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  • Lillard’s 26, Napier’s hot hands lift Blazers past Magic

    first_imgPortland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard drives to the basket on Orlando Magic forward Evan Fournier during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. The Blazers won 99-94. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — Shabazz Napier is clearly comfortable in his role this season.“I think you just go out there and play with a free mind, and just enjoy it,” said Portland’s reserve guard, who had a season-high 19 points in the Trail Blazers’ 99-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort McCollum’s 3-pointer extended the Blazers’ lead to 87-83 with 4:30 to go. After Napier’s 3-pointer, McCollum added another, and the Blazers led 95-86 with 1:43 left. Orlando couldn’t catch up.The Magic were playing the last of a four-game road trip. Orlando went into the game with two straight losses, including 110-100 at Golden State on Monday.The Blazers were coming off a confidence-boosting 99-82 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday that snapped a two-game skid. Portland’s offense had been stagnant, especially in close games.Blazers coach Terry Stotts tweaked the starting lineup, inserting rookie Caleb Swanigan, who made his second straight start. But after playing just five minutes in the first half, Pat Connaughton started the second and the Blazers found success with three guards.Napier took on the role in the fourth quarter as the Blazers went small.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES LeBron scores 31 points as Cavaliers top Hornets Read Next Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 26 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, but it was Napier who was the difference as Portland went to a three-guard lineup. Napier was 5 for 5 from 3-point range.“He killed us. Five for five from the 3, played a terrific basketball game,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said about Napier. “They went smaller than we were. They went small, but we went even smaller.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCJ McCollum added 24 points and Portland finished 4-2 on its six-game homestand.Evan Fournier had 22 points for the Magic, who lost their third straight. Nikola Vucevic had 11 points and 10 rebounds.The Magic trailed by 11 points during the third quarter, but Fournier’s 3-pointer put the Magic up 81-80 with 6:52 left in the game. Portland reclaimed the lead on consecutive baskets from Jusuf Nurkic and Maurice Harkless. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Napier, a first-round pick out of UConn in 2014 who has played for three different teams, averaged 4.1 points and 9.7 minutes last season. In the past four games for the Blazers, he’s averaging 12.5 points and more than 20 minutes a game.Orlando was without J.J. Augustin (left hamstring) for the seventh straight game and Jonathan Isaac (right ankle) for the second game.The Magic stretched its lead to 38-26 early in the second quarter on Jonathan Simmons’ layup. But the Blazers found their shot and ended the half on a 17-0 run, capped by McCollum’s driving layup, to lead 51-47 at the break. McCollum led all scorers at halftime with 16 points.The two teams both scored 24 points in the third quarter, and Portland led 75-51 going into the final period. Shelvin Mack made consecutive baskets to pull the Magic within 79-78.TIP INS:Magic: Fournier has scored in double figures a team-high 14 times this season. … Simmons went into the game ranked fourth in the NBA for scorers off the bench, averaging 15.1 points. He finished with 16 against the Blazers. … Vucevic’s double-double was his fifth this season.Trail Blazers: Lillard passed Mychal Thompson (9,215 points) for eighth on the team’s all-time scoring list. … Al-Farouq Aminu missed his sixth game with a right ankle injury.MORE SHABAZZ: Napier is just the third Blazer to make five 3-pointers off the bench when making all of his attempts. He’s the only reserve to do it in the league this season.UP NEXTMagic: Returns home to host Utah on Saturday night.Blazers: Visits Sacramento on Friday night.last_img read more

  • WC: Maharashtra MLAs to work overtime to watch Ind-Pak clash

    first_imgA little cricket fan paints his face to give a message for the peace between India and Pakistan ahead of India-Pakistan World Cup semi-final clash.Maharashtra MLAs are making frenzied efforts to ensure they get to witness the World Cup semi-final clash between India and Pakistan scheduled on Wednesday at Mohali.They are ready to work overtime to earn them a half-day on Wednesday. While the opposition seems keen on it, the treasury benches are more than willing to oblige.Sensing the enthusiasm, the parliamentary affairs minister has convened a meeting to take a decision.last_img

