28 September 2007The use of force, and not religious difference, lies at the root of conflicts between Islamic and Western countries, the Prime Minister of Malaysia told the United Nations General Assembly today, emphasizing that all genuine religions advocate peace. The use of force, and not religious difference, lies at the root of conflicts between Islamic and Western countries, the Prime Minister of Malaysia told the United Nations General Assembly today, emphasizing that all genuine religions advocate peace.Abdullah Ahmad Badawi rejected those who would blame religion for disputes between nations. “All genuine religions advocate peace and harmony among peoples as well as acceptance of others,” he said.“This is certainly the case with Islam, which teaches its believers to practice tolerance, forgiveness, peace, fraternity and coexistence.”He said the cause of conflicts between Islamic and Western countries “is the repeated use of force by the powerful over the weak to secure strategic or territorial gains.”Voicing support for efforts to foster interfaith and intercultural dialogue, he said these initiatives can help to “establish the truth that Islam is a religion which espouses universalism, not exclusivity; tolerance, not bigotry.”Malaysia, he said, has adopted a successful approach called “Islam Hadhari,” whereby the Government “uses the progressive teachings of Islam as the basis for good governance to deliver benefits to all sectors of its multi-ethnic and multi-religious society without discrimination.”Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the President of the Philippines, spoke about the UN’s role in interfaith dialogue. “I have personally advanced the process of peace in Muslim and Christian Mindanao to a new level of engagement, focused on interfaith dialogue, economic development and mutual security,” she said.“We have done so with the largest possible international involvement, including the UN,” she said. Emphasizing the link between peace and respect for rights, she expressed support for efforts to focus the work of the UN in the field of human rights.
SASKATOON — Bank of Montreal shareholders grilled CEO Bill Downe at the bank’s annual meeting today about the issue of outsourcing Canadian jobs to foreign workers.They called for clarity on BMO’s practices in light of the controversy around foreign workers doing Canadian jobs at Royal Bank of Canada.It recently came to light that RBC contracted iGate to provide certain technology services — a decision that affects 45 current Royal Bank employees.One shareholder at the BMO meeting in Saskatoon said she wants to feel proud to invest in an ethical bank that does not “hollow out” the Canadian middle class.Downe says Bank of Montreal does use the federal temporary foreign worker program, but only to fill short-term job gaps.He says BMO has a framework in place to ensure the bank complies with the letter and spirit of the controversial federal program.Downe said the vast majority of the jobs that BMO creates are in Canada and the United States, where it has been growing its presence in recent years.The Canadian Press read more
Chrystia Freeland will push for additional labour and environmental sections when she shares broad strokes Monday of Canada’s goals for the upcoming NAFTA talks.The foreign affairs minister will deliver the message in a morning speech at the University of Ottawa. It will come as Canada, the United States and Mexico prepare to start fresh trade talks on Wednesday in Washington D.C.The address will provide more details on Ottawa’s NAFTA priorities, said a senior government official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about specifics of the speech.Among them, Freeland will express a desire for new labour and environmental sections, which were added as an afterthought in the original deal.The original NAFTA included addendums on labour and the environment after Bill Clinton was elected in 1992 and insisted on some changes.The Canadian official says Freeland will be seeking more.“There (are no) standalone chapters on these in NAFTA,” the official said.“That’s something we’re willing to stand up for and say, ‘This is what’s needed in a modern agreement.’ ”Some officials have articulated a self-interested reason for new labour protections: to increase wages in Mexico, narrow the gap in labour costs, and make it more attractive to invest in car plants in the north.U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has publicly referred to that objective. Canadian officials have also done so, albeit more quietly.Freeland’s last pre-negotiation consultation before heading down to Washington for the first round of talks will be with labour leaders who have pushed for these changes.The source described the speech as consequential, but the public shouldn’t expect Freeland to lay out too many detailed positions in public.Canadian officials have prided themselves on their cards-to-the-chest approach and that’s unlikely to change Monday.The speech will offer enough to serve as a reference for those interested in a better understanding of Canada’s positions and make the case that the public stands to benefit from the 23-year-old deal’s modernization, the