More than two dozen fringe parties vying for attention in Ontario election

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s election is all but down to two parties, if the polls are correct, but more than two dozen are actually competing, including those targeting the vegan vote, the anti-sex-ed vote and the no-vote vote.Beyond the usual Progressive Conservative, NDP and Liberal suspects exists a grab bag of minor and fringe parties, some of which can only hope to garner a few handfuls of votes but still gamely vie for voters’ attention as an alternative to the big three.The Trillium Party captured a few headlines last year after a controversial Progressive Conservative politician left that party and joined Trillium. It means they can claim a sitting member, though with the party not having enough seats for official party status in the legislature, Jack MacLaren technically sat as an independent.The party is against a carbon tax, against the Liberals’ sex-ed curriculum and wants the private sector involved in the sale of marijuana.Trillium Party president Bob Yaciuk said his party wants the votes of people who are disenchanted with the mainstream options.“I can almost say for certain that if you are planning on voting in the election then you’re probably not going to be voting for us. What we’re doing is we’re garnering our votes from the people who said it’s not worthwhile to vote,” he said.“People aren’t caring anymore and the question has to be: why don’t they care? It’s because they don’t believe their voice is being heard anymore.”Also looking for the disenfranchised vote is the None of the Above Direct Democracy Party. Among their star candidates are G20 protester Adam Nobody, whose complaint about a police officer’s conduct led to a criminal assault conviction for the officer, and a man who legally changed his name to Above Znoneofthe so he could appear last in an alphabetical list of candidates on a ballot.“I just think it’s great to have more options — part of a democracy,” Znoneofthe said of his party. “People have a really tough time making up their mind. They can decline their ballot or they can vote none of the above, thanks to the None of the Above party and myself.”He has run in several byelections as Above Znoneofthe and says this election will be the last before returning to his birth name — unless he wins.“I figured I’ve still got the name, so I’m going to take one last kick at the can with that name,” he said. “If that’s what happens after you run too many times — you turn into John Turmel — then no thanks.”Turmel holds the Guinness World Record for most elections contested. He has run more than 90 times.Joining Turmel’s Pauper Party of Ontario with parties running only two candidates — out of 124 ridings — are the Canadian Economic Party, the Go Vegan party, the Multicultural Party of Ontario, the Ontario Provincial Confederation of Regions Party, the Ontario Social Reform Party, the Party of Objective Truth and a Stop Climate Change Party.Other parties on some ballots include a party that bemoans the state of processed food and says cats know better than humans what is edible, a party that decries the notion of privilege and transgender rights, and one whose education platform calls for manners and courtesy in school and suggests mandatory uniforms in public schools.Associate political science professor Laura Stephenson said people support minor and fringe parties because they really believe in their platform, even if the party has no chance of winning. She distinguishes the Green party as a minor one, not fringe. They got nearly five per cent of the popular vote in 2014 and are running a full slate of candidates.Some parties are single-issue parties, and they attract people with a strong view on that topic, said the Western University professor.“If they can get that issue listened to, if they can make enough noise that one of the main party candidates, let’s say, picks up the issue itself, then maybe that’s the goal,” Stephenson said.That’s exactly the aim of Queenie Yu’s Stop the New Sex-Ed Agenda party.She ran as an independent in the 2016 Scarborough-Rouge River byelection and said her activism pushed then-leader Patrick Brown to clarify his stance on the sex-ed curriculum. She supported Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Tanya Granic Allen in that race, and said Granic Allen’s vocal opposition to the sex-ed curriculum forced all the candidates to take positions on it.“Our goal isn’t to win a seat at Queen’s Park, but to send a message to those who are at Queen’s Park and to influence them,” Yu said.last_img read more

Shakira Launches World Baby Shower To Benefit UNICEF

Singer-songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira, and FC Barcelona soccer star Gerard Piqué, are celebrating the imminent arrival of their second child by expanding upon their original concept of a ‘World Baby Shower’ to benefit UNICEF and vulnerable children around the world.
After the success of the UNICEF baby shower for their first son, Milan, Shakira and Gerard decided to create a shareable shower available for any and all expectant mothers in the hopes of giving a greater purpose to other baby showers and helping those babies and mothers who need it most.“Now that we are soon welcoming our second child we want to help other children around the world and also contribute to a long-lasting solution for getting children living in extreme poverty the supplies they need to survive,” said Shakira.“We also want other parents to feel compelled to do the same,” Shakira added. “With the explosion of social media, celebrities aren’t the only ones who have platforms that can reach mass audiences, and we want this movement to keep going long after our baby shower has ended, so we want to invite them to host their own baby showers with UNICEF as well.”Fans of the expectant couple will be invited to share in their event by visiting a special website featuring ‘Inspired Gifts’ that directly benefit UNICEF’s work for children in some of the poorest and remotest places on earth.In an exclusive post on her Facebook page, Shakira revealed the inspiration behind creating a platform where every expectant mother can help make an impact in saving and improving lives of children around the world.“Every woman who’s expecting has the power to use the blessing of her child’s imminent birth to save the lives of other, less fortunate children around the world. If every expectant mother having a baby shower decided to include among her gift registry some of these “inspired gifts” that UNICEF offers, we could collectively save the lives of hundreds of thousands of children all over the globe.”From the post, fans can use Facebook’s new call-to-action feature by clicking on ‘Donate’ to learn more and purchase an Inspired Gift for the baby shower.Among the 10 Inspired Gifts fans can purchase as part of the World Baby Shower are midwifery kits with medical equipment for safe delivery of 50 babies, measles and polio vaccines, blankets, and baby scales. Other gifts include a soccer ball – recognizing the power of sport and play in creating a happy, healthy childhood – and a storybook to nurture a love of reading and learning.Through Shakira’s Twitter profile, fans will also be able to purchase a special thank-you card from Shakira and Gerard. Every card bought will unlock funds for life-saving measles vaccines.Shakira and Gerard are urging other expectant parents to host their own virtual baby showers and engage their own families, friends, and followers to support UNICEF’s work for children. Just visit showers are popular in many countries as a way of celebrating the pending or recent birth of a child by presenting gifts to the mother. The celebrity couple’s first virtual World Baby Shower to benefit UNICEF’s mission for children was held from 16 January to 15 February 2013, to mark the birth of their son, Milan. As a result, over 80,000 children were vaccinated against polio; nearly 4 tons of therapeutic food helped children suffering from malnutrition; and around 1,000 anti-malaria bed nets and nearly 200,000 oral rehydration salts sachets were distributed.The gifts from the World Baby Shower have the potential to save the life of a mother or a child. Despite great progress in reducing the child mortality rate, 6.3 million children under the age of five still die every year from largely preventable causes. Among these are 2.9 million newborns who die in the first month of life. And every day, millions of mothers give birth without adequate equipment, medicines or support services.UNICEF Inspired Gifts is an innovative programme that provides the public the opportunity to purchase actual lifesaving items that are shipped directly from either the UNICEF warehouse in Copenhagen or one of UNICEF’s many suppliers to one of over 150 countries or territories where UNICEF works. read more

