Belgium have edged ahead of world champions France at the top of FIFA’s world rankings.Roberto Martinez’s side were beaten 1-0 by Didier Deschamps men in the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup but pulled alongside them as the joint-top ranked team according to world football’s governing body last month.Now, following a 2-1 win over Switzerland in the Nations League and a 1-1 friendly draw with neighbours Netherlands, the Red Devils have edged ahead of Les Bleus on 1733 ranking points to 1732. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! France drew 2-2 with Iceland in a friendly and beat Germany 2-1 – matching Belgium’s return from the October international break but against opponents ranked lower by FIFA.England are up to fifth after their impressive 3-2 win against Spain, who remain ninth, while Netherlands’ 3-0 victory over Germany lifted them two places to 15th.That is directly below an out-of-sorts Die Mannschaft, who fall two spots to 14th.Minnows Gibraltar are the biggest movers – up eight places to 190th after their first competitive wins over Armenia and Lichtenstein.Colombia make the largest jump in the top 20, with a three-place rise to 11th putting them above Lionel Messi’s Argentina.Elsewhere, Wales move up one spot to 18th as the rest of the Home Nations all slip.Northern Ireland sit 34th, one place behind neighbours the Republic of Ireland, while Alex McLeish’s Scotland have dropped to 40th following successive defeats.
NEW YORK — Cam Talbot’s time in the New York Rangers lineup is fleeting at best. That is life as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup.Looking for a spark in the midst of a three-game losing streak in which no one played particularly well — including Lundqvist — Talbot got the nod against the Philadelphia Flyers.Not only did he beat them for his first win of the season, he shut them out.Talbot made 31 saves, and the Rangers snapped out of their funk with a 2-0 victory on Nov. 19.“It’s a little difficult knowing that I haven’t really contributed to the team much this year,” said Talbot (1-2-1). “To be able to come out today and provide a big win after what’s been kind of a low stretch for us, it’s pretty big.”It was his first victory since another shutout at Edmonton on March 30 — a span of six games for Talbot. Kevin Klein scored in the first period, and Rick Nash had a goal in the second.The Rangers lost twice in shootouts during their skid that culminated with a 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday. New York was 2-3-4 in its previous nine games.Talbot got New York back to its winning ways and gave Lundqvist a breather. It was his fourth career NHL shutout.“That was Cam’s real good performance. We need that from him,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “Hopefully that will give him the confidence that he needs right now to continue to do that for us.”That was certainly lacking throughout the lineup in a Nov. 17 loss that Vigneault called a “disaster.”“We were all disappointed about last game,” said forward Martin St. Louis, who was a minus-4 in that one. “To get better you need to have the right diagnosis, and we knew what we didn’t do.”New York, wearing its road white jerseys, beat the Flyers for the ninth straight time at Madison Square Garden in the regular season.Steve Mason stopped 32 shots for Philadelphia, which lost its third straight despite having three days off.Flyers general manager Ron Hextall laced into his team in a postgame closed-door tirade. He declined to reveal what was said to the players, but he clearly wasn’t happy with their performance.“It bothered me a lot,” Hextall said. “I don’t think we were hungry enough. I’m very disappointed.”The Rangers, on the other hand, were pleased with their response to the Nov. 17 loss.They showed lots of jump early and took the lead at 5:10 on Klein’s fourth goal. Less than a minute after New York was stopped on an odd-man rush, Carl Hagelin made a crisp pass from low in the zone to Klein, who scored from the edge of the right circle.Mason turned aside in-close chances by St. Louis and Chris Kreider, and stood tall when Nash crashed into him during a short-handed breakaway in the final 12 seconds of the period.“He stood on his head for 60 minutes and we didn’t support him,” Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds said. “We just didn’t show up.”Philadelphia began to generate more offense once it received its first power play. Simmonds had the best chance, but his hard drive was kicked out by Talbot’s pad with 3:56 remaining in the first.The Flyers couldn’t capitalize during the final 54 seconds of a power play that carried over into the second period.New York, however, converted on its power-play chance on Nash’s team-leading 13th goal at 7:43 of the second. Derek Stepan sent a hard pass from the left side down to St. Louis in the right circle. St. Louis quickly found Nash charging in on the left wing for an easy redirection behind Mason.Simmonds had another prime opportunity to wreck Talbot’s shutout bid with the aid of an odd bounce off the back boards. Talbot went behind the net to play the puck, but it never came to him — instead caroming out in front. Simmonds swooped in, but Talbot got back to the crease in time to prevent a shot into an open net with 6:27 left in the second.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Motorola One with Snapdragon 625, 4GB RAM spotted on GeekBenchMotorola One with Snapdragon 625, 4GB RAM spotted on GeekBench
For weeks now, we have been hearing about the Motorola One and One Power phones that are yet to be unveiled. Interestingly, the Motorola P30, which we barely knew anything about apart from some renders, went official in China earlier this week. It seems the Motorola One and One Power may be global versions of the P30, but with some subtle differences in design, as per some reports. It also looks like these phones are nearing their launch after the Motorola One was spotted on GeekBench this week.As per the benchmark site, the Motorola One will come with some paired down specs. The listing reveals that the Motorola One will be powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. This contradicts the TENAA listing late last month that listed the device running Snapdragon 636. It now seems the Motorola One Power will be the one getting the more powerful chipset.The Motorola One was benchmarked running Android 8.1 Oreo which is expected to be stock Android considering the Motorola One duo are tipped to launch as Android One phones. But depending on the launch of the device, Motorola could ship the phone with Android 9 Pie. Apart from this, the benchmark site does not give away any other detail.Based on renders and leaked live images, the Motorola One Power will look identical to the P30 with a wide notch, an iPhone X-like vertical dual camera setup and an all-glass body. The Motorola One, on the other hand, will come with a smaller notch and some differences in the look of the rear cameras.advertisementBased on what we know so far, the Motorola One will sport a 6.18-inch FHD+ notched display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. A 16MP + 5MP dual camera configuration is expected on the back and a 12-megapixel selfie camera up front. The Motorola One will also get a noticeably smaller battery 2,820mAh, while the One Power will house a 4,850mAh battery as per past reports.There is no word yet when Motorola plans to unveil these phones and whether they will make their way to India. With the Motorola P30 now official, it’s only a matter of time before the company announces its Android One phones for the global market.
