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Washington Sundar ready to prove his mettle for India after IPL success

Washington Sundar ready to prove his mettle for India after IPL success

first_imgWashington Sundar is just a few steps away from realising his dream of playing for India after being named in the ODI squad for the ongoing series against Sri Lanka as a replacement for the injured Kedar Jadhav.Not many teenagers get a chance to share the dressing room with the senior team players but Sundar has got the opportunity to exactly that and he wants to make full use of this chance.”For any cricketer, playing for India is the ultimate dream. As an 18-year-old, I have got the opportunity to play for India and it is a great feeling. I trust a lot in my preparation and it has paid off.”Sundar however, isn’t getting overawed with players like MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan around him thanks to his experience of playing with them in the Indian Premier League.”It has been my fourth day to be precise but I do not feel that I just became part of the team. I knew lot of players before, have played with Mahi bhai (Dhoni) in the IPL. They all made me feel at home,” said Sundar ahead of the second ODI against Sri Lanka at Mohali on Tuesday.Jadhav has in the past contributed with the ball whenever called upon by the captain and his part-time off-spin has provided success to the team on a few occasions. Sundar says he will try to contribute with the bat and will be ready to bowl his full quota if required.advertisement”I would definitely have to be ready to bowl 10 overs of off spin and contribute with the bat no matter what position the team is in.”Sundar had recently failed to clear the yo-yo test, which is mandatory for the players to be eligible for selection in the Indian team these days. But the 18-year-old worked hard on his fitness and had a good IPL season with the Rising Pune Supergiant which got him the attention of the selectors.”I went back, prepared a lot, trained a lot on aspects, where I needed to. It paid off. I started bowling more and spent extra time on my batting. And fitness also as you know it has become a very important aspect of this Indian team,” said the Tamil Nadu all-rounder, who made his first-class debut last year before playing his first List A game this March.”You do see a lot of wickets like that. In a domestic season, you get to play two games on tracks similar to Dharamsala. The way Mahi bhai batted was great, he went on the counter attack. Another 60-70 runs would have made a lot of difference,” said Sundar.last_img read more

Biff returns as contenders look to prove State of Origin worth

Biff returns as contenders look to prove State of Origin worth

first_imgAs the mighty State of Origin leviathan looms large, round 11 of the NRL saw a bevy of spunk-filled punks and feisty fringe-dwellers do their best to display their plumage of Origin-toughness ahead of the annual three-pronged showpiece.On Friday night in Brisbane, Broncos super-speedster James Roberts had a veritable ding-do go with rangy Rooster Latrell Mitchell, the pair running into each other with relish and high gusto. It was entertaining and compelling fare, and finished in a split-points decision – Brad Fittler could pick them both. Melbourne Storm Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest NRL: Review launched into timekeeping as Dragons and Sharks continue winning ways Rugby league Since you’re here… … 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. NRL Australia sport Read more Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardiancenter_img Share via Email One of the funnier things about it is the popularity of fighting. Former Origin legend Chris “Choppy” Close declared on Facebook: “Curtis Scott is my new Hero!!!” Meanwhile, fresh-made memes flashed about congratulating Scott for single-handedly “bringing back the biff”, the violence that authorities have sought to banish.And yet as we saw across the weekend, every now and again the code harks back to its blood-knuckled roots, and spunk-filled colts, imbued with stories of Origin and battles at Brookvale as men look to live the legend. State of Origin, like any great adventure, provides stories and legends to stoke imaginations. And State of Origin has more stories than Russell Crowe’s Book of Feuds. Reuse this content Manly Sea Eagles Share on LinkedIn In the same match Dylan Napa threw his not inconsiderable bulk about, and got all lippy and tough with his opponents. With form a little dodgy of late, Napa has gone into warrior mode, bristling with nark and intent. He reminds of a suitor out to impress a mate, in this case Maroons head coach Kevin Walters.Though what Walters thought of Napa’s head-first collision with Korbin Sims’ jaw, one could only speculate. Pundits vigorously defended the prop’s tackling style, arguing that he couldn’t pull out of the play. But it still looked illegal. Napa went at Sims with arms out-stretched like a condor of the Andes, his great red head aimed at Sims’ jaw. Then: boom, and Sims was laid out prone. There followed one of those post-contact “melees” that provided Napa an opportunity to show off his muscles to Walters.Yet Walters has already lost his best player in Cameron Smith; and one fancies he’d understand in the cold-eyed and rational way of the coach that having a player not on the field is bad for a team’s chances. And for all the entertainment of Napa’s aggressive, frothing, gung-ho style, not being on the field is not good.Granted, sending players off in State of Origin has been against the (unstated) rules. Indeed only two players have received “red cards” – Craig Greenhill for nearly decapitating Paul Harragon, and Gorden Tallis for calling Bill Harrigan a “cheat”.Yet in 2018, it seems the whistle men have been empowered to blow it as they see it. Blowing penalties is the new black. There have been a lot. And should you fly into a tackle with crazy-eyed intent, and your head connects with your opponent’s jaw, and lays him out, well, you’re an accident waiting to be penalised. You’re a liability.It’s a lesson one fancies Craig Bellamy will be imparting, and earnestly, upon Curtis Scott, the 20-year-old centre mentioned in despatches around a NSW Origin gig. Because the old trope – what have you gotta do to be sent off in rugby league? – has been answered: punch someone in the head.On Saturday night in Melbourne, Scott set out to show he was a man whose jib Walters might like the cut of. Following rude taunting by fellow Origin aspirant Dylan Walker there was a multi-man ruckus in which Scott threw a punch – an actual punch – which connected with Walker’s left eye socket, and broke it, causing it to swell like that of a bullfrog morphed with Laurie Oakes.Didn’t the locals love it? When Walker’s bulbous black-eye flashed onto the big screen at AAMI Park, Storm fans cheered. Then they cheered again for Scott as he was marched off the field, a man who’d effectively lost them the game.Funny game, rugby league. And no argument. Read more In pursuit of perfection: Cameron Smith a champion in every sense Share on Facebook State of Origin features Topicslast_img read more

