first_imgAgreeing that the current one can be called the “golden Agreeing that the current one can be called the “golden phase of Indian badminton”, Prakash felt things can be even better with better planning to make it a “platinum phase.””Yes, definitely its the golden phase but probably it can get better as theres so much talent available and become the platinum phase,” he said with a smile.He said that more academies are the need of the hour and they should be spread in other zones than south which has his own academy in Bengaluru as well as national coach P Gopichands in Hyderabad.”There is no lack of talent, but ideally we should have academies in every state. Then we can compete with China. If not state academies there should be zonal centres so that not everyone needs to come to Bengaluru or Hyderabad,” he said.”They (opening academies) look easy on paper but committed coaches makes the difference. We have committed coaches but not the right centres and vice versa,” he pointed out.He also wanted the Badminton Association of India to spend some money on its own and promote the game which, he felt, is currently number two behind cricket in popularity in the country.”BAI can chip in a bit. They have enough funds. We should not be too dependent on government alone. They should spend funds in promotion of game. See BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), how they have promoted the game,” he remarked.advertisement”Badminton is probably the second-most followed sport in the country after cricket. If you dont encash on this and rest on your laurels (the blame lies on you). The federation (BAI) needs to be a little more proactive.”We have the raw material but we are not tapping the kind of talent we have. If players from other states are not doing well, its not because of lack of talent but because of lack of opportunities and facilities like Gopi has or we have,” he emphasised.He felt that the Indian women, other than Saina and Sindhu, needed to improve on their physique while the men needed to be more consistent which can be achieved by proper planning of their tournament schedule. (More) PTI SSR NRB PDS PDS BASlast_img read more

Yanks Upgrading Begins

first_imgNEW YORK – The Yankees, a mere handful of games behind the wild card slots, have begun their interleague wheeling and dealing. On July 22 they made a trade with the Padres for third baseman Chase Headley.The Yankees sent infielder Yangervis Solarte and right-handed pitching prospect Rafael De Paula to San Diego in the deal. New York also received $1 million, according to a source.“I’m not surprised,” Headley told by phone on Tuesday. “You understand the circumstances … and you know there’s a good chance it can happen. But on the same token, and I’ve dealt with it in the past and nothing has happened, it’s weird. You never think this day is going to come.”The switch-hitting Headley, 30, batted .229 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs in 77 games with San Diego. His power sapped by back issues, Headley’s performance has improved since receiving treatment earlier this month.Since July 4, he is batting .339 (19-for-56) with four doubles, a triple, a home run and eight RBIs in 13 games. Headley projects to take over as the Yankees’ everyday third baseman, a position at which the team has been mixing and matching this season.“It’s bittersweet,” Headley said. “On one hand, there’s not many people in the game who get to play in one organization for as long as I did. I loved every second in San Diego, all positive memories. But on the same token, I’m excited to move on to a team in a race right now.”With Alex Rodriguez unavailable due to suspension, the 27-year-old Solarte made the team as a non-roster invitee this spring and held down the position early before slipping into an extended slump. He batted .254 with six home runs and 31 RBIs in 75 games overall.Solarte was sent down to the Minors earlier this month, and though he was recalled, Yankees manager Joe Girardi had recently been giving more playing time at third base to Kelly Johnson and Zelous Wheeler.Johnson and Wheeler have versatility at multiple positions; Johnson figures to continue seeing playing time as the starting first baseman with Mark Teixeira out until at least Thursday with a strained lat muscle.Headley can be a free agent after this season and is owed approximately $4 million for the remainder of the 2014 campaign. The Yanks will pay about $3 million of that figure, not including the $1 million sent to New York by San Diego.In 908 career games over parts of eight Major League seasons, all with the Padres, Headley batted .266 with 87 home runs and 401 RBIs, while appearing in games at third base (680), left field (196) and first base (two).De Paula, 23, was 6-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 20 games (17 starts) with Class A Tampa this season. Originally signed by the Yankees as a Minor League free agent on Nov. 18, 2010, he was ranked No. 15 among Yanks prospects.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Gymnast Petrounias Wins European Gold

first_imgBAKU, Azerbaijan – Gymnast Lefteris Petrounias, who was Greece’s flag holder when the team entered the stadium first, won the country’s first gold medal in the first European Games here.The Greek champion got 15,633 points, easily beating his nearest opponent, Russia’s Nikita Ignatyev, by 300 points for silver.Greece has also won a bronze medal as its women’s water polo team won the third-place playoff with Italy with an 8-7 score on June 20. Countries were represented on youth level at this event.The games didn’t feature track or top-level swimming or other high-flight competition, relegating them to a kind of also-ran competition drawing little attention.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Javelin thrower Annu Rani, runner Monika Chaudhary axed from Asian Games squad

