Ranbir Kapoor’s pictures as Sanjay Dutt shouldn’t have come out: Rajkumar Hirani

first_imgRanbir Kapoor’s pictures from the sets of Dutt biopic leaked online a few weeks ago, and the actor has been lauded for getting the perfect look. In fact, in most of the pictures, the Barfi! actor looks like a spitting image of Sanjay Dutt. However, director Rajkumar Hirani is unhappy that Ranbir’s look got leaked. However, he is happy with the way the biopic is shaping up.”The pictures shouldn’t have come out. We were shooting in Carter road (in Bandra, a suburb in Mumbai) so it came out. But I am very happy. The film is being made with a lot of happiness and when a film is made with happiness, it turns out good. Its a great story,” he told PTI.If reports are to be believed, Ranbir will be seen sporting six, totally different looks in Dutt that will highlight different phases in Sanjay Dutt’s life.Tentatively titled Dutt, the film will focus on Sanjay’s formative years, his relation with his father Sunil Dutt, his struggles coping up with the loss of his mother, his many affairs, etc. Hirani says that they have already shot 60 per cent of the film. However, they are yet to lock a title for the film. Paresh Rawal is playing the role of Sunil Dutt while Manisha Koirala, Sanjay’s co-star in many film, is starring as Nargis, Sanju baba’s mom. Anushka Sharma, Dia Mirza, Sonam Kapoor, Jim Sarbh and Vicky Kaushal play pivotal roles in the film.ALSO READ: Ranbir Kapoor to sport six different looks for Sanjay Dutt biopic?  advertisementALSO READ: 10 events from Sanjay Dutt’s life that should be in his biopic  ALSO READ: Ranbir Kapoor in his Sanjay Dutt avatar makes him look totally unrecognisable ALSO WATCH: Amitabh Bachchan tells Ranbir Kapoor the importance of film writerslast_img read more

Madrid & Barca January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Real Madrid & Barcelona January transfer news LIVE: Icardi tempted by Madrid move Goal Last updated 1 year ago 05:05 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Barcelona Real Madrid Primera División Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Blancos and Blaugrana as the January transfer window heats up Icardi’s head turned by MadridReal Madrid are tracking Inter captain Mauro Icardi and the striker is interested in a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, according to Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli.”I know that Real Madrid are following him closely. He is also a little tempted by Real Madrid,” Sampaoli said of the 24-year-old.Read the full story on Goal! 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 Dortmund snap up teenager from BarcaSergio Gomez Spain U17Borussia Dortmund have signed Spain youth international Sergio Gomez from Barcelona.The 17-year-old playmaker departs La Masia after starring at last summer’s U-17 World Cup, where he scored twice in a final defeat to England. Read the full story on Goal!Madrid to offer Varane in Courtois bidThibaut CourtoisReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is ready to offer Raphael Varane in part-exchange for Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, claims Don Balon .Perez wants to sign a new keeper in the summer and feels Courtois is more attainable than Manchester United No.1 David de Gea.Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in Courtois, but Perez hopes including Varane in any deal will help Madrid to win the chase for the Belgium international.Icardi in cryptic ‘goodbye’ postMauro Icardi InterInter striker Mauro Icardi, amid links to Real Madrid, has cast doubt over his future and that of Marcelo Brozovic with a “goodbye” post on social media.The Argentina international is among those to have registered on the Santiago Bernabeu transfer radar this season as the Blancos prepare to freshen up their ranks.Icardi has been mooted as a top target, having netted 18 times for Inter this term, and the 24-year-old has fanned the transfer flames with a message on Instagram which read: “To say goodbye is to grow.”Read the full story on Goal right here! Barca to rival Madrid for Skriniar signingMilan Skriniar InterBarcelona will enter a battle with Real Madrid for the signing of Inter defender Milan Skriniar, according to Don Balon .The centre-back has been a star in the Inter defence this season after impressing for Sampdoria last term, prompting Madrid to highlight him as a top target.But Barcelona are hoping to hinder their rivals’ hopes of landing the 22-year-old and make a move for him themselves.Neymar gets Real Madrid backingNeymar PSG Montpellier Ligue 1 27012018Neymar’s proposed move to Real Madrid has been backed by Javier Tebas, with the Liga president eager to see the former Barcelona star back in Spain.Less than six months on from a record-breaking €222 million move from Camp Nou to Paris Saint-Germain, the Brazil international is already being linked with another big-money transfer, with Santiago Bernabeu considered to be his most likely destination.Read the full story on Goal. Real Madrid won’t sign Icardi in JanuaryMauro Icardi InterReal Madrid will not be bringing in Inter forward Mauro Icardi in the January transfer window, Onda Cero  reports.The Argentine was apparently attracting interest from Zinedine Zidane’s side, with Los Blancos set to make a mega bid, although that is apparently not now going to happen.Benzema rejects two offers to leave MadridKarim Benzema, Real MadridKarim Benzema has rejected two offers to leave Real Madrid, Don Balon reports.Florentino Perez is eager to shake up his squad, with the entire forward line marked for replacement as the president looks to get the Spanish capital side back in form.Benzema’s refusal to move on, however, coupled with the difficulty of trying to sell Cristiano Ronaldo, has left the 70-year-old in a difficult position.Athletic close in on Inigo MartinezInigo Martinez Real SociedadAthletic Club are closing in on a deal to sign Barcelona and Manchester City target Inigo Martinez from Real Sociedad.With Aymeric Laporte joining City, the Basque club have moved quickly and are set to make Martinez the most expensive Spanish defender in history.Read the full story here on Goal! Chelsea won’t sell Hazard to Man CityEden Hazard ChelseaChelsea will not allow Eden Hazard to join Manchester City amid interest from the Premier League leaders, The Telegraph reports.Goal understands City are hoping to beat Real Madrid to the signing of the Belgium international , with Pep Guardiola’s men linked to a £100 million move.However, Chelsea are said to have no interest in letting their star man join their domestic rivals and would even refuse a world-record offer from City. Barca confident in Arthur approachArthur GremioBarcelona have made an official approach for Gremio star Arthur and expect to conclude negotiations over a summer move soon, UOL reports.The 21-year-old midfielder has been linked with several top sides in Europe, including Real Madrid, Chelsea and AC Milan, but it is the Catalan side who have moved first to sign him.Barca representative Andre Cury met with the club’s directors and the player’s agent in Brazil and further talks are set to take place, with the Spanish giants said to be offering €30 million, which is €10m under Gremio’s asking price.Man Utd & Barca monitor Monaco prospectJose Mourinho Manchester UnitedManchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona are among the clubs monitoring Monaco prospect Benoit Badiashile, according to Foot Mercato .The Red Devils are said to have already made an offer last summer for the 16-year-old centre-back, who has also drawn interest from Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig.Madrid to anger Ronaldo and pay Neymar €50m per year Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid are prepared to make Neymar the highest-paid player on the planet if they can sign him from Paris Saint-Germain, according to Don Balon .Los Blancos would need to cough up €300 million to get PSG to part with the former Barcelona star and then hand him a salary approaching €50m per season.That could set up a conflict with Cristiano Ronaldo, who makes €25m per season and wants a new contract.last_img read more

