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World Cup 2011 Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan

first_imgSkipper Shakib Al Hasan is young and is leading a young team at the World Cup. A good batsman, who can stay at the crease for long in demanding situations, Shakib will be hoping to prove his mettle in the mega tournament.Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Ashraful are his trusted aides. Syed Rasel and Shahadat Hossain are good pacemen in the Bangladesh team. Often labelled as minnows, they can even spring a surprise.Shakib Al Hasan’s statisticslast_img

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Helicopters, VIPs kept away from Garhwal by Congress(I) during Assembly elections

first_imgBahuguna (left) and Singh: Foregone conclusion?Stragegy in GarhwalHelicopters and VIPs are being studiously kept away from Garhwal by the Congress(I) during the Assembly elections this time. The electorate in this hilly region wasn’t impressed by all the pomp and show displayed by the ruling party last year. Congress(I) also seems,Bahuguna (left) and Singh: Foregone conclusion?Stragegy in GarhwalHelicopters and VIPs are being studiously kept away from Garhwal by the Congress(I) during the Assembly elections this time. The electorate in this hilly region wasn’t impressed by all the pomp and show displayed by the ruling party last year. Congress(I) also seems to have resigned itself to the victory of Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna in the Lok Sabha by-election from this constituency later this month.The Central leadership has quietly passed on the campaign to the state unit of the party which in turn has passed it on to the state Youth Congress, Uttar Pradesh Youth Congress President Sanjay Singh has been camping out in the constituency along with scores of young party colleagues for the past three weeks. Low key. door-to-door campaigns with local grass roots level leaders appears to be the main strategy.If Bahuguna wins, the Central leaders can conveniently wash their hands off the defeat by saying they had not bothered much about it. If the Congress(I) does manage to romp home, it will be a pleasant surprise for the party managers in Delhi as well as the candidate. Chandra Mohan Singh Negi, Uttar Pradesh’s minister for hill development. On test also is the organising skill of Sanjay Singh. Once the right hand man of the late Sanjay Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh, Singh played a key role in ensuring the victory of all Congress(I) candidates in the state Rajya Sabha poll.Asiad’s ‘Colourful’ delayThe IX Asiad is coming and we are getting ready, reads the message of the half-page advertisements in the dailies. But arrangements are still far from complete. With the games just six months away, the tickets for the Asiad – the largest spectacle of sport in Asia held once every four years – have still to be printed to be sold overseas and at home. The problem lies in the indecision of the organisers, who are still debating what colours the various tickets should be.Signalling the SovietsThe Soviet Union’s recent offer to Pakistan to help them set up a tractor factory and establish more steel mills, and the hobnobbing of Soviet diplomats with Pakistanis in some world capitals, has greatly annoyed Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. It is not so much the uncooperative attitude of the Communist Party of India (CPI), which follows the Moscow lines, but the Soviet attempts to get closer to Pakistan that have caused suspicion and indignation in New Delhi. A top source in South Block said that Soviet attempts to woo Pakistan are designed to pinprick New.Delhi and to get Mrs Gandhi to yield to their dictates. Mrs Gandhi has deliberately announced recently that she was proposing to visit both Washington and Moscow, just to signal to the Soviets that she is not one to be pressured.MiG HuntingPersistent reports that India may be considering purchase of the late: MiG variants, the MiG-27 and MiG-29, seem to have been confirmed. A batch of Indian Air Force fighter pilots who have been flying MiGs are currently in the Soviet Union for a three-month training programme with the new aircraft. Sources say that the training will mainly be on the MiG-27 Flogger-D, a tactical strike aircraft; but they will also test-fly the MiG-29 which is still in its initial production stages. The sources say that India may eventually settle only for the MiG-27 which has the advantage of being able to operate from unprepared or under-prepared runways.Travails of an  exileLaldenga, leader of the outlawed Mizo National Front, has set up his new home in a small town in West Germany just outside Frankfurt, according to sources, Laldenga, who was asked to leave the country last fortnight after six years of fruitless negotiations over the prickly Mizo problem, spent two days in London before proceeding to Frankfurt.advertisementHe is no stranger to the country and had in fact lived there in exile before being called back to India by the Government. Initially, the Indian Government had left out Britain and West Germany from the list of countries his new passport permitted him to visit, but later changed its mind and endorsed them on the document. However, there are indications that Laldenga might finally settle down closer to his homeland. Sources say that he has close connections with Bangladesh President General Ershad and he could possibly return to Dacca, an ideal base from where he can resume his former activities.Going great guns Swami Dhirendra: Finger in every pieThe hirsute Swami Dhirendra Brahmachari seems to have a finger in every pie, particularly in Jammu, the site of his opulent ashram. He has now added another acquisition to his list in the form of a gun manufacturing firm. Now, over a dozen MPs have, in a memorandum, demanded an inquiry into the alleged grant of a gun manufacturing licence to the firm. According to the memorandum Brahmachari secured the ownership of the Jammu-based firm and then applied to the Union Home Ministry and had the production of the factory increased to 3,000 guns a year.advertisementlast_img read more

