Megan Rapinoe Enjoys Whirlwind, Focuses on Football Pay Fight

first_imgNew York: Megan Rapinoe is enjoying the whirlwind of a two-time World Cup winner. She picked up the FIFA Player of the Year award in Milan rocking a deeper shade of lavender hair, sent off retiring U.S. coach Jill Ellis with an undefeated victory tour and kept up the fight for pay equity against the U.S. Soccer Federation.”It’s very surreal to say the least,” Rapinoe said. “Downtime? When I sleep, that’s my only rest time. It’s mostly good stuff, so hard to complain.” Julie Foudy, a World Cup champion with the U.S. in 1991 and ’99, calls Rapinoe the “golden girl.” She won the FIFA Golden Boot and the Golden Ball for most goals and best player, respectively, after the U.S. beat the Netherlands 2-0 in July at the World Cup in France.Now she’s the winner of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year award, presented at the 40th annual event hosted by Billie Jean King on Wednesday night.”They’re such a force in women’s sports and beyond,” Rapinoe said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.Rapinoe and her teammates were feted with a ticker-tape parade in New York after their World Cup victory. She shared the same float with U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro, basking in the chants of “USA” and “Equal Pay.”The US women’s team sued the federation in March for gender and pay discrimination.At the post-parade celebration at City Hall, Cordeiro said, “We believe at U.S. Soccer that all female athletes deserve fair and equitable pay.”However, so far the two sides haven’t reached an agreement, with a May 5 trial date set in federal court in Los Angeles.Rapinoe says there’s a “major discrepancy” in pay for accomplishing the same success on the field compared to the U.S. men’s team. The 34-year-old said she can’t understand why female athletes must fight their football federation so hard for pay and benefits.”I guess other than just not believing that we deserve it or not willing to pay,” she said.”I think it’s really counterintuitive, you have two really amazing products in both the men’s and women’s teams that are both very successful by a lot of different metrics. It’s a huge growing business. Football in general is growing exponentially in the country, so why not be able to leverage your best assets instead of fighting them all the time?”U.S. Soccer has maintained that compensation for each team is the result of separate collective bargaining agreements and the pay structures are different as a result. The federation has also said the men generate more revenue than the women.However, that argument has been debated by the women’s legal representatives, given the women’s two consecutive World Cup titles and the revenue generated from both victory tours.The U.S. capped its latest victory tour with a 1-1 tie against South Korea before a crowd of 33,027 at Soldier Field on Oct. 6. Rapinoe lofted a perfect pass on a corner kick to Carli Lloyd, whose header tied the match.Rapinoe said it’s 50-50 on a settlement before the trial date.”I think it would probably be in everyone’s best interests not to drag this thing out or drag it through court, but that’s really up to them,” she said. “We deserve what is fair and right under the law.”Rapinoe received the FIFA player of the year award in Milan last month but didn’t get a chance to talk with FIFA President Gianni Infantino about another pay gap the U.S. women’s team received $4 million for winning the World Cup while the French men’s team received $38 million in 2018.Infantino has said FIFA’s total prize money for the participating women’s teams will double from $30 million to $60 million at the 2023 World Cup. The men’s teams received $400 million in total prize money in 2018.King knows something about a pay fight. She threatened a boycott of the 1973 U.S. Open, reaching an agreement with a company to pay the difference before tennis leaders offered equal pay to the winners.”They’d be heroes if they did it,” King said of the U.S. Soccer leadership.”It’s the right thing to do, right side of history.” On Sunday, Rapinoe will be aiming for another title when her club team, Reign FC, faces defending champion North Carolina in aNational Women’s Football League semifinal. The final is Oct. 27.The next match for the U.S. team is an exhibition against Sweden on Nov. 7 in Columbus, Ohio. New U.S. general manager Kate Markgraf, a former national player, wants to hire a replacement for Ellis by then. Rapinoe’s Reign coach Vlatko Andonovski is among the candidates.Rapinoe believes women’s sports are “in a different place” since Mia Hamm, Michelle Akers and Foudy fought similar pay issues 20 years ago.The WNBA players’ union and the WNBA, where Rapinoe’s partner Sue Bird is a star for the Seattle Storm, are negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement to improve wages. The U.S. women’s hockey team threatened a boycott of the 2017 World Championships to leverage better salaries and benefits.”This is the age-old tale,” Rapinoe said.”The powerful have always kept a lot of the benefits of that power for themselves. With women in particular, you have the Me Too movement, Times Up. A lot of sports leagues yeah, people are sick of it. I think women in general just feel really empowered in this moment. Best footballer of the yearFIFA Player of the YearfootballMegan Rapinoe First Published: October 18, 2019, 2:59 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Xi has emerged as top leader of the world: Official media