Mou struggling to recreate Man Utd team of ‘proper men’

first_imgManchester United Mourinho struggling to recreate team of ‘proper men’ he had at Chelsea Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:00 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Jose Mourinho Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United FA Cup Chelsea v Manchester United Chelsea José Mourinho The Portuguese has so far been unable to rally his squad around him as he was able to at Stamford Bridge, and United are paying for the disconnect Manchester United’s inconsistencies this season have made them incredibly hard to judge.They beat every team in the Premier League yet also lost to all three promoted sides. They registered a first top-two finish in five years, yet were a distant 19 points adrift of champions Manchester City. And despite the fact they face Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final, their humbling Champions League exit to Sevilla is likely to remain the most memorable moment of their campaign whether they win or lose at Wembley.One thing that there seems little disagreement on is the assertion that this United side still does not have the hallmarks of a true Jose Mourinho outfit. Two years into his regime at Old Trafford, there remains a transitional feel around his squad. If anything, there are more reminders of his post-2010 failures at Real Madrid and Chelsea than there are of his successes at Inter and in his first Stamford Bridge stint. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now While he struggles to find the fire inside the likes of the talented Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw, he has been able to draw crucial, if fleeting, interventions out of unfancied figures such as Marouane Fellaini and Scott McTominay.When compared to the machine he built at Chelsea between 2004 and 2007, the current United squad simply does not match up. At the Bridge, Mourinho had warriors in John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba, and around them he formed an intimidating unit.The Blues played high-percentage, effective football, with the mental toughness shown on the pitch being a mirror image of what we found in their manager. He was able to get them doing all the one-per-cent work week after week and gained the benefits in leading Chelsea to consecutive league titles in his first two seasons.“We call him daddy,” revealed Drogba to the Guardian. “I don’t know about all of us but he did a lot of things for me during that moment where I had a lot of critics. He was supporting me and helping me.”That siege mentality, the all-for-one, one-for-all approach, had already been made famous by Sir Alex Ferguson at United, but Mourinho used a more intense variation in order to ensure that players who had bundles of potential were able to deliver their best for the Chelsea cause.Jose Mourinho Didier Drogba 08042007“Jose said that to me that I was the best in the world,” Lampard would explain years later. “I certainly didn’t believe it at the time and I don’t know how much he did – but it was great man management.“I took it at face value and thought: ‘If my manager I’m working for is saying that, I’m going to have to show him that he’s right’.“I didn’t want to be that player who let him down. I was quite conscientious and wanted to make him happy. He managed to give me confidence that I could do it and I loved going into work.”So far, Mourinho hasn’t been able to engender such unstinting support from his United troops. There so often appears to be a disconnect between what he wants from his team and what he is getting. Romelu Lukaku has largely delivered in attack and Nemanja Matic has had an impact in midfield, but even Paul Pogba, who has scored 11 goals and added 14 assists in his 60 league appearances since returning to the club, has had public difficulties with the manager in 2018.Paul Pogba, Jose Mourinho, Tottenham vs Man Utd, 17/18Instead it is the players who do not carry a big name and huge expectation who have received a lot of public praise from the manager. Fellaini has been trusted in big moments when Mourinho has despaired of the lack of effective outlets in his attacking midfield line, and the boss has made it clear he wants the Belgian for the longer term despite his contract expiring.Elsewhere McTominay was the man he turned to to keep Ever Banega quiet in Seville and hold Eden Hazard’s reins when United beat Chelsea at Old Trafford. It is also the young Scot who Mourinho made a point of handing a ‘Manager’s Player of the Year’ award to in light of his desire to do anything and everything the Portuguese asked of him.Since Mourinho has been unable to rally his senior players around him in the way he did at Chelsea, he has held up McTominay as the example of work-rate and professionalism. It also helps that the midfielder has shot up to around 6’5” in the last few years, helping him to become a far more imposing figure who can attempt to carry himself in the same way some of his manager’s most successful alumni have in the past.Others to have featured heavily include Ashley Young, who has got his head down and worked hard in adapting to a deeper role under Mourinho and earned a place in the England World Cup squad off the back of it. Jesse Lingard, too, has reacted positively to his manager’s teachings and has become a club and international regular as a result.Yet for every potential warrior and selfless team player he sees in his United squad, he sees somebody else who isn’t given him what he needs. While Martial, Shaw and Marcus Rashford take increasingly lengthy spells to adapt to the Mourinho way, the boss is giving them little leeway until they show they’re meeting his standards.Jose Mourinho, Luke Shaw, Man UtdShaw was one of the first to draw his ire just five games into his first league campaign, identifying him as the guilty party in Watford’s second goal in a 3-1 reverse. Just a few weeks later, Chris Smalling joined the left-back on the naughty step when both ruled themselves out of the trip to Swansea through injury.“There is a difference between the brave, who want to play at any cost, and the ones for whom a little pain can make a difference,” said Mourinho. “If I were to speak with the many great football people of this team, they will say they played many times without being 100%.“We have players on the pitch with problems. In every sport, how many times do you play and you’re not 100%?”Latterly he has asked Martial to bring out the Mourinho in himself in order to win favour. “Is Anthony player with great potential? Yes. Can he play for success with me? Yes. But he needs to give things for me that I like.”And that is something Mourinho has continued to struggle with throughout his Old Trafford reign. Whereas at Chelsea and Inter he found players willing to buy into everything, at United the expectations of established internationals have not been on Jose’s wavelength. A manager who demands tough personalities is yet to be convinced that his squad has enough of them.His choice of words when hailing the retiring Michael Carrick last week was noticeable.“The most important quality is to be a man. M-A-N. Capitals. He is a proper man,” said Mourinho.“Football is not full of them. And not just football; society is not full of them. When you find one of them, you have to value and you have to keep.”Jose Mourinho Michael Carrick Manchester UnitedIt is clear when he says that that he believes his squad to be short on ‘proper men’ too. In fact, it is evident in how he talks and acts around his players that he remains unconvinced by them. The planets have not aligned for him in Manchester as they did in west London.“Jose could not have come in at a better time,” his former Chelsea charge Joe Cole once claimed to the Sun. “It was the perfect team for him at that stage of his career.“He had 20 hungry lions desperate to win things. It was the easiest team to manage. He did not have big egos, we all wanted to play football and we all went out together.”As he faces up to Antonio Conte’s current Chelsea side on Saturday, one thing Mourinho knows is that he has still only just started in getting Manchester United to play in his vision. The big, powerful machine that was his Blues squad for so long is still far from being replicated in the north west. There is a lack of those hungry lions of whom Cole speaks.“Mentally and psychologically, he had us from day one. We bought into whatever he was going to deliver that day,” John Terry told Sky Sports of Mourinho. “I would give everything for him. I would leave that pitch in a coffin for him and every player felt the same.”The challenge now is for ‘The Special One’ to coax a similar response from a squad most of whom he has yet to convince. It just so happens it is the club at which he did his greatest work who seek to send him into the summer with another headache.last_img read more