first_imgTwo athletes in javelin thrower Annu Rani and 1500m runner Monika Chaudhary were dropped from India’s Asian Games 2018 squad on Friday after the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) found their performance in the confirmatory trials unsatisfactory.Apart from Rani and Chaudhary, shot-putter Naveen Chikara was also asked to stay back and take another trial on Monday. The selection committee met under the chairmanship of Olympian GS Randhawa at AFI office in New Delhi on Friday.Shikhara was supposed to travel to Jakarta late on Friday night but will now go depending on the result of his second trial.AFI held the confirmatory trials at different venues on August 15.ASIAN GAMES 2018: FULL COVERAGE”Annu Rani and Monika Chaudhary were not selected as their performance in the confirmatory trials was not found to be satisfactory by the selection committee,” said CK Valson, AFI secretary.AFI selection committee meeting ends, Anu Rani (W,Javelin Throw) & Monika Chaudhary (W, 1500m) dropped from #AsianGames2018 ; Naveen (M,Shot Put) to give one more trial on coming Monday, his ticket to #Jakarta for today cancelled.@ioaindia @IndiaSports @Media_SAI @nitinarya99 Federation of India (@afiindia) August 17, 2018While these three suffered in the trials, Anu Raghvan, one of the member of the 400m group currently camping in Czech Republic, clocked 57.43m in 400m hurdles confirmatory trials to book a berth for Asian Games.The Athletics Federation of India had set the qualifying guideline for 400m hurdles was 57.52s.WATCH INDIA AT ASIAN GAMES 2018 ATHLETE’S VILLAGEadvertisementSaritaben Gaikwad, who is already a part of the Indian 4x400m women’s relay team, also gave a trial for 400m hurdles and clocked 57.04s.READ – Asian Games 2018: Neeraj Chopra focused on not medal but best performanceThe other athletes to have cleared the confirmatory trials are high jumper Chetan B and 50km race walker Sandeep Kumar, long jumpers Neena Pintoo and Nayana James, discus thrower Sandeep Kumari, Jauna Murmuin (400m hurdles) and Nirmala (400m).The Asian Games 2018 is set to begin with the opening ceremony at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta on August 18. The multi-sport event will go on till September 2 with the closing ceremony set to happen at the same place in Jakarta.Asian Games 2018 Opening Ceremony: When And Where To Watch, Live Coverage On TV, Live Streaming OnlineIndia have participated in the Asian Games since the start of the event and therefore, this will be India’s 18th appearance.READ – Asian Games 2018: India’s top medal contenders in IndonesiaTwo days before the start of the Asian Games 2018, India were welcomed into the Athlete’s Village in Jakarta with a traditional flag raising ceremony on Thursday. The chef de mission Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh represented the nation at the ceremony.The Indian national flag was unfurled and with that the national anthem was played.INDIA AT ASIAN GAMES 2018: FULL SQUADIn fact, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said that the athletes and officials in the contingent were all very happy and satisfied by the arrangement and he especially mentioned the food.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

SRH vs DC, IPL 2019 broadcast: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals Live Streaming

first_imgAn in-form Delhi Capitals will look to carry forward the momentum when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their next Indian Premier League game at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal on Sunday. While SRH will look to come back strongly after losing their last game to Punjab, DC will be riding high on confidence after being Kolkata at the Eden Gardens on Friday.The last game between Hyderabad and Punjab saw the SRH batsmen struggle on the slowish wicket at the I.S. Bindra Stadium and they will be more than happy to return to their home ground. Also, it is believed that regular skipper Kane Williamson will be back in the line-up and that will help strengthen the batting which has depended heavily on the duo of Jonny Bairstow and David Warner at the top.For Delhi, it was an important game to win as they beat Kolkata chasing a tricky score of 178. More than the win, it was the convincing manner in which Shikhar Dhawan (97*) and Rishabh Pant (46) batted that will give the likes of head coach Ricky Ponting and advisor Sourav Ganguly confidence.Where will the IPL 2019 match between SRH and DC be played?The IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between SRH and DC live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between SRH and DC?You can follow our coverage here – & are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between SRH and DC?Sunrisers Hyderabad: Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (c), David Warner, Siddarth Kaul, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Vijay Shankar, Sandeep Sharma, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Kane Williamson, Shahbaz Nadeem, Ricky Bhui, Billy Stanlake, T. Natarajan, Basil Thampi, K. Khaleel Ahmed, Abhishek Sharma.Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Keemo Paul, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Colin Munro, Ankush Bains, Manjot Kalra, Sherfane Rutherford, Jalaj Saxena, Amit Mishra, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa, Sandeep Lamichhane.Also See:last_img read more

