A peek into worlds most horrid school!

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 25 (PTI) Award-winning author of childrens books Payal Kapadia was at a writers workshop when the character of a school bully came to her mind and her search for the perfect school for the bully led to her new book Horrid High.The book, published by Puffin India, is an adventure in the worlds most horrid school. It tells the story of 11-year-old Ferg Gottin, whose parents look for a school to dump him and forget about him.At Horrid High, everything is downright horrid, from Chef Grettas cooking to Master Mynuss truly mental maths classes. But Ferg finds four friends with extraordinary skills, and they make a series of startling discoveries about their horrid school.Horrid High and its sequel, Horrid High: Back to School, are about “coming of age, freedom and rebellion, and about how you can survive the toughest odds by staying strong and sticking with your friends,” says Kapadia, adding both books are “rowdy, rambunctious, rollicking adventures set in the worlds most horrid school”.”I was in a writers workshop when the character of a school bully called Volumina Butt came to my mind, the sort of bully who demolishes her victims by sitting on them! Of course, before too long, my imagination had galloped off in search of a school where Volumina Butt could feel at home,” the winner of the Crossword Book Award 2013 for Best Childrens Book for her debut novella “Wisha Wozzariter” told PTI.”Voila, Horrid High! Admittedly, being a mother of two girls myself, I felt quite tickled by the idea of a school where you could dump your children and forget about them,” she adds.advertisementHer characters have very interesting names. Asked if there was any particular reason for this, she says, “I like to base my books in an entirely fictional world, and I wanted my characters names to reflect the essence of who they are, rather than where they are from.”For instance, Dr Bloom, the science teacher in Horrid High: Back to School, is obsessed with flowers. Colonel Craven, the sports teacher, is a man who is easily spooked. I thoroughly enjoyed the alliteration and the word-play in conjuring up these names ? my absolute favourite is Fermina Filch, because not too many kids (or grown-ups) can figure out right off why I named her Filch. I like keeping them guessing.” MORE PTI ZMN ANSlast_img read more

Villanova Makes NCAA Final

first_imgHOUSTON — Villanova had a night to remember on both ends of the court.Buddy Hield had a night to forget.The Wildcats, setting a record for margin of victory in a Final Four semifinal, held Hield to his second-lowest output of the season in a 95-51 victory over Oklahoma on April 2.“That was just one of those nights,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. “I feel bad for Oklahoma.”He can feel good for his Wildcats (34-5) as they advanced to the April 4 national championship game against North Carolina, which beat Syracuse 83-66.Josh Hart scored 23 points and his 10-of-12 shooting performance was part of Villanova’s 71.4 percent (35 of 49) effort. Villanova missed just five shots in the second half.The margin topped the 34-point Final Four wins by Cincinnati over Oregon State in 1962 and Michigan State over Penn in 1979.The Wildcats now have four wins in the tournament of at least 19 points, the only close game a 5-point win over overall No. 1 seed Kansas in the Elite Eight.Villanova dominated the Sooners (29-8) after an opening 7 minutes that had the teams trading the lead almost every possession.The Wildcats broke it open with a 21-4 run. The stats about NRG Stadium being a horrible place to shoot went out the window along with the Sooners’ chances at playing for their first title.“I definitely think it helped,” Wright said of practicing shooting in the dome. “‘We’re going to be good,’ we keep telling them, and I think they believed that.”The Wildcats, with Hart going 7-for-8, shot 66.7 percent in the first half, including 6 of 11 from 3-point range in taking a 42-28 halftime lead.“I wouldn’t say it’s easy, but when you have guys like (teammates) you can go off any night,” Hart said. “When they’re aggressive, it helps me. The driving lanes, able to get a couple of shots to fall, when that happens, able to kick out and get some guys some shots.”As the Wildcats, who won it all in 1985 with the shocking upset of Georgetown, kept making shots, Hield kept missing.The unanimous All-America selection was 3 for 8 in the first half, including 1 of 5 from beyond the arc. Hield came into the game shooting 46.5 percent from 3-point range.“Just playing defensively as a team … we contained him,” Hart said.Hield kept putting on and off his familiar white sleeve on his right arm. It didn’t matter as the Sooners absorbed their worst loss of the season.The Sooners finished 31.7 percent (19 of 60) for the game.“Just credit them for what they were doing. Made it tough on me throwing multiple bodies at me,” said Hield, who had six points against West Virginia. “They just played terrific tonight.”Hield said Villanova was: “one of the best teams I’ve ever played in college.”Several Wildcats get credit for the great defense against Hield. “We were just loading into him,” Mikal Bridges said. “We just tried our best to limit his touches and load to him when he had the ball.”Kris Jenkins added 18 points for Villanova and Ryan Arcidiacono had 15.Jordan Woodard led the Sooners with 12 points.Villanova turned the tables from the teams’ December meeting with a 21-4 run in the first half.The Wildcats made one less 3-pointer in the run than they did in 32 attempts in the 78-55 loss at Pearl Harbor. Bridges, Jenkins and Arcidiacono hit the long jumpers for Villanova and Oklahoma, meanwhile, couldn’t get anything going. TThe Sooners went 4 1/2 minutes without scoring. They committed four turnovers on their first five possessions of the droughtHart capped the half for Villanova with a 3-pointer with 8 seconds left that made it 42-28.The Wildcats had as many assists (9) as Oklahoma did turnovers. Villanova shot 66.7 percent (18 of 27) while the Sooners were just 12 for 25 (48 percent).“I’m happy we had one of those games, we made every shot,” Wright said. “Kind of similar to our game in Hawaii against Oklahoma, they made everything, we couldn’t make anything.“We were dialed in. Played great defensively.”(JIM O’CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Pirlo suffers rough night in New York

