David Beckham salutes LA Galaxy and Los Angeles as statue unveiled

first_imgDavid Beckham called his former team LA Galaxy his “family” and thanked Los Angeles for embracing him at the unveiling of his statue before the Major League Soccer club’s season-opener on Saturday.The statue, a first for an MLS player, honours the former England captain who was the first big European name to join the league, boosting its popularity and paving the way for other global stars to make the leap.Beckham won back-to-back championships in 2011 and 2012 during his six years and 98 appearances with the Galaxy.”Our city, our home,” Beckham said outside the Galaxy’s home stadium, the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, before their opener against the Chicago Fire.”From day one when my family arrived in this city, we felt at home and for that we will be forever grateful.”When I talk about LA Galaxy and when I talk about LA, I talk about it as family because it is a big family.”Forever in #LAGalaxy history.#BeckhamStatue | #Since96 pic.twitter.com/sHsIehk2ytLA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) March 3, 2019The statue unveiling came a day after Beckham helped open a soccer field for underprivileged youth in downtown Los Angeles.”Taking care of the next generation of soccer stars in this country is really important and we did it in a community that really needed support and a safe environment for children,” added 43-year-old Beckham, his parents and wife Victoria among the audience.Former Galaxy team mate Robbie Keane paid tribute to Beckham as a loyal friend and family man.advertisement”The David Beckham the public know is a global superstar and icon throughout the world,” said Keane.”But the one I know is even better.”Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant also gave a video-taped tribute to the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder Beckham, the owner of expansion side Inter Miami CF, which is set to join the MLS in 2020.”He was the first truly big name to come to the states and really draw attention to the sport,” said the former Los Angeles Lakers forward.Also Watch:last_img read more


first_imgLe Mars Police continue to investigate Sunday morning’s attempted robbery and the shooting of two store clerks at the Le Mars Hy Vee gas station.The suspect was found dead in South Sioux City two hours later from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.Le Mars Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte said Sunday the names of the injured clerks and the suspect are not being revealed yet:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/LMSHOT5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….day or so. :24The two female victims are reported to be in serious but stable condition at Mercy One hospital in Sioux City.last_img read more

Mata lays down Man Utd gauntlet in ‘marathon’

first_imgManchester United Mata lays down Man Utd gauntlet in ‘marathon’ despite being top of the league Last updated 2 years ago 00:36 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Juan Mata Manchester United Getty Manchester United Premier League The Red Devils have enjoyed a flying start to the season, but the games are about to come thick and fast and offer a stern test of their credentials Juan Mata has set Manchester United the challenge of embracing their 2017-18 “marathon” as a hectic schedule prepares to kick in.The Red Devils have enjoyed a faultless start to their Premier League campaign, with three victories and as many clean sheets seeing them set the early title-chasing pace.Jose Mourinho’s side will, however, see their top-flight commitments complemented by Carabao Cup and Champions League action in September. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina With the games set to come thick and fast, Mata is looking for those at Old Trafford to prove that they can once again be contenders for top prizes on multiple fronts.The Spaniard wrote in a blog on his official website: “September is going to be very demanding for us, with seven games in just 22 days.“We’ve had a very good start in the Premier League and the challenge now is not only to keep the same level, but to do the same in the rest of the competitions as well: Champions League, Carabao Cup.“It’s a football marathon and we can prove that we have a squad full of good players who are willing to put their skills at the service of the team.”United return to action with a trip to Stoke on Saturday, before opening their Champions League campaign in midweek with a home date against Basel.They will also face CSKA Moscow in Europe, Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup and Everton, Southampton and Crystal Palace in the Premier League before September comes to a close and another international break offers some respite.Man Utd 6/4 to win the Premier LeagueMata is looking forward to facing those challenges head on, with United having worked hard over the summer to ensure that their squad is in the best possible shape to compete.He added: “There have been many rumours about signings here and there before the end of the transfer market. In our case, these days have been relatively quiet, since the squad was closed with Zlatan’s return.“I’d like to wish the best of luck to Andres Pereira in Valencia, he’s a great player and I hope he has a good season and the fans can enjoy it.“The Premier League is back this week and we’re going to focus on our visit to Stoke, always a difficult game. After that we will start thinking about the Champions League nights, which are back at Old Trafford, finally.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Mourinho welcomes Anfield hostility

