Abhishek Bachchan in film on kabaddi?

first_imgActor Abhishek Bachchan, who owns Jaipur Pink Panthers, a franchise of the Pro Kabaddi League, may do a full-fledged movie on the sport.It may be too early to talk about the movie, but sources close to the project say it would be as inspirational a film about the game of kabaddi as Chak De! India was for hockey.Abhishek makes sure he is physically present to cheer and motivate his kabaddi team, the Jaipur Pink Panthers.”Abhishek wants to make sure it’s the perfect kabaddi film. He’s on the lookout for the script,” said a source.For now, making kabaddi into a cool game is Abhishek’s game-plan. Though he is committed to join his good friend Shah Rukh Khan on their global tour to promote their film Happy New Year September onwards, Abhishek is making the best of the time before the concert tours to promote his kabaddi team at matches all over India.Abhishek makes sure he is physically present to cheer and motivate his kabaddi team, the Jaipur Pink Panthers.”There is little point in associating with a team, no matter which game, unless you’re physically present to motivate them,” said Abhishek.last_img read more

Shaun Tait replaces John Hastings in Kolkata Knight Riders squad

first_imgAustralian fast bowler Shaun Tait has replaced compatriot John Hastings in the Kolkata Knight Riders’ squad for the remainder of the Indian Premier League season nine. (Full IPL Coverage | Points Table)Hastings ruled out Hastings was earlier ruled out following an injury to his left ankle after playing two matches for the Shah Rukh Khan-co-owned franchise. The all-rounder had to return to Australia where he underwent a surgery.KKR CEO Venky Mysore on Wednesday posted an image of Tait on social media website Twitter, welcoming the pacer into the team.Pleasure to welcome @shaun_tait32 to @KKRiders family. Welcome Taity! pic.twitter.com/Us4NV3Blm1 Venky Mysore (@VenkyMysore) May 11, 2016Second stintKKR will be Tait’s second team in the cash-rich league, having previously played for the now-suspended Rajasthan Royals.He joined the KKR squad on Wednesday and was present at the team’s training session before their next match against Rising Pune Supergiants on Saturday.Tait, who last played for Australia in the T20 series against India in January, went unsold in the IPL player auction in February. He then played in the inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League for Peshawar Zalmi.Boost for KKR Tait’s addition will be a boost for the KKR, who already have a decent fast-bowling line-up featuring the likes of Andre Russell, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav and Jason Holder.The two-time champions are currently ranked third in the IPL points table, having won six of the 10 matches played so far.last_img read more

Obama ignorant, incompetent; US a third-world country: Trump

first_imgFrom Lalit K JhaWashington, May 19 (PTI) Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, today branded President Barack Obama as “ignorant” and “incompetent,” alleging that a rising China had reduced the US to a “third-world country”.”The people we have now are incompetent. Our president is — you know, he used a word the other day, not a nice word, but hes an ignorant president. Hes an ignorant president. He doesnt know whats going on, in my opinion, OK, and the opinion of plenty of other people,” Trump said.Trump was responding to a question in an interview on the imbalance of US trade with China.”Were going to put America first. On trade deals, its like we make deals, theyre so bad. Theyre so inconceivably bad. And I said, No, no, we want you all to do well. This is America first,” he said.”When China is ripping us to — you know, you look at trade deficits of USD 500 billion a year, whos negotiating this deal?” Trump said asserting that he wants fair trade.”You look at our trade deals, I will make those deals so good so fast. And you know what? Well have great relationships with these countries. We dont have a good relationship with China. Chinas building a massive fortress in the middle of the South China Sea,” Trump said.”Yet theyre ripping money from us left and right. We rebuilt China singlehandedly. What theyve taken out of our country — we have rebuilt China. They have railroads and trains that go 250 miles an hour. We have the Long Island Railroad that chugs out to Long Island, chug, chug, chug,” said the real estate tycoon adding that the US had become a “third-world country”.advertisement”Ill tell you what. A lot of the technology is our technology. I mean, were selling technology to the world, and we dont have it ourselves because weve spent USD 4 trillion plus in the Middle East. Were in worse shape now than we were 15 years ago,” he said.”Fifteen years ago, if we wouldnt have done anything, we would have been much better. You wouldnt have had the migration. You would have had a couple of dictators, killers. They call them strongmen. They can call them whatever they want. And they were good at one thing, killing terrorists,” Trump said.”And right now, you look at Iraq, thats like Harvard for terrorism,” he alleged. PTI LKJ KUNlast_img read more

