Zlatan Ibrahimovic will sign for Manchester United: Sources

first_imgManchester United will swoop for Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer as new manager Jose Mourinho’s first marquee signing at Old Trafford, Sky Sports reported on Friday.United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is finalising a one-year deal with the player’s representatives and the 34-year-old could join before Euro 2016, Sky sources said.Sweden’s first Group E match against Ireland is on June 13.The former Malmo, Ajax Amsterdam, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan striker, whose Paris St Germain contract is about to expire, wants to add the Premier League title to a trophy cabinet that already includes the Dutch, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 crowns.The prolific Ibrahimovic scored 11 of Sweden’s 19 goals in Euro qualifying including three out of four in a playoff win over Denmark that booked their place at the finals in France.The tall Swede finished his career at PSG by helping the club to their second successive treble with two goals in a 4-2 victory over Olympique de Marseille in the French Cup final.Ibrahimovic had already celebrated his last PSG game at the Parc des Princes against Nantes by breaking the club’s scoring record in a top-flight season with a double, taking his tally to 38 goals, one more than Carlos Bianchi in the 1977-78 season.last_img read more

Sultan of Johor Cup: Indian Junior hockey team hammer USA 22-0

first_imgIndian junior men’s hockey team continued their winning streak and mauled a hapless USA 22-0 to register their third consecutive victory at the seventh Sultan of Johor Cup, here today.It was raining goals for India as they pump[ed in 22 goals from 10 different players.The win enables India to climb to the top of the points table with nine points from three matches.Harmanjit Singh (25th, 26th, 40th, 45th, 52nd minutes), Abhishek (28th, 37th, 38th, 45th), Vishal Antil (2nd, 30th, 44th), Dilpreet Singh (3rd, 54th, 59th), Maninder Singh (42nd, 43rd), Pratap Lakra (2nd), Rabichandra Moirangthem (7th), Raushan Kumar (37th), Shilanand Lakra (47th) and Vivek Prasad (48th) scored as India ran away with a comfortable victory.FT! The Indian Colts stamp their authority in the 7th #SOJC2017 (Jr. Men) with a sensational win over USA on 25th Oct.#INDvUSA pic.twitter.com/DIM3IHqGTf- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 25, 2017Take a look at how the teams are placed after a goal rush at the 7th #SOJC2017 (Jr. Men) on 25th October 2017.#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/dp93Ao9Lwa- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 25, 2017In the 1932 Summer Olympics at Los Angeles India had beaten USA 24-1 in the hockey tournament.- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 25, 2017Prior to this match, the Americans had conceded a total of 30 goals in their first two games.While Australia thrashed USA 19-0, Great Britain won 11-0.India will take the win as good preparation for their tough upcoming matches against the likes of Australia and Great Britain.India will now face Australia in their fourth match tomorrow.advertisementlast_img read more

NBA Bans Clippers Owner For Life

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation.Commissioner Adam Silver said he will try to force the controversial owner to sell his franchise. Sterling has also been fined $2.5 million, and Silver made no effort to hide his outrage over the comments.He said a league investigation found that the league’s longest-tenured owner was in fact the person on the audiotapes that were released over the weekend.“We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling’s views,” Silver said. “They simply have no place in the NBA.”Sterling acknowledged he was the man on the tape, Silver said.Sterling is immediately barred from attending any NBA games or practices, be present at any Clippers office or facility, or participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team.He also cannot participate in any league business going forward.“This league is far bigger than any one owner, any one coach and any one player,” Silver said.The fine will be donated to organizations dedicated to anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts that will be jointly selected by the NBA and the Players Association, Silver said.Sterling’s comments were released over the weekend by TMZ and Deadspin, and numerous NBA owners and players have condemned them. Even President Barack Obama weighed in on the crisis, the first of Silver’s brief tenure as commissioner.Before Silver took the podium, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tweeted out a photo of the NBA Constitution, saying, “It exists for a reason.”The announcement of the sanctions came just hours before the Clippers will play Golden State in Game 5 of a knotted-up Western Conference first-round playoff series.Several sponsors either terminated or suspended their business dealings with the team, though individual deals that some of those companies have with Clippers stars like Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will continue and were not affected. Still, it was a clear statement that companies, like just about everyone inside the league, were outraged.The issues raised when the tapes were released over the weekend represent just another chapter in Sterling’s long history of being at the center of controversy.In the past, he’s faced extensive federal charges of civil rights violations and racial discrimination in his business dealings, and some of his race-related statements would be described as shocking.He has also been sued in the past for sexual harassment by former employees, and even the woman who goes by the name “V. Stiviano” — purportedly the female voice on the tapes at the center of this scandal — describes Sterling in court documents as a man “with a big toothy grin brandishing his sexual prowess in the faces of the Paparazzi and caring less what anyone else thought, the least of which, his own wife.”Stiviano is being sued by Rochelle Sterling, who is seeking to reclaim at least $1.8 million in cash and gifts that her husband allegedly provided the woman.last_img read more

Purnima eager to clinch medal in Jakarta, aims for personal record

first_imgPreparing to make her debut at the Asian Games, heptathlete Purnima Hembram must be getting the feeling that her moment to shine at the big stage has come.Giving her personal best of 5898 points at the national inter-state athletics championship in June, Purnima outperformed her national teammate and Asian champion Swapna Barman, who mustered 5725 points.However, the performance didn’t really please the 25-year-old athlete as Purnima showed disappointment at the 50 points she dropped during the meet.”I might have achieved my best points at the inter-state but I wasn’t totally happy with my performance. I made some mistakes that I could have avoided. I dropped 30 points in Long Jump and another 20 points in the 800m (race),” Purnima told Mail Today from her national camp in Patiala.She further confidently claimed that her medal at the Asian Games is within her cusp, but the colour of the laurel depends on her ability to limit the nagging errors in the seven events she will participate in – namely 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m race, long jump, javelin throw and 800m race.”Medal is coming with me for sure. I feel strong about my preparations with Long Jump, shot put, 800m and hurdles but I aim for perfection as even a small mistake in the technical events could cost me big. I think I can cross 6000-point mark if I follow what I have been in the practice,” the Odisha girl said.Heptathlon demands a lot out of athletes as they get 30 to 45 minutes break between each event. However, Purnima said the multi-sport event never took a toll on her as “playing” is all that she ever did.advertisementIn fact, athletics isn’t her first love. Purnima, like many of her friends, grew up playing football until her talent was spotted by Sports Authority of India.”I had no idea what is athletics when I was small. Football was all I knew. One day, SAI officials from Cuttack came for trials in my village (in Mayurbhunj, Odisha), and they made me do everything from running to jumping. It didn’t make any sense to me back then. In fact, I learnt about heptathlon during my first nationals in 2009,” she grinned.There has been no turning back for the athlete ever since and has notched up plenty accolades at the national level and the international medal. It included bronze at the Asian athletics championship followed by a gold in Pentathlon at the Asian indoor games in – both in 2017.Her coach Sanjay Garnik, who has been training her in Patiala for seven years now, praised the progress his protege made in last few years and is as confident as Purnima of a medal.”She is only getting better. She won two international medals last year and gave her best performance during the Asian Games qualification (inter-state championship). There is stiff competition from Uzbekistan athlete (Ekaterina Voronina) and a few others from China and Japan, but I am sure she will bring a medal,” Garnik said.Purnima won’t be the only Indian in medal pursuit in the heptathlon as Barman too will be aiming for a medal after finishing fifth at the last edition. Purnima said there is healthy competition between the two and said don’t be surprised if heptathlon brings two medals for the nation.last_img read more

Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan ruled out of England series due to illness

first_imgPakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan faces a race against time to be fit for the Cricket World Cup after he was ruled out of the limited-overs series in England with an illness.The 20-year-old has played 34 one-day internationals for Pakistan and was included in their 15-man squad for the May 30-July 14 World Cup in England and Wales.The 1992 champions will play a lone Twenty20 international and five ODIs on their tour of England, which begins on May 5.”Wrist spinner Shadab Khan has been ruled out of the series against England after tests revealed a virus that will require treatment and rest for, at least, four weeks,” the Pakistan Cricket Board said in a statement.The board said it would set up appointments with specialists in England to help Shadab, who is also a useful lower-order batsman, recover in time for Pakistan’s World Cup opener against West Indies on May 31.All teams are allowed to make changes to their World Cup squads until May 23. Pakistan selectors have already put batsman Asif Ali and seamer Mohammad Amir on standby should they have to make changes to their squadAlso Watch:last_img read more

Ole Gunnar Solskjær takes a more long-term place at the wheel

first_imgHE’S OLE GUNNAR DONE ITAlt + quote mark = æ. Now that Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s been given the Manchester United manager’s job on a full-time basis, The Fiver thought it was finally time to stop relying on copy-and-paste and actually learn the key code for the æ that appears towards the end of his name when it’s written in his native language. For as long as he remained in the role on an interim basis we simply weren’t prepared to use up precious space in our addled brain, but if United have decided to go all in and take a leap of faith, then The Fiver is prepared to join them.On Thursday morning it was announced that United had abandoned their summer succession plan and instead offered their Norwegian caretaker a three-year deal. Whether or not he’ll actually get to see it out remains to be seen, considering the contract they gave David Moyes, his predecessor’s predecessor’s predecessor, still has about six weeks to run. Pinterest Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Facebook Twitter The Fiver Facebook Tie down De Gea, deal with Sánchez: Solskjær’s key Old Trafford tasks Share on Twitter Twitter WSL club Yeovil Town Ladies have been docked 10 points after going into administration, leaving them even further adrift at the bottom on -6.Manuel Pellegrini has cast doubt on West Ham’s ability to hold on to Declan Rice. “It is just a matter of price,” he yelped.It’s fair to say Wifi-banning Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl isn’t a fan of computer games. “I did it in my last club, we had also problems with players, they were playing until three o’clock in the morning before a game,” he tooted. “You have to be active and to help protect them because it’s not a small problem because if you are honest it’s the same as alcoholism or getting addicted to drugs.”To the great joy of Shortbread McFiver, Alex McLeish is heading for ominous “talks” with the SFA.Uefa has charged the FAI with the “throwing of objects” after fans lobbed tennis balls on the pitch in protest during their Euro 2020 qualifier against Georgia.Former Aston Villa striker Savo Milosevic has been appointed head coach of Partizan Belgrade.Alexandre Pato is back at São Paulo after a two-year stint with China’s Tianjin Tianhai.And in it’ll-all-end-in-tears news, Plymouth Argyle have banned local paper, the Herald, from speaking to manager Derek Adams before matches.STILL WANT MORE?Actua Soccer memories and a Patrik Berger pearler from 2004? It must be this week’s Classic YouTube. Pinterest Share via Email Facebook Twitter Oh PSG! Photograph: Michael Baucher/Panoramic Share on WhatsApp Read more RECOMMENDED LISTENINGFootball Weekly Extra will be in this neighbourhood.FIVER LETTERS“While one can sympathise with the travellers who went to Edinburgh instead of Dusseldorf (yesterday’s Fiver letters), I’d much rather be in their situation than the chap in this week’s other report of a work-scheduling error” – John Caley.“I don’t mean to go all Roy Keane, but the sight of stewards in neon bibs and stiff suits awkwardly kicking tennis ball after tennis ball off the pitch in Dublin (yesterday’s Fiver) made me groan at the FAI’s utter lack of preparation. If they knew that fans were likely going to litter the pitch with little fuzzy yellow balls, the least they could have done to prepare was to make sure they had a tennis ball basket handy” – Peter Oh.Send your letters to the.boss@theguardian.com. And you can always tweet The Fiver via @guardian_sport. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … John Caley.BITS AND BOBSMove over the Education Funding Agency, the European Film Academy and the European Free Alliance: the FA is set to rebrand as the EFA in a bid to shed its “arrogant” image. Nothing says humility like a glossy corporate rebrand, eh?Chelsea are in Women’s Big Cup semi-finals thanks to Maren Mjelde’s late clincher and PSG remaining a byword for PSG. “This is the job that I always dreamed of doing and I’m beyond excited to have the chance to lead the club long-term and hopefully deliver the continued success that our amazing fans deserve,” whooped Ole, who was originally brought in to cheer everyone up and start getting some sort of tune out of the team, a task which was always going to be fairly straightforward when you consider the human embodiment of self-absorbed misery he was replacing. But now his honeymoon period is over and, as he takes a more long-term place at the wheel, his first job will be to show how resilient his team can be in the face of two consecutive defeats, before securing Big Cup football for United next season.“More than just performances and results, Ole brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach, coupled with a desire to give young players their chance and a deep understanding of the culture of the club,” cheered United suit Ed Woodward. “This all means that he is the right person to take Manchester United forward.” Of course, as somebody who has previously described José Mourinho as “quite simply the best manager working in the game today”, Louis van Gaal as “the perfect choice” and David Moyes as “having all the skills needed to build on United’s phenomenal legacy”, Woodward’s encomiums should perhaps be taken with a pinch of salt. But for now, the good ship Manchester United and all who sail in her are happy with Ole at the wheel, as he’s done a cracking job so fær.QUOTE OF THE DAY“Why he risked it at this stage of the season, I don’t know. We spoke before the game about the magnitude of the games and the pressure to make good decisions. And I said it again to him in there as he’s a big enough boy to take it. If we’re 3-0 up in the first game of the season with 10 minutes to go and he tries something like that, you can accept it. But where we are and how the goal would have been for us, it’s crazy” – Oran Kearney, manager of Scottish Premiership bottom side St Mirren, was not particularly impressed with Simeon Jackson’s botched Panenka at 0-0 against St Johnstone on Wednesday. St Mirren went on to lose 1-0. Share on Facebook features Oh Simeon! Photograph: David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images Share on Pinterest Topics Share on Messenger Football Actua Soccer! Photograph: Actua Soccer/YouTube Manchester United’s 1999 Champions League winners: where are they now? Let’s have a look.Next on Ole’s in-tray.Real Madrid have Zidane. Manchester United have Ole. Where does that leave poor ol’ Mauricio Pochettino? David Hytner ruminates.The Premier League run-in: who will be each club’s most important player? Big Website writers investigate.Does football have a concussion problem?Football is tackling mental health but more can be done, reports Richard Foster.The incredible story of Bert Trautmann. By Simon Hattenstone.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!SORRY RALPH Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Video: Young Boston College Fan Has Some Interesting Dance Moves