Pablo Sarabia is all set to leave Sevilla to join Paris Saint-Germain, with the Ligue 1 club prepared to pay more than his €18 million (£16m/$20m) release clause.The Ligue 1 outfit are ready to offer over €20m (£18m/$23m) to sign him from the Spanish side this summer, ensuring Sevilla make a huge profit on the €400,000 they paid to get him from Getafe in 2016.Spain international Sarabia has one year left on his contract at Sevilla even though the club has spent the last two years trying to persuade him to renew his deal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Several offers were made to extend his contract, most recently with sporting director Monchi reaching out to him, but the 27-year-old made the decision to leave the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan some time ago.The attacking midfielder, who can also play on the wing and up front, does not want to leave Sevilla on bad terms and wants the club to finalise talks with PSG over the move.With the French side offering more than his release clause and putting a lucrative contract on the table for the player, Sarabia’s exit is expected to be confirmed by July 1.Sarabia will depart after scoring 23 goals and making 17 assists in 52 appearances in all competitions in 2018-19.He will be PSG’s second signing of the summer, having already landed 19-year-old goalkeeper Marcin Bulka from Chelsea. Meanwhile, they have seen Moussa Diaby leave for Bayer Leverkusen, while Giovani Lo Celso and Grzegorz Krychowiak saw their loan spells at Real Betis and Lokomotiv Moscow respectively turned into permanent deals.Gianluigi Buffon, Dani Alves and Adrien Rabiot are also departing, with their contracts expiring at the end of the month.Thomas Tuchel’s team won their second consecutive Ligue 1 title last season but failed to defend their Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue titles and crashed out of the Champions League at the last-16 phase, losing to Manchester United.Meanwhile, Sevilla have already waved goodbye to Quincy Promes, whose move to Ajax was confirmed on Monday and Luis Muriel has left for Atalanta.
5-Star RB’s Father Makes Georgia Recruiting Announcement5-Star RB’s Father Makes Georgia Recruiting Announcement
JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 28: A general view of georgia footballs taken before the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators on October 28, 2006 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)Georgia is putting together an impressive recruiting class for 2020, but its work certainly isn’t done yet. With five-star running back Kendall Milton still considering the Bulldogs, he could become the team’s priority in terms of recruiting.The Bulldogs have the No. 4 recruiting class in the nation right now. Kirby Smart has commitments from 11 players, which includes a pair of five-star recruits in Mekhail Sherman and Broderick Jones.Over the years, the Bulldogs have developed elite talent in their backfield. Star prospects like Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel all came from the program.Perhaps the next tailback in line to have an impressive career at Georgia could be Milton, who will visit the university in the near future. Chris Milton, Kendall’s father, announced on Twitter that his son will spend time with LSU this weekend and then visit Georgia on the following weekend.It’s crucial for Georgia and every school landing a visit with Milton to make an everlasting impression.LSU this weekend… Georgia, you on deck!! @therealkmilt #2muchsauce #MILTONBOYZ pic.twitter.com/nLg9PDSd9C— Chris Milton (@fatherofballers) June 5, 2019Milton is the No. 21 overall recruit in his class, per 247Sports.The current group of suitors for Milton’s commitment features Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and USC.Considering that Georgia might lose D’Andre Swift to next year’s NFL Draft, it’s important that the coaching staff finds a worthy replacement. There’s no question that Milton has the talent to make an impact the moment he begins his college career.Stay tuned for more updates on Milton’s recruitment.
zoom Bermuda-based shipowner Ship Finance International (SFL) continues with diversification and renewal of its fleet as it recently took delivery of the second 19,200 TEU boxship and sold two older oil tankers.In March, MSC Viviana was handed over to SFL and immediately commenced a 15-year bareboat charter to Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). The first 19,200 TEU vessel was delivered in December 2016 and is also chartered to MSC for a period of 15 years.In addition, the company agreed to sell the 2000-built VLCC Front Scilla and the 1998-built Suezmax vessel Front Brabant to unnamed buyers during the first quarter of 2017. The agreed net sales prices are USD 27 million and USD 12 million respectively, including compensation for the early termination of the charters from Frontline. The vessels are expected to be delivered to their new owners in the second quarter of 2017.Also in March, Ship Finance delivered the 1998-built VLCC Front Century to its new owner, an undisclosed party. The sale was agreed in November 2016 and the net proceeds from the sale amounted to USD 24 million, including compensation from Frontline for the early termination of the charter.SFL expects to take delivery of the two 114,000 dwt LR2 newbuilding product tankers in 3Q 2017. Both ships have been chartered out on long-term charters to Phillips 66, with a minimum period of seven years and options for the charter to extend the period to up to 12 years.In April, the 1,700 TEU containership MSC Alice started a hire-purchase lease with MSC for a period of five years at a net bareboat hire rate of USD 1,600 per day.Furthermore, SFL secured a charter for the 2007-built drilling rig Soehanah with a national company in Asia for a minimum period of 12 months.The information on fleet modernization comes on the back of SFL’s financial results for the first quarter of this year which show that the company delivered a net income of USD 32 million, up from a net income of USD 29 million posted in the previous quarter.The company earned USD 152 million of total charter revenues in 1Q, compared to USD 154 million posted in 4Q 2016.“Ship Finance continues to take steps to strengthen its balance sheet and diversify its contracted backlog. In the first quarter, we took delivery of our second 19,200 TEU container vessel, and we expect to take delivery of two product tankers in the third quarter this year. These three vessels, backed by long-term charters, will add approximately USD 26 million in annual EBITDA following their deliveries. We are also pleased to have secured employment for our sole uncontracted drilling rig,” Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of Ship Finance Management AS, commented.“We are of course focused on the restructuring of Seadrill, one of our large counterparties, which we hope will be finalized in the coming months. At the same time, we have significant capital available for investments, and our objectives remain to find accretive investment opportunities across our core markets and to maximize returns from our existing portfolio of assets,” Hjertaker added.