The 2017 Scotch Whisky Blend of the Year is Only $3,999

The 2017 Scotch Whisky Blend of the Year is Only $3,999

first_img The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less When it comes to aged whiskies, master distillers and blenders work tirelessly to understand the right moment to bottle their spirit. Even with all that work, sometimes, after a bottling run of a spirit has been completed, there is some left over. This liquid then sits in barrels in some dark corner of a rack house for years, even decades, almost forgotten about. One of these whiskies that has just been brought to light is The Last Drop’s 1971 Blended Scotch Whisky.The Last Drop was formed around a decade ago by two men, James Espey and Tom Jago, both of whom had extensive experience in the spirits industry (they were responsible for the creation of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and Chivas 18, just to name a few). Nearing retirement, both men knew that there were these barrels sitting around, and they decided that they wanted to find a way to pick the best ones and bring them to market.The duo’s newest release, 1971 Blended Scotch Whisky, was awarded 97 points and the title of Scotch Whisky Blend of the Year by Jim Murray in his 2017 Whisky Bible. Before being released, the whisky went through a process of triple maturation.First blended in 1983 as a 12-year-old whisky, the leftovers were put into 11 ex-Oloroso sherry butts. There, they aged for nine years. Some of this whisky was used for bottling a 21-year-old blend, and the rest went into nine oak barrels for the 24 years. In total, the blend contains more than 40 different single malt and grain whiskies.On the nose, you’ll find honey and vanilla, with some toasted almond, a bit of stewed apple, and just a hint of citrus. The palate is soft and fruity, with orange and lemon mixing with oak, while the finish is a little smoky, with chocolate and orange notes. It was bottled at 47.2 percent ABV.Seeing as there were not many barrels of this whisky to begin with, only 1,352 bottles of the 1971 were made available (compared to, say, the 750 that The Dalmore put out for their 40-year-old). If you manage to get a bottle, you’re getting a whisky that is, as they say, fancy AF. The Last Drop’s 1971 Blended Scotch Whisky comes in the company’s signature forest green leather case and comes accompanied by a 50 ml miniature replica, a custom-made stopper, a luxury tasting book, and a signed certificate of authenticity. (If you’re in the UK, you can check The Last Drop website to see where they are still available.)Oh, and did we mention that it’s only $3,999 per bottle? 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection William Grant and Sons Launches New Single Malt Whisky Brand Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Liberal firearms bill attacked by both gun owners and shooting victims

Liberal firearms bill attacked by both gun owners and shooting victims

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government tabled a proposed new bill Tuesday to tighten the sale and tracking of firearms, only to find itself under attack from both sides: gun owners wary of burdensome regulation and shooting victims who say the bill doesn’t go far enough.Gun retailers would be required to keep records of firearms inventory and sales for at least 20 years under the legislation introduced in the House of Commons. The proposed measure is intended to assist police in investigating gun trafficking and other crimes.The legislation would also require the purchaser of a hunting rifle or shotgun to present a firearms licence, while the seller would have to ensure its validity.“What’s the point of having a licence if no one ever checks it out?” said Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. “The process for doing so will be efficient and straightforward.”In addition, the bill would expand the scope of background checks on those who want to acquire a gun. Instead of just the five years immediately preceding a licence application, personal history questions would cover a person’s entire lifetime.While crime rates in Canada have generally been declining for more than two decades, offences involving firearms have become more prevalent, especially since 2013, the government noted. “Gun-related homicides, domestic and gender-based violence involving guns, criminal gang activity and gun thefts are all up significantly.”Goodale has already devoted more than $327 million over five years, with $100 million a year thereafter, to address criminal gun and gang activities.The government says the new legislative proposals emphasize public safety and effective police work, while respecting law-abiding firearms owners.The move to require commercial retailers to keep sales records would reinstate a measure that existed from the late 1970s until 1995, when a previous Liberal government ushered in universal registration of firearms — essentially replacing the store ledgers.The Conservative government dismantled the controversial long-gun registry, which had come to symbolize wasteful inefficiency for many firearms owners.The National Firearms Association accused the government of trying to revive the registry through the proposed record-keeping provisions. “This is a return to universal registration,” said association vice-president Blair Hagen.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau bristled at such a suggestion.“We committed to not restore a long-gun registry and we’re not restoring a long-gun registry,” Trudeau said. “It’s that simple.”Federal officials pointed out that most retailers already keep sales records for liability and insurance purposes, and to inform customers of product recalls.“Their records would be private, not accessible to governments, but police would be able to gain access, given reasonable grounds and with judicial authorization as appropriate,” Goodale said.The bill would repeal some measures passed by the previous Conservative government.For instance, it would roll back some automatic authorizations to transport restricted and prohibited firearms, such as handguns and assault weapons. Under the bill, owners would need a permit to transport such guns, except when taking them to a shooting range or home from a store.The bill also proposes restoring the authority of RCMP experts to classify firearms without political influence, repealing cabinet’s authority to overrule Mountie determinations.The Conservatives said the bill does nothing to fight gang and gun violence in places like Toronto and Surrey, B.C.“Liberals cannot be trusted when it comes to firearms legislation because they fail to tackle criminals who use guns to commit violent crime; meanwhile, they treat law-abiding firearms owners as criminals,” Conservative House leader Candice Bergen and party public safety critic Pierre Paul-Hus said in a joint statement.“Conservatives will adamantly oppose any attempt by the Liberals to create a new long-gun registry.”Coalition for Gun Control founder Wendy Cukier called the bill “an important first step” that responds to the desire of most Canadians for strict measures. “While much of the focus has been on handguns, a rifle or a shotgun in the hands of angry or disturbed individuals can also have tragic consequences.”Survivors and families of three mass shootings in Quebec said the bill includes the bare minimum to technically fulfil only some of the Liberal election promises on firearms.Meaghan Hennegan, who survived a deadly shooting at Montreal’s Dawson College in 2006, said the group was especially disappointed with the failure to address the legal availability of assault rifles.“The weapon that was used to shoot me and many other of my classmates is more easily accessible today. This is totally messed up.”Goodale highlighted four additional ideas for further discussion:— Tougher after-hours storage rules for commercial outlets, after two dozen guns were stolen in Saskatchewan by snipping a cable;— The appropriateness of manufacturers’ advertisements that glorify violence and simulate warfare;— Whether provinces should consider requiring medical professionals to advise authorities of people with diagnosed conditions, including mental illnesses, that are likely to put the lives of others in danger;— A possible means to identify large and unusual gun transactions that could point to gang activity or trafficking.Toronto Mayor John Tory welcomed the notion of “further strengthening the rules to keep guns off our streets.”“It is long past time to take bold action to fight domestic gun trafficking,” he said.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Government to consult on terms for missing murdered inquiry says Bennett

