Rohit Bumrah in ICCs World Cup XI no place for Kohli

first_imgLondon: Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah were the only two Indians to feature in the ICC’s World Cup 2019 Team of the Tournament, which didn’t have any place for Virat Kohli. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was named the captain of the team while Alex Carey of Australia was appointed the wicketkeeper. India vice-captain Rohit had a World Cup to remember where he not only finished as the highest run-getter (648 runs in nine innings), but also racked up a record five centuries, the most by any batsman in a single World Cup. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherIndia lost to New Zealand in the semifinal where Rohit did not get runs, but personally the Mumbai batsman could not have asked for a better outing. Coming to Bumrah, the best bowler in white ball cricket at the moment delivered in every single match relentlessly, without dropping his intensity. He took 18 wickets in nine matches, but more importantly returned with an amazing economy rate of 4.41. Meanwhile, destructive England opener Jason Roy was named as Rohit’s opening partner. Roy’s breathtaking batting at the top of the order was one of the main reasons why champions England were such a force in the World Cup. Roy missed three matches in the group stages due to an injury — against Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Australia — and England lost two of them, against the Lankans and the Aussies. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenOnce Roy was back against India, there was no looking back for the dashing opener as he overall plundered 443 runs in seven innings with a highest score of 153 at an average of 63.28. Williamson led from the front and but for the lesser number of boundaries hit by his team against England in the final, the Kiwis could have landed their maiden World Cup title. Williamson was New Zealand’s batting mainstay in the World Cup, amassing 578 runs in nine innings, the most by a captain in a single World Cup, to finish as the fourth highest run-getter in the tournament. He also marshalled his troops admirably, especially in the semifinal against India and in the final against England. England batting mainstay Joe Root, who scored 556 runs in 11 innings, was also named in the ICC XI, followed by Shakib Al Hasan who had a dream World Cup, scoring 606 runs in 8 innings besides taking 11 wickets. Player of the final Ben Stokes had to be there after having a stellar World Cup. Stokes will go down in history as one of England’s best all-rounders. After all, he managed what even the great Ian Botham failed to achieve in Australia in 1992.last_img read more

French Presidents advisor Ajit Doval hold strategic dialogue

first_imgNew Delhi: French president’s diplomatic advisor Emmanuel Bonne held wide-ranging talks with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on all aspects of the Indo-French strategic partnership, major regional and international issues, as well as G7 priorities on global challenges backed by India.Emmanuel Bonne, Diplomatic Adviser and G7 Sherpa to French President Emmanuel Macron, arrived in Delhi on Thursday for the biannual Indo-French Strategic Dialogue, a French Embassy statement said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Bonne called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and held wide-ranging talks with Doval on Thursday, his counterpart for the strategic dialogue, it said. Coming days after the fruitful bilateral meetings between the leaders of France and India, and India’s participation in G7 sessions at France’s invitation, the agenda of the consultations included all aspects of the Indo-French strategic partnership, major regional and international issues, as well as G7 priorities on global challenges backed by India, the statement said.last_img read more

Trump says Canada is being very difficult in NAFTA talks suggests terminating

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump again suggested the North American Free Trade Agreement be terminated, tweeting Sunday that both Canada and Mexico are being “very difficult,” but observers and political leaders didn’t appear to take the threat too seriously.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard brushed aside Trump’s comment.“I think what we have to recognize is that the negotiations are going forward. You will not hear me react to his daily tweets or statements. I don’t think that would be very productive,” Couillard said as he arrived in Charlottetown for the annual meeting of New England governors and eastern premiers.Couillard says the American governors he’s meeting with are eager to modernize and improve NAFTA.“When we talk to governors, when business people talk to each other, the feeling is quite good and quite positive. Everybody recognizes that trade is beneficial for both Canada and the U.S.A.”Trump has already threatened earlier this year to end NAFTA. At the time Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s office said “heated rhetoric” is common in trade negotiations, her officials had little to add in response to Trump’s Sunday tweet.Sunday’s tweet was the first time though that Trump has complained about Canada’s role in the talks, which began earlier this month between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.Sui Sui, an economics professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, said she doesn’t take Trump’s comments too seriously either, because these kind of talks “should be hard.”“This is a pretty normal trade negotiation: each party fights (for) the best interests of their own country,” she said. “The Canadian government is just doing their job, same as the Mexican government.”Robert Holleyman, former deputy trade czar under Barack Obama, also doesn’t expect Trump to follow through with his threat to withdraw the U.S. from the trade deal. In a Twitter post on Sunday morning, Holleyman cited agricultural interests and dissent from Congress as barriers to the president’s plan.“Mark my words. He will not pull out of NAFTA,” he wrote.Trade economist Dan Trefler, professor at the University of Toronto and senior research fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, agrees that Trump’s Twitter rhetoric is unlikely to translate to action. For one thing, the president is unlikely to receive the congressional approval he would need to act on a major trade agreement. “Congress has been more involved in these trade negotiations than it’s ever been involved in any previous trade negotiation,” Trefler says.And while withdrawing from NAFTA would appeal to parts of Trump’s base — people who work in manufacturing jobs in states like Michigan and Wisconsin, for instance — Trefler says it would alienate Trump’s many supporters in the farm belt.Echoing Couillard, Trefler said that focusing on Trump’s inflammatory Twitter posts can detract from the things his administration is doing. “It’s easy for him to make these kinds of statements, because they play to the image,” he says.“Trump has only one audience, and that’s the electorate.”-by Maija Kappler in Toronto, with files from Kevin Bissett in Charlottetownlast_img read more

