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AP source: Knicks agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Anthony agreed to waive his no-trade clause to complete the deal, which was first reported by The Vertical.Phil Jackson spent the latter part of his time in New York making it clear he wanted to move Anthony. But a deal was difficult because the 33-year-old forward has two years and about $54 million left on his contract, along with the ability to decline any trade.He had long maintained that he wanted to stay in New York, but the constant losing and a chance to play with a talented lineup convinced him it was finally time to go.After making the postseason each of his first 10 seasons, he has been on the sidelines the last four years and said at the end of last season his priority was a chance to win. He wouldn’t have that in New York, where the Knicks are emphasizing youth and have little proven talent with which to surround Anthony.But he is close with Westbrook and George and should fit in nicely. He can possibly settle into the spot-up shooter role he’s played in the Olympics, where he’s won a record three gold medals and is the career scoring leader for the U.S. men.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight In this April 4, 2017, file photo, New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (7) checks in as coach Jeff Hornacek, left, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in New York. An AP source said agreed on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, to trade Anthony to the Oklahoma Thunder.  APNEW YORK, United States — Carmelo Anthony won’t be at Knicks training camp after all. He’ll be in Oklahoma City, joining Russell Westbrook and Paul George in a loaded lineup.The Knicks agreed to trade Anthony to the Thunder on Saturday, saving themselves a potentially awkward reunion next week with the player they’d been trying to deal since last season.ADVERTISEMENT The trade ends an unfulfilling 6 1/2-year run in New York for Anthony, where he could never shake his reputation of an elite scorer who can’t carry a team to a ring. The Knicks made the playoffs his first three seasons and reached the second round in 2013, when Anthony led the league with 28.7 points per game. But after that they never seriously proved they could do anything consistently beyond make headlines.And Anthony was right in the middle of that, with constant trade speculation after Jackson’s criticism of Anthony’s game. Jackson and the Knicks parted ways in June and though the Knicks kept looking, team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry told Anthony they wouldn’t accept a trade that would hinder their plans to rebuild through youth.It didn’t help that Anthony had told the Knicks he would accept trades only to Houston and Cleveland, but a deal was finally found when he agreed to add Oklahoma City to his list of destinations.Anthony moved into the top 25 on the NBA’s career scoring list last season, and maybe the Thunder can help him reach elusive team success.Jackson noted that the Knicks hadn’t been able to win with Anthony, though one division title and three playoff berths give Anthony the best resume of anyone who played for the team in the 21st century.He had higher aspirations when he began pushing Denver to trade him to New York in 2010. But the Knicks gave up much of their young talent and future assets to get him, hindering their ability to fortify the team around their leading scorer in recent years.Anthony averaged 22.4 points last season and made his 10th All-Star Game, though that was the second straight season he finished well off his career average of 24.8 per game.Kanter, a 6-foot-11 center from Turkey who was the third pick of the 2011 draft, has averaged 11.3 points for Utah and the Thunder. He posted a video thanking the Oklahoma City community and imploring the Thunder to beat Golden State.“It’s a new adventure for me. New York, so please pray for me,” he said.McDermott has averaged 8.0 points and will be playing for his third team since being selected with the No. 11 pick in 2014. /cbb LATEST STORIES Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City New York will get Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a draft pick, a person with knowledge of the deal said. The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced.The Knicks had said just a day earlier that they expected Anthony to be there when they reported for camp Monday. But it was clear they didn’t want him anymore and he no longer wanted to be in New York, where he arrived with so much hype that was never fulfilled in February 2011.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe rarely had a championship core around him in New York but jumps right into one in Oklahoma City along with Westbrook, the NBA MVP, and fellow All-Star George, who was acquired from Indiana this summer.Anthony will see his old teammates soon: The Knicks open the regular season at Oklahoma City on Oct. 19. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Pro Wrestler Ultimate Warrior Dies

first_imgJames Hellwig, better known as former pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior, has died, the WWE said. He was 54.The WWE said Hellwig died April 8 but did not give any other details.Hellwig was one of pro wrestling’s biggest stars in the late 1980s. He beat Hulk Hogan in a memorable match at Wrestlemania in 1990.He was in the spotlight again earlier this week, making appearances at the latest Wrestlemania in New Orleans and on Monday Night Raw, and being inducted into the WWE Hall of fame.“WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior,” WWE said in a statement, adding: “We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame.”WWE Chairman Vince McMahon tweeted: “We are all so sad the Ultimate Warrior has passed away. Our heart is with his wife Dana and his two daughters.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Greek TV Station Fined, One-Day Ban for Antetokounmpo Slur

