10 months agoHazard off bench to fire Chelsea into Carabao Cup semifinals

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hazard off bench to fire Chelsea into Carabao Cup semifinalsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEden Hazard came off the bench to fire Chelsea into the Carabao Cup semifinals after victory over Bournemouth.The match was six minutes away from going to penalties when Pedro’s back-heel gave Hazard a chance, with his shot deflecting off Charlie Daniels and past Artur Boruc.Bournemouth, who were aiming to reach the semi-final of a major cup competition for the first time in their history, had chances but Callum Wilson shot just wide and Lys Mousset had an effort saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga.Chelsea join 2018 winners Manchester City, Tottenham and League One side Burton Albion in the last four. last_img

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Two dead in Cat Lake

first_imgWillow Fiddler APTN News The community of Cat Lake is in complete shock after what is believed to be a double homicide Wednesday evening.A spokesperson for the chief confirmed the deaths of two community members. No names have been released but the spokesperson said it involves an extremely large family.A source told APTN News one of the victims is believed to be the father of the accused. According to the source, a second victim is a young man.The Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) has requested assistance from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).The OPP will only say the Criminal Investigations Branch will be issuing a media release today.“There’s much sadness. We would ask for prayers and support from any and all communities,” said the spokesperson, speaking on behalf of Chief Ernie Wesley.The spokesperson said someone is in custody and there are a large number of police officers have arrived in the fly-in community of roughly 650 people, investigating.Cat Lake is located about 180 km north of Sioux Lookout in northern Ontario.last_img read more

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Just For Laughs production company promotes COO Bruce Hills to president

first_imgMONTREAL – Just For Laughs Group has appointed a familiar face to oversee operations going forward, tapping a longtime executive as president on Monday.Bruce Hills, who had served as chief operating officer for the Montreal-based company for the past 19 years, enters the new job immediately.Hills, a 32-year veteran of the festival, was instrumental in establishing and growing Just For Laughs Montreal, known as Juste pour rire in French.“I just feel like the timing is just right for all the great things we want to do,” Hills said in an interview with The Canadian Press.The appointment comes as the production company’s ownership situation became clearer last week with Bell Media announcing it had joined a group of investors in buying the company.The BCE Inc. subsidiary completed an agreement with Groupe CH to join talent agency ICM Partners and comedian Howie Mandel in the acquisition of Groupe Juste pour rire.Mandel led an investor group that acquired the festival in March after it was put up for sale following allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment against co-founder Gilbert Rozon, who was also a majority stakeholder.The company went through turbulent times while the transaction involving the Quebec entertainment giant’s shares was being settled.“It’s been a real challenge, no question,” Hills said of the past several months. But the strategy employed by staff was simple: have faith and focus on creating events.Hills will oversee the English side of the business with a French content boss yet to be named. He sees the new ownership group as providing a base of support it hasn’t had previously.“I really believe that we can expand our media business significantly,” he said. “That’s going to be a huge priority — in the U.S. primarily, but internationally as well.”“In addition to that, we see no reason why there shouldn’t be more festivals elsewhere when they’re strategically aligned and show potential to be profitable and produce a first-class comedy event.”Hills said that it’s not just a matter of duplicating the hugely popular Montreal festival, which runs July 11 to 29.The company also runs events in Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney, Australia. Hills said it’s about coming up with ideas that make sense in other prospective markets.“We never want to replicate Montreal, we want to do something unique for the market,” Hills said. “Montreal is the heart-and-soul, it basically feeds everything else, so that’s our focus.”Going forward, there will also be a big focus on digital content and fully exploiting filmed assets in Montreal as well as relationships with talent.Hills said they will also look to grow the scripted and non-scripted parts of the business.“We’re primarily known as a stand-up production company and candid camera production company and we believe there is significant growth outside of that,” Hills said.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE)last_img read more

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Kosovo not backing out of trade war with Serbia

first_imgPRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovo’s prime minister says a new 100 per cent tariff on Serbian imports will remain until Serbia recognizes his country’s sovereignty and stops preventing it from joining international organizations.Ramush Haradinaj said Thursday his government had to impose the tariffs because it “was left without other options” and needed to send a “message”.The European Union previously warned Kosovo that the customs tax was a violation of the Central European Free Trade agreement.However, Haradinaj said the tax was likely to stay in force “for a very long time” because Kosovo is no longer willing to accept being “denied a place at the (negotiating) table”.Kosovo seceded from Serbia in 2008 but is not recognized by Serbia. Serbia campaigned against allowing Kosovo to join Interpol, and Kosovo’s bid failed this month.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Bombardier says business jets resistant to diplomatic skirmishes with China Saudi

first_imgDORVAL, Que. — Bombardier Inc. brushed off any concerns that tensions between the federal government and China as well as with Saudi Arabia pose a threat to business jet sales, on which the plane and train maker is staking its financial turnaround.Relations between Ottawa and Beijing have been strained since Canadian authorities detained Huawei Technologies Co.’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on Dec. 1, which preceded the detention of three Canadians in China in less than one week.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland previously called attention to human rights issues under the watch of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, tweeting in defence of a jailed women’s rights activist last August that prompted the young royal to impose sanctions, boot Canada’s ambassador and recall Saudi students from Canada.Bombardier, which celebrated the entry into service of its US$73-million Global 7500 business jet Thursday, said the product line is resistant to diplomatic and market fluctuations.“If we see one region going through geopolitical slowdowns, there are usually other regions that are either coming up or experiencing booms where we can profit,” said spokesman Mark Masluch.Michelle Ouellette, who heads Bombardier’s Global 7500 program — sold out into 2022 — said that customers who signed up many years ago want their aircraft.The Global 7500, along with the new Global 5500 and 6500, come partly as a response to products from rival business jet manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. as demand for the larger jetliners keeps rising.Bombardier delivered 138 of the 677 business jets shipped by the industry in 2017, securing 20 per cent of the global market, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. That number topped Gulfstream’s 120 business jet deliveries.Measured by revenue, however, Gulfstream’s market share is higher. The Georgia-based company obtained US$6.56 billion of the US$20.2 billion in business jet sales. Bombardier raked in US$5.14 billion, according to the association.“Gulfstream and Bombardier duke it out at the top of the market,” said Ernie Arvai, president of commercial aviation consultancy AirInsight Group.Business jets — which target extremely wealthy individuals, large corporations and aircraft management companies — yield fatter margins than commercial planes, which should benefit both companies, he said.“If you’ve got enough money for one of these very high-end business jets, you’ve probably got the ego to go with it, and the need to have the latest and greatest. So it’s a matter of ego with some of the billionaire buyers, who are a market for this aircraft.”Bombardier is aiming for US$8.5 billion in annual revenues by 2020, driven largely by Global 7500 sales – a major bump from last year’s US$5 billion. The business jet backlog now totals US$14.3 billion, Masluch said.The Montreal-based company is on track to deliver between 15 and 20 of the planes next year, and between 35 and 40 in 2020, he said.Despite the manufacturing ramp-up that implies, some of the 3,000 workers Bombardier announced it will lay off over the next year and a half will be cut from the business jet unit, Ouellette said.The company is “still evaluating” where exactly those cuts will occur, he added.Karl Moore, an associate professor at McGill University’s business school, said the company’s focus on business jets and trains positions it well to handle changes in the economy.Governments like to spend on rail infrastructure during recessions to create jobs while business jets “should really rock and roll and make a lot of profit for Bombardier,” Moore said.Chinese buyers looking to keep their distance from Canadian business jet makers may few alternatives for large business aircraft other than Gulfstream, a company based in the U.S., with which Beijing has even greater tensions. Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Delhi govts DIP asks departments to remove advertisements

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi’s publicity division DIP has asked various departments to remove advertisements funded by the government after the model code of conduct came into effect on March 10. The Directorate of Information and Publicity (DIP) has also directed the departments to form teams to inspect its premises and remove any such advertisements while asking them to maintain strict vigil in this regard. The DIP has directed heads of all the departments to ensure that such advertisements are not displayed, aired or broadcast as model code of conduct came into force with announcement of the schedule of Lok Sabha elections 2019 on March 10. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plastic In a letter by DIP Sandip Mishra earlier this week, the heads of department of the Delhi government have also been directed to ensure that no such advertisements are displayed at government premises. Mishra in the letter stated that if any such advertisements are on display, being aired or broadcast through radio or television channels, it should be immediately removed or discontinued. “Strict vigil is to be maintained to ensure that no such advertisement comes up during the operation of model code of conduct. “The department must constitute a team to regularly inspect its premises and remove any such advertisement,” said the letter. During the model code of conduct, no advertisement can be displayed in any newspaper, magazine, outdoor media and aired or broadcast on radio and tv channel at government expenses. The use of government premises for advertisement is also not allowed.last_img read more