India still keen to host day-night cricket Test against New Zealand

first_imgPlans to host a first day-night Test in India later this year remain intact, the country’s cricket board (BCCI) secretary said on Tuesday, dismissing a local media report that prospective opponents New Zealand had rejected the idea.In April, the BCCI decided that one match of a three-Test series against New Zealand would be a day-night affair, pending trials of the pink-ball in a domestic tournament, with Kolkata’s Eden Gardens a popular choice for the contest.DEW FACTOR IN INDIA A local media report claimed New Zealand Cricket (NZC) were wary of the dew factor and ground conditions in India during the series scheduled to start in September and had conveyed their reluctance to BCCI officials.’PLAN VERY MUCH ON’ BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke, in a text message to Reuters, said the plan remained very much on.An NZC spokesman confirmed New Zealand, who played the first pink-ball Test against Australia in November, were committed to a day-night test in India.”NZC has taken the precaution of contacting the BCCI to advise statements in the article regarding a day-night test are in no way representative of our position, and that no such comments have been made by our Board,” the spokesperson told www.stuff.co.nz.”The only comment NZC has made on the matter is that it’s supportive of the concept… and that stance hasn’t changed.”last_img read more

Ceres nears title, wants to end season undefeated

first_imgMOST READ Goals from Senegalese striker Robert Lopez Mendy and national team player OJ Porteria handed the Busmen maximum points in a game where the Archers proved they can hold their own against the league’s top attacking side for long periods.But it doesn’t look like the title will be enough for the dominant club.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manCeres remained on track to finish the season undefeated—a goal that is foremost on the minds of coach Risto Vidakovic’s charges.“We know that we’re three points away from winning the championship, but that’s not really our mentality right now,” said Porteria. “Our goal is to play each game, win and stay undefeated up to the end of the season.” View comments Read Next Lascuña threatens to blow away Apo field Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIPA—There’s just no stopping Ceres-Negros’ march to a third straight Philippines Football League crown.The Busmen once again displayed their steely resolve in turning back Green Archers, 2-1, on Wednesday night and  to move within a victory of claiming the league title at Aboitiz pitch here.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerscenter_img Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect No ceasefire on 2020 budget? Sotto says Senate would prefer it PLAY LIST 00:48No ceasefire on 2020 budget? Sotto says Senate would prefer it00:50Trending Articles02:26Friends, relatives of inmates detained at NBP want visitation rights restored02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics With second-running Kaya Iloilo held to a goalless draw by Mendiola in the earlier match, the Busmen now only need three points from their last four matches to secure a third straight title.Even with a heavy downpour delaying kickoff, the Busmen settled into the match quickly with Mendy firing from close range off a teasing ball from Porteria inside the first two minutes.“Green Archers made it difficult for us,” Porteria acknowledged.John Celiz’s equalizer in the 71st minute was a fitting reward for the Archers’ passion and endeavor, but Porteria quickly gave the Busmen the lead back five minutes later after redirecting a pinpoint cross from Stephan Schrock.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more

Yuki downs Ramkumar to win Pune Challenger title

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 18 (PTI) Yuki Bhambri clinched his first title of the 2017 season on the ATP Challenger Tour following a come-from-behind win over compatriot Ramkumar Ramanathan in the final of the KPIT-MSLTA Challenger in Pune, today. Yuki, countrys top singles player, overcame Ramanathan 4-6 6-3 6-4 in a little over two hours at Balewadi Sports Complex.Interestingly, Yukis last Challenger had come at the same tournament and venue in 2015. He had broken into the top-100 after that trophy-winning effort and this win will again push him to the top-100 bracket.Hes ranked 137 now and 80 points earned from his event will put him close to 120, when the new rankings list is released tomorrow. It is Yukis sixth singles title at the Challenger level. His next event is Bengaluru Open, where he is seeded third and faces N Sriram Balaji in his opening round. PTI AT KHS KHSlast_img read more

Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara will be key on green Perth pitch: Mohinder Amarnath

first_imgIndia’s 1983 World Cup-win hero Mohinder Amarnath said a lot would depend on skipper Virat Kohli and No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara on a green pitch at the new Perth Stadium in the second Test against Australia starting Friday.Amarnath, one of India’s grittiest batsmen overseas, scored nine of his 11 Test centuries abroad. Two of those hundreds came in Australia including the very first of his career, against a Bob Simpson-led team on a lively Perth pitch back in December 1977. Amarnath said all the pre-match talk about the nature of drop-in pitch at the new Optus Stadium should not be a huge concern to the Indians.”This Indian team is very experienced, they won’t be afraid of anything, especially all this talk from the Australians about unleashing pace. They are high on confidence after winning the first Test. I think neither team will have much idea about this new wicket and making predictions about a fresh wicket is always risky.”Their bowlers will of course relish bowling on a harder track as it suits them. They want to restrict the Indian batting by bowling short but if you have batsmen like Virat Kohli and Pujara who are technically so good then it won’t be of much concern. In Australia, strokeplay with a purpose is very important. The mistakes our batsmen made in the last game have to be avoided in Perth. Getting a good start and then playing a reckless short is unfortunate. Staying at the wicket for a long duration, like what Pujara did, is very important,” Amarnath told India Today in an interview.advertisementWhile reposing his faith in the opening pair of Murali Vijay and KL Rahul, Amarnath said he was surprised to not see Shikhar Dhawan making it to the Test squad.”Both Vijay and Rahul are talented and you want them to give a good start. I think Shikhar Dhawan should have been in the team as on these type of hard wickets in Australia, you need a batsman like him,” said Amarnath.With the team management and skipper Virat also applauding the pace attack India possess right now, Amarnath said their showing in South Africa, England and now in Adelaide has given hopes of a series win Down Under.”The length at which our pacers are bowling is quite good. I am very impressed with Ishant Sharma in particular. The length that he’s been bowling in last one year is a vast difference from that of earlier years. He’s also swinging the ball a lot. Shami, Bumrah and Ishant have been outstanding and when your frontline bowlers excel then it makes a huge difference.”However, Amarnath does not rule out an Australia comeback.”Indians have started off well but Australia isn’t far behind even though they are missing their key players and have a new batting line-up. Their temperament, their culture, can’t be ever separated from their personality. If there is pace in wicket then these Aussie batters will also look better as they like ball coming faster at them.”Also Read | India will be undisputed No.1 in the world if they beat Australia: Mark ButcherAlso Read | Australia name unchanged playing XI for Perth Test against IndiaAlso Read | More excited than nervous looking at lively pitches, says Virat Kohli ahead of Perth TestAlso Read | Mohinder Amarnath says advantage India in tight Test series vs Australialast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy M10, M20 launched: Key specs, features, India price and everything you need to know

