first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting FILE – In this file photo dated Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte in action during Copa del Rey, 16 round, against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain. 23-year-old Athletic Bilbao says defender Frenchman Aymeric Laporte is reported Monday Jan. 29, 2018, to have paid his buyout clause, looks set to leave the club, opening the way for a transfer to Manchester City. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, FILE)MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City signed France under-21 international Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao for a club-record fee of 65 million euros ($80 million) on Tuesday, taking its spending on center backs since 2014 to about $250 million.The 23-year-old Laporte came close to joining City in 2016 — when Pep Guardiola took charge of the current Premier League leaders — but backed out of the move after feeling the Frenchman wasn’t quite ready.ADVERTISEMENT Vincent Kompany, the club’s other center back, has been at City since 2008 and is the captain. But the Belgium international might be surplus to requirements from next season, especially considering his injury record.City also spent about 120 million pounds (then $155 million) on three fullbacks — Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo — in the last transfer window.“Last summer we had a problem, with six or seven players out of contract and over 30 years old, so we needed to make a change,” Guardiola said. “We decided to sign four or five different players and at this stage, Manchester City, when you want to compete at the highest level, you need to spend.“One day, maybe this club will spend 130-200 million pounds on one player. So far, we haven’t had to do that.”Laporte made his debut in 2012 for Bilbao under Marcelo Bielsa — a coach revered by Guardiola — and quickly became one of the Spanish league’s most promising players. He said he likes to bring the ball out from the back, giving him the pedigree that suits Guardiola’s vision and making him a likely rival for Stones to play alongside Otamendi.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Foes first, friends after “Defenders do this more than ever before,” Laporte said in an interview with FourFourTwo magazine. “I spend as much time in training and matches working on starting attacks as I do stopping them.“I’m usually quite calm in possession, so this helps initiate quicker, more fluid attacks from the back. I also like playing long, cross-field passes to change the position of an attack and give us another option. Variety is important.”Barcelona has previously been linked with Laporte, who has similar qualities to Gerard Pique.The size of the fee reflects the shortage of top-quality, left-footed center backs around at the moment — and comes two weeks after City turned down the chance to sign Alexis Sanchez partly because of the Chile forward’s financial demands.Laporte has signed a contract until 2023 and becomes City’s most expensive player, with the fee exceeding the reported 55 million pounds spent on Kevin De Bruyne in August 2015.City has four of the five costliest defenders in Premier League history — Laporte, Stones, Walker, and Mendy.Laporte, who hasn’t played for France’s senior team, will be available for the knockout stage of the Champions League.“All I know,” he said in an Instagram message to Athletic’s fans on Monday, “is that I will never forget the place where I’ve become a better player and a better person. That’s why this is not a ‘goodbye,’ only a ‘see you soon.’” LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Eighteen months later, City clinched the signing of the left-footed, ball-playing defender after meeting his buy-out clause, strengthening the team’s options in what has been a problem position for Guardiola and previous managers.“He’s strong in the air, good quality with the pass. He is experienced, fast and he has the skills we need,” Guardiola said. “He is the perfect age, 23 years old, so hopefully he will have a long career here at Manchester City.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLaporte is the second most expensive defender in soccer history, with only Virgil van Dijk — who joined Liverpool from Southampton for 75 million pounds ($100 million) at the start of January — costing more.Since City won its most recent Premier League title in 2014, Eliaquim Mangala has arrived from FC Porto for a reported 42 million pounds and Nicolas Otamendi joined from Valencia for 32 million pounds in 2015. Another center back, John Stones, cost an initial 47.5 million pounds in 2016. 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first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Vargas eyes ‘controversial’ changes to POC charter, including age limit for officials Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National University battles defending champion Ateneo to open second round action of the UAAP Season 81 juniors basketball tournament on Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Bullpups (6-1) hope to score a repeat of their 78-62 first-round victory in their 3 p.m. duel with the Blue Eaglets.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Far Eastern University-Diliman and Adamson U, bunched in a three-way with Ateneo in second place at 5-2, clash at 11 a.m.The NU-Ateneo showdown will also feature giants Kai Sotto, the Ateneo center who is leading the season MVP race, and NU’s Carl Tamayo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn their first-round duel last Dec. 15, Tamayo tallied a double-double effort of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Sotto paced the Eaglets with 23 points and 13 boards. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View commentslast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementZhaire Smith broke his left foot during an NBA developmental camp in Las Vegas, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania, and is expected to miss a substantial amount of time.It’s the second injury to 76ers rookies this season after 26th overall pick Landry Shamet sprained his right ankle early into Summer League action and was forced to sit out.Smith, the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 draft, reportedly sustained the injury during a developmental camp in Las Vegas on Monday. He will have surgery later this week.The Sixers don’t have much in terms of wing depth. In adding Mike Muscala, the Sixers traded away both Justin Anderson and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. Wilson Chandler will get minutes at the three, but the rest of the perimeter rotation remains unsettled.The possibility of the Sixers adding another piece is still there, of course. Bayless feels like a prime buyout or trade candidate. Perhaps targeting another expiring deal from a non-competitive team in exchange for second-round picks is on the table. Or Kyle Korver. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgMumbai Indians joined Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals in the 2019 Indian Premier League playoffs with their Super Over triumph over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday. In the last weekend of league games, as many as 3 teams are still in the contention for the last playoff spot.Over the nex 2 days, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals will battle it out for 1 remaining berth in the playoffs. SRH were runners-up in 2018 while KKR and RR had made it to the playoffs. KXIP, after an impressive start last summer, failed to qualify after their 7-wicket loss in Mohali against KKR on Friday night.#KKR pic.twitter.com/yGnu8enbYUIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 3, 2019Chennai Super and Delhi Capitals have been the most consistent teams of the 2019 IPL and it was no surprise when they became the first two teams to book playoff spots. Mumbai Indians needed to win against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Wankhede on Thursday and they picked up 2 valuable points after a Super Over thriller.Had Sunrisers Hyderabad held their nerve on Thursday and defeated Mumbai Indians, they would have knocked Rajasthan Royals out but that did not happen. The Royals, 7th in the points table, are still in the fray.Now it has all come down to the last 4 matches this weekend.Delhi Capitals will take on Rajasthan Royals in the first match on Saturday. Both teams would be keen to win this. DC, if they win today at the Feroz Shah Kotla, stand a great chance of finishing in the top two. If RR lose, they will be eliminated.advertisementLater on Saturday evening, Royal Challengers Bangalore, who are already eliminated, will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at home. SRH have to win this one. If they lose, KKR will go through to the playoffs if they beat Chennai Super Kings or Mumbai Indians on Sunday.Also Read | IPL 2019: Dinesh Karthik reveals why he was angry with KKR teammatesAlso Read | IPL 2019: Shubman Gill helps KKR smash KXIP and keep playoff hopes aliveAlso Read | IPL 2019: Dinesh Karthik gives KKR players public dressing-down in Mohalilast_img read more

first_imgGaming smartphones are all the hype these days and manufacturers are trying to come up with new offerings to appeal to those who love exercising their thumbs most of the day on PUBG, Asphalt 9 or any other game. Last month, BlackShark ventured into the Indian market with its Black Shark 2 gaming smartphone. Starting at a price of Rs 39,999, it offers the massively powerful Snapdragon 855 paired along with custom cooling solutions to ensure higher peak performance. It also comes with its host of gaming accessories that claim to improve the gameplay experience. Sounds interesting.On the other hand, Nubia launched its Red Magic 3 gaming smartphone in India yesterday. Similar to its earlier offering, the Red Magic 3 aims at an affordable segment in the market. Hence, despite offering a flagship-grade Snapdragon 855 chipset and some exclusive gaming technologies, the Red Magic 3 starts at Rs 35,999, which is quite a lot cheaper than the Black Shark 2.On paper, both these phones are neck-to-neck in terms of specifications and if you had to choose one between the two, which is the one you should pick?Both have extremely powerful specificationsGaming smartphones are supposed to massage your ego when it comes to boasting about specifications. Similar to gaming laptops, gaming phones offer the best hardware available in the market and wrap it up in an exciting body. The Red Magic 3 and BlackShark 2 prove this effortlessly.Both the phones are equipped with Snapdragon 855 chipset as their brain and employ custom cooling solutions to ensure sustained peak performance. However, both serve the experience in completely different ways.advertisement The Black Shark 2 comes in two variants – one with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the other one with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. It sports a 6.3-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with 60Hz refresh rate and is pressure sensitive. It runs on JoyUI which is a customised iteration of Android 9 Pie – it’s a fairly stock interface with Black Shark’s custom Shark Space launcher to enhance gameplay when activated. For cameras, it uses a dual camera combo of a 48-megapixel primary sensor as well as a 12-megapixel secondary sensor while the front is managed by a 20-megapixel camera. It is kept alive by a 4000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.The Nubia Red Magic 3 comes in two variants as well – one with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the other one with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. It sports a bigger 6.65-inch OLED display with a higher