India 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifier: Macau vs India: Value of the win stands out for Constantine Goal Last updated 2 years ago 22:23 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AIFF Media India Macao Asian Cup Qualification Balwant Singh came to India’s rescue in their third match of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers against Macau…. India edged Macau 2-0 away from home to secure their third straight win in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers on Tuesday. Mumbai City FC striker Balwant Singh netted a brace in the second-half to guide India to a much-needed win.The visiting side, who were coming into the game on the back of a 10-match unbeaten streak, was expected to have a cake walk against a much lower-ranked Macau side but the home side managed to frustrate Stephen Constantine’s men from the very beginning.Macau adopted a defensive approach right from the kick-off relying completely on counter-attacks and India struggled to create chances in the first half before Balwant Singh’s introduction in the second half turned things in India’s favour. 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 On getting the full points despite a sloppy performance, coach Stephen Constantine said, “Congratulations on the victory. It was very difficult to break down their defence. It is a very valuable win for us. And we stay on top of Group A with nine points. It was very hard to break them down as they were defending with eight or nine men. So we are happy with the 2-0 victory.”Balwant Singh, who has made quite an impact after being recalled to the national side after a long time, offered India an extra edge in attack and was duly praised by the Brit. “Balwant scored two goals tonight. He did what he was asked to do. He could have scored four but I will take two,” said the gaffer.
Reuse this content Anthony Joshua to defend heavyweight titles in New York against Jarrell Miller Share on WhatsApp Boxing Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Topics Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email news Joshua, unbeaten in 22 professional bouts, did little to conceal his view of the fight as a proof of concept for his appeal in the US – “I’ll be deadly serious: Jarrell can’t beat me, even on his best day,” he said – so he has left the heavy lifting to the outspoken Miller, who has already been working overtime selling the fight by sheer force of personality. On Tuesday alone Miller accused Joshua of being “fake”, an “Uncle Tom” and a “giant pussy” – and that was before it got personal.“It’s just jealousy in my opinion,” Joshua said of Miller’s bluster. “Just hate for no reason. I respect my opponents. But if they disrespect me, they get the worst of me as well.”The 2012 Olympic champion was quick to break down Miller’s limitations as a fighter, including his weight (more than 315lb for his most recent fight) and a casual mention of the challenger’s nine-month suspension for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine handed down by the California State Athletic Commission in 2014.“He’s slow,” added a slim-looking Joshua, who said he is walking around at 115kg. “He’s not a puncher. Ex-kickboxer. Probably be better off in the NFL. Substance abuse. Got caught on PEDs. I can’t really respect that, so talk is cheap. I’m just going to back that up in the ring.”He added: “I keep hearing about his stamina and that he’s a pressure fighter. A fighter gets tired when they get hit, and he gets hit a lot. It doesn’t matter how good his stamina is. If I keep on punching – his jaw, his body – he’ll soon fade. He’ll soon find out what it’s like.“The best chance he has is to land a big right hand or a big left hook, but that’s not really going to happen, so he’s going to get beat.” Read more Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.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 need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Anthony Joshua Share on Messenger So much of the early buildup to Anthony Joshua’s forthcoming defence of the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles has centred on those the British champion will not be fighting on 1 June at Madison Square Garden instead of on Brooklyn’s Jarrell Miller. That is more than fine with Joshua, who understands that fans would rather be served a long-awaited summit meeting with Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury than Miller, an unfancied former kickboxer who has been installed as a 5-1 underdog in the contest.“My view on the whole situation is they’ll appreciate you when you’re done,” Joshua said on Tuesday at the Garden. “So right now I’m just going with where the best opportunities are and I’m making the right decisions for the long term. I’ll beat up Jarrell Miller, and what that then does help me do is say to Wilder: ‘Look, if you don’t want want to come to the UK, you’ve seen what we’ve done in the US, so let’s work on having it here on both of our terms.’”
Naby Keita chose not to travel with Liverpool for win at Sheffield Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNaby Keita chose not to travel with the Liverpool squad for victory at Sheffield United.The Reds saw out a nail-biting 1-0 win after Gini Wijnaldum’s strike bobbled through the legs of Dean Henderson in the Blades goal.Keita, who starred in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over MK Dons on Wednesday, was not part of the squad which travelled to Yorkshire for the lunchtime kick off.The Liverpool Echo says despite making his comeback from injury midweek, the midfielder elected to stay behind at Melwood to work on his fitness.Before Wednesday, Keita had not featured for Liverpool in five months, and Jurgen Klopp is taking extra precautions in order to ensure the 24-year-old makes a full recovery. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
RM Sotheby’s RM Sotheby’sLast year marked a milestone for famed and beloved automaker Porsche. The iconic sports car developer turned 70 years old and to celebrate the brand’s longevity, it held a massive auction of Porsche-related items in October 2018. Along with over sixty privately owned cars that went up for bid, a variety of Porsche paraphernalia was sold, including an original set of Porsche 911 sales literature. But our favorite piece to hit the auction block (other than the cars, obviously) was this sleek desk designed by art studio 3 GJB 17.Built from an original Porsche 911 rear-end panel, the writing desk sold for a cool $30,000. Meticulously designed, the desk has a beautifully sculpted American walnut wood frame with the rear-end panel from a Porsche 911 perfectly fitted on top. The Mid-Century Modern aesthetic of the wooden frame compliments the timelessness of the Porsche panel. Finished in glossy, arctic silver, the panel lifts up on spring-loaded hinges to reveal the wooden writing surface below. It’s a seamless blending of disparate parts which combine into a fluid piece that mimics the beautiful curves of the classic sports car. RM Sotheby’s 1 of 5 Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Us RM Sotheby’s RM Sotheby’s Next RM Sotheby’s Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Along with being seriously stylish, the Porsche Writing Desk is also an ideal workspace. A hidden switch flips on a built-in light and near the switch is a USB port. Two hidden wooden drawers are located where the car’s tail lights would be. The drawers just happen to be the perfect size for storing the keys to your actual Porsche. This one-of-a-kind desk would make a perfect addition to an auto-inspired home office and, for the lucky buyer, is a (slightly) more affordable way to own a Porsche 911, even if it’s just a piece of one.If you’re like us, wishing you had an amazing car-inspired writing desk like this one, you’re in luck. The team at 3 GBJ 17 specializes in creating unique furniture that integrate car body parts. Whether you have a classic car of your own that you want turned into a piece of furniture, or you just have a dream of owning a custom car desk, the designers will work with you to turn your dream into a reality. Editors’ Recommendations Previous How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App
Cruising ‘Down Under’ is yet to be given a new flavor as Queensland readies to attract giant cruise ships with a new cruise terminal. Namely, Australia’s Port of Brisbane has embarked on a project aimed at tapping Queensland’s abundant cruise potential by proposing to develop a AUD 100 million cruise facility for Brisbane and South-east Queensland at the mouth of the Brisbane River.Currently there is no dedicated cruise facility in Brisbane able to cater for mega cruise ships. However, as the cruise shipping giants invest in ever larger and more complex ships, the port saw a window of opportunity in this segment, especially as over 60 percent of cruise ships visiting the port by 2020 are projected to be of this size.According to initial estimates, the cruise terminal has the potential to triple the size of Brisbane’s cruise industry.The Queensland Government has granted the port stage 1 approval for the facility, and during the project’s second stage the port will undertake environmental and technical investigations, progress design and engineering work.World Maritime News spoke with Roy Cummins, Port of Brisbane CEO, to learn more about the current activities on the project along with the port’s plans for the future.WMN: Latest media reports said that the port of Brisbane expects to have the approval for the beginning of the construction of its new AUD 100 million cruise ship terminal by the end of the year in order to start building it early in 2018 and allowing it to be finished by late 2019. Are these projections true and how far along are the preparation activities?Cummins: The Port of Brisbane will be making a submission to the Government in the near future for assessment. This will allow the progression of the planning stages of the project. If approved, engineering and preliminary design work will begin.We expect to be in a position to seek final approvals later this year and if successful, we expect the terminal to be operational during the 2019/20 cruise season.WMN: In the second stage of the project the port is expected to carry out detailed design and all required environmental and technical investigations. Are there any environmental or technical concerns that might compromise the project?Cummins: The Port of Brisbane has already been able to conduct several environmental and technical investigations. To date we have not encountered any issues or concerns that cannot be dealt with in the normal course of site development.WMN: What impact will the new cruise terminal have on the cruise industry of Queensland?Cummins: Queensland currently does not have a dedicated cruise ship terminal capable of handling ‘mega’ cruise ships. As cruising becomes more popular, ships are becoming bigger.Already, mega cruise ships cannot navigate their way upriver in Brisbane. Our proposal provides Brisbane with a dedicated mega cruise ship facility at the mouth of the Brisbane River to service all of South East Queensland tourism. The location is in close proximity to both domestic and international airports yet is sufficiently clear of the port’s day-to-day cargo handling activities.WMN: With LNG-powered cruise ships entering the market, do you plan to have LNG bunkering bases in the port? Any plans for the new terminal to offer LNG bunkering?Cummins: We are working closely with cruise line customers to understand their fuel requirements, including alternative fuels, and those considerations will be made during the design process.WMN: The port welcomed its first 8,500 TEU class boxship in December 2016 as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance its navigational channel to allow for the arrival of bigger ships. How would you assess the demand for berthing this size of ships in the port? Cummins: The Port of Brisbane is determined to ensure we are not the limiting factor on the east coast of Australia when it comes to catering for the larger vessels commonly used by the major shipping lines, and we recently demonstrated this by successfully welcoming an 8,500 TEU ship.We expect, over time, that ships of this size will become more common in Australian waters, therefore it is important we are equipped to cater for them.WMN: Seeing that the industry is becoming ever more eager to cut its carbon footprint, what activities has the port of Brisbane taken or plans to take in this respect?Cummins: Protecting our environment is a key focus for the Port of Brisbane.We have a leading offsite stormwater treatment project upstream from the Port, which is reducing the amount of sediment run-off entering the Brisbane River.We have built two office buildings that have been rated 5 Green Star by the Green Building Council Australia and include a number of energy efficiency features.All new street lighting is LED and older fluorescent lighting is being retrofitted with LED. Numerous improvements have been made to our dredge vessel the TSHD Brisbane including improved autopilot navigation systems, improvements to propellers, engine replacement and many others upgrades which have substantially cut fuel usage.We have also installed 180kW of solar panels and we are investigating even larger renewable energy investments at the Port.Article prepared by Jasmina Ovcina, Erna Penjic and Naida HakirevicImage Courtesy: Port of Brisbane
