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How Russian athletes can still compete in 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

first_imgRussia was formally barred from sending a team to the 2018 Winter Olympics, but many of its athletes should be competing in South Korea.In a compromise punishment handed down Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended the Russian Olympic committee for the steroid doping program that corrupted the 2014 Sochi Games yet held open an invitation for the shamed nation’s clean athletes.Here is a look at Russian athletes’ re-routed road to the Feb. 9-25 Pyeongchang Games:WHAT DID THE IOC DECIDE?- The Russian Olympic Committee is suspended and cannot send a team to the Pyeongchang Olympics. Instead, some Russian athletes will be invited to compete after being assessed by an IOC-appointed panel.- The ROC’s leader, Alexander Zhukov, is suspended from his IOC membership.- Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko is banned from the Olympics for life. As sports minister in 2014, he was deeply implicated in the Sochi doping plot by two IOC commissions and a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation. Mutko currently serves as the organizing committee chairman of soccer’s World Cup, being hosted by Russia next year.- The CEO of the Sochi Olympics, Dmitry Chernyshenko, loses his place on an Olympic panel overseeing the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.- The Russian Olympic Committee must pay $15 million toward the cost of two IOC investigations and future anti-doping work.WHAT ARE RUSSIA’S OPTIONS?- Boycott the Pyeongchang Olympics entirely for the first time since the Soviet Union skipped the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.That would fit with President Vladimir Putin’s warning last month that it would be a humiliation for Russia to compete in South Korea without its national symbols.advertisement”An Olympic boycott has never achieved anything,” IOC President Thomas Bach insisted Tuesday at a news conference to announce the sanctions.- Russia’s Olympic committee or even an individual athlete could appeal the rulings at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the IOC’s home city Lausanne.- Russia could accept its punishment and start rebuilding its reputation, trying for a quick rehabilitation – and taking part in the Pyeongchang closing ceremony on Feb. 25.If the Russian Olympic committee and athletes respect the rulings, the IOC said it could “partially or fully lift the suspension of the ROC from the commencement of the Closing Ceremony.”HOW CAN RUSSIAN ATHLETES STILL COMPETE?A special panel will invite Russians to compete. The athletes who have qualified for their event have to prove they are clean athletes.The panel will be led by Valerie Fourneyron, a former sports minister of France who chairs a new global body overseeing doping controls. It will include the IOC’s medical director, Dr. Richard Budgett.Russian athletes must never have been banned for a doping violation, and also undergone more intensive target testing since April as a prospective Olympian in Pyeongchang.That testing program, across all sports and all nations, has especially focused on Russia as the IOC seeks to avoid a repeat of the Sochi conspiracy.It is unclear how many Russians could compete in South Korea. The home team at Sochi was 232-strong, though 25 have so far been disqualified for doping, losing 11 of the nation’s 33 medals.WHAT WILL RUSSIAN COMPETITORS CALLED?It is a win for the country that the word “Russia” is retained in the title “Olympic Athlete from Russia” or OAR.Russians were “Authorized Neutral Athletes” when they competed at the 2017 track and field world championships in London while the national federation was suspended in fallout from the doping scandal investigations.When Kuwaiti athletes were accepted for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, while the nation was formally suspended by the IOC, they were called “Independent Olympic Athletes.”WHICH ANTHEM WILL PLAY FOR RUSSIAN GOLD MEDALISTS?The Olympic Hymn , a fanfare which is played at opening or closing ceremonies.It played for Kuwaiti shooter Fehaid Al Deehani when he won double trap gold in Rio.AND WHICH FLAG WILL BE RAISED?The five-ring Olympic flag.WHAT WILL THEY WEAR?At the track worlds in London in August , Russians wore a specially-designed Nike uniform in pale blue, purple and dark blue.In March, the Russian Olympic Committee signed an eight-year deal to be dressed by Moscow-based ZA Sport.It might not look like a typical Russian team of past Olympics – but it will say “Russia” somewhere on the uniform.last_img read more

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Hockey World League Final: India aim for bronze against Germany

first_imgThe Indian Team will face Germany on Sunday in a hope to end the Hockey World League Finals with a bronze.India had earlier edged past Belgium in the quarter final match to become the only team to defeat the tournament favourites in Bhubaneswar.However, the hosts went down 0-1 to Olympic Champions Argentina in the semi-finals of the tournament while battling rain.A day after India’ semi-final defeat, Germany also received a 3-0 defeat in their respective game against World Champions Australia.Germany were down with health issues as four of their top players including captain Martin Haner were under the grip of high fever.Germany are still not confident to play with a full squad on Sunday and are afraid they may be left to face India in the bronze-medal match with a depleted squad.However, Germany have an upper hand over India as they have already defeated the hosts 0-2 in their last league match of the tournament.Despite being defeated earlier, India would still aim to sign off the tournament on a winning note.Later today, the summit clash is scheduled between defending champions Australia and world no. 1 Argentina.last_img read more