refresh rate of 90Hz. This one also runs on a very stock Android 9 Pie interface with Nubia’s custom Game Space launcher built in, which can be activated by a dedicated slider button. For cameras, it uses a 48-megapixel single rear camera and a 16-megapixel front camera. The Red Magic 3 is powered by a massive 5000mAh battery and comes with 27W fast charging support. It also gets a stereo speaker setup.In terms of gaming, both these phone are almost equally matched in their capabilities. The Red Magic 3 edges out the Black Shark 2 in terms of benchmark scores but the real-world performance is almost identical. The Black Shark 2 impresses with its pressure sensitive display and an in-screen fingerprint sensor. However, the Red Magic 3 impresses with its 90Hz refresh rate and a PC-grade fan-based cooling system.Both look exciting as wellThe Black Shark 2 gets a very rugged look and feel with its multi-material surface at the rear and crazy design. It looks chunky and has all the contours to ensure a comfortable fit in hands for longer gaming sessions. Like all gaming devices, it has an RGB Black Shark logo at the rear and two LED strips on either edge. At the front, the 6.3-inch display has narrow bezels all around with slightly thick forehead and chin. A green accent runs around the frame that imparts a distinct presence. The Red Magic 3, on the other hand, wears a very slick yet striking design with its all-metal body. There’s a central ridge on the rear panel that houses a large RGB LED strip. The fingerprint sensor gets a narrow angular design while the camera gets a polygonal design to go in sync with the rest of the design. The Camo version has crazy graphics that certainly demand attention from onlookers. At the front, it has an 18:9 display with slim chin and forehead. It also gets a 3.5mm headphone jack, something which the Black Shark 2 doesn’t.Prices: The Red Magic 3 has an advantageThe Black Shark 2 starts at Rs 39,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and it goes up to Rs 49,999 for the top-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. The Red Magic 3 starts at Rs 35,999 for the base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the top-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage is priced at Rs 46,999.advertisementThe Red Magic 3 clearly offers more value, especially when you consider the base variant. It even offers the 90Hz display that makes more sense in daily gaming scenarios. The Black Shark 2 demands a premium but offers a slightly more polished experience and if you seek that, you should spend more for it.ALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic 3 review: A new benchmark for gaming smartphonesALSO READ | Xiaomi Black Shark 2 gaming phone launched at starting price of around Rs 33,000, coming to India soonlast_img read more

first_imgThe high performance weekend held at the new State Athletics Stadium saw an opportunity for Coaches, Players and Referees to join forces to further develop Touch Football at an Elite Level.There were a number of gentlemen that made the trip west to help and educate those members of the touch community that were able to attend. The specials guests included National High Performance Manager Wayne Grant, Australian 18 Girls Coach Peter Bell and newly retired Australian Captain Garry Sonda.For the coaches it gave them the opportunity to begin to upgrade from a level 1 to level 2 and then learn the new plans and practices that Australian teams are now using. The course was hands on and gave them an opportunity to see the men coaching in real life, and the techniques that are now being employed.For the players and referees on Saturday they were lucky enough to have fitness trainer Jeff Carter from Body Tech in attendance to give them a “warm up” into a real fitness session, and the fitness level they should be at before going on tour. And on Sunday the 15’s and 18’s along with a number of open representatives were able to participate in games and be coached by some of the best.WA Sport Program Coordinator Karon Boston:“We hope this event can become a permanent fixture on the Touch Football Calendar. The weekend was extremely worthwhile and thanks go to all those members of the touch community who were able to attend. Thanks also to those presenters and guests who attended”.TouchWest must thank a nuber of people for their attendance and participation they include: TFA Chairman Mike Rush, CEO Colm Maguire, Wayne Grant, Peter Bell, Garry Sonda, Henry Dos Santos, Freda Black and Jeff Carter. TouchWest would also like to make special mention to Karon Boston for her weeks of work to make this weekend possible.Related Filesmedia_release_hp_weekend-pdflast_img read more

first_img Reuters BirminghamAugust 2, 2019UPDATED: August 2, 2019 13:56 IST Umpires Aleem Dar and Joel Wilson drew widespread criticism after a rocky day one at Edgbaston. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRicky Ponting called for cricket to ditch its requirement for neutral umpiresUmpires Aleem Dar and Joel Wilson drew widespread criticism after a rocky day one at EdgbastonAustralia were bowled out for 284, with England 10 for no loss at stumpsFormer Australia captain Ricky Ponting has called for cricket to ditch its requirement for neutral umpires in the wake of a slew of poor decisions that blighted the opening day of the Ashes series.Umpires Aleem Dar and Joel Wilson drew widespread criticism after a rocky day one at Edgbaston on Friday, with a number of their calls over-turned by the decision review system after Australia elected to bat.English and Australian umpires dominate the ICC’s elite umpires panel but are ruled out of officiating the Ashes due to the global cricket’s requirement for neutral nation umpires to control matches.”I would like to think the game has come far enough now for the game to not have neutral umpires,” Ponting told Cricket Australia’s