Struggling Sauber to miss Barcelona F1 test

first_imgSauber will not take part in Formula One’s first in-season test in Barcelona after next week’s Spanish Grand Prix, the financially struggling Swiss team said on Tuesday.Sauber cited two main reasons for the decision in an announcement on Twitter — the absence of car updates and the lack of a test driver who meets the requirements.The 2016 sporting regulations stipulate that teams must allocate at least two of the four in-season test days to young drivers.Sauber, whose technical director Mark Smith left in March, were the last team to test their 2016 car before the season started and are going through financial difficulties.They confirmed recently that monthly salaries were paid late in February and March.The team were also paid an advance, along with two other outfits, on their 2016 revenues from the commercial rights holder at the end of last year to tide them through the European winter months.Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn was absent from last weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.”We have financial difficulties, it’s not a secret. The good thing is that we are still around. We are working hard to solve all the problems but it’s not easy,” team manager Beat Zehnder told reporters in Sochi.”An annual budget this year is just a massive one and to just cover it by sponsors and the income from (F1 commercial supremo) Bernie (Ecclestone) is just not sufficient,” he added.Zehnder said exchange rate changes had added to the difficulties, with many sponsorship contracts paid in U.S. dollars or Euros while Sauber’s salaries are paid in the ‘safe haven’ Swiss currency.advertisement”In 2007 one dollar was 1.5 Swiss Francs. Now we have parity. So whatever we have on income in dollars is now worth less,” said Zehnder.Sauber, who have been in Formula One since 1993, have yet to score a point in four races this season with Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson and Brazilian Felipe Nasr.last_img read more

Pep talk with Rahul Dravid gave me confidence: Amit Mishra to India Today

first_imgBy fate or by choice, Amit Mishra has somehow always managed to stay away from the spotlight.So, it is almost certain that you won’t hear much about him even after he takes a five-wicket haul in an ODI – like he did against New Zealand in Vizag last October. Or, when he takes another hat-trick in the IPL – he missed taking his fourth one in the tournament the other night.Remind him that he is the second highest wicket-taker in the history of IPL, 127 till now and behind only Lasith Malinga, and Mishra just laughs it off.”Frankly, I didn’t know the exact number. The first game of this season (against Bangalore) was a forgettable one. But, I am relieved now that I managed three wickets in the last one against Pune,” he tells India Today a day ahead of Delhi Daredevils’ first home game against Kings XI Punjab on Saturday.The 34-year-old leggie missed the one-off Test against Bangladesh and the entire series vs Australia after getting injured in the last T20 match against England in February.While his teammates were involved in an intense Test series against the Aussies, a frustrated Mishra watched all the action on TV sitting in his hotel room in Bangalore while recuperating at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).  “I have done a lot of hard work to make a comeback this year. I was not sure of playing the IPL this year as the injury happened too close to the tournament. I was confused, didn’t know what was happening, and when things didn’t go my way in the first game of the tournament, the pressure caught up and also the fear of not living up to the expectations.advertisement”Luckily, we have people in the (Daredevils) team management who have played cricket at the highest level. Rahul (Dravid) bhai could sense what was happening and sat with me. He gave me confidence and told me to relax as any player takes time to return to form after a long injury layoff. That chat helped me a lot,” says Mishra.Setback, comeback, confidence, dejection, rejection, are words which Mishra has carried in his kitbag throughout his career. But, IPL has always played a big role to put him in India team bus on a number of occasions.”I am really, really happy with my performance in the IPL. I was dropped from the Indian team for five years and then came the first season of the IPL in 2008. I got a hat-trick and people started recognising me. That also opened the door for an India comeback. Also, I changed the perception that a leg spinner can’t bowl in an ODI or a T20. Now, every team goes for a quality leg spinner at the auction. I don’t want to take the entire credit but yes, I did help in changing the viewpoint about leg spinners.”Injuries have always come at a wrong point in Mishra’s career, especially when it comes to Tests. Every time he was out of the team, a new talent was unearthed thus making his comeback all the more difficult.Having a skipper like Virat Kohli, an ardent follower of five-bowler theory, and playing 13 Tests at home was a big plus for the likes of Mishra, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.”Virat has a very good cricketing sense. He knows what his bowler wants. He is younger than me but stills possesses a great knowledge about the game. He makes all the right moves, never tells me where to bowl, what to bowl and gives no specific instruction. He gives me the freedom to set my field and supports whatever variation I plan to bowl.”Before every IPL season, Mishra sits down to do his homework diligently. He says it is necessary to outwit batsmen who come up with a new shot every year.A good haul in the IPL will also take him closer to grabbing a slot in the Indian squad for the Champions Trophy. Not that Mishra was ever out of contention considering that he was India’s top wicket-taker in the ODI series against New Zealand with 15 wickets, including a fifer, last year.  “Yes, I did well against the Kiwis. But, I don’t want to think about Champions Trophy selection right now. Every time I look too far ahead, I have ended up putting more pressure on myself. I am happy to strike form in the IPL right now and just want to continue with it.”last_img read more

Premier League: Chelsea beat Arsenal in thriller, Harry Kane breaks jinx

first_imgChelsea beat Arsenal 3-2 in a pulsating London Premier League derby on Saturday with defender Marcos Alonso scoring an 81st-minute winner after the Gunners had fought back from an early 2-0 deficit.In a hectic first half, Chelsea went ahead in the ninth minute when Pedro buried a cross by Alonso. Out-of-form striker Alvaro Morata scored only his second league goal of 2018, fed by a through ball from Cesar Azpilicueta 11 minutes later.Arsenal clawed their way back into the game in the 37th minute when Henrikh Mkhitaryan drilled in a low shot that Kepa Arrizabalaga — the world’s most expensive goalkeeper making his home debut — could not keep out. Alex Iwobi made it 2-2 four minutes later as Arsenal exploited Chelsea’s vulnerability on the flanks.In a tighter second half, neither side could carve out as many chances but Alonso settled the game when Belgium winger Eden Hazard, on as a substitute, carved open the Arsenal defence for the Spanish defender to finish in Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s first home game in charge. Harry finally score in the month of AugustHarry Kane finally ended his August goalscoring drought as England’s World Cup luminaries inspired Tottenham Hotspur to a morale-boosting 3-1 win over newcomers Fulham on Saturday.At the end of a week when news of their delayed move to their new stadium left fans frustrated, Spurs gave them plenty to cheer at their temporary home with England captain Kane and Kieran Trippier, who scored a glorious free kick, guiding them to victory.advertisementSpurs’ first-half dominance was rewarded by Lucas Moura’s clinical 43rd minute strike, his first league goal. However, Fulham hit back after the break as Aleksandar Mitrovic, soon after hitting the post, nodded home a 52nd-minute equaliser while on the floor.Three minutes after Trippier’s beauty, a similar effort to his strike against Croatia in the World Cup semi-final, Kane, who had already had an early goal disallowed and hit the bar, at last broke his August hoodoo.He was delighted that his 77th minute clinical finish ended the statistical oddity that he had never previously scored a Premier League goal in 14 attempts in that particular month. Leicester ease to victory over Wolves despite Vardy redLeicester City had Jamie Vardy sent off but it did not stop them from recording a comfortable 2-0 home victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the on Saturday.The Foxes led at the half-hour mark through a Matt Doherty own goal, the defender heading in just as Wolves were on top at the King Power Stadium.New signing James Maddison, who impressed in Leicester’s opening defeat by Manchester United, curled in his first Premier League goal on the stroke of halftime.The hosts were reduced to 10 men when Vardy, making his first start of the season, was shown a straight red for a high tackle on Doherty but Wolves were unable to capitalise. Silva and Richarlison help Everton beat SouthamptonNew Everton manager Marco Silva fielded 10 of the players he inherited from Sam Allardyce in the 2-1 win over Southampton on Saturday but the one who came in made all the difference.After scoring just five goals for Watford last season, Brazilian winger Richarlison has begun life at Everton with three in his first two games and marked his opening game at Goodison Park with a bullet header.It was precisely the sort of finish that explains why Silva, who once bought him for Watford, invested a further 40 million pounds ($51 million) in making the 21-year-old central to his hopes of an Everton revival. Wilson shines as Bournemouth beat West Ham 2-1Callum Wilson scored a stunning goal which helped Bournemouth come from behind in a 2-1 victory at West Ham United on Saturday and stretched their fine start to two wins in as many games.Wilson powered his way past four defenders on the hour to cancel out Marko Arnautovic’s first-half penalty and defender Steve Cook headed in a 66th-minute winner from a Ryan Fraser free kick.West Ham, in contrast, slipped to the bottom of the table after a second successive defeat following a 4-0 drubbing by Liverpool in the opening round, piling early pressure on their new manager Manuel Pellegrini. Kenedy penalty miss costs Newcastle UnitedNewcastle United’s loan signing Kenedy ended with the Brazilian having a penalty saved with almost the final kick of a dismal and goalless stalemate at Cardiff City.With Newcastle down to 10 men after a straight red card for Isaac Hayden, Kenedy spurned a golden and unlikely chance to steal all three points, putting a seal on one of the most inauspicious individual displays seen in the Premier League.advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

a month ago​Chelsea hero Nevin: Kepa should be unhappy with goal record

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea hero Nevin: Kepa should be unhappy with goal recordby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea legend Pat Nevin believes that goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will not be happy about his start to the season.The young goalkeeper has already conceded 14 goals in the first six competitive games of the season.While he has not been at fault for a significant majority of those goals, Nevin believes conceding so many will bother Kepa.The Spaniard will be hoping to get his first clean sheet of the season soon enough.”Chelsea this season have already given away 11 goals in just five games, that is the second most in the entire league after Norwich with 12!” Nevin wrote on the club’s official website.”The thing is, that can happen if you play such open, high-tempo football and you have a young team who are learning, even if they are learning very fast.”The positive flip side of course is that we are third top scorers in the league after Man City and Liverpool, this time scoring 11.”They are by a distance the most extreme goal statistics in the league, underlining just how exciting it has been.”In fact only Man City fans have watched more goals in their side’s matches, 23 to our 22, a measly one more for the reigning champions.”Frank will be working hard to reduce the slippage at the back and I am sure it is not making Kepa particularly happy, but as long as we keep scoring it will be fun.” last_img read more

Bayern rubbish Sane reports

first_imgBayern Munich have flatly rejected speculation they have completed a deal to sign Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.The Germany international has been linked with a switch to the Bundesliga champions in one of this summer’s longest-running transfer sagas.On Thursday Bild and Kicker had reported that the transfer was completed and that Sane would make the move for a fee of €100 million (£91m/$110m), and would sign a five-year deal, but Bayern took to Twitter to deny those claims. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The reported fee would have been a Bundesliga record, as would the €20 million a year some outlets reported Sane would receive as salary.“News reports made today stating that Leroy Sane has decided to join FC Bayern do no correspond to the facts,” the club’s tweet stated.The club’s denial that a deal has taken place is unlikely to quell discussion of the transfer.Earlier this week Bayern head coach Niko Kovac was forced to apologise to Pep Guardiola after he said he was ‘confident’ a deal would get done.Kovac also said he was sorry to Bayern after coming in for criticism for his comments by Chief Executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.Rummenigge said he “did not like” Kovac’s comments and Salihamidzic said the club was “well advised not to talk about other players.”For his part Kovac promised to “restrain” himself in future.News reports made today stating that Leroy Sané has decided to join FC Bayern do not correspond to the facts.— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 1, 2019The head coach has described Sane as Bayern’s “dream player” while club legend Lotthar Matthaus has said the 23-year-old could be the “new face of the club”.All the speculation does not alter the fact that Sane remains a Manchester City player and one they have offered a contract extension.Sane played and scored a brace in a pre-season friendly against Kitchee on July 24 and afterwards Guardiola said he would be “sad” if Sane decided to leave the club.The Spanish manager has previously said he wouldn’t stand in his way if the player really wanted to leave.Sane tallied 10 goals and 11 assists for City last term, though he seemed to fall out of favour at the back end of the season, starting on the bench in some key games.last_img read more

SI Writer Makes Bold Iowa NFL Draft Prediction

first_img Sports Illustrated‘s Albert Breer released a new 2020 mock draft, with A.J. Epenesa going No. 6 overall.Breer likes the Detroit Lions to go with a Hawkeye for the second straight year, after taking tight end T.J. Hockenson in the 2019 first round.From Breer’s mock:The Big Ten’s sack leader returns as, along with (Ohio State’s Chase) Young, the most fearsome defender in the conference. Because of how Kirk Ferentz runs his program, Epenesa had to wait his turn to start—in 2018, he made first-team all-conference while backing up senior Parker Hesse (who went undrafted and has been moved to tight end by the Titans since). There are a few questions about how Epenesa will play the run in the pros, after splitting time last year. But his tools are off the charts. And so I have the Lions dipping into the Hawkeye well for a second straight year.Impressively, this isn’t even the most bullish projection wew’ve seen for Epenesa.In late May, RotoWorld draft analyst Thor Nystrom projected Epenesa as the No. 2 player off the board next year.[Sports Illustrated] Iowa's A.J. Epenesa reaches for Northwewstern's Clayton Thorson.IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 10: Quarterback Clayton Thorson #18 of the Northwestern Wildcats breaks a tackle in the second half from defensive end A.J. Epenesa #94 of the Iowa Hawkeyes, on November 10, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)The hype entering the 2019 season is incredibly real for Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa.The star defensive end didn’t even start during the 2018 season, and yet put up pretty huge numbers. Last year, he led the Big Ten with 10.5 sacks from off the bench.With a trio of experienced Iowa defensive linemen gone from last year’s team, Epenesa will finally start, and is expected to take on a bigger role. That means adding to his game and becoming a more well-rounded player.Athlon Sports has Epenesa as a preseason All-American. He’s also garnered some serious NFL Draft hype.last_img read more

Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor with Smithsonian Channel’s “The Lost Tapes”

first_imgDecember 7, 2016 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Attack by the Japanese Imperial Navy, a date that has for over seven decades “lived in infamy.”To commemorate the attack that prompted the United States to enter WWII, Smithsonian Channel will premiere its new documentary series The Lost Tapes with its first installment: The Lost Tapes: Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 4 at 9:00 pm ET/PT.Using archival footage, audio, radio reports, and rarely seen photographs, The Lost Tapes presents the events to the viewer as if they were occurring in real-time. With no interviews and narration, the series forces the viewer to experience the confusion and near pandemonium that occurred in Honolulu on that shocking day. Some of the primary media used in the series haven’t been seen for 70 years.“This is TV at its most raw, its most visceral,” said David Royle, Smithsonian’s Executive Vice President of Programming and Production. “It’s a unique approach. It plunges us into the midst of events, lets us witness the drama unfolding as if we were there at the time, and allows us to make up our own minds. It only uses contemporary reports and images and has an immediacy that is always fascinating and sometimes shocking.”Smithsonian’s production team searched archives around the world to find previously unseen or unknown film, images, and radio reports. One of the most revealing of these finds is the only known live-radio broadcast recorded during the attack on Honolulu–made by a reporter for KGU from the roof of a local printing company. In the recording, the reporter is so shocked by the scene that lay before him he remarks, seemingly more to himself than to his audience, “It is no joke. This is a real war,” before being interrupted by a city telephone operator who disconnects the call in order to clear the line for emergency communications. The broadcast lasted for less than three minutes.Covering not only the attack itself, but the aftermath, The Lost Tapes introduces viewers to the first White House Statement on the attack, given not by President Roosevelt, but by the First Lady, Eleanor, who assured Americans that not only would they be able to face the unknown of imminent global war, but that they would face it with courage, conviction, and unity. The documentary also highlights President Roosevelt’s address to congress requesting a declaration of war on Japan, which ends to thunderous applause and images of thousands of young men signing up with the military to fight for their country.Further episodes of The Lost Tapes will air next year, timed to the anniversaries of the events they cover: the LA riots of 1992 spawned by the acquittal of four police officers charged with excessive force against Rodney King; the terror and capture of serial killer Son of Sam in 1977; and the kidnapping of Patty Hearst, the granddaughter of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst, by the Symbionese Liberation Army, which ended in her arrest in 1975.“The Lost Tapes: Pearl Harbor” airs Sunday, December 4th at 9:00 ET/PT.  What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best History Books You Will Ever Read Filson’s New Collection Honors Smokey Bear and the U.S. Fire Service 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now last_img read more

$300 Million to Boost Community Tourism Activities

first_img Speaking at the official launch of M-Academy at the Chinese Benevolent Association, Old Hope Road in St. Andrew on April 11, Mr. Bartlett said the money will be spent in 63 communities across the country to have small events and activities to attract more visitors, and increase the earnings of small tourism suppliers. Story Highlights Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says $300 million has been budgeted to boost community tourism activities across the island.Speaking at the official launch of M-Academy at the Chinese Benevolent Association, Old Hope Road in St. Andrew on April 11, Mr. Bartlett said the money will be spent in 63 communities across the country to have small events and activities to attract more visitors, and increase the earnings of small tourism suppliers.“Once you create that capacity within the communities to be able to convert knowledge into material things and events, you are going to invite tourism into the community, and that’s what I’m about.It’s about increasing growth and increasing development, so tourism is not about the coastline but the experiences are in the communities, and so we want to build out that capacity,” he said.The Minister further added that the building out of more tourism activities is critical and will redound to the continued development of the industry.“We are going to work with the Tourism Linkages Network, because we have budgets to deal with that… to help to build capacity within communities,” he said.The primary objective of the Tourism Linkages Network is to increase the consumption of goods and services that can be competitively sourced locally. It also aims to create employment while generating and retaining the country’s foreign exchange earning potential.In the meantime, the Minister lauded the creation of the M-Academy, adding that “it seeks to build out another tier of skill sets which is so important in broadening the capacity of Jamaicans.”M-Academy is a Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and Main Event Entertainment Group partnership. The main objective of the initiative is to train persons in various aspects of event production.The programme will last for six months with the trainees drawn from the 18 communities targeted by JSIF. Training for the first cohort of approximately 100 persons is slated to commence in May. “Once you create that capacity within the communities to be able to convert knowledge into material things and events, you are going to invite tourism into the community, and that’s what I’m about. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says $300 million has been budgeted to boost community tourism activities across the island.last_img read more

Le Bluenose II prendra la tête du défilé

first_img AUX FINS DE DIFFUSION: C’est le Bluenose II qui sera en tête du défilé lors du festival des Grands voiliers cet été. Plus de 40 navires sont attendus à Halifax dans le cadre de la course des Grands voiliers 2004 – Hommage à l’Acadie, qui se tiendra du 29 juillet au 2 août. Le comité des Grands voiliers a choisi la goélette provinciale comme navire de tête du défilé des Grands voiliers qui se tiendra dans le port d’Halifax. Le défilé débutera à 14 h le lundi 2 août 2004. Eric Thomson, président de la Waterfront Development Corporation, affirme que le Bluenose II était le choix tout indiqué pour le comité des Grands voiliers parce qu’il est au nombre des symboles les plus célèbres et les plus précieux de la Nouvelle-Écosse. -30- Renseignements: Mike Patrick Les Grands voiliers 2004 902-424-7348 Courriel: patricmb@gov.ns.ca LES GRANDS VOILIERS 2004–Le Bluenose II prendra la tête dudéfilé C’est le Bluenose II de la Nouvelle-Écosse qui sera en tête dudéfilé lors du festival des Grands voiliers cet été. Plus de 40 navires sont attendus à Halifax dans le cadre de lacourse des Grands voiliers 2004 – Hommage à l’Acadie, qui setiendra du 29 juillet au 2 août. Eric Thomson, président de laWaterfront Development Corporation, a annoncé aujourd’hui, le 5juillet, que le comité des Grands voiliers a choisi la goéletteprovinciale comme navire de tête du défilé des Grands voiliersqui se tiendra dans le port d’Halifax la dernière journée dufestival. Le défilé débutera à 14 h le lundi 2 août 2004. “Les Néo-Écossais devraient être très fiers de voir leur propregrand voilier ouvrir la voie devant d’aussi impressionnantsnavires, a dit M. Thomson. Le Bluenose II était le choix toutindiqué pour le comité des Grands voiliers. En effet, ce navireest au nombre des symboles les plus célèbres et les plus précieuxde la Nouvelle-Écosse.” Le Bluenose II sera amarré au quai du Musée maritime del’Atlantique pour toute la durée des activités. Comme la plupartdes navires, il sera ouvert au public du 29 juillet au 1er août,de 10 h à 17 h. Les gens auront ainsi l’occasion de visiter lenavire et de s’entretenir avec des membres de l’équipage. Cette année, on a modifié le parcours du défilé des Grandsvoiliers. Les navires longeront la côte de Dartmouth en directiondu nord et passeront devant le NCSM Athabaskan. Des voiliers des États-Unis, du Mexique, de la Roumanie, duRoyaume-Uni, des Pays-Bas, des îles Cook, de la Pologne et duCanada mouilleront le long du front de mer, à partir du quai desGrands voiliers jusqu’à l’hôtel Casino Nova Scotia. L’activité decinq jours sur le front de mer de Halifax devrait attirer plus de700 000 personnes. Les Grands voiliers 2004 promet d’être la plus importantemanifestation qui se tiendra à Halifax cet été, sans compter quele festival acadien Grou Tyme, mettant en vedette des artistes decalibre mondial du Canada atlantique, de la Louisiane, de laFrance et du Québec, se déroule au cours de cette même fin desemaine. Vous pouvez consulter la liste complète des artistesainsi que le programme des activités à l’adressewww.groutyme.com. Au nombre des festivités figurent également lesactivités de la Fête de la fondation, mettant en valeur desartistes multiculturels et traditionnels de la ville et de lacôte est. Pour obtenir des renseignements additionnels sur Les GrandsVoiliers 2004, consultez les sites Web suivants:www.novascotia.com/tallships et www.cbc.ca/tallships2004 . La Waterfront Development Corporation présente Les GrandsVoiliers 2004 – Hommage à l’Acadie. L’activité est parrainée parla province, la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, le festivalacadien Grou Tyme, Aliant, la Société des loteries del’Atlantique, Alexander Keith’s, Sobey’s, Ford, Casino NovaScotia, Captain Morgan, le journal The Chronicle Herald, McCain,Pepsi, Trade Centre Limited, CanJet, l’Administration portuairede Halifax, Bishop’s Landing, Atlantic Photo Supply, PellerEstates et Ombrelle. La CBC est aussi un commanditaire ainsi quele diffuseur-hôte.last_img read more

Funding Formula Review to Benefit Students School

first_img To ensure no school board will receive a funding reduction in 2005-06, school board funding will be distributed on the same basis as 2004-05,; School boards that would receive increased funding under the report’s recommendations will receive 50 per cent of that increase as an additional allocation starting in 2005-06. This amounts to $2 million shared among the Cape Breton-Victoria, Halifax, South Shore and Tri-County school boards and Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. EDUCATION–Funding Formula Review to Benefit Students, SchoolBoards Students and school boards will benefit from a review of theschool board funding formula said Education Minister Jamie Muir,after an independent report on school board funding was presentedby its author today, March 29. Mr. Muir said that staff from the Department of Education willmeet with school boards before finalizing a new approach tofunding. “My priority is to continue to ensure students across theprovince have equal opportunity to receive a quality education,”said Mr. Muir. “That’s why we’re working with school boards tofinalize a funding formula that is fair, transparent andequitable to all students.” Bill Hogg, former provincial deputy minister of finance,presented the proposed new funding formula framework to schoolboards, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association andrepresentatives of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union today. Mr. Hogg’s job was to recommend to the Department of Education afunding formula that is fair and transparent to school boards andthe public. School boards, the Nova Scotia School BoardAssociation and other education partners had an opportunity tocomment on Mr. Hogg’s preliminary report before it was submittedto the department. “As pleased as we are with Mr Hogg’s work, we are not in aposition today to accept his proposal,” said Mr. Muir. “We mustfirst discuss the proposal in depth with each school board. Theirinput is critical to ensure a new funding formula reflects thedifferent cost pressures across the province and other factors,including geography and the rate of enrolment decline.” The proposed funding formula framework indicates that there needsto be a change in how education dollars are distributed. Inresponse, the Department of Education will start to addressequity differences in 2005-06 while it reviews the proposedformula with school boards. In the interim:center_img Mr. Hogg will join officials from the Department of Educationwhen they meet with the school boards beginning in May 2005.last_img read more

A halocarbon leak at Yellowknifes defunct Giant Mine site

first_imgAPTN National NewsMore concerns at Yellowknife’s toxic giant gold mine.385 kilograms of halo-carbon recently leaked during a test freeze of one of the arsenic chambers.The incident has environmentalists concerned over long term care and maintenance at the site.APTN’s Cullen Crozier has more.last_img

Little known restorative justice program needs expanding says worker

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsDonavan Sutherland faced a tough reality nearly three months ago.The 18-year-old was looking at charges of aggravated assault and domestic assault stemming from an incident this past summer with his partner Lisa Chubb.“My worst case scenario I was thinking in my head I’m going to get like a month in Dauphin jail,” Sutherland told APTN News.That changed when he decided to get help navigating the criminal justice system.Sutherland is one of the 4,500 people who went through a restorative justice program in Manitoba this year.“It opened my mind to different things and different perspectives,” says Sutherland.“After going through those things and getting my charges dropped… it did kind of rearrange my thinking.”According to Canada’s Department of Justice, the restorative justice program focuses on addressing the harm caused by crime while holding the offender responsible for their actions by providing an opportunity for the parties directly affected by the crime – victims, offenders and communities – to identify and address their needs in the aftermath of a crime.It has been part of Canada’s criminal justice system for more than 40 years but many aren’t familiar with the approach.The Department of Justice released a national survey earlier this year and found 52 per cent of Canadians know little about restorative justice.The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO), a group that represents 34 First Nations in Treaty 1 (Manitoba) is working to change this.The organization has five community justice workers who cover 13 of its communities.Crystal Nepinak is a criminal justice worker in charge of Pine Creek, Skownan and O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi First Nations.She is working with Sutherland and Chubb.(Crystal Nepinak, in red, speaks with Lisa Chubb and Donavan Sutherland. Photo: Brittany Hobson/APTN)According to Nepinak, in August, Sutherland and Chubb got into an argument while under the influence. Sutherland was charged and sent to a holding cell for the evening.But Chubb, 19, said she initially started the fight and Sutherland was defending himself.She was eventually taken to the nearby Dauphin Correctional Centre where she stayed for a week.After Sutherland was released he went to Nepinak for help before his first court date.Nepinak developed a plan for Sutherland with the community’s justice committee.It included traditional healing and workshops.“Me going to sweats and traditional things it’s really helped with bettering myself, bettering her, my family, friends, people around me in my community,” says Sutherland.“Basically talking to Crystal and going through all this stuff is making me want to do better for myself, for her [and for] our baby on the way.”Sutherland and Chubb are expecting a baby next year.Chubb is in the process of completing her program. She said the experience has made her realize she was being ‘immature’ at the time of the incident.Manitoba ranks second for the highest number of Indigenous adult inmates in the country, according to Statistics Canada.Indigenous people make up 74 per cent of the population of inmates but only account for 15 per cent of the overall population in the province.Nepinak sees her role as much more than one in the community.“I like to think of our position as community justice workers as not only working with the community but also being eyes and ears in the court system,” she says.“We’re sitting in a court room, we’re listening, we’re witnessing what’s happening and we’re witnessing how our people are being treated.”The provincial government has committed to lowering incarceration rates. Earlier this year it released a strategy to divert more people away from jail.According to the office of Cliff Cullen, the minister of Justice and Attorney General, as of Nov. 30 – 4,503 cases have been diverted. In 2017 the number was 4,426 for the entire year.“A lot of our people going right to court – there’s nothing learned at all but when they come through our program they start to understand more of the process and how they got there, why they’re there and what it takes to get out of there,” said Nepinak.The SCO is working at adding more programs including one in Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation.Nepinak says this is necessary.For the past year-and-a-half she has worked at educating local RCMP and police officers on the option of restorative justice.She says support from the courts and law enforcement hasn’t always been there, but it’s slowly changing.Nepinak, who also went through a diversion as a youth, feels the program is successful.She’s witnessing it with Sutherland and Chubb.“They’re so involved now in the community and they’re so active. They’re a new couple, they’re going to have a baby and they’re so actively trying now to attend any program that they could that will help them be stronger as a family,” she said.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

Original Joes Elephant Castle restaurantbars to reinforce Cara in the West

Original Joe’s, Elephant & Castle restaurant-bars to reinforce Cara in the West TORONTO – The Ontario-based owner of the Swiss Chalet, Milestones, East Side Mario’s and other restaurant chains is strengthening its position in Western Canada through a $93-million deal to acquire majority ownership of the Original Joe’s group.Cara Operations Ltd. of Vaughan, Ont., (TSX:CAO) said Thursday it will acquire an 89.2-per-cent stake in Original Joe’s Franchise Group Inc., which has 99 corporate, franchise and joint-venture restaurant-bar locations.The Calgary-based group is anchored by 66 Original Joe’s restaurants. It also has 23 State & Main locations, 10 Elephant & Castle pubs and a small general contracting company that designs and builds restaurant and retail locations.Original Joe’s corporate head office will remain in Calgary under the leadership of president and CEO Derek Doke, who will also be a minority owner of Original Joe’s Franchise Group through Franworks Franchise Corp., a management company founded in 2000.Cara CEO Bill Gregson told analysts on a conference call that Original Joe’s is a “natural fit” because of its strong management team, the opportunity to grow profit margins through increased size and its presence in Western Canada.“We have been, historically, very heavy in Ontario and underrepresented in some of the other provinces,” Gregson said.Cara has about one restaurant per 21,000 people in Ontario compared with one per 59,000 people in Western Canada and one per 140,000 in Quebec, he said.The Original Joe’s acquisition will improve Cara’s penetration in Western Canada to one per 41,000 people and the pending acquisition of St-Hubert, announced in March, will raise its Quebec presence to one in 49,000.“So over the long term, that evens out the risk we have in any one area,” Gregson said.He added there will also be opportunities for Cara and Original Joe’s to improve their efficiencies.“We know we can help them, Day 1 after closing, on food costs without changing anything they do because of our purchasing power,” he said.He also noted there may be ways to lower Original Joe’s labour costs through Cara’s management techniques and to lower Cara’s building costs — especially in Western Canada — with Original Joe’s contracting company.Original Joe’s Franchise Group will use $90 million from Cara to re-acquire its trademarks and royalty rights from Diversified Royalty Corp. (TSX:DIV). This will allow Original Joe’s to retain about $12.6 million in annual royalty payments.Doke said the opportunity to partner with Cara was attractive “from a strategic and synergistic perspective,” and puts Franworks in a solid financial position.Cara Operations, which currently has about 1,000 restaurants in its network, says its total system sales will reach about $2.7 billion after adding the Original Joe’s group and the St-Hubert chain.The Original Joe’s transaction, subject to approvals, has a targeted closing date of late 2016.Follow @DavidPaddon on Twitter. by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 1, 2016 1:04 am MDT Last Updated Sep 1, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN report urges accelerated efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goals

“Implementation has begun, but the clock is ticking,” stated Mr. Guterres. “This report shows that the rate of progress in many areas is far slower than needed to meet the targets by 2030.” Using the most recent data available, the annual SDGs report provides an overview of the world’s implementation efforts to date, highlighting areas of progress and areas where more action needs to be taken to ensure no one is left behind. Despite advances, accelerated efforts neededWhile nearly a billion people have escaped extreme poverty since 1999, about 767 million people remained destitute in 2013, most of whom live in fragile situations. Despite major advances, an alarmingly high number of children under age five are still affected by malnutrition. In 2016, an estimated 155 million children under five years of age were stunted. Between 2000 and 2015, the global maternal mortality ratio declined by 37 per cent and the under-five mortality rate fell by 44 per cent. However, 303,000 women died during pregnancy or childbirth and 5.9 million children under age five died worldwide in 2015. In the area of sustainable energy, while access to clean fuels and technologies for cooking climbed to 57 per cent in 2014, up from 50 per cent in 2000, more than 3 billion people, lacked access to clean cooking fuels and technologies, which led to an estimated 4.3 million deaths in 2012. From 2015 to 2016, official development assistance rose by 8.9 per cent in real terms to $142.6 billion, reaching a new peak. But bilateral aid to the least developing countries fell by 3.9 per cent in real terms. VIDEO: Presenting the latest progress report on the SDGs, UN chief António Guterres said Agenda 2030 aims at a fair globalisation, eradicating poverty and addressing climate change. Credit: UN NewsProgress is unevenThe benefits of development are not equally shared. On average, women spent almost triple the amount of time on unpaid domestic and care work as men, based on data from 2010 to 2016. Economic losses from natural hazards are now reaching an average of $250 billion to $300 billion a year, with a disproportionate impact on small and vulnerable countries. Despite the global unemployment rate falling from 6.1 per cent in 2010 to 5.7 per cent in 2016, youth were nearly three times more likely than adults to be without a job. In 2015, 85 per cent of the urban population used safely managed drinking water services, compared to only 55 per cent of rural population. “Empowering vulnerable groups is critical to ending poverty and promoting prosperity for everyone, everywhere,” stated Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. Harnessing the power of dataEffectively tracking progress on the SDGs requires accessible, reliable, timely and disaggregated data at all levels, which poses a major challenge to national and international statistical systems. Read more on: FEATURE: Number crunchers in the spotlight ahead of UN World Data ForumWhile data availability and quality have steadily improved over the years, statistical capacity still needs strengthening worldwide. The global statistical community is working to modernize and strengthen systems to address all aspects of production and use of data for the SDGs. The SDGs Report 2017 is based on the latest available data on selected indicators of the global SDG indicator framework, prepared by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) with inputs from a large number of international and regional organizations. read more

British Santa tour worker stabbed to death in Lapland

first_imgA British seasonal worker has been stabbed to death at a festive tourism centre in Lapland where she took families to meet Father Christmas.The 26-year-old, who worked for a group called Santa Safari, was found dead on Saturday. Finnish police launched a manhunt for her 36-year-old Czech boyfriend who was found in the wilderness suffering from hypothermia.Police used a border guard helicopter, snowmobiles and huskies to track the man after he fled from a property in Kuttanen, Finland, close to the Swedish border.The woman, who is understood to be Scottish, gave families guided Santa tours and is thought to have been in the area for several weeks. Seasonal workers normally stay in the region, which is inside the Arctic Circle, from late November to January.Police in Lapland said in a report online: “A homicide occurred on Saturday morning. A 36-year-old man is suspected of having stabbed to death his 26-year-old girlfriend. Both of them were foreign seasonal workers. After the deed, the man fled with their dogs.” They added that he did not resist arrest and was taken to hospital in Rovaniemi.   Katie Amy, of Derby, who was on holiday in the area, complained that communication about what had happened was “awful”. She added: “We should have been out on a four-hour trip with a 40 minute husky ride, snowmobile ride and reindeer sleigh to see Santa.”However we got just two minutes going round in a circle on the reindeer, like a donkey on Blackpool beach. It turns out Transun were putting our safety first.” Santa Safari, which is understood to be contracted to Oxford-based Transun Travel, told The Sun: “We are deeply saddened to confirm that a member of the Santa Safari team was discovered dead on December 3.“We are all in shock from this tragic news and our thoughts go out to her family.“Our team is working closely with the Finnish Police and relevant authorities to support the investigation that is now underway.“It goes without saying that we will do everything we can to support the family and our staff at this incredibly difficult time.”A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed it was supporting the family of a British national who died in Finland on December 3.center_img 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.last_img read more

Rumor 2012 Macbook Pro will get a case redesign

first_imgEvery couple of months the rumor mill starts up and people start talking about whether or not Apple will redesign its hardware. Now attention has settled on the MacBook Pro, and whether or not it’ll see a new design when it gets a scheduled bump early next year. What that redesign might look like is anyone’s guess, but some people expect the update to the design to reflect some of the design changes made in the MacBook Air last year.MacRumors is reporting “reliable confirmation” that the next MacBook Pro will have a new case design. Take that with a grain of salt, since Apple never officially confirms or denies anything until they have a product to release, and the normal spring revisions that the MacBook Pro normally sees are 10 months away.The last time the MacBook Pro got a redesign was when we got the unibody version in 2008. The unibody design shed the older brushed aluminum body for one carved from a single piece of metal and then fitted back together with the components inside. It features the same black-bezel highlights of the current iMac design, and traded in the older metallic keys for black spaced keys like the MacBook.Back in February before the MacBook Pro saw its most recent speed bump, iLounge started talking about when the MacBook Pro line would see another design change, noting that the speed and processor change in the MacBook Pro would be the last time we saw an update to the laptop line before Apple rolled out a completely new form-factor.It’s entirely unclear what a new MacBook Pro would look like and what changes Apple would make to the design, if any. There’s certainly room for Apple to make the MacBook Pro thinner and lighter than the current version, or to move away from optical drives, or to ditch hard drives for the SSDs that Apple’s been installing in the MacBook Air. Regardless, if the current refresh schedule holds, we won’t hear anything from Apple until early 2012.Read more at MacRumors and iLoungelast_img read more

Chinas mysterious desert lines mystery solved

first_imgThere has been a lot of buzz on the internet the past few days about some “mysterious” images that Google Maps has taken of the Western deserts of China. Pictured above is one of the sites that people are trying to make sense of.Conspiracy theorists the globe over have been speculating (sometimes very wildly) about what the odd grouping of white lines could be. Suggestions ranging from a military mock-up of Washington DC streets, to an optical calibration field for Chinese spy satellites have been offered. Of course, suggestions of aliens having something to do with it come into play as well.While the sites in question are interesting discussion fodder, with a little bit of research most of them can be explained rationally. The overarching purpose for the area is military training, according to a former military member who claims to have monitored the area as part of his assignment.The image above that depicts random roads is exactly that. They are used for artillery drills and practice. A crew can pull up, deploy, and sight-on one of the roads from a distance and work to hit it accurately. It is not an overlay for Washington DC or any other city in the US. In fact, the aforementioned military member said that all training that happens in this area of China takes place in planning for an invasion of Taiwan. If you remember, Taiwan declared its independence from China, which has caused more than a little upset.The other images support the theory of military testing. Pictured here is another test range with a mock-up of jets sitting on an airfield. Used for both bombing and artillery practice, it is not a “crop circle” or alien guidance system.Suggested to be a power plant of some kind, this region is actually a replica of an air base. To the left is an airstrip, to the right just another mock-up of base structures. The suggested reason for the blue coloring is making it easier to distinguish from the air on bomber training missions.The image above depicts several destroyed vehicles, used for target practice. They are not “monoliths” a la 2001: A Space Odyssey.Last but not least, this “mysterious blue building” is actually a well-documented “potash” factory in Lop Lake. You can read all about it on Wikipedia or on the Far West China blog.These images come from an area of Chinese desert that has long been known to be a military testing ground, very similar to our White Sands facility in New Mexico, or the fabled Area 51 in Nevada. The remote regions are better suited for testing weapons or sensitive new technologies. There really are no surprises here. As a matter of fact, one can simply enable the Wikipedia layer of Google Maps and get information on the various locations identified in the images.Sorry to burst the bubble for conspiracy theorists. There is always Bigfoot to go chase!via Reddit and The Guardianlast_img read more

Des perturbateurs endocriniens se logent dans la poussière

first_imgDes perturbateurs endocriniens se logent dans la poussièreD’après une étude menée par plusieurs associations environnementales, la poussière sous le lit serait un véritable refuge de particules nocives pour la santé, parmi lesquelles des perturbateurs endocriniens.Des perturbateurs endocriniens se cacheraient sous les matelas. C’est ce que révèle le rapport “Home sweet home, des surprises poussiéreuses sous le lit” établi par plusieurs organisations environnementales. D’après les résultats obtenus, la poussière ne nous ferait pas que éternuer, elle contiendrait aussi des particules de différentes sortes et nocives pour la santé. Les prélèvements de poussière effectués dans les chambres à coucher de foyers européens ont ainsi montré la présence de nonylphénols et de phtalates, deux neurotoxiques qui peuvent être à l’origine de troubles médicaux. En vérité, les substances émises par les meubles, les moquettes, les revêtements de sol ou muraux, les peintures ou encore les tapis se concentrent dans la poussière, expliquent Chemsec et la Swedish society for nature conservation (SSNC), qui ont mené l’étude. Le danger d’inhalation est donc d’autant plus important pour les enfants et les bébés, qui sont plus proches du sol.  Les phtalates retrouvés sous les lits de foyers européens au cours des prélèvements, sont utilisés comme additifs afin d’assouplir les plastiques. Ils sont ainsi contenus dans un très grand nombre d’objets présents dans la maison, parmi lesquels : revêtements de sols, semelles de chaussures, fenêtres en PVC, tandis que les jouets pouvaient aussi en contenir avant l’interdiction du DIDP (l’un des phtalates) dans leur fabrication en 1999 au sein de l’Union européenne.Le seuil limite pour l’Europe est dépasséÀ lire aussiCatécholamines : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?Alors que l’Autorité européenne de sécurité des aliments (Efsa) estime la limite à 0,15 milligramme par jour et par kilo pour la quantité admissible de phtalates, il a été établi qu’un bébé de sept kilos serait déjà exposé, du seul fait de la poussière, à une quantité de 3,5 microgrammes par jour. Pour le Réseau environnement-santé, cette étude permet de cibler les substances à interdire et devrait inciter les scientifiques à approfondir la recherche sur les effets neurotoxiques de ces substances. “Des travaux que l’UE peine à faire avancer dans des délais raisonnables et qui rencontrent une résistance importante des groupes de pression industriels”, selon l’association française.Par ailleurs, les ONG s’inquiètent au sujet de l’effet de l’exposition à différentes substances, le fameux “effet cocktail” dont on ignore les conséquences : “Pour que nous puissions dormir tranquilles, l’Union européenne et tous les pays membres doivent réagir,” demande Anne-Sofie Andersson, directrice de Chemsec, citée par 20minutes.fr. Elle estime ainsi : “nous ne sommes pas correctement protégés par la législation européenne contre l’effet cocktail des perturbateurs endocriniens.”Le 24 septembre 2011 à 16:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

ANWR drilling bill passes Congress

first_imgPresident Donald Trump congratulates Sen. Lisa Murkowski on passage of a bill to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.  Rep. Don Young and Sen. Dan Sullivan flank Murkowski at the mic. (White House video screenshot)Alaska’s members of Congress are celebrating their success in opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.“We finally got it done.” Congressman Don Young said minutes after the bill passed the House Wednesday afternoon. Young dates the start of his work on the issue to battles over the Alaska land bill of 1980. He calls the victory long overdue.For Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the ANWR fight is a family legacy. She left the Capitol early Wednesday, after the Senate voted to pass the bill.“It was on my way out, I gave my dad a call,” Murkowski said.Lisa’s father, Frank Murkowski, held the office before her. He and then-Sen. Ted Stevens worked year after year to try to pass an ANWR bill. Lisa Murkowski said her father told her he was proud.“He did say, ‘You did something I couldn’t do and Ted couldn’t do, so good for you. One of these days you’re going make something of yourself,’” Murkowski said.Sen. Dan Sullivan said he was happy to be a member of the team that got it done. He also gave credit to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the White House.Environmentalists are not giving up. A coalition of 18 groups issued a statement vowing to fight in court, in corporate boardrooms and in Congress to restore the protections that kept oil development out of the refuge for 37 years.last_img read more