BJP panel gives clean chit to party leaders in Leh bribery case

first_imgJammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravinder Raina and two other senior leaders were given clean chits by the party’s internal fact-finding commission in the alleged case of offering bribes to journalists in Leh to influence the recently held parliamentary polls in Ladakh.“The BJP leaders have not done anything wrong and whatever charges have been levelled against them are totally false and baseless,” the three-member commission headed by Justice (retd) G.D. Sharma said in its report, released by the party here on Thursday.The State unit of the Congress, however, rejected the probe and termed it an attempt by the party to influence police investigation.The commission was constituted last month on the directions of BJP national president Amit Shah.The commission, whose other members include former IGP S.S. Bijral as member and Pallav Sharma as member-secretary, has given clean chits to Mr. Raina, State party general secretary Narinder Singh and MLC Vikram Randhawa as it found that they did not, in any manner, whatsoever, misconducted themselves to seek favour in any form.On May 4, the Press Club, Leh, had accused the BJP of trying to bribe its members by offering “envelopes filled with money” after a press conference on May 2, a charge denied by the party which had said allegations were “politically motivated”.Statements recordedThe commission said it recorded statements of journalists, persons associated with the Press Club, local leaders and examined CCTV footage besides recording the statement of the accused BJP leaders.The commission said it was established beyond any manner of doubt that the allegations of giving bribe by the MLC in the presence of Mr. Raina, Mr. Singh and district president, Leh, Dorje Angchuk is the result of afterthought and forms a part of criminal conspiracy as defined under Section 120-A of RPC.“The proof of giving or accepting illegal gratification is the raison d’etre of the offence of bribery, which ingredient is missing in this case,” the commission said.The police had on May 9 registered an FIR against the BJP leaders in connection with bribe allegations on the directions of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Leh.last_img read more

Blood, goals for Ronaldo as Madrid scores 7 to end poor run

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Leganes stayed 13th in the 20-team standings, while Alaves was 16th. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Magic stun East-leading Celtics in Boston Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo bleeds from his forehead during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Deportivo Coruna at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)MADRID — Despite watching Cristiano Ronaldo go off covered in blood, Real Madrid fans got to celebrate at home again with the team’s biggest win of the season in the Spanish league.Ronaldo, who left the game late with a cut to his face, scored twice as Madrid routed Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 Sunday, ending a three-match winless streak at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and easing the pressure on coach Zinedine Zidane and his players.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Ronaldo had to leave with about five minutes remaining after being hit by defender Fabian Schar’s boot while scoring the team’s sixth goal with a header. He was attended on the field for a while and could not continue as blood spilled over his face.While walking off the field, with his face still stained by the blood, Ronaldo asked for the doctor’s cell phone to take a look at the injury.Zidane said the Portugal forward needed “two or three stitches but was fine.”Madrid had already made three substitutions, but the much-needed victory was already secured by then.The fans who had loudly jeered the team in recent matches were cheering on their feet after the final whistle at the Bernabeu. The easy win followed a series of poor results that all but ended Madrid’s title chances.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments ___CELTA WINSMaxi Gomez scored a second-half winner as Celta Vigo rallied to defeat struggling Real Sociedad 2-1 and move closer to the Champions League spots.Striker Willian Jose put the hosts ahead early in the first half — but later missed a penalty kick — as forward Iago Aspas equalized for Celta.It was the second consecutive win for Celta, which is now seventh in the standings.Real Sociedad, in 15th place, has lost three in a row.___LATE EQUALIZERJoseba Zaldua scored in the 90th as Leganes salvaged a 2-2 draw at Alaves after trailing by two goals for much of the second half.Munir El Haddadi and Alfonso Pedraza put the hosts ahead with quick goals after halftime, and Gabriel Pires pulled Leganes closer in the 75th. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “We played a perfect match,” Madrid midfielder Casemiro said.Deportivo, in the relegation zone and winless in five games, gave Madrid an early scare when Adrian Lopez opened the scoring midway through the first half.Nacho and Bale helped Madrid rally before halftime, and each scored again in the second half along with Modric. Bale’s first goal came from a neat left-footed shot that was curled into the top corner by the far post.Ronaldo, who hadn’t found the net in three games and had been among those criticized by fans, scored with a shot from close range just a few minutes before getting injured. He did not celebrate.___BIGGER LEADBarcelona scored five second-half goals against midtable Real Betis after an even first half at Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville.Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring, then Messi and Suarez took over and added to their scoring runs.Messi is the league’s scoring leader with 19 goals, and Suarez has 15.Messi’s second goal late in the game was one to admire, with the Argentine entering the area and going past two defenders before calmly finding the net. “The players needed a game like this, a victory with a lot of goals,” Zidane said. “It’s always good to score seven times at home. It’s not something that happens very often so we are happy about it. We have to keep this momentum going.”Gareth Bale and Nacho Fernandez also scored twice, and Luka Modric added another goal for Madrid as it regained fourth place in the standings. Madrid remains 19 points behind leader Barcelona, which later routed Real Betis 5-0 in Seville with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez each scoring a pair of goals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAt the start of the league’s second half, Barcelona is 11 points in front of second-placed Atletico Madrid and 14 points ahead of Valencia. Atletico lost ground after a 1-1 home draw against Girona on Saturday, while Valencia lost 2-1 at Las Palmas.Madrid is five points behind Valencia but has a game in hand. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Tottenham win Champions League epic as Llorente stuns Manchester City