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Indias experience of composite culture could be model for

first_imgothers: AnsariNew Delhi, Apr 26 (PTI) Vice President Hamid Ansari, who has often flagged issues relating to pluralism, today said Indias experience of a large Muslim minority living in secular polity having a composite culture could be a model for others to emulate.”The Indian experience of a large Muslim minority living in secular polity having a composite culture could even be a model for others to emulate,” he said.Quoting Algerian-French philosopher Mohammed Arkoun, the Vice President said “it was the challenge of our times to rethink modernity” so that, critical thought, anchored in modernity but criticising modernity itself and contributing to its enrichment through recourse to the Islamic example could open up a new era in social movements.Ansari also suggested that thinking minds should look beyond questions of identity and dignity in a defensive mode and explore how both can be furthered in a changing India and a changing world.He was speaking at a function to releasing the book Fikr brought out by National Institute of Faith Leadership.Ansari said the book is an effort to remove the popular and prejudiced impressions about Islam as a faith and Muslims as a people.He said that he felt that there is a crying need to look at the unexplored or inadequately explored requirements of all segments of the community particularly women, youth, and non-elite sections who together constitute the overwhelming majority and remain trapped in a “vicious circle of a culturally defensive posture that hinders self advancement and well-being.”advertisement”This would necessitate sustained and candid interaction with fellow citizens without a syndrome of superiority or inferiority and can be fruitful only in the actual implementation of the principles of justice, equality and fraternity inscribed in the Preamble of the Constitution and the totality of fundamental rights,” he said.Lauding the National Institute of Faith Leadership, Ansari said it has undertaken this, to reiterate traditional values which are of contemporary relevance and reposition them in a secular, plural and national context.”It seeks to mould the students-clerics and scholars into faith leaders of tomorrow by providing them with the required guidance, tools and technology. The aim is to celebrate Islam, rooted in its core values and expressing them in their inherent flexibility, progression, reception and interaction,” he said. PTI AMR KND PAL KNDlast_img read more

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Nita Ambani made member of IOCs Olympic Channel Commission

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 26 (PTI) Indias first woman International Olympic Committee member Nita Ambani has made it to two important commissions of the global sports governing body, including the prestigious Olympic channel. Besides the Olympic Channel, the 53-year-old Ambani has also been made a member of Olympic education Commission as IOC announced the composition of 26 commissions for 2017. She is one of the 16 members of the Olympic Channel Commission headed by United States Olympic Committee Chairman Lawrence Francis Probst. Ambani has replaced International Paralympic Committee President Philip Craven, who was a member of the commission till last year. The Olympic Channel, ambitious brainchild of IOC President Thomas Bach, received the go-ahead from the full IOC in December 2015. The digital channel, projected to cost about USD 600 million over the first seven years, was launched in August last year during Rio Games. The Madrid-based channel is designed to promote Olympic sports and values year-round. It will be a mix of sports programming, Olympic archive footage, news and other material. Ambani is also named in the 24-member Olympic Education Commission, which is headed by New Zealander Barry John Maister, an IOC member and a 1976 Olympic hockey gold medallist. Ambani, the founder chairperson of Reliance Foundation, was elected as an individual member of International Olympic Committee last year and became the first Indian woman to join the body, which governs Olympic sports in the world. She will serve the world sports apex body till the age of 70. Ambani was a member of IOC Commission for Public Affairs and Social Development Through Sports last year. Another Indian, Olympic medallist shuttler Saina Nehwal continues to be in the IOC Athletes Commission. She was appointed in that position in October last year. The new announcement of the composition of the IOC commissions for 2017 is marked by an increase of 70 per cent in female participation since September 2013. The commissions also reflect a broader geographical representation and include a number of new faces from this generation. “Listening to youth, entrusting youth and empowering youth is needed more than ever in the world of sport,” said Bach in an IOC Statement. “This will contribute to keeping tomorrows sport and the Olympic Movement as a whole relevant, inspiring and impactful. We need to mentor and nurture the next generation of sports leaders. This recent move is a positive signal and message for the entire movement and world of sport,” he added. Bach has significantly increased the number of women in the commission since his election, with 38 per cent of places now taken by women — a historic high. In 2017, 29 more positions are held by women across the 26 IOC commissions than in 2016, and female members are present on each of them. The changes to the function and composition of the commissions, which are effected by the IOC President working closely with the IOC Executive Board, also include increases in the number of members from America, Africa and Asia, thus guaranteeing a more global and diverse continental representation. “These changes are aligned with the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020 and show that a stronger participation of women and a more diversified continental representation are our top priorities,” said Bach. “The diversity of members guarantees interesting and more inclusive discussions and reflects the Olympic Movements commitment to universality.” PTI PDS CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Olympiakos Beats Greek Leader PAOK 1-0 to Trail by 1 Point

