Ronaldo questions Salah’s Puskas award

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo believes he was wrongly overlooked for the Fifa goal of the year award and claims his overhead kick for Real Madrid against Juventus last season was the “most beautiful”.The Portugal international was shortlisted for the Puskas Award alongside Gareth Bale’s own bicycle kick in the Champions League final against Liverpool and Mohamed Salah’s curling effort against Everton.Salah would eventually claim the award to much surprise during a ceremony in London in which Ronaldo also missed out on the Men’s Best Player prize, which was given to Luka Modric. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Ronaldo did not attend the awards night but in an question and answer session via his Instagram account, he reacted to being snubbed by world football’s governing body.”Salah deserved to win the Puskas Prize, he scored a nice goal,” the 33-year-old said.”But let’s be honest, do not lie to us, my goal was the most beautiful. “I’m not disappointed, it’s life, sometimes we win and others lose. “What interests me is that in fifteen years of career I managed to maintain the same level of performance.”On the way to Real winning a record 13th Champions League title, Ronaldo scored one of the greatest goals in the competition’s history during a 3-0 success at Juventus.After netting in the first half at the Juventus Stadium, Ronaldo produced the acrobatic effort which flew into the corner beyond Gianluigi Buffon.However, the goal and Bale’s fine finish in the final in Kiev missed out to Salah whose winning goal came in the 1-1 Merseyside derby draw with Everton in December 2017.But despite being honoured by Fifa and winning a nomination for the best male player gong, Salah was not included in the FIFPro World XI in one of a string of bizarre decisions confirmed during proceedings on Monday.last_img read more

Maria Sharapova withdraws from St Petersburg with shoulder injury

first_imgRussian tennis star Maria Sharapova withdrew from her second-round match at the WTA St Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Wednesday because of a shoulder injury, tournament organisers said.”Sharapova is withdrawing from her match today due to a right shoulder injury,” the WTA St Petersburg Ladies Trophy 2019 wrote on Twitter.Sharapova, 31, had been set to play fellow Russian Daria Kasatkina, the third seed in the tournament, in the second round. Kasatkina wins by walkover, organisers said.Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion who rarely takes part in tournaments in Russia, had earned her first WTA win in the country in more than a decade on Monday by defeating Australia’s Daria Gavrilova in straight sets.Also Watch:last_img read more

China Merchants Port Buying Brazils TCP for USD 923 Mn

first_imgzoom Hong Kong-listed port investor China Merchants Port Holdings Company has inked a deal to buy 90 percent of shares in Brazilian port operator TCP Participações S.A.The acquisition of TCP, worth USD 923.7 million, will allow the group to expand its business to the Latin America region and further consolidate its position globally.The remaining 10% of the issued share capital of TCP will be held: 6% by Soifer, 2% by Pattac and 2% by Tuc Par.“Furthermore, the investment will provide the group the opportunity to make use of the marine transportation hub of TCP to develop its logistics network, export/import and industrial zone and potential residential projects and related financial service platforms, allowing for greater commercial synergies within the group,” the company said.TCP and its subsidiaries are principally engaged in operating the container terminal concession in the Port of Paranaguá.TCP has an infrastructure capable of receiving the largest vessels operating in the Latin America and is the second largest container terminal in Brazil with a design capacity of 1.5 million TEUs.The capacity is planned to be further increased to 2.4 million TEUs each year upon completion of the expansion, which is expected to start later this year and complete by the second half of 2019.In April 2016, TCP announced the renewal of the terminal concession contract for an additional 25-year period, ending in 2048.China Merchants’ investments and operations span across China’s coastal areas including Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Ningbo, Qingdao, Dalian, Tianjin, Zhanjiang, Xiamen Bay, and Taiwan, and internationally, in Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Djibouti, Togo, Turkey, the United States and a number of countries in Asia, Europe and the Mediterranean region.The closing of the deal is conditional upon obtaining the relevant approvals from governmental authorizations, including the approval by the Brazilian antitrust and regulatory authorities.last_img read more

Bahris Profit Jumps amid Higher Shipping Rates

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) delivered a stronger net profit in the first quarter of 2019.The company’s net profit was up by 45 percent to SAR 179.3 million (USD 47.8 million) compared to SAR 123.1 million (USD 32.8 million) reported in the three months ended March 31, 2018.Operational profit was at SAR 377.1 million for the quarter, rising by 46 percent from SAR 256.9 million seen a year earlier.Bahri explained that the rise in profit was driven by the improvement in some of the company’s business units and the increase in the transportation rates in general despite the increase in financing cost.Revenue for the period was up by 17 percent to SAR 1.7 billion from SAR 1.4 billion witnessed in the first quarter of 2018.last_img read more

Cease and Desist Order

first_imgThe Labour Relations Board announced today, Nov. 8, that is has taken action to end an illegal work stoppage which commenced today. The illegal work stoppage occurred at McNally Construction Inc. in Mulgrave, Antigonish Co. The employees are represented by International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 721. The complaint filed today requests that the board issue a cease and desist order against the union local and its members who are participating in the illegal work stoppage. The board has issued an interim order directing the members participating in the illegal work stoppage to cease and desist and to return to work at their next regularly scheduled shift. -30-last_img read more

