first_imgAddressing the closing ceremony of a three-day International Buddhist Conclave in Rajgir in Nalanda, President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said the philosophy of Buddhism is as relevant today as ever in the era of violence, “especially as the world grapples with the complex problems that seem intractable”. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Governor Ram Nath Kovind too addressed the conclave, organised by the Nava Nalanda Mahavihara.The conclave on “Buddhism in the 21st Century — perspectives and responses to Global Challenges and Crises” was attended by hundreds of Buddhist scholars, monks and delegates from 35 countries, with a special address by the Dalai Lama on Saturday. “No part of the world today is free from the scourge of violence…this crisis is all pervasive,” the President said, underscoring that “Buddhism has had a deep influence on human civilization.”Stating that “Nalanda reflects our ancient educational system which attracted mighty minds in the form of students and teachers in ancient India,” the President said, “Education means the development of the mind and requires an atmosphere which is conducive to free exchange of ideas.” Mr Mukherjee urged the delegates to “redouble their efforts to promote the simple Truths and the Path of the Buddha that show we can be better citizens and contribute to making our land a better place to live in”. Lauds universityThe President also expressed happiness that the Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, a deemed University, has recently published the entire Pali Tripitaka (texts or words of the Buddha) in 41 volumes in Devanagari script. He further congratulated the University for opening the first ever Department of Buddhist Sciences in the world. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar too highlighted the tenets of Buddhism and said they were relevant in today’s world of violence and distrust. Mr Kumar also proposed to open a “Conflict Resolution Centre” at Rajgir.Earlier on Saturday, the Dalai Lama visited the Nava Nalanda Mahavihara after a gap of 60 years and planted a sapling of the Bodhi Tree. He inaugurated the Nagajurna Faculty Building and Santarakshita Hostel. Mentioning the tradition of Nalanda, his Holiness said Dignaga and Dharmakriti’s contribution have been unforgettable for the world.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK  — Arsenal will play Major League Soccer’s All-Stars on July 28 at San Jose, California.The Gunners also said Thursday they will play Mexico’s Chivas of Guadalajara three days later at Carson, California, as part of the two-game U.S. tour.Previous clubs to play the MLS All-Stars include Chelsea (2006 and ’12), Everton (2009), Manchester United (2010 and ’11), Roma (2013), Bayern Munich (2014) and Tottenham (2015).Arsenal visited the New York Red Bulls in the summer of 2014. Manager Arsene Wenger said in a statement his team enjoys “tremendous support across America” and looks forward to “giving our U.S. fans the chance to see the team play live.”San Jose also hosted the MLS All-Star Game in 2001.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

first_imgFrance was one of only two teams ranked in FIFA’s top seven to win its opening match. The other was Belgium.A win Thursday night against Peru at the Yekaterinburg Arena would put France in position to wrap up a second consecutive appearance in the round of 16.The pre-tournament favorites at this World Cup have struggled so far. France is no exception – but at least it has a win.Les Bleus, who are seventh in the FIFA world rankings, got past Australia 2-1 in their opener despite a mostly lackluster effort from their trio of elite strikers.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEFrance benefited from some good fortune. Its first goal came after a penalty called with the aid of video review. Then it scored again on a fluky goal that was found by goal-line technology to have crossed the line and was later determined to have been last touched by an Australian player.The Peruvians held a 17-10 advantage in shots on goal but failed to capitalize on their chances during a 1-0 loss to Denmark . Peru’s task could be even harder against Group C favorite France, which it will be facing for the first time in World Cup play.The only previous meeting between the teams was a 1982 friendly that Peru won 1-0.TROUBLED TRIOFrance’s top attackers – Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele – were underwhelming against Australia.France outshot its opponent 12-6. Griezmann had five of those attempts, Mbappe had one and Dembele played 70 minutes without a shot on goal. Griezmann’s goal came after a penalty, the byproduct of a video assistant referee review of a foul on the sideline.advertisementThe other goal was initially credited to Paul Pogba before a panel of former coaches and players determined it actually came off a touch by Australia’s Aziz Behich.France can’t count on such good fortune against a disciplined Peru defense, and coach Didier Deschamps didn’t rule out tweaking his lineup.”I will have 11 (players) against Peru,” Deschamps said. “It may be the same, it may be different ones, but those three attacking players played as they should play. I have a good group. Each of them has his say among the 23 players.”GUERRERO WATCHOne of the key questions for Peru will be how coach Ricardo Gareca uses the country’s all-time leading scorer, Paolo Guerrero.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEAfter having a doping ban lifted just before the start of the tournament, the 34-year-old striker came on as a substitute against Denmark and played well in about 30 minutes of action. He almost scored twice, the last time using his unique skill set to nearly create what would have been an equalizing goal.It’s the kind of effort that could prompt Gareca to return Guerrero to a starting role for this match, which will determine whether Peru has a chance of advancing to the second round for the first time since 1978.FAN ADVANTAGEPeru brought one of the largest contingents of fans to Russia. Tens of thousands are following the Incas during their first World Cup appearance in 36 years.They were loud throughout Peru’s opener at Mordovia Arena in Saransk, at times drowning out their Danish counterparts.That support could be a factor in trying to rattle France’s stars. Deschamps said the fans reminded him of Colombia’s supporters during friendly in Paris that Colombia won 3-2.”Thirty thousand Peruvians came to Moscow, so they are very excited and enthusiastic,” Deschamps said. “We played Colombia in March and we saw that they are not only aggressive, but they have very good players.”(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

