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first_imgTata JLR leads hike in Indian demand for luxury car brandsFrom Aditi KhannaLondon, Jan 26 (PTI) The UKs car exports to India has seen a 15.8 per cent rise in 2016 largely due to Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rovers popularity among “affluent buyers” in the country, according to the latest UK automotive industry figures.India is now the eighth largest Asian market for UK car exports with JLRs Land Rover Discovery Sport, Ranger Rover Evoque, Jaguar XF, Jaguar XE and Jaguar F-Pace among the top five most popular models.The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT), one of the UKs largest trade associations, said the Indian demand formed part of a wider 17-year high for British car manufacturing last year.”India is now the eighth biggest Asian market for UK car exports, with demand rising at a rapid rate as an increasing number of affluent buyers take advantage of a range of all new premium and luxury British-built cars. UK car exports to the country grew 15.8 per cent to 3,372 in 2016,” SMMT said in a statement.It also found that Indian-built car models accounted for 31,535 new car registrations in the UK, an uplift of more than 12.6 per cent on 2015.”India and the UK have a great history of collaboration in the automotive sector and it is essential we secure mutually beneficial trade relationships in the future. India is a growing market, for the moment largely for luxury vehicles. But we face high import tariffs which makes it more difficult to sell into India,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive.advertisement”It remains to be seen the kind of trade deal the UK may look to agree with India post-Brexit. But meanwhile, it is very much about producing the right product for the market, which is in the premium category,” he noted.Meanwhile, as many as 1,727,471 vehicles rolled off production lines in the UK last year from some 15 manufacturers, an 8.8 per cent rise in total car production in Britain compared to 2015 and the highest output since 1999.More cars are now being exported from Britain than ever before, which the SMMT highlighted was the result of investment made over recent years in world-class production facilities, cutting-edge design and technology and one of Europes most highly skilled and productive workforces rather than any Brexit effect.Production growth in the UK was predominantly driven by overseas demand, with global appetite for British-built cars rising by 10.3 per cent to an all-time high of 1,354,216 ? a second consecutive annual record.The European Union (EU) remains by far the countrys biggest market, something that could be directly affected by the final trade deal struck as Britain exits the economic bloc.”Brexit is a significant challenge and we want our respective governments to support our industry. The last year was undoubtedly a very, very successful year for the industry but there is a lot of uncertainty with one of our biggest market, the EU,” added Hawes. PTI AK AMS SUA NSAlast_img read more

Michael Harrison, Come On Down

first_imgThat would get you a week of the Weeden machine from 10 feet away with no gloves in some circles, but I have to admit…he kind of does. Now he’s not going to go out and house punts and generally affect the resting heart rate of most Cowboys fans, but even Monken acknowledges Harrison has been an underused special talent:That’s probably poor on my part, not throwing it to him more short and seeing if [defenders] can [take him down]. He’s really good at that.And he’s pretty good at everything else. Yes, Isaiah Anderson will start, but it feels like we know what we’re getting from him: an undersized receiver who will be consistent and maybe hit a home run every once in a while, but little else.Harrison though? I’m not sure where that ceiling is. Heck, I’m not sure he knows where his ceiling is. And for the Cowboys to go five straight he’s going to have to play a prominent role, one I’m confident will exceed the expectations of everyone watching.Not that, at this point, that’s very difficult to do.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! football package - corie wilkinson-9Photo Attribution: Corie BrianneI wrote before the season started that I thought Michael Harrison would be one of the fifteen most important people to an Oklahoma State title run this year. Clearly I was a bit off as I thought he could slide into the #3 WR role behind Blackmon and Cooper and he has to this point only totaled 15 catches for 207 yards, good for 5th best on the team.That all changed in Columbia last Saturday when Hubert Anyiam went down (again) and Todd Monken went all “Texas QB situation” on us and said Harrison and Isaiah Anderson would both help fill his spot:They’ll be kind of a two-headed monster over there and we’ll try to get the most out of both of them.You can pretty easily (okay, maybe not easily) do that too. Anyiam was averaging fewer yards per catch than Harrison and had the same amount of TDs as Anderson. I think I’m actually more surprised Harrison isn’t just getting the nod straight up as the new “X” receiver with the way Monken gushes about him:He might be the best after-the-catch guy that we’ve got; he’s just not as fast as Blackmon. (Harrison) can’t separate. He may not be as quick, but in terms of strength – and Black will be bummed that I said that – Michael Harrison is a bear to bring down.Long-time and part-time contributor, Brett Myles, made an interesting point the other day in my 10 thoughts on Missouri piece when he wondered aloud if Harrison reminded anyone else of Dez.last_img read more

Daniele Massaro: ‘The Marseille defeat filled us with grief. But we came back’