official said.Freeland will also highlight elements from Canada’s recently negotiated trade agreement with the European Union and explain how they might be relevant for the NAFTA talks.In Monday’s speech, Freeland will also discuss some of her priorities on NAFTA’s dispute resolution mechanisms.The U.S. is talking about getting rid of one of those chapters, 19, because it resents having an international panel interpret its domestic trade laws.That chapter was a key condition of Canada entering the original 1987 agreement, and was helpful to the Canadian cause in softwood lumber disputes. Some experts suggest it’s less relevant today, with the existence of World Trade Organization panels.There’s one other priority Freeland is less likely to mention: expanded professional visas. Updating the list to include new jobs, like digital ones, is a longstanding Canadian priority.But it’s controversial in the U.S., where it becomes wrapped up in that country’s heated immigration debates.Canada has also repeatedly pushed for extending its Buy American exemptions for national public-works projects, to the state and local level.The U.S. has already signalled that’s a non-starter. In fact, many American lawmakers are pushing to limit the exemptions Canada already enjoys.Later Monday, Freeland will testify before a parliamentary committee on international trade, which will be followed by a news conference.Last week, after meeting with Alberta farmers, Freeland noted the importance of removing barriers at the border.“One of the key things that I heard from the farmers and ranchers today was how good it would be to use these talks to reduce some of the red tape that they still face in cross-border trade,” she told reporters Friday in Edmonton.“This U.S. administration has been really focused on cutting red tape on making it easier to do business and so that’s going to be something where I think we can have some very productive conversations.” read more
Laszlo Kovacs, Hungary’s Foreign Minister, voiced regret that the Iraqi regime refuses to cooperate with the UN and continues to pose a threat to peace. “The international community cannot disregard and has to respond to this fact in a resolute manner,” he said. Other global challenges include drug trafficking, money laundering, corruption and transnational organized crime. “The role of the United Nations in facing and tackling these phenomena is of paramount importance,” he said, noting that the illegal trade in nuclear, biological and chemical materials also pose grave threats, as do ballistic missiles capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction. To address this, Hungary backs negotiations on an international code of conduct against the proliferation of ballistic missiles. The Foreign Minister of the Bahamas, Frederick A. Mitchell, said small island developing States face a severe threat posed by climate change and other environmental. “We have repeatedly expressed our grave concern to some of our industrialized partners about the transhipment of nuclear waste through the Caribbean and the disastrous effect this might have on the economies of the Bahamas and the Caribbean,” he said. “We do not accept that because the risk of accidents is remote that the transhipment of nuclear waste should be allowed to continue,” he said, calling for an end to such practices. In addition, he urged all States to ratify the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan Masher said his country rejects all forms of terrorism. At the same time, he said there were “some surreptitious tendencies, driven by pernicious and wicked intentions to falsely link terrorism to a specific religion or culture” which must be repudiated. On the Middle East, he said Israel’s occupation had created intolerable living conditions for the Palestinian people. The only viable course for addressing the Palestinian-Israeli question lies in the resumption of the peace process. It is necessary to define the obligations of both sides, set up a timetable for establishing a Palestinian State, and agree on the creation of an international supervisory mechanism. Concerning Iraq, he called for immediate and full implementation of the Security Council’s resolutions. “If these conditions are met the people of Iraq, who have been suffering for too long, would be saved from military action which will aggravate that suffering.”Kamal Kharrazi, the Foreign Minister of Iran, said terrorism can be contained only through a law-based counter-terrorism strategy that earns the full cooperation of all members of the international community. A genuine and effective fight against terrorism must include an attempt to identify the underlying root causes of the scourge on the one hand, and a concerted effort by the international community to address them on the other. Concerning the Middle East, he stressed the need to guarantee the right of the Palestinians to return to their homeland and their right to self-determination leading to the formation, in a democratic process and under the supervision of the UN, of a Palestinian State with al-Quds al-Sharif as its capital. On Iraq, he said his Government opposed “any unilateral measure or military intervention” in the country, and