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The Johnsons discuss 529 Plans

first_imgThe Johnson family first joined us during Dr. Michael Gutter’s April 15 Financial Statements and Record Keeping web conference. Here, they discuss opening a 529 plan for their 2-year old son, Sam. Watch as Brittany and Brett discuss the advantages of this education savings option, and save the date of May 21 for Dr. Barbara O’Neill’s Paying for Post-Secondary Education Expenses web conference.last_img

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Ex-MLA’s ‘missing’ daughter loses contact with lawyer

first_imgTwo days after a video surfaced on social media showing the daughter of a former BJP MLA, missing for a week, alleging torture by her father, her lawyer lost touch with her.“As I am unable to reach her, I can’t get instructions on what to do next,” said Ankit Saxena, the lawyer who had moved the High Court on her behalf seeking protection for her. The hearing is on October 31. The former MLA from Bhopal Central, Surendra Nath Singh, on Monday told The Hindu that the whereabouts of his daughter Bharti Singh were known. “We applied pressure and the girl has been found,” he said. On October 16, Mr. Singh filed a complaint with the police claiming his “mentally ill” daughter had gone missing. A day later, she approached Mr. Saxena through mutual friends requesting him to seek protection for her, and three-four friends, lest they be intimidated by the family.Ms. Singh had been in a relationship with a Bhopal-based man of another faith, said Mr. Saxena. “She was called back home by the family from Pune, where she was pursuing a nutrition course, on the pretext of her mother’s illness. Upon return, she was forcibly told to marry the son of another BJP leader,” he added.last_img read more

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16 killed as SUV falls into gorge in Jammu

first_imgSixteen people, including five women and three children, were killed on Tuesday when a passenger vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district, police said.Doda Senior Superintendent of Police Mumtaz Ahmad said one more person was rescued from the accident site near Marmat area in a critical condition and admitted to hospital. Twelve people were killed on the spot and four more succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment, the SSP said. Officials said the SUV was headed for Gowa village of Marmat from Kleeni when its driver lost control while negotiating a blind curve and the vehicle fell into the 700-metre-deep gorge around 3.25 p.m. The condition of the only survivor is critical, they said. Meanwhile, a minor boy was crushed to death by a speeding truck near Miran Sahib at the outskirts of Jammu on Tuesday. Sumit Kumar was crossing a road outside when he was hit by the truck, police said.last_img read more

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Skipper Virat Kohli refuses to comment on Ishant Sharma’s aggression

first_imgThe Indian cricket team’s new-found aggression which has resulted in a few on-field altercations has drawn criticism but Test skipper Virat Kohli today refused to be drawn into the row surrounding the approach.Indian pace spearhead Ishant Sharma was handed a one-Test suspension for the aggressive sendoffs he gave to Sri Lankan batsmen during the recent away series.His on-field behaviour has drawn flak from former players such as Bishan Singh Bedi and Sanjay Manjrekar.Asked how much Ishant’s absence will hurt India against South Africa, a curt Kohli replied, “I am not answering that question. Not what happened earlier, nor what is going to happen next, neither on captaincy nor on the coach.”Also read:  Ishant’s aggression has hurt India’s cause – Manjrekar While he was not asked on who could possibly be India’s next coach, Kohli took it upon himself to state that he would not answer any question related to the matter.Virat has time and again spoken about Ravi Shastri being his preferred choice as mentor of the team.When someone asked if he has evolved as a player to take over as captain in all formats, Kohli retorted, “That was a nice try but again it is a question on my captaincy.”Asked if he would play a game against Bangladesh to get into limited overs mould, Virat said, “I think we have played enough cricket. I don’t know what’s going to happen in next four hours. It’s still some time, I will see then.”advertisementOn a lighter note, he did admit that it is the “Delhi instinct” that works at times.Also read: Ishant, Pujara enter top 20 in ICC Test rankings “Yes, you can say that Delhi instinct kicks in when I am playing. But if you are talking about typical Delhi boy, I can talk about myself, I try to do the right things,” he said at a promotional event here.He spoke about “hard work and self belief” being key ingredients of success.He also took the opportunity to express his “commitment” for actress girlfriend Anushka Sharma.”I am a committed man,” he said when asked how he reacts to adulation from his female fans.last_img read more

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BAI to stick to National Sports Code

first_imgJaipur, Jun 16 (PTI) The Badminton Association of India (BAI) today made it clear it will stick to the National Sports Code, which has been adopted in its constitution. BAI joint secretary K K Sharma said there had been a discussion on modifying its constitution in accordance with the National Sports Act and added that there was no mention of the Lodha Committee recommendations in the BAI executive committee meeting. “Yes there were discussions on how to modify the constitution to incorporate the suggestions made in the National Sports Code but there was no mention of the Lodha Committee. We have already adopted National Sports Code in our constitution and we want to adhere to that,” said Sharma. “The matter would be discussed again since it is crucial. There will be another meeting on July 30 to take these points forward and further decide on the changes in the constitution that would be required.” Sharma refuted claims that a lobby was trying to unsettle national coach Pullela Gopichand. “We all have high respect for Gopichand. He is one of the most respected sports heroes of the country and it already has been announced that he would continue as national coach.” Praising BAI president Himanta Biswa Sarma, Sharma said that his vision was to make India a badminton super power. PTI DS AH SSClast_img read more

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Fulham Says Mitroglou Not in Shape

