Star Sports channel plans comprehensive coverage of Olympics

first_imgMumbai, Jun 16 (PTI) Australian swimming legend Ian Thorpe has been roped in as an expert commentator by Star Sports network which has planned an extensive coverage of the upcoming Rio Olympic Games for the Indian viewers. Thorpe, winner of five gold medals in two Olympic Games and clincher of 11 outdoor world titles, will be on the panel along with Indias badminton ace Prakash Padukone, former Commonwealth Games womens shooting champion Anjali Bhagwat, ex-international hockey player Viren Rasquinha and swimmer Rehan Poncha, it was announced at a media conference here today. The channel would show the Games, to be held from from August 5-21, round the clock on eight channels and the commentary will be in English and Hindi. “Star Sports is leaving no stone unturned to provide the most comprehensive access to Indian sports fans. We will provide unprecedented coverage by dedicating eight channels on a 24×7 basis across the entire duration of the event,” said Star Sports CEO Nitin Kukreja. Stars video streaming platform “Hotstar” would also roll out between 14 and 36 live feeds, “free of charge”, according to its CEO Ajit Mohan. PTI SSR RSY ATK ATK RYSlast_img read more

Southgate rallies England ahead of Nations League decider

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate has told his team not to worry about permutations of the Nations League ahead of Sunday’s decider with Croatia.Both sides played out a goalless draw last month in the reverse fixture behind closed doors in Rijeka, but Croatia’s last-gasp win against Spain on Thursday means all three teams could still be promoted from Group 4 of League A going into the final match.A win for England or Croatia would guarantee promotion and a place in the finals of the new competition, while defeat or a draw could relegate both teams depending on the score. 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! The Three Lions suffered a heartbreaking extra-time defeat to Croatia in the semi-finals of the World Cup and Southgate says he will not leave anything to chance at Wembley.”It’s dead simple, really, we just go for it,” he told reporters.”There’s no point in hedging our bets that we might do this, we might do that or we need a 0-0.”We have a chance to get through a really strong group, so for me we just focus on going for the win.”Southgate is pleased with the way his young side has progressed and believes the standard of the post-World Cup fixtures have aided their development.”We want to achieve consistent performances and continue to improve and learn as a team and these Nations League games have given us a really good test,” he said.”It is unprecedented that you come off the back of a major tournament and have so many strong tests in such a short period.”It’s been really good for us as a way of learning and improving with and without the ball and gaining some belief. We are pleased with progress and we want to finish well.”last_img read more

Nets Brace For Raptors Attack

first_imgTORONTO — Playoff experience, once an area of prime concern for the Raptors, is starting to look passé after the latest in a string of superior fourth quarters by Toronto’s postseason greenhorns.The Raptors outscored Brooklyn 20-12 in the fourth to win Game 4 of their first round series April 27, leveling it at 2-2 as the teams head back across the border for Game 5 April 30.Toronto’s defense held the Nets to a 17.6 shooting percentage in the final quarter as Brooklyn shot 3 for 17 and didn’t make another field goal after Paul Pierce’s basket with 6:13 left.Even Pierce acknowledged it had been the veteran Nets, not Toronto, who “got caught up” in the moment, ending up rushing and pressing for shots.“They’re a competitive group,” Pierce said of Toronto’s strength down the stretch. “We’ve seen that all season long, how well they play, getting 48 wins, how well they play in the fourth quarter, so many comeback wins. We understand that this is a group that’s not going to back down. They’re not going to give up. They’re earning a lot of people’s respect around the league.”Toronto, whose late rally fell just short in Game 3, controlled the fourth quarters of both games in Brooklyn, while the Nets made several mistakes. The Raptors also outscored Brooklyn 32-20 in the fourth quarter of their Game 2 win, so it seems postseason inexperience isn’t a serious factor in clutch time.Plus, as Pierce noted, by now these Raptors aren’t really playoff rookies anymore.“Just because you don’t have a lot of playoff experience doesn’t mean you’re not a good team,” Pierce said.“You can learn on the fly. Once you go through a series, you get three or four games under your belt, hey, you’ve got experience. I remember my first playoff game. Once I played a couple of games, I was comfortable. It was like ‘OK, this is the playoffs? Let’s play.’ That’s what you’re seeing with them.”While they’re mostly new to the postseason, back after a six-year absence, these Raptors are familiar with fourth quarter success, coming from behind to win 11 times in the regular season.“That’s something you try to develop and our guys have developed that personality and it’s kind of carried over to the playoffs,” coach Dwane Casey said during a conference call Monday.And while the Raptors looked a little shaky with 19 turnovers in their Game 1 loss, they only needed one game to find their feet.“I thought we were a totally different team in the second game at home,” Casey said. “As the series has gone on, our guys have gotten more comfortable. The first game jitters is something that we’ve outgrown a little bit now.”Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas had double-doubles in each of the first three games, but the Raptor who’s done the most growing is guard DeMar DeRozan.Held to three field goals in Game 1, DeRozan responded with back-to-back 30 point efforts, then scored 24 to lead the way again in Game 4. Afterward, Toronto guard Kyle Lowry said his All-Star teammate “is becoming a superstar in front of everybody’s eyes.”Things aren’t going so well for second-year swingman Terrence Ross. The former slam dunk champion, who scored a career-best 51 points against the Clippers in January, went scoreless April 27 and has 10 total points in the four games combined.Still, Casey praised Ross for his “superb defense” in the first quarter Sunday, and said the youngster doesn’t need to worry about losing his spot in the starting five.“This season is about development,” Casey said. “To put Terrence out to pasture would be counterproductive to what we’re trying to do this year. He’s got to learn. The only thing that will help him next year is to go through this.”Neither team held formal a practice Monday, although the Raptors gathered to take shots, watch video and receive treatment. It was a welcome day of rest for some: Lowry injured his right knee in Game 3 was seen limping at times in Game 4, while Amir Johnson is dealing with a sore right ankle.“We’ve got a lot of nicks and bumps and nags,” Casey said, adding that forward Landry Fields, who was unavailable Sunday because of a sore back, is feeling better and will be reevaluated.(IAN HARRISON) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Former College Football Star Arrested On Burglary Charge