first_imgManchester United ‘Playing at Anfield is beautiful’ – Mourinho’s Man Utd not afraid of Liverpool hostility Ryan Benson 22:39 10/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) mourinho-cropped Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Liverpool v Manchester United Liverpool José Mourinho The Red Devils can expect a frosty reception at Anfield on Saturday, but their Portuguese coach says he prefers that to a flat atmosphere Jose Mourinho has shot down suggestions that the partisan atmosphere at Anfield will have a negative impact on Manchester United, saying they love playing in such conditions.United travel to Liverpool for Saturday’s early kick-off in the Premier League after a wonderful unbeaten start to the season which has seen many tip them for the title.It has been suggested that the trip to Anfield will be United’s first real test of the campaign, as they are yet to face any of the top five from last year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. They will also undoubtedly get a frosty reception from the home fans, but Mourinho has downplayed the importance of this, certain that his players would rather play at a hostile Anfield than an empty stadium.”This is funny for me,” he told reporters at his pre-match media conference.”Big atmospheres motivate us. It’s something we want, it’s something that if we could have every match, we would have,” says Jose. #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 13, 2017″When people speak about big atmospheres, it makes it sound like a big problem for us to go to certain place and face a big atmosphere. This [a great atmosphere] is what we want.”I’m surprised you say this. I’m even more surprised that people talk about atmosphere as if they are something sinister.”It’s something we want, something if we could have every match, we would have.”When Barcelona played against Las Palmas in an empty stadium, you think Las Palmas players wouldn’t rather play in a Camp Nou full of fans?”I’ve never seen a player complain about an atmosphere. We complain when an atmosphere is flat.”We know the fans have huge animosity against us historically, but this [the hostility] is what we want.”We are very happy to have one more opportunity to play in these beautiful conditions. Playing in Anfield is beautiful.”It was then put to Mourinho that his team might go to Anfield and be a little braver than they were there last season, when United came away with a 0-0 draw, to which the Portuguese coach responded in a suitably unimpressed fashion.The #MUFC manager jokes about his tactics for tomorrow’s game… pic.twitter.com/3muHsaVmSl— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 13, 2017″Yeah, one defender and nine strikers,” he joked. “Don’t worry, for sure we’ll play in a new system with one guy behind and we play with nine strikers. Don’t worry about it.”Mourinho went on to give a brief injury update, and although Michael Carrick remains out, there was good news in terms of Romelu Lukaku, who did pick up an ankle issue early on in the international break, before eventually playing for Belgium.He added: “Michael Carrick I know cannot play. I know that. Lukaku looks fine, and that’s it.”  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

City have the Stones to become Europe’s best

first_imgManchester City Man City show they have the Stones to become the best in Europe Sam Lee Last updated 2 years ago 05:58 11/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() John Stones Leroy Sane Man City Napoli Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Napoli v Manchester City Napoli UEFA Champions League Leroy Sané Raheem Sterling Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Sergio Agüero Pep Guardiola’s side proved with their first-class performance in a 4-2 win at Napoli that they have the substance to go with all their style In the build-up to Wednesday’s breathless match at the San Paolo, Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri joked the best way to get the better of the fast-starting Manchester City was to ask UEFA to begin the match after 21 minutes. Unfortunately for Sarri, and perhaps the rest of Europe, this City side just keep going.The Blues are five points clear at the top of the Premier League and are now in the last-16 of the Champions League, with two games to spare. Yet many observers have been waiting for some kind of dip in form, for some kind of opportunity to scrutinise Pep Guardiola’s side, almost as if their superb form this season has been some kind of fluke.Man City 5/1 to win the UCL on dabblebet 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 A dip will come, have no doubt about that, but they showed in Napoli that there is so much more to them than ‘just’ attractive football. They have both style and substance. Plainly, in the bear pit of the historic San Paolo they showed they have serious balls.The Napoli fans are notoriously loud and unwelcoming, and even at 20,000 less than capacity the famous old ground was noisier than any stadium you could hope to find in Europe.Sergio Aguero, Napoli v Man CityThe more City played out from the back, building their attacks, the more the home fans jeered and whistled. Yet the more the home fans jeered and whistled, the more composed City looked. They were not fazed one bit. Considering they lined up without a host of influential players only adds to how impressive a victory this is. There was no Vincent Kompany or Benjamin Mendy. Kyle Walker and David Silva were on the bench. City have so often looked rudderless without Silva for as long as he has been at the club, so the fact they won, in this way, without him starting is an achievement in itself and should not be overlooked. And do not forget the fact that in Ederson, John Stones, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, City have four very young players with relatively little Champions League experience. Every player has a huge role to play in Guardiola’s teams, and every man on the pitch did their job in a very difficult arena against a very, very good team. Yet the fact that these youngsters were part of it is yet another sign that City are the real deal.And then throw into the mix that Napoli first took the lead and then clawed their way back to 2-2. Yet City bounced back each time, and with goals that were not typically ‘Guardiola goals’. The Blues certainly pulled Napoli apart at times but their first three – two towering headers and a goal on the break – show this team can do so much damage in so many ways.John Stones Napoli Man CityThis was, quite simply, a first-class performance. The contrast between this and the one which resulted in last-16 elimination at Monaco last season is stark. Then, City went to a vibrant, youthful, ball-playing side with the intention to do what they did in Napoli, yet did not have the ability or the belief to pull it off. Now they have both. On the evidence of the season so far, every City player looks at home in the system, and they firmly believe in what they are doing. Perhaps Nicolas Otamendi sums up their remarkable improvement yet, in truth, every one of his team-mates are playing well.They will all be brimming with confidence after this match. The 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge in September will have done wonders on that front, but this victory in Napoli, given all the circumstances, is something else entirely.Guardiola was at his most defiant after that game in Monaco, telling all of those doubters who wanted him to change his style that he would do no such thing. The result is this; the best team in Europe right now.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Jockey suspended after extraordinary case of lead hidden in breeches