Judicial recount set for Monday following tie vote for mayor in PeachlandJudicial recount set for Monday following tie vote for mayor in Peachland
PEACHLAND, B.C. – When Harry Gough had a chance to speak with the provincial court judge overseeing his race to serve as mayor of the small community of Peachland, B.C., he had an idea to run past her.If breaking his tie with incumbent Mayor Cindy Fortin comes down to a blind draw of two “identical” papers with the candidates names on them — could both names be his?“She didn’t think that was a great idea,” he said, laughing. “I don’t know why.”The race in the lakeside community of about 5,000 people in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley is drawing attention for the unusual possibility that the mayoral tie could be broken by drawing lots — a process similar to drawing a name from a hat.How to settle election ties varies across the country. Prince Edward Island moved to a lot draw for local elections after its previous “coin toss” system fell out of favour, but it still decides provincial-level elections by heads or tails. Most provinces break ties with a byelection, with some exceptions such as New Brunswick, where the returning officer casts the deciding vote.Even ahead of the potential lot draw in Peachland, the race has been rife with twists and turns.Both candidates said the community appeared to be divided largely on a single issue: the existing council’s approval of a five-storey development along the town’s main artery of Beach Avenue, which was previously zoned for three storeys. While Fortin said it will mean positive new commercial activity in the downtown core, Gough said it represents a slippery slope that could see the beach and lake views obscured by development.On election night last week, Gough was at a restaurant with friends when his son ran in to tell him that he had won by a single vote.“Truly none of us believed him, we thought he was pulling our leg,” Gough said.Meanwhile, Fortin was at a friend’s house with her campaign team and a few other friends when she received the news that Gough had won with 804 votes against her 803.“I received a text and read it and I thought, ‘what?’” she said. “I knew immediately that it would probably come down to a recount, that the citizens of the town deserved a recount if it was a one-vote difference.”Three days after the election, Polly Palmer, the district’s chief election officer, said that a verification of the ballots revealed a tie of 804-804 between Fortin and Gough. An election official had reported that one ballot was not properly fed when a voting machine jammed.Palmer applied for a judicial recount and the provincial court judge gave it the green light on Friday.The ballots will be counted by hand on Monday and both Fortin and Gough plan to watch.If the tie stands, the town’s bylaw points to the process of drawing lots, as described in B.C.’s Local Government Act.The names of each candidate are to be written on separate pieces of paper, as similar as possible to one another. The papers are then folded in a “uniform manner” and placed in a container that is sufficiently large to allow them to be shaken, the act says.The court will pick an independent individual to draw the name.Both candidates said they prefer the idea of a “runoff election,” which is a second option identified in the act, if the tie is confirmed on Monday.Fortin said when council reviewed the town’s election bylaw in May, it had some concerns about how the mail-in voting process works, but didn’t think to debate the lot-draw option. She said that may change in the future.“Since this has happened, I think perhaps some communities will be looking at this — including our own, I hope — and changing it for future elections so that there’s a runoff election,” she said.“It should be the citizens of Peachland making a decision — not someone pulling a name out of a hat.”— By Amy Smart in Vancouver
On the heels of winning his first Oscar for an incredible performance in Dallas Buyers Club, Matthew McConaughey has partnered with online charity auction site Charitybuzz.com to raise funds for his foundation, just keep livin.The actor and philanthropist is offering up the chance for one lucky winner and a friend to walk the red carpet at the premiere of his highly anticipated film, Interstellar, and snap a photo with him. To get ready for the big event, they’ll also get styled by Dolce & Gabbana at the designer’s showroom on Rodeo Drive and even get to take some couture home!Charitable fans can bid here through May 15, but they better dig deep. The price has already gone up to $17,000 and can only be expected to rise in the six days before the auction closes. Proceeds will support the just keep livin Foundation, an organization founded by Matthew and Camila McConaughey to empower high school students to lead active lives and make healthy choices.Reese Witherspoon, Drew Brees, and other stars have also teamed up to help McConaughey’s cause. You can check out the full auction here.Charitybuzz raises funds for nonprofits by auctioning thousands of incredible experiences spanning the best of pop culture. Since launching, the company has raised over $100 million for charity by giving bidders the chance to live their dreams and make a difference.
