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England will miss Kevin Pietersen in Test series vs India: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgEngland have won three successive series against India in 2011, 2012 and 2014. The 2012 victory had come on Indian shores but that triumph was set up by Pietersen, who smashed 338 runs including a breathtaking 186 in Mumbai.However, England will be without the services of Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell in the batting line-up and spinners Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar in the bowling attack this time. (Also read: England doesn’t have the firepower to beat India in India: Sourav Ganguly)England lost their first ever Test against Bangladesh before embarking on the Indian tour. The visitors look more vulnerable than ever and it remains to be seen how they cope against an Indian team which has been unbeaten at home for over three years.Ganguly said Pietersen’s absence will be felt by England.”England will miss Kevin Pietersen. The knock that he played in Mumbai in 2012, turned the series for them,” Ganguly told India Today.”When I say about Pietersen, what I mean is a player of that quality…just does not mean Pietersen but that quality at No.4. Pietersen will not play forever, everyone has to go at some stage but it is the class andquality in that middle order which is lacking. You need people to scoreruns at a good pace to set up Test matches. There is talent in thisEngland batting line-up, may not be the flair but I firmly believe thatEngland will depend on Cook, Joe Root and Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler,who will be the man to watch for England,” he said. advertisementHowever, Ganguly backed England’s decision to play the aggressive Jos Buttler in a line-up that looked to bat deep. (Also read: England series could be Virat Kohli’s stiffest challenge yet)”England are doing the right thing by playing Buttler. He knows the conditions here and he gets on with the game.”There is talent in the England team. They may not have enough flair. In this batting line-up, Buttler is the man to watch out for,” Ganguly said.ENGLAND NOT THE SAME TEAM “I think England have played really well against India in the past but cricketers look at every series at a time and deep down both the teams, especially India will know that this is not the same England team of the past. They were a superb side when they came in 2012, specially in these conditions when they had two spinners and two top quality spinners. At the back of their mind, they know it is a different side but in sport anything can happen.”ON RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN”Ashwin will be terrific but if the pitches are good and I believe the pitches will be good to start off probably for the first three days, then there wouldn’t be much difference between Ashwin and the Mehedi Hasan from Bangladesh. he turned it square, it was like a Day 5 pitch in Bangladesh on the start of the Test match which is not going to be the case and actually how much the ball spins which makes the problem and not who is bowling.”INDIA WILL MISS KL RAHUL”India’s batting line-up looks good. Obviously Karun Nair is pushing his way up. Guatam Gambhir is coming back. So, there is pressure on him. He knows that he has to get runs in the first two Test matches. Otherwise somebody else will take his place. I think India will miss KL Rahul a lot in this series. Rohit Sharma is a very good player but I think lot of times we get confused with his one-day form for Tests. I think as a Test batsman, there are far better players in the side than Rohit Sharma and even if he misses out, India will not miss him as much and they miss him in one-day cricket. But in these conditions, India have players who would stand up because they are used to these conditions, they play a lot of cricket in these conditions, they see those spinning balls day in and day out, they see those flat pitches.”last_img read more

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The number one quality of a great presentation

first_imgTo follow up on yesterday’s post – the number one quality of a great presenter – I wanted to share the number one quality of a great presentation.(Both of these pieces of advice are from The Art of the Pitch from the legendary ad guy Peter Coughter, now at VCU Brandcenter. The book includes excellent stories that remind us how just how critical it is to master persuasion and presentation skills.)What makes a fantastic presentation? One point. Before you say a thing, you have decided upon a single goal. Everything you say leads to that conclusion. Everything else gets edited out. This is far harder than it sounds. In fact, if you had to quickly scribble on a notecard the one, clear overarching point of your last pitch, could you do it in seconds? If not, you probably didn’t have the overarching story pinpointed. Stick to that sole truth and sell it with great passion. It’s how we connect – and how we get remembered.last_img read more

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Top shuttlers will participate in Senior Nationals: BAI chief

first_imgKochi, Sep 11 (PTI) Top shuttlers, including P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, will participate at the Senior National Championships slated to be held from November 2 to November 8 in Nagpur, BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma said today. “When we conduct our national tournament, normally our seniors choose not to play. Like Saina has not participated in our nationals since long. I have not seen her playing in our nationals since 2010,” Sarma told reporters. “In Bengaluru we have taken a decision — all our national players need to play in our senior national badminton championship. So this year, we are going to have championship from November 2 to November 8 in Nagpur.” Sarma said he had a meeting with the senior players and they have voluntarily given their nod to participate in the National Championship. “Before coming to Kochi I had a meeting with all the senior players and this time because of our hectic engagement with all the players — all the players have voluntarily decided to participate in the senior nationals,” he said. “It will be after years, where we will see in our senior nationals Saina, Sindhu — everybody will join.” Interestingly, Macau Open Grand Prix Gold will be held from November 7 to 12. Sindhu have won the womens singles title thrice from 2013 to 2015. Sarma said: “All the players having international engagement normally play in our nationals because of three factors — 1) they fear injury because our location is such that we may not have a good international standard of sports. 2) their international commitment, 3) national used to be conducted in a very casual manner — sometimes games come up midnight, sometimes it is very early morning. Sarma said BAI will soon decide the locations where the five national coaching centres will be set up in the country. “We have decided to set up five national badminton centres– one in north, one in south, one in east, one in west and one in northeast,” he said. “We will be finalising the locations soon. We will go to the state governments requesting for land.” Sarma said the BAI needs eight acres of land in each region to develop the facilities. “BAI is pursuing a bigger goal. We dont have a national coaching centre, we dont have any regional coaching centre of our own. We are doing it in somebodys infrastructure,” he said. PTI TGB ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

