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Man United target Goretzka injured again

first_imgSchalke 04 Man Utd & Arsenal target Goretzka to undergo tests on recurring leg injury Jamie Smith 02:01 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Leon Goretzka Getty Images Schalke 04 Bundesliga Bundesliga high-flyers Schalke have confirmed their star midfielder has been ruled out again amid links with the Premier League Leon Goretzka is set for another spell on the sidelines after Bundesliga surprise package Schalke confirmed the midfielder will undergo tests on a leg injury.Goretzka, a reported target for Bayern Munich, Juventus and Barcelona, has featured twice for Domenico Tedesco’s side after recovering from a stress fracture sustained last month.But the Germany international, who starred in his country’s victory at the Confederations Cup, has been ruled out for the forseeable future. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Leon Goretzka has suffered a recurrence of the injury in his lower leg,” Schalke said on Wednesday. “In order to put these continuous and worsening pains to bed, Leon will undergo examinations over the coming days.”Until then, it is unclear as to when Leon will be fit to train and play once again. Get well soon, Leon!”Get well soon, Leon!  #s04 pic.twitter.com/AtSPPlywee— FC Schalke 04 (@s04_en) December 6, 2017Schalke sit third in the Bundesliga having gone eight games unbeaten under 32-year-old Tedesco, but they are seven points adrift of holders Bayern.And in-demand Goretzka, whose contract expires at the end of the season, this week suggested he will make a decision over his future in January, with Manchester United reportedly in the race for his signature.”I have to find out for myself what the next step should be,” the 22-year-old said. “I have to consider a million things.”I am a person who is very meticulous in such decisions. I play through all the scenarios. So I need time.”There doesn’t exist a deadline, but I think we are in the final phase.”last_img read more

Chris Froome given little sympathy as Team Sky get a sense of deja vu

first_imgTeam Sky have been here before at the Tour de France, and not just in the sense that the 2011 race started in the same region, the Vendée, that hosts this year’s Grand Départ. It is all familiar: the questions, the doubts, the innuendo, the attempts at spin-doctoring, the less than entirely warm welcome from the French public and press.It has become part of the furniture for the favourites at the Tour, to the extent that one French newspaper – justifiably – wondered on Saturday just how Chris Froome gets his head around it all. The team’s head, Sir Dave Brailsford, has spoken of the necessity for elite‑level sport to be an uncomfortable place to be – it keeps a team on its toes – and he has certainly achieved that with Team Sky, although in a way that has not been entirely intentional. But his close-knit band seem to thrive on the feeling that it is them against the world and there is no reason why it will not be that way yet again in the next few weeks. 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Most Tours since 2012 have included them making such appeals, the subjects different but all with the sport’s doping past as at least a subtext: the hiring of Dr Geert Leinders; the team’s due diligence on Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, who tested positive for blood doping in the period before he joined Sky; Froome’s cadence, Froome’s power output, therapeutic use exemptions, the parliamentary inquiry into the Jiffy bag affair.Froome was not the only one calling for more information on the case. “We’ve heard very little about the elements that led to the decision,” said Bardet, complaining of “a great opaqueness”.“It’s not very clear to everyone why he was cleared. We know there’s a full written verdict but we’ve not seen why, in detail,” added the 2014 Tour winner, Vincenzo Nibali, who felt there had been double standards applied compared with the case of his friend Diego Ulissi; the UCI, in a press release on Friday, said it felt this was not the case.“If there’s someone to blame it’s not Froome, it’s the laxness of the rules,” said the Frenchman. “An adverse analytical finding, a positive test, this thing about thresholds – we don’t really know where we stand. That creates doubts and suspicions and I’m the first to regret that because cycling loses its credibility.”The stage is set for a game of pass the parcel with Wada, the UCI and Team Sky each claiming one of the others was responsible for making information public.The game took another turn on Friday when Lappartient stated he would be happy to publish the information but that it was dependent on Froome giving his permission. That, in turn, appeared to contradict the UCI’s own press release, stating that it understood why Wada would not release information and that it would put nothing more in the public domain.The final word on Froome should go to Nibali, who was asked by the veteran French writer Philippe Brunel for his feelings on the Froome verdict. The Italian replied that he would rather fight Froome than his shadow; in other words, it is better to have Froome at the race with the affair settled than for him to be banned or awaiting the outcome. Any verdict was to be welcomed. A neat, complete ending will, as always in cycling, be harder to find. There was good reason to circle the wagons after the revelation on Monday that there would be no further proceedings in the case involving Froome’s high salbutamol reading at the 2017 Vuelta a España. As the team took to the stage at the pre-Tour presentation on Thursday night, in La Roche-sur-Yon, there were boos and catcalls and at least one anti-Froome poster brandished, in spite of calls for calm from voices ranging from the French favourite Romain Bardet to David Lappartient, president of the sport’s governing body, the UCI.There was limited sympathy from one rival at least: “We hope that people will avoid doing it,” said Nairo Quintana. “But sometimes you reap what you sow.” The booing, in the view of Lappartient, was a shame but related to cycling’s past and, he said, a lack of clarity: “When you don’t have clear answers, that’s always difficult.”Sky went on a PR offensive early in the week, with publication of information about Froome’s weight loss and diet regime on certain stages in the Giro d’Italia, including stage 19 to Bardonecchia, where he sealed his victory in the race. The information was termed fake news by the former Team Sky rider Richie Porte. The Australian added: “We’re all pros, we know how to fuel, we don’t need to read what Sky say they’re doing. We’ve been doing this long enough to know how to eat.”On Friday, came an open letter bearing Froome’s byline in Le Monde, amusingly enough the newspaper that – together with the Guardian – in December broke the story of his adverse analytical finding for salbutamol. Froome called for “the publication by Wada [the World Anti-Doping Agency] of the scientific studies they relied on both to create the current testing regime and to exonerate me. I am sure these will help everyone understand the complexities of the case.”The irony of Froome calling for transparency will be lost on no one. There have been so many calls for Team Sky to tell the world about some affair or other over the years that there is an element of Groundhog Day about them. The argument has always been the same, that Sky can only benefit from transparency, given they have repeatedly committed to it, and given the 20 years of suspicion among the minds of cycling fans and media that have followed the Festina scandal of 1998. Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Receive no monetary benefit from Mumbai Indians: Tendulkar’s letter to Ombudsman

