Late goal lifts BoltsEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have followed a blowout win with a nail-biter to take a two-games-to-none lead over the New York Islanders in the NHL’s Eastern Conference final.Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) scored with 8.8 seconds left to lift the Bolts past the Isles, 2-1. The Lightning had two quality chances that were stopped by Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) seconds before Kucherov fired the puck into the net.Matt Martin put the Isles ahead just 1:24 into the game. Martin has five playoff goals after scoring just five the entire regular season.Victor Hedman tied it late in the first period for the Lightning, who were outshot 28-21. Koepka won the U.S. Open in 2017 and 2018, and he was runner-up last year at Pebble Beach. WWE-CONCUSSIONS LAWSUITFormer WWE wrestlers’ lawsuit over brain damage is dismissedNEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by 50 former pro wrestlers who claimed World Wrestling Entertainment failed to protect them from repeated head injuries that led to long-term brain damage. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City upheld a lower court ruling in 2018 that said the lawsuit’s claims were frivolous or filed too late. Cassidy edged out Philadelphia’s Alain Vigneault (VEEN’-yoh) for his first Jack Adams honor. Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella finished third in the voting, which is done by broadcasters.Boston finished six points ahead of the next-closest team in the standings when the season came to a halt in March. TENNIS-US OPENWilliams wins in 3 sets; Azarenka cruisesNEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams remains in line to tie Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. Her next opponent will be someone she beat in the 2012 and 2013 finals. Kyle Lowry contributed 33 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 53 minutes as the Raptors outlasted the Celtics, 125-122. He got an acrobatic jumper to fall with 11.7 seconds left. Lowry bounced back after scoring just 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting in Toronto’s Game 5 loss.Norman Powell finished with 23 points off the bench for the defending champs, Fred VanVleet had 21 and OG Anunoby chipped in 13 with 13 rebounds. Anunoby put Toronto ahead by nailing a 3-pointer with under a minute left.Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart combined for 83 Boston points, but Kemba Walker managed just five. Brown was high man for Boston with 31 points and 16 rebounds, Tatum had 29 with 14 boards, and Smart had a triple-double of 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. However, Smart missed a 3-point try that would have forced a third OT.Game 7 is Friday. Associated Press The Los Angeles Clippers are one win away from their first trip to the Western Conference finals following a 96-85 victory over the Denver Nuggets in Game 4.Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard finished one assist shy of his first playoff triple-double, providing 30 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots. Leonard has scored 30 or more points six times during this postseason.Reserve Montrezl (MAHN’-trehz) Harrell added 15 points to help the Clippers take a 3-1 series lead. They can close out the Nuggets on Friday night. Los Angeles coughed up an early 18-point lead and was tied at 48 early in the third before the Clippers responded with a 21-5 run.Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) had 26 points and 11 boards for a Nuggets team that finds itself in an all-too-familiar situation. They were down in their first-round series against Utah before becoming the 12th team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit. Williams fired 20 aces but had to rally to beat Tsvetana Pironkova (sveh-TAH’-nuh pih-RAHN’-koh-vah) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 and get to the U.S. Open semifinals. Williams trailed by a set and a break in the all-mom quarterfinal match before winning five straight games to take control.The 38-year-old Williams will have about 24 hours to recover from a match that lasted over two hours. She next faces unseeded Victoria Azarenka, who breezed through her quarterfinal match.Azarenka continued her recent resurgence with a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Elise Mertens. Azarenka used a big serve to beat Mertens to earn a meeting with Williams, who is 18-4 against her in their careers.Ararenka won the Open-tuneup Western & Southern Open for her 21st career title. She made her first U.S. Open semifinal since 2013 and eighth grand slam semifinal overall. Naomi Osaka will face Jennifer Brady in Thursday’s other semifinal.In Wednesday’s other quarterfinal action at Flushing Meadows:— Men’s second seed Dominic Thiem (teem) advanced