underlined the UN’s central role in addressing the situation.Angolan Foreign Minister Joao Bernardo De Miranda said his country was finally enjoying a climate of peace, and was making efforts to consolidate recent gains. “The peace process will soon be concluded, with the completion of the political tasks still pending under the Lusaka Protocol.” At the same time, it would be difficult for the country’s Government to rise to the prevailing economic and social challenges, he noted, voicing gratitude to those countries which had pledged aid to Angola’s reconstruction. “Now in peace, Angola is more than ever ready and willing to take up its role as a sister nation of Africa and of the world,” he said.The Assembly also heard addresses by Somsavat Lengsavad, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Laos, Vartan Oskanian, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Joe Borg, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Malta, George Papandreou, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece, and Juli Minoves-Triquell, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Andorra. read more
by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 13, 2012 9:51 pm MDT NDP leader: China treaty a threat to province’s control over natural resources AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – A soon-to-be ratified investment treaty between Canada and China has the potential to wrest control of natural resources away from the provinces, the leader of the federal NDP said Tuesday.“I think one of the things that we have to know is that this can cause huge upheaval in the province’s ability to control their natural resources and real problems for Canada’s sovereignty long-term,” Tom Mulcair said in an interview with The Canadian Press.Control over resources is a particularly prickly topic in Alberta, where Mulcair was making a stop to support anti-poverty advocate Dan Meades, the party’s candidate for Calgary-Centre in a Nov. 26 byelection.Mulcair has said previously that a New Democrat government would do anything in its power to extricate Canada from the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement if it’s found to not be in the country’s best interest.“I think the average Calgarian and the average Albertan understands very well that the battles that were fought 30 some-odd years ago to get control of natural resources put in the constitution shouldn’t be thrown aside easily,” Mulcair said at Meades’ campaign headquarters, where volunteers were busily working the phones in the next room.“People are starting to realize that this could play havoc with the province’s ability to control their resources going forward.”The separate, but related, issue of a state-owned Chinese company’s $15.1-billion takeover of Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY) has been top of mind for voters in the downtown Calgary riding.Calgary-Centre is where Nexen’s headquarters are located and it’s where China National Offshore Oil Co. has promised to base its North and Central American operations.After two extensions, a federal decision on whether the Nexen deal is of net benefit to Canada is expected on Dec. 10. The NDP and other critics have derided the review process as being too vague and secretive, though the Conservative government has said it would clarify its guidelines soon.“The big question that people seem to be asking is what are the Conservatives hiding?” asked Meades. “Why is it they won’t tell us how this decision is going to be made? Why is it they push it off again until after the byelection?”Meades said he believes the NDP has a “great shot” at winning the riding in the heart of Tory country.“The people of Calgary have a real penchant and kind of history of thinking for themselves and voting on the best ideas and the values that represent them,” he said.However, Mulcair reiterated some points that have in the past rubbed many Albertans the wrong way.He stood by his assertion the Canadian dollar is being driven artificially higher because the resource industry is getting a “free ride” when it comes to paying the environmental costs of extraction.He said that, in turn, is hurting the manufacturers in Central Canada that are having a tougher time exporting their goods — a phenomenon known as Dutch disease.He called the proposed $6-billion Northern Gateway pipeline connecting oilsands crude to the West Coast port of Kitimat, B.C., a “non-starter” on environmental grounds, adding that approving it would be a “historical mistake.”And Mulcair again took aim at the Keystone XL project, which if approved would significantly increase the amount of raw oilsands bitumen Canada ships south of the border.Doing that will sacrifice upgrading and manufacturing jobs, he said, suggesting Canada should instead look to process the crude at home.The NDP is, however, on record as supporting proposals to ship crude from western Canada to refineries in Ontario and Quebec, since it would allow those facilities to buy cheap Canadian crude rather than pricey international varieties.“We think rather than going that way, more to the States, we should take care of our own energy security first,” said Mulcair.“That would be a win-win-win situation. A win for the producing provinces, a win for the companies that have their own ownership of what they’ve bought or leased and a win for the country because we’d be providing greater energy security for the future.” read more
