Federer says Thiem right to fume over Serena press conference row

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts as he plays against Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer during their men’s singles fourth round match on day eight of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 2, 2019. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)Roger Federer said Dominic Thiem was right to be angry at being kicked out of his own press conference so that Roland Garros organizers could accommodate a defeated Serena Williams.Austria’s Thiem, the fourth seed in the men’s event and the 2018 runner-up, was conducting his post-match press obligations after reaching the last 16 on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Analysis: Of course Serena Williams unsatisfied by Paris run Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. However, he was then informed that the main interview room was needed by American superstar Williams who had just suffered a third round loss to Sofia Kenin.It was the 23-time Grand Slam title winner’s earliest exit at a Slam in almost five years and she was eager to be away from the tournament site as quickly as possible.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s a joke,” fumed 25-year-old Thiem to media officers after being told he should finish his interviews in a smaller room.“I have to leave the room because she’s coming. What the hell, I don’t care. I can also do whatever I want.” Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘A game changing day:’ Gordon releases Senate panel report on ‘ninja cops’ probe PLAY LIST 02:29‘A game changing day:’ Gordon releases Senate panel report on ‘ninja cops’ probe00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue However, French sports daily L’Equipe claimed that Williams had no preference over where she carried out her press conference.“Put me in another room, a smaller one, but now,” she was reported to have said.With Williams reportedly becoming increasingly impatient, officials looked to rescue the situation by moving Thiem to another room.“That’s really impolite,” she was heard to say.Thiem had defeated Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 while Williams was stunned 6-2, 7-5 by Kenin.There was a backlash on social media over the incident.“Wait your turn for the press room like everyone else,” tweeted former Australian player Sam Groth.“Thiem, still in the draw having won, would have agreed to a press time and has a round of 16 match to prepare for, Serena just has her jet on the tarmac!” PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Federer leapt to the defense of Thiem, describing him as “a superstar, a male superstar”.“I think the one who is still in the tournament gets priority, that’s how I see it,” said Federer after easing past Leonardo Mayer to reach his 54th quarter-final at the majors.“There must have been a misunderstanding or maybe they should have kept Serena still in the locker room, not waiting here in the press centre. “I don’t know exactly what happened. I understand Dominic’s frustration. I don’t think he’s mad at Serena or anybody. I just think it was an unfortunate situation.”There was no indication as to who had decided to shift Thiem mid-flow on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

India vs NZ second Test: First overs will be challenging, says Kohli

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL September 30, 2016 cricket India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first against a New Zealand side playing without their regular skipper Kane Williamson for the second test at Eden Gardens on Friday.Senior batsman Ross Taylor will lead the tourists in place of an ailing Williamson, whose absence represents a body blow to New Zealand’s hopes of levelling the series after their comprehensive defeat in the series opener in Kanpur.New Zealand made three changes to that side, bringing in Henry Nicholls, Matt Henry and Jeetan Patel for Williamson, off-spinner Mark Craig and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi.Craig has been ruled out of the remainder of the tour with a side strain he sustained in the first match of the three-test series.India, playing their 250th home test, made a couple of changes, bringing back opener Shikhar Dhawan for injured Lokesh Rahul, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar replaced fellow paceman Umesh Yadav.“It’s a pretty hard surface with good cover of grass. First overs will be challenging,” Kohli said at the toss.Taylor said he felt New Zealand were competitive in Kanpur and would try to do better in Kolkata.“Some of our batters got valuable time in the middle and I thought our bowlers put the ball in the right areas for long enough to put this Indian side under pressure,” Taylor said.Teams:India: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami.New Zealand: Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor (captain), Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling, Jeetan Patel, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult. Published oncenter_img SHARE COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

Toure warns Man City: Mourinho will be very angry

first_imgPremier League ‘Mourinho will be very angry’ – Toure warns Man City of Man Utd threat ahead of 2018-19 title race Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 00:00 5/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Mourinho, Man Utd Getty Premier League Yaya Touré José Mourinho Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur Manchester United The midfielder expects City to be challenged closely for the Premier League title next season, not least by rivals United Yaya Toure has warned Manchester City to be wary of a “very angry” Jose Mourinho in next season’s Premier League title race.Pep Guardiola’s side finished 19 points clear of second-placed United as they romped to a record-breaking title triumph in 2017-18.City became the first team to score 100 points in England’s top flight, while they also recorded the most wins (32), the most goals (106) and the biggest goal difference (79) in a remarkable campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now With United having been left in their neighbours’ wake, Toure, who left the club at the end of the season, expects a backlash from Mourinho in 2018-19.The Ivorian also fears the potency of Tottenham, describing Mauricio Pochettino’s side as “fantastic” following their third-place finish.”Mourinho is going to be very angry,” he told MEN Sport. “Tottenham are a good side. Fantastic.”Man City can win again but it depends. The World Cup is on, the players don’t have enough rest and have to come back and play again.”If they don’t have injuries they can make it but it’s going to be difficult, because next year is going to be a different situation.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Kentucky Announces Season-Ending Injury To QB Terry Wilson

