The Mizoram Presbyterian Church, the largest Christian denomination in the State, has issued “moral guidelines” for political parties and candidates ahead of the election to the 40-member Assembly this year-end.More than 87% of the 1.12 million people in the State are Christians, mostly associated with churches of 14 denominations. “We expect all candidates to abide by the laws of the land, not to make promises they cannot keep and abstain from collaborating with the underground and other elements that will affect the integrity and communal harmony of Mizoram,” it said in a statement. It also asked the parties to choose candidates obedient to the laws of the nation and those of the church.“The church supports the ₹20 lakh ceiling for election expenditure fixed by the Election Commission of India,” it said, appealing to all affiliated churches to read out the decree in church services and distribute leaflets to all members. The Presbyterian Church has over six lakh members.Issuing election guidelines has been a practice for the church in Mizoram and Nagaland. Church organisations have been vocal about legislative and judicial measures considered contrary to Christian beliefs. For instance, Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee, an umbrella organisation of the churches, rejected the Supreme Court’s ruling on Article 277 and said homosexuality should remain criminalised.
Team India’s dominance in Sri Lanka continued as the world No. 1 Test side finished day 1 of the second Test in SSC Colombo strongly.Centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane helped India finish the first day on 344/3 as the Sri Lankan bowlers struggled to keep a leash on the scoring for the second successive time in the first innings.India riding on Shikhar Dhawan’s brilliant 190 posted 399 on day 1 of the first Test and this is the second time that they have gone past the 300-run mark. This makes India the first-ever team to score 300+ runs on the first day of a Test match against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.CLINICAL PUJARAPujara’s impressive run against the island nation continued. This was his third consecutive ton in Tests against the Lankans. He scored 145* at Colombo in the third Test in 2015 to help India clinch the three-match series 2-1. He maintained his good form this season as well.The Saurashtra batsman scored 153 in the first innings of the Galle Test, which helped India post a mammoth total of 600 in the first innings, which followed by 15 in the second innings. However, he shook that failure off quickly and scored his 13th century in the longest format of the game.He also became the third fastest to breach the 4000-run mark in whites for India. Virender Sehwag took 79 innings to reach the landmark while Sunil Gavaskar achieved it in 81 innings. He is now joint third with Rahul Dravid, who also took 84 innings as well.advertisementNot only that, he also became the seventh Indian to score a century on his 50th Test. Before him, Polly Umrigar (147* vs England in Kanpur, 1961), Gavaskar (221 vs England at the Oval, 1979), Gundappa Viswanath (124 vs West Indies in Chennai, 1979), Kapil Dev (100* vs West Indies at Port of Spain, 1983), VVS Laxman (178 vs Australia in Sydney, 2004) and Virat Kohli (167 vs England in Vizag, 2016) had all made hundreds in their landmark 50th Tests.The 29-year-old also has the best average for an Indian batsman in Tests with minimum 1200 run to his name. He averages 53.80*, 0.01 more than Sachin Tendulkar, who has 53.79 to his name.Pujara also went past South Africa’s Dean Elgar in the list of most runs scored in this year in Tests. He now has 838 runs from seven matches while the South African opener has managed to accumulate 762 runs from eight matches so far.RELIABLE RAHULRahul’s form continued to be top notch even after his injury scares. The opener slammed his sixth consecutive fifty to equal the Indian record of most consecutive 50s with Gundappa Viswanath and Rahul Dravid.The Karnataka batsman also became the 25th overall to score six successive half-centuries in Test cricket.Rahul has been sensational for Kohli’s team since he cemented his spot as the second opener with Murali Vijay.He suffered a major heartbreak late last year when he fell for 199 against England in the Chennai Test in December. Since then, he endured an ordinary time against Bangladesh in the one-off Test but came back strongly in the four-Test series against Australia, smashing six fifties in seven innings.OVERSEAS HERORahane’s impressive run overseas continued. He hit his sixth ton outside India out of the overall nine he has in Tests. His unbeaten 103* along with Puajra helped India steady the ship and end day 1 on a high after the visitors lost KL Rahul and Kohli in quick succession after lunch.This was his first hundred since the 188 against New Zealand in Indore in October last year.
