Nash, Kidd among finalists for basketball Hall of Fame

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Driesell took four different schools to the NCAA Tournament and won two ACC Tournament titles at Maryland. Tomjanovich led the Houston Rockets to consecutive NBA titles in 1994-95. Mulkey won an NCAA title as a player at Louisiana Tech and two more as the coach of the Bears.The 1953-58 Wayland Baptist University teams that won 131 consecutive games and four AAU national championships is the lone team finalist.In addition to the finalists, Andy Bernstein and Doris Burke were named recipients of the 2018 Curt Gowdy media awardFinalists must receive 18 votes from the 24-member honors committee to be enshrined.The entire class will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio. View comments “Enhancers of the game, and made everyone else better than they probably were,” Worthy said. “Jason Kidd had a flair that was like Magic Johnson, he just had angles. And Steve Nash was the same way.”There are other strong contenders outside of Kidd and Nash, with Hill’s college success and Allen’s prolific shooting marking the strongest arguments for each of their respective candidacies.Allen’s 2,973 three-pointers made are the most in NBA history. He won NBA titles with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and Miami Heat in 2013, memorably sending Game 6 to overtime on a tying 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in regulation.Hill was a two-time national champion and two-time All-American at Duke, but injuries kept him from reaching the same heights in the NBA during his 19-year career.Charles “Lefty” Driesell, Rudy Tomjanovich and Baylor’s Kim Mulkey made the final ballot as coaches. 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NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kidd ranks second in NBA history with 12,091 assists, and Nash is third with 10,335 assists.Nash won back-to-back MVP awards in 2005 and 2006 with the Phoenix Suns. He made the All-NBA first team three times during his 18-year career with the Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers and helped kickstart the development of the sport in Canada with his freewheeling style. Nash was also a two-time WCC player of the year in 1995-96 at Santa Clara and engineered a memorable upset of second-seeded Arizona in the NCAA Tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKidd was the 1994-95 NBA rookie of the year, setting the stage for a 19-year career in which he made the All-NBA first team five times and All-Defensive first team four times. Kidd won an NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 and is second all-time with 2,684 steals. He also was named Pac-10 freshman of the year in 1993 and Pac-10 player of the year in 1994 during his two seasons at California, and won gold medals with the U.S. in Sydney Olympics in 2000 and Beijing Olympics in 2008.James Worthy, the standout Lakers forward who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003, saw plenty of both Kidd and Nash as a television analyst. Worthy thinks it would be fitting for Kidd and Nash to be inducted in the same class. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 25: Jason Kidd #5 of the New York Knicks dribbles the ball upcourt on the fastbreak past Steve Nash #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half during the NBA game at Staples Center on December 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Knicks 100-94. Victor Decolongon/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Point guards could run the show in the next Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, with Jason Kidd and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash among the 13 finalists announced Saturday morning.Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Maurice Cheeks and Chris Webber also made the cut, but the two standout point guards are all but locks to headline the class, which will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LeBron says he ‘will definitely not shut up and dribble’ MOST READlast_img read more

Rahane says India will have to produce long partnerships

first_imgBy Chetan NarulaAdelaide, Dec 4 (PTI) India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane on Tuesday tagged Australia as the favourites ahead of the first Test and said the visitors will have to come up with long partnerships to win their maiden series Down Under. Rahane cited the example of his 262-run partnership with Virat Kohli at Melbourne in 2014-15 and said that the Australian focus on the India’s star batsman helps other batsmen do their job silently at the other end. “Each and every batsman’s role will be to contribute for the team and I think for us it is important to get those long partnerships together (like last time). That will be really helpful in (winning the series) in Australia,” said Rahane. “Last time both of us really enjoyed that partnership at the MCG. Mitchell Johnson was going after Virat Kohli and I was enjoying from the end as well as playing my own game. Virat at the other end was really aggressive and going after the bowlers, verbally as well. “That really helped me focus on my game and I played my natural attacking game at the other end. But I was still batting completely opposite to Virat. As an individual you have to understand that everyone’s role is completely different. This is a team sport and Virat also understands that.” The Indian batting line-up has come under immense criticism for their twin failures in South Africa and England, wherein Kohli was the only one to defy the opposition.advertisement”People will criticise or appreciate, but for us it matters to stay together in difficult times. In England conditions were really challenging and even English batsmen struggled a lot. Apart from Alastair Cook’s last Test innings, no one scored (big runs) for them. So it is important not to focus on criticism or even on people who appreciate,” said Rahane.”It is important to start fresh in each and every series. In England and South Africa, we learnt a lot and there are definitely areas to improve. When you tour abroad, in countries like England, South Africa and Australia, it is important to start well.” When asked about his personal growth as a batsman since he first came here as part of the 2014-15 touring party, Rahane said, “As a batsman in 2014, personally I thought I did really well but what the team’s performance matters more. When you do well as a team, you feel really good.” His focus is on playing long. “Personally I learnt a lot from last tour (in Australia). In South Africa, Johannesburg match was really crucial for me. I thought I did well. “In England I got a couple good starts 80-odd in Nottingham and another half-century in Southampton. For me as a number five batsman, it is important to convert those starts into big hundreds rather than thinking about targets.”There is also intense spotlight on the Australian batting line-up and how they will cope in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner. Rahane said that playing at home, Australia start as favourites.”I feel any team that plays at home is really good and Australia are still favourites to win the series. Yes they will miss Smith and Warner but I don’t think they are vulnerable. Look at their bowling attack they have really good bowlers. When you have to win Test matches and Test series you have to have a good bowling attack.”Definitely Smith and Warner are quality players, and I will not take anything away from them. But on a given day anyone can score runs. Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch are equally dangerous in their conditions. They know how the wicket behaves and it is all about intent as batsmen.”After enjoying a day off on Monday, India got down to business in a bid to prepare for the first Test. All top-order batsmen had an intense work out in the nets, with the team management likely to go in with six full-time batsmen.The new-ball bowlers Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma worked up intense pace in the nets and troubled the likes of KL Rahul and Murali Vijay.Rahane said that irrespective of whether there is another specialist batsman after him or not, his role in the side is to bat as long as possible and convert his starts/half-centuries into tall scores.”When you bat at number four or five, it is important to give yourself some time, first 15-20 minutes, and you should visualise the situation from dressing room. You cannot just sit around in the dressing room and keep thinking.advertisement “Then, when you bat with lower-order batsmen, you perhaps know whether to attack or play a defensive game and have a partnership with those guys.”Kookaburra ball, after 30-35 overs, is relatively easy to bat against. When you bat in England against Duke’s ball, you know you are never set in those conditions. You have to go with a positive mindset whether you have a regular number six batsman or not. You have to have that intent, he signed off. PTI CN BSBSlast_img read more

TRUMP ORDERS YEAR ROUND E-15 SALES

first_imgPresident Trump celebrated what he called “a truly historic week” with a huge crowd of Iowans — and Nebraskans — in Council Bluffs Tuesday night.Trump began by mentioning the confirmation of conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/TCB1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….THANK YOU, CHUCK :22Trump touted his order that the E-P-A change the rules so E-15, a higher blend of ethanol fuel, may be sold in the summertime.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/TCB2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….YEAR LONG :22The president then told the crowd Governor Kim Reynolds is “a real star” and Reynolds thanked Trump for being a partner for farmers and the Midwest.Trump then invited David Young, Iowa’s third district congressman, on stage.Young said elections are about choices and a vote for Democrats would send the country backwards.Radio IowaPhoto by CBS Newslast_img read more

Iowa Flips LB From Big 12 Program

first_imgKirk Ferentz wearing an Iowa pullover.EVANSTON, IL – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes walks off the field after their win over Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field on October 17, 2015 in Evanston, Illinois. Iowa Hawkeyes won 40-10. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)Yahweh Jeudy was always set to leave his native Florida for the Midwest. Instead of Kansas State, where he had been committed, he will do so to play for Iowa football.With Bill Snyder’s retirement, Jeudy started looking around for other options.Yahweh Jeudy settled on Iowa football, citing the coaching staff’s ability to develop players.From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:“It was a big influence,” Jeudy said. “Without a leader, you don’t really know where you’re headed. But I hope the best for K-State. I appreciate them recruiting me. It’s just Iowa was the best fit for me.”Jeudy is a three-star composite player per 247Sports. The site has him as the No. 1725 player in the country.He is the No. 124 outside linebacker in the class of 2019, and the No. 228 player in Florida.He’s also ready to adapt to the Midwest after growing up in the football hotbed of South Florida:“I liked their history and the development program there, the foundation of the coaching staff, things like that,” “And Iowa itself, actually. After you land from the airport and see cornfields for 10 miles, there’s a city. … I liked Iowa. It impressed me.”“That’s a big transition, definitely, but it’s less distractions. I’ll be able to thrive and things like that. I’ll be able to do 100 percent on football and education, so that’s good.”Jeudy visited Iowa City last weekend ahead of this flip. He is one of 20 players to sign with the Hawkeyes today.[South Florida Sun-Sentinel]last_img read more