first_img Full update on Terry Wilson pic.twitter.com/ACyK5GuXRM— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) September 8, 2019Taking over the reins for the rest of the season will presumably be Sawyer Smith, who finished the game. Smith joined the Wildcats in a transfer from Troy this past offseason.He went 5-of-9 for 76 yards and threw two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.Smith completed 62.9-percent of his passes for 1,669 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Trojans last year. The Wildcats will be relying on him to demonstrate that same leadership as they try to make some noise in the SEC East.His first test will be a major one as the Wildcats host the No. 11-ranked Florida Gators next weekend. Terry Wilson throwing a pass for Kentucky.LEXINGTON, KY – SEPTEMBER 01: Terry Wilson #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats throws a pass against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Commonwealth Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Kentucky’s win over Eastern Michigan this past Saturday was bittersweet to be certain. They won the game, but lost starting quarterback Terry Wilson in the process. Now it looks like he’s done for the year.On Sunday, the school announced that Wilson suffered a torn left patellar tendon that will require surgery. He will now miss the remainder of the season, dealing a huge blow to Kentucky in the process.Wilson had a breakout campaign for the Wildcats as a sophomore last year. He was efficient with the football, completing 67-percent of his passes while Benny Snell did the heavy lifting on the ground.The Wildcats finished the season ranked No. 12 with a 10-3 record. It was their best finish to a season in over 40 years.last_img read more

Collaborative Approach will continue to Tackle NCDs – Ferguson

first_imgMinister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says the Government will continue to take a collaborative approach to tackling non-communicable diseases (NCDs). To this end, he said the Ministry will be working with several other Ministries and agencies in ensuring that priority consideration is placed on developing policies that target the prevention and control of NCDs and their risk factors. Dr. Ferguson was speaking at the inaugural national review on NCDs at the Jamaica Conference Centre, in Kingston, on November 16. The Minister cited the 2009 figures, which indicate that NCDs account for approximately 60 per cent of deaths among men and 75 per cent of deaths among women in Jamaica. “It is indisputable that chronic non-communicable diseases, such as heart and other circulatory diseases, strokes, cancers, diabetes and respiratory diseases are the leading cause of death in Jamaica. Chronic non-communicable diseases alone cost the Government and the Ministry US$170 million to treat annually,” he pointed out. The Minister reiterated that death and disability from non-communicable diseases can be prevented by addressing the four main lifestyle risk factors, which are physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, tobacco use and harmful use of alcohol. In this vein, he urged Jamaicans to adopt healthier lifestyle practices in order to achieve the national target of reducing deaths from non-communicable diseases. “Jamaica is undergoing a negative transition from a traditional diet with a limited range of staple foods towards a high energy diet with more animal protein, saturated fats, sugars and highly processed foods. This unhealthy diet, often consumed away from home as fast foods and as snacks, has resulted in a preponderance of over nutrition and poor nutrition, leading to obesity-a major risk factor and a driving force in the prevalence of NCDs,” Dr. Ferguson noted. He pointed out that persons in low socio economic households bear the brunt of impact, as they rely on convenience food, particularly those associated with diabetes and hypertension. “It is estimated that at least five per cent of Jamaica’s gross domestic product goes towards the treatment of diabetes and hypertension. Women are disproportionately affected as one in four Jamaican women is obese. It therefore means that Jamaican women are at increased risk; moreover, many are the main bread winners and heads of households,” he said. The Minister added that children also display a “disturbing trend of obesity and related childhood diabetes,” underscoring that curtailing the NCDs epidemic is crucial. “We are taking a joined up government approach in this regard, including initiatives to provide healthy foods in schools, involving the Ministries of Agriculture and Education, among others,” he said. A non-communicable disease is a medical condition which is non-infectious and non-transmissible between persons. They are referred to as lifestyle diseases, because the majority of these conditions are preventable. They include: heart disease, stroke, many cancers, asthma, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and respiratory disease. The objectives of the national review are: to review the performance of the NCDs prevention and control programme for the year 2011-2012; to share best practises for prevention and control of NCDs in Jamaica; and to sensitise stakeholderslast_img read more

Microcredit Act to be Tabled Within 12 Months

first_img The Government of Jamaica’s National Financial Inclusion Strategy, which was launched in March 2017, is an ambitious portfolio of project activities designed to empower Jamaicans financially, through improved access to financial information and products to meet their needs. Story Highlights He said, however, that MSMEs often encounter myriad challenges, ranging from high levels of business informality, difficulty in accessing capital, and issues relating to the availability of suitable and adequate collateral for borrowing. “We are seized of the importance of the Microcredit Act. We have (several) pieces of legislation, of which the Microcredit Act is an important component, that we intend to table in the House of Parliament. I can definitely give you the assurance… (that) the Microcredit Act will be tabled… over the next 12 months,” he said. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the proposed Microcredit Act will be tabled in Parliament within the next 12 months.He noted that the legislation remains a high priority for the Administration, and aims to register and license microlending institutions that provide financing to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).It also seeks to enable greater participation of MSMEs in government contracts, while facilitating consumer protection.“We are seized of the importance of the Microcredit Act. We have (several) pieces of legislation, of which the Microcredit Act is an important component, that we intend to table in the House of Parliament. I can definitely give you the assurance… (that) the Microcredit Act will be tabled… over the next 12 months,” he said.Dr. Clarke, who was speaking at the National Financial Inclusion Strategy Forum at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, St. Andrew on Friday (July 27), informed that the Finance Ministry has been working closely with the Attorney General’s Chambers, Bank of Jamaica, and Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel to develop the legislation.He said he receives weekly updates on the progress of work on the legislation, adding that the latest was on Wednesday (July 25).He noted that several drafts have been developed because “we have to make sure that when it is tabled, all of the kinks are ironed out and the companion pieces of legislation that the amendments affect… are also adjusted”.Meanwhile, Dr. Clarke said the Government is leveraging stakeholder partnerships to further boost support for MSMEs.He argued that as the Administration seeks to expand economic opportunity for all Jamaicans, it is imperative to foster a financial system that incentivises informal businesses to formalise their operations.He noted that with more than 97 per cent of companies providing goods and services in Jamaica classified as MSMEs, these businesses generate significant employment and economic activity.He said, however, that MSMEs often encounter myriad challenges, ranging from high levels of business informality, difficulty in accessing capital, and issues relating to the availability of suitable and adequate collateral for borrowing.“If we want to have a dynamic economy that is characterised by sustained and increasing levels of economic activity, our polices have to be geared towards things that can make that segment of our economy thrive,” Dr. Clarke pointed out.The Government of Jamaica’s National Financial Inclusion Strategy, which was launched in March 2017, is an ambitious portfolio of project activities designed to empower Jamaicans financially, through improved access to financial information and products to meet their needs.Dr. Clarke chairs the National Financial Inclusion Council.last_img read more

