barcelonaernesto valverdeGerard PiqueSalvia Praha First Published: November 6, 2019, 9:44 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Barcelona were booed off the pitch by their supporters as their patchy form continued with a 0-0 draw at home to Slavia Prague in their Champions League Group F game on Tuesday.Ernesto Valverde’s side had fallen to a 3-1 defeat at Levante in La Liga on the weekend and could not give the rousing response they craved, failing to break down a diligent and bold Slavia side. With Luis Suarez injured, Barca lacked a cutting edge and visiting goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar produced an admirable display to shut out the Catalans, thwarting Lionel Messi and Sergi Roberto from close range in the second half.Messi also struck the top of the post in the first period following a thrilling solo charge from his own half and then teed up Arturo Vidal for a tap-in late in the game but the effort was ruled out for offside against the Argentine.”Playing like this it’s difficult to see us winning the Champions League,” said Barca defender Gerard Pique.”We had chances to score but the ball wouldn’t go in. Results aren’t going our way in these last two games, and when you go two games without winning at Barca the fans expect more because expectations are so high.”Barca lead the group on eight points after four games, while Slavia are bottom with two.The Czechs, who were unfortunate to lose 2-1 at home to Barcelona two weeks ago, made a bright start and nearly took an early lead with a heavily-deflected shot which was repelled by the Catalans’ goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.They did manage to find the net at the end of the first half but the goal was disallowed for a clear offside.The visitors had bright spells in the second half although they did not manage to test Ter Stegen further, and angry boos and whistles rang out around the Camp Nou at fulltime.”It’s a difficult moment for us but the fans have the right to express how they feel and it’s up to us to deal with it,” said Barca defender Clement Lenglet.”We knew Slavia were a dangerous opponent who had quality and we were not taken by surprise by them. We suffered at various stages of the game.”We don’t have any time to sit around and get worried, we have to keep working and play every three days. We’re going to turn this around.”There was more bad news for Barca after the game, with the club revealing first-choice left back Jordi Alba had injured his hamstring.The club’s statement did not say how long the Spaniard would be out for but Spanish media reports said he could be missing for three weeks.
If the Mumbai Rockets are ready for the launch their Season 4 campaign in the Premier Badminton League (PBL) against Delhi Dashers, Ahmedabad Smash Masters are equally upbeat about their chances against North Eastern Warriors in the first doubleheader of the fourth edition at the NSCI courts on Sunday.The doubleheader would witness 30 tough matches with each contest having five ties, guaranteeing a grand feast for the Sunday crowd that is expected to flock the stadium.Mumbai Rockets, who have a good mix of Indian and foreign players, including Beijing Olympics champion in mixed doubles, Korean shuttler Lee Yong Dae.The highest paid Korean, who has been the pillar of strength for the last two seasons with Rockets, sounded confident about a good start to their campaign.”We start our season from Mumbai and I am really looking forward to it. I have been associated with the Mumbai franchise for the past two seasons and I am confident of a good outing this year, especially with a strong team to back us in doubles and men singles, our mainstay,” said Lee.Equally upbeat was the Delhi Dashers led by H.S. Prannoy, who felt that their strength lay in a combined effort of the team, with Tommy Sugiarto. “We are playing in Mumbai against the home team. The pressure will be equal for both teams despite the crowd supporting the Rockets,” said Prannoy.North East Warriors, with London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal as its spearhead, have a tough task at hand when they take on Ahmedabad Smash Masters in the late evening clash of the day.But they are, apart from Saina, relying on the combination of Yoo Yeon Song and Kim Ha-na to provide win in the doubles and Tian Houwei in singles attack. “I am really happy with the team we have, it is a good mix of experience and talent. We have Yoo Yeon Song and Kim Ha-na in the doubles department and Tian Houwei in singles. I am sure we will put up a strong display and play like the real Warriors,” said a confident Saina.advertisementAhmedabad’s Viktor Axelsen, the only player to have a hundred percent record with the highest number of trump matches (3) in the previous edition, knows the significance of giving his team a strong opening with all tenacity.”It’s important to start strong and stick with your winnings ways, especially when you are playing a league. We have shaped up a competitive squad and have requisite firepower in our attack. NE Warriors, too, have some of the finest shuttlers and this surely will be a keenly-contested tie. But we would like to take one match at a time with a positive start to our PBL4 campaign tomorrow,” said Axelsen.What time does Mumbai Rockets vs Delhi Dashers match in Premiere Badminton League 2018 start?The PBL 2018 match between Mumbai Rockets and Delhi Dashers will start at 4 PM IST.What time does Ahmedabad Smash Masters vs North Eastern Warriors match in Premiere Badminton League 2018 start?The PBL 2018 match between Ahmedabad Smash Masters and North Eastern Warriors will start at 7 PM IST.What TV channel and live streaming is the Premiere Badminton League 2018 matches between Mumbai Rockets vs Delhi Dashers and Ahmedabad Smash Masters vs North Eastern Warriors?Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 1 HD will show the match on TV. Hotstar will live stream of Mumbai Rockets vs Delhi Dashers and Ahmedabad Smash Masters vs North Eastern Warriors matches.Where will the PBL 2018 matches between Mumbai Rockets vs Delhi Dashers and Ahmedabad Smash Masters vs North Eastern Warriors be played?The PBL 2018 matches between Mumbai Rockets vs Delhi Dashers and Ahmedabad Smash Masters vs North Eastern Warriors will be played at the The National Sports Club of India in Mumbai.Where can I watch the Mumbai Rockets vs Delhi Dashers and Ahmedabad Smash Masters vs North Eastern Warriors live?The matches will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on Hotstar.com.What are the squads for the PBL 2018 matches between Mumbai Rockets vs Delhi Dashers and Ahmedabad Smash Masters vs North Eastern Warriors?Mumbai RocketsLee Young Dae, Anders Antonsen, Anura Prabhudesai, Kim Gi Jung, Kuhoo Garg, Manu Attri, Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth, Pratul Joshi, Sameer Verma, Shreyanshi PardeshiDelhi DashersH.S. Prannoy, Chai Biao, Chia Hsin Lee, Chirag Sen, Evgeniya Kosetskaya, Harika Veludurthi, Maneepong Jongjit, Tommy Sugiarto, Vighnesh Devlekar, Wang SijieAhmedabad Smash MastersViktor Axelsen, Anoushka Parikh, Daren Liew, Kidambi Nandagopal, Kirsty Gilmour, Lee Chun Hei Reginald, N. Sikki Reddy, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Sourabh Verma, Vaishnavi BhaleadvertisementNorth Eastern WarriorsSania Nehwal, Dhurv Kapila, K Maneesha, Kim Ha Na, Liao Min Chun, Rituparna Das, Siril Verma, Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, Tian Houwei,Yoo Yeon Seong
