Wasteful chelsea win 1-0; it could easily have been 5

first_imgAdvertisementIf Chelsea want to go deep into their European campaign this season with the hope of winning the Europa League, their goal scoring prowess must improve. The Blues won their group stage match against Videoton comfortably enough but the number of chances missed or wasted would easily frustrate any fan of the club.For the fans, the highlight of the night was Morata finally scoring after a goal draught that left himself and quite a few others super frustrated in its wake. The Spaniard didn’t really celebrate after putting in a superb effort but the relief was clear on his face, and hopefully, this will be the turning point of the season for him.Despite the victory, Chelsea was exposed when faced with opportunities to score. Not that they didn’t create chances, 28 shots in total, but 5 of them on target and only 1 hitting the back of the net. Against a bigger European side, these stats won’t ever be good enough, especially in an away fixture as this match was played at Stamford Bridge.The Blues dominated the game with 76% of the possession and Videoton never seemed to trouble the home side. Alvaro Morata swatted home the goal after a headed assist from Willian in what was an excellent finish indeed, an atonement for a horrendous miss earlier in the game, some would say.Chelsea will travel to St. Mary’s on Sunday to face Southampton as they buck up for their clash against an underconfident Manchester United side the next week at Stamford Bridge.Watch match highlights here :Read also :Arsenal huff and puff, but continue winningAlarm bells! Manchester United’s best player is ‘fed up’ with Jose Mourinho Advertisementlast_img read more

Ravindra Jadeja reveals why he and Ravichandran Ashwin are a dangerous pair

first_imgIndia wrapped up a huge 197-run victory over New Zealand to celebrate their 500th Test in style but it was not easy sailing throughout. There was a time when the Black Caps had dropped anchor and looked like staging a firm recovery. (SCORECARD) But the trusted firm of Messrs Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin got to work, picking up nine wickets – the Kiwis, who had shown some promise on a turning pitch, lost the battle of guile and attrition to two of the most dangerous spinners in the world. They lost their last five first innings wickets for seven runs, setting the stage for India’s batsmen in their second dig. Quick fifties and quick runs from Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Jadeja, then set the stage for Ashwin, who became the second fastest to man to take 200 Test wickets, then snared another fifer (his 19th overall) and his fifth haul of ten wickets in a match. (Ashwin’s six-for scripts 197-run victory in India’s historic 500th Test) Jadeja, the junior partner in the spin partnership firm, trumped Ashwin to win the Man-of-the-Match award for his all-round show (42*, 50* and a fifer). The left-arm spinner, elated after proving his worth yet again, threw light on why exactly, he and Ashwin form such a dangerous partnership. Remember, New Zealand, responding to India’s first innings 318, were cruising along at 159/1. Tom Latham and Kane Williamson were using their feet and getting to the pitch of the ball, smothering the turn whenever they could. By the end of Day 2, the tourists were in a formidable position – that’s when Ashwin and Jadeja joined forces to bring India back in the game. But there was considerabe planning that forced open the floodgates. (Exclusive: Sourav Ganguly backs Ravichandran Ashwin to take 400-500 Test wickets) “Whenever we don’t get regular wickets, we talk a lot. When Latham and Williamson were batting so well in the first innings, Ashwin and I talked in the break and we discussed what lines to bowl and what angles to use. We discussed whether we should bowl wider of the crease and where exactly to pitch,” Jadeja said at the post-match presentations. This is a destructive combination. Fast bowlers hunt in pairs – Stuart Broad and James Anderson, Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn. In the past, Wasim-Waqar, Ambrose-Walsh, Donald-Pollock have inflicted untold damage on batsmen around the globe. (R Ashwin breaks Waqar Younis’ record, becomes second fastest to take 200 Test wickets) Jadeja and Ashwin, who started their fairytale romance in 2013, are just about warming up. This is a long home season and the two have got off to a dream start. The Black Caps, English and the Aussies had better watch out.advertisementlast_img read more

Dier: Youngsters should go abroad like Sancho

first_imgEric Dier would like to see more English youngsters follow teenager Jadon Sancho’s example and play their club football abroad.Sancho has already won three caps at senior level with England despite being just 18 having made a major impression with Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund this season.The teenage winger, who left Manchester City to move to Germany in 2017, has six assists – the most in the division – and has also chipped in with four goals despite starting just five league games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Fellow 18-year-old Reiss Nelson, who is on loan with Hoffenheim from Arsenal, has scored six Bundesliga goals himself and Dier can see the value in English youngsters moving abroad, as he did when he played in Portugal at youth level.”I hope players continue to do what Jadon is doing,” he told reporters.”That’s so important for their development. Not just as a footballer but as a man.”He’s out of his comfort zone and he’s living by himself in a foreign country. Those experiences are important for you to grow as a person.”A real honour putting the England shirt on tonight and representing my country. Thank you to everyone for the messages! The journey continues….pic.twitter.com/ab2yj4H3HT— Jadon Sancho (@Sanchooo10) October 12, 2018Tottenham’s Dier developed through the Sporting CP academy and lived in Portugal from the age of seven.He will return to the country next June with England after they booked their place in the Nations League Finals in dramatic fashion with a come-from-behind win over Croatia at Wembley on Sunday.”It will be the first time I go back and play there since I left – it will be very special,” Dier added.”It’s my home so I am very happy to go back.”last_img read more

Russia Rips Saudi Arabia 5-0 in World Cup Opener (Photos)

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — Denis Cheryshev scored twice as Russia swept aside Saudi Arabia to open its home World Cup with a 5-0 win on Thursday.After a lavish opening ceremony and with President Vladimir Putin watching on, Yuri Gazinsky put Russia ahead with a header off Alexander Golovin’s cross in the 12th minute.Substitute Cheryshev chipped the ball over two Saudi defenders in the 43rd and then fired it high to goalkeeper Abdullah Al Muaiouf’s right.Artyom Dzyuba made an instant impact off the bench to make it 3-0 in the 71st with a header off Golovin’s cross. In stoppage time, Cheryshev chipped the ball in for Russia’s fourth goal in stoppage time and Golovin scored from a free kick.It was Russia’s first World Cup win since 2002 and ended a seven-game winless run in all matches.Russia’s Denis Cheryshev celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)Russia’s Yuri Gazinsky, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s first goal during the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)Russia’s Alexander Golovin, right, scores his side’s fifth goal during the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)From left, Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, and Russian President Vladimir Putin watch the match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)Performers display the 2018 soccer World Cup logo and the colors of Russia and Saudi Arabia prior to their group A match which opens the tournament at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor Caivano)FILE – In this file photo from May 28, 2018, Mexico’s Erick Gutierrez plays against Wales during the second half of their soccer match in Pasadena, California. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)Russia, left, and Saudi Arabia warm up before their group A match which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)Rigobert Youmbi from Cameroon poses for a photo when wearing a body paint in the Russian color prior to the opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia during the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)Russian police detain Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, center, as he holds a banner that read “Putin fails to act against Chechnya torture of gay people” near Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. A British LGBT activist has been detained has been detained near the Red Square for holding a one-man protest against Russia’s abuse of gays. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)Russian President Vladimir Putin walks on stage at the FIFA congress on the eve of the opener of the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The congress in Moscow is set to choose the host or hosts for the 2026 World Cup. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2018: We gave it everything, says Kane after England finish 4th

first_imgEngland finished fourth with a 2-0 loss to Belgium at the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Saturday.England were on top for most of the second half but with captain Harry Kane looking tired, Belgium’s greater sharpness in the final third proved decisive.”This game showed there is still room for improvement,” said Harry Kane after the match.”We’re not the finished article, we’re still improving and will only get better. We don’t want to wait another 20 years to get into the semi-finals and the big matches. We need to improve, we need to get better but that will come,” he said.England coach Gareth Southgate said he was proud of his player’s performances throughout the tournament.”I’m proud of what the players have done, today was always going to be a really difficult game. We played one of the best teams in the world with individual talent which is incredible and we had only two days to get ready,” he said.Belgium were handed bronze medals but skipper Vincent Kompany wondered if his team should have had a better ending to the tournament.”We were very close to the final, which I think we would have won. But this is also beautiful. A present for our fans. We played seven matches and won six,” he said.FT: #BEL 2-0 #ENGCongratulations @BelRedDevils, who have finished the #WorldCup in third place! #BELENG pic.twitter.com/DzBipSmGBsFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 14, 2018Belgium earned its highest World Cup finish, with Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard scoring a goal each.advertisementBoth teams were playing for the seventh time in 26 days, but Belgium entered the match with an extra day of rest.”It’s all about that achievement. I think these players deserve that,” said Belgium coach Roberto Martinez.”What we have seen in this World Cup is that the players did not want to rely on talent anymore, they wanted to rely on working as a team, becoming a group of players that would do anything to achieve results”.Meunier scored in the fourth minute, knocking a cross from Nacer Chadli past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Hazard added the other off a pass from Kevin De Bruyne in the 82nd.Belgium vs England – HIGHLIGHTS | REPORTToby Alderweireld denied England’s best chance of the game, sliding on the goal line to clear a shot from Eric Dier.England, which lost to Croatia in the semifinals on Wednesday, matched its best World Cup result – fourth in 1990 – since winning the tournament for the only time in 1966.France and Croatia will play in the final on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Harry Kane is still placed to win the Golden Boot with a tournament-leading six goals (Reuters Photo)Belgium’s previous best finish at the World Cup was fourth, but the team outplayed England in the midfield to go one better this time.The Belgians could easily have scored more, with Pickford making a good save to stop a shot from De Bruyne in the 11th and Alderweireld volleying narrowly over the bar in the 35th.England made set pieces the cornerstone of its run to the World Cup semifinals and created chances for Harry Maguire and Dier in the second half. Neither hit the target with their headers.It was the second time England and Belgium met in this year’s tournament. In the group stage, both teams had already qualified before Belgium’s 1-0 win in Kaliningrad.FRESH LEGSEngland coach Gareth Southgate made five changes to face Belgium, but Danny Rose and Fabian Delph made little impact while Dier started slowly but threatened in the second half.Phil Jones failed to intercept the pass which led to Hazard’s goal.The two replacements in Belgium’s lineup were more effective. Meunier scored and Youri Tielemans dominated the midfield.GOLDEN BOOTEngland forward Harry Kane is still placed to win the Golden Boot with a tournament-leading six goals ahead of Sunday’s final.Kane last scored in England’s win over Colombia in the round of 16. On Saturday, he slipped as he shot wide in the first half, then failed to make contact with Jesse Lingard’s cross early in the second.Romelu Lukaku couldn’t add to his four goals for Belgium and was substituted shortly after misjudging a through ball by De Bruyne.(With inputs from AP and Reuters)last_img read more

Kohli and the burden of captaincy

first_imgWatching the famed Indian batting line-up collapse like a house of cards in the second Test at Lord’s, reactions from pundits to the average cricket fan have been sharp.In an age where exchange of news and views across a multitude of platforms has become so fast and easy, cricketers have to be ready to take flak. For those who make a livelihood by sharing insight, especially the former international cricketers, watching this high profile series is a must.And when we talk of celebrities like Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh and former England captains probe every bit of action, the pure fan gets to understand so much more. It has been interesting to hear someone like Gavaskar talk of poor preparation for a series like this.When he said Virat Kohli could not be at practice for weeks in a row and yet come out and fire a hundred, he meant it. Yet, to think, more warm-up for the Indian batsmen in England would have assured success with the bat does not make sense.It would not be an exaggeration to state that today cricket is played in excess. The number of T20 leagues across so many countries has become a bit like mohalla cricket. Fans enjoy the whiz-thud cricket where bowlers are born to be hammered. Batsmen call the shots — literally — while fielding standards have shown greater athleticism and intensity.To compare it with Test cricket is so tough. White cricket uniform, red ball and bowlers ready to fire in helpful conditions, the Englishmen have revelled in the second Test. If last week it was about Edgbaston being hot and dry, the change in weather at Lord’s has spelt doom for the Indians.advertisementMind you, the cricket being played is the same but lack of application from the Indian batsmen was appalling. When it rains in England, it becomes so different. As batsmen come out to face the fast bowlers who can make the ball move sharply in the air, it calls for technique, patience and building an innings.Perhaps, barring R.Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane to an extent, none of the other Indians showed the heart to fight it out. It was great viewing to see the host quick bowlers strike with James Anderson in full cry. Sadly, the Indian batsmen did not apply themselves and the horrible run-out of Cheteshwar Pujara made matters worse.With the English batting clicking, it kind of exposed Virat Kohli’s captaincy skills. Ishant Sharma had done the damage at start, but to not press with Ashwin early on looked a bad decision. He has easily been the most consistent bowler on the tour till now.To under-bowl Ashwin defied logic. How useful Kuldeep Yadav is in the fourth innings remains to be seen as England have managed a decent lead. In the past, there has been a lament the Indian bowlers have been unable to deliver in English conditions.This time, it’s the batsmen who have not been able to show spine and that fighting spirit. In cold and wet conditions, after rain, contest between the bat and ball can be beautiful. That is, provided the batsmen are ready for the challenge.After the Indian first innings, Rahane spoke of this being a full five-Test series and how making a comeback was very much possible. These are great words to hear for the Indian cricket fan to hear but unless the performance on the field matches up to it, momentum slips away.In times like these, the role of a captain gets magnified. In the first Test, Virat Kohli showed great character in carving out a magnificent century and again fought in the second innings. Now, it’s his captaincy skills which are under scrutiny.From picking the right combination to how he effects bowling changes, there are so many hawks watching and ready to pounce on his mistakes. Not long ago, when Mahender Singh Dhoni was Test captain and the team did badly in away series, former cricketers called for his head.Kohli is the Indian captain across all three formats. As a batsman, he is gifted and can play in T20, ODIs and Tests with the same ease. This Test tour of England is finally going to be an overall analysis of his leadership skills.Right now, Kohli is the boss. He has full backing from the cricketing establishment. With cricket administration in the country ready for a change after the latest Supreme Court order, it will be interesting to see how Kohli is viewed.advertisementIt would be a lively debate if Kohli can be spared Test captaincy and he is allowed to focus on just his batting. He is too precious for Indian cricket, with the ODI World Cup in 2019 and T20 World Cup in 2020.last_img read more

Nokia 3.2 India launch expected soon as HMD posts teaser

first_imgHMD Global launched the Nokia 4.2 (Review) in India earlier this month and the company is now ready to bring its next affordable smartphone to the country. On Monday, the company posted a teaser on Twitter suggesting the India launch of the Nokia 3.2. The Nokia 3.2 was launched alongside the Nokia 4.2, Nokia 9 PureView and Nokia 1 Plus at MWC 2019 in February.The teaser on Twitter suggests an upcoming phone with a long-lasting battery as the battery symbol would have you believe. More importantly, the teaser is accompanied with the hashtag #ViewMoreDoMore, which is the tagline for the Nokia 3.2. The Nokia 3.2 slots below the Nokia 4.2 in terms of hierarchy, so you can expect a price tag well under Rs 10,000.Get ready to get caught in the world of endless bingeing. Stay tuned to #ViewMoreDoMore. pic.twitter.com/KBZge8nHRMNokia Mobile India (@NokiamobileIN) May 20, 2019The Nokia 3.2 was announced with a price of USD 139, which is approximately Rs 9,600. You can expect the company to price the Nokia 3.2 a little more aggressively in India given the competition from the likes of Xiaomi and Realme in the budget segment.The Nokia 3.2 shares a lot of similarities with the Nokia 4.2 such as a waterdrop display, LED notification power button and Google Assistant button. It is a bigger phone, however, with a taller 6.2-inch HD+ LCD display and a 19:9 aspect ratio. The Nokia 3.2 gets a plastic unibody panel on the back along with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and single camera with LED flash.The breathing light LED notification light is embedded in the power button, making it easier to be aware of a new notification whether you place the device face down or on its back. The dedicated Google Assistant button will also allow users to quickly launch the Google AI with a single tap of the button.advertisementThe Nokia 3.2 is powered by a Snapdragon 429 chipset paired with 2GB or 3GB of RAM. It also comes with 16GB or 32GB of internal storage depending on the RAM variant, both of which are expandable up to 400GB via a dedicated microSD card. The handset measures 159.44 x 76.24 x 8.60 mm and weighs 181 grams.A major highlight of the Nokia 3.2 is that it houses a large 4,000mAh battery that promises to deliver 2 days of battery life on a single charge. The handset sports a 13-megapixel f/2.2 main camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel selfie camera with support for face unlock. The Android One device runs on stock Android Pie and offers connectivity options like Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3.5mm heapdhone jack and OTG among other things.ALSO READ | Nokia 4.2 review: Premium and compact Android One phone on a budgetlast_img read more

Too much evidence to cover up: Alex Morgan slams Cristiano Ronaldo over rape charge

first_imgToo much evidence to cover up: Alex Morgan slams Cristiano Ronaldo over rape chargeThis was not the first time that Alex Morgan has lashed out Cristiano Ronaldo, earlier too, she had tweeted an article with the headline ‘Ronaldo Is an Icon of Corruption in Sports’.advertisement India Today Web Desk MilanSeptember 10, 2019UPDATED: September 10, 2019 19:55 IST Cristiano Ronaldo in action during a match (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAlex Morgan said “there is too much evidence of a cover-up” in the caseAlex Morgan said any encounter with Cristiano Ronaldo would not be awkward for herAt the end of the day money helps put stories down, she saidAlex Morgan believes there is “too much evidence to cover up” the rape allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo, who moved to Juventus from Real Madrid in 2018, was accused of raping a woman in Las Vegas in 2009. However, he won’t face criminal charges after it was determined that the sexual assault claim can’t be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.Alex Morgan, who has been nominated for The Best FIFA Women’s Player award is set to meet Ronaldo on September 23 in Milan when they will challenge for ‘The Best FIFA Women’s Player’ and ‘The Best FIFA Men’s Player’, respectively.Alex Morgan, who earned her first Olympic gold medal by helping the US women defeat Japan in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, said any encounter with Ronaldo would not be awkward for her.”I don’t anticipate approaching him any differently than I would approach anyone else who I meet,” she said.”I do think that a lot of times in today’s climate women have spoken up, and it’s important to support those women. And I think a lot of people right now are questioning who is right and who is wrong,” she told Sports Illustrated.Alex Morgan said “there is too much evidence of a cover-up” in the case and “money can and helps put stories down”.”When you look at [Ronaldo’s] story in particular, I think there’s too much evidence to cover up, and I think at the end of the day money helps put stories down,” she said.”The [criminal] charges were dropped, so he can and does continue playing. And he’s not the only person that this is happening to, but he is one of if not the most famous footballer in the world right now, so obviously he’s garnering attention on this,” she added.advertisementThis was not the first time that Alex Morgan has lashed out Ronaldo, earlier too, she had tweeted an article with the headline ‘Ronaldo Is an Icon of Corruption in Sports’ and used the caption “Now this is great journalism.”Also Read | Manchester City 1st football club to cross billion-euro mark to assemble current squadAlso 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Cristiano RonaldoFollow rape charge Nextlast_img read more

Government Centre to Be Constructed in Montego Bay

first_img Mr. Holness added that “it must also reflect the efficiency of the state, and therefore we will be creating within the city of Montego Bay your own government centre where all the services of the Government will be administered and easily available.” Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says a Government Centre is to be constructed in Montego Bay, St. James to facilitate easy access to information and services for citizens.Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Closed Harbour Beach Park Development in Montego Bay on February 22, Prime Minster Holness said land has already been identified for the project.“Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett would have toured a piece of land within the city proper. The idea there is to create a Government centre/circle. Every city has to have public administration which is accessible to all its citizens. It also must reflect the dreams and aspirations and your own pride in your own Government…your pride in your country and in your own state,” he stated.Mr. Holness added that “it must also reflect the efficiency of the state, and therefore we will be creating within the city of Montego Bay your own government centre where all the services of the Government will be administered and easily available.”Meanwhile the Prime Minister advised that a world class performing centre is to be developed in Montego Bay.“After the visitors have completed their meetings or after having spent a day at the beach, they might then want to see the exposition of the Jamaican culture in the performing arts. There you will bring together not just your dance, but also your drama, your music and your singing. There our people will be well trained and where our culture will be well represented in the tourism product,” he outlined.Construction of Closed Harbour Beach Park, (known as ‘Dump up Beach’), is expected to transform the development of downtown Montego Bay.The project forms a part of the Urban Development’s (UDC) Montego Bay Redevelopment Programme which will see the conversion of the 16-acre property into a world class recreational space with amenities that will allow for it to operate as a free access licenced public beach.The initiative which is estimated at a cost of $1.296 billion is anticipated for completion within 18 months with main funding provided by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).Meanwhile, UDC, Chairman, Senator Ransford Braham said the Montego Bay Waterfront Rehabilitation Project will complement the Closed Harbour Beach Park Project.“The scope of the works include widening of the sidewalk and new perimeter fencing along Gloucester Avenue and Howard Cooke Boulevard, while the interior of the park will feature a network of landscape and softscape, public restrooms, changing rooms, beach showers, jogging trail, site filling and grading and support services, including electrical, sewerage, storm water drainage and telecommunication,” he outlined. Construction of Closed Harbour Beach Park, (known as ‘Dump up Beach’), is expected to transform the development of downtown Montego Bay. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says a Government Centre is to be constructed in Montego Bay, St. James to facilitate easy access to information and services for citizens.last_img read more

Province to Defend Nova Scotia Interests

first_imgThe government of Nova Scotia will aggressively defend the interests of Nova Scotians at a National Energy Board hearing in Saint John, New Brunswick. Energy Minister Bill Dooks said the government is actively intervening at the National Energy Board hearing into the Brunswick Pipeline Project and it is addressing concerns about the project. “We intend to drive home to the National Energy Board that Nova Scotians must be able to use gas from the Canaport facility at fair prices and that Nova Scotia projects should not be put at an unfair competitive disadvantage by this new pipeline,” said Mr. Dooks. “We want a fair toll and tariff for Nova Scotians who are going to use Canaport gas and for Nova Scotians who are going to be using the existing Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline.” The Brunswick Pipeline Project is a 145 kilometre pipeline that connects the Canaport LNG terminal in Saint John, N.B., to the international border near St. Stephen, N.B. The board hearing began today, Nov. 6, and is expected to last several weeks. The government has already been active leading up to the hearing. Government staff have intervened and received information from Emera and Irving Oil. At the hearing, the government will cross-examine witnesses and make closing arguments. “This is an important matter for Nova Scotians and we intend to do what is right for our province,” said the minister.last_img read more

French Montana and DVBBS headlining iHeartRadio FanFest in Toronto

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We are excited to bring this incredible lineup together for an unforgettable night of music,” said Rob Farina of iHeartRadio Canada, in a statement.“At iHeartRadio we’re committed to connecting fans with the music they love, and we can’t wait to celebrate CMW with them at iHeartRadio FanFest.”Tickets for the May 11 show, priced at just $25, are available online starting March 23 at 10 am.The news of the festival comes days after iHeartMedia announced its bankruptcy.iHeartRadio FanFest 2018 lineupFrench MontanaShawn HookRia MaeMarianas TrenchBellyiHeartRadio FanFest 2018Where: Rebel, 11 Polson StreetWhen: May 11 at 7 pmTickets: Available online at $25 starting March 23 at 10 am. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement There’s nothing like an affordable music festival to ring in the sounds of spring. The 2018 iHeartRadio FanFest has been announced, and it’s hitting Rebel on May 11.This year’s iHeart headliners include French Montana, DVBBS, Shawn Hook, Ria Mae and Marianas Trench.Taking place during Canadian Music Week (CMW), the one-day music event will also include Allie X, Belly, Tyler Shaw, and Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine. Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Thousands of Haitians find Mexican dream near US border

first_imgTIJUANA, Mexico – Jose Luis Millan found a new crop of star employees at an upscale Tijuana car wash where customers cross the border from the U.S. to pay up to $950 to have their prized possessions steamed and scrubbed for hours. They’re never late, always hustle and come in on days off to learn new skills, traits that he says make them a model for their Mexican counterparts.They are among several thousand Haitians who came to Mexico’s northwest corner hoping to cross the border before the U.S. abruptly closed its doors last year. The Mexican government has welcomed them, with a visa program that helps them fill the need for labour in Tijuana’s growing economy.In a country whose population is 1 per cent black, Tijuana’s Haitians stand out. They share tight living quarters, sending much of their meagre wages to support family in Haiti. Haitians earn far less than they would in the United States but enough to forsake the risk of getting deported by heading north.Two new Haitian restaurants downtown serve dishes with mangoes and mashed plantains. Dozens of Haitian children attend public schools. Factories that export to the U.S. recruit Haitians, who can also be found waiting tables and worshipping at congregations that added services in Creole.“It’s the Mexican dream for many of them, a sense that they belong,” Millan said. “Mexico has given them opportunity. Mexico has opened up and let them achieve their dreams.”Millan, who lived in the Los Angeles area for two decades until he was forced to leave last year for employing dozens of people illegally at his party planning company, sees parallels to Mexicans in the U.S. Their teamwork sets an example. Some customers ask for them.Haitians, he says, “fight hard, fight strong, and they don’t stop.”The Haitians took an accidental route from their impoverished Caribbean homeland to Tijuana, a city of about 2 million that borders San Diego and also has large pockets of Chinese and Korean immigrants.Brazil and its neighbours took in the Haitians after that country’s 2010 earthquake. As construction jobs for the 2016 Summer Olympics ended and Brazil descended into political turmoil, they crossed 10 countries by plane, boat, bus and on foot to San Diego, where U.S. authorities let them in on humanitarian grounds.Then President Barack Obama shifted course in September and started deporting Haitian arrivals. Many decided to call Mexico home.After struggling as a schoolteacher in Haiti, Abelson Etienne moved to Brazil in 2014 to work at a factory that made cable for lighting products. He arrived in Tijuana in December after a harrowing journey with his wife who, despite the U.S. policy shift, was allowed in on humanitarian grounds, presumably because she was seven months’ pregnant.Etienne, a 27-year-old who studied chemistry in college in Haiti, settled into a routine of six-day weeks and three double shifts, earning him 1,900 pesos (a little over $100), mostly for his wife in New York City and the infant son he hasn’t seen. On Sundays, he sleeps until the afternoon and goes to church.“There’s so much work in Tijuana,” he said while a pot of fish stew with mangoes and tomatoes simmered on an electric burner in the two-room apartment that he rents with three other Haitians. “I’ve been treated very well in Mexico.”The Mexican government is giving Haitians one-year, renewable visas that allow them to work but not bring family. Rodulfo Figueroa, the region’s top immigration official, says Mexico is practicing what it asks of the U.S. and other countries.“We believe that there’s a humanitarian case to be made for these people to find better lives in Mexico,” said Figueroa, the National Migration Institute’s delegate in Baja California state, which includes Tijuana. “Our policy is to have the Haitian population do what they need to do to have status in Mexico.”The new arrivals, currently numbering around 3,000, are manageable in a country of 122 million. Central Americans, who come illegally in much larger numbers, are typically deported, although Mexico is granting asylum more often.Rodin St. Surin, 36, is among hundreds of Haitians who found work at Tijuana’s export-oriented factories. CCL Industries Inc., a Toronto-based company that makes Avery office products for retailers including Staples, Wal-Mart, Target and others, needed help after moving manufacturing from Meridian, Mississippi, last year.The plant hired St. Surin and 15 other Haitians in May for its workforce of 1,700 during peak back-to-school season. They inspected and packaged binders at the back of a giant, spotless floor where machines also churn out labels, folders and markers around-the-clock.“I’m very comfortable with these people,” said Mario Aguirre, the plant’s operations director and a 43-year industry veteran. “They have given us very good results. They don’t miss work, they always arrive on time. We’d like to see the same attitude in everyone.”The factory offered 1,500 pesos (about $85) for a six-day week, with health coverage, paid vacation and a free shuttle to work. St. Surin, who left Brazil with hopes of joining a cousin in Miami, sends earnings to a caretaker for his three children in Haiti, whom he hopes to bring to Tijuana.“Mexico could become my home,” he said outside a crowded, graffiti-covered building where a nun allows about 50 Haitians to live rent-free on a street shared by cars and stray dogs. They tap a neighbour’s hose for water to bathe, and cook meals on a campfire under a large canopy.The Ambassadors of Jesus Church, which sits on a rugged dirt road lined by agave and used tires, housed up to 500 Haitians last year on floors strewn with mattresses, making it perhaps the largest religious or civic aid group. Its pastor, Jeccene Thimote, wants to build a “Little Haiti” of 100 houses nearby at the bottom of a canyon where the sound of peacocks and roosters and smell of pigs permeate the air. He built three houses before the city halted construction for lack of flood controls.Thimote, 32, survives on two hours’ sleep, rising to pray at 5 a.m., serving as foreman for a crew of 10 Haitians building a house in one of Tijuana’s wealthiest neighbourhoods, and working the night shift at RSI Home Products Inc., a California-based company that makes cabinetry for The Home Depot and Lowe’s.Thimote, who was among 160 Haitians still living rent-free at the church this summer, sends his earnings to Haiti to settle family debts and support a 3-year-old daughter. He hoped to join a cousin in New York when he left Ecuador last year, but considers Mexico better than Haiti, saying, “There’s more poverty there than here.”The church has adapted. Every Wednesday night, Haitians gather for a rousing sermon in Creole. Mexicans attend a Sunday service in Spanish. A Haitian and Mexican recently announced plans to marry at the church.last_img read more

Photo of Abdelilah Benkiran and the Late Abdellah Baha Goes Viral

Marrakech – A photo of Head of Government Abdelilah Benkiran and his friend and colleague, the late Abdellah Baha, has gone viral on Moroccan social media.The photo shows the close relationship the two leaders had with each other. It depicts Abdellah Baha pouring water over the Head of Government’s hands before the start of a prayer group.The death of Abdellah Baha was an especially poignant loss for Mr. Benkiran, with the Prime Minister considering the late minister as one of his own brothers. While many ministers claim his death is a hard reality for all, it’s seen as a particularly devastating loss for Abdelilah Benkiran. The funeral ceremony of the late Abdellah Baha, who died in a train accident last Sunday, took place at the Prime Minister’s home. The service was attended by Prince Moulay Rachid and a majority of Moroccan political figures. read more

Nugegoda brothel busted

On a tip-off recieved by the Mirihana police the raid was carried out at the location and several people were arrested.Among those arrested was the Manager of the premises, four women and another man, the police media unit said. The police busted a brothel operating in Nugegoda in the guise of an Ayurvedic center, the police media unit said today.The police said that the brothel had been operating on the top floor of the two storied building at Pagoda road in Nugegoda. The suspects were to be produced before the Gangodawila Magistrate today. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Japan to send technical team to Sri Lanka following disaster

A technical team from Japan is likely to visit Sri Lanka at the earliest to take stock of the situation and assist in remedial measures. Details are currently being worked out. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has received a message of condolence, addressed to the Government and people of Sri Lanka, from the Prime Minister of Japan, Hon. Shinzo Abe, expressing his heartfelt condolences, and that of his Government and people, on the recent disaster at a garbage dump in Sri Lanka, which has led to the unfortunate loss of life and property.In the aftermath of this disaster, Abe has offered Japan’s assistance to recovery efforts. read more

Europe agency grounds Airbus helicopters after Norway crash

Europe agency grounds Airbus helicopters after Norway crash by The Associated Press Posted Jun 2, 2016 11:25 am MDT Last Updated Jun 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BERLIN – The European Aviation Safety Agency is grounding Airbus helicopters similar to one that crashed in April near the Norwegian city of Bergen, killing 13 people.The Cologne, Germany-based agency said Thursday that the “precautionary measure” applies to Airbus Helicopters EC 225 LP and AS 332 L2 models.The exact cause of the April 29 accident hasn’t been established, but preliminary findings by Norway’s Accident Investigation Board indicate that it could have been caused by a faulty gear box. The main rotor came loose from the aircraft just before it crashed.Airbus Helicopters said on its website that it “supports EASA’s cautious approach.” read more

Commentary Urban Meyer Ohio State football might have its next Percy Harvin

Even after an undefeated season, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer concedes that his team was missing something last year. Meyer said the 2012 Buckeyes lacked speed, particularly on the perimeter of his spread offense. Granted, the Buckeyes weren’t completely deficient at wide receiver. If they were, then OSU likely wouldn’t have finished the season at 12-0. Rather, the Buckeyes lacked dynamic athletes at the position, and Meyer’s spread offense couldn’t reach its full potential without an electrifying speedster who could make plays in open space. “We didn’t have the home run hitter,” Meyer said. “We didn’t have enough make-you-miss guys on offense.” It’s never a good thing when a team lacks playmakers, regardless of offensive philosophy. But in Meyer’s spread, which is designed to create mismatches with explosive athletes, it can be extremely detrimental. Without such playmakers on the perimeter, OSU’s aerial attack faltered in 2012, and the team finished the season ranked 105th nationally in passing yards per game. “We felt like we were pretty deficient last year in terms of getting the ball in space,” said offensive coordinator Tom Herman. “We get one-on-one with a safety or one-on-one with a corner, or even a linebacker at times, and we can’t make that guy miss.” It’s not a problem that Meyer has dealt with much in his coaching career. His teams at Florida were stacked with ‘make-you-miss’ talent, the most prominent being Percy Harvin, who is now a receiver for the Minnesota Vikings. In college, Harvin hardly played a defined, traditional position. Instead he lined up all over the field. In 2008, his final year at Florida, Harvin led the Gators in receptions and was second in rushing yards. Meyer calls the unorthodox role in which Harvin thrived the “hybrid,” but others simply refer to it as the “Percy Harvin position.” Harvin, who reportedly might be traded by the Vikings, could not be reached for comment. Thus, it wasn’t surprising to hear Harvin’s name mentioned several times Feb. 6 – National Signing Day – when Meyer and his coaching staff addressed their 2013 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 1 by Scout.com, No. 2 by Rivals.com and No. 3 by ESPN.com and features plenty of much-needed speed. In fact, Meyer believes the newest crop of Buckeye talent contains multiple players that fit the Harvin-position mold. On Feb. 6, the most talked about prospective Harvin-type playmaker was Dontre Wilson. Wilson, ranked by Scout, Rivals and ESPN as a four-star prospect and ESPN’s No. 5 athlete, originally committed to Oregon, but announced that he would sign with OSU just days before National Signing Day. Wilson caught the OSU coaching staff’s attention while playing for DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas, because of his ability to make an impact as a running back and a receiver. According to ESPN, Wilson accumulated more than 2,600 total yards of offense and 46 touchdowns in 2012. “There are not too many people in the country that can do that,” Meyer said. “That’s a very unusual athlete.” After the Buckeyes won the battle with Oregon to acquire Wilson’s services, running backs coach Stan Drayton and receivers coach Zach Smith began fighting for the rights to personally coach the multi-talented athlete. “We’re so excited to have him in this system,” said Drayton, who coached Harvin with Meyer at Florida. Like Harvin during his time with the Gators, Wilson will likely receive most of his tutelage directly from Meyer, while spending some time with both Drayton and Smith as well. Drayton, though, didn’t seem too upset about this arrangement. He beamed while talking about Wilson on National Signing Day, the first day coaches can speak about incoming talent. It’s easy to understand why OSU coaches are so enthusiastic about Wilson. Many athletes are fast, but few possess world-class speed. Wilson is in the second category. “You sit there and look at his track time. His track times are national times,” Drayton said. “He can be a collegiate track athlete and be an All-American. He is that fast. “That’s probably one of the missing pieces to the puzzle that we were looking for to complete the spread type of philosophy that we run here.” Wilson isn’t the only incoming freshman with speed who can help complete OSU’s spread offense, though. In fact, the staff seems just as excited about Jalin Marshall, ESPN.com’s and Rivals.com’s four-star and Scout.com’s five-star wide receiver. Marshall was a quarterback for Middletown High School in Middletown, Ohio, but was recruited by OSU to play the hybrid-receiver role. Because Marshall committed to OSU more than a year ago, he likely didn’t receive as much fanfare as other last-minute additions, such as Wilson, on National Signing Day. Meyer believes that had Marshall drawn out his recruiting process, Buckeye Nation would have been on pins and needles, waiting for his signature. “He’s certainly, we think, if not the best player in Ohio, one of them,” Meyer said. Finally there is James Clark, a consensus four-star receiver from New Smyrna Beach, Fla., who committed to OSU on National Signing Day. Clark is another ideal fit for Meyer’s spread offense, and the hybrid role in particular, given his combination of speed and agility. How much of an impact will Wilson, Marshall and Clark make next year in Columbus? Last year some of OSU’s highest ranked recruits were defensive linemen, but they received sporadic playing time as freshmen. The coaches seem to believe, however, that this particular trio will contribute early and often. For one thing, it might be easier for a skill position player to adjust to the college level than, say, a defensive lineman. “The farther you get away from the ball, the easier it is for you to play early,” Herman said. Meyer agreed. “We’ve had great success with skill guys (playing early),” Meyer said. “Especially these guys, I think they’re going to help us.” Playing the young talent early might also come out of necessity. OSU’s freshmen defensive linemen played sparingly last year, in part because the Buckeyes already had a veteran group in the trenches. On the other hand, Wilson, Marshall and Clark are entering a program in need of their athletic abilities. “We wanted to get some playmakers,” Meyer said. “I think with Dontre, Jalin and James Clark, we have three guys that we would put in that category.” It would be unrealisticto say OSU will rely entirely on the group of freshmen. Though the Buckeyes struggled making big plays in 2012, the offense boasted the 10th most prolific rushing attack and averaged 37.2 points per game. Almost all of OSU’s current offensive talent is returning, too. Rising-senior Carlos Hyde emerged as one of the best running backs in the country toward the end of last season. He will also benefit from four other 2012 offensive line starters returning with him: rising seniors Jack Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, Corey Linsley and Marcus Hall. Rising-junior quarterback Braxton Miller is a preseason contender for the Heisman trophy and should continue to progress in his second season as part of Meyer’s spread, a spread tailor-made for dual-threat quarterbacks such as Miller. It’s no wonder the staff believes that with the addition of the freshmen playmakers, alongside the returning talent already on the roster, OSU’s offense could reach untold heights in 2013. “We were a little bit one-dimensional this year because we didn’t have that (speed),” Drayton said. “We always felt that if we could bring that type of athlete in this system, in the Big Ten, we can have some incredible success in the future.” And in the end, OSU didn’t bring in just one of those athletes. It signed three. read more

Caravan park evacuated after guest mistakes hand grenade found on beach for

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. A Royal Navy bomb disposal team has retrieved an “old hand grenade” that was found in a holiday resort on the Isle of Wight.Away Resorts Management (ARM), which runs the centre at Bembridge, Whitecliff Bay, said the device was discovered on Thursday night.Local media reported that a guest staying at the park found the device on a beach and carried it back to their caravan, thinking it was a fossil.Guests were evacuated from the area.In an update on Friday morning, ARM said: “The hand grenade has been retrieved by the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal team.”Thank you for your patience, we are all very grateful.”If you are staying with us at the moment it is now safe to return to your accommodation.”Earlier, the company had said an “old hand grenade” had been found at Whitecliff Bay but that all customers were safe.The authorities were alerted to a potential unexploded ordnance at around 11.30pm on Thursday. read more

Quakehit TT farmers seek relocation relief

(Trinidad Guardian) Demanding relocation and compensation, a handful of irate farmers confronted Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat yesterday, as he braved rains and potential floods to meet them after their farmlands were devastated by Tuesday’s earthquake.However, the majority of the 40 farmers eventually expressed satisfaction with Rambharat’s visit, saying they only wanted him to assist them as soon as possible to get back on their feet.Farmers assist Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat, right, up a precipice during his tour of Re Road in Los Iros which was destroyed during Tuesday’s earthquake.Los Iros Hill View Farmers Association president Reshinand Ramraj said the farmers lost 20 irrigation ponds and 40 acres of farmlands. He said hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of crops, including hot pepper, tomato, ochro, bodi and eggplant, were buried in the dirt, while a plough and a tractor fell into the cracks created by the 6.9 quake.“Many farmers are afraid to be on the area because the land is shifting at an alarming speed,” Ramraj said.When Guardian Media returned to the area yesterday, the RE Road was impassable. The crew had to climb up and down steep precipices about 12 to 14 feet high to get fresh photos of the devastation.Simone Cooper and her sister Akiesha Adams said they walked for an hour to get to the Erin volcano. They reported that there were several new active cones with fresh mudflows emerging off RE Road.Farmer Nobbie Mathura trudged through cracks, slopes and embankments to get to his pimento crop.“I cannot let this crop go to waste. I picked 10 bags of pimento and we managed to get it out. I lost over $400,000 worth of crops and equipment,” Mathura said.Lopsided tomato trees ready for harvest were inaccessible. Irrigation ponds which were once 20 feet deep were also filled up with slush.Farmer Anil Maraj said at least 10 farmers were in immediate need of relocation. He said although some farmers faced minimal loss, the Government should assist in giving compensation to everyone so they could go back to productive farming.Farmers assist Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat, right, up a precipice during his tour of Re Road in Los Iros which was destroyed during Tuesday’s earthquake.One of the oldest farmers in the community, George Ramdath, said much of the landslips triggered by the earthquake could have been exacerbated by the destruction of the forested buffer zone which was cleared for agriculture by new farmers in 2014.In an interview during his visit, Rambharat said he will move as quickly as he could to assist the farmers. With regard to compensation, he said he will prepare a report and take it to Cabinet and Government will determine whether this can be paid.“So far, RE Road is the only farming community affected. From what I’ve seen, I am recommending that some of these farmers be immediately relocated because they can no longer use the land to farm,” Rambharat said.Saying Los Iros was a highly productive farming community, Rambharat said in 2016-2017 he spent $3 million to rehabilitate the RE Road.“The soil type is clay and there is a lot of movement towards the sea. There are some places where the land cannot be restored to productive agricultural use and we will be looking to relocate farmers to other areas so they can continue productive farming,” he said.Saying it did not matter whether the farmers had leases or not, Rambharat said all farmers who can prove they were doing productive farming will get assistance. He also said the Los Iros farmers will get leases in three phases, the first of which will be given by December. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLand fraud rampant across T&T – Agri MinisterJune 6, 2018In “latest news”Guyana still awaiting word from T&T officials on land dealApril 9, 2016In “latest news”Minister Trotman to seek emergency intervention for Region Two rice farmersMay 15, 2017In “latest news” read more

New Amazon service offers unlimited ebook access

first_imgBEING HERALDED AS ‘Netflix for books’, Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited service has been launched for the US market.The e-book subscription service is available at a price of $9.99 (€7.50) a month. It follows the Netflix and Spotify model of offering unlimited streaming for a set monthly subscription fee.The service is expected to be launced in other countries in the coming months.Users of the service will have access to over 600,000 e-books and several thousand audio books. The titles available to users of the service will include ‘Life of Pi’, ‘The Hunger Games’ and both the ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ series.Despite these big titles, it appears that some big publishers are still holding back from the service. Titles by HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House are not yet offered by the service.Books by Hachette will also not be available on the new service. Amazon are currently involved in a dispute with Hachette over the pricing of physical and digital books.News of Amazon’s new service broke last week when the company accidentally posted a webpage previewing it.Read: Amazon applies for US delivery drone testingRead: Amazon challenges Google with new document sharing servicelast_img read more