3 Dec
2019

Minor girl gang-raped in Manipur

first_imgA 14-year-old girl was gang-raped allegedly by four youths in the Thanga islet of the Loktak lake on Tuesday, police in Bishnupur district said. A manhunt has been launched for the rapists.During preliminary investigation, the girl said a youth had asked her to visit a spot to talk about the photographs he had taken of her from atop a hill. He had threatened to post the photos on social media.When she visited the spot, the youth along with his three friends whisked her away in a van. She was taken to a secluded place where she was raped and left unconscious. That night she took shelter in a house nearby and later filed a police complaint.Talking about action taken against sexual offenders, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that after establishing a fast-track court to deal with crimes against women, 11 convicts had been sentenced to long prison terms. In one case, the rapist had been sentenced to life, while his accomplices had been awarded 20-year jail term.last_img read more

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28 Nov
2019

Anoop Kumar to accompany MC Mary Kom at London Games

first_imgMC Mary Kom will not be alone when she begins her London Olympics campaign on Sunday.As reported by Mail Today earlier, Mary’s coach Charles Atkinson has not accompanied her to the Games, and that had raised doubts about the five-time world champion’s preparedness for her participation in the 51kg category.However, in a release issued on Thursday, India’s acting chef de mission and Indian Amateur Boxing Federation secretary general PK Muralidharan Raja stated that Mary will be accompanied by the chief coach of the national women’s team, Anoop Kumar, since she’s the only Indian woman to qualify.On the issue of Atkinson not being given accreditation, Raja said: “Mr Charles Atkinson, who has been coach with Mary Kom for the past six months, is a professional WBC coach and has trained Thai WBC boxers in Thailand. AIBA does not permit any boxing coach who does not have an AIBA 3-star certification to be coaches at Olympics.””As per rules, only those who are AIBA-approved and accredited are permitted to participate as coaches.”last_img read more

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27 Nov
2019

Tiger Woods shoots 73, 5 over for 36 holes, misses cut at PGA

first_imgTiger Woods reacts as he walks off the 7th green during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, Friday, May 17, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Tiger Woods gave a hop with his left leg and prepared to pump his fist as his birdie putt rolled toward the 17th hole in the PGA Championship on Friday.Then the ball kept on rolling.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a nice problem to have,” Woods said. “I’ve enjoyed being the Masters champion again, and the PGA was a quick turnaround, and unfortunately I just didn’t play well. As I said, I didn’t do all the little things I need to do correctly to post good scores and put myself in position to shoot good scores.”Asked if he might have benefited from playing more between the majors, Woods alluded to an illness that kept him from competing.“Just don’t feel well and just not able to do it,” he said. “Thought resting would be better, so I would have energy to play.”But he needed more than energy to make it to the weekend on the punishing par-70, 7,459-yard course. After shooting a 72 in the opening round — already nine strokes off the lead — he hit just three fairways on Friday, his fewest at a PGA since the final round in 2010.It started on his very first hole, when he sent his drive into the gallery far to the left of the fairway, causing fans to part and clear a path for his approach to the green. He went into the greenside bunker but got up-and-down from about 5 feet to save par.ADVERTISEMENT Down came his leg. A groan rose from the crowd. And Woods was all but done for the week.The Masters champion shot a 3-over 73 at Bethpage Black in the second round to finish at 5 over for 36 holes and miss the cut by one stroke. It’s the first time Woods has missed the cut at a major in the same year he won a major since 2006.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“You know,” he told reporters afterward, “I’m the Masters champion and 43 years old and that’s a pretty good accomplishment.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Warriors remain optimistic Kevin Durant will return in postseason He wasn’t so lucky on the second, when he went into the rough on the right and took the safe way out by chipping onto the fairway. The bogey put him at 3 over and flirting with the cut line for the first time.He found some safety with an 18-foot putt for birdie on the sixth hole, then gave it right back with a three-putt from 6 feet on the seventh. A birdie on No. 9 — thanks to a 39-foot putt — gave him another chance to make the weekend. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Then came three straight bogeys to start the back nine, followed by a birdie that left him at 4 over. The projected cut line moved to 4 over while he was standing on the 14th green, but he missed a 12-foot par putt and fell to 5 under, then failed to make up any ground on the way in.After putting out on No. 18, he shook hands with playing partner Brooks Koepka, who was 5 under on Friday and 12 under for 36 holes. The defending champion will take a seven-stroke lead into the weekend as he tries to win his fourth major in two years, but the fans below chanted “Tiger!” as the players walked across the bridge to the clubhouse.Those with tickets to the third and fourth round won’t get a chance to cheer for him.Woods will try again for his 16th major victory at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in June. The British Open is a month later at Royal Portrush.He turns 44 in December.“There’s no reason why I can’t get up to speed again and crank it back up,” Woods said. “I’ve got to start feeling a little bit better first before that happens. We’ll do that first and then start cranking it back up again.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ Woods said he had not been feeling well since winning at Augusta National last month — his 15th major tournament victory, but his first since 2008. So he decided to rest to get ready for the PGA, which moved up on the calendar to May this year for the first time since 1949. LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