website (cricket.com.au).”People might say that with all the technology we’ve got now, it doesn’t matter that much.”But it’s not a good spectacle when pretty obviously wrong decisions are made.”There’s been a lot a negativity about the DRS over the years, but we’re pretty lucky that we had it last night.”Ponting, part of the Cricket Committee at the MCC, the custodians of the Laws of Cricket, said he would raise the matter at the next MCC meeting.”It’s already been spoken about a lot among the players,” he said.”If it’s not brought up, I’ll make sure it’s added to the agenda.”Surely (English umpire) Richard Kettleborough and the like would want to be umpiring the best series.”The best umpires can end up missing out on all the big tournaments.advertisement”It could force umpires into retirement a bit early.”Australia were bowled out for 284, with England 10 for no loss at stumps.Umpiring standards were put in the spotlight after the World Cup final between England and New Zealand at Lord’s last month, with Ben Stokes erroneously awarded an extra run by the standing umpires in the 50th over of the home side’s chase.England went on to win the match by total boundaries scored after a tied Super Over.Also Read | Boos for Steve Smith even after his hundred disappointing: Glenn McGrath on Edgbaston crowdAlso Read | Sanjay Bangar opens up on MS Dhoni’s batting position in World Cup semi-finalAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Rethink neutral umpires, Ricky Ponting says after Ashes debacleThere were as many as seven wrong decisions taken by umpires Aleem Dar and Joel Wilson during Australia’s innings in the first Test of Ashes 2019 at Edgbaston.advertisementlast_img read more

first_img FOR BROADCAST ONLY: A new heating system at Perennia Innovation Centre in Bible Hill will encourage Nova Scotia farmers to produce green energy, increasing their profits and helping protect the environment. The system can burn grass pellets and will serve as a pilot project to show how this renewable energy source can be used. Agriculture Minister John MacDonell says that with lots of pasture and a climate that’s ideal for growing grass, Nova Scotia can be a leader in growing grass for energy production. As part of government’s capital plan, the Department of Agriculture is investing 787-thousand dollars to construct a building next to the centre for the heating system. Establishing a market for grass pellets will help spur economic growth and create good jobs in rural Nova Scotia. -30- A new heating system at Perennia Innovation Centre in Bible Hill will encourage Nova Scotia farmers to produce green energy, increasing their profits and helping protect the environment. The system can burn grass pellets and will serve as a pilot project to show how this renewable energy source can be used. Establishing a market for grass pellets will help spur economic growth and create good jobs in rural Nova Scotia. “Agriculture is the backbone of rural Nova Scotia, and we need to think about and do things differently to grow this industry and our economy,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “That’s why we’re helping develop a green energy niche market and giving farmers an option to supplement their income. It’s a win-win.” As part of government’s capital plan, the Department of Agriculture is investing $787,200 to construct a building next to the centre for the heating system. A tender will be issued for a grass pellets supplier. “With lots of pasture and a climate that’s ideal for growing grass, Nova Scotia can be a leader in growing it for energy production,” said Mr. MacDonell. “Capitalizing on our natural advantage is the kind of innovation that will ensure Nova Scotia’s agriculture industry is strong, profitable, and sustainable.” Nova Scotia has 40,000 hectares of pasture that could quickly be developed to produce 360,000 tonnes of grass pellets per year. This could add about $36 million annually to the agriculture industry. “At our grass pellet plant in Lawrencetown, we are sourcing local hay, processing it locally, and supplying local markets,” said Jonathan McClelland, general manager of West Nova Agro Commodities. “We’re creating new markets for small and medium-sized farms while providing an affordable, green heating fuel to customers.” This is the third straight year the province will release the capital plan before the spring budget. This sends a clear signal of what the province intends to do in the year ahead, and gives the private sector greater opportunity to prepare for projects, creating efficiencies and cost savings for the province.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: A court here has directed a deputy commissioner of Delhi Police to give one-week training to the SHO of a police station apprising him of basic law, procedure and ethics after he failed to file reports with the requisite sanctions in a 2018 alleged murder case.Additional Sessions Judge Sonu Agnihotri directed the DCP of south west Delhi’s Dwarka to conduct an inquiry against the station house officer (SHO) of Chhawla Police Station for filing a supplementary charge sheet without the required sanction from the concerned authorities and for “deliberately” not filing reports in the case. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”ASI (Assistant sub inspector) has produced supplementary charge sheet containing FSL (forensic science lab) result of ballistics. The same does not contain any sanction of DCP Dwarka,” the court said. “Further, such supplementary charge sheet should have been filed before concerned metropolitan magistrate for the purpose of taking cognizance under the Arms Act and should have been received by this court by way of committal. SHO of Police Station Chhawla does not appear to be aware of this basic procedure or is trying to play smart with the court,” it added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe SHO is the investigating officer (IO) in the case in which three persons have been arrested for allegedly entering a man’s house and shooting his wife dead in 2018. The court asked the DCP to file the status report on the training and the inquiry before it on September 4, the next date of hearing. “Let copy of this order be sent to DCP Dwarka with direction to give one week training to SHO PS Chhawla to apprise him of basic law, procedure and ethics Perusal of record shows that SHO PS Chhawla is sending requests in the present matter consistently and is not appearing,” the court said. “It appears that deliberately reports are not being filed by SHO PS Chhawla in the present matter for reasons known to him. Let an inquiry in this regard be conducted by DCP Dwarka and report in this regard be filed before this court,” it said. The court was informed that the FSL report regarding Digital Video Recorder (DVR) has not been filed by the SHO even after one year of filing the charge sheet in 2018 and hence testimonies of witnesses in the case could not be recorded yet.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Some streets in Toronto’s downtown core were closed early Wednesday as police and firefighters attempted to mount a rescue operation to recover a woman who got stuck atop a tall construction crane.Toronto Fire Services say it appears the woman was trespassing and climbed up the piece of machinery at a construction site on Wellesley St. near Yonge St. during the overnight hours.The woman is approximately 12 storeys up and television video had showed her standing atop a gently swaying large pulley device from which a hook dangles and clinging to a steel cable.The woman was last seen sitting atop the device, which Toronto police Insp. Colin Greenaway said measures only about six inches by two feet.There was no immediate word on why the woman climbed atop the large crane.Residents had alerted police at about 3:30 a.m.“We’re in communication with her,” Greenaway told television station CP24.“We’re very close to having set up a proper plan to have either ourselves or Toronto Fire rappel down with a harness to attach to her and hopefully bring her down in a safe manner.”last_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON – The owner of an Alberta trucking company involved in the fatal Humboldt Broncos bus crash has been charged.Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason said Wednesday that Sukhmander Singh of Adesh Deol Trucking faces charges of non-compliance with various federal and provincial safety regulations.“The charges follow an investigation that was completed by Alberta Transportation into the collision,” Mason said. “The investigation found multiple instances of non-compliance of various transportation regulatory requirements in a six-month period.”Sixteen people were killed and 13 were injured in rural Saskatchewan six months ago when their bus was involved in a crash with a semi-truck owned by the Calgary-based company.Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, who was driving the semi unit, was charged earlier this year with dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.Officials with Alberta Transportation said eight charges have now been laid against the trucking company owner.They include seven federal charges: two counts of failing to maintain logs for drivers hours of service, three counts of failing to monitor the compliance of a driver under safety regulations, and two counts of having more than one daily log for any day. The eighth charge under provincial regulations alleges failure to have or follow a written safety program.When reached in Calgary, Singh said he didn’t have any comment.A department spokesman said a federal Crown lawyer will be handling the prosecution on the charges against the owner.Singh’s first court appearance is Nov. 9 in Calgary.The maximum penalty for a federal hours of service failing is $5,000 per offence, while the provincial charge carries a $310 penalty. A court can, however, use discretion to impose a penalty up to $2,000.Alberta Transportation said Adesh Deol Trucking remains suspended.Myles Shumlanski, whose son Nick was injured in the crash, was pleased to hear about the charges.“It’s a good start,” he said. “Some of the people who did the charging need to look at that, too, because why did it get to that point? It’s still happening.”Shumlanski said governments across the country need to look at why licences are being handed out so easily.Mason, citing the Broncos crash as the reason, said the province is making driver training for new commercial truckers and bus drivers mandatory.“That incident prompted jurisdictions across Canada to take a closer look at their safety practices,” he said. “Alberta Transportation was already in the process of considering several improvements to traffic safety in our province.”The province said the training, which will include a standardized curriculum, will be mandatory as of March 1.“New requirements for trucking companies based in Alberta will enhance safety on the roads right across the continent,” Mason said.He said the province will eliminate a temporary safety fitness certificate and require all new commercial carriers to prove compliance with transportation safety regulations before they start operating. They will also be required to renew it every three years.Earlier this month, Alberta also announced that it will ditch its privatized model for road testing and will administer road exams directly to new drivers.Officials said testers will be government employees, and there will be more oversight to ensure that road exams are conducted fairly and consistently.— With files from John Cotter and Chris Purdy.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had the owner’s first name incorrect and Shumlanski’s first name spelled incorrectly.last_img read more

