Maria Sharapova on course for Wimbledon after opening win in Rome

first_imgMaria Sharapova guaranteed herself a spot in the Wimbledon qualifying tournament with a first-round victory against American Christina McHale at the Italian Open on Monday.The Russian former world number one, given a wildcard to compete in Rome after returning from a 15-month doping ban, dropped serve three times in a scrappy opening set, but won 6-4, 6-2 to reach round two.Sharapova faces a battle to raise her ranking enough to qualify for the grasscourt grand slam by right and spare organisers the dilemma of whether to award her a wildcard into the main draw of the tournament she won in 2004.Should the 30-year-old three-times Rome champion, ranked 211 in the world, reach the semi-finals, she would almost certainly earn an automatic Wimbledon main draw slot ahead of the May 22 rankings cut-off date.Her second-round opponent will be Croatian veteran Mirjana Luci-Baroni who she beat in the Madrid tournament last week before losing a grudge match against Eugenie Bouchard.Canadian Bouchard had called for five-times grand slam champion Sharapova to be banned for life after testing positive for heart drug meldonium at last year’s Australian Open, referring to the Russian as a “cheater”.Several other players have criticised the decision of tournament organisers to welcome Sharapova back so readily.If Sharapova fails to reach the semi-finals in Rome, the Wimbledon Championships wildcard committee, which meets on June 20, would have to decide whether to fast-track her into the main draw or let her take her chances in qualifying.The qualifying tournament is held the week before in the quaint surroundings of Roehampton — potentially creating a security headache if Sharapova plays.advertisementAt a recent news conference All England Club officials said this year’s qualifying tournament, previously free for the public, would be ticketed and restricted to 1,000 fans.There will also be video coverage and an improved players’ lounge, although All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis said the upgrades had nothing to do with Sharapova’s possible participation.”I know it does seem very convenient timing, but it is actually unrelated, genuinely unrelated, and we know that qualifying needs to continue to be improved, just like we improve facilities here at the Championships,” he said.Sharapova will find out on Tuesday whether she has been handed a wildcard to this month’s French Open.last_img read more

Bangladesh drop Mahmudullah, Mominul Haque for first Test vs Australia

first_imgBangladesh all-rounder Nasir Hossain, who played his last Test for the national side in August 2015, has been recalled to the 14-man squad for the opening Test of the two-match series against Australia, beginning August 27 in Mirpur.Medium-pacer Shafiul Islam, who last played in October 2016, has also been named while Mominul Haque has been left out of the Test squad for the first time since his debut in March 2013.Meanwhile, senior batsman Mahmudullah also failed to make it to the national squad against the Steve Smith-led side,ESPNcricinfo reported.It should be noted that Mominul and Mahmudullah were part of Bangladesh’s squad during their last series in Sri Lanka, though they did not play the final Test in Colombo, which Bangladesh won by four wickets to finish the two-match series 1-1.Bangladesh have not played a single Test match against Australia since Ricky Ponting’s side toured the country in 2006, six years after they were granted Test status.The tour got its green signal following the resolution of the contracts dispute between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association.Squad for the opening Test is as follows:Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Mehedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mosaddek Hossain, Nasir Hossain, Shafiul Islam.last_img read more

Former BCCI president BN Dutt passes away

first_img(Eds: Repeating after correcting dateline) Kolkata, Sep 24 (PTI) Former BCCI president Biswanath Dutt, best known in Indian cricket fraternity as Jagmohan Dalmiya’s mentor, passed away Monday after suffering from acute lung infection. Dutt was the BCCI president in 1989 after a six-year stint as the vice-president of the parent body from 1982-88. He was 92. He is survived by his daughter and son Subrata Dutta, who is the senior vice-president of All India Football Federation. “His illness began with urinary tract infection on September 10. In a week’s time, his lungs got severely infected with fluid accumulation and couldn’t recover anymore. His passed away at our (Bhowanipore) residence at 4.07am this morning. He would have turned 93 on October 10,” his son Dutta told PTI. One of the most revered administrators of Kolkata Maidan both in football and cricket, Dutt is known to have played an instrumental role in getting a young Dalmiya under his aegis as a Cricket Association of Bengal treasurer in 1977. In fact, Dalmiya till he was alive always acknowledged that he had learnt the ropes of cricket administration from Dutt. Remembering how Dalmiya caught his attention in his first meeting at the Calcutta High Court in early 1970s, Dutt had said: “There was some dispute in the IFA first division league, and Dalmiya moved High Court challenging IFA’s decision. He was an outstanding speaker and he almost convinced the judge in their favour.” However the relationship between mentor and his protege was soured during the 1990 BCCI elections when Dalmiya supported the candidature of senior Congress leader late Madhavrao Scindia.advertisement In one of the most acrimonious BCCI elections to have been ever fought in Kolkata (close second would be 2004), Scindia defeated Dutt, who then retired from active sports administration. But Dalmiya known for his legendary persuasive powers mend fences with his Guru during later years. However his influence in Kolkata maidan was unquestionable and legend has it that Dutt at one point of time had influence over almost 30 clubs in the first and second division. Whenever there would be an election at the Cricket Association of Bengal, Dalmiya would visit his ‘Bishu da’ (as he was fondly known in Maidan circles) for hi “blessings”. In Kolkata maidan terminology, Dutt’s blessings with a candidate meant that voters (member clubs) will not cast their vote anywhere else. “It’s a huge loss for me personally. Our families share a completely different bond. He was a father figure for entire Kolkata Maidan,” Dalmiya’s son Avishek, who is CAB joint-secretary told PTI in his condolence message. Former AIFF secretary Ashoke Ghosh, who was instrumental in India hosting the then coveted Nehru Gold Cup international tournament also began his career him as assistant secretary in Indian Football Association when Dutt was the secretary in 1976. Dutt’s younger brother Pradyot Dutta also became an IFA secretary and later his son Subrata, who is now one of the most influential AIFF official. The Dutt family’s original club is George Telegraph, which is also their business unit dealing in education related verticals. Having served IFA in different capacities in his tenure from 1963-1975, Dutt began his career in cricket administration as CAB secretary in 1977 and became president in 1982, a post he held till 1986. PTI TAP KHSKHSKHSlast_img read more