The Latest Update On Transferring 5-Star Clemson QB Hunter Johnson

first_imgHunter Johnson celebrates a big play against Wake Forest.Former five-star recruit Hunter Johnson recently announced he is leaving Clemson. That news automatically made him one of the more coveted transfers in the country.Last week, it was reported that Purdue, Northwestern and Indiana were the front-runners for Johnson. Now, an ACC program has reportedly entered the mix.Duke is pursuing Johnson, according to 247Sports’ Chris Hummer. Johnson would have to sit out next season in Durham and would become eligible in 2019.He has three seasons of eligibility remaining.A source close to the situation tells 247Sports the Tigers have given Johnson a full release, which means he’s allowed to join other ACC schools, if he so he chooses.With that under consideration, 247Sports has learned Duke has entered the picture for Johnson.The Blue Devils are now among the known schools in the running along Northwestern and Purdue, the schools 247Sports reported as early favorites last week when the news was announced.As a true freshman, Johnson threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns, completing 21-of-27 attempts. He showed flashes of what made him one the No. 2 quarterback recruit in the 2017 class.However, he was buried behind Kelly Bryant and incoming freshman five-star Trevor Lawrence. That’s why Johnson is seeking a transfer.last_img read more

VIDEO: Concordia Is Now Afloat (Update)

first_imgzoom The underwater preliminary activities related to the beginning of the last phase of the refloating operation of the Concordia are in progress today, the salvage team informed earlier today. As informed, technicians are working to connect and tension the last 4 chains and 6 cables. The wreck is said to be in stable position and securely moored.The first day of the refloating operation of the Concordia has concluded successfully.Confirming technician’s estimations, the wreck is now afloat thanks to the buoyancy given by sponsons, 22 meters off the false sea bed, and it has been towed for about 30 meters eastwards.The wreck is securely moored and therefore the first phase of the refloating operations has now ended.Around and under the Concordia operations are still ongoing to connect some chains and cables to the sponsons, according to the update.The refloating operations of Concordia wreck started yesterday morning at 6 am.The Senior Salvage Master, Nick Sloane, reached the Remote Operations Center located on the Concordia with the rest of the team.The whole operation is expected to take about 6 or 7 days to complete.The departure of the Concordia from Giglio is currently scheduled for July 21st.Press Release, July 15th, 2014last_img read more

K Line Gets AIP for LNGFuelled Ore Carrier Concept Design

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: K Line Joint Approval in Principle (AIP) for New Concept Design of LNG-fuelled Ore CarrierJapanese shipping major K Line has, together with Namura Shipbuilding, received an Approval in Principle (AIP) for the concept design of an LNG-fuelled ore carrier from DNV GL.The parties said that work on this joint project complied with both environmental and actual operation requirements as follows, based on Namura Shipyard’s second generation WOZMAX, an optimum size of vessel that can call main West Australian iron ore loading ports.The new design would keep almost the same deadweight and normal service speed as WOZMAX, retain enough endurance for round-trip between Singapore and Brazil in gas fuel mode, arranging the LNG tanks in center section of hull, as well as achieve EEDI phase 3 by means of primary fuel changes to LNG, K Line said.In addition to LNG fuel conversion, the parties studied the possibility of it being combined with shaft generator, binary cycle power generation system and lithium battery so as to further reduce CO2 emissions and confirmed that this system can achieve an additional 4% reduction of fuel oil consumption.last_img read more

Province Exploring Options to Move Highway 104 Twinning Project Forward

first_imgNova Scotia is exploring greater private sector participation in the development of the Highway 104 twinning project between Sutherlands River, Pictou Co. and Antigonish. “This is an important road safety project and we’re looking at all options to get it done in a timely manner and for the best value for Nova Scotians,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines. “We want to make sure we choose the right approach to deliver this project on time.” The department is exploring the use of a model in which the responsibilities for designing, building, financing operating and maintaining the highway is given to a single firm through a bidding process. It is called Design Build Finance Operate Maintain. It allows for one firm to control the schedule of the project and helps reduce the timeline and the associated risk. The province pays that firm annual service payments for the operation and maintenance of the highway for the duration of an agreement. Highway construction is traditionally financed and designed by the province with the private sector doing construction. Design Build Finance Operate Maintain has been used in Ontario, Saskatchewan and for projects in many other provinces. While the province is exploring this approach for Highway 104, it is not considering the implementation of any tolls to finance the project. The Highway 104 project will see 38 kilometres between Sutherlands River, Pictou Co. and Antigonish twinned as well as the construction of new interchanges and bridges. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will issue a request for qualifications this summer, a step in the process to determine if Design Build Finance Operate Maintain is the appropriate approach and whether there is interest in the private sector.last_img read more

UK even more polarised as Nigels Brexit party storms to EU vote

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON (England): Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party stormed to victory in a European election, riding a wave of anger at the failure of Prime Minister Theresa May to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union, according to Reuters. A European Parliament election that the United Kingdom only took part in because May delayed Brexit showed a country even more polarised over the EU divorce nearly three years since a 2016 referendum in which it voted 52% to 48% to leave. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’The United Kingdom was supposed to have left on March 29 but it remains a member of the EU and its politicians are still arguing over how, when or even whether the country will leave the club it joined in 1973. May on Friday announced she was stepping down, saying it was a matter of deep regret that she could not deliver Brexit. The Conservative Party was on course for one of its worst results in a nationwide election ever. Across England and Wales, voters turned away in anger from May’s Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party of Jeremy Corbyn, which had sought a softer version of Brexit. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe Brexit Party came first while explicitly pro-EU parties – the Liberal Democrats, Greens and Change UK – were, combined, a few percentage points behind. Farage, elected as a Member of the European Parliament for the South East of England, said he wanted to be involved in Brexit negotiations and warned that British politics was on the cusp of major upheaval unless Brexit took place on Oct. 31. “We want to be part of that negotiating team,” Farage said in Southampton, southern England. “If we don’t leave on Oct. 31 then the score that you have seen for the Brexit Party today will be repeated in a general election and we are getting ready for it.” Such a severe election drubbing for the two major parties will stiffen a belief among leading Conservatives vying to replace May that they must go for a more decisive split from the EU. But it will also increase pressure on Labour’s Corbyn to come out explicitly for a second referendum on EU membership. “This issue will have to go back to the people, whether through a general election or a public vote,” Corbyn said. “Over the coming days we will have conversations across our party and movement, and reflect on these results on both sides of the Brexit divide.” BBC projections put the Conservatives on around 10 to 12%, down from 23% in 2014. Labour came third in Wales. The Liberal Democrats even won in Corbyn’s home constituency, Islington. The Brexit Party won around 10 percentage points more than the UK Independence Party did in 2014, partial results showed. In total, the United Kingdom elects 73 MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) to the 751-seat parliament. They will not contribute directly to British policymaking on domestic issues like Brexit, but will have a say in EU-wide policy as long as they remain in the assembly.last_img read more

Saskatchewan teacher mistakenly hands out offensive Thanksgiving puzzle

first_imgMOOSE JAW, Sask. – A school division in southern Saskatchewan is apologizing after a handout with offensive words was mistakenly given to students.A Thanksgiving work package supplied last week to a Grade 3 class in Moose Jaw had a word search puzzle in the shape of a teepee. It contained “squaw” and “papoose,” derogatory terms for Indigenous women and children.Prairie South Schools said in a statement that the teacher gave the material to students who had completed other work before the long weekend.The teacher had not carefully previewed the handout and was horrified to learn of its content Tuesday after a news reporter called the school division to ask about the puzzle.“I feel very badly that this has happened and offer my sincere apologies,” said Tony Baldwin, director of education for Prairie South.“As a Treaty 4 person, I know the importance of accurate information for students.”A photo of the puzzle was posted on Twitter by a Vancouver woman who said the Thanksgiving booklet was given to her cousin’s child at the elementary school in Moose Jaw.Written at the top of the puzzle: “History tells us that the Indians played a very important part in the first Thanksgiving dinner.”Chief Bobby Cameron with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations in Saskatchewan said the words in the puzzle are blatantly racist and wonders if other students were unwittingly given the handout in previous years.“How are young students supposed to understand or learn the terms reconciliation and acceptance when you have an educator throwing this kind of hated material out to students?” he said.“In this day and age? Holy crow.”Cameron suggested the teacher should be reprimanded or suspended.Baldwin described the teacher as a good employee who made a serious mistake and said the division will work to make sure nothing like this happens again.He also said he was bewildered that copies of the handout were in the school in the first place, as they are more than 20 years old.“I can’t explain how they came to be in the school. They certainly should have been purged many years ago,” Baldwin said.He said the handouts have since been destroyed.— By Chris Purdy in Edmontonlast_img read more

Raptors ticket auction to benefit family of hitandrun victim surpasses 10K

first_imgTORONTO — The company that owns the Toronto Raptors says the price of a pair of tickets being auctioned off to support an employee whose son was the victim of a hit and run has surpassed $10,000.Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment says a local entrepreneur put up the five-figure bid for the tickets to Game 1 of the NBA Finals, which are being sold online to benefit the Chowdhury family.Four-year-old Radiul Chowdhury was critically injured when he was struck by a motorcycle in the city’s east end Sunday afternoon. The boy’s father, Ruhul Chowdhury, works for MLSE.The company says all the money raised from the auction, which began Tuesday night and closes at noon, will be directly donated to the Chowdhury family.In an update Wednesday evening, MLSE says Paramount Fine Foods CEO Mohamad Fakih has pledged to donate his $10,000 bid even if he doesn’t win the auction.Toronto police say a 31-year-old man is in custody and facing several charges in Sunday’s collision, and they’re still looking for a female suspect.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

NBA Steps Up To Support Victims Of Super Typhoon Haiyan

first_imgThe National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Player’s Association (NBPA) today have teamed up to donate $250,000 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts in areas of the Philippines ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan.The latest estimates indicate that as many as four million children could now be affected by the disaster, and the donation will aid UNICEF in providing children and families with immediate necessities including food, water, and medicine.“We are incredibly grateful to the NBA and NBPA for their generosity and commitment to helping UNICEF save children’s lives,” said Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “When a natural disaster strikes, the need to rush supplies to those affected is critical, and both the NBA and NBPA have consistently sprung to action to support UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts for more than 10 years.”The NBA Family is also assisting UNICEF in raising awareness of the urgent support needed for children and families in the Philippines. Miami HEAT Coach Erik Spoelstra will appear in a U.S. Fund for UNICEF Public Service Announcement to help raise funds for relief efforts.In July, 2009, Spoelstra embarked on what would be the first of four trips back to his native Philippines. In each of these trips, he has hosted basketball and coaches clinics, promoted the importance of education, healthy living and wellness, while being able to reach close to 10,000 underprivileged youth through these efforts. In 2011, the nine-day program in Manila was the largest NBA FIT event ever hosted in Southeast Asia under the NBA Cares umbrella. During the summer of 2012, Spoelstra expanded this program to include the country of Singapore.Children who escaped Haiyan still need urgent assistance to survive in the aftermath of the storm. Health is an urgent priority due to the impact of the typhoon on water supplies and sanitation systems. Children also need safe and protected spaces to be able to play and continue their education while adults work to recover their homes and livelihoods.UNICEF is mobilizing therapeutic food for children, as well as kits containing health, water and hygiene supplies, from stocks already available in the country, to support up to 3,000 families in the affected areas. As soon as access is possible, these supplies will be distributed to the hard-hit area of Tacloban.UNICEF is airlifting $1.3 million worth of additional supplies from its warehouse in Copenhagen for another 10,000 families, including those affected by the recent earthquake in Bohol. The shipments contain water purification tablets, soap, medical kits, tarps, and micronutrient supplements.How to help: For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution to UNICEF’s relief efforts, please contact the U.S. Fund for UNICEF:Website: www.unicefusa.org/philippinesToll free: 1-800-FOR-KIDSText: RELIEF to 864233 (UNICEF) to donate $10Mail: 125 Maiden Lane, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10038last_img read more

No regrets in SNC Lavalin affair Wilson Raybould and Philpott say

first_imgSome of the women, delegates chosen to represent each of the country’s 338 ridings through a program called Daughters of the Vote, were unconvinced.They called him a “fake feminist” and doubted the authenticity of his commitment to reconciling with Indigenous Peoples – sentiments echoed by opposition parties.“It was like a microcosm of the history of Canada, with a white man telling Indigenous women where they can and cannot be and exercising their power and their privilege over them,” said Riley Yesno, one of the young women brought to Parliament by Equal Voice, a group dedicated to increasing the presence of women in politics.Yesno, an Anishnaabe University of Toronto student who grew up in Thunder Bay, Ont., called Trudeau’s treatment of Wilson-Raybould “colonial violence” and further dubbed him a “fake feminist.”While she doesn’t necessarily believe he has “malicious intent” towards women, she said the expulsions of the former ministers “extremely negatively affect women” and “impact matters more than intention.”Many of the same women walked out of the Commons altogether when Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer addressed them.Yesno said that was done deliberately, so their protest against Trudeau couldn’t be used as ammunition by the official Opposition.However, Trudeau got some unexpected support from Philpott, who spoke a short time later, alongside Wilson-Raybould, outside the Commons.Asked about the prime minister’s feminist credentials, Philpott said, “I wish him the best. I wish him the opportunity to continue his good work.”Trudeau informed the two former ministers Tuesday that he won’t allow them to seek re-election as Liberal candidates this fall.Both said Wednesday it’s too soon to say whether their careers in politics are finished or whether they might run as independents or for another party.“I would like to think that there may be steps, that I could continue in a political role somehow but I don’t know what that will be,” said Philpott, speaking alongside Wilson-Raybould. “It’s too early to say.”“I need to take some time to reflect,” said Wilson-Raybould.Watch Laurie Hamelin’s story from Jody Wilson-Raybould’s riding about her expulsion from the Liberal caucus. APTN NewsThe House of Commons did not get any easier for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday as a delegation with Daughters of the Vote took their seats in the House of Commons for a mock Parliamentary session.There Trudeau got a first-hand glimpse of the fallout from the SNC-Lavalin affair when he addressed 338 young women and about four dozen of them turned their backs on him.Trudeau was trying to explain why why he had booted Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott out of the Liberal caucus the day before.It was a rough start for Trudeau’s efforts to re-establish himself as a feminist and supporter of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.“There’s always going to be a range of opinions we need to listen to,” Trudeau told the women. “But ultimately, diversity…  only works if there is trust and within a team when that trust gets broken, we have to figure out how to move forward.”“It’s actually easy to stand in a place and cross your arms and stand in a place and say, ‘I’m not budging from my position because I’m right,”’ he added later.“What is actually more difficult is to look for thoughtful compromise.”Watch Amber Bernard’s story on Mi’kmaw delegate Hannah Martin who challenged the prime minister to respect unceded territory and told Trudeau “you cannot be a feminist if you are raping the land.” Wilson-Raybould believes she was moved out of the prestigious justice portfolio to Veterans Affairs in a mid-January cabinet shuffle as punishment for refusing to intervene to stop the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin on bribery charges related to contracts in Libya.She has testified that she faced relentless pressure last fall from Trudeau, his office, the top public servant and others to override the director of public prosecutions, who had decided not to invite the Montreal engineering giant to negotiate a remediation agreement, a kind of plea bargain.Wilson-Raybould quit the cabinet in mid-February and Philpott followed a few weeks later, saying she had lost confidence in the government’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin file.The revelation last week that Wilson-Raybould had surreptitiously recorded a phone conversation with Michael Wernick, the clerk of the Privy Council, to bolster her contention of undue pressure was the last straw for Liberal MPs, who openly called on Trudeau to expel the former ministers.On Tuesday, Trudeau called the secret recording “unconscionable,” proof that the ex-minister could no longer be trusted.“Trust is a two-way street,” Wilson-Raybould shot back Wednesday. “It is unconscionable not to uphold the rule of law.”Neither Philpott nor Wilson-Raybould expressed regret for standing up for what they believed was right.“You have to be able to hold your head high and look at yourself in the mirror at the end of the day and say that the choices you made were the best ones under the circumstances,” said Philpott.In the Commons during question period, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said the whole episode demonstrates that “speaking truth to power” disqualifies strong women from inclusion in the Liberal party.Trudeau said he’ll take no lessons from the Conservatives on feminism, noting that he still has “18 strong women members of cabinet who lead every day on the big issues that matter to Canadians.”Trudeau ended the day at a meeting with Natan Obed, president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and several other Inuit leaders and federal cabinet ministers, for a meeting of the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee, formed two years ago to improve the relationship.He promised to continue a path towards reconciliation on issues such as education, suicide prevention, and climate change.news@aptn.ca– with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

COP22 to Highlight Water Issue Moroccan Official

Rabat – The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, slated for November in Marrakech, seeks to give greater visibility to the issue of water, Morocco’s High Commissioner for Water, Forestry and Fight Against Desertification, Abdeladim Lhafi, said Thursday in Stockholm.“The issue will occupy a central place during COP22, knowing that more than 80pc of the national contributions of the Southern countries focus on the issue of water,” Lhafi pointed out in a debate, organized as part of the World Water Week, held from 28th August to the 2nd September in Stockholm, under the theme “Water For Sustainable Growth.”In this respect, Lhafi called for associating the issue of water with climate change and sustainable development “so that world citizens can feel them in their daily life,” through employment and wealth generating projects in order to fight extreme phenomena such as ecological immigration. “It’s time to develop a new model of development and governance which will generate the best added value of this natural resource,” especially that most of the Southern countries are in a situation of water shortage, he observed.Furthermore, the High Commissioner for Water, Forestry and the Fight against Desertification highlighted the strong and proactive water policy adopted by Morocco since the 1960s, which allows the kingdom to manage the water stock in a way that helps cushion three years of drought.During this 5-day event, Morocco was represented by Hakima El Haite, COP22 Special Envoy and Morocco’s Minister Delegate in Charge of the Environment and Abdeladim Lhafi, COP22 Commissioner and Morocco’s High Commissioner for Water, Forestry and Fight Against Desertification, according to the official website of the COP22.The annual global meeting dedicated to water was organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute with support from the City of Stockholm and Governments of Sweden and Germany, as well as through collaboration with key partners such as the OECD, Water Research Commission and 2030 Water Resources Group. read more

More children drafted by armed groups in eastern DR Congo UNICEF finds

2 December 2008Children continue to be enlisted by armed groups in the war-ravaged eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations reported today. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said at least five youngsters were recently drafted in the town of Kitshanga in North Kivu province, where fighting has recently flared between the Government army, the Congress in Defence of the People (CNDP) led by rebel general Laurent Nkunda, and the Mayi Mayi militia.UNICEF also expressed concerns that the majority of schools in the Rutshuru area remained closed to some 150,000 students despite promises by Mr. Nkunda’s rebels to reopen them. It called for all armed groups to create a safe environment for children to resume their education. Meanwhile, the UN refugee agency today continued the voluntary transfer of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the precarious Kibati camps on the northern outskirts of Goma, North Kivu’s capital, to four existing camps away from the frontline to the west of the city.“Our efforts had to be suspended on Sunday afternoon due to shooting, which also continued through the night,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. “Altogether, four IDPs were wounded and taken to a local hospital.”Fighting in North Kivu intensified at the end of 2006. By January 2008, it had brought the total number of IDPs in the region to more than 800,000. Since fighting resumed in August, some 250,000 civilians have fled, many of them previously displaced.Some 65,000 Congolese civilians in the two Kibati camps are in a precarious situation as the warring parties remain in close proximity. “We fear that the civilian population could be caught in the crossfire should the fighting resume in this area,” Mr. Redmond said.Today’s transfer is scheduled to take 140 vulnerable families (500 people) from the Kibati I camp to the Mugunga I camp. By the time of Sunday’s suspension, more than 140 families had already been relocated to Mugunga I. Further transfers will target IDPs currently sheltered in school blocks and portable tent warehouses that UNHCR has made available at Kibati.Five truckloads of aid items from UNHCR’s regional emergency stockpile in Ngara, Tanzania, arrived in Goma over the weekend with 30,000 blankets, 15,000 sleeping mats and 4,160 kitchen sets. Meanwhile, local UNHCR partners in Kanyabayonga, 150 kilometres north of Goma, said 40,000 IDPs have managed to return home – or about 80 per cent of those estimated to have been uprooted there over the past weeks. Many returning families are finding their home looted or destroyed.Reports suggest that fighting further up north around Ishasha has abated after the visit there of the UN Special Envoy, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. Fighting around Ishasha, a town on the DRC-Uganda border, began on 22 November, forcing at least 13,000 Congolese to seek refuge in Uganda during the past week alone. The flow has now stopped. read more

Sri Lanka insists will not agree to war crimes probe

“Who do we investigate in the LTTE? Are there any leaders? We will go for a good settlement,” the Minister said. He said that the main objective of the Government is to ensure the final settlement following 30 years of war, gives equal status to all Sri Lankans. The Minister also said that powers will be devolved to the provinces to ensure the people in the respective areas look after the development of the areas.Sri Lanka defeated the Tamil Tigers in May 2009 after 30 years of war but the military has been accused of committing war crimes during the finales stages of the war. The Sri Lankan Government on Monday said that while it will investigate certain crimes which took place during the war between Tamil Tiger rebels and the military, it will not agree to a war crimes probe, the Xinhua news agency reported.Government spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne told reporters in the Northern Jaffna town that if there is a war crimes probe then the Tamil Tigers, also known as the LTTE, must also be investigated. The Government has initiated a reconciliation process to address the main causes behind the conflict and ensure non-recurrence. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Philippines UN rushes in relief supplies for flood victims after Typhoon Durian

United Nations agencies are rushing relief supplies for victims of floods and mudslides in the Philippines, where at least 526 people have been killed, more than 1000 wounded and 740 reported missing in the wake of Typhoon Durian, which totally destroyed 80,000 homes, damaged more than 150,000 others and affected 1.5 million overall. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) is giving priority to distributing potable water as well as water purification tablets. At the Government’s request, WHO will also furnish water purification equipment and is pre-positioning enough emergency health kits to care for 10,000 people for three months, spokesperson Fadéla Chaib told a news briefing in Geneva today. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working on the assumption that 45 per cent of those affected are likely to be children. Among supplies already provided by UNICEF are tins of sardines, rice, blankets, and water purification tablet, agency spokesman Michael Bociurkiw told the briefing. On Friday, UNICEF will send 4,000 family-size tents, large water storage tanks and mosquito nets. read more

