‘Were you uprooting terrorist or trees?’ Sidhu questions the purpose of Balakot air strikes

first_imgPunjab Tourism Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday questioned the purpose of the air strikes conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Jaish-e-Mohammed camps in Pakistan.Tweeting the screenshots of various media reports on the remarks of various BJP leaders, including Union Minister of State S.S Ahluwalia on air strikes, Mr. Sidhu said “300 terrorist dead, Yes or No? What was the purpose then? Were you uprooting terrorist or trees? Was it an election gimmick? Deceit possesses our land in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” “Stop politicising the army, it is as sacred as the state,” he added.Earlier, Mr. Sidhu had come under criticism from several quarters over his remarks on Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack, in which he said that an entire nation can’t be held responsible for the attack.Mr. Sidhu has been maintaining that solution to terror is peace, development and progress — not unemployment, hatred and fear.last_img read more

Undrafted Dylan Ennis drops 35 for Warriors in Vegas

first_imgMOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Teammates waved towels at the end of the game to cool down Ennis, whose career high at Oregon was 22 points.Ennis, who played for the Thunder in the Orlando Summer League before joining the Warriors in Las Vegas, poured in 23 points in 12 first-half minutes, including six of his eight 3-pointers. He previously had 21 points over five games in Las Vegas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Just don’t think about it,” Ennis said. “It touches your hand, you put it up and the rim looks like the ocean … I’ll probably never hear (the ‘MVP’ chants) again in my career.”Ennis’ 3-pointer with 1:11 remaining gave the Warriors a 105-97 lead that put the game away. Bryce Alford, undrafted out of UCLA, finished with 16 points. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 08: Timothe Kuwawu-Cabarrot #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives against Dylan Ennis #31 of the Golden State Warriors during the 2017 Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 8, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Philadelphia won 95-93.Dylan Ennis went undrafted last month, but the Oregon product was the recipient of “MVP” chants from the crowd in Las Vegas on Friday. Ennis was nearly unstoppable as he scored 35 points during the Golden State Warriors’ 109-100 NBA Summer League victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.“Being undrafted, you take it personal,” Ennis told NBA TV.ADVERTISEMENT Jaron Johnson scored 18 for the Clippers while 2016 first-round pick Brice Johnson and Jawun Evans had 17 apiece.Teams still alive in tournament play had Friday off. The quarterfinal round begins Saturday with Portland playing San Antonio, Miami facing Memphis, Dallas against Boston and the Lakers meeting Brooklyn.In other action:HAWKS 92, ROCKETS 86Trent Lockett scored 17 points on 50 percent shooting, and the Hawks used a 34-22 fourth quarter to rally to victory. Maryland product Diamond Stone and Bryce Cotton added 12 apiece off the bench.TIMBERWOLVES 80, WIZARDS 73Matt Costello blocked a would-be dunk by Michael Young with 59.9 seconds remaining to seal the Timberwolves’ comeback win over the Wizards. Costello, who was undrafted out of Michigan State in 2016 and played in the D-League, had a team-high 14 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Gordon Hayward signs 4-year, maximum deal with Celtics JAZZ 97, BUCKS 76Tony Bradley scored 19 points and the Jazz easily won their first game of the Las Vegas session after four straight losses.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Halep beats Azarenka to reach US Open semifinal

first_imgSecond seed Simona Halep, cheered on by Romanian gymnastics great Nadia Comaneci, fought off a determined challenge from former world number one Victoria Azarenka to reach the semifinals of the US Open on Wednesday.The 23-year-old Halep, of Romania, chasing her first grand slam singles title, came out strong against the Belarussian after an 85-minute, third-set rain delay to secure a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory and a last-four clash against Italy’s Flavia Pennetta.”It was a tough match. Im really happy that I could win, I dont know where it comes, the power to win this match,” said the diminutive, but hard-hitting Halep.Halep was run ragged in the second set by Azarenka who sent her scurrying from corner to corner as she fought back to level the quarterfinal at one set apiece.A light rain forced them off the court in the fourth game of the third set but when they returned to Arthur Ashe Stadium, a revived Halep took command.”I was a bit tired after the second set and that break helped me. Thanks God, for raining,” Halep said in an on-court interview.”I found the power to give everything to win this one because I really wanted to play first time the semi-finals here.”After an opening set dominated by Halep, two-times Australian Open winner Azarenka, who has slipped to 20th in the world rankings after battling injuries the last two seasons, battled back.Emotions ran high with both players shrieking in frustration after mistakes and roaring in self-encouragement after an important point. After the break, Halep served an ace on the first point back on court to level the third set at 2-2, before breaking in the seventh game for the margin she needed to reach the semifinal.advertisementHalep was cheered on by a noisy contingent of flag-waving Romanians and a special guest in the player’s box, five-times Olympic gold-medal winning gymnast Comaneci.”It was great to have a great champion in my box. It was a good day for all of us,” Halep said.Pennetta, 33, ousted twice Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova, the fifth-seeded Czech, in three sets to advance. Top seed Serena Williams, bidding to complete the fourth women’s calendar-year Grand Slam sweep, faces Roberta Vinci of Italy in Thursday’s other scheduled semifinal.last_img read more