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17 Nov
2019

As World Cup ends, Russia faces uncertain football legacy

first_img\R Yekaterinburg (Russia), Jul 14 (AP) The massive scaffolding seating structures soaring out of each end of Yekaterinburg Arena were built to show Russia was serious about saving money. At the end of the World Cup, the temporary stands symbolize the problems with the tournament’s legacy.The stands were mocked on social media as fans sitting in those sections were exposed to the elements and looked as if they were watching from a different stadium entirely. No matter. It was fiscally responsible: The seating could be dismantled after the World Cup to save on stadium maintenance, its components donated to smaller local venues.But now regional officials say they don’t yet have a plan to remove the stands, or the funds to do it, and are asking Moscow to help.The stadium used to host soccer and other sports like track and field, but after World Cup renovations it’s only suitable for soccer. It costs up to 367 million rubles ($5.9 million) a year to maintain.”Just by football you cannot make money at this stadium. It will never pay off by football matches only,” Deputy Governor Sergei Shvindt told The Associated Press. He hopes concerts and shows will eventually cover, or at least reduce, the shortfall.After reaching the quarterfinals, Russia may have newfound confidence on the soccer field. Its cities, though, could end up burdened with costly arenas.The Yekaterinburg Arena cost 12.7 billion rubles ($203 million) to renovate for the World Cup, and the head of the Ural Yekaterinburg football club, which is due to play there after the World Cup, has told local media it will cost 1 billion rubles ($16 million) to remove the extra stands.advertisementMaintenance costs for other stadiums have soared, too, and local officials are pleading for help from the federal government.The stadium in Samara appears the most expensive at around $8 million a year, according to an estimate acting governor Alexander Fetisov gave the state news agency Tass.The Russian government remains tight-lipped on how stadiums will be maintained, but World Cup organizing committee chairman Arkady Dvorkovich said Wednesday that Russia must keep spending to avoid a repeat of 2014 host Brazil’s under-used, poorly maintained and loss-making stadiums.”You can’t throw the stadiums away. You have to work on them every day and be responsible with them,” he said, “and sadly in Brazil they didn’t have the resources to do that at several stadiums.” Volgograd’s stadium cost around $276 million – or $69 million per World Cup game it hosted. The capacity of 45,000 is nearly 12 times greater than the average crowd for club team Rotor Volgograd’s games last season.Nizhny Novgorod, Sochi and Kaliningrad face similar problems in a country which has Europe’s biggest population but crowds at its top-level soccer games barely average more than the main Belgium league. Of the 12 World Cup stadiums, just six will host Premier League games next season.Russia hopes its new arenas will attract people who don’t usually go to soccer games, but have been inspired by the World Cup. However, they’ll arrive with high expectations.”The World Cup’s role is to set a new standard,” economist Konstantin Sonin said.”People who’ve come to the stadium during the World Cup will expect much more in the future at the stadium than it was before. It’s the most important thing for Russian football because the top European leagues which make huge money on TV rights and fans at games have all come through this gentrification stage.” Dvorkovich argues that “people will come to the stadium if the team’s at least struggling to play beautiful football. To improve the quality of the soccer, though, the government will have to pay for that beautiful football.Most Russian clubs are funded by regional governments or state-owned companies. Spending big on transfer fees might draw fans to the stadium but risks a backlash from taxpayers if players make millions from public money.Few Russian clubs publish even basic financial data, but privately run Spartak Moscow shows the scale of the problem.Spartak is Russia’s biggest and best supported club but in the 2016-17 season it made just 579.4 million ($9.25 million) from ticket sales, barely a dent in players’ wages. TV rights for Russian competitions are among the least valuable of any large European country.The Russian government is hoping for a broad economic boost from the World Cup thanks to extra tourism and the spending on new infrastructure. The size of that boost is disputed.Dvorkovich’s organizing committee presented a report predicting the economic impact could exceed $30 billion on spending of at least 683 billion rubles ($10.9 billion), but economists say it will be hard to separate the World Cup’s impact from other factors.advertisementFor the government, prestige and a chance to rebrand Russia could be most valuable of all.Negative stereotypes “simply collapsed” during the tournament, President Vladimir Putin said last week. “People have seen that Russia is a hospitable country that is welcoming to those who come here.” (AP) APAAPAlast_img read more

