Heat claims a life in Gujarat

first_imgWith mercury hovering above 43 degree C in most of Gujarat, the State is witnessing intense heat wave conditions that have claimed one life and affected hundreds in Ahmedabad and other towns.One person died of heatstroke in Ahmedabad city on Monday while 518 cases of heatstroke, dehydration, fluctuations in blood pressure, anxiety were reported in hospitals across the State.Multiple complaintsAccording to the State emergency services, 2,368 persons have been affected by the excessive heat conditions since the beginning of May in Ahmedabad alone. “People are coming in to complain of dehydration, stroke, vomiting, chest and stomach pain and nose and ear bleeding,” a senior staff member for the emergency medical centre told The Hindu.“We are witnessing intense heat wave conditions with dry weather across the State, except for a few places in south Gujarat. Hundreds of patients are pouring in with heat-related illnesses,” a senior doctor of Ahmedabad civil hospital said.Another senior doctor from the city said the bulk of the patients were senior citizens, children and daily wage earners who were exposed to sun due to their work requirements.Orange alertThe Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has issued an orange alert as part of its heat action plan that has been prepared and implemented with the help of experts from the U.S.-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH), Gandhinagar.“We have alerted the citizens to take precautions, minimise exposure to sun between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and remain hydrated during the day,” a senior official of the civic body said. “As per the met department’s prediction, heat wave conditions will continue for another week in the State,” he said.Meanwhile, a sudden change in the wind pattern on Tuesday brought in humidity. “Owing to change in wind direction, the relative humidity has become quite high in the State. In coastal areas, it is around 70-80% while in inland parts, it was 70%,” said Jayanta Sarkar, senior meteorologist of Met office in Ahmedabad.last_img read more

10 killed as car carrying pilgrims falls into canal in Mathura

first_imgTen persons died after a car in which they were travelling in fell into a canal at Makera area here this morning, police said.The vehicle carrying pilgrims from Mehandipur Balaji temple lost control and fell into the Makera canal, SP (rural) Aditya Shukla said.Eight bodies have been fished out. Efforts are on to trace the remaining bodies, he said.We are probing the incident further, police said.last_img

Video of SP MLA’s communal appeal goes viral

first_imgIn a video that went viral on Monday, Nahid Hasan, SP MLA from Kairana, was heard making a communal appeal to Muslims to not buy goods from shopkeepers close to the BJP. “Buy your grocery from Jhijhana or Panipat [neighbouring towns]. If you take this pain for a month, these shopkeepers would understand your value. Their homes run because we buy goods from them. Still we have to suffer,” he was heard saying. He also described the administration as “BJP-minded.”Later, he clarified that he was speaking for the poor. “I was speaking for the vendors who were being forcibly removed from the market by the administration that is biased towards the BJP supporters,” he alleged. Panel set upThe Shamli police have taken cognisance of the video. Superintendent of Police Ajay Kumar said he had constituted an inquiry committee under Additional Superintendent of Police Rajesh Srivastava that would check the veracity of the video and the context of the appeal made by the MLA and submit its report in a day. “Following the orders of the district magistrate, we are undertaking an anti-encroachment drive in the town. We are removing squatters from the government land. It is not against vendors of any one community,” Mr. Srivastava told The Hindu. He said the administration was not taking any chances during the festival season in the communally sensitive city.last_img read more

Kelly wary of ‘legend’ Boku in return fight to ONE

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Kotetsu Boku is five years Kelly’s senior and has done what the Filipino hasn’tand that is to win the ONE World featherweight title.“Boku’s a legend, he’s a veteran fighter so come Saturday I’ll be wary of him,” said Kelly in Filipino Thursday at his hotel room in Holiday Inn. “Boku is a skillful fighter, but with his age he might tire faster than me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We all know that when you age, you get winded quicker unlike those younger fighters and I think my training regimen in Baguio will give me the advantage in stamina against Boku.”Kelly, though, has been dormant for the past year after losing Narantungalag Jadambaa and he’s eager to erase his previous disappointments once he takes on Boku (25-11-2). Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Eric Kelly talks to the media at his hotel room ahead of his ONE Championship fight against Kotetsu Boku on Saturday at Cotai Arena.MACAU—Eric Kelly has built himself an impressive mixed martial arts resume going 12-3 in his professional career and is often regarded as one of the most experienced Filipino fighters.And yet there is still someone who’s more seasoned than the 35-year-old from Baguio City.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Tara Borlain, Juan Baniqued eye fitting end to IronKids stint MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet His loss against Jadambaa was his second straight, third overall, and going up against Boku is a task Kelly does not take lightly.“Well I hope I can do my best against Boku, I’ve prepared for him well,” said Kelly who doesn’t train under one stable. “I want to prove that even though there are younger fighters than I am I can still proudly represent the Philippines in MMA.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Australia womens cricket captain to promote cricket in China