with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Alex de Minaur (mih-NAHR’). Thiem is still on the hunt for his first major championship after two losses in the French Open final and this year at the Australian Open. — Third seed Daniil Medvedev beat longtime pal Andrey Rublev 7-6, 6-3, 7-6 in an all-Russian matchup. The 2019 U.S. Open runner-up hasn’t dropped a set in the tournament so far and never faced a break point against No. 10 seed Rublev. Medvedev also produced more than twice as many winners, 51-23.MLB-SCHEDULE Los Angeles acquired Ramsey in a trade with Jacksonville midway through last season.In other NFL news:— Five-time Pro Bowler Aqib Talib announced his retirement from the NFL on his new podcast Wednesday. Talib said he was excited about reuniting with Bill Belichick and the Patriots, But after he began looking at flights and apartments, Talib took a look at the Patriots’ schedule and asked himself if he really wanted to cover the likes of George Kittle, Travis Kelce, Darren Waller and Noah Fant, among others.— 49ers linebacker Fred Warner took part in Wednesday practice after being taken off the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. Receivers Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk didn’t take part in the open portion of practice due to injuries. Their status remains in doubt this week heading into Saturday’s season opener against the Cardinals.— The Vikings have placed defensive end Danielle Hunter on injured reserve, taking one of their most vital players out of action for the season opener against Green Bay and at least two more games after that. Hunter has not practiced with the team since training camp activities were first opened to reporters on Aug. 14. Coach Mike Zimmer has only described the unspecified injury as a “tweak.” — The Reds picked up a 3-0 shutout win over the Cubs as Trevor Bauer tossed three-hit ball while fanning 10 over 7 2/3 innings. Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) crushed a three-run homer in the first inning off Yu Darvish, who ended a seven-start inning streak. — Pete Alonso’s 11th home run of the season broke a 6-6 deadlock in the eighth inning of the Mets’ 7-6 comeback win over the Orioles. Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto and Andres Gimenez also went deep after Baltimore took a 5-1 lead.— Ramon Laureano’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth completed the Athletics’ 3-2 comeback over the Astros. Tommy LaStella tied it with a two-run double in the seventh after Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee gur-ee-EHL’) and George Springer homered for Houston.— Gleyber (GLAY’-bur) Torres drove in four runs and the Yankees snapped a five-game losing streak with a 7-2 win over the Blue Jays. Torres and DJ LeMahieu homered to back Deivi García, who gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings for his first victory in three major league starts. — Danny Duffy won in Cleveland for the first time in nearly six years by pitching four-hit ball into the sixth inning of the Royals’ 3-0 shutout of the Indians. Adalberto (ad-ahl-BEHR’-toh) Mondesi broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the sixth as Kansas City won its second straight since a seven-game skid. September 10, 2020 Brewers, Braves combine for 48 runsUNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers scored 19 runs for the first time in a decade on Wednesday, and it wasn’t close to being the day’s biggest offensive assault. Milwaukee’s former major league team outscored the current one as the Braves obliterated their franchise scoring record in a 29-9 dismantling of the Marlins. Adam Duvall led Atlanta’s 23-hit assault with three homers and nine RBIs, including a grand slam.By the time Ronald Acuña Jr. laced a three-run double in the sixth, the Braves had set a team record for runs and led 25-8. Acuña also hit a three-run blast, one of seven homers belted by Atlanta.In Detroit, Corbin Burnes tossed one-hit ball for seven innings before the Brewers completed a 19-0 laugher over the Tigers. He struck out 11 in his third start without an earned run allowed. NBA-DRAFTNBA execs eye November draft LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA’s board of governors and general managers will discuss a plan later this week to push the NBA draft back to Nov. 18. That’s according to a memo sent to teams, a missive that says the date is based on “initial conversations with the Players Association. The draft has been moved back once from June 25 to October 16. The memo says the additional delay would also allow the league more time to conduct the pre-draft process, including a combine in some form.