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first_imgSweden Ibrahimovic points finger at Swedish media over World Cup snub Ryan Benson 20:29 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) zlatan ibra-cropped Getty Images Sweden World Cup MLS Germany v Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović Sweden coach Janne Andersson resisted taking the striker to Russia and the LA Galaxy star thinks the media is to blame Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes the Swedish media are responsible for his World Cup omission.Ibrahimovic retired from international football after Sweden’s underwhelming Euro 2016 campaign, when they were eliminated at the group stage.Since then, the fiery striker has continued to impress in front of goal with Manchester United and now LA Galaxy and he appeared to be eager on a return to the Sweden team for the World Cup, hinting several times that he would play in Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Coach Janne Andersson then shut the door on Ibrahimovic in April, saying in an interview: “If you rejected the team, I do not think you should come back.”But Sweden’s record goal-scorer thinks media coverage back home has counted against him more than his retirement.Speaking to reporters, Ibrahimovic said: “I think it’s the biggest party in football, playing the World Cup.”All the best players are there. Zlatan is not there, so… He should be there, but he’s not there.”The media says they [Sweden’s team] are better without me, so that’s why I believe in them.”This is the Swedish media mentality. I don’t have a typical Swedish name. I’m not the typical Swedish attitude, behaviour and that, but still I have the [goal-scoring] record in the national team.”Still I won what I won; still I played in Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, [AC] Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and now LA Galaxy.”So, if you don’t know how to do it collectively, why did you play in the biggest teams in the world, and you won? So, I know how to win, trust me. And I do it good.”Sweden have been drawn into Group F alongside Germany, Mexico and South Korea.last_img read more

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first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Arsenal boss Emery: What I told Smith Rowe after substitution…by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has revealed his words to Emile Smith Rowe after his substitution against Eintracht Frankfurt.The youngster was taken off despite a decent performance in the 3-0 win.And Emery revealed his words to the youngster, and how he believes Smith Rowe can improve in the coming weeks and months.He said to the club’s official website: “With him, we need to do more work with him on the pitch and outside. “Last year, he started well with us and played some matches. After, he left he on loan to Germany and then when he came back he was injured. “He played some matches with the under-23s, so today was big challenge for him. It was a big opportunity but also we needed to protect him. “He worked very well and I was very happy with him. I told him that.” last_img read more

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first_imgzoom Polish LNG terminal in Świnoujście will receive its first cargo of 210 thousand cubic meters of liquefied natural gas (LNG) today.The test LNG cargo, being delivered from Qatari port of Ras Laffan aboard the 2009-built tanker Al Nuaman, will be used in the commissioning and cool-down of the Świnoujście LNG terminal.Another LNG supply will be delivered to Świnoujście in February 2016 for additional system testing, while the commercial operation of the terminal is scheduled to start by mid-2016, after almost five years of construction.The terminal is undergoing complex testing of system components, and further safety trials will be performed in the near future.The contract for the LNG cargo was signed in September 2015 by Polskie LNG and Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo SA, which serves as an intermediary for the purposes of LNG supplies to the terminal.The 315 meter long tanker Al Nuaman, which started its voyage from Ras Laffan on November 20, was moored at the eastern breakwater unloading platform.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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first_imgzoom Dutch banks ABN AMRO, ING Bank and NIBC, together with the Scandinavian counterparts SEB and DNB, announced today at NOR-Shipping in Oslo that they are all introducing Responsible Ship Recycling Standards (RSRS) for their ship financing.The announcement was made during the biannual industry gathering with the aim of including more banks into the initiative. The Norwegian fund, KLP, which in 2016 commissioned a report by the International Law and Policy Institute on shipbreaking, had also already taken a stance to reject beaching practices.The collective move to include ship recycling conditions on loans by leading banks and financial institutions with large shipping portfolios has been described as a positive step to imposing responsible practices on shipowners by NGO Shipbreaking Platform. “When there is pressure for change coming from shipping financers, who understand that they have a direct tangible impact on the shipping industry, shipowners, rather than finding crafty loopholes in the law, will feel the bite if they do not choose to recycle responsibly off the beach,” the NGO said.“We welcome the leading role taken by the banks to ensure a departure from the unnecessarily dirty and dangerous practice of beaching, and expect that investors and clients of shipping that are increasingly pushing for higher standards for ship recycling will join the initiative,” said Ingvild Jenssen, Founder and Director of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.Majority of ships are still scrapped in South Asia to beaching yards notorious for their low working standards and high incident rates.A total of 128 end­-of-­life ships were sold for scrap to the South Asian beaches during the first quarter of 2017, according to the data by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.The number represents 65 percent of ships which reached the shores of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, out of a total of 196 vessels sold for demolition worldwide during the three-month period.last_img read more

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first_imgThe entertainment industry turned out in force during the weekend in support of Motion Picture & Television Fund’s (MPTF) third annual Reel Stories, Real Lives event, a unique evening of powerful readings which told the stories of industry members and their families who have benefitted from MPTF’s services in recent years.The event, held at Milk Studios, was hosted by Will Arnett and featured video remarks from Mark Wahlberg and readings by renowned Hollywood actors including Casey Affleck, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Andy Samberg, and Taylor Schilling.Each story was written by some of Hollywood’s leading feature and television writers including Scott Cooper, M.A. Fortin & Joshua Miller, Michael Green, Karey Kirkpatrick & Steve Hickner & Billy Ray, and John Krasinski. This year’s show also included a special tribute to volunteering at MPTF by the very creative Funny or Die production team starring Beth Grant and Frances Fisher.MPTF President and CEO Bob Beitcher said, “My love affair with MPTF began 12 years ago at an event just like tonight’s ‘Reel Stories’ hosted by Kevin Spacey. Witnessing Hollywood’s finest tell the amazing stories of how MPTF takes care of industry members in their time of need made me proud to be part of the entertainment community, led me to step up my financial contributions to MPTF, and screamed to me ‘get involved.’ And thankfully I did!”The evening drew approximately 450 industry leaders, and celebrity guests including Casey Affleck, Will Arnett, Frances Fischer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Beth Grant, Anne Hathaway, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Brie Larson, Samantha Mathis, Dawn Olivieri, Sasha Pieterse, Andy Samberg, Taylor Schilling and more.The event, which was produced by Guymon Casady, Bill Gerber, Kevin McCormick, Karen Rosenfelt, Greg Sills, Courtenay Valenti, and Warren Zavala also featured a special exhibit, The Music Within: Celebrating the Wonderful World of Album Art Cover Design, including works by John Cage, Jo Ann Callis, Bruce Davidson, Henry Kiltz, William Eggleston, Raymond Pettibon, Norman Seeff, Alex Steinweiss, Andy Warhol, Hipgnosis, and more.“There is no better way to introduce the next generation of Hollywood to the importance of MPTF to this industry than the creative talent brought together to tell the stories of the people helped by this charity,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of the MPTF Foundation. “My thanks to Will Arnett for hosting and to the talented actors and writers who are giving so generously of their talent to bring to life the mission of caring for our own in these compassionate real-life stories.”CEO of MPTF Foundation Ken Scherer said, “MPTF Foundation is truly fortunate to have the force of nature that has become what we affectionately call Team Valenti – my thanks to Guymon Casady, Bill Gerber, Karen Rosenfelt, Kevin McCormick, Greg Sills, Courtenay Valenti, and Warren Zavala – for channeling their individual passion into creating this event that has built awareness and motivated engagement with the next generation of Hollywood. And out of this event has emerged a new Next Gen group under the leadership of Natalie Bruss and Zachary Browning,” Scherer concluded.The evening was generously sponsored by UCLA Health, Delta Air Lines, and The Hollywood Reporter.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Taryn DellaAPTN National NewsHALIFAX–Residential school survivors expressed outrage Thursday over a statement made by Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan who said the Indian residential school system was not an act of “genocide,” but a case “of education policy gone wrong.”The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was holding one of its national events in Halifax when news of the minister’s statement hit.“Well it was a cultural genocide whether Canada wants to believe it or not, it happened,” said Georgina Doucette, an Eskasoni elder.Duncan made the statement Thursday morning during an announcement Ottawa that the Conservative government would be commissioning a stained glass piece of artwork in honour of residential school survivors to be installed on Parliament Hill.Recent academic research has shown that residential schools fit the UN definition of genocide.A TRC official said he wasn’t surprised by Duncan’s statement.“To hear that there’s an opinion by the federal government that is different from ours, it is not a surprise,” said Wendall Nicholas. “It’s a disappointment and I believe that it’s time that the government truly recognizes that there is an obligation that they understand that they live with and they carry just as we do.”Residential school survivor Ronald Momogeeshick said he wondered whether the minister would have a different opinion if it was his children that were taken away from him.“How about if I come over to your house, take your kids, sodomize them, shape their minds,” said Momogeeshick.One residential school survivor, who did not want to give their name, said the minister should resign.“If this man does not do his homework and look at the very meaning of genocide, he had better step down from his position and let someone who knows what genocide means in that position,” said the residential school survivor.  “He is no help to us if that is his attitude and that’s his meaning of what was done to us.”tdella@aptn.calast_img read more

