HALIFAX – A former medical student convicted of murder has won a different kind of court victory: He has been awarded nearly $700 after accusing a former roommate of stealing his sneakers and homemade wine from their Halifax apartment.William Sandeson is serving a life sentence after a jury convicted him of the first-degree murder of 22-year-old Taylor Samson during a drug deal.“The highly-publicized trial was in 2017. That conviction is under appeal by (Sandeson). All of this is well known to many observers in Halifax,” Nova Scotia small claims court adjudicator Eric Slone wrote in a written decision released Tuesday.“Less well known is the fact that (Sandeson) was an avid collector of shoes, specifically sneakers, and that he made his own wine in his spare time.”The decision said Sandeson was living with Dylan Zinck-Selig in August 2015 when the Dalhousie University student was arrested.Their apartment was seized by police, and the ruling said Zinck-Selig was given limited access to retrieve essential items during the forensic investigation.Afterwards, Sandeson claimed 18 of his 28 pairs of shoes were missing when his family went to collect his belongings. Also missing were approximately 40 bottles of homemade wine and between five and 10 bottles of liquor, he alleged.“These shoeboxes can be seen on the short video made by the police forensic unit when they first entered the apartment with a search warrant, looking for evidence in connection with the alleged murder,” Slone said, noting that many of the shoes were new and most were stored in shoeboxes in his closet.Sandeson alleged that his former roommate took those items, which were valued at approximately $2,500.The decision said Zinck-Selig admitted to taking two pairs of sneakers and four bottles of wine, but not all of the items. He testified most of Sandeson’s shoes wouldn’t have fit him, as they do not wear the same size, but the two pairs he did take were the right size.“(Zinck-Selig) says he felt entitled to take these things as partial compensation for the fact that some of his stuff had been destroyed by the police or forensic personnel in their search of the premises,” wrote Slone in the decision rendered April 17.“The main item that he referred to was a beanbag chair that had been split open with the result that the beans were piled all over the floor, to the extent that many small items were literally buried in beans.”Slone noted Zinck-Selig was not the only person with access to the apartment — the landlord and police also had access — and he therefore determined the former roommate took some, but not all, of the items.“In general terms, I have no problem with (Sandeson’s) credibility. There is nothing inconsistent with his evidence, and his theory holds water to the extent that (Zinck-Selig) is logically someone who was in a position to help himself to the missing items,” said Slone.He noted he doesn’t believe Zinck-Selig had a right to take anything that was not his.“Legally speaking, he did not have a claim against (Sandeson) that entitled him to help himself to compensation. (Zinck-Selig) was a victim of systems beyond anyone’s control. And of all the victims in the larger scenario, he was one of the least impacted,” said Slone.He awarded Sandeson $699.45 for the lost items and “process serving” fees.At the time of his arrest, Sandeson had already completed one year of medical school in the Caribbean, was a track and field athlete, worked two jobs and had a girlfriend. He was due to start medical school at Dalhousie University within a week of the slaying.Sandeson has no chance of parole for 25 years.During his sentencing hearing, Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Joshua Arnold said it was on Aug. 15, 2015, that Samson went to Sandeson’s Halifax apartment to sell nine kilograms of marijuana for $40,000 as part of a prearranged deal.Samson was last seen alive on a video recording captured by Sandeson’s surveillance system that night. There were no images of Samson walking out, the trial heard.Arnold said Sandeson shot Samson while he was sitting at a kitchen table.Crown lawyers had argued Sandeson, motivated by greed, devised a scheme to kill Samson and steal the marijuana to pay off his debts. Arnold said there was no evidence Sandeson had $40,000 cash to pay for the drugs.In his closing arguments, defence lawyer Eugene Tan conceded there was a “violent incident” at the apartment that night, but he said his client had always maintained there was someone else in the apartment.Tan said Sandeson was taking an active role in his own case and was participating in every decision. He said Sandeson took a paralegal course while in prison so he could better understand his case.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.
Make-A-Wish UK is delighted to announce reality television star Amy Childs as its latest Ambassador.Amy, 22, first became involved with Make-A-Wish in February 2013 when she attended the Make-A-Wish Valentine’s Ball, held at The Dorchester.Speaking about her new role with Make-A-Wish, Amy said: “It’s an absolute honour to become an Ambassador for Make-A-Wish. In February, I saw first-hand the magic of Make-A-Wish and just what a difference the charity makes to the lives of very poorly children – I’m thrilled to now be a part of that magic.”Neil Jones, Chief Executive of Make-A-Wish, said: “We are delighted that Amy is joining Make-A-Wish as our newest Ambassador. Her involvement will be a huge asset to the charity.”Source:Make-A-Wish UK
MONTREAL – SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. shares plunged to their lowest close since early 2016 on Wednesday after the company revealed that federal prosecutors won’t negotiate a deal that could reduce the time SNC spends in court fighting fraud and corruption charges laid against it in 2015 following an investigation of activities by some of its former employees.Shares of the Montreal-based engineering and construction company fell nearly 14 per cent after the prosecutors’ decision was announced, closing at $44.86 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. That’s the lowest close since March 2, 2016.The drop came after federal prosecutors declined to “invite” the company to negotiate an remediation agreement, also known as a deferred prosecution agreement or reparation agreement, using a new provision of the criminal code.“The criminal code defines the criteria for reparations agreements; the (prosecutor’s office) determined that the criteria were not met,” the Public Prosecution Service of Canada said in a brief email without elaborating.Chief executive Neil Bruce said the decision will probably result in three or four more years of court battles as the company defends itself.“We truly believe we’re not guilty,” Bruce said in an interview.In the meantime, Bruce acknowledged that the uncertainty surrounding the case weighs heavily on its investors and its 50,000 current employees, who he described as innocent people who have been trying to rebuild the company.“Financial markets, you know, don’t like uncertainty. You can see the damage that this has caused to the company and to the market capitalization and share price today.”Canaccord Genuity analyst Yuri Lynk wrote that he was surprised that the prosecutors hadn’t agreed to negotiate with the company and lowered his price target for SNC shares to $61 from $73.Lynk wrote that he doesn’t think it’s likely SNC-Lavalin will be barred from doing business with the federal government, in part because the company has a good defence case and because “it is unlikely the government would allow a company employing thousands of people in Canada to fail because of the transgressions of a handful of people.”But he added that, at $44 per share, SNC-Lavalin becomes more of a takeover target because its hard infrastructure assets are worth about $31 per share without considering the value of its engineering and construction business.“In our view, management and the board should be looking at options such as a “go private” transaction or an outright sale, given the current valuation disconnect in the market,” Lynk wrote.SNC and two of its subsidiaries were charged in February 2015 following a years-long RCMP investigation into activities by several individuals working for the companyThe charges against the company stem from allegations that SNC-Lavalin — under a previous management team — paid nearly $48 million to public officials in Libya between 2001 and 2011 to influence government decisions.The RCMP has also charged the company, its construction division and a subsidiary with one charge each of fraud and corruption for allegedly defrauding various Libyan organizations of roughly $130 million.A few months after the charges were laid, SNC signed an administrative agreement that enables it to continue doing business with the federal government while the court process winds on.Earlier this year, the company settled two civil suits over allegations of misleading investors about its activities in Libya. The company said it would pay $88 million and insurance payments would bring the total settlement to $110 million.— by David Paddon in Toronto and Julien Arsenault in MontrealCompanies in this story: (TSX:SNC)
For a department store famed for stocking everything under the sun, the crowd outside seemed just as diverse, and they braved the icy temperatures.“Our one friend convinced us yesterday, but then she decided not to come. Too early and too cold, I guess,” said Tamara Valenti, a student at the University of Guelph as she huddled alongside the few of her friends in the cold.They showed up at 5:30 a.m. and were first in line. Their goal was to find printer ink cartridges at a cheaper price than the competitors.It looks like a Zellers but it’s got the name Target [npooyala src=”N0dXR2OTrfpxGV-hRWFEJUOa84bmhUXh”]Behind them was Rhonda Weatherall, a local resident who remembers when Walmart launched its first store in Guelph several years ago.“I was the first one in,” she said. “So I kind of wanted to come and compare.”But after a walk through the aisles of the Target store she “wasn’t overly impressed.”“There wasn’t a lot of great deals that I saw,” she said.“There’s lots of employees in there to help … but it’s no different than any other. I mean, it looks like a Zellers but it’s got the name Target.”Proving that it’s more than just another department store could be one of Target’s biggest challenges as it rolls out stores across most of the country in 2013, after more than two years of hype. The company acquired most of the real estate assets operated by Zellers for nearly $2 billion in late 2010.The U.S. retailer opened the three stores on Tuesday as part of a test program for its phased rollout of the brand. The first locations are in Guelph as well as surrounding communities Fergus, Ont., and Milton, Ont., while others will follow across the province later this month.Working in the retailer’s favour is a high level of curiosity. In Guelph, by the time the doors officially opened at 8 a.m., there were already a hundred people in line outside, and several hundred more followed in the hours afterwards.The first ones inside the door were greeted by a line of enthusiastic Target employees who cheered, clapped and high-fived the shoppers, playing up the event.“C’mon everybody, grab a cart!” one employee shouted, before noticing one customer who followed her encouragement.“Woo! She grabbed a cart!”The first shoppers out the door in Guelph were Scott Lester and Sam Skelhorn, two university students who had camped outside the store in a tent emblazoned with the Union Jack. Their plan was to turn the Target launch on its head by editing the event into an Internet video, part of a series where they do “ridiculous things like camping in front of a Target for three hours,” Skelhorn said.After only a few minutes inside the store, both of them had picked their first items. Lester chose a copy of Disney’s “Tarzan” animated movie on DVD.“I’ve been meaning to pick it up for awhile,” Lester said. “It’s a classic from my childhood.”Skelhorn said when he walked into the store he immediately grabbed a copy of Michael Bolton’s “Time, Love and Tenderness” on CD.“He’s always captivated me with his beautiful voice,” he joked. “I don’t have class today, so I’ll probably just listen to it on loop.”Inside the store, the more serious customers were noticeably paying attention to prices, some of them discussing how they compared to Walmart.“(It was) very nice, clean, friendly, and a lot of bargains,” said Andrena Wilson after buying vitamins and Fresca soda.“I just wanted to have a look to see if it’s the same as over the border.”Target plans to open another 21 stores throughout Ontario this month, although dates haven’t been announced.Overall, the company is expected to open between 125 and 135 locations in Canada.After the Ontario rollout, Target will begin moving into western provinces throughout the year and eventually into Quebec.None of those opening dates have been announced. GUELPH, Ont. — The Canadian launch of discount retailer Target attracted a mix of bargain hunters, curious shoppers and even a few pranksters on Tuesday as the company opened three locations in southwestern Ontario.Just before dawn a handful of locals had lined up at the Guelph, Ont., store, each with different plans for what they’d do once inside. Some people had mental shopping lists, others wanted to weigh it against Walmart, and one group of friends said they would turn the hyped event into a funny YouTube video.Canadian Press
Tommy Lasorda with Barry BondsTommy LaSorda, the legendary manager who has never been short of opinions, said voters should shun the Hall of Fame candidates Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens because of the specter that they used performance-enhancing drugs.“To me, they don’t belong in there,” Lasorda, a Hall of Fame manager, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “They cheated. That’s the way it is. If my brother did that, I’d say the same thing about my brother. I mean, I know those guys. They’re good friends of mine. But by golly, they didn’t do it the right way.”Although Bonds has never admitted to taking steroids and never failed a drug test, Lasorda sounded convinced the slugger had indescretions.“I tell you, it’s a shame,” Lasorda said. “How in the hell could a guy hit 73 home runs (as Bonds did)? I mean, Babe Ruth couldn’t do it.”Lasorda’s comments coincide with a recent Associated Press survey that showed Bonds, Clemens and Sosa don’t have enough votes to gain entry into Cooperstown.In the survey, the trio failed to muster even 50 percent support among the 112 voters contacted by the AP — nearly one-fifth of those eligible to choose. To get in, candidates need 75 percent approval.The candidates have the numbers: Bonds is the only seven-time MVP, Clemens is the only seven-time Cy Young Award winner and Sosa finished his career with 609 homers. But the voters are mostly purists who believe Clemens’, Sosa’s and Bond’s performances were heightened by banned drug use.“I’m not going to vote for anybody who has been tainted or associated with steroids,” Hal Bodley, a columnist with USA Today, said. “I’m just not going to do it. I might change down the road, but I just love the game too much. I have too much passion for the game and for what these people did to it.”Bonds, Clemens and Sosa are on the Hall ballot for the first time. Votes will be cast throughout December, and results will be released Jan. 9.
A number of ridiculous NGOs, not least Alburnus Maior have, ignoring science and best practice in environmental remediation, been fighting Gabriel Resources’ plans to clean up old, very environmentally unsound mine workings in the Rosia Montana and develop a modern, clean gold mine. Sadly, now their idiotic campaign is going to lose many sorely needed jobs, lose some people their homes and bring a stop to important archealogical work. The latest threat is a cyanide ban in Romania.Deep drilling at Red Chris has confirmed the expansion of the mineralised system at this copper/gold project in British Columbia. Among the news of mine starts in the last couple of weeks are Minera Corona starting treatment of silver-lead ore at its new oxide plant in the Yaulicocha province of Lima department, Peru. India Resources is on the cusp of full scale mining and production at its Surda copper project in northeast India. Roca Mines has started shipments of molybdenite concentrates recently from its MAX molybdenum mine. Eurasian Natural Resources Corp held the official opening of the Kazakhstan Aluminium Smelter (KAS). And Kenmare Resources shipped its first ilmenite product from its Moma mine. The expansions announced in the same period include Red Back Mining at the Tasiast gold mine in Mauritania. Silvercorp Metals’ 77.5% owned joint venture company, Henan Found Mining , has successfully concluded a contract to acquire 100% of the TLP silver-lead mine. Cameco Resources will target overall production increases of 70% from its in situ recovery (ISR) operations at Crow Butte, Nebraska and Smith Ranch-Highland, Wyoming. Shougang Hierro Peru is expanding iron ore output and Murchison Metals has significantly increased the JORC compliant mineral resources at Jack Hills to 153 Mt. The Quinsam coal mine is being expanded. Target Resources is increase its operations in Sierra Leone significantly. Sherwood Copper looks good to expand the Minto copper-gold mine in the Yukon. And there is much much more in over 30 pages of project news released within the past two weeks.To receive the full 30+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTTON), or contact email@example.com for a free trial copy.
Three new 2018 Cat® articulated trucks—730, 730 EJ (Ejector), and 735—replace their C Series predecessors and offer new operator stations, transmission-protection features, a new hoist-assist system, an advanced traction control system, new stability-assist system, and a fuel-saving ECO operating mode. The 730 and 730 EJ have 28 t payload capacity and the 735 has 32 t. This class of machines is widespread in in small mines, sand and gravel operations and in mine construction, such as through earthmoving contractors.The new 730 and 730 EJ are also enhanced with automatic retarder control and a hill-start feature. The 735 retains these features from the C Series model and further incorporates a new Cat C13 ACERT™ engine, Cat CX31 transmission and structural and dimensional modifications that reduce empty weight by 22%. These features combine for a fuel efficiency gain of as much as 18% while retaining the productivity of the previous model.A new combined transmission-and-hoist lever provides efficient, single-lever control of vehicle speed and body-hoisting functions to reduce operator effort and to automate repetitive operations. The standard Cat Detect/Stability-Assist system monitors the working angle of the tractor and body, as well as the grade, and cautions the operator if the machine is approaching the set threshold angle, stopping the dump process if continued action may result in potential tipping. The 730 EJ is designed to eject loads while traveling, providing positive dumping of the entire load, even when the material is sticky.Further enhancing safe operation is the Advanced Automatic Traction Control system, which features refined technology for proactively applying differential locks to avoid wheel spin. Also, a throttle-smoothing system prevents acceleration surges when traveling over extremely rough terrain. The optional Cat Connect PAYLOAD technology calculates payload via sensors on the suspension, and load-status lights at all four corners of the cab roof ensure visibility to the loader operator from any angle.The C13 engine used in all the new trucks is available in configurations to meet emissions standards in all regions of the world.
Sika has agreed to acquire King Packaged Materials Company, a large independent Canadian manufacturer of dry shotcrete and mortars for concrete repair. With the acquisition Sika will further expand its geographical footprint in Canada and improve its growth potential in the home improvement, construction, mining and tunnelling markets. The acquired business generates annual sales of CHF61 million with a workforce of 180 employees. Closing of the transaction is expected to take place in the second quarter 2019.King is a family owned business and a well-established manufacturer of products for the construction and mining industry as well as for the home improvement distribution channel. The portfolio includes shotcrete solutions, grouts, and repair and masonry mortars. “The company has an excellent reputation for its recognised brands, its high quality and reliable product solutions, and its strong technical sales expertise. King operates three large state-of-the-art plants, two of which are located at Boisbriand, Quebec, close to Montreal, and at Brantford, Ontario, near Toronto, which are the most populated regions in Canada with dynamic construction activities. Another plant is situated in Sudbury, Northern Ontario, close to the mining industry.” Christoph Ganz, Regional Manager Americas: “With the acquisition of King and its broad and highly complementary product offering we will further strengthen our presence in Canada and open up exciting new cross-selling opportunities. Especially in the home improvement market and in the growing tunneling and mining market segments, the acquisition of King Packaged Materials will make Sika one of the leading suppliers of concrete solutions in Canada. We look forward to a successful joint future and would like to extend a very warm welcome to all King employees as they join the Sika team.”“The owners of King Packaged Materials Company, the Hutter and Macpherson families, strongly believe that Sika is the ideal partner to continue the growth of King products in all of their market sectors. They look forward to the joint business and sales activities which offer great potential to expand the product portfolio across Canada and internationally.”
← Previous Story IHF Super Globe 2017 starts on Friday Next Story → SEHA GAZPROM League 2017/2018 prediction – Vardar, Zagreb, Celje and Meshkov to Final4 DKB Bundesliga 2017/2018 began with surprising defeat of MT Melsungen in Stutgart – 29:27 (14:14). Porsche Arena in which PIXUM Super Cup 2017 was played just a day ago, saw the win of home team against Michael Roth boys, who are considered as one of the biggest threats for the “big three” of German handball.TVB Stuttgart – MT Melsungen 29:27 (14:14) TVB Stuttgart: Schagen 8/5, Salger 5, Kraus 4, Baumgarten 3, Schimmelbauer 3, Schweikardt 3, M. Häfner 1, Orlowski 1, Röthlisberger 1MT Melsungen: Kühn 7, M. Müller 7, Allendorf 4/3, P. Müller 4, Danner 2, Maric 1, Reichmann 1, Schneider 1Frisch Auf Goppingen had no troubles to win in away clash with the newcomers Di Eulen Ludwigshafen 32:25 (15:10).Die Eulen Ludwigshafen – Frisch Auf Göppingen 25:32 (10:15) Die Eulen Ludwigshafen: Djozic 7/3, Durak 4/1, Haider 3, Remmlinger 3, Pa. Weber 3, Feld 2, Dietrich 1, Dippe 1, Stüber 1Frisch Auf Göppingen: Schiller 7/3, Halen 6, Kneule 5, Heymann 4, Bagersted 3, Pfahl 3, Schöngarth 2, A. Damgaard 1, Kozina 1
While thousands of outdoor cooks will be firing up their grills and smokers this Labor Day weekend, there exists among this group an elite cadre of chefs that are on a quest to produce something more than hockey puck-like hamburgers and split hot dogs. These backyard warriors are on a mission to produce the best tasting piece of meat that you’ve ever had on your plate and are always looking for different gadgets and accessories to help with the job.The holy grail of outdoor cooking is knowing exactly when a piece of meat has arrived at the desired doneness, which — contrary to public opinion — is based on internal temperature and not how long its been on the grill. With that in mind, we’ve found three temperature devices worthy of the geek grillmaster.The BBQ Guru “CyberQ Wifi” pit fan control systemFor those of you who will be smoking brisket or perhaps a pork shoulder and are using an offset or Weber Smokey Mountain, the CyberQ Wifi system from the BBQ Guru (pictured above) is a must have. A computerized fan system that blows bursts of air onto your charcoal, it uses several probes to track the temperature inside of your pit as well as the internal temperature of the meat you’re cooking.The CyberQ allows you to peg your cooker at an exact temperature for a long, consistent period thanks to its ability to know how much air your coals need. Even better, with this unit you don’t even need to be at home to control your smoker, as it has a built in web server that communicates over WiFi and allows you to interact with the unit from afar. Built on an open source system, the CyberQ has several independent developers working on mobile apps that will allow you to use your iPhone or Android device to make adjustments.While the system is only for use with a charcoal fire, it’s invaluable for slow cooking large cuts of meat. While its $295 price tag may seem a bit hefty, I’m using an earlier model that is six years old and still going strong.The iGrill Bluetooth meat thermometerFor those of you who own an iOS device and don’t need to be able to leave home while you’re slow cooking, take a look a the iGrill. It’s a Bluetooth-enabled thermometer that has the ability to connect to an app on your iPhone or iPad. This device gives you the freedom to move around your house while still keeping tabs on that chicken you’re cooking outside.The iGrill retails at $79.99 and has a range of 200 feet. Its app that is available for free with the unit via the App Store can alert you when your dinner has reached the desired temperature. This unit is not compatible with Android devices as of yet.The Kintrex laser guided infrared thermometerWhile the Kintrex infrared thermometer wasn’t created with outdoor cooking in mind, I’ve seen many a BBQ chef with these in their toolbelts. One of the most important ingredients in making a perfect piece of grilled meat each and every time is to have a consistent temperature in your grill or smoker. Most of the time the thermometer that ships with your outdoor cooking appliances aren’t worth a hill of beans when it comes to accuracy. If you want to know exactly what temperature your smoker or grill is at, shoot it with the Kintrex to find out.This $40 device allows you to measure the temperature of a vast array of household and garage items while standing safely away. By reading the infrared heat signature it can translate the info into a readable temperature display with an accuracy of plus or minus five degrees. Great for offset cookers or grills where you are trying to get to a high enough temperature to sear your meat before cooking, the Kintrex is one of those pieces of equipment that brings huge benefits for a small pricetag.And if you’re looking for a way to spice up your meat dishes this Labor Day, take a look at my recently launched Kickstarter project called Ray Ray’s Rub. I’ve developed it over the past ten years to be able to go onto any kind of food to enhance flavor.
16,817 Views By Paul Hosford Monday 20 Mar 2017, 5:22 PM Mar 20th 2017, 5:22 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Disney https://jrnl.ie/3297573 Share243 Tweet Email3 Image: Disney 30 Comments Short URL DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND The Beast set an Irish box office record over the weekend, grossing €2.2 million.That makes it the largest three-day opening weekend in Irish box office history. In total, just 13 films grossed over €2 million in 2016.The live-action remake has broken a number of records in the US and UK.At the US box office the film has taken $170m – making it the seventh best debut of all time, the best March debut ever, and the best PG movie debut of all time. In the UK, it took £18.4M. That makes it the fifth best opening weekend in UK history.The Saturday box office of £7.9m was the second highest grossing Saturday ever, only behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens.The film is a live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic and stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast.It was not all plain sailing, however, the film has been given a 16+ rating in Russia after an ultra-conservative lawmaker sought its ban over a “gay moment.”The film’s director Bill Condon has revealed that it contains Disney’s “first exclusively gay moment”, although some critics have said this was less than overwhelming.Read: ‘Blatant, shameless propaganda of sin’: Beauty and the Beast given 16+ rating in RussiaRead: Penneys are now selling actual teacups based on Chip from Beauty and the Beast Beauty And The Beast set an Irish box office record over the weekend The live-action remake has broken a number of records in the US and UK.
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO Women’s national team boycott training as they prepare for meeting with mediator over FAI row By Elaine Buckley and Emily Glen Apr 5th 2017, 3:18 PM Opinion: ‘No interest in women’s football? Yesterday’s public reaction proves otherwise’ Elaine Buckley and Emily Glen respond to some readers’ comments after yesterday’s extraordinary press conference. Share Tweet Email Follow us: the42.ie 52 Comments https://the42.ie/3325288 Wednesday 5 Apr 2017, 3:18 PM Short URL YESTERDAY MORNING, A group of 14 Irish international soccer players with 550 caps and one Fifa Puskas nomination between them, held a press conference along with the PFAI and Siptu in Liberty Hall to explain why they were contemplating strike action following negotiations with their governing body.The unprecedented retirement announcement of Colm ‘The Gooch’ Cooper an hour prior to kick-off threatened to steal the show – and the headlines – in advance; but no, the top brass of sports journalism were all there in the room to hear what the players had to say, and bear witness to what will be remembered as one of the most remarkable press conferences in Irish sporting history.But it wasn’t Shane Long, Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick sitting at the top table and drawing the football media out in force with their revelations – it was Emma Byrne, Stephanie Roche, Áine O’Gorman and their fellow members of the Irish international women’s squad.During the hour-long press conference, the players and their representatives gave detail of their efforts to engage with the FAI over the past two years to secure basic supports for when they tog out to represent Ireland on an international stage, and why their negotiations had ultimately come up short. The squad felt that they had been left with no other option but to air an embarrassing litany of ill-treatment from their publicly funded governing body, and threaten refusal to play next Monday’s international friendly against Slovakia in order for them to be taken seriously.Those in attendance listened in disbelief; their tweets and soundbites devoured by followers – an instant and widespread showing of sporting solidarity permeating social media before the event had even reached its conclusion. A group of international athletes so visibly uncomfortable at discussing how they have been mistreated couldn’t but leave the general public outraged, and embarrassed.The list of issues that the players and the FAI have been unable to resolve during two years of negotiations are astounding in their pettiness – it would be hard to argue that the squad are ‘gold-digging’ when the primary issues include the access to a nutritionist, gym membership, and strength and conditioning programmes that come as standard with many amateur club teams around the country.Much has been made since of the scenario described by the players in which they receive team tracksuits in the airport when travelling abroad, and hence must change in the toilets, and return them afterwards – a process which they described as “humiliating”. Likewise, a simple request for guaranteed wifi in their accommodation when on tour has grabbed headlines – this isn’t so that the players can update their Instagram or watch Netflix in their hotel rooms; but instead a sobering reminder that many of them must keep their work lives afloat online in between training and playing matches.Similarly, some squad members take unpaid leave for the purpose of playing international football. It is unimaginable to think that the likes of James McClean or Jonathan Walters would be asked to go out of pocket to represent their country, but it’s fine for the women, apparently. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOThe FAI have outright refused to engage with the PFAI, who are representing the group of players – save for sending them correspondence bordering on a threat that going public with grievances could ultimately endanger the players’ careers. Well, to quote that very letter, the FAI needn’t have worried about any damage to the players’ reputations – for “those many young people” who look up to them as “role models”, there is no stronger image for them to see than that of a group of international sportswomen, united and proudly wearing the green of the country they represent, standing outside the historic Liberty Hall having just bravely blazed a trail for themselves, their fellow female athletes, and the future generations that will follow.As captain Emma Byrne said, “We’re here because we want to be able to field the best national team possible and be able to compete at the highest level possible.” These players are fuelled entirely by their passion for their sport and their desire to compete internationally for Ireland, and it shows. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOThe lead sports story on RTÉ’s Six One News; top billing on both Second Captains and Off The Ball; trending on Twitter for the entire day; countless articles from national newspapers and leading online publishers. With the level of coverage received, the story was unmissable. So it’s no wonder that the football purists felt it necessary to chime in, pointing out that there the men’s national team is more popular, that not every team that wants funding can get it, and that these players should make good with what they’re given.Well here’s the thing, Keyboard Warriors. When a national governing body is in receipt of public money, some of which is conditional on increasing women’s participation in the sport, then the public are entitled to know how that money is distributed, and have the impact of that money accounted for.“As usual women’s sports are looking to be subsidised out of the men’s earnings. Girl power and all that…” The Irish women’s squad are certainly not asking for 50% of the public money that the FAI receive, or indeed any support from the men’s team whatsoever. They’re asking for something much more straightforward than that – to be treated with the respect, dignity and equality owed to a team of athletes who represent Ireland internationally.“Would love a cash investment for our Thursday night five-a-side too but nobody watches us either…” We’re truly sorry your local five-a-side squad doesn’t receive a grant from Sport Ireland. We really are. But if a governing body which received €2.7m of taxpayers’ money in 2015 alone still can’t meet the basic requirements of one of their senior national teams, then there is clearly a problem.“There is no interest in the women’s game.”The reaction yesterday has more than proved otherwise. Also you just commented on an article about the women’s game… that’s interest. Oh, and more than 750m television viewers watched the Fifa Women’s World Cup in 2015, FYI.The situation that the national senior women’s football team find themselves in is the result of a culture in the FAI, in the realm of football, and in the wider context of sport. The high-handedness of the FAI’s statement in response to yesterday’s press conference was in a tone seemingly reserved just for the women’s team. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOEarlier today on Morning Ireland, Noel King – an employee of the FAI and a former manager of the women’s national team – repeatedly referred to the squad as “girls”. Language is hugely important in a situation like this one – and that use of that one single word in itself speaks volumes. It is also evocative of a wider sporting culture which views female athletes as lesser than their male counterparts – easily gauged by the myriad of Gaelic footballers, rugby players, camogie players, cricket players, hockey players and Olympians who rowed in behind the squad yesterday with messages of support and solidarity.In their club lives, some members of the Irish squad play alongside the absolute cream of international footballing talent – in addition to the many Lionesses they call team-mates, an influx of World Cup-winning USA soccer superstars into The FA Women’s Super League means that this season Katie McCabe is playing alongside Heather O’Reilly at Arsenal; likewise Niamh Fahey with Crystal Dunn at Chelsea; with Megan Campbell teaming up with reigning Fifa World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd at Manchester City.The US women’s national team are no strangers to standing up for their rights and gaining recognition for it. What began in 1994 with pioneers like Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm extends to the current generation, with leading members of the squad continually taking their governing body US Soccer to task over improving payment and conditions.Similarly, we have Denise O’Sullivan flying the flag state-side with NWSL club Houston Dash, and Megan Connolly on scholarship with Florida State University for her on-pitch talents, feeling the full benefit of Title XI legislation – a US federal law that ensures equality and parity for college athletes.These players have all witnessed first-hand, often on a daily basis, that higher standards certainly do exist for female soccer players internationally, and drastic change is required here at home in order to keep up with the pace. Only last week, they witnessed the USA women’s ice hockey squad – with a mantra of “be bold for change” – in an almost identical situation to themselves, coming out the other side of it with a historic deal secured, bolstered by a huge outpouring of athlete, media and public support that their governing body simply could not ignore. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOThe Irish women’s national team have now bravely stepped up to fight for their own basic rights, showing immense courage in taking action. As things currently stand, this group of women, fuelled entirely by passion for their sport, are on the verge of foregoing the opportunity to represent their country next Monday.The players have publicly expressed thanks for the outpouring of support that they have received in the past 24 hours, but that support needs to extend beyond the immediate aftermath of sending message of solidarity on Twitter, or linking to a news story on Facebook.The best way to fundamentally support these women is to actually physically support them – look up fixtures, go to an event, and bring a family member or friend along. Channel your reactive rage to this story into showing the FAI that we want the best for the squad in the long-term, as they build towards the goal of securing qualification for a major tournament.Finally, to the players – never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.– Elaine Buckley and Emily Glen produce the FAIR GAME Podcast, winner of Best Podcast Series at the 2016 Web Awards.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO 18,352 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Thirty-two students at the Clark County Skills Center got an impromptu civics lecture Monday morning from Gov. Chris Gregoire on the hard state budget choices she faces due to Washington’s ongoing recession.The students may not have absorbed all the numbers, or her explanation of how the state and the nation got into this mess, but it was hard not to get her bottom line:“The last thing I wanted to cut is education, but it’s half the budget.”Haley Taylor, a student from La Center High who’s studying at the Skills Center to become a dental assistant, asked the governor why she is proposing to cut $150 million from the state’s $300 million levy equalization budget. The state aid helps property-poor school districts match programs offered by districts with richer tax bases.La Center stands to lose half its levy — about $291,000 — under the governor’s proposal.“It greatly impacts us,” Taylor said. It could cost her school 5 percent of its staff and might force the La Center district to cut bus transportation, she said. “Do you think it’s necessary to cut half the equalization?” she asked Gregoire. “When you cut now, you’re actually cutting our future.”
Uber, the ride-sharing service, has started operating in Portland, Oregon, on Friday without the approval of city officials. The app began working at 5.00 pm and drivers were immediately able to offer rides without any prior permission from the authorities.Portland Mayor Charlie Hales said that the launch was illegal and the office had not received any notice from the cab company about the launch. The city had previously said that it wouldn’t allow Uber to operate like cabs in the region. Despite the regulation, Uber has launched itself in the city.Uber doesn’t think it’s illegal though.”I don’t think we’re going against the city’s wishes. We hope the city embraces this and listens to their constituents, the people of Portland and drivers partnering with us,” Brooke Stever, regional manager of Uber was quoted by KGW.com.The problem lies in Uber’s business model here. Uber app connects local drivers to riders directly. Some drivers boost their income by moonlighting with Uber. Fares are metered and Uber takes 20 percent of the fare.In some cities including Portland, the government classifies Uber in the “Town Car” category, which means the rider has to wait for an hour before the driver shows up at the pick-up destination and also pay a premium over the fare. Uber has been working with the city officials for months now to ease the regulations but the city officials haven’t budged.The city authorities told KOIN News 6 that anyone using Uber rides are subject to penalty because they are operating illegally in the city. Drivers can be charged up to $2,250 in fines.”We have told Uber and Lyft that they are welcome to offer ideas for regulatory changes. Uber has chosen instead to break the law,” City Commissioner Steve Novick said in a statement.”They think they can just come in here and flagrantly violate the law? This is really amazing. Apparently, they believe they’re gods,” Novick told The Oregonian.Previously, Uber had launched forcibly in the city of Eugene too. The ride-sharing service was asked to cease operations or pay fines of up to $2,000 per ride.In its defense, Uber said:”Uber is not a taxi service. We do partner with some limousine companies so we’re really a transportation platform and there needs to be a new set of regulations.”But will Uber’s hostile tactics do any good for the company? Yes, apparently. Investors seem to be clearly impressed with Uber’s go-getter attitude.On Friday, Uber announced that it had managed to raise $1.2 billion in a fresh round of investor funding and had plans to use that to expand business in the Asia Pacific region.