The Science Behind a Beard Oil Recipe

first_img The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Editors’ Recommendations How to Shave With a Straight Razor You’re here because you care about your body, you like to take the initiative, and you’ve grown a beard. Or perhaps not, what am I a psychic? Since you are here, though, let’s learn about the benefits of beard oil, how it’s made, and how you can make your own beard oil recipe if you so choose.The BenefitsBeard oil can help you with your look as well as with the health of your facial hair and the skin underneath it. Applying a small amount of oil to your beard after a hot shower will help to soften your beard and give you some styling control. The result is a clean look and pleasant smell instead of someone who accidentally dropped a pair of dice and got stuck in an old wooden board game found in the attic — yes I’m referring to Jumanji.As for health benefits, beard oil moisturizes both your beard hair and the skin underneath it to reduce skin irritation and dandruff. Depending on what essential oils are used, there can be additional benefits such as increased blood flow to your hair follicles or lower blood pressure from stress-reducing aromatherapy.How it’s MadeAt it’s simplest, beard oil has two components: carrier oils and essential oils.Carrier OilsCarrier oils are extracted from plants and act as moisturizers when applied to hair and skin. These oils can be extracted from a variety of plants, all of which have different properties that can benefit the body. Some popular oils are jojoba, argan, avocado, and olive oil. These oils, either individually, or as several combined, will make up over 98% of your beard oil. Carrier oils typically do not give off strong smells, but act as the moisturizing and health-infusing base of your beard oil. Teddie makes a solid Jojoba Oil in a 4 0z container for $14, a great size for someone working on their first beard oils.When choosing carrier oils, be aware of where they come from. There are three methods used to extract carrier oils and are sold accordingly: cold pressed, expelled, and solvent extracted. The latter two methods are least favorable as they use pressure/heat or chemicals, both of which denature oil. Cold pressed oil is extracted using mechanical processes only — grinding and centrifuge — which extracts oil in it’s most natural form. We recommend using cold pressed oils over other options.Essential OilsIf your beard oil were made up of only carrier oils, you would still have a good product for your beard. Adding essential oils, though, is where beard oil gets good. From pleasing odors to a whole list of supplemental health benefits, you can add essential oils as the finishing 1-2% of your beard oil. Keep in mind, essential oils are very strong and can irritate skin if overly applied. When adding to a beard oil, conservatism is key. A variety pack of essential oils might be the right place to begin. ArtNaturals has a great starter kit that comes with 8 of their top essential oils for $16.Essential oils are extracted from plants using steam distillation. Trevor Williamson, the founder of Northern Fir Beard Co., shares the detailed process behind essential oil extraction:“Steam distillation involves placing the part of the plant that has been harvested (seed, kernel, leaf, flower, fruit, etc.) in a chamber through which steam is passed. The steam exits the top of the chamber along with the extracted oil, and the resulting mixture is cooled and condensed, leaving a mixture of oil and water in a collection chamber. The oil, which is lighter than water, floats to the top of the chamber, where it is collected.”For detailed information about carrier and essential oils and the benefits behind them, see this list compiled by Dr. Axe.Make It YourselfTo make your own beard oil, you’ll need the proper tools and an experimental spirit.ToolsWe’ve already covered some information about carrier and essential oils. To create your own beard oils, you will need to choose one or many of each oil type to customize your product. What better way to get inspiration than to check out some of the best beard oils out there. To get started, procure at least one carrier oil and a few essential oils to start mixing.In addition to oils, you will need the proper apothecary glass bottles, measuring pipettes, and labels to experiment with your oils. We did some research and found an ideal starter kit for $14.99. The Royal Green kit includes a ten pack of 1 oz capacity brown glass bottles, two plastic pipettes, and various labels to keep track of your beard oils.Finally, have a notebook and pen handy to take notes on your experiments and which ones worked best… or least best.ExperimentAt this point, you have at least one carrier oil, a few essential oils, apothecary bottles, a pipette, labels and a notebook. Using these items, along with the scientific method, it’s time to get started! Follow these example steps to make your first beard oil.Start with a hypothesis. I’m going to make the best damn beard oil ever.Test your hypothesis. Start with 1 oz of carrier oil and add one drop of the essential oil of your choice.Is it working? Mix the solution, apply a small amount to an area of your beard/face, wait 5-10 min, make observations. Analyze data, compare to hypothesis, make changes. Have you created the best damn beard oil ever? No? Add a second drop of the same or a different essential oil to your solution.Repeat. Continue this cycle until you’ve either created a glorious beard oil or you’ve created a monster. Take notes in your notebook so you can recreate or avoid this mixture in the future.You’ve officially created your very one beard oil! From here, the sky — or mustache — is the limit. Have fun, make a bunch of beard oil, stay away from the attic, and share with friends! How to Grow and Maintain Stubble 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Makelast_img read more

JCDC Launches Citizen’s Charter

first_imgStory Highlights This is in keeping with the requirements under the Public Sector Modernisation Programme, which is aimed at strengthening service delivery across Government. The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) has launched its Citizen’s Charter, which outlines the strategies to improve customer service at the entity. The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) has launched its Citizen’s Charter, which outlines the strategies to improve customer service at the entity.This is in keeping with the requirements under the Public Sector Modernisation Programme, which is aimed at strengthening service delivery across Government.Ministries, agencies and departments are being encouraged to establish citizen’s charters and customer service improvement plans and teams. The work is being spearheaded by the Public Sector Modernisation Division (PSMD) in the Office of the Cabinet.Acting Executive Director of the JCDC, Orville Hill, told JIS News that the Commission had been working with the PSMD for the past two months.“We outlined a charter concept indicating some of the areas that we will be working on, and we have shared that with the (Office) of the Cabinet. They have accepted and so we have signed a document indicating all the areas,” he said.Mr. Hill said the process of improving service delivery will involve “outreach, conversation and training programmes” with all staff to ensure that everyone is on board and prepared and properly oriented in terms of the service to be provided.He noted that while there have been no major complaints about the quality of service offered at the entity, “there are areas that we can improve on as to how we interact and how we communicate with our various publics, and so we are seeking to get some of those improvements”.“Over time, we are hoping to clearly demonstrate improvement in how we serve our Jamaican people,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Hill said the JCDC plans to set up an awards programme to recognise persons, especially volunteers, who have worked with the entity during festival and cultural activities.“The success of our programmes relies heavily on the support from our volunteer groups throughout the different parishes, and those persons ought to be recognised,” he Ministries, agencies and departments are being encouraged to establish citizen’s charters and customer service improvement plans and teams. The work is being spearheaded by the Public Sector Modernisation Division (PSMD) in the Office of the Cabinet. last_img read more

Highway Workers Thanked

first_imgNo duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks, the sayinggoes. And Transportation and Public Works highway workers, aswell as department contractors, who continue to work around theclock, deserve that thanks. “On behalf of Nova Scotians, thank you to everyone involved inclearing our roads and making them safe,” said Transportation andPublic Works Minister Ron Russell. “You show your dedication toyour jobs year-round, but during this record snowfall, you’vetruly outdone yourselves. It was remarkable how everyone workedtogether, and how soon roads were opened given the volume of snowand harsh conditions.” The minister also said a special thank you to New BrunswickDepartment of Transportation staff who assisted the snow clearingoperation. The storm forced the closure of several 100-series highways lastweek and had an impact on travel provincewide. All major highwayswere opened by the evening of Friday, Feb. 20, and all provincialroads and provincially maintained roads are open today, Feb. 23.The department will continue to widen roads and clearintersections this week. Department staff are reminding parents to ensure children do notplay or tunnel in snowbanks along roads in coming days, as crewswill be pushing back snowbanks. Staff are also asking the public and private plow operators tocontinue to push snow off the roadway. Motorists are advised to use caution near intersections wherevisibility has been reduced by high snowbanks.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Victoria County

first_imgVictoria County: Englishtown Ferry The Englishtown ferry will be out of service until the evening of Saturday, April 22 due to its regular annual refit. -30- Local area office: 902-929-2404 Fax: 902-861-1152last_img

Sir John A Macdonalds silverware up for sale at Saskatoon antique shop

first_imgSASKATOON – A silverware set that belonged to Canada’s first prime minister is up for sale at a Saskatoon antique shop for the princely sum of $59,500.Chris Kinzel, owner of the Antique and Brass Shop, says he picked up the 52-piece set from a home outside of Saskatoon.He says half belonged to Sir John A. Macdonald and the other half belonged to Macdonald’s father.“It came from a family descendant,” says Kinzel. “Sir John A. had two different wives and his son probably moved out west and became premier of Manitoba and I believe that would be how it came out this far.”At first Kinzel was skeptical about whether the cutlery actually belonged to the founding father, but the family crests engraved on the handles were legitimate.Kinzel says he’s owned the set for about three years now and has tried to sell it before without any success.“I’ve had a few offers and you know we’re open to dickering because that’s the nature of the business,” Kinzel says. “Various museums would like it, but they’d want us to donate it and we’re not in the position to donate.”Kinzel says he would consider splitting up the set and says if it doesn’t sell, he’ll probably end up giving it to his children.(CTV Saskatoon)last_img read more

Nova Scotia thief steals thousands worth of old brightly coloured bills

first_imgNEW WATERFORD, N.S. – Police have asked Canadians to be on the lookout for old money, after thousands of dollars in vintage bills dating back to the 1950s were stolen from a Cape Breton home.The cash — bills in green, orange and other bright colours that have long been out of circulation — were taken from a New Waterford, N.S., residence between July 18 and Aug. 21.Police say the homeowners were away and returned to discover thousands of dollars had been stolen, including the vintage bills — mostly $20s, $50s and $100s.Cape Breton Regional Police released a photo of old-style notes on Friday and asked anyone who sees bills like them in circulation to contact them.“We want people to be aware of what it is that they’re looking for,” said police spokesperson Desiree Vassallo.“There’s probably a lot of people who haven’t seen bills from this time period, it was actually before I was even born. I myself haven’t seen these either except for these pictures.”She said the bills had not been simply stuffed between mattresses — they were collectibles passed down as a family heirloom.“We don’t think there’s anything that would prohibit somebody from actually spending it, but it would probably be on a case-by-case basis in terms of a retailer choosing to accept it or not,” she said.“If it did make its way through to a retailer, at that point the bank would likely take it out of circulation if they noticed it.”last_img read more

Southern Vancouver Islands first baby of 2018 born on laundry room floor

first_imgCENTRAL SAANICH, B.C. – The first baby born on southern Vancouver Island in 2018 made a dramatic entrance Monday, delivered on the floor of the family’s laundry room with her father’s help and coaching from a 911 dispatcher.Rob Tuit, 33, described the experience as “a blur” as he and his wife, Elaine Tuit, welcomed their second child early Jan. 1.Tuit said his wife began having contractions in their Victoria-area home early in the morning and he called for an ambulance at 4:43 a.m. after her water broke, as instructed by the couple’s doctor.He said he followed the emergency dispatcher’s directions, gathering towels and helping his wife lay on the floor in the laundry room, adjacent to the washroom where she had been standing.“I said, ‘Oh, I can see the crown of the head,’ and the dispatcher says, ‘OK, I’m going to walk you through this now.’ I wasn’t quite ready to hear those words,” Tuit said, laughing.Hallie Tuit was born minutes later at 4:53 a.m., weighing eight pounds four ounces.What made the experience especially neat was that it involved the whole family, Tuit said, adding that his two-year-old daughter Jorie watched the entire delivery while standing at her mother’s head.“I had my daughter bring me my running shoe so I could grab a lace out of it and tie off the umbilical cord,” he said. “Shortly after that the paramedics showed up.”Tuit added that the couple is “very pro hospital” and hadn’t planned to have a home birth.“We’re very fortunate there were no complications,” he said.The family lives in the Victoria-area community of Brentwood Bay. Tuit said his wife works for the provincial government and he is a firefighter, something he believes helped him stay calm during the surprise delivery.“I think it was just one of those things were instinct kicks in and you do what you have to do,” he said.Tuit said Monday’s delivery was very different than his first daughter’s birth, when his wife was in labour for 22 hours.British Columbia’s first baby of the new year was born in Surrey nine seconds after midnight.last_img read more