Government to consult on terms for missing murdered inquiry says Bennett

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA – The Liberal government will begin the process within the next “couple of weeks” of consulting Canadians on how best to proceed with an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigneous women, the country’s new Indigenous affairs minister says. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Carolyn Bennett indicated that the start of pre-inquiry consultations will be announced before the end of the month. “I think that we feel that we will need to make an announcement shortly,” Bennett said in an interview Monday. “Within … a couple of weeks, we’ll have to be able to launch what we think is the best possible process for a pre-inquiry engagement.” That process will involve speaking with the families of victims, provincial and territorial representatives and grassroots organizations, she added. “A gathering is important with the families, but I think that we feel that we will have to go out and talk to people who can’t come here and listen,” she said. “I would see that there would be also an online opportunity.” Bennett said it will be important to establish a road map for the inquiry, including spelling out its mandate and determining how many commissioners should take part. In their election platform, the Liberals promised to spend $40 million over two years on the examination. Aboriginal experts – among them Justice Murray Sinclair, the head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which explored the tragic legacy of residential schools – say it’s critically important that the government get the terms and timeline right. That will be no easy feat. Ojibway activist Joan Jack, a retired lawyer who previously ran to become national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, is among a number of observers who want the inquiry to examine violence that takes place both inside and outside Indigenous communities. Bennett acknowledged those concerns Monday. “I think most people that I’ve been listening to want the scope to be broad enough to deal with those complex issues,” she said. The minister, a longtime Liberal critic on Aboriginal affairs, has developed strong relationships in the Indigenous community that promise to be helpful as she tackles what by all accounts will be a complex and closely scrutinized endeavour. Sinclair and AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde, for example, were both effusive in their praise for the selection of Bennett as minister. “I think that people know that I don’t have a magic wand, that this is going to take some time to get this right,” Bennett said. “But I think what they want to see immediately are the indicators of a new way of doing business.” Job 1 will be to build trust. The relationship between Indigenous people and the federal government grew increasingly hostile under former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, especially during the Canada-wide Idle No More protests that dominated headlines throughout the winter of 2012. Bennett said she will be relying on the allies she has enlisted in Indigenous communities to provide feedback on how the government is doing on the file. Isadore Day, an AFN regional chief in Ontario, has told the minister the federal government needs to be “adversaries no more.” “That is what they are expecting,” Bennett said. “From coast to coast to coast, I think people, I hope, know that I will always be learning _ but now that I have real friends, they are prepared to correct me.” She also said the attitude shift starts “at the top” with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “We have a prime minister who is passionately committed to reconciliation,” Bennett said. “This is a hugely important file to him and to Canada.” There also appears to be a new openness from interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose. Bennett was “pleasantly surprised” to learn Ambrose plans to support the work of the inquiry. The help of parliamentarians from all parties will be necessary as the government moves ahead with the process, she noted. The Liberals have also vowed to tackle issues such as removing the two per cent cap on annual funding increases for reserve programs and services. “There’s no question … that so many of the programs have suffered under the cap,” Bennett said. “We intend to look at how we go forward with this fastest growing segment of the Canadian population being able to benefit from the programs that will allow them to be successful.”last_img read more

CUPE calls off Flair Airlines job action citing job security concerns

CUPE calls off Flair Airlines job action citing job security concerns

first_imgThe Canadian Press BURNABY, B.C. — The Canadian Union of Public Employees has called off a job action by 139 Flair Airlines flight attendants that was set to begin at midnight tonight.The union cites concerns for the job security of members of CUPE Local 4060 for its decision. It says in a release that Flair Airlines issued memos to employees advising that anyone taking part in the job action would not be scheduled for further work.It also says the company offered an additional $150 pay per day to anyone crossing the picket line to get to work.The union says it’s going to challenge Flair’s move at the Canada Industrial Relations Board before proceeding with any job action.Contract negotiations have been ongoing for more than a year, and CUPE issued the strike notice after mediated talks on Wednesday failed to resolve outstanding issues involving wages, pensions, time credits and scheduling.Flair Airlines flies out of Vancouver, Abbotsford, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto.last_img read more