Spring Community Information Sessions

first_img Birchtown, Monday, April 19, Birchtown Community Centre, 23 Old Birchtown Rd., Shelburne, Discovering the Public Service Commission Windsor: Tuesday, April 20, Three Mile Plains Elementary School, 4555 Highway 1, Economic and Rural Development in the Community Yarmouth, Tuesday, April 20, Greenville Community Hall, 724 Greenville Rd., Discovering the Public Service Commission Digby, Wednesday, April 21, Digby Superstore Community Room, 470 Warrick St., Discovering the Public Service Commission Kentville, Thursday, April 22, Valley African Nova Scotia Development Association, 55 Webster St., Volunteering for the Canada Games Southwest/Valley Region: Halifax: Tuesday, April 13, Community YMCA, 2269 Gottingen St., Women, Family and the Community Hammonds Plains, Wednesday, April 14, Upper Hammonds Plains Community Centre, 711 Pockwock Rd., Understanding Nova Scotia’s Human Rights Commission Halifax: Wednesday, April 14, Mulgrave Park Tenants Association, 27 Jarvis Lane, The Department of Education and the Community Lucasville: Thursday, April 15, Wallace Lucas Community Centre, 596 Lucasville Rd., Volunteering for the Canada Games Dartmouth, Thursday, April 15, Dartmouth Sportsplex, 110 Wyse Rd., Understanding Nova Scotia’s Human Rights Commission Halifax, Tuesday, April 20, St. Andrew’s Centre, 6955 Bayers Rd., Understanding Nova Scotia’s Human Rights Commission Cherry Brook, Wednesday, April 21, Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, 1149 Main St., Dartmouth, Understanding Nova Scotia’s Human Rights Commission Spryfield, Thursday, April 22, Greystone Tenants Association, 2 Cranberry Court, Daughter, Mother, Sister, etc.: Women’s many roles Beechville, Tuesday, April 27, Beechville United Baptist Church, 1135 St. Margaret’s Bay Rd., Women, Family and the Community The Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs is holding a series of information sessions in African Nova Scotian communities this spring. The meetings will inform the community about the various departments, agencies and organizations that have programs that benefit the African Nova Scotian community. The following sessions are being held in April. All begin at 7 p.m. Cape Breton: Truro: Wednesday, April 21, Truro Junior High School, 445 Young St., Truro, Volunteering for the Canada Games Amherst: Thursday, April 22, Highland A.M.E Church, 236 Church St., Women, Family and the Communitycenter_img Halifax Regional Municipality: Central/Strait Region: Whitney Pier: Tuesday, April 13, Menelik Hall, 88 Laurier St., Discovering Labour and Workforce Development Glace Bay: Wednesday, April 14, U.N.I.A. Hall and Cultural Museum, 35 Jessome St., Discovering Labour and Workforce Development New Waterford: Thursday, April 15, Lion’s Club, 471 Mahon St., Discovering Labour and Workforce Development last_img read more

Worker at pot dispensary charged with trafficking as police investigate robbery

first_imgHALIFAX – The owner of a medical marijuana dispensary that was recently robbed at gunpoint says the police investigation into the crime has taken a wrong turn.Carl Morgan, owner of Scotia Green Dispensary, was reacting Wednesday to a decision by police to follow up their investigation by charging one of his employees with drug trafficking.“We are not the bad guys here,” Morgan said in an interview. “We are trying to help people. We just want to have a fair chance at business.”The charge against the 33-year-old employee came a day after police reported that the store had been held up Monday night by two masked men armed with a gun. The two suspects allegedly stole products and money from the store and customers.Halifax Regional Police later confirmed they executed a search warrant during the initial investigation, then returned Tuesday evening to execute a Controlled Drugs and Substance Act search warrant.“Instead of investigating the real crime … what they do is just the easiest,” Morgan said. “The patients are really the ones who are getting hurt.”Police Supt. Jim Perrin said police must respond if the law is being broken.“To sell cannabis in Canada is illegal, and it will continue to be illegal,” he said.“So if we have case to go into a dispensary and we come across a crime being committed, we’ll investigate it … That’s one of the challenges and frustrations that police have seen over the last two years now, with these dispensary clinics, they are definitely steadfast to keep opening.”It was the second time Scotia Green has been robbed, Morgan said. The first time was at another location in New Glasgow.Cannabis dispensaries are sometimes targeted by thieves because employees are less likely to call the police, Morgan said.Between the latest robbery and the police seizure of products, Scotia Green Dispensary has lost $30,000 in cash and cannabis, he said.“We have nothing left,” Morgan said.Despite the setback, the store reopened Wednesday. However, the variety of cannabis that customers use to treat medical conditions was limited.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. Based on information from the police, an earlier version incorrectly stated only one warrant was used.last_img read more