first_imgATHENS – Greek TV station New Epsilon was fined 30,000 euros ($33,980) and will go dark for 24 hours as punishment for sports commentator Takis Tsoukalas called Panatinaikos basketball player Thanassis Antetokounmpo, who is of Nigerian origin, an “ape” during a call of a game.The player is the brother of NBA and Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is known affectionately to fans as “The Greek Freak,” because of his uncanny abilities. Before his prowess was known though, he and his family couldn’t get Greek citizenship but he praisses Greece in interviews and speaks the language fluently, better than many Greek-Americans.The day-long ban against New Epsilon will take effect on Jan. 10. There was no report on whether the commentator was fined or just his station or if he would otherwise face any punishment as the law allows up to three years in jail for racial incitement.Tsoukalas is an open fan of Olympiakos and made his comments during a game in which his favorite club was playing arch-rival Panathiniakos.“They have an ape. That Antetokounmpo guy is an ape — that’s what I’m telling you,” he said. “What is that clown doing? Isn’t he ashamed of himself? He’s making his brother look bad.” The word is especially pejorative for people of African descent who consider it aimed at their appearance by racists.Tsoukalas angrily denied his criticism was racially motivated and insisted he was referring to behavior on the court.Thanasis Antetokounmpo,drew support from Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, who wore a national team shirt over his clothes with the name Antetokounmpo on the back.Giannis Antetokounmpo at the time said Tsoukala’s comments were racist.“I have lost sleep over the last few days over this negative-racist incident which occurred recently,” Giannis wrote on Twitter.“If this happens to Thanasis, who with pride and a permanent smile represents the Greek national team and Panathinaikos, I can’t imagine what is happening to other colored people in Greece.”Thanasis Antetokounmpo didn’t want to talk about the incident when pushed by reporters about what he thought. “I don’t have anything to tell you,” he said. “We should just love each other and stay united.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Infinix Note 5 Stylus with Galaxy Note 9-like S Pen set to launch in India today

first_imgInfinix recently launched its first Android One phone aka the Infinix Note 5 in India. The smartphone comes for a starting price of Rs 9,999. After the Note 5, Infinix is all set to bring its second Android One phone to the country, the Note 5 Stylus. Yes, the upcoming Infinix phone will come with Samsung Galaxy Note 9 S Pen. Infinix is yet to reveal the price of the phone, but we expect the phone to fall in the mid-range category like another Infinix phone. This will make the Infinix Note 5 Stylus the cheapest phone to come with a stylus.Ahead of the launch, Infinix has announced that the Note 5 Stylus will available on Flipkart. The company has been teasing the Note 5 stylus for quite some time with #PowertoCreate hashtag. In one of the posts Infinix mentioned, “From doing usual things differently to making art that stands out, every one of us has a creator within, and in few more hours, you too will come face to face with it.”One of the teasers that the company posted on its social media handle reveals that the Infinix Nite 5 stylus will be available in Red colour. There could be other colours too. On Flipkart, the upcoming Infinix phone is already up with the “notify me” option on Flipkart.We expect the Infinix Note 5 Stylus to be a toned down version of the Note 5 which was launched a couple of months ago. The Infinix Note 5 sports a 5.99-inch FHD+ display paired with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and screen to body ratio is 85 per cent. The phone is powered by Helio P23 processor based on 16nm FinFET technology and also packs Dual SIM and Dual VoLTE support. The Infinix Note 5 comes in two variants — the base model with 3GB RAM/ 32GB of internal storage for Rs 9,999, while the top-end model with 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage for Rs 11,999.advertisementALSO READ: Vivo Y95 launched: Key specs, top features, India price, and everything else you should knowOn the camera front, the Infinix Note 5 sports a 12-megapixel sensor on the rear panel and a 16-megapixel AI selfie on the front. The rear camera is paired with dual LED flash, ASD mode, Portrait mode with AI-based segmentation, and Auto scene detection – automatically adjusts the light, brightness, and contrast. Meanwhile, the front shooter comes paired with AI bokeh selfie and AI beauty mode. Infinix claims that both the cameras are capable of clicking clear and detailed pictures in low-light situations. The phone comes with a massive 4500mAh battery paired with AI power management.last_img read more

Parents must reduce screen time for kids to reduce myopia risk

first_imgIt is now a very common sight to spot kids as young as one-year-old staring at the glaring screens of smartphones. Be it for watching cartoon videos or educational poem songs, or games or clicking a picture, an infant these days knows his/her way through these technically advanced cell phones better than elders many times. This generation in all manners is certainly the digital age generation.Effects on digital age generationWhile this might be considered a thing of pride often among parents who see their little child working through the phone better than their own self, they hardly take note of the harmful effects they are exposing their child to.More often than not, it is the parents who introduce the child to smartphones in order to let the child stay distracted or engaged in the phones while they can feed the child or even do their own work. What the parents miss is that this frequent short term engagement is the root cause of many long term problems with the child’s mental, physical as well as emotional well-being.Instances of myopia in childrenDoctors have presently noticed a rising number of instances of myopia in children that too in very younger ages. Myopia, also known as near sightedness, is a condition in which close objects appear clear but the far ones look blurry.Myopia can develop rapidly or even eventually. People with myopia tend to experience a blurred or distorted vision, squinting or strained eyes. It has been observed that parents with myopia are more likely to have children with myopia. While children with myopia tend to have parents with myopia, it is not strictly a genetic condition.advertisementThere has not been any specific reason to understand why some children become near-sighted and others do not.Factors that can cause myopia in children are:1. Heredity: Having one or both parents myopic2. Spending more time near work3. Higher school achievements – being more of a bookworm4. Reduced time in sports activityCauses of myopiaDoctors have observed that a major tendency for myopia to run in families is also because of a shared intense environment near work. That is to say that myopia passes on to the younger generations not really due to shared genes but due to this inherited near work practice.Parents with myopia generally pass on their own academic standards or love of reading to their children instead of passing on a myopic refractive error itself. While myopia’s cause might not be clear but it is preventable and even treatable.Myopia can quite easily be treated using eyeglasses /spectacles or contact lenses but once started it will keep increasing with the growth of the child. Myopia might not appear as a dreadful disease but it certainly is a huge hindrance in everyday routine activities and more so for children who get caught up with this problem in early years of their life.Why increasing instances of myopia in early childhood?Doctors point out that the reason for increasing instances of myopia in early childhood years these days is digital shift of the enhanced usage of smartphones. The screens have a significant impact on the tender eyes of children but parents these days don’t realize it. Another issue of the increased problem is that it is not addressed timely. Experts highlight that one of the major ways to reduce the risk of myopia is to encourage the child to step out for some physical activity more frequently.Studies have also concluded that spending more time outdoors may help prevent or reduce the progression of near sightedness in children and parents have the biggest role to play in this.Authored article by Dr Vidhya. C, Consultant, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Dept., Sankara Eye Hospitals, Bangalore.last_img read more

