Mkhitaryan back for Roma

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Roma have announced their squad for the Europa League match against Istanbul Basaksehir tomorrow, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Nikola Kalinic returning. The Armenian has been out of action for nearly two months, and is included in the squad. Another return is on-loan striker Nikola Kalinic, who has been out of play since mid-October. Roma are still without long-term casualties Bryan Cristante and Davide Zappacosta. Javier Pastore and Alessandro Florenzi are also out through injury, but Leonardo Spinazzola is included despite seeming to sprain his ankle in training this morning. The Giallorossi lost their last game in the competition to Borussia Monchengladbach, and the pressure is on to progress to the round of 32. Roma beat the Turkish side 4-0 on match day one in the competition. Roma squad for Basaksehir: Pau Lopez, Cardinali, Fuzato; Smalling, Kolarov, Santon, Fazio, Mancini, Spinazzola; Pellegrini, Perotti, Veretout, Zaniolo, Diawara, Mkhitaryan; Dzeko, Kluivert, Under, Kalinic, Antonuccilast_img read more

Ousted from BCCI, Jagmohan Dalmiya fights for his last patch of turf

first_imgPrasun Mukherjee, Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, looked confident but a little conscious at the Calcutta Sports Journalist Club in Maidan among his allies with whose help he intended to become the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). Another “friend” present, though only looking down from the wall, was Sourav,Prasun Mukherjee, Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, looked confident but a little conscious at the Calcutta Sports Journalist Club in Maidan among his allies with whose help he intended to become the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). Another “friend” present, though only looking down from the wall, was Sourav Ganguly in a jubilant picture.What should be a routine state cricket election has turned into a political wrestling pit. On one side is Mukherjee backed by Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. And on the other is the incumbent president, the man synonymous with cricket and Kolkata – Jagmohan Dalmiya. Jagmohan DalmiyaPrasun MukherjeePOLLS APART: Jagmohan Dalmiya and Prasun MukherjeeOusted from power in the BCCI, this is Dalmiya’s last stand. If he loses CAB, he loses his foothold in cricket. Bhattacharjee’s decision to have a say in the matter by “advising” Dalmiya not to file his nomination for the post of president gave the hardboiled administrator an inkling of what lay in store for him.But the unkindest cut probably came when former Indian captain Ganguly sent a stinging email, accusing the CAB officials of ‘ruining’ cricketers’ careers. The email has cost the already beleaguered former Indian captain more than a few supporters in Maidan. “He must be really desperate,” says a member of a first division club. The Maidan-the city’s hive of cricket clubs-was abuzz with rumours that the BCCI’s current regime had struck a deal with Ganguly.By aligning himself with Mukherjee, the alleged payoff for Ganguly was a place in the Indian team so he could have a proper farewell from the game. Playing county cricket these days, Ganguly has not been in the kind of form that merits a recall. Mukherjee, however, denies talk of any deal. He is confident of wearing a fourth hat: Mukherjee is already the state athletics federation head for the past three years and the president of an environmental NGO.advertisementBuddhadeb BhattacharjeeSaurav GangulyDespite Bhattacharjee’s approval, Ganguly has been criticised for his email that cost him significant support amongst the public.In his two decades as a CAB administrator, Dalmiya has never been so challenged. Samar Pal, an anti-Dalmiya camper for the past seven years says, “Members are gradually coming out of Dalmiya’s camp. This is going to be his toughest fight ever.” Some in Bhattacharjee’s Cabinet like PWD minister Kshiti Goswami and sports minister Subhas Chakraborty have said they did not approve of the Government’s direct involvement in a sports election.Despite the chief minister’s role, the CAB is not the state election where the CPM rules. Dalmiya has always commanded more than the majority of the 121 votes in the fray. In last year’s election against Dalmiya, even with the chief minister’s blessing, former police commissioner Dinesh Vajpai had managed to get just 13 votes.The Maidan has done its maths and does not believe Dalmiya’s days are done. The 36 government-affiliated votes will surely go to Mukherjee. It is the rest-first and second division clubs-which will decide Dalmiya’s fate. Many have kept their loyalties secret and the future of Bengal cricket currently remains uncertain.last_img read more

Manchester City turn on the style to thrash hapless Crystal Palace

first_imgFree-scoring Manchester City turned on the style after a difficult start to the game to thrash Crystal Palace 5-0 on Saturday, taking their tally to 16 goals in their last three Premier League games.Palace had the better of the action for much of the first half, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek twice going close to breaking the deadlock, but Leroy Sane’s well-taken goal on the stroke of halftime gave City momentum going into the break.After the interval, it was all City, and it was not long before they had their second, with Sane turning provider this time for Raheem Sterling to slot home six minutes after the interval.Sterling then tapped home his second and City’s third eight minutes later, Sergio Aguero netted 11 minutes from full-time, and Fabian Delph’s thunderbolt at the death added the finishing touch to a result which ensures City stay top of the table, on goal difference, above rivals Manchester United.last_img read more