first_imgMumbai, Apr 11 (PTI) Meg Lanning, captain of the Australian womens cricket team that finished runner-up to the West Indies in the ICC World T20 Championship, is off to China to train with the countrys national team in Shanghai. Lannings visit is part of a joint Cricket Australia and International Cricket Council delegation to the April Australia Week in China, a Cricket Australia media release said today. “Lanning will join the Chinese national womens cricket team training camp in Shanghai, take part in a cricket clinic for Shanghai students, and attend the Australia Week in China gala lunch hosted by the Australian Government,” it said. Having narrowly missed out on qualifying for the recent ICC Womens World T20 held in India, China is considered a rising cricket-playing nation having a realistic chance to qualify for the Womens World T20 in 2018 and 2020. There are currently 80,000 cricket participants in China, approximately half of whom are female. In Shanghai ? where Meg will assist the national Chinese womens team training camp ? cricket is played in 18 of the citys 40 universities, the CA release stated. As recent evidence of the progress being made in the region, Chinese national player Wu Juan received a rookie contract with the Melbourne Stars in the inaugural Womens Big Bash T20 League (WBBL) organised in Australia, it added. “Im looking forward to visiting China and seeing the development of cricket there first-hand. Weve seen how quickly womens cricket has grown across the world ? and in particular Australia ? recently so its exciting to know the game is growing in China. “Hopefully well be facing up to the Chinese women at the 2018 or 2020 ICC World T20, which would be a massive boost for women?s cricket,” said Lanning who will be in China from April 13-17. ICCs Head of Global Development Tim Anderson, who will accompany Lanning on the trip, said, “China is one of the ICCs target markets in our vision to become the worlds favourite sport. In particular, we see the development of womens cricket and the engagement of government as two important elements to crickets growth in China.” PTI SSR GK SSC SSC BASadvertisementlast_img read more

Stewart Could Face Criminal Charge

first_imgTony Stewart could still face criminal charges for running down Kevin Ward Jr. with his sprint car, even if the three-time NASCAR champion didn’t mean to kill Ward, hurt him or even scare him.Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero, who announced on Aug. 12 that the investigation is continuing, has said that his initial findings have turned up nothing that would indicate criminal intent in the crash at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park.But legal experts agree that does not mean Stewart is in the clear.The NASCAR star could be charged with second-degree manslaughter under New York law if prosecutors believe he “recklessly caused the death of another person,” with negligent homicide another possibility, according to criminal law professor Corey Rayburn Yung of the Kansas University School of Law.“The question over whether someone was reckless is a factual one, and one a prosecutor might let a jury decide,” said Yung, who also posts at the Concurring Opinion blog.Athletes in competition often do things that would get the average person arrested — think two boxers in the ring, or a baserunner sliding into second with his spikes high.But sometimes an act is so far outside the bounds of accepted sporting behavior that it becomes a crime, as former major leaguer Jose Offerman learned when he was charged with felony assault for rushing the mound — swinging a bat — after he was hit by a pitch in a minor league game.So Stewart would not expect to be charged for the car-on-car bump that sent Ward spinning into the wall. But if, for example, he were to tell police that he saw Ward on the track and tried to shower him with dirt or otherwise send him a message, a first-degree manslaughter charge could be a possibility, Yung said.In a 1949 case that Yung uses in his class, midget car racer Joseph Sostilio was found guilty of manslaughter after he tried to squeeze a four foot-wide vehicle through a two-foot opening at 40 mph, crashing into another car and sending it into the one driven by Stephen D. Bishop. Bishop’s car flipped three times and he was killed.Sostilio’s conviction was upheld on appeal by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Noting that a violent or aggressive act on a football field or in a boxing ring is not necessarily a crime, Justice Henry Tilton Lummus wrote: “In the present case physical contact was not an essential part of the racing of automobiles.”That was a half-century ago, and racing has changed. Trading paint is a part of the sport, and it’s not even uncommon these days for racers to leave their cars to confront rivals after a crash, which Ward appeared to be doing when he was killed.“In sports we tend to allow all sorts of conduct we’d never allow in another circumstance,” Yung said. “But this isn’t a collision. It’s not in that ballpark; it’s something you don’t expect. This is a more complicated scenario. We’re assuming Stewart didn’t mean to do this, and yet a death resulted.”Whether Stewart’s actions were part of racing depends on what the police investigation finds. Unlike the cars Stewart drives on the NASCAR circuit, the sprint cars have no radios or instrument data recorders that could tell authorities exactly what was happening when Stewart hit Ward.Povero would not say how Stewart described the accident, but he said he has reviewed two videos and spoken to Stewart.“The worst thing that could happen for Stewart is if his story doesn’t seem to match other evidence,” Yung said. “Because then it might call into question his own story.”Povero’s previous comments that he found no criminal intent all but rules out the possibility of a first-degree murder charge, which would essentially require a confession that Stewart was trying to kill Ward.For second-degree murder, prosecutors would need to prove Stewart was reckless in combination with a “depraved indifference to human life.”“Mr. Stewart has fully cooperated with the police officers that are investigating,” Povero said in a news conference shortly after the race. “He was visibly shaken by this incident, and has promised his continuing cooperation in this investigation.”After the investigation is completed, Povero said, the evidence will be turned over to the district attorney as a matter of routine. Even if he is cleared by prosecutors, though, Stewart could face a civil suit.Although the standard of proof is lower than in a criminal case, the civil court would also consider Ward’s state of mind at the time of the accident and whether he was also negligent in venturing into racing traffic on a dark track in a dark suit.But Stewart would also have to weigh the damage to his image and career — with his own team, tracks and millions in endorsements — making a quick settlement likely.___By Jimmy Golen, AP Sports Writer. AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer contributed to this story.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Giannis’ 18 Points Led Bucks to Season-High 6th Consecutive Victory (Video)

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — BUCKS 102, TIMBERWOLVES 95Tony Snell scored 19 points while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 18 as the Bucks earned their season-high sixth consecutive victory.Milwaukee had seven players score in double figures. Matthew Dellavedova scored 16 points and Greg Monroe finished with 12.Karl-Anthony Towns had 35 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, which was coming off a victory against Golden State on Friday night. Ricky Rubio added 22.The Timberwolves got within two with just under three minutes remaining on a Rubio jumper but the Bucks held off the late challenge.SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Patty Mills had 21 points as the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 107-85 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night in a game short on star power to pull within a half-game of the NBA’s top record.The big showdown between the league’s top two teams turned into a huge letdown with both teams missing their star players.Already without Kevin Durant due to a knee injury, Golden State opted to rest Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala.The Spurs were expecting to be without Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Dejounte Murray due to injuries, but received a jolt when they were informed that LaMarcus Aldridge will be out indefinitely with a minor heart arrhythmia. Aldridge underwent tests Saturday and will have more Monday.Ian Clark had 36 points to lead Golden State, which has dropped three in a row and five of seven.WIZARDS 125, TRAIL BLAZERS 124, OTPORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — John Wall scored 39 points as the Wizards picked up a controversial road win.It looked as if Markieff Morris stepped out of bounds before making a go-ahead baseline jumper with 0.4 seconds left in overtime. The crowd at the Moda Center howled in protest and the players pointed to the video replay to no avail.Bradley Beal added 26 points for the Wizards, who have won five straight.CJ McCollum scored 34 points for Portland, which had won four in a row. Damian Lillard had 33.HEAT 104, RAPTORS 89MIAMI (AP) — Dion Waiters scored 20 points while Tyler Johnson added 16 as the Heat improved to 21-4 over their last 25 games.Goran Dragic scored 15 and Hassan Whiteside added 12 points and 14 rebounds for Miami.Dragic played only 41 seconds in the second half, leaving after taking an elbow from Toronto’s Cory Joseph. Dragic eventually returned to the bench with an icepack over his right eye, which appeared to be swollen nearly shut.DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points for the Raptors, who have lost 15 of their last 24 games. Toronto, still without injured All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry, managed only seven assists — an NBA low for any team this season — on 32 field goals.THUNDER 112, JAZZ 104OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 33 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds for his 32nd triple-double of the season, leading Oklahoma City to the victory.Westbrook broke a tie with Wilt Chamberlain (1967-68) for the second-most triple-doubles in a season. Oscar Robertson set the record of 41 in 1961-62.Victor Oladipo added 22 points to help the Thunder win for the third time in four regular-season meetings with the Jazz.Utah was without center Rudy Gobert and forward Derrick Favors because of leg soreness while Gordon Hayward played only 21 minutes, finishing with nine points — 13 below his average.PELICANS 125, HORNETS 122, OTCHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — Anthony Davis had 46 points and 21 rebounds as the Pelicans defeated the Hornets with DeMarcus Cousins sitting on the bench during crunch time.Davis had 15 points in the fourth quarter and nine more in overtime, including a three-point play on an offensive rebound to put the Pelicans ahead for good with 1:11 left. Davis finished 18 of 31 from the field and was 4 of 5 from 3-point range.Jordan Crawford had 19 points and Jrue Holiday added 15 points and 13 assists as the Pelicans improved to 3-6 since adding Cousins. But Cousins didn’t play a big role in the win. He didn’t play after picking up his fifth foul with 9:35 left in regulation.The Pelicans’ win offset an impressive night from Marvin Williams, who had a season-high 27 points to go along with 10 rebounds for Charlotte.CAVALIERS 116, MAGIC 104ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — LeBron James had 24 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds as Cleveland stopped a three-game losing streak.Kyrie Irving scored 22 points and Tristan Thompson added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Eastern Conference-leading Cavaliers, who had dropped four of five overall. The Magic played them close for much of the game, but couldn’t match shots with James and the defending NBA champions down the stretch.Orlando had four players score in double figures, but lost for the fourth time in five games. Nikola Vucevic had a team-high 20 points and 16 rebounds after missing the previous four games with a sore right Achilles.DALLAS (AP) — Devin Booker hit a 19-footer with 1.4 seconds left to lift Phoenix to the road win.Booker scored 25 of his 36 points in the second half. He scored the Suns’ final eight points, twice making tying baskets. After the Mavericks’ Wesley Matthews missed a 3-point attempt, Booker hit the winner.The Mavericks failed to get off a shot before time expired.Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points and 11 rebounds for Dallas. Harrison Barnes also scored 23 points for the Mavericks, making a career-high 13 free throws in 14 attempts.CLIPPERS 112, 76ERS 100LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Paul scored 30 points and DeAndre Jordan had 19 points and 20 rebounds, helping the Clippers to their fourth win in five games.Paul also had seven assists and Blake Griffin added 15 points and 10 rebounds.The Clippers trailed 79-75 after three quarters but opened the final period with a 10-0 run. Los Angeles has beaten Philadelphia in 10 of their last 11 meetings.Richaun Holmes led Philadelphia with 24 points and nine rebounds. Dario Saric added 16 points, and Jahlil Okafor had 14.The Sixers have lost four in a row and seven of eight overall.HAWKS 107, GRIZZLIES 90MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — Taurean Prince scored a career-high 17 points as the Hawks handed the Grizzlies their fifth straight loss.Prince had three of Atlanta’s 15 3-pointers. Paul Millsap had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks, and Dennis Schroder finished with 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.JaMychal Green led Memphis with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Mike Conley scored 16. Brandan Wright finished with 10 points.NUGGETS 105, KINGS 92SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — Jamal Murray scored 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter as Denver held on for the road win.Gary Harris had 24 points and Nikola Jokic added 20 points and 14 rebounds as the Nuggets beat the Kings for the second time in six days to even the season series.It also was Denver coach Mike Malone’s second straight win over his former team after going 0-4 against Sacramento.More importantly for Denver, the Nuggets increased their lead to two games over Portland for the final playoff spot in the West.Buddy Hield had 17 points for Sacramento, which lost its eighth straight. The Kings are 1-8 since trading All-Star DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans.PISTONS 112, KNICKS 92AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (AP) — Tobias Harris scored 23 of his 28 points in the first half, leading Detroit to the victory.The Pistons have had some issues with slow starts lately, but they raced out to an 18-point lead in the first quarter against New York. Harris finished the period with 11 points in what was an encouraging effort by Detroit, which was coming off an emotional win over Cleveland on Thursday night.The Pistons are 12-6 since the start of February and they’ve boosted their postseason hopes in the process.Andre Drummond had 24 points and 15 rebounds for Detroit while Reggie Jackson had 19 points and eight assists.Kristaps Porzingis scored 18 points for the Knicks, who had six players in double figures but lost for the fourth time in five games.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bonucci: Enough about Balotelli!

first_imgItaly ‘Enough about Balotelli!’ – Bonucci frustrated by focus on Italy striker after France defeat Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 07:14 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mario Balotelli Getty Images Italy Mario Balotelli France v Italy France Friendlies The Azzurri forward wasted a number of chances for Italy against France, but Bonucci defended the striker after a 3-1 loss Leonardo Bonucci says it is time to reduce the focus on Italy striker Mario Balotelli after the Azzurri fell to the first defeat of Roberto Mancini’s reign against France.Goals from Samuel Umtiti, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele earned Les Bleus a 3-1 win in Nice on Friday, Bonucci’s reply a mere consolation.Balotelli struck on his return from four years in international exile in Mancini’s maiden match in charge against Saudi Arabia, but only hit the target with two of his six shots at his home ground, Nice’s Allianz Riviera. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now And Bonucci, who captained Italy despite Mancini suggesting the armband could go to Balotelli, is fed up with the media’s focus on the former AC Milan and Manchester City forward.”Enough questions about Balotelli, enough!” Bonucci snapped at Rai Sport post-match. “He makes mistakes like everyone else, he scores goals like everyone else.”He is working hard, he has gained experience and came here with the right attitude, but enough talking about Balotelli. We are a team, we cannot put too much pressure on him or minimise the impact of all the other players.”France completely outplayed Italy and at times looked like running riot, but Mancini – who offered opportunities to newcomers Mattia Caldara, Rolando Mandragora and Domenico Berardi – sought positives after tasting defeat for the first time.”This can help to gain experience. Nobody likes to lose, ever, but there were moments where we had the chances to make it 2-2,” the Italy coach said to Rai Sport. “Naturally, there is a difference between us and France at the moment.”It was a totally different game to Saudi Arabia and the players did very well. Perhaps the most important thing is that the debutants did well and if we continue like this, in a year we’ll be at their level, or close to it.”At this moment, unfortunately, France are superior to us and have so many players available to them. We must work and learn to get close to them, but we’re on the right track.”@FrenchTeam score at least  goals Italy for theth time. Only Austria has also achieved this pic.twitter.com/RBX1qpdYvH— FIFA World Cup  (@FIFAWorldCup) June 1, 2018Bonucci agrees the future appears brighter for Italy, who failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.”This team has talent coming through and we can only get stronger,” the Milan defender said. “France have enthusiasm and youth, but also a lot of experience with players at top clubs challenging for major honours. I think they are one of the favourites for the World Cup.”last_img read more

Condolence Books Open for Edward Seaga

first_img Jamaicans residing overseas will also be able to pay their respects by signing condolence books, which will open at various overseas Missions. These include the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Gordon House, OPM (Western Jamaica office), the Jamaica Labour Party headquarters on Belmont Road, in Kingston, and all the Municipal Corporations. Story Highlights Condolence books are scheduled to open today (May 30), for former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, at several locations islandwide. Condolence books are scheduled to open today (May 30), for former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, at several locations islandwide.These include the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Gordon House, OPM (Western Jamaica office), the Jamaica Labour Party headquarters on Belmont Road, in Kingston, and all the Municipal Corporations.Jamaicans residing overseas will also be able to pay their respects by signing condolence books, which will open at various overseas Missions.Mr. Seaga, aged 89, died in a United States hospital on May 28. He was Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister, serving from October 1980 to February 1989.Through 43 years of unwavering service to the nation, the former Prime Minister played a fundamental role in shaping Jamaica’s post-Independence parliamentary landscape.Mr. Seaga was one of the founding fathers who framed the Jamaican Constitution in 1961.He initiated a rewrite of the Human Rights section of the Constitution to provide for a Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms; and created the office of Public Defender.The former Prime Minister was also a member of the first Parliament of independent Jamaica.Described as a prolific, transformational leader, he had the distinction of being the longest-serving Member of Parliament (MP) in the history of Jamaica and the Caribbean region. Mr. Seaga represented the constituency of West Kingston from 1962 until his retirement from active politics in 2005.last_img read more

More Nova Scotians Secure New Jobs

first_imgMore Nova Scotians than ever have found jobs under the province’seconomic growth strategy, Premier John Hamm said today, Jan. 9. According to today’s monthly employment report from StatisticsCanada, more than 7,000 new jobs were created in Nova Scotiaduring the last 12 months. The total number of working NovaScotians now stands at 439,500 for the month of December 2003 – an all-time high. “Despite the challenges of the last year, our government’s planfor growth and job creation through lower taxes is clearlyworking,” said Premier Hamm. “By growing the economy throughlower taxes, not only will more Nova Scotians find jobs, but NovaScotia will also have more money for the things people careabout, like health care and education.” Numerous independent private-sector forecasters, including theConference Board of Canada and the Atlantic Provinces EconomicCouncil, predicted economic growth and job creation in theprovince for 2003 and 2004. This was based in part on NovaScotia’s plan for lower taxes, a key part of Opportunities forProsperity, the economic growth strategy launched in the fall of2000. “Lower taxes help working families and they help build astronger, more prosperous Nova Scotia,” added the premier. During the summer of 2003, the government issued taxpayer refundsto more than 400,000 Nova Scotia taxpayers. Starting Jan. 1,2004, income tax rates were reduced by 10 per cent, making NovaScotia income tax rates the lowest east of Ontario. The lower-taxplan also removes 3,500 low-income Nova Scotians from theprovince’s tax rolls.last_img read more

Yukon jail hit with human rights complaint over access to Aboriginal programs

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhen Whitehorse’s new minimum security jail opened last year, programs for First Nations were said to be a top priority.Most inmates in the Yukon jail are Aboriginal and today the facility does have services in place.One inmate facing trial, however, has launched a human rights complaint against the jail alleging he has no access to Aboriginal programming.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has this story.last_img

Beside The Points For Thursday April 26 2018

Things That Caught My EyeDraft Day!It’s the first day of the NFL draft, meaning that enormous financial concerns are about to publicly gamble in prime time television, which is always pretty cool. Penn State’s Saquon Barkley is the top running back prospect in this year’s draft and will likely go very early in the evening. But a team betting on a workhorse running back isn’t always the sure bet it was once considered. From 2006 to 2015, there were only three running backs drafted in the top five, and to some extent they never really panned out for their teams. Since then, we’ve had the phenomenal Leonard Fournette and Ezekiel Elliott going each at 4th. Barkley could join them if he joins the Giants at No. 2 or Browns at No. 4. [FiveThirtyEight]‘The Blind Side’ is overIn the aftermath of “The Blind Side,” which extolled the virtues of the left tackle position and lead to a commensurate skyrocketing to the value of those players, teams appeared to undervalue guards compared to tackles. In the 32-team era, 62 tackles were drafted in the first round of the draft compared to 14 guards. That may be changing, since 2013 the total value of draft picks for left tackles has been essentially in free fall since the post-2006 highs. [FiveThirtyEight]Oldest sport adapts to new realitiesThe International Association of Athletics Federations, which governs the world of track and field, will implement new regulations regarding testosterone levels for elite female athletes. Most women have testosterone levels ranging from 0.12 to 1.79 nanomoles per liter, while most men have 7.7 to 29.4 nanomoles per liter. The regulations — which will undoubtably fuel controversy from literally every angle, and that’s okay — will impact women who have testosterone levels above 5.0 nanomoles per liter, and would require them to choose between hormone therapy, not competing internationally, or competing against men. [The New York Times]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Winnipeg, city of miseryA new calculation for the quantified metropolitan sports misery score that counts not only the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL but also the MLS and Canadian Football League puts the Canadian city of Winnipeg over perennial sports drought cities like Cincinnati and Buffalo to have the most yearning-for-a-win fans. [The 10 and 3]Tsunami of corruptionA draft report published Wednesday by the Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis follows up on earlier investigations from the BBC and BuzzFeed to find evidence of match-fixing in the sport, particularly at lower levels. The report found 20 unnamed high-level players who lost at least one suspicious match from 2005 to 2008. [BuzzFeed]World Cup getting called from statesideFox Sports is rolling out details about its play calling teams for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia. Given the lack of an American presence at the cup — the United States failed to qualify — Fox elected to pare back its footprint in Russia proper and will have only one of five announced crews actually in Russia. [World Soccer Talk, The Associated Press]Big Number(s)161.4Looking at a stat called five-year approximate value, the hoarde of valuable draft picks held by the Cleveland Browns is truly formidable. Overall, the Browns have a total draft expected value of 161.4, which is head and shoulders above their nearest competitors, the Bills (124.3), Colts (122.1) and Broncos (116.4). The Browns are poised for a guaranteed consequential couple of days, for better or for worse. [The Washington Post]Leaks from Slack: neil:MLB Now talking about 8 teams currently being on pace for 100+ losses…. wonder how that compares to other seasons via something more rigorous like Elo?natesilver:we have two teams projected for 100+, and 2 more for 99plus one at 97 and one at 95seems like a lot for this early in the seasonneil:TankFest ’18Predictions NBA See more NBA predictions All newsletters Oh, and don’t forgetThe past few weeks of the Overwatch League have been outstanding We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe read more

Surging Michigan up next for Ohio State in Big Ten Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS — After sneaking past Northwestern, 67-61, in overtime Friday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament, the Ohio State men’s basketball team will play Michigan on Saturday. The Buckeyes needed an Evan Turner buzzer-beater from just inside halfcourt to top the Wolverines in the 2010 tournament. With the No. 4-seeded Wolverines’ (20-12) 60-55 win against Illinois on Friday, Michigan coach John Beilein said his team is playing its best basketball late in the season. After a 1-6 start to Big Ten play, Michigan put together an 8-3 record down the stretch to finish 9-9 in conference play. The Wolverines were able to close the season strong because of improved play from their young players. Michigan starts two freshmen and one sophomore. That sophomore, guard Darius Morris, leads the Wolverines in scoring and assists with 15.1 and 6.8, respectively. That assist mark tops the Big Ten. OSU point guard Aaron Craft likely would be the primary defender of Morris. The freshman said he is looking forward to the opportunity. “Defense is something I’ve definitely taken pride in over the years,” he said. “I definitely enjoy the challenge.” Morris had 17 points and seven assists against Illinois. Freshman guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and redshirt freshman forward Jordan Morgan are next in scoring for the Wolverines, with 13.8 and 9.5 points per game, respectively. OSU freshman forward Jared Sullinger said he knows how he will approach the talented, young Michigan squad. “It’s the Big Ten,” he said. “This is where you’ve got to be physical, especially in the Big Ten Tournament.” The Buckeyes took home victories in both matchups with Michigan this season, with a 68-64 win Jan. 12 in Ann Arbor, Mich., and a 62-53 victory Feb. 3 at home. OSU junior guard William Buford topped all Buckeye scorers in the teams’ first meeting, with 19 points. Sullinger put up 19 of his own in the second meeting with the Wolverines, to go along with 15 rebounds. But, the Buckeyes are looking forward, not back. “We have a game tomorrow,” Sullinger said, “and that’s really where our focus is at.” Michigan would all but assure an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament with a victory against No. 1 OSU. If OSU shoots like it did against Northwestern, it may make that victory more likely. The Buckeyes tied a season low by connecting on just 32 percent of their shots from the floor against the Wildcats. “Hopefully we shoot the ball a little better tomorrow,” Matta said. Though shooting may be a concern, the fact that four players — Sullinger, Craft, senior guard Jon Diebler and fifth-year senior forward David Lighty — played 40 minutes or more against the Wildcats does not seem to be. “I don’t think it affects us at all,” Lighty said. “We’ve been through it before, last year and even the year before that. It’s just us coming out and continuing to do what we do.” The Buckeyes will face the Wolverines at 1:40 p.m. Saturday at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. read more

Sky News reporter covered in paint by Notting Hill Carnival revellers

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Sky News reporter Joe Tidy got more than he bargained for when he interviewed revellers live on the Notting Hill Carnival parade route.The journalist was speaking to carnival-goers early on Sunday morning, when he was splattered with paint.Tidy saw the funny side of the ambush, joking that he: “absolutely deserved this.”His excited interviewees then covered his face with blue paint and doused him in silly string, which he had to try to remove from his earpiece.last_img read more

RAF needs women because they have more emotional intelligence air chief says

first_imgWomen will make RAF fighting units stronger because of their “emotional intelligence”, its head of recruiting has said. On Friday it became the first military service to open all roles to both men and women, following the lifting of a Government ban on women in close combat roles.Women can now apply to join the RAF’s ground-fighting force, which is deployed to protect bases and airfields across the world, and has previously sustained casualties in Afghanistan.Group captain Wendy Rothery, head of RAF recruiting and selection, told the Daily Telegraph that the change would strengthen the force.”Combat is a very human thing,” she said. “Women bring a different perspective, a different style of leadership to men and we’ve seen that in other roles in the Royal Air Force that we’ve introduced women into. Emotional intelligence would be one aspect of that.” RAF Richard Langley, chief of staff of the protection force, said women would help units engage better with the local community, which could prevent attacks on bases. “Our job is to protect the Royal Air Force, that means getting out into the villages, and the streets, of where the local population around our airbases are, and preventing insurgents and terrorists from trying to launch attacks against our airbases. “That means actually connecting with the local population, really getting through with the hearts and minds,” he said, adding that female members would help relations in areas where local residents tend to be young families with many women and children.A former commander of British forces in Afghanistan said he was strongly opposed to the plans.Colonel Richard Kemp told the BBC that tough training would put too much strain on their bodies. There are 11 women who were waiting for the change to come into force before they could apply. Women currently make up 10 per cent of the RAF.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Yoshis Land for Wii U listed at Best Buy arrives December 31

first_imgEarly last week Nintendo suffered some embarrassment when it was discovered a Miiverse debug menu was accessible on the Wii U. A gamer known as Trike on neoGAF gained access simply by hovering over the Miiverse exit button and pressing “X.”The debug menu allowed him to see a prototype version of Miiverse, access admin accounts, and regenerate passwords, but it also revealed two new games for the Wii U. They are Yoshi’s Land and Soul Hackers.Little has been heard since then about whether those games actually exist, and if they do, how far into development they are. However, Best Buy and Future Shop have now both started listing Yoshi’s Land on their respective online stores and in so doing confirming the game’s existence.For the moment, Yoshi’s Land can be pre-ordered for $59.99 with the estimated release date being set at December 31. Clearly Nintendo wants to keep the sales momentum of the Wii U going after Christmas with a key game launch, and a new Yoshi title would certainly class as one such game. Unfortunately, there’s no details about the game in the description of either listing other than to confirm what we already expect: Yoshi in HD and a game that uses both your TV and the GamePad display.This leak by Best Buy may be frustrating for Nintendo, especially as it was Best Buy that leaked the Wii Mini early yesterday, but if the December 31 release date is real then marketing for the game has to begin soon anyway. Best Buy just gave them a head start and probably got a lot of Nintendo fans very excited about an imminent new Yoshi game being released.via Eurogamerlast_img read more

How Powerless Sets the Tone for the Ordinary in a Heroic Universe

first_imgStay on target The room is large and bright, and not just because lights were plastered around. The walls are a steely brand of off white. The desks are crisp and clean, dotted with photos, computers, and random knick-knacks, including one desk with a Joker card displayed prominently. Off to one side is a small lab filled with 3D printers and other equipment. Next to that is a large black office with its own private bathroom. On the wall is a large picture of Alan Tudyk in a suit, and it’s probably the place’s most amusing feature.The set of Powerless looks like every early stage start-up, minus the crew with headsets bustling about and the elevator that goes nowhere. As Teddy (Danny Pudi) and Ron (Ron Funches) argue with Emily (Vanessa Hudgens) and Jackie (Christina Kirk) about whether somebody named Tony the Hot Dog guy is funny or creepy, a guy on a hoverboard floats by dropping off mail. There are multiple inspirational messages sketched out on the floor in electric tape, musings to make employees work harder (“teamwork makes the dream work”). On the wall, it says “change the world” but according to Tudyk, who plays Bruce Wayne’s less interesting cousin Van Wayne, it came with the office, so who cares really.The intricately styled stage sets the scene for Emily’s introduction to the world of Wayne Security and of Charm City, which is filled with people trying to live their daily lives without getting interrupted by a supervillain attack. The company is staffed with jaded employees with little creativity to invent preventive gadgets in a world filled with superheroes. The company has the potential to be something great. It has all the pieces. However, there’s something only half done about it. It looks like a start-up because it’s basically a failing one. By the time we enter Wayne Security in the pilot, it’s about to shut down.But that’s not a problem for Emily.“Emily’s very positive and very optimistic,” Hudgens said during a roundtable interview on the set. “She truly believes she can change the world and she wants to, and she wants to motivate people to do the same. But obviously, being around superheroes and supervillains and getting used to the damage they cause… and getting used to having the worst boss ever… it definitely is taxing on Emily, but she stays chipper.Powerless takes place in Charm City, which showrunner Patrick Schumaker says is like the DC universe’s Cleveland, although writer Sabrina Jalees says it also has a New Jersey vibe. Basically, it’s a nothing city–not large enough to be Metropolis or Gotham, and not boasting any big superhero names, but big enough that a girl from a small town (which the show calls a “flyover state” because of all the superheroes that never stop there) could strive to. They have Crimson Fox and, according to Schumaker, others that are “a little pissy” that they’re the B-team. When we meet the main cast, they also feel that way.Van specifically wants to get out as soon as possible. What we learn is that he looks up to his cousin Bruce, but a little too much, and without looking to put in any of the efforts.“He wants to go to Gotham, that’s where he wants to climb the ladder…he doesn’t want to do anything,” said Tudyk about Van. “He just wants to be asked to be there. He’s a Wayne. But he doesn’t work.”The people behind the show are a different story. The actors differ in how they relate to the DC universe (some are comic book fans, and some only know it from films), but all are excited to see what becomes of their characters.Evans Vestal Ward/Warner Bros/NBCPudi and Funches specifically, who are long time nerds, smiled when they talked about certain geeky topics. A batarang plays a role in one of the later episodes, for example, and both talked about getting to hold it. In another, Tudyk puts on a Robin costume.Even just rattling off names of things from the DC universe is amusing.“Flash was one of my favorites as a kid,” Pudi said, “Just being able to say ‘The Flash’ on television is exciting.”Don’t expect to see the Flash, or any of the other Justice League members for that matter, in any of the episodes. The point of Powerless is that Charm City is B-tier. There will be some Justice League Europe references and some visits from Atlantean businessmen. Schumaker said that the show has been a part of long discussions with DC about which characters to use, so the Justice League is a no-go, but the Global Guardians are fair game.“We want to make sure that we’re not trying to promise or over deliver characters here,” Pudi said. “Because I think then it becomes about the superheroes and that world more than it does about the office here.”What the viewers will get: Wayne Security, the mention of Bruce Wayne, vague glimpses of Batman’s stuff. The Wayne name is “brand recognition,” according to Schumaker. “It would be a touchstone for people who weren’t so hardcore in DC mythology,” he explained. This is why the plot was dramatically changed from its original incarnation, where everybody worked at an insurance agency.“We kind of hit a wall,” Schumaker explained. “Nobody on the staff understood the world of insurance. When the turnover happened, and we were asked to take over, we decided to do something that would more organically bring in the genre elements.”Evans Vestal Ward/NBCOnly the pilot episode was available to press before the premiere, but Jalees says that the showrunners are letting the writers tell their own human stories. One episode shows how an increase in villainy can make women feel uncomfortable without even phasing men and it draws on Jalees’ experiences in a post-Trump society.“Now more than ever, with the title being Powerless and the idea that we can all relate to having zero say or influence in these huge overarching things that have huge consequences to our lives and the best, and only thing we can do, is to lean on each other…and try to make the day-to-day better,” she said.Superheroes in this universe are the equivalent of athletes, politicians, or celebrities. They’re out of reach and doing their own things that can have an effect on the everyday people that occupy the same space. So viewers won’t be seeing a lot of them when watching Powerless. However, they’ll be seeing excited and knowledgeable actors, writers, and producers playing around in the DC world, along with the casualties that go along with that (including maybe dating henchmen)“It’s not about who’s the supervillain they have to kill this week,” Hudgens said. “It’s like, what paperwork do we need to finish, and who’s trying to mess everything up?”Powerless premieres Thursday, Feb. 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC. The ‘Powerless’ Pilot Begs the Question: Where Do We Go From Here?Alan Tudyk is the nerd-of-all-trades last_img read more

Seahawks Marsh wants stolen Magic card collection back

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Seahawks linebacker Cassius Marsh is pleading for the person who stole his valuable collection of “Magic: The Gathering” cards to return it.Marsh tells The Seattle Times the collection is valued at $20,000 to $25,000. He says he was at a nightclub in downtown Seattle on Tuesday night when someone smashed his car window and stole two backpacks. His card collection was in one and his team-issued iPad was in the other.“Magic: The Gathering” is a popular fantasy trading card game. Marsh tells The Seattle Times that he’s “a nerd, for sure” and that playing the game helps him relax.He has offered a pair of free tickets to Seattle’s next home game to anyone who returns the cards.last_img read more

EOCF seeks Early Learning Champions

first_imgVancouver – Friends of Education Opportunities for Children and Families is seeking nominations for “Early Learning Champions,” the organization announced in a news release.The group will hold its sixth annual Early Learning Champions Awards Luncheon at noon May 10 at Club Green Meadows in Vancouver. There, it will honor award recipients chosen for their “investment of time, talent and treasure” in programs supporting education for children from birth to age 5.Nominations are due by March 31. Seven people will be recognized in seven categories. Nominations can be made at surveymonkey.com/r/8SMYXZ3 or can be requested on paper at earlylearningchampions@eocfwa.org or 360-567-2701.last_img read more

Genoa aims for a victory today

first_imgThe team’s manager Davide Ballardini says that the match against Sassuolo will be exceptional and he’s trying to overcome any obstacle to get a winGenoa started their season with a good 2-1 victory against Empoli last season.And manager Davide Ballardini wants to continue on the winning patch when his team plays against Sassuolo today.But Sassuolo has not been defeated in two matches played so far in the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A season.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“It is not easy to play against teams that have a smart trequartista in the side, like Empoli or Sassuolo,” he told Football Italia.“You need to stay tight and take it in turns to close him down, possibly with a central midfielder dropping deep. It’s important to play as a team, focused on both attacking and defending together.”“The win against Empoli was satisfying and we feel the fans have confidence in us, but it’s just the beginning. Kouame and Piatek are extraordinarily interesting, while Gianluca Lapadula never holds back and gives such a big contribution to the team,” he added.“It is a strong club that maintained the team’s identity with players who have been there for many years. That makes them a pleasing and rare exception in Italian football.”last_img read more