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Defending Greek champion Olympiakos beat league leader PAOK 1-0 Sunday to narrow the gap separating the two teams to one point.Bjorn Engels was credited with the goal, but all he did was to be in the right place for Carlos Zambrano’s misjudged clearance. That sent the ball ricocheting from Engels’s body and into the net in the 51st minute.PAOK is a point ahead of four pursuers — Olympiakos, AEK, Levadiakos and Panionios, which won 1-0 at Asteras 1-0 Sunday.AEK can claim at least a share of the lead Monday if it does not lose to visiting Atromitos.Also Sunday, Apollon beat Xanthi 2-0 and Larissa won 1-0 at Platanias.Olympiakos beat league leader PAOK 1-0, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. Photo: EurokinissiOlympiakos beat league leader PAOK 1-0, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. Photo: EurokinissiOlympiakos beat league leader PAOK 1-0, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. Photo: EurokinissiOlympiakos beat league leader PAOK 1-0, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. Photo: EurokinissiTweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

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Iranian girl detained for watching football match in stadium

first_imgA photo of an Iranian girl has gone viral after she was detained for watching a football match in Iran.The woman, whose Instagram account is named Zeinab_perspolisi_ak8 gained widespread recognition on the social media platform after she posted a picture of herself in the back of a police van after being detained.Zeinab posted a series of photos on her Instagram account which also included a selfie taken in the stadium, where she can be seen wearing a cap and using a cloth to cover her face.For watching a football match some girls in Iran went to jail and court,but nothing can stop them.Zeinab posted a photo on her Instagram account yesterday from Police’s van during Perspolis match,she usually dressed as a boy and snuck in to stadiums.@FIFAcom pic.twitter.com/DBd3N4ketBOpenStadiums (@openStadiums) September 20, 2018Iranian women are not allowed to enter stadiums where male athletes play. The ruling has been in place since the Islamic revolution of 1979, however they are allowed to watch women play.In March this year, 35 women were detained for trying to watch a football match between Tehran teams Esteqlal and Persepolis. The match was also attended by Fifa’s president, Gianni Infantino.Iranian women have long been fighting for the right to enter stadiums. A group of activists also protested against the ruling during 2018 World Cup in Russia as they held up posters that read Let Iranian women enter their stadiums, during one of Iran’s group match.advertisementIn Russia, a plea to support Iranian women to enter stadiumsNot just the stadium ban but compulsory hijab rule for women athletes from Iran and even for those visiting the country has also drawn criticism in the past.Over the last two years, two high-profile Indian athletes have withdrawn from high-profile sporting events over the hijab rule. Women are required to wear hijab in Iran and there’s no negotiating that.In fact, in November last year, the male coach of the Thailand women’s team wore a hijab to enter the playing arena with his team for the Asian Kabaddi Championship.In 2016, top India shooter Heena Sidhu had pulled out of Asian Airgun Shooting Championship in Iran due to their compulsory hijab rule for all women athletes.last_img read more

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Rain forces England to abandon plans to rotate team against West Indies

first_imgBayliss said: “I feel disappointed for him that he’s not going to be at the World Cup and the Ashes. But inthe cricket coaching world a job like the one he has taken on doesn’t come up every day. He might be taking on another job but he’s still young enough [51] that in a few years time he’d be a candidate [for the role of England head coach].” Share on Twitter The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Share on Pinterest Stokes was unsure he could bowl after rolling his ankle in training and Bayliss took a positive from the honesty on this occasion of a cricketer who often tries to play through the pain. But the all-rounder is expected to be fully fit for Wednesday’s fourth fixture and will likely return with the five-match series still 1-1, reducing the scope for any rotation of personnel.“One of the things we wanted to do on this tour is not only win but, if we could, give everyone a run,” said Bayliss. “The team that wins the World Cup will probably have the strongest squad. I don’t think you’ll get through close to a dozen games to win a World Cup with the same team. Your back-up strength will have to be up to speed. Not playing today’s game is probably the only thing that’s hampered that a little bit.”The value of Stokes to the balance of England’s one-day team is immense, such that since the last World Cup no captain has used his sixth bowler more than Morgan. Bayliss insisted they are not over-reliant on this, pointing to the series win in Australia last year when he was unavailable for selection following the incident in Bristol.A lack of action in St George’s – bar the steel band panning out some terrific calypso music and one member of the travelling support grabbing the microphone for an enthusiastic impression of Neil Diamond – also meant England’s batsman have an extra couple of days waiting before they can atone for Friday’s collapse in Barbados. Read more Reuse this content Trevor Bayliss Read more Topics Share on Messenger West Indies v England: third ODI – as it didn’t happen Since you’re here… West Indies cricket team Emma John center_img England cricket team Share on WhatsApp Cricket Time is running out for England to formulate their World Cup plans and so after the third one-day international in Grenada here on Monday was washed out without a ball being bowled the head coach, Trevor Bayliss, was not best pleased.He and the captain, Eoin Morgan, have been hoping to hand game time to all members of the touring party in this final series before the provisional World Cup squad is submitted in April. With Ben Stokes ruled out with a minor injury, Alex Hales, the reserve batsman, was due for a rare outing before the heavens opened. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook news Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Inflatables and influencers: Make Cricket Cool Again or make it free? England in West Indies 2019 “We’ve got to be a bit more ruthless,” said Bayliss, reflecting on the loss of six for 35 in 47 deliveries. “That ruthlessness is something we’vedone well over the last three or four years and that is why we’re in the position we are in at the moment [ranked No 1].“The boys were talking in the changing room that it was a good reminder to them that they can’ttake their foot off the pedal. While you’d rather not have a loss, this one was a gentle reminder that we’ve got to be on our game because there are plenty of teams out there capable of winning this World Cup. West Indies, with the size of their batters and the way some of them hit the ball, can be a chance.”Bayliss departs in September but after this current tour will see out the remainder of his contract without his long-standing No 2, Paul Farbrace. The pair have worked together since their time with Sri Lanka but after Farbrace secured a role as Warwickshire’s new sporting director, Ashley Giles, who heads up the national team, opted not to hold him to his notice period.last_img read more