Shah Rukh Khan and IM Vijayan.Varinder Chawla/IM Vijayan Facebook AccountThe cast of Vijay’s upcoming sports-drama has got bigger and better after the makers roped in a football legend to act in a cameo. IM Vijayan, who is a popular name among the football fans in the country, will be sharing screen space with Thalapathy in the Atlee Kumar-directorial flick.Rumours are rife that IM Vijayan will do a guest appearance in Bigil and it is expected to be a crucial character for the progress of the story in the Vijay-starrer. Industry insiders believe that his inclusion adds a lot of weight to the content considering that the story revolves around an ambitious football coach played by Thalapathy.This is not the first time that IM Vijayan is acting in a film. Earlier, he was seen in films like Komban and Thimiru. Popularly known as Kalo Harin, he was captain of the Indian football team between 2000 and 2004. The fans remember him for his aggressive style of playing and his attacking partnership at striker position with Bhaichung Bhutia.Coming to Bigil, Vijay plays the dual role of a gangster and his footballer son. How the son ensures the victory of the woman football team in the national level competition forms the crux of the story.Indhuja Ravichandran plays the captain of Tamil Nadu woman football team. Nayanthara plays Vijay’s love interest, while Jackie Shroff is said to be doing the character of a villain. Vivek, Daniel Balaji, Rajkumar, Yogi Babu and a host of other actors are part of the flick.Two-time Oscar Award-winning musician AR Rahman is scoring the music, GK Vishnu is handling the cinematography and Ruben is the editor of Bigil.Recently, there were rumours that Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan will be doing a special cameo in Bigil, but sources close to the production house denied the reports.
Like all the major actors of Bollywood who are pulling up their socks to try something new, Sharman Joshi also stepped in the web space with ‘Baarish’ – an upcoming show on ‘Alt Balaji’. Read to know what he has to say about the potential scope of web, his expectations from the show, bonding with co-actor Asha and much more. You have recently made your debut in web space, was there the same pressure you felt when you signed your first film? To be honest, the pressure was not as much as it is while you work in a feature film, things were a bit different here. I didn’t have butterflies in my stomach right now, as I had them at the time of my first film. Nevertheless, I was very excited about my debut in the web space and I am really looking forward to seeing how this journey is going to be. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf It was your first web show. Are you here to stay? As an actor, with what I have observed, I think the web is going to give many exciting opportunities in terms of creativity – there is some great material being attempted here, and also I can foresee effectively great opportunities to explore as an actor. With the story point of view even, I believe that there are certain stories which need to be told over a certain number of hours, and cannot be properly executed in a 2-3 hour feature film. Therefore, I am really looking forward to staying and explore the more ‘free’ side of cinema here. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive A lot of love stories are made every now and then. How is this show different? How is your character in this series different from our typical romantic Bollywood heroes who fall in love and work towards a happy ending? It is like asking me how my love story is different from yours. There might be certain differences or there might not be, but what I believe is that each pair makes a love story unique. Also, the way a director tells this story with the characterisation and the portrayal of those characters is different. Personally, I believe that because we were so restraint before the advent of OTT platforms, we all have now let ourselves free and therefore, more out of the box stuff is happening here. So, I think amidst all those serious stories, this kind of show becomes a clutter breaker. Your co-actor Asha Negi has also made her debut on the web. How was it working with someone who is as new to the web space as you are? For actors, performance is not affected by the platform. That is what I have always felt – whether it is theatre, films, or web show or whether I end up exploring television tomorrow, it’s going to be the same. And as far as Asha is concerned, she is a very fine actor and I have had an amazing time working with her. I feel she is a wonderful person, very positive and always happy which makes her a great person to work with. What were your initial expectations with this project? My expectations with every project I do is always high. And that is the way I think it should be. Though highs and lows are a part of every actor’s life – sometimes a project does exceptionally well and sometimes it doesn’t. All you have to do it never lose hope, stand back on your feet and do your best in the other possible projects. I hoped the world for this project and I am glad it is doing well.
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The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The preseason finale may determine up to a half dozen roster spots, and maybe a handful more.Will the Cardinals keep six or seven wide receivers? Who lands the third and fourth running back positions? How does the depth at offensive line shake out?Defensively, both inside and outside linebacker have openings. In the secondary, could the Cardinals decide to keep a fifth safety?And what about punter?Those would appear to be the biggest questions the Cardinals still need to answer.Earlier in the week, Arians hinted at a larger wide receiver room for 2017, which would seem to bode well for players like Aaron Dobson, Brittan Golden and Jeremy Ross.A hamstring injury sidelined Dobson for much of training camp, but “he had a great spring,” Arians said.At 6-foot-3, Dobson is a big target with big-play potential.“I’m a deep threat,” he said. “I feel like I can take the top off the defense.”That was evident in Atlanta, where if Drew Stanton doesn’t slip on a second-quarter throw, he and Dobson connect on one of Arians’ patented home-run shots down the field.Golden, because of his special teams play, may already have a spot on the team. Just don’t tell him that.“Because you never know what can happen,” he said. “Going into the last one (game), you got to treat it like every other year I’ve been playing. Just make sure you’re ready to go and can do what you can do to put film out there.” 4 Comments Share Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Aaron Dobson makes a catch during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) “It’s the worst day in the year. I really can equate to death in the family sometimes,” Arians said. “You get so close to these guys, you work so hard with them and you know it’s a dream that hopefully is not ending. It might continue with another team but a lot of them it’s ending. So, yeah, it’s a very hard day.Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter The Cardinals are expected to keep four running backs. David Johnson and Kerwynn Williams are locks, which leaves Andre Ellington, Elijhaa Penny and Chris Johnson.Penny might be the most intriguing one of the three.After spending the entire 2016 season on the practice squad as an undrafted rookie free agent, Penny arrived in training camp with a better grasp of the offense, improved blocking skills and nearly 15 pounds lighter. He was also challenged by Arians: To be the guy to replace Stepfan Taylor, an excellent special teams player who would occasionally see time backfield.“You got to play special teams in order to make a roster. You can’t just be an offensive guy,” said Penny, who is now tipping the scales at 234 pounds. “I didn’t do any special teams in college before I got here; didn’t do it in high school, didn’t do in college. Here was the first time I actually did it and it’s actually pretty fun. I like it. It’s cool.”With the offensive line, the Cardinals figure to dress seven on gameday and carry up to nine on the 53-man roster. A year ago, 10 different linemen started at least one game.At the linebacker position, eight, between inside and outside, might be enough. The question is whether that number is split in half or perhaps tilted to one position. Josh Bynes and Philip Wheeler are veteran inside backers hoping to make the team, while Scooby Wright is a second-year player who can impact special teams. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. – Come Saturday afternoon more than 1,100 players will be looking for work. Such is life in the National Football League, “one of the few businesses that hire 90 just to fire 37,” according to Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians.The goal, of course, is to not be one of those 37, and for several Cardinals players, their last chance to make an impression — and preferably a good impression — will be Thursday in Denver. Top Stories Cap Capi flashed last week in Atlanta with a team-high seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hits, which may have just been enough to edge the injured Jarvis Jones out of a backup spot at outside linebacker.Harlan Miller plus rookies Rudy Ford and Ironhead Gallon are trying to convince the Cardinals to keep a fifth safety.And the punter?“It’ll come down to this game,” Arians said, referring to Matt Wile and Richie Leone.It can’t be easy, not knowing. One minute you’re on the roster and the next minute you’re unemployed. For that reason, there figure to be some anxious moments inside the Cardinals locker room, and why their effort and performance against the Broncos is of the utmost importance.“I’ve been through this a couple of times. I’m just going to go out there and be confident in what I can do,” said Dobson, who has been released three times in his four seasons. “Coaches reiterate all the time, there’s 31 other teams that’s going to be watching this film. I’m playing for this team, I’m playing for 31 other teams so I just got to make the most of my opportunity.”Every NFL team must have their rosters finalized by 1 p.m. on Saturday. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
By Stefanos EvripidouFOREIGN Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said yesterday there was suspicion that one or two of the 18 Ukrainians targeted by the EU with sanctions for embezzlement of public funds could have assets in Cyprus.Kasoulides said a meeting was held at the ministry yesterday with the relevant authorities, including the Central Bank and Unit for Combating Money Laundering (MOKAS), to determine whether Cyprus needed to take action and freeze the assets of any of the 18 singled out on suspicion of embezzlement of Ukrainian state funds.The EU Council decided earlier this week to proceed with an immediate freezing of funds and economic resources of 18 prominent figures in the old guard of the Ukrainian leadership identified as responsible for the misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds and their illegal transfer outside Ukraine.The decision came into effect as of March 6, 2014. The list of 18 has been made public in the Official Journal of the EU under Council Regulation (EU) No 208/2014, and can be found online.It includes former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych and his two sons, former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his son, the former Prosecutor General and his son, four former ministers, and the former head of the Security Service.Article 2 of the Regulation states that all funds and economic resources belonging to, owned, held or controlled by any natural or legal person, entity or body listed in Annex I of the document shall be frozen.Asked yesterday if any of the 18 persons identified were related to Cyprus in any way, Kasoulides said there were possibly one or two cases connected to Cyprus.“If there are any such cases… we are obliged to comply with the EU decision. In any case, we should be the last ones to be blamed for receiving stolen items. But any step requires court proceedings. It cannot be an arbitrary act,” he said.A statement released after yesterday’s meeting at the foreign ministry said the relevant departments and authorities of Cyprus were “in full coordination, taking all appropriate actions and making all necessary checks to ensure compliance” with the EU decision.The foreign minister highlighted that for Cyprus, the official government of Ukraine was the temporary one currently in place in Kiev.“It is not for us to judge its constitutionality. Our hope is not to have a fait accompli in Crimea which will have consequences on the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.“As a country which has also suffered an attack on its own territorial integrity, we cannot support this.”He added that Cyprus was sticking to the joint decisions of the EU on the Ukrainian crisis while keeping a low profile.European leaders also announced on Thursday plans to suspend visa talks with Moscow and EU attendance to the G8 Summit in Sochi. A second phase of sanctions could include travel bans and a freeze of Russian assets if Moscow failed to sit at the negotiating table with the Ukrainians.Kasoulides sought to allay fears that Russian tourism to Cyprus would be affected, drawing a distinction between the phased sanctions on Russia and the targeted sanctions on Ukrainian individuals connected to the Yanukovych regime, who are reasonably suspected of embezzlement of public money, “which belongs to Ukraine’s citizens and must be returned”.Regarding the visa talks between the EU and Russia, the aim is to eventually abolish visa requirements on both sides.“The measure taken by the EU is to freeze this dialogue (with Russia). It does not change anything regarding the existing situation, where through a certain mechanism, Russian visitors can receive visas and come to Cyprus. There is no issue of prohibiting or cutting economic relations between EU countries and Russia,” he said.Cyprus enjoys historically close political and economic ties with Russia, seen by the EU and US as the aggressor in the Ukraine crisis. Russia has often acted as a bulwark in the UN Security Council against Anglo-American moves seen in the past as unfriendly towards the Cypriot government.Since the election of President Nicos Anastasiades, there has been an evident shift in Cyprus’ foreign policy to the West, with the government’s stated intention being membership of NATO’s Partnership for Peace programme (PfP).Until now, this was not seen as a zero sum game for Russia, also a PfP member. The former Soviet Union member still enjoys close economic ties with Cyprus and makes use of the island’s ports and airports occasionally for military purposes.However, the manner in which Russian forces took over Ukrainian bases and effectively shut out the central government from the Crimea, citing the need to protect Russian-speaking citizens of the area smacked too much of the pretext given by Turkey in 1974 to invade and occupy the island’s northern third.After signing up to a joint EU statement condemning Russia’s actions, Cyprus came out on March 4 stating clearly its support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.Meanwhile, international offshore law firm Harneys released a statement yesterday saying it will host a live webcast on Tuesday, March 11, at 4 pm local time, during which a panel of experts will provide legal analysis of the latest developments concerning economic and other sanctions against Ukraine and Russia, with particular focus on how such sanctions could impact business interests in Cyprus and the British Virgin Islands (BVI).The panel will be hosted by the firm’s chairman, Peter Tarn who said: “Harneys is closely monitoring the evolving situation in Ukraine and Russia. With BVI and Cyprus providing the most popular corporate structures for investments involving Russia and the West, the imposition of sanctions could have significant impact on a wide range of business interests.”For more information about Tuesday’s webcast and to register, visit the Harneys website: http://www.harneys.com/publications/webinars/ukraine-russia-and-the-impacts-of-sanctions-on-ifcsYou May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSenior Living | Search AdsCheap Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola