World Cup 2018: England overcome Sweden to reach semi-final after 28 years

first_imgHarry Maguire and Dele Alli scored as England defeated Sweden to reach their first World Cup semi-final since 1990. The Swedes were no match for the fluent English in their FIFA World Cup 2018 quarter-final at the Samara Arena on Saturday.England had won the World Cup in 1966 and thereafter, reached the quarter-finals in 1970. They did not qualify for the World Cup in 1974 and 1978.In 1982, England crashed out of the second group stage but managed to reached the last eight in 1986. They then finished fourth in 1990 but for six World Cups after that, there was plenty of disappointment in store for the Three Lions.However, under Gary Southgate, England have looked a far more dangerous side than their predecessors. In the group stage, they crushed Panama and Tunisia but went down to Belgium 1-0 in a dead game – by then both European teams had qualified for the round of 16.’It’s coming home’: Prince William and England eye 2nd World Cup triumphOn Saturday, England were far more proficient than Sweden.A thumping 30th-minute Maguire header from a corner gave England a 1-0 lead over Sweden and the teams headed into the first half with that score line.Centre-back Maguire connected with an Ashley Young corner to score his first international goal and reward England for their more adventurous approach in a largely cautious first half.England players euphoric after reaching first World Cup semis since 1990In the 59th minute, England stretched their lead to 2-0 after Dele ran in brilliantly and headed in a lofted chip from Jesse Lingard at the edge of the box.advertisementSweden were heroic in their World Cup campaign – they had defeated Mexico and South Korea and lost to Germany in the group stage. In the round of 16, the Swedes prevailed over Denmark in a tense penalty shootout.Sweden had reached the quarter-finals by making life hard for supposedly superior opponents and it was easy to see why after a dour opening when England looked incapable of stringing passes together against their hardworking opponents.It was predictable in many ways, therefore, that the deadlock was broken from a set piece.BULLET HEADEREngland had laboured without reward before Ashley Young lined up a corner on the left and his curled effort was met by Maguire charging forward with conviction and barging Emil Forsberg out of his way to power a header down into the net.That was England’s eighth set-piece goal at this World Cup, but, while they are seemingly lethal from dead balls, apart from Kane they are not blessed with too many other sharp shooters.Raheem Sterling has faced some criticism over his struggles to score for England and just before halftime his doubters were handed ammunition when he was twice left alone to bear down on Sweden keeper Robin Olsen.His blushes were saved by the linesman’s flag as he fluffed the first chance, but moments later he ran through again, this time trying to round the keeper, only to be denied once more.England were almost made to pay straight after the interval and would have been pegged back if Pickford had not produced a top-drawer save to keep out a Berg header.The killer blow, however, arrived in the 59th minute as Jesse Lingard’s teasing cross into the box was met by Alli unmarked at the far post to head powerfully past Olsen.England had not kept a clean sheet in their four previous matches and had Pickford to thank for ensuring they did not concede this time.The keeper saved superbly from Viktor Claesson before tipping a shot from Berg over the bar and that was enough to ensure Swedish hopes of reaching their first semi-final since 1994 were dashed.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Notes on Mike Gundy’s Baylor press conference

first_imgWildly entertaining presser today! Some cringe-worthy moments to be sure – some of Gundy at his best. It was, in his words, “awesome!” He talks Baylor, O-line, lots of players’ numbers, hosts Daxx’s press conference, deals with T. Boone and roasts a couple of beat writers.• On Baylor’s offense: “They’re just as explosive as they ever have been. Obviously the quarterback’s playing well. Their defense is more active than what they have been, in my opinion. We certainly have our hands full.” Well, I can’t wait now! • Felt a little tense when Coach was asked why they don’t seem to be improving: “We really are improving. We’re just playing better teams. The quarterback played better than he has in a long time, he just didn’t have the opportunity to make many plays. It was difficult for him from the first time he dropped back all the way to the end of the game.” Just a little opinion piece here – I kind of feel sorry for Daxx. We were all stoked about his cannon, and then we griped because he throws too many deep balls. Now he can’t even hardly get a pass off because of all the O-line matador-style blocking. What do you do…?• Speaking of the O-line “whiffs”, a reporter asked what causes that: “There were times when they were just better than us. We’ve got guys that aren’t quite at that level yet. Makes it extremely difficult to call plays and draw them up and/or protect and throw the ball downfield.”• Reporter: “The spread is designed to alleviate pressure on the offensive line. Are there more things you can do to take more pressure off those guys?” Gundy: “I don’t think so. We’ve explored as many options as we can and part of what you’re saying’s true, and part’s not true, it just depends on the way you look at it. Some people think the spread gives you two short edges and puts more pressure on the quarterback.” Interesting…• Then there was this, as described by Pistolsguy’s Twitter account:Definition of insanity. RT @ahrens_tim: Gundy said the team will keep doing what it’s been doing and expect success.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 17, 2014• Can they get better? “This week? Yeah, they can get better. We expect them to play better and improve. The team we played Saturday is pretty good on defense. They were better than the team we played the week before. So, it’s hard to have success against them if you’re struggling in certain areas.”• So will the offense be better – do you see Texas’ defense as better than Baylor’s?: “Baylor’s defense is pretty good. They move around pretty good.”• “I just watched the Oklahoma tape. In some people’s opinion Oklahoma’s offense is pretty good. I wasn’t real encouraged when I watched that tape. I gotta get me some other ones. But, I’d say Baylor’s defense is pretty good.”• On Tyreek improving his vision for holes: “I think it’s just reps and a lot of that is natural. He hasn’t has as many carries as what some backs would when you get to this level” Well, why not – I think that’s kind of everybody’s question, right? “I think he’ll improve the more he sees it.” Then what have we been waiting for?• On dealing with Baylor’s offense – do you think more about Linwood or Petty? “I don’t know that you can pinpoint any of those guys when you talk about what’s on the perimeter, and the back and the quarterback.” A.K.A. – the Triplets.• How do you keep the players positive? “For one you tell them the truth, which we do every day. And two, they’re expected to prepare. They signed up for this – we all did.” Love that answer! • He was actually asked if he remembers the message they gave the players when Les was here, in 01, 02 when they shocked OU: “I can’t remember that far back – too many things to keep me from remembering that far back to be honest with you.”• And would he consider using a sports psychologist…what? “I think there’s some times those guys might be beneficial, but I don’t know if that really falls in this category.” Kind of an odd question, don’t you think?• Expanding on his answer about keeping up the coaches’ spirits and if he needs to be “coaching them up”: “I think in my position I have to coach everybody up. We’re evaluated on wins and losses. We’re expected to graduate players and make sure they don’t have any off-the-field issues; but, ultimately nobody cares about that. They only care about you winning and losing games. That’s just kinda talk people throw out there.” Wow – sounds a little cynical. • And this – just very Gundy: “Everything we do is magnified by social networks. People get frustrated when we’re not winning so they vent through computers and it just kinda stirs the pot more and more.”[1. Ed. note: I think that’s a Pistols Firing reference!]• “My job is to keep everybody going – myself, the coaches, strength and conditioning, guys in the building, medicine staff and players.” (Medicine staff…is that like a bow staff?) “I’m really doing great. Guys are working hard.”• On Daxx’s confidence: “I’m not worried, but you always want a quarterback to feel comfortable in the pocket. And for me to sit up here and say he feels comfortable in the pocket right now, then you guys should get up and walk out of here.” • Then, to a writer who was apparently missing Saturday – “It ought to be a rule around here that if you’re not here you can’t ask questions about the game. Where were you at?” Reporter: “Lubbock, Texas.” Gundy: “What was going on out there?” Reporter: “A football game.” Gundy: “Oh.”• Continues: “We work to make the protection better, but we also work with him to try and keep him where he’s comfortable so he can have good vision down the field. He played better this game than he has in a month.”• Any issues with the players – O-line and Daxx in particular? “I haven’t noticed any issues with any personnel on our team – those guys and Daxx, anybody on defense – offense defense – so I’m comfortable with where we’re at as a group. I haven’t seen Daxx show any frustration with those guys because he knows they’re giving effort.”• Can you evaluate the improvement you’ve seen: “It would take a long time to do that. But for instance, Ramon – 18, he was much better than he was a month ago. 31 got beat on a deep ball, but for the most part, he’s been better over the last couple weeks. Did he get beat the other night by that fast guy they have – yes. But, I look at – those guys are playing 70 plays a game and the plays you don’t see are the ones where they’re in the right spot.” Said positive things also about Morrow – #5, #10 – Newton, Daxx, #74 and Washington. To me, his optimism seems genuine. Yeah, and with my luck, in 6 weeks he’ll be doing the Gator Chomp…• Best part of the conference today! He was asked about comparing Tyrone Swoopes to Daxx and how Swoopes seems to “step up and bounce” and improving from where he was six weeks ago. Is Daxx? “Do you see him step up and bounce without getting hit?” Followed by this:Reporter: “That’s a good point.” Coach: “It’s a better point than your question. It’s a nice try though. I like your attitude though.” Ouch! “I can tell you this though – he’s much better than he was, but he’s been hit a lot. The kid is tougher than all get-out and he continues to fight.” Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 7.30.27 PM• On Daxx’s decision-making: “His decision-making in the last game was the best it’s been. I guess this has turned into his press conference. He had three bad passes. On a couple occasions he got out of the pocket and was a productive player. We have to evaluate him on his opportunities to be productive.”• Talking about recruiting: “Players are different than the young men we recruited 10, 15 years ago. They want to know they can be treated and coached with respect. They want to get on the field early, and they want to get on the highlight reel on ESPN – more so than it used to be in the past in my opinion.” Weird – but probably all very true.• Then – the Florida job question – that he’s got 4/1 odd to get the gig based on bovada.com’s site: “That’s crazy. I don’t have any interest in talking about other jobs.” What do we think about this?• What can he say to make fans feel better about next season: “There’s a real strong commitment from the people in our organization. At times things seem to look a lot worse than they really are. I’ve never been one to be critical of the fans. But, I would encourage those who love OSU and love OSU football to continue to support their team.”• Yet another great moment – talking about his son wanting to skip out on a Stillwater HS football game “because they stink”: “Well there’s been times I’ve watched you play your games and you stink, too. People came to watch you play your games like me and your Mom, and I sat there and thought, ‘What the hell’s going on? Why am I actually watching this?’ But I still come and watch you. So what you need to do is get your butt to that game and support your friends and your team and your school.”• Did your son go to that game? “Yes – because I still control him. I pay for his insurance and I have his gas money.”• Coach goes all third-person here with a response. Aside from fan expectations, how badly does he want to win, just for the players? “These are fair questions, but even for the fans – if anybody thinks that Coach Gundy and the staff and the players and the people that are here every day don’t want the fans to be happy, they’ve lost their minds. We want them to be that way. But I get disappointed for the players because there’s a lot of work that goes in. The one thing we have to respect – and by ‘we’ I mean fans – is these guys play in pain all the time. They’ve chosen to go out and be a warrior and we should respect that.”• “But, the long and the short is this: here’s where we’re at. Here’s where we want to go from this point forward and if we ever take our eyes off that, we’re failing the fans.” ALL very well said.• Is it a compliment to your program to be high on the list for the Florida job? “You asked the question, I’ll be honest with you. I think it’s awesome we can lose 31 guys (!?!?!) who played in the Cotton Bowl and then have people expect us to win 10 games again. I think that’s awesome and shows a lot of respect for us. I wish we were providing that right now.”• Wow – then the ultimate moment of discomfort – Coach was asked about T. Boone’s comments in the Austin paper: “I don’t read the paper.” Reporter: “Do you want me to read it to you?” Coach: “Not really, but that doesn’t make any difference does it? Unless it can help me in the game this Saturday, it doesn’t really make a difference.” Reporter: “Maybe it will motivate you.” Coach: “Was it negative?” Reporter: “I don’t know. I’ll let you make that decision.” Coach: “I mean, if it’s negative, I don’t want to know. If it’s positive, maybe it will make me feel better.”Reporter reads quote – Pickens basically says he supports OSU, he doesn’t care who the coach is.Gundy: “That’s awesome. I happen to be the coach so that means he’s supporting me.” Hmmm – little dicey there…Would you like him to come out and say he likes you? “I don’t need anybody to tell me whether they like me or dislike me. I don’t really care. I just want to coach my guys and keep playing ball.” Awkward!! “He’s old enough to make his own comments now, right? I mean, I can’t control what he says.”• Finally, some other guy just asked, in kind of a snarky way, if Coach can say we’re going to be better next year: “Sure. I told you (at the end of last year) that I had a great concern because of youth and inexperience…and they’ll get better and we’ll have a little more depth and we’ll improve. Alright guys – I gotta get back to work. I already went over my limit.”• Can I just say – I was in school when Mike was playing – I was a freshman when he was. I’ve always loved that he’s our coach. I may be a little biased and a little blind toward him; but, it means something to have an alum as a coach. Now I’m not in the “get a Michigan man just because he’s a Michigan man – even if he’s awful” camp. I just think it speaks to the tradition we’re trying to build – to the loyalties we WANT to have. I going to be an OSU AND a Gundy homer for a long time. If he leaves, whether by choice or by force, I’ll always be a ridiculously optimistic O-State homer. But, I would love to have him Bowden here – stay till he hangs it up. And, he’s just so fun to write about! Go Pokes!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Toby Flood kicks Newcastle to win over Northampton in front of record crowd

first_imgThere were emotional scenes before kick-off when the Newcastle legend Doddie Weir flanked by family members, brought the match ball out on to the pitch. Weir has motor neurone disease and the Falcons wore a specially designed shirt bearing the logo of his foundation, with all proceeds from shirt sales going to the charity.Weir was part of Newcastle’s title-winning side in 1998 and remains a much-loved figure in these parts.Richards has built a team with a homegrown heart and his shrewd recruitment and motivational powers have got the Falcons punching well above their weight. Newcastle thought they had scored from their first attack when Sinoti Sinoti scampered clear down the left flank but the centre Chris Harris was deemed to have knocked on.Northampton, enduring their worst campaign since they were relegated in 2007, claimed their first try in the 11th minute when blindside flanker David Ribbans powered over from close range. But midway through the first half Goneva collected possession at a ruck and waltzed clear to score, celebrating Shearer-style.Six minutes before the break, Goneva failed to deal with a high kick and the Northampton centre Rob Horne was the beneficiary. The visitors then claimed their third try in the 51st minute when Nafi Tuitavake dived over in the right corner to finish a sweeping move.Yet Newcastle had a spirit that would not be broken and Flood’s boot kept the scoreboard ticking over with three more second-half penalties to edge out the ill-disciplined visitors.Alan Gaffney, the Saints’ acting director of rugby, conceded: “Giving Toby Flood so many kicks at goal isn’t good enough. It has been a common theme over the last three or four games and we need to be better, but it was a great innovation by Newcastle to put the game on at a stadium like this and our players loved coming here.” Share on Messenger Northampton Reuse this content Rugby union Read more Premiership Support The Guardian This felt like a victory for Newcastle before the match had even kicked off. The Falcons, enjoying their best season for 16 years, attracted a crowd of 30,174 to St James’ Park for a match they had billed as The Big One.The attendance dwarfed their previous record home crowd of 11,750, set during a Premiership victory over Bath at Gateshead International Stadium in May 1998. More significant, it was around four times bigger than they usually attract to Kingston Park and also three times more profitable.Toby Flood, a ball-boy at St James’ Park in his youth, orchestrated affairs for Dean Richards’ men at fly-half and his educated right boot harvested an impressive 20-point haul.Vereniki Goneva, meanwhile, kept his pre-match promise to mimic Alan Shearer’s famous goal celebrations when he scored. After Goneva sauntered clear to score at the Leazes End during the first half, the Fijian winger peeled away with his right arm raised aloft. It was that kind of night.Newcastle climbed to third and Richards, their director of rugby, said: “The atmosphere was absolutely brilliant and I think we probably deserved to nick it on the day. There is more to Newcastle than just soccer and it’s just a sports-mad city and region.”There is a three-year agreement for the Falcons to play an annual Premiership home match here. Next year they are aiming to fill the lower bowl of St James’ Park – which holds 36,000 – and then fill the stadium to its capacity of 52,405 in year three.This entertaining win delighted the north-east public, encouraged hopes that many new fans will watch the Falcons on a regular basis and reaffirmed Richards’ men as serious play-off contenders. Share on Twitter Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Share on LinkedIncenter_img Share via Email Since you’re here… Topics match reports Newcastle Share on Facebook The Observer Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. 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Is Rihanna Ozil’s lucky charm?

first_imgArsenal Is Rihanna Ozil’s lucky charm? The Arsenal and Germany star thinks so! Jamie Smith 19:06 2/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Mesut Ozil Getty Images Arsenal Mesut Özil Arsenal v Everton Everton Premier League Germany v Mexico Germany World Cup The pop star was present as the Gunners hammered Everton at the weekend, and the Germany ace think she brings him fortune Pop star Rihanna was in attendance at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, watching Arsenal thump Everton 5-1 in the Premier League.Rihanna is a huge football fan, making headlines throughout the 2014 World Cup for her excited commentary on Twitter, and there were reports that she once had a brief relationship with Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.But now Mesut Ozil thinks she might well be Arsenal’s lucky charm. 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 Still unbeaten with Riri @rihanna #WorldCupFinal2014 #AFC #Emirates #luckycharm @Arsenal @DFB_Team pic.twitter.com/kJT12cpevz— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) February 3, 2018After full debutants Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ran riot and Aaron Ramsey netted a hat-trick against the hapless Toffees, Ozil posted a selfie with Rihanna to his Twitter followers.”Still unbeaten with Riri,” Ozil wrote on Twitter, noting Rihanna had been present for Germany’s win in the 2014 World Cup final.Perhaps Arsenal should give her a season ticket.The Gunners lie sixth in the Premier League table, four points from fourth place, which represents Champions League football next term.last_img read more

Police probes cheating case

first_imgNew Delhi: A case of cheating is being probed by Delhi Police IGI unit where the complainant claimed that he was duped on the pretext of a job. Police said that complainant was given a fake appointment letter.According to police the case was registered on July 21. The complainant told them that he is the native of Maharastra. Through Facebook, he came in contact with one Deepak Kumar Rai who called him to meet at IGI airport. “On January 21 complainant met Deepak who said that his interview will not take place today. Deepak took the money and other documents from the complainant,” police said. After two days an appointment letter came in What’s app and later Deepak took more money from the complainant. Later complainant came to know the appointment letter was fake.last_img read more

Trudeau regrets Trump decision to pull out of Iran nuclear agreement

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a thinly veiled rebuke to the Trump administration and Israel over their opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, setting the stage for a divisive G7 summit next month.Trudeau said he regrets President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 agreement that was negotiated by the world’s major powers.“We will respect the capacity of individual countries to make their decisions about foreign policy,” Trudeau said Wednesday.“But for Canada’s purpose, we make our decisions around foreign policy here in Ottawa, not in Washington, not elsewhere.”The prime minister said he expects the Iran decision to be a topic of discussion when he hosts Trump and their G7 counterparts in Quebec at their annual summit next month.It is shaping up as a discussion that will expose a major cleavage between the U.S. and its G7 partners.The major European countries, China and Russia are all continuing to express their support for the agreement following Trump’s decision to end U.S participation and restore sanctions against Iran.Nimrod Barkan, Israel’s ambassador to Canada, said Trump’s decision actually gives Western countries the leverage they were lacking to curb Iran’s development of long-range missiles and its deployment of fighters to Syria that continue to threaten Israel.“I’m not doubting the good intentions of France, Germany and Britain and Canada — they have no leverage, now they do,” Barkan said in an interview.Barkan said Trump’s tough stance comes straight out of his book, ‘The Art of the Deal’ and should surprise no one.“He introduced a new element, the element of leverage to a stale, non-productive reality that only encouraged the Iranians to continue their incredibly dangerous behaviour, particularly in Syria, by threatening Israel by surrounding it with missiles and expecting us to sit there and just wait until something happens.”Last week, a senior Israeli intelligence official was in Ottawa to garner support for his government’s opposition to the Iran agreement.Chagai Tzuriel, director general of Israel’s Ministry of Intelligence, told The Canadian Press that he was seeking support from Canada and Western countries for either cancelling or strengthening a deal that his government views as flawed and ultimately ineffective in stopping Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.Tzuriel was in Ottawa one day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s televised multimedia presentation trumpeted Iranian documents obtained by Israeli’s intelligence agency, Mossad, that he said show Iran lied about pursuing nuclear weapons before signing the 2015 deal.There was no direct evidence in Netanyahu’s presentation that Iran violated the deal after signing it.On Wednesday, Trudeau said the Iran nuclear deal wasn’t perfect, but it helped prevent that country from developing a nuclear weapon.Trudeau also stressed Canada is firmly aligned with most countries, including other NATO allies in supporting the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.“We know that standing firmly in support of the JPCOA with our NATO allies and others is extremely important,” Trudeau said.“We regret the decision by the United States to pull out, but we are still hopeful we are going to be able to keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons.”German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the decision underscores the need for Europe to take increasing responsibility for peace and security, similar to the message she delivered after Trump’s debut at last year’s G7 summit.Six countries, including the U.S. negotiated the deal: the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council —the U.S., Britain, France, China and Russia — as well as Germany.Merkel said in a speech that Germany remains committed to the agreement and will try to do everything it can to ensure Iran fulfills its future commitments.British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told his Parliament that Britain will continue to respect the deal as long as international inspectors can verify Iran’s compliance.EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a speech to a Belgian regional parliament that Trump’s decision shows the U.S. “no longer wants to co-operate with other parts in the world.”“At this point, we have to replace the United States, which as an international actor has lost vigour, and because of it, in the long term, influence,” he said.The EU is also a full-fledged G7 member.last_img read more

Smelled someone suspicious Cops seek suspect in sewage plant breakin

first_imgST. THOMAS, Ont. – Police in a southwestern Ontario city are appealing to anyone who may have seen or “smelled” someone suspicious following a break-in at a sewage treatment facility.St. Thomas, Ont., police say employees at the facility noticed on Wednesday morning that a utility trailer had been broken into.Investigators say a hammer was taken from the trailer and used to break off a door handle to gain entry to the sewage room.Police say there are no suspects and no witnesses.They say they have no clue why anyone would want to break into a sewage treatment building.last_img read more

Canadas life expectancy could be about to drop

first_imgThey’re called deaths of despair, and they’re the reason that, for the first time since the last World War, life expectancy in the United States is falling. That hasn’t quite happened in Canada yet, but in many parts of the country it has stagnated, and in some places it’s dropping right now. The warning light is blinking. A continually rising life expectancy has been a hallmark of developed countries for decades-so these are troubling trends.We knew life expectancy couldn’t go up forever, but why are they slowing before they’re close to the maximum seen in other places in the world? What’s causing so many people to die earlier here and what can be done to save them? Is this a matter of a fix to a couple of government policies, or an improved safety net and medical access… or is it that heartbreaking result of decades of desperation finally showing up on the stat sheet? And if it is the latter, how can we start turning back that tide?Guest: Dr. Jurgen Rehm, CAMH, University of TorontoAudio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_110718.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

George Stroumboulopoulos friend killed at his LA rental home after apparent robbery

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A friend of George Stroumboulopoulos was killed at the TV and radio personality’s Los Angeles home early Friday during an apparent robbery attempt.“I only have a few details but it seems like it was the result of a break in,” Stroumboulopoulos said in a statement.Stroumboulopoulos has rented the home for nearly 10 years. He was in New York City at the time of the homicide. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement VANCOUVER, BC – DECEMBER 05: TV host George Stroumboulopoulos from “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight” attends the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) Winter 2014 Season Preview Media Day at CBC Vancouver on December 5, 2013 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Chin/WireImage) Twitterlast_img read more

CANADIAN PERFORMERS RATIFY TERMS OF LOCAL REGIONAL ADDENDUM OF THE NATIONAL COMMERCIAL

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement The approved settlement provides for a new single Digital Media Use fee payable on all local and regional commercials produced for or moved over to Digital Media. A new ACTRAonline Opportunity Pilot Project will promote new work opportunities for performers in local and regional low-budget digital media commercials. All rates and fees in the L&R except the Digital Media Use fee and the Pilot Project will increase by six per cent over three years commencing with a two per cent increase effective September 23, 2017.The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA) and the Institute of Communication Agencies (ICA) commenced negotiations in Vancouver on August 28, 2017. The NCA’s Local and Regional Addendum covers the engagement of Performers in all local and regional television, radio and digital commercial production in Canada. Voting commenced on September 8, 2017, and closed today on September 22. The new agreement will take effect September 23, 2017, and will expire on June 30, 2020.The L&R Addendum was created to promote work in the regions by employing ACTRA members located in those regions. The Addendum is a “made-in, played-in” Agreement, meaning local advertisers create commercials offering their products and services to local consumers and local audiences. The Addendum is ratified in a separate referendum from the National Commercial Agreement. The NCA was ratified on August 4, 2017, and took effect August 5. TORONTO, ON — ACTRA Members have voted (98.1 per cent) in favour of ratifying the 2017-2020 National Commercial Agreement’s (NCA) Local and Regional Addendum (L&R), which covers production and use of local and regional commercials.“We have achieved a settlement that creates new work opportunities and provides substantial improvements for ACTRA performers in changing and challenging times,” says David Sparrow, ACTRA National President and Negotiating Committee Chair. “I want to thank the ACTRA members who served on our bargaining team and all of the members who helped make this new deal a reality.”“Unions around the world continue to face employer demands for cutbacks at the bargaining table as well as increasing competition from the non-union sector. ACTRA members are the best in the business, and this Agreement will help make it easier to hire the most talented performers in Canada and ensure they are compensated fairly their work,” added Stephen Waddell, Chief Negotiator and National Executive Director.center_img ABOUT ACTRA:  ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community. Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

King Mohammed VI Launches Youth Women Projects in Tangier

first_imgTangier – King Mohammed VI launched on Saturday in Tangier a number of projects aimed a supporting the growth and the development skills of the population, promote the education of young people, and create income-generating activities.These projects, which will be carried out as part of the large-scale anti-poverty program the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH) for a total sum of 59 million dirhams, include the creation of seven youth training centers, six women training and capacity building centers, and a center for the promotion of income-generating activities.Part of the Metropolitan Tangier program, these community projects reflect the interest of the Sovereign in human development, and his will to give people from all social strata the means to social and economic integration, and to enable them to participate in the development of their country. The seven youth training and capacity building centers, to benefit the people of the districts of El Mers, Lahjer Lasfer, Bir Aherchoun, Hassani, Mesnana, Errehrah, Branes, are expected to play an important role in encouraging young people to pursue their studies, reach their sports, artistic and intellectual potential.Each of the seven centers will host several workshops (music, theater, drawing, computer, dance), tutoring and foreign languages classes, a multipurpose room, sports fields, and a cafeteria.The women training and capacity building centers will be created in the neighborhoods of Mghogha, Dhar El Kenfoud, Achennad, Tanjah El Balia, Errehrah and Dradeb.They aim to support women from disadvantaged backgrounds by providing them with various skills (cooking, baking, dressmaking, hairdressing, aesthetics, embroidery, and traditional weaving), and by allowing them to have a stable income.These centers will also provide functional literacy training of women, and schooling for their children under five, and improve their socio-economic conditions.The center for the promotion of income-generating activities, created in the neighborhood of El Mers, aims to provide training in the creation and management of cooperatives, and marketing techniques. It includes classrooms, a computer room, counseling services, an exhibit room, and a cafeteria.last_img read more

Dont come to school tomorrow Caledonia student posts picture with airsoft

A social media post intended as “a joke” caused alarm and concern for staff and students at a Caledonia high school last week. On March 20, officers from the Haldimand County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police responded to a weapons complaint after several people reported seeing a picture of a female holding what appeared to be a gun, with the comment “don’t come to school tomorrow.” The girl was identified by staff members at McKinnon Park Secondary School and investigators discovered another female student was also involved.The students were spoken to by police and their parents were notified.Both students said they had posted the image as a joke and realized that it had gone too far. The alleged gun used in the photo was actually an airsoft pistol. Police say the matter is being dealt with by school officials. Haldimand County OPP Constable Rod LeClair is reminding the public to think before you post. “People need to really think of the consequences before they post comments and images on social media. These students may have intended the social media post to be a joke, but there is simply no joke about this,” said LeClair. read more

UN refugee agency concerned over missing aid workers in Liberia

“Once again, we are painfully reminded of the dangers aid workers face daily in their efforts to help uprooted people in West Africa,” the Deputy UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Mary Ann Wyrsch, said in a statement issued yesterday.The three aid workers were reported missing while on their way to visit a Norwegian-funded project by one of UNHCR’s partner agencies in the region, the Adventist Relief and Development Agency (ADRA). ADRA said its director for Liberia, Emmanuel Sharpolu, Kaare Lund of ADRA Norway and driver Musa Kita were caught in the fighting in Toes Town, close to the Liberia-Côte d’Ivoire border.UNHCR said it is doing all it can to help locate the three men and remained extremely concerned about the general situation in Liberia’s volatile border region, where aid workers are struggling to help tens of thousands of people who have fled fighting in neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire. read more

First gold pour at El LimonGuajes mine in Mexico

first_imgTorex Gold Resources has made its first gold pour of an estimated 350 oz, and a similar amount of silver, in doré, from its 100% owned El Limon-Guajes mine (ELG) in southwest Mexico. The entire processing circuit, from crushing through to dry stack tailings disposal, is now operational and has been used in the production of these first ounces.Fred Stanford, President & CEO of Torex: “This is an exciting milestone and we want to thank the thousands of construction, mining, processing, support, and service personnel, and their leaders, that have efficiently and effectively turned intentions into reality. For the uninitiated, it can be difficult to envision the number and size of the hurdles that they must clear in order to build a mine, plant, and infrastructure of this scale and complexity. Their accomplishments tend to be ‘unsung’ and we would like to take this moment to acknowledge their impressive achievement in getting this project built on time and on budget.”Mining from the Guajes pit is ahead of schedule and the mine plan has been adjusted to allow for the drawdown of the ore stockpile through 2016. In the processing plant, the ramp-up has started with the utilisation of six of 11 leach tanks and five of seven of the tailings filters. As production volumes increase, additional leach and filtration capacity will be used. Construction of the remaining tanks and filters are completed and commissioning is underway.Full production is expected to be achieved ahead of the original schedule of Q1/17.Ore from El Limon pit is necessary to achieve full production and with the successful resettlement of La Fundicion village, the focus has shifted to road building and pre-stripping on El Limon ridge. Both of these activities are progressing smoothly. Construction of El Limon crusher continues to advance ahead of schedule and assembly of the RopeCon (shown in the picture) is effectively complete and will be commissioned after the completion of El Limon crusher, which provides the feed to the RopeCon. The commissioning of both the crusher and RopeCon is anticipated for Q2/16.Construction continues on non-process related infrastructure, i.e. the truck maintenance shop, the second village, some rainy season water control structures, etc. Updates on continuing ancillary construction progress will be provided as specific construction activities conclude.Due to the many unknowns during the start-up of a new processing plant, it is challenging for the company to provide estimates of quarterly production through the ramp up period. Therefore, Torex will provide quarterly updates on the production ramp up progress that has been accomplished and will refrain from forward looking quarterly guidance during 2016.Torex is a growth-oriented, Canadian-based resource company engaged in the exploration and development of its 100% owned Morelos Gold Property, an area of 29,000 ha in the highly prospectivelast_img read more

Abu Hamza appears in US court with prosthetics removed

first_imgAN EXTREMIST EGYPTIAN-born preacher entered a U.S. courtroom yesterday for the first time to face multiple terrorism charges, complaining that his prosthetic hooks, medication and special shoes were taken away from him.The preacher was one of five terror defendants rounded up in Britain and extradited overnight to the U.S.Abu Hamza al-Masri was surrounded by several marshals in a Manhattan courtroom as he faced charges that he conspired with Seattle men to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon and helped abduct 16 hostages, two of them American tourists, in Yemen in 1998.The 54-year-old, white-haired Al-Masri exposed both of his arms through his short-sleeved prison shirt. His court-appointed lawyer, Sabrina Shroff, asked that al-Masri, indicted under the name Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, have his prosthetics immediately returned “so he can use his arms.”In the 1990s, al-Masri turned London’s Finsbury Park Mosque into a training ground for extremist Islamists, attracting men including 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and “shoe bomber” Richard Reid.Al-Masri — jailed since 2004 in Britain on separate charges — was flown overnight to New York from London along with four others accused of U.S. embassy bombings in Africa and with helping terror operations in Afghanistan and Chechnya. The men, who could all face life in prison, have been battling extradition for between eight to 14 years.U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara called the extraditions “a watershed moment in our nation’s efforts to eradicate terrorism.” As is charged, these are men who were at the nerve centers of al-Qaida’s acts of terror, and they caused blood to be shed, lives to be lost, and families to be shattered.In New York’s federal court, Khaled al-Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary entered not guilty pleas to charges that they participated in the bombings of embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998. The attacks killed 224 people, including 12 Americans. They were indicted in a case that also charged Osama bin Laden.In New Haven, Connecticut, Syed Talha Ahsan, 33, and Babar Ahmad, 38, entered not guilty pleas to charges that they provided terrorists in Afghanistan and Chechnya with cash, recruits and equipment.Al-Masri, a one-time nightclub bouncer, entered no plea, saying only “I do” when he was asked by U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank Maas whether he swears that his financial affidavit used to determine if he qualifies for a court-appointed lawyer was correct.Shroff told Maas that al-Masri needed use of his arms. “Otherwise, he will not be able to function in a civilized manner.”She also asked for a dictating machine, saying he can’t take notes, the return of his diabetes medication and special shoes that prevent him from slipping. She said he will need a special diet and a full medical evaluation in prison.Al-Masri peered through glasses as he consulted with Shroff and another court-appointed lawyer, Jerrod Thompson-Hicks, in a proceeding that lasted less than 15 minutes.Al-Masri has one eye and claims to have lost his hands fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan. His lawyers in England said he suffers from depression, chronic sleep deprivation, diabetes and other ailments.“I don’t think he slept at all” on the overnight flight and hadn’t eaten since arriving in New York at 2.40 am, Shroff said outside court. Still, she added, “He seemed very much like a gentleman”.Shroff and Thompson-Hicks also represented al-Fawwaz, 50, a citizen of Saudi Arabia. Thompson-Hicks said he was concerned whether his client would be properly treated for hypertension and high blood pressure. Attorney Andrew Patel, representing Bary, 52, an Egyptian citizen, said his client needed asthma medicine and treatment for other medical issues.Patel, who declined to comment afterward, told Maas that Bary reserved the right to request bail in the future.Four others who were tried in 2001 in the August 1998 bombings in Kenya and Tanzania are serving life sentences.Ahsan, 33, and Ahmad, 38, were kept detained while they await trial in Connecticut, where an Internet service provider was allegedly used to host a website. Their lawyers declined to comment.Ahmad made efforts to secure GPS devices, Kevlar helmets, night vision goggles, ballistic vests and camouflage uniforms, prosecutors said.Al-Masri is not the first Egyptian-born preacher to be brought to Manhattan for trial. A blind sheik, Omar Abdel-Rahman, is serving a life sentence after he was convicted in 1995 in a plot to assassinate then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and in another to blow up New York landmarks, including the United Nations and two tunnels and a bridge linking New Jersey to Manhattan. Abdel-Rahman has numerous health issues, including heart trouble.The overnight trip to the United States came after a multiyear extradition fight that ended Friday, when Britain’s High Court ruled that the men had no more grounds for appeal and could be sent to the U.S. immediately.“I’m absolutely delighted that Abu Hamza is now out of this country,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said. “Like the rest of the public, I’m sick to the back teeth of people who come here, threaten our country, who stay at vast expense to the taxpayer and we can’t get rid of them.”“I’m delighted on this occasion we’ve managed to send this person off to a country where he will face justice,” he added.Al-Masri has been in a British jail since 2004 on charges of inciting racial hatred and encouraging followers to kill non-Muslims.While al-Masri has been portrayed in the British media as one of the most dangerous men in the country, the case against Ahmad in Connecticut has raised concerns among legal experts and human rights advocates.Some lawyers and lawmakers have expressed concerns because Britain agreed to extradite the London computer expert even though his alleged crimes were committed in Britain; British courts declined to prosecute him for lack of evidence. Ahmad and Ahsan are accused of running websites to support Afghanistan’s ousted Taliban regime, Chechen rebels and associated terrorist groups.BBC apologises after revealing Queen’s opinion on  extremist>last_img read more

HP starts accepting TouchPad apps announces inapp purchases

first_imgBack in March HP opened its webOS 3.0 Developer Beta program in order to allow developers early access to the company’s tablet platform. In particular, HP wanted apps ready to accompany the launch of the TouchPad due out this Summer.Jump forward to today, and HP has announced it will now start accepting webOS apps for review and inclusion on the TouchPad app store. Developers can mark their apps as TouchPad compatible from within their account and then hope they get accepted as part of the HP webOS App Catalog.AdChoices广告Although developers may be eager to tick the box and get on the tablet, they may need to do some more work first. That’s because HP has also announced in-app purchases for webOS 3.0. That means developers can offer premium content access through a purchase made within an app rather than relying on a visit to the app store.HP is allowing a couple of weeks before they start reviewing apps with in-app purchase options available, which should allow ample time for developers to test the new feature.So far it looks as though HP is treating developers well and will have a good number of webOS 3.0 apps to offer for the launch of the TouchPad. But it’s not relying just on those new apps. HP is also going to support older webOS apps that used the Mojo SDK by allowing them to run in “Mojo compatibility mode” on the device.Mojo apps will run at their original resolution in a window alongside an on-screen keyboard and gesture area. The same is true of PDK apps which also have their own compatibility mode minus the keyboard and gestures.The HP TouchPad was spotted at Computex this week being used by SanDisk for demonstrations. The fact the tablet looks complete makes us hopeful it’s going to get an early, rather than late Summer launch.More at the HP webOS Developer Bloglast_img read more

Mokbel case on bent search warrants continues

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Current Australian Federal Police commander and for boss of the Purana taskforce Gavan Ryan told the Supreme Court that he sometimes swore on affidavits in the presence of an officer to be used to obtain search warrants. Whilst giving evidence earlier this week in accused drug lord Tony Mokbel’s change of plea case, Ryan said he would have sworn one in every five affidavits on his own. He said he did this in order to get the job done and not to deceive the course of justice. He said that he did not believe it was common practice to not swear on affidavits, even though the court had been told otherwise during this case. The application hearing will continue on Thursday.last_img read more

HP Lovecraft Meets Dr Doolittle on Kickstarter

first_imgStay on target Fall is in the air and a favorite geek holiday, Halloween, is just around the corner! There are so many ways to celebrate Halloween this season with all the horror movies, games, and comics out there. Another great way to celebrate is by checking out the spooky projects running on Kickstarter right now.One stand out project up on Kickstarter right now is Doctor Cthulittle, a prestige oversized hardcover, fully colored and illustrated book by authors G.D. Falksen and Mark Wheatley. It’s like Doctor Doolittle with an H.P. Lovecraft twist. Doctor Cthulittle himself is a strange character that has sacrificed his sanity to save the universe from the elder Gods that Lovecraft tried to warn us about. Joining up with the Doctor is his traveling companion, Zenobia, and his dog-man servant, Farnsworth. Together, they travel through space and time in a bathysphere protecting the universe. So yes, if you’re a fan of another Doctor, you definitely want to check out this book.Mark Wheatley has painted some absolutely gorgeous covers for the Doctor Who comics in addition to being a multi-award winning legendary artist and designer working in comics, television, and music with clients including Lady Gaga, Square Roots, and 2 Broke Girls. G.D. Falksen is a well-known steampunk author, public speaker, as well as being the model Disney used for Hans in Frozen. Don’t worry though, G.D. is not actually a villain in disguise. I mean, probably not.It’s only going to take $10,000 to fund Doctor Cthulittle with it’s 64 gorgeous painted pages and wildly inventive story harkening back to old Victorian adventure novels. They’re well over halfway past their goal and still have two weeks left to meet it. Help G.D. and Mark bring this story to life by backing this project for great rewards including digital and physical copies of the book, patches, prints, and even original art! The more they go over their goal, the more stretch goals they can unlike increasing the value of your pledge.Don’t let the eldritch horrors win! Back Doctor Cthulittle today! Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket last_img read more

Bad luck drives Genting Singapore results down in 2Q18

first_img Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Genting Singapore saw its revenue decline 6% in 2Q18 to SG$560.3 million, impacted by low hold in both the VIP and mass segments.Gaming revenue was down 8% for the quarter to SG$406.1 million, with mass table revenue at Resorts World Sentosa falling 15% to around SG$193 million despite an 11% increase in table drop. Likewise, while VIP revenue actually increased 10% to SG$205 million, a win rate of 2.6% proved telling given that rolling chip volume grew by 27% on the same period in 2017. RelatedPosts Non-gaming revenue also declined 6% year-on-year to SG$154 million, with Adjusted EBITDA down 6% to SG$266 million. Net profit grew 3% to SG$177.6 million.According to analysts at brokerage Sanford C Bernstein, Resorts World Genting gained VIP share for the quarter due to poor volumes at rival Singapore IR Marina Bay Sands buts lost mass share.Despite low win during the three months to 30 June 2018, Genting Singapore still enjoyed growth over the first half of the year with group-wide revenue up 4% to SG$1.2 billion and Adjusted EBITDA up 8% to SG$624.8 million.Excluding a one-off gain of SG$96.3 million counted in last year’s six month results from the sale if its share in Jeju Shinhwa World in Korea, Genting Singapore booked a 38% in net profit for 1H18 to SG$394.8 million.The company said that visitation remains strong at Resorts World Sentosa, including an average 18,000 visitors per day and 91% hotel occupancy in 2Q18. Load More South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokeragelast_img read more

Traffic Deaths Jump To Highest Level Since 2007

first_imgThe state Highway Safety Office says traffic fatalities climbed in 2014.Download AudioSixty-five people died in wrecks last year, more than the previous six years and the most since 75 people died in 2007.Counting pedestrians and cyclists, 70 people died.Highway Safety Office research analyst Miles Brookes says it’s too early to say precisely how many fatal wrecks involved drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs.Brookes says so far about 38 percent had been confirmed to have involved drivers with blood-alcohol levels over the legal limit.last_img read more