Neiphiu Rio government sails through trust vote in Assembly

first_imgThe Neiphiu Rio-led government in Nagaland won the floor test in the Assembly on Tuesday. The legislators, who met for the first time since the formation of the new government, elected Vikho-O Yhoshu of the NDPP as the new speaker. In the 60-member Assembly, 33 votes were cast in favour of the confidence motion and 26 against it. Barring the speaker, all 59 legislators signed a register to cast their vote for the motion on Tuesday. Of the 33 MLAs that voted in favour of the Rio government, 17 were NDPP members, 12 were of the BJP, two of the NPP, one was a JD(U) MLA and another was an Independent legislator. Yhoshu had served as an MLA for three terms in the past. He represents the southern Angami-I constituency. Polling to 59 seats was held in Nagaland on February 27. Mr. Rio, who had won unopposed from the Northern Angami-II Assembly constituency on February 12, staked claim to form government with the support of 34 legislators on March 4, a day after the results were announced. The chief minister, along with 10 other ministers, were administered the oath of office by Governor P.B. Acharya on March 8. Acharya had asked the newly-elected chief minister to prove his majority on the floor of the House by March 16.last_img read more

PBA: San Miguel snaps skid, downs Rain or Shine

first_imgPBA IMAGESSan Miguel Beer stopped a two-game slide with a 103-96 win over Rain or Shine in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Chris Ross helped the Beermen buck another meager performance by Terik Bridgeman with a conference-high 27 points on 5-of-8 shooting from long range.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Lassiter had 22 points, Santos added 18 while Fajardo posted a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds.J’Nathan Bullock collected 22 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Elasto Painters, whose winning streak ended at three games.Both the Beermen and the Painters have 4-3 slates.ADVERTISEMENT “Finally. We really need to win this game because we’re in a slump,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria.“The team is relieved because we cannot afford to have three straight losses. It’s very crucial for us and I’m happy for the players because they showed their energy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBridgeman, who scored only two points in his PBA debut in a loss to Alaska on Saturday, didn’t have anything to show for the second consecutive game but four points on 2-of-9 shooting from the field, four rebounds and two turnovers in a little over 15 minutes of action.Fortunately for the Beermen, they have an All-Star local cast with Ross, Marcio Lassiter, Arwind Santos and June Mar Fajardo sharing much of the offensive load. ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Perkins leads NLEX-SCTEX team in Merlion Cup LATEST STORIEScenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

Rohit Sharma funds stranded Sri Lankan fan’s ticket back home, Virat Kohli offers further help

first_imgRohit Sharma helped a travelling Sri Lankan fan return home early to attend his ailing father. Later, Virat Kohli, who tied the knot with Anushka Sharma in Italy, texted the fan to see if everything was okay.India and Sri Lanka have met each other on the cricket field for 15 internationals so far this year including the second ODI in Mohali. While the majority of Indian fans have been irked by the lack of challenge for Team India, Sri Lankan fans have found refuge with the Indian national team.According to a report in the mid-day, three Sri Lankan fans – Gayan Senananyaka, Pubudu and Mohamed Nilam – have been travelling with the Sri Lankan team throughout the Indian tour. Nilam’s father however was diagnosed with throat cancer, during the third and final Test in New Delhi. His father needed immediate surgery, but his return ticket was scheduled from Mumbai on December 26 after the final T20 Internationals. In stepped Rohit Sharma, so that Nilam could be with his father during his surgery.India’s superfan, Sudhir Gautam, informed the stand-in Indian skipper and Rohit arranged for Nilam’s return air ticket to Colombo from New Delhi On December 5.”Rohit called me to the team hotel and gave me the ticket. The surgery went well. I was disturbed when I heard about my father’s health, Rohit has a big heart and he immediately arranged for my return ticket. He is a gem of a person,” Nilam told mid-day. Rohit was also seen inquiring about Nilam’s father with one of the fans , Gayan Senananyaka, at the pre-match practise session before the second ODI in Mohali.advertisementVirat Kohli, who tied the knot with Anushka Sharma, in Tuscany, Italy also messaged Nilam to inquire about his father’s health.”When Virat bhai came to know about my father’s health, he too messaged me and asked if I needed any help. I congratulated Virat bhai on his wedding. I feel blessed and lucky to get so much love from Indian cricketers. They have always been very helpful in arranging match tickets whenever we come to watch them,” said Nilam to mid-day.Rohit, of course, has a special affinity for the Sri Lankan bowling attack. He made a successful comeback into the Test team, smashing a hundred in Nagpur and a half-century in Delhi.He might have tormented Sri Lankan bowlers but he is loved and adored in the Emerald Isles.In the Sri Lanka tour back in August-September, Rohit had smashed 302 runs including two centuries in the five-match series.Back in 2014, Rohit had hammered a  record-breaking 264 off 173 at the Eden Gardens for the highest individual score in one day international cricket.last_img read more