  • NBA: Cleveland removes giant ‘LeBron James’ banner

    first_imgAdvertisementCleveland is breaking up with LeBron James in a very visible way. A 10-stories-tall banner of James, his arms outstretched Christ-like before roaring stadium fans, that covers Sherwin-Williams headquarters is already being torn down.he 10-story billboard, which shows James wearing his No. 23 jersey with his arms spread wide has become a city landmark. It was also removed in 2010 when he decided to join the Miami Heat. On Sunday, James agreed to sign a four-year, $153 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.A spokesman for Sherwin-Williams, which owns the building where the banner hangs, said Nike is taking the banner down later this week. Sherwin-Williams is evaluating what to do with the wall on its global headquarters.After learning the billboard was coming down, many people headed over to take photos in front of it.Meanwhile, Lakers fans eager to get their hands on a LeBron James jersey will have to wait until sometime after noon on Friday, when the four-time MVP will be permitted to officially sign his new seal.Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Galatasaray holds on for thrilling first victory

    first_imgGalatasaray Odeabank held its nerve to seal its first win of the season with a thrilling 89-87 victory over Olympiacos Piraeus on Friday at Abdi Ipekci Arena. Several players delivered outstanding offensive performances for the home team, with Sinan Guler acting as the catalyst by dishing a career-high 12 assists. Justin Dentmon stood out with 22 points, Jon Diebler contributed 17 on 5-of-5 three-point shooting, Austin Daye added 16 and Alex Tyus posted 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks, the last of which helped seal the win in the final seconds. Vangelis Mantzaris paced the Reds with 5-of-8 three-point shooting for 19 points, Georgios Printezis posted 17 points, Khem Birch tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds, Matt Lojeski added 15 points and Vassilis Spanoulis had 14 points and 8 assists. Galatasray made up for a 27-44 rebounding disadvantage by making 13 of 22 threes (59.1%).Olympiacos flew out of the blocks, with inside dominance from Birch helping to establish a 6-20 lead just past the first quarter’s midway point. But Dentmon then hit back with 8 quick points as Galatasaray responded emphatically with an astonishing 19-0 run, in which it held Olympiacos scoreless for more than six minutes. Triples from Diebler and Daye soon gave the home team a double-digit lead, but Olympiacos fought back to make it 38-34 at half-time. The second half was a tale of three-pointers, with Galatasaray repeatedly stretching its lead only for Olympiacos to always come back and keep the game in the balance. A long-range strike from Spanoulis made it a 1-point game in the final minute, but Tyus blocked Printezis’s attempted game-winner and Galatasaray held on.Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Kundali Bhagya actress Anjum Fakih sizzles in yellow bikini on the beaches of Krabi. See hot pics

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  • Ashes 2019: Ben Stokes bails England out of trouble with 7th Test hundred

    first_imgadvertisement commentary Ashes 2019: Ben Stokes bails England out of trouble with 7th Test hundredEngland resumed Sunday on 96-4 in its second innings and added 162 runs before declaring midway through the second session. graphs view more view lesscenter_img India Today Web Desk LondonAugust 18, 2019UPDATED: August 18, 2019 20:29 IST Ben Stokes got himself on the honours board at Lord’s on Sunday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBen Stokes remained not out on 115 as England declared at 258 for 5 in their 2nd inningsAustralia need 267 runs to win the 2nd Test from 48 overs on the final dayEngland were bowled out for 258 in their 1st innings before they skittled Australia out for 250Ben Stokes brought up his seventh Test century before England declared on 258-5, setting Australia an improbable victory target of 267 in the second Ashes Test with 48 overs to play on Day 5.Stokes scored 115 not out, hitting three sixes and 11 fours, as the hosts added 162 runs to their overnight score to give themselves a chance of securing an unlikely victory in the rain-affected match which would level the series at 1-1.After resuming on 96-4 following another rain delay, Stokes and Buttler dug in to take England to 157-4 at lunch.Buttler fell for 31 to Pat Cummins after the interval, but Stokes went on the attack and brought up his seventh Test century, adding 97 with Jonny Bairstow who finished on 30 not out.The hosts have 48 overs to bowl out Australia, who are bidding to win the Ashes in England for the first time since 2001.The Aussies meanwhile, will be without the services of Steve Smith in their 267 chase after the former captain was ruled out of the rest of the match due to “delayed concussion”.Smith was ruled out of the remainder of the second Test due to a “delayed concussion” after the blow that he suffered on the back of his neck while batting on Day 4 of the ongoing match against England at Lord’s.Marnus Labuschagne has been confirmed as Smith’s concussion replacement. This is the first time a concussion replacement will be used by a team in Test cricket after this new rule was approved in July this year by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Smith also became the first player ever to be ruled out of a Test match due to a delayed concussion.advertisementOn Saturday, a nasty bouncer from Jofra Archer, bowled at close to 90mph, hit Smith on the back of his neck just below the helmet, causing him to fall flat on the pitch. He was taken off the field after the Australian team doctor Richard Shaw examined his condition on the field.Also Read | England vs Australia Ashes 2019 Live Score 2nd Test Day 5Also Read | Steve Smith first player ever to be ruled out of a Test due to delayed concussionAlso Read | People who booed Steve Smith at Lord’s not cricket fans: Mitchell JohnsonFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ben StokesFollow England VS Australia scorecard No data available!last_img read more

  • PM says Jamaica Remains in Good Shape

    first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says Jamaica remains in good shape, based on notable economic out-turns and indicators that continue to emerge.“News about our performance is not superficial; profound changes are taking place in our economy,” the Prime Minister said.He was delivering the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) 14th Regional Investments and Capital Markets Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (January 22).Mr. Holness said among the notable indicators and out-turns are record high employment and low unemployment; robust net international reserves; a flexible foreign exchange rate; low inflation; ongoing debt reduction, forecast to fall below 100 per cent by the end of the 2018/19 fiscal year; and a stock market recognised as top-performing globally in 2018.“There is no question about the economic performance of the country. It is our collective sacrifice that has achieved this. So, it is very good that we are being recognised for taking the right economic decisions that are yielding the right economic results,” the Prime Minister stated.Meanwhile, Managing Director and Head of Emerging Markets, Fixed Income and Wealth Management at American investment bank, Jefferies Group LLC, Gregory Fisher, lauded the Administration for the steps taken that are expected to reduce Jamaica’s debt to GDP to under 100 per cent by March.Mr. Fisher said the out-turns suggest that Jamaica is on a solid upward trajectory, for which the Administration should be commended.“When lessons have been learnt, good things usually follow. I think that with all of the austerity that this country has gone through… those lessons have been learnt,” he added.The JSE conference, which ends today (January 24), is being held under the theme, ‘Expanding Our Borders: Securing our Future’. “News about our performance is not superficial; profound changes are taking place in our economy,” the Prime Minister said. He was delivering the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) 14th Regional Investments and Capital Markets Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (January 22). Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says Jamaica remains in good shape, based on notable economic out-turns and indicators that continue to emerge.last_img read more

  • Additional Funds to Boost Agriculture and Rural Water Supply

    first_img The Government has boosted allocations for activities in agriculture and to improve the provision of water to rural communities during 2019/20. In the area of agriculture, Dr. Clarke said $1.1 billion has been allocated to support development, expansion and rehabilitation of irrigation infrastructure. Story Highlights This was disclosed by Finance and Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, as he opened the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Thursday (March 7). The Government has boosted allocations for activities in agriculture and to improve the provision of water to rural communities during 2019/20.This was disclosed by Finance and Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, as he opened the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Thursday (March 7).In the area of agriculture, Dr. Clarke said $1.1 billion has been allocated to support development, expansion and rehabilitation of irrigation infrastructure.These, he informed, are geared towards making more irrigable lands available for agricultural purposes and reducing farmers’ reliance on rainwater.The Minister said another $752 million is earmarked to continue rehabilitation and development of major rural farm roads; while $326 million will be spent to continue development of the Spring Gardens Agro Park.The latter engagement will entail improvement of on-farm roads; rehabilitation of the existing packing house; and installation of pumping equipment, as well as river training structures to reduce flooding and soil erosion.Meanwhile, Dr. Clarke advised that $795 million will be allocated to facilitate works by Rural Water Supply Limited, to upgrade systems in several parishes.This engagement will involve the rehabilitation of catchment tanks; and installation of guttering, storage and solar pumps in schools and public institutions.“This allocation represents an approximate eightfold increase from the $100 million allocated in 2018/19, reflecting the priority this Government places on rural water,” Dr. Clarke said.last_img read more

  • Tertiary Students Facing Challenges with Fees Can Get Help

    first_img Chief Education Officer, Dr. Grace McLean, is encouraging tertiary students who are facing challenges with education fees, to enter into dialogue with administrators at their institutions, so that support can be provided.Dr. McLean, who was responding to questions at an education forum on November 8 at The Mico University College in St. Andrew, said over the past five years, the Ministry has provided “substantial” support for those students.She pointed out that last year, Heads of universities and teachers’ colleges agreed to an arrangement where once the Ministry is notified of an issue, it gives a “commitment” and the students are not negatively affected at the institutions.However, Dr. McLean is encouraging students to move away from a culture of not wanting to take a student loan, or to work out payment plans with the learning institutions.“Presidents of all our universities and teachers’ colleges have bent backwards to accommodate our students by providing lists of those who need support, but most of the recently affected students, who have been publicly identified, did not utilise the system in place,” she noted.The Mico Education Conversation Series focuses on the vision for education, creative and innovative ideas for education transformation, and engagement of stakeholders in effective implementation of strategic national education initiatives.Launched in 2017, the forum is part of the University’s national dialogue on the importance of education, to drive the achievement of Jamaica Vision 2030, and move the country towards sustainable growth and development.Among the presenters was Executive Director of the Economic Growth Council, Senator Aubyn Hill, who spoke on the theme ‘Productive human capacity: Key determinant of sustainability’.He called for more training of Jamaicans to ensure that investors do not have to seek workers outside, as the country has the best workforce.Senator Hill also said a spirit of leapfrogging must be encouraged in young persons, so that Jamaica can sustain and increase economic growth and development. Senator Hill also said a spirit of leapfrogging must be encouraged in young persons, so that Jamaica can sustain and increase economic growth and development.  Dr. McLean, who was responding to questions at an education forum on November 8 at The Mico University College in St. Andrew, said over the past five years, the Ministry has provided “substantial” support for those students. Launched in 2017, the forum is part of the University’s national dialogue on the importance of education, to drive the achievement of Jamaica Vision 2030, and move the country towards sustainable growth and development. Story Highlightslast_img read more

  • Road Improvement Contract Awarded in Lunenburg County

    first_imgA road improvement contract awarded in Lunenburg County will result in smoother travel on Trunk 10 near Bridgewater. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has awarded a $126,350 contract for the construction of a left turning lane on Trunk 10 at the intersection of MacCulloch Road, near Bridgewater. The contract was awarded to Nova Paving Ltd., and is scheduled for completion by the end of June. “The volume of traffic at this intersection has increased considerably,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “This contract will result in safer left turns from Trunk 10 onto MacCulloch Road.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

  • Seasonal and H1N1 Flu Shots Plan Announced

    first_imgNova Scotia has confirmed its plans for the 2009-10 immunization program. This year’s program will include the seasonal flu vaccine and a second vaccine for H1N1 (human swine influenza). Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s Chief Public Health Officer, announced today, Sept. 25, that the first phase of the program will be seasonal flu immunization for seniors age 65 and older, and residents in long-term care facilities. The next phase will be an H1N1 flu vaccination program for all Nova Scotians. It is expected that the program will then shift back to the seasonal flu immunization program, which will be for all the usual target groups. Final decisions will be made as the epidemiology of seasonal and H1N1 influenza evolves. “This is about getting the right vaccine to the right people at the appropriate time,” said Dr. Strang. “Our decision is informed and evidence-based. It protects those most at risk for H1N1 and seasonal flu.” The decision is based on the fact that seniors and long-term care facility residents are at low risk for H1N1, but at greatest risk of becoming seriously ill with seasonal flu. They can expect the seasonal flu vaccine to be available starting Oct. 5. The H1N1 immunization program for all Nova Scotians who want and need the vaccine is still expected to begin in early November. “Getting vaccinated, remains the best defence against seasonal flu and H1N1,” said Dr. Strang. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to be diligent and get the vaccines, not just for their benefit, but in the best interest of their families and community.” Dr. Strang continues to advise that Nova Scotians should make every effort to minimize the spread of the virus. The most important step is to stay home if they are sick with flu-like symptoms, which are fever and/or cough with unusual tiredness, head/muscle/joint aches or sore throat. People are also encouraged to take the following precautions to prevent illness: Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after a sneeze or cough. When soap and water are not handy, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are an acceptable alternative. Cough and sneeze into elbow or sleeve. If using tissues, dispose of them appropriately and wash hands. Limit touching eyes, nose and mouth. Do not share drinking glasses, water bottles, mouth guards, cosmetics or eating utensils. If concerned that medical advice or care is needed, contact HealthLink 811. Like any illness, should symptoms worsen, visit a doctor or walk-in clinic.last_img read more

  • Weekly Traffic Advisories

    first_img INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15 tonne weight restriction. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale, and Hatchery roads. DIGBY COUNTY: Salmon River Bridge The Salmon River Bridge on Trunk 1 in Salmon River is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. The bridge has an 18 tonne weight restriction. Vehicles over 18 tonnes must use the detour route on Salmon River Road, Exit 32, Highway 101 to Exit 31. CONTINUING WORK VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30-last_img read more

  • Seeking Nominations for 2016 Human Rights Awards

    first_imgNova Scotians are encouraged to nominate individuals or groups for the 2016 Human Rights Awards. The awards are presented each year by the Human Rights Commission and Partners for Human Rights, a group of organizations dedicated to creating more respectful communities through promotion of human rights. “All Nova Scotians have a role in creating more inclusive and supportive communities,” said Diana Whalen, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Commission. “During periods of violence, local and international conflict, I urge Nova Scotians to take the time to nominate those who devote themselves to fostering an awareness of human rights and setting an example for others.” Award recipients are chosen in three categories: youth, individual and organization. The individual award has been named the Dr. Burnley Allan “Rocky” Jones Award in honour of the late community leader. Nominations should include people or groups that support projects which advance human rights. Past winners include students from Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School, Scott Jones of New Glasgow, Warren (Gus) Reed, Dr. Afua Cooper, Sgt. Craig Smith of Halifax and the Nova Scotia Mass Choir. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 4:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Human Rights Day, Dec. 10 in Halifax. For more information and to download the nomination form, visit http://humanrights.novascotia.ca .last_img read more

  • Human error or criminal negligence LacMegantic criminal trial begins in Quebec

    first_imgSHERBROOKE, Que. – Train driver Thomas Harding knows he’s partly at fault for the 2013 Lac-Megantic rail disaster that killed 47 people, but he was following procedure and the tragedy flowed from bad company policy, his lawyer said Monday on the first day of trial.“Mr. Harding realizes he’s partly responsible for a very serious tragedy and that weighs on him a lot more heavily than the trial,” lawyer Thomas Walsh told reporters.“Is it human error or criminal negligence? That’s what this case is about.”Harding and two other ex-railway employees, traffic controller Richard Labrie and manager of train operations Jean Demaitre, are all facing one count of criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people.All three ex-employees of Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway have pleaded not guilty.Crown prosecutor Veronique Beauchamp told the 14-member jury in her opening statement that all three men were each responsible in their own way for ensuring the train was safe, and all three failed in their duties.“Evidence will be presented that will show beyond a reasonable doubt, all three were criminally negligent … they contributed to the deaths of the 47 victims,” Beauchamp said.An oil-laden locomotive weighing more than 10,000 tonnes was not properly secured the night of July 5, 2013, leaving it resting precariously on a slope, 10 kilometres away from downtown Lac-Megantic, Beauchamp told the court.Driver Harding brought the train to a stop outside the village of Lac-Megantic and retired for the night. A fire broke out on part of the train roughly 30 minutes after he left.Around 1 a.m. on July 6, 2013, roughly one hour after firefighters put out the flames and turned off the main engine, the train began moving, picking up speed and barrelling into the town.“You’ll see that the number of brakes applied to the (train) was clearly insufficient,” Beauchamp said, referring to Harding, whom she said was “responsible for the safe immobilization of the convoy.”The evidence shows that Labrie, the Crown contends, never inquired about the security of the train after the fire.“Only after the derailment did he ask Harding how many brakes he put on the train,” Beauchamp said.Supervisor Demaitre, Beauchamp continued, was told before the derailment that part of the train had mechanical deficiencies.“The evidence will show that (Demaitre) didn’t take any measures and left the (deficient) locomotive as head of the train block.“Never did he ensure that a competent person would be sent to on scene ensure the train parked on the slope was safe.”Walsh, who was the only defence lawyer who spoke to reporters Monday, alleged the company had a culture that neglected safety and his client was only following procedure.“The people who were responsible for the policy of the company to park an empty train with the engine running — that’s not Harding’s decision. That’s the company’s decision,” Walsh said.The bankrupt railway company’s former owners and managers should be the ones answering questions at trial but they are in the U.S., Walsh added.“All of the shortcuts taken were at the expense of safety,” he said. “The real directors of the company … received their subpoenas, they decided not to come.”The trial’s first witness was retired Quebec provincial police officer Steven Montembeault, who showed the jury aerial footage he took from a helicopter about 15 hours after the derailment.Light from the setting sun was glimmering on the lake, surrounded by green hills and lush grass of the picturesque town, 250 kilometres east of Montreal.Then the camera pans to what was left of the centre of the village, and zooms in on firefighters putting out pockets of fire across downtown Lac-Megantic as thick plumes of smoke billowed into the air and could be seen for kilometres.Following Montembeault was Jacques Lafrance, of the provincial police, who began showing jurors crime scene photos he took of the disaster.The Crown has signalled it will call 24 civilian and 11 police witnesses, and one expert witness in a trial that is expected to last until December.Walsh said Harding will “likely” testify in his defence.Beauchamp said jurors will also be shown video and listen to audio recordings of conversations between railway employees the night of the derailment.The bankrupt Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway has also pleaded not guilty to causing the deaths of 47 people and will face a separate trial at a later date.The trial is being held in Sherbrooke, Que,. 150 kilometres east of Montreal.last_img read more

  • Tibet House US Adds More Items To Annual Benefit Auction

    first_img Adventures & Exotic Trips: A eight-day adventure for two hosted by Aqua Expeditions and GeoEx, which includes four nights exploring the scenic Mekong river life of Vietnam and Cambodia aboard the Aqua Mekong luxury cruise vessel and a three-night luxury stay before or after the cruise; wildly luxurious African adventures from EXPLORE, highlighting the best of Botswana, Victoria Falls, the Ultimate South African Safari and/or Cape Town; a ten-day exotic trip to Bali for two; a magical journey to the Gobi desert in Mongolia with Nomadic Expeditions; a Peruvian Amazon cruise for two on Delfin Cruises; a seven-day stay in Tibet at the Norden Travel’s The Norden Camp; five nights in a pristine beach villa at Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos; and weekend getaways at New York City landmarks including The Standard High Line, the NoMad Hotel and The Greenwich Hotel. Contemporary Art & Photography: Rare artwork by Christo, Ross Bleckner, Danny Clinch, Shepard Fairey, Milton Glaser, Herb Green, Bob Gruen, Elliott Landy, Sheila Metzner, Ben Morea, Michele Oka Doner, Ed Ruscha, Patti Smith and Peter Tunney. Tibet & Beyond: Antique and ceremonial objects, Tibetan rugs, sculptures, and other global finds.For more information regarding this year’s Auction, please contact Lynn Schauwecker at 845.688.6897 (ext. 7523) or visit www.tibethouse.us. Tibet House US announced today that exclusive items have been added to the auction lot for the 13th Annual Benefit Auction at renowned auction house, Christie’s.The new items include:· A private screening with Martin Scorsese to view a film of choice with friends from his impressive directorial roster· A once-in-a-lifetime red carpet and after-party experience with Ethan Hawke at the NYC premiere of his new film, “Born to be Blue”· A diamond-studded Movado Concerto watch worn by Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on the hit ABC show, “Scandal”· The opportunity to work with Russell Simmons at a one-week internship at All Def Digital· A five-day sun and surf trip at a private beachside villa in Turks and Caicos· A one-week stay at Casa Dos Marias in Acapulco· The VIP treatment and meet and greets at “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon!,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “The Dr. Oz Show.”The auction will take place on Thursday, December 3, 2015. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Tibet House US and The Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey.For supporters who cannot attend the event, Charitybuzz will as the event’s official online auction partner. The Tibet House US auction will be live from November 24, 2015, to December 3, 2015, at CharityBuzz.com.This year’s Honorary Chair Committee includes Philip Glass, Petra Nemcova, Yoko Ono Lennon, Sandra & Eric Ripert, Martin Scorsese, Trudie Styler & Sting, Uma Thurman, Jann Wenner & Matt Nye, and Arden Wohl.Additional Auction Highlights Include: Rare Items & Opportunities: two tickets to meet Sting at his one-night-only benefit concert, “Evening with Sting: Symphonicities,” at Carnegie Hall and attend a post-show gala dinner at The Plaza Hotel; the once-in-a-lifetime chance to star in an autobiographical musical with professional Broadway actors, produced by Apples and Oranges Studios; a behind-the-scenes look at New York Fashion Week with supermodel Petra Nemcova; a private food and wine tasting for seven people by Le Bernardin’s world-renowned chef Eric Ripert and Wine Director Aldo Sohm at Aldo Sohm Wine Bar; a shopping spree at Donna Karan’s Urban Zen; a personalized voice message from Hugh Jackman; a walk-on role in a major Hollywood motion picture, internships at Def Jam and Rolling Stone magazine, a ride to the destination of your choice on a private Millennium Jet and additional items from Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. Fashion & Jewelry: Exquisite pieces by an array of top jewelers, including an Urban Jungle necklace by Erickson Beamon, an 18-karat Handmade Madala Ring by Paula Crevoshay, a green pearl and labradorite necklace by Darlene de Sedle, Mara Hoffman, a turquoise and sterling silver bracelet by Pamela Huizenga, a platinum crescent and star necklace with seed pearls by Me + Ro, emerald sasa earrangs by Paula Mendoza, Doyle Mueser, OSKLEN, Jill Platner, 18-karat teardrop earrings by Loree Rodkin, an Atelier Swarovski by Arik levy necklace and a custom suit from Brooks Brothers.last_img read more