FAO starts emergency project to control possible Rift Valley Fever outbreak in

FAO starts emergency project to control possible Rift Valley Fever outbreak in

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Rift Valley Fever is already prevalent in countries neighbouring Iraq. Spread mainly by mosquitoes and the movement of animals, the illness causes abortion and mortality in sheep, goat, cattle, buffaloes and camels. In humans, it can cause flu-like symptoms, sometimes leading to death.”The disease is usually found in Africa, but it has recently been diagnosed in the Middle East,” said Roger Paskin, FAO Animal Health Officer. “Yemen and Saudi Arabia are currently infected, and there is a real danger that the virus could spread into Iraq,” he added, stressing the need to monitor the situation in order to control a possible outbreak.As a precautionary measure, the Iraqi Government has sent four teams of veterinarians to the Saudi Arabian border zone, FAO said, adding that it will send a specialist as well as materials for blood sample collection and laboratory analysis. The Iraqi Veterinary Services currently lack the necessary laboratory supplies to carry out effective monitoring and diagnosis, according to the agency.”By the end of the six-month project, we expect the collection of around 14,000 blood samples from animals that give us a clear idea if the Rift Valley Fever virus has spread to Iraq or not,” said Mr. Paskin. “We strongly urge other countries in the region to take similar precautionary measures.” read more

Poverty health big challenges for AsiaPacific region UN official tells meeting

Poverty health big challenges for AsiaPacific region UN official tells meeting

The two-day Sixth Consultative Meeting of Executive Heads of Subregional Organizations is set to tackle emerging social problems such as HIV/AIDS and human trafficking, as well as economic issues such as the current downturn of the world economy and managing globalization.Of the 36.1 million people in the world living with HIV/AIDS, 5.8 million are in South and Southeast Asia, and 640,000 in East Asia and the Pacific, said Kim Hak-Su, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in his opening statement.”South and Southeast Asia have the fastest growing rates of infection, despite their relatively low prevalence rates as compared to Africa,” Mr. Kim said. The number of people living with HIV/AIDS in India is approximately 3.7 million, making it second only to South Africa, which has around 4.7 million.”Successful prevention models such as that of Thailand need to be replicated throughout the region to avoid a ghastly HIV/AIDS epidemic,” Mr. Kim stressed.The Executive Secretary also pointed to human trafficking, particularly of women and children, as an important social issue to tackle, noting that it has been organized crime’s fastest growing business in recent years.In addition to dealing with the world’s economic crisis, Mr. Kim described poverty reduction as a “huge challenge” to the region. “With over two-thirds of the world’s absolute poor living in the Asia-Pacific region, States need to show the political will to address this daunting task,” he said. “Similarly, the United Nations, intergovernmental organizations, financial institutions, international and regional organizations, civil society and the private sector must join together to meet the challenge of poverty.”The meeting’s participants are discussing areas of cooperation between ESCAP and the subregional organizations, which include the Pacific Islands Forum, the Economic Cooperation Organization, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). read more

CP Exclusive Liberals promise bill to freeze MPP pay until 2019

CP Exclusive Liberals promise bill to freeze MPP pay until 2019

CP Exclusive: Liberals promise bill to freeze MPP pay until 2019. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 11, 2014 10:26 am MDT TORONTO – Members of the Ontario legislature won’t get a pay raise before 2019 under proposed legislation that the opposition parties said Tuesday was an attempt by the Liberal government to distract from its “sorry” record ahead of a possible spring election.The Canadian Press has learned the Liberals will introduce the bill next week to avoid an automatic pay increase for MPPs of five to six per cent that would kick in April 1.There’s little chance the bill could pass before the last legislated pay freeze expires, but government sources said the salary hike would not go through as long as the new legislation is on the order paper.The legislation will extend the pay freeze — which was first imposed in 2009 and then renewed in 2012 — until 2019, and even then MPPs would only get a raise if the provincial budget is balanced.The Liberals face an $11.7-billion deficit, and the sources said freezing the pay of politicians and their non-unionized political staff is the government’s way of leading by example in reducing government spending.The opposition parties, however, said the MPP wage freeze was more about distracting voters from the Liberals’ poor record in government.“They’ve got two police investigations on them, a whole bunch of scandals lined up behind them from eHealth to the gas plants scandals, and this is an attempt to take the attention off what is a pretty bad record on the part of this government,” said NDP house leader Gilles Bisson. “They’re trying to position themselves on a populist message in light of what could be an election this spring.”The Liberals attempted to impose a two-year wage freeze on civil servants and more than one million people in Ontario’s broader public sector, but the Progressive Conservatives said there were too many loopholes that allowed people to get raises.“They talk about restraint and they talk about wage freeze, but 98 per cent of the managers did receive an increase,” said PC finance critic Vic Fedeli. “We’re the only party talking about an across-the-board legislated wage freeze for everybody.”Ontario MPPs are supposed to make 75 per cent of what Members of Parliament make, but have been capped at $116,500 a year for the past five years. They would be entitled to a raise of up to six per cent this year to maintain that ratio.MPs got a 1.6 per cent raise in 2013-14 for the first time in three years, and have a base pay of $160,200. The sources point out MPs also have a pension plan, an expensive benefit that former premier Mike Harris eliminated for Ontario MPPs.Ontario cabinet ministers earn $165,850, while Premier Kathleen Wynne is paid $208,974 a year.The Liberals introduced legislation last week that would give the government the power to put a ceiling on the salaries of public sector CEOs, which they said would be done on a sector by sector basis. However, the government did not provide any figures on what the new “hard caps” on executive compensation would be, and the NDP said the bill really doesn’t let them impose salary limits.“They’ve been doing these kinds of announcements in order to take the attention off their sorry record,” said Bisson. “So I take this for what it is, a cynical political play.”The NDP had demanded all public sector executives, including hospital CEOs and the heads of the province’s electrical utilities, have their salaries capped at around $415,000 a year, or twice the premier’s salary.“If they wanted to lead by example they would put a bill in the house that actually caps CEO salaries,” said Bisson.The Tories said the Liberals never managed to impose a real pay freeze on public sector workers in Ontario, despite former finance minister Dwight Duncan’s assertion that the government “can’t manage the deficit without addressing what is the single biggest line in our budget, public sector compensation.”“So the Liberals talk a mean game, but they never, ever, ever pull the trigger on getting this done,” said Fedeli. “And that’s why they have no plan to balance the budget by 2017-18.”The minority Liberal government will need the support of at least one of the opposition parties to get the MPP wage freeze legislation passed into law.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter. read more