Spain and Turkey victories augur well for Nations League’s future

first_img Luxembourg thrive among their peers and can dream of Euro 2020 place There have still been bumps on the road. Germany and France did not read the script for what was billed as another high-octane encounter, although it is worth noting that even this goalless draw became considerably better as it progressed, improved by attempts from the bench to win it rather than simply shuffle the pack. It is incumbent upon the bigger countries, offered this chance to compete meaningfully, to turn up for these games in order to maintain interest.That is where the format may yet contain flaws. The three-team groups that make up Leagues A and B may, in some instances, be settled before the November fixtures; it would already take an unlikely set of results for England to overhaul Spain, although the spectre of League B assignments with Finland and Bulgaria in the 2020-21 edition should keep them keen. Uefa’s decision to use head-to-head as a tiebreaker, rather than goal difference, does not help matters in the broader view, even if the freakish margin of Spain’s rout on Tuesday night shows their working. As seen at Euro 2016, head-to-head negates some teams’ prospects before their final games have kicked off; the Nations League is not sufficiently established to easily absorb a slew of dead rubbers.It is why praise must come with a few caveats for now. But Uefa’s efforts to reinvent the international calendar could hardly have asked for a more uplifting start. In football, after all, it is the hope that thrills you. Read more Share on Facebook Nations League Turkey Share via Email Share on Pinterest The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Those sentiments apply particularly to those further down, where Leagues C and D produced games that were generally tighter and tenser. In many cases they involved teams for whom this kind of pressure and tension – the thought of a place at Euro 2020 looming large – had been alien. And everyone had their own reason to cherish the new territory. It would have taken a heart of stone not to be moved by the celebrations when Kosovo, likely to be one of Europe’s fastest risers over the next five years, beat the Faroe Islands 2-0 in their first competitive match on home soil and paid emotional tribute to their late FA president, Fadil Vokrri. Meaningful football raises the stakes: when something serious is on offer at the end of the line, every sensation is heightened. Read more A pile-on by the corner flag in Stockholm said it best. Turkey had just come from two goals down to defeat a seemingly comfortable Sweden and, in those chaotic moments after Emre Akbaba’s header drifted past a slow-footed Robin Olsen, a full 20 seconds passed before their outfield players disentangled themselves from the jubilant scrum beyond the quadrant.It was some way for Turkey, so reliably inconsistent, to ignite their Uefa Nations League campaign and it was just as significant for the nascent tournament itself. Akbaba had entered as a substitute in the 62nd minute: in a friendly he would have been one of up to six replacements for his country and probably a footnote as the match degenerated; here he was introduced, as one of Mircea Lucescu’s permitted three, at 2-1 down in a clear attempt to swing the pendulum. The winning goal was his second in three minutes and the scenes that followed it were coloured with the kind of wild, wide‑eyed joy that few noncompetitive games can replicate. features As a case study in the new event’s ability to transform previously humdrum affairs, it was unimpeachable. When Uefa collects wider feedback on the Nations League’s opening week, it is likely to receive approving noises. Not every note has been pitch-perfect but the signs are encouraging: an average of 2.9 goals a game across League A and League B, which corral most current and traditional powers, is a particularly good look and suggests a continuation of the positive, engaged football seen two months previously at the World Cup.In fact such a well-received tournament in Russia gave the new event, which attracted considerable scepticism at the outset, all the impetus and potential for continuing storylines that it could have needed.Before Spain, playing football of exhilarating tempo and imagination in the final hour, swamped Croatia with a flurry of sublime goals the interest lay in how both parties would respond to summers of such contrasting fortune. After full time mouths were agape at the turnaround, wondering at the left foot of Marco Asensio and asking whether a rejuvenated La Roja may rule Europe again. What is more, Spain had kept going until the end. Luis Enrique said his team “now have to win again against England or Croatia”. Hardly words to hold the back page for, and a sentiment that may not actually be the case given their supremacy in group A4, but this was the comforting timbre of tournament-speak: the perpetual looking ahead; the pleasure and optimism of feeling embroiled in a wider narrative.center_img Spain Sportblog Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Sweden Croatia Asensio and Saúl inspire new-look Spain to six-goal thrashing of Croatia Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on WhatsApp Uefa Reuse this contentlast_img read more

