first_imgAn Indian Canadian was declared inadmissible to Canada on grounds of organized criminality after he was found to have engaged in people smuggling in 2015. The Canadian federal court order was released last month.Karamdeep Singh Bagri, an Indian national who gained permanent residentship in Canada in 2008, was arrested on Jan. 12, 2015, in Washington State by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for having picked up five Indian nationals who had just crossed illegally into the United States from Canada.The case was being heard in the federal court after Bagri applied for a judicial review of an earlier Immigration and Refugee Board decision rendering him inadmissible for being part of a “criminal organization.”Bagri, 31, was arrested south of the border by Abbotsford, British Columbia, with two men, two women and a child in his rental vehicle. He said that it was the first time he picked up illegal aliens. He also said that he entered the United States to pick up two of those individuals and was supposed to be paid $1,000 for his services, and that he had made several previous attempts to transport undocumented immigrants, but had been unsuccessful.The plan for this was hatched in a parking lot of a gurdwara in October 2014, when he met someone called “Babba.” He was on the phone with this Babba when he was caught.According to the court order, he was interviewed thrice by representatives of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), during which he made contradicting statements. Member McPhalen of the Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board rejected testimony provided by Bagri which contradicted certain statements that he had made in his prior interviews with the CBSA.McPhalen said it was obvious Bagri knew that he was “involved in something illegal.” He was found to have aided and abetted the illegal entry of the five people into the United States, because his “part of the scheme was to pick them up on the U.S. side of the border.” Bagri himself carried a visa with which he could make multiple trips to the United States.According to U.S. Justice Department statistics, 731 Indian nationals sought asylum south of the border in 2010, which increased to 2,277 by 2015.According to Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, SC 2001, c 27 a permanent resident or a foreign national is inadmissible on grounds of organized criminality and engaging in transnational crime such as people smuggling, trafficking in persons or laundering of money or other proceeds of crime. Related ItemsCanadaUnited Stateslast_img read more

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program PH archers miss gold target anew, settle for bronze medals LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Wong’s performance made up for Daniel Parantac’s showing on Sunday where the Filipino ended up in fourth place in men’s taijijian.Honetown bet Audrey Chan settled for a bronze with 9.64.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Filipino wushu artist Agatha Chrystenzen Wong took home the silver medal in women’s taijijian event in the 29th Southeast Asian Games Monday at Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Malaysia.Wong’s performance earned a score of 9.65 just .3 points behind gold medal winner and reigning world champion Lindswell Kwok of Indonesia (9.68).ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgMunde will meet BJP leaders in Delhi to convey dissent at the appointment of Pune BJP President.Sulking Maharashtra BJP leader Gopinath Munde arrived in New Delhi on Saturday, saying he would present his “grievances” to the party leadership and hoping “justice” would be done.”I will put forth the feelings and grievances of party workers from Maharashtra before the Central leadership,” said Munde who will be meeting BJP President Nitin Gadkari and some other top leaders including L K Advani and Sushma Swaraj.”I hope justice will be done,” he said.Munde, a prominent OBC leader from Maharashtra, is said to be upset since his supporter Yogesh Gogawale was sidelined for the post of Pune BJP president and Gadkari loyalist Vikas Mathkari was appointed instead.Munde, BJP’s Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha, has been conveying his unhappiness by skipping some party meetings and other programmes in the state recently.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

first_imgBangladesh will meet defending champions India in the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy and understandably, there is plenty of excitement in the country. Long the minnows of world cricket, Bangladesh have etched their name on the global map thanks to their spirited players and their enthusiastic fans.When the Tigers play cricket, Bangladesh comes to a standstill. They are vocal, they are opinionated and like other sports fans rooting for their countries in major sporting spectacles, they are passionate.ALSO WATCHHowever, often, very often, that passion spills over and edges on the border of obscenity.An image has started circulating on social media (obviously from a Bangladesh fan) which shows a tiger draped in a Bangladesh flag pouncing on a dog wearing an India flag.India Today has decided to produce an edited version of the image which is derogatory and insulting to the tri-colour.Bangladesh fan and even their players have been a bitter lot since the 2015 World Cup quarterfinal defeat to India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Rohit Sharma’s stylish 137 and an aggressive 65 from Suresh Raina had helped India post 302/6 and Bangladesh responded with a mere 197, losing by a whopping 109 runs.However, the Bangladeshi fans, instead of celebrating a fabled moment in their cricketing history, chose