On the trail with NWTs grueling Walk to Tuk Challenge

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s the longest and the biggest outdoor physical challenge in the Northwest Territories and it’s going on right now.APTN’s Iman Kassam takes us on the Walk to Tuk Challenge.last_img

Algerias Bouteflika back home after Paris checkup

first_imgALGIERS- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a mini-stroke last year, returned home on Thursday after spending three days at a Paris hospital undergoing medical tests, national media reported.“Bouteflika returned to Algiers on Thursday, mid-afternoon, after a medical check-up at the Val-de-Grace hospital in Paris,” the APS news agency reported.The tests showed “an overall improvement” in the health of the 76-year-old president, who has until Sunday to convene the organising committee for an April presidential election in which the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) has asked him to stand for a fourth term. Bouteflika was intially expected to return on Friday, APS reported, after his office unexpectedly announced on Tuesday that he had been flown to Paris for a “routine check-up.”The health of the ageing president, who has ruled Algeria since 1999, has become an intensifying source of speculation since he was rushed to the same military hospital in Paris following his mini-stroke last April.Despite the health concerns that have dogged the last nine years of his presidency, he has still not ruled out the possibility of running for a fourth term in April, creating uncertainty which has paralysed Algerian politics.last_img read more

Passengers recall days of misery as cruise ship arrives home to NJ

BAYONNE, N.J. – Passengers aboard a cruise ship on which hundreds fell ill recalled days of misery holed up in their rooms as it returned to its home port Wednesday from a Caribbean trip cut short by what is suspected to be among the largest such norovirus outbreaks in the last 20 years.Travellers aboard the Explorer of the Seas recounted hundreds throwing up, and stricken passengers having food brought to their rooms. Others were served from covered buffets by crew members wearing gloves and masks during an outbreak that sickened nearly 700 passengers and crew on the ship operated by Royal Caribbean.Kim Waite, 50, of London, England, was on the cruise with her husband, Fred, to celebrate the end of her cancer treatments. She got severely ill, and barely saw her husband the whole trip.“My husband had to put me in a wheelchair and take me to the infirmary. The door opened on the lift and there were just hundreds of people being sick everywhere,” she said. “They were throwing up in buckets and bags — I started crying, I couldn’t believe it. I was in shock.“I’ve never wanted to go home so much in my life. I’ve never slept so much in my life, and I’ve got no sun tan.”The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said its latest count puts the number of those sickened at 630 passengers and 54 crew members. The ship, on a 10-day cruise that had to be cut short, was carrying 3,050 passengers.Health investigators suspect norovirus, but lab results are not expected until later this week. If norovirus is to blame, it would be one of the largest norovirus outbreaks on a cruise ship in the last 20 years, the CDC said. A 2006 norovirus outbreak on a Carnival Cruise Lines ship also sickened close to 700.Retiree Bill Rakowicz, 61, from the city of St. Thomas in Ontario, Canada, said he thought he was just seasick when he began suffering from vomiting, pain and diarrhea.“Then I went out of my room and saw people with gloves and people sick everywhere,” he said, adding that he saw a man in a wheelchair vomiting, then falling on the floor and hitting his head.He said he had the symptoms for five days starting Jan. 22, the day after the ship departed Bayonne. “It was awful. You feel like you want to give in,” he said.Rakowicz gave high marks to Royal Caribbean for going “above and beyond” in its efforts to help passengers. A female travelling companion did not get sick, he said, which he said was not unusual. He said he was aware of a number of cases in which one person in a room got sick and the other didn’t.Pastor Sue Rogutski, of Bloomsburg, Pa., said she got so sick she was quarantined for three days. She said her husband, Leonard, a nurse who only fell ill toward the end of the trip and less severely than her, had to carry her down from their room to the sick bay.“When we were in the sick bay, people were getting nervous and they started showing up there to try to get help,” she said. “Suddenly, there was influx of 150 people. That puts into perspective what this crew was facing — that it was epidemic.”Rogutski said the ship’s buffets were all covered and no passengers could touch them. They had to be served by crew members wearing gloves and masks, including entertainers who pitched in. Sick passengers were brought food to their rooms.Norovirus — once known as Norwalk virus — is highly contagious. It can be picked up from an infected person, contaminated food or water or by touching contaminated surfaces. Sometimes mistaken for the stomach flu, the virus causes bouts of vomiting and diarrhea for a few days.The cruise line said most guests who fell ill were up and about as the ship headed to port. It said seven people were still sick when the ship reached Bayonne, but that none of the passengers had to be hospitalized.The CDC said it recommended to Royal Caribbean that people who still have serious symptoms be linked to medical care, and perhaps given the option of staying in nearby hotels before travelling home.CDC investigators boarded the ship during its U.S. Virgin Islands port call on Sunday. They said no single food or water source or other origin has been identified.Royal Caribbean is providing all guests a 50 per cent refund of their cruise fares and an additional 50 per cent future cruise credit. It’s also reimbursing airline change fees and accommodations for guests who had to change plans for travelling home.Stricken guests who were confined to their staterooms are being provided a credit of one future cruise day for each day of confinement.The ship will be sanitized and no one will be allowed aboard for a period of more than 24 hours as an extra precaution, the cruise line said.Rick O’Shea from Miami-based ByoPlanet was at the dock to greet the ship. His company was going to use sprayers that produce electrically charged droplets to help sanitize the ship. He said it would take eight to 12 hours to complete the job.Explorer of the Seas is on track to depart at its originally scheduled time Friday afternoon on its next cruise, a nine-night trip with port calls in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, a Royal Caribbean spokeswoman said.___AP Medical Writer Mike Stobbe in Atlanta contributed to this report. Passengers recall days of misery as cruise ship arrives home to NJ after nearly 700 sickened by Samantha Henry, The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2014 1:02 am MDT The Explorer of the Seas cruise ship is docked at a berth after arriving, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Bayonne, N.J. The number of passengers and crew reported stricken ill on the cruise ship has risen to nearly 700. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday its latest count puts the number of those sickened aboard the Explorer of the Seas at 630 passengers and 54 crew members. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Weigh the cost when deciding between low interest loans or RRSP withdrawls

Weigh the cost when deciding between low interest loans or RRSP withdrawls AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canadians may be tempted to take advantage of low interest rate loans instead of dipping into their RRSPs before retirement to either buy a home or go back to school.But financial experts warn that while it may be difficult to resist the lure of “cheap money” — whether it’s from a bank or your RRSP — both options will come at a cost.“We now have a phenomenon of cheap money,” says Avraham Byers, an adviser with Breakthrough Personal Financial Trainers.“With cheap money, it’s easy to say, ‘Well I’ll just borrow more and more money.’ We see lines of credit are getting bigger and bigger. The problem is that cheap money isn’t always cheap.”Banks have been dropping interest rates on loans and lines of credit after the Bank of Canada cut its key interest rate to 0.75 per cent in January and many analysts expect the central bank to lower its rate again.But despite the rock-bottom rates, Byers advises clients to be careful with how much debt they take on.“The litmus test on a loan you’re about to take is to imagine that loan, or line of credit, puffed up by five per cent or so,” he said.“If you can handle that, then that’s great. But if you can’t handle that amount on there, then that may not be the best thing to do.”Any amount of debt can easily spiral out of control, he added.But if a loan isn’t affordable, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Canadians should automatically dip into their RRSPs to fund expenses.The Canada Revenue Agency permits first-time home buyers to withdraw up to $25,000 tax-free from an RRSP using the federal Home Buyer’s Plan, but that money needs to be paid back within 15 years. If that doesn’t happen, then the money will be added to their income for that tax year.Similarly, those who are going back to school full-time are allowed to withdraw $10,000 a year for a total of $20,000 from their RRSP under the Lifelong Learning Plan. One-tenth of the amount needs to be paid back each year, with the amount completely paid back within 10 years.“You have to understand that if you take money out of an RRSP, you really are taking money from your older self,” cautioned Byers.Mark Thierriault, a financial adviser with Nicola Wealth Management in Vancouver, says RRSP contributors need to do the math.“If you take out a loan from a bank, you have to start paying that back right way and have to pay interest payments,” he said. “With an RRSP withdrawal under the Home Buyers or Lifelong Learning plans, you’re missing out — for however long it takes you to pay it back — on the growth you would’ve gained in that RRSP.”For example, if investments in an RRSP are generating returns of six per cent, then it would make sense to keep the funds in that account and take out a loan at three per cent interest instead.“Really, it comes down to the level of risk you’re taking in the investment and can you outperform the cost of borrowing,” said Thierriault.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. The original version that moved Feb. 23 gave incorrect RRSP withdrawl amounts under the Lifelong Learning Plan. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 25, 2015 12:41 pm MDT read more

An Inconsistent Strike Zone Hurt Both Teams in Game 3

CHICAGO — The Cleveland Indians won a 1-0 nail-biter on Friday night in Game 3 of the World Series. Two number-three starters succeeded in shutting down two strong offenses, allowing the game to come down to the final at-bat. But while the relievers were overpowering as usual, the most significant influence on this game wasn’t the wind, a single Indians hitter or managerial cleverness, but a seemingly inconsistent strike zone.Home plate umpire John Hirschbeck has a reputation for calling balls and strikes erratically, and that was on full display last night, creating shifting strike-zone boundaries that bedeviled both offenses.1A rough look at the strike zone plots for each team showed about 10 calls helping the Cubs, and seven helping the Indians. Data from PitchF/X needed for a quantitative comparison was not available at time of publication. For the Indians, Josh Tomlin turned in an unexpectedly solid line, allowing only two hits. At times, Tomlin was burned by bad calls, leading, for example, to a fourth-inning walk by Kris Bryant. But when the strike zone is called inconsistently, hitters tend to strike out more often and make weaker contact. That’s because pitchers can choose to target inconsistently called areas of the zone when it benefits them, while hitters can only decide whether to swing or not at what’s offered. When they’re uncertain, batters often opt to swing at pitches outside the zone, resulting in glancing contact and easy outs.Chicago Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks, who usually gets favorable strike calls due to his impeccable command, struggled mightily in allowing six hits and two walks in only 4.2 innings. The shifting zone did aid him in racking up six strikeouts, above what you’d expect based on his regular-season stats.Even as the inconsistent strike zone helped the pitchers, neither was overpowering. And with bullpens fresh after the day off, both starters were pulled before the 6th inning with the score 0-0, an event that has never happened before in MLB postseason history. That handed the game to the relievers, including an early appearance from Andrew Miller. They were as commanding as expected, except for one lapse by the Cubs’ Carl Edwards Jr., who allowed Coco Crisp to single in the lone run of the night.The Cubs came close to evening the score in the bottom of the ninth. With two runners in scoring position and two outs, Chicago dynamo Javy Báez was up to bat against Cleveland closer Cody Allen. He struck out whiffing to end the threat, leaving the Indians up 2-1 in the Series.The outlook for the Cubs is worrisome going forward: Their series win probability by Elo is down to only 37 percent.2For reference, that’s the same probability Elo gave the Indians before the World Series began. In his last start, Corey Kluber looked invincible, and the Cubs will have to face him in Games 4 and 7 of this Series (if it goes that far). That means they will need to pull off at least one upset against the 2014 AL Cy Young winner to clinch the series. While such a feat appears difficult, the Cubs managed an even more surprising performance against Clayton Kershaw in the NLCS, so it’s certainly possible. Nobody said ending a 108-year title drought would be easy.CORRECTION (Oct. 29, 12:05 p.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly described Corey Kluber. He was the 2014 AL Cy Young winner; he is not the reigning winner. read more

