10 months agoMan Utd scouting team felt ignored by Mourinho

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd scouting team felt ignored by Mourinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United’s scouting team felt ignored by former manager Jose Mourinho, it has been revealed.The Mirror says the club now have 60 scouts at their disposal around the world.But chief scout Jim Lawlor and head of development John Murtough were marginalised by Mourinho during his two-and-a-half year reign in Manchester.The Portuguese preferred to use his own trusted network of scouts and agents when it came to recruiting players.That led to a difference of opinion on the players Mourinho felt were required and those the United board were willing to buy.An Old Trafford insider said: “The club has a vast army of scouts, but they were frustrated by Mourinho’s refusal to listen.” last_img read more

a month ago​Arsenal boss Emery responds to Xhaka: We can’t be scared!

first_img​Arsenal boss Emery responds to Xhaka: We can’t be scared!by Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery believes his side cannot be scared when they are playing away from home.The Gunners have struggled outside of the Emirates Stadium under Emery, with their poor away form continuing into the new season.Speaking about their difficult 2-2 draw with Watford, where they lead 2-0 at half time, Emery said to the club’s official website: “We have some young players, they need to have experiences like today.”And also, I say to Matteo, Matteo is a very good player, he is improving, he is young, he is very emotional, he has personality and sometimes needs to make some mistakes to improve. “In the first half he made a mistake and didn’t score. In the second half we continued trying because we need to do that work and that is my responsibility because also when we can change and have a second plan – it’s doing long balls and the second action – they were very strong and we didn’t earn balls in that planning also. “The key was to impose and we are going to work for have and make better our build up with the goalkeeper, with the defenders and the midfielders and also, being well when we are doing long balls for breaking their lines with long ball for taking more chances. “Because we tried and we didn’t have also chances with that second plan.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Tom Herman To Receive 2 Year Contract Extension

first_img Additionally, a vote is slated to approve contract raises for Herman’s assistants. Receivers coach Corby Meekins is slated to get a raise to $290,000 over the next two seasons. Recruiting coordinator and cornerbacks coach Jason Washington will receive $310,000 over the same period.Over the past two years, Herman has led the Longhorns to a 17-10 overall record and two bowl wins.The high water mark came this past season with the Longhorns securing a spot in the Big 12 Championship before winning the Sugar Bowl in an upset win over Georgia.However, the Longhorns are still a decade removed from their last Big 12 title. Outside of bypassing the Big 12 title and making the College Football Playoff, the pressure is only going to increase for Herman.But it certainly looks like Herman has the team on the right track.[Austin American-Statesman] Tom Herman on the sideline during a Texas football game.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns reacts in the fourth quarter against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)In two years at the helm for Texas, Tom Herman has successfully navigated the team out of the doldrums of the short-lived Charlie Strong era. Having led the team to their best post-season finish in nearly a decade, the team has had to make a tough decision on how to keep him around.According to the Austin American-Statesman, the Longhorns are set to vote on giving Herman a new contract extension. Per the report, the new deal keeps him at Texas through 2023.Herman will reportedly receive $6.5 million in 2022, and $6.75 million in 2023.Texas coach Tom Herman to receive two-year extension, pushing his deal to 2023: https://t.co/2DQJ4sELCF #Longhorns pic.twitter.com/dXcApRl6iM— Hookem.com (@bevobeat) May 18, 2019last_img read more

Temporary Closure of a Section of the Rio Neuvo to Gayle main road, Western St. Mary

first_img The National Works Agency (NWA)is advising motorists that the Rio Neuvo to Gayle main road, western St. Mary in the vicinity of the entrance to the community of Stewart Mountain will be closed temporarily, from 8:00 a.m., on Thursday, August 29, 2013 to 8:00 a.m. on Friday, August 30, 2013.This temporary closure is to facilitate road repairs which include the pouring of concrete and the placement of reinforcing steel bars along the damaged section of roadway. These works became necessary as the roadway at this location has become highly unstable because of an elevated water-table, an underground spring and leaking Water Commission 300 mm mains located across the roadway.The alternative routes formotorists travelling from the direction of Ocho Rios towards Gayle,is via Cascade or motorists travelling from the direction of Rio Neuvo towards Gayle may travel via Mango Valley to Union Hill, then Jessikie and then onto Gayle.Motorists are advised to proceed with caution, obey the instructions of flag persons and posted warning and directional signs while work is in progress at this location. Rio Neuvo to Gayle main road will be closed temporarily, from 8:00 a.m., on Thursday, August 29, 2013 to 8:00 a.m. on Friday, August 30, 2013 This temporary closure is to facilitate road repairs Story Highlights The alternative routes formotorists travelling from the direction of Ocho Rios towards Gayle,is via Cascade last_img read more