first_imgGeneral view of the stadium as the Oklahoma Sooners take on the Miami HurricanesMIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 03: General view of the stadium as the Oklahoma Sooners take on the Miami Hurricanes at Land Shark Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami defeated Oklahoma 21-20. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)A former college football star was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary on Thursday, according to a report from TMZ.Former Miami standout tight end Kellen Winslow II was arrested after reportedly breaking into a mobile home in San Diego.From the report:The person who called police confronted 34-year-old Winslow — who then got into a waiting SUV and left, according to police.Cops say they found Winslow in a matching SUV a short distance away and arrested him for felony burglary.The former football star was released on $50,000 bond.Winslow played collegiately at the University of Miami where he was an All-American during the 2003 season. During the national title game against Ohio State in 2003, Winslow caught 11 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown.He went on to become the No. 6 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. Winslow was selected by the Cleveland Browns, who drew flak for not drafting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger from Miami University (Ohio).Winslow was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2007 after he racked up 82 catches for 1,106 yards and five touchdowns.[TMZ]last_img read more

MAJ Pleased with Training Offered by CMU

first_imgStory Highlights Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, today (September 25), to discuss activities for World Maritime Week, MAJ Director General, Rear Admiral Peter Brady, said the approach is particularly important as shipping technology changes. The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) is welcoming the thrust of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) towards industry-led maritime education and training.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, today (September 25), to discuss activities for World Maritime Week, MAJ Director General, Rear Admiral Peter Brady, said the approach is particularly important as shipping technology changes.“The shipping industry now has very advanced vessels. For example, there is now the mandatory inclusion of an Electro-Technical Officer (ETO) or Electrical Officer on board some vessels,” Mr. Brady said.The ETO is a licensed member of the engine department of a merchant ship as per Section A-III/6 of the International Convention of Standards and Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Code, and is the most vital in the technical hierarchy of modern advanced ships with automated and conventional electrical and electronic systems.The Director General said this is necessary because the average marine engineer could not cope with the advanced electronics with which modern ships are equipped.“You could look, for example, at communications. All communications that you enjoy ashore can be enjoyed at sea, but it takes a little bit more to ensure that it is done and kept as efficiently,” he said.“The communication is sustained over a long period of time because as you may realise, the marine environment is very rough. It can be very hostile because of the content of salt in the atmosphere and, therefore, our equipment has to be maintained more frequently,” Mr. Brady added.The Director General pointed out that the expertise required involves dealing with offshore communications systems and satellite communications systems.“We even have communications systems for the controls on the ship itself from ashore, thousands of miles away that have revolutionised shipping completely.This means that while you still have to train people to work at sea, you’ll have fewer people on board the ship and more people ashore tending to the ship remotely,” he said.This, he argued, is the future of shipping, and that is what persons in the industry have to be trained to do.The Director General said the technology is now so far advanced that “we have to equip our people to be competent as opposed to just learned or educated”.“You must be able to apply the knowledge that you learn to whatsoever you are doing at sea, so the addition of the Festo Lab at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), the technological advances that they have there and the emphasis that’s being placed on industry is not only critical to the maritime sector but also timely and visionary,” he said.On September 19, the CMU officially opened the world’s largest Festo Authorised and Certified Training (FACT) Centre at its Palisadoes Park Campus, aimed at bringing a responsive approach to industry needs.World Maritime Week is being observed from September 23 to 28. “The shipping industry now has very advanced vessels. For example, there is now the mandatory inclusion of an Electro-Technical Officer (ETO) or Electrical Officer on board some vessels,” Mr. Brady said. The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) is welcoming the thrust of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) towards industry-led maritime education and training. last_img read more

