Recharge your Fitbit while you run

first_imgIt sure would be nice to go for a run and never worry about your Fitbit dying. Researchers have previously come up with several strategies for harvesting the energy in our footfalls. Now, scientists have invented two lightweight devices that are small enough to actually fit in a shoe sole and still generate enough electricity power for wireless data transmissions while you walk, they report online today in Smart Materials and Structures. Both devices make use of the voltage induced in a stationary coil when a moving magnet’s magnetic field passes through it. The device shown in the above picture, known as the swing harvester, pushes a stack of 14 magnets through a set of coils when your legs shift during a stroll. The other, called the shock harvester, consists of a spring-loaded magnetic circuit that vibrates in the heel of a shoe when it strikes the ground. As of now, the devices can generate enough current during a fast walk to power a temperature sensor in a shoe that wirelessly transmits its readings over 10 meters. With further research, the scientists hope to boost the power output to recharge other wearable electronics.last_img read more

ISL: Gianluca Zambrotta resigns as Delhi Dynamos coach

first_imgDelhi Dynamos FC announced on Wednesday that they have mutually terminated their contract with coach Gianluca Zambrotta.The 40-year-old former Juventus and Italy side-back became the coach of the Indian Super League (ISL) team last season. He guided the club in 14 games, leading them to the ISL play-offs.”It’s been an honour and a privilege for me to manage Delhi Dynamos FC and work in the Indian Super League. While my new assignment takes me away from Delhi, I have nothing but fond memories of the Club and its Fans,” Zambrotta said in a statement.Last season, Delhi Dynamos won five games, lost three and drew six times under Zambrotta’s guidance. Delhi Dynamos had lost to Kerala Blasters in the semi-finals.Zambrotta, who won the 2006 World Cup with Italy, is set to join Jiangsu Suning in the Chinese Super League (CSL). He is expected to serve as an assistant coach under former AS ROma and England manager Fabio Capello.Jiangsu finished 15th in the Chinese Super League last season. They were eliminated by Shanghai SIPG in the first knockout stage of the AFC Champions League last month.last_img read more

Tackling spinners is our main focus, says New Zealand opener Tom Latham

first_imgNew Zealand’s century-maker Tom Latham on Thursday said tackling the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal is their main focus going into the three-match ODI series against India starting Sunday.Latham, who struck a brisk 108 off 97 balls in New Zealand’s 33-run win over Board President’s XI in the second practice game, said the visitors are relying on video footage to study the Indian spinners.”Our focus is big on spin here. We are focussing on facing more spin than seam here and finding ways to score, to hit gaps and find boundaries. That’s probably the biggest thing coming over here,” said the left-handed batsman at the post-match press conference.”Playing against a couple of left armers and the leggie (Karn Sharma) today was an ideal preparation. Whatever we need we can get, stuff from the footage and that sort of things. We obviously know that they (Kuldeep and Chahal) are quality bowlers and they have done really well in the previous series,” Latham added.AP PhotoLatham, who batted at No.5 instead of his usual opening slot, said that batting down the order was more of a mental shift. “It is probably a more of a mental shift than technical. I guess it is about sticking to your game plan. The ball is not as quite as new but, on the other hand, there are more gaps and I guess it is more tactical and mental switch as against anything else,” said Latham, who hit a half-century in the first practice game.advertisement”Yeah it is obviously a little bit of change from the last couple of years but that is something we have discussed about. It was nice to have spent some time in the middle and get familiar with the role today. Having Colin (Munro) at the top can be very destructive and if he and Martin (Guptill) can get going, they can be unstoppable,” he added.New Zealand found some much-needed momentum heading into the series, as they beat Board President’s XI after Ross Taylor and Latham struck breezy centuries. Post Luke Ronchi, Latham has been keeping wickets for the Kiwis and he said he was putting in a lot more hard work in his new role.Meanwhile, Saurashtra pacer Jaydev Unadkar, who struck a 44-run cameo off 24 balls for the Board President’s XI, said he was batting well since the last couple of domestic seasons. He also returned with figures of four for 57 with the ball.”I was batting well since the last two seasons in domestic cricket. But I have got the confidence and I am happy that it is coming on in the bigger stage. Today’s knock will boost my confidence,” Unadkat said.”I will definitely be looking to add that dimension (of batting) to my game because that is what is the need of the hour, a bowler who can bat and slog well is always beneficial for the team,” he added.The left-arm pacer, who played for the Rising Pune Supergiants, said his performance in the IPL boosted his confidence. “The way I was bowling in the IPL did give me a lot of confidence, and sometimes it’s all about confidence for a bowler. I am in good rhythm and I am confident of bowling what I want to bowl. All is looking good for me and I need to continue,” Unadkat said.The Saurashtra pacer said being in the selectors’ radar motivates him. “It’s a good thing to be in the radar of the selectors or the team management. It motivates you, pushes you to do even harder, to get that place in the (India) team. I have played for the country in the past and I know what it takes to be there. So, to keep developing as a player is all I can do and I hope that I can get a chance to play for the country again and prove myself. I got the chance because I deserved it and I am good enough to bowl,” Unadkat said.last_img read more