first_img Man City 4-3 Spurs (4-4 agg, Spurs win on away goals): Champions League – as it happened Substitutes Read more (s 41′) Facebook Twitter Tuesday 30 April: Tottenham v Ajax  Wednesday 1 May: Barcelona v Liverpool Tuesday 7 May: Liverpool v Barcelona Wednesday 8 May: Ajax v TottenhamChampions League final to be played in Madrid on Saturday 1 June Seriously, where do you even start? It was a wild and eccentric night, full of drama and incident, and when the players of Tottenham finally manage to catch their breath they can start looking forward to a Champions League semi-final.They had blown a gaping hole in Manchester City’s hopes of an unprecedented quadruple and, in the process, reached the last four of this competition for the first time. Their celebrations at the end were long and joyous. Spurs 17 Sissoko Manchester City 4-3 Tottenham: Champions League player ratings Spurs managed two inside the opening 10 minutes and both times Son Heung-min put the ball past Ederson the calculations changed again. The first one meant City needed at least three to go through. Three minutes later, Son had his second goal and that meant City required four. Yet they already had one courtesy of Sterling’s first, four minutes in, and when Bernardo Silva made it 2-2 the complexion of the game changed again.Spurs had been ahead barely a minute. Then Sterling popped up again to put in the next one and, for long spells, Spurs had to withstand an onslaught.It was certainly an absorbing spectacle, containing all sorts of possibilities, as the game swung in favour of the home side, then the away team, then back again, even before we had reached half-time. 8 Man City Off target 2 Spurs 10 Man City On target 6 Spurs Show Read more 7 Son 52 Skipp Match stats 22 Gazzaniga 6 Sanchez 7 Sterling 26 Mahrez Quick guide Champions League semi-final fixtures Again the brilliant De Bruyne was involved. Agüero was close to the position where he scored what they know here as the 93.20 goal. This time, however, it was not decisive. The truth is Llorente’s goal went in off both an elbow and a thigh. Spurs had VAR on their side but they had also played with great togetherness and ambition. Now they can start preparing for a semi-final against Ajax. 21 Silva (s 83′) Share on WhatsApp As if that were not galling enough for City, VAR had gone against them in the 73rd minute when Llorente bundled in a corner for what was ultimately the decisive goal. Should it have stood? The Turkish referee, Cuneyt Cakir, took an age to make up his mind and, even then, he did not seem sure. His first reaction was to hold out his arms as if to say he was uncertain. In the end, he signalled the ball had struck Llorente on a thigh. And that meant Spurs were ahead again, on the away-goals rule.City’s players had argued the decisive contact came off Llorente’s elbow but maybe, in time, they will come to reflect it was not VAR to blame for their elimination but their inability to score an away goal. TOT37MNC63% 18 Llorente 4 3 (s 90′) The Fiver: Sign up for our free daily football email. 27 Lucas Moura 8 Gundogan 4 Kompany Man City 20 Bernardo Silva (s 62′) 10 Aguero Pep Guardiola hits out at VAR after Llorente’s disputed goal for Spurs 1 Lloris 33 Gabriel Jesus 8 10 Hide (s 81′) 31 Ederson Tottenham Hotspur 19 Sane 14 Laporte 5 Vertonghen 11 Lamela 12 Wanyama 33 Davies TOT MNC 20 Alli 30 Otamendi 49 Muric Share on Facebook match reports It was rare to see a Champions League quarter-final being played so openly and, though it did not matter a great deal ultimately, Spurs really ought to have made it a more straightforward match once Son’s goals had opened up a 3-1 aggregate lead. Instead, City’s next goal arrived so quickly it meant there was never a concerted period during that bewitching, often bewildering, first-half blitz when Guardiola’s players looked out of it. Bernardo Silva’s shot deflected in off Danny Rose for the equaliser and, yet again, it was game on.For Spurs, the frustration during that breathless opening period was that both of City’s goals had come from dangerous opponents eluding their markers. It was the same again when Sterling stole in from the left to turn in Kevin De Bruyne’s right-sided delivery for the goal that made it 3-2. De Bruyne had also set up Sterling to cut inside and pick out the far corner with a curling right-foot finish for the first goal. Sterling’s next one was from closer range, this time with his left foot, his 22nd and 23rd of the season. Goal attempts Fernando Llorente scores to make it 4-3 on the night. The goal was checked by the VAR for handball, but was awarded. Photograph: Mark Cosgrove/News Images/Rex/Shutterstock 3 Rose Manchester City 37 63 Spurs certainly rode their luck at times and, yes, a more experienced team might have changed the pace of the game after the initial rush of goals. Mauricio Pochettino’s side would have been castigated if they had thrown it away. Yet they were always dangerous and seemed to realise that City, minus Fernandinho at the start, might be vulnerable through the middle. They were rewarded for their adventure and Son gave the impression he may have been affronted by the suggestion they would miss the injured Harry Kane.His second goal, in particular, was a beauty, an elegant shot into the top corner after a move that started with Aymeric Laporte losing the ball inside his own half. Laporte had also been culpable for Son’s first goal when the defender accidentally turned the ball into the path of the scorer. Son, playing with immense confidence, let fly with his right boot and the ball skimmed beneath Ederson, who should probably have done better.That the score remained 3-2 throughout the remainder of the first half felt like a goal drought. Yet City still had an entire 45 minutes to go for more and when Agüero lashed in their fourth goal they were ahead on aggregate for the first time. 23 Eriksen Corners Thank you for your feedback. Was this helpful? 4 Alderweireld 2 Trippier Read more 2 Walker Share on LinkedIn That, however, tells only part of the story from a match when City led 1-0, trailed 2-1 and then went ahead 3-2, all in the opening 21 minutes, even before we get to the throbbing drama of a second half in which both teams scored again – decisively, as it turned out, for the Spurs substitute Fernando Llorente – and Pep Guardiola’s team had to endure the stoppage-time ordeal of believing Raheem Sterling had conjured a late, dramatic winner.It would have been Sterling’s hat-trick and, coming in the 94th minute, almost certainly the killer blow. And in those moments, with some of the early-leavers rushing back into the stadium to join in the raucous celebrations, it felt like City had pulled off a remarkable feat of escapology. Except football has changed. No offside flag had gone up but VAR had the benefit of action replays and it showed Sergio Agüero had strayed marginally past the defensive line when the ball came to him in the buildup. 21 Foyth 5 Stones Lineups Substitutes Champions League Topics 25 Fernandinho 17 De Bruyne Share on Twitter 22 Mendy Possession Share on Messenger Pinterest Fouls Share on Pinterest Share via Email European club football Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Liverpool vs Norwich: Origi starts over Mane

first_imgOn the back of a fine campaign last season, Liverpool will be looking to write  history in 2019-20 as they kick off the new Premier League campaign against freshly-promoted Norwich City.Jurgen Klopp’s Reds missed out on the domestic title by a mere fraction three months ago to Manchester City, but the Champions League holders will back themselves to clear that final hurdle as they begin their latest crusade for the crown.AdChoices广告Having already crossed swords with the Citizens once in the Community Shield, they now turn their attention to ensuring an opening weekend win against Daniel Farke’s Canaries, who know they face a difficult battle to remain at English football’s top table following their surprise Championship success in 2018-19. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The pair, both of whom coached in the set-up at Borussia Dortmund in their native Germany, have been full of praise for the other ahead of their encounter – but any professional admiration and respect is surely set to be benched as they begin their pursuits of greatness once again. Game Liverpool vs Norwich City Date Friday, August 9 Time 8:00pm BST / 3:00pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched  live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the UK, the match will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, and available to stream on Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Liverpool squad Goalkeepers Alisson, Adrian, Kelleher Defenders Van Dijk, Matip, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Gomez, Hoever, Van den Berg, Phillips Midfielders Henderson, Milner, Keita, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilson, Jones, Kent, Elliott, Chirivella, Ejaria Forwards  Salah, Firmino, Mane, Shaqiri, Origi, Brewster, Awoniyi Jurgen Klopp is thought to be only missing Nathaniel Clyne, who is set to sit out the rest of 2019 with knee ligament damage that he sustained in the club’s pre-season tour of the USA.Otherwise, the German may very well name a similar squad to the one that faced City at Wembley just under a week ago, though Sadio Mane is available off the benchConfirmed Liverpool starting XI:  Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, Origi. Position Norwich squad Goalkeepers Krul, Fahrmann, McGovern Defenders Aarons, Byram, Hanley, Zimmermann, Lewis, Klose, Heise Midfielders Godfrey, Roberts, Vrancic, Leitner, Hernandez, Cantwell, Buendia, Stiepermann, Trybull, McLean, Amadou, Tettey, Thompson Forwards Drmic, Pukki, Srbeny, Idah Confirmed Norwich City starting XI:  Krul; Aarons, Godfrey, Hanley, Lewis; Cantwell, Buendia, Stiepermann, Trybull; Pukki, McLean.Betting & Match Odds Liverpool are heavy odds-on favourites to take the win at 1/7 favourites with bet365 . Norwich are priced at a distant 20/1 while a draw is available at 17/2.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Champions League 2018-19Liverpool know that they face a tough task to repeat their heroics of last season once again, but they will be hopeful of making a winning start following their near-miss against Manchester City when they host newly-promoted Norwich City to kick off the 2019-20 Premier League season at Anfield this weekend.Jurgen Klopp’s team achieved one of the highest points totals in top-flight history last season while clinching more wins than Pep Guardiola’s side overall – yet they still came up short to the Citizens at the end of the season.Daniel Farke’s Canaries meanwhile faced something of a reverse situation, trailing Leeds United for much of the campaign before vaulting over the Whites in the final few months to cement their position as unexpected Championship winners.Both managers have professed their admiration for each other, adding an extra layer of intrigue as the pair of former Borrusia Dortmund coaches prepare to square off to start their latest challenges for success.But it is upon Klopp that expectation surely rests, after a Champions League victory against Tottenham in June that preceded something of a rocky pre-season run of form, leading up to their Community Shield penalty shoot-out loss to City.After a particularly quiet transfer window too, one which saw the Reds eschew any big-name pursuits with only a handful of new faces added for minimal cost, the German has defended his approach , stating that he feels his side are still able to comfortably challenge following their success last season.“The big teams of the past – and I don’t say we are a big team now, that will be decided in a couple of years – they stay together for a number of years,” he stated in his pre-match press briefing .“They do not need a lot of changes. Manchester United had the class of ’92. How long did they stay together? They changed a few after [Eric] Cantona got older and brought in Van the Man [Ruud van Nistelrooy] or whoever. You do not change completely.“We are a good team together in a very difficult league with a lot of competitors desperate to get the position we are in. Nobody knows how it will look exactly but Sunday showed we will be fine and the rest is what we make of it.”Farke meanwhile has vowed to give Liverpool a sterner test than they may expect, though he hailed them as one of the premier sides across the globe.”They are one of the best teams in the world. For me, probably the best at the moment,” he stated.”It is the toughest task you can get to start. It’s the first time they play back at Anfield after winning the Champions League title so there will be lots of optimism and they will be focused.”I can’t speak highly enough of Jurgen Klopp. He’s a world-class coach, and the job he’s done at Liverpool is outstanding.”We know we are the underdog and not the big favourite but we won’t raise the white flag. One thing I can promise is that we will be greedy to be there with a good performance, but also a good result.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Boomer bikers are turning to threewheelers to keep up life in the

