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first_imgHe has an Indian connection but England’s number one shuttler Rajiv Ouseph says that would not come on his way if he takes on the hosts during the mixed team event of the Commonwealth Games here.Rajiv, whose family hails from Thrissur in Kerala, is excited to play his first multi-disciplinary event in India and said he would love to play the hosts in the finals though it would be difficult to play them in their home turf.”It is nice to play my first Commonwealth Games or for that matter my first multi-disciplinary tournament here in India. I know I have an Indian connection and it would be strange playing against India in India, who are one of the toughest opponents,” said Rajiv.”But I would love to play against them in the finals and will hopefully beat them,” added the 24-year-old, who has been the national champion for the last three years.Asked about his toughest opponents in the singles, Rajiv said India’s P Kashyap and Malaysia’s Muhammad Hafiz would be tough competitors, besides the top seed Lee Chong Wei.”Hafiz and Kashyap will be tough to beat. Also Lee Chong Wei, I lost to him in the last-16 in the World Championship this year,” said the strapping lad, currently at career-best 16 in the world ranking.He achieved the world number 18 rank after winning the US Open men’s singles title and winning the bronze medal in the same category in the 2010 European Badminton Championships in Manchester.In 2009, he won the Canadian Open, French Open, Scottish Open, Irish Open and also went on to clinch the 2009 European Circuit Finals.advertisementRajiv’s mother, Asha Joseph is a civil servant in England and father is an engineer but Rajiv found himself drawn to badminton at the age of eight.”I started playing badminton when I was probably of eight years and ever since have been playing. I didn’t go to university,” said Rajiv, who became the first Englishman to win the European Junior Championship in 20 years five years ago.In the Junior English National circuit he has won all the singles titles from the ages of U-13 to U-19. In the European arena he has won the U-19 Danish titles in singles and mixed doubles and the German Junior title in singles.His father’s ancestral home is still in Kerala. Rajiv said he had last visited his roots three years back and won’t get a chance to visit this time because of his sporting commitments.”I have been there four-five times. The last was three years back and this time also, I won’t be able to squeeze in time to go there as I have a number of tournaments coming up in the next couple of months,” said Rajiv.- With PTI Inputslast_img read more

first_imgAfter winning the bronze medal, India’s most successful boxer in history M.C. Mary Kom is now basking in the glory of an Olympic medal.Since winning the medal in the 51kg category, Mary has been even busier then before. There’s no more training schedules to adhere to or boxing strategy lessons to undertake. Right now Mary Kom is busy just fulfilling media engagements and going from one felicitation to another.”Mary is very busy right now. She has an interview lined up at the athletes village with the IOC team and another one straight after that with the AIBA team, not to mention the various requests from other media teams from around the world” informs her husband Onler Kom.Special coverage of London Olympics 2012This is the first time that women’s boxing has found a place in the Olympic Games and that has meant there is great interest in the boxers, particularly the medal winners. And in Mary’s case, it’s not just the Indian media, but others from England and South America want to interview her.Mary and her family (her mother and husband are with her in London) are also being felicitated by various people in London. On Saturday afternoon, the European Manipuri Association hosted a special meet and greet session for their hero at one of London’s historic pubs in Central London.Many turned up to see their hero in person and also to show their gratitude to Mary Kom for putting Manipur on the world map.advertisement”I have travelled all the way from Germany. In fact, I have driven down from Germany, after organising this event” Somorendro Khangembam, the general secretary of the European Manipur Association told Headlines Today.Mary was also in her elements at the event, as she freely mingled and interacted with members of the Manipuri association. And joining her for company was another rising talent from Manipur, Devendro. The youngster put up a stellar show to reach the quarter-finals in his first Olympics. “I’m determined to go for the gold in four years time” Devendro said when an enthusiastic fan asked him about his future plans.As for Mary Kom, this is something she needs to get used to. For the felicitations are just starting and there will be another round of them once she lands in India in a few days time.last_img read more

first_imgGuwahati, Sept 30 (PTI) Having failed to make much of an impression in previous four attempts, NorthEast United FC will enter the Indian Super League with renewed hopes as they take on FC Goa here Monday. It will not be easy for NorthEast United. FC Goa have a measure of continuity about them as head coach Sergio Lobera takes charge of the team for a second successive season, while the hosts will be playing under Eelco Schattorie who has been handed the reins. The Dutch coach had come in as an assistant coach last season after the departure of Joao de Deus. They now sport a completely different look with former PSG striker Bartholomew Ogbeche being their most notable signing. The Nigerian international is expected to be their main threat upfront and will look to improve their efficiency in front of goal. Croatian duo of Mato Grgic and Mislav Komorski will marshal the defence with Rowllin Borges playing the anchor role in midfield. “Last season I had the chance to play twice against Goa and in both games we got results – one win and one draw. They were both based on certain weaknesses that we spotted in their team. Hopefully, we can exploit them again,” said Schattorie. Last season’s fixtures between the teams were encouraging for NorthEast. They managed to get the better of Goa 2-1 when the teams faced each other in Guwahati, and in the reverse fixture, Schattorie’s team managed to salvage a 2-2 draw. FC Goa, on the other hand, have a settled feel about them with most of their key players retained from last season. Last year’s topscorer Ferran Corominas will be the main man upfront and will be supported by Miguel Palanca and Hugo Boumous.advertisement Ahmed Jahouh will be the anchor man in midfield while Lenny Rodrigues and company look to complement the Moroccan. Goa’s defence had come under the scanner previous season and was their Achilles’ heel. A prolific attack bailed them out on many occasions but Lobera will be keen to ensure they are more solid at the back this time around, without compromising on their attacking instinct. “We will definitely work on our defending this season. It is true that in order to improve on the defensive part of the team, we have to limit our attacking abilities slightly. “But having the team we had last season, we broke so many scoring records. We have a team which is built to be offensive. I always prefer to win a match 5-2 than 1-0,” said Lobera. PTI AHAHlast_img read more