LGBT Centers 48th Anniversary Gala Vanguard AwardsLGBT Centers 48th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards
The Los Angeles LGBT Center announced today that Co-CEO of WME | IMG Ariel Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor for the Obama Administration, will be honored at its 48th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards on Sat., Sept. 23, at The Beverly Hilton. American Airlines is the event’s title sponsor.This year’s star-studded, Hollywood-meets-the-Beltway evening will bring together more than 1,200 leaders from the civic, corporate, entertainment, and philanthropic communities to celebrate this year’s inspirational honorees for their unwavering support of the LGBT community and their dedication to creating positive change in the world. Guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, and entertainment, along with a not-to-be-missed silent auction that includes high-end items, packages, and experiences.Tickets are now on sale at lalgbtcenter.org/gala. For the latest event news and information, follow @lalgbtcenter on social media and join the conversation using #VanguardAwards.Emanuel and Co-CEO Patrick Whitesell have prioritized philanthropy as an integral part of WME | IMG’s corporate culture, a charge driven by Emanuel’s lifelong commitment to volunteerism and activism that was inspired from an early age by his parents’ deep involvement in pushing for solutions to social problems. After co-founding Endeavor in 1995, Emanuel and Whitesell orchestrated the largest talent agency merger in history in 2009 when they partnered with William Morris to form WME, which represents artists and experts across the book, digital media, film, food, music, television and theater industries. In 2012, Emanuel and Whitesell forged a strategic partnership with Silver Lake. Two years later, WME and Silver Lake acquired IMG, the premier sports, events, fashion, and media company.Jarrett was the longest serving senior advisor to President Barack Obama and was instrumental in helping coordinate the advancement of LGBT equality under eight years of the Obama administration. She worked throughout her tenure at the White House to mobilize elected officials, business and community leaders, and diverse groups of advocates to champion the creation of equality and opportunity for all Americans, and economically and politically empowering women in the United States and around the world. She also led the Obama administration’s efforts to expand and strengthen access to the middle class, and boost American businesses and our economy.The event is co-chaired by Center board members Tess Ayers, LuAnn Boylan, Michael Lombardo, and Brad Ong and longtime Center supporter Kathy Kloves. Previous honorees include Miley Cyrus, Jane Fonda, Elton John, George and Brad Takei, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita, Wanda Sykes, and Lily Tomlin.2017 Title Sponsor: American Airlines; Diamond Sponsor: Wells Fargo; Gold sponsors: Comcast NBCUniversal, Gilead Sciences, Pauley Perrette, and US Bank; Silver sponsors: Gibson Dunn, Ralph’s, and Warner Bros.; Official Vodka Sponsor: Tito’s Handmade Vodka; and Media sponsors: The Advocate, Pride.com, and Variety.
Indigenous activists say homeless in Montreal unfairly targeted for ticketingIndigenous activists say homeless in Montreal unfairly targeted for ticketing
Tom FennarioAPTN National NewsAbout two dozen protesters took part in an act of civil disobedience Tuesday afternoon in downtown Montreal by sitting on a stretch of sidewalk where Indigenous homeless have been receiving tickets.“The fact is that, where are these people to go?” asked Daybi, a Cree outreach worker who works with Montreal’s disproportionately large Indigenous homeless population.“People want to just brush them away so that they’re out of sight and out of mind, but in reality that’s never gonna happen, this has always been an area where people have congregated.”(Daybi, a Cree outreach worker who works with Montreal’s disproportionately large Indigenous homeless population. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)Across the street from the protest sits Cabot Square, a place where the city’s homeless and vulnerable Indigenous population, particularly the Inuit, have been frequenting for decades.Daybi helped organize this action after a rash of tickets were recently issued outside Restaurant Miso on the corner of Sainte Catherine and Atwater.“We had complaints from more than one merchant, and also from some citizens,” said Community Officer Adalbert Pimentel of the Montreal Police. “Different complaints, consumption of alcohol, obstructing the sidewalk, also littering on a public domain.”For 10 years Pimentel has patrolled this area.He said in his experience, police officers use their discretion when handing out tickets, and that usually it’s the last resort.According to a 2015 survey, 10 per cent of Montreal’s homeless population is Indigenous, even though they make up less than one per cent of the city’s total population.“There is a lot of warnings, most of the time there is a lot of mediation done trying to find solutions but yes, it could end up in a municipal infraction,” said Pimentel.“These cops never stop”(Osyris Jackson holds up one of his latest tickets. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)But 24-year-old Osyris Jackson said that hasn’t been his experience.“These cops never stop, I got a ticket one time for sleeping,” Jackson told APTN News at the Open Door shelter, located one block south of Cabot Square.“I just get tickets. At least give me a warning and I will move, that’s not a problem.”Jackson said he’s been living on the streets for about five years.He showed APTN two tickets for drinking in public, each for $149.“Max, in total I owe the government over a $1,000 in tickets,” he said.$20,000 in tickets…David Chapman is the director of the Open Door Shelter.He estimated that about 40 per cent of the people who come here are Inuit.Chapman said the shelters get many unpaid tickets because it’s used as a mailing address by the people who use it.He brought out a box crammed with about 100 tickets which he said is from the last two and a half months.