Globe and Mail tops with 10 wins at annual National Newspaper Awards

first_imgTORONTO — The Globe and Mail won a leading 10 awards at the National Newspaper Awards on Friday, while coverage of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash tragedy earned top honours for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and The Canadian Press.Kevin Mitchell of the StarPhoenix was named journalist of the year, and also won in the sports category, for his coverage of the aftermath of the crash that killed 16 members of the Broncos organization.The Canadian Press won top honours in breaking news for its team coverage of the crash.The StarPhoenix also won news photo for Kayle Neis’s shot of hockey sticks planted in a snowbank in honour of the Broncos.The Canadian Press also won in the sports photo category for an Andrew Vaughan shot of a mixed martial arts fighter after a brutal match – it was Vaughan’s third career NNA.Seven other organizations each won one award: La Presse, Le Devoir, National Post/Calgary Herald, St. Catharines Standard, Toronto Star, Waterloo Region Record and Winnipeg Free Press.The winners were announced at a gala dinner in Toronto.Here are the winners, as released by the National Newspaper Awards:Arts and Entertainment: Chris Hannay and Daniel Leblanc, Globe and Mail, for investigating the National Gallery of Canada’s botched attempt to sell a major piece of art by Marc Chagall in order to free up money to buy another artwork.E. Cora Hind Award for Beat Reporting: Zosia Bielski, Globe and Mail, for coverage of gender and sexuality.Breaking News: The Canadian Press, for team coverage of the truck-bus collision that killed 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos organization.Business: Jeff Lewis, Jeffrey Jones, Renata D’Aliesio and Chen Wang, Globe and Mail, for digging deeply into the flourishing trade of aging wells, in which major companies routinely offload energy assets burdened with hefty cleanup costs onto smaller players with scant ability to pay the environmental bill.Columns: Niigaan Sinclair, Winnipeg Free Press.Editorial Cartooning: Garnotte (Michel Garneau), Le Devoir.Claude Ryan Award for Editorials: François Cardinal, La Presse.Explanatory Work: Carolyn Abraham, Globe and Mail, for “Cracks in the Code,” which explored how science’s ability to “read” DNA has far outpaced its capacity to understand it.Feature Photo: Chris Donovan, Globe and Mail, for a photo of a woman saying farewell to a friend just before her medically assisted death.Norman Webster Award for International Reporting: Daniel Dale, Toronto Star, for his exhaustive coverage of the deceptions and lies of U.S. President Donald Trump.George Brown Award for Investigations: Grant LaFleche, St. Catharines Standard, for a year-long investigation that uncovered a political conspiracy to manipulate the hiring of Niagara Region’s top bureaucrat and a secret contract worth more than a million dollars.Local Reporting: Greg Mercer, Waterloo Region Record, for a detailed probe into the serious health problems that afflicted workers from the region’s once-booming rubber industry, and the apparent reluctance of workplace safety officials to accept their compensation claims.William Southam Award for Long Feature: Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail, for a feature about an experiment in which three lab monkeys were quietly moved to a sanctuary to retire, instead of facing the death sentence that awaits most animals used in medical research.News Photo: Kayle Neis, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, for a photo of hockey sticks stuck in a snowbank as a memorial to members of the Humboldt Broncos who had been killed in a bus-truck collision.Photo Essay: Renaud Philippe, Globe and Mail, for pictures documenting the plight of the Rohingya and their escape from genocide in Myanmar.John Wesley Dafoe Award for Politics: Robert Fife, Steven Chase, Sean Silcoff and Christine Dobby, Globe and Mail, for looking into how Huawei fits in with Beijing’s global ambitions, and just how far Canada was willing to go to accommodate the technology juggernaut’s quest for expansion.Presentation: Laura Blenkinsop and Christopher Manza, Globe and Mail, for their work showcasing a Brazilian road trip, a major investigation and a true crime saga.Project of the Year: Zane Schwartz, National Post/Calgary Herald, for “Follow the Money,” an 18-month project that gathered and analyzed more than five million records across Canada to create the first central, searchable database of political donations in every province and territory.Bob Levin Award for Short Feature: Patrick White, Globe and Mail, for a story about a humble, rural attraction – a simple sunflower patch – that had been ruined by a social media mob.Sports: Kevin Mitchell, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, for deep coverage, spanning a period of months, on the Humboldt Broncos bus-truck crash and its aftermath. (Mitchell was also named Journalist of the Year.)Sports Photo: Andrew Vaughan, The Canadian Press, for a photo of a downed fighter that captures the brutality of mixed martial arts.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Renata Ford widow of Rob Ford to run for Berniers Peoples party

