LeBron James’ Ohio school gets $1M grant to build gymnasium

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Double trouble: Pair of Game 7s await to end Round 2 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ AKRON, OH – JULY 30: The Goodyear blimp flies over the I Promise School prior to the arrival of LeBron James on July 30, 2018 in Akron, Ohio. The School is a partnership between the LeBron James Family foundation and the Akron Public School and is designed to serve Akron’s most challenged students. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPAKRON, Ohio — An Ohio school that receives funding from basketball star LeBron James’ foundation is getting $1 million from the foundation of a sporting goods retailer to build a new gymnasium.The Akron Beacon Journal reports James, currently with the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers, announced the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation grant Thursday at his alma mater, St. Vincent St. Mary High school in Akron.ADVERTISEMENT The gym will be built at I Promise School, a partnership between James’ family foundation and the Akron Public Schools. It opened last year with an enrollment of around 240 third- and fourth-graders designed to help at-risk children with a curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.James says the new gymnasium will provide children with “an opportunity to play and learn in a safe place.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo showcases son’s two brilliant goals on social media (Video)

first_imgAdvertisementArguably the best player in the world Cristiano Ronaldo has recently shared a video on Twitter, which has gone viral in minutes.What’s in it? The video shows Cristiano Jr. scoring two brilliant goals for Juventus youth team, this Sunday.The former Real Madrid man has recently switched clubs and joined Serie A champions Juventus, at the same time Cristiano’s eight-year-old son also joined the youth squad of the Italian champions.“I hope that Cris, my son, can be like his dad. He says he is going to be better (than me), but I think it’s difficult.”, Ronaldo once said about his son’s football career.“I am very happy to have scored, for him too. He is playing for Juventus and adapting really well, it has been easier for him than for me.”While Ronaldo was being unveiled as DAZN’s Global Ambassador, he quoted, “He’s very competitive, like me when I was young, and he doesn’t like to lose.”“He will be like me I am sure, 100 per cent. I hope that with my experience with my motivation, my goals, I can teach him some stuff, but you know he is going to be whatever he wants.”“I’m always going to support him, but of course I want Cristiano to be a football player because I think he has that drive.”“He has a good body, he’s fast, he has skills, he can shoot, but as you know he’s going to make his decision and he’s so young, I’m not going to pressure him. But that is, of course, a dream, to see my boy a football player.”😍 pic.twitter.com/gnNmGpGVxq— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) 14 October 2018In the video, Cristiano Jr. can be seen getting rid of his marker and cutting inside from the right flank then rounding off the goalkeeper before netting a beautiful goal. And in his second goal, a side-netted finish in the bottom left corner following a brilliant strike.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgMorgan is also aware about Afghanistan wicket-keeper Morgan is also aware about Afghanistan wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Shahzads big-hitting capability as a batsman. “I think he (Shahzad) is a good batsman. I think it would be rude on my part to single out any player of their side. As a side they can be quite strong and very destructive,” he said. The English captain, however, is unsure about what the pitch will offer tomorrow and will decide the playing eleven in the 11th hour. “I am not quite sure what the pitch is going to do. I expected a dry pitch but there is a lot of grass on it. To be honest I dont what its going to do. We will have to leave as late as possible to select a side,” Morgan said. “Rootie (Joe Root) can be a viable option for a third spinner but (left-arm orthodox) Liam Dawson adds a lot more certainly with the ball than Joe Root. So certainly he could come into consideration if the grass comes off the pitch,” he said. “Our huge strength is in our batting and that lies in our ability to bat down 10 and 11. But again conditions will dictate what we do. In the last two games our batting certainly has been our strongest point.” PTI SSC BS SSClast_img read more

Gordon Leads Rockets over Warriors 98-94 to Take Series Lead

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul’s grit and veteran leadership have pushed the Golden State Warriors to the brink of elimination.Now the Houston Rockets must wait to see if his injured leg is strong enough to help them take one last step to the NBA Finals.Eric Gordon came off the bench to score 24 points and his steal on Golden State’s last possession secured a 98-94 victory Thursday night that gave the Rockets a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals. But the victory came with a cost, as Paul had to leave the game in the final minute with a right hamstring injury that could keep him out of Game 6.“His spirits aren’t great,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He wanted to be out there, and for sure he’s worried … we’ll see tomorrow how it goes.”Paul was receiving treatment after the game and did not speak to reporters.The Rockets head to Oakland for Game 6 on Saturday night a win away from knocking off the defending champions and advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time since winning back-to-back titles in 1994-95.Kevin Durant scored 29 points for the Warriors, who lost in Game 5 of a playoff series for just the second time since 2015. Just like Cleveland in the East, a run of three straight trips to the championship round is on the verge of ending.Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul sits on the floor after being hurt during the second half in Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals in Houston, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)“We haven’t been in this position before … so it’s a chapter we need to figure out and finish the story,” Stephen Curry said.The Rockets won a second straight defensive struggle between the two potent offenses, leaving the Warriors a loss from missing the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014.Draymond Green made a 3-pointer with just over minute left to get Golden State within one. Harden, who was 0 for 11 on 3s, missed his last one with less than 30 seconds left, giving the Warriors the ball back.Curry missed a floater and Trevor Ariza grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 10 seconds left. But he made just one of two free throws to give the Warriors another chance.But Gordon came up with his steal when Green lost control in the lane and added two free throws with 2.4 seconds left to put it away.Green was asked what was supposed to happen on the play.“We was supposed to score,” he said. “I lost the ball … not much more to it than that.”Harden scoffed at a reporter who questioned him about his struggles from long range in the last two games, where he’s gone a combined 3 for 22.“Who cares,” he said. “I’m just missing shots, but we’re winning.”Houston Rockets guard James Harden scores over Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney in the first half during Game 5 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference Finals, Thursday, May 24, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Klay Thompson shook off a knee injury that had his status for this game in question to score 23 points and Curry added 22. A bruised left knee kept Andre Iguodala out for the second straight game, and Kevon Looney started in his place.After losing Game 1 of the series, the Rockets made the best of home-court advantage this time, thrilling a sellout crowd that included Justin Timberlake, Houston Texans star J.J. Watt and rapper Travis Scott.It’s Houston’s second straight win in the series after snapping Golden State’s NBA playoff-record, 16-game home winning streak with a 95-92 victory on Tuesday night.Golden State led by one to start the fourth before Paul got going, scoring seven points to power a 10-5 run that gave the Rockets an 81-77 lead with about 9 1/2 minutes left.Thompson made a 3-pointer after that and then officials reviewed Paul’s first basket of the quarter and ruled he got it off after the shot clock expired, leaving the Warriors ahead 80-79.The Rockets were clinging to a one-point lead with about seven minutes left when Durant fouled Gordon on a 3-point attempt, losing one of his shoes in the process. Gordon made all three free throws to start a 7-2 spurt that extended the lead to 88-82 midway through the quarter.TIP-INSWarriors: Coach Steve Kerr was unsure Thursday if Iguodala would be able to return for Game 6. “He’s dying to play, but he’s not healthy enough,” Kerr said. “We’ll just continue to take it day to day.”… Curry made four free throws to tie Rick Barry for most free throws made in the playoffs in franchise history with 378. … Golden State had 18 turnovers.Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry shoots past Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker during the second half in Game 5 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals in Houston, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Rockets: Clint Capela had 12 points and 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double this postseason. … Houston made 13 of 43 3-pointers, led by four from Gordon.SANTA FE STRONGThe Rockets honored the 10 people killed in last week’s school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, before the game, with the school’s choir singing the national anthem and team owner Tilman Fertitta wearing a “Santa Fe Strong” T-shirt, before Houston scored the game’s first six points in a first half where the team led by as many as 11.Houston also wore rectangular patches on its jerseys that read: “Santa Fe HS,” to remember those affected by the tragedy.“We wanted to come out and give them light, put smiles on their faces (and) clear their minds a little bit,” Harden said.UP NEXTAfter Game 6 on Saturday, the Rockets would host Game 7 on Monday if necessary.—By KRISTIE RIEKEN , AP Sports WriterHouston Rockets guard Chris Paul wears the Santa Fe High School logo during the first half in Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors in Houston, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Ten people were killed in shootings at the school last week.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

22 days agoArsenal boss Emery admits Ozil didn’t deserve starting place

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery admits Ozil didn’t deserve starting placeby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery admits Mesut Ozil didn’t deserve a place in his starting XI last night.Ozil, the highest-paid player in the history of the club, was again left out of the matchday squad as Gabriel Martinelli hit a brace in the 4-0 Europa League victory over Standard Liege.”I am thinking every time to decide the best players for each match and the best players in the squad to play and to help us,” Emery replied when asked about Ozil’s omission.”When I decided he shouldn’t be in the squad it’s because I think other players deserved it more.”He needs to continue working. Tomorrow we have training with the players who didn’t play, and on Sunday we have another match, and we are going to decide the same.”Our target is to win on Sunday against Bournemouth, and we want to carry on our same way in each match.” last_img read more

21 days agoBournemouth manager Howe dismisses Man Utd Wilson rumours

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth manager Howe dismisses Man Utd Wilson rumoursby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth manager Eddie Howe has dismissed transfer speculation around Callum Wilson.The 27-year-old has scored five Premier League goals so far, and reports have suggested he will be on Manchester United’s wanted list when the transfer window opens again in January.”I take with a pinch of salt, to be honest, at this stage of the season,” Howe said when asked about the reports around Wilson’s future.”There is nothing that we can do, that Callum can do, other than perform well. That influences rumours and things like that at this stage of the season.”He has just got to focus on his next game and give his best for this club.”To hear transfer links and rumours at this stage when the window is shut and a long way from being open, for me, it is pointless talking about it.” last_img read more

Wearing neck guard is optional: BCCI briefs players on anti-concussion helmets

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiAugust 20, 2019UPDATED: August 20, 2019 21:05 IST Ashes 2019: Australia’s Steve Smith receives treatment (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSachin Tendulkar used to wear ‘Forma’ helmets and Virat (Kohli) does the sameBCCI had asked its players to speak to their respective helmet suppliers to design a more protective head gearFormer India ‘keeper Deep Dasgupta spoke on how each player preferred a different helmetThe BCCI has briefed its players on the importance of wearing anti-concussion helmet but left the decision to use neck guard on the cricketers despite growing calls to make it mandatory.Compulsory neck guards on helmets for Australian cricketers are “not far away”, the national team’s sports medicine chief said on Monday after Jofra Archer a snorter felled Steve Smith during the second Ashes Test.While it is still not mandatory but the ICC’s cricket committee has extensively deliberated on the issue and came out with concussion substitute — a change in rule that has been welcomed by all and one that Australia effectively used it in the form of Marnus Labuschagne in the second Ashes Test.”Once the new rules on concussions came into effect, the BCCI briefed the captain as well as the coaching staff about it. We have told them about helmets with anti-concussion element — neck guards. A few players including Shikhar Dhawan use it but we can’t force them. Helmet is also about matter of comfort,” a senior BCCI official, privy to the development, told PTI.The official informed that after the Phill Hughes tragedy, the BCCI had asked its players to speak to their respective helmet suppliers to design a more protective head gear.”But helmet is something that a player should be comfortable with. Some players may find it difficult to manoeuvre or feel a bit discomfort around the neck region. Till ICC doesn’t make it mandatory, I believe we should leave it up to the players,” he said.advertisement”I think it (helmets with neck guards) should be (mandatory),” Peter Brukner, a former doctor of the Australian cricket team from 2012-2017, told The Australian newspaper.However, some of the former and current Indian players feel that it cannot be made mandatory based on Smith’s technique only.”I would always listen to what Sunil Gavaskar has to say with regards to playing short balls. Watch the ball till last moment. But the odd delivery will hit you. It’s all about the technique. Look at the bowlers of yesteryears. Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall, Imran Khan and in our time Shoaib Akhtar, Brett Lee. They were all quick,” said senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.”You can’t tell a youngster to copy Steve Smith’s technique. It’s very unique and very effective. But for him only. Also every team doesn’t have a Jofra Archer-like bowler. It could be against a team with medium pacers on Feroz Shah Kotla. Why do you need a neck guard there,” Harbhajan asked.Former India ‘keeper Deep Dasgupta spoke on how each player preferred a different helmet.”Sachin Tendulkar used to wear ‘Forma’ helmets and Virat (Kohli) does the same. Rahul (Dravid) used to wear CMD while a lot of players use ‘Masuri’ helmets.”I can tell you when I used CMD, I would have some discomfort near my neck region as the side grill of the visor would graze it. But Masuri had a wider base and I felt comfortable. So it’s an individual choice,” Dasgupta said.Also Read | Ashes 2019: Concussion rules out Steve Smith from 3rd Test vs England in LeedsAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow BCCIFollow HelmetsFollow Jofra ArcherFollow Ashes 2019Follow Steve Smith Wearing neck guard is optional: BCCI briefs players on anti-concussion helmetsThe official informed that after the Phill Hughes tragedy, the BCCI had asked its players to speak to their respective helmet suppliers to design a more protective head gear.advertisementlast_img read more

Drugs worth 400 cr seized in Manipur

first_imgImphal: In one of the largest drug seizures in Manipur, the police have seized banned party drugs worth Rs 400 crore in the international market from Thoubal district, a senior police officer said on Sunday. Acting on a tip-off, a police team with a help of local civil associations detained a mini truck at Phoudel Keirambi Makha area of Thoubal district on Saturday, Superintendent of Police, Thoubal, S Ibomcha Singh said. The seized truck was brought to the Thoubal police station. During search of the truck the police recovered 40 lakh contraband amphetamine-based World is Yours (WY) tablets, popularly known as party drug, valued at Rs 400 crore in the international market, the SP said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The red-coloured tablets were kept concealed underneath carpets in the mini truck,” Singh said, adding that the drugs were smuggled in from Myanmar. The truck driver Md Hussain was arrested. Based on the information provided by Hussain police arrested a Myanmarese national Kyaw Kyaw Naing from Imphal Airport and two other persons, he said. Naing is suspected to be an international drug dealer, police said. The police had earlier busted a heroin manufacturing factory and seized 183 kg of drugs worth over Rs 160 crore in international market from Moijing Awang Leikai area of Thoubal district on August 17.last_img read more

I have no reason to want my father dead to kill him

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. — A talkative Dennis Oland chatted with police at length about his relationship with his difficult dad, Richard, initially unaware that investigators were narrowing in on him as the prime suspect in his father’s murder.Video of the police interview with Dennis Oland on July 7, 2011, the day Richard Oland’s bludgeoned body was discovered, was shown Thursday at Oland’s retrial for the second-degree murder.Oland’s defence team had tried to get the video excluded prior to the trial, but Justice Terrence Morrison of the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench allowed it to remain in evidence. This second trial of Oland, whose 2015 conviction was set aside on appeal, is proceeding before Justice Morrison alone.In the video, entered into evidence by Crown prosecutor P.J. Veniot, Oland denies having anything to do with his father’s death.“I have no reason to want my father dead, to kill him,” Oland tells Const. Stephen Davidson of Saint John police in the video.“No, I mean, we’ve had our … things. But no, I wouldn’t rob someone of the fun that they’re having and, you know, I … he’s just … no.”The trial has heard already that 69-year-old Richard Oland was having fun. Worth an estimated $37 million, the former executive of Moosehead Breweries Ltd. and member of the prominent Maritime beer-making family was having a new racing yacht built in Spain.Oland tells Davidson in the video his dad was in great health and still enjoyed racing yachts, skiing and fishing. Oland also said he had become aware, along with other members of the family, of an extramarital relationship his father was having and added that one of his sisters had discovered a jar of Richard’s Viagra.Oland tells the police officer he discussed the affair with a family friend about a year before the murder. He said he told the friend he “should tell Dick that people know and it should stop.”Sitting across from each other in a cramped police interview room in Saint John, Davidson asked Oland if he ever sailed with his dad.“He’s just a real hard guy to be on a boat with, so we just stopped,” Oland said in the interview.“Put you to work, huh?” Davidson asked.“Well, it’s just, no. He just barks and barks and barks.”Oland said he believed his father was somewhere on the autism spectrum and possibly had Asperger’s syndrome which he said would explain his social awkwardness.“He pushed the wrong buttons sometimes,” he said of his father.Richard Oland’s body was discovered lying face down on the floor of his Saint John office on the morning of July 7, 2011. By around 8:30 that evening – two and a half hours after his interview with police began – Dennis Oland was a suspect.The prosecution contends Oland was facing serious financial problems and turned to his father for help on July 6, 2011, the day of the murder. Prosecutors say he killed his father “in a rage.”Oland told police he only visited his father that day, between 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., to discuss a subject they were both interested in – the family history of the Olands.The defence is making a case that the Saint John police mishandled the investigation and rushed to judgement in deciding very quickly that Dennis Oland was the killer.Earlier on Thursday, the court heard from forensic toxicologist Dr. Albert Fraser, who examined bodily fluids taken from Richard Oland’s corpse.Fraser said a small amount of alcohol found in Oland’s urine was “consistent with alcohol consumption several hours prior to death.”The court learned there was no evidence that Oland had a drink during the day on July 6, 2011. Defence lawyer Alan Gold suggested the alcohol could have been ingested 60 to 90 minutes before death, but Fraser said that would be too fast for alcohol to travel through the stomach, into the circulatory system and into the urine.Timeline is key in the trial since it is not known for sure when Oland was killed.Dennis Oland left the office at 6:30 p.m. and the prosecution argues the killing occurred around that time. The defence is relying on a witness who heard loud thumps from Oland’s office between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. that night – a time that would exclude Dennis as the perpetrator.But Fraser excluded the possibility that Richard Oland might have had a drink with an unknown assailant after his son left and shortly before his death.The trial has learned that Oland was bludgeoned to death with an unknown weapon or weapons. The 45 wounds on his hands and head were mostly from a sharp-edged implement, such as an axe of some sort, and there were a few round wounds that appeared to be from a hammer.Chris Morris, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Graham Nash To Exhibit Photos For Charity

first_imgGraham Nash has helped shape the world around him through ideas, innovations, and influential works of art for more than four decades. A legendary singer-songwriter, Nash is also an internationally renowned photographer and digital imaging pioneer whose work is represented—by a classic 1969 portrait of David Crosby—in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.Nash’s latest exhibition of photography, “This Could Be You,” opens September 1 at Santa Monica’s Gallery 169 (www.gallery169.com). There will be an artist’s reception from 5-8PM.Widely known as an activist in support of causes related to social justice, peace, environmental stewardship, and progressive politics, Nash addresses these issues in the twelve previously un-exhibited, large format photo assemblages comprising “This Could Be You,” also the title of one of the works. Each hand-embellished mixed-media piece examines and questions contemporary political events and societal mores.“I believe that knowledge is power, that information and ideas are vital to our very survival, that our many problems should be faced, and can be dealt with,” says Nash. “As an artist, I need to reflect my concerns regarding certain aspects of society facing me today. I want to express my personal opinions about what goes on around me. My intent is not to alienate, but to engage. No one has to agree with me, but let’s keep an open mind. After all, this could be you.”A portion of proceeds from sales from the opening reception of Nash’s work at Gallery 169 will benefit the Bradley Manning Support Network and the Veterans For Peace Los Angeles. In 2011, Nash wrote the song — and released the video — “Almost Gone” to support the cause to free PFC Bradley Manning, an Army intelligence analyst arrested near Baghdad in July 2010 under suspicion of leaking classified information—including a video showing the killing of civilians in Iraq—to WikiLeaks.Currently, Nash is touring the U.S. with Crosby, Stills and Nash. CSN 2012, a 25-song set presenting the group’s first live performance film in more than 20 years, was released earlier this summer. Captured in high-definition during the early portion of CSN’s 2012 world tour, the set is available worldwide from CSN Records in Blu-ray, DVD/2CD (3 discs), and Digital formats.Born in Blackpool, England, Nash was appointed OBE by Queen Elizabeth in 2010. He first rose to fame with British Invasion hit makers The Hollies, and went on to form Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1968. Nash has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, and is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.With his photography, Nash has exhibited worldwide. His work is collected in the book Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash; he curated others’ work in Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs Selected by Graham Nash. In 1990, he established Nash Editions, now one of the world’s top photographic printmaking houses — and recognized by the Smithsonian Institution for its role in the invention of digital fine art printing.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Actor Colm Feore and Newsman Tom Clark are on the panel to

first_imgAdvertisement The panel has been asked to assess potential board members based on criteria published on the Governor-in-Council website and to consider seven factors, including whether potential candidates reflect regional and cultural diversity and whether they have contributed to the development of a shared national consciousness and identity. Long-time television news broadcaster Tom Clark will head the advisory committee that’s designed to fulfil a Liberal campaign promise to overhaul the process for appointing board members at CBC/Radio-Canada. Under the Broadcasting Act, CBC/Radio-Canada must have 12 directors on its board, including a chair and a president. Each is expected to serve a five-year term. But the terms of at least four of the remaining seven sitting board members aren’t scheduled to expire until beyond the end of this year. Other members of the nine-member committee include theatre and television actor Colm Feore, known for his Gemini Award-winning portrayal of the late prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau in the TV mini-series Trudeau, as well as his role as a detective in the movie Bon Cop, Bad Cop. Candidates will also be assessed on whether they have an understanding of the impact digital technology is having on broadcasting and the consumption of news and entertainment content. Joly said she expected those members to remain on the board until their replacements are nominated.BY TERRY PEDWELL – THE CANADIAN PRESS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The advocacy organization Friends of Canadian Broadcasting launched a social media campaign a year ago, calling for an overhaul of the board selection process. Critics have for years complained that the process for choosing board members at the CBC left the public broadcaster open to political interference. While the Liberal party’s election platform promised “merit-based and independent appointments,” the heritage minister will ultimately make the final choices of new board members from the advisory panel’s list of recommended candidates. “This new committee will recommend qualified candidates for a selection process that is open, transparent and based on merit,” Joly said in a statement.center_img The panel will provide Heritage Minister Melanie Joly with a list of qualified candidates for each vacant position, as well as the names of supplementary qualified candidates the government can consider to fill posts in the future. Advertisement The committee also includes Winnipeg Franco-Metis film producer Janelle Wookey, British Columbia digital media specialist Prem Gill, Quebec digital visionary Monique Savoie and indigenous documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin. Facebook OTTAWA — The federal Liberals have put together a star-studded cast to help choose new members of the public broadcaster’s board of directors. Advertisement Many have also recently noted that the current board, which is already short several members, doesn’t reflect Canada’s diversity and lacks experience outside of the broadcasting sector. The Canadian Media Guild, which represents most English-language employees at the CBC, also actively campaigned for a change of leadership at the Crown corporation when the previous Conservative government was in power. Login/Register With: The term of the current chair, Remi Racine, was to end Tuesday. Hubert Lacroix’s term as president is set to expire in October. Twitterlast_img read more

Alberta advocate says province not doing enough fast enough to protect children

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsIn Alberta, there are too many children in the child welfare system and too many who are trying to take their own lives says the provinces child and youth advocate.“One of the things we are quite concerned about with Indigenous young people is the number of people in care of the government,” said Del Graff. “They are vastly over-represented in Alberta.“We’ve addressed that through a number of reports and we are pushing the government to develop a plan in concert with Indigenous leadership and communities to try to change that tide.”Graff just released his 2016-17 annual report.According to the reports, 69 per cent of the young people in the care of the province are Indigenous.Last year his office made 12 recommendations to the Alberta government to reduce the number of Indigenous youth attempting suicide.In Alberta, Indigenous young people are six times more likely to die by suicide.One key recommendation is to work with First Nation communities to develop their own youth support system.“Certainly a mechanism to enable Indigenous communities, in particular, to be able to attend to the needs of their youth members,” he said. “Through some type of suicide prevention plan – one that’s in the community, built by the community.”Graff said the provincial government is moving slowly toward implementing his recommendations.“From my point of view, they are not doing enough fast enough – but the fact that they are taking some action,” he said. “They are putting a framework together. They are trying to address those needs in Indigenous communities, it is an important development. It’s one we are quite pleased about.”Graff said his office worked with the Alberta government on the Child Protection and Accountability Act which may become a law next year.The law will allow the Advocate’s office the ability to review every death under 20 years old who were part of the child welfare systemThe hope is that the number of children being taken into care, and the attempted suicides will drop.“My office worked very hard to try to make it so that we can reduce the likelihood of trauma for young people that can lead to circumstances like them dying by suicide,” he said.last_img read more

Businessman Nouredine Ayouch’s Attempt to Mediate in Rif Crisis Draws Criticism

Rabat – As the crisis in Rif reaches a stalemate, partly due to the continuous detention of dozens of activists and the death of two protesters – which some have attributed to aggressive police intervention during protests in the region – questions have been raised about whether state-friendly businessman Nouredine Ayouch’s attempt at mediation could bring an end to the deadlock.Ayouch reportedly visited the leading members of the Hirak protest movement in the Rif region. The activists are currently under detention in Casablanca, facing charges of “undermining state security,” which is punishable by long jail terms or even execution.The businessman, advertisement mogul, and civil society actor, known for having high-level connections within the state, acted as an emissary of those high officials. Ayouch met with prominent members of the Hirak, including Nasser Zafzafi and Nabil Ahemjik, reported Moroccan daily Al Massae.During the meeting, Ayouch was said to have expressed the state’s suspicion of the real motives behind the Hirak, that it is serving an agenda beyond its economic and social demands.According to Al Massae, the allegations were totally rejected by Zafzafi, who reiterated that the leading activists made sure that the movement neither deviated from its main demands nor advocated for any political agenda.POURQUOI NOUREDDINE AYOUCHE ?Où est passé l’initiative coordonnée par L’OMDH ?Où est passé le CNDH et sa… https://t.co/TjGjWj9t3Z— Omar EL KINDI (@elkindiomar) 29 août 2017Ayouch promised the Hirak members they would meet again. He also had a meeting with their families and said he was for releasing the detainees, something which has been the main demands since arrests started in late May, but gradually.The choice of Ayouch as mediator has since been criticized, especially as prominent Moroccan public figures had previously issued calls and launched initiatives to promote a solution to the crisis in Rif.Ayad Ablal, a Moroccan sociologist, wrote on Facebook questioning the move. “It is a sign that the sign is crumbling when Nouredine Ayouch negotiates in the name of the state with the Hirak detainees and their families.”Political commentator Driss El Guanbouri raised in another Facebook post several questions about the significant of putting Ayouch in charge of the mission while at the same time the former leader of Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), Ilyas El Omari, who is a native of Al Hoceima, the epicenter of protests.“The state’ subconscious acts on the basis of excluding political bodies from hot topics such as these. This is what we saw in the issue of Salafist jihadists and what we will surely see in the Hirak issue. No politics in political issues,” he wrote.While the choice of Ayouch and the significance of his “appointment” to lead such a sensitive mediation is subject of heated debate in Morocco, the major question remains whether this initiative will help bringing a mutually-acceptable end to the crisis. read more

Canada wellpositioned to decarbonize says wind association president

MONTREAL — Canada is well-positioned to transition to a low-carbon economy as wind and solar projects will be the focus of energy investments over the next two decades, a national wind energy conference was told.Almost three quarters of new energy capacity investments in the country through 2040 will be for the two renewable energy sources, said Alex Morgan, wind energy analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.Global investments over the period are expected to exceed US$10 trillion, with wind accounting for US$3.3 trillion and solar US$2.8 trillion for a combined 59 per cent.Robert Hornung, president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association, said Canada has to use clean electricity as much as possible in all end uses as the country tries to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.“As the most cost-competitive form of non-emitting generation available today, wind energy will be at the forefront of this effort,” he told delegates Tuesday.Hornung said Canada can completely decarbonize its electricity system. With its untapped reserves of wind, hydro, solar, geothermal and tide power resources, Canada is better positioned than almost any other country to have a 100 per cent climate-friendly grid.“If Canada can’t do it, nobody can,” he said at the opening of the three-day conference in Montreal that will feature a speech on Thursday from Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr.Canada is the world’s eighth largest producer of wind power with almost 12,000 megawatts of production, led by Ontario and Quebec.The oil producing provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan are expected to undergo the country’s biggest wind production growth by adding 7,000 megawatts by 2030 as they aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Because Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall opposes the carbon tax, many assume he doesn’t want anything to do with renewable energy.“But that’s not the case. In reality what we’re seeing in Saskatchewan is a very ambitious goal for bringing wind on in the province,” said Evan Wilson, CanWEA’s regional director in charge of Western Canada.Wind is not ideological, added Jean-Francois Nolet, vice-president of policy and government affairs at CanWEA.“The main driver for wind and why wind is built is costs, because it’s cheap and reliable,” he said in an interview.Nolet said Bombardier’s trade battle with the U.S. is a warning sign about potential consequences of government subsidies on accessing the large American market to sell electricity.He said Canada has to be careful about how electricity transmissions lines to the U.S. are funded and can’t risk being accused of dumping.“If we see big subsidies for transmission projects for example, the Americans can question how is it fair?”Any federal funding of big infrastructure projects related to north-south energy transmission would have to be done in a way that doesn’t block exports, which will be a big driver of renewable energy demand in eastern Canada, Nolet added.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) faces huge tariffs after the Department of Commerce sided with Boeing’s complaint over exports of the CSeries commercial jet. It imposed 220 per cent preliminary countervailing duties on eventual exports and is expected to announce large preliminary anti-dumping duties on Thursday.A final decision on export duties will depend on a ruling in December by the department or the U.S. International Trade Commission early next year on alleged harm to Boeing. read more

UN and US launch 15 million jobs programme in occupied Palestinian territory

Called “Tashghil” – Arabic for “creating job opportunities” – the effort will target 27 hard-hit communities with a combined population of nearly 700,000, UNDP said on Monday, calling the initiative “one of the largest emergency poverty alleviation programmes ever implemented in the occupied Palestinian territory.”Timothy Rothermel, who heads the UNDP Programme of Assistance for the Palestinian People, hailed USAID’s “formidable effort to assist in the alleviation of poverty and employment generation for Palestinians.” Tashghil will aim not only to generate jobs but also to improve access to basic services by constructing schools, roads and community centres. The empowerment of women and youth through the expansion of vocational training opportunities are central to this effort, UNDP said. read more