University of Winnipeg approves mandatory Indigenous studies course

first_imgAPTN National NewsNot too long ago a national magazine labeled Winnipeg the most racist city in Canada.Some are trying to change that, including the city’s university.The University of Winnipeg has approved a mandatory Indigenous studies course.The course will look at rights, traditions, history, governance and other aspects of Indigenous culture.APTN’s Brandi Morin has the story.last_img

Children and Youth Committee visits Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -The all-party Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth is holding a public hearing in Fort St. John on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, to receive input on children and youth with neuro-diverse (e.g., ASD, FASD, developmental delay) special needs.The committee invites parents, caregivers, service providers and advocates to share their experiences and challenges with assessment and eligibility processes, and their recommendations for improvement.The public hearing will take place at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre (11308 Alaska Rd.) in the Sterling Pomeroy Ballroom, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. British Columbians can participate in the public hearing in person or by phone. Registration is available by calling the Parliamentary Committees Office at 250 356-2933 or 1 877 428-8337 (toll-free in B.C.) or on the committee’s website: www.leg.bc.ca/cmt/cay The committee also welcomes written comments, which can be submitted via its website. The consultation continues until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019.The committee will consider all input and make recommendations to the legislative assembly in a report, which is expected to be released in the early fall.last_img read more

Morocco Three People Arrested for Brutally Assaulting a Gay Man

Rabat – Three men who allegedly attacked a young man they perceived as homosexual in Casablanca have been arrested by the Moroccan authorities.A police statement carried by official news agency MAP on Monday said three assailants who allegedly attacked a young man because of his sexual orientation have been arrested.The incident reportedly occurred last week in Casablanca. A video posted on YouTube showed the ‘homosexual’ young man being attacked for wearing a bra and makeup in public. The mob also forced him to remove all of his clothing while calling him homophobic epithets. The victim has been identified as a 17-year-old Casablanca resident. The three suspects arrested by the police are aged 19, 20 and 23-year-old, respectively.This comes only few months after another homosexual man in the city of Fez was brutally beaten and booed by dozens of angry men while hurling anti-gay slurs. Two men who attacked him because of his effeminate appearance were arrested and sentenced to four months behind bars.The Moroccan criminal code prohibits sex between men and can be punished with anything from 6 months to 3 years imprisonment and a fine of 120 to 1200 dirhams.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Television business drives Corus Q2 revenue higher beats estimates

Companies in this story: (TSX:CJR.B) The Canadian Press TORONTO — Corus Entertainment Inc. beat expectations as it reported its second-quarter revenue rose compared with a year ago, boosted by gains in its television business.The company, which owns specialty and conventional television stations, including the Global television network as well as radio stations, says revenue for the quarter totalled $384.1 million, up from $369.5 million in the same quarter last year.Television revenue grew to $353.5 million, up from $336.2 million, while radio revenue fell to $30.6 million from $33.2 million.The growth in revenue came as Corus reported a drop in its second-quarter profit compared with a year ago due to an accounting change in how it values its television brands.Corus reported its profit attributable to shareholders for the quarter ended Feb. 28 amounted to $6.3 million or three cents per share. That compared with a profit of $40 million or 19 cents per share in the same quarter a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Corus reported a profit of seven cents per share for the quarter, down from an adjusted profit of 20 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Analysts had expected an adjusted profit of five cents per share for the quarter and $373.8 million in revenue, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. read more

Grains mixed livestock higher

CHICAGO — Grain futures were mixed Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for May delivery was off 8.8 cents at $4.512 a bushel; May corn fell 4.8 cents at $3.5840 a bushel; May oats rose 1 cent at $2.8840 a bushel; while May soybeans lost 9.2 cents at 8.9220 a bushel.Beef, pork higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Apr. live cattle was up .68 cent at $1.2710 a pound; Apr. feeder cattle gained .32 cent at $1.4570 a pound; May lean hogs rose .84 cent at .9042 a pound.The Associated Press

French offer to protect food ships from pirates off Somalia welcomed by

WFP and the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) have jointly appealed for high-level international action to stamp out the piracy, which saw 17 attacks in the first half of 2007 compared with eight in the same period last year. In 2005, an upsurge of piracy, including the hijacking of two ships contracted for WFP, forced the Agency to suspend all deliveries by sea for some weeks. “We are grateful to the Government of France for this generous offer, which would reduce the threat of piracy and allow WFP to feed more hungry people in Somalia,” WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said. Ms. Sheeran also thanked the multinational coalition naval force off Somalia for its increased surveillance in recent months and said she hoped it would continue. Some 80 per cent of WFP food assistance for Somalia moves by sea, and pirate attacks threaten to cut the main supply route, jeopardizing rations for the 1.2 million people WFP expects to be feeding by the end of 2007 as drought, floods and factional fighting take their toll. The French proposal envisions a two-month period during which naval vessels would escort ships carrying WFP food assistance as they traverse Somali waters. Ships would be escorted to the entrance of the port of Mogadishu, the capital. WFP is increasing its food distributions in Somalia and has to ship more food just as the stormy monsoon season is coming to an end, Ms. Sheeran said. Before the onset of the monsoon in June, increasing pirate attacks had cut by half the number of ships WFP contracts to transport food. Without escorts, WFP fears the pirates will return as the heavy monsoon seas calm, allowing them to start hunting for ships again. Most of the pirate assaults did not appear aimed at seizing cargo but rather designed to force ship owners to pay ransom for the vessels and crew held hostage. The pirates are highly mobile, manning fast boats and using satellite position-fixing gear to attack ships far out at sea, sometimes more than 200 nautical miles off the Somali coast. In 2006, WFP delivered some 78,000 metric tonnes of food to 1.4 million people affected by drought and floods in southern Somalia alone. 27 September 2007Faced with the risk of mounting piracy off the coast of Somalia at a time when it is increasing its shipments to feed over a million hungry people in the strife-torn country, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed France’s offer to provide naval escorts to protect its vessels. read more

UN dispatches more aid as Kenya crisis continues

Roads were closed from early this morning as riot police lined the perimeter of the Parliament building in downtown Nairobi, the capital. The UN Department of Safety and Security (DSS) said that there have been no confirmed security incidents, but advised caution ahead of rallies called for by the opposition scheduled to take place today and tomorrow.Violence erupted in the Eastern African nation late last month after President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner of the election, and opposition leader Raila Odinga has disputed the results.A one-week supply of food – including cereals, pulses, high-energy biscuits, vegetable oil and corn-soya blend – provided by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Kenyan Government was distributed today to nearly 77,000 people in four slums in Nairobi. Last week, WFP food was given out to 50,000 people – not including those fed today – in the same area.Food distribution in these slums – some of the largest in Africa – is a priority since most residents depend on casual labour for their survival and were unable to work due to the recent unrest. Nearly 60 per cent of Nairobi’s population of 2.75 million lives in the city’s slums.Schools nationwide re-opened yesterday, and WFP fed over 100 schools in the capital’s slums.To date, WFP food aid has reached over 225,000 people in Nairobi, the Northern Rift Valley and the country’s west.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expects today to finish distributing over 1,000 family kits – containing plastic sheeting for shelter, blankets, jerry cans, mosquito nets and kitchen sets – in Narok, 140 kilometres south-east of Nairobi.Currently, there are some 3,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) taking refuge in nearly one dozen different sites around the Narok district, which is mainly inhabited by the Maasai community.Many of the displaced in this area lack shelter and sanitation, and UNHCR – in conjunction with its partner, the non-governmental organization (NGO) World Concern – commenced a second distribution of basic commodities yesterday.UNHCR also dispatched trucks to deliver sanitary supplies for up to 20,000 girls and women in the Rift Valley.“We expect to deliver nearly 50,000 sanitary packs for 16,000 women and girls in the provincial capital, Nakuru, and another 10,000 packs for 3,300 beneficiaries in Eldoret,” the agency’s spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva.The Kenyan Government estimates that there are 500 IDP sites throughout the country – concentrated in the Rift Valley, Western, Nyanza and Nairobi provinces – and that the total number of displaced people has dropped from 255,000 at the start of last week to 203,000 by the week’s close as the security situation improved.The IDP camps “continue to be transitory in nature with people moving from the sites to their ancestral areas, where possible, or joining their kin in safer areas,” Mr. Redmond noted.UNHCR, in concert with the Government, the Kenya Red Cross Society and other NGOs, continues work on camp management. It organized a one-day training session for NGO staff to ensure minimum standards and consistency in delivering services in the camps.The agency estimates that its budget to deal with the situation in Kenya – protection, assistance delivery, camp coordination and management, emergency shelter and HIV/AIDS projects – is $6.4 million, which is part of a greater UN consolidated appeal for $40 million to be launched tomorrow in New York.Meanwhile, the Ugandan Government reports that more than 6,000 Kenyans have crossed into that country. The refugees are staying in schools and other public facilities, as well as with host families. Uganda hopes to move the refugees to a temporary site in Mulanda, for which UNHCR will provide transportation. The agency is channelling its assistance to Kenyans in Uganda through the Uganda Red Cross.For its part, WFP food has been distributed today at the border town of Busia to 2,000 Kenyans. 15 January 2008United Nations agencies are bolstering their assistance to Kenyans in the aftermath of the deadly wave of violence which erupted after last month’s disputed elections, claiming more than 500 lives and displacing hundreds of thousands. read more