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS It was the most runs for the Brewers since they scored 20 at Pittsburgh in 2010. Jedd Gyorko (JUR’-koh) homered twice, and Jacob Nottingham, Ryan Braun and Tyrone Taylor also went deep for the Brewers. Milwaukee also hit eight doubles to set a franchise record with 13 extra-base hits.Also around the majors:— Chris Taylor and AJ Pollock each hit RBI singles in the 10th inning and the Dodgers overcame a subpar performance by ace Clayton Kershaw in a 6-4 triumph over the Diamondbacks. Mookie Betts and Kiké (KEE’-kay) Hernández each hit a solo homer for the NL West leaders.— Zach Davies won his career-best, fifth-consecutive start by allowing three runs over six innings of the Padres’ fourth straight victory, 5-3 over the Rockies. Mitch Moreland hit his first homer as a Padre to help San Diego complete a three-game sweep. — Mike Yastrzemski (ya-STREHM’-skee) smacked a three-run homer and the Giants coasted to their fifth consecutive win by crushing the Mariners, 10-1. Players took afternoon batting practice with the lights turned on amid raging wildfires in Northern California. Some ash flakes rained down on the ballpark, and the smell of smoke was noticeable but not overpowering. Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) was superb at times and helped Tampa Bay kill off a five-minute major and a 5-on-3 situation.Game 3 is Friday.NHL-ADAMS AWARDCassidy nabs Adams AwardUNDATED (AP) — Bruce Cassidy is the winner of the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year after leading the Bruins to the Presidents’ Trophy. Update on the latest sports — The Pirates were clobbered on Roberto Clemente Day as James McCann homered twice and collected four RBIs in the White Sox’s 8-1 romp in Pittsburgh. Dane Dunning scattered three hits over six scoreless innings for his first big league win.— The Rangers have just their third winning streak of the season after Isiah Kiner-Falefa (fah-LAY’-fah) matched a career high with four hits and Nick Solak had two RBIs in a 7-3 decision over the Angels. Texas had lost six in row and 18 of 21 before winning the series opener Tuesday. MLB-NATIONALS-KENDRICK ILNationals put Kendrick on 10-day IL with strained hamstringWASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have placed Howie Kendrick on the 10-day injured list because of a strained left hamstring. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULERaptors stay aliveLAKE BUENA VISTA (AP) — It took double-overtime for the Toronto Raptors to force a Game 7 in the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Celtics. — Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier (shuh-ZEER’) has announced his retirement, nearly three years after a spinal injury put his career on indefinite hold. The two-time Pro Bowl selection required spine stabilization surgery after getting hurt against the Bengals in December 2017. PGA-US OPEN-KOEPKABrooks Koepka out of US Open with lingering injuryMAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) has pulled out of next week’s U.S. Open because of lingering pain in his left knee. The two-time champion had played eight times in a 10-week span, including six in a row. He was trying to catch up from missing so much time from a knee injury suffered last October. It reached a point where he withdrew before the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs, ending his season in the hopes that time off would help. Kendrick is batting .275 with two homers and 14 RBIs in 25 games this season. Last year, he was the MVP of the NL Championship Series and hit the go-ahead homer in Game 7 of the World Series.NFL-NEWSJalen Ramsey gets record extensionUNDATED (AP) — Jalen Ramsey is becoming the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history after agreeing to a five-year, $105 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams. The extension includes $71.2 million, the most guaranteed money ever given to a defensive back. Ramsey will average $21 million per season, another record for a cornerback or safety. Among the plaintiffs were Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and Harry Masayoshi Fujiwara, known as Mr. Fuji. Their lawyer says they were posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Since he began pitching minor league rehabilitation games in July, Middleton said his fastball is clocking 94-96 mph. His changeup has become a more essential secondary pitch.“This whole process has just been working on the changeup,” he said. “That’s a pitch I’m going to use a lot going forward.”Manager Brad Ausmus is not installing Middleton as his closer. A right-handed pitcher with relatively even platoon splits, Middleton is a potential candidate to “open” games for a long reliever, Ausmus said.