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first_imgThe National Investigation Agency (NIA) has concluded that a powdered substance recovered from the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on July 12, suspected to have been high-grade explosive PETN, was “quartz,” a material used to make glass and cast metal.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had described the recovery as a “dangerous terror conspiracy” and recommended a probe by the NIA. The Home Ministry received a report from the State that the 150 g of powder wrapped in paperwas PETN (Penta-erythritol tetranitrate), an explosive that could have blown up the building.The suspicious powder was found close to the seat of Leader of the Opposition Ram Govind Choudhary.The NIA had sent the samples for forensic examination and the results said the powdered substance was not PETN.“It was quartz or, in common terms, sandstone that is used to make glass. The powdered substance, wrapped in a paper and then a polythene bag, was found stuck under one of the seats,” said a senior NIA official.The official said the polythene bag had been lying there for at least five months. “There was some renovation work undertaken at the Assembly building. It seems the workers who did the renovation, left behind the powdered substance. Since it was stuck under the seat, the cleaners missed it,” the official said.Based on the U.P. government’s request, the NIA had registered a case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).A team of experts from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Chandigarh, visited the Assembly building on September 2.The ATS had earlier questioned Samajwadi Party MLA Manoj Pandey in connection with the case as the powdered substance was found close to his seat.last_img read more

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first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad head coach Tom Moody, on the eve of his team’s game against Delhi Daredevils, said they were looking for finish inside top two spots on the IPL table. The Australian legend said his team would field their best and would go full throttle against the Zaheer Khan’s side. (IPL Full Coverage|Points Table)However, Moody’s side were the second best after they suffered a narrow defeat against Delhi yesterday. Star batsman Eoin Morgan pointed fingers at the absence of Ashish Nehra in their bowling line-up. Nehra, who made an impact this season with his consistent line and length and speed, has been ruled out of the IPL with a hamstring injury.”Obviously it was a big blow missing Ashish. He was injured after the first game of Bangalore. So (Barinder) Sran came in then and did really well. It was a quite easy transition for him. Today he took wickets for us.. so whole credit to him,” Morgan said at the post match conference here.Morgan rued the missed chances which gave Delhi the upper hand in the game. Karun Nair, who sealed the game in the last ball with an unbeaten 83 was given a reprieve by David Warner when he was 31.”Yes we had chances… I mean the tough lesson learned,” he said.WARNER’S APPROACH IS DIFFERENT FROM MINEOn a query over David Warner’s captaincy, Morgan said, ” every individual has his own unique way of leading and David is a little bit different to mine. But David works, certainly I believe in, mine works. So simple, to do what you believe in and what is your strength…”advertisementOn being asked about lack of power hitting in the middle overs, Morgan said, ” Probably 160 was a par score. I think we did finish well. We have plenty of power hitters, if you look at the middle order Henriques, Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh) and myself right down.”ONE OF MY BEST KNOCKSDelhi Daredevils batsman Karun Nair, who smashed a blistering 83 to help his side to chase down 159, said it was one of his best innings.”It is one of the best knocks I can say because I was able to pull the team through and took it at the end and stay not out,” Nair said..”It was really a good pitch to bat on. I wanted to play normal cricket shots and just tried to hit the gaps. Lucky that everything I did went in the gaps and I am happy that the team won,” he added.He said 160 was a good score on the Raipur ground.”Although it was a good wicket but still it is a big outfield and the score was like 180 and 185 on a normal ground.”STAYED POSITIVE TILL THE ENDOver question on his strategy in the last over, he said, “I was just thinking of getting that one boundary. In two balls we needed to get one boundary. There was nothing going on in my mind apart from staying positive and staying still.”last_img read more