Inzamam-ul-Haq to step down as Pakistan chief selector after July 30

first_imgFormer captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has decided to step down as Pakistan chief selector, he announced at a press conference on Wednesday. Inzamam’s current term will end on July 30.”I think it is time to step down, I will complete my term that ends on July 30,” Inzamam said at the press conference.”Cricket is my passion but I do not want to be part of the selection process. Unfortunately we lost the opening match and it became difficult to make up the run rate in later matches,” he said while analysing Pakistan’s failed campaign in the Cricket World Cup 2019 in which they failed to reach the semi-finals.Inzamam, sources said, had shown interest in the extension of his contract for another year but the PCB has decided to go for a new selection committee.The name of former Test opener Mohsin Hasan Khan is being tipped to become the new chief selector as he has also worked in this position in the past with good results and has also served as interim head coach of the national team.”Pakistan’s failure to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup has led to the decision to release Inzamam,” a source told PTI.But his nephew, Pakistan’s opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq has defended his uncleat a press conference in Lahore after returning from England.Imam had said that the chief selector alone could not be held responsible for the team’s poor show in the first five matches of the World Cup as there were other members on the selection committee also and Inzamam picked the players after consulting the captain and coach.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgThe City Council on Monday deleted a motion from city staff to move forward with a proposed plan to convert Morningside Avenue to a three lane street with reverse angle parking from South Saint Aubin to South Lakeport.That came after several concerned citizens and business owners told council members that the reconfiguration would hurt their businesses and create parking and safety problems.Bill Drilling is one of the owners of Drilling Pharmacy, and told the council his and other businesses would be negatively impacted if the avenue is narrowed and parking changed:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…… our business. :18Marilyn Wheelock spoke on behalf of Wheelock, Bursick, Post and Baller Dentistry.She told the council that many of their patients would be adversely impacted by the proposed changes to Morningside Avenue:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……… it fast. :23Heath Weber, who lives on Morningside Avenue, says something should be done though to reduce speeding on the avenue:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……… of the night. :11Mayor Bob Scott took City Public Works Director Dave Carney to task for not giving the council a heads up on the magnitude of the proposed changes:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….talking about. :17Carney apologized, saying he intended to make the proposal to council members first, but the concerns came from residents and businesses after he met with them ahead of meeting with the council.last_img read more

Five Players That Need More Touches Against Pittsburgh

first_imgThere were a lot of things to discuss following last Saturday’s stunning defeat to Central Michigan. Lost in the madness was a career day from Jalen McCleskey who caught 11 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown.While it was a very encouraging sign, the lack of balance from the offense was concerning and it was a little strange that McCleskey was treated like the primary option in Mike Yurcich’s offense. No. 1 brings some incredible speed to the table and is generally a solid route runner, but is not the go-to weapon for Rudolph and shouldn’t be treated as such.The running game was abandoned far too early and the passing game relied too heavily on McCleskey, which is a little confounding. This week, Oklahoma State’s offense needs to be more balanced. The running game needs to be established early and Mason absolutely needs to be more sharp (how many overthrows did he have last week?) Here are five guys that need to get the rock more.1. James Washington, WRThis one’s a gimme. The pre-season Biletnikoff hopeful has not had too slow of a start to 2016, catching 10 balls for 103 yards and a touchdown in the first two games. However, there should never be a game where Jalen McCleskey has double the catches and targets as Washington, who is probably the best receiver in the Big 12 is elite at the college level.Very few players can break a game open more quickly than Washington who is one of the best deep threats in the country. CMU was very conscious of Washington and double-teamed him often, but Mike Yurcich can get a lot more creative in thinking of ways to get no. 28 the ball. Feed him!2. Justice Hill, RBProbably the biggest victim of Yurcich abandoning the run so early in last week’s loss was Justice Hill. Which is a little bizarre, considering Hill looked explosive with the ball and averaged 6.2 yards per carry against the Chippewas- Justice Hill.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) September 10, 2016Here’s the problem. He only got the ball five times. Through two games, I don’t think there’s much debate from the eye test and from the numbers who should start in the Cowboys crowded backfield.Hill can reach a gear that the other backs have not shown they can hit yet, and especially with a pretty mediocre line, a quick back is the best equipped option to succeed. The Cowboy offense can continue to hand the ball to Chris Carson and his 3.75 yards/carry, but it’s time to roll with the freshman.3. Rennie Childs, RBThe other back who should be getting more love is Rennie Childs. For some reason, Childs has never gotten the love he probably deserves as a running back at Oklahoma State, and this year is no different. He’s only gotten four carries in two games, for 22 yards. Childs can be the thunder to Hill’s lightning, and should get a longer look than he has gotten on third-and-shorts and goal line opportunities.4. Jhajuan Seales, WRRemember this guy? Seales has been an enigma in his Oklahoma State career. He has had multiple off the field arrests for drinking and driving. There was the time he fell asleep in the Whataburger drive-thru. Then last year he was arrested for driving while intoxicated the morning after the Homecoming tragedy.But while on the field, Seales possesses is an incredible athlete who can run like a gazelle, jump over any cornerback guarding him, and be a huge game-changer for the offense.He caught two touchdowns in the week one win over SE Lousiana, but was only targeted a few times against central Michigan, finishing with three catches for 34 yards. Seales is more than capable of stepping up while Marcell Ateman is out, and should quite frankly get the ball more going forward.5. Dillon Stoner, WRRemember the freshman from Jenks that was generating all that buzz in fall camp? Stoner was receiving high praise from everyone from Mike Gundy to QB1. Stoner has impressed with his work ethic and ability to compete, even as a first year player. Bonus points for getting two of the five involved on one play.screenflick-movie-42In the first couple games, he has two catches for 27 yards, including no catches last week. He did line up in the wildcat for the go-ahead touchdown from James Washington, but hopefully no. 80 can see a little more of the ball going forward.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Nora Fatehi flaunts toned figure in sports bra and comfy pants at dance class. See pics

