The Delhi High Court today refused to pass an interim order on a plea for a stay on former JD(U) president Sharad Yadav’s disqualification as a Rajya Sabha member.Justice Vibhu Bakhru, however, allowed Mr. Yadav to draw allowances, perks and retain his bungalow as an MP, but restrained him from attending the Winter Session of Parliament. The session, which started on Friday, is scheduled to go on till January 5. The court also sought the response of the Rajya Sabha chairman besides member Ram Chandra Prasad Singh, who is leader of the JD(U) in the Upper House, on Mr. Yadav’s plea challenging December 4 order of the chairman disqualifying him as an MP. The court has fixed the main petition for hearing on March 1 next year. The order came on Mr. Yadav’s plea challenging his disqualification on several grounds, including that he was not given a hearing before the December 4 order was passed. Mr. Yadav had sought interim relief to attend the Parliament session.
Former Australia cricketer Stuart Law is the preferred choice to take over as Pakistan’s new head coach, according to reports.The Board of Governor’s met in Lahore on Tuesday and confirmed Law as the frontrunner for the job while former Australia coach Andy Mole’s application has been kept as a back-up.Law is currently acting as Australia’s interim batting mentor for the Sri Lanka tour in July-August. He submitted his application for the post of coach with the Pakistan Cricket Board before the April 25 deadline.PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan did not reveal the chosen candidate at a media conference following the meeting, but confirmed a coach had been selected and would be officially unveiled later this week.While PTI quoted a source from the PCB Board of Governors confirming Law as the unanimous choice.”Andy Moles is the back-up as the PCB has to sort out some issues with (Stuart) Law because of his prior coaching commitments,” the member told PTI.”We don’t want to make any announcement right now until the contract is signed as we are still talking to the candidate.”Law, who played one Test and 54 internationals for Australia, has previously coached Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the top level and more recently Queensland and the Brisbane Heat.The Pakistan head coach position has been left vacant since Waqar Younis resigned after a poor performance at the ICC World T20 in India last month.Pakistan’s next assignment is a tour of England in July, where they will play four Tests, five ODIs and one Twenty20 international.advertisement
As Cristiano Ronaldo stars for Serie A rivals Juventus, former AC Milan CEO Marco Fassone has revealed that he talked the Rossoneri out of doing a deal for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.Few expected the exit door at Real Madrid to open for the Portuguese superstar, given all that he achieved during a record-breaking spell in the Spanish capital.There were, however, murmurings of discontent at regular intervals and Milan were among the ambitious outfits to hold transfer talks as a move was mooted in the summer of 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! No deal was done at that stage and 12 months later those at San Siro were forced to watch on as a stunning agreement to bring Ronaldo to Italy was reached by old adversaries in Turin.Fassone believes he took the right decision when snubbing an approach, but has left Milan fans wondering what could have been had former owner Li Yonghong been nudged in a different direction.“It’s true, Li Yonghong wanted Cristiano Ronaldo at Milan,” Fassone told Il Sole 24 Ore.“Mr Li wanted Ronaldo at the Rossoneri because he believed he had great strength in the Chinese market.“The player wanted to leave Madrid. We met in July 2017 with his agent [Jorge] Mendes to check the costs and his availability.“It was then that I convinced him to give up the dream: Ronaldo was too expensive.”Money was considered to be more of an issue for Milan than landing a marquee signing when the Ronaldo opportunity presented itself, with financial struggles having hit the club hard in the wake of Li Yonghong’s ill-fated reign.Fassone added: “I think Milan were led by an excellent board of directors. We made €20m more turnover.“That €126m debt included €45m extraordinary costs, covered entirely by Elliott and were due to write-downs of players like [Nikola] Kalinic and provisions for myself and the five other directors who left the club.“I don’t hear from Li anymore, although sometimes I do from his right-hand man [David] Han Li.