Evans not distracted by City talk

first_imgTransfers Manchester City speculation was not a distraction for Evans Alex Fisher Last updated 2 years ago 17:08 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) jonnyevans - cropped Getty Images Transfers Manchester City Northern Ireland West Bromwich Albion WC Qualification Europe Premier League The West Brom defender was heavily linked with a move to Pep Guardiola’s side but insists he did not let speculation get to him Jonny Evans says he was fully focused on recovering from a thigh injury in time for Northern Ireland’s qualifier with San Marino during the summer, rather than a potential move to Manchester City.Evans was heavily linked with City in the closing weeks of the transfer window as Pep Guardiola looked to strengthen his defensive options, but West Brom were able to fend off that attention and hang onto their captain.Man City 10/1 to win the Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Throughout the chase Tony Pulis was adamant Evans would remain at The Hawthorns, but had conceded an “enormous offer” could make them reconsider.That never came and interest from Arsenal also failed to materialise as Albion got their way.”In the back of my mind I’ve always been thinking ‘whatever happens, happens’ and just got on with it,” Evans told Sky Sports News.”I think I’m quite strong mentally, over the years you learn to deal with things as a footballer, just concentrate on your football.”The most important thing for me really was that I was fit for the game and trying to deal with that side of it.”Obviously the window closes the day before the game [so] it’s not ideal. The game came at the right time.”A massive win in San Marino! Who’s ready to welcome the Czech Republic to Belfast on Monday to get second place!? #GAWA #DareToDream pic.twitter.com/pYF3e6Cqev— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) September 1, 2017Evans has not featured for West Brom this season due to his injury but he made his return on Friday as Northern Ireland picked up a 3-0 win to remain second behind Germany in Group C.The 29-year-old played the full 90 minutes as three goals in eight minutes secured the three points, keeping them seven clear of Czech Republic – who they face on Monday – in third.”It obviously wasn’t the most physical match, we had a lot of the ball so it was a nice one to come back into,” he added.”I haven’t done much, maybe last weekend was the first time I’d done a hard session.”Then throughout the week you’re sort of being cautious because there are that many injuries in the squad that we didn’t want to push it and have myself out for the game.”last_img read more

New Contracts for COSCO Shipyard Group

first_imgzoom The Board of Directors of COSCO Corporation (Singapore) Limited announced that COSCO Shipyard Group Ltd have secured contracts totaling over USD380 million to build two jackup drilling rigs and one bulk carrier.COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard Co. Ltd secured contracts from a Bermuda company for two (2) LeTourneau Super 116E jackup drilling rigs, scheduled for delivery in 1H2016 and 2H2016 respectively. The buyer has also secured options for two (2) additional jackup drilling rigs.COSCO (Zhoushan) Shipyard Co. Ltd secured the contract under the first option, cited in the company’s announcement dated 12 Sept 2013, to build one (1) dry bulk carrier of 64,000 dwt for a European buyer has been rendered effective. The bulk carrier is scheduled for delivery in 2H2014.COSCO, November 14, 2013last_img read more

Govt employee held in Malda for taking cut money

first_imgKolkata: A government employee from Manickchawk block in Malda was arrested on Saturday for his alleged role in misappropriating funds which were channelised for the government schemes.The incident has already triggered a furor in the district. The misappropriation had allegedly been carried out by the accused when he was posted at Ratua block of the same district. It may be mentioned here that a Trinamool Congress leader from Malda’s Ratua was arrested on Wednesday for receiving cut money. It had been alleged that the arrested officer might have worked in collusion with the Trinamool Congress leader, who used to serve as Panchayat head at the time of the incident. It was alleged that the accused government employee has misappropriated huge amounts of funds. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaPolice in various districts have acted promptly after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee issued an instruction saying that none of her party workers will be spared if they have grabbed public money. Giving a strong message against the age-old practice of receiving cut money from government funds, Banerjee, during a recent meeting with councilors, said that if any party leader in any level is found siphoning off money generated for the development works, stringent action would be taken against him/her. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe accused Trinamool Congress leader, Sukesh Yadav, also allegedly received huge amounts as cut money. He had been the head of Mahanandatola Gram Panchayat in Ratua. It has been learnt that Yadav was accused of taking money from the funds allocated for Nirmal Bangla Mission, under which the arrested government employee had been working. Chaos also erupted at Mangolkot in East Burdwan on Sunday, after some people alleged that some local Trinamool Congress activists had taken money against some assurances to set up houses for them. A meeting had taken place, where the accused TMC activists put the blame on a local party leader who eventually denied the allegation during his interview with a local television channel later.last_img read more

