a month agoEx-Real Madrid GM Mijatovic: Zidane doesn’t know what to do

first_imgEx-Real Madrid GM Mijatovic: Zidane doesn’t know what to doby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid GM Pedja Mijatovic has questioned whether Zinedine Zidane is capable of leading the club out of it’s slump.Mijatovic was reacting to their 3-0 Champions League humbling at PSG.He said, “I did not expect such a game. I expected to see another game, I was very confident and I hope that Madrid will present itself in a better way in a competition in which it has made history. “PSG has been better in every way. It is a worry. The season looks like last year.”From minute one, Madrid was not involved in the game. When a team lets you play they all seem like phenomena to you. Madrid has to improve a lot. They have to worry and look for solutions. I don’t see Zidane finding solutions or helping the team to improve.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

US orders 15 Cuban diplomats to leave Canada stays the course on

first_imgWASHINGTON – Canada and the United States have responded in drastically different ways to bizarre attacks on diplomatic personnel in Havana, with the Americans pursuing a hardline approach that escalated Tuesday.The U.S. expelled 15 of Cuba’s diplomats from Washington, just days after removing more than half its personnel from Havana to protest the failure to protect Americans from unexplained sonic attacks that have caused dizziness, hearing loss and cognitive damage.Although several Canadian personnel were also affected this year, the federal government says the attacks have apparently stopped; there have been no incidents since the spring; the Cuban government has been co-operative in investigating the incidents; and there is no change in policy.A prominent anti-Castro hardliner says he doesn’t blame Canada for taking a different tack. While Sen. Marco Rubio urged the U.S. to respond forcefully, he said circumstances will differ from country to country.”Every nation will have to make their own determination, obviously,” Rubio told The Canadian Press.”But for us it was indisputable that we could not expose our diplomats and people serving abroad to physical attacks. If the host nation can not guarantee their safety, they can’t be there.”The U.S. announced Tuesday that it had given the Cuban government a list of 15 names of people who had to leave Washington within one week, the latest move in the fallout of the strange attacks and one which was criticized by the Cuban government..The move reverses several years of historic momentum toward closer relations between the old enemies, as the Cold War foes only recently re-established diplomatic relations and reopened embassies that had been shuttered for decades.But the U.S. was adamant Tuesday: diplomatic relations with Cuba will continue. It also stressed that the latest announcements do not mean it believes the Cuban government is behind the unexplained attacks.”This move does not signal a change of policy or determination of responsibility,” a U.S. State Department official said Tuesday.”We are maintaining diplomatic relations with Havana. The decision on expulsions was taken due to Cuba’s inability to protect our diplomats in Havana, as well as to ensure equity in the impact on our respective operations. …”We will need full assurances from the Cuban government that these attacks will not continue before we can even contemplate returning personnel.”The U.S. also disclosed that the attacks had produced a 22nd victim, one more than previously reported. That person was the victim of an attack in January. The incidents stopped for a time, but reportedly recurred as recently as late August.The Canadian government said there have been no known Canadian victims since the spring. Canada, which has historically had far warmer relations than the U.S. with Castro-led Cuba, announced last week that it is not following Washington’s lead in withdrawing diplomats.”We do not have any reason to believe Canadian tourists and other visitors could be affected,” said a statement last week from Ottawa.”Canada currently has no plans to change its travel advice and advisory for Cuba or remove its staff from Cuba.”The Associated Press reported that Cuban official called the American response “irresponsible,” and “hasty.”President Raul Castro’s government has denied involvement in the attacks.Before full diplomatic relations were restored in 2015, Cuba had about two-dozen accredited staffers at what was then called the Cuban interests section, according to a State Department list. The AP reports that the number at times climbed as high as more than 50, and the latest edition of the U.S. “Diplomatic List” identifies 26 accredited Cubans at the embassy, almost all accompanied by spouses.The removal of 15 will reduce the Cuban staffing to roughly a dozen accredited diplomats.In Havana, the U.S. had roughly 54 diplomats in its embassy until deciding Friday to pull more than half of them out and leave behind only “essential personnel.” The departing Americans are expected to have all left Cuba by week’s end, officials said.The Cuban diplomats being expelled will not be deemed “persona non grata,” officials said, a designation that would prevent them from ever returning to U.S. soil.To medical investigators’ dismay, symptoms have varied widely. In addition to hearing loss and concussions, some people have experienced nausea, headaches and ear-ringing. The AP has reported that some now suffer from problems with concentration and common word recall.___With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

