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Shwet Malik to be BJP RS candidate from Punjab

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 10 (PTI) BJP today nominated former Amritsar Mayor Shwet Malik as the party nominee for Rajya Sabha from Punjab, as the term of Avinash Rai Khanna is coming to an end. Khanna, who is incharge of party affairs in Jammu and Kashmir and is also partys central election officer was not given a renomination. His term comes to an end on April 9. The decision to nominate Malik was taken at a meeting of the Central Election Committee here. “The partys Central Election Committee has decided to nominate former Amritsar mayor Shwet Malik as BJPs nominee for the Rajya Sabha polls from Punjab,” State BJP president Kamal Sharma told PTI. He said Malik would file his nominations tomorrow in Chandigarh. Tomorrow is the last date for filing of nominations for the Rajya Sabha election, if any, that is scheduled to be held on March 21. Different names were doing the rounds in the party including that of cricketer turned politician and former Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu. Of the five Rajya Sabha seats that are falling vacant on April 9 with the retirement of some members, two each are from the Akali Dal and Congress and one from BJP. PTI SKC RGlast_img read more

November 26, 2019 0

Key players behind Chelsea FC’s Premier League title success this season

first_imgInfluential players in Chelsea’s English Premier League title success:N’GOLO KANTE(Reuters Photo)The midfielder was a priority signing for Chelsea and he joined from surprise champion Leicester. The France international soon demonstrated his ability and was recognized by his peers as the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year, for his ceaseless energy and intelligence. He is the first player since Eric Cantona in 1992 and 1993 to win successive championships with different clubs in the English top-flight.EDEN HAZARDCHAMPION SELFIES!!! #ChelseaChampions ??? CHAMPIONS! ??? (@ChelseaFC) May 12, 2017The Belgium playmaker sparkled as Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea won the 2015 title, but underperformed last season as the Blues finished 10th. A change in management and formation under Antonio Conte, not to mention the presence of Kante, has given Hazard more freedom going forward and less defensive responsibility. He has thrived with his highest goal return – currently 16 – and consistently influential performances.DIEGO COSTA(Chelsea FC Photo)The striker enjoyed a hot streak in front of goal in the first half of the season, but his goal return has slowed since his head was apparently turned by a lucrative offer in January from China. Yet the Spain international has still scored 20 times, emulating Didier Drogba and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as the only Chelsea players to have achieved that feat more than once. As good as the former Atletico Madrid player was at times, Chelsea may welcome a big fee for a player who is 29 in October and at times more liability than lethal.advertisementDAVID LUIZCHAMPION SELFIES!!! #ChelseaChampions ??? CHAMPIONS! ??? (@ChelseaFC) May 12, 2017Eyebrows were raised when the Brazil defender was re-signed from Paris Saint-Germain. Many thought Chelsea had done well to sell Luiz for 50 million pounds (then $84 million) in 2014, particularly after his poor showing at a home World Cup. But two years on Luiz is a more mature player, more disciplined and the central position in the back three is tailor-made for a player who is so comfortable on the ball that he can saunter forward into midfield and can spray passes out from the back.last_img read more

November 19, 2019 0

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer outclasses Milos Raonic to reach semi-finals

first_imgRoger Federer turned his 100th Wimbledon match into an exhibition as he outclassed Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (4) on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals for a record 12th time.The Swiss, who turns 36 next month, played his best tennis of the tournament to dismantle the big-serving Canadian who knocked him out at the semi-final stage last year. (Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray ousted, Novak Djokovic retires in quarters)Seven-times champion Federer hit two rasping backhand winners and a forehand that had Raonic ducking for cover to break serve in the fifth game.Sixth seed Raonic’s belief ebbed away at the start of the second set when he offered up another break with a careless forehand and Federer went for the jugular with a further break of the Canadian’s delivery as he established a two-set lead.Federer was made to sweat a little in the third set and had to save four break points at 3-4 as Raonic finally began to hit his groundstrokes with more menace.Raonic went 3-0 ahead in the tiebreak too but 18-times major champion Federer responded with two majestic forehand passes as he regained control with five points in a row.An 11th ace brought up a match point and Federer clinched victory when Raonic shunted a backhand wide.Federer has yet to drop a set in the tournament this year and with defending champion Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal all out he is a huge favourite to become the first man to win the Wimbledon title eight times.advertisementHe will play Czech Tomas Berdych, the 11th seed, in the last four.last_img read more

