Lasith Malinga says his time in competitive cricket is up, mulls retirement

first_imgSri Lanka speedster Lasith Malinga has hinted at possible retirement, saying that he is mentally done with international cricket, now that his eventful IPL career is over.Malinga, who went unsold at the IPL 2018 auctions after the Mumbai Indians decided not to retain him, was appointed as bowling mentor of Mumbai Indians on Wednesday.The Sri Lankan has been the core of Mumbai Indians winning combination in the last decade. He has donned the prestigious Mumbai Indians jersey in 110 matches of the 157 games the franchise has played so far.”Mentally I am over with playing cricket. I don’t think I will play anymore international cricket. I am planning to announce my retirement soon,” Malinga told PTI during an exclusive interaction on the sidelines of the St Moritz Ice Cricket Challenge.He is BACK! ??Lasith Malinga will continue his journey with Mumbai Indians as our bowling mentor. Read more Indians (@mipaltan) February 7, 2018″I have not spoken to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) but once I go back I will have to again go through domestic grind, see how my body responds. But now as my IPL career is also over and I am starting a new chapter with Mumbai Indians, I might not play again,” he added.Malinga knows it would be tough not to play in front of a capacity Wankhede Stadium crowd wearing the Mumbai Indians blue jersey but admitted that in his heart he knew that his time was up.advertisement”Everyone gets that signal. Even the great Wasim Akram knew when his time was up,” he said.”I was not surprised at their decision not to have retained me. I had 10 very good years with Mumbai Indians and I achieved a lot. But this year, the owners spoke to me and told me about their vision going forward. They wanted to create a good team for the next three years. I also understand that my time in competitive cricket is over now.”The Sri Lankan slinger said he is looking forward to the new chapter of his life as a mentor.”I am 34-years-old and not getting any younger. And I feel this is the right time to make a career move. Mumbai Indians had the mentorship role in mind and I am happy to start a new innings,” said Malinga, who has a record 331 T20 wickets across 248 games (international plus franchise).”My job as a mentor will now give me an opportunity to guide the next crop of fast bowlers. I will pass on my knowledge to them and also it will be an opportunity to assess myself in the coaching arena,” he further added.Malinga acknowledged the emergence of Jasprit Bumrah in Mumbai Indians outfit and said he is a fine prospect in the shortest format.”Bumrah has emerged as a great death bowler. He has the skill sets which I also had — bowling at the death overs under pressure. For that you need a different temperament as IPL is a high-pressure tournament,” he said.”What makes me even more proud is the fact that he has transformed his IPL success into international cricket. I was so happy to see him perform so well in South Africa. His biggest quality is the ability to be consistent.(Source: PTI)last_img read more

Guj CM lays foundation stone for Rs 35 crore sports university

first_imgVadodara, Mar 17 (PTI) Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today laid the foundation stone of the Swarnim Gujarat Sports University in Desar town, about 17 kilometres from here.He said that the complex would come up over the next 18 months on an area of 135 acres and would cost Rs 35 crore to build.He said that the university would open the doors for people of the state to pursue careers in a wide variety of sporting disciplines.Officials said that the SGSU would offer courses in the fields of physical education and sports management besides coaching.The SGSU would have modern facilities like a science centre, synthetic athletics track, sports industries centre, multi purpose indoor hall, grounds for different games, hostels, indoor swimming pool, fitness testing centre and staff quarters, they added. PTI COR BNMlast_img read more

Roma appoint Claudio Ranieri as coach after sacking Eusebio Di Francesco

first_imgAS Roma named Claudio Ranieri as coach on Friday, one week after he was sacked by relegation-threatened Premier League club Fulham where he had been in charge for only three months.Ranieri replaced Eusebio Di Francesco who parted company with Serie A club Roma on Thursday following their Champions League exit at the hands of Porto the day before.”I’m delighted to be coming back home,” Ranieri said in a statement.”When Roma call you, it’s impossible to say no.”The 67-year-old Ranieri, born in Rome, returns to the club where he began his playing career in 1973 and where he came agonisingly close to winning the Serie A title in a previous stint between 2009 and 2011.Roma led the 2009-10 championship with four matches to go before being overhauled by Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan, who went on to win the title and also beat Ranieri’s team in the Coppa Italia final.Roma are currently fifth in Serie A, one place and three points outside the Champions League slots.There have been some impressive performances but they have suffered defeats to SPAL, Udinese and Bologna, all in the lower half of the table.Ranieri’s biggest achievement was when he led rank outsiders Leicester City to the English Premier League title in 2016, although he was fired the following February with the club hovering above the relegation zone.”At this stage of the campaign, it was important to bring in a coach who knows the club, understands the environment, can speak the language and is able to motivate the players. Claudio ticks all of those boxes and he’s very excited to take on this challenge,” said Roma President Jim Pallotta.advertisementThe widely-travelled Ranieri has coached more than a dozen clubs in a career that began in 1987 at Campania Puteolana.They include Italian clubs Juventus, Napoli, Cagliari, Fiorentina, Parma and Inter Milan, English sides Fulham, Chelsea and Leicester City, Spain’s Atletico Madrid and Valencia and Ligue 1 sides AS Monaco and Nantes.He has also coached the Greece national side.Also Read | Pep Guardiola trusts Manchester City to resolve Financial Fair Play allegationsAlso Read | UEFA justifies PSG penalty decision in VAR explanationAlso See:last_img read more

Can Nations League save international football?

first_imgWC Qualification Europe Will the Nations League save international football? Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent 16:00 10/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Robert Lewandowski Poland Getty Images WC Qualification Europe Armenia v Poland Azerbaijan v Czech Republic England v Slovenia Northern Ireland v Germany San Marino v Norway Malta v Lithuania Romania v Kazakhstan Scotland v Slovakia Montenegro v Denmark Georgia v Wales Croatia v Finland Kosovo v Ukraine Liechtenstein v Israel Republic of Ireland v Moldova Austria v Serbia Turkey v Iceland Spain v Albania Italy v North Macedonia Bosnia-Herzegovina v Belgium Faroe Islands v Latvia Sweden v Luxembourg Cyprus v Greece Bulgaria v France Belarus v Netherlands Switzerland v Hungary Andorra v Portugal Georgia Romania Czech Republic Scotland Turkey North Macedonia Bulgaria Kosovo Croatia Bosnia-Herzegovina Sweden Switzerland Norway Finland Austria Azerbaijan Spain Kazakhstan Lithuania Belarus Republic of Ireland Poland Armenia England Slovenia Germany Northern Ireland San Marino Malta Slovakia Montenegro Denmark Wales Ukraine Israel Liechtenstein Moldova Serbia Iceland Albania Italy Belgium Latvia Faroe Islands Luxembourg Greece Cyprus France Netherlands Hungary Andorra Portugal Opinion UEFA admits it has neglected international football outside qualifiers but has a plan up its sleeve to reinvigorate the game by replacing friendlies The combined might of the Premier League and the Champions League has served to put international football firmly in the shadows in recent seasons.Once every couple of years the senses are reawakened with a major tournament finals but, in between, the European Championship and World Cup qualifiers are largely humdrum affairs.And the less said about the current state of international friendlies the better. 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. Fans, managers and national associations have all been in agreement about friendlies for a long time now; namely that they achieve nothing. UEFA, too, admits that.“UEFA had been developing the Euro final tournament but not been focusing or doing anything for the matches which involve all national teams,” UEFA deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti told Goal.“The Euro is just for those few who qualify but the bread and butter for the national teams is qualification matches.“Nothing had been done since the middle of the 2000s so we thought that we needed to dedicate to national teams the same attention that had been dedicated to the clubs.“To build something, to bring about a competition with identity and with branding which could break through even more with the fans.”Uefa Nations League explainerWhile the day-to-day dramas provided by the super-rich club teams command the majority of the attention there is still space for international football between tournaments. To deliver those games a shot in the arm, UEFA has initiated the Nations League.Those worthless friendlies, for the most part, will be replaced by competitive matches between evenly-ranked teams with the prospect of promotion, a trophy and even a second chance at qualifying for Euro 2020 at stake.The structure of the competition will also ensure that the bigger teams will still have the space needed to plan lucrative and glamourous friendlies against esteemed opponents.Starting next September, following the conclusion of the World Cup in Russia, the Nations League will take pride of place in the European international football calendar. Matches will be meaningful and competitive. Regulations will ensure that substitutions will be limited to three and players capped for the first time in the Nations League will be deemed to be cap-tied.“The Nations League has a set of regulations which is absolutely similar, except the formal part, to the regulations of the qualifiers,” said Marchetti.“These are competitive matches which are regulated by rules which are practically the same.”This is a brand new competition, with a new identity and trophy to match, and one which UEFA feels will drag upwards the standards of the international game in comparison to that on offer in the Champions League and Europa League.“National teams and clubs are the two souls of football,” Marchetti said. “The two are equally important. You can’t have national teams without the clubs and vice versa. And the fans hugely enjoy both.Gareth Bale Wales Georgia 09102016“There was huge potential for the competitions for national teams to be improved and we have been trying to bring to the surface what could be done.“And in doing this, especially regarding the European qualifiers, we have used some of the recipes which have been tested in other competitions and which work very well.”UEFA’s attention has been focused on the club game for a long time, with the Europa League launching in 2009 and the Champions League restructuring in time for next season. Furthermore there have been significant changes to the European Championship format, with the expansion to 24 teams and the implementation of the “week of football” for the qualification matches.“Today, what is possible was not possible before,” Marchetti said. “An English fan who was also interested in watching France, Spain, Italy, Germany etc in the past had a problem because all these teams played at the same time as each other.“Today if England play on Thursday, most probably Spain play on Friday and all the other teams. We think that this is a good service to the fans, the football lovers who like their team and who also like to see the matches played by other teams.”Friendlies have largely been left to flounder with national associations deciding among themselves who to play. Now, though, UEFA has moved to stop the neglect.“We have to make the best possible use of the calendar so that the fans know exactly who’s playing when and they have the possibility to get access to as many matches as possible,” said Marchetti.“Which is what we are doing currently with the concept of the week of football where between Thursday and Tuesday all matches are spread and the television broadcasters are able to buy the rights.”Dembele Mbappe France EnglandAll the UEFA-affiliated teams will be split into four leagues – A, B, C and D – depending on their coefficient rankings on October 11. That marks the conclusion of the current World Cup qualification schedule excluding the playoff dates. Nations League matches will be played during the September, October and November international windows next year with Euro 2020 qualification commencing in March 2019.League A will feature Europe’s 12 best teams split into four groups of three teams. The next 12 teams as per the coefficient will be placed in League B – again in four groups of three. Fifteen teams – one group of three and four groups of four – will play in League C. The remaining 16 teams – four groups of four – will make up League D.Teams will play either four or six Nations League games depending on group size. The four group winners from League A will go forward to the Nations League Finals to be held in June 2019 – two semi-finals, a third-place match and a final. The host nation for these matches will be decided in December.Group winners from Leagues B, C and D will be promoted while those who finish last in Leagues A, B and C will be relegated. The groups will be drawn in January 2018. Nations League rankings will then be used to sort the draw pots for subsequent European qualification stages.“The next qualification process as far as UEFA is concerned, the seeding of the teams will be based on the ranking of the Nations League and no longer on the coefficient,” said Marchetti.Furthermore, the Nations League will give four teams another chance at qualifying for Euro 2020 through playoff matches scheduled for March of that year.For the Euros there will be 10 qualification groups from which the top two teams will qualify giving a total of 20. The other four places will be contested by the 16 Nations League group winners.Eden Hazard BelgiumThat should sort out the twin issues of the qualification phases being too long and friendlies not counting for enough. In the longer term, though, there is still little opportunity for UEFA to influence the so-called FIFA calendar and condense the qualification stages to a brief period at the end of the European league season.“First of all the national teams can only play in the international windows,” said Marchetti. “From experience I can tell you that the international calendar is a very sensitive and delicate matter. It is a very high point of balance which is to be struck between clubs, their leagues and the national teams.“Obviously everything can be reviewed, improved, certainly I know that this calendar was a balance not easy to be struck. If in the future there will be a review, we will see. For the time being obviously this is not possible because we are not the masters of the calendar.“The calendar is a worldwide one. UEFA cannot unilaterally decide to play national teams matches on different days or in clusters in June or another period of the year. If there is a new calendar, this calendar will have to be negotiated by the main stakeholders around the world.“The calendar is the FIFA international calendar. Obviously, everyone has a stake, the confederations of course, the national associations, the competitions, the domestic leagues and the clubs.”But the Nations League is a start; a chance for UEFA to breathe life back into a moribund international game.last_img read more

