The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has once again put in faith in Azhar Ali’s leadership as he has been retained as the ODI skipper for the three-match series against West Indies, starting on September 30 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE.Azhar’s captaincy came under scrutiny following his side’s 1-4 ODI series defeat against England, with rumours suggesting that the 31-year-old would either resign or would be removed as the leader in the 50-over format.Earlier, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan had also said that they would discuss Azhar’s position as the captain of the ODI side once the team returns home.The PCB official, however, confirmed that nothing is going to change and Azhar would continue to lead the team against the Caribbean side, the Express Tribune reported.HAFEEZ, GUL DROPPEDMeanwhile, Mohammad Hafeez, who is still struggling with his fitness, has been dropped from the 22-member preliminary list handed to the PCB by former captain Inzamamul-ul-Haq-led selection committee.Test opener Sami Aslam and Umar Gul have also failed to make it to the list, following their poor performance against England in the ODI series while Umar Akmal and young left-arm fast-bowler Rumman Raees have been included in the list against West Indies.In contrast, fast-bowler Mohammad Irfan, who bowled just five overs after replacing Hafeez in England tour, has been named in the 22-man squad.Besides ODI, Pakistan will also play three T20Is and three-match Test series against West Indies.
Iraq’s Radhi Shenaishil became the third coaching casualty of Asian World Cup qualifying Group B when he was sacked late on Monday.The 50-year-old was shown the door after defeat to Saudi Arabia in Jeddah at the end of last month all but ruled the country out of contention for a place in Russia next year.”We are not happy with the results and the coaching team is to be sacked and replaced by foreign staff,” read a statement on the Iraq FA Facebook page (www.facebook.com/iraqfa).”The FA will work with the Iraqi government and Iraqi Olympic Committee to provide funds for a replacement.”Shenaishil’s departure follows that of United Arab Emirates coach Mahdi Ali, who quit after a 2-0 loss to Australia in Sydney in the same round of matches effectively ended his team’s dreams of qualifying for Russia.Thailand’s Kiatisuk Senamuang also stepped down in the wake of the 4-0 thrashing by Japan that ended slim Thai hopes of reaching the finals for the first time.Shenaishil led Iraq to the semi-finals of the 2015 Asian Cup in a previous stint in charge and, after a spell at Baghdad club Al-Shorta, returned to mastermind the bid to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986.Hampered by having to play their “home” matches in neutral venues for security reasons, the Iraqis were always going to struggle to clinch a ticket to Russia after losing their first three qualifiers of the third round.The 1-0 loss to the Saudis on March 28 left the 2007 Asian champions fifth in Group B with four points from seven matches, nine points behind third-placed Australia and 12 in arrears to leaders Saudi Arabia and Japan.advertisementThe top two teams qualify directly for Russia, while third place offers a further berth via a playoff against the similarly placed team in Group A and an intercontinental tie against a team from the Central and North America Confederation.
Manchester United defeated Real Madrid in an ugly penalty shootout on Sunday with seven players failing to convert from the spot after their International Champions Cup match ended 1-1 in Northern California.United, who won the shootout 2-1, took the lead just before halftime when Anthony Martial slalomed into the box past three defenders to set up Jesse Lingard from close range.Both sides made a raft of changes at the break, which upset the rhythm of the game. The sweltering conditions were also a factor as players struggled to get the tempo back up, while the 65,109 fans eagerly awaited the next goal.It came in the 69th minute after Victor Lindelof took Real’s Theo Hernandez down in the box and Brazilian Casemiro scored from the penalty spot.Casemiro would get another chance from the spot in the shootout but hit the crossbar with Real’s fifth kick to leave United the winners.The first four penalty takers all missed, prompting incredulous laughter from a crowd denied much of a game in the second half. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Daley Blind found the net for United while Luis Miguel Quezada was the only Real Madrid shooter to score.Jose Mourinho was pleased to get the win but emphasized it was nothing more than a training exercise. His only real concern from the game was midfielder Ander Herrera limping off just minutes after coming on as a substitute in the second half.”I also always say to the players, no risk in friendlies,” said Mourinho. “If you feel something, or if you feel something is coming, get out, because the result is not important.”advertisementReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was encouraged by what he saw from his team in their first pre-season match.”It was our first game and we did quite well against a team that has had four or five games under their belts. I think that’s a positive,” Zidane told reporters.”We hope we continue to find our form fast and that’s what we’re working on.”The two sides are to meet again in the UEFA Super Cup on Aug. 8 in Macedonia, which will be a much more competitive affair.European champions Madrid next play Manchester City while United face Barcelona on Wednesday.