first_imgToronto voters will have a chance this fall to vote for yet another Ford.Renata Ford — the widow of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, sister-in-law to Ontario’s premier, daughter-in-law to a former Ontario MPP and aunt to a Toronto city councillor — is running for Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada in the 2019 federal election.She was introduced today as one of 39 candidates the party will put forward to voters in the Greater Toronto Area in the fall campaign.She will run in the riding of Etobicoke North, trying to unseat incumbent Kirsty Duncan, the federal science and sport minister, whose Liberals have held the riding for all but four years since 1980.And she will attempt to do so for a start-up party that is trying to offer itself as a more genuinely conservative alternative to the federal Conservatives.Doug Ford’s office says the Ontario premier — whom Renata Ford is suing over family finances — wishes everyone luck in the upcoming federal election.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Different worlds inside and outside Toronto mining conference

first_imgAPTN National NewsAbout 100 people rallied outside the world’s largest mining conference taking place in downtown Toronto Tuesday.First Nation people are becoming more involved in the convention that brings together some 30,000 miners.However, outside it was a different story.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith has this story.last_img

Walgreens starts fiscal 2019 better than analysts expected

first_imgWalgreens Boots Alliance topped Wall Street forecasts for its fiscal first quarter, helped partially by a sales boost provided by stores acquired from smaller rival Rite Aid.The company also said Thursday that it started a cost-management program that aims to achieve at least $1 billion in annual cost savings in a few years.Revenue for the drugstore chain jumped about 10 per cent to $33.8 billion in the period that ended Nov. 30, with the Rite Aid stores accounting for much of that growth in the global company’s U.S. division. Walgreens spent more than $4 billion to acquire nearly 2,000 stores from Rite Aid in a deal it closed last year.Walgreens said Thursday that it saw its profit jump 37 per cent to $1.12 billion in this year’s first quarter. Earnings adjusted for one-time gains and costs totalled $1.46 per share.Analysts expected, on average, earnings of $1.43 per share on $33.58 billion in revenue, according to Zacks Investment Research.Company executives said that as part of the cost-management program, it has already restructured its retail businesses in Chile and Mexico to address low margins there. It is also taking steps to improve profitability in its pharmaceutical wholesale business.The company indicated the program will lead to shutting some stores and warehouses. It did detail potential job losses but Chief Financial Officer James Kehoe said in a conference call that “typically, out of $1 billion, at least 70 per cent comes from non-people cost.”Walgreens runs more than 18,500 stores in 11 countries and, along with CVS Health Corp., is one of the two biggest chains in the U.S. drugstore market. Sales for the company’s U.S. retail pharmacy division jumped more than 14 per cent in the quarter, while international sales fell nearly 6 per cent to $2.9 billion.Walgreens announced late Wednesday a collaboration with Alphabet company Verily that will aim to improve the health of customers with chronic conditions, especially those with diabetes. Walgreens and Verily said they will start by focusing on ways to help people stay on their medications.Drugstore chains are getting more active in trying to manage customer health as they face retail sales pressure from competitors like the online giant Amazon.com. Plus health care companies in general are focusing more on monitoring and improving patient health. Insurers are paying for that more frequently as they move away from a system that simply reimburses care providers for each service performed.Critics say the old approach leads to overuse of care and doesn’t push anyone to help improve the patient’s overall health and ultimately cut costs.Shares of Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. fell 5 per cent, or $3.68, to close Thursday at $69.61, as broader indexes slumped. Walgreens joined the Dow Jones industrial average earlier this year, and its stock price is down 4 per cent since the beginning of the year._____Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on WBA at https://www.zacks.com/ap/WBATom Murphy, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Nonfilers of GST returns for 2 months to be barred from generating

first_imgNew Delhi: Non-filers of GST returns for two straight months will be barred from generating e-way bills for transporting goods effective June 21, the finance ministry said. Businesses under GST composition scheme, however, will be barred from generating e-way bill if they fail to file tax returns for two consecutive filing periods, which is six months. The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has notified June 21, 2019, as the day from which any “consignor, consignee, transporter, e-commerce operator or courier agency” would be barred from generating electronic way or e-way bill for failure to file tax returns for the stipulated time period as mentioned in the GST rules. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details As per rules, a composition scheme taxpayer who has not furnished the returns for two consecutive tax periods and a regular taxpayer who has not filed returns for a consecutive period of two months would be restricted from generating e-way bill. In the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, businesses have to file monthly tax returns by the 20th day of the subsequent month. However, businesses opting for composition scheme have to file quarterly returns by the 18th day of the subsequent month following the end of a quarter. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) has put in place the IT system so that businesses which have not filed tax returns for the stipulated period would be barred from generating e-way bills. The move, officials believe, would help check GST evasion. During April-December, there were 3,626 cases of GST evasion/violations, involving Rs 15,278 crore. Touted as an anti-evasion measure, e-way bill system was rolled out on April 1, 2018, for moving goods worth over Rs 50,000 from one state to another. The same for intra or within the state movement was rolled out in a phased manner from April 15. Transporters of goods worth over Rs 50,000 would be required to present e-way bill during transit to a GST inspector, if asked. With almost two years into GST implementation, the government is now focussing on anti-evasion measures to shore up revenue and increase compliance. AMRG & Associates Partner Rajat Mohan said with this suppliers, transporters and e-commerce operators would be forced not to sell or transport goods to non-filers. “E-commerce, logistics, FMCG companies, and businesses working on the franchise model, would have to immediately develop and implement an automated workflow whereby defaulting business partners are moved out from the supply chain on real-time basis,” Mohan said.last_img read more

CBC hires former Corus exec Barbara Williams as Englishlanguage boss

TORONTO — The CBC is turning to former Corus executive Barbara Williams to lead its English-language TV, radio, and online services.CBC/Radio-Canada president Catherine Tait says Williams takes the reins as executive vice-president on May 1.The industry veteran assumes the role following the resignation of CBC executive Heather Conway, who announced last November that she was stepping down after five years.In October, Williams announced her retirement from Corus, where she was executive vice-president and chief operating officer.In that role, she oversaw content on Global Television and specialty channels including History, HGTV Canada and Food Network Canada, as well as digital, radio and the children’s media company Nelvana.Before that, Williams served as president of Shaw Media, overseeing all aspects of the company’s business before it was acquired by Corus in April 2016.“I have asked Barbara to take on this role because of her vast experience as a network executive and her keen understanding of Canada’s ever-changing media landscape,” Tait said Wednesday in a statement.“This is an important time for the public broadcaster as we look to spark an even deeper connection with audiences here and around the world. Given her track record in building content strategies that consistently result in audience growth, Barbara will help us do just that.”In the same release, Williams said she was excited to be joining the public broadcaster.“I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of strong, dynamic Canadian content, and in the critical role the public broadcaster plays in providing timely and trustworthy news. It has the power to connect people and shift perspectives. I’m looking forward to working with the team at CBC to bring even more compelling Canadian stories to our audiences.”Williams’ industry experience runs deep.Her time at Shaw included a stint as senior vice-president of content, when she handled U.S. acquisition deals as well as the creation of Canadian original productions including “Big Brother Canada,” “Vikings,” “Rookie Blue” and “Top Chef Canada.”Williams has also served in top positions at Canwest Broadcasting and Alliance Atlantis.The Canadian Press read more

UN agency urges nations to fund human rescue package needed to feed

16 December 2008Without a “human rescue” package, costing a mere fraction of the financial bailout and economic stimulus initiatives tabled in Western Europe and the United States, millions of people around the world will go hungry early next year, warned the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today. Without a “human rescue” package, costing a mere fraction of the financial bailout and economic stimulus initiatives tabled in Western Europe and the United States, millions of people around the world will go hungry early next year, warned the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today. WFP, which aims to feed nearly 100 million of the world’s hungriest people in 2009, announced that it will start the New Year needing $5.2 billion to urgently support its programmes combating global hunger. Unless donors provide a rapid injection of funds, the agency’s warehouse stocks will run out by the end of March, condemning millions of people in Haiti, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya and other hunger hot spots to live without essential food assistance.“As we take care of Wall Street and Main Street, we can’t forget the places that have no streets,” stressed WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran, speaking during a visit to India, which has the single largest undernourished population in the world.With just one per cent of the money proposed for bailout packages across the developed world, Ms. Sheeran said that WFP could fully fund its work, and make a mark toward meeting other urgent hunger needs. Feeding all 59 million hungry school children worldwide, for example, would only cost $3 billion per year.“The world is poised to produce trillions for financial rescue packages. What will they produce for the human rescue?” asked Ms. Sheeran.“World leaders need to be confronted with the values implicit in the policy choices they are making,” she noted.WFP’s urgent call comes off the back of historically high food prices and market volatility, which is compounded by the financial meltdown in the developed world, spilling into the developing world as incomes are affected, and trade, capital flows and remittances slow. This month alone, the Kyrgyz Government asked WFP to help feed 600,000 people pushedinto desperate hunger following a sharp decline in the remittances which account for 20 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).Ms. Sheeran noted that hunger can lead to civil unrest as witnessed in Haiti, where people were killed and a prime minister was driven from office when food prices soared earlier this year. “We are at a critical juncture where we risk watching hunger spiral out of control as the world’s population is set to climb toward 9 billion [by] mid-century,” she said, adding “We can’t afford to lose the next generation.” read more

Information to young vital in curbing population growth HIVAIDS – Annan

“Experience shows that educated women are more likely to marry later, and have healthy and better-educated children, who will pass on these benefits from one generation to the next. Education and information also influence how many children they will have,” Mr. Annan declared in a message marking World Population Day, whose theme this year is “One billion adolescents: the right to health, information and services.” Noting that half of all girls in some countries are married before the age of 18, often resulting in early childbearing that poses serious health risks to both mother and child, he added: “If a woman were to wait until age 23, instead of age 18, to have her first child, that alone could reduce the momentum in population growth by over 40 per cent.” Stressing the vital importance of information and services to the war on AIDS and the broader quest for good health, Mr. Annan declared: “Young people should know how the HIV virus is transmitted, and how to protect themselves from infection. This is important everywhere but is absolutely critical in countries where infection rates are already high or quickly rising. “Reproductive health services and factual information about reproductive health will also help young people to avoid risky behaviour, unwanted pregnancy and poor health in general,” he said, adding: “The decisions these young people make will shape our world and the prospects of future generations.” The Executive Director of UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, stressed that while every young person had the right to education and health, “far too many young people are deprived of schooling and adequate health care, and the consequences are devastating.” Noting that each day over 70,000 teenage girls are married, many against their will, and nearly 40,000 give birth, she added: “For these young women, this means an incomplete education, limited opportunities and serious health risks. Assisting girls to complete secondary schooling and delay marriage and childbirth can help break the cycle of poor health, illiteracy and poverty.”Mr. Obaid said HIV/AIDS statistics alone — half of all new infections occur among young people with 6,000 newly infected each day — demonstrated the need for greater education, information and services. “By educating, empowering and mobilizing young people, we can turn the AIDS epidemic around,” she declared. For his part, the President of the UN General Assembly, Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic, said young people should be provided the support they need to make active decisions about the timing and spacing of their children as well as being fully informed on the spread of sexually transmitted diseases in order to significantly slow transmission rates of HIV/AIDS. “I call on Member States today to ensure that adolescents are not deprived of their right to health-care services and information,” he added. read more

Roadmap event looks to future of oil gas industry

Roadmap event looks to future of oil & gas industry AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by 660 NEWS Staff Posted Feb 29, 2016 7:06 am MDT (Stock photo: FreeImages.com) Environmental groups, First Nations, and big names in oil and gas will be gathering at the Hyatt Regency Monday to talk the future of the industry.Some of the topics on the table at the Western Canada Oil & Gas Industry Roadmap event will be market access, innovation, and investment.The host, U.K. Publisher Milestone GRP, is getting ready to release its latest Global Investor’s Guide, focusing on the prairies.Managing Partner Tim Penketh says whether people agree with oil and gas development or not, this is an industry that is going to be front and centre in our economy for the long term.“It’s a conversation that has to be had at a local level, regional level, but also at a national level, because it’s a sector that touches all of us, whatever our views are,” he said.Penketh is hoping they can begin a dialogue that will help the energy industry go forward in a sustainable way.The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. read more

University bids opened for downtown project

An artist’s rendering of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts to be built in downtown St. Catharines. Brock University officials announced Friday they have opened all six bids received from amongst the pre-qualified General Contractors who are seeking to build the new home of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines.All bids appear to significantly exceed the University’s construction budget, which was based on the design prepared by Diamond Schmitt Architects, and on the pre-tender Class “A” cost estimate prepared by cost consultants Turner & Townsend cm2r.Tom Saint-Ivany, Brock’s Interim Vice-President of Administration, said, “As a general statement, the bids exceed our $26 million construction budget by approximately $6 million.”He said the numbers are unofficial results taken from the bids. The architect and the project manager, PRISM Partners, will now review the bids in detail in order to help determine the next steps in the construction of the University’s 198 St. Paul Street project. read more