Ontario family recalled for philanthropy business success after crash deaths

first_imgJoe Robertson helped create a dental supply firm and sold it for millions before he turned 40, and then with his wife Anita became a major philanthropist in southern Ontario.The couple, both 58, and their 24-year-old daughter Laura Robertson were killed in a Maine plane crash Monday, as they flew to P.E.I. for a vacation.“He was unbelievable. He was a machine. You couldn’t find a better business partner. He’s brilliant and caring and thoughtful and fair. The best Bay Street lawyers, he would correct their work,” said Carman Adair, his business partner.Each time he views a news photo of the crumpled fuselage, Adair says he can’t believe his meticulous and caring business partner was piloting the aircraft which crashed into a field in northern Maine.The twin-engine plane plunged to the ground near the Greenville municipal airport in the state’s interior during an attempted landing on Monday morning.“I keep looking at the plane wreckage and thinking that cannot be Joe,” Adair said in a telephone interview from Langley, B.C.“He told me when he took lessons on that plane from a master trainer, he did 168 takeoffs and landing in a two-week period.”The businessman is struggling to understand what might have gone wrong for the brilliant Harvard MBA graduate.The business partners took Arcona Health Inc. from inception into a firm with $65 million in annual sales and over 900 staff before it was sold in 1998, he said.They’d recently finalized an agreement to resume their partnership on a fresh venture, hoping to repeat their success with a new firm, Amax Health Inc.The cause of the crash remains unknown, though the National Transportation Safety Agency has launched a probe of the crash of the twin-engine Piper PA-60 Aerostar aircraft.The flight had started from Pembroke, near the family’s Golden Lake, Ont., cottage, and was bound for Charlottetown, with plans to carry on after a few days to Newfoundland and Labrador.Terry Williams, a spokesman for the NTSB, says Robertson called in a loss of engine power to the Boston air traffic control on Monday morning.Witnesses watched as the aircraft passed by the municipal airport, banked and plunged to the ground as an emergency landing was attempted.As news spread through the victims’ hometown, local community leaders expressed their sadness at the news.Brian McMullan, a former mayor of St. Catharines, said in the years that followed Robertson’s retirement from the dental supply business, the couple became key philanthropists in the Niagara area.He said in an interview that the Niagara-on-the-Lake residents were “genuine, decent people,” whose early donation to the St. Catharines performing arts centre was a bold move that helped revitalize the city’s centre.They were also strong supporters of Brock University, the United Way, and Niagara Health, he said.One of their donations funds a bursary to support hospital staff taking classes at the St. Catharines campus.The university said Robertson spent a decade on the school’s board, including two years as chair, from 2012-14. He had also chaired the Council of Chairs of Ontario Universities, it said.Anita Robertson was also an active volunteer for Brock and charities in the area.Laura Robertson, who had recently been hired to work at the recreation and athletics department at Brock University, was also a volunteer firefighter in Niagara-on-the-Lake.Fire chief Rob Grimwood said in a statement that Robertson joined the department in January and had recently completed the recruit training program.“She had demonstrated a strong commitment to serving her community as a volunteer firefighter and expressed on many occasions how much she enjoyed being a firefighter and being part of our team,” said Grimwood.The flags at the Niagara-on-the-Lake town hall were to fly at half-mast on Wednesday to honour Robertson.The Robertsons are survived by two adult sons.“They will be missed,” said McMullan.last_img read more

Prince Charles Helps Launch Princes Trust Summer Sessions

first_imgJamal Edwards, the 22 year-old entrepreneur behind the UK’s leading youth broadcaster SB.TV, kicked off a new Prince’s Trust campaign this week to inspire young people making tough decisions about their future this summer.Jamal took part in a Twitter question and answer session from The Prince’s Trust Chatham Centre in Kent with HRH The Prince of Wales paying a special visit.The event marked the launch of The Prince’s Trust Summer Sessions, a series of events to inspire young people who are worried about their exam results, struggling to find a job or feeling hopeless about the future.Jamal shared his secrets of success with Trust-supported young people, tweeting the session live to include other young people across the UK.HRH The Prince of Wales joined young people who were taking part in a live session, giving the them a chance to tell The Prince how the charity he founded has improved their lives.Jamal Edwards said: “There is a big crowd of school leavers out there worrying about what the future holds for them; I know because it wasn’t all that long ago that I was one of them. But what I would say to every one of them is you can do whatever you want; you can make your own future if you want it enough. If you don’t know what your next steps are, The Prince’s Trust is helping young people like you every day to get their lives on track. Give them a call.”About meeting HRH The Prince of Wales, Jamal said: “I have met His Royal Highness once before and both occasions have been such an honour. We have a lot in common actually, notably a shared interest in young talent and what can be done with it.”Ben Rist, 19, from Chatham, was one of five young people taking part in the session. The teenager was homeless and had few qualifications when he joined The Prince’s Trust Fairbridge programme, which combines one-to-one support with group activities to help vulnerable young people to turn their lives around. Thanks to the support he received, Ben managed to get a job as a youth worker and now has a place to live.Ben said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity to meet Jamal, who has featured many of my heroes on his channel. Jamal is someone who can inspire young people to always fulfill their dreams, regardless of their background. On my results day, everyone seemed to have better grades than me. I felt pretty down about leaving school without much to show for it and I was also scared that my whole life was changing and I would lose touch with my friends.“I did manage to get into college but I ended up dropping out because I struggled with the written work. The Prince’s Trust Team programme and Fairbridge programme got me back on track and very quickly, things started looking up for me. I’m an assistant youth worker now. It’s never too late to turn things around; you just need to know where to go for help.”The Prince of Wales founded The Prince’s Trust in 1976. The Trust gives disadvantaged young people the skills and confidence to find a job, with three in four young people on Prince’s Trust programmes moving into work, education or training.The Prince’s Trust Summer Sessions, supported by HSBC, will include a live-streamed Youth Forum on Friday 16th August, featuring Prince’s Trust Ambassadors Jameela Jamil, Naughty Boy and Wretch 32 and host Laura Whitmore.Source:Prince’s Trustlast_img read more

Education Ministry Decides to Move Forward Baccalaureate Result Release Date

Rabat – Initially scheduled for June 26, the Baccalaureate exam results (regular session) will now be announced Sunday, June 23.Morocco’s Ministry of Education has decided to move up the date of the announcement thanks to the facilitation of the grading process through the use of a computerized system.The results will be announced at 10 am on www.Taalim.ma. For free candidates, the results will announce the site “Tarchihate ” or via the official website of the Ministry of Education: www.men.gov.ma. Around 441,065 Moroccan students sat for the Baccalaureate exam this year, according to The Ministry of National Education.Fettoum El Youssoufi, a 70-year-old Moroccan woman, also took the Baccalaureate exam this year. Fettoum said she wants to pursue Islamic law to teach people in mosques if she passes the exam.Read also: 70-Year-Old Moroccan Woman Takes Baccalaureate ExamShe also expressed her desire to meet King Mohammed VI if she gets her Baccalaureate.Retake exams will be held on July 4-8, and the results will be announced on July 19, 2019.This year, in an effort to combat exam fraud, Moroccan authorities arrested six suspects for alleged exam fraud in Casablanca, Agadir, and Marrakech in June of this year.Moroccan police also arrested a 20-year-old for possessing vests used to facilitate cheating in exams. The vests were connected to an electronic device equipped with wireless earphones. read more

From Alps to Ark Former Austrian Club finds new life in Victory

A third mural, that shows Jesus calling a group of children to him, was painted by a college student.“We see one of the needs out here is a space for community,” said Terri. “Those are some of the things that the Austrian Club would have done for people too.”The space is vastly different from what it was. The wood panelling and murals have been replaced with smooth, bright off-white walls. The decor resembles that of a crisp and clean lottery show-home while some wood accents and warm lights create a homey feel.Despite the stark contrast between what the Austrian Club was and the Regina Victory Church is now, the Murphys said they tried to respect the history of the building as they made it their own.“There was some discussion to try and remove the murals and we would have been open to that. But they were painted on Gyproc walls, so how do you remove that?” said Terry. “They took a lot of photos and had to maintain the memories that way.”The church also held a pseudo-garage sale to empty out the building of what was left — commercial grade soap, bathroom supplies, etc. Club members had first dibs, then other ministries and community organizations. Finally it was open to the rest of the public.Before the renovations, the couple spent some time walking through the building with John Jost, former club president and the original contractor.“He was so proud of the building,” said Terri. “They’d gone the extra mile. They loved this place.”Hosting a week of grand opening events from Oct. 1 to 6, the Murphys invite anyone who is interested in seeing how the place has changed to come out.Current club president D’Arcy Schenk hasn’t seen it yet, but is eager to do so.“I would love to go back there,” he said. “We’re very fond of (Pastor Terry) and his committee. They’re very good people.” TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post The former Austrian Club building has undergone extensive renovations to facilitate the growing Regina Victory Church. The former Austrian Club building has undergone extensive renovations to facilitate the growing Regina Victory Church. There’s still work left to do, but church services began in the spring and continue as they work on final touches.“We’ve renovated together quite a few houses and even some churches, but this was the biggest renovation we undertook,” said Terry.Save for the technical needs like plumbing and electrical, the Murphys along with hundreds of volunteers did the rest of the renovations, which so far have cost approximately $300,000.The main hall, which used to host weddings, banquets and dances in the former club, is now the church’s sanctuary. On the stage sits a drum kit, keyboard and a couple of electric guitars. A lit cross is further downstage.What used to be the bar is now Terry and Terri’s offices and a couple of cozy sitting rooms. A regular kitchen has replaced the club’s full commercial kitchen, and several walls and garage doors divide a once large open space into various meeting rooms for women’s bible study and addictions groups.A nursery is the only space that bears a resemblance to what the building once was, with murals that cover two walls. Instead of tall mountains and glassy lakes, it’s the creation story and Noah’s ark, painted by Terri herself. One small mural in the basement is all that remains of what used to be the Regina Austrian Edelweiss Club.Sunbeams light up a lush green forest. A stag and doe walk under a clear blue sky.A supply shelf full of bottles of glue, paper and other craft supplies covers half of it.The building’s new owners will eventually cover it up as they have the rest of the scenic murals of the old country — but not just yet.“Letting go of the past is always kind of sad,” said Terri Murphy. “But you have to.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Terri and her husband Terry are the lead pastors at the Regina Victory Church (RVC), which now fills the space the Austrian Club once did.They bought the building last year and spent from October until Easter doing extensive renovations, transforming the cultural club into a place of worship. The former Austrian Club building has undergone extensive renovations to facilitate the growing Regina Victory Church. The former Austrian Club building has undergone extensive renovations to facilitate the growing Regina Victory Church. Pastor Terri Murphy is shown in the basement with an old mural from the Austrian Club. The former Austrian Club building has undergone extensive renovations to facilitate the growing Regina Victory Church. Pastor Terry Murphy and his wife Pastor Terri stand in the nursery. TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post Even though the Austrian Club doesn’t have a home base anymore, Schenk said they are still very active. He called their 2019 events calendar an “aggressive one.”They have been hosting events at other local cultural clubs, including a recently sold-out schnitzel night at the German Club.They also plan to rent a space so they still have a presence at next year’s Mosaic cultural festival.“It’s something that we’ve not done before. We’re used to having our own building,” said Schenk.But things have changed and they are working hard to adapt to a new reality.“We don’t look at it as a bad thing; it’s actually a good thing,” he said.They have plans to review their latest strategic plan and adapt it to attract a younger crowd, as well as update the club to “meet more modern-day expectations.”The club currently has about 100 lifetime members and 30 to 40 active members.“It’s kind of up to us to carry the ball forward,” he said. “What does the future hold? Who knows? But I would suggest for most cultural clubs, they’re looking at the same thing.”The Murphys hope that the unconventional space and location — an industrial area — will help remove barriers to those who may want to explore Christianity.“It’s not real churchy,” said Terry. “This might take the walls down off the church.”But they recognize the bitter-sweetness of welcoming a community whose memory of the building is engrained with iconic Austrian decor and decades of traditions.“There’s a family here in the church where the kids had grown up in the Austrian Club doing dance with them,” said Terri. “It was all part of their childhood.“They came to the first service here and there were tears because there’s the mixed emotions — the loss, saying goodbye to what was. But then they were also happy that it was going to go on and (be) something that was going to help build families.”jackerman@postmedia.com read more

Barry Bonds And Roger Clemens Are Benefiting From Public Hall Of Fame

Given the storm of rule changes and public debate, we can’t offer a rigorously calculated probability that either player will ultimately make the Hall. It’s worth noting, however, that most eligible players who finish as high as this pair have in the voting eventually get enshrined. In 2016, Clemens and Bonds finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the balloting. More than 60 percent of all players who finish in those spots eventually get elected; those who didn’t tended to be near the end of their eligibility window; Bonds and Clemens have five years to go.6They would have had twice as much time left, but the Hall reduced the eligibility window from 15 years after a player leaves MLB to 10 in 2014. This year, extrapolating from the public ballots7We deducted 3 percentage points from Bonds’s and Clemens’s current totals to reflect the public/private split in voting tendencies and looked at what rank they would finish with. shows us that Bonds and Clemens ought to end up around fifth and sixth in the voting — rankings associated with a 70 percent to 80 percent chance of eventually making the Hall, based on the fortunes of previous players in those slots.It may not happen this year. Although both Bonds and Clemens have marshaled more than 60 percent of the vote in the public ballots so far, that number has decreased over the past few weeks, and it’s likely to drop even more as the anonymous ballots are counted (voting closed Dec. 31, and results will be announced Wednesday). But over the long run, the odds are in the duo’s favor.From a purely statistical perspective, Bonds and Clemens were always locks to make the Hall of Fame. Each ranks among the best players of all time by wins above replacement, so there is no performance-based reason to exclude them. Now, the baseball writers’ recent changes will only accelerate Bonds’s and Clemens’s ascents. Whether you view that as a triumph or a tragedy, Bonds, Clemens, and others who’ve been accused of using PEDs during the steroid era will probably join the Hall of Fame sooner or later. Baseball’s Hall of Fame voting has been especially contentious this year, as the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (which elects Hall of Famers) lurches toward greater transparency. More and more voters have been disclosing their votes publicly, and in December the association announced that all members must reveal their ballots starting in the 2018 election. That’s all good news for two of the best baseball players of all time: Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds. Bonds’s and Clemens’s on-field accomplishments have been overshadowed by allegations of performance-enhancing drug use, but they’ve also tended to fare much better in the public voting results than the anonymous ones. With increasing voting transparency, Bonds and Clemens should be more likely to make the Hall of Fame — if not this year, then soon.For years, the writers group has been divided into two camps. Some writers have chosen to reveal their ballots — either in columns, on Twitter or via Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame tracker — while others have kept their votes to themselves. And these two groups differed in more than just the visibility of their ballots: The anonymous voters displayed significantly different voting preferences.Although we can’t directly observe the anonymous ballots, we know about the voting tendencies of the association as a whole. On top of that, an increasing fraction of the electorate releases their ballots, up from 53 percent in 2014 to 71 percent in 2016. So, using a statistical technique called latent class analysis on voting data from 2014 to 2016, we looked for patterns in the ballots that differentiated anonymous voters from public ones. Although we can’t say how any individual writer with an anonymous ballot voted, we can determine how the anonymous voters’ ballots leaned as a whole.By far the largest factor separating the anonymous and public ballots was support for three players: Bonds, Clemens and Mark McGwire. All three players are widely believed to have used PEDs, and although McGwire lacks the ironclad Hall of Fame case that Bonds and Clemens can boast, all three would have been leading contenders for the Hall if not for their alleged steroid use.1McGwire’s eligibility ran out last year. In 2016, for instance, an anonymous voter’s odds of voting for the Bonds/Clemens/McGwire trio2We looked at all three taken as a unit; differences in voting for those three as individuals were not statistically significant. were about 17 percentage points lower than those of a voter who disclosed his or her selection(s). The anonymous ballots made up a major source of their poor percentages in previous years — Bonds and Clemens lost 2 to 4 percentage points of support in private ballots, which adds up as both players try to make up the 11-point difference between their early public results and the 75 percent induction threshold.3All numbers are using ballot data as of Jan. 13.It’s impossible to know exactly how the coming loss of anonymity will affect voters’ attitudes toward Bonds and Clemens. But if the formerly anonymous ballots begin to look more like the public ones, Bonds and Clemens will be due for a bump in support. Social desirability bias may push voters toward a different conclusion than they’d make privately, for instance, even if some writers may react in the opposite way. It’s undeniable that voting support for Bonds and Clemens has already changed dramatically this year. Since both first hit the ballot in 2013, Bonds and Clemens had seen their Hall of Fame fortunes largely stagnate — until this year. So far in 2017, both names have climbed above 60 percent support in the public voting, tantalizingly close to the mark necessary for induction. Part of that is likely due to another rule change that prevents association members from voting if they aren’t actively covering baseball.4With a 10-year grace period after a reporter stops covering the game. That alteration went into effect in 2016, and it also greatly diminished the pool of anonymous voters — by extension, reducing the number of voters who excluded Bonds and Clemens from their ballots, since anonymous voters were much less likely to vote for players implicated in baseball’s PED scandals and older writers were more likely to keep their votes anonymous.There are other factors working in Bonds and Clemens’s favor. Many public-ballot voters are adding the two to their ballots; so far this year, more than 20 voters have switched from “no” votes for the pair last year to “yes.” Some writers even point to the recent election of Bud Selig, the commissioner under whose watch the steroids era of the late 1980s-2000s unfolded, as a precedent to vote in the two most visible superstars of that period.5Selig was elected by a separate Hall of Fame committee and not the writers’ association. Related: Hot Takedown We’re Still Talking About That Packers-Cowboys Game read more

