MANCHESTER, England (AP):There’s growing competition for discovery of the season in the English Premier League.Leading the way are N’Golo Kante, the box-to-box French midfielder propelling Leicester to an unlikely title triumph; Dele Alli, the Tottenham playmaker plucked from England’s third tier; and Marcus Rashford, Manchester United’s 18-year-old striker who seems born for the big time.Time to add Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi to the list.Iwobi, like Rashford, is a shy yet fearless teenager who has burst onto centre stage in the world’s most popular league in recent weeks. Arsenal’s all-star midfield is a tough department to break into, yet Iwobi has achieved it seemingly out of nowhere.He has started four of Arsenal’s last five matches, including a Champions League game away to the mighty Barcelona. He has scored and been named man of the match in the last two appearances, against Everton and Watford in the Premier League.Theo Walcott is in desperate need of game time to retain his place in England’s squad for the European Championship, but is currently playing second fiddle to Iwobi on the right wing.He may have to get used to it.Iwobi, 19, is the nephew of Nigeria great Jay-Jay Okocha and has been at Arsenal since the age of eight, having grown up in London. He is a powerful, hard-working, technically gifted attacker with an eye for goal just as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger likes it.BIG HITIwobi, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez as the three floating forwards behind the main striker? It’s some prospect and already proving a big hit.”He is an intelligent boy who loves football, very passionate about the game, keen to learn, very humble as well,” Wenger has said of Iwobi.”It’s surprising how quickly he’s integrated into our game.”Iwobi’s accomplished display at the Camp Nou really made people sit up and take note of a player who didn’t start a game in the first half of the season. During the recent international break, Iwobi made his debut for Nigeria in a loss to Egypt – stamping his allegiance to the African country having played for England’s youth teams up to under-18 level.A call-up to Nigeria’s squad for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August is in the offing – but first he might just be Arsenal’s secret weapon as the team looks to secure a 19th straight season of Champions League football.Impressive wins over Everton and Watford have consolidated third place with seven games left, and even kept Arsenal with an outside shot at the title. That, however, would require an implosion by surprise leaders Leicester, who are seven clear of second-place Tottenham and 11 ahead of Arsenal, who have a game in hand.Arsenal visit West Ham tomorrow while Leicester travel to relegation-threatened Sunderland and Tottenham host Manchester United.TITLE IN SIGHTLeicester are grinding out the wins as they close in on arguably the most stunning title success in English football history, having picked up four straight 1-0 victories ahead of the trip to Sunderland.Sunderland are proving tough to beat of late, drawing their last four games, but have slipped four points from safety. Sunderland might be in more desperate need of the points at the Stadium of Light.
NEW ORLEANS — Warriors swingman Damion Lee paused mid-answer and looked up to the ceiling at Smoothie King Center. Glossy-eyed after gathering his thoughts, he thanked God after scoring 23 points in 28 minutes off the bench to help the Warriors win their first game of the season. It was an earnest moment for a player who is still auditioning for a full-time role and seeks to redefine his reputation.This past summer, the Warriors signed Lee to a two-way deal, his second such contract with the …
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Shearer accuses Liverpool striker Mane of divingby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGeordie legend Alan Shearer has accused Liverpool striker Sadio Mane of diving to win an injury-time penalty in their 2-1 win over Leicester City at Anfield on Saturday.Mane went to ground inside the area under pressure from Marc Albrighton, with referee Chris Kavanagh pointing to the spot. VAR upheld Kavanagh’s original decision and James Milner converted from the spot to extend Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table to eight points.After the game an angry brawl unfolded between both sets of players, as Leicester vented their frustration at their late defeat and Shearer felt they were right to feel aggrieved.”I don’t think it’s a penalty, I think it’s a dive,” said Shearer on Match of the Day. “It’s a contact sport. Mane takes a touch against Albrighton and then decides to go down.”
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.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Video streaming pioneer Roku hopes to raise just over $252 million in an initial public offering as it tries to expand into more households.The Los Gatos, California, company on Monday said it would offer about 18 million shares of stock at $14 apiece.The company had 15.1 million active accounts as of June 30 and claims that its users streamed more than 6.7 billion hours over the six-month period ending June 30.Roku is still unprofitable and has amassed $244 million in losses since it was founded in 2002. The company generates most of its revenue from selling its streaming players, but it’s increasingly bringing in money from advertising and commissions from subscriptions and other transactions made on its devices.Roku’s growth strategy also includes boosting its content offerings.Increasingly, Roku is competing with Amazon, Google and Apple as streaming video becomes a more popular option among people looking to cut the cord and move away from traditional cable service. Roku has emerged as the U.S. market leader in streaming players, with a 37 per cent share during the first three months of this year, according to the market research firm Park Associates. Amazon Fire TV ranked second with a 24 per cent market share, followed by Google’s Chromecast at 18 per cent and Apple TV at 15 per cent.Most of Roku is currently owned by Anthony Wood, its founder and CEO, and Menlo Ventures, a venture capital firm. Wood, who previously invented one of the first digital video recorders, owns a 28 per cent stake in Roku and Menlo Ventures has a 35 per cent stake.
ST. ANDREWS, N.B. – Canada’s First Ministers should stand united in the face of a mounting trade war with the United States, New Brunswick’s premier said ahead of this week’s meeting of provincial premiers.Despite rising tensions over carbon pricing, equalization and trade, Brian Gallant believes the primary focus should be to find ways to work together to grow the Canadian economy.“With some of the uncertainty that we see with our largest trading partner the U.S., it’s going to be important that we as premiers do everything we can to advance the trade agenda, which is so important to the economic prosperity of our country,” Gallant said in an interview Tuesday.The Council of the Federation — the alliance of Canadian premiers that sets the agenda for the provinces in Ottawa — will meet Thursday and Friday in the seaside town of St. Andrews.The provincial leaders are expected to tackle a range of topics, including the U.S. trade dispute, interprovincial alcohol sales and the skirmish between Alberta and British Columbia over the Trans Mountain pipeline project.Gallant said a multifaceted discussion is needed on how to bolster Canada’s trade case with the U.S., including finding ways to reach out to decision makers south of the border and to Americans as a whole.Gallant said the discussion should also explore ways provinces can help diversify export markets, while also improving interprovincial trade.“We as premiers should discuss in my opinion how we can expedite the implementation of the Canadian free trade agreement. This is a way to help in an uncertain time with our largest trading partner and it’s also a way to drive innovation and increase choices for consumers.”Gallant said he believes progress on internal trade can be made, given the external trade pressures posed by U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium.“I believe the appetite will be there,” he said. “Now the proof is always in the pudding . . . but I sense from my colleagues that there’s a willingness to take concrete action.”During a stop in Nova Scotia on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said both he and Canadians find it frustrating to see continued barriers to internal trade at a time when the federal government is trying to expand Canada’s international trade through deals with Europe and Asia-Pacific countries.“We as a government will continue to put pressure on premiers to move forward in real and tangible ways on internal trade,” said Trudeau. “There is a tremendous amount of good will by many premiers to do that.”In a letter to provincial counterparts last week, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said the provinces should remove limits on the interprovincial transportation of alcohol for personal use.He said the idea has broad public support and would show progress in the effort to reduce interprovincial barriers on other items.Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil agreed, saying the provinces need to do a better job of reducing trade barriers.“We’ll be talking about free trade, not only with the United States but internally,” he told reporters last week, noting the premiers will discuss how to continue “modernizing trading arrangements” within Canada.McNeil said he also expects a discussion on equalization, the transfer payments from Ottawa to the provinces.He cautioned that the program cannot be examined in isolation, and that any request to review the equalization formula should be “holistic” and include other federal funding programs.Nova Scotia suffered when the country’s health-care funding model became divided among the provinces on a purely per capita basis. McNeil said the formula punished provinces with older populations like Nova Scotia, while benefiting younger provinces like Alberta.Meanwhile, although it’s not on the formal agenda, provincial leaders are expected to discuss the federal deadline for a carbon-pricing system — a policy intended to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.The Ontario government has said it would end the province’s cap-and-trade program, joining a faction of provinces opposed to a carbon-pricing regime.The upcoming meeting will mark the first time newly elected Ontario Premier Doug Ford will get to advance his case against the plan on the national stage.“The premier is keen to discuss how every Canadian province and territory can stand together to create and protect jobs during the current trade dispute with the U.S.,” said a statement from Ford’s office.“The premier is also looking forward to identifying ways provinces and territories can work together to oppose the federal government’s plan to impose a punishing carbon tax on Canadian families, and to having discussions with provincial counterparts to ensure the federal government pays their share when it comes to illegal border crossers.”Daniel Schwanen, vice-president of research at the C.D. Howe Institute, said he expects climate change and pharmacare to be hot topics, but believes it will be international trade that dominates.“One that they have to come out unified on — it’s no question that it’s the international trade issues,” said Schwanen. “I also suspect that they won’t come out unified on much else, but that doesn’t mean that these meetings can’t be an opportunity for a greater understanding.”The premiers are also scheduled to meet with national Indigenous leaders on Wednesday in Bouctouche, N.B.– By Keith Doucette and Brett Bundale in Halifax
TORONTO — A battle between Rudy Giuliani and one of his ex-wives has cast a spotlight on an issue affecting a growing number of Canadians. The former New York City mayor’s efforts to cut spousal support to one of his ex-wives because his income shrunk this year has sparked some interest among older divorcees facing similar battles, says a Toronto family lawyer.“I think this is becoming a pervasive issue as we see things like grey divorces,” says Diana Isaac of the Shulman Law Firm.Celebrities, athletes and well-paid professionals who end longstanding marriages often face obligations to pay significant sums to their former spouses. Spousal support — distinct from child support —is most likely to be paid when there is a large discrepancy between the spouses’ incomes after they separate and if one spouse is the primary caregiver of young children. As incomes change, pressure can mount to alter those agreements.However, changing spousal support isn’t just done on a whim. Courts only entertain alterations if the change in income — either higher or lower — is so significant and unforeseen that would make the original order unfair or unreasonable, Isaac said.Particulars about the relationship are considered: Did one spouse not work because they stayed home to care for the children or household? How long was the marriage? Was that spouse’s earning power affected because they were out of the job market for many years?The main reasons for seeking a change in spousal support include a large increase in an ex-spouse’s income; one of the parties being forced into early retirement; bankruptcy; and when one enters into a new relationship with support obligations to a new partner and/or children.Some agreements have terms while others only end at death.A couple married for 30 years where one person is highly dependent on the breadwinner likely wouldn’t see spousal support terminated because the prospect of them becoming economically self-sufficient in their 50s is remote, she said.With more people marrying at an older age after accumulating their own assets, pre-nuptial agreements or marriage contracts are often entered into regardless of gender, Isaac said.One Canadian woman who spent years battling with her ex-husband over spousal and child support said in hindsight that a marriage contract would have saved heartache and huge legal bills.“It was the worst waste of money ever,” said “Arlene” in an interview, on condition she not be identified because she fears for her safety for talking publicly about her situation.Arlene estimates she spent more than $500,000 over the past six years in legal fees and the spousal and child support she was required to pay her ex-husband even though their three children lived with her full-time.Both spouses went through years of hearings, family psychological testing and evaluation trying to get orders changed.Arlene said she tried to get the court’s order changed by arguing her ex-husband’s stated income was underreported, while he sought to be absolved of final payments he was required to make, before they recently came to a final agreement.“I thought I was a smart businesswoman but I did not see it coming and I was definitely not prepared,” she said.The cost of changing a spousal agreement varies widely depending on the complexity of finances, how much work is required to prove income and the combativeness of the ex-spouses.“Trials can end up being six figures,” Isaac says, adding in some cases seeking a change in support costs more than the original divorce.Cases involving very high-income earners or high-profile people can be contentious, but often the parties don’t want to go to court to air out their private business. The alternative can be mediation or arbitration.In Canada, where spousal support rules are set out in the federal Divorce Act, payers of spousal support can claim a tax-deduction if it is paid monthly but not if paid in a lump sum, while payments are taxable for recipients. More than 2.5 million Canadians were classified as divorced or separated according to the 2016 census.Common-law partners may be entitled to spousal support across Canada except in Quebec. With Canada’s no-fault divorce law, the reasons behind the marriage’s collapse doesn’t affect a spouse’s financial obligations to the other spouse.Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press
TORONTO — 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 Press
Experts suggest in the time of an emergency using a cell phone would be more productive for than a traditional phone, as cell phones provide your location information.E-Comm 911 provided the following information on their website about VoIP calls.Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)If you are using a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone service, there are a few things you should know:VoIP calls to 9-1-1 do not go directly to 9-1-1 centres. If you dial 9-1-1 from a VoIP phone, your call will go to a third-party call centre and an operator will re-direct your call to the appropriate 9-1-1 centre.VoIP phones do not provide location information. It is crucial that your location information is up to date with your VoIP service provider as the operator may assume that you are at the last registered address if you are not able to speak during a 9-1-1 call.To read more from Ecomm CLICK HERE To read more about VoIP CLICK HERE Saluk said she could hear the original 911 operator while they searched for the correct fire dispatch. “Trying to find the right department/person for me to talk to I could hear them, the people he (911 operator) was connecting too, and it was “Hi, I am Operator ‘whatever’, There is a fire in Fort St. John, I am looking for the dispatch” then the reply would be “You have reached the wrong place try this number” again, you have reached the wrong place, so this number. (Saluk implies this is the course several times as 911 Operator tries to connect) “They were shuffling around like nobody had any idea who I was actually supposed to be talking to.”“It was absolutely heartbreaking because if you are in an emergency and you call 911 you might not get the help you need in the time you need it,” said SalukAfter some investigation with E-Comm, the company hired by the Peace River Regional District to answer 911 calls, it turned out the call was never routed to E-Comm in Vancouver. Since Saluk called from her office and her office used a VoIP phone system, the call was sent to a third party service provider.E-Comm explained because VoIP is digital, the exact location of the call is unknown and isn’t routed to the proper dispatch. The other problem that arises with emergency calls being placed on a VoIP line is that the call is directed to a third party that transfers the call which is where Saluk’s phone delay took place.VoIP is an acronym for Voice Over Internet Protocol, which is a phone service that uses the internet, rather than a traditional provider like Telus.It is important to know if you are using a VoIP phone service as this can affect an Emergency call. Unless you have been told, it is hard to tell by picking up the receiver of the phone if the connection is through the internet or a landline. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – January 8th, Veronica Saluk called 911 for help and ended up waiting for close to 9 minutes to be transferred to the correct 911 dispatch centre all because her office used a VoIP phone system.As the City Centre Trailer Park was engulfed in smoke, Veronica Saluk made a call to 911 from her office phone after her co-worker directed her that a building across the parking lot was on fire.Saluk looked out the window and immediately called 911 “He (the operator) tells me to stay on the line, and he would put me through to the right dispatch.” Saluk said she was then on hold for nine minutes. “You could actually see flames by the time I got through to a FSJ dispatch person; it was already in flames.”
New Delhi: Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil exporter, is in talks to buy stake in Reliance Industries’ oil refineries and petrochemical complex, sources privy to the development said. Aramco opened talks with Reliance as $44-billion mega refinery-cum-petrochemical complex, where it was taking a 50 per cent stake along with UAE’s ADNOC, got delayed after ruling BJP-government scrapped plans to acquiring land for the project in coastal Maharashtra. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe sources said talks have been going on for few months now but there is nothing concrete that has materialised just as yet. Reports suggested Aramco may take 25 per cent stake for $10-15 billion but sources discounted such a valuation saying market capitalisation of Reliance at Tuesday’s closing price on BSE was over Rs 8.5 lakh crore, at least half of which or Rs 4.25 lakh crore (about $60 billion) would be coming from refinery and petrochemical business. A 25 per cent stake would translate into $15 billion without even considering any premium of giving a firm a foothold into a well-established business in the world’s third largest energy consuming nation, they said.