“I don’t know where the money came from, but prestigious advisors were involved in the deal so why should I have doubted him?”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola ruled out chances of his side winning the “quadruple” this season despite City’s rampant displays.A second-stringed City side beat Leicester City 4-3 following a 1-1 draw after extra-time to march into the League Cup semis. During the post-match presser, when the Spaniard was asked if his team could win four trophies this season, he said there’s no chance.”Forget about it. That is not going to happen,” he told Sky Sports.City currently lead the Premier League by 11 points and are now in the last four of a competition they are looking to win for the third time in five seasons.And if they continue playing the attacking brand of football that has looked the most scintillating in Europe then triumphs in the Champions League and FA Cup do not seem outlandish possibilities either.City’s hierarchy certainly believe it is possible with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak having in the close season broached the possibility of winning the quadruple.He did not employ a manager who once won six trophies in a season at Barcelona without sky-high, sky blue expectations.GRAND EXPERIMENTPep’s latest grand experiment is going so sweetly that City have not lost a domestic game since last season’s FA Cup semi-final with Arsenal and their only loss anywhere this term was at Shakhtar Donetsk in a dead Champions League rubber for them.On Tuesday’s evidence, what must delight Guardiola as much as the breathtaking stuff being played by his A listers is that he appears to be blooding a new generation imbued with toughness as well as real quality who can slot in seamlessly if needed.advertisementPhil Foden, 17, one of the bright young hopes in the English game, 18-year-old Spaniard Brahim Diaz, and local defender Tosin Adarabioyo, 20, all played an admirable part in City’s win.Guardiola’s side prevailed after Bernardo Silva had put City ahead before Jamie Vardy equalised with what looked a harshly-awarded penalty in the seventh minute of added time.After extra time, City keeper Claudio Bravo saved the key Riyad Mahrez penalty to earn the shootout victory.”A lot of young players played. I am so happy for all the players. They showed me very good things,” said Guardiola.When later he was further pressed by reporters about winning four trophies, the Spaniard added: “That’s unreal….In football you drop points, you lose. I am not thinking about titles.”(Courtesy: Reuters)
HMD Global has already confirmed it will hold an event on July 11 in China and it is widely expected that the company will announce the Nokia X5 aka Nokia 5.1 Plus. This is because reports surrounding the Nokia X5 have been increasing over the past few weeks and we have also seen some renders in the past as well as a poster recently that give us an idea of what the phone will look like. Now, a new set of renders further confirm the design language of the Nokia X5.New press renders of the Nokia X5 aka Nokia 5.1 Plus in a dark blue colour have popped up on Baidu, revealing the phone from the front and back. No surprises, the renders keep in line with past reports and it looks certain that the Nokia X5 will sport a notched display like the Nokia X6, only wider. There’s also a chin on the bottom, which means you’ll get a 19:9 aspect ratio. On the back, the Nokia X5 is seen sporting a vertical dual camera setup centrally located above the fingerprint sensor.The Nokia X5 looks pretty similar to the Nokia X6, which is expected to make its global debut in Hong Kong on July 19. However, hardware of the Nokia X5 will be a few notches below the X6. As per a TENAA listing last month, the Nokia 5.1 Plus will sport a 5.86-inch with HD+ display and will likely be powered by either a Snapdragon 600-series chip or a Helio P60 SoC.advertisementAs for the cameras, the Nokia X5 may come with a 13MP + 8MP configuration. The front could also see an 8-megapixel sensor similar to the Nokia 5.1. Lastly, the phone could house a 3000mAh battery, which is almost the same as the Nokia 5.1 so it seems the ‘Plus’ here isn’t going to be associated with a bigger battery.As for the pricing, a separate Baidu post claimed the Nokia 5.1 Plus or Nokia X5 will go on sale in China starting at CNY 799 (approx Rs 8,200) for the 32GB variant. There may be a 64GB version as well that could cost CNY 999 (approx Rs 10,300). There is no word yet on whether the phone will come to India, but considering how the company has brought most of its 2018 Nokia phones to the country, we can expect an India launch soon enough.
By Aparajita Upadhyay New Delhi, Dec 16 (PTI) Teen shooting sensation Manu Bhaker says her aim is to secure a quota place for the 2020 Olympics. Having left her mark in almost all the top events, the 16-year-old Bhaker is now focussed on making the cut for the Tokyo Games. Bhaker, who started the year with gold medals in her maiden senior World Cup, added two more yellow metals at the Commonwealth Games and the Youth Olympics, the first by an Indian shooter. “My aim now is to win Olympic quota,” Bhaker told PTI. The year saw a string of young shooters including Saurabh Chaudhary and Bhaker scale great heights in the sport. The youngsters came out on top at the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, the Youth Olympics and the Senior Nationals. “We saw the youth power this year, it feels really good that teenagers are doing so well and achieving their goals. We have set our goals and are working hard, it is very surprising that suddenly all of us are doing so well. I feel very nice when I see youngsters performer,” Bhaker said. Indian shooting has a bright future with the abundance of young talent at its disposal. The recently-concluded National Shooting Championship saw 13-year-old Esha Singh upstage big names like Bhaker and Heena Sidhu in the women’s air pistol events to win three gold medals. Unlike other sports, shooting allows youngster to participate in both the senior and junior events. Such exposure has benefitted the younger generation. “Even in the senior events most of the competitors are from juniors and it helps us. In shooting we juniors get the opportunity to participate in the senior events that is not the case in wrestling and boxing,” the World Cup gold medallist said. PTI APA AHadvertisement
When the final whistle blew in the Estadio Rommel Fernández to confirm their World Cup passage thanks to a 2-1 win against Costa Rica, an impromptu nationwide street party began across Panama. The emotional release was the culmination of decades of work for both the small Central American nation and their goalkeeper, Jaime Penedo.The well-travelled 36-year-old is the nation’s most experienced player, earning 130 caps in a 15-year international career. Football in Panama does not lend itself to creating top-class footballers, so Penedo has spent time at Osasuna, LA Galaxy and now Dinamo Bucharest but his proudest moments will come in Russia in games against England, Belgium and Tunisia. interviews World Cup As part of a developing football nation, Penedo is excited about playing England. “It’s going to be an incredible match, for us it’s going to be amazing, a dream. They’ve won the World Cup and we have not played in it yet,” he says. “I am not afraid. Most of all, I am excited. I have always dreamed of playing the likes of England, Germany, France, Spain and Brazil. They are the rivals one dreams of playing as a kid. So now I’ve made it to the World Cup, why not dance with them?”Penedo may turn out to be the busiest player during the group stage but the goalkeeper feels qualifying for Russia is sufficient for a man who, when he was growing up, never felt he would have the chance to play on the biggest stage.“I realise that getting to the World Cup is the ‘easy’ part, the hard part is coming now. Going to the World Cup gives you the opportunity to go into another dimension, another football planet for us. We played against Iraq and Wales, and we know we need to prepare well. I cannot say if Panama aims to get to the second phase but I always set some goals and I want to earn some points in the World Cup and hopefully those will help us get some kind of result.” Share on WhatsApp 8:40 World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players Qualification was achieved with the help of a ghost goal in their final Concacaf game against Costa Rica, with many in the Panama team expecting a play-off to decide their fate. But Gabriel Torres’s shot which went wide was mysteriously awarded by the referee. Penedo has spent long enough in football to know you have to accept any breaks that come your way, and morals can be left behind when your dreams come true. Panama were not too concerned by the error.“Everyone’s reaction was total ecstasy, it was incredible. Our players could not believe the manner that we did it. We knew that against Costa Rica we had to win but that we would most likely go to the play‑offs, a very difficult play-off against Australia, but things went our way, the USA lost against Trinidad & Tobago, so we qualified direct.“It was incredible, as you can imagine, fighting for so long, for a World Cup qualification that, for me, I think it is the greatest thing that’s happened to me in football and to have achieved it at my last opportunity. For the country and the fans it was a joy that had been building up for decades and they could release that desire to celebrate the qualification.”As a youth, football was not the mainstream sport it has become in Panama. Penedo has played his part by taking Panamanian football abroad and coming back to help the national team. Other Panama players are based in Belgium, the US and Slovakia but Penedo is by far the most experienced in the squad. “Panamanian football has changed a lot, a number of players have dared to leave, to go abroad. That has opened doors so Panamanian football can reach a new level and achieve new things. There is still a very large gap between the national team and the domestic league; the league still needs to develop. I still think that the local league does not reflect the results of the national team.“Some of the players have been the same for 12 years, others have joined more recently, with the key players having gone abroad and stayed abroad. They might not be in the elite leagues but leaving Panama is always going to be better.“Soccer is now very important in our country. When I started playing, football was not the No 1 sport in our country, it was behind boxing and baseball. The World Cup has raised the passion and now the football has taken on a lot more importance in Panama. People love it.”Penedo’s first experience outside Panama was a move to Osasuna in Spain where he played for the B team but he almost left for the Italian side Cagliari. It was a realisation of how far he would need to go to become an international goalkeeper and a sign of how far Panamanian football has come over the past 15 years. “When I started playing soccer in Panama, football was practically semi-professional. When I played in the first division, I knew I had to make the jump directly to Europe. I went to Italy for a tournament with the national team where the president of Cagliari liked my game a lot but the reality was that going from Panama to Europe was light years, I wasn’t ready physically or mentally. I had good attributes such as good reaction, good speed but in Panama I had never worked at it, it was too drastic a change, too hard and the reality is that in Europe there is no time to be coached.“I think it would have been better to go from Panama to another intermediate league and then come to Europe. I was not prepared for that change and well, from there, then I went to Osasuna, to the B team, where more or less I could start to prepare but I had an injury that year. When I was able to recover I had to return home, that is why I always saw Europe as a great ghost, as something that I had not fulfilled, that’s why I desired to return.”Now he has exorcised that ghost, becoming a regular for two years with Dinamo Bucharest, and he wants to show what he can do under the world’s glare, but he is keenly aware Panama are the biggest underdogs in Russia.Panama may end up pointless after their three group games but Penedo believes the team’s work ethic can help surprise a few and he would be disappointed to not at least pick up a draw. “As players, we do not dazzle individually. We do very well when we play in a group, when we play together we are greater than the sum of our parts. We do not have a figure that grabs the headlines, a Messi or a Neymar. We are a team that need to stay close together and work for each other.” Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share via Email The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Reuse this content Topics Panama Share on Twitter Play Video Panama’s World Cup journey: the former Millwall coach behind their success – video World Cup 2018 Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Facebook
Southampton striker Charlie Austin hit with flip-off banby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton striker Charlie Austin has been hit with a two-match ban.The 29-year-old was charged after appearing to gesture towards the Manchester City fans as he was substituted in Southampton’s 3-1 defeat at St Mary’s on December 30.Austin admitted the FA charge in relation to the gesture and will now miss the Saints’ Premier League clash with Leicester and their FA Cup replay against Derby.”Southampton’s Charlie Austin has been suspended for two matches with immediate effect following an independent regulatory commission hearing today,” the FA statement read.”The striker admitted his gesture in or around the 68th minute of the game against Manchester City on 30 December 2018 was abusive and/or insulting.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd make Leicester midfielder Maddison top 2020 targetby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have made Leicester City midfielder James Maddison their top 2020 target.Maddison will cost around £60 million, three times the price he cost the Foxes when he arrived at Leicester from Norwich City in June last year.The Times says United would be willing to meet that fee to secure the 22-year-old, who has become one of the brightest young talents in the Premier League.United scouts have reportedly been tasked with monitoring Maddison this season ahead of a bid for the attacking midfielder next summer.It is understood they are unlikely to make their move in January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The Office of the Fire Marshal has deemed flying lanterns a fire hazard and prohibited under the Fire Code. Flying lanterns, also know as sky lanterns, are uncontrolled devices that use an open flame to float through the air. There is typically no steering mechanism or features to keep the fire contained and ensure they land safely. “We have seen several incidents where fires appear to have been started by floating lanterns,” said Harold Pothier, acting fire marshal. “There is no way to control them once they are lit and launched into the air. They pose a serious fire risk and should not be sold or used.” The risk of fire is especially high during the dry, hot summer months. With these conditions, flying lanterns have an even greater potential to cause damage to property or people. For more information call, 424-5721 (HRM) or 1-800-559-3473 (toll free).
CALGARY – A former judge who resigned over his treatment of a sexual assault complainant is allowed to once again practise law in Alberta.The Law Society of Alberta approved Robin Camp’s reinstatement this week.A three-member committee said Camp’s integrity and competence were not at issue, but the central concern was the reputation of the profession.Two lawyers and one member of the public said in their unanimous decision they were convinced that Camp learned from his mistakes.“The committee is therefore of the view that reinstating Mr. Camp … would not only be compatible with the best interests of the public, but better serve those interests, taking into account the importance of rehabilitation both to our system of justice and to society’s fundamental values,” they wrote.“The committee is also of the view that reinstating Mr. Camp would not, when viewed through the eyes of the reasonable person, harm the standing of the legal profession generally.”Court transcripts from the 2014 sexual assault trial show that Camp — then a provincial court judge in Calgary — called the complainant “the accused” numerous times and asked her why she didn’t resist by keeping her knees together.Camp found the accused, Alexander Wagar, not guilty. The Appeal Court ordered a new trial in which Wagar was again acquitted.Camp was appointed to the Federal Court in 2015. He stepped down last year following a Canadian Judicial Council recommendation that he be removed from the bench.Last fall, Camp applied to practise law again. When law society members become judges, they automatically leave the organization.The law society held a day-long hearing in November, during which friends and former colleagues described Camp as gentlemanly, respectful, tolerant and eager to learn.He told the hearing he still had much to contribute and wished to build a law practice in Alberta. He said he has no interest in criminal law, but hoped to go into corporate, commercial, construction, oil and gas or environmental practice.Camp has apologized for his remarks during the Wagar trial and has undergone counselling and training with a superior court judge, a psychologist and an expert in sexual assault law.The experts told the committee that they believed Camp understood why what he said was wrong and was motivated to do better.“Mr. Camp is clearly a proud person, not wanting to, as he described it, ‘end in failure.’ There is nothing in his testimony or demeanour from which the committee has any basis to find that his learnings are other than as described by the experts,” the committee wrote.“The evidence before us … is that Mr. Camp has learned from his mistakes.”The committee also said the differing roles of judges and lawyers weighed into its decision.It noted that no one appearing in court can choose their judge.“Judges must be impartial and unbiased in adjudicating upon the rights of the parties before them and deciding the outcome of their case,” it said.“In contrast, parties typically have the ability to choose their own counsel. Moreover, the lawyer’s role is to advocate his or her client’s position to the fullest extent of the law and to advance his or her best interests.”Camp must work with the law society’s practice management department before practising again. The committee said that condition is meant to set him up for success and is not meant to reflect any concerns over his behaviour.Former judges need the law society’s permission if they want to appear in court as counsel. Camp has not sought that approval.
CRANBROOK, B.C. – The unprecedented, aggressive behaviour of three blazes in southeastern British Columbia has forced firefighting crews to withdraw from the area, the BC Wildfire Service said on Friday.Fire information officer Karlie Shaughnessy said a grouping of three smaller fires in the Flathead area east of Cranbrook is not threatening any homes or structures, but unpredictable activity prompted the pull out.The combined size of the fires is about 26 square kilometres and the wildfire service said none are contained.Crews are also working to control several other wildfires in southeastern B.C.Those include a 16-square-kilometre blaze just outside the East Kootenay community of Moyie that has forced evacuations in the Moyie Lake area.It was sparked by lightning on Sept. 7, and the wildfire service said it remains uncontained and very active with 58 personnel, three helicopters and 14 pieces of equipment assigned to fight the fire.Shaughnessy said the flare up of the Flathead area fires is concerning.“This happened when we issued the Rocky Mountain backcountry restriction, just because a lot of these fires burning in the backcountry were displaying very aggressive behaviour and were unpredictable,” she said, adding crew safety is always the first priority.Heavy smoke from wildfires continues to blanket most of the lower two-thirds of British Columbia, prompting air quality advisories.Wildfire service spokesman Kevin Skrepnek said the smoke has helped keep temperatures down and trap in humidity, calming fires particularly in the southern Interior.Environment Canada is calling for showers in many of the fire-plagued regions Friday and Saturday, and Skrepnek said the change in the weather system will likely clear the air and improve visibility.He said a sustained downpour will be needed to help douse any of the blazes, but the light rain will help ease some of the largest fires burning in the southern Interior and Cariboo regions.“It’s certainly going to be a welcome reprieve for a few days,” he said. “Any moisture is welcome given how dry it is out there … but it’s not going to end fire season.”The rain isn’t expected to reach the new fires in the East Kootenay.The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre said it has rescinded an evacuation alert for properties about 20 kilometres east of Kelowna as the fire off nearby Highway 33 is now 70 per cent contained.A blaze near Peachland on the west side of Okanagan Lake has prompted evacuation orders and alerts, but crews continue to build guards and the wildfire service said the flames are 15 per cent contained.South of Vanderhoof in the Prince George fire centre, the province said access has been restored to areas previously cut off by wildfires and an evacuation order in the southwest Chilcotin area has also been downgraded to an alert by the Cariboo Regional District and a local First Nation.Emergency Management BC said there were 19 evacuation orders affecting more than 4,800 people Friday, while 11,600 people remain on evacuation alert. (CHBZ, The Canadian Press)
EDMONTON – A new report says the rising number of opioid overdoses in Alberta is disproportionately affecting Indigenous people, including more deaths and visits to emergency rooms.Alberta Health says Indigenous people have been dying from accidental opioid overdoses at a rate three times higher than non-Aboriginal people.The rate of hospital visits is also greater. Calls to emergency medical responders for opioid-related problems are 12 times higher in Calgary and seven times higher in Edmonton.Associate Health Minister Brandy Payne says the findings show more must be done to help Indigenous people deal with the opioid crisis.“Reducing the harm associated with both street and prescription opioids experienced by Indigenous communities, both on and off reserve, is an urgent priority,” Payne told The Canadian Press Wednesday.“This report provides really valuable information to help guide our response and we will be working with First Nations to meet their needs.”The report says 87 Indigenous people died in Alberta from opioids, including fentanyl, last year and in the first three months of this year. That compares with 614 deaths among non-Aboriginal people during the same period.Indigenous people make up about six per cent of Alberta’s population.Almost half of Indigenous opioid deaths were in the Calgary region, a quarter were in greater Edmonton and the rest were spread around the province.Alberta is opening safe opioid consumption sites in Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge. The sites have been approved by Health Canada to help reduce overdoses.The province expects to receive recommendations from its opioid task force later this month on whether it should seek to open similar sites in smaller communities, including Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Red Deer, Medicine Hat and Edson.“We know that supervised consumption services save lives,” Payne said.“The next step would be community consultations in a city or town that is looking at setting up supervised consumption.”Earlier this month, the province announced it is expanding the public distribution of naloxone kits. The medication can quickly reverse the effects of an overdose from opioids such as fentanyl, heroin, methadone and morphine.Alberta’s “take-home” naloxone program is aimed at people who are more likely to have or witness an overdose. As of the end of September, almost 31,000 kits had been distributed.Payne said Indigenous people have asked for the kits and can use other services such drug treatment programs and a health information phone line.The government is working with First Nations to develop programs than can best meet their particular needs, she added.
HRH Princess Beatrice, Rod Stewart and Sir Bruce Forsyth were among the guests at a glamorous charity ball in London last Thursday which raised over £1,500,000 for national charity, Caudwell Children.The charity, which provides practical and emotional support for disabled children and their families, hosted the Diamond Butterfly Ball at Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park and over 600 guests enjoyed a glamorous evening of entertainment and fundraising, which culminated in an exclusive performance by singer, Gary Barlow.The evening’s auction, which was hosted by best-selling author, Jeffrey Archer, raised an amazing £1,500,000 for the charity founded by the entrepreneur and philanthropist, John Caudwell.Proceeds from the event will be used to transform the lives of disabled children living in the UK. Since 2000 the charity has provided over £20million worth of support and helped thousands of families from right across the country.Other celebrity guests included Peter Andre, Amy Childs, Marcus Wareing, Anthony Head and Sinitta. The evening was hosted by Jonathan Wilkes.Ahead of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, this year also saw a number of world-class athletes attend, including Mark Foster, Lee Pearson CBE, Derek Redmond and Jamie Baulch.Charity Chief Executive, Trudi Beswick, said: “We are delighted at the overwhelming support we received from all of our guests here this evening. In the current economic climate this money is more important than ever and will help us touch the lives of thousands of children. I can’t thank everyone who donated tonight enough.”For more information about Caudwell Children, visit www.caudwellchildren.com.
CHART topping singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé and West End theatre star Beverley Knight are just two of the top celebrities who have joined forces to applaud the incredible courage of children who have faced cancer by supporting Cancer Research UK’s Little Star Awards in partnership with brands-for-less retailer TK Maxx.Joining them to support these fantastic awards, which launched yesterday (Tuesday 19th November), are Strictly Come Dancing stars Robin Windsor and Kristina Rihanoff, TV presenter Lisa Riley, as well as England football team mates James Milner, Kyle Walker and Leighton Baines.Relatives and friends of young cancer patients and survivors from across the UK are being urged to nominate them for a Little Star Award now for special recognition in the run up to Christmas. Recipients get a unique trophy, a £50 TK Maxx gift card and a certificate signed by the celebrities involved.Around 1,600 children are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every year but thanks to research there is hope for the future.Recent analysis shows that more than eight in 10 children with cancer now survive, compared to just three in 10 in the late 1960s. The number of children surviving cancer for five years or more has risen from 79 per cent to 82 per cent in the last decade.The increase in survival is largely due to tackling the disease by combining a number of different chemotherapy drugs. Cancer Research UK has played a key role in the clinical trials that proved the benefits of these combined treatments.“Each child who confronts cancer is a star in their own way and I salute their courage and bravery,” said Emeli Sande. “The Little Star Awards provide vital recognition for these kids and their families and, in doing so, help raise vital awareness of children’s cancers and the need to continually invest in cutting-edge research.”“All young people who are diagnosed with cancer seem to demonstrate such bravery and sparkle,” added Beverley Knight. “I recently met a number of Cancer Research UK’s Little Star Award winners and was truly touched by their courage. ”One aspect of the Little Star Awards that I truly love is the way in which brothers and sisters of recipients receive a special certificate in recognition of the impact that a cancer diagnosis has on the whole family and the support they give their sibling.”Last year more than 610 children from across the UK received a Little Star Award.TK Maxx has supported Cancer Research UK since 2004. To date they have raised over £9 million to help beat children’s cancers.Unlike many other children’s awards, there is no judging panel because Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx believe each and every child who confronts cancer is extra special.The awards are open to all under 18s who have cancer or who have been treated for the disease in the last five years.To nominate a Little Star or donate visit cruk.org/littlestar.
CALGARY – Steep discounts in prices for western Canadian heavy oil are moderating and should gradually ease through 2018 to allow Canadian producers to reap bigger rewards from strengthening world oil prices, according to GMP FirstEnergy.A spike in the difference between Western Canadian Select crude prices and benchmark U.S. prices was made worse by volume constraints on the Keystone pipeline system between Alberta and the U.S. Gulf Coast following a leak in South Dakota in November, said analyst Martin King in a presentation in Calgary on Tuesday.He said the transportation blockage meant growing volumes from Alberta’s oilsands couldn’t easily get to market, driving prices lower for the bitumen blend at the same time that New York-traded West Texas Intermediate was climbing to three-year highs above US$64 per barrel.King said crude-by-rail terminals in Western Canada have been using a small part of their one million barrels per day of capacity but are now activating idle capacity to fill the gap, with the main constraints being availability of locomotives and conductors.“Over the next couple of years, I could see a lot of that capacity being used up for railing, hopefully just in time for new pipelines to come into service in 2020,” he said.“I think those differentials will (shrink) another US$5 to US$7.”He predicted the Canadian crude discount will fall from US$17.30 per barrel in the fourth quarter of 2017 to average US$16 in the current quarter and US$13 in the third quarter of this year.Rail transport is more expensive than pipeline but the shipper has the advantage of sending his crude to the market where it will fetch the best price.On Tuesday, Calgary intermediate producer Obsidian Energy Ltd. (TSX:OBE) announced that it will begin shipping some of its northwestern Alberta heavy oil by rail in the next few weeks to try to get better prices.It estimated that rail transport will cut the price discount it is receiving by about half.In a report on Monday, ATB Financial said Western Canadian Select has averaged about US$36 per barrel so far this year, about 11 per cent lower than in the last three months of 2017.It also concluded that growing use of crude-by-rail will help ease the price discount towards the end of the first quarter of 2018.In its latest report, the National Energy Board said crude-by-rail exports from Canada rose to above 136,000 barrels per day in October, about one-third higher than in the same month of 2016.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
TORONTO — Gains in the financial sector helped Canada’s main stock index head higher in late-morning trading.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 35.28 points at 15,081.56.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 123.79 points at 24,189.38. The S&P 500 index was up 8.28 points at 2,618.58, while the Nasdaq composite was up 27.94 points at 7,051.77.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.47 cents US compared with an average of 75.38 cents US on Tuesday.The February crude contract was down 40 cents at US$51.71 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was up 15.4 cents at US$3.65 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$4.90 at US$1,293.30 an ounce and the March copper contract was up 3.00 cents at US$2.66 a pound. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)
Geneva – UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi hailed on Friday the immigration policy launched in 2013 by King Mohammed VI, in accordance with Morocco’s international commitments in terms of immigrants’ rights.During a meeting with Morocco’s permanent representative in Geneva, ambassador Mohamed Aujjar, the UN official lauded the Moroccan initiative to review and update laws governing immigration and asylum.Grandi voiced satisfaction with the good relations between Morocco and the UNHCR, and stressed his readiness to work together with the Kingdom in order to further cooperation ties. He highlighted the regularization operation for illegal immigrants and refugees which was officially launched by Morocco in Nov. 2013, recalling that this operation was crowned by the regularization of 5,000 Syrian refugees’ situation.Aujjar, for his part, reiterated Morocco’s support for the UN agency to fulfil its humanitarian mandate in the camps of Tindouf and around the world.He also underlined the pressing need to conduct, by the UNHCR, a headcount for the Tindouf populations, in conformity with its mandate, to help evaluate the real needs of the camps’ inhabitants and avoid humanitarian aid embezzlement.With MAP
Rabat – The Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education, and Scientific Research said in a statement that it has “suspended the meeting to be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, with the coordinations that most represent of teachers.” The education ministry noted that it made on the grounds that striking teachers “breached the obligations” they agreed to in the April 13 meeting of returning to work on Monday, April 15. The Coordination of Teachers “Forced into Contracts” (CNPCC), however, blames the education ministry for “flagrantly violating” the April 13 agreement. Read also: Moroccan Contractual Teachers Threaten ‘Blank Year,’ Extend ProtestThe teachers’ groups asserted in a statement that the ministry breached the April 13 agreement by “continuing to take legal actions [dismissals] against striking teachers, especially those working in academies in the southern region, and did not postpone professional qualifying examinations.”In response, teachers continued to strike and decided to press ahead with protests until April 25 or longer, threatening to push for a “blank year” of not returning to work for 12 months. The education ministry also denied CNPCC’s claim that the ministry broke its promises. “Contrary to what has been said, the ministry adhered to what was agreed by suspending all administrative and legal measures taken against teachers.” The legal measures include the payment of suspended wages, the re-examination of the situation of suspended teachers, and the postponement of professional qualifying examinations.Read also: Moroccan Contractual Teachers to Keep Striking Until April 25The ministry concluded that there is “no way it could engage in dialogue in the absence of the minimum requirements to negotiate a serious and responsible solution.”It added that it would “resume dialogue on the condition that teachers return to work.” Teachers’ representatives and the education ministry have held several meetings to work out a solution. Contractual teachers have been rallying the streets of Moroccan cities since February 20, demanding to be hired into the public sector, the abolishment of fixed-term contracts, and for the government to end “discrimination” between contractual teachers and public sector teachers.
The police had earlier this month assured transparency in the investigations over missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda. The police also said that key information related to the disappearance of the journalist had already been unearthed following the arrest of three suspects earlier. (Colombo Gazette) The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today questioned four soldiers over the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda and later arrested them.The CID had recently requested the army to hand over the four soldiers to be questioned over the incident. Police headquarters had said that the police will not leave room for the investigations to be hampered by revealing all details to the media.