A primer on the case that led to landmark Supreme Court ruling

first_imgVANCOUVER – Barrett Jordan was arrested in December 2008 for his alleged involvement in a dial-a-dope operation in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland.Nine years later, he is at the centre of the Supreme Court of Canada’s attack on what it calls a “culture of delay and complacency” in the criminal justice system.In late 2008, the RCMP arrested Jordan and charged him and nine co-accused with 14 offences. Jordan remained in custody for two months but was eventually released on bail conditions, including strict house arrest.A preliminary inquiry was scheduled for May 2010, but the Crown realized that four days earmarked for the case would not be enough. Scheduling issues and court delays pushed the proceedings back by a year to make room for an additional five days.By the time the preliminary hearing had finished, it had been 2 1/2 years since Jordan’s initial arrest.It was around this time that Jordan was convicted of prior drug charges and sentenced to a 15-month conditional sentence.Jordan’s trial was scheduled to last six weeks starting in September 2012. A new prosecutor took over the file in July 2011 and contacted the defence, saying she believed the trial would only take two to three weeks and asked about earlier dates. Jordan’s lawyer did not respond.The trial began in September 2012 and Jordan was convicted in February 2013 on five drug-related offences, a little over four years after he was first arrested.Jordan’s lawyer argued for a stay of proceedings at the beginning of his client’s trial, but the judge dismissed the application. An appeal was similarly rejected.Both the trial and appellate judges said Jordan’s bail conditions were not excessive because he had been living under similar provisions imposed when he was given the conditional discharge on his other drug convictions.Jordan appealed to the Supreme Court, which struck down a decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal in July 2016.The Charter of Rights and Freedoms says someone charged with an offence has the right to be tried within a reasonable time.Under the new framework, an unreasonable delay would be presumed should proceedings exceed 18 months in provincial court, or 30 months in Superior Court.However, these benchmarks are not set in stone.The Crown could challenge the notion that a delay is unreasonable by demonstrating “exceptional circumstances,” which could include something unforeseen and beyond the Crown’s control, such as a sudden illness, or a case requiring extradition of an accused from another country.They might also arise in complex cases that involve disclosure of many documents, a large number of witnesses or a significant need for expert evidence.In addition, a delay may be unreasonable even if it falls below the newly prescribed time limits. However, the defence would have to establish that it took meaningful steps to expedite the proceedings and show the case lasted “markedly longer” than it should have.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

Court says insurer must pay NB diocese 33 million to cover abuse

first_imgFREDERICTON – An insurance company has been ordered by New Brunswick’s top court to pay over $3.3 million to a Catholic diocese to cover the cost of compensation for decades of sexual abuse by priests.The province’s Court of Appeal ruled that Aviva Insurance Company of Canada breached its contract when it denied coverage of claims resulting from a conciliation process set up by the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst.“The question on appeal is whether the diocese is entitled to damages for breach of contract in amounts that involve the costs of, and payments made through a conciliation process the diocese set up as a result of its insurer’s denial of coverage,” Justice Marc Richard said in a written ruling released Thursday.Richard says 83 victims participated in the conciliation process, with compensation paid to 50 people.Twenty-six priests were identified as having committed sexual abuse, he wrote, with 19 identified in the conciliation process and another seven in separate court actions.In a previous civil trial held in Moncton, a Court of Queen’s Bench judge ruled Aviva wasn’t responsible for covering the costs of the conciliation claims — a decision appealed by the church in a hearing last February in Fredericton.In his ruling, Richard points out that Aviva discontinued its own appeal in the case, leaving only a cross appeal to be argued. He said that left unchallenged the trial judge’s determination that the claims for sexual abuse were covered under policies that were not void for failure to disclose material risks and were not excluded in the intentional acts clause.He said in essence, Aviva accepts it had wrongfully denied the diocese when it sought coverage for the sexual abuse claims and that left a question whether the trial judge erred in concluding that the claims were not recoverable as damages because they didn’t involve payments for liability imposed by a court.“In my respectful view the judge did err in this regard by applying an incorrect test,” Richard wrote. “This was a claim for damages flowing from a breach of contract and not for indemnity under the policy.”Richard said allowing an insurer to escape liability because the insured settled a claim rather than seeking a court judgment would encourage companies to deny coverage in such cases.“Such conduct by insurers must be prevented,” he said.Richard said whether or not the settlement by the diocese was reasonable was the “threshold issue in this case.”The ruling said the diocese acted reasonably in instituting an alternative dispute resolution process that would allow for its financial survival, having been abandoned by the insurance company.The appeal ruling says the abuse of young people occurred from the late 1950s to the early 1980s.Retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Michel Bastarache was retained to devise and implement a process aimed at resolving claims and to seek the forgiveness of the victims. Aviva declined to participate in the process.“By using the conciliation process the diocese kept its costs for that process to $4,284,000, which paled in comparison to the $15,000,000 paid by the Diocese of Antigonish, N.S., through claim-by-claim settlements. It was a decision designed to minimize costs, ensure there was enough money to pay victims, and avoid protracted litigation, all in the name of financial viability.”Richard said the diocese’s “broader obligations” would have been known to Aviva when it decided to insure the diocese, and he noted the company did not dispute the amounts being claimed or the reasonableness of the amounts being claimed as reimbursement.“For these reasons I would allow the appeal and set aside the trial judge’s decision on the question of Aviva’s liability to pay damages for breach of contract relating to claims resolved through the conciliation process.”The diocese paid conciliation process participants a total of $4,284,000 and another group of victims who opted not to participate were paid a total of $2,879,179.The diocese ultimately made a total claim for breach of contract totalling $3,358,264, which was the amount awarded by the Court of Appeal, with pre-judgment interest.last_img read more