first_imgWas this helpful? Share on Messenger Read more A member of the public saw the exchange and complained to the stewards. At the time they interviewed Dunne and a valet and noted their explanations but were unable to question Pearson, who had left the track. However, the BHA later examined footage of the aftermath and caught the moment of the lead being handed over.Dunne accepted what had happened when confronted with the footage some months later. Pearson then accepted the truth of what he had done, having denied it when questioned by BHA investigators.“Mr Dunne offers an unreserved apology for these events,” said the jockey’s solicitor, Rory Mac Neice. “This was an incident that should have been avoided. An attempt was made to rectify the problem before the race but time did not allow.“Mr Dunne accepts he should then have told the starter, ‘I’m sorry, there’s an issue with my equipment, I’m going to have to reweigh.’ Afterwards, he should have told the clerk of the scales what had happened.”Pearson, speaking by telephone, also gave a full apology for his part in the incident and for misleading an investigator. “I can’t believe I did this,” he said. “I panicked.” The former apprentice jockey said he has since left Ian Williams and now works for the trainer Kevin Frost.The penalties facing the two men were agreed between them and the BHA. The disciplinary panel said that, as there was no premeditation and as both men had apologised in full, it would not object to the agreed penalties.Dunne has held a licence for 11 years and won the Scottish Grand National in 2015 aboard Wayward Prince. The dates of his suspension have yet to be notified. Pearson will be able to work in a racing stable but will be prevented from going to the races for a month.Rocknrollrambo’s win is allowed to stand, because the regulator was satisfied that the difference of half a pound did not affect the outcome.Two valets, Graham Piper and Dan Fortt, have been sent a formal warning letter from the BHA in relation to the incident, reminding them of their responsibilities. Thank you for your feedback. Robbie Dunne has been suspended from riding for 15 days and a member of stable staff excluded from racecourses for a month over an extraordinary case in which half a pound of lead was handed to the jockey immediately after he rode a winner. Owing to a mix-up with equipment before the race, Rocknrollrambo was carrying half a pound less than his allotted weight when he won a novice handicap chase at Chepstow in April 2017 by a distance of two and a quarter lengths.At a British Horseracing Authority hearing, it was accepted that a “docker” saddle weighing 0.4lb had been inadvertently bundled up with Dunne’s saddle when he weighed out for the race. The mistake was noticed as the horse was being saddled and Barry Pearson, who led up the Ian Williams-trained horse, told Dunne it was now carrying insufficient weight after helping the jockey to mount.Pearson’s plan was evidently to fetch an extra half-pound of lead and give it to Dunne before the race but there was not enough time. Pearson met the horse after it won and surreptitiously handed the lead piece to Dunne, who hid it in his breeches and weighed in at the correct weight. 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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Gattuso: My work is to be the players’ nightmare

first_imgMilan Gattuso: My work is to be the players’ nightmare Sacha Pisani 11:59 2/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gennaro Gattuso Milan Sampdoria Getty Images Milan Milan v Sampdoria Sampdoria Serie A The Milan coach congratulated his resurgent team but stressed that he would push them to the very end of the season Gennaro Gattuso heaped praise on AC Milan after their win over Sampdoria but he refused to dwell on the result, insisting his job “is to be the players’ nightmare until the end of the season”.Milan extended their unbeaten run to 10 matches across all competitions thanks to Sunday’s 1-0 victory at home to Sampdoria in Serie A.AdChoices广告Giacomo Bonaventura proved to be the difference, his 13th-minute goal seeing Milan close within seven points of city rivals and fourth-placed Inter. 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 “I will always remain heart and grit. The credit goes to the lads, as they just needed a spark to get them inflamed,” Gattuso told Mediaset Premium .”I see a real sense of belonging and the greatest satisfaction a coach can have is to see his lads do everything he asks. After that, it becomes credit to them. They are the protagonists and I merely propose ideas.”I want the players to run under the Curva to salute the fans, as it’s right that they do that without their coach. They are doing so well and right now it’s easy for me to be their coach. Tomorrow, however, is another day and we start from scratch. My work is to be the players’ nightmare until the end of the season.”I didn’t expect anything when I arrived, I just knew I’d been handed a hot potato. I like to suffer, I don’t enjoy things that are too easy, so I chose Milan because this is my home. I wore this jersey for 14 years, it’s a part of me. Working here is wonderful and we’ll see how it ends.”Milan favourite Gattuso replaced Vincenzo Montella in November and the tenacious Italian has overseen an upturn in fortunes at San Siro.There’s a Jack in our pack and it’s the winning card!Read the match report: https://t.co/C5ZFmd9lh9 Jack è l’asso nella manica! Leggi il match report: https://t.co/OrTFq46FCV #MilanSampdoria pic.twitter.com/Ipg6dGKCkv — AC Milan (@acmilan) February 18, 2018 The Rossoneri are in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia, while they also boast a 3-0 lead over Ludogorets following the opening leg of their Europa League last-32 tie.Leonardo Bonucci, who arrived from Italian champions Juventus amid much fanfare, lauded Gattuso post-match.”Since Gattuso arrived, we’ve changed completely,” Bonucci told reporters. “A team has been formed, we are in better shape and it’s all down to him. We’ve made a huge leap forward and now must continue like this.”Gattuso has given us a mentality, a sense of belonging and fitness levels, basically everything we’d been missing. We weren’t a team before him, we were also lacking physically. We worked to become a unit.”Bonucci, who struggled after moving to Milan, added: “I took some of the responsibility off my shoulders and found myself again. Gattuso did help me in that sense too. He took on a lot of that responsibility.”At the start I was wrong and focused too much on everything that was around me, thinking I had to rescue the club, but it’s a team effort and about working together. There is a long journey ahead of us.”The coach did well to press the right buttons, giving back confidence to those who felt they were cast aside or not performing the way they expected. He convinced us that Milan could not be what we’d seen in those first few months and gave us new ideas.”last_img read more