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Maguire ‘flattered’ by Man Utd interest

first_imgHarry Maguire is “flattered” by Manchester United’s interest and is keen to be a part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Old Trafford rebuild, Goal has learned from sources close to the negotiations to transfer the England international.The Red Devils are looking to push through a deal for the Leicester City centre-back having shown initial interest in him during last summer’s transfer window.But having gone cool on Maguire 12 months ago, United are now looking to tie up a move for the 26-year-old as Solskjaer continues to remodel his playing roster with an emphasis on young, proven British talent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Maguire, who was one of the stars of the Three Lions’ run to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, is ready to become the next building block in the Norwegian’s summer spree.Reports have suggested that United have offered around £70 million ($88m) for the boyhood United fan, but the Foxes board are hoping to attract an offer in excess of £80m ($100m) in order to allow Maguire to depart.But Maguire is now welcoming the chance to join the club and is said to be flattered by the thought of spearheading Solskjaer’s defensive ranks.Solskjaer has plenty of alternatives already available in the heart of their defence, with Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe among their centre-back options.But the United boss wants to increase the quality of his choices in the centre, and Maguire is his number-one target.Harry Maguire England 2018Leicester have completed the club-record £40m ($50m) signing of Youri Tielemans having had the Belgium star on loan from Monaco for the second half of last season.But while manager Brendan Rodgers will be happy to have his midfield stocks bolstered, he could now lose a leading figure of his squad in Maguire.The centre-back will find at least one familiar face at the Theatre of Dreams should he complete a move this summer, with his former Hull City boss Mike Phelan now Solskjaer’s number two at United.United have already been busy in the market this summer, having brought in Welsh attacker Daniel James from Swansea for around £15m and Crystal Palace’s England Under-21 international full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka for £50m.They have since travelled to Australia for the start of their pre-season tour, with a match against Perth Glory on Sunday their first assignment ahead of the new campaign.last_img read more

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Kane Williamson, Trent Boult share New Zealand’s new numbered Test jersey

first_img Asian News International New DelhiJuly 29, 2019UPDATED: July 29, 2019 18:13 IST New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (IANS)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson in an Instagram posted a picture with teammate Trent BoultNZC announced a 15-member squad for the upcoming Test series against Sri LankaThe Kiwis are slated to play two Test matches and three T20Is against Sri LankaNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson on Monday shared his look wearing the new Test jersey with name and number on it. The name and number on the Test jersey is an initiative by the ICC to help fans connect with the players. Williamson in an Instagram posted a picture with teammate Trent Boult and captioned it, new look. International Cricket Council (ICC) used American band Backstreet Boys catchphrase and said New Zealand, known as BlackCaps, is back.BlackCaps shared pictures of its cricketers and wrote, Red ball ready. New Zealand team added another post, saying, All smiles for names and numbers on the shirts for our @icc World Test Championship launch at @bayoval.New Zealand Cricket (NZC) announced a 15-member squad for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka, which marks the start of ICC World Test Championship for the Kiwis.The team will be led by Kane Williamson and the test squad comprises of four frontline spinners. Left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel and off-spinner Will Somerville have been called back into the team to bolster the spin bowling attack.Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, and Colin de Grandhomme have been named in the squad as fast-bowling options. BJ Watling will act as the regular wicket-keeper, but in case, he gets injured, the management has named Tom Blundell as the wicket-keeping cover.New Zealand recently finished as the runners-up in the recently concluded ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. They lost to England on the basis of boundary countback rule as both 50-over action and super over ended up in a tie.advertisementThe Kiwis are slated to play two Test matches and three T20Is against Sri Lanka. The management is yet to announce the T20I squad.BlackCaps 15-member team for upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka:Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, JEet Raval, Will Somerville, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (wk).The first Test match will be played from August 14 to 18 at Galle, followed by the second Test from August 22 to 26 in Colombo. The three T20Is will be played on August 31, September 2 and 6.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Kane WilliamsonFollow Trent BoultFollow New ZealandFollow NZC Kane Williamson, Trent Boult share New Zealand’s new numbered Test jerseyThe Kiwis are slated to play two Test matches and three T20Is against Sri Lanka. The management is yet to announce the T20I squad.advertisementlast_img read more