a month agoKlopp loving competition within Liverpool squad

first_imgKlopp loving competition within Liverpool squadby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is loving the competition within his squad.The German says his players are fighting tooth and nail in training in order to impress him.Speaking before Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Napoli, Klopp said he had plenty of players available for selection.He said: “And the competition in this team is really big, yes. If that line-up is not performing, they are really there. As an example, Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] is brought in in that position where he has been training for a couple of weeks now. He is so creative. He is a real option.”If you have one good game and another good game, the dynamic changes. Dejan Lovren is not in the squad and I have no explanation for that other than two centre-halves on the bench is probably not necessary. Naby Keita is coming, everyone knows that. “When Ox [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] played really well at Southampton, for the all others it was ‘ooh’, but you should see training. They all want to make sure, ‘I am ready, you can use me’. “This is a really big club with competition between friends. It is not I have to kill him to play, it is really for the team. That is what the boys did so far and as long as we have that we will go for everything. Then we have to see what we get because we have really good opponents and that is the problem.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Unreasonable delay arguments brought in Radiohead stage collapse case

first_imgTORONTO – Charges against an entertainment company and an engineer accused in a deadly 2012 stage collapse at a Radiohead concert in Toronto should be thrown out after a legal setback sent the case back to square one, defence lawyers argued Monday.Lawyers for the entertainment company Live Nation and an engineer, Domenic Cugliari, told an Ontario court that the case has seen unreasonable delays that violate their clients’ right to a timely trial.The case had already spanned years when it was set back by a mistrial this spring. A new trial was ordered after the presiding judge, Justice Shaun Nakatsuru, was appointed to a higher court and ruled he no longer had jurisdiction over the case.By the time the new trial is scheduled to wrap up next May, it will have been close to five years since the Occupational Health and Safety Act charges were laid — far beyond the time limits established by the Supreme Court of Canada, lawyers for Live Nation and Cugliari said in their submissions.“We’ll have reached the point where any complexity (in the case) cannot possibly justify the delay,” said Jack Siegel, who represents Live Nation.New time limits established by Canada’s highest court last year state that cases heard in provincial court should go to trial within 18 months and those heard in Superior Court should do so within 30 months.Under the rules laid out by the landmark ruling in R vs Jordan, delays caused by the defence or by unexpected “discrete” events are subtracted from the total time.Siegel and Scott Thompson, who represents Cugliari, argued that the mistrial should not be considered a discrete event since the justice system was responsible for Nakatsuru’s appointment.The judge could have requested to have the appointment deferred or turned it down, Siegel said.It’s the second time the defence has sought to have the charges in the case thrown out over unreasonable delays. An earlier application was dismissed last fall by Nakatsuru, who found the case was complex enough to warrant a longer timeframe.Prosecutor David McCaskill said Monday the court should honour Nakatsuru’s ruling and only assess the additional delays caused by the mistrial.What must be decided, he argued, is whether the justice system’s response to that disruption was reasonable.The defence disagreed, saying the court must examine the case “as a whole.”“It’s all of these delays cumulatively that need to be assessed,” Siegel said.Live Nation, Toronto-area contractor Optex Staging and Cugliari were charged in 2013 with a total of 13 charges under the provincial Occupational Health and Safety Act.Live Nation Canada, Live Nation Ontario and Optex Staging each face four counts alleging they failed to ensure the stage structure was being built in a safe manner.Cugliari faces one count of endangering a worker as a result of allegedly negligent or incompetent advice or certification.A British drum technician who was touring with Radiohead was killed and three other workers were hurt after part of a massive outdoor structure came crashing down during setup for the June 2012 concert at Downsview Park.Optex Staging has not applied for a stay of its charges but the judge has agreed that the company will face the same fate as Live Nation on the issue.A new trial has been scheduled for Sept. 5. Ontario provincial court Justice Ann Nelson said she would give the lawyers an indication next week whether the trial will go ahead but would not have a full decision ready until later next month.last_img read more

Will Herve Renard Coach Moroccos National Team

first_imgRabat- After the Moroccan media published many articles about the failure of Moroccan officials to convince French coach Herve Renard to lead the Moroccan national team, the manager of French FC Sochaux has confirmed that he is in talks with the Moroccan football federation to head Morocco’s Atlas Lions.News website Super Sport recently reported that Herve Renard has confirmed that he is currently in talks with the Royal Moroccan Federation to coach the Atlas Lions national team.According to the same source, Renard said that his agent Youssef Haijoub “has been carrying out negotiations on my behalf with Moroccan officials but there have been many things to clear up there and Morocco is not the only destination on my list at the moment.” Herve, who formerly coached Zambia’s national team, added: “Let’s see what happens from here. In football, you can never say what will happen next. Nothing is certain.”Hassan Benabicha is the interim coach of the national team, but the Moroccan Football Federation is searching for an experienced coach to replace him in preparation for the upcoming African Cup of Nations scheduled to take place in Morocco next year.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Canadian Prime Ministers Warm Christmas Message to Syrian Refugees

Rabat – Justin Trudeau’s first Christmas message as prime minister encourages Canadians to show a warm welcome to Syrian refugees arriving in the country for their first Canadian winter.Following is the full text of a Christmas statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday:“Around the world and across Canada, Christians gather on Christmas to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. This is a time when families, friends, and colleagues come together to celebrate the spirit of the season. “Christmas is an opportunity for giving as well as receiving. Whether it is volunteering time at a local food bank, buying gifts for children in need, or opening doors to someone who may be celebrating alone, the true spirit of Christmas is about connecting with our neighbors and our community.“This year, Canadians are welcoming thousands of Syrian refugees to our country — people who have been forced to flee their homeland due to war and conflict. I encourage all Canadians to show them a warm holiday welcome in keeping with our values of compassion, kindness, and generosity.“From our family to yours, Sophie and I wish you all a most joyous holiday season and a merry Christmas.” read more

King Mohammed VI Morocco Needs Responsible Government Away from Electoral Calculations

Dakar – In a speech delivered Sunday, King Mohammed VI affirmed his belief that Morocco needs serious and responsible government, away from electoral arithmetic.“The future cabinet should not be the result of calculations aimed at fulfilling political parties’ wishes, based on electoral arithmetic, as if they were spoils to be shared out,” said the sovereign in a speech delivered to the Nation from the Senegalese capital of Dakar, on the occasion of the 41st anniversary of Morocco’s Green March.“A government should have a clear program and well-defined priorities, both for home and foreign affairs, particularly as far as Africa is concerned. The government should have the ability to deal with the difficulties inherited from past years, with respect to Morocco’s obligations towards its partners,” the King said. In this regard, the sovereign noted that the government should represent an efficient, coherent structure. Programs and priorities should be responsibly set and consistently presented and supported.  His Majesty also added that government also requires qualified, skilled resources, with specific sectoral attributions.“These are the criteria I will ensure are respected when the next government is formed, in compliance with a strict methodology. I will not tolerate any attempts to deviate from it,” the King avowed.The Monarch underscored this promise by saying that Moroccans expect the coming government to be up to the challenge of this crucial phase.The speech comes less than a month after the legislative elections held on October 7, which saw the Party of Justice and Development (PJD) obtain a majority with 125 seats, followed by the Party of Authenticity and Modernity with 102 seats. Just a few days later, King Mohamed VI appointed Abdelilah Benkirane, head of the PJD, as the new head of government, entrusting him with the mission of forming a new coalition government. read more

Family Activities on Canadas Parks Day July 20

Nova Scotia is celebrating Canada’s Parks Day on Saturday, July 20, with fun, nature-based activities and unique learning experiences for families. “Provincial parks are the best places for people to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with their families,” said Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin. “Canada’s Parks Day is a great opportunity to visit a provincial park and enjoy our province’s rich natural and cultural heritage.” Visitors to the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park can learn all about bears at the teddy bear picnic. Kids can bring their favourite teddy bear and a snack for story time every hour starting at 10:30 a.m. Other events include: A complete list of events is online at . paddling basics for canoes and kayaks, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and fly-tying, wildlife displays and other outdoor activities 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dollar Lake Provincial Park, Halifax Regional Municipality make and fly a kite, 10 a.m. to noon, interactive forest firefighting display with Smokey Bear, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and wildflower walk, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Blomidon Provincial Park, Kings County barbecue, face painting and provincial firefighting crew demonstrations, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Five Islands Provincial Park, Colchester County scavenger hunt and barbecue, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park, Yarmouth County games and prizes for kids and hands-on Learn 2 Fish sportfishing workshop, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Porters Lake Provincial Park, Halifax Regional Municipality lobster trap building demonstration, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, Queens County read more