first_imgSamsung has officially announced its new Galaxy M series with India being the very first market. The new line sees the debut of two new smartphones, called Galaxy M10 and M20 (Review). With these phones, Samsung is targeting millennials looking for an attractive design along with a great battery life. The M10 and M20 are the first Samsung phones to sport the new Infinity-V waterdrop display. The phones also tout big batteries with the M20 being the first Samsung phone to offer a 5,000mAh capacity.The Galaxy M10 and M20 will look to help Samsung compete against the likes of Xiaomi, Nokia and Realme in the budget and mid-range segments in India. In terms of design, the M10 and M20 look similar with waterdrop displays and plastic rear panels. The phones differ mainly in hardware and here’s what you need to know.Galaxy M10, M20 specificationsDisplay: The Galaxy M10 sports a 6.22-inch LCD Infinity-V display with an HD+ resolution, while the M20 gets a 6.3-inch Infinity-V display with a FHD+ resolutionProcessor: The Galaxy M10 is powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7870 chipset. The Galaxy M20 gets a 1.8GHz Exynos 7904 processor.RAM: The budget Galaxy M10 will come with 2GB and 3GB of RAM options, while the M20 will get 3GB and 4GB of RAMInternal storage: The 2GB RAM variant of the M10 will come with 16GB of internal storage, while the 3GB RAM variant will come with 32GB of storage. The M20 will get 32GB and 64GB of internal storage depending on the RAMadvertisementRear camera: Both the phones come with dual cameras with similar 13MP + 5MP configuration. The primary sensor offers f/1.9 aperture while the secondary sensor gets an ultra wide-angle lensFront camera: The Galaxy M10 gets a 5MP front-facing camera while the M20 gets an 8MP selfie cameraBattery: The Galaxy M20 houses a massive 5,000mAh battery and the M10 gets a smaller 3,400mAh batterySoftware: Both the Galaxy M phones ship with Android 8.1 Oreo with Experience UI 9.5 on topGalaxy M10, M20 features– One of the biggest highlights of the new Galaxy M10 and M20 is the new Infinity-V waterdrop display. These are the first Samsung phones to sport the new display type that sees a droplet-like notch on the top of the display. This allows for more screen real estate and minimal bezels all around. The M10 gets a 6.2-inch HD+ Infinity-V display, while the M20 gets a slightly bigger 6.3-inch Infinity-V display.– The other big USB is a massive 5,000mAh battery inside the Galaxy M20 which assures a two-day battery life. The Galaxy M20 is the first Samsung phone to come with this battery, which is pretty impressive. The Galaxy M10 gets a smaller 3,400mAh battery, but it should deliver a good battery life as well, considering the basic specs of the device.– The Galaxy M20 is also the first Samsung phone to come with the new Exynos 7904 chipset. This is an octa-core chipset based on a 14nm process and is equipped with two Cortex-A73 cores that run at 1.8GHz, and six Cortex-A53 cores that run at 1.6GHz. Samsung says the chipset has been optimised for India to deliver high-end multimedia capabilities.– Both the Galaxy M10 and M20 also get similar dual camera systems with a 13MP primary sensor and a 5MP ultra wide-angle sensor. The ultra wide-angle lens will allow users to capture more of a scene in a single frame, and it also helps the M10 and M20 phones stand apart in this segment.Galaxy M10, M20 price in IndiaThe Galaxy M10’s price in India starts at Rs 7,990 for the base model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The 3GB + 32GB variant comes with a price tag of Rs 8,990. The Galaxy M20, on the other hand, starts at Rs 10,990 for the 3GB + 32GB variant and goes up to Rs 12,990 for the 4GB + 64GB configuration.Both the Galaxy M phones are online-only models and will be available on Amazon India and Samsung’s online store starting February 5, 2019. Jio 4G customers purchasing the Galaxy M10 or M20 will get double-data benefit on Rs 198 and Rs 299 plans.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M20 review: Great display, superb battery life makes for a good startALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M10, M20 with Infinity-V display launched starting at Rs 7,990: Price, Specs, India launch detailslast_img read more

Shane Warne hits out at former England cricketer over Matt Prior’s Ashes jibe at Australia

