Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are Indian cricket’s new-age pillars

first_imgTeam India’s middle-order might be a cause for concern ahead of the World Cup a year and a half later but the top order is as settled as it could get.Captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma’s consistent performances up top have made the team a force to be reckoned with. The duo’s tremendous success at No. 1 and No. 3 has seldom allowed the middle-order to flourish, therefore, the cropping and changing in search of a perfect No. 4 and 5 is still on.Kohli and Rohit have had a fantastic season with the willow, both scoring over 1000 runs in 2017 and in some style. The duo is the quickest to breach the four-figure mark in limited-overs cricket this year. While Kohli has accumulated 1460 runs from 26 matches, Rohit has hit 1076 from 18 games. The former has hit six tons in the process while the latter has managed one less.Yesterday @imVkohli broke Ricky Ponting’s record for most ODI runs in a calendar year as captain! #howzstat pic.twitter.com/J5ctcwSwDE- ICC (@ICC) October 30, 2017The KING reaffirms his dominance – 2nd hundred of the #INDvNZ series. @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/TJZ3cQxXVb- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 2017A combination of elegance, timing and placement for Hitman as he brings up his 15th ODI Century #INDvNZ @ImRo45 pic.twitter.com/ezqxD8CmSQ- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 2017This is however not the first time two Indians have scored more than 1000 runs in a  calendar year. In fact, it is the fourth time in Indian cricket’s  history that two Indian batsmen were quickest to breach the 1000-run mark in a year in ODIs. Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin achieved the feat in 1997 while in 1998, Sachin Tendulkar, Azharuddin and Ganguly scored more than 1000. Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni were also the first two batsmen to complete 1000 ODI runs in 2008.advertisementBut what makes these two special is that the team depends on them and a failure in the beginning could really lead to the rest falling like a pack of cards — something that the Indian fans saw during the Champions Trophy final at The Oval, where a fiery Mohammad Amir removed the duo in India’s steep chase of 339. The holders were bowled out for a mere 158 and lost the match by a huge margin of 180 runs to their ‘noisy’ neighbours.Only @SAfridiOfficial has reached 150 ODI sixes in fewer innings than @ImRo45! #howzstat pic.twitter.com/2WI0iBR0q9- ICC (@ICC) October 30, 2017The team’s dependence on them can easily be compared to the times when India’s run-scoring would depend on the shoulders of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid upfront. Add Shikhar Dhawan to the mix and the trio could well be called India’s new pillars in limited-overs cricket going forward.Perfect finish to a thrilling game. Great work @Jaspritbumrah93 @BhuviOfficial & @yuzi_chahal. Keep it up boys. My Best wishes for the T20Is pic.twitter.com/C74JbGGpb6- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 29, 2017Kohli, who is chasing greatness, recently surpassed Ricky Ponting in the list of most centuries in ODI cricket. He is currently second with 32 tons to his name while Rohit hit his 15th century and first against New Zealand to level Virender Sehwag, who sits fourth on the list of most ODI tons by Indians. Not only that, Kohli also surpassed the 9000-run mark in one-day cricket during the third and final match against New Zealand in Kanpur. He became the fastest to reach the milestone in just 194 innings.Comparing them to three of the greats in the history of the game could be called a stretch but their form and the way they shoulder responsibility, certainly show that the signs are there of Indian cricket being in the safe hands for the next few years at least.last_img read more

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich aim to maintain lead ahead of winter break

first_imgBayern Munich will try and keep their nine-point lead in the league intact going into the winter break and end the year on a high.The Bavarians will travel to VfB Stuttgart on Saturday and then face Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup last 16 next week in their last competitive game of the year.Bayern, who are on course for a record-extending sixth straight Bundesliga crown, have 36 points from 16 games. Schalke are second with 29 points from equal number of games.Revitalised after Jupp Heynckes took over from Carlo Ancelotti two months ago, Bayern have had to cope with injuries to goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and then his replacement Sven Ulreich, which forced 36-year-old Tom Starke out of retirement.The absence of Arjen Robben and Thiago Alcantara due to injury has also hindered them up front, with Bayern having more than 75 percent possession against bottom club Cologne on Wednesday but missing a hatful of chances in a 1-0 win.”We already have a busy schedule behind us and still got two big matches coming up,” Heynckes said in explaining his team’s lacklustre performance on Wednesday.The coach, who led Bayern to a treble in 2013 including the Champions League, said his players were missing their usual spark and precision, while his defence was a step too slow.”After taking the lead the team knew very well that there are still two more matches left this year,” said Bayern’s Thomas Muelller. “We do not have 100 percent left in the reserve tank at this point.”advertisementBut it was still enough to send Bayern nine points clear of second-placed Schalke 04, who are on 29 points.Schalke, unbeaten in their last 10 league matches, travel to in-form Eintracht Frankfurt, who have only two losses in their previous 10 Bundesliga games.Borussia Dortmund, who notched their first win since September on the debut of new coach Peter Stoeger on Tuesday to move into sixth on 25 points, will be hoping their recovery will continue against visitors Hoffenheim on Saturday.Bayer Leverkusen, fourth on 27, have quietly climbed up the table on the back of an 11-game unbeaten run and face Hanover on Sunday.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

Sports Highlights at 1700 hours

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 19 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 17oo hours EXPECTED STORIES:*Junior Asian Wrestling Championships in New Delhi.*Report of India U19 cricket match.*Report of India A cricket match.STORIES ON THE WIRE:SPO-FOOT-INDIndian U-17 girls lose 1-5 to South Africa in BRICS football New Delhi, Jul 19 (PTI) India were blanked 1-5 by hosts South Africa in the opening game of the of the BRICS U-17 girls football tournament in Johannesburg.SPO-IND-SAHASaha to undergo shoulder surgery, rehab plan under scannerKolkata, Jul 19 (PTI) Believed to be a minor thumb injury till now, Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha is actually nursing a career-threatening shoulder problem caused by a “bungled” rehabilitation programme at the National Cricket Academy, a top BCCI official has claimed.SPO-UPCA-LD BCCIBCCI suspends stung UPCA official pending probeNew Delhi, Jul 19 (PTI) A member of IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla’s personal staff was today suspended pending an inquiry after a sting operation alleged that he sought bribes to facilitate selection of players in the Uttar Pradesh team.SPO-IND-TUFNELLEngland spinners out-bowled Kuldeep and Chahal: TufnellChetan Narula London, July 19 (PTI) England may have cracked the Kuldeep Yadav code, but former left-arm spinner Phil Tufnell says India will be better off playing him in the Test series as well, having done the good thing by picking the “rare” talent in the five-day squad.SPO-FOOT-U16Match against U-16 Thailand is mental test for us: BibianoNew Delhi, July 19 (PTI) India U-16 football team head coach Bibiano Fernandes has lauded his his boys’ come-from-behind effort against Bangkok Glass FC U-17, calling it a brave performance and a confidence booster ahead of their game against Thailand.advertisement SPO-ISL-PUNEPune City retain defenders Gurtej Singh, Lalchhuanmawia FanaiPune, Jul 19 (PTI) Indian Super League side Pune Ciy FC today retained the services of defenders Gurtej Singh, Lalchhuanmawia Fanai and goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh for the upcoming season. PTI APA APA APAlast_img read more

Alzarri Joseph plays Test vs England hours after mother’s demise, gets standing ovation