Negotiations ongoing between CN and conductors union after strike threat

first_imgMONTREAL – The union representing approximately 3,000 CN Rail employees is still in negotiations with the company’s management after threatening job action.The Teamsters union says the company plans to make changes to the current collective agreement that would “permanently and irreparably impact workers,” although a union official wouldn’t specify the subject of the negotiations.“The issues at the bargaining table are fluid, they are changing,” said Christopher Monette, a union spokesman.CN also declined to comment, except to say that both parties are working to avoid a job action.The union issued 72 hour strike notice on Saturday, putting the union in a legal strike position early Tuesday morning.The Teamsters union represents 3,000 conductors, train and yard workers. The last collective agreement between CN and the union was reached in 2014.last_img read more

CTV Dishes Out a Sixth Season of Hit Culinary Series MASTERCHEF CANADA

first_img Login/Register With: TORONTO, Aug. 8 – Following MASTERCHEF CANADA‘s youngest-ever winner, Beccy Stables, being crowned earlier this summer, CTV announced today Season 6 of its hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEFCANADA for the 2018/2019 broadcast season. Casting for passionate home cooks looking to follow their food dreams is now open at, with production set to begin this fall in Toronto on a new 12-episode season from Proper Television.Canadians maintain a strong appetite for MASTERCHEF CANADA. A Top 15 program on Canadian television with all key demos this past spring, Season 5 of MASTERCHEF CANADA averaged 1.2 million total viewers weekly.“MASTERCHEF CANADA continues to serve up a savoury and distinctly Canadian viewing experience for fans across the country, making the series one of the most popular on television,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “We are proud of our continued collaboration with exceptionally talented production partners Proper Television and Endemol Shine Group, and look forward to the return of this beloved CTV franchise to the schedule with Season 6 set for a Midseason launch on CTV.” Advertisement Casting for Season 6 of MASTERCHEF CANADA is now open at Passionate and talented Canadian home cooks hungry for an opportunity to capture the life-changing title of Canada’s next MasterChef have until Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET to apply online. Further to online casting submissions, invitation-only auditions will be held across Canada this summer, so home cooks are encouraged to get their applications in soon. In addition, an in-person Open Casting Call will be held in Toronto on Sunday, Sept. 30 – for more information, visit LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Mohawk man beats Canada Customs on illegal search case

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsA Mohawk man from Akwesasne has beaten charges he was facing from the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) with a never-before-used defence.“It’s harassmen – they have no right to do this to people around here,” said Kanawakeron Jody Swamp.In 2017, Swamp, 53, was pulled over at customs in Cornwall Ont., just across the river from where he lives in Akwesasne.Swamp was in possession of about $300 worth of firecrackers.He was charged with three violations of the Customs Act, along with a single charge for transporting explosives, even though he was coming from the Ontario side of Akwesasne, Kawehno:ke island.“As soon as I saw this case, and read the legislation, I thought this doesn’t make sense and something needs to be done,” said Swamp’s lawyer Keith Gordon.What upset Gordon is that CBSA doesn’t appear to be following its own rules.So the Mohawk Ojibway lawyer set out to prove it.Gordon argued before an Ontario judge that in 2012, the CBSA told a senate committee travellers not suspected of coming from the U.S. “would be release [sic] right away.”This was in reference to Cornwall’s unique position as the only Canadian port of entry that has both local and international traffic.That’s because the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory falls on the borders of Quebec, Ontario and New York State.This means travellers coming from New York must cross through Kawehno:ke (also known as Cornwall island) in Akwesasne, before reaching the Canadian port of entry in Cornwall.Even Akwesasne residents coming from the New York side who live on the island must pass through customs in Cornwall before returning to the island.Mohawks who live on Kawehno:ke must pass through customs whenever they want to go into Cornwall, which they consider their unceded territory and where they need to do shopping and other errands.“Everybody on this island [Kawehno:ke] they must go through there at least twice a day, three times a day. People want to get groceries and stuff like that,” explained Swamp when asked what daily life is like on Akwesasne’s Ontario side.Akwesasne Mohawks make up about 70 per cent of traffic at the Cornwall customs, and during rush hours the wait can add quite a bit of time to the commute.Gordon says they are treated like criminals on their own unceded territory.“I’ve been asking myself, ‘Why isn’t it being challenged? Why is it being continued? Why am I hearing people of this community talk about discrimination, arbitrariness, harassment?’” he asked.Last week, an Ontario judge ruled because Swamp was travelling within Canada, he could not be searched without reasonable suspicion.“A weight was lifted off my shoulders, you know, having them come down on me, for no reason, and having me going through the court system for so long, it was just a big relief,” said Swamp.In an email to APTN News CBSA declined to be interviewed and said they are “reviewing the court decision and will assess next steps.”They have 30 days to appeal the decision.For now, Gordon and Swamp will savour a victory they hope will set a precedent.“The argument is, Canada, follow your own laws,” concluded read more