first_imgThere was plenty of media coverage of Touch Football in the month of January, with stories about annual Knockouts, the announcement of the Bundaberg Cup, as well as upcoming events. To view the stories, please click on the links below. Coota Touch Hit MilestoneThis year’s Cootamundra touch football carnival’s being used as a warm up for the nationals.It’s expected more than 50 teams will take part this coming weekend. Touch returns to the fieldTouch football returns from its Christmas and new year break this week with competitions in Mudgee and Gulgong back on the field. Junior Touch Football gala day Young Takes on Yass KnockoutOn January 25 and 26 a group of talented young ladies took on the Yass Touch Football Knockout without knowing what kind of competition they would be in for. Yass KnockoutThe Yass Knockout pulled a huge crowd to Yass this Australia Day long weekend. Ninety eight teams came from across the country. One team was made up of players from England as well. Inaugural Bundaberg CupThe inaugural Bundaberg Cup touch football tournament will be held in the city next Australia Day, Premier Campbell Newman has announced.  Touch of genius: Johns returns for charity matchRugby league immortal Andrew Johns will make his return to the football field when he straps on the boots at the Auckland Nines next month.While Brad Fittler will make his comeback for the Sydney Roosters, Johns won’t be joining his beloved Newcastle Knights. The former Australian halfback will be the headline act in a charity touch football game between the Australian media and New Zealand media to be played in front of more than 40,000 fans at Eden Park.;jsessionid=2F5A03E1CF87E033881394D52DFC2528?sy=afr&pb=all_ffx&dt=selectRange&dr=1month&so=relevance&sf=text&sf=headline&rc=10&rm=200&sp=brs&cls=18864&clsPage=1&docID=SMH140111F968Q4PDMM8 Talented all-rounder Tanisha in line for LogieTanisha Stanton knows one day she may have to make a choice between TV and sport.Until then the multitalented 18-year-old from Macquarie Hills is choosing both. Cash injection to help sport clubs grow gamesCommunity sporting groups will receive an operational funding boost of more than $330,000 when the ACT government’s Sports and Recreation Grants Program is announced on Wednesday.Touch Football ACT, a major benefactor of the funding increase, intends to start an inaugural women’s tournament to run in conjunction with a men’s rugby league competition, the George Tooke Shield. football skills strong in this familyShelby Grainger’s Rookie of the Year award from the Port Macquarie Touch Football Association this year would have given mum Tammy deja vu.Tammy won the same award 30 years ago. Junior State Cup the biggest everPort Macquarie News, 05/02/2014PORT Macquarie will host the largest Junior State Cup in the history of the tournament next weekend.Some 326 teams have signed up to compete – a big difference from the previous year of 286 teams.Event manager Robert Summers said the growth in numbers was a huge compliment to the facilities available at Port Macquarie.This will be the second year the tournament will be held in Port Macquarie and Roberts said previously the event endured a drop in numbers when it was played at Wollongong.”It shows junior touch is growing and everyone is happy with the venue,” he said.”It comes down to everything, location, accommodation and the chance to get away to somewhere new.”While NSW Touch are extremely happy with more people playing the sport, the extra numbers will make it hard.”Port Macquarie has the rights to host the event in 2015 but is up for tender after that.Despite Port Macquarie obviously impressing organisers and competitors alike, Summers said the town was not a certainty at retaining the event.”Part of the attraction of the Junior State Cup for the players is visiting somewhere new,” he said. “The increase in numbers puts Port Macquarie in good stead but it’s an opportunity for them to get away somewhere new and play the game.”Summers said parking had been reviewed and with more players expected said there would be more space allocated.The Junior State Cup kicks off on Saturday February 15.If you see a story from your local area that you’d like to see on the Touch Football Australia website, please email LinksTalking Touch – Januarylast_img read more

first_imgTom Jurich speaks during a press conference.Tom JurichTom Jurich was pushed out after 20 years as Louisville athletic director in October. Two days after Rick Pitino was fired, Jurich met the same fate, following a 10-3 vote by the school’s board. Jurich, one of the most powerful athletic directors in the country, was let go for cause.Since being fired, Pitino has been on something of a media offensive. He has maintained innocence and plausible deniability, even after being identified as one of the figures named in the FBI’s report on corruption in college basketball. He says that he wants to coach again.Jurich was much more quiet. While Pitino has a lawsuit out against Louisville, Jurich worked on a large settlement.That deal appears to be done, and Tom Jurich is cashing in.Jurich will get $4.5 million up front from UL. He also has an additional $2.67 million coming in via deferred compensation.There is another interesting wrinkle in the settlement: tickets. Tom Jurich may not be a stranger to Cardinals games, even after being fired for cause after a litany of scandals.Jurich gets football and men’s basketball tickets for the next two decades. From Deadspin, which linked to the settlement documentation on Dropbox:“Jurich will receive a one-time payment of $4.5 million in the next 10 days; additionally, he will be paid $2.67 million in deferred compensation and annuity payments. Jurich and his wife will both keep their school-funded insurance plan until they qualify for Medicare. He will also be allotted club seats at Louisville football and men’s basketball home games for the next 20 years. The school will also update his personnel file to read that his time ended at Louisville ‘without cause.’”Rick Pitino swears that he will not step foot back in the state of Kentucky. Jurich is going to be hanging out in prime seats at the biggest Cardinals games. What a world.Vince Tyra took over for Jurich on an interim basis in October. In March, he had that tag removed, and became the full-time Louisville AD.[Deadspin]last_img read more

