Cool Leclerc delivers Ferrari Monza triumph

first_imgMonza: Charles Leclerc secured Ferrari’s first victory at their home Italian Grand Prix since 2010 on Sunday when he resisted race-long pressure from both Mercedes rivals to claim his second successive Formula One triumph. The 21-year-old Monegasque, who dedicated his maiden win last Sunday to the memory of his late friend Anthoine Hubert, who was killed in an F2 race a day earlier, was exultant as a vast army of ‘tifosi’ in an estimated crowd of more than 150,000 celebrated deliriously. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”What a race!” said an exhausted Leclerc. “I have never felt so tired in a race. It was so difficult. For me, it is a dream to win here like this in front of the ‘tifosi’ – thanks to everyone!” Lelcerc came home narrowly ahead of second-placed Valtteri Bottas and his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who pursued the victor for most of the race until his tyres let him down. After a late pit stop, Hamilton then claimed the fastest lap of the race. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterLeclerc’s Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel endured a torrid and disappointing day, finishing 13th after spinning off and taking a penalty for rejoining in a dangerous fashion. Hamilton apologised to Mercedes and said his tyres “had gone off the cliff…. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to pull it off,” he said. The defending five-time champion now leads his Mercedes team-mate Bottas by 63 points in the drivers’ championship. Daniel Ricciardo came home fourth ahead of his Renault team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, Red Bull new boy Alex Albon, Sergio Perez of Force India and Max Verstappen, who finished eighth after starting from 19th in the second Red Bull. Local hero Antonio Giovinazzi came home ninth for Alfa Romeo ahead of Lando Norris of McLaren, who continued his impressive rookie season. The air temperature was 20 degrees Celsius and the track 33 as the lights went out, Leclerc making a clean start and fending off Hamilton at the first chicane. Verstappen was an opening lap casualty and required a pit stop for a new front wing and a set of hard tyres, after a collision at the first chicane. After a wheel-banging battle between Albon and Sainz, Leclerc clocked a fastest lap and then Vettel spun at Ascari, clipping Lance Stroll’s Racing Point as he re-joined. Both cars were damaged, Vettel pitting for a new front wing. Vettel was given a 10-seconds stop-and-go penalty and dropped to last. By lap 19, Hamilton and Vettel had warned their tyres were gone, the Briton pitting immediately for ‘mediums’ as Mercedes went for the ‘under-cut’. He fell to fifth, but Leclerc hung on to pit a lap later for ‘hards’ and return fourth as the champion roared down the straight. The two fought ferociously, Hamilton attempting to pass twice, the second attack ending with him escaping across the grass. “He didn’t leave me a car’s width,” said Hamilton. The stewards agreed and Leclerc was shown a black-and-white flag, warning him to behave. “I need more power, man,” exclaimed Hamilton after another foiled attack as Leclerc surged out of range again. On lap 36, Leclerc kept his lead by scampering across the run-off at the first chicane. “Some dangerous driving here,” reported Hamilton as the stewards noted the incident and Bottas, remorselessly fast, closed to within three seconds in third. His tyres worn, with 10 laps to go, Hamilton out-braked himself and ran into the first chicane escape road. Bottas passed for second and the hunt was on. “I’ve nothing left in these tyres,” said Hamilton.last_img read more

