Day 2: India 128 for two

first_imgIndia started off shakily but Sachin Tendulkar scaled a new peak crossing 14,000 runs in Test cricket and steadied the hosts’ innings against a massive Australian score of 478, at stumps, on the second day, of the second and final Test match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday.ScorecardCourtesy an unbroken 90-run third wicket stand between Tendulkar (44 batting, 88 balls, 6×4) and opener Murali Vijay (42 batting, 83 balls, 4×4, 1×6), India were 128 for two when play was stopped after 34.2 overs.Australian cricketer Ben Hifenhaus and teammates celebrate the wicket of India’s opener Virendra Sehwag on Day 2 of 2nd Test match at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Sunday.Tendulkar’s feat was watched by a packed Chinnaswamy stadium crowd and the maestro got a standing ovation from all present in the stadium. Australian captain, Ricky Ponting is remains Tendulkar’s nearest rival but the Aussie is still behind by 1822 runs.Ponting, was one of the first among the opposition players to come up and congratulate Tendulkar for his achievement.Today, Tendulkar also became the highest run getter among batsmen who played Test matches at Chinnaswamy Stadium scoring in excess of 600 runs thus eclipsing Sunil Gavaskar’s total.Compared to both Virender Sehwag and Rahul David, Tendulkar was more composed and not perturbed but went about his job in his inimitable style.Tendulkar reached the milestone, when he punched off-spinner Nathan Hauritz through the cover point region. He looked in good touch throughout his innings today.Opener Sehwag, a prolific batsmen aggressive methods of counter attack did not work to his advantage and Dravid was done in by left arm pacer Johnson. Dravid has been dismissed six times by left-arm bowlers during the past season.advertisementThe start for the Indian reply to Australia’s huge first innings total of 478 was shaky as Sehwag survived two run-out chances.Ponting, had set plans to tackle and restrain the swashbuckling Sehwag, who has scores of 50 plus in his last 11 Test matches.But, the new ball bowlers, Hilfenhaus and Johnson were irritating him with bouncers and time and again, Sehwag had to duck himself avoiding a hit by the ball.Sehwag was in punishing mood and with his partner Vijay attempted cheeky singles often to put the Australians in disarray but survived the risk of getting run out.On both the occasions, it was Vijay who should be blamed for making wrong calls.Noticing that Sehwag was time and again eyeing on the mid-wicket region, Ponting brought in two fielders on the deep and long and both the new ball bowlers responded to captain’s decision.On one occasion, Sehwag, who was hit on his helmet by a Hilfenhaus delivery tried to pull one only to be holed out in deep by Johnson. Sehwag hit four boundaries and a delectable six in his 30 from 28 balls.With Dravid walking in and egged on by vociferous crowd, the local hero did not stay for long. He was middling the ball well but was tentative against Johnson and finally fell chasing an outside the off stump delivery and edged to Marcus North at the slips.Earlier, Australia posted their highest ever total of 478 at the Chinnaswamy stadium surpassing the earlier best of 474 in 2004. PTI RE KHSIndian bowlers, especially the spinners toiled for about 55 overs since morning today to claim five wickets after the visitors made 285 for 5 overnight.Pragyan Ojha and Harbhajan claimed couple of wickets, while Cheteshwar Pujara accounted for a run out.Harbhajan had the best figures of four for 148 and Ojha had three for 120.Zaheer Khan and Suresh Raina claimed a wicket each.During the post lunch session, Marcus North (128) was more aggressive and seen stepping out to play his shots.North and other overnight not out batsman Tim Paine played well in the first session today.However, the Indian spinners were also equal to the task and broke the pair. Paine was lucky to have been recalled after being given out of a no ball from Sreesanth. But, Paine stayed only for couple of overs as he was stumped by Mahendra Singh Dhoni of Ojha.Paine made a valuable 59 runs (133b,8X4) and his stand with North yielded 149 runs for the sixth wicket in 181 minutes of 255 balls.Paine and North stayed at the wicket together for 181 minutes and their stand yielded 149 runs off 255 balls. North reached his century facing 179 balls but he too left after making 128.North, who had occupied the crease for 335 minutes and hit 17 fours and a six.Mitchell Johnson failed to open his account, Hauritz (17, 2 X 4) and debutant Peter George made two.advertisementFast bowler, Ben Hilfenhaus remained unbeaten on 16 (2 X 4, 1 X 6).–with PTI inputslast_img read more