Video King Mohammed VI Surprises Marrakech Riyad Employees

Rabat –  During his visit to Marrakech, King Mohammed VI on Wednesday surprised the employees of a guesthouse, known better in Arabic as a “riyad,” in the Mellah neighborhood of the city.“I heard the door bell and I did not expect that the king would be the one ringing,” Omar, the riyad’s guardian said in a video. Omar went on to add that “the king asked me about the total number of rooms in the Riyad and our various amenities.”“I have never seen such humility. He is truly the king of the people, the king of the poor,” Omar continued. The manager of the Riyad, who was also surprised by the unexpected visit of the king disclosed, in the same video, that “the Riyad is owned by a German businesswoman. [In the past,] the riyad had been housed by Jewish and Muslim families.”The manager went on to add that “the king liked the refurbished architecture of the riyad,” which was renovated in 2010.On Wednesday, King Mohammed VI also visited several of Marrakech’s historical sites, which were rehabilitated as part of the first phase of the El Mellah Neighborhood Urban Redevelopment Project.The king also launched the restoration project of the touristic Ben Youssef square route, as well as that of Jamaâ El Fna.Edited by Ghita Benslimane read more

Northern Provincial Council tells IGP to protect Wigneswaran

Wigneswaran had made the charge on October 1, in a written speech which was read out at the release of a book written by Prof.Thirunavukkarasu on Sri Lankan constitutional history from the Donoughmore constitution in the 1930s to the one being drafted by incumbent President Sirisena.In the written speech, which was carried by all Tamil newspapers on October 2, Wigneswaran said that the Tamils were cheated in the past and are being cheated now too, by the powers-that-be in South Sri Lanka. But if he expresses these grievances, he is misinterpreted and accused of being a communalist and extremist ,he said. He then went on to mention a threat to his life from Sinhalese-majority South Sri Lanka. On Tuesday, the Secretary General of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Mavai Senathirajah had said that he had asked TNA chief, R.Sampanthan, to discuss the matter with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, and seek enhanced police protection for Wigneswaran. The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) has passed a resolution seeking an investigation into Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran’s charge that he has been continually receiving information about a plot to assassinate him and put the blame on the LTTE.“The resolution asked the Inspector General of Police to investigate the complaint and, if necessary, increase security for the Chief Minister,” the Chairman of the NPC, C.V.K.Sivagnanam , told the New Indian Express. Senathirajah told the media that Wigneswaran, having been a Supreme Court judge before entering politics in 2013, would not have made a charge of such seriousness in writing, without grounds. However, on October 2, when Wigneswaran attended a national sports event in Jaffna along with President Mihripala Sirisena, he did not mention any threat to his life in his speech. He wailed about his being misinterpreted by the Sinhalese without first getting his speeches correctly translated from the Tamil original. He spoke in Sinhalese also so that the President and other ministers and officials from South Sri Lanka could follow him.Some political observers wondered why he did not mention the alleged threat to his life in the presence of the President.Moderate Tamils feared that such statements might needlessly exacerbate ethnic tensions in Sri Lanka. But were relieved to find both North and South Sri Lankans taking Wigneswaran’s allegation in the stride. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Brock researcher strives to put the fun back into recess

Erin Vantaaja, a research assistant with Professor Lauren McNamara’s recess project, helps students pass the time during the school day break. When Lauren McNamara was conducting classroom research in Chicago elementary schools in the late 1990s, what she observed played out like a Joni Mitchell song.There was no recess. In fact, there weren’t even playgrounds. They were paved over to put up parking lots.That all-important break in the school day had been scrapped because of academic pressures, limited resources, behavioural headaches and liability issues.It didn’t sit well with McNamara, a Child and Youth Studies professor, given the “vast amount of evidence” about the importance of recess in children’s social, emotional and academic development. It also piqued her curiosity about whether Canadian schools faced similar pressures when the recess bell rang.McNamara started investigating more formally three years ago after reading a story in the local newspaper about balls and other equipment being kept under lock and key from students during recess because schools feared the liability issues such playthings posed. She wanted to know how local elementary school students spent their time on the playground without equipment to pass the time.McNamara found many children simply didn’t know what to do with themselves and that was causing problems, including social challenges that sometimes carried over into the classroom.Shy students were having trouble negotiating the unstructured playtime with others. Students with disabilities were also trying to find their place on the playground.“A lot of kids don’t know how to play anymore,” McNamara said. “There are kids who love recess and it’s as idyllic as we (adults) think it is but there are large groups who don’t know what do and they struggle.”While the loss of the childhood ritual of play could be blamed on “a real lack of activities” for children during recess, there are other factors that can affect the way children play. McNamara found older students weren’t passing on play skills to younger children, for example. Interaction between the two groups was virtually non-existent and negative.“There seems to be a breakdown somewhere,” she said.In addition to identifying the problems come recess, McNamara set out to find some solutions.Research assistant Erin Vantaaja (middle) works with students to help make recess a more enjoyable experience. Students needed more equipment and more supervision so she set up stations with coaches to encourage play when the bell rang. She recruited some of her own students as well as older children at the school to act as mentors to younger students in kindergarten through Grade 3 and help put the play back in playground. They also encouraged positive social skills and problem solving.Three years into the project, McNamara has 32 volunteers helping her, six paid research assistants and has rolled out the project’s play stations in four Niagara elementary schools located in economically challenged neighbourhoods.The research assistants act as program co-ordinators at the schools coming up with new activities for volunteers to run, getting equipment ready to use, and keeping children interested in playtime.Not only are children learning and doing something synonymous with childhood, those positive experiences on the playground have benefits elsewhere, McNamara noted.“Recess is very connected to school engagement and school engagement has a lot to do with academic outcomes,” McNamara said. “When kids feel safe and they have a chance to take a break in the academic day to relieve pent up stress, they do better in school.”Meanwhile, older students, usually in grades 7 and 8, who are acting as recess mentors, are developing leadership skills, she added.“It’s almost like they’re learning about another side of themselves working with little kids,” McNamara said.The hope is the recess time programming McNamara and crew are implementing will eventually be able to carry on without their help. She sees opportunity for Brock students to volunteer at local schools during the classroom breaks. Having community members or groups, such as sports teams and fitness instructors, to help students pass the time with activities is another option.Going without such pastimes isn’t an option, though, for McNamara.“Kids definitely need a break and they need to run around. Just sending them outside is not enough,” she said. “I’m saying ‘Let’s take advantage of that time, let’s make it effective. Let’s not overlook this opportunity we have.” read more

Wynne arms herself with larger cabinet ahead of contentious session

Wynne arms herself with larger cabinet ahead of contentious session by Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 11, 2013 8:11 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario’s new premier armed herself with a larger cabinet and fresh blood in key portfolios Monday as she prepares to lead the embattled Liberals into a contentious new legislative session next week.Right off the bat, Premier Kathleen Wynne defended her 27-member cabinet — five more than the previous one — as the opposition parties pounced on the extra expense at a time when the province is facing a $12-billion deficit.An enlarged cabinet is necessary for the “serious work that is confronting us,” Wynne said after being sworn in as the province’s 25th premier.“The issues faced by the people of Ontario require appropriate resources and the dedicated focus of this new government,” she added.The Progressive Conservatives, who pressed for a smaller cabinet, said it shows Wynne can’t make the tough decisions to put the province’s fiscal house in order.“She’s been the premier for 30 minutes, and already she’s increased the size of government,” said Tory Todd Smith.There are 10 new faces in cabinet, including Education Minister Liz Sandals, a former school board trustee who has the unenviable task of repairing the Liberals’ damaged relationship with public school teachers.Charles Sousa, a former banker and leadership rival who played queenmaker at the leadership convention, got the plum post of finance minister, sticking to the Liberals’ promise to eliminate the deficit by 2017-18.“We do have to reduce this deficit, we do have to mange our expenses, but we have to do it in such as way as to be cognizant and socially responsible because we don’t want to leave anybody behind in doing this,” he said.“No one’s going to fall through the cracks.”Other contenders who threw their support behind Wynne in the leadership race were also promoted. Glen Murray took on the transportation and infrastructure portfolio, while Eric Hoskins got the globetrotting job of economic development, trade and employment.Deb Matthews, a key player in Wynne’s leadership campaign, is now deputy premier as well as health minister.Wynne added agriculture minister to her duties, a move she hopes will raise her party’s profile in rural ridings, where they were virtually wiped out in the 2011 election.She acknowledged that the Liberals, already under fire by teachers furious over forced contracts and the $230-million cancellation of two gas plants, have a difficult road ahead.“As your premier, I will be open with you,” she said in her inaugural speech.“I know that we must acknowledge our mistakes, take responsibility for them, and work together to guarantee that they are not repeated.”Wynne promised to balance social justice and fiscal responsibility, and build a budget this spring that will gain the approval of the Tories and New Democrats.“There’s no one who wants an election in the province as far as I can tell,” she said after the ceremony.“So I’m very keen on getting down to work and building those relationships that are critical if we’re going to be able to put together a throne speech … and put together a budget that will pass.”Wynne is desperate to put a new face on a nine-year-old government that’s in trouble, said New Democrat House Leader Gilles Bisson.“But the real question is, how is it going to change things for people back home?” he said.“We’ll do the best that we can to propose ideas to the government. Let’s hope Kathleen Wynne is serious when she says she wants to reach across the aisles and find ways to work with people.”Wynne made history Monday as Ontario’s first woman premier and Canada’s first openly gay premier, a milestone she marked in her speech.“It is not lost on me that I am the first woman to be sworn into this office, and that I am doing so with the support of the woman that I love,” she said.Political pioneers like Agnes Macphail, one of the first two women MPPs in Ontario, proved that it was possible to overcome the imposed social limitations of their time, Wynne said.“I want to thank all of those who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of equality … and everyone who has contributed to this moment and others like it, by refusing to be guided by prejudice or by doubt.”But her breakthrough also provoked some odd questions about her wardrobe — specifically, her penchant for Hillary Clinton-type pantsuits.“I have skirts,” Wynne said, laughing.“It’s probably not a question that you would be asking a man if he were standing in this position, but I’m happy to share with you my sartorial choices over the coming weeks.”Former premiers Bill Davis and David Peterson attended the ceremony, which included a standing ovation by all parties for Dalton McGuinty, who officially ended his nine-year run as premier on Monday. read more

