NBA free agency could make Raptors, Warriors both losers

first_imgTORONTO, ONTARIO – MAY 30: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors is defended by Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter during Game One of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on May 30, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPDefending champion Golden State and the Toronto Raptors are battling for supremacy in the NBA Finals, but both teams could lose superstar talent in upcoming free agency for next season.Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard and Marc Gasol and Golden State’s injured Kevin Durant as well as Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins are among those expected to be highly prized free agents on the market next month for the 2019-20 campaign.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Players can agree on contract terms for next season starting in July and begin signing new deals on July 6.Durant, Leonard and Gasol have contract options allowing them to opt out of deals and become free agents after the NBA Finals, as do such stars as Boston’s Kyrie Irving and Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler.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, logisticsThompson and Cousins become free agents once the Warriors’ season is over and their deals conclude.The Raptors made a trade deal last year for Leonard with San Antonio knowing they were guaranteed only one season with Leonard in Toronto. Their move for Gasol with Memphis at the trade deadline was for a top defender to help the title chase but one who could leave afterwards. 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We know there are two tough moments in sports, trading a player and when a player leaves in free agency. We all have to prepare ourselves for everything. I think we’ve built this trust in a way that whatever it is, we would have prepared ourselves.”Some Raptors fans were excited at a report Leonard bought property in Toronto but he said Sunday that it wasn’t true.There’s a lot of money available and plenty of possibilities.LeBron James would love to lure talent to the Los Angeles Lakers and both Thompson and Leonard are from Los Angeles.Reports and speculation link Durant to the New York Knicks or Los Angeles Clippers and Leonard or Durant, or both, to the Brooklyn Nets, maybe with Irving.‘Nothing is guaranteed’Clippers coach Doc Rivers incurred a $50,000 fine from the NBA for comparing Leonard to retired Chicago Bulls icon Michael Jordan.“I don’t really think my legacy is going to ever reach the potential of Michael Jordan,” Leonard said. “I just want to play and let people remember I played hard at both ends of the floor, I was a winner, and that’s basically it.”The Knicks can be the big spenders in free agency with nearly $73 million available while the Clippers have nearly $60 million and the Nets about $54 million.The Warriors can offer Thompson a five-year deal for $190 million, better terms than rivals, but that hasn’t stopped Thompson from fielding questions about his legacy.“I just try to enjoy the journey,” he said. “You wish to have no end in sight, but everything that’s great always comes to an end. So whether that’s tomorrow or four years from now, you never know. Raptors president Masai Ujiri, who is from Nigeria, says regardless of how the finals turn out, the trust built over the journey will be critical in Toronto’s chances of persuading Leonard to stay.“We’re going to be us,” Ujiri said. “Kawhi Leonard is a superstar and we’re going to treat him like a superstar, but we’re also going to do all the natural things I think will help us get to that level to convince Kawhi that this is the place for him.“The future conversations I’ve had with Kawhi are about the Golden State Warriors and that’s his mindset, what’s at hand right now, what’s the job right now. And the job right now is to beat the Golden State Warriors.”Ujiri realizes the deal must work for the club and Leonard, who has had to adjust to life in a new nation.“When he sees with the city, the fan base, basketball, coaching, everything almost has to come together naturally,” Ujiri said.ADVERTISEMENT “That’s the beauty of life. You just got to go out and enjoy every minute with the group of guys you got, because in professional sports nothing is ever guaranteed.” View commentslast_img read more

ISL: Marcelo’s late penalty helps Delhi hold Mumbai in six-goal thriller

first_imgDelhi Dynamos FC fought back from a two-goal deficit twice to hold Mumbai City FC 3-3 and maintain their unbeaten record in the ongoing third edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Tuesday.Mumbai City FC were coasting to what seemed like a comfortable night after taking a 2-0 lead at the breather through Krisztian Vadocz’s brace in the 33rd and 39th minute. The two goals in six minutes should have been enough for the visitors but Delhi Dynamos turned the screws in the second session.Richard Gadze pulled a goal back in the 51st minute before Sony Norde made it 3-1 for Mumbai City with about 20 minutes still left to be played.Senegalese striker Badara Badji then threw a lifeline for Delhi Dynamos in the 76th minute and Marcelo Pereira scored a penalty in the 81st minute to make it 3-3.The draw left Delhi Dynamos in third place with six points from three matches while Mumbai City are placed second with eight points from five matches.Delhi Dynamos were forced to introduce new defensive players in their set-up and they seemed to do well at the start, until Vadocz struck just after the half an hour mark.It was a gem of a goal as Leo Costa saw Vadocz make a superb run and split the defence with an exquisite pass which Vadocz met and sliced it past the onrushing goalkeeper Soram Poirei.Before Delhi Dynamos recovered from that setback, they were down by two goals. This time it was a free-kick from Sony Norde which struck the crossbar and to the home team’s misfortune, rebounded for Vadocz to head home.advertisementIn the second session, Delhi Dynamos clawed their way back through Gadze. It was Florent Malouda who sent a ball through for Marcelinho.The Brazilian had a chance to try his luck but he saw Gadze in the clear, passed to him and saw the ball being glided into the goal.Mumbai City restored their two-goal advantage in the 69th minute through another brilliant goal. Norde played a delightful one-two with Cafu, who lifted the ball over the defence, allowing Norde to slam the ball inside the goal for his team’s third of the night.It seemed curtains now for Delhi Dynamos. With time ticking out, Delhi Dynamos coach Gianluca Zambrotta made a substitution, introducing Badji.The Senegalese striker immediately repaid his manager’s faith, giving finishing touches to a pass from Malouda and then it was all square in the 81st minute when Delhi won a penalty.It was Gadze who was brought down by the Mumbai goalkeeper and Marcelo stepped up to tie the match at 3-3 in a highly-entertaining clash.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018 Final Draw, Highlights: Russia, Saudi Arabia to play tournament opener on June 14

first_imgRussia and Saudi Arabia will kickstart the 2018 World Cup in Russia while Portugal and Spain are all set to go head to head in their tournament opener.Lionel Messi’s Argentina, who qualified for the World Cup in the dying moments, will have a tricky task against surprise element Iceland.Defending champions Germany will start their campaign against Mexico, who they beat in the semi-final of the Confederations Cup earlier this year.Group H can be called a group of death, consisting of Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan, where all teams will give each other a tough fight.21.30 IST: Here are all the groups of the 2018 World Cup Russia.Here they are! The groups for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia! ????º???Which game are you most looking forward to?! ???#WorldCupDraw #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 201721.28 IST: Panama, Korea Republic and Japan complete Group G, F and H respectively.21.25 IST: Nigeria have been drawn in Group D and will face Croatia in their first match.21.25 IST: Australia are drawn in Group C and having occupied C2, they will be up against France in their opener.Peu importe ladversaire, on sera prt ! ???????? #CDM2018 Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) December 1, 201721.24 IST: Morocco complete Group B and will face Iran in their opener.21.23 IST: Serbia have been drawn at E4 and will play Costa Rica in their opener. Group E consists of Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.21.21 IST: Saudi Arabia complete Group A at A2 and will take on Russia in the World Cup opener.advertisement????ºRussia???Saudi Arabia????????That’s how the #WorldCup will kick off in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow!????14 June 2018, here we come!#WorldCupDraw #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 201721.19 IST: Sweden are drawn at F3 while Tunisia join England and Belgium at G3 and will face England in their opener.21.19 IST: Costa Rica join Brazil and Costa Rica in Group E at E3.21.17 IST: Iran are drawn at B4 and join Portugal and Spain in the group. Iceland will face Argentina in their opener having occupied D2.Iceland is home to around 330.000 people. In Argentina’s capital city Buenos Aires alone there live around 3 million people #WorldCupDraw- Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) December 1, 201721.17 IST: Denmark are drawn at C4, having to skip Group B because two European nations in Portugal and Spain were already drawn in that group.21.16 IST: Egypt are drawn along with Russia and Uruguay in Group A at the third spot, they’ll face Uruguay in their opener.21.14 IST: England have been drawn in the same group as Belgium at G4 while Colombia join Poland in the Group H at third spot. With that, the division from Pot 2 is complete.It’s Group G for the #ThreeLions, where we join Belgium. England (@England) December 1, 201721.13 IST: Mexico have been drawn at F2 and are set to face current World Cup holders Germany in their opening fixture.Happy memories of our last meeting with Mexico at the Confed Cup ??? ???????? #DieMannschaft #WorldCupDraw Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) December 1, 201721.12 IST: Having drawn at E2, Switzerland will be up against Brazil in their World Cup opener.21.11 IST: Peru have been drawn at C3 while Croatian join Argentina in Group C at the third position.21.10 IST: Spain have been drawn in the position B2 and the first Group B game in Sochi will be between Portugal and Spain.21.09 IST: Uruguay have been drawn at A4, in the same group as the hosts.#SorteoMundial@Uruguay integra el A encabezado por Rusia y debuta en Ekaterinburg el viernes 15 de junio ante A3. Seleccin Uruguaya (@Uruguay) December 1, 201721.08 IST: Belgium and Poland have occupied G1 and H1 and with that the division from Pot 1 is complete.????@BelRedDevils have been drawn! Time for coach Roberto Martinez to get planning…Who do you want to see them face? #WorldCupDraw #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 201721.06 IST: Brazil and Germany have occupied E1 and F1 respectively.21.05 IST: Argentina occupy the first spot in Group D. They qualified for the World Cup in their very last qualifying game.21.04 IST: France, the Euro Cup 2016 runner-up, are draw at C1.21.03 IST: Portugal, the current European champions, are drawn in the Group B at B1.21.00 IST: Russia will automatically take the first spot in Group A by virtue of being the hosts. The other teams will be divided in the ceremony.As always, the hosts @TeamRussia, are the first out at the #WorldCupDraw #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 201720.58 IST: Gary Lineker is now on the stage to conduct the draw ceremony.advertisement20.55 IST: The legends of the ‘beautiful game’ are now making their way to the stage to kickstart the final draw.The draw assistants are out and the teams are about to drawn at the #WorldCupDraw!Follow our Live Blog here ??? #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 201720.53 IST: The draw is just moment away! Russian artists put up a dance performance to enthrall the audiences.20.48 IST: A look at how the final draw took place back in the days.While the methods may have changed over time, the #WorldCupDraw has always teed up a fascinating #WorldCup! #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 201720.46 IST: Miroslav Klose is on the stage with the World Cup trophy.The ??? is in good hands with Miro!#WorldCupDraw FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) December 1, 201720.43 IST: Ahead of the draw ceremony, artist Alsou and Portuguese-American guitarist Nuno Betancourt are performing for the audience.??º????#WorldCupDraw #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 201720.40 IST: The Mexican coach has a peculiar wish, he wants to be up against possession-based football.Who do you think ????@miseleccionmx would want to get in the #WorldCupDraw to see Juan Carlos Osorio get his wish? ?? #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 201720.36 IST: Vladamir Putin has given the welcome address and has urged football fans to throng the stadium in Russia next year.20.31 IST: And the Final Draw event has begun!Everyone is in there seats! It’s time to get the #WorldCupDraw rolling!Just us in our Live Blog to follow all the drama!??? #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 201720.28 IST: Just two minutes for the final draw to begin.20.20 IST: It was Germany who won the World Cup 2014 in Brazil and come 2018, we’ll know who holds that trophy next.20.15 IST: All legends in that one frame!Backstage!!! #WorldCup #FIFALegends Cafu. (@officialcafu) December 1, 201720.10 IST: The stage is all set and we are just 20 mins away.20.05 IST: Footballing legends Carles Puyol and Diego Maradona are all gearing up for the Final Draw. Both of them will be playing the role of drawing assistants.With Maradona, one of footballs greatest legends. I enjoyed our chat about our shared passion for this incredible sport. Interesting and funny! Such a shame I couldnt play with you on the football field! Carles Puyol (@Carles5puyol) December 1, 201720.00 IST: Just half an hour to go for the draw and the preparations are on.Photo Credit: FIFA 19.57 IST: Zabivaka is the mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.19.55 IST: The coach of Nigeria is looking forward to a battle with Germany.????@NGSuperEagles coach Gernot Rohr was one of the first to arrive at the #WorldCupDraw !”Drawing Germany would be very nice but for my mother it would be difficult – because she is for Germany!” ????????? #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 201719.50 IST: Here’s what Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar have to say about the final draw.19.45 IST: Thomas Mueller is waiting to know which group he’s going to be a part of come 2018.I’m curious about the @FIFAWorldCup draw… #esmuellert #DieMannschaft #DFB #WM2018 Thomas Mller (@esmuellert_) December 1, 201719.40 IST: The drawing assistants are getting ready for the final draw.Getting ready! Preparndonos para #Rusia2018 Diego Forlan (@DiegoForlan7) December 1, 201719.30 IST: Just an hour for the World Cup draw to begin and the dignitaries are all arriving.???@DiegoForlan7, @marceldesailly, Fernando Hierro & @10RonaldinhoThese guys know all about the nerves before a #WorldCupDraw and the thrill of playing in a #WorldCup, too! #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 2017????´????????´ó?ó?ó?ó?ó?ó?????????The coaches are arriving thick and fast at the State Kremlin Palace! #WorldCupDraw #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 2017BRIEF PREVIEWThe 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is all set to begin mid June next year and the final draw for the same will be happening in Moscow today.Former English footballer Gary Lineker play host for the event along with Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya.The 32 participating nations in the World Cup next year are: Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France, Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Croatia, Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran, Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia.Ahead of tomorrow’s #WorldCupDraw, we’ve got all the information you need to prepare, all in one place??? #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) November 30, 2017The teams have been divided into four pots according to their rankings in a descending order. The teams with the highest ranks are in the first pot while the lowest-ranked are in Pot 4, the only exception being Russia, who are in Pot 1 by virtue of being the hosts.According to the rules of the draw, no group can have more than one team per confederation, with the exception being Europe, since there are 14 European teams qualified for the World Cup. However, there will be only one or two European teams in each group.The teams will be divided into eight groups of four teams each.The draw itself will last for 30 minutes and the rest of the ceremony will include a musical performances by Russian singer Alsou and Portuguese-American guitarist Nuno Betancourt.Laurent Blanc, Gordon Banks, Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Diego Forlan, Diego Maradona, Carles Puyol and Nikita Simonyan will be the the drawing assistants.Great Defense ??? #cafu #blanc #puyol #worldcup #russia2018 Fabio Cannavaro (@fabiocannavaro) December 1, 2017German football legend Miroslav Klose has been tasked with bringing the trophy to the stage.last_img read more

Shani Davis Flops at Sochi

first_imgSOCHI, Russia – For the Dutch, another gold medal at the speedskating oval. For Shani Davis, a stunning defeat.Davis’ shot at Olympic history ended Feb. 12 at Adler Arena when Stefan Groothuis won gold for the Netherlands in the 1,000 meters, ending the American’s hopes of becoming the first male speedskater to win the same event at three straight Olympics.After Davis completed the first full lap of the 2½-lap race, it was clear his reign was over. He crossed the line more than seventh-tenths of a second behind Groothuis’ winning time of 1 minute, 8.39 seconds.On the cool-down lap from a performance that would leave him in eighth place, Davis simply stared at the ice, his skates far apart. When the final pair was done, he went over to Groothuis and gave him a congratulatory slap on the back.Groothuis, who has struggled with depression and once contemplated suicide, earned the fourth gold medal in five speedskating events for the Dutch at these Winter Games.For good measure, 500 champion Michel Mulder took the bronze, giving the Netherlands 10 out of a possible 15 medals overall through the first five events — a dominating performance that sets them up to crush the record for most speedskating medals by a country at a single Olympics.Canada’s Denny Morrison took the silver in 1:08.43. He wasn’t even scheduled to compete in the event, but got in when a teammate gave up his spot. Mulder was third in 1:08.74.Davis’ time was 1:09.12 — a bitter disappointment for an American team that came to Sochi with high hopes but has yet to earn a spot on the podium. Brian Hansen of Glenview, Ill., was ninth and broke down in tears afterward. Joey Mantia of Ocala, Fla., was 15th and Jonathan Garcia of Houston 28th.(Paul Newberry, AP National Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

The Five Best Spring and Summer Shirts Under $50

first_img Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini Editors’ Recommendations Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made A Good Waxed Jacket Is the Best Jacket to Wear This Season Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors Summer is rapidly approaching, so now is the time to build your warm weather shirt rotation. With the increased activity and travel of the outdoor weather seasons, any guy knows that its important to find essential and versatile pieces of clothing that can be worn to both the office and the beach; can fit in at a swanky air conditioned lounge and at a sweaty outdoor concert.Any guy will also tell you that the summer is all about saving as much money as you can so you can make that extra trip to the ocean, get that extra concert ticket for the girl you just met, and splurge on that extra six pack for the roof top barbecue. No one wants to be cheap, but every guy wants to fit as much fun within his budget as possible.With that kind of diversity and affordability in mind, we at the Manual decided that we would make life easier for our readers and collect what we think are the five best summer shirts under $50.00. Since the range of shirt use was important, we had to limit our selections to button-downs—though we understand how important a good t-shirt can be.All images courtesy of manufacturer. The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weatherlast_img read more

Shop Class – Touch of Modern

first_img How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt Three years ago Jerry Hum and three college friends launched Touch of Modern, a men’s online discount shopping destination, after noticing that Web-based retail sites for men were rare. Today their site, which offers everything from furniture and outdoor activity gear to clothing, high-end watches and motion-sensitive bathroom nightlights, has more than 7 million registered users and has done almost $100 million in sales. Hum recently shared what makes Touch of Modern a go-to destination for guys, who, according to his thriving company’s stats, make up 42 percent of the now massive $300 billion e-commerce market….Why did you start Touch of Modern?No one was really serving our customer. A lot of the other e-commerce sites out there were really geared toward women and also discount shoppers and people who were looking for clearance items. We were really interested in high design and also things that appeal to enthusiasts and people who have hobbies and things like that. Men are niche and now nobody questions it. It used to be in the beginning that people thought men don’t shop for themselves and they don’t really buy. There wasn’t a destination out there that was really catered to them. Traditional retail in general is catered toward the way women shop. They’ve taken what is at the mall and they have put it online. Whereas with us we’ve explored how men shop, what they want and what grabs their attention.What sets Touch of Modern apart?Our customers are really underserved. When they find a site like ours they really latch on. It’s something that really sticks with them. They return, on average, ten times a month. We actually release about 250 new products a day and we have about 5,000 different vendors total. The way we merchandise is not like a lot of other sites. For us it’s about what’s cool, what’s unique and what’s the story behind each product. And if it is interesting it is interesting. We sell across all different categories and all different price points.What is your best-selling category?Watches sell really well for us because those span a wide range of prices. And there is a real enthusiast community around them.Who is the Touch of Modern guy?He is 25 to 45 and lives in major metropolitan areas like New York or San Francisco and has some disposable income.How do you promote the products featured on the site?Mostly we do it by brand. We are looking for the most interesting stories that are out there. And it’s kind of like a daily feed of what is cool and interesting about what is being produced.How has the shop adapted over the years?We constantly evolve with what we are putting out there. And that is the advantage we have over traditional retail. We are not locked into a season. We put it up. We are constantly getting feedback and that’s how we get better.What are the delivery times?They vary a lot. A lot of our stuff will ship very quickly. About a third of our stuff will arrive within a week and the rest of our stuff will be in the one to two week range.What is the price range of merchandise on the site?We will have something as inexpensive as two dollars all the way up to $50,000.How would you describe the gist of Touch of Modern? It is a treat. It’s not commodity goods. It’s not things that you need and are going to be at CVS. It’s stuff that is going to make you feel good. We sell wants. Editors’ Recommendations Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip End the Stigma and Start the Conversation About Men’s Mental Health Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Pornlast_img read more

Abu Dhabi Terminals Orders Konecranes ASC System

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) has selected Konecranes to be the supplier of an automated stacking crane (ASC) system for the second phase expansion of its container terminal in Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT).As informed, ADT has placed an order with Konecranes for a total of 54 automated rail mounted gantry (ARMG) cranes.The value of the deal has not been disclosed.Konecranes has previously delivered 52 ARMG cranes for the first phase of KPCT, which went live in December 2012.The second phase involves a large expansion of the terminal area, infrastructure and container handling equipment including the delivery of 54 Konecranes ARMGs.ADT has, along with Abu Dhabi Ports’ multi-billion-dirham port expansion project and the Khalifa Port South Island project, embarked on the expansion of KPCT. This project will see the terminal’s capacity grow from its current 2.5 million TEU to 5.5 million TEU by 2021.last_img read more

Two Oyster Areas Identified with Malpeque Disease

first_imgA common disease affecting the healthy growth of oysters has been detected in the waters of St. Anns Harbour and Orangedale in Cape Breton, the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture announced today, Nov. 8. While there are no human health concerns related to this problem Malepeque disease is an infection that can cause damage to oyster beds creating issues for fishermen and oyster farmers. Since 1915, when the first symptoms were recorded, there have been significant losses to oyster beds throughout the Maritimes. These stocks did rebound as the oyster population developed a tolerance to the infection. The Bras d’Or Lakes were considered the last area in the Maritimes to be free of the problem. The Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture is working with the farmers, fishermen and First Nations, and government agencies such as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to gather and share information. Harvesting of oysters for market is continuing because there is no human health risk. All oysters removed for processing are sent to facilities approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. For more information contact the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture at 902-893-6539 .last_img read more

Helmets Mandatory on Nova Scotias Ski Hills

first_img anyone 16 years of age or older is responsible to ensure they are wearing a helmet parents or guardians are responsible to ensure anyone under 16 in their care is wearing a helmet ski hill operators are responsible to ensure signs are posted making users aware of mandatory helmet use if an inspector sees a violation, the individual could face up to a $250 fine for each offence. The legislation would come into effect Nov.1. The province is taking steps to reduce ski-related head injuries and protect Nova Scotians who take to the slopes, with legislation introduced today, Dec. 6. The legislation will make wearing ski helmets mandatory for all ages. “Many Nova Scotians enjoy activities like skiing and snowboarding to stay active over the winter months, but these are activities that should be enjoyed safely,” said Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health and Wellness. “Wearing a helmet greatly reduces the risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury and could be the one thing on the hill that saves a life.” Since 2000, there have been 11 traumatic brain injuries attributed to people skiing or snowboarding without a helmet in Nova Scotia. The Snowsport Helmet Act will be the first legislation of its kind in the world, and will continue to position Nova Scotia as a leader in helmet safety. Recognized for its wheeled activities legislation, requiring people of all ages to wear helmets when cycling, Nova Scotia reports the highest rate of bike helmet use in North America, with the lowest rate of cycling-related brain injuries in Canada. Lynne Fenerty, research manager with the QEII Health Sciences Centre division of neurosurgery said the incidence of skiing-related brain injuries is increasing and that most of these injuries are preventable. “Head injuries are the leading cause of death among skiers of all ages, and helmet-use reduces the risk for skiers by up to 60 per cent,” said Ms. Fenerty. “We have worked with ski hill operators in the past to improve helmet use, and I would like to commend them on their leadership. “In spite of these initiatives, a quarter of skiers and snowboarders still remain vulnerable. This legislation will help ensure that all Nova Scotians remain safer on the slopes.” Highlights from the legislation include:last_img read more

Chasemasters choke

first_imgBirmingham: For once India’s famed batting line-up showed lack of urgency to come up 31 runs short. Captain Virat Kohli (66) and deputy Rohit Sharma (102) played stellar knocks, however, they lost sight of the run-rate while they went about their business. Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant hit some lusty blows to keep India in the hunt. However, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav showed a complete lack of intent to help England’s quest of a semi-final slot. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chiefEarlier, ton-up Jonny Bairstow’s scathing attack on spin twins Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Singh headlined a dominant English batting performance, leaving India with a tough 338-run chase in a World Cup encounter here Sunday. Bairstow (111 off 109 balls), along with fit-again Jason Roy (66 off 57 balls), added 160 for the first wicket on a track where Kuldeep (1/72 in 10 overs) and Chahal (0/88 in 10 overs) had a forgettable day. Ben Stokes (79 off 54 balls) then used the platform to give the total an imposing look in a do-or-die game for the hosts. Mohammed Shami (5 for 69) got his maiden five-wicket haul but even he lost his bearings in the last two overs. Jasprit Bumrah (1/44 in 10 overs) was amazing as ever, being the only Indian bowler to finish with a sub-5 economy rate and the only maiden of the innings.last_img read more

MI eye revenge against KXIP

first_imgMumbai: Revenge will be on their mind when Mumbai Indians lock horns with Kings XI Punjab, the hosts looking to stretch their winning run in the Indian Premier League here on Wednesday. The previous encounter between the two teams in Mohali had ended in a comprehensive eight-wicket win for Kings XI, but home conditions at the Wankhede Stadium are expected to favour MI. MI enter the match high on confidence following successive victories over holders Chennai Super Kings and last edition’s finalists Sunrisers Hyderabad. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSignificantly both these victories came mostly because of MI’s all-round bowling strength as the bowlers defended totals successfully. MI are also blessed with splendid batting firepower in the end overs from West Indian Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya. Kings XI, who too have been given a shot-in-the-arm by their six-wicket victory Monday night over Sunrisers, need to chip away at the top of the MI batting as well as ensure that the big-striking Pollard and Hardik don’t take away the game like they did when carving 45 runs in the last two overs against CSK to turn the game around. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterMI don’t even have anyone in the top-20 run scorers’ list this season, an indication of the depth in their batting, and have a superior fast bowling attack bolstered by the inclusion of West Indian pacer, Alzarri Joseph, who blew away Sunrisers with his record-breaking haul of 6/12 in Hyderabad in their previous game. The hosts have a formidable pace attack with Jasprit Bumrah and left-arm Jason Behrendorff also there, along with Joseph and Hardik, to utilise the bounce and carry on the Wankhede track. Kings XI, third on the table with eight points, have been top heavy in batting with K L Rahul and Mayank Agarwal leading the way with 200-plus aggregates and the indomitable Gayle too not far behind. In bowling, skipper Ravichandran Ashwin (7 wickets) has done well in five out of six games that the team has played and has got good support from the likes of Sam Curran, Mohammed Shami and Murugan Ashwin.last_img read more

To make police stations spacious and clean cops shift over 6000 vehicles

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to maintain cleanliness inside and outside police stations in the city, the Delhi Police had shifted more than 6,000 vehicles, which comes under case properties, lying in the police stations to different auto ponds/centralised malkhanas. Sources said that under the process, possibilities are there that more than 40,000 vehicles likely to be removed soon.Police sources told Millennium Post that in his crime review meetings, the Delhi Police Commissioner has taken stocks from districts and units DCPs regarding the shifting of vehicles. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”In a recent meeting which held in police headquarters, the police chief reviewed the update on the progress of shifting vehicles in different districts and units,” sources said. They further added that as many as 6,233 vehicles were shifted to auto pounds where the confiscated, recovered vehicles are kept with proper details of the case in which they were involved. The facility of a auto ponds is only to decongest police station. Sources further added that one of the districts shifted 1,117 vehicles whereas two districts separately moved more than 600 vehicles. Rest of the districts shifted over 3,000 vehicles. Two units of Railways and Special Cell shifted as many as 71 vehicles. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSources further revealed that there are possibilities of having 41,543 vehicles that might be shifted to auto ponds. A senior police officer said that bigger case properties such as vehicles, equipment and furniture are sometimes damaged by weather. “Also during the rainy season, the water gets collected in the vehicles and became breeding ground for mosquitoes. Through shifting, cleanliness will be there in the police stations,” added the officer. Another officer said that it will also make the police stations beautiful and spacious. Apart from all the city, police also inaugurated e-Malkhana in which the case property has been given a proper identity packed in a cover with a barcode in it. “Details of the case property are first entered into the software, followed by uploading of its photograph. The case property is packed in a cardboard box to prevent damage, and a unique barcode is generated which is pasted on the box,” said police.last_img read more

Record food purchases from developing nations helps UN agency save more lives

The food came from 96 nations, including Ethiopia, Viet Nam and Guatemala, and helped people affected by the epic flooding in Pakistan, the earthquake in Haiti, and the drought in the Sahel region of Africa, according to the agency, which released its report on 2010 purchasing earlier today in Geneva.“More than 80 per cent of all food WFP bought last year came from developing countries,” Executive Director Josette Sheeran said in a statement. “During a time of record food prices, this investment saves lives and protects livelihoods by harnessing the purchasing power of WFP, one of the largest food buyers in the world, to invest in the agricultural economies of developing nations and deliver food assistance directly to the hungry poor who are most affected by natural disasters, wars and displacement.” The agency’s capacity to efficiently purchase has been enhanced by the growing quota of cash contributions and by new and innovative hunger tools, including advance purchase mechanisms that allow the use of cash to buy in advance and in bulk when prices are lower, Ms. Sheeran noted.“This approach allows us to save money, save delivery time and – most importantly – save lives.”Through a groundbreaking agreement signed in December 2010, WFP will buy enough wheat directly from farmers in Afghanistan to help feed more than 500,000 people in the country for three months, marking the largest local purchase ever by the agency.The effort is part of the agency’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative, through which it buys surplus from local farmers for its aid operations, thereby helping to boost agricultural production and incomes in developing nations. 11 February 2011The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) procured $1.25 billion in food commodities last year, including the purchase of more food than ever before from developing nations, enabling the agency to save money, delivery time and human lives while helping to boost agricultural production and incomes. read more

Registration opens for Brock Days 2012

Brock Days brochureRegistration has officially opened for Brock Days – the University’s homecoming and community celebration – taking place Friday, Sept. 21 to Sunday, Sept. 30.This annual event is the perfect opportunity for the Brock community to come together — students, faculty, staff, and alumni.Brock Days is anchored by two festivities-filled weekends — Alumni Weekend and Community Weekend — and offers engaging student events.Alumni Weekend happens Sept. 21 to 23 and is a great opportunity for graduates to reconnect, rediscover and remember.There are numerous events taking place, such as the annual Alumni Association Golf Tournament, “Back-to-Class” breakout sessions, the prestigious Fine Food, Fine Wine, Fine Art culinary experience, alumni pub night and a Niagara-on-the-Lake alumni wine tour.This year’s Alumni Weekend keynote speaker is Peter Goodspeed (BA ’78), a Brock grad and award-winning journalist with almost four decades of experience. Goodspeed will share his extraordinary insights into war correspondence and the future of international reporting.Back-to-ClassCommunity Weekend runs Sept. 28 to 30 and features the much-anticipated and messiest tradition at Brock, the annual Grape Stomp. Other highlights include the Niagara Wine Festival Grande Parade and an Isaac’s Army ‘hype day’ for Brock rugby and lacrosse.Student events will happen throughout both weekends, including a pub night, Brock Cares day of service, Past is Present community scavenger hunt and many athletic events.“I had a great time at Brock Days. I’m so proud to be a Badger,” said Jennifer Hall (BTS ’08).So why not call your intramural buddies, email your University roommates, update your friends on Facebook and tweet your followers to ask them to join you in celebrating Brock Days 2012.For full event listings, to view the flip-book brochure and to register visit: about highlights of Brock Days 2011.Brock Days promo video read more

Afghanistan intensive diplomatic efforts underway at UN

The United Nations Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, today said that the country’s neighbours have welcomed the reported general amnesty issued by the United Front following its capture of the key northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. In a statement released Saturday after a meeting of the political directors of the “Six-plus-Two” Group, Mr. Brahimi said “they urge all parties to the conflict to observe fully the principles and requirements of international humanitarian and human rights law. They also called upon all parties to facilitate the immediate return of international staff to Mazar-i-Sharif to respond to urgent humanitarian and other needs.”The Group comprises Afghanistan’s six neighbours – China, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – as well as the United States and the Russian Federation.The envoy also shared his assessment of the situation in Afghanistan in a meeting with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and US President George W. Bush, who reviewed the situation within the country, including humanitarian aspects, as well as in the region as a whole, according to a statement released by the UN afterwards.Mr. Annan and President Bush also discussed how best to bring stability to Afghanistan once the military action was over as well as efforts to establish a broad-based government. President Bush emphasized his wish to work closely with the UN in this regard. read more

South Carolina starter Minaya to have surgery

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina starting forward Justin Minaya will have surgery on his right knee this week and be out indefinitely.Gamecocks coach Frank Martin announced Minaya’s status Tuesday. Martin says the 6-foot-5 sophomore Minaya would begin rehab immediately, although a timetable for his return would be determined after the operation. Minaya hurt himself in practice this past Sunday. He missed Monday night’s 81-61 loss to Southern Conference opponent Wofford.Minaya is the son of ex-New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya.The younger Minaya started 30 games as a freshman for the Gamecocks (3-2) where he averaged nearly eight points and more than four rebounds.___More AP college basketball: and Associated Press read more