“Having an open can of alcohol, smoking too close to a bus shelter, jaywalking, sleeping on a bench in the metro, relatively minor and arguably unnecessary infractions,” said Chapman, who added that one of his clients has over $20,000 in unpaid fines.“What happens is, knowing that you have thousands of dollars to pay, and you don’t actually have the ability to repay it, it creates a psychological dysfunction that drives you back to the addiction of choice,” said Chapman.Pimentel said that if merchants and citizens repeatedly call 911, it can’t just be ignored.“When we have a complaint, we have an obligation to take action,” he said.Meanwhile, people at the sit-in emphasized that the rapidly gentrifying area needs to accept the people who were here before them.“There’s deeper social issues at hand, there’s more to the money behind the development of this area, maybe at that level, they could be more considerate of actual people,” said Daybi.As for Jackson, before leaving the Open Door he inquired about borrowing some clothes for his upcoming court date.“It’s bad man, how are we supposed to pay all this?” he adds, tickets in email@example.com@tfennario
Retired TD Bank CEO Ed Clark to head up agency that willRetired TD Bank CEO Ed Clark to head up agency that will
TORONTO – Ontario has called in its top business guru to head the agency that will handle the complicated task of selling and distributing recreational marijuana once pot is legalized this summer.Former TD Bank CEO Ed Clark, who has served as Premier Kathleen Wynne’s business adviser since 2015, was nominated Thursday by Finance Minister Charles Sousa to chair the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s board of directors.Clark, who also is working on the province’s bid to land the new Amazon headquarters, will oversee the agency as it creates a subsidiary that will run stand-alone stores to sell legal weed.Clark described himself as a “conservative on the cannabis file” and said safety is top of mind for him.“I think we have to be quite careful,” he said. “I think it’s good to get the drug out of the hands of drug dealers. I think having people buy what is a drug, that hasn’t been tested … and buy it from bad guys, is not a good thing. We’re not here to promote marijuana. We’re here to make sure that we cut the drug dealers out of marijuana trade.”The LCBO subsidiary must put in place good quality control measures that provide consumers with a safe product, he said.“We have to make sure that we have a system, as we do with the LCBO, that we’re not selling to people that shouldn’t be buying this,” he said.Clark noted that in his 2015 review of Ontario’s assets he recommended maintaining public ownership of the LCBO and expanding access to wine and beer, two ideas the Liberal government has accepted.“I like the LCBO but it doesn’t mean there isn’t more that it can do,” he said. “I’m a retailer at heart. It will be fun to try to say, OK, how can we serve the consumer better?”The process is likely to be fraught with challenges from municipal pushback to concerns about lack of supply, but Sousa said Clark’s experience makes him the ideal person for the job.“He’s a retailer by his nature,” Sousa said. “But he’s also a policy mind. He’s successful. He has the ability to deal very effectively with leaders around the world and we’ve engaged him to do just that on our behalf.”Clark’s appointment as LCBO chairman was discussed by Ontario’s cabinet Thursday morning and will now be finalized after a review by a committee at Queen’s Park.The province announced last fall that it plans to create a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario that will run the legal weed stores. The agency itself will oversee the planning process to establish its retail locations.The province plans to set up approximately 150 standalone cannabis stores by 2020 with the first wave of 40 stores opening this summer.Clark has handled a number of difficult files for Ontario’s Liberal government in recent years, leading a controversial government asset review in 2014 which recommended the partial selloff of Hydro One. In 2015, Clark advised the province on the restructuring of U.S. Steel Canada in Hamilton. In 2016, he conducted a review of the province’s digital health records system.For his work, Clark has taken a salary of one dollar per year, something that Sousa joked won’t change.“As you know he’s been advising and providing some support for the government on a number files and he has been getting his dollar,” Sousa said. “I don’t intend to give him a raise.”Ontario NDP finance critic John Vanthof panned Clark’s hiring saying it sends the signal that the LCBO could be privatized. He urged the premier to cancel Clark’s nomination to the board.“By appointing Clark to the top post at the LCBO, Wynne is sending strong signals that she won’t stop with the selloff of Hydro One,” Vanthof said in a statement. “Ontarians overwhelmingly opposed that short-sighted move, but Wynne went ahead with her plan anyway, and Ontario families are literally paying the price.”Ontario Public Service Employees Union President Warren (Smokey) Thomas also called on Wynne to rescind Clark’s appointment.“Ed Clark has always put profits before people,” Thomas said in a statement. “Giving him the keys to the LCBO will be a huge boon for Bay Street, but it’s going to cause real harm on Main Street.”Sousa denied Clark’s hiring signals a move to privatize the Crown corporation. Clark himself recommended hanging onto the LCBO in his review of government assets, he said.“There is no intent on selling LCBO,” he said. “It’s a very efficient, very productive, well-run organization. It’s valuation is tremendous.”Meanwhile, the provincial government announced Thursday it was accepting public comment on a number of possible further regulations of legal cannabis.The proposals, which would add further detail to provincial pot laws passed in the fall, were posted on a government website. The proposed rules include clarifying where cannabis can be used with exemptions for hotel rooms and vehicles like boats which are used as primary residences. The regulations would also allow pot to be consumed in private residences which are also workplaces.The regulatory changes also appear to open the door to permitting licensed and regulated cannabis consumption lounges and venues.
Moroccan Denied Spanish Citizenship for not Knowing Name of Barcelona StadiumMoroccan Denied Spanish Citizenship for not Knowing Name of Barcelona Stadium
Rabat- A Moroccan living in Spain was denied Spanish citizenship on grounds he could not identify the name of the stadium of FC Barcelona.The Moroccan, who was legally residing in Spain since 1999, was unable to obtain the Spanish nationality because he did not know the name of FC Barcelona’s stadium: The Camp Nou.He also failed to answer other questions such as the name of a television presenter who is married to a famous Torero (bullfighter) and the name of the then Princess of Asturias. In total, the Moroccan identified as “Rodrigo” failed to answer 17 out of the 31 questions about Spanish culture and society in the integration test.The Moroccan was denied the Spanish citizenship on grounds that “he was not aware of the basic issue in Spain,” reported ABC Espana.However, the justice stepped in and regarded the errors as ‘anecdotal’ that could hardly be justified based on the lack of integration.It went to highlight that the Moroccan national was able to answer more important questions such as the correct classification of the Spanish political system, the royal dynasty, name of the mayor of the municipality, the Spanish National Day and certain internationally renowned Spanish athletes.Given his rather ‘impressive’ record in answering the questions which demonstrate sufficient institutional knowledge, the judge finally approved Rodrigo’s right to obtain the Spanish citizenship.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
Subjects for Ministries allocated and gazette publishedSubjects for Ministries allocated and gazette published
The subjects for the Ministries of the new Cabinet have been finally allocated and and the gazette was published today.Reports said that according to the gazette, twenty bodies including the Sri Lanka Central Bank, National Youth Services Commission, Exchanges and Securities Commission will fall under the national policies and economic affairs coming under the purview of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The Central Cultural Funds will fall under the purview of Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyavasam. (Colombo Gazette) Minister of Law and Order and Prison Reforms Thilak Marapana will be in charge of the Police Department, Dangerous Drugs Control Board, and Prisons Department. The Urban Development Authority will fall under the purview of Minister of Megapolis and Development Patali Champika Ranawaka.Ten institutions including the paddy marketing board and the health department, will fall under the purview of minister of rural economy P. Harrison.Minister of Public enterprise development Kabir Hashim will be in charge of 19 institutes including all state banks, SriLankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka. Transport Minister Siripala De Silva will be in charge of the Civil Aviation Authority, and Aviation Services Limited. Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake will be in charge of 26 institutions including the Treasury, Customs, Inland Revenue Department, Sri Lanka Insurance Board and National Lotteries Board.The Department of Immigration and Emigration, Department of Registrations of Persons, National Museum Department will fall under the purview of Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs S.B Navinne. Click here for the Gazette Notification
Former Minister, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said that if Parliament is dissolved it will be an undemocratic act and the public will rise up against it. The United National Party (UNP) today warned President Maithripala Sirisena against dissolving Parliament.There is speculation the President may dissolve Parliament and go for snap elections. Fonseka also said that his Field Marshal post cannot be removed.There have been reports the new Government may look to remove the post.Fonseka said that if the President listens to some underworld member and removes his Field Marshal post, that will not be accepted locally and internationally. (Colombo Gazette) “This is not just an issue involving politicians. It is an issue involving the country. If the President puts the Constitution aside and dissolves Parliament the public will protest against it,” he said. Fonseka said that under the Constitution the President cannot dissolve Parliament until it completes its full term.“This Government cannot be removed till it completes 4 1/2 years,” he said.
Worldwide overweight and obesity problem staggering – UN health agencyWorldwide overweight and obesity problem staggering – UN health agency
With largely preventable obesity and overweight contributing to more than 17 million deaths every year, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) warned today that more than 1 billion people worldwide are overweight and that, under current trends, the number will increase to 1.5 billion by 2015. “The sheer magnitude of the overweight and obesity problem is staggering,” WHO Assistant Director-General of Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health Catherine Le-Galès Camus said in the warning, issued ahead of World Heart Day on 25 September. “The rapid increase of overweight and obesity in many low- and middle-income countries foretells an overwhelming chronic disease burden in these countries in the next 10 to 20 years, if action is not taken now,” she added.Overweight and obesity, once considered a problem only in wealthy countries, are important risk factors for cardiovascular disease, which is the number one cause of death. The dramatic rise in low- and middle-income countries is due to a number of factors, including a global shift in diet towards increased energy, fat, salt and sugar intake, and a trend towards decreased physical activity due to the sedentary nature of modern work and transportation, and increasing urbanisation.According to WHO estimates, more than 75 per cent of women over the age of 30 are now overweight in countries as diverse as Barbados, Egypt, Malta, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, and the United States. Estimates are similar for men, with over 75 per cent now overweight in, for example, Argentina, Germany, Greece, Kuwait, New Zealand, Samoa, and the United Kingdom.Notably, the small Western Pacific islands of Nauru and Tonga have the highest global prevalence of overweight, with nine out of every 10 adults overweight.Raised body mass index is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. WHO estimates that over the next 10 years, cardiovascular disease, primarily heart disease and stroke, will increase most notably in the regions of the Eastern Mediterranean and Africa, where cardiovascular disease-related deaths are predicted to rise by over 25 per cent.“The real tragedy is that overweight and obesity, and their related chronic diseases, are largely preventable,” WHO Director of Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion Robert Beaglehole said. “Approximately 80 per cent of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, and 40 per cent of cancer could be avoided through healthy diet, regular physical activity and avoidance of tobacco use.”