first_imgShane Warne hits out at former England cricketer over Matt Prior’s Ashes jibe at AustraliaThe Ashes 2019 tension is spilling off the field as well. While Joel Wilson’s LBW decision against Ben Stokes during a tense England chase of 359 runs at Headingley on Sunday left the two camps and the cricket fraternity.advertisement Akshay Ramesh New DelhiAugust 27, 2019UPDATED: August 27, 2019 07:48 IST Shane Warne came up with a strongly-worded jibe for Chris Adams. (IANS File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShane Warne blasted Chris Adams over his tweet that took a jibe at how Australia reacted to defeatBen Stokes’s match-winning 135 not out kept the series and England’s Ashes hopes aliveWith the series tied at 1-1, England and Australia will have a lot to play for when they meet in the 4th Test,Legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has blasted former England batsman Chris Adams over his tweet that took a jibe at how Australia reacted to the close defeat in Leeds in the 3rd Ashes Test.Ben Stokes’s match-winning 135 not out kept the series and England’s Ashes hopes alive as the hosts completed a record chase to level the 5-match series at 1-1. Stokes stitched a 76-run stand for the 11th wicket with Jack Leach during which the tail-ender scored only 1 run.The drama-filled penultimate over of the match from Nathan Lyon gave rise to the controversy. It was first a simple opportunity to run Jack Leach out at the non-striker’s end after a horrible mix-up between the last English pair. However, Australia have seemingly robbed off an opportunity to retain the Ashes when on-field umpire Joel Wilson gave Stokes not out when he was trapped in front by Lyon.The replays showed 3 reds but Australia were unable to overturn the decision as they had used up all their reviews. Stokes held his nerve and helped England complete a miraculous chase.Even as Ben Stokes’ heroics dominated newspaper headlines, a section of Australian media highlighted umpire Joel Wilson’s costly error.Pointing out the said reactions, former England batsman Matt Prior took to Twitter to hit out at Australia.”Wow! They’re good at giving it but not that great at taking it! Hope everyone is having a great day in the sun,” Prior wrote.Replying to his countryman Prior’s Tweet, Chris Adams said: “Always been the case!!”advertisementWarne blasted Adams for the reply as he came up with a strongly-worded jibe at the former England cricketer.”Chris, you were nothing but a club cricketer ! So don’t even bore us with your dribble as no one is interested or cares in what you have to say ! Pipe down…..” Warne wrote.With the series tied at 1-1, England and Australia will have a lot to play for when they meet in the 4th Test, starting September 4 in Manchester. With Steve Smith expected to return after missing the third Test with a delayed concussion, Australia will have a slender edge in the much-anticipated 4th Test.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Shane Warne Nextlast_img read more

Stephen Petrucci named as new School District 60 Superintendent

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The School District 60 Board of Trustees have elected Stephen Petrucci as the new School District Superintendent.Petrucci is taking over the role of Superintendent after Dave Sloan announced his retirement at a District Meeting in March.Petrucci says he is excited and honoured in having the Board of Trustees confidence in taking on this new position, adding that he is thankful for the leadership team that the Board has in place. “I’m really excited and honoured to work with the School District, with the Board of Trustees, and having their confidence to do the job and I’m really thankful for the leadership team that we have in place in the School District and I’m going to continue working with them towards our goals.”Petrucci, currently the Assistant Superintendent, will not be taking over the role as Superintendent until Sloan’s retirement in October. In the meantime, Petrucci will be working with Sloan during this transition period.Petrucci has been with the District for 25 years starting at North Peace Secondary School as a French Immersion Teacher, eventually working his way up to being positioned in the Board Office and becoming Assistant Superintendent in 2013.last_img read more

ND Tiwaris son died due to strangulation smothering Autopsy report

first_imgNew Delhi: Rohit Shekhar Tiwari, son of late Uttarakhand chief minister ND Tiwari, died of “asphyxia” as he was strangulated and smothered, according to autopsy report. Following the postmortem at AIIMS here, police on Thursday registered a case of murder and transferred it to the Crime Branch for investigation, a senior officer said. The autopsy was conducted by a medical board comprising five senior doctors of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The medical board unanimously concluded that the cause of death in this case is asphyxia as a result of strangulation and smothering. It is a sudden unnatural death, placed in the category of homicide,” the head of the AIIMS’ forensic department, Dr Sudhir Gupta, said. The case has been transferred to the Crime Branch and it has started investigating the matter, the officer said. Crime Branch officers visited Rohit Tiwari’s residence on Friday and questioned his family members and domestic helps, police said, adding that a team of forensic experts also visited the house. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The officers are going through footage from CCTV cameras installed in and around the house to find leads, ascertain the sequence of events and track people who entered the house, they said. Rohit Tiwari (40) died on Tuesday.He was brought dead to the Max Hospital in Saket in south Delhi. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Vijay Kumar on Tuesday had said that Rohit Tiwari, a resident of Defence Colony in south Delhi, was brought to the hospital around 5pm in an ambulance and doctors declared him dead. His mother Ujjwala Tiwari, who was admitted at Max hospital, received a call from her house about her son being “unwell and bleeding from the nose”, he said. “Max hospital received an emergency call from the residence of Rohit Shekhar Tiwari at 4:41 pm this (Teusday) afternoon. An ambulance brought Tiwari to Max Hospital, Saket, where he was declared brought dead at the emergency department,” the hospital had said in a statement. Narayan Dutt Tiwari died at the age of 93 on October 18, his birthday, last year.He, too, was undergoing treatment for age-related complications at the Saket hospital. The Congress veteran, who had served in various positions at the Centre, was the chief of minister of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Rohit Tiwari joined the BJP ahead of the 2017 Uttarakhand assembly polls and had recently indicated he could join the Congress.last_img read more