first_imgYoung Boston College fan's dance goes viral.Boston College’s women’s basketball team fell 86-68 to No. 9 Florida State yesterday, but the action on the court paled in comparison to the dance moves exhibited by a young BC fan in the stands. Check out the determination on his face:This kid deserves a lot of props. His boys are cracking up at first but he shows no insecurity or shyness. He’s just trying to break it down, and he even gets the kid in the orange shirt to join in at the end.There’s only one thing left for this young man to do. He must battle dancing UVA girl for ACC supremacy. Someone has to make this happen.last_img read more

Ditch the Store-Bought Box of V-Day Chocolates and Go for Alma Chocolate

first_img The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Previous Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer Mooove Over Chocolate Chip, Because Steak and Bourbon Ice Cream is Now a Thing Editors’ Recommendations Much less sweet than their commercial counterparts, Alma’s chocolate bars, bonbons, caramels, and other deliciously decadent delicacies are firmly rooted in the world of high-quality, high-caliber chocolates that put the flavor of the chocolate at the forefront. Using only fair-trade or direct-trade sources, Alma primarily works with South American chocolates, which have a deeper, richer, overall more chocolatey taste than their African counterparts, which tend toward more fruity, flowery flavor profiles. (Fun fact: Countries in Africa produce more chocolate than anywhere else in the world.)And it’s that South America chocolate that makes up the bulk of Alma’s offerings. With flavors that include Thai peanut butter, matcha mint, habanero caramel, and much more, there’s sure to be something for every lady in your life. The seasonal Valentine’s Day lineup includes flavored caramel hearts; chocolate dominoes, or a dozen caramel roses. Not too big on making decisions? Go for a real-24k-gold gilded chocolate heart.If you’re actually in the Portland area, stop by their retail location in the city’s Northeast or their confectionary in the Southeast for some extremely rich in-house drinking chocolate.  If you don’t have the privilege of living within driving distance of Alma, you’ve still got time to order and receive the chocolates before Valentine’s day. They ship everywhere in the U.S. For arrival by Valentine’s Day, order by Wednesday, February 7 (or Friday, February 9 if you choose expedited shipping).So dare to be different this year, and get your girl a sweet treat from Alma Chocolate. After all, the word alma in Latin means “soul” and “nourish.”Or you could splurge on a box for yourself. We won’t tell anyone.Video and images by Dan Baker. Article originally published on February 3, 2017.center_img 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down 1 of 12 Alma Chocolate began, like so many small businesses, at home in founder Sarah Hart’s kitchen. It was 2005. The catalyst? The Easter Bunny. Or rather, the crappy chocolate versions of it that pop up every year beginning in late February.When it came time for Hart to pack her son’s Easter basket that year, Hart was “completely frustrated with what was available quality-wise. It was all just waxy. People have lived and died over the cacao trade (historically, and even still), so it should be amazing.”And Alma chocolates are just that: amazing. Don’t believe us? Take a gander: Let’s be honest: Store-bought chocolates are awful. The heart-shaped boxes are not only tacky and cheap, but also contain some of the most offensive-tasting chocolate known to man.Rather than disappoint your girlfriend, wife, or significant other with a weak Whitman’s sampler, throw a little more money and a lot more quality at the situation. We suggest you try Portland, Oregon’s Alma Chocolate this Valentine’s Day. We’re confident you’ll be feeling the love afterward. Next last_img read more

Canadian media organizations grapple with requests to unpublish articles

first_imgTORONTO – The relief Martin Streete felt the day he walked out of court a free man erodes with every click of Google’s search button.Every time he researches his name, he’s confronted with a 2011 headline announcing criminal charges he never had to face in court.Streete said he was arrested in 2011 after an alleged sexual assault in Regina, because he matched the description provided by the complainant. Less than a year later, the charges against him were stayed and the matter was dropped.But local newspaper reports of the initial arrest cost Streete his job and, he said, continue to limit his employment prospects years later.“These articles, they’re damaging,” he said in a telephone interview from his home in Regina. “I think that’s the main reason I couldn’t get back to work right away because employers, before they even interview, they do searches.”It’s an issue that Canada’s most prominent media ethics body is looking into. The National NewsMedia Council, a self-regulatory body for English-language news outlets in all provinces except Quebec and Alberta, recently began surveying its more than 500 members on how to field cases like Streete’s.Council President John Fraser said media outlets are increasingly grappling with requests from individuals calling for their names to be scrubbed from previously published articles. Unlike some jurisdictions, Canada has no formal guidelines in place to address such situations.In Europe, for instance, a 2014 ruling from the top court of the European Union allows citizens to ask for the removal of personal data that “appear to be inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purpose for which they were processed and in the light of the time that has elapsed.” The content would remain online, but Google would make it difficult for the material to be found through its search engine.Three years after the ruling — known as “Right to be Forgotten” — Google said it had processed 1.5 million requests to delist a URL, a third of which it had granted.The federal Office of the Privacy Commissioner has undertaken a review to see if a similar approach should be adopted in Canada. A spokeswoman said the office invited submissions from academics, advocacy groups, IT specialists, educators and regular Canadians, and a report will be published early next year.“We’ll be using what we learn to inform public debate on online reputation, to better inform Parliament on the issues and potential solutions and also to develop our own policy position on the right to be forgotten and other forms of recourse in the Canadian context,” Tobi Cohen said in an email.Google made a submission saying some of the URLs it has processed have belonged to “reputable” news sources. The tech giant said any measures implemented in Canada need to come with transparency mechanisms, suggesting that the search engine might not be best equipped to assess the merit of a de-listing request.“By putting the responsibility on the search engine to judge what is required to be ‘forgotten’ under European laws, and without affordances to share information with the publisher or indeed the public about a removal request, the public cannot analyse the full impact on the public interest of delisting a URL,” Google Canada wrote in its submission.“And the incentives for search engines under European laws are skewed towards removal. If a search engine wrongly takes down a particular page, that page falls out of its results; if it wrongly refuses to take down a page, the search engine can be subject to civil judgments or regulatory penalties.”The National NewsMedia Council joined with several other media industry groups to make a submission of their own, arguing that a “Right to be Forgotten” approach in Canada is an infringement on press freedom and the federal Charter of Rights.Likening the approach to leaving library books on the shelf while removing listings from its card catalogue, the groups argued that neither tech companies nor governments should decide what material stays online.“In an open society this is the prerogative of individual citizens, participating in a free marketplace of ideas, who are perfectly capable of deciding such questions for themselves,” the Council’s submission reads.Still, Fraser said the industry must grapple with the issue and suggest best practices for outlets to follow. He said a prevalent school of thought dictates that changing factually accurate articles is tantamount to rewriting history, but added that the realities of the online world suggest a need to find a middle ground.“We have to come to some kind of best practice somehow if we’re going to be honourable and ethical in our business,” he said.Several Canadian newspapers currently do not “unpublish” material, but treat requests to alter or reclassify content on a case-by-case basis. The Globe and Mail’s code of conduct, for instance, indicates the paper’s current practice is to assess such requests by committee, with senior editors and lawyers evaluating the individual situation. The paper said it “generally does not unpublish content or remove details such as names from our websites and archives other than for legal reasons, but it does correct and update articles as necessary if there is a significant factual error.”The approach is similar at the Toronto Star, according to Public Editor Kathy English. In instances where charges have been withdrawn, English said the paper will prominently append an update to the top of the original article. The same practice is currently in place at the National Post, according to Gerry Nott, senior vice-president of content.“We’re not in the unpublishing business, but we are in the fairness business,” Nott said in a statement.The Canadian Press also does not believe in “unpublishing” material, according to Editor-in-Chief Stephen Meurice. When the news agency becomes aware of a substantial change in a story it produced, it confirms the development before sending a publishable note to its media clients that they can append to the story. The Canadian Press does not publish material directly to the public, but only through the media outlets that subscribe to it.English, who said she fields one or two such requests a week, acknowledged the issue is a challenging one for the industry to navigate.“I think one of the solutions to this happens earlier on in the process when we consider what we publish,” she said. “Perhaps we could be moving to a place where we don’t publish things that we know we do not have resources or intention to follow through on.”English acknowledged that some news outlets have opted to omit names from stories with slim follow-up prospects. Some papers, such as weekly Metroland publications Brampton Guardian and Mississauga News, said they would consider altering existing stories to remove names of people who have criminal charges withdrawn before the matter comes to trial.Editor-in-Chief Patricia Lonergan said such alterations are always accompanied by a prominently displayed editor’s note disclosing that a name has been removed and explaining the reason why. She said her papers have established an “ethics committee” that uses internal guidelines to assess the growing number of requests to remove content.“The underlying philosophy is that news organizations do not rewrite history or make news disappear,” Lonergan said. “However, life isn’t that simple.”last_img read more

Keanu Reeves Fans Caused That Bomb Scare at CinemaCon 2016

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Some overzealous movie theater exhibitors — and Keanu Reeves — were the cause of a security scare at CinemaCon in 2016.Unattended backpacks prompted security protocols for a bomb scare following Lionsgate’s presentation last year, which was meant to end with screening the entirety of their magic thriller “Now You See Me 2.”Just before the movie began, Reeves came out to hype “John Wick 2” for the annual convention of American movie exhibitors. Two representatives from an unnamed theater chain bolted to try to meet him — and when they didn’t return, their seat mates got suspicious. Keanu Reeves Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Obama suggests marijuana should be treated like cigarettes or alcohol

Beryl Kessio Rabat – In his “exit interview” with Rolling Stone magazine, President Obama said that marijuana should  be treated as a public-health issue, like how the U.S. treats cigarette and alcohol use. “Look, I’ve been very clear about my belief that we should try to discourage substance abuse,”  Mr. Obama said. “And I am not somebody who believes that legalization is a panacea. But I do believe that treating this as a public-health issue, the same way we do with cigarettes or alcohol, is the much smarter way to deal with it.” This isn’t the first time President Obama has made public his position on marijuana. In a New Yorker interview he conceded that marijuana isn’t as dangerous as other drugs.“As has been well documented,” Mr. Obama told David Remnick, “I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”When pressed to elaborate on how, he said marijuana is less dangerous “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.”More recently, Obama told TV host Bill Maher, “I think we’re going to have to have a more serious conversation about how we are treating marijuana and our drug laws generally.”Noting that Mr.Obama hasn’t made significant strides to legalize marijuana during his tenure, Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner asked why Mr. Obama didn’t take a stronger position on the issue.In response, Obama pointed to the political climate, saying that it just didn’t allow for this issue to be focused on. He also believes that “it’s important” that states are free to try a different approach.In August the Drug Enforcement Administration shot down petitions to loosen federal restrictions on marijuana, citing the drug’s lack of “accepted medical use” and its “high potential for abuse.”Last year Obama indicated that “if enough states end up decriminalizing, Congress may then reschedule marijuana”, a step he described as “progress.” But so far Congress has not taken any steps to amend the federal Controlled Substances Act, and it doesn’t appear to be a top agenda.Obama hinted that once he leaves office he might be more vocal about marijuana issues: “I will have the opportunity as a private citizen to describe where I think we need to go” he said. read more

Energy price cap could leave customers £200 a year out of pocket

Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Our energy price cap will cut bills for millions of families and people across the UK who have been ripped off by energy companies for far too long.“From today, money will go straight back into the pockets of loyal consumers, including the elderly and those on lower incomes who feel the pinch more acutely.“But work to tackle this issue doesn’t stop there. We’re working with regulators and industry to ensure that consumers are not unfairly overcharged in the future – whether on their phone bills or their insurance premiums.”Energy Minister Claire Perry said the price cap’s introduction showed the Government was delivering on its promises, but said switching supplier is still the best way to save money.She added: “Bill payers can now be confident that any change to the price cap will be a fair representation of the actual costs of energy, rather than suppliers passing on inefficiencies to their customers or as excess profits.”An Ofgem spokesman admitted that it expects less people to switch supplier but said it was working on a number of ways to make switching “easier, faster and more reliable”.He added: “Even when the proposed price cap is in place, we expect there will continue to be good value deals on the market allowing customers to save even more money, while those who do not want to switch will be protected from being overcharged.” 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 spokesman for Energy UK, the industry trade body, said the price cap was an additional challenge for firms which last year were hit by increases of around 30pc to the underlying cost of energy.A spokesman said: “We have warned this could have unintended consequences for consumers, including damaging choice and competition for customers.”While the cap is set at £1,137 a year, the actual amount households could pay will depend on energy usage. Ofgem’s safeguard tariff already protects four million customers who have prepayment meters. Householders could be left more than £200 a year out of pocket as the energy regulator has admitted a cap on bills which comes into force today could reduce the number of customers shopping around for a better deal.The cap, which applies to the default energy tariffs paid by consumers after any fixed-rate period comes to an end, prevents suppliers charging the average household more than £1,137 a year.Ofgem said the cap will help the 11 million households who have stayed loyal to their supplier and been moved onto more expensive default tariffs.However, the regulator’s own impact assessments suggest that the cap could reduce by around a third the number of consumers who move between firms to try and save money.The cheapest deal on the market is still significantly below the level of the cap. According to Comparethemarket.com, the price comparison website, the average consumer who switches supplier pays £921 per year, £216 less than loyal customers who pay a rate equivalent to the cap.Peter Earl, energy expert for the site, said: “We remain concerned that the price cap will create a false sense of saving and protection. More worrying perhaps is that it will also encourage inertia.“The reality is that shopping around and moving to the best fixed price deal remains the best and only effective way of making significant savings and keeping your bills low.”Research by the site suggests that one in five households would be less likely to switch following the introduction of the cap.Consumer watchdogs have also warned that the cap’s introduction could mean cash-strapped energy firms pull their cheapest deals from the market.The cap will remain in place until at least the end of 2020, while further work to make the industry fairer is carried out, and can be increased every six months in line with rising costs for suppliers. read more

University collaboration is key to building a bright future

first_imgMany mining companies recognise the HR and research advantages of fostering interest among university students. Fortescue Metals Group, for instance, has welcomed a group of under-graduate and post-graduate university students from two West Australian and two Chinese universities to its iron ore operations in Western Australia for the second annual China-Australia University tour.Following the success of the pilot program in 2017, each of the four universities, the University of Western Australia, Curtin University’s WA School of Mines, Lingnan (University) College of Sun Yat-sen University, and Central South University in China welcomed the opportunity to participate again.Two students from each university, accompanied by academic representatives, toured Fortescue’s mine sites and port and rail operations. The visit concluded with an innovation workshop in Perth with students contributing to discussions on new ideas and opportunities for improved safety, productivity and efficiency, based on their shared learnings.Fortescue Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Gaines said the tour was an opportunity to showcase Fortescue’s world-leading operations and assets and provide the students with first-hand insights into the company’s innovative mining processes.“These students represent the next generation of the mining and resources sector and increasing cooperation and innovation, domestically and internationally, will be fundamental to ensuring a bright future for our industry. Fortescue is proud of our long term relations with stakeholders in China, based on a multifaceted approach to engagement. We strongly believe that by continuing to grow relationships between Australia and China, we can build on the successful relationship between our two countries.”last_img read more

Gonzales Berge Vujovic Dinart or Jacobsen

Cristian BergeDidier Dinartnikolaj jacobsenraul gonzalesVeselin VujovićWorld Handball Coach 2017 World Men’s Handball Coach 2017? Nikolaj Jacobsen (Rhein Neckar Lowen/Denmark) Veselin Vujovic (Slovenia/Koper 2013) Raul Gonzales (RK Vardar/Macedonia) Didier Dinart (France) Cristian Berge (Norway)View Results  Loading …ALSO VOTE FOR:WORLD BEST LEFT WING 2017WORLD BEST LEFT BACK 2017WORLD BEST PLAYMAKER 2017WORLD BEST RIGHT BACK 2017WORLD BEST RIGHT WING 2017WORLD BEST LINE-PLAYER 2017WORLD BEST GOALKEEPER 2017WORLD BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER 2017 ← Previous Story Vote for World Handball Coach 2017 until December 7 Next Story → Mandalinic witnessed Fuchse Berlin win over FC Porto read more

Orfanos cancels trip Boutaris still on his way to Melbourne

first_imgUPDATE: The minister of Macedonia and Thrace, Giorgos Orfanos has cancelled his trip to Melbourne, leaving Thessaloniki’s Mayor Yiannis Boutaris the only major dignitary to make the trip for the Sister city celebrations. Mr Orfanos was due to arrive in Melbourne tomorrow, but Neos Kosmos was told by the Greek Consulate in Melbourne that the minister cancelled his trip without stating a reason.Mayor Boutaris is still set to arrive on November21 accompanied by a delegation from the Municipality of Thessaloniki. Among the board will be Chairman Panagiotis Avramopoulos, as well as councillors Spyros Pegas, Efstathios Pantelidis and Michalis Konstantinidis. Mr Boutaris is set to lead a series of meetings and lectures, to promote Thessaloniki as the ideal tourist destination to Australians. The Mayor will also visit the Jewish Holocaust Museum in an effort to strengthen the ties between the Jewish communities of Thessaloniki and Melbourne.This visit aims to accentuate the importance of the bond between the two cities, and the ties that promote cultural and economic growth. The alliance has indisputably evolved into a multidimensional Hellenic Australian platform, able to help international investment boom while Greece musters up strong trade relations overseas.For more information visit www.thessaloniki.org.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Agendas for the weeks government meetings

first_imgMondayVancouver City Council , City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St., Vancouver. n 3:30 to 4 p.m., workshop: amend parking rates, citation and permits. n 4 to 5 p.m., workshop: Utility Capital Improvement Program update. n 5 to 7 p.m., executive session: city manager performance evaluation. n 7 p.m., regular meeting: approve Brady Manor Subdivision final plat; allow funds spent from grant Healthy Eating Healthy Living; approve free bus passes for youth in need and middle or senior high school students in the Vancouver and Evergreen School districts; approval of agreement for transfer of services from Clark county regarding Van Mall North annexation; public hearing on Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) standards.Camas City Council, City Hall, 616 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas. n 4:30 p.m., workshop: Socrata open performance demonstration, state Highway 500 posted speed revision, development construction project update, possible congestion tolling on Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 bridges information. n 7 p.m., regular meeting: appointment to the Civil Service Commission, reducing the speed limit for a portion of state Highway 500, ratifying and approving Public Works Trust Fund loan.Woodland City Council, Council Chambers, 200 E. Scott Ave., Woodland. n 7 p.m., public hearing: six-month moratorium on marijuana cooperatives.Battle Ground City Council, City Hall, 109 S.W. First St., Battle Ground. n 7 p.m., regular meeting: budget amendment, annexation of islands, salary commission.Yacolt Town Council, Town Hall, 202 W. Cushman St., Yacolt. n 7 p.m., regular meeting: library lease agreement, Yacolt Municipal Code, NorthCounty Little League, the “chicken” ordinance.TuesdaySkamania County commissioners, Skamania County Courthouse, 240 N.W. Vancouver Ave., Stevenson. n 9:30 a.m., regular meeting.Clark County council, Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., sixth floor, Vancouver. n 10 a.m., regular hearing: request to add employees to Public Health’s Food Safety and Health’s Drinking Water and Onsite Septic Permitting programs, request to authorize interim county manager to accept personal representative deed from Estate of Charles F. Simmons for the N.E. 179th Street road project, interlocal agreements, councilor communications, public comment. n 1 p.m., special meeting on west side of Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.: preview of Chevy Tahoe used by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.last_img read more

Former Dolphins top local chefs compete in Gridiron Grilloff

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Teams of Miami Dolphins legends and top South Florida chefs competed in a culinary showdown for charity, Saturday afternoon.John Offerdahl’s Broward Health Gridiron Grill-Off Food & Wine Festival kicked off at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater.Among those participating were 7Sports’ Steve Shapiro and Donovan Campbell.Steve Shapiro, Donovan CampbellMeanwhile, former Miami Dolphins player Channing Crowder broke down why the event was such a success. “But it’s the fun of it, too,” he said, “because John [Offerdahl], he just makes it so we’re out here to hang out, we’re out here for charity, we’re out here competing against chefs, competing against each other, and everybody’s benefiting. We’re having a good time.”All net proceeds from the event benefit Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation and its mission to feed the needs of children in crisis.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Rodale Partners with Microsoft Ad Network

first_imgThe partnership includes Rodale’s entire health and wellness network of sites, including its running and bicycling sites, the Men’s and Women’s Health sites, Prevention.com and OrganicGardening.com. Microsoft will be the exclusive provider of the contextual and paid search advertising. Microsoft also targets the finance, travel, auto and entertainment verticals with its ad-serving network. The sites will offer contextual advertising this month, and paid search ads will appear at a later date, according to the publisher. Microsoft may not be able to beat Google at the paid search game, but the company has struck a deal with Rodale to provide contextual and paid search advertising services for the publisher’s health and wellness sites.Under the partnership, Microsoft will include Rodale in its network of syndicated advertising partners in the Microsoft Advertising Portfolio, which is served up on the adCenter platform. Microsoft’s two-year-old Digital Advertising Solutions partner network includes MSN, Windows Live and Office Live, as well as Facebook and other content publishers. The technology places ads contextually within like-minded articles. An article for running shoes, for example, will be accompanied by an ad from a running shoe manufacturer or retailer. “Combining Microsoft’s contextual advertising and paid search advertising capabilities with our compelling content will provide additional value to our visitors by ensuring the advertising they see is aligned with their interests,” said Daniele Campbell, Rodale’s associate vice president of interactive marketing.last_img read more