Conte: Morata has adapted to the Premier League

first_imgChelsea ‘Complete player’ Morata has adapted to the Premier League, says Conte Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 05:30 25/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Alvaro Morata Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea Morata Atlético Madrid Stoke City Premier League The Blues manager has heaped praise on his striker after a stunning hat-trick away to Stoke City as he looks ahead to a Champions League clash Antonio Conte has heaped further praise on Alvaro Morata after his first hat-trick for Chelsea and he thinks that he has adapted rapidly to life in the Premier League. Morata is now the joint-top scorer in the Premier League with six goals alongside Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero after his hat-trick at the Bet 365 Stadium. Chelsea 9/5 to beat Man City Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Chelsea ran out 4-0 winners on Saturday afternoon and Conte thinks that Spain international has found the transition to England easy since his £58 million move from Real Madrid in the summer. “Alvaro, don’t forget, in his previous experience didn’t play a lot at Juventus or at Real Madrid,” Conte said at the Bet365 Stadium. “Now he has a great chance to show that he is a really good striker. A fantastic striker. He is very young, only 24-years-old.”I think this is very important for Chelsea. I think now he is involved in our style of football, in our ideas, he is very strong because you could see against Stoke that he made a lot of contact with the defenders. I think he is showing that he is a really complete player. Alvaro Morata vs Stoke GFX“This league is not easy, especially for the striker. During the game there’s a lot of contact, you must be prepared for this type of contact. Also the referee don’t waste time a lot. I think it is good for the game. He adapted very well to this league, now he needs to continue to work because he has only just started down this path. “I think that today it was a really tough game and, for sure, on Wednesday it will be another tough game. I hope to see the same performance from him and the team.”For sure, I think that Atletico Madrid fans don’t love him because of the rivalry between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. I think it will be a really important game and we are looking forward to this type of game.”Morata became the first player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League for Chelsea since Diego Costa in September 2014. Meanwhile, Eden Hazard has been resigned to Chelsea’s bench as Conte eases him back from a broken ankle that he sustained in June while away with Belgium. Hazard started for Chelsea for the first time since the FA Cup final against Nottingham Forest but he was back on the bench against Stoke. Conte thinks that Hazard is ready to start against Atletico Madrid, but he also warned that he needs to be conifident the player will be ready to compete from the start in the biggest games. “Yes, I think Eden is improving a lot,” Conte added. “For sure, he is in contention for the game against Atletico Madrid. You know that after a bad injury, after surgery, you need time. I think that he is showing that he is almost ready to play [in these types of games].”If I make this decision it is because I am comfortable with this decision. You must know that when you are in a great team, there are many players, you must be ready to play, to start. Also be ready to be on the bench and come in and make the difference, like he did today. I don’t see any problem [with Hazard on the bench].”We are managing well the recovery as you know Hazard is very important for us. Now it is important to be sure that he is ready to play for the whole game. We face a tough game against a team [Atletico Madrid] that in the last years, they played always in this competition with good performances.”They arrived in the final twice and then last season they were beaten by Real Madrid. We have to prepare very well for this type of game. For sure, it will be a really tough game for us but we must be excited because last season we didn’t play in this competition.”Now we are playing in it. We will try our best. The players are fit and it is important to rest and recover for the game on Wednesday. Don’t forget we have to play another tough game against Manchester City on Saturday.”last_img read more

‘Gerard Pique has big balls’

first_imgPiqué ‘Pique has big balls’ – Panucci praises Barcelona defender’s character Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 16:25 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Gerard Pique Spain Italy WC Qualifiers Getty Images Spain Barcelona Spain v Albania Albania WC Qualification Europe The former Italy defender has praised the 30-year-old, who he believes can cope with the extra scrutiny on his performances Albania head coach Christian Panucci has praised Spain centre-back Gerard Pique for having “big balls”.The defender has been a spearhead for Catalan independence over many years and the culmination of that arrived last Sunday when a referendum on the subject was blighted by police violence. Spain 5/1 to beat Albania 4-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. This has not stopped the former Manchester United player speaking out in favour of the subject, making himself a target in Spain, which has strong opinions over the issue. Indeed, he was even jeered at training earlier this week by fans. GFX Info Panucci on Gerard Pique SpainPique threatened to quit the national team over the events of last weekend, but though he has since vowed not to retire, his strong stance has won praise from the former Italy defender, who will be in the opposing dugout on Friday when the sides meet in Alicante. “I honestly think he’s got big balls and a lot of courage,” Panucci said. “I don’t want to get into his political affairs and other things, but I like people who are clear, with character and sincerity.“He’s got a lot of character. He’s a player of a very high level and he knows how to handle these things well so I don’t think it’s going to affect him very much.”Spain could potentially qualify for the World Cup on Friday, should they win and Italy fail to overcome Macedonia.last_img read more