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that more than 41,000 people were forced out of their homes in “unprecedented violence between rival armed groups” between 15 and 18 May. In those days, people searching for protection flooded seven sites for internally displaced camps, among them one near a base for the UN peacekeeping force in the country (MINUSCA).“With the emergence of an ethnic dimension to the conflict, hundreds of houses were burned, property looted and ransacked,” said OCHA.The resurgence of the last outbreaks of tension in the past two weeks has caused the displacement of about 100,000 people, 200 wounded and 300 dead, according to the Ministry of Social Health in the country. Echoing the Government’s concerns, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Najat Rochdi, expressed concern at “this new outbreak of violence where civilian people are paying the highest cost.”A lack of sufficient shelters is the main concern, as CAR is now in a rainy season, following by the need for food and clean water.OCHA said that shelters and food rations have been convoyed from Bangui and Bambari to Bria, but insecurity and the poor conditions of roads have delayed their arrival. The humanitarian community is also working to meet the needs in terms of supply of drinking water and sanitation. Diseases are also increasing, spread by “promiscuity and poor hygiene,” OCHA said.The senior UN official has called for additional resources. Halfway through the year, funding for the 399.5 million dollars Humanitarian Response Plan is only at 64.8 million.CAR is emerging from civil conflict which began in 2013, with clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian. read more
According to a news release by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), ANZ, Barclays, Bradesco, Citi, Itaú, National Australia Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, Santander, Standard Chartered, TD Bank Group, and UBS have jointly committed to develop analytical tools and indicators to strengthen assessments and disclosures of climate-related risks and opportunities. “The message from financial heavyweights is clear – climate change poses a real and serious threat to our economy,” said Erik Solheim, the Executive Director of UNEP, in the release. “At the same time, there are enormous business opportunities in taking climate action. Transparency on how financial institutions mitigate the risks and seize the opportunities of a two degrees pathway is crucial to move international markets towards actively supporting a low-carbon and climate-resilient future,” he added. In the news release, UNEP noted that increasing the amount of reliable information on financial institutions’ exposure to climate-related risks and opportunities would also strengthen the stability of the financial system and help boost climate-friendly investments. The partnership between the institutions and the UNEP Finance Initiative follows the recommendations by the Financial Stability Board (FSB)’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The Task Force was mandated by the Board to develop voluntary, consistent climate-related financial risk disclosures for use by companies, investors, lenders and insurers. Its final recommendations were published in June and submitted to the G20 last week. It is anticipated that results from the undertaking will encourage banks worldwide to adopt such climate-focused efforts. “After the G20, the issue now is about implementation: how can the finance industry put the framework into practice and deliver disclosure that is meaningful? Through this and other industry-led working groups UNEP FI is helping the finance sector to do just that: move from awareness to action.” said Christian Thimann, Group Head of Strategy, Sustainability and Public Affairs at the AXA Group, Co-Chair of UNEP Finance Initiative and TCFD Vice-Chair. read more
Brock University’s Campus Store is celebrating faculty and staff Oct. 13-16 with increased discounts on clothing and memorabilia.Faculty and staff get an additional 10% off your 20% employee discount. The offer is only valid on personal purchases at the Campus Store Plaza location.
Although summer does not officially begin until June 21, Niagara is already feeling the heat.Brock’s Health, Safety and Wellness team is reminding the Brock community to stay safe as temperatures rise.Earlier this week, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement as temperatures reached upwards of 30ºC. The high heat is expected to stay put until Friday, June 1, with the humidity index making it feel more like the low-to-mid 30s.Visit Sharepoint for helpful tips to stay safe during the summer heat from the Health, Safety and Wellness team, which suggests that faculty, staff and students familiarize themselves with the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. Taking precautionary interventions can prevent heat exhaustion, heat cramps or, most serious, heat stroke.
