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first_imgFormer India captain Sunil GavaskarFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar refused to draw comparison between country’s most successful ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his predecessors, but said that going by sheer record the wicketkeeper-batsman surpassed all his seniors.Dhoni registered his 91st ODI win as India captain, edging past Mohammad Azharuddin to become the most successful one-day skipper during his side’s emphatic nine-wicket win over England in the fourth match of the series in Birmingham yesterday.”If you look at stats after 50-100 matches it will give you a fair bit of idea about consistency of a performer. But what I feel is that is unfair to compare captains of different era,” Gavaskar said.”But going by sheer statistical record, Dhoni definitely tops all and no one can deny this fact. I feel may be he is much more comfortable in shorter formats. His strength is thinking quickly and 50-over format allows you to do that,” the batting legend told NDTV.He also hailed India’s ODI record in overseas soil but said according to him Test cricket is the mother of all formats.”They are certainly handling the conditions better in ODIs. They have won a lot of ODIs out of the country and have consistently performed in overseas conditions,” Gavaskar said.”In the three ODIs India have completely outplayed England. India definitely have done a lot better that what England did in the Test series.”But I haven’t forgotten the Test series drubbing because for me Test is always number one, it separates men from boys,” he said.advertisementGavaskar also hailed young Ajinkya Rahane, who smashed his maiden ODI century at Edgbaston to help India take an invincible 3-0 lead in the five-match series.”Rahane performed well here, he batted well in the earlier overseas series as well. I think he certainly showed he has the capability of batting in every circuit,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgFor Liverpool, only two words were needed.Job done.Their flying start to the new Premier League campaign goes on. Played two, won two, scored six, conceded none. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Job done. “Pretty cool,” as Jurgen Klopp would say.Klopp knew that this game, under the lights and in front of one of the Premier League’s noisiest home crowds, would tell him more about his side than last week’s Sunday stroll against West Ham at Anfield. He knew they would not have things all their own way against a speedy, tenacious Crystal Palace outfit, that their concentration and their character and their speed and their toughness would be tested. Roy Hodgson’s side, he said, are “just a really good football team” – one who would thoroughly examine the Reds’ credentials.That they did. Liverpool’s second win of the new season was far uglier than the first, but no less important. If they want to be genuine challengers instead of just the aesthetes’ choice, these are the games they have to negotiate. They have to be solid as well as spectacular.Last season, you were more likely to see the Reds win 7-0 than 1-0. Their last win by that scoreline came a-year-and-a-day ago, ironically against Palace. Sadio Mane, in stoppage time, made sure that run continued. The scoreline probably deserved the gloss in truth.Klopp’s team favour thrashings over slogs, but they were made to work here. Goals at the end of each half gave them the points, on a night when they were asked to dig deep, defend well and keep their composure. “It wasn’t a brilliant performance,” the manager said. “But it was a win, it was enough!”There was no goal for Mohamed Salah here – though he had a vital hand in both – and none for Roberto Firmino either. Mane raced clear at the end to notch his second of the season, but this was not a game for Liverpool’s front three to steal the show.Instead, Klopp will look to his other heroes. To Alisson Becker, who was as assured as can be on his first Premier League away start. The goalkeeper’s ability to pass the ball began several Liverpool counterattacks, while he made a crucial save at 1-0 to keep out Luka Milivojevic’s free-kick. His handling, whether under high balls or skidding shots, was faultless. “Outstanding,” Klopp said.James Milner Liverpool 2018-19In front of him, Virgil van Dijk did what Virgil van Dijk does, winning header after header against Christian Benteke and ensuring that the Reds’ penalty area was kept secure and that their attacks had a starting point. What a class act the former Southampton man is, what a difference he has made to this team. Benteke has been a thorn in Liverpool’s side many times in the past, but he was pocketed here by the Dutchman. As Palace chased the game, the Belgian was taken off. He looked relieved. Alexander Sorloth, his equally physical replacement, had no joy either.Alongside Van Dijk, Joe Gomez underlined his emergence as a serious centre-back option for Klopp this season. The England international made one crucial tackle to thwart Wilfried Zaha in the first half and seems to be growing into the role alongside his £75 million colleague. Dejan Lovren will expect to return once fit, but the issue is less clear now than it was a fortnight ago.Elsewhere, James Milner extended his run of never having lost a Premier League game in which he has scored. It stands at 48 now, after the captain slotted a penalty just before half-time. Palace felt Salah had fallen theatrically under Mamadou Sakho’s challenge; Liverpool fans merely rolled their eyes at their former defender’s rashness in the box.Milner, at 32, is very much the elder statesman of this Liverpool squad but his engine shows no sign of slowing. He set the tone in terms of aggression, putting one particularly good challenge in on Zaha in the first half, and buzzed about the pitch, filling spaces, winning second balls, connecting with team-mates.Never flashy, always effective. He’ll play many, many games this season, despite Klopp’s plethora of midfield options. Fabinho, the £40m summer signing, was not even named in the matchday squad for this one; he has a job on his hands as the likes of Milner and Gini Wijnaldum raise their game, but that’s what a side like Liverpool needs. It needs options, for the days when the sun shines and the days when it rains, for the games like last week’s and the games like this one. With Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana used off the bench here, Xherdan Shaqiri not and Daniel Sturridge getting just 60 seconds, the strength of the squad looks good. For now. Naby Keita Liverpool 2018-19Klopp cut a satisfied figure at his post-match press conference, and no wonder. He had spoken in the build-up of the need to “deliver, again and again and again.” The idea, he said, was not “to celebrate all week and then fall hard” and his side heeded his warnings. They weren’t perfect, but they were good enough. They looked like contenders pre-season, and nothing we have seen in the opening two games has changed that. 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first_imgVirat Kohli is loved all over India, be it his hometown of Delhi, his adopted home Bengaluru, or the spiritual home of cricket in India, Mumbai.The Indian cricket captain, playing his 200th one day international, got a rousing reception from the Wankhede crowd as he walked out to bat against New Zealand in the first match of the three-match ODI series. The early dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan was in no way going to dampen the arrival of the Indian captain to the crease, as chants of  “Kohli! Kohli!” filled the stands.Wankhede welcomes the milestone man with the chants of Kohli Kohli #Virat200 pic.twitter.com/Gaxcrv0nza- BCCI (@BCCI) October 22, 2017He became the 14th Indian to reach the mark to join some of the pillars of trhe game. The long list is headed by the great Sachin Tendulkar, who retired after playing a record 463 ODIs. Rahul Dravid (344), Mohammed Azharuddin (334), Sourav Ganguly (311), MS Dhoni (306), Yuvraj Singh (304), Anil Kumble (271), Virender Sehwag (251), Harbhajan Singh (236), Javagal Srinath (229), Kapil Dev (225), Suresh Raina (223), Zaheer Khan (200 — 194 for India, 6 for Asia XI) are the other Indians who have played 200 or more ODIs.Kohli has been in sensational form since the beginning of 2016, hammering runs across formats. He had struck three hundreds last year and has scored four already in 2017 in ODIs.He has had a great year so far with runs against England, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Australia. The young captain was in fine form in the ICC Champions Trophy as well.Kohli has been India’s most prolific chaser since his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in August 2008 and has scored 16 hundreds in successful run chases for India till now.advertisementKohli, who notched up his maiden hundred against Sri Lanka in Kolkata on December 24, 2009, is also joint-second with Ricky Ponting on the list of most ODI hundreds behind Tendulkar (49).last_img read more

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first_imgArsenal Wenger ‘very positive’ over Wilshere as Arsenal frustrated against West Ham Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 16:11 12/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) wilshere-cropped Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger West Ham United v Arsenal West Ham United Premier League The Frenchman lamented his side’s lack of “sharpness” as they were held scoreless, but he did reserve praise for one player Arsene Wenger called Jack Wilshere’s performance “very positive” after he impressed in his first Premier League start of the season against West Ham on Wednesday.Arsenal stuttered to a disappointing 0-0 draw at the London Stadium, though things could have been much worse when Javier Hernandez struck the crossbar late on.Wenger handed a rare start to Wilshere and the England international looked sharp in midfield, dictating most of Arsenal’s attacks. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And the Arsenal manager was happy with how the 25-year-old coped.”Overall it was a positive performance,” Wenger told BT Sport.  “Especially in first half.”He showed good acceleration, he got fouled a few times and contributed very well.Jack Wilshere Arsenal“He also defended well, which is very important in this position. For a first game, it’s a very positive performance.”But on the whole, Wenger felt frustrated with how the match went, particularly regarding West Ham’s willingness to sit back.”Overall it’s frustrating,” Wenger said. “They were in a very defensive phase. “They did it against Chelsea, [Manchester] City, now us. We lacked a bit freshness and sharpness to open them up and get a goal.”They focused on defending and didn’t try to come out at all.”For West Ham, the match ended a run of three difficult fixtures which saw them go up against Manchester City, Chelsea and the Gunners.Laurent Koscielny ArsenalAnd although David Moyes expected the worst before them, he has been pleasantly surprised with the Hammers’ performances, taking four points from those three matches.”When I saw the fixtures when I took the job I thought ‘oh no’,” Moyes said. “But our best performances have come in these games. “We’ve tightened up. We were a bit unfortunate against Manchester City, so I think we take the positives from that.”I want the team to play better and the football to be better, and to create better chances, but we’re getting to that. Against the better teams you have to make sure you don’t concede – it’s hard to go toe-to-toe.”But I think the other games will give us the chance to be on the front foot rather than always sitting back in.”last_img read more

