Sania-Vesnina is now world’s number two doubles pair

first_imgThe semi-finals appearance in the women’s doubles event at the just concluded Wimbledon Championships on Monday catapulted Sania Mirza and Russia’s Elena Vesnina to number two slot in the WTA rankings.Sania-Elena pair has 4506 points in the list which is headed by Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik with 6865 points.”The partnership with Elena has been great in the last four months, specially the Slams.When we started playing together last year at Dubai, and had somebody said that we will be number two after Wimbledon, we would have laughed,” Sania told PTI from Dubai.Sania has taken a three-week break from the circuit to recover from her left knee injury.”It’s (knee) sore since I am off the pain killers. I am recovering.Hopefully it will be okay after 10 days rest.”Sania’s first tournament after the break will be the WTA event in Washington from July 25.The good show at the Wimbledon also resulted in Sania achieving the career-best doubles rank of 11, an improvement of three slots.In the singles though Sania slid to 63, a loss of three position, after a first round exit.Meanwhile in the ATP rankings, Somdev Devvarman rose to career-best 63 in the men’s singles.Leander Paes also improved his doubles rankings by getting back into the top-10.He is placed eighth while his partner Mahesh Bhupathi is highest ranked Indian in the list at number five.Rohan Bopanna is at number 10, just behind his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi.Wozniacki Stays On TopDenmark’s Caroline Wozniacki remains on top of the women’s singles rankings in spite of her failure to win a Grand Slam title.advertisementThe 20-year-old has now spent 38 weeks in the number one position but has only ever reached one Grand Slam final – the US Open in 2009 – and was knocked out in the fourth round at Wimbledon. Petra Kvitova’s reward for winning Wimbledon was a move up one place to seven in the world while Maria Sharapova edges up one place to number five. French Open champion Li Na slips two places to number six.The biggest mover in the women’s rankings was the German Sabine Lisicki, a wildcard entry at Wimbledon where she went on to lose to Sharapova in the semi- finals.Lisicki, who had reached 22 in the world before an ankle injury interrupted her progress last year, moved up from number 62 to 27.Somdev rises to career-best 63 in men’s singlesWith inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker escapes unhurt in car accident

first_imgArsenal defender Per Mertesacker was involved in a minor car accident but has managed to avoid injuries.The German international was going back home on Monday after training and lost control of his car because of heavy rain. His car then hit the central reservation, reported goal.com on Tuesday.Media reports said that Mertesacker was left shaken by the crash and only he was involved in the incident.Also read: Never wanted to join Arsenal, happy at Madrid: Benzema Mertesacker is still recovering from an on-field injury he suffered a few weeks back and would not be taking part against Dinamo Zagreb in a Champions League tie on Wednesday according to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.”With Mertesacker, it was a serious condition and he is not ready today to play,” he had told reporters before the crash.”I believe by the end of the week he should be much better,” he added.last_img read more

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SPORT-MCA-BCCI 3 LAST

first_img“We have regular elections by appointing a independent “We have regular elections by appointing a independent Election officer, provide accessibility and transparency to the members of General body by placing the Annual accounts and after discussion, same are either adopted or rejected with through enquiry,” Shetty wrote. Shetty said the apex court has further observed that the report of the (Lodha) committee “was not ipso facto binding but was only recommendatory and completely excludes any chance of any prejudice to BCCI nor has any prejudice otherwise been demonstrated.” “…. Suffice to say that so long as the initial voluntary composition of the State Cricket associations who are complaining of the breach of their rights under Article 19(1)(C) remains unaffected, there is no violation of what is guaranteed by Article 19(1)(C).” According to Shetty, seen in this backdrop “the recommendations made by the committee in the instant do not interfere with or alter the composition of the state Association”. “Reading the above findings of the Apex Court it is clear that the committee and the Apex Court do not intend to interfere with or alter the composition of the state Association and if that is so, can it be concluded that it appears that the Associations have options to adopt the reforms only if same are approved by the members of general Body,” Shetty inferred.”If the reforms are not accepted by the general body as the reasons as enumerated by the committee in para 7 of the order are not true in case of our Association, the only effect will be that the Association will not be entitled to receive Annual subsidy and no further?” Shetty added in his letter.advertisement”However, as we understand that the State Associations have option of not changing the constitution, at the cost of loss of annual subsidy. If it is not an order mandatory for State Associations to change the respective constitutions and internal composition, and for theses reasons if the general body of the Association does not approve the changes in toto at the cost of forgiving the subsidy, how does the state Associations deal with such a situation? Kindly, guide,” Shetty concluded his letter to BCCI. PTI SSR NRB SSC SSC SSBlast_img read more