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14 Nov
2019

Guardiola delighted with clinical Man City as title nears

first_imgGuardiola Clinical Man City delight Guardiola as Premier League title decider nears Russell Greaves 03:37 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola Manchester City Getty Guardiola Manchester City Premier League Everton v Manchester City Everton A win over Everton on saw the league leaders move ever closer to becoming champions, and they could wrap it against Manchester United next week Pep Guardiola revelled in Manchester City’s dominant 3-1 win over Everton as his side closed to within one victory of the Premier League title.First-half goals from Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling wrapped up the victory, ensuring Yannick Bolasie’s strike after the break was merely a consolation.City – beaten 4-0 in this fixture last season – can now claim the title by beating bitter rivals Manchester United next weekend, with a Champions League quarter-final first leg against Liverpool to negotiate before that. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A delighted Guardiola, who sealed his 50th Premier League victory , told BT Sport : “We knew we must win all games. We did our job in the first half – it was so, so good.”We controlled the game and it was a huge victory. It was the first time as a manager I was able to beat Everton.”It was a long time we weren’t together [during the international break] so you always think ‘what could happen’, but it was good.”We were clinical especially in the first half. Everybody committed to win the game. Now it is one more game and we will be champions.”[For] the fans it is significant. It is special. It is important we win – no matter where. Of course the most important thing is these two games.”Happy 50th @premierleague win, boss!   #mancity pic.twitter.com/GVdND5q2Dm — Manchester City (@ManCity) March 31, 2018 With the Carabao Cup in the trophy cabinet and the top-flight crown imminent, conquering Europe is the key to City’s treble dreams and Guardiola knows his side face a tough challenge against Liverpool, the only team to beat them in the league this season.”We have to go to Anfield with good feelings,” he added. “Now we have a few days to prepare for this game.”last_img read more

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20 Oct
2019

SAIL gets positive response from Odisha govt on land allocation request Chief

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned steel maker SAIL has received a positive response from the Odisha government on its request of land allocation to set up a coast-based plant in the state, a top company official said. As part of its 50-mtpa expansion plan, SAIL is planning to set up a 3 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) shore-based plant at an estimated cost of over Rs 15,000 crore in Odisha. SAIL had written a letter to the Odisha government for land, its chairman Anil Kumar Chaudhary said. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”I am happy to inform you that we have received a response from Principal Secretary, Industries. He has invited us. I (have) received invite very recently,” he said, replying to a question related to land availability. A team of officials will be soon sent to Odisha to explore possibility of getting land in coastal area so that the company can set up at least one steel plant in coastal area, the chairman said. As of now none of SAIL’s plant is coast-based. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefOn whether the company is looking at the land near Paradip, he replied “a lot of land is available in the state”. Korean steel major POSCO was earlier interested in setting up a 12-mtpa plant on over 2,500-acre land at Paradip in Jagatsingpur district of Odisha at an estimated cost of Rs 52,000 crore. However, the company later suspended its plan. Earlier, a senior official of the Odisha government had said that many big companies have submitted expression of interest (EoI) for the same land. SAIL is in talks with some Japanese and Korean steel players. “A delegation had gone to Japan earlier. Officials of steel ministry and SAIl were part of it. There, we discussed whether we can get into some sort of collaboration with Japanese steel making companies so that we are able to get advantage of technology for making advanced steel in our country. And we got the positive response. SAIL is also in talks with some South Korean companies,” the chairman had earlier said. SAIL, under the ministry of steel, is country largest steel producer with annual capacity of over 21 MTPA.last_img read more

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20 Oct
2019

Indianorigin woman asleep at the wheel jailed for killing another driver in

first_imgLondon: A tired and sleep-deprived Indian-origin woman who fell asleep at the wheel while driving with her baby in the car has been jailed for killing another driver in a crash in Oxfordshire, south-east England. Anusha Ranganathan was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison at Oxford Crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty to causing the death of 70-year-old Patricia Robinson by dangerous driving in July last year. The 41-year-old IT expert was tired after multiple sleepless night with her baby who had recently undergone heart surgery, the court was told. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London”When someone is driving a car and they fall asleep, it turns into a lethal weapon. This was a poor piece of driving to put it mildly, said Judge Ian Pringle. “We will never know why you drove in the way that you did, but it seems that you fell asleep behind the wheel. Ms Robinson suffered injuries described by doctors as the most extensive in a road traffic accident who had not died, and this was caused by you,” he said. The court heard that the fatal crash occurred in East Hanney, Oxfordshire, with both cars ending up in a water-filled ditch. Ranganathan’s car caught fire with her baby, who was a passenger, trapped in the footwell after falling out of his baby seat. All those involved were rushed to hospital, where Robinson died almost five weeks after the crash from her injuries. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorThe Toyota, carrying Ms Ranganathan’s young son in the rear of the car, veered onto the opposite carriageway and hit the Nissan head-on, causing both vehicles to come off the road and into a muddy ditch,” Prosecutor Jonathon Stone told the court. A police investigation concluded that it was not any weather conditions, inappropriate speed, drugs or alcohol that caused the crash but either that Ranganathan was distracted or fell asleep at the wheel. Her lawyer, Matthew Kerruish-Jones, told the court that Ranganathan had, prior to the collision, a clean driving licence and had never been in trouble with the police and that she did not set out to cause an accident.last_img read more