6 days agoSolskjaer taunts Liverpool: It won’t be 30 years until Man Utd win title again

first_imgSolskjaer taunts Liverpool: It won’t be 30 years until Man Utd win title againby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stoked their rivalry with Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s showdown.The United boss has come out fighting on the eve of their big clash with Liverpool – and said their time in the title wilderness won’t be as long as their Anfield rivals, who last won in 1989/1990.Solskjaer defiantly said: “I’m sure we will bounce back and win the league – and I’m sure it won’t be 30 years until we do that again.”However, United have their backs to the wall after a dismal start, which has reaped a mere nine points from a possible total of 24.The manager also said: “You never take a draw when you’re at Man United, you just don’t. I want to go out there and get three points,” he said.“We need points – it doesn’t matter if it’s Liverpool, Manchester City or Brighton . We want to win games. We need to start winning games.“A win can turn the season around definitely, that’s another point around this match.“A good performance and result can change players’ confidence, players’ mood, players’ perception of what is good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: Here’s The Moment Christian Hackenberg Found Out He Was Drafted

first_imgChristian Hackenberg winds up to throw.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: Christian Hackenberg #14 of the Penn State Nittany Lions throws a pass in the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Christian Hackenberg was one of the more hotly debated players in the entire NFL Draft, but he didn’t have to wait until day three to find out where he will begin his pro career. The Penn State quarterback was taken 51st overall by the New York Jets, and judging by the photo he posted to Sqor from the moment he found out, he was pretty thrilled. On the other side of the equation, the Jets posted video of the call placed to Hackenberg.The call to @chackenberg1!A video posted by New York Jets (@nyjets) on Apr 29, 2016 at 7:08pm PDT Hackenberg is definitely a project, but the Jets are in need of a quarterback to step in if they can’t reach a deal with last year’s starter, Ryan Fitzpatrick. We’ll find out soon enough whether or not this is a good match.last_img read more

Where are India’s 2011 World Cup winners?

first_img Ajay Tiwari New DelhiMay 20, 2019UPDATED: May 20, 2019 10:58 IST The Indian team after winning the 2011 World Cup (Twitter: @cricketworldcup)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli and Co. are all set to launch India’s World Cup 2019 campaignWe take a look at what the 2011 World Cup winning Indian team players are doing right nowKohli and MS Dhoni are the only 2 survivors from the 2011 WC team8 years. That’s the amount of time elapsed since India’s memorable title triumph at the 2011 World Cup. Another World Cup, 3 World T20s and 2 Champions Trophies later, the Men in Blue again find themselves at the cusp of history. With India’s 1st match of the upcoming 2019 World Cup slated to be held on June 5 against South Africa, Virat Kohli and his men are looking for a repeat of the fateful 6 weeks from 8 years ago in order to lift the trophy in the final on July 14.The Indian team has undergone quite a transformation in these 8 years. Arguably their greatest ODI cricketer ever, Sachin Tendulkar, and several others have bid goodbye to the game while then captain MS Dhoni no longer remains at the helm.Here we take a look at how each of India’s 15-member squad from the 2011 World Cup has fared since:Sachin TendulkarAfter finally living his long-cherished dream of lifting the World Cup, Tendulkar continued playing international cricket till November 2013 before hanging his boots as the highest run-scorer in Tests and ODIs. Since then, he has served in various capacities including being a part of the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee along with mentoring the IPL side Mumbai Indians. Sachin has also opened a cricket academy to help budding cricketers realize their dreams.Virender SehwagThe swashbuckling opener’s stay in the Indian team didn’t last long post the World Cup with the rise of youngsters Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. After announcing his retirement on his 37th birthday, Sehwag has donned multiple hats including being part of commentary teams, serving as a cricket expert for various media outlets besides serving as the mentor of Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.advertisementGautam GambhirAkin to his close friend Sehwag, the left-hander who played key roles in India’s twin World Cup triumphs, was sidelined from the Indian team after a decline in batting form. Gambhir, however, continued to play domestic cricket in the meantime winning 2 IPL trophies with Kolkata Knight Riders. He was called up to the Indian Test squad for a final time in 2016 but failed to impress the selectors since then. Finally, with a heavy heart, Gambhir bid adieu to the game in late 2018 before deciding to fight the Indian general elections.Yuvraj SinghThe Man of the tournament faced his life’s most stern test soon afterward when he underwent a two-and-a-half month treatment for cancer in USA. On his return, though Yuvraj showed signs of his old self while batting, his performances weren’t consistent enough to warrant a place in the side. Yuvraj still plays domestic cricket along with the IPL where he recently finished as the title-winner with the Mumbai Indians.Virat KohliKohli hit just a lone century during the 2011 World Cup. Since then he has hit 36 more! In the intervening period, however, Kohli endured a few heartbreaks – failure to win a single IPL, loss to Australia in the 2015 World Cup semis and loss to Pakistan in the 2017 Champions Trophy final. As he leads India on the biggest stage of them all, as the best batsman of them all, Kohli would be aiming to add that elusive trophy to his cabinet as a means to end all doubts regarding his leadership skills.MS DhoniCaptain Cool is not the captain any more but remains a vital cog in India’s plans in England. He retired from Tests during India’s tour to Australia in 2013-14. Since he hit that winning six at the Wankhede 8 years ago, Dhoni has emerged as the senior statesman of the Men in Blue. Even though he is not quite the same power-hitter he was in his heyday, his fitness and exceptional skills behind the stumps have meant that Dhoni will play his 4th World Cup on the trot. However, at 37 years of age, it remains to be seen whether he continues playing after the tournament and for how long.R AshwinAshwin only played a couple of matches at the 2011 World Cup but soon rose as India’s No.1 spinner across formats. Come the 2017 Champions Trophy and Ashwin’s poor returns prompted a sea change in the Indian team’s thinking as they jettisoned the finger-spinner for the in-demand wrist-spin of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Since then, though Ashwin continues to be a regular feature in the Test format, confidence in his white-ball form has dived so low that he wasn’t even selected in the upcoming World Cup squad. On his part, Ashwin keeps coming up with different bowling variations – especially during the IPL – in order to sieze a berth in the Indian ODI side.advertisementHarbhajan SinghBhajji was a force to reckon with during the 2011 World Cup with his floating off-spin to go along with his never-say-die attitude. Expected to lead the spin attack after Anil Kumble’s retirement, Harbhajan failed to live up to the expectations with taking few and fewer wickets with each passing game. The simultaneous rise of Ashwin, Kuldeep, Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja didn’t help Singh’s case who now seems to be content with producing impressive IPL performances. He now has 4 IPL winners medals to show for it!Zaheer KhanAfter ending as the joint highest wicket-taker in the tournament, Zaheer was laid down by a hamstring injury that forced him out of the side. On his return at 35 years of age, Zaheer looked down on pace but still went on to pick up a 5-for in his last Test. In the IPL, he continued to outfox batsmen with his guile while leading the Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) during the 2016-17 editions. Though Zaheer quit the league as a player, he joined MI as their Director of Cricket Operations.Ashish NehraLife as an injury-prone international fast bowler proved too tough to handle for Nehra as he missed out on a number of matches after the World Cup triumph. But the Delhi pacer returned to the T20I side on the back of some impressive performances in the IPL for CSK, going on to help India win first limited-overs trophy Down Under. After quitting the game almost 2 years ago, Nehra currently works as a bowling coach with Royal Challengers Bangalore.Suresh RainaRaina’s weaknesses against the short ball meant that he wasn’t going to be a consistent feature in the Indian side for long even though he kept churning up the numbers at CSK in the IPL. Though he was called into the national side a few times – as late as July 2018 in England – his domestic returns often failed to match his international runs. With the Indian middle-order buzzing with the likes of Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya and new recruit Vijay Shankar, it seems like last year’s Bristol T20I could be his last appearance in an India shirt.S SreesanthThe 2011 World Cup final turned out to be Sreesanth’s last ODI for India as he was one of three IPL players banned for life in the spot-fixing scandal in 2013. The eventual lifting of his ban by the Supreme Court in March 2019 didn’t help the 36-year-old’s cause, who by now had desperately tried his hands at professional acting, dancing and even reality TV.Munaf PatelOne of the unsung heroes of India’s triumph in 2011, Munaf Patel soon fell out of favour of the selectors, having last played for India in an ODI against England in September 2011. He did continue playing domestic cricket and the IPL till 2017 before announcing his retirement in November 2018. “There is no regret; after all the cricketers I played with have retired. Only Dhoni is left!” he said post retirement.advertisementPiyush ChawlaThe KKR spinner has not played an ODI for India since the 2011 World Cup but remains a constant in the IPL where he is one of the all-time leading wicket-takers. In conjunction with Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav, Chawla has formed an intimidating spin trio at KKR, winning a number of matches for the side.Yusuf PathanLike Chawla, Pathan’s international career took a nosedive soon after the World Cup as sporadic performances with the bat while not being the most agile in the field, failed to earn him a regular place in the side. Even at the IPL where he has been a constant at KKR for 7 years before moving to Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018, Pathan has not lived up to his billing of being one of the fiercest strikers of the cricket ball.Also Read | World Cup 2019: 5 pacers likely to make a huge impact in EnglandAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni invaluable to Team India, says Brendon McCullumFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow 2011 World CupFollow Virat KohliFollow MS Dhoni Where are India’s 2011 World Cup winners?The Indian team has undergone quite a transformation in these 8 years. Arguably their greatest ODI cricketer ever, Sachin Tendulkar, and several others have bid goodbye to the game while then captain MS Dhoni no longer remains at the helmadvertisementlast_img read more

Written Submissions Invited on Use of Plastics and Styrofoam

first_img The public is invited to make written submissions on a motion tabled in Parliament for a ban on specific types of plastic packaging materials and styrofoam.The call follows an online survey, which opened in May, also seeking feedback on the matter.Chairman of the multi-stakeholder Working Group on Plastic Packaging Materials, Dr. Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr., said the written responses are important in gaining a deeper appreciation of the public experience and ascertaining views about the use of the materials and their contribution to the build-up of solid waste.“So, we have been getting indicative information as to what the mood of the public is like towards a ban on styrofoam and some plastic packaging materials, but I felt that we need to get more substantive feedback,” he said.“I wanted to get more examples and hear the experiences of the public in terms of their interaction with styrofoam. Is it that you live near a gully that is chock-full of styrofoam or have a beach hotel where styrofoam washes up. Is it that you are a producer of styrofoam or a cookshop operator who needs the cheaper material to be able to make a living,” he pointed out.The working group was set up by Cabinet in March 2017 in response to a motion tabled by Senator Matthew Samuda, which called for a ban on plastic bags below a 50-gallon capacity and on styrofoam, unless it contains an enzyme to facilitate its biodegradability.Dr. Lyew-Ayee said the responses from the public will enable the group to reach “the most likely, balanced decision”.“The last thing we would want to do is set in place a ban that is toothless, that cannot be enforced or will result in a pushback by the industry… . I need to know what the reality is,” he argued.He is urging players in the plastics and styrofoam industry, who have raised concern that a ban could result in loss of jobs and investment, to put forward their arguments in writing.The working group will host public sessions in early to mid-September to facilitate further dialogue on the subject.Persons are invited to send their written submissions by email to Info@recyclingpartnersja.com. The deadline is Friday, August 25, 2017.The online survey can be completed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZSVCL7G or on the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation website at www.megjc.gov.jm.Feedback obtained from the questionnaire and written submissions will inform the recommendations of the working group. Story Highlights Chairman of the multi-stakeholder Working Group on Plastic Packaging Materials, Dr. Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr., said the written responses are important in gaining a deeper appreciation of the public experience and ascertaining views about the use of the materials and their contribution to the build-up of solid waste. The public is invited to make written submissions on a motion tabled in Parliament for a ban on specific types of plastic packaging materials and styrofoam. Persons are invited to send their written submissions by email to Info@recyclingpartnersja.com. The deadline is Friday, August 25, 2017.last_img read more

Province Accepting Applications for Adjudicative NonAdjudicative Boards

first_imgApplications are now being accepted from Nova Scotians looking to help support their communities by serving on one of the province’s 160 agencies, boards and commissions. The province launched its fall recruitment campaign in October and is accepting applications until the end of November. “This is a wonderful way for Nova Scotians to get involved and play a key role in their communities,” said Joanne Bernard, Minister of the Voluntary Sector. “I would like to thank and applaud the many Nova Scotians who volunteer their time and expertise to benefit the public good on our many agencies, boards and commissions, and I encourage any interested person to take the time to look at the positions available and apply.” Adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions deal with a variety of different matters and have quasi-judicial functions. They review evidence, make findings of fact and law, and make decisions that affect the liberty, security or legal rights of people. Members must apply legal, sound professional and technical principles for decisions. Examples of adjudicative agencies, boards and committees include: Labour Board, Crop and Livestock Insurance Arbitration Board, Judicial Council, Tuition Appeal Board and the Motor Vehicle Appeal Board. Non-adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions make decisions or recommendations to government on financial, regulatory, business or policy matters. Their work affects Nova Scotians in many important areas, including youth services, policing, and self-regulating professions. Applicants are assessed on their skills and qualifications, taking into account the needs of the individual agency, board or commission. Applications for non-adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions are welcome at any time, with assessment of applications beginning later this month. The application deadline for adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions is Nov. 30. Applications will be considered for both current vacancies and openings that occur in the coming year. Most appointees are reimbursed for expenses and, in some cases, are nominally remunerated for their services as well. Applicants can contact the Executive Council Office at 902-424-4877 or toll free at 1-866-206-6844 if they have questions about current opportunities or the application process. The province has an Employment Equity Policy and welcomes applications from Aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible people, persons with disabilities and women. People are encouraged to self-identify on applications, covering letters or resumes. For more information on board position profiles, current opportunities and how to apply, visit novascotia.ca/exec_council/abc/current-opportunities.asp .last_img read more

Bhel gets Rs 750 cr order from NTPCRailways JV

first_imgNew Delhi: State-run BHEL has bagged a Rs 750 crore order from a joint venture firm of NTPC and Indian Railways for supply of emission control equipment. The order involves supply and installation of Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) system at 4×250 MW Nabinagar project of BRBCL in Bihar, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) said in a statement. “Amidst stiff competitive bidding, BHEL has won an order for emission control equipment from Bhartiya Rail Bijlee Company Limited (BRBCL), a joint venture of NTPC Ltd and Indian Railways, valued at about Rs 750 crore,” it said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe scope of work includes design, engineering, civil works, supply, erection and commissioning of wet FGD system along with auxiliaries including limestone and gypsum handling system and wet stack on full engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis, the company said. “BHEL has been a major player in this area for over a decade and was one of the earliest entrants in the Indian market for emission control equipment, having successfully executed FGD system at Tata Power’s Trombay Unit 8 in 2008. With this order, BHEL is presently executing FGD systems for 27 units of NTPC and its JVs,” it said.last_img read more

Herman takes oneshot lead in Barbasol Championship

first_imgLos Angeles: Jim Herman credited “a good talking to” from US President Donald Trump with helping him lift his game enough to take the halfway lead in the PGA Tour Barbasol Championship. Herman, seeking a second US tour title to go with the Houston Open trophy he claimed in 2016, had eight birdies and a bogey in his seven-under 65 on Friday at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky. His second straight 65 put him on 130 — one stroke in front of fellow American Bill Haas who carded a 66. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “Everything seems to be working this week, a nice changeup. I haven’t really been playing very well,” said Herman, who was an assistant club pro at Trump National Bedminster in New Jersey in 2006-07 and has played numerous rounds with the US president. That included one a couple of weeks ago, Herman said. “I got some advice from someone pretty high up — he gave me a good talking to and told me to use a different style if it’s not working. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery “That was the president of the United States,” added Herman, just to clarify, and the changes he has since made to his putting are paying off. “I’m rolling the ball great,” said Herman, who hasn’t had a top-10 finish since 2017. “I’m hitting a lot of greens and making some putts, that’s always a good combination.” Haas followed his opening 65 with a 66 — rolling in a 45-foot eagle at his penultimate hole, the par-five eighth. David Toms carded a 64 to join a group of four players sharing third on 132, alongside D J Trahan, Kelly Kraft and Kramer Hickock — who all shot 67. Toms, 52, drained a 13-foot eagle at the fifth, his 14th hole of the day, and heads into the weekend in contention to become the second-oldest player to win on the PGA Tour. He would be three months older than Sam Snead was when he won the 1965 Wyndham Championship. J T Poston, who surged to the first-round lead in this event being played opposite the British Open at Portrush with a course record 62, ballooned to a 73 to fall into a tie for 18th, five shots off the lead. Canada’s Nick Taylor, who went into the round one shot behind Poston, carded a 72.last_img read more

Four seriously injured in BC bus crash 12 others in stable condition

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Authorities say 16 people were taken to hospital, four of them seriously hurt, after a bus crashed Thursday north of Prince George.BC Emergency Health Services says three people were in critical condition and one was in serious condition.The agency says on Twitter the 12 others were in stable condition.Libby Brown of BC Emergency Health Services says 16 other people were uninjured and transported from the scene by bus.Cpl. Craig Douglass of Prince George RCMP says the accident happened on Highway 97 near Mitchell Road around 3:45 p.m. and road conditions were slippery at the time.Canfor says the bus was transporting employees from Prince George to its Polar Sawmill when it was involved in an accident.Douglass says they got a report of a vehicle off-road collision involving a bus, but when they got to the scene they determined the bus was the only vehicle involved.Douglass says snow and rain were falling in the area at the time of the crash with temperature close to freezing.Eryn Collins, a spokeswoman for Northern Health, says the injured were transported to the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia in Prince George.Collins says the hospital had initiated a code orange, which is part of a hospital’s emergency response planning for a mass casualty incident, but it was called off about an hour later.Drive BC, the provincial government’s road advisory service, says Highway 97 was limited to single-lane alternating traffic Thursday night because of a vehicle incident about 22 kilometres north of Prince George.last_img read more

Matthew Perry To Be Honored At Triumph For Teens Gala

first_imgActor and humanitarian Matthew Perry will receive the “2015 Phoenix Rising Award” and former Los Angeles Mayor and civic leader, the Honorable Antonio Villaraigosa, the “2015 Public Service Award” at the 12th Annual Triumph for Teens Awards Gala, Monday, June 15th, 2015 at the Montage Beverly Hills.The event celebrates the victories of young people in overcoming their addiction and related ailments and recognizes contributions and accomplishments which have positively influenced the health and welfare of our communities, especially our at risk youth.KCBS/KCAL weather anchor/reporter Kaj Goldberg hosts the dinner and award ceremony with Don Felder, former lead guitarist for The Eagles, performing. Michael Dwyer, DeeDee Gordon and Michael Kraus are the Gala Co-Chairs.“Each of our honorees has demonstrated a long-standing commitment as a role model for civic involvement,” said Pouria Abbassi, P.E., Regional Director and President of Phoenix Houses of California. “With the care, compassion and generosity of our honorees and supporters, we are able to provide young people with a stabilizing recovery from addiction and related disorders, help to renew family relationships and reintegrate them into the community.”For more than 35 years, Phoenix House has been a beacon of hope in Southern California for the most vulnerable men, women, and teens – rebuilding lives, reuniting families, and creating stronger communities. Today, Phoenix Houses of California serves over 4,000 individuals a year plus their family members and reaches more than 30,000 community members through outreach, volunteerism, and prevention and education services.Awards Gala produced by Scott Mauro Entertainment, Inc.Sponsorship Packages begin at $5000; individual tickets, $500.Find out more here.last_img read more

Five Questions With … Geoff Berner

first_imgOn his seventh studio album Canadiana Grotesquica, released this week on Coax Records, Vancouver singer/songwriter Geoff Berner marks Canada 150 in his inimitable style by referencing our cultural heritage in unexpected ways.There are nods to hockey but in the form of a tribute to Vancouver Canucks tough guy Gino Odjick. There’s a song about Terry Fox, but it’s more a reflection of finding strength in the face of personal hardship. There’s some of Berner’s patented social commentary on “Hustle Advisory,” and even a charmingly sweet country song with the self-explanatory title, “Don’t Play Cards For Money With Corby Lund.”Produced by Paul Rigby (Neko Case, Carolyn Mark), Canadiana Grotesquica is something of a departure for Berner, moving away from the genre of klezmer/punk he is sometimes credited with inventing. Instead, Canadiana Grotesquica is a more roots-oriented singer-songwriter affair, with Rigby’s production emphasizing a melancholy twang, while still incorporating Berner’s trademark accordion playing. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Along with the new album, Dundurn Press will publish Berner’s second novel, The Fiddler Is a Good Woman, on Oct. 14. It’s the follow-up to the well-received Festival Man, and the second in a planned trilogy. Berner will be hitting the road this fall in support of his latest efforts, with tours of Canada, continental Europe, Scandinavia, and a few dates in the US, kicking off with his appearance at the 10th edition of the Accordion Noir Festival at Vancouver’s Russian Hall on Sept. 9. You can see his full schedule at geoffberner.com.center_img Facebook What makes Canadiana Grotesquica stand apart from your previous work?Lately, I’ve been making mostly klezmer-ish albums. But now and then I would write a country or folk song, and there was nowhere to put it. Eventually, I had an album’s worth of them. So I took them to Paul Rigby, and we made this. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

SEC seeks contempt charges against Tesla CEO Elon Musk

SAN FRANCISCO — Stock market regulators are asking a federal court to hold Tesla CEO Elon Musk in contempt for violating an agreement requiring him to have his tweets about key company information reviewed for potentially misleading claims.The request made Monday in New York resurrects a dispute between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Musk that was supposed to have been resolved with a settlement reached five months ago.The SEC had sued Musk for using his Twitter account to announce he had secured financing for a potential buyout of Tesla, something regulators alleged wasn’t true.Musk agreed to having future tweets that could affect Tesla’s stock be pre-approved. But the SEC contends Musk didn’t do that in a Feb. 19 tweet projecting the number of cars Tesla will make this year.The Associated Press read more