I was a suicide bomber: Salah Abdeslam, Paris attacks suspect charged in Paris

first_imgThe prime surviving suspect for the Nov. 13 Paris attacks planned to blow himself up at a sports stadium with fellow Islamic State militants but changed his mind, he told Belgian investigators on Saturday.The admission by Salah Abdeslam came a day after he was shot in the leg and captured during a police raid in Brussels, ending an intensive four-month manhunt.”He wanted to blow himself up at the Stade de France and … backed out,” said the lead French investigator, Francois Molins, quoting Abdeslam’s statement to a magistrate in Brussels before he was transferred to a secure jail in Bruges.The gun and bomb attacks on the stadium, bars and a concert hall killed 130 people and marked the deadliest militant assault in Europe since 2004.Molins told reporters in Paris that people should treat with caution initial statements by the 26-year-old French national. But his capture and apparent urge to talk marked a major breakthrough for investigators after the trail had seemed to go cold.Abdeslam’s lawyer said he admitted being in Paris during the attacks but gave no details. He told reporters his client, born and raised by Moroccan immigrants in Brussels, had cooperated with investigators but would fight extradition to France.Legal experts said his challenge was unlikely to succeed but would buy him weeks, possibly months, to prepare his defence.Belgian prosecutors charged Abdeslam and a man arrested with him with “participation in terrorist murder”.Abdeslam’s elder brother Brahim, with whom he used to run a bar, was among the suicide bombers. Salah’s confession suggested he was the 10th man mentioned in an Islamic State claim of responsibility for the attacks, after which police found one suicide vest abandoned in garbage.advertisementAbdeslam’s family, who had urged him to give himself up, said through their lawyer that they had a “sense of relief”.Authorities hope the arrest may help disrupt other militant cells that Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said were certainly “out there” and planning further violence. French security services stepped up their measures at frontier crossings after a global warning from Interpol that other fugitives might try to move country.”We’ve won a battle against the forces of ignorance but the struggle isn’t over,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said.The case has raised tensions with France but Michel and French President Francois Hollande, who was in Brussels for an EU summit when Abdeslam was arrested, praised each other’s security services. Hollande was attending an international soccer match at the Stade de France when the bombers struck.Flight Risk A man using false papers in the names of Amine Choukri and Monir Ahmed Alaaj was also charged with terrorist murder. As Choukri, he was documented by German police in the city of Ulm in October when he was stopped in a car with Abdeslam. French prosecutor Molins said Abdeslam travelled widely to prepare the attacks.A third man in the house when the pair were arrested was charged with belonging to a terrorist organisation. He and a woman who was present were charged with concealing criminals.Police had sought Abdeslam since he called two acquaintances in Belgium in a panic, hours after the attacks, to have them collect him and bring him home. Suspected to be as far away as Syria, it seems he was in Brussels all or most of the time.Failure to complete his mission could have limited his access to any support from Syria-based Islamic State; the chief Belgian investigator on the case said he had instead relied on a network of friends, family and neighbours with whom he had a history of drug trafficking and petty crime.Security agencies’ difficulties in penetrating some Muslim communities, particularly in pursuit of Belgium’s unusually high number of citizens fighting in Syria, have been a key factor in the inquiry.Paris ReliefAs Parisians, and families of the victims, voiced relief at the arrest, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said after an emergency cabinet meeting that a trial could answer questions for those who suffered in the attacks.”Abdeslam will have to answer to French justice for his acts,” he said. “It is an important blow to the terrorist organisation Daesh (Islamic State) in Europe.”A trickle of people came to a makeshift memorial in central Paris, near the scene of much of the bloodshed, to pay their respects.”It’s really a relief,” said Emilien Bouthillier, who works in the neighbourhood. “I can’t wait for Belgium to transfer and return him to France so he can be tried the way he should be.”advertisementFriday’s armed swoop came after Abdeslam’s fingerprints were found at an apartment following a bloody raid on Tuesday in which an Algerian was shot dead and police officers wounded.Later, local media said, a tip-off and a tapped telephone led police to a mobile phone number used by Abdeslam and, by triangulating the device’s location, established where he was.At his nearby newspaper store, a vendor named Dominique said Abdeslam had been well known and liked in the community: “He was a very nice lad before,” he said. “How can things go this far?”Also Read: Salah Abdeslam, Paris attacks fugitive, arrested in Brussels raidlast_img read more