P&O Ferries Joins Forces with SOL

first_imgzoom P&O Ferries and RoRO vessel operator SOL Continent Line have teamed up to combine services between the UK, Benelux and Scandinavia. Under the partnership, forwarders will be able to ship their freight from Tilbury and Teesport via Zeebrugge to Gothenburg through four weekly departures from Tilbury and four from Teesport respectively.The new services combine the daily routes Tilbury – Zeebrugge and Teesport – Zeebrugge operated by P&O Ferries with SOL Continent Line’s service between Zeebrugge and Gothenburg, Scandinavia’s largest port. “With this cooperation we can add a strong Scandinavian dimension to our transport services”, explains Commercial Director Janette Bell at P&O Ferries. “Access to Scandinavia from Southern England and the North of the United Kingdom is now much improved and easily bookable.”“We are happy to announce this professional partnership with P&O Ferries that provides a logical extension to our Gothenburg-Zeebrugge service. By this, we can offer a convenient, frequent and fast access to and from the UK,” says Ragnar Johansson, MD at Swedish Orient Line AB.last_img read more

Music duo raise cash to shoot crossCanada video for murdered and missing

first_img(JB the First Lady and Chief Rock collaborated on the song Sisterz)Brandi Morin APTN National NewsJerilynn Webster had been waiting for a song about missing and murdered Indigenous women to come to her.One solemn morning in February, while attending a protest about the acquittal of Bradley Barton, the man accused of murdering Cindy Gladue, Webster caught a moment of inspiration.“There was a speaker there whose sister was missing,” said Webster. “He said, ‘I’m looking for my sister and I don’t know why I have to look for my sister. I want to walk the alleys and the streets, I wanna walk all the highways, I wanna walk this whole damn world!’ I was like, ‘wow’ I said, ‘that’s the song.’”Webster, also known as her stage name, JB the First Lady, has been a Vancouver based hip-hop artist for the past eight years.She said everyone is affected by the issue of MMIW and that she wants to use her voice to advocate on behalf of those who cannot.“We need to stand up for that,” she said.She collaborated on the song titled Sisterz with fellow artist and friend Sino General, also known as Chief Rock.A preview of the song can be heard here: Sisterz“We’re using hip hop as a contemporary form of oral tradition and it’s our way of communicating our oral history to our people and cataloguing it for future generations,” said Webster.The two wrote and recorded the song in just one hour and what unfolded was a telling emotional and spiritual experience.“I put the beat on, started free styling the song,” said General. “All these lyrics kept pouring out of me, they wouldn’t stop. I got my pen and started writing everything down. Songs happen like this once and a while, but never quite like this.”Webster said there was a tangible presence in the studio that everyone could feel, it was a moment that caused her to burst into tears while recording the track.“It was just so powerful,” said Webster.Their vision for the song has grown into one that they hope will reach far and beyond political and cultural barriers. That through the universal language of music the message of MMIW will get across the world.“That people will say “wow, Canada really needs to step up and bring justice to these women and justice to our community,” said Webster.They’ve partnered with Butterflies in Spirit, a Vancouver based dance group to perform in the upcoming music video to be shot the first week of July. Butterflies in Spirit is comprised of a group of women who are family members of MMIW. The group’s choreographer was also inspired by the song when after she heard it she had a dream that she then created the dance from.The duo has started a GofundMe campaign to raise money to shoot the music video at various urban centres across Canada where Indigenous women have been murdered or gone missing.Details of the campaign here: GofundMe.The song will be released via the Enter Tribal label the first week of July on the album titled Hitting the Trail and will be available to purchase online through iTunes and CD Baby.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

JK guvs grievance cell disposes over 52000 complaints in nearly 9 months

first_imgJammu: Over 52,000 complaints were disposed of by the Jammu and Kashmir governor’s grievance cell since last June when the state came under governor’s rule after the fall of the PDP-BJP government. A total of received 52,452 complaints and grievances were received since June 20, 2018, of which 52,009 such cases were dealt with or forwarded to the quarters concerned for timely redressal, an official said on Saturday. The rest of 443 complaints or grievances are under process, the spokesperson said. On the directions of Governor Satya Pal Malik, the official said, all the four advisers to the governor had been regularly meeting and hearing the grievances and regularly reviewing the redressals.last_img