Spain Drew Level Four Times to Beat Greece

first_imgSpain drew level four times with the last five seconds from fulltime to force a shootout and win it 4-2. Greece gained the edge in the first quarter thanks to the equaliser and go-ahead goal by Eleftheria Plevritou and Nikoleta Eleftheriadou made it 3-1 from deep left, FINA reports.Beatriz Ortiz opened the scoring on extra for Spain and she gained another late in the period. Alkisti Avramidou shifted the score to 4-1 on extra with some controlled play.However, Spain struck back with Judith Forca shifting on to the post on extra to score and Beatriz Ortiz netted her third and 10th for the tournament to level at 2:09. Christina Kotsia took Greece back to the lead with a well-placed shot from top left to the bottom right. Both teams called a timeout in the last minute before the long break with no scoring success. Spain took the advantage in the third period, Forca sending in a slow lob down the right side and nearly three minutes later, Beatriz Ortiz fired in her fourth when free at the top and sending the ball under the arm of Eleni Kouvdou for the 6-5 lead.Eleni Xenaki arrested the slide when she drew the exclusion, shifted to the deep-right position and converted the extra-man attack. Kotsia re-took the lead for Greece at 2:10 with a cross-cage shot. Before tonight she had scored just one goal in Budapest so obviously she was saving her best for the sharp end of the tournament.Trantafyllia Manolioudaki of Greece reacts after Greece lost to Spain in the women’s water polo quarterfinal match between Greece and Spain at the 17th FINA Swimming World Championships in Hajos Alfred National Swimming Pool in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP)Both teams took timeouts, but shots went wide. The small crowd who stayed to witness the fourth quarter-final was treated to an excellent match-up and witnessed Greece swim to the last quarter in front. Spain’s Matilde Ortiz snapped up a rebound in front of goal to level on the first attack and Anna Espar converted a penalty when Christina Tsoukala gained her third major foul. Suddenly, Spain was in front at 7:07. Avramidou levelled a minute later with a spinning shot, which skipped into the bottom right. Kotsia made it three and took Greece back in front when her shot from the top was deflected into goal by Matilde Ortiz.Paula Leiton scored her 11th goal and first of the match from right-hand catch for 9-9 at 4:21. Shots kept coming with no conversions until Xenaki backhanded in from centre forward at 1:31 and 10-9. Spain went to a timeout and on the extra-man attack patiently passed the ball until Forca rammed the ball home with five seconds left, forcing the shootout. The first two shots each made the scoreboard, the third pair missed, Spain score, Greece missed and Helena Lloret punched in the winner to send Spain to the medal round.GREECE: Eleni Kouvdou, Christina Tsoukala, Vasiliki Diamantopoulou, Nikoleta Eleftheriadou (1), Margarita Plevritou, Alkisti Avramidou (2), Alexandra Asimaki, Ioanna Chydirioti, Christina Kotsia (3), Triantafyllia Manolioudaki, Eleftheria Plevritou (2), Eleni Xenaki (2), Chrysoula Diamantopoulou. Head Coach: Georgios Morfesis.SPAIN: Laura Ester, Marta Bach, Anna Espar (1), Beatriz Ortiz (4), Matilda Ortiz (1), Helena Lloret, Clara Espar, Pilar Pena, Judith Forca (3), Paula Crespi, Anna Gual, Paula Leiton (1), Sandra Domene. Head Coach: Miguel Oca.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

NRL Clubs get right behind our Aussies!

first_imgNRL clubs and players have shown their support for our Australian teams over in New Zealand for the Trans Tasman series. The players have sent in their messages to wish our teams the best of luck and show they are right behind the Aussie teams.  We thank you all for your messages of support and would love to keep the coming, be sure to do so via our social media channels.  Here’s what all the guys had to say.Valentine Holmes – Cronulla SharksGood luck to all the Australian touch teams travelling over to New Zealand. Good luck and all the best and hopefully you will bring back the trophy. Matt Moylan – Penrith PanthersI just wanted to wish you all the best and good luck in the Trans Tasman.Blake Austin – Canberra Raiders Best of luck to the Australian Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Touch Football teams in the up and coming Trans Tasman series.Sam Williams – Canberra Raiders Just want to wish the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed teams all the best at the Trans Tasman series. All the best and enjoy.Matt Ballin – Wests TigersOn behalf of the club we would like to wish you all the best of luck in your touch games over there. I hope you get the kiwis and bring home the trophy. Good luck guys!William Zillman (Gold Coast Titans)Just wanted to say congratulations to Jayden and Peter for making the Australian Men’s Touch Football team and Ashleigh and Marikki for making the Australian Women’s Touch Football team. Best of luck to all the participants. Ashley Taylor – Gold Coast TitansGood luck to all the teams taking on the Kiwis this weekend at the Trans Tasman Series.Tyrone Roberts – Gold Coast TitansIt is an honour to represent your country. We are right behind you – do us proud.Ryan James – Gold Coast TitansJust wanted to say congratulations to Adam, Michael and Paige for making the Australian mixed Touch Football team. Good luck when you play.Cameron Cullen – Gold Coast TitansGood luck to Nick, Lizzie and Cam. Good luck on your captaincy debuts.Andrew Hill – NRL On behalf of all of us here at the NRL and the Australian Rugby League, I offer my congratulations to all the players and staff on your section. It is indeed an absolute honour to represent not only your sport but also Australia. As you take the field, the Kangaroos and the Jillaroos are coming into camp as we also prepare to take on the Kiwis the following weekend. Finally I look forward to joining you in Auckland and cheering you all on as we take battle on the field against the Kiwis. We’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 Trans Tasman series on our website and social media channels, so you won’t miss any of the action:Website: www.touchfootball.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube: www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Snapchat – search for ‘TFAofficial’Be sure to use the hashtags #transtasman2016, #oneteam and #teamaustralia across all of our social media platforms.Be sure to send in your message of support for your teams on our social media channels.To watch Touch New Zealand’s live streaming, please click here. Related LinksMessages of Supportlast_img read more

Crucial last TV debate looms for Ontario leaders as June 7 voting

first_imgTORONTO – The third and final televised debate ahead of Ontario’s June 7th election will offer voters on Sunday one last chance to size up the three main party leaders side by side as they vie to lead the province for the next four years.With polls suggesting a degree of volatility in the race, a strong debate performance could prove the deciding factor for many voters yet to make up their minds on where their support will go — particularly given the recently resurgent NDP under Andrea Horwath, who has long failed to move her party beyond third-party status.“Here is a chance for someone who wasn’t a front-runner, is now a front-runner, and people are going to start making assessments about fitness for the premiership that have not been made about Andrea Horwath in the past,” said Tamara Small, an associate professor of political science at the University of Guelph. “We’re just going to be paying way more attention to her.”Incumbent Kathleen Wynne, who has acknowledged her poll-trailing Liberals have a monumental task in winning re-election, said her goal will be to try to impress on viewers that her party has the best plan for improving their lives and that she can be trusted to follow through.Wynne said she hoped to make clear to voters that they have an alternative to making Progressive Conservatives Leader Doug Ford the new premier while fending off Horwath.“The message that I am bringing…into this debate is exactly the same as it was on Day 1: I said I was going to build this province up,” Wynne said. “We’ve been doing that and we can continue to do that. We know how to do it, we’ve got the plan that will allow us to do it, it’s practical and it’s realistic.”A Leger poll published this week suggested Wynne trailing far behind Horwath and Ford, who were essentially tied in voter support. The same poll also indicated that more than one-third of voters had yet to decide, but most indicated their second choice was Horwath and her New Democrats. One subsequent poll put her in top spot.Given the shift, Small said she expected both Ford and Wynne now to focus on Horwath, making the debate feel different from the two previous ones.“It’s a big debate,” Small said. “There’s going to be this shift in strategic attention.”For her part, Horwath said she didn’t know what the other candidates might have in store but said she wanted to instill in viewers a sense of optimism given their concerns about the economy and quality of care for an aging population.“I hear it all the time: People are worried about the future,” Horwath said. “I’m just going to stay focused on showing Ontarians it doesn’t have to be this way.”Ford had no comment but a spokeswoman, Melissa Lantsman, said Horwath will have a lot to answer for, both platform-wise and in terms of some of her candidates who have in the past expressed controversial views.“Mr. Ford is looking forward to talking about his plan for the people,” Lantsman said. “But it’s time for Andrea Horwath to answer the tough questions about her plans to raise taxes, her plan to increase hydro rates, and the anti-Semitic, 9/11 truther, anti-mining candidates she continues to defend,”One party leader viewers won’t get to assess is the Greens’ Mike Schreiner, who has been shut out of the debate on the grounds his party has had no seats in the legislature.In a protest letter to the broadcast consortium in charge of the debate, Schreiner said more than 25,000 voters had signed petitions calling for his inclusion — a position he said both Horwath and Wynne supported.“Televised leaders debates are an important part of our democracy and have far-reaching implications for the outcome of elections,” Schreiner said. “By silencing our voice, you are denying Ontarians the right to hear a viable vision for Ontario that their tax dollars are supporting. This is a disservice to democracy.”The debate, to be moderated by TVO’s Steve Paikin and Farah Nasser of Global News, is scheduled to be broadcast at 6:30 p.m Sunday from the CBC’s Toronto headquarters.last_img read more