first_imgWest Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph displayed tremendous courage and determination as he walked out to bat hours after his mother, Sharon’s demise on Day 3 of the ongoing second Test against England at North Sound, Antigua on Saturday.Joseph had lost his mother, who was suffering from a prolonged illness, ahead of the third day’s play but West Indies team manager confirmed that the U-19 World Cup-winning fast bowler would continue playing the Test for West Indies. Notably, players from both the West Indies and England were seen wearing black armbands as a mark of respect.When Alzarri Joseph walked out to bat at No. 9 after the dismissal of Kemar Roach during the first session, the North Sound crowd gave him a standing ovation.Notably, Alzarri Joseph had left the team on a tour last year to be with his then ailing mother, according to ESPNCricinfo.A special ovation for Alzarri Joseph as he comes out to bat. #bbccricket #WIvENG pic.twitter.com/DjWOzHyVzNTest Match Special (@bbctms) February 2, 2019″Our young fast bowler Alzarri Joseph’s mother, Sharon Joseph, passed away earlier today. Please join us as we express our heartfelt condolences to Alzarri and his family during this very difficult time,” a statement from West Indies Cricket read.Pace great Ian Bishop spent time with Alzarri Joseph before the start of the day’s play and offered his condolences to the Antiguan fast bowler.#WIvENG Ian Bishop offers his condolences to Antiguan fast bowler, Alzarri Joseph, on the passing of his Mom, Sharon Joseph. pic.twitter.com/39pTqOlfK4advertisementWindies Cricket (@windiescricket) February 2, 2019″It is with great sadness that we have been informed that Sharon Joseph, the mother of our young fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, has passed away,” West Indies’ team manager, Rawl Lewis was quoted as saying by the report.”We know that this will be a very sad and difficult time for Alzarri and his family. But we hope that it brings him comfort to know that his grief is shared by us all – his team-mates and support staff of the Windies team – and we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to him and his family.”Joseph had picked up two wickets in the first innings of the Test as England were bowled out for 187. In the first Test, he had picked up three wickets across two innings as the West Indies thrashed England by 381 runs after bowling the visitors out for 77 in the first innings.West Indies were 291 for 8 at drinks break in the first session of Day 3 with Darren Bravo batting on 42 (198 balls) but Alzarri Joseph fell for 7 to Ben Stokes shortly after the resumption of play. The hosts will be hoping to extend the lead over England and push towards taking an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.Also Read | India will do well in the fifth ODI against New Zealand: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | James Neesham on MS Dhoni: You haven’t won the game until you have got him outAlso See:last_img read more

Nelson to be the next Conor McGregor?

first_imgArsenal The next Conor McGregor? Arsenal youth star Nelson airs MMA ambition Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 19:45 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Conor McGregor Reiss Nelson Arsenal Getty Arsenal Premier League The teenage forward is starting to make a name for himself with the Gunners, but is already piecing together plans for life after football Reiss Nelson is hoping to have a long career at Arsenal ahead of him, but is already planning to follow Conor McGregor into the world of MMA.The 17-year-old has forced his way into the first-team fold at Emirates Stadium this season, making his senior bow in Carabao Cup and Europa League competition.Arsenal 17/20 to beat Red Star Belgrade Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player There are high hopes for him in north London, with Arsene Wenger clearly a fan of what the promising forward can offer.Nelson, though, is also starting to piece together long-term plans for the future, with the youngster admitting that he can see himself swapping the football field for a fighting cage.He told the Arsenal Magazine on his love of mixed martial arts and McGregor, who recently switched sports himself to face Floyd Mayweather in the boxing ring: “I watched the McGregor fight.“And for the first couple of rounds I felt he was doing really well and he had Mayweather on the back foot, so I was confident that it would be a good fight and he might win, but then as the rounds went on he got pretty tired. “I knew that from his previous UFC fights that he may tire out, like he did against Nate Diaz, and that’s what happened. Mayweather had his way in the last couple of rounds.“I was backing McGregor all the way. I’m a really big UFC fan. I think his aura and his personality are really great. I like to watch a lot of his documentaries and his vlog, and I think he’s just come up from nothing really. He was a plumber before he became a fighter, he’s worked really hard and his story is great.Conor McGregor“In some ways, I look up to him as a sportsman. His work rate and the effort he puts in is immense.“I like Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone a lot too. He’s a very good fighter, very versatile and uses a lot of kicks in his style. I really like the flying knees and all of that, but no one really does that sort of thing anymore, people tend to grapple much more, but I love that style.“MMA is something that I may want to get into after football. I spent some time over the summer doing a lot of kickboxing and I just felt that it was something I enjoyed doing a lot.”For now, Nelson is fully focused on his football, with the talented teenager telling Goal in an exclusive interview that the challenge for him is to fulfil his potential and justify early comparisons to some of the biggest names in his chosen field.He said in the wake of recent comments from Martin Keown likening him to Brazilian superstar Neymar: “That is a very big stretch to say something like that.”Neymar is world-class and if I can get anything close to him in near future, I’d be delighted.”I’m still young and anything can happen.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

a month ago​Hudson-Odoi reveals Mount & Tomori vouched for Chelsea boss Lampard

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Hudson-Odoi reveals Mount & Tomori vouched for Chelsea boss Lampardby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi admits to asking youngsters Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomoroi about Frank Lampard.Hudson-Odoi may have known about Lampard the club legend, but he wanted to get more information about him as a manager.And by speaking with fellow youth team players Mount and Tomoroi, who were on loan at Derby County where Lampard managed last season, Hudson-Odoi learned of Lampard’s approach to the game.He said in an interview with the club’s website: “The first thing I asked them was how he is as a manager, what he does and how he works. “They told me he’s very good and obviously a past legend at Chelsea. “It was good for me to hear from those boys who’d already worked under him that they had enjoyed it so much.” last_img read more

Rural Roads Will be Repaired – Prime Minister

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is fully committed to the development of roads right across the island. “The focus will now have to shift on roads that lead into rural communities, which have been neglected for years,” he noted. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is fully committed to the development of roads right across the island.Mr. Holness, who was speaking at the handover of 58 detached two-bedroom units at Castlewood, in Granville, Trelawny, on October 17, said it is clear, based on the high level of traffic, that there is an appreciation on the part of the travelling public for the roads that have already been developed.“The focus will now have to shift on roads that lead into rural communities, which have been neglected for years,” he noted.Mr. Holness said that as best as possible, the Government will be working on finding the resources to improve the road conditions in the deep rural communities, as the people in those areas deserve the same kind of road infrastructure being enjoyed by their urban counterparts.Turning to the National Housing Trust (NHT) development in the Granville community, the Prime Minister said once again the agency has shown its willingness to follow its mandate of providing affordable housing solutions to the people of the country.“The NHT has constructed 58 detached two-bedroom units here in Castlewood for its qualified beneficiaries. The development also includes 25 serviced lots, and while it is not a large development, it is an impactful development,” he said.The Prime Minister added that also included in the development is the provision of water, roads and electricity.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness said the parish of Trelawny is becoming very attractive to investors, pointing to its strategic proximity to both Ocho Rios and Montego Bay.“We need to ensure that we have a development plan for the parish. Trelawny is a good location for residential-type development. The Government has to get ahead of the developers to ensure that the infrastructure is in place. It’s a lovely area… . It’s peaceful… it’s accessible and it still has the rural charm and within distance of all the modern amenities that one would require,” he noted.The development at Castlewood was carried out by the NHT at a cost of $190.9 million, while the cost per unit ranges from $11.5 million to $12.08 million. Story Highlights Mr. Holness, who was speaking at the handover of 58 detached two-bedroom units at Castlewood, in Granville, Trelawny, on October 17, said it is clear, based on the high level of traffic, that there is an appreciation on the part of the travelling public for the roads that have already been developed.last_img read more

Office Closures

first_imgIn the interest of public safety, all Access Nova Scotia, Registry of Motor Vehicles and Land Registration Offices are closed for the rest of today, Jan. 22, because of weather conditions. The province’s toll-free number 1-800-670-4357, which handles public enquiries, is also closed. Offices will open Thursday, Jan. 23, for regular business. Online services are available at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr . -30-last_img

Audiology Speechlanguage Pathology Act Introduced

first_imgGovernment introduced legislation today, April 15, requiring more than 300 audiologists and speech-language pathologists to be members of a new self-regulatory body. “Self-regulation will ensure that licensed audiologists and speech-language pathologists have, and work to maintain, the necessary qualifications and skills,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “Nova Scotians will take comfort in knowing that there is an oversight body available as recourse if an audiologist or speech-language pathologist does not live up to their required standards of practice.” Audiologists and speech-language pathologists are self-regulated in most other provinces in Canada, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. This legislation will put Nova Scotia on par with these eight provinces. The Speech and Hearing Association of Nova Scotia now represents most of these professionals. Once legislation is passed, the association would set up a professional regulatory body. “The Speech and Hearing Association of Nova Scotia welcomes this legislation. The establishment of a self-regulatory body has been a priority for our members for many years. This legislation will protect the public by preventing anyone who does not possess the necessary certifications and qualifications from practicing,” said Patricia Cleave, member of the Speech and Hearing Association of Nova Scotia and chair of the Licensure Committee. The proposed Act will provide authority for the creation of a College of Audiologists and Speech-language Pathologists, as well as authority for registration, title protection, scope of practice, complaints and disciplinary procedures.last_img read more