US college bribery scandal unlikely in Canada but inequality persists

first_imgThe college bribery scandal is spurring discussion about the ways in which money greases the wheels of the U.S. admissions process — and while most acknowledge there are fewer shortcuts to securing a spot in Canadian schools, advocates say the system is slanted to give well-off students a leg up.American authorities have accused dozens of people of taking part in a $25-million bribery scheme in which parents allegedly paid to ensure their children’s enrolment in elite schools. Among the parents charged are Vancouver businessman David Sidoo, who has pleaded not guilty, and TV actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.The selection process at Canadian schools is heavily weighted towards high school report cards, leaving less wiggle room for the sort of chicanery being alleged in the U.S., an admissions consultant says.“The competitive landscape is very different in the United States,” said Robert Astroff, president of Astroff Consultants, which helps students prepare for their post-secondary studies. “There’s much less opportunity to game the system in Canada.”Canada doesn’t have standardized admissions tests like the SAT or ACT, which some of those charged in the U.S. are accused of falsifying, said Astroff.Prosecutors also allege that parents bribed college coaches to recruit their children. In the U.S., varsity sports are highly monetized, Astroff said, so more emphasis is placed on athletics than in Canada.There are several other factors that can contribute to a student’s chances of getting into a U.S. school, he said: personal essays, letters of reference, class rankings and relationships with alumni.In Canada, the admissions criteria are less subjective, he said, and an applicant’s acceptance often comes down to whether their high school grades meet the minimum requirements.U.S. schools are sorted into a “tiered” system in which there’s a vast gulf between going to an Ivy League university and a community college, Astroff noted. There’s far less differentiation among Canadian universities, so the selection process is not nearly as cutthroat, he said.Admissions officials at Canadian universities also stressed these cross-border distinctions.Curtis Michaelis, admissions and recruitment co-ordinator at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., said the U.S. students he works with are often shocked at how “transparent” the Canadian system is.Richard Levin, executive director of enrolment services and registrar at the University of Toronto, said most programs accept 50 to 60 per cent of applicants, while acceptance rates at prestigious U.S. schools can be as low as five or six per cent.“It reflects the fact that we have larger public universities with a big breadth of programs that are generally pretty accessible,” he said.According to a 2017 report by Statistics Canada, the post-secondary enrolment rate of 19-year-old Canadians increased from 52.6 per cent in 2001 to 63.8 per cent in 2014 — with the largest gains being made among youth from lower-income families.But Eloise Tan, research program director of Ontario-based advocacy group People for Education, said schools and policy-makers shouldn’t be so quick to pat themselves on the back.“It’s not just about explicit paying or bribery to get your kid into school,” said Tan. “There’s other benefits to having a higher income, that the data shows those students are just more likely to go to school.”Tan pointed to a report released earlier this month by the provincially funded Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario suggesting that high school students who come from families where neither parent has a post-secondary degree are 33 per cent less likely to earn one themselves compared to peers whose parents completed a university or college program.Students from lower-income families were also less likely to pursue higher education than peers from more privileged backgrounds, the report found.Tan said parents are increasingly spending money on tutors to boost their children’s marks, but many students can’t afford those supports. And as Ontario educators struggle for resources, she said youth from higher-income families are more likely to attend schools that have the fundraising to offer extracurricular activities.Students from lower-income families are also less likely to have access to guidance counsellors, she said, and if their parents don’t have post-secondary degrees, the application process can seem overwhelming.“(The disadvantages) are almost invisible, but we need to make sure they don’t remain invisible,” said Tan.Even when universities try to level the playing field, they don’t always get it right, said one researcher with the University of British Columbia.Emily Truong-Cheung, a PhD student in sociology, said UBC changed its admission process in 2012 in an effort to diversify its student population. Instead of just looking at grades, it asks applicants about extracurricular activities and volunteer work.She interviewed 25 applicants and found that while upper-class youth have the time and resources for volunteering, travel and extracurriculars, working-class students often spend their extra time studying and working to support their families.“They were very embarrassed — ‘I don’t want to write about working at McDonald’s. That’s not impressive.’ “Working-class students also felt conflicted about answering a question on overcoming adversity, she said. They wanted to show they had triumphed against the odds, but they also questioned what it had to do with their potential success at UBC.The University of British Columbia said in a statement the school scores every aspect of an application, so administrators can “empirically” measure where every candidate falls relative to the pool of potential students.Truong-Cheung said she didn’t think the university should abandon the new process, but it should address the concerns of working-class students. She appreciates that the U.S. scandal has opened a conversation about class inequality in Canadian universities, she added.“I think what admission processes are trying to say is: We want the best. But what this news has shown is that the best looks a lot like someone who has a lot of resources.”Adina Bresge and Laura Kane, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Supreme Court rejects Saskatchewans request to delay carbon tax appeal

first_imgIt argued a delay would allow for better co-ordination of challenges coming from other provinces such as Ontario.Ottawa opposed a delay and suggested the hearing should take place in a timely manner to provide certainty for households and businesses.Meanwhile, a provincial spokesman says Saskatchewan respects Prince Edward Island’s decision to withdraw from the case.Before any appeal hearing, Canadians will vote in October’s federal election. Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer is campaigning on a promise to scrap the carbon tax if his party is elected and he becomes prime minister.A spokeswoman for federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says politicians should stop wasting taxpayer dollars to fight climate action in court.“A price on pollution is one of the most effective and affordable tools that we have to tackle climate change, and one that will leave the vast majority of families better off,” press secretary Sabrina Kim said in an emailed statement Friday. REGINA — Saskatchewan says the Supreme Court of Canada has denied the province’s request to delay its appeal hearing over the carbon tax.The province says the Supreme Court recently issued an order stating the hearing remain tentatively set for Jan.14.The government had asked for more time and expected a delay could mean a hearing next spring. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