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SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS AT 1800 HRS

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 18 (PTI) The following are PTIsNew Delhi, Jan 18 (PTI) The following are PTIs top/expected sports stories at 6:00 pm:STORIES IN THE PIPELINE:MUMBAI – Indian Super League match between Mumbai City FC and Bengaluru FC.NEW DELHI – Report of the Pro Wrestling League match between Delhi Sutlans and NCR Punjab Royals.STORIES ON THE WIRE:SPO-ROHIT-JONESRohits defensive skills letting him down in Tests: Dean JonesBy Bharat SharmaNew Delhi, Jan 18 (PTI) Former Australia batsman Dean Jones feels Rohit Sharmas rare talent is undisputed but his defensive skills are letting him down in Test cricket.SPO-KOHLI-ICC-2NDLD AWARDRun-machine Kohli rules ICC awards, claims top honoursDubai, Jan 18 (PTI) Indian skipper and batting mainstay Virat Kohli today dominated the ICC annual awards clinching both the cricketer and captain of the year honours — a much- expected windfall of accolades for his phenomenal run across formats.SPO-U19-IND-PREVIEWIndia expected to extend domination against ZimbabweMount Maunganui (New Zealand), Jan 18 (PTI) A quarter- final berth already secured, India will be aiming to keep their unbeaten run intact when they take on another weak opponent in Zimbabwe in the ICC Under-19 World Cup, here tomorrow.SPO-MINERVA-FIXING-AIFFWill protect footballs integrity: AIFF on fixing approachNew Delhi, Jan 18 (PTI) Acting on I-League club Minerva FCs report against a match-fixing attempt, the All India Football Federation today stressed on its zero-tolerance policy on corruption, saying it would leave no stone unturned to “protect the integrity” of the sport.advertisementSPO-PWL-LD MAHARATHIMumbai Maharathi make U-turn hours after pulling out of PWLNew Delhi, Jan 18 (PTI) Mumbai Maharathi made a dramatic turnaround hours after pulling out of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) for being “cheated”, saying the franchise was “shocked and distressed” to hear about the development.SPO-ICC-TEAMSKohli named captain of ICCs Test & ODI teamsDubai, Jan 18 (PTI) Virat Kohli was today named captain of the ICC Test and ODI teams of the year that included four other Indians as well.SPO- OPEN-INDAll Indians win at Australian OpenMelbourne, Jan 18 (PTI) Veteran Leander Paes and Purav Raja outplayed their opponents to progress to the mens doubles second round at the Australian Open and were joined by Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan with their respective partners.SPO-HOCK-INDIndian mens hockey team loses to BelgiumTauranga (New Zealand), Jan 18 (PTI) The Indian mens hockey team failed to convert any of the four penalty corners and ended up losing 0-2 to Belgium at the Four Nations Invitational tournament at the Blake Park here today.SPO-CHESS-INDAnand draws with Wei Yi to stay in joint leadBy our Chess CorrespondentWijk Aan Zee, Jan 18 (PTI) Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by Wei Yi of China in the fifth round of Tata Steel Masters Chess tournament here.SPO-U19-WCBrook guides England to seven-wicket win over BangladeshQueenstown, Jan 18 (PTI) Captain Harry Brook scored a fine century as England defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets today to put themselves in line to top Group C in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup.SPO-KOHLI-GAVASKARKohli becomes second India batsman to reach 900-point markDubai, Jan 18 (PTI) Virat Kohli has become only the second India batsman after Sunil Gavaskar to reach the 900- point mark in the latest ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen, which were released following the conclusion of the Centurion Test. PTI SSC SSClast_img read more

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Eddie McGuire is too frequently bringing shame and embarrassment to Collingwood

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Eddie McGuire could tell you that successful football clubs, like most enduring political parties, stand on history, myth and memory – handed down supporter to supporter, father to daughter, mother to son, decade after decade, even century after century.He could tell you about those thumping wins and the dogged, brutal, not so damned pretty ones, that are revered and celebrated and relived around his Collingwood Football Club. Just as he can recount those losses and seasons, sometimes end on end on end, that were so deflating as to seem existential but weren’t because every flag is built on a thousand disappointments. Newer clubs don’t always understand that.Like so many of the older clubs Collingwood is a hero factory. It thrives on the fusion of history and evocation of generations of legendary players and family dynasties, with its (mixed) on-field and (resounding) corporate success of recent decades.But there are the off-field heroes and legends too. Like patron John Wren, a “chequered” personality who grew from the Johnston Street slums into a millionaire on the back of SP bookmaking profits, always handy with a tenner for the best player and with anonymous food parcels for the club’s struggling families during the depression. Catholic Archbishop Daniel Mannix was sometimes seen with Wren at matches – and even training – at the Magpies’ old ground, Victoria Park. The sinner and the saint. Collingwood, grown from the ashes of the Britannia club in 1892 in what was then the worst part of Melbourne, engenders – and demands – loyalty, notwithstanding that its tribalism and historical sentimentality is today no less compromised by the vagaries of the draft and sponsorship as any other club.Jock McHale, a player for 17 years and a coach (including a playing-coach) for a phenomenal 37 years, epitomises that loyalty and commitment.McGuire, club president (Collingwood has had just 12 in almost 130 years) for two decades understands the potency of personal legacy around an institution that values it enormously. McGuire is the president who wrenched the club from its beloved Vic Park and transformed it (in a corporate sense at least) into AFL’s Manchester United, has helped give the fans a premiership out of six heart-breaking attempts – all the while managing to enshrine the precious club history inside the new behemoth and its headquarters closer to the city at the state of the art Holden Centre.Today’s player group is its hottest in years. Off-field, the rat-pack-ery that has tended to define too much Magpies after-dark behaviour, is largely gone. The team comprises the most decent young men to wear the black and white in years.Of course there’s a “but”. And here it is. But Eddie is too frequently being mentioned publicly in association with the club in a way that is bringing shame and embarrassment to (I’d hope) most supporters.Last Friday night’s episode where he criticised the coin toss ahead of the Swans-Adelaide match (Cynthia Banham, a disabled air accident survivor and Swans Number One ticketholder did the honours) appalled so many people across so many clubs, including Collingwood, and the AFL which invests enormously (with obviously mixed results) in promoting diversity and tolerance.Cynthia can speak for herself. Her silence in the face of the meltdown that followed McGuire’s implied criticism (he said he did not see the footage of her coin toss and offered a prompt though qualified apology, and another, less so, later) only illustrates her dignity and courage.Her friends (she has many in media, including myself) used their voices to condemn the Collingwood president, pondering how McGuire – who, given all of his self-made successes cannot be dismissed merely as some accidental dumb-arse – could brain fade, yet again, with such proficiently in front of an open mic.It was a terrible thing to say. The uncharacteristic swiftness of his mea culpa (which included sin-binning himself from Saturday football commentary on Fox) tells you just how much.What was he thinking? The coin toss is invariably performed by a punter associated with a charity. Why criticise it in the first place?McGuire is known, among other things, for his charity work away from the cameras and open mics.Regardless, what he said last Friday night was immensely painful for people with disabilities (advocates have roundly condemned him on that basis and their objections can’t and shouldn’t be dismissed by McGuire’s defenders who’d seek to downplay the incident).But amid all of the hot angry social media takes from embarrassed and angry Collingwood supporters who otherwise admire McGuire, the incident set his enemies in the AFL and around the club chattering.Two less ambiguous incidents – his racist 2013 likening of Indigenous Swans legend Adam Goodes to King Kong and his 2016 allusion to drowning football writer Caroline Wilson – had already brought acute embarrassment to the AFL and shame, according to many, to the Collingwood name.Some will put it down to Eddie being spread too thinly across too many places: the club presidency; morning FM radio; a TV quiz show, numerous football commentary gigs – and family. His energy is notorious. But plenty wonder if, now in his mid-50s, lack of down-time is catching up.In the end it’s something of a moot point: casual, unintended discrimination on the basis of gender, skin colour or physical capacity has the very same impact as the intentional. It’s unclear if he gets that. If he did, surely it wouldn’t have happened three times.That is why many influential Collingwood supporters are fearfully pondering the obvious: when will the AFL, their beloved club and the most significant player group in years next be made to recoil at a repellent comment that is automatically associated with the Magpies? And what, then, of McGuire’s long-term legacy?If some football clubs really are like political parties (Collingwood, it’s said, has historically resembled something of a hybrid of the Victorian Labor Right and Tammany Hall) patronage comes at a price. It also lacks permanence.The big question underscoring political leadership is, of course, knowing when to go.It was Paul Keating, himself a Collingwood ticketholder for a short time, who said prime ministers were Araldited to the chair – if you wanted them gone you had to blast them out.It may not be too much of a stretch of the metaphor to suggest that club presidencies can be a bit the same.And as in politics, the end can disproportionately determine posterity’s memory.Paul Daley is a Guardian Australia columnist Since you’re here… Opinion … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics As I prepare to watch my Magpies play, I ponder history and family, football and life Paul Daley Support The Guardiancenter_img Share on Twitter comment Share on Facebook Collingwood Share via Email AFL Share on WhatsApp Eddie McGuire Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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US Open: Jamie Murray, Bethanie Mattek-Sands retain mixed doubles crown

first_imgUS Open: Jamie Murray, Bethanie Mattek-Sands retain mixed doubles crownIt was the 3rd successive mixed doubles crown for Jamie Murray at Flushing Meadows, while Bethanie Mattek-Sands won her 3rd Grand Slam title.advertisement Reuters Associated Press New YorkSeptember 8, 2019UPDATED: September 8, 2019 11:33 IST Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jamie Murray pose with the US Open trophy (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSJamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands beat Chan Hao-Ching and Michael Venus 6-2, 6-3 to repeat their last year heroicsThe duo received $160,000 in prize moneyIt was the 5th Grand Slam mixed doubles title for MurrayJamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands defended their U.S. Open mixed doubles title on Saturday, defeating Taiwan’s Chan Hao-Ching and New Zealand’s Michael Venus in straight sets under sunny skies at Arthur Ashe Stadium.The win burnished Murray’s reputation as one of the world’s leading doubles exponents, as the Briton enjoyed his third consecutive mixed doubles triumph at Flushing Meadows.An elated Mattek-Sands, who suffered a grisly knee injury at Wimbledon two years ago, celebrated the 6-2, 6-3 win by taking a selfie on the court with Murray, older brother of former world No. 1 Andy who also won in 2017 with Martina Hingis.”We have a lot of fun. He keeps me pretty grounded,” said America’s Olympic mixed doubles champion Mattek-Sands, who added that she was happy to be back on the court after undergoing more knee surgery in March.”It’s about choosing your mentality, choosing your attitude,” added the 34-year-old, after annexing her ninth Grand Slam doubles title.The match began with routine holds but quickly pivoted in favour of the holders, who played a clean match with just 11 unforced errors while firing off off 23 winners.The mixed doubles champions are ready to cash some of the same check amounts as the other doubles winners.The men’s and women’s U.S. Open doubles champions win $740,000 (split between the partners) while the mixed doubles champs share $160,000.”I actually think it should be closer,” Mattek-Sands said. “Mixed doubles is an undervalued tennis product. You have guys and girls playing on the same level, no handicaps. The guys aren’t feeling bad for the girls. The girls pick on the guys. It’s generally amazing tennis out there. We have great points. Guys and girls together, not too many sports say they do that.”advertisementMurray, one of the stars of doubles play, was ready for increased prize money.”I think doubles is kind of the bedrock of the amateur game,” he said. “It’s a huge part of our sport. I think it definitely has the potential to offer greater value to these tournaments than perhaps it currently is or currently allowed to.”Mattek-Sands and Murray are the first team to defend a U.S. Open mixed doubles title since Kevin Curren and Anne Smith in 1981 and 1982. Murray became the first man in the Open era to win three straight mixed doubles titles in Flushing Meadows after starting the run in 2017 with Martina Hingis.Murray won his fifth Grand Slam mixed doubles title and Mattek-Sands won her third.”I’m making him drink some champagne out of the trophy. We’re having some pizza,” Mattek-Sands said.Also Read | US Open: Teenager Bianca Andreescu stuns Serena Williams to win her maiden Grand Slam titleAlso Read | Been a goal of mine to inspire Canadian athletes: US Open champion Bianca AndreescuAlso Read | Who is Bianca Andreescu? The 19-year-old Canadian immigrant who stunned Serena WilliamsFor 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 Jamie MurrayFollow Bethanie Mattek-SandsFollow US Open Nextlast_img read more

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Nova Scotian Business Leader Appointed Gateway Secretariat CEO

first_imgKevin Hamm, a native Nova Scotian with extensive market development experience, will lead the new Nova Scotia Gateway Secretariat. Mr. Hamm was appointed after a search for a CEO to advance government’s efforts to create good jobs and grow the economy by making the most of Atlantic Gateway opportunities. He has worked as a senior executive in the telecommunications and retail industries and has been employed by nationally recognized corporations in a number of cities, including Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax. “Kevin’s successful record of building relationships while growing Nova Scotian and national businesses are key assets to making sure Nova Scotia brings a strategic focus to Gateway opportunities, now and in the future,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Unifying the efforts of the many Gateway partners is vital for the Atlantic Gateway to seize new opportunities and create good jobs for families across the province.” Nova Scotia’s proximity to markets, deep, ice-free waters and excellent rail, truck, marine and air connections, position Nova Scotia as a pivotal gateway, with the most reliable route from Europe and South East Asia to key North American markets. “We are very pleased that the province has placed such a high priority on getting this Gateway Secretariat up and running,” said Doug Rose, president and CEO of Halterm Container Terminal Limited. “We look forward to working with Mr. Hamm and his team to capitalize on the development opportunities this Gateway initiative creates for the port business in Halifax and the provincial economy.” The Gateway Secretariat will develop a vision, strategy and growth targets for Nova Scotia’s Gateway initiative; identify challenges and actions to maximize Gateway opportunities; and provide leadership to engage and support co-ordination among Gateway partners. The CEO will also establish the Nova Scotia Gateway Advisory Council to serve as a sounding board for government on Gateway issues and priorities. “We welcome the creation of the Gateway Secretariat and this new government support,” said Joyce Carter, chair of the Halifax Gateway Council. “We look forward to collaborating with Kevin, his team and all partners as we work together to promote Nova Scotia as a preferred Gateway for the movement of goods and people.” Mr. Hamm has served as president and CEO of Downeast Communications, vice-president of operations Atlantic Canada for Shoppers Drug Mart, and general manager/CEO of Phamasave Atlantic. In 2009, Mr. Hamm was named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs. His community activities include serving on the board of governors of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and Nova Scotia Junior Achievement.last_img read more