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Barcelona v Milan revisited: The night in 1994 the Dream died Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Messenger Facebook Pinterest Share on WhatsApp In the 1993 Champions League final my Milan team faced Marseille. We were the favourites but lost. The following year we were back in the final to face Barcelona, looking for revenge. So in that respect we were in a similar situation to the one Liverpool are this Saturday, hoping to make amends after the disappointment of the previous year.Losing against Marseille was a bitter blow and I’ve had my boots ready to replay that final ever since then. If someone said right now: “Would you play a rematch against Marseille now,” I would do it. That defeat wounded me like few other things in my life.Before the game we were very calm. Too calm. We didn’t think that we would lose that final and we were too relaxed. There was too much arrogance. We felt strong and confident but mentally that was a problem and our coach, Fabio Capello, realised this right away.The real reason we lost that final, I would say, is because Capello made some choices that some of my teammates didn’t like. There were some players who did not like or indeed understood Capello’s choices. In the end Marseille scored from a corner and we had to watch them lift the cup. It was very painful. After the match we were filled by a devastating grief in the dressing room. We couldn’t believe what had just happened. Facebook We were also boosted by the behaviour of the Barcelona players. It appeared to us as if they were celebrating before the match, that they thought they had already won it. All this stuff gave us a competitive anger that was great.We realised we were facing the best team in the world, without any doubt. Barça were immense and they had Johan Cruyff as a coach, who was an absolute idol of mine.When I saw Cruyff in person the night before the game I felt like a kid in a sweet shop. Before the match I went to him and asked him for an autograph! That, surely, is unheard of before a Champions League final. But then I had played with his number, 14, as a child, and when I designed my own boots I made them orange because I loved the Netherlands so much because of him. He was my idol along with Marco van Basten.Before the game we felt like underdogs. We kept asking ourselves: how are we going to do this without our captain Franco Baresi and without Billy Costacurta, who were both injured?Capello, funnily enough, did not know which lineup to use. Usually a manager would have his starting XI clear for months but not that Milan – and it wasn’t a positive thing. Before the final we played some friendlies and I remember we were very poor in one and lost against Fiorentina. There were no clear ideas and it looked as if we were falling apart.But then he made his decision about the starting XI for the final. He moved some players around and initially it looked crazy. But it has to be said: he called it absolutely right. Share on Facebook The next day, however, we reacted and I must say that is not an easy thing to do when you’ve just lost a European Cup final. We made a promise to ourselves that we would be back. During the first day of preseason for the 1993-94 season we looked each other in the eyes and said: “Let’s go back and get what we deserve.” That summer, each day, we practised as if we were getting ready for a big game. We were ready to fight. It was a fantastic reaction from the team.In football there are magical seasons and for us 1993-94 was just that. The vast majority of the players had the best season of their careers, including myself. We won the scudetto, we had fun and played some incredible football. People came to watch us for the extraordinary football we were playing, it was a pleasure to see us play.We had fun by fighting for each other as a team and this was our secret. This was the best recipe to get us to a final a year after the defeat against Marseille.As we were getting closer to the final we stepped it up another level. From a physical point of view we prepared in an incredible way. In every practice session for the two weeks before the final we never gave an inch, not a single one of us. We were machines ready to go to war, we worked hard, like we never had in our careers. Pinterest Barcelonacenter_img Twitter Milan Share on Pinterest I remember Capello’s pre-match speech like it was yesterday. He said: “You know what you need to do. You are a great team. You are great champions but more than anything you are great men. Don’t disappoint me.” And we didn’t.We all felt like captains because we knew we were doing it for Baresi, who was an incredible leader who was missing in the most important of matches. We told each other: “Let’s do this for him and for Van Basten, who wasn’t able to get revenge for the final the year before.” This was an extra motivation that allowed us to complete the victory.The game was an incredible occasion. We beat Barcelona 4-0. I managed to score two goals. Dejan Savicevic and Marcel Desailly also scored. It was the perfect response to the defeat from the year before. In some ways it was the match of the century – and we outclassed the best team in the world.To me my two goals were worth double because I was able to do that in a Champions League final for the team I grew up supporting. We had already had a fantastic season, I had scored some important goals in the league and I had been called up for the World Cup in the USA that summer.I am still in contact with a lot of players from that incredible night. We always celebrate the anniversaries of these magical nights and the Milan fans who attend are always so nice to us.Daniele Massaro, who played for Milan between 1986 and 1995, winning the European Cup twice and Serie A four times, was speaking to Fabrizio Romano. Share via Email Champions League Read more features Topics Marcel Desailly celebrates after scoring the fourth goal in the final. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Daniele Massaro blasts in the second goal in Milan’s 4-0 thrashing of Barcelona in the 1994 Champions League final. Photograph: Action Images Marseille Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Kings of Concacaf: El Tri earns right to sit on throne again