BARCELONA, Spain — Unwanted at Real Madrid, Francisco “Isco” Alarcon’s career appears to be coming to a crossroads.Isco’s superb vision, dribbling, and passing skills have earned him a place as the natural successor to Andres Iniesta in the long line of brilliant midfielders for Spain.But Isco has fallen out of favour with new Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari, who has yet to start Isco in any of the six matches he has coached since taking over a month ago.While Isco has had his difficulties in consistently starting for Madrid in the past, none of Solari’s predecessors considered him disposable.Solari seemed to send a message this week that Isco needed to do a lot more to earn his trust when the Argentine manager dropped him from his 18-man squad for the Champions League match at Roma. Isco arrived to the Italian capital’s Stadio Olimpico dressed in a suit, but before he could change into his playing kit he discovered he would be watching the match from the stands.After the 2-0 victory, Solari fended off repeated questions from the media about why Isco couldn’t even find a spot on a seven-man bench that included several inexperienced players and one youth from Madrid’s reserve team.“I don’t give any importance to it,” Solari said. “Whether a player starts or is a backup is not a real problem. That is how I saw it even when I was a player. (Players) are here to give it 100 per cent to see if they are picked.”Isco has played only 78 minutes in three appearances under Solari, all as a second-half substitute.Isco had been one of the favourite players of Solari’s predecessor, Julen Lopetegui. Isco enjoyed a central role on Spain’s squad during the two years Lopetegui was in charge before his short-lived stint at Madrid this season. At Madrid, Lopetegui wanted to feature Isco’s passing skills in an attempt to construct a more choral attack following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.The result, however, was Madrid’s longest ever scoring drought that lasted for more than four matches. Lopetegui was fired after losing at Barcelona 5-1, in which Isco played all 90 minutes.Madrid’s best playmaker when spaces become tight in the opposing area, it appears Isco’s problem is his attitude.Isco has never been shy about publicly saying he would like to be included in the select bunch which includes Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, Marcelo, and Karim Benzema who always start for Madrid when fit.But Isco has never won the complete confidence of any of Madrid’s managers— other than Lopetegui — despite helping it win four Champions League titles since he transferred from Malaga in 2013.As far back as 2016, Isco admitted he must not be doing something right.“If I am not a starter for (Carlos) Ancelotti, if I am not a starter for (Rafa) Benitez, and if I am not one for (Zinedine) Zidane . I am the one who is responsible,” Isco told Spanish sports daily MARCA.While in previous campaigns Isco faced competition from former teammates James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata, Madrid’s current squad is much weaker. Ronaldo’s departure should have allowed Isco to finally claim a permanent spot in the starting 11, regardless of the coach.Prolonged banishment by Solari will increase speculation about Isco looking for an exit in the January transfer window. Media rumours point to Manchester City and Juventus as possible suitors for Isco, who is under contract until 2022 and, at age 26, should be coming to his peak years.Fortunately for Isco, Luis Enrique has at least made him the centerpiece of Spain’s attack since taking over following the World Cup.In the Spanish league, Madrid hosts Valencia on Saturday. Madrid is in sixth place, six points behind leader Sevilla.Isco will be hoping to be dressed in all white, and not tucked into a winter coat.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJoseph Wilson, The Associated Press read more
Junior defenseman, Clark Cristofoli (6), takes control of the puck in a game against Canisius. OSU won 3-0 at the Schottenstein Center Nov. 15. Credit: Brooke Sayre / Lantern photographer With freshman goalie Logan Davis’ first two collegiate starts came two victories as the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team swept Canisius College over the weekend.Davis took over the reins after fellow freshman Matt Tomkins sustained a lower-body injury in the first four minutes of OSU’s victory against Niagara Nov. 9.“That’s why (Davis is) out there in practice every day,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “Sometimes you take it for granted, and I know our guys don’t, and Logan went out there and did his job.”Alongside Davis’ performance, Rohlik attributed the Buckeyes’ (8-4-0, 0-0-0) wins to their defensive unit, which he said has been a focus of the team.