Vail Resorts aims to add ski areas by acquiring Peak Resorts

BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Vail Resorts plans to take over 17 U.S. ski areas ranging from the Northeast to the Midwest by acquiring Peak Resorts for $264 million.Colorado-based Vail said Monday the ski areas are in Indiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Vermont.The company says the deal is expected to close this fall if regulators and shareholders approve.The newly acquired resorts would be included in Vail’s Epic season pass. Vail says it plans to spend about $15 million over the next two years on improvements at the properties.The ski areas are near 10 metropolitan areas: Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Baltimore; Boston; Kansas City, Missouri; Louisville, Kentucky; New York; Philadelphia; St. Louis; and Washington.Vail owns 20 other ski areas in the U.S., Canada and Australia.The Associated Press read more

In turbulent Middle East UN envoy warns against sleepwalking into another violent

“Allow me to also be abundantly clear to those who build tunnels, fire rockets, smuggle military materiel, profit from the black market or seek to create confrontation: their actions are dangerous and irresponsible,” the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, told the Council via videoconference.Expressing concern at recent violence in East Jerusalem and the ensuing “glorification” of the attack by Hamas and other groups, the Special Coordinator further noted that a long-term solution to the issues in the region could only be reached through negotiations, not violence.He reported that Israel continues its settlement planning, including recent promotion of an initial 98 out of 300 housing units in Shilo, located deep in the occupied West Bank, noting that if implemented, this plan would “drive a wedge” between north and south in the West Bank and jeopardize the contiguity of a future Palestinian state. Mr. Mladenov also reiterated the position of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that settlements are illegal under international law and undermine the two-state solution. The Special Coordinator also expressed concern at postponement of local council elections in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, noting that the resulting political disputes, accusations, legal challenges and counter-challenges have left the people of the two enclaves feeling more apart. He also expressed concern at recent calls by Hamas legislators in Gaza for the Hamas-led government to resume its work in Gaza.“Such a step would seriously undermine the Palestinian Government of National Consensus and would also make the reconciliation almost impossible,” Mr. Mladenov warned.Further reiterating the joint position of Russia, the United States, the European Union (EU) and the UN Secretary-General, as stated in the recent report issued by the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East peace process, that the illicit arms build-up and militant activity in Gaza must be terminated, Mr. Mladenov cautioned that such actions increase the risk of a new escalation of hostilities and keep thousands of people on both sides of the border under a constant threat of attack. Such a step would seriously undermine the Palestinian Government of National Consensus and would also make the reconciliation almost impossibleHe further added that the militant threat, however, should not serve as “an excuse” for Israel to indiscriminately harm civilians in Gaza. “In addition to the continuing severely restrictive closures, I am concerned by persistent incursions and the almost daily firing and shelling by Israeli forces into Gaza along the fence and at sea,” said the UN official. He also informed the 15-member body of his recent visit to Gaza and the significant slowdown of reconstruction projects due to import limitations and revoking of projects and urged all parties to the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism to recommit to ensuring its smooth operation. “Failing to do that will put in question the viability of the mechanism and undermine the precarious calm in Gaza today,” he said. Concluding his briefing, Mr. Mladenov reminded the Security Council that Gaza’s future is intricately linked to the future of the Palestinian people. He added: “The longer its population continues to suffer under the intolerable weight of Gaza’s current dynamics, the further Palestinians are from realizing that objective, and the closer we are to the next major escalation.” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Kim Haughton For his part, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien highlighted that humanitarian needs continue to be high and that nearly every resident in the occupied Palestinian territory is recognized as being affected by the protection crisis. “In Gaza, humanitarian needs stem from nearly 10 years of closures and restrictions imposed by Israel following the military takeover by Hamas,” said Mr. O’Brien, adding that the situation has been exasperated by successive rounds of hostilities between Hamas and Israel, internal Palestinian political divisions and Egypt’s near complete closure of its border crossing with Gaza. He added that such events had left half of Gaza’s households with severe food insecurity, and lacking clean water and reliable electricity. The worst sufferers, Mr. O’Brien said, were the children. “A 10-year-old child today has already experienced three rounds of conflict in her short life. Nearly 230,000 children continue to be in need of psychosocial support and an estimated 250,000 children require mine risk awareness, due to the prevalence of explosive remnants of war. Israeli children along the Gaza border have been impacted as well and continue to live in fear.” A 10-year-old child today has already experienced three rounds of conflict in her short lifeRecalling his earlier briefing this year to the Council, Mr. O’Brien, also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and the head of UN humanitarian wing (OCHA), underlined the need for collective action address the humanitarian needs. “We must move towards decisive action that will reduce humanitarian needs, secure respect for international law and bring to Palestinians and Israelis alike the hope and reality of a stable, peaceful and prosperous future,” he said.Mosul: Though no large-scale displacement, concerns remain for 1.5 million civiliansFurther in his briefing, the UN humanitarian chief updated Council members on the humanitarian situation in Iraq, particularly in light of the military operation to recapture Mosul. He reported that military activities remain concentrated in less populated areas, with no large-scale civilian displacement recorded at this stage. However, he expressed deep concerns over the safety of up to 1.5 million people living in the city as hostilities intensify and progress towards densely populated areas. “We believe families in Mosul will be at great risk during this operation, of getting caught in cross-fire or directly targeted by snipers as they foraged for food,” he said, expressing worry that civilians may be used as human shields or be forcibly expelled and become trapped between front lines. “The elderly, the disabled, and pregnant women, may be unable to move to safety without assistance and on past evidence the so called Islamic State’s practices cause the greatest concern for protection issues,” he added. According to OHCA estimates, some 200,000 people may be displaced over the coming weeks, with up to one million displaced in the course of the operation in a worst-case scenario. Of these, it is estimated that 700,000 will require shelter and emergency assistance. Shelter has so far been prepared for 60,000 people in camps and emergency sites, and preparation of sites for a further 250,000 people is accelerating. Emergency supplies are being pre-positioned close to displacement sites; mobile clinics, health, and protection teams are prepared; and food trucks are on standby. read more

