Not stark naked, merely ‘between outfits’

first_imgThe Fiver Share on Pinterest Topics SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism – the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us by making a one-off or recurring contribution.FIVER LETTERS“Wednesday’s edition quotes Plucky Wigan’s Ryan Colclough on learning, while playing, that the birth of his son was imminent: ‘I see my dad over in the stands and he gave me the action like ‘the waters had broken.’ I’m aware of the internationally recognised gestures for ‘The bill, please’ (imaginary pen scribbling on palm), ‘I don’t believe you’ (the chinny reckon), and ‘Plain Old John Terry is nearby’ (the fingers of the right hand curled, the thumb touching the first finger, as if gripping some cylindrical object, the hand waved vigorously from the wrist), but I have never yet seen a gesture that conveys ‘the waters have broken’. Does anyone have any idea what it might be? Or even better, have film of someone making the gesture?” – Michael Hann (and 1,047 others).“Twelve people were arrested in the latest match-fixing scandal in Thailand this week: five top players, two referees, four investors and one club executive. As footballing excuses go, this one’s a belter: ‘Navy head coach Somchai Chauyboonchum never suspected any wrongdoings from the four players and assumed that poor fitness and a lack of concentration and training caused defeats to his side.’ In other words, he didn’t think his players were cheats, just useless” – Roger Mart.“Apropos of nothing really, our good mate Ben Fraser passed away this week way before his time. A long-time Fiver reader in his words he ‘finally ƒeckin’ made it’ into the letters section on 30 November 2009 for the only time. His witty missive mentioned a Fiver reference to bygone technology, an appearance by 2009’s Nobel Francis, Mr Paul Jurdieka, and he finished with: “Next thing I may recall is breaking into a guffaw in 2001 whilst reading the Fiver. Happy days.” Plus ça change. And RIP Ben” – Patrick J. Carr.Send your letters to the.boss@theguardian.com. And if you’ve nothing better to do you can also tweet The Fiver. Today’s winner of our letter o’the day is … Roger Mart, who wins a copy of Football Manager 2018, thanks to the good people at Football Manager Towers. We’ve got plenty more to give away, so keep typing.NEWS, BITS AND BOBSA Glasgow-based research team are to investigate whether former footballers are more likely to suffer from dementia later in life than the general public.England have dropped three places to 15th in Fifa’s latest world rankingzzzzzzzzz …Tottenham’s Érik Lamela could make his first-team return on Saturday after a year out with hip-knack.Everton have signed a 200-year lease for land at Bramley-Moore Dock, the site of their proposed new stadium. “Clearly this is very positive news,” trilled chief executive, Robert Elstone. STILL WANT MORE?What connects Clarence Seedorf, Mickey Quinn, Socrates and George Best? They’re all in this Joy of Six of unlikely career twilights. Football Share on Messenger Pinterest All your favourites. Composite: Getty Images/PA/Rex David Wheeler: loves a bit of tax. Photograph: Paul Currie/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock Share on WhatsApp Facebook Share on Facebook The Socceroos are after a flamin’ new coach – Ante Jukic takes a look at the contenders.Marco Silva is a prize steak being tossed from one hungry pair of jaws to the next, reckons Barney Ronay.A goalkeeper forgetting the rules, early celebrations and non-league filth … it can only be this week’s Classic YouTube.Paul MacInnes dons his deerstalker and goes on the hunt for the source of the September chant.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!ALWAYS BE PLAYING! features Share on LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Share via Email THE PANIK BUTTONA lot has happened in the month since Everton invited Ronald Koeman to explore new opportunities beginning with the words Do One. Leicester have appointed a new manager. West Ham have appointed a new manager. The Zimbabwean army have helped overthrow one of the world’s longest-ruling dictators and appoint a successor. And Everton’s owner, Farhad Moshiri, has plugged in his laptop and begun typing “football manager” into Google.Everton have also played five matches since ditching Koeman. They even won one of those matches, against a team who contrived to throw away a two-goal lead. Naturally, the manager of the beaten team is the one person whom Everton are known to have approached about the vacant managerial position at Goodison Park. The Fiver assumes, at least, that it was the vacant managerial position that Everton wanted to speak to Watford’s Marco Silva about, but who knows, they may have wanted him for the vacant striker position. There are, you see, quite a lot of vacancies at Everton at the moment, as the club effectively wanders the Premier League streets with no clothes on, insisting they are not stark naked, merely “between outfits”.Watford have told Everton that Silva is going nowhere so they can sodding well go elsewhere. RB Leipzig intimated much the same after reports emerged that Everton’s search engine may throw up the name Ralf Rangnick, currently sporting director at the German club. But Leipzig claim Rangnick is about to sign a new contract with them and, at 59, he would be no more of a replacement for Romelu Lukaku than Wayne Rooney is, anyway.Everton’s managerial hunt has no end in sight. Unlike their Euro Vase campaign, which will conclude today with a dead rubber at Goodison Park against Atalanta. Everton go into the game knowing that a victory would not get them into the next round. But it would at least give them a slightly more respectable points tally in the group. So far this season the Premier League team have amassed fewer Europa League points than clubs such as Skenderbeu, Rijeka and Zlin. Hold on, that Zlin lot must have a manager: what’s his name? Bohumil Panik, according to Google. Surely it’s only a matter of time before Everton get in touch with Mr Panik?LIVE ON BIG WEBSITEJoin Jacob Steinberg at 5pm GMT for hot Euro Vase MBM action from Köln 0-2 Arsenal.QUOTE OF THE DAY“A lot of the guys were interested in what I thought about things, especially about tax; explaining why you pay tax and why I don’t feel upset by paying what looks like a large amount as a professional footballer. You’re contributing that money into a lot of things that are very positive about society” – meet your new favourite footballer, QPR’s David Wheeler. Reuse this content Share on Twitter Twitter Pinterest last_img read more

Vegas Computer’s Score Predictions For Week 2’s Biggest Games

first_imgA general view of Texas A&M's football stadium.COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEPTEMBER 12: General view of fans watch the play in the first half between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Ball State Cardinals at Kyle Field on September 12, 2015 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)We had a fun Week 1 of the college football season. Now it’s time for  Week 2.The action starts in just a couple of days. This week’s slate isn’t as great as Week 1’s on paper, but there are still a few important and intriguing matchups.OddsShark’s computer has released its predictions for Week 2.Here’s what it is saying for the biggest games.OddsShark score prediction.OddsShark score prediction.OddsShark score prediction.OddsShark score prediction.OddsShark score prediction.OddsShark score prediction.OddsShark score prediction.OddsShark score prediction.OddsShark score prediction.You can view all of OddsShark’s predictions here.last_img

Where did khaki pants come from?

first_img The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Game The Best Best Big and Tall Men’s Clothing and Brands Madewell Men’s Fall Collection Has All Your New Favorites What the hell does ‘khaki’ mean anyway? We use the term almost daily and yet do we really know where it came from or what it means? We dug into the archives over at Dockers to learn more about one of our favorite classics.1846 Sir Henry Lumsden, stationed in India in 1846, dyed his cotton pajamas to create a uniform more suitable to the climate. Khakis are born. Khaki refers to the light yellow-brown color and is derived from Hindustani meaning ‘soil-colored’. Cloth was dyed in mulberry juice giving them the yellow-brown coloring. Not long after this all British and Indian regiments were sporting the khaki uniform.1899During the time that the United Kingdom fought the South African Republic (better known as the Second Boer War), the British became known as ‘Khakis’ because of their now iconic uniforms. And after the victory by the British they called an election, which is now known as the ‘khaki election’.It was also around this time that the United States Army adopted the drab color for its uniforms during the Spanish-American War (1898). Soon the Navy and Marine Corps followed suit.1913Twill pants were manufactured under the Levi Strauss Make label and came in tan, bronze and wood colors.1920sFrom F. Scott Fitzgerald to Charles Lindbergh and Teddy Roosevelt, khakis became standard wear for explorers and adventurers. If you have ever seen Robert Redford in Out of Africa, that will kind of explain it.1940sDuring World War II, the U.S. Army sought a high quality cotton fabric to provide a consistent look for uniforms. The search ended with khaki. Khakis make the transition to civilian life as young men returning home from the front continue to wear them.1960sThe Kennedy’s ‘Camelot’ years presented a more casual, All-American look to the public, wearing one-button suits and relaxing in khakis.1980sThe Republicans take office and conservatism is the order of the day. Levi Strauss & Co. (and many others- hello Ralph Lauren) sees a niche in the marketplace and khakis become a staple of every man’s wardrobe.In 1985 Levi Strauss & Co. America Merchandise Manager Susan Kilgore saw the “Docker Pants” in Hong Kong and brought them back to the U.S. The following year the product launched under the name Dockers and we all lost our minds over them.TodayWhile khaki has never really left our closets, it certainly lost its cool factor until recently when heritage brand revival happened and classic clothing became cool again. Now, khakis are again a must have and range from the still annoyingly pleated corporate conglomerates to the urban streetwear kids. Menswear star Sid Mashburn recently went so far as to launch a pair with beading (!) and Dockers has had a serious comeback with their new fits and styles (you know we love the Alpha khaki). The logo was even recently spotted on the royal bum of Prince Harry.So next time you are talking style with your crew, throw some of this knowledge their way. Who knew they knew a word in Hindustani. 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Gov’t to Invite Thai Boys and Coach on All-Expense Paid Vacation

first_imgThe Government of Jamaica will be inviting the 12 boys from a youth soccer team in Thailand and their coach, who were recently rescued from a flooded cave, to vacation in the island, all expenses paid.Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, who made the announcement on Wednesday (July 18), said he “couldn’t think of a more appropriate gesture for these brave and extraordinary young men than to have them come and enjoy our beautiful island home”.“We will be using all our diplomatic channels through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, also the Jamaican Honorary Consulate in Bangkok, Thailand, to try and make this a reality,” he said.“This will be an all-expense paid vacation and something that we are happy to do as part of the international community and to show appreciation for the special friendship we have had with the people of Thailand over the years,” Minister Bartlett added.The 12 boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach had been trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave system since June 23.The world was transfixed by the daring rescue of the boys from the flooded caves, which was undertaken by a team of international divers over three days from July 8 to 10.last_img read more

Province Launches First Heritage Strategy

first_imgThe first provincial heritage strategy was released today, Feb. 25, to ensure Nova Scotia’s rich heritage is preserved, protected and promoted for future generations. A Treasured Past, A Precious Future will provide a vision and framework over the next five years, to manage heritage resources in a more co-ordinated, effective way. “We’re blessed with a unique and diverse heritage that reflects our sense of identity, enriches our quality of life and contributes to our economic well-being,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We need to safeguard this so that the heritage we pass on to our children and grandchildren is as rich as the one we inherited.” The strategy is based on extensive input from the public and heritage groups gathered by the Voluntary Planning Heritage Strategy Task Force, consultation with various government departments and agencies, and research on other jurisdictions. Through this process, heritage was defined to encompass cultural heritage, such as artefacts, buildings, folklore and languages, and natural heritage, including land and water. The strategy outlines three directions: better co-ordination among those with a responsibility for heritage, sustainable development of heritage resources, and increasing public recognition of heritage. In the first year, the province will discuss forming a heritage council, develop an interpretive master plan for museums, review the Nova Scotia Museum system, the Heritage Property Act and the practice of underwater treasure hunting. An interdepartmental committee has been formed to better co-ordinate heritage-related work with other agencies such as the provincial offices of Aboriginal Affairs, African Nova Scotian Affairs, Acadian Affairs and Gaelic Affairs. They will also link with other departmental strategies and initiatives, such as the coastal management plan, natural resources strategy and the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act. The strategy recognizes heritage conservation and promotion is a responsibility shared by all levels of government, every business, organization, community and individual in Nova Scotia. “Our heritage belongs to us all and we look forward to working with our many partners to implement this strategy and achieve our shared vision,” said Mr. Dooks. “I’d like to recognize the Voluntary Planning Heritage Strategy Task Force and all those who contributed their time and expertise to help create this strategy, as well as our heritage workers — many of them volunteers — who are the daily stewards and advocates of heritage.” The full strategy document and links to the French, Mi’kmaw and Gaelic versions are available at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc .last_img read more

Boat Builders Receive Funding to Open Global Markets

first_imgA list of the companies that received funding follows this release. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau announced today, Oct. 13, $155,002 in funding to help Nova Scotia’s boat building industry open new global markets. Financial assistance is being provided to existing export-ready boat builders who are taking immediate action in developing export markets. Funding will allow companies to participate in market research, marketing activities and the development of marketing materials. A number of the companies have used the funding to attend boat shows in the province and Europe. “The long-term viability of boat building is important to our rural communities and the province’s economy,” said Mr. Belliveau. “Nova Scotia has a global reputation for boat building, which is based on a strong history. This funding assists in making a strong future for the industry.” Boat building is a traditional industry and is a significant source of employment in rural coastal communities. More than 45 companies employ 650 people directly in the industry, with an estimated 480 people employed indirectly throughout the province. The funds are provided through the Community Development Trust Fund, a $34.9 million program established in 2008 by the federal government to help communities and sectors experiencing economic challenges. The investment is part of $1 million in cost-shared boat building funding over two years previously announced from the Community Development Trust Fund. The priorities of the Community Development Trust Fund are to enhance sustainable prosperity; diversify economic and trade opportunities; improve productivity, innovation and training; assist communities with transition planning and help workers facing adjustment challenges. More information on the Community Development Trust of Nova Scotia is available at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/cdtrust .last_img read more

India asks Pak to address global concerns on terror after FATF slams

first_imgNew Delhi: India on Saturday asked Pakistan to address global concerns on terrorism by taking “credible” and “irreversible” steps, after an international body, Financial Action Task Force (FATF), slammed the country for failing to do enough to check terror financing and warned of action if it does not comply with the requirements in four months. The FATF said Pakistan, since June last year, made “a high-level political commitment to work with the FATF and APG (Asia-Pacific Group on Money Laundering) to strengthen its AML/CFT (Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) regime and to address its strategic counter-terrorist financing-related deficiencies. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France It said: “Pakistan has taken steps towards improving its AML/CFT regime, including the recent development of its TF (Terrorist Financing) risk assessment addendum; however, it does not demonstrate a proper understanding of Pakistan’s transnational TF risk.” A statement issued after three-day deliberations of the international watchdog, founded by G-7 (Group of seven industrialized nations) in 1989, Asaid, read: “The FATF expresses concern that not only did Pakistan fail to complete its action plan items with January deadlines, it also failed to complete its action plan items due May 2019.” Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize “The FATF strongly urges Pakistan to swiftly complete its action plan by October 2019 when the last set of action plan items are set to expire. Otherwise, the FATF will decide the next step at that time for insufficient progress.” The FATF has already placed Pakistan in the ‘Grey’ list (watch list) and runs the risk of being blacklisted, after which the country can be denied aid by international bodies. In the wake of the FATF warning, India on Saturday said Pakistan should take “credible” and “irreversible” steps to address global concerns related to terrorism. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Pakistan should take all necessary steps to effectively implement the FATF action plan to counter terror financing operations. “We expect Pakistan to take all necessary steps to effectively implement the FATF Action Plan fully within the remaining time frame i.e. by September 2019 in accordance with its political commitment to the FATF,” Kumar said. “Pakistan should take credible, verifiable, irreversible and sustainable measures to address global concerns related to terrorism and terrorist financing emanating from any territory under its control,” he added. Outlining a series of steps that Pakistan needs to take, the FATF said it should continue to work on implementing its action plan to address its “strategic deficiencies”, including by “adequately demonstrating its proper understanding of the TF risks posed by the terrorist groups , and conducting supervision on a risk-sensitive basis”. It also asked Pakistan to demonstrate that “remedial actions and sanctions are applied in cases of AML/CFT violations, and that these actions have an effect on AML/CFT compliance by financial institutions.a Pakistan also needs to demonstrate that competent authorities are cooperating and taking action to identify and take enforcement action against illegal money or value transfer services (MVTS). The FATF also asked Pakistan to demonstrate that “law enforcement agencies (LEAs) are identifying and investigating the widest range of TF activity and that TF investigations and prosecutions target designated persons and entities, and persons and entities acting on behalf or at the direction of the designated persons or entities.” Pakistan must demonstrate that TF prosecutions result in “effective, proportionate and dissuasive sanctions and enhancing the capacity and support for prosecutors and the judiciary,” the FATF said. It said Pakistan should also show aceeffective implementation of targeted financial sanctions (supported by a comprehensive legal obligation) against all 1267 and 1373 designated terrorists and those acting for or on their behalf, including preventing the raising and moving of funds, identifying and freezing assets (movable and immovable), and prohibiting access to funds and financial services.” The 1267 refers to the UN Sanctions Committee, which has listed Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar and ALashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed as global terrorists. The FATF said Pakistan also must demonstrate that “facilities and services owned or controlled by designated person are deprived of their resources and the usage of the resources.”last_img read more

The Thursday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Thursday, Aug. 10———SASKATCHEWAN’S BRAD WALL RETIRING FROM POLITICS: One of Canada’s most high-profile premiers who rose to national prominence for his down-to-earth style, sharp wit and, more recently, his willingness to lock horns with Ottawa is retiring from politics after a decade in office. Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall said he made the decision at the end of June after talking it over with his wife, Tami. Wall said he will stay on until his successor is chosen. Wall and his Saskatchewan Party have won three consecutive provincial elections, the last in 2016 where they took 51 of 61 seats. The party, which formed 20 years ago out of an alliance of disaffected Tories and Liberals, took more than 50 per cent of the popular vote in each of the contests. Wall, who is 51, routinely places high in opinion polls ranking the country’s most popular premiers and his knack for the zinger soundbite has made him a national political figure. Wall has been training his political guns afar, railing against opposition to pipeline projects that would see central Canada’s crude oil pumped to the coasts and markets overseas. He’s also waged war with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the federal government’s plan to force provinces to put a price on carbon, pledging to fight the move in court if necessary.———PASTOR FREED IN NORTH KOREA ‘ON HIS WAY HOME’: Relatives of a Canadian pastor released this week after more than two years in a North Korean prison said Thursday he is “on his way home” and they are anxious to be reunited with him. The Korean Central News Agency reported Wednesday that North Korea’s central court had decided to free Hyeong Soo Lim, who was serving a life sentence for anti-state activities. The pastor’s release was described as “sick bail,” but no other details were given. In a statement Thursday, a spokeswoman for his family said they look forward to his return. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday he was “pleased and relieved” that Lim had been released. “Pastor Lim’s health and well-being remain of utmost importance to the government of Canada, and we are working to ensure that he receives any required medical attention,” Trudeau said in a brief statement. The prime minister also thanked Sweden for its assistance in the matter but said “operational security considerations” prevent the government from discussing the case further. While Canada lacks an embassy in North Korea, Sweden has maintained one in Pyongyang since 1975. Sweden acts as the “protective power” for Canada and other countries, meaning it can provide different services including consular responsibility for Canadian citizens.———B.C. JOINS LEGAL FIGHT AGAINST TRANS MOUNTAIN: The British Columbia government wants to join the legal fight against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline as it warned the company behind the project that it cannot begin work on public land until it gets final approval from the province. The province’s NDP government has hired former judge Thomas Berger to provide legal advice to the government as it seeks intervener status in legal challenges against the federal government’s approval of the pipeline expansion. The NDP has opposed the expansion of the pipeline, which received the blessing of the province’s former Liberal government earlier this year. Premier John Horgan promised in the provincial election this spring to use “every tool in the toolbox” to stop the $7.4-billion project by Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada. Several First Nations and municipalities have filed legal challenges against the expansion, which would triple the capacity of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline and increase the number of tankers in Vancouver-area waters seven-fold.———ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST MARINELAND: Animal cruelty charges that had been laid against Marineland were dropped Thursday after prosecutors said there was no reasonable chance of conviction on most of the 11 counts faced by the Ontario tourist attraction. During a brief hearing in a Niagara Falls, Ont., courtroom, the Crown said it could have proceeded on three of the charges — which related to failing to comply with standards of care for a peacock, guinea hens and a red deer — but did not believe it was in the public interest to do so, citing potential court costs and a weak case. Crown attorney Stephen Galbraith said prosecutors had instead come up with an alternative solution that included ongoing monitoring of the amusement park and zoo. “The Crown’s case is more circumstantial than direct evidence,” Galbraith told the court. “The photographs and video provided preserves observations, but there was no independent examination of the animals. The veterinarian’s report was not able to determine the cause of issues related to the animals.” The justice of the peace hearing the case accepted the Crown’s submission and withdrew the charges.———FORMER PM EXPRESSES REGRETS ABOUT KHADR CASE: Former prime minister Paul Martin says he thinks a federal payout to Omar Khadr could have been avoided had Ottawa dealt with the situation differently from the start. Speaking after receiving an award in Halifax, Martin told The Canadian Press he feels the Khadr case was not handled well by a succession of governments. In 2002, the Canadian-born Khadr was imprisoned in the notorious U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo, Cuba, accused of killing an American soldier/medic during a firefight in Afghanistan at the age of 15. Martin, who became prime minister in late 2003 after serving in the previous Liberal cabinet, says he wishes Ottawa had taken a different approach in the early stages of the Khadr case, and says his own government followed the precedent set by its predecessors. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 2010 that Canadian authorities violated Khadr’s charter rights when they interrogated him there, despite the fact he was a minor, had no legal representation and had been tortured. Khadr subsequently launched a $20-million civil suit against the Canadian government. That was settled in July when the government agreed to pay him what sources reported was a $10.5-million settlement, rather than pursue what officials said would have been a costly court battle that the government had no hope of winning.———B.C. LOOKS AT BACKCOUNTRY BAN OVER WILDFIRES: British Columbia is considering closing access to a vast section of its backcountry because of the wildfire risk. Restrictions on access to all Crown land in the Cariboo fire centre would go into effect at noon on Friday as the province continues to battle what Premier John Horgan has said is the worst fire season since the 1950s. There were 150 fires burning in the province on Wednesday. A final decision will be made Friday morning and will depend on wind conditions. A restriction order would mean people cannot remain in or enter the area without the prior written authorization. Exceptions include people who are travelling to or from their principle residence, a person acting in an official capacity or those who support efforts to fight wildfires. The Cariboo fire centre in the province’s Interior stretches from Loon Lake near Clinton in the south to the Cottonwood River near Quesnel in the north, and from Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the west to Wells Gray Provincial Park in the east. The area is a popular destination for hikers and campers.———JUDGE CHIDES TRANSPORT CANADA IN SAFETY CASE: A national union representing thousands of flight attendants is using a recent court ruling to push the federal government to tighten airline passenger safety rules. A Federal Court of Appeal judge ruled last week that Transport Canada couldn’t have reasonably concluded that passenger or crew safety wasn’t compromised when it allowed Sunwing Airlines to increase the ratio of passengers to flight attendants on its aircraft. The agency’s 2013 decision to allow one attendant for every 50 passengers instead of 40 came despite the airline failing three evacuation tests under the new system. The ruling also says the airline provided the government with a cursory risk assessment that contained little or no evidence to support its conclusions that safety was not compromised. The Canadian Union of Public Employees, which took the government to court over the Sunwing decision, says the Liberal government should force all airlines to use the lower ratio of passengers to crew to promote safety. CUPE national president Mark Hancock says the ruling should be a major wake-up call for Transport Canada to put the safety of passengers and crew before any other considerations.———KEEP FIGHTING UNFAIR REFUGEE RULE, LAWYER SAYS: A law that leaves refugees forever at risk of losing their permanent residency must continue to be tested before the courts, says a B.C. lawyer who fell short Thursday in his efforts to have the Supreme Court examine the issue. The top court declined to hear lawyer Douglas Cannon’s case, which involved a refugee hoping to retain his Canadian citizenship but would have touched on a much larger debate about the principles underpinning Canada’s asylum system. A refugee’s status can be revoked at any time, but until 2012, such a development wouldn’t have impacted their permanent resident status. Similarly, a permanent resident could have that status revoked, but still be considered a refugee. Five years ago, the Conservative government at the time changed the law in order to remove people they felt ought not to have been given refugee status — and in turn permanent residency — in the first place. The intent was to go after fraud, but hundreds of people properly granted refugee status now find themselves stuck in an already clogged system with little chance of a hearing any time soon, Cannon said.———CORNWALLIS STATUE IS LOCAL ISSUE, JUSTICE MINISTER SAYS: Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she defers to the views of local Mi’kmaq leaders when it comes to the issue of whether a controversial statue of Halifax’s founder should be moved. The Liberal cabinet minister is in Wolfville, N.S., today to attend a meeting with Nova Scotia chiefs and members of parliament to discuss increased self government for Mi’kmaq communities in the province. Last month protesters pledged to remove a bronze monument to Edward Cornwallis in a Halifax park, but instead the city temporarily covered it in a tarp. Cornwallis, as governor of Nova Scotia, founded Halifax in 1749 and soon after issued a bounty on Mi’kmaq scalps in response to an attack on colonists. Some members of the Mi’kmaq community have called for removal of tributes to Cornwallis, calling his actions a form of genocide. Wilson-Raybould says the regional leadership of the Assembly of First Nations and “the rest of the community and elders” will determine what actions to take to enhance reconciliation between First Nations and non-aboriginal residents in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Transformation of Winnipegs Merchant Hotel a beacon of hope for community

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe conversion of a Winnipeg hotel with a dubious history into an educational hub is about to begin.The Merchant Hotel, in the heart of city’s north end, will soon be home to post-secondary education and affordable housing.As APTN’s Dennis Ward reports people in the area see the project as a beacon of hope for the community.last_img

Parliament raises concerns over maid in Saudi

He said that unlike in a previous case where a Sri Lankan maid, Rizana Nafeek, was executed over allegations she killed a child in her care, the latest incident could harm the life of the woman even if she is freed and sent back to Sri Lanka.Ramanayake said the Government must look at the incident very carefully while the media should also ensure they do not expose her identity. (Colombo Gazette) United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake said that the issue over the Sri Lankan maid is very sensitive as she had committed adultery. Parliament today raised concerns over the decision by Saudi Arabia to stone to death a Sri Lankan maid found guilty of committing adultery.Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Atukorale said that her Ministry and the Foreign Ministry are in touch with the relevant authorities in Saudi Arabia to seek clemency for the maid. The Government was urged to ban sending maids to Saudi Arabia but Atukorale told Parliament no such decision has been taken yet. read more

Some 22 million displaced by natural disasters in 2013 UNbacked report reveals

The report, Global Estimates 2014: people displaced by disasters, conducted by the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), shows that the risk of displacement due to disasters has more than doubled over the last four decades–largely due to the growth and concentration of urban populations, particularly in vulnerable countries.“This increasing trend will continue as more and more people live and work in hazard-prone areas. It is expected to be aggravated in the future by the impacts of climate change,” said Jan Egeland, Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, at a Headquarters conference.Launching the report alongside Mr. Egeland, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said the report was “extremely timely” as it highlights the need for early warning systems and emergency evacuations in today’s world of increasing and intensifying disasters. “The numbers of people who need humanitarian assistance, and the cost of helping them, are skyrocketing. We need to shift our focus to prevention and preparedness in close cooperation with national partners,” said Mr. Eliasson. The report calls for action to be taken to reduce disaster risk and to help communities adapt to changing and more unpredictable weather patterns, to prevent further displacement.According to the report, both wealthy and poorer countries are affected, although developing countries bear the brunt, accounting for more than 85 per cent of displacement. But as in previous years the worst affected was Asia, where 19 million people, or 87.1 per cent of the global total, were displaced. In the Philippines, typhoon Haiyan alone displaced 4.1 million people, a million more than in Africa, the Americas, Europe and Oceania combined. Seasonal floods also caused significant displacement in sub-Saharan Africa, most notably in Niger, Chad, Sudan and South Sudan – countries with highly vulnerable populations who are also affected by conflict and drought. Africa’s population is predicted to double by 2050 therefore displacement risk is expected to increase faster than in any other region in the world.The extent to which populations in the most developed countries are exposed to hazards also led to some of the world’s largest displacements. Typhoon Man-yi in Japan displaced 260,000 people and tornadoes in the United States state of Oklahoma 218,500.As the world gears up to solidify a post-2015 development agenda, there will also be an opportunity to include the needs and challenges of internally displaced people in negotiations. “As we prepare for the [Secretary-General’s] climate summit next week the devastating impact of disasters and the massive displacement we see as a result, highlight the need for strong and decisive action to tackle the catastrophic threat of climate change,” Mr. Eliasson said. read more

Take That to give proceeds from concert to Manchester terror victims

first_img“The spirit of Manchester, the spirit of the North West, the UK, the world over, It’s absolutely incredible. Thank you so much and thanks for coming everyone, enjoy the night please.”Hours ahead of the gig at Barlow wrote on Twitter: “Liverpool, tonight we come together, stronger than ever.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The band announced earlier on Friday they would be combining the three postponed Manchester concerts into one big event in June.The group were due to perform at the Manchester Arena this week as part of their Wonderland Tour but they pulled the gigs after the attack at Ariana Grande’s concert at the venue on Monday night.They will now take to the stage at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on June 18.A statement posted on Take That’s website said: “Following the tragic events at Manchester Arena on Monday 22nd May, Take That have announced that their three postponed shows for this week will now be played as one show at Etihad Stadium on Sunday 18th June.”This concert has been organised with a very short turnaround thanks to the incredible support and professionalism of Manchester City Football Club, Manchester City Council, the emergency services and the staff and box offices of Manchester Arena and their ticket agents.”All existing ticket holders will be contacted by their ticket agent over the next few days by email and given the choice to either exchange their ticket for Sunday 18 June or receive a full refund. Refunds are available until Thursday 1st June.” The concert will act as the final night of their Wonderland Tour. Take That have donated the proceeds from their rescheduled concert in Liverpool to the victims of the Manchester bombing.The band played at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Monday night but postponed Tuesday’s show at the venue following the terror attack at the Manchester Arena.Speaking at the rearranged gig on Friday night Gary Barlow apologised for the change of dates as he urged fans to “send good vibrations all around the world”.”Dance, sing, have a night to remember, please.”Band mate Mark Owen told fans: “We would like to dedicate tonight’s performance to everyone who has been affected by the events that happened in Manchester last Monday night.”All profits from tonight’s concert will be going to the I Love Manchester emergency fund.”Howard Donald praised the spirit shown in the face of the terror attacks, telling fans: “As you know I was born and raised in Manchester. At this moment in time I’ve never been so proud to be a Mancunian.last_img read more

Police forces relying on civilians to investigate murder and rape new figures

Police are relying on an increasing number of civilians to investigate major crimes including homicides and sexual assault, prompting fears that public safety could be put at risk.  The Metropolitan Police and Merseyside Police admitted hiring retired detectives to solve crimes in an echo of the BBC TV series New Tricks in which former police officers are brought back to solve difficult cases. Other forces have signed contracts worth millions of pounds a year with… Figures obtained by The Sunday Telegraph under Freedom of Information legislation from 10 police forces reveal hundreds of civilian staff have been trained to work on serious investigations including child abuse and terrorism offences.

Panne Orange Stéphane Richard dévoile le plan dindemnisation

first_imgPanne Orange : Stéphane Richard dévoile le plan d’indemnisationSuite à la panne historique survenue vendredi et au rétablissement de son réseau, le PDG d’Orange a présenté son plan d’indémnisation vis à vis des 35 à 40 millions d’utilisateurs touchés par le black-out téléphonique. Une solution d’abord évoquée plus tôt dans la matinée, et désormais dévoilée.Les clients Orange victimes de la panne survenue vendredi auront droit à une journée de services gratuits à la rentrée. Voici une des mesures présentée, en substance, par Stéphane Richard, Président directeur général d’Orange lors de la conférence de presse organisée au centre de crise Orange à la mi-journée.”Nous allons offrir à tous nos clients à forfait, quel que soit le forfait, une journée de communication gratuite pendant la semaine de la rentrée scolaire” a-t-il indiqué. Cette offre comprendra les appels en France, ainsi que les SMS. Mais l’homme fort du réseau historique français ne s’arrête pas en si bon chemin, pour les abonnés au forfait illimité “nous leur offrirons 1 Go d’Internet mobile à prendre sur l’ensemble du mois”.Concernant les lésés qui avaient souscrit des offres prépayées, ils bénéficieront d’une journée de SMS gratuits. Enfin, chacun des clients se verra également offrir une place de cinéma, à prendre dans la semaine.À lire aussiForfait Free Mobile : heure d’appels doublée et SMS illimités pour 2 eurosConcernant maintenant les utilisateurs rattachés aux opérateurs virtuels (mvno) ainsi que les abonnés à Free mobile ayant, eux aussi, subi les foudres de cette panne géante, ils bénéficieront également des mêmes indemnités à cette différence près : ce sont les opérateurs qui devront s’arranger avec leurs clients.Les entreprises aux abonnés absents ?Mais il n’y a pas que les particuliers qui ont souffert de ce black-out, les entreprises aussi. Malheureusement pour elles, il semblerait qu’il ne leur reste que leurs yeux pour pleurer ! En effet, et comme le rappelle l’édition numérique du Figaro concernant l’impact de la panne sur les activités professionnelles de cette panne, il est stipulé dans les contrats d’abonnement Orange que l’opérateur ” ne saurait en aucun cas être tenue de réparer d’éventuels dommages indirects subis par l’abonné à l’occasion de l’utilisation du service. On entend notamment par dommages indirects les pertes d’exploitation et les préjudices commerciaux “. Mais tout ne serait pas perdu pour les sociétés lésées; les cas d’espèces seraient examinés au cas par cas par Orange, vis à vis du préjudice subis.Le 7 juillet 2012 à 21:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mint Teas pot smoking tent raises legal issues

first_imgState officials say Mint Tea’s one-of-a-kind cannabis smoking tent in downtown Vancouver is illegal, but whether local law enforcement will do anything to shut it down is another story. The restaurant held the city’s first public “cannabis friendly” event on Saturday night, with dozens of customers showing up to enjoy a little live music, dance in colorful costumes or smoke some marijuana in celebration of the new moon and Leo, the zodiac sign. Overall, it was a peaceful night with not a single visit from police, said Jenna Eckert, Mint Tea’s co-owner.State liquor authorities are also weighing in on her operation, and Eckert said it might be worth giving up her liquor license to keep the smoking area open. Vancouver Police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said officers would only get involved if they get a call about someone consuming pot on the premises in view of the general public — the only consumption-based restriction laid out in Initiative 502. And Kapp said as far as she knows, the department has had no such reports lately.Another problem for Eckert, however, is a state Liquor Control Board rule drafted last year barring any place with a liquor license from allowing marijuana consumption on the premises, agency spokesman Brian Smith explained.last_img read more

WHS BASEBALL Wildcats Get 1Hit By Burlington Drop To 24 On Season

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Varsity Baseball team (2-4) fell to Burlington by a score of 6-0 on Monday, April 23 at Francis Wyman School in Burlington.Burlington ace Josh Becker threw a one-hitter. The Wilmington bats have gone cold, getting shutout for a second straight game.Wilmington’s Chris Stokes received his first loss of the year. Stokes lasted 4 1/3 innings, getting no help behind him as the Wildcats committed four errors. Carl Beatrice was sharp in relief for the Wildcats.Wilmington generated four baserunners, stranding two of them at third base. Matt Rideout had the lone hit for the Wildcats with a solid single to center in the 4th inning.Dylan Bresnahan and Graham Smith reached on walks, while Chris Grecco reached on a throwing error.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS BASEBALL: Wildcats Edge Belmont Led By Stokes’s Arm, Marino’s & Smith’s BatsIn “Sports”WILDCAT WAKEUP: WHS Baseball “Sweep The Week,” Win Third StraightIn “Sports”WILDCAT WAKEUP: WHS Baseball Wins 4th Straight, Gillis Pitches Gem & HomersIn “Sports”last_img read more

Amit Shah to visit Ahmedabad today will inaugurate projects

first_imgAhmedabad: Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit Ahmedabad on Wednesday to inaugurate a number of new projects. “Shah will reach Ahmedabad by 3 pm and he would be welcomed outside the airport. After this, he would inaugurate the newly-built Income-Tax flyover at Ashram Road in Ahmedabad,” a BJP party release said. Around 5:15 pm, the Home Minister will inaugurate DK Patel Hall on VBS Ashram road here. He will attend the felicitation ceremony organised at Gujarat University Convention Hall later. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us In the evening, the Shah will review the development works carried out in his parliamentary constituency Gandhinagar. On July 4, Shah will take part in ‘Mangal Aarti’ in Ahmedabad’s Jaganath ji temple. This will be Shah’s first visit to his native state after he assumed the office of the Union Home Minister.last_img read more

The Most Prolific Female Assassin in History

first_imgThe period following the Renaissance was a time when women didn’t have much power financially, socially, or politically. Women were expected to marry, and families usually viewed marriageable daughters as assets, making arranged matches that were guided by the advantages to the family as a whole — frequently without asking the opinion of the bride in question.Girls and women were considered the property, first of their fathers and then of their husbands.Women didn’t have much power financially, socially, or politically.If a husband mistreated his wife, abused her, kept her in poverty, prostituted her, or put her in danger with constant childbearing, there was no divorce and no legal protections.The only way for a woman to be free of a bad marriage was widowhood.This is the situation that made it possible for Giulia Tofana to become probably the most prolific hitwoman in history. According to Wizzely, not much is known about Giulia’s life.Giulia Tofana was probably the most prolific hitwoman in history.Born in Palermo, Italy, she was reputedly very beautiful, as was her mother, although there are no known portraits of her. A History of Mystery says that she was probably the daughter of Thofania d’Adamo, who was executed in 1633 for killing her husband.What is known is that Giulia was a professional poisoner, helping unhappy women get early “divorces,” and by the time she was executed in 1659, she was said to have been responsible for the deaths of over 600 men.Aqua de rosarum bottle at the apothecary museum of the Hotel Dieu, France. Photo by Joséphine Bitat, Aurélie Troccon and Manon Mauguin CC-BY-SA-4.0Giulia created a poison she called Aqua Tofana. Its exact composition is unknown, but it is known that arsenic, belladonna, and lead were components of the mixture; ingredients that were also used in the cosmetics of the time.Lead and arsenic were common ingredients for facial powders to lighten the skin, and women used a drop of belladonna in each eye to dilate their pupils, giving their eyes a luminous and arresting look. All of these substances, however, are also highly toxic when ingested.The concoction was said to have no odor, scent, or taste, which made it very easy for an unhappy wife to slip a little into her husband’s food or drink.Giulia chose poisons that were commonly used in cosmetics.She practiced her craft stealthily for decades. Aqua Tofana was sold for nearly 50 years disguised as a cosmetic powder or in vials as a devotional object called “Manna of St. Nicholas of Bari.”Giulia’s daughter joined her in the business and they kept their work quiet as they moved from Palermo to Naples and then to Rome.Giulia’s real business was revealed when one of her customers put the poison in her husband’s soup and then had second thoughts, keeping him from eating it.The Colosseum in Rome.He became suspicious and demanded to know why. His wife confessed after she was taken to the Papal authorities and tortured.Even after the wife’s confession, Giulia wasn’t arrested right away. For one thing, most of her customers were very grateful for her services and didn’t want her captured. One version of what happened is that she had already retired and was living on her country estate, which gave her some time to escape.Poison was a common weapon in Italy at the time and was used not only by unhappy wives.Her daughter and employees were put to death for their complicity, and sometime later Giulia herself was eventually found and likewise executed.Another version and the one more widely believed to be true was that Giulia was still living in Rome when the warning came, and she ran for a nearby church, begging sanctuary, which was granted.Shortly after that, a rumor began to circulate in Rome that she had poisoned the water.Aqua Tofana was sold for nearly 50 years disguised as a cosmetic powder.The rumor stirred up a mob who stormed the church and removed her, and she was subsequently surrendered to the Papal authorities who got her confession after torture.She confessed to being responsible for the deaths of over 600 men in just the 18-year span between 1633 and 1651. In this version of the story, she, her daughter, and their three employees were all executed in 1659, in the Campo de’Fiori, and her body was tossed back over the wall of the church which had offered her sanctuary for the clergy to dispose of.Giulia Tofana had some other accomplices as well, but those were unknown. Poison was a common weapon in Italy at the time and was used not only by the unhappy wives who were her primary customers.Read another story from us: From Mud to Max Factor – The Strange Evolution of MakeupWhile under torture, she gave up the names of people who helped her or were her customers. Some of those she named were able to flee, but many were captured and executed or imprisoned. The most influential and richest of them were quietly killed in prison to dampen any possible scandal; the rest were either hanged or walled up in the dungeons at Palazzo Pucci.Perhaps it’s a good thing divorce is an option today.last_img read more

Strictly dancer says hed have no problem with samesex pairing

first_imgProfessional dancer Kevin Clifton, who has been on the BBC One hit series for five years, expressed his views when taking questions on Twitter.One fan asked ‘As a gay man who loves the show (and thinks you are brilliant), I’m curious where do you stand on same-sex dance partners? Would you be open to dancing with a guy if the show put that to you?’Clifton Tweeted back: ‘Just to be clear I’m not involved in any of these decisions. But if that’s what they wanted then I’d have no problem with it.’This comes at a time when same-sex representation on the show has become a hot-button issue.Just to be clear im not involved in any of these decisions. But if that’s what they wanted then i’d have no problem with it. https://t.co/Crgs7FKYmc— Kevin Clifton (@keviclifton) August 13, 2018 Strictly Come Dancing’s Kevin Clifton Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A dancer from Strictly Come Dancing said he wouldn’t have a problem if paired with another man on the show.center_img Ireland’s Dancing With The Stars judges say they want same-sex couples to compete‘It’s out of our hands’: Strictly stars sound off on same-sex partner banGay star’s wish to dance with man on Strictly Come Dancing shot down by BBCRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/strictly-dancer-says-hed-have-no-problem-with-same-sex-pairing/ GAYSTARNEWS- No plans for same-sex pairings this yearThe BBC already announced there would not be same-sex dance pairings in this year’s show.A Strictly spokesman said: ‘Strictly has chosen the longstanding ballroom dancing format of mixed-sex couples.’But there has been a growing number of voices lending their support for the show to feature a same-sex dance pairing.This would not be a first. Same-sex dancing partners Giovanni Ciacci and Raimondo Todaro made it to the finals of Italy’s version of Strictly.Last week it was rumored that Olympic diver Tom Daly was tipped to appear in the show. If confirmed, Daly would be the latest in a long line of LGBTI celebrities who have danced on Strictly.In the past, the seires has seen numerous LGBTI contestants, including Will Young, Julian Clary and Susan Calman. Two of the show’s judges, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli, are also openly gay.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

Update Protest action on Peacetown road

first_imgThe road leading to Peacetown is completely blocked off by angry protesters demanding better service delivery.From last night (April 29), community members blocked the road with rocks and burning tyres.Public Safety and police are on scene.Read initial story: Protest action on Peacetown roadMotorists are warned to stay clear of this area. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img