Dhoni offers to quit as Chennai Super Kings skipper, India Cements vice-president

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni and N. SrinivasanIndian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has offered to quit as skipper of Chennai Super Kings following the controversy over conflict of interest. Dhoni, who has been leading the Chennai team since it came into existence, also offered to give up the vice-presidentship of India Cements Limited, a company headed by N. Srinivasan.     The news comes a day after the Supreme Court on Friday appointed Sunil Gavaskar the interim president of the Indian cricket board in place of the tainted incumbent N. Srinivasan. Srinivasan gets sacked, Gavaskar to take charge as BCCI chief An apex court bench headed by Justice A.K. Patnaik said Gavaskar would only be concerned with matters related to the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League.The rest of the functions of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would be discharged by its senior-most vice-president Shivlal Yadav.It is believed that Dhoni was upset over his name being dragged in the IPL spot-fixing. Gavaskar’s appointment builds optimism in cricket fraternity Harish Salve, the counsel for Bihar cricket association chief Aditya Verma, on Thursday had accused Dhoni of giving false statements to the Mudgal committee about the role of Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of N. Srinivasan, in Chennai Super Kings.Salve, who appeared in Supreme Court for the petitioner Aditya Verma, secretary of Cricket Association of Bihar, said it was indeed a lie aimed at cover-up.”He (Dhoni) said this on record. In one voice with Srinivasan he said that Meiyappan was only an enthusiast. I have no personal knowledge of it, it is the report that said. According to the report, Meiyappan used to sit in the players dug out and was also there in the players auction for the team (CSK). And Dhoni knew it. What was the need for the captain to say that. The definition of corruption includes cover-up,” Salve said.advertisementlast_img read more

Diego Forlan Opines India Should Focus on Places That Already Have Football Culture for Development

first_img Diego Forlanfootballindian football First Published: October 7, 2019, 11:32 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Mumbai: Uruguayan legend Diego Forlan on Monday emphasized the need to work more on the grass-root level and bring in good coaches for younger players for development of Indian football.India, once considered as a sleeping giant, has come a long way and the most significant result was the 0-0 draw against Asian Champions Qatar in a 2022 World Cup away qualifier. The 40-year-old retired forward has played for the Mumbai City FC in the ISL and thus rightly was asked where do Indian players lack and how things can be improved.”(They can) do many things. Not because they don’t have it, you need to create (environment) on the grass-root (level and) the youngsters, they need to start playing and competing more.”And then you need more players. There are a lot of people here, so more kids playing football, should be good and getting good coaches, it is not easy, you are a big country,” Forlan said.Forlan spoke about the need for having convenient opportunity to play the sport.”Here with six-seven facilities, you don’t do (cannot do) anything. In Mumbai, if you put one (facility) here (in South Mumbai), nobody is going to come from the other side (suburban areas), so in Mumbai you need (at-least) six different facilities, then you go to Goa, Kerala, so you need big infrastructure, money and then you need coaches,” he told reporters here.Forlan, who is the brand-ambassador of ‘La Liga’, was speaking after tires manufacturers BKT inked a three-season deal with the Spanish League as their “Official global partners” in presence of BKT Joint-MD Rajiv Poddar and senior league officials.Drawing an analogy with cricket, Forlan also said that in football, the national team should play with various countries.”.then you need to go to the national team as well and I am not saying that you have to win an Asian Cup, because it’s tough, but at-least start playing and fighting against (various) national team, so the fans will say we are proud of India.”You need to create (an atmosphere) and keep it going and getting good professionals, good coaches and you need the back-upyou are the country where people have the money and power to do it , because if not (now), it is going to be tough,” he said.He said in India there were some places where “football is crazy” and advantage should be taken of it and the country needs to focus on places where football is more popular than cricket.Meanwhile, he refused to draw comparisons between Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s great Lionel Messi terming the duo was great players.And lastly, on a personal front, he announced that he is preparing to undertake a coaching course in Europe and was open to becoming a manager.Right now, he has done a course from South America, but that does not allow him to become a manager in Europe.Asked whether he would love to come back as a manager to India, Forlan responded in the affirmative.”Yes, I would love to. I loved my time here (in India) and I enjoyed it. Yes, why not, it would be very nice (to come to India as a manager),” he signed off. last_img read more

Sepp Blatter’s appeal against ban to be heard on August 25

first_imgAn appeal by former FIFA president Sepp Blatter against a six-year ban from all soccer-related activities will be heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on August 25, CAS said on its website on Friday. (Latest Football stories)In February, global soccer body FIFA’s appeals committee upheld the ban against Blatter for ethics violations, but reduced it from eight years to six.The 80-year-old Swiss, once the most powerful man in the soccer world, lodged an appeal with CAS in March to have the decision overturned.CAS said in March that the arbitration procedure comprised the exchange of written submissions and the constitution of a panel of three arbitrators that would set up a hearing.Following the hearing, the panel will deliberate and, at a later date, it will issue a decision in the form of an arbitral award.last_img read more

ISL: Injury-time penalty goal hands Bengaluru FC second straight defeat at fortress

first_imgTrindade Goncalves converted a late penalty as Jamshedpur FC subjected Bengaluru FC to their second consecutive loss at home after the visitors managed a 1-0 victory at the Sree Kanteevara Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday.Goncalves kept his cool to find the net off an injury time penalty as Jamshedpur won full points for only the second time in the league.On the other hand, Bengaluru were keen to get back to winning ways after their defeat against Chennaiyin FC in the last game. With the Bengaluru crowd and the West Block Blues backing them, they began well as always but Jamshedpur took the cake in the end. Jamshedpur now have nine points from six matches, the same as FC Pune City and are placed sixth in the league table.The defeat was Bengaluru’s third in seven matches but despite the loss, Sunil Chhetri-led club are placed second in the league table behind FC Goa with 12 points. However, Goa have two games in hand and have a huge opportunity to open up a good point gap.Bengaluru FC were keen to get back to winning ways after their defeat against Chennaiyin FC in the previous game. With the crowd backing them, they started well but, just like the previous clash, Jamshedpur FC had the last laugh with a dramatic winner in the 90th minute of play.The fierce battle seemed destined for a draw after both teams went close in either half but took a dramatic turn in the final minute of play. Substitute Sameehg Doutie made his trademark run towards the goal with the ball ahead of him and was tripped from behind by Rahul Bheke. The referee promptly awarded a penalty in the final minute which Trindade converted by showing nerves of steel.advertisementIt was a dramatic end to a match which could have gone either way in the 90 minutes of play.Jamshedpur, for instance, went close twice in quick succession in the 54th and 61st minutes. At first, Kervens Belfort had a golden opportunity to give his team the lead but goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh made a super save when his outstretched legs kept the close-range attempt away.Seven minutes later, Belfort played a delightful through ball for Jerry Mawhmingthanga, leaving the Bengaluru defence in tatters, but Jerry’s effort missed the target by a whisker.Bengaluru, too, came agonisingly close to securing the opening goal with 19 shots on goal. Captain Sunil Chhetri had the best chance in the 77th minute when he found himself with just the goalkeeper to beat. But the striker hit straight into the onrushing goalkeeper Subrata Paul, much to the disappointment of the home crowd.last_img read more

Chelsea starlet Brown out to prove a point in Premier League

first_imgPremier League Chelsea starlet Brown out to prove Premier League status following injury troubles at Brighton Patrick Gleeson 19:01 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Izzy Brown Brighton Premier League Chelsea Huddersfield Town v Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion The former Huddersfield forward will go up against the Terriers on Saturday as he looks to finally have a run of games in the English top flight Izzy Brown had featured in the English top tier prior to the 2017-18 campaign, with a single substitute appearance for both West Brom and Chelsea, but his loan move to newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion was supposed to be the platform on which he made a genuine mark on the English game.Within 20 minutes of his Albion debut, however, Brown was forced to exit the game as a result of a hamstring injury against Man City on the season’s opening day.”It was the first time it’s ever happened in my career,” Brown told The Argus. “So that was disappointing because I had just broken into the team. I had a good game against Atletico Madrid and was just building up my fitness. Then to get sent back [to Chelsea] for six weeks was difficult. The team was doing well in the time I was off and when I came back it was tough to get back in the team. Hopefully now I’ve put it in the manager’s thoughts that I can play on the left, I can play in the middle, so we’ll see what happens.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Izzy Brown BrightonBrown has certainly earned his way back into Chris Hughton’s thinking. On Saturday, the former Huddersfield forward was selected for Brighton’s home tie with Liverpool, his first start since an uninspiring appearance against Arsenal on October 1. Brown was handed a start on the left of Hughton’s midfield but was used almost as a wing-back as the hosts looked to soak up the Liverpool pressure; an entirely different role to the central, false-nine position he shouldered at the Emirates and much of last season in the Championship with Huddersfield.And despite bearing the additional defensive responsibility, Brown proved an effective channel in attack – he would have ended the game with two assists had Glenn Murray made the most of the Chelsea loanee’s exquisite delivery. Albion would eventually lose the game 5-1 and Brown’s impact was subsequently diluted, though the performance had the markings of a player with a point to prove.Brown is merely another victim of Chelsea’s gluttonous talent-hoarding and a long-term future at Stamford Bridge seems unlikely, despite former Blues boss Jose Mourinho suggesting the England youth star would be handed a fast-track into the first-team during his second spell in charge at the club.But a successful spell in the second division with Huddersfield, with whom he secured the unlikeliest of Premier League promotions last term, indicated his readiness to test himself at the top. Izzy Brown BrightonBrown scored five goals in 20 league games for the Terriers in the second half of the season and was again a target for the club over the summer before opting to join Brighton on a season-long loan deal. This weekend, the 20-year-old will return to the John Smith’s Stadium to play against the team whose fans cheered him on a matter of months ago.”All the Huddersfield fans are still tweeting me, saying, ‘come back, come back’, but my main focus is on Brighton,” he said. “After the play-off final I thought I was going to go back. But, as the summer went on, things didn’t start to work out the way it was meant to be.”They wanted to buy me on a permanent [deal] and it wasn’t possible. I had a few meetings with the manager [Hughton] here and thought this was the club I wanted to join. So when it comes to the weekend I want us to win. That’s all I want to do, it’s a must-win game for us.”Izzy Brown BrightonBrown will again have to oust both Jose Izquierdo and Solly March if he is to remain in the Albion starting XI for Saturday, or return to a central position in place of the immovable Pascal Gross. The club’s top scorer, Murray, is likely to keep his place at the head of the attack with Tomer Hemed in reserve. Brown’s inclusion in the travelling squad is almost guaranteed, injury permitting, but his spot in the XI is far less so.Regardless of his contribution against the Terriers, though, Brown is again in a position to make a genuine impact in the Premier League. Huddersfield fans are appreciative of the part Brown played in the club’s historic rise to the Premier League, while the Chelsea support are hopeful he somehow returns to west London in a position to step into the fold next season. However, it is Brighton who are likeliest to benefit from the England youth international as he goes about proving a point to those above him. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