United Conservative Jason Kenney turfs UPC member amid report of hateful views

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney has turfed a party member who once ran the call centre for his leadership bid amid reports the worker is behind an online store that sells white supremacist memorabilia.“I am shocked and disturbed by reports of hateful and extreme online activity by a UCP member named Adam Strashok,” Kenney said in a statement on Twitter Tuesday.“Neither I nor anyone on my staff was aware of the extreme views of the individual in question.”Kenney said he has ordered party officials to cancel Strashok’s membership.He added that he recently asked the board of the UCP to develop a process for screening applicants for membership “to block those who have expressed hateful or extreme views.”Strashok, who ran the call centre for a time in 2017 during Kenney’s United Conservative leadership bid, could not be immediately reached for comment.Kenney was responding to a story in Ricochet Media that investigated ties from members of the Canadian Armed Forces to an online store glorifying the era of white rule in Rhodesia, now known as Zimbabwe.It’s the latest in a series of UCP supporters voicing or associating with those expressing hateful and intolerant views.Earlier this month three nomination candidates in a west Edmonton constituency were photographed with the anti-immigrant Soldiers of Odin group. Two of the candidates said they were unaware of the group’s notoriety when they posed for pictures.Critics, including Premier Rachel Notley, have criticized Kenney for engaging in “dog whistle” politics by officially denouncing such views but in such a sterile, reactive manner through statements on social media that extremists may feel like they still have a home in his party.Kenney was not made available for an interview. In his statement he said “I have been crystal clear throughout my public life, and from day one of the Alberta (conservative) unity movement that I reject unequivocally voices of hatred and bigotry.”Kenney cited his history in the former federal Conservative cabinet advocating for multiculturalism and Canada’s ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity.“I have continued to champion respect for human dignity and pluralism since beginning the unity movement in Alberta two and half years ago, reflected in the diverse range of Albertans seeking UCP nominations.“My leadership was based in part on a commitment to screen out applicants for UCP nominations that have expressed or been association with extreme or hateful views. We have adopted what I believe is the most rigorous screening process in Alberta history as a result.”Nevertheless, there have been controversies with some UCP candidates.Todd Beasley was disqualified as a candidate in Brooks-Medicine Hat in the summer after making anti-Islamic comments on social media.Also in the summer, Sandra Kim was allowed to run for the nomination of Maskwacis-Wetaskiwin despite homophobic social media comments from 2015. She later apologized and says the remark does not represent her current views.Cindy Ross, a one-time nominee for Calgary Fish Creek, apologized last month for online comments she made years ago opposing the opening of a mosque in Fort McMurray.Alberta’s NDP, in a statement, said the inconsistency on which candidates get to stay and which have to go for such statements is revealing.“Jason Kenney has proven, through his inactions, that he allows – and welcomes – extremists in the UCP,” said the party in a statement.Kenney’s rival for the UCP leadership bid, Brian Jean, also weighed in on Twitter.“The #UCP and @jkenney need to kick these weirdos out of the party for the sake of decency,” Jean wrote. “They should never have been there in the first place. There is no place for hate and bigotry in our society or political landscape. Stop playing footsy with freaks!”last_img read more

Natalia Vodianova Runs Paris Half Marathon For Charity

first_imgNatalia Vodianova, founder of the Naked Heart Foundation and GUERLAIN muse, has united the worlds of beauty and philanthropy once again, running 21.1 km in Paris for her charity and raising almost €170,000 for the organisation’s work with children with special needs in Russia.The model was joined by her good friend and fellow model Karlie Kloss and Editor-at-Large of American Harper’s Bazaar Derek Blasberg.“They sometimes say about fashion that ‘you have to suffer for beauty’, that it requires some sacrifice,” said Natalia Vodianova. “I have personal experience of the marathon that is Fashion Week – in New York, London, then Milan and then Paris. So I deeply admire and am doubly grateful to my friend and colleague Karlie Kloss, because today she ran her very first half marathon in support of the Naked Heart Foundation. Goodness requires sacrifice too and I am happy that my friends from the fashion world are sharing this with me, as always. I wonder who will run with us in Moscow for our first very own ‘Running Hearts’ race.”Every March for six years running, Guerlain and the Naked Heart Foundation have been joining forces to put together a team of 45 runners to run the Paris Half Marathon. The team includes Guerlain and Naked Heart staff and a number of volunteers, who selflessly raise money for the Foundation’s work with children.This year’s fundraising goal was to create five occupational therapy rooms designed specifically to provide all kinds of active sensory activities for children and adults with special needs and learning disabilities. The rooms will be the very first of their kind in Russia.There’s still time to make a donation to Natalia or any of the other runners on the team’s official fundraising page.As of 9th March 2015, the team had raised €168,068.89 in private donations.last_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement WHAT ARE THE GREATEST CHALLENGES YOU FACED DURING THE FILMING?– Finding the right leading man– Making the days and getting all the shots I wanted– The scene where the crime is solved. It’s long and in one roomWHAT APPEAL DO YOU THINK YOUR FILM WILL HAVE FOR AUDIENCES?The actors are terrific in Budapest Noir. The city is beautiful. The story is suspenseful.WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CREATOR?My first film “An American Rhapsody” (starring a young Scarlett Johanson) was inspired by difficult events in my life that I wanted to explore.WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NEXT?Cindy in Iraq – a true story of a female trucker working in Iraq for a government contractor.More was Lost – a memoir by Eleanor PerenyiAnd I would love to direct some good TV.WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU COULD GIVE TO ASPIRING FILMMAKERS?Learn from experienced people who you admire. Ask questions. And watch lots of movies.IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE YOUR FILM IN 3 WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?Visual, mysterious, cautionaryWHO ARE YOUR MENTORS? (AND WHY)Francis Coppola for whom I worked as a production assistant on Apocalypse Now. That was my film school.WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL SHOWTIMES:– DECEMBER 1, 2017, 9:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 7– DECEMBER 3, 2017, 3:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 8GET YOUR TICKETS AT: anyone who liked Roman Polanski’s classic Chinatown, this is a Hungarian version, set in 1936 Budapest. Based on a best-selling novel by Vilmos Kondor, the story follows world-weary reporter Zsigmond Gordon, as he investigates the seemingly nondescript murder of a young prostitute found in a courtyard after being beaten to death. No one seems very interested in the crime, especially in such politically charged times. The murky trail of clues eventually leads into the dark underbelly of the Hungarian power elite. We find out that one of the country’s most ambitious and prominent men is consolidating ties with Germany’s leadership, while hiding the fact that he himself is a Jew. Along the way, Zsigmond uncovers a shady world of brothels, pornographers, boxing rings, communist cells and crime syndicates, even while he pretends to be covering the funeral of fascistic-leaning Hungarian Prime Minister Gyula Gombos. This is director Eva Gardos’ third outing as feature filmmaker, after her award-winning 2001 film An American Rhapsody and co-directing Magic Boys (2012). She has also worked as an editor on such high profile American movies as Barfly (1987) and Prince’s Under the Cherry Moon (1986). Stylishly shot, dripping with a neo-noir atmosphere and perpetual curls of cigarette smoke wafting through the air at late night speakeasies. This is a shocking, slick thriller that reminds you of how Hollywood used to make them.CAST AND CREDITS:Executive Producer: Pioneer PicturesProducers: Ildikó KeményCast: Krisztián Kolovratnik, Réka Tenki, Kata DobóCinematographer: Elemér Ragályi, Márton RagályiEditing: Mátyás FeketeScreenplay: based on the novel by Miklós Kondor, András SzekérDistribution/Print Source: Hungarian Film Fund Kata Dobó Franciska Töröcsik Krisztián Kolovratnik and Réka Tenki Réka Tenki Krisztián Kolovratnik and Réka Tenki Krisztián Kolovratnik Krisztián Kolovratnik Zsolt Anger Krisztián Kolovratnik GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL TODAY Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook ABOUT EVA GARDOS:  Éva Gárdos is an award-winning film director and editor born in Hungary. Francis Ford Coppola gave Gardos her first job, working as a production assistant on Coppola’s epic Apocalypse Now . “That was my film school”. She went on to establish a career as a film editor (Valley Girl, Mask, Bastard Out of Carolina), working with distinguished directors such as Barbet Schroeder, Peter Bogdanovich, and Anjelica Huston. Éva’s screenwriting and feature film directorial debut, the award winning An American Rhapsody, starred a young Scarlett Johansson. She discovered the bestselling Hungarian novel, Budapest Noir, “The minute I finished the novel I was determined to make a film. Rhapsody, a very personal story, I was excited to make a genre film with political undertones. Right from the start, it was an adventure since Vilmos Kondor, the author of the book, is a pseudonym and so first we had to find this mystery man. “My goal was to make a period film that looked authentically like Budapest in the 1930s but was not just imitating classic Film Noir”. Gardos has several projects in the works, including Cindy in Iraq based on a true story about a of a female trucker driving in Iraq and More was Lost a memoir by Eleanor Perenyi.WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR FILM?Budapest Noir is based on a best selling Hungarian novel. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Court orders Bell Helicopter to pay $1.5M in damages to Airbus in patent fight

MONTREAL — The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court ruling that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.’s Quebec-based subsidiary pay Airbus SE’s helicopter division $1.5 million for a patent violation.The ruling includes $1 million in punitive damages and $500,000 in compensatory damages tied to its patent for the so-called “Moustache” landing gear.The legal battle over landing gear has been raging since 2008, when Airbus Helicopters S.A.S. — then known as Eurocopter Group — launched court actions in Canada, France and the United States.In 2012, the Federal Court of Canada ruled that Bell had copied the landing gear design for some of its light helicopters from Airbus, though Bell modified that design before applying it to any models on the market.The court found only one of the 16 claims tied to Airbus’ Canadian patent to be valid, though it dubbed Bell’s design a “slavish copy.”The 2012 decision states Bell — a Texas-based company with commercial helicopter production in Mirabel, Que. — had made plans to manufacture the skid gear and promoted sales of an upcoming model equipped with it — the Bell 429, now used by the Canadian Coast Guard.The Canadian Press read more