first_imgMLS Pirlo endures rough night as Timbers succeed in neutralizing the Italian star Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 12:39 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD Andrea Pirlo New York City FC MLS Vincent Carchietta MLS New York City v Portland Timbers New York City Portland Timbers The World Cup-winning midfielder had a night to forget as Portland focused on taking him out of the game, a plan that led to a big win NEW YORK — Maybe two games in four days was too much to ask of a 38-year-old midfielder who hadn’t been a regular starter all season.Just four days after turning in a commendable performance in New York City FC’s 1-0 win against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday, Andrea Pirlo suffered through a forgettable 67 minutes. A shift that included the turnover that led to Portland’s winning goal in a 1-0 victory at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.Pirlo’s costly miscue came just before halftime, in what had been an even match up to that point, but when Darren Mattocks pressed him into a turnover, then picked out Diego Valeri for the winning goal, all the veteran could do was raise his hand, hoping for a foul call that never came. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Portland came into Saturday’s match with a clear game plan: neutralize Pirlo, who serves as the passing hub of NYCFC’s possession-oriented system when he’s in the starting lineup. Portland’s attacking players, led by Valeri, did their best to try and smother the Italian whenever the World Cup winner was in possession.”(Valeri) took away Pirlo, which was the job we gave him to do,” Timbers coach Caleb Porter told Goal. “I would think it was a very quiet game for Pirlo.”It was much more quite than his showing on Wednesday. Against the Timbers, Pirlo managed just 30 completed passes out of 39 attempted, with just eight of those completed being received in the attacking half of the field. Conversely, against Sporting KC, Pirlo completed 52 of 62 passes, with a whopping 20 of them being delivered to the attacking half of the field.Portland’s concerted effort to neutralize Pirlo played a part in his quiet night, but fatigue surely also played a role. This was clear when viewing his defensive work on Saturday, which saw him manage just two recoveries, as opposed to the six he managed against Sporting KC.NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira wasn’t about to make Pirlo the scapegoat for his side’s first loss in five matches, even though it was his turnover that ultimately led to Portland’s winner.“I think it happened that he lost the ball. It just so happened that this time it was Andrea,” Vieira said after the match. “A lot of players have lost the ball in a really difficult area, but it happened that we conceded the goal. That’s part of the game. You make a mistake and you get punished right away. We have players who make mistakes and make the wrong decision, and sometimes we concede the goal and sometimes we don’t concede the goal, but that is not the reason why we lost the game.”Porter quotePirlo was the easy scapegoat on a night when NYCFC clearly missed David Villa (injured) and Alexander Ring (rested), as well as Yangel Herrera (rested). All three were casualties of the recent international break, and without its two best midfield workhorses in Ring and Herrera, Vieira was forced to partner Pirlo with Tommy McNamara and Maxi Moralez, a central midfield trio that was destined to be outworked by the Timbers trio of Valeri, David Guzman and Diego Chara.Though it certainly didn’t seem so on Saturday, Pirlo showed last Wednesday against a tough Sporting Kansas City side that he can still be a serviceable starter on occasion, but given the makeup of the current NYCFC squad at full strength, he isn’t a player who fits in club’s best lineup. Moralez has arrived in 2017 and been an outstanding playmaker for NYCFC, while Ring and Herrera work very well in supporting roles behind him. Play Pirlo for either Herrera or Ring and you wind up with a midfield that can be outworked, and given how good both Ring and Herrera have looked, Vieira will be in a rush to get them back in the lineup next week.Pirlo could work well playing in a midfield with Ring and Herrera serving as the workhorses necessary to do the heavy lifting that the likes of Gennaro Gattuso and Massimo Ambrosini did for Pirlo at AC Milan, and then Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba did for him at Juventus. Unfortunately for the aging star, he isn’t about to unseat the impressive and dependable Moralez any time soon.That leaves the World Cup winner to try to make the most of opportunities when they come, and he surely knew he hadn’t done that on Saturday. You could see it on his face as he rushed out of Yankee Stadium after the match, one of the first players to leave the building.Vieira has continued to stand by Pirlo, even in moments when it has seemed every bit like a player who has come to the end of his usefulness. The manager still sees a player who he believes can help NYCFC as it tries to make a run at an MLS Cup title, and based on Portland’s approach Saturday, opponents also still believe he is a player who can make a difference.”Pirlo’s a great player,” Porter said. “In their system he works, but also if you can’t get him on the ball and into a rhythm then they’re not going to get going quite as well.”The Timbers made Pirlo look every bit like a fading 38-year-old on Saturday, and as much as fatigue from two games in four days may have played a part in that, it felt more like a harsh reminder that we are witnessing the final days of his amazing career. We’ll keep watching, hoping for some more special moments from the Italian maestro, but we’re also just as likely to see forgettable matches that will be painful to watch, and make us long for the days of seeing Pirlo at his magical best.last_img read more