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20 Oct
2019

Khidderpore Dock Snag hits Bascule bridge vehicles ships affected

first_imgKolkata: An official statement of Calcutta Port Trust said, “It was opened yesterday at around 10 am but it refused to close properly since one of the four locks under the bridge has gone inactive. Experts are working on it, hopefully it will be functional by tomorrow.”The bascule bridge on Garden Reach Road passing over Khidderpore Dock of Kolkata Port went out of commission from Tuesday morning, following which vehicles were prohibited from using it and movement of ships were also affected. As vehicular movement was disrupted, traffic police had to divert buses and other vehicles in the area. However, pedestrians were allowed to use the bridge on Wednesday. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe bascule bridge on Hooghly divides into two and rises up to allow ships to pass under it. An official statement of Calcutta Port Trust said, “It was opened yesterday at around 10 am but it refused to close properly since one of the four locks under the bridge has gone inactive. Experts are working on it, hopefully it will be functional by tomorrow.” Sources said after one lock became defunct, the bridge did not join properly and as a result vehicles were unable to pass through the bridge. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers According to KoPT, the bridge often faces technical snags and to fix the problems permanently, the authorities will need six months. During this period, with cooperation from the traffic police, the traffic can be diverted, it added. “We are ready for an alternate road. There are some encroachments on the dock’s east bound road. We have spoken to the authorities concerned, including police and KMC. An alternative road of about 3 km will serve the purpose of commuters for those six months,” said an official. The Bascule Bridge is an important link between Garden Reach and Central and eastern parts of Kolkata. It provides better connectivity to the South Eastern Railway’s headquarters in Garden Reach and its central hospital. Police said they were diverting the traffic through Remount Road, Coal Berth Road and Dock East Boundary Road. “We have restricted movement of trucks leaving the port. Nearly 1,600-1,700 trucks enter and leave the port area to upload and offload goods,” said a KoPT official. As per Kolkata Traffic Police officials, buses coming from Garden Reach side were being diverted to Khidderpore via Hide Road Crossing and Coal Berth Road. Private and small vehicles were being moved through Swing Bridge. “These diversions will continue till the bridge becomes completely functional,” said an official. The bridge was designed, fabricated and erected by M/s. Waagner Biro Bridge Systems AG of Austria. The bridge was commissioned in 1966. There are only two more Scherzer bridges in India. One bridge is at Mumbai Port, which has a single leaf, and the other is under Southern Railway between Mandapam and Pamban Island, known as Pamban Bridge.(Inputs from The IndianExpress)last_img read more

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17 Oct
2019

Honorary degree for man who chaired Truth and Reconciliation Commission

first_imgCALGARY – The chief commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is receiving an honorary degree from the University of Calgary.Sen. Murray Sinclair, who was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the upper chamber in 2016, spent six years documenting the dark legacy of Canada’s residential schools.Sinclair, the first aboriginal judge appointed in Manitoba, will receive a doctor of laws, the highest academic honour at the University of Calgary, which is bestowed upon individuals whose notable achievements and community service merit recognition.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, borne out of the largest class-action settlement in Canadian history, issued 94 calls to action at the end of its mandate touching on a host of problems including health and education.Several other notable Canadians are getting honorary degrees as well, including Mary Simon, the special representative to the minister of Indigenous and Northern affairs on Arctic issues and co-creator of the Arctic Council.Veteran CBC broadcaster Peter Mansbridge and Beakerhead founder Jay Ingram are also receiving degrees.last_img read more

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14 Oct
2019

Life sentence for man in sweetheart slayings

first_imgAPTN News An Alberta man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing high school sweethearts on the Whitefish First Nation.Edward Devin Gladue entered a guilty plea in Peace River, Alta., Monday.He was charged with second-degree murder for the deaths of Dylan Laboucan and his girlfriend, Cory Grey.The sentence means Gladue can apply for parole in 13 years. The 20-year-old pleaded guilty to committing the double murder on July 23, 2016.Court heard the young couple was inseparable and lived together in the Laboucan family trailer. That’s where Gladue found and shot them, before moving their bodies to separate locations in the northeastern Alberta community.Gladue is also banned from owning firearms for life, and was ordered not to communicate with the families of the victims.No motive for the murders was provided in court.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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13 Oct
2019