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West Indies vs England 1st Test: I can bowl on most pitches, says Anderson after 4-wicket haul

first_imgEngland picked up four late wickets with the second new ball to turn the first Test against West Indies in their favour, leaving the hosts reeling at 264 for eight at stumps on the first day in Barbados on Wednesday.James Anderson tore through West Indies’ middle order in a devastating late spell, while Ben Stokes chimed in to claim tailender Kemar Roach for a duck with the final ball of the day at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.While England selected two spinners in Mooen Ali and Adil Rashid, raising eyebrows by leaving out Stuart Broad, it was Stokes and Anderson who did the damage.Stokes collected two scalps with the old ball, before Anderson struck three times with stumps looming.The veteran first had Roston Chase caught at first slip for 54, before Shane Dowrich (0) spooned a catch to second slip.Anderson then snaffled all-rounder Jason Holder caught-and-bowled for five as the large contingent of English fans in the crowd finally found their collective voice.Anderson finished the day with 4-33 off 24 miserly overs, including 12 maidens, while Stokes had 3-47.Anderson’s excellent harvest was a welcome change from a barren visit to Sri Lanka, where he took one wicket in two Tests.”I’ve always enjoyed the challenge away from home but it’s often been difficult to get to grips with conditions,” he said in quotes published by the Guardian newspaper.”I guess it’s getting to know my game and getting my skills and confidence up.”Now I feel I can bowl on most pitches, though you could probably take Sri Lanka out of that.advertisement”Tours like that make you appreciate when there’s a bit of something for you. There was a bit of swing here even though the wicket was pretty flat.”While it was a promising day for the hosts until the final hour, they could pay the price for the inability of any of their top order to convert good starts into big scores.Five of their batsmen made at least 40, but none reached 60.Openers John Campbell (44) and Kraigg Brathwaite (40) got the innings underway before Shai Hope (57) and Chase (54) managed half-centuries, while Shimron Hetmyer was 56 not out.West Indies could have been in an even more dire situation had not Hetmyer been let off on three when dropped at extra cover by Jos Buttler.The 22-year-old was then rarely troubled again as he took to the England attack, before the visitors’ dragged themselves back in the final hour.Also Read | West Indies vs England, 1st Test Day 1 Bridgetown | As it happenedlast_img read more

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World Federation of Consuls Cements Global Presence

first_imgPresident of the World Federation of Consuls, Arnold Foote, says the organisation has cemented its presence in every region and is becoming a strong source of influence worldwide. Speaking at an awards dinner hosted by the Consular Corps of Jamaica for visiting Directors of the World Federation of Consuls, at the Wyndham Hotel in Kingston on January 25, Mr. Foote said he is honoured to work and serve the Board of Directors of FICAC [International Federation of Consular Associations]. He said much has been accomplished over the days of the meeting of Directors. “We had a very interesting time and I am very pleased that we accomplished much,” Mr. Foote added. During the dinner, members of the Consular Corps of Jamaica who have done outstanding work were honoured with the Federation’s medal of honour. “Our 30th anniversary has allowed us to move from one state to the other and give awards to the consuls of that state, who have performed admirably for their corps and their country,” he said. Mr. Foote was re-elected unopposed as President of the World Federation of Consuls for a third consecutive term. The newly elected Board of Directors of the World Federation of Consuls, a global network of Consular Associations created to support and improve the status, legitimacy and effectiveness of all consular officers in all receiving States, visited Jamaica from January 23 to 26. Some of the visiting consuls who attended the dinner included the Hon. Costas Lefkaritis, Vice-President of the Consular Corps of Cyprus; Hon. Aykut Eken, Consul General of Jamaica to Turkey; Hon. Nikolaos Margaropoulos, Consul General of the Philippines to Greece; Hon. Dr. Mirza Baig,Consul of The Republic of Yemen to Pakistan; Hon. Elaine Davis of Trinidad; Hon. Otunba Lawal of Nigeria; and Hon. Mohammad Shajaham of Bangladesh. The Federation was established in Copenhagen in October 1982.last_img read more