Careful snow shovelling as Cheltenham clerk seeks to save ground

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Southwell ‘put money before people’, says jockeys’ chief Paul Struthers Share on WhatsApp Hide Share via Email Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Southwell 2.15 Warrior’s Valley 2.45 Dawn Dancer (nap) 3.15 Canford Thompson 3.50 Best Tamayuz (nb) 4.20 Cousin Khee 4.55 Tilly Devine Was this helpful? Cheltenham Festival 2018 Topics Punters’ rights campaigner claims Sky Bet ‘think they are beyond the law’ Share on Messenger Instead, Cheltenham’s fleet of 4x4s has been used in recent days to ferry medical personnel around Gloucestershire, from their homes to hospitals and ambulance centres. Claisse himself covered 40 miles to help out a paramedic who would not otherwise have been able to do his 12-hour shift.With warmer temperatures forecast next week, this snowfall should pose no threat to the Festival taking place. But it may have an effect on the going, with Claisse making a cautious prediction that it may be softer than the ‘good to soft’ that normally prevails at the start of the Festival.“Once that snow’s gone, I’d expect that ground to be soft. And then it just depends what precipitation we get on top of that.” He has been told to expect up to 15mm.That is not what the nearby trainer Kim Bailey wants to hear, since he still hopes for a dry surface for his Charbel, due to contest the Champion Chase on the second day of the meeting. “It’s not going to be very helpful,” he said of the snow and forecast rain.At least he and his staff have been able to clear his gallops of snow, having found them to be under four-foot drifts in places on Saturday morning. His horses have missed a scheduled day’s work but Bailey is content that it will be made up during the week and he will send Charbel to Lambourn for a gallop on Monday to make up for the Flat race he missed at Southwell on Friday.Charbel was half a length up on Altior, though seeming hard-pressed, when he fell at the second-last in last year’s Arkle. At 25-1, he looks the forgotten horse in the Champion Chase, for which Altior is hot favourite at 8-11. Read more Support The Guardian The snow has built up around anything that breaks the wind’s path and was a foot deep on Saturday morning on either side of the fences and hurdles in the home straight. It is also deep along the rails and much deeper in several hollows on the cross-country course.Only a light dusting of snow lies on the turf between the fences and up the famous hill to the winning post. Claisse expects that to melt pretty quickly, now that temperatures are back above freezing and expected to remain so this week. But he added: “The drifts around the fences will take longer to shift and we’re just going to look at the practicalities of manually moving it. We don’t want all of that precipitation in that one place. But we have to be careful as the thaw sets in. You know what it’s like if you stand in one place on wet ground, you could make a mess of it.”That same desire to avoid churning up ground means Claisse will not allow vehicles anywhere near the obstacles and he appeared shocked by the suggestion. “Oh, good gracious, no. Nobody here would think about getting a tractor and loader or a JCB out there to start moving the snow.” Reuse this content The Observer Horse racing It was time to break out the shovels on Saturday here as racecourse staff resorted to old-fashioned methods to ensure a consistent racing surface for the four-day Festival that begins on 13 March. Between 50 and 60 staffers will spend the next three days clearing away drifts of snow that have accumulated around the fences and hurdles, which could otherwise produce boggy patches of ground on the take-off and landing sides.Simon Claisse, Cheltenham’s long-serving clerk of the course, says he has never known snow to be lying on the hallowed turf this close to a Festival in his 18 years in the job. He estimates that about three inches fell here in the past few days, though it has since been blown around so much that a precise measure is impossible. Cheltenham … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Quick guide Chris Cook’s Sunday tips Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest news Read more Thank you for your feedback. Show Horse racing tipslast_img read more

Video: Check Out This Awesome Courtside Footage Of Pat Connaughton’s Incredible Block vs. Butler

first_imgPat Connaughton has incredible block vs. Butler.One of – if not, the – plays of the NCAA Tournament, thus far, was made by Notre Dame senior forward Pat Connaughton during the Fighting Irish’s third round game vs. Butler.With less than two seconds remaining in regulation and the score tied, 55-55, Connaughton swatted a game-winning 3-point attempt by Kellen Dunham. It was an incredible play that ultimately allowed Notre Dame to defeat the Bulldogs in overtime and reach the Sweet 16. The play was spectacular on TV, but it’s even more impressive with this new courtside footage. Check it out: Notre Dame is set to face Wichita State in the Sweet 16 in Cleveland on Thursday. The Fighting Irish will likely need another big performance from Connaughton to advance.last_img