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 28, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 13:56 IST Sachin Tendulkar said he is not part of the decision-making group at Mumbai Indians ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSSachin Tendulkar has refuted allegations of Conflict of InterestTendulkar filed a 14-point written response to a notice sent by BCCI OmbudsmanRole limited to providing guidance to the franchise team by sharing his insights: Tendulkar’s responseSachin Tendulkar has categorically refuted all allegations of Conflict of Interest levelled against him as he claimed to have neither “received any compensation” nor of holding any decision making role in the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians.Tendulkar on Sunday filed a 14-point written response to a notice sent by Ombudsman cum Ethics Officer Justice (Retd) DK Jain. It was with regards to a Conflict of Interest complaint filed by the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) member Sanjeev Gupta.As per the complainant, Tendulkar and Laxman are allegedly performing dual roles of a “support staff” of their respective IPL franchises Mumbai Indians (MI) and Sunrisers Hyderabad and members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).”At the outset, the Noticee (Tendulkar) denies the contents of the Complaint in totality (except the statements specifically admitted herein). No part of the Complaint should be deemed to be admitted by the Noticee for lack of specific denials,” Tendulkar wrote in his response which is in possession of PTI.Since Gupta’s complaints harped specifically on Tendulkar’s role in the MI, the iconic cricketer in his response have made full disclosure of his role in the franchise.”The Noticee (Tendulkar) has received no pecuniary benefit/ compensation from the Mumbai Indians IPL Franchise in his capacity as the Mumbai Indians ‘ICON’ since his retirement, and is certainly not employed with the Franchise in any capacity.”He does not occupy any position, nor has he taken any decision (including the selection of team players) which could qualify as being in governance or management of the Franchise. Accordingly, there is no conflict of interest, either under the BCCI Rules or otherwise,” Tendulkar explained.advertisementAs far as his role in the Cricket Advisory Committee is concerned, Tendulkar mentioned that he was appointed as a member of the BCCI committee in 2015, which was years after his involvement with the MI.”The Noticee was appointed to the panel of the Cricket Advisory Committee (“CAC”) in the year 2015. The Hon’ble Ethics Officer will appreciate that the Noticee was named as the ‘ICON’ for Mumbai Indians much prior to his empanelment with the CAC which fact has always been in the public domain.”Accordingly, the BCCI aware of the Noticee’s association with the Mumbai Indians Franchise at the time of his appointment to the CAC.”Mentor isn’t part of team management: Tendulkar Tendulkar, in his disclosure, further makes it clear that the role of an icon — the one he is performing right now in the IPL franchise team — in no way is a position either in the management or the governance of the franchise.”The Complaint wrongly assumes that the Noticee’s association with the Mumbai Indians IPL Franchise (Franchise) is in the capacity of “governance”, “management” or “employment” thereby attracting a conflict under Rule 38 (4).”His role is limited to providing guidance to the Franchise team by sharing his insights, learnings and working closely with the younger members in the team to help them realise their true potential.”On his reply to Gupta’s question of him sitting in the team’s ‘dugout’ — place specified for players and support staff only, he termed the allegation as “absurd”.”A mentor cannot be qualified as “management” of the Franchise. If the Complainant’s absurd logic were to be applied, a physiotherapist, trainer or a masseur would also be qualified as “management” of the Franchise,” Tendulkar responded, making it clear that he is answerable to none of the support staff.”It is also pertinent to note that the Mumbai Indians team has a head coach, who works side by side with coaches for specific disciplines such as bowling, batting etc. in ultimate coordination with the Director of Cricket Operations none of whom the Noticee is answerable to or vice versa since his role is limited to that of providing guidance and motivation to the team.”Tendulkar also made it clear that in case Ombudsman wants to “continue proceedings”, he would “request for a personal hearing along with his legal representatives.Also Read | From fairy tale beginning to 6 losses in a row: Kolkata Knights Riders’ woes at IPL 2019Also Read | Team India like a fortress, outside opinions don’t matter: Rohit Sharma to India TodayAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sachin TendulkarFollow BCCIFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow IPL 2019Follow Conflict of interest Receive no monetary benefit from Mumbai Indians: Tendulkar’s letter to OmbudsmanReplying to Board of Control for Cricket in India Ombudsman, Mumbai Indians’ icon Sachin Tendulkar, also a member of Cricket Advisory Committee, refuted allegations of Conflict of Interest, saying he is not part of the IPL team’s decision-making group.advertisementlast_img read more

