Girls like you: Rohit Sharma shares adorable photo with wife and Samaira

first_imgRohit Sharma and wife Ritika Sajdeh have revealed their daughter’s name in a social media post from the India cricketer.Rohit Sharma, who returned from the ongoing India-Australia Test series to be with his wife and new born daughter, posted a photo of him with his wife and daughter.In the photo, Rohit can be seen embracing his wife who has their daughter in her arms. Rohit revealed his daughter’s name to be ‘Samaira’.He shared the photo with the words of popular Maroon 5 song ‘Girls like you’ as the caption.”I spent last nightOn the last flight to youTook a whole day upTrying to get way up”Rohit also wrote ‘Baby Samaira’ along with a love emoticon. He then went onto add a link to song ‘Girls like you’, saying “This video never fails to give me goosebumps.”Rohit Sharma also tagged the lead singer of the band Maroon 5 – Adam Levine.Here is the post:Rohit Sharma had earlier share a glimpse of ‘Baby Samaira’ to wish people on entering the new year, with the caption, “Well hello world! Let’s all have a great 2019.”Ritika also shared a photo of Samaira on her social media handles. Rohit will join the ODI squad on the 8th of January 2019, when the team begins their preparation for the ODI series starting 12th January.advertisementRohit had earlier said that his India teammates would tease him about being a father, because of his irresponsible mannerism and his tendency to forget things.”When my teammates got to know that I am going to become a father, they were laughing at me. They were like you are going to be a father?”The reaction came in because of the mannerism and the things I have done in my previous years. They think I am irresponsible, obviously in a funny way. But I am going make sure that everything changes,” Rohit said.Also Read | Proud parents: Rohit Sharma and Ritika Sajdeh blessed with a baby girlAlso Read | Rohit Sharma to return home after daughter’s birth, will miss Sydney Testlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir believe in each other

first_imgLeft-arm Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz has said he shares a strong bond with teammate Mohammad Amir and they always listen to each other.Amir is currently having a dream outing in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after bagging 15 wickets from just five games to sit at the third spot on the list of leading wicket takers.Australia’s Mitchell Starc is leading the table with 19 wickets in seven matches and is followed by England’s Jofra Archer, who has 16 wickets from seven games. Meanwhile, Riaz has scalped eight wickets from five matches in the showpiece event.In a video shared by the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) official Twitter handle on Wednesday, Riaz spoke on his relationship with Amir, and said: “The best thing is that we both talk to each other how things are going, what we should do and how we should bowl. We always listen to each other and always believe in each other’s perspective about any game.””Amir failed to perform to his level in the last few games he played before the World Cup, he was not the one among the wickets and as a bowler I know how difficult it was even though you had that self-belief. But, when people talk a lot about you, it is not that easy,” the 33-year-old added.Further speaking on the Green Brigade’s chances in World Cup 2019, Riaz said that the players know that they let the team down but at the same time they also know how to put things back in control.advertisementAfter managing just two wins from six games with a game being washed out, Pakistan is placed seventh in the points table with five points.”Pakistan have lot of match winners. If we suffer exit from World Cup 2019, it won’t be justified. We don’t have to look what other teams are doing, we have to see what we are doing,” he pointed out.”We have nothing to lose and can reach semi-finals winning the remaining three games,” Riaz pointed out.Also Read | Aaron Finch on World Cup 2019 semi-finals qualification: First part ticked offAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Our fate is in our own hands, says England captain Eoin MorganAlso Seelast_img read more

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Indonesia Open 2019: PV Sindhu storms into semi-finals after thrashing Nozomi Okuhara

first_imgTop-ranked Indian shuttler PV Sindhu came up with one of her most dominant displays of the ongoing season when she blasted past familiar foe Nozomi Okuhara into the semi-final of Indonesia Open, BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament in Jakarta on Friday.3rd seed Nozomi Okuhara started as the favourite but she was outclassed completely by Sindhu, who looked determined to put behind the early-season struggles. Sindhu needed just 44 minutes to clinch a 21-14, 21-7 win over Okuhara in the one-sided quarter-final match at the Istora in Jakarta.Sindhu took time to get going but she didn’t look back after clinching a 3-point lead at 11-8 in the first mid-game break of the quarter-final. The Indian shuttler was dominating the rallies as she mixed aggression with a solid defence to get the better of her arch-rival.Sindhu in the Semistop shuttler @Pvsindhu1 avenges her loss over world no2 @NozomiOkuhara with a commanding win 21-14,21-7 as she storms into the semifinals of #BlibliIndonesiaOpen.Sindhu overtakes Okuhara8-7 in h2h record.Go for the GOLD#IndiaontheRise pic.twitter.com/TU6RoklyEoBAI Media (@BAI_Media) July 19, 2019While some of their previous outings, including the famous World Championships final from 2017, were known for long rallies and three-game marathons, Okuhara was struggling to even win points against Sindhu on Friday.The Indian shuttler avenged her straight-game defeat at Singapore Open from earlier this year with a commanding display of badminton.Sindhu had been struggling for consistency in 2019. The Rio Olympic silver medallist was knocked out in the first round of Sudirman Cup and the second round at Australian Open in June but a month-long break seems to have done her good. Friday’s performance against Nozomi Okuhara should give Sindhu a lot of confidence heading into the Asian leg of the tour.advertisementSindhu will face 2nd seed Chen Yufei in the semi-final on Saturday. The women’s singles star is the only Indian shuttler who remains in contention for a medal at Indonesia Open.Earlier in the week, Kidambi Srikanth was ousted in the Round of 16 after a straight-game defeat to Ng Ka Long. There was disappointment for India in men’s doubles as atwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty bowed out of the competition after losing in straight games to Indonesia’s Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo. HS Prannoy and Sai Praneeth were knocked out in the opening round of the men’s singles competition in Jakarta.Also See:last_img read more