Oscare Child Care closes and North Peace Cultural Centre opens new programs

first_imgBy offering this new out of school care program, the hope is to encourage youth in their studies and artistic endeavours. There will also be a French tutor available during the after school hours to help children attending Ecole Central.Over the next few weeks, NPCC will decide if there is a need for full-day programs on Pro- D days and school holidays.For more information on the out of school programs should contact the North Peace Cultural Centres office at (250)785-1992 or email; reception@npcc.bc.ca. FORT ST. JOHN B.C. – Oscare Child Care Centre has closed their doors as of Tuesday, and the North Peace Cultural Centre was quick to make room for children by expanding on their out of school childcare programsOctober 30, 2018, the doors were officially closed at Oscare Child Care Centre yet two blocks down the street, the North Peace Cultural Centre (NPCC) has been making room and implementing programs to help accommodate children before and after school.The NPCC has offered after-school programs in specific art classes since 1992, yet in 2014 they expanded to include the first fine arts preschool in Northern B.C.last_img read more

Kindergarten registration now open for School District 60

first_imgThe School District is reminding parents to register directly at your home school. If you are uncertain of the school boundaries (also known as catchment areas) you can contact the nearest school or check the School Catchment Locator. It is strongly recommended that you register at your earliest convenience.French Immersion Kindergarten is available at École Central Elementary School of the Arts only. You can call the school, at 250-785- 4511, for further information regarding the French Immersion Program. For students entering Grade One, French Immersion is also a possibility at Ecole Central depending on space.Blended kindergarten learning and distributed learning are available at the Key Learning Centre only.  You can call the school at 250-261-5660 for more information.Busing will be provided for rural Kindergarten Programs. Availability and times vary for each school. You are encouraged to contact your school for details.For further information on the registration process, you can visit the School District 60 website or you can call Stephen Petrucci, Assistant Superintendent, at 250-262-6017. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 is now accepting Kindergarten Student Registrations.Registration for Kindergarten Students for the 2019/2020 school year will take place in all Elementary Schools during regular school hours.Children who will be five years of age by December 31, 2019 are eligible for registration in Kindergarten at their local schools.last_img read more

WestJet forced to deal with delays due to US government shutdown

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The U.S. government shutdown was a major headache for some Canadian air travellers looking to move around the east coast on Friday.Calgary-based WestJet was forced to cancel three flights between Toronto and La Guardia Airport in New York due to lengthy delays on the American side of the border.They were quick to issue a statement about the cancellations and delays they were experiencing.“We are appreciative of the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the air traffic control system who assist in the safe movement of our aircraft each day.This is a most unfortunate situation that our ATC partners find themselves in and it’s our hope that the parties involved can resolve the situation as quick as possible.”Spokesperson Lauren Stewart tells 660 NEWS they posted an updated travel advisory on the website and have been advising U.S. travellers to arrive at the terminal at least three hours before their flight.They’re also asking people to check the status of their flight before they leave for the airport.Air Canada also posted on its website that it too was seeing the same delays and cancellations out of La Guardia.The airline amended its booking policy for the day allowing affected customers to change their travel plans without penalty, space permitting.Meanwhile, officials at YYC Calgary International Airport say things are operating pretty smoothly and they haven’t experienced anything similar in the way of delays.“The majority of U.S. flights are departing mostly on-time today, with only a few delays. We always recommend travellers get the latest information on their travels by keeping in touch with their airline or on our website at yyc.com,” spokesperson Reid Feist said. read more