Tim Hortons president changing job Restaurant Brands CEO assumes responsibility

Tim Hortons president changing job Restaurant Brands CEO assumes responsibility

Tim Hortons president changing job, Restaurant Brands CEO assumes responsibility Daniel Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant Brands International in an interview with The Canadian Press in Oakville, Ontario on Monday June 5, 2017. The parent company of Tim Hortons says the brand’s president is moving to a new position and Restaurant Brands International Schwartz will take over his responsibilities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 20, 2017 8:21 am MDT Last Updated Jun 20, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The parent company of Tim Hortons says the brand’s president is moving to a new position and Restaurant Brands International CEO Daniel Schwartz will take over his responsibilities.Elias Dias Sese stepped down as Tim Hortons president on Monday and took on the role of president of international expansion.RBI (TSX:QSR), which operates Tim Hortons, Burger King and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, is focused on growing its three brands worldwide.The company said Schwartz will assume direct responsibility for the brand and will work with Tim Hortons Canada president Sami Siddiqui to keep growing the chain.The move came the same day that a Tim Hortons franchisee filed a claim in an Ontario court seeking a $500-million class-action lawsuit against RBI, alleging it improperly used money from a national advertising fund.RBI denies the allegations, which have not been proven in court. read more

In UN speech Uzbek Foreign Minister stresses water conservation as key to

In UN speech Uzbek Foreign Minister stresses water conservation as key to

“In the modern world, given climate change and the worsening ecological situation on a global scale, ensuring reasonable and rational use of water resources becomes the most acute problem,” Mr. Kamilov told the 67th Assembly on the fourth day of its annual General Debate, at UN Headquarters in New York.A report released last year by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) noted how boosting cooperation between countries sharing the waters of the Amu Darya, Central Asia’s longest river, could be key to the future peace and security of the region and urged the four main nations involved – Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – to ratify the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes. The report further notes that water resources in the region are already depleted by decades of often-unsustainable development dating back to the Soviet era, when large-scale engineering projects diverted flows from the river into cotton, wheat and fodder farming in arid and desert regions.In reference to plans by neighbouring Tajikistan to build a major dam – the Rogun hydropower station – Mr. Kamilov urged that the region’s limited water resources be used “first, to meet potable and sanitary needs, and only after that to ensure food security, ecological needs and the needs of industry.”In addition, he stressed that all construction projects of hydropower facilities in the upper stream basins of the Syr Darya and Amu Darya rivers be subjected to international authoritative appraisal under UN auspices, and be in line with the Convention.Located on the Vakhsh River in the country’s south, the Rogun project has reportedly caused some regional tensions. According to media reports, Uzbekistan has opposed construction on the basis that it will negatively impact the region’s environment, as well as adversely impact its agricultural sector.The Uzbek Foreign Minister is one of scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

New director of Kings College choir spoke out against hooty polite tradition

New director of Kings College choir spoke out against hooty polite tradition

It is arguably one of the most famous and acclaimed of English choirs, lauded for the purity of the young chorister’s voices and the soaring majesty of its performances.So it comes as something of a surprise that the choir of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge has decided to appoint as its new musical director a man who has previously criticised the “nicely packaged” sound of “the very polite English cathedral choir” and even dismissed some as “hooty”.What’s more, Daniel Hyde has admitted he preferred the choir of King’s great rival, St John’s College to that of his own alma mater.The appointment of Mr Hyde suggests King’s College is ready to risk changing a sound that has captivated millions around the world with its annual Christmas Eve broadcast of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.In an interview given before his appointment Mr Hyde, currently musical director of St Thomas Church in Manhattan, told the New York Times there were aspects of the English choral style he was hoping to challenge, including what he described as “the traditional very polite English cathedral choir sound, where one is never louder than lovely, and it’s all very nicely packaged, and the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed”.He added that what he wanted to hear in a choir was a greater variety of tone in the boy’s treble voices.“When boys are 11, 12, 13 years old, they have this amazing instrument,” he said. “When they learn to use it in a free and open, relaxed way, there is a lot of power and color. That is the sound I’m interested in: It’s very resonant, it’s very exciting. It isn’t small and, dare I say it, slightly hooty.” Daniel Hyde directing the choir of Magdalen College, Oxford Mr Hyde also confessed that when he was an undergraduate at Cambridge he thought the choir of King’s College was labouring under its huge reputation, leading to its performances being stifled, in marked contrast to the choir of nearby St John’s College.“It wasn’t just the buildings,” he told the paper. “I think there was a freedom of expression at St. John’s because there wasn’t the pressure of expectation. So I tried to soak both those things up, and wherever I’ve gone since I’ve tried to mix that detail and accuracy of King’s with that more open-throated, expressive, musically phrased singing of John’s.”Mr Hyde, who graduated with a First in Music from King’s College, subsequently directed choirs at Jesus College, Cambridge, and Magdalen College, Oxford, before moving to New York.His appointment has been welcomed across the world of English choristry, with the current director of music at King’s College, Stephen Cleobury, writing to Mr Hyde on Twitter: “I’m delighted that I shall be handing over to you. I’m sure you’ll take the choir of King’s College Cambridge from strength to strength.”Prof Michael Proctor, Provost of King’s College, Cambridge, said: “I am very pleased that we have managed to secure the services of such a distinguished musician as Daniel. We look forward to his bringing his skills and extensive experience to bear in developing further the already outstanding musical offering of the College.”Some, however, have questioned whether King’s is ready for Mr Hyde. One fan of English choral music said: “Very odd choice. Good pedigree as instrumentalist, but as a trainer of choirs?”The position of director of music at King’s College dates back to 1606, and such is the tradition of continuity that there have only been 15 previous incumbents since then, with Mr Cleobury having held the post for 36 years.Mr Hyde, who will take up his new position in October next year, said the choir’s current sound had been developed and established as a result of  the best-selling albums of the choristers’ performances, and that early recordings suggested it had once been “freer” than today.But he told the Telegraph his plan was not to rip up the King’s College choir rule book and start again.”The building will tell me when I get there how the choir is meant to sound,” he said, adding that he will act as a “steward and guardian” of the reputation of the choir, while hoping to bring its sound to a new audience.He said: “In nurturing and developing the minds and talents of many future generations of choristers and students at King’s, I hope I will succeed in sustaining the music of the daily services and bringing the College’s music-making to an ever-increasing audience.  It’s a daunting task, and it is one that I shall relish.” Daniel Hyde directing the choir of Magdalen College, OxfordCredit:Hugh Warwick Thank you, Dan. I’m delighted that I shall be handing over to you in the summer of 2019. I’m sure you’ll take @ChoirOfKingsCam from strength to strength.— Stephen Cleobury (@SJCleobury) May 23, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