Uefa shows bite to Besiktas but is a pussycat over Danny Welbeck dive

first_imgJamie Vardy Topics Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Facebook Presumably, everyone is up to speed by now about the reassuring news from Uefa, permanently trying to find different ways of curing football’s ills, that it has launched disciplinary action against Besiktas because of the pitch invader that briefly interrupted the club’s Champions League tie against Bayern Munich.Even by Uefa’s standards, it’s a belter of a story given that it was actually a ginger cat who had wandered in off the streets to investigate what all these silly humans were up to. Unfortunately for Besiktas, nobody at Uefa appears to be aware that cats, as a general rule, do as they please, rather than what they are told. Nor is it particularly easy to understand what Besiktas should have done to avoid the charge of “insufficient organisation”. I mean, how does one organise the pussycat community of Istanbul these days? Should a saucer of milk and tin of Whiskas be kept by the dugout just in case? And, all silliness aside, could Uefa really not have taken the lead from Bayern – whose supporters voted the feline as their man of the match – rather than directing a moment of harmless fun towards its sanctions department. The case will be heard on 31 May and, knowing what we do about Uefa’s disciplinary tariff, don’t rule anything out – who could really be shocked if a stray kitty ends up costing Besiktas more in fines than a Nazi salute or racist chant would?It was interesting, though, that there was nothing from Uefa about what happened the following night when Arsenal played Milan in the Europa League and the latest evidence that maybe it was time for the people in charge of these affairs to reassess their priorities.A few paw prints on the pitch at Besiktas certainly seemed less offensive to me than the sight, once again, of a professional footballer duping the officials into awarding a penalty and it is strange, to say the least, that Uefa doesn’t employ the same rule as the Football Association, whereby the relevant player would now be banned for two games. There is an option to take retrospective action if the referee or match delegate raised the matter. Plainly, they didn’t – and I doubt Danny Welbeck, the player in question, will care too greatly that the headline in Corriere della Sera was “Affondati da un tuffo” – “Sunk by a dive” – or that Enrico Currò, the correspondent for La Repubblica, described it as a moment Italy’s most famous high-board diver, Tania Cagnotto, would have been proud of. Pinterest Pinterest For the hard evidence, just look through the list of players Gareth Southgate has called up for England’s forthcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy and tot up the ones who have previous for these kind of deceptions.All four of the players listed as forwards, just for starters. Raheem Sterling and Jamie Vardy have made an art form of initiating contact with the defender and then going down in the penalty area. Marcus Rashford’s dive to win a penalty against Swansea last season was one of the reasons why the FA beefed up its rules. Welbeck has just proved Arsène Wenger’s point about English players taking over as the “masters” of diving – if you remember the penalty Welbeck won against Wigan at Old Trafford in September 2012 you might argue this is nothing new.When it comes to the midfielders, it is not just Dele Alli who appears to consider thespianism just an extension of all his other talent. Jesse Lingard and Jordan Henderson have both been booked for diving, and in the kind of games when it is bemusing to think they felt it necessary to try it on – Lingard in a Europa League tie against Midtjylland and Henderson in a League Cup tie against Exeter.Alli is, however, the worst of the lot by some distance: a serial offender who has been booked three times for diving since his Premier League debut in August 2015, as well as getting away with the same kind of offence more times than he will probably want us to remember. He cheats. He will do it again, soon probably, because he doesn’t learn from it and doesn’t seem to care too greatly that he is now thought of in this regard as even more prolific than Ashley Young – a player Roberto Mancini once referred to by leaning forward in his chair, putting his hands together and stooping his head in the manner of another Tania Cagnotto. A cat jumps on to an advertisement board during Besiktas’s Champions League game with Bayern Munich. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Not that the Italian media are demanding Welbeck is put in stocks outside the Duomo. One newspaper’s description of Welbeck as “cunning as a weasel for pinching a penalty that never was” comes across as praise rather than condemnation and Corriere dello Sport actually made him man of the match, acknowledging his movement, his two goals and the way he won, then scored, the penalty that turned the game heavily in Arsenal’s favour. It’s a different culture, far more conditioned to players who dive, but that doesn’t mean to say English football can be arrogant enough to give itself a pat on the back. I still see no English player as unsteady on his feet as, say, Diego Costa or Didier Drogba. But the gap is closing and it is starting to feel like a close-run thing. Danny Welbeck Share on Twitter Read more Arsène Wenger claims English players are now the ‘masters’ of diving Read more Uefa Raheem Sterling Mauricio Pochettino says Dele Alli dive was simple case of football trickery Arsenal Champions League If you are wondering how many that leaves with a clean slate from the list of England strikers or attacking midfielders, the answer is three: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana and Jack Wilshere. Or four, perhaps, if Harry Kane was fit and given the benefit of the doubt. Daniel Sturridge? His only booking in the last four years for Liverpool was for – you’ve guessed it – a dive. You might also remember the little piece of mid-air sorcery to conjure up a penalty at Manchester United in 2014. “Such a good dive,” as Luis Suárez later wrote in his autobiography, full of admiration. “When I saw the replay, I realised that Daniel was about a metre away from [Nemanja] Vidic. I said to Daniel later: ‘Can you imagine what would have happened if that would have been me?’ He said: ‘I felt him touching me,’ and started laughing.” Not just cheating, but virtually high-fiving about how clever it was. Suárez and Sturridge didn’t always get on – but in this moment they sounded like blood brothers. Share via Email Sportblog Facebook Tottenham’s Dele Alli takes a dive over Wayne Hennessey of Crystal Palace. Photograph: John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Gety Images Dele Alli Twitter Twitter The difficult part is knowing what to do about it now it is such an unshakeable part of football life. The new FA rules have changed little and it didn’t need Uefa’s inaction after the Arsenal-Milan tie – a game, incidentally, when a Milan player, Suso, was booked for diving – for one to suspect European football’s governing body still doesn’t understand why so many people find it a turnoff.One idea is that if Premier League managers were fined a certain amount – £15,000, for example – every time it happened they would quickly make sure the players got the message. But that kind of money is still chickenfeed for today’s multimillionaires and it would be much fairer, surely, to punish the players themselves. Each player caught diving should get one strike, to act as a warning. But I like the idea that if somebody does the same again, and gets another booking in the process, that player should serve an automatic two-match ban. If it happens a third time, it goes up to three matches. And so on – with all offences counted over the previous three seasons.Uefa could introduce something similar if it were not too preoccupied with the issues caused by Istanbul’s stray kitty community. Except Uefa has promised before to tackle diving in football but never kept to its word. “Uefa is prepared to crack down on what it considers as the intentional cheating of referees and opponents, by suspending ‘simulators’ for gross unsporting conduct if evidence such as TV video footage shows that a player has intentionally duped a referee by, for example, diving in the opposition penalty area,” the press release announced in November 2004. “It is important that Uefa sends a message on simulation out to players,” Peter Limacher, Uefa’s disciplinary services manager, added. “They must know that if they are going to cheat, they will face disciplinary proceedings.” All of which raises one obvious question: how did that one go? Share on WhatsApp comment Reuse this contentlast_img read more