Harassment policy governing public servants does not apply to the PMO

first_imgOTTAWA – The Prime Minister’s Office has called in an independent investigator to look into unspecified allegations against a senior staffer, but the workplace harassment policy that governs all federal public servants does not technically apply to PMO employees.“That said, we are absolutely informed by it,” Kate Purchase, communications director for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said Thursday.News of the policy vacuum comes after Claude-Eric Gagne, Trudeau’s deputy director of operations, confirmed he is on a leave of absence during an independent investigation regarding allegations that came to the attention of the PMO.In a statement late Wednesday, Gagne said he challenges the veracity of the allegations but is co-operating fully with the third-party investigator, who has given him the opportunity to explain his side.“I hope that the process will succeed as soon as possible.”Gagne said he would not comment any further to avoid undermining the process he has agreed to participate in.He has been on leave since Nov. 1, within a day of the PMO becoming aware of the allegations.Purchase also said she could not comment on the nature of the allegations.Calling in a third party to examine allegations of workplace harassment is one of the steps that can come into play under the policy governing those who work for the federal government — including ministerial staff.The accompanying guidelines spell out in great detail what happens next, including the need for an independent investigator to be provided with a written mandate, assess the credibility of witnesses and submit a final report.The policy also allows for the occasional need to hire an investigator from outside the public service, which is what Purchase said the PMO has done.At the moment, that Treasury Board policy does not officially apply to those who work in the PMO. But that is about to change.The Liberal government introduced legislation last month aimed at giving workers and their employers a clear course of action to better deal with allegations of bullying, harassment and sexual harassment.Purchase confirmed the legislation proposed in Bill C-65, which has yet to be debated in the House of Commons, would apply to PMO staffers too.Departmental officials have said it could take at least a year before all the rules come into effect.For now, Purchase said that in addition to modelling their response on the Treasury Board policy, the PMO tells all its employees the minute they are offered a job that they need to follow the open and accountable government document Trudeau issued when the Liberals took office in 2015.That document does not specifically mention workplace harassment, but does spell out the conduct expected of his ministers and their staff.“As public office holders, exempt staff members are expected to act with honesty and uphold the highest ethical standards so that public trust in integrity, objectivity and impartiality of the government is conserved and enhanced,” the 107-page document said.“Specifically, exempt staff members must . . . in the conduct of their personal affairs, including their use of social media, conduct themselves in a manner that does not bring the Minister’s office into disrepute,” it said.TVA, the French-language television network which first reported news of the investigation into Gagne, said the allegations involve inappropriate behaviour.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

Ski program for Indigenous youth expands throughout Western Canada

first_imgEDMONTON — A charity that runs cross-country ski programs for Indigenous youth is expanding across Western Canada.Spirit North, which was founded in 2009, started in four First Nation communities in northern Alberta to improve the health and well being of Indigenous youth through outdoor sport and play.“We gradually expanded our footprint out from there,” said Beckie Scott, an Olympic medallist who runs the charity. “In the last four years, we began working in the south of Alberta — in the Morley area as well as Tsuut’ina.”With the help of a federal government grant, they added three communities in B.C. in 2018. Another grant will allow the program to further expand in B.C. and into Saskatchewan and Manitoba in the coming year.Scott, who first made a name for herself in 2002 when she captured Olympic gold in Salt Lake City, initially joined the program as an ambassador after retiring from competition following a silver medal win at the 2006 Turin Olympics. She also became a leading international voice to root out doping in sports.Her contributions to sport led to her appointment as an officer of the Order of Canada last week.In an interview with The Canadian Press prior to the announcement, she said she spent some time searching for her next role.“I was really inspired and intrigued by the idea of sport for development — the concept that sport could be something other than high performance and Olympics,” said Scott. “I was very interested in … the idea that it could be used to make a difference for people, especially kids.”During her time as an ambassador with Spirit North, she said she saw its value and ended up taking over as the charity’s chief executive officer last year.The program, which fits with several of the calls to action for reconciliation, creates opportunities for Indigenous children to benefit from outdoor sport.“We bring a fleet of cross-country skis and boots and poles — all the equipment necessary — to the school and then operate the program all day long, trying to get every kid out on skis,” explained Scott. “It’s a really play-based approach so it’s fun, it’s supported, it’s learning and skills.”Scott said each community tailors the program to its needs, deciding how many times a week to run it and bringing in volunteers for support.“We talk a lot about healthy lifestyles, about mental health also — you know how physical activity and sport really make you feel better on the inside and help you deal with frustrations and stress you might be experiencing,” she said.They are operating in 33 communities across Alberta and B.C. and another six will get started in Saskatchewan and Manitoba early in the new year.During a panel discussion at the Banff Mountain Film Festival earlier this year, the principal of one of the schools involved said it has had a positive effect.“It’s so exciting to be a part of Spirit North,” said Jeff Horvath, who works at the Grade 5 to 12 school on Tsuut’ina Nation in Alberta. “The impact is really great. What we really want to do is ignite passion in our young people.“It’s nice to enjoy the children being children because so often our kids are put in situations that no children should be dealing with.”Scott said they get great feedback from all the schools where the program operates.“We see so many success stories and hear so much from teachers in terms of the way that they have observed students who come out of their shells or who aren’t performing academically or are struggling in the classroom, and they see them blossom when they are out in the schoolyard with their skis on,” she said.“We’ve had kids tell us ‘this program has made me want to come to school, it made me feel like I can be good at something, like I belong, like I’m included.’”— Follow @cderworiz on Twitter.Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