14 Architectural Wonders to Visit in Castilla y León, Spain

first_img The McMenamins Effect: How 2 Brothers Helped Start Beervana Bodegas Portia is the coolest winery we’ve ever visited. Designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster, the striking modern building was made to be both visually delightful and highly functional. There are ramps on two sides of the three-point building, one on which trucks carrying grapes drive up to unload their bounty directly into the crushing room before descending down the second ramp. The barrel room is something out of a David Lynch movie. It’s naturally lit, but the windows are covered in red, so the whole room glows an otherworldly pink hue. The wines are fabulous too — we especially loved the crisp smooth Verdejo, which paired perfectly fresh sheep’s milk cheese and chocolate-covered foie gras lollipops.Burgos CathedralBurgosCastilla y León Tourism BoardThe Burgos Cathedral is breathtaking, and it’s also the only cathedral in Spain to receive a UNESCO World Heritage designation. Its construction began in 1221, and although its design is mostly French Gothic, it has some elements of Baroque and Renaissance styles as well. In the cathedral’s side naves, there are 19 chapels, and the grand church contains a unique collection of valuable artwork. Among the most stunning pieces are the Constable Chapel, the Renaissance Golden staircase by Diego de Siloé, and the Papamoscas clock, which is designed with a statue that opens his mouth and chimes the hours.Castilla Termal Monastery of Valbuena Hotel & SpaSan BernardoAmanda Gabriele/The ManualThis was perhaps our favorite hotel we stayed in during our journey to Castilla y León. It’s housed in a 12th-century Cistercian monastery that features high arched ceilings and a stunning center courtyard. The original architecture is preserved and highlighted in each of the 79 guest rooms, which are outfitted with gorgeous bathrooms and plush modern amenities. The spa here is the showstopper and features a thermal pool, saunas, hot and cold pools, and luxurious treatment rooms for services like massages and facials.Monasterio de Santa María de ValbuenaSan BernardoCastilla y León Tourism BoardLocated about a one-minute drive from Castilla Termal Monastery Hotel, this former Cistercian monastery sits on the right bank of the Duero River. It was founded in 1143, and most of the buildings on site were completed by 1230 (many of which still stand today). Not only is there a church on the premises, but you can also see how the monastics lived as the conventual buildings, dormitories, and guest wing are also part of the grounds.Bodegas Grupo YlleraRuedaBodegas Grupo YlleraThis labyrinth-like, underground wine cellar is a must-visit on your trip to Castilla y León. The 20-meter wine cellar was built in a cave and has been in the Yllera family for generations. In fact, when president Marcos Yllera took us on a tour, he reminisced about running through it as a child. The space ties in Greek mythology and tells the tale of Ariadne’s thread as you walk through the cellar’s twists and turns. After sampling their delicious sparkling, white, and red wines, stay for dinner in the underground restaurant where you can taste the region’s most delicious delicacy, lechazo, or pork that has only fed on mother’s milk.Ramón Bilbao WineryRuedaAmanda Gabriele/The ManualWhile you’re exploring the wonderful wines of Rueda, make sure to check out Ramón Bilbao, which is housed in one of our favorite buildings in the area. The modern structure overlooks the winery’s vineyards, and we suggest visiting right around the golden hour for an extra beautiful view. They offer daily guided tours of the winery and vineyard for €10, but you can also sample their fantastic wines and enjoy a barrel tasting for €100 more.Castle of La MotaMedina del CampoAmanda Gabriele/The ManualThe medieval city center of Medina del Campo was established on a hill (or “mota” in Spanish) sometime around the 11th century, which is the exact place where Castle of La Mota sits today. It was built in the 15th century and was home to King Juan II of Castile; his children, King Enrique IV and Queen Isabella “the Catholic;” and Isabella’s husband, Fernando “the Catholic.” Throughout the centuries, it also served as a strategic military center and a state prison. While just seeing this glorious structure from the outside is awe-inspiring, the inside is filled with interesting artwork if you have the time to stay and explore.Castilla Termal Spa of OlmedoOlmedoHotel Castilla Termal Spa of OlmedoCastilla Termal has a knack for turning historic structures into world-class hotels, and their Spa of Olmedo is not to be missed when traveling through the Castilla y León region. The hotel was built on the ruins of the 12th-century ancient convent Sancti Spiritus, so it combines gorgeous old-world architecture with modern comfort and amenities. The rooms are spacious, and some of them are designed with dormered ceilings for an intimate, romantic feel. Like all Castilla Termal properties, the spa here is the star of the show and features indoor and outdoor thermal pools, jacuzzis, saunas, and steam baths. The food here is excellent too — the sumptuous buffet breakfast is not to be missed.Castillo de CocaSegoviaCastilla y León Tourism BoardWhen we think of a classic fairytale castle, this is the kind of structure that comes to mind. Constructed in the 15th century, Castillo de Coca is considered to be one of the best examples of Spanish Mudejar brickwork, which incorporates Moorish Muslim design with Gothic architecture. While many of the rooms aren’t open to visitors, you can visit some of the castle’s grandest areas; the chapel, weapons room, and central keep (which contains the gallery and a 25-meter high tower) are open and available for guests to explore.New Cathedral of SalamancaSalamancaCastilla y León Tourism BoardSalamanca is one of the oldest university cities in Europe and it has not one, but two majestic cathedrals to explore. The New Cathedral of Salamanca, built between 1513 and 1733 (yes, this massive structure took more than 200 years to build) is our favorite. It’s also one of the coolest architectural works in the region. The design is primarily Gothic with some Baroque flourishes, and the interior dome is one of the most beautiful we’ve seen. But the coolest part of this Spanish cathedral is the additions made when it underwent restoration work in 1992. As a way to sign his work, quarryman Jeronimo Garcia asked permission to add some modern imagery to the facade. When you visit today, you’ll see an astronaut, a faun eating an ice cream cone, a crayfish, and other curious creatures coming out of the stonework. Editors’ Recommendations Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms The Dive Motel Brings Legit 70s-Era Swagger to Nashville center_img How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts There are dozens of reasons to visit Spain’s Castilla y León region. Located in the Northwestern part of the country, not far from Madrid, its stunning landscape consists mainly of a high plateau surrounded by mountains. The cuisine, like in all parts of Spain, is absolutely delicious, and jamón ibérico is served at almost every meal. It’s a wonderful place to go wine tasting, which we did much of during our trip. But for architecture fanatics, Castilla y León can’t be beat. Ultra-modern wineries are built atop ancient underground cellars, and gorgeous towering cathedrals have been flaunting their majesty for centuries. If you’re heading to the region (or need a really good reason to book a trip ASAP), check out these 14 architectural wonders in between eating pintxos and tasting Tempranillo.Santa María La AntiguaValladolidAmanda Gabriele/The ManualFounded in the 12th century, Church of Saint Mary the Ancient is a story in Romanesque-Gothic architecture. Its north side gallery and the tower, which is one of the symbols of Valladolid, are both designed in the Romanesque style. The church’s naves and sanctuary were rebuilt in the 14th century in the Gothic style, which followed suit to the Burgos Cathedral (more on that later). Though it had a Baroque facelift during the 1600-1700s, French architect Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc restored Santa María La Antigua to its former Romanesque-Gothic glory in the early 20th century.Valladolid CathedralValladolidAmanda Gabriele/The ManualAlso known as Cathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Assumption, this Roman Catholic church was originally designed to be the largest cathedral in Europe when Valladolid was the capital of a united Spain in the mid-16th century. But as the court moved towards Madrid, less than 50 percent of the original project was completed. Some additions were made to the Renaissance-style structure in the 17th and 18th centuries by the Churriguera family of architects, which only added to its strangely beautiful facade. Four chapels on either side of the church contain artwork and sculptures that aren’t to be missed during a trip to this charming city.Museo Nacional de San GregorioValladolidCastilla y León Tourism BoardAlso known as the National Museum of Sculpture, lovers of art and design should pay a visit to this beautiful 15th-century building. Inside, you’ll find sculptural works from the Middle Ages to the 19th century — think altarpieces, processional statues, and other religious imagery. Even if you decide not to go inside, stop by the iconic arched entrance to take in its beauty.University of ValladolidValladolidCastilla y León Tourism BoardValladolid is a college town, which is apparent the minute you begin to enjoy the city’s vibrant energy and bustling restaurant and bar scene. The University of Valladolid was established in the 13th century, which makes it one of the oldest universities in the world. More than 32,000 undergraduates attend school there and get to revel in its gorgeous architectural beauty every time they go to class. Stop by campus to check out its grand Gothic and Baroque architecture.Bodegas PortiaBurgoslast_img read more