first_imgManchester United 1 Brighton and Hove Albion 0: Unfortunate Dunk own goal sinks Seagulls Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 00:55 11/26/17 AshleyYoung - Cropped Getty Images Manchester United battled to an 11th straight home win as Lewis Dunk’s unlucky deflection inflicted a 1-0 loss on Brighton and Hove Albion. Lewis Dunk’s desperately unlucky own goal gave Manchester United a laborious 1-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.The defeat was harsh on an assured and enterprising Brighton side, but that will be of little consequence to Jose Mourinho as United recorded an 11th straight home win across all competitions.After wasting numerous first-half chances in Wednesday’s 1-0 Champions League loss at Basel, United could not even be accused of profligacy on this occasion as the likes of Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford largely struggled to carve out opportunities for Romelu Lukaku. 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 Mat Ryan produced an excellent double save to thwart Lukaku and Pogba on the stroke of half-time but the goalkeeper could do nothing to keep out the winner midway through the second half as Ashley Young’s shot from 20 yards looped up wickedly off Dunk and dipped just below the crossbar into the top-right corner.The much-needed victory means second-placed United close to within five points of leaders and rivals Manchester City, who travel to Huddersfield Town on Sunday.Defeat ended Brighton’s five-match unbeaten run but Chris Hughton’s side can at least console themselves with a performance that showed ample promise as they sit safely ensconced in mid-table after 13 matches of their debut Premier League campaign.FT: #MUFC 1 Brighton 0. @Youngy18’s deflected strike clinches yet another home win! #MUNBHA pic.twitter.com/Irw3bUeXl8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 25, 2017The tone for an even encounter was set inside the first five minutes as both sides created openings.Lukaku blazed over having exchanged passes with Martial before Anthony Knockaert got in behind the United defence only to fizz a cross-cum-shot across the face of goal.David de Gea comfortably held Pascal Gross’ effort from the edge of the box as the Seagulls continued to play with plenty of poise while United were restricted to half chances, Lukaku stretching to nod Antonio Valencia’s cross wide 10 minutes before the break.Brighton had Ryan to thank for going into half-time level, however, the goalkeeper saving superbly from Lukaku’s back-post header before denying Pogba’s rebound from point-blank range.United dominated possession after the interval without threatening Ryan’s goal, Mourinho introducing Zlatan Ibrahimovic just after the hour and in the 66th minute the deadlock was broken thanks to Young’s sizeable slice of fortune.The lads enjoyed that one! #MUFC #MUNBHA pic.twitter.com/RnBA59T3UM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 25, 2017Knockaert continued to pose a threat, whipping a low ball across the face for a second time in the match and Gross was close to getting a telling touch on Bruno’s devilish delivery from the right.Shane Duffy headed wide with four minutes remaining and the centre half was perhaps fortunate to only see yellow for a scything challenge on Ibrahimovic as United – who are unbeaten in 39 home matches in all competitions – held on to remain in touch with City at the top.Key Opta stats:- Manchester Utd have gone 39 games in all competitions without defeat at Old Trafford (W28 D11), last losing to Man City in Sept 2016 – 441 days ago.- The Red Devils have lost just once in their last 48 Premier League home games against newly-promoted teams (W41 D6 L1) – with that defeat coming against Norwich City in December 2015.- Brighton have never won away against Manchester United in any competition (D2 L7).- Manchester Utd have conceded just six goals so far this season, their lowest total after the first 13 league games of the season since 2007-08 (6).- Jose Mourinho’s side have recorded a clean sheet in 26 of their 51 Premier League matches since the start of last season; more than any other side.- Lewis Dunk is the first player in Premier League history to score an own goal versus both Manchester Utd and Manchester City in the same season.- Paul Pogba attempted more passes versus Brighton (110) than in any other Premier League match in his career. read morelast_img read more

first_img Share on Twitter He and his co-pilot Richard Branson became the first people to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a hot air balloon Benfica Chelsea Catalonia Tonga and Samoa Sporting He started his first league game for the club on 7 October 2002 – and scored twice in a 3-0 win. Miami Both clubs have agreed to the idea, which is part of the league’s “internationalisation strategy”. Manchester United Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Which two teams at the tournament flew home having lost all four of their games? Pool Ah well, you tried. Have a good weekend. You were there or thereabouts Have a good weekend. He played in the Argentina team that won the World Cup Pasculli played his part in Argentina’s success, scoring the only goal of the game as they beat neighbours Uruguay in the last-16. England are playing Australia at the Rugby World Cup on Saturday. At which other World Cup – which is being held in Australia over the weekend – are England playing France, Lebanon and Wales (in the men’s event) and Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand (in the women’s event)? Table-tennis World Cup … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.