Valtteri Bottas denied Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton a sweep of the Brazilian Grand Prix practice timesheets with the fastest time in Saturday’s final session.The Finn lapped the Interlagos circuit in one minute 09.281 seconds, a mere 0.003 quicker than four-times Formula One world champion Hamilton who had been fastest throughout Friday.Hamilton set a track record of 1:09.202 in Friday’s first session.Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were a close third and fourth, with the top four split by just 0.058 of a second.Both championships have already been won, with Hamilton wrapping up his fourth world title in Mexico at the end of last month.Mercedes clinched their fourth successive constructors’ championship in Texas in October with three races to spare.Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fifth for Red Bull, but will have a 10-place grid penalty after later qualifying, and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso sixth.Hamilton, last year’s winner in Brazil, will be going for his 12th pole of the season and 73rd of his career.
TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — CC Sabathia stood near his locker in the back of the oval Yankees clubhouse while excited teammates celebrated New York’s return to the postseason.“It feels like an eternity,” the big left-hander said, not trying to hide his relief.With some help from the one of the old guard, the next generation of Yankees will have a chance to make their mark in the playoffs.Ending a rare two-year absence from the postseason, New York clinched a wild-card berth with three games to spare by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-1 on Oct. 1 for the franchise’s 10,000th regular-season win.Putting behind the venerated teams of Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, New York (87-72) opens its 52nd postseason with a winner-take-all game on Oct. 6.Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees most likely will face Houston (84-75) — which leads the race for the second wild card — or the Angels or Minnesota (83-76), tied a game behind the Astros.“We’ll never forget what Derek did for this organization,” Manager Joe Girardi said, “but you have to move on. Yogi retired. Mickey Mantle retired and Joe D retired — all these guys, they were great players, but the Yankees continued to win.”Masahiro Tanaka is lined up to pitch the wild-card game, with the winner advancing to a Division Series against East champion Toronto or Central winner Kansas City.Carlos Beltran homered along with rookies Greg Bird and Rob Refsnyder on a drizzly, chilly evening that made sultry summer days seem long ago. Sabathia (6-10) allowed one run in five innings to win for the second time since the All-Star break.New York had failed to reach the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since its 1982-93 drought, just before the start of a golden age that included five World Series titles and seven AL pennants from 1996-2009.But these Yankees bear little resemblance to even their last postseason team of 36 months ago. Among the players swept by Detroit in the 2012 AL Championship Series, only Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira and Sabathia remain, and Teixeira will miss this postseason because of a broken leg.Now Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chase Headley, Brian McCann and Didi Gregorius support a creaky starting rotation, a strong back end of the bullpen and sputtering middle relievers. The 40-year-old Rodriguez played a big part, too, hitting 33 home runs after serving a drug suspension last season.“It’s kind of fitting that the 10,000th win clinches a postseason berth,” Gardner said.After Dellin Betances struck out Josh Rutledge to end it, the Yankees jogged onto the field to congratulate each other, along the lines of a normal win. Rookie catcher John Ryan Murphy and Betances did a little jumping, and the crowd — which seemed less than half the 40,033 tickets sold for the first night of October baseball — stood and applauded.Players then put on goggles in the clubhouse as they sprayed non-vintage Chandon Brut Classic.While the Yankees poured bubbly on their navy carpet for the first time since beating Baltimore in the 2012 Division Series, a wild card isn’t what they expected. New York led the AL East by seven games before play on July 29 but has been a .500 club since then. The Yankees had never before failed to finish first in a season in which they led by more than six games.“These guys to me did it a lot on just heart and hard work,” Girardi said. “We had a lot of injuries. We have age on this team. We dealt with a lot of stuff. But they always kept fighting and they always seemed to be bounce back.”After losing the first three games of the series, New York built a 2-0 lead in the second against former Yankee Rich Hill (2-1), who revived his career this summer during a stint with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League. Beltran hit his 19th homer, an opposite-field drive over the right-field scoreboard, No. 9 hitter Brendan Ryan singled in a run for his first RBI since July 31.Sabathia (6-10), who gave up an RBI single to Mookie Betts in the fifth, is 2-1 with a 2.17 ERA in five starts since returning from the disabled list and wrapping a tighter brace around his surgically repaired right knee.Adam Warren pitched three scoreless innings that included a behind-the-legs glove stop of Sandy Leon’s grounder for the final out of the sixth with a man on.Bird connected off Jean Machi in the seventh, and Refsnyder hit the second of his big league career against Heath Hembree in the eighth, adding a safety margin. Betances closed with three straight outs for his ninth save in 13 chances.Sabathia thought back to his late-summer stint on the DL. “I was scared. I was nervous, for sure,” he said.But now Sabathia was excited “to be able to pop champagne and exhale for a second.”“I don’t think it could have ended any better than we did, to clinch the way we did,” Warren said. “He’s done so many great things in this game and to be doing it like he is right now when we need him is big.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)
TweetPinShare0 Shares A burgeoning Superstar in the NBA, the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo will carry Greece’s Olympic basketball team into a tourney where the winner goes to the Rio Games.The event in Turin, Italy has a field that also includes Mexico, Iran, Tunisia, and strong squads from Italy and Croatia.Greece is a ranked power in world basketball and is ranked 10th. Croatia, Iran and Mexico are in the top 20.In April, Antetokounmpo – whose mother is Greek and father Nigerian – and his brother, Thanasis, who briefly played for the New York Knicks, put on a streetball hoop show for adoring crowds, showing off their skills in a game lax on defense and high on entertainment.Antetokounmpo, 21, was a top pick of the Bucks in 2014 and late in this season had five triple-doubles to go with soaring dunks and an exuberant style captivating fans.He is also a featured attraction in Nike’s Just Do It Greece Olympics advertisement where he demonstrates his amazing abilities.