to turn nasty and accused the authorities of siding up with India, then defending world champions and a powerhouse in world cricket. Bangladesh were convinced Rohit was out for 91 when he skied a waist-high full toss from Rubel Hossain and was caught at deep midwicket. However, the umpire ruled it a no-ball and TV replays later said it could have been a marginal call.advertisementBangladesh were convinced the world had got together to conspire against them but the truth is that Rohit added another 46 after that break and Bangladesh still lost by 109 runs. It would not have turned out any differently had Rohit walked back to the hut for 91, would it?But Bangladesh remain bitter to this day. So much so that a Bangladeshi newspaper posted a photo of Indian batsmen with their heads shaved and Mustafizur Rahman holding a barber’s knife, after the pacer had rocked the tourists with some superb bowling in a historic series win for the hosts. That moment soured a great cricketing feat and showed just how far Bangladesh could carry their ‘grudge’.Photo Credit: Twitter But the Bangladeshis were convinced it was the whole world against them. And it did not stop there.A photoshopped image on social media ahead of the Asia Cup T20 final between Bangladesh and India showed Taskin Ahmed holding MS Dhoni’s severed head, causing serious anger among Indian fans. But Dhoni had the last laugh when a few lusty blows from his bat dashed Bangladesh’s hopes in the title clash, reducing a few locals at the stands to tears.Photo Credit: TwitterAfter dramatically beating New Zealand by 5 wickets to reach the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said “It’s a big thing for our cricket. It is an opportunity for us but I want to request everybody not to think we will go all the way to win the title.”Bangladesh have already played down their chances , attempting to rub off any pressure that they might have ahead of the semi-final with India.But a few of their players and journalists feel India will have extra support and reiterated their stance that the Men in Blue cheated during the World Cup quarterfinals two years ago. The players reportedly feel the pressure would be on India and that Bangladesh have already exceeded expectations by making it to the last-four.And of course, there’s more. Bangladesh want to target Yuvraj Singh because they feel he is the weakest fielder and their strategy of putting India under pressure is to pick up a couple of early wickets to make the rest of the batting line-up vulnerable.With India registering a sound 8-wicket victory over No. 1 ODI team South Africa, the Asian giants will go into the semi-final as firm favourites to win the game and make it to the final.The Bangladeshis seem to be rattled by India’s strength, depth and intensity.Bangladesh seem to have forgotten that other than their spirited performance against a weakened New Zealand team, there have been other factors that have helped them reach the semi-final whereas India have made it ahead riding purely on their own merit.Bangladesh lost to England by a whopping eight wickets in their first match of the Champions Trophy and they were on the verge of losing their second game to Australia but the rain Gods blessed them with a washout. In their must-win game against New Zealand, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah steadied Bangladesh’s ship after an early collapse and took the team to the semi-finals.advertisementIndia, on the other hand, started their Champions Trophy campaign with a resounding 124 run-win against arch-rivals Pakistan. However, a bad day in the office left them ruing a massive eight-wicket loss against Sri Lanka. In their do-or-die game against South Africa, India came out all guns blazing, absorbed every bit of the immense pressure and emerged triumphant.And don’t forget, India trounced Bangladesh by 240 runs at the Oval in the warm-up game ahead of the kick-start of Champions Trophy.Bangladesh will do well to remember that India thrive in such atmosphere, that their captain is always up for a good fight and the entire team likes to give it back as good as it gets. Still not convinced Bangladesh, go ask Australia.last_img read more

first_imgZURICH — Complaining that he is being “dragged through the mud” in the FIFA corruption investigation, Michel Platini believes he is “bullet proof” and has not lost support in his bid to replace Sepp Blatter as the head of world soccer’s governing body.The UEFA President, who has been suspended for 90 days along with Blatter, confirmed in an interview published Oct. 19 in the French daily Le Monde that he had no written contract for the $2 million payment he received from FIFA in 2011.Risking further FIFA ethics sanctions by breaking confidentiality rules, Platini gave a detailed defense in the case that threatens to end his Presidential hopes.The extra pay for his job advising Blatter from 1998-2002 was “a thing between two men,” Platini said, giving a new version of why FIFA could not pay him in full more than a decade ago. “I think it’s shameful to be dragged through the mud,” he said, insisting the case was not a scandal.Platini submitted his FIFA election application papers before being suspended and hopes that his provisional suspension will be lifted — by the FIFA appeal committee or Court of Arbitration for Sport — to allow him to run.Platini must still pass an integrity check by FIFA’s election committee, which will scrutinize all applicants after the deadline closes Oct. 26.“I don’t think I’ve lost many votes and those who know me know I can look myself in the mirror,” Platini told Le Monde. “I’m bullet-proof.”On Oct. 16, Blatter told a Swiss broadcaster the payment deal being investigated by Swiss prosecutors as a “disloyal payment” from FIFA funds was a “gentlemen’s agreement.”Platini and Blatter are appealing against the suspensions imposed this month by the FIFA ethics committee while it investigates the case.The ethics panel has in recent cases imposed strict bans when soccer officials discussed their cases in the media.“What annoys me most is to have been lumped in with the others,” said Platini, who joins a long list of past and current colleagues on the FIFA executive committee who have been implicated in corruption allegations.Platini told Le Monde that Blatter, newly elected as FIFA’s President in 1998, asked him to name his salary to work as a personal adviser.“‘How much to you want?’ Blatter asks,” Platini told Le Monde. “I reply: ‘One million.’ ‘Of what?’ ‘Whatever you want, rubles, pounds, dollars.’ There was still no euro then. He replies, ‘Agreed. One million Swiss francs per year.’”The former France great has previously said FIFA did not pay him in full at the time because of the governing body’s financial problems.Platini told Le Monde that Blatter suggested that FIFA’s salary policy prevented him from having a contract that paid the Frenchman more than then Secretary General Michel Zen-Ruffinen.“I worked for several months without pay,” Platini said. “After a while, I go see Blatter: ‘You have a problem paying me?’ He says: ‘Yes, I can’t pay you one million because of the wage structure. You must understand that the Secretary General gets 300,000 Swiss francs. You can’t get more than three times his salary. So we’ll write you a contract for 300,000 Swiss francs and pay the rest later.’ And that’s what happened. Only later never arrived.”Platini said he invoiced FIFA for two million Swiss francs in 2011 because he mistakenly recalled that he had been paid 500,000 Swiss francs annually at the time, and not 300,000.FIFA paid Platini in February 2011, weeks ahead of a Presidential contest between Blatter and Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar, who both sought Platini’s endorsement.(GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgOnly Greeks from Canada know how to organize such an epic Greek Heritage Night, presented by The Greek Canadian Games, in honor of Giannis Antetokounmpo.  The 1,500 Greeks were a thundering presence at the “Scotiabank Arena” for the sake of their fellow compatriot, the Milwaukee Bucks ace, Giannis Antetokounmpo. They arrived well before the opening tip of the hotly contested game between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks so that they could watch and cheer on Giannis. They also remained after the game was over for a chance to see him up close. Before Giannis stole the show of Greek Heritage Night, former NBA star and former coach of the Canadian National Basketball team, Leo Rautins, and Toronto Raptors star Norman Powell, rallied up the crowd in the arena. After saying a few words jumpstarting the event, Powell found himself among all the Greeks – taking selfies with them and signing autographs whenever asked. The children just before going out to accompany the basketball players on the floor. Photo: The Greek-Canadian Games.Leo Rautins also had some advice for the young Greeks in the arena. He told them, “if you want to become great players, you have to work on your shot. Just shoot.” He then took photographs with the fans and signed autographs as well.And then, the main attraction took place. Even though Giannis should have been in a rush, as the Bucks’ bus was waiting for him, he never showed his haste and still found the time to go to the stands where his fans decorated the arena with their blue and white garb. He asked the spectators whether he should address them in Greek or English. They all shouted, “Greek!” He then told him how thankful he was for their support of him and for their support of the Bucks.“Long live Greece. Thank you all very much,” were the last words of the night by Giannis. Photo: The Greek-Canadian Games.He made all the Greeks incredibly proud, and as he left, he started a chant that echoed through the stands: “Long Live Greece – Ζήτω η Ελλάδα.” Everyone erupted with applause and cheers – chaos, in the best sense of the word. Some began singing our National Anthem, while others yelled, “Giannis, Giannis!” Leo Rautins with Dr. Fotis Karantonis, the organizer of Greek Heritage Night (presented by the Greek Canadian Games), and hundreds of Greeks. Photo: The Greek-Canadian Games.Dr. Fotis Karantonis, the organizer of this perfect event, thanked Giannis, from the bottom of his heart, for coming to meet all the fans and wished him happy holidays and the best of luck in the NBA.After the event was over, Dr. Karantonis said that most of the fans expected Giannis to leave and not delay the Bucks’ bus any longer. “Giannis instead sat down patiently with the children, signed many autographs and took photos with his fans. He is unbelievable. Even though he was in a hurry, he signed autographs, thanked us, and never once lost his smile,” Dr. Karantonis said admiringly of Giannis.The Greek children accompanied the Bucks and Raptors onto the basketball court. Photo: The Greek-Canadian Games.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgTeam India are on their way to Adelaide for the second one day international of the three-match ODI series. As the team waited for their flight, Kedar Jadhav was seen showing off his dance moves.The Indian cricket team posted a video on their social media handles in which Kedar can be seen break-dancing for the amusment of his team mates.Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja among others were left in splits on seeing Kedar Jhadav’s dance moves.Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted another video in which Rohit can be seen trying the ‘floss’ dance. Rohit can be seen ‘flossing’ while a young girl out does the Indian cricketer masterfully.Hitman learning the floss dance be like #TeamIndia (@BCCI) January 13, 2019Rohit in an interview with Yuzvendra Chahal for the BCCI website, revealed what Team India’s plan was when he and Shikhar Dhawan walked out to bat in the 1st ODi in Sydney against Australia on Saturday.”When we started batting, we had a plan of playing the new ball well, since their opening bowlers are good.,” said Rohit.WATCH: In our fun segment of Chahal TV, we bring you up close with centurion @ImRo45 from Sydney – by @RajalAroraYou think @yuzi_chahal did a good job?Full Video Link (@BCCI) January 13, 2019advertisementThat did not happen though as Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu were sent back within four overs.”Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Sometimes, the opposition bowls well. This is a good learning experience for us, what to do in such situations,” said Rohit.Rohit starred with the bat for India, scoring his 22 ODI hundred but could not take his team to victory as India lost the match by 34 runs, despite his fighting 133.Kedar did not feature in the first ODI and will be hoping to get a chance to perform if he is selected in the upcoming ODI.Also Read | Resting World Cup-bound fast bowlers in IPL 2019 wrong thought process: NehraAlso Read | Dhoni’s form important in the run-up to World Cup: DasguptaAlso Read | Harbhajan Singh bats for Rishabh Pant’s inclusion in India ODI squadlast_img read more

first_imgPremier League Introducing Goal Players’ Lounge – a chance for you to build a better experience Last updated 2 years ago 19:00 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Goal Players Lounge logo Premier League Here’s your chance to join the Players’ Lounge, a community that strives to aid in creating a brighter future for and all the Goal apps Are you a Goal enthusiast? Do you want to help us make an even better Goal? Well now you have the chance — Goal Players’ Lounge is finally here!Goal Players’ Lounge is a community of loyal Goal users, helping our Insights Team build a better future for and all of the Goal apps.To sign up all you have to do is follow this link, click ‘Join Group’ and answer some simple questions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Once accepted, you are part of a community where you can give us quick-fire feedback about new features on and the Goal apps, as well as sign up for our research sessions where you could have the opportunity to talk to our Insights team over video chat.We appreciate all the feedback that you can offer. Every single bit of feedback you give can be useful, however small. So we welcome you to join now by clicking here!  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgIt was actually the type of match that might have been made for Costa, but he was still back in Brazil, training on his own in last season’s Adidas kit. Instead, it offered a stage for new faces to demonstrate they can squeeze eye‑catching results from unlikely scenarios. David Luiz did that in midfield and Bakayoko, though clearly lacking match sharpness and sapped of energy even while the opening exchanges were still erupting around the turf, offered enough to suggest he will fit right in. The way in which Mousa Dembélé, such a powerhouse of a midfielder in his own right, bounced off the Frenchman 13 seconds into Bakayoko’s debut boded well. Yet just as encouraging for Conte will have been Antonio Rüdiger’s hints at adjustment to the frenetic pace as the match dragged on, and Andreas Christensen’s composure in the maelstrom.The latter was making his first Premier League start for the champions, deputising for David Luiz in the centre of the back three, but was not unnerved to have lost Dele Alli beyond the far post 15 minutes in. That error, failing to judge the flight of a looped pass, did not deter him. Even Harry Kane’s aggressive movement did not deflect him, the centre-back relieved to see the striker belt a shot on to a post towards the end of the first half before exerting greater control after the break. Two years in the Bundesliga with Borussia Mönchengladbach had demonstrated Christensen’s considerable potential. He has played Bayern Munich, and contested Champions League ties against Juventus, Manchester City and Barcelona. But this will still have felt like a baptism into the mayhem of the Premier League and, having weathered that storm of a first half, and guided by the excellent César Azpilicueta at his side, he grew impressively into the occasion.Conte, too, will believe the Chelsea board can finally succeed in adding to his first-team options over the next fortnight, when interest in the likes of Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and possibly Antonio Candreva, comes to a head. All is not doom and gloom as the Burnley defeat had suggested. A win against bitter rivals can have a cathartic effect. Marcos Alonso double fires Chelsea to Wembley victory over Tottenham Share on Twitter features Premier League Share on Pinterest Read more The reaction at the final whistle told its own story. Antonio Conte, fists pumping and that same frenzied look in his eye that marked the latter stages of their successful title pursuit last season, was at the heart of the throng of visiting players gathered in the corner of this arena to celebrate in front of a raucous away support. After a summer of painful politics and festering frustrations, this served emphatically as a lancing of the tension, and a reminder of the calibre of champions. Chelsea, defiant and still with time to add to their squad, are far from a spent force just yet.Their prospects will feel rosier as the dust settles on this win. A derby of this ferocity, and staged in such grandiose surroundings, was always likely to have the juices flowing and those back at Cobham had sensed all week that, while the world obsessed over the messy divorce with Diego Costa and the hierarchy’s laboured manoeuvring in the transfer market, Conte believed the recovery from that comical capitulation to Burnley would begin at Tottenham’s expense. In truth, few on the outside had shared his optimism given how fragile everything had been made to feel by the intrigue behind the scenes. But the scrapper in Conte was always going to relish the daunting nature of this particular challenge. Sportblog Read more Share via Email Topicscenter_img Reuse this content Tottenham Hotspur Share on Facebook It was not merely that this was an awkward collision with Chelsea’s most potent challengers of last season, and a side unbeaten at home in the league – albeit not in this arena – since May 2016. Chelsea had arrived wounded and with a makeshift feel, a team shorn of the suspended captain, Gary Cahill, and their spiky creator-in-chief, Cesc Fàbregas, as casualties of the previous weekend’s indiscipline. Absent, too, was the team’s attacking inspiration, Eden Hazard, whose rehabilitation from ankle surgery is close to completion. The revamped selection looked as if they might be there for the taking, with the manager forced to field a semi-fit Tiémoué Bakayoko from the start, and David Luiz thrust further up into midfield. As it is, a simple plan reliant upon pace on the counter and rugged defence ended up feeling inspired.Conte referred to David Luiz’s performance as his side’s “point of reference”, so outstanding was he in underpinning Chelsea’s entire gameplan. It was he who snapped in on the dawdling Victor Wanyama as the Kenyan collected Hugo Lloris’s throw, the Brazilian poking the ball forward for Marcos Alonso to gather in space. That a left wing-back was eagerly sprinting forward again so deep in the game, swapping passes with Pedro before ramming in the winner under Lloris, rather summed up the visitors’ approach. This had been a rearguard effort for long periods, particularly once Alonso had thrust Conte’s team ahead with a viciously dispatched free-kick.There were times when everything about Chelsea’s defending had appeared last-ditch, a blur of desperate blocks or interceptions, but no team seem to thrive so often in contests of this type. It is not merely borne of luck and, having come so close to prevailing, they were not going to let the result slip away courtesy of a sloppily conceded free‑kick and an own goal. Share on WhatsApp Antonio Conte Share on LinkedIn Chelsea Share on Messenger Diego Costa is in Chelsea’s past and I wouldn’t pick him, says Antonio Contelast_img read more

first_img … 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. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. England rugby union team Read more Rugby union Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp “We knew they would have the ball for a period, but unfortunately we were so inaccurate with our decisions around the breakdown in terms of when to compete and giving away soft penalties. You just give up such easy field position and take away any momentum.”Cramping the style of the home scrum-half Faf de Klerk will also be vital if England want to go to Cape Town with the series poised at 1-1. “He is a lively, lively player and it was frustrating that we were allowing him to basically do what he wanted,” said Youngs. “Hopefully we can cut down his time and space. He’s still a good operator, he’ll still be able to cause us trouble, but we’ll give ourselves a damn better chance.” A change also looks likely in the back row, with Chris Robshaw under pressure for his place from the newcomer Brad Shields. Robshaw has been a long-standing regular under both Stuart Lancaster and Eddie Jones but has found his best form elusive lately. Shields heads the list of contenders to replace him, with his soon-to-be Wasps colleague Nathan Hughes having also impressed the management in training.England badly need to counter the front-foot momentum and quick ball which allowed the Springboks to come storming back from 24-3 down in the first Test. Shields has extensive experience of playing against South African teams for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby and England’s forwards coach Steve Borthwick has been delighted by Shields’s impact since joining the squad last week. “He is a vastly experienced player and a very good one,” said Borthwick. “He’s a fantastic leader, his team-mates have respect for him and people want him on their team.”Aside from Leicester’s Ellis Genge, who is awaiting the outcome of a scan after injuring a knee in training, England have a full squad available with Exeter’s Harry Williams in strong contention to start at tight-head. With Billy Vunipola still working his way back to full fitness, Hughes will also have a big carrying role to play at some stage but the scrum-half Ben Youngs believes England’s first priority is to defend better as a unit. “We can’t defend like we did at the weekend,” said Youngs. “We were leaving doglegs, we weren’t getting set early enough and our spacing on the ruck was really poor. Share on Messenger Penalties are killing England, says Jonny May before second South Africa Test Share on Twitter Reuse this content South Africa rugby team Share on Facebook news Share via Email Topics Schalk Brits gives up the biltong and beer for Springbok recall Since you’re here… Read more England’s efforts to mount a series comeback against South Africa have been boosted by the return of a fit-again Joe Launchbury. The Wasps lock has recovered from a sore calf and is set to feature in a reshuffled pack for Saturday’s second Test in Bloemfontein.Launchbury will be a valuable addition for a game England have to win to avoid going 2-0 down with one to play. The hard-working forward was conspicuous by his absence in Johannesburg, with Saracens’ Nick Isiekwe being hauled off after only 36 minutes of his side’s 42-39 defeat at Ellis Park, but is now available to partner Maro Itoje in the second row.last_img read more