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 need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Manchester United Barrecore World Cup Snooker She picked up her opponent’s ball and threw it into a lake features Golf Tottenham Hotspur Spurs started the 1960-61 season with 11 wins. They finished it as league and FA Cup champions. New Zealand v Ireland Ah well, you tried. Have a good weekend. Not great Baku Pyongyang There were no goals in the game between North Korea and South Korea, but there were some tasty tackles. “The opponents were very rough and there were moments when very abusive language was exchanged,” said South Korea captain Son Heung-min. “It was hard to concentrate on the match because you were thinking about avoiding injury.” Mighty Mike, Voltage, Superchin, Bully Boy, The Flying Scotsman, Snakebite, The Iceman and The Machine will be in Leicester this weekend. Which sport will they be playing? Rugby League Nines World Cup The tournament is being hosted in one stadium in Sydney over two days, with 12 men’s teams and four women’s teams taking part. She was caught smoking marijuana midway through her round She “knowingly” killed an animal (a beetle) while putting on the green He was top of the UK albums charts with his band Super Furry Animals Sport Her caddie helped her line up shots while she was on the green Walker took it well. “This was my first competitive round since 2011 or 2012,” she said. “Now that I don’t play the LPGA anymore, I don’t watch golf. I knew there were rules changes, but I just honestly didn’t know them. What can you do? Obviously, it’s my fault for not knowing the rules, but what am I going to do? I may have made the Guinness Book of World Records!” Georgia and Uruguay Scotland Russia and USA We’ll give you half a point if you said Namibia and Canada. They lost all of the games they played and only picked up points because their match against each other was called off for bad weather and recorded as a 0-0 draw. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 700th goal of his career this week. For which team did he score the first goal of his career? Pedro Pasculli managed Bangor City to a 1-1 draw against Ruthin Town in the Welsh second division this week. What did he do in June 1986? Theodoros Zagorakis Challenge your friends Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Japan v South Africa center_img Squash Which capital city hosted a World Cup qualifier this week that had no goals, no fans, no journalists and no live broadcast on TV? None of them Submit answers Since you’re here… Beijing Liverpool have started the season with eight wins in a row. Which club once began a top-flight campaign with 11 straight victories? Support The Guardian England v Australia Australia have won it twice, in 1991 and 1999. And, although you never hear it mentioned, England won it in 2003. Lapland You were there or thereabouts Have a good weekend. Ah well, you tried. Have a good weekend. You nailed it. Have a great weekend. He was elected as an MEP for Plaid Cymru If La Liga have their way, where will the match between Atlético Madrid and Villarreal be played in December? Ah well, you tried. Have a good weekend. Namibia and Canada You nailed it. Have a great weekend. Porto Ah well, you tried. Have a good weekend. Wales v France Darts The eight players – Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney, Michael Smith, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price and James Wade – are in Leicester to compete at the Champions League of Darts on Saturday and Sunday. Savo Milosevic Lee Ann Walker received 58 penalty shots at a golf tournament in Indiana this week. What had she done wrong? You nailed it. Have a good weekend. Arsenal You were there or thereabouts Have a good weekend. Gheorghe Hagi Share via Email You got… Topics Sports quiz of the week As a player, he scored his country’s first (and so far only) goals at the European Championship. And now, as the team’s manager, he has helped them qualify for the Euros next year. Who is he? Rugby union Which of the quarter-finals at the Rugby World Cup this weekend features two former champions? Premier League Perfection! Have a great weekend. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Doha BBQ World Cup Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Andriy Shevchenko It’s difficult to overstate Shevchenko’s importance to the Ukraine football team. He is their all-time top scorer, their youngest ever goalscorer, their oldest ever goalscorer and, now, one of their most successful managers. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgArsenal ‘Arsenal stagnated under Wenger’ – Aubameyang excited by Emery era Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 20:30 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsene Wenger Getty Arsenal Premier League Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsène Wenger The Gunners have made a first managerial change in 22 years, with those inside and outside Emirates Stadium aware that the time had come for change Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted that Arsenal “stagnated” towards the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign, with all concerned now looking forward to a fresh start under Unai Emery.After 22 years of stability and continuity in north London, the managerial baton at Emirates Stadium has changed hands this summer.Former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery has been appointed as Wenger’s successor and charged with the task of returning Arsenal to the Champions League and getting them back on the trophy trail. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now He has some big shoes to fill, but recent regression suggests that change was required.Record signing Aubameyang admits as much, telling RMC on the movement in the dugout: “I think it’s a little bit of a mixed feeling in fact.”On one hand, it’s strange for all the fans that the coach has left. But it’s definitely a fresh start.”Since over the last few seasons – you have to tell the truth – the club has stagnated a little bit, I think everyone is actually a little bit excited to see what happens next season.”It is strange that the coach has left after 22 years. But that’s life – we have to look forward.“It’s going to be a new start so we’ll have so we’ll have to see how it goes… everyone will have to get it into their heads that we have to work hard to rival the best.”Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal stagnatedAubameyang added on the arrival of Emery: “He’s a really good coach.”In Paris, it’s never very easy. There’s a huge amount of pressure… I know he did really good work with Sevilla and with PSG too.”It remains to be seen what role Aubameyang will be asked to fill by Emery, but the Gabonese forward – who netted 10 Premier League goals in 13 appearances following a mid-season arrival in 2017-18 – is hoping to be used in a favoured position down the middle, preferably with a strike partner alongside him.He added: “I think everybody knows that I like playing through the centre.“I hope that we can play with two attackers – that would be ideal. But if the new coach needs me on the wing, there’s no problem.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgBYU football players honor 9-year-old after tragic accident.BYU’s Bronco MendenhallOver the weekend, an unspeakable tragedy struck the Russell family in Henderson, Nev. Nine-year-old Austen Russell was killed when his father accidentally ran him over with the family truck. Even at his young age, Austen was “the ultimate BYU fan” according to his father, choosing to don No. 3 when he played sports in honor of Kyle Van Noy and Cougar basketball star Tyler Haws. BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall, as well as Van Noy, posted tributes to Austen online.Our thoughts and prayers are with the Russell family. BYU Football loves you! #AustenRussellFan pic.twitter.com/Dgjj2cqLZK— Bronco Mendenhall (@Bronco_BYU) June 3, 2015Haws also got in the act, sharing these images on his Instagram account.None of this will bring Austen back, but if it can provide his family some comfort during these difficult times, it is worth it. Kudos to Mendenhall, Van Noy, Haws and the BYU family for getting involved. [Herald Extra]last_img read more