Communication Policy for Government Nears Completion

first_img Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, says work on the Communication Policy for Government is nearing completion.Speaking at the launch of the 2013/14 Access to Information National High School Essay Competition at the Office of the Prime Minister on September 24, Minister Falconer said a rough draft of the policy has been completed, and is to be shared with government communications personnel this week for further review.“Very soon, we will be tabling our communications policy for Government…We have just done the rough draft. We will be sharing it this week with Government communicators, and we’ll be tweaking it, and that policy will allow for even better communication with all our different stakeholders, all the different strata of society and we know it will improve how we communicate and give the people more access to the information that government has,” she said.The communications policy will among other things, regulate how Government Ministries communicate, outline the role of the Information Minister, the role of the communications staff within the Ministries and how the Ministries are branded.It will also look at how agencies of Government communicate with the different segments of society.The ATI National High School Essay Competition, which is in its fifth year, is open to registered high school students between third and sixth form. The competition closes on January 31, 2014, and focuses on the topic, “The Access to Information Act (2002) is critical for enabling citizens to exercise their voice, to effectively monitor and hold government accountable, and to enter into informed dialogue about decisions which affect their lives. Discuss.”Persons are encouraged to send entries to: Access to Information, Unit 5-9 South Odeon Avenue, Kingston 10 or by email to or call 968-8282 for additional information. It will also look at how agencies of Government communicate with the different segments of society. Work on the Communication Policy for Government is nearing completion. The communications policy will regulate how Government Ministries communicate. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Decomposed body of old woman recovered from Kolkata house

first_imgKolkata: The decomposed body of an octogenarian woman was recovered from her south Kolkata residence on Sunday, nearly six months after her son’s dead body was found in a similar condition, police said. The body of Chaya Chatterjee (82) was recovered from the dining room of their 1/1A Rakhal Mukherjee Road residence in south Kolkata’s Sarsuna area on Sunday after neighbours complained of a foul smell from their flat and called the police. Chatterjee lived in the flat with her husband Rabindranath Chatterjee and her daughter but none of them informed others or made arrangements for her cremation after her death, police said. “It seems that she died two-three days back but her family members neither did the cremation nor informed anybody,” a senior officer of Kolkata Police said. “Necessary arrangements have been made to remove the body and arrange for the cremation. Investigation is on to determine the reason of the death,” he said. The neighbours said the family members did not have much of an interaction with them which further reduced after their 57-year-old son Debasish Chatterjee’s death. “Primary questioning reveal that the family members behaved in a similar manner during their son’s death and refrained from informing anyone about the incident. The neighbours informed police after a foul smell started coming from the flat,” an officer from Sarsuna police station said. The family had kept all the doors and windows of their second floor flat closed to stop the smell from escaping and even stopped coming out of the house to buy food items in an attempt to hide the death.last_img read more

Four aircraft search for missing travellers on Great Slave Lake in NWT

first_imgThe Canadian Press YELLOWKNIFE — The search continues for three overdue travellers on frozen Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories.The group left the Yellowknife area on Monday by snowmobile and were heading toward Lutsel’ke on the eastern edge of the lake.They were reported overdue on Tuesday.RCMP say two planes and two helicopters have been searching a huge area between Yellowknife, Fort Resolution and Lutsel’ke.The missing have been identified as Samuel Boucher, who is 65, Cammy Boucher, who is 23, and an unknown man.Due to treacherous and deteriorating ice conditions the search has been restricted to aircraft.RCMP say investigators are checking debris found in some open water on the lake for any signs of the missing.“Searchers were able to land on nearby land masses, but were unable to land on the thin ice near the open body of water,” RCMP said in a release late Friday.“Investigators are reviewing the debris to determine if any items may be identifiable to the overdue travellers party. This has not yet been determined, and the investigation continues.”The search area covers approximately 7,200 sq. kms.RCMP say Mounties have been in contact with the families of the two known missing travellers and continue to update them on the search.last_img read more