Political parties urged to commit to reversing NHS drug rationing plans

first_imgTablets The letter comes as political parties prepare to publish their manifestos for the election.Caroline Harding, chief executive of Genetic Disorders UK said: “Under these plans, some of the most critically ill patients are being denied access to potentially life-changing treatments.“Any decision to ration access to medicines should be taken by ministers, not unelected officials.”Kay Boycott, chief executive, Asthma UK, said: “There is a real risk that these plans will turn the clock back on access to life transforming treatment.”Sarah Vibert, chief executive, Neurological Alliance, said: “Politicians from all sides should pledge to rethink these damaging proposals.“It is completely unacceptable that patients with neurological conditions risk being denied access to treatment solely on the basis of cost.None of the parties have formally published their manifestos. But the draft Labour manifesto, leaked last week, said: “Labour will tackle the growing problem of rationing of services and medicines across England, taking action to address postcode lotteries and making sure that the quality of care you receive does not depend on which part of the country you live in. We will ensure that NHS patients get fast access to the most effective new drugs and treatments.”Jonathan Ashworth, shadow Health Secretary, said: “There is a real and growing worry that Theresa May’s ongoing underfunding of the NHS means patients just aren’t getting access to new medicines. Patients need fast access to medicines and treatments which are recommended by Nice as being clinically and cost effective. Labour is committed removing the barriers which are being put in place and to ensuring that NHS patients get fast access to the most effective new drugs and treatments.”A Conservative spokesman said: “NHS spending on medicines and treatments is now second only to staffing costs – in fact, the NHS in England spent more than £15 billion on medicines last year, a rise of nearly 20 per cent since Labour left office. But we can only ensure more patients than ever get outstanding care if we continue to invest in the NHS on the back of a strong economy – something Jeremy Corbyn and the other parties who’d prop him up in Downing Street simply could not do.”Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Norman Lamb said:  “This is a shameful retreat from the core principle of the NHS, that treatment should be available to patients regardless of their ability to pay.“The rationing of treatments is an inevitable consequences of this government’s chronic underfunding of the NHS. NHS England is caught between a rock and a hard place because they simply don’t have enough resources. Cancer, diabetes and asthma patients are all likely to be hit by the measures Credit:Geoffrey Kidd/Alamy More than 30 charities have written to the three party leaders urging them to commit to reversing NHS measures to increase rationing of medicines.Health officials last month brought in new thresholds which mean access to one in five treatments could be delayed or restricted.Under the rules, all drugs expected to cost the NHS a total more than £20 million a year will be checked against new “affordability criteria”.The cost threshold set by NHS England could affect medicines costing as little eight pence a day, if used commonly enough, as well as high cost medicines used for rare diseases.Rationing body the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has said it is likely to affect around 20 per cent of drugs it assesses, with the process including changes that the head of its rationing body has previously described as “unfair”.In an open letter to Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron, the charities – which include Parkinson’s UK, the Children’s Heart Federation and the MS Society – ask all the parties to commit to reversing the changes.The signatories – all members of the Specialised Healthcare Alliance – said that the measures “stand to restrict and ration treatments for people with rare and complex conditions, and were implemented without the agreement of Parliament.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Patients could die while waiting for the right treatment, charities have warned Credit:Paul Grover Pills last_img read more

Joy Global takes Smart Services to worldwide fleet level with IBM

first_imgJoy Global, a worldwide leader in high-productivity mining solutions, has selected IBM Big Data and Analytics technology to improve mining machine performance through integration with Joy Global Smart Service. The technology will include IBM’s advanced predictive analytics software and optimisation solutions.Joy Global Smart Services offers real-time analytics that predict machine failures and recommend preventative actions for individual Smart Services customers. The cloud-based, mobile-enabled, IBM solution will allow Joy Global to take Smart Services from the individual customer level to the worldwide fleet level – giving Joy Global the ability to analyse big data from all Smart Services-connected Joy Global mining machines. Joy Global and IBM expect that the ability to analyse and compare operating data from Joy Global’s worldwide fleet of installed machines will enable Joy Global to more quickly identify anomalies in machine performance, leading to continuous improvement of its mining machine products. Joy Global customers will benefit from improved machine availability, utilisation and productivity, as well as lower operating costs.Ben Snyman, Vice President, Product Management, Joy Global Underground Mining said: “Joy Global is always looking to become a more efficient and effective partner for our valued customers around the world. Applying IBM’s Big Data products and expertise will result in a very significant and highly differentiated business advantage – not only for Joy Global, but also for Joy Global customers.”The new solution will help Joy Global increase productivity and lower operating costs for Smart Services customers, which include underground surface companies that mine coal, copper, iron ore, oil sands, gold and other mineral resources.Jerry Kurtz, Vice President and Partner, IBM Strategy and Analytics Consulting Practice said: “Joy Global’s goal is to help its customers increase production and reduce operating costs, while maintaining a focus on zero harm, in a highly technical and challenging industry. IBM will help Joy Global boost its Smart Services through the innovative design and implementation of a truly holistic Big Data and analytics solution.”last_img read more

Has gangland crime affected you or your community

first_imgCommittee chair David Stanton TD said the Oireachtas group is interested in hearing what additional steps could be taken to protect citizens and communities affected by gangland crime.“The increase in gangland or organised crime, along with the rise in the level of violence involved in those crimes, has a huge impact on many communities throughout the country and is an issue of concern, not just for those communities, but for society as a whole,” Stanton said.Groups and individuals are invited to make concise email submissions by 3pm Friday 19 September to The committee advises that submissions should not contain any unnecessary material unrelated to the issue of gangland crime and its impact on the community.Anyone submitting material to the committee should be aware that the information they provide could be published as part of McGrath’s report or separately by the committee. They should also note that the committee may invite contributors to public hearings, if they consider it necessary.More: 16-year-old has three fingers cut off by criminal gang in “barbaric” attack > THE OIREACHTAS JUSTICE Committee is seeking written submissions from the public about the impact of gangland crime on communities across Ireland.The submissions will help inform a report on gangland crime being compiled by TD Finian McGrath on the committee’s behalf.McGrath said he would welcome submissions from groups and from individuals to help form his report’s recommendations on gangland crime:The realities of gangland crime are felt in many housing estates and neighbourhoods throughout Ireland where people live in fear from savage and brutal criminals who destroy the very fabric of our communities with intimidation, violence, drug-trafficking and anti-social behaviour. Dáil Justisce Comm hs asked me to do work on Gangland Crime and effects on our Community. I am open to ideas.— Finian McGrath (@FinianMcGrathTD) July 28, 2014center_img Source: Finian McGrath/Twitterlast_img read more