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BC professor arrested and jailed in Slovakia since November

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – An anthropology professor from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C., has been in jail in Slovakia since last November, accused of child pornography, sexual violence and arms trafficking.Prof. David Scheffel said his request for bail was denied earlier this year and a second plea for release to the Slovak court filed on April 4 has not been heard.Scheffel, 63, told the Kamloops This Week print and online news publication that he feels vulnerable and claims his imprisonment is related to his research on juvenile Romani prostitutes, “but also to my previous advocacy on behalf of disenfranchised Roma in general.”Scheffel’s comments were written in a letter from jail, then passed to a friend who sent the letter to Kamloops This Week.Scheffel said the university had been helping him in “subtle but meaningful ways” and he does not feel abandoned by his employer.He said he would like to see the Canadian government get involved or show “some degree of official interest,” but he understands why it might not do that.Scheffel has been teaching at the university for more than three decades, but he is Dutch and never became a Canadian citizen.A representative of the Dutch government has visited him and is watching the case, Scheffel said.A statement from Global Affairs Canada said it has no records regarding a Dutch citizen arrested in Slovakia.Scheffel said the lawyer he has hired in Presov, Slovakia, is expensive and a protracted case will be financially difficult.The man’s family said in a statement that Scheffel has spent the last 25 years telling the stories of the Slovak Roma, one of Europe’s most marginalized populations.“He is responsible for major international aid investments and for putting a spotlight on systemic racism, corruption and injustice.“We are completely convinced that David is innocent of the charges against him. He travelled to Slovakia in November knowing that police wanted to interview him and confident that he could clear his name.”The statement said they are putting their trust in his legal team and the Slovak courts to arrive at a just outcome.The professor is an acknowledged expert on the Romani culture and has been taking students on field trips to Slovakia to live with Roma families since the 1990s.The University of Presov awarded Scheffel an honorary doctorate in anthropology in 2012 in recognition of the work he has done in Slovakia.Thompson Rivers University said it was not conducting interviews on the subject.“TRU is monitoring this situation, and out of respect for the privacy of individuals involved, will not be commenting further,” said Darshan Lindsay, executive communications officer at the university.The European Roma Rights Centre, an organization dedicated to fighting for equal rights in Slovakia for the Roma, has said it’s been three decades since a Slovak government has addressed systemic racism against the population, estimated at about 500,000 people.In January, the centre sued the Slovak Ministry of the Interior over what it calls discriminatory policing of the Roma and ethnic profiling. Romani children in the country are segregated in schools and often diagnosed as mentally disabled, the centre has said.Scheffel has studied the Romani for about 16 years, publishing a book about them in 2005.Svinia in Black and White: Slovak Roma and Their Neighbours is a case study of Svinia and how its people have failed to integrate into their country’s population.last_img read more

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Canadian police travel to Tennessee in search of missing Mikmaw woman

first_imgTrina RoacheAPTN National NewsThe search for a missing Mi’kmaw woman south of the border continues.Investigators with the Cape Breton police and RCMP are in Tennessee, U.S. hoping to find leads on where Chrisma Joy Denny might be.Denny, 23, was reported missing in early November.But no one in her home community of Eskasoni had seen her since late August. Her family says Denny struggled with addiction and mental illness and often took off on her own. At times, she lived on the streets in Sydney, Cape Breton. So, it wasn’t unusual to not see her for weeks at a time.Early in their investigation, police found out that Denny travelled to the United States. She was last seen in Tennessee where she had contact with the Knox County sheriff’s office. The photo of Denny on its website (see above) may be the most recent.Officers in Knox County had tried to help Denny. She spent a couple of days at a shelter but then moved on. She was last seen Sept. 19 in Tennessee.Police have followed up on numerous tips from the public. So far, no leads on where Denny is now or why she left in the first place. In a release, the Knox County police say “Ms. Denny is known to travel by hitchhiking and is believed to frequent truck stops and rest areas.  Investigators and her family are very concerned for Ms. Denny’s wellbeing.”Anyone with information can contact Cape Breton Regional Police (902-563-5151), Eskasoni RCMP (902-379-2822) or anonymously through CrimeStoppers or the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243.troache@aptn.calast_img read more

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COP22 Morocco Senegal Present 3S Action Plan for Africa

Marrakech – Morocco and Senegal organized on Wednesday as part of the COP22, which is taking place in Marrakech, a side-event to present the 3S Action Plan for Africa, an initiative to support sustainability, stability and security in the continent.One of the officials of NEPAD Fund for Climate Change, Kwame Ababio, said, during the meeting at the Moroccan Pavilion, that this initiative aims to shed light on means to face the dangers threatening Africa and the goals of this Action Plan by 2025.It is also meant to prevent hazards from climate change through the implementation of appropriate programs of warning and monitoring, as well as the promotion of green jobs, said Ababio. Under the Action Plan, at least one million young people will be trained and benefit from new jobs in agriculture and adaptation to climate change by 2020. In addition, 250,000 villages in Africa will have access to information concerning early warning systems for disasters (natural, civil and wars), to energy, besides a mutual insurance system for the sale and purchase of agricultural products and exchange of labor. read more

