ℹ️ Full breakdown of voting results here: https://t.co/k4PksekZaJ#TheBest | #FIFAFootballAwards pic.twitter.com/cymNNO4lft— #TheBest 🏆 (@FIFAcom) September 23, 2019 The Best Men’s Coach award went to Juergen Klopp for leading Liverpool to the Champions League victory. Jill Ellis was awarded the Best Women’s Coach award for leading the US to their second consecutive World Cup win. She also became the first coach to win back-to-back Women’s World Cup. Daniel Zsori won the FIFA Puskas award for scoring a stunning bicycle kick in the Hungarian league.The Netherlands’ Sari van Veenendaal won the Women’s Goalkeeper award for her heroic World Cup performance, that took the Dutch to the final. Liverpool’s Alisson Becker was awarded the best Men’s Goalkeeper honour. Along with his achievements with Liverpool, he also won the Copa America 2019 with Brazil.The first-ever Women’s World XI was also announced, which was: Sari van Veenendaal, Lucy Bronze, Wendie Renard, Nilla Fischer, Kelley O’Hara, Julie Ertz, Amandine Henry, Rose Lavelle, Marta, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan.The Men’s World XI was as follows: Alisson Becker, Matthijs de Ligt, Sergio Ramos, Virgil van Dijk, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Frenkie de Jong, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, Eden Hazard and Cristiano Ronaldo.Since The Best award was created in 2016, the winner has gone on to also lift the coveted Ballon d’Or, which will be unveiled on December 2. Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won both awards last year to end Ronaldo and Messi’s ten-year domination. In the past three years the podiums for both awards have been almost identical apart from Egyptian Mohamed Salah’s third place in The Best in 2018, a spot occupied by France’s Antoine Griezmann in the Ballon d’Or.
About 40 individuals and two companies now face charges About 40 individuals and two companies now face charges in the United States over more than USD 200 million in bribes paid for television and marketing contracts. Separately, Swiss police have been investigating FIFAs management and the award of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and 2022 event to Qatar. French prosecutors indicated this week they could also look into the Qatar World Cup award.Infantino became president in February in a bid to stabilise the FIFA administration and vowed to lead world football into a new era of “transparency” and “honesty”.But he already faces scrutiny. FIFA today denied German media reports that a formal investigation had been launched into the new president.Die Welt newspaper said Infantino had improperly ordered the destruction of the minutes of a FIFA executive committee meeting held at last months congress in Mexico city.FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer said the allegations were baseless.”The email exchange that makes mention of the deletion of audio files refers to a copy of the original audio file of the meeting that was improperly stored on a local drive,” she said.”This mention does not refer to the officially archived audio file. That file exists and is properly saved at FIFA.”A spokesman for the ethics committees investigatory arm, Roman Geiser, told AFP that “there are no formal proceedings going on against Mr. Infantino”.FIFA officials have not discounted however that there is a possibility of an official inquiry.Die Welt had said FIFAs ethics commission could impose a 90 day suspension on Infantino over the issue. AFP AH AHadvertisement read more
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – OCTOBER 09: Dion Waiters #11 of the Miami Heat brings the ball up the court against the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center on October 09, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPMIAMI — Shooting guard Dion Waiters has been suspended by the Miami Heat for their season opener against Memphis on Wednesday night for what was described as “conduct detrimental to the team.”“There were a number of unacceptable incidents this week, culminating with his unprofessional conduct on the bench last night,” Heat President Pat Riley said in a statement Saturday night. “As a consequence, I feel we had to suspend him.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Duterte orders probe on radio broadcaster slay in Dumaguete PLAY LIST 00:38Duterte orders probe on radio broadcaster slay in Dumaguete00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Raptors, Siakam agree on 4-year max extension Waiters averaged 12.0 points last season in 44 games. The Heat said he will be permitted to return to the team on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect Waiters got into a discussion with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra during Friday night’s game, though the Heat did not specifically address what any of the incidents were.Waiters played only 10 minutes in Friday night’s preseason finale — nine players got more, not even including Jimmy Butler, who got the night off for rest. Waiters averaged 14.3 minutes per game in four preseason appearances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceWaiters is the second player to face publicly announced punishment from the Heat already this season. James Johnson was not permitted to attend training camp because his level of conditioning was not at the team’s standards, and returned to practice late in the preseason.Waiters is entering his fourth season with the Heat. He’s missed 126 of a possible 246 games over the last three years, largely because of ankle injuries and a subsequent surgery on his foot and ankle. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers LATEST STORIES Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View comments read more