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Arizona via Sweden: Overlanding with a Volvo V90 Cross Country

first_img All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked The Quietest and Loneliest Roads in America Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66 Editors’ Recommendations Overland Expo is a tale of two worlds.On the low end, adventure seekers outfit inexpensive motorcycles with rustic aluminum cases on either side to haul just enough gear to camp from one site to the next. On the other, the wealthiest 10% spends hundreds of thousands on extravagant, sometimes larger-than-life outfits that are more “movable condo” than “overland vehicle”.Even though I grew up as a car guy, the world of over-landing was fairly new to me. So I decided to check out the frenzy at the largest gathering in Flagstaff, Arizona. I invited one of my best friends along (who is also a car guy) to revel in the ridiculousness.Our carrier for the weekend was courtesy of the Swedes: a 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country, registering 868 miles on the odometer. We set sail Friday midday for two-and-a-half hours north on I-17. Our tester was fully optioned with a price tag north of $60,ooo.For a couple of young gun campers like us, the V90 checked all the essentials. A turbocharger and supercharger to rev us through quiet highways, upgraded sound system, and 50+ ft. of cargo space to haul our gear.On the open road, the V90 drives like a boat. Its 115.8 inches from wheel-to-wheel of Scandinavian engineering, but has enough cameras to make the whole thing manageable. (The fact that it can turn on a dime also helps.) We tested all four driving modes ranging from “Eco” to “High Performance,” which sends more power to the wheels.We pulled into the Expo late on day one, but managed to score a great camping spot right near the front of the site. It was almost immediately clear that this isn’t the place for shiny & new – mud, dirt, and grime act as battle scars – so it was little surprise that the V90 stood out. The sharp Swedish angles and pseudo-suburb vibes drew more than a few passersby while it was parked as the cornerstone of our campsite.When it comes down to it, Overland Expo is a free-for-all. A loose check-in is the first point of contact for attendees, with many opting to camp at the adjacent campsite (as we did).For Land Rover, Land Cruiser and Mercedes utility enthusiasts, the Expo is sensory overload. The Brits had a full driving course testing out the new 2018 Discovery that’s not even in dealers yet (a muted, yet intriguing SUV worth another drive under more demanding circumstances). Between Unimogs, Sprinter conversions and G-Wagens, the Germans were well represented.Speaking of the Germans, our favorite truck of the weekend wasn’t even in the Expo officially. It was in the parking lot. One of the unsung highlights of Overland Expo is the vast asphalt where day pass holders leave their rigs. Everyone takes the opportunity to show off their latest mods or upgrades to the peanut gallery. Perched nicely in the west corner of the lot was a ridiculously awesome G-Wagen conversion fittingly named “Mastodon.” Perfectly crossing the line between practical and utilitarian, this Benz had two regular seats plus fold out benches in the back under an open canopy. Just like a muddy sundae, the bright red paint under the Arizona sun was the perfect cherry on top. We spent no less than 20 minutes fantasizing about taking the Mastodon on the open trail with reckless abandonment.Beyond the wide array of motorized civilization, the Expo also offers a fairly packed class schedule on the finer points of overland survival. We had perused the lineup in advance, marking down a few courses on day two. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any of them. Even after chatting with staff, the locations were either too far away or unclear.However, as one door closes, another opens as they say. We stumbled upon a class taught by Camel Trophy experts about winching yourself and your truck out of a ditch. The teachers, obvious tenured overland professors in their own right, dug into (yes, meant that pun) the finer points of how to set, pull, and run motions. It was an interesting look into how these guys operate in tough competitions around the world.After a day-and-half of gawking at outrageous trucks, trailers and every accessory one could imagine, we decided to take off for the 90-minute drive to the Grand Canyon. No complaints from our V90 (although the nav system did have a couple issues, either not knowing where a restaurant was or taking us to a store that no longer existed).Between our various adventures up and down I-17, the Volvo was generally a champ. As we returned to the airport parking lot, though, we couldn’t help thinking about this car’s general identity crisis. Its 8.4 inches of ground clearance lands it higher than my Subaru Impreza Sport, but not quite in SUV territory. It also feels a bit younger than most crossovers, but that pseudo-suburb vibe holds it back from true European sportiness.As rough and tumble as the Expo and its trucks were, the V90 Cross Country remained smooth and casual throughout. It did everything we asked of it effortlessly. Is it a car we would buy as mid-20 somethings though? Probably not. Check back with us in a decade when we’re a bit wiser and older and perhaps you’ll see it in our driveways. 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic last_img read more

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Hirsute History: The World’s Most Famous Beards

first_img An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team In multiple periods of human history, men have proudly worn beards upon their faces. The glory of Ancient Greek beards has been forever preserved in fine marble statues. Ancient Egyptians so admired the beard that even female members of the royalty wore fake beards upon their chins. The Assyrians carved beards all over the place: on statues of rulers, on towering bull/lion/bird/man lamassu statues, and on reliefs of soldiers stabbing each other or stabbing lions or stabbing other things. The beard plays a spiritual role in religions ranging from Sikhism to Orthodox Judaism. And, of course men, of the 19th century took beards to new heights of glory, heights saved for posterity thanks to the invention of the camera.In short, beards are nothing new. And neither is talking about the most famous bearded men of all time. But today, we’re taking a slightly different approach when we talk about history’s greatest beards.Sometimes the man makes the beard famous, sometimes the beard makes the man.The mistake many make when discussing great beards from history is to conflate the man behind the beard with the facial hair itself. Think of it like this: Zach Galifianakis is a famous contemporary man who has a beard, but is Mr. Galifianakis’s beard really all that special? No, not really. (But he’s still quite a guy!) Ambrose Burnside was a Union General during the Civil War, a governor, a senator, and the first president of the National Rifle Association (its purpose and mentality were totally different from today’s NRA, FYI), but is he remembered for anything but his facial hair? No, to most he’s just the provenance of the word “sideburns.” Sometimes the man makes the beard famous, sometimes the beard makes the man.Today, we’re not talking about famous men from history who had beards, but rather about some of the most amazing, glorious, ridiculous, and outright impressive beards from history. Some of these beards you’ll already know, because the man behind the beard was acclaimed (or infamous) thanks to his own merits. Other beards we celebrate solely because of their own inherent hirsute glory.(Note: If you want to come even close to matching these beards, you’re going to need to know how to shape and take care of your facial hair.)LaocoönWikipediaHe May Not Be Real, But His Beard is HistroricWhether or not a man named Laocoön existed will never be known for certain, but it’s likely that he didn’t. Why? Because the story is that he was an priest from Troy killed by serpents sent by Greek gods intent on stopping him from giving away the rouse behind the Trojan Horse doesn’t hold water. But the statue that depicts his death, carved sometime in the 2nd century BCE, is not only one of the greatest works of art from antiquity, but also showcases one of the finest beards ever wrought in stone. The thick curls of the doomed man’s face still impress more than 2,000 years after they were first hewn from marble.Erik the RedThe Warrior Named for His BeardThe real name of one of history’s most famous Vikings was Erik Thorvaldsson, but as he grew into manhood, Erik grew such a luscious, flowing beard that he is known the ages not by his surname, but by the color of his whiskers. Erik the Red established the first Norse settlement in Greenland, begat the famed explorer Leif Erikson, and killed a large number of people, often for insignificant reasons. But what do we really remember about this Viking? His big red beard.Leonardo da VinciTetra Images/Getty ImagesThe World’s Most Brilliantly Bearded ManToday, da Vinci is remembered for his art; his inventions; his studies of anatomy, astronomy, math, architecture; and engineering, and as being the namesake for a popular albeit not that profound novel and film. What far too many scholars of the Renaissance, art historians, and casual da Vinci enthusiasts overlook is the man’s superb beard. Leonardo da Vinci devoted years of his life to beardsmanship, growing whiskers that reached his sternum and spread out as wide as his shoulders. Right up there with achievements like The Last Supper, the Vitruvian Man, and countless contributions to science was that mighty beard.John KnoxWikipediaFounder of Presbyterianism, Grower of an Amazing BeardIf you’re a Presbyterian Christian, you probably know John Knox, a Scotsman who lived for much of the 16th century, as founder of your sect. If you’re a devout Catholic who holds one serious grudge, then you might think of Knox as the jerk who advocated for the imprisonment and eventual beheading of Mary, Queen of Scots. Knox was a minister, a scholar, and worldly man for his day, living in various parts of Europe and rubbing shoulders with nobility, philosophers, and the highest echelon of the clergy. He also grew a beard that, in many depictions, nearly reached his navel. His glorious whiskers are recorded in myriad paintings, statues, etchings, even stained glass windows.Karl Marx and Friedrich EngelsMaybe Not Changing the World for the Better, But Those Beards ThoughKarl Marx and Friedrich Engels are of course best remembered as the founders of Communism, a political and social philosophy they created in response to the ever more imbalanced socioeconomic landscape of the 19th Century. While in many regards theoretically admirable, Communism proved largely ineffective (or worse) in practice. However, the practical failure of applied Communism aside, both Marx and Engels had some of the finest beards of the 1800s. Marx went for the wild, untamed man mane look that spread about his face like a dandelion bloom, while Engels wore his beard thick and full beneath his jaw and chin and topped it off with a stellar mustache.Jeff LangumThe Modern World’s Greatest Beard?Jeff Langum, a 40-something gentleman from New Jersey, has been lauded as having the best beard in the world in myriad beard competitions. And one look at this man’s massive, mighty brown beard is enough to convince most people he deserves the honor. Langum’s beard, when teased out to its fullest, covers his body roughly from ear to waist, spreading wider than his shoulders. His beard is the epitome of a famous beard, for indeed the man behind it would likely live in obscurity save for his amazing whiskers.Are you more of a mustache man? We’ve got a list for you. 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PengrowthNS Energy Scholarship Gets 1 Million Boost