FLUSHING, NY— The gates of the US Open were open to the public for Community Day on September 8. Among the young players on the courts, Stefanos Tsitsipas is one to watch. The #1 ranked junior played his third round match on Court 13, winning in straight sets 6-2, 7-5 against Germany’s Marvin Moeller. The National Herald was courtside for the match which featured some incredible shots by the young Greek player. Fans in the stands were impressed with the high quality of play calling out “Beautiful shot!” several times for Tsitsipas. The 18-year-old, juggling schoolwork and tennis, showed remarkable poise on the court, moving well, and showing a variety to his game that many players lack. When some players are content to stay back and play long baseline rallies, Tsitsipas will hit an approach shot and come into net. He showed good touch in the points at the net and power from the baseline. Playing with intense concentration, Tsitsipas is clearly a player to be reckoned with on the junior circuit. When it seemed the second set might get out of hand, he regrouped quickly, not letting the mental aspect of the game affect his obvious technical skill. It shouldn’t be long before Tsitsipas is a household name, at least among the tennis fans of the world. TNH spoke with his father and coach Apostolos Tsitsipas before the match about the grueling tennis schedule and the young Tsitsipas’ dedication to the sport. He noted the hot, humid conditions and hoped his son would play later in the day when the temperature cooled off.Stefanos Tsitsipas was born and raised in Athens, and has been coached by his father since childhood. His father’s family hails from Thessaly. The family is an athletic one, dad as coach, Stefanos’ mother, Julija Apostoli, was a former pro tennis player, and grandfather, Sergei Salnikov, was a Russian soccer player and coach who won the gold at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956. Stefano’s younger brother also plays tennis, and is ranked number one in his age group. The family travels with Stefano, his dad told TNH, having weighed the options, it was important to support Stefanos and his tennis career any way they could. “It’s good to be ambitious,” he noted, “But it should be a healthy ambition, not comparing yourself to others because everyone is different, each child is different. Step by step, you follow a path, the road is different for each person, but what is most significant is whether or not you’re happy.” Traveling 30 weeks a year on the tennis tour is tough, but the family helps Stefanos deal with the stress of being in a new place practically every week. His dad also cautions his son to take his time when making big decisions, like whether to go to college or turn pro. Several offers from American universities, including John McEnroe’s alma mater Stanford, along with full scholarships for tennis may be tempting to some, but Stefanos is focused on his goal. He wants to play tennis. His dad pointed out that he is decisive, and there are no half measures for Stefanos. “He has to give 100%,” his father said. So far it seems to be working.In 2016, he won the first Grand Slam tennis title ever for Greece with his junior boys’ doubles win, along with Estonian Kenneth Raisma, at Wimbledon. As reported on the US Open website, Stefanos would like to inspire more Greeks to play the sport he loves, “I play for myself, and for my country. I want to see more kids playing tennis like I did and make the sport grow.”His dad also sees Greece as ideal for tennis especially with its mild climate. Where else can tennis be played outdoors more than 250 days a year? Incentives and support are needed in Greece to get kids playing and keep them playing. Encouragement, in the form of awarding prizes, can truly make a difference in motivating kids to even higher levels of achievement. For Stefanos, the next step is moving up in the ATP rankings. Once he makes it to the Top 200, he can play in the qualifying tournament for the Australian Open where the Greek community will undoubtedly appreciate his efforts, as they did last year when Stefanos played an exhibition match against Greek-Australian pro Thanasi Kokkinakis. His father noted the huge crowd and the support from the diaspora Greeks was unexpected but deeply appreciated. Stefano’s continuing success is an example and a point of pride for all Greeks.On Friday, Tsitsipas won his quarterfinal match against his doubles partner Kenneth Raisma 6-1, 7-6 (7-4). Next, he faces Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime in the semifinals.TweetPinShare0 Shares