At Home On Clay: Federer Yet To Drop Set In Return To French Open

first_imgAnother Milestone ✅@rogerfederer becomes the first to reach the Roland-Garros men’s singles round of 16 for a 14th time as he sails past Casper Ruud 6-3 6-1 7-6(8).#RG19 pic.twitter.com/FIHDQn6zWr— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 31, 2019By: Andrew Dampf, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares PARIS — Roger Federer’s return to Roland Garros after a four-year absence could not have gone better through three matches.The 20-time Grand Slam champion has not dropped a set so far— keeping his 37-year-old legs fresh for the challenges to come.Federer reached the fourth round Friday with a 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (8) win over Casper Ruud, a player whose father was in the draw when Federer made his French Open debut in 1999.Norway’s Casper Ruud, right, congratulates Switzerland’s Roger Federer with winning his third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, May 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)One more win and Federer will be right back where he left off on his last trip to Paris in 2015 — the quarterfinals.“A few months ago I didn’t know what to expect,” Federer said. “Now I know where my level is at. I still don’t know exactly where my absolute best is, but I feel like it could be there.“So I’m happy I’m putting myself in a position like this … after not having played so many years here. The first goal has been reached by getting this deep into the tournament.”Federer became the first man or woman to play 400 Grand Slam matches, and improved his career record at the biggest tournaments to 345-55.Wearing an image of the Eiffel Tower on his sneakers, Federer showed the fans in Paris his full arsenal of shots in the concluding tiebreaker.Switzerland’s Roger Federer’s shoes, one adorned with the Eiffel Tower, kick up clay as he serves in his third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Norway’s Casper Ruud at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, May 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)There was a swinging forehand volley winner, a difficult low volley to set up an easy put-away, one of his trademark forehand passing shots, a volley winner to save a set point and a sharply angled overhead smash to end it.Federer will next face Nicolas Mahut or Leonardo Mayer for a spot in the quarters.The 63rd-ranked Ruud is coached by his father, Christian, who was in the stands on Court Suzanne Lenglen.Switzerland’s Roger Federer plays a shot against Norway’s Casper Ruud during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, May 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)last_img read more