Chair of National Human Rights Association Elected

The director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission has been elected chair of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies at the association’s Annual General Meeting in Charlottetown, today June 28. Christine Hanson will serve a two-year term at the head of the association whose membership is comprised of all provincial and territorial human rights agencies as well as the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Nova Scotia has played an active role in the association in recent years. At this week’s national conference, the association launched its second online training course, Safer Spaces in Canada, adapted from the Nova Scotia commission’s modules developed to educate employers and members of the public on human rights best practices. “Collaborating across Canada with colleagues in different jurisdictions has allowed us to bring important educational material to a larger, national audience in both official languages,” said Ms. Hanson. “We can learn from one another, do more together than we can working independently on certain aspects of human rights work, including education.” Safer Spaces in Canada addresses the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, a serious problem brought to light through the Me Too movement and denouncements of such behavior from across the globe. The course is available for free on the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies website along with Serving All in Canada, a course launched last year to help employers educate front-line retail staff on how to prevent consumer racial profiling. Ms. Hanson will replace outgoing chair Charles Dent who chairs the Northwest Territories Human Rights Commission. To learn more about Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies, visit cashra.ca . read more

Improvements to Small Claims Court

the costs to file and counter a claim will be waived entirely for low-income Nova Scotians simpler, clearer and more user-friendly forms will be available for filing a notice of claim, defence or counterclaim once a person files a notice of claim with the court, they will have 20 days (rather than the previous 10) to serve it on the defendant. This is consistent with the time allowed to file a defence or counterclaim, which has always been 20 days the amount of wages exempt from garnishment has increased from $415 to $450 for a debtor supporting a family, and from $275 to $330 for other debtors. -30- Quote: The small claims court of Nova Scotia provides a timely, informal and effective means to resolve a variety of personal and business-related claims. With the initiative of the Department of Justice and successive attorneys general, the small claims court has been able to grow, change and adapt with the times. As a result, the court maintains its status as one of the province’s most important access-to-justice forums. Gavin Giles, chief adjudicator, small claims court of Nova Scotia “We are committed to enhancing access to justice for all Nova Scotians, and small claims court is an important part of that,” said Attorney General and Minister of Justice Mark Furey. “These changes make the process easier and more accessible for everyone.” Quick Facts: Government is improving access to small claims court and simplifying the process, including waiving fees for low-income Nova Scotians. The following changes will come into effect on Tuesday, Sept. 3: to be eligible for waiver of fees, Nova Scotians must meet the eligibility criteria outlined in regulations. The criteria are consistent with that used by the Supreme Court and residential tenancies the cost to file a claim under $5,000 is $99.70 the cost to file a claim between $5,000 and $25,000 is $199.35 the cost to counter a claim of any size is $66 in 2018-19, more than 2,300 cases were handled in small claims courts in Nova Scotia. Additional Resources: A list of court fees and eligibility criteria for waiving those fees is available at http://www.courts.ns.ca/Fees_Of_Courts/court_fees.htm . read more

New Provincial Policy Will Support Inclusive Education for Students

government worked with Dr. Gordon Porter, Inclusive Education Canada, along with teachers and more than 150 individuals and stakeholder groups to develop the policy schools will be able to access professional development to support their work on inclusion and student equity $15 million more is being invested this year to add 173 more inclusive education specialists, teachers and non-teaching staff in the past two years, 364 new inclusive education hires have been added to schools, including teachers, specialists like teachers for students with autism and non-teaching staff like school psychologists Quick Facts: Quotes: “Nova Scotia is taking an important step forward with this new provincial policy on inclusive education. The excellent work done by teachers and school leaders in the past provides a base on which to build. The teachers and other staff who provide instruction daily in Nova Scotia classrooms need to know they are valued and supported. This policy will help make that a reality, along with an implementation plan that brings the efforts of school officials, teachers and parents together to serve Nova Scotia families and students. The province now has its first inclusive education policy to support students. The policy applies to all Regional Centres for Education and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. It provides guidelines on education and student supports, and describes what all partners in education will be working toward. It also sets up the next stages of work, including development of new guidelines for standards in schools and classrooms, an autism strategy and development of a student support worker program for African Nova Scotian and Mi’kmaw students. “Every student has different needs. Being truly inclusive is about understanding what those needs are then working to support each student to be successful,” said Education and Early Childhood Education Minister Zach Churchill. “This policy will provide a consistent, across the province guideline around what it means to deliver inclusive education for students.” The inclusive education policy was created in response to a recommendation from the Commission on Inclusive Education. The policy will come into full effect in September 2020. Additional Resources: Inclusive Education Policy, https://www.ednet.ns.ca/docs/inclusiveeducationpolicyen.pdfBreakdown of new Inclusive Education hires in Nova Scotia, https://www.ednet.ns.ca/inclusiveeducation Inclusive Education Canada, https://inclusiveeducation.ca -30- Gordon Porter, Inclusive Education Canada “We in the disability community are extremely pleased to see the government taking seriously this country’s commitment to human rights, including the right to education for persons with disabilities, those living in poverty, African Nova Scotians and other traditionally underserved groups. We are eager to see how this policy develops once in the hands of the teachers and education professionals who do so much for children in this province and hope that as students, families and educators we continue to grow on this journey towards high quality education for all.” – Alice Evans, chair, Special Education Programs and Services Committee and executive director of The Club Inclusion read more

Most Schools to Reopen Tomorrow

Most public schools in Nova Scotia will reopen Wednesday, Sept. 11. Officials have assessed all schools, buildings and properties and those that are able to resume classes will open tomorrow. The Regional Centres for Education and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial will communicate any extended school closures directly with families, throughout their websites, or social media accounts. -30-

