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  • Two New Firefox OS Smartphones Spur The Future Of The Mobile Web

    first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Mozilla is aiming to change smartphones and today made a very big step in that direction. Today, Mozilla is introducing its first two smartphones running its completely Web-based mobile operating system, Firefox OS, that will target first time smartphone users across the world.Firefox OS has been in various stages of production for several years. Mozilla’s challenge was to bring the Web to smartphones in such a way that users can interact with their devices in the same way that “native” operating systems could. That meant tying hardware functions like making phone calls, using the camera and GPS, to the Web using HTML5, not specific code languages like Objective-C used by Apple’s iOS apps.See also Firefox for Android Reveals the Future of the Mobile WebAlcatel and ZTE are the first manufacturers to build Firefox OS smartphones and will be distributed by Deustche Telekom in several countries in Europe while Telefonica brings Firefox OS to Spain. The phones will be cheap and targeted at emerging markets. Mozilla has said previously that it does not expect to bring Firefox OS smartphones to the United States upon launch. “The launch of Firefox OS marks an incredibly exciting time for the Web. Firefox OS powers the first smartphones built entirely on Web technologies and will stimulate an inspiring new wave of innovation for the Web,” said Jay Sullivan, Mozilla Chief Operating Officer in a press release. “We are proud to deliver an experience for first time smartphone users that will delight them and really put the power of the Web in people’s hands.”See also Happy 8th Birthday Firefox! Can Mozilla Adapt To The Mobile Era?Mozilla has posted a quick video introducing the features of Firefox OS. Mozilla shows off the Firefox Marketplace, a completely Web-based app store with both popular global apps and regional niche apps depending on your location. It also shows off HERE Maps, made by Nokia, that features offline capabilities, walking directions and more. The newest version of Mozilla’s mobile Web browser is the crux of the interface, allowing users to search for any apps they may need and bookmark websites on the go. Related Posts Tags:#Firefox OS#Mozilla#smartphones What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