first_imgMONTREAL — Pam Fraser had never been on a motorcycle — or anything resembling one, such as the three-wheeled Piaggio scooter her husband Brian hauled home from the dealership 10 years ago.“I thought for sure he is going to kill himself on this thing,” she said.Brian, a firefighter at the time, relented, trading in the Piaggio a few months later. “The next thing you know he’s buying a Can-Am Spyder,” recalled Pam, 64. “Boys and their toys.”Brian, 66, who gave up biking as a young man, implored her to try the trike, made by Quebec-based BRP Inc. and resembling one of the company’s Ski-Doos on wheels — one in the back, two wide apart in the front.“So I put on my snowmobile helmet and popped on behind him and went for a little ride,” Pam said, her risk aversion honed by decades in personal insurance. “I was hooked.”The roadster has rerouted their retirement. Pam and Brian have put more than 250,000 kilometres on seven Spyders over the past decade. They’ve trekked to trike rallies in Missouri, Tennessee and North Carolina. Last July they rode to Deadwood, S.D., notching 1,000 kilometres a day.“I wouldn’t say it’s a hobby; it’s more of a lifestyle,” said Pam, who moderates the Ontario Spyder Ryders Facebook page, which counts more than 770 members. “It gives you a sense of freedom that you don’t have in a car.”The retirees from Orangeville, Ont., are part of a growing wave of baby boomers who are rediscovering life on the open road aboard the motorbike’s more stable cousin, the three-wheeled motorcycle. And manufacturers are scrambling to get on board, aiming to expand a mere industry sidecar into a major driver of sales while dodging licensing obstacles and derision from the hog elite.The number of three-wheeled vehicles registered in Quebec rose 60 per cent to 15,147 between 2014 and 2017, according to the Transport Ministry. Motorcycles grew 17 per cent to 185,416 in the same period.The rest of the country has been slower to adopt, but producers have their eyes on sunnier climes than Canada.Companies like BRP, Harley-Davidson Inc., Quebec-based Campagna Motors and Minnesota’s Polaris Industries are looking to expand in the U.S. as well as Australia, Japan and Europe.BRP chief executive Jose Boisjoli hopes to triple global sales of three-wheelers over five years to more than $1 billion — or nearly one-quarter of total company revenues in 2017 — driven largely by the newly released Ryker roadster. The sporty trike chops the Spyder’s starting price of US$17,000 to US$8,500 in a bid to attract younger and less wealthy riders.Ultimately, though, youth is not where it’s at. The average Spyder customer is 62, Boisjoli said.“To be honest, at the beginning we were saying we should attract younger people. But lately we’re saying, why? Retired people have disposable income. They have time,” he said.Enthusiasts say three-wheelers offer the exhilaration of a standard motorcycle but without the physical strain that comes with it.Still, some traditionalists remain resistant, even hostile, to three-wheelers, said Jeff Maguire, an account director with a Toronto-based ad agency that focuses on power sport products.“Most motorcyclists wave to each other,” he said. “I’ve noticed with Can-Ams, that doesn’t really happen. It’s not that they don’t wave, but they don’t get a wave back.”The sentiment may be “snobbish,” but having tried three-wheelers, he said he gets where it’s coming from.“It took all the things you get from riding a motorcycle — the freedom, the handling, the ability to lean into a corner — and sucked the fun out of it,” said Maguire, a third-generation biker who owns two Harleys and a 1972 Honda.On top of rider ridicule, licensing and regulations pose another hurdle. Some states, such as California, allow anyone with a driver’s licence to ride off the lot with a three-wheeler, though getting that licence can still be a deterrent.In Quebec, car drivers need only complete a special seven-hour course to drive a BRP roadster, which the company makes available at 17 driving schools in the province.Many states and several provinces and territories, however, require riders to enter a graduated motorcycle licensing system that amounts to a barrier to entry, he added.Ryan Blake, a motorcycle instructor at Learning Curves in Toronto, said three-wheeled motorcycles are partly an industry response to shifting tastes as riders look beyond big Harley cruisers for “old white guys” or roaring Japanese performance bikes.Products such as the Harley trike and Seattle-based Ural Motorcycles — famed for its sidecars — present a viable option to aging hog riders and disabled individuals, he said“In the old days, a lot of senior riders would get a sidecar to balance their vehicle — and put their dog in,” he said.“I have seen a lot of students with disabilities, guys who have artificial limbs…Their intentions are often to go and get a three-wheeled machine. It think it’s great, it’s fantastic.”Three-wheelers’ automatic transmission and stable handling can build confidence for consumers new to motorcycling as well as older riders returning from decades of self-imposed exile, Blake said.“‘As a real man, you ride two wheels, you don’t ride three.’ I think those stigmas are dropping today, I really do, because the technology is so fun to play with,” he said.“Back in the old days, you would never, ever see a group of Harley riders riding with sport bike riders. Now you see it everywhere. Everyone’s riding together.”Chris Reynolds, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Trudeau says Ottawa open to proposals for BC refinery as gas prices

first_imgHorgan says that while the province wants a transition away from fossil fuel dependence, that transition should be aided by more refined product to give B.C. drivers relief.Protesters planned to rally ahead of a Liberal fundraiser tonight to call for a stronger federal climate action and criticize Trudeau for his government’s approval and purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.But Trudeau told reporters that selling Canadian oil to American markets at a discount won’t help the environment, but redirecting some of the profits from the expansion will.“Having 99 per cent of our oil go to the United States doesn’t do anything for our environment,” Trudeau said.“Putting the profits from the TMX into the green transition will do a lot for the environment.”The prime minister and premier announced a joint investment in transit among federal, provincial and municipal governments that will also allow for 10 long-range electric buses that would provide greener transportation options in Greater Victoria. Trudeau told a crowd inside a BC Transit bus body shop that the buses will be more energy efficient and have improved accessibility and safety features as part of a public system that needs to keep pace with growing communities.Horgan said a strong transit system is essential to making communities more affordable and to greening the province’s transportation infrastructure.The federal and provincial governments have each contributed $31 million for the new buses while municipalities are pitching in $16 million.Trudeau was in Montreal earlier today, meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk and EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom, and he’s hosting a fundraising event tonight in Victoria. VICTORIA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa is open to proposals from the private sector for a refinery in British Columbia, as a public inquiry into the province’s soaring gas prices reviews possible solutions.The prime minister says he knows B.C. residents are struggling and the federal government is always open to hearing businesses cases and working with people to find solutions so they can pay their bills.He made the comments in Victoria today following a joint announcement with Premier John Horgan of $79 million to support 118 new transit buses across the province.center_img The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Police digest Bicycle jewelry stolen

A diamond ring and a custom-made bicycle were among items taken in a break-and-enter in Haldimand County this week.The theft on Inman Road in Dunnville occurred between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.The ring is made of white gold and features three diamonds.The Garneau Gennix bicycle is light blue in colour with bright green lettering.“A witness reported seeing a suspicious white van with dealer plates in the area at the time,” Const. Rod LeClair, spokesperson for the Haldimand OPP, said in a news release.Anyone with information related to this crime is encouraged to contact the Haldimand OPP at 1-888-310-1122.Information can also be shared with Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477. Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000. read more