Lord Taylor flagship counting down hours to closure

first_imgNEW YORK — After 104 years, the countdown is on for the last hours of Lord & Taylor’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue.The venerable department store famed for its animated holiday windows is shutting down Wednesday after a blowout sale that has left whole floors empty. Surviving floors still offer an assembly line of racks stuffed with clothes all going for $5.99 that once sold for as much as $100.The 11-story building has been sold to the We Work space-leasing company for more than $850 million.Forty-five other, smaller Lord & Taylor stores remain open, mostly on the East Coast. In addition, Lord & Taylor-branded merchandise is being sold online through the Walmart website.The brand is owned by Canadian corporate giant Hudson’s Bay Company.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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3 Oct
2019

Woman burned after headphones explode on flight to Australia

Woman burned after headphones explode on flight to Australia SYDNEY – An Australian woman suffered burns to her face after her battery-operated headphones exploded during a flight from Beijing to Melbourne, Australian air safety investigators said Wednesday.The woman, whose name was not released, fell asleep on the plane while wearing the headphones and awoke to a loud explosion about two hours into the flight, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said in a statement about the Feb. 19 incident. The woman said she then felt a burning sensation on her face.“I just grabbed my face which caused the headphones to go around my neck,” the woman was quoted as saying in the statement. “I continued to feel burning so I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor. They were sparking and had small amounts of fire.”Flight attendants poured a bucket of water on the headphones. The battery and cover were melted and stuck to the floor of the plane.Passengers were “coughing and choking” for the rest of the flight, the woman said.The transport safety agency said it believes the batteries in the headphones likely caught on fire. A spokesman said the agency has decided not to say what brand of headphones was involved, because officials believe the problem was with the batteries.___Online:http://www.atsb.gov.au/newsroom/news-items/2017/battery-explosion-mid-flight/ by The Associated Press Posted Mar 15, 2017 7:26 am MDT Last Updated Mar 15, 2017 at 9:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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3 Oct
2019

Union majority of staff at two BC newspapers approve deal to save

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 19, 2017 11:38 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Union: majority of staff at two B.C. newspapers approve deal to save some jobs VANCOUVER – A union representing staff at two B.C. newspapers says the employees have voted 82 per cent in favour of an agreement to save some jobs after dozens were served with layoff notices.Postmedia announced plans last month to lay off 54 employees at the Vancouver Sun and the Province in a bid to cut costs at the newspaper chain.Unifor Local 2000, which represents the workers, said last Sunday that a tentative deal had been reached with the company that includes saving “a number of jobs.”Following Wednesday’s vote in favour of the agreement, the union said the deal will save 21 of the 54 jobs slated for layoff and that a further 20 employees will be able to leave voluntarily through a staff reduction plan or through voluntary severance.Unifor Local 2000 also said it was able to negotiate protection from involuntary layoffs for the life of the agreement, which runs from April 21, 2017 to April 30, 2020 and does not include a wage increase.It said Pacific Newspaper Group has the option to open the agreement for negotiation after 18 months, but only for a 30-day window.Postmedia failed to reach a target it set last fall to reduce its salary costs by 20 per cent and subsequently issued layoff notices to some employees at the Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette and the Windsor Star.The union says there were 135 votes in favour of the B.C. agreement and 29 against. read more

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24 Sep
2019

South Africa and Chile enter into MoU on cooperation in mining

first_imgSouth Africa´s Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane (MP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with his Chilean counterpart, Ms Aurora Elvira Williams, on cooperation in the mining and minerals field. The MoU, which was signed in Santiago during the LatAm Mining Cumbre, commits the two countries to cooperation in areas including the following:Mineral processing and beneficiationSharing experiences in underground mining, with a particular emphasis on technology and health and safetyCooperating in mineral development, technology and skills transfer, including small scale miningSharing experiences in policy formulation and the regulatory frameworkSharing of knowledge in geology and related functionsSharing experiences in environmental regulations, corporate social responsibility as well as best practices regarding inclusion of women in the mining industry.“We are giving effect to a decision which was taken during a State Visit by the Chilean President to South Africa. Given the two countries´ rich history in mining, it is only fitting that we take this forward for implementation through the MoU, for the benefit of both our countries, Minister Zwane said.The MoU serves as a framework to initiate the joint-cooperation work of the institutions of the two countries.South Africa does indeed have a rich history in mining, but if the ridiculous new Mining Code comes into force as planned, its future is looking very unpromising.last_img read more