North and South Sudan make significant progress on steps for separation –

“Much of the ground work has already been completed. Both parties are engaging seriously and making progress,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Haile Menkerios told the Security Council, citing agreement in principle on open borders, good neighbourly relations, non-interference in each other’s affairs, a framework for non-aggression and military cooperation, citizenship, residency and property ownership.The two sides are also working towards mutually beneficial arrangements on oil revenue sharing and other economic matters, he said.Mr. Menkerios was briefing the Council following the 7 February announcement of the official results of the South’s referendum showing that an overwhelming majority opted for secession from what until now has been Africa’s largest country.The vote was the culminating point of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ending two decades of civil war between the North and the South that killed some 2 million people and drove an estimated 4.5 million others from their homes, and Mr. Menkerios noted that “against the odds” the Sudanese Government not only contributed to holding the referendum but accepted its outcome.“Indeed, 7 February will have to be remembered and celebrated in Sudan’s and Africa’s history as a day when the longest running civil war in the continent’s recent history came to a definitive end, when the spirit of peace and cooperation prevailed over the spirit of war,” he said, voicing the hope that “the goodwill generated by the referendum will translate into increased momentum and finalization soon” of all post-referendum arrangements.He noted that both sides have committed to resolve by the end of March the status of Abyei, an area straddling northern and southern Sudan, that was due to have voted in a separate but simultaneous referendum on which side it would join. But a referendum commission has yet to be established there, and there is still no agreement on who would be eligible to vote.Throughout the referendum period, the nearly 10,500-strong UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) intensified its peacekeeping patrols in Abyei after reports of clashes between Arab Misseriya nomadic cattle-herders linked to the North and the Dinka ethnic group linked to the South.Mr. Menkerios noted that Abyei police have committed to withdraw its units from the field into the town, allowing the seasonal Misseriya migration to start, while the Misseriya have agreed to remove roadblocks currently preventing traffic from entering Abyei from the north.“Serious challenges remain, however,” he warned. “Despite tireless efforts by UNMIS to support improved inter-tribal relations, tensions in the area continue. Given the delicacy of the current environment, I urge all parties to redouble their efforts to keep the peace on the ground, while taking advantage of the political momentum they have built in other areas to conclusively address the deeper issues driving the conflict in Abyei.”As for the future of UNMIS, Mr. Menkerios said the South has indicated it would welcome UN engagement to consolidate peace and capacity building of the new State’s institutions, while discussions are continuing with the North on areas where they may seek future cooperation with the UN.“This is a new, historic moment for Sudan, a new dawn that, if built upon, can lead to sustainable peace and progress in Sudan and contribute to the same in the immediate region and throughout the continent,” he concluded.Commending the conduct of the vote, former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa, head of the panel appointed by Mr. Ban to monitor the referendum, called on the parties to utilize the momentum created by the successful completion of the process to reach lasting agreement on post-referendum arrangements “so that the people of Northern and Southern Sudan can live together side by side in cooperation, security and dignity.”At the same time, he urged the international community to redouble its efforts to assist Sudan in the coming months.In a presidential statement, the Council called on the international community to lend its full support to help all Sudanese people build a peaceful and prosperous future, saying it looked forward to welcoming an independent South Sudan as the UN’s 193rd member after its expected formal declaration of independence on 9 July. 9 February 2011North and South Sudan have made “significant” progress on a wide range of follow-up arrangements between the two States following the southern region’s vote for independence, the top United Nations envoy in the country said today. read more

Employee who pushed and ejected man from Canadian Tire no longer with

REGINA — A Canadian Tire staff member who physically removed an Indigenous man from a store in Regina is no longer with the company, a spokesperson said Sunday.Kamao Cappo of the Muscowpetung First Nation posted a video to social media last week that appears to show him being pushed by a store employee who accused him of shoplifting.A spokeswoman for Canadian Tire said the employee in the video “has not been working in the store since the time of the incident and he is no longer with (the company).”Cappo, 53, said he was relieved to hear the news.“I feel that Canadian Tire is starting to make some movements in the right direction,” he said.“At least it sends a message to other people who think they can manhandle their customers.”The incident sparked online outrage and about 40 people staged a demonstration outside of the store Friday to show support for Cappo, who has said he was discriminated against because he is Indigenous.Cappo was in the store buying a chainsaw, an extra chain and oil. But when he was at the checkout, he realized he had the wrong model and took the goods to customer service where he put the chain and oil inside the saw box for ease of handling by the clerk.Cappo has said that when he went to look for the right model he was approached by an employee who accused him of trying to shoplift, pushed him against some shelves and physically removed him from the store when he wouldn’t leave.He said he has a heart condition and was injured in the confrontation. He said he filed a complaint with police and is hoping the employee will be charged.Cappo said he’ll continue to press the issue in the hopes of making a difference for other Indigenous people.“Do you know how damaging it is to our children to be treated in this manner? And nobody’s doing anything about it,” he said. “We need to start doing something.”Bobby Cameron, the chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, says racial profiling against Indigenous people still happens regularly.“It happens every day,” Cameron said in a phone interview. “The second a First Nation walks into a door, there’s eyes on them — accusing eyes.”While he’s happy the Canadian Tire employee is no longer with the company, he says all sectors of society need more cross-cultural awareness training to address wider issues of profiling and discrimination.“We need all those customer outlets such as Canadian Tire, (as well as) gas stations, hotels, police, health, education, the justice system — all those people and individuals need a serious crash course on First Nation traditions and protocols,” he said.(The Canadian Press, CTV Regina) read more