Ohio State Is Always Facing High Expectations — Scandal Or Not

*In preseason polls since 1976-77 season for women’s basketball, 1961-62 for men’s basketball and 1950 for football.Source: College Poll Archive TexasFootball5275 The year was 1956. Ohio State’s college football program was ranked fifth in the annual Associated Press preseason college football poll and was coming off a season in which they had won all but two games. Expectations for a strong season were, no doubt, high.But head coach Woody Hayes was in hot water with the Big Ten for providing loans to his players, and after an investigation, the conference put the team on probation for one year and banned it from playing in that season’s Rose Bowl.Sixty-two years later, Ohio State is once again entering the season with a No. 5 preseason ranking, having won all but two games the previous season. Controversy blankets the campus once more: Head coach Urban Meyer has been suspended for the opening three games of the season after an investigation concluded that he had mishandled domestic assault allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.High expectations are nothing new in Columbus. For about as long as college football has been around, the Ohio State Buckeyes have been a force. In the annals of the sport’s history, only Michigan (943) — oh, the irony — and Notre Dame (906) have won more games than the Buckeyes (898).1Excluding Yale, which is not currently a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision team. Since the turn of the century, only Boise State, which has played in three non-Power-Five conferences over that stretch, has won more total games than Ohio’s flagship university.And that prodigious success isn’t lost on Associated Press voters.Ohio State has failed to make the poll just four times in the 69-year history of the poll, most recently in 1988. That was John Cooper’s first year at the helm after taking over for the fired Earle Bruce. Cooper wouldn’t miss another preseason poll. Hayes only missed out in 1966 and 1967, the lone instance of the team failing to crack the AP preseason poll in consecutive years.Which got us thinking: Does Ohio State dominate this poll more than any team in any sport dominates its preseason poll? AP voters produce a preseason, weekly and postseason poll for three college sports: football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. In 1989, the polls expanded to a 25-team format, which remains the current standard.Across the three sports, only the Tennessee Volunteers women’s basketball program has been more of a mainstay on the preseason poll than the Ohio State football team, according to data from the website College Poll Archive. Tennessee has made the AP preseason poll 98 percent of the time. It’s missed just once in the poll’s 42-year history — in 1976, the year the poll was introduced. Largely under their legendary coach, the late Pat Summitt, the Volunteers piled up eight national championships and 18 Final Four appearances, controlling the sport for decades before Connecticut assumed the mantle. 2Ohio StateFootball6594 RKTeamSportCountRate* 5USCFootball5884 3KentuckyMen’s basketball5088 9GeorgiaWomen’s basketball3276 4OklahomaFootball6087 Appearances 7Notre DameFootball5580 The preseason eliteTeams with the highest rate of appearances in AP Top 25 preseason polls in men’s or women’s basketball and college football 1TennesseeWomen’s basketball4198% 10AlabamaFootball5275 North CarolinaMen’s basketball4884 UCLAMen’s basketball4375 8TexasWomen’s basketball3379 Ohio State has at least five more appearances on the AP preseason poll than any team in any sport, having qualified in 94 percent of available seasons. Since 1989, Ohio State’s average ranking in the preseason AP poll is 10.3. And perhaps no team dominates the opening month of the season like Ohio State, which has gone 21-2 over the last six years in the month of September, winning by an average margin of more than 30 points per game. But preseason rankings aren’t always pinpoint precise: Ohio State typically underperforms relative to its lofty preseason ranking.AP preseason polls typically draw from blue-blood schools, so it’s no surprise that other well-heeled programs like the football teams at Oklahoma and USC and the men’s basketball team at Kentucky are among the most-ranked.But on the gridiron, no team is accustomed to high expectations like the Buckeyes. Columbus has produced the second-most first-round NFL draft picks all time, and the team is expected not only to win, but to dominate. In this weekend’s season opener against Oregon State, Ohio State opened as 38-point favorites, the most lopsided betting line of any opening-week contest for a ranked team. “A place like Ohio State, we’re expected to win every game we play,” Meyer has said. “There’s not many places like that.” Those are expectations that Meyer also noted aren’t always “easy to embrace.” But players and coaches alike should recognize that’s what they’ve signed up for in Columbus: a culture of on-field success, national title aspirations and a preseason ranking. read more

Campbellville woman gets 12 months jail for stabbing cousin

Lisa BobbRepeat offender and Campbellville resident Lisa Bobb, 25, was sentenced to spend the next 12 months in prison for attempting to murder her cousin.A case was made out against the woman who continues to deny the allegation, stating that she was defending herself following months of provocation.This decision was made by City Magistrate, Judy Latchman after the prosecution noted that Bobb failed to discredit the evidence given by several witnesses against her.According to the prosecution, the defendant admitted in an unsworn statement to pulling out the knife and injuring Christel Bobb to her arm and leg.As such, following a brief recess, Magistrate sentenced Bobb to 12 months imprisonment telling the accused that she did admit to committing the act.On the day in question, Christel Bobb had just returned home when she was pounced upon by Lisa Bobb, who dealt her a stab to her upper left arm.This attack reportedly stemmed from another misunderstanding the two cousins had the previous night. Christel was rushed to the public hospital where she was treated.Moreover, Lisa Bobb was heard screaming, “If I had the chance to murder that b***h, I would!” as she was being led out of the courtroom of Magistrate Ann McLennan on her first appearance for the attempted murder charge.On her last appearance before being charged for attempted murder, the defendant had been sent to be mentally evaluated.She has been a frequent offender since 2013. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

TOP 5 Burgaard Vyakhireva Korsos Frey…

The World’s Best Young Female Player 2013/2014 is Danish star Louise Burgaard. Burgaard has got the highest number of points by the Jury (handball journalists) and five points from the Handball Planet visitors. She won 19 points in total.The second best young handball player in 2013/2014  is Russian lefthander Anna Vyakhireva, while Hungarian left wing Dorina Korsos is the third…WORLD’S BEST YOUNG PLAYER 2013/2014:1. LOUISE BURGAARD 192. ANNA VYAKHIREVA 153. DORINA KORSOS 144. SONJA FREY 135. JOVANA RISOVIC 12.. KATARINA JEZIC 12 ← Previous Story Over 17.000 votes for the best handball girls Next Story → Louise Burgaard is the World Best Young Female Player 2013/2014

Guess how many students have signed up for UCCs alcoholfree accommodation

first_imgRead: UCC students to be offered ‘alcohol free’ accommodation > Read: 11 activities every Irish college student engages in > THE PLAN GENERATED huge publicity for UCC when it was announced last month: the Cork university would be giving students the option of living in alcohol free accommodation.The college gave two main reasons for the move: to curb what had been described as “concerning” alcohol habits among the student population, and to make the campus more attractive to overseas students who may not be comfortable with the Irish drinking culture.Those interested in taking up the option will be housed in general student accommodation blocks, with the individual apartments or houses designated ‘alcohol free’. No limit was set for the numbers, but the college said it was expecting a “good uptake”.As the new term gets underway, UCC’s press department has confirmed the final numbers to just three students are currently in “the final stages of signing up” — all citing the desire to “reside in an environment more conducive to study”.The college says it had 25 initial queries from students who were “seriously interested”. Those who decided not to pursue it said there were “already committed to other accommodation by way of a lease; they had decided to take further time to consider the option at a later date or they had simply had a change of heart”.According to UCC’s statement, it is “happy with the initial response”:…it has provided a decent starting (and talking) point for generating further interest in the future.From here, limited advertising of alcohol-free accommodation is likely to take place again after Christmas for students who may not be happy with their current type of accommodation or who may have a renewed interest following their initial query.last_img read more

Thon rouge la France dans le collimateur des écologistes

first_imgThon rouge : la France dans le collimateur des écologistes Europe – La réunion de la Commission internationale pour la conservation des thonidés de l’Atlantique (Cicta), qui s’ouvre demain, mercredi 17 novembre, à Paris, suscite un regain de mobilisation, voire de colère de la part des ONG environnementales. La France est particulièrement pointée du doigt.”Le président Nicolas Sarkozy est le seul homme qui pourrait, s’il le voulait, sauver le thon rouge”, dit Paul Watson, pourfendeur de braconniers, fondateur et leader de l’ONG Sea shepherd, qui ne semble pourtant pas se faire trop d’illusions, jugeant “bien faibles et contradictoires” les actions du gouvernement français sur ce dossier.À lire aussiDes tortues marines naissent pour la première fois sur une plage française en MéditerranéeGreenpeace, le WWF et l’association américaine Pew, de leur côté, rappellent que la Cicta a constaté, pour les thoniers français, durant la campagne de pêche 2007, un dépassement de 1.500 tonnes des quotas autorisés. Une “ardoise” qui, selon les ONG, devrait être déduite du quota qui sera décidé pour 2011 : si les 13.500 tonnes du quota mondial 2010 sont reconduites, soit 2.012 tonnes pour la France (15 % du total, environ), les 17 thoniers senneurs français ne pourraient ainsi prélever que 500 tonnes l’année prochaine.Un accord autour de 10.000 tonnes (au niveau mondial) semble envisagé, au grand dam des écologistes, qui réclament un maximum de 6.000 tonnes, l’interdiction des prises dans les aires de reproduction et l’interdiction des thoniers senneurs, dont les pratiques sont jugées trop dévastatrices. Le 16 novembre 2010 à 14:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Google Employee Smashes World Record for Calculating Pi

first_img Emma Haruka Iwao, a Google employee, just broke the world record for calculating the value of pi.On Thursday, Google announced the accomplishment in a blog post, and said that Iwao’s team smashed the Guinness World Records title for the most accurate value of pi. With Google Compute Engine, which is powered by Google Cloud, Iwao calculated pi to 31,415,926,535,897 digits, marking a major milestone in mathematics.To calculate pi, Iwao used an application, y-cruncher, on 25 Google Cloud virtual machines. This wasn’t an easy task though, since it required a lot of memory and storage. Iwao’s calculation required 170 terabytes of data to complete, which is approximately equivalent to all the Library of Congress print collections’ data. It also took the virtual machines about 121 days to complete, while the Google Cloud infrastructure keeping the servers going without any technical hiccups.31.4 trillion: the number of π digits calculated.Congratulations to @Yuryu, who set the new world record, calculating almost 9 trillion more digits than the previous world record using Compute Engine VM clusters → #PiDay— Google Cloud Platform (@GCPcloud) March 14, 2019Iwao emphasized the importance of cloud computing, and how it can be used to solve complicated mathematical constants, such as pi. “Even if you don’t work for Google, you can apply for various scholarships and programs to access computing resources. I was very fortunate that there were Japanese world record holders that I could relate to,” Iwao said in the blog post. “I’m really happy to be one of the few women in computer science holding the record, and I hope I can show more people who want to work in the industry what’s possible.”More on Day 2019: Where to Score Free (or $3.14) Pizza and Pie on March 14Geek Pick: Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ Is a Cute ComputerWhere on Google Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation Stay on targetlast_img read more