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22 Sep
2019

Przybecki one more year in Hannover

The Polish international Piotr Przybecki signed a new one-year contract with Hannover. The 38-year old decided to play one more season at least in the Bundesliga in order to help Hannover establish themself even better in the following season. Before him, Nenad Puljezevic also prolonged his stay at Hannover for another year.Both sides, the player and the club expressed their satisfaction, and said that they’re both pleased to have the contract signed. The coach Nordmeyer outlined that he is happy that a player with such strength will stay at the club and contribute againt he upcoming season. The Polish scored 107 goals in the past season, one of the most successful players of the team.photo: handball-hannover.de ← Previous Story “The Man – History” Heiner Brandt to leave… Next Story → Doder stays in Minden! read more

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22 Sep
2019

Catchup Wednesday 3 midweek longreads

first_img2. Returning from warTom Woods fought in the Iraq War, but on his return he fought another battle. Grappling with alcoholism, and struggling with life without war, he and his wife Candy found their relationship at risk. A journalist and photographer from the LA Times followed their lives for 18 months to see how things progressed. (LA Times)Approximately 33 minutes reading time – 6663 wordsShe knew he drank too much, but she also knew he had experienced terrible things during his 14 months in Baghdad in 2007 and 2008. As part of the “surge,” the 1-4 Cavalry patrolled bomb-laden roads and went door-to-door hunting insurgents. She understood only a little of what he’d seen.3. Abuse survivorsMark Vincent Healy writes about the hurdles that survivors of child sexual abuse face when seeking justice. He tells Opinion & Insight that they are not met with understanding or sympathy in Irish courts, and that survivors of clerical abuse, for example, are at risk if they remain silent and at risk if they break silence. (TheJournal.ie)Approximately 4 minutes reading time – 846 wordsSo many re-traumatised by the very procedures of their redress are suffering premature death and suicide. Is there justice in exposing such survivors to the high risks of suicide or attempted suicide as evidenced from such tragic cases? It is time to end the silence and abject failures to relieve those suffering life-long distress from clerical child sexual abuse.Want some more longreads? Then check out Sitdown Sunday> IT’S MIDWAY THROUGH the week and you want to get up to speed on the latest news topics and catch up on opinions and insights.We’re here to help you do just that, with our three midweek longreads:1. Pinochet’s powerCarmen Quintana was just 18 years old when she was set on fire during an anti-government protest in Chile. It was during the first of two days of nationwide strikes against Augusto Pinochet, and saw Carmen seriously injured by his police force. She tells the BBC what happened next. This weeks marks 40 years since his military coup. (BBC)Approximately 7 minutes reading time – 1449 words “They grabbed Rodrigo first and threw him to the ground, kicking him. They put me up against the wall and searched me. I could see Rodrigo lying there, bleeding. They said to me, ‘What were you doing, where were you going?’ I said, ‘Going to the university, to study.’ They swore at me and hit me with the butt of their machine guns. I began to cry.”last_img read more

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22 Sep
2019

Examiner to be appointed to Sunday Business Post

first_imgAN EXAMINER IS expected to be appointed to the Sunday Business Post later today.The newspaper will apply to the courts for examinership – a process where the company is protected from winding-up orders as it attempts to establish a viable business plan. It is expected to trade as normal for a period of 70 days while a purchases is acquired.Irish Secretary of the National Union of Journalists Séamus Dooley said he had concern for the Sunday Business Post as its situation is “less clear” than that of its sister papers in the new Landmark group.However, he told Morning Ireland that there was “an air of optimism” among the 76 employees.“It is a good newspaper with a good online strategy which may be the key to the future.”It is still unclear whether the newly-formed Landmark Media will buy the Sunday Business Post.Yesterday, Thomas Crosbie Holdings sold the Irish Examiner and a series of local papers as part of a complex internal restructuring. The purchaser, Landmark Media, was formed by the Crosbie family.Twelve jobs have been lost at Thomas Crosbie Printers Ltd – which printed TCH’s newspaper titles – as it is put into liquidation.The NUJ has sought a meeting with management at Landmark to discuss its development plan but welcomed the “certainty” that will come in the coming days.Dooley called it a “pity” that more people did not buy the Irish Examiner as it is a “great paper”.“And I hope those who tweet and say ‘isn’t it great’, go out today as a gesture of solidarity and buy a newspaper.”He also called for the government to act in relation to the concentration of ownership across Ireland’s media.MORE: ‘Irish Examiner’ and local papers sold in complex restructuringlast_img read more