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APOEL beaten by a deserving FC Copenhagen

first_imgSource: Cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shares A goal six minutes from the break from Pavlovic gave FC Copenhagen a narrow but well deserved win over APOEL in the first leg of the Champions League qualifier on Tuesday night.FC Copenhagen pressed forward from the first whistle, bossing possession and moving forward with lightning speed.Their front runners Pavlovic and Santander were finding plenty of space in the visitor’s backline, turning their personal markers on a number of occasions with Pavlovic twice going close, once as early as the 6th minute but he stabbed the ball wide from close range.Just after the half hour the same player turned his marker with ease but his shot was beaten away by APOEL’s goalkeeper Waterman.The Danes finally got the goal they deserved when a long through ball found APOEL’s defender Astiz napping and Pavlovic rounded Waterman to slot the ball into an empty net.APOEL did very little in the first half, managing just one attempt on goal through Efraim who blasted the ball into the terraces when a pass to the unmarked Orlandi would have been a much better option.At the interval APOEL was forced into a change with Merkis taking the place of the injured Carlao.APOEL began the second half slightly better, moving the ball around and trying to find an opening. However it was the Danes who created the first chance in the second half but Verbic’s strike flew just over the bar.APOEL replied on the hour mark but Merkis’ header from close range was comfortably saved by Copehangen’s keeper Olsen.As the second half progressed FC Copenhagen retook control of the game and began looking menacing going forward. Verbic’s shot came off the post and minutes later a low cross left Waterman stranded but no Danish players followed through for an easy tap in.And when everyone expected APOEL to cave in they bounced back and went close twice, first through Gianniotas whose shot went just the wrong side of the post and then De Camargo, who came on for the ineffective Soteriou, who could not beat Olsen with the whole goal gaping at him.However the biggest chance of the game came in the final minute with Waterman first blocking Cornelius’ close range effort and on the rebound Delaney squeezing the ball wide.The narrow scoreline gives APOEL plenty to play for in the second leg next Wednesday in Nicosia but it will be a tough match as the Danes showed that they are a formidable team who can break forward with ease.APOEL will be looking to repeat their 2009 triumph over the Danes, having lost the away leg by the same score and then going on to be beat the Danes 3-1 in Nicosia and securing qualification to the group stages for the first time in their history.last_img read more

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Watch: Mike Gundy Talks About His Donkey, Mullet and Hunting on ESPN

first_imgIf you turned off the boob tube midway through the third quarter on Friday when OSU jumped out to a 34-point lead, you missed a doozy of a segment on ESPN with Mike Gundy and Molly McGrath.Similar to ESPN’s college basketball segment where a reporter walks the length of the floor with a coach, McGrath went 40 yards with Gundy where she asked about Gundy’s farm animals, his mullet, the weirdest food he’s eaten and more.My favorite part: “I’ve got a donkey named Blackjack, and he’s got a really bad attitude. So that’s why I like him.”Before the night was over, we even had a Blackjack the Donkey account on Twitter.HEEEHAWWWW— Blackjack the Donkey (@BlackjackOSU) September 9, 2017How great is that? Gundy is truly a national treasure. Here’s the full clip from ESPN. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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‘Everybody is coming out to beat us’: England look to deliver in Quad Series

first_imgWhen England Netball sat down with three of their closest rivals to create the Quad Series this decade, their motivation was twofold. One factor was that a regular international showpiece beyond the four-yearly World Cup would play better with sponsors and broadcasters, who had previously been offered little in the way of a consistent calendar. Another was to ensure the best could complete against one another more often. The wisdom behind that thinking will be gloriously evident in Liverpool todayon Sunday.England will begin the competition’s sixth edition with a match against New Zealand and its place in the public consciousness has never been higher. This was always intended to be netball’s equivalent of rugby union’s Six Nations, a stand-alone tournament whose kudos will grow as storylines are written and rivalries forged, and the events of last year have taken its allure to new levels. ‘They’ll be out to get us’: Australia wary of England fire in Quad Series Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. The Observer Netball … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Winning a Quad Series for the first time would be a logical next step for England, who will be able to call on shooter Jo Harten for the first time since September. Harten’s last international appearance came against New Zealand in Auckland, where England won 52-39 before receiving a degree of payback from Australia in Newcastle, New South Wales, four days later. Her return helps ensure the core of the side will be familiar although, beyond the need to keep breaking new ground, some shadow boxing is inevitable too.“It’s the last time [these teams] will see each other before the World Cup and everyone is looking to put a stake in the ground,” says the England captain, Serena Guthrie. “Everyone is bringing a slightly different team and our selection will probably look the most consistent. It’s going to be about building relationships and feeling our way through the new-look New Zealand and Australia teams that show up.” “Everybody is coming out to beat England,” says Helen Housby, who shot to fame when she scored the winning point in the Commonwealth Games final against Australia last April.While narratives of facing revenge on their own turf will certainly help attract the punters, the talk around Tracey Neville’s England camp has centred more on this being the latest phase in a steady progression: a continuation of the development that has brought second-placed finishes in the past two Quad Series, along with that gold medal, and will carry on when Liverpool hosts the World Cup this summer.“It’s about sticking to our processes, keeping our feet on the ground and working hard,” says Housby, who has little truck with the idea – one that has particular currency Down Under – that England will be under unprecedented strain with a target attached to their back. “I disagree with that,” she says. “2018 has gone now, it’s done. Going into this I don’t think we should feel any extra pressure. We just need to continue doing what we did last year: playing how we like to play, with freedom, expressing ourselves and enjoying being out on the court.” Reuse this content Read more Topics Share on Pinterestcenter_img Serena Guthrie’s stellar homecoming puts wind in sails of English netball Share via Email Share on Messenger South Africa, who England play at London’s Copper Box Arena next Saturday before a potentially decisive showdown with Australia the following day, make up the quartet although they have finished fourth in all five series. New Zealand’s Silver Ferns, who have flagged in the past two years but are still regarded by Housby as “an incredible team that will come out fighting and won’t be happy to lose any game against England” are the priority and another win would help firm up the gains made last year.“Our girls will want to keep their momentum,” says Joanna Adams, the England Netball chief executive. “That Commonwealth Games was an historic moment but it can’t be a one-off. To have this competition here, then a World Cup, is an alignment of the stars.”The long-term intention is for the Quad Series to be played once a year, scaled down from its current biannual format. Its organisers believe that would add to its sense of occasion, elevating the product once it has become a fixture in hearts and minds. For now, though, England cannot get enough. Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn features Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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7 days agoBielsa insists he wants Arsenal striker Nketiah’s Leeds loan to be successful