Minister opens pay centre amid ongoing turmoil says Phoenix system improving

first_imgMIRAMICHI, N.B. – The federal government is trying to hit the reset button on its two-year-old bid to repair and replace the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system.Federal cabinet minister Carla Qualtrough was dispatched Friday to northeastern New Brunswick, where she officially opened the centralized Public Service Pay Centre, which processes paycheques for 300,000 federal employees in 46 departments.“We have reason to celebrate the hard work of the people working here in Miramichi,” the public services minister said after a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside the new building, which actually opened for business in January.“They work every day to resolve these problems. We have seen progress, even if it’s not as fast as we would like.”The feel-good photo-op comes more than two years after the government implemented the IBM-built Phoenix system. The previous Conservative government said Phoenix would save taxpayers more than $70 million annually.Instead, it has caused so many snafus across the country that the backlog of transactions stood at 625,000 as of March 21.That number is expected to dip only slightly when the latest figures are released later this month, Qualtrough said.However, a pilot project developed at the Miramichi centre will be rolled out across the country to ensure more timely payments, she added.“This pilot that we have done has reduced the queue in the departments in the pilot project by 24 per cent,” Qualtrough said. “That’s not a small amount.”Debi Daviau, president of the 55,000-member Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, said the so-called “Pay Pods” project is a good idea, but it’s only a Band-Aid solution for a much bigger problem.“No matter how many resources, and what model is being adopted, the government can never stabilize the system because the software is broken,” the union leader said in an email.“The government should be identifying replacement options immediately, as … PIPSC has been asking on many occasions since 2016.”Under Phoenix, tens of thousands of civil servants have been underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all for long periods since 2016. The ongoing mess has prompted protests across the country and a class-action lawsuit.On Thursday, about 800 members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) — the country’s largest federal union with 180,00 members — marched to the Toronto office of Finance Minister Bill Morneau, where they staged a noisy rally.In February, Qualtrough issued a public apology on behalf of the government.“We recognize the burden we’ve placed on employees by not paying them timely and accurately,” she said Friday.More than half of all federal employees have experienced pay problems since Phoenix was brought online, the government has confirmed.Some federal workers have come forward to say they continue to live in fear of payday, citing the stress and anguish caused by Phoenix.There have been stories of employees struggling to pay their bills — some lost cars and even homes before the government and unions were made aware of the extent of the problem.Earlier this year, the Trudeau government committed $16 million over two years to finding a replacement system. However, the government also said it could take another six years to make it work.Morneau has also earmarked more than $400 million to deal with the backlog, bringing the total allocated to the pay project so far to nearly $1 billion.The 17 unions representing federal employees have called on Ottawa to pay “damages” to their members, and the government opened the door to compensation in its February budget. Talks with the unions are ongoing.Though the backlog of problem appears to be shrinking, a significant decline isn’t expected until later this spring, federal officials say. The backlog peaked at 633,000 transactions awaiting processing in late January.Chris Aylward, who was elected as PSAC’s national president this week, said Friday he hoped Public Services and Procurement Canada will take advantage of the new facility “to repair the workplace culture” for its Miramichi employees.“Compensation advisers are overworked and underappreciated, which is seriously impacting their mental health,” he said.Lisa Harris, New Brunswick’s seniors minister and a local member of the legislature, described the centre as the community’s “economic lifeline.”She said the well-paying public service jobs have meant a great deal to a region that found itself in a economic tailspin amid a long-term downturn in the forestry industry and the closure of Canadian Forces Base Chatham in 1996.“It’s impossible to overstate the importance of the Public Service Pay Centre and the effect that it is having on the economy and social fabric of our beautiful community,” she said.The mayor of Miramichi, Adam Lordon, was more blunt.“This is the new hub of our local community,” he said. “The jobs are being filled by people coming home to live in the Miramichi and raise their families — something that only a few years ago may have seemed improbable.”last_img read more