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TAP to Reach 2,000 Young People Next Year

first_img Spearheaded by the Universal Service Fund (USF), the initiative targets youths aged 18 to 35, providing them with practical training in information and communications technology (ICT) and job-readiness skills. The number of beneficiaries under the Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) is set to double next year to reach 2,000 unattached youth. Science and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, made the disclosure while addressing the opening ceremony of the Excellence in STEM Experimental Education (EXSEED) workshop at the Excelsior Community College in Kingston on July 17. Story Highlights The number of beneficiaries under the Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) is set to double next year to reach 2,000 unattached youth.Science and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, made the disclosure while addressing the opening ceremony of the Excellence in STEM Experimental Education (EXSEED) workshop at the Excelsior Community College in Kingston on July 17.Spearheaded by the Universal Service Fund (USF), the initiative targets youths aged 18 to 35, providing them with practical training in information and communications technology (ICT) and job-readiness skills.The first cohort of 1,000 persons completed a three-month course in June covering digitisation, data collection, office etiquette and procedures, professional conduct, résumé writing, interview skills, and basic entrepreneurial skills.They are now being placed on a nine-month attachment at various public- and private-sector entities, where the stipend they received during the training course will increase.The young people are expected to provide much-needed human-resource support to the Government in a bid to accelerate the ongoing digitisation process.“We have gotten quite a number of requests from private-sector entities wanting to utilise the services of these TAP participants. The level of excitement among the young people is unbelievable,” Dr. Wheatley said.Once the period of attachment is completed, it is hoped that the entities will recruit the participants full-time, or that the graduates will use the skills gained to secure employment elsewhere or start their own businesses.Giving an update on the Tablet in Schools (TIS) Project, Dr. Wheatley indicated that steps are being taken to have the initiative fully roll out in the 2018/19 academic year, which starts in September.He said that a “management system” installed on the devices will prevent students from accessing inappropriate content.The TIS programme aims to provide students and teachers in public institutions with approved devices to enhance learning, facilitate research, and build competence in the use of technology.It is in keeping with the Government’s efforts to build a knowledge-based society.last_img read more

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Delhi govt okays rehabilitation programme for manual scavengers OUR CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi government on Thursday approved a rehabilitation programme under which identified manual scavengers will be provided with one time cash assistance of Rs 40,000, concessional loans of up to Rs 15 lakh and credit-linked capital subsidy of Rs 3.25 lakh. The programme also includes skill development training of up to two years for manual scavengers, having a stipend of Rs 3,000 per month, a government statement said.”The rehabilitation programme for manual scavengers, proposed by the Social Welfare department, was approved by the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal,” it said. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkThe programme includes one time cash assistance of Rs 40,000 to identified manual scavengers, loans of Rs 15 lakh at concessional rates of interest for projects and credit linked back-end capital subsidy up to Rs 3,25,000. The number of identified manual scavengers in Delhi was found to be 45 during a state monitoring committee meeting chaired by the Chief Minister, in September 2018. They were confined mostly to Shahdara, North East and East Delhi districts of the national capital, said the statement. The district magistrates were directed to frame proposal for rehabilitation of manual scavengers under Section 13 of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act 2013, during the meeting.last_img read more

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Road rail traffic disrupted in Bengal fresh scuffle between cops and BJP

first_imgKolkata: The BJP activists on Monday put up road blockades and squatted on railway tracks at multiple places in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas as part of the 12- hour bandh called by the party in protest against alleged attacks on its leaders, police said. Shops and other business establishments chose to remain closed during the day, causing inconvenience to many. A fresh scuffle reportedly broke out between the police and the saffron party workers at Lakuthi area and Barackpore-Barasat Road, when protesters tried to break police barricades and move forward. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja According to a senior officer at Barrackpore Police Commissionerate, a few Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers and policemen were injured in the melee. Local sources said Naihati-Chinsurah ferry services were also affected in the district as the agitators demonstrated at the jetties. The BJP on Sunday called for a 12-hour bandh call in Barrackpore constituency in the wake of alleged attacks on its party leaders, including MP Arjun Singh. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Singh has claimed Barrackpore police commissioner Manoj Verma struck him, causing a gash on his head, while he along with his party members were holding a “peaceful protest” at Kankinara in the district over alleged “capture” of a party office by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) activists. In the northern fringes of Kolkata, state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh was reportedly heckled by the ruling party supporters on Friday. On the same day, Bongaon North MLA Biswajit Das, who recently switched to the saffron party from the TMC, was also allegedly assaulted by miscreants, while he was on his way to the Assembly. Meanwhile, Governor Jagdeep Dhankar on Monday paid a visit to the Barrackpore MP, who is recuperating at a private hospital, and expressed concern over the law and order situation in the state. “I was in Delhi, I cut my visit short to visit Arjun Singh this morning as there had been a serious incident. I am worried at the moment,” Dhankar said.last_img read more