Provincial Government Offices Open on Tuesday Sept 10

Provincial government offices with power will be open on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Power outages at some provincial offices continue. Members of the public should call in advance to confirm if a particular office is open. As power restoration continues, no further updates to government offices will be issued. Decisions regarding court operations are made on a case-by-case basis. People are encouraged to call ahead. -30-

Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession govt doing

New Delhi: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday accused the government of doing nothing to improve the country’s economy even as various companies have resorted to staying shut for several days every month due to lack of work. She took to Twitter to attack the government over the country’s low economic growth. “Companies are being shut down for 10 days in a month due to recession as there is no work. But the BJP government has deliberately closed its agenda for improving the economy,” said Priyanka Gandhi in a tweet in Hindi. “The economy is in real bad shape and the government is shying away from finding a solution to improve it,” she added. She also attached with her Tweet a news report which said companies are being shut down for 10 days in a month due to recession and bad economy in the country. read more

Database with phone numbers of millions of Facebook users found on Internet

A server with databases holding the phone numbers and identity numbers of perhaps as many as 200 million Facebook users in the U.S., the U.K. and other countries has been found open on the Internet by a security researcher. No one knows who the database belongs to, how or when it was copied from Facebook, according to TechCrunch, which first reported the discovery Wednesday. A total of 413 million records are in the databases, but according to news reports, roughly half of them are duplicates. TechCrunch quoted Facebook spokesperson Jay Nancarrow as saying the data had been scraped before Facebook cut off public access to user phone numbers over a year ago. Until then users could search the social media site for phone numbers. “This data set is old and appears to have information obtained before we made changes last year to remove people’s ability to find others using their phone numbers,” Nancarrow said. “The data set has been taken down and we have seen no evidence that Facebook accounts were compromised.” However, TechCrunch noted that in the hands of a threat actors a phone number could be used at least for spam calls, and at worst for SIM-swapping attacks, where a cell carrier is tricked switching the phone number of a user to another device. Each record in the databases contained a user’s unique Facebook ID and the phone number listed on the account. A user’s Facebook ID is typically a long, unique and public number associated with their account. TechCrunch said it can easily be used to discern an account’s username. Some of the records also had the user’s name, gender and location by country. TechCruch said this is a typical page found in the database: Sanyam Jain, a security researcher and member of the GDI Foundation, found the database and contacted TechCrunch after he was unable to find the owner. The news site also couldn’t find the owner but was able to identify the web host, who pulled the server offline. This section is powered by IT World Canada. ITWC covers the enterprise IT spectrum, providing news and information for IT professionals aiming to succeed in the Canadian market. read more

Apple to reveal pricing of its TV streaming service at event today

With no historic library of television content of its own, Apple will sell its own service — Apple TV+ — even as it already serves as a reseller of other channels like HBO and, analysts believe, takes a cut of sales. Bajarin said Apple’s challenge is to persuade consumers that its family of devices, from its set-top box to phones, are the best one-stop place to watch shows, despite the fact that Netflix has yet to come on board with the integrated viewing system. (Netflix remains available as a standalone app on Apple devices, and its shows appear in search results in the Apple TV app.)“Netflix is sort of a gaping void” in the Apple TV app “but they’ve got Amazon and all the channels on board,” Bajarin said. “The vast majority of content providers are playing nice with Apple TV.”Apple is also likely to unveil updates to the iPhone and Apple Watch. Analysts expect the iPhone to feature better cameras, and perhaps new chips to help handle the work of sensors on the device, but few new blockbuster features. Those are not expected until next year, when Apple is expected to have a 5G device capable to taking advantage of faster mobile data networks.“I believe we are in an incremental holding pattern until 5G. Customers with iPhone X and beyond likely won’t have a reason to upgrade,” said Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy.In terms of pricing, most analyst expect prices to remain unchanged from the last year’s models, between US$749 and US$1,099 depending on size and features. Apple makes much of its profits on selling memory upgrades to devices with larger storage capacity, and Moorhead said falling memory chip prices could help Apple absorb the cost of tariffs on Chinese-made goods, which are expected to hit mobile phones starting Dec. 15.“Thankfully storage and memory prices have declined so instead of taking more profit, I see Apple eating the cost and not raising prices,” Moorhead said. “I can also see Apple leaning heavily on its supply chain to eat some of the cost.”© Thomson Reuters 2019 Apple Inc. is set on Tuesday to announce pricing for its forthcoming streaming TV service as well as updates to its iPhone lineup, as the tech giant reaches a turning point where it focuses as much on services as its hardware and software.The annual upgrade to the iPhone is expected to include new camera features but few big changes, with Apple in a “holding pattern” until it rolls out 5G phones with faster mobile data speeds next year, analysts said. Instead, services like the television content featuring the likes of Oprah Winfrey that will compete with Netflix Inc. and Walt Disney Co. could take centre stage.While the iPhone still makes up more than half of Apple’s sales, Tuesday’s event may nudge it off centre stage after a decade in the limelight. Apple’s new iPhones launch Tuesday. Here’s what to expect Apple announces Sept. 10 launch event for next set of iPhones — and maybe more Apple readying camera-focused Pro iPhones, new iPads, larger MacBook Pro Apple long boasted about its competitive advantage over rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, which makes handsets, or Alphabet Inc’s Google, which provides the Android operating system for most of the world’s phones. Apple touted controlling both the hardware and software, resulting in polished products that commanded premium prices and captured most of the smart phone industry’s profits.But at the fall event at 10 a.m. PT (1700 GMT) in the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, typically Apple’s splashiest and dedicated to its flagship devices, Apple is cementing a third element to its focus: hardware, software and services.The new strategy, which Apple hinted at an event in March where it gave some details about the streaming TV service, comes as iPhone sales have declined year-over-year for the past two fiscal quarters and investors are fixed on the growth potential for services.Questions about how Apple will price its television service, and whether it will bundle it with its streaming music products, will weigh on the minds of Wall Street and analysts just as much as whether the Apple TV hardware box gets an upgrade or how many cameras the iPhone has. Apple has not yet given a specific launch date or price.“This is the first time we’ll get to see Apple’s strategy with all three parts of the business,” said Ben Bajarin, an analyst with Creative Strategies.With streaming content, Apple is entering a crowded field. Since Apple’s initial television event in March, rivals like Walt Disney Co. have since announced a US$6.99 per month service that will contain that firm’s iconic children’s content.This is the first time we’ll get to see Apple’s strategy with all three parts of the businessBen Bajarin, analyst read more

