Three TD For Blackmon

first_imgHere’s #1, it might be the prettiest of the three and it’s an absolute missile by Weeden:#2 was all-beast mode from Blackmon. So much TO, so little drama:And finally #3 was definitely the easiest but a fine end to the most decorated WR in school history: If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Vietnam vs Iran: TV, stream & preview

first_imgPark Hang-seo’s Vietnam side will clash with Iran, the highest-ranked team in Asia on Saturday in the Asian Cup in what is sure to be a thrilling Group D encounter.Iran – fresh off a World Cup campaign that only saw them narrowly miss out on a spot in the knockout rounds in a group that consisted of Portugal, Morocco and Spain – are the team to beat this year at the Asian Cup, and currently sit top of the group following their 5-0 annihilation of Yemen in their opening fixture of the tournament.Vietnam, meanwhile, will be looking to bounce back following a narrow 3-2 win against Iraq that has left them second from bottom, and will seek for a response when they face the group leaders. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Vietnam vs Iran Date Saturday, January 12 Time 11am GMT / 6am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will not be televised or livestreamed. US TV channel Online stream N/A N/A In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be televised or livestreamed. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Vietnam players Goalkeepers Tien Dung, Tuan Manh, Van Lam Defenders Duy Manh, Ngoc Hai, Tien Dung, Van Hau, Hong Duy, Tan Tai, Thanh Chung Midfielders Xuan Truong, Huy Hung, Trong Hoang, Minh Vuong, Durc Huy, Hung Dung, Quang Hai Forwards Van Toan, Cong Phuong, Van Dai, Duc Chinh, Van Duc, Tien Linh Coach Park Hang-seo has no fresh injury concerns to worry about ahead of the clash against Iran, though Nguyen Cong Phuong should slot into the first-team easily after scoring the only goal for Vietnam in the 3-2 loss to Iraq.Potential Vietnam XI: Tuan Manh; Ngoc Hai, Tien Dung, Van Hau, Hong Duy; Trong Hoang, Xuan Truong, Huy Hung, Quang Hai; Cong Phuong, Van Toan. Position Iran players Goalkeepers Beiranvand, Abedzadeh, Niazmand Defenders Ghafouri, Hajsafi, Mohammadi, Pouraliganji, Kanaanizadegan, Montazeri, Hosseini, Rezaeian Midfielders  Cheshmi, Nourollahi, Shojaei, Ebrahimi, Amiri, Ghoddos, Torabi, Jahanbakhsh, Dejagah  Forwards Ansarifard, Taremi, Azmoun Mehdi Taremi netted a brace in the opening 5-0 win against Yemen and should be expected to retain his place in the XI.Potential Iran XI: Beiranvand; Hajsafi, Montazeri, Rezaeian, Pouraliganji; Shojaei, Dejagah, Amiri; Ansarifard, Taremi, Azmoun.Betting & Match Odds Iran are priced at odds of winning 2/9 according to  bet 365 , while a draw is available at 5/1. A win for Vietnam is priced at 12/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Vietnam Asian Cup 2019Iran are favourites to win this year’s Asian Cup along with South Korea, and will do well to build on the momentum that saw them nearly qualify for a spot in the World Cup round of 16 in Russia in 2018.This year’s team are coached by fabled Portugal manager Carlos Queiroz, and have one of the most talented sides in their history since the “golden generation” that knocked Australia out of qualifying for the 1998 World Cup held in France.They have not, however, won the Asian Cup or made the final of the tournament for 43 years, though they could change history this year.Amiens forward Saman Ghoddos capped off the scoring in the 5-0 rout as Iran gave a performance that cemented their status as frontrunners in the competition, though he was sure to dismiss any early dreaming for any possible glory for the current generation of the Iran side.The team won the Asian Cup three times during the 1960s and 1970s, though the midfielder has insisted that his side not get carried away with the first result.”That’s not a thought in our minds right now, because it’s a long tournament and it’s tough games,” Ghoddos told reporters.”We’re just looking forward to the next game, and right now that’s Vietnam. That’s important for us, to just think about the next game and not think too many steps in front.”To be honest I haven’t watched the other games, just to keep focused on my own game, so I don’t know the level yet.”The coach and his team have analysed them and we have watched some videos. It’s a good team, all respect to them. However, we are going to play our game and we are not thinking so much about the other team.”Vietnam coach Park has acknowledged Iran’s strong side but made sure to cast aside worry and doubt that may have lingered from their opening tournament defeat to Iraq.”We will be playing the strongest team in Asia tomorrow. They are technically, tactically and physically better than us but having said that, we will play to our strengths to get the desired result,” said Park.”It will be very hard for us as Iran are a highly experienced side but my players have got strong mental strength and I believe we can overcome Iran.”last_img read more

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Australian Open: Serena Williams makes light work of Dayana Yastremska to enter quarters

first_img Associated Press MelbourneJanuary 19, 2019UPDATED: January 19, 2019 11:27 IST Serena Williams has advanced to the fourth round at Melbourne Park with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Dayana Yastremska (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSerena’s 6-2 6-1 win over Yastremska was her 84th match at Melbourne ParkSerena will next play either her sister Venus or top-seeded Simona Halep in the quarterfinalsMeanwhile, Kei Nishikori reached the men’s singles last-4 thanks to a straight sets win against Joao SousaSeven-time champion Serena Williams has advanced to the fourth round at Melbourne Park with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Dayana Yastremska.The 16th-seeded Williams has now won 20 consecutive sets at Melbourne Park, having not dropped a set in her 2017 title run and winning three rounds here this year in straight sets. She did not play here in 2018 following the birth of her daughter.Yamstremska received treatment during a medical timeout after she turned her right ankle while stretching to return a shot in the fifth game of the second set.Williams won her 84th match at Melbourne Park, which is more than any other woman in Australian Open history. She has lost just 10 matches in 18 appearances at the tournament.Williams, attempting to win a record 24th Grand Slam singles title, will next play either her sister Venus or top-seeded Simona Halep, who play later Saturday..@serenawilliams: “She [@Venuseswilliams] still intimidates me.”You heard it here first #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/7AXE6GPJTS#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019NISHIKORI BATTLES PAST SOUSAKei Nishikori got through the third round in straight sets against Joao Sousa, getting a bit of relief after his first two matches at Melbourne Park went to five sets.The eighth-seeded Nishikori had a 7-6 (6), 6-1, 6-2 win on Margaret Court Arena right after Naomi Osaka’s three-set comeback win over Hsieh Su-wei.Nishikori, the 2014 U.S. Open finalist, fended off 59 aces from 39-year-old Ivo Karlovic in the second round before winning the fifth-set tiebreaker 10-7.Sousa had also advanced through two five-setters and needed a medical time out in the third set.advertisementThe last time Nishikori won consecutive matches in five sets at a major was at the U.S. Open in 2014, when he beat Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka in five on the way to his semifinal win over Novak Djokovic.It was Nishikori’s third straight game on Margaret Court Arena, and he said he enjoyed the vibe – particularly after playing after fellow Japanese player Osaka, the U.S. Open champion.”Forehand has been working very well. Second and third sets I was playing really aggressive, and everything was working well,” he said.He has reached the fourth round in Australia for the seventh time and is on a roll after winning the season-opening tournament in Brisbane.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Australian OpenFollow Serena WilliamsFollow Dayana Yastremska Australian Open: Serena Williams makes light work of Dayana Yastremska to enter quartersSerena Williams has now won 20 consecutive sets at Melbourne Park, having not dropped a set in her 2017 title run and winning three rounds here this year in straight sets.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Funding for 2011 Canada Winter Games

first_imgNova Scotians can look forward to a well-supported 2011 Canada Winter Games, thanks to funding announced today, March 28, by the province of Nova Scotia, the federal government and Halifax Regional Municipality. Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, announced a provincial investment of $11.12 million in support of the 2011 games in Halifax. Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, said the federal contribution to the Games will be up to $11.12 million. Halifax Regional Municipality will also contribute up to $8.85 million, said Mayor Peter Kelly. “Today is yet another example of what great things can be accomplished when all three levels of government work together,” said Mr. Barnet. “Never before in our province’s history has so much focus and funding been given to the support and development of sport.” The government of Canada and the province of Nova Scotia are supporting the 2011 Canada Games using a financial cost-sharing arrangement in accordance with Sport Canada’s Hosting Program. It is the third time Nova Scotia has hosted the Canada Games. Previous games were held in Halifax-Dartmouth in the summer of 1969 and in Sydney in the winter of 1987.last_img read more

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Man 24 pleads guilty to terrorismrelated charge in Toronto court

first_imgTORONTO – A 24-year-old man has pleaded guilty to a terrorism-related charge in a Toronto court.The Public Prosecution Service of Canada says Kevin Omar Mohamed pleaded guilty Friday to one count of participating in or contributing to, directly or indirectly, any activity of a terrorist group for the purpose of enhancing the ability of any terrorist group to facilitate or carry out a terrorist activity.The prosecution service did not provide details of the case but said the maximum penalty is 10 years imprisonment.Mohamed has been in custody since he was charged in March 2016 and officials say he’ll be sentenced at a later date.Mohamed was originally charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace.His lawyer, Anser Farooq, said at the time that the weapon was a knife that police alleged was illegal.last_img read more

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Trudeau Liberals failure on human rights ruling played role in First Nation

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe federal government’s continued failure to implement ordered changes to the way it delivers health care for Indigenous children played a role in the suicide deaths of two 12 year-old girls from a northern First Nation, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal said in a ruling issued Friday.The tribunal again chastised the federal government for failing to comply with the landmark 2016 human rights ruling that found Ottawa discriminated against First Nations children by underfunding child welfare services on reserve and by placing budgetary and administrative priorities over delivering immediate health care to the same children.On Friday, the tribunal issued a compliance order against the federal government over its failure to fully apply Jordan’s Principle which was adopted by the House of Commons in 2007. Under Jordan’s Principle, the health care needs of First Nations children are placed ahead of jurisdictional disputes between the federal and provincial governments. It also applies to other public services, including education, early childhood learning and child welfare.The ruling said Ottawa’s limited application of Jordan’s Principle played a role in Health Canada’s failure to quickly respond to an emergency July 2016 request for aid from Wapekeka First Nation after the northern Ontario community discovered a suicide pact between youth in the community. Months later, in January, two 12 year-old girls, Jolynn Winter and Chantel Fox, died by suicide in the First Nation.“While Canada provided assistance once the Wapekeka suicides occurred, the flaws in the Jordan’s Principle process left any chance of preventing the Wapekeka tragedy unaddressed and the tragic events only triggered a reactive response to then provide services,” said the tribunal’s ruling.The ruling said that much like under the previous Stephen Harper administration, the Justin Trudeau government still places bureaucratic needs ahead of First Nation children’s needs.“The focus of Canada’s Jordan’s Principle processing remains on Canada’s administrative needs rather than the seriousness of the requests, the need to act expeditiously and, most importantly, the needs and best interest of children,” said the tribunal ruling. “The (tribunal) finds Canada’s new Jordan’s Principle process to be very similar to the old one, expect for a few additions.”Health Minister Jane Philpott and Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett issued a joint statement in response to the ruling. The minister’s said the federal government launched the Jordan’s Principle Child-First Initiative with $382.5 million worth of funding over three years to comply with the requirements of the Human Rights Tribunal.“We are carefully reviewing today’s decision and in particular those areas where the (tribunal) has concluded that full compliance has not yet been reached,” said the statement. “The well being of First Nations children and families is a priority for the government of Canada.” Jolynn Winter, left, and Chantel Fox. Cindy Blackstock, who heads the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and filed the initial human rights complaint, said it was time for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to intervene and force the ordered changes by the tribunal.“It is vital that the prime minister personally intervene to ensure (Indigenous Affairs) and Health Canada fully comply with Jordan’s Principle,” said Blackstock, in a statement. “Today’s ruling includes evidence from the tribunal hearing that shows the deaths of at least two children are related to Canada’s non-compliance.”Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde called for Ottawa to immediately act on the tribunal’s ruling.“We need immediate action and we will hold Canada to these commitments and continue to work to ensure safety, fairness and equity for our children,” said Bellegarde.The AFN backed Blackstock when she first filed the human rights complaint against the federal government.Cindy BlackstockIn its ruling, the tribunal ordered Canada to apply Jordan’s Principle to all First Nation children, whether they live on or off-reserve.“It is not limited to First Nations children with disabilities, or those with discrete short-term issues creating critical needs for health and social supports or affecting their activities of daily living,” said the tribunal.The ruling, which set several deadlines for Ottawa, also ordered the federal government to review all previous denied funding requests related to the health of children since April 1, 2009, to determine whether they comply with the broader definition of Jordan’s Principle ordered by the tribunal.The federal government was ordered to provide a report on its efforts to comply with the tribunal’s Jordan’s Principle ruling by Nov. 15.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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MPAA head says theatres will survive rise of streaming sites

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. – Two film industry leaders told theatre owners Tuesday that are optimistic about the movie and theatrical exhibition business despite concerns about declining attendance and competition from streaming services.New MPPA chief Charles Rivkin and John Fithian, the president and CEO of the National Association of Theater Owners, delivered a state of the industry speech at CinemaCon, saying the strength of the movies being released will dictate box-office sales.“Our business rises or falls on the movies in our cinemas,” Fithian said.CinemaCon is an annual gathering of theatre owners and exhibitors, during which they get a look upcoming films from major Hollywood studios and a preview of some of the latest and greatest in theatrical technologies and even concession options.Rivkin, who recently took over the position at the MPAA from Christopher Dodd, said that 263 million people went to the movies at least once in North America in 2017 — more than three quarters of the North American population. He noted that while the box office was slightly down from the record in 2016, it was on par with the 2015 record. He says he believes the market will always move between record-high or near record years.He also stressed that he would continue to fight to protect intellectual property with anti-piracy efforts. Film and television account for $16.5 billion in exports, he said, and that the industry supports 2.1 million jobs and $139 billion in wages every year.Rivkin was previously the president and CEO of The Jim Henson Company and also served as the U.S. Ambassador to France and as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs.“Let’s always deliver on the promise of our creative industry: high quality stories that speak to the hopes and dreams of our audience, and will continue to do so for generations to come,” Rivkin said.Fithian also applauded filmmakers and distributors for “taking significant steps to achieve more diversity and positive representation on the big screen,” which he says their consumers are “demanding.”“We are optimistic that 2017 and 2018 will one day be viewed as a turning point on this front,” Fithian said.Fithian also spoke to some of the major fears of the movie business and said that younger audiences are still passionate moviegoers. According to comScore, moviegoers ages 18-44 constituted 63% of the total box office in 2017_up from 61% in 2016. Fithian said that disruption, whether it’s streaming or shortened periods where films are show exclusively in theatres, will not kill the theatrical business.He wondered if “Black Panther,” ”Get Out” or “Wonder Woman” would have been cultural landmarks had they gone straight to streaming.“I have worked with (theatre owners) for 26 years. I can’t begin to tell you how often reporters have asked me if the movie theatre industry is dying. Every downturn in admissions is a sign of secular decline, every innovation or improvement is intended to ‘save’ the movie theatre business,” he said. “There has been a lot of hype about the next ‘disruption,’” he said, listing off advancements ranging from VHS to the advent of films releasing in theatres and home services the same day. “Yet we never die but remain a strong business in the face of disruption everywhere else in the entertainment landscape.”___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrlast_img read more

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If you sold your home last year you have to report it

OTTAWA — When Ottawa unveiled a tightening of mortgage lending rules last fall, it also implemented a small but important change that will affect hundreds of thousands of tax filers this year.For the first time, Canadians who sold their homes in 2016 will have to report it to the Canada Revenue Agency, even though any gains remain tax-free if they’ve lived in the properties as long as they’ve owned them.Basic information related to the transaction, the year of purchase, the proceeds of the sale and the description of the property must now be filled out on income tax returns.Millennials won’t move out, but they will do their own taxes: reportAfter being announced in federal budget, here’s how the new consolidated caregiver tax credit worksFrom pocketing your refund early to avoiding penalties, there’s lots of reasons to hit April 30 tax deadline“If you’ve always lived in your home as your principal residence and you sell it in any year, don’t worry, there’s no additional tax to be paid,” said Brian Brophy, a tax partner at Deloitte. “All you need to do is make sure you report it on your tax return.”The change was part of a suite of measures the federal government announced in October. At the time, the government said it wanted to ensure that the principal residence exemption was used only in appropriate cases.The home sale is included on the same form where capital gains from investments need to be listed.Those who don’t report the sale of homes and have their tax returns amended may face penalties of up to $8,000.If your home was your principal residence for only part of the time you’ve owned it, a calculation is made to determine the portion that may be allowed under the primary residence exemption and what you’ll need to pay tax on.John Sliskovic, a tax partner at EY’s private client services business, said the change will make it easier for the CRA to catch unscrupulous taxpayers who try to claim the principal residence exemption on more than one property for the same period.He said the people who have a home and a cottage have to decide which one they want to designate as their principal residence.“The planning behind that is still the same in that the property that has the greatest accrued gain is the one that you want to take advantage of the principal residence exemption for,” Sliskovic said.Brophy said before the change, the government had little if any information on what taxpayers were claiming as their principal residence because nothing had to be reported.“This provides a tracking mechanism … in order for them to get a better view as to the amount of transactions that are out there,” he said.There were 536,118 homes sold in Canada last year through the Multiple Listing Service, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association. read more

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Port city agrees not to seek compensation from Sri Lanka

CHEC Port City Colombo had earlier sought compensation after the new Sri Lankan government, which took office in January last year, decided to suspend work on the project after some concerns were raised on the deal signed between the former government and the Chinese company.However once the concerned were resolved the new Government announced that after a one-year suspension, the project had been cleared to resume work.CHEC Port City Colombo said that the suspension and the lengthy process taken to resume work had resulted in significant losses to both the company and the Sri Lankan Government. (Colombo Gazette) “In view of the goodwill created by the visits of the President and the Prime Minister to China, the project company has agreed to withdraw all compensation claims for losses incurred due to the suspension of the project caused by the failure of the previous administration to obtain the required environmental permits,” Karunatillake said. He said that when completed the Colombo port city will have 45 hectares of parks and 13 hectares of artificial beaches, compared to 5.7 hectares currently available to the public at Galle Face. The Minister also said that it has been agreed with the Chinese Government that the port city land is being used to build a Financial City to fill the vacuum between Singapore and Dubai.“This will enable offshore operations. For this purpose, the government will propose new laws for governing offshore activities like in Dubai.  The Financial City will make a major income earner and an employment provider for Sri Lanka,” he said. Free hold lands•    According to the agreement signed in September 2014 signed by the previous government, a land of 20 hectares will be granted to the C.H.E.C. Port City (Pvt) Ltd on free hold base and the rest land is granted on 99 year lease basis.•    According  to the consultations of the new government, no land will be granted on free hold basis, and all the lands will be on 99 year lease basis. If the government does not require these 20 hectares, the company may obtain the land for another 99 years. Utilities and transport infrastructure•    Under the original agreement all investments in roads and utilities within the reclaimed area was the responsibility of the project company while providing all utilities and road infrastructure to the periphery of the site was the responsibility of the Government of Sri Lanka.•    Under the new agreement, the possibility of undertaking public-private partnerships through the project company will be evaluated as a long term solution to ease the GOSL’s responsibility of undertaking provisions of road infrastructure and utilities to the periphery of the site. Given below is a summary of changes which has been suggested to be incorporates into the original agreement signed in September 2014. Role of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and the Urban Development Authority•    According to the original agreement the Ports Authority Act is to be amended to enable the Ports Authority to obtain 62 hectares from the project company for its use and development activities. According to the article 6 of the act, this is limited to the objectives of the Ports Authority. Though the previous government has declared that Sri Lankan lands could be used for development of immovable properties, no such authority is granted under the article no. 6.•    Under the new agreement, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority will not be assigned of immovable properties development and its responsibilities will be limited to activities allowed by the current Sri Lanka Ports Authority Act. Therefore, it has been decided that the most suitable institution to assign reclaimed lands is the Urban Development Authority. Role of the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development•    Under the new agreement, responsibility of performing government responsibilities including amendment of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority Act is vested with the Ministry of Ports and Shipping.•    Instead of the agreement signed by the previous government on 16 September 2014, a new trilateral agreement will be signed among the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development (on behalf of the government), UDA and the project company. Fishermen’s Income Support Programme•    Under the original agreement, responsibility for funding the income support programme to fishermen was a responsibility of the SLPA. No such programme was implemented by the previous administration of the SLPA.•    Under the new agreement, the project company will allocate Rs. 500 million towards the fishermen’s income support programme to the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development to implement the programme in consultation with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development. The Sri Lankan Government and the Chinese company involved in the construction of the port city ay Galle Face have reached a compromise on the project which has been stalled for several months.Government spokesman and Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilake told reporters today that the Chinese company, CHEC Port City Colombo, has agreed not to seek compensation from the Government for the losses incurred after the project was temporarily suspended. Management and maintenance of the reclaimed area•    Under the original agreement, an Estate Management Company (EMC) 100% owned by the GOSL would manage, maintain, and repair the common areas of the Port City by collecting management charges from investors. However, until such time EMC is self-sustainable, GOSL or SLPA would have had to inject funds for the operation of the EMC.•    In order to ease the GOSL’s obligation to fund such a venture, under the new agreement, the project company has agreed to consider establishing and operating the EMC in partnership with GOSL. Legal situation of the lands proposed to be filledThe status of lands to be filled is unclear under the original concessionary agreement signed by the previous government. Those lands are not a part of  the Colombo District. Hence, it is not considered as a land belonging to the Sri Lankan territory according to the article 5 of the Constitution. Under the new law, the land will be brought into the Administrative District of Colombo, and it will be assigned to the proposed Financial City Corporation out of the Colombo Municipal Council.•    According to the original agreement a key tax plan will be implemented by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority related to leasing of lands to the project company.•    Under the new agreement, filled lands will be gazetted by H.E. the President under the Lands Ordinance and thereafter will be allocated to the UDA. The UDA will declare them as a development area under the Urban Development Authority Act. This will happen before land is leased on 99 year basis to the Project Company. Colombo Port City Project / Proposed Financial City Project – Proposed amendments for the agreement signed in September 2014 (Document No – 06, 07, 08 and 09) Limits imposed on developing GOSL lands•    The original agreement limits developments GOSL could undertake on its land during three years from the completion of reclamation to educational and cultural activities only.•    Under the new agreement the above has expanded in favour of the GOSL to include healthcare and hospitals and exhibition and convention centres and the new Colombo International Financial Centre. Also no restrictions will be placed on developing the North and West ports of the Colombo Harbour. In addition, the project company has agreed to setting up the CIFC building in the land area reclaimed first including making a new investment in the CIFC building no sooner it is technically feasible to build on reclaimed land and upon mutually acceptable terms being agreed with the GOSL after a feasibility study. Environmental approvals•    Under the original agreement, the responsibility for undertaking and financing all environmental approvals for the project was a responsibility of the SLPA. There were shortcomings in the environmental approvals obtained by the former administration of the SLPA.•    A comprehensive new supplementary environmental impact assessment was carried out by the Ministry of Megapolis in 2015 to address such shortcomings with the cooperation and funding extended by the project company.New environmental conditions•    Under the original environmental impact assessment study carried out in 2011, 42 conditions were imposed by the Department of Coast Conservation in its development permit.•    Under the new supplementary environmental impact assessment carried out by the Ministry of Megapolis for 269 hectares of reclaimed land and made available for public comments in December 2015, the new development permit issued by the Department of Coast Conservation includes 70 conditions to mitigate the impact on the environment.Change of status•    The previous administration had this as a Land Reclamation Project to utilize this initially for real estate, sports, education and cultural development including night racing tracks etc. Therefore, the bulk of the land was not available for real estate development by the government.•    Now it has been agreed with the Chinese Government that this land is being used to build a Financial City to fill the vacuum between Singapore and Dubai. This will enable offshore operations. For this purpose, the government will propose new laws for governing offshore activities like in Dubai.  The Financial City will make a major income earner and an employment provider for Sri Lanka. Compensation claims•    In view of the goodwill created by the visits of His Excellency the President and the Hon. Prime Minister to China, the project company has agreed to withdraw all compensation claims for losses incurred due to the suspension of the project caused by the failure of the previous administration of the SLPA to obtain the required environmental permits.•    In their original Master Plan there was provision for night racing. They had fully abandoned that plan at present. In view of this, a large extent of marketable land becomes available. Out of this, 2 hectares may be allocated to them, without reducing the land extent of 62 hectares owned by the GOSL. This will be a gesture to reciprocate their goodwill in completely waiving off all compensation claims.•    The above proposal was acceptable to the GOSL since the project company has agreed in the new master plan approved by the UDA this year to increase public lands (parks, roads, walkways, etc. to be used by the general public) by 28 hectares more than originally planned to make Port City more attractive to the public. For example, when completed port city will have 45 hectares of parks and 13 hectares of artificial beaches (compared to 5.7 hectares available to the public at Galle Face Green). read more

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Libya UN and partners launch appeal for urgent lifesaving assistance in a

According to a news release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN and its partners in Libya are preparing a response to a new complex and acute humanitarian situation with shifting needs of the target population in Sirte, which sits on Libya’s southern coast.“We have tailored our response to meet the increasing needs of the people requiring protection, psychosocial support, mine action, health and food aid,” said UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya, Ali Al-Za’tari.“We need to scale up assistance and we urgently need additional resources. I urge donors to act now to support the people of Sirte at this time of greatest need,” he added.According to the agency, the complex and acute humanitarian situation has developed in Sirte city as people have been returning back to the city but at the same time, new displacement has been triggered due to military operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh) terrorist group.“Those who fled the area report severe shortages of food and medicines, looting and confiscations by ISIL terrorists, and serious rights violations, including public beheadings, ‘crucifixions’ on scaffolding and abductions,” noted the news release.The release further said that the humanitarian community in the country expects that people will continue to return, and that the number is likely to increase once the Government of National Accord forces announce military success.They anticipate that by the end of the year, some 79,400 people will be residing in Sirte municipality and certain districts of the city, although much of the city itself will likely remain inaccessible for several months.The Sirt Flash Appeal covers the needs for four months, from September throughout December 2016. read more

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Warning of rising drug prices as Britain prepares for nodeal Brexit

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. Drug firms are pushing up their prices amid preparations for a no-deal Brexit, as the health secretary charters a plane to airlift urgent medication to the UK.Pharmacies warned that drugs prices are soaring, amid attempts to build up a stockpile ahead of Britain’s departure from the EU.They highlighted spiralling prices for a number of drugs, some of which have seen prices hiked six-fold in a matter of months, as the industry prepares for the growing risk of a no-deal Brexit.They include medication for psychosis, which has seen a rise from 62 pence a pack to £3.16 in just six months, and some types of prescription painkillers, which have gone from £2.08 to £13.70 since March.The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee – which represents pharmacists – warned of a surge in the number of drugs which were now being reimbursed at special rates, above the standard national tariff, amid growing shortages.In a letter to Dr Sarah Wollaston, chairman of the Commons health committee, the chief executive of the committee, raised particular concern about contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit.Warning of rising numbers of generic drugs which are no longer available at standard prices, Simon Dukes said stockpiling, Brexit planning and attempts to make contingency plans were among the factors which could be causing the surge.The government has told manufacturers of both branded and generic drugs to ensure that six weeks’ worth of supplies have been built up to ensure continuity in the event of a no-deal Brexit.But Mr Dukes said: “there are question marks about whether this will be enough to provide continuity of supply to patients”.It comes as Matt Hancock announced that he has charterered a dedicated NHS aeroplane to ferry short-life treatments – like isotopes for cancer treatment – in case of a chaotic exit from the EU.  Under the contract, the NHS would have access to two flights bringing medical supplies from the Netherlands, Belgium and France to either Birmingham or Coventry airport.Ironically it would fly out of Maastricht, the Dutch city associated with the early 1990s treaty that brought closer ties with Europe.Earlier this week Mr Hancock said that no-deal planning had made him “the largest buyer of fridges in the world”, in order to provide short-term refrigeration of key drugs and other products.Malcolm Harrison, chief executive of the Company Chemists’ Association, which represents major pharmacies, said: “There is a lot of concern from across the sector about the impact of shortages. If wholesalers, pharmacists or patients start to stockpile that does jeopardise the supply, which does push prices up.”And he said any weakening of the pound could make the UK a less attractive market for drugs, with other countries posing a more profitable option for traders.A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “We have not seen any evidence of price rises in generic medicines linked to Brexit preparations –  the UK overall has some of the lowest generic prices in Europe. “No company should exploit the NHS and if there is evidence of any wrongdoing we will refer them to the Competition and Markets Authority for further investigation.“Our number one priority is to ensure patients continue to have access to medicines as we exit the EU and we are working with all sectors of the supply chain to ensure this happens.” read more

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VIP sex abuse fantasist put down  deposit for a Ford Mustang day

Mr Badenoch said: “At this time you were indebted, you had decided you would buy yourself a Ford Mustang, you had decided you would go for the convertible option. How were you going to pay the deposit?” Convertible Ford Mustang The court heard that Mr Beech went into his local car dealership and put a £10,000 deposit down on a convertible Ford Mustang – similar to this model.Credit:Stuart G W Price The alleged VIP sex abuse fantasist known as Nick, put down a £10,000 deposit for a Ford Mustang car the day after his criminal injuries compensation payment had been confirmed, a court has heard.Carl Beech, 51, applied for a publicly funded payout after going to Wiltshire Police in 2012 claiming to have been raped, tortured and abused by a group of high profile figures including politicians military figures and members of the intelligence services.The jury at Newcastle Crown Court, where Beech is on trial accused of 12 counts of perverting the course and one count of fraud in relation to the payment, was told that he was in considerable debt when he applied to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).In December 2014, Beech complained to officials that he had still not received any money, but on 6 March 2015 a payment of £22,000 was approved by officials.Tony Badenoch QC, prosecuting said it was around this time that Mr Beech had been preparing to make a “significant purchase” in the shape of a white Ford Mustang convertible at a cost of £34,035. Beech replied: “If I had received anything from the CICA I could have used that but I would have paid it anyway.”The day after the payment was approved, Mr Beech went into his local dealership and put a £10,000 deposit down on the car.Mr Badenoch went on: “The CICA provided you with money and you spent £10,000 on a Ford Mustang deposit.”Earlier Beech told the court that when he was a child he had been taken to Paris on board a privately chartered Boeing 747, where he was abused by men he was not willing to name.Asked to elaborate on the claim, he said: “I have not reported that so I do not think I should say in open court.”Asked who else was on the aircraft, he said: “I do not recall.”Mr Badenoch said: “You do not recall because you are making it up as you go along aren’t you Mr Beech?”He replied: “No.”Mr Beech denies all the charges and the trial continues. 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. read more

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Croatian legend Niksa Kaleb France Denmark Croatia and Serbia for the medals

In his statement for the domestic PRESS, former Croatian left wing and Olympic Gold winner from the Athens 2004, Niksa Kaleb underlined four teams, with the biggest chances to obtain the semifinal at the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia:– I already said everything about France and Croatia. Denmark is still strong and I think that Serbs could go far. They are host nation with good team and players.  Only problem for them is how to make team from the TOP quality individuals. I suggest them to take some a psychologist. We had also one. They need him to convince them that only have to play. They don’t need need to prove something to the others. Let’s look up on Balic. He stay so modest, that why is he the big champion – said Kaleb for index.hr ← Previous Story Swedish star Dalibor Doder is ready for the EHF EURO 2012! Next Story → Poland without Tomasz Roszinsky at the Euro in Serbia! read more