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21 Sep
2019

TouchPad video series shows HPs tablet in action

first_imgLast week we learned that HP’s TouchPad would be landing on July 1st, for the competitive price of $499. The webOS 3.0-powered tablet is the next great hope when it comes to iPad competitors, so it’s great to get some video of the device in action. As it turns out, the tablet looks pretty slick so far–HP made sure to explain just how good webOS is at multitasking, multi-pane views, display multimedia content, and then doing more productive stuff like ebook reading, 3D modeling (check out the image below), using Citrix Receiver, and more. We also see video conferencing and interaction with HP’s Palm handsets. All in all, the TouchPad looks like a versatile device.HP didn’t stop at the getting-to-know-you video either, we can also see TouchPad videos highlighting notifications (below), a Time Magazine demo, TouchPad Synergy, wireless charging, and a whole lot more. You can view them all at HP’s YouTube channel.AdChoices广告So far, the TouchPad is somewhat reminiscent of RIM’s QNX-powered PlayBook. Of course it might be more accurate to say that the PlayBook reminds us of webOS, but RIM got their device out first so they get the credit… even if RIM seems to have released a product that wasn’t ready and HP’s CEO vowed they would not release their tablet until it was perfect.Past that the videos display the PlayBook as being both capable functional, but given the dominance of the iPad, the improvement to the PlayBook, and the growing strength of Android we’ll have to see how this new entrant does with people/businesses that aren’t dedicated HP customers. Learn the basics about HP’s TouchPad here.via Gizmodolast_img read more