Mark Wahlberg Encourages Wounded Warriors to Get Active during F45 Training Session

Mark Wahlberg and Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) partner AQUAhydrate promoted physical health and wellness for wounded veterans at a recent F45 Training workout in West Hollywood, California.Mark Wahlberg and Wounded Warrior Project and AQUAhydrate at a recent F45 Training workoutWounded warriors participated and spent time with Mark and brands that are passionate about veterans.“We’re excited to join forces with Wounded Warrior Project,” said Mark, who’s an AQUAhydrate investor and board member. “AQUAhydrate is proud to support its mission to honor and empower wounded veterans.”The workout was challenging, and Army veteran and wounded warrior Jeremiah Pauley feels it was worth it for the camaraderie.“Physical training is one of many ways warriors are connected, even if we do not know each other personally,” Jeremiah said. “To be there sweating along with my fellow veterans was motivating and inspiring!”WWP provides a range of opportunities for warriors to improve their physical health and wellness. While many participate in WWP-sponsored wellness events, some warriors struggle to stay active. More than 50% are obese, according to a WWP survey of the wounded warriors it serves.Army veteran and double-amputee Dan Nevins participated in the F45 workout. He previously had a hard time staying active and has a message for warriors who are struggling.“It starts with a choice,” Dan said. “Know that if it doesn’t stick at first, then just begin again. If you do this, you’ll be astonished at the results in all areas of your life.”The workout with Mark at F45 Training is just one example of how AQUAHydrate has partnered with WWP to honor and empower wounded veterans. AQUAHydrate has launched a co-branded camouflage gallon and is providing water to warriors in certain WWP programs, and also to thousands of Carry Forward 5K participants in four host cities this fall.“This is such an important partnership for us,” said Raz Inserra, AQUAHydrate brand director. “All of Team AQUAhydrate is proud to be promoting this program and helping Wounded Warrior Project meet the growing needs of warriors, their families, and caregivers.”To learn about ways you can support warriors, click here. read more

Your Chance To Go Shoe Shopping With Sarah Jessica Parker

Here is your chance to go shoe shopping with Sarah Jessica Parker.Go Shoe Shopping with Sarah Jessica Parkeromaze.com has launched a new celebrity charity sweepstakes that could see you winning the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet SJP at one of her NYC SJP Boutiques, and take two pairs of SJP Collection shoes home. All you have to do to enter is donate to charity – the more you donate, the more chances you have to win.Nothing’s quite like the feeling of finding the perfect shoe… but we think this will come pretty close. You and a friend (ideally one who shares a love of shoes) will jet off to the Big Apple to meet actor/businesswoman/forever New Yorker Sarah Jessica Parker for the ultimate shoe shopping experience. Sarah Jessica will help each of you pick two pairs of shoes from her collection to add to your collection. Then you’ll share a fabulous champagne toast together in celebration of the amazing day. Flights and hotel in NYC included.Proceeds from this contest will go to Opening Act. Opening Act seeks to level the playing field for students attending New York City’s most under-served public high schools by offering them opportunities to develop leadership, community and commitment through its innovative, high quality and free theater programming. Currently offered at 56 schools in Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx, Opening Act’s year-long After School Theater Program teaches improvisation, acting technique and writing exercises. The program culminates in an original production created, written and performed by the students in a professional theater. The program provides a safe, inclusive and supportive environment so that students feel empowered to share their stories. Your donation will help Opening Act achieve its vision of giving students attending New York City’s most under-served public schools the opportunity to gain confidence, pride and the knowledge that they can succeed at anything in life.To find out more, and to enter, visit omaze.com. read more

iHeartRadio Launches Its FirstEver KidHosted Podcast During Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