TOKYO — Japan’s prime minister confirmed in his New Year’s news conference that the era name for the new emperor’s reign will be disclosed April 1.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that 2019 will mark pivotal times for Japan, repeatedly referring to Emperor Akihito’s stepping down.Akihito has chosen to buck tradition and abdicate while he is alive, citing frail health. His son becomes emperor May 1.Era names are important as they are needed to determine what year it is in the traditional Japanese calendar.Abe also expressed hopes for better relations with North Korea, extolled free trade and reiterated the importance of Japan’s alliance with the U.S.He also said Japan will show leadership at the Group of 20 summit that it’s hosting for the first time this year.The Associated Press
Rabat – As part of a new economic model for its most southern provinces (dubbed in mainstream media as Western Sahara), Morocco will invest nearly MAD 77 billion in Laâyoune, Dakhla, and Tarfaya, as announced at a ceremony marking the signing of agreements, presided over by King Mohamed VI on November 7 in Laâyoune.Morocco’s new economic model for the south is based on five main foundations designed to develop and industrialize the economy of the southern provinces.In the fisheries sector, one of the main natural resources of the area, access to fishery resources will be conditioned upon the optimization of catches and production at the local level. The development plan provides for the launch of six development projects for pelagic species in Dakhla up to MAD 1.2 billion. These projects will create 4,300 jobs. In addition, MAD 2.8 billion will be invested in the aqua-culture sector in the same region, creating 3,500 direct jobs. AgricultureIn agriculture, a series of planned projects in the Southern provinces will ensure an important competitive advantage for the region. This will include the enhancement of 5,000 hectares of greenhouse agricultural products in Dakhla, and another 1000 hectares in Boujdour.The exploitation of local natural resources also seeks to enhance phosphate production by Phosboucraâ, a subsidiary of the Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP) based in Laâyoune. Chief Executive Officer of OCP, Mustapha Terrab, underlined that “investment projects include the whole production chain from the mine site to exportation, with an investment of MAD 16.8 billion.”TourismTourism will also benefit from this development model, addressing mostly the beach, desert, culture, and niche products. This will offer 800 direct job opportunities.InfrastructureAs for infrastructure, cities in the southern provinces will be equipped with sea water desalination plants, particularly for drinking water. These stations will also help meet the needs of industrial activities in Laâyoune and irrigation of agricultural projects in Dakhla.In addition, a highway, connecting Tiznit and Laâyoune (555 km) will be constructed with a budget package of MAD 6.2 billion. National road No. 1, between Laâyoune and Dakhla will also be expanded with a budget of MAD 2.3 billion.Renewable EnergiesWind power stations with a capacity of 500 MW are planned in Boujdour and Tiskrad Akhefennir. Photovoltaic solar plants are expected to be built in Laâyoune (80 MW) and Boujdour (20 MW).The southern provinces are also expected to become an export platform to Africa through the construction of the Dakhla Atlantic Port scheduled to be built as part of the new development model. The port infrastructure will include the development of product processing activities and exports to Africa. MAD 6 billion will be invested in the construction of the port, complementing the activities of the northern Moroccan port of Tangiers Med.The new development model comes as part of the advanced regionalization plan adopted by Morocco, upgrading the governance, ensuring transparency, and initiating a new development compact between the State and the southern region.Edited by Elisabeth Myers
The Toronto stock market was modestly lower mid-morning Monday as energy stocks declined alongside oil prices and traders digested a major earnings disappointment from IBM Corp.The S&P/TSX composite index gave back 33.93 points to 14,193.75. The Canadian dollar gained 0.08 of a cent to 88.76 cents US.U.S. markets were mixed with the Dow Jones industrials down 85.75 points to 16,294.66, the Nasdaq climbed 16.83 points to 4,275.27 and the S&P 500 index rose 1.02 points to 1,887.78.IBM was a major drag on the Dow as its shares tumbled 7.5 per cent after the company announced that its adjusted earnings were $3.68 per share, while revenue totalled $22.4 billion. The showing missed expectations of $4.32 per share on revenue of $23.39 billion.IBM also said that it will pay $1.5 billion to Globalfoundries in order to shed its costly chip division. It took a $4.7-billion charge for the third quarter as it also delivered a disappointing outlook.The energy group was the leading TSX decliner with November crude off 64 cents to US$82.11 a barrel. Energy companies have been a major casualty of the selloff, with the sector down 15 per cent in the last month while demand concerns and rising supplies have sent oil down 14 per cent over that time.The industrials sector was down 0.6 per cent as Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) confirmed Monday it held exploratory talks about a possible combination with U.S. railway CSX Corp. but those discussions have ended without a deal and no further talks are planned. CP shares dropped $2.59 to C$222.40.The base metals sector gave back 0.35 per cent while December copper was two cents lower at US$2.99 a pound.The TSX is down about nine per cent from its September highs, the Dow is down five per cent and the S&P 500 is off 6.5 per cent amid worries the eurozone could slip back into recession and a global economic downgrade by the International Monetary Fund.Central banks have also figured largely in the market sentiment. The selloff comes just days before the end of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s key stimulus program that involved the purchase of hundreds of billions of dollars of bonds, an exercise that has kept long-term rates low and encouraged the rally on stock markets over the last few years.Investors are also looking for the European Central Bank to do more to reduce deflationary pressures and encourage growth.The TSX found support Monday from earnings as Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX) reported US$275.4 million of quarterly net income, or 82 cents a share, and adjusted earnings of $718.8 million or $2.11. Analysts had estimated $2 per share of adjusted income and 64 cents in net earnings.Valeant also raised its fourth-quarter adjusted profit estimate and its 2015 revenue growth forecast and its shares rose $5.10 to C$140.54.The gold sector was also supportive, up 1.2 per cent while December gold gained $6.40 to US$1,245.40 an ounce.Elsewhere, Ottawa-based communications equipment maker Mitel Networks Corp. (TSX:MNW) has offered to buy ShoreTel Inc. for about $540 million in cash but the proposal has been rejected by the California-based company’s board. Mitel slipped nine cents to $9.41.
“SAITM management wishes to reiterate that the self-acclaimed SAITM Parents Association headed by Gamunu Wijeratne has no relation nor is it the official association of parents for SAITM. It is an association where Mr. Wijeratne voices his personal opinion and not the view of the majority of parents. Therefore, SAITM and its Management will not be held responsible for the statements given through this association,” SAITM added.SAITM says it has and always will abide by the laws of the country and extend its fullest cooperation to the Government of Sri Lanka to expedite a just and expeditious solution for its MBBS graduates and undergraduates. (Colombo Gazette) Furthermore, SAITM has already expressed its views on the Presidential Committee report, where SAITM will extend its fullest support to Government’s commitment to maintain quality and standards of medical education. This includes broad-basing ownership and temporarily suspending the students’ admission for the MBBS programme.SAITM also welcomed the initiative to legally establish standards, which should be applicable to both state and non-state faculties sans discrimination. The Committee is of the view that the solution proposed to resolve the current issues must be in accordance with the Government’s policy to enable non-state higher education, including medical education. The South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) says it is fully supportive of a solution put forward by the Government of Sri Lanka.A five member Presidential Committee report headed by Dr. Harsha de Silva, has stated that abolishment of the institution is not the solution. The 5 member Presidential Committee has already addressed the Deans proposals, which are proposals which cannot be implemented in the current legal framework.
On Thursday, Mr. Blix, Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), is expected to meet with the European Union’s High Representative for a Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, as well as the European Commission’s External Relations Commissioner, Chris Patten.Afterwards, Mr. Blix is slated to travel to Paris, where he is expected to meet with French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin. From Paris, the Executive Chairman will visit London for talks with senior officials of the British Government before stopping over in Cyprus on his way to Baghdad along with Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).”Clearly these consultations in Europe are important,” UNMOVIC spokesman Ewen Buchanan told UN Radio. “It’s useful for [him] to have spoken to Europe before he goes to Baghdad to begin to pass on the sentiments that the international community wants this job to be carried out and that Iraq should get on and give us more information to try and settle some of the issues. So it’s useful in terms of the political message it sends.”As for the meetings in Baghdad, Mr. Buchanan said the UNMOVIC chief would use the visit to remind Iraq of its obligations and to ask again for more evidence about the gaps in the arms declaration. “Another issue is this list of Iraqi personnel, which we found inadequate, and we will hope to get more information from the Iraqis on all these issues,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for them to give us anything prior to Dr. Blix having to write this 27 January update on the 60 days of inspection. So it’s an important timeline.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 30, 2012 9:32 am MDT Not just another pretty face: GG relishes foreign policy role in his own way OTTAWA – When David Johnston takes on a cabinet-level trade assignment this weekend in Latin America, it will be a showcase for what could be the unoffical slogan for his vice-regal reign: bland is beautiful.The Governor General is quick to point out he means bland as in an effective — if stealthy — exercise of his powers as the Sovereign’s representative in Canada.“This office probably works best when it is rather invisible. Not terribly much involved in controversy. Out of the mainstream of politics. And, I suppose, somewhat bland,” Johnston said in a Rideau Hall interview prior to leaving for Mexico City.Make no mistake: Johnston knows he lacks the panache and media punch of his two most recent predecessors, Michaelle Jean and Adrienne Clarkson. And it doesn’t bother him a bit.He’s exchanged the effervescent public profile of those who came before him for something else: access to the prime minister on policy issues.The trade-off has been a dearth of media attention. Johnston’s office has been quietly lobbying the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Ottawa to pay more attention to his scheduled events.Still, it would be a mistake to confuse “bland” for “vacuous,” warns foreign policy analyst Colin Robertson.“He lacks the charisma of his predecessors, but intellectually, he’s a rock star,” Robertson said. “The big shift is that Harper has confidence in Johnston. They talk.”The white-haired former law professor and university president was tapped by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2010, when minority governments were the norm and constitutional questions an ever-present element of Canadian politics.Amid today’s calmer political waters, though, Johnston is quietly expanding his other roles — promoting volunteerism, travelling the world and speaking about how Canada should become a “smart and caring nation.”Johnston, who is writing a manual on Canadian securities regulation in his spare time, is unapologetically geeky about his passion for international trade and innovation.He’s also a details person: Johnston meticulously rehearsed his ceremonial Grey Cup kick-off at least 100 times, perfecting his strike to the point that he could barely walk down the stairs the next day.So when Harper asked him to go to Mexico, Peru and Guatemala, he methodically set about learning not just the intricacies of the region’s economics and politics, but also carefully assessing how his own presence can complement the efforts of other Canadian business and political leaders.“One tries to get to know the countries one is visiting as well as one can,” he said, describing how he works in tandem with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister’s Office to determine goals and priorities.“It’s not a one-off. It’s many different parts working in harmony.”Johnston fully appreciates the pomp and circumstance. His overriding goal in visiting Mexico is to “pay respect” to the democratic election of Enrique Pena Nieto — the head of the traditional ruling party PRI, which lost power in 2000 after 71 years at the helm.For the PRI to make a legitimate comeback, said Johnston, “that’s a great victory.”But once the ceremony is over, Johnston’s hard work begins.He said he intends to start by buttonholing several of the other 75 foreign leaders at the ceremony to discuss bilateral relations. Then, he’ll turn his attention to increasing two-way trade trade and investment. He also hopes to find more ways to share Canadian expertise in mining, justice, policing and governance.He is travelling with a sizable entourage of senior officials, members of Parliament, business and education representatives, a judge and several ambassadors.When he gets back, he’ll be reporting, in detail, straight to the prime minister. The two men speak and share ideas regularly, but after a foreign trip, Johnston has a formal responsibility to check in.“When I come back, (I need to) be pretty candid and say, ‘Yep, this is going well,’ or, ‘No, this is not going well and here’s where we have to adjust our approaches,’” Johnston said.The governor-general’s trip to Latin America should be the beginning of a larger Canadian attempt to revive its relationship with the region, Robertson said.“The flag isn’t as present as it could be.”In Guatemala, Johnston will be looking at how Canada can help the country’s police and judicial system to deal with the drug trafficking that is destabilizing the entire region.Ottawa’s decision to send the governor-general there is exactly the right level of engagement at this point, Robertson said.Johnston’s staff have a thorough understanding of what’s at stake there, and can make some solid recommendations for a path forward, he added.
TORONTO – At first glance, the mid-century, three-level Winnipeg home was everything that Sarah Fehr and her fiancee had been looking for.It was located in the right neighbourhood, had a double garage and the backyard was spacious enough for the couple’s two pugs to frolic in.Perhaps most importantly, it was reasonably priced.However, a quick Google search revealed the home’s shadowy past: it had been busted several years earlier for housing a marijuana grow operation.While former grow ops may seem like a good deal to some buyers, experts caution that banks and insurers are increasingly shying away from these properties — even after all of the necessary remediation has been done.“It’s always been strict, but it was a lot looser four or five years ago,” says Jeff Mark, co-founder of broker Spin Mortgage, adding that only credit unions and subprime lenders are willing to finance these homes, often at higher rates than those offered by the banks.Running a grow-op in a residential home can cause extensive damage that may be pricey to remedy.High levels of moisture can cause mould to grow in the walls. Pesticides and other chemicals can seep into carpets and walls and contaminate the air. Even the home’s structural integrity and electrical wiring may be compromised.Before a lender will agree to mortgage a former grow op, a battery of costly tests must be performed to ensure it is inhabitable.Fortunately in Fehr’s case, the seller had already performed most of those tests, and the local credit union was willing to provide a mortgage. But finding insurance proved to be a headache, says Fehr.“There were insurers who flat out said, ‘No, we will not touch a grow-op,’” says Fehr.Eventually, after jumping through all of the regulatory hoops, the couple managed to close the deal and take possession of the home late last year.But brokers say the process can be so arduous that many buyers throw in the towel, adding that in an increasing number of cases, even a single marijuana plant is enough to stigmatize a home.“The problem is that everything gets painted with the same brush,” says Scott Dawson, a British Columbia-based mortgage broker with Verico Paragon Elite Lending. “Whether there’s one plant or a number of plants, it’s all kind of lumped in together as a grow-op.”Mark of Spin Mortgage recalls one loan application that went up in smoke because the disclosure statement said a single marijuana plant had been found in the closet. The house had not undergone any grow-op related modifications, he says.“At the end of the day it comes down to the bank’s discretion,” says Mark. “It can be unfair in certain circumstances.”Brokers say the banks are concerned that stigma surrounding the home’s criminal past will reduce its resale value, making it difficult for the bank to recoup its investment if the borrower defaults on the loan.“If it’s more difficult for them to liquidate, they just don’t want that on their books,” says Dawson.Such strict policies can have some inadvertent side effects, says Mark. For example, even though most provinces require sellers to disclose if a property was formerly a grow-op, some may not disclose that, he says.“I’m sure there are many deals that go undetected because of people withholding that information,” says Mark. “There are probably people out there living in a former grow-op that don’t even know it.”Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. Banks and insurers increasingly shy away from former grow ops, brokers say by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 30, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 30, 2015 at 3:09 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“I remain outraged by the denial of rights to women and girls – but I take heart from the people everywhere who act on the secure knowledge that women’s empowerment leads to society’s advancement,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day. “Let us devote solid funding, courageous advocacy and unbending political will to achieving gender equality around the world. There is no greater investment in our common future.” Listing successes during the past eight years within the UN linked to gender equality and women’s empowerment, Mr. Ban said he has signed nearly 150 letters of appointment for women in positions for Assistant Secretary-General or Under-Secretary-General. “We have shattered so many glass ceilings we created a carpet of shards,” he said. “Now we are sweeping away the assumptions and bias of the past so women can advance across new frontiers.” The theme for this year’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.” The year 2030 is the deadline for the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include targets on achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls, as well as ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning. The other half of the theme is a reference to UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, which asks governments to make national commitments that will close the gender equality gap, by the 2030 deadline. As part of this initiative, more than 90 Member States have pledged concrete actions “to crack some of the fundamental barriers to achievement of gender equality in their countries,” said UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Given the “unprecedented” expressions of political will, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka called for the beginning of a countdown to substantive gender equality by 2030, supported by accountability and measurable actions. “The participation of women at all levels and the strengthening of the women’s movement has never been so critical, working together with boys and men, to empower nations, build stronger economies and healthier societies,” she said. Adding his voice to the call increased participation of women across society was the President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft. Speaking at a special event in New York organized by UN Women on the occasion of International Women’s Day, Mr. Lykketoft said one of the ways to “step it up” is to tackle gender stereotypes head-on. President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, addresses the “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” special event. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe “Why should gender-based violence be accepted as the norm? Why should others control the bodies and the futures of women and girls? Why is it not ok for men to show fear or weakness, or to take on the role of primary care-giver?” he asked. “For too long, we have talked about gender equality. Now we have to act,” he added. Mr. Lykketoft was part of an event which also featured messages from the Secretary-General, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka, and inspirational speakers, such as activist and acid attack survivor Monica Singh, as well as musical stars, including soprano Renee Fleming. The event kicked off with a rendition of “I am a girl, I am a queen, I can be anything I want to be” by singer Tennille Amor and a moment of silence for indigenous leader, environmentalist and defender of human rights, Berta Cáceres, who was killed in Honduras on 3 March. Promoting gender equality is also a top priority guiding the work of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. In her message, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova called the promotion of gender equality “a transformational force for more just, inclusive and sustainable development.” She noted that despite progress, steep obstacles remain before genuine equality is a reality for all women and girls. “The new global agenda will succeed only if every country advances the rights, ingenuity and innovation of every one of its citizens, starting with girls and women,” Ms. Bokova said referring to the SDGs and Agenda 2030. In Geneva, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, spoke about his conversations with Syrian women who have been affected by the country’s five-year war. In a video message, Mr. de Mistura said he has been able to see the women’s “enormous suffering and their dignity” and yet they have retained hope and given the international community hope. Message by Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria. Credit: UN Geneva “They have, and must have, the right to be part of the political process and the negotiations which we, at the UN, are planning to have. They are part of the future of Syria, of the present and of the past. They have much to say and much to teach us,” said Mr. de Mistura, who has established a special advisory board comprised solely of Syrian women to advise him about what is really needed in political aspects of Syria. From Tunis, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) called for greater participation of Libyan women in all spheres of life. In remarks for the Day, Mr. Kobler said the 2011 revolution would not have been possible without “courageous Libyan women,” and highlighted their participation in reconciling communities and delivering humanitarian aid. Events are being held around the world to celebrate the Day. In New York, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka and Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner, ETFGI LLP, will ring the Nasdaq Stock Market Bell. Nasdaq is one of 34 exchanges from around the world expected to join the effort by UN Global Compact, UN Women, the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Women in ETFs and the World Federation of Stock Exchanges, to “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality,” raising awareness about the importance of gender equality to sustainable development and business. Also in New York, the Empire State Building will be lit up in magenta in honour of UN Women and HeForShe Arts Week, during which city venues, such as ballets, operas, Broadway shows and galleries, will highlight the issue of gender equality in their work.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The animal evaded capture for more than 24 hours before being apprehended by officers early on Thursday morning.The council says the pig has found “a new home” and will not be put down.It was caught in the grounds of the historic St Oswald’s Priory and collared by police, who handed the animal over to Gloucester Council.It was then taken to a “safe location”, which the council said it was unable to disclose.Police posted the CCTV image on Twitter on Tuesday evening, asking: “Have you lost a pig? One’s been roaming … in Gloucester all night. If it’s yours please ring 101 and let us know!” A pig that roamed free on the streets of Gloucester for more than 24 hours is “safe and well” after being found by two brothers who used a rope to “lasso” the animal into captivity.The pig was handed over to police after being captured by Ben and Gavin Evans, who spotted the animal eating apples outside a city pub.Police quickly dismissed local rumours that the animal was in fact a dangerous wild boar.The animal – a pot-bellied Vietnamese breed – was spotted on CCTV on Tuesday evening after straying into town from the nearby Forest of Dean. After online speculation, the police confirmed the animal was not a wild boar Many locals thought the animal was in fact a wild boar, which have proved dangerous around the Forest of Dean in recent years, attacking children, dogs and cars. Local resident Ian Hatton wrote on Facebook: “That’s not a pig; that’s a boar. It may be wild but it’s worrying if they are coming into Gloucester.”Hannah Davenport added: “It’s a wild boar, they roam Gloucestershire woods, don’t go near it. They are bigger and more dangerous than pigs, they can disembowel you.”Gloucestershire Police quickly denied these rumours, however, writing on Twitter that the captured animal was “far too friendly to be a boar, definitely a pig”.The council later said that the animal “looks like” a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, an endangered domestic breed.“The pig is safe,” Gloucestershire Police said, “thank you to all who phoned in with sightings. Officers managed to put it on a lead until the council could pick it up.” Have you lost a #pig? One’s been roaming Westgate Street in Gloucester tonight. If it’s yours, please ring 101 and let us know! Inc. no. 25. pic.twitter.com/VTMbQVU8gL— Glos Police (@Glos_Police) July 12, 2017
By all accounts, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is selling like hotcakes on all the big US carriers. The devices are almost identical, except for the carrier logo on the back. Well, Verizon did include one more little surprise — the bootloader on its version of the phone was locked. At least it was until just the other day. Hackers have managed to get around the lockdown.The bootloader is the first part of the software to load upon boot up. It is used to verify the integrity of the software running on the device, so it needs to be replaced for easy ROM installation. Users have been hammering away on the Galaxy S III since it became available. The folks in XDA and RootzWiki managed to gain root access and flash some custom software despite the locked bootloader, but it was a messy process.This new hack comes by way of a leaked unsecure bootloader. The exploit has been named CASUAL for Verizon GS3. By running the exploit, the device will no longer check the signature of installed software, meaning you can install whatever software you want. This is a much safer way to get custom ROMs working.The installation process is mostly automated, which is a far cry from the command line tomfoolery that was required for previous hacks. However, it currently only works on Linux and OS X. As usual, doing this will void the warranty and future OTA updates might break the bootloader. The devs recommend refusing future stock software updates. But with a rooted and unlocked device, you can just move away from the stock software to a more streamlined ROM.More at XDA via Slashgear
It’s science fair time in Canada, but one elven-year-old’s ambitious little project won’t be landing him any blue ribbons. No, his computer programming project has instead landed him in hot water with law enforcement officials. The minor — whose name can’t be released — decided to create and distribute malware that masquerades as a gold harvesting hack for the popular MMORPG Runescape.Unsuspecting users fired up the app expecting to deposit piles of ill-gotten gold in their accounts, but that’s not what actually happened, of course. The username and password blanks never connected to the Runescape server. Instead, they forwarded the credentials to the malware’s pre-teen creator.While his creation might have shown a bit of malicious moxie, this Canadian cyber criminal child didn’t devote enough time to covering his tracks. Authorities were able to track him down with fairly minimal effort thanks to the fact that he’d included an easily traceable email address in the application’s code. Investigators quickly pinpointed his home town and were even able to link the boy to an iPhone that had been recently purchased by his parents. He won’t be using it too much after the court hands down his probation.It’s probably not fair to refer to this particular chap as a hacker, really, since it appears that the Runescape gold tool was little more than a hastily thrown-together .NET application that emailed data to an address that wasn’t even obfuscated. No, this is more clearly the work of an opportunist who either knew just enough to be dangerous or learned that something like this was possible on Google and figured he’d see how many greedy little Runescape fish took the bait.
Apple tipsters are unable to agree on whether or not the next iPad mini will sport the famed Retina display or not. Fortunately, we don’t have long to wait and see for ourselves — all secrets will be revealed at Apple’s “We still have lots to cover” event tomorrow at 1pm ET.There’s very little doubt that Apple will be unveiling two new iPads tomorrow. There’s an expectation that we’ll see a new iPad and iPad mini with a hardware bump and a design language that puts these two devices in line with the original iPad mini. One of the main features that Apple enthusiasts want from the 2013 iPad mini is a Retina display… while actual first gen iPad mini owners probably just want a faster processor after seeing what iOS 7 did to the performance of their current tablets. No one seems to know for sure, but now it seems the Wall Street Journal has decided to chime in with sources of their own.Considering that all of the leaks we’ve seen so far for the iPad mini show almost no increase in size, it’s hard to imagine that the new tablet will be sporting both an A7 processor, fingerprint sensor, and a Retina display for the current version’s $329 price tag. That said, WSJ sources claim the new iPad mini will in fact have a high resolution Retina display and an A7 processor. This source claims that the A7X will be put in the full-sized iPad, which will also dun new display tech. The new iPad will apparently be “using a thin film instead of the glass found in existing models” for touch capabilities.As expected, iPads won’t be the only thing at the event. We’re also on the lookout for the new OSX Mavericks, coupled with Haswell-powered MacBooks and the new Mac Pro. There are also rumors surrounding a new display, new Apple TV, and possibly even a new Mac Mini. That all adds up to a very full Apple event tomorrow, where we’ll see all of this new hardware alongside pricing and availability.Interesting, some rumors are even stating that the new iPad mini will miss out on the fingerprinter reader that made the iPhone 5S so notable. The reasoning behind this is that is the fingerprint reader is an important differentiate point between the top of the line model and the more affordable model, plus leaving it out would be useful to keeping costs down. Again, we’ll know all the details in about 25 hours.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An election seems to be looming after last Friday’s executive board meeting at the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV). Two petitions were passed, one signed by up to 260 members called for an extraordinary general meeting with an exclusive item seeking an early election.Accordingly, the President of the GOCMV, Bill Papastergiadis, told Neos Kosmos English Edition, (NKEE), “May 24 is the general meeting to proceed to elections, it is where I’ll put it to a vote, and, if the majority support the election, then we go for election.”Costa Dikeos, the Community’s Treasurer, when talking to NKEE said: “I think when it comes down to a members’ petition I would never vote against it, as it is the right of the members.” The Kinotiki Prootho (Community Progress) faction, which now has the support of Mr Dikeos, forced a spill a fortnight ago in which the Kinotiki Anaenosi (Community Renewal) grouping, led by Mr Bill Papastergiadis, lost key members from the executive, leaving Mr Papastergiadis as the President, but without his core support.
Une météorite livre de nouveaux secrets sur la naissance du système solaireUn groupe international de scientifiques vient d’identifier des grains microscopiques issus d’une étoile proche de notre système solaire qui aurait explosé il y a 4,5 milliards d’années. Les traces de cette supernova ont été trouvées sur la météorite d’Orgueil, un bolide qui a percuté le sol français en 1864. On sait depuis 40 ans qu’une supernova a probablement explosé il y a 4,5 milliards d’années. Elle serait en partie responsable de la naissance du Soleil. Cette théorie est attestée par des traces de l’existence passée d’aluminium 26 et de fer 60, deux isotopes radioactifs de courte durée de vie trouvés dans les chondrites (météorites pierreuses, ndlr) mais pas sur Terre.Dans ce contexte, les scientifiques pensaient que l’isotope 54 du chrome (54Cr), tout comme les autres éléments chimiques et leurs isotopes, était réparti de manière homogène dans le nuage de gaz et de poussières qui s’est effondré pour donner notre système solaire. Or, dans les années 1980, ils se sont aperçus que ce n’était pas le cas : les chondrites carbonées comportent un excès d’isotope 54 du chrome. Cet excès n’est pas observé sur Terre. Depuis cette découverte, les chercheurs tentent donc de comprendre comment cet excès de 54Cr a été incorporé dans certaines météorites et pas sur Terre. Les grains anormalement riches en 54Cr sont tellement petits qu’il était impossible de les identifier jusqu’à très récemment. Aujourd’hui, les avancées technologiques permettent d’étudier de telles nanoparticules. Cette étude a commencé en 2002 lorsque Nicolas Dauphas a séparé des grains extraits de la météorite d’Orgueil en fonction de leur taille, en vue de leur analyse isotopique par sonde ionique. Ce travail s’est terminé seulement l’an dernier. Il aura fallu 3 semaines de traque des grains riches en 54Cr avec une nanosonde ionique installée au California Institute of Technology pour arriver à trouver des nanoparticules présolaires très riches en 54Cr. Après avoir imagé et mesuré près de 1.500 grains isolés à partir de la météorite d’Orgueil, Laurent Remusat et Nicolas Dauphas ont découvert un grain extrêmement riche en 54Cr. Cette surabondance de la masse 54 du chrome atteste que ce grain existait avant la formation du système solaire. En effet, la fabrication de chrome 54 nécessite un processus nucléaire. Une telle synthèse n’a pu avoir lieu, en milieu naturel, qu’avant la formation du système solaire. Ces mêmes grains ont été étudiés en microscopie électronique à transmission à l’université de Lille par Mathieu Roskosz et Julien Stodolna. Les plus susceptibles de porter ces enrichissements en 54Cr ont un diamètre inférieur à 100 nm, soit 1.000 fois plus fins qu’un cheveu humain. Ils sont parmi les plus petits grains présolaires décrits. La découverte de ces grains présolaires suggère qu’une supernova a disséminé, de manière hétérogène, de fines particules riches en 54Cr dans le nuage de gaz et de poussières qui a donné naissance à notre système solaire. La dynamique du disque protosolaire a trié les grains en fonction de leur taille, conduisant à leur distribution non homogène dans les météorites et les planètes qui se sont formées autour du Soleil. Ces données ne permettent pas encore aujourd’hui de déterminer quel type de supernova a permis la formation de ces grains riches en chrome 54, mais l’étude d’autres isotopes comme le calcium 48 pourra permettre de répondre à cette dernière question.Le 14 septembre 2010 à 14:55 • Emmanuel Perrin
Mayor Faulconer to deliver the annual State of the City address Updated: 5:56 PM Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Kevin Faulconer FacebookTwitter I’m looking forward to seeing everyone this Tuesday at my annual State of the City address. If you haven’t RSVP’d, there’s still time: https://t.co/rtJ0jIm9Rd pic.twitter.com/bZVP3ho5eD— Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) January 12, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 15, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – With his fifth State of the City address, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer will outline plans to increase housing production, reduce homelessness, invest even more in neighborhood improvements and lay the foundation to make San Diego the greenest city in the country. KUSI Newsroom Tonight @Kevin_Faulconer will deliver the #StateoftheCity address. Possible topics: Convention Center expansion, the #Homeless crisis, and the Mission Valley stadium and @SDSU deal. How do you think the city is doing? What are your concerns? Tweet me! Details tonight @KUSINews pic.twitter.com/E55u90xXMI— Ashlie Rodriguez (@AshlieSanDiego) January 16, 2019 January 15, 2019