PwC Supports Chief Financial Officers in French Speaking Africa

Rabat – The strategic issues and priorities of Chief Financial Officers’ (CFO) in Francophone Africa were the at the center of a recent study run by the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) team, a multinational professional services network and the second largest professional services firm in the world.PwC launched the second edition of its survey on the strategic issues and priorities of the CFO in Casablanca on May 18, focusing on Francophone Africa.Discussions involved growth prospects and expansion strategies of CFOs in this part of the continent, the work they do in the performance of their duties, continuing difficulties and the new challenges they face in supporting the transformation of the finance function. After a first edition that focused primarily on Morocco, the second one gathered more than 100 CFOs from the Maghreb and Francophone Africa, to take stock of their expectations, needs and perspectives on the evolution of the African market.For Noel Albertus, Managing Partner at PwC Advisory Maghreb and Francophone Africa, “it is in morose and uncertain economic environment that Africa stands as a strong exception.”“The first observation that can be drawn from the report is that respondents express optimism in their forecasts at 80 percent,” Albertus added.He explained that this is because “Africa has gone through several extremely difficult years (terrorism, epidemics, social and political instability, etc.), but its economy has shown great resilience.” This is a fact which greatly reassures the continent’s financiers as to its ability to absorb shocks, he said.The various themes covered in the survey provide an instructive mapping of the perspectives and priorities of CFOs. One of their primary concerns, expressed, is the optimization of cash for better cash management to professionalize the function.Discussions revealed that many companies face cash dispersal concerns and start demanding more sophisticated cash management solutions, such as cash pooling, to secure flows and reduce the risk of fraud.Another major theme that emerged is the digital transformation of the financial function.72 percent of the interviewed CFO’s stated their wish to see the IS improved. CFO’s often request the installation of an ERP like Oracle, to have all the information necessary to control the company. In this sense, 28 percent of CFOs are looking for financial profiles with digital skills.Meetings also raised the difficulties many CFO’s face in their businesses, as 31 percent of managers brought up the problem of access to finance, which constantly stops the expansion of African enterprises.41 percent of them also cited regulatory concerns, including the stability of the rules over time. Exchange rate risk is also a major concern, given the devaluations affecting some African countries (Tunisia, Nigeria, etc.). read more

CGI Group says Brexit and a slowing global economy offer opportunities

MONTREAL — Turmoil around Brexit and a potential economic slowdown present challenges that could work in favour of CGI Group Inc., its CEO says.The United Kingdom’s impending withdrawal from the European Union and a sputtering global economy mean governments and companies will be looking to double down on efficiency, George Schindler said Wednesday.“When there is change, there is a need for assistance. And in today’s world, any assistance is going to require IT,” said the head of the information technology consultancy in an interview.A soft exit could see the U.K. effectively remain in the EU single market and customs union after the March 29 exit date, while a hard exit would mean giving up full access both.“If they were to separate from European customs, obviously, there are a lot system changes that would have to happen. If they decide to negotiate a deal to stay, there are some systems that would need to change,” Schindler said.British firms that rely on the Montreal-based company’s technology and business consulting services could continue to do so easily, Schindler suggested, even if some bases of operation move to the Continent.“I am not commenting whether Brexit is good, Brexit is bad,” he added.Chairman Serge Godin, who founded the company in 1976, said CGI has tended to develop more swiftly in times of economic uncertainty.“Companies are going to reduce their costs. We have probably around 50 per cent of our revenues coming from outsourcing contracts. So it means that when you have that kind of situation, we are becoming a solution for organisations,” Godin said in an interview.The U.S. government shutdown, which started Dec. 22 and continued for 35 days, had a glancing impact on revenues that will become more apparent in the current quarter, Schindler said. He told The Canadian Press that “maybe five per cent of the work is impacted.”CGI reported a profit of $311.5 million in its latest quarter, up from $285.3 million in the same quarter a year earlier.The results came ahead of the company’s annual meeting later Wednesday.Profits amounted to $1.11 per diluted share for the quarter ended Dec. 31, up from 98 cents per diluted share a earlier, the firm said.Revenue for the first quarter totalled $2.96 billion, up from nearly $2.82 billion.Excluding specific items such as acquisition and integration costs, CGI said it earned $1.12 per diluted share for the quarter, up from 99 cents per diluted share a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected a profit of $1.11 per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. -With files from Julien ArsenaultCompanies in this story: (TSX:GIB.A)Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press read more

Last Call draws crowd

Vincent Ball / Postmedia News Paul Reaney, a tenant in the former Norfolk Inn, joins Graham Cubitt, director of projects and development for Indwell, during the Last Call tour held Saturday in downtown Simcoe. The support will come from a staff team that includes a social worker, nurse, addiction support, food security and maintenance for about $520 a month with one hot meal available daily.To say the proposal is a step up from the building’s recent past is an understatement. It’s several steps up for less money and much-needed support for future tenants.“The building is in pretty rough shape and there were a lot of unsavoury things going on here including drug-dealing,” Cubitt said. “There was one woman here who claimed to be operating a safe consumption site.“She’d get some drugs off the street and bring people back here to get high.”Most of the existing tenants have found new homes with the help of Indwell while some others, including Paul Reaney, who has been living in one of the rooms for the past six months, are still looking for new digs.“I’ve been looking but there’s not much out there,” Reaney said “Not much that’s affordable.”Reaney was paying $600 a month for the room. There aren’t any supports and there hasn’t been much in the way of maintenance.He can’t recall ever meeting the previous landlord and painted the walls himself to brighten up the place. He would be a candidate to live in Indwell once the renovations are done, but that’s at least a year away.The one-bedroom apartments that are available in Simcoe go for about $1,000 a month.Still, he’s not giving up hope and Reaney believes the arrival of Indwell is good for Simcoe. There are a lot of people who need the kind of housing Indwell can provide, he said.Continuing with his tour, Cubitt points to a closed off courtyard on the second floor. There are windows all around so people can look in but there isn’t any door to make it accessible.Indwell plans to turn the area into an atrium and they also want to put in a skylight that will go from the upper level all the way to the basement.Cubitt was just one of many people from Indwell conducting tours on Saturday during ‘Last Call’ – a chance for the public to say good-bye to the tavern and learn more about future plans.Tamra Smith was one of many people to tour the building.“I think it’s fantastic,” Smith said of Indwell’s plans. “This is something that we’ve needed for a long time.“I’m glad that this is happening but at the same time I’m kind of sorry to see the tavern go. I had a lot of good times here back in the day.”Smith is with the group RISE, which helps people living in poverty. She said it’s about time steps were taken to provide some affordable housing in Simcoe.One other woman, who declined to give her name, also gave the proposal an endorsement.“This is something we’ve needed for a long, long time,” she said. “This will do a lot for the downtown and its certainly a lot better than what we have now.”For Mike Smith, the tour was a trip down memory lane.“This place had everything you could ever want in a bar,” Smith said. “Country music, strippers and then rock and roll.“I spent a lot of time here back in the day. It was pretty wild back then.”Others approached for comment used words like ‘fabulous’ and ‘about time,’ of the affordable housing plan.Still, there’s a lot of work to be done.Cleaning up the building will continue for the next couple of months including the removal of asbestos. Plans call for renovations to begin sometime in the summer and if all goes well, the new program will open in the fall of 2020.Meanwhile, one important question remains.While the stripper pole is gone the stage remains in place. And while many of the people on ‘The Last Call’ tour gave it a good look no one, including one woman approached by  reporter, would agree to have their picture taken on the stage.“Not on your life honey,” the woman said. “I don’t want this in the newspaper and have someone say ‘hey, I recognize her from 1977.’”FACT BOX:WHAT: Indwell plans to transform the former Norfolk Inn into affordable, supportive housing featuring 32 one-bedrooom units.WHO: Based in Hamilton, Indwell is a Christian charity that creates affordable housing for people who need support. Indwell has housing projects in Hamilton, Woodstock and at Hambleton Hall in Simcoe.HOW MUCH: Indwell has applied for more than $6.7 million in funding from CMHC and is looking for $1 million in capital donations.UNITS: The units will include a bed, bedside table, table, two chairs, comfy chair, basic kitchen kit and The stripper pole from the former Norfolk Inn has been sold but the stage, albeit empty, is still there.The basement bars remain in place for now, but will be removed as renovations to the former Norfolk Inn get underway to make way for an affordable housing project that will include some commercial uses on the main floor and in the basement of the building.“So I get a call from this guy and he says ‘hey, is the pole still there?” Graham Cubitt said with a chuckle.“Yes, I tell him. The pole is still there.“So then this guy says to me. ‘I want to buy it.’ That’s where I met my wife 18 years ago.’”The pole in question of course is the much-revered stripper pole from what will soon be the former and oft times notorious Norfolk Inn in downtown Simcoe.For the record, the pole sold for $300.“I guess it had a lot of sentimental value for him,” Cubitt said.Cubitt is the director of projects and development for Indwell, the new owners of the building. He recounted the story before leading a curious reporter on a tour of the building on Saturday.Indwell, based in Hamilton, plans to clean up and renovate the former tavern and rooming house into affordable housing. Plans call for 32 one-bedroom permanent housing units to be developed on the top floor of the two-storey building. The main level and possibly the full-basement, which was once a night club, will be available for commercial use.“We’re here to make a difference,” Cubitt said as he showed off the artist’s rendering of what the building will look like when the $7 million in renovations are done. “We’ll be providing affordable, independent living with some support.“We’re here to help people and in doing so, I think we’ll help the downtown.” read more

UN studying Ethiopias fivepoint plan for peace with Eritrea

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi submitted the five-point peace plan to Parliament on Wednesday. “The United Nations is currently studying the plan, and how it could lead to the early and full demarcation of the border,” a UN spokesman said in a statement released in New York. The UN currently has a peacekeeping operation, known by the acronym UNMEE, which is deployed between the two Horn of Africa countries to monitor the ceasefire and ensure the observance of security commitments.

Brock preparing for planned power shutdowns

After working around the clock Easter weekend to restore power to the University, Brock’s Department of Facilities Management is preparing for planned shutdowns in the coming weeks.Brock’s annual substation maintenance is slated for May 9-10. Starting May 9 at 9 p.m. and ending May 10 at 10 a.m., the following areas of Brock will be affected:• All of Mackenzie Chown, including Inniskillin• Earp Residence• Student Centre• Taro Hall• PlazaMaintenance to Brock’s two high voltage feeders April 26 has been cancelled, and Horizon Utilities will reschedule. Brock experienced an unplanned power interruption last weekend because of a failed high voltage feeder during maintenance. Repairs were made to the line April 22, and Brock returned to normal operation April 23 at 6 a.m. Brock’s cogenerator plant continued to run throughout the outages, providing power to critical buildings and systems.For more information, contact Dave Corbett, Electrical Services manager. read more