“We’ll have to ease him in,” Ausmus said. “We’ll be very aware of the usage, number of pitches, back-to-backs, all that. Probably wouldn’t go back to back initially because he didn’t do it in the minor leagues, but I don’t foresee a long wait before that happening.”For Middleton, the physical hurdles paled in comparison to the absence of camaraderie. When Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died in June, Middleton was rehabbing 1,000 miles away. It was Skaggs, along with teammate Andrew Heaney, who served as sounding boards as Middleton navigated his rehab. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter ANAHEIM — One year, three months and 15 days can feel like a long time when you’re 25 years old. It can feel even longer when the duration is not a promise but a phantasm of a hope. For Angels pitcher Keynan Middleton, recovering from Tommy John surgery was both a physical and an emotional process.“Since the beginning … I told myself I’m going to learn from everything and not look at everything so negative,” he said Tuesday, his first day on the Angels’ active roster since undergoing the ligament replacement procedure a year ago.“Every bump in the road I’ve had, I’ve kept my head high this whole time. I’m just excited to actually be here.”Middleton was closing games for the Angels before his elbow gave out in May 2018. He was capable of touching 100 mph with his four-seam fastball when he broke into the majors in 2017, and 99 a year ago. His changeup was featured sparingly. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Skaggs was not around to help in July when Middleton said he experienced numbness in his right hand as a result of nerve inflammation.“More than anything I just wanted to get back just to be with these guys,” Middleton said. “We’ve been through a lot this year, with the stuff that happened with Tyler. Just to be here, to be around them is all I wanted.”COLE RETURNS TO MINORSThe Angels optioned pitcher Taylor Cole to Triple-A Salt Lake to make room for Middleton. The right-hander was 3-4 with a 6.80 ERA in 31 games (six starts) this season.Cole had a 2.84 earned-run average on July 29. In 11 appearances since, he had allowed 23 runs in 12 innings – seven in a disastrous eighth inning Sunday in Houston.“I talked to Taylor about it when we were optioning him,” Ausmus said. “He opened in Cleveland (Aug. 2) and it didn’t go well. He went to Boston and pitched lights-out and then it was rough from that point on. He and I couldn’t necessarily put a finger on why that was. Because sometimes he looked dominant and then other times it was the opposite. Sometimes taking a step back helps.”Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros In August, Cole’s opponents hit his fastball and slider for a higher average. His swing-and-miss rate fell on both pitches.“It’s obviously easier to get your bearings at the Triple-A level than at the big league level,” Ausmus said. “He’s kind of struggled lately so I thought it was the right move at the time.”ALSOCole is a candidate to return on Sunday when teams can expand their active rosters from 25 to 40 players. Ausmus said he and General Manager Billy Eppler began discussing who else might get called up on Tuesday. … Pitcher Justin Anderson (right trap strain) threw from flat ground from 105 feet and is targeting Sunday for his first bullpen work. He is eligible to be activated from the 10-day injured list but estimated he’ll throw one or two simulated innings first. … The Angels’ Midwest League (low Class-A) affiliate Burlington did not allow a hit in its 10-inning win over Beloit on Tuesday. Jose Soriano (3⅔ innings), Parker Joe Robinson (1⅓), Hector Yan (3) and Chad Sykes (1⅔) combined to walk seven batters and strike out nine in the 1-0 victory.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Patrick Sandoval, 0-1, 6.75 ERA) vs. Rangers (RHP Ariel Jurado, 6-10, 5.48 ERA), Wednesday, 6 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Barcelona want to sign Didier Drogba, according to The Sun.The striker’s Chelsea contract expires this summer and it is claimed that Barca are keen to offer him a two-year deal worth up to £5m a season in the hope he will snub a move to China, Milan or the USA.Linked with Barca.A Barcelona source is quoted as saying: “What the team needs is an attacking player who has the presence and strength to trouble defenders.