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first_imgLATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants FILE – In this file photo dated Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, the new president of the amateur boxing federation Gafur Rakhimov speaks to the media upon becoming the head of AIBA in Moscow, Russia. Amateur boxing faces a breakaway threat ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo after its international federation elected Gafur Rakhimov as president.( AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, FILE)MOSCOW — Amateur boxing faces a breakaway threat ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo after its international federation elected a president accused of ties to organized crime.The federation, known as AIBA, says a “rogue group” led by unnamed “Kazakhstani individuals” has asked national boxing federations to write to the International Olympic Committee offering to help run an Olympic boxing tournament without AIBA.ADVERTISEMENT AIBA published late Friday what it said was a sample letter organized by the breakaway group. The unsigned letter addressed to the IOC says “our group is ready to provide with the necessary technical expertise and sufficient financial conditions” to run the tournament, citing “the dire situation of the sport of boxing.”Relations between the IOC and AIBA are tense after Uzbekistan businessman Gafur Rakhimov was elected AIBA president in November, beating Kazakh candidate Serik Konakbayev.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe U.S. Treasury Department has alleged Rakhimov is a heroin trafficker linked to organized crime and placed him under sanctions. Rakhimov denies the allegations.AIBA risks being derecognized in June after an IOC inquiry panel reports. Until then, AIBA is banned from contacting 2020 Tokyo Olympic organizers. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes A person close to Kazakh boxing officials, speaking anonymously because they weren’t authorized to discuss the letter, told The Associated Press the copy published by AIBA was genuine. A leading figure at a national boxing federation, speaking anonymously because of possible retribution from AIBA leadership, said they had been approached to sign such a letter but had not done so. The IOC knows nothing about the plans, spokesman Mark Adams told the AP.AIBA said it had launched a taskforce to investigate and discipline people involved in circulating the letter, accusing them of “sabotaging AIBA’s position within the Olympic movement.”“AIBA assumes that the IOC has dismissed and distanced itself from any and all of these activities initiated by this group of individuals,” AIBA added. “The IOC has been contacted with regards to the letter, however, no response has been provided in return.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img View comments MOST READ RJ Barrett leads No. 2 Duke past No. 3 Virginia ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

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first_imgRavindra Jadeja was a happy man after receiving the man-of-the-match as he returned to One-Day cricket after a gap of 442 days and steered India to a seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the Asia Cup 2018 at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday.It was Jadeja’s spell of 4/29 that set up the match for India as he picked the big wickets of Shakib Al Hasan (17), Mushfiqur Rahim (21), Mohammad Mithun (9) and MOsaddek Hossain (12) and then India batted smartly and chased down the target in 36.2 overs.Jadeja said that he kept telling himself that his chance will come and wanted to prove himself and it gave him happiness to have done that for India against Bangladesh.”Yes I am very happy. Finally I am playing after a long time. I always wanted to make a mark whenever I get an opportunity and play to my potential and I kept telling that to myself. Finally that happened today and I am very happy,” Jadeja said at the presentation ceremony.India vs Bangladesh: Match Report | Highlights | Scorecard | PhotosJadeja credited Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal for putting the Bangladeshi batsmen under pressure from one end and said that helped him get wickets from the other.”I think Kuldeep and Chahal, they were also bowling very well. They were putting pressure and I was getting wickets from the other end. Somedays you get wickets and some days you just have to restrict the batsmen.”Jadeja said whenever he gets the chance to play in any format, he tries to make the best of it and prove himself valuable for Team India.advertisement”Whenever I get chance I try to prove myself in limited-overs cricket. Similarly in Test as well, I try to perform well always.Also read – Asia Cup 2018: Ravindra Jadeja returns to ODIs after 442 days and picks 4 for 29″May be in the next game against Pakistan and whatever game I play, I need to play my role and bat well too,” Jadeja concluded.Jadeja had fallen out of favour after the tour of West Indies as Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav cemented their berths with sensational performances in India’s tour of Suth Africa. However, Jadeja found an opening when Axar Patel (along with Hardik Pandya and Shardul Thakur) were ruled out of the Asia Cup because of injuries.Against Bangladesh, Jadeja replaced Pandya and spun a web around Bangladesh’s batsmen. Jadeja’s last appearance for India in ODIs was against West Indies at Sabina Park on July 6 in 2017.Jadeja had also played the last Test of the five-match series against England and impressed with the bat, scoring 86 not out and picked up seven wickets in the match.Bangladesh batsmen were not up to the mark once again, having fallen down in the run chase against Afghanistan on Thursday night. The pace duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/32) and Jasprit Bumrah (3/37) too made life tough for the opposition.For Bangladesh, only Mehidy Hasan (42 off 50) showed the spark and captain Mashrafe Mortaza (26 off 32) put up some fight before the team was all out in 49.1 overs.India then made little work of Bangladesh’s meagre total of 173, as strong performances from skipper Rohit Sharma (83*) and Shikhar Dhawan (40) helped them get the victory.Shikhar Dhawan gave India the perfect start as he raced away to a 47-ball 40, before his opening partner anchored the chase with his 36 ODI fifty at the Dubai International Stadium.Attacking from the start, Dhawan proved too hot to handle for the Bangladeshi pacers, but was trapped by the wily Shakib Al Hasan in front of the stumps.Rohit though continued the good work, first partnering with Ambati Rayudu (13) and then MS Dhoni. In the end, it was Dinesh Karthik, who brought the match to an anti-climatic end with a single.last_img read more