first_imgMore Nova Scotia students will have a chance to make their mark in the province’s energy industry, thanks to Pengrowth Energy Trust and the Government of Nova Scotia. Premier Rodney MacDonald was joined today, Oct. 4, by Pengrowth president and CEO Jim Kinnear as the premier told participants at the Core Energy Conference that Pengrowth and the government are putting an additional $1 million — $500,000 each — into the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship program. Today’s investments bring the total value of the scholarship trust to $3 million. “By expanding the scholarship fund, we are demonstrating our confidence in our energy industry and our commitment to encouraging young Nova Scotians to pursue careers in the province’s flourishing energy sector,” said the premier. “Our involvement in Nova Scotia’s offshore continues to be very rewarding for Pengrowth and for the people of Nova Scotia, which is why we are proud to be able to invest more in the province,” said Mr. Kinnear. “The Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship program is helping to foster strong energy careers for Nova Scotians. We’re proud to partner with the province of Nova Scotia in a joint mission to help ensure a secure energy future for the province where Pengrowth team members and their families live and work.” Energy Minister Bill Dooks welcomed the announcement. “There are many opportunities in Nova Scotia’s energy industry,” he said. “The additional $1 million will open the door for even more of our province’s bright students to explore what our energy sector has to offer.” The new investments will help create six additional trades scholarships for Nova Scotia students. It will also help create a Visiting Scholars program that will bring international experts to Nova Scotia to address critical areas related to the local oil and gas sector. The Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship Fund was created in 2005. Pengrowth Corporation, one of the owners of the Sable Offshore Energy Project, initially contributed $1.5 million to the fund and the province added $500,000. The goals of the program are to award scholarships and research grants to Nova Scotia students pursuing undergraduate degrees, college-level trades and technology programs at Nova Scotia Community College and graduate research at Nova Scotia universities. The premier and Mr. Kinnear recently announced the winners of the 2006 scholarships.The winners are: Evan Bridson-Pateman, Annapolis Royal, Annapolis Co.Christopher Cloney, Brookfield, Colchester Co.Gillian Fung, Lower Sackville, Halifax Co.Malcolm Gillis, Margaree, Inverness Co.Danielle Glenn, Antigonish, Antigonish Co.Ashley Hill, Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Co.Amy Ingram, Liverpool, Queens Co.Beth MacEachern, Westville, Pictou Co.Kevin MacIsaac, Westville, Pictou Co.Corey MacNeil, Cole Harbour, Halifax Co.Cody Rawding, Caledonia, Queens Co. Scott Smith, Halifax, Halifax Co.Mark Staples, Halifax, Halifax Co.Daniel Verner, Coxheath, Cape Breton Co. The deadline for the 2007 undergraduate and trades scholarships is April 27. For application forms or for additional information on the scholarships or petroleum innovation grant, please visit the Nova Scotia Department of Energy website at www.gov.ns.ca/energy .last_img read more

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The necessary quality check

first_imgThe purpose of a PhD is to facilitate original research in the chosen field of the enrolled scholar. Attribute it to the raging job crisis or the way to get by with a doctorate made much easier, it has come at an opportune time to assess the quality of PhD pursued across India. Potentially, such researches can contribute significantly to public policy with their insight and analysis of relevant details. But as matters stand, in social and natural sciences (with the exception of IITs), the topics of research are often hyper-theoretical with little empirical studies, or historical without any contemporary currency; and researches in literature are often repetitive. History is inevitable, but the understanding of histories and to justify the resources that enable research in this direction must bear some pertinence to matters of current relevance. Similarly, analysing the wonders of the universe will acquire greater meaning if it concludes with some concrete ideas with respect to the application. Academic research ought not to be like a work of fiction: pursued for the sake of it, and indulged in by another if it happens to resonate with them. There must necessarily be some connection between the area of research and its outcome in terms of relevance in general application. Some research topics reportedly include: ‘Tribal movements of Gujarat in the 19th and 20th century’, ‘Colonisation and development problems in Kerala—a case study of evolution and nature of public action 1850-1956’, ‘Widows and widowhood in the colonial Punjab’. University Grants Commission (UGC) has received a total of 160 proposals for a six-month study on the quality of PhD theses in Indian universities. These proposals have come from individuals, institutions, and educationists from across the country following UGC’s notice in May this year. There is absolutely a need to tighten the noose around academic research for a range of reasons. As much as universities are a cradle of revolutionary ideas that can instigate favourable changes, they are also the dens of first level politics. There is no dearth of enrolled scholars who harbour ambitions of not academics but politics and treat universities as an instrument to realise their dreams. Naturally, the focus is not on academics primarily and this is where a trend sets in quality takes a hit. PhD enrolment has seen a 50 per cent increase between 2011 and 2017. With such a massive leap in just six years, the results too ought to have been comparable but such is not the case. There are far too many PhDs and too little advancement that should have come with it. Definitely, Indian research is largely poor compared to popular global standards, but this timely quality check seeks to correct that.last_img read more