New Glasgow Enters the Ice Age

first_imgThe people of New Glasgow’s west side have home ice advantagethis weekend, Feb. 4-6, when the community’s outdoor rink isshowcased to the public. As part of the national Ice Dreams initiative to Take the Roofoff Winter, the Office of Health Promotion showcases an outdoorrink annually to create awareness and to celebrate all outdoorrinks and outdoor play in winter. This year’s featured attraction is the outdoor rink that has beenbuilt in New Glasgow each winter for nearly 70 years and that isalways a focal point for the community’s annual West Side WinterCarnival. “Nova Scotia has the perfect weather for all types of winteractivities, be it skiing, skating, or just fun in the snow,” saidHealth Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “We want to showpeople how much fun outdoor rinks are, and being outdoors ingeneral. It’s time to take the roof off winter.” The 36th annual West Side Winter Carnival will include an openingceremony today, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m., fireworks, public skates, foodand prizes, a variety show, and more. “The residents of New Glasgow’s west side should be very proud ofthe job they have done over the past and continue to do today,”said local organizer Michelle MacDougall. “We have a young,vibrant, growing community with members who are willing to pitchin with whatever is needed. They are all outside enjoying whatnature has to offer. It is because of these people that the WestSide Community Centre is what it is today.” Health Promotion is the provincial delivery agent of a nationalinitiative called Ice Dreams, which is part of the Go for Greenprogram. The Recreation Facility Association of Nova Scotia isalso a supporter of the program. Ice Dreams was developed to showCanadians that just because the temperature has dropped, itdoesn’t mean that there are any fewer opportunities to getoutside and be active. The program is about the rebirth ofoutdoor rinks — historical playgrounds for hockey and skating. For more information on building an outdoor rink, see the websiteat visit www.icedreams.ca . For more information on the West SideWinter Carnival, call Michelle MacDougall at 1-902-755-6862 or 1-902-752-6554.last_img read more

Two dead 23 injured after building collapses in Himachals Solan

first_imgShimla: At least two people, including an Army man, were killed and 23 injured after a four-storey building collapsed in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district Sunday, a district official said. The building, located on the Nahan-Kumarhatti road, housed a restaurant and collapsed amidst heavy rains in the area, he said. An Army man and a civilian were killed in the incident, Solan Deputy Commissioner (DC) K C Chaman said. Chaman, who was on the spot, said that 37 people were trapped, and till now 23 people have been rescued and two bodies pulled out of the debris. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayThe rescued people sustained multiple injuries and have been admitted to a nearby hospital. Twelve others are still trapped under the debris, the official said. Eighteen Army personnel are among the injured, he added. The Indian Army, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and police are jointly carrying out the rescue operation, the official said, adding that National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has also been called from Panchkula in Haryana.last_img read more

Nuit Blanche allnighter shines a light on creativity in Scarborough and downtown

first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2018 – Last night and into the early hours of Sunday, residents and visitors filled the streets of downtown Toronto and parts of Scarborough to explore contemporary art for the 13th edition of Nuit Blanche Toronto. Advertisement a 13-metre-high tower, featuring an Arabic translation of “Prairie Greyhounds” (1903), by E. Pauline Johnson(Tekahionwake) (“Mirrors of Babel” by eL Seed)2,000 dumplings sold by vendors representing a variety of nations (“International Dumpling Festival” by Ken Lum)80,000 Lego pieces used to create a two-metre-tall Black child warrior (“Cavalier Noir” by Ekow Nimako, Director X) Audiences experienced more than 75 projects from 400 artists that ranged from performance art and interactive instillations to sculpture, mixed media and beyond. Ten projects will remain on display through October 8.Highlights from the night included the following exhibits:250 text-based images projected onto the façade of the Scarborough Civic Centre (“Everything I Wanted to Tell You” by Hiba Abdallah) Login/Register With: Twitter As part of the Nuit Blanche Toronto Extended Projects program, the following 10 projects will remain on display from Sunday, September 30 through Monday, October 8 at the following downtown and Scarborough locations:Walk Among Worlds by Máximo González sponsored by Scarborough Town Centre.During mall operating hours, Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Dr.Everything I Wanted to Tell You by Hiba AbdallahFrom 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily at Scarborough Civic Centre, Rotunda, 150 Borough Dr.Cavalier Noir by Ekow Nimako and Director XFrom 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily at Scarborough Civic Centre, Rotunda, 150 Borough Dr.Mord’iim by MEDIAHDuring TTC operating hours, Scarborough Centre stationUniversal Language by Shalack AttackDuring TTC operating hours, Lawrence East stationNatural Love by Planta MuiscaDuring TTC operating hours, Midland stationlittle g by Javid JahDuring TTC operating hours, Kennedy stationAM I OKAY? by Tabban SoleimaniDuring TTC operating hours, Ellesmere stationan initial aversion to the plight of the sufferer (Pietà) by nichola feldman-kissFrom 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, podium roof, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.Preserved by Gayle Chong KwanFrom 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily, decommissioned Bay Street ramp, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.Further details on viewing times for the extended projects can be found at http://www.nbto.com/.Nuit Blanche Toronto has fostered cultural engagement for 13 years, making contemporary art accessible to a mass and diverse audience. Official attendance and economic impact figures for Nuit Blanche Toronto 2018 will be released in November. Plans are already underway for the 14th edition of the event.High resolution images from the event and extended projects are available at https://bit.ly/2ntEgyN.About Nuit Blanche TorontoNuit Blanche Toronto is the city’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community and funded by the Government of Ontario and Tourism Toronto. Since 2006, this award-winning event has featured almost 1,490 art installations by approximately 5,200 artists and has generated over $355 million in economic impact for Toronto. Information and updates are available at http://www.nbto.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/nuitblancheTO, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nuitblancheTO, on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/nuitblancheTO. The event hashtag is #nbTO18.Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms, on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto. 20 police cars forming a barricade along Bay Street (“On Flashing Lights” by Brendan Fernandes)3,000 globes forming an accumulation of different worlds (“Walk Among Worlds” by Máximo González) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment 200 square metres of jute fabric hanging outside of Toronto’s City Hall (“Radical Histories” by Ibrahim Mahama) Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