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first_imgNobody won Friday’s Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot climbs to a staggering $1.6 billion.Mega Millions officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $1 billion grand prize in Friday night’s drawing.The numbers were 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 7.Two tickets purchased in Iowa came within one number of having at least a share of Friday’s jackpot, with one winning a prize of $10,000 and the other winning $20,000.They each matched four of the first five numbers and the Mega Ball, but one of the tickets had added the Megaplier option, which doubled its prize.The next drawing will be Tuesday.The estimated jackpot for that drawing would tie the largest lottery prize in U.S. history.The chance of matching all six numbers and taking home the grand prize is one in 302.5 million.last_img read more

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first_imgSadio Mané Mane could return for Liverpool at West Ham Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 22:11 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mane-Cropped Getty Images Sadio Mané West Ham United v Liverpool West Ham United Liverpool Premier League Jürgen Klopp The winger could return from a hamstring injury ahead of schedule as the Reds travel to face West Ham on Saturday Sadio Mane could return from a hamstring injury to play a small part in Liverpool’s Premier League trip to West Ham, Jurgen Klopp has revealed.Reds win over 2.5 goals 5/4Senegal winger Mane may be fit enough to return to the bench after a month out, but Philippe Coutinho (adductor) will not make the game at London Stadium. 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 A hamstring injury has kept Mane out of action since the last international break, and was initially expected to keep him on the sidelines until after the upcoming pause for national action.However, a return to training on Thursday could be followed by a comeback to the pitch.”Sadio trained yesterday for the first time with the team and looked really, really good. We will see what we do with that,” Klopp told a news conference.”Yesterday it looked like he is ready for at least 20-25 minutes but we have to wait to see how his body reacts to the session because for him it was pretty intense; not because it was intense but because it was his first football session for a long time.”He did really well, he obviously didn’t miss his abilities or skills during the injury break, so that’s good.””Sadio trained yesterday and looked really, really good.”Watch live and free: https://t.co/S9Ru4ner4u pic.twitter.com/aH8LYHJv8s— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 3, 2017 Previously, Senegal coach Aliou Cisse claiming last month that Mane would be “100 per cent fit” for their World Cup qualifiers against South Africa had baffled Klopp.But the German dismissed any notion that he would try to block the winger’s call-up, with Senegal needing a win from two games to seal a place at Russia 2018.”Things are like they are, we cannot change that. We cannot sit here and ignore the situation of Senegal and say we don’t care if they play in the World Cup – that’s not nice and it’s not right.”We will get into contact with Senegal FA and they have two games to play. Sadio is not injured anymore. Is he 100 per cent fit? That’s different, but he is on a good way and yesterday he looked really good. We will have to see what we do. If you see Sadio training, you are like, ‘OK…maybe we can use him!’ and maybe that’s the same for Senegal.”While Mane is set to return for Liverpool, Klopp also addressed other fitness issues at the club, including confirming Coutinho is out for this week, while Georginio Wijnaldum and Dejan Lovren’s statuses are up in the air.Liverpool Gini Wijnaldum injury“Phil is not available. With the rest, it will be close. Gini I’m not sure, we have to see. It’s painful what he has but maybe he can cope with it. We will have to see,” Klopp said. “Dejan, yes, maybe today is the clearing session and we know that in weeks like this you have to wait until the last second to make the squad or the line-up.”Meanwhile, the manager also provided updates on Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne who have been both been sidelined long-term with injuries.”Adam is close but didn’t train so far with the team. He will start next week so that’s good, and then hopefully he can have two proper training weeks and then he will be available.”(Clyne’s status is) not that good. He was on a good way and then he had a little setback but we are on it. That’s how back problems are.”We all know how that can take a long time and we have to make him 100 per cent ready and that’s what he is not in the moment. That is not the best thing, especially not for him, but we are on it, we showed him to specialists all over the world and it’s not a big problem, it just needs time.”  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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first_img Georgia, Oklahoma and LSU are found at No. 4, 5 and 6 respectively. Directly behind LSU is Texas at No. 7. The Longhorns and LSU play each other this Saturday.Up to this point, there’s nothing too shocking in Brando’s ranking. But teams ranked No. 8, 9 and 10 have college football fans scratching their heads.Nebraska, ranked 25th in the AP poll after a unimpressive 35-21 win over South Alabama, is eighth in Brando’s poll. Washington is found at No. 9 (No. 14 in AP poll).Finally, UCF comes in at No. 10. The Knights are ranked 18th in the AP poll.Notice any omissions? Ohio State, Auburn and Notre Dame are the three teams in the AP top 10 who failed to make Brando’s ranking. The Fox Sports commentator lists the Buckeyes, Tigers and Utah as teams who just missed the cut outside his top 10.After week #1 of play this is my Top 10: pic.twitter.com/QFWi6XV2gB— Tim Brando (@TimBrando) September 3, 2019What are your thoughts? Is Brando’s ranking more accurate than the AP poll? Tim BrandoWASHINGTON D.C. – JANUARY 06: Sportscaster Tim Brando with Fox Sports looks on during a college basketball game between the Georgetown Hoyas and the Marquette Golden Eagles at the Verizon Center on January 6, 2015 in Washington D.C. The Hoyas won 65-59. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)The Associated Press and the Coaches’ Poll released their new college football top 25s on Tuesday afternoon.There are few surprises regarding the respective polls. Clemson and Alabama held firm in the top two spots at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Auburn joined the top 10 after defeating Oregon in comeback fashion.After the poll’s release, Fox Sports commentator Tim Brando released his own top 10 poll. There’s plenty of surprising selections in his, however.Like the AP, Brando has Clemson and Alabama as the top two teams in the nation. Then, Brando lists Michigan at No. 3 compared to No. 7 in the AP poll.last_img read more