first_img The month, which is observed internationally, will focus on the theme ‘Cybersecurity our Shared Responsibility’ with the sub-theme ‘Think Before You Click’. The Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (Ja-CIRT) in the Ministry of Science and Technology will observe its third national Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October. Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Thursday (September 27), Head of Ja-CIRT, Dr. Moniphia Hewling, said that the month-long observation will be used to increase awareness among consumers, students and businesses. The Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (Ja-CIRT) in the Ministry of Science and Technology will observe its third national Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October.The month, which is observed internationally, will focus on the theme ‘Cybersecurity our Shared Responsibility’ with the sub-theme ‘Think Before You Click’.Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Thursday (September 27), Head of Ja-CIRT, Dr. Moniphia Hewling, said that the month-long observation will be used to increase awareness among consumers, students and businesses.She said it will address specific challenges and identify opportunities to foster behaviour change. The month-long activities will get under way with a church service on September 30 at the Highholborn Street Church of God, downtown Kingston, starting at 9:30 a.m.Each week will have a different theme, with week one to focus on ‘Ensuring Safety at Home’. Ja-CIRT will use the period to highlight basic security measures that householders can take to protect themselves against cyberthreats.Visits will be made to schools and educational institutions during week two as Ja-CIRT sensitises students, parents, teachers and guidance counsellors about ‘Careers in Cybersecurity’.During the third week, emphasis will be placed on ‘Online Safety at Work’, and Ja-CIRT will highlight ways small and medium-sized businesses can protect themselves, employees and customers against cyberthreats.The final week will focus on safeguarding the nation’s most critical infrastructure such as finance, water, electricity, health systems and transport, and will underscore the roles that the public can play in helping to keep these safe.Other activities for the month include exhibitions, a jingle competition, social media campaign, school tours and training sessions for officers in ministries, agencies and departments.The major highlight will be Cybersecurity Awareness Day on October 26. Activities on the day will include a Business Leaders Breakfast Forum at The Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, where Prime Minster, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, will be the guest speaker.This will be followed by a road show in Mandela Park, Half-Way Tree, starting at 1:00 p.m.The month of activities includes collaboration with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC), Fortinet, Universal Service Fund (USF), E-Learning Jamaica, and tTech Limited. Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: K Line Japan’s shipping major K Line has agreed with Hiroshima University, the National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology and Marubeni Corporation to jointly work on research and analysis of maritime logistics and shipping market conditions using artificial intelligence (AI).The company added that the purpose of this research is to estimate maritime logistics by combining data and technology, and to explore the possibility of developing predictive models with high accuracy.“The shipping market is one of the more difficult economic indicators to predict because it fluctuates greatly under the influence of various market and social conditions, and sometimes market sentiment as well. The method developed by the research is expected to enable more accurate and transparent business decisions,” K Line said.In recent years, it has become possible to use comprehensive, chronologically ordered ship movement and static data, such as position, speed, direction, port of call and drafts, for ships with over 300 gross tonnage traveling internationally. This data is being applied in a variety of ways.Additionally, AI is “making remarkable progress” with improving machine learning and deep learning technology, and there is much research and practical application of this technology that is being used to find patterns hidden in big data and to make predictions, K Line explained.“We are working to further improve the quality of existing service based on safety in navigation and cargo operations to high-value-added services which can contribute to strengthening relationships with our customers that we have cultivated for many years,” the company noted.last_img read more

TORONTO — Loblaw is selling its 213 gasoline stations across the country for $540 million to Brookfield Business Partners and its partners.Toronto-based Brookfield will rebrand the stations to Mobil but the stations will continue to use the PC Plus loyalty program offered by Loblaw.This deal will mark the introduction of the Mobil fuel brand in Canada, the companies said in a joint statement.Canadian food deflation is slowing and that should help out the country’s grocers, says new reportsLoblaw plans to open 30 new stores and upgrade more than 500 othersParkland Fuel buys Chevron Canada’s Burnaby refinery, fuel stations in $1.5 billion dealThe proposed deal is subject to certain conditions, but is expected to occur in this year’s third quarter.Brookfield Business Partners says it sees potential for growing the current network of Loblaw-owned gas stations and associated kiosks after the deal closes.Loblaw says it expects the deal will be positive for its customers, gas station operators and the company itself.Canada’s largest operator of grocery and pharmacy stores expects to use proceeds from the sale for its corporate activities.Chevron Corp also sold its Canadian gasoline stations and refinery in British Columbia to Parkland Fuel Corp , a marketer of petroleum products, for $1.46 billion on Tuesday.With files from Reuters read more

The Attorney General has advised Sports Minister Faiszer Musthapha to hold the elections for the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board on May 31st.Musthapha says he has informed the board on the advise he had received from the AG. The election was earlier scheduled to be held on May 19 but was postponed indefinitely. (Colombo Gazette)

Civilian casualties so far from the week’s fighting include one dead and eight wounded, a spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement today, as a result of a renewed outbreak of violence in two towns in the country’s North.In a statement issued yesterday afternoon, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the resumption of hostilities between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and Opposition forces in Bentiu and Rubkona in Unity State.He also called upon President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar to cease immediately all military operations, and reminded them of their obligation to protect civilians and respect international humanitarian law.South Sudan has experienced several bouts of violence over the past few months, including an incident in which the UN base in Bentiu came under fire resulting in the wounding of one child. Meanwhile, a prior attack caused hundreds of people to seek shelter at the nearest airport. Approximately 340 civilians took shelter with UNMISS troops, and then were escorted to safety.Political in-fighting between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, started in mid-December 2013 and subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict that has sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to UNMISS bases around the country. The crisis has uprooted some 1.5 million people and placed more than 7 million at risk of hunger and disease.The Mission is currently protecting some 100,000 displaced civilians countrywide, 49,000 of them in Bentiu alone. read more

Obesity widens economic inequalities, affecting the poor the hardestDr Alison Tedstone, PHE chief nutritionist Duncan Selbie, PHE chief executive said on Monday the food industry needed to “step up,” highlighting the fact some companies had “as yet taken little or no action”.The  findings, which examine the amount of sugar per 100g, show that the content in biscuits and chocolate confectionary has remained stubbornly unchanged, in the first year since the targets were set. And puddings have become one per cent sweeter, despite repeated pledges to crack down on sugar content, the data from shopping baskets shows. Tackling the obesity crisis needs the whole food industry to step upDuncan Selbie, PHE chief executive An updated childhood obesity strategy, due to be published within weeks, is already considering a clampdown on advertising and marketing of junk foods to children, which could include a ban on adverts for such foods before the 9pm watershed.Steve Brine, Public Health Minister, said: “We lead the world in having the most stringent sugar reformulation targets and it is encouraging to see that some progress has been made in the first year.“However, we do not underestimate the scale of the challenge we face. We are monitoring progress closely and have not ruled out taking further action.”Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security  Government targets to cut the sugar in common foods have failed spectacularly – with puddings getting sweeter and no change at all in chocolates or biscuits, new figures show.Ministers pledged to slash levels in a vast range of products by 20 per cent by 2020, under the Government’s 2016 childhood obesity strategy.But the first official assessment of progress shows that almost seven in 10 of the most popular brands have shown no change in their sugar content – or have even seen it increase.Across the board, sugar content has fallen by just two per cent against a target of five per cent in the first year.And the least change has been made in some of the most sugary products, the figures from Public Health England (PHE) show.Manufacturers were told to shrink their products, change their recipe or boost sales of healthier options to meet the key pledge.Instead, the majority have either done nothing or made their offerings even sweeter.Of the top 20 brands responsible for the most sugar sales, 56 per cent saw no change in their content and 12 per cent added more.Just 33 per cent cut the amount in their products. The greatest reductione came in the category of yoghurts and fromage frais, with a six per cent cut in both sugar and calorie content, while sugar in breakfast cereals fell by five per cent.Officials today set out more targets, calling for a 20 per cent reduction in the sugar content of all milk-based drinks, which are exempt from a sugar tax introduced on soft drinks earlier this year.PHE also called on the drinks industry to cap the calorie content of all juice based drinks at 150 calories, and to cut sugar in all juice-based drinks by five per cent.However, these targets are also voluntary. Dr Alison Tedstone, PHE chief nutritionist, said:  “This is about tackling the nation’s obesity crisis. Too many children and adults suffer the effects of obesity, as does society, with our NHS under needless pressure. Obesity widens economic inequalities, affecting the poor the hardest.”Ministers said tougher actions may be planned. 