Ashes could herald new era for Tests with names and numbers on shirts

first_imgEngland cricket team ‘It’s almost like we never left’: Smith and Warner link with Australia squad in UAE Support The Guardian Topics Share via Email Read more Since you’re here… The Ashes Share on WhatsApp Australia cricket team As part of this tournament, during which the top nine sides will compete for points over a two-year cycle before a showpiece final in 2021, the ICC is understood to be considering the introduction of names and numbers on whites in order to make the players more easily identifiable on the field of play.Such adornments have been the norm in one-day international cricket for some time. The coloured shirts first worn during the 1992 World Cup had player names printed across the shoulders and squad numbers were added for the 1999 tournament. In 2003 they were introduced to the backs of shirts and jumpers in the County Championship.But Test cricket has been played in plain whites or creams ever since the first encounter between Australia and England in Melbourne in 1877. One minor change came in 2001 when England brought in a small embroidered cap number below the crest – denoting where a player sits in his country’s history – with other teams then following suit.This latest move to put larger squad numbers and names on the backs of players is yet to be signed off by the ICC board and may well draw scorn from some traditionalists. But there is a growing sense that the small change will help supporters old and new – in the ground or watching at home – while broadcasters will doubtless welcome it. Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.center_img news Australia sport Cricket Despite a recent survey by MCC showing that 86% of 13,000 respondents consider Test cricket their favourite format to watch, the ICC is keen to market and promote it further via its new Test championship. Squad numbers will help build player brands while the replica shirt market may also be boosted as a result.Players are expected to be able to choose their squad numbers from one to 99 and will likely marry these up against their existing ones for limited-overs formats. It means when England take the field for the first Ashes Test in 136 days’ time, their captain may well be sporting the “Root 66” he has made his own. Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest England’s and Australia’s cricketers are set to wear shirts with names and numbers on the back during this summer’s Ashes – a first in 142 years of Test cricket.The five-match series that begins at Edgbaston on 1 August following the home World Cup, with England seeking to regain the urn they lost in Australia in 2017-18, is slated to be the first played under the banner of the International Cricket Council’s new World Test Championship. Sign up for our weekly cricket email, The Spin. Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Tottenham want Fernandes, Aarons and Mateta?

first_img Read more Share via Email What time is it? Nope, not Dinner, Question or Hammer. It’s Rumour Time! Well, it’s probably more like half-past Rumour Time, in all fairness, but let’s not allow tardiness to diminish our fun, eh?First to Spurs, where Mauricio Pochettino is planning a clear out. So say cheerio to Serge Aurier, toodles to Victor Wanyama, farewell to Eric Dier, later days to Danny Rose, bon voyage to Toby Alderweireld and au revoir to Jan Vertonghen. And it’s hello to £18m Sporting Lisbon ace Bruno Fernandes, welcome aboard to Gremio playmaker Everton Soares, what-ho to Norwich’s Max Aarons, ahoy hoy to West Brom’s Nathan Ferguson and how-do-you-do to Mainz hotshot Jean-Philippe Mateta. Share on Messenger Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Topics Soccercenter_img Vitória’s João Teixeira: ‘Facing Arsenal on the big stage is going to be a good night’ Rumour Mill Manchester United, meanwhile, want RB Salzburg’s prolific Erling Braut Haaland, although the 19-year-old is also being watched by … well basically everyone. Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria is also making a soft blipping noise on Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s radar.Dayot Upamecano remains a target for Arsenal, with Unai Emery hoping to bolster the centre of his shaky back four. The RB Leipzig player would set the Gunners back around £40m. And in other Unai news, Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Simón is a target for Real Madrid.Wolves have found the fire of their summer passion for Benfica’s Ruben Dias are not quite been extinguished. They’ll be back in for the defender come January. And the Molineux club will face competition from West Ham in a tug-of-war over £36m Milan man Suso.And Papy Mendy, Daniel Amartey and Filip Benkovic are all heading for the door at Leicester. Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter featureslast_img read more