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bielsa insists he wants Arsenal striker Nketiah’s Leeds loan to be successfulby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa insists he wants Eddie Nketiah’s loan spell from Arsenal to be a success.Nketiah was loaned out to Elland Road this summer in search of more regular playing time to continue his development. But despite scoring four times in nine appearances in all competitions, the 20-year-old is yet to start a Championship game, with Bielsa sticking by Patrick Bamford.”For me it is very important that Eddie has a good spell at Leeds,” Bielsa said.”If Nketiah doesn’t do well here in Leeds, the responsibility is going to be mine. That will be fair because Nketiah is a player full of results and as coach, I have to know how to manage all this skill to improve the team.”The person who most wants Nketiah to have success at Leeds is me, but also I value Bamford, I value him a lot.” last_img read more

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If You Were Wondering, Nick Saban Still Uses Chewing Tobacco

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches his team take on the Georgia Bulldogs.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches his team take on the Georgia Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium September 22, 2007 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Georgia defeated Alabama 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)It’s been documented in the past that Alabama head coach Nick Saban occasionally uses chewing tobacco. Today, on SportsCenter, college football fans got a look at his favorite brand. In an interview with ESPN’s Marty Smith, Saban had a pouch of “Red Man” next to his seat belt. It didn’t go unnoticed.Never thought of Saban as a Red Man guy pic.twitter.com/m2KwlSBhIX— Feitelberg (@FeitsBarstool) November 4, 2015ESPN camera in Nick Saban’s car catches a pouch of Red Man. He’s just like the rest of us; he has a vice! pic.twitter.com/B5QC2xbJQV— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) November 4, 2015For what it’s worth, it doesn’t really line up with Saban’s no-nonsense personality. But as Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa News notes, we all have our vices.last_img read more

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I perform best when I am calm, don’t read newspapers: Shikhar Dhawan

first_imgI perform best when I am calm, don’t read newspapers: Shikhar DhawanAfter a string of poor scores, India opener Shikhar Dhawan roared back to form with his career-best ODI score of 143 in Mohali on Sunday. advertisement Press Trust of India MohaliMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 11:29 IST Shikhar Dhawan hit peak form on Sunday, slamming his career-best ODI score in Mohali (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShikhar Dhawan’s career-best ODI score of 143 went in vain as Australia gunned down a 359-run targetI perform best when I am calm. There’s no point in cribbing or being sad: DhawanI accept the reality and move on. I don’t resist something that’s happening: DhawanShikhar Dhawan has the knack of bouncing back just when his detractors write him off and the Indian batsman says he manages to stay afloat in the toughest of times by shutting out the criticism that comes with lean patches.Without an international hundred for the past six months, Dhawan announced his comeback with a career-best 143 against Australia, albeit in a losing cause, in the fourth one-dayer here on Sunday.Asked how he reacts to criticism, the happy-go-lucky cricketer said living in his own bubble helps him keep it calm in the mind.”First of all, I don’t read newspapers and I don’t take information which I don’t want to. So I don’t know what’s happening around me and I live in my own world. So, I decide in which direction my thoughts are going,” said the 33-year-old after the match.The best way to deal with pressure is to keep one’s composure, said Dhawan, who rarely gives away what’s going on in his mind.”I perform best when I am calm. There’s no point in cribbing or being sad,” said Dhawan.”When I feel hurt, I move on quickly. And I don’t really know what people are writing. I make sure that I am in a positive frame of mind and keep doing my process,” he added.Process is a word that almost every Indian cricketer refers to often and mostly without explaining the specifics.When Dhawan was asked to elaborate his idea of a process, he said: “When I talk to myself, I make sure that I cut down negative thoughts that can creep in.advertisement”I accept the reality and move on. I don’t resist something that’s happening. If it’s going good, then it’s good.”For the batsman, who has amassed more than five thousand runs in ODIs, there are three things that are paramount.”If I am doing all my skill work, taking care of my fitness and having the right mindset, then I just sit back and enjoy,” said Dhawan, who has been India’s key player in all the recent multi-nation tournaments.Dhawan jumps to Pant’s defenceDhawan offered a sympathetic view on his junior statemate Rishabh Pant, who had a terrible day behind the stumps. The youngster, who replaced Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the last two games, was shoddy with his glovework and also missed an easy stumping chance.”Like any other young bloke, you have to give him time too. I mean Dhoni bhai has played so many games and for how many years. You simply can’t compare.”Yes, had he effected the stumping, may be the game could have changed but then it slipped quickly out of our hands and for that, dew played a big role. That’s what it was,” he signed off.Also Read | Mohali ODI win will give Australia great momentum for the World Cup: Peter HandscombAlso Read | Unfair to compare Rishabh Pant with MS Dhoni: Dhawan after Mohali defeat to AustraliaAlso 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 Shikhar DhawanFollow India vs AustraliaFollow India national cricket teamlast_img read more

