first_imgFifteen people, including three Indians, were injured in an explosion at an Indian restaurant in Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto, on May 24, PTI reported. Three people have suffered critical blast injuries, according to the local police.The blast took place at 10.30 pm late on May 24 night at Bombay Bhel restaurant, located in a plaza in the area of Hurontario Street and Eglinton Avenue.The three Indian-origin persons reported to have got injured in the incident are stable, ANI reported. “Regarding the bomb blast in an Indian restaurant in Mississauga, our Consul General in Toronto has visited the hospital and confirmed that the three Indian-Canadians who were reported to be critically injured are stable now,” India’s High Commissioner to Canada Vikas Swarup tweeted.Regarding the bomb blast in an Indian restaurant in Mississauga, while we await details from the police, our Consul General in Toronto has visited the hospital and confirmed that the three Indian-Canadians who were reported to be critically injured are stable now. @HCI_Ottawa— Vikas Swarup (@VikasSwarup) May 25, 2018According to the Peel Police, two unidentified people walked into the establishment, and detonated an Improvised Explosive Device and fled from the scene.They described one suspect as a  man in the mid-20s, stocky, wearing dark blue jeans, a dark zip-up hoodie pulled over his head and black cloth covering his face. The second suspect, as per their description, was thin, wearing faded blue jeans, a grey t-shirt, dark zip-up hoodie over his head and with his face covered. With the description, Peel regional police asked for public assistance in nabbing the suspects.Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that the Indian government was in touch with the consulate in Toronto.There is a blast in Indian restaurant Bombay Bhel in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. I am in constant touch with our Consul General in Toronto and Indian High Commissioner in Canada. Our missions will work round the clock. The Emergency number is : +1-647-668-4108.Please RT— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) May 25, 2018The Consulate General of India in Toronto also tweeted that it has “opened a helpline in view of the explosion at an Indian restaurant in Mississauga. For any assistance, pl call +1-647-668-4108.”The Consulate General of India in Toronto has opened a helpline in view of the explosion at an Indian restaurant in Mississauga. For any assistance, pl call +1-647-668-4108.— IndiainToronto (@IndiainToronto) May 25, 2018No one has claimed responsibility of the blast so far, and no motive has been attributed yet.2 suspects attended the scene, detonated an Improvised Explosive Device within the restaurant. Several injured were taken to local hospital and 3 in critical condition were taken to a Toronto Trauma Centre. pic.twitter.com/yzCT59UVN6— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPoliceMedia) May 25, 2018The three critically injured people were taken to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto and were in stable condition by 3 am, Joe Korstanje of the Peel Regional Paramedic Services told the Toronto Star. The other 12 people, he added, received minor or superficial wounds. The injuries were of the nature of “penetrating trauma injuries,” Jeremy Cohn, a reporter on the scene, was quoted as saying by the news agency.Pics from the restaurant explosion at Hurontario St & Eglinton Av in #Mississauga. Plaza is sealed off, approx 15 people transported to hospital, 3 critical. Sources saying incendiary devices were found inside the restaurant. pic.twitter.com/b5ZX6NVeSx— Jeremy Cohn (@JeremyGlobalTV) May 25, 2018Images from the scene show shattered front windows of Bombay Bhel with debris in the parking lot, and emergency crew assisting the injured outside the restaurant.Roads in the area were shut, and a large police presence was noticed the entire night, according to reports. Heavily-armed tactical officers were also part of the large emergency response.This blast comes a month after a driver plowed his rental van into a crowd in Toronto, killing 10 people and injuring 15.Mississauga is Canada’s sixth-largest city, with a population of 700,000. It is located about 32 km west of Toronto. Related ItemsCanadatorontolast_img read more

first_imgDisciplined innings from former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar saw India defeating Sri Lanka by three wickets in a thrilling second One-Day International on ThursdayChasing a revised target of 231 due to rain, India were cruising at 108 for no loss in the 16th over. But the match turned on its head in a space of six overs as the visitors lost seven wickets for just 22 runs.All-rounder Akila Dananjaya created havoc in the India’s batting line-up as he scalped six wickets in his 10 overs.AP PhotoBut then Dhoni (45 not out) and Bhuvneshwar (53 not out) forged a match-winning partnership to seal the deal for India.India now lead the five match series 2-0. The visitors had defeated Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the first ODI at Dambulla.Indian openers Dhawan and Rohit started the chase perfectly by forging a 109-run partnership. The duo slammed Sri Lankan bowlers all around the park. In the process, Rohit completed his half-century. But after adding four more runs, the Mumbai batsman was adjudged leg before wicket off Dananjaya.Trying to be aggressive, Dhawan mistimed a shot and fell prey to Milinda Siriwardana in the very next over.All eyes were on new batsmen Lokesh Rahul, Kedar Jadhav and Virat Kohli, but the trio failed to rise to the expectations and were dismissed by Dananjaya in the same over at scores of 1, 4 and 4 respectively.AP PhotoWith half of the side back to the pavilion, it was now on Dhoni and all-rounder Hardik Pandya but the the latter disappointed as he was also dismissed by Dananjaya after three overs with no runs to his credit.advertisementWith chances of winning looking sleek, Bhuvneshwar then joined Dhoni in the middle and played sensibly. The duo forged a 100-run partnership and finished the proceeding with more than two overs to spare.Earlier, sensible innings from Siriwardana (58) and Chamara Kapugedera (40) helped Sri Lanka score 236/8. But due to rain, the target was revised to 230.Apart from the duo, opener Niroshan Dickwella (31) contributed to the cause for the hosts.After going down in the first ODI by nine wickets, Sri Lanka regrouped their strategy in this game