Xavi 99 chance this will be my last season

first_imgBarcelona legend Xavi Hernandez revealed that he will likely retire in the next few months as he approaches his 39th birthdayThe Spanish playmaker will reach the milestone in January and has recently been taking courses to obtain his UEFA’s Pro Licence for coaching.Xavi’s announcement comes as somewhat of a surprise given that he had signed a contract extension with current club Al Sadd until June 2020.However, Xavi is yet to make a formal announcement on his final plans.“This is 99 per cent my last season because, at nearly 39, it’s normal to be tired and need a change of course,” Xavi told Corriere dello Sport.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“It’s not yet the time for announcements or goodbyes, but I’ve thought clearly on what I will do.”The former Spain international joined the Doha-based club in 2015 and has since won three trophies at Qatar.Throughout his entire club career, Xavi has managed 102 goals and 206 assists in 836 games across all competitions for either Barcelona or Al Sadd to date.Xavi also won the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship twice with Spain.last_img read more

Nobel institute Myanmar leader cant be stripped of prize

first_imgAung San Suu Kyi. AFP file photoThe organization that oversees the Nobel Peace Prize says the 1991 prize awarded to Myanmar’s Aung Sang Suu Kyi cannot be revoked, reports UNB quoting AP.The Norwegian Nobel Institute on Friday said that neither the will of prize founder Alfred Nobel nor the Nobel Foundation’s rules provide for the possibility of withdrawing the honor from laureates.An online petition signed by more than 386,000 people on is calling for Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Peace Prize over the persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority.Suu Kyi received the award in 1991 for “her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights” while standing up against military rulers.She became the country’s de facto leader after Myanmar held its first free election in 2012 and she led her party to a landslide victory.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without male consent

first_img Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Share This! TagsAmnesty International King Salman male guardianship Quran Saudi Arabia Saudi women Saudi women’s rights,You may also like By: The Associated Press News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts The Associated Press,Load Comments,‘Skin’ filmmaker shares story of real-life racism and the road to redempti … Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: The Associated Press News • Photos of the Week Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Share This! News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Friday (Aug. 2) published new laws that loosen restrictions on women by allowing all citizens — women and men alike — to apply for a passport and travel freely, ending a long-standing guardianship policy that had controlled women’s freedom of movement.The new laws, a potential game-changer for Saudi women’s rights, are to go into effect by the end of the month.The kingdom’s legal system has long been criticized because it treated adult women as minors, requiring they have a man’s consent to obtain a passport or travel abroad. Often a woman’s male guardian is her father or husband, and in some cases a woman’s son.The changes were widely celebrated by Saudis on Twitter, with many posting memes showing people dashing to the airport with luggage and others hailing the 33-year-old crown prince believed to be the force behind these moves. But the changes also drew backlash from conservatives, who posted clips of senior Saudi clerics in past years arguing in favor of guardianship laws.Other changes issued in the decrees allow women to register a marriage, divorce or a child’s birth, and obtain official family documents, which could ease hurdles women faced in obtaining a national identity card and enrolling their children in school.Women are now also allowed to be legal guardians of their children, a right previously held only by men.Still in place, however, are rules that require male consent for a woman to leave prison, exit a domestic abuse shelter or marry. Women, unlike men, still cannot pass on citizenship to their children and cannot provide consent for their children to marry.Under the kingdom’s guardianship system, women essentially relied on the “good will” and whims of male relatives to determine the course of their lives. There were cases, for example, of young Saudi women whose parents are divorced, but whose father is the legal guardian, being unable to accept scholarships to study abroad because they did not have permission to travel.Amnesty International said Friday a lot remains to be done for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia but that the new laws could ease the guardianship system. Guardianship laws have “been a stifling system in the daily lives of women in Saudi Arabia,” said Lynn Malouf, Mideast’s research director at Amnesty.“These reforms really are a testament to the work of the brave activism and the suffering and the ordeals” Saudi women and men fought for in their calls for reform, she added.Saudi women fleeing domestic abuse and the guardianship system occasionally drew international attention to their plight, as 18-year-old Rahaf al-Qunun did before Canada granted her asylum. The stories of runaway women have created a flurry of negative headlines for the kingdom.To leave the country, some Saudi women say they had to hack into their father’s phone and change the settings on a government app to allow themselves permission to leave the country. There were calls in Washington for Google and Apple to block access to the app entirely.In a lengthy study of Saudi male guardianship laws in 2016, Human Rights Watch criticized it as “system that was ripe for abuse.”The new rules, approved by King Salman and his Cabinet, allow any person 21 and older to travel abroad without prior consent and any citizen to apply for a Saudi passport on their own.The decrees, issued Wednesday, were made public before dawn Friday in the kingdom’s official weekly Um al-Qura gazette. The government said Friday the new rules would be in effect by the end of August.A number of sweeping changes have been promoted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as he drives an ambitious economic reform plan that encourages more women to enter the workforce. He was behind lifting the ban on women driving last year, loosening rules on gender segregation and bringing concerts and movie theaters to the country.He has also led a simultaneous crackdown on activists, including detaining the country’s leading women’s rights activists who had demanded an end to the very male guardianship rules now being curtailed. The women, among them Loujain al-Hathloul, are facing trial and allege they were tortured in prison.The crown prince continues to face widespread international criticism over the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last year. Saudi Arabia has denied any involvement by the prince but its own investigation acknowledged the operation was planned by two of the prince’s top aides.Saudi newspaper Arab News noted that in the segment on travel, the new decree were written in gender-neutral language rather than outright stating that women no longer need male consent.News of the changes had been teased in state-linked Saudi media for weeks, possibly to ready the public and gauge reaction.The way the decrees were announced and the language used signal how sensitive these moves are among conservatives in the country. For years, state-backed preachers told the Saudi public that women should not travel longer than a night alone, claiming this was rooted in Islamic practice.Other Muslim countries, however, don’t have similar restrictions on women’s travel. Still, Saudi clerics have supported the imposition of male guardianship based on a Quran verse that states men are the protectors and maintainers of women.Other Islamic scholars argue this misinterprets fundamental Quranic concepts like equality and respect between the sexes.___Aya Batrawy writes for The Associated Press. Writer Fadi Tawil in Beirut contributed to this report. Share This! Leaders of religious right balk at labeling Trump a racist By: The Associated Press The Associated Presslast_img read more