Silver Lake Resources chooses hybrid option for Aldiss gold development

first_imgGold miner Silverlake Resources has decided to take a “hybrid owner-operator” model at its Aldiss project in Western Australia as it looks to speed up development and boost profitability.Aldiss is comprised of the Harry’s Hill, Karonie and French Kiss deposits, which have an aggregate ore reserve of 2.87 million tonnes at 2.2 g/t for 203,000 ounces.Topsoil and overburden removal commenced at the first of Aldiss’ deposits, Harry’s Hill, in the June quarter, while infrastructure works, including construction of a 36 km road, administration offices, 80-man camp, power and communications infrastructure are well advanced, according to the company.This means the company is on track for first ore delivery to the mill in the December quarter.As part of the hybrid owner-operator model, all major earthmoving equipment has been “dry hired” with Silverlake providing all operating labour.“The adoption of this model (as opposed to engaging a mining contractor) results in an accelerated mine plan and an improvement in project margins and NPV,” the company said.Once infrastructure is established and target mining rates achieved at Aldiss, the focus will shift, in the first six months of 2019, to evaluating several near surface exploration targets along what Silverlake calls the “SAT” trend.last_img read more

Kirkland Lake Golds Macassa mine on the charge with batteryelectric machines

first_imgThe use of battery-electric equipment at Kirkland Lake Gold’s Macassa operation in Ontario, Canada, is on the rise, according to the latest investor presentation from the gold mining company.Macassa now has two of Artisan Vehicles’ battery powered Z40 trucks (pictured) working at the gold mine, in addition to 22 battery-powered LHDs provided by companies including Epiroc and Artisan, the company said this week.This is part of a mining fleet that also includes six 20 ton (18 t) haul trucks and two production drills.In addition to this, the gold mining company has been using at least one Artisan A4 LHD at its Taylor operation, also in Ontario.Macassa, one of the company’s gold-production engines, is expected to have produced 220,000-225,000 oz of gold in 2018, but a future mine expansion could lead to annual output rising to 400,000 oz in 2022.The company uses a combination of underhand cut and fill (~65%), sub-level long hole stoping (~25%) and overhand cut and fill (~10%) to mine the orebody at Macassa.You can learn more about the battery-electric fleet being used at the Macassa operation at The Electric Mine event in Toronto, taking place on April 4-5. Andrew Schinkel, Senior Electrical Engineer at the Macassa Mine Complex, will present ‘Powering up Macassa: operating a major battery-electric fleet at a deep underground mine’ at the event. For more information, please click here.last_img read more

Rugby Australia to sack Israel Folau for disrespectful social media posts

first_img Share44 Tweet Email1 Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 9:18 AM Apr 11th 2019, 9:18 AM 48,892 Views 239 Comments Rugby Australia to sack Israel Folau for ‘disrespectful’ social media posts The Wallabies fullback has drawn widespread condemnation for his Instagram and Twitter posts. RUGBY AUSTRALIA SAYS it intends to sack Wallabies star Israel Folau after his latest controversial social media posts.The Australian union says it has been unable to contact Waratahs player Folau since his posts on Instagram and Twitter yesterday and has now stated that “[i]n the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract.” Folau is a global superstar in rugby. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOFolau’s homophobic and “disrespectful” posts yesterday drew widespread condemnation from the world of rugby and beyond.Qantas, the lead sponsor of the Wallabies, also expressed their disappointment and said Folau’s comments “clearly don’t reflect the spirit of inclusion and diversity that we support.”The 30-year-old’s latest Instagram post, which remains online, is accompanied by a meme that warns that hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators.”Meanwhile, his most recent Twitter message includes a screenshot relating to Tasmania making gender optional on birth certificates.Folau, who is a devout Christian, writes, “The devil has blinded so many people in this world, REPENT and turn away from your evil ways. Turn to Jesus Christ who will set you free.”center_img Rugby Australia has moved swiftly in response, with Folau having previously made similar social media posts as recently as last year, when he claimed that gay people would go to hell.A statement from Rugby Australia CEO, Raelene Castle and New South Wales Rugby Union CEO Andrew Hore, reads:“Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union have made repeated attempts to contact Israel both directly and via his representatives since 6.30pm on Wednesday, and at this point he has failed to communicate directly with either organisation.“Whilst Israel is entitled to his religious beliefs, the way in which he has expressed these beliefs is inconsistent with the values of the sport. We want to make it clear that he does not speak for the game with his recent social media posts.“Israel has failed to understand that the expectation of him as a Rugby Australia and NSW Waratahs employee is that he cannot share material on social media that condemns, vilifies or discriminates against people on the basis of their sexuality.  Source: Israel Folau/Twitter“Rugby is a sport that continuously works to unite people. We want everyone to feel safe and welcome in our game and no vilification based on race, gender, religion or sexuality is acceptable and no language that isolates, divides or insults people based on any of those factors can be tolerated. “As a code we have made it clear to Israel formally and repeatedly that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action.“In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract.”Japan captain Michael Leitch was amongst those critical about Folau’s post. “Israel Folau, I’m calling you out.”Japan captain Michael Leitch has posted this video on his Instagram in response to Israel Folau’s latest homophobic comments.Our captain. 😍— Japan Rugby Club (@JapanRugbyClub) April 11, 2019 Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Subscribe By Murray Kinsella Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Berbatis family donates 500000 to THI

