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Euro 2016: Rival golden generations of Wales, Belgium bid for glory

first_imgWales are happy to cast themselves as underdogs in their Euro 2016 quarter-final against Belgium on Friday but such modesty belies their proven ability to bite hard.The Belgians, who finally came together as a team to demolish Hungary 4-0 in their last-16 match, will start as favourites.Both sides, though, are fully aware that Wales have proved their mettle against Belgium, beating them 1-0 in Cardiff and drawing in Brussels in the tournament’s qualifying stage.Belgium, playing before what will be virtually a home crowd in the northern French town of Lille, are under huge pressure for their much-vaunted golden generation to fulfil their promise and finally challenge for a major trophy. (Also Read: Portugal reach semi-finals)Wales could also claim to have developed a golden generation, spearheaded by Gareth Bale, even if they have fewer illustrious players than the side ranked number two in the world.”We’re good normally in that situation when we’re right up against it,” Wales defender Chris Gunter said.”Belgium will be the fancied team and they are right on their own doorstep but it’s something we can use as an advantage.” (Vincente Del Bosque quits as Spain coach)All eyes will be on the form of Bale and Eden Hazard.Bale, the world’s most expensive player, has scored three goals and fired in the cross that led to Northern Ireland’s own goal in Wales’s 1-0 last-16 victory.His ability to seize the moment, not least at free kicks, could be pivotal.Hazard came to life against Hungary — as did the whole team after a stuttering start to the campaign. He set up the second goal for Michy Batshuayi and scored with a dashing solo effort two minutes later to crush Hungary’s hopes in what he said was his best-ever game for his country.advertisementThe Belgium captain has missed two days of training with a thigh injury, but should he be declared fit to play, he will be returning to the city where he made a name for himself.GREATER DEPTHThe Welsh are playing in their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup, when they lost in the quarter-finals to eventual champions Brazil.”Wales are a very strong side, and not just with Gareth Bale; they have other good players,” cautioned Belgian coach Marc Wilmots.Belgium, however, have greater depth. Wilmots has pointed to playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who has been a tireless and influential figure. Romelu Lukaku scored 27 goals in 52 appearances for Everton this season and always looks threatening.”They have players on the pitch and the bench that would grace any international team,” Wales manager Chris Coleman said.”But in the last four years we’ve had four meetings and won one and drawn two, so there’s nothing to be afraid of.”Hazard said the Belgians would need to be wary of the Welsh.”They are a tricky side to play against. They have a very compact unit and they have a great player up front (Bale).”The winners will reckon to have a fair chance of reaching the final as the semi-finals would pit them against Poland or Portugal, avoiding the powers of France, Italy and Germany.Neither side will go gentle into that good night on Friday.last_img read more

PSG, Man City shine in Champions League; big names struggle

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Clubs from eastern Europe are often overmatched in the Champions League, and Dinamo Zagreb had lost its last 11 group-stage games, scoring just once.Still, Zagreb gave a painful lesson to Atalanta, thrashing the Italian debutant 4-0. Mislav Orsic scored a hat trick.Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini called it “a nightmare of a game. They were stronger in every aspect.”Lokomotiv Moscow scored a rare away win for a Russian team, winning 2-1 at Bayer Leverkusen.Red Star Belgrade couldn’t complete the hat trick of wins in Munich. Bayern controlled the game but had only Kingsley Coman’s first-half header to show before late goals from Robert Lewandowski and substitute Thomas Mueller.EARLY DRAWSMaybe it’s the unusual kickoff time — at 6:55 p.m. in most of Europe — but all four early evening starts produced draws this week.Tottenham wasted a two-goal first-half lead at Olympiakos on Wednesday, taking control with a penalty by Harry Kane and a smart shot from Lucas Moura in Athens.The Greek league runner-up struck back on the stroke of halftime before Mathieu Valbuena beat his former France teammate Hugo Lloris from the penalty spot in the..In Belgium, Club Brugge drew 0-0 with Galatasaray, as both teams failed to make a stronger mark on Group A where PSG and Madrid are strongly favored to advance. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “People say we’re not favorites and it can take the pressure off,” PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said.PSG has flattered to deceive too often in recent Champions Leagues, though this looked like a statement win for Tuchel over Zinedine Zidane, who lifted the trophy in each of the three seasons he first coached Madrid from 2016-18.Madrid’s biggest offseason signing Eden Hazard rarely connected with his teammates, while club veterans Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema had goals disallowed.“Normally, with the players we have, we create a lot of chances and today it wasn’t possible,” Zidane said.SPANISH STRUGGLESIt’s been a tough week for the big three of Spanish football.Madrid failed to score on the road, like Barcelona which was lucky to take a 0-0 draw from Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.Atlético’s 2-2 draw at home showed more resolve and fight, and stopped long-time nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo — who was booed throughout by home fans — from scoring for Juventus. Goals from Juan Cuadrado and Blaise Matuidi had Juve dominating deep into the second half.Atlético fought back through Stefan Savic in the 70th and Mexico midfielder Héctor Herrera leveled in the 90th with a header from Kieran Trippier’s cross.EASTERN PROMISE Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Stephen Curry says he plans to play for USA at Tokyo Olympics LATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img Big firm products top worst plastic litter list — report PLAY LIST 01:45Big firm products top worst plastic litter list — report03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue PSG’s Angel Di Maria, center, celebrates with his teammates PSG’s Juan Bernat, left, and PSG’s Mauro Icardi after scoring his side’s opening goal during the Champions League group A soccer match between PSG and Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)GENEVA — Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City succeeded where storied rivals failed in their opening Champions League games.Even with its star forwards absent, PSG eased to a 3-0 win Wednesday over 13-time European champion Real Madrid, which missed the influence of suspended defender Sergio Ramos.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Juventus and Tottenham both let two-goal leads slip away from home, before drawing 2-2 against Atlético Madrid and Olympiakos, respectively.PARIS SHINESThe biggest stars at the Parc des Princes were watching from expensive seats in the stands.Neymar, who was suspended, and injured teammate Kylian Mbappe were captured by television cameras whooping and giggling at the sight of full-backs Juan Bernat and Thomas Meunier marching through Madrid’s defense in stoppage time to create and score a deserved third goal.The third PSG star striker, Edinson Cavani, was also out injured yet the French champion’s victory was never in doubt.ADVERTISEMENT The French champion relied instead on Angel Di Maria, the former Madrid winger, who scored twice with smart, first-half shots that quickly settled the outcome.Man City was also ruthless and efficient in winning 3-0 against Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Wins for two wealthy clubs with burning ambition to get a first European title came as the traditional Champions League powers struggled this week.Of the nine clubs to have played in the final since 2011, only Bayern Munich won this week — also by 3-0 on Wednesday against a Red Star Belgrade team which had to come through four qualifying rounds. 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Saketh Myneni can be a Grand Slam champion in doubles, says Leander Paes

first_imgLeander Paes put his new Davis Cup partner Saketh Myneni in a spot post their World Group play-off tie by making an offer to play doubles with him on the ATP circuit.”From what I saw today, if Saketh wants to play some doubles, I would love to play some doubles with him. I don’t know what we have going on for the Chennai Open yet, but from what I saw, if I can get Saketh for six months and if he keeps working hard, it would be great. You will laugh, but I have had a lot of partners who are less talented than him,” Paes said. (Leander Paes prefers Saketh Myneni as Davis Cup partner)’HELL OF A PLAYER’Asked if Myneni could win a Grand Slam with him, Paes said, “He could win a Grand Slam with someone else also, not just me. He is a hell of a player. His serve, his return, his game, if he keeps on honing his skills and fitness to last five sets, I put this on record today, this guy can be a Grand Slam champion.”Myneni though had to politely decline for the meantime.”Singles is still priority as long as my body and mind permit. At least for a few more years. I love the offer he gave me. If I get a chance, I would to play with him. I am still learning the doubles craft, but it was very natural to come into the match with Leander. If I can get my singles rankings up, I can play doubles also at big events,” Myneni said.advertisementGRITTY INDIANSPaes and Myneni teamed up against the reigning Olympics Gold medallists in Rio — Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez. The duo came back in the first set from one break down to clinch it 6-4. In the second set, Indians were up 5-4 and serving for the match when an attempted drop shot by Myneni caught the net at 30-40. Myneni lost his serve to bring it to parity at 5-5 and from there on, the home team went onto lose the second set in a tie breaker. After going 1-2 down, in the fourth set, the two were 4-1 up but just when it looked like the match will be forced into a decider, Myneni’s inexperience showed again as he lost his serve at just the wrong time. The Spanish duo wasted no time in taking that chance and running away with 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 win.With that defeat, India lost the World Group playoff tie 3-0 and will play the reverse singles dead rubbers on Sunday.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Goes Unranked in Preseason Coaches Poll

first_imgThe 2015 preseason Coaches Poll has been released and Oklahoma State is not in the top 25. This means very little, of course, and is probably actually a benefit to the Pokes.OSU was never going to be a top 25 team so a perceived slight, however small, is an advantage to a team over being ranked No. 24 or No. 25. Being ranked No. 24 means “hey, we’re ranked!” Being unranked (or No. 28, see below) means “man, we’ve got a chip on our collective shoulder.”Plus, with the College Football Playoff, none of this actually means anything anyway outside of your perception to the folks on the Playoff committee.TCU and Miss. St. were unranked last year, so none of this really matters. But what else is there to talk about?— mitch (@itmemitch) July 30, 2015Here’s a look at the top 10 this year:Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 11.01.09 AMOSU was third on others receiving votes which means they’re technically the No. 28 team in the country according to coaches who vote on such things. Apparently, Glenn Spencer wasn’t asked for his opinion.So is this a harbinger for the next four months?Kyle Fredrickson went back and looked at other preseason rankings for the Pokes.#OKstate preseason coaches poll ranking though the years:2015: Unranked2014: Unranked2013: No. 142012: No. 192011: No. 82010: Unranked— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) July 30, 2015The Cowboys finished unranked in 2014, 17th in 2013, unranked in 2012, 3rd in 2011 and 13th in 2010. I’m hoping for more of 2010 season than a 2014 season.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!last_img read more

ESPN Analyst: Texas Football Is “Not Back”

first_imgTexas head coach tom herman watches during the sugar bowlNEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns looks on during the second half of the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Tom Herman and the Texas Longhorns had one of the best finishes to the 2018 college football season of any program in the country. The Longhorns ended the year with a huge victory, upsetting Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.Texas is heading into the 2019 season with a decent amount of hype. The Longhorns are returning a lot of talent and are finding themselves ranked pretty highly in the preseason polls.ESPN’s updated preseason top 25 poll, for instance, had Texas ranked No. 7.“A 10-win season, a memorable upset of Georgia in the Sugar Bowl and a top-five recruiting class? Yep, Texas is back, folks,” ESPN’s Mark Schlabach wrote.ESPN’s Football Power Index rankings, meanwhile disagrees – strongly.“Texas is not back,” writes ESPN analyst Seth Walder.Texas comes in at No. 26 in ESPN’s new Football Power Index rankings for the 2019 season.Here’s why, per ESPN:One of the teams expected to generate plenty of preseason buzz is Texas. But not from FPI.The hype that the Longhorns have finally produced is, in our model’s estimation, overstated. Tom Herman’s team checks in at No. 26 in our rankings, just missing the cut for our accompanying table (you can find them in the full rankings at the end of this post).Though Texas took strides last season, it had the benefit of starting 13 seniors and graduate students. Even with a cumulative top-five recruiting rank over the past four seasons, the fact that Texas is returning just eight starters is very likely to be a problem.As a result, FPI believes Texas is not one of the top 25 teams in college football and will more closely resemble Iowa State or Baylor than Oklahoma in 2019.Texas isn’t the only hyped team for 2019 that isn’t getting any love from ESPN’s Football Power Index rankings.Ohio State, a likely preseason top five team, is ranked outside of the top 10 in ESPN’s Football Power Index. The Buckeyes come in at No. 13 in the FPI.You can view the full rankings here.last_img read more