“Drogba has that profile and is one of the players the club are looking at.”The Sun also suggest that Chelsea could be able to bring Guus Hiddink back to Stamford Bridge because of a break clause in his contract with mega-rich Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.Hiddink, who managed the Blues in 2009, is said to have until May 30 to decide whether he will sign a new one-year deal or walk away.Meanwhile, Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones is a target for QPR, the Daily Mail report.It is claimed that promoted Southampton and Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala are also interested in the Trinidad & Tobago international.Potters boss Tony Pulis is said to be willing to listen to offers for Jones, who has slipped down the pecking order of forwards at the Britannia Stadium.The Mail also link Alessandro Del Piero with QPR after the 37-year-old, who is tipped to leave Juventus, told Italian newspaper Corriere Dello Sport that he would like to play in England.The Daily Star say R’s captain Joey Barton has drafted in his own solicitor to help him fight a possible 12-game ban from the FA following his outburst against Manchester City.It’s believed Barton plans to plead guilty to two charges of violent conduct but will argue he was provoked by City’s Vincent Kompany.The Star also report that television personality Michael Barrymore has offered to help Barton.See also:Chelsea are not like Arsenal and shouldn’t leave Stamford BridgeA move to the ‘Battersea Bridge’ makes sense for Chelsea Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
12 March 2007Blessed with beautiful clear weather and almost windless conditions, the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour provided a fitting conclusion to the Giro del Capo as Team Barloworld’s Robert Hunter secured a home victory for South Africa on Sunday.With his teammates providing excellent support, Hunter surged ahead at the finish to sprint to the title ahead of last year’s Argus winner, Steffen Radochla of Team Wiesenhof-Felt, with Regiostrom Senges’ Malaya van Ruitenbeek grabbing the final podium position.Following the top three over the finish line were MTN Microsoft’s top sprinter Malcolm Lange and Davitamon-Win’s Jurgen Roelandts.TeamworkMost of the hard work for Hunter was done by Hugo Sabido and Felix Cardenas, with Fabrizio Guidi adding further help at the end to ensure Hunter took the win.The South African star described his victory as a fantastic day on which his teammates did everything right and dominated the racing. He admitted matters nearly got away from his team towards the end, but said strength in numbers prevented that happening.Said Hunter: “As a South African, to win this race, and I hadn’t raced it in 10 years, means something.” Previously his best result in the Argus was a second-place finish.Women’s winVictory in the women’s race went to Duravit’s Anke Erlank Moore. She credited her win, which was her fourth in the Argus, to mountain bike training.She and Anriette Schoeman, who missed the race after suffering a broken wrist in a training accident two weeks before the race, are the only two women to win the event over the past eight years.Second place went to 17-year-old Cherise Taylor. Moore afterwards picked her as a future winner of the race. Ending third was Marissa van der Merwe.Giro winnerWhile Hunter snatched the Cycle Tour title, it was another Team Barloworld rider, Alexander Efimkin, who won the Giro del Capo. The Russian took the honours ahead of Cardenas, with South Africa’s David George, riding for CSC Marcello, finishing third, followed by two more Barloworld cyclists, Sabido and Ryan Cox.George, who attempted to attack on the final climb of the Argus in a desperate bid for the stage victory, admitted that going up against such a strong team was a challenge too difficult to overcome. He added that the 109-kilometre route was maybe a little too short and he didn’t have enough climbs to allow him to have a strong go at winning the final stage.Four men in the top five of the overall classification was ample testament to the strength of the Barloworld outfit, and it spoke volumes for the hard work they did throughout the Giro.Jersey winnersThe honours didn’t end there for Barloworld either, as Sabido secured the Powerade King of the Mountains title.MTN Microsoft’s Daryl Impey, seventh in the Argus, won the Pickford’s points jersey after capturing the prologue and the 120-kilometre second stage, and Konica Minolta’s Chris Froome won the MTN Young African jersey awarded to the top under-23 African rider.Efimkin called his victory in the Giro “an important win”. He complimented the organisers on a smoothly put together event, and his teammates for the professionalism they showed throughout the race.“The race was good,” he said, “and the scenery beautiful throughout the week.”Success for charitiesOther big winners on the Argus were the charities which benefited from, among others, the entries of former Tour de France champions Jan Ullrich and Greg LeMond.Ullrich raised funds for the Starfish Greathearts Foundation and the Imibala charity, while LeMond rode to raise awareness about diabetes. He was in a group of 200 Virgin Active cyclists, with the gym chain donating money to the Education Active Foundation on their behalf.Ullrich said he thoroughly enjoyed his ride. “It was a wonderful race, wonderful conditions,” he said.