Barcelona have set a new salary-spend record by becoming the first team in any sport with an average wage per player of £10.45 million ($13.76 million) a year, according to the 2018 version of the Global Sports Salary Survey.This season, the Spanish giants will pay their first-team squad an average of over £200k ($265k) per week before bonuses, with that figure rising by 33 per cent since 2017-18.Lionel Messi’s contract renewal that he signed in 2017 boosted that number , with the signings of Philippe Coutinho, Arthur Melo, Malcom and Arturo Vidal contributing further to the overall increase of the wage budget. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! There were also new deals for the likes of Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti and Sergio Busquets to further nudge the average spend per player up to more than £10m ($13m) per year.Real Madrid, meanwhile, feature in second place in the table, with their players earning an average of £8.1m ($10.6m) a year.The next six spots are all filled by teams from the NBA, with Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors in third and fourth overall with salary averages of £7.84m ($10.32m) and £7.82m ($10.33m) respectively.Manchester United lead the way in terms of the highest annual salary spend for the Premier League, paying their players an average of £6.5m ($8.6m) per player, per year.Jose Mourinho’s side are 10th in the overall standings covering all team sports, with Manchester City – paying £5.9m ($7.8m) on average – behind them in 20th overall.Chelsea are then the next best-placed Premier League side in 35th place, followed by Liverpool (38th) and Arsenal (39th).PSG have, perhaps surprisingly, slipped from fifth place overall in the standings in 2017 to 18th, with an average salary spend per player of £6.1m ($8m).Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at Juventus, the Serie A leaders have jumped from 32nd in the world to ninth, while Bayern Munich have moved from 27th last year to 15th in 2018.The latest survey found that the Premier League remained the richest football league in the world, with first-team squad players earning £2.99m ($3.37m) a year on average. La Liga (£2.2m/$2.5m) is second in the list, with Serie A in third (£1.5,/$1.7m), almost half the amount of the total in England’s top flight.The NBA remains the highest-paid league in the world, however, with average salaries of £5.9m ($7.8m) per year this season. read more
By Abhishek Hore New Delhi, Apr 20 (PTI) Bedeviled by gender inequality for long, world footballs governing body FIFA aims to kick out for good, the ugly side of the beautiful game. Its been almost a year since years of patriarchy had been broken at FIFA with the appointment of Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura as its Secretary General, a move that had been hailed as groundbreaking. “Over the past few years FIFA has put in a lot of efforts into developing womens football and promoting gender equality. Our aim is to break down the gender barriers in football,” Marion Mayer-Vorfelder, FIFAs head of events — U-17 World Cup –, told PTI in an interview. The influential sports body is lending a helping hand towards the growth of the womens game in India. “They (AIFF) have been implementing FIFAs Live Your Goals campaign for three years now and have reached out to thousands of female players. “FIFA and the AIFF have also worked on capacity building to improve the level of the game, by organising coaching — courses for coaches in womens football. In addition, the recently-launched womens league will be partially financed by FIFA forward funding over the next three years.” The German was in India to inspect the preparedness of the venues, chosen to host matches in the U-17 World Cup, and although an age-group event for boys only, she believed it plays an important role in achieving their objective. “In 2015, FIFA launched the Female Leadership Development programme to identify, support and develop strong female leaders and role models in football, while advocating for women to access senior decision-making positions all over the world. “The AIFFs womens football manager Indu Choudhary was part of the first edition of the programme that graduated in March 2016 in Amsterdam.” To name just a few issues, the women are behind their male counterparts in terms of funding, media hype and crowd turnout. “There is still room for further improvement but providing opportunities for women and girls in football is one of FIFAs main development priorities and has been a key part of FIFAs reforms. “Women within FIFA have always been involved in important projects and even more so now with our SG, who is a woman and a great supporter of gender equality.” Stating that the womens game has “definitely taken a huge step forward”, Marion said her gender does not come in the way of her work at FIFA. “Honestly, my gender is not related to any of the challenges I face. At FIFA the most difficult part is to keep up with time lines and schedules; any delay can have a big impact on deliverables.” Alongside the U-17 World Cups Local Organising Committee (LOC), FIFA is trying to promote the game in India, travelling to its deep interiors. “Football is not the number one sport in India… together with the LOC, we are therefore putting in a lot of effort into promoting the tournament and into taking the beautiful game to every corner of this fascinating country. “The FIFA U-17 World Cup will leave a positive legacy for football in India and we hope to inspire more young people to play football in India in future.” Considering the size of the country, it has been a logistical challenge, which has been managed well till now. Marion said, “Well, India is an enormous country and its almost like a continent in itself. We have six venues, hence there are six state governments and stakeholders to deal with as well. “Every part of the country is diverse and different, which is what makes the country beautiful, but yes, it also brings its own sets of challenges. “However, the experience has been largely positive so far and with less than 200 days to go, we are confident things will only get better!” Hosting a tournament of this magnitude, which has given the world the likes of Ronaldinho, Andres Iniesta, Javier Mascherano, Xavi, Francesco Totti, Iker Casillas and Mario Götze, it will be a “great opportunity” for India to improve. “The FIFA U-17 World Cup is an important platform for football development. The competition showcases the footballing talent of the future and is a big stepping stone for young players. “I have conducted several inspections and have experienced first-hand the enthusiasm and dedication around the event here in India. “I am convinced that the first FIFA tournament to be held in India will be a great success and will help to engage the whole country in football.” PTI AH PM PMadvertisementadvertisement read more
Former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas on Thursday said he had not yet decided whether he would retire from the sport after suffering a heart attack amid rumours in several Portuguese newspapers that he would hang up his gloves before the start of the next season.Casillas, on his Twitter account, reshared a previous tweet in which he said he was yet undecided about his future in the sport, reported Efe news.In the original tweet, published just over two weeks after his heart attack on May 1, the former Real Madrid goalie said: “Retirement, there will be a day that I’ll have to retire. Let me announce this when the moment comes. For now … everyone relax! I had an appointment yesterday with Dr. Filipe Macedo. Everything is ok. This is great news that I would like to share with all of you!”In his retweet, he said: “The same from this tweet from one month ago, except the part of the meeting with the Doctor. More than anything because my appointment is tomorrow. Big hug to everyone.”The former Real Madrid captain suffered a heart attack during a training session with his current team, FC Porto, casting major doubt about his ability to continue in the sport.Casillas’ personal situation got even more complicated when his wife, journalist Sara Carbonero, announced that she went through a malignant ovarian tumour surgery on May 21.On June 6, various Portuguese newspapers said that Casillas met Pinto da Costa, President of FC Porto, where he was offered the possibility to continue working in the club, but as part of the technical staff.advertisementCasillas made his professional debut with Real Madrid under then coach, Welshman John Benjamin Toshack, against Athletic Bilbao in September 1999 in San Mames at the age of 19.At Real Madrid, Casillas was in the team that won the UEFA Champions League three times, LaLiga five times, the Copa del Rey twice, the Spanish Super Cup four times and the FIFA Club World Cup twice. read more
Pablo Hernández snatched victory to earn Leeds a third straight league win and breach fortress Bramall Lane, halting Sheffield United’s eight-match unbeaten home run.Hernández will not score an easier goal this season, sweeping home after a grave error by Dean Henderson. John Egan’s overhit backpass had Henderson backpedalling and the goalkeeper, on loan from Manchester United, failed to find safety in Jack O’Connell, selling his defender painfully short, and instead allowed Jack Clarke to cross into the unguarded goalmouth. Substitutes 28 Cranie 14 8 (s 84′) 4 Fleck Lineups Stockport’s Jim Gannon: ‘Our current position belies this club’s history’ This was not the bedlam many had hoped would ensue between the Yorkshire neighbours but it was another great advert for the division, though the hosts felt hard done by. “I thought we played extremely well, dominated an excellent side,” Wilder said. “We missed a couple of big chances and the game was decided in an individual error. I think it would be harsh to say we were on the back foot in that game. I thought we did remarkably well and we are doing remarkably as staff in terms of what we are getting out of the players. I said at half-time it could have been decided by a bit of magic, taking a chance or a mistake and unfortunately for us it’s the final one.”Aapo Halme, the 20-year-old defender who replaced Cooper for only his second appearance in a Leeds shirt, had the visitors’ best chance of the first half but Henderson repelled his low effort after the ball dropped kindly in the box.Leeds were caged for large spells and Wilder’s side continued to pour forward. Unsurprisingly a golden chance fell to Sharp but he could not convert from point-blank range. When McGoldrick sold Phillips a treat to turn his man on the edge of the area, he teed up Sharp to nod his header across goal but the striker was guilty of opting for power over placement. Sheffield United Match stats 4 Forshaw That mistake eight minutes from time proved decisive, though the substitute Conor Washington almost rescued the unrelenting hosts in stoppage time, but his acrobatic effort cannoned back off the woodwork.Marcelo Bielsa and Chris Wilder have taken different routes to the Championship – the former via Argentina and Chile, the latter via Alfreton and Halifax – but both have grand plans to arrive at the same destination in May.Before a ball was kicked, Bielsa referenced Wilder’s philosophy and, after this supercharged match between two promotion hopefuls, he admitted the hosts caused problems, namely the underlapping centre-back Chris Basham.On the back foot and struggling to live with Wilder’s side, Bielsa had another headache when his captain, Liam Cooper, hobbled off with a meniscus injury.Wilder’s side seized the initiative from the start and should have taken the lead through Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick, but Bailey Peacock-Farrell, the Leeds goalkeeper, stood firm. 52 Halme LEE SHU The Observer 1 Henderson 46 Shackleton Goal attempts Corners 12 Egan Fouls Share on Messenger 25 Moore Facebook Read more 6 Basham 9 3 (s 46′) 43 Klich 16 Norwood Pinterest 10 Alioski 10 Sheff Utd Off target 5 Leeds 2 Sheff Utd On target 6 Leeds Share on Facebook 7 Roofe match reports 47 Clarke 15 Coutts 19 Stearman Dean Henderson reacts after his error costs Sheffield United a point. Photograph: Craig Brough/Action Images Marcelo Bielsa 22 Johnson 1 Peacock-Farrell 22 Harrison Leeds United Substitutes Read more Leeds, who introduced the lively 18-year-old Clarke at the interval, appeared naive on occasions, with Halme almost punished for a costly lapse, when his failed clearance invited McGoldrick to stride into the box before taking aim. Pontus Jansson hurled himself at the striker’s first effort before Peacock-Farrell quickly repositioned himself and sprawled to keep out McGoldrick’s second attempt with his legs.The busy Mateusz Klich instigated panic in the Blades box, forcing Henderson into a routine stop, but Kemar Roofe almost went one better, glancing wide from Dallas’s cross. Leeds grew stronger and, when Henderson, preventing a corner, undercooked his pass for O’Connell, Clarke calmly slid in Hernández.“There was a moment which was very important for me,” said Bielsa. “My assistant Pablo Quiroga told me to change the positions of Roofe and Hernández. From that moment we improved. We are not sure the top six today will be the top six at the end of the season but what I can say is we played a serious opponent; it was hard for us to find a solution. It’s always beautiful to win. If the result of the win is to be top, even better.” It was – but only for a few hours and Norwich’s victory. 18 Jansson 6 Cooper 45 55 Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp 15 Dallas 5 O’Connell 10 Sharp 34 Baker Twitter Sheff Utd Leeds LEE45SHU55% Share on LinkedIn 3 Douglas (s 62′) 17 McGoldrick 21 Duffy Possession 13 Huffer 2 Baldock 23 Phillips Sheffield United 0-1 Leeds United: Championship – as it happened 39 Washington 7 Lundstram (s 90′) Share via Email Topics Share on Twitter (s 21′) Championship Reuse this content 19 Hernandez 14 Samuel 3 Stevens read more
In this new five-episode documentary series “Country of Football”, Goal will take you on a journey through Brazil in order to try and truly understand the country’s passion for the game and how it manifests itself.The third episode is about “Samba”. So, we take a look at the connection between samba and football, which is an old one. A connection forged by the link between the beat of a song and the dribbles on the fields.So, follow us on a journey to find out how samba has taken over the stadiums, enchanted boxers and how it helps explain why Brazilians love the game of football so much.
Details of the developer to undertake work on the Caymanas Economic Zone and other facilities in St. Catherine associated with the Global Logistics Hub initiative, are expected to be announced within the next few weeks.Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, whose Ministry is spearheading the project, made the disclosure while addressing the University of Technology’s (UTech) logistics hub forum at the institution’s Papine Campus in St. Andrew on Wednesday, June 5.“We will be announcing who wins the competition to build the infrastructure and I can tell you, before the results (of the bids submitted) are announced, that there are some significant global players at the table,” he informed.He said the participation of the investors is as a result of extensive consultations by the Government.“Everyone, who we have spoken to is here…because they want to participate in (the initiative),” he stated.The Caymanas Economic Zone is one of the key elements in the hub development, expected to cost upwards of US$8 billion. The components include: dredging of the Kingston Harbour; expanding the port facility at Fort Augusta and Gordon Cay; establishing a dry dock facility at Jackson Bay, Clarendon; establishing a trans-shipment commodity port facility near Yallahs, St. Thomas; and developing an air cargo and passenger facility at Vernamfield, in Clarendon.Regarding, the dredging component, Port Authority of Jamaica Vice President for Business Development, Edmond Marsh, who also addressed the forum, advised that the agency is finalising a technical study to assess and determine the extent of work to be undertaken and the cost.Mr. Hylton gave the assurance that work on the logistics hub will get underway this year.“Those of us who are in the engine room, so to speak, and putting this thing together, are supremely confident that this will happen, beginning in a big way this year,” the Minister said.He implored that the nation focus on “preparing for the opportunities that are coming,” as the project is “on our doorsteps” and “will happen sooner than you think.”Development of the logistics hub would make it the fourth node in the global supply system, in addition to those in Singapore; Rotterdam, Netherlands; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).The Global Logistics Hub Initiative is aimed at taking advantage of the anticipated increase in maritime activities from the expansion of the Panama Canal, scheduled to be completed in 2015.Jamaica is deemed ideally positioned for this undertaking, based on the country’s location, midway between North and South America, and in relatively close proximity to the Panama Canal.Contact: Douglas McIntosh read more
Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (MEGJC), Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says several housing and infrastructure developments now under way in St. James are aimed at improving the lives of residents and safeguarding their welfare. The engagements include the development of roads and water facilities, in addition to houses. Story Highlights The projects are being spearheaded by the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) in the communities of Flower Hill, Green Pond, Norwood, and Rose Heights, among other areas. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (MEGJC), Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says several housing and infrastructure developments now under way in St. James are aimed at improving the lives of residents and safeguarding their welfare.The projects are being spearheaded by the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) in the communities of Flower Hill, Green Pond, Norwood, and Rose Heights, among other areas.The engagements include the development of roads and water facilities, in addition to houses.Senator Charles, who visited several of the communities along with personnel from the Ministry and HAJ to assess the progress of the works, told JIS News that the undertaking also forms part of ongoing efforts to enhance the citizens’ safety and security.“What we want to ensure is that we have the completion of all of our projects… . We are highly focused on implementing in a sustainable way. We are maximising the use of every single dollar for the taxpayers in this country. We want to make sure that whatever we do is done with the right sense of connecting the dots,” he added.To this end, Senator Charles said the HAJ projects will focus on providing water access in light of the drought being experienced in sections of Jamaica.He assured that the Ministry will “continue our conversation with the community members and continue to do our assessments”, to ensure that investments in government projects are maximised.The Minister advised that similar tours are planned for communities in Trelawny and St. Ann, where HAJ projects are ongoing.He also used the opportunity to laud the HAJ, which he said “is doing some good work”, while noting that “they have articulated to me the need for more to be done”.“But I must applaud all of those hard-working members of the HAJ for the work they have been doing so for. What I saw today means that significant work has been done and is being done. My goal is just to make sure that we continue to implement in a timely manner and that whatever we do is done with a thought of sustainability,” Senator Charles added.HAJ is a wholly owned, self-funding government entity that falls under the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation in the Office of the Prime Minister. read more
Nancy MacLellan has been appointed president and CEO of Housing Nova Scotia. Premier Stephen McNeil announced the appointment today, Jan. 25. Dan McDougall is leaving the position to become chief administrative officer of the Municipality of Chester. Ms. MacLellan has been the associate deputy minister of Community Services for the past five years, and has held senior positions at Service Nova Scotia, Department of Justice and the Department of Finance and Treasury Board. “There are many challenges and opportunities in the housing sector and a great deal of work to be done with partners on the National Housing Strategy,” said Premier McNeil. “Nancy’s experience gives her a good understanding of what safe and affordable housing means to all Nova Scotians. “I want to thank Dan for his contribution to the province. He is a valued public servant and I’m happy to know that service will continue in Chester.” Ms. MacLellan’s appointment is effective immediately. The associate deputy minister position at Community Services will be filled in the weeks to come. -30- read more
Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter Shania Twain relates to fans getting starstruck because she still experiences it herself when meeting fellow celebrities.She may be a showbiz stalwart, but the 53-year-old singer can’t help getting nervous around big stars.Describing the first time she met Madonna as awkward, Twain told America’s Today show that she’s just not very good around her peers. “I’m not very good with stars,” she confessed. “I get really uncomfortable, I don’t know what to say. I am very shy actually. I just feel like I’m invading their space by being with them. I was awkward with Madonna when I first met Madonna. Login/Register With: Advertisement
The main purpose of the by-law would be to educate the public on safe burning practices and to give District Fire Officials the authority to assess burn and property conditions within the District’s Fire Protection Area before a burn is permitted.Similar by-laws are also being considered by the Peace River Regional District in an effort to prevent wildfires.The By-law is still under review with the Protection Committee. TAYLOR, B.C. – At a Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, District of Taylor Council looked at the Draft Open Air Burning By-law.With open burning being a significant contributing factor in the amount of brush and forest fires, District Fire Chief, Steve Byford, is recommending that Council, with support from the Protection Committee, approves the proposed Open Air Burning Bylaw No. 834, 2019.The proposed by-law is to regulate Open Air Burning in the District of Taylor andwithin the Taylor Rural Fire Protection Area. read more
By Lery HicianoRabat – The Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE) has been announced as an official partner of the Crans-Montana Forum which will be held in Barcelona, Spain, from July 5 to 8.This year’s forum will be split up into three different international “High-Level” conferences: The International Conference on Peace in the Mediterranean, the role of Youth & the Improvement of Sport Governance; The Silk Road, which pertains to potential Chinese developments within Africa, Europe, and the Middle East; and Strengthening Women’s influence in the Necessary Change of their Society. The three conferences will be further divided up into more specific sessions, addressing the migrants’ journeys from Africa to Europe, energy concerns within the MENA region, and managing the increase in water demand.AMEE’s Director General Saïd Mouline will be a keynote speaker for one of the sessions and plans to address climate change, energy production, and energy efficiency.It would serve the Kingdom well to pay close attention to this conference, given that Morocco hosted a previous forum on African Cooperation in Dakhla in March 2017. Morocco has a vested interest in the conference as the Kingdom looks to expand its reach within the region and build closer connections to Asia.The conference, run by the world-renowned Swiss non-governmental organization, brings together government and business officials to create “a more Humane and Impartial World.” The organization has met annually around the world since its inception in 1986 to further a range of goals, from creating new young leaders, to the role of women in global security. read more
DETROIT — The U.S. government’s highway safety agency is investigating whether a 5-year-old General Motors seat belt recall fixed the problem.The recall covered about 1.4 million Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook SUVs from the 2009 through 2014 model years.GM originally did the recall because a flexible steel cable connecting the front seat belts to the vehicle could separate. If that happens, it may not restrain a person in a crash.GM dealers were to inspect the cables and replace them if needed. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has four complaints that seat belts failed in the SUVs after recall repairs were done. No injuries were reported.The agency says it will assess the effectiveness of the recall. GM says it’s co-operating.The Associated Press read more
Today’s bombing reportedly killed at least four people including three members of the Lebanese Armed Forces.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the Government and Armed Forces of Lebanon. “The Secretary-General remains encouraged by the measures taken in recent weeks by the Lebanese to resume the national dialogue and calls upon them not to be deterred by this new attack,” the statement added.Earlier this month a car bombing outside of the capital, Beirut, claimed the life of senior politician Saleh Aridi and wounded six others. Speaking before dozens of world leaders gathered for the annual high-level debate at United Nations Headquarters in New York last week, President Michel Sleiman called for the confronting of terrorism in all its forms, noting that Lebanese army and internal security forces have been the victims of several “brutal attacks” in recent years from terrorist groups. 29 September 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned today’s terrorist attack in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, and urged the people of the Middle East nation to forge ahead with national reconciliation efforts in spite of the violence. read more
Bertrand Ramcharan, the acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, issued a statement in Geneva raising concern over the increasing number reported human rights violations since the breakdown of the ceasefire. Mr. Ramcharan reiterated his call on both parties to demonstrate their commitment to international law by signing the Human Rights Accord. “The implementation of the Accord would help to protect civilians and could build confidence between the parties,” he said. He also pledged that the UN Human Rights Office would support efforts by the National Human Rights Commission to verify the implementation of the Accord once it has been signed.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 14, 2012 10:00 am MDT Avon says SEC won’t recommend action related to analyst contact, but bribery probe continues NEW YORK, N.Y. – Avon Products Inc.’s legal woes may finally be on the wane.The direct-beauty product seller said in a regulatory filing late Thursday that the Securities and Exchange Commission has decided it won’t recommend any action against the company over whether Avon contacted analysts inappropriately during a separate bribery investigation.The news sent its shares up almost 2 per cent in morning trading Friday. The end of the investigation into analyst contacts is a plus for the company which is trying to turn around its financial performance as new CEO Sheri McCoy settles into the job.But Avon, whose products include Skin So Soft lotion and mark makeup, is still dealing with wider probes into whether Avon paid bribes in China and other countries. The problems began in 2008, when it started to investigate possible bribery in China related to travel, entertainment and other expenses, and soon widened the probe to other countries.The internal probe led to the New York company firing vice chairman and former chief financial officer Charles Cramb in January along with four other executives.The SEC and the Justice Department are also investigating the matter. In August, Avon said it was working toward possibly settling those investigations, which are separate from the investigation into contact with analysts.Avon declined to comment on Friday.The long-running legal woes, along with three years of lacklustre financial performance, are one reason longtime CEO Andrea Jung was replaced in April. She was replaced by McCoy, a former Johnson & Johnson executive. Jung remains executive chairman.In August, the company said its second-quarter net income fell 70 per cent, hurt by the stronger dollar and lower demand globally for its makeup and skin care products.To improve results, Avon Products plans to focus more on its independent sellers and buyers of Avon’s products, McCoy said during the most recent quarterly earnings report. She laid out plans to improve Avon’s product lineup, market products more effectively, pay top sellers more, cut costs and invest in technology.Despite the company’s problems, McCoy has defended the direct-selling model. Some analysts have questioned if it is still as relevant as it was 50 years ago, pre computers. Founded in 1886, Avon became a fixture in households across the United States as its legions of “Avon ladies” went door to door selling makeup to family, friends and acquaintances.Today, the company markets to women in more than 100 countries via 6 million independent sellers.Shares rose 31 cents, or 1.9 per cent, to $16.59 in morning trading Friday. Its shares are still 31 per cent below their 52-week high of $23.94 set late last October. read more
In the words of the great dramatist William Shakespeare: “To be or not to be; that is the question.”Can drama provide the answer for those learning English as a foreign language?A Brock research team has found that using drama and theatre techniques in the classroom significantly improved students’ fluency and comprehensibility in English.The study, co-authored by former graduate student Angelica Galante and Associate Professor of Linguistics Ron Thomson, focused on a group of 24 Brazilian adolescents learning English in São Paulo, Brazil.The researchers collected speech samples of the adolescents before and after their participation in a four-month, drama-based English language program.In addition to comparing the adolescents’ before-and-after results, the researchers compared the adolescents’ oral skills development with that of a control group – learners who received four months of traditional communicative English language lessons in the classroom.Thirty untrained Canadian native English speakers evaluated random speech samples from the two groups and rated the samples on their fluency, comprehensibility and degree of accent.The samples that proved to be the most fluent and easily understood came from the group that used the drama and theatre techniques.“This result is important because it indicates that explicit instruction can improve fluency compared to other communicative approaches “ says Galante.“Some have argued that there’s a connection between success in second language learning and your ability to see yourself as someone else,” Thomson explains.“The person you’re imagining doesn’t have to be another person: it could be you. The idea is that the extent to which you can set aside your existing first language identity and assume a second language identity might promote optimal learning.”Fluency refers to the fluidity of speech, or how easily someone is able to speak a foreign language. Comprehensibility is how much effort listeners exert in processing accented speech, while accentedness refers to how a speaker’s accent and speech compares to a target variety of that language.Galante looked to drama and theatre education to provide some fresh approaches to helping non-native English-speaking people master these concepts.“After going to theatre school, I started noticing the many strategies that we use on the stage could easily be applied in the classroom; for example, improvisation, intonation, voice projection, clear speech, expressing emotions, rhythm and appropriate pausing,” says Galante, who is the study’s first author.“While both groups had traditional pronunciation lab classes, the learners in the drama group had opportunities to practice vocal projection, volume, improvised speech, and expression of emotions,” she says.Galante says the research also shows that someone’s accent is “not really a problem” when it comes to understanding someone’s speech or how fluent the person is.Thomson indicates that “the impact of a foreign accent on communication often has more to do with how much experience a listener has with a particular accent, and his or her willingness to listen to a foreign-accented speaker.”Someone could have a very strong accent and still be comprehensible.“A widely cited example is the ‘Henry Kissinger’ effect: he had a very strong accent but nobody had difficulty understanding him, whereas comprehensibility is important for communication, more so than accent,” says Thomson.The study, published February 2016 in the online journal TESOL Quarterly, arose from Galante’s Master’s thesis, which explored ways to improve students’ “oral fluency, comprehensibility and accentedness.” A video abstract of the study can be found on YouTube here. read more
“I’m on a plane that looks like it’s going to fall apart, and I’m leaving for Cardiff,” Sala said in a WhatsApp audio message carried by Argentine newspaper Clarin. “If in an hour and a half you have no news from me, I don’t know if they will send people to look for me, because… The Argentine striker, signed on Saturday from French club Nantes for £15million, was flying to Cardiff aboard the plane that disappeared from radar around 12 miles north of the island of Guernsey on Monday night. 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. Emiliano Sala, Cardiff City’s record new signing, expressed concern about his plane shortly before the light aircraft disappeared over the Channel, according to an audio message sent to friends and relatives. read more