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first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Real Madrid and Bayern Munich return to the Champions League on Tuesday in crisis mode after the latest setbacks in their domestic leagues.Madrid, the three-time European defending champion, was humiliated 3-0 by Eibar in Spain on Saturday. The first defeat for new coach Santiago Solari renews debate over his team’s ability to challenge for honors in its first season without Cristiano Ronaldo in nearly a decade.Solari, who started with four wins after replacing the fired Julen Lopetegui, next faces a stern test at Roma.Bayern, which appeared without a serious rival as it clocked up six consecutive Bundesliga titles, is suddenly vulnerable in Niko Kovac’s first season in charge. Bayern was held to a 3-3 draw at home by promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf – a relegation candidate – on Saturday, and is already well behind resurgent Borussia Dortmund. A seventh straight title is appearing increasingly unlikely.Kovac has a point to prove when his team hosts Benfica, though a draw will be enough to ensure progress to the next round.Real Madrid’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, left, looks on after Deportivo SD Eibar scored their third goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and SD Eibar at Ipurua stadium, in Eibar, northern Spain, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)A look at the four Champions League groups on Tuesday:GROUP EBayern seems to be a shadow of its former self after twice letting a two-goal lead slip against Duesseldorf. Kovac’s position is under threat unless he can coax the side into the kind of performances it delivered at the start of the season, when it scored 19 goals in its opening seven games – all victories – including the German Supercup win over Eintracht Frankfurt.Bayern president Uli Hoeness, who previously said he would defend Kovac “to the hilt,” appears to have changed his tune after saying Saturday that club officials would sit down after Benfica’s visit to see “how things should continue.”Bayern, which leads Group E with 10 points from four games, would top the group with a win over Benfica if Ajax, on eight points, fails to beat AEK Athens away in the earlier game.Benfica, on four points, needs to beat Bayern to maintain any hope of a top-two finish.GROUP FManchester City can qualify for the knockout stage with a draw in Lyon and is aiming to avenge a 2-1 loss at home to the French team, its only loss so far in any competition this season.Lyon’s confidence-building 1-0 derby win over Saint-Etienne last Friday showed both the good and bad sides of Bruno Genesio’s inconsistent team.City coach Pep Guardiola will have noted that Saint-Etienne repeatedly breached Lyon’s lines and would have won without first-half saves from Anthony Lopes.City has recovered well in Group F since that initial loss to Lyon, winning three straight games – scoring 11 goals – to move three points clear. A win in France would clinch top spot.Lyon would be through with a win.Hoffenheim hosts Shakhtar Donetsk in the other group game.GROUP GMadrid’s early season troubles are back after the demoralizing loss to Eibar. The team’s attack is under scrutiny after failing to make up for Ronaldo’s departure for Juventus, while its defense is among the worst in Spain. Madrid has already conceded 19 goals in 13 Spanish league matches.Madrid and Roma are level on nine points and seem assured of progress from Group G. The Italian club will be through with a draw, or if CSKA Moscow fails to beat Plzen in the earlier group game.Roma will need to bounce back swiftly from Saturday’s loss at Udinese. The 1-0 defeat was the third time this season Roma has lost to a team near the bottom of the standings.Captain Daniele De Rossi is out with a knee injury and forward Diego Perotti is also sidelined, but coach Eusebio Di Francesco is hoping to welcome back Kostas Manolas after the Greek defender injured his ankle on international duty.GROUP HGroup leader Juventus hosts Valencia and will be through with a draw or if Manchester United loses at home to Young Boys.United coach Jose Mourinho is again under pressure after poor results. Since beating Juventus 2-1 in Turin, United has been taken apart in the Manchester derby by fierce rival City and then, in its first game back after the international break, held to a lackluster 0-0 home draw by Crystal Palace in the Premier League.United heads into Tuesday’s game in second place in the group, two points behind Juventus and two clear of Valencia.Valencia, which will be out of contention if it doesn’t win and United does, will be wary of an even more motivated Cristiano Ronaldo.The Juventus forward is still smarting from his sending off against Valencia in September – his first ever red card in the Champions League.Ronaldo is the all-time leading scorer in the Champions League with 121 goals, and got off the mark for Juventus in the competition last time out.Valencia appears to have finally put its struggles in the past. After winning only one of its first 13 matches, the Spanish club has won four of its last five games in all competitions.The 22-year-old striker Santi Mina has been key for Valencia recently, having scored six goals in his last five matches.—By CIARAN FAHEY , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgnews Read more Among the first people Steve Hansen spoke to after New Zealand’s defeat by England on Saturday was Graham Henry, his predecessor as head coach and fellow World Cup winner having been in charge when the All Blacks finally lifted the trophy again in 2011. More pertinently, however, he was in charge in 2007 – the last time before Saturday that New Zealand lost a World Cup match, against France in the quarter-finals. Share on WhatsApp England rugby union team Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Pinterest He deserves even more credit because four years ago he was also relegated to the bench for England’s crunch pool-stage defeat by Wales. “We discussed [2015] in our pre-season,” Ford said. “We discussed it at length. We got all that stuff out from 2015 and since then, we’ve moved forward, we’ve cracked on, we haven’t looked back or spoken about it once. It was important that we got it out of our system, but as soon as it was done and dusted, we moved on.” We’ve beaten the god of rugby but we still must improve, says Eddie Jones Read more Their chat centred on how to deal with a defeat when coaching a country that expects nothing short of success. But it was also telling that George Ford was one of their main topics of conversation. “I talked to Ted [Henry] and had a chat about 2007,” Hansen said. “We mentioned the fact that it’s no different. It was a gutting feeling. Then Ted and I spoke about how well George Ford had played. I thought George Ford played particularly well and put us into positions where we had to really work to try to get out of deep in our own territory and try to force things.”Hansen also waxed lyrical about Maro Itoje but the fact he singled out Ford is significant, given how he has flitted in and out of England’s team of late. For Ford must take immense credit for how he handled being dropped to the bench against Australia before his return to face the All Blacks. In public both he and Jones have insisted that he was not dropped, just given a different role, but Ford did not grow up dreaming of wearing No 22 for England at a World Cup. Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Messenger Reuse this content Twitter center_img Ford did not miss a beat after the match, either. Jones has suggested he would have no issue dropping the fly-half again, no doubt a comment designed to keep his players on their toes because the last thing he wants England to do is pat themselves on the back. France memorably got carried away after beating the All Blacks in the 1999 semi-final and Ford was adamant England would not fall into the same trap.“The feeling now is that we’ve given ourselves an opportunity – that is literally all it is,” he said. “We came into the game with huge belief, we came in thinking we could win. We had to be somewhere pretty good to near our best to do so. We’ve got one opportunity now to finish it off. We want to enjoy the win, but we understand what is ahead of us and it is an opportunity for us.” Support The Guardian Like George Ford, Maro Itoje was praised by the All Blacks coach, Steve Hansen, for his display in the 19-7 semi-final win. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Facebook Rugby World Cup Rugby World Cup 2019 Share on Facebook Topics Rugby union England’s George Ford makes a smart offload before as he is tackled by two All Blacks. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images Share on Pinterest Clearly Ford feels more valued in Jones’s regime, even if he has spent plenty of time on the bench. Indeed, he has been in all but one of Jones’s 49 matchday squads and there is significance to the Test he missed. It was against South Africa in Cape Town in 2018 – the only time Jones has started Danny Cipriani. It is a testament to Ford’s response to that and his ability to shut out all the hype that followed when Cipriani’s excellent kick set up Jonny May for the decisive try. And Ford’s renewed form since certainly chimes with Jones pinpointing that tour as a pivotal moment for his team.“If you look at the evolution of this team, it started on the South Africa tour,” said Jones. “We had a fairly solid team for the first two years, and we knew we had to make changes to regenerate and reinvigorate. It started in South Africa.”Against New Zealand, Ford did not miss a beat. His kicking from hand was excellent and at goal equally impressive after taking over from Farrell, whose injury meant he could not carry out the role. “I spoke to Owen straight away,” said Ford. “He said he had a dead leg and was fine to carry on. We both practise together in the week as much as possible in case anything like that happens.” England stride past All Blacks towards rugby’s greatest prize Since you’re here…last_img read more

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first_imgLG G8 might be announced at MWC 2019This will the first time LG introduces a flagship device— LG G8 —at MWC. Earlier, it had launched LG G6 ThinQ at MWC 2017.advertisement Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiJanuary 11, 2019UPDATED: January 11, 2019 12:09 IST Representational ImageHIGHLIGHTSLG could launch the LG G8 at MWC 2019.The LG G8 would come with Sound-on-Display technology.The LG G8 could sport Snapdragon 855 processor.For past couple of years, smartphone makers have moved away from the trend of introducing their high-end flagship devices at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), opting for individual launch events instead. But now, word is that LG is talking a break from this trend by introducing its upcoming flagship smartphone- LG G8- at MWC 2019.According to a report by Android Authority, the Korean electronics giant is reportedly planning to launch the LG G7 ThinQ successor, which we reviewed last year, at the MWC 2019 that is scheduled to take place in Barcelona between February 25 and February 28.While nothing is set in stone, but if the Korean manufacturer does decide to launch LG G8 or LG G8 Thinq, or whatever the company decides to call it in the end, in Barcelona, it will be returning to the stage at MWC after almost two years. LG had last launched LG G6 ThinQ at MWC 2017. However, it skipped MWC 2018 to launch LG G7 ThinQ at a special launch event in May last year.Besides launching its upcoming flagship device– the LG LG8- on the sidelines of the mobile mega-fest,the company is also reportedly planning to accelerate its production schedule for the year 2019. At this point it remains unclear what prompted this change or how it would change the availablity of its flagship device in the global markets, but it is nice to see LG getting back in the game and going toe-to-toe with its competitors which includes Chinese brands like Xiaomi and OnePlus among others.advertisementNotably, when it comes to the details and specifications, the upcoming LG G8 is total mystery right now and little is known about the phone at this point. But if previous reports are to be believed, the phone could come with Sound-on-Display, which means that the phone, instead of having an earpiece on top, would produce sound using a combination of bone conduction technology and vibrations to deliver sound via the phone’s display.Apart from the audio, the LG G8 is expected to run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and come with up to 6GB RAM and storage space that can be expanded further using a microSD card of up to 2TB. The phone is also tipped to come with a 3D front camera and a triple-camera setup at the back.ALSO READ: | LG G8 could skip speakers to use this queer technology insteadALSO READ: | LG working on a phone with 16 lensesALSO READ: | LG trademarks Flex, Foldi and Duplex, hints at a foldable smartphoneGet 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 byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow LG smartphonesFollow LG G8Follow MWC 2019last_img read more

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first_imgNova Scotians will have more protection against communicablediseases and known health hazards as well as new and emergingpublic health threats under legislation introduced today, Oct.23, by Health Minister Angus MacIsaac. The proposed Health Protection Act will provide the legalframework for public health officials to protect the public andto prevent, detect, manage and contain health threats withoutunduly interfering with civil rights and liberties. “In the face of new and highly contagious diseases such as SARS,the current legislation is no longer adequate,” said Mr.MacIsaac. “Now, more than ever, we need to know that the peopleprotecting us have the legislative tools they need to manage andcontain whatever Mother Nature throws our way.” Mr. MacIsaac said the bill gives the province’s medical officersof health the appropriate powers needed to deal with known andunknown public health threats. The bill also reinforces graduatedresponse and due process to ensure that the rights of NovaScotians are protected as much as reasonably possible. “We commend the Department for Health for moving forward withlegislation to better protect the health and safety of thegeneral public and health-care workers,” said Carolyn Moore,executive director of the College of Registered Nurses of NovaScotia. “This act is more responsive to current and future publichealth priorities, and should enable the province’s public healthprofessionals, including public health nurses, to better dealwith outbreaks or other public health threats.” “The new act will allow us to protect public health in a balancedand contemporary way. It puts us in a much better position torespond to public health threats for the good of all NovaScotians,” said Dr. Maureen Baikie, associate provincial medicalofficer of health. The bill gives the minister of Health the authority to declare apublic health emergency in cases where the Emergency Measures Actis not needed but where there is a serious and imminent threat tohealth. In such circumstances, the minister would have additionalpower to set up isolation or quarantine facilities, controlsupplies of vaccines and medical supplies and use other similarmeasures to contain the spread of an illness. The bill also allows the medical officer of health to temporarilydetain a person with a highly communicable disease who is a riskto others and who will not comply with direction from the medicalofficer of health. A longer lasting solution will then need to besought through a court order. In addition to these changes, the bill consolidates existinglegislation on food safety under the Health Protection Act.Enforcement of food safety regulations will continue to be theresponsibility of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.Enforcement of water and environmental regulations will continueto be the responsibility of the Department of Environment andLabour. The new Health Protection Act is consistent with some of the bestpublic health legislation in the country.last_img read more