first_imgA rebuilding project scheduled for this summer in the West Branch area of Pictou County is the first step in a two-part plan to upgrade the road for area drivers. The province has advertised a tender for repaving of a section of West Branch Road from the intersection of Mackay Road, south for 3.9 kilometres toward West Branch. The West Branch Road serves as a direct link between the communities of West Branch and River John. “This is an important link for the residents of West Branch and River John and I’m happy to see it on this year’s schedule,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “The remaining portion of this road will be considered for repaving in 2007.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

first_imgBeer trade between Quebec and Nova Scotia just got easier. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, today, Dec. 21, announced an agreement has been reached with Quebec, removing significant trade restrictions on beer produced in the two provinces. Nova Scotia brewers will no longer have to pay a surcharge on products entering Quebec. Similarly, beer brewed in Quebec will no longer face fees when entering the Nova Scotia market. The agreement increases export opportunities and positively impacts Nova Scotia’s brewing industry. “We are helping to open new markets in Quebec,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. “For companies like Labatt, it provides an opportunity to more aggressively market Keith’s as a national brand, which is exclusively produced in Nova Scotia. It bodes well for the future of the industry here.” “The provincial government’s concerted efforts, particularly over the last 18 months, to achieve this agreement deserves our thanks,” said Jean Lépine, director of corporate affairs, Labatt Atlantic. “Going forward, it means we can compete on a level playing field with other beer makers in Canada’s second largest beer market.” The Quebec surtax of $4.50 per case of 24 has been in place since the 1990s and was in response to a handling fee in place in the Maritimes. Both provinces are able to terminate the agreement with 90 days notice.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – Competition is heating up for Canada’s most price-sensitive travellers as WestJet Airlines gears up to launch the country’s second ultra-low cost airline Wednesday.Swoop, an offshoot of WestJet Airlines, will make its maiden flight on its pink and white aircraft before the sun rises in Hamilton, Ont. on a trip to Abbotsford, B.C.“From my perspective coming into this fresh — I’ve been in Canada four months now — I personally believe there’s a huge opportunity in Canada,” said Swoop president Steven Greenway.Greenway is an Australian native who has worked in executive positions at airlines including Japanese low-cost carrier Peach, Virgin Blue, Virgin Atlantic and Qantas.Swoop marks his sixth airline startup.By discounting travel, Swoop, Flair Airlines and others are trying to repatriate the more than five million Canadians who cross the border to catch flights from airports in Buffalo and Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Birmingham, Wash.“From our perspective there’s the opportunity to fill a gap, there’s an opportunity to stimulate demand, there’s an opportunity to welcome Canadians back from crossing the border. We believe there’s a significant enough market to be able to thrive,” Greenway said in an interview.He expects competition will increase significantly over the next 12 months as Canada Jetlines gears up to join Swoop and Flair in offering deeply discounted fares along with charges for everything from a onboard drink to carry-on and checked baggage.Flair welcomed the extra competition.“We think that having more people in the space helps promote the fact the space exists and will work to each other’s advantage,” executive chairman David Tait said in an interview.“I don’t think Canada’s big enough for half a dozen players in this space, but there’s certainly plenty of room for two and maybe three.”Meanwhile, Tait said Flair plans to move its headquarters to Edmonton from Kelowna, B.C., over the coming months to help promote its growth.“Kelowna was a fine base for a charter operator but it didn’t really give us the scope, the potential we need as we’re growing.”Swoop is entering an area of the airline business that doesn’t have a stellar history of success in Canada: Jetsgo, Air Canada’s Tango, Canada 3000 and Roots Air have all floundered in the past.Canada is the only G7 country without a true ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC) and the model has been successful in Europe, Australia and the United States, said transportation analyst Chris Murray of AltaCorp Capital.“I don’t think we’ve ever seen a true ULCC model in the Canadian marketplace before so I think we’re in somewhat uncharted territory,” he said.“I think there’s also frankly some opportunities if they do it well to be successful with it.”Murray estimates the Canadian ultra low-cost market can handle 10 million passengers per year, enough to support up to 50 aircraft. The service is particularly suited to leisure flights to Las Vegas, Arizona and Florida, he added.Swoop says fares should be 30 to 40 per cent lower than a national carrier.The key will be to keep costs down from lower labour costs, cramming 189 seats into Boeing 737-800s, and stimulating demand from people who don’t normally fly because of the high cost.The carrier, however, has already had something of a bumpy takeoff.WestJet’s launch of Swoop had been a source of labour strife between the company and pilots, who were on the brink of a strike last month before reaching an 11th-hour deal.Earlier this year, the union won a Canada Industrial Relations Board challenge to the company’s proposed policy to offer pilots a two-year leave of absence if they go to fly for Swoop.A federal arbitrator recently ruled that WestJet’s unionized pilots will also fly Swoop, which means the airline can no longer outsource Swoop flying, a major disagreement in recent negotiations.Swoop will recognize the union as the exclusive bargaining agent for all Swoop pilots, who will be on the airline’s one seniority list and fly aircraft at Swoop terms and conditions.Initial one-way flights start at $49 tax included from Abbotsford to Winnipeg, $129 between Hamilton and Abbotsford and $99 between Hamilton and Halifax.The fares don’t include a range of fees, including carry-on luggage and checked bags starting at $26.25, seat selection start at $5, and $15 to contact the call centre if the service can be carried out on the website.No pets aside from guide dogs are allowed on board and any credits are only valid for 90 days. No loyalty points will be awarded.Swoop is starting with two planes, with plans to roll out six by year-end and 10 in 2019.Instead of flying from Toronto Pearson International, flights will fly out of Hamilton’s lower-cost airport. Other initial cities are Winnipeg, Edmonton, Halifax and Abbotsford.Additional destinations will be added, including international flights likely by the end of 2018, said Greenway. Flair plans to fly to Orlando and Palm Springs, Calif., next winter.While there is a real concern that passengers could feel being “nickled and dimed” by a series of ancillary fees, experience in Europe over the past 20 years suggests passengers ultimately focus on the fares, said Greenway.“It is an education process and I think people will adapt over time.”Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)last_img read more

first_imgThiruvananthapuram/Kollam: Veteran Congress leader and former Kerala Minister Kadavoor Sivadasan passed away at a private hospital here early Friday, party sources said. He was 87 and was being treated for age related ailments when the end came. Sivadasan, a five-time MLA, was part of the governments headed by K Karunakaran and A K Antony and had held various portfolios including Labour, Excise, Forests and Wildlife. An active trade union leader, Sivadasan had served as secretary of Kerala Provisional United Trade Union Congress in 1977 and participated in the International Labour Organisation conference in Geneva representing the Central government in 1985. He had represented Kundara and Kollam constituencies in the Assembly. The mortal remains were taken to Kollam to enable the public to pay homage. Condoling his death, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Sivadasan had entered politics through RSP (Revolutionary Socialist Party) and had a major influence on the labour sector in Kollam.last_img read more

Rabat – The Moroccan public prosecutor of the Court of First Instance agreed to take the necessary legal proceedings against the man who burned 40 live stray cats to death, in the Western Moroccan city of Safi.The first of its kind in the history of Morocco, the legal case was brought before court following a lawsuit filed by the international animal rights non-profit Comme Chat et Chien (CCC) association (Like Cat and Dog), which appointed one of its own lawyers to the case.According to the secretary general of the NGO Youssra El Hachimi, the cat-killer used to train his dogs to attack cats, which left many cats injured and sometimes killed as a result. Read also: Man in Morocco Sets Fire to Cats Shelter, Kills at Least 25 CatsThere are legal loopholes regarding the punishment of crimes against stray animals in the Moroccan penal code. The laws that protect animal rights  concern pets and household animals. This has not stopped Moroccan authorities from taking legal measures against such horrendous acts.Adamant that justice must and will be served, the association launched a petition that called on the Ministry of Justice to investigate what it called a “massacre against poor animals” as well as calling on Moroccan citizens to sympathize. read more

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says almost 3,800 business locations were at risk of being affected by spring flooding in three of the hardest hit regions of the country.About 1,500 were potentially affected as of the end of April in the Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac region about 40 kilometres northwest of Montreal, 1,500 in the Ottawa-Gatineau region (1,086 in Gatineau and 400 in Ottawa), and 800 in the Fredericton–Saint John region in New Brunswick.The agency made the assessment after using flood extent maps produced by Natural Resources Canada from satellite data acquired by the Canadian Space Agency from April 17 to 30.Statistics Canada says small businesses, including those operating from a home, are most affected by flooding with about 85 per cent having no employees and nine per cent having one to four employees.One-quarter of the affected businesses are in real estate, rental and leasing, 12 per cent offering professional, scientific and technical services and 10 per cent in construction.Nearly 100 larger business locations with five or more employees were in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, 47 in the Montreal area region and 82 in New Brunswick. The most common industry sectors were retail and construction at 21 and 19 per cent respectively.The Canadian Press read more

16 February 2010The United Nations-backed convention banning the use of cluster munitions will enter into force on 1 August after the 30th country ratified the pact today, a move that was immediately welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as “a major advance on the global disarmament agenda.” Burkina Faso and Moldova both submitted their instruments of ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions at UN Headquarters in New York, ensuring that the pact prohibiting explosive remnants of war known as either cluster munitions or unexploded ordnance (UXO) becomes part of international law.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said the fact that the Convention was entering into forces just two years after countries adopted the treaty “demonstrates the world’s collective revulsion at the impact of these terrible weapons.”First used in the Second World War, cluster munitions contain dozens of smaller explosives designed to disperse over an area the size of several football fields, but often fail to detonate upon impact, creating large de facto minefields. They are also notoriously inaccurate.The failure rate makes these weapons particularly dangerous for civilians, who continue to be maimed or killed for years after conflicts end. Some 98 per cent of victims are civilians and cluster bombs have claimed over 10,000 civilian lives, 40 per cent of whom are children.Recovery from conflict is also hampered because the munitions place roads and lands off-limits to farmers and aid workers.Mr. Ban called on all States that have not yet ratified to become a party to the Convention immediately.