The water was so clean drinkable Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation members talk about

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsThe six day tour of communities in Treaty 5 that have been effected by hydro development came to an end in the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.The issues here are similar to ones in Gillam, O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation at South Indian Lake, Norway House and the Misipawistic Cree in Grand Rapids – life forever changed after hydro started it system of damming rivers in the 1960s.In this final episode, Ramona Neckoway who is a member of the Wa Ni Ska Tan Alliance introduces APTN News to her community.abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img read more

Eiffel Tower evacuated after climber spotted on monument

first_imgParis: The Eiffel Tower was evacuated on Monday afternoon after a person was spotted climbing up the Paris landmark, the company that operates the structure said. “A climber has been spotted. It’s the standard procedure: We have to stop the person, and in that case we evacuate the tower,” an SETE official told AFP, adding that police were on the scene. The esplanade underneath the monument was also evacuated. “We kindly advise our visitors to postpone their visit,” the SETE added on Twitter. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportPolice have made contact with the climber but do not yet know why he began his ascent via the iron beams, a police source told AFP. In October 2017 the tower was also evacuated after a young man ventured out on one of the beams and threatened to commit suicide, before police were able to convince him to come back. Nearly seven million people a year visit the 324-metre-high structure, which last week celebrated its 130th anniversary. The first two floors can be reached by either elevator or stairs, but only elevators whisk people to the top observation deck.last_img read more

WatchBCs trade trip to China cancelled over Huawei arrest Canada warned it

Canadian Press/Jane Wolsak Stefano Maron, a spokesman for Global Affairs Canada, said in an email the decision was made at the provincial level and deferred comments to the B.C. government.B.C. Trade Minister Bruce Ralston declined an interview request Sunday.The United States is seeking to have Meng extradited on allegations that she tried to evade American trade sanctions on Iran. A bail hearing began in Vancouver on Friday, and Meng is spending the weekend in jail before it continues next week. The Chinese government has warned Canada that if Meng is not released, the country will face “grave consequences.”A report by the official Xinhua News Agency carried on the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s website said that Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng called in Canadian Ambassador John McCallum on Saturday over Meng’s detention.Huawei is the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet companies and has been the target of deepening U.S. security concerns over its ties to the Chinese government. The U.S. has pressured European countries and other allies to limit use of its technology, warning they could be opening themselves up to surveillance and theft of information.Le told McCallum that Meng’s detention at the request of the United States was a “severe violation” of her “legitimate rights and interests.”“Such a move ignores the law and is unreasonable, unconscionable, and vile in nature,” Le said in the statement.“China strongly urges the Canadian side to immediately release the detained Huawei executive … or face grave consequences that the Canadian side should be held accountable for,” Le said.On Sunday, Le summoned U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad for a similar meeting, demanding Washington cancel the order for Meng’s arrest, Xinhua News Agency said.Le called the United States to “immediately correct its wrong actions” and said it would take further steps based on Washington’s response.Stephen Nagy, a distinguished fellow with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, said both Canada and China are walking a tight rope in relations with one another.Canada could be concerned about retaliatory action that could range from the arrests of Canadians in China to the stonewalling of trade negotiations with British Columbia, he said.Even if British Columbia had nothing to do with Meng’s arrest, the appearance of B.C. officials in China would be taken “very, very negatively,” he said.“This is just standard practice in diplomacy where you don’t smack the face of your host before you go there,” he said in a phone interview from Japan.It’s unlikely that any trade deals would have been signed under the circumstances, since it could appear to Chinese citizens that the Chinese government was rewarding Canada for the arrest, he said.While Canada is under pressure to co-operate with the United States, he said China has an interest in maintaining positive relations with Canada to balance its tense trade relationship with the U.S.“On the Chinese side, they don’t want to alienate potential partners who could take some pressure off from the United States during this trade war. So it’s a very delicate balancing act for both sides,” he said. VICTORIA — The detention of a top Huawei executive in Canada has derailed British Columbia’s trade mission to China. The delegation led by B.C. Forestry Minister Doug Donaldson will no longer be stopping in China, and will instead end its trip after a visit to Japan.The decision follows the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, who was detained while changing flights last week in Vancouver.“The Province of British Columbia has suspended the China leg of its Asian forestry trade mission due to the international judicial process underway relating to a senior official at Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.,” the province said in a statement, adding that British Columbia values its strong trade relationship with China.Huawei arrest puts focus on Chinese company’s relationship with Canadian telecomsHow the arrest of Huawei’s CFO affects China, Canada tradeWho is Wanzhou Meng? Huawei’s arrested CFO rose through ranks despite founder father’s rebuke“It is anticipated that Minister Donaldson will work to reschedule events planned for the Chinese portion of this mission at the earliest convenient moment.”In this courtroom sketch, Meng Wanzhou, left, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, sits beside a translator during a bail hearing at B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Friday. read more

Students stage walkout

Simcoe Composite School students staged a walkout Thursday afternoon to protest announced changes to the provincial education system.The Progressive Conservative government recently announced plans to increase high school class sizes, have mandatory online classes for high school students and ban cellphones from classrooms.About 90 students left classes, chanting “Students say no” and “Cuts hurt kids,” among other things. They cheered when passing cars honked their horns.Although some of the Grade 12 students at the protest won’t be affected by the changes, they said they worry about younger students and the quality of education they will receive.“We have a lot of things here that make learning accessible for everybody, and make it easier for kids with different challenges, making it possible for them to succeed,” said Grade 12 student Aisley Ellis. “I don’t think e-learning will help with that. It will just create more challenges.”This SCS walkout was part of a provincewide walkout organized by March for Our Education, involving thousands of students and over 700 high schools. Eight Grand Erie District School Board schools were listed on the sign-up sheet for the walkout, including schools in Simcoe, Delhi and Brantford.The students walked from SCS to MPP Toby Barrett’s office on Norfolk Street North during their third-period class. The students say they got no response from Barrett after a  walkout in March to protest changes to the province’s post-secondary school grant and loan program.Barrett was not at his office on Thursday but a representative listened to the students’ concerns. Bobbi Ann Brady, Barrett’s executive assistant, told the students to write letters to their MPP explaining their concerns.“For me, my dad is a teacher and I want to be a teacher, that’s what I want to go to school for in the fall, so it’s tough that this is happening right now,” said Ben Morrison, a Grade 12 student at SCS.“It could be a lifelong change for me. When I finish post-secondary, it is going to be way harder for me to find a job as a teacher in Ontario.”SCS principal John Della Fortuna sent home a letter with students earlier in the week stating “There are many ways individuals can voice their opinions and we urge students to choose ways that do not impact their learning. We are also encouraging parents to have similar conversations with their children at home.”The letter stated that the school will be following all regular protocols regarding students leaving class.The school board echoed the principal’s letter.“While the Grand Erie District School Board understands everyone has a right to their own opinion, we firmly believe students belong in the classroom where important learning is taking place, and where we can keep students safe,” said Kimberly Newhouse, manager of communications and community relations.Students said a concern with online courses is that not all students have a personal computer or even access to one.“It feels like they’re trying to push for a new age, but the school doesn’t have that technology to work with,” said Grade 12 student Brendan Francis-Cope.Similar concerns were expressed at Delhi District Secondary School, where more than 100 students cut classes. Elizabeth Clarke, a co-organizer of Thursday’s protest and a Grade 12 student at DDSS, said e-learning poses challenges to students where high-speed internet is unreliable or non-existent.“Especially in rural areas,” she said as vehicles on James Street honked at the assembled throng. “Some of us won’t be able to get on (the internet) because we’re too far away from the networks.”“And not everyone can afford a computer,” added co-organizer Matt Bailey, also a Grade 12 student at DDSS.Bailey said students are protesting because larger class sizes will mean fewer teachers will be available to help students. Bailey also fears cuts are coming to programs that help students with special needs.He said Thursday’s protest at DDSS was student-driven. Bailey and Clarke said they were not allowed to put up posters in school, so they relied instead on social media and word-of-mouth.“We haven’t had any coaching from teachers,” Bailey said. “Teachers were telling us to stay in class because that’s what the school board was telling them to say.”With files from Monte Sonnenbergastaylor@postmedia.com read more

Australian national takes the helm as new UN disaster risk reduction chief

“This is a very exciting time to be leading UNISDR as it enters a new era marked by the promotion and implementation of the Sendia Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 which seeks substantial reductions in disaster losses including mortality, the numbers of persons affected by disasters, economic losses and damage to critical infrastructure such as schools and hospitals,” Mr. Glasser said in a press statement. “Reducing disaster risk is core to the achievement of the post-2015 development agenda including the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change,” he continued. “We live in a world where 90 per cent of disasters are now climate-related, so there needs to be significant integration of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation efforts to ensure that climate change is not seen as a risk driver in isolation from other risk factors such as poverty, rapid urbanisation, non-compliance with building codes, environmental degradation and population expansion in exposed areas such as flood plains and coastal areas.” He succeeds Margareta Wahlström who completed two terms at the end of 2015. read more