B2Gold achieves commercial production at the Fekola mine ahead of schedule

B2Gold achieves commercial production at the Fekola mine ahead of schedule

first_imgGold production to date during ramp up is approximately 80,000 oz, 158% above budget. Fekola mine in Mali achieved commercial production on November 30, 2017, one month ahead of the revised schedule and four months ahead of the schedule announced in the Optimized Feasibility Study (OFS). Ramp up to full-scale production at Fekola remains ahead of schedule with gold production well above budget in each of the ramp-up months, beating original recovery, grade and plant availability estimates in the OFS design. Gold production from the Fekola in 2017 is now forecast to be between 100,000 and 110,000 oz, far surpassing the upper end of the original guidance of 45,000 to 55,000 oz. Based on current assumptions and updates to B2Gold’s current year guidance and long-term mine plans, B2Gold is now projecting consolidated gold production in 2017 of between 580,000 and 625,000 oz.In 2018, consolidated gold production is forecast to be between 925,000 and 975,000 oz. This represents an increase in annual consolidated gold production of some 58% for B2Gold in 2018 versus 2017. Annual consolidated cash operating costs and all-in sustaining costs (AISC) for 2018 are forecast to decrease in 2018 to approximately $525/oz and $800/oz, respectively.B2Gold has declared commercial production at the Fekola mine based on an internal commercial production measure of 30 consecutive days of mill throughput at 65% or greater of nameplate capacity (607 t/h (dry)). During the 30 consecutive-day commercial test, the mill achieved an average throughput of 626 t/h (dry). This included an availability for the mill of 95% (budget was 70%) for the test period and a recovery that exceeded 95% (budget was 91%).Fekola mill started processing ore more than three months ahead of schedule on September 25, 2017, with the first pour at the mine achieved on October 7, 2017. In October, the first full month of ramp-up and pre-commercial production, the Fekola mill treated 324,525 t of ore (budgeted — 225,804 tonnes) at an average grade of 3.40 g/t (budgeted — 2.33 g/t) with a gold recovery of 95.4% (budgeted — 90.0%), producing a total of 33,946 oz of gold in the month (surpassing budget of 15,100 oz). Gold production at Fekola in November 2017 was approximately 40,000 oz from 426,836 t of ore (budgeted 316,000 t) at an average grade of 3.05 g/t (2.33 g/t budgeted) with gold recoveries of 95.5% (budget 91%). The higher than budgeted grade is a result of the early start to mining (April 2017), allowing the site to stockpile ore and blend mill feed for optimal production.The estimated overall production from the Fekola mine for 2017 is now projected to be between 100,000 and 110,000 oz. Commercial gold production in 2017 will include a projected 25,000 oz in December 2017. This number is lower than the production in October and November 2017, due to a planned shutdown to finalize operational changes. The routine shutdown is expected to last six to seven days.Based on the life of mine (LoM) plan in 2018, the first full year of Fekola production, the company is projecting production of approximately 400,000 to 410,000 oz of gold from the mine with low projected cash operating costs and AISC of approximately $354/oz and $609/oz, respectively.For the first three years, Fekola is projected to produce approximately 400,000 oz/y of gold at cash operating costs of $357/oz and AISC of $604/oz. For the first seven years, Fekola is projected to produce approximately 374,000 oz of gold annually with cash operating costs of $391/oz and AISC of $643/oz. Over the initial ten-year LoM, Fekola is projected to produce an average of 345,000 oz/y at cash operating costs of $428/oz and AISC of $664/oz.Positive drill results from the company’s $15.4 million 2017 exploration program at the Fekola area indicated that the main Fekola deposit, with additional drilling, could extend significantly to the north. In addition, drilling below the extensive saprolite resource at the Anaconda, Adder and Mamba zones has discovered three, well mineralized bedrock (sulphide) zones, indicating the potential for large, Fekola-style mineralized zones.Drilling is ongoing to further test the Fekola North Extension zone, infill the Fekola resource and further test the new bedrock mineralization beneath the Anaconda, Adder and Mamba saprolite resource. The Company is planning additional, aggressive exploration drilling programs on these targets in 2018.last_img read more

