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Air India Seeks To Halve Workforce

first_imgIndia’s state-owned carrier Air India, facing almost $800 million in loses this year, is seeking to trim its workforce by half. The company says it is encouraging 15,000 workers to go on unpaid leave varying from three to five years. Air India, which has fleet of 145 aircrafts and 33,000 employees, has one of the highest staff-to-aircraft ratios of any airline in the world.  Related Itemslast_img

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Magic shut down 76ers in 2nd half, close in on 8th spot

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Chasing a dream Google Philippines names new country director Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Magic: G Michael Carter-Williams, who was Rookie of the Year for the 76ers in 2013-14, signed a second 10-day contract. … The Magic used the same starting five for a 27th straight game. … The NBA and Walt Disney World Resort announced Aug. 12 as the opening date for NBA Experience, an interactive theme event at nearby Disney Springs.UP NEXT76ers: Host Brooklyn on Thursday night.Magic: Play at Miami on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic (9) falls backward as he trips over Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 25, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. — Nikola Vucevic had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic held the Philadelphia 76ers without a field goal for a stretch of nearly 12 minutes Monday night in a 119-98 victory.Evan Fournier scored 24 points for the Magic, who outscored the 76ers 30-5 over a second-half stretch in which Philadelphia missed 15 straight shots.ADVERTISEMENT The Magic completed their first 5-0 homestand in franchise history and moved a half-game behind Miami in chasing the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They visit the Heat on Tuesday.Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 20 points and 10 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsPlaying without point guard Ben Simmons, the 76ers led 60-57 after shooting 61.5 percent in the first half.Shake Milton’s jump shot cut the Magic’s lead to 78-77 with 4:32 left in the third quarter, but Philadelphia did not score in the remainder of the period, falling behind by 14 points. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgivingcenter_img Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss When Zhaire Smith hit a 3-pointer with 4:50 remaining in the game, it ended a stretch of 11 minutes, 42 seconds without a field goal for the 76ers, who then trailed 108-85.Embiid overcame four early turnovers to put up 14 points and eight rebounds in the first half. His 3-pointer opened a 10-0 run that quickly erased Orlando’s seven-point lead midway through the second quarter.Fournier’s 14 points in the third quarter helped Orlando move ahead, and Vucevic’s 3-pointer put the Magic ahead to stay midway through the period.TIP-INS76ers: Simmons sat out the game with a stomach virus, missing his first game since Oct. 23. … T.J. McConnell got his second start of the season at point guard. … F Mike Scott left the game with lower back tightness in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

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Indian table tennis players working on fitness, hopeful of a few Commonwealth Games medals: Sanil Shetty