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Western Australian property investor and philanthropist, Con Berbatis added another cornerstone to his relationship with The Hellenic Initiative Australia with a $500,000 donation which makes him one of the organisation’s largest benefactors.Mr Berbatis, 73, is one of Western Australia’s major commercial property investors and developers who has always taken an interest in health, following his early career as a pharmacist, academic and researcher at Curtin University in WA where he received his doctorate in 2012, as well as for the University of Sydney and Monash University in Victoria.His latest donation will also be directed towards health-related initiatives in Greece that have been severely affected by the financial crisis.“Con has been a supporter of The Hellenic Initiative Australia from the beginning and we are humbled by the generosity and vision of this gift,” the president of The Hellenic Initiative Australia, Mr Nicholas Pappas AM said, welcoming the donation.Mr Berbatis who is also the Trustee of the Hellenic Community of Western Australia, has been a lifelong member of the Greek community leadership since his presidency of the WA Hellenic Youth Association in the 1960s.The Berbatis family legacy doesn’t end there, as together with his wife Rita, they have been long-term benefactors of St Andrew’s Independent School in Dianella, while they developed and underwrote The George and Despina Berbatis Memorial Gymnasium in 2016 in honour of his parents.last_img read more

MSUs School of Global Journalism Alumni Brunch

MSUs School of Global Journalism Alumni Brunch

first_imgMorgan State University is hosting the annual alumni brunch of the School of Global Journalism, 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 18 in the Calvin and Tina Tyler Ballroom of the Student Center. Keynote speakers for the event are Jenel Boston, journalist and comedian, actor, radio host Joe Clair, both Morgan alums. Hosted by Voice of America producer/director Gwen Outen, the brunch is a celebration of communications professionals.last_img

