Tsonga downs Nadal to reach Shanghai Masters final

first_imgFrenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga recorded a first win over Rafael Nadal in almost four years after producing some scintillating tennis to beat the Spaniard in the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters on Saturday.Tsonga, the 16th seed, triumphed 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 to set up a final against either world number one Novak Djokovic or Briton Andy Murray, who play in the second semifinal later on Saturday. The Frenchman fired down 11 aces to record his first win over Nadal since the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals and give a major boost to his flagging hopes of qualifying again for the end of season championships in London.Nadal, a winner of 14 grand slam singles titles, struggled to cope with Tsonga in the opening set as the Frenchman pressured the Spaniard’s serve with some heavy hitting. He secured the break in the fifth game at the third time of asking but after going on to serve out the set, Tsonga’s game crumbled in the second set as Nadal easily levelled without dropping a game to force a decider.Nadal, looking for a first hard court title in almost two years, was forced to save some early break points but the third set remained on serve until Tsonga struck in the 11th game of an enthralling encounter. The 30-year-old Frenchman produced an eye-catching dive to force match point, which he converted to reach his first Masters final since he triumphed in Toronto last year.last_img read more

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Rohit Sharma leads India into semi-finals and sends Bangladesh out

first_imgShare on Messenger India beat Bangladesh by 28 runs: Cricket World Cup 2019 – as it happened Yet for a Bangladesh side who knew that nothing other than victory would keep alive their own hopes of reaching the last four, this will feel like an opportunity missed.In Shakib Al Hasan they perhaps have the player of the World Cup so far. But not even the all-rounder’s sixth 50-plus score in seven matches could save his team from elimination as India’s bowlers dismissed Bangladesh for 286 in 48 overs.Things might have been so different had Tamim Iqbal not dropped a regulation chance at deep midwicket off Mustafizur Rahman when Sharma was on nine. He went on to make 104 during a 180-run opening stand with KL Rahul.Despite a decent comeback from Bangladesh’s bowlers, the 95 runs Sharma added afterwards proved the deciding factor in this match given India’s margin of victory was 28 runs.Steve Rhodes, Bangladesh’s English coach, admitted: “When you give guys like Rohit Sharma a chance you can pay the price. I was praying he’d hit another one in the air soon after. Tamim’s human, we’re all human and we’ve all dropped catches. Sometimes they can be very, very costly and that one proved to be.” Bangladesh Cricket Team Share on Twitter … 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. Since you’re here… Reuse this content Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Read more match reports India cricket teamcenter_img Two days after a morale-denting defeat by England, India restored order to their World Cup campaign with victory against Bangladesh at the same venue to secure a place in the semi-finals with a group match to spare.Rohit Sharma’s fourth century of the tournament, a feat that makes him the leading runscorer with 544, proved the key contribution as India set their opponents 315 to win. Topics Share on Pinterest Share via Email Cricket India will not care one bit, with Virat Kohli, their captain, saying: “I have been watching Rohit for years now, he is the best ODI player around. He is a joy to watch and is having the tournament of his life.”India complete their group campaign against Sri Lanka at Headingley on Saturday, but they are likely to return to Birmingham next week for a potential semi-final against England.Eoin Morgan’s side need to beat New Zealand at Durham on Wednesday to set that up. But this result also gives them a backdoor route into the last four if they lose, with Bangladesh able to prevent the hosts’ early exit if they beat Pakistan on Friday.Bangladesh had chased down 322 against West Indies earlier in the tournament. They rattled India here, too, with Kohli angrily confronting the on-field officials in the 12th over after losing an lbw review when third umpire Aleem Dar deemed Soumya Sarkar had edged the ball. When Hardik Pandya dismissed Sarkar three overs later, Kohli mouthed “out” and raised his finger. Whether or not he is sanctioned for his petulance remains to be seen.Bangladesh reached the 30-over mark still in contention on 163 for four. But their hopes dwindled when Shakib was dismissed by Pandya four overs later, a leading edge taken at extra cover. They fought until the end, but not even a spirited half-century from Mohammad Saifuddin could deny India. Share on LinkedIn MCC urges members to buy tickets for Pakistan-Bangladesh World Cup match Cricket World Cup 2019 Read more Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Embrace art, flowers and festivals on Itineraries from Insight Vacations