“Highlights” is a pretty liberal term, but I always enjoy hearing Dave Hunziker’s voice call the action after a night of Fox Sports Southwest. Plus, I love the behind-the-QB camera angle. Here’s a look at all the good stuff from the first (of seven) home games in 2015.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Primera División El Clasico: Real Madrid vs Barcelona TV channel, stream, time, odds & preview Oli Platt Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 12/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Primera División Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid Barcelona The biggest game in world football returns to La Liga on December 23 and could have huge ramifications in the Spanish title race Real Madrid will host Barcelona in La Liga’s first Clasico of the 2017-18 season on Saturday.The two old rivals look set to battle it out again for the Spanish crown this season, with Barca making the stronger start under new boss Ernesto Valverde.These matches can be vital in deciding the destination of the title, though, and Madrid will look to strike back on home turf. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Real Madrid vs Barcelona Date Saturday, December 23 Time 12:00 GMT / 07:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the U.S., El Clasico can be watched live and on-demand on fuboTV with a free seven-day trial. The live sports streaming service can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football and by stream via Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Navas, Casilla, Moha Defenders Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Theo Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Asensio, Isco, Kovacic Forwards Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale, Vazquez Cristiano Ronaldo has trained alone this week after feeling his calf in the Club World Cup final, but it is expected that he will play.Gareth Bale has made a couple of cameos off the bench and should feature among the substitutes again. Madrid confirmed their 19-man panel, which can be seen above, for the game on Friday.Potential starting XI: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Isco; Benzema, Ronaldo. Position Barcelona players Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Digne, Vidal, Vermaelen Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, D. Suarez, Iniesta, Paulinho, Roberto, Gomes Forwards L. Suarez, Messi Barca are without Samuel Umtiti (hamstring), who will not play again this year, while Ousmane Dembele is back in training but will not be rushed into this game.Paco Alcacer is also out and Gerard Deulofeu has not been included in the 18-man panel, further limiting Valverde’s options beyond Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in attack. Rafinha is fit again after an eight-month lay-off due to two knee surgeries, but is not part of the group.Potential starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba; Rakitic, Paulinho, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Real Madrid are 23/20 favourites to win at home, according to dabblebet, with Barcelona priced at 11/5 and the draw available at 11/4.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of match markets.EL CLASICO TICKETSThere is an extremely limited number of tickets available via Real Madrid’s official website, with prices starting – at the time of writing – at €105.Tickets can be bought through re-sale websites, but expect prices to be significantly marked up from face value and start at a minimum of €250.GAME PREVIEW For Real Madrid and Barcelona, there is no better measuring stick than this match.The Champions League remains the ultimate goal, of course, but such has been the dominance of these two teams in Europe over the past decade that beating the other one is often a good indicator of forthcoming continental success.When Barca conquered the world under Pep Guardiola, they went on one stretch of six wins and a draw against Madrid in La Liga until Jose Mourinho finally cracked the code.Los Blancos have not been as dominant through their own golden spell but a 5-1 aggregate win in the latest Supercopa de Espana was representative of their far superior 2016-17 campaign.Barca have been able to bounce back under Ernesto Valverde, however, and come into this match as league leaders.That will only heighten its intrigue as the Blaugrana face the sternest examination yet of their renewed belief that they will be in the running for top honours this season.
Everton boss Marco Silva: We deserved Man City defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva says Manchester City deserved their 3-1 win on Saturday.Silva was most annoyed by the team’s defending for City’s second and third goals which came either side of one from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.“City deserved the three points,” Silva said.“They were more effective than us.“The chances they created, they scored and because of that they deserved the points.“Until they scored the first goal, the game was within what we expected and planned. They did not shoot once.“The biggest chance until that moment was Richarlison’s chance, a big, big chance. After that, it changed.“We knew they had the quality to command the match. We had to be almost perfect in our defensive organisation.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Josh Jacobs #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries the ball against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Josh Jacobs is expected to be one of the top running backs taken in the NFL Draft, after an impressive Alabama career. He won’t get to show off too much during the NFL Draft Combine, which began today.Jacobs is unfortunately dealing with a groin injury. That will keep him from doing a number of drills.Running backs are obviously still an interesting debate at the top of the Draft. In recent years, guys like Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley have been top picks.However, the success of many dynamic rushing attacks, regardless of the player in the backfield, could scare some teams away from backs too high in the draft.Still, there are some analysts that think Jacobs could go early in the first round, after a productive three years at ‘Bama. NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah compared him to another back who didn’t get a ton of burn in college: Saints superstar Alvin Kamara.NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported the Josh Jacobs news today.Hopefully it doesn’t take a major toll on his stock, and he can show teams what they will miss over the next few days at Alabama’s pro day.#Bama RB Josh Jacobs, one of the most highly touted RBs in this coming draft, is dealing with a groin injury and will do limited work in Indy at the Combine, source says. Nothing major, but knocks him out of several drills.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 25, 2019Jacobs ran 120 times for 640 yards and 11 touchdowns in a crowded Alabama backfield in 2018.Impressively, that was just third on the team behind Damien Harris and Najee Harris, but Jacobs is still expected to be a big commodity come draft time.Alabama Pro Day is scheduled for March 19.
As part of the Government’s efforts to deepen the linkages between the tourism industry and the rest of the economy, an online tool has been developed for use by suppliers and buyers.Making the announcement during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, July 2, portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, said the programme provides a common area for buyers to identify needs and suppliers to meet those needs.“This tool is supported by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) and the EXIM Bank, and is plugged into databases operated by these agencies,” Dr. McNeill said.The Minister noted that the online tool was developed as a result of the deliberations of the Tourism Linkages Task Force, and out of which it was also determined that a Tourism Linkages Hub be established at the Tourism Ministry to drive the linkages initiative.“Already, reports of positive benefits are coming in from the manufacturing sector. Just a day or two ago one manufacturer credited the Hub initiative with his success in landing an order from a large hotel operator. Additionally, discussions are in an advanced stage for the supply of furniture to a major hotel chain,” the Minister said.Also coming out of the task force meetings, the EXIM Bank is creating a facility for receivables financing for suppliers who provide goods and services to the hotel sector, he further noted.“This will be enormously useful in reducing cost and keeping valuable capital in the suppliers’ hands, without a protracted wait for payment,” Dr. McNeill informed.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwards
zoom Lithuania’s Ministry of Transport and Communications has filed for bankruptcy proceedings of Klaipeda-headquartered bulk shipping company PC Lithuanian Shipping Company.The Ministry, which owns 56.66 percent of the company’s shares, filed with the District court of Klaipėda petition for initiation of the company’s bankruptcy proceedings amid ongoing financial troubles that plunged the bulker owner and operator deep in debts.“Currently, most of the company’s financial commitments are overdue. The Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania, acting in implementation of LSC shareholder rights and obligations, applied to the court in accordance with the article 9 part 7 of Republic of Lithuania Enterprise bankruptcy law that states that bankruptcy proceedings shall be initiated when the enterprise is insolvent i.e. when the enterprise fails to discharge its obligations and the overdue liabilities of the enterprise are in excess of half of the value of the assets entered in the enterprise’s balance,” the Ministry said in a statement.The move comes following the company’s denial of media speculations on filing for insolvency that emerged as Lithuania’s Transport Minister Rimantas Sinkevicius claimed that the company ”should go bankrupt” so as to stop accumulating losses because the devastating bulk market was showing no signs of recovery.The state-owned company which employs 237 workers has been piling up losses since 2008, and the accumulated loss currently stands at EUR 20 million, according to Sinkevicius. The company’s inability to pay its debts led to several arrests of its vessels by different claimants.As informed, the first arrested LCS ship Deltuva has returned to Lithuania from the port of Gdansk.“19 people are coming back to the shore. We are making efforts to resolve the issue of repatriating seafarers on board of other LSC vessels in the short time,” said Vice-Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania Saulius Girdauskas on Thursday.The Ministry said that the funds which will ensure that all arrested LSC vessels are provided with fuel and other necessary measures have been transferred.The company’s 16,883 dwt general cargo ship Raguva and its crew of 20 was recently detained in Senegal’s capital Dakar, while another company’s cargo ship – the 17,786 dwt Romuva – was detained in Italy due to unpaid fuel and service bills.World Maritime News Staff
Nova Scotians will no longer have to go to court to plead not guilty to summary offence tickets, such as speeding and motor vehicle infractions, under proposed changes to the Summary Proceedings Act introduced today, April 1, by Justice Minister Ross Landry. “This change to the act increases access to justice and is more convenient for Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Landry. “People who receive tickets will still be able to go to trial to dispute the matter.” Anyone who now receives a summary offence ticket must appear in arraignment court if they are going to plead not guilty. The person then returns to court for trial, where many issues discussed at arraignment are addressed again before the court. Under the proposed system, Nova Scotians will be required to appear in court only for trial. They will be able to go to a justice centre and receive a trial date from court staff. With the proposed changes, people who are automatically convicted for failing to appear can have that conviction set aside within 60 days and be granted a court date before a presiding justice of the peace or provincial court judge. Ontario has also eliminated arraignment court for certain matters to expedite justice.
