Soldier killed, another injured in Kupwara

first_imgA solider was killed and another injured in a militant attack near the Line of Control (LoC) at Keran sector in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Thursday morning.“A stand-off attack was launched (by militants) on our link patrol ahead of the LoC fence in the Keran sector. Two soldiers suffered injuries. Own troops retaliated. The operation is in progress,” Army’s Srinagar- based Defence Ministry spokesperson Col. Rajesh Kalia said.Reports said a group of around five militants, “opened indiscriminate fire upon the Army’s party. “A group of infiltrators was intercepted near the Kacchal Post in Keran Sector adjacent to Chowkibal forests,” said an offcial.The injured soldiers were shifted to military hospital at Drugmulla for treatment, where one jawan died. “The operation is on in the area,” said the police officials.Hideout bustedIn a separate operation, Army busted a militant hideout in Bandipora. “One AK 47, two Chinese pistol, five Chinese grenades, binocular, telescope and two radio sets were seized,” said the Army.The police said it also foiled an attempt to loot the J&K Bank cash van in Shopian. “Suspected militants fired at the cash van at Chidipora area of Zainapora and tried to loot the money. The alert security guards foiled their attempt and the robbers fled from the spot,” said the police.last_img read more

Greek Tennis Player Handed Lifetime Ban for Corruption

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Greek tennis player Konstantinos Mikos was banned for life on Thursday after being found guilty of four corruption offenses.A Tennis Integrity Unit investigation confirmed that Mikos offered another Greek player, Alexandros Jakupovic, payment in return for agreeing to lose nominated sets and games in November 2013 at a Greece F20 Futures event in Rethymon.Mikos was also found to have operated two gambling accounts in which bets were placed on tennis from March 2012 to December 2013.Mikos reached a career-best world ranking of 933 in 2014.Jakupovic was issued a lifetime ban in December 2015.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Awesome Front Page of the O’Colly

first_imgThe front page of the O’Colly for the TCU game was amazing. Here’s the original link (can’t find it on their site).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

Tiger Woods follows Rickie Fowler’s final-round 61 with 2018 majors pledge

first_imgRickie Fowler Brooks Koepka Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Tiger Woods news Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Sky Sports Tiger Woods pulls one out of the hat after finding old magic in Bahamascenter_img Reuse this content Golf Read more Share on Facebook Even Rickie Fowler’s stunning closing round of 61, which claimed the Hero World Challenge by four shots, was not enough to switch the narrative. Even Tiger Woods’s Sunday 68, meaning three sub-70 rounds out of four, failed to be as significant as what came later.Woods, in the immediate aftermath of his first completed tournament in 12 months, declared his intention to play regularly in 2018. He even, tantalisingly, touched upon his desire to add to a majors haul which currently sits – and seemed destined to close – at 14. Tiger’s back?“I don’t know what my schedule’s going to be but my expectations are we’ll be playing next year,” Woods said. “How many, where, I don’t know yet, but we’ll figure it out.“We’re going to figure out what’s the best way for me to build my schedule for the major championships. Play, how much, what my training cycles are going to be, and play enough but don’t play too much. I don’t know what golf courses I’ll be playing and what’s the best way to go about it. We’ll sit down with the whole team and we’ll figure it out – where I’m going to start, how much I’m going to play, rest periods, training cycles, the whole nine yards.”Woods reacted impressively from a third round of 75. He reached the Sunday turn in 31 for the second time in this event, as assisted by an eagle at the 7th. He double-bogeyed the 10th – his only such score all week – before going on to produce birdies at 11, 14 and 15. Even back-to-back bogeys to finish could not douse Woods’s upbeat mood.Somehow, this comeback feels different. Woods’s aggregate of eight under par saw him defeat Justin Thomas, the US PGA champion, the world No1 Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, who holds the US Open. Crucially, Woods did not display physical impairment during any point in the tournament. Share via Email US sports US PGA Share on LinkedIn “It was a very good week,” he added. “I’m excited. This is the way I’ve been playing at home and when I came out here and played, I was playing very similar. I wasn’t quite hitting it as far at home but I had the adrenaline going here. Overall I’m very pleased.”Fowler had started day four at seven under, the same number adrift of Charley Hoffman. A stunning run of seven birdies in as many holes from the 1st catapulted the Californian up the leaderboard. Conditions were at their most favourable of the four days, with 15 of the 18-man field under par, but Fowler’s charge still provided an extraordinary end to this golfing year. This marked his lowest round as a professional, with the winning total identical to 2016 at 18 under par. Woods, who knows a bit about this kind of thing, hailed Fowler’s showing as “phenomenal”.Fowler said: “I took five weeks off after the Presidents Cup so I was coming here really trying to rely on my year. It was nice for my game to hang around.“Hopefully this leads to something special in 2018. I can’t put myself this far back going into last rounds, 61s don’t pop up all the time. There are areas that can still get better to help me on the weekends to step up and make things happen.”Hoffman, who started the final round holding a five-shot lead, finished two clear in second courtesy of a 72. Tommy Fleetwood will be married in the Bahamas ; he heads to the altar in fine fettle after a 67 for a share of third alongside Jordan Spieth. Justin Rose’s 70 meant a share of fifth.Sky’s Masters dealSky Sports is on the verge of agreeing a new deal to cover the Masters, thereby allaying fears the subscription channel could lose a second major championship. In what marked an embarrassment for Sky after the launch of a dedicated golf station last year, it was subsequently unable to agree a package for the US PGA Championship which, in turn, was covered live in the UK by the BBC.It emerged last summer that Sky’s Masters contract had ended in 2017 without immediate renewal. Augusta National’s senior figures subsequently tested the market by way of talks with BT Sport during the Open Championship.But it has emerged Sky has all-but confirmed an extension with Augusta which will, as per typical Masters partnerships, not be on a multiyear basis. “We work on short-term contracts with all of our broadcast partners,” said an Augusta source.An interesting caveat to that is Sky’s continuing pursuit of exclusive Masters rights in the UK, with the BBC currently covering the last two days of the event on a live basis. Whether the corporation can retain that Augusta alliance with Sky hovering remains to be seen. Augusta, as was the case with the R&A with regards the Open Championship, would face a public backlash if its event was removed from free-to-air television.What happens next with the US PGA will also come under further attention. As things stand, Sky has made no serious bid to reclaim the fourth major of the year. It may well be that commercial attention was focused on the Masters, while industry sources have suggested Sky may place more value in the US PGA from 2019, when it moves to a slot in May. The BBC’s coverage of last year’s event was widely criticised, albeit it was secured at short notice and in direct scheduling competition to the World Athletics Championships.Jordan Spieth, meanwhile, has reflected on a year in which he added the Open to his collection of majors. The Texan, now a three-times major champion, rounded off 2017 at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Sunday.“The Open has a pretty significant worldwide reach,” Spieth said. “It’s my second favourite tournament in the world behind the Masters. So to win those and a Ryder Cup – which I put kind of in a different place – and the US Open, they are kind of top four events in my mind that I can win in my lifetime and that I’ve done that, it’s extremely satisfying. So I look at the year as a whole as a huge, tremendous success. This was one of the better years that I’ll ever have.”In a further nod to television, and the pull of Tiger Woods, Golf Channel viewing figures for day one of the Hero World Challenge increased by 27% from 2017. On Thursday afternoon, as Woods made a first start in 10 months, the channel was the most watched cable sports network in the US. Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Turkey hold world champions France 1-1 to delay their Euro 2020 qualification