November 18, 2019 0

New Jersey Gov: We Could be Top US Sports Bet Market by 2020

first_imgSECAUCUS, N.J. — New Jersey’s quick growth in sports gambling means it could surpass Nevada next year as the top sports betting market in the United States, its governor said Wednesday.In the 10 months that New Jersey has allowed legal sports betting, gamblers have wagered more than $2.3 billion, a pace that would put it in the same conversation as Nevada, which took in more than $5 billion in bets last year.“Nevada is clearly in our sights,” Democrat Phil Murphy said, speaking at the Betting on Sports America conference. “We can overtake it as early as next year.”New Jersey won a U.S. Supreme Court case last year that cleared the way for any states to legalize sports betting if desired. Eight currently take wagers and many more are considering it.Gambling analyst Chris Grove of Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, says it’s possible that New Jersey could become the top market next year due to a number of advantages.“New Jersey’s population advantage, drive-in traffic from New York, and superior mobile sports betting product are the primary forces driving New Jersey ahead of Nevada,” he said. “It’s not a guarantee, but it’s certainly plausible.”New Jersey has nearly 9 million residents, about three times that of Nevada, where gambling is a tourist-driven industry.Of course, New Jersey could be passed by other states as markets develop throughout the country. Right now, New Jersey benefits from a lack of legal sports betting in New York, and Pennsylvania’s market is still in its infancy. As they did with land-based casinos, those states could cut deeply into any market advantage New Jersey has if New York approves sports betting in the next few years.Jim Plousis, chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, said the current trends put New Jersey in a good place.“It would mean bragging rights, not just for the country but for the whole world in terms of making this the place people in this industry want to be,” he said.By: Wayne Parry, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 18, 2019 0

Kanchi Kaul has the sweetest birthday wish for hubby Shabir Ahluwalia

first_imgShabir Ahluwalia is a rockstar on screen and off it. As his die-hard fans would know that Kumkum Bhagya’s rockstar Abhishek is a family man and adores his wife and kids Azai and Ivarr to the core. The awesome foursome is often seen vacationing and posing as a happy family in Instagram posts.It all started when Shabir met Kanchi, courtesy Ekta Kapoor and the sparks started flying. Their relationship hardly made any news as both of them are private people are kept their relationship under wraps. However, once they got married, they never shied away from PDA on social media.Shabir lovingly refers to Kanchi as his ‘girlfriend’ and she considers her partner in crime. The two also share common interests of travelling and adventure sports.On his birthday, Kanchi had the most heartwarming wish.”This is a beautiful day to make it all about you and to celebrate the most wonderful persons birthday! Youre one of the kindest people I could ever meet and I am so lucky to be able to call you my husband. Words can never describe how lucky I am to have you in my life and especially to be by my side, you are my source of my never ending happiness and so many incredible memories.I look over so many of our photos, good and bad because even behind those bloody ugly photos of us, we have some seriously beautiful memories. I have never met a kinder, more generous, intelligent, loving and a pure soul in my life, you can be the most laziest person but I wouldnt want you any other way.advertisementYou never fail to make me smile. You protect me, love me, support me and be honest with me no matter what. I honestly wouldnt be here without you, you are my absolute rock.You always inspire me to be a better person, to never stop achieving, to keep going, to forgive and to enjoy the present.I love you more than words can ever say. You are the other half of me, and you complete my life.You are the husband every woman wants. You are the father every kid will love. You are the friend no one else can have. You are all that I have. Thank you for everything my love. Have the happiest birthday ever! I love you!”Happy birthday, Shabir!last_img read more

November 17, 2019 0

TUEs may have been the tip of an iceberg at Team Sky

first_img Hide Where has this report come from? It is published by the digital, culture, media and sport select committee which opened an inquiry in August 2015. What has it found? The most damning findings concern Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky. For the first time it is publicly alleged that Wiggins, and possibly support riders, were given the usually banned triamcinolone not to treat a legitimate medical condition, as Team Sky claim, but to help with preparations for the 2012 Tour de France. Wiggins “strongly refutes the claim any drug was used without medical need”. What are the other revelations? The inquiry claims a witness came forward with further evidence that a Jiffy bag delivered to Wiggins at a race in 2011 contained the powerful corticosteroid triamcinolone and not the legal decongestant Fluimucil, as claimed by Team Sky. Wiggins did not have a therapeutic use exemption at that time.Does it mean the UK Anti-Doping investigation will be reopened Not at the moment. Ukad says it is not following any new lines of inquiry following the closure of the investigation last November.What does it mean for Team Sky? It is another blow to the reputation of the most successful road cycling team in the world. They are under siege after Chris Froome failed a drug test last year – he denies wrongdoing.What does it mean for Wiggins? The Tour winner and Olympic champion is retired from cycling but it could have a damaging effect on his legacy. Martha Kelner Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky accused in damning drugs report Drugs in sport Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Show Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp The DCMS committee’s conclusions are utterly depressing for the many – myself included – who hoped Team Sky could represent a completely fresh start for the sport after Operation Puerto and Lance Armstrong’s retirement. That optimism was misplaced. But what the report does is place a definitive marker in the middle of that infamous grey area where ethics, medical necessity, and performance enhancement rub shoulders, where you can stay within the letter of the rules but still cross an ethical line.Future chroniclers of doping in cycling may well describe a messy period after “heavy” substances such as EPO went out of vogue: substances on that borderline, in those grey areas, readily available and commonly used medicines – tramadol and triamcinolone are just two – where what some riders took and when and how depended partly on the black or white of the rules, but more on where an ethical line was drawn by team management, individual doctors and the riders themselves. How ironic: Team Sky’s contribution to that narrative may not be as role models but as an example of practices that should be avoided, whether within the rules or not. It would be facile to talk of the digital, culture, media and sport select committee report published on Sunday night as the new Festina scandal, or a new Operation Puerto. Better to recall Tolstoy’s maxim that every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Every doping episode has its own twists but one conclusion by the DCMS committee does give this one a new dimension: the suggestion Sir Bradley Wiggins’s use of triamcinolone through therapeutic use exemptions may have been the tip of an iceberg of more systematic use within Team Sky.Paragraph 110 states the committee believes triamcinolone was being used to prepare Wiggins – and possibly other riders – for the Tour de France. They do so based on a single well-placed source.Team Sky said in a statement that the report “makes the serious claim that medication has been used by the team to enhance performance. We strongly refute this. The report also includes an allegation of widespread triamcinolone use by Team Sky riders ahead of the 2012 Tour de France. Again, we strongly refute this allegation. We are surprised and disappointed the committee has chosen to present an anonymous and potentially malicious claim in this way, without presenting any evidence or giving us an opportunity to respond. This is unfair both to the team and to the riders in question.” Q&A What now for Team Sky? Q&A Triamcinolone Read more Share on Twitter Was this helpful? Was this helpful? Hide What is it? A powerful corticosteroid used to treat inflammation of many kinds, from skin conditions such as severe eczema to inflammatory arthritis, pollen allergies – the use for which Bradley Wiggins obtained permission – and musculo-skeletal injuries. Most commonly marketed under the trade name Kenalog, it is taken as a nasal spray, cream or by injection. How can it be abused in sport? Among its side-effects, triamcinolone is anecdotally reported to quickly and significantly reduce body fat mass, to affect the nervous system by giving a feeling of euphoria and to lessen muscle pain. All explain the draw for athletes. The reformed doper David Millar said it was the most potent substance he used.Is it new? The abuse of cortisone in cycling goes back at least to the 1970s. Lance Armstrong tested positive for triamcinolone during the 1999 Tour de France but got off after a doctor’s note was concocted after the test.Why is it not banned? Some ways of taking triamcinolone are legal (for instance skin ointment), some are banned in competition – systemic routes such as injections – and within a certain time window unless a therapeutic use exemption is provided showing a medical need. What are anti-doping authorities doing to counter it? There are constant calls for it to be banned and Wada has been considering such a move. The Movement for Credible Cycling has a strict policy on cortisone use and testing, keeping riders “inactive” if they show signs they may have used corticosteroids but membership is voluntary.  William Fotheringham The short-term effects of the DCMS committee report, for Team Sky at least, will depend on how robust the high-ups among the sponsors feel and whether they believe Sir Dave Brailsford’s position remains tenable. Team Sky’s credibility was shot a year ago after Sapstead’s revelation. If they all collectively tough it out as they have done for almost 18 months, that would be understandable: there is nowhere else to go. They have won race after race already this season, to a remarkable – if understandable – lack of fanfare.In the longer term the DCMS committee report should lead to change. The Fancy Bears revelations led to a renewed focus on corticosteroid use, renewed calls for cortisone and its derivatives to be banned, a fresh focus on the philosophy of the Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Credible with its stricter rules on cortisone use and tests. There was fresh scrutiny of TUEs. Wiggins said on Sunday night he finds it “so sad that accusations can be made, where people can be accused of things they have never done which are then regarded as facts” and that he “strongly refutes the claim that any drug was used without medical need”.In September 2016 I asked Wiggins if he had injections of triamcinolone out of competition. He replied: “No, I’d test positive. If it was in my urine [without a TUE] I’d go positive for cortisone. No way. Liability stops with me. Until I’ve got certification, authorisation from Wada and the UCI that I can take that, nothing was ever administered into my body without that.”The core issue remains the one the head of UK Anti-Doping, Nicole Sapstead, highlighted when she revealed last March that Sky had ordered far more triamcinolone from 2010-13 than was needed for Wiggins’s three TUEs.The team have not accounted for it (their written statement accounts for no more than 10 doses), nor has their doctor at the time, Richard Freeman, who, the team claimed, had used it in his private practice. In addition to Wiggins’s medical records, which are missing, so too are some records for other, unnamed riders within the team. Team Sky’s written evidence document number BDA0015 states: “It is correct that a small part of the notes for a few riders (including Bradley Wiggins) were not uploaded by Dr Freeman.”That remains the gaping hole in the story, which is why last June I asked the then three times Tour de France winner Chris Froome whether he had been offered or administered any of the 55 doses. He stated categorically he had not, adding: “I can only speak about my experience in the team. It hasn’t been my experience that triamcinolone has been handed around freely as has been suggested.”center_img Sebastian Coe accused of misleading inquiry into Russian doping Team Ineos Support The Guardian Cycling Read more Share on Messenger Show Remarkable drugs report shatters Team Sky’s illusion of integrity Thank you for your feedback. features Share on Facebook Thank you for your feedback. In written evidence Sky had stated: “We would only ever allow triamcinolone to be provided as a legitimate and justified medical treatment in accordance with the applicable anti-doping rules.” Share on LinkedIn The last 20 years in cycling have shown that it is bodies outside the sport that make the biggest strides in anti-doping, exposing the most carefully hidden practices, creating the greatest media impact, and producing the most significant long-term outcomes.I was reminded of that only recently, when a trip to France included an overnight stay in Rue du Dronckaert, Neuville en Ferrain, where customs officers seized the Festina team’s drugs, which led to the exposure of systematic doping at the highest level of the sport. Since you’re here… Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

November 16, 2019 0

‘Extraordinary’ Juventus deserved Serie A title – Allegri

first_imgJuventus ‘Extraordinary’ Juventus deserved Serie A title – Allegri Patric Ridge 06:42 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Juventus Verona Serie A Getty Juventus Juventus v Hellas Verona Hellas Verona Serie A The Juve boss congratulated Napoli after they pushed the champions all the way in race for the league title Massimiliano Allegri insists his “extraordinary” Juventus side deserved to win their seventh straight Serie A title – but congratulated Napoli for their efforts over the course of the season.Juve capped off their campaign with a 2-1 victory over Verona on Saturday , as the Bianconeri faithful  bid farewell to veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon .Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli led the Scudetto race for much of the season, but they ultimately failed to keep pace with their rivals in the closing stages of a two-horse race. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “The team had an extraordinary season and it’s always wonderful to win,” Allegri told Mediaset Premium .”We fought with Napoli throughout the year. We tip our hats to them, but we were the best.”It’s not right to criticise a team that has won everything in Italy for seven years and gone very close in Europe.”The best side always wins in Serie A and over the last seven years, Juventus have been consistently the best, the ones with their names written in the history books.”When you play for Juventus, you have to be a top-quality player. We never take anything for granted, nor accept we are beaten. That is a characteristic this club has ingrained.”when you make #MY7H !!!| — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) May 19, 2018 Buffon is not the only stalwart leaving in the close season, with Stephan Lichtsteiner and Kwadwo Asamoah also departing.Claudio Marchisio has also been linked with a move away from Turin, while doubts remain over the futures of Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala. Even Allegri himself has been a reported target for Arsenal, who are searching for Arsene Wenger’s replacement.However, the Juventus boss was unfazed by the immediate future – and confessed his disappointment at not enjoying greater success in the Champions League this term.”We will meet next week to plan out the future, understand where we can improve and I don’t think there will be any problems,” he added.”We missed the icing on the cake, which is the Champions League, but we can’t know how it would’ve ended in extra time against Real Madrid.”last_img read more

November 9, 2019 0

PM Says Sixth-Form Option Provides Opportunity to Develop Leadership Skills

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the sixth-form option in high schools provides a unique opportunity for students to develop leadership qualities and should be encouraged. “Sixth form was a particularly interesting and important experience for me. That’s where I developed most of my leadership skills and abilities. That’s where I got the grooming for leadership. I think sixth form is such a critical part of the school experience, now that more and more students are not just leaving school at fifth form,” he said. Story Highlights Addressing the 30th Anniversary Banquet of the St. Catherine High School Class of 1988, at the Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort, Runaway Bay, St. Ann, on July 14, Mr. Holness said to this end, he is spearheading an effort to build a state-of-the-art sixth-form block at his alma mater (St. Catherine High), which will be used as a template for other high schools across the island. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the sixth-form option in high schools provides a unique opportunity for students to develop leadership qualities and should be encouraged.Addressing the 30th Anniversary Banquet of the St. Catherine High School Class of 1988, at the Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort, Runaway Bay, St. Ann, on July 14, Mr. Holness said to this end, he is spearheading an effort to build a state-of-the-art sixth-form block at his alma mater (St. Catherine High), which will be used as a template for other high schools across the island.“Sixth form was a particularly interesting and important experience for me. That’s where I developed most of my leadership skills and abilities. That’s where I got the grooming for leadership. I think sixth form is such a critical part of the school experience, now that more and more students are not just leaving school at fifth form,” he said.The Prime Minister noted that in light of such widespread interest, it is now incumbent on the nation’s high schools to put the facilities in place to accommodate the demand.Mr. Holness said that a team has already been assembled to start working on the design and that he expects that the (St. Catherine High) facility should be completed within 18 to 24 months.“I visited the school on Labour Day (May 23), and we have settled on a location. It will be central between the junior and senior campus, and some funds have already been committed. While the timeframe is anywhere between 18 months and two years, it could well be earlier based on the interest being shown by many of our past students,” the Prime Minister said.The Ministry of Education, under the guidance of portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has long been pushing for more schools to implement sixth-form programmes.To that end, Senator Reid said the Government has implemented a textbook rental for sixth-form students in the coming school year, so as to offset cost for students who have opted to continue their high-school education, as opposed to moving on to college or taking a break from school.“While sixth form can be an expensive venture, we would rather students remain in school as opposed to leaving and not having anything to do,” the Minister said in a recent interview.“We feel that by implementing the textbook rental, we can give parents a much-needed break on the cost of having students moving on to sixth form,” Senator Reid added.last_img read more

October 24, 2019 0

Quebec announces 35 million a year for addiction treatment prevention

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s health minister says there is no opioid crisis in the province, but the government is still investing millions to try and prevent one from occurring.Gaetan Barrette and Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois say the province is investing $35 million annually on prevention and treatment of addictive behaviour.Twenty-three million of that will be dedicated to preventing opioid addiction, while the rest will go towards treating Quebecers with dependencies such as gambling.The money will also be spent on distributing Naloxone, a medication used to block the effects of opioids, which can save the life of someone experiencing an overdose.Barrette says that while Quebec is not suffering from a crisis of opioids as are other parts of North America, the province should be prepared.last_img read more

October 17, 2019 0

Elton John AIDS Foundation Named In Top 10 Funders Of Human RightsRelated

first_imgElton John’s AIDS Foundation has been named one of the top ten funders of human rights-related HIV philanthropy by Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) in their new report HIV Philanthropy for Human Rights.Human rights is one of the four focus areas of the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s programmatic efforts, along with health and wellness, quality of life, and resilience.Source:Elton John AIDS Foundationlast_img

October 16, 2019 0

Ontario town partners with Uber to provide subsidized public transit instead of

INNISFIL, Ont. — An Ontario town daunted by the cost of building a traditional public transit system has turned to a popular ride-hailing company for a solution.The town of Innisfil, Ont., is subsidizing the cost of rides for its residents with Uber Canada, offering flat rates to travel to certain public hubs and offering a discount for travel anywhere else within the community.Some American cities have struck similar partnerships with Uber in the past, but the company said the arrangement in Innisfil, effective Monday, marks the first time a Canadian municipality has enlisted Uber to fill a public transit void.Innisfil Deputy Mayor Lynn Dollin said the option made sense given the demographic breakdown of the town, which sees a population of about 36,000 scattered over about 270 square kilometres largely consisting of gravel roads and rural areas.“The issue we’ve got is with the population so spread out,” Dollin said in a telephone interview. “Any of the areas that we would try to set up fixed-route transit or a more traditional transit system with, we’d end up not servicing about 80 per cent of the geography but asking everybody to subsidize it.”Uber launches Toronto research hub focused on development of self-driving cars, the first outside U.S.Uber Canada is now forcing drivers to occasionally take verification selfies before starting their shiftsDollin said the town has set aside $100,000 for the first phase of the project, which is currently projected to last about six months.That money, she said, will be used to subsidize the cost of Uber rides booked through the company’s smartphone app and online platform.Innisfil residents will be left to pay just $3 for a ride to and from the area surrounding the town’s recreational complex and town hall, while lifts to and from regional GO Transit bus stops will cost $5.People looking to commute to and from the GO train station in neighbouring Barrie, Ont., as well as a local employment hub and car pool lot near a major highway, will pay $5.Residents also have the option to take a ride wherever they please within the town, Dollin said, adding the municipality will give people $5 off all those rides.Innisfil has partnered with a taxi company in a neighbouring city to offer wheelchair-accessible service at the same rates. And iPads have been installed at the community centre to help those without smartphones access a ride if needed, Dollin said.If the first phase of the project is successful, the town plans to potentially expand the service in the future.Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press Uber said the arrangement meets the unique needs of the Innisfil community while hopefully promoting broader use of public transit resources further afield.“We want to encourage as many people as we can to leave the personal car at home, and rather than driving into other cities … connect to local transit hubs and think about connecting to public transit in that manner,” said Uber Canada Public Policy manager Chris Schafer.Dollin said very early signs on Monday suggest the partnership is already in demand amongst a population that’s been seeking a transit solution for years.“By the time the driver came to take the mayor on what we thought was going to be the first Uber drive, he’d already done five trips that morning,” Dollin said.One expert hailed the partnership as an innovative solution, but raised concerns that only one player was currently allowed to provide regular service.Murtaza Haider, who teaches travel demand forecasting at Toronto’s Ryerson University, said mass transit makes no sense for a town like Innisfil that combines sparse population with vast territory.He said the cost of employing drivers to chauffeur just 10 buses could easily cost the city $1 million, adding such a budget would not account for costs such as building the transit infrastructure or purchasing and maintaining vehicles.Haider said the project offers a solution that’s suitable for Innisfil’s specific needs, but said he doesn’t want to see Uber hold a monopoly on providing the town with transit options.Private transportation providers, for instance, may be interested in running shuttles or vans to help move passengers during peak periods. Haider said he hopes the town will eventually allow others to get in on the action.“The thing that I would expect from Innisfil is that it’s not a one-company solution that they’re after,” Haider said. “That they’re able to create a competitive landscape for mobility solutions in which companies of repute are able to compete and offer the best service at the most affordable price.”The Canadian Press read more

October 8, 2019 0

A goat mechanic and electric puns 9 weird and wonderful pics our

first_imgOVER HERE AT headquarters we get sent some really random stuff via email.Some of it is hilarious. Some of it is heartbreaking.While more of it is, well, just plain weird.Since we started doing this post last year, you all copped on and started sending in even more weird sh*te, as well as some wonderful shots.So here’s a look at some of the surprises we got when we opened our inboxes over the past 14 days. Keep ‘em coming.last_img

September 22, 2019 0

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_img Feb 18th 2018, 8:52 AM The 9 at 9: Sunday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Vladislav Noseek EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #IRAN: A passenger plane has crashed in Iran, with all 66 people on board feared dead.2. #LIMERICK: A 21-year-old man is in a critical condition after a serious assault in Newcastle West, Co Limerick.3. #THE EIGHTH: Two opinion polls in the Sunday Times and the Sunday Independent show most people are in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment, but that voters are more divided over unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks.4. #FINE GAEL: Fine Gael is the most popular political party in the country, according to separate opinion polls in the same publications. The Sunday Times and Sunday Independent both report that support for the party has risen to 36%.5. #JO COX: Brendan Cox, the husband of murdered British MP Jo Cox, has quit jobs at two charities he set up in her memory over allegations of sexual harassment.6. #WORLD VISION: The charity World Vision has admitted that employees traded food for sex in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the Irish Mail on Sunday reports.7. #FLORIDA: US President Donald Trump has insinuated that the FBI failed to stop the mass shooting at a school in Florida because it was “spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign” ahead of the 2016 election.8. #PROJECT IRELAND 2040: Locals have said they are “bitterly disappointed” that Drogheda failed to receive ‘city status’ in the National Development Plan.9. #DATA PROTECTION: A new Data Protection Act has to be in place before the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation goes live in May, but Ireland seems in no mood to align itself with Europe on the issue. 9,427 Views Share Tweet Email Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 8:45 AM By Órla Ryan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 1 Comment Image: Shutterstock/Vladislav Noseeklast_img read more

September 21, 2019 0

A talent hits a target a genius hits a target nobody else

first_img Feb 27th 2018, 6:06 AM ‘A talent hits a target, a genius hits a target nobody else can see’ – Van Graan on Conor Murray The Munster head coach was forced to wince as Conor Murray took treatment late on against Wales. By John Fallon 36,546 Views Share68 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 37 Comments Tuesday 27 Feb 2018, 12:18 PM Short URL MUNSTER COACH JOHANN van Graan admitted that he winced when he saw Conor Murray go down injured in Saturday’s Six Nations win over Wales. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOAnd he joked with Joe Schmidt afterwards that the scrum-half should now be rested for the remainder of Six Nations so that he would be fit for Munster’s Champions Cup quarter-final showdown with Toulon next month.Van Graan said he regards Murray as a world-class player with extraordinary talents and he reminds him of former Springbok captain Fourie du Preez.“You can’t say enough about Conor Murray. His work-rate, what he brings to the team, his calm demeanour. He’s the type of player who’s got no fear. It seems to me that he does things, he doesn’t always know why but he just does it. He’s such a natural talent.“I’ve said it about one player that I’ve coached before and I think he’s the same. A talent hits a target that nobody else can hit but a genius hits a target nobody else can see. He sees things that other players don’t and I think Ireland are very lucky to have him at this stage. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO“Fourie du Preez is a player I coached for a very long time and in the big games he always wanted the ball. For the Bulls in finals, that’s when he came through and when I coached him with the Springboks in big games, he wanted the ball.“Conor Murray is the same type of player. He seems to want it. The more the game gets tough and the higher the pressure gets he seems to say, ‘listen, just give me the ball.“I actually spoke to Joe after the game and the two of us had a laugh and I said to him you must rest Conor now for the next two Irish games and make him available for Munster!“I think everybody in Ireland knows how important he is to Irish rugby and to Munster rugby. He is one of our world-class players in our team and I believe together with Sexton for Ireland, when those two play, Ireland win. So not only for Munster but Irish rugby it’s very important he stays fit and I was very glad when he got up.”last_img read more

September 21, 2019 0

SELECTMEN NEWS Town Manager Announces Hiring Of New Town Clerk

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At Monday night’s Board of Selectmen Meeting, Town Manager Jeff Hull announced the appointment of Christine Touma-Conway, Esq. to the position of Town Clerk.“Ms. Touma-Conway was more recently the City Clerk in Methuen for seventeen years,” wrote Hull in a memo he summarized to Selectmen. “In her capacity as City Clerk, she was responsible for the supervision and training of staff, city-wide elections, oversight of licensing for alcohol and automobile establishments, records management, and vital records. She served as the Records Assess Officer.”Touma-Conway maintained a private general practice in criminal and civil law. She has also served as a revenue agent for the IRS. Touma-Conway received her Bachelor of Science (Journalism & Marketing) and Juris Doctor, both from Suffolk University.“Christine is a strong addition to the management team and has a strong commitment to public service,” added Hull.Touma-Conway began as Town Clerk Designee on Monday. Longtime Town Clerk Sharon George will be retiring at the end of February after nearly 13 years serving the town.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Town Clerk Concerned With Moving Town Meeting To March; Review Committee To Be Appointed SoonIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Senior Center, Palmer Park, WHS Gym Floor At September 9 MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Big Olin Update; Good News From DPW; Ice Rink Committee & More On Agenda For May 28 MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