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Jun 29 (PTI) President Xi Jinping was today hailed as a top world leader by Chinas official media, crediting him for a host of ambitious initiatives including the multi-billion dollar Silk Road project that has enhanced the Communist nations diplomatic reach.”A major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics has taken shape since Xi became the top leader in late 2012,” state-run Xinhua news agency said in a commentary titled “A to Z of Chinas diplomacy under Xis leadership”.63-year-old Xis initiatives included the Silk Road officially called One Belt and Road initiative, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a new development bank proposed by China to finance infrastructure projects in Asia and backing Paris Agreement on climate change under which China has committed to cutting carbon emissions per unit of GDP by 60 to 65 per cent by 2030 from the 2005 levels.Xi has emerged as the most powerful leader holding all three important power centres of General Secretary of the ruling-Communist Party of China (CPC), Presidency and the head of the military since he succeeded former leader Hu Jintao in the end of 2012.While his initiatives gave China a major diplomatic push, tensions with neighbours and the US escalated over maritime disputes with Japan and in the South China Sea region.Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan contest Chinas claims over all but most of South China Sea.India-China border dispute too remained in the limelight with periodic transgressions by Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), though both countries have evolved a number of mechanisms to defuse tensions.advertisementHighlighting Xis achievements, it said Xi proposed a new philosophy of neighbourhood diplomacy featuring amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness.Also a “grand free trade strategy” took shape under him with free trade agreements (FTAs) between China and South Korea and between China and Australia, it said.China has signed and implemented 14 FTAs covering 22 countries and regions across Asia, Latin America, Oceania and Europe, it said.China will host the 2016 G20 Summit in the eastern city of Hangzhou on September 4-5, under the theme “Building an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy”.Xi also worked out major power relationship with the US, it said.In 2013, President Xi and his US counterpart Barack Obama agreed to build a new type of major-power relationship between the two countries, it said.Xi also pointed out that China must develop a distinctive diplomatic approach befitting its role as a major country, so that diplomacy will show salient Chinese features — style and confidence, it said.”Chinas relations with the outside world have started new chapters. Some foreign media outlets believe that Chinas diplomatic stance sends a signal — Xi-style diplomacy has taken shape,” it said. PTI KJV SUA AKJ SUAlast_img read more

Disappointing to be on the losing side, says Lokesh Rahul

first_imgLokesh Rahul’s unbeaten century went in vain but the batsman lauded the team’s fighting spirit till the end after India lost the first T20I against West Indies narrowly by one run. (Match Scorecard)Rahul made his maiden T20 international hundred off 46 balls but failed to take his team over the line. India would have achieved a rare feat had they managed to chase down West Indies’ mammoth total of 245 runs. (1st T20I: West Indies sneak past India in last-ball thriller)”It is very disappointing to be on the losing side but what’s good to see is that we did not give up half way through,” Rahul said after remaining unbeaten on 110. (KL Rahul joins Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma in elite company)”The West Indies had put up a big total for us to chase and what we spoke in the dressing room was to try to take the game as long as we could and the way everyone came and approached this innings was very good to see,” he added. (Heartbreak for Lokesh Rahul as record ton goes in vain)Speaking of his partnership with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (43) and the duo’s failure to take India home despite the team needing a mere eight off the last over, Rahul said it was disappointing.”As soon as he came in, I knew that he will make me run a lot. I was already tired by the time he came, but he kept on pushing me and like I said we just kept things simple out there in the middle. We required 13 runs an over,” he said. (Dhoni heartbroken after one-run defeat in 489-run thriller)advertisement”He said that even if we get 11-12 runs till the sixteenth over, it was okay and we could go big in the last couple of overs. We were favouring one end and hitting sixes on that side and we knew that they did not have overs left from their main bowlers in the death.”That was the plan and we just kept hitting well, kept connecting. We got 11-12 runs easily in an over. Just unfortunate it was one of those days when the game could’ve gone anywhere,” he added.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Sardar questioned by UK police, Batra vents his ire