Chelsea trump Man Utd in tight FA Cup final

first_imgChelsea 1 Manchester United 0: Hazard seals FA Cup glory in possible Conte farewell Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 02:09 5/20/18 EdenHazard - croppe Getty Images Chelsea ended an underwhelming season on a high note as Eden Hazard sunk Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup final. Eden Hazard inspired Chelsea to a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.The 27-year-old forward fuelled speculation over his future this week by stating he will wait and see how Chelsea’s close-season transfer policy develops before committing to a new contract at Stamford Bridge.But he was all business at England’s national stadium as he turned the first half into an ordeal for Phil Jones – the United defender whose clumsy foul meant Hazard won and converted a 22nd-minute penalty. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! 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Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now United improved upon a tepid showing after the break and Alexis Sanchez had a goal ruled out for offside, but even the late introduction of Romelu Lukaku on his return from an ankle injury could not force an equaliser.It meant a sweet victory for Antonio Conte over his rival Jose Mourinho on what could prove his farewell outing as Chelsea coach, with the FA Cup a notable consolation after their Premier League title defence slumped to a fifth-place finish.Slotted. #FACupFinal pic.twitter.com/eaCSgrQdEA— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018As in the semi-final win over Tottenham, David de Gea was preferred to United’s regular cup goalkeeper Sergio Romero and the Spain international was called upon in the ninth minute.Jones gave away possession and Tiemoue Bakayoko set Hazard running at the backpedalling England defender, who he skipped past and forced De Gea to save with his right boot at the near post.Bakayoko and Sanchez had half-hearted penalty appeals turned down but there was little doubt for referee Michael Oliver when he later pointed to the United spot.An utterly hapless start to the game continued for Jones, who blundered through Hazard as the Belgium star darted around him after bringing Cesc Fabregas’ lofted pass under his spell.Conte was furious on the touchline after Jones was only yellow carded – in line with the International Football Association Board update brought in from last season – but Hazard was a picture of calmness as he stroked home, sending De Gea the wrong way.Jones had a chance to make amends but headed wide at the far post from Ashley Young’s left-wing cross, with United belatedly arriving as an attacking force in the closing minutes of the half.Antonio Rudiger blocked well from Marcus Rashford after Paul Pogba drove a counter-attack in stoppage time.11 – Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinal pic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018Mourinho’s side enjoyed their first sustained spell of pressure early in the second half, with Ander Herrera liberated from attempting to shackle Hazard and lending greater impetus to United’s midfield play.Thibaut Courtois beat away a drive from Rashford and Pogba saw a deflected 57th-minute shot loop behind, before Nemanja Matic scuffed wide wastefully against his former club.The pressure looked to have told in the 63rd minute but Sanchez was fractionally offside – a decision confirmed by VAR – when he prodded in after Courtois denied Jones.Chelsea attacks had become a rarity by the time N’Golo Kante marauded forward and played in Marcos Alonso. The wing-back was denied by his countryman De Gea and Young escaped penalty claims for handball as Chelsea followed up.Courtois denied Rashford one against one before the England forward made way for Lukaku, and Mourinho would no doubt have preferred a glorious 82nd-minute headed chance fell to the Belgian as opposed to Pogba.United’s record signing was unmarked but directed substitute Anthony Martial’s corner wide, condemning his boss to a trophyless campaign. Key Opta stats:- Chelsea have won their eighth FA Cup and their first since 2012, level with Tottenham – only Manchester United (12) and Arsenal (13) have won more.- Jose Mourinho has lost his first cup final in charge of an English club, after winning each of the previous six (4 x EFL Cup, 1 x FA Cup, 1x Europa League).- United mustered 18 shots in the game; they last attempted more shots without scoring in a match in all competitions in October 2016 (38 v Burnley in the Premier League).- Eden Hazard’s penalty was the first scored in an FA Cup final since Ruud van Nistelrooy for United versus Millwall in 2004 (excluding shoot-outs).- Thibaut Courtois attempted 42 passes in the game, more than any of his outfield team-mates. read morelast_img read more

Dewar’s Scratched Cask: Bridging the Gap Between Bourbon and Scotch

first_imgDewar’s White Label Scotch Whisky is, in a word, iconic. Around since 1899, generations of scotch drinkers have sipped and shared the beverage, making it the most awarded blended Scotch whisky in the world. Over time they’ve slowly added other whiskies to their portfolio (the particularly delicious Dewar’s 15 Year Old and 18 Year Old come to mind), but in their latest effort, Dewar’s is taking on a brand new market: bourbon drinkers.Dewar’s Scratched Cask is a blended Scotch whisky that borrows from bourbon tradition of scratching the inside of the cask to enhance the flavor or the liquid. We sat down with Dewar’s Brand Ambassador Gabe Cardarella to find out more about Scratched Cask and why the scotch giant has chosen to borrow from their bourbon brethren.Dewar’s has been around for quite a long time, but this is the first time in their history that they’re borrowing from bourbon. Why?The whisky category is such an exciting one right now. What you’re seeing a lot of brands doing is innovating to add new characteristics to already great liquids. [One of the ways] we’ve chosen to do that is with Scratched Cask.How is it different than other Scotch whiskies out there?GC: The word ‘scotch’ evokes certain things for people. When most people think of scotch they think of old men sitting by the fireplace with their buddies. You’re not allowed to smile when you drink it, and you can add a tiny dash of water if you like, but that’s it. And it’s true that there are other whiskies out there that epitomize what people think of scotch—they’re peated and they’re a bit aggressive. Some of those whiskies do scare people off. We wanted to make a whisky that was a bit more accessible to [bourbon drinker’s] palates.Take me through the process that produces Scratched Cask.We take Dewar’s White Label, which is comprised of up to 40 different whiskies from around Scotland, and we put it in first fill bourbon casks. While it’s true that most whisky in Scotland is aged in bourbon casks because they’re inexpensive, they’re second and third fill casks. They’re not drawing out the big vanilla flavors. We use American oak that has only had bourbon in it for two years. It’s the first time the barrel has ever seen scotch in it. The finishing, which for all intents and purposes is what we’re doing with White Label, doesn’t stop there. We put it in these casks for around three months—it’s up to our master blender Stephanie Macleod (who is only the seventh master blender since John Dewar started the company) to decide when it’s done.What we found is because it was American oak and because it was a first fill bourbon cask, that it was really, really oaky and but it also brought in the peated characteristics of White Label.Related: The Best Whiskies Under $20So you’ve taken White Label and let it sit in the first fill bourbon casks. Where does the scratched part of Scratched Cask come in?The char layer on every other stave of wood in these casks was scratched. Not a lot—we’re talking a one millimeter long scratch—and what we found was that it allowed much more vanilla character to be drawn out in those three months.It’s really unique for us. The scratch technique isn’t proprietary to us, but we’ve never done this with one of our blends before in terms of a finishing. You really only see single malt whiskies playing in the finishing game. For us to do it is a great approach to bridge that gap between bourbon and scotch.What’s the best way, would you say, to drink Scratched Cask?The best approach for this is as a bourbon drink. Drink this whisky however you’d drink your bourbon, or any whiskey for that matter. There truly are no rules to how to drink it. For me, I think it’s amazing on the rocks. This whiskey makes a killer Old Fashioned, too. The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less Whiskey vs Whisky: Is There Really a Difference? The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection How to Make a Blood and Sand Cocktail Editors’ Recommendations 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know last_img read more

Höegh Autoliners Inks Deal for 10 More Optimarin BWT Systems

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Höegh Autoliners Norwegian shipping company Höegh Autoliners has returned to compatriot ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin with an order for ten retrofitted systems. The contract brings Optimarin’s BWT systems on-board 15 ships within Höegh’s RoRo fleet.The first 500 m3 units from the batch are slated for delivery this month, with a delivery schedule that rolls out installations through to 2023.“This is arguably the kind of contract we value most,” comments Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen. “The fact that Hoëgh Autoliners is an established global leader in its segment is one thing, but the really satisfying aspect is that they’re reordering more of our units because they know they work – day in, day out, delivering optimal, globally compliant operations for their vessels.”Andersen added that the BWT segment is still somewhat defined by teething troubles, citing an ABS survey from 2017 revealing that almost half of installed systems weren’t operating properly.“Our simple, easy to install and maintain technology is the market proven choice. This order is living proof of the faith industry leaders have in our systems and that’s immensely gratifying.”The order follows less than a month after Optimarin won one of its biggest contracts to date, for the delivery of 36 systems to Ardmore Shipping. The shipping company switched to Optimarin having experienced a number of operational issues related to ballast water treatment systems installed by an unnamed manufacturer.Optimarin said that it has now sold well over 650 systems, with more than 500 installed and operational. Of these, over 200 have been retrofits delivered in collaboration with Goltens and Zeppelin.last_img read more

Dependability an important reputation to have

first_imgMumbai: Actor Jacqueline Fernandez says she feels flattered when people say she is a dependable artiste. Jacqueline has been a part of multiple successful films. Asked how it feels to be counted among dependable actores, she told the media here: “If that’s what people say, then I am obviously very flattered and its a very important reputation to have. I have been a part of big commercial films and I do identify myself as a commercial actor. “I have been doing this for the past 10 years but still there is a long way to go.” Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiographySince Sajid Nadiadwala has announced a sequel to his hit 2014 action-comedy Kick, Jacqueline is excited about it but says the filmmaker is a perfectionist and is working on the script as of now. On the sidelines of an event here, she said: “I think Sajid Nadiadwala is working on the script of the film. It is something that he has been working on consistently for some time and knowing Nadiadawala, he is a perfectionist. “So he will not come to any of us without a perfect blockbuster script and we are giving all the time and space to him which he needs for that.” Jacqueline is also making her debut in the digital entertainment space with Netflix’s upcoming original film titled ‘Mrs. Serial Killer’. “It is a new territory for me, and not something that I am used to. I am used to theatricals, cinema halls and Fridays, but this is a completely new and interesting space for me.”last_img read more

