The former Pakistan off-spinner lauded Ashwin, who has The former Pakistan off-spinner lauded Ashwin, who has been Indias top-wicket taker in Indian conditions. Saqlain, in fact, said Ashwin is way ahead of Australias Nathan Lyon and Moeen Ali of England. “Nathan Lyon and Moeen Ali still need to prove themselves but Ashwin is a world class bowler and is bowling superbly at the moment. He has good attitude and I wish him all the best. Ashwin has proved himself at Test level but the other two still need to do a bit more,” he said. Saqlain also defended the Tamil Nadu tweakers poor performance outside the sub-continent. “Just like batsmen when they go out of the sub-continent, they face problems, similarly spinners also face their share of problems. Ashwin has skills. He has troubled batsmen in the sub-continent and he is capable of doing that outside as well. One needs to accept that in places like England and Australia, the performance graph will go down a bit. “In Australia, you will play with three pacers and a specialist spinner, in India it will be opposite. The surface, the condition, the ball (SG in India, dukes in England and kookaburra in Australia) — everything changes. So if Ashwin gets five-for in India, he will perhaps get three in Australia. A captains plan for spinners in Australia is completely different unless there is some grip in the pitch. “Spinner is your fourth option and accordingly will bowl less number of overs,” he concluded. PTI KHS CM CMadvertisement
Xiaomi is undoubtedly winning the budget and mid-range segment in India right now, bringing value for money offerings this year like the Redmi 5A and Mi A1. The Mi A1, in particular, is arguably one of the best options under Rs 20,000, offering stock Android and impressive dual rear cameras. But there is one phone that has entered the picture now that seemingly gives the Mi A1 a run for its money — the iPhone SE.Apple’s most affordable iPhone got even more affordable this week with a Rs 8,000 price cut. You can now find the iPhone SE at Rs 17,999 on e-commerce stores like Amazon India. At this price, the iPhone is just a few notches higher than the Mi A1, but still within competitive range. There are a few reasons that make the iPhone SE seem like a more attractive buy than the Mi A1, for those who are willing to step outside the Android platform. Here’s what both the phones have to offer.– The iPhone SE features a striking yet classic design that has been regarded one of Apple’s best so far. The rectangular-shaped block design and compact form-factor make it an attractive buy for anyone looking for a small smartphone. It is also a very premium-looking smartphone, if not the most premium-looking right now under Rs 20,000. The Mi A1, interestingly, has a very iPhone 7 Plus-like metal unibody design, which does make it quite attractive in this price range, but isn’t as inspiring or unique as the iPhone SE.advertisement– Apple’s mid-range iPhone sports a small 4-inch retina display, which is perfect for smartphone users who want a phone that feels compact and personalised. The retina display is crisp and gorgeous despite its 750p resolution. The Mi A1, on the other hand, sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920) display, which is the obvious choice if you want the regular-sized smartphone with a bright and vivid display. The colours are sharp here and the phone has good visibility under sunlight.Also Read: iPhone SE 32GB gets price cut, is now phone with best camera under Rs 18,000– The one area where the iPhone SE understandably wins is with regards to the processor. Apple’s mid-range iPhone sports the same A9 chipset that powers the 2015 premium iPhone 6S. The processor continues to give a stellar performance even today, and quite easily overshadows the Snapdragon 625 processor inside the Mi A1. The iPhone SE will perform fluidly for at least a few months before Apple slows it down to save the phone’s battery. Not that the Mi A1 falls short on performance in any sense, but you’re still looking at a mid-range chipset going up against Apple’s premium processor.– Up till a few months ago, the iPhone SE on iOS 10 would have been easily comparable to the Mi A1 on Android Nougat as far as fluid software experience goes. But with iOS 11 now out and about, the iPhone SE is noticeably slower, and naturally falls behind the Mi A1 that runs stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat, and is soon to get Android 8.0 Oreo. Despite the optimisations, iOS 11 has been one of the buggiest updates to date, whereas the Mi A1 flies on the current Android OS, and is expected to run even faster once Oreo rolls out.– Both the Mi A1 and iPhone SE have excellent cameras, but their use-cases are very specific. The iPhone SE has a 12-megapixel sensor with 5-element lens and TrueTone flash. Reviews back in 2016 including our own hailed it as one of the best cameras in a smartphone. And while a lot has changed in the past two years, the camera has aged quite well. It is super fast at focusing and takes true-to-life images, which are well balanced in terms of contrast and colours even today. The Mi A1 has also been lauded for its excellent 12MP + 12MP dual rear cameras, and we found it to be the best under Rs 20,000 this year in our review. Of course, having a dual camera setup also brings some added benefits like capturing bokeh effects, which are crisp and detailed. Both the phones offer great rear cameras, but the iPhone SE has a bit of an edge in terms of capturing true colours, whereas consumers caught up with the bokeh craze will likely choose the Mi A1 instead.– When it comes to the front camera, however, the Mi A1 is clear winner, but it isn’t the best in this segment. It features a 5-megapixel sensor, which definitely sounds better than the iPhone SE’s 1.2-megapixel sensor. Both the phones don’t have anything exceptional to offer as far as selfies are concerned, but the Mi A1 offers just a little more detail and punch to the photos compared to the iPhone SE.advertisement– Right now, both the Mi A1 and iPhone SE are stellar options in the mid-range section. The Mi A1 is a relatively newer smartphone, which means it is guaranteed to last a couple of years. The same cannot be said for the iPhone SE, unfortunately. However, for consumers who have wanted to jump into the iOS platform, the iPhone SE is perhaps the best way to get started, especially if you’re on a budget. It continues to be one of the most popular phones in the country, and at this new pricing, it is likely to attract even more consumers.