Axiomtek announce its last Artificial Intelligence embedded system, the eBOX800-900-FL. It adopts a full IP67-rated extruded aluminum and heavy-duty steel case for dust protection and water resistance. Moreover, the AI embedded system comes with a wide operating temperature range of -30 to 60°C and a vibration endurance for up to 3Grms. The embedded system is powered by the NVIDIA Jetson TX2 module which has a powerful 64-bit ARM A57 processor and 256-core NVIDIA Pascal GPU. It features M12 type I/O connectors and four N-jack waterproof antenna openings for operational stability in rugged environments. The eBOX800-900-FL is ideal for AI edge computing and deep learning applications, such as smart city, smart manufacturing, smart transportation, and much more.The eBOX800-900-FL has 8GB of LPDDR4 memory and 32GB eMMC onboard. It comes with a wide range of 100 to 240 VAC power input with 10kV surge protection. The rugged edge computer also features one M.2 SSD PCIe 2.0 x4 socket which supports high-performance NVM Express interface for extensive storage needs. Furthermore, the embedded box PC is equipped with a PoE port to support the applications that require the use of IP cameras or any PoE device, i.e., traffic flow monitoring, license plate recognition, vehicle recognition, machine vision.The eBOX800-900-FL is a high-performance AI embedded system that supports one C3 USB 2.0 port, one M12 X-coded Gigabit LAN port, one M12 X-coded Gigabit PoE port, and one C3 HDMI port supporting full HD. Its four N-jack type antenna connectors feature a water-proof design for WLAN and WWAN usage. It has a PCI Express Mini Card slot for 3G/4G/LTE/GPRS connections. There are flexible mounting options including wall mount and VESA mount for this rugged box. It has passed the strict certification with CE and FCC Class A.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Digi: high-speed continuous connectivity for transportation and industrialNext Green Hills: advanced platforms for next-generation automotive cockpits
Martin Keown believes it is “astonishing” that Unai Emery is not allowed to spend in January, with Arsenal enjoying a standing as “the sixth-wealthiest club in the world”.The Gunners boss has revealed that he will be given no funds with which to strengthen his squad during the winter transfer window.Instead, the Spaniard is being forced to seek out loan deals – with Goal revealing that Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez is a top target. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Arsenal are also in danger of losing head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, with the German considering a return to the Bundesliga at Bayern Munich.Keown is baffled as to how those at Emirates Stadium have got into this predicament, telling talkSPORT: “It’s a very weird situation at Arsenal.”For the club to say they’re only allowed to loan players…”This is the sixth-wealthiest club in the world! And we can’t buy a player in this transfer window?”I think that’s astonishing!”Revealed: The 30 highest revenue-earning clubsIt may be that Arsenal free up funds by offloading a few of those already on their books.An exit has been mooted for Mesut Ozil, with the German playmaker having struggled to hold down a regular role under Emery of late.The Gunners boss has offered no indication that he is actively looking for a buyer, but Keown is among those to share the belief that the 2014 World Cup winner is no longer giving his all for the good of a collective cause.The former defender added: “I think Unai Emery is trying to work with Ozil.”People are now saying they want more creativity, but first of all he has to work and be prepared to work to the ethic the manager has.”And I just don’t think Ozil wants to do that at the moment.”It remains to be seen whether the 30-year-old will be included in Arsenal’s plans for a crunch clash with Chelsea on Saturday.The Gunners are set to welcome their London rivals to the Emirates as they sit fifth in the Premier League table, six points adrift of the Blues and the final Champions League spot – with resurgent Manchester United having pulled level with them.
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7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know 1. Ovadia & Sons 2. Wallace & Barnes 3. Apolis 4. Saturdays NYC 5. Christopher Raeburn 6. Lands’ End 7. Ernest Alexander 8. Scotch & Soda Editors’ Recommendations 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States The Best Best Big and Tall Men’s Clothing and Brands If there’s one jacket to buy this spring, make it the bomber. Sure, you might be thinking déjà vu as far as shorter spring jackets go, but look closer and you’ll see that this year designers hewed closer to the original style of the aviator jacket with its puffier silhouette and zip sleeve pockets than its varsity-style relation. They also spun it in a variety of different colors and luxe fabrics to create an alternative to your statement coat. Were it not for this neverending winter, we might also have recommended lighter-weight coaches jackets with their point collars and drawstring waists (sure to be a trend amongst the hipster lot), but as it stands, these bombers are arguably the best option for losing some heft from your heavier outerwear and giving one’s wardrobe a colorful, urban kick during these transitional months. Here, our picks for the best bomber jackets you can buy right now.Black and midnight satin OS-1 bomber jacket, Ovadia & Sons, $695.A-2 bomber jacket, Wallace & Barnes, $198.Transit issue bomber jacket, Apolis, $195.Goose bomber jacket, Saturdays NYC, $225.Grey lightweight bomber jacket, Christopher Raeburn, $404.Tailored seersucker bomber jacket, Lands’ End, $149.Eli rubberized leather bomber jacket, Ernest Alexander, $795.Nylon bomber jacket, Scotch & Soda, $219.Related: TGIF Shopping: Carhartt Work in Progress. The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date