What does the court decision quashing Ontarios councilcutting move mean

first_imgAn Ontario judge has struck down legislation from the provincial government that cut the size of Toronto’s city council nearly in half in the middle of a municipal election. In response, Premier Doug Ford is invoking the rarely used notwithstanding cause to get his law on the books. Here’s a breakdown of the dispute and what it means for the Oct. 22 municipal vote.What triggered the court challenge?Ford abruptly announced Bill 5 — also known as the Better Local Government Act — in late July. It cut the number of Toronto council seats from 47 to 25 and forced city officials to scramble to change the rules of an election campaign that was already underway. The province’s move, which aligned ward boundaries with federal and provincial ridings, drew outrage from many Toronto residents and councillors. The city and other parties subsequently launched a court challenge.What were the arguments on both sides?Ford, a failed Toronto mayoral candidate and one-term city councillor, said reducing the number of councillors would speed up decision-making while saving about $25 million. City lawyers argued the move was arbitrary and discriminatory, zeroing in on the fact that it was introduced mid-campaign without consultation. They further argued Bill 5 violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.What did the judge rule and how did he reach his decision?Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba ruled against the province and grounded his decision in charter arguments. He ruled that Bill 5 infringed on freedom of expression for both candidates — because it came into effect in the middle of a campaign — and voters — because it doubled the population of city wards and therefore limited residents’ access to fair representation in city government. Belobaba acknowledged that the timing of the province’s legislation had been a key factor, saying the government was free to table similar legislation in the future.What do experts make of the judgment?Emmett Macfarlane, a political science and constitutional law professor at the University of Waterloo, questioned the judge’s use of freedom of expression arguments in his decision.“It’s basically using freedom of expression as a back door for voting rights arguments,” he said. “The two rights are definitely related to each other, but the judge, in my view, doesn’t do enough to justify why freedom of expression is principally the right infringed here.”Alexandra Flynn, a lawyer and city studies professor at the University of Toronto, praised the judge’s approach and said his arguments around the timing of the election were sound.How did the government respond?Within hours of Belobaba’s decision, Ford announced that the government would simultaneously appeal the ruling and invoke the notwithstanding clause, a constitutional provision that allows provinces to override the charter for a five-year term. Constitutional lawyers said invoking the notwithstanding clause will allow the government to achieve its goal of putting a smaller council in place immediately, while a successful appeal would enshrine the changes permanently.What does this mean for the election?Belobaba’s ruling indicated the city should proceed with the election on the basis of a 47-ward structure. But if Ford successfully invokes the notwithstanding clause and reintroduces Bill 5, the 25-ward structure will prevail on Oct. 22.What does this case mean for other municipalities?Both Macfarlane and Flynn said the broader impact of the case is hard to gauge, since the circumstances behind it are so unusual. Last month, Ford told politicians from other municipalities across the province that he has no plans to cut their governments.last_img read more

One year after Gord Downies death Hip tribute bands are carrying on

first_imgCAMBRIDGE, Ont. – Lead singer William Bishop doesn’t look a thing like Gord Downie, which might be considered a setback for any tribute band trying to emulate the Tragically Hip.He rocks a full beard, has a thick head of hair and his build is larger than Downie’s frame ever was. Somebody once told him he looked like Steven Page quit the Barenaked Ladies to join the Hip.Yet the lead singer of the Artificially Hip takes those remarks in stride. When his Hip tribute band performs they’re focused on more than just appearance.“I don’t have control over that,” he says. “What I do have control over are things like stage presence, vocal tone and spirit.”And that’s where Bishop shines as he channels Downie’s unmistakable persona while his band rehearses among the basement furniture of a suburban house in Cambridge, Ont. He hugs the microphone stand in the way Downie often did, pausing to throw his hand on his hip in contemplation, another of the singer’s trademark moves.Then he launches into the mid-song banter that Downie made his own.The Artificially Hip are one of a number of Tragically Hip tribute acts performing in the coming days to mark the first anniversary of Downie’s death on Wednesday.Pubs and concert halls nationwide have booked pseudo-Hip performers for the occasion, including Practically Hip (Toronto), the Fabulously Rich (Charlottetown), the 100th Meridian (Saskatoon) and Way 2 Hip (Ottawa) to name a few.More than 15 Tragically Hip cover bands are active across the country playing music festivals and local bars each month.They walk a careful line between honouring one of Canada’s most respected bands and profiting off their legacy — a balance that’s even harder to strike knowing the untimely death of the Hip’s lead singer at 53.Many formed years before Downie revealed he was facing terminal brain cancer in 2016, but in some cases the newer bands were built on a shared love for the Hip after they returned to the national conversation.Toronto outfit the Fabulously Hip surfaced around the same time fans were pulling out their CDs to revisit longtime favourites, like “Ahead By a Century” and “Blow at High Dough.”Lead singer Alan Ribeiro says he covered Hip’s songs at his own shows for years, but the idea of a cover band only took shape when it became impossible to ignore the pent up demand at Canadian bars.“You have a whole bunch of people that love the Tragically Hip’s music and they’re suffering because they don’t have the Tragically Hip coming out and doing a show,” he says.“In a way, the cover bands are filling that need.”Ribeiro feels the eager demand every time the Fabulously Hip is booked for a bar show or a rib fest. During the band’s most recent gig in Keswick, Ont., he says the crowd was dancing to every song and some people even jumped on stage and sang along with him.“I’d like to think if you came out to one of our shows you’d be seeing the closest sound to the Hip without actually having the Hip,” he says.“But I’m trying hard not to really be Gord Downie on stage.”Back in the suburbs, the Artificially Hip seems to be taking a slightly different approach to Downie in their rehearsals.At one point, Bishop slips into a shiny metallic suit and dons a purple feathered hat designed by Karyn Ruiz, the woman who made the real Downie’s iconic head gear for the band’s final Canadian tour.When he plows into the “happy hour” refrain on the Hip’s “Little Bones” it’s uncanny how closely his voice resembles Downie’s growl.For a moment it feels like Canada’s rock poet has returned, though Bishop insists he’s not doing a straightforward impersonation to avoid being considered “disrespectful.”“We all agreed it was important to take it seriously and not stray into exploitative territory,” he says.“The trick is to look for hallmarks in his performances and pull them out so hardcore fans see it and go, ‘Oh yeah, I remember when Gord did that.’”Some nights he’ll dive into the “Killer Whale Tank” rant from a live version of “New Orleans is Sinking” that was traded as a cassette bootleg between the Hip’s most steadfast supporters in the 1990s. When he’s not feeling it, he substitutes that monologue with lines from Kevin Smith’s “Mallrats” — an idea he came up with on his own.“I’m always thinking about what I can add to this that would be in the spirit of Gord Downie,” Bishop explains.“If I decide I want to sing ‘The Littlest Hobo’ theme in the middle of ‘The Luxury’ then I’m gonna. To me it’s funny, and I think an audience might react to it. I’m just trying to amuse myself, make these guys laugh, and make the audience have a good time.”The Artificially Hip recognize the loose interpretation might not suit every Hip fan, but they hope their spirit is fully and completely relatable. The band donates one-sixth of their profits to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.“It’s beyond just five guys getting together and having a good time playing some of our favourite songs,” Bishop says.“There’s an invisible sixth member that’s pushing us along.”Backing philanthropic causes was always an important part of Downie’s life, and several Hip tribute bands are trying to fill the void he’s left behind. Many of their event posters prominently feature causes the singer supported, with a portion of each night’s ticket sales going to a particular charity.Richard Kyle, a Bobcaygeon, Ont.-based guitarist for the Tragically Hits, is talking with other bands about going the extra mile by recording an album of Hip covers. The proceeds would be donated to three causes Downie supported most — Sunnybrook, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund and the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper group, which works to protect the Great Lakes.“You are playing their music, you are making money. You should be doing it for some kind of purpose other than to line your pockets and bask in a glint of their glory,” he says.“We need to keep Gord’s message going — that should be the focus for all of the bands.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