Telus doubles size of potential stock buybacks to 1 billion

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 23, 2013 7:46 am MDT VANCOUVER – Telus Corp. (TSX:T) says it’s willing to spend up to $1 billion on share buybacks by the end of this year — twice as much as under the telecom company’s original plan.Its stock price dropped precipitously from a 52-week high of $37.94 in late May to as low as $29.52 on June 27 amid reports that U.S. telecom giant Verizon had offered to buy Wind Mobile to build a presence in the Canadian market.Telus stock has since recovered and closed Monday at $30.65.As of June 30, Telus had spent about $281 million buying back public stock, paying an average of $33.40 for about 8.4 million shares.The amended normal course issuer bid, if approved by regulators, gives the Vancouver-based telecom company the right, but not the obligation, to buy back up to 31.9 million common shares from the public markets by Dec. 31.“The company’s board of directors believes that such purchases are in the best interest of Telus and that such purchases constitute an attractive investment opportunity and desirable use of Telus’ funds that should enhance the value of the remaining shares,” the company said in a statement late Monday. Telus doubles size of potential stock buybacks to $1 billion AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Yellen Persistent economic weakness could slow rate hikes

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2016 6:41 am MDT Last Updated Feb 10, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned Wednesday that global weakness and falling financial markets could depress the U.S. economy’s growth and slow the pace of Fed interest rate hikes.But Yellen made clear that the Fed won’t likely find it necessary to cut rates after having raised them from record lows in December. She did concede, though, that negative rates, which central banks in Japan and Europe have recently imposed, are a tool the Fed has at least studied.In her semiannual report to Congress, Yellen offered no major surprises. And she reiterated the Fed’s confidence that the U.S. economy was on track for stronger growth and an increase in too-low inflation. At the same time, she noted the weaker economic figures that have emerged since 2016 began and made clear the Fed is nervous about the risks from abroad.Her concerns about the perils to U.S. growth contrasted with the Fed’s statement eight weeks ago, when it raised interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade and described economic risks as “balanced.”In her testimony to the House Financial Services Committee, Yellen also:— Expressed sympathy with committee members who raised concerns about chronically higher-than-average unemployment among black Americans. Members of an activist group, the Fed Up coalition, attended the hearing wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the messages “What Recovery?” and “Let Our Wages Grow.” The group has been urging the Fed to delay further rate hikes until the job market improves further, especially for minority groups.— Sounded her concern about China’s weaker currency and economic outlook, which are rattling markets. She also warned that rising borrowing rates and a strong dollar could slow U.S. growth and hiring, a reflection of the intensified turmoil that has gripped markets. Still, she said robust hiring at the end of 2015 and signs of stronger pay growth could offset those drags.— Said the Fed still expects to raise rates gradually but is not on any preset course. The central bank will likely slow its pace of rate increases “if the economy were to disappoint,” she said.— Cautioned that the sharp declines in stock prices, rising rates for riskier borrowers and further strength in the dollar had created conditions that pose risks to growth. “These developments, if they prove persistent, could weigh on the outlook for economic activity and the labour market, although declines in longer-term interest rates and oil prices could provide some offset,” she said.— Observed that the central bank still thinks energy price declines and a stronger dollar will fade in coming months and help raise inflation back up to the Fed’s 2 per cent target rate. The higher-valued dollar has held down U.S. inflation by making foreign goods cheaper for Americans. Worker pay, though, has begun to show its first significant gains since the Great Recession ended 6 1/2 years ago.— Said Fed officials considered in 2010 the possibility of using negative rates to bolster the economy but eventually rejected the approach. Yellen suggested that the issue of the Fed’s legal authority to impose negative borrowing rates as a means of stimulating growth still needed to be examined.Yellen’s testimony marked the first of two days of testimony she will give to Congress. Her appearance marked her first public comments since December, when the Fed raised rates for the first time in nearly a decade.After the Fed began raising rates, economists widely expected it to continue to boost its benchmark rate gradually but steadily, most likely starting in March. But economists have scaled back their expectation for four modest hikes this year down to perhaps only two, with the first hike not occurring until June at the earliestYellen’s testimony Wednesday included her most extensive comments on the situation in China. The data so far do not suggest that the world’s second-largest economy is undergoing a sharp slowdown, Yellen said. But she added that declines in that country’s currency have intensified concerns about China’s economic prospects.“This uncertainty led to increased volatility in global financial markets and, against the background of persistent weakness abroad, exacerbated concerns about the outlook for global growth,” Yellen said.U.S. growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, slowed sharply in the fourth quarter of 2015 to a meagre annual rate of 0.7 per cent. Yellen attributed the result to weakness in business stockpiling and export sales. But she noted that economy is being fueled by other sectors including home building and auto sales.And she said the U.S. job market remains solid, even after slowing in January to a gain of roughly 150,000 jobs. That addition was still enough to lower the unemployment rate to 4.9 per cent from 5 per cent.While many Democrats expressed support for a go-slow approach by the Fed in raising rates, Republicans on the committee argued that the subpar economic recovery over the past 6 1/2 years was evidence of the mismanagement of the economy by President Barack Obama.“This recovery is the most dismal, tepid recovery we have ever had in recorded history,” said Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-North Carolina.___This story has been corrected to fix the spelling of a lawmaker’s name. It is Rep. Robert Pittenger, not Pittinger. Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, before the House Financial Services Committee hearing on monetary policy and the state of the economy. Yellen said the U.S. economy faces a number of global threats that could hamper growth and compel the Fed to slow the pace of future interest rate hikes. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Yellen: Persistent economic weakness could slow rate hikes read more