The public is being invited to provide feedback and comments on the Green Paper for the revised National Policy for Senior Citizens, which is on the websites of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Jamaica Information Service (JIS). Story Highlights The public is being invited to provide feedback and comments on the Green Paper for the revised National Policy for Senior Citizens, which is on the websites of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Jamaica Information Service (JIS).Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, issued the invitation during the launch of Senior Citizens’ Week on Friday, September 21, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.She said Parliament is expected to complete the review of the policy, which will allow for improved social protection measures for seniors, in the coming year.The Minister said the policy will be the benchmark for establishing and maintaining a productive, healthy, meaningful environment for citizens, and it will redound to the benefit of seniors in an all-inclusive way.“We are confronted with the challenges of an ageing population, which will constantly require the Government to create policies and programmes to cater to the needs of seniors,” she said.The revised National Policy for Senior Citizens has established six major policy goals – increased participation of senior citizens in all spheres of the society; improved income security and social protection coverage for senior citizens; adequate and supportive health and welfare systems for senior citizens; improved independence, security and safety for senior citizens; enhanced family support systems and community solidarity from interaction with senior citizens; and strengthened institutional and infrastructural networks for partnership and collaboration.Meanwhile, the Minister noted that the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) will, in the upcoming year, be establishing a national registry for senior citizens.“This exercise will complement our efforts through the national policy in streamlining the agenda conducive to their growth and development,” she said.Concurrent with that, she said the team is also seeking to strengthen generational connectivity, through sensitisation workshops with some 800 secondary and post-secondary students, on retirement and lifestyle planning.Mrs. Robinson noted that the Council is working to promote active ageing through a range of activities, in particular through the training of 273 seniors over the past year in basic computer and information technology (IT) skills.She said the NCSC also staged senior citizen entrepreneurial empowerment workshops across all parishes, to provide small business management skills to senior citizens. She said Parliament is expected to complete the review of the policy, which will allow for improved social protection measures for seniors, in the coming year. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, issued the invitation during the launch of Senior Citizens’ Week on Friday, September 21, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.
Nova Scotian firms are looking for business opportunities in Trinidad and Tobago, a rising star in the world’s oil and gas economy. Ten companies with expertise in energy and related industries are meeting with industry executives and government officials in Port of Spain during the Trinidad and Tobago Petroleum Conference. The trade delegation is being led by Energy Minister Bill Dooks and supported by Department of Energy staff and Nova Scotia Business Inc. “Nova Scotia has a long-standing relationship with Trinidad and Tobago,” said Mr. Dooks. “By working together, I believe there are great opportunities for all of us to move forward together and build stronger economies and stronger cultural ties.” During his speech to the conference, Mr. Dooks promoted the importance of business partnerships, the expertise of Nova Scotia firms and the training capabilities of Nova Scotia’s education system. “Nova Scotia firms have successfully partnered with oil and gas players from around the world and will continue to do so,” said Mr. Dooks. “Our companies and our workers are exceptionally talented and offer value wherever they go.” Producing about 150,000 barrels of oil and 4.1 billion cubic feet of gas a day, Trinidad and Tobago’s energy sector is fuelling rapid economic growth in the region. Neill and Gunter, a Nova Scotia engineering firm, said Nova Scotia’s trade mission will help open new business opportunities. “We’ve been part of Trinidad and Tobago trade missions in the past few years. and see plenty of opportunity to market our engineering services, including experience in the oil and gas sector,” said Peter Rent, president of Neill and Gunter. “By working with a local partner and building our presence, we anticipate we will soon see results.” Pat Ryan, chief operating officer of Nova Scotia Business Inc., said Nova Scotia firms are meeting with key players in Trinidad’s vibrant business community. “We’ve already had productive meetings with some important industry leaders,” said Mr. Ryan. “And there are more meetings planned. It’s all part of building stronger relationships and working to promote our homegrown expertise to the world.”
Le musicien de jazz Jerry Granelli a accepté le Prix Portia-White et le cinéaste Fabien Melanson a accepté le Prix Grand-Pré lors du gala des Prix pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse 2016 qui avait lieu aujourd’hui 5 novembre. Des prix et des subventions d’une valeur de 90 000 $ ont été remis lors de la célébration annuelle à Halifax. M. Granelli a entamé sa carrière comme batteur, enseignant et compositeur à San Francisco dans les années 60. On le connaît surtout pour sa participation au projet A Charlie Brown Christmas avec le Vince Guaraldi Trio, mais il se consacre depuis longtemps à de la musique plus d’avant-garde qu’il exécute avec certains des plus grands musiciens de jazz du 20e siècle, et il enregistre un album par année depuis 1987. “Quand je me souviens des efforts que des gens de la communauté artistique ont déployés pour m’amener en Nouvelle-Écosse et comment je me suis senti accueilli, et comment, au cours des années, vous m’avez fait confiance et permis d’enseigner à vos enfants, et comment vous avez appuyé le Creative Music Workshop de même que mes spectacles, je suis énormément reconnaissant,” a dit M. Granelli. “Et j’ai maintenant l’honneur de recevoir un prix inspiré par l’œuvre et l’humanité de Portia White : je ne peux rien dire d’autre que merci. Je ne m’arrêterai pas!” Le prix Portia-White est nommé en l’honneur de l’artiste