Arsenal ‘Arsenal must emulate Man Utd to reach Champions League’ – Hartson sees another top-four failure Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 02:26 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Arsenal UEFA Europa League Premier League The former Gunners striker believes only success in the Europa League will see Arsene Wenger’s side back among the continental elite for 2018-19 Arsenal are likely to miss out on a top-four finish again so will need Europa League success to reach the Champions League, says John Hartson.The Gunners have slipped out of the continental elite for the first time under Arsene Wenger after stumbling their way to fifth in the Premier League last season.Arsenal 14/1 to beat Chelsea 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 A mixed opening to the current campaign has seen their credentials questioned once again, but they did get off to a winning start in Europe on Thursday.Wenger made several changes for a 3-1 victory over Koln, but Hartson believes Arsenal need to take the competition seriously and follow the lead of Manchester United – who swept to glory last term to help counter a domestic standing in sixth.The former Gunners striker told the Daily Star: “I think a top-four place is a big ask for Arsenal, I really do think that. What with Manchester City spending so big, Liverpool as well.“Chelsea, and Manchester United under Jose Mourinho of course, are a lot of people’s favourites for the title.“But Arsenal can adopt Manchester United’s attitude to the Europa League last season.“Mourinho said from the outset he thought it was the best way in for United – he was almost telepathic how he called that.“Ajax hadn’t won an away game all the way through the competition, so it was almost as if United absolutely breezed the final it in a strange type of way.“United had a couple of tricky away games, but they won it at a canter. I think Arsenal have to take it seriously.“In the Europa League, they’re probably favourites to win it behind AC Milan.”Hartson believes part of the problem for Arsenal is that they once again failed to bring in the necessary reinforcements during the summer transfer window.With the squad still light in certain areas, the ex-Wales international has warned that an absence from the Champions League may become a more regular occurrence.“They’ve lost two game in the Premier league already, they go to Chelsea on Sunday where they’ve not won since 2011, so that could be three loses in their first five games,” added Hartson.“I know they’ve got this great record with qualifying for the Champions League – but last season was a wake-up call.“They needed to do a bit more in the transfer window. They brought in Alexandre Lacazette but needed another defender.”Arsenal head to Stamford Bridge this weekend sat 11th in the Premier League table, with six points taken from four fixtures to date.
Twitter Pinterest Read more Mascherano was praised for his tactical intelligence and his face was Photoshopped on to the iconic Che Guevara beret image, with memes claiming he could do anything, solve any problem, doing the rounds. He found himself raised on a pedestal so high that the only way was going to be down.Of that final loss to Germany, his memory of the game’s decisive moment remains vivid. “It was one of those isolated moves when you think nothing’s going on and football always ends up proving that every ball is important. The ball comes from the side and [André] Schürrle manages a cross between Pablo [Zabaleta] and me, it was actually the only space where it could have gone through … and we weren’t standing in the best position, and when [Mario] Götze gets it … It was unexpected, a moment in the game where it seemed nothing was happening but ends up giving them the advantage and crowning Germany world champions.”Argentina followed 2014 up by reaching two Copa América finals, but lost both to Chile, on penalties. “When we thought we’d hit rock bottom with the famous three finals – not in terms of football, because I think the standard of our game was by far among the highest Argentina has displayed in recent years, but in terms of results and because of the frustration generated by one lost final after another – we realised that the bottom was much deeper than we had envisaged.” “Croatia are a first-class side with top players, especially in the midfield, such as Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic, Rakitic … Perisic; a team to watch out, quality squad. And Nigeria are quite well known to us, we’ve always met in the last World Cups. They’re tough, not just because of their physical power, but because their disorganisation has the effect of disorganising you as a rival. And that’s when teams like ours suffer the most – in disorder.”Fully aware that for him and a few others, this World Cup presents the last chance of winning something big with Argentina, he stresses that the key is: “One step at a time. No need to rush things, the World Cup itself guides you, gives you signals on the go … it’s very important to start well because of the peace of mind, but we mustn’t look further than the first match.”He is now facing the dusk of his playing career, ending the season in China, far from his family. Rather than proclaim Argentina will be victorious, he has a measured view of what can now be achieved in Russia. “This is football: one day you win, one day you lose and there’s a very fine line between them.” It is hard to argue with my colleague Christian Martín’s view: “Masche is our leader. The finest example of his generation. A warrior facing his last great stand.” World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Ready to kick off the World Cup with a raw squad and a manager, Jorge Sampaoli, parachuted in late in qualifying, Mascherano is conscious of the difficulties Argentina face. “There was such an urgency when Jorge stepped in – we have been varying and tweaking and now I believe our aim is to become a much more solid team, which is what we’re going to need.“Take care to be defensively strong, which is what has made us go far in international competitions, and from there hope the quality starts to flow – because we do have quality players.”He is keenly aware that Argentina have been drawn in a tough group. “Iceland are a new team in the sense that they maybe don’t have a long football tradition but they’re a generation of players that have made history recently, with spectacular success at Euro 16, and qualifying ahead of Croatia. Andrés Iniesta: ‘I’ve squeezed out every drop, there’s nothing left’ Juan Sebastián Verón picks his all-time Argentina XI Mascherano during an Argentina training session on Saturday in Sant Joan Despi, Spain. Photograph: Manu Fernandez/AP World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players Share on Facebook Read more Share on Twitter Facebook Four years ago, Argentina managed to play seven games at a World Cup for the first time since Italia 90, but lost the final to Germany in extra-time. For a country twice world champions, proud exporters of football talent, it was not without frustration that even staying in the tournament past the quarter-finals had become an elusive task. For a short while after the last World Cup, then, Argentina’s success in keeping the nation enthralled until the very last minute was praised, a cause for celebration. And one player in particular became the viral pin-up hero of the day: Javier Mascherano.“It was a unique experience because we had never lived or experienced anything like what happened in 2014 – it was spectacular,” an older, wiser Mascherano tells me when we meet in Spain for Argentina’s warm-up tour. “The World Cup itself sets the pace and indicates what we can and can’t do: we changed the way we played, the system, as we went along, but always with total clarity about what we were doing. That was what led us to the final. The conviction of our idea, of doing things in a certain way, up to the very last minute. And if you look back I think it was Argentina’s best match in years.” Topics Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Mascherano is presented with a jersey for playing 143 games for the Argentinian team before the recent friendly against Haiti in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Victor R Caivano/AP Facebook As he shrugs and tuts about the passage of time, the toll the years have taken, the criticism, his sadness is clear. Speaking with just one other journalist present, the UK-based Argentinian broadcaster Christian Martín, no sponsored backdrops, no PR gatekeepers, he is relaxed and open. Of Argentina’s qualifying campaign, he says: “It’s hard to find high points. Mostly because throughout the qualifiers we were very inconsistent; we suffered a lot.“It all started off really badly with a defeat to Ecuador at home, then we went to Paraguay and drew. When we thought we might be able to make the jump, in the matches against Brazil, Colombia and Chile, an actual team started to appear, that’s when we went to the other Copa América in the US [the 2016 Centenario edition, with the final staged in New Jersey], and ended up changing manager. After Tata [Martino] everything descended into chaos. Because we weren’t getting the results, because we were so needy, so lacking … because we changed manager again after that. There was such a sense of urgency.”It was after that final in June 2016 that Argentina really did descend into chaos: Messi resigned from the squad pitch-side after missing a penalty in the shootout defeat by Chile, while the Argentina FA was placed under Fifa administration following a rigged election, internal disputes and accusations of corruption. Bankruptcy and violence plagued the domestic game. The bottom was much deeper than anyone envisaged. The Observer Since his move from Liverpool to Barcelona in 2010, he has come to occupy the defensive role more naturally, but also to understand the importance of the post. Argentina’s strength is often considered to be their forwards but Mascherano disagrees. “For years the talk has been of Argentina’s strong point being the offensive side, the attack,” he says. “And clearly we do have players with immense talent up front. But I think what has made these recent teams so competitive has been the ability to find a defensive equilibrium.”Russia 2018 will be the 34-year‑old’s fourth World Cup. Argentina’s most capped player with 143 international games under his belt, he recalls his first World Cup now, fondly remembering the 24-pass goal against Serbia in 2006 with which José Pékerman’s team made history. “Things always develop according to the players you field. If I remember right in midfield we had Maxi, Cuchu [Cambiasso], myself, Román [Riquelme], [Javier] Saviola and then [Hernán] Crespo, no? It was a reflection of José’s feeling for football. It was a very Argentinian squad, evoking Argentinian football from earlier times … very similar to Maradona’s goal against Greece [at USA 94], lots of touches.“That’s a bit what José preached. In the end I think we were all left feeling we could have gone further in that World Cup. It was a squad that could have aspired to more. Germany knocked us out in a penalty shootout, but in a match we arguably deserved to win.”We met again when he was playing for Liverpool and was asked to captain Argentina by Maradona, an unlikely manager of the national team. He then decided to hand over the armband to Messi, adding to his sense of leadership. Defeat once again when facing Germany in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup he describes as “an enormous sadness; our expectations were much higher”. By contrast, at club level it was a rewarding time: “Playing in England was a fantastic experience. In Liverpool I felt at home and really thoroughly enjoyed it. That’s the truth. The kudos and hierarchy of playing in the Premier League for a footballer is huge.” Share via Email Twitter Pinterest interviews World Cup The excellence of his tackles, interceptions and distribution were described by the Guardian’s Richard Williams as “sitting in front of the defence controlling the traffic with a calmness and technical excellence reminiscent of Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola”, a project he would later join and be a part of for eight years.Although Mascherano became more entrenched in the centre-back role under Guardiola, he remained for years the exemplar of a player able to play at the back, recover, save awkward situations and pass the ball forward at the highest level. He also gained experience of sharing the pitch with Messi, a plus for Argentina.“One wishes for this coming World Cup that Leo can be the best version of himself, because the aspirations of the whole squad depend on this version. It’s clear Leo conditions our collective performance; I hope as his team‑mates we can meet his standards.” World Cup 2018 Read more Share on WhatsApp “We were so close to the edge … one match away from not qualifying for the World Cup, it was a Calvary,” says Mascherano. “Those of us who have been around for some time have seen the good times and the bad, facing up to the task and doing what’s needed along the way … luckily we’ve come through.”I first met Mascherano shortly after the 2006 World Cup, when he had just signed for West Ham. He was a midfielder back then, a traditional No 5, but he was already aware that his defensive potential might slowly shift him further back. “If you don’t watch out you’re going to end up in goal any minute,” his compatriot Carlos Tevez joked. Argentina Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Reuse this content
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Liverpool listening to offers for Lallanaby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are willing to listen to offers for midfielder Adam Lallana in the January transfer window.Lallana is one of the favourites of manager Jurgen Klopp, but with the competition for places so intense, especially in midfield, his chances are limited.He has only played one game for the team this term, in the Carabao Cup.Football Insider says the 31-year-old could be moved on this winter or in the summer.The Reds can activate a clause to extend his deal, which expires this summer, by another year.A winter sale is possible, but less likely as the club may not want to weaken boss Klopp’s squad midseason.
Sneha Saha New DelhiMay 7, 2019UPDATED: May 8, 2019 11:32 IST HIGHLIGHTSGoogle I/O 2019 will begin in a few hours from now.For the first time Google will have hardware announcements in I/O.At the I/O 2019 Google will launch two cheaper Pixels — Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.Google I/O 2019 will begin in a few hours from now and India Today Tech will be reporting from ground zero from California. At the event Google will have several software-based announcements like every year. This year’s I/O is different as alongside the software-based announcements for the first time there will be some hardware announcements too. Google will be launching cheaper Pixels at I/O 2019 aka the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL. Ahead of the official release almost everything about the two new Pixels has been leaked. A new leak now outs the full specs sheet of the Pixel 3a.The leak comes from popular leakster Roland Quandt. The specs sheet reveals each and every detail about the cheaper Pixel 3a. According to the specs sheet the Pixel 3a will come packed with a 5.6-inch Full HD+ display with 1080p screen resolution and a 18:9 aspect ratio. The leak further suggests that the Pixel 3a will come with OLED display, now with that it will be safe to say that the new Pixel will offer great multimedia experience to the users out there.The specs sheet further reveals that the Google Pixel 3a will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor paired with up to 4GB of RAM. The specs sheet doesn’t reveal the storage details of the phone. The Pixel 3a is said to come packed with a 3000mAh battery setup and will have a polycarbonate build – this is understandable considering the price of the phone is expected to be much cheaper than the regular Pixels.advertisementCamera has always been the biggest highlight of the Google Pixel phones. The same is expected of the cheaper Pixel 3a series. The new leak suggests that the Pixel 3a will include single sensor on the back as well as on the front. On the rear panel the phone is tipped to come with a 12.2 MP sensor with dual pixel autofocus with an f/1.8 aperture – similar to what the Pixel 3 offers. On the front the Pixel 3a is expected to sport an 8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture.The leaked specs sheet also suggests that the Pixel 3a will have Active Edge embedded into the body. This feature will allow users to launch Google Assistant just by squeezing the phone from the sides. The Pixel 3a is said to come with a USB-Power Delivery 2.0 for 18W quick charge. It will also include support for 3.5mm headphone jack, 5GHz Wi-Fi ac support, Bluetooth 5.0, and NFC.Ahead of the launch, the price of the Pixel 3a has also been leaked. The Pixel 3a is expected to have a starting price at $399. The Pixel 3a XL will be slightly expensive because of the better specs it is going to offer.ALSO READ | Dark Mode in iOS, iPad apps on macOS and more expected at Apple’s WWDC 2019ALSO READ | Google IO 2019: Expect Pixel 3a phones launch, Android Q and here is how you can watch it liveALSO READ | Google Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL phones to launch in India today, expect top class camera at cheaper priceGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow GoogleFollow Pixel Pixel 3a full specs revealed ahead of today’s launch at Google I/O 2019Google will be launching cheaper Pixels at I/O 2019 aka the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL. Ahead of the official release almost everything about the two new Pixels has been leaked. A new leak now outs the full specs sheet of the Pixel 3a. Find out the details.advertisement
zoom Joint venture company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics with its subsidiary Melbourne International Ro-Ro Automotive Terminal (MIRRAT) has been selected winner by the Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) for the development of the automotive and Roll-On Roll–Off (RoRo) terminal in Webb Dock West. A world class terminal for the Webb Dock West project will benefit Melbourne, and ultimately support stronger trade through the Port of Melbourne for the Automotive and RoRo industries.MIRRAT as part of the WWL Terminal Holdings group of companies taps into global experience in design, development and management of terminals in a number of countries across the Americas, Asia and Europe.Rob Lord, WWL Head of Oceania commented: “MIRRAT will be an innovative and world class terminal that Australia, particularly Melbournians can be proud of. This terminal will be unique with a focus on modern design and strong environmental performance. Its efficient operations will support Melbourne’s growing trade requirements over the next 30 years”The construction of the terminal will begin in late 2014 and once operational, will have the capacity to handle up to a million units annually.Press Release, July 4, 2014
Members of the Legislative Assembly today, Sept. 4, re-electedMurray Scott as Speaker of the House. The MLA for Cumberland South, was first elected to thelegislature in March 1998. A former police officer in Moncton andSpringhill, he also served as Speaker from August 1999 to July2003. The Speaker of the House presides over the proceedings of theassembly, maintaining order and regulating debate in accordancewith House rules and practices. He decides questions of order,rules on questions, ensures that all viewpoints are heard,protects the rights of all members and casts the deciding vote inthe event of a tie. “I am humbled by the support for my reappointment to the chair byall three parties,” said Mr. Scott. He said he wants to see allparties work together to do the best the legislature can for allNova Scotians. At one time, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker were elected on amotion of the premier. Since 1998, however, any member maynominate another member to the post as long as that member is nota member of Cabinet, the leader of the Opposition or anotherrecognized party. Mr. Scott was nominated by Premier John Hamm. The nomination wasseconded by Darrell Dexter. Danny Graham concurred. -30-
VICTORIA — The Speaker of the B.C. legislature says it is up to the assembly to decide whether it wants to rescind a motion that placed its two top officials on administrative leave.In a letter to the three party house leaders released today by Speaker Darryl Plecas, he says the motion passed unanimously by the legislature last Tuesday provides for a periodic review of the decision.Plecas says all three party leaders supported the position that “it would not be appropriate for these permanent officers to continue to be at the assembly in the face of an active criminal investigation regarding their actions related to the assembly.”Sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz and clerk of the house Craig James have denied any wrongdoing in a letter released Friday by their lawyer, who has asked the legislature to rescind the motion placing them on leave.The two men have scheduled a news conference for later today.The RCMP has said it is investigating staff at the legislature, but it has not said who is the subject of its probe and it has not described the investigation as criminal in nature.The Liberals have asked for an emergency meeting to question Plecas about how and why he hired a special adviser to investigate his concerns about Lenz and James.On Saturday, Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said his caucus still has a lot of questions about the Speaker’s decision to hire his friend Alan Mullen in January to look into the administrative duties of Lenz and James.The Speaker’s office forwarded information to the RCMP in August and the Mounties are investigating with the help of two special prosecutors, who have declined comment on the case.Wilkinson said he’s asking questions now in part because it came as a surprise to him when Mullen revealed Wednesday that he had led the investigation before handing it off to the RCMP. Before Wednesday, the Liberals thought Mullen was a clerical worker and driver for the Speaker, he said.But Plecas says in his letter that the Liberals did not raise any objections at a meeting before the motion was presented to the house.“Official Opposition house leader Mary Polak specifically stated that she did not want or need any further information about the allegations beyond knowing that there was an active RCMP investigation,” he wrote.Plecas says the work done by Lenz and James is “central to the operations and deliberations of the legislative assembly.”“They must have the unqualified trust and confidence of the house. They are entitled to the presumption of innocence in any criminal process, but the reality of an active criminal investigation concerning their activities as permanent officers of the house cannot be ignored by the house.”The Speaker says his office has canvassed members about an emergency management meeting for their availability and has since concluded a scheduled meeting of the committee should go ahead on Dec. 6. The committee, chaired by the Speaker and made up of the three house leaders and other top legislature members, is responsible for the financial accounting of the legislature. The Canadian Press
OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The prime minister’s inner circle will get another shake-up next week.A senior government source has confirmed Justin Trudeau will be shuffling his cabinet. That is expected to happen on Monday.This will be the third cabinet shuffle in three months for the prime minister, who is forced to make changes after Jane Philpott resigned during the fallout of the SNC-Lavalin controversy.In her resignation, Philpott said she had lost confidence in the government’s handling of the SNC case. Since then, Public Works Minister Carla Qualtrough has been filling in as Treasury Board President.BREAKING: Senior source confirms to me Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau will shuffle his cabinet, and it is expected to take place Monday #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) March 15, 2019 Since Philpott’s resignation @CQualtro has been filling in at Treasury Board #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) March 15, 2019It’s unclear if someone will be promoted or if there will be a new face added to the inner circle.Trudeau had shuffled his team in January, moving Jody Wilson-Raybould out of the justice portfolio, a move that has been seen as the trigger for the SNC-Lavalin controversy. Trudeau then had to again make changes after Wilson-Raybould stepped down from the veterans affairs role.The shuffle is expected to take place just a day before the government’s pre-election budget is released.
Login/Register With: Advertisement Sharkwater Extinction, in theatres now, is a stellar conservation documentary about the illegal trade in shark fins. It’s also a record of the last year of Stewart’s life. He was 37 when he died.Stewart was from Toronto, well known and well liked in his home town. When Sharkwater Extinction was shown to film critics at TIFF back in September, the audience was moved to tears. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Filmmaker Rob Stewart sits among the ribs of the wreck of the Spona in Bimini before a dive for Sharkwater: Extinction. (Handout photo) Advertisement Facebook Rob Stewart died in January last year while diving in the Florida Keys.The world-renowned conservationist was in the midst of shooting his third film, Sharkwater Extinction, and hoping to capture footage of elusive and nearly extinct sawfish.The camera followed him into the sea for the last time.Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart is seen in this undated handout photo. Seeing their late son, Toronto filmmaker and conservationist Rob Stewart, diving into the depths of the ocean on the big screen again has been a bittersweet experience for Sandy and Brian Stewart. HO / THE CANADIAN PRESS Twitter
PARIS – The state of Minnesota lost its bid to host what would have been the first world’s fair on U.S. soil in almost 40 years when the organization that oversees the events voted Wednesday to make Argentina’s capital the site of one planned for 2022-2023.The Trump administration has sought to boost American interest in world’s fairs, international displays of ingenuity that in the past brought the world the Eiffel Tower, the Ferris Wheel and Seattle’s Space Needle.But in its latest vote, members of the Bureau of International Expositions, based in Paris, picked Buenos Aires over rivals Bloomington, Minnesota and Poland’s third-largest city, Lodz, to host a specialized World Expo.Argentinians at the vote literally jumped for joy as the result was announced — and then started handing out white-and-blue soccer t-shirts with star Argentinian player Lionel Messi’s name on them.Delegates donned the t-shirts on top of their suits as members of the Argentinian bid team hugged and kissed each other in excitement and relief.It will be the first expo in Latin America under the auspices of the BIE, which began operations in 1931.Full-scale World Expos that last six months are now held every five years, while three-month expos devoted to specific themes take place in intervening years.The U.S. delegation was clearly disappointed, but the government was undeterred. The State Department said it “looks forward to working with other U.S. cities and states interested in bidding to host a future World’s Fair.”The Minnesota bid committee and the U.S. State Department congratulated Argentina on its selection.“I’m confident we’ve done nothing but good for our region, and for the advancement of the theme Healthy People, Healthy Planet,” board member Marilyn Carlson Nelson said in a statement.Gov. Mark Dayton said the committee “put our state’s many accolades on the world stage, and demonstrated again why Minnesota is such a world-class place to live, work, and innovate.”Minnesota had proposed a health-focused expo to capitalize on the state’s world-class medical institutions and medical device makers.The Polish delegation looked especially grim after the defeat of its bid, on the theme of how post-industrial cities can reinvent themselves.Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie said Buenos Aires’ bid is aimed at showing creative ways that smartphones and other increasingly accessible technology can “give people around the world an opportunity to have better lives.”“We are very happy not only for my country but for South America,” Faurie told reporters in Paris as he invited countries around the world to mount exhibits at the expo.Argentina’s organizers hope the event will attract at least 6 million visitors.Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, is set to host the next full World Expo in 2020. A specialized expo focused on energy was held this year in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana.___Karnowski reported from Minneapolis.
CALGARY – Alberta’s Crown-owned bank is forecasting moderate economic growth this year, but no big drop in the province’s jobless rate.ATB Financial is projecting GDP will increase by 2.8 per cent.Chief Economist Todd Hirsch says that is better than the recession years of 2015 and 2016, but not as strong as 2013 and 2014 before the economic downturn.Hirsch says the unemployment rate is expected to come down gradually from 7.9 per cent to about 6.8 per cent.He says U.S. oil prices have strengthened, but Alberta isn’t benefiting because there isn’t enough pipeline capacity to get the province’s heavier crude to markets.ATB says non-energy industries such as agriculture, tourism and technology are expected to perform well this year.Housing prices are projected to improve, but housing starts will remain the same or decrease slightly.“We’re expecting 2018 to be okay for the housing market, probably some modest price increases as some optimism comes back,” he said Thursday.“However, pulling against that is changes in the mortgage lending. That is going to restrict some buyers from getting into the market or it’s going to force them to look at lower priced properties.” (CTV Calgary)
SINGAPORE – The annual gathering of Southeast Asian leaders began Tuesday with a warning from the host, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, about threats against international rules that underpin world stability and economic growth.“The international order is at a turning point,” Lee said at the opening ceremony of the summit of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations.“The existing free, open and rules-based multilateral system, which has underpinned ASEAN’s growth and stability, has come under stress,” Lee said.U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy and his resistance to multilateral agreements and institutions are viewed as an affront and a challenge in a region whose modern economies are largely driven by global trade.Among issues on the agenda for ASEAN and other leaders attending meetings in Singapore this week, including U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence, are talks on a new regional trade pact that would commit member countries and others in the Asian-Pacific region to opening markets further.Lee said ASEAN and other participating countries including India and China, but not the United States, have made “substantive progress” on the market-opening initiative, called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.However, it’s unclear if a deal will be reached in Singapore. Participants say India, for one, is balking at opening its markets wider to imports from China under the accord.Trump is staying away from the Singapore summit, and also from the annual meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum that will begin later this week in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.Chinese leaders are busy burnishing their own free trade credentials as they speak out against Trump’s efforts to get Beijing to change policies aimed at making Chinese industries leaders in advanced technologies.Three days after taking office, Trump pulled out of a Pacific Rim trade initiative, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He has ordered punitive tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese products, among other measures, to address complaints over the U.S. trade deficit, China’s technology policies and other market access issues.“All countries are linked in the same industrial chain in the world today and China and the U.S. are an important part of it. No one wants or expects to see an interruption of it,” Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Tuesday in a lecture on the sidelines of the summit.ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.The globalization of manufacturing has been a key factor driving dynamic growth in the regional economy, which has more than doubled in size since 2007 to $2.8 trillion in 2017.The momentum must be in the direction of more, not less, open trade, said Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.Otherwise, he warned, there could be a “domino effect” in which countries engage in increasingly protective measures against their rivals.Inward-looking, protectionist policies have gained ground in ASEAN as elsewhere, he said.“This is not the time to close our doors by invoking trade protectionism measures but instead we should be actively engaged in finding amicable solutions,” Mahathir said. “It is now that we must continue to expand our intraregional trade and deepen the economic integration within ASEAN.”While talks on the ASEAN-centred trade accord stumble along, the 11 countries that have remained in the Trans-Pacific Partnership are preparing to inaugurate their revised trade deal.Renamed the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, it is due to take effect on Dec. 30.Several other economies are hoping to join the pan-Pacific accord, including the Philippines and South Korea.Japanese media reported that Taiwan’s representative in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, former chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Morris Chang, plans to ask Japan to back the island’s request to also become a member.___Associated Press video journalist Jerry Harmer contributed to this report.
Taroudant – The Arabian Business Magazine listed four Moroccan women on its “CEO Middle East” list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women released on March 1.The top Moroccan woman, ranking number 8 on the list, is the CEO of Aksal Group, Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch. She is followed by the founder of Teach4Morocco, Maha Laziri (ranked at 27), sociologist Fatema Mernissi (ranked at 81) and scientist Ismahane Elouafi (ranked at 91).Head of Akwa Group, a distributor of petroleum products, Salwa Akhannouch is a prominent Moroccan businesswoman who heads the franchise group Aksal, founded in 2004. Her ambitious project, Morocco Mall, is the largest shopping center in Africa and the Middle East and among the world’s top five. Her father, the famous Berber businessman Ahmed Haj Belfiqih, made his fortune in the tea trade. She is married to Aziz Akhannouch, Minister of Agriculture. As a young woman coming up in an emerging country, Maha Laziri found her passion as an education activist in Morocco. Laziri and her NGO’s small team have built schools in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, the village of Ait Hamza, and the Tassaout Valley.The author of numerous books on social, cultural and religious issues, Fatema Mernissi, a Moroccan feminist writer and sociologist, has been on the forefront of the critical dialogue about the position of women, and civil society since 1975.Ismahane Elouafi, director general of International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in Dubai since 2012, holds a PhD in genetics from Cordoba University, Spain, and has over 15 years of experience in agricultural research. Last year, Elouafi, a food safety champion, was among the eight scientists listed under “the shapers” category in the list of the top-20 most influential women scientists in Islamic World, and the only North African woman included in the ranking.For the fifth year in a row, Sheikha Lubna Al Qassimi, the UAE Minister of International Cooperation and Development topped the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women list, followed by Lebanese attorney Amal Clooney, wife actor George Clooney.Last year, three Moroccan women made it to the list namely Ismahane Elouafi, Fatema Mernissi and Maha Laziri.The Middle East leading magazine ranks the Arab women according to the influential role they play in their societies and the impact they have in their field of work.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
___Key challenges facing a Fiat Chrysler-Renault mergerMILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler’s proposal to merge with French rival Renault has industry executives, analysts and union leaders rushing to figure out how it would reshape the sector worldwide. While Renault has indicated it is open to talks, the plan faces hurdles and questions, including where savings – and job cuts – will come from.___Chinese tourism to US drops for 1st time in 15 yearsChinese travel to the U.S. is falling after more than a decade of rapid growth. And that has cities, malls and other tourist spots scrambling to reverse the trend. Travel from China to the U.S. fell 5.7% in 2018 to 2.9 million visitors, according to the National Travel and Tourism Office. It was the first time since 2003 that Chinese travel to the U.S. slipped from the prior year.___Ramadan in Mideast is for fasting and Facebook, data showsDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The holy month of Ramadan is not only the most important month of the year for Muslims, it’s also the prime time for advertisers. People in the Middle East spend close to 58 million more hours on Facebook during Ramadan. They watch more YouTube videos — everything from beauty tips and recipes to sports and TV dramas — than any other time of year. For Facebook, which also owns Instagram, and Google, which owns YouTube, Ramadan brings a welcome boost of business in the region.___Sports Illustrated magazine sold for $110 millionNEW YORK (AP) — Sports Illustrated magazine has a new owner, though the seller will keep running the print edition and website under a licensing deal. Meredith sold the magazine for $110 million to a company that specializes in managing fashion, entertainment and sports brands, including marketing rights to Shaquille O’Neal and Muhammad Ali. The buyer, Authentic Brands Group, will be look for opportunities to grow Sports Illustrated in digital, TV and social media.___Yellowstone National Park visitors spent $513M in 2018YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A federal report shows visitors to Yellowstone National Park spent nearly $513 million in neighbouring communities last year. The report last week from the National Park Service indicates the spending by the park’s 4.1 million visitors supported nearly 7,100 jobs in the area in 2018. The park service recorded more than 318 million visitors nationwide. The report shows they spent more than $20 billion across the country.___Trial underway in Oklahoma’s lawsuit against opioid makersNORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Drugmakers being sued by Oklahoma for fueling opioid addiction say the products they manufactured were heavily regulated by state and federal agencies and addressed an important need for pain management. Attorneys for Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson gave opening statements Tuesday in the nation’s first state trial against drugmakers blamed in the opioid crisis. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says the drugs led to the nation’s “worst manmade public health crisis.”___US home prices rise at slowest pace in 6 1/2 yearsWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at the slowest pace in more than six years in March, a sign weaker sales are keeping a lid on price increases. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 2.7% from a year earlier, down from an annual gain of 3% in February.___‘Sideline’ products will be in the spotlight at BookExpoNEW YORK (AP) — Non-book items are standard for Amazon.com and other online sellers, but for physical stores the sideline market is also an established and important source of income. At this year’s national publishing convention, BookExpo, the sideline part of the business will be a main attraction. BookExpo, which runs Wednesday to Friday, will feature such companies as Taza Chocolate, Calypso Cards and Streamline Inc. in an “UnBound” section at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.___Climate activists on trial for taking down Macron portraitsBOURG-EN-BRESSE, France (AP) — Across France, activists have been taking down portraits of President Emmanuel Macron to protest what they consider his “inaction” to fight climate change. And now they face up to 10 years in prison. The first of several trials targeting the activists opens Tuesday in the eastern town of Bourg-en-Bresse. Some 300 activists showed up to support the six defendants, chanting “We’re all portrait-removers!”