“Our guys played hard. Our guys blocked a lot of shots – I think we blocked over 40 shots this weekend – and Logan, in the nets, did his job,” Rohlik said of the defense, which gave up only one goal against the Golden Griffins. “When guys buy in and they’re willing to sacrifice their body in this game and get in front of pucks like that, you know you’ve got something special, and I think we can build on this.”Coach Dave Smith of Canisius (2-7-0, 1-3-0) shared the same sentiment of the Buckeyes’ defense, saying “their desperation and their commitment to blocking shots was the difference in the game.”The second game of the two-game series was played Saturday, and the Buckeyes managed to hold onto to the lead to win, 3-1.Both teams were held scoreless in the first period, but OSU got on the board and took a 2-0 lead with two goals by senior forward Alex Szczechura and freshman defenseman Josh Healey. Canisius responded with a wraparound goal by junior forward Mitch McCrank at 7:49 to pull the Golden Griffins within one goal.For the remainder of the game, OSU played a defense-centric game and fended off any attack on the net that Canisius attempted. With less than a second left on the clock, junior forward Ryan Dzingel sealed the victory with an empty-net goal.The Buckeyes outshot the Golden Griffins in the game, 29-23, and Davis stopped 22 of the shots he faced in his third victory as a goalie.Healey said playing consistently and not making drastic changes to the gameplay was what helped the team to keep its lead.“We just stuck to our game plan and kept going,” Healey said. “They pushed at the end, but we stuck to our game — get pucks deep, keep (the puck) on the other side and keep the lead.”The two-game series opened up Friday, and OSU came away with a shutout victory over the Golden Griffins.After a goal in the first period by Dzingel, who leads the team with seven on the season, the Buckeyes opened up the gap even more in the second period with goals from junior defenseman Justin DaSilva and freshman forward Nick Schilkey. With these, OSU extended the lead to 3-0, which was decidedly the final score after neither team scored in the third stanza.The series ended the Buckeyes’ seven-game homestand, during which they won six games. The team has a weekend off before it is slated to open Big Ten play with against rival Michigan in Ann Arbor Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. OSU is then scheduled to return home against the Wolverines Dec. 2 at 7:05 p.m. read more
More than 35 million Paddington books have been sold around the world to date. Along with Paddington himself, Bond’s best-loved creations included Olga da Polga and A Mouse Called Thursday. He also wrote a series of adult novels, featuring the detective Monsieur Pamplemousse. A portrait of Michael Bond Raise a marmalade sandwich https://t.co/hoUTSno1hv— Paul Kelso (@pkelso) June 28, 2017 “He was a wonderful man and leaves behind one of the great literary legacies of our time.” Today is a very sad day. Michael Bond CBE will be missed by many. pic.twitter.com/ZoCb5sU2V9— Paddington (@paddingtonbear) June 28, 2017 Michael Bond, CBE, the creator of Paddington, has died at home at the age of 91, following a short illness. Bond, who published his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, in 1958, went on to write more than 200 books for children. Very sad to hear about Michael Bond. Let’s raise a glass (and a marmalade sandwich) to him. pic.twitter.com/uiGk8tBFF8— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewitt) June 28, 2017 Bond at his home in Paddington Today is a very sad day. Michael Bond CBE will be missed by many. pic.twitter.com/ZoCb5sU2V9— Paddington (@paddingtonbear) June 28, 2017 Charlie Redmayne, HarperCollins CEO, said: ‘Michael Bond was one of the great children’s writers and at HarperCollins we are immensely fortunate to have published him and to have known him. Ann-Janine Murtagh, executive publisher at HarperCollins children’s books said: “I feel privileged to have been Michael Bond’s publisher – he was a true gentleman, a bon viveur, the most entertaining company and the most enchanting of writers. “He will be forever remembered for his creation of the iconic Paddington, with his duffle coat and wellington boots, which touched my own heart as a child and will live on in the hearts of future generations.”My thoughts and love are with his wife, Sue and his children Karen and Anthony.” Michael Bond at the London Toy Model Museum Michael Bond at Paddington StationCredit:Andrew Crowley Bond’s latest Paddington novel, Paddington’s Finest Hour, was published in April 2017, with a second Hollywood film based on the books due out later this year. Thanks Mr Bond. pic.twitter.com/ByA7Yn2xA2— barney farmer (@barneyfarmer) June 28, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. read more