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Stelco to get most of its land back a new

The name Stelco is still seared into the side of a Burlington street building, although the steelmaker hasn’t been in control of the 20-acre property since its lands were taken over during bankruptcy protection, until today.A judge has approved the sale of the property and another 15-acre parcel deeper in the Stelco complex to go back to Stelco for $20 million.Steelworkers local 1005 union President Gary Howe says $18 million of the proceeds will go into the pension fund.“The pension plans are slowly getting better. They’re in the 80% range, that’s a lot better than they were in bankruptcy.”A few weeks ago Stelco president Alan Kestenbaum met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and called him incredibly supportive of the steel industry.At one time Stelco had buildings for work related to the production of steel on the 2.6 acres at Queen and Stuart Sts., but that is the one section of land Stelco is not taking back at the conclusion of its land deal.The land has been sold for $4 million to a company that wants to build a film studio. The company has also been talking to the city about acquiring some adjacent land, known as the Barton Tiffany lands, which was assumed when Hamilton was going to build a football stadium. read more

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Private buyers drive up March registrations

Demand from private buyers up 17.2 per cent Year to date shows 2.2 per cent increase Commenting on the figures Christopher Macgowan, SMMT Chief Executive, said ‘This record month clearly indicates the turnaround in the UK car market. The dramatic rise in private buyers reflects the confidence that consumers have in the franchised dealer network’. ‘European car sales have fallen by an average of four per cent this year but the UK new car market has remained buoyant, growing some 2.2 per cent year to date,’ he added. Notes to editors New car registrations up 1.5 per cent in March to 408,024 units March sees the last of the old style number plate changes before the new system is implemented in September 2001. March 2001 The attached tables show the registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Top performers by range and UK penetration figures are also listed. Providing the SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by the SMMT. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Private buyers drive up March registrations New car sales have risen continually for the last six months in the UK. Private registrations accounted for 54 per cent of the market in March, up from 39.7 per cent in February. Forecast for 2001 total registrations remains 2,250,000. read more

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Cabinet minister visits Brock student media

John Milloy, left, chats with Sandor Ligetfalvy from BrockTV.Brock’s student media had a rare chance to chat one-on-one with a provincial cabinet minister when John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, stopped by the St. Catharines campus on Aug. 24.Milloy visited Brock on a province-wide tour of colleges and universities. His goal is to address students face-to-face about the state of post-secondary education, he said.“My tour across the province has been aimed very much at speaking to students,” he told the gathered media, which included BrockTV, the Brock Press and the campus radio station, CFBU. Daud Grewal, vice-president of university affairs with the Brock University Students’ Union, also attended.Milloy outlined some strides his government has made in improving post-secondary education. Among them:200,000 more students attending colleges and universities or learning a trade since 2002187,000 students benefiting from changes made to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) in the last yearthe Student Access Guarantee, which is a promise to every student in Ontario that they will not be prevented from going to college or university because of a lack of financial assistanceThe scrum took place in view of the construction of the Niagara Health and Bioscience Research Complex, part of 1,810 new spaces created in the Niagara Region.“What a wonderful place to have a round table, to look out and see what’s happening here,” Milloy said.He stressed that the future economy will require Ontarians to be educated in order to be competitive. Seventy per cent of future jobs, he said, will require some level of post-secondary education.The student media quizzed Milloy on OSAP, new technologies in teaching, and the ability of students to get jobs after graduation. They also asked about the importance of colleges and universities in smaller areas like Niagara.“Brock is very much tied to the needs of the community,” Milloy said. “It’s that role of institutions as economic drivers that we want to continue.”Mike Gillespie, executive director of BrockTV, said his staff appreciated the ability to do an on-camera interview with Milloy.“I told Sandor (Ligetfalvy, BrockTV correspondent) that by getting to sit down to talk one-on-one with the minister, he has an opportunity thousands of Ontario students would claw at,” he said.Links:• BrockTV.ca• Brock Press• CFBU 103.7 FMJohn Milloy with Nathan Miller from CFBU read more