Giancarlo Stanton Will Need To Slug Like Barry Bonds To Beat RogerGiancarlo Stanton Will Need To Slug Like Barry Bonds To Beat Roger
1999Sammy SosaCHC461763✓ So there’s a chance. But if you look at who did the homering over the rest of the season, Stanton’s odds might need to be adjusted downward more than a little. Of the eight hitter-seasons in our sample with 20 or more home runs between Game 116 and season’s end, all came in the steroid era, and only one — the great Ken Griffey Jr. — belonged to a player never associated with performance-enhancing drug use. The most by a recent player was the 18 late-season homers that Jose Bautista hit in 2010. 2001Sammy SosaCHC412364✓ 2001Barry BondsSF492473✓ Want a late-season home run barrage? Juice up.MLB players who hit the most home runs before the end of the season after hitting 35 or more home runs through 116 games YEARPLAYERTEAMTHROUGH 116 GAMESREST OF SEASONTOTALPEDS? 1997Mark McGwireOAK/STL352358✓ Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is on some kind of hot streak. With yet another home run on Sunday (he’s homered in four straight games and nine times this month), Stanton now has 42 on the 2017 season — and 21 in his last 33 games. Just when it looked like Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees was going to usurp Stanton’s crown as the game’s top power hitter, Stanton has reclaimed it with a vengeance.Stanton’s season is already historic; only 11 times in the 162-game-schedule era1Since 1961. has a batter hit 42 or more home runs in his team’s first 116 ballgames. But Stanton can set his sights on another historic mark: the pre-steroids single-season home run record of 61, set by Roger Maris in 1961.Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds later surpassed Maris’s mark.2Bonds holds the current record with 73 home runs, set in 2001. But McGwire and Sosa either admitted to or tested positive for using performance-enhancing drugs, and Bonds was mentioned prominently in the Mitchell Report (which investigated the use of steroids in baseball), thus tainting their accomplishments in the eyes of many fans. So for Stanton, breaking Maris’s “record” would bring cachet even if it isn’t technically the record anymore.And by the numbers alone, Stanton — who needs 20 more home runs by the end of the season to best Maris — has an outside shot at the feat. For every batter who hit at least 35 homers in the first 116 games of a 162-game season,3This sample included 72 players. I recorded how many homers each managed over the rest of the season. About 11 percent managed to hit at least 20 more home runs. 1998Sammy SosaCHC432366✓ 1998Ken Griffey Jr.SEA411556 1990Cecil FielderDET351651 2002Alex RodriguezTEX372057✓ 2007Alex RodriguezNYY391554✓ That means Stanton will need the kind of performance not seen since the steroid era to beat Maris’s old record — a tall order, even for one of history’s greatest power hitters. Of course, maybe juiced balls are the equivalent of steroids for today’s batters, which would certainly boost Stanton’s odds. Either way, to get there, he’ll have to stay nearly as hot as he’s been in this recent streak over the entire rest of the year.Check out our latest MLB predictions. 1998Mark McGwireSTL462470✓ 1961Roger MarisNYY441761 Based on 72 hitters. For 162-game seasons only. Implication of PED use based on the Mitchell Report, failed drug tests and player admissions.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, Lahman database 1999Mark McGwireSTL442165✓ HOME RUNS 2007Prince FielderMIL351550 1997Ken Griffey Jr.SEA362056 2006Ryan HowardPHI411758 2010Jose BautistaTOR361854
Wealthy students turning houses into clubs in new drugfuelled super party crazeWealthy students turning houses into clubs in new drugfuelled super party craze
At Newcastle Civic Centre the combined task force called for students at the city’s two universities to call a halt to the potentially disastrous gatherings. In many university cities, terraced houses meant for families are turned into club style venues, with hundreds of people crammed in and exits blocked to muffle sound.Alongside the risk of building collapse and fire, students are taking the strongest ecstasy to flood the country since the early 1990s.The “super-party” phenomenon took off last year and is growing in popularity with student organisers trying to outdo one another for the biggest events.There is even concern that the parties are attracting sponsorship from drinks giants through interaction with student promoters who spread the word about the parties through social media platforms, particularly Facebook and Snapchat.The problem was highlighted in Newcastle, where Northumbria Police, Tyne and Wear Fire Authority, North East Ambulance Service, Newcastle City Council and drug and alcohol charities combined to address the issue. There were security men on the doors and the exits were being blocked with sofas and mattressesNewcastle City Council Tracy McCann, antisocial behaviour lead practitioner with Newcastle City Council, said: “It started at the end of the exam period last year when we began getting calls about very large scale parties with sometimes hundreds of people attending.”There were security men on the doors and the exits were being blocked with sofas and mattresses.”The parties were being widely promoted on social media and since then we have seen then happening more and more often.”Not just in Newcastle, but across the country it has become the way students choose to party. They don’t want to spend their money going out to clubs when, in their eyes, they can do it their own way at home.”But the dangers from so many factors are obvious and we are acting before we have a mass casualty incident to deal with.” Police are warning of a new craze of student “super-parties” where wealthy undergraduates are turning houses into mini-nightclubs for youngsters to take powerful drugs.Organisers at many of the country’s leading universities, use social media to promote the events and and then hire DJs and even bouncers to lure in hundreds of guests.But the emergency services have warned that the parties are creating a “perfect storm” of danger and have said it is only a matter of time before there is a mass casualty disaster. Students walking through Newcastle University campus (stock picture)Credit:Washington Imaging / Alamy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Gardaí again renew appeal for help finding missing Icelandic man Jón JónssonGardaí again renew appeal for help finding missing Icelandic man Jón Jónsson