first_img Reuters Saint-DenisOctober 15, 2019UPDATED: October 15, 2019 09:36 IST After the game Turkish players gave a military salute to the crowd (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKaan Ayhan equalised eight minutes from time to help Turkey draw the matchSubstitute Olivier Giroud had put France in the lead in the 76th minuteFrance take on Moldova and Turkey host Iceland in the next round of matches in NovemberFrance must wait to claim a place at Euro 2020 after the world champions were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Turkey in a high-octane qualifying game on Monday.Turkey’s Kaan Ayhan equalised eight minutes from time after France substitute Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the 76th as the visitors stayed top of Group H with 19 points from eight games, ahead of Les Bleus due to a 2-0 win in Konya last June.Iceland are third on 15 points after goals by Arnor Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson earned a 2-0 home victory over Andorra, with Albania fourth on 12 points following a 4-0 away win against Moldova.French police were on high alert after president Emmanuel Macron said Turkey’s military operation against Kurdish forces in Syria could lead to an “unsustainable humanitarian situation” and threatened to “help the Islamic State group re-emerge in the region”.With up to 40,000 Turkey fans expected at the stadium, some 1,000 police officers were on duty in and around the Stade de France to prevent potential crowd trouble, but the atmosphere remained peaceful throughout the evening.”We could have avoided that goal,” France coach Didier Deschamps said. “We did everything we needed to win that game, we had the chances, they didn’t, but it is what it is.”It’s a good point. We’ll have to finish the job in November,” he added, saying Turkey, who have picked up four points against France, deserved to top the group.”We are the two best teams in the group. Qualifiers are always complicated, it’s a long road. We should have been more efficient. They defended a lot and they deserve to be where they are.”advertisementFrance take on Moldova and Turkey host Iceland in the next round of matches in November.PLAYERS MISSINGThe world champions were still without injured goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, striker Kylian Mbappe and midfielder Paul Pogba, and Wissam Ben Yedder started up front in place of Giroud, who paid for his lack of playing time with Chelsea.France were the most dangerous side as Turkey struggled to cope with the pace of Kingsley Coman but the visiting defence, which had conceded only two goals in qualifying so far, held firm.France midfielder Moussa Sissoko’s low shot was blocked by keeper Mert Gunok and Antoine Griezmann’s curled shot went just wide as Les Bleus piled on the pressure.Turkey, however, created a chance to opening the scoring on the hour only for Burak Yilmaz to sky his attempt over the bar at the end of a quick counter attack.With Ben Yedder struggling to find space, Deschamps replaced him with Giroud in the 72nd minute and it the substitute took four minutes to make an impact, heading home Griezmann’s corner kick.The hosts’ joy, however, was short-lived as Turkey levelled six minutes later when Ayhan nodded in a free kick.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow France vs TurkeyFollow Euro 2020 qualifiers Next Turkey hold world champions France 1-1 to delay their Euro 2020 qualificationTurkey’s Kaan Ayhan equalised eight minutes from time after France substitute Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the 76th as the visitors stayed top of Group H with 19 points from eight games.advertisementlast_img read more