New Secrets resort in St Martin will be significant in more ways

New Secrets resort in St Martin will be significant in more ways

first_imgTags: ALG, AMResorts, St. Maarten This story originally ran in the September 6, 2018 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here.TORONTO — A new resort in the Caribbean may seem like run-of-the-mill news at first. But for AMResorts’ new all-inclusive property in French-speaking St. Martin, three interesting tidbits give this opening far more weight: it marks AMResorts’ entry into the island; it gives the destination (which has a limited number of all-inclusive properties) a new player in the all-inclusive market; and it’s coming at a time when the island needs it most, post-Hurricanes Irma and Maria.Owned by Sole Resorts, a longstanding partner of AMResorts’ parent company Apple Leisure Group (ALG), the yet-to-be-named resort (formerly the Riu Palace St. Martin) will undergo a US$20 million renovation prior to its reopening in 2019 under the Secrets brand. It will reemerge as adults-only, with 350 rooms, a rooftop pool with direct views of Anguilla, luxury swimout suites and the largest pool in the Caribbean, all situated on a private and protected enclave.Considering the timing of the announcement, travel agents, vacationers and local tourism officials have all welcomed the news. Less than one year ago, the island was devastated by Irma and Maria, with damage and losses reaching upwards to $3 billion, reports The New Yorker. And although much of the destination has mostly recovered – 75% of airlift is currently servicing the island, 65% of nightlife attractions and restaurants are open, and 26 accommodations representing just under 2,000 rooms are also open, with an additional 1,000 opening in Q4 2018 – the new Secrets resort is being regarded as the start of a new era.“Every cloud has a silver lining, which is exactly what the Secrets resort brand means to the island,” says St. Maarten Minister of Tourism Stuart Johnson, adding that the new resort will help further target wedding couples and honeymooners. “The arrival of the new Secrets resort will help change the trend for the island and attract other luxury push resorts and amenities that are expected with this niche market.”AMResorts’ entry is exactly the kind of tourism boost that the destination is working towards. In fact, just this past July, the governments of the French and Dutch sides of the island signed a one-island agreement to redevelop cooperative tourism and marketing initiatives. And it’s high-profile developments like Secrets that will reiterate the message to travellers and the world at large that St. Maarten/St. Martin is open for business.“While the hurricanes may have devastated the island, it also presented us with the chance to rebuild better and stronger and allow for new opportunities such as attracting the Secrets brand to our island,” says Johnson.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsAs a highly regarded four-star brand that caters to adults, Secrets’ arrival also puts the spotlight back on the island’s reputation for being a luxury destination and, more importantly, away from the hurricanes’ aftermath. Its high-end hotels, on both sides of the island, have long attracted discerning travellers in search of first-class guest experiences. And though Secrets will certainly fall in line with other nearby luxury properties, it will easily stand out for the simple fact that it’s an all-inclusive.Upon opening next year, the new Secrets resort will join a handful of other all-inclusives on St. Martin/St. Maarten, including Divi Little Bay Beach Resort, which has been offered as an all-inclusive option through Canadian tour operators for a couple years now; Sonesta Ocean Point and sister property Sonesta Maho Beach Resort; and the upcoming Planet Hollywood (formerly Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort) opening in 2019 under new owner Sunwing Travel Group.You may think a handful of all-inclusive properties sounds paltry in comparison to other Caribbean islands like Cuba and Jamaica, but the truth is it’s a good amount for a destination that’s only 37 square miles from end to end.That said, any new all-inclusive to arrive on the island, especially on the French side, will create major buzz in the industry, as the new Secrets has clearly done.“St. Martin has a limited all-inclusive offer as it stands now, so the addition of our five-star Secrets Resort & Spa property will truly be a standout,” says Jan LaPointe, Vice President, Strategic Planning Retail Sales North America, AMRewards, Sales & Marketing Canada. “There is nothing like it on the island, creating a great opportunity for agents with clientele seeking a true luxury, all-inclusive resort in St. Martin.”Noting how St. Martin has long been a favourite destination for the Canadian market, LaPointe adds that the company is “happy to be able to provide Canadian travel agents with one of our award-winning brands to offer to their clients on the island”, and that its Unlimited-Luxury offering coupled with its location “are sure to make it a favourite upon opening.”Pauline Blacoe, Destination Wedding Specialist at in Keswick, ON, is one of many agents counting down the days until Secrets’ opening. Already well versed in the brand’s offerings (“I sell it a lot to my clients”), and a fan of AMResorts properties herself (“I love AM properties, they have wonderful agent perks”), Blacoe says that despite a dip in bookings to St. Martin immediately after last year’s hurricanes, she’s not at all concerned about selling the new Secrets.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA Sales“It will be an easy sell; great product, great destination,” she tells Travelweek. “There are not a lot of all-inclusive options in St. Martin, and even less since the hurricanes, so this will be a welcome addition.”For now, details about the new resort are scarce but Javier Coll, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Apple Leisure Group, tells Travelweek that its official name will be unveiled soon. He also notes that the renovation of the property will be “significant” to meet the Secrets’ brand standards.As for why St. Martin, and why now? Coll says that it makes perfect sense for the brand.“St. Martin has always been on our radar, and we identified the right opportunity to expand there,” he says. “ALG always has its fingertips on the pulse of the Caribbean tourism industry and is constantly monitoring for unique opportunities to grow AMResorts portfolio.”The potential for growth in the Caribbean is limitless, with the World Travel & Tourism Council reporting that international visitation has tripled from approximately 6.7 million to 20.1 million between 1980 and 2010. Moreover, it’s estimated to reach 26.5 million in 2018, and 39.0 million by 2028. “As such, we will continue to place our bets on this market, along with Latin America and, of course, on Mexico where we have deep roots,” Coll adds.And although there’s no such thing as a ‘sure thing’ in the travel industry, St. Martin, with its blissful beaches, beautiful resorts and array of fine dining restaurants, comes pretty close. Says Coll, “We believe in the island’s potential to become a top high-end destination that is the perfect fit for our Secrets brand.” Thursday, September 20, 2018 Posted by About Latest Posts Cindy SosroutomoDeputy Editor at TravelweekCindy is Deputy Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 2007. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Kenya, Morocco, Thailand and Turkey among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Cindy Sosroutomo (see all) Frustrations mount over elusive consumer-pay model: Will it ever happen? – July 16, 2019 “It’s in everyone’s best interest to stay open”: Beaches Turks & Caicos will not close in 2021 – May 15, 2019 Putting “Partners First”: NCL’s CEO lauds agents and the new Norwegian Joy – April 29, 2019 New Secrets resort in St. Martin will be significant in more ways than one Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Cindy Sosroutomo last_img read more

Municipalities challenge moratorium on solid waste gasification projects

Municipalities challenge moratorium on solid waste gasification projects

first_imgRelated posts:Citizen group voices support for government moratorium on thermal conversion of solid waste to electricity Government, environmental groups agree to temporarily postpone approval of waste gasification Costa Rica to sign loan with Japan for expansion of geothermal energy projects San Ramón public school receives landmark solar panels The National Association of Municipalities (ANAI) on Wednesday will present a complaint to an administrative court challenging a moratorium on the use of trash to generate electricity. The temporary ban was decreed by the Environment Ministry last June.A group of mayors and lawmakers from several political parties on Tuesday evening held a press conference at the Legislative Assembly, where ANAI Vice President Gilberto Monge cited the use of the technology in several countries, mostly in Europe.He also noted that the country’s Solid Waste Management Law already regulates thermal processing of waste in Costa Rica.The municipalities’ plan, which aims to allow local governments to generate electricity through waste gasification, was halted by the environment and health ministries, which cited technical and scientific questions about the procedure and its potential impact on the environment.Recommended: Facing closures of makeshift garbage dumps, Costa Rican municipalities scramble to manage trashIn July, Environment Minister Édgar Gutiérrez told La Nación the studies that had been submitted regarding the decomposition of solid waste “were not serious and did not reflect the degree of contamination the procedure could generate.”Monge claimed the municipalities’ plan has information that contradicts arguments in the moratorium. “But we never received a response [from the ministries], and we decided to take legal action,” he said at Tuesday’s press conference.“We believe the decree [for a moratorium] has legal and constitutionality flaws, because it limits the freedom of trade and contradicts Law #7200, which allows the Costa Rican Electricity Institute to purchase electricity,” Monge said.“We have studies showing this process of electricity generation is not harmful to the environment, and we know that garbage dumps and electricity generation using fuel currently produce more pollution in comparison,” Monge said.Several lawmakers including Otto Guevara from the Libertarian Movement Party, Johnny Leiva and Juan Marín from the National Liberation Party, and William Alvarado from the Social Christian Unity Party, support the mayors’ initiative and have joined them in asking the administration to cancel the decree. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Michael Douglas Alan Arkin act their age for laug