Belarus UN expert calls for end to executions after recent court rulings

“I am deeply disappointed regarding the rulings of Belarusian courts which continue to hand down death sentences to the country’s citizens,” said the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Miklos Haraszti.“I ask the Belarusian authorities to use these new sentences as the starting cases of a practical moratorium on actual executions, while focusing the work in its welcome parliamentary Committee set up to study the death penalty on putting in place a legal moratorium on the death penalty, with a view to its abolition.”On 18 September, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the death sentence of Pavel Selyun, who was accused of double murder and theft of documents. Two other death sentences were handed down earlier this year by the Court to Grigoriy Yuzepchuk and Aliaksandar Hrunau – both for murder charges.Belarus is the only European country that still retains the death penalty for certain crimes during times of peace and war. Between 2010 and 2012, five executions were held, even though the UN Human Rights Committee had requested interim measures of protection.“It is unacceptable that Belarusians must live in the fear that non transparent and politically-guided courts hand down death penalty sentences at the end of a procedure without guarantees of a fair trial or the right to appeal to international bodies,” Mr. Haraszti said.He described the lack of transparency and statistics on death executions in the country as “deplorable,” and also noted that the way the death penalty is carried out amounts to inhuman treatment.“Defendants are executed by a gunshot to the back of the head, the relatives of those executed are not informed of the scheduled date of execution, neither the relatives are informed of where the body is buried,” he said. Mr. Haraszti’s call on the Belarusian authorities has been endorsed by four other independent experts designated by the UN Human Rights Council: the Special Rapporteurs on the independence of the judiciary, Gabriela Knul; summary executions, Christof Heyns; and torture, Juan E. Méndez; as well as El Hadji Malick Sow, who currently heads the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. read more

Syria UN chief Guterres clarifies tasks of panel laying groundwork for possible

According to a note from a UN spokesperson, the mechanism will be established in phases until it is fully functioning and the Secretary-General will announce the person leading it by the end of February. The head of the mechanism, which is formally called the ‘International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of those Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011,’ will be assisted by a deputy and a secretariat. The two primary tasks assigned to the mechanism include: Collecting, consolidating, preserving and analyzing evidence of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights violations and abuses; andPreparing files in order to facilitate and expedite fair and independent criminal proceedings, in accordance with international law standards, in national, regional or international courts or tribunals that have or may in the future have jurisdiction over these crimes, in accordance with international law.In discharging its responsibilities, the mechanism will closely cooperate and coordinate with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria (Syria CoI) and the two panels will be complementary to each other. “However, there is a clear distinction between the Syria CoI and the mechanism in terms of functions. The Syria CoI focuses on information collection, publicly reporting and making recommendations notably to Member States,” explained the spokesperson. The mechanism will build on the information collected by others, by collecting, consolidating, preserving and analysing evidence and information. It will also prepare files to assist in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the most serious crimes under international law. The resolution approving the mechanism was adopted by the General Assembly – the universal body comprising all 193 UN Members States – on 21 December by a recorded vote of 105 in favour and 15 against, with 52 abstentions.See also: Syria: UN approves mechanism to lay groundwork for investigations into possible war crimes read more

Duke of Cambridge arrives at the Royal Wedding with Prince Harry

Friends including Jessica Mulroney, Misha Noo Lindsay Roth, Benita Litt, Janina Gavankar and Priyanka Chopra are expected to be part of the congregation. Prince Harry went on to tease his brother mercilessly during a none-the-less heartfelt best man’s speech at the wedding reception, allegedly wearing a fez, mimicking the lovestruck conversations between a young Kate and William, and ridiculing his bald spot.Royal men have traditionally had “supporters” by their side at their wedding, with both Prince William and Prince Harry now breaking with the convention to use the more modern term of “best man”. Jessica Mulroney and Meghan Markle in 2016 Prince Harry Meghan Markle Royal Wedding Duke of Cambridge The pair were cheered by the crowds as they arrivedCredit:PA The Duke, who has always been the front-runner for the supporting role at the May wedding, is “honoured” to have been asked, Kensington Palace said. Prince William and Prince Harry in borrowed policemen outfits Asked how he felt about being asked to be Prince Harry’s best man, the Duke said: “It feels great. [I am] Thrilled and delighted obviously. ​ Earlier this year, the Duke talked of the lifelong close bond he has enjoyed with his brother, saying at a charity event about male mental health in January: “Our relationship is closer than it’s been because of the situation we’ve been through.”Losing our mother at a young age, it’s helped us travel through that difficult patch together. You’re like-minded.”You go through similar things, it’s a bond and it’s something you know you’ve tackled together and come out better for it.”After the ceremony inside the chapel, which is in the grounds of Windsor Castle, he is expected to deliver a traditional best man’s speech. Jessica Mulroney and Meghan Markle in 2016Credit:George Pimentel/WireImage Prince William and Prince Harry in borrowed policemen outfitsCredit:PA ​ The best man and bridesmaidsThe Duke of Cambridge will be Harry’s best man, missing the FA Cup final to be at his brother’s side. The two spent the night at the Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park where the cheapest room available costs £370.Meghan Markle stayed at a hotel 15 miles away – the Cliveden House Hotel – with her mother Doria Ragland. Prince Harry was Prince William’s best man in 2011 when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed inside Westminster Abbey.  Prince George and Princess Charlotte were almost certain to be page boy and flower girl. The siblings already know the score – they performed those roles at the wedding of Pippa Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister, to James Matthews in May last year.  Kensington Palace has announced that Ms Markle will have no adult bridesmaids ‘because she’s unable to choose between her friends’, and will instead be surrounded by children as page boys, bridesmaids and flower girls. “Revenge is sweet. I’ll be looking forward to it.”The Duke’s own stag do is reported to have been held on a Devon estate, Hartland Abbey, where he and close friends indulged in drinking, clay pigeon shooting, surfing and games. 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. FOLLOW LIVE COVERAGE OF THE ROYAL WEDDING HEREThe Duke of Cambridge arrived with Prince Harry at St George’s Chapel, taking up his role as best man for his brother at the Royal Wedding – and returning the gesture from his own big day seven years ago.Both Harry and the Duke of Cambridge wore the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals.The Queen gave her permission for her grandson to get married in his uniform, Kensington Palace said. Both uniforms were tailored at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row.Prince Harry and the Duke looked relaxed as he walked down to the chapel with his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, to loud cheers from the waiting crowd.The pair smiled and waved to well-wishers during the short walk. read more

France without Karabatic Honrubia Fernandez and Nyokas against Lithuania and Turkey ECQuals

← Previous Story ASOBAL (Round 7): Barcelona with an easy home win over C. Encantada Next Story → THW Kiel’s warm up with football in “Veszprem Arena” (PHOTO&VIDEO) barachetdinartfernandezfrancegillehonrubiakarabaticlithuanianarcissenyokasomeyeronestaturkey France is playing against Lithuania and Turkey in the European Championship qualifications, and this time Claude Onesta will have to do without Nikola Karabatic and Samuel Honrubia which are charged for illegal betting and match fixing, and Jerome Fernandez and Kevyn Nyokas due to injuries. However, with Omeyer, Dinart, Narcisse, Barachet, Gille and company there should be no doubt that the games against Lithuania and Turkey are to finish in favour of the French squad. Games are to be played on 1.11 and 4.11 respectively. read more

80 of drivers killed on Irish roads last year were male

first_imgData and infographic from the Road Safety Authority. Having trouble reading the infographic? Click here.THE ROAD SAFETY Authority has released more details about last year’s fatalities on Irish roads.Following last week’s report that the number of people who lost their lives rose for the first time in eight year, the agency has released a review of those figures.It shows that of the 190 people killed in road incidents, 127 were in vehicles, five were travelling on bicycles, 27 on motorcycles and 31 were pedestrians.The deaths of motorcyclists is a 44 per cent increase on 2012 fatalities.There was a 22 per cent increase in driver fatalities and, of those, 80 per cent were male and 17 per cent were not wearing a seatbelt.About 38 per cent of pedestrians knocked over and killed were older than 60 years of age.The new data also revealed that the afternoon (between 2pm and 6pm) is the most dangerous time to use the roads. During those hours, 27 per cent of fatalities occurred.The most dangerous day of the week is Friday, followed by Sunday and Monday.January and August tied for the most fatal month on Ireland’s roads with 19 deaths each, followed by July with 18 fatalities.Speaking last week, Gay Byrne, the head of the Road Safety Authority said Ireland had ‘dropped our guard’ when it comes to road deaths and, as a result, had killed 27 more people.“It’s a stark way to put it but it’s the truth. It represents a very worrying development and highlights the need for all road users to be more vigilant.”Related: Numbers killed on Ireland’s roads rises for first time in eight yearsRead: 54 million self-driving cars to be on the roads by 2035More: Woman killed and 8-year-old girl injured in Kerry crashlast_img read more

Six lessons for 2017 from an Irish factchecker in a fake news

first_img 363 Views TheJournal.ie’s FactCheck is a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. You can read it here.For information on how FactCheck works, what the verdicts mean, and how you can take part, check out our Reader’s Guide here.  Dan MacGuill Share54 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Six lessons for 2017 from an Irish fact-checker in a “fake news” era After fact-checking Irish public debate during a tumultuous year for politics, the news media and the concept of truth itself, there are ways we can all improve public debate in 2017, writes Dan Mac Guill. Friday 20 Jan 2017, 12:01 AM Is it possible they genuinely believed what they were saying was true?Is it possible they relied on information that would explain why they made the claim, even if it was bad information?Is there some evidence out there that could be interpreted in a way that supports their argument, even if that meant it was interpreted wrongly?If we want healthy public debate, we should emphasise accuracy (in ourselves and others), but avoid unfair and unfounded attacks on character.4. “Getting it right” is not the same thing as “being right” Source: Shutterstock/CastleskiAccurately stating a fact doesn’t mean you’re right on the broader issue. And making a false claim doesn’t mean you’re wrong.Over the past year writing articles for TheJournal.ie‘s FactCheck, I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon, repeated again and again. Here’s how it typically happens:A TD supports a policy of providing free, unlimited tea for teachers (bear with me).In a radio debate, she tries to support her argument by claiming all the tea sold in Ireland comes from plants grown indigenously on traffic roundabouts across the country, providing thousands of jobs.A fact check shows this to be false (obviously).Then, some of her supporters dismiss the fact check, reiterate her claim, deny her claim was false, and so on.They do all this rather than simply accepting that the deputy didn’t have her facts straight on the roundabouts, but arguing that she’s still right to call for free hot drinks for educators.Meanwhile, some opponents of the “tea for teachers” policy point to the fact check as definitive proof that our TD is wrong on the bigger issue.Of course she got this detail wrong, they argue, because she has the entire policy wrong.This equation of “getting it right” and “being right” is quite common, but it’s a serious problem for a few reasons.First, anyone who’s ever had an argument with a partner or sibling or friend knows well that it’s perfectly possible, and very common, to have your facts straight, but still be wrong on the bigger issues (or vice versa).Second, you’re setting an intellectual trap for yourself. If you present a link between being accurate in specific instances and being right on issues, what happens when someone from your side makes a false claim?Or when one of your opponents gets their facts right? What does this mean for your view of them, the facts, and the credibility of the fact-checkers you previously used to advance your argument?And finally, it’s damaging to public debate. When fact checks are selectively commended or attacked purely to advance political or ideological causes, this undermines everyone’s credibility.And when “getting it right” and “being right” are equated – when the stakes are unnecessarily increased in this way – it makes it even less likely that politicians and other public figures will publicly acknowledge their factual errors, even while reiterating their broader arguments.This corrodes trust and good faith in public debate, so this year, we should try to be more confident in our principles and not make every mistake, however trivial, a hill to die on.Which brings us to the next point…5. Politicians and public figures almost never admit their mistakes – they should do it more, but we should make it easier for themTheJournal.ie’s FactCheck has examined more than 160 factual claims since last February. Many of them involved politicians, naturally, but in only two instances did an Irish politician admit they had made an error – Richard Bruton and Willie O’Dea.An elected official accepting they made a factual error could help restore their credibility, somewhat ironically. And it adds, once again, to the degree of trust and good faith in our public debate. It helps correct the public record.Politicians should do it – and be asked to do it – far more often. But when they do, the rest of us should publicly acknowledge them for it.It’s also in our power to make it easier for them to admit when they get it wrong.Too often, the cost of being found to have made a false claim is: immediately being labelled a liar (see Point 3), having your broader argument unfairly and irrationally dismissed (see Point 4), or being dragged into a bout of partisan mud-slinging (see Point 2).If we can wean ourselves off these bad habits, we can lower the cost for politicians of admitting their mistakes, and thus add to the foundation of good faith in public debate.Even so, political leaders and influential public figures should still do the right thing and publicly accept that they’ve said something untrue, even if it hurts them personally.6. Not every news article that includes errors, or that you don’t like, is “fake news” Source: AP/Press Association ImagesAnd we should stop using that term to describe almost everything.Lack of accuracy, context and balance in news is, of course, a problem, as it always has been.But what is generally referred to as “fake news” is fundamentally different.It involves the intentional invention and fabrication of entire stories, often crafted to provoke as much shock or disgust or confirmation of biases as possible, in order to foster social media virality, with the ultimate aim of making advertising money for its creators.Just last week, a long-established, major US television news network (CNN) broadcast a story about a purported intelligence report including explosive allegations about US President-Elect Donald Trump.It was purportedly based on information provided by inside sources and was presented with the disclaimer that it is unverified. That’s not “fake news”.And yet, US President-Elect Donald Trump deployed that term to attack the report, on Twitter and in a press conference (starts 22.29).As readers and journalists, we should reach some sort of consensus about the definition of “fake news” – what specifically it is, and what it is not.If, in 2017, we start to use “fake news” as Trump did (that is, in an inaccurate and politically-motivated way), the term will lose its meaning.And if that happens, we should probably just stop using it.Ultimately, what really matters is whether the contents of a news report, or meme, or online posting are accurate, and not so much how we label one particular strain of falsehood.Dan Mac Guill is a journalist and writes for TheJournal.ie’s FactCheck. http://jrnl.ie/3188614 center_img I started fact-checking Ireland’s public debate at the beginning of February last year, as part of TheJournal.ie‘s general election coverage.After a positive response from readers, FactCheck became the Republic of Ireland’s first and only fully dedicated fact-checking service, as it remains today.What I didn’t know then is that the ensuing 10 months would represent one of the most tumultuous years in living memory for politics, the news media, and even the concept of truth itself.Here’s what I learned from that experience, and how I believe we can all take some simple steps to improve the health of our public debate in 2017.1. Fact checks can have an impact Source: Yui Mok/APRecent research by American academics found that people exposed to fact checks in an experimental scenario ended up with a higher level of accuracy in their beliefs than those exposed to placebo (non-fact check) articles.Another study from last year found that this ability of readers to “heed facts” was not significantly impacted by their pre-existing political affiliations.So wherever you are in the world, find your local fact-checking organisations (map here), follow them on social media, and read and share what they publish. It really can work.2. No side has a monopoly on honesty and accuracyI promise you. And no one party, group or ideology is uniquely prone to inaccuracy.And no, falsehood and exaggeration are not tendencies that are linked with only certain sets of beliefs, certain political philosophies, or certain affiliations.They are human tendencies, to which all sides, in every debate, are prone. So if truthfulness in public debate really is what we value most, we should stop throwing stones in glass houses.3. Not every false claim is a lieAnd not everyone who makes one is a liar.More often than you might think, people make honest mistakes. (Including FactCheck). They use the right source, but the wrong information. Or the right kind of information, but from a questionable source.Of course there are lies in public debate. Just as surely as there are sincere errors and perfectly true statements. But before we condemn someone as a “liar”, we should ask ourselves these questions: Jan 20th 2017, 12:01 AM By Dan MacGuill 36 Comments Follow TJ_FactCheck on Twitter Find more FactChecks here Short URLlast_img read more