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 19 (PTI) Star India hockey player Sardar Singh was today called for questioning by the police reportedly in connection with a year-old sexual assault case, barely hours after his side thrashed arch-rivals Pakistan 7-1 in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals in London. The team management in London was told that Sardar should come to Leeds for questioning by the Yorkshire police. Sardar, a former captain, was last year accused by British-Indian hockey player Ashpal Bhogal, who had claimed to be his fiancee, of rape and assault both in India and UK. Understandably, the team management is upset about the fact that Sardar was called up for questioning in the middle of a big international tournament without any prior information. Former Hockey India chief and current International Hockey Federation president Narinder Batra slammed the move by the UK authorities to question Sardar in such a manner and termed it “uncalled for”. “As an FIH chief I have no comments. But as an Indian and former Hockey India president, I am saying this in my personal capacity that I condemn the move. How can you call an international athlete in the middle of a tournament without any prior information,” Batra said. Batra had earlier issued a hard-hitting statement on his Facebook page. He had stated on the social networking site: “England is a country which is a safe heaven for all fraudsters who have run away from India and agree to invest in England. “I would love to see the reaction of England and world media if in India the England players are called to police stations. Request the Indian media to get the Ministry of External Affairs and Indian High Commission in UK involved.” The post was later deleted. When asked what actually happened in London, he said, “I dont know what the matter (relating to the questioning) was. But Sardar was told to reach (Leeds) for questioning at 1200 hrs local time (4:30pm IST) today. The manner in which he was being called for questioning is uncalled for. “As far as I understand there was no prior information to the team management. The team management was told about that just before the Pakistan match. The Indian High Commission did not tell anything about it to the team management, so it (the High Commission) must not also have been told in advance. “If they (UK police) were to call Sardar, they could have called him 10 days or 15 days prior to the tournament. How can they call him during a tournament held under the aegis of an international sports federation,” Batra said. He said that a similar incident in India, involving English players, would have evoked outrage. “What would have happened had England players were called to a police station in India in a similar situation. There would have been an outrage,” he said. Asked if he would get involved in case the matter escalates, he said, “I cannot do anything in the capacity of FIH president. But, yes, as an Indian, I will do that 200 per cent.” FIH also issued a statement regarding the social media posts made by Batra. “The FIH is aware of recent comments made by FIH President Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra via his personal social media channels. The FIH would like to emphasise that these comments were the personal thoughts of Dr Batra and not representative of the views of the FIH. “The FIH would like to apologise for any offence that these comments may have caused. At the request of FIH, these comments have now been deleted and the matter will be reviewed internally in line with our governance processes.” PTI PDS AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

16 days agoBrighton boss Potter dips into pocket to help Ostersunds rescue fund

first_imgBrighton boss Potter dips into pocket to help Ostersunds rescue fundby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter has dipped into his pocket to help Ostersunds’ rescue fund.The Swedish club is battling to stay financially afloat this season.Former OFK coach Potter has contributed to the club’s fighting fund to pay back a tax debt.A statement on the club’s Facebook page read: “OFK’s former coach Graham Potter, together with his colleagues at Brighton, Björn Hamberg, Billy Reid and Kyle Macaulay, went in and made a big contribution to ÖFK in our ‘I believe in this’ campaign. “A big thank you to these four coaches for helping us!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

4 days agoMan Utd warned against signing Leicester ace James Maddison

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd warned against signing Leicester ace James Maddisonby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have been urged to avoid signing Leicester City ace James Maddison.That’s on the advice of former United midfielder Kleberson.”I don’t think it would be great for Maddison to join United,” the World Cup winner told US-Bookies.com.”They [Leicester] have had a good start to the season but when you do a big jump from a smaller club to United, it is mentally tough for these players.”They have to be able to learn to adapt to play at a big club. It will be interesting to see if they can, but I don’t know if he will be a good enough signing for United.” last_img read more

23 Retired Educators Honoured

first_img Twenty-three retired educators from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Region Two, who have served between 18 and 43 years, were honoured during a Recognition Ceremony held on September 19 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. Story Highlights esident of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Georgia Waugh-Richards, who brought greetings, encouraged the retirees to continue to contribute to education by sharing the wisdom that has been garnered over decades with the younger generation of teachers. center_img Twenty-three retired educators from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Region Two, who have served between 18 and 43 years, were honoured during a Recognition Ceremony held on September 19 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston.The retirees, who worked at primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the parishes of Portland, St. Thomas and St. Mary, were presented with citations in recognition of their sterling contributions to the education sector.Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, who delivered the keynote address, lauded the commitment of the honourees.“It is my distinct pleasure to be here as we celebrate and honour our great principals, president and other distinguished educators who have served us so well… . You have been stalwarts of the teaching profession,” he said.“We honour and recognise your outstanding service and professionalism and commitment to [the] education and training of students. The nation is proud of you,” he added.President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Georgia Waugh-Richards, who brought greetings, encouraged the retirees to continue to contribute to education by sharing the wisdom that has been garnered over decades with the younger generation of teachers.“The Jamaican education system has need of you. Residing in you is a wealth of pedagogy that younger educators can benefit from. As your professional organisation, we encourage you to find a young teacher that you can mentor. Find a school that is in need of your skill and a community programme you can volunteer for and make lives better,” she said.last_img read more