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Adult Learners Graduate in Windsor Area

first_imgWhen Jacquelen Miller-Parker was a 19-year-old high-school student, work looked like a better idea than going to school. But after 20 years of waiting tables, she decided to return to learning. Her first step was to enrol in the Windsor Adult High School, to obtain her high school diploma for adults. “I left Windsor High School when I was 19 years old. I wasn’t interested in high school anymore and I thought I had a better future making money,” said Ms. Miller-Parker. “I wanted to try for a higher paying job, but realized I needed to get my high school diploma first. After being at the Windsor Adult High School, I became aware of my academic abilities and set higher goals for myself.” Ms. Miller-Parker has been accepted in the Bachelor of Education program at Mount Saint Vincent University, where she will study to become an elementary school teacher. She is one of 15 adult learners to graduate today, June 24, with a high-school diploma from the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board’s Windsor Adult High School. “Through the School for Adult Learning, Nova Scotians, like Jacquelen, get the skills they need to succeed at home, at work and in the community,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “The school is part of our effort to ensure people can return to learning and help pave the way to a brighter future for themselves and their families.” More than 450 Nova Scotians are graduating this month with a high-school diploma for adults. About 4,800 Nova Scotians are enrolled in programs supported by the School for Adult Learning at more than 170 sites across the province. “Congratulations to the 2005 graduates of the Windsor Adult High School. The number of graduates has doubled from last year and we are proud of the group that will be moving on, many to post-secondary institutions,” said Joanne MacGillvray, administrator, Windsor Adult High School. “Many of our students achieved this goal while raising a family and working a part-time job. Their dedication and commitment to finishing high school has been rewarded and we wish them success in the future.” The School for Adult Learning is funded by the departments of Education and Community Services, and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is part of the provincial government’s Skills Nova Scotia initiative, which involves training and skills upgrading, from basic literacy to workplace learning and job skills training.last_img read more

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Trinidad Drilling sells rigs to Saudi Arabia instead of moving them to

CALGARY — Trinidad Drilling Ltd. says it has struck a deal to sell its three drilling rigs in Saudi Arabia for about $114 million instead of moving them to the United States as it announced earlier this year.The Calgary-based drilling company says it will realize about $69 million from the sale of the rigs, with the rest payable to a partner.Trinidad says it will upgrade three wholly-owned rigs already in the United States for about $16 million to meet customer demand in Texas, in lieu of the Saudi-bound rigs.Trinidad had wanted to move the rigs to the U.S. to take advantage of high demand there but CEO Brent Conway says selling is a better option because the funds can be used for its capital program or to repay debt.The company is in the midst of a review of strategic options to create additional value for shareholders. read more

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Amount Canadians owe compared with income ticks lower but still near record

Credit cards are displayed in Montreal in a Wednesday, December 12, 2012 file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz Amount Canadians owe compared with income ticks lower but still near record high OTTAWA – The amount Canadians owe compared with their income ticked lower in the first quarter but remained near record levels as mortgage debt continued to climb.Statistics Canada said Wednesday the amount of household credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income slipped to 166.9 per cent in the quarter compared with 167.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year.That means that for every dollar of disposable income, Canadians owe about $1.67.Economists and policy-makers, including the Bank of Canada, have raised concerns about household debt and see it as a key risk to the economy.Low interest rates have fuelled the growth in household debt in recent years, but the central bank has started dropping hints that may be changing as the economy has improved.Canadians should be thinking about what their finances would look like were interest rates to rise, Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz said this week.Royal Bank economist Laura Cooper said the cost of servicing debt has remained broadly unchanged in recent years, but households’ sensitivity to rate hikes is likely greater now than when rates have risen in the past.“Non-mortgage debt tends to command higher borrowing rates and variable payments, leaving households increasingly vulnerable to a looming uptrend in interest rates,” Cooper wrote in a report.Household income gained 0.9 per cent, Statistics Canada said, greater than the 0.7 per cent increase in household credit market debt.Total debt, which includes consumer credit, and mortgage and non-mortgage loans, totalled $2.041 trillion in the first quarter. Mortgage debt represented 65.7 per cent of that, up from 65.6 per cent during the last three months of last year.“While indebtedness has recently stabilized for Canada as a whole, it still remains elevated, leaving households particularly sensitive to rising rates,” TD Bank economist Diana Petramala said in a note to clients. “Moreover, averages do not tell the full story, with risks still rising in Ontario.”Household net worth at market value rose 2.2 per cent to nearly $10.534 trillion. Households borrowed $27.5 billion on a seasonally adjusted basis in the first quarter, down slightly from $27.6 billion in the previous quarter.Mortgage borrowing increased $2.7 billion from the fourth quarter to $20.9 billion, while demand for consumer credit and non-mortgage loans fell $2.8 billion to $6.5 billion.Statistic Canada’s report came as the Teranet–National Bank national composite house price index, which measures homes sold at least twice in their history, hit a new all-time high for a 16th consecutive month. The index gained 2.2 per cent last month, the largest gain for May in the 19-year history of the index. by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 14, 2017 7:06 am MDT Last Updated Jun 14, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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More than 5000 child soldiers released in 2017 but tens of thousands

