MV Suez row won’t hit Indo-Pak talks: Govt

first_imgThe government on Sunday downplayed the row between the Indian and Pakistan navies and ruled out any adverse fallout of the incident on the Indo-Pak foreign secretary talks scheduled in Islamabad on June 23-24.Over the past two days, Islamabad and New Delhi have exchanged charges on reported “dangerous manoeuvres” carried out by each other’s warships in the Gulf of Aden.It all started with Pakistani official protesting against aggression by INS Godavari towards PNS Babur, when the latter was escorting the freed vessel MV Suez to Oman.It has been learnt that Indian ships had earlier run into trouble with PNS Babur in January and November last year as well.However, senior officials in New Delhi sought to downplay the issue and ruled out any impact on the talks later this week, which India is approaching with “an open and constructive mind”.The talks are likely to result in the announcement of key confi-dence building measures (CBMs) in areas of nuclear security, trade and cross LoC connectivity.The government does not want to up the ante ahead of the bilateral talks after it decided last February to virtually resume the ‘composite dialogue’ process that was suspended as a mark of protest after the 26/11 attack.Firing from across the LoC and increase in infiltration attempts into J&K have been a common phenomenon ahead of high level talks between the two countries.Sources said foreign secretary Nirupama Rao will be going to Islamabad with “realistic expectations” and that the two sides would try to build upon theprogress achieved in the past on various issues.advertisementIt was also pointed out that cross-border terror aimed at India would be a key component of the dialogue.”Our concerns have not, in any way, diminished by the resumption of the dialogue…How can we not take up our concerns of terrorism? It is central to our concerns,” a senior source said.The government is also disappointed with the glacial pace of the ongoing 26/11 trial in Pakistan, as the judge was changed for the fourth time recently.Sources said India has provided all documents and evidence and sought a satisfactory closure to the case.”It is not behind us,” the source said, adding that Rao and her delegation will also discuss the larger conspiracy that has emerged in the trial of Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley who has testified in a Chicago court on the links between the ISI and terror groups and the spy agency’s role in the 26/11 attacks.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Marco Van Basten quits Dutch national team for FIFA job

first_imgNetherlands assistant coach Marco van Basten is to give up the role by the end of the year as the leadership crisis surrounding the side took another twist on Tuesday, a week before the Dutch kick off their 2018 World Cup campaign.Van Basten is the second of Danny Blind’s assistants to announce their departure in the last two weeks after Dick Advocaat opted to take over as head coach of Turkish side Fenerbahce. The Dutch football association (KNVB) confirmed the 51-year-old’s impending exit on Tuesday, saying Van Basten was leaving to start work with the sport’s global governing body. “FIFA have offered me a chance to work in the development and reform of football, and to use my ideas and opinions over issues like playing rules, refereeing and development programmes,” Van Basten said in a KNVB statement.”I have agreed with Danny Blind to stay as an assistant until the end of the year.”The loss of his deputy is the latest blow for Blind, who had asked another former European Footballer of the Year, Ruud Gullit, to assist him, only for negotiations to break down. The acrimonious fallout between Gullit and the KNVB has since dominated Dutch sports pages at a time when the team are hoping to make a positive start to World Cup qualifying after the disappointment of missing the Euro 2016 finals in France. (Also read: FIFA chief Gianni Infantino wants two more Africa slots in expanded World Cup)The Netherlands start their campaign to reach the 2018 World Cup finals away at Sweden next Tuesday. Advocaat and Van Basten are both former national team coaches in their own right and were expected to form a powerful support team for Blind. However, Advocaat left after just three months and Van Basten’s impending departure is a further blow.advertisement”Of course I’m not happy but the FIFA job is something that is tailor made for Marco. Even though it means I have to find another successor, it is a great opportunity for him,” Blind said in a statement on Tuesday.last_img read more

JSW Steel crude steel output grows 2 pc to 13.9 LT in Nov

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 12 (PTI) Sajjan Jindal-led JSW Steel Wednesday said its crude steel output grew 2 per cent to 13.90 lakh tonnes (LT) during November this year.The company had produced 13.62 LT crude steel in November 2017, it said in a statement.It has registered a fall of 5 per cent in production of flat rolled products to 9.15 LT as against 9.59 LT in the same month last year.However, the company registered a 17 per cent growth in the output of its long rolled products at 3.48 LT in November as compared to 2.99 LT in the year-ago month, JSW Steel said.Last week, ratings agency Icra had said that domestic flat steel manufacturers may have to brace for a downward revision in prices, as threat of cheap imports into India in near-term has increased.Domestic flat steel prices are likely to face temporary pressures from cheaper imports, it had said in a research report.JSW Steel is a part of the diversified USD 13 billion JSW Group, which has a presence in steel, energy, infrastructure, cement, ventures and sports. It is the leading integrated steel company with an installed steel-making capacity of 18 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) in India.The company’s Vijayanagar plant in Karnataka is the largest single location steel producing facility in the country with a capacity of 12 MTPA. PTI ABI ABI BALBALlast_img read more

Raiola urges Napoli to move for Balotelli

first_imgTransfers Raiola urges Napoli to move for ‘bargain’ Balotelli Sacha Pisani 13:55 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Mario Balotelli Nice Monaco Getty Images Transfers Napoli Mario Balotelli Nice Ligue 1 Serie A The agent invited the Serie A leaders to target his soon-to-be free agent client, who has flourished with Nice in Ligue 1 Mario Balotelli would be “ideal” for Napoli and his agent Mino Raiola has urged the Serie A leaders to sign the Nice star.Maligned Italian forward Balotelli is set to leave Ligue 1 outfit Nice at the end of the season, with his contract due to expire.The 27-year-old has flourished in France, where he has enjoyed two strong campaigns, with 21 goals scored across all competitions this term after having struggled at Liverpool and AC Milan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Balotelli has been tipped by Raiola to return to the Serie A or the Premier League and the agent has invited the Italian leaders to target his client when he becomes available. “It’s obvious that whoever takes Mario on a free transfer will be getting a bargain,” Raiola told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli. “If I were Napoli I’d take him, he’s one of the best strikers around. [Maurizio] Sarri has had an enormous growth and he’d be ideal for the Naples environment.”Balotelli is explosive on the pitch, he’s made strides forward with his behaviour. Napoli would be fantastic for a player with his characteristics and his character.”There are players who are afraid to come to Naples, but clearly not him. They have to believe to take him, but it would be a bargain.”Mario wouldn’t suffer with the expectations from the fans, he’s already been at the biggest clubs in the world. The passion of the fans only does good for him, just like [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic.”Raiola also reiterated his desire for Italy international goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to leave AC Milan.Donnarumma signed a new four-year deal in July after the 19-year-old star appeared set to leave the San Siro.Raiola, who has endured a difficult relationship with Milan’s hierarchy, said Donnarumma must move on to a bigger club.”He’s not yet the best goalkeeper in the world,” Raiola added. “But he’ll become that if he makes the right choices in his career. He has to go to a top club next year, I’ve already said that. That’s my idea.”last_img read more

‘What’s the point of VAR?!’ – Costa equaliser causes uproar

first_imgSpain ‘What’s the point of VAR?!’ – Costa’s Spain equaliser splits opinion after Pepe shove Goal 02:56 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Diego Costa Spain Portugal World Cup Getty Images Spain World Cup Portugal v Spain Portugal There was a clear scuffle between the two old enemies in the build-up to Costa’s strike, leading to much debate across social media Was it a foul, or wasn’t it? What is the point of VAR? And if a foul is committed on Pepe, does it even count as a foul? The above were just some of the questions posed when Diego Costa hit back for Spain to equaliser against Portugal in Friday’s World Cup clash. Costa went toe-to-toe with his former Madrid derby foe, now at Besiktas, and appeared to shove the veteran defender in the face before shimmying and shooting home to make it 1-1.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Opinion was divided on the goal, with some questioning the purpose of a Video Assistant Referee while others saw a perfectly valid goal. Take a look at some of the best reactions to Costa’s controversial strike and let us know what you think! What’s the point if VAR if Diego Costa gets away with an albow to the face of Pepe and then scores?— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) 15 de junio de 2018Unreal Diego Costa. Pure muscle. Only had to punch Pepe in the face to get there.— Kiyan Sobhani (@KiyanSo) 15 de junio de 2018And Diego Costa just did a Pepe on Pepe— Pangeran ⚜ (@pangeransiahaan) 15 de junio de 2018Diego Costa hitting Pepe is extremely nice and pleasing.— Diana Kristinne (@DianaKristinne) 15 de junio de 2018Diego Costa murdered Pepe in cold blood and we all looked the other way.— Andres Cordero (@DreCordero) 15 de junio de 2018VAR also took barely any time. Throw-ins and free-kicks both take an average of around 9 minutes each game. Worth a few seconds to eliminate absolute howlers.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 15 de junio de 2018last_img read more

SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgAfter the Raiders upset win over the Cowboys in the NRL last weekend, hearts are certainly pumping in the nations capital and the trip to Melbourne to face the Storm on June 18, now has some added spice. TFA Chairman Michael Sparks and Victorian Technical Director, Michael Lovett, have been working with the Melbourne Storm side to organise the scheduling of a 30 minute Touch game at Olympic Park as a curtain raiser to the Storm vs Radiers match. While the details are not all confirmed yet, TFA will be promoting this opportunity to it’s fullest as the event draws near…so keep your eye on the website for more information! The NSW Country Championships saw 101 teams hit Dubbo, with several interstate teams taking part in the round matches before competing against each other in the Interstate Challenge on the final day. Wagga Wagga are undoubtedly the strength of Country NSW claiming the double in both the Mens and Womens Open. Below are all the results from the 2006 NSW Country Championships:Mens Open: Wagga (7) def Wallsend (6)Mens Open Interstate Challenge: ACT (8) def SA (3)Womens Open: Wagga (5) def Newcastle University (4)Womens Open Interstate Challenge ACT (5) def Victoria (2)Mixed Open: Griffith (7) def Newcastle City (3)Mens 18’s: Wallsend (5) def ACT (3)Mens 23’s: Wallsend (5) def Dubbo (3)Womens 18’s: Tamworth (6) def Wagga (3)Womens 23’s: Wollongong (6) def Tamworth (0)Mens 35’s: Victoria (7) def Leeton (3)Womens 35’s: Port Macquarie (2) def Wallsend (0)Senior Mixed: Forster Tuncurry (7) def Dubbo (5)Mens 40’s: Wollongong (5) def Port Macquarie (2)Womens 40’s: Central Coast (2) def Newcastle City (1)Mens 45’s: Wagga (6) def Newcastle City (1)Mens 50’s: Newcastle City (5) def Wollongong (2) The Yass knockout has been set for January 27-28 2007, with over 90 teams expected to attend and fight for $12,000 in prize money. Welcome to the latest edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, where there is plenty of news in Touch for all. It is certainly a massive week with tournaments, announcements and more big news… TFA’s new partnership with Esus Footwear will be headlining the opening of our online shop, set to begin business this week. The latest from our web group is that we can hope to be up and running this week, with the new Esus shoes and the 2006 NTL Fox Package DVD’s set to be the hottest items for purchase. For all the information on the Esus Touch Football boots check out ESUS TOUCH FOOTBALL BOOTS. Here’s one for all interested referees out there…WA referee John Bedford has been promoting the sport on ‘Have a Go TV’ in WA, check out the link to see his story: http://www.haveagotv.com.au/segment.php?id=84&l=1 The latest edition of Touch-e-Talk, the online newsletter, will be delivered this week, so keep your eye out on the TFA website or subscribe on the homepage to receive it direct to your email. The University of Southern Queensland are sending a mixed side to the Northern Uni Games, with several experienced Australian junior representatives and Queensland Origin players. They’re keen for a sponsor to help them make the trip to the Sunshine Coast and to help them in their quest for Gold or Silver. If your business is keen to support them, please contact Christopher Kavney on 0427 161 590 for more info. NT will also be holding their annual Elite Training Camp from June 29 to July 1 in Darwin. The 2006 NTL Fox Package is now available for purchase! The package (as seen on Fox) contains highlights of the Mixed and Womens Open grand final, as well a majority of the Mens Open final. With commentary from Australian Mens Open coach Tony Trad and also skill packages leading players such as Sharyn Williams and Phil Gyemore, it’s a fantastic production. The DVD is available for purchase for $20 inc GST, (plus $5 postage) and can be ordered by phoning Rachel on (02) 6285 2703 or emailing media@austouch.com.au. Rugby Union have the Wallabies, in League they are the Kangaroos, while the basketballers are the Boomers and the Opals…and I’ve heard of some side called the Socceroos??? But what about our National Touch sides? TFA are after suggestions of either names or a mascot for our National sides heading to the 2007 World Cup in South Africa. Email your suggestions to media@austouch.com.au. We’ll keep you updated on the progress! In news from the Northern Territory the NT Secondary Schools Championships are set to be held in Alice Springs this Wednesday to Friday, with NT teams being selected for the National Secondary School Championships being held in Perth this October. Later this week TFA will be approaching all members who have subscribed to the TFA website email database and asking them to complete an online survey on the 2006 NTL package shown on Fox Sports. The survey is aimed at providing feedback on the package, it’s value and quality. If you would like to take part in the survey you will need to subscribe on the front page of the TFA website today. If you tend to be an affiliate hopper in NSW, that may no longer be you, as the NSWTA Board have introduced a new affiliate representative transfer rule. Check out NSW Touch for all of the info. They are hoping that the first of their measures will help ensure a clean, fair and equitable system for the sport in NSW. Remember, if you have any info for this weekly column, email it to media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

a month agoAtletico Madrid coach Simeone: Juventus draw more than deserved

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid coach Simeone: Juventus draw more than deservedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone insists they deserve their point with Juventus.This Champions League clash finished 2-2, after the Bianconeri were 2-0 up with Juan Cuadrado and Blaise Matuidi goals, but Atleti fought back with two headers from set plays courtesy of Stefan Savic and Hector Herrera.“We were missing something in the first half and Juve stepped up after the break, but I liked the fact we never gave in and fought back for a result,” said Cholo.“We always tried to create situations where we could hurt Juve. Jose Maria Gimenez went close, as did Vitolo and Angel Correa, so it was a more than deserved point.“I don’t see this draw as a good or bad result. Juve are very strong opponents with a lot of experience and an average age of 29 compared to our 24. Experience helps at this level and that is why matches like this can help us mature for what awaits in future.“The important thing is not to lose intensity during the game and to maintain faith in our characteristics.” last_img read more

Video: Colin Cowherd Brings The Doom And Gloom As He Breaks Down Wisconsin’s 2016 Schedule

first_imgColin Cowherd goes through Wisconsin's football schedule.YouTube/Colin CowherdOn his show, FOX Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd has been going through the schedules of major college football programs and giving his early projections for the upcoming season. He likes Michigan and USC this fall, but when it comes to the Wisconsin Badgers, his breakdown is not nearly as encouraging.Cowherd’s four biggest factors that play into his prediction are:1. The loss of defensive coordinator Dave Aranda to LSU.2. The graduation of Joel Stave.3. Wisconsin’s schedule: “the toughest schedule I think I’ve seen in the Big Ten in years.”4. The defense is strong in the back, a bit weaker up front.Here is Cowherd’s full breakdown: That is a 6-6 season, with wins over Akron, Georgia State, Nebraska, Illinois, Purdue, and Minnesota, and losses to Alabama, Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, and Northwestern. He’s not wrong about the schedule; the Badgers play the four best teams from the 2015 Big Ten season in a row from September 24 to October 22. Yikes.last_img read more

Have to learn from mistakes I made today as captain: Smriti Mandhana

first_imgHave to learn from mistakes I made today as captain: Smriti MandhanaSmriti Mandhana debuted as India’s captain with a 41-run loss against England in the first T20I of the three-match series at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati.advertisement ANI GuwahatiMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 00:12 IST Smriti Mandhana said she will be more “pro-active” as a captain in the next T20I vs England. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSmriti Mandhana captained India in the first T20I vs England in the absence of injured Harmanpreet KaurIndia lost the first T20I vs England by 41 runs after failing to chase 160Deepti Sharma (22) and Shikha Pandey (23) were the highest scorers for IndiaLeading India in place of injured Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana looked short of ideas against the World T20 runner-up England in the first game of the three-match series at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati on Monday.Mandhana, new to her role, couldn’t guide the bowlers and under pressure kept changing the field after every other ball, which helped the visitors to comfortably post 160 for four.”I was leading the team for the first time and I’ve got a lot of takeaways from it. As a captain, I’ve to learn from the mistakes I made today else I won’t learn. I won’t be able to improve as a captain,” she said after the match.”We had two sets of plans for each batter if the first wasn’t working we were going to the second plan. We’ll plan better and I’ll be more pro-active next time,” she added.Chasing the mammoth total, Indian top order was not able to provide a good start as they lost three quick wickets. England at regular intervals kept on taking wickets and India fell like a pack of cards.”In the opening, we lost a wicket in the third over, then I too lost my wicket. So there was a difference in the start which was visible on the scoreboard,” she said.”In T20s two wickets should not fall in the span of three or four balls. We lost our top three batters in the span of three balls. I think that makes the batting order look very thin. As a batting unit, we should take the responsibility to chase this kind of total,” Mandhana pointed out.advertisement”As a batswoman, I feel top four are playing for a long time now. Me, Mithali (Raj), Jemimah (Rodrigues) we’ll have to take more responsibility to bat through and take the team through because we have to give cushions to youngsters,” the debut captain said.Captain @mandhana_smriti acknowledges the support the Indian team recieved in Guwahati today for the 1st T20I. She hopes to see an even larger number and wants to provide them with an improved show on 7th March. #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/hKL0QUPv1dBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) March 4, 2019Talking about the inconsistency in the middle-order, the Southpaw said she “will have a chat with Raman Sir [Head Coach] and see how it goes”.”Deepti [Sharma] is really important batter for us. She’s been very flexible to change her positions. In T20s it is difficult to have the same batting order as it depends on the situation. We might send Deepti even early say two down maybe afterwards. The way she batted today (23-ball 22*), hopefully she can take her game more forward and win the matches for India when we are just 20-30 runs short,” she said.Harleen Deol, who replaced Harmanpreet in the three ODIs, earned her maiden India call-up for the T20I series as well. Playing in her first game, Deol seemed confident but could not settle as she was dismissed off fast bowler Katherine Brunt under third over of the match.”As a captain, I don’t look at the way she was out. The way she was batting, she looked very positive and good. I don’t think there is any problem in that. I just want players to look confident because if they are confident enough I don’t look at what they have scored. It was her first match, just to expect her to go out and get a hundred is too much. She will definitely get her chances.””If you look at the number of matches everyone has played, it is just six to eight. I don’t think it the right time to experiment, we’ll have to stick to same batting order. We’ll give them more game time to prove themselves. When I came in the team, I don’t think I started scoring in the second or third match. So everybody will get their chances but I’s looking to win the matches rather than experimenting. We won’t be looking at too many changes because of one loss,” Mandhana said.India, with 0-1 down, will lock horns with England for the second T20I on March 7 at the same venue.Also Read | Not worried about stats vs England, hoping for a better show in 2nd T20I: MandhanaAlso Read | Jhulan Goswami back on top in ICC ODI rankings, Smriti Mandhana attains career-best pointsAlso Read | India thrashed by England on Smriti Mandhana’s T20I captaincy debutadvertisementFor 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 Tags :Follow Smriti MandhanaFollow India vs EnglandFollow India vs England 1st T20Ilast_img read more

Bid On A OneOfAKind Banjo Signed By Mumford And Sons

first_imgDeering Banjo Company is delighted to announce that they are teaming up with Mumford & Sons once again on their highly anticipated Gentlemen of the Road Stopover shows this summer 2015.In 2012 Mumford & Sons began the Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers, a global series of events in small cities and towns around the world. The vision was to create a music festival that celebrates local people, food, and culture, where everyone pitches in and everybody gets something back. Mumford & Sons are no strangers to thinking way outside of the box when it comes to touring and giving back to their fans. As they so eloquently put it…“A Stopover is a celebration of a real place, with real people. It’s a bridge between the culture of a music festival and actual culture as lived by real-life people. We bring the music, the stage, the flags and the fans; everything else belongs to the town. Their energy and enthusiasm, their civic pride…their favorite local beer. We’ve found it to be a beautiful thing – maybe the most beautiful thing that we do. We promise you’ll get more back than you can possibly imagine.”It is in this spirit that Deering Banjos was inspired to create something truly special, five one of a kind Gentlemen of the Road Banjos – one for each Stopover – signed by all four members of the band! These banjos will be auctioned off with proceeds going to a charity that best compliments each Stopover location. Find out more and place a bid here.The charity chosen by collaboration between Deering, Mumford & Sons and the town of Seaside Heights is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County. Their vision statement says it all: “That all children achieve success in life”. National research has shown that positive relationships between youth and their Big Brothers and Big Sisters have direct and measurable impact on the children´s lives. With a mission to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever, Big Brothers Big Sisters is a life changing preventive program. It ultimately reduces the need for possible future juvenile justice and school disciplinary intervention when the child is older. In the 17-year history of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County, all of the children in their program have finished high school and continued their educations in college or trade school, often despite considerable odds. Their program is making a difference in Seaside Heights, NJ and their whole region of Ocean County!This auction is live as of Wednesday June 3rd and will run until June 10th. Eight days to raise as much as possible for a good cause and bring home a one of a kind Deering Gentlemen of the Road Banjo for Seaside Heights, NJ signed by Mumford & Sons! The remaining auctions will take place coinciding with the dates of each individual Stopover. You can bid on these items, and stay up with all the auction news and info here.Come out and join Deering, Mumford & Sons, and a host of fantastic supporting acts who will guarantee nothing less than a great time! Deering will be attending the following Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers:June 5/6 Seaside Heights, NJ June 19/20 Waverly, IA July 31/Aug 1 Aviemore, Scotland Aug 14/15 Walla Walla, WA Aug 21/22 Salida, COFor tickets and more Gentlemen of The Road information, click here.last_img read more

Canadian Opera Company Announces 201718 Free Concert Series Lineup

first_imgArtists of the COC Orchestra in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, 2012. Photo: Chris Hutcheson Advertisement The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre takes place in one of Toronto’s most breathtaking and intimate spaces. The diverse city that inspires and unites us is the ever-changing backdrop seen from the beautiful Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, where artists from around the world share their talent and passion in six series: vocal, piano, jazz, dance, chamber and world music.From late September to June, you can discover exciting artists, both established and emerging, and experience the joy of live performance in an incredible variety of genres – and it’s all free!Concerts take place most Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, and some Wednesdays at noon or 5:30 p.m. Advertisement CONCERT TIPSSound carries very well in the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Please turn off all cell phones, pagers and other electronic devices that may make noise. Any sound, including whispering, is distracting for both the audience and performers. Patrons who disrupt the performance by talking, making noise or talking on cell phones may be asked to leave.Although the programming is not geared toward young children, people of all ages are welcome to attend the concerts as long as they are able to sit quietly throughout the performance.Please unwrap and enjoy your candies in advance. If at all possible, eat your lunch before the performance begins. If you need to eat during the performance, please do so quietly.You are encouraged to stay in your seats until the end of the performance. There is no re-entry once the performance has begun.In consideration of patrons with allergies, please avoid wearing strongly perfumed beauty products and fragrances.Arrive early! Doors open half an hour prior to the performance start time and admittance will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis, of up to 230 patrons. Latecomers may not be admitted.The Free Concert Series is made possible in part by the J.P. Bickell Foundation. The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre is supported by the Free Concert Series Endowment Fund established in honour of Richard Bradshaw by an anonymous donor.  LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis and seating is limited. Please join the line-up early to avoid disappointment. Latecomers will not be admitted.Click here to request a school or community bookingClick here for the Free Concert Series Facebook pageClick here to download the Free Concert Series brochure Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Alimentation CoucheTard to let shareholders vote on exec pay next year

first_imgLAVAL, Que. – Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. says it will allow shareholders to vote on the pay packages of the company’s top five executives, but not until next year.Alain Bouchard, chairman and co-founder of the Quebec-based convenience-store giant, made the pledge before a shareholder withdrew a proposal to implement the so-called say-on-pay vote at the annual general meeting Thursday.“It’s becoming almost a rule in Canada, certainly for the TSX 60,” Bouchard said later in an interview.Chief executive Brian Hannasch added that “we have nothing to hide — so transparency today, we’re very open to it.”The non-binding shareholder votes, which many companies already allow, came to prominence in the wake of the financial crisis with changes that required publicly traded American companies to include a resolution approving executive compensation.Kevin Thomas, executive director at the Shareholder Association for Research and Education, said say-on-pay votes are a key accountability mechanism and called the shift toward it a “fantastic development” at Couche-Tard.The votes can help rein in skyrocketing CEO salaries and dissuade boards from handing out no-strings-attached bonuses to top management, “where the company essentially rewards the executive just for being there,” Thomas said.“There’s far too many practices that just like line the pockets of execs.”Complacency toward say-on-pay stems from some “family controlled or tightly controlled companies,” he said.“Some boards can be too captivated by their CEO, they’re charmed by them. Some might feel they might lose them,” Thomas added. “And some might feel that there’s a competitive advantage to paying their CEO more than anyone else.”For the past decade, the shareholder association has pushed to make annual compensation votes a regulatory requirement in Canada, as it is in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and some European countries.Most of the companies on the S&P/TSX 60 Index have adopted the annual vote, part of the more than 180 publicly held companies across the country that have done so, according to Thomas.Kingsdale Advisors, a shareholder services firm, charts the rising trend, noting that 157 companies had adopted the practice by 2015, up from just 28 in 2010.The Ontario Securities Commission, which has been monitoring developments in other jurisdictions, has said it is the primary responsibility of the board and its executive compensation committee to ensure that pay practices promote long-term shareholder value.Companies in the story: (TSX:ATD.B)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version erroneously referred to Kevin Thomas as Smith.last_img read more

Moroccos 2M Channel to Launch African Version of The Voice

Rabat – Morocco’s TV channel 2M is moving forward to launch the African version of the musical reality TV show ‘The Voice’.Al Ayam 24, citing sources from the channel’s administration, reported that state-owned 2M has allegedly signed a contract for exclusive rights to broadcast an African version of the singing competition, The Voice. The channel also owns the rights to the reality show, MasterChef Morocco.The African version of the voice will be produced by the Moroccan production company Med Prod which is responsible for the successful reality TV show MasterChef Morocco. The sources quoted by Al Ayam 24 did not unveil when the first edition of the Voice Africa will be launched nor did they reveal in what country  the auditions will be held.The program will choose candidates across the African continent based solely on their voice. The show will highlight the exceptional talent of many candidates and will have the potential of leading them to fame.The Voice proceeds in three phases: Blind Auditions, the Battle Rounds and the Live performance shows.The Voice was originally launched in 2011 as The Voice Holland. Rights to broadcast the program were sold to over 45 countries in the past four years, including France, the UK and US.Edited by Miriam El Ofir© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

SEC moving to require brokers to reveal conflicts for advice

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are moving to require that brokers provide their customers with detailed disclosures of their potential conflicts of interest when dispensing advice for retirement planning and other investments.But critics say the Securities and Exchange Commission’s new measure, supported by the financial industry, doesn’t go far enough to protect retail investors against abuses. They say a stricter standard advanced under the Obama administration should apply to brokers.The stricter fiduciary duty rule required all financial professionals — not just registered investment advisers — to act as trustees obligated to put their clients’ interests before their own. It was targeted for watering-down by President Donald Trump in early 2017 and defeated in the courts by the industry.Americans increasingly seek financial advice to help them navigate an array of options for retirement, college savings and more.Many financial pros provide investment advice, but not all of them are registered advisers who are legally required to put clients’ interests above their own or to disclose potential conflicts of interest that could colour their advice. Critics of the current system say investors lose billions of dollars a year because of advice from brokers with conflicts.The change to be adopted by the SEC on Wednesday could affect how hundreds of billions of dollars in Americans’ retirement and other investments are handled by brokers. Brokers sell stocks, bonds, mutual funds, annuities and other investments, which they may recommend to clients. They sometimes receive commissions for selling specific financial products.As proposed over a year ago, the SEC “best interest” regulation would require brokers to tell clients how much they collect from recommending products. They would have to provide clients with a new short-form disclosure document with key facts about the broker-client relationship, including potential conflicts of interest.SEC Chairman Jay Clayton has said the regulation is “a significant step” toward increasing investor protection while also “preserving investors’ access to a range of products and services at a reasonable cost.”Brokers wouldn’t be allowed to use the term “adviser” as part of their name or title in dealings with retail investors. They also would have to give clients details of their registration status with the SEC.Critics point out that “best interest” isn’t specifically defined.“The regulations the agency is set to approve are a betrayal of the ‘Mr. and Ms. 401(k)’ investors (Clayton) pledged to protect when he undertook this rulemaking,” the Consumer Federation of America and Americans for Financial Reform said in a joint statement. “The drain on people’s hard-earned savings will continue.”Details of the final regulation, which follows an extensive public comment period for the proposal, weren’t immediately known but it was expected to fall close to the proposed plan.“What they’ve proposed is a big step forward over what we’ve got now,” said James Angel, a professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business who’s an expert on financial markets regulation.Current regulations mandate brokers recommend only suitable investments to their clients — appropriate for their age, other demographic characteristics, tolerance for risk and investment goals. That’s less stringent than the fiduciary standard.A key question, Angel suggested, is whether the SEC regulation will prohibit some especially egregious practices, such as contests rewarding brokers who sell the most products with trips to Florida in the winter and other perks.Most Main Street investors may not be knowledgeable about financial industry practices, like the fees they’re charged for investment advice or the commissions collected by their brokers. The typical client “knows they’re making money off him somehow and they’re not sure how,” Angel said.That’s something George Wheeler, a retired information tech professional in Colorado, had mused about his broker. “We were always wondering how much he was making and how he made his money. He was never clear about that. … We were trusting that our broker was working in our best interest.”Wheeler and his wife, Rachel, say they also hadn’t known that fees were so high on the annuities the broker put them into, for which he promised annual returns of 7% or 8%. In fact, they earned 3% to 4% over a span of about 10 years, usually well below the overall stock market, they said in a telephone interview. As a result, their investment account ended up pretty much where it had started.“I would like to have retired sooner,” said Rachel, who’s leaving her job as a physical therapist at the end of this month.Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press read more

Second Cup ends 2015 with first positive samestore sales quarter since 2012

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Second Cup ended last year with its first positive same-store sales quarter since 2012.Same-store sales for locations open at least a year were up 0.2 per cent in the fourth quarter — the first time Second Cup has had positive same-store sales in 14 quarters going back to early 2013.The chain of coffee shops had $94,000 of net income in the three months ended Dec. 26, or one cent per share, compared with a loss of $469,000 or four cents per share in the same quarter a year earlier.Second Cup (TSX:SCU) has been working to revitalize its brand and franchise network amid stiff competition from other coffee companies including Starbucks and restaurant chains including Tim Hortons and McDonald’s.Second Cup’s second coming? Take a tour of the coffee chain’s new souped-up cafe in downtown TorontoWhy Ottawa-based coffee shop Bridgehead doesn’t see Starbucks as a threatThe company’s full-year loss was reduced to $1.153 million or nine cents per share, an improvement from the $27 million loss or $2.66 per share in 2014.System-wide sales by the cafes fell to $46.9 million in the fourth quarter, from $49.4 million a year earlier when Second Cup had 37 more locations in its network.Revenue for the quarter rose to $9.6 million from $8.4 million.At the end of 2015, Second Cup had 310 cafes, including 32 owned by the parent company. read more

One year after Uzbekistan killings UN rights chief conveys sympathy to families

“One year after the killings, no internationally accepted account of the events has been established,” said the High Commissioner, expressing the hope that Uzbekistan will still take advantage of the offers for assistance made by the international community, including the UN.Ms. Arbour has on several occasions called for an independent, international inquiry into the events on 13 May last year when reports stated that hundreds of protesters were killed after Uzbek troops fired indiscriminately to disperse them. The event sent hundreds of Uzbeks fleeing out of their country, and sparked a refugee crisis with Kyrgyzstan. The Uzbek Government claimed fewer than 200 people were killed in the unrest. However, more than 450 of the Uzbek refugees subsequently provided testimony to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) regarding the events of 13 May and an OHCHR report in July concluded that based on consistent, credible testimony, military and security forces committed grave human rights violations that day.The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) assisted in the evacuation to Romania of 439 Uzbeks who had fled to neighbouring Kyrgyzstan after the killings and almost all of these have been resettled to other countries worldwide.However UNHCR said today that the repercussions of last year’s tragedy are still being felt by the survivors, some of whom remain in Kyrgyzstan, while others have been given jail terms in Uzbekistan for alleged involvement in the events of last May.Haitvoy, a 29-year-old Uzbek, has been in exile in Kyrgyzstan for a year now, struggling to survive amid news that his brother back home was recently sentenced to 13 years in prison. Others tell similar stories, many having left their families behind, including Dilshot, whose brother is still in detention for taking part in the protests.Another Uzbek, Rasuljon, is alone in Osh, which is in south-western Kyrgyzstan, having not been resettled because he couldn’t get into the border camp at Jalal-abad from where the 439 were evacuated, due to security measures. Now he is among a group of Uzbeks awaiting a decision on their refugee status from the Kyrgyz Government.Another four Uzbeks recognized by UNHCR as refugees are still in detention in Osh, pending a decision by the Kyrgyz authorities on their fate, and a UNHCR spokeswoman today reiterated the agency’s concern about the fate of the four and its calls on the government not to send them back by force.Those who do file asylum claims are interviewed by the Kyrgyz Government’s Committee on Migration and Employment together with the UN refugee agency.UNHCR closed its office in Uzbekistan last month after 13 years of service following an ultimatum by the Foreign Ministry to end its work by 17 April.“UNHCR expressed regret over the decision as our work in the country was ongoing and many refugees continued to depend on assistance from us,” UNHCR spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis said at the time. “But we only work in a country by invitation and in support of the government. So in those exceptional situations where we are asked to leave, we leave.” read more

At Security Council top counterterrorism officials stress All of UN approach to

David Scharia, Officer-in-Charge of the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), addresses the Council’s meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. UN Photo/Ariana Lindquist He said that CTED provides the Counter-Terrorism Committee, a subsidiary body of the Security Council, with neutral and independent expert assessments of Member States’ implementation of Council resolutions on terrorism. To date, CTED has conducted 133 visits to 96 Member States, including 16 this year. This process, Mr. Scharia said, helped these countries to enact new laws, establish new institutions and strengthen capacities.“Yet, many States still do not have all counter-terrorism measures in place,” he added, expressing an expectation that the establishment of the Office of Counter-Terrorism will shorten the time period between CTED assessments and the delivery of assistance. He noted that the entire UN system should benefit from CTED analysis, “which is probably the most updated and comprehensive research-based analysis in the UN system on counter-terrorism trends and developments.” “Together, we have achieved a great deal since the adoption of resolution 1373 in 2001,” he said. “However, the terrorist threat continues to evolve at an alarming pace.” CTED recently updated the Technical Guide to the implementation of Council resolutions on terrorism. “We must recognize that there are four important spheres of UN activity that need to be aligned if we are to effectively develop a coherent and well-coordinated ‘All of UN’ framework for our future counter-terrorism efforts,” Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (OCT), said at a briefing to the 15-member body on the threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. These four spheres are the Security Council and its subsidiary bodies; the General Assembly; the UN Secretariat headed the Secretary-General; and the 38 UN entities that directly or indirectly contribute to counter-terrorism efforts, Mr. Voronkov said. Today’s meeting marked the 16th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1373, which was adopted on this day in 2001, following the 11 September terrorist attacks on the United States. He said that he had more than 50 high-level meetings with Member States and international and regional organizations last week in the margins of the General Assembly’s annual debate and that he listened carefully to the statements delivered in the Assembly, in which counter-terrorism was clearly a priority for many UN Member States. An effective, future-oriented and balanced counter-terrorism programme to support Member States would be built on six key areas; strengthening international counter-terrorism cooperation; preventing violent extremism conducive to terrorism; addressing the terrorist use of the Internet; enhancing the foreign terrorist fighters’ threat; and increasing the sharing of information and good practices.Also briefing the Council was David Scharia, Officer-in-Charge of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), who discussed how CTED’s work can contribute to the “All of UN” approach to combating terrorism. read more

Chrome experiment 100000 Stars puts the galaxy in your browser

first_imgThe universe is a big place. You just can’t fathom how mind-bendingly, staggeringly big it really is. But a cool new Chrome Experiment called 100,000 Stars might help you come to terms with it. As its name suggests, 100,000 Stars accurately charts the positions of 100,000 nearby stars in a killer 3D interactive view. It’s pretty and educational at the same time.100,000 Stars comes from the Google Data Arts Team and makes use of WebGL, CSS3D, and Web Audio. This is designed to work with the Chrome browser. All the stars depicted in this web app are contained in the same small corner of the Milky Way Galaxy that we are. 100,000 stars might sound like a lot, but there are a few hundred billion of them in just our galaxy.You can click and drag to rotate your view, while the mouse wheel will change your zoom level. If you zoom all the way out, the app shows you an artists impression of the entire galaxy. Zoom deeply into the local cluster of stars and you can click on 87 of the nearest ones to get information about them.The tour feature gives you the basics of distance and scale in space. It goes over how far Earth is from the sun, how large a light year is, and how limited our explorations are by comparison. Yes, 100,000 Stars can make you feel very small.Check this out in Chrome right now. To think, there was a time when animated gifs on the Internet were impressive.via Chrome Experimentslast_img read more

Ten luxury cars seized in CAB swoop on dealership

first_img http://jrnl.ie/4069025 By Paul Hosford 34 Comments Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 5:03 PM Short URL Image: Garda Press Office Ten luxury cars seized in CAB swoop on dealership CAB says the vehicles are worth in excess of €70,000 each. Image: Garda Press Office Share86 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE CRIMINAL ASSETS Bureau (CAB) has seized ten luxury cars from a car dealership in Dublin.CAB says the seizures form part of an ongoing investigation into a suspected organised crime gang based in west Dublin. CAB Bureau Officers (detective gardai and Revenue Customs Bureau Officers attached to CAB) carried out a customs control visit at the dealership in the Killeen Road area in Fox and Geese, Dublin 10 this morning. During the raid, ten high value sports utility vehicles have been detained by officers. The Criminal Assets Bureau says that the vehicles were taken on suspicion of VRT related offences. Source: Garda Press OfficeThe vehicles include eight high-end Range Rovers and two BMW X5s. Conservatively, CAB says those vehicles are worth in excess of €70,000 each. Jun 13th 2018, 5:03 PM 69,836 Views last_img read more

McAllister talks about Defoe and Rangers

first_imgThe Rangers assistant manager speaks how the team needs to be ready for their next match in the Scottish Cup Fourth Round against Cowdenbeath.After almost three weeks without competitive play, Scottish Premier League club Rangers will be back to action.They will play next Friday against Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup Fourth Round fixture.And for assistant manager Gary McAllister, this means the first match for Jermain Defoe with Rangers.“It will certainly be very different for Jermain, I don’t think he will have played in anything quite like it,” he said to The Express.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“As far as stock cars go, Cowdenbeath is one of the best in the world!”“It’s been a while since I played there to be fair but I was there as a teenager with Motherwell,” he added.“I can just remember the stock cars. It will certainly be different for Jermain and I don’t think he’ll have played in anything quite like it.”“I remember as manager at Leeds United we lost at Histon. To be fair, Leeds were in the third tier so were only a couple of divisions above Histon at the time,” he commented.“But in all honesty, my record wasn’t very good in the FA Cup when I first went to England.”last_img read more