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Liberals may use time allocation to push priorities through Parliament

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government is heading into the second half of its mandate with a number of big legislative priorities they are eager to move through Parliament.And they are ready to curtail debate if they think the opposition parties are dragging their feet — especially since the will of the increasingly independent Senate is becoming harder to predict.“We know that there’s going to be vigorous debate and there is going to be partisanship and politics on many ideas,” said Cameron Ahmad, a spokesman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “It’s how our system works, but at the same time I don’t think it’s necessary for every single issue to be framed around partisanship.”This spring, the Liberal government backed down on part of its plan to alter the ins and outs of parliamentary procedure, abandoning some of the more controversial reforms that the Conservatives and New Democrats had been battling for weeks.Still, House leader Bardish Chagger warned at the time this would come with a cost, telling her political rivals that since they could not agree on other ways to speed things along, the Liberals would be ready to impose time allocation — a heavy-handed tactic that limits debate.That remains the case as MPs return to Ottawa this week, especially since the Liberals want to act quickly on priorities such as the legalization of marijuana, a tougher law on impaired driving and the new National Security Act.Other big goals for the fall include political financing reforms and an air passengers bill of rights.“We’re looking forward to debating everybody, but if it comes to a point where we’re seeing obstructionism as we saw on certain occasions in the last session, time allocation is a tool that could be used,” said Ahmad, who stressed they have not made up their minds to use it.“It’s a case-by-case analysis.”NDP House Leader Murray Rankin said he was disappointed with the approach, especially since the Liberals had joined the NDP in criticizing the previous Conservative government of prime minister Stephen Harper for imposing time allocation so often.“The real reason they are doing it is because their legislative output, as compared to just about any recent Canadian government, has been limited,” he said. “So it’s not a surprise they feel they’re compelled to use the strong-armed, anti-democratic techniques that both the Liberals and the NDP opposed when Harper was in power.”The Conservatives, meanwhile, are planning to focus a lot of their energy on stirring up more opposition to the Liberal government’s proposed tax changes for small businesses, a topic that is expected to dominate question period in the House of Commons this week.“The Conservative caucus will begin deploying every parliamentary tool possible to fight this,” said Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre, who is framing it as a tax increase on small businesses and family farmers.Poilievre said he is planning to introduce a motion at the House of Commons finance committee Tuesday, asking that all other work be set aside so the MPs can study the Liberal government’s plan to end tax provisions used by a growing number of small businesses.The proposed changes have sparked a revolt by doctors, lawyers, farmers, financial planners, home builders, shop owners and other incorporated small business owners — as well as Liberal backbenchers, who have been getting an earful from constituents throughout the summer.Finance Bill Morneau released the controversial, three-pronged plan in mid-July, which includes restricting the ability of business owners to lower their tax rate by sprinkling income to family members in lower tax brackets, even if those family members do no work for the business.He also proposed limiting tech use of private corporations to make passive investments in things like stocks or real estate and limiting the ability to convert the regular income of a corporation into capital gains, which are typically taxed at a lower rate.Poilievre said he wants the committee to study the changes before the consultation period ends Oct. 2.Ahmad noted the Morneau said he wants to gather a variety of opinions on the changes, but does not plan to alter his overall approach.“We fundamentally believe that the system needs to be made more fair and one way to do that is to ensure that certain people don’t get advantages that others don’t, just because of their income,” he said.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