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The Burundian Government and a major rebel group are primarily responsible for implementing the ceasefire pact they signed in late 2006, the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission – which seeks to prevent post-conflict nations from sliding back into war – has concluded in a new report made public today.The small Great Lakes nation is rebuilding after a brutal civil war between the Hutu majority and the Tutsi minority. In September 2006, the Comprehensive Ceasefire Agreement was signed between the Government and the last major rebel hold-out group, Forces Nationales de Libération (Palipehutu-FNL).The UN, along with such groups as the Regional Peace Initiative and the African Union (AU), are working in tandem to assist in putting the Agreement into effect, the Commission noted.“There is consensus among the international community that the political, security and socio-economic reintegration dimensions of the peace process must be addressed simultaneously to ensure the successful implementation of the Comprehensive Ceasefire Agreement.”The Commission reported that a new Political Directorate – comprising representatives from the Government, Palipehutu-FNL, AU, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa and the European Union (EU), among others – has been established in the capital, Bujumbura, aiming to promote dialogue on any obstacles to implementing the Agreement.The report voiced concern over the Palipehutu-FNL’s withdrawal last July from the Joint Verification and Monitoring Mechanism, which was established to monitor the ceasefire, and called on the group to restart its participation. It also called on the FNL to take part in the work of the Political Directorate.Additionally, the Commission recommended that the Government “continue to explore all ways to resolve its differences with leaders of Palipehutu-FNL with the aim of addressing them politically… and take the measures necessary to build confidence and create the conditions for the return of Palipehutu-FNL and their reintegration into national institutions.”Earlier this month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern at the simultaneous grenade attacks in Bujumbura on the homes of four parliamentarians.In a statement, Mr. Ban urged “the Government of Burundi and all political leaders to work together through the national democratic institutions to ease the current tensions.” 27 March 2008The Burundian Government and a major rebel group are primarily responsible for implementing the ceasefire pact they signed in late 2006, the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission – which seeks to prevent post-conflict nations from sliding back into war – has concluded in a new report made public today. read more

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EDMONTON — The federal government has set up a counter-terrorism unit in Alberta and one of its main jobs will be to help protect the energy industry from attacks by extremists.‘We have seen incidents as recently as a couple of years ago…where explosions on pipelines basically created some chaos’The integrated national security enforcement team will be led by the RCMP and include officers from CSIS, the Edmonton and Calgary police forces and federal border patrol.Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud said the key to effectively guarding the labyrinth of oil and natural gas wells, pipelines and refineries in Alberta will be to gather intelligence to prevent attacks before they happen.“When we look at the booming economy of the province of Alberta over the years, one would be led to believe that there is an increased threat to the infrastructure,” Michaud said Wednesday.“We are basically looking at any individuals or groups that pose a threat to critical infrastructure, to our economy, to our safety that is based on either religious, political or ideological goals.”There are about 400,000 kilometres of provincially regulated energy pipelines criss-crossing Alberta. That does not include federally regulated or smaller distribution pipelines.The Energy Resources Conservation Board estimates there are 176,000 operating oil and natural gas wells dotting Alberta’s landscape. There are also eight oilsands mines, five upgraders and more than 250 in situ oilsands facilities.The 32-member Alberta team is the latest to be announced by Ottawa since the 9-11 terrorist attacks almost 11 years ago. Other teams are already operating in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec.[np-related]Michaud said the terrorist threat in Canada could come more from people inside the country than outside the border.He pointed to the bombings of Encana natural gas wells and pipelines in the Tomslake area of northeastern B.C. in 2008 and 2009 as an example of “domestic terrorism.” No one was injured in the six separate explosions, but the bombings showed how vulnerable energy infrastructure can be.“We have seen incidents as recently as a couple of years ago in northern B.C. and Dawson Creek where explosions on pipelines basically created some chaos,” he said.“Those are the kinds of incidents, those are the type of threats, that we are facing right here and now.”RCMP arrested environmental activist Wiebo Ludwig, but he was released from custody without being charged. Ludwig, who died in April of cancer, was convicted and served jail time in the early 2000s for bombing oil and natural gas facilities in Alberta.Michaud said the Alberta unit hasn’t been formed to snoop on people or groups that oppose energy projects such as the oilsands or the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to the B.C. coast.“There has to be violence attached to their activities in order for us to pay attention to them,” he said.“That being said, in our role of preventing these threats from occurring, it is important that intelligence is collected against the activities of groups before they become violent.”The RCMP say the unit will almost double the number of police working on counter-terrorism in Alberta, including looking for and investigating foreign terrorism suspects.Alberta-based Mounties were involved in the investigation that led to the arrest last year of suspected terrorist Sayfildin Tahir Sharif in Edmonton.Sharif is accused of helping to plan a 2009 suicide bombing attack in Iraq that killed five American soldiers. The U.S. is trying to extradite him to face murder and conspiracy charges.“We work with our international partners,” Michaud said. “In that case, with the FBI, in mounting a criminal prosecution against the individual for his activities overseas.”Michaud said teams in other provinces were involved in the Toronto 18 case, in which 11 people were convicted and sent to prison for their role in a plot to bomb the Toronto offices of CSIS, the Toronto Stock Exchange and an eastern Ontario military base.Alberta has been working for years with the RCMP and the energy industry to better protect critical infrastructure from threats and began developing its own counter-terrorism management plan in 2002.Under the province’s plan, companies that operate facilities such as oilsands mines, pipelines, petrochemical plants and refineries must have policies to deal with and respond to threats.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers welcomed Wednesday’s announcement.“Obviously it is important to protect the vital pieces of infrastructure that we have in the province,” association spokesman Travis Davies said from Calgary.“Whether it is oil and gas, wells, pipes, rail, electricity facilities — these are all critical to Canadian security.” read more

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TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was slightly lower Tuesday as traders digested positive U.S. housing and durable goods data.The financial crisis in Cyprus also kept investors focused as the country’s banks are all scheduled to stay closed until Thursday. Until a late Monday night decision, all but the Bank of Cyprus and Laiki were due to reopen on Tuesday.No reason has been given for continuing the closure, now in its second week, but fears of a bank run are thought to have played a role in the decision.The S&P/TSX composite index slipped 15.3 points to 12,665.41, largely because of lower gold stocks, while the Canadian dollar was up 0.38 of a cent to 98.30 cents US.U.S. indexes were also positive as the U.S. Case/Schiller home price index rose by slightly more than one per cent in January, higher than the 0.6 per cent gain that had been expected.However, sales of new homes dropped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 411,000 in February, a decline of 4.6 per cent from the January level of 431,000. Economists had looked for an annualized reading of 437,000 for February.The decline in February still left sales 12.3 per cent higher than a year ago.Elsewhere, another report showed that U.S. durable goods orders rose by 5.7 per cent in February, much higher than the 3.8 per cent reading that economists had expected.There was one dark cloud amid the data: U.S. consumer confidence fell in March amid economic angst and government spending cuts. The Conference Board’s March confidence index fell to 59.7 from a revised reading of 68 in February. That’s also below the 68.7 reading that analysts polled by research firm FactSet expected.The Dow Jones industrials was ahead 86.9 points to 14,534.65. The Nasdaq was up 14.01 points at 3,249.31, while the S&P 500 index rose 8.17 points to 1,559.86.There had been initial relief Monday after Cyprus secured a (euro)10-billion bailout loan. The country also had to come up with almost (euro)6 billion on its own and it is doing this by slashing its oversized banking sector and inflicting hefty losses on large depositors in troubled banks.But that relief turned to uncertainty after Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who chairs the meetings of the finance ministers of the 17 European Union countries that use the euro, said the Cyprus bailout was a template.He later attempted to retract his comments and described Cyprus as a “specific case with exceptional challenges.” But he left the impression that those with bank deposits above the uninsured level of (euro)100,000 may be tapped in any future bailout.“The initial (and brief) optimism surrounding the deal was met with the cold reality of the question ”where do we go from here?“ said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Carl Campus.“Ratings agencies and investors alike are on high alert.”The TSX gold sector lost about 0.85 per cent while April gold bullion declined $9.10 to US$1,595.40 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) faded 30 cents to C$29.33.The base metals sector slipped 0.32 per cent even as May copper gained two cents to US$3.47 a pound. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) dipped 11 cents to C$9.54.The energy sector was flat as the May crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 87 cents to US$95.68 a barrel.The tech sector led advancers, with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) up 15 cents or one per cent to $14.66 following a string of stock price declines over uncertainty about how well the new Z10 smartphone is catching on in the U.S.The financial sector was slightly higher as the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions has identified Canada’s six largest banks as systemically important to the country. And as a result, Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO), Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM), National Bank of Canada (TSX:NA), Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY) and Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD) will be subject to enhanced disclosure and a one per cent risk-weighted capital surcharge by Jan. 1, 2016.Mega Brands Inc. (TSX:MB) plans to significantly reduce its outstanding debt by having some of its investors either buy more shares or exchange debt securities for shares on a cashless basis. The Montreal-based company says it expects the outstanding principle of debentures will be lowered by $62.4 million, reducing pre-tax cash interest expenses for Mega Brands by about $6.2 million annually. Its stock rose 62 cents to $14.42.European bourses were higher with London’s FTSE 100 index up 0.3 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX climbed 0.32 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 ahead 0.73 per cent.Earlier in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 0.6 per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.3 per cent, Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 dropped 0.8 per cent and South Korea’s Kospi rose 0.3 per cent.Mainland Chinese shares fell, with the Shanghai Composite Index losing 1.2 per cent while the smaller Shenzhen Composite Index lost 0.7 per cent. Losses were attributed to moves by the government to cool off the real estate sector. read more

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NEW YORK — Financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in New York, officials said Saturday. His death angered some accusers who had hoped to confront him in court and see him serve a long prison sentence.It also raises questions about how he was able to harm himself while in federal custody.Epstein was accused of paying underage girls hundreds of dollars in cash for massages and then sexually abusing them at various locations, including homes in Palm Beach, Florida, and New York from 2002 through 2005. He had pleaded not guilty.Here’s a look at Epstein’s case and what comes next:WHO WAS JEFFREY EPSTEIN?Epstein, 66, was a hedge fund manager who hobnobbed with the rich, famous and influential, including presidents and a prince.Epstein owned a private island in the Caribbean, homes in Paris and New York City, a New Mexico ranch, and a fleet of high-price cars. His friends had once included Britain’s Prince Andrew, former President Bill Clinton and President Donald Trump. Clinton and Trump both said they hadn’t seen Epstein in years and knew nothing of his alleged misconduct when new charges were brought against him last month.Under a 2008 non-prosecution agreement, Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges in Florida of solicitation of prostitution involving a minor and another similar prostitution charge. That allowed him to avoid federal prosecution and a possible life sentence, instead serving 13 months in a work-release program. He was required to make payments to victims and register as a sex offender.___HOW DID HE DIE?The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell in the Metropolitan Correctional Center early Saturday.Staff tried to revive him, and he was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.Epstein had been held in the jail’s Special Housing Unit, a heavily secured part of the facility that separates high-profile inmates from the general population, but his death is likely to raise questions about how the Bureau of Prisons ensures the welfare of high-profile inmates.Attorney General William Barr said he was “appalled” by the news.Before he took his own life, Epstein has been taken off suicide watch, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke to The Associated Press. The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.Epstein had previously been injured with bruises to the neck while in custody, though it was not clear if those were self-inflicted or the result of an assault.The FBI and the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Justice will investigate his death.___WHAT WAS THE NEW CASE AGAINST HIM?Federal prosecutors in New York charged Epstein with sex trafficking and conspiracy after investigative reporting by The Miami Herald stirred outrage over the 2008 plea bargain. They accused him of sexually abusing dozens of underage girlsA conviction could have put him in prison for 45 years.At the time of Epstein’s arrest, prosecutors said they found a trove of pictures of nude and seminude young women and girls at his $77 million Manhattan mansion. They also say additional victims have come forward since the arrest.But his attorneys insisted that Epstein hadn’t had any illicit contact with underage girls since serving his sentence in Florida. They argued that the new charges were improper because they covered largely the same ground as the non-prosecution agreement.___WHAT HAPPENS NOW FOR HIS ACCUSERS?Several of Epstein’s accusers said Saturday that they’re disappointed that the financier won’t have to face them in court or serve a long prison sentence if convicted. They called on federal authorities to investigate associates of Epstein for any role in his activities.Sigrid McCawley, an attorney representing one accuser, said in a statement that “the reckoning of accountability begun by the voices of brave and truthful victims should not end” with Epstein’s death.Another accuser, Jennifer Araoz, who came forward after the new charges were filed, said she was angered by Epstein’s suicide. Araoz alleged that Epstein raped her in his New York mansion in the early 2000s when she was 15.“We have to live with the scars of his actions for the rest of our lives, while he will never face the consequences of the crimes he committed the pain and trauma he caused so many people,” she said.___Klepper reported from Albany, New York.David Klepper And Jim Mustian, The Associated Press read more

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VANCOUVER — An inquiry into British Columbia’s high gas prices has found an “unexplained” difference of 13 cents per litre between Metro Vancouver and Seattle.Prices in southern B.C. are set according to prices in the Pacific Northwest of the United States because it is a nearby region and a similar price is considered justifiable.However, the inquiry by the B.C. Utilities Commission found that even after accounting for transportation costs and higher B.C. fuel standards, Metro Vancouver drivers were still paying 13 cents more than those in Washington.Commission CEO David Morton says there is no evidence to suggest there is collusion among retail operators nor is their evidence of cartel behaviour, but prices can be controlled by five refiner-marketers.He says the wholesale market for gasoline in B.C. is not truly competitive because of high market concentration levels, high barriers to entry and their ability to influence prices.The inquiry concluded that regulation could potentially reduce the wholesale or retail margins to what is justifiable in comparable jurisdictions and reduce price volatility, but further investigation is needed.The Canadian Press read more

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On Tuesday, the Government of Zimbabwe and WFP signed a Letter of Understanding outlining the operational details for the planned emergency intervention after the Government had requested in mid-October that the UN provide humanitarian assistance to the country, WFP said in a statement.Rural families facing the most acute need are located in the south, west and extreme north of the country. “While these are chronically poor areas, the situation went from bad to worse this year because of erratic rainfall; a strong down-turn in the economy coupled with a sharp rise in staple food prices; and disruption to the commercial farming sector due to land acquisition activities,” the statement said.According to a team of WFP experts deployed to Zimbabwe in September and October, people were finding it increasingly difficult to feed themselves in what was, until recently, a food-surplus country. The cost of a 20-kilogramme bag of maize has risen as much as 100 percent during the last year.Approximately 36 percent of Zimbabwe’s 12.6 million people live below the poverty line, with less than $1 per day to meet their basic needs.In another development, Germany donated $2 million in cash to help feed 1.3 million people suffering from an unusual combination of drought and floods in neighbouring Zambia, the first contribution to the WFP’s emergency food operation in that country.The funds will enable the agency to quickly buy 4,400 tonnes of maize from nearby countries while an advance of $3 million from WFP’s emergency credit reserve will increase the agency’s total food purchase to 10,000 metric tonnes, just one-quarter of the total amount needed. read more

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United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said ahead of a meeting today with the United Kingdom’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, that he would seek more UK support for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Speaking in London, where he is on an official visit, Mr. Annan said he will appeal to Mr. Brown and the British Government to use the upcoming UK presidencies of the Group of Eight industrialized countries and the European Union “to work for the necessary political breakthrough and the additional resources needed to achieve those goals.””Many of these goals, including the one of halving poverty by 2015, are far from being met,” the Secretary-General noted, referring to the set of eight time-bound targets that seek to slash extreme poverty and hunger, curb infant mortality rates and major diseases, and improve access to education and health care for all – all by 2015.Mr. Annan said he will be supporting the G-7 donors considering Mr. Brown’s proposal for an International Finance Facility, which would be capable of doubling aid flows to the developing world up to $100 billion a year. read more

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Meanwhile, in her remarks, Patricia Espinosa, the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, told the opening of the Conference that the rapid entry into force of the Paris accord “is a clear cause for celebration, but it is also a timely reminder of the high expectations that are now placed upon us all” “Achieving the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement is not a given”, she continued, underscoring that: “Marrakech is our moment to take forward climate action at the international and national levels as a central pillar of the successful realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is our opportunity to take the next steps towards an inclusive, sustainable path for every man, woman and child.”Ms. Espinosa underlined key areas in which work needs to be taken forward. She stressed that finance is flowing, but it is not enough. Moreover, nationally determined contributions now need to be integrated into national policies and investment plans. She said support for adaptation needs to be given higher priority, and progress on the loss and damage mechanism has to be ensured to safeguard development gains in the most vulnerable communities.The President of COP 21, which agreed the Paris accord last year, Ségolène Royal, French Minister of Environment, Energy and the Sea, who has passed the baton to Mr. Mezouar, welcomed the ratification of the Paris Agreement by 100 countries as of this past Sunday. “It’s an historic event,” she said at a press conference just before the official opening of the COP 22, where she urged all countries that have not ratified the Paris Agreement to do so, if possible, during the Marrakech Conference “and beyond that, by the end of this year.” Ms. Royal said that the Kyoto Protocol, which was signed in December 1997 and aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, took seven years to enter into force.“[The clock is ticking] because the year that just ended was the warmest, because the melting of glaciers is accelerating, because desertification is devastating, because the massive urban concentrations call for a new model urban development,” she continued. Ms. Royal stressed the importance of climate justice, particularly for Africa. “Africa is the great challenge of [this Conference]. COP 22 is an African COP, and that is where the priority and hope are,” she said. “In Africa, climate change is cruel and unfair. The continent suffers the most through no fault of its own. Among the 50 countries which are the most [affected] by global warming, 36 are located in sub-Saharan Africa.”Non-governmental organizations present at COP 22, including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Climate Action Network, also welcomed the entry into force of the Paris Agreement but said at press conferences that there was still a long way to go, particularly in terms of funding and concrete implementation of commitments. Left to right: Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Hoesung Lee; UNFCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, COP 22 President Salaheddine Mezouar and COP 21 President Ségolène Royal at the opening of COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco. Photo: UNFCCC The United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as ‘COP 22,’ opened today in Marrakech, Morocco, just days after the entry into force of the landmark Paris Agreement which has now been ratified by 100 countries.