19 days agoSheffield Utd to bid for Brentford striker Ollie Watkins

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sheffield Utd to bid for Brentford striker Ollie Watkinsby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United are eyeing Brentford striker Ollie Watkins.Chris Wilder and his team are looking for another striker, even though they bought Oli McBurnie and Callum Robinson in the summer.Brentford forward Watkins has been tracked since the start of a campaign in which he has become one of the Championship’s top scorers, says The Sun.United have fancied Watkins for years as he can play anywhere across the front line.And his run of scoring in a new central role confirmed their belief in him.Crystal Palace wanted Watkins in the last window but he was priced too high for their liking. last_img

Clemson Hosting Coastal Carolina Football, Displaced By Hurricane This Week

first_imgA general view of a vacant Clemson football stadium.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 7: A general view of Memorial Stadium prior to the game between the Clemson Tigers and South Carolina State Bulldogs on September 7, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)Hurricane Dorian has been making its way towards the Southeastern Coast, after battering the Bahamas this week. On top of the tremendous damage it’s caused, the hurricane has made preparing for college football games especially difficult for some schools in its path. Luckily, for one, Clemson is here to help.In the state of South Carolina, the governor ordered an evacuation of areas along the coast. Among the affected colleges is Coastal Carolina, which has had classes cancelled and all facilities closed for the coming storm.Coastal Carolina has only a few days before heading to the Midwest for a game against Kansas. Earlier this week they were forced to practice on a high school field.But the Clemson Tigers have decided to extend a helping hand to their in-state neighbors.The Chanticleers revealed on Wednesday that the Tigers had opened their doors to them.Southern hospitality! Thank you @ClemsonFB for opening up your home to let us work today.#ChantsUp | #BEL1EVE | #BAM pic.twitter.com/5Auf1YY4G7— Coastal Football (@CoastalFootball) September 4, 2019The Chanticleers and the Tigers couldn’t be farther apart in terms of ambitions and overall ability. They played each other only once back in 2009, with Clemson easily beating them in a 49-3 victory.Clemson has gone on to win a pair of national titles since that game, while Coastal Carolina just launched its program in 2003, and joined the FBS level in 2017.But in the face of potentially serious damage at the hands of Hurricane Dorian, it’s nice to see that colleges are able to come together like this.Clemson is preparing for perhaps its toughest game of the regular season, when it hosts Texas A&M on Saturday. Coastal Carolina will travel to Kansas this week.last_img read more

Modi to be sworn in as PM for second term on May

first_imgNew Delhi: Narendra Modi will be sworn in as country’s Prime Minister for the second term on May 30, the Rashtrapati Bhavan said here on Sunday.A communique from the President’s House said the oath-taking ceremony will be held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday. “The President (Ram Nath Kovind) will administer the Oath of Office and Secrecy to the Prime Minister and other members of Union Council of Ministers on 30.05.2019 at 07.00 p.m. at Rashtrapati Bhavan,” the communique issued by President’s press secretary Ashok Malik said. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistModi was elected unanimously as the leader of the National Democratic Alliance on Saturday. Later, he called on the President in his capacity as leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party, which has majority support in the House of the People following the general election to the 17th Lok Sabha. The President, exercising powers under the Constitution, appointed Modi to the office of Prime Minister of India and sought his advice about the names of others to be appointed members of the Union Council of Ministers and indicate the date and time of the swearing-in-ceremony to be held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceEarlier on Saturday, a delegation of the NDA led by BJP president Amit Shah, along with Prakash Singh Badal, Rajnath Singh, Nitish Kumar, Ram Vilas Paswan, Sushma Swaraj, Uddhav Thackeray, Nitin Gadkari, K Palaniswami, Conrad Sangma and Neiphiu Rio, called on the President at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. They handed over a letter to the President stating Modi has been elected the leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party. Letters of support from NDA constituent parties were also handed over to the President. The NDA together has a strength of 353 MPs in the 543-member Lok Sabha out of which the BJP has a majority of 303 Members of Parliament. Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said his return to power was a huge responsibility that the people have bestowed on him. Speaking at a rally in Ahmedabad – his first since the massive victory in the Lok Sabha elections – he said, “We have to utilise these five years to solve issues of the common citizens”. PM Modi had gone to Ahmedabad Sunday to take the blessings of his mother. While there, he also held a rally and addressed the people of his home state, which he ruled as a Chief Minister for 13 years. The PM meets his mother regularly before important occasions such as elections, apart from routine visits despite his packed day plans. Meanwhile, Modi will visit his parliamentary constituency Varanasi on Monday to thank the people for “reposing faith” in him and offer prayers at the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple. After reaching Varanasi, Modi will travel by road from the police lines to Bansphatak, with his cavalcade passing through various parts of the city. He will pay obeisance at the Kashi Vishwanath temple on Monday morning and later address a gathering of workers of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), party sources said.last_img read more