The International Day was initiated in 2002 when the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict entered into force on February 12, 2002. This protocol, which sets the minimum age for recruitment into armed forces in conflict at 18, has been ratified by 167 States.Is the international approach fit-for-purpose?Meanwhile, the United Nations University (UNU) has been collaborating with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Luxembourg and Switzerland, to examine whether the international community’s approach to this scourge is effective, or requires adjustments.The goal is to use the empirical findings of the research to inform programmatic guidance for actors in the field and to effectively disengage children from armed groups.In their report, titled Cradled by Conflict: Child Involvement with Armed Groups in Contemporary Conflict, researchers suggest that most children do not so much “opt” into conflict as “grow” into it.According to the report, conflict structures the information they see and the choices they make. It pulls and pushes them in many directions. Conflict erodes their relationships. It exacerbates their needs and exposes them to untold risks. Conflict shapes their identity and heightens their need to find meaning in their lives.Ultimately, the forces of conflict narrow the paths available to children, and tragically, for many, lead to exploitation, violence, and trauma.These findings undermine the conventional wisdom that “violent extremism” or ideology is predominantly responsible for driving children into armed groups.The report proposes five principles for more effective international efforts to prevent and respond to child recruitment and use by armed groups: avoid programmes focused primarily on ideological factors; only incorporate ideological components where individually necessary and where they can be embedded into larger, holistic efforts to address the needs and risks of children; ensure all interventions are empirically based; rigorously assess interventions over the long term; and engage children not just as beneficiaries, but as partners. “Children can only be freed from armed groups and forces through a comprehensive reintegration process, including medical and psycho-social support, as well as educational programmes and trainings,” the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, said Monday, on the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers.“Without a strong political and financial commitment to the reintegration process, re-recruitment is unfortunately likely to happen in many conflict situations,” Ms. Gamba added.Despite progress, boys and girls continue to be recruited, kidnapped, forced to fight or work for military groups or armed forces. The recruitment and use of children happened in all 20 country situations covered by the mandate entrusted to Ms. Gambia and her office.Sixty-one parties to conflict out of 63 are listed for this grave violation in the 2016 Annual Report of the Secretary-General on the issue, making it by far the most widely-spread violation.“It is our responsibility to show these children that there is hope outside of conflicts, that they can live in peace and security and be allowed to live their dreams,” Ms. Gamba, reminded. read more

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What The Last of Us asks of us

first_imgIt has been about two weeks since Naughty Dog released The Last of Us for the PS3 to overwhelmingly positive critical reception. The Last of Us asks more from you than a standard video game does, though, and the way you respond will not only determine your view of the game, but possibly your view of the entire medium.Like various television shows, Naughty Dog grew up with its audience. The humor in South Park was once about cursing and farts, but while the show maintained those two timeless institutions of comedy as it grew older it began tackling delicate political issues and making clever social observations. Naughty Dog followed a similar route, beginning life with the cartoonish mascot platformer Crash Bandicoot, moving on to the colorful, lighthearted adventure Jak and Daxter, which by the second sequel, was a dark, moody, mature game — a stark contrast from the original.The team then took on the Indiana Jones-style action adventure with Uncharted, a game that featured a healthy amount of moral ambiguity and murder. Despite those themes, the Uncharted series is largely a fun, lighthearted romp. Now, with The Last of Us, there isn’t a romp to be had, only a bleak, cruel world in which survival is often not an ideal choice.The game, as you might’ve heard, is phenomenal.Semantics arguments about the quality of the game — meaning the pure gameplay mechanics — aside, the overall experience of TLOU is one of the best in gaming. In fact, I wouldn’t be the only person to wonder aloud if Naughty Dog’s fungal zombie apocalypse simulator is the first instance we’ve had of video game literature.Next page: Come on, literature? 1 2 3last_img read more

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La production de cacao menacée par le réchauffement climatique

first_imgLa production de cacao menacée par le réchauffement climatiqueSi d’ici à 2050, la température globale augmente de 1 à 2°C, certains pays comme le Ghana ou la Côte d’Ivoire verront leur production de cacao menacée. Cette alerte est émise dans un rapport publié par l’International Center for Tropical Agriculture.Des chercheurs de l’International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), basé en Colombie, ont publié un rapport dans lequel ils révèlent la menace qui pèse sur la production de cacao de certains pays d’Afrique, tels la Côte d’Ivoire ou le Ghana. Si en 2050, la température augmente de 2°C comme le prévoient les experts, certaines zones d’Afrique de l’Ouest deviendront impropres à la production de cacao, alertent les chercheurs sur le site Internet (lien non disponible) du CIAT.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Comme le souligne Le Dr PeterLaderach, l’auteur principal de l’étude publiée jeudi, la hausse des températuresa déjà un impact sur les cultures de cacao de quelques zones d’Afrique de l’Ouest. Or les petits exploitants agricolesde Côte-d’Ivoireet du Ghana assurent à eux seuls plus de la moitié de la production de cacao mondiale. En Côte d’Ivoire, cette culture représente 7,5% du PIB, tandis qu’au Ghana, elle compte pour 3,4%.La rapport prévoit que les zones les plus propices à la culture de cacao seront celles situées à des altitudes plus élevées. “Mais le problème est que la plus grande partie de l’Afrique de l’ouest est relativement plate” explique le Dr Laderach. En outre, la recherche de nouvelles zones pour la culture de cacao pourrait engendrer un important déboisement, la destruction d’aires protégées et d’habitats importants pourla floreet la faune. Le rapport préconise donc de se concentrer sur les zones déjà existantes, en diversifiant les cultures des exploitants locaux, mais aussi par exemple, en plantant des arbres dont les feuilles protègeront les plants de cacao de la chaleur.Le 8 octobre 2011 à 17:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Legends of Tomorrow Screws Everything Up in Glorious Ways

first_img DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked Stay on target Legends of Tomorrow really came into its own last season. With The Flash growing ever more somber, Legends emerged as a fun, wacky superhero alternative. One episode in and this season is already doubling down on what worked. Well, after starting the episode with a truly frustrating decision. The second season ended with something really exciting. As a result of all the time manipulation in the finale, they ended up in a present day Los Angeles that had dinosaurs running around. I couldn’t wait to see what they did with that. As it turns out, absolutely nothing.We saw another brief glimpse of a T-Rex walking around a city before a suddenly put-together Rip Hunter appears. Since time has gone all the way wrong, Hunter spent five years developing an organization to replace the Time Masters. In that time, the Time Bureau has become very efficient at fixing the anachronisms the Legends caused. So, only 15 minutes after Rory entrusted the team with the Wave Rider, he returns to take it away. Los Angeles is cleaned up, and the Legends are forced back into normal lives. Everything that follows is a lot of fun, but it’s hard not to feel cheated. We were baited with something truly amazing and ridiculous, only to have it taken away in the episode’s first five minutes. I realize this show requires some kind of reset every season, but what was the point of this? Admittedly, the episode’s actual plot is enjoyable, but it doesn’t hold a candle to what we all imagined a dinosaur in L.A. story could have been. You can’t show us a T-Rex in a modern city and do nothing with it. Haven’t they ever heard of Chekhov’s T-Rex?Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel, Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom and Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)I’d be angrier if seeing the Legends try to adjust to normal life wasn’t so funny. Sara’s working at a bootleg Bed Bath and Beyond, where she has the same fantasies of murdering her boss that we all do when we work those jobs. The difference is she has the skills to plan out exactly how she’s going to do it. Nate is trying to be Central City’s second superhero, but it’s not working out. They’ve got Wally and Wally is the best. Ray is forced to work at an app developer in Silicon Valley, where nobody appreciates his work. Jax and Martin have moved back home, where Martin is spending some time with his now-pregnant daughter. Also, Nate, and Amaya have broken up, and Nate doesn’t want to talk about it. I think there’s more to the story than that, which we’ll learn as the season goes on. As we saw at the end of the episode, she’s back in her hometown in the 1940s, defending it from poachers and colonialists. I guess the Time Bureau may have forced them apart. Her existence in the modern day would certainly count as an anachronism. My only question is, are they going to bring her back, or is this the show’s way of getting us to Mari McCabe?Rory actually did make it all the way to Aruba, where he’s running up a room service tab at a private resort he almost certainly doesn’t intend to pay. It’s there he finds an anachronism the Time Bureau missed. Julius Ceaser is on the beach, planning to conquer the new land he finds himself in. (His constantly flapping face-cover somewhat muffles his voice. It’s a reminder that this show doesn’t exactly have the highest budget.) He contacts the rest of the Legends who decide to get the band back together. It’s satisfying to watch everyone reunite, and it’s also interesting to learn that the Bureau isn’t infallible. They may be more professional than the Legends, but they miss some pretty big things. To prove to Rip that they can still do their old jobs, they steal their ship back, get it repaired and capture Caesar.Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave and Simon Merrells as Caesar (Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW )Now it wouldn’t be a Legends of Tomorrow episode if they didn’t royally screw things up. Because none of them can keep their mouths shut, the team lets slip that Caesar is betrayed and murdered by Brutus. The general steals a history book from Nate, and the Legends learn he went on to conquer the entire world. Home, for them, no longer exists. This is the point where it felt like Legends of Tomorrow was truly back. They see a problem, try to solve it, and end up making things worse. That’s the fun of this show. It’s also great that when the Time Bureau tries to fix things for them, they screw up too. Since The Legends aren’t all heroes, they can recognize less-than-honorable tactics. They instantly figure out that Caesar has set a trap, and save the day with their superpowers. See? There’s a good reason to employ criminals. This show may not have given us more than five seconds of a T-Rex in L.A., but it gave us superheroes fighting Julius Caesar. That’s not a bad consolation at all.In the end, Rip gives them their ship back, acknowledging that their loose cannons, but damn it, they get results. Plus, he vaguely hints at a coming threat that they just might want the Legends around for. We really have nothing to go on as far as what that threat is, but we’ll find out soon enough. Even with the bait-and-switch beginning, Legends of Tomorrow’s season premiere was a hell of a lot of fun. All summer, my Tuesday nights were lacking ridiculous superhero action, and I’m so happy this show is back. It’s big, it’s stupid and I wouldn’t have it any other way.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Dozens of Cute Seals Are Stranded in a Canadian Town