Morocco Reelected Head of UICAfrica Region

Rabat – Managing Director of Morocco’s National Railway Office (ONCF), Mohamed Rabie Khlie, was unanimously re-elected as head of the International Union of Railways (UIC) – Africa Region, for a second term (2018-2022).This re-election was endorsed at the 91st General Assembly of the UIC, ONCF said in a release.This renewed confidence in Morocco is the recognition of the efforts made by the ONCF, particularly during the last five years on the African continent, in terms of exchange of experiences with other rail networks and the support provided to them to modernize and develop their networks, the source added. The ONCF also adopted several initiatives aimed at strengthening South-South cooperation in the rail sector, the statement said.The UIC aims at promoting rail transport at world level with the objective of optimally meeting current and future challenges of mobility and sustainable development and developing all forms of international cooperation among members. read more

Ontario threatens its own protectionism in fight against Texas Buy American bill

TORONTO — Ontario has hired lobbyists in Texas and is threatening protectionist measures of its own as it tries to convince state officials not to pass a Buy American bill.Premier Kathleen Wynne claimed victory last month after a successful Ontario push to stop similar provisions in New York state.Now Wynne says she is concerned a bill to extend Buy American provisions to virtually all state agencies in Texas is going to a final review and could get approval as soon as this weekend.“Protectionist actions like those in this bill have the potential to severely hinder our trade partnership and put jobs, workers and businesses both here and in the U.S. at risk,” she said in a statement.The bill would force suppliers to buy iron and steel only from American sources. Those industries have been lobbying hard in favour of the bill, said Monique Smith, Ontario’s representative in Washington. D.C.“A lot of the rhetoric around these provisions are very compelling for Americans, but they don’t necessarily make sense from a trade perspective,” she said.NAFTA checklist: From dairy to liquor, a handy guide to key issues, as formal process set to startTrump’s ‘Buy American ’ edict is pitting pipeline companies against steel manufacturersSmith, the consul general in Texas and representatives from Alberta have met with legislators in Austin to highlight the importance of the current trade relationship. As well, Ontario has hired lobbyists in Texas for their expertise in the state legislative process.Trade between Ontario and Texas amounted to more than US$12 billion last year, including in the tech, automotive and construction sectors.If the bill is approved, Ontario may introduce legislation to allow the province to restrict its own procurement policies and processes for Texas firms, Wynne said.“As premier, I will continue to push for open, fair and competitive access to government contracts and free trade overall,” Wynne said in Thursday’s statement. “However, we are also prepared to respond strongly to this action.”Ontario had feared New York’s Buy American policy could have had a domino effect with other states if it was approved.“I hope we don’t have to do this too many times,” Wynne said at the time. “I hope the message is clear.”At the moment, Smith is keeping an eye on Buy American movement in Illinois, Pennsylvania and California. They aren’t necessarily full pieces of legislation, rather provisions within other bills, but officials are looking at the potential effects on Ontario, she said. The California provision calls for putting American food in school lunches, Smith said.Wynne has been increasingly vocal about concerns over signs of increasing protectionism in the U.S., in Buy American policies and a pending renegotiation of NAFTA. She has met and spoken with various U.S. governors as part of a strategy to win over high-profile allies to Ontario’s views on trade.She will be among several premiers heading to Washington, D.C., next month to promote the benefits of free trade and talk NAFTA.The Canadian Press read more