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Biodiversité le Japon promet 2 milliards de dollars aux pays en développement

first_imgBiodiversité : le Japon promet 2 milliards de dollars aux pays en développement pour la protégerNagoya, Japon – Dans le cadre de la conférence internationale sur l’érosion de la biodiversité qui se tient à Nagoya, le Japon s’est engagé à financer un fonds de 2 milliards de dollars sur trois ans pour aider les pays en développement à protéger leur faune et leur flore.Cette aide sera fournie dès 2010 a annoncé le Premier ministre japonais, Naoto Kan, devant les représentants des 190 pays membres de la Convention sur la diversité biologique (CDB). Cette question du soutien financier à apporter aux pays en développement, les mêmes qui abritent l’essentiel de la diversité de la faune et de la flore de la planète, est au cœur des négociations en cours à Nagoya.À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vousCette annonce intervient après la publication d’une vaste étude sur les mammifères, les oiseaux, les amphibiens, les reptiles et les poissons. Si elle indique que un cinquième des espèces sont aujourd’hui menacées, elle prouve l’impact positif des efforts de protection des espèces les plus fragiles. Les chercheurs assurent en effet avoir observé une amélioration de l’état de conservation de 64 mammifères, oiseaux et amphibiens, grâce aux mesures mises en œuvre (voir notre article).Malgré des incertitudes quant à la répartition des fonds promis par le Japon, la nouvelle est bien accueillie face à la nécessité de financer la lutte des pays les plus pauvres contre l’érosion de la biodiversité qu’ils abritent. De son côté, l’Union européenne a annoncé qu’elle ne fournirait pas d’aide supplémentaire, l’Europe finançant déjà un fonds consacré à la biodiversité des pays en développement d’un milliard d’euros par an.Le 28 octobre 2010 à 08:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Images leak of smaller cheaper PS4 Slim

first_imgAs you can see, the leaked shots show what looks to be a full retail unit suggesting Sony already has the stock in place to roll out the PS4 Slim as soon as it is announced. It’s also thought that production of the existing PS4 model has been scaled back in recent months to clear stock before the inevitable transition to the smaller console.The PS4 Slim is good news for Sony and for consumers alike. For consumers, a console refresh typically means a quieter, less power hungry machine. But it is also thought that Sony will be able to sell this new console at a price significantly lower than the PS4. Sub $300 sounds likely to me.For Sony, the smaller machine means less packaging and a smaller packaged footprint, so it’s cheaper to distribute worldwide. The internals will have been condensed down and combined making for a cheaper overall manufacturing cost, too. The PS4 Slim is also an opportunity for a new marketing campaign, and one that falls just right to grab the attention of gamers and parents alike as we head into the holiday season.It’s true, the leaked images could be fake. However, even if they are would you bet against Sony revealing a PS4 Slim on September 7? With Microsoft already offering the smaller Xbox One S for sale, it makes business sense to respond with a smaller PS4 and help maintain that 20 million console lead. <> We’ve known for a while now that Sony is set to hold an event on September 7. The expected reveal at that even remains the more powerful PS4 Neo console. However, there’s an unexpected second console also set to put in an appearance, and it could dominate the hardware sales charts this holiday season.Sony is preparing to unveil a PS4 Slim in just over two weeks time, and several images of the console have leaked online revealing just how small this console is. Those images initially started appearing from Twitter user shortman82 who noticed a listing on Gumtree of all places.last_img read more

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Dortmund CEO Atletico defeat will do us good for Saturday

first_imgHans-Joachim Watzke is glad Borussia Dortmund’s 15-game unbeaten run has come to an end ahead of Saturday’s Der Klassiker with Bayern MunichDortmund fell to their first defeat under new manager Lucien Favre on Tuesday to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.Goals from Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann saw Dortmund leave the Spanish capital with a 2-0 loss.But the club’s CEO Watzke believes that tasting defeat may not have been an entirely bad thing.The German reckons it will help ready the players for this weekend’s top of the table Bundesliga clash with Bayern.borussia dortmund, marco reus, jadon sancho, paco alcacerReport: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…“On the one hand, you think it’s a shame, but on the other hand, I’m glad that our long streak is now over,” Watzke told WAZ.“That sharpens the senses for Saturday. Every team needs that now and then.”Asked if there’s more pressure on Bayern than them, Watzke replied: “Yes, I think so, because of how the table looks at the moment and their expectations.”Dortmund currently holds a four-point lead over Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayern in the Bundesliga.The league match between Dortmund and Bayern will begin at 18:30 (CEST) at Signal Iduna Park.last_img read more

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Dark mode comes to Google Chrome on MacOS

first_img Dark is the mode du jour. Slack added the “darker, higher-contrast theme” option to its iOS and Android apps on Monday, while Facebook Messenger got it last week. Apple first introduced system-wide dark mode on MacOS Mojave after letting users turn the menu bar and dock dark in the previous version of its operating system, MacOS Sierra. Apple’s next iOS update, which could be announced at WWDC this summer, is rumored to bring dark mode to the iPhone. Until then, you can only turn individual iPhone apps dark if they have enabled support for it.  10 Chrome extensions that can save you hundreds of dollars See All Google Chrome dark mode in action. Stephen Shankland/CNET You can now protect your eyes from the blinding whiteness of Google Chrome — at least when you’re using a Mac. In the latest release of its web-based operating system, that’s Chrome 73, the company has enabled dark mode, which turns webpages and elements of the browser itself black.    To turn it on, go to the settings panel in MacOS, choose “General,” and select “Dark” under the “Appearance” pulldown menu. (If you only see “Blue” and “Graphite” as options, it means you’re running an older version of MacOS.) Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Software Apple Chrome Chrome OS Google MacOS Mojave Apple Now playing: Watch this: 1:36 11 Photos Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumorscenter_img How to set Dark and even ‘Darker’ Mode on MacOS Tags This is not Google’s first foray into dark mode. Gmail got a dark mode option in 2018. And, previously, you could turn Chrome (and Google Drive) dark using an extension. In the notes accompanying the release of Chrome 73, Google said that support for dark mode on Windows would be coming soon. You can read more about dark mode about the rest of the technical changes and security features in Chrome 73 here. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Share your voice Comment 1 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it reading • Dark mode comes to Google Chrome on MacOS •last_img read more

