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Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday failed to announce the formation of a new broad political alliance for the presidential election later this year amid internal dissension within his United National Party (UNP). The UNP was scheduled to sign MoUs with several other political parties to form the alliance on Monday. However, the signing of MoUs was postponed at the last minute. Wickremesinghe in a statement said the UNP has decided to form the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) before the end of August, as he stressed the need for the grand political alliance to fight the presidential election in order to win it. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAt the final talks to form the alliance several new ideas came up, so we decided to delay the formation in order to give more time for deliberations,” the UNP leader said. The ceremony which should have been held on Monday was postponed as a faction led by the UNP deputy leader Sajith Premadasa objected to the formation of the alliance before naming the party’s next presidential candidate. We want the party to name the next candidate before announcing the alliance,” Ajith P Perera, a Premadasa loyalist said. The UNP rank and file had also raised concerns about the prominence given to other smaller parties. We should not allow smaller parties to dominate us,” Chaminda Wijesiri, a UNP legislator said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsArjuna Ranatunga, the legendary world cup winning cricket captain and a key UNP ally said if the UNP party leaders think they could go alone and win it (presidential elections), be it. Wickremesinghe stressed that the victory in the presidential election which must be held before December 8, this year could only be achieved through a broader political alliance of all parties. The UNP’s Tamil and Muslim minority allies have expressed concerns over UNP’s internal disagreements which they say should be resolved before the formation of the alliance.
An engineering professor is calling for the Transportation Safety Board to investigate an Ottawa bus crash that killed three and injured 23 others to prevent similar incidents from occurring again.Ahmed Shalaby with the department of civil engineering at the University of Manitoba says the federal board should be involved in probing the deadly crash to ensure the findings are made public and recommendations are made to improve safety across the country.A double-decker city bus hopped a curb Friday afternoon and struck a transit shelter, carving deep into the vehicle’s upper level and crushing a number of seats.A local hospital says one person remains in critical condition, six are listed as serious and four are in stable condition.The safety board confirmed that they are not investigating the bus crash as the federal independent agency only probes marine, pipeline, rail and air incidents.Shalaby wants the City of Ottawa to ask the board to be involved in the investigation, which is currently being led by Ottawa police.The Canadian Press
THOMPSON, Man. — A judge is expected to give a verdict today in the manslaughter trial of an RCMP officer in northern Manitoba who fired a dozen shots into a Jeep following a police chase.Crown prosecutors told the trial in Thompson that Const. Abram Letkeman made only wrong choices in the lead up to the shooting death of Steven Campbell in 2015.Court heard that 12 bullet casings were found at the scene and 39-year-old Campbell, who was drunk behind the wheel, was hit at least nine times.The defence argued that all police officers make mistakes and Letkeman thought his life was in danger because the Jeep was moving toward him.Campbell’s mother, Shirley Huber, says her family hopes the judge finds that the officer’s actions were dangerous and wrong.She says, no matter the verdict, her son’s death shows how important it is for police to have dashboard and body cameras, especially in northern communities.“There has to be a way to document what really happens on those stops and maybe it won’t happen again,” Huber said in a message online.“Maybe my son would still be alive.”Letkeman, 37, pleaded not guilty to six offences, including criminal negligence.The trial heard the officer saw the Jeep being driven erratically shortly after the bars in Thompson had closed.After a failed attempt at a traffic stop, the officer started to pursue the vehicle but did not communicate that to his supervisors.Letkeman testified that he hoped to end the chase by using his police car to bump the back of the Jeep, forcing it to rotate and stop. A use of force expert testified the move was against protocol and training, and was extremely risky.The Jeep ended up on a trail for all-terrain vehicles, where it lost control and stopped. The trial heard Letkeman’s vehicle then T-boned it.The officer testified he didn’t wait for backup and walked in front of the Jeep to do a high-risk takedown. He said the Jeep started moving toward him, so he was forced to fire.Campbell’s girlfriend, one of four passengers in the Jeep, was also shot and injured.A toxicology report showed Campbell had alcohol in his system and was almost 2 1/2 times the legal limit to drive. It also showed a small amount of cocaine.During closing arguments in June, the Crown argued that Letkeman stood in front of the vehicle and fired so that the Jeep couldn’t drive away, not because he was in danger.Prosecutor Christian Vanderhooft said nothing that Letkeman did on the night of the fatal shooting was reasonable.“Each opportunity where that should have been done, the wrong decision was made. Not just wrong — negligent.”The defence argued the officer shot his gun because he had to. Lawyer Lisa LaBossiere told the trial that every officer has made a mistake. She warned that convicting Letkeman would have “a chilling effect” on all police.Campbell’s mother said he shouldn’t have been driving if he was intoxicated, but the mistake wasn’t worth his life.Huber attended the trial and called it the hardest thing she has ever had to do. But she says she won’t be there for the verdict.She says her son was a caring father to his two kids and a kind and loving friend who would give anyone the shirt off his back.“I still miss the man he had grown up to be. A mother never gets over losing a child she carried,” she said. “I miss him every day and know I always will.”Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA – Federal officials asked the auditor general earlier this year to adjust the scope of his review of a key Indigenous skills training program, fearful the audit would miss its mark.Michael Ferguson’s teams are focused on how effective two Indigenous employment programs are at helping people find work — a measure that Employment and Social Development Canada argued takes too narrow a view.In a July 14 letter sent to the lead auditor, a department official argued a change in focus was needed because zeroing in on whether participants got jobs “may not fully consider the objectives of the Indigenous labour market programs.”The letter urged Ferguson’s team to change its audit plan to “reflect the objective of continuous growth and learning,” reads the letter obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.The documents say the department expected to get its first look at the preliminary report this week.A spokesman for Ferguson said the letter is part of regular discussions about an audit’s design to make sure the findings and recommendations are useful for the government.“Ultimately, in accordance with our regular audit process, we obtain acknowledgment of the suitability of the criteria used in each audit from the audited entity’s management,” Vincent Frigon said in an email.Neither Frigon nor the department would say what happened after the concerns were raised, citing confidentiality until the audit is public.Ferguson’s auditors are looking at how the department managed, delivered, and monitored programs, but also how it has reported results since April 2010, almost a year after the Aboriginal skills and employment training strategy and the Skills and Partnership Fund were launched.The department says that over the last seven years, both programs have helped over 350,000 Indigenous people, with almost 133,000 landing a job and more than 60,000 going back to school.The strategy is set to expire in the coming months and the Liberals have promised to have a new program in place by April, a few weeks before Ferguson’s review is expected to come out in May.Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups, such as schools, have also argued that a new jobs strategy should provide more money for groups delivering training programs and focus on the fast-growing cohort of Indigenous youth.A key request from Indigenous groups is to shift the focus to building employment skills, including for those already in the workforce, rather than measuring success by whether someone in the program lands a job.The government expects that over the next decade, about 400,000 young Aboriginals will join the workforce, adding to the almost 900,000 already of working age.
29 April 2011The Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have both strongly condemned yesterday’s terrorist attack at a café in the Moroccan city of Marrakech that has killed at least 16 people and injured many others. Media reports say a mixture of Moroccans and foreign nationals were among the victims of the bombing, which occurred yesterday morning at a café overlooking the city’s renowned Djemaa el-Fna square. In a press statement read out today, Council members voiced their deep sympathy to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Morocco. “Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,” the statement noted, adding that “any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.” The 15-member Council also stressed that all countries must ensure that any measures they take to combat terrorism meet their obligations under international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law. For his part, Mr. Ban issued a statement through his spokesperson in which he underlined his “firm rejection of the use of indiscriminate violence against innocent civilians.” The statement noted that “no political objective justifies or is served by such heinous acts.”
A fifth person has been charged in connection to the slaying of three Six Nations residents, whose bodies were found southwest of London last November.Middlesex County OPP announced Tuesday that Roland Sturgeon, 21, of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation is charged with three counts of accessory after the fact to murder in the deaths of 37-year-old Melissa Trudi Miller, 33-year-old Alan Grant Porter, and 32-year-old Michael Shane Jamieson.Their bodies were found with a stolen grey 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck in a field off outside of Oneida Nation of the Thames last Nov. 4. Police later confirmed Miller was seven months pregnant at the time of her death.Sturgeon is the second person facing accessory charges in the case. Kirsten Bomberry, 36, of Six Nations, was charged last November with three counts of being an accessory after the fact to murder.Two men, 36-year-old Nicholas Shipman and 30-year-old Thomas Bomberry, and a woman, 32-year-old Jamie Beaver, all of Six Nations, were charged earlier this month with second-degree murder. Shipman faces three counts, while Bomberry is charged with two, and Beaver is charged with one.Police said they “will not comment on specific details to protect the integrity of the ongoing criminal investigation and any ensuing court processes.”Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the dedicated police tip-line at 1-844-677-5050, or Six Nations police at 519-445-2811.
Milan Simic returned yesterday to The Hague, where the ICTY is located, after the court had allowed his provisional release on 29 May 2000 on the condition that he returns for his trial, which is scheduled to begin on 10 September.Two other suspects in the case, Simo Zaric and Miroslav Tadic, who were also released last year, are expected to return to The Hague before the trial begins.Indicted in 1995 along with five others, including his cousin Blagoje Simic, Mr. Simic was charged with kicking and beating Muhamed Bicic repeatedly with iron bars and chair legs sometime during June 1992 in the Bosanski Samac primary school.According to the UN court, Mr. Simic wilfully caused great suffering, violated the laws or customs of war recognised by the Geneva Conventions, and his actions constituted inhumane acts.Mr. Simic was born in 1958 and trained as an economist. In April 1992, he became Chairman of the Executive Board of the Bosanski Samac Assembly. His cousin Blagoje Simic was Chairman of that Assembly.
In a statement posted on Twitter at 11pm on Tuesday, the festival said “we sincerely regret the disappointment to fans, and apologise for any disruption caused to local businesses”.It added: “The safety of you, the fans and attendees, as well as performers and crew comes first.” Ms Kent added: “The first band of rain could bring 30mm of rain in places, and if you draw the short straw, then you could get another 30mm with the showers that follow.”Some places might get as much as 60mm of rain.”A yellow weather warning for wind across all of Wales and central and southern England follows on Saturday.Although Scotland and northern England escapes the wind warning, a yellow guidance is in place for thunderstorms. Yellow weather warnings for rain and wind come in to force across large swathes of the UK on Friday and SaturdayCredit:PA A yellow “be aware” weather warning is in place across all of Wales and Northern Ireland, and most of England and Scotland, as some places could receive more than two inches of rain.Lee Schofield, who runs the website Highland & Islands Weather, filmed the River Dulnain overflowing after the water rose more than five foot in a day. Britain is braced for heavy rain and high winds as the weekend will “feel more like autumn than August”, according to the Met Office.After some wet weather on Wednesday, yellow weather warnings for rain and wind come in to force across large swathes of the UK on Friday and Saturday.Heavy rain on Friday will give way to gale-force winds and “unseasonable” weather as the weekend continues.Met Office meteorologist, Sarah Kent, said: “On Wednesday night, there is still some thunder over Scotland, but throughout the night, any heavy showers should be dropping away for most.”Scotland saw some heavy rain on Wednesday, and one man was filmed attempting to cycle through a deluge near Edinburgh Airport. And an incredible timelapse of the torrential rain rolling in was captured by Mike McGrail from his studio. Heavy rain will then develop throughout Thursday night into Friday, and will be followed by more heavy showers. Ms Kent said “it will be unseasonably windy”, with gusts in the warning area reaching 40 or 50mph.In more exposed areas, the winds could be even higher.Ms Kent added: “The English Channel coast could see winds in excess of 60mph.”Saturday is going to be a very unseasonal day, it could feel more like autumn than August.”Due to the forecast, people travelling over the weekend are being warned to expect delays and disruption to their journeys.Boardmasters music festival in Newquay, Cornwall, was cancelled at the 11th hour in anticipation of the bad weather.While performances at the event, which included slots from stars such as Wu-Tang Clan, Florence + The Machine and Foals, were not due to begin until Friday, doors were set to open to visitors on Wednesday. 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.
Peabody has completed its purchase of the Shoal Creek seaborne metallurgical coal mine from private coal producer Drummond Company, Inc for $387 million, reflecting customary purchase price adjustments. The acquisition includes the well-capitalised mine, preparation plant and logistical assets and excludes legacy liabilities other than reclamation.“This accretive Shoal Creek purchase represents a tremendous step in Peabody’s commitment to upgrade our seaborne metallurgical coal portfolio and target the highly attractive seaborne demand centres,” said Peabody President and Chief Executive Officer Glenn Kellow. “We believe the Shoal Creek acquisition clearly meets our strict investment filters, with expected high returns and rapid payback, a very attractive valuation, and tangible synergies. We believe the transaction offers significant strategic and financial benefits for Peabody in our ongoing drive to create additional shareholder value. We applaud the Drummond team for developing and managing this high-quality operation.”Shoal Creek is located on the Black Warrior River in Central Alabama and serves Asian and European steel mills. Shoal Creek coal typically prices at or near the high-vol A index, which historically has sold at a modest discount to the Australian hard coking coal index. The mine produced 2.1 Mt (tons) of metallurgical coal in 2017 and sold 2.4 Mt, generating $387 million in revenues, $160.8 million in net income and $161.8 million in adjusted EBITDA. Shoal Creek has realised 54% gross margins through the first nine months of 2018 on 2 Mt produced and 1.9 Mt sold, with realised revenues of $173 per ton, costs of $80 per ton, net income of $162.1 million and adjusted EBITDA of $163.3 million.“We are very pleased to welcome the productive Shoal Creek workforce to the Peabody team,” said Kemal Williamson, Peabody President Americas. “Peabody looks forward to safely and quickly integrating the mine into our portfolio and benefitting from the experienced workforce and well-capitalised nature of the operation.”Shoal Creek has 58 Mt of proven and probable reserves with an initial 17 Mt with minimal anticipated capital requirements under the current mine plan, and additional reserves expected to be accessed with relatively low capital requirements. Shoal Creek uses longwall mining technology to mine both the Blue Creek and Mary Lee coal seams. The mining complex offers significant logistical competitive advantages. Its location on the Black Warrior River provides direct access to barge transportation to the McDuffie Terminal in Mobile, Alabama, where Panamax and Cape-sized vessels are loaded. Peabody intends to update its guidance targets on key metrics for 2019 during its fourth quarter earnings announcement.
The Netherlands are not only organisers of the Women’s EHF EURO 2012, but also of the final tournament of the Women’s 19 European Championship 2011, that will be carried out from 04 to 14 August 2011. The tournament is for handball players born 1992 and younger.Sixteen teams participate at the 2011 Women’s 19 European Championship. In the Preliminary Round they are divided into four groups of four teams each. Teams then progress to the Main Round or to the Intermediate Round.Title defenders are Norway, who beat Hungary in the final of the 2009 event in Hungary.Find more information about that event HERE.Final Tournament groupsThe draw of the 2011 Women’s 19 European Championship took place in Leek, Netherlands, on 27 April 2011, and gave us the following groups.GROUP 1: Russia, Spain, Romania, SloveniaGROUP 2: Norway, Netherlands, Ukraine, AustriaGROUP 3: Denmark, Hungary, Croatia, PolandGROUP 4: France, Germany, Sweden, SerbiaPlaying venuesAmelo: Preliminary and Intermediate Round matches will be played at IISPA Amelo.Arnhem: Hosting nation Netherlands play their Preliminary Round matches in the Sportcentrum Valkenhuizen. Also Main Round and Placement matches 9 – 16 will be carried out here.Leek: In the northernmost venue Leek, Preliminary and Intermediate Round matches will be played in Sportcentrum Leek.Maastricht: In the Burgundian city of Maastricht, Preliminary and Main Round matches will be played in the MECC Maastricht.Rotterdam: The matches of the final weekend will take place at Topsportcentrum Rotterdam.2011 Women’s 19 European Championship TicketsTickets for all matches and all five venues – Amelo, Arnhem, Leek, Maastricht and Rotterdam – are available online. Click HERE to access the online ticketing system.Further informationPlease download the final version of the Basic Playing Schedule for the 2011 Women’s 19 European Championship HERE.Find playing dates and results of the tournament HERE.Find further details on the official event website. ← Previous Story Gro Hammerseng is pregnant Next Story → Kretzchmar tips: “Kiel to win Bundesliga” Junior handballWomen’s 19 European Championship 2011 in Netherlands
If you don’t count Nintendo’s own Virtual Boy (and you shouldn’t) then the Oculus Rift arguably kicked off this modern era of virtual reality gaming we’re currently in. It also gave us Palmer Luckey but nobody’s perfect. And at GDC the Facebook subsidiary announced its latest headset, the Oculus Rift S. It’s an impressive piece of tech, a relatively affordable $399 high-res PC VR headset with room-scale tracking through “Oculus Insight.” But it all just seems too much for virtual reality, an experience I’m still not convinced is worth much more than a couple of minutes of amusement park fun.So for just $80 and a couple of cardboard kits I already know are fun to build, Nintendo Labo VR Kit is much closer to what I think is actually appropriate for consumer VR. This is especially the case after building all the toys, playing the games, and finding out it didn’t make me sick, aside from a slight delayed headache.People were concerned that the relatively low-res 720p Nintendo Switch screen would lead to motion sickness as a VR headset. And it’s true I could count the pixels I was seeing like a screen door or old-school standard definition tube television. Plus seeing your Switch that close made me way more self-conscious about how dirty mine was with smudges and dust.Still, maybe it’s because game performance seems so well optimized, or the fact that I naturally move the strapless headset with my hand to maintain comfort with squeezing my head with heavy pressure, but my Nintendo Labo VR experience wasn’t nearly as sickening as, say, my Bethesda VR experience a year ago. You don’t even need special frame for it to work with glasses. And if you’re even more sensitive than me each Labo VR game can be played in 2D with the Switch tablet slotted in the cardboard like a viewscreen.With that big comfort question out of the way, how’s Nintendo Labo VR Kit as a game experience? Is it the smart pivot needed to save the somewhat beleaguered (at least according to childless adult dude game pundits) Nintendo Labo? Here’s what I thought of each toy after spending a whole week building and using them, and listening to the chill almost vaporwave new menu music.Toy-Con VR BlasterThere’s a reason why this is the toy bundled with the VR starter kit. It’s still so impressive the quality of the toys Nintendo manages to help you build from regular cardboard. The Toy-Con Blaster is just a great fake gun. Whatever rubber band mechanisms it has going on feel fantastic to cock back and fire. It feels better than some real plastic light guns, even if cocking with too much force feels risky. The fact that you are playing with a toy makes it easy to forget you basically need to hold this big thing up to your face the whole time you’re playing. The artifice of the device also complements the inherent artifice of VR. The game itself is a pretty basic cartoon shooting gallery with a time-stopping gimmick. And trying to pick out specific targets can be tough when things get blurry. But the gun itself won over Nerf connoisseurs like us. With so much going on this is also the most fun (if time-consuming) toy to physically construct.Toy-Con VR ElephantIf you thought this would just be a game about putting out fires with water in your trunk or whatever the Toy-Con Elephant is way more ambitious. It turns out the “trunk” is actually a clever metaphor for keeping the two Joy-Con aligned and facing the tracking tape on your face to act as a fully functional motion controller for manipulating objects in 3D space. It works as well as a Vive or Oculus Rift controller, picking up virtual objects in front of you or drawing in a 3D paint app. Writing out “NO POLICE” was a breeze. I’m afraid about how well this will hold up over time though. Even without playing it that much my Toy-Con piano already warped so much the keys don’t function correctly. The Elephant relies on a lot of constant bending that may wear out the arts and crafts materials.Toy-Con VR BirdAs fun as it is to stick your face in a bird’s butt and flap its wings, the actual game for Toy-Con Bird was maybe the most disappointing. You’re supposed to feel like you’re flying, turning your body to turn the bird and flapping to gain speed. But it’s too slow and I didn’t feel like the bird fully responded to my movements, creating a weird disconnect. And again blurry visuals take away from the sense of place. At least initially. Over time though this actually might have been my favorite game. Open-world island flight is an incredibly chill and great fit for VR. You’re just gathering food for your chicks, man. And this Toy-Con plays the best with others like the Wind Pedal described below and a pinwheel that responds to you blowing on it.Toy-Con VR Wind PedalThe Toy-Con Wind Pedal is the biggest stroke of weird cheap gimmick genius only Nintendo would’ve thought to add to VR. Pushing on the pedal causes your in-game character to jump and avoid objects. But pushing the pedal also moves a big cardboard flap in front of your face, hitting you with a gust a wind that’s supposed to make you feel like you’re whooshing through the air, too. It’s like something from those 3D short film rides at amusement parks that spray you with water or vibrate your chairs and it’s delightful. It also works with Toy-Con Bird which helps both products feel more airy and immersive.Toy-Con VR CameraThe Toy-Con camera convinced me Nintendo should totally make a new Endless Ocean or Pokemon Snap (or Fatal Frame) in Labo. You’re just underwater looking around and taking pictures of fish for fun and points. Or you can spy on the little monster from the Toy-Con house. Either way, constantly zooming in and out, readjusting the focus, in this case successfully distracts you from the blurry visuals. Manually moving the cardboard lens, complete with fake clicking noises, also adds tactile reality to the shaky virtual reality. A friend can wear a (flimsy) snorkel mask with IR tape the infrared Joy-Con can then see and put in the game.Toy-Con VR GaragePrevious Labo kits had the nifty Toy-Con Garage mode letting kids design new uses for the cardboard while learning basic programming concepts in the process. But the new Garage mode in the VR kit is a much more robust game creation suite, almost on the level of Nintendo’s own Super Mario Maker or the upcoming Dreams on PlayStation 4, albeit without any online sharing features which is disappointing. People need to play my game where spelling out “NO POLICE” in blocks causes a celebratory explosion. But still there’s so much more that can be done creating and arranging objects in 3D VR spaces, programming them with various behaviors, and setting unique win conditions.Alongside the games I just mentioned, there are also 64 included VR minigames made with this level editor, which at the very least give the VR kit more substance compared to past Labo kits. But along with playing little VR platformers and pinball tables and fighting games and a legit scary first-person riff on Five Nights at Freddy’s, you can look under the hood to see how they’re constructed and make whole new games yourself with their assets. Even without the VR component, which again is totally optional, this kit is a great tool for creative expression.The base games with the Toy-Con VR, while still slight, are already more interesting than the previous Labo kits thanks to the novelty of VR working well with Nintendo’s overall inventive spirit. But it’s the Toy-Con Garage VR that really makes this the definitive Labo kit, and a VR kit Nintendo fans should buy for reasons other than Mario and Zelda. The detailed but accessible documentation for not just how the toys work but how the level editor functions proves Labo’s worth as game development education software.Playing Nintendo Labo VR Kit feels like seeing the next layer in a series of nesting proofs of concept. The Wii U tech demo Project Giant Robot served as inspiration for Labo’s Robot Kit. The Wii U itself is pretty much a beta version of the Switch. Labo answered many questions about seemingly random Switch hardware features like HD Rumble, a touch screen, and an IR camera. And Labo VR shows the value of cheap cardboard alternatives of more intimidating cutting-edge tech.Heck, we’re probably not even finished yet. If the rumored upgraded Switch revision includes a higher-res screen, then turning the tablet into goggles becomes that much more appealing. But even now, while you should limit your time with it, Nintendo Labo VR Kit is probably the most actual fun I’ve had with virtual reality in the real world.For more on VR games check out our recent hands-on with Iron Man VR and No Man’s Sky VR. Good Vibes, Weird Hardware at the Game Devs of Color Expo‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Is Still Majestic in VR Stay on target
Dirk Kuyt has been left suitably impressed with former team-mate Steven Gerrard’s route on to reaching his ultimate goal of becoming Liverpool managerThe 38-year-old vacated his role as a youth coach at Anfield last summer to take charge of Scottish Premiership side Rangers and has since guided them to second place in the standings.Gerrard has managed 19 wins, 13 draws and six defeats in his opening 38 matches in charge at senior level as a coach.And Kuyt, who retired from football in 2017 after leading boyhood club Feyenoord to their first Eredivisie title in 18 years, praised Gerrard’s bold move to joining Rangers.“When Steven Gerrard just became a coach with the Liverpool youth, I talked to him about the road he was going to follow. He made a conscious choice to leave Liverpool right away,” Kuyt told De Telegraaf.“He wants to develop himself as a coach outside the spotlights of the Premier League. Glasgow Rangers is a big club. His dream will be to eventually become a coach at Liverpool.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“In order to get there, he also travels his own way.”Kuyt played for Liverpool between 2006 to 2012, where he managed 71 goals and 40 assists in 285 appearances across all competitions with his sole piece of silverware coming in the Reds’ EFL Cup triumph in his final campaign.The former Netherlands international started out his playing career at Utrecht and also spent three years playing for Turkish giants Fenerbahçe in the Super Lig.During his playing days, Kuyt won the Dutch Footballer of the Year prize in 2006 and played a key role in Holland’s route to the final of the 2010 World Cup, which they lost to Spain in South Africa.Nowadays, Kuyt has begun working on pursuing a coaching career and has taken charge of Feyenoord’s U-19 team for this season.
PORTLAND — There was extra hockey on Friday at the Rose Garden.Thanks to the scoring touch of Edmonton’s Michael St. Croix and the play of goalie Laurent Brossoit, there will be more to this Western Hockey League championship series.St. Croix scored his third goal of the night 7:24 into overtime to give the Oil Kings a 3-2 win over the Portland Winterhawks, extending the best-of-7 series to a sixth game in Edmonton on Sunday.“Obviously, this one stings a bit. We’re not going to lie about that,” Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones said. “We really wanted this one.”So did an Edmonton team playing for its survival. Despite a Portland goal 15 seconds into the game sending a thrill through the sold-out Rose Garden, despite not getting any power plays and being outshot 51-30, the Oil Kings found a way to win.Thanks to more than a little good luck.The first Edmonton goal deflected in off the skate of a Winterhawk. The second was a freebie after a mistake by Portland goalie Mac Carruth. And on the winner a St. Croix pass bounced off a defenseman’s skate right back to him in front. The Winterhawks’ Joey Baker celebrates his goal 15 seconds in to the first period Friday.
QR codes are not the only social action technology publishers are implementing—Hearst’s House Beautiful will be one of the first magazine to be enabled with Pinterest social action technology in print and digitally. The magazine’s June issue was peppered with Pinterest icons that allow users to share images from the publication across the social platform and the Internet.“Our ‘Kitchen of the Month,’ feature will be enabled,” says Newell Turner, the title’s editor-in-chief. “We’re just launching with this to get it off the ground, but I know that within the next month or two most of the magazine will have to be pin-able.”Since House Beautiful images and content will be able to be pinned and shared across Pinterest, the editor and publication are hoping to gain expanded exposure to new audiences. Once someone pins an image, it is shared with their followers and others across the Internet, and can be referenced back to the original source.Turner says that the “Kitchen of the Month” content was chosen to be Pinterest enabled to maintain consistency—instead of having multiple design aspects, the integration of an entire feature story provides the consumer a more streamlined experience. Going forward, different stories of the magazine, in addition to the “Kitchen of the Month,” will be enabled to be shared across Pinterest.“It’s going to take a little bit of back end labor to have the entire magazine Pinterest enabled,” says Turner. “Most of the magazine is eventually moved to the website over the course of a month, gradually and in stages. To make the entire magazine pin-able from the day it’s released, the entire magazine has to be moved to the website in one fell swoop.” The digital edition, in addition to the print magazine, will be enabled with the Digimarc digital watermark Pinterest icon. Digimarc’s digital watermarking technology allows its users to embed digital information into audio, images, video and printed materials. The publication has developed a separate table of contents (TOC) that shows readers where each social digital icon is. The icons can be scanned with the HBConnect app, which is a Digimarc scanner, or the Digimarc Discover app. House Beautiful is using the HB Connect graphic in addition the Pinterest icon to denote the image is digitally watermarked and links to Pinterest. In the digital TOC section there are instructions on how to access the application in order to scan to connect to Pinterest for consumers who may not be aware. “We know this drives people to our website, at a heavy level” says Turner. “A few weeks ago the Pinterest program was almost passing, if not passing the referral volume when compared to traffic we receive from our content syndication partnerships with Yahoo! and MSN.”Turner could not provide figures on the traffic volume. When asked about best practices with Pinterest integration, he says that the title has seen the highest engagement when an icon is placed on the cover of the magazine because it alerts users at the onset that interactivity exists.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Sunday, July 7, 2019:#1) Wilmington Fun On The Fourth Concludes With Spectacular FireworksAfter yesterday’s rain postponement, the Wilmington Fun on the Fourth celebration wraps up today. Here’s the schedule:Breakfast7:00 AM – 11:00 AM Wilmington Minutemen, $5 (Pancakes, Sausage, OJ, Milk, Coffee)Dinner5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Pack 56 Cub Scouts, $10 (BBQ Chicken, Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Drinks)Entertainment1:00 PM – 10:00 PM Carnival – Cushing Amusements7:30 PM Opening Ceremonies7:30 PM – 10:00 PM Performance by Windham Community Band (Sponsored by Analog Devices)9:00 PM Raffle Ticket Drawing9:30 PM Spectacular Fireworks#2) Wilmington Farmers MarketThe Wilmington Farmers Market will be open from 10am to 1pm. For one week only, the market will be at the Yentile Farm Recreational Facility (9 Cross Street) as the Swain Green will be unavailable due to Fun on the FOurth.July 7 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmBeads By BarbaraGaouette FarmHawaiian Jim’s Shaved IcePurple Carrot BreadSeafood ExpressSwiss BakersTewksbury HoneyAdditional Attractions:Make a Wiggly Snake at the Kids Table#3) Wilmington Town Museum Open HouseThe Wilmington Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is holding its monthly Open House from 2pm to 4pm. The Museum at the Col. Joshua Harnden Tavern is owned by the town and is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of the town of Wilmington. The Museum is housed in an historic 18th century tavern which is an excellent example of quality construction practices of the late 18th century. Exhibits are also on display in the adjacent late 19th century carriage house.#4) Middlesex Canal Museum OpenThe Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm. Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.#5) Food ShoppingFood shopping in town this week? In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, July 5, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, July 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Cherla (Kothagudem): The Cherla police have arrested eight Maoist militia members at Kaliveru crossroads in the district on Wednesday late hours.Presenting the arrested members before the media on Thursday, Circle Inspector P Satyanarayana informed that the police detained them when they were found moving suspiciously during the vehicle checks by local police, CRPF 141/ A Battalion and special party police at Kaliveru crossroads on Wednesday night. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us When the police found some persons coming from Pedhamidiselur village suspiciously, they stopped them and checked. When they tried to escape, the police chased them and apprehended. The police recovered 30 gelatin sticks, eight detonators and two plastic bags for supply to Maoists from their possession. The arrested members were identified as Padda Idamaiah, Madakam Somudu, Podiyam Chennaiah, Ravva Mallaiah, Madakam Budra, Komaram Bujanga Rao, Thurram Ramesh and Mangaiah. They were working as militia members for the banned CPI (Maoist) party for the last two years, informed the CI. The arrested were sent to judicial custody.
Jukkal (Kamareddy): The officials of Agricultural department seized Tirumala pesticides shop in Wazidnagar village in Bichkunda mandal on Thursday during a surprise check.Agriculture department AD, AO and other staff participated in the surprise visit and found out the pesticide shop has no ‘Principal Certificate’, which will permit to sell pesticides. Also, the shop owner didn’t display price board in front of the shop for the public. The officials warned the shop owner to follow business rules and regulations and seized the shop.
World Artists’ Experiences, a non-profit organization that bridges international understanding among peoples through culture, travel and the arts, will hold its sixth annual writing contest for Maryland students grades 3 through 12. This year’s theme is Drinking from the Fountain of Friendship: Building Bridges and Creating Bonds that Tie. The online Submission forms and guidelines are found at worldartists.org. Entries may be submitted online beginning Oct. 1 through Nov. 13. Judges are professionals and headed by former Maryland poet laureate Michael S. Glaser. Writings selected will be published in an anthology. Finalists and their parents, teachers and principals will be invited to an Embassy in Washington, D.C. in April for a celebration awards ceremony. For additional information, visit the World Artists’ Experiences web site at the address above or contact Beth Penn via email at email@example.com or Betty McGinnis at 410- 647-4482 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
With FTIL fully exiting MCX, commodity markets regulator Forward Markets commision (FMC) on Monday granted permission to the bourse to launch new futures contracts for next year. ‘I am directed… to convey in pursuance of bye-laws of your exchange, the approval of the commission for continuous contracts launch calendars for the futures contracts expiring in the year 2015 and onwards in 27 contracts,’ Forward Markets Commission said in a circular.The exchange has been permitted to launch fresh contracts in commodities such as gold, silver, aluminium, lead, nickel, zinc, copper, natural gas, brent crude oil, natural gas, crude palm oil, mentha oil and cardamom among others, it said.
‘There is no place for intolerance and hate in the Senate Chamber or anywhere else in Oklahoma. As senators we were elected to serve all people in Oklahoma and we should not condone or encourage divisive rhetoric which targets any Oklahoman.’Democrats are calling for an apology from Ledbetter and for Senate leadership to ensure future guest pastors are respectful.‘This was about bigotry and vitriol and hatred and further division in our society,’ said Troy Stevenson, executive director of LGBTQ advocacy group Freedom Oklahoma.‘It’s not just awful because it insults marriage equality, it’s awful because he is invoking the name of dead teenagers and victims of horrible crimes around the country, and using that to further a political agenda. It’s disgusting.’‘The grotesque drivel passed off as a religious devotional by Bill Ledbetter today in the Oklahoma State Senate can hardly be reduced to an issue of lax decorum by a legislative body with such an abysmal track record on equality,’ said Oklahoma ACLU Executive Director Ryan Kiesel.Kiesel also previously served as a state representative.‘These remarks fall so far out of the confines of rational thought that swift and strong condemnation is the only reasonable response.’Oklahoma News 4 contacted Ledbetter by phone for comment. He said his sermon was ‘not meant to be hateful’ and declined to discuss the incident further.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Gay News Europe | Gay news, entertainment, celebrities, family and storiesBermuda Tourism and LGBT Discrimination: Governor John Rankins has to decideBill making it legal to ban LGBTI people from adopting passes in OklahomaRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/oklahoma-pastor-believes-gay-marriage-causes-mass-shootings/ The aftermath of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, which left 17 people dead, started a national debate about gun control. However, this one Oklahoma-based pastor believes it’s actually gay marriage that causes mass shootings. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- What happened?Delivering a sermon on the Oklahoma State Senate floor on Thursday, 1 March, pastor Bill Ledbetter of the Fairview Baptist Church spoke for 15 minutes and stirred up controversy.Ledbetter called for a return to America’s ‘foundation principles’ and blamed gay marriage for recent mass shootings and natural disasters.‘Do we really believe that we can tell God to get lost from our school and our halls of legislation and there be no response? Do we really believe we can redefine marriage from the word of God to something in our own minds and there not be a response?’During the sermon, some lawmakers walked out.Responses‘This morning, Pastor Bill Ledbetter of Fairview Baptist Church in Durant, who has served as guest chaplain for the week at the invitation of Senator Josh Brecheen, delivered a sermon which was hateful and promoted his personal political agenda,’ said Senate Minority Leader John Sparks in a statement. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The Oklahoma State Senate chamber