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21 Sep
2019

Review Moto X is the phone Android needs right now Updated

first_img 1 2 3 4 Update 8/22/13: We’ve edited this review to reflect significant changes found in the Moto Maker version of the Moto X. It is our belief that our initial review was based on pre-production hardware, and while we are currently waiting for a response from Motorola regarding the differences in the two Moto X phones we’ve tested, we wanted to update our thoughts on this device. The changes primarily took form in an improved display and camera as well as slightly improved hardware on the second Moto X we received (the Moto Maker version). Not too long ago, Google bought a smartphone manufacturer. Instead of making another Nexus, the first true Google-Motorola phone is a bundle of experiments that the the company hopes will turn out to be popular. Meet the Moto X, the first Android phone targeted at the average consumer.We’ve been hearing about The New Motorola ever since the Droid Razr HD launch last year, but this smartphone is the first one to be entirely designed by Google. “The first phone from the new Motorola” as they put it. This phone has been highly anticipated with more leaks than we typically see from even the most popular announcements these days. In the days before the unveiling, those who had been paying attention were left with the impression that this would be a mid-range phone. This didn’t turn out the way everyone expected.After some preliminary comparisons to the current Android heavyweights, the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One (Read: Moto X vs Galaxy S4 and Moto X vs HTC One), we were all reminded that what we read on a specs sheet and how a phone feels in the real world are two very different things.Motorola promises that this phone will create a unique experience geared for everyone, and not just the hardcore Android power user. While the phone it not without flaws — some of them easily deal breakers for certain groups of users — the X is an impressive first step from The New Motorola.HardwareMotorola is no stranger to the “flat black slab” design, having made more than a few of them over the past few years. The Moto X is quite different… or at least the back half of it is. The phone feels like two different concepts that have been pressed together in order to create a single device. On the front half you’ll find a glossy, opaque plastic bezel that curves over the edge of the phone and holds the glass on top of the display. The glass that is not directly over the display matches the color of the plastic, creating a nice uniform feel on the front of the phone if you choose black and a somewhat awkward and downright cheap look if you go with white. You’ll find very little on the front of the phone that is not the display, outside of the normal phone bits like microphone, speaker, and front-facing camera. For a phone with a 4.7-inch display, it feels smaller than any other high-end Android phone sold today.Considering that is uses a 720p RGB AMOLED display, the Moto X looks great. The colors temperature is neutral, allowing for both text and images to appear sharp on the display. The 316ppi display doesn’t hold a candle to some of today’s 1080p IPS displays, especially in direct sunlight, but you won’t be able to see pixels or pentile line fragments. It’s a decent display that won’t eat your battery just by existing, but it certainly isn’t going to win Motorola any awards.The other side of the Moto X is wildly different. The polycarbonate backing, which is currently only available in a black or white (unless you build your phone through Moto Maker), that closely resembles the kevlar designs Motorola has deployed in the past, curves in a dramatic fashion. The phone tapers from 10.4mm at the thickest point just above the center of the device to the 5.6mm at the base and just barely thicker than this at the top and sides of the device. It’s almost as though the Motorola symbol on the back of the phone is being pulled away from the phone, and the back has warped out as it happened.Ergonomically speaking, your finger naturally rests on the concave spot on the back (where the Motorola logo is), and it doesn’t feel as though you are stretching your thumb to reach the other side of the phone when trying to use it with a single hand. The end result is a phone that feels very comfortable in your hand, but a little wobbly and clumsy when trying to use it as the phone rests on a flat surface.These two pieces meet together in the middle of the phone, as the glassy plastic gives way to the matte backing. On the sides of the phone, the glossy plastic is the more dominant texture as you run your thumb across the bezel. On the corners of the phone, where the back of the phone is slightly larger, the softer texture is the more exposed of the two.The design of the Moto X, being able to combine two different textures with two different shapes that will potentially be many different colors, is a unique take on the smartphone without coming off as a strange new phone. Ultimately it feels great in the hand, and is genuinely enjoyable to use with one hand or two.Clear Pixel cameraMotorola’s smartphone cameras have historically never been anything particularly special. They get the job done, and their apps have always kept up well enough with the pace of the rest of the industry, but over the last few years there’s clearly not been anything driving the Motorola team to deliver a one of a kind camera experience. The Moto X includes the world’s first RGBC sensor in a phone, with the hope that it will deliver a high end camera experience that also offers a great lowlight experience. Alongside of this the new camera app looks to strip as many buttons from the experience to allow the user to take a photo as quickly as possible, even going so far as to include a wrist flick gesture that launches the camera app from any point in the OS.Motorola’s Clear Pixel camera does exactly what it advertises it will do. In low light situations the camera easily competes with the HTC One and Nokia Lumia 928 when it comes to the sensor being able to “see” in low light. When capturing images it does a great job demonstrating color accuracy, and the AutoHDR function does an acceptable job balancing the light if there’s ever an issue with the environment you are trying to take a picture in. It’s a camera that has removes as many features as possible to create an actual point and shoot smartphone, which is great for the average users but potentially frustrating to the smartphone camera veteran.The camera app in the Moto X has autofocus on by default that tries quickly focus on things that are within a couple of feet, typically preferring to focus much farther away. As long as you aren’t in an environment where the phone continuously tries to refocus, you’ll get a great shot right away. There’s a tap-to-focus feature that you can enable, but the camera takes the photo regardless of whether or not it focused correctly after you tap. There’s no pause in between focus and capture, and so the camera misfires frequently in this mode. This happens far less frequently with the front-facing camera, though as a 2MP shooter you won’t be doing much other than face shots which are relatively easy to optimize for. When you do get that clear photo, it’s usually a pretty great shot.HDR is set to Auto on this phone, which further contributes to the Moto X camera. HDR in general on this phone is great from the perspective of someone who plans to edit the photos later, as the colors or often very accurate. There seems to be almost no post processing done when the photo is taken, so while the end result could be described as washed out when compared to the HTC One, which tends to over-processes photos, you get a much more real photo. Turning HDR off seemed to generate the best all around photos, while HDR on served as a great tool for photos that will be edited later. With Auto HDR on, it takes much longer to get from capture to capture. The delay from taking one photo to another can often be two seconds, unless you’ve decided to hold your finger on the screen and capture a series of photos via the burst shot feature. (For more on the HTC One read our low-light camera shootout.)Video is just as auto-focus ready as the rest of the camera, and the single button press required to capture video is a welcome change from the often overcomplicated third party Android camera apps. The camcorder function on the Moto X does a great job capturing 1080p video or 720p slow motion video. You can tap the screen anytime you are recording video and capture stills, which often end up looking better than just trying to take a normal photo.Next page: A new paradigm… VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Moto X Review FeatureMoto X Review FeatureMoto X rearMotoXAssistMotoXTrustedBatteryMotoXMoto X camera sampleHTC One Moto X featuredMoto XMoto X patternMoto X colorsMoto X HTC One sideMoto X FeaturedMoto X camera compareMoto X NFC speakerMoto X HTC OneMoto X HTC One BackDark Wood Moto XMoto X Wood variantMoto X WoodMoto X color Variantsmoto XMoto XMoto X backlast_img read more

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15 Sep
2019

Pizza for breakfast is healthier than eating cereal nutritionist says

first_img(WSVN) – Odds are you’re not chowing down on pizza for breakfast each morning. But if you’re a cereal person, you may want to reconsider.“You may be surprised to find out that an average slice of pizza and a bowl of cereal with whole milk contain nearly the same amount of calories,” nutrtionist Chelsey Amer told The Daily Meal.Amer says pizza is by no means a health food, but compared with sugar-packed cereals, it provides more of a well-balanced breakfast.“Pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning,” Amer added.Amer noted that most cereal options lead to quick sugar crashes, unlike pizza. Healthy pizza toppings can provide an important source of protein, carbs, fats, and vegetables.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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