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first_imgGovernment has created Trade Union Act General Regulations within the construction sector that will require certification applications to be made Monday to Friday, when a more representative number of employees tend to be on a worksite. The Labour Board will no longer consider a Saturday, Sunday or holiday as the date of application for purposes of certification. “Employees have a right to fair workplaces where they can have their voices heard,” said Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, on behalf of Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis. “This change is about striking the right balance and increasing the likelihood that the majority of the workforce is represented.” Currently in the construction sector, when more than 50 per cent of employees working on the date of the certification application demonstrate support, a workforce can become unionized without a vote. Weekend work is a prime example of when a smaller group of employees can trigger the unionization of a larger workforce. These changes follow consultation with stakeholders representing non-union construction contractors, unionized contractors and trade unions in the construction industry. These changes, which apply to the construction sector only, are effective immediately.last_img read more

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first_imgHALIFAX — Unfiltered and emotional social media postings are emerging as a potent tool for critics of Canada’s health system, though some observers are dubious they’ll prompt lasting changes.In Nova Scotia, the latest example came recently when a team of three emergency physicians posted a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for long-term care beds — a campaign rapidly expanded through Twitter.Soon, online commentators suggested this would be the health system’s equivalent of food banks — charity supplementing what should be a basic public service.“This is an initiative to get the conversation going,” said Dr. Rob Miller, one of the three doctors involved, adding that fundraising is secondary to the advocacy.The doctors say the underlying problem is that elderly patients awaiting nursing home care are occupying beds at the Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville, N.S., creating a logjam in admissions and cascading into long waits in the emergency unit.Their posting came on the heels of a viral video — viewed 2.6 million times on Facebook — made by Inez Rudderham, a frustrated young Nova Scotia mother who says she waited two years for her cancer diagnosis. She has said she was without a family doctor and had to repeatedly visit an ER before being referred to a specialist.Meanwhile, in Newfoundland and Labrador, the mother of a 10-year-old child who spent two weeks in Janeway Hospital in St. John’s posted Friday that she observed four cases of 24-hour shifts pulled by nurses in the unit.Howard Ramos, a Dalhousie University sociologist who studies social media, says the initial power of the posts depend on whether they touch a chord online.In the case of Rudderham’s story, “it hit a nerve that many people feel they’re experiencing … It shows many people across Canada are having trouble accessing health care,” he said.At the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the flow of negative postings draws a mixed reaction.Dr. Mark Taylor, the interim co-vice president of medicine at the agency, says in the case of Rudderham, it has led to an internal review.“The good news is that it brings to the public problems that are real in our system and encourages us to find solutions to these problems,” he said in an interview.“The unfortunate thing is that what is put forward on social media may not be entirely accurate and only one side of the story is brought forward.”The young mother said in her video she had to seek care in emergency departments and was only diagnosed after three trips to the ER. She also says she won’t be able to get the mental health services she needs to deal with the stress brought on by her ordeal until July.Taylor said he can’t comment on details of the case due to privacy concerns, adding his staff were still attempting to reach her on Tuesday.Meanwhile, he says the doctors in the Kentville ER have a valid point about hospital crowding leading to backups in the emergency room.“We need a greater emphasis on discharging patients, including improved home care services, improved capacity of patients to be managed in alternative locations,” he said.However, he also said, “I personally wonder if GoFundMe campaigns will achieve funding for long-term care beds. I’m not sure how that will work.”Rod Drover, a spokesman for Eastern Health, the largest health authority in Newfoundland and Labrador, said legislation prevents him from discussing details of the cases such as the one posted Friday in St. John’s.“There have been no changes to nursing staffing arrangements at the Janeway intensive care unit for years, as the existing staffing ratio is based on national standards of best practice for ensuring quality of care,” he wrote.The agency accepts the reality of social media, “as a communications tool,” but — like Taylor — Drover says there’s a risk of inaccurate information spreading.Katherine Fierlbeck, a political science professor at Dalhousie University, said in cases like Rudderham’s video, a posting can highlight “underlying structural problems” in a powerful way.For example, it suggests there’s a massive difference between simple access to some kind of primary care — such as walk-in clinics and ERs — and access to the regular and consistent care of a skilled family doctor.Still, some health care problems, such as the public outcry over a lack of access to family doctors, are complex.Nova Scotia’s ratio of 257 doctors per 100,000 people is the highest in the country. And yet there were 51,119 people on a waiting list for a family physician in the province as of March 1.Fierlbeck notes that these statistics don’t reflect key details, such as data suggesting physicians in the province may have to spend more time on patients who are older and sicker than in other provinces.Meanwhile, the political scientist says when political parties — such as Nova Scotia’s Liberals — have tied their core electoral promises to budget control, they don’t easily shift to growing the health budget.“You’re going to have to commit a certain amount of money and the more you commit, the less positive the fiscal management part of your portfolio looks.”— Follow @mtuttoncporg on Twitter.Michael Tutton, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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ATHENS, Greece — Greece says it is planning a benchmark 10-year bond issue, in its second market test since the country officially exited its international bailouts in August.The Public Debt Management Agency said Monday that the issue would be launched “in the near future” subject to market conditions. In January, Greece raised 2.5 billion euros with a five-year bond.The decision follows Friday’s two-notch upgrade of Greece’s credit rating by Moody’s ratings agency, from B3 to B1. Although that is still well below investment grade the upgrade offers a considerable boost to market confidence.Greece last issued a 10-year bond in 2010, shortly before the country’s first bailout.The Associated Press

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OTTAWA — The heads of Canada’s leading business lobby groups are urging the federal government to get on with negotiating a free trade deal with Europe.The groups issued a letter to assure Trade Minister Ed Fast that they will stand behind the deal, once it is negotiated, and help sell it to workers and communities across Canada.[np_storybar title=”Canada’s banking sector protections under attack in EU trade talks, document shows” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/02/27/canadas-banking-sector-protections-under-attack-in-eu-trade-talks-leaked-document-show/”%5D A leaked draft of part of the Canada-Europe trade talks shows that Canada’s vaunted banking system is on the negotiating table.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]“You can count on our full support,” concludes the letter, signed by the heads of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, the Canada-Europe Roundtable for Business and the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters.Opponents of a Canada-EU trade and investment agreement are also galvanizing forces.On Monday, Canadian civil society groups wrote French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who is visiting Canada, to express their opposition with a special emphasis against the investor protection chapter, which allows firms to sue governments over restrictive policies.Jayson Myers, who heads the manufacturers and exporters group, said in an interview that the business community is anxious that a deal be signed quickly because it will take many months and even years to ratify.He notes that provinces will likely need to sign on, as will the 27 member countries of the European Community.But an insider in the business coalition says there is real concern that negotiators have taken the talks about as far as they can go, and that it’s now time for political leaders to make the needed decisions.“We want to give groundcover to the politicians so they can then make some brave decisions,” said one insider.Since negotiations began almost four years ago, the talks have missed several deadlines including the most recent pledge to complete an agreement by the end of 2012.The longer it takes, the longer we have to wait to get that economic benefitAlthough progress has been made, the two sides are still apart on the controversial issues where compromises will likely come with a political price back home.For Canada, opposition has formed around European demands that government procurement at the provincial and municipal level be opened up, that drug patents be extended, agricultural quotas be reduced and on the issue of investor protection.Complicating the matter is the announcement that the United States will seek a similar agreement, which some believe may lessen the appeal of a deal with Canada for the Europeans.A spokesman for Fast denied that talks are stalled, noting negotiators are continuing to meet in Brussels this week. But he said there is no new formal or informal target date for agreement.Myers says he is still optimistic a deal with be signed by the end of the spring, although he has some concerns.“Yes we are concerned,” Myers aid. “Part of this is to re-energize both the European economy and Canadian economy so the longer it takes, the longer we have to wait to get that economic benefit.”He added there are also political hurdles to overcome, including European parliamentary elections, national elections and provincial votes in Canada.The EU is currently Canada’s second largest trading market after the United States, representing about 10% of Canada’s exports. In turn, Canada is the EU’s 12th largest market, representing about 1.6% of its exports.The Canadian Press read more

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OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada says internet service providers can recover some of the costs of helping movie companies and other copyright holders find illegal downloaders.In a decision today, the high court sides with Rogers Communications in ruling that the companies pursuing copyright violators should reimburse service providers a reasonable amount for the effort of looking up subscribers suspected of breaking the law.The decision could end up saving Rogers and other internet providers many thousands of dollars, but the Supreme Court says the appropriate fees should be decided at a future Federal Court hearing.The case began when movie production firm Voltage Pictures asked Rogers for information about an alleged violator under provisions of the Copyright Act.Rogers retrieved the information but agreed to disclose it only upon payment of a fee — $100 per hour of work plus HST.Voltage Pictures hopes to eventually obtain the information of tens of thousands of suspected copyright infringers, and it argued the federal legislative regime precluded Rogers from charging a fee. read more

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Ohio State sophomore offensive lineman Thayer Munford (75) prepares for a play in the third quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State sophomore offensive tackle Thayer Munford and junior safety Jordan Fuller will miss spring practice due to injury, as confirmed by an Ohio State spokesman.Munford was a four-star prospect out of high school and played in 13 games this past season, and has played in 25 total throughout his first two years on the offensive line with the Buckeyes.A 2017 third-team All-Big Ten member, Fuller finished the 2018 season with 81 total tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception.There is no confirmed information about the extent of the injuries to either player.Ohio State will begin spring practice on Wednesday, with the 2019 Spring Game scheduled for April 13. read more

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Glue trap killers are being hunted after six wild birds were caught in the sticky substance that had been smeared on feeders at a nature reserve in West Sussex. Five blue tits and one great tit were found dead by rangers at Warnham Local Nature Reserve on Thursday.  Employees took other birds away to be cleaned and alerted the RSPCA of their findings.  The animal welfare charity said that three men were seen acting suspiciously in the area.  Two were described as around 30-years-old, six feet tall, with hair that was long on top and shaved at the sides.  A third man was described as older, but not as tall and was wearing a cap.If found guilty, those responsible could be sentenced to up to six months in prison and given an unlimited fine. The charity said bird lime, a sticky substance, was found to have been smeared on the feeders and surrounding greenery to “cruelly trap” birds that came into contact with it.A spokesperson said: “Using this method of trapping causes huge amounts of distress and suffering for the birds and will indiscriminately ensnare anything that comes into contact with it.”If anyone sees the three men described as acting suspiciously in the area again we would urge them to call the police first and contact the RSPCA.” The charity said bird lime, a sticky substance, was found to have been smeared on the feeders and surrounding greenery to “cruelly trap” birds that came into contact with itCredit:RSPCA The charity said bird lime, a sticky substance, was found to have been smeared on the feeders and surrounding greenery to "cruelly trap" birds that came into contact with it Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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first_imgPADDY JACKSON HAS won his fitness battle and will start as outhalf for Ireland against France on Saturday.The Ulster player proved his fitness to the Irish management team during training sessions yesterday and this morning. Team manager Mick Kearney says Jackson came through his fitness test with no adverse reactions.Ireland head coach Declan Kidney has confirmed the 21-year-old will be tasked with the place-kicking duties against France at Lansdowne Road.Jackson, who had pulled up with a tight hamstring during Monday training, successfully kicked one from four in the 12-8 loss to Scotland in Murrayfield.He was given the kicking tee for Ulster in their Pro12 match with Benetton Treviso and landed seven kicks from nine attempts.Statistically, Jackson performs better at Ravenhill, rather than away fixtures, for Ulster. Ireland will hope the trend continues in a green jersey.The other selection decision to be made by Kidney is to draft in Steven Archer as tighthead cover for Mike Ross.Ireland will be captained by Jamie Heaslip for the sixth time and are seeking their first win over France since 2009.Ireland (v France): R Kearney; F McFadden, B O’Driscoll, L Marshall, K Earls; P Jackson, C Murray. C Healy, R Best, M Ross; M McCarthy, D Ryan; P O’Mahony, S O’Brien, J Heaslip (capt.)Replacements: S Cronin, D Kilcoyne, S Archer, D O’Callaghan, I Henderson; E Reddan, I Madigan, L Fitzgerald.Ireland v France: ‘We’ll take 3-0′ in Dublin says beleaguered French bosslast_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram British Prime Minister David Cameron has declared state multiculturalism a failure in the UK. “Under the doctrine of state multiculturalism, we have encouraged different cultures to live separate lives, apart from each other and apart from the mainstream,” he told the Munich Security Conference last Sunday. “The challenge is to use our differences as a uniting force, to assist us to live peacefully with our neighbours and to enable newly arrived migrants and refugees wishing to live in Victoria the opportunity to do so.” – Nicholas Kotsiras Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship“We’ve failed to provide a vision of society to which they feel they want to belong. We’ve even tolerated these segregated communities behaving in ways that run completely counter to our values,” he said. In arguing the failure of multiculturalism, Mr Cameron said that the policy could lead to terrorism, singling out extremist Islam as the biggest internal terror threat in the UK. “This hands-off tolerance has only served to reinforce the sense that not enough is shared. And this all leaves some young Muslims feeling rootless.” “And the search for something to belong to and something to believe in can lead them to this extremist ideology,” he said. Mr Cameron’s speech came just months after German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared multiculturalism in her country had also failed. “The approach [to build] a multicultural [society] and to live side-by-side and to enjoy each other … has failed, utterly failed,” she told members of her Christian Democrat party in October last year. Ms Merkel was also present at the Munich conference that heard Mr Cameron argue for a shift in policy away from multiculturalism and towards a, “much more active, muscular liberalism”. Mr Cameron’s comments at the weekend drew strong criticism, particularly from Muslim groups, who are concerned at the PM’s link between multiculturalism and terrorism. “The Prime Minister today took aim at multiculturalism through the lens of security, when in fact we need a discussion on our shared values that includes all of us, not just Muslims,” Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said in a statement. “The Big Society should be about how we can work together to solve our common challenges; not to further isolate, sideline and demonise particular communities,” he said. Mr Murad went on to criticise the timing of Mr Cameron’s speech, which coincided with a rally by right-wing group, the English Defence League in Luton, north of London. “We find it very disappointing that at a time when we should seek to stand together to fight violence and extremism, Mr Cameron omits any reference to this extremist group spreading hate and bigotry against British Muslims in towns and cities up and down this country,” Mr Murad said. Mr Cameron’s speech also drew criticism from Australia, where Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, Dr Hass Dellal told Neos Kosmos that multiculturalism is an inescapable reality for Britain. “Multiculturalism is not a vision or an ambition, much less an ideology or creed. It describes societies like Australia and the United Kingdom as they are and as they are destined to be,” Dr Dellal said. “We can take from Prime Minister Cameron’s speech that the failure of multiculturalism is really in the absence of any long-term and visionary multicultural policy in the United Kingdom, not the failure of culturally diverse communities living together.” “We are learning that by providing opportunities to connect with one another through social engagement, participation and active citizenship, we can strengthen one’s sense of belonging and commitment to the nation,” he said. Dr Dellal’s criticisms were echoed by Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nick Kotsiras, who said, “the challenge is to use our differences as a uniting force, to assist us to live peacefully with our neighbours and to enable newly arrived migrants and refugees wishing to live in Victoria the opportunity to do so.” However Mr Cameron’s speech did garner some support from more established Greek Cypriot groups in the UK. Agatha Kalisperas, Director of the Hellenic Centre in London told Neos Kosmos, “I love London because it is a multicultural society, but what I think Cameron meant is that if you choose to live in this country … you have to abide by the laws and you have to learn something about the culture of this country.” “I have people from the older generation, Cypriots, who ask me ‘where is Queen Elizabeth Hall or where is the Royal Albert Hall’.” “You don’t want to live in a completely homogeneous country … but I think there should be some loyalty to the country,” she said.last_img read more

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first_imgMerry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Cowan family! Photo courtesy: Wade CowanDear ASA Members,This Christmas season, as we gather with family and friends, let us remember the reason we all celebrate.  While we take time to remember the gifts we all are so thankful to receive, we should also take time to remember those less fortunate than us and take this opportunity to give back to our respective communities.What a blessing it is to produce and provide the food, fiber and fuel that our communities, nation and the world need.  As I sit back and consider all the work we do in and out of the field, I’m filled with gratitude for our entire soybean team and the opportunity to serve as your President.The coming year holds the promise of new opportunities, along with challenges, and we will face them together as a unified force not only to improve the lives of our fellow soybean producers, but for all areas of agriculture.So from West Texas, my wife Valerie and I, and our children Kelcie, Brittany, and Alan, would like to wish you a joyful and Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.Wadelast_img read more

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first_imgStory as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Trooper-named-in-Soldotna-shooting.mp3VmJennifer-on-Trooper-named-in-Soldotna-shooting.mp300:00RPd Other Troopers responded to the area and SERT was activated. EMTs were staged nearby. Troopers attempted to negotiate with the man hoping he would put the firearm down but the man refused. The man, while still in the back of the trooper vehicle, pointed the firearm at Troopers and Lt. Gilmore shot him. On December 23, AST received a report about a suspicious male on private property walking into the woods. A trooper responded and was able to locate the subject. Due to below freezing temperatures, the Trooper offered the man a ride home and the man accepted. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Trooper involved in the shooting incident that occured on December 23, in Soldotna, has been identified. The man was injured and transported to Central Peninsula Hospital for treatment. Investigation is ongoing. Lt. Gilmore was placed on a mandatory 72-hour leave. While in the back of the trooper vehicle, the man produced a handgun. The Trooper was able to stop and safely exit the vehicle. While secured in the back of the trooper vehicle, the man continued to brandish the handgun. Lieutenant Dane Gilmore, Deputy Commander of E Detachment, a 24 year veteran of Department of Public Safety has been named has the trooper that fired his service weapon.last_img read more

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first_img See it Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Share your voice 6 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See at Turo Boost Mobile $999 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Comments See It $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Chris Monroe/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Apple iPhone XS Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Comments $520 at HP JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET $999 See at Amazon $999 Read the AirPods review Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read Google Home Hub review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $210 at Best Buy $60 at Best Buy NASA Space,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $59 at eBay Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Amazoncenter_img Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Rylo Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It $299 at Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Turo Tags Sprint Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) A big asteroid is passing through this month. Theodore R. Kareta An asteroid twice as big as the bolide that exploded over Russia in 2013 will whiz by us next week at a distance that’s closer to Earth than the moon. Despite what tabloid headlines might lead you to believe, small asteroids zip by the Earth on a fairly regular basis. Most of these space rocks are so little they’d burn up even if they did collide with our atmosphere, and astronomers discover many of them when Earth is already in their rear-view mirror. Asteroid 2019 EA2 could be up to 128 feet (39 meters) wide. It’s the rare rock making a close flyby that’s also large enough that astronomers spotted it well in advance. The asteroid, detected earlier this month, is also moving unusually slowly, at a rate of 5 kilometers per second (11,185 mph), which makes it easier to see. On March 22, asteroid 2019 EA2 will pass by us at a safe distance of 188,731 miles (303,733 kilometers), or about eight-tenths the distance between here and the moon, according to NASA. If you’ve got a powerful enough telescope (or perhaps with some help from a place like the Virtual Telescope Project), spotting this asteroid might make for an interesting follow-up to watching the last supermoon of the year just a few nights earlier. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Best Buy Angela Lang/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sci-Tech Sarah Tew/CNET See It Read the Rylo camera preview Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $6 at Tidal What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $999 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 7 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Sarah Tew/CNET Tags The Cheapskatelast_img read more