World Cup 2019: Indian team will beat Pakistan 7 out of 10 times, says Kapil Dev

first_img Next World Cup 2019: Indian team will beat Pakistan 7 out of 10 times, says Kapil DevIndia and Pakistan will face each other in the most anticipated clash of World Cup 2019 on June 16 in Manchester. Both teams have faced each other six times in the World Cup and each time, Men in Blue have come out on top.advertisement Press Trust of India ChennaiJune 14, 2019UPDATED: June 14, 2019 23:54 IST India and Pakistan are scheduled to meet in Manchester on June 16 at the World Cup (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia face arch-rivals Pakistan in Manchester on June 16Having played six matches, India has never lost to Pakistan in World CupKapil Dev has backed current Indian team to beat PakistanWorld Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev on Friday said India are a far better side than Pakistan and he doesn’t see Virat Kohli’s team losing to the arch-rivals in their World Cup clash on Sunday.”The India-Pakistan match I have to keep my fingers crossed about it… I hope the players don’t keep their fingers crossed… (laughs).. Just keep on playing. Looking at both the teams the Indian team is definitely far better. I am not saying because I am Indian,” said Kapil here.”But I feel when I was playing the Pakistan team was much better than us. Today I can say that if they play 10 matches, India will win 7. India are far better than Pakistan… What happens that day God knows.”On the rise of Indian fast bowling over the years, Kapil said if an Indian (Jasprit Bumrah) is the number one fast bowler in the world, it shows that “we have come a long, long way”.”When you don’t have something and you get it, you feel proud about that. That is what has happened to the Indian team in the last 15 years, bowlers started coming up. Often all cricketers say bowlers win matches.”The pace legend from Haryana hailed Bumrah.”When I saw him (Bumrah) first time I thought that he will not have such ability. I changed my word and I say God, he is really fantastic. From such a short run-up he can produce from such an awkward run-up so much pace. I just want him to be fit for the next five years.”advertisementAsked to compare his captaincy with that of the current skipper Virat Kohli, he said: “Virat Kohli… He is too good. I don’t thnk I can compare myself with him. He is really good. He is the no.1 player in the world.”Queried if he felt the catch of Viv Richards in the 1983 World Cup final against the West Indies was the best he had taken, he said: “I don’t think so. I can say important catch, not the best. It was very important according to the situation. The impprtant catch was that of Clive Lloyd the next wicket because we started believing that we could win after that dismissal,” Dev said.Kapil also backed former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni following the controversy over his gloves which had an Army insignia embossed on them. The ICC turned down BCCI’s request to let Dhoni wear the same gloves, saying it was against its regulations.”It is not controversy and he showed a feeling within him to put a logo there and we have to go with the system. I don’t think he realised that it is going to be such a big thing…. you have to go through the system or the law.”I respect Dhoni and he showed passion and love for his country and Army people and that is nothing wrong.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka make official complaint to ICC about ‘unfair’ pitchesAlso Read | Mohammad Yousuf slams PCB for allowing families to stay with players ahead of India clashAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs PakistanFollow Kapil Devlast_img read more

Port of Dover Is Busiest Ferry Port in Europe

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close My location zoom The Port of Dover, a national asset and crucial to the performance of the Kent economy, has been demonstrated by an economic impact survey.Independent economic consultancy Oxera has calculated the 2.2 million freight vehicles a year using the Port carry goods worth an estimated £89 billion, reinforcing Dover’s reputation as Europe’s busiest ferry port.The report also highlights Dover’s role as one of Europe’s most important ports, with 98 per cent of its freight traffic by weight either originating in or destined for the EU.Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “This report shows the real, and too often unseen, value of the Port and the work of the team on behalf of UK plc, and the customers it serves.“The scale and value of goods handled by the people working at the Port is staggering and demonstrates its importance to the nation and the need for continued and major investment.”The report also found the combination of Dover’s location and the efficiency of its operations resulted in a net benefit to its customers of some £2.3 billion.Tim Waggott added: “Being the closest UK port to mainland Europe means a reduced crossing time, coupled with excellent service and capacity, this adds up to a remarkable saving to hauliers who choose to travel through Dover.”To add further value, Dover Harbour Board recently announced plans for the revival of the Western Docks with the development of a new cargo terminal and associated facilities. This includes the prospect of creating more than 600 jobs, which would generate an additional £25 million of Gross Value Added (GVA) per year for the district’s economy.Tim Waggott added: “The report is proof positive that every day we are delivering for the UK economy, as demonstrated by our current investment of £85 million to upgrade the Eastern Docks.“We are also looking to protect this nationally vital trade route by securing long-term capacity through our Dover Western Docks Revival vision, and must secure additional powers in order to deliver this effectively. The timing is right, our customers share our vision, and so enabling the Port to quickly pursue the revival and regeneration of Dover’s Western Docks makes eminent commercial and economic sense.”Andrew Meaney, Managing Consultant of Oxera, said: “Following a robust economic analysis, it is plain to see the Port of Dover is a vital cog in the UK economy and European logistics chain. It already adds significant value and, given the right powers, can add so much more. Without it, the UK would be less competitive and the cost to industry would be substantial.” Port of Dover, April 2, 2014; Image: Wikimedialast_img read more