Pro-RSS journal attacks Sonia over chopper deal

first_imgNew Delhi, May 1 (PTI) Attacking the Congress over corruption in the AgustaWestland chopper deal, a pro-RSS journal today dared the party to tell the country who Signora Gandhi mentioned in the Italian courts documents is.The editorial in Panchjanya also said,”Thousands of people fear that a certain political party mired in corruption may resort to riots to deflect the nations attention from its leaders.”Attacking Congress president Sonia Gandhi without naming her, the editorial said,”No one had thought the ghost of a scam will come all the way from Italy to haunt Signora.””The people of the oldest party insist that Signora should not be linked to a particular name. But someone has betrayed the country. Who is it? Bribe-givers are behind bars. Who are the bribe-takers,” it said, adding the Congress camp is “rattled” by the presence of some new faces in Rajya Sabha, in an apparent reference to BJP leader Subranian Swamy.The editorial dares Congress to reveal the mystery behind “Signora Gandhi”, adding,”Its sad that with Signora, the name of (Mahatma) Gandhi, whom the nation reveres, was also defamed in an Italian court”.The Italian court has described this Signora as the “driving force” behind the helicopter scam, it said.The journal said people can see through the veil and “Signora has to come out in the open now”.”Signora will have to come out in the open now….Is Signora bigger than the party? Is she bigger than even Gandhi?” it said. PTI SKC SK SKadvertisementlast_img read more

CESC carries out restructuring, demerges into four cos

first_imgKolkata, May 18 (PTI) RP Sanjiv Goenka Group today announced restructuring of its flagship company Cesc Ltd by splitting it into four companies.Group chairman Sanjiv Goenka said CESC is being spilt into four companies by way of mirror image demerger for value unlocking and focused management into each of the verticals.He said all power distribution business of the group will be under CESC Ltd, all generation activity will be housed in CESC Generation, the retail business Spencers will be a sperate company and all non-power and retail will be under CESC Ventures.BPO company Firstsource, sports, FMCG and real estate will be bought under CESC Ventures.All these four entities will be listed and the effective date will be October 1.Goenka said, “The paid up capital of CESC Ltd is Rs 132 crore but it has been increased to Rs 198 crore by way of gift or similar to bonus but cannot be termed as bonus. Shareholders will get additional value worth Rs 66 crore when they get fresh shares of the four demerged entities.”For each 10 shares of CESC Ltd, a shareholder will get five shares of Rs 10 each in generation, distribution, two shares in CESC Ventures and six shares in Spencers (face value of Rs 5 each). PTI BSM KK KKlast_img read more

NSW – Yr 7 & 8 All Schools State Final, Wallsend

first_imgWallsend Touch Complex, Lewis St, Wallsend.Details of the day are as follows:Managers Meeting 8:30amFirst Round Girls: 9:00amFirst Round Boys: 9:25amPlease note the State Final could possibly conclude as late as 3:00pmContact: NSW Touch AssociationPhone: (02) 9558 9333Email: drushworth@nswtouch.com.auWeb: http://www.nswtouch.com.aulast_img

Prepare For The Fastest Tesla Model S Yet

first_img 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The All-New 2020 Corvette Stingray Is a Mid-Engine Supercar for the Everyman 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Tesla Model S P100DWhat’s loonier than ludicrous? That’s what we’re waiting to find out as Elon Musk has hinted that an update to the Tesla Model S’s Ludicrous Mode will turn the EV into an even faster Tesla flagship.Autocar points to a recent tweet from the billionaire inventor that sparks speculation about the Model S’s new acceleration potential:“There will be a P100D Ludicrous Easter egg [sic] soon that uncorks the full performance.”The hint is light on details, but considering the latest Ludicrous Mode update on the Model S P100D allowed the car to accelerate to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, we can only imagine what’s on the way. Currently, the Model S P100D sits as the third fastest (accelerating) production car on earth. The Model S falls just behind two hypercars: Ferrari’s LaFerrari, and Porsche’s 918 Spyder. Perhaps Tesla is going for the record this time.Besides the untold performance boost, the Model S gets a couple new options, including a panoramic glass sunroof that’s at a “five star-plus” safety rating for rollover. Musk said the new roof was, “very hard to develop, but it makes the interior feel amazing.”Speaking of glass, Tesla also announced it’s getting into the glass development game, sharing technology between Solar City’s new roof panels and the next generation of Tesla vehicles. The first fruits of this new venture will be experienced in Tesla’s upcoming Model S compact EV, due mid-2017 (though delays are expected).As its stands, the Model S lineup is bigger than ever, with 60, 60D, 75, 75D, 90D, and P100D tiers of charge and performance, but a large price gap exists between the 90D and P100D. If history can be counted on, Tesla will likely introduce a model between the 90D and P100D shortly. Wasp Turns Your Boring Drone Into a Flamethrowing Assault Copterlast_img read more

Grandweld Lays Keel for ADNOC’s 42m Crew Boat

first_imgApril 22, 2014 zoom Grandweld, a fully integrated shipyard providing shipbuilding, ship repair, and engineering solutions, has laid keel for ADNOC’s (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company) 42m Aluminum Crew Boat.Contract for the vessel was signed on December 31st 2013, and the keel laying ceremony was held on April 17th 2014.The vessel will be powered by three high speed diesel engines driving three fixed pitch propellers and capable of developing a speed in excess of 21 knots. The boat shall be a Fast Crew Boat with diving support capability to provide various services required in the offshore operations.The vessel has 30 persons crew seating capacity, more than 100 sqm loading area for over 90 Tons of deck cargo requirements, and specially designed wheelhouse and crew cabins to achieve highest quality standards and maximum space utilization and comfort.Delivery of the vessel is scheduled for December 31, 2014.The vessels will be operated by ADNOC, and will be utilized to transport personnel and support offshore oil & gas operations.last_img read more

Omar Khadr visits with sister remain restricted but can use internet freely

first_imgEDMONTON – Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr has been denied unsupervised visits with his controversial older sister who has expressed support for al-Qaida.Justice June Ross ruled Friday that Khadr and his lawyer, Nathan Whitling, have offered nothing new to allay security concerns surrounding Zaynab Khadr, who is currently believed to be in Sudan.Zaynab Khadr, 37, has spoken in favour of al-Qaida and was investigated in Canada more than a decade ago for helping the terrorist network, but she was never charged.She is reportedly planning a trip to Canada, and the rules of Khadr’s bail allow him to meet with her but only in the presence of his bail supervisor or one of his lawyers.Whitling argued in Court of Queen’s Bench that the restriction is no longer necessary. He said Khadr, 30, is old enough and mature enough not to be swayed by anyone else.“The passage of time makes a big difference,” Whitling told Ross as Khadr sat behind him in the public gallery Friday. “The idea that someone’s sister will turn him into a different person is no longer a concern.”He noted that Zaynab “may have made some unfortunate media statements” but there is no evidence of wrongdoing.Bruce Hughson, a lawyer representing the federal government, told Ross that Khadr has provided no new evidence on Zaynab Khadr’s terrorism views that would justify changing the bail rules.Ross agreed. She said the restriction was put in place for a reason and Whitling needs to show evidence — besides the passage of time — to justify amending the order.“The defence has not provided relevant evidence to show a change of circumstances,” Ross said.Outside court, Whitling said that would require an affidavit from Zaynab Khadr who is out of the country.“It’s a possibility I suppose,” he said.Khadr is on bail while he appeals war crime convictions by a U.S. military commission. He declined to make any comment outside court.Whitling said his client was disappointed.“He does want to be able to contact his sister and he doesn’t see how he’ll be able to speak to his nieces and nephews without having some sort of supervisor present.”Toronto-born Khadr spent years in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay after he was caught when he was 15 and accused of tossing a grenade that killed special forces soldier Christopher Speer at a militant compound in Afghanistan in 2002.In 2010, Khadr pleaded guilty to multiple charges before the military commission, including to killing Speer, but has since said he can’t remember if he tossed the grenade.He has said he entered the plea to try to get out of Guantanamo, where he says he was mistreated, and into the Canadian justice system.He is now married and is moving to Red Deer, south of Edmonton, to begin earning a nursing degree.While awaiting his appeal hearing, Khadr has sought a loosening of a number of bail restrictions.Ross did allow a change to Khadr’s internet use. He had been restricted to personal internet devices and subject to checks.Whitling argued that the internet is available everywhere on multiple devices — at friends’ homes and in public places — and that there is no way for Khadr to avoid it.Ross agreed to expand Khadr’s internet use as long as he doesn’t use the web to seek out terrorist propaganda or organizations.Khadr also needs permission to travel outside Alberta. Whitling said Khadr has made multiple trips to Ontario to visit family without incident and should only have to notify authorities when travelling outside his home province.Ross denied that request. She said the current approach seems to be working fine without undue hardship to Khadr.His 15-year-old case ignited sharp and divisive debate among Canadians over terrorism, human rights and the rule of law this summer when it was revealed the federal government had settled a lawsuit filed by him for a reported $10.5 million.The payout followed a ruling by Canada’s Supreme Court in 2010 that Khadr’s charter rights were violated at Guantanamo and that Canadian officials contributed to that violation.last_img read more

CRTC DECISION SPELLS POTENTIAL DISASTER SAYS WRITERS GUILD OF CANADA

first_imgYesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) dealt a major blow to Canadian screenwriters — and Canadian audiences. In its decision on licence renewals for Bell, Corus, and Rogers, the Commission rolled back the broadcasters’ minimum financial contributions to Canadian drama and other programing.This despite the fact that the WGC’s modest proposal to the CRTC, reflecting well-researched data, asked only for the maintenance of the status quo in terms of broadcasters’ financial contributions towards “programs of national interest” (PNI). PNI includes drama, documentary, and some children’s programming, programing that is at the heart of Canadian on-screen entertainment. But the CRTC set PNI spending minimums for broadcasters at 5%, basically cutting them by up to 44% for certain groups.“This could mean the devastation of Canadian domestic production,” says Maureen Parker, Executive Director of the WGC. “These cuts potentially amount to over a $200 million loss for PNI over a five-year licence term. Canadian screenwriters only work on domestic productions, not on American shows filming in Canada, and if there is not enough work for them they will simply leave. Once our talent pool is gone you can’t get it back.” Advertisement CRTC chair Jean-Pierre Blais, a Harper appointee who has allowed the CRTC to become greatly diminished, has also set us on a course that will make it more and more difficult for Canadians to view stories about ourselves. This, despite the fact that it is only our Canadianness that distinguishes us: Our compassion, our humour, our concern about issues such as cultural diversity, healthcare, and the environment. A Canadian culture that cannot speak to Canadianness through its own storytelling is not Canada. We shouldn’t accept it. Nor should the Liberal government.The headline of the CRTC’s own press release announcing the decision is “The CRTC supports the production of original content.” This can only be viewed as fake news. There is nothing meaningful about specifically original production in these decisions. The release goes on to claim that the CRTC “ensures on stable funding for Canadian production in all program categories, by focusing especially on dramas, documentaries, and musical and variety shows.” This is patently untrue, given the reduction of PNI requirements. And, since broadcaster spending on PNI also typically attracts investment from other sources like the Canada Media Fund, the potential total impact could be double or triple the $200 million drop in PNI investments themselves.“If Canadian programming is expendable,” says Maureen Parker, “Why protect the big private broadcasters? What is the CRTC is purpose if not to ensure that spending on the creation of Canadian drama, documentary, and children’s programming is at the very least maintained? It’s almost as though the very body intended to promote Canadian programming — the CRTC — is actively working to erode it.” Twitter Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

World Jet Boat Championships wrap up in Taylor

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The World Jet Boat Championships wrapped up on Sunday in Taylor.The team from the US, Bat outta Hell, ended up winning in the unlimited division.  Fort St. John’s Gord Humphrey and his navigator Jason Palfy ended up on 5th.In the CX division, Fort St. John Stacy Kelm and navigator Ty Wheat in the boat Xcalibur finished in sixth place followed by racers Trapper Wolsey and navigator Jimmy Jackson in eighth.  In the same division in twelfth place was the Fort St. John boat of Clayton Wolsey and navigator Ryley Tschiedel. While the racing caused most of the excitement, there was a scary moment on Sunday afternoon as one of the boats caught fire.  A team from New Zealand lost a boat, but everyone was able to escape the fire without injury.The Peace Country River Rats would like to thank all their sponsors, volunteers and fans for helping to make this event a success.On top of the racing, the club also drew for the grand prize winners for their $10,000 raffle.  Below are the winners:Angela Prevost $10,000Leanne Humphrey $3,000Brad Small $2,000last_img read more

UNled effort helps Haitians clear half of quake rubble in largescale operation

12 October 2011Thousands of Haitians participating in a large-scale clean-up coordinated by the United Nations have removed more than 40 per cent of the 10 million cubic metres of rubble caused by last year’s earthquake. “It’s been a colossal task,” said Jessica Faieta, Haiti’s Senior Country Director for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), today.“For the past 20 months we’ve been working non-stop with the Government of Haiti, civil society organizations, the international community, and especially with community members, in this epic-scale clean-up.”The operation, one of the largest of its kind, involved Haitian citizens as well as nearly 50 in-country UN partners, who helped map all debris-related initiatives in affected areas. Home owners and private enterprises have cleared an additional 10 percent of the rubble.Ms. Faieta stressed that citizens’ participation was crucial for the operation.“Community involvement is essential. Haitians have to be at the centre of reconstruction – and training and empowerment are crucial to their successful management of the earthquake recovery,” said Ms. Faieta.So far, UNDP, the UN Programme for Human Settlements, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Office of Project Services (UNOPS) have trained and hired more than 7,000 Haitians in the fields of manual and mechanical rubble removal, recycling, house repair skills, as well as electric wiring, carpentry and masonry.“These debris removal initiatives are crucial for the reconstruction of Haiti,” said Nigel Fisher, UN Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator.“We are working towards the rehabilitation of neighbourhoods and improvement of living conditions through access to basic services so Haitians can return home safely,” he said.More than 80,000 buildings in the capital city of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas collapsed after the 7.0-magnitude quake that hit the country on 12 January last year, leaving amounts of debris equivalent to 4,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.It is estimated that 50 per cent of the rubble can be reused to repair roads, improve neighbourhoods and rebuild houses. However, processing the debris has a been slow endeavour as many of the affected communities are located on hillsides, making it difficult to transport heavy machinery to the sites, which means a lot of the clearance has been done manually.The UN is supporting the Haitian Government to finalize a national debris management strategy to establish tracking tools, rubble-removal and recycling standards and to prepare governmental and non-governmental partners for future debris-generating natural disasters. read more