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first_imgDemi Rose Official Instagram (demirosemawby)Demi Rose is at it again. The Instagram model’s looks have been likened to Kylie Jenner and she has ridden that comparison to fame.The model turned up the heat when she posted a pic of herself in a skimpy bikini. Demi Rose worked the camera after slipping into the tiny leopard print two-piece. A scanty top was all that covered the star’s ample assets and perky cleavage, as she shot a sultry look to the camera that was sure to set pulses racing.In a contemplative caption, Demi told her fans: ‘Try not to catch feelings.’Her Kylie Jenner looks aside, another reason Demi shot to fame was that she was linked to the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star’s ex Tyga. That exposure has gained Demi a huge following on social media, especially Instagram where she is known to display her incredible curves in a number of risque ensembles.  Instagram/Demi RoseSpeaking to MailOnline in an exclusive chat in September, Demi said: “I try to keep as healthy as I can. With travelling, it’s hard to work out, I travel across the world but try to keep my routine…Everyone says I’m the healthiest person they know. The fattiest thing I will ever eat is nuts and peanut butter.”Well, all that healthy eating sure seems to be paying off. Demi Rose recently revealed that a move to LA could be in the works due to her acting desires.Speaking to The Sun, she revealed: “Movies have always been a passion of mine since I went to stage school. But another ambition is to become a Bond Girl, as I love the style and glamour of those films.” You can check out the video here:last_img read more

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first_imgFormer Miss Uruguay Fatimih Davila Sosa found dead in hotel in Mexico City.InstagramBeauty queen, ex-Miss Uruguay Fatimih Dávila Sosa was found dead in a hotel in Mexico City, say reports. Fatimih was found hanged on Thursday, May 2, in the guest bathroom at a hotel in the capital city of Mexico. She was 31.Investigations are still on and the nature and cause of her death have not been revealed yet. Probe is still on whether it was suicide or murder, as Fatimih Dávila Sosa was found hanging in the bathroom of a hotel. According to the Daily Mail, a press statement from the prosecutor’s office regarding the death read, “From the investigations carried out so far, it was established that an acquaintance helped her to settle in the aforementioned hotel.”Fatimih Dávila Sosa represented Uruguay at the Miss Universe 2006 pageant as well as the Miss World 2008 pageant. She made a living as a model in Mexico and had reportedly also worked in the USA. The beauty queen also studied as an actress in Chile and acted in the soap opera El Triunfo del Amor (The Triumph of Love).The Daily Mail also quotes Uruguayan newspaper El Pais that talks of Fatima Dávila’s name in a 2011 sting operation into a prostitution ring in the country, operated by public relations agent Jose Miguel Acosta. The PR agent knew Argentine model representative Luis Santos very well, an acquaintance of the beauty queen.Dávila was reportedly recorded by investigators as saying, “I was talking to Leandro (Santos) and he told me that it would be good if I got into something of that to put myself in higher demand, to make myself better known, because nobody values the subject matter of Miss Uruguay.” Fatima gave a court declaration in 2012 after the sting.Fatimih Davila Sosa’s last Instagram post comments show it was 17 weeks ago. She looked happy in her last picture, in a white shirt, as she smiled and looked down. In general, in all her pictures, she looked like a happy soul and it is unfortunate that she had to pass away in tragic circumstances.last_img read more

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first_imgA family spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush will remain hospitalized “to continue regaining strength” as he recovers from an infection requiring his hospitalization a day after his wife’s funeral.Bush was admitted April 22 to Houston Methodist Hospital. He’s being treated for an infection that spread to his blood.Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Monday the 93-year-old Bush “is in great spirits and is looking forward to going home soon.”McGrath has previously said Bush hopes to travel next month to his family’s home in Maine, where he spends the summers. APFILE – In this Feb. 5, 2017, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush arrives on the field for a coin toss before the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots in Houston. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston since last Friday, Aprul 14, 2017, with a recurrence of a case of pneumonia he had earlier in the year. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement Tuesday, April 18, 2017, doctors determined he had a mild case of pneumonia which has been treated and resolved. McGrath said the former president “is in very good spirits and is being held for further observation while he regains his strength.” (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) Sharelast_img read more

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