néo-écossaise qui était considérée comme l’une des meilleures cantatrices du 20e siècle. Le prix souligne l’excellence culturelle et artistique d’un artiste néo-écossais qui a atteint le statut de professionnel, qui est maître de son art et qui est reconnu dans sa discipline. Le prix comporte un Prix du protégé de 7 000 $ que l’artiste lauréat donne à un artiste de la relève ou à une institution de soutien. M. Granelli a choisi de remettre le prix à la 1313 Music Association. “La culture de la Nouvelle-Écosse fait étroitement partie de qui nous sommes et nous éprouvons beaucoup de fierté à rendre hommage à ces artistes remarquables,” précise Tony Ince, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. “Le Prix Portia-White souligne de manière appropriée le dévouement extraordinaire d’un artiste de la Nouvelle-Écosse.” Le Prix Grand-Pré, d’une valeur de 5 000 $, reconnaît les artistes néo-écossais qui travaillent dans les arts de la création et de l’interprétation et dont les œuvres reflètent les valeurs culturelles acadiennes tout en faisant preuve d’excellence et d’originalité. Le Prix du chef-d’œuvre du lieutenant-gouverneur de la Nouvelle-Écosse, d’une valeur de 25 000 $, est le prix annuel le plus important pour une œuvre d’art en Nouvelle-Écosse. Il a été décerné à Canvas 5 x 5, œuvre créée par le chorégraphe Tedd Robinson et les danseurs Jacinte Armstrong, Rhonda Baker, Susanne Chui et Ruth-Ellen Kroll-Jackson. Au nombre des autres prix remis samedi, notons le Prix communautaire pour les arts et la culture d’une valeur de 10 000 $ qui a été remis à la ville de Lunenburg, et cinq Prix de mérite pour un artiste établi, d’une valeur de 5 000 $ chacun, qui ont été remis à l’artiste visuelle Bonnie Baker, d’Annapolis Royal, à l’auteur et comédien Christian Murray et à la danseuse et chorégraphe Jacinte Armstrong, tous les deux d’Halifax, à l’artiste visuel François Gaudet, de Clare, comté de Digby, et au chef d’orchestre et compositeur Mark Hopkins de Wolfville. Pour de plus amples renseignements sur les prix et les gagnants, consultez l’adresse artsns.ca/grants-awards/awards/grand-pré-prize.
Municipal and provincial governments in Canada are all looking for better ways to deal with their growing pothole problems, but none is properly tracking whether the repairs they do now are effective over time, says the author of a soon-to-be completed study on the roadway menaces.And few appear prepared to spend the money necessary to ensure what they shovel into the car-crippling craters lasts until longer-term road repairs can be performed, says engineer Dave Hein.“Everybody says they’re trying new things,” says Hein, who calls potholes “very personal” for the countless drivers who have to pay for new wheel rims and tires and to fix bent suspensions after encountering them.“Everybody’s looking for the magic bullet, and nobody’s got the magic bullet,” says Hein, principal engineer at Applied Research Associates, Inc., which was commissioned by the Transportation Association of Canada to uncover better solutions to pothole repairs. The association studies technical issues related to roads, highways and urban transportation.“Nobody has performance measures,” Hein added in an interview with The Canadians Press. “And nobody even tracks to see if what they are doing is performing better than somebody else.”Cities and towns, along with provincial and territorial governments, have been experimenting with different materials and new technologies to tackle potholes.The cities of Ottawa and Thunder Bay, Ont., Cranbrook, B.C., and Montreal are among those that have experimented with a pothole-filling machine called the Python 5000, which mechanically fills cracks and crevices in roadways – work normally performed by manual labourers – in efforts to speed repairs and ensure they are done uniformly.Others have tested a variety of hot and cold mixes of asphalt and other materials, hoping they find something better than what has been used in the past.The City of Toronto, which mainly uses hot mix asphalt, reported filling nearly a quarter million potholes with the material in 2018, an increase over the previous two years but a significant decline from 2014.Related stories:City finally fixing sinkhole after fed-up residents grew tomatoes in itMontreal reported filling roughly 122,000 road cavities last year. In Saskatoon crews dealt with 100,000 of them, while Edmonton reported patching 600,000 potholes. Hein said he was unable to verify the numbers.Cities using the hot mix, which also include Vancouver, Calgary and Regina, performed better than those using other methods, said Hein, while others, such as Yellowknife and Saskatoon, appeared to have had less success using alternative materials.Ultimately, though, how long a pothole patch lasts depends on how the job is done, said Hein.“It’s not what we put in the pothole, it’s how we put it in the pothole,” he concluded.Municipalities can do a better job filling potholes by properly training their employees – and giving them a little extra time to do the work, he said.“Cleaning and preparing and tack coating, where you put a little asphalt cement around the outside, and proper compaction all leads to better performance,” Hein explained. “It’s the execution of the work.”Regardless, hole repairs will only last anywhere from a few days to a year. No matter what material or labour is used, filling a pothole is only a temporary fix. Really repairing a failing road means resurfacing it all.Municipalities agree on the need for better training and methods for fixing potholes, said Hein. What they apparently don’t agree on is paying for it.“There’s a disconnect in this country between construction of new infrastructure and maintaining existing infrastructure,” he noted. “The new stuff gets high priority. The maintenance stuff, that’s not sexy.”Some municipalities are also finding themselves bogged down in responding to social-media complaints about potholes, rather than actually making the repairs.“Social media is blowing things way out of proportion,” because municipal politicians over-react to posts about potholes, Hein explained. “So (road crews) are not doing engineering work, they are responding to politicians because of what they saw posted on Facebook.”Hein’s final report to the association is due in April.
