NBA-best Raptors hand Clippers worst loss of season

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue UP NEXTRaptors: At Golden State on Wednesday in the second game of a back-to-back. They are 5-0 on the second night this season.Clippers: At San Antonio on Thursday. They beat the Spurs by five points last month.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotshots’ Paul Lee wins 1st BPC award, Aces’ Mike Harris is Best Import “It was just time for me to step up and play,” Lowry said.Serge Ibaka had 25 points and nine rebounds, Lowry added 21 points while making four of the Raptors’ 14 3-pointers, and Toronto cruised past Los Angeles 123-99 on Tuesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“We didn’t slow it down,” Lowry said.Toronto shot 52 percent from the floor, had 34 assists and outscored the Clippers 28-4 in fast-break points. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening “This was a game everybody thought would be very difficult for us to win,” coach Nick Nurse said, “but we kind of lined up all these things and were very focused.”Fred VanVleet kept the ball moving in place of Leonard with a career-high 14 assists.“Whether Kawhi played or not, I think he was going to have a healthy game,” VanVleet said of Lowry. “When he’s playing like that, we’re going to be a tough team to beat.”The Clippers endured their biggest loss of the season against the NBA’s best team (22-7).“From the start you could see the Raptors pushing the pace at us the entire game,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, “and we really never caught up to it.”ADVERTISEMENT With leading scorer Tobias Harris held to 10 points — he averages 21.4 — the Clippers were led by a pair of reserves.Boban Marjanovic had 18 points and Tyrone Wallace added 15. Their fourth loss in six games dropped them into a tie for second with the Lakers at 17-10 in the Pacific Division.“We just gave in to their offensive pressure,” Rivers said.The Raptors extended their lead in the third quarter, using an early 10-0 run followed by five consecutive 3-pointers to go into the fourth ahead 103-74. Lowry hit three of the 3s and Delon Wright had two.“When he let go he knew it was going in,” Nurse said of Lowry.Ibaka had back-to-back monster dunks before the 3-point onslaught began, drawing cheers on Canada Night at Staples Center.Both teams played their reserves in the fourth, but the Clippers were too far behind to make a serious dent.TIP-INSRaptors: Nurse plans to coach at Golden State on Wednesday before returning to Carroll, Iowa, where his 94-year-old mother died Monday. “He said before the game she would have kicked his butt if he wasn’t here,” Lowry said. “That just shows the toughness in his family.” … They improved to 6-0 vs. the West. … After their current four-game trip, the Raptors won’t travel beyond the Central time zone for the rest of the season. … Wright got stitches above his right eye. … G Norman Powell missed his 18th straight game with a left shoulder injury.Clippers: G Lou Williams sat out with a sore left hamstring that he sustained on Monday at Phoenix. … With the team trailing by 29, longtime fan Billy Crystal had seen enough and departed before the fourth quarter began. … They lost at home for just the third time in 12 games. … They’ve lost four of six overall. … They were beaten at home by the Raptors for the first time since Nov. 22, 2015. 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(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — Kyle Lowry was in a funk right along with his Toronto Raptors. He had a combined 15 points in his last five games while the team had lost three of four.Adding to their woes, leading scorer Kawhi Leonard was out with a bruised right hip against the surprising Clippers.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Jitu Rai bags silver at shooting World Cup

first_imgIndia’s ace pistol shooter Jitu Rai on Thursday clinched the silver medal in the mens 50 metre pistol event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup final here.Jitu, ranked seventh in the event, finished second in the qualifying round with a cumulative score of 568 to make it to the finals behind Ukraine’s Oleh Omelchuk and then narrowly lost out to China’s Wei Pang in the final to settle for silver.Jitu started strongly in the finals and shot straight into the lead, before Pang caught up.The Indian then had a poor fourth and fifth series but eventually shot 188.8 to win the second position behind Pang’s score of 190.6Only the top 10 shooters in the event, barring world number one Jongoh Jin of South Korea, took part in the event.The ISSF World Cup finals competition is the season-ending competition of the annual calendar.last_img read more

Best of Barcelona

first_imgRCD Espanyol have always been a team that seldom bothered their neighbours FC Barcelona. At least that has been the case in the last 12 years when the Catalan giants have not conceded a single match to their poor cousins in La Liga. Except for few drawn matches, Lionel Messi & Co. have mostly showered goals at will against the club who often aimed to remain afloat in the first division.The animosity between both the rival fans, however, never gets dull as a boisterous RCDE Stadium – previously known as Cornella El-Prat – crowd has always stood with the club through its thick and thin.The Blue and White fans, who claim to be more Catalan than their hated and rich neighbours, often go into a derby hoping they will get better of the Blaugrana this time around; mostly turning into false hope.However, this time around, the team – rejuvenated by their current coach Rubi – can lay solid claims about their chances of taking the battle to Barcelona.Espanyol – enriched impressive foray of players such as Pablo Piatti, Leo Baptistao, Estaban Granero, Borja Iglesias among others – have been a side to reckon with this season. Lying just seven points behind Barca, Rubi and men have played football have high quality and thus have been among the European places this season.Espanyol’s in-form striker Borja explained how Rubi has stimulated bravery inside his players.”Well, it’s kind of what you can see from the outside. I think we’re a team that reflects the identity we have within,” Borja told Mail Today from Barcelona. “I think we’re an ambitious team, a brave side and we enjoy doing what we do.”advertisementA new signing, Borja, struck a chord with the fans after he managed an imposing figure of seven goals in just 12 games he played for the side so far. Borja said being a recent recruit, he can’t really tell what changed in the side in just a few months time but felt giving opportunities to young players such as Marc Roca and Mario Hermosa have played a key role in their development.”It’s difficult for me to explain it because I wasn’t part of the previous regime. All I can say is that everyone looks very happy in the day to day work and I think that is essential for good performance.”When you don’t feel comfortable with a coach and you aren’t playing much, it’s hard to shine. I think that this year they (Marc & Mario) have a lot of confidence and they are doing very well,” the 25-year-old striker said.Speaking about the derby, Borja said matches like these are emotional roller coaster ride for the players, and getting hold of the nerve on such occasion could be the key.last_img read more

Racist abuse mars Romelu Lukaku’s winning penalty for Inter Milan

first_img Next Racist abuse mars Romelu Lukaku’s winning penalty for Inter MilanRomelu Lukaku appeared to be the target of monkey chants from the home crowd at the Sardegna Arena as he prepared to take the penalty against Cagliari.advertisement Reuters RomeSeptember 2, 2019UPDATED: September 2, 2019 13:52 IST Inter Milan defeated Cagliari 2-1 in Serie A on Sunday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRomelu Lukaku was racially abused during the Series A match betwen Inter and CagliariLukaku scored a second-half penalty to help his side win 2-1Lukaku appeared to be the target of monkey chants during the gameInter Milan’s Belgium international Romelu Lukaku was subjected to racist abuse as he scored a second-half penalty to earn his new side a 2-1 victory at Cagliari in Serie A on Sunday.The former Manchester United striker appeared to be the target of monkey chants from the home crowd at the Sardegna Arena as he prepared to take the decisive spot kick.Former Juventus forward Moise Kean was also on the receiving end of racist abuse by Cagliari fans at the same stadium last season.The 26-year-old Lukaku sent goalkeeper Robin Olsen the wrong way with 20 minutes remaining to mark his second goal in as many games for his new club before turning to glare at the home fans responsible for the taunts.”I think that in Italy we must improve a lot and be more educated and respectful towards those doing their job,” Inter coach Antonio Conte told a news conference.”In other countries you support the team, you don’t insult the opposition like this. There must be the maximum respect.”Today I was treated well and wasn’t insulted, other times it hasn’t happened like that and it’s not nice.Lautaro Martinez had opened the scoring just before the half-hour only for the hosts to level through Joao Pedro soon after the break.Inter lead Serie A after two rounds on six points along with Torino and champions Juventus, while Cagliari have yet to pick up a point.The Milan club had got their season off to the perfect start with a 4-0 home win over promoted Lecce, but they struggled to find the same swagger against a Cagliari side featuring former Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan.advertisement”It was a different game to the win against Lecce, as I had warned everyone this would be tough,” Conte added.”Coming to Cagliari is never a walk in the park. Let it be known, I am very demanding and there is a lot we need to do in order to improve, but I also say we are glad to have won in a difficult arena.”Martinez headed the visitors in front after 27 minutes but his celebrations were cut short by a raised offside flag, although the goal was awarded after a lengthy Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review.The Sardinian side levelled five minutes into the second half when Pedro powered a header home from a whipped Nahitan Nandez cross.Stefano Sensi’s free-kick rattled the bar for Inter on the hour mark and the midfielder then proved crucial in the winning goal as he was tripped by Fabio Pisacane to hand Lukaku the chance to convert from the penalty spot.Conte’s side welcome Udinese to San Siro in their next league fixture after the international breakAlso Read | Premier League round-up: Liverpool stay top with club-record win, Manchester City hot in pursuitAlso Read | Premier League: 10-man Southampton hold Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at homeAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Romelu LukakuFollow Manchester UnitedFollow Inter Milanlast_img read more

Leave Dry Land Behind for these 3 Adventurous U.S. River Cruises

first_img Editors’ Recommendations World’s First Hybrid-Electric Cruise Ship Sails the Northwest Passage 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploring Virgin Voyages Sea-ks Name For New Cruise-Ship-Exclusive Beer Until recently, taking a river cruise often meant forced polite conversation with octogenarians at dinner time, snapping landscape photos from a cramped observation deck (because who has the time or energy to actually step off the boat?), and wondering what to do when every onboard amenity closes just after dinner (gotta get settled down in time to watch Wheel of Fortune, don’t ya know …).Thankfully, river cruising isn’t just for old people anymore. A handful of cruise companies grew hip to the fact that young people actually like boat rides too. These three journeys are among the best river cruises in the United States.For Outdoor Adventurers: Columbia and Snake RiversFor more than 20 years, UnCruise Adventures has been known for thinking outside the (box) boat. The company’s carefully curated trips are among the most adventurous of any cruise line in the U.S. For proof, look no further than the Rivers of Adventure itinerary. The eight-night journey takes passengers down the Columbia and Snake Rivers, straddling the border between Oregon and Washington states. The long list of off-ship adventures includes whitewater rafting the Deschutes River, a jet boat ride into Hells Canyon Recreation Area, waterfall hikes on both sides of the Cascade Mountains, and plenty of additional kayaking, biking, swimming, and paddleboarding to boot.For Wildlife Photography Lovers: Bays and Fjords of AlaskaPhoto courtesy of NPS Photo courtesy of NPSIt’s impossible to visit Alaska and not experience amazing, once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters. But many of Adventure Life’s cruises leave room in their schedule to maximize those encounters making their tours ideal for lovers of both wildlife and photography. Their Ultimate Bays & Fjords of Alaska expedition isn’t technically a river cruise, but the 15-day journey feels like one in every sense as passengers wind their way through dozens of tiny, lesser-known inlets, bays, and glacial waters tucked into Southeast Alaska’s famed Inside Passage. Passengers see Glacier Bay National Park, hike old growth forests and the waterfall coast of Chichagof Island, whale-watch in Frederick Sound and Icy Strait, and visit ancient totem parks. It’s a relaxed pace for sure, but there are plenty of opportunities for kayaking, paddleboarding, and hiking.For Historians and Culture Lovers: Mississippi RiverIt’s difficult to imagine a more quintessentially American trip than cruising the Mississippi River on a traditional paddlewheel riverboat. The aptly named American Cruise Lines’ Complete Mississippi River Cruise is as comprehensive and bucket list-worthy as it sounds. The epic, 22-day journey crosses 10 states and several hundred years of history in the process. Beginning in New Orleans, passengers catch a glimpse into the slower pace of Louisiana that, in some places, seems like it hasn’t changed in more than a century. Over the next three weeks, the ship makes stops at Civil War battlefields, charming antebellum houses, and sprawling Southern plantations. Passengers can grab blues tunes and legendary barbecue in Memphis, catch the St. Louis Gateway Arch, and explore Mark Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri. Witness Antarctica’s 2021 Total Solar Eclipse on an Exclusive Cruise The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Raceslast_img read more

JSIF to Spend $260 Million on Removal of Zinc Fences

first_img Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeney, says $260 million has been allocated for the removal of zinc fences in communities throughout sections of the island. He added that JSIF will also have to spend approximately $18 million to remove and replace 492 metres of zinc fences in a number of volatile Kingston communities, including “Bottom Vietnam Road; Top Vietnam Road; walkway linking bottom of Top Vietnam; Saigon, top side from Blount Street and Vietnam Story Highlights Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeney, says $260 million has been allocated for the removal of zinc fences in communities throughout sections of the island.The project, which falls under the Integrated Community Development Project and is funded jointly by the Government and the World Bank, aims to provide a general framework for integrating the human, social, economic and environmental development of the targeted communities.“The $260 million will see to the removal of zinc fences in 11 communities across six parishes. Of this amount, $20.58 million will be used for the removal and substitution of zinc fences in Granville, St. James. It will be done along Cunningham Drive, Brown’s Lane and also Gunz Drive,” the Managing Director said.Mr. Sweeney was speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Granville Zinc Fence Substitution Project, in Granville, St. James, recently.He said the project demonstrates JSIF’s dedication and commitment to create tailored solutions that will make the greatest difference to the residents of Granville, who we hope will feel a deep sense of personal pride and fulfilment, derived from contributing to the improvement of their own community.“The removal of zinc fences, enabling greater security for all citizens, is an important aspect of what has to be done to ensure that the police can enter the community and do what they have to do without the fear of persons hiding behind a zinc fence,” Mr. Sweeney pointed out.He added that JSIF will also have to spend approximately $18 million to remove and replace 492 metres of zinc fences in a number of volatile Kingston communities, including “Bottom Vietnam Road; Top Vietnam Road; walkway linking bottom of Top Vietnam; Saigon, top side from Blount Street and Vietnam”.Other beneficiaries of the programme include Hannah Town, Denham Town, Rose Town, Greenwich Town and Maxfield Park in Kingston and St Andrew; Canaan Heights and York Town in Clarendon; Steer Town in St Ann; Barrett Town in St James; and Russia, Westmoreland.Mr. Sweeney said that the development agenda that JSIF has in mind for Granville is one that is both ambitious and which should greatly improve the aesthetics of the community.“For the duration of the Integrated Community Development Project, the JSIF will be working with this community and 17 others to promote public safety and transformation through the delivery of basic infrastructure and social services,” he added.Included will be the rehabilitation of roadways and improvement in storm-water drainage. “The $260 million will see to the removal of zinc fences in 11 communities across six parishes. Of this amount, $20.58 million will be used for the removal and substitution of zinc fences in Granville, St. James. It will be done along Cunningham Drive, Brown’s Lane and also Gunz Drive,” the Managing Director said.last_img read more

NonEssential Pesticides Ban for Nova Scotia

first_imgA proposed ban on the sale and use of non-essential pesticides will protect the health of Nova Scotia’s environment and people across the province. “Our public consultation response on this was overwhelmingly in favour of a ban,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “Medical experts and Nova Scotians agree this is the right solution for our province; it will protect our environment and make life better for families throughout the province.” The minister introduced a bill, today, May 4, titled An Act to Prohibit the Sale and Use of Non-essential Pesticides. The sale and use of non-essential lawn care pesticides will not be permitted as of next spring. The ban will extend to ornamental shrubs, flowers and trees by spring 2012. A list of low-risk pesticides which will be allowed for sale and use will be included in regulations. “There are many uses for pesticides and each use needs to be looked at from a risk versus benefit perspective,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia.”In regard to cosmetic purposes, there are safe and healthy alternative methods available, to achieve the same result.” Alternative pest-control practices will be encouraged through education and public outreach. The Department of Environment will work closely with industry, municipalities and non-governmental organizations to ensure they are aware of the regulations and informed of alternatives. Health Canada has said it is good practice to reduce or eliminate unnecessary exposure to pesticides. During public consultations,the Canadian Cancer Society, Doctors Nova Scotia, and the I.W.K. Health Centre, expressed support for a ban to reduce potential effects on human health. Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, and P.E.I. have restrictions on non-essential pesticides use. If the bill becomes law, regulations supporting the legislation would be developed over the next several months, with further input with municipalities, industry and non-governmental organizations. The phased-in approach will give industry and homeowners time to prepare. The ban will not apply to vegetable gardens, agriculture, golf courses or forestry. For more information, visit .last_img read more

Pragya wont be exempt from court appearance

first_imgMumbai: Newly-elected Bhopal MP Pragya Singh Thakur on Monday failed to get exemption from appearance in a special court this week in the 2008 Malegaon blast case in which she is an accused.Special NIA Judge V S Padalkar rejected Thakur’s application for exemption in which she stated that she has to complete formalities relating to Parliament, saying her presence is necessary at this stage in the case. The court directed Thakur to appear before it this week. “Grounds shown in the exemption application like to complete process of elections, enrolment and other factors cannot be accepted at all as time and again, the accused person (Thakur) has undertaken to remain present before this court but fails to do so,” the court said. It further said initially exemption from appearance was granted.P6last_img read more

Lobby group pitches sales tax in Alberta to save public services

first_imgIt’s never been a popular idea in Wild Rose Country, but a left-wing lobby group says introducing a sales tax could help generate the revenue needed in Alberta to maintain public services.Public Interest Alberta appeared with the United Nurses of Alberta, the Alberta Union of Provincial employees and others on Tuesday, to launch its Revenue Reno campaign, which calls for either PST or changes to personal income taxes.We are pleased to announce our latest campaign, Revenue Reno, calling for the provincial government to fix Alberta’s revenue shortage to protect and revitalize our public services. Read our media release: #abpoli #ableg #abbudget— Public Interest AB (@PIAlberta) March 13, 2018“Either way it’s the same people paying, so it’s a matter of how we want to structure that,” said executive director Joel French. “A sales tax has some advantages over personal income taxes in that it’s a tax that’s very hard for people to avoid. With personal income taxes, particularly for wealthy individuals, there are tax write-offs and ways to get around that.”According to the group, every one per cent in sales tax generates $1 to $1.5 billion a year.“HSAA’s members are health care experts who work on the frontlines and know better than anyone that there’s nothing left to cut. The healthcare cupboard is bare. If Alberta doesn’t find a way to create new revenue, frontline public care will have to be slashed and the effect on the work our members do, and on patients, will be devastating. We need revenue reform, and we need it now,” stated president Mike Parker of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta.Public Interest Alberta is encouraging people to visit and speak to their local MLAs about taxes.last_img read more

Paris Denounces Ramadan’s ‘Insulting’ Presence at Gender Violence Event

Rabat – The prominent Islamic scholar and television commentator Tariq Ramadan, 56, surprised a Paris suburb municipal conference on “Combating Daily Violence against Women” when he showed up uninvited.Ramadan’s presence irritated attendees and organizers of the event. The municipality of Saint-Denis released a statement noting, “Neither the municipality nor the participants has invited Ramadan nor wished his presence.” The organizer of the event, Madjid Messaoudene, confirmed in a tweet that Ramadan had not been invited. French prosecutors indicted Tariq Ramadan on three charges of sexual assault of women in February 2018. Ramadan refused to leave the conference, even after being asked, according to the municipality. Ramadan’s refusal to leave was an “insult to the people shocked at his attendance,” the statement read.Attendees instead left in protest of the scholar’s “provocative” and “ignoble” presence.The municipality of Saint-Denis asserted, “The presence of Tariq Ramadan at the conference is unacceptable and indecent.” The municipality stressed that it was unjustifiable that a debate on such an important issue be “pestered” and “hijacked” by Ramadan’s provocative presence. Le Figaro journalist Fatiha Agag-Boudjahlat described Ramadan as a religious hypocrite, arguing that his presence was in itself violence against women.French authorities arrested Tariq Ramadan early in 2018 on allegations of sexual assault and rape. He was placed in solitary confinement and, according to his lawyers, denied medical care for his multiple sclerosis. Ramadan faces five rape charges. In October 2017, two women brought charges of rape against Ramadan over incidents in 2009 and 2012. A third women stepped forward and accused Ramadan of rape later. Ramadan acknowledged having relations with the woman but argued it was consensual. The case was dismissed.Ramadan served up to 10 months in jail during the investigation into the series of allegations against him. The French judiciary released Ramadan on a $340,000 bail in November 2018. Ramadan’s case drew a number of sympathizers globally. Thousands have signed a petition demanding Ramadan’s release, including American intellectual Noam Chomsky, Islamic scholar Amina Wadud, British journalist Peter Oborne, and Leila Ahmed of Harvard University. A French court denied Ramadan’s request for dismissal of the charges in July 2018.According to Ramadan’s supporters, the French justice system treated him differently from others with similar charges because he is Muslim.Read also: US Report Lists Violence on Women, Corruption As Concerns in Morocco read more

Trans Mountain granted injunction against BC pipeline protesters but activist camp allowed

VANCOUVER — Protesters must be restrained from obstructing the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, says a British Columbia Supreme Court judge who has granted the company an injunction aimed at preventing people from entering within five metres of two work sites.Justice Kenneth Affleck said Thursday he felt it necessary to make a decision on the second day of a hearing instead of issuing a written order involving outraged demonstrators who have blocked vehicles and workers at the Burnaby Terminal and the Westridge Marine Terminal.The injunction is indefinite, allowing Trans Mountain to continue work it’s legally entitled to do after the federal government approved the twinning of an existing pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby in the belief it is in the best interest of Canada, Affleck said.B.C. Trans Mountain protesters bent on stopping project, lawyer seeking injunction saysAlberta threatens to cut off oil exports to B.C. if Trans Mountain obstruction continuesPipeline shortage could choke North America’s oil supply with ‘serious implications for global markets’, IEA warnsTrans Mountain has said that while protests began last November, it sought an injunction after demonstrators began intensifying their blockades recently when trees were being cleared. It said construction at the sites in Burnaby, B.C., is expected to last until December 2020.Affleck agreed with lawyers for two of 15 named defendants in a notice of civil claim that a 50-metre perimeter as part of an interim injunction he granted last week was too broad because it encroached on private property and trails.Trans Mountain’s lawyer, Shaun Parker, requested a structure called Camp Cloud near the Burnaby Terminal be removed, calling it a “hotbed of aggressive activity” for protesters who want to “destroy the project.”But the judge said it will stay.“In my view there has to be a means of allowing the protesters who object to this work to remain reasonably close to the site,” Affleck said. “The plaintiff is going to have to tolerate a certain amount of agitation.”Parker was also unsuccessful in his request for an order requiring the removal of a structure called the Watch House, saying it’s on a pipeline right of way and would cause significant safety risks.“I’m sensitive to the concern of those who created this Watch House, that it is of considerable significance to them,” Affleck said of the structure that was erected near the Burnaby Terminal on Saturday, when people marched against the pipeline.He said Trans Mountain would have to demonstrate any emergency need to remove the Watch House but would then have to replace it.Casey Leggett, a lawyer for one of the defendants, said citizens have a constitutional right to protest the expansion of the pipeline.“The inconvenience, which my friends call a blockade, hasn’t gotten to the level of establishing irreparable harm,” Leggett said.He read from affidavits presented in court by a Trans Mountain lawyer, saying the company’s security staff noted protesters have sometimes stood peacefully at or near access roads to two marine terminals in Burnaby without disrupting vehicles or workers and left after police arrived.He said in one case, a woman was seen praying on a road and didn’t engage with security staff while on another day a woman sat in a lawn chair as vehicles were guided around her at slow speed.Affleck said while the first protesters’ conduct was unobjectionable, the second woman had no right to sit in the middle of a public road and the police would be justified in removing her.The judge also suggested Leggett was cherry-picking incidents that did not involve blockades aimed at stopping work at the terminals.Leggett replied that Trans Mountain had done the same and also focused on blockades rather than inconvenience, which he said does not justify an injunction.Activists have said they will continue opposing the $7.4-billion project despite the injunction. read more

Fréchette calls for international commitment to face new threats collectively

Opening the University of Ottawa’s new School of Political Studies yesterday, she called for an international response to problems that transcend borders.”How can States protect themselves against international terrorism and stop the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction? And what is the responsibility of the international community confronted by massive violations of human rights within a State? What role should be assigned to military force and when is the use of force permissible? Who should decide and who should authorize?” she asked.Canada announced the formation of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty at the UN’s Millennium Summit in September 2000. The summit also worked out the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which aim to reduce extreme poverty by 2015. To attain the MDGs, the international community needed effective measures to eliminate poverty, hunger, environmental degradation and communicable diseases and to provide safe drinking water. In the Millennium Declaration the rich countries had promised to help poor countries achieve these goals and they should honour those pledges, she said.”The cause of development and the cause of peace are one,” Ms. Fréchette said.She also called for reform of all principal UN organs to take into account relations in today’s world, giving developing countries a greater voice in international decision-making.”Nations that truly believe in collective solutions to common problems must not be scared off by the difficulties besetting multilateralism,” she said. “Nor must they allow themselves to believe that the best days of the UN are past. The UN is doing better than people think and it is changing with the times.” read more

Fiji Humanitarian work far from over two months after storm UN reports

“As planning begins for longer-term recovery and reconstruction, it is important to emphasize that humanitarian efforts must continue, particularly in locations hit by both the cyclone and subsequent flooding,” said Humanitarian Coordinator Osnat Lubrani.Urgent needs include the distribution of agricultural supplies, construction of shelter and toilets, mosquito control and surveillance measures to stop the spread of disease, and the provision of psychosocial support, she said.The recent flooding has eroded some of the gains made through early humanitarian action with many of the crops re-planted post-Winston now washed away.“Our work is far from over,” Ms Lubrani said. “There is an acute need for the distribution of more seeds and seedlings to kick-start food production in areas hit by the cyclone and floods. This is vital to reducing the risk of food insecurity over the months ahead.”Training to help people build back stronger, safer houses is also among the country’s most critical ongoing needs. In addition, there is continued demand for expert support to help the country cope with the psychosocial impacts of this traumatic event, especially among children, she said.Fiji’s Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu, noted that emergency food, shelter, water, and medical supplies reached thousands of people in their hour of need.“It has been an enormous effort but there is still a long road ahead and we will continue to work with the support of our international partners to ensure that no one is left behind,” he said.The cyclone and a massive storm surge left a path of destruction across Fiji on 20 and 21 February, leaving more than 40 people dead, damaging or destroying more than 31,000 houses and wiping out life-sustaining food crops. Flooding over recent weeks has compounded the suffering of many who are still living without a permanent roof over their heads. read more

MIWSFPA gets standing ovation from community

Marilyn I. Walker has always believed the arts play a vital role in any prosperous community.They are the lifeblood of a cultured, creative and collaborative city.Her love for St. Catharines and the arts inspired her to help make Brock University’s dream of a downtown arts facility a reality.The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts celebrated its grand opening Friday with hundreds from the community on hand to share the milestone.“I very much believe in helping our local area in order to facilitate people to not have to leave for education or work,” Walker said recently. “My real love is this area and seeing it become the best.”Brock University President Jack Lightstone said the school wouldn’t have been possible without vision and partnerships. It would not have happened as a standalone project, he said.“The University was clear that unless it was part of a total plan for the revitalization of downtown and its future, it wasn’t interested,” he said.When community partners came together to develop a plan that would see downtown become a hub of arts and culture, entertainment and digital media, he said the University was on board.He said so many people put their hearts and souls into making the school come to life.“This phenomenon happened because committed and generous people made it happen. As a result, we are all witnesses to a dramatic change that is like very few transitions we will ever again see in our lifetimes,” Lightstone said.The $45.5 million facility in downtown St. Catharines is the result of nearly a decade of hard work and commitment from hundreds of people. The building wouldn’t have been possible without a $26.1 million investment from the Government of Ontario, and numerous corporate and private donors.“This facility will only enhance the opportunity for those involved in the cultural scene to share their talents,” said MPP Jim Bradley.He said the transformation of the former Canada Hair Cloth factory pays homage to St. Catharines manufacturing history and is a testament to the renewal of the local economy.Designed by the renowned Toronto firm Diamond Schmitt Architects and built by Bird Construction, the MIWSFPA is a combination of new space along with the completely renovated Canada Hair Cloth building, parts of which date to the late 1800s. The project was a joint venture with the City of St. Catharines to create a multi-use arts complex to connect the talent of Brock students with the needs of the community. The result is a 95,000-square-foot education facility showcasing the history of the original space combined with modern architecture and learning technology.Creativity is in the air throughout the historic building with students filling the brightly lit hallways and state-of-the-art studios. It’s not uncommon to see students outside plein-air painting or in the halls rehearsing.St. Catharines downtown core is also benefiting with students visiting local cafes and restaurants before or after classes.“The MIWSFPA is an integral part of the transformation of our downtown,” said Mayor Walter Sendzik, noting it has injected “a vibrant, creative energy within the heart of our community.”He gave credit to everyone involved in making the school a reality from Lightstone for his vision, former Dean of Humanities Rosemary Hale for her spark of an idea and Marilyn and Norris Walker for their gift to the arts.“Marilyn your gift has transformed a building and a community. It will never be forgotten,” he said.Norris Walker spoke during the opening ceremony, noting that from the moment his wife Marilyn committed to the project in 2008, she started working on a quilt for the facility.The Tree of Learning quilt created by Marilyn I. Walker.The nine-foot-tall quilt handmade by Marilyn is prominently displayed in the main corridor of the building. The Tree of Learning  incorporates uncommon fabrics and techniques from textile and fibre art to depict a dream about learning that floats between reality and fantasy.MIWSFPA director Derek Knight called the opening transformative for Brock.“We have a facility that will vault us into the vanguard of fine and performing arts pedagogy,” he said. “The reaction of students to their new building has been enthusiastic. They are enjoying and relishing the fact that they are working and studying in a state-of-the-art environment.”It’s a place that inspires creativity.“Imagination is our single most important talent for without it one cannot be creative or innovative,” Walker said recently. “It’s not what the physical building means so much as the opportunities that it provides. Now it’s a challenge to your imagination to comprehend what all could be done within this building.”Below is an interactive image of the new MIWSFPA. Hover over the buttons to see video tours: BY THE NUMBERS:• $45.5 million – final pricetag for MIWSFPA• $26.1 million – Government of Ontario’s contribution to the facility• $15 million – Marilyn I. Walkers contribution to arts education• 95,000 – square footage of facility• 500 students attending classes• 75 staff and faculty members read more

Classics event brings archaeology and chariot racing back to Brock

You need not be concerned if you see gladiators and chariots in the Thistle hallways this week.Nearly 300 high school students are at Brock University for the annual Ontario Student Classics Conference, which runs until Saturday and wraps up with a chariot race.“We’re honoured to be hosting the conference again at Brock,” says department chair Professor Angus Smith. “It’s a great chance for the high school students to celebrate their interests in Classics and the ancient world.”The conference nurtures a deeper understanding of the classical world by bringing together students and teachers from across the province in social events and competitions.Students at the Ontario Students Classics Conference take part in a simulated archaeological dig behind DeCew residence.The OSCC is also an important recruiting opportunity for the Department of Classics.“It’s a great chance for us to show these students what a great place Brock would be to come pursue these interests,” Smith says.The conference aims to support mens sana in corpore sano — a healthy mind in a healthy body — through friendly competitions.Students compete across three categories: academic, athletic and creative. The academic competition includes contests in written Greek and Latin, vocabulary and derivatives, sight translations, mythology, Greek and Roman history and geography.Athletic competitions reflect the sports practised by the ancient Greeks and Romans including discus (frisbee), slinging, mini marathons, foot races and swimming.The highlight of the annual conference is the chariot race, scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 p.m., when each school races a chariot they’ve made around the Brock traffic circle.Creative competitions encompass visual arts, drama and fashion, with students displaying artwork, audiovisual projects and computer work and performing skits for their peers. Participating schools also create visual displays in Thistle hallways.Students also apply what they’ve learned about archaeology, working in teams to complete a simulated archaeological dig behind DeCew residence.The conference wraps up Saturday night with a traditional pompa (parade) and award ceremony. read more

Commentary NFL lockout in full swing only matter of time before NBA

The NBA is changing. For one, there is an imminent lockout. Owners want to find ways to make even more money. Players are quite happy with the current collective-bargaining agreement, and who can blame them for wanting to keep a system that can net Travis Outlaw a four-year, $28 million contract and Amir Johnson $34 million over five years? That’s highway robbery. But the association is also seeing a changing of the guard in terms of its upper echelon of teams. The San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, who have combined to win 10 of the past 12 NBA titles, are officially in decline. Their championship dreams have been locked out. The No. 1-seeded Spurs were stunned by the upstart No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies in the opening round. The wheels on their Tim-Duncan-Manu-Ginobili-Tony-Parker machine have significant wear and tear. Rarely are all three healthy at once, and their roster lacks young talent. The Lakers were embarrassed in a four-game sweep at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks. Kobe Bryant, L.A.’s fading superstar, must find away to reinvigorate himself, his team and the organization, especially considering the Lakers’ legendary coach, Phil Jackson, appears to have paced the sidelines for the last time. Boston’s loss at home to the Heat in Game 4 sealed its fate, as this was its last legitimate shot at another ring. Its bench has been transformed into an infirmary and it, too, probably will lose its title-winning coach, Doc Rivers, after the season. Of course, everything is cyclical in the NBA. Magic’s Lakers and Bird’s Celtics gave way to Isiah’s Pistons, who were eventually topped by Jordan’s Bulls. The Spurs started their run the year after Jordan’s second retirement in 1998, ironically after a lockout shortened the regular season to 50 games. So, who are the teams next in line to carry the NBA’s mantle? I give you the Miami Heat, the Chicago Bulls and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Heat, spearheaded by their 2 1/2 superstars, will continue to attract other talented teammates to South Beach. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are just hitting their peak years and should be even better in the future, after going through mutual struggles in year one of their grand experiment. Derrick Rose, the MVP, will continue his ascent to stardom and attempt to lead his defensive-minded Bulls back to their former glory, reached under His Airness. And finally, the Thunder, who not only play as if they love one another but perform in a town that loves them back. The parts are all there for a title run, but one question remains: Can Kevin Durant, the NBA’s scoring champ and the anti-LeBron, coexist with his headstrong, ultra-athletic point guard, Russell Westbrook? Fans may have to wait to see all of this unfold. It’s virtually certain there will be a lockout. Let’s hope it doesn’t last long enough to rob fans of seeing a new era of great basketball teams. read more

Govts pattern of going after former Finance Ministers may be aimed

In light of the latest arrest and interrogation of a former Finance Minister under the People’s Progressive Party Administration, Sasenarine Kowlessar, the Opposition is convinced more than ever that Government’s aim is to target former President, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo.Former Finance Minister Saisnarine KowlessarWhile being a former President, Jagdeo- from 1999 to 2006- has immunity from being prosecuted, as a former Finance Minister, he does not.This was confirmed by former Attorney General (AG), Anil Nandlall, who in a post on social media expressed his belief that Government is using the criminal legal process to persecute political opponents.Kowlessar served as Minister of Finance from 1999 – 2006. Some of the transactions about which he was questioned took place over 20 years ago, said Nandlall.“It is clear beyond any doubt that these investigations are driven by a political and vindictive motive. Ultimately, they are designed to get to the period when Opposition Leader, Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo, was the Minister of Finance. Constitutional immunities prevent them from charging him for acts done while he was President. Recognising this, they intend to go back to two decades to persecute him for transactions done while he was Minister of Finance,” he explained.Opposition leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoAccording to Nandlall, Jagdeo served as a Minister under the tenures where Cheddi Jagan and Janet Jagan were Presidents.The former AG further questioned whether the coalition Government will stop at Jagdeo’s tenure as Minister of Finance or if they intend go all the way back to the first Finance Minister in the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), Asgar Ally.However, he expressed certainty that the APNU-AFC Administration will stop at October 5, 1992- People’s National Congress/Reform’s tenure.“What I do know is that they will stop at October 5, 1992. So they will not investigate the sale of Guyana Telecommunications Corporation to ATN; they will not investigate the sale of Demerara Timbers Limited, or the sale of over 7 state-owned rice mills, or the sale of the National Paint Company or the sale to Carl Greenidge, while he was Minister of Finance, of a property at Bel-Air Gardens by NICIL – none of which was the subject of any form of tender and none of which were sold pursuant to any valuation certificates, or even at market value,” he posited.Yesterday, former Minister of Finance of the PPP Sasenarine Kowlessar, was arrested by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) and interrogated.He was subsequently released on bail and requested to return next Monday.Attorney by profession, Nandlall explained that there is a principle of law which prevents investigations of certain transactions that took place several years ago, on the grounds that it is unfair and against public policy to do so because of the lapse of time.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall“The rationale is that if persons were to be charged as a result of those investigations, it would amount to an abuse of process to subject those persons to a trial because of the lapse of memory, absence of evidence and absence of witnesses, etc. – all of which will militate against an accused person having a fair trial which is guaranteed as a constitutional right because the law recognises that such a person may be unable to adequately defend himself in the circumstances. Our justice system protects against such eventuality in preservation of the doctrine of presumption of innocence,” he said.Moreover, the former AG noted that it is unfortunate that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) “does not see it as part of its constitutional mandate to protect the citizenry from these types of investigations, which are widely regarded as abusive and oppressive, but rather is part of the design that is promoting it.”Prior to this incident, Kowlessar’s successor as Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh and former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NICIL were both arrested and dragged before the courts on a charge of “misconduct in public office; contrary to common law” as it pertains to the sale of three plots of state lands.On Monday a High Court Judge ordered that a stay be placed on the proceedings at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, following the ruling by the Chief Justice, Roxanne George-Wiltshire on the validity of the charges.The hearing for this challenge is expected to commence on May 25. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFormer AG representing Ashni Singh in SOCU probeJune 29, 2017In “latest news”Sale of Sanata Complex: Case against Singh, Brassington adjournedJune 29, 2018In “Court”Stay granted in misconduct charge against Singh, BrassingtonJuly 17, 2018In “Court” read more

KKR spinner Yadav hails extraordinary Russell

Andre RussellKolkata Knight Riders chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav has hailed Windies all-rounder Andre Russell for an extraordinary innings in a 25-run eliminator win over Rajastan Royals on Wednesday.With KKR wobbling at 106 for 5 Russell stood firm at the crease where he smoked a blistering  49 from 25 balls to put the team firmly in control.  In the end, the Knight Riders made 169 for 7 before restricting the Royals to 144 for 4.  Russell blasted three 4s and fives 6s, which saw KKR score 54 runs in the last five overs with the batsman getting 41.  He took 19 runs in the 17th over bowled by Jaydev Unadkat.  Yadav, who had an economical 4.50 and took one for 18, hailed the West Indian for his tenacity at the strike.“He (Russell) played an extraordinary innings of 49. We were looking at a total of 140-145 runs but ended up with a good score of 169 thanks to the way he batted. He truly deserves the man-of-the-match,” Yadav, who had an economical 4.50 and took one wicket for 18 runs, said.“Generally with nine wickets in hand after 10 overs you end up winning. The plan was to bat deep and I was playing positively. The credit goes to the KKR bowlers the way they bowled in the last three-four overs.” (SportsMax) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIPL: KKR to fight Sunrisers for spot in IPL finalMay 23, 2018In “Sports”IPL: Kuldeep, Russell push KKR closer to playoffsMay 15, 2018In “Sports”IPL: Gayle, Rahul launch Kings XI to the topApril 21, 2018In “Sports” read more

The man the myth Martin Scorsese got a rapturous reception at Trinity

first_img 17 Comments Martin Scorsese has arrived! He is in @tcddublin to receive the @tcdphil Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage— TCD Alumni (@tcdalumni) February 24, 2017 Finally he’s here. The man, the myth, the legend. Martin Scorsese now addressing us.— 𝐍𝐣𝐚𝐛𝐮𝐥𝐨 (@N_jayMaz) February 24, 2017 Read: The Charleton Tribunal has an official (different) name, and its opening statement is due next MondayRead: “They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name”: Trump attacks media Share Tweet Email3 Source: Brian Hutton/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 17,102 Views Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieHe joins illustrious company with the likes of Al Pacino, Helen Mirren and Brian Cox in receiving an Honorary Patron award.Speaking ahead of the awards ceremony this evening, Scorsese said: “When I received the news that I had been selected as an Honorary Patron by the University Philosophical Society of Trinity College, I was both surprised and moved.Trinity College is one of the world’s greatest and most venerable institutions of learning, and the University Philosophical Society has welcomed an illustrious list of Honorary Patrons and former members. I accept the honour with gratitude.The award was presented by the president of the University Philosophical Society, Matthew Nuding, who said: “This award is given to exceptional individuals who have excelled in their given fields. In this case, for Mr Scorsese’s outstanding contribution to film.In a career that spans over 50 years, his influence over the film industry cannot be overstated. He is without a doubt one of the most significant and influential filmmakers in cinematic history.The video below shows the crowd waiting in anticipation for the director to arrive, and the rapturous reception he got when he did (in the last minute or so of the video). MULTI OSCAR AWARD-winning director Martin Scorsese said he was both “surprised and moved” as he attended a ceremony in Trinity College today where he was made an Honorary Patron by the University Philosophical Society.The 74-year-old, who has directed films such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Gangs of New York and Wolf of Wall Street, attended a ceremony in Dublin today to accept the gold medal award.He spoke at a Q&A session afterwards in the Debating Chamber of the Graduate Memorial Building where crowds packed in to ask the legendary director questions.There were large queues to try and get into the venue, and Scorsese received a rousing reception when he entered. Source: TCD Alumni/Twitter By Sean Murray Short URL Martin Scorsese says “it’s a real honour” arriving at Trinity College Dublin to accept an award from Philosophical Society. @PA— Brian Hutton (@magicbathtub) February 24, 2017 Friday 24 Feb 2017, 7:04 PM ‘The man, the myth’: Martin Scorsese got a rapturous reception at Trinity College tonight Scorsese joins the likes of Al Pacino and Helen Mirren in receiving the Honorary Patron award. Source: Njabulo/Twitter Feb 24th 2017, 7:04 PM last_img read more

Research links austerity to suicide

first_imgThere has been a direct link between fiscal austerity and a sharp rise in male suicides in Greece, according to research carried out by academics at the University of Portsmouth in the UK.The research by Nikos Antonakakis, a senior lecturer in economics and finance, and co-author Alan Collins, an economics professor, was published in the Social Science and Medicine journal and was highlighted by a report this week in The Guardian newspaper.According to the research, every 1 per cent fall in government spending in Greece led to a 0.43 per cent rise in suicides among men – after controlling for other characteristics that might lead to suicide, 551 men killed themselves “solely because of fiscal austerity” between 2009 and 2010, said the paper’s co-author Nikolaos Antonakakis.According to the authors of the report, there was a clear gender divide in the effects of austerity, with no obvious rise in female suicide rates. Men aged 45-89 faced the highest suicide risk in response to austerity because they were most likely to suffer cuts to their salaries and pensions, the research said.Antonakakis and Collins are considering work on the link between austerity and suicide rates in other countries most affected by the eurozone crisis, such as Spain, Portugal, Italy and Ireland.“These findings have strong implications for policymakers and for health agencies,” said Antonakakis. “We often talk about the fiscal multiplier effect of austerity, such as what it does to GDP. But what is the health multiplier?We have to consider the health multipliers of any fiscal consolidation and austerity. The fact we find gender specificity and age specificity can help health agencies target their help.”There were 508 suicides in Greece in 2012, according to figures published last month by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT). This represented a rise of 36 per cent since 2008, before the country’s economic crisis began. Source: The Guardian Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more