first_imgSanil Shetty is fast becoming a popular name in the world table tennis circuit and with the advent of the first Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT), Sanil played like a star and his powerful forehand smashes and topspins have fast become a topic of many conversations.Sanil was one of the crucial members of the Falcons TTC, who were crowned the winners of UTT on Sunday. In the final, Sanil scooped one out of the three games against world No. 42 Li Ping and won 3-0 in the mixed doubles alongside Lee Ho Ching, defeating world No. 85 Soumyajit Ghosh and Rio Olympic silver medallist in team event, Petrissa Solja.The year 2017 has been a year of rise for the Mumbai boy till now. In the Hungarian Open in January, he reached the men’s doubles quarter-final alongside India’s top player Sharath Kamal. In the ITTF Asian Championships in April, Sanil made it till the Round of 32 in men’s singles and Round of 16 in the men’s doubles.Just before UTT, Sanil also put up a great show in the Australian Open where he reached the Round of 16 in the men’s singles, causing various upsets on the road starting from the qualifiers.IndiaToday.in caught up with the rising star of India table tennis and here are the excerpts.Abreshmina S Quadri: You were world No. 285 back in February 2017 and now 160 in August. What changed?Sanil Shetty: I think it’s all about confidence. I was very confident after the Australian Open where I beat some top players and that gave me a lot of confidence coming into Ultimate Table Tennis.advertisementAbreshmina: So it is the game time that has helped you grow in stature?Sanil: Absolutely! Playing against top players and winning against them gives you a lot of confidence and that has worked well for me.Photo Credit: ITTF Abreshmina: Your performances at UTT were extremely aggressive and impactful. Some insight into that?Sanil: I had a great bonding with the team and everyone in the team, from the other players to the coaches, encouraged me a lot. They told me that I have a good game and I can beat the top players.Abreshmina: You grew in confidence starting from the January Hungarian Open where you reached the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles with Sharath Kamal.Sanil: Yes I feel so. Actually this season has started very well for me. I was world No. 285 back in February and now when I was playing in the UTT, my ranking was 201. So, this year is looking good for me and it is because of my performances in the Australian Open that my ranking has risen.Abreshmina: There are reports that the foreign players have said that fitness is what is stopping Indians from being a force in world table tennis. Your take on that?Sanil: It’s true but now we are all working really hard on our fitness. Our national coach Massimo Costantini is working a lot on those aspects of our game and we are improving. We have three male players in the top 100 and Massimo is working with all of us to get into top 100 and bring some medals in the Commonwealth Games next year.Abreshmina: What’s the kind of regime you guys follow for fitness and training?Sanil: We work on our legs and core, which are most important for the game. We are also working on our shoulders. We don’t do much of gym training but a lot of field exercising. We have so many competitions that it becomes difficult to do weight training, since we do a lot of game practice, field exercising gets easily accommodated with that.Abreshmina: Your national coach is Massimo Costantini while your personal coach is Peter Engel. Doesn’t having two coaches bring a conflict in your training?Sanil: Actually thankfully with me, not at all. Both coaches are European and they have very similar teaching methods and techniques. Both of them tell me to work on my backhand since my forehand is already strong so it actually helps because my schedule remains the same with both of them. Also, I am extremely comfortable with both Massimo and Peter Engel and talk to them about strategies before every game. I did the same during UTT as well.Abreshmina: In the UTT final, what was your strategy against Li Ping? You lost to him 3-0 earlier but managed to take one in the final.Sanil: I planned not to play short balls to him because he is really strong at that. I tried to put the first ball on his backhand after which I could put my forehand attack into play. I did not get into counter attack game with him much because he’s good at using the speed of the ball and putting it back with good angles. If I do well ahead, I might face him in the quarter-final of the Nigeria Open and hopefully this experience will be of great help there.advertisementPhoto Credit: UTT Abreshmina: Indian girls generally struggle against choppers but they put out a decent show in UTT. Your say on that?Sanil: In India, there are no choppers, none at all. This is why the players don’t get much exposure playing against them and when they face them on world tours, they don’t know how to play them. In UTT, Manika won against Olympic bronze medallist Kim Song I and other girls also got to play against top choppers like Han Ying and Wu Yang, so that should help in the future.Abreshmina: Does the three-game format suit the style and fitness of the Indians become come table tennis or tennis, sustenance is an issue for the Indian players.Sanil: Like I said we are working on our fitness and recently at the Australia Open itself, Gnanasekaran Sathiyan and I both beat top players in the seven-game format. I rather feel the three-game format suits the audience because the game is more fast-paced and people can watch more games in lesser time and I feel that will draw more audience to the game.Abreshmina: Despite being a popular playing sport, why do you think table tennis struggles for viewership?Sanil: People actually take table tennis as a recreational sport, it is not actually a popular sport. It’s just thought of people as an activity. I personally also get to hear from people, ‘what is there in TT, it is so easy’ but people don’t actually realise how much effort and hard work goes behind becoming a table tennis player. The game of table tennis is so fast that people are unable to understand the intricacies of it and therefore, the level of interest suffers.Abreshmina: What’s the ground reality of table tennis in India?Sanil: Before there used to be a lot of problem but things are improving now. We have a big hall in Indore now with some 25 tables and before every tournament, practicing there gives us a good big hall practice and that helps when we go for world tours.Abreshmina: There are lots of aspects to being a sportperson. What about you people getting a nutritionist and fitness trainers?Sanil: Our national coach Massimo is really concentrating on all these factors. He has got us a physio and keeps a tab on our diet and everything so now, we don’t have to worry about that. Earlier we used to think a lot about these factors earlier but now that Massimo takes care of all that, we are able to fully concentrate on just playing and putting our best performance and that is beginning to help.advertisementAbreshmina: What about the finances? A lot of you guys go out and play and practice.Sanil: I am from Maharashtra. The thing there is they want more players to represent the state and they are willing to invest for it. But I am the top player from there and I have to give them a plan and hopefully then things will work out and some finances will come from there. Although BPCL supports me a lot.Abreshmina: What will you say about the regime and work ethic of the Falcons TTC, since you guys came out winners of UTT.Sanil: Basically we were told not to worry about anything but there was a general instruction that we have to win. Even our captain Par Gerell used to ask us to enjoy playing, express and win. We were a very close knit group and had excellent bonding which is why results came. Before the final, I had told the team that I will get four points today and I was glad I lived up to that.Photo Credit: UTT Abreshmina: Falcons TTC had top players like Liam Pitchford and Wu Yang. What kind of interactions you had with them? Did you talk to them about their training and fitness?Sanil: We used to practice with them, learn little tricks from them. My doubles partner Lee Ho Ching, we used to practice together all the time and eat together and all. So, I really got to learn a lot from them.Abreshmina: What next for you?Sanil: I will playing three tournament ahead in Nigeria from August 9-13, Bulgaria from August 15-20 and Czech Republic from August 22-27. So as of now I am completely concentrated on this and I will look to perform well there so that when the rankings come in September, I can reach around 100. 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Australia drop Mitchell Marsh for Adelaide Test vs India, Marcus Harris to debut

first_imgAustralia will be without their regular Test vice-captain and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh in the first Test against India as he was dropped in favour of three specialist seamers at Adelaide Oval.India and Australia go head-to-head in the first of the four-Test matches, starting Thursday, and Marsh’s place in the series-opener will be taken by middle order batsman Peter Handscomb.Handscomb has got his first call since Australia’s infamous tour of South Africa in March and April. Handscomb was one of the players who was questioned as he was seen going to Cameron Bancroft on the field and saying something to him after which Bancroft attempted to hide the sandpaper. Handscomb had said that his normal conversation was portrayed wrongly.On the other hand for Marsh, despite scoring a century for Sheffield Shield side Western Australia in the leadup, he pays the price for a poor tour of the United Arab Emirates where he managed 30 runs from four innings with the bat against Pakistan and two wickets at the cost of almost 100 runs with the ball.”Mitch Marsh probably hasn’t been as consistent as he would like and we would like,” captain Tim Paine told reporters at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday, confirming that Handscomb would bat fifth in the order with local favourite Travis Head at six.”We know he’s good enough to be a genuine all-rounder at Test level.”The quicks are going to have a bowl a bit more and we have full faith that Nathan Lyon can do the job.”advertisementPaine confirmed Marcus Harris would make his Test debut and open the batting with Aaron Finch in the opener of the four-match series, Australia’s first home Test since Steve Smith and David Warner were banned over the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.”He’s been a really consistent player for the last three years and thoroughly deserves the opportunity,” Paine said of Harris.”He’s an aggressive little player, he’ll play his shots but he’s also improved his defence.”Australia coach Justin Langer earlier confirmed that batsman Usman Khawaja would take his place in the side despite the arrest of his brother on charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice and forgery on Tuesday.”We’re keeping an eye on ‘Uzzie’, obviously it was a little bit of a shock for him yesterday,” Langer said on SEN radio.”A lot of cricketers say this, but the actual sanctuary is out in the middle so while there’s a lot going on in his personal life, we’re all around him to support him.”He’ll be as cool and calm as usual out in the middle.”With a scorching 39 degrees Celsius forecast for Adelaide on Thursday, Paine said Australia would be inclined to bat first if he won the toss against counterpart Virat Kohli.”You want to bat on days when it’s 40 degrees,” said the wicketkeeper.”Normally, Australian teams like to bat first.”Australia playing XI: Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (captain), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.(With Reuters inputs)Also Read | Rohit Sharma in India’s 12-man squad for Adelaide Test, no Bhuvneshwar KumarAlso Read | India in Australia: Why Australia are wary of Virat KohliAlso Watch | India vs Australia will be a close without Smith, Warner: Glenn McGrathlast_img read more

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Journalist who exposed football corruption shot dead in Ghana

first_imgAfrica Sign up to the Media Briefing: news for the news-makers Support The Guardian The Committee to Protect Journalists called for an immediate investigation and for Ghanaian authorities to “ensure that threats against the press are taken seriously”.Ghana ranked 23rd out of 180 countries in the Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) 2018 World Press Freedom Index – an improvement of three places on the previous year. RSF has previously condemned threats against Anas after he revealed “threatening calls, intimidatory messages and suspicious vehicles near his home”.The reporter, whose other exposés have lifted the lid on graft in the judicial system, is distinctive for wearing hats and face coverings to conceal his identity.Ghana’s national media regulator condemned the killing. “It will be in the national interest to arrest the perpetrators of this crime,” its chairman, Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafo, said in a statement.Ghanaian journalists condemned the killing of the 34-year-old reporter, who played a key role in last year’s investigation.Last October, Fifa banned the former Ghana FA boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi, for life and fined him nearly $500,000 (£387,000) after he was seen on camera allegedly accepting bribes.Nyantakyi was accused of requesting $11m to secure government contracts. Eight referees and assistant referees were also banned for life and 53 officials were subject to 10-year bans. Fourteen officials were exonerated.The revelations rocked Ghana, a country where football is the national sport and which prides itself on being a stable democracy in an often turbulent region. Share on WhatsApp Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. 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 hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Share on Twittercenter_img A Ghanaian journalist who helped expose corruption in African football has been shot dead in Accra.Ahmed Husein was part of a team led by award-winning journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, whose investigation led to the resignation of the head of the Ghana Football Association.Dozens of football referees and officials in several countries were also banned as a result of the investigation, including the Nigerian national team coach, Salisu Yusuf, for receiving cash from undercover journalists posing as agents.The director of the criminal investigations department, Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, said: “Our men are on the ground currently gathering information. Everyone connected to this murder will be invited for questioning.”Husein was shot in the neck and chest by unknown gunmen on his way home on Wednesday night in the capital Accra, police said. Anas tweeted: “Sad news, but we shall not be silenced. Rest in peace, Ahmed.”Husein had previously made a complaint to police after a Ghanaian politician, Kennedy Agyapong, showed his photograph on a private television channel. Agyapong promised payment for supporters who took retribution against Husein. “That boy that’s very dangerous, he lives here in Madina. If he comes here, beat him,” he said, pointing to Husein’s image. Agyapong himself rejected claims that he “engineered the killing” of Husein, telling local radio station Neat FM: “He has never offended me. So, they should go and investigate those he has offended not me. He and his boss [Anas] have offended so many people in this country. The evil they have been doing will follow them.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Reuse this content Share via Email Topics Ghana Share on Messengerlast_img read more