Mother of murder victim fears killer could be released from prison without

first_imgSteven Ling was jailed for life in 1998 Steven Ling was jailed for life in 1998Credit:PA The mother of a murder victim fears her killer could be released from prison without being put on the Sex Offenders’ Register, even though he told police he had raped her.Farm worker Steven Ling killed Joanne Tulip, 29, on Christmas Day in 1997, stabbing her 60 times.A rape charge was left to lie on file, even though he said to police he had “sexual intercourse without consent” with his victim, and that he “wanted to kill himself because he had raped her”.Her mother, Doreen Soulsby, went on to campaign successfully for a change in the law so that cases of rape linked to murder would be prosecuted even if it would make no difference to the sentence the perpetrator received. But she fears that Ling, who will be considered for parole this month, will not be put on the Sex Offenders’ Register if he is released as a result of this “legal loophole”.Mrs Soulsby told The Telegraph: “He admitted rape but won’t have to be labelled as a sex offender, it’s incredibly upsetting and I feel I need to make everyone know who he is.  “For what he did to Joanne if he is released it will be such an injustice, he deserves to be in prison for much longer. I’m worried for other women. “He should be on that register, we had all the evidence, he committed the rape, he admitted it, but just because he wasn’t legally convicted he’ll get off.”Mrs Soulsby said she was “terrified” he could be released in light of the Parole Board’s decision on John Worboys, the black cab rapist.Worboys was approved for release after serving only eight years for multiple rapes, although he remains in prison while the decision is appealed by several of his victims.“I’m terrified now that he [Ling] might get out, all because of this legal loophole, he’s a dangerous man and women need to know who he is and what he’s capable of,” she added.Whilst Ling may not appear on the register depending on his parole conditions he could face equally strict conditions. A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said:  “Offenders released on life licence are robustly risk assessed and subject to a strict set of conditions, including close supervision by the police and other agencies.  “These conditions will take full account of an offender’s past behaviour, as well as their convictions, and anyone who fails to comply with these faces being immediately returned to prison.”last_img read more

Power Chain far outlasts conventional chains

first_imgChain wear is a major problem in armoured face conveyors. Uncontrolled wear leads to costly and time-consuming maintenance, and unplanned downtime of the entire longwall in the event of chain failure. Bucyrus says its Power Chain addresses this with an innovative design that drastically reduces chain wear and prolongs service life. With installed drive power doubling over the last 15 years, Bucyrus engineers determined that huge productivity gains would result from increasing the service life of conveyor chains. Despite the use of high-strength steel and hardened chain pockets, when using conventional chains some working panels cannot be completed without replacement of both chain and chain sprocket. In the best case, conventional conveyor chains last for a single working panel and are then routinely replaced, as scheduled replacement is preferable to the risk of chain failure due to excessive wear. Such replacement is both costly and time-consuming. The Bucyrus Power Chain was specifically designed to extend service life far beyond a single panel – and first field trials indicate that the Power Chain may last three to four times longer than a conventional conveyor chain. The Power Chain is designed to increase surface area at critical wear points, thus reducing friction and wear. In contrast to regular chains, the Power Chain has two types of link. For instance, in a Power Chain 42×140 mm, the vertical link has a 42 mm diameter and is rolled to form a semicircular cross-section, thus offering more link surface area. The horizontal links are forged, with a 42 mm link surface area. The leading edge – normally round in a conventional chain – is flat, offering a larger contact surface area for chain drive. The central area for securing the flight bar has a key that engages a slot on the flight bar.The design almost halves surface pressure at contact points – and reduced pressure means reduced wear. Counter intuitively, greater contact surface results in less friction and wear. This is the result of reduced contact pressure and “lubrication” by coal dust.Initial trials with the Power Chain have demonstrated a drastic reduction in wear rates. Two high productivity longwall mines in the US both completed their first panels without a single chain break in the stageloader, where the Power Chain was used. After 3.5 Mt and 5.5 Mt respectively, chain and sprocket wear was found to be minimal. Both mines are now using the same Power Chain and chain sprockets for a second panel – so instead of having to undertake the time-consuming and costly replacement of the conveyor chain, they were able to deploy the equipment immediately.last_img read more