first_imgLimited departures available on themed trips starting this spring NEW YORK, N.Y., Feb 25, 2019 – Whether you’re particularly passionate about flowers, beer, art, or photography, Insight Vacations, the leader in premium escorted journeys, has a trip that delves straight into the heart of the matter. Offering just a limited number of departures for each journey, our special interest itineraries in Europe allow guests to gain a deeper perspective on the subjects that appeal to them while enjoying all the hallmarks of an Insight journey: you’ll move from city to city on luxury coaches with double the standard legroom, stay in elegant hotels at the heart of the destination, and enjoy the camaraderie of a small group of like-minded fellow travelers, knowing that all the details are taken care of by an expertly trained Travel Director. An Art Lover’s Taste of Europe: New for 2019, this incredible 15-day cultural journey is an art aficionado’s dream. Visit iconic museums, galleries, churches, monasteries in four countries and immerse yourself in the painting, sculpture and architecture of the European masters. In Rome, avoid the crowds with VIP entry to the Vatican Museums and get behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a marvel of Renaissance architecture that’s normally off limits to visitors. Get a totally different perspective of the renowned Louvre Museum in Paris by seeing it at night, including works such as the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and Venus de Milo. In Basel, see masterpieces by Cezanne, Picasso, Rousseau, Mondrian, Klee, Ernst, Matisse and Newman at the Foundation Beyeler Museum. And in Amsterdam, wander through the Van Gogh Museum, home to the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings and drawings in the world. Along the way enjoy immersive culinary experiences such as a cooking demonstration in Tuscany, a farm-to-table spread in Switzerland, and a wine and olive oil tasting in Lucca. Departs October 6, 2019; $5,399 pp.  Oktoberfest: Attend the most famous beer festival in the world on this exciting 11-day journey that also seeing the regions’ most stunning landscapes, scrumptious food and the classic dances and songs. Enjoy VIP seating, luscious Bavarian Beer and a three-course meal at the renowned Ochsenbraterei Tent while partaking in the Oktoberfest’s entertainment and amusement rides; meet Patrick von Richthofen, a direct descendant of the Red Baron – one of the most famous fighter pilots of WWI for an unforgettable dinner and conversation; dine in the most exclusive restaurant and hotel in Germany at Eckberg Castle while overlooking the magnificent Elbe Valley; visit locations from the iconic ‘Sound of Music’ and experience the lifestyle of Mozart while in Salzburg with tours to the gardens of the Mirabell Palace, the imposing Hohensalzburg Fortress, the cathedral in the old town and Mozart’s birthplace; go aboard a river cruise in Melk along the stunning Wachau Valley and sample decadent wine from a nearby vineyard; listen to the beautiful sounds of Viennese music and dance along with a delicious meal of traditional Austrian flare. Departs September 22, 2019; $3,790 pp. Picture Perfect Italy: See majestic landscapes, inhale fragrant scents, dine on decadent food, and feel refreshing coastal breezes on this perennially popular 18-day journey that’s a true feast for senses. Photography buffs in particular will find fertile ground in the jagged, pastel-hued peaks of the Dolomites, the rolling Tuscan hills, the quaint hill-top towns and the lavish gardens they’ll visit on this idyllic itinerary. Explore the romantic gardens at the Villa Carlotta on sublime Lake Como; visit two colorful fishing villages in the Cinque Terre; feast on seafood during a Highlight Dinner in Rapallo; explore the opulent palace and verdant botanical gardens of Isola Bella in the Italian Lake District; participate in a hands-on Italian cooking class in Tuscany; drink in the incomparable views of the Isle of Capri and the Mediterranean from the mountainside funicular and travel the spectacular Corniche road to Anacapri; and explore among the fascinating ruins, cobbled streets and ancient temples of Pompeii with a Local Expert. Departures on August 13, September 17, and October 8, 2019; $5,615 pp. European Affair with Chelsea Flower Show: Savor spring in Europe on this fabulous, flower-filled journey through the gardens and castles of England, the Netherlands, Belgium and France. The 9-day itinerary starts with a full day at the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show in London, and a dinner cruise on the Thames river. Next, it’s across the channel to the Netherlands to experience the hustle and bustle of Aalsmeer, the world’s largest flower auction, and the traditional Dutch windmills in Volendam. Then stroll the cobbled streets of medieval Bruges before moving on to Paris, where a bird’s eye view of the city from atop the Eiffel Tower is guaranteed to amaze. Take a day trip from Paris to visit two of the most famous castles of the Loire Valley, Château de Chenonceau and Château de Chambord, then spend the final day exploring the celebrated gardens of Versailles and Giverny,Monet’s inspiration. Departs May 24, 2019; $3,250 pp. Insight’s other special interest itineraries include Chelsea Flower Show & Springtime in the Alps(May 7, 2019), The Gardens of England & Wales with Chelsea Flower Show (May 24, 2019) and Oberammergau: The Passion Play 2020.  About Insight VacationsAs a global leader in premium guided vacations, Insight Vacations® has been crafting magical journeys that embody The Art of Traveling in Style™ for 40 years. Through meticulous planning, detailed preparation and boundless passion, Insight’s collection of award-winning itineraries showcase the most outstanding destinations and curated experiences in Europe and North America. Guided by a highly skilled Travel Director, guests can look forward to traveling in smaller groups, savoring authentic dining and enjoying a range of immersive Insight Experiences. To find out more, visit insightvacations.com About The TreadRight FoundationCreated as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit working to help safeguard the planet, wildlife & people for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has supported over 50 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. The Foundation’s guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism through conservation, leadership and support for communities. The Foundation’s priorities are set by the Steering Committee. Past project partners include WWF, Conservation International, WildAid, The Travel Foundation and The National Trust in the UK. Current initiatives include supporting various women’s social enterprises, the recently announced Wildlife Conservation Society’s Big Cat fund, WE.org and working with inspiring nature advocates like Céline Cousteau, Costas Christ and Terri Irwin. To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at treadright.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using our hashtag #MakeTravelMatter.last_img read more

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KOTC Names Two New Tankers

first_imgzoom KOTC celebrated naming of the two tankers “Dasma” and “Boubyan”.Naming of the new tankers comes within Phase III for fleet revamping that includes building 4 medium-range oil product tankers, 1 long-term petroleum product tanker AFRAMAX LR-2 being built by Hyundai Mipo and 4 supertankers VLCC being built by Daewoo.Dasma and Boubyan tankers are expected to be delivered in this and next month after they complete sea trials. After this delivery the company fleet will include 25 different-size and multi-purpose tankers.As for the petroleum product tanker “Boubyan”, its load is up to approximately 340,000 barrels. It is approximately 186 m long, 32.2m wide, with a draft up to 18.5m, speed of 15.5 knots/hr and discharge of load in full in less than 19 hours. Supertanker Dasma’s load is approximately 820,000 barrels. It is approximately 250m long, 42m wide with a draft up to 21.5m and speed of 15.2 knots/hr.KOTC has already took delivery of 2 tankers within Phase III for fleet revamping on 6th March 2014, namely, oil supertanker Al-Funtas from Daewoo and the petroleum product tanker Burgan from Hyundai Mipo Corp.KOTC, March 21, 2014last_img read more

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More Learning Opportunities for Eastern Shore Students

first_imgStudents at Eastern Shore District High School will now have more learning opportunities through skilled trades education to help prepare them for good jobs. Eastern Shore MLA Sid Prest, on behalf of Education Minister Ramona Jennex, today, Feb. 29, officially opened the school’s skilled trades centre as part of the Kids and Learning First education plan. “With the support of the province, the board and school recognized the need to bring skilled trades programming to more students to enhance their quality learning opportunities,” said Mr. Prest. “The skilled trades courses link classroom learning to real-life jobs and this new centre is an example of our education partners working together for kids and learning.” More than $80,000 has been invested in tools and supplies for the new centre. Students are also provided appropriate equipment such as hard hats, safety glasses and safety shoes. The province and the Halifax Regional School Board are sharing renovation costs. “As a school, we are excited to welcome skilled trades courses to Eastern Shore District High School because of the resources it brings and the opportunities it gives our students to explore the trades as a career option,” said principal Pat Savage. Eastern Shore District High School is the ninth school in the province to have a state-of-the-art skilled trades centre. The number of schools offering skilled trades will double over the next four years to 18 and a new manufacturing course, linked to shipbuilding, will be introduced in September 2013. “The skilled trades courses allow students to take a hands-on, minds-on approach and that is what good learning is all about,” said Mr. Prest. Kids and Learning First includes a $6.7-million investment in areas dealing with putting students first, effective teaching, preparation for good jobs and citizenship, and links between the school and community. For more information on Kids and Learning First, visit novascotia.ca/kidsandlearning .last_img read more

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Amendments to Education Act Reinforce Student Safety

first_img mandatory criminal record checks for regional centre and Conseil scolaire acadien provincial employees on a regular and ongoing basis during their employment all employees having to sign a declaration each school year indicating they have not been convicted of a criminal offence all employees being required to report to their employers if they have been charged or convicted of a criminal offence immediately additional amendments to standardize pre-employment checks including the vulnerable sector check and the child abuse registry check. This will ensure they are applied consistently across all regional centres for education and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. The legislation also allows for regulations that will set out record check requirements for other individuals such as volunteers. Nova Scotia’s public education system employs approximately 20,000 teaching and non-teaching staff and supports more than 120,000 thousand students. Student safety and protection will be strengthened with amendments to the Education Act introduced today, March 13. “We need to ensure that we are providing a safe, inclusive learning environment for students across the province while protecting the integrity of the education profession,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “This is about standardizing and strengthening reporting requirements for employees. “Children and students are our most vulnerable population. We owe it to them to ensure we are doing everything in our power to keep them safe.” Specific changes to the act include:last_img read more

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Indias 2nd largest singlesite oil refinery in Jamnagar gets CISF security cover

first_imgNew Delhi: An armed contingent of over 100 CISF commandos has taken over counter-terror security duties at the country’s second largest single-site oil refinery in Gujarat’s coastal district of Jamnagar. The refinery in the Vadinagar area is owned Nayara Energy Ltd (formerly Essar Oil). This is the tenth installation in the private sector of the country to get an armed cover of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), a paramilitary under the Union home ministry. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The location of the refinery is strategic considering the high value of investment in the region and proximity to the busiest sea route. “In the light of the threat perception, security of the installation is of utmost importance as this vital installation is contributing to national economy,” CISF spokesperson and Assistant Inspector General Hemendra Singh said. A squad of over 100 armed commandos, led by an Assistant Commandant-rank officer of the force, has taken over the charge of security on Tuesday, he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Nayara Energy Limited, the CISF said, is a private oil company based in Mumbai that encompasses refining, marketing, production and a network of over 5,000 retail fuel outlets in India. The group, on its website said, its facility in Vadinagar in Jamnagar is the second largest single-site refinery of the country. The largest such refinery of Reliance in Jamnagar is also guarded by the CISF. The facility is strategically located on the west coast of India, providing proximity to Middle East and Africa and also facilitate access to high consumption domestic as well as export market, the business group stated in its profile. CISF commandos will provide round-the-clock security in a quick response team (QRT) pattern as part of which they keep vigil from vantage positions using sophisticated assault weapons and use vehicles for swift movement. Regular entry and exit in the facility will be executed by private guards under the overall supervision of CISF personnel and the force will ensure any terror threat is kept at bay and thwarted, a senior official said. The ‘client’ or the contracting company pays for such a CISF security cover, he added. Officials said this is the tenth private sector deployment of the CISF in the country. The force was tasked to extend its armed security cover, exclusively from the existing government sector deployment, to private installations after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which Pakistan-based terrorists targeted five-star hotels and other locations killing over 166 people. The other nine private sector units being guarded by the CISF are: Electronics City in Bengaluru and Infosys campuses in Bengaluru, Mysore and Pune, Reliance Refinery and Petrochemicals in Jamnagar, Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd project executed by the Tata group in Mundra, Tata Steel project based in Odisha’s Kalinganagar, Yoga exponent Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Food and Herbal Park Private Limited in Haridwar and the Navi Mumbai-based Reliance Corporate IT Park.last_img read more

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Pixels Movie Fans Raise Funds For Childrens Hospitals

first_imgAs Adam Sandler and a star-studded cast prepare to save the world from aliens attacking Earth through classic arcade games in ‘Sony Pictures’ Pixels, in theaters July 24, moviegoers can help save the lives of sick and injured kids.Sony Pictures has teamed up with Extra Life – a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraiser for gamers – to give gaming fans opportunities to support their local member hospitals. They can:Donate a profile picture for a special edition pixel-ized movie poster. With a $50 donation, fans can upload a profile picture at extra-life.org/pixels to be one of thousands of fan faces included in a special edition movie poster. All donors will receive a digital copy of the poster. Donations will go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in fans’ communities.Purchase a limited edition “Lady Lisa” t-shirt at represent.com/ashleypixels. Actress Ashley Benson, who plays Lady Lisa from the videogame Dojo Quest in the movie, is donating proceeds from the sales of the limited edition t-shirts to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.To help raise awareness for the critical need of funds for children’s hospitals, movie cast members Josh Gad and Michelle Monaghan and a Miracle Kid whose treatment is supported by fundraising programs like Extra Life will ring The Nasdaq Stock Market Closing Bell at 4 p.m. on July 21.Miracle Kid and twelve year old brain cancer survivor Jessica Meyer was on the red carpet at the premiere tonight in New York to interview the stars of the film. Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Michelle Monaghan and Peter Dinklage were among celebrities who celebrated the premiere of Sony Pictures’ latest movie, Pixels, on Saturday night. On the red carpet to capture the excitement was Extra Life reporter and brain cancer survivor Jessica Meyer, a 12-year-old from Gallatin, Tenn.In 2013, a visit to a health-screening kiosk at Walmart led Meyer to the discovery of an inoperable brain tumor behind her eye. Her treatments included painful surgeries, months of chemotherapy, weekly blood transfusions and 24 rounds of radiation. While Meyer still suffers from other health conditions caused by the tumor, the cancer mass – now much smaller – appears to be inactive and she has a 90-percent chance of survival. Donations through programs like Extra Life provided advanced equipment and supplies needed during her treatment.Extra Life has raised more than 14 million for 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America. Empowered to make a difference in the lives of sick and injured kids, gamers support kids, like program legacy Victoria Enmon, year-round and during a 24-hour gaming marathon each fall. Victoria was treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia at a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Texas. During treatments for three bouts of the disease, it was gamers who kept up her spirits with visits and gifts of video games. Extra Life allows gamers to play for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of their choice to help fund research and equipment, critical treatments and support for families who cannot afford care.last_img read more

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Montréal police cuffing of Inuk woman angers community

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsA video is going around Montréal that is angering some people it the Indigenous community.Cellphone footage shot by a bystander in Montreal’s subway and posted to social media shows a handcuffed Inuk woman surrounded by three police officers.The video shows that after receiving a ticket, she is released by police. The incident raises questions about whether the department is following community policing initiatives agreed to with the city’sAboriginal population.“There are social workers in every district to help out,” said Nakuset, the executive director of the Native Women’s Centre of Montréal. “I think that if you really want to help them, you find those services for them, you don’t give them a ticket that you know very well there never going to be able to pay off. You give them those services, you build them up. This is doing the opposite.”Nakuset is particularly angry because in 2015 she signed an agreement on behalf of a Montréal Urban Aboriginal network to improve relations with city police.Among the things agreed to was that police would take a different approach to dealing with the vulnerable Aboriginal population.” We know for a fact that the indigenous population gets over ticketed, and what happens is once they get these tickets and they don’t have money, they get more tickets and eventually they go to jail,” said Nakuset.But the Aboriginal Liason for the Montréal police said the woman wasn’t targeted for a ticket.Carlo DeAngelis said after police received complaints, the woman, who appeared to be inebriated, was asked to stop loitering.She became aggressive, and that it she was only then she was handcuffed and given a ticket.DeAngelis said that in situations like this, social workers are often called, but that they are not always available.“The intervention workers have a huge work load, so when we look at the needs, yes, we need more intervention workers on the street level to work with us,” says DeAngelis.But DeAngelis said he wasn’t sure if officers attempted to call intervention workers in this case.Instead he emphasized that the police approach to working with vulnerable Indigenous people has improved greatly and continues to be a work in progress.“When we can, our objective is to help the individuals that are vulnerable in this city and to work with the Aboriginal community,” he said.Nakuset said she isn’t so sure.She said the metro incident shows that training workshops and cultural sensitivity manuals created by the Montréal Aboriginal community over the last 2 years are going unheeded.“There are lots of ways that we’re working with the police, and we’re giving them the appropriate information through indigenous experts to help them,” Nakuset said. “Whether they use the information or not is another story.”For their part, police say they have an upcoming meeting with the Montréal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy Network where they will discuss the incident further.tfennario@aptn.calast_img read more

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Mikmaq womans death forces Montreal hospital to rethink protocol

first_imgTom Fennario APTN NewsMcGill University Health Centre has released the results of its internal investigation into why a 44-year-old Mi’kmaq woman left the hospital, and later died, after being told she would need to pay for treatment.Kimberly Gloade of Burnt Church First Nation in New Brunswick left the Montreal hospital Feb. 7 2016 after she was told that treatment would cost more than $1,000 because she didn’t have a health card.She died six weeks later of heart failure and cirrhosis of the liver.Due to the passage of time and the amount of registration clerks working that night, the hospital says they were not been able to track down the person who saw Gloade after triage.Nonetheless, they’ve since implemented changes.Now every registration clerk must follow the same script when dealing with a patient who has no health card.“The patient is told, ‘we want you to be seen, and in fact you really think that you’re going to leave, I want you to see the triage nurse again to see if that decision is a safe one,’” said Dr. Ewa Sidorowiez, the hospital’s director of professional services.Meaning people will only be allowed to leave if their situation isn’t critical.The investigation was undertaken after a scathing coroner’s report last summer. Coroner Jacques Ramsey said that while Gloade’s cirrhosis was too advanced to be treated, she was denied “the minimal accompaniment that decency requires in the face of death from a society worthy of its name.”The incident in question happened when Gloade was brought to the hospital by ambulance.She was suffering from severe stomach pain and had recently had her health card stolen along with her purse.“They should’ve helped my niece. They should’ve helped my niece, she was very sick,” said Jason Barnaby, a spokesperson for Gloade’s family.Gloade struggled with addiction, but according to her family was known as “Mama Kim” for always looking after others.Barnaby provided APTN News photos of the last Christmas he spent with her.“There was one stocking with a question mark on it. I asked Kim, whose stocking is this? She said ‘for someone that may drop in that has no Christmas’. Touched my heart to see. Kim did not have much but whatever she had, she would be so happy to give,” said Barnaby.Kimberly Gloade celebrating Christmas before her death. Submitted photo.He suspects that Gloade was the victim of discrimination, but the hospital says that is not the case.“In our investigation, I don’t think that was part of the issue at all,” said Sidorowicz, who emphasizes that the hospital deals routinely with people lacking medical coverage and that Gloade was an exception with tragic consequences.“We certainly extend our sympathies to the family, because this was a very sad event that occurred,” said Sidorowicz.For his part, Barnaby takes little comfort in the actions taken since Gloade’s death.“My niece had to die before McGill university implemented these new programs,” said Barnaby, as his voice trembled. “We loved Kim very much, and it still hurts to talk about it.”tfennario@aptn.calast_img read more

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European Parliament Calls on EU to Adapt Aid to Real Needs

Brussels – The Committee on Budgetary Control of the European parliament called on the European Commission to adapt the aid it sends to Tindouf camps to the real needs of the population on grounds of the embezzlement by Algeria and the Polisario that was disclosed in a report by the European anti-fraud office (OLAF).In a draft report on the 2013 general EU budget, the Committee called for an immediate adaptation of the EU aid to meet the needs of the population in the camps in a way that prevents embezzlement.This call comes after the OLAF disclosed a report on mass embezzlement of humanitarian aid by Polisario and Algerian officials. The report deplored  that only a small part of the aid finds its way to the Tindouf camps, while the rest is sold in foreign markets to enrich Algerian and Polisario officials.The report mentioned the overestimation of the population of the camps as one of the reasons facilitating the embezzlement of humanitarian aid.The EU has been sending humanitarian aid to the camps since 1975 on the basis of numbers provided by Algerian authorities estimating the camps’ population at 155,000.Algeria and the Polisario continue to maintain the status-quo by refusing a census of the population in the Tindouf camps by the UN.With MAP read more

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RAM Offers MAD 5000 RoundTrip Flights to Moroccos 2018 World Cup

Rabat – A joint collaboration between Morocco’s Ministry of Sports and Youth, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), and Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has offered Moroccan fans willing to travel to Russia options to fly from Casablanca, Oujda, Tangier, and Marrakech to three Russian destinations for as low as MAD 5,000 roundtrip.A joint statement from FRMF, RAM, and the ministry said that the flag-carrier will mobilize 13 airplanes to carry 2,500 passengers to see the Atlas Lions’ games in Russia.The MAD 5,000 offer is specifically for passengers with tickets to the Atlas Lions’ games. The airplane tickets will be sold starting today at RAM’s agencies throughout the country. The Moroccan national team will play their first game against Iran on June 15 in St. Petersburg. Their second game will be against Portugal on June 20 in Moscow. Morocco will play the last game in the first round of the World Cup against Spain on June 25 in Kaliningrad.Moroccan newspaper Al Ahdath Al Maghribia reported last week that the government is setting up a program to assist Moroccan fans while they are in Russia. The newspaper said that the Ministry of Health will send a medical staff to surround the Saint Petersburg, Moscow, and Kaliningrad stadiums.The Moroccan embassy in Russia will also deliver mobility booklets containing information on the host stadiums and cities.The booklets will also offer assistance with public transportation, travel documents, and the FAN ID required by Russian authorities to attend matches. read more

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Declining gold stocks base metal miners lead way to losses on TSX

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Friday as traders took some profits from a sharp runup in beaten-down resource stocks and oil prices continued to hover around 15-month highs.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 31.09 points to 12,462.17. The tepid showing followed a jump of nearly 200 points the previous session in the wake of reassurances from U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke that the central bank was in no hurry to curtail key economic stimulus measures.The Canadian dollar was off 0.1 of a cent at 96.19 cents US after gaining 1.2 cents Thursday.U.S. indexes were off the best levels of the session after the Dow industrials and S&P 500 hit fresh record highs Thursday after Bernanke said the U.S. needs a “highly accommodative monetary policy,” or low interest rates, for the foreseeable future. The Fed is buying $85-billion a month in bonds to keep interest rates low.The Dow Jones industrials inched up 3.38 points to a fresh, record high close of 15,464.3. But the blue chip index was pressured in large part by a slide in Boeing Inc. shares after news of a fire on board an empty Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane forced Heathrow Airport to temporarily close both its runways Friday. Also, Thomson Airways says one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes travelling from England to the U.S. had to turn back after experiencing a technical issue.Boeing’s new Dreamliners were cleared to fly again in April after a four-month grounding amid concerns about overheating lithium-ion batteries.Boeing shares fell as much as seven per cent as the news first came in but later were down $4.97 or 4.65% to US$101.91.The Nasdaq gained 21.78 points to 3,600.08 and the S&P 500 also moved further into record territory, up 5.17 points to 1,680.19.“(Bernanke) is very consciously trying to avoid a repetition of the mistakes made in 1994 (when) his predecessor Alan Greenspan took the markets by surprise, increased rates and the bond and stock markets had a very difficult year,” said Robert Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.“And I think Bernanke knows the U.S. economy could ill afford (that sort of a surprise) at this stage.”Traders also took in earnings from American banking giants JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo that beat expectations.JPMorgan Chase, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, made US$6.1-billion in the second quarter after stripping out payments to preferred shareholders. That was up 32% from the same period a year ago and amounts to $1.60 per share, beating estimates by 16 cents. Revenue in the period grew by 14% to $25.2-billion, higher than the $24.9-billion forecast by analysts.Despite the surge in profits, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said in a statement that loan growth remained soft. The bank’s shares edged 17 cents lower to $54.97 but still near their highest level in more than a decade. The stock has gained 25% this year.And Wells Fargo posted earnings of US$5.5-billion or 98 cents a share, beating estimates by five cents. Revenue was $21.4-billion versus $21.18-billion a year ago. Wells Fargo is the biggest U.S. mortgage lender, but with mortgage rates rising sharply in recent weeks analysts are concerned about the potential impact on the bank’s mortgage business.Its shares were ahead 74 cents to $42.63.Elsewhere in the financial sector, Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) said Friday it has withdrawn its application to acquire a 19.99% stake in China’s Bank of Guangzhou. The bank said in a statement that “since announcing the proposed investment in September of 2011, Scotiabank and the City of Guangzhou have re-evaluated the proposed partnership in light of changing conditions.” Scotiabank shares added 11 cents to $57.05.The gold sector led decliners with a slide of about 2.5% as August bullion backed off $2.30 to US$1,277.60 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) faded 36 cents to $15.49 and Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) gave back 48 cents to $26.72.The base metals sector was down 1.94% with copper prices depressed after China’s finance minister suggested that growth could come in at seven per cent for this year, which is below the government’s official forecast.China releases April-June growth figures on Monday morning and that could well determine trading next week.The September copper contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost two cents to US$3.15 a pound and Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) declined 46 cents to $22.85 while HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) slipped 16 cents to $6.83.The energy sector drifted 0.45% lower as signs of higher demand in the U.S. pushed the August crude contract on the Nymex up $1.04 to US$105.95 a barrel, up 2.6% for the week.In other corporate news, paper company Domtar Corp. (TSX:UFS) says it expects to post an operating loss of between US$30-million and US$35-million when it reports its second-quarter results later this month. Its shares fell $1.66 to $74.59. read more

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Irving Oil signs deal to acquire Top Oil an Irishbased group of

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Irving Oil is expanding its reach with agreements to acquire an Irish-based energy marketing and distribution group of companies.The New Brunswick-based Irving said Tuesday it has signed a deal with Tedcastle, which operates under the brand name Top Oil and is a leading supplier of home heating oil, petrol and diesel fuel in Ireland.Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.Irving Oil to buy Ireland’s only refinery from Phillips 66Irving Oil strikes deal with Couche-Tard to acquire and brand retail sitesEnergy East latest in a string of projects worth $56B abandoned amid ‘dysfunctional’ policy“We are looking forward to joining Irving Oil and continuing to grow and develop our business under its umbrella,” Top Oil chief executive Gerard Boylan said in a statement.A news release from Irving said Top Oil recently expanded operations into aviation fuel, and sells more than one billion litres of fuel every year to commercial and residential consumers in Ireland.Irving Oil said the acquisition will allow it “to further expand its business across the Atlantic basin,” after an earlier purchase of Ireland’s sole refinery in Whitegate in 2016.“We’re excited about this opportunity to grow our business in Ireland and work with the Top Oil team,” Irving Oil president Ian Whitcomb said in a statement.“We have worked hard to build strong customer relationships and establish meaningful community partnerships in Ireland and are delighted to continue to grow our business in this area. It’s a natural fit for us.”The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission in Ireland still has to approve the acquisition. Irving Oil said it plans to continue the full operation of Top Oil and its assets if the deal is approved. read more

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Afghanistan UN condemns attack targeting Logar judicial officials

According to UNAMA, three armed Taliban entered the provincial judges’ and prosecutors’ compound in Pul-e-Alam and began shooting Afghan civilians, killing seven, including the chief provincial appeals prosecutor and a juvenile prosecutor, and wounding at least 23 others, including at least three judges and another prosecutor. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. “I condemn today’s attack and urge authorities to do everything in their power to ensure adequate protection of judicial officials and other civilians seeking access to judicial institutions,” said Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA. “Judicial officials and other civilians can never be considered combatants and thus should not be targeted,” the UN envoy stressed. This incident, which UNAMA said represents a pattern of attacks that have intensified in severity and increased in frequency, follows last week’s attack on the provincial court compound in Ghazni city that killed four civilians and injured 15 others. The Taliban also claimed responsibility for that attack. Since the beginning of January, UNAMA has verified 18 separate attacks targeting judges, prosecutors and judicial staff, which have resulted in 32 civilian deaths and 67 civilians injured. The Taliban claimed responsibility for 11 of these incidents. The UN mission reiterated that international humanitarian law, to which all parties to the armed conflict are bound, prohibits attacks directed against civilians and the use of indiscriminate violence. UNAMA also expressed its condolences to those who have lost their loved ones in these attacks and wishes a speedy recovery to those who have been injured. read more

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May new car preregistration figures

Today, SMMT released figures for May pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in May 2012 that were defined as pre-registrations.Download release.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Baseball Ohio State travels to Florida for Cox Diamond Invitational