The Monday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Monday, Oct. 2———TWO CANADIANS AMONG DEAD IN VEGAS: Two Canadians were among dozens of people killed in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of thousands gathered at an outdoor country music festival Sunday. Jessica Klymchuk, of Valleyview, Alta., and Jordan McIldoon, 23, of Maple Ridge, B.C., were among at least 58 people who died in the horrific attack that also left more than 500 others injured, including an unknown number of Canadians. In a statement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced the “senseless and cowardly act of violence.”———HIGH-RISE SNIPER KILLS DOZENS AT VEGAS CONCERT: A gunman on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel-casino rained heavy fire down on a crowd of over 22,000 at an outdoor country music festival, turning the expanse into a killing field from which there was little escape. At least 58 people died. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. At least 515 people were injured. Authorities said SWAT teams using explosives stormed the gunman’s hotel room in the gold-coloured glass skyscraper and found he had killed himself.———CHARGES LAID IN EDMONTON ATTACK: A suspect has been charged in an attack which saw an Edmonton officer stabbed and four people injured when they were hit by a rental truck fleeing police. Abdulahi Hasan Sharif faces five counts of attempted murder, four counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and one weapons-related charge. Police raised the possibility of terrorism charges on Sunday when revealing that Sharif had been investigated two years earlier for espousing extremist views and was found to have an Islamic State flag in his car.———ACCUSED IN QUEBEC MOSQUE SHOOTING GOING STRAIGHT TO TRIAL: The accused in the slayings of six men at a Quebec City mosque last January will bypass his preliminary hearing and go straight to trial, the Crown announced on Monday. Prosecutors filed a direct indictment against Alexandre Bissonnette during a brief hearing in Quebec City. Crown prosecutor Thomas Jacques also announced another charge — one more count of attempted murder with a restricted weapon.———PAYETTE NOW 29TH GOVERNOR GENERAL: Amid all the pomp and pageantry afforded the Queen’s representative in Canada, former astronaut Julie Payette took the formal oath of office Monday to become the country’s 29th Governor General in a traditional ceremony on Parliament Hill. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood by as Payette read the oaths of allegiance of the Governor General and commander-in-chief of Canada, and of the Keeper of the Great Seal of Canada. The audience included justices of the Supreme Court, political and Indigenous leaders and other dignitaries, including former governors general, several provincial premiers and Payette’s friends and family.———PREMIERS TO TALK TAX CHANGES WITH MORNEAU: The Liberal government has been fielding a lot of complaints about controversial proposed tax reforms and now the premiers are about to have their turn as they gather in Ottawa to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The provincial and territorial leaders will get a chance on Tuesday to hear Finance Minister Bill Morneau discuss his proposals to eliminate small business tax provisions the Liberals argue allow wealthy Canadians to avoid paying their fair share. The suggested changes have led to an outcry from doctors, farmers, small business owners and even some premiers, who are concerned about the effect they would have on their provincial economies.———TECH SECTOR WARNS FEDS OVER TAX PROPOSALS: The country’s fastest growing technology companies and industry investors are urging the federal government to meet the sector before going ahead with controversial tax-reform proposals. In a letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, the Council of Canadian Innovators warns his tax proposals would limit tech entrepreneurs’ access to capital that’s vital for their companies’ growth and job creation. The association also says the changes, if implemented, would create uncertainty for corporate tax planning, intensify a brain drain of tech talent away from Canada and negatively affect Ottawa’s highly publicized investments to help high-potential firms scale up.———SINGH MEETING MPS ON 1ST DAY AS NDP LEADER: Jagmeet Singh spent his first day as the newly elected leader of the federal NDP meeting individually with MPs in Ottawa as he prepares to name an interim leader in the House of Commons. Singh, a member of the Ontario legislature who does not currently have a Commons seat, is expected to name an MP in the coming days who will oversee the work of the federal caucus. NDP national director Robert Fox says Singh will be paid directly by the party because he can’t be paid through parliamentary channels.———BORUTSKI MURDER TRIAL BEGINS: Basil Borutski had nothing to say for himself Monday as the former millwright, accused of killing three women in the Ottawa Valley in 2015, refused to enter a plea at the start of his murder trial. The 59-year-old remained silent in the prisoner’s box as a court clerk first asked him to confirm his name before asking how he would like to plead to the three first-degree murder charges against him. The charges relate to the deaths of Carol Culleton, 66, Anastasia Kuzyk, 36, and Nathalie Warmerdam, 48, whose bodies were found in separate crime scenes in and around Wilno, Ont., on Sept. 22, 2015.———DEVOS TO VISIT ONTARIO: U.S. President Donald Trump’s education secretary, who holds controversial views on publicly funded education, is set to visit Ontario to learn about its public school system. Ontario government officials confirmed Betsy DeVos’ trip is taking place but wouldn’t provide details. U.S. embassy officials provided few specifics, except to say DeVos’ visit is on Thursday and Friday and involves a study tour to Toronto “to examine best practices in Ontario’s education system.”———last_img read more

Woman 49 killed by her own dog in Alberta police say

first_imgROCKYVIEW, Alta. – Police say a woman was killed by her own dog in Rocky View, Alta., on Saturday evening.RCMP say the boxer-pitbull cross initially attacked a three-year-old girl, leaving her with serious but not life-threatening injuries, before turning on the 49-year-old woman.They say the deceased was the dog’s owner, and the attack happened in her home.Witnesses reported to police that the dog had not shown previous signs of aggression and was otherwise well-behaved.Investigators say the dog, along with one other in the residence, has been quarantined in Calgary and will be monitored.last_img

