Glasgow: 20th Commonwealth Games begin at Celtic Park

first_imgVijay Kumar leads the Indian contingent during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, July 23, 2014. Photo by Phil Noble(Reuters)The 2014 Commonwealth Games got off to a colourful start with some enthralling performances by singers Rod Stewart, Susan Boyle and violinist Nicola Benedetti at the Celtic Park and a minute’s silence for the victims of the Malaysian Airlines crash here Wednesday. In pics The British Queen Elizabeth II declared the Games open after more than two hours of colourful ceremony that was participated by some 2,000 cast members and 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories.”The baton relay represents a calling together of people from every part of the Commonwealth and serves as a reminder of our shared ideals and ambitions as a diverse, resourceful and cohesive family.”And now, that baton has arrived here in Glasgow, a city renowned for its dynamic cultural and sporting achievements and for the warmth of its people, for this opening ceremony of the Friendly Games,” the Queen said in her speech.During the ceremony, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond called the crowd and athletes together to observe a minute’s silence in memory of the 298 people who died when flight MH17 crashed in the Ukraine.The crowd also became emotional when comedian Billy Connolly via a video message reminded that this is the first Commonwealth Games since the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela.Conolly also recounted how Mandela was awarded the the Freedom of the City by Glasgow in 1981 while he was still in prison on Robben Island. In 1986 Glasgow renamed St George’s Place – the street on which the South African consulate-general was based – after Mandela.advertisementThe ceremony started with Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor opening proceedings with a pre-recorded video message followed by jigs from Scottish actor John Barrowman and comedian Karen Dunbar.Dunbar appeared in the crowd and marched down to stadium centre telling the crowd and the world that “we’re a land of inventors and poets and dreamers, we’re enlightened, creative and fun.”Fittingly, Barrowman appeared from beneath a giant kilt aboard a tartan jeep decorated with some highland cow horns.The ceremony celebrated the diversity of Glasgow and what the city and Scotland have in common with the 70 other competing nations.From whisky, golf, Dolly the Sheep, marmalade, fountain pens and the Kelvin Scale, some of Scotland’s finest exports werr exhibited during the opening ceremony at the Celtic Park, which is the home of Celtic Football Club.The players’ parade was led by India, by the virtue of being the previous hosts. London Olympics silver medallist Vijay Kumar proudly carried the tri-colour.India’s female atheltes were dressed in green sarees and sported the team blazer, the males proudly flaunted the red turbans.India were followed by Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Malaysia, Pakistan and Brunei.The Malaysian athletes sported black armbands and their nation’s flag was at half mast in honour of the victims of the national airline’s two recent tragedies.The contingents were led by a Scots representative wearing tweeds and walking a Scottie terrier in a jacket and sporting the name of each country.The parade ended with the current host, Team Scotland. At the end of the parade, athletes and team officials were seated on the field of play, in the centre of the live show that followed.Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar from India, and a UNICEF goodwill star, in a pre-recorded message urged people to donate generously for the development of the children of the world.More than 4,500 sports persons from 71 Commonwealth nations will participated in the parade for the Games that will showcase 17 disciplines over 11 days of competition. The closing ceremony will take place at Hampden Stadium Aug 3.last_img read more

ICC World Twenty20: Here’s what Team India should learn from Virat Kohli

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni’s media conference at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, after India beat Pakistan for the 11th time in the ICC tournaments, appeared more like he was addressing his own team-mates.Like a teacher telling his students which classmate of theirs they should emulate, pointing to the most scholarly in the class, India captain sang paeans of praise for Virat Kohli’s virtues as a cricketer and sincerely seemed to mean every word he uttered. He made sure the message went to his other team-mates.For instance, when Dhoni talks of how Kohli handles pressure, he might as well be telling this to Rohit Sharma: When there is lot of pressure, often individuals go for big shots, thinking it to be the best option, but the best way to tackle pressure is to take a single and go to the other end. That will calm you down. (Also read: Virat Kohli dedicates match-winning knock to Sachin Tendulkar) That’s what Dhoni does as well, waiting for the opportune moment to lash out.Dhoni makes no secret of his admiration for Kohli’s hunger to perform and his willingness to take up the challenge — the qualities that make Kohli what he is, a special. These attributes don’t come easily and for that he prepares well, taking care of his fitness. (India now a dangerous unit after blowing away Pakistan )Dhoni wants youngsters to observe how Kohli bats on different wickets and how once he gets in, he makes sure he converts his starts into big innings.advertisementLike a sage, Dhoni also conveys to the youngsters in the team the universal truth that when they are getting runs, they should make sure they are big because they will never know when they get into a bad patch, which everyone goes through in their careers. (Virat Kohli’s hunger to perform sets him apart, says MS Dhoni) Dhoni has not left any aspect of batting that Kohli does not possess or relish, particularly in shorter formats, when he talks of Kohli’s running between the wickets and how he loves batting with those who can run hard.A fantastic runner himself between the wickets, Dhoni explains how two energetic runners can convert ones into twos hitting to midwicket and long-on regions. What he did not say is that the fielders invariably fumble attacking the ball in a bid to prevent conceding the second run, thus putting pressure on the fielding side.Dhoni gently reminded everyone that this is not the first time that his side staged a comeback from a bad beginning in tournaments, and that he is conscious of the fact that at some point in the next two matches the team will have to take the net run-rate into consideration, the result of losing to New Zealand in the opening game by a whopping margin.Statisticians have numbers to tell us where and why a team has won or lost a match. They can list the games won on seaming pitches or lost on spinning tracks. They stay clear of contradictory figures.After India lost to New Zealand, failing to chase 126 at an asking rate of a fraction over six runs an over, the commentators thought the Pakistanis could put India under psychological pressure by scoring 120 plus, forgetting cricket is not played on psycho analysis and theories.To prove the point, after the atrocious showing at Jamtha, Nagpur, quite a few expected India to make at least a couple of changes in the line-up to please the professional mourners. Dhoni went into the Eden match with an unchanged eleven and this time they won it comfortably in the end.How captains think differently can be seen from the fact that Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi went with four seamers against India while Kane Williamson dropped two of his best pace men to pick three spinners to tweak out India.It is not that the Pakistanis suffered because of the lack of spin, their pacers Muhammad Amir and Mohammed Sami did as well as any spinner did in the match, it is just that the pitch eased out a bit when India batted.Even if Pakistan had included another spinner, there was no guarantee that he could have done any better than Afridi. Dhoni did not bowl his best spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s full quota of overs and as he said he was proved wrong when the medium-pacer whom Dhoni preferred over Ashwin went for 10-plus in the over.Captains can go wrong and there is enough evidence of it already. Dhoni is aware of it as he gets his troops ready for the two must-win remaining matches against Australia and Bangladesh to make the knockout semi-finals.advertisementlast_img read more