Ive seen this work Mother takes fight for medical cannabis to Leinster

first_img By Sean Murray Thursday 24 Nov 2016, 12:18 PM Share3827 Tweet Email2 ‘I’ve seen this work’: Mother takes fight for medical cannabis to Leinster House A parent of a severe epilepsy sufferer said cannabidiol helped to greatly reduce her seizures. Short URL Nov 24th 2016, 12:18 PM 65 Comments Image: Oireachtas TV https://jrnl.ie/3099265 ‘An utter warrior’: Cork family appeals for little girl to be allowed use cannabis-based medicineShe had a reduction of around 80-90% in the first month, according to Vera. “She only had seven seizures in the whole month. Before, she could have had seven seizures in two hours.”CBD has had a profound effect on Ava, but Vera is pushing for access for such treatments to be expanded upon.“We want the very best for Ava. I have seen that this is working.We feel like we can’t talk to our doctor. I’m sure if the doctor could prescribe it, they could be more involved. We want the Government to come forward and help us.“Encouraging but not definitive”Dr Doherty told the committee that there was growing evidence for the efficacy of CBD in cases of epilepsy. While some forms of CBD are available to purchase in Ireland, they are not regulated as a medicine and cannot be prescribed by a doctor.He pointed to forms of CBD currently undergoing clinical trials in epilepsy, such as Epidiolex, which has seen one in ten patients becoming seizure free, as well as a sharp reduction in seizures for half of the people treated with it.Around a third of epilepsy sufferers cannot control their condition, the consultant neurologist said, and “many have reached the end of the line” having tried all available treatments.“Studies so far are encouraging but not definitive,” he said. “It won’t work for everyone, but for those that it does work for it could be life saving.”More scientific evidence would be required before doctors became comfortable prescribing CBD if they were to be approved by regulators, he added.Lack of evidenceThe main barrier to the licensing of medicinal cannabis was described as the lack of clinical evidence of its long-term efficacy, as well as the lack of data on its long-term side effects.The HPRA’s Lorraine Nolan told the committee that a lack of scientific evidence was the “underlying factor” as to why CBD is not yet available as a prescribed medicine.For medicines to be be accessed by patients through their doctors, an assurance of rigorous scientific assessment must be provided. This is not yet the case for many forms of medicinal cannabis. Lorraine Nolan, Chief Executive of the HPRA Source: Oireachtas TVIn other parts of the world where medicinal cannabis has been legalised, they have been “demand-led” and necessitated a “relaxation of drug laws”, Nolan said.Doherty agreed, adding that “scientific evidence should not be open to interpretation”. If it was approved by regulators for use in patients without appropriate evidence of long-term safety, doctors may not be willing to prescribe it.“No one wins if something is pushed through that a doctor is not comfortable prescribing,” he said.The presence of the psychoactive THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in many cannabis extracts is also a worry in terms of medicinal cannabis, because of its side effects.“There are reasons to be optimistic about some anecdotal reporting of CBD effectiveness, but ones with high levels of THC should be worried about,” Doherty pointed out.Nolan also said that the Department of Health had tasked the HPRA with reviewing the availability of authorised medicines containing cannabis and a review of the ongoing clinical research in the area. Their results are expected to be given by the end of January.Cannabis billSpeaking at the committee, Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny discussed a bill to be brought before the Dáil next week, which calls for cannabis use to be permitted for sufferers of illnesses such as Multiple Sclerosis, cancer and Dravet syndrome. Gino Kenny TD Source: Oireachtas TV“The more I get to know about this medicine, the more I’m fascinated by its medicinal purposes,” he said. “Shockingly, people are criminalised for it.These are ordinary citizens that have been in very difficult circumstances and traditional medicine has not worked for them. They should not be stigmatised. Hopefully the bill which I will put forward will pave the way for medicinal cannabis.Also addressing the committee was Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell, who is a pharmacist. She indicated that many within the party are quite open to medicinal cannabis coming into effect in Ireland, and that Minister for Health, Simon Harris, was one of them. She did, however, caution against hasty action on the issue.“I’d always be anti-quick authorisation, anti-fast tracking. We’d be giving these to children. We need to be mindful of the side effects,” she added.Read: ‘I found that nothing worked, except cannabis’: Who are Ireland’s marijuana users?Read: “If we don’t get the legislation, we mightn’t have Ava for much longer”: A mother’s 150-mile protest AN OIREACHTAS COMMITTEE on health has heard that the potential benefits of cannabis-based treatments offers a “tantalising new horizon” for epilepsy sufferers.A session this morning on the examination of the merits of the licensing of medical cannabinoids also heard the case of a young girl whose rate of seizures dropped dramatically when treated with a high cannabidiol (CBD) cannabis extract.Addressing the committee was consultant neurologist at St James’s Hospital, Dr Colin Doherty, the chief executive of the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), Lorraine Nolan, and a parent of an epilepsy sufferer, Vera Twomey.Vera began by passing around a photo of her daughter, Ava, who suffers from an extremely rare form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome.Vera has petitioned the Minister for Health to take action on the issue, recently pledging to walk from Cork to Dublin to raise awareness for her daughter’s case. Simon Harris said he would look into the matter further, as a result.Ava’s condition was extremely severe, often resulting in multiple seizures of all types each day.“She has gone through eleven different forms of medication,” Vera told the committee. “All of them were unsuccessful in treating her seizures. The nature of Dravet is that it breaks through the medication.”With Ava’s conditioning worsening, her family turned to Charlotte’s Web, described as a purer form of cannabis oil with high levels of CBD. 13,821 Views Parent Vera Twomey addressing the Oireachtas Health Committee Parent Vera Twomey addressing the Oireachtas Health Committee Image: Oireachtas TV Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more