WestJet Swoop still headed for June takeoff despite issues with pilot union

CALGARY — WestJet Airlines says it’s still on course to launch its new Swoop ultra-low-cost carrier despite unresolved bargaining issues with the Air Line Pilots Association, as the two sides negotiate a first contract.The Canada Industrial Relations Board recently ordered WestJet to withdraw a new policy of offering its pilots a two-year leave of absence if they go to fly for Swoop.The ALPA complained that the policy, posted by WestJet on Jan. 31, was a significant change in the company’s terms of employment and an interference with the union’s right to represent the pilots.A CIRB ruling dated March 2 and announced on Tuesday agreed that the policy could pose “substantial irreparable harm to the union” and noted that the alleged violation came during “the sensitive period of collective bargaining.”It also said its order revoking the leave policy would remain in place until either a related complaint of unfair labour practices was dealt with by the board, or a collective agreement is reached.A WestJet representative decline to be interviewed on the CIRB’s decision but said in an email that the launch of Swoop is on track for its first flight in June.“WestJet remains committed to engaging in constructive dialogue with ALPA and we are optimistic we will come to a fair and reasonable agreement,” the company said Wednesday.The ALPA represents about 1,500 pilots at WestJet’s main service and 500 at its WestJet Encore regional service.WestJet is aiming to launch Swoop with three aircraft in June and grow to six by September.By the spring of next year, Swoop would have 10 planes and eventually reach 30 to 40 aircraft on domestic and international flights.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA) read more

Following killings of Nepals royal family Annan urges calm

In a statement issued by his spokesman on Friday evening, Mr. Annan said he was “profoundly shocked” by the killing of King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya as well as other members of their family. “He is deeply saddened by this tragedy,” the spokesman said.Extending his heartfelt condolences to the people of Nepal, the Secretary-General called for “calm and stability in this difficult period,” according to the statement.The President of the UN General Assembly, Harri Holkeri of Finland, also expressed his shock at the news, and joined in extending condolences “to the people and Government of Nepal as they cope with this tragedy,” his spokesperson said on Monday. read more

Ottawa courts privatesector funding for new approach to social policy

by Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 8, 2012 3:27 pm MDT OTTAWA – The federal government wants to tap into a “gold mine” of private-sector funding to finance its social programs — a new approach the New Democrats are dismissing as little more than budget cuts in disguise.Human Resources Minister Diane Finley launched a “call for concepts” on Thursday, asking businesses, not-for-profits and the volunteer sector to come up with fundamentally new ideas for jointly financing improvements in the lives of the needy.The launch is a tentative step into the realm of social financing — an approach that is being tested in the United Kingdom and the United States. It invites private-sector investors to provide up-front money and then collect a return on projects that government traditionally pays for, such as homelessness or hunger.“It’s our first official step in inviting your ideas to the table that can help shape future social policy in Canada — in a new way,” Finley told a Toronto forum.“It’s time for us to unleash individual initiative so that those who are motivated can help others, and those who need help are given the opportunity to take more responsibility for themselves.”The government wants to collect ideas until the end of the year and then, if all goes well, put out a call for proposals or identify pilot projects. Eventually, Finley foresees a broader “social partnerships” strategy.“It’s really community leaders who can best understand their local challenges, identify solutions and get results,” Finley said.“This is why it is so important for us to work better with business and voluntary sectors, foundations and not-for-profit groups. That’s the gold mine I’m talking about — and the one we need to tap into.”But the Opposition NDP immediately attacked the idea, accusing the Conservatives of privatizing social services for ideological reasons, based on a model that has flopped in other countries.“What they’re proposing is a public relations exercise to justify new cuts to services for Canadians,” said party whip Nycole Turmel.Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae, however — who as Ontario premier approved the private-sector construction of the province’s first toll road, Highway 407 — was less quick to dismiss the idea of public-private partnerships, or P3s.Indeed, he described the NDP’s reaction as “ideological claptrap.”“You have to look at the circumstances under which it’s done and look at it from a practical perspective,” Rae said. Highway 407, which was eventually sold off and is now privately run, was a good example, he added.“P3s have had a pattern of success in different provinces in different situations.”Finley has repeatedly rebuffed pleas for a national approach to housing and poverty, arguing that the federal government is not best placed to deal with issues that often have local nuances.But at the same time, since the federal government provides significant funding for affordable housing, homelessness initiatives and other key social programs, Ottawa is deeply implicated in social policy whether it likes it or not.Finley suggested she was frustrated with the lack of progress in social programs, and wants to dramatically re-arrange the system so that there are incentives to deliver better results.Social impact bonds are one approach, she said. Such bonds are backed by the government, and would raise financing for money-saving solutions for local social problems.The theory is the private sector would provide the capital, a not-for-profit organization would do the actual work and the government would pay the bill at the end of the day. If the program’s objectives are met, the government would pay a premium.Finley said officials are now at work identifying barriers to social impact bonds, with the intent of tearing them down. They are also assessing the appetite of the private sector to bankroll such an effort.Finley is open to other ideas as well — proposals that would see the private sector and charities providing expertise and funding for solutions that can deliver concrete returns.“It’s all part and parcel of a fundamental rethink of government delivery of social policy,” said Tim Richter, president and chief executive of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness.“I take it as good news and a challenge.”The formal request for concepts is the result of months of discussions Finley has held with experts both in Canada and in the United Kingdom, where Prime Minister David Cameron has embraced social financing through his “Big Society” approach to improving conditions for the needy.So far, though, the federal government has not put any serious money on the table for social financing, saying it wants to thoroughly test the waters before plunging in.While many an expert is keen on the notion of social financing, there is very little real experience in Canada or elsewhere to show how it works.“Like a friend of mine told me, who is working on some of the social finance stuff, he said … ‘You know, social finance is a lot like sex in junior high because everyone is talking about it but no one has done it and no one knows what they’re doing’,” Richter said.Affordable housing is crying out for such an approach, he added.Progress on homelessness and poverty are stymied by a lack of cheap accommodation, but governments would need billions of dollars to tackle affordable housing on their own.If the private sector comes into the picture through a social financing arrangement, not-for-profits could quickly design housing projects that would cut other government costs linked to homelessness, health care, mental health and incarceration, for example. And the private sector could collect a small and steady return for financing projects up front, he said.But such advances won’t make much of a difference unless they are done on a large scale, Richter added.And social financing may not be good fit with every area of social policy, especially if the improvements to society are not easily quantifiable or immediate. Ottawa courts private-sector funding for new approach to social policy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Global heat melts Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to record lows –

“Temperatures in the Arctic are quite remarkable and very alarming,” said David Carlson, Director of the World Climate Research Programme which is co-sponsored by the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Council for Science.Sea ice extent was the lowest on the 38-year-old satellite record for the month of January, both at the Arctic and Antarctic, according to data cited WMO from both the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and Germany’s Sea ice Portal operated by the Alfred-Wegener-Institut. The Arctic sea ice extent averaged 13.38 million square kilometres in January, according to NSIDC. This is 260,000 square kilometers below the level in January 2016 – an area bigger than the size of the United Kingdom.“The recovery period for Arctic sea ice is normally in the winter, when it gains both in volume and extent. The recovery this winter has been fragile, at best, and there were some days in January when temperatures were actually above melting point,” said Mr. Carlson. “This will have serious implications for Arctic sea ice extent in summer as well as for the global climate system. What happens at the Poles does not stay at the Poles.”In addition, the ice levels at the Antarctic are also at record lows, even thinner than expected for the summer season there. read more