first_imgKnitwear can get a bad rap in the men’s world.  It can be thought of as a real Werther’s Originals look, or too Esty (read hipster) or just plain cheap (hello gas station black beanie!).  But if you dig deeper, knitwear can be some of the most luxurious and cool looking accessories to beat the cold.  Think of great mills in Scotland, and the quality and craftsmanship that come out of those. Those knits are for beer swilling, whiskey pounding m-e-n!For fall 2013 here are great knit options to not only keep you warm, but do it with style.  One of the coolest men’s stores in the country is Unionmade.  With four stores on the West Coast, Unionmade, was one of the early appreciators of, the now mainstream, well-made American style.The Manual spoke with Todd Barket, the co-founder of Unionmade, to get his take on things:What are you most looking forward to about cold weather accessories this fall?I’m most excited about things that have texture and are hand knit.  My favorite pieces are from Howlin, which is all made in Scotland.What is a stand-out this season?Donnegal looks great this season and it’s a great way to take some of the traditional stayed items such as hats and gloves and give them a masculine update.  I particularly love the salt and pepper pieces.If a new coat isn’t in your future this season, new accessories can make a #major difference. Plaids, stripes, tweeds or camo, can help you add a pop of style when the cold hits.Click here to check out some what Unionmade has to offer. 1. SNS Herning 2. HOWLIN by Morrison 3. HOWLIN by Morrison 4. Moncler W 5. Johnstons of Elgin 6. SNS Herning 7. GREI. 8. SNS Herning 9. HOWLIN by Morrison 10. HOWLIN by Morrison 11. HOWLIN by Morrison 12. SNS Herning 13. BEAMS+ What to Wear to an Interview: 6 Tips for Men to Pick Out the Perfect Outfit A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking Want to Get Dirty in the Name of Wine? Here’s How to Help with This Year’s Harvest center_img Editors’ Recommendations If John Wick Rode an Electric Motorcycle It Would Be the Saroléa N60 The Best Father and Son Matching Outfitslast_img read more

first_img The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets Editors’ Recommendations How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know Warmer weather is approaching and that means taking off your grill covers and firing up those grills. Nothing beats freshly grilled meat, veggies, and even fruit while dining al fresco in spring and summer. Juicy steaks, ribs drenched barbecue sauce, and grilled chicken wings are on your way, but successful summertime grilling requires time, knowledge and preparation.  In order to get ready for the 2016 grill season, New York steakhouse American Cut‘s Chef Marc Forgione lays out some spring grilling tips and tricks:Fat is delicious: Buy a 10 oz. strip steak or rib eye- both have a nice fat cap (look for one at least 1/4” thick) surrounding the steak, which will protect the muscle from drying out and toughening up when you expose it to high heat.Use high heat: Cranking up the heat helps steaks adopt a steakhouse-worthy crust. The problem is that the average cheap saute pan can’t take the heat. So break out a heavy-bottomed metal pan or cast iron skillet. Don’t play with your meat!: When you place the steak on a hot grill or pan, leave the steak alone until you begin to see a crust forming on the side of the steak that’s in contact with the skillet, around 3 to 4 minutes.Baste your steak: Add a few springs of thyme and a few unpeeled garlic cloves to the oil in a pan. Baste the steak by tipping the pan and using a spoon to pour the seasoned oil over the steak.Let it rest: Remove the meat from the pan and allow it to sit for 10 minutes before slicing across the grain so that the juices redistribute inside the steak. Slice and sprinkle with additional sea salt. Serve.Season with fat: All animals should be cooked and seasoned with their own fat. When we cook steak we use our MOP which is dry-aged beef fat that’s been rendered and cooked with butter, thyme, rosemary and garlic. How to Cook Steak in the Oven Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish last_img read more

first_imgFamilies will have greater access to child care following theannouncement of $2.4 million in additional funding to increasethe number of full-day child care spaces in the province. Two programs have been created to provide financial assistance tolicensed non-profit and commercial child-care centres that expandand create new full-day child-care spaces. Preference will begiven to centres increasing the number of infant child-carespaces. “Families need accessible, quality care for their children,”Community Services Minister David Morse said today, March 8.”These new programs will help child-care centres create morespaces and offer enhanced services to more children and theirfamilies.” The child care centre expansion grant is available to licensed,non-profit child-care centres to expand existing facilities or tohelp with the costs of constructing a new child-care space.Child-care centres may be eligible for up to 75 per cent of thecosts of expansion or new construction. The child-care centrewill be responsible for funding the remaining 25 per cent throughin-kind services and/or financial contributions. The child care centre expansion loan is available to licensedcommercial child-care centres to expand an existing child-carecentre or to construct a new child-care space. While the purpose of these grants and loans is to increase thenumber of full-day child care spaces, part-day child-care centrescan also apply to expand into a full-day licensed child-carecentre. Non-profit, licensed part-day child-care centres canapply for the expansion grant and commercial, licensed part-daychild-care centres can apply for the expansion loan. Applications must be received by the Department of CommunityServices by Friday, April 29. The funding is being provided under the Multilateral Framework onEarly Learning and Child Care, a joint agreement of thegovernment of Canada and the government of Nova Scotia to improveand expand early childhood development programs and services.last_img read more