September 11, 2019 0

Myanmar seizes massive haul of meth pills

first_imgyaba. File PhotoMyanmar authorities seized more than 10 million meth pills worth $13.3 million over the weekend, police said Monday, another massive haul in a country widely believed to be the world’s largest methamphetamine producer.High-grade crystal meth — or ‘ice’ — is smuggled out of Myanmar via sophisticated networks to lucrative developed markets as far away as Japan, South Korea and Australia.Lower-quality pills, cut with caffeine and known in the region as “yaba” or “crazy medicine”, are pumped out to feed the voracious domestic market as well as large drug-addicted communities in nearby Thailand and Bangladesh.Two different busts took place in the west of the country at the weekend, state-run media said Monday, one in Magway region and one in Maungdaw in Rakhine state.”It’s the biggest drugs seizure this year in the country and the biggest ever in Maungdaw region in Rakhine State,” police colonel Win Ko Ko told AFP.The pills were likely destined for Bangladesh, where they have become an easy source of income for the Rohingya Muslim refugees who have poured across the border since a 2017 military crackdown.Most of the drug production, however, takes place on the other side of Myanmar, in conflict-ridden eastern Shan state.Much of the state lies outside of central control with a complex web of rebel ethnic armed groups and militias wielding power and linking up with trafficking networks.Opium farming is also rife, and Myanmar remains the world’s second largest producer of the drug after Afghanistan.The poppy-covered hills also provide an ideal location for illicit meth labs, with a largely unchecked supply of precursor chemicals flooding-in from China.Accurate production figures are impossible to obtain, but experts say that large seizures have had no effect on drug prices — suggesting they are only a small proportion of the total.last_img read more

September 3, 2019 0

Ramadan full of mortar shells in Yemen

first_imgSaudi-backed Yemeni fighters watch from a destroyed building the launch ceremony by Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY) of multi-million dollar aid projects in the area of Yemen`s northern coastal town of Midi, located in conflict-ridden Hajjah governorate near the border with Saudi Arabia, on 22 April, 2019. Photo: AFPMohammad Abkar thought he would be home by the time Ramadan rolled around, but the Yemeni father of three will spend the Muslim holy month in a camp — displaced.The fasting month begins on Monday amid a war that has triggered what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis pushing millions to the brink of famine.Abkar and his family were driven out of their village of Al-Munther in June last year when government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition launched a fierce campaign against Huthi rebels in the nearby Red Sea city of Hodeida.Hundreds of families were forced to flee the port city and its surrounds.”We have been here for about a year. A whole year, and we’re still displaced,” Abkar tearfully told AFP from a camp in government-controlled Khokha, about 130 kilometres (80 miles) south of Hodeida.”We will remain patient, and the rest is in God’s hands.”The warring parties agreed to a truce deal on Hodeida in Sweden in December giving people a glimmer of hope, but one that is quickly fading as fighting continues.Most families have been unable to return to their homes over fears they could be caught in the crossfire.Abkar is no exception.He left his home with nothing but the clothes on his back and the crutches he desperately needs to walk.Abkar and his wife have three children — all of them are disabled. They are living through extremely difficult circumstances in a makeshift tent pitched on sand.Fasting from dawn until dusk during Ramadan will be no easy feat as summer temperatures soar.”Back at home, we used to get all sorts of food during Ramadan, such as soup and yogurt, but this year we are displaced,” said Abkar.”I am disabled, and my children are disabled, and that it is why we cannot work.”Abkar, although grateful for the food aid he receives every month, said he had one message to the world: “Look at us. Look at me and my family.”- ‘Full of mortar shells’ -The Huthis have been fighting government forces since 2014, but the war escalated a year later when the Saudi-led coalition intervened against the Iran-aligned rebels.The conflict has killed tens of thousands people, many of them civilians, relief agencies say.The war has left 3.3 million people displaced and 24.1 million — more than two-thirds of the population — in need of aid in a country that has long been the Arab world’s most impoverished.Fighting in Hodeida, whose port serves as a lifeline to the rest of Yemen, has largely stopped since the ceasefire went into effect on December 18, but there have been intermittent clashes.Both the government and the Huthis have been accused of violating the Hodeida truce, while an agreed redeployment of forces has yet to be implemented.The conflict shows no signs of abating even in the holy month.A pro-government force told AFP on Saturday that the rebels have been digging dozens of tunnels under Hodeida’s ports and airport — bordering Abkar’s home of Al-Munther.For Hodeida resident Hoda Ibrahim, 39, it is imperative the warring parties abide by the ceasefire at least during Ramadan.That is her only hope, she said.”We are constantly looking for gas and fuel, and we do not even have the time to experience the spirituality of this month,” said the mother of four.”Ramadan this year is full of mortar shells, and we hope the situation won’t get worse.”- ‘Blocked in’ -About 230 kilometres east of Hodeida in the rebel-held capital, residents are also struggling to provide for their families during the fasting month — which every year witnesses an increase in prices.Many have lost their jobs during the conflict and most government employees have gone unpaid since August 2016, after the central bank was relocated from Sanaa to Aden — the government’s temporary capital.Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates, another key coalition member, last month offered $200 million in aid to Yemen especially for Ramadan.Reem al-Hashimi, the UAE minister of state for international cooperation, last week accused the rebels of blocking his country’s aid from reaching areas under their control, including Sanaa.Mohammed Hussein, a resident of the rebel-held capital, said his family can’t observe Ramadan the way they used to.”We can no longer prepare for the holy month the way we did before (the conflict),” he said. “We no longer are able to make purchases because we are blocked in and have no salaries.”last_img

September 3, 2019 0

Board Game Remix Kit will mix up the rules of Monopoly Clue

first_imgHere at the Brownlee demesne, Christmas is a time of board games. That’s not always a good thing: last year, a Christmas Eve game Monopoly ended with the board being dramatically hurled at my head by the hyper-competitive inamorata, and my stocking filled with coal by “Santa” the next morning.Even so, we like board games a lot, but sometimes get sick of playing all the same ones. I wish I could order this Board Game Remix Kit in time for Christmas, which aims to shake things up in your favorite board games by giving them entirely new rules.The Board Game Remix Kit includes alternative rules and cards for classic games like Clue, Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit and over twenty mores.Even better: the new cards and rule sets look absolutely great. Whoever put this Board Game Remix Kit together had an excellent sense of visual design.What are the new rules like? It’s hard to say, since there’s not a lot of information. Doubtlessly, my girlfriend wouldn’t like any deviation from her own internal Monopoly rulebook anyway. Even though they do not match the actual included instructions, the inamorata seems utterly convinced that Milton-Bradley’s revisionist Monopoly rules are designed to unfairly crush her by some murky, malevolent Moneybags.Unfortunately, the whole kit isn’t available for sale yet. It’s only listed as “coming soon.” You can however download it free as a free e-book though.Read more at Board Game Remix Kitlast_img read more

September 1, 2019 0

Geek Pick iPad Air 2019 Covers Your Tablet Bases

first_imgThis third-generation of Apple’s full-sized but lightweight tablet is the surprising comeback of a brand that had been dormant since 2014. And at $499 it’s neither the cheapest iPad you can get (that’s the plain old iPad) nor the most expensive (that’s an iPad Pro). The new iPad Air is in the middle between them.AdChoices广告And that’s reflected in the specs. The iPad Air has the 9.7-inch screen of a 2018 iPad as well as support for the first (but not second) generation of the Apple Pencil smart stylus. However, it also features the much-improved A12 processor (think augmented reality) of other modern iOS devices along with support for Apple’s nifty physical connected keyboard some argue is superior to the current MacBook keyboard. These upgrades turn the tablet and its potential for real work into a modest little sibling to the iPad Pro. In fact, the iPad Air’s headphone jack gives it a leg up on that technically more powerful device.If you are confused by choices and aren’t entirely sure what tablet you think you’re supposed to get, chances are the new iPad Air will cover most of your big-screen iOS (or soon iPadOS) bases. For more on the iPad Air check out the extensive review on our sister site For more on Apple check out the upgraded iPod Touch and why Flappy Fighter should be your next iOS gaming obsession.More on Geek Pick: Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Is A WiFi Bookshelf SpeakerGeek Pick: Fi Smart Dog Collar Sniffs Out Your Pet Stay on target Tablets have been around long enough now that along with existing as a middle ground between phones and laptops, there are various subcategories within the product space as well. The line between high-end phones and small tablets is blurrier than ever, and the same goes for high-end tablets and modest laptops. But if you want something firmly in the center, check out the new iPad Air. Geek Pick: Apple AirPods 2 Let You Take Your Beats On The GoGeek Pick: Dell XPS 13 Leads Dell’s Computex 2019 LineupGeek Pick: Samsung Galaxy S10+ Is A Powerful, Premier Android Phonelast_img read more

September 1, 2019 0

Drug addict beaten to death in Kalighat

first_imgKolkata: A youth was allegedly beaten to death at Kalighat here on Sunday. Some local residents told the officers at Kalighat police station in the morning that a man was lying unconsciously on the footpath of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Road. Police rushed the person to SSKM Hospital where the doctors declared him brought deadThe man identified as Sankar Mondal (25) was a resident of Satish Mukherjee Road. The police said he was a thief and a drug addict. However, the officers are not sure if he had committed any crime in the area on Saturday night. A source informed that Mondal’s hands were tied with a rope when he was recovered by the cops. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseDuring preliminary investigation, officers came to know that Mondal was beaten up by some local residents on Sunday morning. But it is not clear whether he died due to the attack as doctors could not find any serious injury on his body which led his death. Though no complaint has been lodged, police may register a suo moto case if any homicidal angle is revealed in the autopsy report. In another incident, a 56-year-old person died after he fell ill inside the Kalighat metro station. The deceased identified as Haran Mondal of Bansdroni. After he felt ill, on duty police personnel at Kalighat Metro Station rushed him to M R Bangur Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Later, it was revealed that he was suffering from acute cardiac problems and was undergoing treatment.last_img read more

August 31, 2019 0