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NFL Analyst: One Penn State Star Is Perfect Fit For Chiefs

first_imgPenn State football players sing to celebrate win.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 05: Penn State Nittany Lions players and fans sing to celebrate the team’s win over Iowa Hawkeyes on November 5, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeats Iowa 41-14. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)Coming off back-to-back 11-win seasons, it’s safe to say that the Penn State Nittany Lions are a force to be reckoned with. And after sending one of the best RB prospects in history to the NFL draft, we can expect Saquon Barkley’s blockers will soon follow.One of Barkley’s former Penn State teammates, guard Connor McGovern, is viewed as an ideal prospect. Bleacher Report’s Maurice Moton thinks he has a good idea where McGovern could go next year.In an article on Bleacher Report, Moton explained that McGovern would be an ideal fit for the Kansas City Chiefs.? Giants: Oregon QB Justin Herbert ? Raiders: Ohio State DE Nick BosaOne NFL draft prospect who should be on each team’s mind https://t.co/aGxJa6pKzq pic.twitter.com/9nhuyAgt0z— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) November 2, 2018The Chiefs, who already have an elite young QB and RB, might be able to use McGovern’s abilities to give themselves even more versatility along the line.Adding McGovern to the mix would allow the Chiefs coaching staff to experiment with combinations involving Cameron Erving lining up at guard or center.The Chiefs can’t afford to leave holes on the interior of their offensive line. Running back Kareem Hunt, the reigning rushing champion, has put together strong performances since taking over the starting job last year.McGovern has helped anchor a Penn State offensive line that is 12th in the FBS in points scored.The Chiefs have a good history with Penn State offensive linemen too. The last one they drafted was Dave Szott in the seventh round of the 1990 NFL Draft.Szott was an 11-year starter and was named First-Team All-Pro in 1997.last_img read more

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South Korea to Invest over USD 13 Bn in Port Expansions

first_imgzoom South Korea has revealed its plans to invest some KRW 14.7 trillion (USD 13.3 billion) into the expansion of the country’s ports, according to data released by South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF).The investment, scheduled to be undertaken in the period from 2016 until 2020, is aimed at preparing the country’s ports for the era of mega ships.Namely, it was understood that the plan covers the expansion of 140 cargo berths, as well as 30 international trade ports and 29 coastal ports.Additionally, South Korea said that it plans to make Busan the second largest container transshipment hub, while the port of Gwangyang would become the largest industrial port.The second phase of the Busan New Port expansion project is expected to be completed by 2020, while the third phase of the expansion would increase the number of berths from 21 to 37.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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SITC Ups Full Year Profit Expectations

first_imgzoom Chinese shipping conglomerate SITC International Holdings Company Limited expects to see a 50 percent jump in its net profit for the twelve months ended December 2017 when compared to the same period a year earlier.The expectation was raised from the previously announced 40 percent increase from December 2017.The key factors contributing to the higher profit are the increase in the group’s business volume as compared to the corresponding period of 2016, coupled with the overall improvement of the group’s operating efficiency.The estimate was made based on the preliminary unaudited information, and the company plans to publish the final version of its 12-month results before the end of March 2017.For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, SITC reported a total shipping volume of 1.9 million TEUs, representing an increase of approximately 13.7 pct as compared to the same period from 2016.The total volume of the group’s freight forwarding business increased by 9.4 pct to 1.36 million TEU for the nine-month period when compared to corresponding 2016 figures.As a result, SITC’s revenue for the period was higher by 12.1 pct when compared to 2016 totaling in USD 994.4 million.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Senate continues study into Metis identity

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Senate Aboriginal peoples committee was in Edmonton recently as part of a tour of Northern and Western communities.They’ve invited speakers from across the prairies to talk about what it means to be Metis.This is the first fact-finding study of Metis identity ever undertaken in Canada.The committee is also meeting with elders and leaders of Metis organizations.The panel chair says the Metis share common challenges across the country.last_img

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Security caught oncam roughly detaining Indigenous woman at journalism conference

first_imgAPTN NewsVideo captured by reporters at a journalism conference in Winnipeg appears to show a security guard at a hotel where the event is taking place roughing up a young Indigenous woman he suspected of “prowling” cars according to hotel management.The incident at the Radisson Hotel located downtown took place Friday evening.The conference was wrapping up for the day and several journalists were congregating in the lobby when a security guard bee-lined for an Indigenous woman who appeared to be cutting through the lobby.“He stormed up to her and said ‘you’re under arrest’ and grabbed her arm,” said Beverly Andrews, a producer at APTN News. “That’s when he slammed her up against the wall.”“He was hauling her roughly over to a room and she fell down, her glasses fell off and broke and a ring flew off her finger,” said Trina Roache, a video journalist with APTN Investigates.Among the journalists watching the incident were eight APTN reporters, several of whom grabbed their phones and started recording as the security guard took the woman to a small locked room.You can hear on the video some people saying that he doesn’t have the power to arrest her and shouldn’t be detaining her alone in the room, while the female in his grip says “I didn’t f—ing touch no vehicles.”“My concern is he was so aggressive with her right in front of us, I was worried about her being in there with him alone,” said Roache. She can be heard saying “I don’t think this is cool” as another APTN journalist says “I don’t think this is legal” before the security guard shuts the door on them, with the woman inside. The province’s Petty Trespasses Act permits arrest without warrant by a person authorized by property owner if the arrested person was previously given notice to not come onto the owner’s property.It’s not clear if the woman received that warning.Some of the journalists went to look for management while APTN’s Nunavut video journalist Kent Driscoll went outside.He said five minutes after the  incident, the woman who had been detained emerged from the hotel.“I asked if she was OK and she said she was fine,” Driscoll said, and the woman carried on her way. The security guard came out soon after yelling to reporters that the woman was “back in the parkade.”The same security guard was working again Saturday and when questioned about the incident for this story, said “I’m not talking” and walked away.A front desk attendant said a manager “is not available” for questions.An email asking about the hotel’s security protocols was sent to Canad Inns, which owns the Radisson was returned late Monday afternoon.“Canad Inns is taking this matter seriously and is in the process of conducting its internal review,” said Lauren Beckwith, communications coordinator for Canad Inns corporate office.“As the review is ongoing and facts are still being confirmed, I’m unable to comment at this time.The Canadian Association of Journalists said the incident was “highly concerning.”“We are told the hotel management is investigating the incident,” said CAJ president Karyn Pugliese, who is also the executive director of news at APTN.“We have requested the security guard be kept away from our conference in the interest of ensuring our delegates feel safe.”She said the CAJ will follow up with management.There were 250 delegates from media across Canada in for the weekend conference.The Winnipeg Police Service said did not receive a call to the hotel Friday evening.The security guard in the video has by identified as a band member by the Lake Manitoba First Nation in Treaty 2 territory.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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Conservative candidate walks back alarm on 50K carbon tax for her church

first_img“This is still a sizable sum for a not-for-profit that is already dealing with the burden of increased costs, and I do not think the impact should be downplayed,” she wrote.Steve Pahl, lead pastor with Hillcrest Evangelical Missionary Church in Medicine Hat, said the comments came out after a Sunday service.“We spoke to our congregation about increases to our overall church operating costs,” Pahl said in a statement.“We stated that in recent years there has been an increase to our overall operating costs of about $50,000 per year. The carbon tax was used as one example of the kind of increases we have incurred.“Someone misunderstood that to mean the carbon tax was responsible for the entire $50,0000 increase and tweeted about it.“For us the carbon tax is not a political issue. We are more than happy to pay our bills, whatever they are and need to be. Many people in our congregation are concerned about environmental issues.” Glasgo stirred up controversy on Twitter Sunday after she mistakenly reported the $50,000 number.Her post was met with a series of mocking online responses comparing her to the duplicitous Pinocchio and demanding she name the church and provide proof of the tax bill.UCP Leader Jason Kenney initially defended her post, noting that it’s one of many such financial hardship stories he is hearing.In the first of two followup Facebook posts Monday morning, Glasgo doubled down on her initial Tweet, saying that the church is very large, with adjoining facilities that extend beyond the main area of worship. EDMONTON, A.B. – A candidate for Alberta’s United Conservatives who stirred up controversy by announcing her church is facing a $50,000 carbon tax bill this year now says the actual number is about one-tenth of that.“I reported the initial figure in good faith and did not intend to mislead,” Michaela Glasgo said in a Facebook post Monday.But Glasgo, the UCP candidate for Brooks-Medicine Hat, said the carbon levy is still too high _ even at the revised figure of $5,400.center_img “People can mock if they like,” she wrote.Three hours after that post, however, Glasgo sent out a second Facebook post detailing her discussion with the church and the church’s estimated carbon tax bill of $5,443.The carbon tax was introduced in 2017 by Premier Rachel Notley’s government. It taxes gasoline to drive as well as natural gas to heat homes and businesses. Rebates are available for low and middle-income earners.Kenney has signalled it will be the centrepiece issue of their campaign in the upcoming spring election.Kenney says Notley never campaigned on introducing the tax when she won government in 2015. He adds that the tax only hurts workers and families while failing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and is symbolic of an interventionist, misguided NDP.He has promised the first task of a new UCP government would be to repeal the carbon tax.Environment ministry spokesman Matt Dykstra, in a statement, said the Glasgo contretemps speaks to a larger concern with the UCP.“All candidates for public office and their leaders have a responsibility to check the facts and think critically before sharing information on social media,” said Dykstra.“Time and time again Jason Kenney and the UCP have shown a blatant disregard for the truth in pursuit of pushing misinformation to stir anger.“It’s a divisive, Trump-esque political strategy unbecoming of someone who is seeking to hold the highest public office in our province.”Christine Myatt, spokesperson for the UCP, said the NDP should not cast stones.“I would point out that the NDP wilfully shares misinformation about the UCP on a regular basis,” said Myatt in a statement.“Ms. Glasgo made an honest error and had no intention of misleading the public.”last_img read more

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SecretaryGeneral urges immediate release of captured aid workers in Somalia

5 November 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned today’s abduction of four aid workers and two pilots from an airstrip in the central Somali town of Dusamareb and demanded that they be released immediately. Mr. Ban is “deeply concerned about the worsening trend of killings and abductions of aid workers in Somalia,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.“He calls upon all parties to respect the neutral and impartial status of humanitarian staff, and to allow them to do their work bringing vital life-saving assistance to millions of Somalis, nearly half of the population, who are counting on this support for their survival.”Media reports say the six people captured today have been working for Action Against Hunger, a French non-governmental organization (NGO).Last Wednesday two UN staff – both Somali nationals – working in the northern town of Hargeisa were killed after a suicide bombing at the local UN Development Programme (UNDP) compound. Six other staff were seriously injured in the explosion, part of a coordinated wave of attacks across the north that day.Earlier last month two Somali staff members working for UN aid agencies – one for the World Food Programme (WFP) and the other for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – were shot dead in separate killings.It is not just aid workers who are being targeted. An independent UN expert warned today that the killing of human rights defenders continues apace across the strife-torn Horn of Africa country.On Monday, Mariam “Dabayarey” Aden Mohamed, chairwoman of the Bay region women’s organization, was murdered in Baidoa, while late last month Duniya Sheikh Doon, chairwoman of her local Somali women’s organization, was killed in Guriel.Shamsul Bari, the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, issued a statement voicing his deep sadness at those killings and also the execution of Aisha Duhulow, a 13-year-old girl who was stoned to death last week after being charged with adultery, even though she had been raped.“Extra-judicial killing, summary and arbitrary execution constitute a cruel and unacceptable atrocity and a violation to the right to life that the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the international community should address sooner than later,” Dr. Bari said. read more

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Assembly President addresses UN global governance during visit to France

19 November 2010Issues related to global governance, the Group of 20 (G20) leading economies and Security Council reform were among those discussed by General Assembly President Joseph Deiss during his official visit to France. While in Paris, Mr. Deiss met yesterday with French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Michele Alliot-Marie, with whom he also discussed the country’s contribution to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the set of anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015. He also met separately with the Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, and the Secretary-General of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF), Abdou Diouf, to discuss global governance, the MDGs and cultural diversity, among other things. The Assembly President also addressed the Council of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), highlighting the UN’s efforts in reaffirming a central role in global governance. In a speech made in October, Mr. Deiss had warned of the “danger” that the UN could be “marginalized as other actors emerge on the international scene.” He had also described the UN’s central role in global governance as being vital for solving challenges that cannot be overcome by countries acting alone.Mr. Deiss reprised this theme in a bilateral meeting with OECD chief Angel Gurria. read more

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China tells Sri Lankan seminar violent extremism has gone rampant

China told delegates attending a seminar in Sri Lanka, violent extremism has gone rampant, seriously endangering human-being and social order, the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry said on Tuesday, according to the Asia Pacific Daily.Senior Colonel Guo Xinning, Deputy Commandant at the College of Defence Studies, National Defence University of the People’s Liberation Army in China, said that enhanced international cooperation against violent extremism is the appeal of the times and an important way to maintain international peace, security and stability. Colonel Guo Xinning said that extremism is neither a phenomenon that is peculiar to a certain religion or a certain country, nor one that only occurs to contemporary world.“Violent extremism is closely associated with terrorism. Some international observers believe that violent extremism certainly runs into the realm of terrorism while extremism does not,” he said. “Since entering 21st century, international terrorism and violent extremism have gone rampant, seriously endangering human-being and social order, posing threats to international peace and stability, and thus becoming a common enemy of the international society. Enhanced international cooperation against violent extremism is the appeal of the times and an important way to maintain international peace, security and stability,” he said. He says while the international community has made relentless efforts in containing the spread of violent extremism new phenomenon and new developments constantly appear.He further appealed to all, if serious, to avoid double standards and seductiveness in tackling violence and hold dialogue and communication to build trust and confidence among nations. (Colombo Gazette) Speaking at the Colombo Defence Seminar, Colonel Guo Xinning said that violent extremism is an affront to the purpose and principles of the UN which in turn undermines peace, security, human rights and sustainable development. read more

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Mali UN mission decries deadly attack against Malian military camp

According to a UN spokesperson, even though the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the country (MINUSMA) does not operate in the area of Nampala, the Mission mobilised major aerial reconnaissance and medical resources, in coordination with the Malian authorities, in response to the attack. Speaking after the attack, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Mali and head of MINUSMA, Mahamet Saleh Annadif, presented his condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded. He stressed the need for all Malian parties to work together to prevent terrorist organisations from taking advantage of the situation to derail the peace process.

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Bengals season unravels more with 2410 loss to Broncos

CINCINNATI — A.J. Green took a couple of steps, tried to cut and crumbled to the ground, grabbing his right foot. He was carted off the field, along with the Bengals’ hopes of a late-season recovery.They keep unraveling a little more each week.Rookie Phillip Lindsay rushed for a career-high 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns Sunday as Denver adapted to a windy afternoon and got its third straight victory, 24-10 over the Bengals.After a 4-1 start, Cincinnati (5-7) has dropped six of seven with a historically bad defence and a series of injuries that depleted the roster. Not even a change in defensive co-ordinator has made much of a dent.“I just want to see us challenge ourselves to turn it around before the end of the season,” cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said. “That’s the only thing I can say right now.”The Bengals are imploding in coach Marvin Lewis’ 16th season. He fired defensive co-ordinator Teryl Austin and assumed the job of running the defence, but they’re 0-3 under that arrangement.The Broncos (6-6) rushed for 218 yards , the third time in the past four games that Cincinnati has given up 200 yards on the ground. The Bengals have allowed four teams to run for 200 yards this season, and Kansas City had 198 yards on the ground.“I’m disappointed with our football game today like that,” Lewis said.With the Bengals on course for a third straight season missing out on the playoffs, fans are giving up. The crowd of 44,392 on Sunday was the smallest at Paul Brown Stadium since 2011.Fans in the upper deck tape a large banner to the front of a seating section before each game. On Sunday, they taped up a blank banner — nothing left to say about this season.Quarterback Andy Dalton tore a ligament in the thumb on his passing hand a week earlier, ending his season. Jeff Driskel made his first NFL start on Sunday and had Green back after he missed three games with an injured toe on his right foot.Green had only one catch before reinjuring the foot, most likely ending his season.“He was obviously battling just to play,” Bengals receiver Alex Erickson said. “I’m sure it’s devastating to him and to the team.”Driskel finished 25 of 38 for 236 yards with a touchdown, an interception , a fumble and four sacks.“Not good enough,” Driskel summed up.The line also was in flux and struggled to adapt.Left tackle Cordy Glenn missed a second straight game with a bad back. Guard Clint Boling started at left tackle, and Trey Hopkins started at guard. The line got three penalties for holding, two for false starts and one for an illegal block.Cincinnati was penalized eight times in the first half, its most in an opening half since 2009. The Bengals finished with 12 penalties for 100 yards.“There are no excuses,” right tackle Bobby Hart said. “No matter who’s in there or what’s going on, it’s your job to get things done.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLJoe Kay, The Associated Press read more

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Egyptian Zamalek SC win African Handball Champions League 2018

← Previous Story SEHA BEST 7 in October 2018 Next Story → NEW MONTPELLIER PROBLEM: Diego Simonet to miss action in November Egyptian Zamalek SC were crowned Champions of Africa for the 11th time after defeating rivals Al Ahly SC 27-25 in the 2018 African Handball Champions League Final held in Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday.Team led by coach Bassem Al-Sabki was placed in Group B, where they defeated the Moroccan Raja d’Agadir, the Algerian GS Petroliers (GSP), and the Congolese Jeunesse Sportive de Kinshasa (JSK). The White Knights beat the Ivory Coast’s Red Star OJA in the quarter-finals, and then overcame the JSK in the semi-finals.Zamalek now has 11 African Champions League titles similar to the Mouloudia Club d’Alger, in addition to winning the the African Cup Winners Cup five times, and the African Handball Super Cup five times. Zamalek’s squad that took part in the tournament from 19 to 28 October included Ahmed Al-Ahmar; Mohamed Ramadan; Mohamed Ali; Sam Sami; Ali Hisham; Karim Ayman; Mohamed Mohsen; Mohamed Yehia; Hisham Bassem Al-Sabki; Mohamed Alaa Luka; Mostafa Tamer; Akram Yousri; Mostafa El Sayed; Yehia Khaled; Hisham Shedid; Hazem Mamdouh; Hassan Ahmed; Khalid Walid and Mahmoud Helil. African Handball Champions LeagueZamalek SC read more

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Nuns who ran Tuam home have no comment to make on todays

first_img Mar 3rd 2017, 2:49 PM 59,500 Views THE RELIGIOUS ORDER that ran the Tuam mother and baby home where human remains have been found said it can make no comment on today’s announcement.It did, however, reiterate its support for the Commission of Investigation into the home.The Bon Secours sisters ran the home until it closed in 1961. All of the records for the home were given to Galway County Council at that time.Today, it was confirmed that a “significant” amount of human remains were found on a site connected to the mother and baby home. The area had been flagged as a possible mass burial site by researcher Catherine Corless.When asked for a statement on the issue, the nuns said: If you’d like me to point you at a few reputable historians who might be good, I’ll certainly do that. If you come here, you’ll find no mass grave, no evidence that children were ever so buried, and a local police force casting their eyes to heaven and saying “Yeah, a few bones were found – but this was an area where Famine victims were buried. So?” Image: RollingNews.ie Share325 Tweet Email7 Terry Prone (Ms)ChairmanThe Communications ClinicSpeaking to TheJournal.ie at the time, Prone confirmed she had sent the email, but said there was “absolutely no difference” between the substance of it, and public pronouncements made by the Bon Secours sisters.“The sisters never knew anything about it,” she added at the time.Speaking today, Prone told Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ about the site: ”It looks like there is a whole lot more to it”.Prone said when she wrote to the producer she said ‘you won’t find that’, as a commission was needed to get the work done on the site to determine what happened.She added that “nobody expected the kind of numbers that are being revealed today, clearly there was extensive burial. I am fascinated by the commission’s use of the phrase ‘in this way’ because it sounds like it was a disrespectful mass burial rather than a proper burial… I don’t know what to make of that”She said questions that need to be asked are how many children were buried; and is that disproportionate to the number of children and toddlers who would have been dying in the population at this time; and what did they die of.Documents show that the death rate of babies at the home was significantly higher than that at other homes around the country. Figures from the National Archives showed that 31.6% of babies under the age of one at Tuam died over the course of one year.In other homes, that rate was 17%.Causes of death included bronchitis, convulsions, and congenital syphilis. Source: Report of the Inter-Departmental Group on Mother and Baby Homes via Department of Children and Youth AffairsRead: Row brews over Terry Prone Tuam babies email>Read: Remains of young children and babies found in sewage chambers at Tuam mother and baby home> Image: RollingNews.ie Several international TV stations have aborted their plans to make documentaries, because essentially all that can be said is “Ireland in the first half of the twentieth century was a moralistic, inward-looking, anti-feminist country of exagerrated religiousity.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The Bon Secours sisters are fully committed to the work of the Commission regarding the mother and baby home in Tuam. On the closing of the Home in 1961 all the records for the Home were returned to Galway County Council who are the owners and occupiers of the lands of the Home. We can therefore make no comment on today’s announcement, other than to confirm our continued cooperation with and support for the work of the Commission in seeking the truth about the home.A Commission of Investigation was established by the Government to look into mother and baby homes and county homes.Email rowIn October 2014, an email was sent by the public relations representative for the Bon Secours sisters, Terry Prone, about the site.Documentary maker Saskia Weber had asked the nuns to take part in filming about mother and baby homes in Ireland.The high-profile PR representative said in response:Your letter was sent on to me by the Provincial of the Irish Bon Secours congregation with instructions that I should help you. I’m not sure how I can. Let me explain.When the “O My God – mass grave in West of Ireland” broke in an English-owned paper (the Mail) it surprised the hell out of everybody, not least the Sisters of Bon Secours in Ireland, none of whom had ever worked in Tuam and most of whom had never heard of it. Which most of us knew already.The overwhelming majority of the surviving Sisters of Bon Secours in Ireland are over eighty. The handful (literally) still in active ministry are in their seventies. None of them is an historian or sociologist or theologian and so wouldn’t have the competence to be good on your programme. Friday 3 Mar 2017, 2:49 PM By Aoife Barry 138 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3268928 Short URL Nuns who ran Tuam home have ‘no comment’ to make on today’s revelations They did say that they are fully committed to the Commission of Investigation ‘seeking the truth’ about what happened.last_img read more

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Thibaut Courtois defends his footwork

first_imgReal Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has dismissed critics’ views over his footworkThe 26-year-old delivered his best performance for Los Blancos in Saturday’s goalless draw in El Derbi against old club Atletico Madrid with three saves.But critics have been quick to question Courtois’ footwork as the competition between himself and Keylor Navas to be Real’s permanent number one grows.“I’m not bad with my feet,” Courtois told Belgofut.“I may not be among the best, but I’m certainly not bad either. Sometimes I miss a long ball but I dare to play with my feet.“The last ball on which [Nikola] Kalinic put pressure was given to [Raphael] Varane with my right. Many goalkeepers would have cleared that ball.“Sometimes I give a bad ball, yes, but I know more goalkeepers who are, so to speak, phenomenal with their feet making more mistakes than me.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I’m just doing what I have to do, and that’s the most important thing.”Saturday marked the first time Courtois had gone up against Atletico as a Real player.“You stop that ball and hear the whole stadium cheer,” said Courtois.“And then they chanted my name. I liked it. I have to try to take my place little by little.“I have to show myself, especially if you have two good goalkeepers, as is our case. Helping the team is always the most important thing.”Real will take on Russian side CSKA Moscow in their second fixture of Group G in the Champions League tonight at 21:00 (CEST).last_img read more

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