CID records statement from Nadeemal Perera

Nadeemal Perera, the son of singer Amal Perera, appeared before the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today.Nadeemal Perera was among several Sri Lankans arrested and detained in Dubai at a function hosted by notorious underworld leader Makandure Madush. Nadeemal Perera deported from Dubai last month and released after being questioned.However, he appeared before the CID today to record a statement and left. (Colombo Gazette)

Troop turfed as TO2015 top

Ian Troop, CEO of the 2015 Pan Am games has been fired. The Toronto Star is reporting that Troop was dismissed over leadership issues. He’s also been under fire recently over his expenses and salary. The Liberal government has received backlash for a $7 million dollar bonus package for Pan Am executives, including Troop.He was paid a base salary of $390,000 last year, plus an $87,000 bonus. If the games came in on time and on budget, Troop would have been eligible for a $780,000 bonus.Former Ontario deputy health minister Saad Rafi has been appointed the new CEO and will take over for Troop in January.David Peterson, chair of the 2015 games has released a statement saying “I’d like to extend our sincere gratitude to Ian for all of his hard work, his commitment and his contributions.”Photo: Laurier Alumni website

When pot shops are new kids on the block other businesses arent

by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press Posted Nov 11, 2014 1:31 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email When pot shops are new kids on the block, other businesses aren’t always too happy DENVER – The booming new marijuana industry has an image problem. Not with government officials and the public — but with other businesses.From crime fears to smell complaints, new marijuana retailers and growers face suspicion and sometimes open antagonism from their commercial neighbours, especially in Denver, which now has 200 marijuana retailers and dozens of pot growing and manufacturing facilities.The strife went public last week along a once-forlorn stretch of highway south of downtown Denver now sprinkled with marijuana shops.About two dozen pot shops along this stretch of Broadway, often dubbed “Broadsterdam,” had a marketing idea for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Why not join forces with neighbouring antique shops to market the whole area as “The Green Mile”?The pot shops called a meeting, expecting an enthusiastic response from neighbouring businesses that have seen boarded-up storefronts replaced with bustling pot shops with lines out the door. Instead, the suggestion unleashed a torrent of anger from the antique shops.“We don’t want to work with you,” said James Neisler, owner of Heidelberg Antiques. “Your customers, they’re the long-haired stinky types. They go around touching everything and they don’t buy anything.”The meeting went downhill from there. Despite the support of some neighbours — one quipped that stoned shoppers carrying lots of cash have been great for business — the proposal exposed simmering antagonism. The pot shops feel they’ve revitalized a blighted neighbourhood. Some tenants say pot has ruined a neighbourhood lined with storefronts that date to the 1940s.It’s a clash that is playing out in other communities in Colorado and Washington that allow marijuana businesses — and could stretch to other states now that Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., have all legalized recreational pot.The central-Colorado city of Manitou Springs voted last week on whether to kick out recreational pot shops. The ballot measure was proposed by other business owners who complained a dispensary was harming the tourist town’s family-friendly reputation. The ballot measure failed.Jason Warf, executive director of the Southern Colorado Cannabis Council, said his 30 or so members frequently clash with other businesses. In fact, his group was formed when existing chambers of commerce rejected cannabis-related members.“They should accept us and embrace for what we’ve done, the jobs we’ve created and the tourists we bring,” Warf said. “And yet some mainstream business organizations are still demonizing cannabis.”Warf said he spends much of his time negotiating smell complaints and other gripes between his members and their neighbours.“Until cannabis is accepted nationwide, this is going to keep happening,” said Warf, whose group began in 2009. “We would love to work ourselves out of a job, but I think that’s a long time coming.”Denver officials say marijuana is to blame for J.C. Penney’s decision in 2012 not to reopen a store on a downtown pedestrian mall. The retailer sought assurances it wouldn’t have to share entrance areas with marijuana dispensaries in a mixed-use development, a guarantee the city couldn’t make.Jeremy Nemeth, chair of the Department of Planning and Design at the University of Colorado Denver, helped craft Colorado land-use regulations for the marijuana industry. He said it’s too soon for reliable data on whether marijuana shops depress property values. But preliminary studies indicate they don’t attract crime.Nemeth said local zoning regulations frequently force pot shops to already-depressed parts of town, where they join the likes of firearms dealers and pornography shops.“Some might talk about these shops as a blight on our neighbourhood, and others might say, ‘Really? They’re worse than the empty doughnut shop and the vacuum repair shop?’” Nemeth said. “Are these new businesses really a bad idea? Or is it just a knee-jerk reaction? It’s too soon to say.”There are some signs of a thaw in the business community. The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce now has a handful of cannabis-related members.And marijuana’s oldest arch-rival — alcohol — is showing interest. Last summer the Wine & Spirits Daily Summit met in Denver, and the group of several hundred invited an edible pot manufacturer and the leader of the marijuana-legalization campaign to speak.“I never thought I’d be here,” said Mason Tvert, now spokesman for the national Marijuana Policy Project, before his remarks.Back at the “Green Mile” meeting, dispensary owner Tim Cullen told his neighbours that pot isn’t going anywhere.“We’re all in business on the same street together. Our goals are similar,” Cullen said.The two sides planned to meet again to come up with a plan to live together.“Pot shops are legal. We’re going to have to co-exist,” said Robert Crayne, owner of The Antique Exchange. “Things are changing and we’re trying to change with it. It’s just hard to strike that balance.”___Kristen Wyatt can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/APkristenwyatt read more

Female gardaí to be deployed to catch repeat Shankill sex attacker

first_imgFemale gardaí to be deployed to catch repeat Shankill sex attacker Gardai are attempting new ways to catch the man they believe to be behind all the attacks. The green area surrounding Shankill Dart Station. Image: Google Maps Image: Google Maps Short URL 46,874 Views Share756 Tweet Email4 Feb 2nd 2017, 12:01 AM By Garreth MacNameecenter_img The green area surrounding Shankill Dart Station. http://jrnl.ie/3216766 Thursday 2 Feb 2017, 12:01 AM 65 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article UNDERCOVER FEMALE GARDAÍ are to walk the streets of south Dublin in a bid to catch a repeat sex offender targeting women walking home from work.The move comes after a woman in her 40s was attacked as she walked to her house in the Bayview area of Killiney, a short distance from Shankill dart station.Officially, gardaí are saying that they are at the very early stages of their investigation.But behind closed doors, they believe that Monday’s attacker was the same man who assaulted a number of women in the Shankill area last year.Female gardaí are now being deployed to entice the would-be attacker into striking. According to one senior security source, a similar plan was rolled out last year when more attacks started to happen.Gardaí in the area have interviewed the victim of this week’s attack and are now contemplating releasing a visual description of the man to the public.However, there have been a number of objections to the methods gardaí are using. Last year, they employed a similar tactic and ended up apprehending a young man who was following the female garda and wolf-whistling at her. Her partner was following close behind and detained the man.AttacksSome female gardaí were stationed at positions last year where there was a high frequency of incidents.Cathaoirleach of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council Cormac Devlin said measures have already been implemented to make the Bayview area less prone to attacks.Obviously, my thoughts go out to this woman and I sincerely hope she makes a full recovery. She should never have had to endure something like this.“Since the incident happened on Monday, it has been established that the bushes will be cut back and more lighting will be placed around the Bayview estate which will hopefully act as a deterrent against attacks such as these,” Devlin told TheJournal.ie.“This is the second serious incident in the Killiney area this year. I welcome the establishment of an incident room to investigate the attack. I would ask the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the gardaí. I have also asked garda management to step up patrols, particularly mountain bike patrols, around Killiney.”Two weeks ago, a group of US tourists were attacked three kilometres from the Bayview estate as they walked to get an Aircoach.Last year, a number of women were attacked near Shankill Dart Station in a short period of time, leading to protestors occupying the local garda station demanding that more be done to protect women.The first known incident involving this suspected attacker occurred in December, 2015, when a woman was assaulted as she walked near Shankill Dart Station.A month later in January 2016, a woman was attacked 300 metres from the Dart station at the entrance to the Holly Park estate. Two weeks later, two complaints of assault were made to the authorities. The incidents are alleged to have taken place on the Quinn’s Road just after Shankill village and on Military Road, which leads to Killiney Dart Station. This week’s attack occurred in between Shankill Dart Station and Military Road.A garda spokeswoman this evening said they are urging anyone who was near Bayview on Monday evening and saw anything suspicious to come forward.She said: “Gardaí are anxious to speak with any members of the public that were in the vicinity of Killiney Dart Station, Seafield Road, Killiney Hill Road, Military Road and Bayview anytime between 5pm and 6.30pm on the evening of Monday 3o January.“They are also appealing to taxi drivers and any members of the public who were travelling by car in that vicinity and whose vehicle was fitted with a recordable dash camera system.”Witnesses are asked to contact Dun Laoghaire Garda Station 01-6665000, the Garda Confidential Telephone line on 1 800 666 111 or any garda station.Read: Shannon ‘loner’ avoids jail after posting photos of 19 local teenage girls to porn site >Read: Ross urges unions and Bus Éireann to start negotiations with “a blank sheet of paper” >last_img read more

Gardaí investigating after drone sighting at Dublin Airport causes 30minute flight shutdown

first_img Source: Flightradar24/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article DUBLIN AIRPORT HAS resumed flight operations after they were earlier suspended due to the sighting of a drone.Operations were suspended for 30 minutes, and flight schedules are now beginning to return to normal.Two flights were diverted to Belfast and one to Shannon during that period.Gardaí have said they are “investigating the alleged sighting of a drone around the area at Dublin Airport”. No arrests have currently been made. An airport spokesperson said a pilot had reported a definite sighting of a drone while taxiing to a runway. The pilot made the report to air traffic control and a decision was made to suspend flights. “A 30-minute suspension of flights was implemented by air traffic control at that point, which is the agreed procedure in such cases,” the DAA – which handles operations at Dublin Airport – said in a statement.  Source: Rónán Duffy/Twitter Many flights are holding due the confirmed sighting of a drone over Dublin Airport.Live map: https://t.co/srQlZ7tWiE pic.twitter.com/bwfbJk2d5R— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) February 21, 2019 Feb 21st 2019, 11:55 AM Raised in the DáilThe matter was raised in the Dáil this afternoon by Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary who questioned Tánaiste Simon Coveney over the government’s preparedness to deal with issues of drones at airports. “This is an issue that has been raised with the Minister for Transport. He has given a commitment to look into the issue and to ensure that an appropriate response is put in place,” Coveney said. “But there are some very sophisticated airports in some very well-resourced countries that haven’t been able to deal with this issue easily. “So I don’t think we should pretend that Ireland should be immune from challenges that are very difficult to deal with from a technical perspective. But of course we will learn from the lessons of others… and ensure that we put mechanisms in place that are as effective as possible.At the airport After flights had resumed, an increased number of plane watchers gathered at the airport’s perimeter to watch planes taking off and landing again.A number of gardaí were also present at the layby and airport rescue vehicles were driving past inside the perimeter.Ugo Alambi and his wife Patricia said they usually come by for ten minutes each day to watch the planes and arrived today after flights had resumed.They said both gardaí and Airport Police were patrolling and asking watchers what they had seen.“We came here and saw all the police afterwards and I asked what was happening and she said it was a drone. There were a lot of [police] around,” Ugo said.He added that he knows the incident is a first for Ireland and can be difficult to stop.“It happened over in England, I know that but it’s the first time here.“I was talking to my friend here and she was saying, they can be anywhere these drones, they can be anywhere, so it’s very difficult to catch.”A couple of other watchers noted that flights returned swiftly after they were suspended this morning. Airport police cars patrol at Dublin Airport this afternoon. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieConcerns Concerns were expressed late last year that an Irish airport could be affected by drones after Gatwick Airport near London was shut down due to the presence of a drone in December. The British Army was called into help address the situation and there was massive disruption at the London airport, which only operates one runway, all day on 20 December as a result of drones flying overhead.The vast majority of the 110,000 passengers due to fly to or from the airport were affected as at least 800 flights were cancelled and a number of others diverted or delayed.The chaos at the time sparked concerns that a similar incident could happen at an Irish airport, with questions whether there were laws in place to help combat a situation like today’s occurring. Since December 2015, all drones weighing over 1kg must be registered with the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).Under the Irish Aviation Authority (Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drones) and Rockets) Order, drones are not allowed fly in civil or military controlled airspace or within 5km of an aerodrome or airport unless the aerodrome operator has given permission, and no higher than 400 feet above ground or sea level.Safety meetingIn January, Transport Minister Shane Ross convened a special meeting of the  National Civil Aviation Threat and Risk Group over the risks posed by drones. “There are already strict rules in Ireland around the use of drones, including an exclusion zone of five kilometres around airports,” the minister said at the time. “The misuse of drones is an offence, and flying drones in controlled Irish airspace or within five kilometres of an airport is a very serious matter.I have asked my department to convene at short notice a special meeting of an expert industry group to assess recent events and advise me on how we are prepared at our own airports and whether there are further things which can be done. – With reporting from Rónan Duffy at Dublin Airport, and Órla Ryan     Share424 Tweet Email9 Short URL Flights are operating again at Dublin Airport after a drone sighting caused an earlier suspension. Significant number of plane watchers now watching take off and landings pic.twitter.com/Jpc5ai5q2k— Rónán Duffy (@ronanduffy_) February 21, 2019 By Cormac Fitzgerald The safety and security of airport users is [the] DAA’s key priority at all times and staff at Dublin Airport, the IAA, and other agencies continue to remain vigilant in relation to drone activity in the vicinity of the airport.  Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One, a spokesperson for the DAA said there would be some knock-on delays as a result of the suspension, but that as the stoppage was only for a relatively short time, airlines should catch up throughout the day.  As there were no further drone sightings within the 30-minute suspension period, Dublin Airport resumed flight operations shortly after noon.    Gardaí investigating after drone sighting at Dublin Airport causes 30-minute flight shutdown Two flights were diverted to Belfast and one to Shannon during that period. 94,858 Views Thursday 21 Feb 2019, 3:56 PM 95 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4505111 Updated Feb 21st 2019, 3:56 PM last_img read more

La Chine lancera sa seconde sonde lunaire en octobre 2010

first_imgLa Chine lancera sa seconde sonde lunaire en octobre 2010Chine – Dans le cadre de ses recherches sur la faisabilité d’un alunissage, la Chine prévoit de lancer sa seconde sonde lunaire, Chang’e 2, au mois d’octobre prochain. Alors que Barack Obama a renoncé au retour d’astronautes américains sur le satellite naturel de la Terre, c’est en 2017 que la Chine devrait avoir achevé les trois phases de son programme d’exploration lunaire.Comme l’a souligné Bao Weimin, membre de l’Académie des sciences chinoise, “un programme d’alunissage est nécessaire, car il pourrait profiter au développement technologique et scientifique du pays”.À lire aussiAprès l’annulation de son lancement pour la Lune à la dernière minute, l’Inde est de nouveau prêteLiang Xiaohong, chef du comité du parti communiste chinois pour l’Académie chinoise des technologies de lancement de véhicules, a alors révélé les avancements du programme lunaire du pays, indiquant que le satellite Chang’e 2 sera lancé en octobre prochain par la fusée porteuse Longue Marche 3C. La sonde sera satellisée autour de la Lune. Et d’ajouter que “les scientifiques procèdent déjà à des recherches sur une nouvelle fusée plus puissante, avec une poussée au décollage de 3.000 tonnes”. Cette poussée au décollage sera alors trois fois plus puissante que celle de la fusée Longue Marche-5 qui est actuellement le plus gros lanceur chinois.C’est en 2013 que la Chine prévoit de lancer sa troisième sonde lunaire non habitée, Chang’e 3. Cette étape consistera notamment en un atterrissage en douceur sur la Lune, suivi du débarquement d’un véhicule d’exploration de la surface et du sous-sol de la Lune. C’est avec la récupération d’échantillons, prévue en 2017, que le programme d’exploration lunaire chinois s’achèvera.La Chine a lancé la sonde Chang’e 1 en octobre 2007. Elle s’est écrasée sur la surface de la Lune en mars 2009, achevant une mission de 16 mois.Le 12 mars 2010 à 12:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Save the Date Harvest some fun raise some funds as fall kicks