New CBS STAR TREK Television Series to Live Long and Prosper in

first_imgAdvertisement – Bell Media lands exclusive rights in Canada –– Each episode of the new STAR TREK to be available in Canada day and date with the U.S. –– Bell Media also licenses all 727 episodes of the STAR TREK television library –July 18, 2016 Advertisement Advertisement The rollout for the new STAR TREK series in Canada will mirror the launch in the U.S.  The first episode will premiere on Canada’s most watched broadcast network, CTV, on the same night as CBS. All remaining episodes will initially be televised on Bell Media’s cable networks, Space (in English) and Z (in French), and then later exclusively on CraveTV™, Bell Media’s streaming video-on-demand service.The STAR TREK television library will return to Space (in English) and debut on Cinépop (in French), and will also be found among CraveTV’s leading lineup of premium television series.The all-new STAR TREK will begin production in Toronto this September for its January 2017 premiere. The iconic and influential global franchise will return to television for the first time since 2005 with a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation.“We are extremely pleased to significantly expand our partnership with Bell,” said Armando Nuñez, President and CEO, CBS Studios International. “Canadian fans will now be able to ‘beam up’ CBS’s highly anticipated new series, as well as all past episodes of the show’s vast library. Bell Media’s premium linear and digital platforms will be a great home for our new series, as STAR TREK celebrates its 50th anniversary.”“Our acquisition of the new STAR TREK series delivers a unique and exclusive opportunity for Canadian advertisers to engage with this blockbuster new drama in a meaningful way,” said Mary Ann Turcke, President, Bell Media. “We are delighted to welcome STAR TREK back to Bell Media and amplify this iconic franchise through our multiple leading brands. With a high-profile premiere on CTV, a permanent base on Space – the long-time home of the series in Canada – and premium positioning on CraveTV – it’s ‘mission accomplished’ for Canadian STAR TREK fans.”In the U.S., the new STAR TREK will launch with a special premiere episode on the CBS Television Network in January 2017. The premiere episode and all subsequent episodes will then be available in the United States exclusively on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service.As previously announced, the new STAR TREK marks the first original series developed for U.S. distribution on CBS All Access, which provides American viewers thousands of episodes of CBS’s current and past seasons on demand, plus the ability to stream their local CBS Television station live for $5.99 per month.Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller are co-creators and executive producers for the new STAR TREK, based on Gene Roddenberry’s original series.  Fuller launched his career writing for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. Kurtzman is co-writer and producer of the blockbuster films Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness.The series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions, and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers.About CBS Studios InternationalCBS Studios International is the leading supplier of programming to the international television marketplace, licensing to more than 200 markets in more than 30 languages across multiple media platforms. The Studio participates in international channel ventures, currently comprised of 18 channels in 24 languages across more than 100 territories, reaching more than 70 million households worldwide. CBS Studios International also exports a diverse lineup of formats for local production around the world. The division distributes content from CBS Television Studios, CBS Television Distribution, Showtime, CBS News, CBS Films and a library of more than 70,000 hours of programming. CBS Studios International is a division of CBS Corporation.About Bell MediaWith passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s #1 television network; 34 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada’s most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 106 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home, one of Canada’s most dynamic and innovative out-of-home advertising companies with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with premium subscription on-demand streaming service CraveTV, as well as its innovative GO video streaming services including CTV GO, Discovery GO, TMN GO, and TSN GO; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; holds an equity stake in digital startup Hubub; is partners in Cirque du Soleil Media, a joint venture with Cirque du Soleil; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca. LOS ANGELES and TORONTO(July 18, 2016) – CBS Studios International and Bell Media today announced a licensing agreement for the new STAR TREK television series in Canada. With Bell Media’s acquisition of the exclusive linear television and subscription video on demand (SVOD) rights in English and French in Canada, each episode of the new STAR TREK series will be available simultaneously with its release in the U.S.Bell Media has also licensed all 727 existing episodes of the STAR TREK television library – which includes STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, STAR TREK: VOYAGER, and STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Bell Media confirms it is laying off local radio and TV employees

first_imgCALGARY – Bell Media is laying off employees, including prominent on-air personalities, at radio and TV stations across Canada.However, the company won’t say how many, who or where.Unifor, the union representing on-air and broadcasting technicians at 17 CTV stations, estimates 50 jobs are being eliminated at Bell Media’s TV network alone in the latest round.It says CFTO sportscasters Joe Tilley and Lance Brown, along with on-air personalities such as BNN host Michael Kane and Ottawa CTV 2 hosts Melissa Lamb are among those affected. Unifor initially included former CTV Morning Live host Lianne Laing on the list but she later clarified that she left voluntarily.The union said the cuts mean the end of local sports broadcasts as of Dec. 27 at CTV’s flagship station CFTO in Toronto, a move it claims has already been made at CTV stations in Edmonton, Calgary, and Montreal.In an email sent Monday, Bell Media spokesman Matthew Garrow confirmed a union report that a number of employees were told last week their jobs would end due to a reorganization designed in part to address declines in advertising revenue.“Like other Canadian broadcasters, we are confronting rapid change in the media marketplace including new broadcast technologies and viewing options and fast-growing international competition,” he said.“As the media marketplace evolves, local radio and TV stations are facing significant declines in advertising, their only source of revenue. We need to reorganize and reduce costs to manage the impact.”Garrow said Bell is cutting its local sports presence but will continue to have sports in its local newscasts.“With respect to sports, I can confirm that we are phasing out specific sportscasts and anchors wholly dedicated to sports as an editorial decision to transition sports coverage in response to evolving viewer behaviour,” he said.Last January, Bell cited similar factors as it confirmed it was cutting an unspecified number of jobs at 24 of its locations across Canada.Howard Law, director of Unifor’s media sector, said the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, the federal broadcasting regulator, must take partial blame for the cuts because it has been issuing five-year broadcast licence renewals without imposing strong conditions to ensure quality local news continues.“What the CRTC did not do, despite our urging, was to set regulations that enforced ‘quality’ over quantity, meaning that networks can continue to cut corners on staffing, actual news gathering, and allowing ‘talking heads’ current affairs shows to be called ‘news,’” he said in an email.Bell Media is a division of BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE), Canada’s largest telecommunications company. It owns 30 local television stations and 105 licensed radio stations.Many media companies across Canada have been cutting staff to deal with increasing competition in advertising markets.Early this year, Rogers Media moved to trim its workforce by four per cent or 200 jobs, in a bid to improve efficiency.Newspaper chain Postmedia laid off 90 employees in January as part of a plan to cut $80 million in costs by mid-2017.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Lianne Laing was among those affected by the layoffs. Laing later clarified that she left voluntarily.last_img read more

Lenders still hope for successful bids for grounded airline

first_imgNew Delhi: A day after Jet Airways suspended all its flights after running out of money, lenders to the carrier Thursday said they were “reasonably hopeful” that bidding process for the airline will end successfully. Lenders led by the State Bank of India had declined to extend more funds to Jet, forcing it to suspend all its flights. “The lenders after due deliberations decided that the best way forward for the survival of Jet Airways is to get the binding bids from potential investors who have expressed EOI (Expression of Interest) and have been issued bid documents on April 16,” a statement by lenders said. A consortium of 26 lenders led by the SBI, with 51 per cent stake in the debt-trapped airline, has invited bids from potential suitors. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Lenders are reasonably hopeful that the bid process is likely to be successful in determining the fair value of the enterprise in a transparent manner,” it said. Banks on Wednesday rejected an immediate Rs 400 crore demand of Jet Airways, compelling it to ground operations. Jet had been, over the last few months, on a decline as competition from budget airlines hurt its profitability and led to a debt pile. It reported losses for four straight quarters despite sales holding up. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAt its peak, Jet operated 123 planes and over 600 daily flights. It was flying just seven planes on Tuesday. Its chief executive officer Vinay Dube on Wednesday wrote an email to airlines’ passengers saying “with deep sadness and with a heavy heart that we would like to share with you that, effective immediately, Jet Airways will be suspending all its domestic and international operations”. “Tuesday night, we were informed by SBI, on behalf of the consortium of Indian lenders, that they are unable to consider our request for interim funding. Since no emergency funding from the lenders or any other source of funding was forthcoming, it would therefore not have been possible for us to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep the operations going,” he wrote. He said the airline had over the last several weeks and months tried “every means possible” to seek funding, both interim as well as long term funding, to keep our operations going. “Unfortunately, despite the very best of our efforts, we have been left with no other choice today”. “A decision like this is never easy to make, but without the interim funding, which we have been repeatedly requesting for, we are simply unable to conduct flight operations in a manner that delivers to the very reasonable expectations of our guests, employees, partners and service providers,” he wrote. “After 25 years of sharing the Joy of Flying with Indian and international guests, Jet Airways and its Board of Directors have been forced to take this extreme measure, as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and authorities to ensure the sustainability of the airline did not yield the desired results.” He, however, said the future provides new hope and opportunity as India is better off with a flying Jet Airways. “We will now await the bid finalization process by SBI and the consortium of Indian lenders and will continue to support the bid process initiated by the lenders,” he added.last_img read more

Split personalities AllAmerican catcher uses humor pranks to keep team loose

Sam Marder is Ohio State’s all-time home run, RBI and walks leader, but she might be Ohio State’s all-time goof ball as well.Her jabbing jokes, ribbon dancing routines and affable personality do not help her hit home runs, but it is apparent she doesn’t need help with that.“I think the great part about this team is that we have so much fun with each other,” Marder said. “They all came to my ribbon dancing routine and we are always playing jokes on each other. We are a fun and relaxed team.”Off the field, Marder encourages some friendly pranks.“Megan (Miller) and I were roommates one weekend on the road and that was not fair,” she said. “We filled a bucket of ice and played a joke on freshman (Megan) Coletta. When she opened the door she got showered with all this ice. Then we ran away.”Though this two-time captain and two-time All-American loves to entertain her teammates, she acknowledges that what you see is not always what you get. “I definitely have two personalities and I like to compare myself to Beyonce calling herself Sasha Fierce,” Marder said. “While off the field I am really light-hearted and joking around.  On the field I am very focused, intense and driven. That is the only way I can play.”Coach Linda Kalafatis acknowledges Marder’s split personality.“She is smart, passionate, creative, weird and goofy,” Kalafatis said. “But, there is an intensity and passion on the field that you don’t necessarily know of off the field.”When co-captain Courtney Pruner was asked to talk about Marder’s personality, she muttered, “Oh God.”Pruner spoke about Marder’s humble personality, but sometimes she can take it too far.“Anytime we get the chance to make fun of her we can,” she said.When it comes to softball, Marder likes to mesh different parts of her personality to guide the team to success, part of her job as captain.“I try to lead by example,” Marder said. “It is important to make sure our team is loose and relaxed, while at the same time, mentally prepared to play.”Marder is not one to stray away from who she is. People don’t have to be at a softball practice to catch a glimpse of the lovable goof ball.When the team plays on the Big Ten Network, she claims she is chosen to read the introductions because she is the most attractive on the team.In addition, Marder represented the softball team by performing rhythmic gymnastics, otherwise known as ribbon dancing, for Buckeyes Got Talent.“The nerve to get up there and be that silly is remarkable,” Kalafatis said.The song she chose was Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.”While the regional tournament approaches, the team will begin its ascent to its ultimate goal, Oklahoma City.The Buckeyes will host the Kentucky Wildcats Friday at 7:30 p.m. read more