Guests at one of the UK’s most prestigious charity events are set to be dancing on the ceiling this June when international superstar Lionel Richie takes to the stage for a headline performance.The singer, famed for hits including ‘Hello’, ‘Truly’, ‘All Night Long (All Night)’, and ‘Three Times a Lady’, will perform at the Caudwell Children Butterfly Ball on Thursday, 25th June, in London.The annual event hosted by national charity, Caudwell Children, has raised over £10million for disabled children since first moving to London in 2007.By performing at the Butterfly Ball, Richie will join an impressive list of musical greats who have entertained audiences at the annual event, including Tina Turner, Sir Elton John, Rod Stewart, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams and the late Whitney Houston.Chief Executive, Trudi Beswick: “With over 100 million album sales to his name, Lionel Richie is undoubtedly one of the greatest artists ever and we are thrilled that he will be performing at this year’s ball. We are set for yet another unforgettable night.”Caudwell Children is a national charity providing practical and emotional support for disabled children and their families. Celebrating their 15th Anniversary in 2015, the charity has provided services worth over £35million and helped over 20,000 children from across the UK.“We’ve come a long way in our relatively short history and this year’s Butterfly Ball will be a celebration of our achievements and a special thank you to our supporters.” added Mrs Beswick.The Butterfly Ball takes place on Thursday, June 25th, 2015, in The Great Room at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.For further details and information visit www.caudwellchildren.com/butterflyball or call 01782 600 444.About Caudwell ChildrenCaudwell ChildrenTo date Caudwell Children has provided services worth over £35 million to thousands of children with over 550 different medical conditions. The charity is committed to changing the lives of children by providing specialist equipment, treatment and therapy as well as its annual ‘Destination Dreams’ holiday for families coping with a child’s terminal illness and their Family Support services.Caudwell Children was registered in March 2000 and is widely recognised as one of the country’s fastest growing children’s charities. Since its inception the charity has doubled every pound raised, achieved through supplier partnerships, which means every pound donated works even harder.The charity was founded by philanthropist, John Caudwell, whose vision was to create a sustainable children’s charity that offered benefactors’ transparency and peace of mind that 100% of their donation was being used to directly change children’s lives.By donating the cost of the charity’s annual management and administration overheads, Mr Caudwell has guaranteed an efficient way for individuals and businesses to change the lives of thousands of sick and disabled children living in the UK.John Caudwell remains the Charity’s largest benefactor and sits as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.The Charity’s ambassadors include Hollywood actress and author, Joan Collins, actress Elizabeth Hurley, Rod and Penny Stewart, Peter Andre, Bruce Forsyth and singer, Robbie Williams.
APTN NewsThree people have been fired after families complained of mistreatment by the MMIWG Inquiry, APTN News has learned.Two front-line staffers for the Yukon and one in Winnipeg were dumped, multiple sources confirmed Tuesday night.“They are scapegoats,” a source not authorized to comment said. “It’s a knee-jerk reaction.”It’s also a return to the drama that plagued the inquiry over the past year after a reprieve of a few calm weeks. The women fired were Melissa Carlick, Jodie Millward, and Morene Gabriel. Two other staffers resigned in protest, sources said. APTN News originally reported that Carlick had resigned.Carlick could not be reached for comment. The women worked with families and survivors on after-care plans – a delicate job requiring hours on the phone with vulnerable people. But they had to go, sources said after members of the National Family Advisory Circle complained in a conference call and letters to commissioners and senior staff as APTN reported last week. The inquiry had been picking up steam after a successful release of its interim report in Ottawa Nov. 1. It completed hearings in Edmonton last week and is preparing for Saskatoon next week. But sources said Edmonton was shaky and Carlick was let go there. Karen Snowshoe, her Yukon co-worker told APTN News earlier on Tuesday that she resigned. Gabriel said she plans to hold a news conference this week. She declined to be interviewed but told APTN that “I worked honourably.”