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Baloney Meter A lot of baloney in Scheer statements on energy independence

first_imgOTTAWA — “The fact is Canada has more than enough oil — not only to displace imports from … rogue states, but to put an end to all foreign oil imports once and for all. That is part of my vision: a Canada fuelled exclusively by Canadians by 2030. An energy-independent Canada would be a Canada firing on all cylinders, across all sectors and regions. If the United States can do it, so can we.”— Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer in a May 16, 2019, speech on his economic vision———Andrew Scheer is touting energy independence as a path to economic prosperity for Canada, a goal he says could be achieved through a dedicated, coast-to-coast right-of-way specifically set aside for energy infrastructure projects like pipelines and long-distance electricity transmission lines.Further, Scheer indicated the United States is headed toward such energy independence.  How accurate were Scheer’s statements?The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).Spoiler Alert: This one earns a rating of “a lot of baloney.” The statements are mostly inaccurate but contain elements of truth. Here’s why:“Energy independence” is a term with varying definitions. Some consider it to apply when a country becomes a net exporter of energy, while others interpret it literally, meaning a country that imports no energy. In such a scenario, the state would meet all of its own energy needs and possibly export surpluses.Scheer’s statement clearly refers to ending “all foreign oil imports once and for all” and a Canada “fuelled exclusively by Canadians by 2030.” He says this sort of energy independence would see all regions of Canada “firing on all cylinders.” He says this is where U.S. policy is taking Canada’s closest neighbour.Daniel Schow, a spokesman for the Conservative leader, elaborated on the final point, saying that with respect to the United States, Scheer is speaking of how Washington “champions its energy sector.”“Investments in energy are going up in the U.S., fuelling economic growth and activity. They have capitalized by increasing exports while simultaneously reducing their reliance on imported energy. If the U.S. is going to benefit from an expanding energy sector, why can’t Canada?”Figures and Forecasts:The United States, a net energy importer since 1953, is poised to become a net energy exporter next year and it is expected to remain one through 2050 due largely to increases in crude-oil and natural-gas production coupled with slow growth in U.S. energy consumption, according to a projection from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. However, the U.S. is also expected to import and export energy commodities throughout this extended period.On the other hand, Canada has long been a net exporter of oil. It imports about one barrel of crude oil for every 7.5 barrels it produces, according to the National Energy Board. (In 2018, Canada’s crude imports primarily came from the U.S., followed by Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Norway.)In addition, Statistics Canada data indicates Canada enjoys a trade surplus with the United States in both natural gas and electricity — it sells more of each to the U.S. than it buys back.The Experts:An economist and a business professor who reviewed Scheer’s statements questioned the benefit of Canada pursuing a goal of absolute energy independence.“I’m puzzled by it,” said David Detomasi, an associate professor at Queen’s University’s business school in Kingston, Ont.Canada has the oil and gas resources to be self-sufficient, but the notion of building a separate energy market “kind of flies in the face of pretty much everything that we’ve done economically for the past 50 years.”“To me energy is a market just like anything else.”Patrick Baylis, an environmental economist at the University of British Columbia’s school of economics, said reducing foreign imports of oil to Canada would likely require construction of expensive and ecologically risky cross-country pipelines — something Scheer seems to acknowledge.Since the value of oil would still depend on the world market price, over which Canada has limited influence, it is not obvious that this kind of investment would spur a dramatic overall increase in economic growth, he said.Building pipelines would provide tremendous benefit to oil producers in western Canada, since they would be able to sell their product at a higher price, Baylis said. However, consumers who currently benefit from lower oil prices would lose out.“Overall, there’s no strong reason to think that it would benefit the country more than other kinds of infrastructure investment,” Baylis said. “And given the local and global environmental costs from the production and consumption of oil, it’s not apparent to me that this is the right move.”Finally, Detomasi is skeptical of the notion the U.S. will become an island of energy self-sufficiency.“I don’t think they’re going to do that. I don’t think that’s really something we ought to be doing, either.”The Verdict:The United States is becoming less dependent on foreign energy but is expected to continue importing oil and gas in coming decades. At the same time, Canada is already a net energy exporter. And experts question the economic and environmental wisdom of ending all oil imports to Canada. For these reasons, the claims contain “a lot of baloney.”Methodology:The Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney – the statement is completely accurateA little baloney – the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney – the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney – the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney – the statement is completely inaccurateJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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In the news today June 4