Brock mourns the loss of recent graduate

Brock University is saddened by the loss Chelsea Feddema (BA ’10, BEd ’11), a recent graduate who worked as a supply teacher for the District School Board of Niagara.We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and her friends at this time.Obituary and funeral service information:http://obitsforlife.com/obituary/512038/Feddema-Chelsea.php Visitation at Mountainview Christian Reformed Church, 290 Main St. East, Grimsby, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., where the funeral service will take place on Thursday, May 10 at 4 p.m. Private burial.In lieu of flowers, donations in Feddema’s honour may be made to Rose City Kids, Welland.“Communal grief for natural teacher” The St. Catharines Standard (May 8, 2012) read more

Seven corporations will use facilities for HIVAIDS education by communities – UN

The seven, all members of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, are Anglo-American, ChevronTexaco, DaimlerChrysler, Eskom, Heineken, Lafarge and Tata Steel.The plan was unveiled at the residence of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki by US Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson, US Ambassador Randall Tobias and US Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.They were joined by three international agency heads: Dr. Lee Jong-wook of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Richard Feachem of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Dr. Peter Piot of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).Using existing infrastructure will reduce the costs of new and scaled-up national programmes, the corporations said.“The GBC has always been at the forefront of innovative responses to AIDS through its highly effective advocacy with the business sector,” Dr. Piot said. “This new initiative is one of the very first examples of genuine partnership between the public and private sector.”The initiative will start in Cameroon, Ghana, India, Nigeria, the Russian Federation and South Africa. read more

Syria Civilians caught in crossfire UN refugee chief urges Jordan to open

In a statement issued by his spokesperson later on Thursday, Secretary-General António Guterres said that he was “gravely concerned by the resumption of the military offensive in southwest Syria and its continued devastating impact on civilians.”“The Secretary-General fully supports today’s statement by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi,” said Stéphane Dujarric, adding that there needed to be an “immediate suspension” of hostilities and the resumption of negotiations.“He calls on all parties to take all necessary measures to safeguard civilian lives, allow freedom of movement, and protect civilian infrastructure, including medical and educational facilities, at all times, in accordance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law,” the statement continued.“The Secretary-General further reiterates his call for the United Nations to be allowed to conduct cross-border and cross line humanitarian deliveries to resume without further delay for the benefit of people in need within Syria,” it concluded. “More than 320,000 people are now displaced and most are living in dire and insecure conditions, including some 60,000 people camped at the Nasib/Jaber border crossing with Jordan,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi said, in a statement.Although local communities in Syria have opened their doors to take in many of the displaced, most are forced to live in open spaces or in makeshift shelters that offer little safety and protection from the elements, he added.“There are large numbers of women and children among the displaced, as well as elderly, injured and sick people and I am especially concerned about them,” he continued, adding that among the displaced are local humanitarian workers who have “selflessly served the civilian population throughout the duration of the conflict.”Mr. Grandi underscored the immediate priority of finding a political solution to the conflict to spare civilians further suffering. Fighting between pro-Syrian government forces and opposition militia, has been intensifying for weeks across Dara’a Governorate, close to the Jordanian border, as well as the Golan Heights border area with Israel.I call on all parties to redouble efforts to cease hostilities – UN refugee chiefHe said that while the UN and partners are doing what they can to deliver life-saving aid to the people of south-west Syria – both from within the country and across the Jordanian border – the security situation is hindering efforts to reach many people in dire need.“I call on all parties to redouble efforts to cease hostilities, to allow humanitarian actors to deliver life-saving assistance, shelter and evacuate the wounded,” Mr. Grandi said, spelling out that civilian protection, safety and security along with that of humanitarian workers is of “utmost importance.”It is “a core principle of international humanitarian law that needs to be guaranteed by all parties to the conflict and the international community at large,” he stressed.“I commend Jordan for generously providing protection to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees since the beginning of the crisis and for providing and facilitating assistance to those in need inside Syria,” he said.But, “given the immediate dangers,” added Mr. Grandi, “I am advocating for granting temporary refuge in Jordan to those in need of safety and for the international community to provide immediate and substantive support to Jordan, in a spirit of solidarity and responsibility sharing.”Underscoring that UNHCR is prepared to immediately scale up its assistance inside Syria and to Jordan, the High Commissioner concluded: “Thousands of innocent lives are going to be lost, once again, if urgent action is not taken.” read more

