The Aam Aadmi Party will begin its ‘Punjab Yatra’ across the State on May 1 to identify the issues of public importance that can be raised in the upcoming Punjab Assembly session. AAP MLA and leader of opposition in Punjab Assembly H.S. Phoolka on Saturday said the motive of the “yatra’’ is to reach the people at grass-root level and know their problems.“This “yatra’’ will begin on May 1 from Amritsar. We will ask the people about their issues and compile questions based on it, which will be raised in the State assembly,” said Mr. Phoolka here at a press conference. Mr. Phoolka along with other party leaders, including Aman Arora, Pirmal Singh Dhaula, Kulwant Singh Pandori, Jagtar Singh Hissowal and Amarjit Singh Sandhoa, raised concerns over terrible law and order situation in the State. “Nothing has changed with the change of guard in the State and Congress leaders are behaving worse than Akalis,” said Mr. Phoolka, quoting an incident of Congress MLA Ramanjit Sikki threatening a police officer to work as per the directions of Congress leaders or to be ready for consequences.
Nagpur – The Maharashtra Legislative Council was adjourned for the third consecutive day on Wednesday following heated exchanges between members of the ruling and opposition parties.Members from both sides marched to the well of the Council thrice and shouted slogans in front of the Chairman. Members of the ruling dispensation alleged that their counterparts in the Opposition were stalling proceedings by misusing their majority in the Council. The opposition members accused the government of running away from the debate on the loan waiver.Dhananjay Munde, Leader of Opposition in the State Council, said, “The business of the day must be suspended and we should start debates on issues such as the loan waiver and the agricultural crisis in the State.”Meanwhile, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Girish Bapat said that the government was ready for debate and requested members of the House to maintain order. He said, “There is a discussion scheduled on the issue. We shall go ahead with that. But the Opposition must let the House function.” However, members of the opposition continued to shout slogans and Deputy Chairman Manikrao Thakre adjourned the House for the day. Leader of the House and Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said, “The opposition is trying to shut our voices on the basis of majority. We will approach the Governor.”Peasant and Workers Party leader Jayant Patil refuted the charges. He said, “Raising farmers’ issues is not suppressing voices but empowering them. The government is insensitive to farmers’ issues.” read more
Days after the Central Bureau of Investigation filed a closure report giving a clean chit to the accused in the 2015 Bargari sacrilege case, the Punjab government on Wednesday said the report should be immediately withdrawn to ensure further detailed investigations in the matter. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said the CBI had not only overlooked certain crucial aspects of the investigation but had also failed in its duty to identify the culprits and bring them to book, as was expected of the premier agency.Demanding reopening of the case for further investigations by the country’s top investigative agency, Capt. Amarinder said: “For reasons best known to them”, the CBI had unexpectedly closed the case in an unusually hurried manner, which raised several questions on its handling of the matter.“Many aspects of the case, including financial transactions and linkages with foreign-based entities, had been conveniently ignored in the CBI probe,” said the Chief Minister in a statement here, seeking a review of the closure decision.“The CBI had also not identified and examined certain key witnesses, suspects whose examination could have shed light on the cases,” he added.Three cases The previous Punjab government had, in November 2015, handed over to the CBI investigation of three sacrilege cases — theft of a ‘bir’ of Guru Granth Sahib from Burj Jawahar Singh Wala Gurdwara on June 1, 2015; putting up of hand-written sacrilegious posters in Bargari and Burj Jawahar Singh Wala on September 25; and torn pages of the holy book being found at Bargari on October 12, 2015.The CBI, it may be recalled, had filed its closure report on July 4, giving a clean chit to the accused in the 2015 Bargari sacrilege case. The agency had rejected the findings of the Punjab Police SIT in the case.The Chief Minister pointed out that the CBI was controlled by the Central government, led by the BJP which was an ally of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal at the time of the sacrilege incident. ‘Highly questionable’“The needle of suspicion in the Bargari case had been pointed at SAD by the Justice Ranjit Singh (retd) Commission,” he observed, adding that, given this context, the CBI decision to file closure report was highly questionable. read more
Madison Keys, of the United States, returns a shot from Sloane Stephens, of the United States, during the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)Madison Keys surveyed the wreckage of her US Open rout at the hands of close friend Sloane Stephens and told the new champion to foot the bar bill when the championship party starts.Keys, the 15th seed, was trounced 6-3, 6-0 by world number 83 Stephens in a one-sided final that lasted just over an hour.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES READ: Stephens wins first Grand Slam, routs Keys for US Open titleBut Keys fully expected her pal to make up for the pain she caused.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Of course I will go to the celebration, I would 100% go. She can buy me drinks, all of the drinks,” said Keys.Stephens would have no problem in funding the party after her win on Saturday earned a staggering $3.7 million (3.07 million euros). Make it 17: Indians win 17th straight, beat Orioles Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president The 22-year-old Keys had undergone a second left wrist surgery after the French Open before winning a July title at Stanford.But her problems on Saturday were more in the mind than with the body.“I definitely think my play today came down to nerves and all of that, and I just don’t think I handled the occasion perfectly,” admitted Keys, playing in her first Slam final.“I was obviously nervous all morning. Sloane’s a tough opponent to play when you’re not making a lot of balls, but then, at the same time, she’s not going to miss, either. “I didn’t totally know what to do once I got on the court, which just intensifies those nerves even more. So I was definitely not feeling 100% good on the court at any point.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments The brutal statistics illustrate her lack of cutting edge in the final.Keys, the youngest finalist in New York since 19-year-old Caroline Wozniacki lost to Kim Clijsters in 2009, went into the match having fired 34 aces in the tournament.But Saturday saw her manage just three.Keys also committed 30 unforced errors to Stephens’s six.“I didn’t play my best tennis today. I’m really disappointed,” said Keys.“But if you told me as I was getting on a plane to go have my second surgery that I could have a Grand Slam finalist trophy in my hands at the end of the year, I think I’d be really happy. “I think I mostly learned that I’m a fighter. No matter what, I can figure things out. In a couple of days, I will be really happy, but right now still a little bit disappointed.”Keys said she was not surprised that Stephens had become a first-time Grand Slam champion even if her friend was ranked at 957 just under two months ago after missing 11 months with a left foot injury.“I don’t think as a 13-year-old you have that ability to think that far in the future,” she added.“But when she made her semi-final run in Australia (2015), I think we all saw how great she was — I’m definitely not surprised that she was able to do this.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients read more
The athletes’ village for Rio 2016 has been unveiled to international media as the city ramped up final preparations for this year’s Olympic Games.The milestone coincided with Olympic Day on Thursday — the official anniversary of the International Olympic Committee — and marked one month almost to the day until the first athletes are expected to arrive at the complex. (Also read: USA forward LeBron James to skip Rio Olympics) The village will be home to more than 17,000 athletes and officials during the Olympics and 6,000 people during the Paralympics.It includes a 24-hour gym, multi-faith center, florist, convenience stores, bank, post office, hairdresser and beauty salon. A vast food hall will serve more than 60,000 meals a day during the Games period.’WELL-PREPARED TEAM’ According to village director Mario Cilenti, a training program for village volunteers will be held next week.”Having a well-prepared team is fundamental to the success of the village,” Cilenti told Rio2016.com.JANETH ARCAIN NAMED MAYOR Brazilian basketball great Janeth Arcain has been named mayor of the village. Among her task will be to welcome athletes and officials to the village and ensure all their needs are catered for.”For me, taking on this role is like winning a medal,” Arcain said.The now retired 47-year-old holds the record for the most Olympic points scored. She was a member of the Brazil team that won the 2004 world championship and picked up silver and bronze medals for Brazil at the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Olympics respectively.The Olympics will be held from August 5-21 and the Paralympics from September 7-18.advertisement read more
Argentinian footballing legend Maradona said that he preferred compatriot Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo all the while dubbing the Portugal captain an “incredible” player.”I can’t remember having seen Lionel Messi play badly,” Maradona told TyCSports.”I prefer Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo but I acknowledge that the latter is an animal. He’s incredible,” said the 1986 World Cup winner.Speaking from Dubai, where he now lives, Maradona added that he’d wished Ronaldo, who is Portuguese, was Argentinian.”He makes me think of Gabriel Batistuta,” the Argentina striker who starred at three World Cup finals. “As soon as he touched the ball, it was a goal.”Turning back to Messi, Maradona said the Barcelona player was still the world’s best despite not having won a World Cup.”Alone, he will not be able to win the World Cup. You need a solid team for that.”Football history will remember Messi,” said Maradona.”Football has given him a lot, as much as he has given the sport and to win a World Cup, in my opinion, wouldn’t bring himself anything else. read more
NEWARK — A month shy of 43, Jaromir Jagr is still setting scoring records.Jagr scored three times to pass Gordie Howe and become the oldest NHL player to record a hat trick, leading New Jersey to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.Jagr had his 15th career hat trick — and first since 2006. Howe was 41 in 1969 when he had a three-goal game.“It’s not easy to score in this league anymore,” the Czech star said. “With the videos, the preparation, the systems they play, plus the goaltenders are so good. I am happy for every opportunity to score goals.”Jagr has 714 goals and is only three behind Phil Esposito in fifth place all-time in the NHL.The line of Jagr, Adam Henrique and Scott Gomez combined for four goals and eight points, helping the Devils end a two-game skid with their third victory in 13 games.In other games around the league, Nashville eked out a wild 7-6 win over Los Angeles in overtime, Montreal beat Pittsburgh 4-1 to move into first place in the Eastern Conference, and St. Louis ended a five-game road losing streak with a 7-2 win over San Jose.In Los Angeles, Roman Josi scored 18 seconds into overtime after Pekka Rinne gave up three goals in the final 2:01 of regulation to blow a commanding lead for the Predators.Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson scored goals 1:22 apart in the first period, Mattias Ekholm and Mark Acrobello scored 1:41 apart in the second, and the Predators also got goals from Ryan Ellis and Olli Jokinen in opening a 5-1 lead.Dwight King, Alec Martinez and Jeff Carter each scored during the Kings’ late third-period burst.Montreal’s Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais scored early in the first period and Carey Price stopped 30 shots for his 22nd win of the season for the Canadiens.Montreal won its sixth straight overall and fifth in a row on the road. The Canadiens (26-11-2) top the East standings with 54 points, one clear of the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh.T.J. Oshie scored his second career hat trick to move past the 100-goal milestone in his career in the Blues’ win.Alexander Steen and Kevin Shattenkirk each had a goal and three assists, and Jaden Schwartz and Dmitrij Jaskin also scored for the Blues, who got their second win in the past eight games.The Sharks have lost four of five.Elsewhere, Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and Rick Nash scored power-play goals 2:32 apart in the first period as the surging New York Rangers rolled past slumping Buffalo 6-1. The Rangers won for the 10th time in 11 games.Dallas, Phoenix and Winnipeg also posted high-scoring wins.The Stars scored six or more goals in consecutive games for the first time since 1997, beating Minnesota 7-1. Dallas had shut out Arizona 6-0 on Wednesday.Phoenix got two goals from Sam Gagner to beat Columbus 6-3, and Bryan Little had a goal and two assists to give Winnipeg a 5-1 win over Toronto.Ottawa topped Boston 3-2 in overtime and Vancouver beat Detroit 4-1 in the night’s other games. TweetPinShare0 Shares read more
Updated 4:39pm 6/28/17WOODBURY COUNTY SHERIFF DAVE DREW SAYS HE WILL NOT ALLOW GUNS INTO THE WOODBURY COUNTY COURTHOUSE.THE SHERIFF IS IN CHARGE OF THE SECURITY OF THE BUILDING AND SAYS HE WILL ABIDE BY LAST WEEK’S ORDER BY THE IOWA SUPREME COURT TO BAN WEAPONS FROM THE STATE’S COURTHOUSES:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/NOGUNS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…IOWA SUPREME COURT. ;21TUESDAY, THE WOODBURY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS VOTED TO ALLOW GUNS IN THE COURTHOUSE, EXCEPT FOR COURTROOMS, CITING A LAW PASSED BY THE IOWA LEGISLATURE IN THE SPRING.DREW WAS OUT OF TOWN WHEN THE BOARD TOOK THEIR VOTE BUT WAS PREPARED FOR THEIR DECISION:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/NOGUNS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………FRUSTRATING PART. :18THE SHERIFF SAYS HE WILL NOT ABIDE BY THE BOARD’S DECISION TO IGNORE THE COURT ORDER.DREW SAYS HE WOULD RATHER BE IN CONTEMPT WITH THE COUNTY BOARD THAN THE IOWA SUPREME COURT. read more
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers walks on the court during a stop in play in a preseason game against the Golden State Warriors at T-Mobile Arena on October 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 123-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)During today’s raucous championship celebration in Cleveland, NBA Finals MVP LeBron James has complimented each of his teammates on their roles in the title. Sasha Kaun did not play in the post-season, last getting run during the Cavaliers’ season finale against the Detroit Pistons, but James did not leave the former Kansas player out. During the speech, he recounted a discussion with another former Jayhawk, Mario Chalmers, during which he realized he has always had a KU player on his team when he’s taken home the title.LeBron admitting he needs our fellow Jayhawks to win titles 🙂 #RockChalk #kubball pic.twitter.com/B6r6Z9PAzz— ChiefsJayhawksRoyals (@CJR16255) June 22, 2016Here’s what LeBron said about Sasha Kaun to @mchalmers15 pic.twitter.com/cFT21fVJwk— Joe Davis (@ByJoeDavis) June 22, 2016 Take note, former Kansas greats. Team up with LeBron and you might win a title. This also applies to every other NBA player.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale read more
Gingerbread, rice pudding, pumpkin pie and apple cake are all familiar Thanksgiving desserts, but have you heard of blancmange, apple fool or mount guard? These are just a few of the old, handwritten recipes found in the Nova Scotia Archives and now posted online, just in time for Thanksgiving. The archives’ newest online resource, What’s Cooking? Food, Drink and the Pleasures of Eating in Old-Time Nova Scotia, includes digitized copies of about 1,000 old handwritten or early printed recipes, 17 cookbooks, as well as recipes found in newspaper supplements in the mid-20th century. The recipes, which date back to the late 1700s, can be found online at http://novascotia.ca/archives/cooking . “Having been passed down for many generations, recipes offer great insight into our culture and heritage,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “It is fitting that we are able to share these recipes during the time of year when Nova Scotians gather with family and friends to give thanks.” The online resource also includes a short history of food and dining in Nova Scotia, a list of published Nova Scotian cookbooks, lobster recipes, and even a collection of chocolate and candy recipes for commercial production. “Nova Scotians are known far and wide for their hospitality and culinary traditions,” said Lois Yorke, director of Nova Scotia Archives. “Thanksgiving seems like an appropriate time for the archives to open its pantry and share over 200 years of digitized recipes and food-related images, all depicting the pleasures of celebrating together.” Reading and interpreting the old recipes can be challenging. For example, the ingredients are given by weight and not by cups, tablespoons, imperial or metric measure. Ingredients were also known by different names. For example, baking powder was called pearl ash and gelatin was called isinglass. Today’s equivalents for several of the recipes tried by archives’ staff are found in the modern methods section. What’s Cooking is the latest addition in a continuing series of digital products developed and released by the archives. For more information about archives’ offerings, go to https://archives.novascotia.ca/ . read more
New Delhi: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, in its second term, plans to introduce transformational changes in the direct tax regime by pruning a tax rate that is as high as 30%, widening the tax base and making it easier for honest individuals and corporate entities to comply with tax laws. At the same time, wilful tax evaders and money launderers will not be spared, government officials aware of the plan said. In its first term, the NDA government, led by Narendra Modi, introduced the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on July 1, 2017, to revamp the direct tax regime. Although it was criticised for its shoddy implementation at the start, GST subsumed a range of national, state- and local-level taxes and ushered in a uniform tax regime in the country. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Now, the finance ministry has been asked to speed up the framing of the Direct Tax Code (DTC) and incentivise individuals and companies to voluntarily file their tax returns, as the government seeks to widen the direct tax base, two officials with direct knowledge of the matter said on condition of anonymity. “We are expecting the task force [on DTC] to definitely submit its report by July 31,” one of the officials said, adding that the task force was “reviewing existing income-tax laws and drafting a new direct tax law in consonance with economic needs of the country”. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The government formed the task force on November 22, 2017, after PM Modi emphasised the need to redraft the archaic Income-Tax Act, 1961, at the Rajaswa Gyan Sangam, a conference of tax administrators, held on September 1-2, 2017. The task force had been initially expected to submit its report by May 2018, but ran into delays. Lower tax rates, the government hopes, will act as an incentive for taxpayers to comply with the direct tax regime, file returns and pay tax, augmenting its revenue. Direct tax collections amounted to Rs 11.18 lakh crore in the financial year ended March 31, falling short of the target of Rs 12 lakh crore. India’s top tax rate, applicable on incomes above Rs 10 lakh, is 30% exclusive of cesses and surcharges. The direct taxpayer base in a country of 1.3 billion people was as low as 74,127,250 in the assessment year 2017-18. Lowering the tax rate will also leave more disposable income in the hands of consumers, spurring them to spend more, in the process accelerating faltering economic growth. According to the latest official data, economy growth slowed to a nearly five-year low of 5.8% in the January-March quarter, pulling down full-year growth to 6.8%. According to experts, the budget, which will be presented in July, is likely to address key concerns such as sagging economic growth and job creation. According to the latest official data, the unemployment rate was 6.1% in July 2017-June 2018. “There is indeed an unfinished agenda on the tax front which needs to be finished,” Dinesh Kanabar, chief executive officer of tax firm Dhruva Advisors, said. “On the direct taxes front it is important that policy direction of reduction in the rate of tax to 25% is implemented in its entirety. The new direct taxes code is in the making and I do hope that with appropriate consultation we will bring about simplification on multiple fronts, create a regime where disputes can be settled without having to undergo a litigation process running for over a decade.” The task force working on the direct tax code could recommend the rationalisation of a few income-tax provisions relating to individual taxpayers to increase transparency and accountability, said Naveen Wadhwa, deputy general manager at Taxmann. “If this report is submitted on time, we may expect that some of the recommendations of the task forces are implemented through the amendments in the existing Income-Tax Act,” he said.(With inputs from Hindustan Times) read more
New Delhi: With the aim to make the employees stress-free and develop self confidence in discharging their duties, the New Delhi Municipal Council on Tuesday organized a lecture programme at Convention Center of Palika Kendra, which was addressed by spokespersons of Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalya. NDMC Secretary Rashmi Singh informed that this lecture was organized primarily on understanding the self, its inner sources and strength and developing attitudes of leadership and the highest level of personal integrity. “Such types of curriculums have its significance and importance for any organization in respect of maintaining work life balance and positive psychology of the employees of their institutions,” she added. read more
OTTAWA – It was a night of sticky ice, last-minute player signings and a disappointingly small crowd.The glitches that marred the NHL’s debut seem mere footnotes now as the world’s premier hockey league celebrates its 100th anniversary with an outdoor game Saturday evening between the Montreal Canadiens and host Ottawa Senators.Amid the humble beginnings, few could have foreseen the days of multimillion-dollar contracts, instant replays and franchises in Florida.As a bloody war raged in Europe, the four-team NHL’s first games took place Wed., Dec. 19, 1917.The Canadiens took on an early incarnation of the Senators in Ottawa, while the Toronto Arenas played the Wanderers in Montreal.The daily newspapers of the time, and their anonymous scribes, dutifully recorded the colour and chaos of the league’s emergence from the ashes of the National Hockey Association, alongside advertisements for gramophones, dyspepsia tablets and handkerchiefs.Ottawa dominated the Canadiens in the final NHA season, winning six of seven matchups.But for their first NHL meeting, the Senators were missing top scorer Frank Nighbor, an enlisted airman whose military commitment kept him off the ice. The “Pembroke Peach” would go on to win several Stanley Cups with the Ottawa team.One of his descendants, Derek Nighbor, plans to be at Ottawa’s TD Place Stadium for the NHL 100 Classic game with his brother and nephew, sporting their heritage Sens jerseys emblazoned with Frank’s No. 6.“Our family’s pretty proud of the connection,” he said. “It’s not only the Nighbor name, but it’s Pembroke. Still today, with our Junior ‘A’ Lumber Kings, hockey is really central to life in the Ottawa Valley.”The 1917 edition of the Senators had another headache on opening night: contract disputes meant several players signed at the eleventh hour and two — Jack Darragh and Hamby Shore — even missed the first part of the game.Canadiens sharpshooter Joe Malone scored three times in the first period, and Montreal led 5-3 heading into the third.Ottawa forced the play, but “it was useless, what looked like sure goals being missed by overskating the puck, missing passes and poor shooting,” the Ottawa Journal reported.Montreal won 7-4. Ottawa might have fared better if it had begun the game at full strength, said the Journal, adding the fact the ice became “very sticky” near the end of the game “may have had a lot to do with their poor work here.”The Daily Star confidently predicted the hometown Torontos, as the team was known, “should win in a walk” over the Wanderers, though the paper later acknowledged the Montreal roster was “not as weak” as player-coach Art Ross — future namesake of the league scoring trophy — “would have it believed.”The Wanderers president invited soldiers who had been injured overseas to attend the Montreal Arena as honoured guests. Even so, the Montreal Gazette noted the turnout of 700 was “one of the smallest crowds” to see a season opener and “many of the well-known patrons of the game were missing.”A Star story concluded the contest was certainly a first-of-the-season affair, as “the hockey was pretty rough in spots.”“Torontos showed plenty of speed and dash on the attack, but were weak on the defence.”The Arenas’ goaltending also failed to impress, with starter Sammy Hebert chased from the net in favour of Art Brooks.“Sammy Hebert couldn’t stop a flock of balloons,” a fan told the Star.One reporter considered the Wanderers lucky to outlast the Torontos, as Montreal faded in the late going, barely hanging on for a 10-9 victory.No fewer than 20 minor penalties and two majors were handed out, said an account in the Ottawa Journal. “The game was not rough, but the players were irritable.”Wanderers centre Harry Hyland — who scored five goals — suffered the only injury, however, when the puck bounced off his own goalie’s stick and “struck him a terrific smash fair in the eye, knocking him out.”The Montreal arena burned down just weeks later and the Wanderers disbanded. In the playoffs, Toronto defeated the Canadiens for the league championship.The season was notable for a major rule change in January 1918 — allowing goalies to drop to the ice to stop the puck.The league also tried to stay a stride ahead of sneaky fans by providing referees with special new whistles, preventing people in the crowd from stopping play by blowing the same type used by officials.“They are really wonders in their way,” the Star noted. “When blown into from the centre their sound resembles something between the roaring of an infuriated bull and the summer night lullaby of the latter’s amphibious namesake, the bullfrog.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter read more
APTN National NewsProtestors took to the streets of Edmonton recently to speak out against what they are calling a national crisis.They are challenging the Alberta government’s proposal to establish a provincial water market.APTN’s Keith Laboucan has this story.
A statement issued by a spokesman for Mr. Annan said the Secretary-General “condemns in the strongest possible terms as a cowardly act of terrorism” the killing of 24 Kashmiri Hindus that took place near the town of Shopian.The Secretary-General also sent his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, the statement said.
Review: Yes, the iPhone 5 is improved – but it’s still just a phone by News Staff Posted Sep 24, 2012 3:55 am MDT TORONTO – The iPhone 5 is just a phone.Sometimes it bears repeating, given the inescapable hype that surrounds just about every product launch Apple orchestrates.If you knew nothing about technology, you might reasonably assume that Apple’s new phone must be a revolutionary technological marvel, based on the breathless news coverage that started months ago and TV footage of long overnight lineups for the gadget.But the iPhone 5 is just a phone. A great one, yes, and arguably the best you can buy right now. It’s certainly the best Apple has ever produced, a seemingly slight but marked upgrade over its already powerful predecessor. But the iPhone 5 doesn’t represent a paradigm shift in mobile technology, there’s no killer feature that renders the iPhone 4 or 4S â€” or other high-end competitors made by the likes of Samsung â€” obsolete.But it still must be said that Apple has taken a phone that was already at the top of its class and undoubtedly made it even better.The improved look and feel of the iPhone 5 is immediately apparent. It’s a shiny, slick device with a luxurious look to match its hefty price tag. Compared to the previous iPhones, it’s been stretched out vertically by just under a centimetre, which allowed Apple to increase its screen size by about 1.25 centimetres diagonally, giving it the 16:9 aspect ratio used for high definition video. The extra-tall screen means there’s an additional row of icons on the home screen, more of a web page is displayed before having to scroll and watching a HD movie fills the screen fully. But as of now, not all apps have been optimized for the new display, so users may find black bars at the edges of the screen in some apps. Some consumers may be disappointed that Apple didn’t make the new screen even larger. Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III has a screen that’s a full two centimetres larger when measured diagonally and while bulkier to handle, it’s still manageable to carry around and stick in a pocket. I can’t say one screen size is better than another, it’s a matter of personal preference.Apple also boasts its new phone is 18 per cent thinner and 20 per cent lighter than the last iPhone. The iPhone 5 does feel like it’s a hollow shell compared to the iPhone 4S. But while it’s no doubt a technological feat, practically speaking, its feather-weight feel isn’t really a feature.Like with most new models, the processing power has got a major boost in the iPhone 5, giving it the potential to be twice as fast as the iPhone 4S. In reality, app programmers still haven’t had a chance to really take advantage of that extra power, so the iPhone 5 doesn’t actually work twice as fast as the last phone. But it is noticeably quicker in responding to most tasks, including launching apps and using the web browser.Part of the zippy web browsing experience is linked to the phone’s ability to tap into a newer kind of high-speed mobile network called LTE, a major step up from 3G. At the best of times, LTE even smokes most residential Internet connections. At home, I subscribe to a plan that lets me download data at up to 16 megabits per second, while a test on Rogersâ€™ LTE network produced speeds that were occasionally three times as fast. The blazing speed isn’t always appreciable during web browsing but it’s evident when tapping on a video link. Try browsing through the video section at the New York Times, where gorgeous-looking video opens instantly and requires no buffering whatsoever. The iPhone 5 isn’t the first phone to connect to LTE networks and most smartphones going forward will have that connectivity option. Just be warned that watching video over mobile networks will quickly chew through your data plan and streaming too much can be very costly.One change thatâ€™s sure to annoy longtime users of Apple products is the new slimmer Lightning connector, used for plugging in a power cord or connecting to iPhone-compatible peripherals. Those who invested in iPhone docks, alarm clocks or have a surplus of charging plugs wonâ€™t be able to use them with the iPhone 5 without purchasing an adapter. Apple’s cheapest sells for $35, so here’s hoping generic-brand adapters start flooding the market soon.The other major knock against the iPhone 5 is that it no longer has Google Maps data baked into its software. Apple has gone with another supplier for its maps and it’s clearly inferior. Still, despite a major backlash suggesting the new maps app may be unusable, it really isn’t that bad. There are plenty of reports of major errors in the mapping data and embarrassing graphic glitches but it generally has the basics covered. Its ability to provide turn-by-turn directions makes separate GPS units unnecessary. And if users really miss Google