Jos Buttler on the eve of first match of England’s ODI series against Sri Lanka in Dambulla, said that England are “very happy” being favourites but are aware that past tours have been “tricky”.”Very happy being favourites. It shows we’ve been doing good stuff and I like being favourites,” Buttler told reporters, saying the team were “very confident” and aiming to be “pushing the boundaries”.”We’re very aware of Sri Lanka’s qualities in these conditions. They have some experienced players… It’s been tricky in the past for England sides to come here,” Butler added.He added that being the number-one ranked one-day side ahead of next year’s World Cup on home soil brought its own pressures.Making the most of the facilities @josbuttler! pic.twitter.com/iCv5t50ZiPEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) October 8, 2018″There is always pressure being number one. Once you get there, I think that’s when the hard work really starts. You’ve got a bit of a target on your back.”It is down to you to keep improving and try to stay there. That’s the challenge and it has its own pressures. I think in the dressing room we have a good understanding… and know that we need to keep improving and pushing the boundaries.”Buttler said the World Cup was in the back of everyone’s mind, but they were taking every series one at a time and hoped to build a core group of players for next year’s championship.”It’s about trending in the right way and being able to build a core group of players — a squad of 15, 16, 17 guys — who we can call upon hopefully for the World Cup,” he said.advertisementUnderdogs Sri Lanka are still reeling from the axing of captain Angelo Mathews after a dismal run of 30 losses in their last 40 ODIs including defeats to Bangladesh and Afghanistan in last month’s Asia Cup. Sri Lanka’s captain Dinesh Chandimal warned meanwhile that conditions were “very different” to England, with some “mystery spinners” who could pose problems for Eoin Morgan’s batsmen.Chandimal, who missed the Asia Cup and the preceding ODI series against South Africa due to injury and suspension, cautioned that home pitches had “a lot of spin”. “Especially for the batters it’s not easy to play… We have some mystery spinners as well.”They got all the experience and talent and we have to compete with them. When the situation comes we have some game plans which we will have to execute.”Chandimal said he hoped to improve the team’s fielding.”In the last few days, we worked really hard on our fielding individually and as a group,” he said.”That’s the biggest change we are trying to make in this series — give priority to our fielding and give it a lot of attention.”The five-match one-day series is followed by three Tests in November.(With inputs from PTI)
Cricketer and former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is seeing his and his wife Sakshi Dhoni’s names being dragged into the controversy surrounding the troubled real estate developer Amrapali Group.The Amrapali Group has been accused of committing fraud by siphoning money paid by tens of thousands of home buyers and of cheating by not completing housing projects for which the developer had accepted payments.The Supreme Court, which accused the Amrapali Group of committing a “first degree crime”, has ordered a probe against the company’s top management and has asked the government-owned National Buildings Construction Corporation to take over and complete Amrapali’s unfinished housing projects.MS Dhoni has found himself getting embroiled in this controversy, with an audit report submitted in the Supreme Court alleging that companies linked to the cricketer and his wife Sakshi Dhoni were among those used by Amrapali to illegally divert the funds. The allegations have been denied.HOW DID MS DHONI GET INVOLVED WITH AMRAPALI?Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s involvement with the Amrapali Group began with him coming on board as a brand ambassador for the real estate company.MS Dhoni was the brand ambassador of the Amrapali Group for six to seven years, during which period he shot advertisements for the real estate developer.Dhoni found himself in the eye of a storm in 2016 after aggrieved residents of an Amrapali project in Uttar Pradesh started tagging the cricketer on social media. Residents of Noida’s Amrapali Saphhire called on Dhoni to disassociate himself from the real estate group or get it to complete its pending projects.advertisementFollowing the social media controversy, MS Dhoni quit as brand ambassador of the Amrapali Group.WHEN MS DHONI SUED AMRAPALILast year, Mahendra Singh Dhoni sued the Amrapali Group for unpaid dues. The suit was filed, first in the Delhi High Court and then the Supreme Court, on his behalf by Rhiti Sports Management.Rhiti Sports Management is a sports marketing and management company in which MS Dhoni has major stakes. He is also managed by Rhiti Sports.In its suit against Amrapali, Rhiti Sports claimed that the real estate developer had failed to pay Dhoni around Rs 150 crore that was owed to him as payment for his services as a brand ambassador.SO HOW IS DHONI INVOLVED?According to an audit report submitted in the Supreme Court, MS Dhoni is involved in the Amrapali controversy through Rhiti Sports.The audit report claims that between 2009 and 2015, the Amrapali Group paid a total of Rs 42.22 crore to Rhiti Sports. Of this sum, Rs 6.52 crore was paid by Amrapali Sapphire Developers.The audit report says that Amrapali Group and Rhiti Sports got into several agreements during this period. However, the audit report says, these were “sham” agreements that had “just been made for payment of amounts to Rhiti Sports Management Private Limited”.The audit report contends that the Rs 6.52 crore paid by Amrapali Sapphire Developers to Rhiti Sports actually belonged to home buyers and so, was illegally diverted.HOW IS SAKSHI DHONI INVOLVED?The same audit report that talks about the dealings between Rhiti Sports and the Amrapali Group, says MS Dhoni’s wife Sakshi