Number of BSc Hons Part II qualifiers up by 5 in 2019

first_imgKolkata: The number of students qualifying with Honours in BSc Part II in Calcutta University (CU) has seen a significant rise of over 5 percent in comparison to last year, as the figure of 81.05 percent in 2018 has gone up to 86.77 percent in 2019. The results of CU’s BA and BSC Part II Honours were declared on Thursday. 10,991 students had appeared for the BSc (Hons) exam. “We are happy with the success rate of students qualifying with Honours in both BA and BSc going up. We have also been able to speed up the process of publication of results this year,” said Asis Kumar Chattopadhyay, pro vice-chancellor (academic), CU. A total of 18,192 candidates had appeared in BA Part II (Hons), out of which 85.90 percent candidates have qualified with Honours, which is higher than 84.57 percent last year. The performance of girls has been better than the boys in both BA and BSc Honours. The qualifying percentage for girls and boys in BA stands at 87.02 and 81.80 respectively, while that in BSC is 90.64 and 81.66 respectively. 1,570 candidates out of 18,610 have secured first class marks in BA (Hons), while 3,365 out of 10,749 enrolled in BSc (Hons) have got first class marks. The BA and BSc examinations this year had started from June 3 and the results were published on Thursday. Last year, the examinations had started on May 30 and the results were brought out on September 20.last_img read more

Pair of Metro Vancouver police officers arrested released in Cuba

first_imgVANCOUVER – The alleged assault of a 17-year-old Canadian teenager in Cuba has prompted the arrest of two Vancouver-area police officers.The Vancouver and Port Moody police departments each confirmed Thursday by email that one of their members was taken into custody and then released during a personal vacation in Cuba.Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay said in an interview Thursday that his police department has been in touch with the officer’s family and was told both officers had their passports confiscated “a few weeks ago.”Clay, who’s also the head of the police board in the city, said there has been an allegation that the Vancouver officer assaulted a 17-year-old Ontario female, but no charges have been laid.The Port Moody officer is being held as a material witness, Clay said.“Unfortunately, what we’re told is that investigations move quite slowly and in fact we’ve been told that it could be up to 60 days before he might be allowed to leave the country,” he said.Deputy Police Complaint Commissioner Rollie Woods also said he believes the Port Moody officer was detained as a witness.“My understanding is the person or the officer that may be in some jeopardy for his actions there was the Vancouver member,” he said, noting that his office has been given very little information and is still confirming details.Once the commission has more information, it will determine whether to launch an investigation, Woods said, noting that officers are bound by professional conduct standards outlined in the Police Act, no matter where they are in the world.“Municipal police in British Columbia are accountable for their actions, whether they are in Canada or any other country in the world. They’re always held to account and could be subject to a Police Act investigation, if they have committed or are alleged to commit misconduct,” Woods said.last_img read more

People need to know Notley urges Albertans to look at risks with

first_imgCALGARY — With the Alberta election campaign in its final days, NDP Leader Rachel Notley launched another attack on the integrity of the United Conservative’s Jason Kenney at a raucous rally in Calgary.Kenney, a former federal Conservative cabinet minister, is Notley’s main rival in Tuesday’s vote.“We’ve made sure Albertans know exactly who Jason Kenney is and we’ve made sure they know the risk that he presents to Calgary because those risks are real,” Notley said Saturday to about 400 screaming supporters as many chanted “four more years” during her speech.Notley has pledged that if she’s re-elected premier, she would offer an honest, scandal-free government that would diversify the economy, build a pipeline and defend public services.In addition to revelations of racist and homophobic remarks by UCP candidates in open nomination contests and during the campaign, the party is also under investigation by elections officials and the RCMP into the leadership race that delivered Kenney to victory in 2017.Earlier this week, RCMP searched an auto-repair shop owned by Calgary UCP candidate Peter Singh. Mounties seized a computer hard drive, other electronic devices and a suitcase but have not released the nature of the investigation or who is being investigated.The UCP issued a statement saying the RCMP had not contacted the party or Singh regarding the investigation but had been in contact with Singh’s son.Singh also said in a statement that he has done nothing wrong and accused political opponents of undermining his campaign and his party.Notley said Saturday that Kenney should have removed Singh from the party.“It is quite striking and shocking to me that Mr. Singh is still a candidate for the UCP,” Notley said.“We should not be voting for people who are under active criminal investigation and it is clear that is what is going on now.”Notley told reporters she knows the campaign has been negative but isn’t apologizing for it.“These are things that people need to know about. I wish it wasn’t so negative but at the end of the day I think these are things that people need to consider,” she said.Calgary is considered a battleground in the election and the NDP took out a front page ad in a major newspaper on the weekend showing an unflattering photo of the UCP leader with the headline: “Jason Kenney is TOO RISKY for Calgary.”The NDP isn’t without controversy. Two members of Notley’s caucus have been accused of inappropriate behaviour since 2015 and, following independent investigations and the adoption of recommendations, the names of the politicians were not made public to protect the privacy of the complainants.Notley was asked Saturday whether the two MLAs are running again in the election.“I can’t answer that,” she replied.Kenney spoke Saturday at rally at an oil services company in Valleyview, northwest of Edmonton.He didn’t mention the RCMP’s search of Singh’s business.Instead, he repeated his pledge to call a public inquiry into foreign-funded anti-oilsands campaigns and promised those in the cheering crowd that had moved to Alberta for work that he would fight for more jobs.“You’re Albertans by choice and not chance. You or your parents came here to pursue opportunity,” Kenney said.“We need the ability to be that beacon of opportunity for generations to come. We need to stand up without apology to fight for this province, to fight for our resources, to fight for jobs and, in so doing, fight for Canada and for an Alberta that is strong and free.”Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterBill Graveland, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

United Nations SecretaryGenerals Message For International Day Of Charity

first_imgOn the International Day of Charity, marked annually on 5 September, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on people everywhere to volunteer and act charitably in the face of human suffering.“At a time when the need for humanitarian assistance has never been higher and when there are more refugees and displaced people than at any time since the end of the Second World War, charities play an increasingly vital role in meeting human need,” the UN chief said in a message.The International Day coincided with the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work to overcome poverty. The UN chief recalled that upon receiving the prize, she famously gave the money that came with it to some of the poorest people in India.He said such expressions of solidarity help us in our shared quest to live together in harmony and build a peaceful and sustainable future for all.“United Nations development and humanitarian agencies also rely on donations from the public as well as the generosity of governments to continue their lifesaving work in response to development challenges, natural disasters, armed conflicts and other emergencies,” Mr. Ban added.He also highlighted that the resources, knowledge and ingenuity of philanthropic and volunteer organizations will be invaluable partners in implementing the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which will be adopted by UN Member States at the end of month.Ban Ki-moon said this is in line with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, a series of bold measures adopted by UN Member States in the Ethiopian capital this past July to overhaul global finance practices and generate investments for tackling a range of economic, social and environmental challenges.last_img read more

HerouxDevtek sees risks to suppliers if Ottawa abandons F35 purchase

Heroux-Devtek sees risks to suppliers if Ottawa abandons F-35 purchase by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 18, 2012 4:49 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – If Canada abandons the purchase of F-35 fighter jets it could have negative long-term consequences for current suppliers for the costly aircraft, the head of landing gear company Heroux-Devtek said Tuesday.The Quebec-based company has about $150,000 of content on each plane for the landing gear door uplocks it supplies. That’s down from about $750,000 before it sold its aerostructure business this summer.Gilles Labbe said he’s confident about retaining the existing work but said winning additional contracts will be “very difficult” if the federal government instead purchases a different aircraft.The Harper government is reviewing the planned purchase of 65 of the Lockheed Martin fighters after a KPMG report warned that the planes could cost as much as $45.8 billion over 42 years, including maintenance and other costs. That’s far more than the $9 billion set aside by the Defence Department.“I’m a believer that this is a great program,” Labbe said following a special meeting where shareholders approved a $157-million special dividend.Labbe said he believes more than 3,000 airplanes will ultimately be sold and noted the Canadian aerospace industry gained access to work on the plane after joining the program early on.But if Canada changes course and other countries such as South Korea and Israel decide to purchase the aircraft, they will want a piece of the economic benefits.“We’ll see what the client decides. It’s possible that we will have less work in the future but we are pretty confident to keep what we already have.”Labbe declined to say what decision he thinks the government will make, but noted there could still be economic benefits to the Canadian industry if it selects a different plane.The government could opt for the less expensive Saab Gripen from Sweden, France’s Dassault Rafale or the Typhoon Eurofighter. Heroux-Devtek has little or no involvement in those aircraft.Meanwhile, Labbe said Heroux-Devtek hopes to make a strategic acquisition within the next year to buttress its position as the world’s third-largest landing gear manufacturer.He said the company has enough financial flexibility to fund growth despite making the $5 per share payment. It used $54 million from the $232 million of net proceeds from the August sale to wipe out its debt. It also has more than $50 million of cash and access to $150 million in credit.“Our shareholders have been patient over the years… and I think it was time to do something for (them),” he said, adding that the sale prompted its shares to surge.As its fourth-largest shareholder with 12 per cent of the company, Labbe himself netted nearly $19 million from the payout.The special payment is to be made Wednesday to shareholders of record Nov. 20. It will consist of $2.70 per share consisting of a partial reduction and repayment of the corporation issued capital, and $2.30 per share in dividend.The move will exempt shareholders from tax on the $2.70 per share portion.Labbe said the company will consider expansion of existing facilities or build new ones if required to serve the needs of new clients. It has invested millions of dollars so its 100 engineers could design and build landing gear for military and commercial aircraft, including the Learjet 85, Embraer Legacy 500 and Dassault’s new business plane.As for being a takeover target itself, Labbe said the board would consider any offers but it isn’t looking to sell.“For now the company is not for sale. We have no process in place. I still have the desire with my team to continue to build the company as I have done for 30 years.”Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets said Heroux-Devtek has sufficient liquidity to pursue acquisitions. Potential targets include ELEB, APPH, Fokker Aerospace and CIRCOR Aerospace.Despite softness in the military segment, he said the company continues to win new contracts, such as the five-year deal with Boeing to manufacture landing gear for its H-47 Chinook helicopter. There is also the possibility of an additional 70 to 80 units for the Global Hawk and Heroux has a strong aftermarket segment that represents 27 per cent of total revenues.“We believe Heroux-Devtek should soon benefit from its investments of more than $135 million over the last five years, which have led to a number of contract wins,” he wrote in a report.In civil aviation, Poirier said the company is well-positioned to profit from the ramp up of production by Airbus and Boeing.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Heroux-Devtek shares closed up 13 cents at $12.72 in Tuesday trading. read more

UNAIDS welcomes new study reiterates support for antiretroviral treatment

“Piece by piece scientific advances are paving the way to the end of the AIDS epidemic,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), welcoming the findings that an antiretroviral, taken daily, can reduce the risk of HIV infection by nearly half in HIV-negative man and women who inject drugs.“The full potential of antiretroviral therapy in keeping people alive and well and in preventing new HIV infections is becoming apparent,” Mr. Sidibé added.The new study conducted by the Thai Ministry of Public Health, the United States Centres for Disease Control and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, enrolled approximately 1,930 men and 482 women who were HIV-negative and who injected drugs in Bangkok. It found that the men and women who took a daily dose of the antiretroviral medicine tenofovir as oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) were 49 per cent less likely to become infected with HIV than the volunteers who took the placebo.“The results of this study are important and if used effectively in HIV programming could have a significant impact in protecting people who inject drugs from becoming infected with HIV,” Mr. Sidibé noted. The latest study complements results from several PrEP trials released over the past few years. He stressed, however, that UNAIDS does not believe that a single intervention is completely protective in preventing HIV transmission, and supports combination harm reduction measures, such as provision of clean needles and syringes, opioid substitution therapy, accessible health care services together with the removal of punitive laws and collaboration with police and law enforcement strategies have proved effective in preventing new HIV infections among people who inject drugs. read more