India vs New Zealand: Flexible with ideas but focus on winning, says Virat Kohli

first_img Rajarshi Gupta AucklandJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 13:34 IST Virat Kohli’s Team India will take on New Zealand at the back of an ODI series win over Australia. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia will take on New Zealand in the first of five ODIs on January 23 in NapierIndia are riding high after their first ever bilateral ODI series win in AustraliaVirat Kohli said India won’t be too rigid but insisted the focus will still be on winningVirat Kohli has promised to be flexible in the ODI series against New Zealand but he was clear the focus would still be on winning matches as India head towards the World Cup. These are the final stages of preparations for the showpiece event and India will be confident after beating Australia in the ODI series last week.MS Dhoni returned to form with three consecutive half-centuries against Australia which has to an extent solved India’s middle-order woes. However, there are still some holes that need to be plugged and Virat Kohli said India will look to do that along the way – they have 10 more ODIs left from hereon before the World Cup and each one of them will be critical.”Winning is going to be a very important factor. When you are playing for your country, you want to win every game you play but the main thing is not to be desperate at this stage,” Kohli told the media on the eve of the first India-New Zealand ODI to be played on January 23.”There needs to be a good atmosphere in the change room and there needs to be a collective effort towards just refining ourselves as a team approaching the World Cup. And if we need to try a few players here and there just to see how they react in different situations or different positions, we are open to doing that as well.”We don’t want to be too rigid because you have to be flexible in your mind and your preparation in order to be prepared for a big tournament like the World Cup. I think we need a good balance of both even if we back a few players to play at some stage, the idea is still to win games and not just think of it as an experiment. It’s an honour to play for your country,” He said.advertisementNew Zealand will present a far stiffer challenge than Australia. India failed to win a single ODI the last time they toured New Zealand and Kane Williamson’s men have been extremely dominant at home.Needless to say, Kohli is not taking the hosts lightly despite the highs of the last year when they historic bilateral ODI series in South Africa and Austalia”We played NZ in India as well. They have a good balance in their team. The bowling attack is experienced but not that old. They have that energy and buzz about the same time. They play their cricket in the right way and that’s something we appreciate about the New Zealand cricket team,” Kohli said.India tried Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj and Vijay Shankar in the ODIs against Australia. Kedar Jadhav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who did not play the first two matches, starred with a fifty and a six-wicket haul in the series decider.It now remains to be seen whether Shubman Gill, who joined the team in New Zealand, will get a game.Also Read | MS Dhoni eyes Sachin Tendulkar’s record in New Zealand after hitting form in AustraliaAlso Read | Amazing feeling: Virat Kohli thrilled after sweeping ICC awards to create historyAlso Read | Virat Kohli not New Zealand’s only concern: Ross Taylor wary of Rohit and DhawanAlso Read | New Zealand tough side but it will be advantage India: Madan LalAlso Read | Virat Kohli first cricketer to win all 3 ICC Awards after sensational year in Tests and ODIsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow India vs New ZealandFollow Indian cricket India vs New Zealand: Flexible with ideas but focus on winning, says Virat KohliIndia vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli said India will be open to trying out different things in the lead up to the World Cup but added India’s focus will still be on winning the ODI series against New Zealand starting January 23.advertisementlast_img read more

Railways await PMO nod for DelhiKatra Vande Bharat Express

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Railways is hopeful of getting the approval of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to run another Vande Bharat Express, this one between New Delhi and Katra in Jammu and Kashmir, senior railway officials said on Thursday. An official told IANS on the condition of anonymity: “The proposal to run a second Vande Bharat Express between New Delhi and Katra is with the PMO. We are hopeful of getting a nod in the coming week.” Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The official said the plan to run the second Vande Bharat Express, earlier known as Train 18, between Delhi and Katra was sent for clearance a few weeks ago. The Railway Board decided to run the indigenously built high speed train between Delhi and Katra, the base for the Vaishno Devi shrine, after the success of the train now plying between New Delhi and Varanasi which has completed over 1.5 lakh running km in five months. The train, capable of attaining a speed of 200 kmph, will cut down the travelling time between Delhi and Katra by over five hours. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Currently, a Superfast train takes about 12 hours to reach Katra from Delhi, covering a distance of about 655 km. The Vande Bharat Express will consume only eight hours. The official said the route was identified by the Railway Board in order to capitalize on the high traffic volume, which sees a lot of footfall due to the Vaishno Devi temple. The Railway Board proposes to run the train three days — Monday, Thursday and Saturday. But it can be extended to five days a week depending on the demand. The Vande Bharat Express will leave from Delhi at 6 a.m. and reach Katra at 2 p.m. The same day, it will depart from Katra at 3 p.m. and reach the national capital at 11 p.m. The official pointed out that the train would be run at a maximum speed of 130 kmph on the Delhi-Katra route with three stops: Ambala, Ludhiana and Jammu Tawi before reaching Katra. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had flagged off the first Vande Bharat Express on February 15 this year. The Integral Coach Factory, which manufactured Train 18, has made changes in the existing design of the train. “To avoid damage due to stray cattle, the train has been equipped with a sturdy aluminium-clad nose cover. And to guard the window shields against stone pelting, a special film on windows has been provided,” the official said. More space has been provided to store meals for passengers. Besides the changes in the exterior and interior designs, the ICF has added a slew of modern features like adjustable seats, improved wash basins, automatic doors, WiFi and infotainment system among others.last_img read more

Pandey Dube lead India A to 4wkt win over SA

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: Manish Pandey led from the front while Shivam Dube continued to impress as India ‘A’ won by four wickets in the third one-day against South Africa ‘A’ to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series on Monday. With two matches left in the series where Shreyas Iyer will take over the leadership role from Pandey, the Proteas can only play for pride. Chasing 208 for victory in a rain-curtailed 30-over match, Pandey cracked 81 from 59 balls with the help of three fours and five sixes before Dube smashed a whirlwind unbeaten 28-ball 45 (2×4, 3×6) to take India ‘A’ to a convincing victory, which at one point looked difficult, with 13 balls to spare. India finished on 208/6 in 27.5 overs. Axar Patel was not out on 7. Besides Pandey and Dube, stumper batsman Ishan Kishan — asked to open the batting — made 40 from 41 balls (4×4, 1×6). Anrich Nortje (2/41) and George Linde (2/41) were the pick of the bowlers for South Africa ‘A’. Earlier, after electing to bat first, South Africa ‘A’ rode some late fireworks from wicketkeeper batsman Heinrich Klaasen (44 off 21 balls; 2×4, 4×6) to post 207/8 in 30 overs. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe Indian spinners led by Yuzvendra Chahal had spun a web around their rival batsmen who failed to get going even though they did not lose wickets in the initial phase. Opener Janneman Malan (37), Matthew Breetzke (36) and even skipper Temba Bavuma (27) got starts but after a point both Bavuma and Khaya Zondo (21) needed to up the ante. It was then that they lost the two set batsmen in successive overs but once Klaasen and Linde (17) got together, they made it a point to take the score past 200-run mark with Klaasen doing bulk of the big hitting. For the hosts, Krunal Pandya (2/23) and Deepak Chahar (2/42) were the pick of the bowlers. Chahal took one wicket and leaked 31 runs in his six overs.last_img read more

PEI Rottweiler owner frustrated with dog park rule prohibiting breed

first_imgSUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – A Prince Edward Island dog park is facing criticism for banning specific types of dogs, a policy an expert says is legal but not the answer to preventing dog bites.Tasha Ramsay says she tried to take her young pure-bred Rottweiler, Molly, to Slemon Park Hounds Grounds in Summerside last month, but a sign posted on the gate said the site prohibits “pit bulls, Rottweilers and other lock jaw breeds.”“I was really angry because ‘lock jaw’ has been proven to be a myth. There are no actual breeds that lock their jaws,” said Ramsay, 26, in a phone interview from Miscouche, P.E.I. “Any dog can bite and be vicious.”In P.E.I., there is no breed-specific legislation — restrictions and bans placed on certain breeds of dogs — and Summerside’s animal bylaw only states that nobody can own a dog deemed “a threat to the community” by the animal control officer.Ramsay said it’s unfair for the park to place a sweeping ban on all pit bulls and Rottweilers, describing six-month-old Molly as a “giant lap-dog” who gets along well with humans and other dogs alike.“She’s not the least bit vicious,” said Ramsay. “Everybody she meets, she just wants to give them a thousand kisses.”Specific rules about dogs vary from park to park, and some dog parks in Canada have different sections for smaller and larger breeds.Shawn McCarville, president of the Slemon Park Corp., a business and residential community where the dog park is located, said the rule was put in place following specific incidents in the park involving pit bulls and Rottweilers.“A police cadet got bit in the face by a pit bull in 2013, the same year the dog park opened, so we were particularly conscious of that at that point in time,” he said.McCarville said the park was specifically made for Slemon Park’s residents and the rule is associated with their lease agreement, which also bans Rottweilers and pit bulls.Though the park is for the community’s residents, he said anyone, except people who own those types of dogs, can use it.“Most people that I’ve spoken to thought it was a good and reasonable rule,” McCarville said.He noted the term “lock jaw breed” is outdated and said the company plans to change the wording of the sign, though the rule itself will remain in place.The situation speaks to a larger issue of prejudice against Rottweilers and so-called “bully breeds,” according to Dog Legislation Council of Canada researcher Steve Barker.He said private park owners have every right to ban these types of dogs from their park, though he feels there are more effective ways to manage bites.“Targeting a specific breed when 99.5 per cent of that breed will never bite is punishing 99.5 per cent of that breed for what .5 per cent might do,” he said.“You’re targeting these massive groups of dogs to try to go after a tiny, tiny minority.”He said proper education for dog owners and better enforcement of existing animal control bylaws is a better approach to reducing the risk of dog bites, noting that Calgary introduced these types of measures targeting vicious behaviour instead of breeds and saw an 80 per cent decrease over the course of about 15 years.While Ontario is the only province with a blanket pit bull ban, some municipalities within other Canadian provinces have bylaws in place restricting or preventing the ownership of pit bull-type dogs.A controversial bylaw banning pit bulls following a fatal dog attack was introduced in Montreal in 2016, but was repealed a year later. Other regions in nearly every other province — except P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador — have some sort of breed-specific legislation in place, be it regulations like muzzling dogs in public or keeping them on a shorter leash, or outright bans.Barker said there is no evidence indicating breed-specific legislation cuts down on dog bite incidents, though he said it’s hard to tell because reputable data on dog bite rates in Canada is either very outdated or difficult to find.“There is no central place for bites to be recorded, so nobody actually knows how many bites there are,” he said.He said the lack of accessible and reliable information about dog bite rates can make it easy for misinformation to be spread.In terms of the dog park in P.E.I, Barker said he understands why the rule was put in place, even if he doesn’t agree with it.“If someone has had a bad experience with a breed of dog, it is very natural for that person to not want to have that dog around,” he said.He hopes that Canada will implement a central reporting system for dog bites so it’s easier for people to find facts and figures rather than anecdotal evidence when it comes to implementing breed-specific policies.In the meantime, Ramsay said she’ll be taking Molly to another dog park.—By Alex Cooke in Halifax.last_img read more

SKECHERS Foundation Raises 14 Million and Donates RecordBreaking Funds to Children with

first_imgThe SKECHERS Foundation celebrated its seventh annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk with a check presentation ceremony on Thursday, March 10 at the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, California.SKECHERS President Michael Greenberg, SKECHERS CFO and COO David Weinberg, fitness guru Denise Austin and Sugar Ray LeonardThe Foundation presented its largest donation totals in the history of the walk: $434,000 for The Friendship Foundation – a non-profit organization that assists children with special needs and their families – and $932,000 dedicated to six education foundations. In addition, the SKECHERS Foundation distributed $25,000 in scholarship funds to several deserving high school students. The scholars were recognized for their outstanding capabilities, their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.“Each year we set a goal for our annual Walk,” said SKECHERS president Michael Greenberg. “And this year we set our highest goal yet $1.2 million. When we surpassed our goal and reached a record high of $1.4 million, I was ecstatic with the success and knowing that we could have an even greater impact this year on children with special needs and public education. Our corporate sponsors, celebrity ambassadors, community leaders and dedicated walkers make this all possible. Their support helps to create a better future for our children, and their spirit of giving continues to grow and meet their needs.”The Friendship Foundation unites children with special needs and teen volunteers through one-on-one peer mentoring and social recreational activities, creating emotional bonds that improve the lives of kids and their families.“The generous donations from the SKECHERS Foundation have funded the growth of our organization,” said Yossi Mintz, Executive Director of Friendship Foundation. “We have programs running six days a week, including 28 school clubs in ten school districts. This past year we accumulated over 11,000 volunteer hours and have 56 unique programs including Camp Got Friends – a two-week summer day camp that serves 110 children with special needs. The continued support from SKECHERS over the past seven years has been instrumental to our success.”In addition to supporting the Friendship Foundation, the Walk provides funding for public education. “The SKECHERS Friendship Walk helps support positions and programs that are essential to a high quality education,” said Carolyn Niman, Executive Director of the Peninsula Education Foundation. “We can hire more counselors and teachers, and now receive crucial funds for elementary PE, music and library staff, as well as our award-winning STEM program which incorporates hands-on projects in order to help kids learn engineering concepts.”The SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk has become California’s largest charity event supporting children with special needs and education. Since its inception in 2009, the Walk has united over 54,000 participants and raised over $5.5 million to support The Friendship Foundation and education foundations committed to saving teachers’ jobs, retaining vital academic programs, maintaining smaller class sizes, improving libraries and upgrading school technology. In 2015 alone, more than 13,000 attended the Walk, along with numerous celebrities such as model and entrepreneur Brooke Burke-Charvet, legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and fitness enthusiast Denise Austin.In addition to headlining sponsor Nickelodeon, the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk thanks its sponsors that include: Wells Fargo, Steel Sports, South Bay Vein and Laser Group, The Claudette and Ethan Rickett Care Foundation, Ross, Zappos.com, Tour de Pier, DIRECTV, Body Glove, Kids Foot Locker, United Legwear, JAKKS Pacific, Marshalls, Cushman & Wakefield, Caskey & Caskey, Siltanen & Partners Advertising, Continental Development, Northrop Grumman, Equinox, Mattel, Chevron, and many others who have given funds and support to provide a better future for children.last_img read more

Police fed information to stoned Crown witness to build murder case against

first_img(Wendy Scott alleges in an affidavit she was stoned during interrogations where police fed her evidence to build a murder case against Connie Oakes. Facebook photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA star witness for an Alberta Crown prosecutor says she was fed evidence by police while stoned during “coercive” interrogations to build a murder case against a Cree woman, according to court documents filed with the Court of Appeal of Alberta.The mentally “frail” witness also says police interrogated her for six months longer than was disclosed during the murder trial of Connie Oakes, 49, who is now serving a 14 year sentence in the Edmonton Institution for Women, according to appeal documents filed by Oakes’ lawyer.A Medicine Hat, Alta., jury found Oakes guilty in April 2014 of second-degree murder in the killing of a local man named Casey Armstrong who was found dead in the bathtub of his blood-splattered bathroom.Oakes, who is from Nekaneet First Nation in Saskatchewan, insists she’s innocent. Oakes says she was nowhere near Armstrong’s trailer during the May 2011 long-weekend when the 48 year-old man was killed by a knife plunged through the throat.With no murder weapon, DNA evidence or fingerprints, Andrea Dolan, a Crown prosecutor in Medicine Hat, built her murder case against Oakes on the testimony of Wendy Scott, 29, a self-described small-time crack dealer. Scott pleaded guilty to the killing in a separate case and later testified she saw Oakes kill Armstrong.Now Scott has a lawyer and is trying to have her own guilty plea struck down, according to the appeal documents. She is also recanting the testimony used by the Crown to convince a jury that Oakes murdered the father of two children, according to appeal documents filed Dec. 12 in Calgary.Oakes’ Edmonton lawyer Aleksandra Simic is seeking to have the appeal court hear the case based on “fresh evidence” with the aim of having the murder conviction quashed and Oakes acquitted. The fresh evidence is based on two sealed affidavits, according to the appeal filing.One affidavit is from Scott and the other is from Kim Pate, the executive director of the Elizabeth Fry Society. Pate’s affidavit is based on a discussion with Scott during which she allegedly recanted her testimony placing Oakes at the scene of the murder.In her affidavit Scott “provides an explanation of why she implicated Ms. Oakes in the homicide,” according to a summary of the sworn document contained in the appeal filing. Scott alleges in the affidavit she was shown crime scene photographs and provided evidence during allegedly coercive police interrogations that occurred on a weekly basis for six months. She alleges in the affidavit police provided the details of the case before she was sat down for “eventual recorded interviews.”Scott alleges in her affidavit she wasn’t taking prescribed medication during those interrogations, but “was under the influence of drug contraband.”The appeal filing alleges those six months of interrogations were also not disclosed during Oakes’ trial.“At trial, it appeared to be common ground that Ms. Scott…participated in police interviews and/or provided statements on Dec. 6, 2011, (and) Jan. 5, 7 and 10, 2012,” according to the filing. “Ms. Scott now swears that she participated in weekly interviews and meetings with police between the periods of June 2011 to December 2011.”In a previous interview with APTN National News, Medicine Hat police Sgt. Brent Secondiak said investigators believed Scott was telling the truth based on the level of details she provided about the murder.“She knew details about this that no one else could have known unless they were there or where told by the person who did it,” said Secondiak, who took over the investigation after it had stalled for several months.Scott also swears in her affidavit that she suffers from mental illness and has a “demonstrated IQ of 50.” According to Statistics Canada’s “health state descriptions” an IQ score ranging from 50 to 69 indicates “mild retardation.”In a previous interview with APTN, Dolan, the Crown prosecutor, said Scott’s child-like testimony made her believable to the jury.“Almost child-like, her evidence was…Children and people who present in that cognitive manner often exude a credibility that many adults don’t,” said Dolan.Oakes’ appeal filing interprets Scott’s mental state in a different light.“The proposed evidence is relevant and bears upon decisive issues of potential outstanding disclosure, which could have impacted trial fairness, conduct of  trial and impeachment of chief Crown witness…as well as the reliability and credibility of important evidence…relied upon (by) the Crown to identify Mr. Armstrong’s killers and marshalled in support of Ms. Oakes’ guilt,” said the filing. “Ms. Scott’s recantation is not only significant from a potential impeachment value, given that this is the sole evidence which implicated the applicant, but also tackles the very reliability of a frail witness both in terms of mental health difficulties and limited cognitive abilities who admits to not only having failed to avail herself of prescribed medication, but also admits to illicit drug use in the course of her interactions with police.”Connie OakesThe appeal filing states that Oakes’ Edmonton trial lawyer Daryl Royer learned Scott recanted her testimony at some point between the jury’s finding of guilt in April and Oakes’ sentencing on June 5 of this year.“Subsequent to sentencing of Ms. Oakes, Ms. Scott engaged counsel to assist her in striking her own guilty plea and has provided an affidavit indicating, among other things, her now belief that Ms. Oakes was never present at the crime scene and that her evidence, both self-incriminating and that which served to implicated Ms. Oakes in the homicide…was the product of coercive police tactics,” said the filing.There were problems with Scott’s story throughout Oakes’ trial.Royer, the defense lawyer during the trial, counted 55 inconsistencies in Scott’s testimony, including whether Armstrong was dead before or after he was placed in the bathtub where he was later found by a friend. It also emerged that Scott accused three other people of the murder before naming Oakes.There were also problems with a knife submitted by the Crown as evidence against Oakes. The kitchen knife, which Scott initially claimed was Oakes’ favorite, came back negative for any trace of blood despite two forensic examinations.Secondiak admitted to APTN police couldn’t prove the knife was used in the murder despite the fact it was entered as evidence at trial.There was also the issue of a large, bloody boot-print found in Armstrong’s bathroom. Medicine Hat police were never able to trace the source of the print.Oakes has two sons, including one who is battling Leukemia.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Rising scruples in European countries over Saudi arms sales

first_imgBERLIN – The killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi has prompted soul-searching in some European countries about their sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, long one of the biggest buyers of sophisticated Western weaponry.While the United States ranks first among Saudi’s arms suppliers, Europe, too, has been selling billions of dollars’ worth of weapons to the kingdom for decades.Appeals have mounted in recent days calling for such deals to be halted: On Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that arms exports to Saudi Arabia “can’t take place in the situation we’re currently in,” citing Khashoggi’s death. But despite the outrage, no European country has yet taken concrete action to change how business is done.Spain’s prime minister said Wednesday his government would fulfil past arms sales contracts with Saudi Arabia despite his “dismay” over the “terrible murder” of Khashoggi earlier this month in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.Pedro Sanchez told lawmakers that protecting jobs in southern Spain was central to his decision last month to go ahead with a controversial bomb shipment to Saudi Arabia.In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May also rebuffed a call from opposition lawmakers to end weapons sales to the Arab kingdom, telling Parliament on Wednesday that “the procedures we follow are among the strictest in the world.”Spain, Germany, Italy and Switzerland each accounted for about two per cent of Saudi Arabia’s arms imports between 2013 and 2017, according to figures compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, or SIPRI.France accounted for about 4 per cent, while Britain took a 23 per cent share of the business — behind the United States with 61 per cent.Merkel’s economy minister, Peter Altmaier, called Monday for a common European Union position on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, telling a public broadcaster that “only if all European countries agree would this make an impression on the government in Riyadh.”Even if Germany were to stop the exports, “it will have no positive consequences … if at the same time other countries fill this gap,” he said.Slovakia’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday it was willing to discuss the German proposal. In neighbouring Czech Republic, Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek said he also supported a discussion as he summoned the Saudi ambassador to Prague to tell him “any attacks on journalists are unacceptable.”But Britain’s foreign secretary highlighted the difficulty in agreeing on a common EU stance on Saudi arms exports when he pointed out last month that “With countries like Saudi Arabia, countries like China, the way you make the most progress is by talking to them in private.”“If you talk about these things publicly you lose the access, they say ‘we don’t want to deal with you’ and you put yourself in a position where you have no influence over what’s happening,” Jeremy Hunt told Sky News.Should Western nations halt their sales, one country that might step in is Russia.Russian and Saudi officials discussed possible arms sales including S-400 air defence systems during a landmark visit by King Salman last October, but no contract was signed.Saudi Arabia also has expressed interest in setting up production of Russian Kornet-EM anti-tank missiles, TOS-1A rocket launchers and AGS-30 automatic grenade launchers and the latest version of the Kalashnikov assault rifle in their country. It is unclear if any of those deals are nearing implementation.Russia’s cautious stance on Khashoggi’s murder could be changing that, experts say.Kirill Semenyov, a Middle East expert on the Foreign Affairs Council which advises the Kremlin, said the Saudis would be looking for alternatives like Russia if one of their key partners were to pull out of the deals.“If the U.S. or Britain were to renege on the contracts to supply fighter jets or other weapons like tanks, it would be a serious blow, that would push Saudi Arabia to buy arms from Russia like T-90 tanks or Su-35 planes,” he said.A sizeable Russian business delegation on Tuesday descended on an investment conference in Riyadh to show that Moscow is unfazed by the accusations against the royal family.Kirill Dmitriev, chairman of the state-owned Russian Direct Investment Fund, told state-owned Rossiya 24 channel that “Saudi partners are appreciative of our balanced position.” ”We continue to co-operate with Saudi Arabia’s investment fund and other partners,” he added.Dmitriev likened the investigation into Khashoggi’s killing to recent accusations levelled against Russia over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain and cyber-attacks around the world.“There’s a lot of speculation and unverified information around,” he said.French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said Wednesday that Paris will agree to sanctions against Saudi Arabia only if it’s proven they are to blame in the journalist’s killing.“As long as these facts are not corroborated by our intelligence services, we will withhold our response,” Griveaux said. “But once the light is made, that these facts are corroborated by our services, and in the event that Saudi Arabia’s responsibility is proven, then we will draw the consequences and we will take sanctions. And I will tell you something, it would not be just about weapons.”Diederik Cops, a researcher at the Flemish Peace Institute in Belgium, suggested that the European focus on military goods would have been more appropriate years ago in reaction to the Yemen conflict, where Saudi relies heavily on foreign arms and equipment. It may have taken the Khashoggi killing to force a change, he said.“Most governments are threatening with arms and questioning arms exports because they know that is the most strong … political pressure instrument they can use at this moment toward the Saudis,” he said.But, he added, it’s hard to tell if a global initiative on prohibiting arms exports to Saudi Arabia will take hold because of geopolitical and economic factors.Rights groups have long called unethical the multibillion-dollar U.S. and European arms sales to Saudi Arabia, for decades one of the world’s largest buyers of weapons. They point to the growing number of civilian casualties in Yemen’s ongoing civil war, in which the Saudis lead a mostly Arab coalition against Iranian-supported Shiite rebels known as the Houthis.Calls for the deals to be suspended have often surfaced in the wake of airstrikes by the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition fighting against the Iranian-supported Shiite rebels in Yemen. The airstrikes have killed hundreds of Yemeni civilians, including women and children, since the commencement of the war in 2015.After an August airstrike hit a bus carrying Yemeni children on their way to school in the country’s north, killing more than 40, Human Rights Watch said the incident highlighted the “callous indifference of the Western powers enthusiastically arming the Saudi-led coalition.”On Wednesday, Spanish activists protested outside Parliament holding bomb-shaped signs reading “Decisions that kill.”Haizam Amirah Fernandez, an expert at Madrid-based think-tank Elcano Royal Institute, said Saudi Arabia’s current leadership “is aware that it has taken bold steps in the past three plus years with an absolute impunity” because the White House is its biggest backer.“Everybody else, including the Europeans, look at Washington to see what signals come out of the White House regarding support to the Saudi monarchy. And the signal so far has been of an unshakable support with timid criticism toward Saudi Arabia,” said Amirah Fernandez.___Parra contributed from Madrid. Mark Carlson in Brussels, Samuel Petrequin, Jill Lawless in London, Colleen Barry in Milan, David Rising in Berlin, Karel Janicek in Prague and Nataliya Vasilyeva and Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow, and Hamza Hendawi in Cairo contributed to this report.last_img read more

Last customers being reconnected to Puerto Rico power grid

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Crews were preparing Wednesday to shut down generators that have powered an island off Puerto Rico’s coast — the last customers to be reconnected to the U.S. territory’s main power system 18 months after Hurricane Maria destroyed the grid.The Electric Power Authority said it would connect an underwater cable to Culebra by the afternoon, despite wariness from the more than 1,000 people who live on the island, which is popular with tourists.“One year and six months relying solely on a generator that if the gasoline runs out, we don’t have power,” said Culebra resident Grace Monel, adding that people were hit with several outages a month that have damaged home appliances. “It has taken so long.”She said she now worries that the electrical grid is still fragile, noting that two major outages were reported on the main island of Puerto Rico this week alone. Officials said a cat was responsible for the first outage, which left thousands of people without power in the capital of San Juan on Saturday. Another outage, on Tuesday, was blamed on an iguana that made contact with a 115,000-volt bar, leaving some 100,000 people without power.Jose Sepulveda, the power company’s transmission and distribution director, acknowledged to The Associated Press that the current system, which serves 1.5 million customers, is a patch-up job following the Sept. 20, 2017, hurricane, and that it needs further repairs and updates.“Some codes were ignored because of time and lack of equipment,” he said, adding that safety was never compromised. “Now that the emergency is over, we will start rebuilding the system.”Sepulveda said he did not know how long that process would take, saying only that it would be “months” as crews inspect a grid that was destroyed by Maria and rebuilt with help from the U.S. government and millions of dollars in federal funds. He said that in some cases, cables of a substandard calibre were used to help restore power across Puerto Rico, which was fully energized by August 2018, nearly a year after a storm that caused more than an estimated $100 billion in damage.In addition, officials will be installing three backup generators in Culebra to replace the three that are being retired. They were operated and fully funded by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency.The Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1 and Sepulveda said the grid is not ready for another major storm. If one hits, “We will experience something similar to what happened in 2017,” he said.Danica Coto, The Associated Press read more

Annan urges steppedup efforts to fight HIVAIDS epidemic

Delivering the keynote address to the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize Luncheon in New York, the Secretary-General painted a grim picture of the reach of HIV/AIDS, which has infected more than 40 million people today. “Every day, more than 8,000 people die of it. Every hour, almost 600 people become infected. Every minute, a child dies of the virus,” he said. Despite these bleak trends, the Secretary-General said the world had reached a new level of commitment to fight the epidemic. “Never before, in the two decades that we have faced this growing catastrophe, has there been such a sense of common resolve and collective responsibility,” he said. “People are grasping the seriousness of the crisis, but they are also realizing that we are not powerless against this disease.” In order to meet the challenge of building on the current momentum, he said greater resources would be needed. The Global AIDS and Health Fund had received pledges of over $1.5 billion, but that amount was insufficient to the task. “We need $7 to $10 billion a year to tackle this disease.””It is clear that we now have the roadmap, the tools and the knowledge to fight AIDS,” said Mr. Annan. “And if we all work together and pool our efforts, I think we can win this war on all fronts. This year’s Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize was awarded to Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder and President of St. Christopher’s Hospice. The luncheon was held at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan. read more

Action on climate change crucial to water and food security Ban stresses

“Action on climate change remains a major piece of unfinished business,” Mr. Ban told an event hosted by Qatar on the sidelines of the General Debate of the 67th session of the General Assembly.Last December, Member States agreed to reach a legally binding agreement on climate change by 2015, he said, referring to the decision taken by the 194 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at their conference in Durban, South Africa. “Two days ago I called on Member States to make good on this promise. Time is running out on our ability to limit the rise in global temperature to 2 degrees centigrade.”It is vital for everyone to work together to make the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference, to be held in the Qatari capital of Doha from 26 November to 7 December, “a major stepping stone to a global, robust and legally binding climate regime,” said Mr. Ban.The world, he said, is witnessing the highest levels of emissions ever; the Arctic sea ice is again at an all-time low; and it is another record year for wild fires, droughts and flooding. Climate change is making weather patterns both extreme and unpredictable, contributing to volatility in global food prices, which means food and nutrition insecurity for the poor and the most vulnerable. The Secretary-General has made food security a top priority through the Zero Hunger Challenge he launched at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Brazil in June. The initiative aims for a future where every individual has adequate nutrition and where all food systems are resilient. Its five objectives are to make sure that everyone in the world has access to enough nutritious food all year long; to end childhood stunting; to build sustainable food systems; to double the productivity and income of smallholder farmers, especially women; and to prevent food from being lost or wasted. Ending hunger will mean climate-smart, climate-resilient agriculture, as well as policies that are water-smart, energy-efficient, and that promote inclusive green growth, Mr. Ban said. Also crucial is more private and public investment in science, innovation and applied research, as well as innovative partnerships among farmers, governments, businesses, academia, international organizations and civil society.“But our efforts will come to naught if we don’t work together to slow down the carbon emissions that are warming the planet,” Mr. Ban stated. He called on governments to adopt the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol when they meet later this year in Doha. The first commitment period of the Protocol, the legally binding treaty to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, expires this year. “The emission reduction targets of the new Kyoto treaty are not sufficient – we know that – but they are necessary starting point from which to build a future global agreement by 2015,” he stated.It is also important to address the gap between fast-start finance and long-term finance so that by 2020 climate finance is being mobilized at the agreed level of $100 billion a year, he said, calling for accelerating efforts to make the Green Climate Fund, approved last year in Durban, fully operational. “This is the path to water and food security,” he stated. read more

UN atomic energy watchdog will need more than 10 million a year

“There is now a historic opportunity to resolve the Iran nuclear issue,” IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano said in an address to the agency’s Board of Governors he convened to consider the UN Security Council’s request for the agency to undertake verification and monitoring of Iran’s nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).“I hope that full use will be made of this opportunity,” Mr. Amano said.Reminding member States on the IAEA Board that the joint plan of action was agreed Initiative by international negotiators (the ‘E3+3’ – composed of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) and Iran on 14 July, he said his agency was ready to undertake the necessary work subject to the approval of the Board.Explaining the plan of action and its budgetary implications, Mr. Amano said, “Iran has agreed to implement extra nuclear-related commitments, which are known as transparency measures. These include enhanced access for Agency inspectors to uranium mines and mills, and continuous surveillance of centrifuge manufacturing and storage locations.”“These measures go beyond the scope of Iran’s comprehensive safeguards agreement and additional protocol and will help the Agency to have a better understanding of Iran’s nuclear programme,” he said.Mr. Amano said his agency will require additional resources to implement the activities described in IAEA’s report on Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of UN Security Council Resolution 2231.“We estimate that implementation of the JCPOA will involve expenditure by the Agency totalling 9.2 million euros per year,” he said. “I call on all Member States in a position to do so to contribute towards the financial needs of the Agency related to implementation of the Joint Plan of Action, as well as preparatory and implementation work under the JCPOA.”Saying that the arrangements made with Iran are “technically sound and consistent with established IAEA safeguards practices,” Mr. Amano assured member States that “they do not compromise our standards in any way.”He also said IAEA has “top-class technical experts, high-tech equipment and state-of-the art analytical laboratories” and nearly six decades of experience of implementing comprehensive safeguards agreements. “We are now doing so in 173 countries,” he said. “We have been implementing the additional protocol for nearly 20 years.”And looking ahead, he said he will present his final assessment to the Board by December 15th. read more

Message from the Provost

Message from the Provost, Murray KnuttilaI am writing to inform you that some of your student information was inadvertently made accessible through Internet searches. This occurred when a file containing some student information was accidentally uploaded onto a publicly accessible Brock website by a library employee. The information file included all student names, student numbers, phone numbers, mailing addresses and email addresses. The file that was inadvertently uploaded has been deleted. All student files are now safe and secure.University officials were alerted to the situation on Jan. 28 when a student told library staff that he had accessed some of his own information when he did a Google search of his name. University staff immediately deleted the file and contacted Google to have all of the information erased from any search archives or indexes.  It is extremely unlikely that the information contained in the file could be used to access any further personal information at the University, because of password protection and security measures that are in place.A situation like this is not something we take lightly, and immediate steps were taken to reduce the risk of any recurrences. Brock University is committed to the highest level of security of student information and the protection of privacy, and has informed the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario of the incident to ensure that all obligations under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act are fullfilled.Although there is no immediate risk posed by this incident, we routinely encourage students to regularly change their passwords for security purposes.  Students can access the passwords for their campus accounts through the portal at my.brocku.caIf you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact University Communications at univcomm@brocku.ca or at 905-688-5550 x4687.Murray KnuttilaProvost and Vice-President Academic read more

Mens Volleyball Ohio State sweeps Loyola to capture third straight MIVA tournament

Junior setter Sanil Thomas sets the ball during the second set of No. 3 Ohio State’s match against No. 8 Penn State on Jan. 28, 2018 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes defeated the Nittany Lions in straight sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-17) to pick up their fifth win of the season. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Senior ReporterThe Ohio State men’s volleyball team clinched a third MIVA tournament title Saturday night in front of 1,364 fans at St. John Arena, defeating Loyola 3-0 and clinching a spot in the NCAA tournament. The victory also marked head coach Pete Hanson’s 700th career win.Though Ohio State has often struggled to put teams away up 2-0, the Buckeyes finished off the Ramblers in the third set 25-19 to claim the title. “Early in the season, we didn’t beat the better teams like BYU or UCLA,” Ohio State senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen said. “That kind of changed us in the RPI where we didn’t get a bid, so it was either all-in today or nothing.”Szerszen was everywhere he needed to be in both the front and back rows, ending the opening set with seven kills and five digs. Junior setter Sanil Thomas had 16 assists in the first set alone — six more than his 10.59 assist per game average. Though Loyola was able to avoid taking many attacking errors, the Ramblers struggled offensively, failing to find the right power or strategy to bring in the kills. Loyola’s top attacker, junior outside hitter Collin Mahan, struggled alongside his team, ending the first set with only one kill.The Buckeyes won the first set 25-20.In the second set, the Ramblers came onto the court with a renewed energy. Big on the net, Loyola intimidated Ohio State attackers into hitting the ball over Rambler blockers’ hands and out of bounds. After four attacking errors in a matter of seven plays from his team, Hanson called a timeout with his team trailing 9-5. A back-row attack from Szerszen won the Buckeyes the side-out and brought some elevated energy onto Ohio State’s side of the court. Hanson said that during the timeout, he told the Buckeyes to stay calm and maintain a consistent push against the Ramblers.“I heard this quote from the national team coach one time. It said, ‘You don’t have to be playing great volleyball all the time, but if you play good volleyball for a long period of time you’re going to be successful,’” Hanson said. “We just told them, ‘You don’t have to make the ultimate play. You don’t have to make the ultimate kill. Just be good, settle in and do what we have been doing.’”Senior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir and redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson each registered a pair of kills with the Buckeyes trailing around the middle of the set to give Ohio State the advantage in the second set. Ohio State used the momentum to win the second set 25-23 and take a 2-0 lead.Szerszen said that given Ohio State’s struggles to put teams away after going up 2-0, he was a little bit worried going into the third set. “I got a little bit scared, I’m not going to lie. I saw some of the players getting a little relaxed, a little less involved than in the two first ones,” Szerszen said. “I made sure that some of the players kept going until the end. and were focused till the end and had a little bit of hate in them when they played. Because if you just go back and play to pay, you’re not going to be as efficient as if you just want to kill the opponent.”Loyola fell behind early to start off the third set. Though Rambler Mahan and senior opposite Ricky Gevis scored their fair share of kills with four each, Loyola could not keep up with the Buckeyes. Determined to end the match in the third set, the Buckeyes came out swinging with a hitting percentage of .500 and three-plus kills each from Szerszen, Leeson, Hanes and redshirt senior middle blocker Nick Laffin. A kill from Hervoir ended the match and sent Buckeye players running onto the court in celebration of the end of one tournament and the beginning of another.“It feels good to go there, and honestly, I think it’s gonna be good because we have nothing to lose,” he said. “All the other teams are technically ranked higher than us. We’re the underdog just like two years ago, and it’s always good to come in a game as the underdog.”At the end of the night, three Ohio State players were awarded MIVA All-Tournament Accolades — Thomas, redshirt freshman opposite Jake Hanes and Szerszen, who was named Most Outstanding Player. read more

Man accused of chasing girl with machetes facing assault resisting charges

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 25, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) —  A man who allegedly had two machetes as he chased a 13-year-old girl in La Mesa and who was shot by a police officer whom he allegedly charged while brandishing one of the weapons is scheduled to be arraigned from his hospital bed Tuesday.Bernard E. Graham, 34, is charged with two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon and resisting an officer.Related Story: La Mesa police officer shoots a man who threatened a child with a knifeGraham was shot in the abdomen and one of his arms during the Monday morning encounter with La Mesa police on Fletcher Parkway, a short distance from Amaya Drive, according to La Mesa Police Capt. Ray Sweeney.The events that led to the shooting began just before 8:30 a.m., when a man in a black leather jacket confronted a 13-year-old near a trolley station as she was walking to school and threw a closed pocket knife at her, striking her with it, police said. The terrified girl ran off, and Graham gave chase according to police. The teen managed to elude her pursuer by fleeing into a nearby sandwich shop, Sweeney said.Graham ignored officers’ commands to drop a large machete-style knife and allegedly charged toward one of them, prompting the officer to open fire.The defendant — who has a 2004 conviction for arson — faces 55 years to life in prison if convicted.The officer involved in this incident is La Mesa Police Officer, Peter West. Officer West has been with the La Mesa Police Department for one year. Prior to La Mesa, Officer West was employed by Calexico PD for eight years. Updated: 6:41 AMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom Man accused of chasing girl with machetes facing assault, resisting charges May 25, 2018last_img read more

60 of housing associations offer defined contribution pensions

first_imgAlmost two-thirds (60%) of housing association respondents offer staff a defined contribution (DC) pension scheme, according to research by EMA Business and Management Consultancy.Its 2015 Total rewards survey, which is based on responses from 94 UK housing associations, found that the average contribution rates for DC schemes was 7% for employers and 5% for employees.The research also found:18% of respondents provide a local government final salary pension scheme for staff.Just over three quarters (78%) of respondents offer bonus or performance-related pay (PRP) for their employees, with eligibility for consideration ranging from 57% among directors to 25% among employees involved in sales activity.74% of respondents say that staff are not entitled to sick pay during their probationary period, and 11% are not entitled to sick pay during the first year of employment. Just over a third (36%) intend to review their contractual sick pay within the next two years.Around half (49%) of respondents offer flexible working.12% offer car salary sacrifice schemes and a company car or car allowance, which are available to 81% of directors, 66% of senior managers and 62% of office employees.Ian Robertson, executive director at EMA Business and Management Consultancy, said: “Having being tasked with improving output, it should come as no surprise that housing associations are having to look at more diverse commercial measures to incentivise performance and reduce expenditure.“It is important however, that such policies are approached with care; using bonuses to improve performance, for example, must be implemented with a robust management framework, ensuring clear service standards and targets are visible to all.“It is the combination of benefits, with the more commercial incentives discussed, which help to make a career within housing associations an attractive prospect.”last_img read more

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