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Starbucks Japans Sakura Donut and Cake Bring Springtime To Your Mouth

first_img How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan Starbucks Japan is always rife with so many delicious treats it’s hard not to want to sample every single one of them. With the advent of springtime, the chain is offering a set of new desserts based around one of the most popular snacks in the country: cherry blossoms. Yes, they are eaten just as much as people view them. And Starbucks Japan is capitalizing on that fact. That’s why its two newest menu items look so tasty.The Sakura Donut is up first, a decadent cake donut with a pink sakura-colored glaze with salted cherry blossom petal powder on top. You can see the fine powder on top of the glaze, and the entire thing looks delicious and sweet. Sakura powder has a lightly sweet, somewhat flowery taste (as you’re probably already aware) so it complements the sweetness of the cake donut well. Cake donuts are always good about taking on the flavor of whatever they’re seasoned with too, so the sakura will likely permeate the donut itself and make it extra tasty.via starbucks.co.jpIf you’re not much of a donut person or want something a little more decadent with additional sakura flavor, however, the Sakura Chiffon Cake mixes actual cherry blossom leaves from the cherry blossom tree into the actual cake flour, and comes with a salted cherry blossom on top of the white frosting on the cake. It looks delicious.AdChoices广告You can get the sakura donut for about $2.30, while the Sakura chiffon cake is a little bit more of a luxury for closer to four dollars. You’ll have to go all the way to Japan for these treats though, so you’d better go ahead and plan your overseas vacation ahead of time before they’re all gone. Or see if you can finagle someone to mail you one. Hey, it could happen! Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Costa Rica adds yet another claim to ongoing border dispute with Nicaragua

first_imgRelated posts:Nicaragua claims ‘cleaning’ of the Río San Juan follows world court order Nicaragua’s Pastora calls Costa Rica’s latest accusations ‘a bunch of lies’ aimed at boosting President Solís’ image International Court of Justice to rule on Costa Rica-Nicaragua border dispute on Dec. 16 VIDEO: Costa Rican officials present new evidence of alleged damage to its territory by Nicaraguan workers Costa Rica’s Foreign Minister Manuel González on Thursday sent a formal protest to Managua after confirming evidence of logging on Costa Rican land by Nicaraguans traveling on the Río San Juan, a natural border between the two countries.Nicaragua’s representative before the International Court of Justice, Carlos Argüello, dismissed the complaint, which alleges new land invasions and environmental damage in Costa Rican territory.González on Thursday evening said officials from Costa Rica’s Public Security Ministry and border community residents had witnessed in recent days “Nicaraguans cutting trees on the right bank of the San Juan, where Costa Rican territory begins.”He added that Costa Rica had not received any notification from Nicaraguan officials regarding the work. The minister called the development “unacceptable” and said a formal protest note had been sent to Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Samuel Santos.“We want the Nicaraguan government to confirm if they ordered this work or not,” he said.González said Costa Rican authorities are conducting surveillance patrols along the border, and any “foreigners with irregular immigration statuses” would be sent to court and prosecuted for environmental crimes.Nicaragüa’s Argüello acknowledged in a television interview that some projects are being carried out along the river, but “Costa Rica cannot ban us from getting close [to the riverbank].” He said Nicaragua has sovereign rights over the San Juan, and the country is entitled to “clean it up.”Argüello argued that Nicaragua was forced to clean up the San Juan “because soil from Costa Rican territory is blocking the river’s flow due to the construction by the Costa Rican government of a parallel road.” He alleged that Costa Rica has had a strategy in place since the mid-20th century of “tossing trees into the San Juan to accumulate sediment in order to extend [Costa Rica’s] territory to the north.”Nicaragua has conducted dredging work on the San Juan since 2010. This year, the Sandinista government allocated $4 million to continue the dredging through 2015. Last August, Nicaraguan officials announced they would add 13 more dredging ships to the group of two already working on the river.Both countries have accused each other of wrongdoing at the world court in The Hague, Netherlands, beginning in October 2010. Costa Rica accused Nicaragua of invading a territory that both countries claim as their own. Meanwhile, the court has ordered Nicaragua to withdraw entirely from the disputed border territory, known by Costa Ricans as Isla Calero or Isla Portillos. Last February, Costa Rica filed another claim over maritime limits after Nicaragua attempted to grant oil-drilling concessions in a disputed marine area.Rulings on all of the complaints – including Nicaragua’s allegations against Costa Rica of environmental damage caused by the construction of a 160-kilometer road parallel to the San Juan – are still pending. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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