Iraqis can now check voter registration lists prepared with help of UN

The six-week confirmation process, which began Monday, is a significant step towards the holding of elections planned for January, a UN spokesman said today.There are currently eight electoral experts among the 35 UN international staff in Iraq, with plans to increase the number of electoral experts while staying within the security ceiling.Meanwhile, the UN is “working diligently” to look into the entire security system for those 35 workers as well as assessing whether additional staff can be adequately protected in Baghdad, said Catherine Bertini, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Management, at a press briefing in New York.Fiji has already agreed to provide protection for UN facilities and staff in Baghdad and will be deploying later this month.Ms. Bertini confirmed that the United States has also provided very detailed descriptions of what it is able to provide for UN staff should the additional workers be sent to Iraq.”We’re still assessing that and then have to make a proposal to the Secretary-General and ultimately he has to decide how to proceed,” she said. read more

UN chief spotlights role of interfaith dialogue to empower women

“People place extraordinary trust in their faith leaders, who have a far-reaching ability to help achieve lasting peace and promote the status of women,” Mr. Ban said in his message to a symposium held in New York.“As long as entrenched hatreds and gender bias remain, conflicts will simmer and women will suffer. Only when we achieve a fundamental change in mindsets can we realize true progress,” he added in the message, which was delivered by the Assistant Secretary-General for Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Lakshmi Puri. Mr. Ban stressed that women are often central to the life of faith-based organizations and possess enormous potential to promote peacebuilding and conflict resolution. However, men dominate faith-based organizations, which underscores the need to ensure women’s presence in positions of authority within these organizations.“This will enable women to discuss and determine their religious and cultural values and to promote practices that respect human dignity,” he said.Mr. Ban underlined that the UN is working with inter-faith groups to advance democracy, human rights and sustainable development through programmes on the ground, partnerships and initiatives such as the Alliance of Civilizations.“Peace, dignity and respect for others are core values common to all of the world’s great religions,” he said. “We welcome all people of faith in this affirmation of our common humanity.”The symposium was organized by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Peace Islands Institute to commemorate World Interfaith Harmony Week. read more

Womens Basketball Kelsey Mitchell becomes first fourtime AllAmerican in Ohio State history

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) takes the ball down the court in the game against Penn State on Jan. 31. Ohio State won 94-64. James King | Sports DirectorFor the first time in the history of the women’s basketball program, Ohio State has a four-time All-American.Guard Kelsey Mitchell was selected as an Associated Press second-team All-American after her senior season in which she averaged 24.3 points per game, the third-most in the country. She was named a second-team All-American in 2015 and 2017, and was a first-team All-American in 2016.In all four years of her career, Mitchell averaged at least 22 points per game and her team made the NCAA tournament after missing it the year prior to her arrival.Mitchell and the Buckeyes suffered a disappointing loss to Central Michigan in the second round of the NCAA to end the season and the star guard’s career. Despite the abrupt end to her career, Mitchell finished her career ranked second in NCAA history with 3,402 career points. She also holds the record for most 3-pointers both made and attempted (497-for-1286) and ended her career on a 92-game streak with a made triple, the longest in NCAA history.She earned the Big Ten Player of the Year Award in 2015 and 2017 and was named conference player of the year by the coaches this season. The first team consisted of South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson, UConn forward Katie Lou Samuelson, Mississippi State guard Victoria Vivians, Louisville guard Asia Durr and Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu. Baylor forward Kalani Brown, Iowa forward Megan Gustafson, Notre Dame guard Arike Ogunbowale and UConn guard Gabby Williams joined Mitchell on the second team.With her collegiate career now complete, Mitchell will realign her focus and direct her attention on preparing for the WNBA draft. She is viewed as one of the top two prospects, along with Wilson, in the 2018 WNBA Draft. read more

From Three Blind Mice to 911 the Sunday Telegraph readers 
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The paper published no readers’ letters in its first issue. This might sound like common sense, but The Daily Telegraph, 106 years earlier, had printed a letter in the very first edition off the presses in 1855, from one E Harrisson, a “working man”. The first reader’s letter to appear in the new newspaper was from Geoffrey Howe, commenting on Peregrine Worsthorne’s remarks about Enoch Powell. All three were household names – at least in the households that The Sunday Telegraph hoped to infiltrate. Mr Harrisson explained that he could only afford sixpence a week, and since… Today The Sunday Telegraph marks its 3,000th edition. Pick up a copy of today’s paper for the full celebratory supplement. read more