Gagnants du concours de photos choisis parmi des milliers de soumissions

Tourisme Nouvelle-Écosse a demandé aux gens de soumettre des photos des endroits qui sont les secrets les mieux gardés de la province, et des milliers de gens ont répondu à l’appel. En tout, environ 4600 personnes ont soumis des photos de leurs endroits peu connus préférés dans le cadre du concours #NovaScotiaUNLISTED. Les deux personnes gagnantes sont Angie Turner de Westville, comté de Pictou, et Mark Klaamas de Hammonds Plains. Les photos serviront à inspirer les gens à visiter la province. Une photo de la plage Melmerby prise par Mme Turner a été choisie pour la page couverture de la version anglaise du guide touristique « Du rêve à l’aventure » de l’année prochaine, et une photo du lieu historique national de Grand-Pré prise par M. Klaamas a été choisie pour la page couverture de la version française du guide. Les deux guides sont distribués aux voyageurs partout au monde. Le littoral et les plages accessibles de la Nouvelle-Écosse sont de grands attraits pour les visiteurs. La photo de Mme Turner présente l’une des plages d’eau chaude les plus visitées, et elle offre aux visiteurs une idée de l’expérience spectaculaire des plages des parcs provinciaux. « Je suis vraiment touchée que ma photo ait été choisie pour la page couverture du guide touristique, souligne Mme Turner. J’adore explorer tous les merveilleux endroits en Nouvelle-Écosse avec ma famille! Nous avons de tout! Beaucoup de choses à faire, des gens chaleureux et de magnifiques endroits à voir. » Pour voir et télécharger la page couverture de la version anglaise du guide, allez au La visite de lieux historiques est l’une des activités préférées des voyageurs du Québec. Le lieu historique national de Grand-Pré a des liens profonds à la culture acadienne et francophone, et la photo de M. Klaamas présente le lieu d’une façon unique et fascinante qui sera sans aucun doute d’un intérêt particulier pour les visiteurs. « Le guide touristique est l’un des principaux moyens de promotion de la province de la Nouvelle-Écosse. C’est vraiment un honneur pour moi que ma photo ait été choisie pour figurer sur la page couverture, affirme M. Klaamas. Il s’agit de l’un de très peu d’endroits où le ciel est réellement étoilé et permet de prendre de magnifiques photos la nuit. » « Je crois que cette photo raconte l’histoire riche du peuple acadien dans notre province. Lorsque je me suis mis à la recherche de l’emplacement idéal, le lieu du patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO de Grand-Pré était un choix évident. » Pour voir et télécharger la page couverture de la version française du guide, allez au Les deux gagnants recevront chacun 2000 $ et une mention de source dans le guide touristique. « Nous avons été très impressionnés par la qualité des photos soumises et la variété des endroits et des activités en vedette, déclare Michele Saran, directrice générale de Tourisme Nouvelle-Écosse. Ce concours a été une occasion pour les gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse de faire quelque chose de génial pour contribuer à promouvoir la Nouvelle-Écosse comme destination vacances, et nous remercions toutes les personnes qui ont participé, particulièrement nos deux gagnants. » Trois autres participants au concours ont remporté un téléphone intelligent Google 3 après un tirage au sort. Certaines soumissions ont également été incluses dans des annonces numériques présentées dans les marchés clés de l’Ontario et du nord-est des États-Unis pour faire la promotion de la variété de choses à faire en Nouvelle-Écosse et pour inspirer les voyageurs à planifier des vacances. Pour obtenir plus d’information, y compris les règlements du concours, consultez le (en anglais seulement). Abonnez-vous au compte Instagram officiel de Tourisme Nouvelle-Écosse au read more

Louragan Dorian force la fermeture des parcs provinciaux

Tous les parcs provinciaux fermeront le vendredi 6 septembre à 19 h. Selon les prévisions météorologiques, on s’attend à des pluies abondantes et à des vents violents les samedi et dimanche 7 et 8 septembre avec la possibilité d’un fort ressac pilonnant et d’une onde de tempête. Des mises à jour seront publiées dans le site Web des parcs provinciaux et dans les médias sociaux. Avant leur réouverture, les parcs seront évalués pour en déterminer la sûreté. Faits en bref Les terrains de camping, les plages et les parcs d’utilisation diurne de la province ainsi que le Parc faunique provincial Shubenacadie fermeront à la tombée du jour le vendredi 6 septembre à cause des très mauvaises conditions météorologiques provoquées par l’ouragan Dorian. Des remboursements seront accordés pour les réservations annulées en raison de la fermeture des installations. Le service des réservations dans les parcs communiquera avec tous les campeurs pour coordonner les remboursements. Les campeurs voudront peut-être réserver un terrain de camping pour une autre journée. Le parc faunique provincial sera fermé samedi, mais rouvrira dimanche à 9 h s’il est prudent de le faire. Avant la réouverture des parcs provinciaux, le personnel évaluera les dommages et les situations qui pourraient être dangereuses. Certains parcs pourraient ouvrir dès le lundi 9 septembre à midi. Des avis publics sur la réouverture des parcs seront affichés en ligne à l’adresse et dans les médias et les médias sociaux. « Nous nous préparons en prévision d’une tempête très importante samedi et dimanche. La sécurité des visiteurs et du personnel dans tous les parcs provinciaux en fin de semaine est notre priorité », a indiqué le ministre des Terres et des Forêts, Iain Rankin. -30- read more