New Judge Appointed to Provincial and Family Court

first_imgChristopher Manning, a private practice lawyer in Kentville, has been appointed as the newest provincial and family court judge. Mr. Manning has practised law for 33 years. He graduated from Dalhousie Law School and was called to the bar on Aug. 5, 1985. Mr. Manning spent his early career as a criminal defence lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid. He later joined a small firm, continuing his criminal defence work, before opening his own practice, Manning and Associates. He has also acted as a per diem Crown attorney since 1991. Mr. Manning is currently a mentor in the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Mentorship Program and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Hearing Committee. He is among one of the first participating lawyers of the province’s Free Independent Legal Advice program for survivors of sexual assault. His past community activities include coaching youth, men’s and women’s soccer in Halifax and the Annapolis Valley. He has volunteered extensively in his community, serving on boards of the John Howard Society, the Apple Tree Landing Children’s Centre in Canning, the Canning Area Parents for Real Employment for challenged youth and the IWK Health Centre. He is currently an advisor to the Canning Volunteer Fire Department. “Mr. Manning is an experienced and highly respected lawyer with deep roots in the community,” said Mark Furey, Attorney General and Minister of Justice. “Nova Scotians are fortunate to have someone of his talent and experience presiding over provincial and family court matters”. With the appointment of Mr. Manning, the provincial and family courts retain a full complement of 35 full-time sitting judges and eleven part-time judges, as well as gender parity on the bench. For more information on Nova Scotia courts, visit www.courts.ns.ca.last_img read more

CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people

first_imgOTTAWA — A federal program designed to help low-income Canadians file their taxes has boosted the number of returns it’s handled in the year since the government increased its funding.The extra money allows volunteer-driven clinics run by more than 3,000 groups to operate year-round.Now, the agency is looking to improve the program to help more low-income Canadians qualify for supports administered through the tax system, including the Canada Child Benefit that goes up in value this weekend.Figures provided by the Canada Revenue Agency show a six-per-cent increase in the number of tax returns filed through the program this year compared to last year.In raw numbers, the CRA says more than 835,000 returns were filed by people who are homeless, Indigenous, newcomers, seniors or disabled.The boost is double those seen in previous years, before the Liberals increased annual spending on the “community volunteer income-tax program” to $13 million in the 2018 budget.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

David Arquette To Be Honored At Art Of Elysiums Heaven Gala

first_imgOn January 12th, 2013, The Art of Elysium will celebrate its 6th annual HEAVEN Gala, the night before the Golden Globes.This fall, The Art of Elysium celebrated 15 years of providing creative arts programming for hospitalized youth in Los Angeles and New York. With this milestone, they are proud to host their 6th annual HEAVEN.This year’s Visionary and creative force behind HEAVEN is Colleen Atwood, academy award winning costume designer. The Art of Elysium is thrilled to unveil her vision of heaven on earth, or “elysium”, on January 12th. The charity will also recognize David Arquette as their 2013 Spirit of Elysium Recipient for his years of volunteerism and tireless fundraising efforts on their behalf.The evening promises an unparalleled creative experience, rooted in their mission and representing the spirit of their diverse artistic disciplines – fashion design, fine art, music, and theatre/media. HEAVEN allows The Art of Elysium to confidently meet their annual operating costs and guarantees the growth and vitality of the organization for years to come, and ensure their ability to continue to deliver high quality art experiences to over 40,000 critically ill youth annually.For tickets and more info, click here.last_img read more

Foreign direct investment lags despite recovering world economy – UN report

26 July 2011Global foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows rose only modestly last year, United Nations trade and development body said in a report released today, noting that foreign investments have continued to lag behind recovery in industrial output and international trade. Global foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows rose only modestly last year, United Nations trade and development body said in a report released today, noting that foreign investments have continued to lag behind recovery in industrial output and international trade.Global industrial production and world trade are already back to levels that prevailed before the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008, according to the latest World Investment Report prepared by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).However, FDI flows at the end of last year were still below their pre-crisis average and far below their peak in 2007, according to the report, which, however, predicts that the recovery in direct foreign investment will continue in this year and return to the pre-crisis average.Investment promotion and facilitation have remained the dominant element in recent national investment policies, the report points out. Nonetheless, the risk of investment protectionism has increased as restrictive investment measures and administrative procedures have accumulated over the past few years.The international investment regime has been growing rapidly, with three international investment treaties signed per week, a development that poses challenges for both countries and business, according to the report, whose theme this year is “Non-Equity Modes of International Production and Development.”The report presents original, “ahead-of-curve analyses” on why and how non-equity modes (NEMs) such as contract manufacturing, services outsourcing, contract farming, franchising and licensing are increasingly used by trans-national corporations in managing their global value chains.NEMs – which allow an owner to enter a new market in less direct ways such as through the licensing of a logo or by exporting goods for distribution – represent a highly significant “middle way” between FDI and trade which, among others, shapes patterns of international trade and trajectories of development, according to the report.Last year, cross-border NEM-related activities generated over $2 trillion in sales, with such enterprises employing 14 to 16 million workers in developing countries. In some industries they accounted for 70 to 80 per cent of global exports.The report also examines the catalysts behind the rise of NEMs, their scale and scope and development impact, and their policy implications. read more

Local philanthropist offers to buy Cook Residence restore it as it deserves

Local collector and philanthropist Lyn Goldman says she offered to buy the Cook Residence and restore it. Local philanthropist and collector Lyn Goldman has offered to buy the historic Cook Residence and restore it “as it deserves to be restored,” according to her submission for Monday night’s city council meeting.“The house stood as a monument to those who lived here before us and those who built Regina,” wrote Goldman. “I think it’s time that we encourage young people to value the city’s history.”The property’s current owner Carmen Lien has long-argued that it cannot be saved without spending between $3.5 and $3.8 million to fix major structural problems and applied for a demolition permit in January.Since then, council and concerned citizens have been fighting to have the property designated as a heritage home in order to preserve its historical significance.The house was built in 1929 in the Tudor Revival style.In her submission, Goldman recalled seeing the home as a child. Then the “Kramer house,” she said the turret made it a fantasy castle for kids.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“Here we are today, when a member of a much younger generation wants to tear it down, or build onto it because that space seems ideal for multiple units,” wrote Goldman in her submission. “His generation, I guess has little need for a memory of an earlier time, or of our forefathers.” According to a submission from Ross Keith of Nicor Group — which the city previously contracted to provide an estimate of the home’s condition — a prospective buyer made an unconditional offer to purchase the Cook Residence for $650,000, $25,000 more than the current owners paid for the property.“This offer would have taken the objectors completely out of their current predicament, but it was rejected by the objectors,” wrote Keith. “If the owners have some financial problems with this property, it is abundantly clear that they are the authors of their own misfortune and should not be asking the City of Regina for sympathy.”City council passed a motion in late January to give the Cook Residence heritage status.In March, Lien and co-owner Adriana Gourgaris presented a notice of objection, requesting the city to either withdraw the proposed designation or direct the matter to a review board.Off to the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation Review Board it went.The Board found that the Cook Residence has heritage, architectural, historical, cultural and aesthetic value, but due to conflicting information regarding the condition of the home, has recommended the City of Regina and the current owners commission a “mutually agreed upon unbiased neutral third party to undertake an invasive home inspection to determine the condition of the home and provide a more reliable cost estimate” of restoration.It is one of four options Administration has identified city council has at this point, including withdrawing the proposed designation, approving designation as is, and approving designation with changes recommended by the owner related to character defining elements.The board’s recommendation is non-binding, but in a report going before city council Monday night, administration has urged council to pursue option four — a neutral third-party invasive home inspection.“I respect and fully support the recommendation that the Administration has brought forward,” wrote Lien. “I believe the fifth inspection will likely confirm the house is in extensive disrepair and that the costs to repair is not a financially feasible option.”In its submission, Heritage Regina opposes the invasive inspection, stating there is currently no requirement to consider the affordability of repairing or maintaining a property as part of the heritage value assessment, nor should there be.“By giving much greater weight to projected costs, this approach effectively diminishes the importance of the other elements used in evaluating the property,” wrote Jackie Smith, president of Heritage Regina.Regardless of the outcome, Lien wrote in his submission that he looks forward to continuing work alongside Administration with full cooperation throughout the process.Any future development, he said, would be guided by policies within Regina’s Official Community Plan (OCP).Lien hopes for an outcome that “suits the neighbourhood and respects historical elements of the City.”jackerman@postmedia.com BRYAN SCHLOSSER / Regina Leader-Post read more

Plane crashes terrorist threats dirty bombs – all part of UN nuclear

By the time “Operation Jumpstart” was over four hours later, the officials from 17 countries breathed a collective sigh of relief. The exercise was held at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) seminar on nuclear security for managers and decision-makers at the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago.They had “survived” to live another day, but not without some bumps, bruises, and missed opportunities along the way, which was an educational capstone of a multi-faceted, two-week-long seminar.”The situations are very challenging and difficult to handle, even though you know they are not real,” William Meehan, a senior IAEA officer heading the nuclear security seminar, said. “People take the exercise very seriously. It’s excellent training.”Operation Jumpstart grouped the men and women into four fictitious countries, and each had an assigned leadership role, from Prime Minister down. As explained by Argonne’s Diane Naples, their joint mission was to work their way through a wave of scenarios that tested their emergency response and readiness skills.The seminar, in its fourth consecutive year, covers a targeted range of topics related to nuclear and radiological security from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Participants include officials in such fields as law enforcement, nuclear regulation, radiological safety, and customs and border control.One important focus is on the international dimensions of nuclear security, the imperative of cooperation in identifying and strengthening weak links, and the IAEA’s role. Another point of emphasis is emergency response and preparedness, especially for terrorist-related events that once were unthinkable and for incidents or threats involving nuclear or radiological materials.Besides the IAEA, other seminar participants were from China, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Ecuador, South Africa, Iraq, Republic of Korea, Brazil, Panama, Mongolia, and the United States. read more

Lloyds Banking Group to sell 632 branches to Cooperative Group for initial

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – Lloyds Banking Group said Thursday it has reached a preliminary agreement to sell 632 branches to the Co-operative Group.Lloyds was ordered to dispose of part of its branch network to comply with the European Commission’s terms for receiving a government bailout.The non-binding ‘heads of agreement’ negotiated with the Co-op call for an initial payment of 350 million pounds ($548 million) for the branches, with additional payments taking the total to 750 million pounds based on the Co-op bank’s performance through 2027, Lloyds said.The deal would secure Co-op’s position as a major player in the U.K. banking market, with 10 per cent of the branches and 7 per cent of the personal current account market. The Co-op also would acquire the TSB and Cheltenham & Gloucester brands.Lloyds says it aims to complete the disposal by the end of November next year.Lloyds shares were down 0.3 per cent at 29.7 pence in early trading in London.“The good news is that a deal finally looks to be reaching a conclusion,” said Gary Greenwood, analyst at Shore Capital. “The bad news is that the price is disappointing from a shareholder perspective, in our view, given that this is a relatively clean business that is not understood to be awash with toxic assets.” Lloyds Banking Group to sell 632 branches to Co-operative Group for initial $548 million by News Staff Posted Jul 19, 2012 3:57 am MDT read more