Inquiry into Muskrat Falls megaproject boondoggle to begin in Labrador

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – It has been called a “boondoggle” — by the man in charge.The Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject, a massive dam and powerhouse harnessing the lower Churchill River near Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador, is not even yet complete.But a public inquiry begins Monday on how its cost has already doubled to more than $12.7-billion — with the bill handed to a province of just 530,000 people, or fewer than the city of Brampton, Ont.“Muskrat Falls in a small province with very little money is enormous,” said David Vardy, an economist and former chair of the Public Utilities Board who will testify at the hearings.“Muskrat Falls is too big for a little province like us, particularly on the backs of the ratepayers.”The 824 megawatt hydroelectric dam, being developed by the Crown-owned Nalcor Energy, will eventually send power to Newfoundland and later Nova Scotia through subsea cables.Former Tory premier Kathy Dunderdale spoke of the “lasting benefits to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador” when she announced that the province’s largest-ever public expenditure was officially sanctioned in December 2012.But as construction delays and cost overruns mounted, current Liberal Premier Dwight Ball called it “the greatest fiscal mistake in Newfoundland and Labrador’s history,” and called the inquiry.The independent inquiry led by provincial Supreme Court Justice Richard LeBlanc will examine how the Labrador project was approved and executed, and why it was exempt from oversight from the Public Utilities Board.Piecing together the story of where the Muskrat Falls project went wrong is a sizable task, and the probe’s conclusions won’t be available any time soon. There are more than 100 days of hearings scheduled until August 2019.Co-counsel say they have interviewed hundreds of witnesses and reviewed 2.5 million documents — some consisting of hundreds of pages — in preparation.The final report — expected Dec. 31, 2019, just after the next provincial election — will include LeBlanc’s recommendations but will not make findings of criminal or civil responsibility.“While we cannot undo the past, we can learn from it,” LeBlanc said when the inquiry was announced last November.The first phase of hearings, opening in Happy Valley-Goose Bay before moving to St. John’s next month, is focused on the project’s sanctioning and the involvement of the Public Utilities Board. The board declined to endorse the project before it was sanctioned in 2012, citing a lack of updated information.High profile witnesses like former premiers Dunderdale and Danny Williams are scheduled to appear before phase one wraps in December.In the first few days, people in Labrador and watching online will also hear from Oxford University economics professor Bent Flyvbjerg, whose faculty profile calls him “the most cited scholar in the world in megaproject planning and management.”Stan Marshall, the current CEO of Nalcor Energy who famously called it a boondoggle, is scheduled for the first few days of hearings, as are representatives from the Nunatsiavut Government, the Innu Nation and the NunatuKavut Community Council.Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe recently expressed unresolved fears over the potential threat of methylmercury poisoning in local wild food sources downstream.The Innu Nation, which has been involved in Muskrat Falls planning under an impact and benefits agreement, said in a statement from Grand Chief Gregory Rich and Deputy Grand Chief Etienne Rich that “we look forward to participating in the inquiry to help it tell the story of the Muskrat Falls project.”Representatives from accounting firm Grant Thornton will also be in Labrador to present findings from an investigative forensic audit into the decision to sanction the project.Phases two and three, scheduled for next year, will look at construction, oversight and policy moving forward.As LeBlanc said, the inquiry will not undo the past, especially as the drawn-out project is now more than 90 per cent complete. But the public airing of past decisions may offer some comfort for residents who are now facing the possibility of doubling electricity rates.Memorial University political science professor Stephen Tomblin said the project was popular when Williams championed it as a form of energy independence from Quebec.He cites the “appetite for getting back at Quebec” for the notorious 1969 Churchill Falls deal which has generated more than $27.5 billion for Hydro-Quebec and about $2 billion for Newfoundland and Labrador to date.Williams retired from politics shortly after announcing the plan in 2010.Dunderdale’s government then sanctioned the project two years later with the understanding that costs would be covered by provincial electricity rates, emboldened by a healthy economy from offshore oil revenues and backed by a federal loan guarantee to the tune of $1-billion.“Now Newfoundland of Labrador is in a period of crises and will be in a period of crises for generations having to pay for it,” said Tomblin.Tomblin said the inquiry might bring about change, but it all depends on what Ball and his government choose to do with the findings.“There are times when royal commission studies can make a difference … but it all comes back to political will, and it all comes back to whether premiers think they can actually use it as a tool to stay in power,” said Tomblin.“I hope something positive comes out of it, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.”last_img read more

School District to decide on if changes are needed to trustee election

first_imgChief Electoral Officer Bill Lindsay with his map of the Trustee Electoral Areas.Other recommendations involved what would happen if there was a tie vote in an election, with the solution being a Judicial Recount, or a run-off election.For a resident to run for a zone trustee spot they must have a minimum of two nominations. The number of trustees in each zone is listed below:Zone 1 (Cecil Lake, Goodlow, and Clayhurst): oneZone 2 (Prespatou, Buick, Rose Prairie, Doig River First Nation, Blueberry River First Nations, North Pine, Montney, and Wonowon East): oneZone 3 (Hudson’s Hope, Upper Cache, Tsay Keh Dene Nation, and Williston Lake): oneZone 4 (Taylor, Baldonnel, and Two Rivers): oneZone 5 (Fort St. John, Upper Halfway, Halfway River First Nation, Wonowon West, Charlie Lake, Pink Mountain, and North to Mile 225 on the Alaska Highway: threeLindsay recommended to have the school board post-nomination documents on their website for the public to view for a minimum of 30 days, as well campaign financing disclosure statements and supplementary reports would have to be accessible for the next five years.Lindsay hoped that section six of the bylaw which read, “TEA five is provided with an advanced voting opportunity because Fort St. John offers the same for its residents. TEAs one to four are limited to the one required advanced voting opportunity.” be reworked altogether because it was hard to make sense of it.The next school board trustee election will be held this October in line with municipal elections. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Chief Electoral Officer for School District 60, Bill Lindsay was at the school board office last night to give his recommendations on how the school board should update the trustee election bylaw.Bylaw #4/14 is the bylaw that governs trustee elections, it was originally adopted in 1993 and was last amended in 2013. Lindsay made multiple proposals to improve the bylaw as he felt that some of them were very hard to understand.The first recommendation Lindsay brought up was introducing a map that shows the five Trustee Electoral Area (TEA) boundaries where residents can vote.last_img read more

JUVENTUS AJAX-ED

first_imgTurin: First at Santiago Bernabéu, tonight at Allianz Stadium, Ajax has stunned the world with an exquisite display of football – defeating Ronaldo’s Juventus. They had earlier defeated his former club, Real Madrid as well. The Amsterdam-based football club were the underdogs going into the second-leg of the Champions League quarter-finals against the Italian champions. After a few close encounters for Juventus in the yesteryear’s Champions League, the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin last year was supposed to mean a new dawn for them. He did score in both the legs, but a stunning display of attacking brand of football made the football fraternity stand in awe for the minnows. A bottom corner from the Portuguese star handed an early advantage to Juventus in the 28th minute. But, the young Ajax team was quick to respond with a goal from Van de Beek converted off a Pjanić’s corner in the 34th minute. Right after the half-time Ajax worked some intrinsic football inside Juventus’s half. A delightful header from skipper Matthijs de Ligt in the 67th minute left the home fans shell-stunned and was enough to take the underdogs into the semi-finals of a European Championship for the first time since 1997. They will take on the winner of the City-Spurs encounter scheduled later tomorrow night.last_img read more