KR Opens World’s First Green-Ship Certification Center

first_imgzoom The world’s first green-ship equipment certification centre opened for business today in Gunsan, Jeonbuk, Korea. The Korean Register – an IACS member class society – is a founding partner in this ground-breaking project.Costing a total of 30bn won (USD 29.4m), the new centre will test, evaluate and certify green-ship equipment.Fully supported by Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, the centre will also carry out joint R & D projects focusing on green-ship technology, expand Korea’s test and certification business and attract related businesses to the area.The centre was created in response to IMO’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction and maritime pollution regulations and will enable KR and its partners to lead the way in certifying essential green-ship components, including engines.”This centre was created to provide our clients with holistic services covering technical consulting, engineering and certification. We are delighted to be the world’s first centre to offer a one-stop service for testing and certifying green-ship components and machinery in a single location,” said Dr. B. S. Park, Chairman & CEO of KR.”Our centre is equipped with the required high-quality facilities and technology for test, evaluation and certification. As a rule provider, KR not only delivers accurate technical services but also assists clients to achieve economic efficiency. This is a further example of KR operating beyond compliance and I am confident that this new facility will help our clients enhance their technical quality which will, in turn, have a positive effect on the shipping industry as a whole”The new centre is equipped with an 8MW-class engine test-bed, hybrid power systems, a fuel Q/P and emission bench, Organic Ranking Cycle (ORC) systems and other facilities.The 8MW-class engine test-bed is the first to be available anywhere in the world, and is attracting significant interest from major shipyards.last_img read more

Chinpo Shipping Guilty of Illegal Arms Shipping

first_imgSingapore-based Chinpo Shipping was found guilty of being involved in illegal arms shipping from Cuba to North Korea aboard a general cargo ship in 2013 by a district court in Singapore on Monday, according to Reuters.The company was charged for facilitating financial assets or resources that could have been used to contribute to North Korea’s weapon programs.According to the court, the company paid off a Panama shipping company over USD 72,000 for the passage of the 1977-built North Korean vessel Chong Chon Gang through the Panama Canal.At the time, Chong Chon Gang was carrying “the largest amount of arms and related materiel” seized entering or exiting North Korea since the adoption of UN economic and commercial sanctions in 2006. The illegal cargo was hidden underneath over ten tons of sugar.After the illegal shipment was found, the vessel’s captain and the first officer were sentenced to twelve years in prison by Panama’s Second Circuit Court.Chinpo Shipping was also found guilty for carrying on a remittance business without a license between April 2009 and July 2013.The court is expected to define a sentence on January 29, 2016.As reported by World Maritime News, Singaporean Senat Shipping Company, a company blacklisted by the US for alleged links to arms import activities with the North Korean shipping company Ocean Maritime Management Company (OMMC), had chartered Chinpo Shipping’s cargo vessel Chong Chon Gang before the ship was seized.The company was not the charterer of the vessel at the time of its arrest.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Sixth Chemical Tanker Delivered to Ocean Yield

first_imgNorwegian ship owner Ocean Yield ASA has taken delivery of Navig8 Topaz, a 49,000 dwt IMO chemical tanker, from South Korean shipbuilder STX.This is the sixth ship delivered in a series of eight chemical tankers to be chartered to Navig8 Chemical Tankers under a 15-year “hell and high water” bareboat charter.In April 2015, Ocean Yield ASA signed a USD 306.8 million contract to buy eight chemical tanker resales, which included the vessels’ 15-year charters to Navig8 Chemical Tankers.The first four vessels, the 37,000 dwt IMO II chemical carriers, were built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and delivered in 2015.The remaining four 49,000 dwt IMO chemical tankers are being built by STX, with first of them, Navig8 Turquoise, already delivered in April this year.last_img

What are panic attacks and what causes them A look at the

first_imgTORONTO — Supreme Court Justice Clement Gascon, who briefly went missing in Ottawa last week, recently explained that his disappearance was caused by a panic attack. Here’s a look at the science and the stigma around the issue:WHAT IS A PANIC ATTACK?Andrew Jacobs, a psychologist with the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, said panic attacks are “a sudden surge in anxiety or an uncomfortable feeling that go from zero to 60 within a few minutes.” Panic attacks are defined by a certain set of symptoms that can include increased heart rates, nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, sweating and a fear the person is dying. Jacobs said a person must experience four out of 13 symptoms as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.WHAT CAUSES AN ATTACK?The Canadian Mental Health Association says panic attacks can be brought on by stress, fatigue or even excessive exercise. Jacobs says there are two types of panic attacks: cued and uncued. “Cued attacks happen as a result of someone already being very worried or fearful of something that can escalate into panic,” he said. “Uncued, which feels like the panic attacks come literally out of nowhere — it can even happen in the middle of sleep.” Gascon said in his statement that on the afternoon he went missing, he was affected by both a change in medication and a “heart-rending career decision.” He announced in September he plans to retire.HOW DOES A PERSON COPE WITH A PANIC ATTACK?There are many options for treating anxiety and panic attacks, including medication and counselling. One in particular is called cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT. According to St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, CBT can include such methods as confronting a feared situation, as well as breathing techniques and replacing anxious thoughts with realistic ones. In Gascon’s case, he said his recent episode had been “taken care of and treated with the necessary medical support.”CAN YOU RETURN TO WORK AFTER A PANIC ATTACK?Gascon said in his statement that he is “fully capable” of performing his duties as a judge, and Chief Justice Richard Wagner said in his own statement that Gascon continues to have his “full support and confidence.” Jordan Friesen, the national director of workplace mental health at the Canadian Mental Health Association, said it should be “relatively simple” for Gascon to return to work, given that panic attacks tend to be time-limited. “I think the question becomes, for him and for his employer, is to understand what to do if a situation like that happens again,” said Friesen. “My hope would be that if he’s experiencing symptoms of a panic attack again that he’s able to go and identify this to his employer and seek appropriate support — much like you would if you were at work and started feeling ill with the flu.”HOW HAVE ATTITUDES TOWARD MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE CHANGED OVER THE YEARS?Last year, the family of late Supreme Court justice Gerald Le Dain went public with the story of his departure from the court in 1988, saying then-chief justice Brian Dickson forced Le Dain out after he was hospitalized with depression. A former top aide to Dickson had previously written that the decision was made because the Supreme Court had a heavy load at the time and could not handle being short a judge, but Le Dain’s family told CBC he would have returned after a short time off to recuperate. In contrast to the way Le Dain was allegedly treated, the response to Gascon’s public statement has been overwhelmingly positive. Wagner said Gascon’s explanation took courage, while Independent MP Jody Wilson-Raybould thanked him for sharing his struggle. Doron Gold, a former lawyer who now works as a psychotherapist with Homewood Health, said the response illustrates the way attitudes have shifted — though he added there’s still much work to be done. “Things are so much better than they used to be, and they’re so far away from where they should be,” said Gold.Adam Burns, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

YONGEDUNDAS SQUARE HOSTING FREE MOVIES AGAIN THIS SUMMER

first_imgYonge-Dundas Square The Second City will bring the Square to life with hot improv sets all summer long to warm up the audience before each screening! The cast includes Alan Shane Lewis, Natalie Metcalfe, Christian Smith, Matt Folliott, Clare McConnell, and Jillian Welsh.City CinemaWhen: Every Tuesday, June 25 to August 27, 2019Time: 8:30 pmWhere: Yonge-Dundas SquarePrice: Free.Here’s this summer’s movie lineup: See trailers belowTuesday, June 25: Ghostbusters (1984)Tuesday, July 2: Date Night (2010)Tuesday, July 9: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)Tuesday, July 16: A Mighty Wind (2003)Tuesday, July 23: UP (2009)Tuesday, July 30: Sisters (2015)Tuesday, August 6: Cool Runnings (1993)Tuesday, August 13: Mean Girls (2004)Tuesday, August 20: Austin PowersTuesday, August 27:  Best in Show (2000) Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment This summer, you can enjoy free weekly movies in the heart of downtown Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square.From June 25 to August 27, Yonge-Dundas Square will once again bring an outdoor film series, City Cinema, but this time, with a hilarious live twist.Every Tuesday this summer at 8 pm, City Cinema will host a live performance by The Second City before screening the funniest films featuring The Second City alumni John Candy, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Mike Myers and more. June 25 – Movie: Ghostbusters (1984)July 2 – Date Night (2010)July 9 – Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)July 16 – A Mighty Wind (2003)July 23 – Up (2009)July 30 – Sisters (2015)August 6 – Cool Runnings (1993)August 13 – Mean Girls (2004)August 20 – Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)August 27 – Best in Show (2000)center_img Advertisement Facebook With files from The Daily Hive Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Second band election yields new results for Roseau River

first_imgMelissa Ridgen APTN InvestigatesA band council re-vote in Roseau River First Nation in Manitoba has a different outcome after an election held just days earlier was declared void by a federal court judge.A new electoral officer, brought in from Pegius First Nation, held the new election on Sunday under police escort. Two of the candidates, Ken Henry and Gary Roberts won in Thursday’s election but were turfed from council after being declared ineligible by the new electoral officer.Craig Alexander prevailed as as chief in both votes. Rachel Seenie, June Thomas and Keith Nelson won council seats along with incumbent councillor Zongiday Nelson.Two elections in three days was a result of a court-challenge by out-going chief Alfred Hayden, who didn’t seek re-election. He asked a judge to remove the electoral officer chosen by custom council, arguing she had violated or wasn’t upholding, some of the election rules.On March 7 a federal court judge granted the request and named a new electoral officer for the March 9 election. But Burke Ratte, an electoral-officer-for-hire from the Peguis First Nation, was turned away by members of the community and the election was held with the original electoral officer at the helm.Hayden was back in court Friday to have the judge toss the results and have a new election with Ratte escorted by police onto the First Nation, located 90 kilometres south of Winnipeg.Many council hopefuls ran on the promise to get Roseau out of a controversial gas bar deal that’s been ongoing for a decade on the community’s $2.1-million urban reserve just outside of Winnipeg.Businessman David Doer signed over ownership of the physical gas station building to Roseau after a land designation process failed, making the land unleasable. But as APTN Investigates reported he continues to profit from a lucrative management agreement the previous chief and council signed.The business was also part of an APTN hidden camera investigation that revealed the gas bar was surreptitiously using status card numbers of some customers to sell tax-exempt gas and cigarettes to other non-status customers.last_img read more

Volunteers needed to help Old Fort Residents

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Volunteers are needed to help residents of the Old Fort.On Sunday, the Peace River Regional District said they would let some residents temporarily enter their homes starting Monday.  Local volunteers Jeff Garrison and MP Bob Zimmer were also asked on Sunday to help organize volunteers that will help residents winterize their homes and help move any belongings using riverboats.In a video posted to Facebook late Sunday night, Garrison said “what we are looking for volunteers to provide riverboats, people to help move items.  There is nothing we can’t use you for.” If you would like to help, meet at Evangel Downtown Church on Monday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Garrison says volunteers will be needed starting on Tuesday.Last week Jeff Garrison and Bob Zimmer lead a group of volunteers to residents in the Old Fort, despite the evacuation order being in place.  Following that effort, the Peace River Regional District offered to work with the group once the area became safe to access.last_img read more

Scientists Urge Swift Action at UN Climate Summit

Rabat – The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released an authoritative and actionable climate science report on September 22. A team of natural and social scientists prepared the report to inform policymakers at the UN Climate Action Summit, which opened Monday, September 23.United in Science examines gaps between climate science realities and current emissions trajectories. The report found that even though renewables have seen extraordinary growth, fossil fuel use and emissions increased in 2018 and peak emissions will not be reached by 2030, let alone by 2020.2015-2019 are on track to be the hottest five years in recorded history, according to the report. Natural and social scientist authors highlight how major heatwaves, record-breaking fires, floods, drought, and tropical cyclones have devastated socio-economic development during this period. Climate records have marked the five year period within the MENA region.In June 2018, Quriyat on coastal Oman recorded a 24-hour minimum temperature of 42.6°C, possibly the highest such temperature recorded on a thermometer. Ouargla in the Algerian Sahara reported a maximum temperature of 51.3°C in July 2018, the highest ever reliably recorded on the African continent.Morocco has witnessed droughts and shifting seasons since 2015. The 2016 drought was the most severe in three decades, according to the Moroccan government. Its impact on Morocco’s key agricultural sector prompted King Mohammed VI, who inaugurated the Noor Ouarzazate Solar Complex, the world’s largest concentrated solar plant, to issue a decree calling on the faithful to pray for rain.Current policies fall short for Paris Agreement targetsClimate policies in place to achieve the Paris agreement’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) will not achieve their goals. Current ambitions must be tripled to meet the 2°C limit and increased approximately fivefold to meet the 1.5°C limit, according to the WMO report.Failing to meet these limits will result in catastrophic global conditions, climate scientists continue to warn. According to the report, if current trends continue, the world will warm by 2.9°C to 3.4°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100.Humanity possesses the technical capacity to meet the 1.5°C goal, but doing so will require rapid and unprecedented shifts in all forms of society, according to the IPCC 2018 Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C.“Only immediate and all-inclusive action encompassing: Deep de-carbonization complemented by ambitious policy measures, protection and enhancement of carbon sinks and biodiversity, and efforts to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, will enable us to meet the Paris Agreement,” urged a WMO press release.Morocco is one of only two countries worldwide on track to meet the 1.5°C target, according to Climate Action Tracker.Hope persists for international policy negotiationsA global youth climate movement has spotlighted this week’s climate summit and inspired a concurrent Youth Climate Action Summit. The unprecedented call to action brings hope when many are discouraged by insufficient climate crisis legislation.An experienced international climate negotiator and former chair of the main committee of the UN Climate Convention told Morocco World News that science is taken seriously at negotiations: “The science on climate change has been getting firmer for years. And the observed reality on climate change is always toward the more dire projections.“Despite the posturing of some politicians, this science is not debated by the international negotiators seeking to find ways to mitigate humankind’s impact on the climate. This complex economic negotiation is producing results.”He added a call to action: “A great deal more, much more, needs to be done to minimize the worst impacts of climate change.”Princess Lalla Hasnaa, Chairwoman of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, addressed summit members on behalf of King Mohammed VI. Hasnaa delivered a royal speech emphasizing that effective global climate policy requires “effective international solidarity, sustainable financing and a qualitative transfer of technology and know-how” to support countries in the global south.This statement echoes previous speeches made by King Mohammed VI.Hasnaa also announced the foundation’s launch of the African Youth Climate Hub, which aims to “showcase leadership and innovation, and to underscore the positive role of African youth.” She explained that the concurrent Youth Climate Summit “provides reasons for optimism, requiring us to respond positively and lend our effective support.”Read also: King Mohammed VI Calls for Collective Action on Climate Change read more

