UK prepares to deploy army, raises threat level to maximum

first_img(EDS: updating with more information)By Aditi KhannaLondon, May 24 (PTI) British Prime Minister Theresa May said the UK has raised the threat level to maximum and the government was preparing to send soldiers on to streets as a second terror attack may be imminent after the Manchester pop concert bombing.May raised the threat level from severe to critical for the first time since 2007, saying the decision was taken after security forces were unable to rule out if Salman Abedi, the British-born suspect behind Mondays suicide bombing at the concert in Manchester city that killed 22 people, acted alone.The raising of the threat level mean further attacks may be imminent. The move will see the Army deployed to secure key sites.”It is a possibility that we cannot ignore, that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack,” May said in a live address late last night after she chaired a meeting of the governments emergency response Cobra committee.She said: “The change in the threat level means that there will be additional resources and support made available to the police as they work to keep us all safe”.”As a result of (the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centres) decision the police have asked for authorisation from the Secretary of State for Defence to deploy a number of armed military personnel in support of their armed officers.”She said the request was part of an established plan known as Operation Temperer. “This means that armed police officers responsible for duties such as guarding key sites will be replaced by members of the armed forces, which will allow the police to significantly increase the number of armed officers on patrol in key locations.”advertisementIt is the first time that the operation, which was first revealed in 2015, has been put into effect. Up to 5,000 soldiers will be deployed on Britains streets as a result of the move.”You might also see military personnel deployed at certain events such as concerts and sports matches, helping the police to keep the public safe. In all circumstances, members of the armed forces who are deployed in this way will be under the command of police officers,” she said.May said she did not want the public to feel “unduly alarmed” but said it was a “proportionate and sensible response”.Her statement came after the 22-year-old Libyan- origin Abedi was identified as the perpetrator behind the attack at a concert of American pop star Ariana Grande. Among those killed and wounded were children and young people.The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the bombing and warned of more such attacks.Intelligence experts believe the device detonated at the concert was so sophisticated that Abedi must have either been given specialist training abroad or he may have used a bomb made by a technician who has not yet been captured.The highest threat level, which is decided by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has only been reached twice before.The first time the threat level was raised to critical was in 2006 during a major operation to stop a plot to blow up transatlantic airliners with liquid bombs.It was raised again the following year as security officials hunted for the men who had tried to bomb a London nightclub, before going on to attack Glasgow Airport. PTI AK AJR ABHlast_img

FIFA reveals secrets of World Cup draw to avoid foul play

first_imgGlobal football governing body FIFA has revealed plans for the Russia 2018 World Cup draw, to be held on Friday at the Kremlin.Russian journalist Maria Komandnaya will present the event with the help of Uruguayan football legend Diego Forlan, reports Efe.Forlan stated that the expectations of the draw are very high as “Everybody wants to know — the fans, the people want to know, where to book hotels and plane tickets.”Yet, Forlan denied that the draw is decisive as to who will advance in the tournament. He recalled that in the previous World Cup, Uruguay went to the same group as England and that Costa Rica was in the same group as Italy.Welcome to Russia ahead of the #WorldCupDraw!????@neymarjr congratulates Iran in Farsi????@lewy_official sends greetings to Egypt in Arabic????@ToniKroos wishes @England a warm welcome32 players welcoming 32 teams ??? #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) November 30, 2017Nonetheless, it was the Uruguayans and Costa Ricans who surprisingly qualified for the round of 16.FIFA has already distributed the 32 teams in four pots, with each pot including eight teams based on their FIFA ranking.During the Friday draw, eight teams per pot will be divided down into smaller four team groups. After the draw, there will then be a total of eight groups, with four teams per group.Ahead of tomorrow’s #WorldCupDraw, we’ve got all the information you need to prepare, all in one place??? #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) November 30, 2017Since Russia is the host country, it is the only team to already know its place in the draw; the first team of Group A.advertisementFIFA decided that no group can have more than one team per confederation, with the exception being Europe, since there are 14 European teams qualified for the World Cup. However, there will be only one or two European teams in each group.Also, second-tier CONMEBOL teams like Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay will not be in the same group as first-tier Argentina and Brazil.The draw itself will last for half an hour and the rest of the ceremony will be musical performances by Russian singer Alsou and Portuguese-American guitarist Nuno Betancourt.The ceremony will also review all the World Cups and football stars throughout the history of FIFA.FIFA president Gianni Infantino will say a few words during the ceremony, while the attendance of Russian president Vladimir Putin has yet to be confirmed.MEET THE FINALISTS: We’ve created interactive profiles on every #WorldCup side. Study up before Friday’s #WorldCupDraw!All 3?2? team guides, right here ??? #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) November 29, 2017last_img

Ankita Raina stuns former US Open champion Samantha Stosur

first_imgIndia’s top women’s singles player Ankita Raina shocked former US Open champion Samantha Stosur for the biggest win of her career, progressing to the second round of Kunping Open in Anning on Wednesday.The Indian, an Asian Games bronze medallist, shocked the fancied Australian 7-5 2-6 6-5 in a gruelling two hours and fifty minutes battle at the WTA 125K event.This is the second time the two faced off, with Stosur winning their last encounter in straight sets.The 26-year-old Indian struggled to hold her and managed only three aces throughout the match compared to Stosur, who smashed seven aces. However, the world no 77 made more errors — 18 double faults — compared to Ankita’s six.She will face Kai-Lin Zhang of China in the second round.Raina, ranked 178, had finished runner up at the USD 60,000 ITF event in Istanbul earlier this month. Last year, she became only the third Indian woman tennis player after Sania Mirza and Nirupama Vaidyanathan to breach the top-200 rankings in singles.Stosur had won the 2011 US Open defeating Serena Williams in the final. She is a former world No. 1 in doubles and has won six other grand slam titles, including 2005 US Open, 2006 French Open, and 2019 Australian Open women’s doubles events, and the 2005 Australian Open, 2008 Wimbledon Championships and 2014 Wimbledon Championships mixed doubles events.Also Read | Fognini lands maiden Masters title in Monte Carlolast_img