European Olympic Council expresses its “strong support” and “warmest wishes” for Pat Hickey The expressions of support came at a meeting of European Olympic committees in Minsk, Belarus. Share12 Tweet Email2 Oct 21st 2016, 5:36 PM http://jrnl.ie/3039625 Short URL 18,081 Views Pat Hickey Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesTHE EUROPEAN OLYMPIC Council (EOC) has expressed its “strong support” for former president of the Irish Olympic Council Pat Hickey.At a meeting of the various European Olympic committees in Minsk in Belarus, the message of support for Hickey was expressed by both acting president of the EOC (a role Hickey had previously filled) Janez Kocijancic and by president of Belarus itself Alexander Lukashenko.The message of goodwill was broadcast on big screens at the event and noted by the Olympic Council of Ireland in a tweet. Friday 21 Oct 2016, 5:36 PM No Comments By Cianan Brennan Source: Twitter Source: TwitterHickey remains in Rio de Janeiro as he faces charges of ticket touting, setting up a cartel, and illicit marketing following the seizure of OCI tickets by Brazilian police in August.He stood aside as president of OCI and acting president of the EOC following his arrest.Kevin Mallon, an executive with UK sports hospitality firm THG and the man from whom the tickets were initially seized, also remains in Rio to face charges.Hickey, whose latest court appearance in Rio happened yesterday, has vowed to fight “each and every one” of the charges facing him.Comments are closed for legal reasonsRead: Outrage as Government accused of U-turn on mental health budget commitmentRead: ‘It will save lives’: Irish alcohol groups on Scottish courts paving the way for minimum unit pricing Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article read more
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is certain that he is not far away from counterpart Thibaut Courtois in terms of ability after the latter’s recent remarksCourtois made the comments following Belgium’s 1-0 win over England in the final Group G game, which appeared to have been critical towards Pickford after he was unable to deny Adnan Januzaj’s stunning strike that decided the match.While the Belgium number one has since denied criticising Pickford, the Everton player feels that he is close to matching Courtois and other high-profile goalkeepers in terms of ability.“I would not let that affect me,” said the 24-year-old, as stated on Goal.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It is just a game of football. I don’t let anything like that [criticism] affect me. I’m just a normal lad. It’s only football.“A lot of people think I am only young, but it is my second season in the Premier League, and I do not feel as if I am far away from guys like that [Courtois].“I got a lot of games under my belt in the lower leagues and I don’t feel the Premier League or this [England] is that much different. In some way, non-league and League Two was the hard challenge.”Pickford and Courtois could meet again at the World Cup final, if both England and Belgium manage to overcome Croatia and France in the semi-finals. read more
The ex-Venezia coach is now managing Bologna in the Italian Serie A starting this seasonFormer Italian superstar Filippo Inzaghi is now managing Italian Serie A Bologna FC, but Venezia President Joe Tacopina predicts he will “bring the team higher.”In a report by Football Italia, Inzaghi’s old boss is “very impressed” by the ex-footballer.Inzaghi took Venezia from Serie B to Serie B playoffs in just two seasons.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“Pippo will bring Bologna higher,” Tacopina told Corriere Dello Sport.“He’s very well-prepared, he studied everything even in the Lega Pro: he studies players, games, everything.”“I was very impressed with him, he showed us what he wanted to do and we saw the results he got,” he added. read more
2nd Annual “Boulevard Mardi Gras Crawl” along El Cajon Boulevard Updated: 10:52 AM KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 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) – The El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association will host its second annual Boulevard Mardi Gras Crawl down the iconic corridor in North Park on Sunday, March 3.The event itself is free and runs from 12:00-5:00 p.m. at various locations along El Cajon Boulevard. Guests will be able to purchase Boulevard Tickets to enjoy $2, $4 and $6 specials along the crawl route.Euphoria Brass Band will lead guests down the Boulevard, with the final destination at the historic Lafayette Hotel for more live music and dancing.For more information click here. Posted: March 1, 2019 March 1, 2019 KUSI Newsroom read more
CHELMSFORD, Mass. (WSVN) – Town officials in Massachusetts are telling one business to take down its patriotic flag display because they find it to be “excessive.”“Excessive flags? I’ve never heard of such a thing,” Jon Crandall said. “We had about 200 out. My wife, my daughter and I put them out the day before Memorial Day.”LAER Realty Partners puts the flags out on a lawn each year to commemorate Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.But the town of Chelmsford sent the business a notice letting them know that they were only allowed to display a “reasonable amount” of flags.