Block 16 Brings Some of the Best of Non-Vegas Restaurants to Las Vegas

first_imgIn terms of convincing the proprietors of the restaurants to join the concept, it wasn’t hard. For chef Rick Gencarelli of Lardo, it was a no-brainer.“For us, these types of deals are about relationships more than anything else. We hit it off immediately with The Cosmopolitan team and the rest fell in to place quite easily. They have proven to be committed to quality and excellent hospitality,” Gencarelli said. “We are very excited to share a venue with some of the best concepts in the country and to be in front of thousands of Vegas visitors and locals on a daily basis.”Pok Pok Wing’s Andy Ricker had a similar if more film-inspired response: “They made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.”Pok PokPerhaps one of the biggest concerns for Block 16 — and for the individual tenants — is the transitory nature of Las Vegas. Those who will be visiting Block 16 more than likely aren’t from Vegas, so won’t be likely to return any time soon. If they’re from one of the four other cities represented, they might know about the hometown hero, but beyond that? It’s anyone’s guess.“On one hand, we get to put our product in front of one of the broadest demographics in the word. On the other, a lot smaller percentage of the population will know the brand compared to in Portland,” Ricker said.Lardo Alan WeinerFor Gencarelli, the opportunity to be exposed to millions of new potential customers by opening in a new city is the next logical step in the growth of his business.“Lardo is designed to be scaled and if we can’t grow outside of our home then we are not very good at our jobs,” he said, adding, “With that said, Lardo is like my baby and I feel like I just dropped my baby off at college. I hope she does well and makes me proud and I will visit a lot!”The mix of concepts, according to Nichols, will help with its success. At Block 16, you’ll be able to go from donuts to mezcal to sushi in just a few steps. The varied concepts, he said, also help create friendly competition, as opposed to direct competition for sales.Ricker agreed. “We are next to some heavy hitters with the likes of Hattie B’s. Concepts like that tend to take the oxygen out of a room. But man/woman/child cannot live on hot chicken alone, so I think there is room for all the concepts at Block 16.” 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. Hang Like the Rat Pack at These Old School Vegas Steakhouses Las Vegas, with its 40 million annual visitors (second only to New York City), is known for, among many other things, its fine drinking and dining. Walk into just about any casino or hotel and you’re bound to find at least one, if not two, three, or even four fancy restaurants. These spots — iterations of celebrity chef’s famous joints or new concepts by globally-renowned restaurateurs — are the epitome of Vegas: high quality, high class, and the perfect thing to do after a successful night at the poker table. Sometimes, though, that’s not what you want even if you did just bet it all on black and it worked out for you. That’s where the newest concept from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Block 16, comes in.Jeff GreenBlock 16, which opened this year, is an urban food hall that has brought together six restaurant concepts that have already reached fame in their respective homes. According to Patrick Nichols, chief strategy officer for the Cosmopolitan, the goal was to make something unlike their previous ventures in the food and drink space: a focus on made-to-order food served to-go at a price point that is acceptable across the board.“We realize that not every guest is looking for the time commitment of a traditional fine-dining experience and Block 16 allows our guests to enjoy a great meal at their own pace — even if they only have a few minutes,” Nichols said.With so many potential candidates — just take a moment and think about all of the places that have lines in your own city — the staff of the Cosmopolitan had to go about choosing in a systematic way. The Ultimate Las Vegas Bachelor Party Guide for Grown-Ups “We started off with one key component when selecting the restaurants, one key qualifier that everything needed to have: each selection needed to be crave-able,” he said. “We spent more than two years on the road, traveling the globe to find the best quick service food out there. We stopped at more than 100 different restaurants and food trucks, going as far as Singapore before settling on this final set of homegrown favorites.”The winners of that amazing race of gastronomy? District: Donuts, Sliders. Brew. (New Orleans), Ghost Donkey (New York City), Hattie B’s Hot Chicken (Nashville), Lardo (Portland), Pok Pok Wing (Portland), and Tekka Bar: Handroll & Sake (Las Vegas). According to Nichols, these concepts had that je ne sais quois that makes for a successful restaurant.“There are many concepts out there that have great food but there were fewer that have great food but fewer that had the whole package — including fun people to work with day-to-day.  The teams behind each of these concepts are extraordinary and we are thrilled to introduce them to Las Vegas.”center_img Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States 1. Lardo – Dirty Fries 2. Pok Pok Fish Sauce Wings 3. Ghost Donkey Truffle Nachos 4. Tekka Spicy Tuna Hand Roll Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Dutch Owner Fined USD 34 Mn for Beaching a Ship

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: NGO Shipbreaking Platform Dutch ship owner Holland Maas Scheepvaart Beheer II has paid a price tag of almost EUR 3 million (USD 3.4 million) for having beached a vessel for scrapping in India.According to a report by NGO Shipbreaking Platform, the company has been fined EUR 780.000 and paid a settlement of EUR 2.2 million after it sold the HMS Laurence to a cash buyer in 2013.The vessel ended up in Alang, India, where it was broken under conditions that “cause serious damage to the environment and expose the health of workers and the local population to grave danger,” the association cited the Dutch Public Prosecutor.Following criminal investigations on the illegal export of the vessel from Italy, the Dutch Public Prosecutor agreed to a settlement of EUR 2.2 million, the amount that Holland Maas Scheepvaart Beheer II had earned by selling the ship to the beaching yard.The Prosecutor stated that it had accepted the settlement as the company has announced that it will take measures to avoid scrapping vessels on beaches in the future.In March last year another Dutch shipping company, Seatrade, was convicted for having intended to scrap four vessels in India. Five subsidiaries of the company received fines, as did two of Seatrade’s CEOs, who were also sentenced to professional bans.Under the new legal regime, EU-flagged ships must be recycled only in safe and sound facilities included by the EU in the European List of ship recycling facilities. Beaching yards would not be accepted on the EU list as they fall short of the environmental and safety requirements that the Regulation sets, NGO Shipbreaking Platform noted.last_img read more