Commentary Sir Charles sermon still rings true today

Charles Barkley is a prophet. But not for thinking the Bulls are going to beat the Heat, because that’s not going to happen. For the record, the Mavericks won’t be toppling Miami’s trio either. No, the “Round Mound of Rebound” 1993 Nike commercial makes him clairvoyant: “I am not a role model. I am not paid to be a role model. I am paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court. Parents should be role models. Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” It’s an immutable truth. But, unfortunately, it doesn’t reflect the real world. Growing up, my favorite athlete was Ken Griffey Jr. I loved everything about him. I gawked at his poetry-in-motion swing. I reveled in the fact that he was a true five-tool player in for most of his career. And, as a native of Cincinnati, I felt extreme pride that he grew up in the Queen City and spent eight-plus seasons playing for the Reds. Most of all, I admired Griffey for constantly having a smile on his face. He thoroughly enjoyed playing the game of baseball. But at no point did I consider Griffey a role model. Luckily for me, I had my mom, my dad and my grandpa to emulate. Many other kids aren’t so lucky. They grow up in fragmented families, often with one, or even no, parent or guardian to speak of. Those people, not professional athletes, should serve as life’s prototypes for kids. It’s a shame some children aren’t even given a choice. Both role models and athletes have character flaws, but the difference is, your parents’ mistakes won’t be broadcast on ESPN or dissected in discussion boards over the Internet. Instead, your parents can have their cake and eat it too. They can sit you down and chat about your mistakes and also their own errors in judgment. Michael Jordan, on the other hand, can’t walk through your front door, sit down on your couch and open up about his past gambling addiction or divorce. Furthermore, it’s hard to trust an athlete to set the right example. Marion Jones, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Tiger Woods and LeBron James: All of them are professional athletes who, at some time, have captivated the attention of sports fans and even non-sports aficionados with their skills and runs on the history books. Jones, Bonds, McGwire and Sosa cheated. Woods cheated on his wife many times over. James cheated the idea of tactfulness. The truth is clear: Barkley’s right — don’t try to “Be like Mike.” Unless, of course, that’s your father’s name. read more

Commentary Ohio State football traditions will never resign

Ohio State football may not be scandal-free, but this column is. I am going to take a different approach with this football column: After this sentence, I promise not to use the words “scandal,” “suspension” or “violation.” It is clear that these terms have come to define the OSU football program lately, and they will surely continue to swirl once new reports and rulings are made in the coming weeks and months. But they will not define the program forever. On Sept. 3, 2011, a team of “silver bullets” will storm onto the pure, green turf of Ohio Stadium, and will be met by the roar of more than 100,000 Buckeye faithful. I cannot tell you confidently which players will be a part of that rush, but I can tell you six who will not. Regardless, Luke Fickell will lead an OSU football team against the Akron Zips on Sept. 3. At that point, at least for a few hours, those words that I have refused to write will be replaced by phrases like “field goal,” “first down” and “touchdown.” Fans will have the opportunity to complain about quarterback Joe Bauserman and how much they think Braxton Miller should be the starter. We can moan about punting on fourth and short, and jump up and down with excitement when running back Jordan Hall breaks free for a big gain. Along with the football action on the field, the Best Damn Band in the Land will perform “Script Ohio,” along with a surely entertaining halftime show. After what will most likely be a victory for the Buckeyes, students and fans will put their arms around one another and sing the words of “Carmen Ohio.” Fickell and the players will join in the sing-along. Even more so than when Woody Hayes was fired, the current circumstances of OSU’s football program have tarnished its reputation. It is no doubt a big, black eye, and it is likely to get worse before it gets better. But bruises do heal ­— it may take several years, but Buckeye football will recover. Jim Tressel and Hayes were not bigger than the program, and both were held accountable for their actions. No matter what else becomes of the uncertainty surrounding the Buckeyes, “Script Ohio,” “Hang on Sloopy” and the other meaningful rituals that occur Saturdays in the Horseshoe will live on. I think I speak for most of Buckeye Nation when I say these times cannot come soon enough. At the end of the day, these traditions will never be forced to resign. read more

Barcelona puts price on striker wanted by West Ham

first_imgThe English side would have to pay up to 3 million Pounds if they want Paco Alcácer to join them this season; would only be a loanPublished by the Daily Star in the United Kingdom, there have been reports that Spanish powerhouse Barcelona have put a price on striker Paco Alcácer if he wants to join the Premier League.The forward could end up costing up to 3 million Pounds to English club West Ham United, but will only join the competition on a loan.The 25-years-old has been a surplus in Barcelona, playing only 37 times in La Liga in over two years at Barca.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.His goal scoring abilities are not playing in his favor either.In 37 occasions on the field, the player has only scored ten times during the Spanish competition, with four more goals coming from the Spanish Cup and only once in the Champions League.But it seems the ex-Valencia and ex-Getafe athlete will only exit Barcelona if West Ham pays 3 million Pounds for his loan, something the English club might not be too keen on doing.last_img read more

I am giving my all Radja Nainggolan

first_imgThe Internazionale Milan footballer is happy after his team beat Fiorentina last night and talks about what he wants in the futureInternazionale Milan beat Fiorentina 2-1 yesterday in Matchday 6 of the Italian Lega Serie A season.And Radja Nainggolan couldn’t be any happier, after spending his first few months under the Inter shirt.“I am giving my all during this new adventure. Obviously, I still have to improve considering I missed out on preparations and I will show that little bit extra to reach the top,” he told the club’s official website.“However, I am not worried. I felt at ease here at Inter straight away. I was welcomed into the club with open arms. I am happy to be here and I hope it’s a successful period. Our main aim this year is to improve on last season.”“We didn’t start in the best manner, but our last two wins have put us back on track. We hope to now continue like this. The road is long, but we’ve won two important games and we must keep moving forward in the same fashion,” he added.“There are plenty of expectations on us but we’ve demonstrated that we can win tough matches. We are a strong side.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I want to win trophies, that is obvious. I’ve always given my all out on the pitch but it’s now the right time to win something. However, we’ll keep our heads down. It’s better to say nothing and then see where we are at the end of the season,” he concluded.Altra vittoria a San Siro! 👏Riviviamo tutto insieme con la nostra fotogallery 📸👉 https://t.co/TqrQ3GELEw #FCIM pic.twitter.com/nJRH4XWpYd— Inter (@Inter) September 25, 2018last_img read more

Scotia Bank Plans to Close 120 Branches Worldwide

first_img New small business support organization established Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:branch close, cecil arnold, Scotia bank ‘Positives’ for HIV/Aids down in Turks and Caicos; Testing today Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 5 Nov 2014 – ScotiaBank is planning to close 120 banks around the world and cut back on as many as 15,000 staff. The announcement caused quite a raucous in the financial world yesterday, especially as talk was that the Caribbean branches of Scotiabank are not performing as well as they used to do. We picked up on an exchange on the Business News Network via the Globe and Mail; where it was said three major loans in the Caribbean had to be written down; the region called troublesome for ScotiaBank and RBC. We contacted Managing Director of ScotiaBank Turks and Caicos Ltd, Cecil Arnold who expeditiously responded with: There are no known impacts to Scotiabank TCI staff or its current operations, no impact on borrowing or our current employees. These decisions are being made to improve the bank’s overall efficiencies in Canada and its international banking operations. We will remain the most international of the Canadian banks, fully committed to our employees and customers.” Mr Arnold pointed out that ScotiaBank has two million Caribbean customers and 19 banks in the region. ‘Know Your Status’ as ScotiaBank supports Regional HIV Testing daylast_img read more

Holland England must change to win major tournaments

first_imgEngland assistant manager Steve Holland believes that they must be brave and attempts changes or else they will continue to come short in major tournamentsThe Three Lions’ sole major honour in football comes from the 1966 World Cup where they won at home led by the legendary Sir Bobby Charlton.Since then, the closest England have ever come to glory in a major international competition comes from two more semi-final appearances in the World Cup and another in Euro 1996.Holland, who was a part of Gareth Southgate’s coaching staff at the 2018 World Cup, believes the national side have made progress following their last four appearance at Russia.But the former Chelsea assistant coach admits England need to take a bold approach if they are to succeed on the big stage.“When you reflect on the World Cup as a whole, we definitely made progress but we weren’t perfect,” said Holland, according to the Telegraph.“Gareth’s mantra from the start, particularly given his own personal experience, is that he’s not afraid of trying things.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I don’t mean to be critical of any England team or any England manager in recent history, but the fact of the matter is, I’m 48 and I’ve never seen England in a final.“I’ve only seen England in two semi-finals up until this summer so although we are a proud footballing nation, the reality is we have not been very good on the big stage.“If we were to continue along the same lines as history then maybe we’d get the same outcome. So there was a need to look at things differently and not be afraid to try.“That’s really come from Gareth which is not as easy to do as it is to say. The challenge was not just to do OK and keep the pressure off, the challenge is to win and although the summer was good we didn’t want. And we felt we might be able to adjust it to increase the chances of winning.”England will be competing in the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League this summer with the Netherlands awaiting them on June 6 in Guimarães, Portugal.The other semi-finalists for the competition are hosts Portugal and Switzerland.last_img read more

Audi launching 30 electrified vehicles by 2025

first_img More From Roadshow Following the launch of the E-Tron SUV this spring, Audi will bring the E-Tron Sportback — likely called E-Tron Performance — to market. It packs all the goodies of the standard E-Tron in a sort of crossover-coupe shape. In other words, it’s an E-Tron SUV with a more heavily raked roofline and slightly wider proportions.In 2020, Audi will launch the Q4 E-Tron, which rides on the Volkswagen Group’s MLB Evo electric vehicle architecture. As we reported earlier, the production Q4 E-Tron will look remarkably similar to the concept car, the production Q4 E-Tron will look remarkably similar to the concept car from this year’s Geneva Motor Show, right down to the funky, customizable LED running lights.The E-Tron GT will also arrive in 2020, and will share a number of its components with the upcoming Porsche Taycan, including a new, 800-volt charging system. Much like the Q4 E-Tron, the production GT will bear a striking resemblance to the concept from last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, though it, too, will gain real door handles and a bit more texturing around the front fascia.Early next decade, a number of electrified Audis will launch on the company’s new PPE architecture, co-developed with Porsche. It’s unclear exactly what Audi has in store for this PPE platform, but Porsche has already confirmed the next-generation Macan SUV will use this electrified base. 51 Photos 26 Photos Audi’s new E-Tron electric SUV will hit the road in the US in the coming months. It’s a big step forward for the German automaker’s electrification plans, but as it turns out, it’s only the tip of the iceberg.At an event at Audi’s headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany, on Wednesday, company executives confirmed the brand will launch 30 electrified vehicles by the year 2025. The key word here is electrified — as in, not necessarily fully electric. Cars like the recently announced A6, A7, A8 and Q5 plug-in hybrids count toward this 30-vehicle goal. 2018 Audi Q7: Rockin’ the suburbs 0 2018 Audi S4: The sweet spot sport sedan Audi E-Tron GT concept on the streets of Los Angeles Electric Cars Luxury cars Audi Share your voice Post a comment Tags 2019 Audi E-Tron basking in the desert sun 2019 Audi Q8 review: Stop worrying and love the roof Audilast_img read more

Last session of 10th parliament prorogued

first_imgThe last session of the 10th Parliament was prorogued on Monday after only eight sittings.The 23rd session passed 19 bills, including the Narcotics Control Bill, 2018 and Sarkari Chakori Ain 2018.Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury read out the prorogation order of the president around 10:05pm.Before reading out the prorogation order, Shirin thanked all the MPs, including the opposition ones, for providing all-out cooperation in running the session and reaching a consensus in a unique way to uphold the parliamentary democratic practice in the house.She said parliament got lively with the active participation of the MPs of both the treasury and opposition benches.The speaker praised the opposition MPs for their constructive role in the session by joining different businesses of the house.Parliament during its current tenure sat 23 times that witnessed 410 business days. Some 198 bills were placed and 193 of them were passed.The opposition did not boycott parliament, but they staged walkout for three times, while the opposition leader was present in the house for 242 days.Leader of the house and prime minister Sheikh Hasina was present in the 10th parliament for 338 days.last_img read more

DCs Central Library Closes for Modernization

first_imgIn preparation for a major modernization effort, D.C. Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan announced on Feb. 3, that the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will close on March 4. In addition to providing a final rendering and floor plan of the proposed changes, Reyes-Gayilan, offered an update on management of services for the city’s central library location.Once reopened, the new MLK Library will offer magnificent views of the downtown D.C., as well as new technology hubs, theaters and shops. (Courtesy photo)Construction on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will start in the summer of 2017 and continue until 2020. When the $208 million transformation is complete, the library will become the center of activity for the already vibrant downtown area. The building will feature a new, transparent entryway and sculptured stairs. Public art will be solicited for the reading room, the vestibule, and the plaza in front of the building. The art installations in the vestibule and the plaza will honor Dr. King.The closure, said Gayilan, should be relatively smooth, with historical documents and other resources parceled out to other library locations and sites across the city. “We will be looking to make access to those [Washingtonian] collections used most frequently, and while we don’t have a written [memorandum of understanding] in place, we are excited about the possibility of having the Historical Society [of Washington] serve as a temporary location for some of our staff,” Gayilan told the Washington Post.Neighborhood libraries, currently closed on Thursday mornings, will open at 9:30 a.m. A retail location, “Library Express” opens at 1990 K St. NW to house the Adult Literacy Resource Center and Center for Accessibility as well as provide a small browsing collection of books and public access to computers. The labs, which include the Fabrication, Memory, and Studio labs, will be modified and relocated.The Memory Lab will be housed at the Northeast Library, 330 7th St. NE. Fifty laptops will be dispersed to neighborhood libraries to accommodate increased traffic.Jacintha Gray, a graduate student examining the orphanages in the District between the turn of the century and 1920, said she is excited about the changes, and remains hopeful that she can continue her research at one of the other locations. “The overhaul is necessary and is obvious to anyone who utilizes the library for concentrated research. From the elevators to the bathrooms, the whole facility turns into trying to navigate homeless people, and trying to get comfortable in less-than-inviting surroundings,” Gray told the AFRO. “This move by the library executives and the community at large, shows their commitment to making the facility conducive to real learning.”More than 70 community meetings and 13 focus groups were held across the city, hundreds of surveys submitted, and more than 4,000 people were reached in person or online. The project has been approved by the National Capital Planning Commission, the Historic Preservation Review Board, and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.As a final endeavor, on March 3, the library will screen the documentary “A Legacy of Mies and King.” This film follows architect Francine Houben, creative director of Mecanoo Architecten, as she delves into the archives, meets contemporaries of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who designed the library, and King, speaks to current library visitors and participates in the District¹s Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, to better envision the new building.last_img read more

Crooning of love

first_imgHe took the country by storm with his soothing voice when he sang Mitwa in Kabhi Alvida na Kehna. By then he was already a favourite of music  lovers with songs like Mora Saiyyan mohse bole na and Aankhon ke saagar which he performed in the Pakistani band Fuzon.  The man with the golden voice, Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan talks to Naila Manal about his newly released album Muhdikhai…Tell me about your musical journey.I was born in a musical family so music wasn’t something new to me.  We had seven generations of musicians. I was a part of the Pakistani band Fuzon (as the lead singer). I bumped into the band members when I was in Karachi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’When we came up with the album Saagar, which had the song Aankhon ke Saagar, two of my songs were used by Nagesh Kukunoor in his film. Shankar (Mahadevan) called me and signed me. There has been no looking back since.But as far as my overall journey is concerned it has been great so far.  I am coming up with an album Muhdikhai…Unveiling the songs of eternal love. This is my fourth album and my third solo album. My journey has been productive so far. I have learnt a lot, experienced a lot and in the midst of it all distributed and shared a lot too. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYou came up with your new album Muhdikhai… Unveiling the songs of eternal love recently. Tell me more about it.For quite some time my fans have been demanding an album. Personally, I also wanted to go back to the studios and work. But films and other engagements, especially travelling gave me no time. Baith ke kaam karne ka waqt nahi tha (I didn’t have time to sit and work for the album), but one day I decided. It somehow came by and I started enjoying returning to the studio and recording. I really enjoyed it all, mazaa aya. My album hits stores on March 20. How is coming out with an album different from say, singing a song in a film, or performing in a band?It’s about the joy of creation, the difference between contributing to someone else’s work and creating something all by yourself. Film music is a collective effort and you are a part of someone else’s vision. Here, I was taking care of everything from the music to production and I had to oversee every intricacy. From a raw idea to a final productive, it is all mine, however it is. How is it for you to perform in India?India is like a second home to me. I get so much love here. In fact I have been lucky to get love everywhere lekin yahan aur jagaah ke muqaable zyada pyaar milta hai (I get more love here than anywhere else). Which is your favorite song among all those you have sung?You should pose this question to someone else. All I can say is I perform all my songs with all honesty.Ok, so which is your all time favourite song?That would be Tere Bina Zindagi se koi shakwa nahi.Who is your inspiration?My father, I have always wanted to be like him, sing like him, look like him.  He is my inspiration. It is a compliment for me if someone says that I sound like him.last_img read more

30yearold youth assaults minor at Basanti

first_imgKolkata: An eight-year-old minor girl from Basanti in South 24-Parganas was allegedly assaulted by a 30-year-old youth from her locality.The family members of the victim alleged that the accused, identified as Sahidul Seikh, tried to kill the girl after torturing her. The victim had several injurymarks on her body.They also alleged that the accused lured the victim with false promises and took her to an abandoned place on Monday afternoon. The minor girl did not hesitate to accompany him as he was an acquaintance. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe accused assaulted the victim, who fell ill after the incident. She was threatened with dire consequences if she revealed anything about the incident.The accused beat up the girl when she threatened to reveal about the incident to her parents. As the victim fell unconscious, the accused youth dumped her there and returned home.After a brief moment, the girl gained consciousness and locals heard her screams. They rushed the victim to Basanti block health centre and later, to Canning Sub-divisional hospital as her condition deteriorated. Meanwhile, her family members reached hospital. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThey later lodged a complaint at the local police station on the basis of which police have started a probe. Medical tests also confirmed that the girl was tortured.Police are yet to record her statement. Her health condition is stated to be serious. The family members demanded stern action against the accused youth. Police have started a probe into the incident following the complaint. Raids are being conducted at various places of the district to nabthe culprit.last_img read more

Jazz up your winter wardrobe

first_imgWinter leaves fashionistas with restricted options of experimenting with colours, designs and cuts but one can try out some smart ways like layering and opting for classic pieces to make winter wear stylish.As the Seventies make a comeback at the International Fashion front this season (Chloe, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang), the leather dress with its sculptural shape and a rock-chic look, has become a must have in our Fall/Winter 2016-2017 wardrobe. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Layering of garments is the most creative and yet the safest way to look classy and stylish during winters. All you need is a strong sense of personal style and a tad bit of creative genes within you, and you can have a lot of fun mixing and matching pieces from your wardrobe, even those which have been rendered so very last season! While planning the winter wardrobe one cannot ignore the trends of the season and what’s trending this season are the patches, badges and embroideries. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive For those who are not so experimental and more adhering to the classic looks, we recommend few classic pieces to them, to form looks which are tried and tested as well as instantly chic. Styles such as a knee length wool coat – one of the most classic winter fashions, a knit cardigan – ideal for layering under heavy wool coats in the winter. When it comes to winter fashion, neck accessories play a very essential role. They can add that extra zing to the ordinary winter ensembles for the day. With sportswear trending in the business of fashion, bomber jackets are no more associated with so much of masculinity and mundane look. In fact it has transcended in daring and feminine range of colours and designs for those who care to explore beyond the classic black look. When all is settled, we can come down to basics – the bottom wear. Choose from the stylish lycrated leggings with zipper details, enzyme washed and beautifully crafted denims and formal trousers. When worn over leg warmers you can still enjoy our embellished and embroidered denim shorts and keep those biker boots handy to complete the look.last_img read more