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, June 4———WOMEN STILL FACING HATRED, RACISM: TRUDEAUPrime Minister Justin Trudeau says the rights of women are backsliding and gender equality is under attack as hateful views creep into the public debate. In the opening address Monday to the Women Deliver conference on gender equality in Vancouver, Trudeau said individuals are trying to roll back women’s rights and politicians are giving into the public pressure. Trudeau didn’t say what he was referring to, but last week he said he planned to talk with U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence about the growing number of American laws that restrict abortion. He also spoke of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, saying Canada can and must do better to end violence against all women.———EMPLOYERS FACE STEEP MIGRANT WORKER DELAYSSome employers looking to hire temporary foreign workers are experiencing significant delays due to an increase in demand this year in Canada. The federal government says the volume of applications is up almost 25 per cent over last year — a development it says is due in part to Canada’s low unemployment rates. Some employers are waiting more than 100 days to find out if they can bring in migrant workers after proving no Canadian workers are available for the jobs. Leah Nord of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce says agriculture producers who need temporary foreign workers to help with farm labour during the growing season will be particularly affected.———SENATE MOVES ON SEX ASSAULT TRAINING FOR JUDGESAfter stalling for two years, the Senate is poised to pass a private member’s bill that would require judges in Canada to undergo training about sexual assault law, including rape myths and stereotypes about victims and the affect of trauma on memory. Bill C-337 was introduced by former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose in February 2017 and was passed unanimously by the House of Commons three months later. It has languished ever since in the Senate, despite enjoying broad support in principle among the various groups in the upper house.———ELIMINATE RACISM AS PART OF CANCER STRATEGY: REPORTA campaign by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer to seek input for a cancer strategy has allowed it to determine top priorities for patient care into the next decade. They include enhanced prevention and screening, faster diagnosis and adapting care for underserved groups such as Indigenous Peoples who were also consulted, unlike when a strategy was first established in 2006. The non-profit group’s CEO Cindy Morton says patients and staff from cancer agencies were among those who contributed about 7,500 responses after the campaign was launched last fall. She says meetings with First Nations, Metis and Inuit people helped the group determine racism by front-line and professional staff in the health-care system is a problem and it has to work toward eliminating it.———SYMBOLIC COMBAT BOOTS MARKING D-DAY ARRIVE IN HALIFAXA pair of combat boots symbolizing the journey taken by Canadian soldiers who fought in the Second World War arrived in Halifax on Monday, completing a cross-Canada journey by train that began in Vancouver at the end of March. The boots were accompanied by a 98-year-old veteran who landed as part of the D-Day invasion of France 75 years ago. Havelyn Chiasson was just 23 when he waded ashore with New Brunswick’s North Shore Regiment, as part of the first wave of the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944. About 14,000 Canadians landed at Juno Beach on D-Day and 359 were killed on the first day of fighting.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette takes part today in the unveiling of a monument in France dedicated to the sacrifices made by Canadians during the Battle of Normandy.— Free speech advocates Lindsay Shepherd, John Robson and Mark Steyn appear before the House of Commons justice committee for its study regarding online hate.— Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is expected to make announcement today in Ottawa related to the Energy Services Acquisition Program.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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UN reports gains in gathering information on governments defence spending levels

The UN Standardized Instrument for Reporting Military Expenditures used to receive information from fewer than 30 States during its first two decades of operation, beginning in 1980, but since 2000, that figure has jumped by over 50 per cent. More than 100 States have reported at least once, while 77 submitted annual reports this year, up from 61 in 2001 and 35 in 2000. Another tool, the UN Register of Conventional Arms, has also seen a rise in participation. The Register deals primarily with international arms transfers of conventional weapons such as battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, attack helicopters, warships and missile launchers. In 2001, 120 governments submitted reports – a 20 per cent increase over the previous two years. The UN Department for Disarmament Affairs, which has been working to foster greater transparency in military matters, is planning a series of workshops to raise the international profile of these instruments and promote their widespread use. read more

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Want to join the army Recruitment starts next month

first_imgMINISTER ALAN SHATTER has confirmed that general service recruitment for the Defence Forces will begin in March with some 264 vacancies in the force in total.In response to a number of parliamentary questions from TD Bernard J Durkan, Shatter said the strength of the permanent defence force at the end of 2013 was 9,236, comprising 7,434 army, 779 air corps and 1,023 naval service personnel. In total, force strength should be at 9,500.The minister said that promotions will be made this year in order to fill some rank vacancies and that there will be a new general service recruitment competition next month.The table below shows the vacancies in each rank, with most vacant positions in the corporal, sergeant and captain ranks. Click here if you have trouble viewing this tableDespite the vacancies, Shatter said that “no specific weaknesses” in the force have been brought to his attention.“I am satisfied that the required operational strength and command structures of the army, navy and air corps remain adequate at all installations throughout the country,” he said.He also said he was satisfied that personnel have the most modern and effective range of equipment needed to fulfil all roles assigned to them by the government “in any emergency situations that may arise”.However Shatter said “the fact remains that in the current economic climate, the budgetary situation will continue to dictate the level of funding available for new equipment, training and equipment upgrades”.“Decisions will be made accordingly on a strictly prioritised basis in accordance with operational priorities with a view to maintaining the capability of all roles assigned by government to the Defence Forces,” he added.360 new general service recruits entered the Defence Forces at the start of December 2013, following the latest round of hiring. They were chosen from existing competition panels. The new recruitment competition will be advertised on the Defence Forces website when it starts next month.Read: Defence Forces to begin general service recruiting early next year — Shatter>Read: First Garda recruitment drive since 2009 begins todaylast_img read more

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14 deeply unfortunate foreign words for everyday things

first_imgGETTING BACK TO reality after a glorious three-day weekend can be an absolute pain so if there’s one thing you’re probably in dire need of it’s a bit of a giggle.Here are 14 deeply unfortunate foreign words for everyday things that will give you a gloriously juvenile laugh.WARNING: Some may not be suitable for sensitive eyes and ears.1. The Swedish word for Chef Source: DailyEdge.ie2. And resulting name for MasterChef Sweden3. How the Danes describe stretches of road where speed will be monitored Source: FunnyJunk.com4. The Swedish word for exit Source: Flickr5. The French word for seal Source: Flickr6. The words Americans choose when offering someone a lift Source: Shutterstock7. Germany’s term for a motorway exit Source: Language1018. What they call whipped cream in the Netherlands Source: Historisch Museum Deventer9. The last stop on a Swedish train or bus line Source: Daily Picks and Flicks10. Which also happens to share similarities with the way in which Swedes refer to a sale Source: Flickr11.  The name of this old Danish chain of private centres for the hearing impaired Source: Horecenter Otterup12. What you’ll need to ask for when looking for a Thai pumpkin Source: Thai Food Direct13. The way in which Germans refer to garlic Source: Flickr 14. And finally, the American name for this fashion accessory Source: FlickrRead: The greatest Irish insults, ranked in order of severity>More: 11 surefire ways to confuse tourists this weekend>last_img read more