  • Brookfield to invest 750 million in TransAltas hydro business

    CALGARY — TransAlta Corp. says Brookfield Renewable Partners and its institutional partners have signed a $750-million deal to invest in the company’s hydro assets.Under the terms of the agreement, Brookfield will acquire exchangeable securities, which will be convertible into an equity ownership interest in TransAlta’s Alberta hydro assets.Brookfield will also purchase TransAlta common shares on the open market to increase its share ownership stake to nine per cent.TransAlta says it will include two Brookfield nominees, Harry Goldgut and Richard Legault, on its slate of directors for election at the upcoming 2019 annual shareholders’ meeting.It says it will use $350 million of the investment to speed the company’s coal-to-gas transition strategy and up to $250 million to buy back shares over three years.The remainder of the investment will be used to advance the development of existing and new growth projects, and for general corporate purposes. read more

  • Feds say Justice coal cos owe 46M in fines

    by Michael Virtanen, The Associated Press Posted Jan 27, 2017 8:23 am MDT Last Updated Jan 27, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Feds say Justice coal cos. owe $4.6M in fines MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Mining operations controlled by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice haven’t paid $4.6 million in safety fines and penalties, according to federal authorities.The Mine Safety and Health Administration said that was the unpaid balance as of Wednesday. Most of it is at the Treasury Department for collection.Some operations have an installment agreement with the federal agency that covers $571,000 of the debt and paid $975,000 previously, according to the federal office.Justice listed 50 companies involved in mining in his financial disclosure last year at the state ethics commission. He has said he’ll put his businesses now run by his children in a blind trust while governor. The ethics commission hasn’t approved such a trust.The governor’s office didn’t immediately reply to requests Friday for comment.Southern Coal Corp., a Justice-owned holding company, said recently in response to an Associated Press query about unpaid taxes that it will meet every obligation owed. The company didn’t immediately reply Friday to a query about safety fines and penalties.The unpaid safety penalties and tax debts owed by Justice-owned coal companies were first reported in October by National Public Radio and The Associated Press.Justice, while campaigning, made no apologies for the debt owed by some of his coal companies, saying he is doing everything he can to keep his businesses running and workers employed while other companies go under.He told the AP in November, following his election, that he didn’t know how much the West Virginia tax liens were but “anything that’s owed to the state will absolutely be paid and cleaned up,” depending on whether payment plans are already in place.He pointed out that he’s paid many tax debts owed by his companies’ former owners. Last year when he completed a $5 million buyback of Mechel Bluestone Inc. from Russian company Mechel OAO, there were outstanding delinquent taxes of $2.5 million each to McDowell and Wyoming counties.“The Russians would have never paid them, and I paid them in full,” Justice said.Justice has been reported to be the richest man in West Virginia, with a fortune estimated at $1.56 billion by Forbes magazine and a profusion of coal and agricultural interests. He is forgoing the governor’s $150,000 annual salary and has emphasized that he personally wants nothing from the office and is focused on governing for the sake of the state’s 1.8 million people.He was elected at age 65 as a Democrat in his first run for statewide office in a largely self-funded campaign. read more

  • IKEA Building Wind Farm To Power Swedish Stores

    first_imgSwedish retail giant IKEA has an ambitious goal: to have all of the stores in its home country run off of renewable energy sources. To that end, the company has announced it’s building its very own wind farm.Due to be completed in 2012, the Dalarna County, Sweden-based wind farm is expected to provide enough energy to power the equivalent of 17 IKEA stores. Which, according to its website, is the exact number of stores based in Sweden.Currently the company owns a total of 52 wind turbines, across around nine farms, that help provide about 10 percent of the retailer’s total energy use.Via CNetlast_img

  • Xavier Bertrand réaffirme la limitation à lachat de tabac à létranger

    first_imgXavier Bertrand réaffirme la limitation à l’achat de tabac à l’étrangerEn sa qualité de ministre de la Santé, Xavier Bertrand veut proposer un nouveau dispositif de restriction visant à limiter l’achat du tabac dans les pays étrangers.Alors que Bruxelles demande à ce que les restrictions à l’achat du tabac à l’étranger soient levées, le ministre de la Santé Xavier Bertrand souhaite aujourd’hui mettre en place un nouveau dispositif qui se voudrait à nouveau restrictif. Aujourd’hui, la loi française prévoit que chaque particulier majeur puisse détenir deux kilos de cigarettes (soit deux cartouches) et faire circuler cinq cartouches lorsque ces cigarettes proviennent d’un pays situé hors de l’Union européenne. Mais Bruxelles n’apprécie pas ces mesures et a demandé à la France de supprimer cette limitation du Code général des Impôts, explique l’AFP, et cela dans le cadre du projet de loi de Finances rectificatives.Une mauvaise nouvelle pour le ministre de la Santé Xavier Betrand qui a fait savoir sur la chaîne France 2 : “Je pense que ça ne va pas se passer comme ça. En étant tenace, en ayant travaillé avec François Baroin sur la question, je pense qu’on va modifier ce qui était prévu, parce que le tabac n’est pas un produit comme les autres”. Et d’ajouter : “Un nouveau dispositif va être présenté qui conservera des limites et c’est une très bonne chose pour la santé publique”. Le 2 décembre 2010 à 17:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

  • A Lot of Really Silly People Want Fortnite Banned

    first_imgIf you keep up with gaming news, you know Fortnite is the hottest game out at the moment. Everyone, including famous rappers, is playing this First Person Shooter. Well, it seems some aren’t all too happy about that. A new petition was recently posted on Change.org that calls for the banning of the “addictive” Fortnite. Even in the world of video games, you can’t rise to the top without having folks wanting to tear you down.This petition was started by a girl who apparently believes Fortnite is stealing her boyfriend. The petition’s description reads: “Girls have to deal with their boyfriends playing it all day and ignoring them. Together we can stop this dumb game from existing. It’s taking over our boyfriends lives and brainwashing them.” Hey, have you ever thought about — I don’t know — actually playing with your significant other? Games are great for bringing people together, in case you hadn’t heard.Some of the other petitioner’s reasons for wanting Fortnite banned are equally as ludicrous/hilarious.“Fortnite is annoying, it is distracting when people talk about it in class,” says one petitioner. “It is lowering my friend’s grades as they are addicted to it. I don’t know what to do, she’s throwing her life away for the game.” I had to deal with kids talking about tamagotchi back in the day. I found that annoying too, but I didn’t want the damn thing banned. I do appreciate her concern for her friend, however.Another petitioner says: “Fortnite is turning into more than a game, it’s turning into an unhealthy obsession. I have heard kids saying ‘Why bother to read books or do work when I can play Fortnite?’.” Kids say stupid shit, bro. Relax.“I’m signing because Fortnite is a bad game and that people are getting in fights and hurting themselves because of this game.” Getting into fist fights over video games. This takes me back.Alright, I think you all get the point. To be honest, I can’t even get mad about this. If it were a nation’s government saying it wants to ban Fortnite, I’d be concerned. But no, it’s just a bunch of goofballs who don’t seem to want to let others have a good time. I wonder if these same folks felt this concerned during the big Pokemon Go craze. Fortnite is simply in the zeitgeist at the moment. Those who are currently “addicted” to it will soon move on to something else. This petition is ultimately pointless, but it does provide us with something amusing to talk about at least.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more