TFA Elite Coach Course Pilot

first_imgTFA is hosting a pilot for the Elite Coach Course in Brisbane on Saturday, 23 January and Sunday, 24 January 2016. The course is for those who have completed the Talent Coaching Course at least 12 months prior.                                  Topics to be covered include:1.      Coaching Processes (including DISC profiling)2.      Team Dynamics3.      Skill Development – Movement, Ball, Rollball and Rucking4.      Attack Skills and Strategies5.      Defence Skills and Strategies6.      Athletic Performance7.      Coach Intervention and Game Analysis8.      Elite Game Plan9.      Athlete Management, TID and Selection10.    Coach Professional11.    Elite Game Concepts and StrategiesParticipants are required to complete the ASC Intermediate General Principles worksheets and submit prior to the course – the resources for this will be provided upon receipt of registration. The course cost is $319 including GST. This includes all materials, DISC profiling, venue, accreditation, access to Elite Coaching Resources online, and lunch on both days. Numbers are limited.If you previously completed the Level 2 course, please contact as you will not need to complete the Elite course in full.                                                         To register please complete the following link:  If you require further information please contact TFA Sport Resources Manager Related LinksElite Coach Courselast_img

Mick Cronin May Have Hit On Ashley Judd On Twitter

first_imgMick Cronin with his mouth wide open while wearing a red tie.HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – FEBRUARY 25: Head coach Mick Cronin of the Cincinnati Bearcats reacts against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at BB&T Arena on February 25, 2018 in Highland Heights, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Yesterday, actress and Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd took to Facebook to apologize to Cincinnati’s Octavius Ellis on behalf of her fellow Wildcat fans for the offensive and racist remarks sent to him following the teams’ Round of 32 game. Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin was quick to accept Judd’s apology via Twitter, but he also added an interesting little note at the end of his second tweet.Thank U to @ashleyjudd for her kind words for Octavious. Te’ is a “Great”young man to those of us that actually know him.— Mick Cronin (@CoachCroninUC) March 24, 2015My advice to Ms Judd..Ignore ignorance…And I’m divorced as well (just sayin)— Mick Cronin (@CoachCroninUC) March 24, 2015Was Cronin trying to relate to Judd, or was the Bearcats’ coach hitting on her? We can’t be totally sure, but Cincinnati and Lexington are only about 83 miles apart…last_img

Cardiff announce £15m club record signing of Sala

first_imgCardiff City have confirmed the signing of Nantes’ Argentine striker Emiliano Sala in a club-record deal.Sala, 28, has come to prominence this season thanks to his fantastic scoring record in France’s Ligue 1.He has smashed 12 goals in just 16 starts for his club in 2018-19, a mark that puts him fifth in the league’s list of top scorers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And now he will try his luck in the Premier League after Cardiff swooped in a deal believed to be worth roughly£15 million ($19m).”Cardiff City Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Emiliano Sala from FC Nantes, for an undisclosed club record fee, subject to international clearance,” the club announced on their official website.”The 28-year old has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Cardiff City Stadium, that will take us up to summer 2022.”Sala told the club’s official website: “I’m very happy to be here. It gives me great pleasure and I can’t wait to start training, meet my new team-mates and get down to work.”For me it feels special [to be the club’s record signing]. I have come here wanting to work and to help my team-mates and the club. I can’t wait to get to work straight away and do everything I can.”#CardiffCity is delighted to announce the Club-record signing of @EmilianoSala1, subject to international clearance.👉 #CityAsOne 🔵⚽️🔵⚽️— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) 19 de enero de 2019Cardiff CEO Ken Choo also expressed his delight at closing the deal, with the hope that Sala will give the Bluebirds the attacking potency they have sorely lacked so far this season as they battle relegation.”It’s obviously been a long process to secure the services of Emiliano, but I’m very pleased that we’re now in a position whereby we can confirm his signature and officially announce him as a Cardiff City player,” Choo noted.”I’d like to thank those involved for making the signing happen, especially Tan Sri Vincent and the rest of the transfer committee.”We see Emiliano as a significant acquisition and welcome him wholeheartedly to the capital city of Wales. I’m sure all Cardiff City fans will join me in that and we can look forward to seeing our record signing in a Bluebirds shirt.”Sala, a native of Santa Fe province, joined Bordeaux in France while still a teenager and enjoyed loan spells at Orleans and Niort before breaking into the first team at the Ligue 1 club during the 2014-15 season.The Argentine failed to claim a regular spot in the starting line-up, however, and was loaned once more, this time to Caen, before Nantes swooped to complete a permanent transfer in the summer of 2015.He has gone on to net 48 goals in his three seasons at the club, becoming a fans’ favourite in the city thanks to his performances.last_img

Gautam Gambhir on MS Dhoni’s future in international cricket: Necessary to take practical decisions

first_imgGautam Gambhir on MS Dhoni’s future in international cricket: Necessary to take practical decisionsIndia tour of West Indies 2019: All eyes are on India’s senior selection committee meeting scheduled for this weekend as it remains to be seen if MS Dhoni will be considered for the T20I and ODI series, starting August 3.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 18, 2019UPDATED: July 18, 2019 21:54 IST Will MS Dhoni travel to the West Indies? (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGambhir said India should focus on giving youngsters opportunities before the next World CupSpeculations are rife about MS Dhoni’s international future after India’s World Cup exitIt remains to be seen if MS Dhoni will be part of India’s squad for West Indies tourFormer India opener Gautam Gambhir has said it’s important to be practical than emotional when it comes to taking a call on the future of MS Dhoni’s international cricket. Gambhir pointed out that MS Dhoni, during his time as captain, always wanted to look into the future and gave youngsters a lot of opportunties.Gambhir’s comments come even as speculations are rife about Dhoni’s future in international cricket. Dhoni, 38, played his last 50-over World Cup match in England earlier this month when India were knocked out of the tournament in the semi-final by New Zealand.Dhoni’s strike rate had been a cause of concern for Team India during the World Cup. Dhoni hit 273 runs from 9 matches at a strike rate of 87.78 but his inability to keep the scoreboard moving right from the word go was questioned.”It’s important to look into the future. And when Dhoni was the captain, he invested in the future. I remember Dhoni saying in Australia that me, Sachin and Sehwag can’t play the CB series [in Australia] together as the grounds were big. He thought young players were needed for the next World Cup. It’s necessary to take practical decisions than being emotional,” Gautam Gambhir told TV9 Bharatvarsh.Gambhir added that India have a good chance to try out youngsters at the wicketkeeper’s position and focus on building a strong team for the 2023 World Cup. The former batsman pointed out that the likes of Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson can be tried out at different phases in the lead up to the next World Cup.advertisementIndia have a chance to give youngsters opportunities: GambhirRishabh Pant is being looked at Dhoni’s sucessor. The 21-year-old represented India at World Cup 2019 after being called in as Shikhar Dhawan’s replacement.”And India now have an chance to give opportunities to youngsters. Be it Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan or any other wicketkeeper, whoever is believed to have the potential should be made the wicket-keeper. Give him chances for one and half-years and if he doesn’t perform, then others should be tried out as well. Then one would get to know who the keeper for the next World Cup is,” Gambhir added.Meanwhile, all eyes are on India’s senior selection committee meeting which has been postponed to the weekend as Dhoni’s selection for the West Indies tour, starting August 3 is going to be discussed. Speculations are rife that Dhoni may not go to the West Indies for the limited-overs series, consisting 3 T20Is and as many ODIs.Also Read | India squad selection meeting for West Indies tour postponedAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan picks up bat for the 1st time after finger injury at World CupAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Gautam GambhirFollow India cricket teamFollow India tour of West Indies 2019last_img

Petting Kangaroos and Sustainable Booze: The Best of Adelaide, Australia

first_img All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux Editors’ Recommendations 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention Sure, Australia has Sydney and Bondi and Melbourne, but if you’re looking to explore a more homey side to the Down Under, visit the sweet city of Adelaide and its modern bars, stunning beaches, and kangaroo-packed hills. Here are the best restaurants, barbers, booze spots, and local hangs in the capital of South Australia.AttractionsCleland Wildlife ParkYou may have seen a kangaroo, wombat, or wallaby caged in a zoo, but did you pet them? Feed them from your hand? Cleland Wildlife Park is a zoo without bars where you can go up to wild Australian animals and scratch their heads or give them a nibble of feed. (Obviously, if they growl or are resting in a corner, back the hell off.) A quick 20 minutes up the winding Mount Lofty Summit Road in the Adelaide Hills and you’ll be inches away from baby joeys. Spend the afternoon strolling the park, followed by a hike to Mt. Lofty Summit.Cleland Wildlife Park/FacebookRestaurantsJamfaceAn eclectic and homey mini-eatery located in the maze of Adelaide’s Central Market (the best place to get lost for the day), Jamface is the passion project of Poh Ling Yeow, a Malaysian-born Australian artist and runner-up in Master Chef Australia. A heaven-sent for brekkie (breakfast), coffee, and lunch, we suggest the Scandi, a beaut of a dish using gorgeous Ora King Smoked Salmon, two poached eggs, horseradish sour cream, pickle fresh, dill red onion, caper relish, and radish on rye toast. Bonus: The coffee is rich and all sweets are made from scratch.Oyster BarAlthough there are multiple locations around the city, head to Oyster Bar’s indoor/outdoor location overlooking Glenelg’s Marina Pier. Here you can sip Prosecco to views of luxury yachts, sailboats, and the ocean. And hold your horses before ordering a plate of oysters (duh, Oyster Bar), because the real shucking magic is the salt and pepper squid. This is a popular dish in Adelaide, given its proximity to fresh seafood. Worlds apart from the chewy, rubber-band squid of the U.S., Oyster Bar’s squid (dipped in rich aioli) melts in your mouth. OK, OK, order oysters as well, since these mollusks are sourced from the best oyster farms in Coffin Bay. (On a related note, if you don’t know how to shuck an oyster, here’s how).Images Courtesy of the Oyster BarBarsMaybe MaeIf a bar is in a basement, you know it’s gonna be good. Located in a moody basement tunnel between Peel and Leight Street in Adelaide’s West End, Maybe Mae offers sustainable craft cocktails in emerald leather booths and Prohibition-era gold lighting. The drinks are brilliantly balanced with classic spirits and bright herbs, such as the Eastside Seventy-Five made of London gin, Champagne, mint, lemon, and cucumber, and then Bill Murray-mixed with Japanese whiskey (“for a relaxing time…”), apricot brandy, mint, lemon, and froth. Honestly, there wasn’t one drink on the menu we’d say no to.The Bibliotheca Bar & Book ExchangeFinally! A bar for the introvert and book nerd (who may have gotten a few dirty looks when they brought a homemade Manhattan to the library). Like to drink great drinks and read great books? The Bibliotheca Bar in Adelaide’s Central Business District is a quaint, European-style bar that welcomes both. Bring a book to exchange for another on one of the many bookshelves, order a Rosemary’s Child (clean stirred bourbon smoked in rosemary), and enjoy under library-inspired, green-hooded brass reading lamps. With frequent and often literary-inspired changes to the menu, The Bibliotheca also keeps the traditional Old Fashioned, Negroni, etc., so you can read and drink the classics.The Bibliotheca Bar & Book Exchange/FacebookBarbersThe Men’s RoomAccurately named, The Men’s Room holds shop in central Adelaide, offering men in need of a slick cut, style, or trim a place to kick their feet up in an authentic barber’s chair and talk footy, power tools, booze, and where to get the best meat pies. Guarded by the famous Lenny, a British bulldog, only blokes are allowed in this rugged, expertly decorated grooming spot. Enjoy an espresso, marvel at the dark wood floors, and ask for a Classic or Clipper Cut.Coffee JointsPlease Say PleaseA coat-closet of a space, Please Say Please makes up for its size by brewing phenomenally rich and sweet beans with the perfect edge of bitterness. The super nice baristas don’t mind if you’re jetting in for a quick black on-the-go or in the mood to chit-chat. They’re happy to oblige (after all, they’ve been drinking the elixir all a.m.). Ordinarily we order a small black coffee, but Please Say Please called for a creamy latte and  macaron — they change flavors every week. On the following visit, we reverted to read more

Hafnia Acquires 2015Built MR2 Duo Signs USD 473 Mn Loan

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Hafnia Product tanker owner and operator Hafnia has acquired two 2015-built medium range product tankers from Gestion Maritime.In addition to the vessel acquisition announcement, the company also revealed the signing of a new revolving credit facility as well the sale of an older product tanker.The acquired vessels are the StenaWeco Andrea Corrado and StenaWeco Caterina Corrado, which were built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard. Hafnia said the duo is expected to be delivered by October/November 2019.At the same time, the company sold its 2004-built Hafnia Atlantic to an undisclosed buyer. The vessel was sold on August 30 and delivered on September 11. Hafnia said the vessel sale was part of the company’s broader fleet renewal strategy.What is more, the company signed a USD 473 million senior secured term loan and revolving credit facility this month to refinance its existing USD 360 million facility and USD 236 million facility, maturing in 2023 and 2022 respectively.This refinancing was raised from ten banks from Europe and Asia, with an interest margin of 1.60%, seven-year tenor and 17-year age-adjusted profile.The security package includes 33 vessels consisting of two long range product tankers, 17 medium range product tankers and 13 handy vessels.“This refinancing demonstrates Hafnia’s ability to tap upon highly competitive capital which will extend our maturity profile, lower our cost of debt and improve liquidity,” Perry van Echtelt, Hafnia’s Chief Financial Officer, said.last_img

New Bike Legislation Comes Into Effect

first_imgNova Scotia roads will be safer for cyclists and motor vehicles with new sharing-the-road legislation that comes into effect today, June 1. “There are many benefits to all Nova Scotians from active transportation,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This legislation puts into law good practices that need to be followed by both cyclists and motor vehicle drivers.” The legislation requires that drivers leave at least one metre of space when passing a cyclist, and that cyclists travel in single file. If it is safe to do so, motorists are allowed to cross a yellow line to give a cyclist the necessary one metre of space. Cyclists are required to stay to the right of a lane as long as it is safe to do so. For more information on the legislation, visit

Health Canada warns diabetics some insulin pumps at risk for cyberattacks

first_imgHealth Canada is warning diabetics and health-care providers that some insulin pumps could be susceptible to cyberattacks.The health agency released a statement Saturday that says the affected models distributed between 2010 and 2015 are at risk.The statement says 2,620 of Medtronic MiniMed 508 and MiniMed Paradigm pumps have been sold in Canada.Health Canada says there are no concerns with how the device functions, but they are vulnerable to attacks that could affect operations.The agency says cyberattacks could affect the device’s settings which could result in an incorrect dose of insulin, but the agency is not aware of such incidents occurring.Diabetics with affected pumps are being asked to continue using the devices as the risk for attacks is low, but they should contact their health-care provider about switching to a newer model that has increased cybersecurity protection.According to Health Canada, the device manufacturer, Medtronic, says the settings can be changed if the cyberattacker knows the serial number of the pump and can connect wirelessly or if they have radio frequency equipment.The Food and Drug Administration also issued an alert on Thursday about the pumps sold in the U.S.Metronic says they were alerted to the cyberattack risks from external security researchers.The Canadian Presslast_img

Construction to go ahead on Site C dam but cost soars to

first_imgVICTORIA – The B.C. government had no choice but to complete the Site C hydroelectric dam rather than absorb a $4 billion hit to its bottom line by cancelling the project, which would have jeopardized plans for more spending on schools, hospitals and bridges, Premier John Horgan said Monday.The price tag for Site C is rising, with the $8.3 billion dam on the Peace River in northeast B.C. now estimated to cost $10.7 billion.The government estimated the $4 billion cost of terminating Site C would amount to $860 for each B.C. resident. Horgan said he could not ask people to take on such a debt and get nothing in return.The province also risked a credit downgrade and debt-servicing costs of up to $150 million annually if the project was cancelled. It could also mean a one time, 12 per cent rate hike that would last for a decade, Horgan said.“We have listened,” said Horgan. “We have deliberated and we have debated and at the end of the day we have come to the conclusion that although Site C is not the project we would have favoured, and it’s not the project we would have started, it must be completed to meet the objectives of our government.”The decision on the project’s future is one of the first major challenges the minority NDP government has faced since it came to power this summer.Site C has been at the centre of a polarized debate between politicians, environmentalists, First Nations, labour groups and landowners in the Peace River Valley.Horgan said he has met with Indigenous groups, construction workers, environmental activists and residents about Site C.“I can say without hesitation this is a very very divisive issue,” said Horgan, adding he and his wife have argued about the dam.The decision to complete Site C, which has been under construction for more than two years, caused intense debate in his caucus and cabinet, he said.The $4 billion cost of cancelling the project could fund 66 secondary schools or 11 hospital projects, 12 highway improvements or three bridges in Metro Vancouver, Horgan said.Former premier Christy Clark gave Site C the green light in December 2014, saying the decision to approve the province’s most expensive megaproject marked a historic milestone that would be felt for a century.Horgan said the Liberals have taken Site C to the point of no return.“They gave us, sadly, just one clear choice,” he said. “That was to proceed with a $10.7 billion project or cancel a project and absorb $4 billion in construction and remediation costs.”National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations said Indigenous people will likely take the matter to court.“I am confident that First Nations will continue their efforts to stop Site C and the next step will be legal challenges,” he said in a statement.The government asked the B.C. Utilities Commission to determine if Site C would be finished by 2024 and on budget, while providing advice on proceeding with the project, suspending construction until 2024, or terminating it.The province’s independent energy regulator concluded in its report last month that the dam is over budget and behind schedule.The Opposition Liberals, who started Site C, applauded the NDP’s decision.“For the businesses, for the families, for the local First Nations in the area, this is the right decision,” said Mike Bernier, who represents Peace River South in the legislature.Green Leader Andrew Weaver said the decision could end up costing more than the new estimate of $10.7 billion.“Today, it’s $10.7 billion projected cost,” he said. “So, who believes the $10.7 billion? I certainly don’t.”Site C has been part of the province’s hydroelectric generation plans since 1958.It will be the third dam on the Peace River in northeastern B.C., flooding an 83-kilometre stretch of valley near Fort St. John. It will provide enough power to light up to 450,000 homes a year.BC Hydro’s environmental impact statement for Site C forecasts flooding more than 5,550 hectares of land, of which at least 3,800 hectares is agricultural. Site C would also flood Indigenous heritage sites and force up to 20 families, many lifelong ranchers, to move.last_img

CP Rails challenge of LacMégantic settlement for victims families rejected by judge

SHERBROOKE, Que. — A Quebec judge has rejected Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.’s challenge of a court settlement that is aimed at compensating residents of Lac-Megantic, Que.About 25 companies accused of responsibility in the 2013 train tragedy that killed 47 people have put up a fund of $431.5 million.The settlement was being opposed by Canadian Pacific.The company wanted Superior Court Justice Gaetan Dumas to declare the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings for the railway responsible for the disaster — Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway Ltd. — illegitimate.It argued the case should be heard in Federal Court, not Quebec Superior Court.CP also wanted Dumas to rule that the settlement fund was unfair because it would have limited the railway company’s ability to countersue the other firms involved in the tragedy.In his ruling Monday, Dumas stated that Superior Court has legitimate jurisdiction and that the settlement process to compensate victims can go ahead.CP said Monday it would review the decision and that it would have no other immediate comment.Derailing Lac-Mégantic settlement: Why CP Rail is fighting the dealFamilies of Lac-Megantic victims could receive $77-million settlement, part of $300-million package for claimantsA lawyer for the railway company said last month the terms of the settlement fund were unfair and would limit its ability to defend itself in court.The fund was unanimously accepted by victims and creditors of the disaster during a June 8 meeting.On July 6, 2013, an unmanned train owned by the Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway Ltd. (MMA) roared into Lac-Megantic and derailed, with its cargo exploding and decimating part of the downtown core.MMA didn’t have enough insurance to pay damages to victims and creditors, so it filed for bankruptcy in the United States and Canada. The settlement fund is tied to the bankruptcy proceedings on both sides of the border.The terms of the fund offer all the companies that are giving money a full release from legal liability for the disaster in both the United States and Canada.While CP has said previously it doesn’t dispute that families of the victims deserve compensation, it insists it was not responsible for what happened.Its lawyer, Alain Riendeau, reminded Dumas last month that the disaster “did not involve our tracks, did not involve our rail cars, our products or our employees.”The problem for CP is if any of the 25 companies decides to sue it to recoup money put toward the fund. Being freed from liability means CP wouldn’t be able to countersue.Riendeau also argued that the fund is technically illegal because Canada’s bankruptcy process doesn’t allow third parties to be fully released from liabilities in certain types of insolvency proceedings such as the one involving MMA.The approved plan would see just under $200 million go to the government of Quebec and the town of Lac-Megantic for cleanup and other related costs.About $111 million would be distributed to families of the deceased and the remaining millions are reserved for other claims such as psychological and material damages suffered as a result of the train derailment.As much as $21 million is earmarked for lawyers’ fees.The Canadian Press

Arrest warrant issued against former Sri Lankan envoy

An arrest warrant has been issued against the former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the USA, Jaliya Wickremesuriya.Wickremesuriya was arrested last year over allegations he misused state funds when he was the Ambassador to the US. He was later released on bail and had to appear in court on the dates given to him.The arrest warrant was issued for Wickremesuriya as he had failed to appear in court. (Colombo Gazette)

How Offices Became the Modern Factory Floor

Because of this, our output, or productivity, and our relationships with colleagues suffer. How can they not, when most of what we do is thankless administration that frustrates and distracts us? Log in or register to post comments Smarter Not Harder: Communications in the Next-Gen Workplace Scott McMaster August 09, 2019 Agile and collaborative businesses are increasingly leveraging communication tools to grow their businesses. So, bring on AI and, really, any other software that helps humans be our best selves. Let it do for us what robots have done for manufacturing. Let it allow us to leverage software, technology, and algorithms to outsource every copy/paste, manual reconciliation, and identical daily task that sparks no joy and keeps us from bringing our most valuable and human selves to our work. It’s no wonder productivity has stalled. Offices have become, by and large, the proverbial “factory floor.” As robots replaced factory workers between 1995 and 2015, manufacturing productivity in the U.S. roughly doubled. However, during the same time, productivity growth of the world’s most developed economy was also the slowest it has been in 50 years. The analogy, though, is not perfect. What characterized factory work — monotony, isolation, repetition — is what made it perfect for robots. It isn’t, or shouldn’t be, what defines productive, valuable human work. Slack Fights Channel, Admin Fatigue Ryan Daily August 14, 2019 More configurability, customization, and automation coming to Slack users through a suite of APIs and posting permission options. Workforce Optimization, Looking Ahead Nicolas De Kouchkovsky August 27, 2019 Combining performance, quality, and workforce management, workforce optimization is providing a 360-degree view of agents and their responsibilities. Understanding the Changing Role of Collaboration in IT Irwin Lazar May 30, 2019 As collaboration gets integrated into workflows, IT leaders must rethink how they deliver these services and measure success. girl-AI.jpg The question is not whether AI should, but whether AI really can, deliver on that promise.Tags:News & ViewsModern OfficeEmployee ExperienceThought LeadershipDigital WorkplaceAI & AutomationDigital TransformationFuture of WorkVendor PerspectiveWorkSpace Connect Articles You Might Like Is Cognitive Collaboration in UCC’s Cards? Tom Nolle August 29, 2019 Cisco’s new cognitive collaboration story might be the next evolution of computer-assisted cooperative work. See All in Digital Workplace » We copy/paste information a thousand times a week from disconnected software and systems. We generate manual reports of our activities weekly for our managers and stakeholders. We spend hours following up and keeping people looped in on projects and initiatives we’re involved on. These days, who isn’t a project manager? Humans bring a unique empathy, intuition, and creativity to problem solving that even the best technologies, like artificial intelligence (AI), are far from mastering. The problem is that we have less time to do what we are truly good at because we’re spending most of our time doing what we can, theoretically, automate. While computing has transitioned millions of people to working in front of a screen and continues to enable remote work, only 7% of office workers think they’re productive. In fact, nine out of 10 office workers say they spend less than one of every four hours working on creative ideas or leads. And the rest of their time? Spent on menial, repetitive, and administrative tasks. Rapid improvements have since been made to economic productivity. For example, productivity soared with the introduction of connected computing power in the workplace. However, we’re no longer enjoying the benefits that computing once drove. As the line between life and work blurs and we look to rediscover purpose in the activity we spend 25% of our time doing, we should welcome the help technology offers.

Month of violence shows negotiations are the only Middle East option –

The wave of deadly violence over the past month in the Middle East highlights how vital it is to return to the path of political negotiations and show Israelis and Palestinians that there is an alternative to the cycle of killings and destruction, the United Nations’ most senior political affairs told the Security Council today.Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari said there are clear signs from victims on both sides of the conflict that “there is a growing fatigue with the current state of affairs and a desire to progress towards a solution.”But he warned that a breakthrough is unlikely without the formation of a new Palestinian government that ensures the Palestinian Authority is better placed to tackle the needs of its people, maintain a ceasefire, fully engage with the international community and obtain the release of an Israeli soldier held captive in the Gaza Strip since June.Mr. Gambari said Israel must also act responsibly to calm the situation by “prudently and proportionally” defending its citizens so as to avoid civilian casualties, citing the deaths of 19 Palestinians in an artillery attack on a residential neighbourhood in the town of Beit Hanoun on 8 November as an example of where civilian casualties became inevitable.He added that Israel must also set out a clear timeline for dismantling settlement outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and for transferring customs and tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.Mr. Gambari also described Palestinian rocket fire into the western Negev region of southern Israel, especially in and around the town of Sderot, as “legally and morally wrong.”The Under-Secretary-General also stressed that progress on the wider question of regional peace is also essential to helping solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, adding that the role of Syria is crucial in this area.Riyad Mansour, Ambassador of Palestine, accused the Council of letting down the Palestinian people by failing to meet its responsibilities to uphold its own resolutions on the issue. He said one member of the Council had allowed Israel unjustified diplomatic protection and this was detrimental to the credibility of the international system.Israeli Ambassador Dan Gillerman said today’s assassination of Lebanese Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel showed the real situation on the ground in the region, saying the terror could stop overnight if parties such as Iran and Syria relinquished their support for it.

No shutdown 11 trillion agreement shows Democrats clout

In this Thursday, April 27, 2017, photo, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, of N.Y., speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Schumer says the $1 trillion plan funding the government through September is a “good agreement for the American people, and takes the threat of a government shutdown off the table.” (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2017 3:20 am MDT Last Updated May 1, 2017 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email No shutdown: $1.1 trillion agreement shows Democrats’ clout WASHINGTON – Erasing the threat of a disruptive government shutdown, the White House and top lawmakers endorsed a $1.1 trillion spending bill Monday to carry the nation through September, an agreement underscoring that Democrats retain considerable clout in Donald Trump’s turbulent presidency.Negotiators released the 1,665-page bill after Republicans dropped numerous demands on the environment, Obama-era financial regulations and abortion in marathon sessions over the weekend. The bill is slated for a House vote on Wednesday, with a Senate vote ahead of a Friday midnight deadline.“We thought we had the upper hand because a government shutdown would be on their shoulders, and we made that clear,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in an interview. “We knew that if we didn’t push things too far we could get a good deal that could make us happy and that’s what happened.”Trump and the White House had made concessions last week when the president relented on his demand that the measure include a $1.4 billion down payment for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump repeatedly insisted during the election campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall, a claim Mexican officials have vigorously rejected.Congressional Republicans and Democrats ignored Trump’s proposal to cut billions of dollars from domestic programs.Democrats boasted of money for foreign assistance and cash-strapped Puerto Rico while winning funding for favoured programs like transit projects and grants for first responders. They also defied Trump on a bid to punish “sanctuary cities” and on immigration enforcement.The White House and some top GOP allies declared victory anyway, citing billions of dollars more for the military. Trump won a $15 billion down payment on his request to strengthen the military, though that also fell short of what he requested.Vice-President Mike Pence told CBS News Monday that the administration “couldn’t be more pleased” and called the agreement it a “budget deal that’s a bipartisan win for the American people.”House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., praised the bill as well, saying it “acts on President Trump’s commitment to rebuild our military for the 21st century and bolster our nation’s border security to protect our homeland.”Longstanding conservative resistance to big spending bills requires the party to seek Democratic votes to pass spending bills despite the Republican majorities both houses of Congress. That made the party out of power a major player in the negotiations. The talks were also spurred by a strong Republican desire to complete unfinished business well into the fiscal year and move on to health care repeal and tax overhaul, both of which are iffy propositions.“If nothing else, it does allow the president to have at least one major success this week, which is great,” said White House budget director Mick Mulvaney. “He’s going to sign his first substantive piece of legislation this week, and it’s going to make dramatic increases in funding to his priorities.”Ryan’s office peppered reporters’ inboxes with news releases cheerleading for the bill and GOP-won provisions such as extending a private school vouchers program for students in Washington, D.C.’s troubled school system through 2019.Democrats had sought additional spending for nondefense accounts to match Pentagon increases above spending caps set by a 2015 budget pact negotiated with former President Barack Obama. They were forced to settle for far less with domestic increases in the 1 per cent range.The measure funds the remainder of the 2017 budget year, through Sept. 30. Capitol Hill Republicans joined Democrats in supporting increases for popular domestic programs such as medical research at the National Institutes of Health, with Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., for instance, using his powerful post on the Appropriations panel to take the lead on a 40 per cent boost in research on Alzheimer’s disease.Democrats stressed their efforts to protect the Environmental Protection Agency, infrastructure grants and foreign aid. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., led the fight for a $1.3 billion provision to preserve health benefits for more read more

Lions back to losing ways in Matt Patricias first season

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — In firing him after the 2017 season, the Detroit Lions indicated the Jim Caldwell era was just not good enough.But meaningless December football is back in Detroit again as first-year coach Matt Patricia’s Lions will play out the string with four games with nothing at stake but draft position remain.The Lions are 4-8 and all but mathematically eliminated from the NFC playoff race. Road games at Arizona and Buffalo are next before Detroit finishes with divisional games at home against Minnesota and at Green Bay.After Sunday’s 30-16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Detroit has to win out to finish better than Caldwell’s worst of four seasons as coach. After three winning seasons and two playoff berths under Caldwell, the Lions will be .500-or-below for the 13th time in the past 14 non-Caldwell coached seasons.A lot of things have changed in Matthew Stafford’s 10 seasons with the Lions, but the franchise is back in the losing position he grew accustomed to in the first half of his career.“I come to work every day, work my tail off, try to push our team to be as good as we can be,” Stafford said Sunday after his fumble on an Aaron Donald sack ended a chance for the Lions to take their first lead in the fourth quarter.“There was some good in this game, there was some bad. We’ve got to fix the bad and keep doing a lot of the good. But I’m going to come to work ready to go.”Public reflection is rare during an NFL season, especially under Patricia, who was groomed under Bill Belichick in New England.“For me, it’s been pretty much the same from all the way through,” Patricia said Monday. “I don’t know what the team’s been previous, I don’t know what it’s been before I got here. I’m just trying to make sure we build from where we’re at.”Injuries have decimated Stafford’s skill position options, as wide receiver Marvin Jones (knee) is out for the season and running back Kerryon Johnson (knee) missed his second straight game Sunday. Wide receiver Golden Tate was leading the Lions in receptions for the fifth straight season when he was traded to Philadelphia on Oct. 30.After watching film Monday, defensive tackle Damon Harrison, acquired Oct. 25 in a trade from the New York Giants, said he saw positives from Sunday’s defensive effort.“There was a lot more good than bad, we actually played a pretty good game, the score wasn’t a great indication of how close that game was,” Harrison said after the Lions trailed 16-13 heading into the fourth quarter against a Super Bowl contender. “It was encouraging to see everybody take the technique and the coaching and bring it into Sunday.”The Lions did have a win on Monday though.Offensive lineman Taylor Decker scored his first touchdown of his football career on Sunday, faking a block but releasing into a wide-open space of the Rams’ defence for an 11-yard touchdown.In his euphoria, Decker threw the ball into the stands. Later, on Twitter, Decker put out a plea to relieve the keepsake.“To whoever caught/has the ball I threw into the stands,” his tweet Sunday night began, “I’ve played football since first grade, and that was my first ever touchdown. I’d love to have the ball, and would be more than happy to hook you up if you’d be willing. #defendtheden #bigmantouchdown”The story had a happy ending, with Decker tweeting Monday morning that the case was solved.Decker tweeted: “I HAVE FOUND HIM!!!!!!! AND HE IS BEING GREAT ABOUT IT #socialmediastrikesagain”It’s the kind of karma that his team could use.“We need to keep pushing that forward and we need to go out and play better and we need to go out and win,” Patricia said. “We want to put it together the best we can, go out there and go play a really good ballgame. That would probably be the best thing for us.”___More AP NFL: and Schoch, The Associated Press

They were just looking for a bit of peace Tributes paid to

first_img Short URL ‘They were just looking for a bit of peace’: Tributes paid to woman and children killed in Dublin fire Neighbours began arriving with flowers, candles and teddies this morning. 35,765 Views Mar 8th 2017, 2:13 PM Share170 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The apartment, which is used as a supported housing complex for women and children, is next to the canal which has a wide walkway for walkers and cyclists.People cycled past on their way to work this morning, a few occasionally stopping to ask reporters what had happened.At the other end of the apartment complex was a small garden where childrens’ bicycles could be seen strewn across the lawn.Neighbours began arriving with flowers, teddies and candles during the morning. One woman who left flowers told that the women were just trying to get on with life.They wouldn’t harm anybody, they were just trying to live their lives. Their lives were difficult enough as it was. They were just looking for a bit of peace in there. Taoiseach Enda Kenny has also offered his sympathies, speaking at an event in Dublin this morning, before the death of the third child. Source: Christina Finn/TwitterKenny said, “I want to tender our sympathy on the death of a young mother and two young girls who lost their lives in a fire early this morning and to the others who have been injured.”Local Sinn Féin Councillor Mark Ward said, “It’s probably one of the worst things to happen in the area, for a young woman and two children to lose their lives like this is just horrific.“Gardaí are doing an investigation and I would appeal for anybody who has any information to get in touch with the gardaí.”Read: Woman and two young girls killed in overnight apartment fire> THE APARTMENT WHERE a fire broke out overnight that took the life of a young woman and three children is being technically examined. Source: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.ieThe 27-year-old woman and girls aged two and three were pronounced dead after being taken to Tallaght hospital. A four-year-old boy rescued from the scene and brought to hospital died this evening. Another woman remains in a critical condition.The fire broke out at Cluainin Cronan, Clondalkin in the early hours of this morning, Dublin Fire Brigade was called to the scene at around 2.30am.The scene was quiet with only one garda present when reporters started arriving after news broke about the deaths just before 8am. By Cliodhna Russell Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 2:13 PM Domestic Violence Charity Sonas expressed its devastation at the tragic loss of life in its facility.Sonas CEO Fiona Ryan said, “Our sympathies and condolences are with the relatives and friends of the deceased and all those impacted by this awful tragedy.We are devastated by the tragic loss of life which occurred as a result of fire in an apartment in our supported housing complex in Clondalkin. This is the apartment building in Clondalkin where a young woman and 2 little girls died after a fire this morning— Cliódhna Russell (@CliodhnaRussell) March 8, 2017 Source: Cliódhna Russell/Twitter “Our thoughts and prayers are with the other woman and child now who are still in hospital.There’s a real sense of shock. You’re looking at it, you’re standing here looking at it but you still can’t believe it.Another woman said, “You’d wonder how things like this can happen in this day and age, babies, it’s shocking … it’s very very tragic.”Lisa Kinsella Coleman and Roselyn Byrne arrived with flowers, two teddies and three candles to show respect for the people who died. Coleman said:It’s just devastating for the area, a terribly sad day. 9 Comments last_img

Study trip for Australian students in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian Embassy in Athens welcomed last week a group of 36 students of Classics and Ancient History from the Australian National University in Canberra, and their professors, who are currently on a study trip to Greece. In collaboration with the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, the students will undertake a three-week study program and visit ancient sites throughout Greece. A second group of 25 students and professors from the School of Classics and Ancient History of the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, will visit Greece for a three-week study tour over January/February 2012. “Greece’s contribution to human civilisation continues to be incalculable,” said Australian Ambassador to Greece, Mrs Jenny Bloomfield.“These visits underscore the close ties between our two countries, as well as the great respect and admiration of all Australians for Greek history and culture. I commend the students and their teachers for this important initiative and wish them well in their studies,” said Mrs Bloomfield. While in Greece, the Australian university representatives will also meet Greek counterparts to explore opportunities for further strengthening cultural and educational cooperation.last_img