Three women launch lawsuit alleging sexual assault by Correctional Service guard

first_imgOTTAWA — Three women who say they were sexually assault by a prison guard have launched a lawsuit against the federal correctional service.The alleged assaults are said to have happened at the Nova Institution for Women, located in Truro, N.S.Nova is one of six federal facilities for women across Canada.In response to the lawsuit, the director of advocacy and legal issues for the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, Savannah Gentile, is calling the women “incredibly brave.” Halifax lawyer Mike Dull says two of the three women are still serving time, adding that police were called in within the last two months and a criminal investigation is underway.A spokesperson for the Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government cannot comment on court cases, but says the minister expects the Correctional Service of Canada to ensure all allegations of sexual assault are thoroughly investigated.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Judge reserves decision on day school settlement as former lawyer appeals for Lawyers Joan Jack (left) and Eleanore Sunchild at a rally outside federal court in Winnipeg. (Brittany Hobson/APTN)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA federal judge reserved his decision Wednesday on approving the multi-billion-dollar Indian day school (IDS) settlement agreement.Justice Michael Phelan listened to three days of dramatic and, at times, emotional submissions.At one point, he twice slammed his fist on the desk when someone went over their allotted time to speak.Indigenous lawyer Joan Jack said that flash of anger triggered her trauma as a former Indian day school student.“I started crying at the back of the courtroom,” she told the court while speaking as an objector to the settlement Tuesday.Jack said she filed the original $15-billion class-action lawsuit against Canada in 2008 on behalf of Spiritwind Inc., a non-profit organization of survivors based in Winnipeg.But the leaders of Spiritwind took the case to a new firm – Gowling WLG of Ottawa – Jack said that left her broke.“I had borrowed like half a million dollars,” she said outside court Wednesday during a rally opposing the settlement. “I cashed in my husband and I’s pension.”Read more here.Jack hired her own lawyer to seek compensation for the time and money she spent visiting communities and building a database of survivors to establish the class.Gowling didn’t want to give her “any money,” she told APTN News. “So that’s just bullshit.“If this firm is going to treat me like that how are they going to treat people that don’t have eight years of university?”Her lawyer Clint Docken argued Jack and other lawyers, including Louay Alghoul of Winnipeg, deserve some payment for their time.“Contributions they have made to this should be dealt with,” he told Phelan, explaining the lawsuit stalled under Jack because other firms wouldn’t take it on with her.He also said there was a “lack of political will” in the past to settle the case, something he suggested Gowling is now benefitting from.Phelan said he needed time to review all the material but would deliver his decision as soon as possible.Along with approving the settlement offered by Canada, the judge is being asked to sign off on legal fees of $55 million to Gowling.There are up to 140,000 former day school students eligible for compensation. Canada is making a minimum of $1.27 billion to a maximum of $1.4 billion available for Level 1 claims, and has no financial limit for Level 2-5 claims.Registration form here.With files from Brittany Hobsonlast_img read more

At UN Zimbabwes leader blasts illegal sanctions against his country

Countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) “have made huge sacrifices and given Zimbabwe financial and other support at a time when they, too, are reeling from the effects of the global economic crisis,” Mr. Mugabe told the Assembly’s annual high-level debate.But “regrettably” and “to our surprise, and that of SACD and the rest of Africa,” the US and the EU have refused to remove their “illegal” sanctions, he stressed.The President accused some of these nations of “working strenuously to divide the parties in the Inclusive Government.”Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was sworn in earlier this year as Prime Minister in a unity government with Mr. Mugabe, following months of political tensions after disputed presidential elections in March last year.“If they will not assist the Inclusive Government in rehabilitating our economy, could they please stop their filthy clandestine divisive antics?” Mr. Mugabe asked. “Where stand their humanitarian principles when their illegal actions are ruining the lives of our children?”The UN’s humanitarian arm warned last month that the situation in Zimbabwe remains acute, with not enough food to feed all 12.5 million inhabitants and funding requirements to provide urgently-needed aid only half met.Even with commercial imports, there will be a 180,000-ton cereal deficit for 2009-2010, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.According to a recent assessment by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP) and the Zimbabwean Government, only 1.4 million tons of cereal will be available domestically, compared to the more than 2 million needed. 25 September 2009President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe today strongly condemned the “illegal” sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union (EU) against his country, telling the General Assembly that they are especially harmful in the midst of the current global economic crisis. read more

Relief aid push planned for UNmonitored buffer area in eastern DR Congo

The UN peacekeeping operation in the DRC (MONUC) has deployed more than 280 South African soldiers on the Lubero-Kirumba axis to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance. Additional forces are expected in the coming days, including members of an Indian battalion who will be redeployed from Ituri.The reinforced security has paved the way for humanitarian agencies to assist tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) who emptied out of their villages near Kanyabayonga, in North Kivu, when factional clashes broke out between Congolese government troops and renegade forces late last week.The presence of UN peacekeepers has also encouraged the first returns to the area, with five small groups of about 40 people each reported to have gone back, and MONUC predicts that more will follow now that steps have been taken to improve security.Aid agencies have been meeting in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, as well as in Goma and Beni, to set a humanitarian action plan in motion.”The humanitarian actors are coordinating with the military in order to start providing and delivering humanitarian assistance,” MONUC spokeswoman Eliane Nabaa told the UN News Service. “Efforts are ongoing.”Organized in part by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), meetings brought together representatives of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and numerous non-governmental organizations (NGOs). They hammered out the first phase of a humanitarian action plan for Kanyabayonga, Kirumba, Kayna and surrounding areas.In October, the Security Council expanded MONUC’s mandate and authorized an increase in its troop strength, but stopped short of raising levels to what Secretary-General Kofi Annan said would be needed in the war-torn central African country. Mr. Annan had sought 23,900 troops and 507 civilian, but the Council approved a ceiling of 16,700 in total. read more