Dhoni was a director in Amrapali Mahi Developers.The audit report says that the auditors were verbally told Amrapali Mahi Developers was incorporated for the development of a project in Ranchi and that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also entered between the parties.However, the audit report says, the MoU was never given to the auditors.WHAT DOES RHITI SPORTS HAVE TO SAY?Rhiti Sports, for its part, has said that the observations made in the audit report are “bereft of proper information or relevant document”.The talent company said that the payments received by it were valid payments for services provided by the company. “The question of siphoning funds does not arise because Rhiti provided all professional services as per the agreement,” the company said in a statement.Rhiti Sports also said that it had all relevant documents to establish a “clean image” and to show that the observations made in the audit report are “incorrect”.WHAT NEXT FOR AMRAPALI?As the real estate developer, the Amrapali Group is now doomed. The Supreme Court, in its scathing and landmark order earlier this week, cancelled the group’s registration under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) [Rera] Act.The court has also ordered a probe into the Amrapali Group’s top management as well as the chartered accountant who oversaw the company’s accounts.The Supreme Court also ousted Amrapali from its prime properties in the National Capital Region and directed the state-run National Buildings Construction Corporation to take over all of Amrapali’s pending housing projects and complete them in a time-bound manner.advertisementThe Supreme Court’s Amrapali ruling is a landmark verdict that will have far-reaching consequences in all cases involved embattled real estate developers such as Unitech and Jaypee.READ | ICC chief Manohar got contentious payment from AmrapaliREAD | Lieutenant Colonel MS Dhoni deployed in Kashmir Valley as part of Victor ForceWATCH | SC relief to homebuyers as it asks NBCC to take over Amarpali projects
With work starting on the next phase of Highway 104 twinning near Antigonish, Nova Scotia motorists can look forward to fewer traffic jams and safer travel. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Maurice Smith, and Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay marked the official start of Phase 2 of the Highway 104 twinning project today, Aug. 31, with a sod-turning ceremony near Antigonish. The project will complete eight kilometres of a new four-lane highway (two lanes in each direction) between Beech Hill Road and Taylor Road near the town of Antigonish. “This valuable addition to Nova Scotia’s 100-series highway system will improve the quality of life for families in the Antigonish area by reducing traffic tie ups and making travel safer,” said Mr. Smith. “This highway work, as part of Nova Scotia’s 5-Year Road Plan, will continue to create good jobs and grow the economy.” Nova Scotia’s 5-Year Road Plan allows the province to fix more roads, reach more communities, and work more effectively with partners. “The government of Canada is proud to invest in infrastructure projects that create jobs and economic growth, and lay the foundation for a bright and prosperous future in Canada,” said Mr. MacKay. “Highway 104 is a vital link in the Trans-Canada Highway system. This multi-million-dollar investment will improve safety, ease congestion and cut travel time for drivers.” Total costs of the second phase are estimated at $88.3-million. The government of Canada is contributing up to $30-million for this phase. The province is providing the remaining funding. Phase 2 will be completed in the fall of 2015. Phase 1 is expected to be completed this fall. It includes eight kilometres of four-lane divided highway from west of Addington Forks Road to just east of Beech Hill Road. The total cost of Phase 1 is estimated at $74.9 million.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday agreed to hear a PIL seeking identification and deportation of all illegal immigrants and infiltrators including Bangladesh nationals and Rohingyas.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta took note of submission of lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay that his plea, which was filed in 2017, be listed for an urgent hearing. “It would be listed for hearing on July 9,” the bench, which also comprised Justice Deepak Gupta, said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Upadhyay, in his plea, has also favoured the Centre’s stand to identify and deport to Myanmar around 40,000 illegal Rohingya Muslims staying here. The plea has sought a direction to the Centre and the state governments to identify, detain and deport all illegal migrants and infiltrators, including Bangladesh nationals and Rohingyas. “The large-scale illegal migrants, particularly from Myanmar and Bangladesh, have not only threatened the demographic structure of bordering districts but have seriously impaired the security and national integration, particularly in the present circumstances,” the plea said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe plea alleged there was an organised influx of illegal immigrants from Myanmar through agents and touts facilitating illegal immigrants Rohingyas via Benapole-Haridaspur and Hilli (West Bengal), Sonamora (Tripura), Kolkata and Guwahati. “This situation is seriously harming the national security of the country,” it said. The apex court is also seized of a separate plea of two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, and the plea said that Rohingyas had taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there. Former RSS ideologue and Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan leader K N Govindacharaya had also moved the Supreme Court seeking to intervene in the pending PIL filed by Rohingyas. He had opposed the plea of two Rohingya refugees saying they are a burden on country’s resources and pose a serious threat to national security.