Canada Pension Plans money managers worth more than they cost PBO says

first_imgOTTAWA — The parliamentary budget officer says having the money in the Canada Pension Plan fund actively managed by investment experts has been worth nearly $50 billion in extra returns since the mid-2000s.In a report Monday, the PBO compares the growth in the $392-billion public pension fund to what the same money would have made in “passive” investments that just tracked a pair of index funds.Passive investments have almost no expenses because there’s very little buying, selling or research involved in managing them.Some personal-finance experts say passive investments are good for most people’s retirement savings because professional money-managers don’t add enough extra value to make up for what they cost in higher fees.But according to the PBO, even when all the extra costs of active management of the Canada Pension Plan fund are accounted for, its experts’ wheelings and dealings are worth an extra 1.2 per cent in investment returns in an average year.A similar analysis of the pension fund for federal workers found that its managers weren’t as successful, but still performed slightly better than passive investments would have over the last decade or so.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Opposition blames Trudeaus India trip for spike in chickpea tariffs

first_imgOTTAWA – The official Opposition is pointing to India’s decision to raise tariffs on chickpeas as the latest evidence that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent trip to that country ended up doing more harm than good.Conservative MP Candice Bergen led off question period Friday by citing India’s higher tariffs — now 60 per cent, up from 40 — as proof that Trudeau’s troubled trip overseas and the ensuing controversy have resulted a breakdown in relations.“Last night India raised the duty on chickpeas to 60 per cent — a clear signal that India is understandably upset and Canadian chickpea producers are the first to pay the price,” Bergen said.Trudeau has been embroiled in controversy since news broke that Jaspal Atwal — a B.C. Sikh convicted of trying to kill an Indian cabinet minister in 1986 — was included on the guest list for a pair of high-level receptions in India, and even attended one where he was photographed with Trudeau’s wife.A media briefing during the trip by national security adviser Daniel Jean suggested Atwal’s presence during Trudeau’s trip was arranged by factions within the Indian government who want to prevent Prime Minister Narendra Modi from getting too cosy with a foreign government they believe is not committed to a united India.India provides significant growth potential for trade with Canada, said Bergen, but the governing Liberals are threatening those relations by suggesting India itself helped to orchestrate what turned out to be an embarrassing gaffe.“When the prime minister is blaming India for causing problems with his trip, the prime minister is damaging all of the work that everybody in this place is trying to do for Canadians,” Bergen said. “His conspiracy theory against India is causing a breakdown in our relationship.”Trudeau, speaking in Barrie, Ont., said the tariff increase doesn’t specifically target Canada, and that he had productive discussions with Modi on increasing the predictability of future tariffs as well as on pest treatment issues with shipments to India.“Last week I had excellent conversations with Prime Minister Modi about science-based approaches to fumigation issues that were related to our pulses here, where we agreed to settle the science and bring forth science-based solutions within the next year, and bring about better predictability on what tariff barriers could be.”The latest increase in chickpea tariffs comes after India imposed a 50 per cent tariff on pea imports last November and a 30 per cent tariff on chickpeas and lentils in December that were then raised to 40 per cent in February.The increases are part of the Indian government’s push to boost domestic production of the crops, and protect farmers from cheaper international production, said Pulse Canada CEO Gordon Bacon.“They’ve made it clear they want to become self-sufficient for pulse production.”He said Canadian chickpea exports to India have averaged around $5 million over the past five years, compared with more than $500 million for both peas and lentils, making chickpeas an odd choice if India were truly trying to punish Canada.“If it is punishment, it is a small metering out of punishment relative to what could have happened if they would have applied it to lentils.”India’s tariffs on peas are already at the maximum allowed by trade agreements, but the country could raise chickpea and lentil tariffs to 100 per cent, he added.last_img read more