OTTAWA — Transport Minister Marc Garneau is ordering railway companies to update rules to address employee fatigue.The minister says requirements on work-rest periods for rail employees, introduced in 2002 with mainly minor changes since then, should reflect the latest science and fatigue management practices.Calling for “changes now,” Garneau says the new rules should address issues such as shift length, minimum rest periods and advance notice for work schedules.The order comes amidst an ongoing ramp-up in crude oil transport by rail and follows Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s pledge to buy new oil tanker cars that could eventually move an additional 120,000 barrels a day in response to a lack of pipeline capacity.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has cited sleep-related fatigue as a contributing factor in 19 major freight train accidents since 1994, including the Lac-Megantic tragedy in July 2013 when an oil train explosion killed 47 people. Since then, the amount of crude shipped by rail has doubled to a record 269,829 barrels a day in September 2018.The railways, in consultation with unions, must submit rules to Transport Canada by May 19 for approval by the end of June.The Canadian Press
Pippa Middleton arrived at her wedding looking every bit the fairytale princess.She was wearing a gorgeous Giles Deacon gown. The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrived at Pippa Middleton’s wedding in matching waistcoats.The Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle were not with them as they walked in. The Duchess of Cambridge’s sister arrived at St Mark’s Church in a 1951 Jaguar MkV, just in time to pose for a few pictures before the heavens opened. Credit:AP POOL Her sister, the Duchess of Cambridge, entered St Mark’s Church in Berkshire wearing a pink dress and cream fascinator.She shepherded her children in with the other pageboys and pagegirls. Ms Middleton missed the rain by a fraction as she smiled for the cameras. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Fit for a princessCredit:AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool Looking radiant in her Giles Deacon dress, with her father Michael holding her arm, Pippa has just walked down the little path into the 12th century church, where she was met at the door by Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Marée noire : un nouveau couvercle, un puits supplémentaire, des cheveux et des débris pour enrayer la menaceÉtats-Unis – Le matériel permettant d’injecter de la boue et du ciment dans la valve de sécurité du principal puits de pétrole déversant quotidiennement 800.000 litres de brut dans le golfe du Mexique devrait être acheminé par bateau très prochainement. Toutefois, cette opération pourrait nécessiter plusieurs semaines avant de porter ses fruits. Le matériel devrait arriver prochainement, malheureusement l’opération de colmatage nécessitera surement plusieurs semaines et d’ici là, 72 millions de litres de pétrole pourraient s’être déversés dans le golfe du Mexique. La solution consistant à forer un autre puits pourrait, elle, être dramatique et multiplier par douze la quantité de pétrole déversée quotidiennement dans l’océan. En attendant, British Petroleum garde donc en tête d’autres possibilités afin de mettre un terme à la marée noire qui sévit actuellement le long des côtes du golfe du Mexique.Parmi les solutions possibles, la pose d’un nouveau dôme de confinement, plus petit que le précédent (1,5 mètre de haut pour 1,2 mètre de diamètre) et donc malheureusement moins efficace. Il devrait arriver aujourd’hui ou demain, suite à l’échec de la première tentative vendredi dernier. Le premier couvercle, mesurant 12 mètres de hauteur et pesant 100 tonnes, avait dû être retiré dès le lendemain de sa mise en place, “des hydrates de méthane, sous forme de cristaux de glace” s’étant formés, obstruant les conduits et empêchant tout pompage du pétrole. L’injection d’eau chaude ou de méthanol pourrait être la solution à ce problème. D’autres ingénieurs proposent de connecter le tuyau duquel s’échappe le pétrole à un plus gros qui l’acheminerait vers un navire. Des produits chimiques dispersants sont également injectés près de la fuite.D’autres méthodes, plus farfelues ont également été énoncées, notamment par Doug Suttles, directeur d’exploitation de BP, qui parle d’une “injection de cochonneries” à très haute pression, comme des morceaux de pneus ou des balles de golf, afin d’arrêter la fuite. Même si cette méthode paraît dérisoire, elle nécessitera deux semaines de travaux.Autre technique originale : l’association Matter of trust entreprend de mettre à la mer des cheveux, poils d’animaux et laines censés absorber le pétrole (voir article). Le 11 mai 2010 à 16:22 • Emmanuel Perrin
Les premières voitures électriques de Renault en vente dès vendrediLes premières voitures électriques de Renault seront livrées aux concessions le vendredi 28 octobre. Le constructeur a beaucoup misé sur ces véhicules rechargeables et espère d’ici à 2015 en écouler quelque 1,5 million d’exemplaires.Vendredi, les toutes premières voitures électriques de Renault seront livrées dans pas moins de 400 points de ventes à travers la France. Le Kangoo ZE, un petit utilitaire rechargeable, sera le premier à être livré aux quatre coins de l’Hexagone. Un événement qui marque le début de “la révolution électrique”, se félicite Thierry Koskas, le directeur du programme électrique du constructeur, cité par l’AFP.À lire aussiMal des transports : pourquoi est-on malade en voiture et comment l’éviter ?Le Kangoo ZE sera bientôt suivi par la berline Fluence ZE, puis le Twizy. Et en 2012, c’est la petite citadine Zoé qui arrivera sur le marché. Quatre modèles tous présentés sur un site dédié (lien non disponible) de Renault. Depuis plusieurs semaines, les vendeurs de la marque sont formés afin de pouvoir répondre à toutes les questions et inquiétudes des automobilistes, notamment quant à l’autonomie des véhicules, sujette à de nombreuses idées reçues. Le lancement de ces voitures est une étape de taille pour le constructeur qui mise énormément sur le développement des véhicules électriques. Avec son partenaire Nissan, ce sont quelque 4 milliards d’euros qui sont étaient investis, et 2.000 personnes ont planché sur le projet. D’ici à 2015, ils espèrent vendre 1,5 million d’unités.Les quatre voitures Renault seront produites en France et en Espagne dans les usines du constructeur, à l’exception des batteries qui proviendront de l’extérieur jusqu’en 2014. Une usine dédiée est en effet en cours de construction à Flins, dans les Yvelines. Mais le chantier à pris du retard.Le 27 octobre 2011 à 09:35 • Maxime Lambert
2019 is set to be a real trip for Pokemon fans. We recently learned about Pokemon Sword and Shield, the next entries in the core RPG series. Normally a new generation is exciting enough on its own, but this is the first time the main series has appeared on a home console, the Nintendo Switch, so it has the potential to be an even greater leap for the franchise.But even if you don’t keep up with the games you’re still about to experience Pokemon like never before. We also just saw a new reality-distorting trailer for Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, the Ryan Reynolds comedy where Pikachu wears a detective hat and curses at other disturbingly realistic Pokemon in a live-action world.And now we’ve just seen yet another trailer for a new type of terrifying Pokemon film. It’s only March! Check out this teaser for Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution.┏━━━━━━━━━━━┓最強とは何か――┗━━━━━━━━━━━┛7/12（金）ロードショー「ミュウツーの逆襲 EVOLUTION」フル3DCGで描かれた大迫力の最新予告映像を公開。#ミュウツーイヤー#ミュウツーの逆襲 https://t.co/xyIAFoibKv pic.twitter.com/wvP2rrvB9n— ミュウツーの逆襲 EVOLUTION (@pokemon_movie) February 28, 2019As its name implies, Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution is a remake of the original Mewtwo Strikes Back, the very first Pokemon film released 20 years ago. But now instead of the hand-drawn look of the anime, this new movie features the first CGI take on the familiar Pokemon film franchise. While CGI Pokemon are pretty common because of the games, it’s pretty wild seeing Ash and Brock and Misty as these action figure-like 3D models instead of their traditional 2D selves.Still, of all the Pokemon movies to get remade we’re glad it’s this one, still our favorite Pokemon movie. Whenever Pokemon begins to interrogate its own borderline dog fighting premise just a little bit it’s really great. This is why Pokemon Black and White, and its Pokemon-freeing antagonists, are the best games. And it’s why Mewtwo Strikes Back’s message of “fighting your own people is really tragic actually” still hits home.Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution releases in Japanese theaters in July. Hopefully it comes over to America, too. That’s two CGI Mewtwo we can expect to see in theaters this summer. For more on Pokemon read our review of Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee and watch us talk about why the original Pokemon Red and Blue are games to play before you die. Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks Stay on target