Pastor in unholy row with council over  church signs deemed advertising

first_imgMarshall The sign stands outside Rev Marshall’s churchCredit:Daily Post Wales A pastor in north-east Wales could face action over his eyebrow-raising church signs because the council considers them advertising.The Reverend Bob Marshall is a minister of the Ebenezer Baptist Chapel in Buckley, Flintshire. For years he has displayed messages outside his church, a brick chapel on a residential street. The sign Sometimes they are serious. One slogan read: “Too many people have a strong will and a weak will not.”Sometimes they are jocular, such as the message which told drivers to “Honk if you love Jesus: text while driveing (sic) if you want to meet him.”And on occasion they suggest Rev Marshall, a 71-year-old American from Indiana who has lived in Buckley for 30 years, still has work to do on his grasp of the British vernacular.Urging folks to temper their anger, he wrote in September: “Forgiveness is swallowing when you want to spit,” before one parishioner pointed out the message’s sexual connotations.Now, though, Rev Marshall has been told by his local authority that he must obtain advertisement consent for the signs if he is not to face action.center_img Rev Marshall, 71, is from IndianaCredit:Daily Post Wales The Daily Post reported that he has received a letter from the council ordering the signs to be removed unless he complies.According to the council, the board, which is placed on the pavement outside the church, is advertising. In his letter, a council official said that “it would appear no consent has been sought or granted”, and that “enforcement action” could follow.Rev Marshall claims that the signs, which he updates every week, are not advertising. “We are a church, not a business and these are not adverts and it is on our property,” he told the Post.“I don’t understand why the council has asked me to do this now, I have been doing it for a few years,” he said, calling the action “petty.”Andrew Farrow, the council’s chief planning and environment officer, said: “We would welcome further discussions with Reverend Marshal and we will be contacting him with a view to resolving the situation.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Guardiola rules out De Bruyne comeback for tonight

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola announced Kevin De Bruyne will not return to action for tonight’s game at WatfordThe Belgium international has been sidelined twice already this season with long-term injuries with just five appearances having been made for City.Currently, De Bruyne is recovering from another knee injury which was sustained in City’s 2-0 Carabao Cup win over Fulham last month.Other doubts are striker Sergio Aguero, who missed last weekend’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth due to a muscle injury, and midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko, who was elbowed in the nose by team-mate Fernandinho in the same game.“I don’t know (if they can play),” Guardiola told reporters on the club website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We have training this afternoon, so I can’t tell you the answer now. Kevin De Bruyne is not ready. The other two I don’t know right now.”However, with a testing winter schedule ahead of City, Guardiola plans to listen to his players’ thoughts before making any decisions.“I trust the players,” he said.“There are a lot of games. Whatever we do, we do in the right moments. Every situation is different.”City will be hoping to beat Watford tonight at 21:00 (CET) to extend their lead in the Premier League to five points.last_img read more

TCI Autism Classroom in jeopardy founders launch campaign to save specialised site

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 3, 2017 – Providenciales – An urgent call for help is designed to rescue a classroom for children with Autism from extinction and it launches a national campaign where just about anyone can afford to help.The Hope Foundation completed the classroom at the Mills Institute in August of 2015 and in late 2017, founders of the organization hit a financial snag – funds were dried up and the classroom, which caters to eight children was under a very real threat of closing up for good.   That’s when Maxcia and Almando Rigby reached out for help…“When I was contacted with the news that this important classroom was in trouble, I prayed.   Immediately, an idea came, and I knew instantly that it could work.   If those of us who believe in the value and opportunity the Hope Foundation classroom brings to our educational landscape were to support financially, together, we could alleviate any concerns about money to operate the class.   Individually, it would be manageable and cumulatively, the financial contribution would be sufficient,” said Deandrea Hamilton, family friend and owner of #MagneticMedia.It takes about $60,000 per year to operate the #HopeFoundation Autism Classroom in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.Ms. Hamilton added, “As one bill, the need would be out of reach for most people, but if we shared the bill and literally took care of the classroom one day at a time, then it becomes more do-able.  It takes roughly, $160.00 per day to keep the classroom open and functioning ideally.  I thought to myself, hey, I can do that and I can even get my own son involved – we’ve pledged and will donate to two days of the classroom.  That means 363 days are left for residents and supporters to donate.”Magnetic Media with the Hope Foundation for #AutismAwareness is calling the campaign and the challenge, “I’ll Pay a Day for Hope!”Almando Rigby is the Public Relations Officer for the Hope Foundation, he too had an immediate faith that the concept and campaign could work.“Sponsoring a day will allow our students and their teachers to return to school safe and happy about learning.   It will also allow us to open our doors to four more students who can benefit.   The Hope Autism Classroom supports learning through Individual Educational Plans, center based learning, one on one teaching and group activities.  We also aim to educate based on high social skills opportunities and interactions with typically developing children.   The classroom is a big part of Hope and it speaks to the potential all of our children have to learn and succeed.   ALL children have the right to be educated without prejudice, it’s their God given right to have a place in this world and the Hope Autism Classroom in that place,” explained Almando Rigby, parent and founder of Hope Foundation.Director & Chairman of Hope Foundation, Maxcia Rigby explained that the outpouring since the inception of Hope has been phenomenal, but shared that “the last part of last year, particularly this new school year has been the toughest for Hope.   Due to the recent storms, fundraising has proven almost impossible.   Rightly so, donations have been focused on hurricane relief efforts and because we rely heavily on corporate and community support which is now diverted to hurricane assistance, we may have to close our room…we are hoping for good success through the I’ll Pay a Day for Hope campaign.”You can pay a day now.   The need is urgent and you can make a deposit directly to The Hope Foundation’s ScotiaBank account (#755389).   Contact Almando or Maxcia Rigby today:  649-332-9817 or 649-332-1977 and let them know that you are willing to Pay a Day for Hope.#I’llPayaDayforHope #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Recommended for you Related Items:#AutismAwareness, #HopeFoundation, #I’llPayaDayforHope, magneticmedia TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flameslast_img read more

1st responders hold hurricane training at FIU Biscayne Bay

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – South Florida first responders are making sure they are ready for anything this hurricane season.To reach that goal, a day of preparedness exercises took place at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami, Saturday.Public safety agencies from across South Florida came together to train and experiment with new technologies that can help save lives after a storm.“The used cases for drones are emerging every week. We’re seeing more and more,” said Christopher Todd, president of Airborne Response. “Public safety, law enforcement, departments are yearning for knowledge and expertise on how to embrace this new technology and use it effectively.”Saturday’s event combined land, marine and aviation training.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Music streaming service Spotifys unconventional IPO flags worrying signs

first_imgSpotify, a music streaming serviceReutersSpotify on Wednesday took an unusual path to the U.S. stock markets by direct listing its shares, without raising any capital or underwriting the offering.While some analysts welcomed the moved as filing revealed the financial data of the biggest music streaming company in the world for the first time, ballooning losses despite a strong subscriber base scared others.Here are some of the key highlights of company’s F-1 filing:1. Spotify had 71 million paying subscribers and more than 159 million monthly active listeners as of December 2017. Its closest competitor, Apple Music, is far behind at 36 million subscribers; Amazon Music Unlimited has 16 million paying subscribers and Pandora Media Inc (P.N) has 5.48 million total subscribers.2. Sweden-based Spotify said churn rate or the net proportion of subscribers who left company’s paid-for service, fell to 5.1 percent in 2017 from 6.9 percent at the start of 2016.3. Despite strong subscriber base and falling churn rate, the company’s net loss surged 129 percent in 2017 to $1.5 billion. Revenue, however, rose 39 percent to $4.99 billion in the period.4. The company has struggled to make money as most music streaming companies pay the majority of their sales back to the big music labels to use their songs.5. Spotify, which was founded in 2006, said it had identified “a material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting relating to inadequate financial statement preparation and review procedures” for the past three calendar years.last_img read more

Colours of Bangladesh

first_imgThe loving bond that India and Bangladesh share is no secret to the world. Even though they are separated by a geographical border, India, especially West Bengal, shares a deep bond with Bangladesh.The Art Acre foundation organised for an art workshop recently, where 10 eminent artists from Bangladesh arrived at Arts Acre and created artworks along with 6 eminent artists who had sent their works as they could not be present in person. The contribution of Bangladeshi artists in the development of Bengal Modern Art as a whole is very significant. Along with Rabindranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose and others, artists like Zainul Abedin and Quamrul Hassan can be considered pioneers of the Bengal Contemporary Art Movement.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Arts Acre Museum of Bengal Modern Art is the largest museum dedicated to modern Bangla art. The museum hopes to devote a permanent gallery to the works of eminent artists from Bangladesh. Arts Acre believes that it would be a great opportunity and platform for artists from Bangladesh to showcase and express their work in the City of Joy as well as the country. While, it will add an extra dimension to an already well stocked museum, it also hopes to add a new perspective and enable access to a previously untapped source of art. The works were displayed in a special ‘Bangladesh Gallery’ in the museum.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe artists who participated were- Farida Zaman, Monirul Islam, Rafiqun Nabi, Samarjit Roy Choudhury, Ranjit Das, Syed Abul Barq Alvi, Shahid Kabir, Sheikh Afzal and Syed Jahangir and others are Mansur-Ul- Karim, Mohammad Eunus, Mahmud-Ul- Haque. In addition to the workshop, every evening during the festival, cultural programs were organised, where well known performers, both from Bangladesh and Kolkata enthralled everyone with their performances.  The vocal artists from Bangladesh who performed at the event were Subir Nandi, Rumana Islam Khan, Suchitra Rani Sutradhar, Shemonti Monjari, Rocsana Akter Rupsa and Nishita Barua. Choreographer Sudarshan from Kolkata presented his Modern Dance piece ‘Imagining Images’, while singer Iman Chakraborty mesmerised the audience with her electric performance.  On the evening of June 3, the special ‘Bangladesh Gallery’ was inaugurated by Asaduzzaman Noor, Minister of Cultural Affairs, Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, in the presence of Ganesh Haloi, Bibhash Chakraborty, Gautam Deb, Minister of Tourism, Govt. of West Bengal, Bratya Basu, Minister of Information and Technology, Govt. of West Bengal and many other eminent personalities from across the city.The new ‘Bangladesh Gallery’ was lauded for its beautiful artwork the impressive infrastructure of the Arts  Acre Foundation.last_img read more

Two arrested in Cancun moments after violent robbery

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Police in Cancun arrested two men responsible for robbery with violence late Sunday.Elements of the municipal police of Benito Juárez in joint operation with the Gendarmerie, were able to capture the two almost immediately after their robbery.According to the Municipal Secretariat of Public Safety and Traffic, a report of gunfire in Region 259 was made to emergency 911 around 9:30 p.m.Benito Juárez municipal police quickly arrived in the area and proceeded to look for suspects. Two of the alleged suspects were arrested, but not before one tried to escape by running through a green space.Police were able to catch and detain both. While municipal police were arresting the men, members of the Gendarmerie also arrived and began a physical search of the area. Lying in a green area, they found a hand gun. Nearby, they found a vehicle.Both the gun and the car were reportedly involved in two previous crimes from February 14 and May 11 respectively.The two were transferred to the facilities of the public prosecutor. One of the arrested men had an outstanding arrest warrant from the state of Campeche where he is allegedly wanted for robbery and homicide.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Air Canada inaugurates MontrealLisbon seasonal flights

first_imgAir Canada inaugurates Montreal-Lisbon seasonal flights Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada, Lisbon, Montreal, Rougecenter_img Posted by Friday, June 15, 2018 MONTREAL — Air Canada’s new summer service from Montreal to Lisbon is now underway, part of the carrier’s strategy to grow Montreal as a key hub in its expanding global network.The three-times weekly Air Canada Rouge seasonal Lisbon service runs through Oct. 27.Flights are operated with B767-300ER aircraft with Premium Rouge and Economy Class service and are timed to optimize connectivity from across Air Canada’s network through Air Canada’s hub in Montreal.Flight AC1960 departs Montreal at 8:45 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in Lisbon at 8:10 a.m. the next day. On the return leg flight AC1961 flies out of Lisbon at 9:45 a.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, returning to Montreal at 12:10 p.m.“With first flight celebrations to Tokyo, Bucharest and Dublin over the past two weeks and today’s first departure to Lisbon, Portugal, Air Canada further solidifies its position as a leading global carrier,” says Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesBuilding on Air Canada’s current success in the Portuguese market, the new Montreal-Lisbon route solidifies the airline’s presence in the summer leisure market from Montreal, he adds.“Additionally, enhancements to our year-round services to Casablanca and Lima demonstrate Air Canada’s ongoing commitment to grow Montreal as an important hub in our global network. Together, these new and enhanced services will provide customers greater comfort and choice, as well as the ability to conveniently connect onward through our extensive North American and International network.”In 2018 Air Canada is launching 10 new destinations from Montreal: London, Windsor, Victoria (Canada); Tokyo-Narita, (Japan); Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Baltimore (U.S.); Dublin (Ireland); Lisbon (Portugal) and Bucharest (Romania).last_img read more

Choice Hotels Book to Build campaign on now through May 26

first_img TORONTO — Choice Hotels Canada’s third annual Book To Build campaign is now underway.In 2018 the campaign raised $115,000 and this year Choice Hotels Canada is aiming even higher with a goal of raising $145,000, with 100% of the proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity Canada.“We make it a priority to give back to the community and it’s very important to us as a company,” says Brian Leon, President, Choice Hotels Canada. “Working with Habitat for Humanity allows us to build homes alongside families in need of housing and we are thrilled to be bringing back this initiative for a third year.”Guests at any of the 150 participating properties will have a portion of their rooms proceeds donated to help families in need of affordable housing, members of the Choice Privileges loyalty program are also able to donate their points.To date the Book To Build campaign has raised $219,000, with the goal of raising $500,000 over the next three years. The campaign runs from now until May 26.”Affordable homeownership provides families with strong foundations to build better opportunities for themselves,” says Mark Rodgers, Habitat Canada’s President and CEO. “Each year this campaign continues to grow and thanks to the efforts of Choice Hotels Canada and all those involved, we’re able to continue to help even more families in communities across the country.”For more information on Book To Build, visit BookToBuild.ca. << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, May 16, 2019 Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img Choice Hotels’ Book to Build campaign on now through May 26 Tags: Choice Hotels, Giving Back Posted bylast_img read more

Strolling the Art Walk circuit

first_imgAs soon as you walked onto Avenida Escazú for the Art Walk, art was there to amuse you in every way possible. Art was present in this circuit in every style.The Tico Times spoke to several of the artists participating in this festivity.Avenida Escazú is collaborating with businesses to engage creatively every member of the family. For one weekend it became a space in which everyone could exploit their artistic side.As we began our walk through this magnificent fair, we stumbled upon a children’s storyteller. Many children were enjoying the stories told by Javier Marín. They were all really concentrated on his performance while they enjoyed the beautiful evening. Storyteller Javier Marín entertains kids at the Art Walk on Avenida Escazú. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesWe continued with the tour and met many artists who explained their work. Colombian artists Rocío Villamizar and Joyce Sutton, and Costa Rican artist Alejandra Chaves all use similar techniques in their art and have been taught by Costa Rican artist Max Rojas.Villamizar works with acrylics and oil on canvas and mixed media. She considers her work modern art.Chaves also works with acrylics on canvas.“The art field is very limited and you have to appreciate the opportunities you get,” Chaves explained.Sutton works mostly with acrylics on canvas. She plays with light, shadow and plain colors.We continued through the path of the Art Walk and found interesting pieces by local artisan Inge Kitzing. Her work consists of both paintings and chairs done with recycled materials. The chairs are mostly animals that would brighten up a children’s space. They are very functional. Painters Alejandra Chavez and Rocío Villamizar. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesAlejandra Castetbon, owner of Velas de la Cigarra, makes hand-made candles in every size and shape.As we continued, we saw art being created out of a classic toy: children, young people, and adults were building art pieces made out of Legos at the Legos store.Local fashion designers were also a part of this Art Walk. The store Espacio had its own pop-up store in which various Costa Rican brands were selling their products.Among them was Makalo Swimwear, which was started by Costa Ricans Erika Ávila and Valeria Maroto. Alejandra Castetbon, owner of “Velas de la Cigarra,” creates candles of different shapes and sizes. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesAs we crossed the street, we met with another artist, Felipe Asencio, showing off several large portraits. Asencio mostly works with charcoal and acrylics.We then continued our journey through Klaus Steinmetz’s art collection from different artists. The art pieces exhibited were addressed to a widely varied audience. Steinmetz’s collection consists of contemporary and modern art.Delta Vitro Arte was one of the smaller, yet very creative businesses. It creates art products, including jewelry, portraits, wind chimes and watches, out of eco-friendly materials such as glass and vinyl. Their work has been recognized by the Ministry of Economy for its focus on recycling.The Underground section of the Art Walk was a must of the tour. This part of the walk, housing creative art collective Diseño Gourmet, was literally underground.The collective shared this space with students from the Universidad Nacional. Here several students had the opportunity to exhibit their artwork and expose themselves in the art environment. Painter Joyce Sutton. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesFinally, our last stop was at the stand were artists such as Silvia Durán, Ileana Cubero, and Leda Astorga were selling their art pieces. Durán makes sculptures out of marble, cocobolo wood and greenstone. The work she showed mostly depicted the female figure.Cubero paints using a palette knife and bright colors. She always incorporates a bicycle in her work as a symbol of Costa Rica.Astorga displayed a series of silly, fat women. She uses gesso for her sculptures, and oil and acrylics on canvas for the paintings. Astorga’s purpose is to show the cheerfulness of people and their love for life.The Art Walk journey ended there and all the participants had one goal in mind: get their work exposed as much as possible. Painter Ileana Cubero includes bicycles in all her paintings, showing the history of this means of transportation. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:PHOTO ESSAY: Don Tina, the cabuya master Pope Francis in Cuba: Mass before a packed Revolution Square Arcadio Esquivel exhibits his best-known comic, ‘Wences’ World’ PHOTOS: Guanacaste celebrates 192 years of being part of Costa Ricalast_img read more

Myanmar monks protest Bangladesh attacks

first_img 0 Comments   Share   The attacks came as sectarian relations remain tense in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, where clashes in June between members of the Buddhist community and Rohingya Muslims of Bengali origin left about 90 people dead.About 300 Buddhist monks in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, staged a similar protest Wednesday outside the regional office of the United Nations.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – More than 100 monks in Myanmar demonstrated Friday at Bangladesh’s embassy to protest recent attacks against Buddhist temples and homes in Myanmar’s South Asian neighbor.The Buddhist monks staged the protest in reaction to Sept. 30 riots in Bangladesh’s coastal district of Cox’s Bazar. Thousands of Muslims there set fire to at least 10 temples and 40 homes due to anger over a photo of a burned Quran posted on Facebook, allegedly by a Buddhist. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Top Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairylast_img read more

Veros Hires Former Fannie Mae VP to Lead Strategic Initiatives

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-03-19 Abby Gregory Veros Hires Former Fannie Mae VP to Lead Strategic Initiatives in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology “”Veros Real Estate Solution””:www.veros.com/s has announced a new senior vice president of strategic initiatives. [IMAGE]The company recently hired former “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/ vice president, Charles Rumfola, to fill the leadership position.In his new role for Veros, Rumfola will be responsible for managing numerous key initiatives in the secondary markets. [COLUMN_BREAK]Rumfola will remain based in Washington, D.C. while with California-based Veros.Prior to teaming up with Veros, Rumfola performed as Fannie Mae’s vice president of single-family strategic initiatives. Rumfola’s duties for the GSE included heading up the entity’s Uniform Mortgage Data Program.Commenting on the company’s decision to add Rumfola, Veros’ president and CEO, Darius Bozorgi, said, “”We are honored to have Chuck join our team. Chuck has made significant contributions to the mortgage industry during his tenure at Fannie Mae and I am confident his expertise and vision will further propel Veros’ growth and enhance our role in an industry that continues to navigate through an exciting period of redefinition.””Rumfola added his own positive statements, noting, “”I’m pleased to announce my transition to Veros. Veros is leading the charge in providing solutions that deliver much needed transparency, accountability and improved loan quality to the U.S. housing finance system. I look forward to playing an integral role in continuing that vision.””center_img March 19, 2012 417 Views Sharelast_img read more