Province Universities Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Quick Facts: 2019-2024 MOU: MOU Fact Sheet: 2015-2019 MOU: Council of University Presidents: Quotes: The MOU negotiation process was long and collaborative. We are pleased that in this new MOU, government is strongly supportive of issues important to both our students and institutions, specifically, the prevention of sexual violence on campus and student health and wellness, particularly mental health. While we did not achieve all our objectives, in the spirit of our partnership with government, we will continue to work collaboratively on future initiatives that contribute to institutional quality, competitiveness and success. Bill Lahey, chair, Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents Government and Nova Scotia universities will continue to work together to provide high-quality, accessible education through a newly signed five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU). Government had extensive discussions while drafting this agreement with universities, other government departments and students. “Our universities provide a high-quality education for thousands of students every year,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis. “This agreement will advance key priorities that support student success and allow these institutions to continue to serve as a crucial pillar in our province’s economy.” The agreement will continue the progress that has been made on preventing sexual violence on university campuses, first outlined in the 2015-19 agreement. Universities have committed to reviewing their stand-alone sexual violence policies every three years. The annual increase to tuition for Nova Scotia students enrolled in undergraduate programs is capped at three per cent per year. The parties agreed to advance new ideas in support of student experience with a focus on proactive and meaningful consultation with students and elected student representatives. The universities have committed to implementing a university-student consultation framework by March 31, 2020. Additional Resources: this is the fifth MOU between the Province of Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia universities. It runs from 2019-20 to 2023-24 the total operating grant to be provided to universities in 2019-20 is $365 million which is an increase of one per cent or $3.6 million from 2018-19 the province is providing additional annual funding over the next five years of $600,000 to support e-mental health and $1.685 million, through the Post-Secondary Innovation Team, to promote innovation the province is also providing annual funding of $470,000 over the five years of this MOU to support sexual violence prevention the Nova Scotia University Student Bursary Program will continue to provide a tuition reduction of at least $1,283 for Nova Scotia students studying in Nova Scotia, based on a full course load read more

Saudi Crown Prince Salman snubbed Pak PM Imran recalled his private jet

Islamabad: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was so upset by some actions of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in New York that he reportedly “snubbed” him by ordering his private jet to “disembowel” the Pakistani delegation. Prince Salman gave Prime minister Khan his private jet to travel to the US on a week-long visit and to attend the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York last month. Khan went to Riyadh and held talks with the Crown Prince first before leaving for the US. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests It was reported that the special jet developed a “technical glitch” as Khan was returning to Islamabad from New York on September 28, forcing the Prime Minister and his delegation to return to New York and then take a commercial flight back to Pakistan. However, according to a report in weekly newspaper ‘The Friday Times’, the Crown Prince recalled the plane as he was unhappy with some of Khan’s actions. “Inexplicably, the Saudi crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman, was so alienated by some dimensions of the Pakistani prime minister’s diplomacy in New York he couldn’t have been happy at the prospect of Imran Khan, Recip Tayyib Erdogan and Mahathir Mohammad planning to jointly represent the Islamic bloc, nor with Pakistan’s interlocution with Iran without his explicit approval that he visibly snubbed Imran by ordering his private jet to disembowel the Pakistani delegation,” says the editorial written by veteran journalist Najam Sethi. Also Read – US forces start Syria border pullback, alarming Kurds Pakistan, however, has categorically dismissed as “utter fabrication” the report published in the newspaper. “It is totally false and absolutely carries no truth whatsoever,” a government spokesman said in a statement issued here on Sunday. The report published on Friday also claimed that Khan’s trip also had “some unintended consequences”. During their visit to New York, the leaders of Pakistan, Turkey and Malaysia had decided to launch a BBC-type English television channel to highlight the issues of Muslims and fight Islamophobia in the West. “We felt that many reports about Islam and Muslims were inaccurate, and do not portray what Islam preaches. They label Muslims as terrorists for example, and the world accepts it as the truth when Islam is not a violent religion. We feel there must be an effort to explain what Islam is so that there is no confusion and it won’t be accused of being a religion that promotes terrorism,” the Malaysian prime minister tweeted. Khan said last month that US President Donald Trump had asked him to mediate with Iran to defuse tensions in the region. He met Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly session, before which he met Crown Prince Salman in Saudi Arabia, whom he said had made the same request. Reacting to the write-up, the government official said the report carried “baseless self-created theory with respect to the premier’s meetings with the leaders of Turkey and Malaysia in New York”. The government spokesman clarified that Islamabad and Riyadh enjoyed “most cordial and brotherly relations”. “Only people with vested interests would come up with such concocted and baseless assertions,” he was quoted as saying by ‘The Express Tribune’. read more


Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Cameron Bailey ~ Photo Courtesy of TIFF ~ Photo by Matt Barnes There’s so much to do and see during the Toronto International Film Festival, which kicked off its 44th year last Thursday and comes to a close on Sunday. But no matter which screening or event you attend, there’s one person who’ll likely be in the house: TIFF’s Artistic Director and Co-Head, Cameron Bailey.It’s not a stretch imagining Bailey’s calendar during the 11-day festival (and that of Joana Vicente, with whom he shares Co-Head duties) has been strategically-scheduled, down to the minute, and color-coded. Perhaps that’s why I was surprised to see him three times during my four-and-a-half days of film-hopping.TORONTO, ONTARIO – SEPTEMBER 07: (L-R) JAMIE FOXX, MICHAEL B. JORDAN, AND CAMERON BAILEY ATTEND IN CONVERSATION WITH…MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX DURING THE 2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AT TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX ON SEPTEMBER 07, 2019 IN TORONTO, CANADA. (PHOTO BY ROBIN MARCHANT/GETTY IMAGES)First, in Theater 1 of TIFF’s legendary Bell Lightbox, where he led a spirited conversation with Just Mercy stars Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan. Then, at the world premiere of Dolemite is My Name at the Princess of Wales Theater, he introduced and interviewed the cast, including Eddie Murphy, who was greeted with uproarious applause. I saw Bailey a final time when he arrived at Momofuku Noodle Bar on University Avenue to greet guests at the 4th annual luncheon hosted by the African-American Film Critics Association. Each time I saw him, he was prepared, personable and on-point. Simply stated, Cameron Bailey represents, well. Advertisement Facebook Twitter read more


Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment By Jim Slotek, Kim Hughes, Liam Lacey, Karen Gordon, and Bonnie LauferRight now, at the conclusion of the 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival, we feel like we’ve seen one big, long movie about Nazis, lesbians, divorces, the perils of fast fashion, and eccentric Latin Americans. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.We at Original-Cin have dashed from film to film for the entire 10 days of TIFF, alerting you on a daily basis to gems and must-avoids (you do subscribe to our daily newsletter, right?). Now it’s time to collect our thoughts and give you our picks for best and worst of the 2019 festival. Login/Register With: Parasite For the most part, we all saw different movies – the better to expand our coverage – so what follows is a highly personal list from each critic’s viewing experience. You heard it here first.Jim SlotekBest Thing I Saw: Parasite, by Bong Joon-Ho, which already won the Cannes Palme D’or. It’s about a family of con artists on the poor side of town, who connive their way into the lives of an obscenely rich family. The movie is darkly hilarious in its first two acts, and then takes a violent and disturbing turn when other shysters are in play. Underscoring the entire film is the barely suppressed disdain of the rich for the poor and almost murderous resentment the other way around.Runner Up: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Everyone already assumed it was a good choice to cast Tom Hanks as the late Mr. Rogers. But he brings unanticipated soul to the role of the most decent man in America — here, dedicated to saving the soul of the bitter magazine journalist (Matthew Rhys) who’s interviewing him. Devices that might have come off as hokey (like rendering big cities into the miniature-landscapes that Fred Rogers used on his show) are endearing and contribute to the mood of this ode to caring and kindness in cruel times.Worst Thing I Saw: It’s a testament to the quality of everything I saw (and to warnings not to see The Goldfinch), but Just Mercy was a great story (about a crusader against the wrongly convicted on Death Row) tepidly told. As the lead condemned man in particular, Jamie Foxx did the least acting possible. Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisement read more


Haviah Mighty has won the 2019 Polaris Music Prize for the album 13th Floor.“For me the 13th Floor is something that we remove from our reality because it is something that we don’t understand and therefore we dismiss it,” said Mighty. “This is very parallel to so many of the experiences that I speak on, on this album. I’m in a room with so many different people from so many different walks of life who have acknowledged that this is something they feel is important. These people don’t necessarily share the narratives that I do or the walks of life that I have, and yet, here we are, finally on what I believe is the 13th Floor. This is the moment of resurgence where the dismissal that has existed is now being removed, and the discussion is being had. I’m so grateful that the people around me push me to be brave enough to speak my truth and to have it be acknowledged in this way.”Haviah Mighty – 13th FloorThe Prize, which was presented by CBC Music, goes to the best Canadian album of the year based on artistic merit without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation. It was determined by a Grand Jury of 11 music media professionals drawn from the greater Polaris jury pool of 199 writers, editors, broadcasters, DJs and personalities from across the country. Haviah Mighty performs during the 2019 Polaris Music Prize in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Mighty’s victory came with a $50,000 monetary reward. The nine other Short List nominees each received $3,000 courtesy of Slaight Music.Held at the historic Carlu in downtown Toronto, the evening featured performances by nine of the 10 Polaris nominees. These included Marie Davidson, Elisapie, FET.NAT, Dominique Fils-Aimé, Les Louanges, Haviah Mighty, PUP, Shad and Snotty Nose Rez Kids. Jessie Reyez was also in attendance. CBC Music’s Raina Douris was the host for the gala. Re-watch the Polaris Music Prize gala performances and winner announcement HERE.The 2019 Polaris Short List was:Marie Davidson – Working Class WomanElisapie – The Ballad of the Runaway GirlFET.NAT – Le MalDominique Fils-Aimé – Stay Tuned!Les Louanges – La nuit est une panthèreHaviah Mighty – 13th FloorPUP – Morbid StuffJessie Reyez – Being Human In PublicShad – A Short Story About A WarSnotty Nose Rez Kids – TraplineThe Grand Jury who decided the winner included Jacques Boivin (, Stephen Cooke (Chronicle Herald), Erin MacLeod (Freelance Journalist), Christine McAvoy (3AM Revelations), Max Mertens (Freelance Journalist), Nneka Nnagbo (Ottawa Beat & Melted Magazine), Ryan B. Patrick (Exclaim!), Chantal Rondeau (Indigenous Today), Fanny St-Amand (Belle et Bum), Richard Trapunski (NOW Magazine) and Melissa Vincent (A.Side).“This year’s Grand Jury were exceptionally thorough in their listening and discussion, changing their opinions and taking on new points of view in response to their fellow jurors’ passionate arguments about the meaning of Canadian musical art in 2019,” said Polaris jury foreperson Katherine Duncan. “Their commitment, dedication and heartfelt debate is inspiring to share. It’s with great pleasure that we congratulate the winner of the 2019 Polaris Music Prize!”The past winners of the Prize are: Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).BY AARON BROPHY ~ POLARIS Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter read more


Winnie Harlow has come under fire for complaining she had to give up her business class seat to sit in economy after her flight from Milan was cancelled.The Canadian supermodel, who was leaving Milan Fashion Week en route to a “huge shoot at 6am”, took to Instagram on Wednesday to share her predicament with her followers.Posting an image of herself lying with her head in a friend’s lap, the 25-year-old explained she hadn’t slept in “four days” and that she had had to give up her business class seat in order to make it to her destination. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Winnie Harlow Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment read more

Johnny Marr Calls for End to Cruel Donkey Rides in Santorini

The Smiths icon Johnny Marr appealed to Greek Minister of Tourism Thanasis Theocharopoulos last month to put an end to cruel animal “taxi” rides in Santorini.In the letter (available here), Marr points out that, as was exposed by PETA, donkeys and mules are forced to transport tourists – many of whom are British – up more than 500 steep steps, several times a day, from the port to the old town of Firá. When not being made to carry extremely heavy loads on their backs, they’re often tethered in the blazing sun without access to water or shade. He goes on to urge the minister to “please, put an end to this old-school practice of using animals as ‘beasts of burden’ and encourage tourists to use the port’s cable car – or their own two feet – Instead.”The appeal follows a PETA eyewitness exposé revealing the horrific conditions that donkeys and mules endure every day on the Greek island. Video footage shows handlers dragging animals down the steps and whipping and hitting them with sticks to make them continue walking. A new law passed this year prevents owners from burdening their donkeys with weights exceeding 100 kilograms, even though, according to veterinary recommendations, donkeys shouldn’t carry more than 20% of their body weight – approximately 50 kilograms. read more

Stars Join Farm Aid 2019

Award-winning country music artist Luke Combs will support Farm Aid at its annual music and food festival on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin, the organization announced today.“I am honored and excited to be a part of the history that is Farm Aid,” said Combs, who is from Asheville, NC. “The band and I can’t wait to spend the day with Willie [Nelson] and meet some of the local family farmers at the show. This festival means a lot to these farmers and to us.”Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Award-winner Combs is a multi-platinum country singer-songwriter. This year will mark his first Farm Aid appearance. He joins the star-studded Farm Aid 2019 lineup, which features Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, as well as Bonnie Raitt, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Margo Price, Jamey Johnson, Tanya Tucker, Brothers Osborne, Yola, and Particle Kid.After an extremely successful sales so far, a limited number of Farm Aid 2019 tickets remain available for purchase at Individual ticket prices range from $54.50 to $249.50.Farm Aid will make additional announcements throughout the summer, including ways everyone can get involved in the annual festival’s events and in the local farm and food movement.Farm Aid welcomes the participation of the business community and offers corporate sponsorship and VIP hospitality opportunities. For more information, contact Glenda Yoder at Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual festival to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. For more than 30 years, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised $57 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms. read more