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iPhone 5S teardown reveals lots of glue no M7 coprocessor

first_imgWhenever Apple releases a new gadget iFixit is there to pick one up and take it apart. And the iPhone 5S is no exception, with the team traveling to Sydney in order to get one of the first 5S handsets released and tear it down as quickly as possible.What they found was a smartphone very similar to the handset it replaces–the iPhone 5, but with a few key differences.Just like the previous iPhone, when opening up the 5S you require a Pentalobe screwdriver and the display is removed first. That makes it easy to replace, but as the glass, digitizer, and LCD are one unit, replacing the display will be expensive. Removing that display is also risky as Apple has attached it to a cable that connects the Touch ID sensor to the Lightning port assembly. Pull too hard and you could break that cable.Once removed, the innards of the 5S look very similar to the iPhone 5, however, Apple has made it even more difficult to replace the battery. The pull tab on the iPhone 5 battery has gone, and Apple has used two long strips of adhesive to glue it in place. If you want to replace it yourself, you will require heat and a lot of prying, which is going to scare a lot of people off ever trying it.It’s interesting to note that the battery manufacturer looks to be dependent on which color 5S you choose. But regardless, you will get a 1560mAh battery capable of 10 hours of talk time over 3G. That’s an increase in size over the 1440mAh battery the iPhone 5 shipped with.When iFixit took a look at the new Touch ID sensor, they had a genuine concern over how well it is going to hold up over time. It may be covered by a sapphire crystal, but it is just a CMOS fingerprint sensors underneath and they are apparently known to degrade. It may be that holding on to your 5S much longer than a two-year contract could mean the sensor needs replacing.Other things iFixit confirmed include the manufacturer of the iSight camera to be Sony, that the troublesome antenna interconnect cables in the iPhone 5 are gone (they could easily break or get disconnected), and that production of the 5S likely started back in July.What they didn’t find was the M7 coprocessor Apple talked about at the launch event. The A7 SoC includes 1GB RAM, and with no sign of the M7 on the board, it seems likely Apple has integrated it directly into the A7 silicon.As for repairability, iFixit awarded the iPhone 5S 6 out of 10. That’s mainly because of the effort and risk involved in replacing the battery yourself as well as how easy it is to pull the Touch ID sensor out when opening the phone.last_img read more

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Ian Madigan I would be open to playing for any of the

first_img Updated at 09.40IAN MADIGAN SAYS he is open to joining any of the four Irish provinces, after meeting with Bordeaux president Laurent Marti to discuss his future at the Top 14 club.The Ireland international has one year left on his contract with Bordeaux, but could be released after expressing his concerns at how the club is operating under head coach Raphaël Ibañez. Madigan moved to Bordeaux last summer. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOMadigan has stated that his future is not yet decided, but says a move back to Ireland would ‘excite’ him as he hopes to make a return to Joe Schmidt’s national squad – having last played for Ireland in June 2016.“Two weeks ago, I had a meeting with the president,” said Madigan yesterday. ”I made clear at the start of the meeting that I want to make things work, that I want to stay in Bordeaux, but there were certain things I wasn’t happy with in the club.“And off the back of that, he was clear with me that he knew there were issues I was dealing with. He’d obviously seen I wasn’t being selected for the Top 14 games, and he decided he’d take some time to think about the second year of my contract.“It was very much a private conversation and I do believe that things will still work out for me in Bordeaux. It wasn’t a case of me going in there and saying I was going to leave or handing in my resignation. It certainly wasn’t that.”Bordeaux are now considering the best course of action for Madigan, with club president Marti understood to be looking at other out-half options on the market before he opts to let the 27-year-old go.Should the Top 14 club decide to release Madigan, the 31-times capped Irishman would like to return home.“A move back to Ireland would certainly excite me,” said Madigan, “there’s no doubt in my mind about that. Playing for Ireland is still the ultimate for me.“The reason I made the move was to improve as a rugby player, the reason why I had that conversation with our president is because I didn’t feel that I had the confidence of the coaches or felt valued as a player.“I was in there to get to the bottom of it and try improve that situation. If I felt that that was going to be a long-term thing, then, you know, did he really want to keep me at the club or will he give me another opportunity to join another club and play rugby, becauseultimately that’s what I want to be doing. Madigan is an Electric Ireland ambassador. Source: Ramsey Cardy/SPORTSFILE“If it did happen that they decided to release me and an opportunity to come back to Ireland came up, it definitely would be something that would excite me.“But these conversations haven’t been had because I am under contract at the moment, so nothing has been done on that front. It has just been strictly speculation over the last few days.”Having come through the ranks at his native province, Leinster will always hold a special place in Madigan’s feelings, but there might be greater playing opportunities out west with Connacht. The 27-year-old says he is open to joining any of the four provinces.“A return to Leinster would no doubt be top of my list,” said Madigan. “Having lived here, all my friends are here, and having played for Leinster, it is a pretty special place but I would certainly be open to playing for any of the provinces.“One thing about moving away this year it definitely has opened up my horizons for who I can [play for], without doubt.”Madigan’s unhappiness at Bordeaux has grown in recent months, after he had made a positive start to life with the Top 14 club.Having worked hard on the language before his move to France, the out-half was able to acclimatise quickly off the pitch and made six starts in the club’s first seven games, with five wins meaning a “dream start.”However, Madigan soon picked up a groin issue, which was related to the changes in training methodology at Bordeaux.“I picked up a bit of a groin injury, which was partly down to the change in environment. I went from knowing how Leinster operates, their strength and conditioning coaches, to moving to a different environment in Bordeaux and having a different set-up with both their strength and their conditioning; the length of time on the pitch and I also had the added stress of being a regular starter. Feb 23rd 2017, 9:40 AM By Murray Kinsella 28,504 Views Share48 Tweet Email 62 Comments Thursday 23 Feb 2017, 9:40 AMcenter_img http://the42.ie/3253563 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Madigan came through the ranks at home province Leinster. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“In France, a lot of the games come down to goal-kicking, so I was practicing my goal kicking more and more. Between doing the extra time with pitch sessions with the team – it is more regulated in Ireland, so it might be only on the field for an hour, an hour and 10 minutes, whereas in France you can be closer to an hour and a half, two hours.“With that added in and the extra kicking I was doing, and also trying to maintain the strength work I was doing previously in Leinster and Ireland on top of that, I picked up a bit of a groin problem.”Madigan says he attempted to manage the injury at first, but the intermittent pain began to affect his confidence and his performances levels waned. After his high-profile transfer from Ireland, he felt he wasn’t in a position to take time out to let his groin heal.“I was probably feeling a bit of pressure, as I had just come into the club for seven or eight games – I’d had a good injury profile previously – so I was keeping it to myself.”It culminated in “a poor personal performance” away to Castres in October, whereafter Madigan finally told Bordeaux’s medical team about the issue. After undergoing a scan, he was diagnosed with “a split in my tendon” and advised to take a month out of the game.The problem for Madigan was that as he rested, New Zealander Simon Hickey re-joined the club on a three-year contract and showed excellent form at out-half.Since his return from injury, Madigan has been in and out of the team, but mainly on the bench when Bordeaux have selected their first-choice XV.Madigan was also deeply disappointed by Bordeaux seemingly giving up on their Champions Cup campaign midway through the pool stages, and subsequently missing out on the quarter-finals by only two match points.“We were in a great position in the Champions Cup to qualify, we had beaten Ulster in Chaban-Delmas [Bordeaux’s home stadium], we got a bonus point in Clermont and we’d beaten Exeter in Exeter,” said Madigan. Madigan has 31 caps for Ireland. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO“So, we’re sitting on nine points after three games and we’d Exeter at home in the following game. We decided to rotate our team and ultimately didn’t get a point in that game. We ended up on 13 points and Toulon qualified on 15 points.“On a personal note, that was very disappointing for me.”Furthermore, Madigan was confused by Bordeaux’s decision not to extend the contract of 116-times capped Wallaby Adam Ashley-Cooper, who has scored six tries in 12 starts for the club this season.Ashley-Cooper will depart at the end of current campaign.“One of the big reasons that I joined the club was that Adam Ashley-Cooper was there,” said Madigan. “I talked to him at length before I joined and he ended up advising me, improving my game while I’ve been there.“It’s very disappointing to hear that he hasn’t been extended by the club and it makes me question where their ambition is on that front.”While Madigan hopes that he can go back to Bordeaux after his holiday week in Ireland and return to the starting team for the Top 14 clash with Stade Français on 5 March, it doesn’t sound too positive for a continuation of his time there.Hickey has been the in-form player at 10 and with Madigan’s openness about a potential move back to Ireland, Marti may well grant the Irishman an early release this summer.Madigan still has high hopes of featuring on Ireland’s tour of the US and Japan in June, when other players may be on Lions duty, and says Joe Schmidt has maintained contact with him since the move to Bordeaux.“First and foremost, he’s a coach but he’s also been a great mentor to me,” said Madigan.“He’s given me great advice and as much as he would’ve rathered I stayed in Ireland, he still wanted things to go well for me on a personal level and he’s given me some good advice along the way.“He’s kept in contact with me and he’s still giving me advice on my game and what he thinks I can improve on, keeping me in the loop on what they’re looking for with the national out-halves.”Ian Madigan was on hand to launch Electric Ireland’s continued sponsorship of the Under 20’s Rugby Six Nations Championship home games. Ireland will host both France and England in Donnybrook on the Friday nights preceding the Ireland Men’s RBS 6 Nations fixtures against the same opposition.A welcome sight for Connacht fans as Bundee Aki returns to training ahead of Treviso tripMunster’s Saili cleared of any wrongdoing after disciplinary hearing Short URL Ian Madigan: ‘I would be open to playing for any of the provinces’ The 31-times capped Ireland international has not been happy with life at Top 14 club Bordeaux.last_img read more