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Toronto stock index up in first trading since holiday US indexes down

first_imgTORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was up sharply in the first trading following a two-day holiday, while U.S. markets plunged again after shooting upward on Wednesday.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 260.01 points at 14,040.20 in the first 30 minutes of trading at the Toronto Stock Exchange following the Christmas and Boxing Day holidays.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 295.83 points at 22,582.62. The S&P 500 index was down 31.13 points at 2,2,436.57, while the Nasdaq composite was down 84.56 points at 6,469.80.On Wednesday, the Dow and S&P 500 were up nearly five per cent while the Nasdaq rose 5.8 per cent.The Canadian dollar traded at 73.30 cents US, down compared with an average of 73.59 cents US on Monday The January crude contract was at US$45.42 per barrel, down 80 cents from Wednesday but up from 42.53 on Monday while the January natural gas contract was at US$3.41 per mmBTU, down 4.8 cents from Wednesday but up one cent from Monday.The February gold contract was at US$1,277.80 an ounce, up $4.80 from Wednesday and up $6 from Monday, while the March copper contract traded at US$2.67 a pound, down three cents from Wednesday and one cent from Monday.  Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Canada Post strike hits Montreal with 6000 workers walking off the job

MONTREAL — About 6,000 Canada Post employees in Montreal have walked off the job, along with postal workers in several other cities as ongoing rotating strikes continue across the country.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said the Montreal walkout began at 10:30 p.m. local time Monday, joining several other cities participating in the 24-hour strikes.CUPW says walkouts are being held in five B.C. cities, including Fraser Valley West, Prince George, Squamish and Royal City.Workers are also out in Weyburn, Sask., and seven Ontario communities, including Cobourg, Deep River, Fort Frances, Peterborough and Kapuskasing.Canada Post rotating strikes spread to Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba on MondayCanada Post’s rotating strike virtually shut down plant that processes two-thirds of country’s parcel deliveryCanada Post strikes to shift east to New Brunswick on FridayLast week, 9,000 workers in the Toronto area walked off the job for two days, forcing delays in shipments of tens of thousands of letters and parcels across the country.In a statement, Canada Post warns the Montreal walkout will have a significant impact on operations, since it is an important processing hub.“Canada Post will make every effort to minimize the impact, but customers well beyond Montreal may see delays for parcel and mail delivery,” the Crown corporation said.CUPW and the postal service have been unable to reach new collective agreements for the two bargaining units in 10 months of negotiations.“We outlined our major issues to Canada Post at the very beginning of the negotiation process … and clearly stated that we would not sign any agreements that don’t address overwork and overburdening, equality and full-time jobs,” CUPW national president Mike Palecek said in a statement.“Our position hasn’t changed. We aren’t just bargaining for today, we are bargaining for the future — for our members and everyone who relies on the postal service.”Last Tuesday, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu appointed Morton Mitchnick, a former chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, to help the two parties resolve their contract differences. read more

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Last mile of Ebola struggle may be most difficult Ban says in

“Our Marathon effort has been a success,” Mr. Ban told a special high-level event on Ebola convened as part of the World Bank’s annual spring meetings in Washington, D.C. However, “too many lives have been lost. Families, communities and nations have been devastated,” he said. “When we reach zero cases, we must maintain our response capacity for at least a year.”In connection with the event, the World Bank announced that it would provide at least $650 million during the next year and a half to help the most-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – recover from the social and economic impact of the outbreak. The new pledge brings the World Bank’s total financing for Ebola recovery to $1.62 billion. “Many of us have acknowledged that the international community was slow to react to Ebola. Let’s show that we have learned this lesson by supporting an effective and sustainable recovery that also prepares these countries – and the rest of the world – for the next pandemic,” said World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim. Echoing that sentiment, Mr. Ban called on the international community to continue strengthening surveillance and community engagement. He commended Presidents and governments of the affected countries for showing leadership and communities for adopting safe and dignified methods of caring for the sick and burying the dead.“We have seen multilateralism at its best. I thank the many governments, local and international NGOs and, in particular, the brave doctors and nurses working on the front lines,” the UN chief said. As a result, there has been a significant decline in new Ebola cases. Liberia has only recorded one case in the past two months. And the outbreak has “shrunk considerably to a narrow belt” along coastal Guinea and Sierra Leone. “These efforts must also recognize the fragility of these countries’ transitions from past conflicts and instability to sustainable peace and development,” continued Mr. Ban. Women, men and children need to have safe and affordable access to clinics, hospitals and schools. People need jobs and access to markets. Affected communities, the bereaved and orphans need support. People’s faith in their governments’ ability to serve them must be reinforced. “These are our building blocks to repair the fabric of communities, economies and societies torn apart by this terrible disease,” the Secretary-General added. Later at a press conference, Mr. Ban thanked the President of the World Bank for organizing the gathering, and commended the leadership of the Presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. “This is multilateralism at its height,” he said. “Just as we helped the affected countries when the outbreak was at its height, we have to stand by them as the outbreak now ebbs.” That means providing essential services to these countries – health care systems, education, jobs and markets. Mr. Ban said he will convene a high-level pledging conference in New York in July to mobilize resources, financial and technological resources, to help the economic and social recovery in the affected countries. “Looking forward, I count on the international community to continue to demonstrate generosity and unity of purpose,” he emphasized. “In the meantime there is the urgent unfinished task of getting to zero cases and staying there. I think we can make it.” According to the latest data from World Health Organization (WHO), some 25,826 people have been infected and 10,704 have died from the Ebola virus. read more

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CCOVI adviser to be inducted into the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame

Donald Ziraldo, who was instrumental in establishing CCOVI, will be inducted into the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame in November. Donald Ziraldo, an adviser to Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), is one of four individuals announced as the latest inductees into the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame.Ziraldo is a pioneer of the Canadian wine industry, putting domestically produced wines on the map in Canada and around the world. He is being recognized as the co-founder of Inniskillin winery, the driving force behind the Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) program and for his instrumental role in establishing CCOVI. He is a member of CCOVI’s executive and advisory committee and also co-chaired the capital campaign that founded the wine institute.“It’s a great honour,” said Ziraldo, “and an acknowledgement to an agriculture sector – viticulture – that takes a product from the soil, through the processing stage, packaging and creates a value-added finished product: wine.“I believe this value-added concept will be important to the future success of agriculture and it respects the provenance of the food farmers grow, which is very important to the consumer,” Ziraldo added.The Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame honours and celebrates Canadians for outstanding contributions to the agriculture and food industry. The induction ceremony will be held Nov. 3, 2013 at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.“This is a well-deserved honour for Donald,” CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis said. “It recognizes the pivotal role he played in shaping the current Canadian wine industry and his foresight in seeing the value research plays in developing an industry by establishing CCOVI.”Ziraldo was also recognized earlier this year with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. The award recognized 60,000 extraordinary Canadians on the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s ascension to the throne. read more

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Gallery OSU vs Rutgers

The Ohio State Buckeyes kicked off Big Ten play against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Coach Meyer stands in front of the team before the Buckeyes take the field against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo Editor

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Former equality chief attacks Liverpool over Kelvin MacKenzie race row

first_img“I get a similar feeling when seeing a gorilla at the zoo.”MacKenzie went on to say it was therefore “no surprise” to him that the Everton star had been attacked in a nightclub.”He is an attractive catch in the Liverpool area, where the only men with similar pay packets are drug dealers and therefore not at nightclubs, as they are often guests of Her Majesty,” he added.Labour councillor Mr Anderson had told BBC Sport: “Not only is it racist in a sense that he is of mixed-race descent, equally it’s a racial stereotype of Liverpool. It is racist and prehistoric.”A News UK spokesman said: “The Sun’s columnist Kelvin MacKenzie has been suspended from the paper with immediate effect. “The views expressed by Kelvin Mackenzie about the people of Liverpool were wrong, unfunny and are not the view of the paper.”The Sun apologises for the offence caused. The paper was unaware of Ross Barkley’s heritage and there was never any slur intended.”Mr Mackenzie is currently on holiday and the matter will be fully investigated on his return.” Liverpool is “wallowing in victim status”, a former equalities chief told Kelvin MacKenzie after the newspaper columnist was criticised for comparing the Everton footballer Ross Barkley to a gorilla.Trevor Phillips sent a text to Mr MacKenzie saying he “had no idea Barkley was a brother”, adding: “Sad to see a great city wallowing in victim status. Unbelievable.” Trevor PhillipsCredit:Jeff Overs /Getty Images  Trevor Phillips  Ross Barkley  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He wrote: “Perhaps unfairly, I have always judged Ross Barkley as one of our dimmest footballers.” Mr MacKenzie, who was suspended by The Sun over his remarks, said he had expected the one-time chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission to claim he was racist.Mr Phillips’s support was mirrored by MPs, including one Conservative who sent a text saying: “On behalf of all  gorillas, I’d like to make a complaint.”Writing in the Spectator magazine, Mr MacKenzie defended his Sun column, claiming he was not aware that Mr Barkley’s grandfather was half-Nigerian.He said: “I and every football fan I had ever met  believed Barkley to be white. Unluckily for me, but luckily for my enemies in the North West, that was not entirely true.” Mr Phillips declined to comment.News UK announced Mr MacKenzie had been suspended from the Sun following the controversy over the article, saying he expressed “wrong” and “unfunny” views about the people of Liverpool.The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, had reported the columnist to police over an article he claimed contained “a racial slur”.The comment, in MacKenzie’s column, centred on Mr Barkley after the footballer was punched in a Liverpool city centre bar in the early hours of Monday.  Ross Barkley Credit:PAlast_img read more

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Arrested Development season 4 Netflixs execution was flawless

first_imgThere has been more than a couple of people excited about the release of the fourth season of Arrested Development. For those who have enjoyed the show so far, Netflix’s new “semi-original” series is everything we could have hoped for.When Netflix announced that the company was going to begin original programming, the internet immediately produced a series of requests to resurrect television shows that were cancelled before their time. Some wanted to see another season of Firefly, while others were hoping Futurama would find a more permanent home. Finally, the announcement came down that Arrested Development would see a fourth season exclusively on Netflix. There’s been a lot of hype, and a considerable amount of nervous hand wringing after the not-so-great Hemlock Grove, but at long last AD is here.First off, it’s clear that Netflix doing a sufficient amount of promotion for Arrested Development. When the company released their first homegrown show, Lilyhammer, it was difficult to find and it wasn’t made clear that the show was new or made by Netflix. The company got better with House of Cards and Hemlock Grove though, and promoted both internally and externally.With Arrested Development Netflix went all out — Bluth Banana Stands  were put in public places and prime real estate announcing the show popped up all over the Netflix.com and its apps. There was no way the public, let alone Netflix subscribers, were going to be unaware of the show’s release.Like everything else released by Netflix, the entirety of season four was made available at once. When the clock struck midnight this past Sunday, Netflix flipped the switch and sat at the ready while tens of thousands of simultaneous streams began watching. All of the characters you remember from the show, and a few new faces show up to walk you through a whole new season. Instead of picking up immediately after the last episode of season three, there’s a bit of exciting confusion as it appears Michael Bluth’s life has all but fallen apart. The episode even starts by explaining that this is “Michael’s Arrested Development” in what will become a new theme for the season.Director Mitchell Hurwitz has put together a season that is uniquely suited to the Netflix crowd. In fact, it’s likely that this season would be poorly received in a traditional weekly release, due to how many subtle tie-ins and running gags there are. If you absorb the show all at once (or, more reasonably, over the course of a week or two) the season is an exciting ride through the perspectives of each major character. Hurwitz took advantage of what he knew about Netflix user habits, and made a season tailored to that audience.Like the rest of the show, this season of AD isn’t afraid to make fun of itself. There’s a watermark in flashbacks labeled “Showstealer Pro – Trial Edition” (see above), as well as a modified opening explanation that reminds the viewer that the show was cancelled and is now back. Many people find these constant jabs amusing, while others have mentioned how it gets tired after few episodes. Provided the show makes it to season five, I doubt it will be quite so heavily paraded in the future.Season four features plenty of the humor you’ve come to appreciate as a fan of the series, though after five episodes in I realized G.O.B. had yet to call anyone a chicken. Even so, the story has progressed without removing any of the elements that made it so great in the first place. All of the characters maintain their classic attitudes while facing their personal dilemmas in new ways. There’s even some new backstory featuring a young George Sr. and Lucille that will give some a new excuse to go back and re-watch some of the original episodes for new laughs.All in all, if you’re a fan of Arrested Development, and you’re used to consuming shows rapidly on Netflix, this new season is a great addition to the series. Here’s hoping for a fifth season, as well as more televisions shows that take advantage of this format to produce a tailored experience.last_img read more

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Preview for tonights 1127 WWE NXT on WWE Network

first_img Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next WWE’s Sasha Banks Opens Up About Concussion Now Playing Up Next Facebook Google+ Will Sasha Banks Return To The WWE? Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Xavier Woods WhatsApp Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Blisscenter_img How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Sasha Banks Videos Articles Sasha Banks Takes A Break From WWE To Deal With Injury The following is scheduled for tonight’s 11/27 WWE NXT on the WWE Network:* Finn Balor vs. Tyson Kidd* Tyler Breeze vs. Marcus Louis* NXT Tag Team Champions The Lucha Dragons vs. Jason Jordan & Tye Dillinger* Carmella vs. Blue Pants (Leva Bates)* Also appearing: Hideo Itami, Bayley, The Ascension, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, The Jersey BoysCheck back later this week for a detailed recap of NXT on Wrestleview.com. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa BlissVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:27/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 68.32%0:06Remaining Time -0:22 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Alexa Bliss Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Twitter Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlottelast_img read more

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Benjamin Mendy named in Man City squad for Carabao Cup clash

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed that Benjamin Mendy has been included in the squad for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.The French full-back has been sidelined since November after he underwent knee surgery in Barcelona.It was an unwelcome blow for Mendy after missing most of his debut campaign at City due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury on his right knee following his reported £52m move from AS Monaco in 2017.Nearly two weeks after announcing Mendy had returned to training, however, Guardiola has now named him in his squad that will travel to Burton Albion on Wednesday.“[Mendy is] in the squad for tomorrow,” said Guardiola on the club website. “He will travel with us. Maybe on the bench.“I would say with the results we have done last two years, we have not missed him too much but I would say we have missed him a lot.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“My feeling is he can give something extra. Hopefully, in the last part of the season and in the future we can use him.“He pushes from the outside on the left, he is unstoppable. Especially in the last third, he is so clever. He is clever when he does those kinds of actions.“In two seasons he played few and when we talk, practice he is not there. We will need some time to adjust his quality for what we need.”But City captain Vincent Kompany will not be available due to a “little injury”, although Guardiola did reveal that Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden will start in midfield.The Catalan coach also added that there will be a number of youngsters in the squad with City boasting a 9-0 aggregate lead over Burton for a place in next month’s final.The semi-final second leg between Burton and City will begin at 20:45 (CET) on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Trump reportedly mulling order paving the way for Huawei ban

first_img Security Phones Huawei may be facing an executive order this week that lays the groundwork for US companies being barred from working with the Chinese telecom company. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order as early as this week that could pave the way for banning US companies from using equipment from Chinese telecom giant Huawei, Reuters reported Tuesday.The order, which has been under consideration for more than a year, won’t name specific companies or countries, the news agency reported, citing unidentified sources described as familiar with the plan. The order still could be delayed further, they say.The order is expected to invoke the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, a federal law that authorizes the president to regulate commerce after declaring a national emergency in response to an extraordinary threat to the US. Huawei is the world’s second-largest phone manufacturer by volume, but it has struggled to make a dent in the US, partly because of concerns expressed by the government, including the FBI, CIA, NSA, the Federal Communications Commission and House Intelligence Committee. The core issue with Huawei has been concerns over its coziness with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies. The CIA has reportedly warned intelligence officials that Huawei receives funding from China’s National Security Commission, the People’s Liberation Army and a third branch of the Chinese state intelligence network.In January, the US Justice Department unsealed indictments that included 23 counts pertaining to the theft of intellectual property, obstruction of justice and fraud related to its alleged evasion of US sanctions against Iran. One 10-count indictment accuses Huawei of stealing trade secrets from US carrier T-Mobile beginning in 2012.The White House and Huawei declined to comment. Share your voice Comments Tags Huawei Donald Trump 2last_img read more

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Gadwal police hear grievances

first_imgGadwal: Police, as part of their pro-active initiative to resolve the people’s problems in the district conducted a Prajavaani on Monday.As many as 6 persons came up to the Additional Superintendent of police office and lodged their complaints and grievances with ASP K Krishna. Most of the cases were related to land disputes and a few were concerning the domestic violence. “We have received six grievances on Monday, after giving a hearing to their problems, we have directed the concerned police officials of their respective areas to take action and help them resolve the issues, “ASP said.last_img read more

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