Former justice Marie Deschamps named to panel overseeing spy agencies

first_imgOTTAWA — A former Supreme Court justice has been named to a panel overseeing the country’s security agencies.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Marie Deschamps will become a member of the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency.Her appointment takes effect at the end of September.Deschamps served on the Supreme Court for a decade in a long legal career, retiring from the judiciary in August 2012.Since then, she has conducted a high-profile review of sexual assault and misconduct in the Canadian military, done similar work for the United Nations and chaired a panel advising the government on medically-assisted death.In her new role, Deschamps will be part of a group tasked with ensuring that more than a dozen federal bodies that have national-security responsibilities are complying with the law.Among the agencies are the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, or CSIS; the Communications Security Establishment, charged with protecting cyber systems; the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; Global Affairs Canada and the Justice Department.Outgoing New Democrat MP Murray Rankin was named chairman of the new super-agency in July after the legislation to create the body received royal assent in late June.The body is required to provide the prime minister with an annual report and is supposed to work as a complement to a committee of parliamentarians given a similar oversight mandate.The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians submitted its second annual report to Trudeau at the end of August.Declassified versions of the committee’s report must be tabled within 30 sitting days of Parliament resuming, which won’t happen until after October’s election.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Prince Charles Opens Princes Trust Centre In Wales

first_imgHis Royal Highness The Prince of Wales officially opened The Prince’s Trust’s new Cardiff centre as part of his week-long visit to Wales last week.During the visit, The Prince of Wales met staff, volunteers and young people taking part in a variety of initiatives, including the Enterprise programme, which supports disadvantaged young people into entrepreneurship.The Prince of Wales addressed young people, staff, volunteers and supporters of The Prince’s Trust, stating: “I hope some of you here today are beginning to benefit in a small way and I am also incredibly proud of the difference the Trust can make to so many lives.”One of the young people who met the Prince was 27-year-old Sarah Hillier from Pontypool, who is about to launch a custom-made teddy business with support from The Prince’s Trust. The young mum presented The Prince of Wales with a custom-made bear created especially for his soon-to-be-born grandchild.Sarah decided she wanted to run her own business after running a successful cafeteria at her partner’s workplace. She had to leave when her husband was made redundant and she found herself unemployed. She looked into opening a cafe business in her native Pontypool but initial market research showed there was too much competition in the area.Her entrepreneurial spirit meant that Sarah was determined to find an idea that would work, and one day her nine-year-old daughter gave her just that – custom made teddy bears.Sarah approached The Prince’s Trust for support and attended a four day Explore Enterprise course, learning about all aspects of starting and running a business.Working hard to source quality suppliers after she received a small grant from The Trust to test her business, Sarah took out space in Pontypool market and to her delight, sold all her products immediately.Sarah’s full business will be launching soon, based in Pontypool market and she is excited about the future, saying: “The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme has been fantastic. I learned so much about setting up a business from them, and without their support I would not be where I am. I have worked hard and I am confident about my business, knowing I will have the support I need.”Describing the teddy bear she created for the royal baby, Sarah said: “The bear is one of my favourite designs and I have chosen a soldier’s outfit for it. I just hope this little bear is fit for a Prince… or a Princess!”His Royal Highness also chatted to young people who are taking part in The Prince’s Trust Fairbridge programme in Cardiff, which supports young people aged 13 – 25 who are struggling, and provides personal development through one-to-one support and group activities.Source:Prince’s Trustlast_img read more

Male actor cast as reporter in Rob Ford movie and the reallife

first_imgBen Platt (L) has been cast in ‘Run This Town.’ Robyn Doolittle (R) is pictured in her 2011 Toronto Star photo. (Getty Images/Toronto Star) Advertisement Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Male actor cast as reporter in Rob Ford movie, real-life journalist Robyn Doolittle isn’t pleasedMuch ado was made on Tuesday when it was revealed that former Homeland actor Damian Lewis will be playing late Toronto mayor Rob Ford in the upcoming thriller, Run This Town.Shortly after that bombshell made the rounds on social media, ex-Toronto Star reporter (and current Globe & Mail reporter) Robyn Doolittle, the author of biography Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story and one of the most preeminent journalists covering Ford’s mayorship and private life, expressed her disappointment in another Run This Town casting: that of the lead reporter, who will be played by male actor Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect). READ MOREReporter Robyn Doolittle Unimpressed That Rob Ford Movie Cast Dude As Main JournalistA new movie will follow a young, male reporter as he desperately chases an exclusive story about former Toronto mayor Rob Ford. And the woman who actually helped break the news of Ford’s drug use isn’t too impressed. The casting decision for “Run This Town” was met with sarcasm by former Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle. She wrote several in-depth stories on Ford, and later authored a book about him called “Crazy Town.” READ MOREWait, Why Doesn’t the Rob Ford Movie Include Robyn Doolittle?Not surprised, just seriously disappointed. I mean she *literally* wrote the book on Rob Ford… It was really only a matter of time before someone made a film about Rob Ford.Toronto’s infamous mayor, who passed away in 2016, made headlines across the world in early May 2013 after Gawker and the Toronto Star published details about a grainy cellphone video that was being shopped around for six figures showing the politician smoking crack cocaine. It was a story that not only made Ford a household name, but also catapulted Robyn Doolittle’s career as an investigative reporter. She was one of the first journalists to uncover the story of Ford’s dangerous double life. READ MORERob Ford film faces backlash for casting a male reporter over a femaleRobyn Doolittle broke huge stories during the Ford era, but a male is playing the reporter in Run This Town.The female reporter who broke many of the biggest stories about former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, from his political life to his alcohol and drug use, is crying foul after the movie version of the story features a male reporter.Robyn Doolittle, who worked forthe Toronto Star at the time but is now at the Globe and Mail, also penned a book about Ford called Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story, which became an instant bestseller after its 2014 release. READ MORE Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Stocks slide as slow growth in China weighs on earnings

NEW YORK — Stocks opened broadly lower after two major U.S. companies dropped after saying that weakness in China’s economy was weighing on their results.Caterpillar, a bellwether for industrial companies, has been warning investors that higher costs related to tariffs would hurt its bottom line. The weak results weighed down the entire sector.Nvidia led the tech sector lower as it cut its forecasts, also blaming weakness in China, which is the world’s second-largest economyChina is facing its worst economic slowdown since the global financial crisis and the impact is being felt widely among the many U.S. companies that rely on China for sales, especially industrial and technology companies. The slowdown is being exacerbated by continuing trade tensions between Washington and Beijing.In July-September, China’s economy expanded at 6.5 per cent, the slowest pace since the financial crisis.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index lost 32 points, or 1.2 per cent to 2,632 as of 10 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 364 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 24,372. The Nasdaq composite fell 116 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 7,048.CHINA BLUES: Caterpillar and NVIDIA plunged as a slowdown in growth in the world’s second largest economy, China, hurt their results. Apple recently warned that iPhone sales are slipping in China.The slowdown is adding to Caterpillar’s problems, and its fourth-quarter profit fell short of Wall Street expectations. Caterpillar fell 7.8 per cent to $126.12. The stock is down 18 per cent over the last 12 months, compared with a 7 per cent drop in the S&P 500.Deere & Co., a key competitor, fell 2.4 per cent to $157.69.Chipmaker NVIDIA lowered its revenue forecast, citing a slowdown in China. CEO Jensen Huang called the quarter “extraordinary, unusually turbulent, and disappointing.” The stock fell 15.2 per cent to $135.86.TRADE TALKS LOOM: Talks aimed at resolving the impasse over Chinese technology policy and other issues are due to resume in Washington this week, led by the U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. Analysts say there might be moves to trim China’s massive trade surplus with the U.S. that could stave off further hikes in punitive tariffs imposed by both sides. However, they expect gaps to remain on key problems such as China’s blueprint for state-led development of leading technologies.ENERGY: U.S. crude oil fell 3 per cent to $52.07 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, fell 2.4 per cent to $60.13 per barrel in London.OVERSEAS: The British FTSE lost 0.1 per cent. Germany’s DAX fell 0.5 per cent and France’s CAC 40 fell 0.78 per cent. Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index fell 0.6 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was flat, as was South Korea’s Kospi.BONDS: Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell 2.73 per cent.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

Volkswagen unveils fullyelectric SUV for China market

Volkswagen is planning to release a fully-electric SUV in China which could compete with Tesla’s Model X.The German automaker said Sunday the ID. ROOMZZ will be unveiled at the upcoming Shanghai Auto Show and will be available in 2021.Volkswagen says the zero-emission vehicle can go approximately 450 kilometres (280 miles) before the battery has to be recharged. The concept car includes a fully-automatic driving mode which allows seats to be rotated 25 degrees to create a lounge-like atmosphere.The announcement comes one month after Volkswagen’s former CEO Martin Winterkorn was charged by U.S. regulators with defrauding investors during its massive diesel emissions scandal.Volkswagen has said it will boost electric vehicle production to 22 million over the next decade. It made fewer than 50,000 battery-only vehicles last year.The Associated Press read more

Montreal startup Element AI nabs US102 million in investments for expansion

TORONTO — A Montreal startup is getting a total of US$102 million from Microsoft, Intel and several other investors that will fund the eight-month-old company’s drive to become a leader in artificial intelligence.Element AI chief executive Jean-Francois Gagne says the new round of funding will pay for 250 jobs and offices in Toronto and Asia that the company aims to have in place by January.Gagne says Element AI’s goal is to create a Canadian publicly listed company that brings AI capabilities to traditional industries, such as manufacturing and financial services.In addition to the prominent technology giants, some of the funding will come from National Bank and Fidelity Investments Canada.Gagne says confidentiality agreements prevent Element AI from saying how much it received from each investor or how much of the total equity was purchased by the new investors.Gagne co-founded Element AI in October with fellow entrepreneur Nicolas Chapados, the Real Ventures fund and Yoshua Bengio, an AI pioneer and professor at the Universite de Montreal. read more

UN raises disappearances with Lanka

“The Working Group deals with cases of enforced disappearances wherever they occur,” the experts said at the end of the Group’s session, expressing their “deepest concern that after 20 years since the adoption of the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, enforced disappearances continue to occur in many countries, often in a persistent manner.” It examined 17 reported cases of enforced disappearance under its urgent action procedure, as well as more than 400 cases, including newly-submitted cases and previously accepted ones. The Working Group also finalized and approved its 2012 annual report, which includes chapters on 97 States and two general comments. It also reports on all new cases and those already under consideration, and the Working Group’s major concerns and observations. The report will be presented at the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council, in March 2013. The expert panel held meetings with representatives of the Governments of Guatemala, Japan, Spain, Sri Lanka and Togo to exchange views on individual cases and on the issue of enforced disappearance in general. It also met with non-governmental organizations and family members of disappeared persons. Members of the Working Group also held informal bilateral meetings with States to exchange information with a view to enhancing cooperation.The Working Group met with the Committee on Enforced Disappearances, established in 2006 in accordance with article 26 of the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, to exchange information on their respective activities and discussed about the coordination of common initiatives. Finally, in the context of the session, the Working Group’s official missions to Libya and Spain were confirmed for 2013. The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances has had discussions with Sri Lankan officials on individual cases and on the issue of enforced disappearance in general.A statement by the working group today said that during its 98th session held in Geneva, from 31 October to 9 November 2012, the independent human rights experts studied cases, including urgent actions, concerning Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Central African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, Georgia, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kenya, Laos, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Spain, Sri Lanka, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe. read more

President assures solution on missing persons issue

President Sirisena was in Puthukkudiyiruppu today to declare open a new garment factory by the Hirdaramani group. Addressing the gathering at the event, the President said that when he spoke to the employees of the factory they spoke to him about a few concerns they had. President Maithripala Sirisena today assured that he will look to resolve the issue on persons reported missing during the war.The President gave the assurance when he visited Puthukkudiyiruppu in Mullaitivu, a town which was once under LTTE control. President Sirisena said that the people in the war affected North cannot be kept happy simply by infrastructure development but by winning their hearts. (Colombo Gazette) Among the concerns raised was poor infrastructure facilities in some areas of the North despite the end of the war seven years ago.However some employees had also raised concerns over Tamils reported missing during and soon after the war and over the arrest of several Tamils under anti-terrorism laws. President Sirisena said that he took all the concerns into consideration and assured the Tamils employed at the factory that he will address their concerns.Hundreds have been reported missing, particularly in the North and the Government has already said it will establish a missing persons office to look into the issue.The Government has also said it will repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) under which several Tamils were arrested by the former Government over suspected terrorism links, and replace it with a new law. Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Pudukudueruppu-Garment-Opening-HE-speech-FM.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more

Four fishermen arrested by Lankan Navy released

Five fishermen from Pudukottai, who were arrested for fishing in Sri Lankan waters last month, were released by a court on Wednesday. The four were produced before Oorkavalthurai Court in Sri Lanka, which ordered their release, Rameswaram Assistant Director of Fisheries K T Gopinath said. Four fishermen from Tamil Nadu, arrested by Sri Lankan Navy, were on Thursday set free by a court in the island nation, a senior fisheries official said, according to the Press Trust of India.The fishermen from this island town were arrested on November 1 on charges of fishing in Sri Lankan waters and remanded to judicial custody. All those released are expected to return home by tomorrow, the official said. (Colombo Gazette)