Frontline Socialist Party accused of instigating SAITM protests

The Minister said that SAITM cannot be closed as there is a court order in support of SAITM.He said SAITM was given approval by the former Government and now they are joining protests against it for political reasons. (Colombo Gazette) The Frontline Socialist Party has been accused of instigating the protests against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that the Frontline Socialist Party is spreading fear among the university students and forcing them to protest against SAITM. He said that if the students suspend their protests the Government is ready to discuss the charges against those involved in the protests and reduce the charges. Kiriella urged the university students protesting against SAITM to suspend their protests and return to their classes. read more

BC Court of Appeal to hear provinces oiltransport case that has implications

VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s Court of Appeal will consider a key question regarding provincial powers in the political battle over the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project during a five-day hearing that starts Monday.The B.C. government’s reference case asks the court if the province has jurisdiction to regulate the transport of oil through its territory and restrict bitumen shipments from Alberta.Specifically, it asks if proposed amendments to British Columbia’s Environmental Management Act are valid and if they give the province the authority to control the shipment of heavy oils based on the impact spills could have on the environment, human health or communities. National Energy Board recommends approval of Trans Mountain pipeline ‘in the national interest’ Trans Mountain pipeline faces opposition from Washington state amid oil spill, traffic concerns Trans Mountain promises to mitigate marine wildlife risk in bid to secure approval: documents The province is also asking the court whether the amendments are overridden by federal law.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have said only Ottawa, not the provinces, has the authority to decide what goes in trans-boundary pipelines.Alberta and Saskatchewan have both filed documents as interested parties supporting the federal government in the case.When B.C. filed the reference case last year, Alberta announced it would ban B.C. wines and accused Premier John Horgan of trying to break the rules of Confederation in newspaper ads.Last summer, the Federal Appeal Court overturned approval of the project to triple oil shipments from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., ruling that the National Energy Board had not properly considered its impact on marine life nor had Ottawa meaningfully consulted with Indigenous groups.Last month, the board found that the pipeline is still in the public interest despite the risk that an increase in tanker traffic could adversely affect southern resident killer whales, hurt related Indigenous culture and increase greenhouse gas emissions. It added 16 new recommendations for federal government action in addition to the 156 conditions in its initial approval in 2016.The federal government purchased the pipeline last year.Trudeau has said the expansion is in the best interests of all Canadians and his government has committed $1.5 billion to an ocean protection plan that includes millions for research on B.C. killer whales.Horgan said last year the aim of the case is to protect the province’s coastline and economy from the harms of an oil spill.“We believe it is our right to take appropriate measures to protect our environment, economy and our coast from the drastic consequence of a diluted bitumen spill,” Horgan said in a statement when the reference case was announced last April.“And we are prepared to confirm that right in the courts.” read more