___US stocks, bond yield slump, signalling market jittersNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell broadly Tuesday as anxious investors shifted money into bonds, sending yields to their lowest level in nearly two years. The yield on the benchmark 10 year Treasury fell to 2.26% Tuesday, the lowest level since September 2017. That put it below the 2.35% yield on the three-month Treasury bill. When that kind of “inversion” in bond yields occurs, economists fear it may signal a recession within the coming year.___The S&P 500 index fell 23.67 points, or 0.8%, to 2,802.39. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 237.92 points, or 0.9%, to 25,347.77. The Nasdaq composite dropped 29.66 points, or 0.4%, to 7,607.35. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies gave up 10.09 points, or 0.7%, to 1,504.02.The Associated Press
“The science is clear. We need to drastically lower greenhouse gas emissions in order to protect the planet and avoid dangerous temperature rises globally,” stressed Rob Vos, a Director of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). “If we do not significantly reduce emissions the damage to poor countries as a percentage of GDP [gross domestic product] will be up to more than 10 times greater than in the United States and most other developed countries,” Mr. Vos told reporters in New York at the launch of the 2009 World Economic and Social Survey: Promoting Development, Saving the Planet.Mr. Vos noted that for every rise of one degree in global temperature, the annual average growth in developing countries drops betweens two and three percentage points with little impact on advanced countries.However, to satisfy development needs, energy demands will have to rise in developing countries, posing a challenge in how to combine the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions with economic objectives.“To do this we will need huge adjustments in developed, but in particular developing countries,” said Mr. Vos. “The transformation of energy services will be key… This will have to go hand-in-hand with large-scale interrelated investments in order to address simultaneously the climate change and development goals.” The World Economic and Social Survey suggests that market solutions, including the development of a carbon market, through “cap and trade” mechanisms or taxation schemes in developed countries, are not the solution for developing countries. Rather, it recommends a combination of large-scale investments and active government policy interventions for developing countries.Among the possible multilateral measures in support of a global investment programme set out in the report is the creation of a global clean energy fund, a global feed-in tariff regime in support of renewable energy sources, a climate technology programme and a more balanced intellectual property regime for aiding the transfer of clean energy technology.“We are suggesting that we need a globally funded public investment programme to allow developing countries to engage both in cleaner generation of energy and still meet their development objectives,” said Mr. Vos.“The ballpark figure that we think is needed would be one per cent of global output, [or] around $500 to $600 billion per year starting well within the coming decade, and not – as many other studies suggest – that those levels should be reached by 2030 or beyond.” 1 September 2009A United Nations report launched today recommends a new Marshall Plan of more than $500 billion per year, or one per cent of global output, to help developing countries ease the impact of global warming and adjust to its effects while continuing on a path of economic growth.
US Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake says Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission had laid the groundwork for continued reconciliation following Sri Lanka’s 26-year-long conflict with the LTTE.“The LLRC offers a very promising way forward to help Sri Lanka become again the Island of peace and prosperity,” Blake said. “The U.S. will support reaching those goals.” Meanwhile Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the US Jaliya Wickramasuriya recognized the strong relations between the U.S. and Sri Lanka, as well as the positive results of the re-development policies of His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa for Sri Lanka. He said this at Sri Lanka’s Independence Day celebrations held in the US on Saturday, the Sri Lankan Embassy in the US said in a statement today. The ambassador called upon Sri Lankan-Americans to “tell the correct story of Sri Lanka’s progress,” and on Sri Lankan youth to “remember your roots.” “Sri Lankans know that the best solutions will be home-grown,” the ambassador said at the event. “We know our country, we know our people and we know the expectations of our people. We know what works, and, because we are a democracy, we know that the solutions we seek will be adopted by a representative government.“That is, after all, how the great democracies of the world have settled their internal issues, including the United States. As we look to the United States as an example of self-determination, I am happy to report that our relationship with the U.S. remains strong and is growing stronger.”
by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Jan 14, 2017 5:26 am MDT Last Updated Jan 14, 2017 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email 2 years after the hack, Sony CEO Lynton exits for Snap Inc. LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Two years after guiding the company through an unprecedented email hack, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton is leaving the company to become the chairman of the board for Snap Inc., the company behind Snapchat.Sony said Friday that Lynton, a 13-year Sony veteran who led both the music and entertainment group, will stay on for six months to ensure a smooth transition as Sony Corp. President and CEO Kazuo Hirai looks for a replacement.In a statement, Lynton said he had been involved with Snapchat since its early days and is choosing to focus on that company given its recent growth.Lynton started with Sony in 2004 as chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment and in 2012 was named CEO of Sony Entertainment.Sony Pictures Entertainment and its various film divisions have been struggling of late at the box office with underwhelming performances from higher budget fare such as “Ghostbusters,” ”Inferno” and “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”Lynton’s highest-profile moments during his tenure came in the aftermath of the devastating November 2014 hack involving the leak of proprietary information, employee Social Security numbers and embarrassing emails from top executives such as Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Amy Pascal.Five Sony-produced movies, including the unreleased “Annie,” appeared on file-sharing websites. The hack hindered Sony’s business operations, including the release of the James Franco and Seth Rogen film “The Interview,” and led to the departure of Pascal only three months later.“The whole series of events, not just for myself, but for everybody in the company, had so many twists and turns to it that every time you thought you were going down a path, every time people thought we got this in hand, the next thing you knew we’d have another threatening email come through two days later or another series of events,” Lynton told The Associated Press at the time.