iHeartMedia, the No. 1 commercial podcast publisher globally according to Podtrac, has teamed up with South Florida based charity sock company, Are You Kidding Socks and kid entrepreneurs Brandon Martinez (13 years old) and Sebastian Martinez (11 years old) to launch a new kid-hosted podcast “Are You Kidding Podcast” aimed to inspire kids to help other kids by finding creative ways to give back and benefit Stand Up To Cancer.Brandon Martinez, Enrique Santos and Sebastian Martinez in the Are You Kidding Podcast studioThe eight-episode series will launch Monday, August 5 and run through September, which is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.Produced by Hispanic Radio Legend and Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of iHeartLatino Enrique Santos, “Are You Kidding Podcast” will tell the story of how the two brothers founded Are You Kidding Socks, a for-profit company that designs and sells boutique socks while raising funds and awareness for local and national charities through its philanthropic arm Are You Kidding Cares.The inaugural episode of the podcast will feature Poppy, a 13-year-old who was diagnosed just five days before her 11th birthday with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and helped design the unique Stand Up To Cancer charity socks. Since 2015, the brothers have sold over 100,000 pairs of socks for cancer research and other charities and have raised nearly $200,000 for organizations such as JDRF, Autism Speaks, Make-a-Wish, American Cancer Society, Live Like Bella Foundation and others.The iHeartRadio Original “Are You Kidding” podcast will also feature celebrity guests and on-air personalities including John Leguizamo, Bobby Bones and Elvis Duran who will share their own passion for giving back. Additionally, the shows will highlight inspiring kids that have benefitted from the work of Stand Up To Cancer and other organizations and how they are using their stories to impact others. Listeners will be encouraged to go to areyoukiddingsocks.com to purchase a pair of Poppy’s specially-designed Stand Up To Cancer socks to raise funds for cancer research during pediatric cancer awareness month.iHeartRadio is available on more than 250 platforms and over 2,000 different connected devices — including smart speakers, digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables, smartphones, virtual assistants, televisions and gaming consoles. Visit iHeart.com/apps to download iHeartRadio and listen to the “Are You Kidding Podcast” on your favorite device beginning August 5. read more

Stars Demand EU Action at CITES to End Cruel Trade in WildCaught

A host of stars are calling on EU leaders at CITES wildlife conference not to overturn ban on trade in wild-caught baby African elephants for zoos and circuses.Ricky Gervais, Simon Pegg, Leona Lewis, Dame Judi Dench, Alesha Dixon, Evanna Lynch, Bryan Adams, Virginia McKenna OBE, Thandie Newton, Pamela Anderson, Peter Egan, and Jenny Seagrove are among a host of compassionate personalities who have joined forces with animal protection and conservation groups including Humane Society International, Brigitte Bardot Foundation, The Born Free Foundation, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, World Animal Protection and the Species Survival Network, in signing an urgent Open Letter to EU officials calling on them to support, not oppose, a ban on trade in wild-caught baby African elephants, ripped from their families and shipped off to foreign zoos.The ban was first voted on and approved earlier this week by a majority of countries attending the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES) in Geneva, but the EU voting bloc of 28 is expected to attempt to overturn it at the plenary vote next week.The full letter and list of celebrity signers and the organizations can be read here.Forty-six countries attending CITES voted to end the highly-controversial trade in wild-caught African elephants from Zimbabwe and Botswana to captive facilities such as zoos in China and elsewhere. This represents an historic, landmark decision for elephants, who are social and emotional creatures and can suffer physically and psychologically in captivity. However, there is concern that the vote could be reopened at next week’s plenary meeting on August 27th and 28th and that the ban will be opposed by the European Union.The ‘ban’ was passed by the required 2/3 majority vote in Committee I of CITES largely because the EU was unable to vote due to a procedural issue (it had not yet filed its credentials). The European Union – which spoke against the ban before the vote, and now has its credentials in order – looks set to vote against. As a 28-country voting bloc, the European Union’s vote is substantial and could overturn the decision if it opposes the ban. In that case, elephant families would continue to be ripped apart, and baby elephants condemned to a lifetime of suffering in captivity.The letter reads: “Elephants are social and emotional creatures who form strong family bonds and suffer tremendously in captivity. Captured elephants can face horrific abuse during the capture process. Footage of wild-caught baby elephants awaiting export from Zimbabwe shows calves being beaten and kicked during capture. Some elephants have died during transit or shortly after arrival. Elephants who survive the long journey into captivity have been observed living in dark, barren cells in the holding facilities and zoos, in stark and heart-breaking contrast to the vast wilderness in which they naturally roam with family groups and larger clans.“We call on all EU Environment ministers and the Finnish Presidency, representing the EU as a 28 voting bloc at the CITES meeting, to reflect the position of the majority of African elephant range States, the great majority of EU citizens, and leading elephant experts, and support the proposal to end the export of wild-caught elephants for captive use.”Speaking from the CITES meeting, Audrey Delsink, Humane Society International/Africa Wildlife Director and elephant biologist, said: “Elephants are highly sentient and social beings, and the loss of captured individuals causes sustained psychological trauma for both the captured elephant and the remaining family. Public opinion is shifting and people throughout the world are appalled by the capture of baby elephants from the wild for export to zoos. The EU must not turn its back on elephants.”Will Travers OBE, President of the Born Free Foundation said: “The public are increasingly distressed at the plight of elephants in captivity and sanctuaries in the US, Brazil, Europe and elsewhere are now doing their best to care for numerous elephants that are being increasingly shed by traditional captive facilities in the West. If the EU scuppers this progressive and positive CITES measure next week it will demonstrate just how massively out of step EU leaders are with the compassionate views of its citizens.”“France is supportive of this measure but most of the EU countries oppose the proposal although it would be an historic step forward for the conservation of the African elephant” says Elodie Gérôme-Delgado, Programme Leader Wildlife Worldwide at the Brigitte Bardot Foundation. “We’re urging EU Member States to follow France’s lead as they have a unique chance today to put an end to a cruel and useless practice.”Cassandra Koenen, Global Head of Wildlife not Pets at World Animal Protection said: “We urge the EU to protect these majestic animals. The world has been shocked to see distressing video and photos of terrified baby African elephants being rounded up and snatched from their families in the wild, to be shipped to zoos and circuses around the world. Elephants have suffered enough, and the absolute last thing we should subject them to is long, stressful transportation across the world, and unsuitable new homes in the name of entertainment.”“This historic step could turn the tide on the brutal and torturous reality of the live trade in elephants. Elephants are sentient beings that belong in the wild, they are not a commodity to be traded to the highest bidder. The sooner we put the emotional wellbeing of the species before our own short-sighted financial gain, the sooner we will regain a small slice of our humanity,” said Karen Botha, Chief Executive of David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.If the ban is not passed next week, African elephants in Zimbabwe and Botswana will continue to be allowed to capture and export live elephants to so-called “appropriate and acceptable” destinations based on the annotation to the Appendix II listing of their elephant populations. Under these conditions, Zimbabwe has captured more than 100 live baby African elephants in the wild and exported them to zoos in China since 2012.If the EU supports the ban and it is voted through, such international trade in wild African elephant exported from Zimbabwe and Botswana will be limited to only “in situ conservation programmes or secure areas in the wild within the species’ natural range, except in the case of temporary transfers in emergency situations”. read more