Lebanon UN officials discuss peacekeeping mission with Prime Minister

“The UN Security Council’s unanimous decision to extend the mandate without any changes is a testament to the right course we are following in cooperation and coordination with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF),” UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Alberto Asarta Cuevas said following his meeting.“Our ongoing strategic dialogue with the LAF must be accelerated in order to realistically correlate our respective capacities and responsibilities on the ground. At the same time, as also emphasized by the Security Council, it is very important that the LAF gets all the assistance it needs from the international community in order to perform the tasks under resolution 1701.”That Security Council resolution ended the month-long fighting between Israel and the Lebanese group Hizbollah in 2006, expanded the strength and mandate of the 12,000-strong force which was first deployed in 1978 after earlier fighting, and called for disarming all militias and armed groups outside the national army, including Hizbollah.The UN has repeatedly condemned violations of Lebanese sovereignty by Israeli over-flights as a violation of the resolution, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called Hizbollah’s refusal to disarm a serious challenge to the State’s ability to exercise full sovereignty and control over its territory. “By restoring and maintaining stability in southern Lebanon in cooperation with LAF, UNIFIL provides a window of opportunity for a permanent ceasefire and long-term solution to the conflict as envisioned in resolution 1701,” Maj.-Gen. Asarta said. “Our ongoing strategic dialogue with the LAF must be accelerated in order to realistically correlate our respective capacities and responsibilities on the ground.” He voiced appreciation at the condemnation by the Lebanese leaders of attacks against UNIFIL convoys in recent months and the steps taken to ensure security of UNIFIL peacekeepers, urging the authorities to make every effort to bring the culprits to justice and prevent further attacks. He also later briefed Speaker Nabih Berri of the national Parliament.In a separate meeting with Mr. Mikati, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams discussed a number of meetings on Middle East issues at UN Headquarters in New York later this month, including: Palestine; Libya, where pro-democracy rebels have ousted Muammar al-Qadhafi’s regime; and Syria, where the UN has called on President Bashar al-Assad to end the excessive use of force against anti-Government protesters and begin reforms.“I emphasized the need to safeguard Lebanon’s stability and security, particularly at a time of dramatic changes throughout the Arab world and part of that stability is guaranteed by Security Council resolution 1701,” he told reporters.“I am very pleased that the Prime Minister and his Government remain so strongly committed to Security Council resolution 1701, which I believe has brought stability to Lebanon along the Blue Line [separating Lebanon and Israel] for more than five years now since the tragedy of the 2006 war.” 6 September 2011Top United Nations officials in Lebanon today discussed with Prime Minister Najib Mikati the activities of the UN peacekeeping force, whose mandate was extended for another 12 months last week. read more

Costa Rican President and UN SecretaryGeneral discuss turmoil in Haiti

At a press conference following their meeting, President Abel Pacheco de la Espriella said, “every day that goes by is another bloodbath” and expressed hope that a multinational force under UN auspices would be dispatched to Haiti as soon as possible.He stressed the need for an agreement, voicing confidence that President Jean-Bertrand Aristide would realize that “something has to be done” in response to the violence.[Yesterday, the Secretary-General named John Reginald Dumas of Trinidad and Tobago as his Special Adviser for Haiti, while the Security Council adopted a presidential statement pledging to urgently consider options for international engagement, including sending an international force to support a political settlement.A spokesman for Mr. Annan today said the Secretary-General supports the diplomatic efforts, including those of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), to resolve the crisis. “Ultimately it is the Haitians that have to make hard decisions,” Fred Eckhard said.]The talks between Mr. Pacheco and Mr. Annan also touched on the issue of human cloning, the President told reporters. Costa Rica is taking the lead in pushing for the early adoption of an international treaty banning the practice.The President, who was joined at the press briefing by Costa Rica’s Foreign Minister, Roberto Tovar, stressed that such a prohibition, far from being a radically religious position, is an “elementary humanistic approach.”He added that stem cell research made human cloning unnecessary from a therapeutic perspective. Video of the press briefing [26mins] read more

Tickets on sale for Opening of Term Celebration

The annual Opening of Term barbecue is coming up Thursday, Aug. 24, and tickets for the event are now on sale.This year’s celebration marks the start of the first academic year with President Gervan Fearon at the helm.The Opening of Term Celebration will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Jubilee Courtyard. Tickets are available from the Brock Card Office or the Campus Store for $5, which includes one of three lunch options, a drink and dessert.

Womens Soccer Ohio State and Nebraska end Senior Day in a 11

Ohio State sophomore defender Izzy Rodriguez (9) scores a goal off a penalty kick in the second half of the game against Iowa on Sept. 27. Ohio State won 2-0. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State women’s soccer team and the Nebraska Cornhuskers both recently came off victories against previous opponents, but ultimately concluded the match against each other in a 1-1 draw on the Buckeyes’ Senior Day.With this tie, Ohio State’s overall record will be set at 6-4-1, 3-1-1 in the Big Ten, while Nebraska sits 8-3-3, 4-0-2 in the Big Ten. After Ohio State’s previous 2-0 win at home against Iowa on Thursday, the Buckeyes seemed to get off to a slow start against Nebraska.  The first goal of the afternoon for Ohio State came from sophomore defender Izzy Rodriguez in the 58th minute of the second half.“I think as a team we came out a little bit slow in the first half,” Rodriguez said. “But we made those changes in the second half, really went at them, we got our chances and came back from being down which we haven’t really done before, so it was good thing from our team to grind it out.”Freshmen forward Emaly Vatne said that the team picked it up in the second half, but wasn’t able to continue the momentum to the very end. “The way that we responded and battled in the second half and in overtime is something to be proud of,” Vatne said. “But there’s still a lot of things we need to work on.”The Cornhusker fans that filled the stands of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium witnessed senior forward Faith Carter put Nebraska in the 1-0 early lead by scoring a goal in the 24th minute of the first half. After tying the game at the end of regulation, the Buckeyes went into overtime with the Cornhuskers, but neither team was able to come out on top. Senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr gathered five saves for Ohio State, recording a total of 47 saves so far this year.  The Buckeyes earned a total of five saves compared to the Cornhuskers four, with Ohio State holding a 5-4 edge in corner kicks over Nebraska. Both Vatne and Rodriguez said the team still needs to work on having more composure on the ball, keeping good communication and also finishing.Vatne said the team is really excited to play on the road next weekend against Michigan and Michigan State. “There’s two good opponents we have to play,” Vatne said. “We have a lot of people from that area, so it should be a lot of fun and were pretty confident with how were playing.”After tying with Nebraska at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Buckeyes will look to finish next weekend’s pair of games in a victory.Rodriguez said there are still a couple of things that the team needs to work on heading into the next few games, but overall she feels pretty confident. “Our work rates have been high,” Rodriguez said. “Our practices have been good, and there’s a few things we’ll have to tweak but I think we’ll be good.”The Ohio State women’s soccer team will hit the road once again for a series of away games, starting with the Wolverines next Friday at 7 p.m., then moving to the Spartans next Sunday at 1 p.m. read more