The new Greece

The new Greece

first_imgBrand strategist Peter Economides’ outspoken view is that the problem is not Greece but the Greeks. That it’s up to each individual to create their way out of this crisis. This is what exactly what Greeks are doing and it’s what prompted Dutch journalist Willem Sodderland of buzzable.biz to claim that Greece, today, is in better shape than Germany.It’s almost two years since Peter was last in Australia. He is back to talk about the new Greece that is emerging from the crisis. A creative Greece. An outward looking Greece. An innovative, youthful and energetic Greece. A startup nation, a Greece the world is eager to discover. For innovators and high quality producers there’s never been a better time to be Greek.Peter Economides will give two talks both presented by the Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) .The breakfast talk will be on Friday 13 June at the Linsday Hassett Room, MCG at 7:30 am. The second talk will be on Monday 16 June at the State Library Victoria. For tickets to both events contact HACCI on (03) 9602 2977Tickets for both events must be paid for prior to the event. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Please RSVP to the HACCI Office to book your tickets as places are limited. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sel des conseils pour éviter de manger trop salé

Sel des conseils pour éviter de manger trop salé

first_imgSel : des conseils pour éviter de manger trop saléUne nouvelle étude récemment publiée pointe du doigt les mauvaises habitudes alimentaires des Américains en matière de surconsommation de sel. Tandis que des spécialistes rappellent les risques cardiaques, d’autres nous livrent quelques conseils pour manger moins salé.  Ce n’est plus un secret pour personne, manger trop salé est mauvais pour la santé. Cette habitude de garder la salière sous le coude à chaque repas augmenterait de manière significative les risques cardio-vasculaires ainsi que l’élévation de la tension artérielle. Aussi l’étude publiée dans le Journal of the American Medical Association surprend sans vraiment étonner et tire une nouvelle fois la sonnette d’alarme.Une industrie très salée Ces travaux pointent du doigt les Etats-Unis en démontrant une consommation active du sel mais également passive. Selon ces résultats, quelque 80% du sel consommé viendrait de la restauration et de l’alimentation industrielle. Ainsi, les médecins demandent une réglementation du niveau de sel dans la restauration rapide par les industriels qui en usent et abusent afin d’améliorer la conservation mais également pour rehausser le goût parfois inexistant. “De fortes teneurs en sel sont dans l’intérêt de l’industrie alimentaire en dissimulant la saveur d’ingrédients qui ne sont pas souvent de la meilleure qualité. En outre, des aliments salés donnent soif et font boire davantage de soda et d’alcool, ce qui profite aussi à l’industrie”, explique le Dr Stephen Havas, professeur de médecine préventive à l’Université Northwestern, dans l’Illinois, principal auteur de l’étude cité par l’AFP.En vérité, très peu de la consommation de sel proviendrait d’un ajout volontaire. C’est pourquoi les médecins appellent à la réglementation des quantités utilisées par les industriels. Pour le Dr Havas, “la seule façon pour la plupart des gens de respecter les recommandations de consommation de sel serait de cuisiner chez eux” mais ceci “n’est pas réaliste”, reconnait-il. Pour autant, certaines mesures peuvent tout de même permettre de réduire sa consommation de sel.Comment manger moins salé ?Manger salé est une habitude. En effet, le goût du sel n’est pas connu du nourrissons jusqu’à ce qu’il mange de manière “normale” des produits issus de l’agroalimentaire. Il est donc important d’éduquer les enfants sur cette consommation de sel qui doit être mesurée. En France, un homme devrait consommer 8 grammes par jour de sel et une femme 6,5. Dans la pratique, les Français seraient plutôt à 10 et les Françaises à 8 par jour. Heureusement des solutions existent afin de réduire cette consommation excessive. Tout d’abord, limiter au maximum les plats préparés ou encore la charcuterie issue de l’industrie. Au supermarché, prenez ainsi l’habitude de jeter un coup d’oeil aux étiquettes des produits et surtout à leur teneur en sodium. Néanmoins, la solution idéale est sans surprise de cuisiner au maximum ce que l’on consomme, à condition d’avoir là aussi de bonnes habitudes.Mollo sur la salière à la préparation et à la dégustationAu moment de la préparation, ne salez jamais un plat avant de l’avoir goûté, idem lors de la dégustation. Et même dans l’eau de cuisson des pâtes, du riz ou autres, ayez la main légère !  Ceci permet de laisser une marge de manœuvre au moment de la dégustation, il sera toujours temps d’en ajouter en fonction des goûts de chacun. Si vous avez tendance à en rajouter machinalement, bannissez la salière qui avait élu domicile sur la table et n’allez la chercher que lorsque c’est vraiment nécessaire.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Pour les aliments en conserve, il convient de bien rincer le produit afin d’éliminer le maximum de sel. Enfin, pensez également aux alternatives : les aromates (basilic, persil, estragon), huiles parfumées (noix, noisettes, colza), vinaigres aromatisés ou encore épices peuvent être d’excellents choix pour remplacer le sel. De plus, elles contribueront à varier les plaisirs. Les spécialistes recommandent également de privilégier les cuissons à l’étouffée, vapeur ou papillote. Evidemment, faire découvrir de nouvelles saveurs aux enfants n’est pas nécessairement chose facile, aussi, il est conseillé d’y aller progressivement. Les emmener faire les courses et leur donner le choix est dans ce but une bonne idée. Mais il est surtout important de ne pas inculquer la consommation systématique du salé que la plupart hérite des parents.   Le 14 mai 2013 à 20:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Trade Update

Trade Update

first_imgOver the holiday break we saw various actionable items in the trade world, as well as a few on the horizon that ASA wants to make soybean growers aware of.The first is that on Dec. 20, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) entered into force for Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore. This is a revised version of the TPP agreement from which President Trump withdrew the United States on his third day in office. CPTPP enters into force on Jan. 14 for Vietnam. With the CPTPP entering into force it is imperative that the U.S. move quickly to negotiate FTA with Japan and other TPP countries to not loss additional market share from the CPTPP.We also saw on Jan.1 the revised U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement entered into force. The revised KORUS agreement was negotiated by President Trump in 2018, but did not include changes to the agriculture chapters.On Jan.3, lawmakers returned to Washington for the start of the 116th Congress amid a partial government shutdown over President Trump’s demand for $5 billion in funding for a border wall. Democrats take control of the House for the first time since 2010, while Republicans remain in charge of the Senate. The government shutdown has also halted payments being made under the Market Facilitation Payment program. USDA will need to issue guidance as the shutdown continues through the Jan. 15 registration deadline.Lastly, the 90 days negotiations between President Trump and President Xi will continue with Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish and Treasury Undersecretary for International Affairs David Malpass expected to lead a delegation to Beijing for trade talks on Jan. 7. If successful, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He could visit the United States for negotiations with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and other Trump administration officials.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly September 3 2014

Alaska News Nightly September 3 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioCourt’s Says State Needs To Provide Assistance To Yup’ik, Gwich’in Speaking Voters Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageA federal district court judge has sided with plaintiffs who say the state is not doing enough to help non-English-speaking voters. A “partial decision” Wednesday in a case against the state division of elections is aimed at protecting  the voting rights of Alaska Natives.Alaska Natives Wait… And Wait, For Health Law Exemption Annie Feidt, APRN – AnchorageMost Americans are supposed to have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. But up to 50,000 Alaska Natives and American Indians in Alaska will are excused from the requirement. They have to apply for that lifetime exemption though. And the federal government is mishandling many of those applications.Politifact Rates Begich Ad “Pants on Fire” Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCThe fallout continues after U.S. Sen. Mark Begich aired a campaign ad blaming his opponent for a sentencing error that freed a sex offender now charged in a double homicide. The independent website Politifact gave the ad a rating of “Pants on Fire” – its lowest score.Initiative Revives Air Regulation Debate Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksSides are lining out their positions is the long running battle over who should be in charge of cleaning up Fairbanks air. A twice-passed citizen initiative, which bans the North Star Borough from regulating wood and coal burning stoves and boilers, is up for renewal in next month’s municipal election.Only Arkansas Has Slower Internet Than Alaska Sarah Yu, KTOO – JuneauAlaska’s internet speeds are up 33 percent from last year, but we’re only up one spot ahead of Arkansas for the slowest internet in the nation, according to a pending study. For the first quarter of 2014, Alaska had the slowest internet in the U.S. That’s according to Akamai Technologies, an internet content delivery company based in Massachusetts.New UAS Dorm Provides Housing for About 100 Freshmen Lisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauClasses for the fall semester started Tuesday at University of Alaska Southeast. More than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students are currently enrolled at the university’s Juneau campus.About a hundred freshmen have settled into campus life at UAS’s new residence hall. The $14.3 million facility opened at the end of August.Not My Town! ‘Grizzly Trade’ Ambles Through Places, Personalities of Southeast Robert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaIt’s got a Vietnam vet with a big heart and anger management problems, a small-town newspaper reporter, and a hippie radio station.Throw in some meth-fuelled wildlife crime and a few cruise ships and you have the makings of an adventure mystery set in Southeast Alaska.Dale Brandenburger is a former biologist with the state who has a new novel called Grizzly Trade.last_img read more

Quader not to accept supportive govt formula

Quader not to accept supportive govt formula

first_imgruling Awami League’s general secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday said the next national election would be held on time as per the constitution.”Nothing beyond the constitution will be acceptable… The next polls will be held in due time,” he said while inaugurating the representative meeting of Awami League district unit and new member collection programme at the Mukta Mancha here.AL joint general secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, organising secretary Enamul Haque Shamim, Fayzur Rahman Badal, MP, Fazilatunneccha Bappi, MP, and AL district unit general secretary Al Mamun Sarker, among others, addressed the meeting with AL district unit president RAM Obaidul Muktadir Chowdhury, MP, in the chair.Quader said the countrymen would never accept the formula of supportive government formulated in London.About the BNP’s movement after Eid, Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said they have no strength to wage a long movement.He urged the AL leaders not to make party member any person who is against spirit of the Liberation War and not acceptable to common people.Earlier, Quader inaugurated the construction work of a bridge on the Titas river at Shabajpur in Sarail upazila in the district, by laying its foundation stone.last_img read more

Comilla Univ teachers forced leave withdrawn

Comilla Univ teachers forced leave withdrawn

first_imgMahbubul Haque BhuyianAmid protests of teachers and students, the Comilla University authorities issued a letter on Monday withdrawing its decision on sending its teacher Mahbubul Haque Bhuyian on forced leave for one month.The acting chairperson of mass communication and journalism department of CU, Mahbubul Haque Bhuiyan, has received the withdrawal letter, signed by the university’s registrar, Md Mojibur Rahman Majumder.Earlier on Sunday, Bhuiyan sent a legal notice to the authorities to withdraw his forced leave order within 12 hours.On 17 August, Mahbubul Haque was sent on the forced leave following the demand of Bangladesh Chhatra League, student wing of ruling Awami League, for allegedly taking class on the National Mourning Day.last_img read more