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first_imgHighlights from the news file for Monday, June 12———CANADA AND U.S. ‘QUITE FAR APART’ ON SOFTWOOD, FEDS SAY: Canada and the United States remain “quite far apart” on negotiating a softwood lumber settlement, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday, suggesting that any hopes for a swift resolution may be dashed. Freeland offered the blunt assessment before meeting members of Quebec’s forestry sector, who for nearly two months have been charged duties for shipping softwood south of the border. “Our positions are still quite far apart,” she said after addressing the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Montreal. “But I think that talking is always a good thing and that is something that we are doing very actively and energetically.” Her comments come after Raymond Chretien, Quebec’s softwood lumber envoy, said earlier this month that he was optimistic the trade dispute could be resolved before NAFTA renegotiations get underway in mid-August. He also warned, however, that the softwood standoff could last for years if an agreement isn’t reached prior to those NAFTA talks.———OTTAWA SIGNS CHILD CARE DEAL WITH PROVINCES: The new national child care deal the Liberal government has signed with the provinces might not be a universal program, but Families Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said it could make way for one later down the road. “It’s an aspiration and long-term vision that is coherent with universality,” Duclos said Monday after he signed a multilateral agreement with the provinces and territories, excluding Quebec, which decided not to join, and British Columbia, still working through the impact of its recent election. The Liberal government negotiated the agreement — called the Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework — to set out the parameters for billions in new child care spending unveiled in the 2017 budget: quality, accessibility, affordability, flexibility and inclusivity. The multilateral framework is meant to pave the way for separate bilateral agreements to be hammered out with the provinces and territories over the next few months, which will allow a total of $1.2 billion to flow into their coffers over the next three years.———CENTRAL BANK POINTS TO STRONGER ECONOMY: The Bank of Canada is encouraged by a broadening of economic strength, which includes gains across 70 per cent of industries, a top official said Monday, in what was widely seen as a “hawkish” speech from the country’s central bank. Senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins said the gains are something Canada hasn’t seen since before the oil-price collapse nearly three years ago. Analysts said these and other comments suggest the central bank is beginning to assess when, not if, the bank might introduce its first rate increase in nearly seven years. But despite the bank’s brightening outlook, Wilkins underscored several lingering uncertainties that suggest it won’t be ready to raise its benchmark as early as its next scheduled announcement July 12. She pointed to unknowns surrounding U.S. economic policy and Canada’s recent below-target inflation readings, as well as employment weaknesses in wage growth and the number of hours worked.———TOP SUPREME COURT JUSTICE TO RETIRE IN DECEMBER: Beverley McLachlin is stepping down as Supreme Court chief justice in mid-December. McLachlin is the first woman to hold the top job on the high court, and she is also Canada’s longest-serving chief justice. She was sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court in 1989, and was appointed chief justice 11 years later. Federally appointed judges can sit until age 75, and McLachlin’s mandatory retirement date is Sept. 7, 2018. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulated McLachlin on her coming retirement, saying her judicial accomplishments are unparalleled in Canadian history. Trudeau says she has been a judicial leader and trailblazer for almost four decades, and that Canadians owe her an immense debt.———LIBERALS: CANADA WON’T RENEGOTIATE PARIS, NOR KEEP IT FROM G20: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he did not ask German Chancellor Angela Merkel to consider keeping all mentions of the Paris climate change accord out of the upcoming G20 leaders meeting statement to placate U.S. President Donald Trump. German publication Der Spiegel had reported on a call between the two leaders last week, saying Trudeau wondered about the potential downside of striking mentions of the accord from the communique in order to not further provoke Trump. The Prime Minister’s Office has made a request for a correction to the article, but they have not sought to clarify Trudeau’s remarks. On Monday, the United States refused to sign onto a G7 pledge calling the Paris climate accord the “irreversible” global tool to address climate change. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Monday that Canada will not support renegotiating the deal. She said she made that clear to Scott Pruitt, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, during a 20-minute private conversation on the sidelines of a meeting of G7 environment ministers in Italy.———NO JUDGMENT FOR DRUG USERS, PHILPOTT SAYS: Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott says more people are expected to die of illicit opioid overdoses in Canada this year compared with nearly 2,500 fatalities recorded in 2016. “It is going to get worse before it gets better,” Philpott told the National Health Leadership Conference on Monday, calling British Columbia “ground zero” because the crisis claimed 935 lives in the province last year. The complex problem of substance use is rooted in social issues such as poverty, homelessness and unresolved trauma, so combating the epidemic will require a patient-centred approach, Philpott said. The Public Health Agency of Canada released figures last week saying at least 2,458 people died of opioid-related overdoses in 2016, though Philpott said the information is incomplete. She told health-care managers that patients need to be treated without judgment and discrimination and their health records must follow them wherever they get care, regardless of whether they have a fixed address.———CANADA PONDERING AFGHANISTAN REQUEST, SAJJAN SAYS: The federal government is considering a NATO request to send police trainers to Afghanistan, but Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada’s military focus remains in Iraq. Sajjan said even though Canada continues to provide funding for development and security personnel in Afghanistan, the military mission there ended three years ago. The conflict claimed the lives of 158 Canadian soldiers, one diplomat and one journalist between 2001 and 2014. Thousands of those who served there continue to suffer from physical or mental injuries, an issue that continues to make headlines across the country. However, the United States and NATO are reaching out for more help in Afghanistan now that the Taliban appear to be making a comeback in the region. As well, the arrival of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has complicated matters. During the past year, the group has launched deadly attacks across the country.———BILL COSBY TRIAL DRAWS TO A CLOSE WITHOUT HIM TESTIFYING: Bill Cosby’s trial raced toward a close Monday, with his lawyer telling the jury that the comedian and the woman who accuses him of drugging and molesting her more than a decade ago were lovers who had enjoyed secret “romantic interludes.” Prosecutors countered by saying “fancy lawyering” can’t save Cosby from his own words — namely, his admission about groping Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia estate after giving her pills he knew could put her to sleep. “Drugging somebody and putting them in a position where you can do what you want with them is not romantic. It’s criminal,” District Attorney Kevin Steele said in his closing argument. The jury of seven men and five women was expected to get the case later in the day. A conviction could send the 79-year-old Cosby, once one of the most beloved entertainers in all of show business, to prison for the rest of his life. The two sides launched into their closing arguments after the defence put on a case that consisted of just one witness — a detective — and six minutes of testimony. Cosby himself chose not to take the stand, ending days of suspense over whether the jury would hear directly from him.———COURT HEARS CLOSING ARGUMENTS AT MED STUDENT’S MURDER TRIAL: A Halifax university student is not a “criminal mastermind” and the Crown has twisted evidence in the case to fit its theory that William Sandeson murdered Taylor Samson during a drug deal, defence lawyer Eugene Tan told the first-degree murder trial Monday. In his closing arguments, defence lawyer Eugene Tan said the Crown has attempted to make Sandeson look like a cold, calculated murderer, when evidence presented at the trial showed the opposite. Sandeson — who was slated to start medical school within a week of his arrest — is charged in the death of the 22-year-old Dalhousie University student, whose body has never been found. Tan said the police and the Crown have tried to make evidence fit their theory that Sandeson killed Samson on Aug. 15, 2015, when Samson went to Sandeson’s south-end apartment to sell him 20 pounds of marijuana for $40,000.———‘COME FROM AWAY’ CREATORS REFLECT ON GANDER AT TONYS: As the married co-creators of “Come From Away” celebrated a Tony Award win, their hearts were with the people of Gander, N.L., whose uplifting stories inspired the hit homegrown musical honoured among Broadway’s best. “Come From Away” headed into Sunday night’s ceremony in New York with seven nominations, including a nod for best musical. Christopher Ashley won for best director of a musical, but the show was shut out in all other categories. Canadian co-creators Irene Sankoff and David Hein attended several Tony after-parties, but as they partied into the wee hours, they couldn’t stop thinking about the residents of Gander. “Come From Away” is set in the remote East Coast town in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. “The entire night last night we were thinking about the parties that they were having out in Gander and we knew Chris was thinking exactly the same thing,” Hein said in a phone interview Monday. “They’ve been in our heads the entire time because (the show) was based on our interviews with them. So they’ve not only followed us on Facebook, and cheered us on online and in person when they come to the show, but they’ve been in our hearts the entire time… It’s their story. It’s this story about how they welcomed the world and gave the world so much.”last_img read more

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first_imgCancer survivor and advocate Lance Armstrong delivered a keynote address this week before 2,000 dignitaries at the World Cancer Congress in Montréal.He announced that his Foundation was making a $500,000 commitment and entering into a three-year joint initiative with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) – Expanding Global Access to Essential Medicines and Technologies.“We believe improving access to essential medicines is crucial for helping cancer patients worldwide live longer, healthier lives, free from pain,” said Armstrong.During Armstrong’s presentation, Survivorship: Changing the Way the World Fights Cancer, he spoke about the importance of empowering patients to take control of their own health and health care, fighting the stigma that still surrounds cancer in many parts of the world and assisting in cancer patient transitions now that more people are surviving cancer.“I’m humbled to be in the presence of many of my personal heroes today, champions in the fight against cancer who have shared their wisdom and experience with me for 15 years,” said Armstrong. “They have profoundly influenced me and the work of the Lance Armstrong Foundation and I am forever grateful.”Speaking at the UICC World Cancer Congress, the organization’s CEO, Cary Adams, said, “The strength of UICC’s efforts is founded in our partnerships. We are delighted to announce our increased collaboration with the Lance Armstrong Foundation. We look forward to seeing the impact that our mutual efforts can have in enhancing global cancer control measures.”Since the Foundation expanded their efforts globally in 2009, Armstrong has been at the forefront of the first unified global movement to combat cancer around the world and the Foundation is making tremendous progress in that arena. The Foundation is presenting on the success of their global partnerships and projects during Congress sessions, including: How to Win Financial Support Through Corporate Partnerships Innovative Strategies to Empower Survivors in the Global Fight Against Cancer Shattering Global Perceptions of Cancer: How Awareness Campaigns are Changing the Course of This Disease Palliative Care Advocacy Through the Social MediaEarlier in the week, Foundation President and CEO Doug Ulman was re-elected to the UICC Board of Directors during the UICC General Assembly.The Foundation recently reported on the success of their anti-stigma campaigns in South Africa and Mexico with implementing partner John Snow, Inc. and announced during the Congress their plans to expand programs into Japan and China to diminish stigma and empower patients in those nations. The Foundation will collaborate with the American Cancer Society and the Health and Global Policy Institute on the Patient Empowerment Project in Japan.Hand in hand with barriers like stigma come lack of access to quality medical care and pain relief for many of the 28 million people affected by cancer throughout the world. The Foundation has worked tirelessly at the national and global level to help promote a shift in policy and funding — away from the traditional disease-centric approach and towards strengthening health systems that serve all the people.The Foundation is continuing its efforts to expand access to health and palliative care by investing $500,000 in a new three-year partnership with UICC. Expanding Global Access to Essential Medicines and Technologies, the initiative with UICC, will advance international advocacy to ensure targets for essential medicines at global and national levels; create an on-the-ground success story for access to essential medicines and elevate patient voices.The Foundation and UICC plan to set ambitious, but achievable targets for essential medicines. They are developing a replicable, cost-effective model for improving access to pain relief in collaboration with Partners in Health and the Global Access to Pain Relief Initiative, beginning with two hospitals in Haiti. They plan to elevate patient voices by providing key roles for cancer survivors at major conferences and in public awareness campaigns around the world.On Wed., Aug. 29, Armstrong also participated in A Conversation with Global Leaders on Cancer Survivorship hosted by The Cedars Cancer Institute at the McGill University Health Centre. The conversation, moderated by Ulman, included panelists Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, director general of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation, and Cary Adams, CEO, UICC. Among the 300 guests were more than 100 cancer survivors, distinguished members of the Canadian cancer community and friends and supporters from across the globe. Proceeds from the evening benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Cedars Cancer Institute and the UICC.During the event, Ulman announced a new partnership between the Foundation and The Cedars Cancer Institute that will bring Cancer Transitions, a program designed to support, educate and empower people with cancer in the transitional period after treatment is over, to patients of Cedars.“As a three-time cancer survivor, I know first-hand what a difficult time this can be,” said Ulman. “Survivors are often left thinking, ‘I survived cancer. Now what?’ And they find themselves struggling to redefine ‘normal.’ Cancer Transitions can help survivors address all those feelings and set them on the right course to a happy, productive life after cancer.”Cancer Transitions was developed in 2006 in partnership between the Cancer Support Community and the Lance Armstrong Foundation to help survivors move beyond treatment. The six-week series incorporates support groups, education, nutrition and physical exercise, as well as addressing other medical management, psychosocial and quality of life issues. The program also provides survivors with practical tools and resources to formulate a personal action plan for survivorship beyond their participation in Cancer Transitions.The Lance Armstrong Foundation has spent the last two years adapting the program for use in Canada. The Foundation, The Cancer Support Community and the British Columbia Cancer Agency partnered together to pilot the program in 17 cities from British Columbia to Ontario and already nearly 400 Canadians have participated in the program. For more information on Cancer Transitions at Cedars, visit www.cedars.ca.Source:Livestrong.orglast_img read more

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first_imgMumbai: Filmmaker Onir recently said that male actors in Bollywood are still insecure about playing gay roles. The director said a film based on LGBTQ characters can get a mainstream release but “good actors” avoid such roles. “I have had many narrations with these mainstream male actors and they refused it. The fear of what it can become still holds them. And this is why I really have a lot of respect for all those actors who say yes to these roles,” Onir said at a panel discussion at an event. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knotFilmmakers like Hansal Mehta, Sridhar Rangayan, writer Gazal Dhaliwal and veteran actor Shabana Azmi were also a part of the panel which discussed on the topic ‘Celebrating Rainbow: The Seven Shades of Content’. Dhaliwal, who wrote Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga, urged mainstream male stars to take up well-written gay characters. “It is all about business and what works is what sells and reaches the audience. Because of the patriarchy we live in, the masculine ego is really fragile and that’s the reason they refuse to take up gay characters,” Dhaliwal added. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary”Our mainstream cinema needs to become responsible in representing LGTBQ characters. Till the time there is general sensitisation among audience, we should refrain from creating characters like in Dostana, where it is all about laughing,” Dhaliwal said. Rangayan, who has made films on queer subjects like “he Pink Mirror, Yours Emotionally, said he faced trouble in releasing his films. However, he thinks with Section 377 being decriminalised, things are changing better.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Wednesday asked AAP’s Lok Sabha candidate from East Delhi, Atishi Marlena, to prove her locus standi for filing a petition against her BJP rival Gautam Gambhir for allegedly enrolling as a voter in two assembly segments. Metropolitan Magistrate Viplav Dabas directed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader to file more documents to prove her locus standi (the right to bring an action or to appear in a court) after her counsel said there was a “prima facie” case against Gambhir. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles “How you are affected by this? If he has committed any wrong, what’s your locus,” the court asked. Advocate Karuna Nundy, appearing for Marlena, told the court that Gambhir was a “dead man walking. He is not eligible to vote and will be disqualified as a candidate”. “Even if he wins, people of East Delhi should not be saddled with an MP who has no chance of survival in the near future. Voters should not be made to suffer,” she told the court. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar The court has posted the matter for further hearing on May 6, six days before Delhi goes to polls. The plea, filed by advocate Mohd Irshad on Thursday, alleged that Gambhir has enrolled “deliberately” and “illegally” as a voter in Karol Bagh and Rajinder Nagar assembly segments. The petition further alleged that Gambhir has provided false information in his nomination papers, accompanying affidavit and other documents preceding voter screening and registration in order to be seen as qualified to contest elections and potentially secure membership of the parliament. Marlena has said in the plea that the details of Gambhir’s registration in the constituencies were available online on the Election Commission’s National Voters’ Service Portal. The plea has sought directions to the Delhi Police to investigate offences under sections 17 and 31 of the Representation of People Act (RPA), 1950, and section 125A (penalty for filing false affidavit) of RPA, 1951. Section 17 of the RPA, provides that no person is entitled to be enrolled as a voter in more than one constituency and its violation is a criminal offence punishable with maximum of one year imprisonment. Section 31 of the Act makes false declaration in the matter of inclusion or exclusion of voter rolls punishable with up to one year in prison. “It is clear that the Gambhir has made and continues to provide false information/statements/declarations to the relevant authorities like the Election Commission of India in order to obtain and retain enrolments as a voter in two constituencies,” the plea alleged. Both Marlena and Gambhir filed their nomination papers last week.last_img read more

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13 December 2007Noting that this is a “critical point” regarding the deployment of an African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force in the war-ravaged Darfur region of Sudan, Secretary-General appealed for the world to step up its support for the mission. To deploy the force as soon as possible, “this requires capabilities on the ground – capabilities which we need UN Member States to provide, but which is still dangerously lacking,” he said in a message to the three-day World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize laureates in Rome.Most strikingly, Mr. Ban pointed out, is the lack of helicopters. “In the past weeks and months, I have contacted, personally, every possible contributor of helicopters – in the Americas, in Europe, in Asia. And yet, not one helicopter has been made available yet.”He urged governments – in regions such as Europe, Asia and the Americas where thousands of different types of military helicopters exist – to bolster their support for the AU-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).In his message, the Secretary-General also congratulated United States actors George Clooney and Don Cheadle, who both received the 2007 Peace Summit Award for their efforts to raise awareness about the humanitarian suffering in Darfur.Earlier this week, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and former US Vice-President Al Gore accepted this year’s Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway.Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet briefed the Security Council on some of the latest developments in preparing the deployment of UNAMID, which has been hampered in part by a series of obstacles raised by the Sudanese Government.Mr. Mulet told reporters later that some mission personnel are already in place in Darfur as UNAMID gets ready to take over on 1 January next year from the existing but under-resourced AU mission known as AMIS.He said that while the UN has reached agreement with the Government on some technical issues relating to the provision of land and equipment, more concessions are needed so that UNAMID can fully deploy. Further consultations between the world body and Khartoum are expected over the next week. The Government has previously not made clear it supports the presence of some non-African units in UNAMID, and Mr. Mulet said the UN is still waiting for an answer on that question. read more

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3 March 2008This year must be devoted to helping the “bottom billion” of the world’s poorest to tap into global economic growth, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) today. “In a globalizing world, we require an international economic environment that fosters development,” Mr. Ban said to UNCTAD’s Executive Committee, which is gearing up for this April’s UNCTAD-XII Conference in Accra, Ghana.“The Accra Conference can advance this aim by galvanizing support for a more development-friendly global economic, trading and financial system. Accra must also articulate an effective strategy to leverage globalization, trade and investment for poverty reduction and economic growth,” he added. The Conference, Mr. Ban continued, must also help build consensus on how the current impasse in the Doha Round of negotiations on international free trade can be broken. The talks stalled last year amid disputes between developed and developing countries over agricultural subsidies.Established in 1964, UNCTAD promotes the integration of developing countries into the world economy. It also helps shape policy debates on development, with a focus on ensuring that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive in bringing about sustainable growth.Noting that 2008 is a pivotal year in the effort to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to reduce extreme poverty and other global ills by 2015, Mr. Ban said that UNCTAD-XII must promote financial policies that help meet the MDGs in sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, as a matter of urgency.The Secretary-General said he will be spending much of this year rallying support for development initiatives in national capitals and at international institutions. Mr. Ban added that he is also striving to increase the UN’s own effectiveness in advancing its development priorities, and had already formulated recommendations in key areas such as scaling up of activities in support of the MDGs, and bolstering economic development, trade and finance. “Today’s UN cannot simply champion development, it must deliver every day on its promises,” he said.While in Geneva today, the Secretary-General also conducted a number of bilateral discussions, meeting with Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store among other national officials. read more

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Bert Koenders, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire, called on the country’s political parties and wider population to ensure that the election is held in a peaceful environment, his spokesperson told reporters today in Abidjan.Mr. Koenders – who is scheduled to brief Security Council members later today on the pre-election situation – stressed that Ivorians must “avoid all useless provocation and excesses which could prove prejudicial to the electoral process,” the spokesperson said.The Special Representative, who also heads the UN peacekeeping mission (UNOCI), said that the violent incidents involving the armed men surrounding candidates were nevertheless isolated and the overall electoral campaign has been generally calm.UNOCI has transported ballot papers, tally sheets, stocks of indelible ink and other printed materials by road and air from warehouses in both Abidjan and Yamoussoukro, the capital, to departmental electoral centres.Materials have already been sent to Boundiali, Kouibly and Tengréla, UNOCI reported, with convoys slated to reach 14 other locations between now and Sunday.The mission’s electoral support is being carried out with the cooperation of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office of Project Services (UNOPS).Since Monday, UNOCI military contingents have also transported about 6,000 Ivorian troops to various locations to ensure security for the polls.Ivorians will vote for seats in the 225-member National Assembly, almost a year after Alassane Ouattara won a disputed presidential run-off election that led to months of deadly violence when the runner-up and incumbent Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down.Mr. Gbagbo was later captured by security forces and has since been transported to The Hague in the Netherlands to face trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity for his alleged role in the post-election violence.Cote 8 December 2011Three days before Ivorians go to the polls to vote in crucial parliamentary elections, the top United Nations official in the West African country has expressed concern over a series of violent incidents provoked by armed men surrounding some of the candidates. read more

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VANCOUVER – Taseko Mines Ltd.(TSX:TKO) said Thursday that problems at its Gibraltar mine have forced temporary changes that will reduce copper production and increase costs in the short term.The company said it has temporarily shifted operations to lower-grade ore deep in the open pit mine due to due to stability issues along higher walls.“The recent pit wall movement, which was relatively minor, has resulted in plan adjustments which will impact copper production and costs in the short-term,” Taseko president and chief executive Russell Hallbauer said in a statement.“In conjunction with this event, the longer ore haul out of the bottom of the pit has affected our truck fleet productivities, increasing haulage costs.”Taseko said it produced 35.4 million pounds of copper and 650,000 pounds of molybdenum at its Gibraltar Mine in the third quarter. Sales for the three-month period totalled 38.1 million pounds of copper and 700,000 pounds of molybdenum.The company said the quantity of ore mined in the third quarter was as planned, but the grade was below forecast.“This is a temporary, cyclical situation which will be alleviated when operations transition back to the upper benches of the Granite Pit in the next few weeks,” Hallbauer said.“We are currently reviewing alternative mining plans for 2015, with the goal of maintaining a healthy profit margin and cash flow.”Hallbauer also said the company extended its copper hedging program through the first quarter of 2015.“We are now protected at US$2.75 per pound in the fourth quarter and US$3.00 per pound in the first quarter for roughly one half of our share of Gibraltar copper production,” he said.“We will look for opportunities to extend the put options beyond the first quarter 2015.”Taseko owns a 75 per cent stake in the Gibraltar mine, while Cariboo Copper Corp. owns the remaining 25 per cent.Taseko shares fell two cents shortly after the announcement to $1.87 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 9, 2014 7:59 am MDT Taseko says adjustments at Gilbraltar mine will reduce copper output temporarily AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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HALIFAX – An official with a metal fabrication plant that employs up to 100 people in rural Nova Scotia says the company has no immediate plan to leave the community, despite speculation on its future.DSME Trenton Ltd. says in a statement that it is trying to find a third investor in the plant in Trenton.The provincial government has a 49-per-cent stake in the operation.The company says it is actively seeking new projects and has been approached by large wind turbine manufacturers in recent weeks, companies in the oil and gas sector, and firms in the steel fabrication sector.On Thursday, Premier Stephen McNeil said the government was told the company is looking for new contracts or a buyer for the plant, but it hadn’t heard anything more.A media report this week said the company was selling off inventory in anticipation of a shutdown.In its statement, the company says it was addressing news and rumours about DSME Trenton pulling out of Nova Scotia.“There is potential for new projects in all industries and DSME Trenton continues to be optimistic,” it says.“When entering new industries, challenges are faced and thus DSME Trenton is working to find a third investor in the plant to create more opportunity. It is not in the immediate plan for the company to leave its Trenton home and business will develop to offer further well-paying jobs in the community.”Business Minister Mark Furey said Thursday he also wasn’t aware of any plans to shutter the facility, adding that the province has a representative on the board of directors who is made aware of the day-to-day operations.He said he didn’t believe the company was selling off inventory, adding that a cleanup was being done at the plant which may have involved old steel being removed.There are protections in place for ensuring equipment at the plant isn’t removed without some compensation going to the province if it closes, Furey said.The province’s former NDP government announced it was taking a 49 per cent equity stake in the plant in 2010 as part of a $90-million refit of the former TrentonWorks railcar plant after it was bought by DSME, a subsidiary of Korean-owned Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Ltd. The province committed $60 million to the enterprise.The plan was for DSME Trenton to eventually develop the capacity to produce 250 wind turbine towers and 200 blade sets per year. No immediate plans to leave Nova Scotia: DSME Trenton by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 2, 2015 6:29 am MDT Last Updated Oct 2, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR — “Las Vegas Finals” — Pictured: Isaac Caldiero — (Photo by: David Becker/NBC) Press ReleaseIsaac Caldiero made history as the first athlete to win NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior.” Since the show began in 2009, more than 3,500 contestants of the 70,000 applicants have competed over the seven seasons. To date, Caldiero is the only one to master all four heart-racing stages, taking home the $1 million dollar prize and title as the “First American Ninja Warrior.”In 1997, at the age of 15, a good friend introduced Caldiero to climbing and he was instantly addicted. It had become his passion and life’s pursuit. The skills and strength he gained from climbing ultimately put him above his competition and at the top of Mt. Midoriyama.A big part of Caldiero’s passion for climbing involves scouting new areas. With the support of his sponsors, he has played an important role in the establishment of some of the most nationally-recognized climbing destinations throughout American, Canada, Europe and Asia, including Joe’s Valley here in Emery County. These areas are now visited and enjoyed by climbers from all over the world.Since winning “American Ninja Warrior,” Caldiero has become a motivational speaker for youth. He has given his presentation all over the world and will share it with local youth at two assemblies to take place during the Joe’s Valley Bouldering Festival. Although he will make many appearances during the weekend, the best time to snag some meet and greet time with Caldiero will be Thursday evening, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. at the Castle Dale Fairgrounds (75 South 400 East in Castle Dale). Caldiero will be signing posters and visiting with those who attend. You can also test your skills on the B4 Adventure Ninjaline Course that will be set up thanks to generous sponsors like Magnuson Lumber and Castle Dale City.Also, don’t miss Caldiero’s attempt to ride a steer for the first time at the Rhino Skin Rodeo Games. The rodeo games will take place at the Castle Dale rodeo arena on Friday, Sept. 27 starting at 6:30 p.m. The rodeo games will also feature the JN Auto and BK’s Stop-N-Shop “Fill the Stands for $500” giveaway. The event is FREE and five lucky people will walk away with $100 each. But wait, there’s more to win at the rodeo! Not only will there be prizes from Rhino Skin, but you could also be the lucky winner of 52 free drinks from Cup-of-Joe’s. For every drink you buy between now and Sept. 26, you will get a ticket. Bring those tickets to the rodeo and you could be the one to win a FREE 16 oz drink per week for a year at Cup-of-Joe’s!View the full festival schedule at www.joesvalleyfest.com. AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR — “Las Vegas Finals” — Pictured: Isaac Caldiero — (Photo by: David Becker/NBC) read more

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EDMONTON — Trey Fix-Wolansky had a goal and three assists as the Edmonton Oil Kings downed the Regina Pats 6-1 on Wednesday in Western Hockey League action, snapping their losing streak at five games.Dylan Guenther, Vince Loschiavo, Carter Souch, Jake Neighbours and Matthew Robertson also scored for the Oil Kings (15-11-5).Riley Krane responded for the Pats (8-21-0), who saw their winless streak reach six games. Todd Scott made 24 saves for Edmonton as Max Paddock turned away 32 shots for Regina.The Oil Kings went 3 for 5 on the power play while the Pats went 0 for 3 with the man advantage.—TIGERS 6 WARRIORS 5 (OT)MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Ryan Jevne scored his second goal of the game in overtime to lift Medicine Hat over the Warriors.Daniel Baker had a goal and two helpers while Joel Craven, Tyler Preziuso and James Hamblin also scored for the Tigers (14-14-3), who got 40 saves from Jordan Hollett. Jett Woo, Luke Ormsby, Tristin Langan, Josh Brook and Keenan Taphorn scored for Moose Jaw (15-6-5). Adam Evanoff turned aside 40 shots in a losing cause.—HURRICANES 3 ICE 2 (OT)CRANBROOK, B.C. — Dylan Cozens scored at 1:17 of the extra period as Lethbridge handed Kootenay its 10th loss in a row.Alex Cotton and Jake Leschyshyn also scored while Reece Klassen made 28 saves for the Hurricanes (15-8-5), who are 6-0-1 in their last seven outings. Cole Muir and Jakin Smallwood replied for the Ice (7-20-5). Jesse Makaj stopped 36 shots in a losing cause.—BLAZERS 3 ROYALS 2KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Josh Pillar completed the comeback at 10:34 of the third as the Blazers erased a two-goal deficit to beat Victoria.Kyrell Sopotyk and Jermaine Loewen also scored for Kamloops (12-11-2). Dylan Garand made 19 saves for the victory. Blazers winger Jeff Faith was given a major for checking from behind midway through the third.D-Jay Jerome and Phillip Schultz had goals for the Royals (13-11-0). Brock Gould stopped 26 shots in defeat.—ROCKETS 4 AMERICANS 3 (SO)KELOWNA, B.C. — Nolan Foote scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as the Rockets hung on to hand Tri-City its fourth straight defeat.Erik Gardiner and Liam Kindree also scored for Kelowna (13-15-2) as James Porter made 28 saves for the victory. Parker AuCoin struck twice and Aaron Hyman had the other as the Americans (14-11-2) erased a 3-0 deficit. Talyn Boyko stopped 24 shots in defeat.—SILVERTIPS 4 CHIEFS 2EVERETT, Wash. — Dustin Wolf kicked out 25 shots as the Silvertips doubled up Spokane to run their point streak to 8-0-1.Jake Christiansen, Jackson Berezowski, Bryce Kindopp and Sean Richards supplied the Everett (23-7-1) offence.Ethan McIndoe and Riley Woods scored for the Chiefs (14-10-4). Bailey Brkin turned aside 33 shots in a losing cause.—The Canadian Press read more

