a month agoWatford manager Sanchez Flores likes new position for Sarr

first_imgWatford manager Sanchez Flores likes new position for Sarrby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores thinks Ismalia Sarr is suited to play as a striker.The Senegalese was deployed as a lone forward against Arsenal on Sunday, having previously been deployed primarily as a winger.”I think the best quality of Sarr is of course his skill,” Sanchez Flores said.”The velocity is something very pure and very interesting for us. This kind of player is giving us a break in lines – you put one as a striker, a good striker with big velocity between defence and midfielders.”He will run, separate the lines and find space. He’s there really to run. He’s very young, so it’s very interesting when he’s playing because at the start he was a little bit shy, but then little by little he was more relaxed, more confident and to see the progress was really good and good for him.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

IPL 2019: Chennai Super Kings crush Delhi Capitals, storm into 8th IPL final

first_imgIPL 2019: Chennai Super Kings crush Delhi Capitals, storm into 8th IPL finalIPL 2019: Chennai Super Kings set up an IPL final against Mumbai Indians after defeating Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets in Qualifier 2 in Vizag on Friday after Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson hit identical scores of 50. scorecard No data available! graphs Rajarshi Gupta VisakhapatnamMay 10, 2019UPDATED: May 11, 2019 00:01 IST Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Capitals to reach IPL finals. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSChennai Super Kings beat Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets to reach the 2019 IPL finalCSK will take on Mumbai Indians in the final in Hyderabad on May 12CSK have now reached the IPL final in 8 out of the 10 seasons they have played inFaf du Plessis and Shane Watson hit half-centuries as Chennai Super Kings crushed Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets in Qualifier 2 in Vizag on Friday to storm into the final of the 2019 Indian Premier League. CSK, who will play their 8th IPL final on May 12, face Mumbai Indians in a bid to defend their title.Chennai Super Kings have now reached the final in 8 of 10 seasons of the Indian Premier League. They were suspended for 2 seasons in 2016 and 2017 but came back with a bang in 2018 to win the IPL for the 3rd time. CSK had finished second in the points table – they had lost Qualifier 2 to Mumbai Indians on May 7 but grabbed the second chance with both hands in Qualifier 2 against Delhi Capitals who were eyeing their maiden final.Chasing 148 for a place in the title clash, CSK openers Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson started watchfully but picked the ante after they got their eyes in. While du Plessus hit 50 off 39 balls before falling to Trent Boult, Shane Watson was dismissed by Amit Mishra for a 32-ball 50. But by the time Watson exited, CSK were cruising along at 109 for 2 in 12.2 overs.CSK’s triumph was scripted by their bowlers who restricted a power-packed DC batting line-up to a modest 147 for 9. Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo picked 2 wickets apiece to ensure Capitals never got away.3 Delhi Capitals batsmen make the top-10 leading run-scorers list in the 2019 IPL. Shikhar Dhawan (521), Rishabh Pant (488) and Shreyas Iyer (463) were expected to play crucial roles in the second qualifier but barring Pant, the other DC batsmen disappointed on the night that mattered the most.advertisement.@ChennaiIPL reach their 8th #VIVOIPL final, what a team #CSKvDC pic.twitter.com/mMpGkNTJEbIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 10, 2019MS Dhoni won the toss, asked Delhi Capitals to bat and played down the Dads Army tag that has come to be associated with his team.Chennai Super Kings showed they are not a side to be trifled with. Age and experience are two factos they take plenty of pride in and it all came into play as the team sought their 8th IPL final. Deepak Chahar struck in his 2nd over and the 3rd of the DC innings to get rid of Prithvi Shaw whose classy 56 had paved the way for victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator.Harbhajan Singh, who became the 4th bowler to take 150 wickets in the Indian Premier League, then removed good friend and Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan as Delhi Capitals slipped to 37 for 2 before the end of the powerplay.Colin Munro was prmoted to No.3 ahead of skipper Shreyas Iyer and he was looking dangerous. There were crisp shots from his blade and it looked like DC could still reach a daunting total. Munro was in fine form and they still had Rishabh Pant to come in.But Ravindra Jadeja snared Colin Munro in the 9th over and Delhi Capitals were beginning to get into a really troubled zone. 3 wickets gone, DC were struggling to put enough runs on the board.Imran Tahir, who finished as the second highest wicket-taker in the 2019 Indian Premier League behind South African teammate Kagiso Rabada, put DC in a spot when he removed Shreyas Iyer in the 12th over. Dwayne Bravo dismissed Axar Patel in the next over and Capitals had lost half their side with only 80 on the board.Rishabh Pant had a lot to do with precious little overs left. In the Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad, he smashed a quickfire 49 and had promised to do a lot more in the second Qualifier but he was the lone specialist batsman standing after a collective top-oder failure.Pant faced 25 balls and hit 38 runs including 2 fours and a six but fell when Dwayne Bravo took a spectacular catch off Deepak Chahar. At 125 for 8, DC’s hopes of a big total were dashed.Ishant Sharma hit Ravindra Jadeja for a four and a six off the final over of the innings as Delhi Capitals reached 147 for 9 but that was never going to be enough against the defending champions who were determined to face off against arch rivals Mumbai Indians in the final of the 2019 Indian Premier League.Also Read | IPL 2019: Suresh Raina tying Rishabh Pant’s shoelaces is Spirit of CricketAlso Read | MS Dhoni reacts to Dads Army vs Kids Army in IPL 2019 Qualifier 2: Not botheredAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow IPL 2019center_img view more view less advertisement commentarylast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Heart goes out to players who have missed out, says Ravi Shastri

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Heart goes out to players who have missed out, says Ravi ShastriWorld Cup 2019: India head coach Ravi Shastri agreed that capable players have missed out on the World Cup berth but said the national selectors have zeroed in on the best combination for the mega tournament.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 15, 2019UPDATED: May 15, 2019 15:03 IST India head coach Ravi Shastri backed selectors for picking the best men for World Cup 2019. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia head coach Ravi Shastri empathised with players who were not selected for the World Cup 2019Virat Kohli said Dinesh Karthik was picked over Rishabh Pant for his experienceIndia will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on May 30It has been exactly a month since BCCI announced the India squad for World Cup 2019 and since then the team selection has been a hot topic of discussion because of the notable omissions in the 15-member squad.The national selectors sprung up a surprise by leaving out young wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant. Instead, Dinesh Karthik was named as the second choice wicketkeeping option after MS Dhoni.Ambati Rayudu also failed to make it to the squad as Vijay Shankar pipped the 33-year-old because of his ”three-dimensional” qualities.India head coach Ravi Shastri admitted that a couple of capable players were left out of the World Cup-bound squad and empathised with those who couldn’t fetch the seat.”We can very well imagine there’s more than an opinion in place that some capable guys have missed out. Heart goes out to them,” Ravi Shastri told the Times of India.”Picking 15 from an immensely talented pool is never easy. I’d say to these guys: Keep going the way you have. Be prepared, in case there’s an unforeseen requirement that pops up. But, what the selectors have zeroed in on: I’ll say, it’s the best combination that’s been put in place after factoring in all aspects.”Several former players had put their weight behind Rishabh Pant after the 21-year-old wasn’t named in the World Cup team.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly had recently said, “India will miss Pant in the World Cup. I don’t know in whose place but he will be missed.”However, speaking beside Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli explained that Dinesh Karthik was picked up for the World Cup because of the experience he carries under his belt.advertisement”In pressure situations, he’s shown composure. It was something that everybody on board was convinced about.””He has the experience. If, god forbid, something happens to MS (Dhoni), Karthik can be immensely valuable behind the wickets. As a finisher, he’s done well.”So, it was the overall exposure to a tournament of this magnitude that was taken into primary consideration.”The World Cup teams can change players until May 23 for the World Cup 2019 without the permission of the ICC. The World Cup starts on May 30 and India will start off their campaign against against South Africa on June 5.Also Read | When MS Dhoni suggested a Rs 10,000 fine, no one was ever late again for team meetingsAlso Read | Arjun Tendulkar shines with all-round show in T20 Mumbai League openerAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Rishabh PantFollow Dinesh KarthikFollow Ambati RayaduFollow Vijay Shankarlast_img read more