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first_imgShare on Pinterest Since you’re here… Topics The Broncos, relegated from the top flight in 2014, were roundly written off as promotion candidates at the beginning of this season. But under their highly regarded coach, Danny Ward, and with a strong contingent of London-produced players – including their outstanding full-back, Alex Walker – they will be back in Super League in 2019 after winning a gritty, tense affair in Canada to deny Toronto promotion.Rugby league’s plans for expansion and to build outside the traditional northern heartlands are perhaps moving at a faster pace than ever before. It was perhaps fair to argue that no matter the outcome, the sport could not lose here.Indeed, defeat for Toronto and their plans to revolutionise the game is by no means fatal. Upon the Wolfpack’s formation two years ago their owner, David Argyle, declared the route to Super League a five-year plan – but this was undoubtedly a missed opportunity in front of a record crowd at Lamport Stadium in which neither side scored a try. London were travelling across the Atlantic with only one fit half-back following a litany of injuries throughout the Qualifiers, and that lack of creative flair was evident in their early play. Both sides laboured throughout the first half, but the biggest chance came inside the opening minute.A towering Toronto kick was spilled by Alex Walker under pressure from Gareth O’Brien, allowing Josh McCrone to collect and score – but O’Brien was deemed to be offside in the buildup and that was the closest either side came to scoring a try in a tense and error-strewn first half.London broke the deadlock shortly after, though, when Jarrod Sammut kicked them ahead with a penalty that would turn out to be the only score of the half. There were chances, mind – with most of them going to the Broncos, who failed to capitalise. Super League Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Read more Towering Toronto Wolfpack set to grow rugby league in Europe’s cities Read more match reports Super League will have a presence in the capital next year for the first time in four years, after London defeated Toronto in arguably the most important, cosmopolitan rugby league game in history to secure promotion via the Million Pound Game. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Toronto Wolfpack … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Even when Toronto’s hooker, Andy Ackers, was sent to the sin-bin seven minutes before the break, Toronto were still able to hold firm to go into the interval only two points behind. Proceedings remained just as tense after half-time – while Toronto levelled the scores via a Gareth O’Brien penalty, London restored their two-point lead a minute later when Sammutt added his second goal.O’Brien was then presented with another chance to level the scores with 11 minutes remaining, but this time he missed – and it proved to be crucial. Toronto continued to throw everything at the Broncos in the final moments but their defence stood up superbly and, in the end, the London side were able to hold on to secure promotion to Super League.Toronto Wolfpack O’Brien; Caton-Brown, Rawsthorne, Wheeler, Russell; McCrone, Wallace; Lussick, Beswick, Sims, Dixon, Whiting, Emmitt. Interchange Buchanan, Ackers, Sidlow, Higson.Goals O’Brien. Sin-bin Ackers (32).London Broncos Walker; Williams, Kear, Hellewell, Dixon; Pitts, Sammut; Evans, Pelissier, Ioane, Gee, Lovell, Hindmarsh. Interchange Spencer, Battye, Butler, Davies.Goals Sammut 2.Referee Chris Kendall. Attendance 9,266. Rugby league Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter London Broncos Sam Tomkins stars to help Wigan into Grand Final against Warrington Super League XXIII (2018) Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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first_imgExecutive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Ronald Jackson, is urging Jamaicans to invest in reinforcing structures to withstand a high-magnitude earthquake.He said that while seismic activity throughout the Caribbean since the start of the year does not suggest that Jamaica will experience a major earthquake, citizens must be vigilant.Mr. Jackson noted that Jamaica’s national architecture for dealing with emergency responses is ranked better than many of the other islands; however, citizens should ensure that their buildings are retrofitted to be more earthquake resistant.“The fact is that we do have seismic hazards that can affect us at any time, and it really is about how well we prepare ourselves in the event that it happens, or how well we invest in more resilient infrastructure to be able to withstand any high-magnitude or any shallow event,” he pointed out.Mr. Jackson was speaking in an interview with journalists following a media appreciation luncheon at the University of the West Indies Mona Western Jamaica Campus in Montego Bay on Tuesday (October 9). Mr. Jackson emphasised that preparedness is key to reducing risks, exposure, as well as susceptibility to the jolts of a high-magnitude earthquake.“We need to look at how we are constructing new buildings, where we site them,” he said.“In terms of the actual event itself, we have to really now look at understanding the immediate reactions that are necessary – the duck, cover, hold routine – and ensure that if you are at a school, business or any government institution… that you know what steps to take, in terms of evacuating the building, assembling in safe spaces, and ensuring you have wardens in the buildings, especially if you are multistorey,” he advised. Mr. Jackson said that these measures should be “properly coordinated, rehearsed and exercised at the organisational level to make them effective”.last_img read more

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first_imgzoom Athens-based shipping firm Euroseas has seen its net loss for the year ended December 31, 2016 widen to USD 45.9 million, compared to a net loss of USD 15.6 million reported a year earlier.This loss includes a USD 1.7 million of dividend on Series B Preferred Shares, a USD 5.9 million loss on write-down of M/V Eleni which was held for sale, USD 7.1 million loss on termination of Ultramax newbuilding contracts and on expected termination of Kamsarmax newbuilding contract and a USD 18.7 million impairment loss in the company’s Euromar investments.Euroseas’ net revenues for the period stood at USD 28.4 million, down from USD 37.6 million reported in 2015, while its operating loss reached USD 21.6 million, compared to USD 11.4 million seen in the previous year.For the fourth quarter of the year, the company’s net loss attributable to common shareholders was at USD 18.1 million, compared to a net loss of USD 4.3 million reported in the same quarter in 2015, while net revenues for the three-month periods decreased to USD 7.3 million from USD 8.8 million.“During the last quarter of 2016 and the month of January of 2017, we were able to transform the company by resolving its liquidity needs through a combination of equity raisings, debt rescheduling and new financings,” Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of Euroseas, said.Pittas said that, looking forward, the company expects to see a gradual improvement in the drybulk market if China’s commodity appetite continues as supply pressures are expected to subside in the second half of 2017. The company also said that it is “hopeful” to see an improvement in the containership rates on the back of supply correction through increased scrapping and more slippage in new deliveries.“We now have the financial capacity to pursue selected acquisitions and take advantage of opportunities to invest while the prices of vessels are still relatively low. And we hope we will be able to continue acting as a platform to consolidate other ownership interests using our stock to pay for acquisitions such as the recent acquisition of M/V RT Dagr,” Pittas added.last_img read more

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first_imgThe province has revised the marking procedure for the January provincial examinations because of the uncertainty surrounding the CUPE labour negotiations. Provincial examinations in mathematics and English will go ahead as planned, however, there is not time to rearrange for central marking, so the exams will now be marked by the students’ teachers within their own school boards. “I am thankful a strike was averted, and I am confident that this revised evaluation process will provide students with a fair, accurate and consistent final grade,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “These exams are important for students to assure them they have met provincial outcomes, and I am pleased that they are going ahead.” Courses that require a provincial examination include Mathematics 12, Advanced Mathematics 12, Mathématiques 12, Mathématiques avancées 12, English 12, Advanced English 12, English 12: African Heritage and English/Communications 12. The provincial examinations that are scheduled for June will also follow the revised marking procedure to ensure fairness and consistency.last_img read more

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first_imgNova Scotia is moving ahead with three commercial-scale wind-energy projects that will create good jobs and $200 million of new investment. Energy Minister Charlie Parker said the projects, in Lunenburg and Guysborough counties, will help stabilize electricity prices in Nova Scotia and benefit the environment. “These large wind projects will result in $200 million in private sector investments that will, in turn, help us meet our cleaner energy agenda,” said Mr. Parker. The projects announced today, Aug. 2, by the province’s renewable electricity administrator, Power Advisory, are: a 78 megawatt South Canoe Wind Project between Chester and Windsor, led by Oxford Frozen Foods a 24 megawatt South Canoe Wind Project in Lunenburg County, led by Minas Paper Pulp and Power a 13.8 megawatt Sable Wind Project near Canso, led by the Municipality of the District of Guysborough “Nova Scotia has one of the best wind regimes in North America,” said Mr. Parker. “The wind itself is free, and the cost of building wind farms can be spread over many years. The result is a stabilizing effect on electricity rates.” The selected projects represented the most cost-effective offers. Their average purchase price was in the mid-$70s per MWh, lower than those in the 2007 call for bids. Nova Scotia Power is a minority investor in each of the projects. Collectively, these projects are expected to bring total wind energy close to the 500 MW wind threshold by 2015. This is near the technical limit of the amount that can be integrated into the province’s electricity grid, according to the 2008 Nova Scotia Wind Integration Study by Hatch Energy. Consequently, the province does not expect to issue more request for proposals for large-scale wind projects in the near future. The renewable electricity administrator was appointed by the province to call for bids, evaluate bid submissions and select winning projects based on which projects provide the best value for ratepayers. The process also completes an objective of the province’s renewable electricity plan to determine if the utility or independent power producers could build the lowest-cost renewables for the province. The competition indicates a partnership model produces the best results. The three large-wind projects will help the province reach its renewable energy plan target of 25 per cent of the province’s electricity needs met by renewable sources by 2015. The province also committed to achieving a 40 per cent renewable electricity target by 2020. Wind energy development is one aspect of the renewable electricity plan, which focuses on diversifying the province’s energy mix and meeting federal and provincial environmental targets. Other elements include tidal energy, natural gas and hydroelectricity from Lower Churchill.last_img read more

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first_imgREGINA – Plans are underway to get a Saskatchewan First Nation clean water after more than five years under a drinking water advisory, and to meet a pledge to end such advisories on all reserves.Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett announced $9.2 million to replace the water treatment system on the White Bear First Nation, southeast of Regina.“I think everyone here will acknowledge it’s been a long time coming and for far too long people in your community have not had access to potable water on reserve,” Bennett said Tuesday in Regina, where the Assembly of First Nations was holding its annual meeting.“You should still have the same right as those of us in downtown Toronto to be able to turn on the tap and drink the water and bathe your babies safely — things that most Canadians take totally for granted.”More than 800 residents on the reserve southeast of Regina haven’t been able to drink their water since 2011.The project is expected to be complete by December 2018.The announcement is part of the federal government’s commitment to end long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves by 2021.During the 2015 election campaign, Justin Trudeau pointed to 93 different communities under 133 different boil water advisories and suggested he would address the issue as a top priority if his party formed government.Bennett said the government remains committed to its timeline, noting capacity is building in communities.“This five-year commitment is hugely important because most systems take about two to three years from the feasibility and the design to the implementation,” she said.Bennett said the five-year plan for funding gives the government “real confidence that we’re going get this done and get these long-term boil water advisories ended.”“We know that there’s a lot more to do, but we’re well on track to lift the remaining ones within that five-year timeline that we promised,” she added.Health Canada says that as of May 31, there were 97 drinking water advisories that had been in place for more than a year. However, Health Canada counts all on-reserve drinking water advisories regardless of who owns, operates and funds the system.Indigenous and Northern Affairs counts drinking water advisories for all on-reserve water systems that it directly funds and over which is has jurisdiction. It says the drinking advisory list now sits at 67.However, NDP Indigenous affairs critic Romeo Saganash said Tuesday that it is unlikely the Liberal government can meet its existing target without a credible plan.“Canadians, First Nations communities have yet to see that plan,” he said in an interview. “Where is it? I want to see how they intend to do this but they haven’t been able to demonstrate that at all.”There are professionals who can determine whether the existing timeline is within reach, Saganash added.“In my view, given that they are almost two years into their mandate and they haven’t advanced much on this issue … I don’t think that that plan is realistic,” he said.— With files from Kristy Kirkup in Ottawalast_img read more

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first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s government used “ableist” reasoning when it closed a program that provided supported housing for people with intellectual disabilities, a nationally recognized expert on disability rights testified Monday.Catherine Frazee, professor emeritus at Ryerson University’s school of disability studies, told a human rights inquiry Monday that a freeze on creating “small options” supported housing in the early 1990s stemmed from a form of discrimination similar to sexism or racism.Small-options homes are small housing units, usually with three or four residents, where day-to-day support is provided to people with intellectual disabilities to allow them to live in their community.Frazee argued the freeze on creating the homes meant residents could be condemned to live in their aging parents’ basements, in abusive arrangements, or “far down the corridors of institutional abandonment.”Frazee, who uses a wheelchair, repeatedly referred to the policy as “ableist,” meaning a bias where the needs of people who may lack some mental and physical abilities aren’t given the same regard as the non-disabled majority.The issue of the small-options homes and their availability has been at the heart of the ground-breaking human rights hearing that has heard 14 days of testimony before chairman J. Walter Thompson.The inquiry is considering whether the Department of Community Services violated the Human Rights Act by housing Joseph Delaney and Beth MacLean in a hospital-like, institutional setting at the Emerald Hall psychiatric ward in Halifax for over a decade.Their years of waiting have occurred despite psychiatrists having medically discharged them and recommended a home in the community.For Frazee, a former chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the moratorium on small-options homes was “an expression of an austerity logic,” and based largely on a drive to save money.However, the province has said its policy has shifted and it is now attempting to provide more small options homes to people with intellectual disabilities who have been living in institutions.Joe Rudderham, the executive director of the Disability Supports Program, said since he’s been the director his program has been working to create new small option homes, and there is no longer a moratorium.“We have eight on the go for the next year,” he said in an interview after the hearings concluded for the day.“Small option homes is one option in our array of supports and services,” he said, adding there are also programs that help people live on their own or with the support of their families.As of early March, there were 504 people awaiting some form of support from the Department of Community Services, and 1,024 people awaiting a transfer to a different housing option or location.Frazee, a former chair of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, said in a written report provided to the inquiry that the Nova Scotia freeze directly led to the current-day backlogs.She also testified the government policy made the problem appear to the public as one that was too expensive to fix, leading citizens to lose sight of the original flawed philosophy that created the waiting lists.“The size of the problem becomes the problem itself,” she said.She also argued there has been a human cost to taking away the possibility of small-options homes and placing people in large institutions.“The research is clear and uncontested that institutional arrangements that … cause great psychological and in many cases physical harm to people,” she said.Frazee told her own personal story of how she lived in an institution as a girl, explaining how it was only when she was placed in the school system that she learned to direct her own life.She said people who could not hear were employed to be “pushers” of children in wheelchairs at her institution, and therefore she was unable to tell them where she wished to go.“It’s important to understand how deeply thwarted our natural development is by segregation. When we isolate people … year after year after year, the muscles of self expression atrophies,” she testified.Rudderham said his department has a commitment to move away from larger facilities.In the last provincial budget, the Liberal government announced that there is an additional $2.1 million to help create small options homes and group homes.The Department of Community Services has said there’s $16.2 million in additional funding to support the transitions, with about $10 million to cope with a fresh influx of people into the province’s disability programs.However, the Community Homes Action Group has argued in a recent letter to the province’s finance minister that the pace of creating new community homes is too slow.The group has recommended to the finance minister that to keep up with the pace of demand, at least 25 new small options homes are needed each year for the next three years.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

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first_imgGrammy Award and Emmy Award-nominated artist, Kenna, announced today that he will become the first-ever One-For-One Artist.Video: KENNA – One For One Artist (Media)This initiative is in accordance with launching his crowdfunding campaign for his long awaited 3rd album, Songs For Flight, which features Kenna’s new single “Sleep When We Die.”As a One-For-One Artist, Kenna is bypassing the traditional music business model and crowdfunding the production of his next album, Songs For Flight. With his commitment to improving the world through the business of music, up to 50% of his profits will go directly to deserving causes around the world – causes and social issues that he and his fans care about.“I feel like this is a way to empower my art to create change through the connection I have with my fans,” said Kenna. “The hope is that the music serves as a conduit for the good my fans and I want to see in the world.”To launch this campaign, he’s embarking on a brand sponsored worldwide tour to meet people who affect change in the world, artists and his fans to film the music video for the first song from Songs for Flight, “Sleep When We Die.” Beginning September through October 2015, Kenna will visit Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Chennai, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Paris, London, New York, Haiti and Mexico City where fans are all invited to come out and participate in filming.Kenna’s philanthropic focus over the last few years has been in water, women empowerment and the arts. Having supported organizations like charity:water, I AM THAT GIRL and Americans for the Arts, he’s raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and millions in appropriations for causes over the years.“Kenna has a passion for bringing clean water to people in developing countries and been a charity:water supporter since the very beginning,” said Scott Harrison, Founder and CEO, charity:water. “I’ve always admired Kenna’s commitment to connecting his life’s work to social change. This project is just another example of Kenna’s dedication to having a greater impact on the world and I cannot wait to see what happens!”To learn more about Kenna’s musical journey and how you can be involved, visit www.kenna.com.last_img read more

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first_imgROME — Italy’s Catholic Church says it will open talks with the government to respond to a European Court of Justice ruling that says Italy has the right to recover millions of euros in property taxes.The Luxembourg-based court on Nov. 6 overturned a 2012 decision by the European Commission that said it would be impossible to recover tax revenue that non-profits including the Italian church were exempted from paying for certain properties.A Montessori school and the owner of a bed and breakfast had argued that the tax breaks the church received for money-making properties offering similar educational and hostel-like services were unfair.The head of the Italian bishops’ conference, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, said Thursday that no talks with the government have begun but “certainly some contacts will be necessary.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

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“Prime Minister Harper has clearly stated that unless there is significant progress on political reconciliation, accountability and respect for human rights in Sri Lanka, he will not attend the CHOGM hosted by Sri Lanka in 2013,” Roy said. (Colombo Gazette) Senator Segal said that the purpose of his visit to Sri Lanka will be to act as a fact finder for Canada’s foreign minister The special Canadian envoy will visit Jaffna and have discussions with political groups and civil society members in the north and in Colombo. Senator Segal said that he will also be meeting with government officials in Colombo during his visit.“As you may know, the level of our delegation to the Commonwealth heads of government meeting scheduled for November in Colombo has yet to be decided. I shall report back to the Foreign Minister after my trip is concluded,” he said. Canada says Prime Minister Stephen Harper will not attend the CHOGM in Sri Lanka unless there is an improvement in the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.Canadian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Chrystiane Roy had said last December that the Canadian government feels the Sri Lankan government continues to fail victims and survivors of the war.The spokesperson also said that Canada is ‘deeply troubled’ by reports of intimidation of judges in Sri Lanka, and reiterate the importance of judicial independence. Canada will dispatch a special envoy to see for himself the ground situation in Sri Lanka before the government decides on the level of its participation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November.Special Envoy to the Commonwealth, Canadian Senator Hugh Segal, will visit Sri Lanka as an envoy to the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. Report by Easwaran Rutnam read more

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Early Saturday morning drivers were frightened, placing 911 calls when they saw a person driving the wrong way on the 403 in Burlington. 52 year old Amal Swais from Mississauga had her license taken away for 90 days, her minivan has been impounded for a week and facing a list of criminal charges. Swais’ court date is August 24th in Milton.

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Dan Lynch, BioLinc Manager, and Cassie Price, BioLinc Co-ordinator, join host Susan LeBlanc on this week’s Conversations with Goodman podcast to talk about entrepreneurship in the Niagara region.BioLinc, Brock’s business incubator run by the Goodman School of Business, provides services to young entrepreneurs and supports economic development locally through the Niagara Youth Entrepreneurship Network.“We have one foot in entrepreneurship and business and one foot in science and technology,” says Lynch. “BioLinc is a place to experience entrepreneurship.”Brock students, young entrepreneurs (aged 18-29) in Niagara, researchers from all of Brock’s Faculties and private sector businesses join forces at BioLinc to take a project or business development to the next level and can make use of BioLinc’s office space, business expertise, wet labs and product design lab which includes 3D printing services.BioLinc residents benefit from transdisciplinary opportunities by collaborating with colleagues and by making use of all of BioLinc’s services such as networking events and specific experiential entrepreneurship programming.Young entrepreneurs across Niagara are encouraged to connect and collaborate with BioLinc to have the full entrepreneurship experience.This is the latest in the Conversations with Goodman series which is produced by the Goodman Marketing, Communications and Alumni Relations team and features guests from the Goodman community. read more

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first_imgGARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING an aggravated burglary in which a house in County Monaghan was ransacked on Sunday evening.As many as three masked men entered a house at Blaeberry Walk, Castleblaney, at 9.30pm and threatened those inside. They then ransacked the house.However, it is not yet clear if anything was taken from the house during the raid.Gardaí are appealing for information regarding an ‘old type’ silver BMW with an 01-D registration that was seen in the area on the night.It was also spotted in the Casteblaney area between 6pm and 10pm on Friday evening.Anyone with information is asked to contact investigating Gardaí at Castleblaney 042-9747900, or alternatively the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.last_img

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first_imgMONEY FROM THE Dormant Accounts Fund is to be used to help fight the misuse of drugs and alcohol.This is thanks to a substance misuse measure in the Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2014.The Minister of State for Primary Care, Alex White, TD, welcomed the news.The Dormant Accounts Action Plan was recently adopted by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan.Task forcesThe money will be used by drug and alcohol task forces and funding of €50,000 will be available to each task force – equating to a total of €1.2 million for 2015.Money from the Dormant Accounts Fund will go towards programmes and projects that support a range of prevention and awareness-raising initiatives designed to tackle drug and alcohol misuse in Ireland.Minister White said that he believes that task forces are “well-placed to deploy the funding available to best effect, as they have local knowledge and a track record of engaging local communities around substance misuse issues”.Read: €43 million collected from dormant accounts this year>last_img read more

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first_img Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeTHE DÁIL WAS suspended earlier this afternoon following a row between Bríd Smith and the Ceann Comhairle.Speaking during questions on proposed legislation, the Solidarity-PBP TD attempted to raise the case of Ibrahim Halawa, whose trial in Egypt was yesterday suspended for the 20th time.After Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl told her it was not relevant to the current session, Smith accused the Tánaiste of attempting to “shut down the discussion again” on the issue, referring to how her party colleague Paul Murphy received the same response yesterday to a similar query.Smith stressed that it was relevant, as she was questioning if any legislation may exist to attempt to help Halawa.The Ceann Comhairle went on to inform her that his job is to enforce the rules of the House, and asked Smith to resume her seat. When she refused the requests of an increasingly exasperated Ó Fearghaíl, the Dáil was briefly suspended.In response to Murphy yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that he was “disturbed” by recent reports on the medical condition of Halawa, and that reiterated that the government is sending a doctor to examine the 21-year-old man:“We wanted to have verified for us, from the point of view of an Irish qualified medical person, the medical condition of Ibrahim Halawa.”I spoke to the Egyptian President on two occasions. I cannot interfere in the judicial process of another country. Getting all the defendants involved in the trial together at one time seems to have been beyond the recourse of the system. The case has been postponed many times.Read: FG TD feels ‘vindicated’ after ruling says he didn’t defame Sinn Féin TDs in Dáil > Short URL 18,033 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 2:22 PM Mar 23rd 2017, 2:22 PM ‘You’re trying to shut down discussion’: Dáil suspended after Bríd Smith raises Halawa case The Ceann Comhairle said her contribution was not relevant to the current session. Share7 Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3302891 78 Comments By Nicky Ryanlast_img read more

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first_img Unlike the recently restructured Time Inc., BI does not plan to lay off employees. In the memo, Blodget revealed the site is the largest producer of tech video globally, garnering over 500 million views monthly. It also boasts over 6 million followers and 15 million monthly unique views, making it the most socially-engaged tech site. As part of the reorganization, TI’s executive editor, Alyson Shontell, will assume the position of editor-in-chief of Business Insider U.S. Meanwhile, editor-in-chief of Tech Insider, Gus Lubin, will serve as a senior correspondent. “Over the past two years, the line between ‘tech’ and ‘business’ journalism has increasingly blurred,” Blodget said in the memo. “The continuum between business and tech has become so smooth, in fact, that we ourselves have often had trouble figuring out who should cover what.” Interestingly, although Tech Insider will no longer be a standalone news operation, it will remain a separate website. Business Insider is reorganizing. Keeping Insider as a standalone operation seems to be in line with BI’s strategy of “placing the stories where the readers are — on social platforms,” as Blodget told Folio: last year, when Axel Springer bought the company.center_img Additionally, Matt Rosoff, Business Insider executive editor and global tech editor, will lead the brand’s larger global tech, science, and innovation team. A staff memo from Henry Blodget, founder and CEO, revealed today that Tech Insider’s editorial team will rejoin the Business Insider team. “The combination of the BI and TI teams will produce some overlap, especially on our tech and science desks. As a result, some roles and assignments will change. But we will offer everyone a position on the combined team,” Blodget said. Insider will remain a separate entity. The site reaches over 100 million people monthly, with an unprecedented 1.5 billion monthly video views.   Last year, BI expanded its operations with the launch of Tech Insider, a technology spinoff, and Insider, a lifestyle brand focused on distributing video via platforms like Facebook.last_img read more

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