first_imgIt’s one thing to say it. It’s another thing to prove it. Sunday night at Soldier Field, Mexico topped the United States and proved once again it is the King of Concacaf. El Tri’s fans have never stopped saying it. Many didn’t even think the Gold Cup was worthy of Mexico’s presence, with El Tri perhaps better suited for Copa America. But as we saw during the entire knockout stage of the competition, with Sunday no exception, Concacaf can boast of talented teams beyond simply Mexico. Mexico, however, is at the top. El Tri didn’t win the last Gold Cup, and even entering this tournament with the favorite tag there was plenty of doubt about whether the team could do it with some of its strongest players from the 2018 World Cup missing because of injury, like PSV winger Hirving Lozano, or individual decision.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare This group of Mexico players, featuring many members of the next generation for El Tri, got it done. Uriel Antuna came out of nowhere to score four times for the team. Carlos Rodriguez could start for El Tri at the next World Cup if it were tomorrow. Edson Alvarez will head to Europe as a regional champion after taking control of a game in which he had to battle Michael Bradley and Wetson McKennie.  “Young players are starting to show up, and they’re adjusting well. When there’s a title, you gain confidence,” manager Tata Martino said in his post-match news conference. “We’ll be better with those who haven’t been able to come to the team because of different purposes, if we only think about one of the three best players in the Dutch league, he wasn’t with us because of a knee injury.”We have no reason not to be better, and after that we’ll analyze who comes in and who doesn’t. I’m really happy with how the team has started to function in the first six months of the process.” While fans can get excited about the young blood, a pair of veterans had the biggest plays of the night. In the 73rd minute, Jonathan dos Santos held off an American midfielder to keep possession and found Rodolfo Pizarro. As the creative player went to work, the 29-year-old Dos Santos continued his run into the box. After Pizarro found Raul Jimenez in the box, the forward slipped Dos Santos into perfect shooting position with a slick back-heeled pass that Dos Santos smashed past Zack Steffen for the deciding goal. El Tri would have been down had it not been for a save off the line from midfielder Andres Guardado. Seeing the vacancy in the net on a 51st-minute corner kick, the Mexico captain rushed to the line and was there just in time to head away a goal-bound shot from Jordan Morris. As the music went off and the Mexico players celebrated by hugging, jumping in a circle and pumping up the sold-out crowd, you could see how much it meant to the players. No matter which generation they were from, they’ve become a team during this process.”Some guys didn’t come for injuries and such, but that opened the door for other talents, for the future of this national team, which showed in this tournament that they’re on a really good path,” Guardado said. “As a Mexican and a veteran player, it makes you calm because you know you’re leaving the team in good hands and they definitely can achieve what maybe you couldn’t in so many years.”Martino, managing Mexico in a major tournament for the first time, has emphasized that his first task was to put together a team that knows how to win. Now, his biggest job is to get a team that understands the style he wants it to play. Michael Bradley Chaka Rodriguez Mexico USA USMNT Gold Cup 2019Christian Pulisic Edson Alvarez Mexico USA USMNT Gold Cup 2019The style was on display in all its glory and with all its flaws Sunday night. The first half was even, with the United States able to take advantage of several transitions. Jozy Altidore missed a glorious chance to give the Americans the lead heading into the halftime break, the lowlight of a 30 minutes in which the U.S. came out and played some of its best football of the tournament. “I told the players that there was no doubt that what got us closer to the title was imposing our style of play,” Martino said. “When you win, few people remember that the team wasn’t able to implement its style. With what we did in the second half, we’ve won putting in our idea, having courage and in a final these and some individual high points … are elements to have in mind.”It’s worth having in mind as well that the United States was the reigning champion of this competition. It’s also worth highlighting the fact that the United States pushed Mexico, with El Tri able to win by only the slightest margin. It was a good final, worthy of being the deciding game in a tournament that has been full of surprises – one of which being the sheer number of surprise results we saw. In the end, though, it was the two regional giants battling it out once again. In the end, Mexico showed once again that it’s the King of Concacaf.last_img read more

Bunker One to Start Marine Fuel Supply in German Ports

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Denmark-based marine fuel supplier Bunker One revealed plans to establish a new physical bunker entity that will serve the German market. The new entity Bunker One (Germany) GmbH will be supplying marine fuel products and other related services to ferry, container and other commercial vessels in all ports it the German North Sea and Baltic Sea regions with bases in Rostock, Kiel and Hamburg.Products will be delivered by barge, truck, and ex pipe. The new business unit will operate storage facilities in several relevant locations in Germany. Barge deliveries will be carried out by tank vessels, according to Bunker One.From mid 2019 the latest, the physical operation will be able to provide very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5%, as informed by Bunker One.Last month, Bunker One also started with its operation in Jamaican ports, off Jamaica and Trinidad. In the Caribbean, the company is using two specialized tankers – MT Kalymnos and MT Keflonia.last_img read more

Minimum Wage to Increase Oct 1

first_imgThe minimum wage in Nova Scotia is increasing to $10.00 per hour on Oct. 1. This is a 3.6 per cent increase from the present rate of $9.65. The minimum wage for inexperienced workers, with less than three months’ experience in the work for which they were hired, will rise to $9.50. In January 2008, the Minimum Wage Review Committee recommended a series of minimum wage increases. After the last of the scheduled increases in October 2010, the committee met again to make recommendations on how to go forward. Their report and recommendations were released on March 11, 2011 for public comment. “The minimum wage rate is an important benchmark that must continue to reflect the current economic climate,” says Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “We received over 40 separate responses on the report from a wide variety of organizations and individuals including those representing employees, employers, businesses, labour and advocacy groups. Each of these submissions presented a unique viewpoint that we carefully reviewed before making our decision. “This increase is consistent with increases across the country and brings the rate back inline in terms of buying power with where it was in the mid 1970’s. It ensures that Nova Scotians continue to be paid fairly for their work.” After the increase in October, future increases will occur in April, beginning in 2012, indexing the minimum wage to the low income cut off, which represents the threshold where people are devoting a significantly larger than average percentage of their income to the basic necessities of food, shelter, and clothing. This will be done based on the national estimated Consumer Price Index from the previous calendar year which is usually released in January. Increasing the rate annually based on inflation will directly impact over 50,000 Nova Scotians who make close to the minimum wage. This group makes up about 16 per cent of the workforce. The increase brings Nova Scotia in line with the other Atlantic provinces which have all either announced plans to increase to $10 per hour this fiscal year or are now at this rate. In addition to minimum wage increases, the province continues to help Nova Scotians get the right skills for good jobs and invest in improvements to the Employment Support and Income Assistance. For more information on these programs and more, visit www.gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