and started off on a positive note but some poor shot selection from the in-form and experienced players resulted in their downfall in the middle overs.However, Siriwardana and Kapugedera played the ball to its merit to stabilise the innings. But after the fall of the latter’s wicket, the lower-order failed to provide the much required support and, thus, the hosts only managed to score a chaseable target.On the other hand, Indian bowlers stepped up to the occasion in the overcast conditions and chipped in with vital wickets at regular intervals. The fielding was also up to the mark.After India won the toss and put the Islanders in to bat, the hosts crossed the 40-run-mark in the eighth over but then Dickwella was sent back to the pavilion. Soon Danushka Gunathilaka, who troubled the visitors in the first ODI, was dismissed by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.Once again the middle-order got exposed soon and experienced players Upul Tharanga (9) and Angelo Mathews (20) were dismissed by Hardik Pandya and Axar Patel, respectively.But just when things seemed poor for the hosts, Siriwardana and Kapugedera displayed their temperament and forged the crucial runs for their team. After giving a tough fight in the middle, the duo was, however, sent packing by Jasprit Bumrah.Then the lower-order batsmen — Dananjaya (9), Dushmantha Chameera (6) and Vishwa Fernando (3) — once again failed to make their mark and Sri Lanka only managed to score 236 in their allotted 50 overs.For India, pacer Bumrah scalped four wickets while leg-spinner Chahal took two.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho denied that his job is on the line as his team prepares to take on Valencia in a testing Champions League fixture on Tuesday.Mourinho, who has been under the hammer after United’s disastrous to the campaign, feels that his job is safe but some of his players care more about the club and what is happening than others.United have struggled to put together good performances and have collected just 10 points from their first seven Premier League games and have also been knocked out of the League Cup by second-tier club Derby County.The tumultuous start has also been reflecting off the field as reports of the manager and the mercurial Paul Pogba having a bad relationship have dominated the headlines ever since. Mourinho has been extremely critical of the Frenchman and also stripped him off vice-captaincy. Since then, many are also of the belief that he has lost his dressing room and the third season syndrome is back.They did, however, secure an easy 3-0 victory over Young Boys in their first Champions League group match and on Tuesday, Mourinho’s team will have to face a much tougher opponent in Valencia.But the Portuguese coach was in a confident mood on Monday and when asked at a news conference if he felt his job was on the line, he simply answered: “No, I don’t.”Media reports following United’s 3-1 league defeat at West Ham United on Saturday linked former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane with Mourinho’s job.advertisementAsked if he had spoken to the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward following Saturday’s loss, Mourinho gave a tetchy reply.”That’s a private matter. I’m not asking you who did you speak with yesterday or this morning, who was your last phone call, that’s a private matter. I’m not going to answer it,” he said.The West Ham defeat drew sharp criticism from defender Luke Shaw who said United needed to take responsibility for the “horrendous” result.Mourinho said it was down to more than just the players to turn the situation around.”The performance on the pitch is the consequence of many factors,” he said.”Luke Shaw for example said ‘we players on the pitch have to give more’. I like that perspective but I don’t agree totally. Everyone at the club has a role to play. The kit man, the nutritionist. I have a role to play, everyone has a role to play.”I think that some care more than others,” he added.Tuesday’s match at Old Trafford could be a good opportunity for United to bounce back against a Valencia side who have one win in eight matches in all competitions this season, although that came against Real Sociedad on Saturday.United go into the game depleted as Ashley Young picked up an injury during the loss at West Ham, while Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard are also sidelined.Midfielder Nemanja Matic said the West Ham defeat was one of his worst games for United.”Everyone has a responsibility,” he said. “We have spoken between us and we know the situation is not good and we can do better. Everyone is trying to do more for the team.”Tomorrow is a great chance to do that against a big team. I expect everyone will give more and be more concentrated.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgGaming Fantasy Football: Stones outshines Ronaldo, Messi and Kane in Champions League Team of the Week Kevin DeVries Fantasy Football Writer 16:49 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD John Stones Manchester City Frederick Breedon Gaming UEFA Champions League Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Harry Kane Sergio Ramos Chelsea v Qarabağ Bayern München v Anderlecht Barcelona v Juventus Real Madrid v APOEL Feyenoord v Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund Qarabağ Anderlecht Real Madrid Borussia Dortmund Bayern München Chelsea Barcelona Juventus APOEL Feyenoord Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur Our Fantasy writer looks at the first round of Europe’s premier club competition and the early success of English teams and their players If round one of the group stages are anything to go by, this should be a great year for the Premier League teams. All but Liverpool won their opening matches in the Champions League and the Team of the Week certainly reflects that success with seven members hailing from England. There were also some very familiar names in the forward line as the the two best players in world football demonstrated why they are still out in front of the rest.Goal-Fantasy-Football-Play-Now-BannerGK: Thibaut Courtois – Chelsea – 1 Game, 1 Assist, 2 Saves, 1 Clean Sheet = 11 Points Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing DF: John Stones – Manchester City – 1 Game, 2 Goals, 1 Clean Sheet = 21 PointsWell done to anyone who predicted John Stones would lead the Champions League in total points, yet here we are. Neither the goals nor clean sheet are likely to be