first_imgOther Galleries 12 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Kiara Advani to Urvashi Rautela: Best and worst-dressed at award night 9 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Kriti Sanon pairs smart denim jacket with neon green dress for Housefull 4 promotions. See pics 10 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Sara Ali Khan is elegance personified in white dress at airport. See pics 10 images Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 Priyanka Chopra in satin red mini wrap-dress enjoys date night with Nick Jonas in NYCOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoLifestyleLifestyleGallery Image: Image: Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: Nora Fatehi was photographed outside her dance class in Mumbai on June 26.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: She flaunted her toned figure in a white sports bra paired with a grey jacket and pants.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: Nora accessorised her look with a pair of silver hoops and glares.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: To beat the heat, Nora tied her hair in a ponytail.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: Nora Fatehi will appear next in Street Dancer 3D, co-starring Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Tags: Nora FatehiSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticlePhoto By: Yogen ShahShort description: Nora Fatehi was photographed by the paparazzi as she arrived at her dance class today in Mumbai. She was dressed for comfort in a white sports bra paired with a grey jacket and pants.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5d136956e3d5d1561553238_1556633_editCommentContent Publish date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 – 18:00Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NjciLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1ODkiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NjcifQ==770×433: Short Headline: Nora Fatehi flaunts toned figure in sports bra and comfy pants at dance class. See picsApp headline: Nora Fatehi flaunts toned figure in sports bra and comfy pants at dance class. See pics1200x675:last_img read more

Wärtsilä Secures Work with Greek LNG Shipowners

first_imgzoom Maran Gas Maritime’s VesselWärtsilä has signed Technical Management Agreements with four Greek liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship owners, Maran Gas Maritime Inc, Dynagas Ltd, TMS Cardiff Gas Ltd and Thenamaris LNG Inc. All agreements cover Condition Based Maintenance for a total of 80 Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines for a five year period. The agreements have been signed between the third quarter of 2013 and the second quarter of 2014.Technical Management Agreements include a Condition Based Maintenance system that brings flexibility to operations as maintenance intervals are optimised.“Agreements cover 80 Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines”The system enables feeding engine parameters into Wärtsilä’s database, and the parameters are then evaluated by specialists at the Condition Based Monitoring centre. Condition Based Maintenance enables early detection of performance issues, reduced downtime, optimised engine performance, predictable cash flow, and optimization of major overhauls.Due to constant monitoring, maintenance is predictive and based on the actual condition of the engine, thus bringing a significant opportunity to reduce operating costs.The agreements with TMS Cardiff Gas Ltd and Thenamaris LNG Inc. also include Online Remote Support, which means that Wärtsilä’s technical experts can support the LNG carrier’s crew in real time via an online PC connection without the need for engineers to travel to the vessels.Maran Gas Maritime’s Vessel“We expect that this agreement with Wärtsilä will lead to higher availability, increased efficiency, reduced maintenance cost, and reduced risk for the DF Engines installed on Maran Gas Fleet. Wärtsilä’s technology, global presence and local support are essential elements for supporting this agreement,” says Mr. Andreas Spertos, Technical Director, Maran Gas Maritime Inc.“With these long-term agreements, we aim to improve our customers’ business during the entire lifecycle of their installations. By utilising the latest technologies in our Condition Based Maintenance system, our target is to repair or replace engine components when needed, thus reducing costs and minimising downtime caused by unnecessary overhaul,” says Veikko Lepistö, General Manager, Marine Agreements, Wärtsilä Services.Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engine allows for fuel flexibility since it is capable of running on either natural gas, light fuel oil (LFO), or heavy fuel oil (HFO), and can smoothly switch between fuels whilst operating. It is designed to provide the same output regardless of the fuel.last_img read more

Film Production Announced

first_img To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at -30- Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced a newly approved production through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, April 25. Feature film Hopeless Romantic, produced by Bad Astronaut Inc., signed an agreement on April 10 for a funding commitment of $247,506 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $853,467. As funding commitments are approved details will be available on the NSBI website at the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia–based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues a commitment letter which can be used for bank financing. When the applicant enters the official incentive agreement, the agreement can also be used for the financing process once a production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBI.center_img Quick facts:last_img read more

Decision soon on potential port switch for Nova ScotiaMaine ferry

first_imgHALIFAX – The operator of the government-subsidized ferry connecting Nova Scotia to Maine says a decision is coming soon on a possible move of its U.S. landing port.Bay Ferries says it’s looking at relocating from Portland to Bar Harbor and is waiting to hear from the town on whether it wants to enter into a lease for a portion of the existing ferry terminal property.The company says officials in Bar Harbor will likely make a final determination on Tuesday.Bay Ferries says a number of factors are at play, including fuel prices, the shorter trip from Yarmouth, N.S., to Bar Harbor, and the continued availability of the Portland ferry terminal.The company says it has the option of extending its Portland lease for another season, but that ends on Nov. 15.It also requires a commitment on the construction of a new U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility at the site, something that would cost upwards of $8 million.The company says discussions are ongoing with U.S. customs officials about the facilities required for Bar Harbor and it has hired an architect and several engineering consultants to assess the cost of the work required to move ports.“Throughout this consideration of Bar Harbor, which originated in the summer of 2017, the province and Bay Ferries engaged in full and ongoing communication as to all aspects of this potential project,” Bay Ferries said in a news release Friday.“Ultimately it will require a positive decision of all the parties … taking all factors into consideration for the project to proceed.”Bay Ferries submitted the proposal to the town of Bar Harbor in July, a month after the town voted to purchase the shuttered ferry terminal from the state for $3.5 million.Before 2009, the ferry service between Nova Scotia and Maine operated out of both Portland and Bar Harbor. A cut to the service’s operating subsidy prompted Bay Ferries to end the service in 2009.After the subsidy was reinstated, the passenger ferry service resumed under Nova Star Cruises in 2014, travelling between Yarmouth and Portland before Bay Ferries took over the route in 2016.Bay Ferries said it carried 50,185 passengers this season, which ended last Monday. It said the figure represents a 21 per cent increase over the 2017 season.The province has provided $32 million in subsidies since the ferry service resumed in 2015.In an email, Transport Department spokeswoman Marla MacInnis said it’s too early to say what the final subsidy will be for 2018.MacInnis said with regards to Bar Harbor, the province understands that a long-term lease is necessary to ensure a stable service.“Government is committed to the long-term stability of this service and recognizes the importance to our tourism operators as they seek to make plans and bookings further out than one year at a time,” she said. “That being said, ongoing discussions are still taking place and no final decisions have been made at this point.”last_img read more

US federal court judge halts construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline

first_imgWASHINGTON (660 NEWS) – It is another major hurdle for Alberta pipelines.A judge in the United States has halted construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline citing environmental concerns.The pipeline would shuttle as much as 830,000 barrels a day of crude from Alberta through a half-dozen states to terminals on the Gulf Coast.U.S. District Judge Brian Morris essentially delayed the $8 billion project to study its environmental impact. Environmentalists and some Native American groups sued to stop the project, citing property rights and potential oil spills.The office of Natural Resources Minister @SohiAmarjeet reacts to the Keystone XL court decision in the US. Here is the statement from his press secretary #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) November 9, 2018Environmentalists are lauding the federal court order.Becky Mitchell, chairwoman of the Northern Plains Resource Council, a plaintiff in the case, said that the organization is thrilled with the ruling.Mike Hudema with Greenpeace issued this statement to 660 NEWS.“This is a significant setback for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline project and big win for Indigenous defenders, the environment, and for the thousands of people who have been fighting this pipeline for nearly a decade. This should also be huge warning sign to the Liberal government about the inevitable legal hurdles they will face if they continue to rush and curtail the Trans Mountain assessment process. The science is clear. We can’t afford new fossil fuel infrastructure if we want to save the planet. New tar sands pipeline projects threaten Indigenous rights, put drinking water and communities at risk, accelerate the climate crisis and move us in the wrong direction. If we are serious about halving emissions from fossil fuels in the next 10 years and avoiding climate catastrophe, we must drop any new tar sands pipelines, full stop.”Petroleum analyst Dan McTeague believes this is a major setback for Canadian oil and a sign of hypocrisy from environmentalists. He said while the U.S. will continue to import oil from Russia, Venezuela, and OPEC, Canadian oil will be singled out.“Environmentalists in this kind of circumstance are extremely selective about what kind of oil they are going to oppose. They don’t like Canadian oil, they don’t like the fact that it is heavy oil.”McTeague believes Keystone XL has support across the political spectrum in the United States, but it only takes one judge to pause the project.“You can win the entire battle 99.9 per cent of the argument. It’s the 0.1 per cent that causes these things to go afoul.”Pipeline obstructionism, which is not tolerated by OPEC producing countries, also means a nation like Canada, with the world’s 3rd largest provable oil reserves, still has to import its oil from OPEC and others. Know any other country selling its oil today for $15-$19 a barrel ?— Dan McTeague (@GasBuddyDan) November 9, 2018He expects this court battle will not end soon.“I think it is likely to see a several month delay in that jurisdiction so one will have to wait to see that overturned,” said McTeague. “This can’t continue. The longer it continues, and we tolerate this nonsense, the more adverse effect it will have not only on the federation as a whole but more importantly on the economy.”With Files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgPart of the subterfuge of keeping Hector’s psychotic twin nephews from learning of Nacho’s betrayal involved him being shot by Gus’s men. When Mando is complimented on how convincingly he portrayed a gunshot victim, he reveals that he was drawing on real-life experience: he was shot in the knee in his early 20s. How? All he’ll say is “There were some people who were trying to hurt somebody that I love” and he came to that person’s defence.“When we shot that scene, it was really unbelievable because I didn’t realize how much it would bring back that experience and I was very nervous,” he said, so nervous he forgot to put his earplugs back in before the take. “When the gun went off, it echoed like thunder in the desert. My ears shut off and I fell to the ground, and (I was) thinking, ‘We need to cut.’ But the actor in me persisted and said, ‘No. We’ve got to use this,’ and I believe that’s the take we used.”Mando says he enjoys the dichotomy in Nacho, the fact the character is torn between the “dark ambition” of a lucrative criminal enterprise and his love for his father, for whom he risked his life to keep him from being drawn into Hector’s drug business. He says he has been drawn to marginalized characters since he got into acting, partly because as a child of divorced parents he moved around so much and went to so many different schools that “I always felt like an outsider.”Even acting didn’t come easily. When he started theatre school — propelled in part by that gunshot and the sense it gave him that life is fleeting — his hands would shake terribly and he would sweat reading dialogue in front of other people.The solution came on a ride; not a roller-coaster but a subway train. Better Call Saul – Season 4 – Nacho Varga Michael Mando (Photo by Rowan Daly) Giancarlo Esposito, Michael Mando, Patrick Fabian, Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn attend the IMDboat At San Diego Comic-Con 2018 – Photo by Tommaso Boddi Michael Mando at the 68th Emmy Awards representing Better Call Saul, 2016. (Photo by Todd Williamson) Michael Mando in Better Call Saul (2015) Mark Margolis, Juan Carlos Cantu, and Michael Mando in Better Call Saul (2015) One day he was whispering the lines to Richard III while riding the subway in Montreal and he started reading a little louder, and noticed people watching him.He figured, “If I can do that every morning in the subway and be OK with people thinking I was crazy then maybe I’ll get over my fear of performing. I did that for the whole first semester and, every time I got out of that subway ride, I’d feel more and more comfortable in front of an audience.”By Debra Yeo Twitter Canadian actor Michael Mando has a seat at the front of the roller-coaster.That’s how he describes the experience of being an actor. And with his profile growing with roles on TV’s Better Call Saul and as a villain in Marvel’s Spider-Man movie franchise, he says he’s loving the ride.He even claims to love the fame part of the coaster: “I’ll never turn down a photo or an autograph, no matter how famous I continue to get.” But what he really wants to do, he says, is help “design the roller-coaster.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Last week he was back at that same theatre in a tuxedo once again, but this time as a co-star of the movie The Hummingbird Project, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.Before Orphan Black, Mando — who didn’t begin acting until he was in his mid-20s — was best known for the motion-capture character Vaas Montenegro in the video game Far Cry 3. He had also done guest roles on various Canadian TV shows and played recurring characters in a couple of French-language series.And then came Better Call Saul, a prequel to Breaking Bad, the critically adored, Emmy-winning drama about a high school teacher turned drug kingpin. Mando’s life changed when he got cast — first in Breaking Bad, now returning in Saul — as Nacho Varga, henchman for an Albuquerque drug distributor also featured in Breaking Bad.Mando didn’t know much about that series before taking on Nacho, but he says the last four years on Saul have been “a master class in acting, in directing, in writing from the people that I think are among the best in the business.”“I love the character of Nacho and wouldn’t want to play anything else on that show. I think they (creators Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould and their team) have written an incredible iconoclastic character and, at the same time, I had the privilege to be able to read the scripts and analyze the scripts, and come to set without having to work, and (instead) just watch these incredible writers and directors and producers, and soak up as much as I could.”Actor Michael Mando, one of the stars of Better Call Saul, was in Toronto to present The Hummingbird Project at the film festival. (BEN DUGGAN)It should come in handy as Mando advances his own career as a director and producer. His company Red Barlo Productions has already produced two shorts (Wake Up and Conditional Affection, both on YouTube) and is now buying the movie rights to pieces of literature, including the story of a world boxing champion whom Mando would portray.As for Saul and Nacho, this fourth season has been particularly eventful for the character, whose arc picks up in Monday’s episode (9 p.m. on AMC). With nasty drug boss Hector Salamanca in a coma after Nacho’s attempt to kill him with doctored heart medication, Nacho is now under the thumb of rival drug distributor Gus Fring, who knows what Nacho did. Facebook “My real passion is to get into a position where I can be part of the creative process,” he said from the lobby of the InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel.The Quebec City-born Mando, 37, shared an anecdote about how five years ago, when he was appearing in Canadian-made cult hit Orphan Black, he needed to supplement his earnings with a job as an usher at the Princess of Wales Theatre. Michael Mando attends AMC’s ‘Better Call Saul’ Premiere during Comic Con 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris) Michael Mando and Giancarlo Esposito attend the ‘Better Call Saul’ panel with AMC during Comic-Con International 2018. (Photo by Jesse Grant) Michael Keaton and Michael Mando in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Michael Keaton and Michael Mando in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Robert Downey Jr., Bokeem Woodbine, and Michael Mando in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Michael Mando in Better Call Saul (2015) Michael Mando (Photo by Jeremy Bobrow)last_img read more

Turkish Anchor Insults Moroccans After Wedding of Al Bani Turkish

Rabat – A Turkish anchor has lashed out at Morocco and insulted Moroccans following the wedding of famous Turkish actor, Murat Yildirim, and former Miss Morocco, Imane Al Bani.In an excerpt from a Turkish television show, “Söylemezsem Olmaz,” the anchor appears angry at Yildirim for not valuing his Turkish culture during the wedding celebration and urged the bride to “wear a [Turkish] silk outfit.”The anchor continued, lambasting Morocco and politicizing the issue, saying “Why you are showing me Moroccan culture from the morning to the evening? A country [Morocco] that was not even accepted by the African Union, Africa does not want to accept it. A country we don’t  know how it entered [the territory] of the Western Sahara.” “I receive many insults from Moroccans – I don’t even know their language,” she continued, “I simply need to see a Turkish wedding in my own country.”The anchor kept lashing out at Moroccans and criticizing the wedding. “I don’t like the wedding at all,” she said.“[Oh Moroccans] go away from my account, do not insult me in Arabic,” she added.While the show was being broadcast, some Moroccans commented, denouncing the racism of the anchor. “Comments are saying that this racist behavior,” one of the colleagues of the anchor said. “No, it is not related to racism,” the anchor answered.The wedding of the couple has caused an uproar in Turkey. Last week, on the same show, the wedding was judged for being “too Moroccan.” Yildrim was, therefore, criticized for somewhat for representing his Turkish traditions in the wedding.During the wedding, which took place in December at the CVK hotel in Istanbul, the married couple wore traditional Moroccan wedding outfits, including the Moroccan caftan and the ‘Jabador.’Various clips of the wedding, which took social media platforms by storm, showed the guests dancing to the rhythms of Morocco’s “Deqqa Merrakchiya,” a popular Moroccan folk music from Marrakech. read more

UN pushes ahead with multinational enrichment plan to prevent nuclear proliferation

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Deputy Director General Yury Sokolov led the UN side in talks this week with Russian officials at the Angarsk Electrolysis Chemical Complex, a manufacturer of low-enriched uranium, which Russia is proposing should be the site of an international centre. Low enriched uranium is the fuel for nuclear power plants, but enriched to a higher degree it can be used to make nuclear weapons. Mr. Sokolov told a press conference that the Agency’s main point of concern about proposals discussed with Russia was provision of a mechanism to ensure that States which have been isolated for political reasons continue to receive nuclear fuel. Russian officials told the press conference that the talks had made positive progress.Russia is currently in negotiations with Kazakhstan to establish a joint enrichment facility at the Angarsk complex, which is north of Irkutsk in south eastern Siberia. Both IAEA Director-General Mohammed ElBaradei and Russian President Vladimir Putin have proposed putting enrichment under multinational control to reduce proliferation risks. The system would provide assurance of supply to States considering developing nuclear power and avoid the need for them to build their own nuclear fuel production capability.The so-called front end of the nuclear fuel cycle, when fuel is enriched, as well as the back end, when spent fuel is reprocessed, provide points that pose proliferation risks because material can be potentially diverted and used to produce weapons.A cornerstone of Mr. ElBaradei’s proposal is a fuel bank of last resort that would offer users of the system the insurance of guaranteed delivery if their regular supplies were interrupted.“The longer we delay in placing sensitive nuclear operations under multinational control, the more new countries will seek to build such facilities,” he said in a speech last year, calling for a unified international approach “so that no one country would have exclusive control over the most sensitive parts of the fuel cycle.” In September, the Nuclear Threat Initiative donated $50 million provided by United States billionaire Warren Buffet to the proposed fuel bank on condition that the contribution is matched by an amount of $100 million.The proposals for international uranium enrichment centres come amid a revival of interest in nuclear power as a means of generating electricity and fears about the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Mr. ElBaradei is to present a paper about supply assurance to the next meeting of the IAEA’s Board of Governors in June. 23 March 2007Pushing ahead with efforts to set up a multinational framework for uranium enrichment to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation and the possibility of their falling into the hands of terrorists, the United Nations atomic watchdog agency is exploring with Russia the possible establishment of an international enrichment centre in Siberia. read more