MIAMI, FL — Turns out, the Miami Heat can beat the Brooklyn Nets.And rest hardly led to rust for the two-time defending NBA champions.LeBron James scored 22 points, Ray Allen added 19 and the Heat stayed perfect in this postseason by beating the Nets 107-86 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series. It was the first win for Miami in five meetings with Brooklyn this season.Chris Bosh scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Dwyane Wade finished with 14 points and Mario Chalmers had 12 for Miami, which recorded at least one regular-season win against every team except Brooklyn, losing four times by a total of 12 points.This one was a different story.Deron Williams and Joe Johnson scored 17 points each for the Nets, who got only eight from Paul Pierce and no points from Kevin Garnett in 16 minutes.Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Thursday night.A 24-9 run in the third quarter blew things open for the Heat, who hadn’t played in eight days after sweeping Charlotte in the opening round. James finished 10 for 15 from the field and Allen — who had never faced his former Boston “Big 3” compatriots Pierce and Garnett in the playoffs — was 4 of 7 from 3-point land.Miami’s lead was 55-52 early in the third quarter after a 3-pointer by Williams, and every indication was that the Heat and Nets — who played three one-point games and a double-overtime affair in the regular season — were heading down to the wire again.Not quite.The Heat took off on the 24-9 run over a 7-minute span, with Bosh scoring the first seven points of that burst to get Miami going. Allen’s 3-pointer pushed the lead to 14, James and Chris Andersen (who left in the fourth with a right knee contusion) added two free throws apiece and just like that Miami’s lead was up to 79-61.For Brooklyn, it was a collapse at an unexpected time. The Nets had the best third-quarter scoring differential in the East after Jan. 1, but were outscored 33-23 in that pivotal quarter in Game 1.It was a hectic news day long before Heat-Nets, with Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant being announced as the league’s MVP, the firing of Golden State coach Mark Jackson and the NBA saying that Los Angeles Clippers president Andy Roeser would be taking an indefinite leave as part of the fallout related to the Donald Sterling scandal.And pregame lineup moves by both clubs lent more intrigue. Miami brought Shane Battier — who played 2 minutes, total, in the first round against Charlotte — back into the starting five, while Brooklyn reinserted Shaun Livingston into its lineup after using him off the bench late in the Toronto series.After never leading by more than seven points against Brooklyn in the regular season, the Heat led by 11 after a drive by James with 3:32 left in the first half. But the Nets closed on a 14-6 run, and Williams’ first beat-the-clock 3-pointer of the game sent Brooklyn into halftime down 46-43.Williams did it again in the third, but that one only got Brooklyn within 79-66.NOTES: The Heat held a pregame moment of silence for Hall of Famer Jack Ramsay, who died last week at the age of 89. … David Beckham, who will be bringing an MLS team to Miami, sat next to the Heat bench. … Livingston was on the court to warm up for the second half with about 10 minutes left in the intermission. Small problem: The rack of basketballs wasn’t on the court yet. … The Nets are 1-9 all-time against Miami in playoff games. … Miami had not won consecutive Game 1s since the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the 2012 playoffs. TweetPinShare0 Shares
CSKA Moscow reached the midway point of the Top 16 with a share of first place in Group F after holding off Olympiacos Piraeus 92-85 on Friday in the Russian capital. Milos Teodosic scored 10 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter as the hosts held onto the lead after Olympiacos had taken a slim lead in the third quarter. The result boosted CSKA’s record to 5-2 and a tie with Laboral Kutxa Vitoria-Gasteiz for the group lead, while Olympiacos fell to 3-4 after its fourth loss in five games and is tied for fifth place. Nando DeColo added 19 points, Cory Higgins scored 12, Nikita Kurbanov 11 and Kyle Hines 10 for the winners. CSKA looked to pull away when it built a double-digit lead in the second quarter and led 41-33 at halftime, but the visitors started the second half with 8 straight points to tie it and later took a 49-50 lead on a D.J. Strawberry triple. However Higgins scored the next 5 points and though Olympiacos kept it close, CSKA held on the rest of the way. Georgios Printezis paced the Reds with 19 points and 9 rebounds, Daniel Hackett added 17 points, Vassilis Spanoulis posted 15 points and 6 assists, Othello Hunter also scored 15 and Matt Lojeski 10.First quarter: Kurnbanov scored 9 to give hosts early leadThe hosts got on the scoreboard first through Kurbanov’s three-point play. Printezis started things for the Reds with a floater. Jumpers by Victor Khryapa and De Colo made it 7-2. Nikola Milutinov’s block of Kurbanov denied CSKA another score and Lojeski capitalized on it with a triple. De Colo fed Joel Freeland inside for a slam, but just after the TV timeout, Hunter powered his way to a layup for the Reds. Kurbanov continued to play a major role in the CSKA attack with three straight baskets to boost the difference to 15-7. Hunter rescued Olympiacos with a put back, but Teodosic kept the hosts humming with free throws. Printezis closed the gap with a hook shot and a floater on consecutive possessions. After free throws by Hines and Hackett, CSKA led 18-15 at the end of the quarter.Second quarter: CSKA pushed advantage to double digitsHines went past Hunter for a layup and Printezis committed an offensive foul at the other end. Hunter scored his third bucket in the paint, but Vitaly Fridzon countered with the home team’s first three-pointer for a 23-17 lead. Hunter soared to reject Higgins, but it worked out well for CSKA when Hines dunked in the rebound. After an Olympiacos timeout, Hackett nailed a triple, but Higgins matched him at the other end. D.J. Strawberry got on the board for the visitors with a tough layup, but Hines gave the hosts the momentum with a vicious two-handed slam and foul and later 2 free throws for a 32-22 CSKA advantage. Higgins stole the ball from Spanoulis and the hosts capitalized with an Andrey Vorontsevich free throw. Printezis put back his own miss and Lojeski drilled his second triple to close the gap to 6. De Colo produced the ultimate Euroleague Fantasy Challenge play with an offensive rebound, basket, foul drawn and free throw made. Freeland restored a double digit lead with a layup plus foul. Free throws by Spanoulis and a Lojeski jumper brought Olympiacos back to life. After a Freeland slam and a Printezis floater, Higgins split free throws to make it 41-33 at the break.Third quarter: Reds rally to take slim leadThe Reds came out ready for the second half; Hunter scored a basket-plus foul. Then his steal led to a Spanoulis layup before Printezis tied the game at 41-41 with a triple to cap a 0-8 start to the half. Freeland and De Colo put CSKA back in front, but Spanoulis fed Hunter for an alley-oop slam as Olymapicos continue its assault. De Colo and Spanoulis traded free throws and then Jackson and Spanoulis swapped layup. Strawberry nailed a triple for the visitors first lead, 49-50. Higgins took charge with a nifty move in the paint and a three from the corner to put CSKA back in control, but Spanoulis found Hunter for another alley-oop slam. Hines rejected Printezis and Teodosic blew by the Olympiacos forward for a three-point play and a 57-52 advantage. The CSKA guard nailed a three, after which Olympiacos called timeout. Strawberry player the pick-and-roll with Hunter for a wicked slam and foul and Strawberry made it a 5-point game. Higgins and Aaron Jackson kept CSKA in charge with free throws, but Printezis sank another floater. After Teodosic free throws, Hackett’s triple ended the quarter at 66-61.Fourth quarter: Teodosic scores 10 to lift CSKA to victoryTeodosic opened the final stanza with a triple. Lojeski countered with a layup and Strawberry rejected Hines from behind. After a Printezis block on Teodosic, Strawberry raced for a dunk in transition. De Colo and Hackett traded threes to keep things close. A jumper by Hackett made it 73-70. Free throws by Teodosic and De Colo on CSKA’s next two possessions restored a 7-point advantage with five minutes to go. Hackett responded with 2 free throws, but Higgins sank a turnaround jumper. Then Spanoulis free throws were cancelled out by a Kurbanov jumper over Spanoulis. De Colo stretched the difference to 9 with three minutes remaining, but Spanoulis responded with a triple. After a timeout, Teodosic made free throws and Spanoulis split a pair. A great pass by Teodosic to De Colo for a layup was almost a dagger. Free throws by Hackett and Printezis made it a 6-point game with 55 seconds to go. A Khryapa jumper over Spanoulis all but sealed the win with 34 seconds left. Even an offensive rebound and three-point play by Printezis was too little, too late. A triple by Teodosicwith 10 seconds left all but wrapped up the win.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Brighton midfielder Alzate open to committing to Colombiaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton midfielder Steven Alzate says he’d be open to committing to Colombia.Alzate’s emergence has not gone unnoticed back in the mother country.He told Caracol Radio: “I’ve been playing football since I was three or four. At 16 or 17, I started to take it more as a career and I became more serious.“I don’t follow Colombian football much but I watch the national team.“If they call me, I’d love to play for the Colombian national team more than England, only because of my Colombian roots.“Although I’m in England, I feel more Colombian. It would be an honour to play for Colombia” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
OTTAWA – About half of the asylum claims heard so far from those who’ve crossed the Canada-U.S.. border since July have been rejected, the Immigration and Refugee Board said Tuesday.But the actual number of cases the board has heard since then is a mere fraction of the 8,000 or so claims that have been filed to date.Shereen Benzvy Miller, the head of the IRB’s refugee protection division, told a House of Commons immigration committee hearing that 240 have already been finalized, and a further 373 had been scheduled as of earlier this week, with the rate of rejection around 50 per cent.That’s in line with the historical acceptance rate for claims by Haitian nationals in past years; the vast majority of the asylum seekers who have arrived in Quebec in particular since the summer are Haitian.In August, the board set up a dedicated team of 17 members to hear asylum claims solely from the border crossers. The fate of those who crossed before July remains unclear, as those claims were just part of the board’s general caseload and aren’t specifically tracked.The dedicated team is aiming to hear about 1,500 cases between now and the end of November. After that, claims from the border crossers will go back to being part of the regular workflow.It’s a case load that has overwhelmed the board, Miller told the committee Tuesday.The board is funded to hear at most 24,000 cases a year and at present, is anticipating more than 40,000 to be filed in all of 2017.There are currently 40,000 cases in the backlog as well, she said. Wait times for a hearing are currently about 16 months with nowhere to go but up, she added.“The math is clear — unless you put more resources to this problem, then it takes longer time to schedule so there will be longer wait times.”The reason so many people have chosen to cross illegally into Canada in order to claim asylum is the Safe Third Country agreement with the U.S., which prohibits people from making asylum claims at land border entry points, though there are some exceptions.Critics of the deal say current immigration policy in the U.S. makes that country anything but safe for asylum seekers, but immigration officials insisted Tuesday they believe the U.S. asylum system is still functioning.A policy review carried out on the agreement indicated that the asylum system in the U.S. had not changed as of January, said Andre Baril, the director of asylum policy for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.Still, a legal analysis of the deal is also being done, and two international experts have been drafted to do another to “confirm the conditions that existed continue to be met,” he told the committee.Both the NDP and Conservatives have called for the Liberal government to either suspend or amend the deal. The NDP say suspension, which would allow asylum claimants to just enter at regular ports of entry, is the humane choice. The Conservatives say the deal should apply across the entire border so claims can’t only be lodged at land entry points.A report on focus groups held by the department earlier this year on immigration policy describes two predominant positions on the deal. One group couldn’t understand why illegal border-crossers are allowed to stay, while those who show up at designated points of entry are turned away.“For these participants, the agreement is counterintuitive and the logic of the agreement should be either reversed or more complete so that those who cross ‘illegally’ are also turned back.”While no one in the focus groups proposed suspending the deal, some participants agreed it made some sense when the idea was put forward as a hypothesis.“There was a sense that these refugee claims are justified and by having more, even if not all, claimants present at designated ports of entry, Canada is at least establishing more control over who crosses our border.”
The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The Conservative Party of Canada is adding police checks to its candidate vetting policiesThe party hired lawyer Carol Nielsen more than a year ago to probe how Rick Dykstra was allowed to continue on as a candidate in the 2015 election after the party learned he was accused of assaulting a woman who worked for another MP.Dykstra denies doing anything wrong and lost his Ontario seat in the election before the allegations were made public.Nielsen’s report says party officials failed to make the necessary inquiries about the allegations, a failure she blames on the lack of any actual protocol for handling such complaints.The party relied on Dykstra’s word that the police had investigated and decided not to lay charges and Nielsen says one of the failures was that party officials never bothered to check with the police themselves.Police have said they dropped the investigation because the complainant did not want to proceed.
APTN National NewsThe Metis Nation is mourning the passing of one of its leaders.Philip Chartier died on Aug. 29 from cancer.APTN National News reporter Priscilla Wolf has this story.
AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde called RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki “to ensure the RCMP is operating in good faith and to remind the RCMP they are there to serve and protect, not incarcerate.”Justin BrakeAPTN NewsHereditary Wet’suwet’en leaders turned to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) last week amid an ongoing threat of RCMP retaliation to the continued defence of unceded Wet’suwet’en territories by members of the Unist’ot’en House group.APTN News has learned that on Jan. 10, as hereditary chiefs were brokering a deal with RCMP over the enforcement of a B.C. Supreme Court injunction granted to a private pipeline company against Indigenous land defenders, AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde called RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki “to ensure the RCMP is operating in good faith and to remind the RCMP they are there to serve and protect, not incarcerate,” a briefing note share with APTN by the AFN said.The AFN note confirms Na’Moks, a hereditary chief of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, requested Bellegarde intervene on the matter days after armed officers of the RMCP’s tactical and paramilitary units raided an access point and camp belonging to the Gidimt’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en.Gidimt’en members and supporters were defending their territory from Coastal GasLink, a subsidiary of TransCanada Corp.—now going by the name TC Energy—which was granted an injunction in late November to deal with Indigenous people defending their lands.Bellegarde asked Lucki “for assurance…that talks will continue [with Wet’suwet’en leadership] and peace will be maintained,” the note says.“The Commissioner said that as long as all sides are talking there will be no action,” it continues, adding Lucki stated the “RCMP has to take action if there are Criminal Code offenses but that is the only situation in which they will act.”On Jan. 7 the RCMP arrested 14 individuals during their raid of the Gidimt’en access point along a remote service road about an hour outside the town of Houston, B.C.The event garnered international media attention and brought the Wet’suwet’en struggle for jurisdiction and sovereignty to the fore.In an unusual move prior to enforcing the injunction the RCMP released a statement interpreting the 1997 Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) Delgamuukw decision, which affirmed the Wet’suwet’en have never ceded their 22,000 square kilometres of lands.But the RCMP’s take on the landmark case stated that, because the Supreme Court ordered a new trial, and since that trial hasn’t happened, “Aboriginal title to this land, and which nation holds it, has not been determined.”After public backlash for what many perceived as an attempted justification for the RCMP’s forthcoming actions, the force retracted the statement.On Jan. 9, two days after the raid, Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and the RCMP reached a tentative agreement to let pipeline workers through the Unist’ot’en access point, which has kept industry out of the territory for almost a decade.The following day an agreement was reached that will see the Unist’ot’en control the access point while allowing pipeline workers and police through.That agreement also includes the establishment of a temporary RCMP “detachment” and a police presence to ensure the safety of Unist’ot’en House members who say they’ve faced threats of violence from locals in recent years.Members of the RCMP tactical and paramilitary units raid a peaceful camp on territory belonging to the Gidimt’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation on Jan. 7, 2019. Photo: Michael Toledano.A statement from RCMP media relations Tuesday said Lucki and Bellegarde “have spoken on this matter and are in frequent contact on a wide range of issues.“The RCMP supports continued efforts for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.”Na’Moks told APTN Monday that he appreciates Bellegarde’s support in the matter.Bellegarde and the AFN serve as an advocacy group for First Nation bands, chiefs and councils established by Canada under the Indian Act.But in a Jan. 8 statement he called the RCMP’s “use of force against people people” at the Gidimt’en camp “a violation of human rights and First Nations’ rights.“Building consensus under duress will make the resolution of the situation in Northern British Columbia very difficult,” he said. “Real consensus will be built when the parties, with very different views, come together in meaningful and productive dialogue.”On Monday Bellegarde raised the issue with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several cabinet ministers at a meeting in Ottawa.He told Trudeau the RCMP’s actions were “not respectful of our laws, of our people’s rights,” and that “First Nations law was vetoed by Canada’s domestic laws in the assumed Crown sovereignty over our lands and territories.”Na’Moks said he’s glad Bellegarde raised the matter with Trudeau, “because the more people realize that we were the peacekeepers in this, and that we were actually invaded — I think the public needs to know that.”On Monday RCMP held a press conference in Surrey, B.C. to brief media on the situation.RCMP Assistant Commissioner Eric Stubbs said the RCMP would conduct a standard review of their operation, which will include reviewing video footage of the arrests, but that as of Monday they “have not yet identified any issues regarding police officer conduct.”Stubbs also referred to the territory Wet’suwet’en were defending as “traditional” and did not use the term Unist’ot’en, Gidimt’en and others refer to as “unceded”.The issue of title and jurisdiction has been front and centre of the conflict.Na’Moks said he wants it to be known that Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have not struck a deal with CGL, only with the RCMP.Stubbs thanks the hereditary chiefs during Monday’s press conference.“It’s clear to me [that] the level of trust between the RCMP and the Hereditary Chiefs now in place will continue to play a direct and positive role going forward.”Responding to the comment Na’Moks said that “at this point in time we don’t have trust” with the RCMP, and that “that trust has to be built.”He said the Wet’suwet’en chiefs only made the agreement “for the safety of our people” against the threat of further action from the RCMP, and that they are “still adamantly opposed” to the pipeline.In a statement released Friday, the same day RCMP and hereditary leaders brokered the deal, CGL President Rick Gateman said that a “positive solution enabling us to peacefully cross the bridge and public access road, allowing work to progress, has been achieved.”He reiterated the company’s agreements with the elected chiefs and councils of the Wet’suwet’en Nation to build the pipeline through the territory.“I credit this achievement to a commitment to respectful and meaningful dialogue demonstrated by all parties involved in our discussions with the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and RCMP.”Since the RCMP’s enforcement of the injunction solidarity rallies and demonstrations have continued across the country.On Wednesday Wet’suwet’en hereditary leaders will be joined by Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs in leading a rally and march outside the Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre in Smithers.Phillip has called the situation a “crisis” and demanded intervention by the provincial and federal firstname.lastname@example.org@JustinBrakeNews
Fernando, who is charged with overstaying, was remanded when he appeared before magistrate Pusey this week. She ordered him remanded until a trial that’s set to start on October 27. He’s being tried for failing to leave the island following his arrest for overstaying his 2012 visit.However, his lawyer, Christopher Dunkley, says the magistrate did not make an order for the return of his client’s passport, which was with the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency. The Jamaican Supreme Court has restored the bail of a Sri Lankan man and criticised senior magistrate Judith Pusey for revoking it, jamaica-gleaner.com reported.In her decision, Justice Georgiana Fraser, said Pusey had no ‘good reason’ to revoke the bail of 58-year-old accountant Godffrey Fernando. He says the passport was needed because he would have to apply for a visa to go to Europe and then to Sri Lanka.The lawyer said the man came to Jamaica to attend his son’s graduation from the University of the West Indies.It is understood he was given 90 days after landing in October 2012 and a subsequent extension that ran up to November 2013. However, he never left Jamaica.
TORONTO — Postmedia Network Inc. invested in a company that runs a lifestyle website for “modern cannabis enthusiasts” in an effort to help the media company be at the forefront of cannabis content and solutions in Canada, the media conglomerate said Tuesday.The company, which owns the National Post among other newspapers and digital publications, says it made a strategic investment in Prohbtd. Financial terms were not disclosed.“Our goal is to help close the gap for clients making sure that they are not only reaching the right audience but that their content is premium, relevant and dynamic,” said Andrew MacLeod, Postmedia’s president and chief operating officer, in a statement.Fresh or dried bud, plants and seeds became legal in Canada for recreational use in mid-October.In addition to the lifestyle website, Prohbtd offers cannabis companies services including original content, digital storytelling and premium marketing opportunities to help them reach and educate consumers about their products.Postmedia will exclusively partner with the California-based company to showcase Prohbtd’s videos on The GrowthOp, its cannabis editorial brand, as well as other channels. Advertisers can then position their ads around these videos, Postmedia said.The two companies will work together to help cannabis companies shape their brand messaging through video and marketing initiatives.Postmedia, like many other traditional print publications, has struggled with declining advertising revenue following the advent of the internet and against behemoths like Google and Facebook.The company reported a $22.8-million net loss in its most recent quarter.Postmedia announced multiple rounds of layoffs and cost-reductions in recent memory as it works to build a new digital business.Companies in this story: (TSX:PNC.A, PNC.B)
MONTREAL – Ontario transportation agency Metrolinx says it has been in discussions with an alternate light rail vehicle supplier as it continues a court battle with manufacturer Bombardier.Metrolinx, which helps co-ordinate transportation in the greater Toronto and Hamilton area, said in an Ontario court filing Thursday that talks with an unnamed supplier are designed to ensure “the urgent supply” of vehicles for the Eglinton Crosstown line in Toronto.It noted the number of potential suppliers is limited because it would have to comply with Canadian content requirements.Metrolinx submitted the lengthy legal document, including affidavits, in response to an injunction filed last month by Bombardier that aims to prevent the provincial agency from terminating its $770-million contract for 182 vehicles.It alleges that Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) has repeatedly failed to deliver a prototype vehicle on time for the scheduled 2021 opening of the $5.3-billion line, citing deficiencies in Bombardier’s operations in Mexico and Thunder Bay, Ont.Metrolinx says Bombardier’s injunction effort is a tactic to force it into months of litigation that would make it impossible for another supplier to provide the vehicles in time.Bombardier responded by saying it rejects the allegations made by Metrolinx. The Montreal-based company says Metrolinx’s reasons for wishing to end the contract have nothing to do with its ability to deliver.Bombardier said in statement that it is able to deliver the vehicles on time by November 2018, well before the Eglinton Crosstown tracks are even built.It says Metrolinx has refused to inspect the pilot vehicle since October and won’t use a dispute resolution process included in the contract. Metrolinx talking to alternate rail supplier amid court battle with Bombardier by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 2, 2017 3:05 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 2, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
In his address to the 41st session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture organizations (FAO) told participants that while progress against hunger continues, “it is a society – not a Government – that decides to eradicate hunger and achieve food security.”“Political commitment and leadership from governments is the first step,” declared Mr. Graziano da Silva. “However, civil society, private sector and other non-state actors also need to embrace this goal. At the global level the CFS promotes an enabling environment for this to happen.”The CFS meets annually to take stock of progress on reducing food insecurity in the world, and to map out key policy objectives over the course of the year. It reports to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).In this year’s session, two policy roundtables will tackle looming food security-related issues as highlighted in the latest report produced by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition, including food losses and waste, which currently amount to one-third of food produced worldwide, and the contribution made by fish to food security and to healthy diets. Among the more pressing matters tied to food losses, CFS participants are expected to debate the matter of improved labelling and other forms of information for producers and consumers which are considered as efficient methods in curbing waste. Meanwhile, amid a 12-fold increase in farmed fish production over the last three decades, participants will also engage in discussion over the importance of international partnerships and initiatives on oceans and fish in order to improve fish production growth, sustainability and food security and nutrition. Speaking at the Committee’s opening, UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin warned that world food security was “increasingly fragile” and ever-more vulnerable in today’s volatile global environment. “An unprecedented number of shocks, stresses and ever-more complex crises now threaten food and nutrition security, repeatedly proving that without stability, the fourth dimension of food security, food systems can quickly collapse, sometimes in matter of weeks, to humanitarian crisis, setting back years of progress in hunger reduction,” stated Ms. Cousin. The CFS meeting comes on the heels of the FAO’s annual forum of the International Civil Society Mechanism (CSM), which promotes non-state actor participation in policy making.
In a Geneva briefing today, UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler said that the fighting has also forced over two hundred thousand Ukrainians to flee to Russia and other neighbouring countries.Applications for asylum by Ukrainian citizens have also risen in the European Union (EU) this year, Spindler told journalists. As of the end of October, 8,936 Ukrainians had asked for international protection in the EU, a tenfold increase from the 885 asylum applications for the whole of 2013. The EU country receiving the largest number of Ukrainian asylum seekers so far this year was Poland (1,826) followed by Germany (1,622), France (1,076) and Sweden (840).“The number of Ukrainians fleeing abroad could be considerable higher than the number of asylum seekers, however, as many Ukrainians prefer to apply for other forms of legal stay such as temporary or permanent residence permits in other countries,” Mr. Spindler said.So far this year, more than 317,000 Ukrainians have applied for such permits in Russia (222,000), Belarus (60,000), Poland (23,000) and other neighbouring countries.In Ukraine, most internally displaced people (IDP) remain in regions close to the conflict, including the eastern city of Kharkiv and government-controlled territories in Donetsk and Luhansk as well as in the Zaporizhzhia and Dnipropetrovsk regions. Most internally displaced persons (IDPs) are children (27 per cent), elderly or disabled people (21 per cent) and women (65 per cent of the adult displaced population).Meanwhile, Mr. Spindler noted that the Ukraine government last month adopted a resolution which provides for the transfer of state-run institutions and social payments from the regions not currently under government control to government-controlled areas.“UNHCR is concerned that this provision will have unintended negative effects such as increasing internal displacement, as people are forced to move from areas not controlled by the Ukrainian government in order to receive their pensions and social benefits, while causing serious hardship to those unable or unwilling to leave their homes,” he said.“Although UNHCR has no first-hand information about conditions in areas not under government control, there are strong indications that the civilian population in these areas is facing considerable hardship. We are seriously concerned about a deepening humanitarian crisis in these areas,” he added.With the onset of winter, UNHCR continues to work to improve the conditions of some of the most vulnerable displaced people, he said. The Agency is extending its one-time cash assistance programmes for vulnerable IDP families to 11 other regions.Since needs are greatest near the conflict areas, UNHCR and its partner, People in Need, are planning to repair and make ready for the winter a further 12 collective centres in the northern Donetsk and Kharkiv regions. This brings the total number of premises under different stages of refurbishment to 47. In Russia, UNHCR undertook monitoring missions in late October to Vladivostok and Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East, and to Irkutsk in eastern Siberia, to observe how Ukrainians were being integrated in these areas.The majority of the refugees and people with temporary asylum status stay mostly in Temporary Accommodation Centres (TACs) which have been set up in the dormitories of colleges and universities, children’s holiday camps and sanatoria.“While the TACs that the UNHCR teams visited were well equipped for winter conditions and had adequate schooling and medical facilities, UNHCR has received information that reception conditions for other refugees are less satisfactory. Ukrainian refugees also report restrictions to moving to other cities,” Spindler said.
The libraries of today are no longer places to only access texts from the past.Alongside a wide variety of digital and print resources, Brock’s James A. Gibson Library is also home to a wealth of state-of-the-art technology.Brand new 3D-printing options, Snowball microphones and GoPro cameras are just some of the advanced tools in Brock’s Makerspace that are playing a key role in enhancing the University’s experiential education efforts.Last year, the University received provincial funding through the Career Ready Fund, which was offered to all Ontario universities for the purpose of expanding experiential learning and career-readiness initiatives. Along with expanding initiatives into new, first-year and international courses, Brock also added digital technology to reduce barriers to innovative teaching and learning.Tabitha Lewis, Brock’s Makerspace Co-ordinator said the new tools have allowed faculty members to enhance their courses in ways that would have once been much more complicated.“We’ve been able to run a variety of seminars for classes that have a use for the technology found in the Makerspace,” she said. “The seminars often lead to instructors choosing to borrow the equipment for longer periods of time to run in-class exercises of their own, and we are happy to help make that happen.”This term, Political Science students have participated in seminars that have taught them how to make their own podcasts, while Classics students have engaged in 3D modelling exercises to better understand the artifacts they are studying. For Associate Professor of Classics Carrie Murray, the experiential opportunities available in the Makerspace create new horizons for students in the Introduction to Archaeology course (CLAS 2P32).“The 3D printing of real archaeological artifacts brings a new dimension of experiential learning to our Art and Archaeology courses in the Classics Department,” she said. “Students are researching artifacts from major international museums that have been 3D scanned and made available online. We will be printing one or more of the artifact replicas that the students propose in order to increase the experiential education opportunities in other Classics courses.” Associate Director of Experiential Education Sandy Howe said the additional funding and new hardware it has provided has allowed Brock to continue to set the standard for experiential learning opportunities at Ontario universities.“The funding has allowed us to invest in an area of student growth that is critical to future employment, while also exploring new ways of teaching and learning,” she said. “The technology allows for more innovative experiences in academic courses, where students not only learn the skills required to use the technology, but they also have the opportunity to prepare for their next steps.”Alongside Political Science and Classics courses, students and faculty in ESL Services, Modern Languages and Education have also explored the new resources.With countless other potential uses, Lewis hopes people from every area of the University will take advantage of the available technology.“We want as many people as possible to come in and learn how to use the tools,” she said. “We are ready to work with programs in any Faculty, and we can’t wait to see what creative projects our technology is used for next.”Faculty members interested in learning more about the Makerspace or other experiential learning opportunities can: review the Faculty Guidebook on the Experiential Education web page, contact the experiential education co-ordinator connected to their Faculty/department, or contact the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation’s new Curriculum Specialist, Jennifer Kopczinski, whose position was also funded by the Career Ready Fund, or Faculty Associate for Experiential Education, Madelyn Law
LASE has provided 15 LaseBVC conveyor belt measuring systems to Vale’s S11D Complex in northern Brazil. In this huge plant the material volume, which is being transported on conveyors, needs to be determined by specific measurement applications from LASE. In the Brazilian municipality Canaã dos Carajas (Federal State of Para) Vale opened the world’s largest iron ore mining project in history, last December. After starting with the commercial operation in January, LASE has already begun with the rollout of the application LaseBVC (Bulk Volume Conveyor) and delivered 14 volume measurement system for conveyors in the so called S11D Eliezer Batista Complex. Together with LASE’s longstanding Brazilian partner company C+ Tecnologia the laser-based bulk material measurement systems will be fully commissioned for Vale. “This prestigious project sets a new standard in the mining industry where advanced technology meets high productivity,” LASE reports.In order to measure the height of iron ore on conveyors as well as its volume, one laser scanner is mounted above each conveyor belt. The scan direction of the laser systems runs across the transfer direction of the conveyed material and generates 2D profiles. These are compared to so called zero-profiles, which have been stored during the initial commissioning of a conveyor belt. By knowing the individual difference and the belt speed, the exact volume can be determined. Additionally, if the bulk density is known, the mass flow can be calculated, too.By the use of high-resolution laser scanners with a scan ratio of up to 100 scans/sec the material can be recorded even at high transportation speeds. “Special algorithms within the LaseBVC software application for the adjustment and calibration ensure high measurement accuracy. The system can be operated intuitively due to an user-oriented dialogue control and configuration wizards for a simple commissioning. For integration in production plants these common interfaces are already integrated: Ethernet TCP/IP, Profibus DP, Analog 0…20 mA and Serial RS 422. Because of its robust design the application LaseBVC allows a reliable operation even at raw environmental conditions.”