Mens Volleyball Ohio State drop second league match against Purdue Fort Wayne

Redshirt sophomore Jake Hanes (16) anticipates making contact with the ball at the game against George Mason on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena in Columbus. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior Reporter.Playing its first match as an unranked squad since 2014, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team fell to No. 15 Purdue Fort Wayne, its second conference loss in as many matches. After winning a close first set, the Mastodons used a kill and two aces by redshirt senior opposite hitter Colton Stone to break the second set wide open, pushing their lead to 12-7. The lead grew to as many as 10 points after an Ohio State service error, with the score 23-13. The second set, much like the rest of the match, was less about Ohio State’s struggles than it was about the dominance of Purdue Fort Wayne, as the Mastodons terminated 13 of their 20 attack opportunities for a .450 hitting percentage, adding three aces. Junior outside hitter Pelegrin Vargas led the Mastodons with 15 kills, five block assists and an ace, while Stone added six kills and three aces. The Buckeye offense hit at a measly .167 clip, managing 30 kills on 72 total attacks, while adding three aces. Freshman middle blocker Ethan Talley had 10 kills on 14 attacks for a team-high .714 hitting percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Martin Lallemand was the only other Buckeye with more than five kills, finishing six and adding an ace and a block assist. Ohio State always seemed to be playing from behind, and without a consistent offense, they relied mostly on the 39 total errors committed by the Mastodons to stay in the game. In the third set, Purdue Fort Wayne used a 7-1 run to build a 20-16 lead over the Buckeyes, but four errors by the Mastodons brought the Buckeyes even at 20. Kills by Vargas and Stone finished off the Buckeyes, leading Purdue Fort Wayne to a 25-22 win. Both sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes and senior setter Sanil Thomas were out for the match with injury, the third straight match each had missed. Ohio State did have one player return from injury as freshman setter Luke Lentin was able to recover in time for the match. Lentin totalled 27 assists and three digs, while adding a kill and an ace for the Buckeyes. Lentin’s return allowed freshman libero Parker Mikesch to return to his regular duties as a libero alongside redshirt senior Aaron Samarin. Mikesch has spent the past two matches serving as the team’s full-time setter in the absence of Lentin, Thomas and junior setter Andrew Hillman. Ohio State will face No. 6 UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. on Friday and No. 1 Long Beach State at 10 p.m. on Saturday in Long Beach, California. read more

