Khan wants Brook bout after Spence Jr. takes title

first_img“No excuses about injuries or weight, he was beaten by the better man.”Spence Jr — who is unbeaten in 22 bouts with 19 inside the distance — praised Brook and looked ahead to fulfilling his own ambition.“The goal is to unify and become undisputed welterweight champion of the world,” said the 27-year-old American.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds “The fight between me and Kell Brook is a pay-per-view fight. I really believe that fight next summer would make sense.“I’m sure he’s going to go into another fight that is going to be a nice, tune-up fight. Maybe next summer we could be back.”Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn said his 31-year-old pugilist could have suffered a broken left eye socket.If it is the case it is the same injury Brook — who had hoped to fulfil a prophecy by his uncle years ago he would successfully defend his title at the ground of the club he supports — suffered but to his right eye in his previous bout against Kazakh middleweight superstar Gennady Golovkin.“I think it’s the same injury as the Golovkin fight but the other eye, which is unbelievable, but it was caused by Errol,” said Hearn.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Spence Jr — who has not looked back since losing in the 2012 Olympic quarter-finals — has been called the ‘real deal’ by American boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and forced the referee to stop the fight in the 11th round after an absorbing no-holds barred contest.Khan, who held the WBA belt from 2009-12 and the IBF version in 2011, said he would like to fight Brook at welterweight provided the latter’s left eye injury was not so severe he would have to hang up his gloves.  FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I’d like to fight him at 147,” 30-year-old Khan told Sky Sports.“It depends on Kell’s eye, and also the dates — there are a lot of pay-per-view fights on. LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 07: Amir Khan warms up in the ring during the WBC middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images/AFPBritain’s former light-welterweight world boxing champion Amir Khan wants to end years of failed negotiations and finally take on compatriot Kell Brook he told Sky Sports.The 2004 Olympic lightweight silver medalist announced this in the wake of Brook losing his IBF welterweight title to the impressive unbeaten American Errol Spence Junior at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane ground late Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIVcenter_img Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Ginebra claims share of top spot, slips past Meralco Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View commentslast_img read more

RCB, Nazara tie up to launch online cricket game

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL cricket rcb rcb COMMENT COMMENTS Corporates set the ball rolling on investments in e-sports leagues Published on With a view to cash in on the popularity of cricket, Royal Challengers Bangalore and gaming entity Nazara Games have come together to launch a new mobile cricket game RCB Star Cricket.RCB is looking to extend its brand franchise to the online sphere and create a game which lasts longer than the IPL period of 90 days. This will also mark the first cricket franchise to have a game off the field and on the screen.RCB Star Cricket is a social cricketing experience with India’s biggest cricketing stars including Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers.“Our aim is to create the largest cricketing community on second screen. RCB will work exclusively with Nazara Games as part of a three-year partnership,”Manish Agarwal, CEO, Nazara Games told BusinessLine.Agarwal said the company is looking to keep the buzz alive both during and post the IPL season. “Typically, the shelf life of an online game is about three to six months. Our aim is to keep the momentum alive even post the IPL season,” he said.Agarwal said the company is looking at a five to ten million downloads for RCB Star Cricket.Amrit Thomas, Chairman, RCB said, “Over the last 10 years, RCB has transcended from being just a cricket team to a lifestyle brand that connects with its fans across multiple touch points. We have millions of people who engage with RCB on digital platforms and we wanted to offer a more personalised RCB experience to these bold fans, hence we looked at creating RCB Star Cricket.”The RCB IPL team is owned by Royal Challengers Sports Private Ltd, a subsidiary of United Spirits Ltd, a Diageo Group company.Sridhar B, Chief Digital Marketing Officer, United Spirits Ltd, said the company will leverage its assets base by using key players.“When we are looking at gaming, we are also looking at a gaming market which is predominantly owned by the affluent class. We may also look at extending the game franchise to an e-sport league depending on the traction,” Sridhar added.Both companies did not specify the investment made in the new game. The game is due to launch with the first RCB match on April 7. April 07, 2017 RELATED × SHARElast_img read more

Magnus Carlsen retains World Chess Championship

first_imgOn a dreary, rainy Manhattan night, a huge, happy roar arose in a crowd of chess fans from around the world.Two-time world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, had just reached for a final, victorious move on Wednesday that crowned him a champ for the third time.He marked his 26th birthday by beating Russian 26-year-old grandmaster Sergey Karjakin with bold, aggressive moves in a series of tie-breakers capping three weeks of the World Chess Championship that was tied after 12 games; 10 draws and one win each.Carlsen used a queen sacrifice to checkmate his opponent.The setting was a refurbished New York City building overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge that was once the city’s fish market.On this night, it became a glittering gathering of hundreds of fans – adults and children – from Norway, Russia, the United States and elsewhere. They were riveted as the two grandmasters leaned into the tense game, barely moving, in total silence and deep in thought.Fans paid $100 to enter, feasting on snacks and drinks as they kept their eyes glued to flat-screens that beamed close-ups of the chessboard in an inner chamber. A panel of soundproof glass shielded the players from onlookers, who could see in but whom the players could not see.Hungarian grandmaster Judit Polgar said the four lightning-quick games played on Wednesday – plus even faster ones that was not needed – were “like Russian roulette.””Today, the faster games are a great show even for people who don’t know the game,” said Polgar, considered the greatest female player ever.advertisementOn Wednesday, the required mental strategies also played out on chessboards scattered around the spectator lounge. People hovered over them, trying out various combinations of pieces, mirroring the masters.”Magnus is my hero because he takes risks, he’s really exciting,” said Pippa Millstone, a Manhattan 9-year-old who came to watch the tournament for her fourth time.”The game is pretty even now, but I feel like Magnus is going to start attacking really soon,” she said in the middle of the third of the four so-called “rapid games,” each about a half-hour long, played as tie-breakers.Carlsen and Karjakin reached a draw in two, and the Norwegian won two for the championship.At crucial moments, spectators hushed, waiting to see what the next move would be. One whispered, “no, no” when Karjakin’s choice seemed halting, or on the defensive.Even the winner missed a chance in one game, drawing groans and a few happy shrieks, depending on loyalties.Organizers said about 6 million people around the world followed the last games – sort of like sudden death play in football.Most fans were in homes and clubs across the globe. Some spent $15 for a pay-per-view live transmission, others to watch via high-tech goggles in 3-D virtual reality or by tracking moves on various free websites.The prize was $1.1 million divided between the two players, with the winner getting 60 percent.The New York championship did not escape the shadow of East-West rivalry dating to the Cold War days when American Bobby Fischer beat Russian defender Boris Spassky in 1972.This time, a key figure in chess was absent in New York: Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, a Russian multimillionaire and longtime president of the governing World Chess Federation who was accused by the U.S. government of collaborating with the Syrian regime.last_img read more

‘Rooney should be loved like Totti’

first_imgEngland Eriksson: Rooney should be loved like Totti Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 09:28 10/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) WayneRooney - Cropped Getty Images England Italy Roma Everton WC Qualification Europe World Cup Premier League Serie A The former England boss believes the Everton striker deserves more respect from the Three Lions faithful Wayne Rooney deserved to be loved by England the way Francesco Totti was in Italy, according to Sven-Goran Eriksson.Rooney retired from internationals in August after scoring a record 53 goals in 119 appearances for England.But the Everton forward was still often and widely criticised despite his performances for the national team throughout his career. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Everton 11/8 to beat BrightonEriksson, in charge of England from 2001 to 2006, believes Rooney deserved better — comparing the 31-year-old to retired Italy and Roma great Totti.”The treatment of Wayne Rooney told me something about the way England fans view the national team,” the Swede wrote in the Daily Mail.”He’s the record goalscorer for both Manchester United and England: you can’t argue with that.”If Rooney had been Italian, he would have been loved like Francesco Totti was at Roma. You don’t criticise Totti in Italy. There might have been reasons to, sometimes, but you don’t touch him.”It isn’t like that with Wayne and England but I can tell you that he had to be dragged away from training because he loved to play and practice so much.”England have qualified for Russia 2018 as they set their sights on winning the World Cup for a second time and first since 1966.Eriksson believes a generation of England players, Rooney among them, were perhaps under-appreciated.”Was [Rooney] appreciated as he might have been as an England player? Maybe not,” he said.”You look at the way some of the big English players in the past, like Rooney and David Beckham, have been criticised and you have to ask: ‘What do you want these players to be?'”last_img read more

Australia captain Tim Paine has sledging spat with Kohli at second Test

first_img … 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. Australia sense victory in second Test after brutal day in Perth The Australia captain, Tim Paine, became embroiled in a sledging spat with his India counterpart Virat Kohli on the fourth day of the second Test in Perth.Paine pledged to tone down any words on the field following his appointment as captain in a bid to clean up the Australian team’s image and win back the public’s support after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa this year.Kohli had also indicated before the series that he would only take part in sledging if Australia started it. But that went out of the window as the pair clashed out in the middle having first exchanged words the previous evening. Umpire Chris Gaffaney was forced to intervene during the morning session, stepping in to come between the two players after Kohli questioned Paine’s batting technique. Kohli, walking in close to the wicket, then complained to the umpire when the duo came inches away from chest bumping as Paine raced through for a quick single.The former Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson told Fox Cricket: “Coming into the series and saying he [Kohli] wouldn’t initiate these kinds of stoushes and we saw a lot of that yesterday, the initiation when the bowlers were doing well and getting into Tim Paine. Look, I don’t mind the battles out there but if you’re going to say something like that in the papers or in the media and go against your word you’ve to expect something in return.”Paine then took things further when questioning whether the Indian players actually liked Kohli as he kept wicket during the tourists’ pursuit of 287 to take a 2-0 series lead. The 34-year-old was heard on the stump microphone saying: “I know he’s your captain but you can’t seriously like him as a bloke?”Surprisingly, Kohli did not receive a big send-off after edging Nathan Lyon to slip to depart for 17, leaving India 48 for three. Australia were on track to level the four-Test series after reducing India to 112 for five by the close, still 175 runs short of their victory target. Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Read more Reuse this contentcenter_img Virat Kohli India cricket team news Cricket Australia sport Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Australia cricket teamlast_img read more

a month agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson admits Benteke confidence rock bottom

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson admits Benteke confidence rock bottomby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson admits Christian Benteke’s confidence is rock bottom.The 28-year-old missed a fantastic opportunity to seal the victory in Palace’s last-gasp 1-1 draw with Wolves on Sunday, leaving him goalless for the season and with just four goals in his last 52 Premier League appearances.Hodgson said: “We cannot do more than we have been doing for a long period of time because unfortunately his confidence hasn’t been at the highest level because he hasn’t scored the goals that he wants to score, and the club want him to score.”But we work very hard with him to make certain that he realises there’s other aspects of his game that we appreciate and we still want him to give us every time he plays.”It’s not because he doesn’t try hard enough. It’s not because he doesn’t want to score goals badly. It just is a rut that he finds himself in and we’re working hard with him on the training field to try and help him to get out of it.” last_img read more

World Athletics Championships: India in 4x400m mixed relay final, secure Olympic berth

first_img Next India Today Web Desk DohaSeptember 28, 2019UPDATED: September 29, 2019 08:46 IST The Indian team (extreme right) finished behind Poland and Brazil to reach the 4x400m mixed relay final (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe Indian team finished 3rd, behind Poland and Brazil, with a time of 3:16.14sThe third-place finish also saw the Indian team secure their berth in the 2020 Tokyo OlympicsThe first heat saw the United States of America clinch victory with a world record time of 3:12.42sIndia finally had something to cheer about on Day 2 of the World Athletics Championships as the mixed relay team qualified for the final of the 4x400m by finishing third in the second heat of the semi-finals in Doha on Saturday.The Indian mixed relay team of Muhammed Anas, Vismaya, Krishna Mathew and Noah Nirmal finished behind Poland and Brazil with a time of 3:16.14s to reach the final. The third-place finish also saw the Indian team secure their berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as a result.India also edged out Belgium by two hundredths of a second with the latter finishing with a time of 3:16.16. They also bettered their previous season best of 3:16.47.The first heat saw the United States of America clinch victory with a world record time of 3:12.42s, ahead of Jamaica and Bahrain.Indian 4X400m Mixed Relay team has qualified for Tokyo Olympics by virtue of finishing in top 8 & qualifying for Finals of World Athletics Championships.India’s timing of 3:16.14 is SB and is 7th best amongst 16 teams in fray. #WorldAthleticsChamps https://t.co/wy1zUtY9S2India_AllSports (@India_AllSports) September 28, 2019Earlier, the Indian contingent had to deal with twin disappointments as ace sprinter Dutee Chand and MP Jabir both failed to advance in their respective events.Dutee Chand’s campaign ended after she crashed out in the first round of the women’s 100m while 400m hurdler MP Jabir made an exit in the semifinals.Dutee clocked 11.48 seconds in her heat, well below her season best which stands at 11.26s. Dutee had failed to meet the qualifying standards for world championships in 2019 but she made it to Doha meet after getting an invite from the IAAF.advertisementDutee finished in 37th place overall and also failed to secure a berth for the Tokyo Olympics as a result. The qualification standard for the 2020 Games was set at 11.15 seconds.Jabir on the other hand, finished fifth in men’s 400m hurdles semifinals heat number 3 and 16th overall among 24 runners with a time of 49.71 seconds. The top two finishers in each of the three semifinal heats and the next two fastest runners qualify for the finals.Reigning world champion Karsten Warholm of Norway led the runners into the finals with a timing of 48.28 seconds.Jabir had qualified for the semifinals with a timing of 49.62 seconds on Friday but he could not improve upon it on Saturday. He has a personal best of 49.13 which he had clocked this year.Also Read | World Athletics Championships: Dutee Chand fails to reach 100m semis, misses Olympic quotaAlso Read | World Athletics Championships: MP Jabir misses out on 400m hurdles finalFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow World Athletics ChampionshipsFollow India mixed relay team World Athletics Championships: India in 4x400m mixed relay final, secure Olympic berthThe Indian mixed relay team of Muhammed Anas, Vismaya, Krishna Mathew and Noah Nirmal finished behind Poland and Brazil with a time of 3:16.14s to reach the 4x400m final.advertisementlast_img read more

Government on Mission to Achieve Energy Security

first_img However, the Minister cautioned against complacency, noting that the importance of the sector to the Jamaican economy is such that maximum attention has to be paid at all times. Speaking at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) handover ceremony for two energy-efficiency projects in Black River, St. Elizabeth, recently, the Minister added that the ultimate goal is to reduce the cost of electricity, while modernising the energy sector. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Government is on a mission to revolutionise and diversify the energy sector, in order to put the country firmly on a path of achieving energy security. Story Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Government is on a mission to revolutionise and diversify the energy sector, in order to put the country firmly on a path of achieving energy security.Speaking at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) handover ceremony for two energy-efficiency projects in Black River, St. Elizabeth, recently, the Minister added that the ultimate goal is to reduce the cost of electricity, while modernising the energy sector.“Our commitment to this has driven the Ministry to consistently develop policies in a comprehensive regulatory framework, so as to govern the development of the energy sector as well as fuel sustainable economic growth for the nation,” Dr. Wheatley said.However, the Minister cautioned against complacency, noting that the importance of the sector to the Jamaican economy is such that maximum attention has to be paid at all times.“We cannot for one moment allow ourselves to become complacent. The first half of the last decade saw Jamaica spending an average of $13 billion annually on energy consumption. This was not only unsustainable; it also posed a direct threat to the achievement of prosperity for our people,” he argued.Dr. Wheatley further pointed out that it was because of that reality that the Government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) had to collaborate in designing and implementing a programme to reduce the consumption in the Ministries and Agencies and also the wider public sector.“Through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme, the Ministry continues to meet its goal of enhancing Jamaica’s energy efficiency and conservation potential,” he said.“We have been able to achieve this through the design and implementation of a number of projects, such as the installation of solar control films on the windows of government buildings, cool-roof applications to the roofs of the buildings as well as retrofitting and replacing old and inefficient air-conditioning systems,” the Minister added.Dr. Wheatley pointed out that the three-and-a-half-year-old programme has been very successful and encouraging, saving the Government some $100 million to date.last_img read more

Province Fully Funds EIBI Program

first_imgThe province wants families with autistic children to know that it continues to fully fund the Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) program. “Contrary to information that was circulating yesterday by the official Opposition, provincial funding for this invaluable program is, in fact, $8 million,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “We are committed to enhancing programs and services for people and families living with autism to ensure they receive the best possible treatment, support and care.” Half of the $8 million in funding is included in the 2013-14 provincial budget as part of the total budget for district health authorities, the IWK Health Centre and Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres. The other half has been phased in. “We know that programs like Early Intensive Behaviourial Intervention make a difference,” said Jocelyn Vine, vice-president of patient care for the IWK. “We are pleased that government continues to fund this program which has proven invaluable to families living with autism.” In 2011, the province released one of the most comprehensive plans to help children through the Early Intensive Behaviourial Intervention program and did away with a random draw. It is now available to all eligible children before starting school.The number of children seen by the program has continued to increase from 47 in 2011 to 143 in September 2012. “We are very pleased that government has honoured its commitment to increase funding to $8 million annually,” said Cynthia Carroll, executive director of Autism Nova Scotia. “This ensures that all children who qualify for this program will have access to treatment after diagnosis under the age of five years. It is a positive step forward for families and people living with autism.” Early Intensive Behaviourial Intervention works to improve functional skills including communications, social skills and behaviour, so children with autism can better communicate and interact with their families, classmates and community.For more information on the EIBI program, visit http://novascotia.ca/health/mhs/services_children.asp#Autism .last_img read more

Financial services to add 47800 new jobs in H1

first_imgMumbai: The financial services sector is likely to add 47,800 new jobs in the first half of this financial year following increasing focus on lending by banks and NBFC’s, according to a survey.”Despite the setbacks seen in NBFCs, the financial services sector has shown a positive outlook in terms of hiring. An important factor that has helped this sector grow is the penetration into the rural markets. The expansion will result in a surge of job opportunities in the tier-II and III cities,” TeamLease Services head of BFSI and government vertical Amit Vadera said. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsTier II cities are projected to witness 5 per cent growth in hiring sentiment during April-September followed by tier III towns and rural areas at 2 per cent each and financial services will play an active role in bolstering this, Vadera said quoting the company’s ‘Employment Outlook’ report for April-September. The survey was done across 19 sectors and 14 geographies among 775 enterprises in India and 85 businesses across the globe to evaluate employment outlook trends. According to the survey Delhi topped the list for cities with 5,420 new jobs, closely followed by Mumbai.last_img read more

RCMP trial on labour code violations in NB shooting hears from tactical

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. – Research into carbine rifles for frontline Mounties was shelved amidst a firestorm of controversy related to the 2007 Tasering death of Robert Dziekanski, an RCMP expert testified Tuesday at the national police force’s trial on charges of violating the Canada Labour Code.The allegations against the RCMP stem from its response to Justin Bourque’s 2014 shooting rampage in Moncton, N.B., which claimed the lives of three officers and left two others wounded. Bourque shot each of the officers with a semi-automatic assault rifle.Police use of the C8 carbine, also a high-powered assault rifle, became a central focus in the fallout from the Moncton shootings. At the time, officers complained they were outgunned by Bourque because they did not have carbines, which have a greater range than the officers’ standard-issue pistols.Testifying in Moncton provincial court, RCMP Supt. Bruce Stuart said he wrote a briefing note in 2006 that recommended the force look at using carbine rifles, but after the deadly stun gun incident involving RCMP officers at the Vancouver International Airport on Oct. 14, 2007, his focus was shifted to conducted energy weapons, such as the Taser.“It triggered a storm nationally in regards to media and public interest, and I think not only the RCMP, but police agencies across Canada had a general feeling there was a risk of losing a weapon that law enforcement felt was a good tool,” Stuart told Judge Leslie Jackson.“That became the focus of everything we did over the next several years.”Stuart was the first witness to testify at the trial. The charges against the RCMP allege it failed to provide members and supervisors with the appropriate information, instruction and training in an active-shooter event, and didn’t give members the appropriate equipment.Court heard Stuart was later told by an RCMP deputy commissioner that “nothing” had been happening with the carbine issue since the Tasering incident in B.C. and subsequent backlash.“He basically said there were other priorities and this had fallen off the list of priorities,” the 26-year veteran of the RCMP said, adding that the conversation had taken place sometime between 2008 and 2010.Stuart, a certified carbine instructor, said calls for members to be armed with long guns rather than pistols came after a 2006 shooting in Spiritwood, Sask., in which two Mounties were killed by rifle fire.He said a 2010 report by an independent researcher found there was a firearms capability gap that needed to be remedied.Stuart, who helped research that report, said it found in the case of Spiritwood, officers felt ill-equipped to take on someone wielding a rifle.C8 carbines were eventually approved by the RCMP’s senior executive committee in September 2011, more than two and a half years before the Moncton shootings, Stuart testified.He said the carbines would start rolling out in a year and that threat assessments would be conducted to determine which RCMP divisions would receive them first. He later said that, in his opinion, he would have proceeded with a national rollout.Crown prosecutor Paul Adams is expected to continue questioning Stuart on Wednesday.Adams has said the majority of the officers in Moncton who responded to the active-shooter call on June 4, 2014 lacked full training and requalification in firearms.In his opening comments Monday, Adams said some of the fatalities could have been avoided had the force complied with labour laws.Retired assistant commissioner Alphonse MacNeil, who issued 64 recommendations in the wake of the Moncton shootings, has said the carbine could have made a difference in that incident and they should be rolled out faster.Earlier this year, the force said it has completed 42 of the 64 recommendations in MacNeil’s 2015 report.It said more than 3,300 RCMP officers across Canada had been trained to use of the carbine, and that number is expected to double over the next year.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

French Reality Stars Nabilla and Thomas Vergara Celebrate Babymoon in Marrakech

Rabat – Newly-wed French reality stars, Nabilla and Thomas Vergara, chose Marrakech as their “babymoon” getaway.The couple, who married on May 7 in London, chose to trade Paris’ gray streets for the warmth of Morocco’s ochre city before their baby arrives. Nabilla, often dubbed by the media as the “French Kardashian,” made sure to share the holiday snaps with her 4.3 million Instagram followers.One photo shows the brunette beauty standing in an archway of The Selman, one of Marrakech’s most luxurious hotels, with the caption “Good morning Marrakech.” Nabilla also posted a snapshot flaunting her newlywed bliss. The photo shows Thomas Vergara kissing her on the forehead while cradling her baby bump, with the beautiful backdrop of Marrakech’s landscape. Nabilla captioned the photo “Little love trip before we welcome our little angel.” View this post on Instagram Petit voyage en amoureux en attendant notre petit ange A post shared by Nabilla Vergara (@nabilla) on Jun 15, 2019 at 3:02am PDT Read also: ‘Desert Design’: Berber Carpets Added to Museum Collection in Marrakech read more

Myanmar must act now to promote democracy or face years of instability

“It is up to them to choose how to respond to the aspirations of their people and to the expectations and encouragement of the international community,” he says in his latest report on the situation of human rights in Myanmar to the General Assembly. “I believe that this choice may determine the prospects for peace, democracy and prosperity for the coming generations.”Mr. Ban voices disappointment and concern that meaningful steps have yet to be taken by the Myanmar Government following the recent visit by his Special Adviser Ibrahim Gambari, calling the house arrest of Ms. Suu Kyi “a serious setback to the prospects of genuine national reconciliation, democratic transition and the rule of law…“The Government’s failure to release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is a missed opportunity for Myanmar to signal its commitment to a new era of political openness,” he adds, laying out three immediate concerns that must be addressed to ensure the credibility of the political process, with elections scheduled for next year.These are: the release of all political prisoners and their free participation in political life; the commencement of dialogue between the Government, the opposition and ethnic stakeholders; and the creation of conditions conducive to credible and legitimate elections.“Now is the time for the Myanmar Government to address these concerns in order to ensure that the political process serves the interest of all of the people of Myanmar, in a way that is unifying rather than divisive and that is broadly acceptable to the international community,” he writes.“In this regard, I expect that the Government will take the necessary steps consistent with its commitments to ensure that the elections are fully inclusive, participatory and transparent, and are prepared and conducted in accordance with international standards.”He also calls on the Government, in cooperation with the international community, to move from ceasefire agreements with a majority of armed ethnic groups to durable peace.“This requires the exercise by both sides of maximum flexibility in negotiations that must be responsive to their respective concerns and interests, including those on the future status of armed groups, addressing of local development needs and curtailment of criminal activities in border areas,” he says. “Equally important to the prospects of durable peace and democracy is the need to address the pressing humanitarian and socio-economic challenges facing the people of Myanmar,” he adds, calling for unlocking the country’s economic potential and harnessing Myanmar to rapid advances taking place elsewhere in the region to overcome poverty, raise living standards, promote social peace and pave the way for broader change. 24 September 2009The time has come for Myanmar’s leaders to make “clear and fundamental choices” – release democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners and hold legitimate elections or else face generations of instability and poverty – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today. read more

Sudan UN condemns harassment of its peacekeepers in Southern Kordofan

17 June 2011The United Nations today strongly condemned the detention and abuse by the Sudanese armed forces of four UN peacekeepers who were on patrol in Kadugli, the main town in Southern Kordofan, where fighting is raging between the northern and southern armies. The harassment of the peacekeepers was blamed on members of the northern army known as the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York.“The Sudanese Armed Forces, the [southern] Sudan People’s Liberation Army [SPLA] and other armed groups must immediately stop intimidating and harassing UN staff, who are critical to provide the necessary humanitarian assistance to the vulnerable populations,” said Mr. Nesirky.He said security and the humanitarian situation in Southern Kordofan remained of very serious concern amid intermittent fighting, shelling and military build-up in various areas of the state.In the other disputed area of Abyei, the UN peacekeeping Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) confirmed that six shells fired by SAF earlier today landed 150 metres away from an UNMIS base in Agok. There is no report of casualties.“We are in the process of verifying the details, as the SAF is claiming the shelling was part of an exercise, while the SPLA is stating that the SAF shelling was targeting SPLA positions and intimidating the local population around Agok. It remains to be determined precisely what happened,” said the UN spokesperson.“Both sides must stop military actions, which are not only a threat to the UN in the area but to the local populations in the area,” he added.Yesterday, a UNMIS team landing in Magennes – a contested area along the border of Upper Nile and Southern Kordofan states – was briefly detained by Government of Sudan police. The UNMIS team was accompanied by two members of the United Kingdom and United States consulates in Juba, the capital of Southern Sudan.According to the Government of Sudan officials in the area, the flight did not have the requisite landing authorization, although UNMIS had obtained flight clearances from the Government of Southern Sudan in Juba. The entire team was released and returned to Malakal in Upper Nile state and no one was harmed in the incident.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), meanwhile, reported that the situation in Abyei remains tense and volatile a month since fighting resulted in the displacement of nearly 113,000 people.Clashes between SAF and SPLA were also reported on Wednesday near the Banton Bridge in Abyei, according to OCHA, which added that UNMIS had confirmed the movement of SAF troops from Abyei town southwards towards the bridge and that of SPLA forces northwards from Agok town and Twic county.An inter-agency food security and livelihood assessment team last week visited Wunrok, Mayan Abun, Turalei and Agok, where internally displaced persons (IDPs) who fled Abyei when it was taken over by SAF on 21 May found that the prices of staple food, such as sorghum, have increased by 40 per cent in local markets.The spike in food prices is a cause for concern considering that rainfall is expected to intensify in two weeks rendering roads to Agok impassable, a factor that will reduce grain supplies to the area, according to OCHA.A second convoy of 13 trucks carrying humanitarian aid, including fuel and other non-food items, was due to depart from Juba today headed for Wunrok, Turalei and Kwajok in Warrap state, Malualkon and Aweil in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal state, and Wau in Western Bahr el-Ghazal. Warehouses have been erected in Wunrok and Turalei and another store is under construction in Agok, according to OCHA.This year’s joint funding appeal for humanitarian work in Sudan, which is seeking $1.7 billion, has currently received $731 million.In Southern Kordofan, insecurity and restrictions on movement of humanitarian personnel continue to severely limit access to IDPs around Kadugli and other areas, OCHA reported.As part of an inter-agency response, members of the Humanitarian Country Team have called for the creation of humanitarian corridors, particularly between Kadugli and El Obeid, to allow the safe passage of people who wish to leave.OCHA reiterated its call on all parties to the conflict in Southern Kordofan to refrain from targeting civilians and using indiscriminate military tactics. The Office urged them to respect and protect civilians and allow access to them by emergency aid workers as required under international humanitarian law.Josette Sheeran, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), expressed deep concern over the escalating conflict in Southern Kordofan, saying that further fighting may undermine the agency’s efforts to reach the 400,000 people it was feeding before the latest outbreak of violence.In a related development, the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kang Kyung-wha, will begin an eight-day mission to Sudan on Monday.During the mission, Ms. Kang is due to visit Khartoum, Southern Sudan, Darfur and the Transitional Areas, and meet high-ranking officials, including the Vice-President of Southern Sudan, the country’s Foreign Minister and the Chief Justice.In Darfur, she will visit several camps for IDPs and places of detention. She will also use the opportunity to raise key issues and lend her support to human rights defenders. read more

Amnesty calls for urgent action on Jaffna students

The AI statement says it is not known if the students have been formally charged. Sri Lankan media reports that they are being questioned about their alleged involvement in a petrol bomb attack on the office of a local political organisation, as well as their involvement in organising demonstrations. The London based human rights group Amnesty International (AI) has called for urgent action with regards to the university students arrested in Jaffna last week.The four students were arrested on 1 December in Jaffna by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) of the police. AI says they are being held in Vavuniya for interrogation and are at risk of torture. P. Tharshananth, Sanmugam Solaman, Kanesamoorthy Sutharsan and K. Jenemajeyamenan were arrested without warrants in Jaffna. There are concerns for their well-being given evidence of the persistent use of torture in TID custody.Their arrests come after several days of student protests following efforts by the security forces to suppress peaceful commemorations of Maaveerar Naal (Heroes Day), a day of remembrance established by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The AI statement added that on 27 November security forces broke up a lamp lighting ceremony at the women’s hostel at Jaffna University, reportedly breaking lamps, threatening students and pointing weapons at them.“The following day students responded with a silent protest and short march and held placards denouncing the restrictions on freedom of expression. At least 20 undergraduates were injured and beaten by riot police and officers in civilian dress, including Sanmugam Solaman. Security forces allege that the students had thrown stones at them, prompting them to react; university staff told local media that the event was peaceful until the authorities attacked the marchers,” the AI statement said. read more

Germany extends ban on Saudi arms sales

BERLIN — Germany has extended its ban on defence industry exports to Saudi Arabia for another six months, despite some calls for it to be relaxed in the wake of the recent attacks on the country’s oil production facilities.The government said Wednesday the ban had been extended for six months until March 31, 2020, when it will again be considered.A ban with many loopholes was initially put in place over humanitarian concerns with the war with Yemen in 2017, then tightened last year after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.An influential lawmaker in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party suggested Monday loosening the ban to allow the export of defensive weapons, but Merkel on Tuesday said she didn’t see “any conditions for changing” German’s stance.The Associated Press read more

Viacom posts 4 pct increase in 2ndqtr net income on strong results

Viacom posts 4 pct increase in 2nd-qtr net income on strong results at TV networks division NEW YORK, N.Y. – Viacom said Thursday that its second-quarter profit rose 4 per cent, boosted by strong results at its TV networks that offset a decline at its movie-making business.Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman noted during a conference call with analysts that ratings rose on a year-over-year basis at many of the New York company’s networks including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1, CMT Spike and TV Land.He added that Nickelodeon took the top spot among networks for kids age two to 11 for the second-straight quarter and posted a 4 per cent increase in revenue, while two of its top competitors posted declines.The company’s total advertising revenue increased 3 per cent, while domestic advertising increased 2 per cent. For the current quarter, the company expects domestic advertising growth in the “middle-single digits,” Dauman said.Meanwhile, total affiliate revenue increased 10 per cent.For the quarter ended March 31, earned $502 million, or $1.13 per share. That was up from $478 million, or 96 cents per share, a year earlier.Revenue edged up 1 per cent to $3.17 billion from $3.14 billion.Analysts polled by FactSet expected a profit of $1.05 per share on $3.19 billion in revenue.While media networks revenue rose 6 per cent to $2.38 billion, revenue at the company’s filmed entertainment arm, which includes Paramount Pictures, fell 12 per cent to $831 million.Dauman pointed to the success of the Paramount films “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Noah” during the quarter and said that the company is optimistic about its summer releases of “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” ”Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Hercules.”Dauman also addressed the upcoming departure of Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert, saying that the network “looks forward to sending him off in style these next eight months” and is also excited about the chance to “reinvent late night television again beginning in 2015.”Colbert is slated take over for a retiring David Letterman on CBS’ ‘Late Show” next year.Viacom Inc. also said Thursday that it’s buying Britain’s Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd. for 450 million euros (about $757 million), increasing its investment in U.K-produced content.The commercial public service broadcaster is watched by more than 80 per cent of the U.K. population monthly. Viacom said it expects it to complement its pay TV networks.Viacom Class B shares fell $1.40, or 1.7 per cent, to $83.58 in morning trading. Its shares are down more than 3 per cent so far this year. FILE – This Jan. 19, 2010 file photo shows the Viacom logo above the entrance to Viacom’s headquarters, in New York. Viacom reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, May 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2014 5:39 am MDT read more

New V8 diesel engine begins production at Ford Dagenham

A new state-of-the-art twin-turbo 3.6-litre V8 engine is now being produced at Ford’s Dagenham Diesel Centre, further strengthening the site’s status as global centre for diesel engineering and manufacturing. More than £12.2 million has been invested in the development and manufacture of the new V8, bringing the total spent at Dagenham to £644.2 million since it became Ford’s centre of excellence for diesel. It was opened by the Prime Minister in 2003 and a total of 2,350 engineers and production operators will make up to 700,000 engines this year. From next year, Dagenham will also assemble 1.4 and 1.6 diesel engines, taking the site’s production beyond a million units a year. The new V8 engine has been exclusively engineered and produced by Dagenham’s specialist engineers.They are gearing up to production volumes of up to 25,000 V8 units a year. The cylinder heads for the V8 will be machined in Dagenham’s adjacent original engine plant, where V6 machining already takes place. Dagenham is the source for half of Ford Motor Company’s diesel engine requirements globally. Around one in four engines in Ford Motor Company vehicles worldwide were built in Britain – assembled either at Dagenham or Bridgend engine plant, in Wales. Phil Lake, Ford’s chief diesel engineer, said, ‘This new V8 engine underlines Ford Motor Company’s commitment to engineering and manufacturing in the UK. It is a credit to Dagenham where employees have embraced their role as diesel specialists – engineering and producing advanced quality engines.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Quality Control (QC) Inspector at CutisPharmaFull-Time Residential Life Coach at NuPath, Inc.Part-Time Movers/Drivers/General Laborers at Two Men And A TruckFull-Time Business Acct Exec 3, SMB Direct Sales at ComcastPart-Time Seasonal Cashier at TargetFull-Time Branch Operations Manager at Lennox InternationalPart-Time Quality Engineering Intern at Analog DevicesFull-Time EBPP Product Manager at Tyler Technologies, Inc.Part-Time Cook at LaRosa’sThe UPS Store (668 Main Street, Wilmington) is hiring. We are looking for someone to work 2:00 to 7:00 two to three days a week plus Saturdays from 9:00 to 3:00. Requirements: Must have excellent customer service skills. Must have computer skills. Must be able to work independently. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Graphic printing experience a plus. Please contact Laurie at 978-988-8009, Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 2:00.(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS Perfect 10Day Trip For History Buffs Set For September

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a recent announcement from the Wilmington Recreation DepartmentCalling all History Buffs! Wilmington Recreation has an amazing trip to see all the major historical sites of the Northeast! We take care of all the details – once you’re registered you can sit back, relax and enjoy this wonderful tour!We’ll be staying in New York City, Gettysburg, Charlottesville, Williamsburg and Washington, D.C. on this 10 day trip. We’ll have guided tours of New York City, Philadelphia, Gettysburg Battlefield, Monticello, Mount Vernon and Washington D.C. And there’s more! We’ve got lots of fun activities included like visits to the Reading Terminal Market, the Gettysburg Museum of History, Eisenhower’s home, time in Colonial Williamsburg, the American Revolution Museum and even a tour and tasting at a winery (wine is very historic, you know)!Our package includes motor coach transportation from Wilmington throughout the tour until we reach Washington D.C, and then we’ll enjoy a quick flight home from D.C. We also include 9 nights accommodations in quality hotels, 13 meals, admission fees, a Tour Director, taxes and gratuities (except Tour Director and Driver).This trip runs September 6 – 15, 2019 (a great time to travel!), and is $2,650 p.p.d.o. (single and triple rates are also available).To register, or if you have any questions, please call the Wilmington Recreation Dept. at 978-658-4270.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Mother’s Day Gift Ideas From The Recreation DepartmentIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Northeast Historical Tour in September; Vermont Day Trip In OctoberIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Day Trip To New York City On October 19In “Community”last_img read more