Family of deceased Indigenous woman suing Toronto police for 14 million

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe family of an Indigenous woman that died in Toronto under suspicious circumstances is suing Toronto police for $14 million alleging the force was negligent in the events leading up to her death in April 2013 and during the subsequent police investigation that labeled it a suicide.Cheyenne Fox’s family alleges Toronto police didn’t properly respond to two 911 calls prior to Fox’s death April 25, 2013 when she fell to her death from a 24th floor balcony of a Toronto condo according to a statement of claim filed in Peterborough court Friday and obtained by APTN National News.None of the allegations have been proven in court and all defendants, including Toronto police, are expected to be served Monday.Fox died at about 11 p.m. that night, but the first 911 call came in at approximately 6 p.m. from someone who witnessed Fox jump from a moving taxicab on Highway 401.It’s alleged she lept from the “still moving” cab because the driver was sexually assaulting her.Two people stopped and picked her up on the side of the highway.The document states they drove Fox to her destination at 80 Harrison Garden Blvd. to meet an alleged “custumer” as she was working as a sex worker, potentially forced into it by a human trafficking ring.The second 911 call came about two hours later at 8 p.m. from someone inside condo unit 2419 at 80 Harrison Garden Blvd., the document alleges.The claim alleges someone from the unit called police upon Fox’s arrival claiming she was intoxicated, trespassing and refusing to leave the place.“No response from the Toronto Police Service Board ever came in respect of the two 911 calls that were made by third parties in relation to Cheyenne and the serious danger or harm that she was reported to be in,” alleges the statement of claim.It’s then alleged she tried to “escape” the home, but someone “physically forced Cheyenne to remain at his property.”The pair started drinking, according to the document.A third call to 911 was placed at 11 p.m. due to an alleged fight between Fox and the occupant.The caller said Fox had jumped over the balcony.Police arrived minutes later to “collect the badly beaten and lifeless body of Cheyenne.”Fox’s family say Toronto police also failed to provide “adequate or effective” reports or effectively communicate with the family after the death.The family alleges police failed, as well, in considering Fox “was murdered.”Last fall, the family said police told them the case was closed and Fox’s death was determined to be suicide.“(Police) blamed Cheyenne for her death attributing ‘risky’ behavior and a ‘high risk lifestyle’ instead of engaging an adequate or effective policing strategy to protect vulnerable women,” the document alleges.Fox’s father John Fox is scheduled to hold a press conference Monday at 2 p.m. in front of police headquarters in downtown Toronto.Attempts to reach Toronto police Saturday were unsuccessful.Kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

CPI for October up 14 from year ago StatCan

first_imgThe annual pace of inflation slowed in October as increases in the price of gasoline were smaller than in September, Statistics Canada reported Friday.Its consumer price index was up 1.4 per cent in October compared with a year ago, following a 1.6 per cent increase in September. Excluding gasoline, the index was up 1.3 per cent compared with a year ago – more than the 1.1-per-cent increase in September.Prices were up in seven of the eight major categories compared with a year ago with the transportation and shelter categories contributing the most.Transportation prices last month were up 3.0 per cent compared with a year ago following a 3.8 per cent increase in September as gasoline prices were up 6.5 per cent year over year in October compared with 14.1 per cent in September in the aftermath of hurricane Harvey. Shelter costs were up 1.2 per cent.Prices for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products were up 2.7 per cent from a year ago, while food costs were up 1.3 per cent as food bought in restaurants gained 2.9 per cent.Prices for clothing and footwear, the only category to move lower, fell 1.5 per cent compared with a year ago as the cost of women’s clothing fell 4.6 per cent compared with a year ago.The Bank of Canada, which uses a two per cent inflation target in setting monetary policy, raised its key interest rate target twice this year following strong economic growth to start 2017.However, economists expect growth for the second half of the year to come in at a slower pace and the central bank has suggested that while further rate hikes are likely, they will be cautious and pay close attention to the incoming economic data.Of the Bank of Canada’s three preferred measures of core inflation, which seek to look through the noise of more-volatile items, CPI-common increased to 1.6 per cent compared with 1.5 per cent in September, while CP-median slipped to 1.7 per cent from 1.8 per cent. CPI-trim held steady at 1.5 per cent.last_img read more

Ban calls on South Sudan to restore security after deadly ethnic fighting

23 August 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Government of South Sudan to restore security in Jonglei state, where recent ethnic clashes have claimed at least 600 deaths. Unconfirmed reports indicate that almost 1,000 people have also been wounded during the fighting between the Murle and Lou Nuer communities in Jonglei that followed large-scale cattle raids by members of the two groups which have led to the theft of between 26,000 and 30,000 cattle.“The Secretary-General calls on the Government of South Sudan to take all steps to restore security in Jonglei state, to protect civilians affected by this violence and to work with both communities to reduce tensions,” a statement issued by his spokesperson said. The statement added that the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) stands ready to assist the Government fulfil its primary role to provide security and protect civilians.An assessment and verification team from UNMISS has already visited the areas where the clashes took place and is working to help local authorities facilitate reconciliation efforts.Yesterday, the head of UNMISS and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for South Sudan, Hilde Johnson urged all ethnic communities to exercise restraint.“This cycle of violence must stop,” she said. “That so many people have been killed and injured again in such wanton destruction is unacceptable.”UNMISS has been in place since early July, when South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan following a referendum held in January. It took over from the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), which was created following the signing of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the north-south civil war and paved the way for the referendum. read more