Nova Centre Development Moves Ahead

first_imgNova Centre, the largest integrated development project in Nova Scotia’s history, will move forward, creating thousands of jobs, attracting thousands of new visitors, and revitalizing downtown Halifax. The province announced today, July 12, with its federal and municipal partners, that work will begin on a new convention centre in the Nova Centre development. As well, the province, with the developer, will hold a series of public engagement sessions about the centre across the province. “The Nova Centre will change the landscape of downtown Halifax, and also help change the economic landscape across the province,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “The Nova Centre will allow us to work with international business to attract bigger, better partners and organizations to the region; to look more closely at joint ventures.” In just 10 years, the convention centre is expected to generate $85 million in provincial tax revenue, which will support essential priorities like health care and education. “This development will cement our position as the capital of Atlantic Canada,” said Mr. Paris. “Nova Scotia will be home to the first convention centre in the region capable of hosting significant national and international events, events we have not been able to host in the past.” Public input is a key component of new centre’s development. Tim Merry will lead 11 public forums throughout Nova Scotia, on behalf of Rank Inc. and the province, to learn about the vision Nova Scotians have for the Nova Centre, and ensure all will benefit from the economic opportunities the convention centre will provide. Attendees will help to identify ways the new convention centre can attract more visitors to Nova Scotia, and inspire those visitors to travel throughout the province to experience everything it has to offer. “Every new convention Nova Scotia attracts is an opportunity to expose new audiences to our 11 universities, our competitive business climate, local products, diverse research and innovation. Every new visitor is a potential investor or a return visitor,” said Mr. Paris. The convention centre will operate under a Memorandum of Agreement between the province and Halifax regional council. For more information on the public consultation sessions, visit .last_img read more

Province Takes Energy Plan Tour for Lowest Fairest Rates to Stellarton

first_img the 62.1 megawatt Glen Du Wind Farm which produces enough power to supply about 18,000 homes and has a signed power purchase agreement with Nova Scotia Power for twenty years. Glen Du is a independent power producer the 51-megawatt Dalhousie Mountain Wind Farm, also an independent power producer, which produces enough power to supply about 20,000 homes Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) projects have been approved for New Glasgow, Barney’s River, Merigomish, Irish Mountain, and Riverton. These projects will generate varying amounts of energy once completed. They are local projects that will benefit local residents and businesses a partnership between Sobeys Atlantic and Efficiency Nova Scotia which enabled Sobeys to undertake waste reduction, sustainable sourcing and reduction of its carbon footprint. The project helped Sobeys achieve energy savings of over 4.9 gigawatt hours, a savings of over $500,000 in annual electrical costs, and reduction of its environmental footprint by over 3,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide Trinity Inspection Services, based in Stellarton, delivers Efficiency Nova Scotia’s direct install, home-energy audit and low-income programs to homeowners in northern mainland Nova Scotia. It sees first-hand how energy efficiency programs improve people’s lives. For instance, an elderly woman was saved the stress of moving because she was able to upgrade her home through an Efficiency Nova Scotia program. As well, through the Direct Install Program, from September to January of last year, there were one million kilowatt hours saved in northern mainland Nova Scotia. Residents of Pictou County heard first-hand from Energy Minister Charlie Parker in Stellarton today, March 18, on what government is doing to ensure Nova Scotians have the lowest, fairest electricity rates over the long term. “We know that rising electricity rates are top of mind for everyone,” said Mr. Parker. “We are not going to sit back and do nothing to address the issue. We are taking action that will make a real difference. “We have already removed the provincial portion of the HST from basic home electricity. This saves families millions of dollars every year, but we did not stop there. We have developed an energy plan to ensure the lowest, fairest rates for Nova Scotians, a plan that can be summed up as local, reliable, green, tax-free and efficient.” Government’s energy plan is already at work in communities across the province. In the Pictou region, the province is working with communities and others that are making innovative and positive change for their future, and the future of Nova Scotia. Energy-related projects taking place in the area include: “In addition, every megawatt of energy produced through COMFIT results in significant economic activity in the local community,” said Mr. Parker. “And when we are using locally manufactured turbines and towers, there are even more jobs created. “So we’re very pleased to be creating the right conditions for these investments. These projects will help stabilize electricity prices in Nova Scotia and benefit the environment.” Brian Cullen, chief administrative officer, Municipality of Pictou County speaks highly of the program. “The province’s COMFIT program has been instrumental to us developing energy projects that will help us to generate our own clean electricity while creating jobs and helping the environment.” Mr. Parker and Department of Energy deputy minister Murray Coolican also provided information and an overview of the Muskrat Falls/Maritime Link project. The project will provide Nova Scotians with a reliable source of clean energy at predictable, stable rates for 35 years. It is the lowest long-term cost option for the province to meet federal environmental requirements, and it will also provide jobs, generate economic activity, and give the province a second connection to the North American electricity grid and therefore more options for purchasing energy in the future.last_img read more

Province and BC Cattlemens to investigate how livestock can help prevent forest

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of B.C. will provide the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association with $500,000 to investigate using grazing livestock to help prevent forest fires.“Using cattle and livestock grazing minimizes the growth of annual and perennial grasses, which helps to reduce wildfire risks,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “It’s one example of what we’re doing to reduce the threat of wildfires, while supporting the ranching sector and maintaining wildlife habitat in our province.”The Province will be working with local governments, the ranching sector and Indigenous communities to develop partnerships and provide opportunities for livestock owners, stakeholders and other interested parties. “Reducing the risk of wildfires and adapting to a changing climate requires more action than the status quo of the last 20 years,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture. “B.C.’s beef producers are well known for raising high-quality grass- and range-fed beef, and we’re working with them to find ways to combine that practice with reducing vegetation that fuels wildfires. It’s an intriguing model that I’m hopeful will become a mainstay in our efforts to protect our communities and resources from fires, as well as supporting B.C. ranchers and B.C. beef.”While targeted grazing using livestock is not a solution to all fuel management challenges, it is a powerful tool when used in combination with other methods, such as prescribed burning and selective tree harvesting.Wildfire prevention programs in southern Europe and parts of the U.S. are successfully using livestock to graze fuel breaks around communities and reduce the risk of wildfires.“The last two fire seasons have seen unprecedented resources burn in the province,” said Kevin Boon, general manager of the BC Cattlemen’s Association. “These events have shown us the value of agriculture, specifically cattle grazing, in mitigating the start or spread of fires while assisting in firefighting efforts. Cattle grazing reduces the fine fuels available for fires to take hold. This funding will allow us to develop partnerships in interface areas to help protect our lands, forests and communities, while producing some of the best quality food in the world.”Using livestock grazing to reduce the amount of herbaceous fine fuels in an area is a low carbon, cost-effective method that supports local food production and provides new opportunities for ranchers.last_img read more

Closing Bell TSX closes little changed after US Europe impose tough sanctions

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Tuesday after the U.S. and European Union adopted tough new sanctions on Russia over that country’s continued support of Ukrainian rebels, who have been blamed for the downing of an airliner by a missile earlier this month.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,446.55 1.33 0.01%S&P 500 —  1,969.95 -8.96 -0.45%Dow — 16,912.11 -70.48 -0.48%Nasdaq — 4,442.70-2.21 -0.05%The TSX had spent most of the session well into positive territory thanks in part to positive earnings news and data that showed a marked improvement in U.S. consumer confidence but the S&P/TSX composite index closed up 1.33 points to 15,446.55.The Canadian dollar was down 0.5 of a cent to 92.09 cents US.New York markets were lower as traders considered new measures that specifically target sectors of the Russian economy, including energy, weapons and finance. Also, Russian state-owned banks will be banned from selling bonds or equities with a maturity of over 90 days in European capital markets.New York’s Dow Jones industrials dropped 70.48 points to 16,912.11, the Nasdaq was down 2.21 points to 4,442.7 and the S&P 500 index shed 8.96 points to 1,969.95.Indexes had earlier advanced after the U.S. Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index jumped to 90.9 in July — the highest level since October 2007.WestJet (TSX:WJA) was a major gainer on the TSX, up $1.07 or 3.9% to $28.49 as the airline beat forecasts for profit and revenue as it posted net earnings of $51.8 million, or 40 cents per share, up from C$44.7 million, or 34 cents a share, a year earlier.George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN) reported a quarterly net loss of $208 million, or $1.71 per share, compared with a net profit of $97 million, or 68 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2013 as it digests the acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart by subsidiary Loblaws.Total sales were $10.59 billion compared with $7.52 billion and its shares advanced $1.13 to $86.96.And Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) posted a loss of $237 million, or 23 cents per share, compared with a profit $97 million, or nine cents, per share in the same quarter of 2013. Its shares added 21 cents to $11.93.It is a very heavy week for Canadian corporate earnings news, with the accent on the resource sector. However, with the energy sector up 18% so far in 2014, further gains could be elusive.“I think with oil trading around $100, with all the geopolitical risk out there keeping the oil price firm, that most of the good news is already in the energy name,” said Paul Taylor, chief investment officer, asset allocation, for BMO Global Asset Management Canada.A major decliner in New York was Herbalife Ltd. The seller of supplements and weight loss products on Monday reported quarterly profit that decreased by 17%. Its shares plunged 13.4% to US$58.42.The tech sector fell 0.8% with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) down 43 cents or 4% to $10.32 as the company said that it will acquire anti-eavesdropping security firm SecuSmart for an undisclosed amount. The German company provides high-level voice and data encryption.The base metals sector was up 0.9% while September copper eased two cents to US$3.22 a pound.The TSX energy sector slipped 0.17% with the September crude contract in New York down 70 cents to US$100.97 a barrel.The gold sector declined 0.26% as August bullion faded $5 to US$1,298.30 an ounce.TOP STORIESFord dropping BlackBerry handsets for employees worldwide, converting to iPhonesExxon eyes cheaper, floating LNG option for B.C. projectBlackBerry buys anti-eavesdropping firm to bolster its security edge in enterprise marketWestJet Airlines shares climb most in nearly a year after 16% rise in profitTalisman Energy posts surprise second-quarter net loss of $237-millionWHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWS U.S. Federal Reserve rate decision at 2 p.m.CANADA8:30 a.m. Industrial product price index (June): Economists expect 0.2% rise Raw materials price index (June): Economists expect 0.6% riseUNITED STATES8:15 a.m. ADP National Employment Report (July): Economists expect 230,000 jobs, down from last month8:30 a.m. Real GDP (Q2): Economists expec 3% growthCORPORATE NEWSCANADA Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd    Q2 earnings: Analysts expect   28¢ a share Ballard Power Systems    Q2 earnings: a loss of 2¢ a share Barrick Gold Corporation     Q2 earnings: 15¢ a share Cenovus Energy Inc Q2 earnings: 50¢ a share Cgi Group Inc    Q2 earnings: 73¢ a share First Quantum Minerals Ltd Q2 earnings: 24¢ a share Hudbay Minerals Inc Q2 earnings: 3¢ a share Kinross Gold Corp    Q2 earnings: 4¢ a share Lundin Mining Corp    Q2 earnings: 6¢ a share Macdonald Dettwiler & Assoc Ltd Q2 earnings: $1.39 a share Open Text Corporation Q2 earnings: 94¢ a share Penn West Petroleum Ltd Q2 earnings: 11¢ a share Sherritt International Corp Q2 earnings: a lost of 7¢ a share Suncor Energy Inc    Q2 earnings: 98¢ a share Taseko Mines Ltd Q2 earnings: 1¢ a share Thomson Reuters Corp    Q2 earnings: 46¢ a share Transalta Corp     Q2 earnings: 1¢ a share Wi-lan Inc Q2 earnings: 10¢ a share Yamana Gold Inc Q2 earnings: 3¢ a shareUNITED STATES Goodyear Tire & Rubber  Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 79¢ a share Kraft Foods Group Inc Q2 earnings: 83¢ a share Pitney Bowes Inc. Q2 earnings: 46¢ a share Whole Foods Market  Q3 earnings: 39¢ a share read more

Battle to become one of 5 federal superclusters attracts 50 competitors

By Andy BlatchfordOTTAWA — The competition to become one of up to five government-designated technology “superclusters” and draw from a federal funding purse of $950 million has attracted more than 50 proposals.The contest, a cornerstone of Ottawa’s so-called innovation agenda, is designed to encourage academia and businesses to work together on strategies to boost fast-growing sectors — everything from advanced manufacturing to clean technology.The number of bids generated during the competition’s first phase, which ended late last month, exceeded federal expectations, said a senior government official who spoke on condition on anonymity because the information was not yet public.The 50 letters of intent came from consortia representing a total of more than 200 companies and 20 post-secondary institutions, the official said.The contest, overseen by Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, aims to lift the economy, promote research and create high-quality jobs. Bains has said he’s looking for ambitious bids that also feature intellectual property strategies designed to keep benefits for Canada.The plan includes a federal funding commitment of up to $950 million over five years to support the development of between three and five superclusters.As examples, the government listed six innovative industries in its spring budget that could anchor superclusters: advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technology, digital technology, health and bio-sciences and clean resources.The submissions represent each of these sectors and more, said the official, who declined to elaborate on the other industries.The government is also hoping the leverage from its $950-million commitment will lure even more private investment cash into the economy.To qualify, supercluster bids must show private-sector investment commitments of at least a dollar for every government dollar requested.Combined, the submitted proposals say they can bring in a total of $17 billion in private investment, even though they are asking for $10 billion in federal funding, the official added.“The policy imperative for this program was trying to unlock business investment in (research and development), which has been this perpetual issue in Canada” said the official.“This isn’t a silver bullet, but it’s a model to tackle that issue.”A short list of about a dozen applicants will be released in the coming weeks based on assessments by experts from across different government departments and agencies.Each submission will be evaluated on criteria such as job creation, how likely the new jobs will avoid becoming automated in the future and the proposal’s overall impact on the economy.The winners will be announced by early 2018.The program director for the Blockchain Research Institute, an organization that is participating in a supercluster proposal, said the bid received a total of $50 million in funding commitments from about 50 groups, including universities, private firms and non-governmental organizations.The submission is focused on making Canada a world leader in the development of the emerging digital platform known as “blockchain.” Blockchain is the underlying technology behind digital currencies like bitcoin and it has the potential to change everything from how financial transactions are conducted to how democracies vote.Jenna Pilgrim said Thursday that the goal of her group’s bid is to house the world’s best blockchain expertise in the Toronto-Waterloo region rather than watch it set up shop in Silicon Valley.She noted that $50 million in commitments is likely lower than other submissions, but adds it makes sense because the technology is still young. She also argues blockchain has more potential to become self supporting.There are also expectations that some groups jockeying for the limited number of supercluster spots might join forces as the process evolves and the list shortens.“We have been approached by several other organizations creating bids as well,” said Pilgrim, who believes blockchain will help enable other new “transformational” technologies like quantum computing and artificial intelligence.“We just want a seat at the table and then we are definitely open to collaborating with other groups.” read more

UNESCO chief deplores murder of Somali journalist

“I deplore the murder of Mohamed Mohamud,” said the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova. “His name joins the long list of Somali media professionals who have paid with their lives to defend the right to information. Such acts must not remain unpunished.”Mr. Mohamud, 26, was also known as Tima’ade. He worked for Universal TV, a private television channel based in the United Kingdom that serves Somali diaspora. He was shot six times by unknown assailants near his home in the district of Wadajir, on 26 October.“Freedom of expression is the cornerstone of democratic society. I call on the authorities to do everything possible to ensure that journalists can work in the safest possible conditions,” Ms. Bokova said. read more

Ohio State mens hockey falls in Big Ten Tournament ending its season

Sophomore forward Nick Schilkey (37) controls the puck during a game against Minnesota on March 6 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 4-2.Credit: Kaley Rentz / Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s hockey team arrived at the Big Ten Tournament confident and motivated.The Buckeyes (14-19-3, 8-11-1) turned that into a 3-1 win against Penn State in the Big Ten quarterfinals, but couldn’t make it pass the semis. OSU’s confidence and motivation wasn’t quite enough, as the Buckeyes lost to No. 13 Minnesota, 3-0, to end their season Friday evening.Even though the Buckeyes didn’t make the championship game, coach Steve Rohlik had a positive outlook on the losing season. While he said he was proud of the team as a whole, Rohlik stressed the importance of the Buckeyes’ upperclassmen.“I’m even prouder of our eight seniors,” he said. “What they’ve done for our program, they’ve sent this program in the right direction. So, obviously I thank them.”Senior assistant captain forward Matt Johnson said even though the end result was disappointing, he was proud of his teammates’ desire to end the season confident and unified.“We really found our identity and started to roll with it,” Johnson said. “Going off of last year, we were very confident, just like this year, we beat every team in the conference. There was nobody we didn’t think we could beat.”Moving forward, the Buckeyes will be without eight seniors, who have seen the program transition from the hiring of a new head coach and a change of conference to the Big Ten from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.“It’s really an incredible group,” Rohlik said. “They’re the ones that have been a big part of where this culture is and where it’s going. Their leadership pulled us along over the last couple months. They’re a big part of why we had a chance.”For Johnson and senior captain forward Tanner Fritz, the final game was emotional, but the two said they are excited for the program’s future.“​I see the program going, obviously, in the right direction,” Johnson said. “We do everything right here. We do it the right way. We have the great staff. To me, you just can’t get a better program.”“We’re always pushing to get better, and I know they’re going to do that in the following years,” Fritz added. “The only way to go is up from here.”Next year, the Buckeyes will look toward a new group of upperclassmen to lead them in the right direction.OSU has three key players returning in captain Sam Jardine, leading goalscorer Anthony Greco and 6-foot-5-inch defenseman Craig Dalrymple.   Beyond that trio, forward Nick Schilkey, defenseman Josh Healey and goaltenders Christian Frey and Matt Tomkins are all set to be back for another season as well.But regardless of the players, Rohlik said the team’s progression starts with the coach.“I mean, first and foremost, I’m going to have to take some time to reflect on myself because it starts with me,” Rohlik said. “I’ve got to be better.”With the return of a solid foundation, Rohlik said he is eager for the Buckeyes to come out with swagger, determination and success in the Big Ten next year.“The one thing that I want is to let people know we’re going to show up every night,” Rohlik said. “We’re going to come at you and play hard and our guys are going to leave it on the line. That’s our identity and that’s what we try to leave here today.” read more