Premier touts link connecting Newfoundland and Labrador as nationbuilding

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Premier Dwight Ball says a link connecting Labrador to the island of Newfoundland would be a “nation-building” project with benefits for all Canadians.The premier released a new study Wednesday that found a single underground rail link across the Strait of Belle Isle would cost about $1.7 billion and take 15 years to complete.Ball compared the potential link to P.E.I.’s Confederation Bridge, which was built in the late 1990s.“The concept of a fixed link is a nation-building prospect that could potentially have social and economic benefits for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians and all Canadians,” he said.The Strait of Belle Isle is about 18 kilometres at its most narrow point.The proposed link would offer increased mobility to Labrador’s 27,000 residents and potentially bring more tourism dollars to communities around Yankee Point in Newfoundland, as well as saving travel time for truck drivers crossing from Quebec.Ball said his government is eager to begin work on a more detailed report that will explore the potential impacts on the tourism sector and food security in the province.Ball said the province will now look at finding other funding partners for a full feasibility study, and said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was interested in their meeting Tuesday in Ottawa.Ball is also meeting with Quebec premier Philippe Couillard tomorrow to discuss the possibility of co-funding the project.But Ball stressed further investment in the project will not continue without private sector partnerships.“This is not a project that will be exclusively borne by the taxpayers of our province,” Ball told a news conference. “It needs to be a strong partnership.”The design would a single rail line with train cars carrying 197 vehicles in one direction at a time, with a crossing time estimated between 30 and 80 minutes.The idea of a fixed link has for decades inspired dreams of free-flowing trade, hundreds of jobs and thousands of tourists.Proponents say a fixed link — like the Chunnel between the U.K. and France, or the North Cape Tunnel in Norway — would unleash economic opportunity.Labrador Liberal MP Yvonne Jones applauded the province for studying a potential link.“The fixed link is in the national interest and has the potential to bring growth for Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec and Canada,” Jones said in a statement.But the idea also has critics in the cash-strapped province.In last month’s budget, the government revealed a deficit this year of $800 million, in the midst of fiscal crisis after the collapse of oil prices and cost overruns on the Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject.The fixed-link study, funded by the province and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, was completed by Memorial University’s Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development.Alvin Simms of the Harris centre told reporters that a more detailed study would survey residents and potential users to gauge interest and more accurate traffic numbers.That study will build on earlier research done in 2004 by looking in more detail at geographic conditions and developments in technology.Engineer Gabriele Mellies, who worked on the research, told reporters Wednesday the project would be difficult given the different rock types in the area, but said the project would be possible with current excavation methods.Ball reiterated Wednesday that his government will move forward with caution.“As a government, I have committed to the people of this province that we will do things smarter, we will spend their money wisely. But we will also evaluate options to ensure that all decisions will be made with the best interests of every single Newfoundlander and Labradorian,” he said.last_img read more

Changes to death notice system moves slowly despite feds bid to fasttrack

first_imgOTTAWA — A digital overhaul to simplify how Canadians let governments know someone has died is moving at an incremental pace with no end date in sight.Federal, provincial and territorial governments agreed years ago to create a one-stop shop for a death notification so Canadians didn’t have to contact multiple governments who don’t share the information with each other.Federal officials are developing a prototype website that would allow people to tell Ottawa about a death and have that flow to all departments and agencies that need the information, particularly for tax and benefit reasons.Documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the access-to-information law show top civil servants agreed in April 2017 that the federal government needed to fast-track work and asked the provinces and territories to help.Employment and Social Development Canada is now saying not all provinces are ready and can’t put an estimated timeline for when the system will be ready.In the meantime Ottawa is updating its website so it is easier for people to see what they have to do when a loved one dies, rather than expecting them to navigate several pages of details.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Snowsnaps The Band Contest – Five young performers are needed for the

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter A musical competition to showcase young local talentThe competition Snowsnaps: The Band Contest will be the experience of a lifetime!  Local talented 12 to 17-year-old singers and dancers who want to experience something incredible as part of a band are invited to try their luck. To submit their application, budding artists have to share a video of themselves performing a song a cappella, either in French or English, from the album La Guerre des Tuques 3D – either Je suis le vent, Liberté, Les héros, Amour d’hiver, L’hymne, Liberty, The Heroes, You’re My Sweater or Hymn.Young hopefuls are invited to fill out the form available at before July 21 at 11:59 pm.The talent, personality and determination of the young candidates will enable them to join a unique and varied group made up of other teens who share their passions. The selection process will be demanding and handled by important personalities in the entertainment industry. Qualified song and dance professionals, along with the series’ producers, will screen the candidates’ videos and select who will go on to have a second audition in front of a jury. The auditions will take place in Montréal and Ottawa in August 2017 (dates to be confirmed). Since the songs will be recorded both in English and French, candidates must be fluent in both languages, and be available August 2017. MONTREAL – Snowsnaps: The Band Contest, organized as part of the production of the new animated series Les Mini-Tuques / The Snowsnaps, is hereby officially launched! The series is inspired by the animated feature film La Guerre des Tuques 3D / SNOWTIME!, the highest grossing Canadian film at the box office in 2015. Who will be the five talented young people to go into studio and record six original songs for the series’ soundtrack, and appear in video clips? The search is on! The Snowsnaps : an animated series inspired by La Guerre des Tuques 3D / SNOWTIME!The story of the Snowsnaps transports us to a charming and imaginative world.  The four characters discover the fun of playing outside, all the while inventing the funniest situations! The 26-episode series will be broadcast in a 15-minute format on Télétoon and Treehouse in fall 2018 and will be produced by Productions CarpeDiem (Snowsnaps) Inc. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Students help build Elders Village while learning valuable lessons

