first_imgMumbai, Oct 8 (PTI) The QPR South Mumbai Junior Soccer Challenger 2016 championship was inaugurated by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu here today.An initiative by Congress leader Milind Deora, the tournament is being held in association with renowned English Club Queens Park Rangers (QPR). The championship would also serve as a talent hunt for 50 talented youngsters, who will be shortlisted for a coaching clinic after a couple of months from which two children will be selected to train at the QPR Youth Academy, London, for a two week program in 2017, a media release issued here said. This year, the tournament will witness approximately 6400 children from 150 plus schools representing 800 teams and playing close to 1100 matches, it said.Deora, a former union minister, said, “Football is a growing passion amongst todays youth. By organising such championships I hope to provide a platform for the youth to exhibit their football skills.””The championship gives a great platform for students and adds immense value to their life and games. Indian Railways is committed to nurture and encourage sports-persons. We lend our support to the junior champions and are committed to help them to make a career in football and serve India,” Prabhu was quoted as saying in the release. PTI NRB ARS PDS PDS BASlast_img read more

first_imgDelhi spinners Manan Sharma and Vikas Mishra took an hour to grab the remaining four wickets as the Ishant Sharma-led team beat Railways by an innings and 105 runs in their second Group A league match of the Ranji Trophy here today.With seven points including a bonus by virtue of innings victory, Delhi are now on top of Group A with 10 points from two games.Starting the final day at 157 for six, Railways were all out for 206 in their second innings as Manan (3/67 in 17 overs) and Mishra (4/37 in 19.5 overs) were the wreckers-in-chief.Manan was the ‘Man of the Match’ for his century and match-haul of 7 wickets.Brief Scores: Delhi 1st Innings 447Railways 110 and 206 in 78.5 overs (Nitin Bhille 73, Vikas Mishra 4/37, Manan Sharma 3/67, Ishant Sharma 1/34)Delhi won by an innings & 105 runs.Points: Delhi 7; Railways 0.KARNATAKA KEEP PACEKarnataka began their 2017 Ranji Trophy campaign with a bang without their big guns like Manish Pandey and K L Rahul, defeating Assam by an innings and 121 runs in the other match in Group A.With this win, Karnataka are placed second in the points table with seven points from two matches.Sent into bat, Assam were skittled out for 145 in their first innings. In reply, Karnataka declared their first innings at 469 for seven, riding high on centuries by Ravikumar Samarth and Krishnappa Gowtham.Assam did not have answers to the bowling attack of the hosts led by Gowtham and Shreyas Gopal in the first innings and Vinay Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun and Gowtham in the second.advertisementThe Assam innings folded for 203, giving Karnataka their first win of their season’s opener.Brief Scores: Assam 145 and 203 in 73.1 overs (Gokul Sharma 71, R Vinay Kumar 4/31, Krishnappa Gowtham 3/39)Karnataka 469/7 dec.Karnataka won by an innings and 121 runs.Points: Kanrataka 7; Assam 0.The last match of the group between Hyderabad and Uttar Pradesh was abandoned without a ball being bowled.Brief Scores: Hyderabad vs UP. Match abandoned without a ball being bowled. Points: Hyderabad 1 UP 1.last_img read more

first_imgIt seems Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone fans are in for some bad news. At a time when rumours of their on-screen collaboration for 83 spread like wildfire, latest buzz suggests that Deepika has turned down Kabir Khan’s much-talked-about project. 83 is based on India’s historic 1983 cricket world cup win.It is no secret that Ranveer Singh is playing Kapil Dev in the sports drama, and rumour had it that Deepika was approached to play the role of Kapil Dev’s wife, Romi. But according to a report in a leading daily, that’s not happening anymore.A source was quoted as telling a daily, “83 is a boys films. The focus is on Kapil Dev and his team bringing home the World Cup. Ranveer plays Kapil Dev. Some people are writing that Deepika will play his wife Romi. Sounds tempting. But it’s just not true. Kapil Dev’s wife’s role will be very limited in this film. Deepika is a huge brand. She wouldn’t do any film just because her husband is in it.”It was just recently that Ranveer expressed his desire to work with Deepika, and said that he was “aching” to work with her again. But it seems their fans will have to wait a little longer to this real-life jodi together on screen again.On the work front, Deepika has signed Meghna Gulzar’s Chappak, a film on acid-attack survivor Laxmi Aggarwal. In fact, the actress has also turned producer with the film. Ranveer, on the other hand, is awaiting the release of Gully Boy opposite Alia Bhatt. The actor has already started prepping up for 83.advertisementALSO READ | Deepika Padukone to play Ranveer Singh’s wife in 83?ALSO READ | Deepika Padukone on birthday and honeymoon plans with Ranveer Singh: It will be extra specialALSO WATCH | Deepika Padukone marries Ranveer Singh in Italylast_img read more

first_img 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Everyone knows the best part of travelling is the food. From glamorous five-star restaurants to a humble street cart, it’s through food that you truly meet a country. Sharing a meal fosters conversation and understanding; dishes open a window into a people’s past, values, and traditions. Still, it’s not always terribly apparent where the best food is to be found: that’s where Sapore Travel comes in. They plan unforgettable vacations around food.This simple but genius concept was started by James Imbriani who came by his love of food and travel naturally: his family owns restaurants and has been involved with coordinating luxury and corporate travel. It was Peru, though, where he had his big realization: “Several years ago, I moved from New York to Lima, Peru to work for a company handling incoming luxury travelers. I had the opportunity to travel extensively around the country and these trips solidified the idea that for me, the most memorable cultural exchanges always revolved around food, wine, beer, spirits, etc.”Sapore Travel fosters a deeper, more intimate connection to the country you’re visiting by arranging introductions to a country’s easy-to-miss history and traditions, to fascinating people you might never have otherwise met, and to tastes your palate has been missing. Take, for example, their Croatian trip: you’ll eat freshly-grilled fish drizzled in olive oil while drinking local Malvazija wine; you’ll go truffle hunting outside the picturesque village of Istria where a family of third generation truffle hunters will whip up an incredible meal with the truffles you found! You’ll indulge in the Croatian tradition of spit-cooked lamb, take a private tour of a vineyard outside Sibenik, then enjoy a wine tasting and supper prepared by the winemaker’s wife–who just happens to be one of the nation’s best chefs. Pick olives at one of the best olive oil producer’s farms, and wind up in a 13th century home in Trogir to eat a meal prepared from ingredients you bought at the Medieval city’s market. Salivating yet?In Sicily you’ll get to snack your way through Palermo’s oldest market, surrounded by meats, fish, vegetables, noshing on chickpea fritters or Sicilian pizza. Then you’re off to the 1,000 acre farm for a cooking class using the family’s recipes made with ingredients you picked from their farm, resulting in an al fresco courtyard feast topped off with the estate’s wines. You’ll eat a home-cooked meal from the family of olive oil producers; you’ll sample wines from all over the island; wander through the Catania Fish Market, showcasing freshly-caught octopus, swordfish, sea urchins, and watch lively bargaining for the best bits. It’s a huge piece of Sicilian culture that’s so easy to miss.All of the stressful stuff is taken care of for you: hotels, travel, knowing where to go… all you have to do is relax, enjoy all the new people you meet, and obviously, eat. At the end of your trip you’ll come home with new friends all over the world instead of just knickknacks.With the help of Sapore Travel, you can explore Croatia, Sicily, Peru, Vietnam, Mexico, and even Northern California. They’re continuously adding new destinations, so be on the lookout for the Yucatan Peninsula, Northern Spain, Iceland, as well as New York City.Their hugely knowledgeable experts will even help you plan your own custom trip. You can focus on a region or a type of food– whatever floats your boat. Give them where you’d like to go and the experts at Sapore will do the rest, organizing flights, hard to get reservations, meals, and hotels.Sapore Travel offers unique, unforgettable experiences that will nourish your body and soul. This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway Editors’ Recommendations The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Marketlast_img read more

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Print  Close Port of Gulfport, January 22, 2014 zoom The Port of Gulfport found its latest tenant in its own backyard. Almost 18 months before the Port’s ongoing $570 million restoration is complete, port commissioners voted today to lease space to Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, a Mississippi based company.“We’re excited about doing business with Gulf Coast Shipyard Group and welcome the new business opportunities and jobs they will bring to the Port of Gulfport,” said Jonathan Daniels, executive director and CEO of the Mississippi State Port Authority (MSPA).John Dane III, president of Gulf Coast Shipyard Group said, “We are pleased to work with the Port of Gulfport and grow our business in Mississippi. We’ve worked together in the past on a smaller scale and look forward to this expanded relationship.”Headquartered in Gulfport, Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, formerly known as Trinity Yachts, is a leader in the design and construction of: offshore commercial vessels, offshore and inland barges, oil spill response and patrol vessels and oil field support vessels – in aluminum, steel and composite. Vessels range from 10 meters to 125 meters in length.Lease terms are for three years with three one-year options for renewal beginning March 1, 2014. Gulf Coast Shipyard Group has a contract to build six dual fuel liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered vessels for New Orleans based Harvey Gulf International Marine, with options for an additional four vessels, and the shipbuilder will utilize 15,000 square feet of warehouse space and 400 linear feet of dock space on the Port’s East Pier to complete these vessels.“It is important to note that these vessels, powered using LNG fuel, will have reduced emissions and fit in well with the Port’s newly approved Green Marine initiative,” said Daniels.“We envision having 20-70 workers on the Port while completing each vessel,” said Dane. “These will be trade jobs – painters, electricians, carpenters, mechanics – some of whom will be Gulf Coast Shipyard employees and some of whom will be employed by our subcontractors and suppliers.”Gulf Coast Shipyard expects the first vessel to be at the Port of Gulfport in mid-March. The Port has undertaken an aggressive effort to recruit new tenants since Daniels took the helm at the MSPA in June of 2013. Daniels said he expected the deal with Gulf Coast Shipyard to be the first successful conclusion of several lease discussions the Port currently has underway.Memorandums of Understanding outlining the terms and confidentiality of the negotiations have been signed with five prospective maritime tenants and preliminary discussions are underway with nine others.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Croatian investment corporation KERMAS Group intends to buy Arctech Helsinki Shipyard (AHS) in Finland from Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC confirmed to World Maritime News.KERMAS plans to acquire a 55 percent stake from USC, becoming a majority shareholder of the Finnish shipyard, the group told World Maritime News separately.“Our intention is to make a remarkable investment in AHS by directed share issue which, if realized, will entail the KERMAS Group holding 55 percent of AHS. The amount of investment is currently discussed and cannot be disclosed before closure of the deal,” KERMAS said.As informed, the share issue will be carried out in 2018 immediately after the parties finalize all corporate approvals.Arctech, fully owned by USC, specializes in Arctic shipbuilding technology, building icebreakers and offshore vessels. With this acquisition, AHS and Croatian Brodotrogir Shipyard Trogir (HBT), part of KERMAS, “are joining forces to gain a larger market share of the international shipbuilding market.”“As a natural extension of current joint active cooperation, AHS and HBT have decided to join forces to gain a larger market share of the international shipbuilding market. The primary objective of the cooperation is to be able to better meet the future needs of the growing market for cruisers and multipurpose vessels, such as tanker-icebreakers, floating docks, and chemical tankers,” KERMAS explained.The group added that the building and co-design cooperation between AHS and HBT started in February 2017. The shipyards are currently jointly building an “innovative” gas-condensate tanker-icebreaker newbuilding.Only two months ago, KERMAS expressed its interest in joining the ownership structure of another shipyard, Uljanik. The financially-troubled shipyard is to undergo a restructuring process after the European Commission approved the loan provided by the country’s government. The shipyard needs to find a new strategic partner in the following six months. Apart from KERMAS, Italian Palumbo Group is also interested in Uljanik.The acquisition of both shipyards would bring KERMAS “a big synergy”, Danko Koncar, owner of KERMAS, was cited by Slobodna Dalmacija as saying.Kermas has investments in renewable energy, real estate, marina development, agriculture and shipbuilding. The corporation entered the shipbuilding business in 2013 when it acquired the Croatian state-owned Brodotrogir shipyard.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgSixty-three Emergency Health Services staff members with between 20 and 40 years’ experience were recognized today, May 24, for their service. “When Nova Scotians need urgent medical care, paramedics, nurses and medical communications officers with Emergency Health Services are there to help,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “They have the training and experience to respond in emergencies and save lives. More and more, they are also working in collaborative health-care teams to improve the care we offer in communities. We are all grateful for their expertise.” During the ceremony, Kevin Davidson, a country music singer and paramedic receiving his 20-year award, performed his song When Those Sirens Are Gone. In addition to the regular long service medals, a special long service award was presented to Carolyn Desjardins on behalf of her husband, Craig Desjardins, a regional support supervisor in the northern region of the province. Mr. Desjardins passed away suddenly last August, at age 41. Paramedics and others who have worked for Emergency Health Services to Nova Scotians for 20 years or more are eligible for the EHS Long Service Award.last_img read more

first_img[polldaddy poll=6386631]Debate Part IIDebate Part IIIDebate Part IVAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG–Six of the eight candidates vying for the role of national chief of the country’s most influential First Nations organization squared-off in a debate which aired Thursday.The hour-long debate featured incumbent AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo, Dene National Chief  Bill Erasmus, Ryerson University professor Pam Palmater, Manitoba lawyer Joan Jack, former Roseau River First Nation chief Terry Nelson and former Treaty 3 grand chief Diane Kelly.Technical difficulties kept Mohawk activist Ellen Gabriel from participating in the debate via Skype from Geneva. George Stanley, regional AFN chief for Alberta, was unavailable to participate.Only chiefs can vote in the AFN election for national chief and the vote will be held in Toronto next Wednesday.Atleo, who participated in the debate from Ottawa, stuck to his message of being the unity candidate and ignored the pointed criticism from some of his challenges.“I think, as national chief over the last three years, of all the moments spent with families and with the kids especially. I think about Jaden, a 10 year-old boy in a northern remote community that I had a conversation with in his, really, one-room shack with no running water and no electricity and a slop pail out on the front porch,” said Atleo. “We have to achieve change for the Jadens across our respective territories that must compel our work going forward.”Palmater, however, directly attacked Atleo and the AFN under his leadership.“The status-quo is killing our people…various communities across the country are in crisis mode and we are not calling it a crisis at the AFN,” said Palmater. “The policy of appeasement at the AFN has not gained the AFN, or anyone else, any favours.”Nelson took a different tact, while avoiding direct criticism of Atleo, he said the chiefs needed to send a message that they are not afraid of Ottawa.“The AFN really messed up at the so-called Crown-First Nation gathering (in January)…They treated Harper as God, the chiefs were muzzled and what happened is you have massive cuts,” said Nelson. “People have to quit being afraid….the Americans are on our side, if you don’t get the Americans on your side, you are not going to get anything from Canada.”Jack presented a starkly different vision for the AFN, saying the organization had to again reconnect with people in First Nation communities, prioritizing Indigenous languages, and let the regions drive the national organization’s agenda.“Most of the people in our communities don’t understand they just get continually left behind by all of these discussions somewhere else,” said Jack. “The regions of the AFN must be empowered so they implement solutions that meet their own needs in their own territories.”Kelly highlighted her experience as Treaty 3 grand chief saying she was both connected to the traditional teachings and the demands of dealing with the governments of the day.“I have a long history of being educated by our elders about the spirit and intent of our treaties,” said Kelly. “It’s not about just going to government with our hand out, we can’t do that anymore…we have to just take action, we have to assert our inherent jurisdiction our inherent rights.”Erasmus portrayed himself as the candidate who could bring a smooth shift in the current direction of the AFN to take a stronger stand on rights.“Canada really has no jurisdiction over us whatsoever…the Canadian government is a lesser authority, the legislation they are trying to apply to us is illegal,” said Erasmus. “People know who I am. I think they are comfortable with me in this position and they know I am capable of doing the job.”last_img read more

first_imgGary Dimmock is a senior reporter with the Ottawa Citizen. While at Rideau High School the twins said they were kept apart. Carlos excelled in sports, including boasting ‎he ran a 12.6 second 100-metre dash at 17. He also says he was naturally gifted at hockey, football and volleyball, but lacked the guidance to take it further.He also describes himself as the kid “hiding in the corner” at school. When he graduated high school he didn’t know what to do.He got a job laying tile for a construction company. He didn’t like making $11-an-hour and quit, but says he was good at it.Then he started selling cocaine at about 19.“I just looked at my family and I’m like ‘I’m supposed to be a drug dealer.’ I started being a hustler,” Carlos says.That escalated to pimping women in the sex trade, even himself to “cougars”. “I started at a half-ball (couple grams) and worked my way up to a half-bird (half kilogram),” he says, proudly.He lived in the “spotlight.” Had girls, and felt like he was big deal with money.He claims to have owned multiple vehicles and woke up counting stacks of cash. But at around 23 he felt something was missing and he had been snorting his own stash for a while. He was becoming his father.“I realized I’m a piece of shit. I’m a piece of shit. I hate myself … and I was on a path of destruction,” he says.Meanwhile, his brother had found Islam after years of abusing drugs since the age of 12. “In my 20s, my life started changing around and I discovered Islam and started changing my life for the better,” Ashton says. When they were both about 12 they said their mom wanted nothing to do with them. They went to live with their grandmother Linda Brennan, their father’s mother, in Ottawa’s rough Overbrook neighbourhood.There they got food and clothes – but both said that is about it. They also learned “the Game” as their grandmother was a drug dealer.Around this time Ashton and Carlos, who had been “twin tight” as kids, became polar opposites. Ashton fell into drugs, selling and using. He was angry at the world.“I used (drugs) as an outlet to vent my frustrations and my depression and my stress,” he says. “It was easier to go pick up a crack scale, go grab crack and chip it down.”Carlos would stay in his room and play video games.“This is when life gets better, but kind of shittier at the same time. Moved in with my grandma, had all the junk food, anything we wanted, we got … but we lived in a smoke chimney and a drug house. People think it’s cool, but it’s not cool. I would never want any child to have to experience what I did,” he says.He recalls one day police kicked his grandmother’s door in yelling “the pharmacy is closed” in a drug raid.He also can’t forget the day his grandmother’s dog was knifed to death. (Ashton Larmond, left, and his twin brother Carlos.)Kenneth Jackson and Gary Dimmock APTN National News Ashton Larmond was a little boy when he walked in the bathroom of his home and saw a man trying to drown his mom in the tub.He had her by the hair plunging her head in the water.Then she saw Ashton – standing at the door.“She looked at me,” he said. “I‎ remember the look on her face.“She said, ‘It’s okay, sweetheart.’”He ran away and police came.He fought tears recalling the memory of his childhood.It’s just one of many he and his twin brother Carlos Larmond recall growing up in – as they call it – the gutter of Ottawa.That’s before the entire country knew their names after they were nabbed by RCMP on terrorism charges in January 2015 for wanting to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).Both pleaded guilty in August – Ashton was sentenced to 17 years and Carlos, seven. The judge likened their extremist Islamic belief to worshiping the devil. But the judge heard little of the life the brothers came from.That’s because there was no pre-sentence report or, in the twins case, a report that highlights Gladue principles – something the Supreme Court of Canada said all lower courts must take into account when the liberty of an Indigenous person is at stake.The brothers claim to be Algonquin and were interviewed by a Gladue report writer shortly after they were arrested.Recordings of those interviews have never been heard – not by the RCMP or the twins’ lawyers – until now.The exclusive recordings make up this story, along with confidential RCMP documents, obtained by APTN National News and the Ottawa Citizen that show how two Ottawa kids got swept up in the madness of ISIL.Ashton and Carlos Larmond were born about 18 minutes apart on Nov. 21, 1990 in Ottawa.Their mother Michelle Ruthven lives in Ottawa but hails from Texas and, as the brothers put it, is “all-American.”Their father Anthony Larmond is from Pembroke, Ont., but grew up in Ottawa. His family line can be traced to the Algonquin in the Ottawa Valley, and the boys, despite now being Muslim, identify as Algonquin and obtained membership cards with the non-status Algonquins of Ontario – a group fighting the federal government for land in the valley. Almost from the beginning the boys arrived into a world “set up for failure.”Dad was a drug dealer who became a drug addict. He robbed banks to pay for his habit. He just wasn’t any good at it.He has spent most of his life behind bars. In fact, when his sons were arrested he was in a halfway house in Toronto on his latest bank robbery conviction. He broke his parole shortly after and blamed his kids for it. center_img Carlos reached out to his brother who had been trying to get him to join his faith.But by then the RCMP were already on to Ashton.In the summer of 2013, the RCMP intercepted conversations between Ashton and John Maguire, a fellow Ottawa young man who flew overseas and joined ISIL in December 2012. In those discussions, Ashton told Maguire he wanted to join him.According to RCMP documents, Ashton’s mother called the Ottawa police in September 2013 saying her son wanted to go kill for terrorists. Days later Ashton’s passport was revoked as he had bought a ticket overseas.It’s not clear how the RCMP was keeping an eye on Ashton as the months passed.It wasn’t until February 2014 that the RCMP finally approached Ashton who was living at the Salvation Army shelter in downtown. He denied wanting anything to do with terrorism. Ashton was convinced the RCMP was watching him after, but documents don’t suggest it. The RCMP doesn’t appear to take Ashton serious until after a lone shooter gunned down a reservist guarding the National War Memorial in October 2014, then stormed Parliament Hill with ease before being gunned down inside Centre Block by security and the RCMP.It was then that the RCMP launched Project Slipstream focusing on Ashton and several other local men. Around that time Carlos accepted his brother’s extremist views – just a few months before their eventual arrests.“I got off drugs like two months before and then I got arrested and boom,” Carlos says. ‎ Despite the charges he was facing, he adds, “My mental state today is way different than it was … when I was all strung out. What really helped was my spiritual healing.”The RCMP used an informant to get inside Ashton’s circle who recorded the brothers talking about joining ISIL. To date, that informant has been paid nearly $800,000 for his work against the brothers.Carlos, who describes himself as “the smart one” of the brothers, was secretly recorded by the informant that he thought it was best they stayed in Canada and laid low. But on Jan. 10, 2015, Carlos was arrested trying to board a plane in Montreal to overseas and join ISIL – something he now can’t believe he was going to do, according to comments made by his lawyer after sentencing.Ashton was also arrested despite not having a passport, as he had planned an elaborate trip through the Arctic to join his brother. A few days after their arrest Maguire was reported to have been killed fighting for ISIL.Gladue report writer Mark Marsolais met with the Larmond brothers in April 2015.The twins met with Mark Marsolais about a month following their arrest. It was a quick meeting, basically Marsolais introduced himself and said he wrote Gladue reports for Indigenous people facing incarceration in Ottawa.The brothers said they were Algonquin and agreed to be interviewed thinking it would help them get bail, which they did not get.In April 2015, Ashton was interviewed once and Carlos, twice. In total, they spoke for over three hours describing their chaotic lives and stressing if they had any sort of guidance growing up they wouldn’t be where they were – something the Supreme Court calls Gladue principles.“Terrible,” is how Marsolais described their lives. “Product of their own environment. They had a terrible life. They were brought up in a dysfunctional family. They were basically set up for failure right from the get-go.”Marsolais said he lost contact with the brothers shortly after interviewing them. Both were moved out of Ottawa for safety reasons. He said no one followed up with him to complete the reports, which he agreed to do for free, and believes the judge could have benefited from reading a report on the brothers.The day they were sentenced the court did hear a bit about their lives according to Ashton’s lawyer Joe Addelman.Addelman said he reminded the judge the brothers are Indigenous and Gladue principles needed to be applied, but that is as far as it went.The judge came back within an hour and gave his indictment, and found Ashton was clearly the leader.During the jailhouse interviews, the brothers admit they have limited knowledge of their Indigenous history and ‎Carlos says he always asked his grandmother about his Algonquin family, but it was never part of their life.Ashton blames residential schools and other issues with colonization as to why his family was disconnected from its past. Both say when they get out they want to go live “on the reserve.”“If I do get a Native piece of land on the reserve I’d like to build my own little log cabin and live peacefully,” says Carlos.But he wants his story told.“This is an original story … I’m going to let the world know what my story is,” he says. kjackson@aptn.caKenneth Jackson is a senior reporter with APTN National News. (Carlos speaks about his father in prison to Gladue report writer Mark Marsolais. Caution: strong language.)Their mother struggled raising two “hyper boys” and moved them around a lot. From Ottawa to Texas, then to Oshawa and back to the Ottawa area.Both of them recall not having much, and when in Oshawa they would eat old potato chips from dumpsters. Early school life saw them in special needs classes from Grade 4 to 8. “Food was never around. That was a luxury for us,” Carlos says on audio-tape. “A family is like a luxury for me and people take it for granted. These people in this prison (Ottawa’s local jail where they were held at the time) have a family, a father, grandparents are all connected. These criminals – and these losers – and I’m like what is wrong with you? You have something I never had that I would trade everything in the planet for.” Carlos is haunted by memories of when he was with his mom – where he and his brother suffered unspeakable abuse by men they looked to for guidance.last_img read more

Women in rural areas will be trained in husbandry techniques designed to improve food security and household incomes over the next three years with the goal increasing egg production by a minimum of 45 million eggs in the first year alone through improved feed and medical care. Poultry production in Afghanistan is almost exclusively a family-based women’s activity, and the women will be given improved pullets and a starter kit of supplies for increasing production. After a training period of five months, they will be organized into producers groups for collaboration and supply distribution, through which FAO will provide feed, pullets, poultry vaccination programs, health services and training in marketing skills. The projects are funded by Germany and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Since 1998, FAO has trained 16,000 women in poultry production in and around Kabul, Logar, Jalalabad, Parwan, Kandahar, Badakshan and Mazar-i-Sharif. read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 9, 2016 10:27 am MDT Last Updated Dec 9, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Sales of Crown drilling rights in Alberta have fallen to their lowest levels in 39 years.Statistics posted on the Alberta Energy website this week, following the last auction of 2016, show that oil and gas producers paid $137 million this year for the right to drill oil and gas wells on land where the province owns the mineral rights.That’s the poorest showing since the province adopted its current auction system back in 1977 and worse than the previous low of $149 million in 1992. The average price paid per hectare in 2016 was $146.Five years ago, in 2011, the province had its most lucrative year ever, racking up $3.5 billion from drilling rights auctions at which bidders paid an average of $860 per hectare while trying to nail down positions in the attractive Montney and Duvernay formations.Oilfield services analyst Aaron MacNeil of AltaCorp Capital Inc. said companies in Alberta haven’t been bidding because most have more land in inventory than they can afford to develop given current lower commodity prices.In its budget last spring, the Alberta government estimated it would collect revenue of just $95 million from land sales in the 2016-17 fiscal year ending next March, rising to $157 million the following year.Online statistics show sales of Crown drilling rights are also down this year in B.C. and Saskatchewan, although year-end totals are not yet available. Alberta Crown drilling rights auctions deliver lowest payoff in 39 years read more

How will your favorite NBA team do this year? See all of our predictions for the 2016-17 season » There is little reason for the casual NBA fan to pay attention to the Denver Nuggets this season. They are a bad-to-mediocre team with a ceiling of mediocre-yet-interesting. Where they fall along that spectrum will probably depend on what becomes of Emmanuel Mudiay.Mudiay, who skipped college ball in favor of getting paid as a pro in China, looked like a steal as the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 draft. He walked into the starting point-guard position in his rookie season and went on to play 30 minutes of horror-show basketball every night. And, yet, because of the quirks of his position, his obvious talent and some promising stats papered over by the all-around badness, Mudiay remains a tantalizing prospect despite having one of the worst rookie seasons in recent memory.The baseline stats belie just how bad he was: Mudiay averaged 12.8 points and 5.5 assists per game while shooting 36 percent from the floor and 32 percent from behind the arc. Dig a little deeper and it starts to look worse: His turnover rate was just a hair under 18 percent, and he finished the year with his win shares per 48 at a tidy -0.049. That’s not good! It is in fact very bad!How does a supposed phenom have a season that bad? By having no idea how to put the ball in the basket. Among qualified players, Mudiay ranked dead last in both effective field goal percentage and true shooting percentage. He somehow managed to put up worse shooting numbers than Kobe Bryant, who spent the season heaving up as many shots as possible despite his body being held together by bungee cords. Bryant at least had the excuse of being a shameless gunner and 700 years old. Mudiay managed to be a black hole despite taking 200 fewer shots than Old Man Bryant. This isn’t to say that Nuggets fans should be feeling great about Mudiay’s future as he heads into his second season running the offense. The inclusion of Westbrook, Mike Conley and John Wall in the comparable players section of his CARMELO comps will surely induce a few fist pumps, but the sight of Sebastian Telfair and Brandon Jennings should leave them in a cold sweat.Whether Mudiay is able to overcome his growing pains and carry his second-half improvements into this season won’t mean much for the Nuggets’ immediate future — they’re likely a long shot for the playoffs even if Mudiay is great — but it means everything for their long-term plans. Aside from Mudiay and Nikola Jokic, this is a roster almost entirely made up of solid but uninspiring players. Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Will Barton are fine basketball players, but they aren’t a group that’s equipped to turn the Nuggets into a consistent playoff contender.In the coming years, the Nuggets will have to choose which of their good-but-not-great players are worth keeping around and which are better jettisoned. But none of those decisions will matter if the team can’t find a true star or two to anchor the roster. Jokic looks like he’s ready to play the part, but so much still depends on what becomes of Mudiay. At this point, one timeline sees him developing into an oversized point guard with a passable jumper who can use his speed, strength and vision to control the game. The darker timelines see him slogging through a disappointing NBA career, launching jumpers from a trebuchet and never quite catching onto the rhythm of the game. Mudiay will be much closer to one of those destinies at the conclusion of this season, which means it’s probably going to be a very good or very bad year for the Nuggets.Check out our NBA predictions. An optimist would point out that Mudiay’s shooting improved in the second half of the season; he shot 39 percent from the floor and 36 percent from 3-point range after the All-Star break. A pessimist would dunk on that optimist’s head by reminding everyone that shooting was far from Mudiay’s only problem — he created just 0.64 points per possession for his team as a pick-and-roll ball-handler last season, a rate that was nearly doubled up by Steph Curry (1.11) and lagged behind less lofty competition like Jimmy Butler (0.89) and Jamal Crawford (0.82).Rookies often take a while to find their stroke — Kris Dunn shot 24.2 percent over his last five preseason games — but what makes Mudiay’s shooting stats so ugly is that they weren’t just the result of a broken jumper. He struggled just as much around the basket. He made only 44 percent of the shots he took less than five feet from the rim, a full 15 points below the league average. According to, Mudiay made 7.6 drives to the basket per game and converted just 38 percent of the shots he took at the end of those drives. This would maybe be understandable if Mudiay were the size of, say, Earl Boykins and built like a dachshund, but he’s a 6-foot-5 point guard who weighs 200 pounds. Driving to the hoop and finishing strong is supposed to be, like, his whole thing.If Mudiay were a center or power forward coming off a rookie season this rotten, I imagine that he would have already been written off as an Anthony Bennett-style bust, but point guards are evaluated a little differently. The inherent difficulties of the position are going to produce some ugly statistics in the first season, and the problems that rookie point guards have — unfamiliarity with the speed of the NBA, poor shooting, high turnover rate — are usually the kinds of problems that can be solved. Remember when Russell Westbrook’s effective field goal percentage was .414 in his first season? That’s why FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection model ranks guys like Marcus Smart and Elfrid Payton so highly.This goes a long way toward explaining why CARMELO is relatively bullish on Mudiay as well, projecting him to dig his way out of the basement and be a solid contributor within a few seasons: And don’t forget that for all Mudiay’s failings, he’s had his moments. It was highlights like this that made him a lottery pick to begin with: read more

first_imgWeir Minerals have announced a long term strategic cooperation agreement with international technology group ANDRITZ to supply equipment for processing tailings in the mining industry. As part of this agreement, ANDRITZ will supply proven separation and dewatering technologies, thus enabling Weir Minerals to offer complete tailings solutions to its customers.“The tailings market is experiencing growth driven by environmental and governmental pressures. We understand our customers are under increased pressure to further improve the management of their mine tailings, which is why we have partnered with ANDRITZ. We are industry leaders in mineral processing equipment, with well known brands Warman®, GEHO® and Cavex®, all of which are backed by our global service footprint. Our capabilities, teamed with ANDRITZ extensive knowledge on tailings thickening, will ensure our customers receive a complete tailings solution,” states Ricardo Garib, Weir Minerals Division President.“Our separation technologies have been proven in a large number of industries, such as food and beverage production, chemicals, biomass, organic waste, and mining. We are very proud to work with Weir Minerals, who operate in over 70 countries worldwide and in the most remote locations, and to contribute to their offering of sustainable and value-added tailings solutions with our expertise and product know-how,” says Olaf Müller, Business Area Manager of ANDRITZ Separation.For a number of decades, Weir Minerals has been providing mines around the world with sustainable and cost-effective solutions for the management, disposal, and recycling of mine waste. The renowned GEHO® positive displacement pumps transport ores, minerals, and tailings under extreme conditions, while minimising both water and energy consumption at the same time.In 2016, Weir Minerals opened the Weir Technical Centre, which has enhanced the company’s global tailings offering by developing and testing pipeline and tailings solutions as well as manufacturing specific tailings-based products.“Weir Minersls take the lead in providing reliable tailings solutions that ensure the health and safety of everyone on site and in the communities where they operate, as well as minimising any impact on the environment.”Garib adds, “This latest agreement complements our overall tailings offering and enables us to provide our customers with a complete tailings solution. Under the brand name IsoDry, we will now offer customers a range of mechanical separation technologies, such as thickeners, filter presses, centrifuges, and vacuum belt filters.”Dry stack deposition removes harmful waste by-products to create a compacted dry cake that can be disposed of safely. The process is safer than alternative solutions and better for the environment, allowing for improved recovery of process chemicals and giving back clean water. Weir Minerals take their solutions offering one step further by providing sustainable management that sees tailings converted into effective products, reducing costs as well as risks for operators.“Dry stacking of tailings is achieved by using a combination of belt, drum, stacked pressure plates, and vacuum filtration systems. We are thrilled that we can now offer this option to our customers and optimise the performance and efficiency of their tailings process.Our unique ability to specify the manufacture and transport of backfill products from tailings and the recovery of water from tailings slurries can significantly help our customers reduce costs and risks. Our tailings product offering with world-renowned performance combined with our global service footprint will ensure that our customers receive high-quality tailings solutions,” Garib concludes.last_img read more

first_imgEVER WANTED TO send money to someone via email?The opportunity could be on its way as Google has rolled its Google Wallet service into Gmail, so people can now attach a sum of money to their  message.The feature is being introduced for US users over the next few months, but as of yet there is no news on the date that Irish users will be able to access the new service.From paying rent to booking a holiday, the service has a huge range of uses.If your bank account is linked to Google Wallet, or if you have money in your Google Wallet balance, it is free to send money to people. But if you use your linked credit or debit card, there are added fees.Here’s the video that explains more about how the new system works:(Google/YouTube)You must be over 18 to use the feature, and you can also buy purchase protection to cover you in case of unauthorised payments.Would you send money over Gmail? Poll Results: No (600) Maybe (392)center_img Yes (459) YesNoMaybeVoteRead: Court says Google’s auto-complete ‘can be defamatory’>Read: The 25 most popular free iPhone apps of all time>last_img read more

first_imgBattery-sipping e-ink displays have yet to make their presence felt in the world of smartphones, but YotaPhone is looking to change that. The Russian creation features a full-color 1280×720 LCD on the front and a 200DPI e-ink display on the back that’s driven by custom software (both measure 4.3 inches and are protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass). By splitting duties between the two displays, the YotaPhone’s battery life can be extended by as much as 50% — without resorting to Motorla’s Droid Razr Maxx strategy.The energy-saving e-ink display does come with a catch: it’s not built to run standard Android apps. Only the lower portion of the screen is touch-enabled, and it’s driven by custom software. That’s not a bad trade-off for the daylight readability and improved efficiency. You probably wouldn’t want to run most of your favorite apps on an e-ink display anyway because of its much slower refresh rate and complete lack of color.As for the rest of the YotaPhone’s hardware, there’s a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, and a minimum of 32GB of internal storage. A 12-megapixel camera adorns the e-ink side of the phone while a 720P-capable cam faces front for all your Google+ Hangout and Skype video chat needs. On the wireless connectivity side of things, the YotaPhone supports LTE.The YotaPhone is set to launch in Russia first, though not until the third quarter of 2013 and discussions are under way with US and European carriers as well. With nearly a year to go before launch, don’t be surprised if those specs change. If they don’t, however, it could mean that the phone will be positioned as a mid-range phone with a more modest price tag.More at Engadgetlast_img read more

first_img 32 Comments Family calls for improved cardiac services at Waterford after man dies during ambulance transfer His sister says Thomas Power (40) wouldn’t have died had the cath lab been open on Sundays. Image: A MAN DIED during an ambulance transfer between hospitals in Waterford and Cork at the weekend, the HSE has confirmed.His family has said Thomas Power (40) would still be alive had the cath lab been open at University Hospital Waterford when he sought help on Sunday.There has been a long-running campaign for increased cardiac services at the hospital, and for increased hours of operation for the existing lab. A catheterisation lab helps visualise arteries and treat any heart problems found.Speaking to Joe Duffy on RTÉ’s Liveline yesterday, Catherine Power explained how Thomas had gone to his local hospital suffering from pains in his chest.Thomas’s wife called Catherine to tell her that he was being transferred to Cork, as the cath lab wasn’t open at the time.They expected him to be in Cork for the night, but weren’t too concerned as “he’s a healthy man,” his sister said.Catherine learned in a later phone call that her brother had died in an ambulance around 30 minutes after leaving hospital in Waterford.University Hospital Waterford confirmed in a statement that a male patient who was in transit to Cork, following an initial assessment at its emergency department, was pronounced dead on arrival at CUH.The hospital said it extended its sympathies to the family of the deceased.“We had to go down to Cork and see him and identify him – just be with him and say our goodbyes,” his sister told Liveline. It took us three hours… How is an ambulance meant to get down here on these bad roads and we have a cath lab sitting there empty at weekends?Catherine, who told the programme she had called in to raise awareness of the issue, called for the lab to be opened at weekends.Thomas was newly married, she said – and his wife is expecting their first baby.The campaign for a second cath lab at Waterford was the focus of a major political dispute last year. Local TD John Halligan – a junior minister – has long campaigned for increased cardiac services at the hospital, and the Independent Alliance member’s demands put his membership of the government in doubt.A consultant cardiologist commissioned to conduct an independent review of cardiac services at UHW found that there was no need for a second such lab. He did, however, recommend investment in the existing lab.Halligan announced in January he had secured a mobile cath lab for the hospital. The HSE is expected to seek tenders for the mobile lab this week.Read: Cholesterol-lowering vaccine could be available in six years >Read: Paris police van attack: Four family members of assailant detained > By Daragh Brophy Share361 Tweet Email2 center_img 11,847 Views Image: Jun 20th 2017, 8:11 AM Tuesday 20 Jun 2017, 8:11 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img EA ruining Peggle with new pay-to-play pricing structurePlants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare quick review Stay on target Plants vs Zombies was a cute mobile game that has since become as giant as a redwood tree. The tower defense-like title has not only gotten a sequel but even a spin-off series in Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare. Crossing over into the third person shooter genre wasn’t enough for this franchise, however, as it is now getting a collectible card battle game similar in style to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Behold — Plants vs Zombies Heroes.Players will take on the role of a Plant or Zombie hero and use hundreds of cards based on characters from the franchise. The game features a campaign mode with 80 adventures and 400 levels. Those who want to compete against real opponents can face off against friends (or random strangers) online in ranked or unranked multiplayer matches.According to the game’s senior producer, Brian Lindley, Plants vs Zombies Heroes started off as a prototype card game that he and his team created to play during their spare time. Over time, it became a more fleshed out collectible card game full of secrets, depth, and strategy. Since the team was having such a blast playing it, they decided to create a full-blown game that everyone could enjoy.To celebrate the launch of Heroes, Plants vs Zombies 2 and Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 will have their own “Lawn of Doom” events. These will have Halloween-inspired levels, costumes, items, and bosses.The Plants vs Zombies franchise has proved that it can succeed by having games in vastly different genres so there is no reason to believe that Heroes won’t be another winner. The fact that collectible card games are a big thing these days should also be a big help. Don’t be surprised if this game becomes as popular as Hearthstone was when it first released.Plants vs Zombies Heroes is available now on iOS and Android.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Rosa Pryor, Special to the AFROHello dear friends of mine; hope your last weekend was as fun and adventurous as mine was. I did go to the Arch Social Club event on Pennsylvania and North and it was absolutely fantastic. First as you walk up to the building, it was cleared of any riff-raff hanging around the door or in the area, the décor’ of the lounge was beautifully decorated; the tables and chairs were covered in white and blue and the entertainment was great.Renowned Nationally Known, Louis Hayes Quintet with Allyn Johnson, Theljon Allen, Paul Carr and Michael Bowie will be performing 6-10 p.m., Oct. 26, at the Caton Castle Lounge, 20 S. Caton Avenue in Baltimore; presented by Ruth Blinsky, jazz promoter. (Courtesy Photo)This was the first of their musical series. Keep reading my column, and I will let you know when the next event is coming. My Boo-Boo and I also attended the Big Band Cabaret given by St. James Academy in Ellicott City checking out Phil Butt’s Big Band. It too was very nice; the music took you back to the 40’s the “swing-dancing days.” It was very well attended. And we also had a ball at the WMEL Radio event. This R&B show was off the hook! DJ Mel and WMEL Radio outdid themselves. Two thumbs up! Mel.Roderick C. Demmings Jr., pianist, will entertain you, 7 p.m., Nov. 2, at the First Baptist Church of Baltimore, Social Hall, 4200 Liberty Heights Avenue. Free admission. Food will be on sale.I just love the fact that Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington Street in Baltimore continues to cater to our community. They are having their “4th Annual Trick or Treat” event, 2-4 p.m., Oct. 27, which will be a great day to support our community’s children and have a little fun too. This year they will have their and my good friend, magician, John Carrington, who is also with Heaven 600 and been a supporter and performer of the market for many years. This event will be in the Lexington rooms so they can utilize the space for three different craft stations, a slime making demonstration, and a smoothie demonstration; magic show, balloon characters, create a mask and candy give-aways throughout the market.“Big Shirley” Allen Belton and Mr. Disco is hosting a Jazz Cabaret, 4-8 p.m., Nov. 3, at the Monumental Elks Lodge #3, 1528 W. Madison Avenue with free dinner and B.Y.O.B. For more information, call 443-942-6580. (Courtesy Photo)Lexington Market also offers “Artistries Market featuring local artists offering Afrocentric Items, fine jewelry, accessories and home décor every first Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. No need to call them, just go and take the children and grandchildren and have fun.Well-known Baltimore Personality, William “Tank” Hill is now in Maryland General Hospital, Room #403. Send a card, stop by and say hello and keep him and his wife Pungie in your prayers.Before I leave you, my “Boo-Boo” and I want to give our condolences to our friend and journalist sister, Valerie Fraling for the loss of her mother. I attended the viewing and saw so many people from all walks of life sharing their love for the well-known columnist.Well, my dear followers and friends, I am out of space and time, but remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.last_img read more

first_imgNovember 5, 2013 Apple Inc. is interested in sapphires. No, the tech giant isn’t getting into the jewelry business. It has plans to build a manufacturing facility in Mesa, Ariz. to create sapphire material likely to be used in production of Apple devices.The news was announced by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who hailed the technology company’s choice as a significant capital investment in the state that will create at least 700 permanent jobs and 1,300 construction jobs.”Apple will have an incredibly positive economic impact for Arizona,” Gov. Brewer says. “Their investment in renewable energy will also be greening our power grid, and creating significant new solar and geothermal power sources for the state.”Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Shopping for Your Next SmartphoneApple is partnering with Merrimack, N.H.-based GT Advanced Technologies to open the manufacturing plant. GT says it specializes in innovative crystal growth equipment solutions for a number of industries, including consumer electronics. In addition to occurring naturally, sapphire material can be manufactured for industrial purposes.Apple will give GT a prepayment of $578 million which will be repaid over the course of five years, beginning in 2015, GT says. Apple will own the facility but GT will own and operate the production furnaces.So far, Apple is mum about what exactly it will be manufacturing, but reports have speculated that the sapphire material could be used in screen production for devices like iPads and iPhones.Related: Apple Sells Record Number of iPhones 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

first_img Listen Now Though it may be slightly later to the set-top box party, Amazon is looking to differentiate itself from competitors with a video streamer you can talk to.The ecommerce giant unveiled its long-anticipated Fire TV during a press event in New York this morning — on the very day that the $99 box will be available to ship.And Amazon vice president Peter Larsen took the opportunity to knock the clunky navigation, laggy buffering and closed content ecosystems of competing boxes, as he described them — including those of Roku, Apple TV and Google Chromecast.Related: Amazon Is Now Accepting Returns Through its LockersTo address these issues, Amazon has amped up Fire TV’s specs with a quad-core processor for “three times the processing power of Apple TV and Roku” as well as four times as much memory.To avoid excessive buffering, an Advanced Streaming and Prediction (ASAP) feature “dynamically adapts to your viewing habits,” Amazon said.Perhaps most markedly, quipped Jeff Bezos in a letter on Amazon’s website, “Fire TV has voice search that actually works” — as well as a zany commercial starring Gary Busey to illustrate how viewers can speak the names of titles, actors or genres into their remotes.Related: Aereo to Supreme Court: Our Streaming TV Service ‘Falls Squarely Within the Law’The thin, black, square, 4-inch box represents the latest foray by Amazon into the hardware space following the launch of its revolutionary Kindle family of devices (which also tout a fire-themed name.)While Amazon already offers its own video-streaming service, Amazon Prime — and develops proprietary content via Amazon Studios — Fire TV’s content partners at launch time will include Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Showtime Anytime and many more, though notably not HBO GO.In addition to 200,000 TV episodes and movies, Fire TV is also throwing over 100 games into the mix. A Fire Game Controller will be sold separately for $39.99, and both free and paid games will be available for an average price of $1.85.Users can also stream “millions” of songs from services like Pandora, iHeartRadio and more.Related: Apple and Comcast in Talks to Create Priority TV Streaming Service 2 min read Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger.center_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer April 2, 2014last_img read more