Leicester City can emulate Nottingham Forest’s European Cup success: Danny Drinkwater

first_imgLeicester City can echo Nottingham Forest’s feats and prove the doubters wrong again when they compete against Europe’s elite in the Champions League this season, midfielder Danny Drinkwater said.After winning their maiden Premier League title last season, Leicester, who were drawn in Group G, visit Club Bruges in their first-ever Champions League fixture on Wednesday.Forest, who in 1977-78 became English champions for the only time in their history a year after scraping into the top flight, went on to achieve with back-to-back European Cup triumphs in 1979 and 1980.”I am not going to say we can’t (match Forest). I’d be daft if I said we can’t win it. I think everybody would have thought we couldn’t win the Premier League and we did it,” Drinkwater told British media. (Also read: Liverpool thrash champions Leicester City, Arsenal lucky to escape against Southampton)”If we are playing to prove people wrong then perfect. Playing in the Champions League the club has come a very long way. We are definitely not going in to make up the numbers.”Leicester, who are 16th in the English top flight standings with four points from four games, also face Porto, and FC Copenhagen in their Champions League group.”It is the club’s first time in the Champions League, we don’t want it to be the first and the last. We are going to look to show them what we are made of,” Drinkwater added.”It is a big opportunity for the team and individuals. Hopefully we can turn it around by then.”advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli becomes second most followed Indian on Facebook

first_imgDespite the ongoing controversy surrounding Anil Kumble’s exit from the post of the Indian cricket team’s head coach, swashbuckling skipper Virat Kohli’s popularity continues to grow.The 28-year-old has added one more feather to his cap as he has become the second most followed Indian on Facebook with over 35 million followers to his name.Kohli, who is currently leading the Indian team in West Indies for the limited-overs series, is now just behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has 42.2 million Facebook followers. (Virat Kohli hails complete performance after India’s 105-run win vs West Indies)He, however, is the most popular celebrity on Facebook in the country, surpassing Bollywood superstar Salman Khan by more than 6, 00,000 followers to surge to top of the list.Besides, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper also has 16 million followers on Twitter and 14 million on Instagram to become the most famous cricketer of all times around the world.After replacing Mahendra Singh Dhoni as skipper, Kohli guided India to Test series wins against New Zealand, England and Australia before leading RCB in the tenth season of the Indian Premier League (ISL).last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Belgium knock Brazil out to reach 1st semi-final since 1986

first_imgBelgium defeated five-time champions Brazil 2-1 in the FIFA World Cup quarter-final in Kazan to reach the last-four stage for the first time since 1986.A Fernandinho own goal and a brilliant Kevin De Bruyne strike gave Belgium a spot in the last four for the second time after 1986 and sent Brazil home at the quarter-final stage for the third time in the last four World Cups.Brazil dominated possession and carved out chance after chance but could not score until substitute Renato Augusto headed home Philippe Coutinho’s cross 14 minutes from time.Roared on by the vast majority of the crowd at the Kazan Arena, the Brazilians poured forward to try and save the game but Roberto Firmino, Augusto and Coutinho spurned gilt-edged opportunities to level the scores.If Belgium’s first goal in the 13th minute had an element of luck, the ball going into the net off Fernandinho’s shoulder from a corner, the second in the 31st minute was a shining example of counter-attacking football.Match HighlightsRomelu Lukaku took the ball with his back to goal, turned into space and stormed past Fernandinho up the pitch before releasing De Bruyne on his right for the playmaker to rifle the ball into the net from the edge of the box. Kevin De Bruyne was adjudged the man-of-the-match for the Brazil vs Belgium game (Reuters Photo)De Bruyne, playing in a more advanced role than he had in Belgium’s previous four matches, was at the heart of his team’s best work, managing the transition from rearguard defence to attack with vision, pace and accuracy.advertisementThis was no repeat of Belo Horizonte four years ago, when Brazil were thrashed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals on home soil, and Tite’s side kept their shape and composure.Belgium showed their worth to the world, says De BruyneBelgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, though, made a fine saves from Coutinho and Serbian referee Milorad Mazic waved away penalty appeals from Neymar and Gabriel Jesus.The Brazilians finally got some reward for their efforts with Augusto’s header and Belgium needed a brilliant fingertip Courtois save from Neymar in the last seconds to secure a date with neighbours France in St Petersburg on Tuesday.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Novak Djokovic in Wimbledon final after upstaging Nadal in 5 hour-marathon

first_imgNovak Djokovic defeated Spaniard Rafael Nadal to through to the final of the men’s singles where he will face South African Kevin Anderson.Twelfth seed Djokovic resumed two sets to one ahead after snatching a third-set tiebreak the previous night before Wimbledon’s 11pm curfew left the match on a knife edge.As it was for the first three sets the Centre Court roof was closed and, again, the quality on display was sensational.Nadal grabbed the fourth set to set up a monumental 91-minute decider that Djokovic clinched when Nadal fired a forehand wide.Their record-extending 52nd career clash had been halted on a knife edge on Friday by Wimbledon’s 11 pm (2200 GMT) curfew after three-times champion Djokovic had saved three set points in a gripping third-set tiebreak to move two sets to one ahead.When play resumed, still under cover despite the sunny weather, the quality of the tennis scaled the heights. Novak Djokovic is within touching distance of a major title in more than two years (Reuters Photo)The fifth set alone lasted 91 minutes before Nadal finally buckled and a rejuvenated Djokovic advanced to his first Grand Slam final for two years in which he will be favourite against South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson.”It’s hard to pick the words, I am just going through things that flash back — the last 15 months, everything I have been through to get here,” said 12-times Grand Slam champion Djokovic, who has suffered a career-slump in the past 18 months.”It’s very special. It really could have gone either way. It was clear very few things separated the two players. Until the last shot I didn’t know if I was going to win.”advertisementThe match duration of five hours 15 minutes made it the second-longest Wimbledon semi-final after the six-hour-36-minute marathon won by Anderson against John Isner on Friday.”Hopefully we can both play! It’s been a roller-coaster for him in the last couple of rounds but he had a day off and that means a lot. I wish I had one,” Djokovic said.You and us both, @DjokerNole #Wimbledon #TakeOnHistory (@Wimbledon) July 14, 2018When play resumed Djokovic immediately earned a break point but Nadal hung on in a 10-minute opening game.Nadal cranked up the intensity in the next game and pummelled away a volley to break.Djokovic got a rare gift when Nadal fired a forehand long to hand back the break but the Serbian angrily smashed his racket into his shoe when a forehand error gave Nadal a 5-3 lead.Nadal hit back from 0-40 in the next game, ending a 51-minute set with an ace that kissed the line.After a brief lull the tension ratcheted up in the eighth game of the fifth when Nadal framed a forehand long to give Djokovic a break but he saved himself with a big first serve and then bludgeoned two forehand winners to level at 4-4.Djokovic felt the heat when he went 15-40 down on serve in the next game but snuffed out the danger with two big serves then looked relieved as Nadal missed a forehand before moving 5-4 ahead with a rapier-like backhand.A class act in defeat, as ever.You’ve had some Championship, @RafaelNadal. Until next year #Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 14, 2018When Nadal made two unforced errors on his trusty forehand in the next game Djokovic was two points from victory — but Nadal slammed the door with four first serves.Djokovic’s rediscovered warrior spirit averted a crisis at 7-7 when he saved three break points, the third with an angled forehand winner past the net-charging Nadal.At 7-8 Nadal won a brutal 21-stroke rally with a smash, raising his arms aloft as the crowd roared, then saved a match point with a backhand dropshot that had an eye-bulging Djokovic sprawling across the turf.Two games later the indomitable Spaniard’s stumble let in Djokovic and this time there was no way back.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

New leaked pictures show Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in black and white colours

first_imgSome more pictures of the Google Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL have surfaced, but this time, the phones appear in white and black colours. Until now, reports were that Google — for the first ever time — is working on Pink and Mint colour Pixel phones. In total, for now, Google is expected to launch both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL in four colours variants including white, black, pink and mint. There could be other colours options too. Google is prepping up to launch the third generation of Pixel phones on October 4 at an event scheduled to happen in NYC. Alongside the Pixel phones, Google is also expected to launch Pixel buds and Pixel stand for wireless charging, but Google is yet to confirm that.The newly leaked pictures of the Google Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL come from WinFuture. In the pictures — which more or less look like official renders of the phones — the complete design of both the Pixel phones has been revealed which goes in line with the previous rumours and leaked pictures. Sadly, the newly leaked pictures don’t bring any new information to the plate regarding the upcoming Pixel phones, and just confirms the old rumours.The picture showing the Pixel 3 reveals that the phone will look a lot like last year’s Pixel 2, which means, it will come with thick bezels on the sides. The Pixel 3 XL, on the other hand, is seen with thin bezels on all sides. The second picture showing the 3 XL shows the phone with notched display. There’s no notch on the Pixel 3. The notch on the Pixel 3 XL seems a little taller compared to what we have seen on the iPhone X and also on the newly launched the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max.advertisement Going in line with the previous leaks and rumours, the new images also show both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL with dual cameras on the front. The two cameras on the Pixel 3 XL are placed on the notch, while on the Pixel 3 they sit on the thick bezels. On the rear panel, both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are seen with single cameras paired with LED flash. Following the camera setup, both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL have the circular rear-mounted fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone.Both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are said to sport a glass back, which increases the chances of wireless charging technology. There’s still some confusion whether Google will actually bring wireless charging tech to this year’s Pixel phones or not. Some rumours say it will, while others suggest it will not.ALSO READ: For better or worse, Google Pixel 3 XL seems different from Pixel 2 XL and here are all the differencesRumours suggest that the Pixel 3 XL is going to be bigger compared to the Pixel 2 XL. Some previously leaked rumours had revealed that the 3 XL will come with a 6.7-inch display that has a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 screen aspect ratio and a screen-to-body ratio of 94.4 per cent. The Pixel 3 XL will come with an OLED panel, with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on it. The Pixel 3, on the other hand, will come with almost the same display size as the Pixel 2.last_img read more

Minister Shaw Impressed with Jamaica Producers Group’s Operations at Kingston Wharves Complex

first_imgIndustry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has praised Jamaica Producers Group Limited (JPG) on the quality of its operations at the Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL) complex.Speaking with JIS News after touring the facility on Friday (August 24) withChief Executive Officer, Jeffery Hall, and other senior managers, Mr. Shaw said he was “very impressed” with JPG’s tremendous growth in agriculture and manufacturing.He said these areas are “vertically integrated”, while noting the extent of banana, cassava and plantain cultivations, among other crops, at the entity’s farms, and operations at their manufacturing facilities, in St. Mary.“So you have (the) growing (component), you have processing (aspect) and then, of course, you have this logistics hub here at Kingston Wharves, where…tremendous expansion is taking place,” the Minister said.Mr. Shaw contended that developments at the port demonstrate the value of Jamaica’s location in the region and its ability to improve its capacity and efficiency to handle international cargo, citing, as an example, JPG’s motor vehicle trans-shipment arrangements. “That is an excellent example of the kind of initiative that this company is showing and it has greater potential for growth. There are other countries that we are competing with in the region such as the Dominica Republic, Panama and Cuba. But it is clear that Jamaica is holding its own and has great potential for significant expansion,” he told JIS News.Against this background, Mr. Shaw said JPG’s growth trajectory “will mean many more jobs.“We have been discussing many other possibilities such as setting up an agro- processing centre, which will involve work with small producers who can rent space and do their own processing of foods, wines, sauces (and) spices. The possibilities are great and I commend the company and look forward to working with them,” he added.Jamaica Producers Group Limited and its subsidiaries engage in the cultivation, production, marketing, and distribution of fresh produce and juices in Jamaica and internationally.The company is also involved in logistics, transportation, port terminal operations, shipping, and land management activitieslast_img read more

Now holograms QR codes in degrees certificates UGC

first_imgNew Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed varsities and higher educational institutions to introduce identification mechanisms like a hologram of the institute and QR code in students’ certificates and degrees for proper verification and curbing duplication. UGC officials said that the move will also help in bringing uniformity across the higher education system in the country.”You are requested to introduce security features in mark sheets and certificates issued by the university to students enrolled in different programmes of study. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist”While such features are useful for the purposes of verification and curbing duplication, they also help in introducing uniformity across the system of higher education in the country,” UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain said in a letter to the Vice Chancellors. It said, “Introduce identification mechanisms like a photograph of the student, hologram of the institute and QR code in students’ certificates and degrees. “Such inscriptions will go a long way in uniformly making a student’s personal identity and other associated details,” he added.last_img read more

Natural Resources Minister fires back against critics after federal funding announcement

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi has responded to some of the critics of Tuesday’s massive funding announcement for the oil and gas sector in Alberta.He actually agreed with some of his critics, specifically the idea that this funding is not a long-term solution.Just spoke with the Natural Resources Minister @SohiAmarjeet. He agreed with some critics of yesterday’s announcement that this isn’t the long-term solution to Alberta’s energy woes. He says pipelines are still the answer, but something had to be done in the meantime @660NEWS— Kenny Mason (@krmason7) December 19, 2018Sohi argues that while the regulatory processes for building pipeline projects like Trans Mountain move forward, something needed to be done in the meantime.“What we’re focused on is that as we move toward building pipelines, how (can we) support industry now,” he said.He added this funding will allow companies the breathing room they need to survive in these tough times, similar to programs which were announced with the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export and Development Canada. Sohi said close to $1.5-billion was allocated in 2016, and the vast majority of that was used by businesses because they needed that support at that time. Now, he believes companies could use that support again.READ MORE: Experts weigh in on the federal investment into Alberta oil and gas “So what we announced (Tuesday) $1.6-billion will provide loans to get those businesses through these difficult times so they can make their payroll commitments,” he said. “This support is very meaningful for those businesses who need this support.”While there was no promise to get Trans Mountain started again in 2019 he says the work is being done to get it approved and built.“I am very confident that through our consultations with Indigenous peoples that we will be able to move forward on this project,” he said.Sohi retorted against some of the criticisms of the much maligned Bill C-69 saying it will actually help projects get built.“The current system is not working, you know, you can talk all about what’s wrong with Bill C-69, but I think what we need to do is fix what’s not working now,” he said.Some industry analysts asserted this bill, as it stands, would mean no pipeline project would ever be built in Canada. He does say he is open for changes to that bill.“Are there amendments to make Bill C-69 better? Absolutely we will look at those amendments, if they’re appropriate and allow us to actually achieve what we want to do, which is create certainty for businesses, and create certainty for, you know, Canadians that we will have a process in place that allows us to grow our economy, build pipelines, at the same time protect our environment, and allow Canadians to participate in the process.”last_img read more

Video game giant Ubisoft to open Winnipeg office

first_imgUbisoft is the publisher of the Assassin’s Creed video game franchise. (Ubisoft) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Video game giant Ubisoft is coming to Winnipeg.The France-based company, best known for its Assassin’s Creed series, announced Friday morning that it plans to open an office in the city this fall.The worldwide company plans to invest $35 million in Manitoba and said the new studio will create 100 new jobs over the next five years. Facebook Login/Register With: “With its thriving local techno-creative industry and innovative university and college programs that combine creative arts, IT and computer science, Winnipeg is truly a hidden gem for talent in the video game industry,” said Darryl Long, a 15-year veteran at Ubisoft who will be managing director of the Winnipeg studio, in a news release.On its website, Ubisoft says it has the largest in-house development staff in the industry, employing more than 12,000 people.The firm already has more than 30 studios in 18 countries, including offices in Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax.The company employs 4,500 people in Canada.The firm is known for publishing several acclaimed video game franchises, including Far Cry, Just Dance, Prince of Persia, Rayman and a series of games based on the work of author Tom Clancy.The new office will work on AAA games — an informal classification indicating the blockbusters of the game-design world, Long said. Starting Friday, it will recruit engineers, tools programmers, technical artists and other specialists to work on “world-building” aspects of game design, he added.“This is where the importance of a strong talent pipeline comes into play, and this is where Winnipeg and Manitoba have an undisputed head start,” Long said.He pointed to university and college programs that offer the “perfect mix” of creative arts, IT and computer science, and said the firm expects to attract former Manitobans who left home to work in the industry elsewhere.The company hasn’t settled on a location for its Winnipeg office yet, Long said.Move in the works for 2 yearsFriday’s news conference was also attended by Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen, Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman and Economic Development Winnipeg president Dayna Spiring.Spiring said the move has been in the works for roughly two years.“This is a huge win for Winnipeg,” she said in the news release.Pedersen said the new office is evidence of Manitoba’s successful efforts to develop its tech pool. In its 2018 budget delivered last month, the Progressive Conservative government committed to maintaining the NDP’s interactive digital media tax credit, which provides a fully refundable income tax credit to companies that develop interactive digital media products.“We’re going to keep working together to grow our local tech pool. We’ve made great progress in Manitoba and today’s a shining example of that,” he said.center_img Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

UK counterterrorism bill needs to be reexamined says UN rights expert

Martin Scheinin, the Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, has expressed his concern that the bill, scheduled to be voted on tomorrow in the House of Commons, could set a negative precedent for upholding human rights as it contains a key provision to extend pre-charge detention of terrorist suspects to 42 days. “The United Kingdom has a long standing history of effective human rights protection, however I am concerned that this counter-terrorism bill, if adopted, could prompt other States to copy the provision into their own counter-terrorism legislation, without reflecting on the importance of effective judicial review,” Mr. Scheinin said in a news release. He stressed in particular that the scope of judicial review needs to be broadened to secure the right of the accused to contest the substantive grounds of detention, and a real possibility of release. “I welcome the ongoing dialogue between the Government and my mandate regarding the potential impact of these measures on human rights, but I appeal to the Government to withdraw the Bill or to postpone taking a definitive decision on it,” said Mr. Scheinin, who reports to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council. Appointed in 2005, the Special Rapporteur is tasked with, among other things, identifying and promoting best practices on measures to counter terrorism that respect human rights and fundamental freedoms. 10 June 2008An independent United Nations human rights expert has asked the United Kingdom to withdraw or postpone action on a bill that would lower key standards regarding detention in the context of fighting terrorism. read more

Major pension fund investors raise concern with Barrick executive pay

Major pension fund investors raise concern with Barrick executive pay AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – A group of institutional investors led by Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec have jointly expressed concern over an $11.9-million bonus awarded by Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) to co-chairman John Thornton.The eight organizations, which include pension funds from across Canada and elsewhere, are objecting to the decision to pay Thornton a signing bonus on top of his regular compensation.The groups say that together the payments amount to a $17-million package, which they call “unprecedented in Canada.”“This compensation is inconsistent with the governance principle of pay-for-performance and is therefore disproportionate and sets a troubling precedent in Canadian capital markets,” the group said in a release.Others among the concerned investment group include the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS), Alberta Investment Management Corp., the British Columbia Investment Management Corp. and international firm Hermes Equity Ownership Services.Thornton, who had been a Barrick director, was appointed co-chairman in June 2012 at the same time that chief executive Jamie Sokalsky was promoted from chief financial officer to replace Aaron Regent.In Barrick’s financial filings, the company says in addition to the $11.9-million signing bonus, Thornton received a salary of $1.4 million, $2 million in share-based awards, a bonus of $1.4 million and $213,000 in pension value for 2012.Barrick said Thornton, who used the after-tax proceeds of the signing bonus to buy 177,500 shares in the company, received the payment “in recognition of his unique skills and expertise and contributions.”The investors say they’ve expressed their concern in a letter to Barrick’s chairman and will vote against both the executive compensation resolution and the election of the compensation committee at Barrick’s annual meeting next Wednesday.The concern by the money managers follows a sharp drop in Barrick shares in recent days amid a plunge in the price of gold and a Chilean court decision last week that ordered a halt to construction at the miner’s $8-billion Pascua-Lama project due to environmental concerns.Moody’s Investors Service also placed Barrick under review for a potential ratings downgrade this week.Barrick shares, which have fallen more than 40 per cent so far this year, closed up 21 cents at $18.65 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Friday.Work on Barrick’s Pascua-Lama project was suspended by the appeals court in the northern Chilean city of Copiapo amid environmental concerns about the construction of the world’s highest-altitude gold and silver mine.The start date for the mine, which straddles the Andean border with Argentina, has already been delayed by more than six months to the second half of 2014. Cost overruns have seen the price tag rise from $3 billion to more than $8 billion.Barrick has said it will work to address environmental and other regulatory requirements on the project in Chile, while construction will continue on the portion of the project in Argentina. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 19, 2013 11:26 am MDT read more

Malaysian woman sues over Flight 370 more lawsuits expected

by Eileen Ng, The Associated Press Posted Feb 25, 2016 2:14 am MDT Last Updated Feb 25, 2016 at 6:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A woman who lost her husband on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 sued the airline and the government Thursday at the beginning of an expected rush of lawsuits before a filing deadline next month on the second anniversary of the plane’s disappearance.The Boeing 777 carrying 239 flew far off course for unknown reasons after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on March 8, 2014. A search of the southern Indian Ocean has found no trace of the plane, though a wing part from the aircraft washed ashore on Reunion Island last year.A global aviation agreement sets a two-year deadline for lawsuits by next-of-kin over air accidents.Malaysian K.Sri Devi, 32, her two young sons and parents-in-law are seeking 32 million ringgit ($7.6 million) in damages over the alleged wrongful death of S.Puspanathan, due to alleged negligence and breach of contract by the airline and government agencies, lawyer Shailender Bhar said.The lawsuit also named the immigration department, as well as the civil aviation department and the Malaysian air force, for losing track of the plane.“They were waiting for some development in the search for the plane but nothing has been forthcoming so far. Everyone is hoping for some answers through the court,” Bhar told The Associated Press.An Australian-based woman, Jennifer Chong, whose husband Chong Ling Tan was on the flight, filed similar claims in Australia last week, alleging the airline was negligent in failing to ensure passengers’ safety.Lawyer Arunan Selvaraj, who said he is representing next-of-kin of 15 passengers, expects to file lawsuits next week. He said some families were negotiating for settlements with the airline but the approaching deadline means most are under pressure to file a claim.“Till today, the only thing they had found was the flaperon. There are no other clues. Many people are still in denial and there are so many theories as to what had happened. Families want justice and the truth,” Arunan said.A Boeing 777 flaperon was found on an island in the western Indian Ocean in July and confirmed by the Malaysian and French governments to come from the ill-fated flight. Drift modelling has shown that currents could have carried the debris from the southern Indian Ocean to Reunion Island in the timeframe between the flight date and when the part was found.But no other parts of the plane have been found and the current search is expected to end by June or July.An international aviation agreement allows each next-of-kin of passengers on board a plane up to $175,000 in compensation, but a plaintiff filing a lawsuit can seek more.Arunan said next-of-kins, however, face hurdles in filing lawsuits.The airline holding company, Malaysia Airlines Systems (MAS), was dissolved in a massive restructuring last year and was replaced with a new entity, Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB).Next-of-kins must first seek consent from the administrator of MAS to sue the airline.The administrator, Mohammad Faiz Azmi, said in a statement Wednesday he had given consent to 96 next-of-kins and that he had not rejected any requests.He said 42 collected “full compensation” so far, without giving details.Arunan, however, said conditions were attached to the consent given to some of his clients, including not naming MAB or any third parties in their lawsuit.“Why is the administrator protecting third parties? What happens if the civil aviation department or the air force was found to be at fault and we didn’t name them in the suit?” he said.Some next-of-kins are also concerned that by not naming MAB, they may not receive payment even if they win the suit as MAS may not be able to pay, he added.Voice 370, a next-of-kin support group, said in a statement this week that all monies, assets and airline business have been transferred to MAB and there may be nothing left in MAS to sue them. It called the move to shield the airline a “despicable act of irresponsibility and cowardice.” Malaysian woman sues over Flight 370, more lawsuits expected read more