The United States is just days away from a clash over climate change being compared to the Super Bowl, a high-stakes contest destined to draw in attentive viewers from around the world.The Obama administration is expected to announce next Monday the most significant action ever to curb greenhouse-gas emissions in the United States, in an end-run around a hostile Congress.Four years after the collapse of a cap-and-trade bill, the White House is set to unveil long-awaited regulations on the energy sector, which is responsible for more than 30% of U.S. emissions.The megatons at stake could end up dwarfing those projected to result from the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, which has cast a shadow over Canada-U.S. relations.The New York Times reported Thursday that the U.S. wants to curb emissions from coal-fired U.S. plants by as much as 20%. The Times report also suggested many administration officials view the Keystone debate of the last few years as nothing more than a noisy political sideshow.“We see this as the pivotal battle on climate change,” said David Goldston of the Natural Resources Defence Council, one of the big environmental groups the White House consulted during the drafting process.“This is really the turning-point battle for epochal change.”The U.S. failure to legislate on greenhouse gases has sucked momentum from global climate talks. In Canada, the federal government has used American inaction as political cover — arguing that in an integrated economy it can only impose muscular rules if the U.S. does it, too.But President Barack Obama has consistently signalled since his re-election that he views climate change as part of his legacy. The upcoming rules will become the backbone of his effort, and will allow the U.S. to carry a new message into the next round of international climate talks.Peter Altman, also speaking at an NRDC media briefing this week, called it the Super Bowl of climate politics.Unlike the big football game, however, this one will be played out on a variety of fields.One is the court system. The White House anticipates lawsuits, its allies say. They say the administration will argue that under the 1970 Clean Air Act, it has the right to regulate pollutants — including greenhouse gases — through the Environmental Protection Agency.The issue will also play out in the voting booth, starting with this fall’s congressional elections. Democrats fear they could lose both chambers in Congress, and face attacks about a job-killing “war on coal.”A pair of newly released polls, however, might steel some left-leaning spines: About two-thirds of respondents, including those in key electoral swing states in one survey, told pollsters for Yale University and the NRDC-commissioned Harstad Strategic Research that they favoured action — even if it increased energy prices.There will be expensive ads from well-funded groups on both sides. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a report this week that predicted the rules would cost the U.S. economy US$50-billion a year and more than 200,000 jobs, while increasing electricity costs US$17-billion a year.That drew mockery from some quarters.“Keep in mind electricity costs about US$350-billion a year, which would mean the Chamber is predicting a one-time hike in electricity bills on the order of 5% a year,” a New York magazine report said.“For the average American, that’s about US$100 a year in his electric bill.”While the role of coal in the U.S. economy is declining, thanks partly to a new abundance of natural gas, it’s still “massive” — 18% of all American energy, said Andrew Leach, an energy economist at the University of Calgary.It occupies a similar role in the U.S. to that of oil and gas in Canada, said Leach — with each projected to eat up about one-third of either country’s total emissions target from the Copenhagen conference by 2020.As for boosters of Canadian oil, if they’re hoping their opponents down south will move on to new battles, they might be out of luck.One group already has an anti-Keystone news conference planned for later next week in Washington. And an employee at another green group compared the climate issue to a marathon — coal regulations might bring the U.S. closer to its emissions targets, he said, but Keystone XL is another leg and every mile counts.It’s unclear whether the Canadian government will adjust its own strategy.“I think the first reaction is going to be, ’Look, we’ve already moved on coal,”’ said Jean-Thomas Bernard, an energy economist at the University of Ottawa.“But this will add pressure.”Canadian Press
The US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power says US President Barack Obama places importance on the relationship the US has with Sri Lanka.Speaking at a United States-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement Council Meeting, Power said that the US is committed to Sri Lanka’s continued progress and is determined to support President Maithripala Sirisena in his efforts to ensure that this progress delivers socio-economic benefits for the people of Sri Lanka. “When I visited in November, the change since my last visit in 2010 was palpable. People told me that it felt as though a repressive climate of fear had been lifted and that they could breathe again. Activists felt safe to work openly and, of course, to criticize the Government with new fervor. Journalists reported freely; political prisoners were being released; land was being returned to the people; and the internally displaced were beginning to go home in new numbers. As part of its determination to deal with the abuses of the past, moreover, the Government had committed to justice and reconciliation processes to try to serve all Sri Lankans. I’ve traveled to a lot of places going through transition and change, many of which have gone through conflict – of course every conflict is different from every other conflict – but conflict that also has left deep scars in a nation, as it has Sri Lanka, and I can say I have never seen a country take such swift strides in so little time. And I think it’s extremely important that when a country takes such steps that the United States be there with you and have your back because it’s certainly not easy,” she said.She also noted that Sri Lanka has, since January 2015, emerged as a global champion of human rights and democratic accountability. She also said that the the principles laid out in the Joint Action Plan between Sri Lanka and the US and the initiatives they facilitate will help further break down the barriers for women entrepreneurs, and again, that’s to the benefit of all Sri Lankans. She noted that in the sixteen months since that election, President Sirisena’s administration has made extraordinary progress toward these goals and the difference in the political and the security climate is felt across the island. “In an era when you just open a newspaper and see yet another world leader trying to change their constitution, expand the powers of whatever office they hold, here you have a situation where President Sirisena’s Government has passed an amendment to Sri Lanka’s constitution that reintroduced a two-term limit and reduced the power of his own office. To cite another example, Sri Lanka demonstrated last year its emerging leadership in UN peacekeeping, when President Sirisena announced new substantial military and police commitments – including infantry battalions, special forces, and combat logistic units – in a manner that’s going to benefit regional and global peace and security. This was one of the most impressive and significant pledges made at President Obama’s peacekeeping summit. And finally, Sri Lanka is in the midst of joining the Open Government Partnership, which will help it put in place some of the best practices that have been learned around the world in improving transparency, enhancing democratic accountability, and, critically, fighting corruption,” she added.Power, who is a member of Obama’s cabinet, said that a lot remains to be done in Sri Lanka, including on such goals as transitional justice, promoting lasting reconciliation, improving the quality of governance and clearing out the red tape.“And we are very clear-eyed about the challenges ahead, including the one that brings us together today, which is ensuring that the progress extends to Sri Lanka’s economy, and that it leads to improvements in daily lives,” she said. “Of course, the fact that we are all here in an incredibly positive atmosphere reflects just how much has changed in Sri Lanka since January 2015. That was the month where Sri Lankans cast their votes for a new era: one in which their leadership committed to seeking a durable peace, an accountable democracy, a new relationship with the outside world, and expanded opportunities for all,” she said. Power says the United States will seek to leverage its assistance this year to further support broad-based economic growth. Sri Lanka’s acceptance as a threshold member of the Millennium Challenge Corporation will provide another means through which the US can provide financial and development assistance.Power added that everyone wants Sri Lanka to be a country that is peaceful and democratic, where every citizen has a fair chance to build a better life. (Colombo Gazette)
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Basketball and talent shows commanded TV viewers’ attention last week.Three nights of NBA finals with Miami facing San Antonio were the top programs in prime time. They helped ABC, the network that aired them, to win the week overall, according to the Nielsen Co.Sunday’s game was the week’s most-watched show, seen by 16.3 million viewers; Thursday’s game drew 16.2 million and Tuesday’s clash was seen by 14 million viewers.NBC’s Monday edition of “The Voice” was right behind in fourth place, with the Tuesday edition of the singing competition claiming sixth place for the week. Tucked in between was “America’s Got Talent” on NBC.For the week, front-runner ABC averaged 7.5 million viewers. NBC was second with 6.1 million, followed by CBS with 5.1 million, while Univision had 3.2 million, Fox had 3.1 million, Telemundo had 1.6 million, ION Television had 1.1 million and the CW had 750,000.USA was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.7 million viewers in prime time. Disney Channel had 2.5 million, History had 2.1 million and Fox News Channel had 1.7 million.NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.1 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 6.8 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.8 million viewers.For the week of June 10-16, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NBA Finals: San Antonio vs. Miami (Sunday), ABC, 16.27 million; NBA Finals: San Antonio vs. Miami (Thursday), ABC, 16.23 million; NBA Finals: San Antonio vs. Miami (Tuesday), ABC, 14.05 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 11.85 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.52 million; “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 10.66 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 8.67 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 8.62 million; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 7.43 million; “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 7.14 million.___ABC and Disney Channel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is owned by CBS Corp.; CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp.; Fox and Fox News Channel are units of News Corp.; NBC, Telemundo and USA are owned by Comcast Corp.; ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks; History is owned by the A&E Television Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com Assisted by basketball, ABC wins prime-time ratings week; NBC takes runner-up slot by Frazier Moore, The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2013 4:05 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
If you’ve been waiting for a decent 4G LTE phone on Verizon Wireless and haven’t been impressed with the HTC Thunderbolt or the Samsung Droid Charge, LG is getting into the game with the LG Revolution. The Revolution will be a 4G LTE phone running Android 2.2 “Froyo,” and will launch with support for the newly-released Netflix Android app.The LG Revolution will be Verizon Wireless’ third 4G LTE phone, and according to a spec sheet obtained by DroidLife, it’ll hit store shelves on May 26th, the same day as the Sony Xperia Play and the Droid X2. In addition to being a 4G device, the Revolution will feature a 4.3-inch screen, a 5-megapixel, auto-focusing camera on the back, and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front for video calls. It’ll be able to record video at 720p as well.You’ll also get all of the standard bells and whistles with the Revolution, including Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, even an HDMI port. Under the hood, you’ll find a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor , and the phone will launch with Android 2.2 “Froyo,” although why LG decided against including 2.3 “Gingerbread” is anyone’s guess. The phone will come pre-loaded with a 16GB microSD card that can be swapped out for up to 32GB.The Revolution will also feature Qi wireless charging, so you’ll be able to recharge the battery by placing the phone on a charging pad – but of course the charging pad isn’t included with the phone. You’ll have to buy the pad separately. If you have no plans on buying the pad, you can charge over USB.Another feature in the spec sheet worth noting is that LG has decided on Bing search instead of Google search as the default for the Revolution, the same way Samsung did with the Fascinate. That move earned Samsung wide scorn, and it’s doubtful that the Revolution will escape the same fate. Launching an Android phone with Bing Search and Bing Maps instead of Google Search and Google Maps is a tough sell for most Android users.The Revolution will, however, feature Netflix, so if you’re a Netflix subscriber you can enjoy streaming movies and TV shows on that huge 4.3-inch screen.Read more at Droid Life via Android Community