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Lets Go Greek Festival Parramatta

first_imgThe Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of Parramatta is once again preparing its annual festival, ‘Let’s Go Greek Parramatta’.Over the years, this cultural event has made a name for itself, becoming Parramatta and Western Sydney’s premier Greek event.Come along and peruse the agora comprising of over 60 market stalls, while snacking on all your favourite authentic Greek dishes – souvlaki, loukoumades, baklava ice-cream, and an array of delicacies from all areas of Greece. There’ll be live Greek music and entertainment, along with carnival rides for all ages and children’s entertainment including face painting, farm animals and science shows. And be sure not to miss out on the incredible display of fireworks at the closing ceremony of the festival on Sunday evening.With something for everyone, this is the perfect opportunity to get the family together for a fun day out.For more information, visit www.letsgogreekfestival.com.au/When: Sunday 30 August, 2015 from 11.00 am-6.00 pmWhere: 165 George Street, Parramatta, NSW Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Toksook Bay Tribe receives more than 10 million federal dollars for trail

first_imgFish drying in Toksook Bay, Alaska. (State of Alaska photo)The Trump administration has awarded a major grant to a small community on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.Listen nowThe Toksook Bay Tribe has received more than $10 million to construct trails to the nearby community of Nightmute, and along the coast to the fishing grounds at Umkumiut, an important subsistence location.“We catch all kinds of fish, like salmon, halibut, herring,” Toksook Bay Tribal Transportation Manager Harry Tulik said.Tulik had just returned from muskox hunting when he got the news of the grant last week.“We were overwhelmed and happy and so proud for our community,” Tulik said.Besides facilitating access to subsistence, the trails will connect residents of Nightmute to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s subregional clinic in Toksook Bay.The funding comes from a half-billion dollar grant program to improve transportation projects throughout the country. It goes by the acronym TIGER, Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery. This year more than half of that funding went to rural areas and to only one project in Alaska.In Toksook Bay the money will pay for 21 miles of synthetic geo-cell mats laid across the tundra. Right now the existing trails are what have been carved by four-wheelers and snowmobiles.“A big mess,” Tulik said.The trails become too slushy or muddy to pass, causing drivers to take wider and wider paths that tear up the tundra.The mats will stabilize the trails while providing temporary, local jobs.last_img read more

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Japanese gamer spends 6065 unlocking mobile RPG character

first_imgLove them or loathe them, free-to-play mobile games are big business that continue to attract players in their thousands on a daily basis. Done right, these games can regularly extract a serious amount of cash from their most dedicated players, and Japanese RPG Granblue Fantasy is no exception.Developed by Cygames and counting Final Fantasy character artist Hideo Minaba on its staff, the iOS and Android RPG involves turn-based gameplay and is focused on leveling your characters and improving their abilities. You can unlock items and characters through quests, or by purchasing crystals costing $2.67 each.Combine a dedicated player base, a very rare female character unlock, and a week long New Year celebration promotion that doubled the chance of unlocking her, and you have a recipe for massive profits and player debt. And that’s exactly what happened to a Granblue Fantasy player going by the name of Taste.Taste decided he must have the rare character, who is called Anchira, so the week of the promotion he started buying crystals. Not one or two, but thousands of them. Six hours later, he finally did it, but his total crystal spend reached $6,065. His unlock attempt was recorded, with onlookers both mocking and pitying him as the hours rolled on. In the video below, the Anchira unlock happens at the 58 minute mark. You’ll know it happened from the sudden influx of comments filling the screen.Spending $6,065 trying to unlock a character in a game is ridiculous, but Taste wasn’t the only player to spend a serious amount of money during the promotion. Cygames made thousands from other players, too, and it has caused outrage resulting in a petition to stop such manipulation.Cygames has responded and apologized. Some players who spent thousands have received a refund, but only in virtual funds so they won’t get any real cash back. The rules in Granblue Fantasy have also changed to limit expenditure. From now on, if you don’t successfully unlock the character or item you want after 300 attempts, it gets unlocked anyway. However, that still means a player can spend as much as $800 and such a rule may encourage more players to keep spending knowing that limit is in place.Unfortunately, this isn’t a problem that’s going to disappear anytime soon. Developers and publishers have little incentive to not develop free-to-play games that generate massive profits through manipulative mechanics. More regulation has been suggested, but it’s less than clear how that would stop players racking up huge credit card bills, especially over multiple games.In the meantime, Granblue Fantasy has proved so popular it is getting its own anime series created.last_img read more

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LOT gets ready for new B7879 service on Toronto route

first_img Travelweek Group LOT gets ready for new B787-9 service on Toronto route Share Posted by Thursday, November 23, 2017 WARSAW — Three new B787-9 Dreamliners are scheduled to start operating on LOT’s routes to Toronto as well as Chicago and New York in spring and summer 2018. Tickets for the connections served by the Polish carrier’s new planes are already available for sale.There are currently eight wide-body B787-8 Dreamliners in LOT’s fleet. Each of them offers 252 seats in three classes: 18 in business, 21 in premium economy and 213 in economy.The deliveries of the larger 787-9 Dreamliners, carrying 294 passengers (24 in business, 21 in premium economy and 249 in economy class), are expected to start in spring 2018. Three of LOT’s larger B787s start service in 2018, and the last one joining the fleet in 2019. Three of the four new planes will appear next year on selected long-haul routes out of Warsaw. The new planes will begin operating the Toronto flights starting in July.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youth“LOT was the first European airline to have introduced the Boeing 787 into its fleet. It was a far-sighted move that has been paying off ever since. Today the Dreamliner is our flagship plane and the pillar of our long-haul fleet. Acquisition of additional, larger versions of the Boeing 787 fits in with the company’s sustainable growth strategy for 2016-2020,” says Rafał Milczarski, LOT CEO.The Boeing 787-9, similarly to the smaller 787-8 version, will feature lie-flat business class seats laid out in the 2-2-2 configuration. The premium economy class has a 2-3-2 configuration. Economy class seats are 3-3-3 and are equipped with six-way adjustable head- and footrests. All seats will feature an individual In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) screen, a power socket and a USB port.LOT’s growth strategy assumes that there will be at least 16 wide-body Dreamliner aircraft in the carrier’s fleet by the end of 2020.According to LOT’s estimates, the number of passengers using the airline each year is expected to exceed 10 million by 2020, meaning that the number of customers will be doubled compared to the 2016 result. From mid-2019, the LOT capital group plans to have a fleet of 75 aircraft at its disposal. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Nigeria reporters face criminal charges for story

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Journalists in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation of more than 160 million people, routinely are targeted by security agencies for the stories they write. In December, two journalists from a Hausa-language newspaper were detained for days without charges after their publication printed stories on alleged abuses by the country’s military in its fight against a radical Islamist sect. Journalists also face beatings and worse at the hands of thugs. At least 19 journalists have been killed in Nigeria since 1992, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.The crackdown against the newspaper has drawn criticism across other newspapers and in social media, with some comparing to the crackdowns made by military rulers before Nigeria became a democracy in 1999. Presidential spokesman Reuben Abati went as far as to describe the newspaper in a recent statement as an influence that could “threaten our democracy and undermine law and order.”Abati later said: “This government is proud of its record on press freedom.”The Committee to Protect Journalists earlier called on the Nigerian government to stop its “harassment” of the newspaper. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – Prosecutors filed criminal charges Tuesday against two journalists at a Nigerian newspaper over a story they published on alleged plans by the nation’s presidency to disrupt opposition parties. The charges are a sign of growing government pressure on the media.Tony Amokeodo and Chibuzo Ukaibe face 10 counts of forgery after the daily Abuja-based newspaper Leadership reported on a memo it claimed came from officials working for President Goodluck Jonathan. Amokeodo and Ukaibe appeared briefly in court Tuesday before being released on bail, said Azubuike Ishiekwene, the group managing director of the newspaper. Though the presidency later denied the authenticity of the memo, It is unclear why authorities are charging the two journalists criminally as libel is handled typically as a civil matter in Nigerian courts. Federal police spokesman Frank Mba did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday.In the story, the newspaper said the memo called for officials to disrupt the business interest of opposition party leaders. The newspaper said the memo also included a mention of influencing the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission, as well as potentially raising the price of the oil-rich nation’s subsidized gasoline _ an issue that sparked a nationwide strike last year.Officials with Nigeria’s presidency later described the purported memo as a forgery and “cheap blackmail.” Yet, police officials earlier detained four journalists from the newspaper over it, including Amokeodo and Ukaibe. Those two journalists were released after their colleagues only on condition they reported regularly to police investigators. Officers arrested the two when they reported to police headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, on Monday.“We’ll have to wait to see how it goes,” Ishiekwene told The Associated Press. “It’s better for us for the matter to be charged to court and them to be held indefinitely.” Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories “Nigerian police efforts to intimidate journalists of Leadership newspaper into revealing the source of a document, which the government has dismissed as fake, is a heavy-handed abuse of power unacceptable in a democracy,” the committee’s Africa coordinator Mohamed Keita said in a statement.Still, the press in Nigeria at times resembles the age of newspaper barons and yellow journalism in the U.S. Oligarch families and politicians own many of the major newspapers that circulate in the country, while military rulers previously handed out television broadcast licenses to trusted friends. Journalists themselves remain woefully underpaid, sometimes seeing their salaries arrive months late. That forces some to expect money from interview subjects or collect so-called “brown envelope” bribes from politicians to support themselves.___Jon Gambrell can be reached at www.twitter.com/jongambrellAP. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

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February 8 2013Cosanti this week hosted a special

first_imgFebruary 8, 2013Cosanti this week hosted a special evening for the Concierges and tour directors of many of the resort hotels in the Phoenix Valley, and also the staff of WHERE magazine. WHERE is the guidebook that is in every hotel room in our region. Our advertising figures prominently in each issue.These tourism professionals, several of whom we have known for many years, are important to the life of both Cosanti and Arcosanti. They are the ones who when asked by winter guests, “What are the most interesting places we could visit today?” answer, “You must see Cosanti and Arcosanti and the famous Soleri Windbells!”[Photos and text by Cosanti Foundation President Jeff Stein]Our sunset reception this past Wednesday evening, an in-depth tour of Cosanti by Roger Tomalty, and a dramatic night-time bronze pour by the Cosanti foundry staff were all meant to show these friends, new and old, why visitors to Arizona should not return home without experiencing the ideas, sights and sounds embodied by the fantastic architectural spaces that are Cosanti and Arcosanti.As you read this now, we hope you, too, are planning to visit this winter.  We look forward to seeing you here!last_img read more

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