Armed hostilities on rise again in Ukraine where conflict never really stopped

The report of the Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, published on Tuesday, warned that that daily ceasefire violations coupled with falling temperatures further aggravated a dire human rights and humanitarian situation on both sides of the contact line. “The hostilities have never really stopped, affecting, in one way or another, the daily lives of millions in the conflict zone and in the country as whole, with the heaviest burden falling on those living in the immediate vicinity to the contact line,” stated Fiona Frazer, Head of the Monitoring Mission.“As one civilian told my colleagues, ‘it is now worse than in 2014 because we can no longer bear it,’” she added. From 16 August to 15 November, the mission recorded 15 conflict-related civilian deaths and 72 injuries – with 20 individual cases of killings, deprivation of liberty, enforced disappearances, torture and conflict-related sexual violence committed on both sides of the contact line, illustrating the prevailing atmosphere of impunity for grave violations in the conflict zone. As the report cautioned about the situation of people who are detained incommunicado, the UN mission continued to be denied access to detainees – raising serious concerns on conditions and possible further human rights abuses, such as torture and ill-treatment. The report detailed that in conflict-related cases, victims’ complaints of torture are often disregarded, and investigations into allegations are either rarely opened or ineffective. Behind closed doors, those detainees are ‘convicted’ without recourse to effective remedy. This posed a grave concern, given that in November the ‘supreme court’ of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ pronounced a second ‘death penalty.’ Also highlighted in the report was the broad interpretation and application of the criminal codes on terrorism, high treason and territorial integrity of the country. Additionally, it flagged that protracted investigations and trials in many conflict-related cases resulted in prolonged detentions of the accused in pre-trial detention facilities, where the issue of access to medical care remained acute. During each month of the reporting period, more than one million crossings over the contact line were recorded, with people claiming corruption and overly complicated checking procedures. While the UN Human Rights Office does not have access to Crimea, it continued to analyze the situation there from its offices in mainland Ukraine. The report concluded with advice in addressing acute systemic challenges, such as having Government policies evolve in an inclusive manner, and, together with judicial reforms, foster accountability and social cohesion. In parallel, the implementation in full of the Minsk agreements by all parties to the conflict is critical for peace and reconciliation. read more

Lebanon UN humanitarian fund to step up support for the most vulnerable

“Preserving the stability of Lebanon means preserving tolerance, diversity and stability in the region,” said Philippe Lazzariniat, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon, warning that the needs of the affected communities are fast outpacing the resources and capacities.“More than ever, international solidarity needs to match the hospitality of Lebanon as host country. No country in the world can – or should – carry alone the challenge that Lebanon is facing. Responsibility-sharing is key.”Launched Monday, the $6.5 million Standard Allocation, will fund support programmes for Palestinian refugees from Syria, persons with specific needs, and sexual and gender-based violence survivors (the three most vulnerable groups).According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the call for proposals under the Allocation will remain open until 6 April. Most of the funds through the Standard Allocation process will be used for priority projects in line with the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan.In addition to the Crisis Response Plan, the Lebanon Humanitarian Fund has allocated over $40 million to support the humanitarian response in Lebanon since 2014, filling in with vital funds to sustain support for more than 850,000 individuals, including Syrian and Palestinian Refugees, as well as vulnerable Lebanese – 55 per cent of whom are women and girls.However, lack of funding remains a major challenge and overall funding for the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan have fallen for three consecutive years.In 2017, of the $2.75 billion needed, only 43 per cent was received. In 2016 and 2015, funding level stood at 46 and 54 per cent, respectively. read more

Commerce permitting for Blue River

first_imgCommerce Resources has employed the services of Gartner Lee in anticipation of the Blue River tantalum-niobium project entering the regulatory permitting process to become a producing mine in BC, Canada. Gartner Lee has initiated preliminary baseline data compilation and scoping for the approvals required for the project.Under the supervision of Charlotte Mougeot, the environmental team will work closely with the geological and engineering team to provide an integrated baseline programme using public sources of information and site-specific field programmes. This follows a recent property inspection by Commerce’s technical team.Environmental field programmes are expected to start in late August and will include water sampling, fisheries work and preliminary soil and vegetation surveys. This work will coincide with the trenching and drilling scheduled in the ongoing work programme.Commerce Resources is focused on the development and exploration of its Fir and Verity tantalum and niobium projects covering 49 km² in BC. The company is conducting detailed exploration of its Fir and Verity deposits. Exploration to date at the Fir deposit has outlined an indicated resource of 5.65 Mt with 203.1 g/t Ta2O5 and 1,047 g/t Nb2O5. The Fir deposit is also host to an inferred resource of 6.7 Mt with 203.1 g/t Ta2O5 and 1,047 g/t Nb2O5. The Verity deposit, 10 km north of the Fir property, is host to an estimated inferred resource of 3.06 Mt with 196 g/t Ta2O5, 646 g/t Nb2O5 and 3.20% P2O5.www.commerceresources.comlast_img read more

Column Will we see a UKIP victory in the European Parliament elections

first_imgLOVE HIM OR loathe him, you can’t deny Nigel Farage’s celebrity status. He is one of the most recognisable politicians around and with his barnstorming media antics, he spearheaded the resurgence of hard euro-scepticism across the UK.Yet hard right, anti-European, anti-immigration parties like UKIP are growing across Europe. Various polls suggest that the once disorganised movement, often flippantly dismissed ‘respectable racists’, could register significant gains in the upcoming European Parliament elections.The potential for UKIP dominance has been widely publicised. Farage himself predicted an “earthquake” while other prominent right wingers envisage “the liberation from the European elite, the monster in Brussels”.So are they correct? Their success would certainly send a shockwave across the continent but are we really about to find ourselves at the mercy of the most anti-EU, combatively euro-sceptic European Parliament to date?No.‘Europe of Freedom and Democracy’There are currently seven pan-European political groups in the Parliament and a handful of politicians possessing no formal group affiliation. Farage leads the hard euro-sceptics in the ‘Europe of Freedom and Democracy’ (EFD) group.The EFD is mostly made up of UKIP and the Italian Lega Nord Party. While it meets the threshold required to form an official group – 25 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from at least seven member states –it is the smallest group and has minimal policymaking influence as its politicians are traditionally unwilling to engage constructively in the legislative process. Anyone working in the Parliament knows that they rarely show up, let alone engage in or vote on policy.Their (misguided) rationale is most that Europe should not be responsible for so much legislation, so why bother to amend it? Ironically, such abstentionist-like policies only weaken their own nationalistic positions. Their non-attendance reduces the size of opposition to pro-EU parties who eventually win most of the key votes.So would victory in the euro-elections prompt change? Would more MEPs lead to a more influential group of hard-right euro-sceptics?There is already a groundswell of support for such parties. Across Europe, populist and far-right movements are ditching old tactics. They are downplaying their fascist, anti-Semitic sympathies. They have smartly adopted socially liberal language, become adept at using social media and even defended gay rights and women’s rights. They have had a PR facelift. The rampant intolerance is omnipresent and they still play on paranoia surrounding Islam and immigrants, but they are cultivating support by banding together to fight a common enemy; the European Union.Enter the ‘European Alliance for Freedom’ (EAF)Founded in 2010 by former UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom, the EAF is already a pan-European political party but it is not a group in the European Parliament…yet. It is the ‘Trojan Horse’ which is being used to link various national parties who will then form a new hard right euro-sceptic parliamentary grouping after the elections, which will seek to bring down the European Parliament from within.In terms of membership, the French ‘Front National’ (FN) will play a leading role. It currently has three MEPs but is polling ahead of all other French parties at 24% and could return up to 20 seats. The Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) has publicly declared its intention to join the group and the Austrian Freedom Party, Belgium’s Vlaams Belang party, the Sweden Democrats and a Maltese politician are also expected join, if elected. Lega Nord, the Slovak National Party, the Danish People’s Party and the Finn’s Party are all potential suitors despite their links to the current EFD group.So where does this leave UKIP?For Nigel Farage, it is a predicament. The formation of the EAF would likely collapse the EFD, leaving UKIP MEPs with no formal group affiliation. The result would be less staff, less office space, less funding, less speaking time and less visibility. Finding themselves in the barren wasteland of non-attached politics, some UKIP MEPs would likely signal interest in joining the EAF and Farage may ultimately be left with no choice but to unite.Farage is openly reticent about linking with the Front National or PVV because of their deeply embedded anti-Semitism, but he recognises that cooperation may be unavoidable. He has already been quoted as saying that “there are going to be euro-sceptics in the Parliament next year, we don’t intend to get into bed with any of them, but we may vote the same way”.Even if he was forced to cooperate with more extreme parties, the policymaking impact of a hard euro-sceptic group would be minimal. A coherent anti-EU, ‘us versus them’ narrative is one thing, but internal ideological differences would be crippling. Some parties, like UKIP, market themselves as anti-extremist Libertarians whereas others are openly xenophobic protectionists. The worst a large euro-sceptic grouping could do is plague mainstream parties by forcing them to regularly compromise with each other in order to block any fascist gains. Anti-EU parties could then bemoan such a ‘democratic deficit’ in European politics.The time may be ripe for a coordinated assault on the EU, but even if UKIP sweep the board in May’s elections, it will not cause much more than a slew of sensationalist, ‘racism without borders’ headlines about the resurgent right. Any new hard euro-sceptic coalition would ultimately be as ineffective and irrelevant as ever.UKIP could send an army of newly elected MEPs to Brussels, but working without a formal affiliation to a parliamentary grouping almost guarantees political impotence and even if they join forces with the type of hard-right fascist parties which they have worked hard to distance themselves from, they could actually lose influence.Your move, Nigel.Ben Acheson has worked as an Energy and Environment Policy Adviser and Parliamentary Assistant to a senior MEP at the European Parliament since 2009. Besides his expertise on Energy and Environment issues, he has an in-depth knowledge of regional security in Central Asia and has worked in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. Ben also engages in animal welfare topics, children’s issues and the EU-aspects of the Scottish independence debate. In his spare time, Ben writes for the Huffington Post and plays semi-professional American Football; in 2012 he was unanimously voted as the National Player of the Year in Belgium.You can visit Ben’s website, blog or follow him on Twitter.Read: UKIP MEP whacks journalist on the head and defends his use of the word “sluts”Read: MEP abruptly ends interview after denying phrase “Bongo Bongo Land” is racistRead: Anti-immigration party UKIP: election victory marks ‘a real change in politics’We’re interested in your ideas and opinions – do you have a story you would like to see featured in Opinion & Insight? Email opinions@thejournal.ielast_img read more

National Journal Undergoing Business and Editorial Transformation

first_imgAtlantic Media’s National Journal Group has garnered headlines from media outlets across the country in recent weeks because of the big names it has been hiring. The most recent among them was the appointment of Newsweek senior editor and national economic correspondent Michael Hirsh as chief correspondent, covering economic policy, foreign policy and politics.Not long before that, the Washington D.C.-based weekly scored a major coup when it landed widely-recognized Fox News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett as a congressional correspondent. Other hires at the group—which also publishes CongressDaily and the Hotline—include former Time correspondent Matt Cooper as managing editor, political analyst Matthew Dowd, The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder, USA Today’s Aamer Madhani, the Wall Street Journal’s Yochi Dreazen, Sue Davis, and Fawn Johnson, Politico’s Josh Kraushaar, Coral Davenport, and Tim Alberta, and more.The National Journal’s slew of recent hires goes beyond simple staffing up. Here, we speak with Atlantic Media president Justin Smith to find out what the strategy behind all the hires is, what the National Journal Group is aiming to accomplish and what role it plays in the overall Atlantic Media portfolio. FOLIO: The most recent hire of Michael Hirsh from Newsweek is a significant win for the National Journal. Why did you target Hirsh? In your words, what does he bring to the National Journal team?Smith: In his books, columns, and reporting, Michael Hirsh has demonstrated a unique understanding of the intersection of economic policy, international affairs, and politics. He combines a panoramic view with incisive, high-impact writing, and delivers journalism that helps “see around corners”—the exact type of forward-looking intelligence we hope to provide to our audiences.FOLIO: Hirsh’s hire closely follows the appointment of former Fox News correspondent Major Garrett a congressional corresponden—tanother big get. Why hire Garrett?Smith: Major Garrett is one of the hardest-working and most well-respected journalists in Washington.  The depth and breadth of his knowledge about covering Washington is impressive, and he’ll be able to do the kind of reporting and analysis on Congress, the White House, and politics that only someone with his range of experiences could. He’s also proven that his skills span the full spectrum of platforms, including television, online, and print, which perfectly suits our mission of bringing National Journal’s reporting to our subscribers and free audiences across multiple channels.FOLIO: The National Journal has made a slew of recent hires. What exactly is your strategy with this hiring surge?Smith: We have been on a nationwide talent search all summer that is part of an ongoing business and editorial transformation of the National Journal. We have long been considered the premium source in Washington for intelligent, insightful, and credible reporting and analysis. In this next chapter, we’re focused on infusing our existing analytic strength with currency, relevance and speed.  Every hire this summer—from the high-profile names to the young up-and-comers—has been made with the goal of a building a team that will be smart, deep, and fast. We’ve been thrilled at the response to the search—we feel very fortunate to have discovered a great group of talented journalists who found our vision of a high-quality, high-impact newsroom to be an exciting one.FOLIO: Will the staffing tear continue? If so, in which areas?Smith: We still have some newsroom announcements to come. It has been exciting to watch the inflow of talent to the company.FOLIO: If there was one editorial staffer you could hire today that the National Journal doesn’t already employ, who would it be and why?Smith: We honestly couldn’t ask for a better assemblage of talent. Ron Fournier, our editor-in-chief, and Ron Brownstein, our editorial director, have found and recruited the smartest group of journalists we could have possibly imagined. So I don’t find myself spending a lot of time thinking about missing pieces. Though, of course every quality news organization could use a couple of Jim Fallows!FOLIO: What are the National Journal’s plans for distributing on e-readers and other mobile devices, and how do these hires, if at all, impact those?Smith: National Journal’s objective is to become a digital-first media organization. The re-launch of NationalJournal.com in October will position us for news distribution across a full variety of platforms. The reporters, editors, and analysts that we have hired will be contributing on all of those platforms, and their mission will be to produce content that serves the needs of an audience that is always on, always connected, always looking for the next bit of intelligence. As part of this process, we’re committed to publishing a range of desktop and mobile products that deliver our journalism in many forms and frequencies—in the moment-to-moment daily fray, on a daily appointment basis, or on a more reflective weekly timeframe.FOLIO: Refresh my memory. What products fall under the National Journal Group umbrella?Smith: Under the new unified National Journal newsroom—which includes National Journal magazine (weekly), CongressDaily (daily), and the Hotline (multiple times daily)—we’ll be producing a steady stream of both breaking news and daily analysis. NationalJournal.com will be updated with up-to-the-minute news, including a free site alongside an enriched subscriber site that will allow for deep-dives on critical issue areas and finely customizable news and mobile delivery options. National Journal’s circulation has been growing consistently and we expect to have our total circulation over 15,000 by the time of launch.FOLIO: Are any changes coming/have any happened recently on the business side of the operation?Smith: We have overhauled much of the business side as well, from sales to circulation to marketing. Our desire to have the best talent wasn’t restricted to the editorial staff at all. Succeeding in media in 2010 requires flawless business-side execution.  You can’t aspire to that goal without great people.  And that’s what we’ve done across the board.[Smith declined to answer questions concerning advertising revenue performance for the group.]FOLIO: How, if at all, does publishing the National Journal next to The Atlantic shape each magazine’s editorial vision?Smith: You know, it was Matt Cooper who credited Atlantic Media’s owner David Bradley with turning our shared offices at the Watergate “into a citadel of journalistic integrity and reinvention.” It’s a huge compliment and one that we’d like to think is true, even partially. I am fortunate to work closely with both brands, and there is no question that they share similar values, both in the quality of their work and in the quality of their people. Each organization’s editorial vision is distinct and independent.  But ideas and passion are contagious, and this building is brimming with both.FOLIO: What’s next for the National Journal for the rest of 2010 into 2011?Smith: When NationalJournal.com relaunches in October, we will be transforming National Journal into a digital-first media organization and enhancing our strength in analysis with a new level of urgency, speed, and utility. We will have assembled a remarkably talented newsroom. And we’ll be diving head-first into the 2010 election cycle, a potentially substantial lame-duck Congressional session, and then an entirely new Congress at the start of 2011.  There will certainly be no shortage of stories to cover—and no small need within our audience to cut through the clutter to know and understand how all these critical issues will play out.last_img read more

Five Alaska inmates overdose in 24 hours DOC credits recovery to antiOD

first_imgFive inmates overdosed at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River over a 24-hour period, from Monday night to Tuesday night, according to the Alaska Department of Corrections.Listen nowAll five women are expected to survive. Officials credit a rapid response administering the overdose-reversing drug Narcan. DOC said responding paramedics used Narcan to revive the first woman who overdosed, and DOC staff administered the drug to reverse the four subsequent overdoses.DOC spokesperson Megan Edge said corrections staff have been getting more training and Narcan kits to deal with overdoses after Gov. Bill Walker declared a state opioid disaster in February.Edge said while drug overdoses occur from time to time in state correctional facilities, a cluster of five in a single day is uncommon.“The reality is, we are in the middle of an opioid epidemic, and prisons aren’t immune to that,” Edge said.DOC’s Professional Conduct Unit is investigating questions like how the drugs got into a state-run correctional facility, Edge said. The department is still looking into what type of opioid the inmates had used, she said, and the department not saying yet what they suspect.Despite efforts to stop drugs getting into prisons and jails, they make it in, so Edge said correctional officers and nurses at the facilities are trained on what to do to save prisoners from an overdose.“And so they’re constantly looking for more tools and resources that they can use in those situations, I mean, DOC is the largest substance abuse treatment provider in the state, and so that means we need the tools and resources to do it,” Edge said.That includes distributing emergency kits that have doses of Narcan at correctional centers and probation offices around the state. Edge says the kits were installed as a result of policy measures that kicked in after Walker’s formal disaster declaration.last_img read more

Work for solar dome installation at Eco Park to get completed within

first_imgKolkata: The solar dome at Eco Park conceived by the West Bengal Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) and implemented by the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) is expected to be completed in another six to seven months.”The uniqueness of the solar dome lies in the fact that it will be able to generate more energy than it will consume. Bridge & Roof Co. (India) Limited has already started the construction work after they were selected thorough a tendering process,” a senior official of WBSEDCL said. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe dome will be 120-feet tall and integrated with grid connected solar PV power plant. It will be the first-of-its-kind in Eastern India. The total project cost is Rs 30 crore. It will house a planetarium, marine aquarium, gallery and a view point from which the visitors will have a panoramic view of Rajarhat-Newtown. The dome will act as a museum displaying various uses of unconventional energy. It will be a semi-spherical bluish structure where the ground level diameter will be 45-metre. The structure will have crystalline solar panels and glass panels, which will be connected to the power lines through a net metering mechanism. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that the Energy Park situated opposite Science City had to be destroyed to provide space for the Airport–New Garia Metro project and construction of Maa flyover. It was during that time when the government decided to have a similar kind of infrastructure at another place. After many deliberations, at the government level, the decision was taken that Eco Park popularly known as Prakriti Tirtha will be the alternative place. “We have been taking all possible measures to project New Town as a clean and green city and for raising environmental awareness. The solar dome is a step towards that direction,” a senior official of HIDCO said.last_img read more

Troye Sivan surprises Taylor Swift on stage drops date and name of

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Taylor Swift and Troye Sivan. | Photo: Eva Rinaldi and Do512 / Flickr Troye Sivan and Ariana Grande show off their sexy moves in Dance to This videoTaylor Swift invites Hayley Kiyoko on stage and they absolutely kill duetTroye Sivan announces The Bloom Tour across the USRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/troye-sivan-surprises-taylor-swift-on-stage-drops-date-for-new-album/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Swift surprised fans with a special duet between Shawn Mendes on Friday night, then took Troye on stage a night after.Sivan took to his Instagram story to explain how it all went down.He said in a video: ‘I asked Taylor Swift tickets for her show in LA and she’s like “Well actually, why don’t you come out and sing My My My with me tonight on the stage at the Rose Bowl in front of 60,000 people?”‘Taylor Swift: ‘Troye Sivan is here tonight!’He then posts a series of videos to his story documenting the journey to the gig, meeting Taylor Swift and then backstage as he made his surprise entrance.Sivan said in a video: ‘Just finished sound check. Life is crazy. I’m in my Reputation merch. Yeah, wild – thank you for having me Taylor, I’m so excited for tonight.’When introducing Sivan to the stage, Swift says: ‘He’s so epic and is so destined to be legendary – in my mind he already completely is. Troye Sivan is here tonight!’ That’s when he’s lifted up through the bottom of the stage and the two perform Sivan’s single My My My on stage together.Then after the song, Swift reveals the title and release date of Sivan’s new album.It’s called Bloom – having just released a song by the same name – and is coming out 31 August.Troye Sivan the single Bloom is about bottoming during gay sex.Elton John also recently interviewed the Aussie pop prince for Out Magazine.In the chat, Elton asks Troye: ‘Let me ask you something naughty. When you are performing and there are cute boys in the audience, do you ever get tempted?’To which Troye replies: ‘I don’t, actually. I’ve never been very adventurous in that way. I just take it easy. I think I’m just a relationship person.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Troye Sivan just surprised Taylor Swift by coming to her show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California last night (19 May).last_img read more