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsThe Ermineskin Cree Nation will soon be providing three homes for the community’s new Elder’s Village.What makes this special is that these homes, along with nine more, are being built by high school students from the Maskwascis community.The Saskatchewan based, “Your Choice Homes” has been brought in to teach the young people the basics of construction and more.“A lot of students have never used power tools,” said Jayson Noek from Your Choice Homes. “A lot of students have never seen behind drywall.“We do modules like financial literacy.”(“My Kookum has been asking me to help make her pots for her flowers,” says Ray-Vin Samson since starting the program. Photo: Chris Stewart/APTN)The company is providing construction worker 101 for high school students.Students get a high school credit, and the work also counts as apprentice hours.15-year-old Ray-Vin Samson said she has already learned a lot in the four weeks since she started.“Putting up the walls, dry walls, shingling, and some of the electric.” she told APTN News.He said that putting up drywall was her favorite.“It’s messy, and it’s fun,” she said laughing.18-year old Ashton Potts said he will be going to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in the fall to continue his training in construction.(Ashton Potts works away at the Elder’s Village. Photo: Chris Stewart/APTN)She said the training and hours put in here to help build the Elder’s Village was invaluable.“I’ve been framing, I’ve been putting up the shingles here, I’ve been doing drywall… I actually did a lot here and I helped with the wiring a bit,” Potts said.“Because I’ve been in this program, I now know what I am doing.”(The Elder’s Village on the Ermineskin Cree Nation. Photo: Chris Stewart/APTN)Samon said she has already put his new skills to the test.“My Kookum has been asking me to help make her pots for her flowers. That’s been really easy because I now know how to use power tools!” she said.The students will continue working over the summer while the weather is good to finish these three homes, and to begin construction on the ones read more

BCs Greens put ridehailing on legislature agenda with private members bill

first_imgVICTORIA – The Green party is taking its third run at bringing ride-hailing to British Columbia, tabling a private member’s bill to pave the way for transportation companies like Uber and Lyft.Green Leader Andrew Weaver said Thursday the governing New Democrats and Opposition Liberals are failing to deliver on campaign promises made during last spring’s election to have ride-hailing in place by the end of the year.Weaver said there is support for the service and it can work alongside the taxi industry.He called on the NDP and Liberals to work together with the Greens to implement ride sharing as soon as possible.“There’s three-party agreement here,” Weaver said shortly after introducing the bill in the legislature. “So let’s do it. We’ve talked about it for seven years, it’s time to move forward.”Private member’s bills rarely become legislation and even though ride-hailing has the support of all parties in the legislature, the road ahead does not appear to be clear.The New Democrats said they need time to study ride-hailing and its impact on the taxi industry before introducing legislation next fall.Premier John Horgan said at least six pieces of legislation must be amended to make way for ride sharing, including a transportation law that dates back to the 1920s.Weaver said there is nothing stopping the government from introducing a ride sharing law and making necessary changes as required.“This is nothing more than an excuse in my view to delay, and I don’t think we need to delay,” he said.The Liberals said Thursday they like Weaver’s bill but wanted to study it further.The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade also called on members of the legislature to work together to introduce ride sharing and modernize the taxi industry in a statement it released on Thursday.“With the fall legislative session now well underway, we urge the provincial government to make immediate, meaningful steps toward greater mobility in our region,” said president Iain Black.“All three party leaders pledged to pass ride sharing enabling legislation by the end of the year, and we call on the new government to follow through.”last_img read more

“Morocco is Like Paradise” Says Egyptian Singer Sherine

Rabat – Egyptian singer Sherine has told journalists that she was “very happy” to sing at Ifrane’s second international festival and stated that the kingdom has many talented people who should be encouraged.Cairo-native Sherine Abdel-Wahab compared Morocco to paradise, and told reporters that despite the cold weather of the “Switzerland of Morocco”, she was happy meet her fans at the three-day festival. The singer noted it was the first time she had visited the northern Moroccan city in the Middle Atlas region.Alongside performing a selection of her most famous songs on Saturday night, Sherine also sang a song by Saad Lamjarred, explaining “he needs our support more than anyone else.” Moroccan singer Lamjarred has twice been accused of sexual assault. While on stage, Sherine introduced “two talented Moroccan singers” Radwan Asmar and Iman Shmiti, saying the kingdom has many talented citizens who should be encouraged.The singer also greeted King Mohammed VI and announced a new album would be released on Aid al Adha. Sherine is also known for her work as an actress and revealed a film featuring her was to be released in the nearby future.The theme of the festival from July 7 to 9 was ‘Songs of Cedarwood’. read more

Euronext in bidding war with Nasdaq for Oslo stock exchange

COPENHAGEN — Netherlands-based Euronext has increased its offer to acquire the Oslo stock exchange, stepping up a bidding war with rival Nasdaq, which owns all the other bourses in the Nordic-Baltic region.Euronext offered Monday 158 kroner ($18.25) per share, up from a previous bid of 145 kroner. It reportedly values the company at 6.79 billion kroner ($784 million) and is 6 kroner above the offer from Nasdaq, whose bid is due to expire at the end of the day.Oslo Boers has indicated it prefers a deal with Nasdaq. Nasdaq already operates the main stock exchanges in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and the three Baltic countries.Euronext, which operates six exchanges in Europe, said the acceptance period was extended to March 11. It launched its first bid on Dec. 28.The Associated Press