A bittersweet ending to college

I never thought a football game could make me sad. I certainly never expected to have tears in my eyes at the end of one.I’ve experienced various sentiments at games — excitement, boredom, exhaustion, disappointment — but never before have I felt any degree of sorrow, even when my team loses. Instead of crying, punching walls or getting in fights at bars the way that some Ohio State fans do, I get over losses pretty quickly. I like football, but I just don’t think it’s that big of a deal.The game against Iowa was my last as an OSU student and the full realization of this happened to hit me during the fourth quarter of the game.Things started out the same as any other OSU game I’ve attended. A super-drunk frat boy fell flat on his face and had to be picked up by four of his friends right outside the stadium. Everyone sitting around me was drunk, yelling obscenities and being generally ridiculous. And of course, strangers high-fived excessively through the whole game.I got tired of standing after the first quarter, as usual. A drunk kid near us engaged my boyfriend in captivating conversations about John Goodman, hot girls and whether he thought Chinese food could give you AIDS.OSU fans are crazy and have never failed to bring me amusement. It can be annoying at times, like when a drunk kid keeps running in to you or worse, vomits nearby, or when there is a serial farter sitting by you.But Saturday was different for some reason. I wasn’t annoyed, and when the game went into overtime and the cheering in the stadium was at its loudest, I couldn’t help but get nostalgic. I’d never seen an OSU game go into overtime before and I’ve only seen a few close games in my four years here.The four years of college that I thought would never end are about to. I have one quarter left and this exciting game was my last as a student.Looking around and seeing the thousands of people in red not only made me proud to be an OSU student, but grateful for the experience I’ve had at OSU and thankful I made the decision to come here four years ago.The fact that anywhere you go in the country, someone will yell “I-O!” back to your “O-H!” is such an awesome thing. There are things about OSU that can’t be experienced anywhere else, and Saturday I got to really feel that and be a part of one such experience.I didn’t come to OSU because of the football team, and it’s not the most important thing about college for me. But it is one part of it, and Saturday, for one last time, I could get that feeling of pride that can only come from being in the stands at an OSU game.It sounds cheesy, but I couldn’t help but think of other games I’d gone to, and with that, about the rest of my four years at OSU. I’m lucky for the time I’ve had here, for what I’ve learned and how I’ve grown as a person.I found myself tearing up for a split second. It was bittersweet; the win was exciting but the end of the game signaled the last time, at least for awhile, that I would be in the stadium.Drunk, ridiculous fans are all part of an OSU game, just like having to stand for the whole time, paying $50 for a soft pretzel and being crushed by the crowds of people at the end.I wouldn’t trade my time at OSU for anything, and though football doesn’t mean as much to me as it does to some at OSU, the games and all that goes along with them are a big part of the OSU experience.The Iowa game made me realize that and it made me realize I was happy and fortunate to be a Buckeye. read more

Rotherham grooming gang jailed as judge criticises ineffectual authorities for not protecting

A grooming gang was jailed for sexually abusing vulnerable young girls in Rotherham yesterday, as a judge criticised the “totally ineffectual” authorities for failing to protect the victims. Seven girls, all under 16 at the time, were plied with alcohol and drugs and threatened with violence by five predatory men who used them as “sexual objects” between 1998 and 2002, Sheffield Crown Court heard.Some of the victims were raped by multiple gang members in the South Yorkshire town and the surrounding areas, with one telling jurors: “They took my childhood away”.Judge Michael Slater said that after presiding over the five-week trial, he was “quite satisfied” that the “relevant authorities” in Rotherham were aware of how vulnerable girls were being targeted for sexual exploitation. He described their inaction as a “lamentable state of affairs”, saying they were at best “totally ineffectual” and, at worst, “wholly indifferent”, the BBC said. Grooming gang members Masaued Malik (left) and Sharaz Hussain (right), who were jailed for sexually abusing young girls in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Aftab Hussain, 40, was jailed for 24 years after being found guilty of two counts of indecent assault. Sharaz Hussain, 35, was jailed for four years after being found guilty of one count of indecent assault.Masaued Malik, 35, was jailed for five years after being found guilty of one count of indecent assault.A fifth man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was jailed for 10 years after found guilty of indecent assault and two counts of child abductionA total of 20 men have now been convicted as a result of Operation Stovewood and the NCA has said it believes 1,510 people were victims in Rotherham. The case was the latest to arise out of Operation Stovewood – the massive National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation into the sexual exploitation of teenagers in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.Abid Saddiq, 38, described as a “cunning and determined sexual predator”, was jailed for 20 years after being found guilty of two counts of rape, five counts of indecent assault and two counts of child abduction. Grooming gang members Masaued Malik (left) and Sharaz Hussain (right), who were jailed for sexually abusing young girls in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.Credit:NCA read more

Region 10 aiming for smart classrooms in 2019 solar panels to

Regional Education Officer Region 10(ag) Keane Adams.Starting in 2019, the Region Ten Department of Education will be focusing on the green initiative and bringing schools on board to rely on renewable energy.Regional Education Officer of Region 10 (ag) Keane Adams was quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying that  solar panels will be installed in more schools in the new year.According to Adams, another transition the department will be making is to transform traditional chalk and board classrooms into smart classrooms which will revolutionize learning to meet the standards of a technological educational sector.“That is one criterion we are trying to fill, come 2019, we will have more solar energies in all schools and in 2019 too, we will have smart classrooms where children will be better able to interact, it will no longer be chalk and talk, so we are getting there,” Adams said.For this new term, most schools were given a facelift, allowing the children to commence the new school term in a cleaner, brighter and more conducive environment. The focus, according to Adams, was the beautification of sanitary blocks, the physical infrastructure and the overall aesthetics of the school, so that children, as well as teachers, can feel more comfortable and learning can be done more effectively.The schools that would have seen extensive refurbishing are the South Amelia’s Ward, Pine Street, Republic Avenue, Kwakwani Water Front, Kwakwani Park, Retrieve Nursery Schools, the Mackenzie and Watooka Day Primary Schools and the Christianburg Wismar and the Linden Foundation Secondary School as well the Mackenzie High School amongst others. Refurbishing works include tiling, painting, ceiling, replacement of equipment and furniture and other improvement works to the physical structure of the school, DPI said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRegion Three has done well­ – MP AdamsDecember 7, 2016In “Politics”Region 2 Admin launches truancy campaign; 40+ children back in schoolFebruary 5, 2019In “latest news”North Ruimveldt Secondary upgraded to ‘A’ list schoolFebruary 28, 2015In “Business” read more

Smallest boy who was born the same weight as an apple set

first_img Ryusuke Sekino, a 5-month-old boy who is the world’s smallest boy, pictured with his parents Image: Kyodo News/PA Images 20 Comments Apr 19th 2019, 1:34 PM Image: Kyodo News/PA Images 48,498 Views By Stephen McDermott THE WORLD’S SMALLEST baby boy, who was born in October in Japan weighing as much as an apple, is ready for the outside world, doctors have confirmed.Ryusuke Sekiya was delivered via emergency Caesarean section, after 24 weeks and five days of pregnancy, as his mother Toshiko experienced hypertension.At 258g, he was even lighter than the previous record holder, another Japanese boy who weighed just 268g when he was born last year.That baby was discharged from a Tokyo hospital in February.When Ryusuke was born on 1 October, 2018, he was 22cm tall and medical staff kept him in a neonatal intensive care unit.They used tubes to feed him, sometimes taking cotton swabs to apply his mother’s milk to his mouth.Nearly seven months later, he has grown 13 times in weight, now weighing over 3kg.He will be released from Nagano Children’s Hospital in central Japan over the weekend.“When he was born, he was so small, and it seemed as if he would break with a touch. I was so worried,” his mother Toshiko told reporters.“Now he drinks milk. We can give him a bath. I am happy that I can see him growing,” she said.The smallest surviving girl was born in Germany in 2015 weighing 252g, according to a registry put together by the University of Iowa of the world’s tiniest surviving babies.The survival rate for tiny babies is substantially lower for boys than for girls.With reporting from – © AFP 2019 Share Tweet Email4 center_img Short URL ‘Smallest’ boy who was born the same weight as an apple set to leave Japanese hospital Ryusuke Sekiya was just 258g when he was born last October. Friday 19 Apr 2019, 1:33 PM Ryusuke Sekino, a 5-month-old boy who is the world’s smallest boy, pictured with his parents Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Law firm BLM to introduce online retirement planning tool for staff

Law firm BLM to introduce online retirement planning tool for staff

first_imgLaw firm BLM is to introduce an online retirement planning tool for its 1,700 employees.The tool, provided by Portus, enables staff to calculate their retirement income and see how this could change in different scenarios, helping employees to plan for their retirement.The launch follows a review of BLM’s benefits package and the appointment of Portus as the organisation’s employee benefits and pensions consultancy. This will also see BLM introduce a wider suite of online benefits.Louise McCarthy-Teague (pictured), human resources director at BLM, said: “We had a thorough review of not only the benefits we were providing but also how we offered a diverse and savvy workforce a forward-thinking and creative package.“We have also worked with Portus to introduce RetirePort, [its] online retirement planning tool, to our whole workforce. This complements our employee engagement work by ensuring our employees have access to financial guidance and education in relation to the ever-changing pensions landscape.”last_img read more

Government consults on draft regulations for bulk DC pension transfers without member

Government consults on draft regulations for bulk DC pension transfers without member

first_imgThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a consultation on draft regulations to simplify procedures around the bulk transfer of defined contribution (DC) pension arrangements without member consent.The consultation, which was launched on 26 October 2017 and will run until 30 November 2017, seeks views on the draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Preservation of Benefits) (Amendment) Regulations 2018.The regulations propose that the need to obtain an actuarial certificate and the scheme relationship condition should both be removed for DC to DC transfers where there are no potentially valuable guarantees or options to be assessed. The regulations also recommend that the automatic-enrolment default fund charge cap protections should be extended to members who are transferred without consent.The draft regulations also explore ways to maintain member protections. This includes recommendations that pension trustees review the receiving pension scheme if the transfer is not into an authorised scheme, and that trustees should consult with an independent professional. If the transfer is to a scheme authorised under the master trust regime, trustees will still have to maintain their fiduciary duties to act in the best interests of members. The DWP is considering further guidance to be issued on this point.The DWP expects the draft regulations to come into force from 6 April 2018, subject to Parliamentary approval.The draft regulations do not cover defined benefit (DB) pension schemes, DC schemes which include guarantees, orphaned schemes or stakeholder schemes.The consultation is in response to a call for evidence that was conducted between December 2016 and February 2017 by the DWP. This collected feedback on how the provisions on bulk transfers without member consent from DC pensions, in particular from occupational and stakeholder pension schemes, could be improved. The call for evidence received 45 responses.The consultation is seeking views from pension industry bodies and professionals, trustees or scheme managers, pension scheme members and beneficiaries, employers and representative organisations, and any other interested parties.Sharon Bellingham, senior consultant at Hymans Robertson, said: “We very much welcome this consultation and few would argue that it’s long overdue. It’s been quite clear that the prevailing requirements are not suited to 21st century DC to DC change; they are very much at odds with the current pensions landscape and direction of travel, an unnecessary hangover, albeit well intended, from the DB world. Where a change is straightforward, technical actuarial input isn’t necessary; it adds costs and an additional layer of complexity.“However, it’s key that we avoid a free for all. It’s imperative that members’ interests remain protected and are at the heart of decision making. I would expect the further guidance that is due to follow to be in the spirit of assessing value for members. Giving trustees the ability to adopt a pragmatic, meaningful and holistic approach will ensure that decisions are very much aligned to members and will support best possible outcomes at retirement.”last_img read more