2019/20 Budget Represents Economic Opportunity for All – Dr. Clarke

first_imgFinance and Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the Government’s 2019/20 programmed expenditure of $835.9 billion represents an inclusive Budget, geared towards improving the quality of life for all Jamaicans.Details of the expenditure were outlined during the Minister presentation to open the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Thursday (March 7).“This Budget benefits everyone [and presents] economic opportunity for all,” Dr. Clarke said.He was addressing journalists during a post-Budget press conference at the Finance Ministry in Kingston on Friday (March 8).Among the major provisions are: a 25 per cent increase in social spending, from $16 billion to $20 billion; increased funding of nearly $2 billion for micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs); increase in the annual general consumption tax (GCT) threshold; reduction in transfer tax payable on property and financial instruments; abolition of the minimum business tax; asset tax modification; stamp duty reform; modification of the student loan regime; and funding for research and development.The Minister said the objective of the measures announced is to generate an uptick in economy activity that “will be of benefit to everyone.”“This [is] a Budget in which everyone has something [to gain]. It is, genuinely, economic opportunity for all,” he emphasised.He added that the crafting of the Budget is indicative of “what we can do in Jamaica with creativity… and what we can achieve with the set of resources that we have”.He credited the collaboration and supportof various stakeholders, including the multilateral development partners, in particular the International Monetary Fund (IMF).“So… with some amount of thought and planning, a good team and good partnerships, we can achieve a lot… and a lot more than we have become accustomed to,” Dr. Clarke said.last_img read more

Former JES CEO Disputes Resignation

first_imgzoom Former director of Singapore-listed shipbuilder JES International Holdings Limited Jin Xin is disputing his resignation dating back to May, 2015 alleging that the announcement is erroneous.The resignation was brought to question in a letter sent on Xin’s behalf by Colin Ng & Partners to JES, dated on July 2nd.JES categorically denied the allegations, saying that it had received scanned copies of the resignation documents, including Xin’s resignation letter, as well his declaration in relation to the announcement to be released on SGXNet, each duly executed by Jin Xin who resigned on 25th of May, 2015.However, the company did admit that the originals of the resignation documents had been placed in Ju Li Li’s custody, a former administrative assistant at one of the shipbuilder’s China-based subsidiaries, who has been sued by JES for the illegal possession of the company’s administration records, requesting their recovery.JES added that a preliminary investigation has since been carried out by an independent investigation panel to verify the allegations, however; Xin “refused to cooperate with the panel and/or give his account of events and submit any relevant evidence” to the case when asked by the panel.“In these present circumstances, until and unless the resignation documents are proved to be false and Mr Jin Xin’s signatures therein forged, the Board is of the view that the announcement is not erroneous,” JES said.The shipbuilder, undergoing debt restructuring, said it has engaged legal counsel to respond to the allegations and would not hesitate to take all necessary action against Jin Xin, including legal proceedings.last_img read more

PIZZA EXTRAVAGANZA

first_imgBinge on a variety of organic pizzas meticulously crafted by the chefs to tantalize your taste buds. These heavenly pizzas are made with organic flour and vegetables and are baked to perfection to give that authentic taste you crave for. To enhance the culinary treat, the restaurant serves these pizzas with Lemon Grass Ice Tea mocktail. The menu includes Oriental Chilli Garlic Mushroom Pizza, Peri-Peri Veg Pizza, Barbeque Paneer Pizza, Green Olive and New Potato Pizza, and Farmer’s Pick Pizza among others. Where: Blooms Restaurant, Eros Hotel, Nehru Place When: Until September 30 Timings: 3 pm – 7 pm Price: 799+taxeslast_img read more

Nunavut could see more jailhouse riots if Conservative crime bill passes justice

first_imgAPTN National NewsA violent incident at Nunavut’s only jail highlights a growing issue in the region.Nunavut has one of the highest crime rates in Canada.As APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers reports, proposed new legislation may make a bad situation even worse.last_img

Moroccos Ministry of Education Launches a Project to Videotape Lessons

Rabat – With a view to democratizing educational services and providing equal opportunities for all Moroccan students, the Ministry of Education has launched a project to videotape lessons.The Ministry has invited teachers and directors of schools, academies, and regional delegations to submit a tender to participate.Video courses will be presented by selected instructors on a voluntary basis. The Ministry of Education will train the volunteers for two days, and then they can start videotaping lessons outside official school hours. The videos will be required to follow specific standards; for instance, they may not exceed 15 minutes in length. After the approval of a coordinating team, the videos will be published on the Ministry’s WebTV and will be categorized according to their academic cycle and educational level, subjects, and curriculum.Making the most of the growing use of the Internet, the Ministry is trying to provide multiple educational resourses for students. This program opens doors for them to improve their levels and skills, especially for those who cannot afford private lessons. read more

EON Reality to Open a Virtual Reality Interactive Center in Morocco

Rabat – EON Reality, a world leader in Augmented and Virtual Reality (AVR), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and five other partners have signed an agreement to open the first Virtual Reality Interactive Digital Center in Morocco.The center will be located at the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University campus in Ben Guerir, a town one hour north of Marrakech. It will include a showroom, a development lab, and a research and development hub.On May 10, at a launch ceremony at the Sofitel in Rabat, EON Reality signed a memorandum of understanding with USAID, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, the Agency for Digital Development, Mohammed V University of Rabat, the Moroccan Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, and the Moroccan Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research. EON Reality will implement the project over the next five years. The project’s purpose is to prepare students for a digital world through AVR teaching methods. For Mats Johansson, the founder of EON Reality, “knowledge is a human right.” He said part of the project’s goals is to facilitate knowledge transfer.The center will train teachers and develop curricula in AVR, in fields such as aerospace and agronomy, as well as set up the world’s largest library of AVR material. It will train up to 100 students per year in AVR skills, and develop a 3D classroom model to benefit over 5000 students. It will also upskill workers in targeted industries. The project aims to increase the employability of Moroccan youth, and build entrepreneurship.Morocco technology hubAt the launch, Sidi Mohammed Drissi Melyani from the Agency for Digital Development noted this project is “an unprecedented revolution,” positioning Morocco as a technology hub and accelerating the country’s digital development.The center will be at the forefront of technological innovation and is a new concept in Morocco. “We are surfing the wave of VR,” Khalid Baddou, the chief communication officer at Mohammed VI Polytechnic, told Morocco World News.The job landscape is changing from technology disruptions. “We are trying to anticipate changes and create a new generation of African leaders,” he added.Guests at the launch were able to test the AVR experience.Mats Johansson and AVR technologyAfter taking her AVR headset off, Stephanie Miley, the US Embassy charge d’affaires explained what she saw. “You are looking at an engine turbine. You can approach it, and move around it. You can look at it from different angles, down the middle for example. It is quite amazing.”EON Reality is a multinational virtual reality and augmented reality software developer from the US.In 2017, EON Reality set up the H2O Maghreb Project in Morocco to improve water management practices in the country and in the rest of the Maghreb region. The program taught a water management training program which was delivered through VR tools to the Moroccan National Office for Electricity and Water. read more

Toronto Calgary lead home price gains in April CREA

OTTAWA — Toronto and Calgary led the country in rising home prices last month, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association.The MLS Home Price Index stood at 154.7 in April, up 5.2 percentage points nationally from a year ago and up 1.18 points from March..Toronto had the biggest year-to-year jump while Calgary led the country on a month-to-month basis.“Canadian home price gains are generally expected to moderate, but there are a few hot spots where prices are being fuelled by some strong housing market fundamentals,” association president Wayne Moen said in a news release.[np-related]Toronto has a tight housing supply, the monthly price index found.“Toronto has less than two months of supply compared to six months nationally, so it ranks among the tightest of Canadian housing markets,” Moen said.The MLS Home Price Index is compiled monthly by the Canadian Real Estate Association.It’s based on prices for one- and two-storey single family homes, townhouses and apartments in several key markets across Canada.The overall index stood at 154.7 at the end of April. The index indicates that overall Canadian home prices tracked by CREA are up nearly 55% since January 2005, when the index was at 100.The Toronto component of the index was at 149.7 in April, up 1.42 points from March and up 7.85 points from the same month last year.The Calgary component was at 175.8, up 2.03 percentage points from March and up 4.02 points from last year.The Vancouver component of the index was at 163.0, up 0.74 points from March and 3.69 points from April 2011 — a period when the city was experiencing unusually strong demand for multimillion-dollar properties. read more

TSX Wall Street slump on hawkish Yellen and disappointing Draghi

TORONTO — Fresh moves by the European Central Bank on its stimulus plans left traders feeling underwhelmed and helped pull down North American stock markets.Toronto’s S&P/TSX index closed the session down 139.15 points at 13,324.67.The ECB announced a cut in one of its key interest rates as part of an attempt to stimulate lending, but the decision appeared to be widely received as disappointing.The announcement caused the euro to jump three per cent against the dollar — a large move.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones plunged 252.01 points at 17,477.67, the broader S&P 500 index declined 29.89 points to 2,049.62 and the Nasdaq lost 85.70 points to 5,037.53.In commodities, the February gold contract rose $7.40 to US$1,061.20 an ounce, the January crude contract was up $1.14 at US$41.08 per barrel and the January contract for natural gas was ahead 1.6 cents at US$2.18.The Canadian dollar was up 0.06 of a cent at 74.97 cents U.S. read more

UK travel advice maintains concerns on Lanka

“Although no protests have so far been directed at the British community more generally, you should be vigilant and avoid demonstrations,” the travel advice, updated this month, has said. It says that although the LTTE suffered a military defeat in May 2009, the Government maintains extensive anti-terrorism powers and increased security measures including checkpoints and a highly visible military presence remains throughout the country. The Sri Lankan government had initially raised its concerns with the British High Commission in Colombo over the travel advice when it was first released in August.However the issue went unattended as the travel advice was released with amendments days later but with the same controversial notes. The Sri Lankan government had last September raised concerns with the British government over the travel advice and urged them to amend it.. Tourism industry officials in Sri Lanka had raised concerns over the impact the travel advice may have on British tourists visiting Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka is expecting more tourist arrivals from Britain next year with British Airways resuming flights to Colombo this month.The latest updated travel advice also says that there is an underlying threat from terrorism in Sri Lanka. The latest travel advice on Sri Lanka issued by the British Foreign and Commonwealth office, maintains that the end of the military conflict in May 2009 has seen an upsurge of nationalism in Sri Lanka.It says as a result, anti-Western (particularly anti-British) rhetoric has increased and this has led to violent protests against the British High Commission and other diplomatic premises. It also says that organised and armed gangs are known to operate in Sri Lanka and have been responsible for targeted kidnappings and violence.  While there is no evidence to suggest that British nationals are at particular risk, the travel advice says gangs have been known to frequent tourist areas.The updated travel advice says a majority of visits to Sri Lanka are incident free, although there are an increasing number of incidents of credit card fraud, road accidents and drownings. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Body of missing sailor found

The body of the sailor who went missing yesterday after a Navy boat had capsized during the victory day celebrations, was found in Bambalapitiya today.The boat which capsized had been salvaged by last night, officials said today. One Navy sailor was reported missing yesterday while three others were rescued when their boat capsized during the victory day parade at Galle Face.However the police and the navy refused to comment on the incident yesterday. (Colombo Gazette)

First trial for 1999 crimes against humanity opens in East Timor

The Prosecutor for the Special Panel for Serious Crimes, Stuart Alford, told the court the defendants were accused of 13 murders committed in four separate incidents as well as the attack and burning of a number of villages and the subsequent deportation of their inhabitants. All of the incidents took place between April and September 1999 in Lautem District, at the eastern end of the island.The Special Panel was established by the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) to investigate and prosecute serious crimes committed between January and October 1999.The most notorious incident charged against the defendants occurred on 25 September, when a group of clergy, church workers, a journalist and a youth were ambushed and killed near the village of Verokoko.Most of the 10 defendants present at today’s hearing were members of the Team Alpha militia. The eleventh suspect, Syaful Anwar, was the second-in-command of the Indonesian military special forces (Kopassus) in Lautem and is still at large.”Could anyone have participated in the actions of a militia group like Team Alpha without knowledge that such a group was committed to a campaign of violence against the population?” Mr. Alford asked. “These men knew, at the time, that the crimes they were committing were part of a wider campaign, not just by Team Alpha, not just in Lautem District, but in East Timor as a whole.”The defence was granted its motion to adjourn the trial until tomorrow so that the charges could be discussed with the defendants.In other news, an assessment mission, led by the UN Security Coordination Office, arrived yesterday in West Timor for a week-long visit. The team will examine the security situation and make recommendations for the possible return of UN agencies, which had pulled out last year after the killings of three staff of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). read more

Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie calls for global assistance for Afghan refugees

Wrapping up her visit to Pakistan, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie thanked the country for hosting millions of Afghan refugees and appealed for international assistance to help both Afghanistan and Pakistan attack poverty through economic development.After three days of visiting Afghans in conditions ranging from refugee camps to brick kilns, where entire families work, Ms. Jolie said Saturday that she had been brought to tears by what she had seen, but added that she was encouraged that in talks with UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) staff and the top leaders of Pakistan, she found agreement on what had to be done.“Everybody feels that forced repatriation is not the aim and not something that should be done,” the Academy Award-winning actress said at a news conference. “Another thing is that the burden on Pakistan and the Pakistani people, which has lasted 25 years, is very large and they have not been given the support that they should have been given.”While Ms. Jolie helped UNHCR’s voluntary repatriation programme, personally seeing off a convoy that pushed the number of Afghans returning this year above the 50,000 mark, she said there was a continuing need both to help those who still felt unable to go home and for more urgent development in Afghanistan.“It’s up to the international community to help to fund and to help shoulder the burden of the problem in this part of the world – to help the people, help the families, to continue the programmes and encourage that there be more and faster development,” said Ms. Jolie, who had last been in Pakistan when Afghans were fleeing war in their country.Soon after her 2001 visit, the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan were ousted and the flow reversed, with more than 2.3 million Afghans returning from Pakistan since 2002. read more

Shopify sees big uptick in US job applicants after Trumps election CEO

Shopify CEO Tobias Lutke checks out the new Shopify office space in Waterloo, Ont. on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Shopify’s CEO says it’s a great time for Canadian startups to attract talent as the U.S. government is creating an uninviting environment for a lot of people. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon Shopify sees big uptick in U.S. job applicants after Trump’s election, CEO says by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 28, 2017 10:40 am MDT Last Updated Jun 28, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – It’s a great time for Canadian startups to attract top talent from south of the border as the U.S. government is creating an unwelcoming environment, the chief executive of Shopify says.“The Americans are doing a really great job of uninviting a lot of kinds of people who otherwise would go there,” said Tobias Lutke, who founded the e-commerce platform firm in 2004.Since U.S. President Donald Trump assumed office in January, he’s signed a number of controversial executive orders, including a ban on travel to the U.S. from several predominantly Muslim countries, and other measures, such as withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement.Lutke said Shopify (TSX:SHOP) has been receiving many more applications from job seekers in the U.S. than before the 2016 presidential election.“I think it’s as good right now as it ever has been,” he said of Shopify and other tech companies’ ability to bring talent up north.Previously, Shopify had to court talent for years to develop a relationship and convince potential employees to move to Canada, he said, but now it’s receiving unsolicited applications from all over the U.S.Lutke, who has criticized Canadian government policy in the past for seemingly hampering firms’ ability to attract international workers, said Ottawa is creating good awareness around Canada’s value of multiculturalism.Shopify provides services to more than 377,500 merchants from about 175 countries as the end of 2016, according to its most recent annual report.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

Conditions in Myanmar not yet suitable for Rohingya refugees to return safely

“To ensure the right of refugees to return voluntarily, and in safety and in dignity, we call again on Myanmar to allow the necessary unhindered humanitarian access in Rakhine State and create conditions for a genuine and lasting solution,” Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told the regular news briefing in Geneva. Access would allow for assessment of the actual conditions and the long-term viability of the returns, as well as help address the legitimate safety concerns for any refugees contemplating their return there, he emphasized.In addition, refugees also need to be properly informed and consulted about such conditions in order for returns to be safe, voluntary and sustainable added the UNHCR spokesperson.Also vital is the full implementation of the recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission [a panel led by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan], including the call for peace and security for all communities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, inter-communal dialogue, freedom of movement, access to livelihoods and achieving solutions for the legal and citizenship status of Muslim communities. “Turning these recommendations […] into a reality on the ground is essential to building confidence for returns and addressing the tense inter-communal situation that has built up over many years in Rakhine state,” said Mr. Edwards. “Without this, the risk of dangerous and rushed returns into a situation where violence might reignite is too great to be ignored,” he stressed.Over 650,000 members of the minority Muslim Rohingya community have taken refuge, and more continue to arrive, in Cox’s Bazar in southern Bangladesh after having been forced to flee their homes in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine province following an outbreak of brutal violence in late-August 2017.UNHCR remains prepared to work with both governments towards finding a long-term solution to this crisis in the interest of the refugees themselves, of both governments, the host community in Bangladesh and all communities in Rakhine state. read more

EYEWITNESS Keeping up…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: The fall…October 27, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Bitch slapped…January 30, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Can’t touch this…March 14, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …history at City HallCity Hall was built by the British when they really ruled the waves – between 1887 and 1889; and is as fine a piece of Gothic Revival as you’ll find anywhere.  Can anyone conceive of building an edifice like that in two years flat – and for $56,000? Not by this lot that presently occupies it!Former PNC strongman Hamilton Green was Mayor of Georgetown for 21 years, and even though he regularly complained about the building’s deterioration, he did absolutely NOTHING about fixing it. The building’s made of wood, for goodness sake! Living up to our stereotype as carefree louts, he jetted off to foreign climes with regularity to usher in a “New moral rearmament”!!Yet the very first act of the PNC-led coalition was to award Green an Order of Roraima for his (non-existent) efforts! So we really can’t blame Hamilton Green’s successors – Chase Green and Royston King – for also jetting off into the blue yonder and turning a Nelson’s Eye to the edifice that was literally crumbling over their heads, can we? This is, after all, the PNC way!Remember Burnham expending millions and millions on Mass Games while babies were dying of malnutrition?So this Mayor and Town Clerk spent $500 million on Independence festivities while City Hall inexorably disintegrated. Well, sooner or later, the sh*t had to hit the fan; or, in this case, a piece of roofing had to hit the ground! So the Mayorality’s reaming its head off for millions to fix the plummeting disaster, but, of course, what takes priority is the $20 million it has already requisitioned for another “jump-up”!When City Hall was planned, the architect named the design “Damus Pitimusque Vicissim” – meaning: “we give, and we ask in turn”. The PNC mayors — it’s very clear — only ask, and NEVER give!! Their present refrain echoes that old British Nursery Ryhme “London Bridge is falling down/Falling down, falling down./London Bridge is falling down,/My fair lady.”But which “fair lady” would come to the rescue and rebuild City Hall? Not this Patricia Greene, who actually has the responsibility, like Eleanor of Provence, consort of Henry III, who had custody of the London Bridge revenues from 1269 to about 1281. This “fair lady” and her henchman would rather seize public spaces to build mansions for themselves!But it all comes down to how far the citizens of Georgetown – PNC supporters, by and large – are willing to be led with rings in their noses. Isn’t it time they elect someone who would do what was done for London Bridge?Build it up with stone so strong,/ Dance o’er my Lady lee,/ Huzza! ’twill last for ages long,/ With a gay lady.…the blame gameSo this Government spokesperson addressed a gathering of top bureaucrats from the Ministries – PSs and REOs and others of that ilk — and told them: “Senior officials should step up their game”!! Can you believe it? What about the Ministers, who advised and were the ones who set the policies for them to execute? Are these folks — who “aren’t pencil/mouse-pushers” — supposed to be mindless robots to carry out policies that are patently ridiculous?Your Eyewitness doesn’t have to talk in the abstract. Exactly how can the PS in Agriculture, for instance, “up his game” after the Minister’s decisions on GuySuCo?? Close an estate, promise to “diversify”; renege on the promise; close three other estates to “stop subsidies”; fire 4000 workers; reopen two of the closed estates and ask for $30 billion!! Even if the PS were Black Panther, there’s no game to “up” in this madness!!What the Government should do is to gather all its Ministers and run a seminar on governance.The President should have a refresher in Constitutional Law!!…the family businessJunior Minister of Finance, Sharma, confessed that of the 50 audits done on Government agencies to unearth the “billions and billions” allegedly siphoned off by the PPP, only 5 were sent for prosecution.And no one’s been convicted!! It’s a “shad, shad situation”!! read more

IHF Bahrain wont play in Qatar – Decision about possible replacement on

bahrainIHFQatar 2015 ← Previous Story WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 – November 10 Next Story → Metalurg suspends players that are boycotting The Bahrain Handball Association has informed the International Handball Federation today that they withdraw their national team from participation in the Men’s Handball World Championship, which will take place in Qatar from 15 January to 1 February 2015, announced International Handball Federation earlier today.The issue will be dealt with by the Council of the International Handball Federation in its next meeting scheduled for 21 November 2014, when a corresponding decision regarding this matter will be made and announced. read more

This 4K video of Saturns rings will make you wish you had

first_imgIf you pre-ordered that sweet 4K monitor the other day, you might want to start buffering this amazing IMAX trailer now. Really, get going on this. It’s going to take a while. In Saturn’s Rings is an upcoming IMAX film composed high-resolution still images from the Cassini space probe. The trailer is being made available on YouTube in the original 4K resolution, but you need a serious connection — and display — to stream it.You can watch the YouTube trailer in 4K by selecting “Original” from the quality menu. It’s best to give it a few minutes to buffer before you try playing. Of course, you can still watch in other resolutions more suited to your monitor.The Cassini space probe arrived in orbit around Saturn after making stop offs at several other planets. Ever since then it has been taking stunning images of Saturn and its moons. These pictures are the basis for the film, but the experience is going to be something unique. In Saturn’s Rings uses over 1 million images taken by Cassini as it journeyed through space, but this is a movie. How do we get from still images to moving pictures?Filmmaker Stephen van Vuuren used “2.75D photographic fly-through” in order to make the still images look animated. This might involve using hundreds of thousands of images to make each shot. He is careful to point out that no computer generated effects were used in the final product. What you’re seeing is all real and stunningly beautiful, even below 4K.In Saturn’s Rings will be in IMAX theaters in the Spring of 2014. Space nerds, take note.last_img read more