One person in 10 is mistaken about the identity of their father reveals

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Last year the Human Fertility and Embryology Authority called on DNA testing websites to warn people of the risk of uncovering traumatic family secrets and underlying health problems.Some sites offer to reveal lineage, ancestry and long lost relatives simply by posting a saliva sample.The authority said tests could also enable people to track down anonymous sperm and egg donors, or show a break in paternity.As early as 2005 Liverpool University and health experts warned in the BMJ that genetic testing could throw up such problems.The NHS carries out family screening for genes that raise the risk of breast and ovarian cancer and genetic problems in pregnancy, among other issues.In March Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, called for genetic tests for common cancers and heart disease to be rolled out.However, the tests have been criticised for causing stress and confusion and even fostering a kind of fatalism that would make people stop taking care of themselves.Mr Cumming said that while genetics offered new hope for preventing disease, there were difficult ethical challenges that needed addressing.Prof Mark Bellis, an author of the original 2005 study into non-paternity, said: “Despite genomics creeping into many aspects of health treatments and prevention, we seem to be choosing to ignore what it reveals about infidelity and paternity. One person in 10 is mistaken about the identity of their father, genetic tests for hereditary illnesses are revealing, according to an NHS chief.The era of genomic medicine is allowing doctors to screen rising numbers for preventative action against diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.About 220,000 such tests are carried out by the NHS in England and Scotland each year.But Ian Cumming, head of Health Education England, the NHS training body, said hospitals were being left in an ethical quandary as they were uncovering some awkward family secrets.It is currently estimated that around 4 per cent of the population are unaware the man they call their father is not their true biological relative.Mr Cumming told the Hay Festival that within a decade everyone who wanted to be genome tested could be.“But it is not without controversy,” he warned. “If you look at people who have had genetic tests within families for reasons other than trying to work out paternity, for one in 10 people your dad isn’t who you think it is.”He said this was the dilemma: “Are we going to tell people: ‘That’s not your dad’ – or are we going to keep that information to ourselves? I don’t think that would be acceptable ethically.” “There are still very few reliable figures on paternal discrepancy and consequently inadequate thought given to how to deal with it.” read more

When Freedom Rang Fireworks at the Fort

first_imgo 20 Length in minutes of the 2013 fireworks show, same as 2012.o 11,751 Individual fireworks shots in the 2013 show, compared with 10,274 in 2012.o 6,125 Pounds of fireworks to be launched in the 2013 show, compared with 5,651 in 2012.o 1,654 Pounds of explosives used to launch those fireworks, compared with 1,529 in 2012.o 450 Height in feet of tallest fireworks.o 30,000-35,000 People expected to attend (the same as in 2012, 2011 and 2010.)o 1855 Year of Vancouver’s first Fourth of July Celebration.o 1962 Year the Fort Vancouver fireworks display likely began. There was no show in 2009.It’s hard to find details about the first Fort Vancouver Fourth of July Celebration in 1962.There aren’t any stories about the event — celebrating its golden 50th this year — from 1962 in The Columbian.Organizers say they’re “almost” absolutely positive Thursday’s festivities will include the 50th fireworks launch since 1962, taking into account that the event skipped a year for financial reasons in 2009.But proving it is difficult.Jim Larson, head of the old Fourth of July committee, died in 2009.When the Fort Vancouver National Trust took over the event about 10 years ago, Larson told trust members that it started in 1962.“Unfortunately, Jim’s not around to ask, and he was the last person involved from those very early years,” said Elson Strahan, executive director of the trust.Beyond that, the trust has no records of the first show.“My understanding was that the first year, there was a group of guys that came out of the (Vancouver Junior Chamber of Commerce) and decided to do a fireworks show,” Strahan said. “I suspect it was very informal.”Heather Gobet, marketing director at Western Display, doesn’t have receipts from 1962. The company, which was founded by her great-grandparents, has done the display through the show’s entire history.“I wasn’t alive then, but I’m almost absolutely certain it was 1962,” Gobet said. “I got a hold of my mom and she got her hands on some notes and things from my grandparents that go back to that date (July 4, 1962).”last_img read more

InFlight Magazine to be Available on Newsstands

first_imgDelta carries approximately 13 million travelers monthly. MSP expects Sky’s monthly readership to be between 5 million and 6 million.MSP was awarded the contract to publish Sky in December, replacing Delta’s longtime partnership with Greensboro, North Carolina-based custom publisher Pace Communications. MSP also publishes Mpls.St.Paul magazine. Following the merger of Delta and Northwest Airlines, Minneapolis-based MSP Communications has relaunched Delta’s Sky magazine. In addition to being available on the planes, Sky will also be available for purchase on newsstands—a first for U.S. in-flight magazines, the publisher says. MSP, which won the contract to relaunch Sky late last year, says 15,000 copies of the monthly magazine will be available in stores like Barnes & Noble, Borders and B. Dalton. The cover price will be $3.99.“Our goal is to reinvent the in-flight magazine,” Sky editor-in-chief Jayne Haugen Olson said in a statement. “Though most readers are on an airplane, Sky offers page-turning content and interesting service-oriented take-away tidbits that are relevant to all travelers.”last_img read more