  • Forays of the Kashmir stag

    first_img Conflict takes its tollThe challenges the hangul faces are many. Besides its being poached for ‘trophies’ and its meat, the 30-year-long insurgency and border conflict between India and Pakistan is another major threat to its survival. Militant and Indian Army movements, often with dogs accompanying a patrol party, are chasing the hangul away from its natural habitats and into human populated areas even in Dachigam. In 2017, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) increased its presence at Lower Dachigam in the forest range in order to react to any law and order situation in the nearby colonies more effectively. But it was the hangul that suffered as a result of the fresh movement of troops inside the national park.Earlier, the Kargil war, in 1999, had forced the Indian Army to restrict the movement of non-local grazers — those who live in the plains of Jammu in the winter and return to the upper reaches of the Kashmir Valley in the summer and tend their flocks there till the winter sets in — to the meadows of Kargil in the summers. This ended up putting extra pressure on the meadows in and around Dachigam, resulting in the displacement of the hangul population from its natural habitat.Says Naqash, “Though the grazing pressures had disturbed the fawning ground of hangul in Lower Dachigam, the recent relocation of a 100-hectare sheep breeding farm from Lower Dachigam to Khimber on the outskirts of Srinagar has shown quick results… There are reports of hangul sightings already.”Under pressure on multiple fronts, the hangul’s breeding pattern is also showing some worrying trends. According to official records, the male-female ratio is now 15-17 males per 100 females, down from 23 males per 100 in 2004. This is far below the ideal ratio of 50-70 males per 100 females. The fawn to female ratio is 22 fawns per 100 females, as against the ideal of 30 fawns per 100 females. The fawn survival rate has also declined.Says Naqash, “Capture myopathy, which is a disease complex associated with capture and human handling, is high among hangul, making it harder for any kind of restrictive captive breeding. It has to thrive only in the wild, without human interference, in contiguous, bigger corridors.”Khursheed, on the other hand, has other fears: “The skewed sex ratio shows that the population is under constant stress. There is a hypothesis that male hangul foetuses may be getting aborted. It is currently under research as scientists are trying to establish the reasons behind the phenomenon. But such a pattern has been observed in under-pressure animals elsewhere in the world too. That is why we see more females being born than males. More research is needed to draw a conclusive pattern.”The new corridor, Khursheed says, has given azaadi (freedom) to fawns to cross over into other summer pastures. The animal needs more freedom. Its population will grow on its own, he adds.The Wildlife Department has also set up vigil and monitoring pickets on the recently discovered corridor towards Gurez in the Sindh Forest Division to ensure the free movement of hangul during summers and help study its migration pattern. One monitoring and control centre has been set up at Haknar Gund in the Dachigam-Wangat belt in central Kashmir. The Wildlife Department has proposed the suspension of vehicular traffic between Srinagar and Sonamarg when the hanguls arrive for a crossover, taking the highway. These pickets will also help keep poachers away.The department has written to the government to ask security forces, including the CRPF and the Indian Army, to limit the use of patrol dogs in the corridors used by the the hangul.Says Khursheed, who now plans to collar eight more hanguls to extend the research, “It’s a very serious issue. These dogs prey on the fawns.”Census next yearOfficials admit that the hangul population has seen a decline. Says Naqash: “Numbers and figures are not important to interpret at this stage. Restoring a viable ecosystem for the animal is the first step towards giving an impetus to the endangered species. A fresh census will be done in 2019, which will help us understand any new pattern.”The hangul, which lives up to 10 years, has a unique role in the region’s food chain. As a major herbivorous animal, it ensures that grassland lines, which are pastures between or above the forest ranges, in the upper reaches survive and are not swept away by the forest ranges. Second, a hangul can satiate the hunger of a leopard for five to 10 days, thereby reducing man-animal conflict.Forest guard Malik, who has over the years built his own knowledge bank about the animals in Dachigam, believes that the rise in violence in Kashmir has had a definite impact on the behaviour and population of the peaceful hangul. These animals are often found dead when the foot print of the security forces increases in the protected areas. He feels that the species is an ecological barometer to judge the situation in Kashmir.Says Malik: “When a female hangul delivers a baby, the sisters or female relatives of the mother encircle her. They keep a vigil and offer themselves as diversions in case a predator spots the mother. In many cases, they sacrifice their lives for a new fawn. The hangul is known to sacrifice itself for a new generation. Such an animal deserves our respect.” A hangul collared by wildlife officials at the Dachigam National Park. | Photo Credit: NISSAR AHMAD  “We were curious to know if hangul herds are going out of Dachigam or whether they were purely residents… But we found that the hangul did venture out and move towards the Sindh Forest division,” notes Khursheed. He was much delighted by the new trend, the first of its kind seen after many decades.The much-awaited movement of a collared hangul, which managed to travel a distance of around 20 km to Tulail in Gurez, is a potential breakthrough for the endangered species, as its new-found mobility could help restore traditional routes, lessen the pressure on Dachigam, and help the species to breed in a better environment.Another collared hind was found moving towards the Surfrao, Akhal and Kangan blocks of the Sindh Reserve forest and even crossed the mighty Sindh Nallah, but its movement was restricted from Yechihama onwards due to human and livestock grazing disturbances. The animal was found to have spent a few days in and around the Yechihama-Ganiwan forests and meadows and then moved back and forth between Dachigam National Park and the Yechihama-Ganiwan forests through the same route.However, the migration of the collared hangul and its herds across the treacherous route could not have been easy. In July, a fawn was found trapped at Kangan’s Bonibagh area, down the slopes of Dachigam towards the south. Though a tragic incident, the trapped fawn was another indication that the herd was back to using the corridor to Tulail, which was last known to be active in the early 1900s.A shikar (hunting) map drawn during the era of Maharaja Hari Singh (1895-1961) mapped the hangul’s presence with multiple corridors. But it also depicted a continuous one from Kupwara’s Keran to Bandipora’s Gurez in north Kashmir to Kishtwar in Jammu, via the upper reaches of Srinagar and south Kashmir’s Pulwama and Anantnag. Says Naqash, “Kishtwar is a broken corridor now. However, the two flanks of the Dachigam could be restored to allow the animal to grow and multiply in a more friendly habitat.”Buoyed by news of the hangul’s newfound mobility, the State Wildlife Department is now working towards expanding the boundaries of Dachigam towards the Wangat Conservation Reserve and the Sindh Forest Range, south-west of the Raman Nallah in Gurez’s Tulail valley, in north Kashmir’s Bandipora. On the southern flank of Dachigam, Shikar Gah Conservation Reserve in Tral, Khiram Conservation Reserve in Pulwama could be connected for a contiguous passage to Dachigam.Says Naqash, “There have been sightings of individual hangul in and around Tral and Pahalgam. The easy movement and intermixing of populations from Tral to Dachigam and Tulail could revive its habitat and help the species fight biological and ecological challenges. We have submitted many proposals to the government and hope to make headway soon.”center_img  Collaring the hangulKhursheed Ahmad is a scientist who heads the Wildlife Sciences department at the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology-Kashmir. He first came up with the idea, in 2013, of collaring the hangul after witnessing a similar exercise carried out on red deer in Scotland.“We collared a male hangul that year, but it did not leave Dachigam. But the monitoring enabled scientists to study the animal’s movement, seasonal foraging patterns, and other behaviour. We were hoping that it would facilitate better management of this endangered species and help scientists plan some future projects,” he says.Collecting data around hangul biology, behaviour, and ecology would have helped experts plan management interventions for the long-term survival of the species. However, for unknown reasons, the collared male became untraceable around 2015 and was presumed dead. Scientists concluded that the herds (excluding individual sightings in and outside Dachigam) would restrict their movements to within the Dachigam National Park due to the summer movement of non-local grazers from Jammu to the upper passes and meadows in Kashmir for sheep-rearing.“The male hangul stayed put in Dachigam for two years,” says Khursheed, who has studied the hangul for around 20 years. He again collared two females in May this year. “It’s a tedious process. It took us two years to collar these hanguls,” he adds.Traditionally, the hangul is a long-ranging animal which, in common parlance means, it travels long distances, and has in the past been spotted in areas ranging from the upper meadows of Kishtwar in the Chenab Valley to Gurez’s Tulail and Dras in Kargil. It is a chilly December afternoon in the Dachigam National Park. The mild winter sun has no impact on the frozen sheaths around the park’s water bodies. Even dying grass and shrub have been taken over by frost. Located not far from Srinagar and spread over an area of 141 sq km, the denuded forest range of the national park connects south Kashmir’s Tral-Pahalgam axis with central Kashmir’s Ganderbal-Sonamarg axis.The upper passes of Dachigam, at an altitude of 14,000 ft., received the season’s first heavy snowfall on November 3, which sounded the bugle for the annual migration of the Kashmir stag, locally known as hangul, from the Dagwan river in Upper Dachigam (at an altitude of 7,500 ft.) to Lower Dachigam (5,500 ft.).The national park is considered the last undisturbed home of the hangul, a sub-species of the European red deer, in Kashmir. The animal was classified as ‘critically endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). First identified by Alferd Wagner in 1844, the species is believed to have travelled all the way from Bukhara in Central Asia to Kashmir. It is the only sub-species of red deer in India.A matter of luckNazir Ahmad Malik, 50, a forest guard for 20 years and a trekker since the age of nine, is highly regarded for his knowledge of Dachigam’s flora and fauna. A phone call from someone in Muniv, a patch of pasture in Lower Dachigam, alerted Malik to the first sighting of the hangul this winter.Says Malik: “If a hangul is sighted at 1.30 p.m., it’s good news. Hangul prefer grazing either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Sighting a hangul is a matter of wild luck. The animal senses human presence much before a human eye can spot it, and makes a quick getaway. The hangul is always ahead of man’s sensory abilities.”Similar in appearance to the European red deer, the Kashmir stag has a tiny white rump patch and a short dark tail. But unlike its European cousin, its coat is not red, but dark grey and dark brown. The local name, ‘hangul’, is said to have come from either the preferred food of the animal — the Indian horse chestnut (Aesculus indica), also known as ‘Han Doon’ — or its antlers (known as ‘heng’ in the local dialect). The hangul is known to favour ridges facing south, and which receive maximum sunlight, as resting places.Malik warns against the use of perfume and conversing loudly on our way to spot a hangul. He also advises against chasing the animal, and wants us to keep our distance in case we spot one. However, the 45-minute trek to Muniv does not result in a hangul sighting. Evidently, luck was not in our favour. But Malik is brimming with fresh enthusiasm for the official animal of Jammu and Kashmir; it stems from his having spotted a group of 12 hanguls in the first week of November.He says: “The group comprised a sub-adult male with five-point antlers, two sub-adult females, and a young female. The rest of them were yearlings. From their weight and their antlers, I would guess that the sub-adult male had visited Dachigam last year too. I expect more of them this year with the fresh spell of snow in the Valley,” says Malik, who loves the sight of inter-mingling hangul herds. Only the stag has antlers.Malik was lucky to spot a huge herd of 66 hanguls intermingling back in April-May 2015. He says, “I can never forget that sight. But no such happy sighting has happened since then. I am hopeful that this year may throw up a surprise.”For the first time in many years, in November this year, Malik recorded noises made by rutting stags from seven pasture zones in Dachigam: Reshwodre, Droag, Muniv, Raazinaar, Hydernaar, Chanddernaar and Tcholri. He says, “Last year, it was only from six pasture lands. This indicates that seven big herds are preparing to recruit new mates this winter and, hopefully, produce a new generation of fawns.”‘Rutting’ refers to the phenomenon wherein an alpha stag starts his courtship with the females (or hinds) in the autumn, with courtship peaking in October. The stag shows off his eight to 10-point antlers and fights it out with the other stags in the herd to win over hinds to form his own harem.The Regional Wildlife Warden (RWW), Kashmir, Rashid Naqash, says: “Female hanguls keep a watch as stags start bugling in the forest range for new mates. The males have to pass a test. The females are impressed by a stag’s antlers and his ability to protect a female.”Mr. Naqash is also sanguine about the future of a species whose numbers have dwindled alarmingly — from 3,000-5,000 in pre-Partition Jammu and Kashmir to around 214 at present. His optimism is not unfounded.In the last week of last November, the first-ever satellite-linked, collared female was sighted returning to Dachigam from the species’ summer pastures in the Sindh Forest Division, near Gurez. Though Gurez is very close to the Line of Control (LoC), the guns here have fallen silent since the 1999 war between India and Pakistan. The movement of Indian Army machinery has also reportedly come down. Thanks to this fragile peace, the hangul appears to have rediscovered the traditional route that it used as a summer grazing corridor at least until the 1900s.“The movement of the collared hangul on the Dachigam-Wangat-Tulail axis highlights the need to provide a continuous passage for fragmented traditional hangul habitations on the two flanks of the Dachigam sanctuary. This means connecting adjoining sanctuary areas into an unbroken safe zone of 800 sq. km (up from the present 141 sq. km). It is necessary if the hangul is to multiply and survive rising man-made and natural pressures on its habitations,” says Mr. Naqash.last_img read more

  • K Srikanth achieves career best World No 2 ranking

    first_imgNovember 02, 2017 RELATED COMMENT sport BADMINTONSrikanth wins French Open Kidambi Srikanth lifts Australian Open Super Series COMMENTS × Srikanth clinches Indonesia Open badminton title K Srikanth reaches third successive Super Series final Srikanth sails into Denmark Open final SHARE India ace Kidambi Srikanth was rewarded for his sensational run this season as he grabbed a career-best ranking of World No. 2 after jumping two places in the latest BWF ranking released today.Srikanth, who reached five finals and clinched four titles this year so far, now has 73,403 points, 4527 point away from World Champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark, who heads the ranking list.The 25-year-old from Guntur, who had clinched back-to-back titles at Indonesia and Australia and then at Denmark and France, will have a chance to topple the Dane shuttler with some good show in the upcoming events at China and Hong Kong.US Open Grand Prix Gold winner H S Prannoy, who had reached the semifinals at Paris, also improved a place to reach a career-best ranking of World No. 11.Singapore Open champion B Sai Praneeth, however, dropped a place to be at the 16th spot, while Sameer Verma, who had skipped the events at Denmark and France due to fitness issues, is steady at the 18th place.In women’s singles, P V Sindhu, who also reached the semifinals at France, was static at World No. 2, while former World No. 1 Saina Nehwal was also steady at the 11th spot.Young men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who entered the quarterfinals last week after beating the World No. 6 combo of Mads Pieler Kolding and Mads-Conrad-Petersen, improved four spots to be at the 28th place.Women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy slipped two places to be at the 25th spot, while mixed doubles combo of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki were steady at the 16th place. Published on accomplishment SHARE SHARE EMAIL India ace Kidambi Srikanth. File Photo   –  PTI Reached five finals and clinched four titles this year so far India ace Kidambi Srikanth. File Photo   –  PTIlast_img read more

  • Spain fight back to snatch draw with England

    first_imgIsco scored in the sixth minute of stoppage time as Spain launched an improbable fightback to snatch a 2-2 friendly draw against England with both their goals coming after the 89th minute at Wembley on Tuesday.England looked like ending a dismal year with a glimmer of hope as a first-half penalty from Adam Lallana and Jamie Vardy’s header after the break gave them a thoroughly deserved two-goal lead.Yet the comeback began with the home fans already heading for the exits as Iago Aspas cut into the area and thumped the ball into the top corner beginning a nervy retreat from England deep into their own territory.Isco then stunned the Wembley crowd by hitting the ball through substitute keeper Tom Heaton’s legs from a tight angle to deprive England boss Gareth Southgate of a major scalp to end his four-game spell in interim charge.Despite a disappointing end to England’s evening, Southgate remains well-placed to take the England job on a permanent basis and the Football Association may feel an otherwise incisive attacking display against one of the world’s big hitters has greased the wheels sufficiently for his appointment.He has now won two and drawn two of his four games in charge but has steered England through a period of turmoil after Sam Allardyce was forced out 67 days into the job following a newspaper sting and Roy Hodgson quit after a dismal Euro 2016.”I have loved doing it,” he told ITV when asked if he wanted the job.advertisement”But it’s not my decision, I think we are proud of what we have done with the team. We were asked to take over a situation in a temporary measure and tonight’s performance really was very special.”England opened the scoring after nine minutes when Lallana’s inch-perfect pass found Vardy running in behind the Spain defence.While the Leicester striker’s first touch was far from perfect, he managed to knock the ball around advancing Spain keeper Pepe Reina, who took the forward’s legs away to concede a penalty that Lallana thumped high into the net.The Liverpool playmaker has scored in each of his last three games for England, having failed to find the net in his previous 26, but his evening was curtailed midway through the first half when he was forced off through injury.In his absence, England’s threat initially dropped, yet they doubled the lead two minutes into the second half as Vardy ended a 14-game goal drought for club and country with a diving header at the far post from Jordan Henderson’s cross.It could have got better for England but substitute Theo Walcott forced Reina to parry a sharp effort and Henderson scuffed the rebound wide, before former Liverpool forward Aspas cut into the England box to thump the ball into the top corner.That sent jitters through the entire England side, which Isco exploited in the dying seconds.last_img read more

  • Champions Trophy 2017: Shahid Afridi slams Pakistan’s drab show vs India

    first_imgPakistan’s abject surrender to India in their Champions Trophy 2017 opener on Sunday left Shahid Afridi fuming but the legendary all-rounder also had a word of praise for Virat Kohli’s men, the defending champions . India were dominant throughout the game which saw  a record-breaking attendance of 24,156 despite the London terror attack a few hours before. In front of packed stands, India dismantled their arch-rivals clinically and often without appearing to break a sweat.First, the batsmen – Rohit Sharma (91), Virat Kohli (81*), Shikhar Dhawan (68), Yuvraj Singh (53) – set up a daunting 319/8 in 48 overs. Later, Pakistan, chasing a revised target of 289 in 41 overs, were taken apart by the bowlers as Umesh Yadav finished with 3/30. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja ended with identical figures of 2/43 off eight overs. Afridi, a former captain and the protagonist of several India-Pakistan encounters over the years, said the shoddy performance was painful to watch.”The Indo-Pak Champions Trophy encounter failed to live up to its hype as Pakistan produced a forgettable performance at Edgbaston. As a Pakistani supporter, the drab show was a painful watch indeed as India once again proved that it has a stranglehold over its neighbour that it is in no mood to relinquish,” Afridi wrote in a column for the ICC.”India started as the favourite and played the entire game in the same frame of mind, even as Pakistan crumbled limply.”India’s 124-run victory over Pakistan was their 13th triumph over their arch rivals in 15 ICC tournament matches.Tactically and skillfully far superior, India were all over Pakistan’s lackluster game plan and Afridi said Kohli’s men were quick to pounce on the opposition’s weakness.advertisement”Sarfraz Ahmed won what was a crucial toss in tricky weather conditions. When rain is around, the team batting second gets a huge advantage. Unfortunately though, a poor game plan and shoddy execution, besides abysmal fielding, ified the advantage,” he said.”Mohammad Amir bowled a splendid first over and I thought he would strike with the new ball. Strangely though, Sarfraz handed the other new ball to Imad Wasim despite the overcast conditions. The tactic was perplexing for me since the match wasn’t being played in the UAE! Even if Sarfraz wanted to surprise India, he should have deployed his faster bowlers after an over or two from Imad.”Afridi said Pakistan had allowed Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to settle down and once that happened, it was difficult to stop the duo.”Players of the calibre of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are very hard to stop if they are allowed to settle early, and that is what Pakistan allowed them to do,” he said.”While the Indian openers negotiated Amir carefully, they gradually got their eye in against Imad. Pakistan missed a trick and for the rest of the Indian innings there was hardly a period where they looked troubled.”Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh then flayed a tiring attack before Hardik Pandya’s cameo turned the match totally in the defending champion’s favour,” Afridi added.Pakistan’s fielding was a comedy of errors and several dropped catches did not help their cause. Yuvraj Singh was dropped early in on his innings and he made them pay for it with a brutal 32-ball 53. Kohli was also given a reprieve and he cut loose to virtually bat Pakistan out of the match.”Pakistan’s fielding was very ordinary too, with easy runs given away inside the circle, besides the dropped chances, which made life tougher for the bowlers. The players looked tense and nervous despite the claims to the contrary before the start of the game,” he said.Afridi was also scathing on his attack on the Pakistani batsmen, who could muster just 164 runs.”I feel that our batsmen are short on the skills side and freeze under pressure. The senior lot failed to cope with the increasing run-rate and got out after occupying the crease for long but barren durations.”There is simply no excuse for a 164-run score on a flat wicket where the opposition managed 319 with consummate ease,” he said.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

  • The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather finishes off Conor McGregor in 10th round, wins richest boxing fight ever

    first_imgA ruthless Floyd Mayweather scored a 10th round technical knockout over mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor on Saturday, cementing his legacy as one of boxing’s all-time greats.McGregor, making his professional boxing debut, had boasted he would knock out the 40-year-old American early but his lack of ring savvy betrayed him as Mayweather improved to 50-0 to surpass heavyweight great Rocky Marciano’ s 49-0 record for most wins without a loss or draw.Whether the megafight will be the richest of all-time, as promoters predicted, is still to be determined but Mayweather left no doubt of his place in the pantheon of boxing greats in what he said was his last fight.As promised, McGregor came out full of fury and menace but Mayweather, long regarded as the finest defensive fighter to step into the ring, left few openings and used the first three rounds to feel out his opponent.By the fourth round Mayweather went on the attack and started landing blow after blow against a suddenly desperate McGregor who was bravely hanging on while clutching and grabbing the American.In the 10th, Mayweather moved in for kill pinning a visibly fatigued McGregor against the ropes and landing a flurry of punches when the referee stepped in to stop the fight.(Reuters Photo)”Conor’s a tough competitor – we gave the fans what they wanted to see. “He’s a lot better than I thought he was, he used different angles. But I was the better man. It was our gameplan to take our time and take him out down the stretch.advertisement”That was my last fight. Tonight I chose the right dance partner. Conor you were a great dance partner tonight,” Mayweather said after the fight.”He’s a lot better than I thought he would be” – Floyd Mayweather #MayweatherMcGregor UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) August 27, 2017″I turned him into a Mexican. What can I say, I had a bit of fun over this side. I thought it was close. I get a bit wobbly when I’m tired. there was a lot on the line and I should have been allowed to continue.Hats off to @TheNotoriousMMA. #MayweatherMcGregor SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) August 27, 2017″Early on I was handy enough. He was composed, fifty pro fights will give you that. I’ve been strangled on live TV and let it go. It was a great buzz. The man should have let me go, let the man put me down. It was fatigue and I get wobbly. Let me wobble back to my corner. You’ve got to put me down. Happy to perform for a different crowd and to be here draped in the flag,” McGregor said.#MayweatherMcGregor scorecard Richard Conway (@richard_conway) August 27, 2017last_img read more

  • Black Man Wants Chelsea Fans Punished

    first_imgPARIS — A black man who was blocked from boarding a Paris metro train by Chelsea soccer fans chanting racist slogans wants the group to be “found, punished and locked up.”In an interview with Le Parisien newspaper, the man — identified only as Souleymane S. — said he had lost his phone in the scuffle in the metro and didn’t learn until Feb. 18 that the altercation was filmed.Because he doesn’t speak English, he said he didn’t fully grasp what the rowdy group was saying — they chanted “we’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it” — but their meaning was clear.The incident happened the night of Feb. 17, a short time before Chelsea played Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes in the Champions League.“They were saying things to me in English and I didn’t really understand the meaning of the words. I understood that it had to do with Chelsea fans and made the link with the PSG match that was happening that night. I also clearly understood that they were hassling me because of the color of my skin,” he said.Chelsea said that three people have been banned from its Stamford Bridge stadium as a result of an investigation into the incident. The trio will be given “banning orders for life” if there is sufficient evidence of their involvement, Chelsea said in a statement.In a video posted by the Guardian newspaper, the man pushes back and says in French “Can I get on or what?” before again being shoved away.“Not a single person came to my defense but, in any event, what could they have done?” he said. “I went home without talking about this to anybody, neither my wife nor my children. … What would I say to my children? That daddy got shoved in the metro because he is black?”The Paris prosecutor’s office said the man brought a formal complaint late Feb. 18, and that French and British investigators were working together on the case.“These people, these English fans, they have to be found, punished and locked up,” he said.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Tsitsipas Beats Djokovic, Qualifies for Shanghai Semifinals

    first_imgSHANGHAI (AP) — Novak Djokovic’s semifinal streak in Shanghai is over.The defending champion from Serbia, a four-time winner of the Shanghai Masters who had reached the semifinals in all eight of his appearances at the tournament, lost to sixth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 on Friday in the quarterfinals.“He deserved the victory,” Djokovic said. “He was the better player in the second and third sets. I started well in the first set, but I wasn’t sharp enough.”Until Friday’s match, Djokovic had won 24 straight sets in Asia, a run that included last year’s Shanghai Masters and the title in Tokyo last week.Tsitsipas has now beaten Djokovic twice in three matches. The 21-year-old Greek defeated Djokovic in their first meeting at the 2018 Toronto tournament and Djokovic won their match in Madrid this season.Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts as he plays against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the men’s singles quarterfinals match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Tsitsipas also earned a place at the year-end ATP Finals for the first time on Friday. But that was guaranteed when third-seeded Daniil Medvedev beat Fabio Fognini 6-3, 7-6 (4) in another quarterfinal match.Medvedev, who will face Tsitsipas in Saturday’s semifinals, is one match away from reaching a sixth consecutive tournament final. He reached his first Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open, and then won titles in Cincinnati and St. Petersburg.Medvedev leads the tour with 57 match wins this season and is 40-1 on hard courts when winning the first set. The only time he lost a hard-court match after winning the first set was against Gael Monfils in Rotterdam.Prior to Friday’s match, Fognini said Medvedev was one of the most dangerous players to face.“If some top players like Fabio can say this about me, shows that I’m on the good way, I’m playing good, and it’s not easy to play against me,” Medvedev said. “Surely, yeah, that’s what I tried to show today on the match and it worked out.”___By SANDRA HARWITT Associated PressStefanos Tsitsipas, left, of Greece is congratulated by Novak Djokovic of Serbia after winning in their men’s singles quarterfinals match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men’s singles quarterfinals match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Stefanos Tsitsipas, left, of Greece is congratulated by Novak Djokovic of Serbia after winning in their men’s singles quarterfinals match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Novak Djokovic of Serbia waves to spectators as he leaves the court after he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in their men’s singles quarterfinals match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)TweetPinShare4343 Shareslast_img read more

  • Transfer latest: Man Utd want Varane in three-way Neymar deal

    first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man Utd to get Varane in three-way Neymar to Madrid deal Goal Last updated 1 year ago 17:45 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Raphael Varane, Real Madrid, 17/18 Getty Images Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Ligue 1 Serie A Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Man Utd to get Varane in three-way Neymar dealManchester United could be set to benefit from Real Madrid’s pursuit of Neymar as it could give the English side the chance to sign Raphael Varane, Don Balon says.The European champions are not giving up in their desire to sign the Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain and their attempts to sign him could spark a triangle of moves among three top sides.AdChoices广告United have long been linked with Varane and will try to sign him this summer, and a big offer will only help boost Madrid’s offensive to land Neymar. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player PSG are said to be hoping to lure Marcos Rojo from Old Trafford, however, while Madrid would target Leonardo Bonucci to restore their defence. Bale and Benzema know summer move awaitsGareth BaleGareth Bale and Karim Benzema have been made aware that Real Madrid plan on selling them in the next transfer window, Mundo Deportivo claims.Two thirds of the iconic attack nicknamed BBC will likely depart in the summer as the European champions look to replenish their options and give Cristiano Ronaldo new support, continuing their pursuit of Neymar.Bale has options in the Premier League, with Manchester United and his former team Tottenham Hotspur interested, while Benzema is considering an offer from China and a return to France.Tottenham prepare new Zaha bidWilfried Zaha Crystal PalaceTottenham Hotspur will make a renewed effort to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace this summer, The Mirror claims.Spurs have long held an interest in the England international and hope to convince their city neighbours to sell at the end of the season.However, Chelsea and Manchester City are said to hold an interest in him.Liverpool eye Lyon prospectMohammed BahlouliLiverpool want to sign Mohamed Bahlouli from Lyon this summer, according to France Football.The 17-year-old has played for the club at Under-19 and reserve level, and has attracted interest from across Europe with his goalscoring displays.Jurgen Klopp’s men, however, are at the head of the queue.Marchisio could leave JuveClaudio Marchisio JuventusClaudio Marchisio could leave Juventus for MLS this summer.The Italy international is struggling for game time at the Serie A giants, but does not want to move to another Italian club.Read the full story on Goal!De Vrij has Inter agreementStefan De Vrij LazioLazio defender Stefan De Vrij has already agreed to join Inter in the summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. The Serie A club confirmed on Monday that they had withdrawn from contract talks with the centre-back, clearing the path for him to leave on a free transfer in the summer.And Inter have apparently moved quickly to secure his signature, with the player agreeing a five-year contract worth a basic €4.2 million per season. Barca near €30m Arthur signingArthur GremioBarcelona are on the cusp of reaching a €30 million agreement with Gremio for midfielder Arthur, according to Mundo Deportivo. After several talks in recent months, a recent discussion between Barca director Robert Fernandez and the Brazilian side’s president and other directors has seen negotiations take a big step forward.Barca could pay €30m to sign the 21-year-old this summer, but could see that price lowered by €5m if they agree to loan him back to Gremio. Hazard ‘happy’ at Chelsea amid Madrid linksEden Hazard, Chelsea, 17/18Eden Hazard insists he is happy at Chelsea and is not thinking about his future, despite constant links to Real Madrid.The Belgian is reportedly one of the capital club’s top targets as they look to improve a squad that has struggled in La Liga until recent weeks. But Hazard stayed quiet on a potential move, suggesting there is no reason to leave Stamford Bridge yet.”I’m just happy here. Like you say, I have two years left on my contract,” he said. “I’m happy here, my family is happy here. Now I’m just focused on the game [and until] the end of the season.”I don’t think much about the future because you never know what happens in the future, but I’m just happy here.”Read the full story on Goal!Arsenal target Fekir on the move?Nabil Fekir Lyon Rennes Ligue 1 11022018Nabil Fekir’s agent has suggested the Lyon star could be on the move at the end of the season.The attacking midfielder has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal said to be leading the race to sign him.And his representative Jean-Pierre Bernes has suggested his future remains open.”Will Fekir still be at Lyon next season? It’s too early to talk about it,” the agent told Telefoot.”We have time, that’s the straight line. There are important goals and he is already in a big club. After considering my relationship with [president] Jean-Michel Aulas, we will make the best decision.”Man Utd target De Vrij set for free transferHD De VrijLazio have confirmed Stefan de Vrij will leave the club at the end of the season after failing to reach an agreement over a new deal.Sporting director Igli Tare says the Serie A side have “withdrawn the proposal” and will part ways when his contract expires in the summer.The Netherlands international has been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool in previous transfer windows.Read the full story on Goal!Reds to reward ManeSadio Mane LiverpoolLiverpool are ready to put improved terms to Sadio Mane, according to the Liverpool Echo.His current deal is already set to run until 2021, but the Reds are prepared to discuss a new deal after seeing the Senegalese star become a key figure alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.Asensio has Premier League offersMarco Asensio Real Madrid BetisChelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have put offers to Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio, reports Diario Gol.The 22-year-old has sparked transfer talk as he struggles for regular starts amid fierce competition at Santiago Bernabeu.Malcom move expectedMalcom BordeauxArsenal and Tottenham have seen the transfer path cleared in their ongoing pursuit of Malcom, with Bordeaux boss Gustavo Poyet confirming that the Brazilian is likely to leave in the near future.The highly-rated 20-year-old became a much sought-after asset during the winter transfer window, with two north London rivals marking him out as a top target.Find out what his current boss has had to say on his future here. Sandro shrugs off transfer talkAlex Sandro JuventusAlex Sandro claims to have ignored links to Chelsea and Manchester United, with Juventus having fended off the regular rounds of transfer talk.Interest from the Blues first emerged in the summer of 2017, with Antonio Conte reported to be in the market for a new left-back, while the Red Devils were reported to have joined the chase by January.Here is what the Brazilian full-back has had to say on the rumours. Lewandowski ignoring Real rumoursRobert LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski has reiterated his full commitment to Bayern Munich as he continues to ignore links to Real Madrid.The prolific Poland international is among those who continue to be mentioned as possible additions during a summer overhaul at Santiago Bernabeu.Read the full story on Goal! Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

  • 10 months agoWolves eyeing Derby County prospect Sibley

    first_imgWolves eyeing Derby County prospect Sibleyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland U17 international Louie Sibley is attracting Premier League interest.The Mirror says Wolves are on the trail of Derby County prospect Sibley.The Black Country club are beefing up its resources and ambitiously recruiting the best young talent.Defender Sibley was promoted to Derby’s U-23s and scored the goal to earn a 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Thursday night. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • Tourism Minister Says Ministry Will Continue to Invest in Human Capital

    first_img “Purposeful action will enable the development and security of the well-being and quality of life for the thousands of tourism workers. We now have to ensure that the tourism workers nationally are assured… as we seek to balance human development with economic development,” he said. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Ministry will continue to invest in the human capital of the country by developing a number of initiatives through the Centre for Tourism and Innovation. He points out that tourism authorities and stakeholders recognise that “purposeful action” is required to promote and market Jamaica as a leading global destination. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Ministry will continue to invest in the human capital of the country by developing a number of initiatives through the Centre for Tourism and Innovation.He points out that tourism authorities and stakeholders recognise that “purposeful action” is required to promote and market Jamaica as a leading global destination.“Purposeful action will enable the development and security of the well-being and quality of life for the thousands of tourism workers. We now have to ensure that the tourism workers nationally are assured… as we seek to balance human development with economic development,” he said.Mr. Bartlett was speaking at a conference, titled ‘Governance for Tomorrow: Innovation, Politics, Policy and Sustainable Development’, hosted by the University of the West Indies, incollaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on July 27.“We recognise the importance of purposeful action for establishing the infrastructure and regulatory environment in which businesses operate. This is why we have adopted, proactively, to position tourism to shape national policy. In other words, policies and strategies for tourism should be aligned to the broader social, economic, environmental and political imperatives of national development,” he argued.Mr. Bartlett said the country now has an assessment institution that offers certification programmes in tourism and hospitality and provides specialist education geared at improving competitiveness and employment opportunities in the tourism sector in areas such as hospitality, tourism and culinary arts, and at the supervisory and management levels.Mr. Bartlett said the institute that has been established “is a pathway institution to professionalism. It takes the graduates from the tertiary level who have theoretical groundings in hospitality and tourism but have no practical experience, and we certify them, so that they can move up into management positions in the industry”.He further highlighted that for those individuals who are already working within the industry and are competent and experienced but not certified, they are given the opportunity to gain certification.Additionally, the Minister said a partnership has been developed with the Ministry of Education to establish a high-school certification programme in hospitality, starting September 2018.“Some 650 students from 33 high schools across Jamaica will commence a two-year programme in hospitality training at the high-school level, and that will give them an opportunity to move from high school with a certificate straight into the industry and not have to suffer the consequences of internship and what that brings,” he said.The Minister said he is extremely proud to have launched the Tourism Workers Pension Scheme, which is being funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) at a cost of $1 billion in the initial stages.“The growth that we seek is about people, the well-being of people and the transformation of people. It’s all about people,” Mr. Bartlett said. Story Highlightslast_img read more

  • Southern Nova Scotia Property Assesment Notices in the Mail

    first_img More than 565,000 assessment notices are in the mail today, Jan.12, to Nova Scotia property owners. Provincially, the total valueof property assessments in Nova Scotia is up by five per cent to$52.7 billion. The total assessed value of residential propertiesis up by 6.1 per cent while commercial properties have increasedby 2.4 per cent. In the Southern Region of Nova Scotia — which includesmunicipalities within the boundaries of Lunenburg, Queens,Shelburne and Yarmouth counties — total residential assessmentvalues are up by 8.4 per cent to nearly $4.9 billion. Totalcommercial assessment increased by 3.8 per cent to almost $1.5billion. The 2004 property assessments are based on market valueat Jan. 1, 2002. “The South Shore of Nova Scotia continues to experience a strongreal estate market, which helps explains why assessment isincreasing in this region. Market value is the most equitable andwidely accepted approach to property assessment in North America. Every province in Canada and more than 120 other countries aroundthe world use market value as a standard for propertyassessment,” said Debi Karrel, acting regional manager of theSouthern Regional Assessment Office. “Market value is easily understood by most property owners. It isdetermined by the buyers and sellers of the real estate market.That makes it easy for property owners to test fairness becausethey can compare their assessment to sales of similar properties.It also means that the same appraisal standards and principlescan be applied to all residential properties across Nova Scotia,”said Ms. Karrel. Each year the assessment services division reassesses allproperties in Nova Scotia to establish an estimate of fair marketvalue. Factors used to determine property assessments includeanalysis of sales and building permits, local market conditions,depreciation, renovations and new construction. Values are thentested for statistical validity using internationally acceptedassessment standards. In response to feedback received from Nova Scotia propertyowners, assessment services has added a new service to itswebsite. Residential property owners can now obtain detailedinformation about their property by entering a personalidentification number (PIN) and their assessment account number(AAN) at . The PIN and AAN are printed ontheir assessment notice. “Not everyone has Internet access, so property owners can alsoget that information and answers to their assessment questions bycalling our toll-free number at 1-800-667-5727,” said Ms. Karrel. Property owners who disagree with their assessment have theopportunity to appeal. “Property owners should ask themselves if their assessment is a reflection of market value,” said Ms.Karrel. “If they don’t think it is, they may appeal.” All appeals must be filed no later than midnight, Feb. 2. Once anappeal is received, an assessor will review the propertyvaluation and then notify the property owner with the result ofthe review. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Southern Nova Scotia PropertyAssessment Notices in the Maillast_img read more

  • Weekly Traffic Advisories

    first_imgNEW WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from East Bay west for about four kilometres to the Ski Ben Eoin area, will have one lane closures until Friday, Nov. 30, for paving and construction of a left-turning lane into the golf and ski area. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Barrington Passage – Trunk 3 Barrington Passage – Trunk 3, from the intersection of the Oak Park Road to the intersection of Route 330, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing until Tuesday, Oct. 16. Motorists should expect delays and speed reductions in the work zone. Cyclists should use caution. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107, from Little Salmon River Bridge to Exit 18, will have one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of cones, barriers and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from about six kilometres, south of Route 276 at Goshen, south to the Guysborough-St. Mary’s municipal boundary will have intermittent one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Saturday, Oct. 27. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-0054 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 The intersection of Highway 104 and Beech Hill Road will have a one-lane closure for improvements and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic will move slowly and traffic control will be marked with signs. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Truro Heights Connector Truro Heights Connector from Truro Heights Road, east to the entrance to Wal-Mart will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Route 201 The width of driving lanes on Route 201 between Paradise Lane and Nictaux Road is being restricted to allow for repaving until Friday, Oct. 26. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. A 20.7 kilometre, wide-load detour is marked through Paradise Lane, Trunk 1, Elliot Connector, Highway 101, Brooklyn Street, Trunk 1, Trunk 10, and Nictaux Road. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-625-4050 Fax: 902-625-0763 Local Area Office: 902-893-0693 Fax: 902-896-2259 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Intersection of Salmon River, Brookside and Pictou roads. Motorists are advised of a one-lane closure at the intersection of Salmon River, Brookside and Pictou roads for upgrades to the intersection until Wednesday, Oct 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 KINGS COUNTY: Lovett Road Lovett Road, from Trunk 1 to Brooklyn Street, will have one-lane closures for gravelling and repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 207 Highway 207, from West Lawrencetown Road to Three Fathom Harbour will have intermittent delays for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Kearney Lake Road Kearney Lake Road and the Highway 102 northbound exit will have one-lane closures for intersection improvements, signal installation and widening until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Black Brook Bridge Black Brook Bridge on Route 347 (East River, St. Mary’s) will be closed for replacement until Friday, Nov. 30. A temporary detour is parallel to the existing structure. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 PICTOU COUNTY: Millers Ford Bridge Millers Ford Bridge, over the West River, on a connecting road between Saltsprings Loop and West River East Side Road, will be closed for replacement until Wednesday, Nov. 14. A detour route is provided on Trunk 4 and West River East Side Road. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-860-5615 Fax: 902-860-5616 CUMBERLAND COUNTY – Route 209 Route 209, from the Trunk 2/Rte 209 intersection, west toward Diligent River will have one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be a traffic control person and pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7 metre height restriction and a 15 tonne weight restriction until further notice. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive Burnside Drive, from Commodore Drive to the ramp at Highway 111 and the eastbound ramp, from Highway 111 to Burnside Drive, about one kilometre, will have lane closures at various locations and times for widening, gravelling, signal installation, paving and repaving until Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008. Traffic control consist of cones, barriers, signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Some weekend work may be involved. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 22 Trunk 22, Louisbourg Highway from Highway 125, Sydney Bypass to Landry Crescent will have one-lane closures for paving and repairs to guardrails until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work take place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 pm. CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 256 Bridge Closure The John Miller Bridge on Route 256 between Highway 246 and Kennedy Hill Road is closed for repairs until Friday, Oct. 19. A detour route is marked. RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Traffic on Trunk 4, from the end of Highway 104 at River Tillard, east for four kilometres to the St. Peters Canal Bridge will be restricted to one lane until Wednesday Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on hand to assist traffic safely through the construction zone. Drivers should travel with extra care in the area. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Are Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-7352 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Ingram River Bridge Ingram River Bridge on Highway 103 will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Monday, Oct. 29. Traffic control consist of flashing unit display. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-749-2244 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road South River Lake Road from Route 316, east for 6.1 kilometres, will have intermittent one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Saturday, Oct. 27. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from Ardoise School Road west to the St. Croix River Bridge, will have one-lane closures for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Traffic control consists of cones. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Alton Road north to the tracks near Brookfield will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, about one kilometre east of Exit 8 for 5.8 kilometers, including ramps at Exit 9 will be reduced to one lane for guardrail and repaving until Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from Lockhart Mountain Road to Lovett Road, will have one-lane closures for widening, traffic lights, sidewalk and repaving until Monday, Dec. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 near Pictou Landing, is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and is controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 344 Route 344 from the intersection at Trunk 16, east to MacPherson Lake Road, will have intermittent one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and occasionally Saturdays. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Gaspereaux Brook Bridge on Trunk 7 at Liscomb will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Some work possible on Saturdays. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sedgiwich Bridge Sedgiwich Bridge, near the intersection of the Archibald Brook Road and the Higginsville Road, will be closed until Wednesday, Oct. 31, for replacement. Traffic will be routed through the site over a one-lane temporary bridge controlled with traffic lights. HANTS COUNTY: Bishopville Road The Bishopville Road will be closed at Highway 101 for construction of the new Highway 101 structure over Bishopville Road until Friday, Nov. 30. Detour route via Rand Street, Bog Road and Old Post Road. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-798-6888 Fax: 902-798-2927 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: McEwan Bridge – Trunk 1 McEwans Bridge over McEwans Brook on Trunk 1, about four kilometres west of Middleton, will be closed for replacement from Monday, Oct. 15 to Monday, Nov. 5. A detour is provided on Mount Hanley Road, Clarence Road and Elliott Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: MacDougall Bridge MacDougall Bridge on Reservation Road in Waycobah will be closed to all traffic until Wednesday, Oct. 31 for bridge repairs. Traffic should detour on Highway 105. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Little Bass River to Economy River will have one-lane closures for ditching and paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 256 (Scotsburn Road) Traffic on Route 256 (Scotsburn Road), from Durham Road west for about three kilometres to Campbell Hill Road will be restricted to one lane to allow for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control people and signs. Reduce speed in the construction area. VICTORIA COUNTY: Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) Trunk 30, from Highway 105 intersection (Exit 11), northerly about five kilometres will have one-lane closures for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes palce from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16 from the intersection at Larrys River Road, north to Church Street, will have intermittent one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday with occasional Saturdays. -30-last_img read more

  • Former Ontario high school principal pleads guilty in testtampering case

    first_imgTORONTO – A former Ontario high school principal pleaded guilty on Friday to professional misconduct after tampering with a standardized provincial literacy test.Christine Vellinga admitted in an agreed statement of facts with the Ontario College of Teachers that she went though student booklets after the test in March 2016 to see who hadn’t completed the work.The college heard that in total, 21 students were then called back in to complete unfinished portions of the test or an accompanying questionnaire.“(Vellinga) recognizes the serious nature of her breach and sincerely regrets her actions and the consequences of her actions on the students staff and board,” Vellinga’s lawyer, Kim Patenaude, told the college disciplinary committee hearing the case on Friday.“She was honest, upfront and forthcoming (throughout the investigation) admitting her actions and taking full responsibility,” Patenaude added.Vellinga was responsible for administering the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test to about 170 students at her Bradford, Ont., school that year, the committee heard.After the test, Vellinga leafed through one student’s answer booklet, trying to find loose multiple choice and questionnaire pages.Vellinga saw the student had left some questions unanswered and began looking through other students’ booklets for unfinished tests, instructing her acting vice-principal and two teachers to do the same.Vellinga identified which unfinished tests belonged to which students by cross-referencing bar codes on the booklet with a master list of names, the committee heard. She then had the school secretary call students back in to complete the test, in some cases calling their homes or their parents’ cellphones.The 21 students who came back to school were led to an office area where they were each instructed to finish specific parts of the test. Vellinga told at least one student, “You were never here,” the committee heard.Vellinga was under a “significant amount of work-related stress” in the weeks leading up to the incident, the statement of facts said.A supply teacher at her school had been charged with assault, and Vellinga had been experiencing problems with a student who had created a public petition and a social media post complaining about her, the statement of facts said.Vellinga was suspended without pay for 20 days and demoted to vice-principal after allegations of the test tampering surfaced, the committee heard.Vellinga and the college came to an agreement Friday that she should receive an official reprimand from the college, have her certificate of qualification suspended for six months and complete a course on ethical practices within 90 days of the disciplinary hearing’s decision.last_img read more

  • Suddenly luxury stores miss freespending Chinese tourists

    first_imgNEW YORK — There was something missing at the luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. in recent months: Chinese tourists.For the second time in as many months, a big seller of high-end goods noticed that a particularly crucial demographic of its shopping base had made itself sparse, damaging sales and stoking fears of worse to come.On Wednesday, shares of Tiffany & Co. plunged 12 per cent after reporting weaker-than-expected sales in its third quarter. CEO Alessandro Bogliolo said that Chinese tourists have failed to show up, and open wallets up, with the same vigour that they had in the past.Last month, the owner of Louis Vuitton noted the same phenomenon of dwindling Chinese tourists. Shares in that company were hit hard as well.Tiffany is considered a bellwether for luxury goods, which is why shares of Ralph Lauren and Movado also fell on Wednesday, even as the broader stock market climbed sharply.Tiffany’s third-quarter revenue rose 4 per cent to just above $1 billion, yet industry analysts were anticipating a bigger boost. Part of the reason for the surprise was fewer tourists, particularly Chinese tourists, at stores in places like New York and Hong Kong.“We don’t see a slowdown of demand by the Chinese. What we see is that Chinese tourists are travelling less,” said Bogliolo in a phone interview Wednesday.In fact, Bogliolo said that Tiffany’s business in mainland China remains strong, achieving double digit sales growth throughout the year. In response to the shift, Tiffany’s is increasing its inventory at its stores in Mainland China so it’s not missing out on any sales.Bogliolo speculated that the deteriorating value of China’s currency is to blame for the drop in Chinese tourists.The yuan, also known as the renminbi, or “people’s money,” sank to a 10-year low against the dollar at the end of October. It strengthened slightly this month, leading many to believe that Beijing has stepped in to stop its slide.But others see broader issues at play, including a simmering trade war and the potential for a slowing global economy that is squeezing even the wealthy in China.“There are major strains in our political relationship with the Chinese government,” said Robert Burke, a luxury consultant in New York. “It doesn’t put them in the mood to come to the U.S. to spend their hard earned dollars. They do have the option to buy in mainland China.”While the number of people visiting the U.S. from China grew 4 per cent in 2017, according to the U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office, that was down sharply from the 16 per cent jump in 2016.It’s not a healthy trend for sellers of high-end goods.Burke estimates that as much 30 per cent of luxury goods sales globally are made to tourists from China. Dan Jasper, a spokesman at Mall of America’s, the nation’s largest shopping mall, noted that Chinese tourists tend to be more likely to purchase higher end items including luxury cosmetics, jewelry, clothing and electronics. He said that the number of Chinese tourists to the centre continues to grow at a “modest rate.”What may have exacerbated fears Wednesday is that prevailing wisdom has held that consumer spending from China in the high-end luxury shops of the West would not only continue, but that it would grow stronger.In a study published this month, the Bain consultancy said that Chinese consumers will fuel nearly half of global high-end sales by 2025.Chinese shoppers will account for 46 per cent of global luxury sales of an estimated $412 billion in just six years, Bain said in the study, which was prepared for Italy’s Altagamma association of high-end producers.Even before the Trump administration ratcheted up the intensity of its trade dialogue with Beijing, there were signs that economic growth in China was slowing.Chinese economic growth declined to a post-global crisis low of 6.5 per cent in the quarter than ended in September. A trade fight with the Trump administration is pressuring communist leaders to energize economic activity that has weakened since Beijing clamped down on bank lending last year as it tries to rein in surging debt.It’s too early to tell if the spate of weaker-than-expected sales for luxury merchants will continue, or if it’s a bump in the road.There were some other signs of weakness at Tiffany, like comparable-store sales, which are watched closely by industry analysts.Tiffany’s quarterly profit of $94.9 million, or 77 cents per share, was actually a penny better than expected, according to analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research.The slowdown in Chinese tourists was offset by a strong demand by local customers in the North American market as the luxury purveyor changes its products and marketing to appeal to a younger shopper.But the company stuck to its previously issued full-year earnings guidance of between $4.65 and $4.80 per share, which led some to suspect that shifting geopolitical agreements or a slowing global economy may soon become a bigger threat._____Associated Press Business Writer Dee-Ann Durbin in Detroit contributed to this report.___This story has been updated to correct the spelling of the Mall of America spokesman. It’s Dan Jasper, not Jaspers.Michelle Chapman And Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Presslast_img read more

  • Morocco Dismantles 6-Strong Terrorist Ring For Recruiting ISIS Fighters

    Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau for Judiciary Investigations (BCIJ) dismantled, Sunday, in coordination with the Spanish security services, a terrorist network composed of 6 members operating in Casablanca for recruiting and sending Moroccan fighters to ISIS terrorist organization.A former convict in a terrorism case in Italy is among the arrested people, said a statement by the interior ministry, noting that the arrests are part of preventive operations to fight terrorism.This operation was led in parallel with the arrest of 4 accomplices of this network living in Spain, in the cities of Toledo, Valencia and Barcelona’s suburbs, including a Portuguese man who converted to Islam and two women. This dismantling operation was conducted as part of the efficient security cooperation between Morocco and Spain in a context marked by the upsurge of ISIS’ threats, it said.The accused will be brought before justice once the investigation is completed under the supervision of the competent public prosecutor’s office, said the statement. read more

  • Sri Lankan booked in Kerala for not producing valid travel documents

    A 30-year-old Sri Lankan national was arrested in Kerala today (Sunday) for not possessing valid travel documents, police said.The man, who identified himself as Maluge Juth Selfon Dias, was picked up from Thampanoor bus terminal in the city, they said. “..The Intelligence Bureau (IB) and other officials from national agencies have interrogated him,” police official said adding the man claimed that he had reached Kerala on February 20. The arrest of the Lankan man assumes significance in the wake of reports about the alleged visit of the perpetrators of the recent blast that had rocked Sri Lanka on the Easter day.Sri Lanka Army’s chief had revealed in a recent interview that some of the suicide bombers who carried out the country’s worst terror attack on Easter Sunday visited Kashmir and Kerala for “some sort of training” or to “make some more links” with other foreign outfits. Nine suicide bombers, including a woman, carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on April 21, killing over 250 people and injuring more than 500 others. Dias, told the investigators that his bag, carrying passport, visa and other documents, had been stolen during the journey. However, he did not give any clear answer as to how he had reached the southern state. “We have brought in translators from SriLankan Airlines to initiate conversation with the man, but he has not disclosed anything yet. As of now, he has been taken to Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu as part of investigation and will be produced before the magistrate today itself,” investigating officer told PTI. read more

  • New association for the CV racking sector is born

    The Commercial Vehicle Racking Association (CVRA) has been set up to represent manufacturers and importers of CV racking systems and modular storage systems in the UK. Part of The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the CVRA’s main role will be to improve installation standards and address safety related issues. Standards for vehicle bulkheads will be a priority for the new body. Andrew Humphrey, managing director of Bri-Stor Systems Ltd will be the chairman, with David Barber, managing director, H Modul Ltd, acting as his deputy. Commenting on the new association Christopher Macgowan, chief executive of SMMT, said ‘SMMT is delighted to support the CVRA. The Association’s drive to improve safety is very much in line with the Society’s philosophy that the industry should take the lead in such matters.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Andrew Humphrey of Bri-Stor Systems Ltd will be the first chairman Association aims to set installation standards and improve safety read more