Whistleblowing NHS worker to challenge NDA in test case for gagging orders

Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that he would ban the gagging of NHS staff in 2013 Credit:Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that he would ban the gagging of NHS staff in 2013  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. A radiographer who blew the whistle on NHS malpractice is to challenge the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) she was asked to sign, in a hearing which could have major implications for the future of gagging orders.In 2012, Sue Allison, 57, reported a string of missed cancer diagnoses and wider concerns about standards of care in a breast screening unit at Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.After raising concerns with a colleague, the pair claimed they were ostracised and subjected to extensive bullying, eventually leading them to file formal grievance complaints against the trust.But in 2015, Mrs Allison claims she was pressured into signing two non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) without legal advice, preventing her from publicly airing her concerns or bringing future claims against the trust.At a hearing at Manchester Employment Tribunal on April 2, her lawyer will now argue it was unlawful to ask her to sign an agreement without legal representation, and will press for it to be revoked.Mrs Allison claims she did not fully understand what she was agreeing to, arguing she was “pretty much conned into signing” the NDAs.She told The Telegraph “When you’re a whistleblower and they’ve been trying to squash you for a couple of years, you find yourself in a very lonely place where you don’t have anyone to help or advise you.“I’m not stupid, but I’m not a legally aware person having not dealt with the law in my life prior to all this”.In 2013, the former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that he would ban the gagging of NHS staff in compromise agreements.But a recent Freedom of Information request submitted by The Guardian newspaper uncovered the widespread use of such agreements in the health service to silence staff who raise concerns about harassment and bullying.It adds to growing levels of scrutiny being applied to the use of NDAs across a number of industries in the wake of The Telegraph’s reporting on Philip Green who is accused of sexually harassing members of staff, accusations that he has denied.Stephen Kerr MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Whistleblowing, said: “The ongoing flouting of the ban on the use of NDAs in the NHS is unacceptable.“I have yet to see an appropriately-used NDA in whistleblowing cases and remain convinced that they have no place in our NHS.” Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that he would ban the gagging of NHS staff in 2013  Mrs Allison’s MP and former Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, added: “Sue has made a considerable personal sacrifice by putting her head above the parapet to call out poor and dangerous standards of care.“But she reports that she’s been rewarded by having her career destroyed.”“If whistleblowers are to be encouraged, they need some form of protection and reassurance that they will face no recriminations or professional backlash, whilst those allegedly guilty of the mistakes suffer no similar consequences or repercussions from their actions”.Mrs Allison believes she has been blacklisted in the NHS and says she has been asked about being a whistleblower in a number of subsequent job applications she’s made in places as far away as Kingston.She worked at the same NHS Trust as the award-winning surgeon Peter Duffy, another high-profile whistleblower who was forced out of his job after raising concerns and is now practicing on the Isle of Man.The Trust has faced a number of whistleblowing complaints in recent years including a maternity crisis at Furness General where a number of deaths emerged due to poor care standards.Mrs Allison’s employment lawyer Jahad Rahman said the case could have wide implications for attempts to silence not just whistleblowers, but also victims of crime or abuse.“Hopefully this case will significantly contribute to the debate about whether or not it’s right to silence individuals raising concerns about wrongdoing and misconduct in the workplace…the outcome is likely to give them confidence to speak out,” he said.“We need people to come forward or else we are exposing the public to danger.“This case goes beyond the remit of whistleblowers, in fact. NDAs should never be used to cover up criminal activity at work, as we’ve seen them being employed for cases of discrimination and sexual harassment at work. Sexual assault is a criminal offence”.The Whistleblowing charity Protect is also pushing for clearer legislation surrounding NDAs, which would allow subjects to still make protected disclosures where public safety was an issue.Andrew Pepper-Parsons, at the charity said: “The law is clear that public interest issues such as concerns involving patient safety cannot be part of an NDA, and a whistleblower would be able raise those concerns with someone like the CQC without fear of an employer pursuing the whistleblower for breaching the NDA.  “But the bullying or victimisation of a whistleblower, even if it shows a toxic environment in a workplace, is a grey area and may well be covered by the confidentiality agreement if it lacks a wider public interest point.”Morecambe Bay Trust said all the concerns raised by Mrs Allison had already been fully investigated.“As with every such investigation, opportunities for the Trust to improve its practice were identified and action was taken to address this,” said Medical Director David Walker.“The Trust does not use ‘gagging clauses’ that prevent employees or ex-employees speaking out about patient safety and patient care.”However Mrs Allison said the case has wrecked her career.“To push out highly-qualified people who are really dedicated to their jobs at a time of such acute short-staffing is really bad practice on the part of NHS management,” she said. “I mean, I’ll never go back there now – I’m finished.” read more

Google la page daccueil est maintenant personnalisable

first_imgGoogle : la page d’accueil est maintenant personnalisableFrance – Il est désormais possible pour les internautes français de personnaliser la page d’accueil du moteur de recherche Google. La page d’accueil de Google a subi un petit lifting : depuis ce matin, elle arbore différents fonds d’écran. Si l’image s’affichant par défaut vous paraît trop criarde, il est possible de charger la photo de votre choix. L’utilisateur peut en effet embellir le site grâce à une sélection d’images proposée par Google, depuis un compte Picasa ou encore avec ses photos de vacances, que l’on peut charger depuis son ordinateur.Pour changer l’image, il suffit de posséder un compte Google, puis de cliquer sur la phrase “Intrigué par la page d’accueil d’aujourd’hui ? Ajoutez votre propre image maintenant”, située sous la barre de recherche Google ou sur “Modifier l’image d’arrière-plan”, en bas à gauche de la page d’accueil du moteur de recherche. Le 10 juin 2010 à 11:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Tierney Celtics win over Leipzig a big boost for Europa League

first_imgCeltic defender Kieran Tierney believes they now have a realistic chance of reaching the Europa League knock-out phraseThe Scottish champions secured a vital 2-1 win over RB Leipzig at Celtic Park on Thursday following goals from Tierney and Odsonne Edouard.The result leaves Celtic tied with second-place Leipzig on six points with two games left, albeit behind on goal difference.“We have given ourselves a fighting chance going into the last couple of games,” Tierney told Sky Sports.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“They are still favourites going into the last couple of games. It’s a fighting chance and that is all we can do now – just take it game by game.”Celtic will travel to Norway to face Rosenberg BK on November 29 in their next Europa League fixture.However, Brendon Rodgers’ side will now turn their focus to Sunday’s SPL game against Livingston.last_img read more

Gerardo hoping to upset Juve in final group game

first_imgYoung Boys Coach Gerardo Seoane feels his side can upset Juventus in their final group game but admits they are “happy to face” Cristiano RonaldoJuve will win their Champions League group if they beat the Swiss champions tomorrow, with the hosts already eliminated.“The Champions League has the best teams,” Seoane said in his pre-match Press conference via Football Italia.“And a good day for Young Boys and with an opponent not at their best, we can get at least a point.“We’ve made progress [since the first game], against Valencia and Manchester United we played better and more attacking football.Europa League draw groups G and H George Patchias – August 30, 2019 Europa League groups G and H are a who is who of previous winners.UEFA.com confirmed that Europa League group G consists of, Porto, Young…“The Champions League is harder, the players are more difficult to make. You don’t often face players of the quality of [Paulo] Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo, and Young Boys certainly lack experience compared to Juve.“I think Juventus will face this match to their full potential, and I don’t expect any gifts in that sense.“Ronaldo? Containing great champions like him is very difficult, sometimes impossible.“But if three people mark Ronaldo that leaves the others alone, so we need to defend collectively.“It’ll be difficult, but we’re happy to face him.”last_img read more

Mountain lion suspected of injuring boy in Rancho Penasquitos killed

first_img KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers killed a mountain lion suspected of attacking a 4-year-old boy at the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve because the animal appeared to have little fear of humans, an agency spokesman said today.The boy was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital for treatment of non- life-threatening injuries from the attack, which was reported shortly before 2:30 p.m. Monday at the preserve in the Rancho Penasquitos area, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and the CDFW.A hospital spokesman said Tuesday that the youngster is in good condition and is expected to be released soon.Witnesses said the boy’s father kicked the large cat — which was believed to be a mountain lion — and threw a rock to scare it away.The boy was with a group of 11 people at the time, in an area known as Carson’s Crossing in the center of the preserve. CDFW Lt. Scott Bringman said wildlife officers responded to the scene and identified mountain lion tracks, then a cougar approached the officers a short time later.“The lion appeared to have little fear of humans, which is abnormal behavior for a mountain lion,” the lieutenant said. “The wildlife officers immediately dispatched the animal to ensure public safety.”Wildlife officers collected clothing samples from the boy and sent them to the CDFW Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Sacramento, along with the mountain lion’s body, for DNA analysis, Bringman said. He said wildlife forensics specialists will test the samples to confirm whether the deceased cat was responsible for the attack. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 28, 2019 Mountain lion suspected of injuring boy in Rancho Penasquitos killed May 28, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Coast Guard rescues man missing at sea in Keys

first_imgISLAMORADA, FLA. (WSVN) – The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued a man who was reported missing at sea in the Florida Keys.The 62-year-old man was reported missing by his son after he didn’t come back from a late night sail.After searching the area, officials found the man’s 10-foot sail boat a couple miles north of Islamorada, Monday morning.The man was reported safe with no injuries.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Its Final Texas Rejects MexicanAmerican Studies Textbook

first_imgJORGE SANHUEZA-LYON | KUTThe Responsible Ethnic Studies Textbook Coalition holds a rally to call on the Texas State Board of Education to reject a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook on September 13, 2016.About a dozen professors across Texas found hundreds of factual errors in the textbook. Many were also upset that the book, titled “Mexican-American Heritage,” promoted stereotypes of groups of people.The book called Mexican people lazy and said Chicanos wanted to destroy society. State Board of Education Member Ruben Cortez says, sometimes, these fights come down to ideology.“But, when it came to this topic it was a clear, clear 15-0 vote,” Cortez said. “So, it was obvious that they didn’t want to put any factually inaccurate book in the hands of kids.”The vote comes after a preliminary 14-0 vote to reject the textbook.“Aside from the all the stereotypes in the book that people found deeply offensive, we have a job as the state board and we can’t allow any book that has factual errors.”UT Austin Professor Emilio Zamora was one of the most vocal opponents to the book. Zamora says he spent hours documenting mistakes and is happy his hard work paid off.“I’m glad that people recognize the seriousness of this and I think a lot of people showed up and we put in the long hours in large part because we understood the important of this,” Zamora says. “It’s important not only for our children in the schools of all background, but it’s all important for the rest of nation because the fact that Texas influences the rest of the country in the adoption of books and sale of books by major publishers.”The State Board of Education has already put out a fresh request for what it calls special topics in social studies textbooks for next year. Sharelast_img read more

Signs of hope in a former Baghdad killing field

first_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Azamiyah residents complain that security forces conduct frequent arrest sweeps. They believe Sunni applicants are not given a fair chance in public sector hiring and that municipal services are even worse in their neighborhood than elsewhere in Baghdad.“I want to stay in my country, but the future is uncertain because we cannot see a ray of hope,” said Hamid al-Azami, 45, a doctoral student in Islamic studies who also works as a barber in a narrow stall in the open-air market outside the Abu Hanifa mosque.Lt. Gen. Hassan Baidani, a top Baghdad security official, denied that troops are singling out Azamiyah and said about half the checkpoints would be removed later this month, after an important Shiite religious holiday. Mohammed Hashim, a city spokesman, said services are bad all over Baghdad, not just in Sunni areas. Since the U.S.-led invasion, Iraqis have endured daily power cuts.Azamiyah residents reserve some of their greatest bitterness for the United States.Mohammed, the local council member, said he bluntly told U.S. officials during a trip by an Azamiyah delegation to Washington in 2008 that “you have destroyed the country and people hate you.” During the sectarian fighting of 2005-2007, the Sunni enclave and its outskirts became one of the main battle grounds for Sunni and Shiite death squads.Ashreen Street in Azamiyah, close to the center, soon earned the nickname “Street of Death” because of the large number of bodies found there _ most shot in the head execution-style, but others with signs of torture, such as nails driven through victims’ limbs. Shops opened only for a couple of hours a day, and frightened residents sought refuge in their homes well before nightfall.Maj. Michael Baka, who commanded Charlie Company, an infantry unit assigned to Azamiyah, said that on his very first patrol in August 2006, he found a dead man in a trash pile. On a U.S. military map that tracked where bodies were found, “my sector just blew up like a light,” he said by phone from Afghanistan, his current posting. “There were dots everywhere.”Mohammed, the local council member, said about 1,000 Azamiyah residents have been killed since 2003 and that some 5,000 fled, including 2,000 Shiites and 3,000 Sunnis. About half the Shiites have since returned, while the vast majority of Sunni refugees _ generally those who were better off and settled in other countries _ remain in exile. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Ahmed Mohammed, a 39-year-old real estate agent, fled with his wife and three children to Egypt in 2006, after he was threatened by insurgents for business ties with Americans. A Sunni, he returned to Azamiyah for work in 2009 after he ran out of money, but keeps his family in Egypt.“There is not a single reason that makes me optimistic about the future,” he said. “There are no services and risks are high.Amer Hasnawi, a Shiite, left Azamiyah in 2006, afraid to get caught by militiamen, even though he protectively carried both Shiite and Sunni IDs. “My Sunni neighbors were urging me not to leave,” said the 39-year-old furniture salesman and father of two. “I told them, `You are not going to protect me when the gunmen come to me at night or if I am arrested while walking in the street.’ “He returned in late 2007, to a warm welcome from his Sunni neighbors, and said the situation has improved dramatically. “Now there is a kind of coexistence,” he said. “People discovered in the end that killings will not solve their problems.”Across Baghdad, the level of violence has dropped considerably in recent years, though insurgents from time to time still target religious sites, government officials and members of the security forces in bombings and shootings. Earlier this week, 23 people were killed in a suicide bombing outside the Shiite Endowment, the office running Iraq’s Shiite religious and cultural sites. Now the glass-fronted five-story MaxiMall department store stays open as late as midnight, and Sunnis and Shiites shop side by side. Azamiyah is overwhelmingly Sunni, but salespeople say they get many customers from surrounding Shiite areas, drawn by colorful displays and air conditioning that offers a welcome relief from Baghdad’s dusty heat.Multilevel shopping centers are still rare in Baghdad, and the $3 million investment by the Turkish owners of MaxiMall, which opened in April, is seen as a show of confidence in Azamiyah’s future.“The terrorists have failed, and Baghdad is turning into a city of life instead of being a city of death,” said Umm Zaid, 45, browsing through the store with three children in tow. “It is no longer a risk to take my kids to the streets and shops.”But many fear the calm won’t last.Sunnis, though a minority in Iraq, were the dominant group under toppled dictator Saddam Hussein, a Sunni. Now they feel vulnerable to the whims of the Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has been accused of stoking sectarian tensions by sidelining Sunni and Kurdish coalition partners.As a former stronghold of support for Saddam and a center of Sunni pride, Azamiyah feels particularly exposed, said Daoud Mohammed, a local member of the Sunni local council. “Azamiyah will be a target and will move backward” if sectarian violence resumes, he said. “But if the political problem is solved, Azamiyah will witness a quick development.” Still, residents said American soldiers generally made an effort to spare neighborhood’s civilians, could be reasoned with and contributed to the gradual security improvement since 2008. U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq in December.Maj. Cecil Strickland, who took command of Charlie Company in March 2007, said he believes the unit, which lost 13 soldiers over 15 months, served as a catalyst for the turnaround.“I think we did not waste our time,” he said in a phone interview from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Even then, he said, Azamiyah was not without hope. “I would like to think that some of that hope has come to fruition,” he said.___Associated Press writers Qassim Abdul-Zahra in Baghdad and Selcan Hacaoglu in Ankara, Turkey contributed reporting.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Quick workouts for men Comments   Share   Associated PressBAGHDAD (AP) – For residents of Azamiyah, once one of Baghdad’s most violent neighborhoods, the opening of a department store selling party dresses, imported men’s suits and designer label perfumes is a sign that a better future could lie ahead.Just five years ago, Azamiyah was a terrifying place. Bodies of Shiites and Sunnis butchered in sectarian killings turned up almost daily, dumped on sidewalks or in trash piles, earning one street the name “Street of Death.” Fearful residents huddled at home. A U.S. infantry company on patrol here lost 13 men to snipers and roadside bombs during the bloodiest period of 2006 and 2007. The heavy presence of the Iraqi army is seen as a particular provocation in Azamiyah. The neighborhood is cut off from the rest of Baghdad by a loop of the Tigris River and a 12-foot-high (4-meter) wall of cement slabs erected by U.S. troops in 2007.Five years later, army checkpoints control movement in and out of the neighborhood, with lines of cars backing up even in off-hours. Coils of barbed wire and large cement blocs close some streets. Soldiers in Humvees monitor potential hotspots, such as the Abu Hanifa mosque, perhaps the most important Sunni shrine in Iraq and a past hub for insurgents.During Saddam’s rule, middle-class Azamiyah was famous for its barbecue restaurants that drew Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds alike for late-night feasts of skewered lamb. The Abu Hanifa mosque was a regionally renowned center of Sunni learning and holds the remains of a revered Sunni scholar. Members of the Hashemite dynasty that briefly ruled Iraq are buried in a mausoleum on the edge of Azamiyah.On April 9, 2003, when most of Baghdad had already fallen to American troops, Saddam chose Azamiyah for his last public appearance, climbing on top of a car to exhort dozens of supporters to keep fighting the invaders before he slipped into hiding. The neighborhood fell quickly, but only after a fierce battle, and eventually turned into a base for al-Qaida-led insurgents. How men can have a healthy 2019 Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img

LOS ANGELES — Zachary Levi plays a bulletproof sup

first_img LOS ANGELES — Zachary Levi plays a bulletproof superhero in “Shazam!,” but the actor’s nerves of steel are being tested leading up to his hosting duties for the MTV Movie & TV Awards.Levi knows those anxious feelings will be amplified when he first steps onstage to tape the ceremony Saturday night. But he believes showing what he called the “best version” of himself will ultimately put him at ease.“This is the biggest thing I’ve ever hosted,” he said in an interview earlier this week. “There are some nerves starting to build a little. … But I want to encourage people and not take things too seriously. I want myself and everyone else to feel at ease and feel like they’re in their safe place.”Levi said he’s hosted other shows before, but nothing as big as the gender-neutral MTV Movie & TV Awards, which airs June 17. He follows the footsteps of previous hosts including Tiffany Haddish, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Amy Schumer and Kevin Hart.This year, “Avengers: Endgame,” ”Game of Thrones” and “RBG” are the top nominees at the ceremony, which will be held in Santa Monica, California. The show will introduce new categories including reality royalty, most meme-able moment and best real-life hero.“Endgame” will compete for best movie against “BlacKkKlansman,” ”Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” ”Us” and “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” The Marvel superhero film also earned nods in the best fight category and for stars Robert Downey Jr. and Josh Brolin.Singers Lizzo and Bazzi will hit the stage for musical performances.Jada Pinkett Smith will be honoured with the Trailblazer Award, which recognizes “game-changing creators with fresh and fearless voices in entertainment.” The actress will be presented with the award by Haddish, who was Pinkett Smith’s co-star in “Girls Trip.”Johnson will receive the Generation Award for his contributions in television and film, and becoming a household name. Past recipients include Will Smith, Robert Downey Jr. and Reese Witherspoon.Along with Levi’s hosting duties, he could come away with a golden popcorn statue or two: The actor is nominated for best hero and best comedic performance through his role as an adult superhero in “Shazam!”Levi said the film created a bigger platform for his career. The actor said scriptwriting for the sequel has already begun and expects to start filming either in late spring or early summer next year.“This awards show is an extension of what ‘Shazam!’ has brought me,” said Levi, whose breakthrough came in the NBC spy comedy “Chuck.” He’s also starred in the TV series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and appeared in the film “Thor: The Dark World.”“It’s helped me jump into a higher calibre of hosting,” he said. “I love feeling joy and love bringing joy. With this show, I think that is the best approach.”___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. on Twitter: http://twitter.com/MrLandrum31Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Zachary Levi poses for a portrait in Santa Monica, Calif., Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo by Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP) Zachary Levi’s nerves growing before MTV Movie & TV Awards by Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press Posted Jun 14, 2019 6:08 am PDTlast_img read more