Stay on target Hubble Detects Luminous Elliptical Galaxy in SpaceWatch: Here’s What It’s Like to Fly Through the Orion Nebula Galaxies like to pair up, too: The Hubble Space Telescope recently captured two galaxies at play and they make the brightest “galactic duo” in space.The galaxy couple, also known as UGC 2369, isn’t your typical celestial sight: In the image, the galaxies are interacting, which means that their mutual gravitational attraction is drawing them closer together and messing up their shapes in the process, according to a NASA press release. A very weak bridge of dust, gas, and stars are shown connecting the two galaxies and it was developed when they pulled material out into space across the area dividing them.NASA says interaction is a common event that occurs between most galaxies. A majority of larger galaxies, such as the Milky Way, have interactions that involve much smaller “dwarf” galaxies. Every few billion years, a more important pairing can occur though, where massive galaxies collide.#HubbleFriday This galactic duo is known as UGC 2369. The galaxies are interacting, meaning that their mutual gravitational attraction is pulling them closer and closer together and distorting their shapes in the process: https://t.co/S4PTdRFpdd pic.twitter.com/F0wIENfjRf— Hubble (@NASAHubble) August 9, 2019The Milky Way’s next big occurrence is expected to take place in roughly four billion years, when it will merge with the Andromeda galaxy, its larger neighbor. Eventually, the two galaxies will become one, which is already being dubbed the “Milkomeda.”More on Geek.com:Hubble Space Telescope Spots Cosmic ‘Potpourri’ of ParticlesHubble Space Telescope Image Details Jupiter’s Dynamic AtmosphereHubble Detects Scorching ‘Heavy Metal’ Exoplanet in Space
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas, Monday 8th 2017: DNA Leader Branville McCartney is appealing to the nation to see the DNA as the alternative to the ‘same old, same old’. The leader in his televised Sunday address to the nation, told viewers and voters alike that his party was one that identified with the struggles of all Bahamians, as they too lived in the same communities affected by the cost of living. In identifying with those who have suffered at the fate of criminals, McCartney says the old saying of “He who feels, knows it” can be applied to him, as he too along with his family still struggle to find comfort following the loss of his brother.As a result, the leader says under a DNA government, he promised swift action on crime, with changes to the judiciary bringing an end to the back log of cases, government involvement on criminal matters and return of capital punishment.Highlighting what the DNA will do if elected, McCartney says an immediate introduction of a $250 minimum weekly wage will be implemented, while his party will introduce an exit strategy for Foreign Investments protecting the interest of Bahamians first. Other DNA plans for governance include a Fiscal Accountability Act, as a means of monitoring macro-economic performance within government programmes, a land registry independent from the Prime Minister’s office, and introduce more concessions for Bahamians to own more, such as banks.Meanwhile, the DNA Leader called out the changes occurring at the Parliament Registration Commission, as an ‘intentional move’, “wide spread voter apathy and an attempt to suppress voters”. From the “countless numbers of errors found on the voting list, to the prejudice faced by persons attempting to register, based on their attire”, McCartney described these instances as “Obvious attempts to frustrate Bahamians to abandon their constitutional rights”.He went on to set the record straight over what he calls tactics employed by “Spin Doctors” who call the DNA as a “non factor and nothing more than a spoiler”, as “malignant seed planted as means of stifling a still growing democracy and maintaining the status quo”. McCartney furthers this point, calling it an “insult to the memory of our forefathers who fought for our rights” to chose.#MagneticMediaNews#DNAsaysGiveBahamasCleanSlate#BahamasGeneralElections2017 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: