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Canada vs USA: Team news & TV

first_imgUnited States Canada Women vs USA Women: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt 01:19 11/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Julie Ertz Alex Morgan USA Getty Images United States Canada v United States Canada Friendlies Women World Cup The Americans’ household names will take on a number of young Canadian stars when the rivals clash in the first match of a doubleheader on Thursday Canada’s women will host the United States on Thursday in the first game of an end-of-year doubleheader.After this meeting at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada, the two countries will face off at the Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California on Sunday.Both teams are continuing their preparations for the next Women’s World Cup in 2019, with qualification set to begin next April. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Canada vs USA Date Thursday, November 9 Time 22:00 ET / 19:00 PT TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Christine Sinclair CanadaIn Canada, the match will be available to watch live on television on TSN1 and by stream via TSN Go. UK TV channel Online stream TSN1 TSN Go In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on ESPN2 and by stream via WatchESPN. US TV channel Online stream ESPN2 WatchESPN SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Canada players Goalkeepers Labbe, D’Angelo, Sheridan Defenders Chapman, Zadorsky, Quinn, Lawrence, Riviere, Agnew, Young Midfielders Scott, Fleming, Kelly, Grosso Forwards Rose, Leon, Sinclair, Prince, Beckie, Huitema Canada have left out Europe-based players Sophie Schmidt, Shannon Woeller and Kadeisha Buchanan because of clashes with their club fixture lists, but Ashley Lawrence will play.There are six teenagers – Jayde Riviere, Ariel Young, Jessie Fleming, Julia Grosso, Deanne Rose and Jordyn Huitema – in John Herdman’s squad as he continues to usher in a new generation.Potential starting XI: Labbe; Agnew, Quinn, Zadorsky, Chapman; Scott, Fleming, Lawrence; Rose, Beckie, Sinclair. Position USA players Goalkeepers Naeher, Campbell, Franch, Harris Defenders Dahlkemper, Sauerbrunn, O’Hara, Sonnett, Ubogagu, Huerta, Short, Smith Midfielders Mewis, Ertz, Horan, Lloyd, Long, Sullivan Forwards Williams, Morgan, Rapinoe, Press The U.S. will be missing attacking midfielder Tobin Heath, who was forced to pull out of the squad due to an ankle injury, and Mallory Pugh, who has a hamstring problem.Crystal Dunn has been omitted due to her club commitments with Chelsea.Potential starting XI: Naeher; O’Hara, Sauerbrunn, Dahlkemper, Short; Ertz, Horan, Mewis; Williams, Morgan, Press.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Becky Sauerbrunn USAUSA are 4/9 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Canada priced at 9/2 and the draw available at 3/1.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets. GAME PREVIEW Ashley Lawrence CanadaThis is a clash of two of women’s international football’s big hitters, with the United States – ranked first in the world by FIFA – taking on fifth-place Canada.But these two teams are taking a very different route towards the 2019 World Cup and 2020 Olympic Games.The U.S. continue to rely upon a tried-and-tested group of players, with Becky Sauerbrunn, Alex Morgan and Christen Press – all aged 28 or over – central.Canada, on the other hand, have seen veterans Josee Belanger, Marie-Eve Nault, Melissa Tancredi and Rhian Wilkinson retire this year, and have six teenagers in their squad for these two fixtures.The way they have turned to the next generation is highlighted by the fact that 19-year-old wonderkid Jessie Fleming, who is still in college, already has 45 caps.Deanne Rose, 18, has 28 and 16-year-old Jordyn Huitema, who has two goals in her first four internationals, might be the Canadians’ most promising young forward since captain Christine Sinclair came through the ranks.Add in 22-year-old PSG and Lyon stars Ashley Lawrence and Kadeisha Buchanan and while Canada may be adrift of USA for now, it is not hard to see how they hope to turn the tables by the time the next major tournaments come around.last_img read more

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HapagLloyd Names New 10500 TEU Mammoth