“This conference comes within a climate of hope and of legitimate aspirations for all of humanity,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Morocco, Salaheddine Mezouar, who was elected today by acclamation as President of COP 22, formally the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). “The unprecedented mobilization of the international community and its political will, expressed at the highest levels, have been crowned by the rapid entry into force of the Paris Agreement. This is unrivaled progress […] and now we must build on this momentum, give tangible meaning to this major step forward through decisions geared towards implementation,” he stated.In early October, the accord cleared the final threshold of 55 countries representing 55 per cent of global emissions required for it to come into effect within one month. Its entry into force was extremely swift, particularly for an agreement that required a large number of ratifications and the two specific thresholds.The Agreement entered into force in time for COP 22, where the first Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement will open on 15 November. Before the meeting wraps up on 18 November, parties hope to define the rules of implementation of the Paris Agreement and establish a viable plan to provide financial support to developing countries to support climate action. In his remarks today, Mr. Mezouar urged participants “to be more ambitious,” and stressed that “the eyes of the world are on us” […] “We have a huge responsibility before humanity and we must join forces in order to address the needs of the most vulnerable populations. We must provide them with the resources to adapt to the disastrous consequences of climate change.” read more

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Derrick Rose tweaked his right knee during Friday night’s 98-95 loss to the Portland Trailblazers in Portland.The Chicago Bulls star, who sat out last season following surgery on his left knee, drove to the basket anticipating a pass from teammate Joakim Noah, which was picked off. On his way back on defense, Rose’s  right knee buckled.  He limped off the court and did return to the game.He appeared in pain as he limped to the sideline and was checked by team trainers on the bench for several minutes before being assisted to the locker room.Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said he was concerned about Rose’s health and said he would undergo an MRI on Saturday.“He has pain and it felt like he couldn’t push off his right knee,” said Thibodeau, who balked at speculating any further on the extent of the injury.Rose led the Bulls with 20 points, five rebounds and three assists before leaving the game late in the third quarter. read more

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British Army soldiers under initial training are facing an investigation by their superiors for posing for a picture with the founder of the English Defence League (EDL) Tommy Robinson and chanting his name Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. British Army soldiers under initial training are facing an investigation by their superiors for posing for a picture with the founder of the English Defence League (EDL) Tommy Robinson and chanting his nameCredit:Tommy Robinson/Instagram He also tried to play down ongoing concerns about Army recruitment and staffing levels.Between April 2016 and March 2017, 8,194 soldiers joined the British Army, but 9,775 left.Regardless of numbers, Major General Jones was confident the Army can fulfil its duties.He said: “The key thing is: have we got the manpower to meet all of our operational commitments? And the answer to that is an undoubted ‘yes’.”Maj Gen Jones denied reports of soldiers previously dismissed for drug offences being offered large payments to return to the forces.He said: “The Secretary of State has been really clear on this – the British Army is not going to bring back people into the military who have been caught for drug offences. “The bonuses for coming back into the military are very carefully targeted to draw back in people with very specialist skills. It’s really targeting that.”Maj Gen Jones will join 120 troops at a reception at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday afternoon.Troops have been invited to Parliament by James Gray, the Conservative MP for North Wiltshire, for a welcome home reception to honour the Army’s deployments in 55 nations around the world during the last 12 months.Maj Gen Jones said: “It’s really important for British people to see what the military are doing on their behalf.”We live in an era of constant competition – the threats are diversifying and we cannot underestimate those threats, and I think it’s important that the British public understand that.” “I am very confident that is a widely held position across the Army. Much of the reaction to that incident from our people tells you that.”There has been wide condemnation of the images, including from the Muslim Council of Britain, which accused Robinson of “remaining silent on the sacrifices Muslims and others made in the two world wars”.Maj Gen Jones added: “The Army absolutely encourages diversity in our teams. We are stronger for diversity – we have very high expectations and standards and we will comply with those.” British Army soldiers under initial training are facing an investigation by their superiors for posing for a picture with the founder of the English Defence League (EDL) Tommy Robinson and chanting his name. The 35-year-old former leader of the far-Right group posted images to his Facebook page which included a video of young men in camouflage uniform.He uploaded the video with the caption: “A moment like this makes it all worth while. Today I met real British heroes,” he wrote as a caption.An forces spokesman said The Army was aware of the photograph and footage and is “investigating the circumstances surrounding this”.Robinson, an anti-immigration and anti-Muslim activist whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, is currently on bail awaiting a re-trial for a contempt of court charge. He later posted a video of himself ranting on his social media page saying it was “unbelievable” that The Army was investigating the soldiers who he met at motorway services off the M1. Reacting to the pictures and videos being circulated on Wednesday, Major General Rupert Jones, who will shortly take up the appointment of Standing Joint Force Commander, said he was “confident” extremist views are not prevalent in the forces.He said: “The British Army is absolutely clear that we do not tolerate extremist views and we don’t tolerate extremist behaviour. read more

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first_imgIn a few countries, these sky-high restaurants have suspended a band or orchestra in the air to entertain their guests. At the Point Village in Dublin, we had some decent enough tunes pumped in through the speakers.For the most part, the restaurant is stationary but they give it a bit of a spin halfway through so you can take in all of the views.And those views were a bit of alright: Source: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ie Source: Michalle Hennessy/TheJournal.ie Source: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ieOh look, there’s Big Brother star and DJ Ray Shah…If you’re afraid of heights, it’s probably a good idea not to look down: Source: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ieBut, you’ll be glad to know, we all got down safely in the end. Unfortunately, Dinner in the Sky is not a permanent fixture in Dublin so you won’t have a chance to try it right now, but we have a feeling it’ll be back.Read: Feeling hungry? This is what a meal in the best restaurant in the world is like>Read: This €1.86m hostel/restaurant/micro-brewery could be sitting in Galway Harbour by next spring…> Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTubeIT STARTED IN Belgium and they’ve done it in more than 40 different countries since but this week, ‘Dinner in the Sky’ came to Dublin.Centra hosted a picnic in the air yesterday afternoon to promote its new gourmet sandwich range so we got to try out the contraption. Guest were strapped into their seats, like in a rollercoaster, and the seven tonne table was hoisted into the air by a large crane. In total, 100 people got the chance to dine in the clouds yesterday. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweetlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Greek community needs to act immediately on developing the teaching of Modern Greek and attracting more students and teachers to the language, according to Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne & Victoria (GOCMV) Greek Schools President John Milides. While the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has included Greek in the 11 languages selected as part of the national curriculum, it will not be promoted for a number of years. “First the four Asian languages will be promoted for a few years, then French, German, Spanish and Arabic will be promoted, then in the following three years Greek and Vietnamese will be promoted,” Mr Milides said, adding, “it will take a long time, we can’t sit idle and wait for our turn; we have to energise the community”. Mr Milides believes the community is responsible for stimulating interest in today’s high school and university students. “We can’t just leave it to the parents, we have to develop strategies and human resources,” he said. “With the new initiative in the Greek community we want to promote new ideas without ignoring the past. One of the new ideas is that we are part of the problem if we don’t develop our human resources”. Teachers of Modern Greek in Victoria, along with parents of students learning the language, are invited to a forum highlighting important information about the Australian Curriculum for languages this Tuesday. The GOCMV, the Modern Greek Teachers Association of Melbourne and Victoria with the support of the Education Consul for the Hellenic Republic Charalampos Ladopoulos will hold the forum at the Greek Community Centre, Level 3, 168 Lonsdale St Melbourne, from 7pm on Tuesday May 3, to discuss issues of importance concerning language teachers, schools and students. As part of the discussion teachers and parents will be informed of the recommendations made to the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and to ACARA by the Modern Greek Teachers Association of Melbourne and Victoria, and the Education Committee of the GOCMV. At the end of the forum attendees will be given an opportunity to ask questions in relation to the direction and the need for the learning of Greek in Australia. “We want teachers to know what we’ve proposed to the departments, we want teachers to know policies we propose should change and we want them to be part of the process of developing policies for the future regarding survival of Modern Greek,” Mr Milides said. Subsequent forums will follow, with the next one scheduled for May 22, from 1pm. This forum will be held at Alphington Grammar in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs. “We’re inviting all teachers of Greek, and teachers who have come from Greece, to come and get to know each other,” Mr Milides said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On Kathari Deftera, children and teachers arrived at AHEPA Greek school dressed up in colourful costumes, favourite masks and funny hats. In a bustling atmosphere of laughter and joy, children threw streamers and confetti across the hall, thus celebrating the Carnavali. They enjoyed Greek Carnival songs and tasted traditional meatless delicacies, and were introduced to important parts of Greek tradition through a fun and joyful atmosphere.last_img