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OSU freshman midfielder Arden Holden (5) passes the ball during a game against Bucknell on Sept. 13 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 2-0. Credit: Carlee Frank / For The LanternBig Ten conference play is set to begin in Columbus on Thursday evening as the No. 20 Ohio State women’s soccer team is scheduled to host the Minnesota Gophers at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. On Sunday afternoon, the Buckeyes are slated to take on the Wisconsin Badgers in game two of Big Ten play.The Buckeyes enter Thursday’s tilt at 5-1-1 on the season.OSU suffered its first loss of the season last weekend to West Virginia, but junior forward Nichelle Prince said she thinks the loss to the Mountaineers was a learning lesson for the team as it prepares to tackle the second half of its season.“I think it just made us realize that we still have a lot to work on,” Prince said. “We did have a good out-of-conference season but there is still a lot we need to do if we want to become Big Ten Champions and make it far into NCAAs.”Walker also said that, despite having just one loss, it is clear that the team has work to do.“There is a fine line in encouraging your players to be decision-makers and also getting them to play in symphony,” Walker said.The team’s strong start has come despite suffering a few injuries, but OSU coach Lori Walker said the Scarlet and Gray were prepared to handle those type of setbacks. “Any time a player gets injured it certainly changes your dynamic,” Walker said. “It’s one of those things we talk about in preseason, is that the starting line up at the beginning of the year, is never going to be the same at the end of the year. We try and get our players to think in those terms, and know they are always one ankle sprain away from having a role change. You just roll with it at this point in the season.”Walker said that with conference play now starting, the team will “reset” itself after seven hard-fought matches to start 2015.“Our record right now in the conference is 0-0-0, and so we’re perfect and that’s awesome,” she said. “We want to go into the conference play with that mentality of just getting after it with a clean slate.”Although the Buckeyes have a clean slate, Walker knows it might not stay that way for long due to the quality of teams in their conference. “There’s never an easy game in the Big Ten, and it becomes a real grind,” she said. “Just taking them one at a time as they come, and every team presents a different set of problems and we just have to be ready to play chess.”The Buckeyes are 4-1-0 at home and look to keep that success at home against the Gophers and Badgers.For that to continue, Walker said it will depend on the team’s attention to detail.“The little details add up to the big ones. Soccer is a thinking woman’s game and we want our players to be able to dissect what is the team doing, but while they’re doing that they can’t lose track of what the littlest details are,” she said.The Buckeyes and the Gophers are set to square off at 7:30 p.m., while the Badgers are scheduled to come to town for a noon match. read more

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first_imgWe already knew that Avatar was set to be a trilogy of movies, but director James Cameron has decided/realized that three films isn’t enough. So, there’s going to be four instead.Fox Studios is more than happy to announce such news seeing as the first Avatar movie is the highest grossing movie of all time. Three more of those, if the quality remains high, is going to earn the studio and Cameron a lot of money. They will have to wait for the profits though, as Avatar 2 isn’t set to reach movie theaters until December 2016.Just like The Lord of the Rings trilogy, though, the sequels will come thick and fast after that. Avatar 3 will release in December 2017 and Avatar 4 will arrive December 2018. To achieve that Cameron will begin shooting all three movies back-to-back next year. That should ensure any storylines carried across the three movies remains consistent and recurring roles keep the same actors. And apparently Sigourney Weaver will star even though she died in the first movie.Cameron wrote the first movie, but has called in four screenwriters to help with the sequels. There were originally only meant to be two additional movies, but Cameron says there’s just too much story to fit in so he had to add one. Avatar fans won’t be complaining about that at all.The first movie set a new bar in terms of visual quality, and the sequels could raise that bar even higher. As far back as 2011 Cameron was talking about 60fps 3D for use in Avatar 2. We’ve already seen Peter Jackson use 48fps for the filming of The Hobbit, so it will be interesting to see how good Avatar 2 looks come December 2016.last_img read more

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first_imgPENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — A dozen or so strangers braved the cold on a Thursday night in December to build snowmen in Billy Larsen’s front yard.That evening had been tough for 6-year-old Billy, who has autism. He learned that school was canceled the next morning because of weather and that meant his Christmas party at Sherwood Heights Elementary School wouldn’t happen either. Change is often difficult for children with autism and the first-grader took it hard, reported the East Oregonian (http://bit.ly/2h3kgx4).After her son and husband went to bed, Holli Larsen tried to think of ways to cheer up her son. He loves snowmen, she thought. He would smile if he looked out the window the next morning and saw a snowman. Building one herself, however, was problematic for several reasons — a sleeping husband who needed to get up early for his job and the chance of Billy awakening. Plus, she admitted, she was exhausted and didn’t feel like getting wet and cold.On a whim, Holli posted a message to the Real Pendleton Classifieds Facebook page that she would pay $20 to anyone who would come and “build my special need son a snowman right now. Want him to be surprised in morning. School was canceled tomorrow & Christmas parties, etc. This may help him.”Jared Wright and two buddies were sitting at McDonalds at the time. One of his friends saw the post and said, “Hey Jared, you can go make twenty bucks for gas.” Wright decided to head over, but on the way across town decided not to take the money because, well, “Christmas is a time for giving.”last_img read more

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