Cyprus UN chief calls on both sides to take steps forward over

In a meeting with Dervis Eroglu, leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Mr. Ban discussed the status of the negotiations between the Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots to find a comprehensive solution to the problem.The Secretary-General encouraged the Turkish Cypriot leader to continue his efforts to increase convergences on all the “chapters,” or key topics under consideration, according to information released by a spokesperson for the UN chief.Mr. Ban underlined his expectation that both sides will “substantially move the process forward” before his next scheduled meeting with them in late October.The UN-sponsored talks began in 2008 with the aim of setting up a federal government with a single international personality in a bi-zonal, bi-communal country, with Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot constituent states of equal status.During today’s meeting Mr. Eroglu and Mr. Ban also discussed how to reduce tensions in the region. 24 September 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that he expected the two sides in the Cyprus problem will make substantial progress before he holds formal talks with them next month as part of long-running United Nations-backed efforts towards the reunification of the Mediterranean island. read more

Coalition of consumer groups calls for new code of conduct for telecom

A new government-backed code of conduct is needed to protect consumers from common sales tactics used by the people and companies that sell telecommunications products, the Fair Communications Sales Coalition said Tuesday.“Certain of the companies . . . claim that competition alone can fix unfair sales practices. This is unlikely in practice,” coalition representative Jennifer Chow told telecom regulators at a public hearing in Gatineau, Que.“When a customer is duped into a sale, there are usually significant early-cancellation costs that deter customers from leaving and this does not hurt the former company.”‘They shouldn’t be able to lie’: CRTC hears complaints over ‘aggressive and misleading’ telecom sales practicesWith public consultation over, CRTC inquiry on telecom sales practices starts MondayOttawa may be eyeing new rules to protect bank, telecom consumersChow also disputed the claim that internal guidelines and rules issued by companies are effective in prohibiting misleading, aggressive and unsuitable sales — saying actual sales practices are at odds with the values expressed by management.“Whether this situation is due to the companies’ loss of control of their sales force, lack of audits or oversight, negligence, wilful blindness — or even intention — is not relevant,” Chow said.“The results are what matter to consumers and the results are bad.”Chow’s comments were made at the second day of the CRTC’s public hearings into complaints of misleading and aggressive sales tactics.The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, the telecom industry’s regulator, has been ordered to look into allegations of misbehaviour by sales representatives and report to cabinet by the end of February.The coalition’s delegation — led by John Lawford, executive director of the Ottawa-based Public Interest Advocacy Centre — told CRTC commissioners that Canada would ideally follow Australia’s lead in establishing one mandatory, national code of conduct for providing and selling telecom services.But Lawford — who lobbied for this week’s public hearings — said it may be quicker to expand the role of the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services, a private-sector body that works with CRTC.The industry-funded CCTS is mainly set up to resolve customer complaints about wireless and television service contracts but it is specifically excluded from dealing with product and service pricing or claims of false and misleading advertising.On Monday, CCTS commissioner Howard Maker said that data collected by his organization reveals just the “tip of the iceberg” without revealing what may be happening more broadly in the marketplace.“We know there’s a lot that’s under the water line that we don’t have access to — to see and to comment on,” Maker said in the first day of CRTC’s hearings.’Lawford said on Tuesday that he believes the complaint commission could oversee a new sales code on behalf of the CRTC — as it currently does with the government regulator’s separate codes for wireless and TV services.“I guess our long-term strategy, at least at PIAC . . . would be a telecommunications code (encompassing all products) like they have in Australia. That’s the end game,” Lawford said.“Getting to that stage may take some time. . . . The code that we are suggesting for right now, in effect, is an interim measure. It could be rolled into a larger code later.”Among suggestions for the sales code, Lawford said, would be a 15-day “cooling off” period after a contract is signed — not to be confused with a “trial period” of 30 or 60 days suggested by several other delegations to the CRTC hearing.“Because with a cooling off period, you don’t have to give any reason. . . . That helps cover a lot of these cases where there’s been a very grey-area sale that the consumer regrets,” Lawford said.“After that, we’re seeking protections if there’s misrepresentations or aggressions that could go past the 15 days.”Earlier Tuesday, a delegation that included Concordia University professor Kim Sawchuk and Montreal seniors advocate Anne Caines said that a 60-day trial period is necessary to protect people with limited money, such as the elderly.“They’re the ones that have everything at stake. If a bill goes up suddenly, they don’t eat. We hear this,” Sawchuk said.A 60-day window for ending a contract would give the customer time to receive their first monthly bill with the new service — and to discover mistakes, misunderstandings or deception, she said.Among the most common types of complaints heard by the CRTC and CCTS are about a “mismatch” between a sales promise compared with the price and service actually received. Other complaints included sales of products or services that are too complex or unnecessary and unilateral increases to service fees before the end of a contract. read more

Yukon delivers balanced budget before election to be called by October

by Chuck Tobin, Whitehorse Star, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 7, 2016 7:02 am MDT Last Updated Apr 7, 2016 at 7:15 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Yukon delivers balanced budget before election to be called by October WHITEHORSE – Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski used a pre-election territorial budget Thursday to deliver another record-spending plan totalling $1.39 billion.It’s the eighth straight year for a billion-plus annual budget, and an increase of $24 million over last year.Most of the money will come from a federal transfer of $946 million.Another $126 million will be recovered from Ottawa for specific initiatives such as $30 million for infrastructure funding and $35 million to support abandoned mine sites.Yukon will raise an estimated $153.7 million through territorial taxes and other revenue streams such as the sale of liquor, driver’s licences and hunting licences.Pasloski, who is also the finance minister, told the Yukon Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday that there would be no tax increases in the 2016-17 fiscal budget.“All Yukoners should be incredibly proud to know that we have money in the bank, our investment income exceeds any interest charges we face, meaning that no money is diverted from serving Yukoners to servicing debt,” he told the legislature Thursday.The anticipated surplus for this budget has been estimated at $9.5 million.The government is committed to fighting climate change without imposing a carbon tax, said the premier, whose Yukon Party has been in power since 2011 and must call an election by October.“We have a climate plan that is working,” he told the legislature.“By focusing on more efficient energy systems, reducing emissions in government and providing incentives to individuals, we are protecting the environment while supporting the economy.”Pasloski said his first pre-election budget includes another $2 million for the Next Generation Hydro project to continue consultation with First Nations and the public in search of a major river suitable for the territory’s next major hydro dam. (Whitehorse Star) read more