In Brad Wall private sector had ally whose voice rang louder than

With Brad Wall’s departure from politics, the private sector is losing an ally whose voice reverberated louder than most on the public stage.During his 10-year tenure as Saskatchewan’s premier, Wall’s reputation as an advocate of free enterprise grew, whether he was defending the interests of potash or the oilpatch.“He has been a strong champion for pipelines, for oil and gas, for enabling Saskatchewan to reach its economic potential,” said Tim McMillan, CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. McMillan previously served in several key cabinet portfolios in Wall’s government including energy.“We will certainly miss his leadership,” McMillan said.When he was sworn in as premier in November 2007, Wall inherited a province gushing in oil revenue thanks to high crude prices. Still, he ushered in a wave of belt-tightening measures in the years ahead, partly in anticipation of the volatility of resource revenues.“During his term as premier we dramatically changed to a ‘can-do’ province,” said John Hopkins, CEO of the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce.“We witnessed record growth in terms of jobs, income, and investment and it really changed from being a place to be from … to being a place to be because there were a lot of things going on.”Scott Saxberg, CEO of Crescent Point Energy, said Wall’s consistent taxation and energy regulation policies helped enable his company to become the largest oil and gas producer in the province.“He’s probably been one of our greatest leaders in Canada,” he said.Saxberg and leaders of some other Calgary-based oil and gas companies with operations in Saskatchewan were invited in March to move their head offices there, a move that irked Alberta Premier Rachel Notley but for which Wall was unapologetic.That illustrates both Wall’s role as “Our No. 1 cheerleader” and the province’s growing economic clout, even if it didn’t result in any big company moves, said Steve McLellan, CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.“Decades ago, people would have laughed out of those Calgary offices to hear a Saskatchewan premier invite them to come here,” McLellan said.“(Now) it’s a logical consideration.”While he was a proponent of the free market, he also stood against any measures he perceived as a threat to his home province’s economy.A defining moment in Wall’s career occurred in 2010, when he aggressively opposed a hostile takeover bid of PotashCorp, a provincial Crown corporation, by Australia’s BHP Billiton. The acquisition was eventually blocked by the federal government.Wall is supporting the current proposed merger of PotashCorp with Calgary-based Agrium, in part because its head office would remain in Saskatoon.Colleen Collins, vice-president of the Canada West Foundation think tank, said Wall has been a strong voice for removing trade barriers in Western Canada and the Northwestern United States.“He’s taken on a role as a spokesman for the West,” Collins said. “Losing someone of that experience and vision is going to be really unfortunate.”While he was generally lauded in corporate quarters, others, including those from labour and environmental organizations, have a less favourable view of Wall’s legacy.Bob Bymoen, president of the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union, said Wall’s time in power has been defined by privatizing government departments and replacing workers with private contractors and consultants.“I hope the next premier doesn’t have such a hate-on for unions, that he respects working people and their right to organize and form a union,” said Bymoen, who represents about 20,000 government workers.His government’s long-standing opposition to a carbon tax also drew scorn from environmental groups.It’s a position that puts him “on the wrong side of history,” said Keith Stewart, a senior energy strategist with Greenpeace Canada.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. read more

Four teams on 100 after three rounds of DKB Bundesliga

dkb bundesliga 1.Flensburg-H.330096:686 12.Coburg 2000310271:822 PHOTO: IHF, Stephane Pillaud 11.Lemgo310277:882 9.TVB Stuttgart210148:512 17.MT Melsungen300371:840 2.Rhein-Neckar330090:656 8.Leipzig311174:673 14.Minden310278:942 4.Gummersbach330091:716 18.Bergischer300370:900 After three rounds of matches in German DKB Bundesliga, four teams are still on 100% – SG Flensburg, VfL Gummersbach, Fuchse Berlin and Rhein Neckar Lowen.Here are the results and scorers:SG Flensburg-Handewitt – SC Magdeburg 26:25 (10:13)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (5 saves), Møller (15/1 saves) – Karlsson, Eggert (5/2), Glandorf (1), Mogensen (3), Svan (6), Wanne, Djordjic (1), Jakobsson (1), Toft Hansen (6), Mahé (3/1)SC Magdeburg: Quenstedt (16/1 saves) – van Olphen, Bagersted (3), Bezjak (1), Weber (4/2), Musche (7), Damgaard, Christiansen (4), O´Sullivan, Zelenovic (2), Pettersson (3), Musa (1)TVB Stuttgart – Bergischer HC 26:24 (13:11)TVB Stuttgart: Schagen (7/5), Schimmelbauer (5), Weiss (4), Baumgarten (3), M’Bengue (3), Kraus (2), Kretschmer (1), Schweikardt (1)Bergischer HC: Thor Gunnarsson (7/1), Artmann (4), Oelze (4/1), Preuss (4), M. Hermann (3), Babak (2)Füchse Berlin – TSV GWD Minden 36:26 (20:13)Füchse Berlin: Zachrisson (9), Elisson (5), Drux (5), Wiede (5/1), Vukovic (4), Nenadic (3/1), Kozina (2), Gojun (1), Fäth (1), Tönnesen (1) –TSV GWD Minden: Svitlica (6/2), Michalczik (5), Rambo (5), Korte (3), Larsson (3), Freitag (2), Südmeier (1), Freiman (1)TBV Lemgo – HC Erlangen 28:27 (17:13)TBV Lemgo : Hornke (7/3), Hermann (7), Suton (5), Stenbäcken (4), Mansson (3), Klimek (1), Zieker (1)  –HC Erlangen:Theilinger (6), Rahmel (4/2), N. Link (4), Stranovsky (3/1), Guardiola (3), Thümmler (2), Horak (2), Bissel (1), J. Link (1), Sabljic (1)DHfK Leipzig – TSV Hannover-Burgdorf 23:25 (11:12)DHfK Leipzig : Janke (6), Jurdzs (5), Steinert (3/2), Rivesjo (2), Semper (2), Binder (1) Meschke (1), Milosevic (1), Rojewski (1), Strosack (1)  –TSV Hannover-Burgdorf: Mortensen (5/1), Häfner (5), Böhm (4), Olsen (4), Johanssen (2), Kastening (2), Patrail (2), Karason (1)MT Melsungen – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 26:30 (12:14)MT Melsungen: Rnic (7), Müller (6), Sellin (4/3), Fahlgren (3), Golla (3), Schneider (2), Allendorf (1)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Schmid (8/1), Sigurdsson (5/2), Ekdahl du Rietz (4), Groetzki (3), Petersson (3), Reinkind (3), Larsen (2), Pekeler (2)VfL Gummersbach – HSC 2000 Coburg 31:27 (16:13)Gummersbach : von Gruchalla (7/4), Pevnov (6), Schröder (5), Nyokas (4), Kühn (3), Schmidt (3), Bult (1), Ernst (1), Mestrum (1) –Coburg: Cossbau (6/3), Billek (5), Lex (5), Kelm (3), Büdel (2), Harmandic (2), Kirveliavicius (2), Riehn (1), Weber (1)STANDINGS: ← Previous Story Vujovic and Cervar dismiss gossips about Croatian bench! Next Story → Lemke to leave, Bezjak extends in Magdeburg 13.Goppingen310276:892 7.Hannover-Burgdorf320179:814 16.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten200241:520 6.HSG Wetzlar320175:734 3.Kiel4301115:936 10.Erlangen310279:882 15.SC Magdeburg301266:761 5.Fuchse Berlin220063:484 read more