Michael Douglas Alan Arkin act their age for laug

first_imgMichael Douglas, Alan Arkin act their age for laughs, tears BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Without a screenwriter in sight, Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin are trading wisecracks just like the kibitzing longtime pals they play in “The Kominsky Method.”Arkin got the ball rolling when the pair was asked if they knew each other before making the Netflix series, a dramedy about the longtime friendship of an actor and his agent and the indignities of aging.“No. A few weeks before we started the show, I insisted on having lunch with him. He refused about 55 times. He finally agreed,” a deadpan Arkin said.“I like to keep it fresh,” replied Douglas, smiling.So what did Arkin think of his co-star?“I expected you were going to be more rigid,” he told Douglas, sitting with him in a hotel restaurant booth. “But working with him from day one, I just found him incredibly flexible and a little shy, interestingly.”Douglas replies in kind. “I was a little in awe of him as an actor,” he said, then was interrupted.“Get the hell out of here,” Arkin said.Douglas smoothly carried on. He lauded his co-star’s “great sense” of comedy, which earned him an Oscar for “Little Miss Sunshine,” and the chance to study his impeccable timing.Their series debuts Friday on the streaming service.Exercising his comedy muscles was one reason Douglas signed on for his first small-screen series since “The Streets of San Francisco” police drama made him a TV star in the 1970s. He went on to become an Oscar-winning movie actor (“Wall Street”) and producer (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”).That sitcom hitmaker Chuck Lorre (“The Big Bang Theory,” ”Mom”) was stretching creatively with “The Kominsky Method” was another draw for Douglas.Creator-producer Lorre took full advantage of being freed from network commercial breaks and a rigid half-hour format, Douglas said, and he upped the ante on heartbreak.“It was a freedom for him at this point in his extremely successful career that he really enjoyed,” Douglas said.Douglas plays Sandy Kominsky, who had a middling career as an actor but is lionized as a coach by young students at his modest school. Arkin is his gruff but patient (to a point) agent and friend, Norman Newlander.Norman is married to cancer-stricken Eileen (Susan Sullivan), Sandy is divorced and not averse to taking up with an age-appropriate student (Nancy Travis) — but only after he announces to the class, in proper #MeToo fashion, that she asked him out.Sandy has a daughter, Mindy (charming standout Sarah Baker) who’s supportive despite his past failings as a parent, while Norman’s relationship with his offspring, Phoebe (Lisa Edelstein), is difficult.Guest stars in the eight-episode series will include Danny DeVito, Ann-Margret, Jay Leno and Patti LaBelle.The jokes skew generational, sparing neither young or old. Sandy targets fledgling actors dedicated to fame and oversharing, while he and Norman commiserate about aging and its toll, such as the fallout from an enlarged prostate.“I urinate in Morse code — dots and dashes,” Norman says.Lorre’s “magic” is to make getting older funny, in contrast to its usual depiction as depressing or something to be caricatured, said Douglas.Identifying the worst part of aging is easy, said Lorre, 66.“Your body’s falling apart. It simply doesn’t care that there’s things to do and places to be, and you’re caught inside this meat costume,” he said. “You catch a glimpse in the mirror and go, ‘Sweet Jesus,’ who is that old guy?’”His resume allows him to find laughs in such “cognitive dissonance,” Lorre said, but he wanted to go deeper in “Kominsky.” Thus the poignant elements such as Norman and Eileen’s enduring affection, “the kind of a love affair which you don’t necessarily see in Hollywood” very often, he said.To observe Douglas, 74, and Arkin, 84, grab hold of the material was both an “education and its own form of entertainment,” Lorre said. “You’re sitting there watching actors of this calibre take your words and make them far better than you could possibly imagined.”While both actors work steadily, Douglas said it’s impossible to ignore how age affects the nature of that work.“There’s a reason all of a sudden you are getting cast for these parts, whatever image you have of yourself. When you’re looking in the mirror, yes, you look pretty good for your age, yeah, yeah — but…” he said. “I’m just so happy that we’re in an occupation that allows us at our respective ages to continue on at something we love.”“I wouldn’t know about retirement,” Douglas said. “This is wonderful, wonderful work.”___Lynn Elber is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. She can be reached at and on Twitter at Elber, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Nov 15, 2018 11:12 am PDT In this Nov. 7, 2018 photo, Alan Arkin, left, and Michael Douglas, cast members in the Netflix comedy series “The Kominsky Method,” appear at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The pair play Hollywood veterans facing the indignities of aging in a change-of-pace comedy-drama from sitcom hitmaker Chuck Lorre. 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