“The spirit was marvellous. Everyone from the slow riders to the fast ones had smiles on their faces. I don’t know how much money I’ve raised for the funds, but I hope that it’s a lot. It’s something that I hold close to my heart, particularly raising money for children.”Make a DifferenceAnother prominent team of fundraisers featured former Rugby World Cup winning captain Francois Pienaar teaming up with former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe – who had flown out from Leeds for the event – riding together on a tandem. They were cycling for Make a Difference (MAD).MAD is Pienaar’s brainchild and among its honorary members it features some of the greatest rugby players in history: New Zealand’s 1987 World Cup winning captain David Kirk;1991 Australian World Cup winning skipper Nick Farr-Jones;Two-time World Cup winner John Eales, who was the victorious captain in 1999; andEngland’s 2003 World Cup winning captain Martin Johnson.What that means, in case you hadn’t worked it out yet, is that every Rugby World Cup winning captain in history has given his backing to MAD. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi: I was ready to leave in 2013 and 2014by Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona captain Lionel Messi admits he’s seriously considered leaving the club in the past.Messi, speaking on RAC1, revealed he was upset with the way he was being treated by the Spanish tax authorities.He stated: “There have been times when I ended up tired due to a lot of circumstances. I had several times, especially in 2013 and 2014, when I had the problem with the Treasury. It was very difficult for me and my family.”People really don’t know about what happens at that moment, they don’t listen, they think and talk. I was the first one and that’s why it was all so hard. Since they got angry and showed that they were going for everything with me, showing that they were going for all the players, it was diluted. “The best of all is that my children were small and did not know anything, but we had a hard time. At that time I had the mind to leave, not for wanting to leave Barça, but for what was happening.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said the launch of the Guidance and Counselling Policy represents a continuation of efforts to improve governance in schools. The Guidance and Counselling Unit in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has launched a policy aimed at creating certain objectives, strategies and performance standards for the guidance and counselling profession in schools. Story Highlights In his address, read by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dean-Roy Bernard, at the Policy’s launch at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library on January 31, Senator Reid noted that the Policy was developed in the context that homes and schools represent training grounds for character building. The Guidance and Counselling Unit in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has launched a policy aimed at creating certain objectives, strategies and performance standards for the guidance and counselling profession in schools.The Policy sets up a framework around the operations of guidance counsellors and a strategy to hold counsellors and schools accountable to the expectations of the Ministry.Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said the launch of the Guidance and Counselling Policy represents a continuation of efforts to improve governance in schools.“It ensures that administrators and teachers are equipped with a policy that prepares and guides them for all areas in the life of our students,” he said.In his address, read by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dean-Roy Bernard, at the Policy’s launch at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library on January 31, Senator Reid noted that the Policy was developed in the context that homes and schools represent training grounds for character building.“In these environments, the child may learn lessons about human individuality and dignity and about responsible freedom and love,” he said.“We want our children to know love and care within and beyond the walls of the classroom. We want to help them make sensible and responsible decisions, and we want to help them broaden their vision about what they can become,” he added.The Minister further noted that there is the need to address the level of professionalism that is offered in the name of guidance and counselling and to ensure that students receive the needed psychosocial interventions in addressing what they encounter in their lives.“We have long realised that our mandate that is streamlined through the Guidance and Counselling Unit is to influence, shape behaviours and encourage positive values and attitudes, which is clearly articulated in a number of polices,” he said.They include the Reintegration of School-Age Mothers into the Formal School System, Health and Family Life, and the Programme for Alternative Student Support (PASS).The Policy is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, and others of special interest.“What drives it is the knowledge that our guidance counsellors are game changers in the lives our children,” said Senator Reid.Meanwhile, General Secretary of the Jamaica Teachers ‘Association (JTA), Dr. Margaret Chin, said the Policy is timely and serves to strengthen the position of guidance counselling across the nation’s schools.“I am sure that this Policy will serve to guide counsellors in carrying out duties as professionals who answer to the needs of our children. This policy could not have come at a better time,” she said.Dr. Chin noted that her organisation supports the Guidance and Counselling Unit in the promotion of high educational values and ensuring that all students, especially the most vulnerable, have access to the full range of services available to them in the school system.The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Country Representative for Jamaica, Mark Connolly, expressed pleasure at the Policy coming to fruition.He pointed out that the Policy represents a key component of UNICEF’s country programme for Jamaica, as schools play a significant role in keeping children “safe and alive”.
zoom Mozambique Port of Maputo saw its total volumes surge by 22% in 2017 as the port moves toward welcoming even larger vessels.The port handled a total of 18.2 million tonnes of cargo during the year, against 14.9 million tonnes seen in 2016, while the number of vessel calls dropped from 955 to 896 in 2017. However, although the port received 59 less ships calls, it saw 3.3 million of cargo more than a year before.The rise was mainly attributed to the completion of an access channel dredging project in January 2017, allowing for larger vessels to sail to the port.Before the dredging project, with the channel at -11 meters chart datum, the maximum sailing draft of the vessels in Maputo and Matola was on average 12.20 meters and the maximum parcel size varied between 50,000 and 55,000 tonnes.“The dredging resulted in an increase of 40% to the average parcel size for Maputo Main Port and a 55% increase for Matola,” Osório Lucas, CEO, said.Maputo is now preparing to receive vessels of even greater drafts, with the upgrades to berths 6, 7, 8 and 9, scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2018.In July 2017, the Matola Coal Terminal (TCM) inaugurated the rehabilitation of its berth, which included deepening to -15.4 meters below chart datum along the quayside. TCM has thus become the port’s first terminal to take full advantage of the dredging initiative, allowing fully-ladden Panamax vessels of up to 275 meters long, 14.5 meters of draft on neap tides and 15.5 meters on spring tides.In 2017, the DP World Maputo Container Terminal also began its expansion works from 150.000 TEUs to 250.000 TEUs, scheduled for completion at the end of January 2018.“This is a major project and marks the last major steps defined by the Masterplan for the Port of Maputo. The rehabilitation will not only create berths with a depth of up to -15 meters below chart datum, but will improve the berth occupation rate through the creation of a bigger and deeper mooring area,” Lucas explained.
Beverly Andrews APTN National NewsThe United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples is expected to release an interim report Friday on her visit to two territories in the United States.Victoria Tauli-Corpuz toured sites in New Mexico and North Dakota this week.In North Dakota, Tauli-Corpuz held meetings on the Fort Berthold reservation. The community sits 250 kilometres north-west of where the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been battling against the Dakota Access pipeline.But unlike Standing Rock, Fort Berthold is in the heart of the Bakken oilfields and hosts a number of pipelines on its territory.The UN special rapporteur also talked to people in Bismarck and that is where APTN caught up to [email protected]
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index closed up modestly but not enough to reverse Tuesday’s 134-point decline, while the loonie ended down after a report that Saudi Arabia was selling Canadian assets.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index closed up 28.78 points at 16,315.08 as sectors other than energy, consumer discretionary, and utilities climbed. The intraday high was 16,325.12.Auto-parts manufacturers Magna International Inc. and Linamar Corp. both helped drag down the consumer discretionary sector 1.52 per cent after Magna revised down its guidance for the second half of the year.The company had strong second-quarter results but toned down expectations amid uncertainty surrounding tariffs and trade negotiations, leading to an almost eight per cent drop for the company’s stock.Linamar didn’t revise its expectations, but closed down more than six per cent in a knock-on effect of tariff concerns despite good results, said Michael Currie, vice-president and investment analyst at TD Wealth.“We are seeing companies be cautious, anticipating tariffs having a negative effect, but really all the companies in earnings season are reporting business is pretty solid, and we’re actually still seeing really good numbers,” he said.The S&P/TSX capped energy index closed down 0.74 per cent after the September crude contract closed down $2.23 at US$66.94 per barrel.The dip in oil prices came after weak import data from China, an escalation of trade disputes, and lower-than-expected drop in U.S. crude inventories, said Currie.“People are still talking about the trade dispute, because new tariffs were put on again in the U.S.-China trade war. That get people worried. Trade slows, that means economies slow, that means less demand for oil.”The health-care index closed up 1.42 per cent as cannabis stocks rose. The Toronto Stock Exchange as a whole saw 287.75 million shares trade hands.The Canadian dollar averaged 76.62 cents US, down 0.17 of a US cent. The dollar dipped after a report by the Financial Times said the Saudi central bank and state pension funds had instructed asset managers to sell Canadian equities, bonds, and cash.“The biggest effect it had immediately this morning was the Canadian dollar did take a drop, it fell about half a per cent today,” said Currie.“It’s strengthened since then, but I think a lot of that was a report on the Saudi central bank and pension funds are selling stocks, selling a lot of assets.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average ended down 45.16 points at 25,583.75. The S&P 500 index closed down 0.75 points at 2,857.70 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 4.66 points at 7,888.33.The December gold contract ended up $2.70 at US$1,221 an ounce and the September copper contract was unchanged at US$2.75 a pound. The September natural gas contract was up five cents at US$2.95 per mmBTU.
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday allowed the ED to question lobbyist Deepak Talwar in Tihar jail in a fresh money laundering case related to the purchase of 43 aircraft by erstwhile Indian Airlines from France’s Airbus Industrie in 2005.Special Judge Santosh Snehi Mann allowed the Enforcement Directorate to interrogate Talwar, who is currently in judicial custody in a separate case related to negotiations to allegedly favour foreign private airlines causing losses to national carrier Air India. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!In the present case, special public prosecutors D P Singh and Nitesh Rana told the court that Talwar’s interrogation was required to unearth the entire criminal conspiracy related to alleged money laundering in relation to the purchase. Rana told the court, “He (Talwar) received Rs 92 crore from Airbus Industrie in one account and Rs 142 crore in another. He was directly linked with Airbus in these transactions and he was doing his own negotiations.” The court was hearing a plea moved by the ED seeking its nod to arrest Talwar in the Airbus case. However, the court directed the agency to question Talwar in Tihar jail instead. “He is in judicial custody in another case. What’s stopping you (ED) from going there and questioning him. Is there any bar from going there and interrogating,” the judge asked. Following this, the ED requested the court to permit it to interrogate Talwar inside Tihar, which was allowed. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedAccording to the ED, the case was filed against Indian Airlines officials and other unknown persons, “alleging that the officials, by abusing their official position as public servants in conspiracy with Airbus Industrie, caused undue pecuniary advantage to Airbus Industrie and caused corresponding undue loss to the government exchequer in carrying out the purchase of 43 aircraft by Indian Airlines from Airbus Industrie, France.” “The cabinet committee on economic affairs/empowered group of ministers had approved the purchase of 43 Airbus Aircraft in 2006 and the purchase price per aircraft was fixed with the condition that Airbus will establish training and MRO Centre worth USD 175 million (around Rs 1000 crore). “However, purchase order was placed for supply of 43 aircraft by fraudulently deleting the said condition. Deletion of those conditions for establishing MRO and training centre resulted in undue benefit of Rs 1,000 crore to Airbus which should have been reduced from agreed purchase price of aircraft fixed by the government of India,” the ED said. It told the court the conduct of Talwar was non-cooperative towards the investigation and he would not appear before investigating authority in the present probe unless he is compelled by law to do so.