“What’s a reasonable amount?” Crandall asked. “They didn’t define that.”The assistant town manager said the building commissioner doesn’t have any bias against the American flag but said in a statement that the “Town of Chelmsford’s zoning bylaw prohibits the excessive use of flags when displayed in connection with the commercial promotion. The Building Commissioner did not issue an order to remove all flags from the site. The Town was seeking to have a dialogue with the business operator regarding this situation.”Crandall went on to stress that the display is “about the veterans.” “It’s not about us. This is not a LAER Realty thing,” Crandall said. “This is about supporting people who have died in action, the deceased veterans. It’s what Memorial Day is about.”In response to the notice, Crandall said the business has decided to double down and put out even more flags.The owner purchased more flags and residents have been stopping by to add to the display.“We’ve read the bylaw and we don’t consider it a commercial application,” Crandall said. “That’s the American flag. That’s not a LAER flag.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. read more
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The fiscal 2017 budget request would require the Air Force to continue to accept risk in sustaining its installations, with emergency repairs taking priority over long-term facility needs.“That does push us into a strategy of worst first. We have a backlog of like $12 billion in facility restoration, modernization projects, so we are addressing the worst first,” Lt. Gen. John Cooper, the service’s deputy chief of staff for logistics, engineering and force protection, told the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee on Friday.“The worst first focuses around the mission. So unfortunately, quality of life is competing against mission requirements, and we are opting for our mission requirements,” he told the lawmakers.Funding for facilities sustainment would remain roughly stable under the service’s budget proposal for FY 2017, but the restoration and modernization accounts would fall, Cooper said. The budget calls for higher funding for Air Force construction projects, however. Military construction would rise from $1.6 billion in the current year to $2.0 billion in FY 2017, an increase of about $310 million.“The simple truth is there’s not enough money to go around,” he said. “At the funding level we are at, we have to focus on modernization and readiness.”A webcast of the hearing on the Air Force’s budget request and readiness posture is available on the committee website. read more
Alaska State Troopers shot a man wielding a knife Thursday evening in Wasilla.Download AudioTroopers responded to the incident just after 7:20 p.m. and encountered 33-year-old Joshua Smith.According to a Trooper dispatch, while officers were talking with the man, he charged at them, knife in hand.Two Troopers fired their service weapons and a third attempted to use a Taser.Smith suffered multiple gunshot wounds, and was transported to an Anchorage hospital, where he died Friday morning.No Troopers were injured in the incident. The two who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative leave for 72 hours, per department policy. The Alaska Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident.
Hilsa Fish. Prothom Alo File PhotoIndia’s Union shipping and transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said that a detailed project report (DPR) for waterways between New Delhi and Prayagraj was ready and that work on the ambitious project will start soon.In Prayagraj, where he took a holy dip in the Sangam at the ongoing Kumbh, Gadkari also inaugurated the second phase of the River Information System (RIS) — the 410-km Farakka-Patna stretch, and a fish passage through Farakka Navigation Lock on National Waterways-1 (NW-1).This has been done to ensure better breeding of the Hilsa fish, an official informed.”The DPR is ready and very soon work will start on the project which will enable people to go to the national capital from Prayagraj,” the minister said.He added that there was huge scope for fibre glass boats since he realised during his visit that the boats in the Ganga were very old.”If the state government allocates land, the shipping ministry would be happy to put up a factory for manufacture of such boats in Prayagraj,” the minister announced.This, he pointed out, would give impetus to the local fishing community and also add to the tourism department footfalls.Gadkari also assured the people that by next year the Ganga would be cleaner than it is now.”We are currently ensuring a one-metre depth between Varanasi and Prayagraj and we are bringing in new and innovative technology which will ensure smoother operations for cruise ships,” he informed.The Farakka-Patna stretch, an official told IANS, will enhance swift electronic data transfer between mobile vessels and base stations on shore through advance and real-time exchange of information.Under phase II, five base stations — Manihari, Bhagalpur, Munger, Barh and Hatidah and one control station have been made at Patna.The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is implementing the project in three phases on NW-1 at a cost of about Rs 570 million.In 2016, in the first phase of the RIS — 545 km on the Haldia-Farakka stretch — was commissioned. Work on the third phase — 356 kms on the Patna-Varanasi stretch — is currently in progress. read more