Essar To Invest $500m In Kenya

first_imgIndia’s Essar Global Ltd., a $10 billion corporate giant, is investing $500 million in Kenya’s newest mobile phone service operator, Econet Wireless Kenya Ltd., to set up a wireless and broadband network.A company spokesman said “Kenya is the gateway for Africa for Essar.” Kenya has more than 7 million cell phone users, the highest in the region.  Related Itemslast_img

Germany call on Can as Rudiger withdraws

first_imgEmre Can has been called up to Germany’s squad for their upcoming Nations League games after Antonio Rudiger and Kai Havertz pulled out through injury.Rudiger and Havertz both played the full 90 minutes for Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen respectively on Sunday, but will sit out their country’s clashes against Netherlands and France.Their absence has opened the door for Juventus midfielder Can, who has not featured for Joachim Low’s side since November 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Marco Reus had already dropped out after picking up a knee injury, with Schalke striker Mark Uth the only new face in an experienced squad.Germany have offered a positive response to a humbling showing at World Cup 2018.The defending champions exited a summer showpiece in Russia at the group stage, much to the surprise of a global audience.They were, however, to put in a promising display against newly-crowned world champions France during the first international break of 2018-19.Low’s side held Les Bleus to a goalless draw at the Allianz Arena before going on to edge out Peru 2-1.last_img read more

Chris Lynn back in training for Kolkata Knight Riders

first_imgDashing Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) opener Chris Lynn could be seen in action soon, according to his teammate Colin de Grandomme on Tuesday.The Queenslander hit the nets for the first time on the eve of KKR’s game against Rising Pune Supergiant more than three weeks after injuring his left shoulder while attempting a catch during the match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on April 9.”He is trying to get back as fast as he can. He will be training with us today so let’s see,” New Zealander de Grandomme told reporters when quizzed about Lynn’s fitness.”The shoulder is slowly getting there. I had a cortisone injection the other day and it worked really well,” Lynn told Cricket Australia (CA)’s website from Kolkata.Lynn’s inclusion will further boost an already strong KKR batting line-up. The 27-year-old’s comeback could also see the end of Sunil Narine as an opener, an experiment which has so far worked considerably well for the Gautam Gambhir-led team.last_img read more

Column: With help from above, Cubs finally win a title

first_imgThe fleeting storm along Lake Erie couldn’t have come at a better time for the Chicago Cubs.It was as if the gods finally cut this snake-bit franchise a long overdue break.One hundred and eight years overdue.Shell-shocked after blowing a three-run lead with four outs to go in Game 7 of the World Series, the Cubs looked more like deer staring into headlights as they headed to extra innings against the Cleveland Indians. A series of head-scratching moves by manager Joe Maddon, who seemed intent on making sure the drought lasted into its 109th year, cost Chicago a chance to wrap this thing up in regulation.Then it started raining.The tarp was hurriedly rolled out to cover the infield and the Cubs used the break to regain their composure with a hastily called team meeting. The delay lasted only 17 minutes, but that was long enough to steady their shaky nerves.Chicago went out in the 10th inning and turned a 6-6 tie into an 8-6 lead. Ben Zobrist delivered a run-scoring double down the left-field line, and third-string catcher Miguel Montero followed with an RBI single to give the Cubs some much-needed breathing room.Then, shortly before 1 a.m. on the East Coast, the Cubs stamped out the Curse of the Billy Goat and Steve Bartman and Black Cats and Fly Balls Lost In the Sun — everything that conspired to keep them from celebrating a World Series title since their last one in 1908. With the gutsy Indians having scored one final run, cutting the deficit to 8-7 and putting the potential tying run on base, third baseman Kris Bryant swept across the infield, scooped up a soft ground ball and whipped a throw over to first baseman Anthony Rizzo to end it once and for all.Next year finally arrived.Now, they can hoist a championship banner over Wrigley Field, not just a “W” flag.“It happened! It happened! Chicago, it happened!” Rizzo kept saying over and over again, as if he wasn’t quite sure about it himself. “We did it! We’re world champions! I tell ya, we’re world champions! I can’t believe it!”As one should’ve expected for a franchise that has endured so much misery, the Series-clinching win was downright gut-wrenching. Really, that was the way it had to be. The Cubs raced out to a 5-1 lead and were still up 6-3 with two outs in the eighth. But Maddon had already set in motion an excruciating finish for long-suffering Cubs fans by yanking starter Kyle Hendricks far too soon, and then calling upon overworked closer Aroldis Chapman in the eighth to close things out.Chapman, predictably, surrendered a run-scoring hit to make it 6-4, followed by a two-run homer to Rajai Davis that sent Cleveland’s fans — who know a thing or two about suffering — into a delirious dance.With the Cavaliers’ drought-breaking NBA title already in the bank just a few months ago, it looked as though the Indians would improbably bring home their first World Series title since 1948 to add to the city’s trophy case. In the ninth, when Maddon inexplicably called for a safety suicide bunt with two strikes, only to have Javier Baez foul it off for a strikeout with the potential go-ahead run at third base, it seemed inevitable that Chicago would find a way to blow it.Then the skies opened up.And the Cubs settled down.Jason Heyward, a big free-agent signee who’s been a huge disappointment in an otherwise thrilling season, called his teammates together in the weight room.“I just had to remind everybody who we are and what it took to get here,” Heyward said.His words settled everyone down.“It was the best thing for us,” Bryant said.Rizzo concurred.“We rallied together,” he said. “We knew we could do this. We pulled together and the boys believed.”Team architect Theo Epstein, who oversaw a drought-breaking title for the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and now has done the same with the Cubs, happened to walk past the weight room during the delay.“They were all gathered around saying, ‘This is only going to make it sweeter boys. Let’s grind. Let’s grind. Here we go,’” Epstein related. “They went out and had an unbelievable inning.”Cleveland manager Terry Francona downplayed the stoppage, saying he didn’t think it decided the game.“I don’t think it really did,” he said. “Bryan Shaw was the guy we had out there. Of all the guys we have, he probably bounces back as good as anybody.”But Shaw, who got the final two outs in the ninth, looked like a totally different pitcher when he went back to the mound in the 10th. He surrendered three hits and two intentional walks. The only out he got was a towering fly ball by Bryant that was caught just short of the wall in center field.For the Indians, the drought goes on.For the Cubs, there’s no more talk about 1908.They are World Series champions.All it took was a stirring comeback from a 3-1 deficit, one of the greatest Game 7s in baseball history — and a little help from above.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tribal nature of rugby league presents barrier to NRL relocation

first_img Read more Sydney Roosters sign 25-year Allianz Stadium deal after project’s future secured Since you’re here… features Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian The Broncos are Friday night ratings gold and naturally TV’s suits and sales types would like more of it. These people have thus suggested to the NRL that TV needs more games in Brisbane because all those league-loving eyeballs would mean more people watching.TV is why there was a Super League war which ultimately kicked out Souths. 80,000 people marched in the streets to protest against it and against how “big media” was running “their” game. It was a popular movement, and ultimately the Bunnies found a way back. But thereare many who can never forgive.Cronulla, Manly and Wests Tigers supporters would not be able to forgive should their clubs shifted from their locales. The Sharks have been around since 1967, the Sea Eagles since 1947. There are no more parochial people (outside, say, Queenslanders) in the land. In 2000, fans of Balmain Tigers (est. 1908) and Western Suburbs Magpies (also 1908) saw their clubs merged into a new entity. Less than 20 years later they’re being asked to countenance losing the club from the city in which they live. The NRL’s new licensing agreement would have it that clubs have to prove solvency should they wish to remain part of the NRL. And one can understand, from a business perspective, why dropping a financial basket case for a new entity – let’s say Redcliffe Dolphins – resident in a high-rating league city would make sense.But relocation? Rugby league is tribal. You wear the colours of your team like you own them. They’re yours. Relocating the colours of Manly or the Sharks or Tigers would not, surely, be edifying for existing fans nor potential new ones. You’d greatly disenfranchise the former and fail to energise many of the latter given – let’s call them the people of Perth – would be aware that “their” new team is a second-hand one from Sydney. Read more Could a Brisbane franchise take Cronulla’s colours as the Lions took Fitzroy’s? Would Wests Tigers play out of Perth? Could Manly play out of Perth? You’d have to say they could not. Not with their soul intact. And knowing Manly fans, they’d sooner see the club bite the dust than head west, just as Souths chose to be nothing rather than merge with the Sharks.Thus the most palatable – if not financial – solution to television’s desire to add 80 minutes a week in fresh metro markets would appear to be an 18-team NRL competition. Keep the current 16 in the tent and add Brisbane and Perth as standalone entities. Brisbane makes sense, it’s league land. But Perth? The jury is out. Yes, there are two million people. Yes, there’ll be an Origin game at their crackerjack new stadium. Yes, there once were the Western Reds.Yet rugby league seems to think – given its inherent belief that it actually is the greatest game of all games – that it can pitch itself into a foreign culture and flourish. Because, hey, it’s rugby league, why wouldn’t they love it? The rationale goes that after Rugby Australia brushed Western Force, it begat an opportunity for rugby league. You might say the same of the Japanese Sunwolves.Local, “cultural” support for rugby union doesn’t necessarily mean instant support for rugby league. Force fans remain Force fans – Twiggy Forrest is still in there swinging. And you can’t create culture, not immediately. Eyeballs aren’t the only arbiter, otherwise there’d be another team in Melbourne, population four million. Melbourne, though, has rather strong cultural bedrock called the Australian Football League, the teams of which millions of Melburnians hold great emotional allegiance.For sure, the Storm have become a great success in Melbourne. Each home game they draw up to 20,000 people to see them blitz opponents in the modern, purpose-built AAMI Stadium. And yet in 20 years of Melbourne Storm, the number of NRL players bred from the Melbourne competition is three.Meanwhile axing or otherwise shifting the Tigers would seem a strange one given they represent both the outer and inner west of Sydney, a catchment of humanity described as upwards of 2 million people. Expansion to Perth (population 2 million) at the cost of the western Sydney team would appear a zero sum game at best.Then again, would they march for Wests as they marched for Souths? Would they march for Manly when they did not for North Sydney Bears? Manly had no compunction about taking over the wretched Northern Eagles and casting Norths into the abyss. Were Manly on the chopping block, Bears fans would enjoy the schadenfreude – and even contemplate taking over the licence and plonking a red-and-black team in northern Sydney where there are 600,000 people without a team.Regardless, it all does seem a lot of kerfuffle so that Channel Nine can charge bookmakers to peddle their wares on the airwaves. Share on WhatsApp Share via Email It is a truism of professional sport that television gets what television wants. TV is the ultimate arbiter of who plays what, where and when. It is by far the wealthiest stakeholder and thus carries the loudest megaphone. TV may not be god, but it is all powerful.The rugby league relocation and expansion chatter still bopping about in our popular presses – after the NRL threw out the burley for all we fish to feed on – has come because Foxtel and Channel Nine would like another 80 minutes of entertainment each week with which to sell advertising space and set top boxes. Share on Twitter Australia sport Share on Facebook NRL Rugby league Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Guardian Australia sport newsletter: subscribe by email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months agoEx-Chelsea No2 Alessio admits they considered Dzeko, but…

first_imgEx-Chelsea No2 Alessio admits they considered Dzeko, but…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea assistant coach Angelo Alessio admits they considered a move for Roma striker Edin Dzeko when Antonio Conte was in charge.However, no serious offer was made for the Bosnia international.”A lot has been talked about, but there was never a real negotiation,” Alessio told RMC Sport, when asked how close Dzeko was to signing for Chelsea.But he reiterated an agreement between Chelsea and Roma was not in the pipeline.”Yes, he likes players who have the characteristics of Dzeko: a high point, structured and which brings the team up,” Alessio added.”But in the end there was never a real negotiation between the two companies.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Body recovered from Sala plane wreckage

first_imgA body has been successfully recovered from the wreckage of the plane that went down in the English Channel with Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala on board. The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirmed late on Wednesday that the victim, who has not been publicly identified, will now be passed to the Dorset Coroner, having been recovered with the help of specialist contractors. The Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared with Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on board on January 21.  Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? A private search was launched, backed by donations from the public, after authorities halted their initial efforts to find the plane and the wreckage was found under water on Sunday, 24 nautical miles north west of Guernsey. The AAIB said one of the occupants was visible amid the remains of the plane and have now confirmed that a recovery has been successful. However, it said attempts to retrieve the aircraft have been stopped due to bad weather.”Following extensive visual examination of the accident site using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), it was decided to attempt recovery operations,” the AAIB said in a statement.Update: AAIB investigation into the loss of light aircraft N264DB — AAIB (@aaibgovuk) February 4, 2019 “In challenging conditions, the AAIB and its specialist contractors successfully recovered the body previously seen amidst the wreckage. The operation was carried out in as dignified a way as possible and the families were kept informed of progress.”Unfortunately, attempts to recover the aircraft wreckage were unsuccessful before poor weather conditions forced us to return the ROV to the ship.  The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close.  The body is currently being taken to Portland to be passed into the care of the Dorset Coroner. “Although it was not possible to recover the aircraft, the extensive video record captured by the ROV is expected to provide valuable evidence for our safety investigation.”We expect our next update to be an interim report, which we intend to publish within one month of the accident occurring.”Sala had been travelling to Cardiff after saying goodbye to his former team-mates at Nantes, having sealed a transfer to the Premier League in a club-record deal for the Bluebirds.Nantes have reportedly demanded the first €6 million installment of the transfer fee, with Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman insisting they would send the payment “when we think it’s the right time to do it”.”The first reason is that the body has not been recovered yet,” he told L’Equipe about the lack of payment so far. “We must show respect to the family. There is a process for recovering the plane.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘It’s a rule we need to accept’ – Pochettino resigned to VAR

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admits he is still adapting to the use of VAR in football despite seeing the technology come to his side’s rescue once again to grab a draw against Manchester City. Pochettino’s men faced a daunting trip to the Etihad Stadium to kick off their Premier League campaign, and unsurprisingly found it difficult to keep pace with the reigning champions. Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero both scored to put City up twice over the course of the 90 minutes, although on each occasion Spurs found a way back.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Erik Lamela hit from range to cancel out Sterling’s early effort in the first half, before a header from substitute Lucas Moura tied the game at 2-2. But all of Spurs’ exertions could have counted for nothing were it not for VAR, in use for the first time in England’s top flight.  Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!Deep into injury time City thought they had grabbed victory through Gabriel Jesus’ goal, only for play to be brought back for a handball in the area during the build-up to the strike. The incident was uncannily akin to Tottenham’s incredible win over the Citizens in the Champions League quarter-finals, where they also benefitted from a last-gasp decision from ‘upstairs’. And while Pochettino is by no means a fan of the new technology, he is trying to make his peace with the advances.”We need to accept that [VAR]. I was a little bit critical of VAR but now we have to accept the rules,” the Argentine signalled after the final whistle to the BBC. “Now it benefits us. No doubt it won’t benefit us at other times. It’s a rule we need to accept.”Saturday’s draw cut short a run of 15 consecutive victories for City in the Premier League, dating back to the start of February. But while Pochettino was happy to see his charges take something from the game, he nevertheless wants to see improvements as the season progresses.”I’m very pleased with a point and but also knowing we need to improve. We are in a process where we need to improve in all areas and the team is going to improve step by step but we need time,” he explained.”It was an unbelievable goal [by Lucas Moura]. Always when you play a team like Manchester City, you have to play your best.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Noisehush’s i7 ANC Headphones Cost Less Than Your Airport Bar Tab

first_img 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording There are plenty of people for whom travel is a near-constant part of daily life, whether it’s for work, or for a lucky few, pure pleasure. However, many of us only step on a plane a couple of times a year, and don’t necessarily want to spend big bucks on a pair of active noise canceling (ANC) headphones for those few times. If that sounds like you, we recommend checking out the i7 active noise canceling headphones from NoiseHush.The i7 are light and comfortable, with plenty of padding on top, and silky sheaths of leather around the ear pads. Their style is similar to Bose’s QuietComfort 15, which you’ve likely seen on every flight you’ve taken. That’s by design, which means they’ll blend right in without screaming “budget.” In fact, the only thing that does scream budget on these cans is the price tag, which can drop down as low as $66 online.Noise canceling isn’t premium, especially for upper register noise, but they do well cutting out the low end, meaning engine hum will melt away. As for the sound quality, music is accurate and clean, with a bright flare to the upper register, and a nice little helping of smooth bass below. Dialog for movies and TV shows is clear, and there’s good overall balance to the sound, though it does lean a little on the light side and can distort if pushed too hard.Accessories in the box include a hard shell carrying case, a removable mic cable with a single-button mic piece, and both airplane and quarter inch adaptors — a nice collection for the money. Other features include on board volume control, swivel ear pads, and the ability to play with or without power.We can’t lie, these ‘phones won’t come close to favorites like the Phiaton Chord MS 530, or the Audio-Technica AC9 when it comes to overall performance — but priced around $240 less than either of those options, they’re cheap enough to break out twice a year and never lose a wink of sleep. The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel Editors’ Recommendations The Best Wireless Charging Pads and Stands, No Strings Attachedlast_img read more