Trains cancelled and delayed due to mechanical fault

first_imgTrains cancelled and delayed due to mechanical fault A number of Heuston and Connolly services have been affected. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 17,734 Views Apr 18th 2017, 9:24 AM http://jrnl.ie/3344872 Source: Iarnród Éireann/Twitter 8 Comments Share Tweet Email File photo Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieA NUMBER OF Irish Rail services have been affected by mechanical issues this morning.Iarnród Éireann said the 8.37am Dún Laoghaire to Dublin Connolly train has been cancelled.Meanwhile, there are delays to some Heuston services due to an earlier mechanical issue on the 7.30am Heuston to Portlaoise train.center_img Short URL Read: Three people ‘extremely lucky to survive’ boat overturning on River Boyne Delays of 50 mins to 07:30 Heuston-Portlaoise due to mechanical issue which has now been rectified.— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) April 18, 2017 Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 9:24 AM Source: Iarnród Éireann/Twitter By Órla Ryan Delays of 45 mins to the 08.00 Hstn – Cork ex Kildare. Services have now resumed out of Heuston Station.— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) April 18, 2017last_img read more

Baidu to Launch Autonomous Cars by 2020

first_imgChinese Web giant Baidu is offering its “robust, mature, and secure” autonomous driving technology to global car makers.A new project, named Apollo after the lunar landing program, provides an open, complete software platform for manufacturers to develop their own self-driving systems.“[Artificial intelligence] has great potential to drive social development, and one of AI’s biggest opportunities is intelligent vehicles,” Baidu’s Chief Operating Officer Qi Lu said in a statement.The complete package, Apollo includes vehicle, hardware, and software platforms, as well as cloud data services. Baidu will even throw in a complete set of testing tools, plus source code for obstacle perception, trajectory planning, vehicle control, and vehicle operating systems, among other functions.No official partners have been announced ahead of Project Apollo’s soft launch in July; the program will open first for restricted environments, then to urban road conditions toward the end of the year.That may be difficult, though, considering China’s ban on self-driving car testing—at least until the country’s regulations are approved. Luckily, Baidu has been honing its craft in the US; the company last year received a testing permit for use in California.Baidu hopes to gradually introduce fully autonomous driving on highways and open city roads by 2020.The search giant jumped on the bandwagon in 2015, when it successfully completed road tests for independently operated vehicles in Beijing. Last fall, it teamed with Nvidia for work on an artificial-intelligence-driven autonomous car platform.“Baidu took the initiative to open our autonomous driving technology to the industry in order to encourage greater innovation and opportunities, making better use of our technology to drive the evolution of the entire industry,” Lu said.“An open, innovative industry ecosystem initiated by Baidu will accelerate the development of autonomous driving in the US and other developed automotive markets,” he continued, boasting that the Chinese firm is first to open its technology and platform to manufacturers.last_img read more

Support teachers, Battle Ground school board told

first_imgAt 12:02 a.m. Monday morning, Battle Ground Public Schools announced it was taking advantage of an infrequently used state statute in an effort to bring clarity to ongoing negotiations.The district Monday asked the Public Employment Relations Commission to conduct a process called “fact finding.” The organization will “examine information where there is disagreement and provide a nonbinding opinion that will advance the bargaining process,” according to the district statement.“At this point, the district believes the parties are deadlocked on the fundamental issue of providing resources for employee compensation and the legislation implementing the (school funding) decision,” the district said in the announcement.The process, laid out in state law, is rarely used, PERC Executive Director Mike Sellars said. The Grandview School District, southeast of Yakima, requested fact finding in 2016 over a security system implementation. In 1994, the Federal Way School District requested fact finding for insurance and compensation-related issues.The results of the fact finding, however, are not binding.“Essentially, it is more like an arbitration where the arbitrator decides the resolution, but in this instance it is merely a recommendation,” Sellars said by email.last_img read more