Bell tells inquiry that it does a good job but aims for

first_imgBell Canada acknowledged Friday that it needs to improve when selling its television, internet and wireless services but insisted that the percentage of problems it experiences is small and doesn’t reflect its own code of conduct.Rob Malcolmson, who led a Bell delegation to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, said the company has a stringent code of conduct for employees and contractors.But the senior vice-president of regulatory affairs for Bell’s parent BCE Inc. acknowledged that “more can be done to strengthen the confidence and trust Canadian consumers have in our industry.”The Montreal-based company — which operates the Virgin Mobile and Lucky wireless brands in addition to various Bell services — was named in 346 of about 1,300 complaints filed as part of the CRTC’s inquiry.“We did a deeper dive on those, and 201 fell into the category ‘price not as expected’ . . . and 78 fell into the category of potentially aggressive sales tactics,” Malcolmson said.“So we looked at those and we said, that seems to be the core issue and asked: How do we fix it?”Bell’s proposed solution is to have several measures required of the industry as a whole — including allowing a customer to terminate a new service within 30 days of installation, without an early termination fee.Bell also says all service should provide order confirmations, written in plain language, within 24 hours of an order being placed.Rizwan Jamal, president of Bell Residential Services, said that if customers don’t agree after reviewing the written material “they can walk away with no termination penalties.”Several advocacy groups for consumers, seniors, ethnic groups and people with disabilities have proposed numerous ways to impose new rules or standards on the telecommunications industry.But many of the companies that sell the products insisted during a week of proceedings that industry-wide rules and regulations aren’t necessary.The delegation from Rogers Communications — which offers Rogers, Fido and Chatr wireless services in addition to its Rogers branded television and internet services for the home — said Friday it doesn’t think a CRTC code of sales practices is necessary but it would want to be involved with its creation if that’s the outcome of the hearing process.“We don’t believe there’s a systemic issue,” said Eric Agius, the company’s senior vice-president of customer care, said in an interview after addressing the commission.“For us, what’s most important is that we build long-term relationships with our customers.”Rogers is tackling the issue of customer complaints by continuously improving its sales processes — including the introduction of a new pause in transactions that will give sales people time to clearly explain all elements of the deal.A limited number of Rogers retail outlets have already introduced a system for summarizing all the key elements of a quote, and the company aims to do the same across all its sales channels by the end of 2019 — including door-to-door..Earlier, Shaw Communications Inc. said the federal regulator can best protect Canadians from problem sales practices by banning telecom companies from using outside contractors to do their door-to-door sales.Shaw senior vice-president Paul Cowling told CRTC commissioners that door-to-door sales have resulted in the most serious problems revealed by media reports, which included investigative reports by CBC.“Focusing a recommendation or remedy on door-to-door sales would address the most significant area of risk and consumer vulnerability,” Cowling said. “We have proposed a prohibition on third-party sales.”Like its competitors, Shaw does uses door-to-door sales but they are by employees rather than outside contractors. By contrast, Rogers uses a combination of employees and outside contractors for door-to-door sales and Bell outsources all of its door-to-door sales to a third-party provider.Companies in this story: (TSX:SJR.B, TSX:RCI.B, TSX:BCE)last_img read more

Seven new forest fires start in the Peace all human caused

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Wildfire Service responded to seven new forest fires on Saturday that were all human-caused.The largest fire was south of Pouce Coupe and reached 10 hectares in size.  Crews from the B.C. Wildfire Service, the Pouce Coupe Volunteer Fire Department and a crew from Alberta all responded to the fire.  Two tankers were successful in containing the fire and keeping it from Highway 2.  Crews will continue to monitor the fire throughout the night and have more resources on the fire if need be on Sunday.  The Village of Pouce Coupe has not issued any evacuation orders or alerts for the area. Wonowon/Halfway RiverThis fire was started by someone burning grass.  Crews in the area have the fire under control.Gundy RoadThis fire reached four hectares in size and is now considered out.Powder KingA landowner was burning and caused this fire.  Crews are working the fire and it is currently 1.5 hectares in size.  The fire is located 15 km north of Powder King along Highway 97.Fire Information Officers Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre said that conditions in Northeast B.C. are starting to dry out because of the lack of rain that the rest of the Southern Interior has experienced this week. Reynolds is reminding residents that Category Two fires, fireworks, and burning barrels are currently banned in all of Northeast B.C. and that anyone present near a campfire that is larger than a half-metre in dimension would be liable to get a fine of over $1,000.The video below shows crews responding to a fire near Fort Nelson on Friday, May 11.  The fire caused over 100 properties to be evacuated for part of the day on Friday.  The fire has been contained. The Village of Pouce Coupe has banned all burning within the boundaries of the community.  The ban includes everything from large burning to campfires.  This ban only affects residents that live within the boundaries of the Village of Pouce Coupe.B.C. Wildfire Service officials are stressing residents in the Peace Region need to obey the fire ban that was implemented earlier this month for the entire region.  A category two ban is in place that covers all open burning of any material (piled or unpiled) smaller than two metres high and three metres wide.  The ban also includes burning barrels, fireworks and stubble or grass fires over an area smaller than 2,000 square metres.  At this time the ban does not include campfires.With the forecast calling for more hot and dry weather, with high winds, the B.C. Wildfire Service is ready with resources to respond to any new fires.Beaton River ValleyThis fire started on Friday but is now considered out.  The fire reached 2.5 hectares in size.center_img Baldonnel RoadThis fire has six firefighters working to contain the fire.  Local residents are also helping and crews have been able to get a good handle on the fire.  It is approximately 8 hectares.East PineThe fire is two to three hectares in size and eight firefighters are working the fire.  The winds have died down and crews have also been able to contain this fire.last_img read more

Group of Moroccan MPs Refuses Phones Granted by House of Representatives

Rabat – A group of Moroccan members of parliament has rejected to take smartphones given to them for free by the department of the House of Representatives.Ilyass Omari, the Secretary General of the Modernity and Authenticity Party (PAM), has called on the party’s MPs to return the smart phones, as well as gasoline cards, within a week.The PAM issued a communiqué Tuesday saying that the party will instead allocate a sum from its budget for the transportation and mobile expenses of its MPs.  The Federation of Democratic Left’s (FGD) MPs Omar Belafrej and Mustapha Chennaoui have rejected to take the smartphones, in addition to Hanan Rihab, a MP from the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) who wrote on her Facebook she had returned the phone.The grant of mobile phones to the party’s MPs from the House of Representatives had sparked uproar and criticism at the high cost of the phones valued at MAD 5,000 to 8,000.“This decision must be praised,” political analyst Omar Cherkaoui told Morocco World News. “It is one of the [many] courageous positions taken by the PAM to preserve public money.”Cherkaoui clarified that the grant of mobile phones was not an official parliamentary stipulation.  “It was only agreed upon during the former term led by Rachid Talbi Alami, the former president of the House of Representatives.”“These privileges granted to the MPs should be reviewed,” Cherkaoui said. “The PAM and other MPs should submit a request to both House of Representatives and Advisors to abolish all these privileges.”The Justice and Development Party (PJD) has not made a public announcement regarding their position on the granted cellphones. Idriss Azami Idrissi, president of the PJD’s House of Representatives team, did not respond to MWN’s calls for comment. read more

Ten suspects arrested over killing of leopard granted bail

Villagers in Kilinochchi had recently captured and killed a leopard after it attacked 10 people in the area. Ten suspects arrested over the killing of a leopard in Kilinochchi were today granted bail.The suspects had been in remand till today but were granted bail by the Kilinochchi Magistrate’s Court. The dead animal was later dragged along the streets and displayed to the public. (Colombo Gazette) The villagers hunted down the animal after accusing wildlife officers of failing to do their duty. Wildlife officers had arrived at Ambalkulam in Kilinochchi to capture the animal but they had failed to locate it resulting in agitated residents deciding to look for the animal themselves.The hunt for the leopard was captured on video and visuals showed the leopard being captured and brutally attacked and killed by the residents. read more

Postal Service says it is victim of cyberattack employee data may have

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Postal Service said Monday it is the victim of a cyberattack and that information about its employees, including Social Security numbers, may have been compromised.The FBI and other federal agencies are investigating, the agency said in a statement.Postal Service spokesman David Partenheimer said the personal information that may have been obtained in the attack includes employees’ names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, emergency contacts and other information.However, he also said that customers at local post offices or those using its website, usps.com, were not affected. But people who used its call centre may have had telephone numbers, email addresses and other information compromised. He said that the attacks happened in mid-September. Just when the breach occurred is under investigation, he said.The agency isn’t recommending that those customers take any action.The Postal Service provided no immediate information on how many people may have been affected. It employs over 800,000 workers.“The intrusion is limited in scope and all operations of the Postal Service are functioning normally,” Partenheimer said.“It is an unfortunate fact of life these days that every organization connected to the Internet is a constant target for cyber intrusion activity,” Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a statement. “The United States Postal Service is no different.”“Fortunately, we have seen no evidence of malicious use of the compromised data and we are taking steps to help our employees protect against any potential misuse of their data.”Partenheimer said the attacks affected Postal Service workers across the board, from the postmaster general to letter carriers to those who work in the inspector general’s office.Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the senior Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the panel had received two classified briefings on the attacks.“The increased frequency and sophistication of cyber-attacks upon both public and private entities highlights the need for greater collaboration to improve data security,” he wrote in a letter to Donahoe.FBI spokesman Joshua Campbell confirmed the investigationAnd while declining to discuss details of what he called “an ongoing investigation,” Campbell said the FBI was working with the Postal Service “to determine the nature and scope of this incident.”“Impacted individuals should take steps to monitor and safeguard their personally identifiable information and report any suspected instances of identity theft to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov , ” he said.___Follow Tom Raum on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tomraum AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Postal Service says it is victim of cyberattack, employee data may have been compromised by Tom Raum, The Associated Press Posted Nov 10, 2014 8:36 am MDT read more

Ban deplores deadly attacks on civilians in Kenya

“The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the deceased and the Government of Kenya and wishes the wounded a swift recovery,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.The Somali insurgent group known as Al-Shabaab has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks, which targeted hotels and a police station and lasted several hours, according to media reports. “The Secretary-General reiterates the solidarity of the United Nations with the people and Government of Kenya in their struggle against terrorism,” said today’s statement.“He trusts the authorities will do all in their power to bring the perpetrators to justice in a manner that is fully respectful of Kenya’s human rights obligations.”

Mens volleyball No 1 Ohio State takes on conference foe Grand Canyon

Redshirt senior middle blocker Driss Guessous takes a set from senior setter Christy Blough in the match against Loyola on Feb. 12. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Lantern reporterThe top-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team (15-0, 6-0 MIVA) heads to Phoenix over the weekend for two conference matches against Grand Canyon University (9-5, 5-1 MIVA) on Friday and Sunday.The Buckeyes come into the matchup having dropped a set in both wins against Quincy University and Lindenwood University, two teams that sit at the bottom of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association standings. Grand Canyon is currently riding a five-game win streak.“It’ll be a challenge,” OSU coach Pete Hanson said. “They’re a veteran team, and our guys are going to have come ready to play.”With a roster featuring only seven underclassmen, Grand Canyon sits only behind OSU in the MIVA standings, providing stiffer competition for the Buckeyes than either Quincy or Lindenwood could.After winning 38 straight games, a school record among all teams competing head-to-head, the challenge for the Buckeyes moving forward will be maintaining such a high level of success.“We’re continuing to remind the guys that, at this point in time, you’re going to get everyone’s best effort,” Hanson said. “We have our work cut out for us. We just have to go in there and be focused and play hard and see if we can outlast those guys.”Grand Canyon is currently ranked eighth in blocks per set nationally, something the Buckeyes will need to prepare for after being stuffed eight times in one set against Lindenwood on Sunday. Redshirt junior middle blocker Ashton King is Grand Canyon’s blocking leader with 54 total blocks.The Buckeyes have found considerable success in Phoenix, having only lost once in the six times that they have traveled there to play Grand Canyon. The one loss came last season in a five-set match, where Grand Canyon was able to pick up its second win ever against OSU in the teams’ 15-match history dating back to 2010.“We know that they have a lot of crazy fans, so that should definitely be in their favor,” freshman outside hitter Reese Devilbiss said. “I’m pretty sure that if we play the way we can play, we’ll turn that crowd into our own crowd, and I hope we get the win.”If OSU manages to beat Grand Canyon in both matches over the weekend, it will tie Loyola’s 40-match win streak from the 2014 and 2015 seasons, the longest win streak in MIVA history.The Buckeyes take on Grand Canyon in Phoenix on Friday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 3 p.m. read more

Home Is Where The Hot March Madness Tickets Are

Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. SESSIONLOWER SEATSUPPER SEATSTICKETS SOLD Friday evening186.25107.952,375 Thursday evening163.0087.552,235 Sunday233.70130.752,760 Saturday248.45136.402,825 There are eight cities hosting March Madness games this weekend, but none with ticket sales hotter than Louisville, Ky.; Omaha, Neb.; and Seattle. That’s what happens when NCAA tournament games are basically home games.The demand for tickets there shows how valuable ostensible home games are to ticket sellers, if not to fairness lovers. Kentucky, Kansas and Gonzaga — the first or second highest-ranked teams facing off in the hot-ticket cities — all play their home games less than 300 miles from their tournament host cities. Omaha gets a double dip of local teams, with No. 7 Wichita State playing there as well.To get the list, I used data provided by two online ticket marketplaces, ScoreBig and SeatGeek. Connor Gregoire, a SeatGeek spokesman, sent data based on sales made via the site’s ticket search engine. Alison Burnham, vice president of pricing and analytics for ScoreBig, sent data for tickets available on her site and elsewhere on the secondary market.I compared average prices for top-tier seats, and, separately, for the cheap seats. Also, some sessions are more attractive than others — people would rather go to a weekend session than one during the week, probably both because of the convenience and because weekend sessions tend to feature tighter games. In addition, weeknights beat weekdays, and Fridays beat Thursdays, perhaps because it’s easier to travel without taking two days off work. Since 2011, Friday afternoon sessions have averaged 19 percent higher prices for the best seats, 30 percent higher prices for the cheaper seats and 26 percent more sales on SeatGeek. Thursday afternoon$131.95$67.802,175 So I compared apples to apples: How did Thursday afternoon sessions, for instance, compare to average prices for that session this year?After controlling for variables unrelated to which teams were playing, Louisville was clearly the hottest ticket among the four cities holding Thursday/Saturday sessions. Omaha and Seattle were the Friday/Sunday winners.1Venues sell four types of tickets: For each of the two round-of-64 sessions, for the single round-of-32 session, and for all three sessions combined. In each host city, I looked at ticket demand for each of the four ticket types in three ways: prices of more-expensive seats, prices of cheap seats and volume of ticket sales. That’s 12 points of comparison in all. Louisville and Omaha were above average in 11 of the 12 categories for their sessions. Seattle was above average in every ticket-price category, though below average in three of the four ticket-sale-volume categories. The ScoreBig data, used as a reality check, was similar, with Pittsburgh also making a strong showing.From a last-minute ticket-buyer’s perspective, the main question might be, how much is the least I can pay to get in? To answer that question, SeatGeek sent along daily figures for the ticket at the fifth percentile of listing prices for each session. Even these seats, some of the cheapest available, have stayed expensive for the round-of-64 sessions that feature quasi-home teams in Louisville, Omaha and Seattle. But for other sessions, prices have fallen. For instance, on Wednesday, tickets to the Thursday afternoon session in Louisville — the one that featured four teams not named Kentucky — could be had for just $14. Friday afternoon156.7588.052,740 read more

Bundesliga Lions beat HSV Hamburg

← Previous Story Women’s WCh 2011 in Brasil Schedule Online Next Story → Nenad Vuckovic (MT Melsungen) for BH: “Kiel champion, we in TOP10” On wednesday, in what was supposed to be played on the 10th “Spieltag”, Rhein-Neckar Lowen beat HSV at home in Mannheim. The Lions were dominant, and they won the first half with 18:13. In the second half, HSV Hamburg couldn’t help it much, and only made the final defeat smaller, losing 33:29. For the Lions, Lijewski had his day, and scored 9 goals, while Gensheimer was on fire too, and scored 6 goals, 3 from 7-meters. For HSV-Hamburg, the other Lijewski had 6 goals, but top-scorer was Stefan Schroder with 8 goals.In the other games, THW Kiel again confirmed their domination, beating Frisch Auf Goppingen 28:20, while Grosswallstadt are bouncing back from their defeat against Gummersbach, and beat Balingen at home with 26:24. read more

Bactérie superrésistante NDM1 la Direction générale de la santé en faveur dun

first_imgBactérie super-résistante NDM-1 : la Direction générale de la santé en faveur d’un dépistage généraliséMonde – Des souches d’entérobactéries dites NDM-1, hautement résistantes aux antibiotiques, ont été retrouvées notamment en Belgique, au Canada, en Grande-Bretagne, en Suède, en Australie, et aux États-Unis chez des patients qui ont été, pour la plupart, hospitalisés dans le sous-continent indien. A l’heure actuelle, on recense 200 cas à travers le monde, dont plus d’une centaine en Inde. Mercredi 18 août, la Direction générale de la santé a publié un communiqué de presse. Elle recommande aux établissements et professionnels de santé de mettre en œuvre un dépistage des bactéries chez tous les patients ayant séjourné dans un hôpital étranger. Elle préconise aussi le renforcement des mesures d’hygiène autour de ces patients.Enfin, le professeur Patrice Nordmann, chef du service de bactériologie-virologie-parasitologie de l’hôpital Bicêtre et directeur de l’unité Inserm “Résistances émergentes aux antibiotiques” insiste sur la dangerosité de cette bactérie et la nécessité de pratiquer un dépistage chez tous les rapatriés sanitaires : “Nous avons affaire à une épidémie non contrôlée en dehors des hôpitaux”.Le 19 août 2010 à 15:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Lenglet Dembele is not restless at Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona defender Clement Lenglet insists fellow Frenchman Ousmane Dembele remains fully committed to the clubThe Catalan giants signed Dembele in 2017 from Borussia Dortmund for a staggering €105m deal following a stunning season in the Bundesliga.However, life in Catalonia has not gone smoothly for Dembele with injury problems and a lack of opportunities spoiling his debut campaign.And things don’t appear to be improving for Dembele after failing to make manager Ernesto Valverde’s squad last Sunday, which saw Barcelona suffer a shock 4-3 home defeat to Real Betis.Valverde’s decision to omit Dembele came after his absence in a training session last week.The 21-year-old has only started two of his last five matches for Barcelona now, but Lenglet is certain there are no problems at Camp Nou.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“If Dembele looked serious in the stands I think that is understandable,” Lenglet told Goal on Dembele’s behaviour.“We were losing and if he started to laugh people would not understand that either.“I don’t think there is any problem with him, he was ill, he couldn’t make training and the coach chose another player.“These are things that happen at every club and we all have to pull in the same direction to reach our goals.”Barcelona will return to action on November 24 in a La Liga game away to third-place Atletico Madrid.last_img read more

52 endangered sea turtles rescued flown back to Florida

first_imgCAPE COD, Mass. (WSVN) – A Florida turtle hospital is preparing for the release of more than 50 sea turtles that faces the cold waters of Cape Cod.The turtles swam north over the summer where they faced the shores of Cape Cod, suffering from hypothermia in the dangerous conditions. The New England Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital rescued the turtles and nursed them back to normal.On Friday, the 52 endangered sea turtles boarded a plane headed back to the Florida Panhandle. “These are young sea turtles that can feed on crabs during the summer,” said an employee at the New England Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital. “They begin on the north side of the Cape. The Cape is a really big navigation problem for animals. The survivability goes way down now as the water temperature goes down.”Ken Andrews is joined by his wife, Kristi, who offered to fly the turtles back to Florida. Both are living in Michigan. Aquarium officials sent an urgent request for anyone willing to volunteer flying the turtles back home.“We’ve done dog rescues in the past,” said Kristi. “My husband actually got an email about the turtle rescue. So, he forwarded it to me, being the animal lover. I reached out on Facebook to sign us up. Two weeks later, here we are!”Once in the Sunshine State, the turtles will finish their rehabilitation before being released into the wild. “Instead of having to swim back down, they’ll be able to fly,” said an employee at the New England Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital. “A very short ride to be able to put them back in the Gulf of Mexico to continue their rehab.”“We knew this was a great way of giving back,” said Ken. “It takes our love of aviation and our love of animals and puts it all in one place. It’s really a great cause.” Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more