Administration Confirms Cut in FY 2020 Budget Request for Defense

first_imgPresident Trump’s desire to trim spending across the government is forcing the Pentagon to prepare an alternative fiscal 2020 budget request for $700 billion, a sizeable cut from its original draft proposing $733 billion in total federal spending on national security. The $700 billion figure represents a 2.2 percent reduction from current year spending. The cut would not last for just one year and, instead, will mark the starting point of a five-year budget projection calling for defense spending to remain relatively constant, Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters Friday. Officials will now develop two parallel budget requests and use the higher one to show likely tradeoffs from scaling back the request, reported Defense News.Shanahan said modernization would likely absorb a significant cut in the new budget draft. “The way I would think a about those two budgets and the approach, there are certain things that you can’t change. There are just near-term costs that we’re going to spend in the next year that are on contract, and for all intents and purposes are fixed. Then there are other investments we would make in science and technology and procurement, where we have [options] in terms of timing,” he said.Photo courtesy of DOD Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Investigations Into Arkema Plant Fires Underway After Harvey

first_img 00:00 /03:37 Environmental regulators are looking into fires that broke out at a Houston-area chemical plant after Harvey. It’s been about a month since the storm, but people near the flooded Arkema, Inc. plant are still under a health advisory.Those residents east of Houston were among those hit particularly bad by the storm. Not only were they flooded: they found themselves inside the danger zone put in place after the plant caught fire.“We’re getting it back together,” said Philip Mincey, a ship channel worker who lives around the corner from the plant, on what he calls his “two acres of heaven,” complete with ducks, fig trees and a few cows.He said his home being flooded was bad enough, but things really got stressful when authorities told him to leave after the fires broke out.“They made it sound like it was blowing up, right then,” Mincey said.  “So everybody was trying to save their stuff and wasn’t given the opportunity to.”He’s not happy with how the company has handled the aftermath.Arkema insists it’s been working to get locals affected by the evacuation the help they need, but Mincey said they’ve been hard to reach.“For me, money is not the end of the day issue. I want them to help me out a little bit, but I wanna feel like they’re sorry,” he said.The company didn’t make anyone available for an interview for this story, but even before the fires started, during Harvey, Arkema’s CEO Rich Rowe did have a message.“I apologize,” he said. “We apologize.”Travis BubenikThe Arkema, Inc. chemical plant east of Houston. Multiple fires ignited at the plant after Hurricane Harvey, when power supplies needed to keep the chemicals refrigerated failed due to flooding.Rowe told reporters his company had not planned for such intense flooding. The floodwaters shutdown power needed to keep the chemicals refrigerated. When portable backup generators failed, the chemicals ignited.“No one anticipated we’d be looking at a site with six feet of water on it,” Rowe said.Mincey, the nearby resident, is understanding, but still frustrated.“You know, I don’t think anybody at Arkema set out with a goal to hurt people out here,” he said. “They didn’t think they were going to get get six feet of water, but what are they going to about it next time?”Multiple agencies are now looking into how the company dealt with the incident.State regulators are investigating any possible impacts from the fires and looking into whether the company violated pollution rules.The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is also investigating, and the Environmental Protection Agency is demanding Arkema hand over a range of details about the plant. That includes everything from how chemicals are stored there to how the plant’s safety and power systems operate.The EPA didn’t respond to an interview request, but in the days after Harvey, EPA Chief Scott Pruitt told the ABC News podcast Powerhouse Politics he had personally looked at the company’s Risk Management Plan.“I pulled that RMP,” Pruitt said, noting that he looked through the plan’s requirements. “And we’ve begun asking questions: ‘Did they do that? Did they have adequate generation? Did they have redundancy, with respect to those trailers that blew up?’ We don’t know yet. There’s some concern that they didn’t.”“I think we’re in a new reality in terms of the frequency and intensity of these storms,” said Elena Craft, with the Environmental Defense Fund. She argues that Harvey shows the need for stricter chemical safety rules that were proposed by the Obama Administration, but that Pruitt has since delayed.Critics said the rules, which would have made plant hazards more public, would have given terrorists access to sensitive information.Philip MinceyThe street outside Philip Mincey’s house in Crosby, TX. The neighborhood near the Arkema, Inc. plant is still recovering from Harvey’s flooding.At the University of Houston, chemical engineer Ramanan Krishnamoorti said the petrochemical industry handled Harvey pretty well, but the Arkema fires do reveal a bigger problem.“Where we have failed, systematically since Katrina, has been in how we store chemicals,” he said.“Almost every single incident that you’ve seen during Harvey, and the flooding after Harvey, has been associated with the storage of chemicals, not the production of chemicals.”That, he said, is where the industry needs to turn its attention, as it looks for lessons from Harvey’s historic flooding.Meanwhile, Harris County is advising people near the Arkema plant to only drink bottled water until further notice, as pollution monitoring of the area continues. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listenlast_img read more

Heartbreaking Hurricanes forward breaks down following his first home game since MS

first_imgHurricanes’ forward Brian Bickell played in his first home game since returning from his diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis last November. The Canes lost 3-0 to the Islanders, but none of that matters.When asked by reporters about how he felt in his return, Bickell got understandably emotional and broke down in tears several times. It could be inferred from comments that he is considering stepping away from the game for good.He’s facing a long, uncertain road ahead, and this interview absolutely breaks your heart. Sports are a distraction, this is real life. Never confuse the two.[WATCH] An emotional Bryan Bickell spoke with the media following his first game back in Raleigh Thursday night:— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) April 7, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more