How Pelé lit up soccer in America and left a legacy fit for a king

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Twitter features New York Fans at Pelé’s final game. Photograph: Colorsport/Rex/Shutterstock Share on Pinterest Ameer Hasan Loggins Pinterest Pelé, who would sign autographs all day for fans until team officials pulled him away, also opened the door for many other stars to play in North America. Giorgio Chinaglia followed him to the Cosmos, then Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto before several other world-class players helped fill out a formidable Starting XI. Over the next few years other legends decided it was fair game to test the NASL waters, including Johan Cruyff, Bobby Moore, George Best and Gordon Banks, among others.They helped lay the groundwork for what we have today.Looking back 40 years, it would be easy to say those were the good ole days. Pelé and the Cosmos brought glamour and glitz – and huge crowds. But, in some respects, New York City in the mid-70s was a mess. It tried to move forward while other forces pulled it back, enduring some tumultuous times while fighting financial difficulties and a notorious crime rate.When New York City asked for a financial bailout from the federal government and President Ford in 1975, it was rejected, leading to this memorable New York Daily News headline: Ford to city: drop dead. During the summer of 1977, Son of Sam terrorized the city with random killings until he was apprehended that August.Times Square was far from the more welcoming place it is today as XXX-rated entertainment and filth dominated the streets. In 1977 the city went dark during a midsummer blackout during which looters gave it a black eye for lawlessness.Even the Cosmos experienced their share of turmoil. After a shaky start, they fired popular coach Gordon Bradley and replaced him with Tampa Bay Rowdies coach Eddie Firmani in June. Toye was forced out as team president. On the field, the team added two former World Cup champions – West Germany’s Beckenbauer and Brazil’s Carlos Alberto.In June, the Cosmos attracted an NASL-record 62,394 fans to Giants Stadium for a 3-0 victory past the Rowdies as a 37-year-old Pelé reigned with a hat-trick.The team suddenly caught lightning in a bottle as attending Cosmos games became the trendy thing to do. Even gritty Daily News columnist Dick Young, a baseball aficionado, admitted he was won over. “I had been seduced by Pelé,” he wrote. By the end of the season, Pelé did not always have to be the leader of the band thanks to his superlative supporting cast. In the first leg of the quarter-final series, they attracted a US-record crowd of 77,891 for what turned into an 8-3 rout of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Giants Stadium. In the second leg of the semi-finals against the Rochester Lancers, a 4-1 triumph, the Cosmos attracted 73,669 for a midweek game in the rain as Pelé tallied his final competitive goal.The win propelled the Cosmos into the Soccer Bowl against the Seattle Sounders in Portland. Their goals were pretty obvious: to win the championship for the king.Pelé did not figure much in his last competitive match as Steve Hunt and Chinaglia provided the heroics as the Cosmos won 2-1.What transpired afterwards has been seared into my mind. I could not believe what I saw or heard from the loudest and crowded locker room. The entourage of Brazilian media lifted their countryman onto their shoulders and paraded him around while chanting “Pelé! Pelé! Pelé!”Later, Pelé sat at his locker in front of a media scrum as he seemed at peace with himself and the world. “God has been kind to me,” he said. “I can die now.” Of course, he didn’t. Share on Facebook Twitter Facebook We can’t hear Colin Kaepernick any more. He’s being drowned out by noise “When I signed with the Cosmos, the Cosmos were almost a university team. Later on, we became the best team, almost in the world. After we got some excellent players, then the Cosmos became No 1.”Sunday is the 40th anniversary of Pelé’s retirement game, a lavish affair in which a capacity crowd of 75,646 jammed New York’s Giants Stadium to say farewell and thank you to the man many regard as the world’s greatest player. The celebrity list included Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, Diane Keaton, Mick Jagger, Muhammad Ali and Henry Kissinger. It was a fitting finale for a king.During his three-year tenure in the States, Pelé helped ignite a soccer boom the USA is still feeling today. While the original incarnation of the North American Soccer League went bust after the 1984 season, soccer, slowly, but surely, began to take root. It is now an established part of the country’s sporting ecosystem – some of the teams in the league attract crowds of upwards of 40,000, and as a participant sport, particularly in schools, it has risen dramatically over the last 10 years.Back then, it struggled. It was considered a sport popular among immigrants and even ridiculed as a “commie” sport by its biggest detractors as it fought for acceptance in the media.But when Pelé signed with the Cosmos, however, he was difficult to ignore. Whenever the Cosmos came to town, he became the major sports story as US stadiums played to full capacity to watch Pelé perform some magic. His first game was broadcast to over 20 countries and 300 journalists from all over the world were in attendance. Pelé in his Cosmos No 10 shirt. ‘Love is more important than what we can take in life.’ Photograph: Bettmann Archive US sports Pinterest Share via Email Twitter center_img Facebook Share on Messenger Facebook Twitter After the final whistle, Pelé walked back to the center of the pitch, took off his Santos jersey and presented it to his first coach. With the rain pelting the field, a shirtless Pelé took one last victory lap around field with the crowd chanting “Pelé! Pelé! Pelé!” He was lifted on to the shoulders of several Santos and Cosmos players, including goalkeepers Shep Messing and Errol Yasin. He exited the field with an American flag in one hand, a Brazilian in the other.“I die a little bit today,” Pelé said afterwards. “Now I am born again to another life. You see, I stop playing soccer because I want to stop, and that is important.”It might have been the end of an era for American soccer, but it was the beginning of something much bigger for the sport, though it would take years for those seeds that Pelé and friends planted to grow.“It was the best thing I did in my life,” he told me a few years ago about playing in the US. “I thank God for that because I became more well-known throughout the world after I came here.” Forty years on, no statues have been built for the man who helped to transform American soccer. But perhaps there are greater monuments that honor Pelé. After all, we seemingly can’t drive anywhere in the US without seeing a soccer park or field.There is a professional league – Major League Soccer – that will complete its 22nd season with many of the clubs sporting soccer-specific stadiums.The women’s national team has set international standards that will be difficult to duplicate. Soccer haters have died off and the sport, perhaps most crucially, has taken root among schoolchildren and their parents. It has put down roots in communities across the states and this time it is growing from the bottom up. With American football enduring a difficult time with worries over brain injuries for children and adults, “soccer” has seen its popularity grow as an alternative to the other “football”. Now, that is a legacy certainly fit for a king.Topics Brazil Share on WhatsApp New York Cosmos Pinterest Read more Pelé at Giants Stadium in 1977. Photograph: Focus On Sport/Getty Images Winning a World Cup is a steep enough challenge.Pelé had the gifts, and talented and remarkable team-mates, to accomplish that not once, not twice, but three times.Trying to win over a country? That might be even harder.That seemed to be an impossible mountain to climb, even for a man nicknamed O Rei (The King). Yet, in 1975 Pelé took a gamble and ventured to the one major nation on earth that had not embraced the beautiful game.“I was retired from my team, Santos, I was retired from Brazil from the national team,” Pelé told me a few years ago when he questioned why he would want to come to the United States in 1975. “What I am going to do in New York? I come from the two biggest teams, the biggest moments. Clive Toye [New York Cosmos president] told me, ‘Listen, we want to make soccer, football, as big as it is in Europe and South America.’ After a tour of Asia, the Cosmos returned home for one final goodbye to the king in a surreal farewell game at a packed Giants Stadium.During pre-game ceremonies, the captains of the five last World Cup championship teams were introduced – Brazil’s Bellini (1958), Mauro (1962) and Carlos Alberto (1970), England’s Moore (1966) and West Germany’s Beckenbauer (1974).Jeff Carter, the son of then President Carter, read and presented Pelé with a plaque: “Presented to Pelé for the smiles he put on children’s faces, the thrills he gave to fans of this nation and the dimension he added to American sports. Pelé has elevated the game of soccer to heights never before attained in America and only Pelé, with his status, incomparable talent and beloved compassion could have accomplished such a mission. The United States of America is deeply grateful.”– President Carter, 1 October 1977 Eventually, an emotional Pelé stepped to the microphone. “Ladies and gentlemen, I am very happy to be there with you in this greatest moment of my life,” he said. “I want to thank you all every single one of you. I want to take this opportunity to ask you to pay attention to the young of the world, the children, the kids. We need them too much. And I want to ask you because I think that, I believe that love is the, the …” Tears streamed down his cheeks. “Love is more important than what we can take in life,” he said. “Everything passes. Please say with me, three times – love! Love! Love!” The stadium scoreboard repeated those words – “Love! Love! Love!” as the crowd responded in unison. Overcome by emotion, Pelé tried to speak before managing: “Thank you very much.”Roberta Flack sang The Star Spangled Banner before Sérgio Mendes and his band played the Brazilian national anthem.There was still a game to be played in the rain. Quite fittingly, it was between the only two clubs for which Pelé wore a jersey – the Cosmos and Santos.The Brazilian side grabbed a 14th-minute lead on Reynaldo’s goal.While performing for the Cosmos in the opening half, Pelé gave the crowd one last glimpse of his greatness with 2.34 remaining. He drilled a free-kick past Santos goalkeeper Erani, who dove to his left in vain to stop as it nestled into the back of the net. The crowd went crazy on Pelé’s 1,281st goal of a 22-year career and 64th in 106 matches with the NASL side.More ceremonies at halftime. While standing in the center circle, Pelé took off his No 10 Cosmos shirt and gave it to his father, Edinho. He then put on the No 10 of Santos.While many fans hoped for a Pelé goal for Santos, he could not duplicate his scoring feat as his replacement, Ramon Mifflin, connected to give the Cosmos a 2-1 win. Read more When Pele and Bobby Moore took on the world’s best – for Team America Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Problem Gambling Help Line Response Up Again

first_img increasing problem gambling resources in communities; developing an early identification and intervention program for at-risk players; research and real-world testing to determine the best model for providing problem gamblers in Nova Scotia (a comprehensive treatment demonstration research project); developing a community-based prevention program; targeting education programs to youth and seniors; and launching a public awareness program. Calls requesting professional help with problem gambling haveincreased 60 per cent in March when compared with March lastyear, thanks to the Office of Health Promotion’s recent radio andcable TV ads promoting the government’s problem gambling helpline. There were 514 calls in March 2005 compared to 321 calls inMarch 2004. Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald said today, April 7,that this number clearly supports government’s decision to investan additional $3 million for more treatment resources. Thatdecision was announced Wednesday, April 6 as part of theprovince’s first Gaming Strategy. “Nova Scotia has the lowest prevalence of problem gambling in thecountry,” said Mr. MacDonald. “We are working to keep Nova Scotiain that spot through more prevention work and as we try to reducethe number of existing problem gamblers through enhancedtreatment programs.” He said the increase in calls shows that gambling addicts andtheir families need more information about the help that isavailable. “I’m very pleased to see people are taking advantage of ourservices,” he said. “We’re looking forward to having even moreresources.” The incidence of problem gambling in Nova Scotia has remainedstable over the past 10 years. The most frequently mentioned reasons for calling the Help Linewere to receive: resource information, counselling for a personalgambling problem, and counselling for someone else’s gamblingproblem. Among the enhanced treatment and prevention programs announcedWednesday were measures aimed at: The Problem Gambling Help Line number is 1-888-347-8888.last_img read more

Josh Duhamel Launches Rescue Waggin Celebrity Video Series

first_imgPetSmart Charities has teamed up with actor/producer Josh Duhamel and his production company, Dakotakid Media, to launch Rescue Waggin: Tales from the Road.Video: Episode 1: Rescue Waggin’ Tales From the RoadUnder the direction of Executive Producers Josh Duhamel and Jude Weng, the 8-episode web series follows homeless dogs as they travel hundreds, even thousands, of miles for a better chance of being adopted. The web series includes cameos from a cache of celebrity pet adoption advocates including Kristen Bell, Adam Shankman and Bret Michaels.Rescue Waggin’: Tales from the Road puts viewers in the passenger’s seat of the Rescue Waggin’ vehicle to experience the shelter pet transport process from start to finish. The web series chronicles real stories of dogs and puppies from communities with more pets than adopters to communities where adoptable pets are in demand. Visit www.rescuewaggin.org to view a new websiode each Monday in March.Rescue Waggin’ vehicles travel up to 3,000 miles a week giving hopeless pets a new “leash” on life. The program has saved the lives of more than 70,000 dogs and puppies since 2004.“The Rescue Waggin’ program is an extension of our adoption program and unites animal shelters from across the country in an effort to avoid euthanizing healthy, adoptable dogs,” said Jan Wilkins, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. “We are excited to show the world how our Rescue Waggin’ program gives thousands of beautiful dogs and puppies a second chance at life.”After learning about the Rescue Waggin’ program last year, Josh Duhamel vowed to use his production company to help raise awareness and funding for the life-saving program.“Adopting my dachshund, Meatloaf, changed my life,” said Josh Duhamel. “He was a clumsy little dude with horrible breath–but we adored him.”Meatloaf turned the Hollywood actor into a passionate advocate for animal rescue.“I tell anybody who’s going to get a pet that adoption is the only way to go, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because they make incredible pets. I’m honored to partner with PetSmart Charities to help share the joy of pet adoption with others.”PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin’ program has not only helped save the lives of thousands of pets, but also helps many shelters improve their operations through spay/neuter programs, grants and mentoring. To learn about the many ways PetSmart Charities is saving the lives of homeless pets, visit www.petsmartcharities.org.last_img read more

Site C Project to start construction of temporary bridge in early September

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As part of clearing activities for the Site C Project, B.C. Hydro says construction will be starting in early September on a temporary bridge to an island in the Peace River near Halfway River.According to B.C. Hydro, the bridge will allow workers to remove vegetation from the island and prepare for the creation of the new reservoir.Hydro says the Rotary Forest Recreation Site on the island is now closed and is asking the public to stay clear of the area. Construction of the bridge is expected to last for several months.The bridge is expected to be dismantled in 2020, once the island has been cleared of vegetation.B.C. Hydro says clearing activities will occur on the banks of the Peace River every winter until the Site C Project is complete in 2023.For more information, you can visit the Site C Project website.last_img read more

Sarkozy to stand trial in illegal campaign financing case

PARIS — France’s highest court ruled that former President Nicolas Sarkozy will stand trial on charges of illegally financing his 2012 presidential campaign.The Court of Cassation on Tuesday definitively rejected an appeal by Sarkozy, confirming a criminal court will judge the case. The date of the trial hasn’t been set.Sarkozy is facing allegations that his presidential campaign spent well above the legal limit of 22.5 million euros ($24 million) and tried to cover it up fraudulently. The claims centre on whether he was aware of alleged false billing and fraud linked to public relations company Bygmalion, some of whose executives have admitted false accounting practices.Sarkozy has faced multiple corruption investigations since leaving office at the end of his five-year term in 2012.Associated Press, The Associated Press read more

Explosion at Irving Oil refinery in New Brunswick sends man to hospital

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAINT JOHN, N.B. – A tank at Canada’s largest oil refinery exploded Wednesday, sending one man to hospital with minor injuries.Firefighters responded following a report of an explosion at the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, N.B., just before noon, fire platoon Chief Brian Wilson said.Wilson said the explosion involved an 1,100-barrel tank of potassium hydroxide, which is a caustic substance, but there was no fire. He said the injured man was blown to the ground and suffered some scrapes and bruises.“He was knocked down by the explosion,” Wilson said in an interview. “There was just the road rash and him contacting the ground that scraped him up.”Irving Oil issued a statement saying the tank was undergoing scheduled maintenance work at the time when it became “over-pressurized.”“An employee suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital as a precaution,” Irving Oil said.Wilson said the potassium hydroxide did not escape from the tank during the explosion.“There’s no environmental risk because the container was not compromised,” he said.“The liquid was contained, and should it be released it goes down through their drains and their treatment systems and can be confined.”The company said there was no other damage and normal operations at the refinery resumed about 50 minutes later. It did not immediately return messages seeking comment.Wilson said Irving Oil crews were cleaning up the scene and WorkSafeNB is investigating what happened.It’s not the first time an explosion has occurred at the refinery.In March 2002, three workers were hospitalized suffering from burns following an explosion during routine maintenance.And in June 1998, one employee was killed and two others injured when an explosion rocked the facility.The refinery is the largest in Canada, producing more than 300,000 barrels of petroleum products per day. It opened in 1960. Explosion at Irving Oil refinery in New Brunswick sends man to hospital by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 26, 2012 3:49 pm MDT read more

UN expert urges Honduran Government to protect witness to Berta Cáceres killing

Gustavo Castro Soto, a Mexican national, is the founder of the organization Otros Mundos and defender of land and environmental rights. He has been blocked from leaving Honduras for 30 days due to a “migratory alert,” despite assistance from the Mexican Embassy in Tegucigalpa. “I urge the authorities of Honduras to guarantee that the life of Mr. Castro Soto is not put to risk and to allow his return to Mexico as soon as possible,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst.He also called for “an immediate, independent and impartial investigation” into the death of Ms. Cáceres, who was shot on 3 March in her home in the city of La Esperanza, western Honduras.According to a press release by UN Women, Ms. Cáceres was a staunch defender of the rights of indigenous peoples, and had been receiving threats for her stance against hydroelectric construction projects on land sacred to the Lenca people in western Honduras. In today’s statement, Mr. Forst called the assassination “a tragic wake-up call” for the Government to prevent such murders, protect human rights defenders, and hold perpetrators to account.“It is high time that the Government of Honduras addressed the flagrant impunity of the increased number of executions of human rights defenders in the country, especially targeting those who defend environmental and land rights,” Mr. Forst stressed.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Charlestown woman fined jailed for narcotics possession

A 23-year-old Charlestown woman was earlier today fined and sentenced to prison when she appeared before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on a narcotics charge.As Tiffany Sultan’s trial ended today, the Chief Magistrate expressed her satisfaction at the evidence produced against the accused. As such, the woman was sentenced to 35 months in prison and fined $159,000- the street value of the cannabis found in her possession.Sultan was arrested in January, when, after a raid, 106 grammes of cannabis was found at her home at Broad Street, Charlestown where she lived alone.The court was told that on the day in question, the accused was cooking when officers conducted the raid. However, after being interrogated, she cracked and directed ranks to her room where the cannabis and a large sum of money was found.Sultan was said to be selling the cannabis to a man identified as “Axe man”, however, she refuted these claims.As she was being led out of the courtroom where her family members were present, the young lady was tearful. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCharlestown man gets 4 years, fined $8.4 for cocaine, ganja possessionFebruary 1, 2019In “Court”Woman jailed 3 years for trafficking cannabisDecember 21, 2016In “Court”Cosmetologist gets 4 years jail, fined $14M for Soesdyke cocaine bustJanuary 22, 2018In “Court” read more

Lewis slams Pybus Windies appointment says due process not followed

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCWI asked to ‘rescind’ Pybus’ appointmentJanuary 9, 2019In “latest news”Richard Pybus set to become West Indies’ head coachJanuary 1, 2019In “latest news”Floyd Reifer takes over from Richard Pybus as West Indies interim coachApril 12, 2019In “latest news” ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — Leeward Islands Cricket Board president, Enoch Lewis, has called for Richard Pybus’s appointment as interim West Indies men’s coach to be rescinded, after accusing Cricket West Indies president, Dave Cameron, of “hand-picking” the Englishman and ignoring the best practices of “transparency, fairness and due process”.In a strongly-worded letter to CWI dated December 16 last year, he labelled Cameron’s actions as “unfortunate, unacceptable and unethical” and expressed “profound disappointment, dissatisfaction, and dismay” over the “total disregard” shown for the procedure by which Pybus was selected.According to the letter, a copy of which was obtained by CMC Sports, director of cricket, Jimmy Adams, recommended to the CWI board of directors last September that the interim head coach be chosen from among a list comprising Nic Pothas, Roddy Estwick, Floyd Reifer, Gus Logie, Desmond Haynes, Toby Radford, Andre Coley, Esuan Crandon, Stuart Williams, Rayon Griffith and Robert Samuels.Adams ultimately recommended Pothas for the position, indicating that the South African had also been favoured by the outgoing head coach, Australian Stuart Law, as well as the players.This recommendation was subsequently approved by the CWI board with Pothas scheduled to take up the post from January, 2019 until September.However, with Law exiting the post earlier than originally planned, Pothas assumed the position for the Bangladesh tour last December, but without agreeing to a compensation package.Pothas subsequently rejected the first offer made – nearly half of what Law had been paid – and requested compensation closer to Law’s remuneration.According to the LICB letter, Cameron “made the determination that the matter was at a stalemate. Discussion with Mr Pothas was then terminated.”Cameron then made contact with Pybus, negotiated and concluded a deal worth more than what Pothas had been offered.The negotiations conducted with Mr Pybus by President Cameron was without pre-authorisation and input from the Board,” Lewis contended in the letter.“None of the DoC (Director of Cricket), the Cricket Committee or the Technical Cricket Committee were consulted on the initiative to engage or negotiate with Mr Pybus.“We the undersigned (director Denrick Liburd) reminded the meeting that CWI has consistently claimed to be a highly transparent organization in response to doubts and negative allegations raised recently by some Prime Ministers and other stakeholders in the region.“We also reminded the meeting of the process previously recommended by the DoC, (who is regarded as our foremost technical cricket mind) and adopted by the Board, which is to appoint someone from the existing coaching staff in the interest of ensuring continuity and stability.”The letter continued: “We further suggested that if it is now the intention to appoint someone from outside the existing coaching staff or not included in the original list provided by the DoC, that a new process which opens the position to all interested parties must be established in the interest of transparency.“We submit that it is unfortunate, unacceptable and unethical for the CWI President to single-handedly recruit a person of his choosing, and to proceed with salary negotiations without the prior knowledge of the Board.”Pybus spent six years as CWI’s director of cricket before leaving the post in 2016, to be replaced by Jamaican Adams the following year.However, after missing out on several international coaching positions to West Indians, he returned to the West Indies setup last February as high performance director — a move that was criticised by several ex-players largely because the post had not been advertised by CWI. read more

POLISH FINAL Easy job for Kielce – 10

Vive Tauron KielceWisla Plock Vive Tauron Kielce won the first game of the Polish league finals. Defending champions beat Orlen Wisła Płock 35:29 and took the first step to this season’s championship.Wisła was the first to strike; after a goal of Dmitry Zhitnikov and two fast breaks the guests led 3:0 in the 2. minute. However, Michał Jurecki quickly revived his team by scoring three goals in a row, also by assists and good defending; he was definitely the outstanding player on the court. Sławomir Szmal’s saves made it harder for Płock either and in 10. minute Kielce already led by two (7:5). The gap maintained for some time but after 17 minutes of the game, the host team started pushing ahead. Poor performance of Płock at both sides of the court took its toll – 23 conceded goals after 30 minutes and in the end Kielce were even nine goals ahead. Striving Zhitnikov could not do much without a significant help from his teammates and the half time result, 23:14, meant that the first game of the final was probably lost for Wisła.Vive Tauron Kielce – Orlen Wisła Płock 35:29 (23:14)Vive Tauron: Szmal, Sego – Jurecki 8, Reichmann 5/3, Chrapkowski 1, Kus, Aguinagalde 5, Jachlewski 1, Strlek 5/1, Lijewski 4, Paczkowski 1, Zorman 1, Cupić 4/2.Orlen Wisła: Wichary, Corrales – Kwiatkowski, Daszek 4, Pusica 1, Ghionea 4/1, Rocha 7/1, Montoro 1, Tarabochia 3/1, Olkowski, Nikcević 3, Żytnikow 5.In the second half, Kielce for starters made the goal difference even bigger and the 10-goal lead was being kept for some time until Kielce got into a crisis in attack. Four lost balls in a row gave Wisła a chance to cut the gap a little and they took it – they caught up by three goals. In the meantime both goalkeepers managed to help their teams – Marin Šego successfully replaced Szmal and Marcin Wichary improved his previous performance. The final minutes were not too fortunate for Kielce because of the numerous mistakes in attack. Wisła did not avoid them either but they were able to improve their final result a bit despite that. It still wasn’t enough though and they lost the first battle.The second game is taking place on Sunday, again in Kielce.TEXT: Martyna Usnarska ← Previous Story HUNGA-ROMANIAN FINAL: Furious CSM Bucharest demolish ZRK Vardar Next Story → CSM Bucharest hero, Jelena Grubišić: We had no pressure, we grinded them… read more

Interview turntablefm super user Olga Nunes talks about her time DJing

first_imgIf you haven’t heard of it yet, Turntable.fm is a music community with all the expected social networking elements. The site went from an underground hit to a bit of an internet sensation over the past few months. At Turntable, music fans can create or join a room according to their musical tastes–each room has five DJ spots and a floor area for listeners. DJs queue up some songs, grab an available spot, and play music for the room. If listeners like it, they’ll click awesome. If not, they’ll tell you that track is lame, and probably click lame, too. It’s that simple: free streaming music for the crowd and a DJ that wants to give everyone a good time.There’s the general populace of turntable, and then there’s a core group of site-appointed moderators, known as super users. Olga Nunes is one of those super users. She’s also a musician who has found that turntable has replaced Twitter, increased her music listening, and has caused her to buy more music than before. We wanted more insight into turntable and its community, so I called her up and we talked…Julius: Ok, so, flat out basics. How did you first come to learn of turntable and when did you join?Olga: I joined June 8th, a few weeks after they launched. I think they launched on the May 18th. I found out about it actually through two different, non-overlapping groups of highly savvy tech friends. I have no idea how they found it. I feel like what might have happened is- the people who own turntable, the people who run turntable, are located in New York and San Francisco, but they’re all friends with tech startups. So the first week I was on there, it seemed like I was surrounded by all tech startups from San Francisco. So I guess word passed quickly that way.J: Ok, so I know I was confused when I first joined turntable, just thinking “What the hell am I doing?” So how long did it take you to get accustomed to the system?O: The first week that I was on, I invited a couple of friends – this is while it was still international – so I had a friend, who I think is in New York, a friend who is in Tasmania, Australia, and I think a couple of other friends, not sure who was there. We were all over the world and there at the same time, and we all sort of hopped up in a private room of maybe eight or nine people and just played around with it. I was instantly hooked because the main other person who was there was a musician, also, and another friend who has a really good taste in music, so it very quickly became, “Whoa, that’s an amazing thing you just played me. I would also like to play you an amazing thing.” And suddenly, four hours have gone by.J: This is true. I know this very well. So, you said joined June 8th, which is wildly specific, how long into your turntable career were you approached to be a super user?O: I was approached, that date I know less well, maybe a couple of weeks after I joined. It was right after GigaOm, which I guess is how you say it, I’ve never actually heard it said, did a story on how turntable had shut down international access, but in that same story, they highlighted a tweet that I had made about the fact that I was actually selling music through bandcamp because of playing in turntable. So, right after that- I mean, I had made a point of trying to befriend the people who run turntable just because I find it fascinating. I guess somewhere between that and trying to foster a good sense of community. I think I was one of the first people who had gotten super user status who wasn’t directly involved in the business.J: So, just out of curiosity, and for the sake of this interview, what are superusers able to do that normal turntable folk can’t?O: Basically, they’re just moderators, but they’re able to moderate every single room. When you create a room, you are able to moderate the room that you created which means that you can boot people out of the room which is the only real power that you have. And you can edit the room description. So, at present, I and maybe fifteen other people have super user status strictly for community purposes, and they go into rooms and boot afk DJs, and try to take care of trolls, and also act as sort of a communication pipe between the actual people who run turntable. So if things are going terribly bad, I will communicate with the devs, and let them know that things are going completely wrong.J: How often do you get called on to settle disputes?O: Well, the community manager instated something- we both talked about it, and she was considering having people tweet turntablefm whenever they had a problem. And I said to tweet turntablefm with hashtag ttbatsignal. So, since that’s been instated, people have been tweeting turntablefm with hashtag ttbatsignal. If I’m paying attention and actually in turntable, it is as often as once to twice an hour, and because I’ve made a bunch of friends with people in turntable like yourself, other people who are artists, other people who are musicians who run music blogs, and have contacted me on GChat. Between GChat, Twitter, and being in turntable, it could be as much as once to twice an hour. And I think that that will go down once a better moderation system is filled in which I think is coming soon.J: I would hope so. How often would you say you are in contact with tt devs?O: I think pretty often. I’d say every couple of days. I shoot emails over, mention things on GChat.J: So, did turntable replace anything for you in terms of another music service?O: Weirdly, it didn’t replace another music service. It weirdly replaced Twitter. It replaced Twitter in the sense that Twitter was where I was spending most of my time in order to have a dialogue about my music. So, I have not a lot, but somewhere over 2,000 followers on Twitter – a small amount but pretty substantial for a beginning music career. Now I actually have to remind myself to go back on Twitter because the conversations I was having there have largely moved to turntable, and I just looked at my referrals on bandcamp, and I would say over half the referrals for downloads and purchases now come through turntable.Photo credit Allan AmatoJ: Wow, so turntable has definitely expanded your musical reach, I guess you could say.O: Yes, it has, and as far as actual consumption of music, immediately after getting on, I’d say that my active listening for music has gone up six or seven hundred percent, and I’m suddenly buying albums. I’ve bought more albums since using turntable than I have in the last two or three years.J: Since you are a musician, and I think that’s what sets you apart from other super users, and a lot of other users on turntable, what do you make of the potential copyright issues because I know that’s been a big thing surrounding turntable in my reading about it?O: Well, I was worried about it initially, but there’s been a lot of fuss about doing deals with BMI and ASCAP in addition to following pretty strictly DMCA copyright laws that Pandora adheres to. So, since the ASCAP thing, I don’t actually worry anymore. I actually think it’s a great service. Like I’ve been to so many listening parties from so many different artists like Questlove, Ra Ra Riot, Sir Mix-a-Lot was on there. I actually think that in the beginning I was concerned that record labels would have a problem with it because it was another foray into tech that deals with music, but this time I think they smartened up and probably also having done this once with Spotify just recently – Spotify just came to the U.S. – and I’m glad because of how well it’s done.J: I think part of what makes turntable so appealing is sort of how small it is right now. I mean, I know it’s growing, but it’s definitely like you feel like you’re in a sort of club.O: Yeah, and I think there are probably way more people on turntable than you realize are there. The reason I feel that is because of the 200 person cap per room. So it feels like a very democratizing energy where you’re in the room with someone who does PR for Mumford & Sons and another guy from Ra Ra Riot and another guy who writes for Pitch Fork and a bunch of other random people. And they all feel very weirdly like it’s a small exclusive party, but it’s not.J: Even though it’s only two, three months out of the gate, where do you see turntable going?O: Yeah, that’s really hard to say because they have so much opportunity to grow in a bunch of different directions at this point. I think the ball’s in their court. They’ll have to come up with some kind of business model, but there’re so many opportunities. I think the biggest thing we’ll see more of actually is just larger and large profile musicians using it in campaigns.J: Alright, so, thank you for your time, and this has been fun.O: No worries, no worries, thank you so much.You can find Olga on Twitter, Facebook, and her website.last_img read more

La construction du grand Centre russe de suivi spatial touche à sa

first_imgLa construction du grand Centre russe de suivi spatial touche à sa finLundi, la Première chaîne de télévision russe a annoncé que le grand Centre russe de suivi spatial est sur le point d’être achevé. Il se trouve dans l’Altaï au sud de la Sibérie et pourra rivaliser avec le plus puissant site de contrôle spatial au monde des îles Hawaii.La construction du plus grand Centre russe de suivi spatial est sur le point de se terminer. C’est du moins ce qu’a annoncé en début de semaine la Première chaîne de télévision russe au sujet de ce centre dont la création a commencé déjà il y a plusieurs années dans l’Altaï au sud de la Sibérie. Capable de rivaliser avec le plus puissant site de contrôle spatial situé à Hawaii, celui-ci  sera équipé d’un télescope à laser pouvant capturer des clichés en haute résolution des satellites et d’autres engins spatiaux situés à des dizaines de milliers de kilomètres de notre planète.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAA ce jour, il comporte déjà un premier télescope mis en service il y a quelques années et qui  permet de préciser les coordonnées des engins spatiaux se trouvant à une distance de 40.000 kilomètres de la Terre. Le deuxième qui sera prochainement mis en exploitation, permettra quant à lui une observation des orbites terrestres basses dans lesquelles évoluent la plupart des satellites. Les deux instruments conçus par les experts prendront en outre des photos détaillées des satellites, facilitant le dépistage des défaillances techniques, rapporte RIA Novosti. Ajouté à cela, le nouveau Centre de l’Altaï sera à même de donner des informations objectives qui seront ensuite analysées sur les lancements ratés, ou avant que des fragments de satellites ou vaisseaux ne retombent sur Terre. Mais le système russe de navigation par satellite GLONASS constitue aujourd’hui l’une des priorités pour les spécialistes du centre qui contrôlent jusqu’à 50 satellites par nuit. D’après la télévision russe, le centre de l’Altaï devrait fonctionner à plein régime en 2013.Le 28 mars 2012 à 19:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

3rd Congressional District race attracts big bucks

first_imgWith little more than a month remaining until filing week, candidates for the 3rd Congressional District have amassed more than $675,000 in contributions this quarter. Leading the pack is Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, but Democratic challengers aren’t too far behind.RepublicansHerrera Beutler reported $391,500 in contributions between Jan. 1 and March 31, $317,000 which comes from individual contributions, $69,000 from political action committees and $5,000 from the Washington State Republican Party.She ended the quarter with $767,000 cash on hand and spent about $141,000 on operating expenses.Donors of note include Safari Club International, a gun rights lobby, which donated $2,000. Until this quarter, Herrera Beutler had not received contributions from gun rights groups since 2015.Local developer Clyde Holland and his wife, Rena, are among the 308 individuals who made contributions this quarter. Both gave the maximum, $2,700, to both the primary and general elections.Ken Fisher, CEO of Fisher Investments, also contributed the individual maximum this season, topping out at $5,400 between the two elections.“I continue to be humbled by all of the individuals who have stepped forward to support this campaign,” Herrera Beutler said in an email. “I’m confident that we’ll have the resources we need to let voters know about my efforts to fight Oregon’s scheme to toll the I-5 and I-205 bridges, protect our native salmon, save Southwest Washington families $2,300 by cutting their taxes, and solve problems facing our region.”last_img read more

The Louvre Offers Up Art Tour Based On The Carters Apest Video

first_img Inside The Louvre’s New “Apes**t” Art Tour louvre-offers-art-tour-based-carters-apest-video Facebook News https://twitter.com/MuseeLouvre/status/1007639026315284482 Twitter The superstar couple’s surprise single, video and album confirmed long-running rumors of a collaboration project. Everything Is Love and the “Apes**t” video arrived June 16 in the midst of the pair’s On The Run II tour. Beyoncé introduced the clip for the first time during a show in London, sending the crowd into a frenzy and igniting excitement from fans of both artists worldwide.For tickets to catch the On The Run II tour, visit Ticketmaster. For more information on visiting the Lourve, visit the museum’s website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more The world-famous Paris museum launches a visitor’s trail showcasing 17 of the works of art from Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s latest music video Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Jul 6, 2018 – 5:58 pm The Louvre museum in Paris was the quite conspicuous setting of The Carters’ new music video for “Apres**t” from their surprise album, Everything is Love. Now, the project that posed GRAMMY winners Beyoncé and Jay-Z in front of some of the world’s most recognizable art pieces has inspired a museum tour highlighting the works featured in the video.The 90-minute self-guided tour will take visitors to 17 of the works of art featured in the “Apes**t” video, including the Greek marble piece “Nike of Samothrace,” Marie Benoist’s “Portrait Of A Negress,” and David’s “The Coronation Of Napoleon I And The Crowning Of The Empress Josephine,” according to AFP.Classified by the museum as a “visitor’s trail,” fans can peruse the tour online without traveling to the City of Lights, though as is the case with many great works of art, it’s a very different experience in person. The Louvre Offers Up Art Tour Based On The Carters’ “Apes**t” Video Email last_img read more