participants will therefore be paid to travel across five continents and share their experiences across social media. The intrepid explorers will visit locations such as Lisbon, Granade, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Prague, Budapest, Bucharest, Sarajevo, Skopje, Bangkok, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Tlaxiaco, San Jose, Bogota, Lima, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Curitiba and Sao Paulo.Interested individuals can apply to join the World Life Experience team until 20 July 2018 with a €9 entry fee. To be eligible, applicants must be aged between 21 and 39, have intermediary English skills and be willing to work as part of a group. The organisation is also looking for candidates who are responsible, empathic, respectful, tolerant, communicative, proactive and flexible.Candidates will need their pens at the ready, however, as they are required to complete a form, three questionnaires, an English test and a psychological evaluation test. They will also need to upload a self-promotional video and complete a Skype interview.The final group of travellers will be announced on 30 September 2018, with the trip starting on 15 January 2019. The successful applicants will return home on 27 November 2019.Here at Employee Benefits, we think this sounds like an incredible adventure, especially as the chosen travellers will be getting paid for working at the various NGOs they visit along the way. We’re wondering how long it takes to fill out the application form…last_img read more

LIBRARY LINEUP Wildwood Cemetery Stroll Set For September 21

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming library programs for adults, teens and kids submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library:Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsCoffee with a CopWednesday, September 18, 10 amDrop in, grab a tea or coffee, and chat with a police officer. Learn about the rights of the public as well as the roles and responsibilities of police and community in a relaxed and open setting. All questions welcome.Current Affairs Discussion Group *RRWednesday, September 18, 7 pmThis group is for all who would like to broaden their knowledge of current national and international affairs. You will have the opportunity to discuss topical events and learn from others. Recommended background readings will be provided prior to each meeting. Led by facilitator Dan Hall.Musical Stylings of John Muratore*RRThursday, September 19, 2:30 pmJoin Boston University School of Music faculty member John Muratore, one of Boston’s best-known and most highly regarded classical guitarists, as he performs Spanish classical guitar favorites as well as Latin American, jazz and folk-inspired compositions. Don’t miss this afternoon of beautiful music!Novel Ideas Book Group *RRThursday, September 19, 7 pmFeatured Book: The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Karen White, Lauren WilligPlease stop by the library to pick up a copy of the featured book.Poetry Circle *RRSaturday, September 21, 9:15 am-11:30 amLove poetry? The poetry circle is a great opportunity to meet other poets and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials in advance. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.Cemetery Stroll *RRSaturday, September 21, 10 amJoin us for a Cemetery Stroll, starting in the parking lot behind the library!  This year’s Stroll will feature graves and stories related to Wilmington’s participation in and commemoration of the Civil War. Bring your walking shoes and enjoy a pleasant stroll in one of Wilmington’s most interesting historic locations. Led by Town Curator Terry McDermott.Kids & Teen EventsTeen Volunteer Orientation *RRSaturday, September 14, 10 amNeed volunteer hours? Whether for meeting your graduation requirement or just because you really love helping out at the library, we may have opportunities available for you! Please complete the online application at before attending. Grades 9-12Intro to Dungeons & Dragons *RRSaturday, September 14, 1-4 pmInterested in finding out more about this fantasy tabletop role-playing game, or looking for a group to play with? Join DM Alex for more info and a mini campaign! Grades 6-12Kids Crafts: Monkey and Rose Pencil Decorations *RRSaturday, September 14, 2 pmThis craft is led by three Wilmington High School students. Grades 1-5Little Movers *RRMonday, September 16, 10 amLet’s move! Join us for a morning of singing, dancing, and moving around! Ages 1-2Teen Volunteer Orientation *RRTuesday, September 17, 2:30 pmNeed volunteer hours? Whether for meeting your graduation requirement or just because you really love helping out at the library, we may have opportunities available for you! Please complete the online application at before attending. Grades 9-12Trivia Tuesday *RRTuesday, September 17, 7 pmShow us your smarts at pub-style trivia! Play against your friends, putting your pop culture knowledge to the test. The winning team walks off with prizes and bragging rights! Snacks provided. Grades 6-12Star Mag *RRWednesday, September 18, 3:45 pmCalling all kid writers and artists! Drop in to help create this magazine written by, for and about kids, and published by the library. Grades 3-6First Look Book Group *RRThursday, September 19, 2:30 pmWant to discover the next big thing in YA lit? First Look is for you! Hang out with other teen fiction aficionados and read books hot off the presses. Take home a book to keep after every meeting! Grades 6-12The College Camp *RRThursday, September 19, 7 pmIs college the right next step for you? Kristin Allaben, COO and Certified Greatness Zone Coach, can help high school students make the most informed decision possible about whether college, a trade school, or apprenticeship is the right fit, as well as additional guidance about what to do after senior year. Grades 9-12 and parentsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.comShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: FREE Bach, Beethoven, & Brahams Concert On Sept. 12In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Summer Bash On August 15; Coffee With A Cop On August 21In “Community”last_img read more

Pirate Bay Founder says Zuckerberg is the Biggest Dictator in the World

first_img Peter Sunde gave a rousingly cynical speech at tech festival Brain Bar Budapest. He repeated his claim that the internet began life as a nearly-perfect and free place. Since then, centralization has corrupted the anonymity and diversity of the web, he claims. That’s moved power into the hands of the gatekeepers who, in this case, are media companies, ISPs, and tech giants. And the worst of it, he says, is that it’s permanently broken, with no hope of going back.“Everything has gone wrong. That’s the thing; it’s not about what will happen in the future it’s about what’s going on right now,” Sunde told The Next Web. “We’ve centralized all of our data to a guy called Mark Zuckerberg, who’s basically the biggest dictator in the world as he wasn’t elected by anyone.”Sunde believes that the fact that a select few entities have such tremendous troves of data on each of us, means that they have powerful means of control — both subtle and not — that we can’t take back. Every major tech company of the past decade has been gobbled up by one of just five major corporations: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft.That creates a dangerous precedent. It’d be one thing if there were thirty different companies that had 1/30th of a picture of you, but our centralization has meant that each of them has almost everything. That might not be that bad now, as it’s largely used for targeted advertising, but it’s only a matter of time, Sunde says until it’s leveraged for a more sinister end.“We’re super happy about self-driving cars, but who owns the self-driving cars? Who owns the information about where they can and can’t go?” he asked. “I don’t want to ride in a self-driving car that can’t drive me to a certain place because someone has bought or sold an illegal copy of something there.”Companies are, by default, amoral entities. They have no morals. That’s not a problem, that’s just how they work. They seek profit to the exclusion of all, and that’s fine to a point, Sunde says, but as time goes on they’ll need to grow and to grow they’ll need more money. So they will wrench every dollar and press every advantage they can to consume your life and make you wholly dependent upon them.“We lost this fight a long time ago,” Sunde told The Next Web. “The only way we can do any difference is by limiting the powers of these companies — by governments stepping in — but unfortunately the EU or the US don’t seem to have any interest in doing this.”Sunde adds that a good chunk of the blame is to be laid on capitalist systems. ” I would say we, as the people, kind of lost the internet back to the capitalist society… We had this small opening of a decentralized internet, but we lost it by being naive.”The only thing left to do is fight tooth and nail to limit the danger. Sunde claims that we need stronger protections and force decentralization. The EU could, Sunde suggests, force Facebook to give ownership of all data to the users or be denied the rights to operate in the EU. The problem, he says, is that everyone’s addicted to big data — and they’d be furious with their governments for forcing that kind of stalemate.“Big data and Big Tobacco are really similar in that sense,” Sunde said. “Before, we didn’t realize how dangerous tobacco actually was, but now we know it gives you cancer. We didn’t know that big data could be thing, but now we know it is. We’ve been smoking all our lives on big data’s products, and now we can’t quit.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Storm Loch Ness’ Joke Facebook Event Aims to Spot Folklore ‘Monster’Nearly 300K Alien Fans Sign Up to ‘Raid Area 51’ for Joke Facebook Event Stay on targetlast_img read more

WBSEDCL reaches new milestone with SKOCH award

first_imgKolkata: The state Power department has achieved another milestone, as the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL), has been conferred with the prestigious SKOCH Order-Of-Merit for ‘Intellectual Billingwith Automated SupervisoryCheck System’, at the 52nd SKOCH Summit in New Delhi on June 23.According to a senior official of the WBSEDCL, the prize can be considered as a recognition for them, as it has come up with an innovation in the spot-billing procedure for domestic and commercial consumers. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”The initiative was taken by WBSEDCL. The award is an acknowledgement of WBSEDCL’s endeavour to provide 24×7 quality and uninterrupted power to over 1.8 crore valued consumers,” an official said.According to a Press statement issued by Biswarup Mukherjee, Adviser & CPRO, WBSEDCL, the pioneering mechanism involves multiple software facilities in addition to the SAP IS-U system, right from an android based mobile app (Vidyut Sahayogi) for meter reading and bill Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedgeneration, to layered supervision and storage of consumer data.It has increased the billing efficacy, data security and authenticity. With the help of this facility, 100 percent billing has been achieved. The energy bill is delivered at the consumer’s doorstep on the same day of meter reading.The meter-reading image, along with capturing of latitude-longitude of the consumer’s premise and date and time, are done with the help of new technology, besides generation of bill. The image verification software and profiling facility also helps in central data supervision, apart from being a quick and transparent way of dispute resolution.Vidyut Sahayogi is a multilingual mobile application of the state electricity distribution company, to help its customers get better service.The app has been developed with state-of-the-art technology based on Android mobile platform, for the customers of WBSEDCL. Apart from paying bills, the mobile application will also help customers apply for new connections.last_img read more