“The United Nations is firmly committed to ending the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of cluster munitions and mitigating the suffering they cause,” he said. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Sep 19, 2014 2:23 am MDT China fines British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline $492 million for bribery, orders exec deported BEIJING, China – Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline was fined $492 million on Friday for bribing doctors in China, the biggest such penalty ever imposed by a Chinese court.The court sentenced the company’s former China manager, Briton Mark Reilly, and four Chinese co-defendants to prison but postponed the sentences for two to four years, suggesting they may never be served. The court said it granted leniency because the defendants confessed.The case, first publicized in mid-2013, highlighted the widespread use of payments to doctors and hospitals by sellers of drugs and medical equipment in a poorly funded health system that Chinese leaders have promised to improve. The fine is the largest such penalty ever imposed by a Chinese court.In a statement, Glaxo said it would pay the fine and had made changes in its business to remedy flaws cited by Chinese authorities. It said it would change the incentive system for employees and reduce its engagement with health professionals.“Reaching a conclusion in the investigation of our Chinese business is important, but this has been a deeply disappointing matter for GSK. We have and will continue to learn from this,” said CEO Sir Andrew Witty in the statement.While large by Chinese standards, the fine is dwarfed by the $3 billion GlaxoSmithKline agreed to pay the U.S. government in July 2012 for paying doctors kickbacks to prescribe several of its drugs and for having sales representatives promote popular drugs for improper uses. The penalty is still the biggest U.S. health care fine in history, according to the non-profit group Taxpayers Against Fraud.Reilly was sentenced by the court in the central city of Changsha to three years prison with a four-year reprieve and was ordered deported, which meant he might leave China immediately. His co-defendants received prison terms of two to four years, with reprieves of two to four years.In other cases, convicts have been spared prison if they are deemed to have reformed during their reprieve.The police ministry said in May that Reilly was accused of operating a “massive bribery network.” It said Reilly ordered salespeople beginning in January 2009 to pay doctors, hospital officials and health institutions to use GSK’s products.A police investigation found that GSK employees funneled as much as 3 billion yuan ($490 million) through travel agencies and consulting firms, which kicked back some of that money for use as bribes. Police have not made clear how much was paid out in bribes.Investigators said the scheme appeared to be aimed at evading GSK’s internal controls meant to prevent bribery.Glaxo had said earlier the employees acted without its knowledge and violated its policy. In December, it said it would stop offering financial support to doctors and other health care professionals to promote its products.Such informal payments pervade China’s dysfunctional health system. Low salaries and skimpy budgets drive doctors, nurses and administrators to make ends meet by accepting money from patients, drug suppliers and others. The Glaxo case brought the flow of illicit money to international attention, but within China the practice is common knowledge.Many blame a system in which China’s hospitals nearly all are state-run but get too little money from Beijing. Most of the country’s 2.3 million doctors are hospital employees and are barred from adding to their income by taking on second jobs.The ruling Communist Party has promised higher health spending as part of efforts to spread more of China’s prosperity to its poor majority. But with a population of 1.3 billion, the cost of a full-scale overhaul will be daunting.A second foreign drugmaker, AstraZeneca, said in July 2013 that police in Shanghai were investigating one of its salespeople.In a separate case, China’s biggest drug distributor, Sinopharm Group Ltd., said in January that two former executives were the target of a corruption investigation.GlaxoSmithKline is among many multinational drugmakers that have crossed legal or ethical lines to boost sales of prescription medicines.Most cases involve promoting prescription medicines for uses that aren’t approved — and for which there is often no evidence that they are effective or safe. Some drugs have grown to become multibillion-dollar annual sellers primarily from patients taking them for unapproved uses.It was also common practice for decades for drugmakers to pay doctors in the U.S. and elsewhere “consulting fees,” send them on junkets and give them gifts, with the expectation that the doctors would prescribe more of that company’s medicines and even encourage colleagues to do so. The industry has attempted to eliminate or at least reduce those excesses under pressure from the government and others. Companies will soon begin publicly reporting payments to doctors, as required under provisions of the Affordable Care Act.____Business Writer Linda A. Johnson in Trenton, N.J., contributed to this report. read more

Displaced children and adults in Syria are seen in a vehicle after fleeing from ISIL-controlled areas in rural Raqqa to Ain Issa, the main staging point for displaced families, some 50 kilometres north of Raqqa city. Photo: UNICEF/Delil Soulaiman “I am extremely concerned about the fate of civilians as a result of the deeply alarming and chilling situation unfolding in Aleppo city,” the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, said in a statement.Intensified ground fighting and indiscriminate aerial bombardment over the past few days in eastern Aleppo has reportedly killed and injured scores of civilians, he said. “There are no functioning hospitals left, and official food stocks are practically finished in eastern Aleppo,” added Mr. O’Brien, who is also the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. At the same time, indiscriminate shelling continues on civilian-populated areas and civilian infrastructure in western Aleppo, killing and injuring civilians, and displacing over 20,000 people in recent weeks.According to initial reports, up to 16,000 people have been displaced from eastern Aleppo, many into uncertain and precarious situations. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and local non-governmental organization (NGO) partners have initiated a response to those displaced. UN humanitarian office expresses grave concerns over the “deeply alarming situation” in Aleppo, Syria…warns that thousands more civilians could go on to fall victim to the escalating conflict. Credit: UN News CentreThere are also hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped inside eastern Aleppo. The UN is present on the ground with prepositioned supplies to complement the ongoing response and ready to provide immediate assistance and medical evacuations for them. “The parties to the conflict in Syria have shown time and again that they are willing to take any action to secure military advantage even if it means killing, maiming or starving civilians into submission in the process,” Mr. O’Brien said.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), another 700,000 people are in other besieged areas across the country, mostly in rural Damascus surrounded by Government forces. “I ask all parties to the conflict to restore basic humanity in Syria. I call on them to lift sieges, ensure that they do not target civilians and civilian infrastructure, and that they allow humanitarian organizations safe and unimpeded access to bring life-saving help to those displaced or under siege,” he said, expressing hope that a path towards a political solution can be found soon for the many millions of Syrian families who tonight are hungry, sick, and fearing for their lives. Meanwhile, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called on all parties to the conflict to adhere to and respect international humanitarian law.OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva that the Office had received reports that opposition groups are preventing civilians from leaving areas under their control. “We call on armed opposition groups to adhere to their obligation to allow civilians who wish to flee areas under their control to do so. Any measures taken to prevent them from doing so – unless justified by a need to protect the safety of civilians – are prohibited under international law,” she said.She also expressed concerns that upon reaching Government-controlled or Kurdish-controlled areas, civilians perceived to have links or connections with armed opposition groups may be detained. “Pro-Government and Kurdish Forces must ensure that civilians fleeing the fighting are afforded every protection and are not subjected to acts of retribution due to their perceived support or affiliation to opposition groups,” she stressed. read more

Responsibility for the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi lies with “high-level officials” of the monarchy, a UN-appointed independent investigator said on Wednesday, in a renewed call for full State accountability for the crime.In a 100-page report to be presented to the Human Rights Council next week, Special Rapporteur Agnès Callamard discusses the circumstances leading up to Mr. Khashoggi’s death and considers steps that might have prevented his murder.Find our full story here. Record displacement shows ‘we’re almost unable to make peace’, warns UN refugee agency chief A record 70.8 million people fled war, persecution and conflict in 2018, UN refugee agency chief Filippo Grandi said on Wednesday, appealing for greater international solidarity to counter the fact that “we have become almost unable to make peace”.Unveiling new data indicating that global displacement numbers are at “the highest level” that the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has seen in its almost 70-year existence, Mr. Grandi noted that these were “conservative” estimates.Read our story here.South Korea sends food aid to NorthSouth Korea has sent a landmark donation of 50,000 metric tons of rice and US$4.5 million in cash to support the North Korean people, who have been hit hard by droughts and poor harvests. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) thanked South Korea for its donation on Wednesday, and pointed out that the North needs at least 300,000 metric tons of food, valued at around $275 million, to meet the country’s humanitarian needs.A food security assessment, released jointly by the WFP and UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in May, found that food production in 2018 had dropped dramatically, putting 10.1 million people at risk from severe food shortages over the coming months.Listen to our interview with WFP Spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel:  Another attack in northern Mali further jeopardizes the peace process Ripple effect of sexual violence in conflict threatens ‘collective security’, stains ‘our common humanity’, says UN chief Listen to or download our audio News In Brief for 19 June on SoundCloud: Late on Monday, unidentified armed individuals attacked the villages of Yoro and Gangafani, in the Mopti region in central Mali, near the border with Burkina Faso. Initial reports indicate that at least 38 people were killed and many wounded. The Malian defense and security forces were deployed to the area to secure the zone and investigate the attacks.“As the Secretary-General has stated repeatedly, the cycle of violence in the centre of Mali must end,” UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told the press at UN headquarters in New York, on Wednesday. “Perpetrators of acts of violence must be brought to justice and efforts to promote reconciliation between communities must be accelerated,” he stressed.Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix is currently in Mali with Pedro Serrano, the European Union’s Deputy-Secretary-General for Common Security and Defense Policy and Crisis Response of the European External Action Service. They will be in in the country until 21 June to discuss ways to enhance support by the UN and the European Union to accelerate the implementation of the 2015 peace agreement and the restoration of State authority in northern and central Mali.The delegation will meet with Government authorities at the highest level, signatory armed groups, political representatives, civil society, women groups and international partners. Sexual violence in conflict is a “threat to our collective security” and a “stain on our common humanity”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, on Wednesday.Calling the scourge “a tactic of war, to terrorize people and to destabilize societies”, he underscored that its effect can echo across generations through trauma, stigma, poverty, long-term health issues and unwanted pregnancy. He urged that survivors should be heard and their needs recognized.Read our full coverage here. Saudi Arabia in spotlight as UN-appointed independent investigator publishes full Khashoggi findings read more

first_img“For all the idiots like the one trying to ruin the Banksy there is 1000s of good people in this city who want the best for each other. Top work and I hope the council show their gratitude for this selfless act!”‎Andie Toft Cropper‎ wrote: “Earlier this evening I got so disillusioned with things that were being said about Hull – all because of the actions of some mindless idiots.“But then Jason Fanthorpe saves the day and demonstrates just what it is about Hull that will always put it head and shoulders above all other cities- in the face of adversity we join together and fight back.”Zarah Thompson added: “It’s faded now … but at least it’s been saved, rather have a faded Banksy than no Banksy at all.” Caroline Ullyart posted: “The city council really need to explain how this has happened.. it’s not impossible to have protected it … it’s jaw-dropping.”“How slow was Hull City Council here?” commented another. “Worth hundreds of thousands of pounds as an art piece … worth millions as a tourist attraction!”Sarah Rennard wrote the episode was “embarrassing for our city”.Others praised Mr Fanthorpe’s actions, Dave Kew wrote: “Thanks Jason! My faith in the people of Hull has restored. This is what being from Hull is about; pride, acts of kindness and sticking together. Hull City Council said staff would be on site this morning “applying a protective layer to the artwork to prevent further damage”.“This temporary measure will help to ensure that the public can continue to enjoy the work and prevent, where possible, further damage,” they added.The council had faced an online backlash from some local residents on the One Hull Of A City Facebook community page who accused them of failing to protect the artwork . Conservative councillor John Abbott had earlier called for the Banksy to be removed, arguing it did not compare with “real art” in the city’s Ferens Art Gallery.“I think that should be cleaned off,” he said. “It should be photographed and the photograph kept because Banksy is not without talent,” he said.The meaning of the artwork has been debated, with fans suggesting it could be a commentary on Britain’s decision to leave the EU or Hull being named the UK’s City of Culture for 2017.Banksy’s most iconic works of art -what happened to them next? A window cleaner has helped save a new mural by enigmatic street artist Banksy on a bridge in Hull after it was defaced on Sunday night.Jason Fanthorpe was getting ready for bed when he saw reports the stencilled design – of a child carrying a wooden sword with a pencil attached to the end – had been whitewashed.He headed straight to the disused Scott Street bridge with ladders and cleaning products, using water and white spirit to clean off the white paint. “I was angry, outraged,” he told The Telegraph. “Love it or hate it, there’s no need to deface it. That art was gifted to the city, it was drawing crowds in from all over.”He initially attempted to use water “tentatively on one corner” to shift the paint but found it was ineffective. “So I tried the white spirit I’d brought along. That brought it off OK, it was magic seeing the art appear from underneath,” he explains.“I just thought that I’d go to help because the paint might be still wet. There were already people there wanting to do something but I had the ladders.”The 46-year-old said he was “extremely proud” Banksy chose Hull for his latest artwork, adding: “It was great to see people talking so much about art, and flocking to see it.center_img “Our community is not represented by mindless acts of vandalism, it’s more accurately represented by the response to such acts, which in this case was overwhelmingly positive. “I hope that whoever daubed over the Banksy will realise the upset they have caused but also eventually come to appreciate art and become more productively involved in society.”The artwork – which appears alongside the text ‘draw the raised bridge!’ in white capital letters – appeared on the River Hull bridge on 25 January. 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. The “Banksy” has been defaced/erased according to the @onehullofacity facebook page. #Hull pic.twitter.com/3AMGvD8hjY— David Burns (@bbcburnsy) January 28, 2018last_img read more

first_imgEUGENE, Ore. — The U.S. Coast Guard is looking for a man and a young boy who were swept out to sea along the southern coast of Oregon.The Register-Guard reports that the names of the 31-year-old man and his 3-year-old son have not yet been released. The man is from the Eugene area.Oregon State Police say the father and son were on a beach in Curry County near Floras Lake on Sunday when a wave pulled them out to sea. The boy’s mother was also at the scene.The Coast Guard searched the area by helicopter and state troopers were on the ground looking for the victims.State police spokesman Capt. Bill Fugate says the waves were large Sunday because of an approaching storm.last_img

first_img Related Items:#girlsinict, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas May 1, 2017 At a forum in recognition of International Day of Girls in ICT on Thursday, Attorney General Allyson Gibson encouraged girls to pursue careers in ICT saying that studying ICT would leave them “never without a job.”Gibson made the remarks International Telecommunication Union forum for the internationally-recognized day. Gibson said ICT was the fastest growing sector in the world, but lamented that colleges are not producing enough graduates to meet the demand. She also pointed out to attendees that women are underrepresented in the field with only 30 per cent of ICT jobs being currently held by females.Gibson commended both the public and private sector for local ICT advancements particularly in mobile service, trade and the Registrar General’s office. She said ICT could empower young women to work in their communities. “You can pursue your dream from any Island in The Bahamas. The door to the world is open to you.”#MagnecticMediaNews#girlsinict Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more