First session of new Andhra Pradesh Assembly begins

first_imgAmaravati: The first session of new Andhra Pradesh Assembly began on Wednesday with the newly-elected members taking oath. Pro tem Speaker C. Appala Naidu sworn in the new minister. Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy was the first to take oath. Members of the treasury benches greeted Jagan Reddy with thumping of desks as he rose to take the oath. He responded with the folded hands. Leader of the Opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu took the oath after Jagan Reddy. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Naidu and other members of the TDP were clad in yellow, the colour of the party’s flag, while YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) MLAs wore the party scarves. The swearing-in of members is expected to continue throughout the business hours on Wednesday. The session will last for five days. The Speaker will be elected on Thursday while Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan will address the House on Friday. The House will debate the motion of thanks to the Governor for his address on June 17 and 18. Jagan Reddy led the YSRCP to a landslide victory in the April 11 elections. YSRCP bagged 151 seats in 175-member Assembly. The TDP secured 23 seats while Jana Sena Party of actor Pawan Kalyan got just one seat.last_img read more

Music festival played on despite government HuronWendat opposition over possible sacred sites

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN National News ORO-MEDONTE, Ont. – As The Killers played their last song Sunday wrapping up another year of the massive WayHome music festival, the event’s legal troubles played on.The township says it is investigating the festival for allegedly breaking its permit for the second year in a row, allowing 35,000 campers to set up their tents on portions of the property outside of what the permit allowed.Only this year there was something more at stake.The 500-acre property may have sacred Indigenous villages and burials, something learned earlier this year.The township’s permit, like last year, only allowed the festival to operate on 92 acres of the 500-acre property.The festival’s owner – Burl’s Creek Event Grounds – had applied to the township for a permit allowing complete access.But the township said it would only approve the full permit if the Huron-Wendat gave the go-ahead.That’s because the Wendat believe their ancestors used that land up until about 1650, about 20 minutes north of Barrie, Ont.And where the Wendat lived, they also buried their dead.It would be “a risk the Nation simply cannot take” and didn’t give their support.The province opposed the festival, too, because the Wendat are potentially right.An archaeologist hired by Burl’s Creek found there was potential for sacred Indigenous sites on the property, and recommended further tests of the soil, known as a Stage 2 archaeology assessment, throughout portions of the property in a March 2 report.That report found there are two confirmed pre-contact Indigenous archaeology sites within one kilometre of the Burl’s Creek property.At those sites, pottery fragments, stone axes and a human skull were found.‎Based on this, the province couldn’t support the full permit according to a letter sent to Burl’s Creeks’ archaeologist Jamie Lemon of Golder Associates on May 18 from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport.“The cumulative effects of driving and parking on an archaeological site can include rutting, soil displacement and compaction which can be significant on as-yet-to-be discovered archaeological sites,” said Blair Rohaly, manager of the MTCS archaeology unit.But still the township issued the restricted permit on July 6, a few weeks before the three-day festival started, with booked acts including Arcade Fire and popular Indigenous group A Tribe Called Red.‎Campers at WayHome Friday.Mayor Harry Hughes said the special events permit was issued because the 92-acre portion was properly zoned.“They are camping and they are parking on land that has not been zoned and they’ve been given notice if that does occur we would enforce our bylaw. That’s what will happen,” said Hughes Saturday.He said the council had some idea the festival was going to use all the property, as similar issues happened last year on the site resulting in fines of $200,000. ‎“The possibility of them using the land again was a possibility that could well occur,” said Hughes. “Our bylaw officers are on site and they are monitoring the area.”He said bylaw officers were keeping notes to file a report to council for consideration of laying fines for allegedly breaking the permit.He said the decision to issue the permit was one council shouldn’t have had to make.Burl’s Creek had applied to the Ontario Municipal Board for a temporary use bylaw before the Stage 2 assessment, hoping to postpone it to the fall, when the festival season was over.The OMB is a place to settle municipal disputes and agreed to hear the case.But midway through the two-week hearing in the spring it was disrupted when Burl’s Creek planner had to be away for vacation, according lawyer David Donnelly, who represents the community group Save Oro that has been fighting to stop the festival for two years.The OMB postponed the hearing to October 25, leaving the decision to the township.Donnelly doesn’t think the township should have issued the restricted permit based opposition from MTCS and the Wendat.“It’s totally disgusting to First Nations,” said Donnelly Sunday in a phone interview from Prince Edward Island where he’s vacationing. “The province of Ontario (MTCS) told the concert promoter do not hold camping and parking as part of the concerts.”Donnelly said he wrote MTCS July 13 asking a stop work order based on the Ontario Heritage Act, which is supposed to protect sites subject to archaeology assessments.“We request your immediate attention to the above requests,” Donnelly wrote, but the concert proceeded as scheduled.Festival-goers at the WayHome music festival Friday.According to the letter, the Chippewas of Rama First Nation does not oppose the assessment waiting to the fall. But during the OMB hearings Lemon, the archaeologist for Burl’s Creek, testified the site and potential burials are most likely Wendat.The Rama would have been involved because they are the closest First Nation to the site which needs to be consulted as per the Heritage act. APTN wrote Rama council Sunday seeking confirmation, but haven’t heard back.APTN spoke to Grand Chief Konrad Sioui Sunday and he confirmed the Wendat didn’t approve waiting to the festival season was over until the Stage 2 was completed. Sioui said they were disappointed the festival went ahead.On Friday, local residents of Save Oro held a protest across the road from the main entrance, at the home of Bruce Wiggins.Save Oro has complained of noise from the concerts and opposed the land being used for concerts as property is largely zoned farm land, outside of the 92 acres.Wiggins said ignoring those complaints is bad enough, but add in the new revelations of the sacred sites, it’s all just too much for him.“I want the respect First Nations deserve. There should be a Stage 2 already, but no they are desecrating it even further by having these events on the land,” he said Friday.Save Oro protesters Friday greeting people as they arrived to WayHome.Burl’s Creek didn’t respond to questions Sunday on using land outside of the permit for camping and parking, or what precautions the WayHome festival was taking to protect the lands requiring additional archaeological testing.In fact, Burl’s Creek stopped responding to APTN after ordering reporters to leave the grounds Saturday. A spokeswoman said they were upset APTN filmed inside the festival for a story on a protest held by Save Oro Friday afternoon.Inside, reporters filmed campers meandering around the grounds and throughout large fields of tents.APTN also had its accreditation revoked by WayHome as it was originally given to do a story on A Tribe Called Red who performed at the festival Saturday.‎On Friday, Burl’s Creek did provide this statement:‘Although it is disappointing, it does not surprise us that Save Oro would inappropriately and disingenuously take their own notes from our OMB case out of context to deliberately mislead the public.  Burl’s Creek Event Grounds has been hosting concerts and major events since 1984 and the original footprint, which is used as the main entertainment spaces for Boots and Hearts and WayHome is all zoned accordingly,’ the statement said.‘Having applied for temporary rezoning in April 2015, we expected our OMB hearing to be completed prior to this festival season. Unfortunately, that is not the case.  No archeological sites or artifacts have been identified on the properties.  We have been following due process in regard to First Nation’s interests and will continue to engage with them as we work though our rezoning.’ATCR also canceled their interview after seeing the protest story saying they didn’t know enough about the issue to comment. Their performance was on land properly zoned and cleared for concerts. ‎APTN wrote them again Sunday as it obtained more information, including the letter from the MTCS opposing the full permit. ‎“We do not have any further comments on this matter but appreciate you are doing this investigation work,” said manager Guillaume Decouflet.The bylaw investigation isn’t the only one facing Burl’s Creek, as their promoter for WayHome is subject to a private prosecution launched in December in the provincial offence court in Orillia by local resident Wendy McKay.McKay alleges alteration of lands without approval, such as roads through the property, and violation of the bylaw over camping and parking.A justice of the peace is scheduled to rule whether the private prosecution can proceed Sept. 14.Another festival is scheduled for early August that will see the biggest names in country music converage on the lands and thousands of people to catch the concerts.Kjackson@aptn.ca‎‎@afixedaddresslast_img read more

List of Most Famous Muslim Soccer Players of the 2014 World…

Tinejdad, Morocco- A dozen famous Muslim football players are taking part in the FIFA World Cup football tournament hosted by Brazil from June 12 to July 13, 2014.As part of its coverage of the international sports event which is being followed by millions of people around the world, MWN presents to its readers, along with updates of the World Cup, a list of the names of Muslim soccer stars participating in the World Cup 2014.Van piersie’s stunning goal against SpainBorn on August 6, 1983, Robin van Persie, married to Bouchra van Persie, born Bouchra Elbali of Moroccan and Dutch decent, is a Dutch footballer playing for the Netherlands national football team. Van Persie, who plays as a striker for Manchester United, scored a stunning goal against Spain on June 13 which is considered by the sports media to be one of the greatest moments of the 2014 World Cup.Karim Mostafa BenzemaKarim Mostafa Benzema, 26, of Algerian descent, is a French international footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid in La Liga and for the French national football team.Described as an “immensely-talented striker,” Benzema was ranked as top goal-scorer in all European leagues in 2007 with 11 goals.Gnégnéri Yaya TouréBorn in May 13, 1983, Gnégnéri Yaya Touré, known as Yaya Touré, is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Manchester City.The Muslim midfielder is currently playing for the Ivory Coast national team.The Ivory Coast won its first game in the world cup against Japan (2-1) in an entertaining match.Because of his tactful and intelligent qualities, his family in Ivory Coast call him “Ordinateur” (Computer).Mamadou SakhoMamadou Sakho, 24, whose parents are Senegalese, is a French footballer who plays as a central defender for Premier League club Liverpool and the French national team.The Muslim defender will play in the World Cup for the French world Cup squad.Nicknamed Kirikou by some supporters, Sakho is known for his leadership credentials and incredible tactics.Sami KhediraSami Khedira, 27, is a German footballer playing for Real Madrid and the German national team.Despite his serious knee injury, the Real Madrid Muslim midfielder will play in the World Cup for the German national team.Originally from Tunisia, the midfielder who enjoys “flawless aerial ability” is “irreplaceable in Germany’s squad,” according to coach Joachim Löw.Mesut ÖzilBorn in October 15, 1988, Mesut Özil is a German footballer who plays for Premier League club Arsenal and the German national team.The German football player of Turkish descent will “light up the World Cup for Germany,” according to Germany forward Lukas Podolski.“Mesut has the quality and he’s going to give us a lot of pleasure,” Podolski added. read more

Russia: Fighter jet downed by Turkey is a “very serious incident”…

Rabat – President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson called the downing of a Russian warplane in Syria a “very serious incident.”Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian Su-24 warplane near Syria’s border with Turkey on Tuesday morning after repeated warnings it was violating airspace, Turkish officials said.The warplane crashed into the mountainous area in the northern countryside of Latakia province, Syria. Where it is believed pro-government forces have been battling insurgents on the ground and where there had been aerial bombardments earlier, according to Reuters. Footage emerged online showing the body of one of the two Russian pilots of the downed plane. The video, said to have been shot by rebel forces in Syria, could not be immediately verified.Citing local sources, CNN Turk reports the second pilot was “in the hands of Turkmen forces” (Syrians of Turkish descent) and is believed to be alive.Turkish military said the plane violated the country’s airspace in Hatay province and was warned “10 times in five minutes.”“Our two F-16 planes on air patrol duty intervened in the plane in question on November 24, 2015, 9:24am, according to the rules of engagement,” the military said in a statement.This is the radar print of Russian jet violating Turkish air space.Rus sava? uça??n?n s?n?r ihlalini gösteren harita pic.twitter.com/w77onQXpLf— YusufYerkel (@YusufYerkel) November 24, 2015However, Moscow, who confirmed the downed warplane was Russian, is rebutting the claims saying it could prove the jet had not left Syrian airspace.Also saying but said it was too early to draw conclusions, “It is just impossible to say something without having full information,” Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesperson, told reporters.According to the Russian Defense Ministry, a Russian Su-24 bomber was taking part in the campaign against ISIS in Syria was taken down near the border with Turkey. The plane may have been shot down from the ground also stressing that the plane went down in Syria and did not violate Turkish airspace, the statement said.Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was briefed by the head of the military, while Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu ordered consultations with NATO, the United Nations and related countries, their respective offices said.UN spokesperson Ahmad Fawzi said the incident will likely complicate anti-terrorist efforts in Syria, at a media briefing in Geneva.About 1,700 people have fled the northern Syrian region to the Turkish border due to surge in fighting over the last three days.Hundreds of Russian aircraft have flown over as well as bomb northern parts of Syria in its combat missions against ISIS since September. Activists claim the strikes have hit Western-backed rebel groups but Moscow says they have targeted only “terrorists”.Turkey has long warned against violations of its airspace by Russian and Syrian aircraft. The downing comes in the wake of news that last month, officials said Turkey had intercepted a Russian jet that crossed its border, as well as two Turkish jets had been harassed by an unidentified Mig-29. read more

Casablanca’s Prison Administration Denies Comments by Bouachrine Lawyer

Rabat – The administration of the Ain Al Borja prison in Casablanca denied comments that the detained journalist Taoufik Bouachrine is prohibited from receiving letters from family members on Friday.In a statement released by the General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR), Casablanca’s prison administration denied the comments, which were attributed to a member of Bouachrine’s defense committee.The prison administration confirmed that the detainee received five letters from his wife between April 2-11. The statement added that three more letters from Bouachrine’s wife, children, and sister were handed to him on April 19. “The allegations made by some lawyers of the detainee, will not deter the administration of the institution to enforce the law against all prisoners without distinction,” concluded the statement.Bouachrine was arrested on February 24, at the headquarters of Akhbar Al Yaoum.He is facing several charges, including human trafficking, the exploitation of people in need, and the abuse of power for sexual purposes. Bouachrine is also suspected of other crimes, including violent rape and attempted rape. The communiqué added that there are nearly 50 tapes documenting the sexual assault incidents, recorded on a hard disk and a digital video recorder. read more

Return to Normalcy: UK Says Assad to Stay as Arab Countries…

Rabat – The UK has said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not leaving the presidency any time soon and that Moscow is responsible.“Regretfully, we do think he is going to be around for a while,” British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told Sky News Thursday. “That is because of the support [Assad] has had from Russia. Russia … gained a sphere of influence [and] a responsibility.”Hunt’s comments signal a change in policy from his predecessor, Boris Johnson, who said a year ago that President Assad should only remain in power if re-elected after a peace agreement. Assad has regained control of most of the country with the support of Russia, Iran, and armed groups such as Hezbollah.Read Also: Trump Plans Complete Withdrawal of US Troops from SyriaLast week, the UAE reopened its embassy in Damascus. In December, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir became the first Arab leader to visit post-war Syria. Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz will travel to Syria at the end of next week to meet with President Assad. Morocco has regularized Syrian refugees in Morocco and in 2012 set up a field hospital in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Morocco remained neutral in regard to Russia’s involvement in the Syrian crisis while supporting an undivided Syria. read more

Teens test Brock labs during Scientifically Yours

They cracked murder mysteries, tested their cold tolerance and prepared ancient fish fossil specimens — all in the name of science.About 60 students from Ontario high schools spent two days in Brock University’s labs, taking part in a variety of activities during the 30th annual Scientifically Yours conference.Presented by Brock’s Faculty of Mathematics and Science, the event, held Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10, aimed to showcase potential post-secondary pathways and future careers in science-related fields.More information is available on the Scientifically Yours website. read more

Wolves and brown bears could return to British countryside to naturally cut

first_imgThey are the snarling beasts of fiction and folklore, but conservationists are hoping to bring back wolves to the British countryside within the next 20 years. Experts believe that introducing wolves back into… The Wildwood Trust, which has successfully helped reintroduce beavers, water voles, pine martins and dormice to parts of the UK where they had become extinct, now wants to start ‘rewilding’ the country with larger creatures. In March, the Trust brought a pack of six wolves from Sweden to its 200 acre parkland site in Escot, East Devon, where their behaviour is being monitored as part of an ongoing research project into animal domestication, and to see how they adapt to living in Britain. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Tesco This dispute is about our need to compete

first_imgTesco: ‘This dispute is about our need to compete’ By Monday, 2,000 Tesco workers will be on the picket line, according to the trade union Mandate. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Lenscap Photography https://jrnl.ie/3251986 Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 2:15 PM Share132 Tweet Email Tesco say the opposite:The reality is that this strike has not been supported in the way Mandate expected with up to 60% of colleagues in striking stores coming to work.“The strike has been rejected too by customers with business remaining brisk.”Mandate meanwhile say that they have “great support from the public.”In areas where Tesco is located in malls or shopping centres with other stores, the strike is having a serious affect on businesses sharing those premises. On phone shows like RTÉ’s Liveline, business owners are reporting a decrease in income of up to 60%.Mandate said that they wanted to form picket lines outside Tesco’s doors, but Tesco refused that suggestion and said it should be at the entrance to the premises, which is affecting other stores.Tesco said that “a peaceful picket should not disrupt other business if handled in the appropriate manner”.At certain locations problems have been encountered with the behaviour of picketers who are blocking and preventing access to shopping centres which is having an impact on other businesses. Tesco workers Drumcondra defiant in the face of last night’s votes (and it’s miserable out) say public support growing #tescostrike pic.twitter.com/CuqRxOHov4— Cormac Fitzgerald (@Cormfitz) February 22, 2017 32,369 Views Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/Twitter Feb 22nd 2017, 2:15 PM Image: Shutterstock/Lenscap Photography 121 Comments Updated 11.15pmTESCO WORKERS IN Sligo Town are the latest to join in industrial action after a ballot this evening, trade union Mandate said.“Strike notice has been served and these workers will begin picketing from Wednesday, 1 March next. We are in the process of arranging for more ballots to take place next week after requests have come in from the workers in the stores concerned,” said Mandate General Secretary John Douglas.He said it was disappointing but not surprising that IBEC had announced its withdrawal from tomorrow’s meeting been the Labour Court, IBEC and ICTU.Meanwhile, Tesco said that in stores balloted tonight “only 29% of colleagues voted in favour of strike action. 5 out of 6 stores balloted tonight voted against strike”.There is an onus now on Mandate to face up to the emphatic decisions by the majority of colleagues. It is incumbent on Mandate after tonight’s strike rejections to re-visit its strike plans.Earlier today, a Tesco spokesperson defended the company’s position to get rid of the pre-96 contracts, saying that they’re impeding on their ability to compete.Tesco’s Head of Corporate Affairs Christine Heffernan said on RTÉ’s News at One that the terms and conditions contained in the pre-96 contract were out of date and needed to change to match how customers shopped.“The terms and conditions [in those contracts] are over a quarter of a century old.”She said that this dispute was about their ‘need to compete’ and that the average redundancy offered to date was worth €105,000.Heffernan also accused strikers of ‘blocking’ road and pedestrian entrances into some Tesco stores, saying that if they were peaceful protests there wouldn’t be reports of other businesses near being affected by the picket.Mandate meanwhile say that Tesco are intimidating their workers into voting against strike action and that if Tesco don’t honour the pre-96 contract, then other contracts may be next to go.EarlierLast night, members at seven Tesco stores voted against joining the picket line, with one voting to join.It follows an announcement Monday night that four more stores voted to join industrial action while six voted against.Trade union Mandate said that they would ballot other stores over the next two days to see if they will join the strike action. By Monday, there will be 20 Tesco stores with a strike outside its grounds.Tesco said that they were “shocked” that Mandate is continuing to strike after seven out of eight stores voted tonight to reject strike last night.This means that Mandate’s call to strike has now been rejected in 50% of stores that have so far voted with the heaviest losses happening over the last two nights. On Monday and Tuesday evening, stores voted overwhelmingly (13 – 5) to reject Mandate’s aggressive strategy.The argument that Mandate is losing momentum in their strike action was put to Mandate’s John Douglas on Morning Ireland today.Douglas said that Tesco were trying to steamroll workers’ terms and conditions, and that the Labour Court recommendation, which recommended the actions taken by Tesco, was irrelevant because most workers had rejected the proposal. We call on Mandate to rethink their approach which is unjustified and is damaging Tesco and other businesses.By Monday, 2,000 workers will be on the picket line, according to Mandate.The disagreement between workers and Tesco management relates to the pre-96 contract, which sees workers on a higher pay and work more favourable hours compared to those on newer contracts.- Additional reporting Aoife BarryRead: Four Tesco stores vote to join strike, six vote againstRead: A St Pat’s lecturer brought her students to Tesco today to teach them about the strike By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

