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Ashes test series: Australia’s Marsh joins Warner under injury cloud,Ashes test series: Australia’s Marsh joins Warner under injury cloud

first_imgNovember 22, 2017 × ShaunMarsh-new   –  Reuters SHARE RELATED null cricket Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL Cummins grabs breakthrough after England dominate ShaunMarsh-new   –  Reuters sport COMMENT Australia batsman Shaun Marsh has joined opener David Warner as an injury concern on the eve of the series-opening Ashes test against England in Brisbane.Marsh strained his back during training at the Gabba on Wednesday, Cricket Australia said, a day after Warner hurt his neck during a fielding drill.All-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been drafted in as cover for Warner should the vice-captain be unable to shake off the injury.However, there was no suggestion from the board that a second player would be brought in to cover for Marsh, who would have moved up the order to open with his uncapped Western Australia team mate Cameron Bancroft.Australian skipper Steve Smith backed Warner to be fit and ready for the start of the five-match series, before Marsh’s injury was revealed later on Wednesday.Maxwell was omitted from the 13-man Ashes squad named last week, with Marsh named as his replacement.The selection of the injury-prone Marsh was criticised by local media and pundits given his modest test record and Australia’s usual preference for an all-rounder to help with the bowling load.“He’ll be alright”Smith said Warner’s neck was causing him discomfort when lifting his head more than when he moved it from side-to-side, which could be a concern on the Gabba’s typically bouncy pitch.However, the hard-hitting lefthander eased some fears by batting in the nets late on Tuesday and told Smith he was hopeful of playing.“Davey’s confident that he’ll be OK,” Smith told reporters at the Gabba on Wednesday. “He said he’ll even bat like Shivnarine Chanderpaul if he has to and face the other way. So, I think he’ll be alright,” the captain added with a smile.West Indies batsman Chanderpaul was renowned for his idiosyncratic front-on batting stance.England captain Joe Root, who declined to reveal the makeup of the tourists’ side, expected Warner to take his place in the home team.“I’m sure it’ll be fine, these sort of things tend to crop up before a big series,” he told reporters at the Gabba. “But I don’t think we need to change our plans on anything. We’ll still prepare the same.”Smith also confirmed that pace trio Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood will all bowl in Brisbane, meaning the side will be as expected barring Warner’s possible absence.Team: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (captain), Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon. COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Juanfran confident of Atleti CL glory

first_imgAtlético Madrid Juanfran convinced Atletico Madrid will end Champions League hoodoo one day Jamie Smith Last updated 2 years ago 22:22 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Juanfran of Atletico Madrid Getty Images Atlético Madrid UEFA Champions League Atlético Madrid v Chelsea Leganés v Atlético Madrid After losing in the final of the European Cup twice in the last four seasons, the defender believes his side will eventually win the competition Juanfran remains convinced Atletico Madrid will win the Champions League in the future after the Liga side suffered painful defeats in two of the last four finals.Real Madrid proved to be too strong for their city rivals on both occasions, denying Diego Simeone’s men the chance to claim their maiden title in the competition.Atletico have made a poor start to this season’s edition, drawing away to Roma and losing at home to Premier League champions Chelsea, leaving them third in Group C ahead of a double-header with bottom side Qarabag. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Although Atletico have a lot of work to do if they are to make it into the knockout rounds of the tournament, right-back Juanfran is sure Atletico will win Europe’s premier club competition one day.”Yes, I remain convinced,” Juanfran told Marca. “I do not say this to be deceitful or create false hope in people’s minds, but I am convinced that our captain will one day lift the trophy.”We hope to have a good group stage, qualify to the knockout stages and from there we will gain belief with every round closer to the final.”Should they reach the last 16, Atletico’s squad will be boosted by the January signings of Vitolo and Diego Costa, with their deals set to be formally completed when the club’s transfer ban expires at the turn of the year.Atletico Madrid 20/1 to win Champions LeagueBut Juanfran, whose contract expires at the end of the campaign, says Atletico cannot get distracted by the impending arrivals of the Spain internationals.”The goal today cannot be to think about Diego and Vitolo,” Juanfran added, with Costa training at the club after completing his return from Chelsea, while Vitolo is on loan at Las Palmas after leaving Sevilla in a contentious deal.”We have to think about the players we have at this moment, we will think about signings when the time comes.”Together with the coach, we are the players who have to deliver right now and we have to get the fans excited.”Our goal has to be to win matches now and not be desperate for January.”Juanfran is no longer an automatic selection for Simeone at right-back, competing with Sime Vrsaljko and Lucas Hernandez among others for a place, but the 32-year-old is keen to extend his six-year stay at the club by signing a new deal.”During the year we will continue negotiations, I do not wish to renew for the sake of it. If I sign, it is because I feel important to the team and I can continue performing,” Juanfran said.”I also want the club to trust me for more years and believe I can be a major player, I do not want anybody to simply give me anything.”last_img read more

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Bundaberg Cup 2019 regos are open!

first_imgThe 2019 Bundy Cup will run Saturday 2nd to Sunday 3rd February 2019.Register now to take advantage of the early bird rate! Enter prior to 5:00pm, Wednesday 5 December 2018 to enter a team for just $220 (GST inclusive).A $20,000 prize pool is up for grabs.The following divisions are open for nominations:12s – Boys / Girls14s – Boys / Girls / Mixed16s – Boys / Girls / MixedOpen – Men’s / Wome’ns / MixedSocial (Masters) – Men’s / Women’s / Mixed (available for those teams with majority of team members 30+)(Note: Junior Divisions will be played on Day 1 ONLY)Location: Greg Duncan Fields, Bundaberg Touch Association. Isis Highway & University Drive, Bundaberg QLDClick here for more info and to access the registration site.last_img read more

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Video: 2016 WR Keyshawn Young Shook A Defender To The Ground At B2G Elite Camp

first_imgkeyshawn young burns a defender.keyshawn young USCThe B2G Elite Camp is taking place this weekend in Thousand Oaks, Calif., featuring some of the top high school talent in the country. Miami (Fla.) Senior wide receiver Keyshawn Young is in attendance, and he left quite an impression on a particular defensive back during today’s 1-on-1 session. Here’s the video of Young juking the backpedaling corner so bad, he falls to the ground.WR Keyshawn Young shook a DB to the ground at B2G Elite Camp. pic.twitter.com/VJZfrYWbkL— Luke Stampini (@LukeStampini) June 13, 2015That’s nasty. A three-star prospect, Young has a bevy of big-time offers, and it looks like he’ll be a nice pick up for whichever school lands him.last_img read more

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Phil Steele Ranks ACC As Second-Toughest Conference In College Football

first_imgACC.It’s a given that the SEC is the toughest conference in college football. When it comes to the second-best league in the country, the debate is usually between the Pac-12 and the Big Ten.In his 2016 College Football Preview, Phil Steele found a new No. 2 in the rankings that might come as a surprise to college football fans – the ACC.Steele emphasizes “experience“ as the significant factor in placing the ACC in the No. 2 slot – that is, how many players are returning for their squads.  Which conferences are have the most experienced teams this year? The ACC is #1, get the complete list in todays bloghttps://t.co/UhbAx909se— Phil Steele (@philsteele042) July 16, 2016Added to that is the fact that two ACC teams, Florida State and Clemson, are in the top five teams likely to reach the College Football Playoff this season.You can read more of Steele’s comprehensive analysis and reasoning for his rankings in this year’s copy of the football preview.last_img read more

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The Importance of Goals, Tools, and Cheat Days in Your Daily Routine

first_img The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and More Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market How to Shave With a Straight Razor At it’s very simplest, life is easy. We are, we do, and then we die. Since we control only the middle piece of that equation, it’s the only piece we should focus on. So let’s talk about the do: life, goals, and daily routines.A person’s life can be defined as an accumulation of their accomplishments. Whether personal or professional, major or minute, an accomplishment is simply a goal that has been reached. To reach your goals, though, is where the real work is. If you imagine each goal as the top of a mountain, there are many steps to take in order to reach the peak. Think of these steps as your daily routine. Basically, you’re just a guy climbing up countless mountains, to reach various goals, in an effort to fill your backpack — aka life — with accomplishments. Just like we said: easy.So how does one set goals, create routines, and find accomplishments? We at The Manual researched tips and put them to test. Consider the following template as a guide to your accomplished life.Define Clear GoalsTo accomplish a goal, it should first be clearly defined. Furthermore, the intermediate steps and benchmarks should be understood. A goal is simply a personal project, and any project manager worth their salt knows to define their end goal and work backwards to create a timeline and benchmarks. We could all benefit greatly from this approach, evidenced in a month-long study completed by Dr. Gail Matthews at the Dominican University of California.In Dr. Matthew’s study, one group was asked to set goals by thinking about them in detail. A month later, only 43 percent had either accomplished their goals or were half way there. A separate group was asked to write out and rate goals, to write action commitments for each goal, to share these commitments with a friend, and to send a weekly progress report to a friend. In that group, 76 percent of participants either accomplished their goals or were half way there in a month’s time. The findings here are clear: to succeed, you’ve got to put in the work.Before we jump into our life goals, though, let’s take a brief moment to acknowledge our time restraints here. Most of us have a lot going on in our lives so it’s important to choose a feasible workload. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the average American only has about 45 minutes a day to spend on personal care activities. However, we also enjoy leisure activities and sports for five hours a day … The good news here is that we have the time, but the reality is that we only have so much. Choose the most important goals for yourself without biting off more than you can chew.Takeaway:Write out a list of clear goals.Choose important goals that you have time to work towards.Define concise and achievable benchmark goals.Put together a daily or weekly routine to reach your benchmark goals.Get started!Daily ReminderWhat will keep you on track day after day? This one is up to you. Are you the kind of person that needs to see a 3×5 card tacked on a cork board, or to have the technological equivalent on your smartphone? Or is a quiet five minutes in the morning a better tool to think through your tasks for the day?  Regardless of methodology, the mindfulness is what’s important. If there isn’t a support system in place to push your efforts forward, then foregoing your morning run or skipping that networking meeting in the evening will be so much easier to do. Don’t just commit — remind yourself daily why you’ve committed.Takeaway:Build in a daily reminder to keep you on track.Remind yourself why your goals are important.And do it.ToolsIt’s becoming clear that this isn’t as easy as we originally said. Luckily, we are living in an age that is chock full of tools to help us along our way. We’ve already discussed the planning and support stages of goal setting; now lets consider what tools we can leverage to get us to the top of that mountain.An obvious tool here is the smartphone. Not only do you have the internet at your fingertips, but you can also download pretty much any app for any reason to do anything. So, in order to stay focused here, we looked at a list of common 2018 New Year’s resolutions collected by Statistic Brain and found tools to help those in the top three categories.Weight LossThis one might be the most challenging goal for some, but it’s also the easiest to set up for success. If weight loss is the goal, then diet is the answer. Exercise is important for overall good health, but, as noted by Forbes, diet is 80 percent responsible for achieving desired weight loss results. If you want to lose weight, follow these three  guidelines: cook your own meals, plan and shop for healthy recipes you’ll want to eat, and limit your restaurant visits to one or two times a week.To revamp a diet, we like EatingWell.com, which is a well-designed site that makes it extremely easy to find appetizing recipes with simple, healthy ingredients. If you pick recipes from this site before you head to the grocery store and stay away from all those “snacks” that “aren’t that bad,” you’ll start to see a positive change in your overall body health and a negative change on the scale. Oh, and if you’re interested in the other 20 percent of your weight loss equation, start with an easy workout plan.Life/Self ImprovementsAlthough pretty open-ended, we could all find at least one goal that falls into this category. This is where we decided to get personal. For this author, the life improvement that came up first was sleep. Some people don’t sleep well naturally and others just don’t have enough time in the day to get a proper nights rest. Not me — I could sleep in every day if that were a reasonable option, and with a flexible work schedule, I let it go too far. So I decided to make a goal, build a routine, find a tool, and give it a go.In this experiment I utilized the Apple Bedtime tool built into Apple’s iPhone clock platform. Super easy to set up, I decided that a 10 p.m. bedtime and 6 a.m. wake-up seemed reasonable. Every night at 9:30 p.m. I received a reminder to get ready for bed. Every morning at 6 a.m., soothing music gently shook me awake. And you know what? It was really hard.After the first couple of nights and mornings, which actually went pretty well, I started to go back to old habits. I kept adjusting my bedtime and slept past my wake-up times without holding myself accountable. My first benchmark was to see if I could get through a week with a consistent sleep cycle (at least for weekdays). Apple’s Bedtime feature has a simple sleep analysis history that showed me how just how poorly I committed to my daily sleep routine.Thinking about the week, I noted that my poor sleep patterns also affected my work and exercise routines negatively. I wasn’t any closer to my goal than the week prior. The result? I recommitted to my goals, took five minutes each morning to think through the day intentionally, and followed a better sleep routine. After one month, I am now regularly sleeping 8 hours a night — at least on weekdays — and actually getting up in the morning. It takes time for the body to adjust, but once intention turns into routine, it becomes so much easier. With this one goal accomplished (although not over), I can build on my success and head towards the next mountain: a consistent fitness routine.Financial ManagementIf you’re ready to save some money, or at least spend it smarter, you’re going to need some statistics. Wouldn’t it be nice to see where you’ve spent every one of your hard earned dollars at over the last month, or year even? Check out Mint App. You can connect all of your bills, credit card statements, and cash expenses to capture where every last cent of yours has been spent. The app breaks down your expenditures into categories like coffee shops, gas, grocery stores, and more to provide transparency. As an added bonus, you can build budgets, pay bills, and get a free credit score through this free app. Before better financial decisions can be made, better financial clarity is essential.CheatIf you don’t cheat on your goal, you probably won’t achieve it. Humans are weird, and we all know this. If we fail even once in our attempt to reach a goal, we open a door to irrational and emotional thoughts that can make it so much harder to ever reach our mountaintop. Instead of setting yourself up for failure, it’s better to incorporate some relief into your routine by including a “cheat day,” or time where you take a routine break to indulge yourself.This is beneficial in both a practical sense — to allow for flexibility so your routine can fit with your lifestyle — and psychologically. Adam Sinicki from Health Guidance says it bestin his article about cheat days: “Having cheat days shows you that it doesn’t really matter if you occasionally slip up. What’s more important is changing your habits in the long-term.” If you incorporate one cheat day a week, it’s much more likely that you’ll be able to stick to your routine regularly to reach your goal. That means order those nachos, sleep in late, have a heavy night at the bars — but keep it to once a week.DisciplineEven with actionable items mapped out, it still takes work. Passion is great, but it’s fickle and unreliable. Motivation is necessary, but it is only a piece of the puzzle. In order to find continued success, we believe that the best philosophy should be built on discipline. We like this definition of discipline from Merriam-Webster: “Training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character.” To reach a goal isn’t a one-and-done situation, it means putting in the work, creating a long-term change, and turning a goal into an accomplishment that you hold on to. To return to our analogy: Once you’ve climbed to the top of the mountain and reached your goal, it becomes an accomplishment to put in your backpack. As you turn to look for your next mountaintop, though, you’ll notice your accomplishment has it’s own weight, and you will need to rely on your discipline and strength to continue moving forward. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Buyers to pay 12% GST if completion certificate is issued by March 31

first_imgNew Delhi: Home buyers will have to pay 12 per cent GST on balance amount due to the builder if the housing project has been granted completion certificate by March 31, 2019, the CBIC has said. Builders who have received completion certificate for an ongoing project before April 1, 2019, will have to charge 12 per cent GST from buyers on the balance amount due towards purchase of the flat. Issuing the second set of FAQs for real estate sector, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) said that builders will not be able to adjust the accumulated credits in ongoing projects in case they opt for lower new GST rate of 5 per cent for normal and 1 per cent for affordable housing. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe first set of FAQs for real estate sector was issued last week to clarify doubts with regard to migration of real estate developers to new GST rates for the sector which has come into force from April 1, 2019. The GST Council, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising state counterparts, had in March allowed real estate players to shift to 5 per cent GST rate for residential units and 1 per cent for affordable housing without the benefit of input tax credit (ITC) from April 1, 2019. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysFor the ongoing projects, builders have been given the option to either continue in 12 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) slab with ITC (8 per cent for affordable housing), or opt for 5 per cent GST rate (1 per cent for affordable housing) without ITC and communicate to their respective jurisdictional officers the same by May 20. To a query on what shall be the rate of GST applicable on projects in respect of which occupation certificate has been issued prior to April 1, 2019, but the balance demands are pending, the FAQ said: “Time of supply of the service by way of construction of apartments in such projects falls prior to April 1, 2019, and accordingly the rates as existed prior to April 1, 2019, would apply to such balance demands.” AMRG & Associates Partner Rajat Mohan said, “This clarification has tightened the grip on taxpayers who intended to take benefit of lower taxes rates with the aid of deferred invoicing.” On whether accumulated ITC can be adjusted against new tax liability of 5 per cent and 1 per cent, the FAQ said: “No. GST on services of construction of an apartment by a promoter at the rate of 1 per cent/ 5 per cent is to be discharged in cash only. ITC, if any, may be used for discharging any other supply of service.” “Developers opting for new tax regime for ongoing projects now has another reason to refrain from new scheme,” Mohan said. The CBIC further clarified that exempted goods procured by a builder under the new tax regime would not be counted within the 80 per cent limit set for procurement from registered dealers. “This could entail an additional tax of 18 per cent on value of exempt supplies, credit of which would not be available to developers,” Mohan added. While deciding on lower GST rates for real estate sector, the Council had said that at least 80 per cent of the inputs should be procured from registered dealer. The CBIC has also clarified that developer and not the land owner will have the right to decide whether to opt for new GST rates or stick to old rates for ongoing projects.last_img read more

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Backed by military, Venezuela’s Maduro hits back at rival

CARACAS, Venezuela — Backed by Venezuela’s military, President Nicolas Maduro went on the offensive against an opposition leader who declared himself interim president and his U.S. supporters, setting up a potentially explosive struggle for power in the crisis-plagued South American nation.A defiant Maduro called home all Venezuelan diplomats from the United States and closed its embassy on Thursday, a day after ordering all U.S. diplomats out of Venezuela by the weekend because President Donald Trump had supported the presidential claim of Juan Guaido. Washington has refused to comply, but ordered its non-essential staff to leave the tumultuous country, citing security concerns.The Trump administration says Maduro’s order isn’t legal because the U.S. no longer recognizes him as Venezuela’s legitimate leader.“They believe they have a colonial hold in Venezuela, where they decide what they want to do,” Maduro said in an address broadcast live on state TV. “You must fulfil my order from the government of Venezuela.”Meanwhile, all eyes were on Guaido whose whereabouts have been a mystery since the 35-year-old was symbolically sworn in Wednesday before tens of thousands of cheering supporters, promising to uphold the constitution and rid Venezuela of Maduro’s dictatorship.Speaking from an undisclosed location, Guaido told Univision he would consider granting amnesty to Maduro and his allies if they helped return Venezuela to democracy.“Amnesty is on the table,” said Guaido, who just weeks earlier was named head of the opposition-controlled congress. “Those guarantees are for all those who are willing to side with the constitution to recover the constitutional order.”Besides the United States, much of the international community rallied behind Guaido, with Canada and numerous Latin American and European countries announcing that they recognized his claim to the presidency. Trump promised to use the “full weight” of U.S. economic and diplomatic power to push for the restoration of Venezuela’s democracy.Maduro has been increasingly accused of undemocratic behaviour by his opponents, and has presided over skyrocketing inflation, a collapsing economy and widespread shortages of basic goods.Meanwhile, Russia, China, Iran, Syria, Cuba and Turkey have voiced their backing for Maduro’s government.China’s Foreign Ministry called on the United States to stay out of the crisis, while Russia’s deputy foreign minister warned the U.S. against any military intervention in Venezuela. Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the information committee at the Russian Federation Council, called Guaido’s declaration “an attempted coup” backed by the U.S.Russia has been propping up Maduro with arms deliveries and loans. Maduro visited Moscow in December, seeking Russia’s political and financial support. Over the last decade, China has given Venezuela $65 billion in loans, cash and investment. Venezuela owes more than $20 billion.Diplomats at the Organization of American States held an emergency meeting Thursday on the Venezuelan crisis, during which 16 nations recognized Guaido as interim president.Domestically, attention has been on Venezuela’s military, a traditional arbiter of political disputes in the country, as a critical indicator of whether the opposition will succeed in establishing a new government.Venezuela’s top military brass pledged their unwavering support to Maduro, delivering vows of loyalty Thursday before rows of green-uniformed officers on state television.A half-dozen generals belonging largely to district commands and with direct control over thousands of troops joined Maduro in accusing Washington of meddling in Venezuela’s affairs and said they would uphold the socialist leader’s rule.Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, a key Maduro ally, dismissed efforts to install a “de-facto parallel government” as tantamount to a coup.“It’s not a war between Venezuelans that will solve our problems,” he said. “It’s dialogue.”Guaido has said he needs the backing of three critical groups: The people, the international community and the military. While yesterday’s protest drew tens of thousands to the streets and over a dozen nations in the region are pledging support, the military’s backing is key.Though many rank-and-file troops suffer the same hardships as countless other Venezuelans when it comes to meeting basic needs like feeding their families, Maduro has worked to cement their support with bonuses and other special benefits.In a video addressing the military earlier this week, Guiado said the constitution requires them to disavow Maduro after his May 2018 re-election, which was widely condemned by the international community because his main opponents were banned from running.But there were no signs that security forces were widely heeding Guaido’s call to go easy on demonstrators.Gunfire during the protests and looting left 21 dead between Wednesday and early Thursday in the capital of Caracas and throughout the country, reported Marco Ponce, co-ordinator of the non-profit Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict.Many Venezuelans were looking for Guaido to re-emerge and provide guidance on the opposition’s next steps.Guaido, a virtually unknown lawmaker at the start of the year, has reignited the hopes of Venezuela’s often beleaguered opposition by taking a rebellious tack amid Venezuela’s crushing economic crisis.He escalated his campaign Wednesday by declaring that the constitution gives him, as president of the congress, the authority to take over as interim president and form a transitional government until he calls new elections.___Armario reported from Bogota, Colombia. Associated Press writers Josh Goodman and Fabiola Sanchez in Caracas contributed to this report.Scott Smith And Christine Armario, The Associated Press read more

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Ottawa falling further behind on emissions reductions audit

OTTAWA — Canada is all but certain to miss its Copenhagen Accord target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, the country’s environmental watchdog warned Tuesday.And not only has the Harper government failed to introduce regulations to limit the amount carbon dioxide produced by the oil and gas sector, the fastest growing emitter, it “does not have an overall plan that maps out how Canada will achieve this target,” Julie Gelfand said in her first report as commissioner of the environment and sustainable development.Under the accord, which the government signed in lieu of participating in the Kyoto Protocol, greenhouse gas production was to be cut to 17 per cent below 2005 levels by 2020.Gelfand’s predecessor warned in 2012 that the government was off course and “two years later, the evidence is stronger that growth in emissions will not be reversed in time and that the target will be missed,” said the report.The government has introduced regulations to govern the automotive and transportation sector, the biggest source of emissions, as well as the area of electricity production.But Gelfand’s report says that while regulations for coal-fired plants are in place, emissions have yet to be reduced because “performance standards take effect only in July 2015, and only apply to new plants or to existing plants when they reach the end of their useful life.”Using Environment Canada data, the commissioner estimated that by 2020, greenhouse gas production in the oil and gas sector will be 27 megatonnes higher than it was in 2012. That’s the biggest increase of any sector.Gelfand also found that detailed, proposed regulations are sitting on the environment minister’s desk, but the “federal government has consulted on them only privately, mainly using a small working group of one province and selected industry representatives.”Federal officials told the commissioner implementation has been delayed over “concern about whether regulations would make Canadian companies in the sector less able to compete with their U.S. counterparts,” the report said.Timelines to put reduction measures in place have not been met and there has been little in the way of consultation with the provinces on how to achieve the national emissions target, Gelfand said.The commissioner’s report also tore a strip off Environment Canada, Transport Canada and Fisheries and Oceans, saying mapping and icebreaking services in the Arctic are not what they should be at a time of growing marine traffic in the Far North.For almost a decade, the government has been talking up issues of sovereignty and resource development in the Arctic, but many high-traffic, high-risk areas remain inadequately surveyed and most of the available charts may not be current or reliable, the report found.“The Canadian Coast Guard cannot provide assurance to mariners that aids to navigation meet their needs for safe and efficient navigation in high-risk areas of the Arctic,” Gelfand concluded.The government did receive good marks for how it is monitoring development of Alberta’s oilsands, but Gelfand said more effort needs to be made to consult First Nations and to incorporate traditional ecological monitoring knowledge into Environment Canada’s monitoring activities.But she warned that plans to continue monitoring the project are unclear after March 2015.When it comes to deciding which projects are designated for environmental assessment, the rationale is unclear, the commissioner also noted.In addition, federal departments need to do a better job of flagging individual ministers about the environmental impact of their decisions and strategic environmental assessments are often not stapled to projects put before cabinet.Highlights from the fall 2014 report of Canada’s environment and sustainable development commissioner:Canada lacks a coherent plan mapping out how it intends to meet its stated target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 17% below 2005 levels by the year 2020. Existing measures will have little impact on emissions, and there is strong evidence that the target will be missed; Greenhouse-gas regulations for Canada’s oil and gas sector, where emissions are growing the fastest, are still not in place eight years after they were initially promised; Efforts to monitor the environmental impact of oilsands development in Alberta should be better integrated, along with traditional ecological knowledge and the input of aboriginal stakeholders, to properly understand the cumulative impact; Marine traffic in the Arctic is on the increase, but higher-risk areas remain poorly surveyed and charted, including maps that are badly outdated — some are more than 40 years old, and most were produced with antiquated technology; The Canadian Coast Guard is unable to properly meet growing demand for new and improved fixed navigational aids, such as beacons and shore lights; Despite growth in traffic and a shipping season that continues to get longer, icebreakers are spending less time in the Arctic and the coast guard does not have the resources to respond to an increasing demand for icebreaking services; plans to refit some in the fleet and decommission others mean a maximum of five icebreakers will be available through 2021; Canada lacks a long-term national vision or co-ordinated departmental strategy to support safe Arctic marine navigation, and the coast guard does not know if its services are meeting the needs of users, nor has it adequately assessed the level of risk posed by its reduced presence in the Arctic; The rationale used to determine whether projects should be subject to an environmental assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act remains unclear, posing a risk that their environmental impacts aren’t properly evaluated; Many public groups and stakeholders, including Aboriginal Peoples, are unable to participate fully and meaningfully in the environmental assessment process. read more

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ICE Futures Canada Monday morning Canola prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were lower in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Monday:Canola: July ’17 $2.60 lower $507.00; Nov. ’17 $2.60 lower $472.60; Jan. ’18 $0.20 lower $480.80; March ’18 $0.20 lower $486.40; May ’18 unchanged $490.30; July ’18 unchanged $491.80; Nov. ’18 unchanged $477.90; Jan. ’19 unchanged $478.10; March ’19 unchanged $478.10; May ’19 unchanged $478.10; July ’19 unchanged $478.10.Barley (Western): July ’17 unchanged $138.00; Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00. read more

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UN Guatemala sign agreement to open human rights office

High Commissioner Louise Arbour and Foreign Minister Jorge Briz Abularach signed the agreement yesterday at UN Headquarters in New York and it will come into force after the Guatemalan Congress ratifies it, probably this spring, the High Commissioner’s Office (OHCHR) said.Guatemalan factions ended their conflict in 1996 and a team, the UN Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA), was put in place to monitor the peace process. It wrapped up its work last month, having stopped state-sponsored human rights violations and brought the military under control.A report to the Security Council last September said, however, the country was beset by corruption, crime and a deep-seated legacy of social inequality and racism against the Maya, Xinca and Garifuna indigenous groups.OHCHR said the office would assist with public education and training programmes for judges, law enforcement officers and lawyers, advise on how to adopt decisions by UN human rights bodies and help individuals and civil society understand what national and international recourse they had against abuses. read more

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Mens lacrosse Ohio State downs UMass with fourthquarter heroics

Ohio State senior midfielder Johnny Pearson attacks the offensive zone against the University of Massachusetts Minutemen on Feb. 18 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorThe No. 19 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team defeated the University of Massachusetts 8-7 for the first time in school history on Saturday.Tied at six entering the fourth quarter, sophomore attackman Tyler Bogart scored for the Minutemen to take the lead. However, the Buckeyes were resilient, scoring less than a minute later to tie the game on the man advantage. Then, 13 seconds later, senior midfielder Jake Withers won the faceoff and found freshman defender Jeff Henrich who dashed downfield and scored the game-winning goal with 10:39 remaining.Senior midfielder J.T. Blubaugh scored the tying goal at seven for OSU.“(This game) shows what we’re capable of,” said senior midfielder Johnny Pearson. “It’s reflective of some of the plays on the field weren’t going our way, but we really rallied behind some of the momentum we got there late and really just proven what we can do.”UMass sophomore midfielder Ben Spencer flustered the OSU defense, earning his first career hat trick with the Minutemen. Spencer scored his final goal in the third quarter, followed by a strike from junior midfielder Jake Lisauskas to take a two-goal lead.But OSU countered again. Pearson and junior attackman Colin Chell scored for the Buckeyes to tie the game at six before the end of the quarter.Pearson had two goals on Saturday and leads the team with six through three games.OSU coach Nick Myers substituted junior goalie Matthew Smidt for the starter, redshirt senior goalie Tom Carey, at the start of the second quarter. Smidt made 11 saves on 15 shots, including two critical ones in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.“In nine years I’ve only made one or two goalie changes,” Myers said. “It’s not something I like to do, but I think it’s a gut feeling. He had a really good week. He made some big stops and I’m excited for him.”OSU trailed at three different points in the match, but not when it mattered when the horn sounded. Smidt was a key component to the comeback victory. He said the moment was not a surprise to him. “I was prepared to start the entire week,” Smidt said. “The coaches knew that I was going to get the opportunity to go in and I made the best of it. And it’s tough staying in that goal, but I think I executed good and I prepared myself to have a good go.” The Buckeyes were 12 for 19 overall in the faceoff circle and outshot UMass 39-29. However, of the 39 shots, only 18 were on frame compared to 19 of the opponent’s 29 shots. Myers said the offense was not the best today, but he’s glad the defense stepped up.“We know we did a lot of things offensively that were out of character for us and you know it was one of those days,” he said.The 3-0 Buckeyes will face the 0-2 Jacksonville Dolphins next Saturday at noon. read more

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VIDEO Swiss Final Wacker Thun saves hope

Swiss Play-Off final is going further after Wacker Thun beat Kadetten 37:31 (21:12) for the first victory in series. Kadetten will have a new match ball next Thursday at domestic BBC Arena.Wacker Thun – Kadetten Schaffhausen 37:31 (21:12)Wacker Thun: Winkler, Merz); Hüsser (4), Isailovic (2), Caspar (7/2), Friedli (6), von Deschwanden (1), Linder (6); Dähler, Franic (6), Buri (1), Lanz, Rathgeb (2), Studer (2).Kadetten Schaffhausen: Quadrelli; Nik Tominec (3), Jurca (5/5), Ursic (1), Kukucka (3), Pendic (8/2), Starczan; Emrich (4), Mamic (3), Stojanovic (1), Prieto, Bucher, Cvijetic. Kadetten SchaffhausenSwiss handballswitzerlandwacker thun ← Previous Story Vive Kielce humiliates Wisla Plock and takes 2-0 lead Next Story → French CL’s battle: Dunkerque second, Montpellier third! read more

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University of Limerick to investigate students role in dog death

first_imgTHE UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK (UL) has initiated its own inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of a dog which was allegedly lured to its death in a road traffic accident by some of its students.The university said any act of cruelty to animals would lead to disciplinary procedures being taken against students under its code of conduct.The inquiry follows a report in the Limerick Leader newspaper that some students had deliberately enticed a local dog into a dangerous situation by throwing a ball over and back across a road in the College Court Drive area of Castletroy, near the university.A letter-writer to the paper said the students had deliberately thrown the ball – which the dog had been chasing as it was tossed over and back – in front of a van, causing the dog to be run over and killed.“As the dog lay dying in agony, the students laughed and jeered at my brother-in-law as he roared and scolded them,” the letter-writer claimed.UL said it had now asked the Garda authorities to investigate the incident, and had asked to be kept abreast of any student involvement in the incident.In a statement posted to its Facebook page, it also said it had written to the letter-writer asking her to make contact so that the full extent of the incident could be ascertained.It also said its “comprehensive and robust system” to investigate alleged breaches of its its student code, and possible penalties included “fines, suspension and, in serious cases, dismissal from the University”.“We have already encouraged any individual with information relating to this incident to report this in the first instance to the Gardaí and where student involvement is suspected to notify the University for further investigation,” it said.Read: Man saves dog from certain death in liftMore: This is everything* you need to know about bringing your pet on holidayslast_img read more

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This Star Wars Tweet Might Be Teasing an Episode IX Title Reveal

first_img Star Wars: Episode IX won’t be in theaters until Dec. 20, however, a new Star Wars tweet might be hinting that the movie’s title reveal is coming soon.On Saturday, the Star Wars UK Twitter account posted a random tweet, which was captioned with, “The calm before the galactic storm…” The tweet also included a hilarious GIF of Anakin Skywalker and Han Solo saying, “This is where the fun begins!”The calm before the galactic storm… pic.twitter.com/uyA1yK4sY1— Star Wars UK (@StarWarsUK) February 16, 2019This wasn’t the only Star Wars Twitter account with this mysterious tweet. ComicBook.com noted that the tweet was posted on other global Twitter accounts, including Star Wars France and Star Wars Netherlands.Fans also noticed the tweet, which prompted them to ask more questions about Star Wars: Episode IX’s title reveal.WHATS THE TITLE? pic.twitter.com/pOeGmZNKLJ— Geek Carl (@geekcarl) February 16, 2019 Stay on target Our bodies are ready. pic.twitter.com/NdjqYEae4W— Raxephan (@raxephan) February 16, 2019Lucasfilm and Disney haven’t provided any other updates on Star Wars: Episode IX’s title reveal, but fans have been able to see photos from the movie’s set. On Friday, Star Wars: Episode IX director J.J. Abrams posted an adorable picture from the Star Wars: Episode IX set, which showed actors John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Daisy Ridley hugging it out after wrapping up photography for the film. Last month, Boyega also teased a shocking picture after filming a scene for the film.Star Wars: Episode IX won’t be coming to the big screen for a while, but hopefully Lucasfilm will reveal the movie’s title in the near future.More on Geek.com:J.J. Abrams Posts Heartwarming Photo From ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Set‘Star Wars: Outer Rim’ Is a Bounty Hunter Board GameLego Celebrates 20 Years of ‘Star Wars’ With Anniversary Sets Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form pic.twitter.com/2kC5Y1f5WU— Amy (@scifisunsets) February 16, 2019last_img read more

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Epic Buys Rocket League Scores Another Goal Against Steam

first_img Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target While it’s no Fortnite, Rocket League is still a really popular video game. And it deserves to be! Cars playing soccer is just an inherently fun idea that developer Psyonix executed on perfectly. Combine that with a smart approach to cross-platform play and it’s no surprise the game still has a thriving esports scene four years later.And while Rocket League isn’t Fortnite, its success has still caught the attention of Fortnite’s creators Epic Games. The gaming giant has just purchased Psyonix (and therefore Rocket League) gaining another powerful multiplayer franchise as well scoring another goal against rival Steam.“We expect to bring Rocket League to the Epic Games store and to leverage our new relationship to grow the game in ways we couldn’t do on our own before,” said Psyonix in a statement. “We believe that bringing Rocket League to new audiences with more support is a win for everybody.”It sounds like Psyonix and Epic both know that Rocket League isn’t broke, so don’t try to fix it. Just keep helping it grow with Epic’s vast resources. The game already runs on Epic’s Unreal engine. And more cynically, while Rocket League does cost money, its season-based games as a service multiplayer structure should be quite familiar to Fortnite players. We just hope Psyonix isn’t burdened with the harmful and exploitative culture of crunch that appears to plague other successful Epic Games teams according to new reports.Also notice that Psyonix specifically mentions the Epic Game Store. While it may not happen immediately, Rocket League will absolutely become the next high-profile game to leave Steam and appear exclusively on the Epic Games Store later this year. At least on PC. Key to maintaining Rocket League’s success is appeasing players on all systems including consoles like Nintendo Switch. Of course, this could all be moot if Valve calls Epic’s bluff and gives better cuts to developers. Epic’s Tim Sweeney’s recently said such a move would end this current PC game store cold war.If you haven’t played Rocket League, get on that, whether it’s through the Epic Games Store or anywhere else. And for more on what Valve is doing to drum up more interest in Steam in the face of these new threats, here are the latest details on the upcoming Valve Index VR headset.last_img read more

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Over 130 experts denounce Trumps revised travel ban

first_imgOver 130 US foreign policy experts have denounced President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, saying it undermines America’s national security and interests as much as the original order barring travelers from some Muslim-majority countries and refugees.”To Muslims — including those victimized by or fighting against ISIS (Islamic State) — it will send a message that reinforces the propaganda… that falsely claim the United States is at war with Islam,” read the letter by former government officials and experts.”Welcoming Muslim refugees and travelers, by contrast, exposes the lies of terrorists and counters their warped vision,” added the document dated Friday.Among the 134 signatories were some who served in either or both Republican and Democratic administrations were former senior diplomat Nicholas Burns, ex-National Security Council counter-terrorism director Richard Clarke and ex-undersecretary of defense Michele Flournoy.Most served under Democratic presidents, including former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, former Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano, ex-national security advisor Susan Rice and ex-National Counterterrorism director Matthew Olsen.Their comments echo those being made in court by US states claiming the modified measures discriminate against Muslims and are detrimental to US interests.”Bans like those included in this order are harmful to US national security and beneath the dignity of our great nation,” the letter read.The executive order “weakens this country’s ability to provide global leadership and jeopardizes our national security interests by failing to support the stability of our allies that are struggling to host large numbers of refugees,” it added.The letter was also sent to Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Homeland Security chief John Kelly and Acting Director of National Intelligence Michael Dempsey.The revised directive temporarily closes US borders to all refugees and citizens from six mainly-Muslim countries.It denies US entry to all refugees for 120 days and halts for 90 days the granting of visas to nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.The new order, unveiled Monday, is due to go into effect March 16 and replaces the previous Trump directive that was blocked in federal court.The blocked order included an indefinite Syrian refugee travel ban and its blacklist of barred countries included Iraq.last_img read more

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British divers recall unprecedented rescue of Thai boys

first_imgBritish cave divers, Rick Stanton, Chris Jewell, and chairman of the British Cave Rescue Council Peter Dennis speak to the media at a news conference at Heathrow Airport, having helped in the rescue of the 12 boys in Thailand, in London, Britain, 13 July, 2018. Photo: ReutersBritish divers involved in the “unprecedented” rescue of 12 schoolboys from a flooded cave in Thailand said on Friday they were not heroes, but were just happy their specialised skills could be of help.All 12 of the boys and their 25-year-old soccer coach were brought to safety over the course of a three-day rescue organised by Thai navy SEALs and an international team of diving and caving experts, including 11 from Britain, that ended on Tuesday.”Are we heroes? No,” said Rick Stanton, one of the two British divers who found the boys.”We’re just using a very unique skill set, which we normally use for our own interest and sometimes we’re able to use that to give something back to the community,” Stanton, from Coventry, central England, told reporters at London Heathrow Airport.The boys and their coach had gone into the Tham Luang cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai on 23 June, for a quick excursion after soccer practice, when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.Stanton and John Volanthen found the boys on 2 July, squatting on a muddy mound in a flooded chamber 4 km (two and a half miles) inside the complex, nine days after they went in.”That was a massive, massive relief. Initially we weren’t certain they were all alive and as they were coming down I was counting them until I got to 13,” said Stanton.”All we could think about was how we were going to get them out, so there was relief tempered with uncertainty,” he said.“This is completely uncharted, unprecedented territory. Nothing like this has been done before, so of course there were doubts, but I knew that we had a good team.”The boys, aged 11 to 16, had to dive for part of their journey out before they were put on plastic toboggan-like stretchers and carried, at times through steep, rocky tunnels, with ropes strung overhead.”Diving conditions were extremely challenging,” said cave diver Chris Jewell.”We are delighted with (the) successful outcome.”Peter Dennis, chairman of the British Cave Rescue Council, said the operation was “one of the most extraordinary cave rescues we have seen.”He paid tribute to Samarn Poonan, a former Thai navy diver who died during the operation.”We must remember the tragedy of Samarn,” Dennis said.last_img read more

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DC DMV Suspends Implementation of Mandatory Driving Course Following Protests

first_img(Updated 4/29/2016) The Washington, D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles announced April 21 that it was suspending implementation of a controversial rule that was scheduled to go into effect on May 1 which would have required first-time drivers to complete a driver education course before earning their driver’s license.“The District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV) is indefinitely suspending the driver education requirement for residents who are first-time drivers regardless of their age,” Vanessa Newton, a department spokeswoman, said in a statement. “We are taking this action to give us a chance to further review the impact it may have.”The requirement would have mandated residents to take courses consisting of 30 hours of classroom time and eight hours of behind-the-wheel practice. Costs for the courses averaged more than $1,000, and offered no guarantee that the potential driver would pass the DMV test to earn their license.“The city is being overrun with legislation that is conflated and based on suspect data,” Ward 3 resident Johnny Rawls told the AFRO. “There is no proof that driving courses reduce accidents in the city—especially since there are two other immediate jurisdictions and a boatload of tourists driving D.C. streets. It was another way for the city to rip off its citizens.”Newton made the announcement after activists and members of the city council, including D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), questioned the impact the costs of the courses would have had on residents. “I don’t want [rules] being put into place without a full understanding of why,” said Cheh, who serves as chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment.DMV Director Lucinda M. Baber had previously touted the education requirement as part of the city’s goal to promote safer driving and reduce accidents.New drivers will still be required to present a learner’s permit before they can obtain a license. To receive a learner’s permit, D.C. residents 16 years or older must pass vision screening and knowledge tests and provide documentation that proves their identity, residency, and eligibility, according to the DMV.last_img read more

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Young Playwrights Theater Presents SW Is… Festival

first_imgCelebrate the past, present, and future of Southwest, D.C. by attending “SW Is…” – a community festival. Sponsored by the D.C. Office of Planning, the festival will include professional readings of student work, interactive art exhibits, history lessons, music performances, dance performances, and much more! The event is free to the public, and is for all ages. The event will take place on Nov. 6, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., at 4th & I St. SW. For more information, visit yptdc.org/Events/SpecialProjects.last_img read more

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