Gardaí again renew appeal for help finding missing Icelandic man Jón Jónsson He was last seen at around 11am on Saturday 9 February near the Bonnington Hotel. Short URL Jón’s brother Daniel and David Source: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ieFamily members are anxious to make contact with him and are concerned for his well being, according to gardaí. Speaking on RTÉ One’s Late Late Show in February, Jón’s brother David described him as the rock of the family, adding that his disappearance is completely out of character for him. Speaking to RTÉ Radio One’s Today with Sean O’Rourke earlier that week, David said that his family believed his brother was in good physical and mental health prior to his disappearance.Jón is described as being 6 foot tall, of medium build, with short brown hair, and was wearing a black padded jacket when he went missing.Anyone who has seen Jón or who can assist in locating him is asked to contact Ballymun Garda Station on 01 666 4400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station. https://jrnl.ie/4582430 17,372 Views Share300 Tweet Email1 Apr 8th 2019, 7:10 PM 5 Comments GARDAÍ HAVE AGAIN issued a renewed appeal for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of an Icelandic man who went missed in Dublin in February. 41-year-old Jón Jónsson arrived in Ireland to attend a poker tournament with his fiancée on 8 February. Jón Jónsson Source: Garda Press OfficeHe was last seen at around 11am on Saturday 9 February near the Bonnington Hotel in Whitehall, where he had been staying, while his fiancé had coffee in the hotel bar.Jón had a hotel room key card from the Bonnington Hotel in his possession when he went missing. It is not known why Jón left the hotel, and despite a number of garda appeals, there have been no leads in the case.Twelve members of Jón’s family travelled from Iceland following his disappearance to step up efforts to find him. On 23 February, the search intensified as a large-scale search took place. Around 80 volunteers turned up to help the family. However, despite ongoing searches he had yet to be located. By Hayley Halpin Monday 8 Apr 2019, 7:10 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Water Bears to Travel to Martian Moon Test Theory of TranspermiaWater Bears to Travel to Martian Moon Test Theory of Transpermia
(Left) The BioModule will carry 30 samples, and have a mass of 100 grams. Credit: Bruce Betts/The Planetary Society. (Right) Water bears have already shown that they can survive vacuum conditions and intense radiation. Credit: Bob Goldstein. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Russia delays Mars probe launch until 2012: report The LIFE experiment is being developed by The Planetary Society, a publicly supported organization founded in part by Carl Sagan that now has 125 member countries. The researchers will send 10 individual organisms (three of each, for a total of 30 samples) from all three domains of life – bacteria, eukaryota, and archaea – along with some native soil samples to Mars’ largest moon on the three-year mission. According to the scientists, the experiment will test part of the theory of transpermia, specifically investigating life’s ability to move between planets. In an earlier experiment in 2007, water bears flew on a spacecraft and survived the major hardships of radiation and the vacuum. In 2011, the life forms will be packed up inside a puck-like container called a BioModule with a total mass of 100 grams, which is designed to resemble a meteorite that may have carried earlier life forms between planets. After the 10-month journey to Phobos, the specimens will undergo a 4,000-g impact on the moon’s surface, spend a few weeks there in their sealed containers, and then return to Earth on board a robotic interplanetary lander that would crash-land in Kazakhstan. Scientists would then open the containers and see what was still alive.”If no microbes survive, this does not necessarily rule out the possibility of transpermia, but it certainly calls it into question more,” according to The Planetary Society’s website. “But if some of the organisms do make it alive to Phobos and back, then at least we would know that some life could indeed survive an interplanetary journey over a three-year period inside a rock.”The experiment would mark the longest time that biological samples have spent in deep space; the Biostack 1 and 2 experiments, flown during the Apollo 16 and 17 missions to the moon, traveled outside the Earth’s magnetosphere for about two weeks. To prepare for the upcoming launch, the scientists had to overcome several challenges. They tested the BioModule’s durability by violently vibrating the container while strapped to a shake table, and then shooting the container out of an air cannon to mimic the conditions it would undergo. More information: The Planetary Society: LIFE Experiment and FAQvia: Wired© 2009 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Tiny microscopic creatures commonly known as water bears (also called Tardigrades), along with a few other life forms, will be sent to the Martian moon Phobos to test whether organisms can survive for long periods of time in deep space. The mission, called the Living Interplanetary Flight Experiment (LIFE), was originally going to be launched earlier this month, but it has been delayed due to safety and technical issues. Currently, the scientists hope to launch the specimens on the Russian Phobos-Grunt spacecraft in 2011, the next time that the orbits of Earth and Mars offer a launch window. Explore further Citation: Water Bears to Travel to Martian Moon, Test Theory of Transpermia (2009, October 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-martian-moon-theory-transpermia.html
Kolkata: The Supreme Court refused to stay the decision of the Mamata Banerjee government to give a Rs 10,000 grant to Durga Puja organisers.The Bengal government had announced to give the grant to each of the 28,000 Puja committees in the state.Subsequently, a PIL was filed before the Calcutta High Court against the state government’s decision. The Calcutta High Court had disposed of the PIL on October 10, allowing the state government to give the grant to the Durga Puja committees. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe High Court had also decided not to interfere into the matter as the legislature is the right forum to take decision on expenditures of the government.Challenging the order, a petition was filed before the apex court. However, a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta refused to stay the state government’s decision to grant fund to the Durga Puja committees. The apex court has directed the state government to file a detailed affidavit explaining the matter, within six weeks. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that the state government has stated before the court that the decision to give Rs 10,000 to each of the Durga Puja committees has been taken for traffic safety campaigns during Puja.It may be recalled that the state government hadtaken all necessary steps todistribute cheques among the Puja committees, immed-iately after the High Court decided not to interfere into the matter.The cheques were distributed through local police stations in the evening, after the High Court gave its direction in this connection. The next day, the petition was filed before the Supreme Court and the appeal was heard on Friday, when the apex court refused to stay the decision of the Mamata Banerjee government.It may be recalled that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has urged all Durga Puja organisers to create awareness amongpeople when they visit the pandals.This comes at the time when the state government has taken several steps to check road accidents.The Chief Minister had introduced the statewide Safe Drive Save Life campaign and it has helped in bringing down the number of accidents in the state.Now, with the grant to Durga Puja organisers, more steps will be taken to create awareness among pandal-hoppers, which will ensure traffic safety with people becoming more aware of the same.The Durga Puja committees have also made a plan to utilise the grant properly so that the purpose is served.