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target Dozens of adorable seals are stranded in a Canadian town after bad weather delayed their journey to the ocean.Roddickton-Bide Arm, which is located in Newfoundland and Labrador, reported that the cuddly visitors have swarmed the community, prompting residents to take action to help them.Few out for a crawl today pic.twitter.com/Qbb5pazTmD— Brendon FitzPatrick (@BrendonFitzPat3) January 6, 2019Sheila Fitzgerald, the town’s mayor, said roughly 40 stranded seals were seen by residents, the Chicago Sun Times reported. Fitzgerald has requested assistance from Canadian authorities, who’ve tried moving the seals back to their original route.According to Fitzgerald, the town has had similar experiences before, where some seals have become confused and ventured to nearby driveways and roads after local coves froze over. However, Fitzgerald finds this current scenario very problematic, because two seals have already died from potential traffic incidents.Seal on the road in Roddickton. I guess someone should call DFO and report that the people are killing them, then you’ll see how quick they’ll show up pic.twitter.com/rD4Hnx6WvU— Brendon FitzPatrick (@BrendonFitzPat3) January 4, 2019Last week, locals began spotting the seals around town, and thought they would find their way back, The (Newfoundland and Labrador) Telegram reported. A Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans spokesperson told The (Newfoundland and Labrador) Telegram that the seals might have been confused, because they couldn’t access the sea due to strong winds.To date, the seals haven’t been able to find their way back. Fitzgerald said more should be done to protect the animals and return them to their habitat.“We’re seeing them more lethargic, they’re not moving as fast,” Fitzgerald told The (Newfoundland and Labrador) Telegram. “It’s really disheartening for people to watch these animals suffer.”More on Geek.com:Watch: Woman Looking for Cat Finds 7-Foot Alligator in Storm DrainWatch: Cute Polar Bear Cub Opens Its Eyes for the First TimeScientists Could Soon Develop ‘Birth Control’ for Mosquitoeslast_img read more

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More candidates choosing not to participate in debates using other media

first_img October 17, 2018 Posted: October 17, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — You can tell it is almost election day by the the number of political attack ads. For the next three weeks the airwaves will be full of them.So far we have seen very few, if any political debates. Many incumbents are rejecting debates, and the challengers are not happy about it.Congressmember Scott Peters agreed to a debate with his opponent, Omar Qudrat, but no media was invited to attend.KUSI’s Dan Plante has more details on why less politicians are deciding to forego debates this election season. More candidates choosing not to participate in debates, using other media Dan Plante, Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Dan Plante last_img read more

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Police defend actions during Occupy Portland raid

first_imgPORTLAND — Portland police on Monday defended their use of batons to shove Occupy Portland protesters from a camp they had held for weeks, and also revealed that bottles and an open pocketknife had been thrown at police officers during a confrontation hours before the camp was taken down.Riot police moved into the camp shortly after noon on Sunday, using batons to shove a cluster of protesters out of the camp and dragging out those who resisted, including some who were holed up in a makeshift fort made of plywood, pallets, shopping carts and other debris. A total of 51 protesters were arrested during the Sunday afternoon action. It came several hours after thousands of people had filled an adjacent street during the night to try to hinder police in carrying out Mayor Sam Adams’ order that protesters had to leave the camp by midnight Saturday.There wasn’t much left of the camp when riot police entered it. Many protesters and the homeless people who lived there since Oct. 6 had moved out. Most of the tents had been taken down. What was left was a scattering of tents and a makeshift fort built of plywood and debris. At least one demonstrator, Justin Bridges, was hospitalized after being dragged away by police. Demonstrators took to Twitter to accuse police of using excessive force when they dragged Bridges from the front lines, saying authorities aggravated a prior back injury. Police said Bridges fell and officers pulled him out of harm’s way and had no way of knowing his medical history.last_img read more

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Donald Trump nominates new US Defence Secretary

first_imgWASHINGTON: The White House has formally nominated Mark Esper as the new Secretary of Defence as it struggles to fill the top Pentagon post that has been vacant for over six months. The letter of nomination was sent to the US Senate on Monday afternoon, A day before Esper’s scheduled confirmation hearing, reports Xinhua news agency. Esper, who previously served as the Acting Defence Secretary, will be relieved of the role until his confirmation as early as Thursday. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Richard Spencer, Secretary of the Navy, will act as the top Pentagon official until Esper’s confirmation. Since former Secretary of Defence James Mattis’ resignation last December, the Pentagon has undergone the longest without a formal head in history. Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing executive who became Acting Secretary this January, gave up his nomination after a history of violence between his family members surfaced. Esper, then secretary of the Army and a Washington political insider, was tapped as Shanahan’s replacement. Aged 55, he was a graduate of West Point and served combat roles in the Gulf War. His career spanned across the government, think tanks and the private sector.last_img read more

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