Instagram stars: Harry, Meghan fastest to hit 1 million fans

LONDON — Pay no attention to Hollywood stars or pop idols. When it comes to Instagram, it seems no one can match the allure of a youthful royal couple expecting their first child.Guinness World Records said Wednesday that a new Instagram account opened by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan is the fastest-ever to gain 1 million followers.The account, which was opened Tuesday, reached the 1 million mark in under six hours, easily beating a record held by Korean pop sensation Kang Daniel. It has since grown to 2.6 million.Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, call their new account “sussexroyal.” They say it’ll be used for important announcements.Interest in the account has likely been spurred by the fact that Meghan is expected to give birth in late April or early May.The Associated Press read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,583.42, down 11.30 points):B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up eight cents, or 2.08 per cent, to $3.92 on 8.3 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 70 cents, or 5.60 per cent, to $13.19 on 8.2 million shares. Encana earned US$317 million in its latest quarter as its results were boosted by asset sales and lower costs compared with a year ago. The energy company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says the profit amounted to 37 cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30 compared with a loss of nearly $1.24 billion or $1.47 per share a year ago.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up 46 cents, or 8.86 per cent, to $5.65 on 7.1 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 11 cents, or 2.26 per cent, to $4.98 on 6.7 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down seven cents, or 1.38 per cent, to $4.99 on 4.5 million shares.HudBay Minerals Inc. (TSX:HBM). Miner. Up 37 cents, or 6.57 per cent, to $6.00 on 4.3 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Down $1.25, or 2.96 per cent, to $40.94 on 2.7 million shares. Canadian Natural posted a net loss of $326 million or 29 cents per diluted share in the three months ended Sept. 30, compared with the year-earlier loss of $111 million or 10 cents per diluted share. Product sales in the quarter totalled nearly $2.48 billion, down from almost $3.32 billion in the same quarter last year. Its adjusted loss from operations rose to $355 million or 32 cents per diluted share in the quarter, versus an adjusted profit of $113 million or 10 cents per diluted share in the year-earlier period. by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 3, 2016 2:46 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN officials welcome reopening of communications between two Koreas

.“It is always good to have a dialogue between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea,” Farhan Haq told reporters in response to a question during the daily news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York.He went on to say that the UN remains committed to ensuring the implementation of Security Council resolutions on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. “We hope that enhanced diplomatic initiatives will help achieve this goal,” he added.According to media reports, DPRK announced Wednesday the reopening of a channel of communication, the day after the offer of dialogue made by the Government of the Republic of Korea.This communication channel, established in August 1972, was cut in February 2016 by Pyongyang after Seoul decided to close the inter-Korean industrial zone of Kaesong, in the wake of a nuclear test by the DPRK.Meanhwile, the President of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, Miroslav Lajčák, met today with Ja Song Nam, the Permanent Representative of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the United Nations, at the request of the Permanent Representative. According to a note issued by the Assembly President’s Office, Mr. Lajčák said he was pleased with the readiness of DPRK to constructively engage in a dialogue with the Republic of Korea, including a possible participation of a delegation from DPRK in the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, as well as with the reopening of the communication channels. read more

Handson with the Google Nexus 7 tablet

first_imgGoogle’s had a decidedly hands off approach to Android tablets so far. The Motorola Xoom, while clearly the reference device for Android 3.0, never bore the Nexus title. At Google I/O last year, special edition units of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 were handed out to everyone who attended. These were valiant attempts to stir up market share for Android tablets, but neither of them really stirred enough interest for the platform. So, to go along with their next release of Android, Google has seen fit to gift the world with the first Nexus tablet, dubbed the Nexus 7.The case could easily be made that the most compelling things about this device are the price tag and the software. As a Nexus device, you’ll not only get updates before anything else, but the device is open to the Android modder/hacker community. The $200 price tag is a killer feature as well, and as long as the device is marketed correctly Google will be able to ask consumers “is the iPad really worth three Nexus 7’s?” Still, as compelling as the price tag and the software promises are, there is still some plastic and glass involved in this equation that should be considered before buying.On paper, the Nexus 7 blows away the only other $200 tablet that matters. The device is half the weight, twice the storage and four times the performance of the Kindle Fire. Looking at the device head on, the only thing that would separate it from a Kindle Fire on a shelf would be the front facing camera. Both devices have nice thick black bezels in a rectangular shape…Once you get beyond the glass, however, the devices are very different. Instead of the boxy design of the Fire, the Nexus 7 tapers in all the way around, offering a nice contour to hold the device. The soft touch coating on the back of the device gives it just enough grip to make sure that even small hands will be able to hold it comfortably. The volume rocker and power button are right next to each other on the top right of the device, sticking out just far enough that you can slide you finger across the side of the device until you find it and press it quickly — the Kindle Fire infamously does not have hardware volume controls. The only port on the device is micro USB port on the bottom, which is used both for charging and for USB host connections.There is also a set of pogo pins on the bottom left of the tablet, but Google didn’t announce any accessories that would interact with them. Presumably, we’ll see a dock in the future that will take advantage of them.The tablet is incredibly smooth and lightning fast. The combination of the Nexus 7’s Tegra 3 quad core processor and all of the UI optimizations made in Jelly Bean really come together to show of a very smooth experience on this device. Google clearly wanted a device for consuming media, and they got that with the Nexus 7 + Jelly Bean combination. The speaker on the bottom rear of the device is louder than most tablets, and the front facing camera is clearly just there for Hangouts since there’s not even a camera app on the tablet. Google’s current services are all ready to roll as soon as you log in to the device with your Google account, and as long as you are within range of a wifi network it is a great little tablet.The real question with the Nexus 7 isn’t whether or not it can compete with the Kindle Fire or the iPad. Google needs to prove with the Nexus 7 that they can actually market and sell a device. The tablet needs to be presented to the general consumer in such a way that they are compelled to want to touch one, and then the device needs to actually be places where it ca be touched. So far the device is only available in the Google Play Store, and there was no mentions of a partnership with any electronics retailers. The Nexus 7 looks and feels like a great $200 tablet, so now all Google has to do is sell it.Fun bonus! The special I/O version of the Nexus 7 had a pre-release build on the device, which Google was updating quickly today. Once of the changes to the White backed Nexus 7 in the update was a change of the boot animation. In the video below, the Nexus 7 to the left is the original animation, while the video to the right is the new stock Jelly Bean Nexus boot animation. This boot animation will also be seen on the Android 4.1 update to the Galaxy Nexus.Read one for more of Geek.com’ Google I/O coveragelast_img read more