AI Polygraph Is Better At Detecting Lies Than You

first_imgSome people are natural liars, while others have no poker face. But it doesn’t take much to fool someone in blind computer conversations.In an attempt to remove those blinders, Florida State University researcher Shuyuan Ho has developed the first online polygraph test.“You could use it for online dating, Facebook, Twitter—the applications are endless,” Ho, an associate professor in the College of Communication and Information, said in a statement. “I think the future is unlimited for an online polygraph system.”Imagine a future where technology can automatically identify liars and truth-tellers based on the words they type in electronic messages.In a study published by the journal Computer in Human Behavior, Ho detailed the findings of an online game created to measure truthful and deceptive communication between people.Players were randomly assigned the role of “Saint” or “Sinner,” then left to have a computerized chat. Researchers, meanwhile, followed along, using machine learning tech to scrutinize patterns of words and writing.Just as physical cues provide context, so, too, do language-action cues in written text.Lying sinners were less expressive but used more ornamental words, displayed more negative emotions, and appeared anxious when communicating with truth-tellers.Conversely, saints tended toward speculation, taking longer to respond to inquiries; sincere players provided more reasoned ideas and expressed more reflective thinking, according to the study.Ho’s experiment highlighted that while a human can spot lies in messages about 50 percent of the time, the machine-learning approach has a much higher success rate of 85 to 100 percent.“I want to get the world’s attention on this research so we can hopefully make it into a commercial product that could be attached to all kinds of online social forums,” she said.“I think we all have good common sense about the people we meet face to face, but how much common sense do we have with the strangers we encounter online where you can meet a lot of people very fast,” Ho continued. “This research is so important because it can provide another reference point offering more protection. All of society can benefit.”More on Geek.com:AI Lie Detector to Screen Travelers at Some EU BordersThis Text-Based Lie Detector Can Spot False Police ReportsResearchers Develop 10-Minute Test to Detect Cancerlast_img read more

Agent refuses to comment on Frenkie de Jongs future

first_imgFrenkie de Jong’s agent has given no indication on whether or not his client will be leaving AjaxThe 21-year-old midfielder has emerged as one of Ajax’s brightest prospects in recent years and has caught the interest of Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur.Recently reports have suggested that Real Madrid are now in the race for De Jong and are willing to pay €80m to fend off competition.The 13-time European champions view him an upgrade to Mateo Kovacic, who left on a season-long loan deal at Chelsea.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“I can neither confirm or deny it,” agent Ali Dursun told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, via Mundo Deportivo.Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are also allegedly interested in the midfielder.De Jong himself stated recently that he intends to remain at Ajax for now, while sporting director Marc Overmars announced he will not be leaving Amsterdam in January.last_img read more

Give recognition to psychologists Dr Atla urges to Centre in

first_imgKarimnagar: Psychologist Dr Atla Srinivas Reddy on Wednesday urged the central government to take initiation for passage of the ‘Mental Health Care Professional Bill’ and to give recognition to psychologists in the country.In a letter written to Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, Dr Atla Srinivas Reddy said that there is no system of issuing of license to the psychologist and recognition for psychologists in the country. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us If the bill is passed in the Upper House, the psychologists are going to get recognition who are rendering medical services by treating the persons suffering with mental illness under the Allied Health Care Professional Act-2018, he informed. Moreover, the government will allot separate budget for this sector and prevention of mental illness will become the right of every person. Through this bill, as many as 53 members of medical experts are going to get recognition as psychologists. About 9 lakh of allied healthcare professionals will get recognition through this act. As the Parliament sessions in extended to 15 more days, the government must take initiation for passage of the 15 bills which are pending, urged the Dr Atla Srinivas Reddy.last_img read more

Watch Tetris Is A Game To Play Before You Die

first_img There are tons of video games out there, way more than any person could ever play, and many of them you shouldn’t play. But some games are so good, so iconic, so important that you should absolutely play them if it’s the last thing you do. And Jordan Minor from Geek.com, along with some friends from Mashable, is here to tell you what those games are in Games To Play Before You Die, a new show that’s pretty self-explanatory.This week, we’re talking about Tetris, the block-solid foundation of puzzle games and perhaps the entire idea of handheld gaming. We talk about its Russian roots, its unparalleled mainstream success, and how later games have managed to improve on its perfection. Wrap your head around this Soviet mind game.For more thoughts on Tetris check out our thoughts on why Tetris is a perfect video game and read our impressions of Tetris Effect, one of the best video games of 2018.Buy Tetris Effect Stay on target Watch: ‘Diablo III’ Is A Game To Play Before You DieWatch: ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ Is A Game To Play Before You Die last_img read more