repeatable against Shakhtar Donetsk, though, so don’t rush to add him to your team next week.DF: Cesar Azpilicueta – Chelsea – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Clean Sheet = 14 PointsDF: Davide Zappacosta – Chelsea – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Clean Sheet = 14 PointsHD Sergio Ramos Real MadridDF: Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Clean Sheet = 14 PointsThe Spaniard is certainly no stranger to Champions League goals with Wednesday’s being his 10th in the competition. Tottenham and Dortmund both looked dangerous in attack, as was expected in this “Group of Death” but Madrid have certainly weathered heavier storms en route to their last two European titles.MF: Joshua Kimmich – Bayern Munich – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 11 PointsGFX LINE-UP UCL TOTW MD1MF: Tiemoue Bakayoko – Chelsea – 1 Sub Appearance, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 10 PointsThis performance did come against the weakest side in the group and his goal came on his only shot of the match. That to the side, his 5.7 price tag could make him an absolute steal so long as he gets consistent minutes in Europe.MF: Son Heung-Min – Tottenham – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsFWD: Harry Kane – Tottenham – 1 Game, 2 Goals, 1 Assist = 15 PointsThe Tottenham man said he had to score in Europe before being considered world class, and the match against Dortmund was definitely a step in the right direction. WIth APOEL on the docket for next week, Kane is all but a must own for round two of the Champions League.Lionel Messi Barcelona JuventusFWD: Lionel Messi – Barcelona – 1 Game, 2 Goals, 1 Assist = 15 PointsFWD: Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 12 Points goal-fantasy-football-bannerlast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea smash seven past Grimsby as debutante James shinesby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea demolished Grimsby Town by seven goals to one to secure their place on the Carabao Cup fourth-round on Wednesday.Teenager Reece James was excellent on debut, scoring and setting up two goals.Michy Batshuayi also took advantage of his first start of the season by scoring a brace.Ross Barkley, Pedro and Kurt Zouma also got on the scoresheet.Callum Hudson-Odoi rounded off the win in his first appearance since going down with an Achilles injury in April. last_img read more

first_imgAerial view of the half-time show at the 1984 Rose Bowl Game between UCLA and Illinois.Aerial view of the half-time show at the 1984 Rose Bowl Game between UCLA and Illinois, Pasadena, California, January 2, 1984. UCLA won the game, 45 – 9. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)With bowl games only a week away from starting, everyone is analyzing matchups to see which ones are going to be the most compelling to sit down and watch.There are certainly some games that, on paper, look like they could be instant classics: Michigan vs. Florida in the Peach Bowl, Penn State vs. Kentucky in the Outback Bowl, LSU vs. UCF in the Fiesta Bowl, and, of course the two College Football Playoff games.But ESPN analyst David M. Hale decided to take it a step further by analyzing all 40 bowl games and selecting the one that fans would likely find the most entertaining.Hale ultimately chose the Alabama-Oklahoma matchup in the Capital One Orange Bowl as the No. 1 most entertaining matchup.Here’s the rationale he gave for the selection:Tua vs. Kyler. Heisman winner vs. Heisman runner-up, we presume. What’s not to like? Sure, we heard all the stories about Oklahoma’s shoddy defense, but who cares? Aren’t we tuning in to see Tagovailoa throw for 800 yards? And what could be better than seeing Murray’s athleticism put to the test by Alabama’s ferocious defense, led by Quinnen Williams? Sure, the SEC folks wanted Georgia again. Of course they did. They know Alabama can win that one. But Murray is exactly the type of quarterback who has challenged Nick Saban in the past, and Oklahoma’s offensive line will likely be the best one Alabama has faced this season. This game really has it all — from the high stakes to the elite QB play to the potential for offensive fireworks from the opening kick. Whether or not Oklahoma deserved to be the fourth team in, the playoff committee ensured it created one heck of a matchup.The game certainly looks to be one of the highest-scoring games of the year, pitting two of the nation’s top scoring offenses against each other.last_img read more

first_img Miles Branman Miles Branman Miles Branman Miles Branman Miles Branman Editors’ Recommendations The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording Previous Miles Branman Miles Branman Miles Branman Miles Branman Increasing the pace requires little additional effort. Power builds evenly right up to the engine’s 8,500 rpm redline, as if the turbochargers are never on a break. Mechanical and aerodynamic grip are usually sufficient to keep the 720S in line, but the traction and stability control systems are always at the ready. On public roads (piloted by a sane operator), the McLaren 720S is never close to its performance limits, yet sensory delights abound.Indeed, the McLaren 720S is so effortless to drive, one might begin to imagine something’s missing. Yet all the right pieces are here — all the reasons we fantasize about owning a supercar.If it isn’t the lack of something, then it must be something added: this extraordinary performance, these sensational curves, and unprecedented accessibility. It’s impossible to exit gracefully, the ride is harsher than a wooden rollercoaster, and there’s hardly enough room for groceries — we can only be describing a supercar.Only in this class of automobile are oddities praised and impracticalities overlooked. A supercar can effectively veil any and all usability flaws with unfathomable performance potential.Why, then, is the McLaren 720S so amenable?The British automaker’s latest vehicle is irrefutably a supercar. Mid-mounted along the car’s carbon fiber chassis, a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 produces 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. To demonstrate the vehicle’s firepower, one needs only to stomp on the accelerator. In 2.7 seconds, the 720S is already at 60 mph; five seconds later, what’s left of your face is hurtling along at 124 mph. Miles Branman Miles Branman Miles Branman Miles Branman Miles Branman Miles Branman Miles Branman 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now 1 of 20 Miles Branman Miles Branman Bringing the 2,800-pound spaceship to a rest is the job of massive carbon ceramic brakes, ultra-sticky Pirelli P Zero tires, and an active rear wing. Every bit of the 720S’ stunning bodywork manipulates air for smoother forward progression or engine cooling.It clearly boasts the proper specs (including a $285,000 sticker price) and invites its fair share of attention, yet by all other measures, the McLaren 720S is unlike any other supercar.Thanks to a bubble-style cabin with thin A-pillars and transparent roof panels, visibility and volume are excellent. The interior’s spacious feel complements a substantial front trunk compartment that swallows two small suitcases or one large one. 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For better or worse, any valet can sort out the 720S’ controls in short order.Once on the move, the McLaren’s refined driving experience comes into focus. In its cushiest setting, the 720S moseys over broken pavement and speed bumps like any luxury sports car. On demand, a hydraulic lift pops the nose a few inches to avoid scraping on steep driveways. The gearbox is buttery smooth in its rotation through seven gears, feeling at times like a CVT (when not behaving like an Formula One dual-clutch). The steering is responsive but never busy. Wind and road noise barely penetrate the cabin, leaving the V8’s sonnet or Bowers and Wilkins sound system to fill the silence. Miles Branman Next Miles Branman A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing The All-New 2020 Corvette Stingray Is a Mid-Engine Supercar for the Everyman Miles Branman Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66last_img read more

first_imgzoom The captain of the ill fated ‘Sewol’ ferry Lee Joon-seok (68), along with two crew members could be imprisoned for life on the grounds of passenger abandonment and negligence charges under the existing Korean law, as reported by Bloomberg.yonhapThe 15 crew members, who have all survived the sinking, have been arrested and are under investigation.The confirmed death toll of this tragedy that struck the country two weeks ago has risen to 189, where 113 people are still missing, predominantly high school students.The country’s Prime Minister Chung Hong Won offered her resignation yesterday as the public anger rises together with accusations that the government failed to do everything that needed to be done to prevent their loved ones from dying.Rescue operations for the remaining passengers, all feared dead, have been hampered by inclement weather along with floating debris from the wreck.The ferry was carrying around 475 people, including 325 students from a high school in Ansan, just south of Seoul, when it sent out a distress signal on April 16th at 8:58 a.m. in waters 20 kilometers off the island of Byeongpoong.World Maritime News Staff, April 28, 2014last_img read more

first_imgBhopal: The MLAs of the Congress-led government in Madhya Pradesh are expected to meet on Wednesday, the third time in 11 days, to ensure the flock stays together in the wake of events in Karnataka and Goa. While 16 Congress-JD(S) MLAs have submitted their resignations from the Assembly and two Independents have withdrawn support in Karnataka, putting the HD Kumaraswamy government in a bind, in Goa 10 Congress MLAs jumped ship and joined the BJP. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Sources said MP Chief Minister Kamal Nath is set to meet his MLAs, as well those from allies SP and BSP, and Independents over dinner to ensure they remain united during the division (voting) on financial matters when the monsoon session of the Assembly resumes Wednesday. Such meetings have been held earlier on July 7 and July 11, the latter attended by senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, a close aide of Rahul Gandhi, as well, sources said. “Yes, I have also been invited to the meeting on July 17 at the CM’s house. I am with the Congress and fully support Kamal Nath ji,” BSP MLA Ram Bai told PTI Sunday. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedLeader of Opposition Gopal Bhargava and state BJP chief Rakesh Singh, in a meeting on July 8, had already asked all its MLAs to be present in the House, a party leader said. Bhargava had, in May, written a letter to the MP governor requesting a special session for the floor test of the government. This was shortly after the BJP swept the Lok Sabha polls, winning 28 out of 29 assembly seats in the state. Bhargava had told PTI at the time that the BJP would seek division on financial matters. The Congress has 114 MLAs in the 230-member House against the BJP’s 109 (one having resigned after winning the LS polls). The Kamal Nath government is supported by two MLAs of the Bahujan Samaj Party and one from the Samajwadi Party. The House has four Independent MLAs.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Hudson’s Bay Co. has struck a deal to merge its German department stores with its biggest rival in the European market.The Toronto-based retailer, which owns Galeria Kaufhof, announced Tuesday an agreement with Signa Retail Holdings, the Austrian-based brand behind Karstadt, a competitor department store in the market.HBC chief executive Helena Foulkes said the deal will earn HBC $616 million that will be funnelled into reducing debt.“It has been a tough German market and that has been true for every player in the market, so this deal allows both of us to be stronger together,” she told The Canadian Press.“We have an opportunity to create a much better retail business.”The deal, she added, will set the stage for the company to turn its attention to North America.“It really allows us to focus on North America, where I see a tremendous amount of opportunity to create real operational improvements,” she said.Beyond the merger of Karstadt and Galeria Kaufhof, the deal will also involve the European arm of HBC’s Saks Off Fifth brand, Hudson’s Bay in the Netherlands, Karstadt sports stores, Signa’s Galeria INNO stores and both companies’ food and catering businesses.The agreement will also include the creation of a 50-50 real estate venture with 3.25 billion euros in assets.HBC will nab a 49.99 per cent interest in the combined businesses, while the new company will be led by Stephan Fanderl, Karstadt’s chief executive.HBC’s operations in North America have come under fire in recent months, in part because of outspoken stakeholder Jonathan Litt.The chief investment officer and founder of activist investor Land & Buildings Investment Management has complained that HBC is really a real estate company, not a retailer.Foulkes said at the company’s annual general meeting in June that the company was looking at selling certain properties, but was not in a hurry to sell everything quickly.On Tuesday, she said “everything is always on the table,” but that now she is focusing on “driving the banners that we do have…I do see a lot of opportunity to get more value out of them.”Following news of the European deal, Litt said in a statement the $8.71 cash and implied asset value Foulkes expected confirms his feelings that HBC’s real estate value is “likely more than double that of its current share price of $10.78.”“We urge the HBC board to remain vigilant in monetizing assets as long as the company’s shares continue to trade at a material discount to net asset value — as the shares do today — including selling HBC’s remaining interest in the European business, after synergies are realized, in the near future,” he said.HBC bought Kaufhof from German retailer Metro AG in 2015, years before Foulkes joined the company with ambitious plans to turn around weak sales and sizable losses.Signa made an unsolicited offer late last year to buy HBC’s German operations, but withdrew it earlier this year after it was rejected by the HBC board because it undervalued the business.Then, in July, HBC confirmed it was in talks again with the company.HBC said the deal it has struck is still subject to regulator approval in Europe and is expected to close within the next 90 days.The company’s shares closed down nearly two per cent to $10.58 in Tuesday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Companies in this story: (TSX:HBC)last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has more work to do to sell Canadians on his vision for more action to fight climate change.Speaking at the annual meeting of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation in Ottawa Thursday, Trudeau says it’s clear most Canadians deeply care about the environment and want measures to protect it.But this desire hasn’t always translated to voting in governments that will take strong action on climate change, he said.He pointed to the election of “climate-denying” governments across the country over the past few years.Trudeau said his government will do much more on the environment, but emphasized the importance of “bringing Canadians along.”The prime minister said progress had been made on many fronts during his mandate, including the environment, but that the election of a Conservative government this fall would turn the country in the opposite direction.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – TransCanada Corp. says it has confirmed strong commercial support for its controversial Keystone XL pipeline.The company says it has concluded an open season for the pipeline project with roughly 500,000 barrels per day of firm, 20-year commitments.TransCanada says interest in the project remains strong and it will look to continue to secure additional long-term contracted volumes.In November, Nebraska regulators approved a route for the pipeline though the state, but not the company’s preferred choice, instead shifting the path away from sensitive ecological areas.TransCanada (TSX:TRP) says it’s working with landowners to obtain the necessary agreements for the approved route.It says construction preparation has started and will increase as the permitting process advances throughout this year, with primary construction expected to begin in 2019.last_img read more

15 October 2008The United Nations food agency partnered with the European Professional Football Leagues today to kick off a campaign aimed at raising funds and awareness of the global fight against hunger and malnutrition at a ceremony in Rome. With the number of undernourished now at almost a billion people globally, increasing the understanding among youth and Europeans in general may help bring pressure on governments to end hunger, according to a statement released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). “The proceeds from the campaign will be used to finance micro-projects in developing countries. Currently some 2600 such projects are under way in 130 countries,” said FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf at the campaign’s launch.The campaign, known as Professional Football Against Hunger, will include the 28 member leagues and associate members of EPFL, representing more than 960 football clubs across Europe.During the ceremony the EPFL announced a football weekend against hunger to take place in March next year, involving all its members, as well as visits by well-known football players to FAO field projects, aimed at alerting the public of the struggle against hunger.FAO Goodwill Ambassadors Roberto Baggio, former World Footballer of the Year, and Justine Pasek, Ms. Universe 2002, attended the ceremony at FAO headquarters, along with other dignitaries from the world of football, including representatives from seven of EPFL’s member leagues. read more

“It would be a grave mistake, in the Secretary-General’s view, for any party to turn to military means in an attempt to resolve political issues that can and must be addressed by peaceful means,” UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters in New York.“The Secretary-General is deeply troubled by the escalation in rhetoric and hardening of positions. The stakes are extremely high, with potentially negative implications for international peace and security that extend far beyond eastern Ukrainian cities,” Mr. Dujarric added. Despite an agreement reached last week in Geneva during a meeting between the United States, the European Union, Ukraine, and Russia on a series of steps to de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine, the crisis shows no sign of abating. “The Secretary-General cautions all Ukrainians and their partners that the situation could spin out of control quickly, with grave and unpredictable consequences,” said Mr. Dujarric. “He expects all sides to understand that time is of the essence and that they therefore must cease any unhelpful actions and, instead, re-engage diplomatically to ensure full implementation now.”Meanwhile, the Government of Ukraine, which is not a party to the ICC, has accepted the Court’s jurisdiction over alleged crimes committed on its territory from 21 November 2013 to 22 February 2014.As a result, the Office of the ICC Prosecutor, as a matter of policy, has decided to open a preliminary examination of the situation in Ukraine to establish whether a full investigation is warranted.Located in The Hague, in the Netherlands, the ICC is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern – namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. read more