Shrimp quota cuts will cost jobs hurt Newfoundland and Labrador outports union

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 15, 2016 10:26 am MDT Last Updated Jul 15, 2016 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A “massive” federal cut to the northern shrimp quota will drain big money from outport communities along with badly needed jobs, says the head of a Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries union.“It will mean $70 million going out of communities,” that rely on the sector, said Keith Sullivan, president of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor). “Shrimp is one of our biggest, most important fisheries.“The sheer volume of the cut certainly means a lot of pain for people in the industry,” he said Friday in an interview.The 42 per cent reduction should have been phased in to take conservation concerns seriously while allowing the industry to transition to growing groundfish stocks, Sullivan added.He said shrimp last year accounted for about $250 million of the province’s fishery, worth a total of $1 billion. At least 5,000 jobs are directly or indirectly affected at a time when other sectors of the economy are struggling.The oil price crash since mid-2014 has hammered the province’s offshore sector and government finances. A deficit of $1.8 billion is forecast this year despite sweeping tax hikes and fee increases.The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) says the total allowable catch for Area 6 is being reduced to 27,825 tonnes as shrimp stocks decline.“You have to imagine it’s going to be very tough for some processing facilities and obviously the people who rely on those jobs,” Sullivan said.The announcement comes just after Ottawa scrapped its Last In, First Out approach to eastern shrimp quotas — under which Newfoundland’s inshore fleet would have borne much of the reduction.It’s a welcome move, Sullivan said. “But we hope DFO could understand communities better and phase in a cut like this over two years so industry and communities could adjust.”Offshore fleets will now get just over 23 per cent of the quota, the inshore fishery almost 70 per cent, and the rest is to be shared by St. Anthony Basin Resources, Innu and Fogo Island fishermen. Shrimp quota cuts will cost jobs, hurt Newfoundland and Labrador outports: union read more

WHS World Humanitarian Summit will be wakeup call for action and launch

“We have tremendous suffering in the world today. There is huge need for us to show solidarity with those who are affected by natural disasters and man-made disasters,” UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told reporters at a press conference in Istanbul, Turkey, where the two-day conference is beginning tomorrow. “In the meeting here in Istanbul, always think of the people who are affected – the victims. This conference is about the victims, and having a more effective way of reaching out to help them,” he continued, recalling his recent visits to Nepal and Vietnam where he met with vulnerable communities to learn directly about their plight. More than 65 Heads of State and Government are expected to join representatives from the UN community, civil society, the private sector, academia and thousands of other participants. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) – the Summit’s organizing entity – the goal is to strength the humanitarian system so that preparedness and resilience are taken more seriously. Speaking from the podium alongside the Deputy Secretary-General, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and head of OCHA, Steven O’Brien, said the world needs a Summit so it can make the scale of change that is necessary to help meet the needs. “In this ever globalizing world where we know things so quickly, we need to be able to reach the people who have the greatest vulnerability and need, and the ones who are furthest behind first,” Mr. O’Brien stated. “It is people caught up in crisis through no fault of their own who need us to be even better at delivering humanitarian action of food and shelter, and making sure that water and sanitation and medical treatment is available to them,” he added. On his way to the Summit, Mr. O’Brien stopped in the Lake Chad basin in western central Africa. He visited Diffa, a commune in Niger which borders Nigeria, where hundreds of thousands of people have fled to escape the terrorist group Boko Haram. “It is an area that is already deeply challenged by the huge scarcity of resources brought about by climate and weather effect, and so here you have a confluence of all contributory factors that lead to humanitarian need,” he explained, adding that he also stopped in Maiduguri, Nigeria, where he met with people who were torched out of their homes 11 months ago. “These are the stories we carry with us,” he underlined. “[The World Humanitarian Summit] is a once in a generation opportunity to set in motion an ambitious and far reaching agenda to change the way that we alleviate, and most importantly that we prevent, the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable people.” Four years ago, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for the World Humanitarian Summit to be organized, recognizing that the status quo could not continue. Since then, 23,000 people were consulted in over 150 countries. The outcome of this global exercise is the Agenda for Humanity, a guiding document for the Summit in which Mr. Ban calls for people’s safety, dignity and right to thrive. It calls on world leaders to commit to five core responsibilities: Prevent and end conflict Respect rules of war Leave no one behind Working differently to end need Invest in humanity “I call upon the world leaders, be they of States or of organizations, be they NGOs or civil society organizations or the private sector, to make sure that we can try here in Istanbul to give us the platform where we turn the Secretary-General’s Agenda for Humanity into reality for the people who need us,” Mr. O’Brien concluded. This Summit brings together all stakeholders who have a vested interest in improving the global humanitarian system. Of the more than 5,000 participants expected at the Summit, there are those who have been recipients of humanitarian assistance, those who can hopefully make a difference such as entrepreneurs and those who have pioneered innovations to help register refugees. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will deliver remarks at tomorrow’s opening event, alongside representatives of affected communities, UN Ambassadors, and celebrities, kicking off seven roundtables, 15 special sessions, and hundreds of side events. read more