OTTAWA – Canada’s annual inflation rate slowed slightly to 1.9 per cent in August under the weight of declining gasoline prices.Inflation was firm enough to stick close to the Bank of Canada’s ideal two per cent target and August was the sixth straight month that price growth was 1.9 per cent or higher.Statistics Canada says in a new report that excluding pump prices inflation would have increased by 2.4 per cent.Price growth was also held back last month, compared with a year earlier, by lower costs for traveler accommodation, internet access services and furniture.Consumer Price Index, August 2019: #CPI rose 1.9% on a year-over-year basis in August, down from a 2.0% increase in July, primarily due to lower gasoline prices. https://t.co/goWSFhVnM8 pic.twitter.com/EYvkWsKZOF— Statistics Canada (@StatCan_eng) September 18, 2019The upward pressure on consumer prices, year-over-year, was led by higher costs for airline tickets, mortgage interest and auto insurance.The average of Canada’s three gauges for core inflation, which are considered better measures of underlying price pressures by excluding volatile items like gas, hit the central bank’s target at two per cent.
Facebook Advertisement Bell also announced that SnackableTV has become the Canadian home for the Laugh Out Loud comedy network.Snackable TV is a free service supported by ads, however, during its initial debut, the service will be ad-free.The SnackableTV app boasts 45 series, many of which are exclusives, including HBO’s High Maintenance, Comedy Central’s Honeymoon Tour, and the sci-fi comedy series Space Riders: Division Earth. Bell Media announced Monday that its new short-form video content hub, SnackableTV, is now available to download for free on iOS and Android devices.The app features snack-size pieces of content from a variety of entertainment brands, including HBO, Just For Laughs, Comedy Central, Gusto and more.As part of today’s official launch, SnackableTV will feature its first original series – a short-form extension of Letterkenny, an award winning Canadian series series from CraveTV. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
OTTAWA – Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made a public apology Wednesday for his company’s handling of users’ personal information — including more than 620,000 Canadians — as the social media giant faced a growing international uproar over the questionable use of personal data for political purposes.The company estimates 622,161 users in Canada had their data improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica through apps used by themselves or their friends.Overall, Facebook says that 87 million of its users worldwide were affected — significantly more than the 50 million originally believed to be affected — with nearly 82 per cent of them believed to be located in the United States.The company said those affected will find out Monday if their information was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.Zuckerberg said the privacy breach showed his company didn’t take seriously its responsibility towards users “and that was a huge mistake.”“It was my mistake. So now we have to go through every part of our relationship with people and make sure we’re taking a broad enough view of our responsibility,” he said during an afternoon conference call with reporters.“It’s not enough to just connect people. We have to make sure those connections are positive and that they bring people closer together.”Canada’s privacy commissioner said he wasn’t surprised at the magnitude of the number of Canadians affected. Speaking in Toronto, Daniel Therrien said the figure will work into his ongoing investigation about the data breach and whether there were any violations of federal privacy laws.Facebook is facing its worst privacy scandal ever in the wake of allegations that Cambridge Analytica used data collected without users’ authorization to help Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and possibly other elections. Policy makers in Canada and other countries are now wrestling with how to respond to the spread of “fake news” on social media platforms like Facebook, which announced Wednesday it had also shut down accounts and pages linked to a Russian agency accused of online meddling in foreign elections.Zuckerberg said the company would bring to 20,000 the number of workers dedicated to battling “fake news,” as he apologized for initially dismissing the notion that the misinformation campaign had any impact on election outcomes.The social media giant plans to restrict data access on its platforms, which includes Instagram, to better protect users’ information. Facebook will disable a feature that let anyone search Facebook for a user with their email or phone number, saying in a post that “malicious actors” had used the tool to scrape personal data of most users on Facebook. And starting Monday, it will show people which apps use their Facebook information.Zuckerberg is set to testify next week before a U.S. congressional committee, and he said top executives at the company would be dispatched to other countries wanting to hold government hearings on the scandal.Canada’s acting minister for democratic institutions called Facebook’s admission of the scope of the breach “deeply concerning.”“While Facebook has begun to take initial steps to address these issues, it is clear that much more needs to be done,” Scott Brison said in a statement.Brison has said he’d be open to strengthening federal privacy laws, which don’t currently apply to political parties. And Zuckerberg appeared open to further regulation in a sector that has so far shied away from government oversight.International experts in the national capital Wednesday to talk about the issue of “fake news” said the Liberals needed to enact stronger privacy laws to better regulate how social media giants use Canadians’ personal information.