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Geek deals 283 off Toshiba Satellite A660BT3G25X Sandy Bridge laptop

first_imgThere are a lot of great mobile technologies out there today that make you forget you’re using a laptop and give you the performance of a desktop computer. Intel has a solid grasp on the mobile CPU market and has earned it with their excellent Core chips leading up to the current Core i3/i5/i7 models. NVIDIA has also stepped up lately with their seamless switchable graphics, named Optimus.Combining these two technologies gives you top notch performance and maximizes your power efficiency. While you never get something for nothing, meaning battery life will still reflect your level of performance, it is a great combination for the demanding PC user. The downside to these high end, high performance, highly efficient technologies is that they cost more and tend only to end up in expensive notebooks.If you’ve been lusting after the combination of an uber-powerful quad core Core i7 and an NVIDIA Optimus chipset, Toshiba has a deal that will get you drooling. You can pick up the 16-inch Satellite A660 laptop with the aforementioned goodies for just $846 after a massive $283 instant rebate. This is more than $100 less than the last deal on the A660 and you even get 25 percent off the cost of upgraded components.Your $846 will get you the ridiculous Core i7-2630QM quad core processor that runs at 2GHz with up to 2.9GHz via Turbo Boost. RAM comes in at a generous 4GB and the NVIDIA GPU is a GT 540M with 1GB GDDR3. Wishing for a Blu-ray drive and more RAM? You can add the components you like and get 25 percent off the list price while you’re at it. This deal is expected to end by June 13th.Visit LogicBuy for the Toshiba Satellite A660-BT3G25X laptop deallast_img read more

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Minister who got job after coin toss to swap role with close

first_imgMinister who got job after coin toss to swap role with close ally by August OPW junior minister Sean Canney will be rotating the ministry with Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran. THE MINISTER FOR State at the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief is set to temporarily give up his role between now and August, swapping it with another TD.Speaking today on RTE’s The Week in Politics Independent TD Sean Canney said that he would be trading places with his fellow Independent Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran ‘sometime between now and August’.Last year, the two newly-elected TDs were crucial in the formation of the minority government. Both wanted the junior ministry at the OPW, with flood relief being a special area of interest for the two men.However, they had to settle on a rotating junior ministry.The men caused some consternation among opposition TDs when they settled on who would become junior minister first by tossing a coin, with Canney securing the win.Addressing the Taoiseach in the Dáil last May, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said the new government had gotten off “to a very bad start”.“It got off to a very bad start when Minister Canney and Deputy Moran for example tossed a coin as to who would become minister for state,” he said.“I remember asking Deputy Moran in the corridors was it two and a half-years each?To which he replied ‘you must be joking, this thing isn’t going last at all – it’s one year at a time’. http://jrnl.ie/3223732 Sean Canney (left) and Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran (right) are set to swap roles by August. Image: RollingNews.ie 18,534 Views Political alliesIt appears now that the changeover may take longer than a year, but Canney has confirmed that it will take place before August.Speaking today, he said the changeover would be “a seamless transition”.“I think this will be a seamless transition in that Deputy Boxer Moran – who has a huge amount of knowledge in the area of flooding – has been a great source back up for me,” said Canney.The two men are said to have become close allies since the Dáil term began, constantly working alongside each other.“Whatever we look like or whatever people say we’re like the one thing is how are we performing,” said Canney.Also speaking on The Week in Politics, Fianna Fáil TD Michael McGrath complemented Canney on his performance as minister, but reiterated the party line that tossing a coin was no way to assign a ministry.“Minister Canney has taken on the role with some vigour and he has been accompanied on many occasions by Boxer Moran, so we wish them well,” said McGrath.Independents 4 Change TD Joan Collins expressed no objection to the swapping of the ministry.“I believe that jobs can be done well if there’s an intent there to do it well,” she said.Read: Does Gerry Adams regret getting involved with the Stack meeting? Yes and noRead: The 32-county People Before Profit and why it’s anti-austerity and pro-Brexit Feb 5th 2017, 1:50 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cormac Fitzgerald Short URL Sean Canney (left) and Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran (right) are set to swap roles by August. Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 1:50 PM 39 Comments Image: RollingNews.ie Share Tweet Email1 last_img read more

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Mag and Appboy Partner to Offer Publishers an Expanded Mobile Platform

first_imgMag+ announced its partnership with Appboy Wednesday, bringing a new management platform to the company’s various digital publishers looking to deepen reader relationships on mobile.Mag+, a publishing platform for creating content optimized for mobile, counts magazines like The Atlantic and New York Magazine and international corporations among its customers. These publishers will now have access to Appboy’s mobile relationship management (MRM) platform to build their businesses through mobile.“Monetization and engagement are the biggest challenges of digital publishing today,” contends Mike Haney, Mag+ co-founder and chief creative officer, in a statement. “Appboy helps companies by offering deep insights about their readers and targeted communications to segments of those readers.” In a rapidly evolving mobile ecosystem, the partnership between the two companies will help Mag+’s nearly 1,500 apps build a long-term, sustainable mobile business, contends Mark Ghermezian, CEO of Appboy.“By giving publishers tools to understand and communicate with their readers on an individual level we enable them to drive higher engagement and move their audience down the purchase funnel,” Ghermezian says, in a statement.Benefits of the partnership for businesses include a host of tools that help monitor customer activity and track in-app behaviors. Publishers will now be able to minimize negative app store reviews by using an in-app customer support tool, automate marketing efforts to reduce time spent managing specific campaigns and promote engaged readership via push notifications, in-app messages and email.Businesses can then use specified data to further their efforts to convert passive users into paid subscribers through targeted offers and upsells.“By bringing sophisticated marketing tools to mobile, the platform empowers digital publishers to derive more value from their apps,” says Haney.last_img read more

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Anchorage Air Quality Impacted By Regional Wildfires

first_imgUPDATE (5/22 – 11 am): The air quality in Anchorage and Eagle River is considered unhealthy for everyone according to the municipality’s Department of Health and Human Services due to smoke from wildfires near Tyonek and Funny River on the Kenai Peninsula. However, the air quality hotline reports that conditions are improving.The department advises that all people stay indoors if possible and avoid strenuous exercise. They recommend keeping windows closed and avoiding burning things like candles and cigarettes. Vacuuming can also stir up particles and reduce air quality.The department adds that typical dust masks or surgical masks won’t help to keep out the smoke. You would need a special mask marked “N95.” They can be purchased in some hardware stores.The hotline number is 343-4899. They will provide another update by noon. Smoke is expected through the holiday weekend. ORIGINAL STORY: Smoke from the wildfire in Tyonek blew into parts of Anchorage Wednesday morning causing concerns about air quality. By mid-afternoon most of the smoke had cleared, but it could be back.Matt Stichick with the Anchorage Air Quality program said some smoke could blow in Thursday morning, but winds from the north will reduce the impact. However, with fires burning in Tyonek and at Funny River Road on the Kenai Peninsula, he said the problem is not resolved yet.“Certainly we’re not in the clear yet,” he explained. “And actually there’s a much better chance that smoke from the Kenai Peninsula will be reaching Anchorage by Memorial Day weekend. It sounds like this situation could be with us for a while yet.”Stichick said the best way to judge if the air near you is hazardous is to measure the visibility. If you can’t see a point that you know to be about 3 to 5 miles away, then you need to be careful. He said people who have heart or lung problems should avoid being outdoors where the smoke is bad and visibility is reduced. He said likely south Anchorage and lower Hillside will see the most impacts.The Air Quality Hotline is 343-4899 and will be updated throughout the weekend.last_img read more

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Afghan police officer kills 8 colleagues

first_imgMap locating the Almar district of Faryab province in Afghanistan, where a police officer has killed eight of his colleagues. AFPEight police officers, all members of the same family, were killed in northern Afghanistan on Friday after a colleague working with the Taliban drugged and shot them at a checkpoint, police and government officials said.No group claimed responsibility for the deadly attack but a spokesman for Faryab provincial police told AFP the suspected assailant had “fled back to the Taliban”.The victims, four regular police and four auxiliary officers, “were drugged by their colleague who then opened fire on them at a police checkpoint in the Almar district” of Faryab province, provincial police spokesman Abul Karim Yoresh told AFP.District governor Saleh Saleh confirmed that all eight of the police officers were members of the same family.Local media reported that the suspected assailant police officer had joined the Taliban a year ago.A similar incident happened in September when two Afghan soldiers opened fire on their sleeping colleagues in their barracks in the northern province of Kunduz.On Wednesday the US government’s Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said in a report that the death rate among Afghan troops and police soared last year as the Kabul government’s overall control of the country declined significantly.last_img read more

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Port Of Houston Wants To Try Out New Automated Cargo Transport System

first_img 00:00 /01:18 Governor Greg Abbott was blunt when he talked about the traffic on Texas highways.“It’s a sad day when a guy pushing a wheelchair can go faster than traffic stuck on some of our congested roadways,” said Abbott.Abbott made his comments as the Texas A&M Transportation Institute debuted a new system that could get a lot of trucks out of the mix. It’s called the Autonomous Freight Shuttle System. It’s an elevated guideway that uses electric shuttles to move trailers and cargo containers. Developers say you could run it down the middle of a roadway, separating cargo from passenger vehicles, with the goal of cutting down on congestion and pollution. One of the first places we could see the shuttle in operation is at the Port of Houston. The port has signed an agreement with Freight Shuttle International, the private company created to market the design.Port Executive Director Roger Guenther says they’ll now start looking into how exactly they can use the system: “Which will improve efficiencies, avoid the future congestion, lower emissions, and provide a safer opportunity and alternative during the movement of freight.”While there’s a lot of rail activity at the port, most cargo leaves by truck. And that poses a lot of challenges as the region works to meet federal clean air mandates. X Listencenter_img Share Gail DelaughterThe Automated Freight Shuttle is designed to move trailers and cargo containers. Gail DelaughterThe Port of Houston says the new freight shuttle system could help cut down on pollution from idling trucks. Gail DelaughterResearchers say the shuttle system could operate in freeway medians. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

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Hulu Plus subscribers getting 1week credit due to PSN issues

first_imgThe other day we pointed out that Sony has a lot of repair work to do after PSN is fixed. The company’s relationship with gamers, developers, and publishers has taken a big hit, and we wait to see how they try and repair that. But for the moment the focus is actually on getting the service up and running again as we still can’t use it or any of its associated services.Some companies offering services that work on the PS3 aren’t waiting for the PSN fix, though. Hulu is thought to be sending out an email to some of its Hulu Plus subscribers and offering them a 1-week credit.Hulu reason that this is a really frustrating time for PS3 owners in the email, especially those who rely on the console to use Hulu regularly, so to help ease that frustration they are giving you the lost time back. With a Hulu Plus subscription costing $7.99 a month, it’s the equivalent of getting $2 back. It sounds better when you think about it in terms of time, though, with Hulu effectively giving you 168 hours of free viewing time.It’s a nice gesture, especially considering this is no fault of the Hulu team or its service, and that you can access the service on a multitude of other devices instead.We don’t know how many of these emails are going out, or what the criteria is for receiving one, but if you get one in your inbox just click the link to get the week of credit. We’d also suggest sending Hulu a thankyou message in return.via Kotakulast_img read more

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