Players’ Association aid Napoli squad

first_imgThe Players’ Association announced it is “at the disposal of the Napoli players” for legal assistance after reports Allan was fined 50 per cent of his salary. The situation blew up after the 1-1 Champions League draw with RB Salzburg, as the squad rebelled against club orders to go back into a training retreat for another three days. After weeks of legal consultations, Napoli sent out letters yesterday that confirmed the fines, which reportedly range from 25 per cent to 50 per cent of their October salary. According to Sky Sport Italia, midfielder Allan is worst hit, as he was considered one of the ringleaders of the ‘mutiny.’ “The Napoli situation is a strange one and very unusual,” said Players’ Association (AIC) President Damiano Tommasi. “We talked about it with the team and put ourselves at the disposal of the Napoli players who will ask for our consultation. “Now we need to figure out what the club’s claims are in the paperwork. I can confirm that the issue of a training retreat is one that must exclusively be decided by the coach as a technical decision. “Ancelotti publicly stated that he did not agree with President Aurelio De Laurentiis’ proposal to put the team in a training retreat. “We also need to identify precisely how the training retreat was formally communicated to the players and coach.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Sachin should have retired after World Cup: Imran Khan

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Imran Khan feels that iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar should have retired after the “ultimate high” of India wining the World Cup last year. “We all want to go with a big bang but you always don’t get it right. For Sachin the ultimate time to go was after that World Cup win. He had such a great World Cup. He is a great player and there is not replacement for him,” Imran said. “He has to decide for himself and he must time it right. You don’t want to go having lost to Australia 4-0. If he had gone after that World Cup that would have been the ultimate high,” Imran said. Imran said Indian players have the right to decide when they want to retire and the management should first get the replacement for them. “It’s a very difficult question for a sportsman to know when to leave… It’s a very difficult decision and many great players have not got it right,” he said. “For Indian cricket it’s not one player now but three or four would have to take decision. But the big question is whether you have got their replacement. If the gap between the young and old player is too much then you have to stay with the old players,” Imran added.Asked about Tendulkar’s impending 100th international ton, Imran said it doesn’t matter whether he gets that elusive hundred or not as statistic doesn’t matter for a great player. “Records must be broken within the team winning. You should not be playing to break records. Records should be part of the win. Sachin is a great player. Would I think of Sachin whether he is of 99 hundreds or 100 hundreds! No,” Imran said. “Greatest player I’ve played is Viv Richards. I don’t need to look at his records. He is great because he loves challenges. Records are after all statistics and statistics did not matter to great players,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

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Ten-man Bayern crush Olympiakos to book knockout place in Champions League

first_imgTen-man Bayern Munich eased into the Champions League knockout stages after demolishing Greece’s Olympiakos Piraeus 4-0 on Tuesday to secure top spot in Group F with a game to spare.The German champions, who had defender Holger Badstuber, back from injury, sent off early in the second half with a straight red card, were unstoppable in the opening 20 minutes, scoring three times to put the game to bed early.”We wanted to play our game from the start, with a lot of motivation and drive. We wanted to get an early goal and not have to reach the 70th minute with the game tight,” scorer Thomas Mueller said.Douglas Costa struck after eight minutes, Robert Lewandowski doubled the lead in the 16th with Mueller adding another four minutes later as dazed Olympiakos found no answer to the continuous attacks. Kingsley Coman headed in their fourth goal in the 70th as Bayern moved up to 12 points ahead of their final game at Dinamo Zagreb on Dec. 9. Olympiakos, in second place on nine, need a point against Arsenal to secure a spot in the last 16.Badstuber, making his first start following his muscle injury in April, was too slow for Brown Ideye in the 53rd minute, holding on to the quick Nigerian forward outside the box to get his marching orders on a miserable comeback for the injury-plagued Germany international.”This should be a lesson for us,” warned Bayern coach Pep Guardiola of the unnecessary foul by Badstuber. “If that happens in a knockout stage game then you are eliminated.”advertisementBayern, in spectacular form having lost just once in all competitions, had put Olympiakos under early pressure and it paid off with Brazilian Costa drilling in on the rebound. Poland striker Lewandowski doubled their lead with his fifth goal in five group games, picking up a Coman effort to fire while an easy tap-in by Mueller from an Arjen Robben header that caught the defence completely off guard made it 3-0 for the hosts.Olympiakos, who had won their previous three group games, had to wait until the 44th for their first chance, with Luka Milivojevic sending a free kick wide.”It is a heavy defeat but if you want to challenge such an amazing team you have to be the top of your game,” said Olympiakos coach Marco Silva. “We weren’t tonight. We did not fight as much as we should have. So we now have to get a result in our final game (against Arsenal).”The Greeks enjoyed a bit more possession but Coman got in on the act heading in Mueller’s nod for Bayern’s 14th goal in their three group home games.last_img read more

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Lionel Messi scores in 500th game for Barcelona to keep La Liga lead

first_imgLionel Messi scored in his 500th match for Barcelona to help them ease past Real Betis 4-0 on Wednesday and ensure they kept the lead of the Spanish league to conclude a superb year for the Catalan club.Barcelona broke a run of consecutive draws in the league to cap one of its best years in club history. Before kickoff Andres Iniesta paraded its recently won Club World Cup trophy, its fifth title won in 2015. The four goals scored took its year’s tally to 180, bettering Madrid’s milestone of 178 from 2014.”It was a spectacular year and we wanted to finish it in the same way,” Messi said. “It will be complicated to better this, but like always we will try to do so.”Messi recovered from a hard knock with Antonio Adan that was ruled a penalty against the Betis goalkeeper, by scoring Barcelona’s second goal, after an own goal put the Catalan side on its way.”It was a strange game. I don’t know if it was a penalty or not, when I was hit I didn’t realize what had happened,” Messi said about the collision with Adan that left him on the ground and momentarily silenced the Camp Nou.While Messi was being examined by team doctors, Neymar stepped up to take the penalty, only to send his shot off the crossbar. Betis defender Heiko Westermann disputed the rebound with two Barcelona players, but he ended up batting it into his own net just before the half-hour mark.Three minutes later, Messi played Neymar through with a long pass that he returned for the club’s all-time leading scorer to notch his 425th club goal.advertisementBetis coach Pepe Mel was sent off for protesting moments later, and his team never showed signs of mounting a comeback.Luis Suarez scored twice after halftime to take over from Neymar as the competition’s leading scorer with 15, and only the woodwork – which Messi, Neymar, and Dani Alves all hit in the second half – saved Betis from an even bigger loss.With a game still to play, Luis Enrique’s team leads La Liga on goal difference from Atletico Madrid, which scored twice in the final four minutes to win 2-0 at crosstown rival Rayo Vallecano.Angel Correa finished off a flowing buildup engineered by fellow substitute Thomas Partey to break the deadlock in the 87th, and Antoine Griezmann struck again in the 90th.Ronaldo scores a brace Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real Madrid remain two points behind the pacesetters after he missed one penalty before converting a second spot kick and adding another goal to lead a 3-1 win over injury-ravaged Real Sociedad.The win took some pressure off beleaguered coach Rafa Benitez, who was jeered by some of the Santiago Bernabeu crowd for Madrid’s erratic form this season when his name was announced before the match.last_img read more

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Avoid Career-Damaging Mistakes At Your Office Holiday Party

first_imgRick Schwartz will never forget the manager he never had. He was working as an inside sales rep at a Fortune 10 company, and the newly hired district manager was invited to the office holiday party to get to know the team a few weeks before she started her job. “She had a bit too much to drink and about 90 minutes into the festivities, she decided to get up on the bar and dance for the crowd while removing her shirt,” Schwartz says. “We neither saw nor heard of her again.”Unfortunately, embarrassing moments at office holiday parties are not uncommon. Four in 10 Americans report that they’ve either done something embarrassing at an office party or know someone who has, according to a new survey from Adecco Staffing. The most common behaviors to regret later involve too much alcohol, getting too friendly with bosses or co-workers, or just behaving in a less than professional way.For instance, at her office holiday party, Peggy Sanchez was test-driving a Segway, a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle, and “got a little cocky,” she says. When she took a turn too sharply, she and the Segway both went flying — she broke the handlebar off the vehicle and fractured her wrist. Although she didn’t have to pay for the damages, estimated at $2,000, she did have to face all her co-workers at the office the next day.To avoid incidents you might regret later, “pretend you are not at a party but in the office and maintain a professional demeanor,” says career coach Kera Greene, M.Ed. “An office holiday party should be considered as an office gathering, with the same rules of behavior that you would have in the office. It is impossible to change a negative impression once someone forms it.”To enjoy your office party without regretting it later, start with these tips:Dress appropriately. The proper attire depends on your office, “but you can rest assured that those ties that light up and sing, as well as those dresses cut down to there, should be saved for personal parties,” says Jodi Smith of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting. “Remember, your outfit should say ‘polished professional,’ not ‘party animal!’”Limit alcoholic drinks. Most career coaches and etiquette experts recommend drinking no more than one or two alcoholic drinks at your office holiday party. “No one’s professional demeanor ever improved with the consumption of alcohol,” Smith says. “Be sure to eat something before you start drinking. And after one or two, skip to the soft drinks. Getting drunk should be saved for when you are with friends and those you trust.”Get out early. “Most of the big-wigs tend to arrive early and leave early,” Smith says. “You too should plan to be on time and leave before things get too messy.” Smith says you’ll know it’s time to leave if the music gets loud and the lights get low, if one or more people begin to remove necessary clothing, if someone drunk is talking into a microphone, or if more than one-third of the guests have already left.Take advantage of networking opportunities. While at the holiday party, it’s a great time to mingle with and talk to people outside your work group, especially executives, says Arden Clise, a business etiquette consultant. “This is a rare opportunity to get to know these folks when they aren’t busy at work,” she says. “Don’t talk about work or be a Debbie Downer. Be upbeat, complimentary and interested in others. Don’t complain, gossip or talk about controversial topics like politics or religion.”Remember your manners. Even if this year’s party reflects the struggling economy (as it probably will), don’t talk about it. “Your boss does not like to be reminded about the lavish parties the company once had,” says etiquette expert and publicist Susan Blond. “Eat your carrot sticks and enjoy.”Have you had an embarrassing moment at an office holiday party? Let us know (but please keep it G-rated)last_img read more

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Neeraj seeks personal best and medal in CWG

first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, Mar 4 (PTI) The Commonwealth Games may be taking place early in the athletics season but Indias top javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra says he can hit top gear and better his personal best to win a medal at Gold Coast next month. The 20-year-old Chopra, whose personal best of 86.48m in 2016 remains the junior world record, said his off-season three-month stint in Offenburg, Germany under prominent coach Werner Daniels has been beneficial to him. He is hoping that he will better his personal best this year after failing to do so last season. “It was more about strength training, strength building in Offenburg and I feel I have achieved with what I have set out before the German stint. I have improved in my core strength and I feel I am stronger than before,” he told PTI in an interview. The Haryana thrower said that touching his personal best should fetch him a medal in the April 4-15 CWG as well as the Asian Games in August-September. “After I set the junior world record in 2016, I could not improve upon my personal best in 2017. My target this year to consistently throw above 85m mark and do better than my personal best. I feel I can do that at Gold Coast and win a medal for my country. That will be my first medal in a big multi-sporting event,” he said. “This year is an important one for me. There are these CWG and Asian Games and then I will take part in some Diamond League series and other international events also,” said Chopra who will be one of the top stars in the Federation Cup Senior Championships beginning in Patiala tomorrow.advertisement Last year, Chopra had a 85.63m effort in Patiala for his best of the season. He won the Asian Championships gold in Bhubaneswar. He also took part in three Diamond League series events, finishing fifth in one. But he disappointed in the London World Championships, failing to make it to the final round after a best effort of 82.26m. Chopra was in Germany till the first week of last month and he bagged a silver at a competition in Offenberg where he hit 82.80m to finish second behind world champion Johannes Vetter of Germany. “Vetter also trains at the same facility at Offenburg though our training timings are different. I met him on a few occasions but did not interact much,” he said. He is now with the legendary German Uwe Hohn, a former world record holder and the only javelin thrower to cross 100m mark, at the NIS Patiala. “I am with Hohn for around 15 days or so and so it is initial days with him. He has been watching me during training but not much more than that. I have been training with the way I had done in Germany. “Lets see how we work from now on. I want to do well in the Federation Cup and win a medal in the CWG. The competition among the trainees at the NIS is getting better with more people touching 80m, its good for all of us.” Last year, Chopra became the first Indian track and field athlete to sign a deal with American sports beverage manufacturer Gatorade and he is happy with it. “Earlier, I used to drink only water during training and competition but now Gatorade is giving me energy. A lot of top class athletes like Usain Bolt used to drink Gatorade. I took these Gatorade pouches in Germany and it helped me a lot,” he said. On a lighter note, he said the stint in Germany improved his cooking skills. “I had to cook my own food there. I took some cooking material with me from India. I had to make roti (bread), cook dal (pulses) chawal (rice) and boiled vegetables. It was difficult for me but I have to do that and I got better in that.” PTI PDS PDS AH AHlast_img read more

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Arsenal’s £50m transfer budget concerns Keown

first_imgTransfers Arsenal’s £50m budget leaves Emery with defensive dilemma in summer window – Keown Chris Burton 01:02 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Unai Emery Getty Transfers Arsenal Premier League The new man in charge at Emirates Stadium will have to manage his transfer funds carefully and carefully choose which areas to strengthen Unai Emery is reported to have only £50 million ($67m) to spend at Arsenal this summer and Martin Keown fears that will not be enough to address defensive issues.The Gunners have opted to head in a new managerial direction after 22 years under the guidance of Arsene Wenger, but a frugal approach to recruitment appears to remain.There will be no matching the big-spending of rivals such as Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United, with value being sought in a market which has seen price tags soar in the wake of Neymar’s record-breaking €222m (£194m/$259m) move to Paris Saint-Germain. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal will, therefore, be forced to prioritise certain areas for strengthening, with Keown of the opinion that there may not be enough money in the pot to plug a leaky back line.The former Gunners defender told the Daily Mail on the transfer dilemma facing Emery: “He has to assess whether Arsenal’s central defenders are good enough for him.”Laurent Koscielny is out for six months, Per Mertesacker has retired, Shkodran Mustafi has had a difficult season and he also has two young defenders in Rob Holding and Calum Chambers.”There will have to be a different message with more emphasis on defence than attack.”It will be encouraging for Ivan Gazidis that Emery has already identified areas where he can improve the players already at Arsenal.”With reports of only £50m to spend, a lot of the change is going to have to take place on the training pitch.”Arsenal did snap up Greek centre-half Konstantinos Mavropanos during the January transfer window and have seen encouraging signs from the 20-year-old.They also have plenty of potential emerging from a famed academy system, but Emery may decide to go in search of experience as he seeks to return the club to the Premier League’s top four and Champions League competition.last_img read more

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Salah, Ronaldo & best team of the Champions League

first_imgUEFA Champions League Champions League 2017-18 – Salah, Ronaldo & best team of the tournament Goal Last updated 1 year ago 05:31 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(15) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Champions League final 2017-18 Getty Images UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool After Madrid took the honours for a third straight year in Kiev, we look back at the best performers over the course of a gripping competitionlast_img

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Australian Referees Announced For 2011 World Cup

first_imgThe referees are listed below:David BaggioLeigh BryantNathan BudgeTony CalabriaScott CampbellDamien CarlsonSam ClarkKaren DaviesTanya FindlayAdam FoleyBrett FreshwaterJohn FrostKen GilbertSamantha HaconBelinda HunterSimon JacksonPeter JonesMark KellyLarry KentGavin KingMichael LandsbergMatt LaveryDale LawrenceIan McFarlaneMichael McGrathRichard McILroyLuke McKenzieBarry McNamaraSally MelzerPeter MillingtonBen MortonChris MurrayVictor NaumovskiBeau NewellJamie OliverTim PearsonDaniel ScullyChris Schwerdt (formerly Dennison-Smith)Bill SladeAnthony SmithBrad SmithPaul SullivanGreg TaylorNicole TeoJohn TurnbullAnton Van RensburgAdam VickeryRob  WardKen WilsonCliff WinnettAlex Wonglast_img

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Jaguar’s i-Pace Concept is a 400HP, All-Electric Beauty

first_img Editors’ Recommendations A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now We knew it was coming. Though some automakers have been more bullish, or more overt about electric vehicles, all brands are likely embrace electrification at some point. Now it’s Jaguar’s turn.Ahead of this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show, the U.K. automaker has revealed its Jaguar i-Pace concept, an all-electric crossover that previews the company’s first electric production model. There’s a lot going on with this vehicle, but here are some of the biggest highlights:220 miles of EV range400 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque via front and rear motorsFive seats90 minutes of charge time to hit 80 percent battery capacity“The i-Pace Concept is a radical departure for electric vehicles,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar’s head of design. “It’s a dramatic, future-facing design — the product of Jaguar DNA matched with beautiful, premium details and British craftsmanship.”Jaguar’s latest styling cues are massaged into the low-riding vehicle. Without an internal combustion engine or transmission, however, the cabin has been moved further forward — unlike any current Jaguar model. Notably, Jaguar chose to keep a more traditional grille (which isn’t needed without an engine to cool) to maintain design lineage with current vehicles. Grille or not, the i-Pace touts an impressive 0.29 coefficient of drag.Adding drama to the i-Pace’s exterior is a set of 23-inch Nighthawk wheels finished in dark gray and gloss black. The overall shape is somewhere in between the XE and F-Pace, with a coupe roofline and chopped rear end. Curvaceous LED taillights, pioneered by the F-Type, look sharp on the i-Pace.Inside, Jaguar’s designers imagined a cockpit with advanced tech, high-end build materials, and a nicely contrasted layout.“Our brief was to create a spacious performance SUV that could comfortably carry five people, stated Callum. “Otherwise we had a clean sheet of paper. To deliver this, we embraced the freedom that electrification offers designers.”The i-Pace was made to emphasize a feeling of space and sportiness. To that end, driver and front passenger sit fairly low for a crossover, and rear passengers have ample head and legroom. A 10.0-inch fully digital driver display and 12.0-inch infotainment screen dominate the dash, while a smaller, third display sits just below the center stack and shows climate control settings. The i-Pace features a Wi-Fi hot spot, inControl vehicle apps, and a new Spotify app.Interior real estate that isn’t devoted to a screen is covered in Windsor leather, carbon fiber, Alcantara, aluminum, or open-pore walnut veneer. The entire roof is covered in glass to, again, promote the sense of space. At night, LEDs within the roof illuminate for some pizazz.On the performance end, all-wheel drive, 400hp, and 516 lb-ft. of torque translate to a 0 to 60 mph sprint of about 4.0 seconds.“Electric motors provide immediate response with no lag, no gearshifts, and no interruptions,” remarked Ian Hoban, Jaguar’s vehicle line director. “Their superior torque delivery compared to internal combustion engines transforms the driving experience.”The i-Pace rides on an all-new platform, which integrates the car’s battery packs within the floor (like Tesla’s vehicles). The low center of gravity, aided by a double-wishbone front suspension, and Integral Link (multilink) rear suspension, affords the i-Pace agile driving dynamics.If you’re intrigued by Jaguar’s latest concept, you’ll be pleased to know that a production version will be introduced late next year, and will go on sale in 2018. Pricing is anyone’s guess at this point, but the $40-$50,000 territory (before incentives) feels right. What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) The Jeep Gladiator Helped Me Rediscover Fun Outdoors The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected last_img read more

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Funds Set Aside in Upcoming Budget for Research

first_imgStory Highlights He said that further details of the allocation will be provided in the Estimates of Expenditure, which will be tabled in the House of Representatives next week. He said that one of the first initiatives to be undertaken is investigation into the funding of research and development in Jamaica.“We need to measure exactly how much we are spending on research and where it is coming from, so we can set goals going forward. If we don’t start from a basis of knowing exactly where we are… then we won’t know how to set goals,” Dr. Clarke argued.The Finance Minister noted that research funded by Government has resulted in some of the greatest innovations in the world. He cited the Internet, global positioning system (GPS), the Google search engine, and several vaccines such as the flu shot.“There is no doubt that where fiscal space exists, the spending of Government in directed ways… (has facilitated) a lot of breakthroughs,” he said.He lauded UWI for the depth and diversity of research that has been undertaken over the years, particularly at the Mona campus.Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke (right), tries out virtual reality glasses during a tour of the research village at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Research Days 2019 on February 6.Final year UWI student, Sheldon Marshall (left), and Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal, UWI Mona, Professor Dale Webber, look on. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says funds have been set aside in the upcoming Budget for the pursuit of research at the tertiary level.He said that further details of the allocation will be provided in the Estimates of Expenditure, which will be tabled in the House of Representatives next week.He noted that by providing the funds, the Government is “making its intention clear that research is fundamentally important to the growth and development of Jamaica, but we need to do it in a way that can be sustainably maintained”.“We have priority areas where knowledge needs to be developed, and further allocation… will be done on a competitive basis and will be aligned with those priorities,” he said.Dr. Clarke was addressing the opening ceremony for the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Research Days at the Mona campus on February 6.Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon Nigel Clarke (second right), holds a sea cucumber during a tour of the research village at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Research Days 2019 on February 6, while intern at the Discovery Bay Marine Lab, Jodi-Ann Burton (right), points out the features. Looking on are Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal, UWI Mona, Professor Dale Webber (second left); and intern at the Discovery Bay Marine Lab, Jalisa King. He noted that the university has a crucial role to play in the “liberation of knowledge and intellectual pursuit”.“There is a certain ambivalence about knowledge that has characterised some of our development…and the University of the West Indies has a role in ensuring that that ambivalence ends,” Dr. Clarke said.The UWI Research Days, which is in its 20th year, runs from February 6-8. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says funds have been set aside in the upcoming Budget for the pursuit of research at the tertiary level. He noted that by providing the funds, the Government is “making its intention clear that research is fundamentally important to the growth and development of Jamaica, but we need to do it in a way that can be sustainably maintained”. last_img read more