first_imgThe province’s Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) has concluded that no charges should be laid against a Halifax Regional Police officer who chased a man trying to escape arrest. On Nov. 7, police responded to a report of shoplifting by a man and woman at the Dartmouth Crossing Wal-Mart. The man had outstanding charges and was arrested by police. As he was taken to the police vehicle, he ran off. A male officer chased him through two parking lots and across two streets. The suspect ran down a bank and jumped from a rock wall, fell and broke his leg. In an interview with SIRT investigators, he acknowledged the police officer was just doing his job. SIRT has concluded the Halifax Regional Police officer was carrying out his duties when he chased the suspect. There are no grounds to consider any charges. The full report is available at . SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS), which has an outstanding debt of Rs 94,216 crore, said Wednesday the board has taken various steps to address over Rs 20,000 crore of its debt pile over the past nine months. The government had appointed new board headed by veteran banker Uday Kotak last October. “A critical focus of the board has been to maintain a ‘going concern’ status for companies under the group. Towards this, as many as 55 companies were classified as ‘green’ which are servicing all their obligations,” the company said in a statement. The group has 348 subsidiaries and associates. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIt also said measures have been taken for resolution of debt of three ‘amber’ companies, which are in final stages of implementation and will result in these companies being re-classified as ‘green’. The 55 group businesses that are under asset monetisation process include securities business, renewable energy, domestic road vertical, alternate investment fund management, education and thermal, the company said. Its fund-based outstanding debt was Rs 94,216 crore as of October 8, 2018. The sale process for assets under the education and roads, environment verticals and real estate are at an advanced stage, it added.last_img read more

first_imgTo celebrate the U.S. arrival of its newest, largest and most innovative ship, Carnival Cruise Line held an overnight gala event last week in New York featuring a concert for Operation Homefront military families by the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year and seven-time GRAMMY award-winning country music super star Carrie Underwood.Carrie Underwood performs aboard the new Carnival VistaCredit/Copyright: Andy NewmanThe event also included the ship’s official naming ceremony with Miss USA Deshauna Barber – the first woman serving in the U.S. military to hold the title – presiding over the ceremonies as godmother and releasing the ceremonial bottle of champagne that smashed over the hull of the massive 133,500-ton ship. In addition to the concert, the festivities included overnight accommodations, meals, activities and entertainment for hundreds of military families.The festivities represent the culmination of Honor.Family.Fun., Carnival’s year-long celebration to support Operation Homefront and help the organization fulfill its mission of building strong, stable, and secure military families.“Carnival Cruise Line carries more active and retired military personnel and I couldn’t think of a better way to introduce this spectacular vessel than by honoring and celebrating the sacrifices of our Armed Forces personnel,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Deshauna is the ideal candidate to serve as Carnival Vista’s godmother, embodying the spirit of commitment and sacrifice of those who protect our freedoms each and every day.”Underwood performed an hour-long set for hundreds of military personnel and their families, many of whom were given the chance of a lifetime to meet the artist during various meet and greet opportunities during stops along her Storyteller Tour, and were invited to attend the festivities aboard Carnival Vista.“It was truly an honor to perform aboard Carnival Vista today and celebrate the incredible sacrifices of the brave men and women of the Armed Forces,” said Underwood. “Throughout my partnership with Carnival Cruise Line we have recognized the efforts of our dedicated military personnel while raising funds for Operation Homefront. It is something I am very proud to be a part of.”The daughter of a retired Army master sergeant who was a member of the Special Forces, Barber joined the Army Reserve as a quartermaster officer in 2011. After earning her bachelors in business management from Virginia State University, Barber went on to complete her masters in computer information systems from the University of Maryland University College. She currently serves as logistics commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit in Rockville, Md.“I’m honored to serve as godmother of the brand new Carnival Vista and join a long line of strong, successful women who have fulfilled this time-honored role,” said Barber. “In addition to serving as godmother, today was extra special as I had the opportunity to meet several Operation Homefront families and hear their stories. It is a day I’ll never forget.”“We’re thrilled Carnival Cruise Line has honored those that do so much for the freedoms we enjoy daily – our service members and their families – with a truly memorable day onboard their newest ship,” said Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray Jr., president and CEO of Operation Homefront. “Like-minded partners, like Carnival and Carrie Underwood, clearly demonstrate, through their actions, their steadfast commitment to our men and women in uniform.”As the line’s newest ship, Carnival Vista introduced a number of groundbreaking innovations including the first brewery on a North American-based cruise ship, the first IMAX Theatre at sea, the most elaborate water park in the fleet highlighted by the 455-foot-long Kaleid-o-slide, a groundbreaking bike-ride-in-the-sky aerial attraction called SkyRide, and the new Family Harbor with specially designed staterooms for families, a family concierge and more.Carnival Vista will operate a pair of 11-day sailings from New York before launching year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean service from Miami beginning Nov. 27.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN NewsA dead seagull lies in the water with the Long Spruce generating station in the background. APTN News travelled to Treaty 5 Territory in Northern Manitoba to report on the impacts of hydro development on First Nations.  Power Failure: The impacts of hydro on Northern Manitoba. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN Students dig away for artifacts on the Farabout Peninsula on the traditional territory of the Migisi Sahaigan. That’s where a white arrowhead the size of a thumb was uncovered. It could be enough to save the peninsula from clear cutting. Eagle Lake First Nation wants area where artifacts found to be off limits to loggers. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTN.Summer Bear, 14, is all smiles after travelling from Meadow Lake, Sask., to attend the AboutFace camp at Camp Arnes in Manitoba. According to the organization’s mission statement, the camp is to “promote and enhance positive mental and emotional well-being of individuals with facial differences and their families.” Camp Trailblazers empowers Indigenous and non-Indigenous kids. Photo: Brittany Hobson/APTN Steve Ducharme from O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation in Treaty 5 navigates his boat showing APTN reporters Justin Brake and Ashley Brandson the effects the diversion of the Churchill River had on his community. In 1976, the Churchill River water flow was diverted by Hydro into into the Nelson River at Missi Falls which forced the communities to relocate. Photo: Ashley Brandson/APTN Students, leaders and Elders from the Kashechewan First Nation send a message to parliamentarians on their first day back in Ottawa. The community on the shores of James Bay don’t have an adequate school because of constant flooding. Kashechewan students travel to Ottawa with message for politicians Photo: Todd Lamirande/APTN.You can reach us here: A fishing boat sits on the shores of Playgreen Lake in Treaty 5 territory. The lake used to provide the Cree people here with a good livelihood but construction of hydro dams along the Churchill and Nelson rivers changed everything. Photo: Justin Brake/APTNcenter_img This black bear cub has been given the name Maskwa (Cree for bear) and was found near death by the side of the road in Grand Cache, Alberta.  She has now recovered and the province wants to release her next month. But the Cochrane Ecological Institute says at eight months, Maskwa is still too young. You posted similar thoughts on our website.  Debate swirls around whether to release young bear back into Alberta’s wild Photo: Cochrane Ecological InstituteFriends of Brittany Martel stand at a vigil on the site where her body was found just outside of Merritt, BC. The RCMP say the case is not suspicious and are waiting for results from the B.C. Coroners Service. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN. The Jenpeg generating station changed the lives of hundreds of people when construction started in the 1970s in Treaty 5. Photo: Ashley Brandson/APTN Through hard work Irene Crowchild got sober – and then she got a big golf swing. Crowchild, from the TsuuT’ina Nation in Alberta is the first Indigenous woman to win the Canadian Long Drive Competition and will represent Canada in Mexico this fall. Meet Irene Crowchild who fought for sobriety, and a great golf swing Photo: Tamara Pimentel/APTN.last_img read more

WASHINGTON — Stephen Harper broke his public silence on current events by offering a gloomy assessment on the state of international trade, describing anti-trade sentiment in the U.S. as a long-term problem that predates the Trump administration, that lacks an easy fix, and could well result in the end of NAFTA.Harper stepped into the role of political analyst during a panel discussion in Washington with a coincidence of timing that bordered on the surreal Wednesday. At the very same moment, Harper’s successor, Justin Trudeau, happened to be a few blocks away at the White House, discussing the North American Free Trade Agreement with U.S. President Donald Trump himself.Powerful anti-trade forces that extend beyond Trump’s presidency are at play in American society and aren’t going away any time soon, said the former Conservative leader, who’s an ardent free trader.Harper illustrated that with a story about being told by the Bush administration when he took office in 2006 that NAFTA would never have won a vote in the U.S. Congress at that time. He then described how Barack Obama campaigned against the deal. Now he says trade will remain controversial, whether or not Trump cancels NAFTA.He said he is advising companies to start planning for the possibility of life without NAFTA.“I believe that it is conceivable. I believe Donald Trump would be willing to take the economic and political risk of that under certain circumstances,” Harper said in a panel at the Dentons law firm.“I would not want to simply bet that this is just all going to work out. What’s driving this are some very powerful political currents that, frankly, nobody — including Mr. Trump — has really figured out how to address, and they’re going to keep coming at us.”Trudeau, for his part, sounded Wednesday like he was fearing a similar conclusion: “We are ready for anything and we will continue to work diligently,” the current prime minister told reporters, after meeting Trump.Harper said he doesn’t believe a simple fix to NAFTA, with a few tweaks, will satisfy Trump. He called the president unpredictable, but said one thing is predictable — the political need for Trump to point to significant changes, given that he’s repeatedly blasted NAFTA as a horrific deal: “I just don’t know how you get from here to there,” Harper said.He said he understands anti-trade frustration.Harper described his own annoyance at spending his 50th birthday signing a bailout package for General Motors Canada, only to see the auto giant later move jobs out of the country.“I’m not your average assembly-line worker, but even I was irritated by that.”And while he proudly touts the fact that he signed trade agreements with dozens of countries, he not only sympathizes with people who feel they’ve been left behind by the modern economy — he agrees with them.Harper said frustrated Americans can’t blame Canada for this problem, or even Mexico, or possibly even trade deals in general — but he said there’s little doubt jobs have moved away, especially to China.“I’ve looked at the data,” Harper said.“These people do not (just) perceive they have been left behind. They actually have been left behind… It’s a reality.”He said he wanted to avoid opining too much on current politics, so he declined to discuss possible solutions to these problems. He also declined an interview request later. He offered one piece of advice, albeit in vague terms: He urged other parties to try seeing the issue through the U.S. government’s eyes, and finding solutions it can sell.Another panellist was slightly more optimistic.Newt Gingrich — a fixture of American politics and friend of the president — suggested Trump doesn’t really want to end NAFTA. He said he thinks a deal can eventually be reached, after long and difficult negotiations.“My hunch is in the end we will get to a reformed NAFTA. We will not get to the end of NAFTA,” said the former House speaker and Trump campaign surrogate.“I don’t think there’s an appetite for blowing it all up, other than the president’s occasional tweets… I think it”ll be a brawl (though).” He suggested the deal might get a new name: “It will probably be something like the Modernized Dramatically Improved 21st Century Trumpized NAFTA.”Gingrich prefaced his remarks by saying the president is unpredictable, so nobody knows for sure.Harper, meanwhile, also offered opinions on two other international relationships. He said Canada could easily strike a trade agreement with a pro-Brexit British government. He also said that if NAFTA collapses, the Chinese will be ready and willing to make a deal with Canada.His sense of pessimism was underscored later at the same event. Trump’s commerce secretary Wilbur Ross addressed the same panel, and said the president is prepared to maintain NAFTA, split it into two bilateral deals, or walk away.He brushed off questions about protectionist U.S. proposals. For instance, the U.S. has proposed Buy American rules that would restrict public contracts to a dollar-for-dollar basis with other countries, which is stricter than what non-NAFTA countries enjoy.Ross said the neighbouring countries should be happy. The U.S. is offering a one-for-one arrangement, when the ratio of its market to Canada’s is 10 to 1, Ross said: “It’s very fair.” He also insisted against some evidence that the U.S. runs a trade deficit with Canada.Harper smiled and took notes during Ross’s presentation. read more

The fire however had caused extensive damage to the clothing store.The Air Force deployed a helicopter to assist in the operations to extinguish the fire. (Colombo Gazette) A major fire destroyed a clothing store in Battaramulla today.The fire brigade had been deployed to extinguish the fire.

Cascades to invest $35 million to expand tissue production capacity in Oregon by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 19, 2013 12:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Recycled paper and packaging producer Cascades Inc. is looking to grow its West Coast tissue sales by spending $35 million to expand its plant in St. Helens, Ore. with the purchase of a paper machine, previously run by Boise in the same facility.The machine for recycled paper will be converted to produce 55,000 tons of tissue paper annually to make hand towels and napkins.The project will increase the plant’s capacity to 120,000 tons and add 29 jobs to the existing workforce of 59. Start-up is planned for the fourth quarter of 2014.“The addition of this machine combined with other ongoing projects will further strengthen Cascades growing position in the North American tissue market,” stated Cascades CEO Mario Plourde.The company (TSX:CAS) said buying the machine will add capacity at lower cost and more quickly than building a new one.Analyst Pierre Lacroix of Desjardins Capital Markets said the project is “an attractive opportunity for Cascades” and “mild positive” for the Quebec-based company.It will be financed within the company’s annual capital expenditure budget over two years and should generate about $8 million to $10 million in pre-tax operating earnings (EBITDA) in 2015, he wrote in a report.Boise’s decision to idle the machine last year culminated in about 340,000 tons of industry capacity being removed by various companies from the West Coast market over two to three years.Lacroix said closures by Kimberley-Clark in Washington, Blue Heron in Oregon and Kruger in British Columbia have opened some market space for Cascades.The project will cost about $635 per ton, compared to about $2,000 per ton for a new machine, he said.Cascades Tissue Group is the fourth-largest manufacturer of tissue paper in North America. Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibre. It employs more than 12,000 workers at some 100 locations in North America and Europe. read more

”“I am dismayed – as we all should be – when I see young people, children, picking up weapons and seeking to kill,” declared the Secretary-General in a video message to address what he called “the dangerous escalation in violence across the occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, especially in Jerusalem.”Mr. Ban emphasized that “violence will only undermine the legitimate Palestinian aspirations for statehood and the longing of Israelis for security.”The UN chief’s message comes in the wake of an uptick in violence since early September. A series of ever-more deadly clashes between Palestinians and Israelis, including Israeli security forces, has marked much of October, with incidents reported in more than 50 different locations, including in East Jerusalem, Ramallah, Hebron, Bethlehem, Jenin, Tulkarm and Nablus.Just this past Friday, the UN Security Council convened an emergency session and was briefed on the latest violent incident in which a large group of Palestinians set fire to the compound containing the holy site of Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus.“To the youth of Palestine I say: I understand your frustration. I know your hopes for peace have been dashed countless times. You are angry at the continued occupation and expansion of settlements. Many of you are disappointed in your leaders and in us, the international community, because of our inability to end this conflict,” said Mr. Ban in his message.The Secretary-General added that Palestinian youth should turn their frustrations into “a strong, but peaceful, voice for change.”Next, he addressed Palestinian leaders, urging them to use peaceful measures. “Harness the energy of your people in a peaceful way to make their dreams and aspirations a reality,” said Mr. Ban, urging Palestinian youth to “demand that your leaders act responsibly to protect your future. Demand progress for a political solution – from your leaders, from Israeli leaders, and from the international community.” “I am not asking you to be passive, but you must put down the weapons of despair,” underscored the UN chief.“You have the right to live a decent life in dignity, respect and freedom,” he continued. “I know that this is your goal. It is also our goal. But it can only be reached by establishing a Palestinian state living side by side in peace with Israel, not through the violent acts we have been witnessing.”He then turned his remarks to address the leaders and people of Israel.“Let me say, I appreciate your genuine concern about peace and security. I also understand the anger many Israelis feel,” said Mr. Ban. “When children are afraid to go to school, when anyone on the street is a potential victim, security is rightly your immediate priority. But walls, checkpoints, harsh responses by the security forces and house demolitions cannot sustain the peace and safety that you need and must have.”“You – the people of Israel – as much as the Palestinian people, need to see a political horizon to break this cycle of violence and fear,” he said, adding that the United Nations “will continue to support all efforts to create the conditions for a return to meaningful negotiations. IN this, we have never wavered.”He also urged leaders on both sides to “stand firm against terror, violence and incitement,” and to demonstrate “in both words and deeds that the historic status quo of holy sites in Jerusalem will be preserved.”Mr. Ban also asked leaders to “reaffirm your commitment to end the occupation and pursue a two-state solution by making changes in the ground. Non-violence requires more courage and strength than violence. At this difficult time, let us say ‘enough is enough.’”“Let us get truly serious about reaching the only solution capable of durably stanching the bloodshed, the hatred and the fear of even greater conflict,” he urged. “That is the courage and leadership the peoples of this holy land demand and deserve,” the Secretary-General concluded. read more

first_imgBUSINESSMAN DENIS O’BRIEN has been awarded €150,000 in damages in his defamation case against the Irish Daily Mail newspaper.O’Brien was awarded the sum in relation to an article by journalist Paul Drury published in the newspaper three years ago.The jury found that Drury’s article, while based on honest opinion, was neither based on full facts or in the public interest, RTÉ News reports.last_img

first_imgA SIPTU SHOP steward was knocked down by a van while he was picketing outside a Greyhound recycling plant today.Earlier this evening a van exited the recycling plant in Clondalkin, Dublin, and hit the man. He was taken to Tallaght Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.The union has pickets at two Greyhound plant in Dublin as part of an ongoing dispute over wage cuts.SIPTU Organiser Henry O’Shea, who witnessed the incident, told that the van nearly hit him and sent his union colleague “flying”.Gardaí also confirmed there had been in incident and said they are investigating it.A spokesperson for Greyhound commented that the van was a private vehicle and did not belong to the company. He also said those picketing outside the premises had been told to keep the gateway clear as trucks were coming and going all day.He added that the company will be reviewing CCTV footage tomorrow morning and will then make a full statement.- Additional reporting by Nicky Ryan. Read: ‘Locked out’ Greyhound workers to hold march over strike>Read: Greyhound insists striking staff should get back to work>last_img read more

first_imgLes importations de PlayStation 3 bloquées en EuropeSelon le quotidien britannique The Guardian, plusieurs dizaines de milliers de consoles PlayStation 3 ont été saisies par les douanes européennes la semaine dernière. La raison ? Une bataille juridique entre le Japonais Sony, qui fabrique la console, et le sud-Coréen LG, qui s’accusent mutuellement de violation de brevets.La décision de la Cour de justice européenne est rare. Cette dernière a ordonné aux douanes de bloquer les importations de la PlayStation 3 du Japonais Sony. Une décision qui faite suite aux attaques de LG, fabricant sud-coréen. Celui-ci accuse Sony d’avoir enfreint plusieurs de ses brevets liés au lecteur Blu-ray. Ce blocage devrait durer une dizaine de jours, mais l’impact sur les ventes de la console de salon devrait être moindre. En effet, Sony dispose de trois semaines de stock en Europe. En revanche, le blocage peut être allongé si LG saisit à nouveau la Cour de justice européenne.À lire aussiLes inondations en Europe bientôt de plus en plus fréquentes et coûteusesLa bataille est âpre et ce qui est le plus à craindre pour Sony serait l’interdiction des importations de sa PS3 aux Etats-Unis. Le fabricant nippon s’active pour que cela n’arrive pas. Bloomberg rappelle qu’il réalise 20% de son chiffre d’affaires en Amérique du Nord.Selon les données compilées par le site spécialisé VG Chartz, Sony a vendu, depuis sa sortie fin 2006, près de 48 millions d’exemplaires de sa PlayStation 3 dans le monde, derrière la Xbox 360 (51,9 millions), et la Wii (85,2 millions). En Europe, 23 millions de PlayStation 3 ont été vendues.Le 2 mars 2011 à 10:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img Watch: Bill Gates Reveals His Worst Fear in Netflix Docuseries TrailerPlex Enters The Streaming Service Wars With Cable-Style Bundle Bob’s BurgersOne animated sitcom that still smells fresh in its ninth season is Bob’s Burgers. This weekend sees the return of the Belcher family as they continue to deal with family squabbles, Tina’s boy obsessions and of course, Bob’s burger business. Honestly, I had a hard time choosing which clip from the upcoming season to include in this post. They’re just that good. It’s hard to find a comedy as sharp and funny as this on broadcast TV, and we are here for another season of hilariously obscure burger puns. Bob’s Burgers returns for its ninth season Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on Fox.Looking for more to watch this weekend? Get caught up on Star Trek: Discovery. How about head to the movies to check out Mandy or Assassination Nation. Either way, there’s plenty of great options for your viewing pleasure. Forget Peak TV. We’re living in an age of Peak Content, period. There are so many cool shows and movies and games and weird internet videos you could consume at any given moment that it’s almost overwhelming. And there are only so many free hours in a week, even if you skip sleep. So no one can blame you if you just want someone else to suggest to you what to watch on any given weekend.Why not let your friends here at be that suggestive someone? Let Geek take the wheel! Here’s what we think is totally worth watching this weekend. And if you want to know how you can keep up with all this content, be sure to check out our stories on the best streaming TV services and streaming devices.Tracy Ullman’s ShowThe third season of Tracey Ullman’s sketch comedy show returns to HBO Friday night. When the first season premiered in 2016, it was the comedian’s first BBC show in over two decades. This season, commissioned by HBO, is comprised of repackaged segments from her ongoing topical BBC series, Tracey Ullman Breaks the News. From the looks of the trailer, the jokes skew international enough that you don’t have to be a complete Anglophile to get them. Just reasonably well-informed about the world beyond the United States. That might be asking a lot for some, but if you’re going to watch this show, chances are that’s not a problem. Ullman has a long history in the comedy world. She’s been doing killer impressions of celebrities and politicians for decades, and her 1987 variety show introduced the world to The Simpsons, which coincidentally also returns this weekend. Tracey Ullman’s Show premieres Friday at midnight on HBO. The SimpsonsThe Simpsons comes back for its 30th (!) season this weekend. The animated family sitcom will soon have been on the air for three decades. No matter what you think of the quality of these latter seasons, that’s a pretty big feat. It may never again be the brilliant, subversive show it was in its first decade, but as far as family comedies go, you can still do a lot worse. The show is still capable of producing at least a couple winners each season, and even the poorer episodes are still good for a few laughs. The scene above has a few good gags of its own. Besides, at this point, Sunday without the Simpsons would just feel wrong. The Simpsons returns Sunday at 8 p.m. on Fox. King LearWilliam Shakespeare’s best work (sorry, Hamlet) is brought into a fictional modern age in this Amazon/BBC partnership. The updated setting appears to be an England that is still ruled by a king capable of dividing the country up into thirds among his daughters. It uses Shakespeare’s dialog, though it makes some cuts to fit the two-hour runtime. Even with that, it looks like a fine adaptation of the tragedy with an absolutely stunning cast. In addition to Anthony Hopkins playing Lear, it stars Emma Thompson, Emily Watson, Florence Pugh and Jim Broadbent. Those actors know their way around a Shakespeare play. King Lear is available today on Amazon Prime. Forest of PianoMore anime comes to Netflix this weekend, this time in the form of Forest of Piano. The series centers on two boys who grow up near a forest containing an old, broken piano. One of them, completely self-taught, is the only person who can make it play. The other is the son of a famous pianist who isn’t happy about this upstart natural talent. The art looks gorgeous, and you already know the music will be the show’s centerpiece. There’s a very good chance this anime will make you cry. Forest of Piano is available today on Netflix. Stay on target Saturday Night LiveThe long-running sketch comedy staple returns for another season this weekend. Just like every other year, there will be a take from somewhere complaining that the show isn’t as funny as it used to be. And just like all those other years, there will invariably be one sketch dominating your workplace Slack chat come Monday morning. This show can still reliably pump out memorable moments of sketch comedy every season, and the current cast is seriously talented. But you already know that. This Saturday’s premiere features Adam Driver as host and Kanye West as the musical guest. Will he appear in the cold open alongside Alec Baldwin as President Trump? That can’t not happen, right? We’ll find out when Saturday Night Live returns, um, Saturday at 11:30 p.m. on NBC. Hold the DarkThe weather is turning colder, which may be putting you in the mood for something scary. So how about some scares in cold weather? Hold the Dark is an original thriller debuting on Netflix about a wolf expert called to investigate the death of a young boy. Though it was apparently done by a pack of wolves, the more he digs into it, the stranger the case becomes. The trailer is scary enough on it’s own, which is to be expected coming from Jeremy Saulnier, who directed the excellent horror flick Green Room. Plus, it features the acting of Westworld‘s Jeffrey Wright. Hold the Dark is available today on Netflix. Hell’s KitchenI’ll admit, I have a soft spot for this particular reality show. First of all, cooking competitions are fun. It’s exhilarating watching people try (and often fail) to put together a beautiful, perfectly cooked dish in a very short amount of time. Second, there’s just something about ornery British people swearing that’s hilarious to me. This season’s gimmick is, as the preview said, Rookies vs. Veterans. We’ve seen enough seasons of this show to know how this goes. Many of the veterans will be that perfect combination of cocky and rusty that guarantees a hilarious screw-up and chewing out. Cringe at the overcooked scallops and marvel athow anyone can cook a decent Beef Wellington when Hell’s Kitchen returns for its 18th season Friday at 9 p.m. on Fox. Let us know what like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more