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Former Health Services Union (HSU) boss Kathy Jackson (nee Koukouvas) has been ordered to pay $1.4 million in compensation to the union for misappropriating funds.The judgment in the Federal Court this week came after damning evidence implicated Jackson in allegations of large-scale theft and misappropriation of HSU funds via cash cheques, a secret slush fund and three union-issued credit cards.The HSU alleged she wrongfully spent $1.4 million, dipping into union funds for years to fund her own lavish lifestyle.Revealed in bank statements subpoenaed by the HSU, Jackson spent $660,000 on clothes at high-end department stores, dinners at Melbourne’s top-rated restaurants and flights and accommodation for overseas holidays including to New York, Hong Kong and Europe.The court heard Jackson even used union funds for her home mortgage repayments and more than $50,000 in contributions towards a divorce settlement to ex-husband Jeff Jackson.The most blatant of Jackson’s alleged misappropriation, said the HSU, were regular withdrawals of “vast wads” of cash of up to $9,000 a time – about $250,000 in total – from her union branch’s operating funds in Victoria. Almost all of it was allegedly pocketed for her own use.The trial heard last month that evidence existed showing Ms Jackson had withdrawn funds from union accounts while in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Washington and London.She was also accused of using union funds money to cover business class airfares for her daughter to Europe, shopping at Myer and David Jones and a single $14,000 dinner bill for the exclusive Melbourne restaurant Fenix.Jackson succeeded Craig Thomson as HSU national secretary when he entered federal parliament as Labor MP for the NSW central coast, and famously blew the whistle on his misappropriation of union funds.Last year Jackson tried without success to have the civil trial against her abandoned, telling the court in October she was mentally unfit to defend herself. She did not attend the Federal Court during the hearing and has always claimed her use of union funds was appropriate. The judgment by Justice Richard Tracey is largely symbolic as Jackson declared bankruptcy just before her civil trial began.
Wish you could delete messages from Facebook Messenger? If so, you’re in luck: The app will now let you delete texts from conversations.On Tuesday, Facebook introduced the new unsend feature in a press release, which could be helpful if you tend to make typos or send the wrong emojis in Facebook Messenger. With the new feature, you can quickly remove mistakes and save yourself from an embarrassing chat. The new feature is now available for Facebook Messenger users on the latest versions of Android and iOS.Have you ever wanted to remove a message from a chat on Messenger? Starting today, you can easily with just a few taps. Learn more here: https://t.co/ncNG4EXuwb pic.twitter.com/xwTK90GLPT— Messenger (@messenger) February 5, 2019Deleting messages is easy: Tap on the message you want to remove and select the option, “Remove for Everyone.” The removed message will then be replaced with a text alerting conversation participants that the message was deleted. You’ll have up to 10 minutes to remove a message after it’s sent.Facebook Messenger will also let you remove messages for yourself. It’s similar to the process above, except you’ll tap “Remove for You.” Once you select this option, the message will only be removed from your screen, but not anyone else’s.Visit Facebook’s Messenger Help page for more details on the unsend feature.More on Geek.com:Facebook Is Reportedly Integrating Its Social Messaging AppsFacebook to Discontinue Moments Photo-Sharing AppFacebook’s New Page Initiatives Aim to Crack Down on Fake News Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service Stay on target
September 2, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThis year, Ace Parking is teaming up with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and the Ovarian Cancer Alliance in cities across America to help raise cancer awareness and save lives.Ginger Jeffries sat down with Keith Jones, owner of Ace Parking, to talk about the award-winning Park for Pink campaign.September is National Ovarian Cancer Month and October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During these two months, Ace is turning pink for breast cancer awareness as in previous years, and also teal, to represent the addition of ovarian cancer awareness to this year’s campaign.To help raise awareness, Ace Parking teams across the country will participate in Ovarian Cancer Awareness events throughout September. In October, Ace will once again temporarily change many of its well-recognized parking lot signs to pink-colored PARK FOR PINK signage with a custom logo. Team members will wear pink wristbands with teal lettering to celebrate Ace Parking’s pledge. Additionally, the official Ace Parking website will have a custom design to support the cause.During the months of September and October, each time a customer parks with Ace Parking, a portion of parking proceeds will be donated to the fight against ovarian cancer.“PARK FOR PINK was inspired by my own family’s fight against cancer, as well as the struggle of many others in our Ace Parking family,” said Keith B. Jones, third generation Owner & Managing Partner of Ace Parking. “Because so many are directly or indirectly impacted by cancer, I am privileged to utilize Ace Parking as a platform to support those who are suffering, those who treat and support cancer patients, and those who are working to find the cures.”For the last four years, the PARK FOR PINK program has generated over $250,000, which has been donated directly to organizations such as the Susan G. Komen® Foundation for breast cancer research, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to cure blood cancers, the American Cancer Society to help patients and their families, directly to oncology departments within hospitals, to the purchase of the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system, and to other worthy organizations in their quest to find a cure and treat those who are challenged with the disease.Ace Parking received the International Parking Institute’s prestigious Parking Matters Award in recognition of the positive impact Ace is making in the global fight against cancer through the annual Park for Pink campaign. Additional information regarding the PARK FOR PINK campaign can be found at Ace Parking’s website: www.aceparking.com/park-for-pink/. Ginger Jeffries, Ginger Jeffries Posted: September 2, 2018 Ace Parking’s “Park for Pink” to raise awareness and funds for cancer Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter