Exclusive: International Hockey Federation president Narinder Batra slams IOA’s ‘stupid’ decision

first_imgInternational Hockey Federation (FIH) president Narinder Batra slammed the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for their decision to appoint Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala life time presidents.”I don’t know what made IOA take that stupid decision yesterday. I am sorry am using the word stupid,” Batra told India Today.  (Also read: Suresh Kalmadi declines post of life president with Indian Olympic Association)Batra, who is associate vice-president of the IOA, said he would quit from his post unless this decision is reversed.Kalmadi remained the president of IOA for 15 long years before his alleged misdeeds in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games were exposed. He was forced to step down and was arrested for misappropriation of funds before he was released on bail. (Also read: Exclusive: I will sue Sports Minister Goel, says Abhay Chautala)Haryana strongman Chautala was then seen as his heir apparent and was elected as president if the IOA in 2012. His appointment resulted in IOA being suspended for 14 long months.Chautala also had to step down to pave the way for IOA’s comeback into the international Olympic fold. (Also read: Exclusive: Unfair to criticise Suresh Kalmadi, says lawyer)Chautala too is facing charges of disproportionate assets case, but he is still the man who has been running the IOA affairs from behind the scenes.There was furore immediately after India Today first broke the story. Sports Minister Vijay Goel even called the IOA’s decision “unacceptable”.After the sports ministry sent a showcause notice to the IOA, Kalmadi decided to decline the offer. However, Chautala said he would not step down and even threatened to sue Goel.advertisementBatra said he did not support the IOA’s decision and added that he was happy with Kalmadi’s call to back off. “Looking at the current situation of the BCCI, there was no need for another controversy. I am happy Kalmadi has withdrawn and hope Chautala does too.”Meanwhile, Sports Minister Vijay Goel also slammed the IOA’s decision but he said he was hopeful of corrective measures thanks to public pressure.”This is a kind of corruption in sports when two tainted officials are given backdoor entries in the IOA,” Goel told India Today.last_img read more

I did the best two laps of my whole career, says Force India’s Sergio Perez

first_imgStunned Mexican Sergio Perez said he put in the best laps of his Formula One career to get Force India back on the podium on Sunday.The 28-year-old finished third in a chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix for his best finish since he occupied the same place in the inaugural race at the Baku street circuit in 2016.”I think today I did the best two laps of my whole career,” Perez declared after a roller-coaster afternoon that started when he was shunted from behind by Russian rookie Sergey Sirotkins Williams on the opening lap.That left him with a broken front wing, after hitting Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, and forced him to pit for immediate repairs.Perez was also dealt a five-second penalty for a breach of safety car conditions and yet still came from the back to beat Ferrari’s title challenger Sebastian Vettel to the lowest step of the podium thanks to safety car interludes.”The last two laps with Sebastian behind, with cold tyres, it was so difficult,” Perez said.”I was on the supersoft tyre. I had to keep a very strong rhythm, trying to keep close to (Ferrari’s Kimi) Raikkonen, to make sure that Sebastian didn’t get close enough, and in the end we did a real…I’m speechless.”Before Sunday, Force India, fourth overall last season, had scored one point and were languishing near the bottom with Williams.In one jump, thanks to Perez’s haul of 15 points, they leapt from ninth to sixth.Perez said the result was the fruit of many things coming together but he had no illusions about Force India’s true status.advertisement”I think our battle is not here, to be honest, it’s the midfield and finally we got plenty of points today with this podium, that we can close up the gap to the cars ahead, to the Renaults,” he said.”I think we were definitely the fourth-best team this weekend.”While Perez enjoyed his eighth career podium finish, French team mate Esteban Ocon retired on the opening lap after a collision with Raikkonen.”I have to say that between the two of them, at the end of the first lap I was feeling rather disappointed. I thought we were in for another difficult day,” Force India deputy principal Bob Fernley told Reuters.last_img read more

Geraint Thomas: unassuming Welshman ‘won’t be changed at all’ by Tour win

first_imgCycling Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger It may not be an easy transition. Sir Bradley Wiggins’s Tour victory in 2012 may have brought him untold wealth and acclaim – far exceeding that of all his then seven Olympic medals – but he loathed the attention and longed for things to go back to normal.Yet many of the people who knew Thomas in his early days, as first a budding track and then talented club cyclist in Cardiff, are convinced that he will remain the same unassuming boy with a wry smile who beat riders twice his age.His former childhood coach, Debbie Wharton, who trained him at the Maindy Flyers velodrome in Cardiff in the early 1990s, says he won’t let fame go to his head. “I don’t think it will change him at all. He’s already coped tremendously well with his Olympic success,” Wharton says.It seems he never forgets those who have helped him reach this defining moment. Despite the intense exertion of cycling 2,082 miles over 21 stages, he has taken time out to send a video message to Wharton’s 14-year-old daughter, who is ill. “He told her to keep fighting and said well done to her little brother for being such a good brother. It had the whole family in tears,” she says. Facebook Tour de France 2018 Pinterest Almost everyone who has played a formative role in the life of Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas describes him as a quiet, modest man with a mischievous sense of humour. But this weekend he stands on the brink of the kind of sporting immortality that only a few extremely talented athletes reach.Thomas heads into Saturday’s final competitive stage of the Tour de France, the world’s hardest and most prestigious bicycle race, in the leader’s yellow jersey. If he holds off competition from the Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin in the hilly time trial in the Basque country, he will be able to enjoy a celebratory glass of champagne on the ceremonial ride to the finish line in Paris.Not only will he be riding into cycling history, he will be starting a new life as a sporting superstar. He will become the first Welshman and only the third British cyclist to win the Tour since the gruelling near-three-week-long race began at the dawn of the 20th century. Andy Hoskins, who cycled with the teenage Thomas at Cardiff’s Just in Front cycling club, says he will cope well with the inevitable media storm if he wins. “I think Geraint will thrive on it. He’s just a pretty straightforward guy,” he says.Hoskins remembers Thomas winning races when he was under 16, but also putting aside his own ambitions to help his teammates. “Geraint was in a winning position, but he let one of his older clubmates take the win. He realised this guy wouldn’t get many more chances. As well as being talented, he is selfless.”Thomas’s modest character was already apparent at Wales’s largest comprehensive, Whitchurch high school, which has a remarkable record of producing great athletes, including Real Madrid footballer Gareth Bale and former Welsh international rugby player Sam Warburton. Headmaster Huw Jones-Williams says Thomas did not have the same profile as Bale and Warburton at the school: “The quiet, silent ones can end up being the superstars of tomorrow. He was not a shouter or a gloater.”But Jones-Williams says that Thomas now stands on the verge of becoming arguably Wales’ greatest ever sportsman: “If he wins, then he will further secure his place amongst the world sporting elite of any era.” Tour de France … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on Facebookcenter_img Twitter From Maindy Flyers to maillot jaune: Wales wowed by Geraint Thomas Since you’re here… Geraint Thomas Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Read more features Share on Pinterest Share via Email Reuse this content Thomas (yellow jersey) in action during the 19th stage. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Gettylast_img read more

Mario Balotelli melts hearts on his scoring return to Naples with Brescia

first_img Pinterest Italian football racism a scourge of youth game too, say campaigners Was this helpful? Brescia Show Read more 18Genoa6-65 Mario Balotelli scored his first goal for his hometown club on Sunday, not that he needed it to make headlines. He had stolen the show as soon as he emerged from the tunnel at the Stadio San Paolo, carrying his six-year-old daughter, Pia. She stayed with him all through the pre-game handshakes before Brescia’s match against Napoli, then went to join her mother, Raffaella Fico, in the stands.The tenderness of their interactions would have melted hearts under any circumstances. But there was a layer of history here as well. In 2014, Balotelli wept for Pia in the away dugout at this same stadium, overwhelmed by emotions in the week when his paternity was confirmed by a DNA test. Mario Balotelli 11Udinese6-27 Share on Twitter Thank you for your feedback. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Hide Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 top scorers 2019-20 10Bologna608 Read more European club football 2Juventus6616 13Verona6-16 The Fiver: sign up for our daily football email. Read more It was not enough to rescue a draw for Brescia, though they pressed hard against opponents who lost both of their starting centre-backs – Manolas and Maksimovic – to injury in the second half. But Balotelli’s goal and smooth integration will provide further encouragement to a side that has stayed true to their attack-minded and ambitious footballing identity under Eugenio Corini.For Balotelli himself, the abiding memory of this match would simply be that moment before kick-off with his daughter. He posted a picture on Instagram later in the day, describing it as a “dream come true”.Among the ‘likes’ it received was one from the Italy manager, Roberto Mancini. They, too, have shared history, title winners together at Manchester City. At 29 years old, Balotelli hopes there is time yet for their relationship to flourish anew as well. Mario Balotelli celebrates with Daniele Dessena after scoring for Brescia. Photograph: Ciro de Luca/Reuters 17Lecce6-66 3Atalanta6613 5Roma6211 19SPAL6-83 8Torino519 So many things were different back then. Balotelli was playing for Milan, and starting regularly for the Italian national team. He occupied a space at the centre of a nation’s attention, his turbulent relationship with Fico a favourite topic of gossip magazines. Days earlier, Gazzetta dello Sport had dedicated a full front page to his haircut.You could hardly say that Balotelli has a low profile today, but the context has certainly changed. His star waned during consecutive difficult seasons with Liverpool and then back at Milan. The striker found happier homes in Nice and Marseille, but he was still out of sight and out of mind for many Italians. Of Balotelli’s 36 caps for the Azzurri, only three have arrived in the past five years.Perhaps, on a personal level, a bit of space was exactly what he needed. Balotelli’s relationship with Fico has certainly improved. He did not get to meet Pia for the first time until a family court date two months after his tears against Napoli. These days he sees her regularly, and shares jokes with Fico on social media.If Balotelli could have had things all his own way this summer, they would all be closer still. Pia lives with Fico in Naples. In March, Balotelli told the newspaper La Provence that Napoli were the only team in Italy that he wanted to play for. That was before Brescia won promotion to the top flight. The idea that Balotelli could ever represent his own city’s club might have seemed fanciful while they were toiling in Serie B. Frankly, it still did even after they finished in first place.But Brescia are owned by Massimo Cellino these days, a man fond of making headlines of his own. He appealed to Balotelli’s emotions and made it clear that he was willing to shatter the club’s wage structure. It was enough to overcome the player’s reluctance to get involved in a relegation scrap. Balotelli soon found joy in familiar surroundings. “The most beautiful thing is getting to eat lunch and dinner with my mum,” he told the broadcaster Dazn. “The last time I ate regularly with my mum I was 14 years old.”Suspended for the first four games of the new season, thanks to a red card he received for a dangerous challenge in his final appearance for Marseille, Balotelli made his debut in Tuesday’s home defeat against Juventus. To go from there to an away game against Napoli represented about as challenging a reintroduction to Serie A as can be imagined. Share on Pinterest Twitter 4Napoli6512 The fixture list had already done no favours to Brescia, handing them just one home game out of the first four. And yet, they were competitive even without Balotelli. Alfredo Donnarumma – Serie B’s top scorer last season – already had three goals in four matches before adding another against Juventus. Sandro Tonali has been a revelation in midfield, a 19-year-old who dictates the tempo and direction of a game as though he has been doing it for a lifetime. PosTeamPGDPts 16AC Milan6-46 14Brescia6-26 15Parma5-26 6Lazio6710 Facebook Napoli Milan 1-3 Fiorentina, Cagliari 1-1 Verona, Lazio 4-0 Genoa, Lecce 0-1 Roma, Udinese 1-0 Bologna, Napoli 2-1 Brescia, Sassuolo 1-4 Atalanta, Sampdoria 1-3 Inter, Juventus 2-0 SpalMonday: Parma v Torino features Topics Share on LinkedIn 9Fiorentina618 1Inter Milan61118 Talking points• Not since 1938-39 had Milan lost four of their first six matches in a Serie A season. They were not just beaten but comprehensively outclassed by Fiorentina at San Siro, the 3-1 margin of defeat frankly flattering them. Could Marco Giampaolo lose his job already? There were reports of the club’s directors meeting long into the night on Sunday, and the manager certainly has plenty of responsibility to bear. That said, this is also a collective failure. Milan spent another €100m this summer. What do they have to show for it?• Fiorentina, it must be stressed, were excellent. I enjoyed Vincenzo Montella’s candid response to being asked whether this was best win of his tenure: “Well, it’s pretty much the only game I’ve won!”• Quite the first start for Alexis Sanchez at Inter. First he tried to claim a Stefano Sensi goal that skimmed off his bum on the way in, then he scored a goal of his own, and finally he got himself sent off for a second booking when diving in the box with his team already 2-0 up. All in the space of 46 minutes. Still, six wins from six now for Inter – which sets things up nicely for next week’s Derby d’Italia against Juventus.• Big wins for both Atalanta and Lazio, both of whom have veered between brilliant performances and frustrating ones in this campaign. If the Biancocelesti had displayed such clinical finishing in their midweek game against Inter, we might already be putting a very different assessment on this team. Quick guide Serie A results 20Sampdoria6-103 Wagner makes Schalke believe again after springing a surprise at Leipzig Serie A Share via Email 12Sassuolo6-16 7Cagliari6310 Share on WhatsApp The latter would sparkle once again on Sunday. Napoli jumped out to an early lead against Brescia, Dries Mertens converting José Callejón’s clumsy cutback before Kostas Manolas – having already seen one goal (rightly) disallowed – made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time. Brescia, though, refused to be overawed. Tonali thought he had reduced the arrears with a beautifully-struck first-time shot from the edge of the box shortly after the break, but a VAR review found that Dimitri Bisoli had fouled Nikola Maksimovic to win back possession in the build-up.Instead, it would be Balotelli who scored next: heading home from a Tonali corner. It was his first goal in Serie A for 1,468 days. He celebrated with the same understated manner that he has for so many others: raising a simple thumbs-up towards his teammate as he turned to jog back towards the centre-circle. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months agoEverton boss Silva makes Jagielka decision

first_imgEverton boss Silva makes Jagielka decisionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva insists he doesn’t want to lose club captain Phil Jagielka.He has only made two appearances this season and is out of contract at the end of the year.But Silva said: “It is not something in my mind for next month (to let him go). “It is not on my mind to even think about it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Penn State Students Posted These Flyers Around Campus After Loss To Ohio State

first_imgView of the Beaver stadium.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: A general view of the stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)At one point in the fourth quarter, Penn State seemed well on its way to victory over Ohio State, but an unfortunate collapse in the final minutes sealed its fate.Trace McSorley was having an amazing performance on the ground, finishing with 25 carries for 175 rushing yards. However, head coach James Franklin thought it would be wise to give Miles Sanders the ball on fourth down.With the game on the line, the Nittany Lions failed to convert, possibly ruining any chance at the College Football Playoff.Clearly, that drive will haunt Penn State for the foreseeable future, as fans are letting their voice be heard. While the tone of the flyer might appear humorous, students still sound quite upset with Franklin’s decision in the fourth quarter.Following their devastating defeat, students are still searching for McSorely, after not being used on fourth down. Here’s the flyer circulating around campus, via Audrey Snyder of The Athletic:Featured on some bulletin boards on Penn State’s campus on this Monday morning pic.twitter.com/QhhQU04D0v— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) October 1, 2018Unfortunately, Penn State’s schedule won’t get any easier as the season progresses. In two weeks, the Nittany Lions have a quick turnaround against Michigan State.Penn State currently has its bye week, as Franklin and his coaching staff try to correct their recent mistakes.Although there will be no game this weekend, students are using the time off to dwell on the team’s deflating loss.last_img read more

Hardik Pandya wishes birthday boy KL Rahul: Let’s make it our year

first_imgHardik Pandya wishes birthday boy KL Rahul: Let’s make it our yearHardik Pandya had a blast at KL Rahul’s 27th birthday bash and wished his teammate on social media along with a heartfelt message.advertisement Rohan Sen New DelhiApril 18, 2019UPDATED: April 18, 2019 09:59 IST Hardik Pandya attended KL Rahul’s 27th birthday party along with his brother Krunal (Hardik Pandya Instagram)HIGHLIGHTSKL Rahul celebrated his 27th birthday with Hardik, Krunal, Rishabh Pant and Akshar PatelRahul and Hardik both have been in superb form with the bat for KXIP and MI respectively in IPL 2019Both players were selected in India’s 15-member squad for the upcoming World Cup in England and WalesKL Rahul and Hardik Pandya have been through a lot since their controversial episode on Koffee with Karan aired in January earlier this year but the two superstar cricketers have moved on since then and are back to their best on the field for club and country.Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have made a strong comeback on the field after the brief suspensions were lifted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).The two have stuck by each other through the worst phase of their lives and are now solely concentrating on the sport and the ongoing Indian Premier League where Hardik is representing the Mumbai Indians and Rahul is plying his trade for the Kings XI Punjab.Rahul on Thursday celebrated his 27th birthday and had his good friend Hardik Pandya for company at the bash. Pandya even posted pictures from the party on social media and wrote a short but heartfelt message for Rahul.”Brothers for life !!!!! No matter what !!! Love u bro @rahulkl happy birthday. Let’s make it our year,” Pandya wrote on the post on his Instagram account.Rishabh Pant, Akshar Patel and Krunal Pandya also attended the party which could have been held in Delhi since Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians play their next fixture at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday.advertisementKings XI Punjab meanwhile, will also play their next game in the capital on April 20.Pandya and Rahul have both made it to the Indian squad for the upcoming 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales after their stellar performances for the national team and clubs in the ongoing IPL.Rahul came back strong after the suspension was lifted pending an inquiry by BCCI ombudsman. Rahul played for India A before making an impression with the senior national team during a two-match T20I series against Australia at home in February.In IPL 2019, Rahul began slow but hit peak form for Kings XI Punjab. The KXIP star is second on the list of batsmen with most runs with 387 in 9 matches, including a hundred, at 64.50. He has already hit four fifties so far.Pandya is also in great hitting form with the bat and has amassed 186 runs in 8 games at 46.50 with a strike rate of over 191. He has also picked 7 wickets so far at 33.28 including a man-of-the-match winning performance against Chennai Super Kings.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow KL Rahul birthdayFollow KL RahulFollow Hardik PandyaFollow Koffee with Karan controversyFollow IPL 2019Follow Kings XI PunjabFollow Mumbai Indianslast_img read more

I just have to be good example for players: Sunil Chhetri

first_img Next Press Trust of India GuwahatiSeptember 4, 2019UPDATED: September 4, 2019 20:20 IST Sunil Chhetri said the Indian football team is “fit and hungry” (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSunil Chhetri said Indian football team is “fit and hungry” going into its opening 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match India will begin their campaign on Thursday at what is expected to be a packed Indira Gandhi Athletic StadiumSunil Chhetri has so far scored 71 goals in 111 appearances for the Blue TigersLooking to lead by example, star striker Sunil Chhetri on Wednesday said the Indian football team is “fit and hungry” going into its opening 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match, against Oman.The 103-ranked India will begin their campaign on Thursday at what is expected to be a packed Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium.Chhetri, one of international football’s leading scorers, said at the pre-match conference, “There is a great eagerness in the team and one really feel the pulse of excitement among the boys. We are really looking forward to the game.”We had a great training camp and everyone in the team is fit and hungry. The players are gelling well and responding to what the coach expects from them.”The talisman has so far scored 71 goals in 111 appearances for the Blue Tigers.Despite a majority of the players being young, the veteran said all are “well aware” of what is expected of them.”It is a young team, but I don’t have to talk to them once. Each player is well aware of what is expected of him and the coach speaks whatever is needed. I just have to be a good example for the players and will keep doing so whenever I am here,” he said.In 2015, it was Chhetri who scored the only goal for India in a 2-1 loss against Oman in a qualifying match for 2018 World Cup.Asked about that outing, he said, “We weren’t great in that game and conceded very early. We lost 2-1 and had a goal chalked off for offside as well.advertisement”We certainly hope we do well this time around. All the boys are optimistic, especially with a lot of fans expected at the stadium.”On the eve of the Group E game against the 87-ranked side, head coach Igor Stimac stated that his team is “well prepared” to meet the challenge.”The preparations for the game went really well and as a coach, I am happy.”This will be our third campaign and I am happy with the improvement in the team in terms of the understanding levels of the players and their fitness levels. We are well concentrated and well prepared,” he said.The coach added the team will look to be “strong and organised” on the pitch.”Our aim tomorrow will be to be strong and organised. In our previous games, we have shown that we can handle good teams and play organised for the full 90 minutes.”We may have conceded a few goals but we have shown that we can play better against better opponents,” Stimac said.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Sunil ChhetriFollow Indian football team I just have to be good example for players: Sunil ChhetriSunil Chhetri, who has so far scored 71 goals in 111 appearances for the Indian football team, will be leading the Blue Tigers in their opening 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Oman.advertisementlast_img read more

Nova Scotians Benefit as Shipyard Work Begins

first_imgIrving Shipbuilding announced today, Aug. 21, that site preparation and preliminary construction is well underway in the Halifax shipyard, as the province gets ready to build Canada’s next fleet of combat ships. Major demolition and construction will begin soon. Contracts worth $127.7 million have already been awarded, creating around 733 full-time direct and indirect positions within selected suppliers and subcontractors, 370 of those in Nova Scotia. “Building these ships here means jobs for Nova Scotians — jobs for those who are already here, and those who for so long have had to work away,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “It means work for local businesses, and a better economy for Nova Scotians to raise their families.” The contracts for the yard modernization program awarded to date will generate $26 million worth of employment income within the province over the two year period leading up to the beginning of production in 2015, with an additional $32 million across Canada over the two years. “We can be very proud of the work we are doing to strengthen the Canadian economy while building a world-class facility that will ensure the men and women in our Canadian Forces go to work on the best ships possible. As we have already proven — Nova Scotians are up to the task.” Irving Shipbuilding will invest about $300 million in yard upgrades, designed to ensure facilities are ready for the production of the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS), scheduled to start in 2015, and the larger combat ship contract scheduled to begin production between 2020 and 2022. There are close to 80 Nova Scotia suppliers involved to date. “We’re a remediation company, and while we wouldn’t have any involvement in the actual shipbuilding, we can be heavily involved in getting the yard ready to build those ships,” said Glenn Clark, president of Clean Earth Technologies. “This contract gives us the resources and exposure to deliver on this opportunity and to expand our business to serve Quebec and Ontario, and hopefully the rest of Canada. I would encourage other businesses to consider whether there may be opportunity for them too.” “The selection of suppliers for our modernization program is the result of a rigorous procurement process where we assess quality, reliability, experience and cost to select the company that will help us deliver the best value to Canada,” said Jim Irving, co-CEO, J.D. Irving, Limited. “Throughout the NSPS contracts, as well as the preparations leading up to them, we are committed to maximizing opportunities and benefits for Canadians and Nova Scotians through subcontracting, employment and the generation of investment and benefits within the broader marine industry.” Based on an economic impact assessment prepared by Jupia Consultants Inc.,the yard upgrades alone are expected to boost Canadian gross domestic product (GDP) by $235 million, create about 1,720 full time equivalent positions across Canada and generate $136 million worth of employment income in the country over the two-year period. It will also lead to more than $102 million worth of consumer spending. In addition, the economic activity is expected to provide about $50 million worth of taxes for federal, provincial and local governments over the two year period. Upon completion, the modernization project will result in one of the most modern shipyards in North America. Overall, according to the Conference Board of Canada, the shipbuilding contracts will mean an additional 11,500 jobs for Nova Scotians and will increase the province’s GDP by almost $900 million during peak production years. The Canadian economy is expected to grow by $1.5 billion, and 4,500 jobs will be created outside of Nova Scotia. On Monday, Aug. 19, the board released its provincial outlook which highlighted the anticipated impact the shipbuilding project will have on Nova Scotia’s economic growth. The report also noted that the dry-dock expansion and other activities in preparation for the shipbuilding contract will contribute to an expected boost in construction activity in Nova Scotia. According to the board, the yard modernization will help propel Nova Scotia into the top three provinces in economic growth in 2014.last_img read more

Knockout that left Montreal boxer in coma prompts questions in medical community

first_imgMONTREAL — One of the doctors who worked the boxing match Saturday night in Quebec City that left Adonis Stevenson hospitalized in an induced coma said he and his colleagues are at a loss to medically justify the sport.The goal of boxing is to inflict damage on the opponent, often by knocking him unconscious. And that carries important risks for severe head trauma, Jean Dore said.“I can’t say we can justify it,” Dore said in an interview. “It’s a question a lot of doctors are asking, especially doctors within the sport.”As of Monday evening, Stevenson, the 41-year-old Montreal-based fighter known to his fans as “Superman,” remained in intensive care in a Quebec City hospital after a knockout by Oleksandr Gvozdyk of the Ukraine. In a statement, the hospital described the fighter’s condition as stable.Despite his misgivings, Dore said he prefers to remain ringside rather than leave the sport.One of his patients was New Brunswick boxer David Whittom, who died last March after being in an induced coma for 10 months following a knockout blow.Dore chooses to keep attending fights, he said, “to better manage the situation and to try to prevent these events.” On Saturday, Dore was a backup physician and did not directly care for Stevenson.Dr. Charles Tator, a neurosurgery professor at University of Toronto and a director at Canadian Concussion Centre, said it pains him to watch boxing.“I can’t really watch combat sports because it bothers me so much when I see the direct hits to the head,” he said in an interview.He said its “tragic” that people willingly get into the ring.“There’s so many hits to the head that could be damaging, that I can’t take it as a brain surgeon, knowing what happens inside,” Tator continued.Alain Ptito, a brain trauma expert at McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, said it is impossible to make the sport safe.“When you are knocking out someone, you are essentially damaging their brain,” he said in an interview.A fighter who stumbles and crashes onto the mat after a knockout punch has suffered trauma to the area around the brain stem, which governs vigilance and consciousness, he explained.Injuries are cumulative, Ptito added, meaning the more one gets hit in the head, the greater the likelihood they will have an early degenerative disease.“Boxing should be abolished as a sport,” he said. “I wouldn’t hesitate to say that.”But any pressure by doctors to ban boxing would trigger resistance from those who say government has no place interfering with consenting adults who understand the risks of professional boxing.In Montreal, one of the top boxing cities on the continent, the pushback would be particularly strong, said TSN 690 boxing analyst Matt Casavant.Fighters such as Lucian Bute, Jean Pascal, and Stevenson are major sporting figures in the city and are embraced by fans, said Casavant, who also works bouts as a cutman treating fighters between rounds.Boxing transcends sport, in part because of the storylines of troubled men who make something of their lives, Casavant said. Stevenson, for instance, served jail time for being a pimp. The boxer has in the past credited boxing for turning his life around.“These fighters, especially in North American culture — do not necessarily choose this path,” Casavant said. “This is their best way of getting out of trouble — of making a living for their family. Boxing knows what it is. It’s not trying to hide the fact it has big-time risks and health concerns.”Sylvera “Sly” Louis, co-owner of Underdog Boxing Gym in downtown Montreal, said boxing changed his life.“Boxing lets me express my anger — my anger and my desire to create and to compete,” he said in an interview. “It allows me to be nice (outside the ring.)”Louis, 36, who still competes professionally, said seeing what happened to Stevenson was a reminder of the dangers of the ring. “Sometimes when I’ve gotten hit, my ego will want to pretend that it didn’t hurt me,” he said. “We’re all proud and sometimes our pride can get us hurt.”Louis started boxing at 16, and he says it makes him happy to see people he’s come up with over the years doing well, thanks in large part to the sport.“We’re not in jail and we’re not dead,” he said. “Some have families and most are doing good.”— With files from Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press.Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

A timeline of official apologies from the federal government

first_imgOTTAWA — When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday exonerated Chief Poundmaker in Saskatchewan, it was the latest in a long list of government efforts to apologize for past wrongs. Here are a few formal and informal apologies:1988Sept. 22: Prime minister Brian Mulroney formally apologizes in the House of Commons for the internment of Japanese-Canadians during the Second World War.1990Nov. 4: Mulroney offers an apology to Italian-Canadians declared “enemy aliens” when Italy declared war on Canada in 1940 and detained during the Second World War.2001Dec. 11: Ron Duhamel, the minister of veterans affairs, apologizes in the House of Commons for the executions of 23 Canadian soldiers during the First World War and says their names will be added to the country’s book of remembrance.2006June 22: Then-prime minister Stephen Harper apologizes in the House of Commons for the head tax imposed on Chinese immigrants between 1885 and 1923.2008May 9: The federal government announces a $10-million education grant to recognize the internment of Ukrainian-Canadians during the First World War, but stops short of an official apology.June 11: Harper apologizes in the House of Commons for Canada’s residential-schools system, which more than 150,000 First Nations, Metis and Inuit children attended from the 1840s to 1996.Aug. 3: At an event in B.C., Harper apologizes for the Komagata Maru incident, in which a shipload of migrants from India was turned away from Vancouver in 1914, but organizers immediately demand an official apology in the House of Commons.2016May 18: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologizes in the House of Commons for the Komagata Maru incident.2017Nov. 24: Trudeau apologizes in Goose Bay, N.L., for abuse and cultural losses at residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador, saying the gesture is part of recognizing “hard truths” Canada must confront as a society.2018Nov. 2: Trudeau apologizes and exonerates six Tsilhqot’in chiefs invited by colonial officials for peace talks more than 150 years ago only to be arrested, tried and hanged, saying the incident was a “betrayal of trust” and “an injustice.”Nov. 7: Trudeau apologizes in the House of Commons for Canada’s decision in 1939 to reject an asylum request from more than 900 German Jews, 254 of whom died in the Holocaust — a fate Trudeau says could have been avoided.2019March 8: Trudeau apologizes in Iqaluit for the way Inuit in northern Canada were treated for tuberculosis in the mid-20th century, calling the policies colonial and misguided.May 23: Trudeau exonerates Chief Poundmaker in the community that bears his name — the Poundmaker Cree Nation — and apologizes for the chief’s unjust conviction for treason more than 130 years ago.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks open sharply lower on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening sharply lower as the arrest of a senior Chinese technology executive threatened to worsen trade tensions between China and the U.S.The price of oil also fell sharply early Thursday as OPEC leaders gathered to discuss possible cuts in production.The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped as much as 500 points before erasing some of its losses.Boeing and Caterpillar, which would stand to lose much in an extended trade battle, fell the most in the Dow.Traders continued to shovel money into bonds, a signal that they see weakness in the economy ahead.The Dow fell 390 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 24,640.The S&P 500 lost 36 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 2,664. The Nasdaq gave up 99 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 7,062.The Associated Presslast_img read more

UN reports improvement in Côte dIvoire conflict with hate messages ending

“National Radio and Television have been airing peace messages significantly different in tone and content to the ones we have been hearing of late,” the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) said, a day after the UN adviser on the prevention of genocide warned that the situation could be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC).The Security Council yesterday imposed an immediate arms embargo on the West African country and gave the parties one month to get the peace process back on track or face a travel ban and a freeze on their assets after government forces attacked northern rebels earlier this month in violation of a nearly two-year-old ceasefire agreement.The proliferation of hate broadcasts was one of the most worrying aspects of the ensuing violence which escalated with anti-French rioting and ethnic clashes, after French troops destroyed the Ivorian Government’s air force in reprisal for the deadly bombing of French peacekeepers in the UN-patrolled Zone of Confidence (ZOC) separating the combatants.With thousands of Ivorians and foreigners, mainly French, fleeing the country, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Juan E. Mendez, warned yesterday that xenophobic hate speech could exacerbate already widespread violations of human rights, which in the recent past included extrajudicial killings, torture, disappearances and sexual violence.Radio ONUCI, the mission’s radio station, is highlighting the Security Council resolution and Mr. Mendez’s message, and an increased presence of UN peacekeepers in Abidjan has contributed greatly to reassuring the local population and ensuring security of evacuees, the mission reported.Commercial activities have resumed but the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said electricity and water has not been fully restored in rebel-controlled areas in the north.Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that Ivorians arriving in Liberia, already estimated to have surpassed 10,000, say more people are on the way. The refugees are pouring through at least a dozen entry points along a 45-kilometre stretch of relatively remote frontier, often crossing the border river in small canoes. read more

Higher aircraft demand lifts orders for longlasting US factory goods business spending

WASHINGTON – A jump in demand for commercial airplanes boosted orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods last month. But orders for most other goods fell as businesses cut spending, a possible sign of concern about the partial government shutdown that began Oct. 1.The Commerce Department says orders for durable goods rose 3.7 per cent in September, above the 0.2 per cent gain in August. But a 57.5 per cent jump in aircraft orders accounted for nearly all the gain. Durable goods are meant to last at least three years.Orders for core capital goods, which include industrial machinery and electrical equipment, fell 1.1 per cent. August’s 1.5 per cent gain was revised sharply lower to 0.4 per cent. Economists pay particular attention to core capital goods, which exclude aircraft, because they are a sign of business confidence. Higher aircraft demand lifts orders for long-lasting US factory goods; business spending falls AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Oct 25, 2013 6:35 am MDT read more

Mayfield vs Barrett Dynamic quarterbacks face off in Norman

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) sets up to pass in the second quarter against Clemson in the Capital One Orange Bowl at SunLife Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. Clemson won, 37-17. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)The showdown between two high-profile quarterbacks has been a staple of college football for years. This Saturday will be no different. Another edition of high quality quarterbacks going head-to-head will be witnessed by thousands in the stands, and millions on television. Redshirt junior J.T. Barrett of Ohio State will be traveling to the home of the Sooners to square off with redshirt junior Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma in Norman at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.Both leaders of their respective offenses have hopes of earning the Heisman trophy this season after coming close before. Barrett had a quality 2014 season before breaking his ankle against Michigan, ultimately ending his campaign. Mayfield played well last season, but after an early season loss, the Austin, Texas, native could not earn enough votes to be named as the best player in college football.This year, both men are commanding teams that started the season with high hopes. The Sooners dropped their opener to a tough Houston team, but have managed to remain in the top 15 with a clubbing of the University of Louisiana-Monroe last Saturday. The Buckeyes are riding high after two blowout wins of less-than-quality opponents. For OSU, this game is about validating themselves as a top-tier team deserving of a spot in the College Football Playoff. For the Sooners, this game is a chance to regain momentum and make their case to be one of four teams to enter the college football equivalent of the postseason. Mayfield has looked like the quarterback that Bob Stoops has envisioned to lead his team, going 38-for-53 for 547 yards while slinging five touchdowns. Although a mobile quarterback, Mayfield has yet to show off his legs this season, losing a yard on his 13 total carries.Barrett has also enjoyed success this season, going 35-for-53 passing with 498 yards and six touchdowns. Although he has produced well in the passing game, Barrett has gained 85 yards on the ground with three touchdowns, making him a dynamic threat to any defense. Growing up less than three hours apart from each other, both men enjoyed successful high school careers. Mayfield is a former three-star recruit, while Barrett is a former four-star, dual-threat recruit.The paths to starting quarterback have been starkly different for each player. After a successful season at Texas Tech, Mayfield was blocked from transferring to Oklahoma in a confusing and drawn-out affair with his former team.For Barrett, the path to stardom was much smoother. After having a desire to attend Texas, he received offers from the Buckeyes, and found himself in the starting role by his redshirt freshman year.Saturday will mark the third time the teams have met, with the all-time record at 1-1 between the two. Each quarterback has the chance to solidify their legacies on one of the grandest stages of the year.With the possibility of a shootout looming, one thing remains certain about both quarterbacks. Both Meyer and Stoops trust their quarterbacks to take their respective programs to the peak of college football. read more

Football Urban Meyer praises Brendon White in Monday press conference

Ohio State did not have much secondary depth heading into the Nebraska game Saturday. The Buckeyes were without sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor, out with a shoulder impingement, and sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, out with a groin injury suffered during practice that week. Jordan Fuller did not do Ohio State any favors. The junior safety was ejected from the game in the second quarter after being called for targeting. But sophomore safety Brendon White gave head coach Urban Meyer some hope. He recorded 13 total tackles — two for loss.In his weekly press conference, Meyer would not go as far as to say White’s performance was “refreshing” for the Ohio State defense, noting he is not sure he has used that word in his life. But he said White’s performance was important, especially at a shaky position. “Going back to springtime, safety was not a solidified position. We have to play much better at that spot,” Meyer said. “You had some injuries this week. And obviously the targeting call. And there he is, he’s in the game. And looked out there, you had Shaun Wade at one safety and Brendon White at the other.” Meyer said after the game Saturday he expects Pryor and Okudah to be back for Michigan State. But, with White’s performance, the head coach said he has a decision to make: whether White earned a start even with a healthy secondary. Meyer said that answer will come in the next few days, but, nevertheless, the sophomore safety has earned playing time. “We’re going to find out. He’s certainly going to play. He’s earned that right. He’s practiced. That was coming,” Meyer said. “His practices have been very good the last couple of weeks and coach Grinch made that clear in front of the team after the game. But he’s certainly earned the right to be on the field.” Without a definite starter next to Fuller, Meyer said White will still have to earn the trust of the coaching staff. But after his performance against the Cornhuskers, White will have continued opportunities to grow into that role, Meyer said. Hartline picks up on the recruiting trailEven with the lack of stability with the Ohio State wide receivers heading into the 2018 season, with the firing of former wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith, interim wide receivers coach Brian Hartline did not have time to learn the ropes of recruiting. However, in his new role, Hartline has continued the trend, securing a commitment from 2020 four-star wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba. A Rockwall, Texas, native, Smith-Njigba is the No. 59 wide-receiver recruit in the country and the No. 36 recruit in the start, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Along with Smith-Njigba, Hartline has helped keep five-star 2019 wide receiver Garrett Wilson, who was at the Nebraska game Saturday, committed to the Buckeyes even after Smith’s firing in July, and added a commitment from 2019 four-star wide receiver Jameson Williams in September. To Meyer, Hartline is doing a very good job in a role he was forced into. “He was thrust into a situation,” Meyer said. “And I think one of the great things he had, he had a veteran group to coach, and he has very good recruiters around here to see how it’s done. He’s been here a couple of years. That’s a positive.” Meyer has not confirmed whether Hartline’s title of interim coach will turn into a full-time role, saying he will “address it at the right time.” read more

Police recruit community spotters to report drivers using mobile phones

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. Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, the NPCC roads policing lead, said: “Forces are coming together this week with innovative approaches to catching those driving when distracted and campaign to make drivers think twice about using their mobiles at the wheel.”Tackling mobile phone use by drivers requires police enforcement using new technology and tactics to maximise the numbers of people we can stop, combined with strong effective penalties and creative national campaigns to make driving distracted as socially unacceptable as drink-driving.”Despite the risks, drivers are increasingly using their phones at the wheel, statistics show.A survey carried out by the RAC this year found that 31 per cent of drivers admit using a handheld phone behind the wheel compared with eight per cent in 2014. Tackling mobile phone use by drivers requires police enforcement using new technology and tactics to maximise the numbers of people we can stopChief Constable Suzette Davenportcenter_img Members of the public are being asked to report drivers illegally using their mobile phones at the wheel.The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said a scheme using “community spotters” to target repeat offenders will be piloted during a week-long crackdown.Police will also use unmarked vans and helmet cameras in an attempt to curb the use of handheld phones at the wheel.An earlier week of action against motorists using their phones in May saw 2,323 offences detected, the NPCC said.last_img read more

Brexit EUs Barnier warns of long road ahead

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEU agrees ‘best possible’ Brexit deal, urges Britons to back MayNovember 26, 2018In “World”UK Govt says freedom of movement ‘will end’ after BrexitAugust 19, 2019In “latest news”Theresa May quits: UK set for new PM by end of JulyMay 24, 2019In “latest news” Mr Barnier (L) formally hands the agreement to European Council head Donald Tusk (AFP image)The EU says much work still needs to be done on Brexit, despite agreeing a draft withdrawal document with the UK.“We still have a long road ahead of us on both sides,” chief negotiator Michel Barnier said.The EU has set out a series of meetings leading to one on 25 November where it plans to approve the Brexit agreement.UK Prime Minister Theresa May has won the backing of her cabinet but faces a tough task getting the agreement approved by Parliament.A sign of that came on Thursday morning when Mr Barnier’s UK counterpart, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, resigned saying he could not “in good conscience” support the agreement. He was one of four ministers to quit.Mrs May later defended the deal in the House of Commons, telling MPs it delivered on the Brexit referendum and provided for an orderly withdrawal.Mr Barnier was speaking on Thursday morning alongside EU Council head Donald Tusk as the chief negotiator formally handed over the 585-page draft withdrawal agreement.Mr Barnier said the agreement was fair and balanced, took into account the UK’s needs and laid the ground for an “ambitious new partnership”.Mr Tusk praised Mr Barnier’s work and said the agreement had “secured the interests of the 27 member states and EU as a whole”.He laid out the timetable for the days ahead.EU member states will analyse the document and at the end of the week national envoys will share their assessmentsA political declaration on future ties between the EU and the UK will be agreed by Tuesday and members will have 48 hours to evaluate itThe EU Council will then meet on 25 November to finalise the agreement “if nothing extraordinary happens”, Mr Tusk said. The leaders of the 27 EU nations must approve the dealMr Tusk said: “Since the very beginning, we have had no doubt that Brexit is a lose-lose situation, and that our negotiations are only about damage control.”Addressing the UK, he added: “As much as I am sad to see you leave, I will do everything to make this farewell the least painful possible, for you and for us.” (Excerpts from BBC) read more

Sandvik introduces two new mining cone crushers

first_imgWith new specialised geometries, a 1,000 hp rating, greater structural strength and proven technologies, the newly launched CH890 and CH895 are designed to increase performance in both secondary and tertiary/pebble crushing applications, according to Sandvik.The specially designed, strength-optimised topshell and dedicated crushing chambers of the CH895 model make it “ideal for tertiary and pebble crushing” while the CH890 topshell and crushing chambers are dedicated to secondary crushing. Both units have more power and increased crushing force in order to increase productivity. Manfred Schaffer, President Surface Mining at Sandvik Mining and Construction said: “It is the specialised geometries and smart crushing features that uniquely drive efficiency and throughput.”The new mainshaft, made from a new high-strength material, is designed to withstand harsh mining requirements while the strength-optimised bottomshell design allows for greater loads. According to Sandvik, the heavy-duty structural design ensures durability and longevity in the most demanding conditions. Further customer improvements, for increased safety and minimised downtime, include a relocated external dump valve and a new over pressure system to keep the lubrication oil clean, thereby increasing time between service. Customers will also recognise the hydraulically adjusted mainshaft and proven ASRiTM control system to facilitate online adjustment during full load and ensure peak performance is maintained.last_img read more

Rebekah Brooks received £7m payoff

first_imgDETAILS HAVE EMERGED on a pay-off said to have been received by Rebekah Brooks, former chief executive of News International.The Financial Times reports today that when she left the business, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, she received a pay-off of more than £7 million.She resigned last year, and the publication says the pay off included cash, pension payments, an allowance for legal fees and the use of a chauffeur-driven car, as well as clawback clauses.It was announced in July that Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service is bringing charges against Brooks and fellow former News of the World editor Andy Coulson.They will face trial next September.Prosecutors have accused Brooks, Coulson, Stuart Kuttner, Greg Miskiw, Ian Edmondson, Neville Thurlbeck and James Weatherup of conspiring together and with Glenn Mulciar, Clive Goodman “and persons unknown” to illegally intercept communications during their transmission.Read: Phone hacking investigation: Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson face charges>Read: Leveson: Brooks texted Cameron ‘We’re definitely in this together’>last_img read more