Cr Pavlidis helping young people crack the cultural glass ceiling

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cr Kris Pavlidis has been elected as mayor of the City of Whittlesea for the second time following a council meeting last week.Now in her fourth term as a councillor, she was the first female mayor of Greek background to serve the municipality. To ensure she is not the last, as one of her first matters of business in the top job, Cr Pavlidis acknowledged her commitment to “gender balance and equity through the creation of concrete opportunities” and is kicking off with an initiative to encourage young people to get involved in politics. “More than 50 per cent of our demographic are women and yet that isn’t reflected in the decision-making structures, positions and levels,” Cr Pavlidis told Neos Kosmos. “If we go back to quite a few years ago, it was a similar drive that I was pushing and this is going back many years now and we’ve made little progress.”While women are continuously working towards shattering the glass ceiling, she says one of the reasons women have sometimes shied away from getting involved in politics is that traditionally they have not been encouraged to enter the space which for decades was overwhelmingly male-dominated.“What I’ve understood is that a lot of women see politics as a much more difficult space to enter. I want to break it down a little bit so it’s a lot more meaningful and the comprehension around it is more real, rather than the perception. Some of the perceptions are accurate, but some of them are not,” she explains.For the newly elected mayor, entering politics wasn’t particularly intimidating given she grew up being exposed to her migrant father’s involvement in politics at a community level, and being passionate about pursuing real change, she knew it could only be addressed systemically.But not everyone comes from a politically engaged household, and as a result she says through her exposure speaking to young people, when it comes to both young men and women, that there is not enough interest at a grassroots levels, negatively impacted by a lack of understanding of the significance of the political processes.“People turn around and say ‘I’m not interested in politics, I couldn’t care less about it, why should I?’. Well, politics are everywhere: they’re in the schoolyard, they’re in the office. We’re all involved in it, we’re all impacted by it, and not enough of us are taking enough interest or responsibility in how we drive the politics around us. It’s not about learning the science of politics, that’s a degree in itself. This is about how you can use politics as a tool so you’re a more effective practitioner in your sector, whatever that may be,” she explains.The mayor plans on addressing this with a mentoring program offered to schools and tertiary institutions and aimed at both genders with the chance to ‘walk with a mayor’ to spend a week or a month with Cr Pavlidis to be exposed to the different approaches to decision-making, structures, the various positions in local government, and budgets.“Sometimes they say if people don’t understand something it develops a fear, well I want to break that down a little bit and say it’s around you anyway, it’s not such an intimidating concept. Come and have a look and see how decisions are made at a senior level.”last_img read more

Hundreds of thousands visit San Diego beaches over Memorial Day Weekend

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — An estimated 105 thousand people flocked to the beach Monday to celebrate Memorial Day.According to San Diego Lifeguards, crews performed 28 rescues, 1,173 preventatives acts and responded to 30 medical aid calls.Over the course of the entire holiday weekend, an estimated 354 thousand people were at the beach.Crews performed 96 rescues, 4,212 preventative acts and responded to 148 medical calls in total. , Hundreds of thousands visit San Diego beaches over Memorial Day Weekend Posted: May 28, 2018center_img May 28, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Falcons become first NFL team to lower concession prices

first_img(WSVN) – Are the prices of beer and snacks keeping you from heading to the ball park?Some sports team owners say they feel your pain, and are starting to lower concession prices.The Atlanta Falcons decided to revamp their venue’s menu for 2017 to coincide with their move to the team’s new Mercedes-Benz stadium.Cheeseburgers and 20-ounce domestic beers will cost fans just $5 each, while chicken tenders with fries will be $6, Thrillist reports. Sodas will cost $2, and even come with free refills. Hot dogs will also be sold for just $2, the team says.Photo credit: Atlanta FalconsThe move has Falcons fans applauding – literally.“When I talk about the new stadium’s Fan First pricing in front of crowds, the initial reaction most people have is just spontaneous applause,” said Mike Gomes, Senior VP of Fan Experience for the AMB Sports & Entertainment Group, which owns the Falcons. “And I’m serious. People actually stand up and applaud. That should tell you everything.”The team’s decision to lower prices stemmed from talking with fans, who considered concession pricing to be “overwhelmingly unsatisfactory.” The Falcons aren’t the first sports team to lower concession costs. The Oakland A’s lowered beer prices at their stadium earlier this year, according to the Mercury News.But the Falcons’ pricing is the first of its kind in the NFL, and could (hopefully) spur similar actions across the league. The team’s owners hope the lower prices will encourage more fans to spend more time – and money – inside their stadium.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

New 20182022 State Suicide Prevention Plan Released

first_imgAlaskans accept responsibility for preventing suicide.Alaskans prevent and mitigate the impact of trauma, substance abuse, and other risk factors contributing to suicide.Alaskans communicate, cooperate, and coordinate suicide prevention efforts.Alaskans have immediate access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services they need.Alaskans support survivors in healing.Quality data and research is available and used for planning, implementation, and evaluation of suicide prevention efforts. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Statewide Suicide Prevention Council released an updated five-year State Suicide Prevention Plan for the state of Alaska. The action plan stresses that all Alaskans  play a role in building resilient individuals and resilient communities. Council Chairperson Sharon Fishel: “We’ve seen tremendous progress in public understanding that people can support mental health like they can physical health, and mental illnesses such as depression and substance misuse disorder are chronic conditions that should be managed like heart disease and diabetes.” The plan referred to as “Recasting the Net” builds on the 2012-2017 state plan, with updated information and resources and broken down to six main goals. Fishel: “We’re excited to build on the progress we’ve made with help from community partners like You Are Not Alone clubs in high schools.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-suicide-prevention-plan.mp3VmJennifer-on-suicide-prevention-plan.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more