Caméra des nouveaux Canon pour un partage plus rapide

first_imgCaméra : des nouveaux Canon pour un partage plus rapideCanon a annoncé aujourd’hui la sortie de six nouveaux caméscopes haute définition de la gamme Vixia, dont trois compacts de série M (M-52, M-50 and M-500) et trois modèles de série R (R-32, R-30 and R-300). Le Vixia HF R-3xx et le Vixia  HF M-5xx obtiennent de nouvelles améliorations en termes de sensibilité à la lumière. Les camescopes ont des fonctions similaires mais différent surtout en terme de mémoire et de capacité WiFi. Les deux lignes ont également des capteurs différents et différents formes. Pour les Vixia HF de série R, la plus grande innovation reste la WiFi, qui sera présente sur tous les caméscopes sauf le R-300, et avec mémoire intégrée pour les modèles R-32 et R-30. Cela devrait permettre aux utilisateurs d’envoyer leur vidéos directement à un appareil Apple iOS, via une connexion Ad-Hoc ou un point d’accès par une passerelle Canon. À partir de là, l’utilisateur peut regarder ou télécharger le contenu. À la maison, le WiFi peut être utilisé pour transférer des vidéos ou des photos du caméscope, directement sur un ordinateur. Ou bien, la Digital Network Living Alliance peut être utilisée pour diffuser le contenu sur une console ou une SmartTV. L’écran tactile trois pouces a aussi été amélioré, pour atteindre pratiquement la qualité des smartphones. Pour les Vixia HF de série M, la mise à jour HD CMOS Pro permet une sensibilité à la faible lumière accrue de 20%. Pour ce qui est des différences à l’intérieur de la série M, le M-52 a une mémoire interne de 32GB, le M-50 de 8GB et le M-500 ne propose ni la WiFi, ni la DLNA. Les M-50 et M-52 profiteront également de la WiFi.Les nouveaux caméscopes conservent certaines caractéristiques des anciens modèles, telles que le mode Auto Intelligent, qui détecte la luminosité, la couleur, la distance et le mouvement puis sélectionne un des 38 pré-réglages. La fonction Touch&Track permet à l’utilisateur de sélectionner sur l’écran un objet à suivre. Les vidéos peuvent être capturées en MP4 OU AVCHD. Ce dernier produit une meilleure qualité d’image de 1080p, alors qu’en MP4, la qualité sera limitée à 720p. Cependant, le MP4 reste plus pratique car il s’adapte sur pratiquement n’importe quel appareil. La capacité interne des caméscopes peut bien sûre être étendue, mais avec une seule carte mémoire (contre deux pour les anciens modèles). Chaque nouveau modèle est compatible avec les cartes mémoire Eye-Fi SD pour le téléchargement sans fil d’une vidéo sur un ordinateur, un réseau social ou un site de partage de vidéos. Ils intègrent également un nouveau système intelligent  de stabilisation d’image (IS). Ce système détecte les actions en face de la caméra et choisit automatiquement un des quatre réglages appropriés pour éviter les mouvements de caméra. Le Vixia HF M-5xx et le Vixia HF R-3xx seront disponibles fin mars et débuteront respectivement à 550 dollars et à 350 dollars. Canon a souhaité mettre en place ces nouvelles gammes pour répondre aux besoins des utilisateurs, qui utilisent toujours plus les réseaux sociaux. Ces camescopes permettent aux usagers de filmer mieux, plus facilement, mais surtout de partager leurs vidéos plus rapidement, et sans passer forcément par un ordinateur. Désormais, plus besoin d’attendre de rentrer chez soi pour envoyer des vidéos à des amis. Le 10 janvier 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The Secret Fandom of Sailor Moon the live action Pretty Guardian Sailor

first_imgDid we mention that when Usagi turns into “Princess Mode” in the series, she becomes a super mean entity hell bent on destroying the earth? Drama llama!Where to watchHopefully, I’ve convinced you how amazing Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon is. If you want to watch, currently the only way to peep the series is by checking around the net for fan subs. One of the best resources we’ve found so far is over at Miss Dream. We truly live in a gilded age of Sailor Moon fandom. Since the start of the magical girl franchise’s 20th anniversary last year, Sailor Moon fans have been showered with new tie-in merchandise, an ongoing new anime in the form of Sailor Moon Crystal, and new iterations of the Sailor Moon musicals currently touring in Japan. It’s a great time to be a Moonie.As a die-hard Sailor Moon fan, I feel it is my duty to educate the world about the little known, or perhaps long-forgotten, spectacle that was the live action drama version of the series, titled Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon.Today is the day I teach you about The One True Fandom. Rejoice, my moon children.From 2003 to 2004, there were a total of 49 episodes and 2 specials of PGSM. This live action remake was a thing of amazing, hilarious, and heart-felt beauty, targeted at the 5 to 13 year-old demographic, and done in sentai style with monster suits and practical effects galore. It read much like an episode of Power Rangers typically does.What makes this series so wonderful isn’t just that we see actual teenage girls portraying our favorite Sailor Scouts, but that the series itself is a little hokey due to the translation of giant monsters and grimacing villains to the land of the living, along with the original story lines and the low-budget they were clearly working with to create the series. But, more than being funny, the actual character development in this series goes way beyond anything we’ve seen in any other iteration of the Sailor Moon franchise.Love & Justice podcaster Emma Fyffe mentions, “What I love most about Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon is its affinity for emotionally complex story lines. Whereas the 90’s anime’s additional episodes were largely filler, providing little in terms of character and plot development, PGSM in the same amount of episodes crafted truly compelling, nuanced, if sometimes a tad over dramatic characters.”The show has a cult following among Sailor Moon fans that lived on long after the broadcast of the show stopped. PGSM never received an international release, so those who saw it had to stream low quality versions from around the web in order to watch.Let us explore some of the things that make this series so goddamn wonderful.Sailor Venus vs Glamour CancerIn this series, Sailor Venus has a serious chip on her shoulder, acting as team leader and generally being too-cool-for-school. She’s still a pop idol (with a hilarious and catchy-as-hell pun song called C’est la Vie that she sings over and over in the series), but she’s strict with the other Sailor Soldiers, and with good reason: she has “Glamour Cancer.”Okay, so she actually has a fatal sickness that is never spelled out, but Emma Fyffe coined the phrase for her mysterious malady once on her podcast. I laughed for so long I never forgot it. Her sickness itself isn’t funny, only that the portrayal of her suffering is limited to her constantly talking to Artemis in a hospital bed, playing on her laptop, and passing out dramatically at one of her concerts.The Glamour Cancer makes her motivation more bad ass, though: she must use the time she has left to its fullest to help the Moon Princess defeat the evil forces that threaten the planet, even at the cost of her own health. Damn, Sailor V. You do not play. Don’t worry. She comes back to life at the end of the series.Luna and Artemis are stuffed animalsLook, there wasn’t enough in the budget to make CG cats. So instead they just threw plush ones across the screen a lot and put paper over their eyes to give them emotions. Good enough, right?Dark MercuryOne does not simply talk about PGSM without mentioning the amazingly over-dramatic plot line that was Sailor Mercury being turned evil by one of the Four Generals, Kunzite, and getting a sweet new costume under the moniker, “Dark Mercury.” So dark. Much evil. Very eyeliner. Wow.When she transforms, Ami yells, “Dark power, make up!” and turns into this new hotness you see above. Her purple costume and butterfly motif bow were way cooler than her original outfit in my opinion. This original bit of story line is just one of the shining, awesome moments in PGSM.The Four Heavenly Kings had a kickass stylist.These four kings of my friggin’ heart got character redesigns for the live action series that made them way more epic than in ether the anime or manga. The Four Kings’ (AKA Shittenou, AKA Four Generals) anime and manga story lines were also mashed up to include them serving Queen Beryl, but slowly remembering that they used to be Endymion’s guardians and best bros. There’s even a flashback of them all arm wrestling at a picnic with their gigantic armor and capes on.Zoisite also likes to dramatically play a grand piano to assist Mamoru in times of emotional crisis. It’s seriously the best thing that’s ever happened to the Shittenou; well, besides being allowed to live to see another day at the end of the PGSM series, unlike all other iterations of Sailor Moon’s first story arc.Jadeite (left) and Nephrite (right)Zoisite (left) and Nephrite (right)You play that piano, boy! Zoisite jamming on his piano.Tuxedo Mask even gets a cool costume change when he becomes Prince Endymion (right). Rock those epaulets!Queen Beryl can be a teenage girl. Sort of.In PGSM, Beryl is her typically villainous, puffy-haired self, but eventually a girl appears at Usagi’s school named Kuroki Mio who turns out to be either a clone or puppet of Beryl herself. It’s a little unclear if she’s actually Beryl, but scenes show Mio touching Mamoru (ooh la la!) and then Beryl feeling the same thing remotely from her cave hideaway. Also, Mio is totally psychotic and does a straight up Mean Girls move on Usagi at school, convincing her entire class that Usagi was being mean to her by manipulating everyone around her. It’s totally messed up, but the most realistic form of high school “evil” that occurs in the series. It gave me chills, man.Queen Beryl (left) and her counterpart Kuroki Mio (right).Luckily, even after Beryl’s defeat we get to see Mio again (So, she’s not a puppet? She has her own free will? How did she come back to life? None of these are ever explained, and it’s sort of better off that way) in the crazy Wedding Special episode.So that happened: Usagi and Mamoru get married. Wait, how old are they?After the series completion an hour-long special aired featuring Mamoru and Usagi preparing for their wedding. With no explanation as to how she was resurrected, the Regina George of the Dark Kingdom, Kuroki Mio, also reappears in a spiffy new outfit trying to force Mamoru to marry her instead so they can rule the Dark Kingdom together. This episode is a beautiful mess.It takes place four years after the events at the end of the PGSM, beginning with a shopping montage that shows Usagi going wedding-crazy and instigating a fight between her and Mamoru that ends in the wedding being called off.There’s a very obscure fan-theory that they are getting married so quickly because Usagi is pregnant. Motoki and Makoto mention the wedding seems rushed to them, and there’s a strange scene in the shopping montage where Usagi and Mamoru are looking at baby toys. Usagi is also shown getting sick after eating and running to the restroom to throw up. The words “pregnant” and “baby” are never mentioned in this episode, but it’s sort of a crazy, funny fan theory to think about while you watch the episode at any rate.Also mysteriously missing from most of the episode is Sailor Mars, who gets badly injured at the beginning of the episode and basically doesn’t show up for the rest of it. However, Mars’ “injury” was more than likely caused by her actress needing to film The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift that same year.Sailor Mars’ actress Keiko Kitagawa with costar Lucas Black in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.The wedding special does end up with an actual wedding, and it’s a very sweet and nice way to end the entire series. It’s a must watch for any Sailor Moon fan if they can make it past the cringe-worthy montage and music at the beginning of the special.The actresses are the best thing ever.I mean, just look a them. They are the best. And did you know that the 5 Sailor Scout actresses are all still friends in real life, to this day?Sailor Jupiter’s actress, Mew Azama, recently posted this photo only a week ago, of the original Sailor Senshi actresses getting together to celebrate Ayaka Komtsu’s (Sailor Venus) 30th birthday.last_img read more

Dolphins honor late Buoniconti with helmet decal

first_img(WSVN) – The Miami Dolphins will honor Nick Buoniconti throughout the upcoming season.On Wednesday morning, the team took to Twitter to announce the late legend’s initials will be added to the players’ helmets. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Buoniconti passed away on July 30 at 78 years old.The Pro Football Hall of Famer was a member of the 1972 dolphins, the only undefeated team in NFL history. center_img We will wear the initials of Nick Buoniconti on our helmets this season to honor our late linebacker legend. He will be missed. #NoNameDefense #Perfect📚 >> https://t.co/dzAVyTolr0 pic.twitter.com/myZe0YJoKp— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) August 21, 2019last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday June 29 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioGov. Walker’s budget vetoes total $1.29B; dividend cut in halfAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauGovernor Bill Walker cut Permanent Fund dividends Wednesday to $1,000 per person, about half of the projected amount. The cut was one of a series of reductions that Walker made to lower the state’s budget by $1.5 billion.Walker cuts $58M from schoolsLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageGov. Walker’s vetoes fall heavily on K-12 education. He cut the reimbursement for school bonds, shifting the burden to local governments, and reduced formula funds.Walker shuts down mega-projects in wake of budgetary woesPhillip Manning, KTNA – TalkeetnaIn addition to discussing vetoed items in the state budget, Governor Bill Walker used this Wednesday morning’s press conference to announce that he is shutting down two mega-projects in the Mat-Su:  the Knik Arm bridge, and the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project.DOC to close corrections facility after Governor’s vetoAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageGovernor Bill Walker’s $3.5 million cut to the Department of Corrections will cause the department to close at least one corrections facility and possibly some probation offices.Anchorage citizens react to PFD cutsWesley Early and Ammon Swenson, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAmong Governor Walker’s cuts today was a cut to Permanent Fund Dividends that would cap the amount at 1000 dollars. A controversial decision among lawmakers and the public, it was one of many ways the Governor tried closing the budget deficit.  Anchorage citizens had varied opinions on how the cut to the dividend would affect the public and if the cut was justified.Legislative Council votes not to appeal Walker’s expansion of Medicaid eligibilityAndrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media – JuneauThe Legislative Council voted today not to appeal a decision that upheld Governor Bill Walker’s action to expand Medicaid eligibility in the state. The vote ends the lawsuit less than a week after a separate court decision ruled that the House can’t take over the appeal from the council.The meaning of names Part 3: A time for changeJennifer Canfield, KTOO – JuneauIn this third installment of a five-part series, Yéil Yádi Olson talks about why he thinks more people should start using their Native names.Substance abuse treatment is hurting, experts sayBrielle Schaeffer, KCAW – SitkaWhile more attention is being brought to solve the state’s drug problems, proper services have always been hard to get in more remote areas. Detox facilities are not available in many communities like Sitka. And with the use of harder drugs such as heroin and meth on the rise, the absence of those services is making it harder for those who need help to get it.last_img read more

DC Speed Youth Track Club New Coach Ken Dudley Striving to Make

first_imgKen Dudley is the new coach of youth track-and-field club DC Speed. (Photo by Breana Pitts)Ken Dudley just wanted to give his sons a competitive edge in youth football, so he signed them up for track and field with DC Speed, the premier youth track club in Washington, D.C. The club needed more coaches, and Dudley had prior coaching experience, so he volunteered to coach the 11-to-12-year-olds.Four years later, Dudley is the new head coach of DC Speed and looking to propel the District to the forefront of youth athletics through track and field. Children from ages 6 to 18 can join DC Speed, and the year-round track club already has 120 youth athletes for the 2016 outdoor season.“Right now, the kids aren’t learning proper form and the proper way to play these sports. That’s what we’re here for,” said Dudley. “We know eventually we have to hand these kids off to another coach, so we want to have these kids prepared to the best of their ability to be handed off and to be exceptional.”Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Dudley attended Hampton University and John Hopkins University. In 2000, he founded his company Majestic Builders, which renovates and builds houses in the Washington metropolitan area. Now, as a father of four children—Kenny Jr., Bryce, Daniel and Julia—Dudley spends most of his free time providing D.C. youth with the resources to build character, confidence and self-esteem, on and off the track.Members of DC Speed, a youth track-and-field club that caters to children ages 6-18. (Photo Courtesy DC Speed)“You get out what you put in. I try to hold the kids accountable, just like I would an adult,” said Dudley. “When we give them specific directions we expect them to execute. We expect all the kids to also have fun.”The team regularly participates in team-building exercises, such as traveling to Terrapin Adventures for a rope course and game nights involving the whole family. As a family-oriented team, DC Speed also supports its athletes in other activities outside of track and field, including school plays, community service and other sports.DC Speed, founded in 2007, is managed by an executive board of parents and volunteers. Cynthia McEwen, who serves as the board’s president, said Dudley’s ties to the D.C. community, as a resident and business owner, made him an ideal candidate for the head coaching position.“It’s important for us to make sure our leadership is in the community and understands not just some of the challenges we face, but also has stakes in what we want to do here in the city, in terms of how we give back and what we can do to enhance the children whose lives we touch,” said McEwen.Despite being a nonprofit organization under the Department of Parks and Recreation, DC Speed’s biggest challenge is finding a facility to house its program. This season, the club is practicing at Banneker Recreation Center in Northwest D.C., and in previous years, they bounced around between public high school facilities in the area. Finding a year-round facility is important because the athletes don’t just run track, they also throw javelin and shot put, and do long jump, high jump and triple jump.While board members reach out to D.C. Public Schools and Councilmembers Brandon Todd and Kenyan McDuffie try to secure a long-term facility, Dudley is focused on teaching kids how to enjoy track and field, as well as mentoring them in their everyday lives.“My business model is to try to make my clients feel like they’re No. 1. I try to follow that (at DC Speed) and have the coaches follow that too,” said Dudley. “Whether I’m working with 10 kids or five kids, I want every kid, at the end of the day, to feel like they were the only kid on that track that I worked with.”last_img read more

Wyoming Strives To Use Medicaid To Reduce Air

first_imgWyoming Strives To Use Medicaid To Reduce Air Ambulance… pidjoe by NPR News Markian Hawryluk 8.23.19 11:07am Wyoming, which is among the reddest of Republican states and a bastion of free enterprise, thinks it may have found a way to end crippling air ambulance bills that sometimes top $100,000 per flight.The state’s unexpected solution: Undercut the free market, by using Medicaid to treat air ambulances like a public utility.Costs for such emergency transports have been soaring, with some patients facing massive, unexpected bills as the free-flying air ambulance industry expands with cash from profit-seeking private-equity investors. The issue has come to a head in Wyoming, where rugged terrain and long distances between hospitals forces reliance on these ambulance flights.Other states have tried to rein in the industry, but have continually run up against the Airline Deregulation Act, a federal law that preempts states from regulating any part of the air industry.So, Wyoming officials are instead seeking federal approval to funnel all medical air transportation in the state through Medicaid, a joint federal-state program for residents with lower incomes. The state officials plan to submit their proposal in late September to Medicaid’s parent agency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; the plan will still face significant hurdles there.If successful, however, the Wyoming approach could be a model for the nation, protecting patients in need of a lifesaving service from being devastated by a life-altering debt.”The free market has sort of broken down. It’s not really working effectively to balance cost against access,” says Franz Fuchs, a policy analyst for the Wyoming Department of Health. “Patients and consumers really can’t make informed decisions and vote with their dollars on price and quality.”Freewheeling free market systemThe air ambulance industry has grown steadily in the U.S., from about 1,100 aircraft in 2007 to more than 1,400 in 2018. During that same time, the fleet in Wyoming has grown from three aircraft to 14. State officials say an oversupply of helicopters and planes is driving up prices, because air bases have high fixed overhead costs. Fuchs says companies must pay for aircraft, staffing and technology, such as night-vision goggles and flight simulators — incurring 85% of their total costs before they fly a single patient.But with the supply of aircraft outpacing demand, each air ambulance is flying fewer patients. Nationally, air ambulances have gone from an average of 688 flights per aircraft in 1990, as reported by Bloomberg, to 352 in 2016. So, companies have raised their prices to cover their fixed costs and to seek healthy returns for their investors.A 2017 report from the federal Government Accountability Office notes that the three largest air ambulance operators are for-profit companies with a growing private equity investment. “The presence of private equity in the air ambulance industry indicates that investors see profit opportunities in the industry,” the report says.While precise data on air ambulance costs is sparse, a 2017 industry report says air ambulance companies spend an average of $11,000 per flight. In Wyoming, Medicare pays an average of $6,000 per flight, and Medicaid pays even less. So air ambulance companies shift the remaining costs — and then some — to patients who have private insurance or are paying out-of-pocket.As that cost-shifting increases, insurers and air ambulance companies haven’t been able to agree on in-network rates. So the services are left out of insurance plans.When a consumer needs a flight, it’s billed as an out-of-network service. Air ambulance companies then can charge whatever they want. If the insurer pays part of the bill, the air ambulance company can still bill the patient for the rest — a practice known as balance billing.”We have a system that allows providers to set their own prices,” says Dr. Kevin Schulman, a Stanford University professor of medicine and economics. “In a world where there are no price constraints, there’s no reason to limit capacity, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing.”Nationally, the average helicopter bill has now reached $40,000, according to a 2019 GAO report — more than twice what it was in 2010. State officials say Wyoming patients have received bills as high as $130,000.Because consumers don’t know what an air ambulance flight will cost them — and because their medical condition may be an emergency — they can’t choose to go with a lower-cost alternative, either another air ambulance company or a ground ambulance.A different way of doing thingsWyoming officials propose to reduce the number of air ambulance bases and strategically locate them, to even out access. The state would then seek bids from air ambulance companies to operate those bases at a fixed yearly cost. It’s a regulated monopoly approach, similar to the way public utilities are run.”You don’t have local privatized fire departments springing up and putting out fires and billing people,” Fuchs says. “The town plans for a few fire stations, decides where they should be strategically, and they pay for that fire coverage capacity.”Medicaid would cover all the air ambulance flights in Wyoming — and then recoup those costs by billing patients’ insurance plans for those flights. A patient’s out-of-pocket costs would be capped at 2% of the person’s income or $5,000, whichever is less, so patients could easily figure out how much they would owe. Officials estimate they could lower private insurers’ average cost per flight from $36,000 to $22,000 under their plan.State Rep. Eric Barlow, who co-sponsored the legislation, recognizes the irony of a GOP-controlled, right-leaning legislature taking steps to circumvent market forces. But the Republican said that sometimes government needs to make sure its citizens are not being abused.”There were certainly some folks with reservations,” he says. “But folks were also hearing from their constituents about these incredible bills.”Industry pushbackAir ambulance companies have opposed the plan. They say the surprise-billing problem could be eliminated if Medicare and Medicaid covered the cost of flights and the companies wouldn’t have to shift costs to other patients. They question whether the state truly has an oversupply of aircraft and warn that reducing the number of bases would increase response times and cut access to the lifesaving service.Richard Mincer, an attorney who represents the for-profit Air Medical Group Holdings in Wyoming, says that while 4,000 patients are flown by air ambulance each year in the state, it’s not clear how many more people have needed flights when no aircraft was available.”How many of these 4,000 people a year are you willing to tell, ‘Sorry, we decided as a legislature you’re going to have to take ground ambulance?’ ” Mincer said during a June hearing on the proposal.But Wyoming officials say it indeed might be more appropriate for some patients to take ground ambulances. The vast majority of air ambulance flights in the state, they say, are transfers from one hospital to another, rather than on-scene trauma responses. The officials say they’ve also heard of patients being flown for medical events that aren’t an emergency, such as a broken wrist or impending gallbladder surgery.Air ambulance providers say such decisions are out of their control: They fly when a doctor or a first responder calls.But air ambulance companies do have ways of drumming up business: They heavily market memberships that cover a patient’s out-of-pocket costs, eliminating any disincentive for the patient to fly. Companies also build relationships with doctors and hospitals that can influence the decision to fly a patient; some have been known to deliver pizzas to hospitals by helicopter to introduce themselves.Mincer, the Air Medical Group Holdings attorney, says the headline-grabbing, large air ambulance bills don’t reflect what patients end up paying directly. The average out-of-pocket cost for an air ambulance flight, he says, is about $300.The industry also has tried to shift blame onto insurance plans, which the transporters say refuse to pay their fair share for air ambulance flights and refuse to negotiate lower rates.Doug Flanders, director of communications and government affairs for the medical transport company Air Methods, says the Wyoming plan “does nothing to compel Wyoming’s health insurers to include emergency air medical services as part of their in-network coverage.”The profit modelOther critics of the status quo maintain that air ambulance companies don’t want to change, because the industry has seen investments from Wall Street hedge funds that rely on the balance-billing business model to maximize profits.”It’s the same people who have bought out all the emergency room practices, who’ve bought out all the anesthesiology practices,” says James Gelfand, senior vice president of health policy for the ERISA Industry Committee, a trade group representing large employers. “They have a business strategy of finding medical providers who have all the leverage, taking them out of network and essentially putting a gun to the patient’s head.”The Association of Air Medical Services counters that the industry is not as lucrative as it’s made out to be, pointing to the recent bankruptcy of PHI Inc., the nation’s third-largest air ambulance provider.Meanwhile, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming is supportive of the state’s proposal and looks forward to further discussion about the details if approved, according to Wendy Curran, a vice president at the health insurance firm. “We are on record,” Curran says, “as supporting any effort at the state level to address the tremendous financial impacts to our [Wyoming] members when air ambulance service is provided by an out-of-network provider.”The Wyoming proposal also has been well received by employers, who like the ability to buy into the program at a fixed cost for their employees, providing a predictable annual cost for air ambulance services.”It is one of the first times we’ve … seen a proposal where the cost of health care might actually go down,” says Anne Ladd, CEO of the Wyoming Business Coalition on Health.The real challenge, Fuchs says, will be convincing federal officials to go along with it.Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit, editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation. KHN is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.Copyright 2019 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more