“Since there are insufficient limits on what you can do with personal data, there is no countervailing force,” said David Carroll, an American academic who is suing Cambridge Analytica in the U.K. to gain access to his data.“We need to realize that privacy legislation will weaken the behemoths in a healthy way.”Other options put forward included greater transparency for online advertising that would enable users to easily learn who paid for a Facebook ad, how much they spent, how many people viewed it and why the ad targeted the user. Ben Scott, a former adviser in the State Department, said countries should look for ways to restrict the use of personal data for political targeting to avoid the kind of dirty tricks campaigns Cambridge Analytica is accused of conducting.Sue Gardner, former executive director of Wikimedia Foundation, said there is general opposition south of the border to government regulations in the sector, with a belief that government involvement would make matters worse. Instead, recommendations in the U.S. centre around self-regulation.“Those are massively insufficient for the scope of the problem,” she said.— With files from Andy Blatchford in Ottawa and Dave Paddon in Toronto
While Chen has been praised for leading the turnaround of enterprise software developer Sybase, Watsa said his reputation extends beyond saving companies who are in dire straits.He said Chen is a good leader, and pointed to several executives who left their jobs at Sybase to join Chen at BlackBerry as a sign of his skills.Fairfax’s investment in BlackBerry has raised some eyebrows because many analysts believe the smartphone company has lost most of its customer base and failed to launch new devices good enough to rebuild its reputation as a technology leader.BlackBerry shares have suffered a major drop since its heyday, hovering around $10 over the past year, compared with its all-time high of $149.90 reached in June 2008. BlackBerry shares closed down four cents to $8.66 on Wednesday.Watsa said he believes BlackBerry investors have overreacted.“When stocks prices come down the market — very short term — predicts bankruptcy, and when it goes up predicts years of fantastic growth,” he said.“The truth is always in between.” TORONTO — Financier Prem Watsa says some of the biggest names in technology, like Facebook and Twitter, are headed towards disaster because their stock prices have soared too high.The chairman and CEO of investment firm Fairfax Financial told investors Wednesday at its annual meeting he believes some of Silicon Valley’s most-prized companies are sitting on unproven foundations.There’s nothing underlying the value of these companies“There’s nothing underlying the value of these companies,” he said, referencing a chart that outlined names like Netflix and LinkedIn.“The last time this happened was in the dot-com era. I can tell you this is going to end in tears, because it always has.”Last week, technology stocks came under pressure on Wall Street as traders became concerned they were overvalued in an uncertain global economy.Watsa has been increasingly vocal about his concerns for the technology sector.In a letter to shareholders in March he criticized Facebook’s decision to purchase mobile phone chat program WhatsApp for US$19 billion, calling it “the poster child for the excesses that prevail in the tech world.”When it comes to investments, Fairfax has traditionally stayed away from the volatile technology sector, with the exception of Canadian smartphone company BlackBerry.The firm headed a consortium of investors who injected US$1 billion into Waterloo, Ont.,-based company last fall, after a failed attempt by Watsa to raise enough money to take it private.Fairfax later exercised an option to buy an additional $250 million of convertible debt in the smartphone maker to bring its share of the financing to $500 million.Watsa says he’s happy with the progress BlackBerry has made in turning around its business, and that new chief executive John Chen has the right experience to make the company profitable again.John, in five months, has done so many changes. We’re very impressed“John, in five months, has done so many changes. We’re very impressed,” he said. “He’s hit the road running.”Chen’s performance, and turnaround of BlackBerry, has been a major focus for Fairfax, which holds an equity stake as well as the convertible debt.Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg
The Office of the Iraq Programme also reported today that Baghdad had earned €294 million (euros) or $260 million in revenue under the programme over the past week. Iraq sold 14.9 million barrels of crude at an average price of €19.70 or $17.55 each.Since the beginning of the programme on 10 December 1996, some $38.6 billion and €11.4 billion ($9.9 billion) in estimated revenue has been raised from the export of more than 2.7 billion barrels of oil, according to the Office. Almost $29.3 billion worth of humanitarian supply contracts have been approved since the start of the programme, including $2.5 billion worth of contracts for oil industry spare parts and equipment.So far, about $15.6 billion worth of humanitarian supplies and $953 million worth of oil industry spare parts and equipment have been delivered to Iraq, while another $11.2 billion worth of humanitarian supplies and $1.5 billion worth of oil spare parts and equipment are in the production and delivery pipeline.