Going to the World Cup Dont buy an iguana Brazil warns

first_imgWORLD CUP FANS looking for that special souvenir from Brazil should know it is illegal to buy parrots, iguanas and other wildlife, authorities said, releasing a list of environmental guidelines for tourists.Monkeys, birds, snakes, butterflies, spiders and scorpions are also included on the list of off-limits purchases and activities compiled by officials in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte, whose capital Natal is a World Cup host city.“The World Cup will draw thousands of tourists, Brazilian and foreign, to Rio Grande do Norte,” said Airton De Grande, spokesman for the state branch of the Brazilian Environment and Resources Institute (IBAMA).“In order to avoid embarrassing incidents or even criminal punishment, (we) have prepared a list of 10 rules that everyone should follow.”The list warns tourists not to buy jewelry or crafts made from wild animals, including anything with feathers, teeth, leather or butterfly wings.Buying wildlife, dead or alive, is punishable by a fine of up to 5,000 reals ($2,300, 1,700 euros) per animal and a prison sentence of up to one year, it says.The list also advises tourists not to take pictures next to people offering photo ops with wild animals, “even if they seem tame.“This activity is illegal and hurts the animals,” it says.Hunting animals or eating hunted animals is also illegal, it warns.It advises tourists hiring dune-buggies to explore the region’s pristine beaches to use only licensed guides to avoid crushing nests made by turtles or birds. And it warns Scuba divers and snorkelers that taking corals from the region’s dazzling reefs is also forbidden.Finally, for those who truly fall in love with the landscape of northeast Brazil, the guide warns them to consult environmental authorities before buying a beachfront house or plot of land.Around 600,000 foreign tourists and 3.1 million Brazilians are expected to travel to the 12 World Cup host cities during the tournament, which kicks off June 12.Natal is hosting four matches, including games featuring the United States, Japan and Mexico.- © AFP, 2014Read: Snake gobbles up crocodile after fierce battlelast_img read more

Waterproof Speaker Showdown JBL Charge 3 Versus UE Wonderboom

first_imgStay on target SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Protecting your beats from the elements isn’t easy. If a sudden snow or rain storm hits, your wireless headphones or earbuds could be ruined in seconds. However, you could invest in a good waterproof speaker to avoid this tech dilemma.Waterproof speakers are handy devices if you need music on the go. Whether you’re at a pool party or intimate dinner, waterproof speakers give you good audio and still work if they get wet. Some waterproof speakers, including the JBL Charge 3 and the UE Wonderboom, are Bluetooth-enabled, so they’ll easily play tunes from your smartphone or tablet. Even though both speakers offer different music perks, they share the same mission, which is to play your favorite songs without water damage.Ready to take the waterproof speaker plunge? Here’s what you need to know if you’re deciding between the JBL Charge 3 and UE Wonderboom for your portable music needs.Basic SpecificationsPhoto Credit: AmazonIf you need a speaker that’s great for indoor and outdoor listening, the JBL Charge 3 makes the cut. Its key perks include easy Bluetooth connectivity for calls and music, up to 20 hours of playtime, a completely waterproof body, and a sleek design that works for your living room or patio chair.The JBL Charge 3 weighs 1.8 pounds and its dimensions are 9.1 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches. When you buy a JBL Charge 3 set, you’ll get the following: a JBL Charge 3 waterproof speaker, a 5V 2.3A USB Adapter, a micro USB cable, a safety sheet, a quick start guide, and a warranty card for $99.95 on Amazon.Buy it HerePhoto Credit: AmazonDropping the base without audio issues is key, and the UE Wonderboom is a waterproof speaker suited for your next party. Whether you’re in the pool or relaxing on the couch, the UE Wonderboom comes with many listening perks, including 360-degree crisp sound, seamless Bluetooth connectivity, up to 10 hours of battery life, and a completely waterproof design.At only 1.32 pounds, the UE Wonderboom weighs slightly less than the JBL Charge 3 and its dimensions are 4.2 x 4.6 x 5.3 inches. Each UE Wonderboom set comes with an Ultimate Ears Wonderboom waterproof speaker and a micro USB cable for $69.90 on Amazon.Buy it HereListening BenefitsIndoor and outdoor versatility make the JBL Charge 3 a great waterproof speaker option for your next pool party or shower. With wireless Bluetooth streaming, you can play your favorite beats from your smartphone or tablet in various locations. For an out-of-this world sound experience, it has dual-passive radiators for supreme bass and easily connects with other Bluetooth speakers to double the volume. There’s up to 20 hours of battery life to keep your beats going from day to night. This speaker also comes with a smartphone charging area for impromptu powering.Buy it HereIf you’re all about the beats, the UE Wonderboom is a top waterproof speaker pick. It delivers clear 360-degree sound, so you can rock out in the pool or shower without worrying about water damage. Similar to the JBL Charge 3, the UE Waterboom offers seamless Bluetooth connectivity, so you can blast your Spotify playlist or iTunes lineup wherever you are. You’ll only get up to 10 hours of battery life, but you can also sync up the UE Wonderboom with other devices to upgrade your space to a club in minutes.Buy it HereThe Bottom LinePhoto Credit: AmazonIndoor and outdoor versatility is a big factor for waterproof speakers, and the JBL Charge 3 works great wherever you want to blast music. Grab your smartphone or tablet and sync it up with the JBL Charge 3 to easily stream beats. It has dual-passive radiators for supreme bass and provides up to 20 hours of playtime, unlike other models on the market. At $99.95, it costs slightly more than other waterproof speakers, but you’ll also get to charge your smartphone and connect to other devices whenever you use it.Photo Credit: AmazonAt only $69.90, the UE Wonderboom is one of the best waterproof speakers out there that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. For less than $70, you’ll get clear 360-degree sound, easy Bluetooth connectivity for music streaming, and the option to double up on the volume with other connected devices. Even though you’ll only have up to 10 hours of battery life, the UE Wonderboom makes the perfect pool party or shower session companion if you want to sing your heart out.Buy the JBL Charge 3 here.Buy the UE Wonderboom here. More on The Best Wireless and Bluetooth Speakers of 2018 (PCMag)Streaming Media Player Showdown: Chromecast Versus Roku PremiereStreaming Media Player Showdown: Fire TV vs. Fire TV Sticklast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 3 Wilmington Students Named To Deans Presidents Lists At Framingham