Engagement and diplomacy before confrontation says Ban Kimoon of his style

“I believe in engagement, dialogue before confrontation,” Mr. Ban wrote in an opinion piece published in the international edition of Newsweek magazine. He added that efforts to establish rapport and an effective working relationship despite disagreements, however sharp, “will be the hallmark of my tenure as Secretary General.” Mr. Ban said he took on his current post “without illusions,” being well aware of how a previous Secretary-General commented that it is the most “impossible” job in the world – but has maintained his optimism.“With demands growing on every front, from peacekeeping to humanitarian assistance to health, the UN today is being called upon to do more than ever before, even as the resources to do these jobs grow proportionately more scarce,” he wrote.At the same time, he pointed out that the tide has shifted in the UN’s favour, with a surge in the public’s appreciation for multilateralism and diplomacy in handling crises. Issues for which the UN is typically identified as taking the lead, such as climate change, are increasingly becoming prominent on the global agenda.“Perhaps most encouraging, public support for the UN remains strikingly high,” he said, referring to a new poll which found almost three-quarters of respondents believing the Organization should play a stronger role on the global scene.Even in the United States, where there is perceived to be disenchantment with the UN, 75 per cent of Americans surveyed in a recent poll favour a robust United Nations, with almost as many expecting their country’s foreign policy to be conducted in partnership with the world body.“For the UN, all this, too, amounts to a climate change,” he observed.Mr. Ban underscored the human dimension to his work, which he believes is a unifying theme in his efforts as Secretary-General.For example, the key topic of climate change, he said, is inherently unequal, for as wealthier countries will be better equipped to adapt to global warming, poorer nations in places such as Africa, already impacted by desertification, will suffer disproportionately.“We may read, each morning, about human tragedies in our newspapers,” he said. “But how often do we truly hear such people’s voices, or try with full force and determination to help? This I pledge to do.” 29 May 2007Stressing that engagement and diplomacy were his preferred method of overcoming differences, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has argued that recent changes in the world have worked to the UN’s advantage as an effective mechanism for solving the world’s crises. read more

Disgraceful that man illegally in US killed athlete — Trump

(AP) President Donald Trump says it’s “so disgraceful” that Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson was killed by a person who is in the US illegally.This photo provided by the Indiana State Police shows, Manuel Orrego-Savala, a citizen of Guatemala, who is be held in a suspected drunken driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson on Sunday.Trump is also prodding Democrats to work with him on illegal immigration and border security.Trump tweeted Tuesday: “So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson.This is just one of many such preventable tragedies. We must get the Dems to get tough on the Border, and with illegal immigration, FAST!”Trump added in a second tweet: “My prayers and best wishes are with the family of Edwin Jackson, a wonderful young man whose life was so senselessly taken. @Colts.”Authorities say the man suspected of the drunken-driving crash Sunday that killed Jackson has been twice deported from the US. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump says ‘millions’ of illegal immigrants to be removedJune 18, 2019In “latest news”Trump hints at Visa sanctions for countries that refuse deported ‘illegal’ immigrantsFebruary 26, 2017In “Regional”Daca Dreamers: Trump vents anger on immigrant programmeApril 2, 2018In “World” read more

Mehdiabad project – lodgement of claim with EFIC

first_imgUnion Resources is focused on exploration and development of the offshore Namibian Sandpiper-Meob phosphate project with joint venture partners Bonaparte Diamond Mines and Tungeni Investments; and resolution of the potential disputes and the potential development of the Mehdiabad base metal project in Central Iran. It has now lodged a claim with EFIC in respect of Mehdiabad.For sometime Union Resources has prepared for the possibility that it may not be able to progress with the Mehdiabad project and resolve the differences between the parties, and therefore acquired the Sandpiper project in Namibia and more recently entered into the Sandpiper-Meob Phosphate Joint Venture. Union has prioritised and will continue to prioritise development of the Sandpiper-Meob project over Mehdiabad.To further the development of the Sandpiper-Meob Phosphate Joint Venture Project, Union Resources yesterday announced a fully underwritten rights issue to raise A$3.93 million and is making a takeover bid for its joint venture partner Bonaparte Diamond Mines.The Mehdiabad project is carried on by Union Resources, Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) and the company Itok through an incorporated Iranian joint venture company, Mehdiabad Zinc Company (“MZC”). Union has to date invested in excess of US$15 million on exploration and feasibility activities relating to the project.IMIDRO purported to terminate several agreements governing the Mehdiabad project in December 2006. Union Resources stated then, and is still firmly of the opinion, that the agreements were invalidly terminated. Since that time Union Resources has been negotiating with various Iranian parties in an effort to resolve the impasse and progress the project. At the same time, Union Resources has been exploring the possibility of resolving the matter through arbitration and has made initial preparations for instituting arbitration proceedings should that become necessary.As previously advised, at the time of the purported termination by IMIDRO Union Resources held a political risk insurance policy in respect of its investment in the Mehdiabad project with the Export Finance and Insurance Corp (EFIC). The limit of liability under the Policy is $4.5 million.The Company’s ongoing efforts to have its Iranian counterparties to the Mehdiabad agreements observe the terms of those agreements have been unsuccessful to date. Due to this and the fact that time limits are imposed under the EFIC Policy for lodging a claim under the policy, the company has today lodged a claim with EFIC under the policy for compensation for expropriation of the company’s interest in MZC. The lodging of this claim does not affect Union Resources’ other rights.Union Resources will co-operate with EFIC and provide all necessary information to enable EFIC to assess its claim. At the same time, Union Resources will continue to maintain dialogue with its Iranian counterparties in the hope of resolving the disputes regarding the Mehdiabad project.last_img read more

Casio Digital Art Frame transformez vos photos en œuvres dart découvrez les

first_imgCasio Digital Art Frame : transformez vos photos en œuvres d’art, découvrez les imagesÉtats-Unis – Casio a profité du CES 2010 pour présenter son Digital Art Frame, un cadre photo qui vous permettra de métamorphoser vos clichés personnels en tableaux de maîtres.Vous souhaitez faire de la photo de votre grand-mère une œuvre d’art, ou passer pour Van Gogh grâce à vos photos de vacances ? C’est désormais possible avec le Digital Art Frame de Casio : ce cadre photo numérique utilise la même technologie que Photoshop en l’occurrence différents filtres conférant diverses textures aux photos. Mais ici, pas besoin de passer par un PC : les changements se font directement sur le cadre.Celui-ci est doté d’un écran LCD de 10,2 pouces, d’une mémoire interne de 2 Go, de deux slots SDHC, d’un port USB, d’un module Wi-Fi pour pouvoir envoyer les photos du PC au cadre sans passer par un câble, et surtout, de huit effets artistiques : Water Color Painting, Color Pencil Sketch, Pastel Painting, Pointillism, Air Brush, Oil Painting, Gothic Oil Painting et Fauvist Oil Painting. En plus de ces effets, le cadre bénéficiera d’un très pratique capteur de lumière ambiante afin d’ajuster la luminosité et d’une fonction plus amusante, la Dynamic Photo, qui permet de créer des animations photo.À lire aussiGoogle ne filtre plus en Chine mais les autorités veillentCe produit devrait être commercialisé durant l’été 2010. De quoi vous amuser avec vos photos de vacances, même si son prix n’a pas encore été communiqué.Voir les images :  https://www.maxisciences.com/digital-art-frame/digital-art-frame-un-cadre-numerique-pour-transformer-ses-photos-en-peintures_art5301.htmlLe 16 janvier 2010 à 12:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Judge Morty argues with defendant Rick in a NSFW Rick and Morty

first_imgLast month, a transcript from a Georgia court briefly took certain corners of the internet by storm. Uploaded to imgur, several pages of the hearing consist of the defendant and the judge yelling at each other. THIS IS THE BEST COURTROOM TRANSCRIPT OF ALL TIME. https://t.co/Vb4C3qXg2x pic.twitter.com/ZvII3Z6JUa— Keith Lee (@associatesmind) June 22, 2016Rick and Morty season three still hasn’t had an official premiere date announced, but Adult Swim wanted the show to have a presence at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.Warning – everything that follows is very NSFW.At the Rick and Morty Live panel at the Adult Swim on the Green Comic-Con venue, series co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon revealed a special Rick and Morty animatic based on that Georgia court transcript.Basically the only coherent part without a ton of curse words.If you’re unaware of the transcript, this may seem like a puzzling way to promote a cartoon show, but if you have read the transcript you’re aware of how vulgar and hilarious it is. The transcript excerpt begins with the defendant requesting a new attorney for his case under allegations that the public defender asked the defendant for oral sex.What followed was a profanity-laden rant about dicks, butts, and masturbating, culminating with the defendant bringing more charges down on his head by threatening to kill the judge’s whole family.Really, there couldn’t be a more Rick and Morty like escalation in such a short period of time. Someone on the Rick and Morty staff must have realized this, because they got Roiland (who does the voices for both Rick and Morty) to read the transcript with Morty as the judge and Rick as the defendant. They took that audio and had the Rick and Morty storyboard team animate it so they could present it at Comic-Con.It’s no Rick and Morty season three, but it’s the next best thing to any Rick and Morty fan.last_img read more