“As the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the United Nations family in Iraq congratulate Mr. Abdel-Mahdi on his appointment, we recognise the enormous challenges he faces,” said Mr. Kubiš, adding that “we stand side by side with him, as he leads the country in its steady march towards a future of stability, economic growth and prosperity.”In a statement issued later, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, also congratulated Iraq’s new President, Barham Salih, after his swearing-in on Tuesday, saying that he was looking forward to “working closely” with him, “on all issues of mutual concern, in accordance with the mandate of the United Nations in Iraq.”Since the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein was toppled following the 2003 invasion, the country’s three largest ethnic-sectarian groups have shared the country’s highest positions, with the Prime Minister position held by a Shia politician, the Speaker of Parliament post by a Sunni, and the Presidency by a Kurd.Ending months of deadlock following inconclusive national elections in May, the new Prime Minister – a former Vice- President, Oil Minister and Finance Minister – has one month to form a cabinet that will be presented to parliament for approval.In this regard, Mr. Kubiš urged political leaders to live up to their pledges on women’s meaningful representation in politics.“Iraq needs a stable, national government that brings Iraqis together and restores hope in their country as they move forward in the post-Da’esh period,” said Mr. Kubiš. “This government should be formed well within the constitutional timeline, should be professional, competent, truly representative and inclusive of women in cabinet posts”. read more

tyre insurance guarantees and extended warranties Motor Industry Code of Practice for Vehicle Warranty ProductsThe Motor Industry Code of Practice for Vehicle Warranty Products commits subscribers to: a free consumer advice line 0800 692 0825 “Although the survey findings are surprising, they do show that motorists are still unsure of where to go to for advice. Motor Codes aims to fix this and with a single website and freephone number now available, motorists can be confident that they’re getting the right advice from industry experts,” said Motor Codes director, Chris Mason. “Motor Codes is working to build and maintain standards in the motor industry so motorists should look for the logo when booking their car in and ask if the garage subscribes to the right code. It’s the safest way to guarantee good work at an honest price.” Notes:The car maintainance survey was conducted by Marketiers4DC on behalf of Motor Codes Ltd between 22 May and 1 June 2009 and consulted 1,425 UK car owners. peace of mind warranty cover warranties written in clear English no high pressure selling Thousands of car owners across Britain believe they have been ripped off when getting their car serviced or MOT’d in the last five years, according to new research released today. The study commissioned by Motor Codes Ltd, the motor industry’s self-regulatory body, reveals that: Now motorists have a freephone advice line and a central point of contact for all their motoring issues at www.motorcodes.co.uk. Whether you’re buying a new car or warranty product or getting your existing car serviced or repaired, Motor Codes Ltd has developed a code of practice to protect the motorist. roadside assistance honest and fair promotion providing written summaries of the key contract terms Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and RepairResponding to consumer concerns over pricing, quality of work and customer service, the Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair commits around 5,000 subscribing garages to: mechanical breakdown insurance competent and conscientious staff MOT insurance cars manufactured to high quality standards The Code covers the following products: open and transparent pricing Over a third of motorists have been dissatisfied with their garage experience free conciliation and low cost, legally binding arbitration completing work as agreed simple, straightforward claims procedures And offers motorists: Motorists can call the freephone consumer advice line on 0800 692 0825 for information or advice about any of these Codes, or visit the website at www.motorcodes.co.uk. a straightforward, swift complaint procedure 12% of motorists think they’ve been overcharged by a garage invoices that match quoted prices For more information on Motor Codes Ltd or the Motor Industry Codes of Practice for Service and Repair, New Cars or Vehicle Warranty Products, visit www.motorcodes.co.uk. products written in clear English Motor Industry Code of Practice for New CarsCovering sales practices, warranties, availability of replacement parts, advertising and complaints handling, the Motor Industry Code of Practice for New Cars gives reassurance to motorists when they’re making what is likely to be one of their biggest lifetime purchases. With all mass volume vehicle manufacturers on the UK market subscribing to the Code, its terms apply to over 99% of all cars sold each year and commits subscribers to: 94% of car owners want a recognised garage code with minimum standards competent and conscientious staff 70% of people don’t know who to speak to if an issue arises with a garage honest and fair services According to Consumer Focus, this overpricing and inconsistent repair work is believed to cost Britain’s motorists £4 billion a year. Despite this, if motorists had a problem with a garage or repair centre, over two-thirds of them admit they would not know where to go in order to get the issue resolved. One in five car owners have been charged more than the garage’s quote an online search facility allowing consumers to locate their nearest subscribing garage peace of mind cover spare parts availability Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

first_imgThe ideal is to prevent the need for “healthy euthanasiaVets – and anyone who cares about animals – would prefer that healthy animals were never euthanased. When releasing the statistics, the BVA made the point that “healthy euthanasia” for behavioural reasons could be minimised by wider appreciation of the importance of adequate socialisation of animals at an early age. Young animals should be introduced to a variety of people, animals and everyday household sights and sounds in their first few weeks and months of age, beginning at the place where they are born. Many veterinary practices – and dog training centres- now offer puppy socialisation classes to help with this, but the steady stream of poorly socialised puppies from illegal puppy farmers is a serious problem. A new campaign, launched today, stresses the need to choose puppies carefully to avoid buying a puppy farmed dog. As Sean Wensley, the President of the BVA, points out: “Euthanasing an animal who could have been a loving pet is the hidden, tragic cost of poor socialisation.”Euthanasia can be the least worst option for some animalsVets are not obliged to euthanase healthy animals when asked to do so, but most feel ethically obliged to help the owner deal with what is often a pressing problem. And the sad truth is that for some animals, for a variety of reasons, euthanasia may be the least worst option. A cat at the vetsCredit:Alamy Dog at the vet Shocking figures released by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) from their “Voice of the Veterinary Profession” survey show that 98 per cent of vets have been asked to euthanase healthy pets, with 53 per cent saying that this is not a rare occurrence. And in nearly every case (98 per cent), “bad behaviour” on the part of the pet was the reason for the euthanasia request. Other reasons cited for “healthy euthanasia” (vets could choose more than one reason given by owners in the BVA survey)  included the poor health of the owner (48 per cent), owners moving to accommodation that is unsuitable for their pet (39 per cent), and legal enforcement reasons (32 per cent).As a vet in practice, I’m not surprised by these figures: one of the most challenging aspects of my job is the consultation when an owner asks me to euthanase a healthy pet, and it does happen regularly.Vets try every other option before considering euthanasiaLike most vets, I do my utmost to avoid carrying out euthanasia in such cases, including referral to a behaviourist for help with resolving behavioural issues, as well as offering to rehome the animal on behalf of the owner. Sometimes this is successful, but there are other occasions where, after due investigations, discussions and reflections, it does seem that the best option for the animal, as well as for the owners, is gentle, painless euthanasia. Human safety has to come first with aggressive dogsThere are some types of aggression that are almost impossible to treat, and the risk of injuries to humans needs to be taken into account. It would be irresponsible to rehome a dog in the knowledge that there was a high risk that somebody would be bitten in the future. Some dogs also have deeply ingrained, violent aggression to other animals, which again can make them impossible to rehome. The risk of other animals being savaged to death needs to be considered when searching for a good answer for such animals.Other problem behaviours can be difficult for owners to tolerateOther problem behaviours vets see that can lead to the call for euthanasia include persistent barking and howling, destructive chewing and inappropriate toileting. Such cases are easier to rehome, with the help of animal rescue groups, but they still can present a serious challenge. What if a home isn’t available, and an owner has just “had enough”? Challenging behaviours like this can impact seriously on the psychological welfare of owners, and while vets do their best to be advocates for the animals, the mental health of beleaguered owners does have to be considered. Such cases are not easy, and a “real life” solution is not always the answer that anyone would like.Some situations present real ethical dilemmasThere are many other challenging occasions for vets: for example, if an elderly person dies, and they request in their will that their healthy pets are to be euthanased. There are no fixed rules for such situations, and each vet has to derive the best possible answer according to their own conscience, often after extensive discussions with colleagues. center_img A vet examines a dogCredit:Gabriel Blaj / Alamy Cat at vet  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

first_imgTHE ONLY MALE member of Irish band The Corrs has told the High Court he was under a huge amount of “stress” when he sold a house in Dublin in a bid to “protect his finances for his son”.Jim Corr appeared before the Commercial Court yesterday where he was accused by ACC Bank of putting assets beyond their reach as he was questioned about an outstanding loan of €778,000 from the bank.Bernard Dunleavy, barrister for ACC, questioned Corr about the circumstances regarding the sale of a property he owned in Donnybrook, Dublin 4, and accused the songwriter of coming up with a “scheme to divest of the property” and keep it from the bank.Musician Jim Corr leaving the Commercial Court in Dublin yesterday. (Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)Corr said that the apartment had been on sale since 2008 but Dunleavy said it was too “coincidental” that it was sold to a Maltese company within a couple of weeks of ACC securing a court judgment of €1.44 million against Corr in February 2011.Corr denied that it was his aim to keep the property from the bank, at which Mr Justice Peter Kelly intervened and told the songwriter to reconsider his answer.“Did all of that just happen by a stroke of good luck? Do you really expect me to believe that? Seriously?” he asked.Judge Kelly also reminded him that he was under oath when giving his reconsidered answer.After a sip of water and a long pause, Corr told Courtroom One that he was trying “to protect what he could” for his son. “I was doing what anyone else would do in my position,” he added.Corr was also questioned at length about a property he used to own in Co. Down, which was later bought by a German friend of his shortly after he and Corr first met at a dinner party that The Corr sisters also attended in Palma, Majorca in 2010.Florian Karrer has “no ties to Ireland” Corr said but he invests in distressed properties and became interested in the apartment after Corr told Karrer he was selling it to relieve some of his debts.Judge Kelly said he found it unusual that Corr has lived in the property rent-free for three years, but the musician explained that Karrer “likes to have someone living there”.A connection between the properties was revealed in court when Dunleavy explained the Maltese-based company that bought the Donnybrook apartment in March 2011 was fronted by an Irishman who worked with Karrer.Corr also told the courtroom that he was musician and “not good at figures” which could be the reason why his finances were so “chaotic”.He said he never believed that as a minority shareholder with a 25 per cent stake in a loan that he would have to front all of the money. He had entered into the €1.4 million loan advance with two other businessmen, Liam and Philip Marks.Since mid-2008 Corr told the court he had “people knocking at his door looking for payments” which resulted in him trying to sell “everything” he owned. “ Everything was for sale basically,” he said.Jim of the Corrs performs on stage at Wembley Arena on November 8, 2004 in London. ©suzan/allactiondigital.comAdjournmentEarlier in the day, Corr’s barrister Ross Aylward made an application for the case to be adjourned to a later date because his client wasn’t fully aware of all the relevant documentation which was needed for the day.Dunleavy accepted that Corr had short notice of the planned cross examination, and said they would agree to an adjournment if Corr would swear not to declare bankruptcy in any country.When Corr’s barrister declined, Mr Justice Peter Kelly decided to proceed with the examination by ACC Bank, telling the court that although Corr may not have all the documents needed, some of the information would be factual which he should know.The cross-examination of Corr will reconvene on Wednesday 3 July at 11am.Read: Court hears Jim Corr’s financial affairs are ‘chaotic’>More: THAT Jim Corr appearance on the Late Late Show>last_img read more

first_img 80,671 Views I live here. I see people outside clinics or begging outside shops, drinking in public, causing trouble in parks. It’s unworkable – families have been calling me saying there is nowhere to bring their young family because the parks are just too dangerous. Garda problemsGardaí based on Dublin’s northside have been trying to combat the rise of the drug with the resources they have. Cuts to overtime as well as staffing changes with drug units have led to what has been described by informed sources as a ‘slowdown’.Intelligence gathering has stalled in certain stations such as Store Street, meaning that areas which would have previously had active undercover units now don’t.Contact me in confidence by downloading the Threema app. My ID is 3UTJ6TTE. See more details here. Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 8:00 AM Six drug deals and a fistfight at a Dublin shopping centre: One hour at a crack cocaine hotspot There have been reports of open dealing of the drug in other areas of the city and in some suburbs. By Garreth MacNamee https://jrnl.ie/4545322 Share149 Tweet Email5 center_img Mar 24th 2019, 8:01 AM Short URL 59 Comments The alleged dealer holding a number of deals of suspected crack cocaine. Source: TheJournal.ieLOCALS IN PHIBSBOROUGH say they’re shocked and frustrated at the level of street crime, as drug dealers openly trade in crack cocaine at the North Dublin area’s main shopping centre. There are concerns the worsening situation may be linked to cutbacks to garda drug units that normally patrol the area. Use of the drug – which provides users with a short, intense high much stronger than powder cocaine – has been on the increase in Dublin city centre since the summer of 2017. More recently, there have been reports of open dealing of the drug in other areas of the city and in some suburbs. On a recent weekday morning at Phibsborough shopping centre TheJournal.ie witnessed half a dozen suspected drug deals and a fist fight where one man punched another several times from above in what gardaí suspect was a row over drugs.At one point, a woman apparently dealing drugs crossed the road holding cash and several small packets of suspected crack cocaine. The fight broke out shortly afterwards as shoppers continued to carry groceries out to their cars from the bustling supermarket. The centre, which is soon to be redeveloped, is housed beneath a landmark building which also happens to house the headquarters of Garda representative organisations the GRA and AGSI.   All incidents we witnessed occurred from around 11am.Informed sources described to this website how the woman selling suspected crack-cocaine and her partner were the main dealers of the drug in the Phibsborough and Cabra areas of Dublin. Lithuanian gangs are also back dealing in the area and control most of the heroin supply, sources say.A large number of street drug users have also made their way back to areas such as Phibsborough and the North Circular Road (NCR).There are concerns that this is because there is a lower police presence in the area.  Both the NCR and Phibsborough were previously the target of a Divisional Drugs Unit which carried out undercover operations across the area. Dealers, users and other petty criminals were routinely searched and had drugs confiscated.Due to the high garda presence, many users and dealers who were frequenting the area moved back to locations closer to the city centre.However, patrols of the northside area by the drug unit have reduced after a shake-up within a north Dublin drugs unit.Five members of one drugs unit were removed and sent to new stations. New and relatively inexperienced officers replaced them.A spokesman for the Garda Press Office said that the Divisional Drugs Unit was still fully operational and that a number of new officers had recently been added to it. There is still a garda presence by those attached to uniform divisions but the frequency of patrols as a whole has reduced. Crack cocaine. Source: Shutterstock/Kevin L ChessonThere are still armed support patrols in the area, but their main focus is to prevent serious violent crime.Sinn Féin councillor Janice Boylan, who lives in the affected area, said she witnessed drug crime and anti-social behaviour every day. “What we’ve seen now is an increase in crime in the area. The numbers have increased because there’s no visibility out there.“Not as many gardaí are being able to stop and search people they suspect of being involved in criminal activity.“There are children who are afraid to use public spaces because of rampant drug use and it’s not good enough.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more