first_imgFRAMINGHAM, MA — The following Framingham State University Students from Wilmington were named to the Dean’s List or President’s List for the Fall 2018 semester:Alison Evans (Dean’s List)Emma Griffin (President’s List)Emily Troy (President’s List)To be selected for the Dean’s List, a matriculated undergraduate student, carrying a minimum of three course credits, must earn a GPA of 3.30 or higher for the semester. To be selected for the President’s List, a student must have been named to the Dean’s List for three consecutive semesters.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Framingham State University.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Bridgewater State UniversityIn “Education”7 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List & President’s List At Framingham StateIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

WATCH HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza Leaving For NYC Post

first_img Share I look forward to working with @HoustonISD to make sure we are doing our best for our schools, our children and the city of Houston.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) March 5, 2018 New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has chosen the Houston Independent School District Superintendent Richard Carranza to lead the nation’s largest school system.De Blasio, a Democrat, said Monday, March 5th, that Carranza has been appointed to replace Chancellor Carmen Farina, who’s retiring.Miami’s schools superintendent had accepted the post but then backed out last week. Alberto Carvalho cited emotional pleas from the Miami schools community to stay.Photo via HISDHouston ISD Superintendent Richard Carranza said he’s “incredibly honored” to be chosen to replace Chancellor Carmen Farina.Carranza has been the superintendent in Houston since August 2016. He previously was superintendent of the San Francisco school system.“It has been an honor and privilege to have served the students of the Houston Independent School District and bring a voice to communities that have historically been underserved,” Carranza said in a press release. “It is with a heavy heart that I announce my departure as I embark on this new journey.  I am looking forward to the opportunity of serving the 1.1 million students in New York City. I am forever grateful to the people of Houston for allowing me to be a part of this great city.”While Carranza leaves in the midst of HISD facing several challenges, HISD school board is confident in the ability to overcome those challenges with viable solutions, said the press release. “We the Board wish Carranza the best in his endeavors and appreciate the leadership he brought to this district,” said President Rhonda Skillern-Jones.  “We are committed to continuing the work he began and moving the district forward.”Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner‘s statement on Carranza becoming Chancellor of New York City schools:“I received phone calls today from Richard Carranza and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. I wished the superintendent well, and I told Mayor de Blasio that I believe he is getting a very capable superintendent. Now, we must focus on HISD’s situation,” said Turner in a press release.  “HISD is our largest school district not only in the city but also in the state, and it’s important for its trustees to put in place a very capable interim leader as we navigate through the challenges the district is facing. It’s clear the city cannot move forward unless our school districts are moving forward and providing a quality education to all our children. I will be glad to work closely with the interim superintendent as well as the board to make sure we are doing the very best for our schools, our children and the people in the city of Houston,” said Turner. WATCH: Carranza at a press conference with New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio.Join me at City Hall for an announcement on the future of our city’s schools.— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 5, 2018last_img read more