Weather eye It was windy and according to plan

first_imgBefore we get too far into the weather today, let’s read what I wrote in Thursday’s column: “It was an active weather week, for sure, but at least things will calm down today somewhat before another round of activity begins Friday. Strong, gusty east winds should begin Friday into Saturday as another trough of low pressure approaches offshore. Cool, but not cold, air will filter westward, and snow levels with the bands of moisture will be initially low, so the surrounding foothills could get a few inches of snow. If precipitation falls heavy enough, we could see wet snow to relatively low levels. And barring any freak event during the overnight hours Friday, all should be well.”I would say everything went according to plan, although those gusty east winds did a job trimming many Douglas fir trees around the county, not to mention scattered power outages, as well. Peak wind gust at Pearson Field in Vancouver was 47 mph, 54 mph in Battle Ground and 66 mph on Larch Mountain.Snowfall mainly occurred above 1,000 feet, with reports of 1 to 3 inches being common. Here at city levels, if you stayed up late enough, and I mean during the wee hours of 1 to 4 a.m., a mixture of rain, sleet and snow was flying sideways through the darkened air. Being a typical weather geek, I was up and outside and could hear the sleet pinging upon the ground and everything it came in contact with. At times, large snowflakes drifted mysteriously down as if not to be outdone.But basically, it was a non-event except for the pounding easterly winds. A rather large low spins off the coast all week, and more bands of moisture swing inland, with snow levels quite low again this evening. Christmas Day looks just plain wet and soggy outside but bright and cheery inside, I’m sure. Enjoy your week!Pat Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.last_img read more

Miami school evacuated after reports of classroom fire

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Students and staff at a Miami school faced a fiery situation, Monday.Students and faculty were evacuated after reports of a fire coming from a classroom at Shenandoah Middle School. 7SkyForce HD hovered above the scene of the blaze near Southwest 19th Avenue and 19th Street.Officials said school personnel managed to extinguish the flames. Students returned to class shortly after.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for May 27 Homeowner Finds Needle Near His Mailbox Driver

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, May 27, 2019:Police received a noise complaint of loud music being played on a back porch on Middlesex Avenue. Police responded and turned the resident to turn down the music. (1:54am)Fire Department responded to reports of smoldering brush in area of the tracks on Brand Avenue; turned out to be a fire pit in a backyard. (7:12am)A Forest Street caller reported a needle on the ground by their mailbox. Police responded and brought needle back to station for disposal. (11:02am)A Wedgewood Avenue reported a large snapping turtle in his yard. He was advised to leave it alone and it would continue on. (11:02am)Dominique M. Mazac (34, Lexington) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Suspended or Revoked Registration and an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.  Mazac was pulled over at Salem Street and Ring Avenue. (5:34pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 12: 2 Drivers Issued Summonses; Drone FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 2: Beer Cans Found At Town Park; Spray Paint At Palmer Park; Sinkhole WorseningIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 8: Don’t Pee On My Lawn, Please; Driver Issued SummonsIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Response to oil spill in the Shuyak Strait continues

first_imgAround 3,000 gallons of oil were released into the Shuyak Strait after this building collapsed. (Photo Courtesy of the Coast Guard)At the end of February, 3,000 gallons of oil spilled into the Shuyak Strait about 50 miles north of the City of Kodiak. The oil was in a building that collapsed because of a severe windstorm. Since then, a response has been underway to contain the oil, clean it up and prevent future spills.Listen nowWhen asked how long it’s going to take to clean up the oil spill in the Shuyak Strait, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s on-scene coordinator Geoff Merrell says longer than weeks, but less than years.“Can’t mark a date on the calendar says we’re going to be done by here,” Merrell said.The spill happened when a building on Shuyak Island collapsed and a fuel bladder in it, filled with about 3,000 gallons of bunker C oil, released its contents into Shuyak Strait. The oil’s been contained, but clean-up efforts have been impeded because the wreckage of the building is blocking the initial spill site. A crane has been ordered to the area to help remove the structures remains.Merrell says it may seem like the clean-up is taking a long time, but he says the operation is complicated.“It can be a delicate tricky thing on a removing the oil without destroying everything else there in the process which really doesn’t serve any purpose at all,” Merrell said.The building that collapsed was a part of a bigger compound made up of structures of all shapes and sizes. Some of which date back to before World War II. The site’s been used for all sorts of things like a steamship fuel depot, a fish processing plant, and a float plane terminal. Merrell says the site doesn’t seem to be used for much at the moment and currently there’s an investigation into who all owns the property.Merrell says the spilled oil isn’t the only problem facing the area. There’s another estimated 3,000 gallons of fuel, oil and other lubricants stored in buildings near the water that could collapse in the future. Clean-up personnel are carefully making their way through the old structures looking for these petroleum products.“So that they don’t become either an additional pollutant or a pollutant down the road where we just be out to the same sight in the future cleaning up something that we left behind this time,” Merrell said.So far, there hasn’t been any signs the oil spill has affected local wildlife. Merrell says his team is keeping an eye out for oiled animals, especially those that call the strait their home.“Aquatic mammals specifically sea otters, sea lions and river otters,” Merrell said. “And then very shortly we’re are going to start the annual bird migration so there will be an increasing presence of waterfowl in the area, which we are concerned about.”Recently, an in-depth environmental and structural analysis was done at the spill site.According to a recent Coast Guard press release, the study will help personnel safely conduct further clean-up efforts. Around 240 bags of oily waste has been removed from the Shuyak Strait so far.last_img read more

I am not safe even from AL

first_imgMd Golam Hossain, former chairman of National Board of Revenue (NBR) speaking at the press conference in Chandpur on Friday.Former chairman of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) Md Golam Hossain has accused a faction of Chandpur Awami League of torturing his followers and relatives.“I am not safe even from AL, though I am involved in AL politics,” he said at a press conference in Chandpur town on Friday night.“My followers are harassed in various ways by the cronies of the Chandpur-1 member of parliament MK Alamgir,” he alleged adding, “his men have vandalised 30 of my vehicles and filed at least 10 cases against my people.”Golam Hossain said he as seeking AL nomination in the next general election and alleged that he was being obstructed from campaigning.He claimed that his followers were being prevented from attending the prime minister’s public rally scheduled for Sunday at Chandpur. He is not being allowed to hire any vehicles to take his people there.Golam Hossain said he filed a written complaint and demanded security from the local police super and officer in charge (OC) of Kachua police station Syed Mahbubur Rahman.Mahbubur Rahman termed the matter as AL’s internal problem and claimed there was no security concern for anyone.MK Alamgir could not be reached over phone despite several attempts by Prothom Alo.Kachua Upazila parishad vice chairman Helal Uddin, however, rejected the allegations as false and motivated.He accused Golam Hossain of misleading the people in order to clinch AL nomination for Chandpur-1 constituency.last_img read more

Reuters identifies 10 Iranian sites influencing opinions

first_imgSilhouettes of mobile device users are seen next to a screen projection of Youtube logo in this picture illustration taken on 28 March. Photo: ReutersAn apparent Iranian influence operation targeting internet users worldwide is significantly bigger than previously identified, Reuters has found, encompassing a sprawling network of anonymous websites and social media accounts in 11 different languages.Facebook and other companies said last week that multiple social media accounts and websites were part of an Iranian project to covertly influence public opinion in other countries. A Reuters analysis has identified 10 more sites and dozens of social media accounts across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.US-based cyber security firm FireEye Inc and Israeli firm ClearSky reviewed Reuters’ findings and said technical indicators showed the web of newly-identified sites and social media accounts – called the International Union of Virtual Media, or IUVM – was a piece of the same campaign, parts of which were taken down last week by Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc.IUVM pushes content from Iranian state media and other outlets aligned with the government in Tehran across the internet, often obscuring the original source of the information such as Iran’s PressTV, FARS news agency and al-Manar TV run by the Iran-backed Shi’ite Muslim group Hezbollah.PressTV, FARS, al-Manar TV and representatives for the Iranian government did not respond to requests for comment. The Iranian mission to the United Nations last week dismissed accusations of an Iranian influence campaign as “ridiculous.”The extended network of disinformation highlights how multiple state-affiliated groups are exploiting social media to manipulate users and further their geopolitical agendas, and how difficult it is for tech companies to guard against political interference on their platforms.In July, a US grand jury indicted 12 Russians whom prosecutors said were intelligence officers, on charges of hacking political groups in the 2016 US presidential election. US officials have said Russia, which has denied the allegations, could also attempt to disrupt congressional elections in November.Ben Nimmo, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab who has previously analyzed disinformation campaigns for Facebook, said the IUVM network displayed the extent and scale of the Iranian operation.“It’s a large-scale amplifier for Iranian state messaging,” Nimmo said. “This shows how easy it is to run an influence operation online, even when the level of skill is low. The Iranian operation relied on quantity, not quality, but it stayed undetected for years.”Further InvestigationsFacebook spokesman Jay Nancarrow said the company is still investigating accounts and pages linked to Iran and had taken more down on Tuesday.“This is an ongoing investigation and we will continue to find out more,” he said. “We’re also glad to see that the information we and others shared last week has prompted additional attention on this kind of inauthentic behaviour.”Twitter referred to a statement it tweeted on Monday shortly after receiving a request for comment from Reuters. The statement said the company had removed a further 486 accounts for violating its terms of use since last week, bringing the total number of suspended accounts to 770.“Fewer than 100 of the 770 suspended accounts claimed to be located in the US and many of these were sharing divisive social commentary,” Twitter said.Google declined to comment but took down the IUVM TV YouTube account after Reuters contacted the company with questions about it. A message on the page on Tuesday said the account had been “terminated for a violation of YouTube’s Terms of Service.”IUVM did not respond to multiple emails or social media messages requesting comment.The organization does not conceal its aims, however. Documents on the main IUVM website said its headquarters are in Tehran and its objectives include “confronting with remarkable arrogance, western governments and Zionism front activities.”App Store and Satirical CartoonsIUVM uses its network of websites – including a YouTube channel, breaking news service, mobile phone app store, and a hub for satirical cartoons mocking Israel and Iran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia – to distribute content taken from Iranian state media and other outlets which support Tehran’s position on geopolitical issues.Reuters recorded the IUVM network operating in English, French, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashto, Russian, Hindi, Azerbaijani, Turkish and Spanish.Much of the content is then reproduced by a range of alternative media sites, including some of those identified by FireEye last week as being run by Iran while purporting to be domestic American or British news outlets.For example, an article run by in January by Liberty Front Press – one of the pseudo-US news sites exposed by FireEye – reported on the battlefield gains made by the army of Iranian ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. That article was sourced to IUVM but actually lifted from two FARS news agency stories.FireEye analyst Lee Foster said iuvmpress.com, one of the biggest IUVM websites, was registered in January 2015 with the same email address used to register two sites already identified as being run by Iran. ClearSky said multiple IUVM sites were hosted on the same server as another website used in the Iranian operation.last_img read more

Faraazs sacrifice didnt go in vain

first_imgFaraaz Ayaz HossainDeputy commissioner of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), Abdul Mannan, told a Prothom Alo roundtable that Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain was the lone protester during the Holey Artisan attack.”The (militant) attackers told him to flee as he was a Muslim. But, he instead chose to remain with his friends in the jaws of death. He was determined to uphold justice, principles and humanity.”Sacrificing his life, Faraaz made us understand peace and solidarity is our ideal. His sacrifice didn’t go in vain. He let the world know that people of this country can lay down their lives for the sake of peace and tolerance.”Zaraif Ayat Hossain, elder brother of Faraaz, said, “His bravery was like a blaze. This light helped us overcome our painful days. The respect and honour people at home and abroad have shown towards Faraaz strengthened our family.”The terrorist attack that shattered the country and drew global attention, claimed lives of 22 people — nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, one Bangladesh-born American and two Bangladeshis — on 1 July 2016. However, this gruesome attack could not erase Faraaz’s name.Faraaz’s refusal to desert his friends that led to his killing is now being recognised all over the world.The Faraaz Hossain Foundation has been set up in his name by his family. The foundation works for distressed people.The Faraaz Hossain Courage Award was initiated by PepsiCo Global in 2016 and this award will continue until for next 20 years. The awarded recipients get US$10,000, a certificate and a plaque.To commemorate Faraaz’s sacrifice, Faraaz Square was set up on the premises of Boalkhali Sirajul Islam College in Chattogram. A sapling of nageswar was planted at the square.A scholarship after Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain has been initiated in Daffodil International University. Receiving the award, an under-grade and a graduate student have been studying in the university free.Fifth NDF BD-RMC DC National Medical College Debate Festival was held at Rajshahi Medical College in memory of Faraaz. Sonali Otit Club organised an inter-university football tournament, Faraaz Challenge Cup.Pharmaceutical company Eskayef has named one of its factories in Tongi as the Faraaz Ayaz Hossain Building.The Harmony Foundation named Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain for Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice in 2017.Faraaz’s mother Simeen Hossain and elder brother Zaraif Ayaat Hossain received the award conferred posthumously on Faraaz in Mumbai, India.School of Business of Emory University has recognised Faraaz Hossain as a graduate in 2018 convocation. Faraaz was yet to study two more years to complete his graduation.The University of Atlanta, USA has introduced ‘Faraaz Hossain Core Value Award’. Emory University has set up Hossain-Kabir Room in its Oxford College campus honour of Faraaz Hossain and Abinta Kabir . Yale University of America rewarded Faraaz Hossain for making an inimitable example of humanity.Garden of the Righteous Worldwide (Gariwo) plants trees to commend and save the memories of people fighting against terrorism and contributing to the welfare of humanity. Italy Ministry of Foreign Affairs is involved in this initiative.The Milan-based non-profit organisation of Italy established a memorial park in Italy’s Embassy in Tunisia on 15 July 2016 in memory of five righteous Arab and Muslim people. A memorial in the name of Faraaz was set and a tree was planted in the park. Faraaz Hossain is the only non-Arab to receive this honour. A tree was planted in Rummo High School in Benevento, Italy, in honour of Faraaz.Various organisations and libraries in the country have organised a number of seminars in his name. A football tournament was arranged in Siliguri of India. Faraaz Hossain is working with Jago Foundation in various welfare programmes including child education programme.Faraaz Hossain Centre has been set up in the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in Savar. This centre is being used as the therapy and recreation centre for the specially abled children. There are arrangements for physiology, speech and occupational therapy at the centre.Hundreds of children avail this facility every day. Dean Joseph Moon of Emory University, professor Douglas Hicks of theology department, and the assistant dean for Development and Alumni Relations Kevin Smyrl, came to attend the inauguration ceremony of the Centre from the United States.Faraaz Hossain Foundation has provided all kinds of assistance to more than 20,000 Rohingya who have fled Myanmar. The foundation distrubes warm clothes among people of North Bengal in winter. Faraaz Hossain Foundation is organising regular medical camps including eye camps. Faraaz Hossain Foundation has given eye treatment to more than 10,000 people so far. Of them, more than 500 people were given spectacles after eye surgery.Faraaz’s elder brother, Zaraif Hossain, said, “My mother had big dreams for Faraaz. But she never imagined that Faraaz would become so big that he would be known globally.”*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain and Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

Local roller skater places third at national championship

first_imgBy Bonnie Adams, Managing EditorRegion – Ever since she was a little girl, Samantha Kiley of Berlin has loved to roller skate.“I started at age 7, going to a lot of parties that were held at the Hudson Roller Kingdom,” she recalled. “I also participated in an after school program. It was so much fun.”Now 25, Kiley is still enjoying the sport she loves. And, recently, her many years of hard work and dedication paid off when she placed third in the Classic Gold Women’s Single Dance at the 2019 National Roller Figure Championships held in Spokane, Wash.In the competition, skaters first perform a compulsory dance and then an original one which shows off their personality and creativity. Kiley first performed the “Emerald Cha Cha” for her compulsory dance and for her creative dance, a routine she named, “That’s Life.”In her dances, she is graceful and poised, demonstrating moves, footwork and edges that she makes look very easy, belying the technical expertise needed to execute them.Even when she was a college student at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., studying math, she still found time for her passion.“It was difficult to find the time, but luckily Roller Kingdom’s sister rink, in Tyngsborough, which was not too far away, was nice enough to let me practice there,” she said.Now a software automation engineer, her schedule is even tighter. But she still finds the time to practice nearly every day.“It’s a little rough,” she admitted, “but I find the time at nights and on weekends.” Kiley has also taken up sewing as a way to help her coach Heidi Permatteo, who makes many of the skaters’ at the rinks’ outfits.“I just want to help her out because she does so much,” Kiley said.Permatteo has been Kiley’s coach since she started skating. She has on occasion also taken lessons with Jodee Viola, whose family has been one of roller skating’s iconic families for decades.Kiley also helps out at competitions, using her math skills to do tabulations which help determine placements. In doing so, she is following in the footsteps of her mother, Jane, who passed away in 2017.“She did tabulations for a long time,” Kiley said. “She was always at my competitions.”Her father, John, who lives in Berlin, and her grandmother, Lidia Kiley, who lives in Southborough, continue to cheer her on.“We’re really proud of her and her hard work paying off,” John said.Lidia was not able to travel to Spokane to watch the competition, but was able to enjoy it afterwards when her granddaughter showed her video clips of her performances.“She was just beautiful,” Lidia said.Going forth after the excitement of this year’s Nationals, Kiley is excited, she said, to continue improving.“Skating is something you can do forever,” she said. “I love it so much. I cannot see myself ever getting out of it.”last_img read more

Apple Watch Apps Are a Disaster

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. I’ve been wearing the Apple Watch for just over a month now. There’s a lot that I like about the device, and I covered much of that in my review last month. It’s well built — perhaps the best built out of any of the smartwatches I’ve used, even though I have the cheaper Apple Watch Sport model. It’s also useful for giving me the weather, allowing me to see how far I’ve traveled in a given day and, of course, for giving me the time.But a lot of the apps that have been tweaked to take advantage of the Apple Watch are awful, and I wonder what Apple’s policy for quality control is for them. Does it require apps to load within a given amount of time? It doesn’t seem like it, because some of them take so long that I just give up, resulting to pick the phone out of my pocket.Take, for example, my experience with an app that’s supposed to let me check when high and low tides are. I want that information for fishing, and I thought it would be really awesome to be able to take a quick glance at my watch to see if it was a good time to pack up my rod and reel or not.That’s not to say the app doesn’t work — maybe it does — but I’ve never waited long enough on the loading screen to find out. The display on my Apple Watch usually goes to sleep first, and I end up walking over to the drawer in my kitchen where I have a paper schedule of the tides. Yes, I’ve resulted to dead trees over waiting for the dang Apple Watch app to load. (I haven’t named the app here, because I’m going to let the developer know about my issues first.)It isn’t the only app I have problems with, though. Uber can be just as bad, and I often pull out my phone to request a car. It’s bizarre, because Apple has argued that the whole point of the Apple Watch is to alleviate the need to keep grabbing for your iPhone.To be fair, some apps are really good, like Foursquare for example, which I’ve found myself using again after a lengthy hiatus. Yelp is also really well done, and loads almost instantaneously. Apple’s proprietary apps, such as Maps, are also pretty snappy. Maybe it’s just that smaller developers are rushing out to advertise Apple Watch supportwithout really working to make sure the experience is good for the end user, while others, like Yelp, Starbucks and Foursquare, have larger teams and have had more time to build quality apps.It’s a situation I expect to improve as Apple continues to update the software, but it’s one that remains really frustrating to this day. I rarely, if ever, use any of the apps on my Apple Watch, and that’s supposed to be one of the highlight experiences. June 1, 2015 This story originally appeared on TechnoBuffalo 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more