The Windows Phone 7 jailbreak experience hasn’t been a smooth ride thus far. Early on, the ChevronWP7 team — Chris Walsh, Rafael Rivera, and Long Zheng — delivered a simple Windows-based tool for unlocking phones in much the same way iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users can with Snowbreeze or ultrasn0w. Then things took a turn, with Microsoft approaching the trio and the two sides deciding to take the ChevronWP7 download offline. No worries, said Microsoft — some sort of official support for homebrew development would be released in the near future.Now, with excitement building and the Mango update being made available to developers very soon, Microsoft and the ChevronWP7 team are back at it. Over on the team’s official blog, they’ve announced the creation of ChevronWP7 Labs where a new jailbreak tool will soon be made available. The new release will still allow users who want to tinker with their devices or dabble with WP7 development to get started at a fraction of the cost of signing up for Microsoft’s App Hub, but this time around it’s going to be officially sanctioned by Microsoft. Apart from the fact that payments will only be accepted via PayPal, details are scant.AdChoices广告While it might have been a surprise to see a company like Microsoft supporting a development like this in years past, getting cozy with developers and the enthusiast community is becoming more and more common. HP followed up its server donation to the webOS Internals crew with a shipment of pre-launch TouchPads, Samsung shipped several top-end phones to ROM cookers, and Android bootloaders are getting unlocked left and right. What next, Apple sending prototypes to the Dev-Team?More at ChevronWP7
Today, users have been receiving notifications from the Google Play store that the Nexus 4 will now be in stock starting at 12pm PST. However, in line with the device’s rocky launch and early life, it’s only in stock in the US — not exactly appeasing the rest of the world that has been patiently awaiting their new phone.Google’s new phone sports a rocky history regarding its initial life cycle. Google’s big New York City event planned to announce the Nexus 4 was canceled by a literal natural disaster, Hurricane Sandy, and Google had to settle for a much less exciting blog post instead. Then the smartphone launched on November 13, and has been hit with limited availability ever since. Customers have been reporting that their phone is still on backorder, and though the release was two weeks ago.At launch, the Nexus 4 was not supported by the Android Open Source Project, which is what helps make the platform so open and so starkly different from Apple’s operating system. The phone also didn’t launch with 4G LTE connectivity. Then, during the drought, the device appeared on eBay for a ridiculous $1900 — essentially a price you can’t pay without massive regret, a notion that was shown when the auction didn’t receive a bid. If that wasn’t enough, customers who ordered and were eagerly awaiting the Nexus 4 were met with emails from Google stating their shipment would be delayed up to three weeks.So, if you’ve been clamoring for the new Nexus 4, hop on the Google Play store as soon as you can, and keep your finger on the refresh button. Just like with the initial launch, Google has not disclosed how many units will be made available. If you’re not in the US, be patient, as Google wants to sell your their product as much as you want to buy it.via Daniel CharltonRead more: The Nexus 4 has LTE after all
Jupp Heynckes hailed the performance of his Bayern Munich side following their 6-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on SaturdayFive first-half goals from Robert Lewandowski (twice), James Rodriguez, Thomas Muller and Frank Ribery gave the Bundesliga leaders a 5-0 lead into the break.Three minutes from the final whistle, Lewandowski added another to seal a hat-trick at the Allianz Arena with Heynckes delighted with the response his players showed after the international.“It’s always difficult to recover your rhythm after an international break, but we did a very good job. Our plan was to win the game because we had to lay down another marker. The team turned in an outstanding display over 90 minutes, they turned in a gala display in the first 45 minutes. We made the most of our tactical and technical dominance.” said Heynckes, according to the club website.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Muller was also very pleased with the dominant display and believes Dortmund paid the price for a sloppy display, while revealing that Bayern had actually eased off in the second-half.“We got off to a good start. Dortmund pressed a bit but they weren’t 100 percent consistent. We had space and exploited it well from the start. If you concede one or two at the Allianz Arena you might be in for a thrashing. We eased off a bit in the second half.” said Muller.The win puts Bayern one step closer to winning the Bundesliga for a sixth consecutive season with Heynckes’ men leading the standings by 17 points from nearest challengers Schalke 04.
Former Croatia goalkeeper Joey Didulica lauded the side for their stunning World Cup semi-final win over England on WednesdayThe Vatreni fell a goal behind early on due to Kieran Trippier’s 20-yard free-kick, before midfielder Ivan Perisic cancelled it out to take the match into extra-time.The Inter Milan star would then provide the assist for Mario Mandzukic to score the match-winning goal in the 109th-minute to send Croatia to their first ever World Cup final.“From a Croatian perspective, unbelievable,” said Didulica, as stated on SportsKeeda.“Not only the football, just to see these human beings going at it, playing like warriors, three games in extra time and to come out on top, it’s something I’ve never seen before in my lifetime.”Croatia have now been through extra-time in their past three games in what has been, undoubtedly, an exhausting experience for the entire squad.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.But Didulica, who was a member of the 2006 World Cup team, applauded their bravery and felt that they were the deserving victors.“In terms of the game, it was cagey, but once again I think our fight came out on top,” said the four-time international.“I think we wanted it more in the end and I think it came down to the will.“I think we’re better footballers to be honest, we’re classier, all over the ground, from the midfield to up front, but I think it came down to the guts and determination.”Croatia will now take on France in Sunday’s World Cup final in Moscow with the hope of writing more history by claiming their first ever world title.