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Feels good: Rohit Sharma elated as Mumbai Indians seal IPL 2019 playoffs berth

first_img graphs Akshay Ramesh MumbaiMay 3, 2019UPDATED: May 3, 2019 00:51 IST IPL 2019, MI vs SRH: Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard helped Mumbai Indians gun down a 9-run target in the Super Over ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMumbai Indians won Super Over vs Sunrisers Hyderabad on ThursdayMI became the third team after CSK and DC to reach IPL 2019 playoffsJasprit Bumrah shone for MI in the Super Over as he conceded just 8 runsMumbai Indians, one of the most consistent sides in Indian Premier League, had missed out on a playoffs berth by a whisker last season. However, the three-time champions didn’t leave it to the eleventh hour and qualified for the knockout stages of IPL 2019 by surviving a Super Over against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday at the Wankhede Stadium.Mumbai Indians climbed to the second spot of the eight-team IPL 2019 points table. Rohit’s men now have 16 points from 13 matches and have a better Net Run Rate than third-placed Delhi Capitals, who along with Chennai Super Kings are in the playoffs as well.MI vs SRH IPL 2019 – Report | HighlightsHaving set a 163-run target for Sunrisers on a sluggish wicket, Mumbai Indians did well to limit the visitors to 162. Manish Pandey played a blinder as he remained unbeaten on 71 from 47 balls and hit a six off the final ball to force a Super Over.Mumbai Indians though executed their plans wonderfully well in the Super Over as Jasprit Bumrah conceded just 8 runs in four balls after Manish Pandey and Mohammad Nabi, who had played a cameo in Sunrisers’ chase, walked out to bat in the Super Over.Rohit Sharma sent in-form Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard to gun down 9 runs in the Super Over and the big-hitting duo got past the finish line in just 3 balls. Hardik hit a six off Rashid Khan’s first ball and Pollard kept his cool to knock a double in the third ball.Speaking after Mumbai Indians’ Super Over win, Rohit Sharma said: “Feels good knowing that we are amongst the top four now. Not easy to come through the ranks and we have played some consistent cricket throughout and we have the results for it.”advertisement Rohit heaps rich praise on Jasprit BumrahRohit conceded Mumbai didn’t put enough runs on the board but he lauded his bowlers for their efforts to help the team earn two crucial points. Jasprit Bumrah and Krunal Pandya picked up two wickets each and young leg-spinner Rahul Chahar just gave away 21 runs in his four-over spell as Mumbai put the brakes on Sunrisers scoring rate in the absence of the visitors’ in-form openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow.”We wanted to put runs on the board, the pitch played good for all 40 overs and runs on the board is crucial and I knew that we didn’t get the score we wanted but we knew if we get early wickets we can put the pressure on their middle order. Manish batted really well and he played some excellent shots but I think the game-changing moment was the eight overs of spin. They bowled very well and contained the batsmen which was very important at that stage,” Rohit said.Heaping rich praise on Bumrah, the MI captain added: “Bumrah has been brilliant for us and he keeps improving every game and he is hungry for success. He wants to be out there and express himself and he understands that he is a lead bowler for us. He held the nerve in the crucial overs and in the Super Over as well.”Fantastic effort from Manish Pandey: Kane WilliamsonMeanwhile, Kane Williamson, the losing captain, lauded Manish Pandey’s valiant knock. The in-form No.3 batsman stepped up and waged a lone battle, bringing up his third half-century in four matches.Despite not clinching two points, Sunrisers Hyderabad remain on the fourth spot with 12 points from 13 matches. They will next face Royal Challengers Bangalore away from home on Saturday.”I have experience of few Super Overs and that time too, I finished on the wrong side. It was a fantastic effort by Manish and Nabi to get us so close. The first half was very good for us, our bowlers did a brilliant job. We just couldn’t get over the line,” Williamson said.Also Read | Jofra Archer set to make ODI debut for England after IPL heroicsAlso 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 Mumbai IndiansFollow Sunrisers HyderabadFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow IPL 2019Follow IPL 2019 playoffs scorecard Feels good: Rohit Sharma elated as Mumbai Indians seal IPL 2019 playoffs berthRohit Sharma heaped rich praise on Jasprit Bumrah after the Mumbai Indians pacer kept his cool in their Super Over win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday. MI became the third team after Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals to reach the IPL 2019 playoffs. No data available!center_img view more view less commentary advertisementlast_img read more