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon will become the first state in the nation to impose statewide mandatory rent control after lawmakers passed a measure that will establish protections for people in the increasingly competitive housing market.The House approved the landmark bill 35-25 on Tuesday, over objections from Republicans who argued rent control will discourage investment and do little to address the state’s affordable housing crisis.The measure, which previously passed the Senate, will now head to Gov. Kate Brown, who has said she will sign it. The bill will take effect immediately, as Democrats say the housing crisis constitutes an emergency.Rep. Mark Meek, a Democrat from Oregon City who sponsored the bill in the House, said the measure will address the state’s homelessness problem and provide Oregon residents “some predictability and stability with their expenses.”Oregon has been struggling to provide housing for the tens of thousands of people moving to the state each year looking for employment and lower costs of living.The state’s seen a 12.8 per cent spike in homelessness over the past decade, with high rates of veterans, youth and families living without shelter, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.“In every corner of Oregon, individuals are facing an emergency,” said Rep. Tawna Sanchez, a Democrat from Portland and the Legislature’s only Native American lawmaker. “From women fleeing domestic violence, to working families in communities big and small trying to get by, to indigenous people who struggle to find a safe and secure home, this crisis touches all of us.”The measure has made Oregon a nationwide leader in tenant protections, and advocates say rent control is the first step in addressing high rent, gentrification and a lack of affordable housing. New York has a statewide rent control law, but cities can choose whether to participate.California restricts the ability of cities to impose rent control. Last November, voters defeated a ballot initiative that would have overturned that law.Under the Oregon bill, landlords are limited to increasing rent only once per year. That increase can’t be higher than 7 per cent above the consumer price index — a benchmark figure that tracks average prices for most household purchases in the U.S.Landlords also can’t serve tenants no-cause evictions within a tenant’s first year of occupancy, a provision designed to protect those living month-to-month, who are often most vulnerable to sudden rent hikes and abrupt lease terminations.Republicans warned that the measure will only exacerbate the current housing crisis, saying the regulations will discourage investors and landlords from building and maintaining more property.“Reduction in landlords means a reduction in housing, plain and simple,” said Rep. Kim Wallen, a Republican from Medford. “This is the wrong solution for the whole state to make owning rentals so unpleasant that people simple stop getting into the business.”Opponents add that the state should instead focus on the critical shortage of affordable housing. It’s estimated that 30,000 housing units must be built per year to meet the state’s current housing deficit and to build for the future as more people move to Oregon, according to Democrat House Speaker Tina Kotek.Democrats say that new builders are exempt from the rent control law for 15 years, which is meant to spur development throughout the state. They add that they plan to continue addressing the housing shortage with future legislation to incentivize affordable housing.“Oregon is open for business,” said Meek, who works as a realtor outside the Legislature.—Follow Sarah Zimmerman on Twitter at @sarahzimm95 .Sarah Zimmerman, The Associated Press read more

Walgreens has decided to ban tobacco sales to minors several weeks after a federal official called the drugstore chain a top violator of laws restricting access to cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and other products.The drugstore chain said Tuesday that it will require customers to be at least 21 years old to purchase tobacco in any of its more than 9,500 stores nationwide. The policy starts Sept. 1.Former Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb said in March that inspectors had found more than 1,800 instances since 2010 in which one of the company’s stores violated the law.U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to introduce legislation that raises the minimum age to buy from 18 to 21 nationally.Walgreens rival CVS Health quit selling tobacco several years ago.The Associated Press read more

“The Committee recognises and supports the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka to advance democracy and the rule of law, and encourages further steps to address the underlying causes of the armed conflict by promoting justice and reconciliation,” the Senate Committee said in its report. “In Sri Lanka, US foreign assistance will be cut by 92 per cent, mostly from accounts that have supported programs to promote the rule of law, democratic reforms, post-Civil War reconciliation and related efforts,” rued Congressman Ted Yoho, Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Sub Committee on Asia and the Pacific.“These programs are cost-effective ways to contribute to Sri Lanka’s transformation while pursuing a partnership and strategic lead critical locations,” he said.“Even at their height in 2016, US assistance commitments to Sri Lanka were about 42.5 million, and that’s a bit less than half the cost of a single F-35 fighter jet. That seems like a reasonable investment to gain a friend in one of the world’s most critical sea lanes,” Yoho said. The appropriations bill, which landed on the Senate floor yesterday for consideration, seeks USD 43 million for Sri Lanka. This includes USD 35 million as economic support fund, USD 6.8 million for non-proliferation and anti-terrorism and USD 500,000 in foreign military financing and an equal amount for training of military personnel. The Senate committee on its report said that Sri Lanka is strategically positioned along key shipping lanes and emerging from decades of conflict.The House Appropriations Committee has also passed its Foreign Appropriations Bill, but defers from that of its Senate bill on Sri Lanka. Last week during a Congressional hearing, lawmakers had expressed concern over massive cut in US aid to Sri Lanka. “While we’re forming a large Millennium Challenge Corporation compact was Sri Lanka, the MCC will focus on economic activities. I’m concerned that by changing course so drastically, we want to make sure that we’re not throwing away the investments we’ve already made in Sri Lanka, leaving a gap in the democracy and governance programs Sri Lanka badly needs, and potentially forcing the closure of our USAID mission,” said the US lawmaker. For the fiscal year 2018, the Trump Administration has requested USD 3.4 million in foreign assistance for Sri Lanka. It focuses on strong support for security cooperation and enhanced strategic trade controls, while contributing to Sri Lanka’s progress toward becoming a mine-impact-free nation by 2020.Additionally, the MCC is developing a compact with Sri Lanka after it successfully passed the MCC policy scorecard in 2016.In June, MCC approved an initial USD 7.4 million to study potential projects and conduct due diligence work in the transport and land sectors. MCC is working closely with the Government of Sri Lanka to bring a compact for Board approval in 2018, the State Department said. (Colombo Gazette) Citing the geographical and strategic location of Sri Lanka, a Senate committee has opposed Trump Administration’s proposal of a drastic 92 per cent cut in American aid to the island nation, the Press Trust of India reported.“Given the geostrategic importance of the country, the Committee does not support the President’s budget request for Sri Lanka, which proposed a 92 per cent reduction in assistance from the prior fiscal year,” the Senate Appropriations Committee said in a report passing the annual State appropriations bill for the fiscal year 2018, beginning October 1. read more

by The Associated Press Posted Mar 12, 2014 10:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Feb. 22, 2014 file photo shows Oprah Winfrey speaking at the 45th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, Calif. Winfrey’s latest book project will be”What I Know for Sure” a collection of her magazine columns she wrote for O, the Oprah Magazine. Flatiron Books, a new nonfiction imprint of Macmillan, announced Wednesday, March 12, that the book will come out Sept. 2. It will be the imprint’s first release. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) Compilation of Oprah Winfrey magazine columns to be published in September NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oprah Winfrey’s latest book project is a collection of magazine columns by a writer she knows quite well.Oprah Winfrey.“What I Know for Sure” features the monthly essays that Winfrey has written for O, the Oprah Magazine over the past 14 years. Flatiron Books, a new nonfiction imprint of Macmillan, announced Wednesday that “What I Know for Sure” will come out Sept. 2. It will be the imprint’s first release.According to Flatiron, the book will be organized around such themes as joy, gratitude and possibility. Winfrey has said she named her column “What I Know for Sure” after film critic Gene Siskel asked her “What do you know for sure?” during an interview. She has called the columns a way of “taking stock” of her life.Winfrey will write the book’s introduction. read more

In response to a rise in sales across Europe, Nissan has announced a 40% increase in production of the Micra at its plant in Sunderland. The company sold 10,445 Micras across Europe in September, making it Nissan’s second best selling model. The UK scrappage incentive scheme has benefitted Nissan in sales of Qashqai, another Sunderland-built vehicle, with a sales increase of 15% in September year on year.  Trevor Mann, Senior Vice President Manufacturing, Nissan Europe, said, “The scrappage incentives have brought sales that wouldn’t normally have been generated with Micra proving one of the most popular. Both the Government’s and Nissan’s own schemes have stimulated the market and allowed us to protect jobs at the plant and in the dealer network. The boost to production has been very welcome but we need to remain cautious as scrappage incentives are scheduled to come to an end shortly.”  The UK scrappage scheme was introduced in May 2009 to provide a boost to the UK automotive industry and to work in conjunction with other European scrappage schemes. Across the market, demand for vehicles has been underpinned by the scheme and the recently announced extension will help to sustain these early signs of recovery. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) indicates that 260,226 orders have entered the scrappage scheme up to 18 October 2009. The extension to the scheme allows for 100,000 more vehicles to participate, bringing the total to 400,000. The scheme will cease when the funding has run out or at the end of February 2010. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

first_imgTHE STEPFATHER OF a missing five-year-old French girl was charged yesterday with unintentionally killing her, in a case that has gripped France.The mother of the child, Cecile Bourgeon, elicited nationwide sympathy with her tale of how, pregnant at the time, she had fallen asleep on a park bench in May and had woken to find her little girl was gone.The 25-year-old had issued a tearful appeal for help in finding her daughter, Fiona.But both Bourgeon and her partner Berkane Maklouf, 32, were taken in for questioning on Tuesday and told investigators that the girl had died at home, prompting a police search.The mother has been charged with four offences: failing to help a person in danger, unlawfully handling a dead body, falsely reporting a crime and interfering with a crime scene.According to investigators, Bourgeon and her partner gave conflicting accounts of how Fiona died.Maklouf said the child died after choking on her own vomit and that the couple panicked when they found her body in the morning.A judicial source said Bourgeon had cracked under intensive questioning and told police that Fiona had died as a result of being hit repeatedly by her boyfriend after a heavy drinking session, and that her body had been buried on the fringes of a forest.About 40 police officers with three sniffer dogs were called in to scour the edge of a lake south of the central city of Clermont-Ferrand to search for the body.If convicted, Maklouf could face up to 30 years in prison. His lawyer said he has denied the charge.© AFP, 2013Read: Up to 70 people trapped after Mumbai building collapseRead: UN notes ‘severe sentences’ for violence against children in Irelandlast_img read more

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target Art imitates life in Titan’s latest Doctor Who comic tale.A few weeks after Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor faced murderous monks controlling a simulated world, the eleventh Time Lord incarnation and his companions enter a similar virtual construct.Flying through the Antrozenus Zone, the Doctor, Alice, and the Sapling happen upon a “whopping great spaceship of unknown origin … drifting, powered down, and abandoned.”So, of course, they land the TARDIS inside to investigate.An excitable Doctor leads the trio through the ship, from one impossible alien world to another, across mysterious portal-y thresholds.“We’re stepping through a transdimensional doorway on a bridge over a river inside an alien spaceship that shouldn’t exist,” he says, throwing caution to the wind. “What else is there to do, but proceed?”via Titan ComicsThe bigger-on-the-inside UFO even houses a red giant—a dying star in the final stages of stellar evolution. But it’s the Dementor-like Thrakes that really catch their attention.Memory parasites that you “don’t want to go bothering … down a dark alley” are coming for the Doctor and his friends. The flying skeletons, however, are not sucking on the gang’s brains, but rather eroding the “virtual construct” into which the unsuspecting travelers stumbled.Making a quick escape, the Doctor discovers what appears to be a cryogenically frozen alien, and “suddenly everything becomes clear.”Part one of “The Memory Feast” was written by George Mann, with art by I.N.J. Culbard. The 32-page mystery is on sale now for $3.99; find out what happens next when the second half hits shelves in July.And let the speculation begin over what or who that shadowy figure is, materializing just out of view of the Doctor, Alice, and the Sapling. Is it a harbinger of good or evil? Will it help or harm Team TARDIS? Sound off in the comments section below.Let us know how we’re doinglast_img read more

first_img January 7, 2019 Improvisational comedy training for students on the autism spectrum 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Unscripted Learning, the non profit run by the people at National Comedy Theatre is providing improvisation comedy classes for students on the autism spectrum.Richie Ploesch, Program Director for Connections said the classes help students learn to use their improvisation skills as an educational tool.The program is called Connections and a new round of classes begin this week.For more information and to sign up for classes click here. Posted: January 7, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, center_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 2:12 PMlast_img read more

first_imgThe Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, or ANCSA, transferred title to land to for-profit regional and village corporations, not to tribes.A series of talks on the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act begins in Anchorage on Friday, Jan. 26.Passed in 1971, ANCSA transferred millions of acres of land to 12 Native regional corporations and more than 200 village corporations.But as the decades go by since the act was passed, ANCSA is still not fully understood.“ANCSA is this big thing that people kind of know a little bit about,” Angela Gonzalez with the Alaska Native Media Group said. The group is hosting the series of talks at the University of Alaska Anchorage.Gonzalez said establishing Native corporations and gaining land rights has helped reinforce Native identities.“Even though we check ‘Alaska Native’ on a cultural background list, it’s so much deeper than that,” Gonzalez said. “I’m Koyukon Athabascan from Huslia, Alaska,” she explained.Gonzalez said that deep sense of identity has been passed down to younger generations — to people like Kacey Hopson.“My Inupiaq name is Qunmiğu,” Hopson said. “My family is from Wainright, Barrow and Kashmir, Pakistan.”She wasn’t alive when ANCSA was passed, but Hopson said she knows the act has had widespread impacts.“It’s hard to imagine a world in which ANCSA doesn’t exist, especially in my life,” Hopson said. “Because of what our elders did, their efforts, and the way that they organized, I’m still able to live in a world where I can still be connected to my culture and my heritage.”Hopson will join Willie Hensley and Gary Ferguson on stage at the University of Alaska Anchorage Friday, Jan. 26 for the first of three talks on the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Their talk is titled “The good, the bad, and the ugly from the perspective of three generations of Alaska Natives.”The second talk is Friday, Feb. 23 on the diversity of village corporations and the third talk, on Friday, Mar. 23 is on women in ANCSA.All three public talks will be held in UAA’s Rasmuson Hall and begin at 7 p.m.last_img read more