Bill Delaying New Ozone Standards Moves Forward In Congress

first_img Share Ken Lund via FlickrThe Houston skyline on a hazy day in 2015.A bill passed by the U.S. House could have implications for Houston’s air quality struggles, giving polluters more flexibility to meet ozone goals.Pollution in the city’s nowhere near as bad as it was decades ago, but Houston has still regularly failed to meet federal air quality standards.With a bill delaying new, Obama-era ozone standards now headed to the Senate, some worry the air problem will be ignored.  “It is an excuse on the part of industry to not use the billions of dollars it has to actually implement mitigations to reduce its emissions,” says Bakeyah Nelson, Executive Director of Air Alliance Houston. Environment Texas, another green group, has pointed to an uptick in high-ozone days in the past couple years.The groups want petrochemical plants to act now, but Anna Burhop, with the industry group American Chemistry Council, says ozone standards have been changing too fast.“From a business perspective, you don’t want to go ahead and jump into reformulating all of your products, or putting really expensive controls on your plants, when you don’t know whether that’s necessary or not,” she says.It’s not clear how this bill, if it becomes law, would affect an ongoing lawsuit against the EPA’s own effort to delay the new ozone limits. X Listen 00:00 /01:10 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

MCU News First Photos of Captain Marvel a Drax Solo Film More

first_imgYes! Meet us here at noon ET. We’ve got something Marvel-ous in mind. — Entertainment Weekly (@EW) September 5, 2018Now if you’re anything like us, this announcement got you hyped. It sounded like they had something big. We’d seen set photos already, so there was clearly about to be some major Captain Marvel news coming our way. Maybe it was even a trailer! Dared we hope? Or at least a teaser. You know, some narration, and animated logo and maybe a couple of seconds of footage of Brie Larson in full costume leaping into action. Something like that. Nothing less could possibly warrant such confidence in their ability to “break the internet.” Right? God, we’re suckers.Noon ET came and went, and you’ll notice that the internet still works. There was no trailer or new information. What we did get was a magazine cover. Brie Larson appears on this week’s cover of Entertainment Weekly in full costume and to be fair, that’s actually a pretty big deal. This is the first time we’ve seen an official photo of Larson as Captain Marvel. It’s just not the web-altering reveal it was made out to be. Keep this up EW, and eventually we’ll stop falling for this stuff. Eventually.Rant aside, this is a seriously cool cover, and it confirms something we’ve suspected for a while: Yes, we will see Carol Danvers in her iconic blue and red suit. And she looks amazing. Seriously, look at this cover.Via Entertainment WeeklyIt’s perfect. It’s heroic and Larson looks so cool in this photo. Early set photos showed Larson in a green-ish flight suit similar in color to the Kree, the species of her mentor and predecessor, Mar-Vell. This image confirms that that won’t be her only suit in the movie. EW’s announcement also came with the first stills from the film. It just looks better and better with each one.Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson)Here’s Carol Danvers all suited up as she appears in the movie. Yep, still awesome.Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL L to R: Leader of Starforce (Jude Law) and Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson)Here she is standing next to her mentor… the Leader of Starforce. OK, but we know he’s Mar-Vell, right? That was announced months ago. Why are they being so general now? In any case, there’s what Jude Law looks like as the Marvel hero.Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch)Hey, Carol Danvers isn’t the only awesome lady in the movie. Here’s Lashana Lynch as Carol’s best friend and fellow fighter pilot, Maria Rambeau, call-sign Photon. Told you this movie keeps looking cooler with each photo.The rest of the set is on, and there’s quite a bit more. They have photos of the villainous shape-shifting Skrulls, and one of Samuel L. Jackson as a young-ified Nick Fury. It’s… a little unnerving, to be honest. I’m sure it’ll look fine when it’s not just a still image, though. It may not be the trailer we were hoping for, but these images are definitely still exciting. I just can’t get over how cool she looks.The magazine itself has a full story about the upcoming movie, including some interviews with the cast. They’ll probably publish more news and maybe some videos from the set this week too, so we’ll be on the lookout. Already, the way director Anna Boden describes the character makes Captain Marvel sound like a welcome addition to the MCU.“This is not a superhero who’s perfect or otherworldly or has some godlike connection, but what makes her special is just how human she is. She’s funny, but doesn’t always tell good jokes. And she can be headstrong and reckless and doesn’t always make the perfect decisions for herself. But at her core, she has so much heart and so much humanity — and all of its messiness,” Boden told the magazine.  Again, not quite “breaking the internet,” but it’s getting us hyped for this movie all the same.Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) (Ph: Film Frame ©Marvel 2014)Elsewhere in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Dave Bautista continues to be the most outspoken member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. He’s been the most vocal about his desire for Disney to rehire James Gunn on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. He feels so strongly about it he’s not even sure he wants to be part of GOTG 3 anymore. Whether his contract allows him to make such a decision is unknown, but it’s not a great sign when one of your main actors is this disappointed.Even so, he still thinks there’s room for Drax in the Marvel Cinematic Universe outside of Guardians. While he was promoting his new movie Final Score, the topic of Drax came up in an interview with MTV International. He wants to see the character get a spinoff solo movie, whether he’s the one to star in it or not. If it isn’t him, it could be because of his hints at dropping out, or if it’s an origin movie, there could be a need to cast a younger actor anyway.“You know I really wish they would tell more of the story of Drax’s family. I think it’s a beautiful story and I think it’s been lost and overlooked a little bit,” Bautista says. “…Which is really why I really pushed and fought for the Drax standalone film, but I don’t think it’s ever going to happen. I really wish they would because I think there’s a story to be told there and I think the fans would really love to see that story, even if it’s not me portraying Drax, I just think it is an interesting story to tell.”It certainly would be. And once Marvel gets past Avengers 4, they’re kind of free to tell whatever story they want. Who’s to say they couldn’t do one-off origin movies for fan-favorite characters? Marvel doesn’t need to go the whole “Star Wars Story” route but a movie that showed Drax before he lost his family would be an interesting new look at the character. For now, we’ll see Drax again in Avengers 4 next May. After that, who knows? Guardians 3 has been shelved indefinitely while Disney looks for another director. Say, I wonder if Bautista has any ideas.Finally, New York Comic Con is fast approaching, and we couldn’t be more excited and scared all at the same time. Marvel just announced its lineup of panels for the convention, and it’s looking to be a special one. The studio may have skipped San Diego Comic Con, but they’re certainly showing up in force for New York. For Television at least. The beginning of October isn’t generally a time for big movie announcements, but it’s the perfect time for Marvel to show off what’s coming to the small screen.In addition to the return of the Marvel booth, which will have cast appearances, signings and other events, Marvel announced panels for some of their most anticipated returning series. Fans will get a look at Daredevil Season Three in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. That’s the convention’s biggest venue, so they’re making sure as many people as possible get in. Also coming to the same theater is the second season of Hulu’s excellent Runaways. For both, expect appearances by the cast, and probably a full premiere episode. If we’re very, very lucky, maybe we’ll even get a release date for Daredevil. They don’t clear out Madison Square Garden in between panels though, so it’s generally a good idea to get there early for these ones.Over in the main convention center, The Gifted will host a panel where they’ll show an episode from the second season. Yeah, I’m gonna make sure to get into that. Over the course of its first season, The Gifted turned into a surprisingly faithful X-Men TV series, even though the X-Men were nowhere to be seen. The show wasn’t afraid to bring in some recognizable heroes and villains from the comics, and I can’t wait to see what they do in Season Two.Marvel Animation will also make an appearance at the convention, with a panel featuring the cast and creators of Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors. The animated movie is one of the more intriguing non-MCU projects coming out. The panel will also include a screening of the movie, which is pretty exciting. There will be more news as the convention gets closer. We definitely have a busy weekend coming in October. This is bordering on Marvel overload, and I really wouldn’t have it any other way.We’ve got a list of every comic book TV show that’s in production, including all the Marvel Netflix shows. Learn how James Gunn’s dismissal could change Avengers 4. Catch the Captain Marvel preview that will lead into the upcoming film. Stay on top of all things MCU here. James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News Stay on target You know, we really need to retire the phrase “break the internet.” Wait, “retire” is the wrong word. We need to bury it so far underground nobody even thinks of trying to dig it up again. Not that it ever really meant anything, but it’s lost all hint of meaning now. It’s dead. It’s the title of a Disney sequel that contains a joke about what a better title would have been. If that was the phrase’s dying gasp, EW and Brie Larson just emptied a clip into its still-twitching corpse. 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TMC MP Santanu Sen claims getting death threats

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Santanu Sen Monday claimed that he has been receiving death threats from unknown persons for the past several days. Sen, however, did not specify the reason for the threats. He said that the number of calls threatening to put an end to his life has escalated in the past few weeks which prompted him to lodge a police complaint. It may be recalled that the party’s Krishnaganj MLA Satyajit Biswas was shot from point blank range by unidentified assailants in full public view on February 9 inside a Saraswati puja marquee at Phoolbari village in Nadia district. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose “I have been receiving life threats from unknown numbers for the last one-and-a-half month. Initially, I had ignored those threats since I am a politician,” Sen told PTI. However, in the last few weeks, the number of such calls have increased sharply, he said. “My family members and well-wishers suggested me to intimate the police. So I had lodged a complaint at the local police station,” Sen said. Sen is a key organisational leader of the TMC in North Kolkata and its suburbs. The TMC leadership has recently sought reports from the party’s district presidents regarding the security status of MLAs and important leaders in the respective districts. Apart from enhancing security of MLAs, the district leaders are also keen on providing additional security to key people in the organization’s set up ahead of the elections.last_img read more

Cancun students collecting two tons of clothing for those in need

first_imgCancún, Q.R. — A group of Cancun students are trying to collect two tons of clothing for those in need.Students of La Salle University in Cancun are collecting clothing for those in extreme poverty. The students are currently promoting Limpia tu clóset y comparte tu alacena (clean your closet and share your cupboard) campaign to help those in need.This is the fourth year they have promoted the campaign. The campaign, which seeks the collection of clothing and food, is done through the Ciudad de la Alegría foundation.During the first two campaigns, only clothing was collected, but due to the needs of the beneficiaries, they added share your cupboard, encouraging the community to donate food and basic consumer products.Those who wish to clean out their closets and donate basic cupboard food can do so until November 20. They are collecting items such as tuna, oatmeal, sugar, cereal, beans, crackers, milk mayonnaise, toilet paper and sanitary napkins and need around 800 items.The Ciudad de la Alegría foundation is taking items from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday until November 20. The delivery date of the collected items will be November 23.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more