Urban Meyer issues statement asking for help in search for Ohio States

OSU redshirt-senior defensive lineman Kosta KarageorgeCredit: OSU AthleticsOhio State football coach Urban Meyer released a statement Friday afternoon praising the hard work of senior defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge — who was reported missing Thursday morning — and asking for anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to come forward.“Our thoughts continue to be with the family of Kosta Karageorge and we pray that he is safe and that he is found soon,” Meyer said in his statement. “He is a young man who joined the football team in August and was a hard worker on the field and pleasant off the field. He has been an important player in practice for us, right up until the time he was reported missing. If anyone knows anything about his whereabouts, please help his family and contact the authorities.”According to a Facebook post from Karageorge’s mother, the player — who also wrestled at OSU — was last seen at about 2 a.m. on Wednesday. The post explained that Karageorge’s family had traced his phone to the Grandview area of Columbus.The OSU release containing Meyer’s statement also had a statement from team physician Dr. Jim Borchers.According to a report by The Columbus Dispatch, Karageorge’s sister, Sophia Karageorge, said the family was concerned he might have been suffering from symptoms  related to concussions.In his statement, Borchers said he was unable to comment on Kosta Karageorge’s health, but reinforced his confidence in OSU’s medical practices.“First and foremost, our primary concern is for health, safety and welfare of Kosta,” Borchers said in his statement. “While we are not able to discuss or comment about the medical care regarding our student-athletes, we are confident in our medical procedures and policies to return athletes to participation following injury or illness.”A tweet sent from Karageorge’s personal Twitter account (@kostadinos81) provided a number to contact with any information about where he might be.“Kosta was last seen around 2 am November 26. His family is asking for prayers & any info regarding his whereabouts.Please call: 614-747-1729,” the tweet said.Karageorge was listed by OSU among 24 seniors set to be honored during the Buckeyes’ matchup with Michigan on Saturday, marking the last game of their regular season and their last game of the season at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

McDonald criticises JobBridges no experience required childcare positions

first_imgSINN FÉIN’S MARY-LOU McDonald this morning launched an attack on the government over positions for childcare interns advertised on JobBridge that say no experience is required.During Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil today, McDonald asked Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore if he thought it was appropriate for positions, paying €50 a week on top of social welfare, to be advertised for people with no qualifications.McDonald referenced an ad placed on the site by Giraffe, one of the creches featured in RTÉ’s recent Prime Time programme which has since been removed.There are around 30 childcare worker/assistant internships currently offered on the site, with a number of them stating that no experience is required and several requiring only basic secondary school qualifications.One ad which tells interns they will have “attained skills in managing a group of up to 8 children in a pre school setting” says no experience is required and that while Leaving Certificate Ordinary is necessary, a childcare FETAC is “not essential”.A number of internships only require completion of Junior Certificate citing a childcare qualification as “an advantage” and one says that only spoken Irish is important.“Our children are worth more than that, the parents of Ireland expect more than that,” the Sinn Féin TD said today.Gilmore responded that no JobBridge internship will be approved for any of the creche facilities featured in the programme but did not comment on other internships available through the scheme that require no qualifications.Related: Van Turnhout “not convinced” HSE equipped to respond to parental concerns>More: Links Childcare plans CCTV streaming as it tries to ‘repair loss of trust’>Read: Taoiseach on creche controversy: ‘God knows what has happened in other locations’>last_img read more

Neuer Germany win means a lot

first_imgGermany captain Manuel Neuer hopes their 3-0 friendly win over Russia will prove to a turning point to ending their dreadful run of formDie Mannschaft have lost six of their 10 competitive matches this year following their 2-1 UEFA Nations League loss to France last month.It also marked the first time Germany, who fell two places in the latest FIFA world rankings, had lost back-to-back competitive games since 2000.But goals from Leroy Sane, Niklas Sule and Serge Gnabry secured Germany a comfortable 3-0 win over Russia at Leipzig.And Neuer, whose own form has been put into question, was thrilled with the final result.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“The victory means a lot to us,” Neuer told the DFB website.“We want to end our poor year positively by winning our last two games and today was a good start.“We want to try and put a similar display in against the Netherlands. We have a lot of players with huge potential, who are showing just what they are capable of.After winning their fourth game in 14 attempts, Germany will next face Holland in a UEFA Nations League clash on Monday.last_img read more

Pellegrini heaps praises on fringe players

first_imgWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has heaped praise on the team’s fringe players for standing in for injured first team players.The former Manchester City boss was only able to name six players from an available seven on the bench during the Hammers’ 2-1 win over Southampton on Thursday, with a number of first team players sidelined through injury and illness.Pellegrini played Michail Antonio at right-back in the absence of Ryan Fredericks and Pablo Zabaleta while Angelo Ogbonna started only his fourth Premier League game of the season, and the West Ham boss has hailed the work ethic of the fringe players of the team.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“Well it is not easy when you have 10 players injured,” Pellegrini said, according to Evening Standard.“But I always say that we have a squad and it is the moment maybe for players that are not playing all the games to demonstrate why they are in this squad.”“Antonio I think played very well tonight also very happy with the performance of Angelo Ogbonna and Pedro Obiang, players that for different reasons were not playing and tonight they play as if they were always in the starting XI, because they work well during the week.”last_img read more