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. Food giants have already said the sugar targets are unrealistic, with Tim Rycroft, of the Food and Drink Federation, saying the 20 per cent aim “won’t be technically possible or acceptable to UK consumers”.Duncan Selbie, PHE chief executive, called on food manufacturers to do more.He said:  “We have seen some of the food industry make good progress, and they should be commended for this. We also know that further progress is in the pipeline.“However, tackling the obesity crisis needs the whole food industry to step up, in particular those businesses that have as yet taken little or no action.” The strategy, published in August 2016, had been criticised by some charities for relying too much on voluntary efforts by the food industry to offer healthier produce.Last night ministers said they had not ruled out further action, with an updated strategy expected within weeks.The assessment of shopping basket data examines eight categories of food; biscuits,puddings, breakfast cereals, chocolates, sweets, yoghurts, spreads and ice cream. Cakes were excluded from the analysis because of problems with data quality.Overall, sugar content of all such foods fell by just two per cent, against the five per cent target.But what progress was made came largely from categories such as yoghurts and breakfast cereals – the only two categories to meet or exceed the target – with little change made among other categories where sweeping changes were pledged. While no change was made to the sugar content of biscuits and chocolates, the figures show a one per cent rise in sugar content of puddings sold – causing a four per cent rise in calories consumed in one sitting. read more

← Previous Story Barcelona again training in “Zumba” rhythm! Next Story → Martin Schwalb to sue HSV Hamburg Dagur Sigurdssongemranyhandball The DHB confirmed the rumours. Dagur Sigurdsson is the new Germany national team coach, and is supposed to consolidate the team that failed to qualify for the World Championship 2015 in Qatar, but were lucky to be given Wild Card for it at the expense of Australia participating. Dagur Sigurdsson will succeed Martin Heuberger, and will coach both Fuchse Berlin and Germany in the upcoming season, after which he will be released from Fuchse Berlin in order to concentrate on the national team.

first_imgWhilst Stealth technology was likely developed back in Germany during World War II, in modern times the US is the only known nation to deploy fully operational stealth technology. Various aircraft such as the F-117 Nighthawk, the B-2 Spirit “Stealth Bomber”, the F-22 Raptor, and the F-35 Lightning II all featuring said technology.Now it seems China has caught up with the US and has conducted its first test flight of the J-20 stealth fighter. We are not sure if the Chinese were trying to keep this secret or not, but the cat was let out the bag after 15 minutes of film footage appeared on several Chinese websites shortly after the flight.Chinese President Hu Jintao confirmed the test flight later to US Defense Secretary Robert Gates who happens to be visiting the country amid concerns that the Chinese are modernizing and upgrading their technology (especially as their military budget in 2010 stood at $78 billion).However, the timing of the test flight was apparently just coincidence and Robert Gates soon commented to clear up the matter:I asked President Hu about it directly, and he said that the test had absolutely nothing to do with my visit and had been a pre-planned test. And that’s where we left it. Read more at the BBClast_img read more

first_img Short URL Share10 Tweet Email Twitter to clamp down on trolls as new safety features unveiled Twitter bosses said they will not tolerate the abuse of its users by nameless accounts. Feb 8th 2017, 7:40 AM By Garreth MacNamee 35 Comments Image: PA Wire/PA Images TWITTER HAS VOWED to make using the social networking website safer following a raft of complaints over abusive tweets by anonymous trolls.The company announced last night that it will not “tolerate abuse and we’re launching efforts to stop it”.Last week, the tech firm introduced an improvement to reporting abusive tweets that “gives people experiencing targeted harassment more ways to report it”.Yesterday, they announced three new changes: stopping the creation of new abusive accounts, safer search results, and collapsing potentially abusive or low-quality tweets.VowIn a statement last night, a Twitter spokesman said: “We’re taking steps to identify people who have been permanently suspended and stop them from creating new accounts. This focusses more effectively on some of the most prevalent and damaging forms of behaviour, particularly accounts that are created only to abuse and harass others.”The social network security team said it had also been working on identifying and collapsing potentially abusive and low-quality replies so the most relevant conversations are brought forward.Twitter said these changes are expected to be rolled out in the coming weeks.Read: ‘The vast majority of Muslims would not be affected’: Judges grill lawyers over US travel ban >Read: Hundreds of jobs ‘at risk’ at Hewlett Packard plant in Kildare > Image: PA Wire/PA Images Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 7:40 AM 8,688 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more