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Minister Moves to Limit Powers of Strait Regional School Board

first_imgEducation Minister Karen Casey has stepped in to restructure the Strait Regional School Board today, in the interests of students and staff. “This is not a step I take lightly,” said Ms. Casey. “But after meeting with board members directly on Wednesday, I have formed the opinion that the board is not managing its duties under the Education Act in a responsible manner.” Effective immediately, the minister is exercising her authority under section 68 of the Education Act to remove the board’s powers over human resources and financial management, while leaving the board intact. John Sears, a former professor and vice-president academic at St. Francis Xavier University, has been appointed by the minister to carry out the human resources and financial management responsibilities of the board. It is expected that he will form an advisory group of former board chairs to assist him. “Dr. Sears is widely regarded as a person of integrity and competence who has served this province admirably over many years,” said Ms. Casey. “I am very pleased that he has agreed to take on this responsibility at my request.” School board elections are scheduled across Nova Scotia for October. It is anticipated that the new board will resume its full responsibilities at that time.last_img read more

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Grassy Narrows pleads for governments to build and fund mercury treatment centre

first_imgTORONTO – Leaders from a Northern Ontario First Nation urged the federal and Ontario governments to commit to building and funding a mercury treatment centre in their community ahead of a meeting with them Wednesday.Mercury contamination has plagued the English-Wabigoon River system in northwestern Ontario for half a century, since a paper mill in Dryden, Ont., dumped 9,000 kilograms of the substance into the river systems in the 1960s.Researchers have reported that more than 90 per cent of the people in the nearby Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong First Nation show signs of mercury poisoning.Grassy Narrows Chief Simon Fobister, who suffers from mercury poisoning himself, is frustrated that there hasn’t been a firm commitment to the treatment centre itself, saying his years-long efforts to push for one feel like a dog chasing its tail.“I can’t fathom how Canada dismisses this whole man-made disaster that we’re suffering from,” he said Tuesday. “We’re being poisoned every day. Every day. I think it’s time that Canada and Ontario be serious about this.”Grassy Narrows leaders are set to meet in Toronto on Wednesday with Ontario Indigenous Relations Minister David Zimmer and federal Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott, who has so far committed to a feasibility study for a mercury treatment centre.Zimmer said Tuesday that Ottawa would make a commitment to fund the centre at Wednesday’s meeting, but his office later said he misspoke and had been referring to the feasibility study.Philpott said she is hoping to hear from the community what their specific needs are in a centre, but the federal government will “support some appropriate facility once we have more information.”“Are they looking at primarily an outpatient facility? Are they looking at specialty areas? Are they looking at, you know, in-patient facilities? What exactly are the needs?” she said in Ottawa.Premier Kathleen Wynne told The Canadian Press from China, where she is on a trade mission, that a mercury disability board will have to help determine next steps and noted the province has earmarked $85 million to remediate the mercury contamination.A consulting firm that has been working with Grassy Narrows has estimated that a treatment centre could be built for $4.5 million.Grassy Narrows councillor Alana Pahpasay said many people sick and dying from mercury poisoning have left to live in nursing homes in Kenora, Ont., which cuts them off from the community.“It is hard for people and family to go visit them,” she said. “Even though it’s an hour away a lot of people don’t have that transportation to go visit their family or the resources to see them as much as they should. If we did have a home within the community that would give them the family time and the ability to be with their family when they’re that close to leaving.”Fobister has spent time at a treatment centre in Japan — the world authority on Minamata disease caused by mercury contamination — saying he has pains in his hands and feet, sometimes to the point where he can barely walk. Symptoms of mercury poisoning include impaired peripheral vision, muscle weakness, impaired speech, hearing and cognitive function and numbness or stinging pain in the extremities and mouth.Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the province should “step up to the plate.”“If they can take care of it in Japan we should be able to take care of it here,” she said.last_img read more

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Vast network of iceage caves discovered under Montreals SaintLeonard borough

first_imgMONTREAL – Only 10 metres below the streets and parks of a residential Montreal neighbourhood there lies a network of ice age caverns that no human had ever seen until a few weeks ago.The 15,000-year-old caves were discovered in October by a pair of amateur explorers who drilled and hammered through the ancient limestone walls of an existing cave to reveal the vast chamber beyond.When they poked their heads through the wall, they saw a spacious cave with six-metre-high ceilings that branches off in a number of snaking passages extending hundreds of metres under Montreal’s Saint-Leonard borough.It was the discovery of a lifetime for Daniel Caron, who said the dream of every “caver” is to find a place no one has ever gone before.“Normally you have to go to the moon to find that kind of thing,” said Caron, an amateur cave explorer who discovered the space with his friend Luc Le Blanc.The damp, stratified limestone walls and passages are lined with stalactites, formed over thousands of years by tiny drips of water.Caron and Francois Gelinas, the director of Quebec’s speleological society, led The Canadian Press on a tour of the caves, which are reached by crawling on hands and knees through muddy tunnels, scaling ladders and edging along narrow passages.The chambers were formed thousands of years ago during the last ice age when the pressure of massive glaciers split the rock beneath the surface, Caron explained.Since the caves are underground and required drills to reach, the pair is sure nobody has ever been inside, with the exception of the small original chamber that has long been open to the public.“They built the street over the cave and they never found the cave,” Gelinas said, looking up towards the dripping brown ceiling.While it seems unbelievable that something of this size could exist under a major city, Caron said the undetectable nature of caves is what has inspired him to seek them out for more than 50 years.“Underground excavation is the only thing on the planet where there is no scientific, technical or technological means of knowing if there are caverns, and whether they are large or small,” he said.Ground penetrating radar doesn’t work, he said, which means the only way to detect caves is through good, old-fashioned human exploration.Thus far, Caron and his partners have discovered between 250 and 500 metres of caves, although they’re sure the true dimensions are much longer.Some of the passages require rock-climbing equipment and possibly more rock-breaking to enter.Another, which is filled clear lake, and has been only partially explored with the help of an inflatable raft.“Our hope is that when the dry season the water level will lower and we can go further,” he said, adding that divers may also need to be called in.last_img read more

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Former UN SecretaryGeneral Ban Kimoon Joins The Elders

first_imgThe Elders are delighted to announce that former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has accepted their invitation to join the group.Ban served two full terms as Secretary-General from 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2016, succeeding Kofi Annan who is the current Chair of The Elders.During his time in office, Ban helped spearhead the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and worked intensively to secure the Paris Agreement on climate change in December 2015. He also successfully pressed for the creation of UN Women as part of his wider advocacy for equality for girls and women.Prior to his election as UN Secretary-General, Ban served as South Korea’s foreign minister from 2004-2006 after three decades in the diplomatic service.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said:“I am delighted to welcome Ban to our group. As a new member of The Elders from East Asia, he will bring a unique and valuable perspective based on his record of global leadership and understanding of geopolitics. His commitment to peace, equality and development will be a huge asset to The Elders as we enter our second decade of work together.”Gro Harlem Brundtland, Deputy Chair of The Elders and former Prime Minister of Norway, added:“Ban Ki-moon was a champion for climate action, sustainable development and gender equality throughout his time at the UN. I look forward to working with him now as an Elder, and to defend the multilateral system that is essential for delivering further progress.”Ban Ki-moon said:“It is an honour and a privilege to join this august group, whose work I have admired for many years. It is a particular pleasure to stand alongside my predecessor at the UN, Kofi Annan. The Elders and the United Nations share the same values of justice, solidarity and a determination to fight for peace and human rights. I eagerly await the task ahead in this new chapter of my career.”last_img read more

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Job seekers anxious for work

A collection of job seekers formed a line at the doors, patiently awaiting for the job fair to start at the Aud in Simcoe last week.Murmurs of the difficulties of job hunting came from different people in line.Within a few minutes, the group entered the multi-sector job fair run by Fanshawe College in partnership with Norfolk County Tourism and Economic Development on .A total of 68 employers and two service providers were in attendance with plenty of positions that needed to be filled.Shelby Moore, a job hunter, has been looking for work for a few months without much success.“Honestly, at this point it’s not a picky thing, I just need a job,” said Moore.Fellow job seeker Anna Machado is in the same situation.“I’m looking for pretty much anything. I’ve been looking for almost four months now and jobs have been really hard to find,” said Machado.Blue Elephant restaurant, Cedarwood Village, Causyn Cooling and Heating, Grand Erie District School Board, and Community Living Access were just a few of the employers with booths at the fair.“If our social media tells us anything we can hope for a good turnout. We’ve had thousands of people follow and share our posts,” Lisa Savoy, job developer at Fanshawe College, said about the expected number of job seekers.“We’re hoping that every employer has a productive day,” she added.One employer told her they would be happy to leave with one or two resumes because it is more than they would have received if they were not at the fair.Norfolk’s jobless rate, which is estimated every three months, was at 6 per cent in March. It has been sitting around this figure for the last eight or nine years.Chloe McConnell, marketing director at Long Point Eco-Adventures, said they are looking for a night time crew member to look after maintenance.“Our ideal candidate would be outgoing, definitely environmentally friendly, and adventurous,” said McConnell.Tara Wilson, pack line supervisor at The Apple Place, said they currently have 15 positions available.“We’re looking for apple packers, that’s the starting position,” said Wilson.They are looking for employees that are reliable, team players, and detail oriented.Haldimand-Norfolk Reach was at the event looking to fill their 11 student summer placement positions.“It will definitely help the students gain experience in the field,” Tessa Pepper, family respite coordinator, said about the available placements.The job fair was run from 1-6 p.m. on April 30. Employers said their websites list job openings for people that were unable to attend the event.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

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Automotive industry calls for investment and growth action in Autumn Statement to

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) “Action to build the competitiveness of UK plc through private sector investment will be key to delivering economic growth,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive, ahead of the government’s Autumn Statement on 29 November.In a letter to the Chancellor, SMMT has called on government to use next week’s Statement to deliver tangible changes to unlock private sector investment and support export-led growth. These include:R&D tax credit reform – Reform to make the R&D tax relief ‘above the line’ would generate more investment and jobs, make the incentive more visible and allow the UK to compete more effectively with overseas competitors.Capital allowances – Allowances for capital spending in the UK are now among the lowest in the G20. To grow and develop the domestic supply chain, government must help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to invest now in plants, machinery and retooling.Skills – Skills are vital for productive and globally competitive suppliers. Flexible government support is needed to deliver up-skilling of the existing workforce and support for advanced apprenticeships.Business rates – The competition for investment and new model development with sister plants is intense for UK manufacturers. Current business rates for manufacturing sites are not internationally competitive, risking global investors favouring other countries in Europe and around the world in a drive to reduce cost per car.Access to affordable finance – Without the ability to obtain competitive finance and credit, businesses across the UK – particularly SMEs – are unable to invest and grow. The government’s credit easing plan has to be well targeted to the needs of the businesses it is trying to support.“Next week’s Autumn Statement will be crucial in determining the rate of UK economic recovery and the future decisions of global automotive companies and their supply chains,” said Paul Everitt. “The Chancellor must take this opportunity to position the UK as a prime location for manufacturing and incentivise private sector investment in R&D, skills and capital equipment. We have an opportunity to speed up the re-balancing of the economy and to generate new high value employment.”SMMT’s submission drew attention to this year’s unprecedented levels of international investment in UK automotive, with global companies committing over £3.9bn so far this year to long-term manufacturing operations in the UK, announcing new jobs and building new facilities. It is this level of momentum that industry wants government to maintain by acting decisively and demonstrating that the UK is a prime site for private sector investment and a location where SMEs can grow. Government’s current policy to reduce capital allowances should be reversed to support investment, maximising value added from new product development and investment in skills.UK-based automotive companies already invest more than £1.5bn each year in R&D. This fact, coupled with a world-class skills base, has made the UK a leader in the development of low and ultra-low carbon technologies. Building on this pedigree, industry chiefs focused their demands on reforming the large company scheme for R&D tax relief. SMMT is calling for an ‘above the line’ credit to make the UK scheme internationally competitive and more effective in attracting a greater share of global R&D investment.In addition to stressing the importance of consistent support for low carbon manufacturing, the continuation of the Plug-In Car Grant, ongoing development of skills and better access to finance and credit, SMMT also raised business rates as an important consideration for the Chancellor. Through the SMMT, automotive manufacturers voiced concerns that UK business rates for manufacturing sites are significantly higher than the equivalent in markets like Germany, risking investment going to other group sites in Europe. read more

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7 things we should really thank Shakespeare for

first_imgIF GOOD OLD Willy Shakespeare was still alive, he’d be celebrating his 450th birthday right around now.Unfortunately he died on this day in 1616, but not before he bestowed countless literary gifts on the world.Let’s remember some of them here:1. The phrase “a beast with two backs”This rather crude way of talking about people doing the dirty was uttered in Othello in 1604, when Iago said:I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs.Records show that the phrase had been around since the mid 1500s, but it was Shakespeare who made sure we all remembered it. The pup.Image: Shutterstock.com2. The word “eyeball”In A Midsummer Night’s Dream Oberon says to Puck:Then crush this herb into Lysander’s eye; Whose liquor hath this virtuous property, To take from thence all error with his might, And make his eyeballs roll with wonted sight.This is one of the earliest mentions, nay THE earliest mention of the eyeball. Thanks Willy.Image: Skrewtape/Flickr/Creative Commons 3. She’s The ManAmanda Bynes may be going through a tough time at the moment but one of her finest ,moments was in the film She’s the Man, which sees her dressing up as a boy so that she can play soccer.The script is based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. 4. The word “puking”Next time you’re telling someone how you were puking your ring up after a feed of pints, stop for a moment and thank William Shakespeare for giving you the power to describe your actions.Image: FunnyDen.com5. Ten Things I Hate About YouHeath Ledger’s breakthrough film with the killer soundtrack has its roots in The Taming of the Shrew. They even rhyme.It’s also got bonus Joseph Gordon-Levitt:6. Predictable Leaving and Junior Cert questionsThe likes of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice have been on the syllabus for about 200 years. Surely they’ve run out of ways to ask the questions by now?Image: Folens.ie7. West Side StoryInspired by Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story pits the Sharks against the Jets, two warring gangs in New York City.Katherine Jenkins owns the Daily Mail after unkind marathon article>Here’s why you might be crying this Tuesday>12 reasons why there’s still no party like an S-Club party>last_img read more

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LG lOptimus 2X va évoluer vers Android 23 Gingerbread

first_imgLG: l’Optimus 2X va évoluer vers Android 2.3 GingerbreadLG a annoncé de nombreuses mise à jour pour les possesseurs de smartphones de la marque.Le smartphone LG P990 Optimus 2X, équipé d’un processeur double cœur, bénéficiera désormais du système d’exploitation Android 2.3 Gingerbread. L’Optimus 2X est reconnu comme étant le premier smartphone au monde équipé d’un processeur double-coeur. En tant que tel, il semble logique que son système d’exploitation bénéficie d’une petite mise à jour.Cependant, nos confrères d’Ubergizmo précisent que cette mise à jour s’adresse aux personnes qui ont acheté l’appareil débloqué sans subvention de l’opérateur. La date d’application de la mise à jour devrait être connue prochainement.LG n’en reste pas là puisque les mises à jour Android 2.3 pour l’Optimus 3D et l’Optimus Black sont d’ores et déjà prévues. Elles prendront effet dès le 21 novembre pour l’Optimus 3D et dès le 28 novembre pour l’Optimus Black. Enfin, une mise à niveau vers Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich est envisagée pour les smartphones haut de gamme, à l’horizon 2012.Le 4 novembre 2011 à 15:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Les Robin des Toits demandent une étude dimpact sanitaire avant le lancement

first_imgLes Robin des Toits demandent une étude d’impact sanitaire avant le lancement de la 4GLes Robin des Toits demandent à ce qu’un examen des risques sanitaires liés au déploiement de la technologie 4G soit pratiqué avant installation.C’est dans un courrier adressé au directeur général de l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail (Anses) que l’association Robin des Toits a fait sa demande : elle réclame qu’une étude soit réalisée avant le déploiement des fréquences 4G quant à l’impact que les installations pourraient avoir sur la santé de la population. Ainsi, les Robin des Toits “demande officiellement et solennellement que le déploiement de la technologie 4G, qui introduira de nouvelles fréquences et augmentera le niveau global d’exposition de la population aux champs électromagnétiques, soit précédé d’une sérieuse étude d’impact en termes sanitaires”. Au mois de décembre dernier, l’Etat a attribué des canaux de fréquences pour cette technologie 4G (très haut débit) aux opérateurs Orange, SFR et Bouygues Telecom. C’est ce qui a motivé la demande des Robin des Toits qui lutte pour la sécurité sanitaire des personnes exposées aux nouvelles technologies de téléphonie mobile. Selon l’association, l’étude d’impact préalable au déploiement de la technologie 4G “découle du principe constitutionnel de précaution qui prescrit, d’une part l’évaluation du risque, d’autre part la prise de mesures de réduction du risque alors même qu’il n’est pas entièrement établi”.Les Robin des Toits ajoutent également que cette définition “cadre parfaitement avec le classement par l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS), en mai 2011, des radiofréquences parmi les cancérogènes possibles”. De même, l’association met en avant le fait que le code de l’environnement exige une enquête publique avant tous travaux susceptibles d’affecter l’environnement alors même que “le déploiement d’un réseau d’antennes 4G est de nature à affecter l’environnement mais aussi la santé”, souligne t-elle. Le 17 janvier 2012 à 19:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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House Appropriations Bill Blocks WOTUS Provides Record Funding for Waterways Infrastructure

first_imgThis week the House Appropriations Committee marked-up their Fiscal Year 2017 Energy & Water Appropriations bill, which provides funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Department of Energy (DOE) programs.The bill represents record funding for USACE waterways infrastructure related funding, which are priorities for the American Soybean Association (ASA).The bill also prohibits the use of funds to implement the controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule that expands the government’s jurisdiction on waterways, which ASA strongly opposes. This WOTUS “policy rider” will likely be a source of contention as the bill moves through the process.The overall funding level provided in the bill for the USACE is $6.1 billion, $1.48 billion above the President’s FY2017 request and $100 million above the FY2016 enacted level. The Construction account would receive $1.946 billion, $855.6 million more than the FY17 President’s request. The bill calls for full use of estimated annual revenues from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF) to “help advance American competitiveness and export ability.”Operations and Maintenance (O&M) received a record $3.157 billion, $452 million more than President Barack Obama’s FY17 request and above the FY16 O&M funding level of $3.137 billion, which was the highest ever appropriated to this account.  The bill also proposes a record $1.263 billion spending from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF), also breaking the record of $1.178 billion provided in FY16.The Senate Appropriations Committee was also preparing to release its Energy & Water bill this week, which is expected to provide robust support for waterways infrastructure.  These are the first steps in the annual appropriations process that will likely stretch to the end of the year.last_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE 30 of employers plan to prioritise wellbeing for 2018

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Just under a third (30%) of employer respondents plan to prioritise wellbeing in 2018, according to research by Reward Gateway.Its survey of 565 HR, benefits and reward professionals who attended Employee Benefits Live 2017 on 10 and 11 October, also found that 15% of respondents plan to prioritise pay and benefits next year.The research also found:14% of respondents are planning to focus on recognition for 2018, while 10% will prioritise open and honest communications with staff.7% of respondents will prioritise leadership goals for next year, 7% will concentrate on defining their organisation’s purpose, mission and values, and 6% plan to prioritise their management in 2018.4% of respondents plan to look at job design as a priority for 2018 and 4% are going to focus on providing learning opportunities next year. Only 2% want to prioritise their workspace for 2018.Doug Butler (pictured), chief executive officer at Reward Gateway, said: “The 10 elements used in our survey are all key parts of building a successful relationship with employees and creating a more engaged workforce and culture. The clear spotlight on wellbeing, recognition, and pay and benefits is something we saw at the beginning of 2017.”last_img read more

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