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Modi Mamata go after each other in battleground West Bengal

first_imgTamluk/Jhargarm (WB): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of doing “cheap politics” over cyclone Fani, claiming she did not speak to him when he tried to contact her to talk about the calamity. He alleged his efforts to talk to state government officials to take stock of the situation too was “scuttled” by Banerjee. Modi also accused Banerjee of “religious intolerance”, and said people were being arrested for chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’. He dared the chief minister to have him arrested for the chant hailing the Lord. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “Today, I am back from Odisha after reviewing the situation in the aftermath of the cyclone. I had called ‘Didi’ twice to discuss the issue with her. I waited for her to call back, but she did not respond. “She is so arrogant that she did not speak to me. ‘Speedbreaker’ Didi is more interested in doing cheap politics instead of tackling the situation,” Modi told election rallies in Tamluk and Jhargram. Cyclone Fani left a trail of death and destruction in Odisha and also hit parts of West Bengal. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Modi said even today he wanted to speak to Banerjee and state officials to take stock of the situation but the chief minister did not allow that to happen. Banerjee responded to the prime minister’s criticism, saying she could not talk to him because she was camping in Kharagpur to monitor the situation as the cyclone advanced towards West Bengal. Addressing an election rally in Gopiballavpur sub-division of Jhargram, Banerjee said Modi had indeed called her for a meeting at Kalaikunda, where he landed for an election meeting after touring cyclone-battered Odisha. “Are we his servants that we have to go wherever he beckons? Now he will allege that I have not responded and not extended cooperation. “My (poll) meeting at Jhargram today was already fixed. Election is on in West Bengal, while it is over in Odisha. Why should I share dais with an expiry prime minister during election time?” Banerjee shot back. A huge controversy has erupted over Modi’s failure to get in touch with Banerjee to discuss the situation that obtained in the wake of the cyclone. As he could not get through to the chief minister, Modi had called up Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi. He, however, spoke to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress had accused the prime minister of by-passing the chief minister in disregard for the federal structure of the polity. A senior central government official had, however, rejected the allegation, claiming Modi called up Banerjee who did not return it. Modi on Monday invoked Lord Ram at his rallies and said people in West Bengal were facing hurdles even in following their religious beliefs. “In Bengal, people face obstacles even while performing pujas and religious rituals. Things have reached such a point that if you chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’, you will be put behind bars,” he said. The prime minister was obviously referring to a recent incident where three people were arrested allegedly for chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ when Banerjee’s convoy was passing by. A video of the incident has gone viral on social media. While hailing Lord Ram with the chant at his Jhargram rally, Modi dared Banerjee to have him arrested. “Didi has thrown people into jail for chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’. I thought of greeting her with the chant so she can throw me behind bars, too. I will then serve the innocent people who are in jail for chanting in praise of Lord Ram,” he said. “The arrogance of many a mighty gets shattered in front of the Lord. You too will lose your arrogance, Didi,” Modi said. Addressing an election rally in Bishnupur, Banerjee snapped back, insisting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ was a slogan of the BJP , which used it during elections. “Does Ramchandra become BJP’s election agent when polls come?” she asked, asserting the slogans of the people of Bengal were “Vande mataram” of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay and “Jai Hind” of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Referring to the recent comments by CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, Modi said it is fashionable for communists to abuse religion. “I can understand if communists abuse religion. Even those who have Sita and Ram in their names don’t respect religion. It is fashionable for them to make derogatory references to our holy books and our religion,” Modi said. Yechury had recently said Ramayana and Mahabharata were specimens of Hindu violence. On the UN designating terror group JeM chief Masood Azhar a “global terrorist”, the prime minister said, Banerjee did not welcome the development fearing her “votebank” will get angry with her. Modi claimed the TMC would win hardly 10 of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats, and Banerjee’s dream of becoming the prime minister with the help of ‘Mahamilawati’ alliance will be dashed. “Your model of chomki and dhamki (threat and intimidation) will no longer work in Bengal. You cannot snatch away the right to vote freely and fairly. Your political ground is fast slipping away. People have decided to defeat her. She has lost her mental balance.” he said. Modi said West Bengal under Banerjee was known for “triple T — Trinamool, Tolabaazi, Tax”. In local parlance, ‘tolabaazi’ roughly means organised extortion. Maintaining that the state has already seen three political ideologies -Naampanthi (people who rule by using the name of family–Congress), Vaampanthi (Leftist), Daam aur Damanpanthi (people who rule through corruption and oppression–TMC)– Modi said time has come for it to adopt “Vikaspanthi” (people wedded to the ideology of development) represented by the BJP.last_img read more

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Modi warns first time voters against khichdi government

first_imgAzamgarh (Uttar Pradesh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed first time voters and said they must beware of ‘khichdi’ (read coalition) governments that bring anarchy and instability. The Prime Minister was addressing an election rally in Azamgarh that has over 40,000 first time voters. He said: “Twenty years ago, the United Front government brought instability and mid-term elections. The UPA governments made India hang its head in shame with a slew of scams. Such governments cannot face challenges.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The Prime Minister said that parties like the SP-BSP and Congress had promoted vote bank politics which had put the nation in trouble. “In the past five years, Azamgarh has not been blamed for any terror link. We have checked terror activities that have now been restricted to Kashmir and a few border areas. The ‘mahamilavati’ governments allowed Pakistan to dominate over us but the BJP government succeeded in getting global support against terrorist Masood Azhar,” he pointed out. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The Prime Minister said that his government had kept national interests above self interests. “Yeh naya Hindustan hai- yeh ghar mein ghus kar marega,” he said. The Prime Minister said that his government had not differentiated between castes while drawing up various welfare schemes and electricity was not given on caste basis in his regime. Referring to the Azamgarh BJP candidate Dinesh Lal Yadav Nirahua, the Prime Minister said that Bhojpuri cinema had attained global recognition due to artists like Nirahua, Ravi Kishan and Manoj Tiwari. The Prime Minister concluded his speech with ‘Abki baar’ and the people responded with ‘Modi sarkar’.last_img read more

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LeBron And The Cavs Could Make Dwyane Wade Young Again

2015-16Miami5.0– 2008-09Miami3.1– 2016-17Chicago3.1%– The percentage of Wade’s offense that came from cuts to the basket basically doubled during the years he teamed with LeBron and then dropped back to its original level as soon as James went back to Cleveland. Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Utah Jazz23461238.2 After being bought out by the Chicago Bulls, 12-time All-Star Dwyane Wade had a handful of solid options to consider when deciding which team to sign with.There was the fairy-tale possibility of rejoining the Heat, the franchise he was drafted by and where he won three titles. The suddenly fortified Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs — the team that effectively ended Miami’s Big Three era back in 2014 by winning the title that year — were also suitors. But as enticing as those teams might have been, none of them have LeBron James.So it isn’t surprising that Wade is choosing to sign in Cleveland, where he not only has a great chance at reaching the NBA Finals again but also gets to reunite with one of his closest friends. But if we only examine those two factors, we might be overlooking the biggest incentive Wade has in all this: LeBron and the Cavs may be a fountain of youth for the 35-year-old.James makes life easier for everyone he plays with (well, Mario Chalmers might disagree), and Wade was no exception while the two were in Miami. Wade logged career bests in effective field-goal percentage and true shooting percentage during that four-year run, from his age-29 to age-32 seasons. His stark improvement as an off-ball threat — specifically as a cutter who would make his break toward the basket while defenses were preoccupied with James — helped take the Heat’s offense to another level. 2007-08Miami3.0– 2012-13Miami11.4– TEAMMAKESATTEMPTSSHARE So depending on how quickly the duo jells (or re-jells), Wade may get far easier shots than he got last season in Chicago, when he generated just 3 percent of his offense from cuts to the basket and took his average shot attempt from more than 12 feet away, tied for the longest average shot distance of his 14-year career.Some will question whether Wade — and to a greater extent, Derrick Rose — is a good enough jump shooter to keep defenses honest while James is running the show and probing for driving lanes. But a closer evaluation of Wade’s game suggests that he can more than hold his own as an off-ball threat if used properly.Wade has shown himself to be a competent 3-point shooter when stationed in the corner, shooting almost 38 percent138 of 101. from the corner in the seven seasons since James signed with Miami in 2010 — considerably better than his 27 percent2147 of 550. on all other 3-point tries over that same span. That’s particularly meaningful for Cleveland, which led the NBA in corner 3-point makes and attempts by a huge margin, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. (Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Cavs launch far more corner triples when James — one of the best passers in the sport — is on the court compared to when he’s on the bench.) Wade cut to the basket far more when playing with LeBron CORNER 3S 2013-14Miami9.4– 2014-15Miami4.3– Cleveland Cavaliers35385041.5% Boston Celtics25362340.6 2009-10Miami4.6– 2011-12Miami8.6– SEASONTEAMSHARE OF OFFENSE THAT STEMS FROM CUTTING TO THE BASKET 2010-11Miami6.5– The years in bold highlight seasons in which Dwyane Wade was teammates with LeBron James.Source: Synergy Sports Technology Houston Rockets26769038.7 Miami Heat27769040.1 The Cavs take (and make) more corner 3s than anyone elseFor the 2016-17 regular season One variable that figures to be vital is how much Wade is being asked to do; especially in an offense that already features LeBron, Rose, the oft-forgotten Kevin Love and, at some point after the new year, Isaiah Thomas, who was acquired in the Kyrie Irving deal. It’s not hard to imagine Wade frequently handling the ball to give James a rest, though his game and Rose’s are similar in that both can develop tunnel vision when they’re driving to the basket.It would be wise for Cleveland to take a conservative approach that helps maintain Wade’s aging body for the postseason. J.R. Smith is seemingly a better fit for the Cavs’ starting lineup, thanks to both his size and his superior outside shooting.None of this is meant to suggest that Wade will be a perfect fit with the Cavs, as there are a handful of things that James and Wade simply won’t be able to replicate this many years after their first partnership. Chief among them: The swarming, blitzing defense the Heat used to trap pick-and-rolls. (Chris Bosh was truly special defensively with those teams.) In fact, a defense featuring the two of them might be a half-step slow now.However, even if Wade performs more fluidly during the regular season, it’s possible that, given his age, he and his body may not be totally dependable come playoff time, no matter how the Cavs manage his minutes. The 2014 Finals, in which the Heat got blasted by San Antonio four games to one, were a prime example.But if there’s one thing we’ve seen with Wade’s game in the past, it’s that James’s presence — as it has done for many others — will lessen the physical toll on Wade and possibly help offset the effects of Father Time. And that means the Cavaliers have little to lose with this signing. read more

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Ohio State football fights through Bad Day Tuesday spring practice

OSU coach Urban Meyer removes his headset on the sideline during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer was less than pleased when he took to the podium at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center following the completion of yet another spring practice.The eighth practice — the midpoint of the spring season for OSU — was one Meyer categorized as “Bad Day Tuesday.”“It was a bad day. And what is today — Tuesday? Bad Day Tuesday,” Meyer said. “Gotta make sure there’s not Bad Day Thursday.”On top of the poor practice effort, the injury bug bit the Buckeyes again, as senior tight end Jeff Heuerman underwent surgery Monday to repair what Meyer called a “sprain” in his foot.Meyer, who expects Heuerman back in June, said he is not too worried about the senior’s injury.“Jeff’s going to be fine. I think it’s probably right with the normal number of injuries,” Meyer said, referring to the team as a whole despite the injuries.With Heuerman out, Meyer said he is still confident in the remaining tight ends left on the roster, despite a less than stellar practice.“(Redshirt-junior) Nick Vannett’s done very well and one of our most improved players,” Meyer said. “And (redshirt-freshman) Marcus Baugh actually has had some good days, today not being one of them.”The loss of Heuerman for the remainder of the spring is just another hit to a Buckeye team that has already lost senior quarterback Braxton Miller, sophomore safety Vonn Bell and sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall to injury.The loss of Marshall however, is the one that hurts the most, Meyer said.“Jalin’s the one. Because he was really making a move and he got hurt,” Meyer said. “He was making a move…”With Miller out, redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones had been receiving the bulk of the first team reps in spring practice and had been progressing well until Tuesday, Meyer said.“Cardale was bad today. And when I say bad, real bad,” Meyer said. “But to the point coming up till today, he was one of our most improved players on our team. It’s spring ball. You’re going to have a bad day. We gotta get that out before next fall, but he’s clearly the No. 2.”One positive of practice Tuesday was what Meyer had to say about junior linebacker Joshua Perry, who is looking to fill the shoes of departed First Team All-Big Ten and All American performer Ryan Shazier.“Josh Perry’s turned into an Ohio State linebacker … about. He’s not there yet,” Meyer said.An area of concern for Buckeye coaches and fans has been the lack of experience on the offensive line, as OSU lost four of five starters up front to graduation following the 2013-14 season. Junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker, the lone remaining starter, will be looked to as a leader on the team next season Meyer said, but he also took a step back on Tuesday.“Taylor was part of the bad day syndrome. But up to that point, very impressed with what he’s done,” Meyer said. “Leadership, toughness and doing all the things that previous group did, but today was not a good day.”With less than two weeks left of spring practice — which concludes with the Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium — Meyer said his team cannot afford another poor practice.The Buckeyes are scheduled to start the 2014 campaign when they take on Navy Aug. 30 at noon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

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