Ontario plans 35 billion in infrastructure spending over three years

by Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press Posted May 2, 2013 4:05 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario plans $35 billion in infrastructure spending over three years TORONTO – Ontario’s minority Liberals used Thursday’s budget to clearly signal their dedication to bolstering the province’s infrastructure by allocating $35 billion in spending over three years, one of the largest commitments to a single element in their fiscal plan.The province aims to spend nearly $13.5 billion in 2013-2014 on building transit, highways, hospitals, post-secondary institutions and hospitals.“We will continue to make investments in modern infrastructure,” Finance Minister Charles Sousa said in the legislature.“Because we know that growth in Ontario’s economy is supported by the movement of goods and people.”The government said the planned investments would support over 100,000 jobs on average across the province each year.One of the biggest chunks of the planned spending will go to transit — earmarked at $3.4 billion for the 2013-2014 fiscal year — and provincial highways, which will receive $2.2 billion over the same period.The spending falls in line with Premier Kathleen Wynne’s insistence that she’s not afraid to make transit and road infrastructure a major part of her platform should the opposition trigger an election over the budget.One source of transit revenue detailed by the government was a new plan to allow drivers the option to pay a toll to use high-occupancy vehicle lanes even if they don’t have passengers.The province also plans to increase the number of Ontario’s HOV lanes.Sousa estimated the measures will bring in $250 million to $300 million in “additional revenue” which will be used to pay for public transit in the congested Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.The emphasis on giving drivers a choice was a nod to the New Democrats, who have insisted that no tolls be used to pay for expanding public transit and repairing roads and bridges.The Pembina Institute, which calls itself a sustainable energy think tank, lauded the HOT lanes.“Paid express lanes on major highways can help to ease congestion immediately and allow drivers to bypass traffic,” the institute said Thursday in a statement.“Studies show that low-income drivers are as likely to approve of and use paid express lanes as drivers with higher incomes.”The institute also commended the government on its call for the federal government to implement a national transit strategy which would include long-term funds for municipal transit.The budget also included a boost for municipalities who get a share of the provincial gas tax to fund public transit, with the government promising to permanently transfer two cents per litre of gas to them.The Association of Municipalities of Ontario welcomed that piece of news, saying it was a feature that had been wanted for years.“The permanency of the two cents on the litre gas tax is great, it’s been something that’s been in the works since 2004,” said president Russ Powers.The budget was slim on details of how the province would fund much of its transit spending because the Liberals are waiting for a report due in June from Metrolinx, the transit planning agency.Metrolinx has already said it will consider highway tolls, raising the sales tax and a half-cent-a-litre tax on gasoline to help fund transit, in addition to a per kilometre charge or congestion fees.Wynne has suggested she has no plans to hike property taxes, saying it would not raise enough money to pay for all the transit infrastructure that’s needed in the region.Municipal politicians outside Toronto are concerned about having to pay for improvements to services their residents don’t use, while Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has said he’ll oppose any tax hike to fund transit.The government said Thursday that new investments in transportation will reflect the needs of different communities and would not “unfairly impact one type of commute” over another.Other transit and highway spending highlights include:_ Investing in GO Transit to increase capacity to 50,000 more riders per day._ Investing up to $416 million towards the renewal of Toronto’s streetcars and up to $600 million towards Ottawa’s light rail transit_ Widening key sections of Highway 402 in the GTA, Highway 417 in Ottawa and Highway 11/17 in Thunder Bay and Nipigon.The government also pledged to consult on a permanent program for “critical infrastructure investments” in small and rural municipalities for the 2014 budget.Meanwhile, hospitals stand to receive $2.9 billion in infrastructure spending while schools will get $2 billion. Post-secondary institutions are to get $569 million. read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 30, 2017 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Apr 30, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Five things to watch for in Canadian business this week:Growing optimism: Farm and fertilizer supplier Agrium releases financial results on Monday and holds its annual meeting on Tuesday in Calgary. The company’s future merger partner, Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan, said last week that it sees better market conditions ahead and raised its 2017 profit estimate.Drugged response: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. holds its annual meeting at its headquarters in Laval, Que. Shareholders will have a chance to respond to the pay strategy for its top executives. Executive chairman Joseph Papa got compensation worth about US$62.7 million in 2016 for eight months of work.Front page news: Torstar releases its first-quarter results and then holds its annual meeting on Wednesday at the home of its main newspaper, the Toronto Star. It’s the media company’s first investor event since John Boynton became Torstar’s CEO and the Star’s publisher at the end of March.Home alone: Home Capital Group releases its first-quarter results Wednesday. The mortgage lender has been in the spotlight since the Ontario Securities Commission alleged the company, two former CEOs and the current CFO broke the law in their handling of a scandal involving falsified loan applications. Home Capital has denied the allegations and vowed to defend itself, but its shares have been hammered and it needed a $2-billion emergency line of credit last week after customers started to pull hundreds of millions of dollars from its Home Trust high-interest savings accounts.Jobs: Statistics Canada releases its latest reading on the country’s job market with the results from its labour force survey for April. Economists will be looking to see if the economy, which has been churning out jobs at a rapid clip in recent months, has been able to continue to add to employment. read more

Russias Mutko returns to football body after stepping aside

MOSCOW — Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned from the Olympics for life over his country’s doping scandals, has returned to a senior role in Russian football.Mutko said late last year he would step aside temporarily as Russian Football Union president after the International Olympic Committee imposed the ban. FIFA welcomed that decision ahead of Russia hosting the World Cup this year.The RFU says Mutko, who is still formally considered president, took part in a meeting on Wednesday to back Gianni Infantino’s re-election bid next year as president of FIFA. The RFU didn’t immediately respond to a question on clarifying Mutko’s status.Even after formally stepping aside, Mutko remained closely linked with Russian football and attended Russia national team training.___More AP soccer: and Associated Press read more

Two prisoners escape from HMP Pentonville after cutting cell bars and leaving mannequins

first_imgTwo prisoners who escaped from HMP Pentonville by reportedly using diamond-tipped cutters and homemade “mannequins” have been named as an attempted murderer and a man facing a burglary charge. James Anthony Whitlock, 31, and Matthew Baker, 28, were discovered missing from the north London prison on Monday morning after officers found the “mannequins”, thought to have been made out piles of clothes, in their beds.  In a plot similar to the notorious 1962 Alcatraz prison break, the pair cut the bars on their 5th-floor cell window before scaling a 25ft perimeter wall, leaving the dummies behind so nobody would suspect they were gone. Yesterday’s escape sparked fresh questions about the state of jails in England and Wales. It comes less than a month after Pentonville inmate Jamal Mahmoud, 21, died after being stabbed in an attack on October 18 and just 24 hours after officers had to be transferred to HMP Bedford to control hundreds of inmates who had taken over two wings of the prison on Sunday night. The latest news prompted Emily Thornberry, the Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury, to call for Pentonville to be shut. She tweeted: “Two prisoners have escaped Pentonville using diamond cutters & mannequins in their beds. Same wing as murder last week. This prison must close.” Shadow justice minister Yasmin Qureshi said the past 24 hours had “provided yet more evidence of the crisis in our prison estate”.  Police revealed on Monday evening that Whitlock was on remand having been charged with conspiracy to burgle, namely 19 offences of theft from ATMsCredit:Metropolitan Police Show more Baker was found guilty of attempted murder two weeks ago having stabbed a man in Dagenham 25 times with a broken glass following a dispute. He had been remanded for sentencing on 11 November.Officers warned members of the public not to approach either man as they could become violent. Whitlock is described as a white man of slim build with the word “Tracy” tattooed on his torso. Baker is described as a white man with ginger hair. It is not known what clothing either male had when escaping from the prison. HMP Pentonville in north London is a category B Victorian prisonCredit:Anthony Devlin/PA Wire A Ministry of Justice spokesman confirmed two prisoners were missing. She added: “Public protection is our top priority and we take escapes from custody extremely seriously. We are working closely with the police and are urgently investigating the matter.”A Metropolitan Police spokesman said officers were called to the prison just before 11.45am yesterday. Enquiries are ongoing. HMP Pentonville is a category B Victorian prison, which opened in 1842 and holds more than 1,200 adult men. It was singled out by former justice secretary Michael Gove last year as “the most dramatic example of failure” within the estate. HMP Pentonville in north London is a category B Victorian prison 2 prisoners have escaped Pentonville using diamond cutters & mannequins in their beds. Same wing as murder last week. This prison must close— Emily Thornberry (@EmilyThornberry) November 7, 2016center_img Ms Poulton said: “Clearly this is a regrettable incident. As we reported in the summer to the Secretary of State for Justice, HMP Pentonville will remain a soft target for contraband and other security breaches as long as its dilapidated windows are in place, notwithstanding the efforts of management and staff.”Figures showed that in 2015/16 there were two escapes from prisons. The number has not exceeded two in any financial year since 2007/08.In 2012 convicted murderer John Massey escaped from Pentonville by climbing over a wall using a makeshift rope made out of bed sheets. The killer, who was sentenced to life for shooting a man with a sawn-off shotgun at a pub in Hackney, east London, in 1975, was recaptured after 48 hours on the run. Unconfirmed reports suggested they then used bedsheets to climb down from their window in the middle of the night. In Escape from Alcatraz, the film based on the 1962 escape, US inmates make papier mâché dummies to act as decoys and fool prison guards.Police revealed on Monday evening that Whitlock was on remand having been charged with conspiracy to burgle following 19 offences of theft from ATMs. Police revealed on Monday evening that Whitlock was on remand having been charged with conspiracy to burgle, namely 19 offences of theft from ATMs Unconfirmed report says 2 inmates escaped by using diamond-tipped cutting equipment to cut through the cell bars— Danny Shaw (@DannyShawBBC) November 7, 2016 Dave Todd, the Prison Officers Association representative for London and Kent, confirmed that the inmates had escaped using cutting tools, possibly a wire. Others suggested the pair had used an electric saw.Mr Todd said: “The prisoners used a cutting tool to cut through the bars, possibly a wire, before they escaped over the wall. The mannequins were probably made from everyday items that they have access to, like clothes or papier mâché. We don’t know at this point if they had outside help, but that will come out in the investigation.”A visitor, who declined to be named, said they had heard the prisoners used bedsheets to lower themselves down from the 5th floor. “It was two white guys who were in the same cell but no-one knows how they got over the wall,” they said. A source told The Telegraph that the incident had raised questions about whether the prisoners had been helped by someone both inside the prison, such as a member of staff, and outside.  Mr Todd blamed the Pentonville escapes on staff shortages, low morale and insecure exercise yards in the 1,300-capacity prison.”Exercise yards are not secure, which results in contraband routes being established into the prison, with no technology to stop drones making drops,” he said. Meanwhile, the head of the prison’s independent inspection watchdog said Pentonville was “a soft target” because of the “dilapidated” state of its windows.Camilla Poulton, chairwoman of Pentonville’s independent monitoring board, said one of its members had been to the prison on Monday. 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Shoreham Airshow pilot denies being cavalier as he speaks for first time

The jury of seven women and four men listened as he told the court he sometimes held back from flights he was not comfortable with carrying out, adding: “We have our strengths and weaknesses.”Referring to Hill’s final display which ended with “catastrophic” consequences, Mr asked if he intended to cause risk to anybody.Hill replied: “Absolutely not, for a multitude of reasons.”It was the primary aim of the display to avoid risk.”Before being called to give evidence, the defendant – who gave his full name as Andrew Grenville Hill – spent much of the morning bending down in the dock, moving around and making notes.As he began speaking in his defence Hill paused before telling the court his current state of health was “good”.The jury previously heard of three incidents in 2014, a year before the crash, when there were concerns over Hill’s flying.”This included one of his displays which was halted with a stop call because he had performed a “dangerous manoeuvre”.But some witnesses since described him as “safety conscious” and an “absolutely gentleman”.The court was told he experienced “cognitive impairment” shortly before the crash and does not remember what happened. 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. Training in combat, he took part in active service for a month in the 1990s monitoring no-fly zones in northern Iraq.Hill also started to fly a Harrier – capable of vertical take-off and landing – and won an award for his work and ideas on improving aircraft safety procedures, the court heard.Then he went into civil aviation, becoming a commercial pilot starting with Virgin Atlantic before moving to British Airways and progressing to the most senior position of captain.The victims of the crash are: Maurice Abrahams, 76; Dylan Archer, 42; Tony Brightwell, 53; Matthew Grimstone, 23; Matt Jones, 24; Graham Mallinson, 72; Daniele Polito, 23; Mark Reeves, 53; Jacob Schilt, 23; Richard Smith, 26; and Mark Trussler, 54, who all lived in Sussex.The trial continues. The moment prior to the crash during the Shoreham AirshowCredit:PA/Sussex Police/CPS He was thrown from the burning plane and told medics he “blacked out in the air” after he was found with blood on his face lying in undergrowth beside the cockpit.The trained Royal Air Force instructor, who was a British Airways captain at the time, was taken to hospital with serious injuries and placed into an induced coma.He had a fractured nose, ribs and part of his lower spine, a collapsed lung, and serious bruising among other injuries.Hill had passed medical checks before the crash. Tests and scans carried out afterwards did not show any sign of a medical condition – including cognitive impairment – which may have affected his health leading up to the crash, the court heard.Describing himself in court as an A-grade student, he grew up in Kent where he attended Tonbridge School – the private boarding school which counts Norman Heatley who turned penicillin into usable medicine among its alumni.Telling the court he was “reasonably academic”, Hill was then able to enrol at Cambridge University without taking the entrance exam and studied at Christ’s College. He began studying engineering and then transferred to computer science, graduating with an honours degree in 1985. “I believe I took a very structured, disciplined approach to it (display flying).” He went straight into the RAF, winning a competition when flying a Jet Provost and was ranked a top performing student so was selected – or as he called it “creamed off the top” – to become an instructor. The moment prior to the crash during the Shoreham Airshow The pilot whose plane crashed during the Shoreham Airshow, killing 11 men, has dismissed claims he ever had a “cavalier attitude” to flying.Speaking for the first time in public since the 2015 crash, Andrew Hill stood in the witness box as he gave evidence at his trial in the Old Bailey on Wednesday.The 1950s Hawker Hunter fighter jet plunged to the ground and exploded in a fireball on the A27 in West Sussex after Hill attempted a loop on August 22.The 54-year-old, of Sandon, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, denies 11 counts of manslaughter by gross negligence.Prosecutors previously told the court the crash was due to “pilot error” and although Hill was normally considered “careful and competent”, he had taken “risks” in the past, suggesting he sometimes played “fast and loose” with the rules and may have had a “more cavalier attitude to safety than was appropriate”.Karim Khalil QC, defending, asked Hill if he was a “cavalier” pilot.Dressed in a black suit, white shirt and dark blue tie, he replied: “I would say I was probably one of the least people that applied to, in the sense that there are ways to be cavalier and some people are, some people are not. read more

Death threats hit Maes School classes suspended

Parents are being asked to pick up their children from the Mae’s School in light of death threats, which have already affected several schools in the city.According to the school’s administration, “in llight of the recent threat on social media over the weekend, Mae’s Schools has no other alternative but to issue an immediate cancellation of classes from Playgroup to the Secondary department.”The school said no devices have been cited but the safety and security of the children and staffs are of the utmost importance.The extent of this shutdown is uncertain at this time, the school said, noting that as soon as the logistics are in place for the resumption of classes, you will be informed accordingly via print and electronic media . Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIndigenous attire was not snubbed, says Mae’s as picketers call for apologyMay 29, 2018In “latest news”Angry parents protest outside Mae’s Primary SchoolMay 12, 2016In “Local News”Indigenous wear matter being investigated, says subject MinisterMay 30, 2018In “Business” read more

Barca put on silence Orange army in Kristianstad

7. IFK Kristianstad132110379:416(-37)5 1. FC Barcelona Lassa131012397:352(45)21 It was easier than expected! FC Barcelona came even closer to the first place, which guarantee direct place to the VELUX EHF Champions League quarter-final, after Swedish adventure in Kristianstad, where “Orange army” couldn’t save their guys from convincing defeat against reigning champions – 31:24 (19:12). Kiril Lazarov and Wael Jallouz exploded in opening 15 minutes to show home team who are the bosses on playing court, while Danijel Šarić had very good first half to secure +7.On the other side, attack was a real problem for Ola Lindgren guys, while only young Montenegrian goalie Nebojša Simić (14 saves) was on the level necessary to challenge Barca…24. IFK Kristianstad (12+12): Larsson (Simic, m.14-60); Bjornsen (1), Lagregren (3), Linskog (3), Jamali (3), Gudmundsson (1), Tollbring (4), Jepson (-), Pettersson (3), Erikssen (3), Dahlin (2), J. Larsson (1) y Hanisch (-).31. Barcelona Lassa: (19+12): Saric; Víctor Tomás (2), Sorhaindo (1), Raúl Entrerríos (4), Viran Morros (-), Jallouz (5), Sigurdsson (2) -Lazarov (9,3p), Sarmiento (3), Syprzak (1), Ariño (2), Ruesga (1), Gurbindo (1) y Aleix Gómez (-).STANDINGS: 3. Rhein-Neckar Löwen12714325:307(18)15 FC Barcelona ← Previous Story HAMBURG CALLING: Rhein Neckar Lowen book DHB Cup Final4 place! Next Story → Isaias Guardiola joins MVM Veszprem 8. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn122010307:375(-68)4 5. HC Vardar12705351:318(33)14 4. MOL-Pick Szeged12714349:332(17)15 6. Montpellier HB12318319:347(-28)7 2. KS Vive Tauron Kielce12732366:346(20)17 read more

Geek Pick Blue Snowball Ice Microphone

first_imgStay on target Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls It’s not just enough to consume content on the internet these days, you also have to create it. And whether you’re livestreaming yourself playing a video game, recording a true crime podcast, or cutting a sick mixtape demo, a lot of the best content out there involves recording your voice.For professional quality voice recording, you need a professional quality microphone, not the cheap little one in your phone or headset. But that doesn’t means you need to spend the hundreds of dollars a pop star might just to get something nice and listenable. According to our sister site, the Blue Snowball Ice is one the best microphones you can get at just $50.center_img The Snowball Ice is definitely a budget microphone. It’s limited to 44.1kHz/16 bit quality with cardioid unidirectional recording, and unless you have your own tripod the short stand doesn’t give you a lot of room to angle or maneuver the nifty looking metallic 12.7-inch sphere of a microphone itself. There are more professional options out there if you’re willing to spend more money.But what you get with the Snowball Ice for just $50 is still pretty impressive. There’s no digital signal processing (DSP) so you have a raw signal to balance however you please. It easily connects over USB. You of course have to speak close to the mic for your voice to come through over room sound, but audio quality is very high. And if you speak off-axis you may not even need to get a pop filter, although you probably still should. It’s a solid entry point to more serious audio recording.For much more on the Blue Snowball Ice microphone, be sure to read the extensive review over on our sister site And for other audio or streaming needs, check out our Geek Picks on the Anker Soundcore Flare and AverMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus.last_img read more