Space Nation Asgardia Inaugurates First Head of State

first_img The first head of state of space nation Asgardia was inaugurated last week, in an elaborate ceremony at the Hofburg imperial palace in Vienna, Austria.Still, I can’t figure out if this is an online cult, a massive joke, or a genuine project backed by NASA.Flanked by the colony’s heads of Parliament and Justice, newly sworn-in Igor Ashurbeyli stared stoically as the crowd oohed and awed and a chorus sang the national anthem (see below for full lyrics).AdChoices广告“Now I can therefore declare with confidence that Asgardia, the first space nation of the united humankind, has been born,” Ashurbeyli, the first leader of an off-planet nation, said in his speech. “No matter what happens in the future, the greatness of this very first moment will never be forgotten.”An experiment in philosophy, legality, and technology, the space kingdom (a miniature satellite named Asgardia-1) launched in November from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.The program (named after the mythical world inhabited by Norse gods) aims to increase access to outer space and promote efforts to protect Earth from asteroids and debris.(There is no word whether the “citizens” of Asgardia will team up with Donald Trump and his new “space force”; the eccentric nation sounds just crazy enough to earn the President’s stamp of approval.)Ashurbeyli, founder of the Aerospace International Research Center, hopes to side-step current space laws—which require governments to authorize and supervise all intergalactic activities—by creating his own commonwealth.Parts of the official website read like a doomsday manifesto: The end is nigh, so let’s all pretend we live in space.Then again, Asgardia currently boasts more than 203,000 citizens and 252,000-plus residents (most of whom actually reside in the US, Middle East, and Asia), a 150-member parliament, a calendar (with added month Asgard between June and July), a flag, and a coat of arms.The project’s objective is to “digitalize” the scope of human thought, “creating a mirror of humanity in space but without Earthly division into states, religions, and nations.”“In Asgardia we are all just Earthlings,” according to the team. Help NASA Develop Autonomous RoversStudy: Moon Is 100M Years Older Than We Thought Lyrics to the Asgardia national anthem, written by Michael Klubertanz of Germany: Pale blue spot hanging in the skyHomeworld, door to the futureWhere all the nations finally are oneUnifying all humanity:Asgardiacenter_img Stay on target Leave the old problems all behindMoving on for the betterLiving in peace and mutual toleranceTrying to improve humanity:AsgardiaLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

This show featured its firstever gay date carried out entirely in sign

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Caroline McGrotty said on Twitter: ‘You know what the best thing about Irish Sign Language date on #FirstDatesIRL tonight was?‘The fact that Coco Television didn’t do a voiceover for the date.‘Such a small but powerful thing to do because it really made people pay attention to what a beautiful language ISL is!’Michael Stedman, also on Twitter, said: ‘I really hope this date encourages more people to learn sign language!’But did it work out?While people may have loved the date, and the men seemed to get on, it turns out that it didn’t work out.DATER UPDATEFrom spirituality to sign language, it’s been another successful night in the First Dates restaurant.Here’s how some of tonight’s daters have been getting on since their dates.#FirstDatesIRL— RTÉ2 (@RTE2) 30 January 2018 Sign language: Dating can be hard enough even when you can hear.So imagine how it would be for a deaf person? That’s what two men explored in the latest episode of First Dates Ireland.Watch First Dates’ gay guys meet and speak using sign languageIt featured one deaf guy and another man who could speak Irish Sign Language on their date.Dating has its problems for everyone…#FirstDatesIRL— RTÉ2 (@RTE2) 30 January 2018John Charles, on the show, said people seemed to just talk ‘louder’ in his ear when he told them he was deaf.Stephen, his date, opened up about going on dates with deaf men before.He said, when they went to a club, they would like to stand by speakers so they could feel the vibrations.But for him, as a hearing person, it was ‘overwhelming’.Fans praise diversityThe inclusion of diversity on First Dates Ireland was noticed by fans. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Short film festival rejects student sign language film over a gay kissThis gay guy explains what it is like to date when you have Tourette’s syndromeNyle DiMarco posts amazing thread for National ASL DayRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

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first_img Top Stories According to’s FPI latest playoff projections, the Cardinals are still on track to win 10.9 games. They also have an 83.6 percent chance of winning the NFC West (and a 92.4 percent chance of reaching the postseason at all) and a 17.8 percent chance of winning Super Bowl 50, which is the second-best odds of any team to win the championship.Elsewhere in the NFC West, the 2-4 Seattle Seahawks are projected to win 7.6 games, the 2-3 St. Louis Rams 7.5 and the 2-4 San Francisco 49ers 5.5.And for those wondering, the New England Patriots have the best odds of any team to win the Super Bowl at 26.2 percent.The Cardinals will get a chance to notch their fifth win of the season Monday night when they host the 1-5 Baltimore Ravens at University of Phoenix Stadium. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. and the game can be heard on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. The Arizona Cardinals’ 25-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers was concerning because, really, they were not supposed to lose that game.The defeat dropped Arizona to 4-2 on the season, and raised some concern among the team’s fans. After all, they figure, good teams do not lose home games to the St. Louis Rams or road games to the Michael Vick and Landry Jones-led Steelers.Yet, while the Cardinals’ fans and players have every right to be disappointed, the loss appears to have done very little to damage their postseason aspirations. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) makes a catch in the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 25-13. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more