first_imgEver wondered how to forage for and prepare mushrooms?Learn the hows and whys at Harvest Festival, which starts at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., Portland. This free fall festival is packed with entertaining, family-friendly activities such as arm-painting and other crafts. Featuring more than 35 local vendors, you’ll feel at home with any of the beer, snacks, sweets or produce. Kit Zhu, executive chef at OMSI’s Theory restaurant, will lead demonstrations on finding and cooking mushrooms at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. At 1 p.m., you can take in the “Chopped”-style cook off, where chefs will compete to make the best harvest feast using Oregon speciality crops. Admission to the event is free; parking is $5. 503-797-4675 or omsi.edu/calendar/harvest-festivalAs the hurricane season continues to take a toll on the Southeast, aid in the relief efforts and knock out some holiday shopping. At Mom’s Market and Auction at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 7, browse a variety of vendors while in search of the perfect gifts. The market includes a silent auction aimed at fundraising. Each vendor donates an item to the auction, and the proceeds from that auction will benefit the MOMS Club Mother-to-Mother fund, which provides grants for emergency expenses for mothers who are struggling financially or need help recovering after a natural disaster. The market will be at Keller Williams Premier Partners, 2211 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver; admission is free. 907-723-6460 or facebook.com/events/316867572071840With 191 years of life in the rear-view, the oldest apple tree in Washington dates back to Thomas Jefferson’s presidency — and 1826. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at Old Apple Tree Park, 112 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver, celebrate another year at the Old Apple Tree Festival as this forefather of Washington apple trees slowly creeps up on its bicentennial. The festival features arts and crafts, tree-care workshops, live music and free apple-cider pressing. Bring your own clean apples and a container for cider. Admission is free. 360-487-8308 or cityofvancouver.us/ufc/page/old-apple-tree-festival-0There’s a regular old haunted house — and then there’s FrightTown, which operates more like a massive haunted apartment complex. These three different haunted houses, all in one location, total 40,000 square feet on one city block, beneath Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 300 N. Winning Way in Portland. Jump once or twice visiting “Baron Von Goolo’s Museum of Horrors,” an occult museum that features evil clowns and sea monkeys. Or test the thrills at “Fear the Dark,” FrighTown’s new pitch-black maze. And if you’d rather not bounce back in horror, try “Buried Alive,” a live burial simulator, where participants experience the sounds, smells and sensations of being dumped in an unmarked grave. The haunted houses run Oct. 7-31 from 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Oct. 31; and 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28. Admission is $25. 503-963-4400 or frighttown.com/index.htmlYou’ve probably seen them in movies or television shows, but barbershop quartets exist in real life, and the Evergreen District Barbershop Harmony Convention and Contest is where the best Northwest quartets slug it out for bragging rights. Ensembles from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, plus Alberta and British Columbia, Canada, will strike up a tune this year beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 13. The choral contest begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 14, with finals and a Show of Champions at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14, all at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St. Tickets are $36, $18 for ages 14 to 26, and free for 13 and younger. 971-238-7664 or bridgetownsound.orglast_img read more

Number of flurelated deaths in San Diego rises to record high 142

first_imgSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The number of reported influenza-related deaths in the San Diego region this flu season has reached 142 — a record high, county health officials reported Wednesday.In comparison, there were 14 deaths in San Diego County at the same time last year.It’s the most deadly flu season since the county began collecting records two decades ago, health officials said. The previous deadliest flu season was in 2014-2015, when 97 people died.Though deaths have continued to rise in January, health officials say a drop in the overall number of cases for two consecutive weeks could be a sign of a peak.There were 2,070 lab-confirmed cases in the county last week, down from 3,046 the week before.“Unfortunately, after a high number of flu cases is reported, deaths typically follow,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer.“We continue to monitor flu activity in the region to see if cases and emergency room activity will continue to drop and determine whether the season has peaked.”Wooten said the record number of deaths could be due to the use of an electronic reporting system, which makes it easier for medical professionals to report and identify flu-related deaths.Public health officials say it’s not too late to get vaccinated.“The flu vaccine is the best public health tool we have, and an annual flu shot is recommended to everyone over six months,” Wooten said.“The vaccine helps your body develop protection in two weeks and can lessen severity if one gets the flu. The vaccine is matched with all four circulating strains.”In addition to getting vaccinated, health experts say people should wash their hand thoroughly and often, use hand sanitizer, stay away from sick people, avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth, and avoid contact with others in the event they fall ill.Vaccines are available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies.Those without insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated. For a list of locations, visit www.sdiz.org or call 2-1-1. January 17, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Flu, Flu season FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Updated: 3:21 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 17, 2018 Number of flu-related deaths in San Diego rises to record high 142last_img read more