Maps, it’s still available within the browser and a link to the website can be added to the home screen.The iPhone 5 also comes preloaded with a new version of Siri, the voice activated personal assistant, which can now respond to queries about local points of interest, provide directions, check sports scores and search for movie screenings. But it remains a very hit and miss experience, which means it’s not always a time saver and is often an annoyance. During testing, Siri frequently couldnâ€™t understand when I said â€œTorontoâ€ and often thought I was referring to Trenton or Toron Tow. On the other hand, dictating emails generally worked very well, with only the odd mistake that needed correcting. Apple continues to say that Siri is in “beta” mode, meaning they don’t consider it a fully polished product and more of a work in progress.There’s no such thing as a perfect product so belabouring any of the iPhone 5’s few negatives is really nitpicking. It’s a powerful pocket-sized computer that browses the web, runs apps and games, takes great photos and video, and works like a MP3 player, GPS and TV screen. It also makes phone calls.But it must be said that its two predecessors, the iPhone 4 and 4S, still stand up remarkably well to the latest and greatest. Both can be loaded with iOS 6, the latest operating system for iPhones, iPod Touchs and iPads, although many features won’t work on the iPhone 4.There are Apple users who will always want the newest model, so the decision to upgrade will be automatic. Those who recently purchased an iPhone 4S may want to fight any jealousy they might be harbouring and hold out at least another year to see what Apple comes out with next.For a first time smartphone user who doesn’t read tech blogs and is still learning the difference between a megabyte and gigabyte, I’d suggest there’s a strong case to be made for going with the still very-capable iPhone 4, which offers incredible value given that it’s basically free when signing a three-year contract. The biggest two features missing on that phone, Siri and FaceTime video chatting, are certainly non-essential. The iPhone 4S lacks LTE connectivity but can do most else that an iPhone 5 can do, albeit maybe a little slower. It’s only $80 on a three-year contract. Or for $100 more you can buy the new iPhone 5 on contract, which is clearly an improvement over the other iPhones but for the average consumer, maybe not by much.Or you can go the more expensive route and purchase an unlocked phone without a contract, which frees you from getting stuck with one mobile provider for three years and allows you to travel with the phone and buy a local pay-as-you-go SIM card to avoid costly roaming fees. The incentive to save money by buying an older iPhone is even greater when looking at unlocked models. The iPhone 4 is $450, the iPhone 4S costs another $150 more, and the iPhone 5 ranges between $700 to $900. That’s a lot of money for technology that falls out of fashion so quickly.At those prices, consumers might want to remind themselves: it’s just a phone. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more
DeGeneres works with ‘Bridesmaids’ director on Oscar promo, says she’s angling for film role by The Associated Press Posted Dec 20, 2013 11:55 am MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Ellen DeGeneres wants to be in “Bridesmaids 2.”The returning Oscar host says she’s working with “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig to promote the Academy Awards because she’s angling for a part in the “Bridesmaids” sequel, even though no such film has been announced.In a video released late Thursday by the film academy, the 55-year-old funny woman says: “Two plus two: great Oscar promo, ‘Bridesmaids 2,’ cha-ching!”Feig has demurred about a “Bridemaids” sequel since the movie’s groundbreaking success in 2011. The director’s most recent film, summer’s “The Heat” with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, also blasted box office expectations and inspired rumours of a sequel.___Online:www.oscars.org/herewego AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more
“The imperative remains to provide protection for people fleeing deadly violence, and we are concerned that this decision, though temporary, may compound the anguish for those it affects,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a news release, adding that his Office (UNHCR) has long been a partner for the US in finding solutions to refugee problems, “and we look forward to continuing this partnership.”Mr. Grandi’s statement follows the signing earlier today by US President Donald Trump of an Executive order that, according to news reports, would, among other things, suspend the country’s refugee programme for 120 days. It would also bar for 90 days travel to the US by citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.Today’s measure follows a similar Order signed by the US President on 27 January, which barred all nationals from several majority Muslim countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen – from entering the US for 90 days. Under that Order, Syrian refugees were barred indefinitely. In the wake of the new Order, the UN refugee agency reiterated its readiness to engage constructively with the US Administration to ensure all refugee programmes meet the highest standards for safety and security.“Americans have long played a crucial role in promoting global stability while simultaneously exemplifying the highest humanitarian ideals, from support for refugee emergencies overseas, to welcoming some of the most vulnerable refugee families in the United States to rebuild their lives in safety, freedom and dignity,” said UNHCR.“This is the gold standard in refugee protection and a powerful model for all countries,” it said, adding that at a time of record-high levels of forced human displacement, “this kind of humane leadership is needed more than ever.” read more
The NFL season is more than a week away, but fans across the country are already gearing up for fantasy football. Whether you are your league’s reigning champion or perennial laughingstock, here are a few tips that could help you take home a title this season. Sleepers In my opinion, you cannot win a fantasy league with your top picks. Generally, the difference in production between players drafted in the first round is fairly negligible. But for that very reason alone, you can definitely lose a fantasy league with your first few picks. Stay away from high-risk players early on, and then target low-risk, high-reward players later in the draft. If they turn out to be gems, their performance could propel you to a league title. Jay Cutler (Quarterback, Chicago Bears) In 2008, Jay Cutler threw for more than 4,500 yards and 25 touchdowns in his last season with the Denver Broncos — his best statistical year to date. Now in Chicago, he has been reunited with quarterbacks coach, Jeremy Bates, and wide receiver, Brandon Marshall, both new additions to the Bears, that helped him reach those numbers. If you aren’t keen on spending a top pick on one of the league’s elite quarterbacks, Cutler could be a steal later in your draft. Greg Little (Wide Receiver, Cleveland Browns) Little is the No. 1 wide receiver for a team that lacks exceptional playmakers. The Browns’ offense will almost certainly struggle again this season, but rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden will look Little’s way early and often. If you’re in a league that awards points per reception, Little is even more valuable. Keepers If you’re in a keeper league, which allows you to retain up to two players the following year, then rookies will be in high demand. For that reason, the obvious first-year players such as Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will likely be overvalued and picked too early. Don’t make that mistake: select veteran players that will contribute to your squad right away during the middle rounds, and then steal one of the following under-the-radar rookies late in your draft. Coby Fleener (Tight End, Indianapolis Colts) While your opponents reach on Luck, you should patiently wait for Fleener and select the first-year tight end toward the end of your draft. Fleener and Luck were teammates for three years at Stanford, so Fleener will likely be one of Luck’s top targets in Indianapolis. Their immediate chemistry should translate well on the field, and for your fantasy team. Fleener had 667 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns last season at Stanford. Doug Martin (Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) Martin flew under the radar while putting up impressive numbers during his collegiate career at Boise State, and will likely be undervalued in your fantasy draft. Starting as a rookie, Martin is Tampa Bay’s present and future. He is a perfect fantasy bench player that could evolve into your team’s future star. Busts Many people consider “busts” to be players that simply have terrible seasons, but I believe that a player can have a good season and still be considered a bust, as long as they were overvalued during a fantasy draft. Why spend a first-round pick on a wide receiver like Calvin Johnson, when you can receive similar production from a seventh-round pick? Calvin Johnson (Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions) One year after leading all wide receivers in yards and receiving touchdowns, expect a drop in production from Calvin Johnson. Johnson could very well be one of the top fantasy receivers again this year, but is he really worth a first-round pick? As I mentioned above, you can get similar production from receivers picked in the fifth, sixth or seventh rounds. The same cannot be said for running backs. Use your first-round pick on one of them, and then worry about getting a top receiver. In the pass-happy NFL, there are plenty of them. Michael Turner (Running Back, Atlanta Falcons) New offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter favors a pass-heavy offensive attack, and the Falcons have a plethora of playmakers that will succeed in his system. Turner, however, is not one of them. The veteran running back has averaged just 10 receptions per season since 2008, and his backup, Jacquizz Rodgers, is a capable receiver out of the backfield. Turner will likely have a limited role in 2012. read more