The report, published yesterday to mark Universal Day of the Child, prompted the ILO to call for zero tolerance of violence against children in the workplace. It represents the UN’s most comprehensive study of the issue, the ILO said.The hidden nature of much child labour means accurate figures can be hard to obtain, but the report estimated that there are 218 million child labourers and some 100 million legally employed adolescents.Some categories of child workers are considered most vulnerable, especially domestic workers, youth in the informal or ‘black’ economy, children in debt bondage and modern forms of slavery, such as human trafficking. Those children engaged in hazardous work, such as in mines, plantations or glass factories, must put up often with lax or non-existent health and safety regulations.ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said violence is “a terrifying fact of daily life” for too many child labourers.“Worldwide, violence at work is generally on the increase and violence against children and adolescents who work is endemic, and in some cases just ‘part of the job.’ This must stop,” he said.The report recommended a comprehensive programme of measures to tackle the underlying economic and cultural causes of child labour and to promote education and alternate livelihoods, as well as social mobilization to change attitudes about violence against children in the workplace.The International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), the largest single operational programme of the ILO, spent more than $70 million on projects in 86 countries last year.
The Calgary Flames acquired defenceman Andrew Nielsen from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday in exchange for forward Morgan Klimchuk.Nielsen, 22, has played in eight games for the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies this season, recording three assists. He has 20 goals and 50 assists through 152 AHL games.Klimchuk, 23, has appeared in 16 games with the AHL’s Stockton Heat this year, scoring three goals and tacking on five assists. He played one career NHL game with the Flames, making his debut last February against the Boston Bruins. Klimchuk has 100 points (44 goals, 56 assists) through 204 AHL games.Nielsen was drafted by the Maple Leafs in the third round (65th overall) of the 2015 NHL draft. Klimchuk was selected by the Flames in the first round (28th overall) in 2013. The Canadian Press
RAF Typhoon fighters have been scrambled twice in two weeks to intercept Russian aircraft approaching Nato airspace over the Black Sea.Jets from 135 Expeditionary Air Wing based in Romania have had to respond four times to threatened incursions since deploying to the region on a four-month tour of duty in May. The jets had to respond only once to similar threats on the 2017 deployment. In the latest incident, RAF Typhoons from 1 (Fighter) Squadron launched in response to two suspected Russian SU-30 Flanker aircraft heading towards Nato airspace from the Crimea.An RAF spokesman said the Russian aircraft were “repeating the recently seen activity in the air”. Romanian Defence Minister Mihai Fifor said such “provocations” by Russia had become “frequent” in recent months.Last week two Typhoons were scrambled to deter six Russian SU-24 Fencer aircraft. After one of the recent interceptions, one of the Typhoon pilots said: “We were monitoring the activity from the [operations] room as the Scramble was called”.”Everything went as planned with both of us launching and heading east towards the two contacts. We had radar contact and shadowed the two aircraft as they flew through the Romanian Flight Information Region, but we never got within visual range to see them.”Julian Lewis, Chair of the Commons Defence Select Committee, said he was concerned by the number of Russian sorties threatening Nato defences.“Obviously in the present environment of East-West hostility it is clear that the Russians are testing us, both in the air and at sea at every available opportunity,” he said.“All this highlights the fact that spending barely two per cent of GDP on defence is laughably inadequate to fulfil our strategic needs.” Sukhoi Su-30 jet fighters of the Russian aerobatic team perform during the Aviadarts competition, as part of the International Army Games 2018, outside Ryazan, Russia, Aug 4 2018. Credit:MAXIM SHEMETOV/ REUTERS Four RAF Typhoons are deployed at the Mihail Kogalniceanu air base in southeast Romania as part of Operation Biloxi, Nato’s enhanced Air Policing mission to bolster the alliance’s eastern airspace. The jets deploy each year for four months to work alongside their Romainian counterparts. The Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, visited Romania on August 2 to announce that London and Bucharest intended to forge a closer military working relationship. A bilateral memorandum of understanding is expected to be signed before the end of the year. 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.
← Previous Story Potaissa Turda win EHF Challenge Cup in front of 5.600 fans in Athens Next Story → Ljubomir Vranjes reacted on fans reaction: “It’s unfair, we had six injured players” Skjern and BSV Bjerringbro Silkeborg The first match of the Danish Play-Off Final ended without winner. Bjerringbro Silkeborg were six goals up in one moment of the first match in Skjern, but domestic team managed to get back in the game and make result with whom can be satisfied both sides.The second, decisive, match will be played on May 29 Skjern – Bjerringbro / Silkeborg 29-29 (12-15)Skjern : Eivind Tangen 9, Kasper Søndergaard 5, Anders Eggert 4, Bjarte Myrhol 4, Jesper Konradsson 3, Markus Olsson 2, Jonathan Stenbäcken 2Bjerringbro / Silkeborg : Nikolaj Markussen 10, Nikolaj Øris Nielsen 8, Jacob Lassen 5, Sebastian Skube 2, Mads Øris Nielsen 2, Stefan Hundstrup 1, Michael Knudsen 1
Updated: 10:16 PM June 13, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — It’s graduation time! We thought it might be interesting to hear more from some of this year’s young graduates.“What are your plans for the future?” we asked.At James Madison High in Clairemont Mesa and at Clairemont High, some students talked about becoming engineers, veterinarians, and teachers. One young man said he would join the military and eventually try to get a job as an EMT-firefighter. Another graduating senior said he was going to join the electricians’ union, in preparation for starting a business as an electrician.One young woman said she hoped to become an environmental lawyer, and then the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Many students said they would attend a local community college first and later transfer to San Diego State or another four-year university.Many students told us they were aware of the steeply rising costs of a college education. According to a 2014 national study, seven in ten college students had student loan debt, with an average of nearly $29,000 for each student borrower.We also asked the graduates who they credit for their passion and inspiration.Some said their friends and family helped them, while many gave the credit to their coaches and teachers. 6,000 students this week graduated from the 22 public high schools in the San Diego Unified School District.At the two high schools we visited, more than 90 percent said they planned to attend 2 to 4 year universities.To the class of 2018, we wish all of the young graduates throughout San Diego County much happiness and success! Aspirations, goals and dreams for graduation class of 2018 Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo Posted: June 13, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
China’s HK$3.7 billion Conghua Racecourse will host its very first exhibition meeting this Saturday, with five races to be staged in partnership with Hong Kong Jockey Club.The meeting is seen as an opportunity to boost tourism exposure to the Conghua District, located in the north of Guangzhou and known for its natural hot springs. 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage Load More RelatedPosts New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham forced to cut sponsorship ties with Russian betting site However, unlike a normal race day, there will be no betting and no live telecast with all races broadcast back to Hong Kong on a 15-minute delay.HKJC Chief Executive Officer Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges has also insisted that any push to allow race betting in China is not something he has considered.“I want to make this crystal clear – it is not an objective,” he stated at the opening of Conghua Racecourse last August. “It is not what we are aiming for. It is very clear there is no law in China that would permit it.”Saturday’s event is the first time a meeting, run in collaboration with the Conghua District Government, has been held in mainland China under the jurisdiction of the HKJC.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy has been suspended with pay in connection to the investigation of the leaked surveillance video showing the shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport that left five people dead.Shortly after the deadly airport shooting, surveillance video from inside the airport was released. Now a BSO deputy is being investigated for allegedly being behind the release of the footage.TMZ was the first news outlet to share the footage of what shows the shooter firing upon unsuspecting passengers at Terminal 2 of FLL. TMZ is known for paying thousands of dollars to its sources when it comes to exclusive footage.Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief said that they identified the person by his reflection on the screen. “This individual really had no gauge whatsoever in terms of sensitivity and in trust,” Sharief said.The deputy has been identified as Michael Dingman, a deputy assigned to the airport district. Last month, Dingman was a featured source in a 7News report on illegal parking at FLL.Related: BSO cracking down on illegal parking at FLLBroward Sheriff Scott Israel released this statement regarding the leak: “Our investigation is moving forward. We are making progress and aggressively pursuing this case. Today, I suspended a deputy with pay in connection with this active investigation.”“I feel like he shouldn’t be paid at all,” Sharief said. “This is a heinous, heinous act. It is despicable, and it’s discouraging to have someone do this, and it is a crime.” Israel later spoke to 7News regarding the mayor’s comment and said, “Broward County Mayor is not the litmus test for what I do as sheriff.”The video is a crucial piece of evidence in the federal investigation of the shooting. Israel did not say whether the investigation had been compromised. “I’m not saying he did anything. He didn’t do anything. We’re not discussing any of the behavior exhibited by the deputy,” he said.However, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association president, Jeff Bell, phoned in to remind 7News readers and viewers that Dingman is innocent until proven guilty. “If anybody in law enforcement was proven beyond a reasonable doubt to have had involvement in releasing information like this, then obviously, you would condemn an action like that.”The union said if Dingman is under investigation for the video, Sharief should be looked at for releasing information the day of the shooting.“If they’re looking at someone for releasing a video, I would also ask them to seriously look at Mayor Barbara Sharief for her conduct and her revealing of information that is specifically tied to the investigation,” Bell said.In the meantime, the suspect accused of the shooting, 26-year-old Esteban Santiago is in federal custody. Three of the victims from Friday’s shooting remain in the hospital.Among the actions listed on the suspension memo are disclosure or use of confidential information.
SOUTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Five people had to abandon ship off of Black Point Park Marina after their boat started to take on water.A family of five were rescued at sea after a fishing trip took a dangerous turn when their boat began taking on water, Friday afternoon.Seventeen-year-old Jesus Rodriguez explained the traumatic moments. “We were trying to get out, everyone was trying to get out,” he said. The boat took on a lot of water after a storm passed through, about 1.5 miles from Black Point Park Marina.“We just saw the rain coming hard, and we were trying to get out,” said Rodriguez, “and then a big wave came and flipped us over.”They put out a distress call and gave the coordinates of the boat as it started taking on water.Marine Patrol rescued the group, and they were checked out by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Experts with Fast Response Marine Towing and Salvage said this is something they see far too often.“It happens to the best of us,” said Bryant Niebruegge with Fast Response Marine Towing. “It’s electrical, and there are thousands of connections that can be broken, and if your pump isn’t working, any little bit of water that comes in your boat stays there, and before you know it, you’re half submerged and don’t even realize it.”As the boat undergoes repairs, Rodriguez said he’s thankful for the rescue crews’ quick response.“We thanked them a lot because they helped us a lot,” he said.The boaters said they spent at least 20 minutes in open water before crews responded.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Share Federico Parra/AFP/Getty ImagesActivists celebrate Sunday in Caracas after voting in an opposition-organized referendum on President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the country’s constitution.Just two weeks before an election to decide the delegates who will rewrite Venezuela’s national constitution, opposition activists held a symbolic vote of their own on Sunday. In the nonbinding referendum, roughly 98 percent of voters rejected President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to replace the constitution.More than 7 million Venezuelans voted in the referendum, according to the local university administrators tasked with overseeing the vote. NPR’s Philip Reeves notes that number — which includes nearly 700,000 expatriots who voted overseas — constitutes about a third of Venezuela’s registered voters.“It’s a way to show how many people are actually against the government, and to give support to people that are actually doing the protests and have been arrested,” expat Andrea de Lima, who participated in South Florida, tells reporter Keyvan Antonio Heydari.Still, Maduro has vowed that Sunday’s referendum will do nothing to stall a July 30 election for delegates for a constituent assembly, which will be responsible for rewriting the country’s 18-year-old constitution. That rewrite would have the capacity to dissolve the National Assembly, an opposition-heavy body of lawmakers that has been a source of frustration for Maduro for years.It was an earlier attempt to dissolve this legislature — an attempt made by the Supreme Court, then quickly reversed in early April — that set off more than 100 days of unrest in Venezuela. The anti-government protests, and their clashes with government security forces, have seen nearly 100 people killed and more than 1,500 injured in the three and a half months that followed.The referendum Sunday was also marred by violence. A 61-year-old nurse was shot dead and three more were injured when men on motorbikes — described by the opposition as members of a “paramilitary” — opened fire on a polling place.Maduro has positioned his proposed constitutional rewrite as a solution to this continuing unrest, calling Sunday’s vote “a meaningless internal exercise.”But NPR’s Philip Reeves notes the unofficial referendum does send a message.“It clearly states that Maduro is as deeply unpopular as he has long been thought to be, and it shows, as the polls have suggested, that Venezuelans are overwhelmingly against the idea of establishing a constitutional assembly,” Philip reports.And NPR’s Greg Allen says that sentiment extends to Venezuelans living in the U.S. One expatriot, Mario Di Giovanni, tells Greg that while the vote isn’t official, the process is supported by Venezuela’s constitution.“So for us it’s binding,” Di Giovanni says, “and we are following the constitution. “Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Share Being deported to an El Salvador he hadn’t seen in more than three decades was a trauma Hugo Castro recalls clearly.The 51-year-old said Monday that his country must begin preparing now to receive the nearly 200,000 Salvadorans who may have to return following the Trump administration’s decision to lift their temporary protected status next year.“The main problem for deportees is that they’re made invisible. They’re rejected, there’s no work. They don’t help us,” said Castro, who was deported from the U.S. in 2015.The U.S. announcement brought fears that a major source of income for this poor Central American nation will be cut off and that families could be separated. But there was also a hint of optimism that Salvadorans with many years of experience in the U.S. could bring expertise and investment to spur the economy.Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Salvadorans who have stayed in the U.S. with temporary protected status — only a fraction of the estimated 2 million Salvadorans living there — would have to leave by Sept. 9, 2019, unless Congress came up with a solution allowing them to stay.Twitter via @MaryknollFrsBrsThe temporary protected status program has been offered to citizens from a number of countries fleeing natural disasters or other instability. The affected Salvadorans received the status after earthquakes in 2001 killed more than 1,000 people. Thousands more who arrived in the United States in recent years fleeing gang violence were not eligible.Castro went to the United States as a teenager to study at a college in Atlanta. During his junior year his family back home lost nearly everything when the bank seized their coffee operation. Dropping out, he worked at a country club and a book store and became manager of a Mexican restaurant. Then a run-in with police led to more than two years in immigration detention as he unsuccessfully fought deportation after living in the U.S. for three decades.His first three months back in El Salvador were the worst, he said. He suffered from depression and didn’t want to leave his mother’s home. People told him a 49-year-old man should not depend on his mother to support him, so he started looking for work.“I went everywhere, to restaurants. I told them I had a lot of experience and that I spoke English, but they rejected me,” he said.Eight months after arriving, Castro finally found work at the Salvadoran Immigrant Institute. The non-profit group recognized the value of Castro’s bilingualism and the experience he had gained through the deportation process and it put him to work helping other deportees reintegrate into society.Castro said programs like his are very limited and more needs to be done for returnees.“The government has to get ready, partner with businesses, with all of society, the nonprofits and create assistance programs,” he said.As an example, he noted that in 2016, the country received 52,000 deportees from the United States and Mexico. Meanwhile, a government program to give small cash grants to allow deportees to open their own businesses has only graduated 140 people, he said.The biggest worry among many Salvadorans is that their nation of 6.2 million people will see a big drop in the amount of cash sent home by countrymen working in the United States. Salvadorans transferred more than $4.5 billion from the U.S. in 2016, accounting for 17 percent of El Salvador’s economy, according to government figures.Luis Membreno, an economic analyst in El Salvador, said that fear may be overblown. He said Salvadorans who have protected status in the U.S. tend to be more long-standing migrants who have their families there and send less money home. Many more Salvadorans are not in the program, with growing numbers entering the U.S. illegally over the past decade fleeing violence and poverty.“I don’t think that family remittances are going to fall in the short term,” Membreno said.He also thinks some Salvadoran families in the U.S. could start sending more money back — something that started when Donald Trump was elected president — so remittance figures could rise.In addition, he said, many of those eventually returning could be skilled and have money to invest. “All of this could generate a certain dynamism in the economy,” he said.Cesar Rios, director of the nonprofit group where Castro works, is less optimistic. “Our country is not prepared to receive thousands of Salvadorans,” he said.Deportees are often targeted by gangs, because they believe they have money. Police also target them, because of the stigma that they are criminals.“There’s no work,” Rios said. “Between 200 and 300 Salvadorans continue leaving every day for the United States.”Ernesto Godoy, standing outside a Western Union money transfer office in San Salvador, said he receives money from relatives with protected status in the United States. He worried the decision could lead to bigger problems in El Salvador.“It’s going to affect us, not only me, but on a national level, because here in El Salvador we make ends meet with remittances from the United States,” Godoy said.
Kolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s Health department has directed all Puja committees to take up cleaning of its pandal premises at the earliest to prevent the outbreak of vector-borne diseases. The health officials of the Ward level have been instructed to keep a vigil on such places on a regular basis to ensure that they do not emerge as a breeding ground for vector-borne diseases.”The things used for making pandals may act as small pockets of stagnant water. The weather office has predicted rain early next week. Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes that cause dengue breed in clear water. So we want to ensure that water does not accumulate in the premises of such pandals and accordingly, Puja committees have been instructed to clear such spaces at their earliest,” a senior official of KMC’s Health department said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the KMC started awareness campaigns against dengue from the beginning of the year as a result of which the vector-borne disease has been very much under control in its areas. “Our novel initiative of involving Puja committees in dengue drives and awarding those conducting awareness activities in the best possible way has yielded excellent results. We will start this venture from August next year so that more Puja committees come forward,” said Atin Ghosh, Member Mayor in Council (Health). The Swastha Bandhab Sharad Samman for awarding Puja committees for dengue drive witnessed 1,605 applications.