UN human rights office welcomes Togolese report on violence against detainees

Togo’s national human rights commission “found that the prisoners were subject to physical and moral violence of an inhuman and degrading nature,” said Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).Ms. Shamdasani said the report also recommends that authorities take appropriate action against the perpetrators of the violence, make reparations to the victims, and carry out institutional reform of the national intelligence agency.“We note the Government’s commitment to implementing the recommendations of this report and encourage them to take all necessary measures to ensure justice and reparation for the victims and to prevent such acts from occurring in the future,” she said. “Detention facilities should be subject to transparent judicial monitoring.“We also call on the Government to continue to guarantee the independence of the national human rights commission and to ensure that human rights defenders are able to carry out their work without intimidation.” 24 February 2012The United Nations human rights office today welcomed the release of an independent report in Togo that examines allegations that members of the West African country’s intelligence agency tortured individuals accused of taking part in an attempted coup d’état in 2009. read more

ICE Futures Canada Tuesday Canola futures prices higher barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: July ’17 $5.90 higher $557.20; Nov. ’17 $6.80 higher $504.80; Jan. ’18 $6.70 higher $510.30; March ’18 $6.60 higher $515.80; May ’18 $6.10 higher $518.80; July ’18 $7.20 higher $521.00; Nov. ’18 $7.10 higher $505.90; Jan. ’19 $7.60 higher $506.60; March ’19 $7.60 higher $506.60; May ’19 $7.60 higher $506.60; July ’19 $7.60 higher $506.60.Barley (Western): July ’17 unchanged $138.00; Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00.Tuesday’s estimated volume of trade: 310,480 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 310,480. read more

Pavarotti concert to benefit Angolan refugee children – UNHCR

Renowned Italian tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, has decided the proceeds from this year’s charity concert will go to Angolan refugee children in Zambia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today. The concert, which is held in Mr. Pavarotti’s home town – Modena, Italy – will take place on 28 May, and will feature the tenor and other international performers. Mr. Pavarotti – a UN Messenger of Peace – said he hoped his focus on Angolan refugee children this year would draw attention to the plight of people affected by one of Africa’s most forgotten and its longest-running and deadliest civil wars. The money raised will be used primarily for health and education projects for Angolan children in Zambia. “We are thankful to Maestro Pavarotti for his decision to help Angolan refugee children in Zambia,” said UNHCR head Ruud Lubbers. “The concert will help to give thousands of children a somewhat brighter future.” Last year, Mr. Pavarotti raised $1.5 million for Afghan refugee children in Pakistan through his 2000 concert for refugees. In 1999, a similar effort yielded more than $1 million for Kosovo refugees. According to UNHCR, around 4.5 million Angolans – over a third of the country’s entire population – are internally displaced, while another 450,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries, mostly to Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. read more

UN human rights body strongly condemns recent shocking attacks against civilians in

“We have received reports that more than 200 people were killed and injured in multiple attacks, including suicide bombings in As-Sweida City and in various villages in eastern and northeastern rural As-Sweida Governorate,” said OHCHR Spokesperson, Ravina Shamdasani.She also cited reports of “scores of ISIL militants” raiding homes in at least eight villages in rural areas of the governorate; shooting and killing civilians inside their homes and abducting women and children.The Government of Syria has a duty to take action to prevent violent acts that may endanger the lives and well-being of civilians – Ravina Shamdasani (OHCHR)“We have received the names of at least 27 women and children who were reportedly taken hostage from Al-Shbiki village in eastern rural As-Sweida,” she noted, adding that OHCHR believes the number to actually be much higher.According to OHCHR, photos of some of the abducted women were later tweeted out, “with threats to burn them alive if the Government did not cease military operations against ISIL in western Dara’a Governorate, and release ISIL women and men in Government custody”. Ms. Shamdasani explained that “these ISIL militants included many who were recently evacuated and relocated from the Palestinian Yarmouk Refugee Camp, Hajar Al-Aswad, and Al-Tadamon areas of southern Damascus, as part of a Government reconciliation agreement”.“While agreements putting an end to fighting are to be welcomed, the well-being of civilians must be paramount in any considerations,” said the OHCHR Spokesperson, as she stressed that “the transfer of armed fighters with a history of gross human rights abuses and contempt towards international law, can mean an increase in the likelihood of violent attacks against civilians like the ones carried out last week in As-Sweida”. The UN human rights body is calling on the Government of Syria to take all necessary measures, in line with international human rights and humanitarian law, to protect civilians from attacks and to hold those responsible for crimes and human rights violations accountable. “The Government of Syria has a duty to take action to prevent violent acts that may endanger the lives and well-being of civilians – including by not placing armed groups such as ISIL in their proximity”, said Ms. Shamdasani. read more