Book Industry Optimistic about Prospects

first_imgPlayers in the local book industry are upbeat about the future and anticipate an expansion in the sector. Publishing Director of the Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ), Kelly Magnus, said the sector is on the cusp of growth, fostered by changes in printing technology. “I think that now we are going to see the next big wave because of digital publishing, which allows a broader range of publishers and even authors to publish their work themselves and the kind of diversity that this will generate will stimulate reading even more,” she stated. Ms. Magnus was speaking to JIS News at the second annual Kingston Book Fair held recently at Devon House, St. Andrew. She noted that after Independence and during the 1970s and 1980s, the industry experienced a spike, which saw a number of local companies beginning to publish books. This, she said, saw a “shift in the tide from the European publishers, who were dominating the market”. Now, she told JIS News, the industry is poised for a another phase of growth, with the BIAJ taking a lead role in promoting reading, literacy and increasing awareness of local offerings, through creative and engaging means. The organisation, which represents writers, publishers, booksellers and related entities in Jamaica’s book industry, has also begun a thrust through which members supply books to hospitals, children’s homes and places of safety. The book fair, which received good support from the public, saw scores of book lovers strolling the south lawns of Devon House, to view and purchase the latest literary works displayed by more than 20 exhibitors and merchants. Patrons were treated to readings, launches and signing of books, spot prizes, craft making demonstrations, cultural performances and activities for children. Underscoring the importance of books in the retention of culture, Ms. Magnus, who was the chairperson for the event, noted that they allow persons to capture, preserve and promote different aspects of our way of life the potential of which, can be leveraged. The festival, she noted, “gives us an opportunity to showcase the power of books” through the expression of the arts.The Book Fair was the penultimate of 24 events in the Kingston Book Festival held from March 2 to 10 under the theme: ‘Celebrating the Arts’.This year’s package featured a partnership with agencies including the Jamaican Association of Dramatic Artists, National Library of Jamaica, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, and the National Gallery, and featured readings from a number of local writers.Exhibitors included the Jamaica Information Service, Jamaica Library Service, Jamaica Reading Association, Jamcopy, Kingston Bookshop, Carlong Publishers, LMH Publishers, Novelty Traders, University of the West Indies (UWI) Press, UWI Bookshop, Bookophilia among others.By Andrine Davidson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

GMS Vales VLOC Demolition Sale Fails

first_imgzoom Brazilian mining giant Vale’s recent sale of a very large ore carrier (VLOC) for demolition has reportedly failed, according to a report from GMS, a cash buyer of ships for recycling.“The sale of the VLOC failed to its intended cash buyers and the vessel is now being re-introduced for sale,” GMS said.The vessel in question is the 251,200 dwt Ore Brucutu, which was said to be sold to a Bangladeshi shipbreaking yard for USD 338 per LDT, a total of USD 9.8 million for the 29,122 LDT ship, data from VesselsValue shows. The 30-year-old Capesize has a market value of USD 8.6 million.In early December, Vale concluded the talks with shipping company Polaris Shipping for the sale of four Capesize bulk carriers for a total of USD 140 million, equivalent to USD 35 million per vessel, which will be received by Vale upon the delivery of each ship.Following the sale of the ships, Vale’s owned fleet counts 11 bulkers with a total size of 2.9 million dwt.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Rissers Beach Boardwalk to be Reconstructed

first_imgNATURAL RESOURCES–Rissers Beach Boardwalk to beReconstructed The popular salt marsh boardwalk at Rissers Beach ProvincialPark, Lunenburg Co., will be reconstructed. A tender for the project will be issued later this month withwork beginning soon after. The existing boardwalk was closed to the public during part ofthe 2003-04 park season because of safety concerns resulting fromfrost and ice damage. Repairs were made at the time so that theboardwalk could be re-opened on a temporary basis. “This is a great opportunity to improve the park experience andenhance its role in promoting healthy living among area residentsand visitors to the park,” Human Resources Minister CarolynBolivar-Getson said on behalf of Natural Resources MinisterRichard Hurlburt today, Jan. 4. While the details are being finalized, plans include removing theold boardwalk, placing a new boardwalk, creating a marsh-viewingplatform and establishing two new walkways that access the beach. Although the overall impact to users will be insignificant, themarsh boardwalk will also be re-aligned slightly to addressenvironmental sensitivities to the wetlands. The marsh-viewingplatform is intended to protect the area most prone to erosionand the new beach access points will improve traffic flow andprotect sensitive dune habitat for the future. The $354,000 in funding required for the reconstruction will beprovided through the province’s Tangible Capital Assets Program. The boardwalk was first established in the 1970s as part of theInterpretative Marsh Trail, providing visitors with access overthe salt marsh, a fragile estuary ecosystem.last_img read more

Get Ready For Groundhog SamCam

first_imgShubenacadie Sam is about to get his wake-up call, about two weeks ahead of his end-of-winter forecast next month. Hopefully, he can’t reach the snooze button. “Last year was huge for Sam. He had a capacity crowd outside his home at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park and the Sam-Cam was one of the most watched webcams in the world that week,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. “I have no doubt that Sam will be just as popular in 2014.” While Feb. 2 is the official Groundhog Day, the Sam-Cam, an Internet-based camera, goes live at 10 a.m. today, Jan. 20. Fans around the world can check in on Sam at Nova Scotia Webcams and the best times are 8 and 11:45 a.m. and 4 p.m., when he is fed and interacts with park staff. People can follow Sam on twitter @ShubenacadieSam, keep up-to-date with wildlife park activities at and like the park on Facebook. Groundhogs and little brown bats are the only two animals in Nova Scotia that truly hibernate. During the winter, Sam’s body temperature can drop to about 4C and his breathing becomes very shallow. They hibernate because there is not much, if any, green plant life around to eat.last_img read more

FM clueless steps to lift economy cosmetic Cong

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Saturday alleged that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was “clueless” in dealing with the economic slowdown and termed the latest steps announced by her to boost the economy as “cosmetic” and “piecemeal”.The Congress’ attack came after Sitharaman announced an over Rs 70,000-crore package for export and real estate sectors, including setting up of a stressed asset fund, as the government continued with firefighting measures to pull the economy out of a six-year low growth rate. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”I can only say that the finance minister is clueless as to how to deal with the gravity of the crisis,” Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said at a press conference. After the earlier announcements of stimulus package, the situation deteriorated and the latest steps are not going to help, Sharma asserted. “The finance minister of India is lacking in macroeconomic understanding. A comprehensive package for economic revival was expected,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The steps announced today will not revive the Indian economy, they are purely cosmetic, piecemeal and also convey the arrogance of the government and its indifference to the seriousness of the situation,” he said. Sharma said what was required to revive the economy was infusion of capital and not merely “small interest subventions” which have been announced. The government is unable to do so because it does not have money, the Congress leader claimed. Like last year, this year also the situation of revenue shortfall appears to be more serious, he said. Sharma also hit out at Sitharaman’s earlier statement blaming millennials’ preference for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Ola over owning cars, and not high taxes, for slumping vehicle sales. He also took a swipe at Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal’s apparent gaffe in explaining that achieving the target of nearly doubling the size of the economy to USD 5 trillion should not be looked through the prism of Maths. Goyal had remarked that maths did not help Albert Einstein ‘to discover gravity’. The slip up was not lost on netizens who quickly took to Twitter to point out that gravity was discovered by Isaac Newton and Einstein is credited for his theory of relativity.last_img read more

Ontario releases cannabis regulations for retail stores set to open April 1

first_imgTORONTO — The Ontario government has released regulations that will guide the startup of private cannabis stores on April 1.The stand-alone stores can be open any day between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m., but they must be at least 150 metres away from schools and bar entry to anyone under 19 years old.A market concentration limit of 75 stores per operator has been set.Until April, cannabis can only be legally purchased from the online Ontario Cannabis Store.Applications for licences will begin on Dec. 17 and illegal cannabis retailers who were operating after legalization on Oct. 17 will not be eligible to receive cannabis sales licences.Licences won’t be issued to any person or organization who has an association with organized crime, and applicants must demonstrate their tax compliance status to show they are in good standing with the government.“The purpose of these regulations is to keep kids safe and to ensure all people operating in this tightly-regulated retail system behave with integrity, honesty, and in the public interest,” Attorney General Caroline Mulroney said in a statement.Retail managers and employees must complete approved training in the responsible sale of cannabis.The government says it will provide $40 million over two years to help municipalities with the implementation costs of recreational cannabis legalization.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

OGC releases thirdparty review on induced seismic events in the Kiskatinaw area

first_imgThe review found that the state of stress throughout much of the Kiskatinaw area at depths between the Doig and Belloy is strike-slip and in a near-critical state. This means only small fluid pressure increases are sufficient to cause the most critically oriented fractures and faults to become critically stressed.The full review can be found on the OGC’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil & Gas Commission released a third-party review of the factors that contributed to induced seismic events in the Kiskatinaw area.According to the OGC, on November 29, 2018, the area experienced a 4.5 magnitude induced seismic earthquake which led to heightened public concern.In the third-party review, conducted by Enlighten Geoscience Limited, it looks at understanding the issues surrounding induced seismicity in the Kiskatinaw Seismic Monitoring and Mitigation Area.last_img read more

Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 5 June 2015

DOWNLOAD1. SMMT – Ultra-low emission vehicles surge past 10k mark2. May 2015: Rise of 17.4% in CV registrations3. London Assembly urges Mayor to bring ULEZ forward4. Election of Deputy Speakers5. EEF/DLA – Growth forecast softens as manufacturers lose momentum6. UK to host first Automechanika trade show – automotive supply chain7. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Students introduce innovative ways to make math fun

When it comes to learning math in a classroom setting, the ‘fun factor’ can be a challenge.But through an innovative final project for a recent Brock Mathematics Integrated with Computers and Applications (MICA) course, five aspiring math teachers aimed to tackle the problem.Their solution involved explaining math as a key component of processes like coding, then reinforcing the message through engaging, coding-based activities that were explicitly or implicitly about mathematics. With a focus on experiential learning, Brock students Marika Fowler, Kirstin Hofstee, Joyce Khouzam, Ashley Lovnicki and Xingjian Wu worked in collaboration with Niagara Catholic District School Board teachers to develop learning activities for students using computer programming.Front row, from left, George Gadanidis, guest speaker from the University of Western Ontario, Chantal Buteau, Brock Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, and student presenter Joyce Khouzam. Back row, from left, Jeff Martin and Laura Cronshaw, Niagara Catholic K-12 Numeracy Consultants, and student presenters Ashley Lovnicki, Marika Fowler, Kirstin Hofstee and Xingjian Wu.The partnership is part of the MATH 3P41 course, designed for future teachers and taught by Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, Chantal Buteau.The collaborative initiative with Niagara Catholic falls under, and is partially funded by, the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Mathematics Knowledge Network, for which Buteau is a Brock representative.For third-year Concurrent Education (Intermediate/Senior) student Lovnicki, the project provided an opportunity to experience the future of math education firsthand.“Right now is a very exciting time to be a part of mathematics education,” she said. “As we saw through the various projects completed in this course, adding programming is a great way to make math fun and engaging for students, regardless of age, attitudes toward math or students’ ability.”The 20-year-old Stoney Creek native was tasked with showing students different ways math can be applied to their everyday lives. Lovnicki paired up with a Niagara Catholic teacher to present their learning activity with no mention of the math concepts students would be using. Instead, the focus was on a coding-based task.“I was amazed at how much fun the students had doing math without even realizing they were,” she said. “The activity gave them the opportunity to see how math can be used in different areas of their lives, including computer games and apps. It was a really rewarding experience.”Knowing that many students struggle with math concepts, Khouzam was strategic when presenting her learning activity to a junior class.“We revealed to students that they were innately doing math throughout the activity,” the 21-year-old said. “The students were noticeably more confident after this and even started using math vocabulary in their conversations during the activity.”Buteau views the MATH 3P41 course, and its experiential learning final project, as a response to increasing interest in integrating programming in school curricula. Extending the expertise of Brock’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the course offers students a chance to experience the meaningful integration of programming for mathematics learning in a real classroom setting.“One of the great things about Brock is the various opportunities students have to get involved in various streams of experiential learning,” Lovnicki said.“This course in particular was very exciting, as it was one of the first chances I had in the classroom where I got to lead students and teach them a new concept. I feel that this was a true benefit as it gave me not only the chance to work closely with a current teacher, but it also helped me to develop my lesson planning and teaching abilities.”Along with preparing and executing their learning activities, students also created a document outlining how other teachers can implement the projects into their own classrooms.The concepts generated positive buzz during the first-ever Brock-Niagara Catholic Computational Thinking in Mathematics Classroom event in April, when Brock students presented their final project findings to fellow students, Niagara Catholic K-12 Numeracy Consultants, DSBN technology co-ordinators, and Brock faculty and staff.Hofstee felt the enthusiasm for the concepts was associated with the move away from traditional math memorization methods.“Using programming, this method helps build a deeper understanding of math concepts that will help students remember what they learn rather than memorizing a method for a short period of time,” said the Guelph native. “Additionally, computational thinking is not just a math skill, but teaches transferable skills.”After seeing the innovative approach’s success among Niagara Catholic students, the Brock students plan to implement what they’ve learned into their own future classrooms.“This course really opened my eyes to the possibilities of programming in math education,” Khouzam said. “This assignment was definitely the best final experience I’ve had in university.” read more

Ohio State mens basketball hoping to protect home court against Iowa

The Big Ten is considered by some to be the premier conference in college basketball this season. Four Big Ten teams are ranked in the top-14 of the Associated Press’ top-25 poll. No other conference has more than four teams ranked in the top-25. In the ultra-competitive Big Ten, the difference between winning the conference and finishing in the middle of the pack could be determined by a team’s ability to protect home court. The Ohio State men’s basketball team will have a chance to do that Tuesday when they host Iowa (13-5, 2-3 Big Ten). “You’ve got to protect home court in this league,” said junior guard Aaron Craft. “It’s very tough to win and be there at the end if you lose some home games.” Iowa travels to Columbus riding a two-game winning streak, after losing its first three Big Ten games. But even in losses, the Hawkeyes have proved to be a competitive ball club, falling by four to No. 7 Indiana and by three to No. 13 Michigan State. “They’ve been right there,” said coach Thad Matta of Iowa’s close losses. “They are playing great basketball right now. Our guys are fully aware of what we have to do and how we have to do it.” Tuesday’s game will also provide an opportunity for No. 14 OSU (13-4, 3-2 Big Ten) to find another scorer to aid Deshaun Thomas. The junior forward leads the Big Ten with 20.8 points per game, but scoring has not come easy for the other Buckeyes. In Saturday’s loss to Michigan State, Thomas scored a game-high 28 points, but no other Buckeye scored more than six. Craft said part of the problem is OSU’s lack of execution within the offense. “With the offense that we run, there are definitely multiple options and multiple places for different guys to score,” Craft said. “I think that at times we don’t look at those options, we kind of focus on one part of the play, and that’s part of the problem. We’re kind of taking parts of the play for granted. We have a lot of guys that are capable, it’s just finding some consistency.” Thomas agreed. “With the offense we’ve got, anyone can score,” Thomas said. “Our offense is for anyone to get a shot off. I have faith in my guys; there are guys on this team that can score in double-digits. We’ve just got to be patient within our offense and anybody can be that second scorer.” The Buckeyes are set to tipoff with Iowa Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. read more

Troy Smith to compete with JT Barrett Cardale Jones at halftime of

For the first time in almost a decade, Troy Smith is set return to Ohio Stadium with a football in hand.Ohio State announced via its athletics Twitter handle on Tuesday that the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner will compete against current Buckeye signal callers J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones in a “QB Skills Challenge” at halftime of Saturday’s Spring Game.ANSWER: Can @OSU_troysmith continue his precise passing attack against two rising stars… #GoBucks @OhioStAthletics— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) April 14, 2015While Smith hasn’t taken a snap in the Horseshoe since a 2006 win over Michigan, his No. 10 was honored at halftime of last year’s edition of The Game as OSU defeated Michigan 42-28.Barrett, a redshirt-sophomore from Wichita Falls, Texas, injured his ankle in the fourth quarter of that game and has been limited throughout spring practice and will not play in the Spring Game, coach Urban Meyer said Monday.Jones on the other hand, will be the game-time and halftime entertainment for the Ohio Stadium crowd on Saturday. Meyer announced on Monday that the redshirt-junior and national champion winning quarterback will join redshirt-freshman Stephen Collier as the two players under center while Barrett and redshirt-senior Braxton Miller nurse offseason injuries.Miller will not be a part of the halftime competition likely because of his continued recovery from a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, suffered in August. Meyer told Sports Illustrated that Miller is throwing at about 20-30 percent, but is still not ready to go full steam.The quarterback competition will be accompanied by the second annual fastest student competition at halftime.The Spring Game is set to kickoff at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. read more