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Canada’s Silicon Valley consul general opens up about techlash, Sidewalk Labs

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press TORONTO — When Rana Sarkar was appointed consul general of Canada in San Francisco in 2017, he was entering the job with years of experience at KPMG Canada, the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and the Canada-India Business Council.But most of the challenges facing the industry he was about to delve into have seldom been encountered before — struggles around digital rights, a backlash against technology, questions about the social responsibilities of innovation businesses and growing worries about the role of smart cities.Sarkar sat down with The Canadian Press to discuss some of these issues.  You’ve been in this role for roughly a year and a half. What has your focus been on?I think the issues we have been dealing with are investment traction, working with our Canadian ecosystem to ensure they are better connected and improving the rate and velocity of connectivity between Canadian companies and companies more locally. Part of what we are trying to do is increase flow and that is not just companies looking to raise money or sell or any of that. Those are part of it, but it is also exposing them to things that are going on and other ecosystems.There are a lot of Canadians in Silicon Valley and it’s an ideal time for them to be looking back at Canada and helping refresh their lens in terms of what is taking place in Canada. Most of them have family and professional contacts out here, but they are just starting to explore re-entry or are looking at opportunities in Canada. We are obviously encouraging that because of the dynamism of opportunities back here.So it’s not just our imagination that the U.S. tech scene has started to care more about Canada?No, especially because of the challenges of the Bay area. They are hitting a point where cost is an issue. We have staff travelling in great distances, two hours one way. The cost of living in the area and the cost of owning the average house in the Bay area is now $940,000 or 4.5 times the average in the U.S. Getting your kids to school is tough. It’s a challenge for a lot of people if you haven’t won the super lottery.‘Techodus’ is very hot in the Bay area right now and Austin, Denver and Seattle are often seen as secondary locations, but Canada is seeing a lot of attention as well. I have a couple of people on our school run that basically commute to Vancouver every week, which is an interesting phenomenon.Are the people coming here just heading for typical tech hubs — Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal?They are also looking at Alberta. I think Calgary and Edmonton are doing a good job at attracting people back to their ecosystems, but that is just anecdotal at this stage.I think there are real opportunities for the revitalized Winnipeg. I think Halifax is finding a real boom. I was just there recently and Halifax is probably booming more than in the post-war period.The Valley and tech is going to spread out. What you are going to start seeing is thinner firms that are more geographically spread out and are more purposeful and their growth is attentive growth. People are going to be able to work remotely and from a variety of places. That would mean the revitalization of a whole bunch of different communities.Does that mean you think the arrival of Uber, Amazon and Microsoft are good for Canada’s innovation economy? I think you can hold two ideas at the same time. I think you can say if we have smart growth of the ecosystem and people building jobs and opportunities, it’s a good thing.I think we do need to pay more attention to intellectual property. We need to pay more attention to types of businesses we are building and how we are supporting them. The things we are doing in terms of investing in the ecosystem and the incentive programming is actually important work and has been successful. Not everything is going to be successful. Not everything is going to be a home run, but we need to be making this push urgently.In your job you must feel like you have to strike a balance between attracting the big companies to Canada and making them care about the country, but also encouraging entrepreneurs here to feel like they can grow and build a hit business here without leaving.Absolutely.My job is not to be down there to be luring big tech companies. My job is to be having conversations with tech companies. We are having tough conversations with them as we should and as we need to. I think this next couple of years all of us are going to be engaged in much tougher conversations on this issue.I don’t think we should look to the Valley like it’s the nineties and the only way we can grow is if we raise a round (of funding) in the U.S. I think you go down to find partners and inspiration and a sense of what is happening in the global marketplace.Speaking of issues, so many of the conversations in Canadian tech lately have been around Sidewalk Labs and the smart city it is hoping to build with Waterfront Toronto. How do you feel about the project?I think what’s in the best interest of cities should always be paramount. Tech is additive, but I also think there’s a danger in ‘techlash’ itself, where we could overcorrect and become closed off to the opportunities in technology, which are also significant.Are we striking a good balance right now?This is going to be a contested conversation. It is going to be forward and back. It is going to be messy. There are no straight lines here, but I think where the conversation gets enriched is when people have higher degrees of literacy and are more fluent on the issues, so it is not one or two spokespeople from polarized sides, but everyone contributing with an informed view.Aside from data, at every tech talk, there seems to be a persistent question: How do you build the next Shopify? Is that something we should be focused on?I think we do need anchor tenants. We need companies of scale that have global ambitions and unique intellectual property.So then what are your priorities for 2019?I think part of it is building capacity internally within our organization so we are better embedded.I think I am focused on being a part of critical conversations and making sure Canada’s voice is at those tables. These are not easy conversations. The days of tech utopianism are over, but I am still a tech optimist, but I think we need to do a lot of work around it. read more

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More than 30 people perish in UN plane crash in DR Congo

4 April 2011Only one person out of 33 passengers and crew members has survived a United Nations plane crash today at the main airport in the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The plane, which had been travelling from the north-eastern city of Kisangani, was attempting to land in heavy rain at N’Djili airport in Kinshasa when it crashed about 1.30 p.m. local time after missing the runway.Alain Le Roy, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told journalists that initial indications were that bad weather was a key factor in the accident.The UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) reported that the plane was carrying 29 passengers and four crew members. All but five of the passengers worked for the UN, with the others working for international organizations or non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Most of the UN staff on board worked for MONUSCO but some were serving with UN agencies.Ambassador Néstor Osorio of Colombia, which holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council this month, said the Council’s 15 members expressed their “profound sorrow.” He offered his deepest condolences to the families of the victims.MONUSCO has set up a task force in the wake of the crash to lead the investigation and determine what follow-up actions are needed. Counsellors are being provided for affected staff and a hotline is also being established for the families and friends of the crash victims.The peacekeeping mission said the names of the victims will be released after their bodies have been positively identified and the next of kin informed. read more

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Mullaitivu journalist arrested over Navy complaint

A journalist based in Mullaitivu was arrested today over a complaint filed by the Navy.He was subsequently released on bail. Tamil Guardian said that its Mullaitivu correspondent Shanmugam Thavaseelan was arrested a day after he was questioned by the Police.The journalist’s lawyers argued that the allegations leading to his arrest were fabricated and part of a targeted campaign of harassment and intimidation. The reason given for the arrest was that he had assaulted and caused injury to the Navy officer during a protest staged by families of the missing. (Colombo Gazette)

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G7 leaders will hear Canadas new approach for boosting world economy

ISE, Japan – A group of powerful world leaders is about to hear a starkly new take on what Canada thinks must be done to revive the stagnant global economy.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will promote Canada’s growth-boosting plan to his Group of Seven counterparts this week in Japan.Trudeau’s theme: government investment is better than belt-tightening.This approach will sound different to G7 leaders than the message they likely heard from Trudeau’s predecessor, Stephen Harper.The ex-Conservative leader, who lost power to Trudeau’s Liberals last fall, regularly called upon the global community to apply budgetary restraint.Trudeau’s approach is expected to be well-received by most of his G7 peers at the two-day summit, which begins Thursday in Japan’s Ise-Shima region.Most of the leaders have supported the use of fiscal tools to foster growth, but countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom are likely to stick to their cost-cutting approaches.Peter Boehm, Trudeau’s personal representative at the G7, said it’s important to strike the right balance.“Each country has a particular set of circumstances so fiscal stimulus is obviously important for the government of Canada as it is for other governments as well,” Boehm, the deputy minister of international development and Canada’s ambassador to Germany from 2008-2012, told reporters.“There’s also a debate that continues on structural reform and austerity and the idea is to get the mix right. In some countries you need to look at different types of stimulus measures and what you can do to grow the economy. The signal that the leaders send in the collective is important for markets and it’s important for how the international financial institutions will react.”One of Canada’s closest G7 allies in the anti-austerity camp is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who met with Trudeau and International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland on Tuesday in Tokyo.“Prime Minister Abe has been a real pioneer in emphasizing the need for governments to use fiscal tools,” Freeland, who participated in Trudeau’s bilateral meeting with Abe, told reporters Wednesday in Tokyo.“And, as you know, our government very much is in agreement … So, we’ll be very pleased to engage in that discussion.”Japan, however, has a huge amount of debt compared to Canada and has been forced to try a combination of approaches to lift growth, including asset purchases or “quantitative easing.”The situation is better in Canada, where the Liberals say low interest rates combined with the country’s relatively low debt-to-GDP ratio have created good borrowing conditions.As a result, they have committed to running years of budgetary deficits in order to double federal infrastructure spending over the next decade to $120 billion.“Canada, at this meeting, will be speaking strongly on the side of investing in growth, rather than in favour of austerity,” Freeland said.The government believes the G7, which also includes the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Germany, provides a good forum to share Canada’s approach.Trudeau is scheduled to get one-on-one time Thursday with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the summit.However, he likely will have a tough time persuading Merkel to make a big shift away from her cost-reducing stance.The G7 leaders will also discuss a range of other subjects, including security, refugees, health, climate change and the empowerment of women.Canada is expected to try to encourage G7 partners to join Ottawa in refusing to pay ransoms to kidnappers.The issue is of particular significance for Canada after militants in the Philippines beheaded Canadian hostage John Ridsdel last month. Ridsdel was kidnapped alongside fellow Canadian Robert Hall, who is still being held by the group.“I think we’re seeing a summit where there won’t be a single, burning issue,” John Kirton, director of the G8 Research Group at University of Toronto, said in a recent interview.Kirton believes U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima is likely to attract the majority of the media attention away from the summit.Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit the city, which was levelled by an atomic bomb during the Second World War.But Kenjiro Monji, Japan’s ambassador to Canada, said in a recent interview that the global economy will be the “main theme” of the summit. He added it’s very important the G7 strikes a strong message about growth.One expert said while the G7’s anti-austerity camp holds the consensus, the challenge is finding a way for heavily indebted European countries to make that shift.Either way, G7 countries will closely watch how Trudeau’s plan unfolds, said Matt Browne, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington.“It would not surprise me in the years to come that the example of Canada, should it prove to be successful, … would then indeed set an example for others to follow,” said Browne, whose organization is run by high-ranking figures in Democratic politics.With the other leaders at the summit facing domestic hurdles, Browne said newcomer Trudeau and his relatively fresh slate are in a unique position.“I think that allows him to be braver,” he said when asked about the four years of majority government Trudeau has in front of him.Obama, meanwhile, is seen by many as a “lame-duck” president as his final term nears its end.British Prime Minister David Cameron is swamped ahead of next month’s vote on whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union — the so-called Brexit.Browne said observers feel Hollande’s presidency has been a disaster.In Germany, Merkel faces lower levels of growth than expected and the inability of the labour market to integrate refugees, he added.Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi must cope with one of the highest government debt loads in the European Union. Renzi has opposed Germany’s austerity position, insisting that spending is the best way to boost growth.Abe also has to deal with a massive amount of public debt and a parliamentary election later this year, which will force him to postpone a planned hike in the national sales tax.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted May 25, 2016 6:04 am MDT Last Updated May 25, 2016 at 11:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to a press conference in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick G7 leaders will hear Canada’s new approach for boosting world economy read more

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First nonstop flight from Australia to UK arrives in London on historic day

first_imgThe flight marked a “historic day for aviation”, said airline Chief Executive Alan Joyce. The new link with Perth is around three hours quicker than routes that involve stopping in the Middle East to change planes or refuel. It also enables faster journeys to Sydney and Melbourne than flying via Dubai.Western Australia’s premier, Mark McGowan, was among more than 200 passengers to arrive on the flight.He tweeted a picture of the Australian delegation of politicians and officials, the flight’s pilots and a didgeridoo player in Aboriginal dress and body paint at the terminal. History made. ✈️The @Qantas Dreamliner has landed in London, carrying more than 200 passengers. A new era of travel and opportunities for Western Australia’s economy has officially begun. pic.twitter.com/mlrHGV1h7X— Mark McGowan (@MarkMcGowanMP) March 25, 2018 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. A momentous occasion on the flight deck of #QF9#QantasDreamliner pic.twitter.com/dRTh79ZxUb— Qantas (@Qantas) March 24, 2018 Perth is officially the western gateway to Australia. Now connected directly to London in just over 17 hours. Congratulations @Qantas on a perfect flight, lots of happy passengers along the way. #QF9 pic.twitter.com/341nRMj0RU— Mark McGowan (@MarkMcGowanMP) March 25, 2018 “From today it will be the first link between Australia and Europe that has ever occurred non-stop in aviation,” he told reporters at a launch event. “We are so excited.”About 730,000 British tourists visit Australia every year and the new service could boost interest in the state of Western Australia, often overlooked in favour of the country’s east coast, said Tourism Minister Steven Ciobo.”There will be more opportunity than ever before for us to continue to showcase and highlight all the very best parts of Australia, including some of the most magnificent and iconic parts of Western Australia,” he said. The service was a “game-changer”, said Mena Rawlings, Britain’s high commissioner to Australia.”To have the opportunity to get on a plane at Heathrow and step out in Perth is just phenomenally exciting and I’m sure we are going to see lots and lots of people taking advantage of that.”Qantas plans to introduce non-stop flights from Australia’s east coast to Britain in the next few years. The maiden flight of a new non-stop regular service between Australia and the UK has arrived at London Heathrow.Qantas 9 (QF9) touched down at Terminal Three at 5.02am on Sunday, just over 17 hours after setting off from Perth at 7pm local time (11am GMT) on Saturday.The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner completed the 9,226-mile journey to arrive slightly earlier than the scheduled arrival time 5.10am.The UK’s longest non-stop regular passenger flight will set off back for Perth at 1.15pm on Sunday.The route is 24 per cent further than the UK’s existing longest service, operated by Garuda Indonesia between Heathrow and Jakarta (7,275 miles).last_img read more

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The New DuckTales Might Have the Best Cast Ever

first_img DuckTales, Danger Mouse and Inspector Gadget are all getting rebootedDuckTales Remastered is everything you wanted it to be Stay on target Woohoo! As cautious as we were about the DuckTales reboot, a cast announcement video alleviated a lot of our fears.As a way to get us hyped for the show in the only way Disney knows how–by getting the theme song stuck in our heads–a video was released showing the cast performing a version of the iconic track. The video doubles as a cast announcement video and not only do we get more nostalgic as it goes on, we also get more excited as it drops more names.Here’s a quick rundown of the cast, which features major players from Doctor Who, Parks and Recreation, Community, and Saturday Night Live.Number 10 himself, David Tennant, will be playing Scrooge McDuck (the original actor, Alan Young, passed away earlier this year). His nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, will be played by Danny Pudi (Abed on Community), Ben Schwartz (Jean-Ralphio on Parks and Recreation), and Bobby Moynihan (SNL), respectively.Outside the main family, Beck Bennett (SNL) will be playing Launchpad McQuack, Kate Micucci (Steven Universe) will be Webby, and Toks Olagundoye (Castle) will be Mrs. Beakley.The cast is full of famous faces, but most also have experience in voice over. Tennant, for example, played the Fugitoid in the most recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show. Schwartz was on BoJack Horseman and did voice consulting for BB-8. Moynihan is on We Bare Bears, Micucci and Olagundoye were on Steven Universe, and Bennett is in the upcoming Sing.The original DuckTales is a classic cartoon, especially for 90s kids. It combined sharp wit, adventure, and memorable, original characters. In this age of reboots (which I don’t always think is a bad thing), it’s always worrisome to see a classic property get redone. Seeing a cast as good as this–one that is full of obvious energy and enthusiasm–gives us a little more hope. At the very least, it’ll be worth watching to hear these talents’ voices come out of our favorite characters.DuckTales will be returning in 2017 to Disney XD.Also, here’s the original theme. Have fun.last_img read more

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Apple Unveils Apple Watch Series 3 With BuiltIn Cellular Support

first_imgStay on target iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week Today during the Apple event held at the Steve Jobs Theater, Apple came forward and announced its Apple Watch Series 3 today, which will be the first in the line of smartwatches to include cellular connectivity out of the gate. This means you’ll be able to take your watch with you everywhere you go without the aid of your iPhone to make phone calls, text your friends, and do plenty of other cool stuff without worrying about Bluetooth connectivity to your phone or being chained to the device.The new watch will include a new, faster dual-core processor compared to the upcoming iPhone 8’s six-core processor, which is 70% quicker than the previous model. This time you’ll actually be able to converse with Siri, and your Wi-Fi connectivity will be improved as well, with 50% more power efficiency. The battery life is getting bolstered as well, a consistent pain point with the smart watch, as now the watch should feature 18 hours of battery life, a significant improvement over the first series’ performance.The Apple Watch has risen to become the “number one watch in the world,” over companies like Fossil, Rolex, and Omega, which is a pretty important statement when you consider the fact that just last year it was #2 in the ranking, having experienced 50 percent year-over-year growth in the interim. There weren’t any specific sales numbers given during the livestream of the event, but it’s safe to say they’re pretty impressive.The new Apple Watch Series 3 will set you back $399 if you opt for the model that can connect independently of your phone, and $329 for the base model. You’ll be able to choose between new watch bands, including designs from Nike and Hermes, if you’re feeling fancy.Preorders are opening up on September 15, but the watch itself will actually be up for grabs later this month on September 22. That’s good news if you’re wanting to pick up an Apple Watch for the first time and don’t really need to upgrade, because you’ll also be able to pick up one of the Series 1 starting at $249. With the improvements made across the different models, however, you may just want to go ahead and pony up the extra cash for the Series 3 base model. It would make more sense.Better start saving up those pennies now, especially if you’re also going to be upgrading to the newly-announced iPhone X, which just made its debut today during the same Apple event.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Vancouver womans computer hacked over the phone

first_imgKatrina Wegner admits she felt naive after she was duped by a man who hacked into her computer over the phone last week.The Vancouver resident got a call from a man claiming to be with Microsoft support who said her computer was running slowly and sending out error reports. Her caller ID showed a number from Ontario, Canada. At first, he seemed legitimate. Having just sent her Windows 8 phone to the Nokia store for repairs, she thought they might have found a problem with the computer since the two sync. He walked her through steps to remotely gain access to her computer — having her type in codes and commands. She gave her IP address and computer ID. “The way that he got into my computer seemed really official,” Wegner said. From there, he pulled up her notebook and typed in prices for a program that he said prevented hackers from entering her computer. When she told him she didn’t have enough money for the program, she saw the cursor move toward the webcam. She couldn’t move the cursor and told him someone was accessing her webcam. He softly chuckled. “That freaks me out,” Wegner said. “Some people just have no respect for other people’s property.”She asked for his phone number and he recited her own number back to her, at which point she pulled the battery out of her computer and hung up.last_img read more

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ASME Prez Blurring AdEdit Line Compromises Industrys Health

first_imgNEW YORK—Ad revenues are down. Headcount is down. Attendance at events—including this one—is down.Even entrees to the National Magazine Awards, which will be presented here on Thursday night, are down. And pressure from advertisers on magazine publishers to blur the line between advertising and editorial is way up. Yet, even in this economy, succumbing to that pressure would be a mistake, said David Willey, editor of Runner’s World and president of the American Society of Magazine Editors, at ASME’s annual board meeting Wednesday.“It has gotten more and more prevalent,” Willey said of advertising on covers.  “Even in this economy, ASME will continue to stand for its core principals.”“When brands and marketing become comingled, trust in our brands is compromised—as is the long-term health of our brands.Added Willey: “The future of our industry will not be determined by marketers.”During the panel discussion that followed ASME’s election of officers, talk turned to the economy.“I hate to say it, but [magazine advertising] is never going to come back to anything of what it once was,” said Allen Sloan, Fortune’s editor-at-large.  “Since we pretty much give away our magazines—and they depend on print advertising—we’re going to have to charge more for our magazines.”Said Sloan: “Waiting for the Lord of Advertising to come and save you just isn’t going to work.”last_img read more

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