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares Greece’s star soccer striker Kostas Mitroglou, who left Olympiakos to sign with the British Premier League team Fulham isn’t fit to play for them yet, the team’s coach said of the man signed for 12 million British Pounds, about $20 million.Coach Felix Magath said Mitroglou, who previously had an injured knee, is in condition enough to play only 30 minutes, not 90 minutes, although the Greek player is expected to play for Greece in a friendly against South Korea. He’s been left off the Fulham roster for its March 8 game against Chelsea, the London Evening-Standard reported.Mitroglou, 25, has made just one 29-minute substitute appearance since joining Fulham in January but Magath’s concern about the player’s condition caused confusion as to why the striker is playing for the Greek national team. He is the centerpiece of its World Cup squad getting ready for the games in Brazil this summer.Magath struggled to clarify his decision to leave Mitroglou out at the weekend, with the Fulham manager first saying the forward was not fit enough before going back on those comments by claiming he was not ready for the intensity of the Premier League.“He is not fit enough to play 90 minutes,” said Magath, and then caused more confusion by not naming Mitroglou on the substitutes’ bench at Craven Cottage despite admitting he was “fit enough to play for half an hour”.Mitroglou joined Fulham with a minor knee injury but appeared to be on his way to full fitness when he made his debut as a substitute against West Brom last month. Mitroglou is likely to return from international duty and will then be assessed by Magath and the club’s medical staff before the trip to Wales.last_img read more

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20 Years On, Solskjaer Hopes for Another Camp Nou Comeback

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer knows all about overturning Champions League deficits at the Camp Nou.Twenty years after scoring a last-gasp winner there for Manchester United in the final against Bayern Munich, Solskjaer will be back in Barcelona’s stadium on Tuesday looking to mastermind an unlikely comeback for the English team from the touchline.United arguably has the toughest task of the eight quarterfinalists heading into the second legs, having lost 1-0 to Lionel Messi’s Barcelona at Old Trafford last week.Yet that was the score line facing United in 1999 after Mario Basler had put Bayern in front in the sixth minute in what proved to be one of the most dramatic soccer matches in a generation.United engineered the turnaround with two goals in injury time — the first from Teddy Sheringham, and the second from Solskjaer.During his four months as United manager, the former Norway striker has made a point of reminiscing about the old days at the club, when no deficit felt insurmountable. Comebacks and late goals were a regular thing under his then-manager and mentor, Alex Ferguson.“The memories from Paris will help the players. It shows we can turn things around,” Solskjaer said on Monday before leading United’s training session at Camp Nou.“People have said to me that it has to be our year because of 20 years ago, I used to play with the number 20, we are back in Camp Nou … but to go through we have to deserve it. We can’t say we are just going to rely on faith.”Barcelona’s Lionel Messi reacts during the Champions League quarterfinal, first leg, soccer match between Manchester United and FC Barcelona at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Super)United has beaten Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain away this season, but Solskjaer said after the first-leg loss that getting past Barcelona would be a “greater achievement.”Not helping United’s cause is the six-day turnaround between the two games. While Barcelona fielded a reserve side in the Spanish league on Saturday, Solskjaer couldn’t afford to rest too many of his first-team players for the match against West Ham in the Premier League the same day.United is still fighting to finish in the top four, while Barcelona is close to wrapping up another Spanish title.Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said the thing he “most fears is the spirit” of Solskjaer’s team.“United has something special in the final minutes,” Valverde said on Monday, while adding that past glories don’t dictate future outcomes.“We all chose examples from our past that can give us a boost. That is experience. But at the end, I believe that you write your own destiny. It is not given to you. You have to seek it out. And tomorrow we will try to find ours.”And there is one bizarre statistic that will be giving United fans hope as they make their way to Spain.Messi, to many the greatest soccer player ever, hasn’t scored in his last 12 games at the quarterfinal stage — stretching back to 2013.By: Steve Douglas, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Fearless Pep exposes Mou’s cowardly approach

first_imgPremier League Fearless Guardiola shows cowardly Mourinho attack now the best form of defence Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 16:00 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(95) Pep Guardiola Jose Mourinho Getty Images Premier League Manchester City v Arsenal Chelsea v Manchester United Manchester United Arsenal Manchester City Chelsea Guardiola José Mourinho Opinion Sunday was a big day in the title race as Manchester City moved eight points clear of their rivals with Mourinho’s negativity again costing his side It was May 2015 and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea had just won the Premier League title when he appeared to aim a dig at Pep Guardiola, who was by then safely ensconced at Bayern Munich and the proud recipient of two consecutive Bundesliga shields.”For me, I’m not the smartest guy to choose countries and clubs,” Mourinho said. “I could choose another club in another country where to be champion is easier. Maybe I will go to a country where a kit man can be coach and win the title.”United 14/1 to win PL; City 1/6 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mourinho – even in the first flush of victory – could not resist talking up his own achievements in winning what he perceived to be a good league while talking down those of Guardiola, who could only triumph in Germany, where Bayern perennially dominate the landscape.While the two were apart, it was relatively easy for Mourinho to prod Guardiola like that. The Premier League – the hardest league in Mourinho’s eyes – was worth winning and the Bundesliga was not. The Premier League was much more difficult and Mourinho’s title victories – he’s got three of them – more valuable.It’s true that Mourinho perfected the formula for winning the league title at Chelsea – across two spells – but Guardiola is showing him up on his own turf. Never before have the top two teams in the Premier League been so far apart – eight points – after 11 games apiece.Pep Guardiola Manchester CityPremier League Table PSJose Mourinho Manchester UnitedSunday was an instructive day in the title race and indicative of the broad distance now between the two coaches.Last season, City suffered poor results not because they couldn’t dominate games and tame opponents but because their finishing was not up to scratch. So, Guardiola went away, worked on it and decided that ultra-aggressive, all-out attack was the best way to fight this war.The game against Arsenal followed that familiar pattern; lightning-quick breaks by Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling coupled with total control of the attack by David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.It says something for the rate of City’s improvement that a 3-1 win against a high-quality side like Arsenal feels something like a missed opportunity. Had Sergio Aguero finished an early counter-attack or Sterling got his leg to a low first-half Sane cross, then we could have been talking about five or six.Over at Stamford Bridge, meanwhile, Jose Mourinho was turning what should have been a must-win game in the context of a title race into another must-not lose. He failed in that regard.United had eight defensive players on the pitch from the beginning against Chelsea. There was no hope for Romelu Lukaku, who has been gorging himself on goals for club and country this season with the right supply.He only had one shot in the entire game against Chelsea and, damningly, not one touch in the opposition box. He only made 16 passes in the entire game, further emphasising his loneliness.Romelu Lukaku Manchester United ChelseaBy contrast, the Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson hit 25 with two of those connecting with team mates in the opposition half. He is more involved in City’s play than Lukaku is for United. And that is a good indicator of where both teams are right now.Mourinho’s teams have now scored in only one of the last 10 away matches against the rest of the top six. He, himself, is winless away from home against the rest of the top six clubs since a 2-1 win at Anfield coming up on three years ago.An away match against Tottenham during that title-winning season appears to be one of the most decisive in shaping Mourinho’s dour outlook. Chelsea conceded five that day with Harry Kane running the show and never again would Mourinho allow any team of his to be outgunned like that. It seemed that he preferred losing 1-0 and demonstrating zero ambition than attempting to win the game and getting hammered.There is conviction in what Guardiola does with City; they fear no one. But Mourinho fears every one of his rival teams and aims for nothing more than suffocation when he meets them on their patch.Mourinho hopes his teams don’t lose big games but Guardiola makes sure his team wins them. That is the key difference between them and, perhaps, the key reason why City are so far ahead at this early stage.Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City ArsenalThere has always been the suggestion that Pep had it easy with Barca and Bayern. How could you fail with Messi, Iniesta and Xavi? Or Robben and Lewandowski? It was a question that Mourinho nodded towards in that dig in 2015.Well, managing City is an entirely different prospect and Pep’s work is all the more impressive considering that he scarcely had a world-class player on his books when he started.The rate of City’s collective and individual improvement this season has been nothing short of astonishing; nothing short of record-breaking. Four of five English teams head their Champions League groups – City being one of those of course – but none of the rest can lay a glove on City on the domestic scene.There is simply no fear in the team; Guardiola wouldn’t permit it. There was a tentativeness to City last season that was borne out in their results against the rest of the top six. There were only two wins in 10 games. One was against United at Old Trafford, the other, predictably, was here against Arsenal at home.Already this season they have trounced both Liverpool and Chelsea – who were outplayed and beaten 1-0 at Stamford Bridge – as well as Arsenal. Bear in mind Mourinho’s negativity has now cost United two points at Anfield and three more at the Bridge.“We were able to win just twice against the title contenders last season,” Guardiola said. “This season, in November, we have already won three times. We spoke about this. If you want to win the title, you have to beat Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and the other teams at the top.”Pep Guardiola PSThey are far, far too good even at this stage of the season. Short of a mass outbreak of injury or illness there is simply no way they are not going to win the Premier League.Furthermore, this is Guardiola’s best-ever start to a season. Never before has Guardiola won 31 points from 33 with a goal difference of +31. Not with Barcelona and Messi, not with Bayern and Lewandowski.This is the best-ever start that any team has made to a Premier League season. The Invincibles weren’t this good. None of Sir Alex Ferguson’s teams were either. City’s goal record of 52 scored after 17 games in all competitions is an English record.Guardiola is demonstrating total mastery in this field; a field once ruled by the swaggering Mourinho.His response to adversity was attack, attack, attack. Mourinho’s could not be more different and looks positively cowardly next to it.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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a month agoSolskjaer refusing to criticise Man Utd players in defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer refusing to criticise Man Utd players in defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to criticise his players after defeat at West Ham.Solskjaer refused to hang his players out to dry despite their latest disappointment.He said: “The players are doing what I’m asking them to. There are key moments in games that can tip these games in our favour compared to theirs and you make maybe a bad decision on a pass – left, right, centre – but the attitude and desire is there.”That’s not the problem. It’s the quality in our decision-making, sometimes in the execution. It’s a good group to work with. They are determined. Sometimes along the road, we are going to hit some bumps, as we’ve said, some highs and lows.”This group is out there determined, they showed the desire, it was a good atmosphere in the dressing room. They’ve got the focus right.” last_img read more

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Les élèves du BI continuent dobtenir dexcellents résultats à léchelle mondiale

first_imgLes diplômés du programme de baccalauréat international de la Nouvelle-Écosse font partie des meilleurs élèves au monde selon les résultats des examens, publiés aujourd’hui 4 octobre. Les résultats démontrent que les élèves des écoles publiques de la Nouvelle-Écosse inscrits au programme de BI ont obtenu un meilleur rendement que les autres élèves du BI en Amérique du Nord dans tous les sujets, et un meilleur rendement que les élèves du BI à l’échelle mondiale dans 26 des 29 sujets. « Cet accomplissement a été possible grâce aux élèves, à leurs enseignants dévoués et à leurs familles qui les ont appuyés pendant leur participation à ce programme stimulant, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de l’Éducation. Je suis fière de voir autant de nos élèves réussir, non seulement en obtenant leur diplôme, mais aussi en montrant au monde entier que nous accordons la priorité aux enfants et à l’apprentissage en Nouvelle-Écosse. » Cette année, deux-cent-quarante élèves ont reçu leurs diplômes de l’Organisation du baccalauréat international, basée à Genève. En Nouvelle-Écosse, 87,4 pour 100 des élèves du BI ont réussi au programme, comparativement à 70,3 pour 100 en Amérique du Nord et 77,7 pour 100 à l’échelle mondiale. Les diplômés du programme ont reçu des bourses d’une valeur totale de 3,3 millions de dollars des universités, de fondations indépendantes et du gouvernement. Saba Balvardi, diplômée de l’école secondaire Halifax West, a obtenu une note égalant le record de 44 points sur 45 pour l’obtention. Il s’agit de la deuxième fois seulement qu’un élève du BI obtient une note de 44 dans la province. Après avoir reçu plusieurs offres de bourses d’études, Saba a décidé de s’inscrire à l’Université McGill à Montréal. « Le BI m’a appris à bien gérer mon temps, à maintenir une charge de cours complète, à critiquer et à analyser mon travail et surtout, il m’a appris à vivre à l’extérieur de la salle de classe, a dit Mlle Balvardi. J’ai eu l’occasion de passer du temps avec des gens qui ont la même passion que moi, et j’ai établi des amitiés pour la vie. » Le programme de baccalauréat international offre des programmes d’éducation internationale de qualité supérieure à la communauté scolaire mondiale. Plus de 900 000 élèves de 140 pays sont inscrits au programme.last_img read more

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American Crime Story 3 to chronicle Clintons impeachment

first_imgThe next chapter of FX hit anthology series ‘American Crime Story’ will focus on the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal. Titled ‘Impeachment’, the third season will follow the stories of three women – Lewinsky, Paula Jones and Linda Tripp – who played an important role in the impeachment trial of Clinton as the US president in the late 1990s. Lewinsky is on board the project as a producer along with Henrietta Conrad and Jemima Khan, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIn a statement to Vanity Fair, Lewinskey said show creator Ryan Murphy convinced her to be a part of the show in a creative capacity but initially she was hesitant and “more than a little scared” to sign on. “People have been co-opting and telling my part in this story for decades. In fact, it wasn’t until the past few years that I’ve been able to fully reclaim my narrative; almost 20 years later.” “But I’m so grateful for the growth we’ve made as a society that allows people like me who have been historically silenced to finally reintroduce my voice to the conversation. This isn’t just a me problem.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”Powerful people, often men, take advantage of those subordinate to them in myriad ways all the time. Many people will see this as such a story and for that reason, this narrative is one that is, regretfully, evergreen,” she said in her statement. The initial cast includes Sarah Paulson as Tripp; Beanie Feldstein as Lewinsky; and Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones. The third season is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book ‘A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President’. Sarah Burgess is writing the script. “This franchise re-examines some of the most complicated, polarizing stories in recent history in a way that is relevant, nuanced and entertaining. ‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’ will likewise explore the overlooked dimensions of the women who found themselves caught up in the scandal and political war that cast a long shadow over the Clinton presidency,” FX CEO John Landgraf said. “Impeachment” will be executive produced by show creator Ryan Murphy, Burgess, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, Alexis Martin Woodall and Paulson. Production is slated to begin in February 2020. The first season was based around the infamous trial of OJ Simpson that divided the US. The show won nine Emmys at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards. The second season, titled “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”, explored the murder of designer Gianni Versace by spree killer Andrew Cunanan.last_img read more

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PIB withdraws tweet on Netajis death anniversary

first_imgKolkata: The Press Information Bureau (PIB) has withdrawn its tweet on Sunday, mentioning August 18 as the death anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, who is claimed to have died in a plane crash at Taihoku in 1945.Following pressure from a large section of people, PIB withdrew its tweet on Monday. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had tweeted on Sunday in this connection, stating that the people of India had the right to know what happened to Netaji after he went missing from Taihoku airport. The Centre has declassified documents on Netaji but those do not throw any significant light on the case. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTrinamool Congress MP Sukhendu Shekhar Roy has demanded that PIB tender an apology for its tweet. Renowned historian Professor Sugata Bose, however, said Bose had died in the air crash and the attempt to draw a similarity between him and Gumnami baba was actually an insult to Netaji. It may be mentioned that director Srijit Mukherjee is making a film on Gumnami baba, who used to stay at Naimisharanya in Uttar Pradesh, on the lines of the Manoj Mukherjee Commission’s report.last_img read more

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Court of Appeal reduces sentence handed down to ski coach Bertrand Charest

first_imgMONTREAL — Former national ski coach Bertrand Charest has seen his sentence for sexually abusing young female skiers under his care reduced by 21 months on appeal.Quebec’s Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that Charest’s 12-year sentence for sex-related offences on young skiers in the 1990s would be cut to 10 years and three months, setting aside 21 of the 37 counts on which he was initially found guilty.Charest was convicted in June 2017, but he appealed both the verdict and the sentence handed down by Quebec court Judge Sylvain Lepine.The Court of Appeal acquitted Charest on nine of the charges, two charges were stayed and one was set aside for lack of jurisdiction because the alleged crime occurred in another country. A conditional suspension was ordered on nine other counts.His guilt was maintained on 16 other counts, and the Court of Appeal had harsh words for the former coach.“There has been no dramatic change in the appellant (Charest) since the offences, but on the contrary, according to the evidence filed during the sentencing hearing, he continues to trivialize his conduct, to denigrate the plaintiffs and even wants to make some of them bear the responsibility for his actions,” Justice Francois Doyon wrote on behalf of the panel of three judges.“His narcissistic personality is still present.”When taking into consideration his pre-trial detention, Charest will have four years and nine months left to serve, according to the appeal decision.Charest had complete sexual relations with some of the teenage victims while he was in a position of authority over them. One of them became pregnant, and Charest took her to have an abortion.Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Man accused of killing Cree woman in Ottawa has multiple versions of

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN National NewsOTTAWA – Adrian Daou wanted out of segregation so badly he was willing to confess to a murder to make it happen – the murder of Jennifer Stewart, a Cree mother who was brutally killed in Ottawa August 2010.“I was thinking of telling you guys something I did to go to the pen tonight. I’m just trying to get out of (segregation) … I’m just looking to get more room,” Daou, 24, told two Ottawa police detectives in a jailhouse interview on Feb. 25, 2013, the first of two confessions the jury heard Monday in the first-degree murder trial.It doesn’t work that way, the cops tell him.“Jennifer … I did it,” said Daou. “ I did the crime.”“You killed Jennifer?” one of the officers asked.“Yep,” he said – with a knife, specifically a military knife and he did because “he wanted to get his anger out.”The jury trial entered its third day Monday with the jury already hearing from a jail guard and a pathologist. Daou, despite confessing twice, has pleaded not guilty. Stewart, 36, was struggling through addictions when her body was found Aug, 20, 2010 by a person walking their dog.The jury heard Monday Daou say he lured Stewart to a location on Alice Street in the Ottawa community of Vanier where he “cut, cut, cut” her in the pitch black of a parking lot next to a small apartment building just before midnight.But when pressed he told police the “murder weapon” was an axe and he hit her on the head “four to seven” times.“That’s the truth. I swear on it. I took an axe and that’s when …,” he said stopping himself.He had been angry for a while knowing he was going to jail for six months for trafficking drugs.Soon his anger turned into the idea of murder he said.“My goal for that day was to kill someone,” said Daou who spotted Stewart walking near Montreal Road and offered to sell her some “dope” for $20.The police asked why Stewart.“Why her? I was looking around and she was the one who came up as the best possible choice,” he said.Police asked if Stewart offered anything else to him and Daou quickly said she didn’t.They ask again later, this time point blank if it was sex she was offering in return for drugs.“Sorry, it’s a legitimate question,” one of the officers said.Again, Daou said it wasn’t. He said she had money on her.So they walked through the community to the spot Daou said he wanted to kill her, close to the home he was sharing with his dad and brother at the time.But police wanted to know more. They rushed to a judge to get an order to remove Daou from the jail and take him to the police headquarters for a formal interview the next day.This time the jury didn’t just hear Daou admit to killing Stewart, they got to see him as this interview was videotaped.“The murder … I killed Jennifer Stewart. I’m the one who did it. Nobody else,” he said off the top.Then jury heard Daou explain he was a budding rapper and killing someone would help his career.But really it was while he was at work that day that he knew he was going to kill someone.By the time he got home, smoked some weed and drank a bottle of liquor he was ready.Male or female, it didn’t matter: “It was about the killing.”Dressed in cargo shorts, a hoodie and Nike “gangster” shoes he set out on his bike around 8 p.m.He drove around Vanier, stopping near a liquor store to smoke another joint.Then he saw Stewart, just past 10 p.m. walking by herself. This time he remembered it was on Marier Street near Montreal Road. She was on the right-hand sidewalk.She wore a black coat and black jeans or “something.” No purse.He rolled up beside her and offered her some “dope.”This time it was for sex – the dope for a sex act.He said she agreed and followed.“She was, I guess, her usual way. She didn’t look like a happy person,” said Daou who had mentioned he sold drugs to her a couple times in the past so they sort of knew each other.They walked to the spot and he told her to wait by the corner of the building so he could rush home and get the drugs. This time in the interview he recalled the exact address: 120 Alice Street.But he was going home to get his axe and put on goggles.Police interrupted him.Det. John Monette, who was doing the interview, had concerns.“Right now, I’m not convinced you’re telling me the truth,” said Monette who asks Daou to show where he hit Stewart with an axe.Daou tries to explain but then asks for paper and pen.As he’s sketching he stops and asks what the weather is like.It was four degrees outside, Monette said.“Sometimes I try to remember, but this time I’m going to remember good,” said Daou. “I feel better (here) than in that little cell.”He shows he hit Stewart “five or six times” in the head and Monette asks if she ever put her hands up to defend herself.Daou said no, never.The jury had already heard Stewart fought like hell to save herself, so much so both of her hands were nearly severed.He showed Monette how hard he hit Stewart with an axe, vicious blows that struck his foot but never hurt him.After he killed her, Daou said he jumped through several backyards, went home to shower and put all the clothes in a bag. He said there was no blood on any of the clothes. He wrapped the axe in a red coat and put it in his room.He hopped back on his bike to go smoke another joint.During this trip he stopped to get a Red Bull and on his way back home went by the murder scene and poured a little out “to honour” Stewart.Then he stayed up writing lyrics before going back to work the next day.The trial continues Tuesday.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,494.43, up 83.55 points).Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up seven cents, or 3.15 per cent, to $2.29 on 9.7 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Up 32 cents, or 12.9 per cent, to $2.80 on 8.2 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 29 cents, or 3.31 per cent, to $9.06 on 6.9 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up 33 cents, or 1.34 per cent, to $24.95 on 6.2 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Up 20 cents, or 4.26 per cent, to $4.90 on 5.3 million shares.Whitecap Resources Inc. (TSX:WCP). Energy. Up 11 cents, or 2.2 per cent, to $5.12 on 4.7 million shares.Companies reporting:TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP).  Down 75 cents to $62.63. TransCanada Corp. is officially dropping the word “Canada” from its name, but CEO Russ Girling isn’t saying he expects it will make it any easier to get pipelines approved in Canada or the United States. The company is now to be called TC Energy Corp., after shareholders approved the change at its annual meeting Friday. The company said the name change recognizes its growth into the United States and Mexico, including through its recent US$13-billion purchase of U.S. natural gas transporter Columbia Pipeline Group. It has about 7,000 employees in North America, with 3,500 in Canada, 3,200 in the U.S. and 300 in Mexico.Hudbay Minerals Inc. (TSX:HBM). Up 26 cents, or 3.02 per cent to $8.86. Hudbay Minerals Inc. says it has reached a settlement agreement with an activist investor that wanted changes to company leadership. The Toronto-based miner says it has agreed with Waterton Global Resource Management on a slate of 11 board of director candidates for the company’s May 7 annual meeting. Hudbay board chairman Alan Hibben will also step down once a new chairman is selected, but will stay on the board until the company’s 2020 annual meeting.A&W Revenue Royalties Income Fund (TSX:AW.UN). Up $1.75 or 4.22 per cent to $43.21. A&W Revenue Royalties Income Fund increased its distributions to unitholders as it reported its first-quarter profit fell compared with a year ago due to a non-cash charge. The fund says it will now pay a monthly cash distribution of 15.4 cents per unit, up from 14.7 cents per unit. The increased payment to unitholders came as A&W reported a profit of $5.7 million, compared with $6.3 million a year ago due to a non-cash loss on an interest rate swap. Sales reported by the restaurants in the royalty pool increased to $308.8 million while same-store sales increased 10 per cent. The Canadian Press read more

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Football legend Lilian Thuram visits UN education project for Palestinian children

Mr. Thuram toured the Qalandia refugee camp in the West Bank where he saw first hand the realities of life for Palestinian children under Israeli occupation, before visiting a school run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to referee a football match between some of the camp’s young players.With hundreds of young students gathered in the school before kick-off, Mr. Thuram joined in with a traditional “dabke dance,” drawing massive applause.Mr. Thuram said the visit was about his own education as well as having fun with Palestinian children.“I have heard so much about the children of Palestine and about the environment they grow up in. Today I saw for myself their enthusiasm and determination to succeed against all the odds. I just hope they enjoyed our training session today as much as I did,” he said.Mr. Thuram made sporting history by becoming the most capped player in the history of the French national squad. He was a member of the country’s 1998 World Cup-winning squad and also played for the top European clubs FC Barcelona and Juventus. Off the pitch, he has dedicated much of his time to the promotion of human rights and education against racism.“Lilian is a living football history,” said UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness. “It is brilliant that UNRWA school kids had an opportunity to be coached by him today, and witness his extraordinary skills first hand. Lilian is just the sort of role model our students should be inspired by, and we are very grateful to the Palestinian Football Federation and the French Government for facilitating his visit,” he added. 11 April 2011The former star French footballer Lilian Thuram today visited the occupied Palestinian territory in support of an education programme funded by his country through the United Nations relief agency for refugees living in the area. read more

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African ministers pledge to combat noncommunicable diseases in UNbacked document

The Brazzaville Declaration on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), named for the capital of the Republic of Congo, where the document was adopted on Wednesday at the African Regional Ministerial Consultation, under the auspices of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), highlights commitments against the growing problem of NCDs in Africa.Actions include strengthening and standardizing national health systems to generate disaggregated data on NCDs; using appropriate means, including information and communication technologies to promote health awareness and NCDs prevention and control strategies.The ministers also committed to take action to protect people from: unhealthy diets, harmful use of alcohol and tobacco, exposure to tobacco smoke and unsafe food; violence and injuries, and the advertising of unhealthy products.They pledged to strengthen health systems with appropriate attention to financing; training and retaining the health workforce; procurement and distribution of medicines, vaccines, medical supplies and equipment; improving infrastructure; and, evidence-based service delivery.In the declaration, the ministers also urged WHO, partners and civil society organizations to provide technical support to Member States for implementing, monitoring, and evaluating recommendations contained in the documentThe declaration specifically requested heads of State and government in the region to endorse the declaration, and present it to the upcoming General Assembly High-Level Summit on NCDs in September as the African position. 8 April 2011African health ministers have adopted a United Nations-backed declaration calling for urgent action against non-communicable diseases, including heart conditions, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory problems, blood disorders, mental health, violence and injuries. read more

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Football Five takeaways from the 2017 spring game

OSU redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) looks down field during the Spring Game on April 15. Scarlet beat Gray 38-31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorFootball returned to Ohio Stadium on Saturday when the Buckeyes played the annual spring game in front of over 80,000 scarlet and gray-clad fans. Team Scarlet, led by redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett, took to Team Gray 38-31.Here are five takeaways from the 2017 LiFE Sports Spring Game.Backup quarterback battle far from overNeither redshirt sophomore quarterback Joe Burrow nor redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins gave an inch in the contentious fight to be named OSU backup quarterback.“I know it is very close,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “But I’m not prepared to say who is 2, who is 3, et cetera, yet.”Burrow, the starter for Team Gray, completed 14-of-22 passes for 262 yards. All three of his touchdown passes came within five minutes of each other. His 44-yard connection with redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon in the corner of the end zone on the first play of the second quarter, might have been the prettiest throw-and-catch by a quarterback-receiver duo of the afternoon.Haskins — who personified the casual nature of spring games by playing for both teams — passed 37 times, completing 26 of those passes for 293 yards. He twice dropped dimes for touchdowns, which were a couple of the highlights of the afternoon. First, he hit Dixon on a fade route. Then, he hit redshirt junior wideout Terry McLaurin running at full speed in the back of the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown. Given the nature of how well each quarterback played and how important winning the backup spot might be to potentially being named start next season, the potential for jealousy or bad feelings exists. But Burrow emphasizes the strength of the quarterbacks’ bond.“Everything we focus on at Ohio State is power of the unit, power of wide receivers, quarterbacks, offensive line, defensive line, all on an individual level. We focus on having a great relationship within the unit,” Burrow said.Haskins agreed, saying he doesn’t feel like the quarterbacks room is overcrowded.“I even told the guys like ‘I love each and every one of you.’ It’s a competition, but I’m not competing with people,’” Haskins said.Having lost H-back Curtis Samuel and receivers Noah Brown and Dontre Wilson to the NFL, redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett must be counted on to lead the Buckeye offense as much as ever before in his time in Columbus. But having two backup options battle into the fall to prepare for a worst-case scenario has to make make Meyer breathe easier.Matthew Burrell taking over as right guardWhen OSU released the spring game rosters on Friday, we were offered a hint that redshirt sophomore Matthew Burrell would start at right guard.Engaged in a battle for the starting spot with redshirt junior Demetrius Knox and redshirt junior Malcolm Pridgeon, Burrell was only one of the three linemen playing for Team Gray with redshirt senior center Billy Price and the rest of the starting offensive linemen.Burrell’s escalation from backup to leading candidate to start has been quick, yet decisive. Against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl, when freshman left guard Michael Jordan went down with an ankle injury, Knox, not Burrell, was the backup to replace him.A little over a month ago, redshirt senior center Billy Price noted Burrell might be indulging in the potentially negative aspects of college.“I told him, ‘You’ve got to close your circle and tighten your circle down because people want to hurt you, people want to take you down. People want to see you mess up and put you on the news,’” Price said.But after the spring game, it was clear that something had changed. Price noted no one has grown more than Burrell.“Matt is a younger brother to me,” Price said. “Being able to see him grow before my eyes is something that I really was really, really proud of.”Nothing is set in stone as Burrell must make further strides to keep the starting spot as Knox and Pridgeon. Barrett’s single interception was caused when redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard pushed Burrell into the quarterback. But optimism is high regarding Burrell.“I think he played pretty well today, we’ll see on film,” Price said. “You start seeing strides and you start seeing confidence built within a kid and that’s something that — again, for those of you who are parents, to see your child develop and to see your kid grow before your eyes is something I’ve been told is very incredible.”Deep ball: Progressing The lack of tackling on the opening drive overshadowed Team Scarlet’s methodical drive down the field. Only a single incompletion and a stuffed rush up the middle from redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber at the 1-yard line sullied Barrett’s team’s 65-yard touchdown drive.On the fourth play of the game, Barrett hit Campbell for a 17-yard completion, longer than all but two passes in the Buckeyes’ previous two games. Though Barrett’s only touchdown pass came from the 1-yard line, he sees progress in connecting with receivers down the field.“It went very well. Before, we were just shooting them. We weren’t necessarily making them at first,” Barrett said. “But then, with coach (Zach) Smith and coach (Ryan) Day, just really finding landmarks for those throws, to the field and to the boundaries.”OSU quarterbacks threw six touchdown passes 18 yards or longer. Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson noted the deep ball was a point of emphasis, but was less charitable in his praise.“We’ve gotten in the ballpark where we’ve got catchable balls,” Wilson said.He says he understands that further progress will come during the summer when the Buckeyes take off the pads and focus more on the passing game than the running game which has been the focus of the spring.Vying for the touches available after former OSU H-back Curtis Samuel, receiver Dontre Wilson and wideout Noah Brown moved to the NFL, 16 players caught passes for 10 or more yards.But remember, former OSU receiver Torrance Gibson caught six passes for 50 yards and two touchdowns at last season’s spring game and now he’s playing quarterback at Cincinnati for former OSU defensive coordinator, and current Bearcats coach, Luke Fickell. So, temper your expectations on Dixon and the rest of the spring game standouts.Questions in the defensive backfieldOSU’s offense combined to complete 50-of-74 passes for 654 yards and seven touchdowns with 10-minute quarters and a running clock in the second half. Looking at those numbers from the perspective of the offense, co-offensive coordinators Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day should be ecstatic. But defensive coordinator Greg Schiano might be less than pleased. A bevy of receivers from each team was running open seemingly every time one of the four quarterbacks dropped back to pass. Five-star freshmen cornerbacks Shaun Wade and Jeffrey Okudah  along with redshirt sophomore cornerback Kendall Sheffield, a junior college transfer, will be counted on to make plays. “It was good to see the young corners kind of rebound — talking about Wade, Okudah, (Marcus) Williamson and Kendall Sheffield,” Meyer said. “They kind of started a little slow, but — I have to go back and watch the video — but I thought they finished the game pretty good.”Meyer noted, after the game, that the team has to work on certain areas.“Couple areas we’ve got to shore up, and I don’t think we’re nine strong, but I think we’re seven strong right now. And that’s pretty good in April to be that,” Meyer said.He declined to name the two units that need to improve, though it’s fair to assume the defensive backs, specifically the relatively inexperienced cornerbacks, must improve before OSU heads to Bloomington, Indiana on Aug. 31 for the Buckeyes’ season opener.No injuries, no problemIt’s impossible for a team to lose in the spring game on the scoreboard. But it is possible to lose a player to the spring game.The Buckeyes avoided this, suffering no major injuries Saturday afternoon. But they helped facilitate it in an unexpected way. The coaching staff decided to prevent players from tackling for the first five series.After the game, Meyer said OSU did this once before, in 2014, when the team was full of veterans.“It’s either you don’t play some guys or you kind of restrict the tackling and keep guys up. And I wanted them to experience the crowd and play and finish a good spring,” Meyer said.Prior to kickoff, players from each team gathered at the 50-yard line for the annual “circle drill” at midfield. Ramping up the intensity for that, then tampering it down for “thud tempo” — what Meyer called the two-hand touch period. To some players, it was a bit odd.“I’m ready to go play ball. Strap it up, let’s go to town,” Price said. read more

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Barnier not optimistic about avoiding nodeal Brexit and says deal cant be

first_img By Hayley Halpin EU CHIEF BREXIT negotiator Michel Barnier has said the bloc will not change the divorce deal agreed with Britain and that he is “not optimistic” of avoiding a no-deal outcome.Barnier said the most contentious element of the agreement, the so-called backstop mechanism aimed at keeping the Northern Irish border open in all circumstances, must remain.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who took power last month, has called for the provision to be scrapped in order to reach a new deal ahead of the country’s latest 31 October departure date.Johnson has said he was encouraged in his bid to axe the backstop by recent meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, who appeared to suggest an openness to alternatives.But writing in Britain’s Sunday Telegraph, Barnier said Brussels remained unconvinced after “intense discussions with EU member states on the need to guarantee the integrity of the EU’s Single Market, while keeping that border fully open”. “The backstop is the maximum amount of flexibility that the EU can offer to a non-member state,” he stated. Barnier ‘not optimistic’ about avoiding no-deal Brexit and says deal can’t be changed EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier made his comments in Britain’s Sunday Telegraph today. 17,461 Views 65 Comments EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier Share29 Tweet Email I am not optimistic about avoiding a ‘no deal’ scenario but I remain determined to explore all avenues that the UK government will present that are compatible with the withdrawal agreement.The EU negotiator also said discussions about alternatives to the backstop could not begin until Britain had approved the divorce deal struck with Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May late last year.It was subsequently rejected three times by British MPs, leading Brexit to be delayed to 31 October.“We are ready to start this work immediately upon ratification of the withdrawal agreement, in parallel to finally creating clarity on our future relationship,” Barnierstated.He added that if Britain left the EU without a deal it would be London’s decision.“Many people in the UK understand that and I would be surprised if they succumb to the idea that the EU is to blame for a difficult political situation in the UK.”AlternativesOn Friday, Tánaiste Simon Coveney called on the British government to recommend viable alternatives to the backstop to the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator as quickly as possible.Coveney met with British foreign secretary Dominic Raab on Friday. A spokesman for the Tánaiste said that he reiterated Ireland’s position on the withdrawal agreement and said the red lines agreed between the EU and UK were not negotiable.He also urged the British government to bring forward any viable alternatives to the backstop, which achieve the same goal of no hard border or related infrastructure on the island of Ireland, to EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier as quickly as possible.Yesterday, thousands of protesters rallied in dozens of British cities against Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament weeks before Brexit.Queen Elizabeth II gave her approval to Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament for several weeks on Wednesday. This instantly sparked widespread outrage, legal challenges and promises of resistance from parliamentarians.The move was widely seen as a way of limiting the time Johnson’s opponents have to organise against him.The main opposition Labour Party has said it is also considering a no-confidence vote in Johnson’s Conservative government, which commands a fragile 320 to 319 majority.Includes reporting by – © AFP 2019 Sunday 1 Sep 2019, 9:49 AMcenter_img Image: Wiktor Dabkowski via PA Images Sep 1st 2019, 9:49 AM https://jrnl.ie/4791190 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier Image: Wiktor Dabkowski via PA Imageslast_img read more

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