first_imgImage Courtesy: Hapag-LloydGerman shipping company Hapag-Lloyd will hold the naming ceremony for the Guayaquil Express, the fourth of five newbuildings in its 10,500 TEU class, at the container terminal Altenwerder in Hamburg today.Ordered in 2015, the Guayaquil Express will plough the seas between Europe and South America. With a length of 333 meters and a width of 48 meters, the ship is designed for the new locks of the Panama Canal.The vessel will operate in the SWX service, calling at the ports of Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre, Caucedo, Cartagena, Manzanillo/PA, Buenaventura, Callao, Puerto Angamos and Valparaíso.By deploying the ship, rather than bringing any new tonnage into the market, Hapag-Lloyd is replacing two older vessels with each of the new state-of-the-art ones. As a result, more efficient ships will be deployed between North Europe and South America West Coast “without noticeably increasing capacity in the market,” the company said.Like the Guayaquil Express, which was built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in South Korea, all vessels in the series are named after ports in South America.Each of the five new ships has 2,100 plugs for temperature-controlled reefer containers. Hapag-Lloyd informed that the vessels set the highest standards in environmental protection, and achieve especially low fuel-consumption and emissions levels thanks to innovative onboard technologies. They are equipped with a highly efficient main engine, an optimized hull shape and a novel lashing and loading system for a higher utilization.All five newbuildings will sail under the German flag and are classified DNV GL.Homeported in Hamburg, the ships can carry a maximum of 19 rows of containers side by side on board, which each have a maximum capacity of 123,500 tonnes. The eight cargo holds and decks, offer a total capacity of 10,590 TEU.last_img read more

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Board Members Reappointed

first_imgWadih Fares and William (Bill) Gates have been reappointed as directors of the Waterfront Development Corporation board, the province announced today, Dec. 20. “Both members have made significant contributions to the board in development, risk management and finance,” said Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris. “It makes good sense to have experienced members as we work together to grow our economy and focus on the capital region as a catalyst for economic development for Nova Scotia.” With more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Fares serves as president and CEO of W.M. Fares Group, a building design, project management development firm. In addition to his work, Mr. Fares gives back to the community through a variety of roles, including Honourary Consul of Lebanon for the Maritime Provinces, capital campaign chair for the Bella Rose Theatre Project, and founder and honourary member of the Canadian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce. Bill Gates is a self-employed utility management consultant and holds a bachelor of engineering (Civil Engineering) and a master’s of business administration from Dalhousie University. He was general manager of the Halifax Water Commission and held various positions in private industry, including operational maintenance manager for several industrial plants. “Our board is made up of a diverse group of experienced professionals who bring a unique set of skills to the table,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO of Waterfront Development Corporation Limited. “To have Mr. Fares and Mr. Gates reappointed maintains an excellent complement to our existing board and keeps WDCL poised to build and develop great waterfronts.” The four-year terms for the reappointments are effective immediately. Earlier this month, John Holm was appointed chair of the WDCL board of directors. Waterfront Development Corporation Limited is a provincial Crown corporation that manages provincially owned land along the waterfronts from Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Lunenburg. WDCL recently launched a public spaces recycling project and free wireless Internet service on the Halifax waterfront.last_img read more

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Humans responsible for more than 400 BC wildfires so far this season

first_imgThe Canadian PressCampfires, cigarettes, flares and car accidents are some of the ways humans have likely started more than 400 wildfires in British Columbia this season.As wildfires blaze across the province, the BC Wildfire Service says many of them have been avoidable. Despite efforts to spread the word about fire bans and other restrictions, fire information officer Ryan Turcot says many people still aren’t getting the message.“It’s important to note that every time we run into a human-caused wildfire, that’s a wildfire that didn’t have to happen,” Turcot said.“These human-caused wildfires during periods of heightened fire activity can in some cases divert critical resources away from the natural caused wildfires that we can’t prevent.”On average, the Wildfire Service says 40 per cent of fires over the past 10 years, or 666 per year, have been caused by humans.This season has seen an unusual amount of lightning activity, which has skewed that ratio, Turcot said.Since April 1, humans have been responsible for starting more than 420 of about 1,950 wildfires in British Columbia, although the service said it’s too early to be more specific about the causes since many are still under investigation.The Wildfire Service lumps human activities that spark fires into 10 broad categories, including smoking, electrical, and structure or vehicle fires that spread.“If you were to really break it down, there are hundreds of different ways that wildfires start,” Turcot said.About 23 per cent of fires started by humans fall under the broad umbrella of “incendiary devices,” which include matches, lighters, flare guns and others. About 22 per cent spread from campfires. And about the same number begin with open fires, which are larger fires that include burn barrels, pile burning and large-scale industrial burning.Turcot said it’s important to educate yourself about fire bans and other restrictions before entering the backcountry.In response to last year’s record-setting fire season, the Wildfire Service says on its website that extraordinary measures were taken to help prevent human-caused fires.Off-road vehicle prohibitions were implemented in the Cariboo, Kamloops and southeast fire centres and full backcountry closures were implemented in two areas. Campfires were also banned across most areas of the province throughout the summer.In April 2016, the province increased fines for a variety of wildfire-related violation tickets. Fines include $1,150 for lighting a fire against regulations or restrictions, $575 for failing to comply with a fire control order and $383 to $575 for failing to report a fire.More than 1.2 million hectares of land burned in 2017, costing more than $568 million in fire suppression and displacing roughly 65,000 people.An independent review of last year’s fire season recommended strengthening the public’s understanding of risks and personal responsibilities, and providing a summary of incentives to encourage public participation in preparing for emergencies.“The most prominent communications theme referenced was the need to better communicate human-started fire considerations such as the direct impacts of negligence and fines for cigarettes in high-risk areas,” the report said in a summary of comments it received through open houses.Comments also called for more public awareness campaigns and more education on FireSmart, a program that teaches prevention tactics.In an email, Turcot said the province is working toward making FireSmart activities a common practice across British Columbia, including providing more courses to educate local governments, First Nations, community members and emergency staff. It already does paid advertising campaigns on radio, TV and online.But changing human behaviour is a challenge.“There isn’t one silver bullet solution to reducing the number of human-caused fires, given that human-caused fires are attributable to a very wide array of activities and circumstances, so it is important for the BC Wildfire Service to continue educating the public about wildfire prevention as it relates to all human activities that can result in unnecessary wildfires,” Turcot said.last_img read more

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RAM 100 Flights Cancelled in 2 Weeks as Rift with Pilots

Rabat – The rift between RAM management and pilots union has created an unending series of last-minute flight cancellations and angry customers.The Royal Air Maroc (RAM) pilots, represented by the National Association of Pilots (AMPL), have grown “inflexible” in their salary demands.RAM has called off more than 100 flights in two weeks, causing the frustration of passengers, who, despite the company’s ongoing troubles continued buying RAM tickets. Passengers hoped that the company’s trouble would not last as long as it now has, according to Moroccan newspaper L’Economiste. Since the start of the strike on July 18, RAM reportedly loses MAD 20 million daily, and the situation is “growing wayward and unmanageable.” The company is “overwhelmed and does not know what to say,” L’Economiste quoted a senior RAM managing officer as saying.The rapidly rising costs of the strike pressured RAM’s CEO Abdelhamid Abdou to call for a meeting with AMPL members on Wednesday, July 25. And while the general expectation was that a crisis recovery strategy would be found by August to avoid the grim prospect of losing the busiest and most profitable month of the summer period, the company’s pilots have recently hardened their position, claiming that RAM’s work requirements are “untenable.”An AMPL representative told Moroccan outlet Medias 24 on Tuesday, July 31, that pilots will only resume work when all their demands are met. He said that the pilots would not be lured by a crisis recovery plan that does not address all their requests. He also explained that AMPL’s position is “inflexible” and that RAM could remain paralyzed for the remaining days of the summer period.“For years we were flexible and we did not speak up, but now the situation has become unbearable,” he said. “As far as we are concerned RAM’s commercial office is the only one responsible for the ongoing disturbances at airports.”Meanwhile, RAM’s bruised reputation continues to be further affected as the company’s customers complain about long delays and last-minute changes of schedule. RAM has set up special units to inform passengers in a timely manner—a day or two before set departure time—and take care of hotel and restaurants costs for passengers of cancelled night flights. These “preventive measures are a very heavy burden on the company’s finances,” the managing officer was quoted as saying. read more

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Colombian cities hit by Venezuela gasoline shortages

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s widespread gasoline shortages are starting to affect some cities in neighbouring Colombia, where drivers have long depended on cheap fuel from the socialist-run nation.People in the Colombian border city of Cucuta lined up for hours outside local gas stations on Wednesday to fill their tanks, fearing that shortages could become worse in the following days.Drivers in Cucuta and other cities along the border often buy gasoline from street vendors who smuggle fuel in from Venezuela, and sell it below official prices.But Venezuela’s gasoline shortages have left street vendors and smugglers with almost no fuel to sell in the black market. That has sent thousands of drivers back to legal gas stations that are now struggling to meet demand.The Associated Press read more

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Greater efforts needed to achieve gender balance within UN system – Migiro

While the UN has proclaimed the equal rights of men and women, and the General Assembly has called for 50-50 gender balance in the world body’s staff in numerous resolutions over the years, gender parity has yet to become a reality.“Our own statistics showed an unacceptable lack of progress in achieving gender balance among United Nations staff,” Ms. Migiro said in a message to the expert group meeting on measures to accelerate the improvement in the status of women in the UN system.She noted that, for the past eight years, the share of female Secretariat staff in professional and higher categories increased by an average of only 0.35 per cent per year. Between 2004 and 2006, the proportion of women in most professional grades actually decreased.Also during the same period, there was close to a 20 per cent rise in the proportion of women leaving the Organization voluntarily before retirement age.“Simple projections show that at the current glacial pace, we would achieve gender balance at the USG [Under-Secretary-General] level in 2080, and, even more alarmingly, at the P-5 level in 2120.”In addition, if UN managers today were judged on their performance on gender, “few of them would get a passing grade.” She stressed the need for managers at all levels to be bold and creative in their efforts to reach gender parity throughout the UN system, including in recruiting and retaining qualified women. Ms. Migiro also suggested exploring the kind of temporary special measures that have been used by some Member States to reach legislated gender targets. “It is my firm conviction that without temporary special measures, tradition, whatever its manifestation, cannot be overcome,” she stated. Another area that the Deputy Secretary-General feels requires greater efforts within the Organization is regarding rule of law. “Despite our strengths, we have struggled to ensure strategic coherence and coordination in our engagement in rule of law,” Ms. Migiro told a round-table discussion on cooperation between the UN and rule of law assistance providers, held yesterday.To address that issue, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has established the Rule of Law Coordination and Resource Group, which Ms. Migiro chairs, and the Rule of Law Unit. The Unit supports the Group in system-wide coordination, guidance and development of best practices, and fostering effective partnerships with external actors. “With these new arrangements, we have set firmly down a path towards shared strategic and policy direction, coordination and quality-control,” she said, stressing that for the UN, the rule of law is fundamental to achieving long-lasting peace and security, effective protection of human rights, economic progress and sustainable development. 14 November 2007Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today called for greater efforts to achieve gender balance within the United Nations system, stating that statistics show an “unacceptable” lack of progress in this area despite the measures taken so far. read more

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UN missions in Africa making progress on new challenges says UN peacekeeping

Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous opened a press briefing at Headquarters with comments on the DRC where he said national forces (FARDC), with support from the UN peacekeeping mission MONUSCO and its intervention brigade, were able to push the M23 rebel group towards the north so it no longer presented a direct threat to the city of Goma, in the vast country’s eastern region, the surrounding camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) or on the mission’s positions.“The M23 has suffered casualties and that is the reason why they pushed back to, presumably, lick their wounds,” Mr. Ladsous said. “MONUSCO has firmly strengthened its positions to be in a better position to defend Goma and all the population in and around the area.”He stressed, however, that the underlying causes of the conflict in the country, and the Great Lakes overall, necessitates a political solution.Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson, and Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the DRC and head of MONSUCO, spent about a week in the region earlier this month to participate in the so-called Kampala talks which have led to a resumption of talks between the M23 and the Government.Joined by their counterparts from the African Union, European Union and the United States, the UN envoys also stressed the urgency of steps forward in the implementation of the 11-nation Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework signed earlier this year under UN auspices. Mr. Ladsous also highlighted that the UN, through MONUSCO, is now a full fledged member of the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (EJVM), a technical body, comprising experts from both DRC and Rwanda and those of the UN and African Union (AU), to address DRC-Rwanda border security issues.“I think we will be able to get a much clearer picture of what is happening,” the UN peacekeeping chief said in reference to accusations of shellings across the border. He also noted that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) would be used for observation purposes over the Kivus by the end of the year.The progress being made in the DRC is due to be discussed at a special event on the sidelines of the high-level opening of the General Assembly on 23 September in New York, Mr. Ladsous said.Turning to Mali, he said the phrase remains “so far, so good”.“We remain more than ever in full support of the efforts the Government of Mali has announced whilst we are strengthening MINUSMA,” Mr. Ladsous said using the acronym for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the country.The Mission is currently at a strength of 5,201 soldiers on the ground plus a little over 800 police officers with additional contingents due to arrive from Asia, other parts of Africa and Latin America, he said.Mr. Ladsous said the process of addressing the root causes of the conflict are a “continuous effort but one that so far looks promising.” He noted however that this is only one stage in a stabilization process in a country that since early 2012, has witnessed a military coup d’état, renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical Islamists.In addition to the events in Mali, Mr. Ladsous stressed the need to take into account the entire Sahel region which stretches from Mauritania to Eritrea, including Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan. This regional perspective is also due to be discussed at a side event on the margins of the General Assembly, he noted.Mr. Ladsous said the situation in Sudan and South Sudan is a “yo-yo, at one stage things get better but get worse again.” Events are currently in a positive phase following a successful meeting last week between Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and President Salva Kiir of South Sudan.“We hope that the border mechanism will contribute towards less tension in that border area,” Mr. Ladsous said, noting the importance of the two countries to work together constructively on the contentious topic of the future of the status of the territory of Abyei.Declining to say too much on Syria, Mr. Ladsous responded to a question about a possible peacekeeping force in the country, saying that the matter is “completely in the hands of the Security Council.” “A number of ideas have been mentioned but I have no sense that there is a decision forthcoming,” the UN peacekeeping chief said. “We are under orders of the Council and if we are requested to do something, we shall act accordingly.”In addition, Mr. Ladsous mentioned the UN force in Golan Heights (UNDOF) which continues to be strengthened to full authorized levels. Ireland has announced the deployment of a contingent to join UNDOF, due to arrive this month. In southern Lebanon, the situation remains “quiet”, Mr. Ladsous said, adding that the UN force there (UNIFIL) has “taken steps to have the greatest awareness as possible and adjusting their posture accordingly.” read more

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Medics cannot be expected to foresee fatal symptoms court rules

first_imgIn July 2012, Vincent was sent home from school complaining of feeling unwell. He died barely six hours later.Rose, a mother-of-three Rose from east London, has not worked since March 2013 and remains under an interim suspension order by the General Optical Council (GOC), due to expire in June 2018.The GOC said it was aware of the Court of Appeal’s decision to overturn her conviction and was “giving the matter due consideration.” Vincent’s parents, Joanne and Ian Barker, said they were “devastated” by the ruling and had been failed by the legal system.””We remain in no doubt that if Honey Rose had not breached her duty of care to our son, he would still be with us today,” they said.“This case now opens the gates for medical practitioners to operate outside of the standard at which they are required to perform, without full accountability or responsibility to uphold their duty of care.”The court heard that retinal images taken of the back of Vincent’s eyes in February 2012 wereremarkably different from those taken in 2011 and showed significant congestion of the veins and swelling of the optic nerve.However, Rose claimed she was shown the wrong images during the appointment. She also claimed she had not properly examined the back of Vincent’s eyes because he had shown an aversion to the bright light, a suggestion disputed by his mother. “Were the answer otherwise, this would fundamentally undermine the established legal test of foreseeability in gross negligence manslaughter which requires proof of a ‘serious and obvious risk of death’ at the time of breach,” he continued.He said the implications for medical and other professions would be “serious” as they would be guilty of gross negligence manslaughter for failing to carry out routine eye, blood and other tests, which in fact would have revealed fatal conditions. Vincent Barker died about five months after the eye testCredit:Alban Donohoe/Albanpix.com Medics who fail to carry out routine tests cannot be expected to foresee a risk of death, the Court of Appeal has ruled, after an optometrist who failed to spot a schoolboy’s fatal condition had her manslaughter conviction overturned.Honey Rose, 35, did not notice that seven-year-old Vincent Barker had swollen optic discs – a symptom of fluid on the brain – when she examined him at a branch of Boots in Ipswich.He died five months later and she was subsequently found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter, given a two-year suspended prison term and ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service. 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.center_img Vincent Barker Honey Rose arriving for her trial at Ipswich Crown CourtCredit:Alban Donohoe/Albanpix.com Honey Rose arriving for her trial at Ipswich Crown Court But her conviction was quashed on appeal after judges ruled that while there had been a “serious breach of duty,” it did not constitute the crime of gross negligence manslaughter.Sir Brian Leveson, sitting alongside two other judges, ruled that Rose could not possibly have known that Vincent was suffering from a long-standing, chronic problem when she conducted a routine eye test.He said it was therefore inappropriate take into account what she would have known but for her breach of duty, which was the failure to properly to examine the back of Vincent’s eyes.last_img read more

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Antonio Garcia Robledo to CSM Bucharest

After turbulent season with Danish KIF Kolding Kobenhavn and short period of time with FC Barcelona Lassa, Spanish left back Antonio Garcia Robledo continues proffesional adventure in Romania, where he signed contract with vice-champions CSM Bucharest.Romanian side want to take a title which keeps city rival Dinamo Bucharest in the last two seasons.Experienced Spanish left back-playmaker, who played at BM Granollers, Ademar Leon, Paris Saint-Germain and Pick Szeged, world champion with Spain in 2013, could be a good step in that way… ← Previous Story SEHA GAZPROM League teams for 2017/2018 Next Story → EHF nominate 14 referees pairs for EHF EURO 2018

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Beauty pageants do not sexualise children says contest organiser

first_imgLong legacy in the StatesShe said while it my be a new concept to Ireland, beauty pageants have been in America for the last fifty years.Ms Hill, from Texas, organises the “Universal Royal Beauty Pageant” a beauty pageant that is open to both girls and boys, with one heat of the competition having the children wear swimwear.In 2011, the ISPCC said it would not be in support of child beauty pageants and raised concerns about the way in which it may focus on the early sexualisation and appearance of young children. The Barnardos children’s charity echoed these sentiments.Ms Hill would not reveal the location of where the Irish version of the pageant would be held.(Via YouTube/MissUniversalRoyalty)Poll: Would you enter your child in a beauty pageant?> Children’s rights groups concerned by child beauty pageant set for Ireland> AMERICAN ORGANISERS ARE set to stage a child beauty contest in Ireland in September. The event is reportedly going to cost within the region of €20,000.Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast this morning the pageant organiser, Annette Hill denied that pageants, such as the one she is organising, sexualises young children.She said they are not looking at children in such a way, “so if you’re doing it, then that is disturbing and disgusting. We’ve been around for eighteen years. Don’t you think if we were sexualising kids, someone would have said something by now?”last_img read more

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ComReg closes TV3 complaint against RTÉ due to insufficient grounds for action

first_imgRTÉ HAS WELCOMED the decision by the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) to close a complaint submitted by TV3.The complaint submitted related to the abuse of an alleged dominant position by RTÉ/RTÉNL in relation to television transmission and distribution services.ComReg has decided to close the TV3 complaint “on the basis that there are insufficient grounds for action with respect to each of the alleged excessive and discriminatory pricing abuses”.ComplaintTV3 submitted a complaint against the national broadcaster which alleged that contrary to Section 5 of the Competition Act 2002 and Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) RTÉNL engaged in pricing practices that consisted of:(a) imposing charges on TV3 for the provision of analogue  terrestrial television transmission and distribution (ATTTD) services which are discriminatory in nature, in particular, that the level of charges imposed by RTÉNL on TV3 are discriminatory vis-à-vis the charges levied by RTÉNL on RTÉ1, RTÉ2 and TG4(b) imposing unfair and excessive prices on TV3 for the provision of ATTTD services in relation to the economic value of the services provided; and(c) imposing charges on TV3 which are not proportionate to the cost to RTÉNL of providing the services being charged for.ComReg found that there are “insufficient grounds for action with respect to each of the alleged excessive and discriminatory pricing abuses”.Information It should also be noted that Deloitte’s and ComReg’s assessment of the alleged excessive and discriminatory pricing abuses has been limited by a number of factors relating to the availability of information provided by both parties.RTÉ said in a statement that they welcomed “the fact that the ComReg investigation is now formally closed”.The complaint was submitted by TV3 in 2008 and the investigation commenced in 2011, assisted by Deloitte.Comreg’s full report into the complaint can be read here.Read: RTÉ’s World Cup analysis took an unexpected turn last night>Read: Meet the new boss, journalists: Peter Feeney to become the 2nd ever Press Ombudsman>last_img read more

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Fishing guide sentenced to year in prison for fraudulent disability claim

first_imgA Southwest Washington fishing guide was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to a year in prison for a fraudulent disability claim that spanned eight years.Billy Jim Swann, 53, was convicted in March, following a three-day trial, of perjury, wire fraud and Social Security fraud for trying to obtain disability benefits to which he wasn’t entitled.U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan described Swann’s actions as a “nefarious scheme” to “lie to get money from the federal government,” according to a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Justice.Court records and trial testimony show that Swann applied for Social Security disability benefits in 2006, claiming he had been unable to work since 2003. When his claim was denied, he appealed and swore before an administrative law judge that his only work activity was as a volunteer for a few weeks in the summer at an Alaska fishing camp. His claim was again denied, so he appealed in U.S. District Court, making false disability claims, the press release states.Swann reportedly claimed that his disability interfered with his ability to walk, climb stairs and use his hands, and that he required a cane to get around. He also claimed he suffered cognitive problems that limited his ability to carry on a conversation, according to the press release.last_img read more

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California Highway Patrol warns those headed to the mountains

California Highway Patrol warns those headed to the mountains

first_imgCalifornia Highway Patrol warns those headed to the mountains KUSI Newsroom MOUNT LAGUNA (KUSI) – The California Highway Patrol is warning those headed to the mountains for a romp in the freshly fallen snow today that the roads are icy and chains, or four-wheel drive vehicles, are recommended.“Chains are needed from Interstate 8 if you’re exiting from the freeway onto Sunrise Highway,” said Tammy McGuire, CHP dispatch supervisor.“We do have snow plows responding, but they are not here yet.”The CHP said several accidents have been reported, while cautioning travelers to expect delays as crowds work their way up the mountains to play in the snow. December 25, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwittercenter_img Posted: December 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 8:20 PMlast_img read more

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Top 10 most read stories this week

Top 10 most read stories this week

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 24 February and 3 March 2016:Puppies help de-stress Australian workplacesEY, Iceland and Nationwide are among the 25 Best Big Companies to Work For 2016Rolls-Royce introduces financial education and engagement strategyHow will the national living wage impact reward strategies?EXCLUSIVE: Countrywide introduces discount scheme for staffEXCLUSIVE: Royal Bank of Scotland engages staff with its sustainability goalsWhat is included in a global wellbeing strategy?KP Snacks to re-launch bikes-for-work schemeEXCLUSIVE: IPG Mediabrands to launch financial wellbeing programmeWilliam Hill to pay all employees the national living wagelast_img

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BREAKING NEWS Have You Seen This Missing Wilmington Teen

BREAKING NEWS Have You Seen This Missing Wilmington Teen

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, a Wilmington teenager has been missing since May 19, 2018.Kathrine Morona, who also went missing in March and was found safe, is a 16-year-old Hispanic female with black hair and brown eyes. She is 5’3″ and 130 pounds. Her nose is pierced and may be wearing glasses. Kathrine may be in the company of an adult male.If seen, please call 911, 1-800-THE-LOST, or the Wilmington Police Department at 978-658-5071.Kathrine MoronaLike 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMISSING CHILD: Have You Seen This Wilmington Teen?In “Government”BREAKING NEWS: Have You Seen This 14-Year-Old Girl Missing From Wilmington?In “Breaking”PHOTO OF THE DAY: Have You Seen These 2 Missing Billerica Children?In “Photo of the Day”last_img read more

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Frozen 2 trailer captures Elsa Anna on dangerous search for answers

first_imgFrozen 2 hits US theaters on Nov. 22. Disney In Frozen 2, Anna and Elsa will venture beyond their home of Arendelle and search for answers to the question: Why was Elsa born with magical powers?A new trailer for the film debuted Tuesday, and it shows Elsa (Idina Menzel) setting out on a dangerous journey with Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Olaf (Josh Gad) and Sven.  21 Photos Originally published June 11, 4:56 a.m. PT.  1:52 “We have always feared Elsa’s powers were too much for this world,” says Grand Pabbie (Ciarán Hinds). “Now we must hope they are enough.”It features some sort of spirit horsey and a Shadow of the Colossus-style creature, and Elsa uses her freezing abilities to give the gang passage through magical fog so they can reach what looks like a portal or doorway.Frozen 2 posterIn Frozen 2, Elsa and Anna set out on a dangerous journey. Disney Frozen 2 brings back the filmmakers and songwriters from the 2013 original film, including directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, producer Peter Del Vecho and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The first film is the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.Disney also released a new poster for the film on Monday.A teaser trailer for Frozen 2 released in February shows Elsa trying to run across waves using her ice powers before being taken under by the water. Within 24 hours, it became the most-watched animated trailer of all time. Frozen 2 hits theaters in the US on Nov. 22. The film will be available for streaming on Disney Plus next summer.  Now playing: Watch this: Summer movie preview: Aladdin, Spider-Man, Tarantino and more TV and Movies Culturecenter_img Tags 0 Post a comment Share your voice Disney’s new Frozen 2 trailer goes on a quest Disneylast_img read more

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Murkowski OCS RevenueSharing is Simple Fairness

first_imgSen. Lisa Murkowski wants Alaska to get a share of the federal revenues from oil and gas development off Alaska’s shores. Alaska’s congressional delegation has tried before, but this time Murkowski hopes to harness the support of other coastal senators. The idea proved controversial at an Energy Committee hearing this morning.Download Audio:Murkowski’s Alaska revenue-sharing bill has two siblings. One proposes revenue sharing for Atlantic states. The other would send more revenue to Louisiana and its neighbors. Murkowski promoted them all at the Energy hearing.“Each area I think we recognize is different with specific needs and interests, but it’s out of simple fairness that we should provide revenue sharing to all of them,” said Murkowski, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.The Alaska bill would divert 22.5 percent of revenue from Alaska’s outer continental shelf. Most of that– 15 percent—would be split between the state of Alaska and communities near the developments. The bill earmarks smaller amounts for Alaska workforce development and federal science research on the North Slope. After the first decade, the in-state share would grow and the percentage to the federal treasury would shrink to 50 percent.Alaska now gets 27 percent of federal revenues from leases and production from the off-shore area known as 8(g). That’s the band from three miles to six miles out. It gets nothing from the Outer Continental Shelf, the area beyond six miles. Murkowski’s bill requires annual lease sales in the 8(g) zone of Cook Inlet and the Beaufort Sea.  It calls for  three OCS leases every five years in each of those areas, plus the Chukchi Sea.The top Democrat on the Committee, Maria Cantwell of Washington, says the idea of new OCS revenue-sharing remains unpopular with senators from interior states and those who believe the federal government can’t afford it.“These are not new concepts, my colleague from Louisiana I’m sure knows,” Cantwell said. “But they are a concept that have brought this committee to a standstill, multiple occasions, given a mix of concerns.Revenue-sharing was among 26 bills on Murkowski’s hearing agenda, all of them candidates for the comprehensive energy package she’s working on. Cantwell and other Democrats say they want energy policy to focus more on technology, efficiency and carbon reduction.One of the hearing witnesses, Franz Matzner, of the Natural Resources Defense Council, says combating climate change will require leaving some oil in the ground, and Matzner says off-shore oil, in particular, is best left alone.“Whether you’re focused on the Arctic or the Atlantic there’s a risk of severe oil spills and we’ve seen what happens when we have those oil spills. The impacts are economically severe, ecologically severe, and they’re persistent,” he said.Sen. Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, repeated an “irony” he mentioned at a prior Energy hearing: That the loss of Arctic ice gives rise to more oil development in the Arctic, which will cause more climate change and more ice loss.This time, Murkowski was ready for it.“Many in the North believe that the irony is the people of the north would be denied jobs, economic opportunities … while people 4,000 miles away lock up them and put them in an effective snow globe for life,” she said.The senator says she wants to boost all kinds of energy production: Hydro, Nuclear, Petroleum, Renewables.“We have an abundance of supply when it comes to our energy assets, and that’s something worth celebrating, because not every country has this,” she said.Murkowski says she’s also trying to lift the oil export ban, so the U.S. can use that abundance to help its allies.last_img read more

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Googles Censored Chinese Search Engine Probably Isnt Happening

first_img Easily Assign Tasks With Google AssistantLGBTQ+ Video Creators Sue YouTube, Google Stay on target Google is gigantic. No one doubts that. But when considering that China, a country with over a billion people and a dominant modern expanding economy, is currently off limits to the company the mind boggles thinking about how much bigger Google could be. That’s what executives must’ve been thinking with Project Dragonfly, an attempt to bring a custom search engine (Google’s original product) into the Chinese market.However, according to a report on the Intercept Google’s Dragonfly project is “effectively ended.” And the reasons why remind us why the idea of Google in China was so tricky to begin with, despite the immense untapped potential.The whole reason China needed a separate version of Google is to comply with the Chinese government’s strict content censorship policies. But creating a censored version of exploring the internet takes a little more effort than just adding some more Chinese actors to your Hollywood blockbusters. For insight into Chinese search patterns (as well as blacklisted topics to avoid like the plague) Dragonfly engineers were apparently relying on information from 265.com, a Google-owned Chinese web directory that hooks into the widely used Baidu search engine.AdChoices广告However, using search data from 265.com ended up causing a bit of a civil war within Google it seems. Google’s privacy team objected to the strategy as a security violation, as user habits from other countries would and should never be exploited this way. Plus we can’t imagine lots of folks felt great that the overall goal was to make sure no one could search for peaceful protest locations or how to report human rights violations. And without 265.com data, Dragonfly workers resorted to far less useful Chinese searches from outside the mainland itself, or they were just transferred to other international projects.Dragonfly might not be officially over but it sounds like it can’t make much progress in its current state. And while being questioned by the House Judiciary Committee last week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai denied any current plans for a Chinese search engine. Bad for Google’s profits? Probably. Good for an uncensored internet? Probably.For more on Google learn how you can get a free copy of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey with the new Project Stream service and pour one out for Google+, shutting down early after a massive privacy breach.last_img read more

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Westbrook missing the playoffs with OKCs talent would define his career

Westbrook missing the playoffs with OKCs talent would define his career

first_imgBen Simmons is an all-time NBA talentBen Simmons and the Sixers are the NBA’s hottest team heading into the playoffs, and are doing it while Joel Embiid is sidelined with a facial fracture.Colin has been critical of ‘The Process,’ but thinks Simmons is a transcendent all-time talent and a more physically gifted version of Magic Johnson. The scary part is he’s dominant now without having anything resembling an outside shot. Even though Embiid gets more headlines, Simmons is the true foundation of the Sixers. He could end up as one of the greats. Westbrook missing the playoffs with OKC’s talent would define his careerRussell Westbrook and the Thunder are fighting for their playoff lives as the regular season finishes up. Colin thinks if OKC misses the playoffs they would be the most talented team in NBA history not to qualify for the postseason.Even with the MVP and all the triple doubles, if Westbrook misses the playoffs with Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and Steven Adams, it would define his career. Also:– UFC needs Mayweather– Colin’s ‘Mocked Draft’ 1.0. His dream scenario for the 2018 NFL Draft Guests:Doug Gottlieb – FS1 Analyst and host of The Doug Gottlieb Show and the All Ball Podcast is in-studio talking Ben Simmons incredible season; and why UFC doesn’t need Floyd Mayweather.Ray Lewis – NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl champion is in-studio discussing Dez Bryant’s future in Dallas, and what he would tell Odell Beckham if he had the opportunity.Dahntay Jones – 13-year NBA Veteran and NBA champion is in-studio talking Colin’s Great 8 NBA player list; what he saw up close that makes LeBron so special; why Ben Simmons is just scratching the surface.last_img read more

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