Thousands of Rohingya refugees stranded near BangladeshMyanmar border – UN

“Since Sunday night, an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh through the Anjuman Para border crossing point in Ukhia district in the country’s south-east,” Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters Tuesday in Geneva. “Many say they had initially chosen to remain in their homes in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state despite repeated threats to leave or be killed. They finally fled when their villages were set on fire,” he added. Tensions have escalated into violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state. Since 25 August, an estimated 582,000 Rohingya Muslims have arrived in Bangladesh. As of Tuesday morning, the new arrivals were still squatting in the paddy fields of Anjuman Para village, where the sound of gunfire continues to be heard every night from the Myanmar side. UNHCR is advocating with the Bangladesh authorities to urgently admit these refugees fleeing violence and increasingly-difficult conditions back home. UNHCR and our partners are delivering food and water to the stranded refugees, among them children, women and the elderly who are dehydrated and hungry from the long journey. “Every minute counts given the fragile condition they’re arriving in,” said Mr. Mahecic. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday that without immediate additional funding, the agency will not be able to continue providing lifesaving aid and protection to Rohingya children who have fled horrific violence in Myanmar. UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado told reporters in Geneva that almost 60 per cent of the refugees who have fled Myanmar since August 25 are children. “The growing needs are far outpacing resources,” she said, noting that as of Tuesday, UNICEF has received just 7 per cent of the $76 million required to provide emergency support to children over the next six months. Without more funding, UNICEF would soon have to stop lifesaving services. “Rohingya children have already endured atrocities. All of them need the lifesaving basics – shelter, food, water, vaccinations, protection – not tomorrow or next week or next month, but right now,” she said. read more

Churchill used fruit to understand the concept of election swing leading pollster

Winston Churchill had to play with pieces of fruit to understand the concept of election swings, the UK’s founding pollster has revealed.Sir David Butler said Churchill “struggled” to comprehend the change in vote share between the two main parties when he explained it to him as a young pollster in the run up to the 1951 general election.Butler, then 25, was summoned to the Leader of the Opposition’s home in Hyde Park Gardens to give him advice four days before the snap election was called by a Labour party rife with internal division.Following the inconclusive result of the previous election, in which the Conservative Party won 43.4% of the vote, Churchill, now 76, feared that this would be his last chance to become Prime Minister again.As well as promising change on popular issues such as rationing and house building during the 1951 campaign, he sought expertise from the new science of psephology to improve his chances of success.Sir David Butler, who went on to invent the famous ‘Swingometer’, founded the discipline in 1945 when he became the first person to turn British constituency results into percentages. Churchill won the 1951 election- run on a ticket which vowed to safeguard Britain’s “traditional way of life”- with a 1 % swing from Labour Speaking to Michael Crick at the Chalke Valley History Festival, near Salisbury, Sir David Butler, 95, recalled his remarkable meeting with “the greatest man in the world” on Saturday October 21 1951.He said: “I went to see him at 10 o’clock in the morning when he was lying in bed and talked to me for about an hour. Lady Churchill, who had a toothache, came in the middle and he was a nice solicitor’s husband talking very kindly to his wife.“I was trying to explain to him that ‘swing’ from one party to another made a difference of two seats to a majority. He struggled with this and then started using a bowl of fruit on his desk- moving things across and seeing how if you moved one tangerine from a Conservative to a Labour side it made a difference of two.”Churchill went on to secure 321 seats and win the 1951 election, with a 1 % swing from Labour. However, much of his premiership was overshadowed by questions over his succession as his deputy, Anthony Eden, positioned himself to take over as leader after his term had finished. Senior politicians were fascinated by this breakthrough and began recruiting the election analysts who were seen to be most in touch with the intricate shifts in public mood. 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. Churchill won the 1951 election- run on a ticket which vowed to safeguard Britain’s “traditional way of life”- with a 1 % swing from LabourCredit:Rui Vieira/PA read more

Zara Group in collaboration with GPF to offer UG scholarships

Four Guyanese students desirous of attending the University of Guyana (UG) have an opportunity to do so free of cost as the Zara Group of Companies partnered with the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to launch its first scholarship programme.Senior Vice President of Zara Group of CompaniesJay SubrajTwo of the scholarships will be available to the public and the remaining two will be offered to immediate family members of the GPF to attend either the Turkeyen or Tain University campuses, beginning September 2017.Senior Vice President of Zara Group of Companies, Jay Subraj said the scholarship is the Companies’ way of fulfilling its corporate social responsibility.The scholarships are for a duration of four years and cover 100 per cent of the tuition fee at the University of Guyana. The students are required to maintain a high grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in order to continue benefit from the scholarship.If two or more candidates are eligible, the shortlisted candidates will be selected via a random draw.To be eligible to apply for the Guyana Police Force Zara Scholarship, candidates must have: recently completed the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) 2017 examination, with a minimum of eight subjects (applicants can apply now and email their results after); provide proof of acceptance letter from the University of Guyana; demonstrate need for financial assistance with letter stating parents’ income; be planning to enrol full-time in a bachelor’s degree programme; have letter to show you have completed at least 100 hours community service; submit letter addressed to the Guyana Police Force-Zara Scholarship Committee on the topic – your future goals and plans to achieve them.Persons interested in applying for the scholarship programme can send an email to: gpfzarascholarship@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, August 23.The Zara Group of Companies was established approximately 30 years ago by a Guyanese family. The company was mainly involved in real estate business and managing apartment buildings in New York City. So far, the company has collaborated with several local organisations including the Central Islamic Organisation and the GPF, in all three counties of Guyana. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related52nd convocation…Valedictorian calls for improved services at UGNovember 11, 2018In “latest news”UG partners with Jamaican publishing company to establish pressMarch 20, 2017In “Local News”Opadeyi to UG workers: Back to work or no negotiationsFebruary 6, 2015In “Politics” read more

DRUM radio system support and sales agreement signed

first_imgKutta Technologies has signed Pillar Innovations as a distributor for Kutta’s underground mine radio system, the Digital Radio for Underground Miners (DRUM). The system seamlessly interoperates with leaky feeder systems and is an excellent choice for MINER Act compliance (USA) for redundant communication systems. The cost of the DRUM system is much less than that of leaky feeders and node-based systems, and because the DRUM radios can transmit a signal on any metal infrastructure, the chance of communicating after an incident is high. Some of the largest underground coal companies in the US are planning to use Kutta’s cost-effective DRUM system.“We are pleased to have Pillar Innovations represent our product to the mining community,” said Matthew Savoca, President of Kutta Technologies. “Pillar’s reputation as a system integrator in underground mines is excellent, and the level of support they offer their customers is exactly what Kutta is looking for in a distributor,” Savoca added.“Kutta’s DRUM system is a perfect compliment to leaky feeder systems, and we are excited to have the opportunity to promote the DRUM system in the marketplace,” said Adam Brenneman of Pillar Innovations. “The DRUM system is easy to install, and we see the system as an excellent backup communication system in large and medium mines.Kutta Technologies is based in Phoenix, AZ and designs and builds radios for the underground mining industry and the US Army. Kutta also builds ground control stations for unmanned air and ground vehicles. Kutta’s customers include the Army, Air Force, DHS, and NIOSH. http://www.kuttatech.com/ Pillar Innovations provides nationwide sales and service from five offices located across the continental US. From communications systems to fire suppression to atmospheric monitoring, Pillar’s technology is a recognized leader in mine support. http://www.pillarinnovations.com/.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab Hits 2 Mil in 3 Months

first_imgOkay, okay, it’s not exactly iPad numbers, but it’s certainly enough to secure the company a number two spot in the ever more crowded consumer tablet space. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab hit the two million mark in its first three months (Apple sold 7 million in the same time period, for those keeping, you know, tabs…). Not too shabby for a seven-inch Android tablet–especially considering the fact that Google has yet to officially release Honeycomb, the first tablet-optimized version of the open operating system (we saw a preview of it on Motorola’s Xoom tablet during ces, but that’s about it).Samsung’s sales figures have been fueled, in part, by global availability. The tablet is available in Europe, North America, and Asia at present.last_img read more

From shootin to Putin Heres TheJournalies bluffers guide to World Cup 2018

first_img Source: George Hamilton/Twitter By Rónán Duffy Jun 14th 2018, 12:04 AM 15,042 Views Source: BBC Sport/Twitter Share21 Tweet Email All set for kick-off #FifaWorldCup2018 #rtesoccer @SeanOBriain1 @WhelanRonnie5 pic.twitter.com/nSv0h4oqWa— George Hamilton (@HamiltonRTE) June 13, 2018 Short URL Dancers perform by the official World Cup trophy at the State Kremlin Palace. Source: PA ImagesIT’S EXACTLY SEVEN months ago today that Ireland was spanked 5-1 by Denmark at the Aviva Stadium, ending the country’s chances of competing at its fourth World Cup.The pain of that defeat for fans may have eased in the months since, but it’s about to all come flooding back as the largest sporting event of the year kicks off later today.The build up to World Cups without Ireland always seem a little less exciting, especially to casual fans, and this is perhaps truer than ever this year.But regardless of everything that’s gone before, the next month is about to be overtaken by football, so here’s a guide to everything you need to know.Where’s it happening?[image alt=”Russia Soccer WCup Russia” src=”http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2018/06/russia-soccer-wcup-russia-630×420.jpg” width=”630″ height=”420″ title=”” class=”alignleft” /end]Yes, there is baggage attached to the hosting of this year’s tournament.Russia was announced as the host of the tournament way back in 2010, beating a high-profile bid from England. It was controversial at the time but in the years after it was somewhat overshadowed by the selection of Qatar for 2022, which was announced on the same day.That was until a succession of events like the invasion of Crimea, MH17, Trump’s election and the poisoning of Sergei Skripal all put the focus on Russia’s hosting of the tournament.In reality though there was never any question that Russia would be relieved of its hosting duties. The country has a long footballing pedigree and hosted the Winter Olympics as recently as 2014.Russian President Vladimir Putin was keen to host the tournament and has been at Fifa events in Moscow this week, officiating at events with Fifa President Gianni Infantino.[image alt=”Russia Soccer WCup FIFA Congress” src=”http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2018/06/russia-soccer-wcup-fifa-congress-630×441.jpg” width=”630″ height=”441″ title=”” class=”alignleft” /end]Which brings us to now – today’s opening match is between Russia and Saudi Arabia at 4pm. It’s being held at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, which will also host the final on Sunday 14 July.In total there are 11 cities hosting matches with the capital having two stadiums in the mix.The most northern city is St Petersburg on the Baltic Sea and the southernmost is Sochi on the Black Sea, with a distance of almost 2,000 km between them.Who should I follow?[image alt=”FIFA 2018 World Cup Draw in Moscow” src=”http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2018/06/fifa-2018-world-cup-draw-in-moscow-630×285.jpg” width=”630″ height=”285″ title=”” class=”alignleft” /end]With Ireland not in the tournament it can be tricky to know who to support if you want to get involved in the action.So here’s some information about some of the teams that might help you decide, or indeed just help you with the pub chat.Group A is where the hosts Russia are placed and, along with the three other teams, is the weakest group in modern World Cup history.Perhaps the biggest talking point in that group is about the fitness of Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah. The player was the top scorer in the Premier League this year and was talked about as a possible Ballon d’Or award winner.That was until an injury forced him off the field in the Champions League final and placed his participation in the World Cup in doubt.He has travelled to the tournament but there are doubts about how fit he’ll be. Egypt face Uruguay in their opening game and the two are the best ranked teams in the group.[image alt=”Egypt: Mohamed Salah Training Before World Cup in Russia” src=”http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2018/06/egypt-mohamed-salah-training-before-world-cup-in-russia-630×419.jpg” width=”630″ height=”419″ title=”” class=”alignleft” /end]In Group B, the biggest talking point is the Saipan-esque development of the sacking of Spain‘s manager yesterday, 48 hours before the team’s opening match against Portugal.Julen Lopetegui signed on to be Real Madrid’s manager for next year and Spain’s footballing bosses were apparently so annoyed that he went behind their back that they sacked him. It’s undoubtedly a blow for a team that was among the favourites for the tournament.Group C may be a difficult one for Irish people to follow because it contains the aforementioned Denmark, who beat Ireland to a place at the tournament.They’ll face one of the tournament favourites, France, as well as Peru, who are competing in their first World Cup since 1982.Australia is the fourth team in the group, they’re known as the Socceroos. Fans watch the Australian team training in Russia. Source: PA ImagesGroups D and E contain the two South American footballing giants, Argentina and Brazil. The latter being the bookies favourite to win the tournament.Many consider Argentina’s Lionel Messi as the best footballer of all time but he turns 31 during the tournament so his chances of winning the sport’s greatest prize are running out. The team were runners-up four years ago and Messi’s fans will be hoping the team can go one better this year.Elsewhere in Group D is Iceland, who are the smallest nation in the tournament and won fans around the world in reaching the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 two years ago.Defending champions Germany are in Group F and are also among the favourites for the tournament. Mexico are also in the group and they’ve just been awarded the rights to host the 2026 tournament along with the USA and Canada.For many Irish people though, Group G is where it’s at. If you can’t cheer for Ireland, maybe cheering for or against England is the best you’re going to get in terms of emotional investment.England’s team is among the youngest in the tournament and will be fancied to get out of the group but could potentially face Germany in the quarter-finals.Group H is the final group and is somewhat symmetrical in having one team each from Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. So for that alone it’s probably an interesting one to watch.How to watch it?center_img RTÉ is showing all 64 games of the World Cup and has announced some familiar and new faces as part of its coverage.The regular team of pundits Eamon Dunphy, Liam Brady, Richie Sadlier, Damien Duff and Didi Hamann will all be part of the programming.Former Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given and retired United States international Hope Solo also part of the punditry team. Solo, one of the biggest names in women’s football, is both a surprising and controversial addition to RTÉ’s team.There is Irish interest elsewhere though.Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane will both be part of the punditry team for ITV’s World Cup coverage.The Ireland pairing will join a team of 11 ITV pundits that includes Keane’s former teammate and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville.ITV is sharing the UK rights to the tournaments with BBC. The BBC has 33 live matches while ITV has 32.BBC announced its punditry line via a spoof WhatsApp group video on social media.Enjoy the football! https://jrnl.ie/4068585 15 Comments From shootin’ to Putin: Here’s TheJournal.ie’s bluffer’s guide to World Cup 2018 The tournament kicks off in Russia later today. Thursday 14 Jun 2018, 12:03 AM 🚨ANNOUNCE #BBCWORLDCUP SQUAD!🚨 pic.twitter.com/ZmrvGP7RHo— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 15, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

WWE attendance (7/31-8/3, TV tapings, live events)

first_img Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ WWE attendance figures from July 31 to August 3, 2015.* 7/31 live event in San Diego, California: 3,000 fans.* 8/1 live event in Ontario, California: 5,000 fans.* 8/1 live event in Hidalgo, Texas: 6,000 fans (sellout).* 8/2 live event in Fresno, California: 3,400 fans.* 8/2 live event in Stockton, California: 2,500 fans.* 8/3 RAW TV tapings in San Jose, California: 10,600 fans.Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Facebook Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img WWE Live returns to China this September, Will hold tryouts this July in Shanghai Twitter Now Playing Up Next Triple H Now Playing Up Next Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Netflix announces season three of GLOW set to premiere Friday, August 9 Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need Itlast_img read more

Suso apologises to AC Milan for red card

first_imgSpanish midfielder Suso has apologised for his sending off in AC Milan’s 2-1 win over SPAL on Saturday even though he feels it was “unfair”The former Liverpool player was shown two yellow cards in the final 11 minutes of the at San Siro as Milan ended their five-match winless run.Suso’s sending off means that he will now be suspended for Milan’s Supercoppa clash against Juventus on January 16 once the Italian winter break ends.“I’m sorry. For my club, for my teammates, for my fans, for my coach. For myself,” Suso wrote on Instagram.“[It was] a red card that was perhaps avoidable and, in my opinion, quite unfair.“Certainly no-one will give me back the chance to play and help my team in the Supercoppa against Juventus.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“As for everything else… [it was] an excellent three points, [I’m] happy for Gonzalo Higuain and his goal.“The Champions League is there at our fingertips. Happy New Year and Happy 2019, which will start with so much anger on my part, however!”Andrea Petagna had given SPAL an early lead in the 13th-minute before Samu Castillejo ended Milan’s four-match goalless streak with an equaliser three minutes later.Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain then scored the winner in the second half for his sixth Serie A goal of the season.The Rossoneri end 2018 in fifth-place in the Serie A and 22 points behind their next opponents and league leaders Juventus.last_img read more

Galvin is at Glassdoor

first_imgCarmel Galvin has joined Glassdoor as chief human resources officer.Galvin has some 25 years’ experience in international HR, including positions at Deloitte and Advent Software.In her new role, Galvin will be responsible for developing Glassdoor’s people strategy and infrastructure.last_img

Flooding closes Sawgrass Mills Mall for third day in a row

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Sawgrass Mills Mall will remain closed, Friday, which marks the third day in a row the shopping mecca has been closed.However, mall officials announced the mall will reopen on Saturday at 10 a.m.Pumps were brought to the mall, Thursday evening, after the flooding forced it to close for two days in a row.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

DRG Records Founder Broadway Musicals Album Producer Hugh Fordin Dies At 83

first_img Email Facebook DRG Records Founder Hugh Fordin Dies At 83 drg-records-founder-broadway-musicals-album-producer-hugh-fordin-dies-83 News Twitter This Producers-producer’s engineer since 1985, Cynthia Daniels shared in Fordin’s GRAMMY win. “No other record company or producer filled this particular space for the recorded version of these timeless songs,” she told The New York Times. Fordin was also the author of two books, about the musicals of MGM as well as a biography of lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. Daniels also recalled times in the studio with Fordin when “I would inevitably hear chuckling and then everyone in the room break into laughter.”Broadway Has Highest Grossing Year In 2018, Thanks To ‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ & MoreRead more Fordin helped build the recorded legacy that preserves sensational Broadway stage performancesPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 7, 2019 – 12:02 pm Record producer and label executive Hugh Fordin died of cardiac arrest at 83 at his home in New Jersey on Feb. 26. In addition to his own Best Musical Show Album win at the 44th GRAMMY Awards for The Producers, the label he founded in 1976, DRG Records released distinguished albums that brought GRAMMY wins to legends including Gerry Mulligan and Patti Page.Hailing Fordin as an “exceptional” and “versatile” producer, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow noted that “he achieved success as both a producer and label executive. He will be deeply missed, but remembered for crafting dynamic records for the theater community.” Fordin’s other GRAMMY-nominated cast albums include Flower Drum Song, Guys And Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, The Music Man, and Wonderful Town. https://twitter.com/annhcallaway/status/1101909969350348801 DRG Records Founder & Broadway Musicals Album Producer Hugh Fordin Dies At 83 last_img read more

Special puja to curb child rape cases held in Hyderabad

first_imgGandipet: Priests offered prayers to control child rape cases across the nation, by worshipping cows in Chilkur Balaji temple, Hyderabad on Sunday. Priests performed ‘Parikrama’ with three cows in Chilkur Balaji temple. “Cow worship has been an old method to combat with any sort of crisis, so we planned to offer prayers in order to curb child rapes cases, being reported in our society,” priest Ranga Rajan said. Also Read – Heavy rains lash erstwhile Khammam district Advertise With Us “Three cows will take three Parikrama rounds around Balaji temple sanctum. The three Parikrama represent words, deeds and thoughts respectively,” he added. Blaming the current education system, the temple priests said that, India has one of the oldest education systems, including the world’s oldest literature. Child rape was an alien term in India, but now that we have adapted the western education system and culture, we are witnessing more and more rape cases in India. Newspapers, TV channels and social media are full of these cases nowadays. Also Read – Thimmapur villagers pledge to go plastice-free Advertise With Us “Children are not safe in our country anymore, we have never heard about any such incident in our old literature. Though we have always heard about women being harassed, now the time has changed, along with women, children lives are also at stake. So to curb such evil acts taking place across the nation, we are performing this ritual today” he said.last_img read more