HMS Queen Elizabeth is clear signal of UKs global power Theresa May

first_imgWith boots polished and caps perfectly placed, all the ship’s available company stood at the edge of the vessel as she arrived in the harbour and naval base. “Of course when Henry VIII built Portsmouth, it was designed for ships the size of Mary Rose so we have had to make a few little changes to make sure we can fit in and be supported there.”Preparations for the ship’s arrival saw more than 3.2 million cubic metres of sediment removed from the harbour to ensure the entrance is deep enough to allow the giant ship to access the Hampshire base. HMS Queen Elizabeth harbour crowds The 919ft (280m), 65-000 tonne vessel has been undergoing training and tests at sea after setting out from Scotland’s Rosyth dockyard in June.Those on board and watching from the shore were treated to two separate flypasts of Royal Navy helicopters, the first featuring a Sea King, two MK2 Merlins and two MK3 Merlins, which were then joined by two Hawk jets for the second. “The UK’s future flagship, as well her sister ship HMS Prince of Wales, will be powerful symbols of Britain’s outward-facing global character and ambition.”The Royal Navy has a very special relationship with Portsmouth dating back half a millennium and both carriers will ensure the Navy’s city remains the focal point of our great nation’s maritime power for generations to come.”Captain: ‘It is really special coming home’ A flotilla of craft follow HMS Queen Elizabeth as she sails into the Solent Mr Fallon added: “She has made good progress in sea trials and will now embark on the next phase of preparations that will see the return of Britain’s carrier strike ability.”When she enters service she will help keep Britain safe at a time of increased threats, able to fill multiple roles from providing air power anywhere at any time to fight future campaigns, supporting allies or delivering humanitarian aid.” A flotilla of craft follow HMS Queen Elizabeth as she sails into the SolentCredit:Victoria Jones/PA A flotilla of craft follow HMS Queen Elizabeth as she sails into Portsmouth Harbour During the dredging, more than 20,000 items were removed from the sea bed including eight cannons, an aircraft engine, 36 anchors, a British torpedo, a German sea mine, five large bombs and a human skull – which was passed to local police.The operation to prepare the harbour and base has cost £100 million and has included new jetties and a new power plant to meet the electricity needs of the ship which is set to be joined by its sister vessel the HMS Prince of Wales which is currently being built.The warship has been undergoing training and tests at sea after setting out from Scotland’s Rosyth dockyard in June, with more to take place over the coming months.The moment warship squeezed out of dockyard Admiral Sir Philip Jones, the head of the Royal Navy, said: “HMS Queen Elizabeth is the nation’s future flagship; the embodiment of Britain in steel and spirit. Louise Bond, 30, from Fareham, Hampshire, whose husband, Petty Officer Greg Bond, 33, is serving on board, said: “It’s my first homecoming, it’s brilliant, I was up at 2.30am, first in line. A flotilla of craft followed the behemoth aircraft carrier as she sailed into the Solent before heading into Portsmouth, where, at its narrowest point, there was less than 66ft (20m) clearance on each side. HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth Leading Airman Liam Forgeron, 28, from Portchester, Hampshire, is an aircraft handler on board HMS Queen Elizabeth.He said: “Being a local lad, I am extremely proud that Portsmouth will now be the base port for the nation’s future flagship.”The historic port has a long and proud association with the Royal Navy and the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth will cement this relationship for a further 50 years. As a Royal Navy aircraft handler, serving on board this mighty vessel is a real honour, as I too get to make history in my home town.” As eager crowds waved and welcomed her in, Commander Darren Houston could be heard saying over the tannoy to those on the shore: “Good morning, Portsmouth.”Some of the keen well-wishers had camped out over on the Round Tower, the traditional spot in Old Portsmouth to view navy ships leaving and arriving at the base, in order to get a good view. Captain Jerry Kyd, the commanding officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth, said: “HMS Queen Elizabeth’s first entry into her home port of Portsmouth is an historic, proud and exciting occasion, not only for those of us serving in her, but also for the wider Royal Navy, the city of Portsmouth and the entire nation. HMS Queen Elizabeth squeezes into Portsmouth Harbour, where – at its narrowest point – there was less than 66ft clearance on each sideCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Lt Cdr Neil Twigg, a fast jet pilot responsible for integrating the F35 fighter jet into the carrier group, said: “We are very ready, there is still a lot more work to be done, the aircraft is still going through its testing programme in America and the ship has still some more sea trials but we are on the right track.”The sheer size, this is the 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier, the largest the Royal Navy has ever had, she is specifically built for the F35, the only aircraft carrier in the world designed for that air system, so a pretty unique capability the UK now has.” Crowds line the port at Portsmouth Harbour to witness the warship’s arrivalCredit:Leon Neal/Getty Navy officers and family members also lined the jetty in the Navy base to welcome the ship, while the band of the Royal Marines played to entertain the crowds.Lieutenant Commander Ian Pratt, who took a moment to take a photograph of the carrier as it sailed past, said: “Absolutely fantastic.”What a wonderful day for the Royal Navy, for Portsmouth and the whole of the country, the flagship of our nation is home. Fantastic.” Members of the public gather to witness the arrival of the HMS Queen Elizabeth  Tanya Baker, from Grantham, Lincolnshire, came with daughter Eloise, two, to meet her partner Petty Officer Craig May.She said: “We are really proud that my partner is coming in on the Queen Elizabeth, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen him and we are both proud to be part of the aircraft carrier.” HMS Queen Elizabeth crew members watch as crowds line Portsmouth Harbourcenter_img Crowds watch as HMS Queen Elizabeth comes into Portsmouth Crew on the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth as the ship arrives in PortsmouthCredit:Ray Jonesn/Royal Navy/PA HMS Queen Elizabeth flypast During her estimated half a century working life, the vessel can be pressed into action for various work such as high intensity war fighting or providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.”We have never had a ship of 65,000-tonnes before in the Royal Navy so we have had to put in a bit of investment,” said Capt Kyd, who has served in the Navy for 32 years, and has been captain of HMS Illustrious and HMS Ark Royal. Those watching from the shore were treated to treated to two separate flypasts of Royal Navy helicopters Credit:Gareth Fuller/PA Crowds lined the seafront to great Britain’s largest and newest aircraft carrierCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Speaking about the arrival in Portsmouth, he said: “It is going to be a good day, we are bringing our ship in. But what I wouldn’t want to do is to sell the story that this is it, the bees knees and we are bringing our new Ferrari out of the garage.”It is not Ferrari yet we have still got some work to do. She’s not finished.” Members of the public take pictures of HMS Queen Elizabeth as she arrives in PortsmouthCredit:Leon Neal/Getty HMS Queen Elizabeth crew members muster on the deck ahead of the ship’s arrival in PortsmouthCredit:Andrew Matthews/PA HMS Queen Elizabeth crew members watch as crowds line Portsmouth HarbourCredit:Victoria Jones/PA Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: “Today we welcome our mighty new warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, to her home for the very first time.”She is Britain’s statement to the world: a demonstration of British military power and our commitment to a bigger global role.”The thousands of people across the UK who have played a part in building her and her sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, should be immensely proud as our future flagship enters Portsmouth.” The UK’s new £3 billion aircraft carrier is a clear signal the country will remain a fully engaged global power, Theresa May said as the ship arrived in Portsmouth.Tens of thousands of people lined the harbour to welcome HMS Queen Elizabeth, which has berthed at its home port for the first time.The Prime Minister hailed the ship as a symbol of the UK as a “great global maritime nation”.Speaking on board the Royal Navy’s newest and biggest ship, Mrs May said: “Britain can be proud of this ship and what it represents.”It sends a clear signal that as Britain forges a new, positive, confident role on the world stage in the years ahead we are determined to remain a fully engaged global power, working closely with our friends and allies around the world.” “In the years and decades to come, she and her sister ship will demonstrate the kind of nation we are – not a diminished nation, withdrawing from the world, but a confident, outward-looking and ambitious nation, with a Royal Navy to match.”So this is truly a proud moment for Portsmouth, for the Royal Navy and for the United Kingdom. Today, we’ve shown the world how to welcome a Queen.” An 820ft (250m) exclusion zone, enforced by armed police in small boats, meant the port was effectively closed to the flotilla of boats which had turned out to greet the Queen Elizabeth.A Champagne breakfast was held on board the Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond for “VIPs and “VVIPs” from the Ministry of Defence. HMS Queen Elizabeth squeezes into Portsmouth Harbour, where - at its narrowest point - there was less than 66ft clearance on each side Mark Deller, Commander Air on HMS Queen Elizabeth, said the four-acre flight deck is a capability the Navy has not had before. Members of the crew of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the UK's newest aircraft carrier, muster on the deck ahead of the ship's arrival in Portsmouth “It’s amazing, I wouldn’t miss it for the world, it’s a historic moment, once in a lifetime to see.” Crowds watch as HMS Queen Elizabeth comes into PortsmouthCredit:Victoria Jones/PA A flotilla of craft follow HMS Queen Elizabeth as she sails into Portsmouth HarbourCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA crew on the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the UK's newest aircraft carrier, as the ship arrives in Portsmouth Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Howlin says notion of shame over bereavement grant abolition entirely inappropriate

first_imgBRENDAN HOWLIN HAS rejected claims that ministers should be ashamed over the abolition of the bereavement grant that was announced in this afternoon’s Budget.Speaking at a press conference in Government Buildings this evening the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform said that there is a “very generous provision” for the spouse of an elderly person who dies.The decision to abolish the one-off payment of €850 that is made available on the death of a family member to most citizens who make PRSI contributions has been described as a “disgusting” today and attracted widespread criticism.Howlin accepted that it was a government decision but said that the grant was examined as part of all social welfare provision.“Obviously the bereavement grant goes to the survivors and we’ve looked at obviously all social welfare provision,” he said.The Labour Party minister pointed out that if an elderly person dies their spouse gets six weeks’ payment as well as a €6,000 widower’s grant.“So it’s a very generous provision there,” he said.He added of the now abolished bereavement grant: “In essence it goes to the estate of the person who has died and making any of these decisions are difficult… So I think the notion of any question of shame is entirely inappropriate.”Earlier Howlin’s fellow Cabinet colleague, Social Protection Minister Joan Burton, said that there are a range of income supports available to the bereaved.“If someone loses spouses or partner, there are no changes to other supports to assist with the cost of bereavement,” she pointed out.Read: Funeral directors will seek u-turn on Bereavement Grant cutBurton: Core payments were protected thanks to job creationlast_img read more

Man released over Dublin hit and run

first_imgA MAN ARRESTED in connection with a serious hit and run in Dublin on Thursday has been released without charge.The man in his mid 30s was arrested on Friday afternoon and was held in Mountjoy Garda Station for questioning.Gardaí said this morning that a file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.The hit and run happened at Trinity Lane in Dublin 3, off Clonliffe Road, on Thursday at around 1pm.The 34-year-old man who was injured in the incident remains in a serious condition in the Mater Hospital.The victim was on temporary release from prison and Gardaí say he may have been targeted intentionally. The car was found burned out in nearby East Wall shortly after the incident.Related: Man in serious condition following hit and run in Dublin >last_img read more

12 ans de prison pour les chasseurs de tigres

first_img12 ans de prison pour les chasseurs de tigresAlors que se déroule à St Pétersbourg jusqu’à demain un sommet international pour lutter contre la chasse au tigre, le Bangladesh adopte une loi pour punir les braconniers. Toute personne qui tuera délibérément un éléphant ou un tigre sera incarcérée douze ans. Le texte prévoit par ailleurs des compensations financières pour les familles ayant subi des attaques d’animaux sauvages et pour celles dont les maisons et récoltes ont été détruites. L’objectif est de protéger ces espèces menacées, également chassées pour leur peau ou leurs organes.Au Bangladesh, hommes et animaux vivent ensemble dans les Sundarbans, la plus grande mangrove du monde. Cette zone est la dernière à abriter, à l’heure actuelle, les derniers spécimens de tigres du Bengale.Par ailleurs, le Fonds mondial pour la nature (WWF) s’est alarmé ces derniers jours de la disparition imminente de ces félins que sont les tigres. Si la chasse continue, l’organisation prévient : il ne leur reste plus que 12 ans à (sur)vivre sur la planète (voir notre article).Le 23 novembre 2010 à 11:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more