Ohio State junior starting pitcher Connor Curlis delivers a pitch against University Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Snowbird Classic on Feb. 16, 2018. Ohio State won 11-7. Credit: Courtesy of Press Pros Magazine.One could sum up the Ohio State baseball team’s performance last weekend with two statistics: 35 runs scored in the first three games, and 12 fielding errors across all four.With the exception of when it faced Oregon State pitcher Grant Gambrell in the final game of the weekend road trip, the Ohio State offense showed potential to be a machine this weekend in Surprise, Arizona. The Buckeyes travel there to take part in the Cox Diamond Invitational, where they will meet three teams that average at least six runs per game.“I think everybody, at one point, was feeling like the ball that was coming in was a volleyball,” sophomore third baseman Conner Pohl said. “Everybody was spraying it to both fields.”Moving forward, the Buckeyes (5-3, 0-0 Big Ten) have a lot of room for improvement on defense. Head coach Greg Beals said his infielders need to work on finishing plays, though he acknowledged early season blemishes are bound to happen.“Early in the season we just haven’t had as many reps and live opportunity to take that ground ball with base runner running down the line,” Beals said.Game 1: Nicholls StateOhio State opens this weekend with a matchup against the Nicholls State Colonels (1-6, 0-0 Southland) at 3 p.m. Friday. The Colonels already have six games in the loss column, but four of those were decided by three runs or less.Junior Connor Curlis, who is 1-0 with a 3.48 ERA through two starts this year, will take the mound first for the Buckeyes on Saturday.Game 2: Southern MissThe No. 16 Southern Miss Golden Eagles (6-2, 0-0 Conference USA) will take the field against the Buckeyes at 4 p.m. Saturday Taking the mound to start against an offense Beals called “strong” will be junior Ryan Feltner. The player rated as the Big Ten’s top prospect by D1Baseball.com prior to the season has a 6.55 ERA in 11 innings. Southern Miss has scored more than nine runs in a game all but twice this season, so Feltner will need to maintain control to keep the Buckeyes in striking distance.Game 3: Eastern MichiganThe Eastern Michigan Eagles present an opportunity for the Buckeyes to keep producing at a high rate offensively. They have a team ERA of 9.09. As a whole, the Eagles are sitting at 1-7 at this point in the season, though much like the Colonels, all but two of those losses were decided by two runs or less.Starting for the Buckeyes will be redshirt senior Adam Niemeyer (0-1, 5.00 ERA), but fellow redshirt senior starter Yianni Pavlopoulos (1-1, 4.00 ERA) will split time with him, Beals said. It’s part of an ongoing competition.“Those guys are gonna get two or three more chances to prove who’s gonna be the Sunday starter [for Big Ten play],” Beals said. read more

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Chicken campaigner who became social media star attacked by vegans who say

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Belle likes to be fed watermelonCredit:Haidy Mansfield Her first rescue chicken was Belle, who was in a terrible state when she was rescued from a chicken farm last December, and was very weak with few feathers. She posted a picture of her in a chicken group, and the members “became addicted” to knowing how Belle was doing – and told her to make a Facebook page.Before long, the page had 21,000 followers. Ms Mansfield said: “ “People got interested in caged hens, how they exist in modern society and how hens are used this way to produce eggs intensively. They thought battery hen cages had been banned – which they have – but enriched cages are still cages and chickens don’t really have much space.”People wanted to know what they could do to help and didn’t want to support the caged egg industry. I am trying to use the page as a platform really now to show people we can make more ethical choices about what eggs we buy and how we can all make a difference.”My partner suggested rescuing three girls from the hen welfare, who used to have chickens, I had never even thought of having chickens. We went and collected them and I totally fell in love with them and it kind of went on from then.”Our little flock has grown from three to nine and it would be lovely to get more.”I fell into it accidentally but my life will never not be about chickens now.” She rescues chickens from caged farms - and many of them turn up looking like this, with few feathers and looking forlorn  A chicken campaigner who became a social media star alongside her birds has been targeted by extreme vegans who believe eating eggs is evil.Haidy Mansfield, who gave up her day job as an anti-fraud officer to rescue caged birds and campaign for ethical egg farming, was shocked when her Facebook page where she posted pictures of her chickens Belle and Fleur as they recovered from a hard life on an intensive farm grew to having 21,000 fans.After falling in love with the birds, nine of which she has at her Dorset home, the campaigner decided to dedicate her life to promoting ethical egg farming. She believes that all chickens deserve to have ample space to scratch around outside in the fresh air.However, she has come under attack from extreme vegans, who believe she is promoting an “evil” lifestyle by asking her followers to buy ethically-farmed eggs. Ms Mansfield told The Telegraph they said eating eggs was “evil”, explaining: “They don’t believe chickens should be used full stop. That the eggs aren’t ours to take. I understand their passion and that it’s a very black and white line for them. They aren’t going to agree, they see me as perpetuating the issue by promoting that people choose to buy ethical eggs. I just say that if you’re going to eat eggs, be mindful about where they’re from. There are of course extreme views in everything – people think the chickens should be implanted so they stop laying as they aren’t ours to use.”She said she has been upset by the comments and even moved to tears, posting on Facebook: “I don’t intentionally want to offend anyone, however, there is a faction of Vegan society who have taken it upon themselves to sabotage every post I write, and no doubt they will this one. They have no qualms upsetting, belittling or insulting people who eat eggs and support my mission to bring an end to caged egg farming.”The campaigner emphasised that this is a small number of extreme vegans, and that many of her vegetarian and vegan friends support her mission to make chicken farming more ethical. She rescues chickens from caged farms – and many of them turn up looking like this, with few feathers and looking forlorn Credit:Haidy Mansfield Belle likes to be fed watermelon read more

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