Quebec businessmen confident premiers trip to Israel will yield results

by The Canadian Press Posted May 19, 2017 1:32 pm MDT Last Updated May 20, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard responds to Opposition questions over former premier Jean Charest and Marc Bibeau, during question period Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the legislature in Quebec City. Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says he hopes his current trip to Israel will lead to increased economic ties between the province and the Middle Eastern country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot Quebec businessmen confident premier’s trip to Israel will yield results JERUSALEM – Members of Quebec’s business community are confident that a current trip to Israel will help the province turn its innovative ideas into marketable products.More than 100 people, including entrepreneurs, heads of research institutes and university leaders are accompanying Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard on his first-ever trip to the region.The goal of the mission is to increase economic and academic research ties between Quebec and Israel, which is known for its technology industry and high number of digital start-ups.Several members of his entourage say Israel could be a model to follow for Quebec, which has no shortage of talent but struggles to commercialize its products.Hubert Bolduc, the president of an economic development agency for the Montreal region, says one of his goals is to sell the Israelis on the city’s prowess in the field of artificial intelligence.“We have to tell them we have the best researchers,” he said.Another participant, McGill University principal Suzanne Fortier, says she wants to study how to create better links between university researchers and the private sector.“We have to ensure that what happens (at McGill) has benefits for society, and ensure that the knowledge and technologies pass into the hands of entrepreneurs who are going to put them in practice,” she said.On Saturday, Couillard participated in round table discussions with business people working in information and communications.He is expected to meet with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday before sitting down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday. read more

Amid time of turmoil Ban urges world leaders to do more to

Citing widespread insecurity, the squandering of vast funds on deadly weapons instead of economic development, and the growing impact of climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned the world today that it is in a race against time to save itself. “This year, I am here to sound the alarm about our direction as a human family,” he told the 67th General Assembly at the opening of its annual General Debate. “This is a time of turmoil, transition and transformation – a time when time itself is not on our side.”Scores of the world’s heads of State and government and other high-level officials are expected to present their views and comment on issues of individual national and international relevance at the debate, which ends on 1 October. Mr. Ban welcomed important progress on some fronts, noting that extreme poverty has been cut in half since the year 2000; democratic transitions are under way in the Arab world, Myanmar and many other countries; Africa’s economic growth has become the fastest in the world; and Asia and Latin America are making important advances. “Still, we must raise our levels of ambition. We need more from each and every one of you. And the world needs more from our United Nations,” he declared. “Your people want to see results in real time, now, not the distant future.” The UN chief stressed that the severe and growing impacts of climate change “are there before our eyes – yet too many people in power seem wilfully blind to the threat.” He noted that last December Member States agreed to reach a legally binding agreement by 2015. “Now, you must make good on this promise,” he declared. “Time is running out on our ability to limit the rise in global temperature to two degrees centigrade.“Changing course will not be easy. But to see this as only a burden misses the bigger picture. Sustainability and the green economy offer compelling opportunities to promote jobs, growth, innovation and long-term stability. The future we want can be ours – if we act now.” Turning to the situation in Syria, where more than 18,000 people, mostly civilians, have died since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began 18 months ago and some 2.5 million Syrians urgently need humanitarian aid according to UN estimates, Mr. Ban deplored a situation that grows worse by the day and threatens a regional calamity with global ramifications. “The international community should not look the other way as violence spirals out of control,” he warned, calling on the international community, especially members of the Security Council and countries in the region, to concretely support the efforts of Joint UN-Arab League Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi. “Brutal human rights abuses continue to be committed, mainly by the Government, but also by opposition groups. Such crimes must not go unpunished. There is no statute of limitations for such extreme violence.” Turning to the Middle East conflict, the Secretary-General said the Palestinians must be able to realize their right to a viable State of their own after decades of harsh occupation and humiliating restrictions in almost every aspect of their lives, while Israel must be able to live in peace and security, free from threats and rockets. “The two-State solution is the only sustainable option,” he said, referring to the internationally endorsed plan for Israel and a Palestinian State to live side by side in peace. “Yet the door may be closing, for good. The continued growth of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory seriously undermines efforts toward peace. We must break this dangerous impasse. “I also reject both the language of delegitimization and threats of potential military action by one State against another. Any such attacks would be devastating. The shrill war talk of recent weeks has been alarming – and should remind us of the need for peaceful solutions and full respect for the UN Charter and international law,” he added. He called on Iran to prove the solely peaceful intent of its nuclear programme and on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to move toward de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula. In an apparent reference to the publication of an anti-Islam video and the violent reaction in Islamic countries, Mr. Ban noted that “a disgraceful act of great insensitivity has led to justifiable offense and unjustifiable violence. Freedom of speech and assembly are fundamental. But neither of these freedoms is a license to incite or commit violence,” he said. “Yet we live in a world where, too often, divisions are exploited for short-term political gain. Too many people are ready to take small flames of difference and turn them into a bonfire. Too many people are tolerant of intolerance. The moderate majority should not be a silent majority. It must empower itself, and say to bigots and extremists alike: ‘you do not speak for us’.” read more