Ohio State mens hockey readies for instate opponent Miami

Senior forward Matt Johnson (26) chases an opponent during an exhibition against Guelph on Oct. 4 at the Shottenstein Center. OSU won, 7-1.Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerGames between in-state rivals can make the penalty box a crowded space, but for the Ohio State men’s hockey team, that may not be a problem. The Buckeyes are perfect on the penalty kill entering a home-and-home series against No. 11 Miami (Ohio).During their season-opening series against then-No. 4 Providence College, the Buckeyes (1-1-0) held the Friars to five shots on seven power plays.“The bottom line is when there’s any breakdowns (on the penalty kill) you see guys blocking shots,” Buckeye coach Steve Rohlik said. “That’s the epitome of where our team’s at.”OSU’s early season special teams success is a welcome change from last season’s futilities. The Buckeyes finished last year tied for the ninth-worst penalty kill in the nation at 77.1 percent.Increased film sessions and instruction from OSU assistant coach Joe Exter have expedited the change, Rohlik said.“Joe’s done a fantastic job of breaking some things down and trying to simplify some things so everybody knows exactly what they’re doing,” Rohlik said.Senior forward Matt Johnson is a veteran penalty killer and said he takes pride in the role he’s filled since his time in the United States Hockey League.Johnson can measure that pride this year as he has lost 25 pounds since the start of last season.“I feel more energized, I feel faster, I even feel a little bit stronger on the ice,” Johnson said.The weight loss and physical improvements are products of a different workout program.“I got into CrossFit this summer,” Johnson said. “I think that it more translates to an overall (physical fitness) because it’s muscle conditioning, it’s cardio and it’s also strengthening.”OSU might be leaning on its conditioning this weekend against the RedHawks (1-1-0). Miami returns 19 players and its top eight scorers from last season.“They’re as explosive as any team in the country,” Rohlik said. “We know the way they want to play and we have to eliminate that.”For the RedHawks, this year’s focus is returning to the NCAA Tournament. Miami missed the cut last year for the first time since the 2004-05 season. OSU’s familiarity with the RedHawks has roots in the schools’ proximity and former affiliations. The in-state rivals were longtime adversaries in the Central Collegiate Hockey Conference that dissolved more than one full season ago.“I think our team is pretty familiar with most of the guys on their team,” junior forward Anthony Greco said of Miami. “It’s fun to compete against them.”In the past three seasons, the RedHawks have had most of the fun. Miami has gone 8-2-1 against the Buckeyes since 2011.   “Coming into practice on Monday I think we had a little extra jump in our step knowing that we’re playing Miami,” senior captain and forward Tanner Fritz said. “We haven’t had the best success against them the last few years but I think this is our year to really turn that.”OSU is set to play the RedHawks on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center and on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in Oxford, Ohio.Loose Pucks• OSU junior defenseman Craig Dalrymple and sophomore forward Nick Schilkey will not play this weekend, Rohlik said.• Dalrymple has not played since Jan. 17. Schilkey sustained an upper-body injury last Friday against Providence and there’s no timetable for his return, Rohlik said.• Miami is a member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference read more

Ventsim™ 48 released

first_imgVentsim™ 4.8 is the latest and most powerful release of the best-selling Ventsim mine ventilation simulation software. The developer Chasm Consulting says it “is a significant upgrade and includes many new features and improvements to help you build better models, create more accurate simulations and save time and money.”New features of Ventsim™ 4.8 include:Over 50 improvements in features, stability, user interface and performanceRevised Fire and Dynamic Engine – faster, more stable and including new features such as fire growth curves, delayed blasting and contaminant release and inclusion of dust in VentFIRE™ scripts“Stages” continue to improve – significant performance fixes and integration into seasonal simulation settingsNew License Server options – businesses can use their own server for improved speed and automated license checkoutGas and Contaminant Diffusion – this important feature is now available to ensure gases and contaminant are spread by both advection (airflow) and diffusion.New Toolbar options – toolbars can be moved and positioned anywhere around the screenGraphical scaling tool – easier scaling of screen graphics itemsA wealth of other user, speed and graphics improvements.last_img read more

Poll Do you believe there should be a formal dress code in

first_img By Fora Staff Share19 Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/andriano.cz Mar 22nd 2017, 12:45 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 22 Mar 2017, 12:45 PM Poll: Do you believe there should be a formal dress code in the Dáil? Your daily bite-sized ballot break. Image: Shutterstock/andriano.cz 28,065 Views IT MAY BE casual Friday in an office near you each week, but do we expect more of our national houses of parliament?The Dáil committee on procedure is going to have a debate this evening about whether to introduce a dress code for the TDs filing through Leinster House.Presumably, then TD for Roscommon-Leitrim South Ming Flanagan’s hemp suit of 2011 would still make the cut under a formal dress code.Do you think the Dáil needs a specifically formal code though? Suit and tie for the men, business skirt or formal trousers and blazer for the women?center_img Poll Results: Yes (11180) http://jrnl.ie/3300527 Smart casual is grand (4411) Short URL 70 Comments Let them wear what they want (2610) YesSmart casual is grandLet them wear what they wantVotelast_img read more

All clear given after false threat made to The Galleria Mall in

first_imgBusinesses and their employees were advised and not forced to evacuate.After investigating, authorities deemed the threat to be false and the mall resumed normal operations. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The security threat that was identified by the Police has been resolved. The Galleria Mall is now open.— GalleriaFtLauderdale (@GalleriaFTL) July 25, 2019center_img FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have given the all clear for The Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale after a false threat was made by an anonymous caller.Fort Lauderdale Police responded to the shopping mall, located at 2414 East Sunrise Boulevard, just before 10 a.m., Thursday.Officials said the threatening call was made prior to the mall opening to customers for the day.last_img read more