Wild horses could be sold for slaughter in Trump budget plan

Wild horses could be sold for slaughter in Trump budget plan PALOMINO VALLEY, Nev. – President Donald Trump’s budget proposal calls for saving $10 million next year by selling wild horses captured throughout the U.S. West without the requirement that buyers guarantee the animals won’t be resold for slaughter.Wild-horse advocates say the change would gut nearly a half-century of protection for an icon of the American West and could send thousands of free-roaming mustangs to foreign slaughterhouses for processing as food.They say the Trump administration is kowtowing to livestock interests who don’t want the region’s estimated 59,000 mustangs competing for precious forage across more than 40,000 square miles (103,600 square kilometres) of rangeland in 10 states managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.The budget proposal marks the latest skirmish in the decades-old controversy pitting ranchers and rural communities against groups that want to protect the horses from Colorado to California.“This is simply a way to placate a very well-funded and vocal livestock lobby,” Laura Leigh, president of the non-profit protection group Wild Horse Education, said about the plan.The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and other interests have been urging the BLM for years to allow sales of wild horses for slaughter to free up room in overcrowded government corrals for the capture of more animals.Doug Busselman, executive vice-president of the Nevada Farm Bureau, blamed the stalemate on the “emotional and anti-management interests who have built their business models on preventing rational and responsible actions while enhancing their fundraising through misinformation.”Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama also grappled with the spiraling costs of managing the nearly 60,000 horses on the range and 45,000 others in U.S. holding pens and contracted private pastures.Over the past eight years, the BLM’s wild-horse budget has more than doubled — from $36.2 million in 2008 to $80.4 million in 2017.Trump’s proposal anticipates the $10 million savings would come through a reduction in the cost of containing and feeding the animals. The savings also would include cutbacks involving roundups and contraception programs.The 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act allows older, unadoptable animals to be sold. But for years, Congress has approved budget language specifically outlawing the sale of any wild horses for slaughter.Horse slaughterhouses are prohibited in the U.S. but legal in many other countries, including Canada, Mexico and parts of Europe where horse meat is considered a delicacy.A year ago, then-BLM Director Neil Kornze said the horses represented a $1 billion budget problem for his agency because it costs $50 million to round up and house every 10,000 horses over their lifetime.Still, he said the agency had no intention of reversing the long-standing policy.The Trump administration wants a change, saying through the BLM that the “program is unsustainable and a new approach is needed, particularly when overall federal funding is so constrained.”It says the budget would allow the agency to manage the wild-horse program in a more cost-effective manner, “including the ability to conduct sales without limitation.”The BLM rounded up more than 7,000 horses in 2012, but only about 3,000 in each of the past two years due primarily to budget constraints.As of March, the BLM estimated that more than half the horses roaming the range — 34,780 — were in Nevada. An additional 13,191 burros were on the range — about half in Arizona.The BLM asserts that U.S. rangeland can sustain fewer than 27,000 horses and burros.“The original intent of the act was to make sure those animals had a healthy presence on the range, but also that they be kept at a number that is sustainable,” said Ethan Lane, executive director of the National Cattlemen’s public lands council. “You have horses starving to death … and irreversible damage to Western rangelands.”The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said Trump’s budget proposal was shocking.“Wild horses can and should be humanely managed on-range using simple fertility control, yet the BLM would rather make these innocent animals pay for draconian budget cuts with their very lives,” ASPCA President Matt Bershadker said.Suzanne Roy, executive director of the American Wild Horse Campaign, said the plan could put the horses on the brink of extinction.“America can’t be great if these national symbols of freedom are destroyed,” she said. by Scott Sonner, The Associated Press Posted May 25, 2017 7:29 am MDT Last Updated May 25, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Jan. 13, 2010 file photo, two young wild horses play while grazing in Reno, Nev. Wild horse advocates say President Trump’s new budget proposal would undermine protection of an icon of the American West in place for nearly a half century and could send up sending thousands of free-roaming mustangs to slaughter houses in Canada and Mexico. (Andy Barron/Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP) read more