Nova Scotia election roundup

first_imgHALIFAX – (NSElxn)Nova Scotia’s Tories are promising to introduce a “no-boondoggle guarantee” if they are elected in the May 30 provincial election.Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie says any time a government project exceeded its budget by more than 10 per cent, that would trigger an automatic internal audit, the results of which would be made public.He made the promise Friday at his campaign headquarters in Halifax, though he had few details to offer when asked how the new law would work.Baillie would not set a threshold when asked what level of government spending would be covered by the guarantee.—(NSElxn-NDP)The New Democrats have released some new election ads, one of which talks about challenges in the education system.The second ad focuses on the NDP’s plan to hire more doctors and improve primary care.NDP Leader Gary Burrill issued a statement Friday saying the province’s health-care system is in a crisis.He also pledged to create more nursing home spaces for ailing seniors stuck in hospitals.(The Canadian Press)—(NSElxn-Liberal)Premier Stephen McNeil says he has a new plan to help the province’s small- and medium-sized businesses grow.He says a re-elected Liberal government will create a so-called innovation rebate program.The program would help established businesses by offering rebates of up to 15 per cent for capital investments between $3 million and $15 million.McNeil said the program would be subjected to strict accountability rules.(The Canadian Press)—(NS-Elxn-Poll)A public opinion poll is suggesting the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives were in a dead heat heading into the final full week of the election campaign.The Forum Research survey of 1,057 voters found the Liberals were in the lead with 37 per cent support, a drop of five percentage points since the company’s most recent survey at the beginning of the campaign.Meanwhile, the Tories gained five points to reach 35 per cent support while support for the NDP remained unchanged at 25 per cent.With a poll this size, the results are considered accurate to within plus or minus three percentage points, which means the parties are statistically tied for support among leaning voters.—(N.S. Election Roundup by The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Resolute Forest Products thirdquarter profit up paying special dividend

first_imgMONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc. announced it would pay a special dividend as it reported a third-quarter profit of US$117 million, up from $24 million a year ago.The company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says it will make a special payment of $1.50 per share to shareholders of record on Dec. 6.Resolute’s third-quarter profit amounted to $1.25 per diluted share, up from 26 cents per diluted share a year ago.Sales totalled $974 million in the quarter, up from $885 million in the third quarter of 2017.Excluding special items, Resolute says it earned $96 million or $1.03 per share for the quarter, up from $31 million or 34 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 71 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story: (TSX:RFP)last_img read more

AMA Organizes Its First Access Students Leadership Festival in Mdiq

Fez – The Association of Moroccan Alumni of the University of the Middle East Project (AMA UMEP) organized its first Access students’ leadership festival in M’diq, Morocco from 5th to 7th February.The festival was an opportunity for AMA Access Tiznit and Tahla students to meet up, practise their English language skills, share their ideas and experiences, show their talents and make new friendships.A series of interactive activities were presented by AMA Access students to show their talents in public speaking, presentations on a number of topics, drama, ICT projects, creative writing, singing and poster session. The festival featured speakers from a variety of fields like English language inspectors, youth leaders, and youth trainers who addressed a multitude of topics aiming basically at empowering the youth to achieve their full potential and equipping them with effective leadership skills.“AMA Access is that something special I was looking for in my life; it’s a dream that has come true. I’m very happy for my participation in the festival because I learned a lot of new things and met amazing new friends,” said AMA Access student Hanane Berghazi.Adil Boufessi couldn’t hide the over excitement in his voice when talking about his participation in the festival: “I would like to thank AMA for giving us this chance. I never thought I would meet such wonderful and inspiring people. I liked everything in the program but the unforgettable moment was when I got a book signed by the Moroccan Canadian young writer Intissar Louah.”For Mr. Khalil Zakari, English Language Teaching Supervisor, “The Festival was an attempt to feed discovered gifts and  talents, provide Access students with interaction and leadership opportunities and offer them a chance to be there where not many of their school mates were.”“These distinguished participants had a chance to huddle, befriend, communicate, share, mentor, support, and enjoy a three-day holiday hundreds of miles away from home,” Mr. Zakari added. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Top UN envoy hopes for return to stability in Somali capital

Last week, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that over 200,000 people have fled Mogadishu since fighting broke out between the Government and the opposition Al-Shabab and Hisb-ul-Islam groups in early May, in the biggest exodus from the capital since Ethiopian forces intervened in Somalia in 2007.According to media reports, Government troops forced militants from areas around the presidential palace in Mogadishu.“Despite the restraint from the Somali forces and others, attacks continued against Government institutions and innocent civilians with massive abuses of human rights and killings,” said Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative.“It is in response to this that the Government forces had no alternative but to defend Mogadishu’s population,” he added.Some of those uprooted by clashes are families who had recently returned to the capital after a period of relative peace earlier this year, and Mr. Ould-Abdallah said today he hopes that this weekend’s developments will allow the displaced to return home and be reached by humanitarian aid.A local human rights organization, known as Elman, has reported that at least 350 civilians have been killed and 1,500 others injured since fighting escalated in May, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.Those sustaining injuries in the clashes have very limited access to health care, and the three major hospitals in Mogadishu have been receiving more casualties that they can handle and are in urgent need of medicine and other medical supplies, OCHA added.Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe warned the Security Council last week that if the international community allows Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) – forged in a process of consensus – to fail, the poverty-stricken country will be taken over by opposition groups employing tactics of coercion and intimidation.Last year’s UN-facilitated Djibouti Agreement ended the conflict between the TFG and the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia, with President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed taking office in January and a new Government being formed in February.“The choice before us is a stark one: either we help the Somali people overcome the current attempt to thwart efforts towards peace or we allow the new unity Government based on consensus and the Djibouti Accords to fall to a radical armed opposition,” he said.Also last week, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said that it is clear that grave violations of international human rights and humanitarian law – possibly amounting to war crimes – are being committed in Somalia.“In this new wave of attacks, it is clear that civilians – especially women and children – are bearing the brunt of the violence,” Navi Pillay said, noting that attacks against civilians have been one of the main features of the conflicts that have engulfed the country since 1991. 13 July 2009Following gains made by Somali security forces over the weekend, the top United Nations envoy to the war-torn Horn of Africa nation voiced hope today that stability can soon return to the beleaguered capital Mogadishu. read more

Transition to green economy must aim at poverty eradication – UN official

4 March 2011A senior United Nations official today cautioned that the failure to tackle poverty can only lead to rising social tensions, ecological pressures and economic crisis, stressing the importance of a transition to a “green economy” that fosters sustainable development and poverty eradication. “The sad truth is that despite two centuries of spectacular growth on our planet, we have failed to eradicate the scourge of poverty,” Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, told a news conference in New York, as preparations continue for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012.A preparatory meeting for the Conference will be held in New York on Monday and Tuesday.“If we continue on our current path, we will bequeath material and environmental poverty, not prosperity, to our children and grandchildren,” said Mr. Sha, who is also the Secretary-General of the Conference, which has been dubbed ‘Rio 2012.’He noted that in Rio, countries can agree on a range of smart policies that are needed to green the economy, promote jobs, advance clean energy and clean water, and ensure a more sustainable and fairer use of resources. Those aims are interrelated and must therefore be addressed in an “integrated manner” to result in sustainable development.“Rio 2012 will be one of the most important events in the coming decade. It is a response to the rude wake-up call received in 2008… first the food and energy crises… then the financial collapse… and then the prolonged global recession and mounting social tensions,” Mr. Sha said. The Conference is intended to secure renewed political commitment to sustainable development, assess progress and gaps in implementation of agreed commitments, and address new and emerging challenges.Its two themes are “a green economy within the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication” and “institutional framework for sustainable development.”Ambassador Charles Thembani Ntwaagae of Botswana, a member of the preparatory committee for the Conference, said expectations are that Rio 2012 will produce a document that will be “ambitious and action-oriented.”“It should be an outcome document that spells out what has to be done to improve the lives of the poorest people, particularly in the developing world,” Mr. Ntwaagae told correspondents. read more

Maldives recruits UK law firm to strengthen democracy

Established in 2011 by Cherie Blair with offices in London and Washington D.C., Omnia Strategy tackles complex problems that require an innovative and multi-disciplinary approach.They also support clients across four pillars: international counsel, public & private international law, international dispute resolution, and strategic communications. (Colombo Gazette) The Maldives Government has appointed a top UK law firm, Omnia Strategy LLP, to advise the Government for strengthening the legislative framework of the Government as part of the government’s broader strategy for democracy consolidation in the country.Omnia Strategy is an international legal and advisory firm chaired by international human rights barrister Cherie Blair, the wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Omnia Strategy is a pioneering international law firm that provides strategic counsel to governments, corporates and private clients. A statement issued by the Maldives High Commission in Colombo said the Maldives Government’s decision to employ an international legal and advisory firm underscores the Government’s commitment to strengthen democratic institutions of the State and to promote a culture of respect for human rights in the Maldives, adhering to international norms, while retaining its unique character. read more

Versace apologies in flap over Tshirts sold in China

BEIJING — Italian fashion house Versace has apologized in China for selling T-shirts that it said attached incorrect country names to cities, after a Chinese actress said the clothing was suspected of harming the country’s territorial integrity and cut her ties with the company.Versace did not identify the T-shirt in a social media post Sunday, but Chinese media said the item did not list Hong Kong and Macao as parts of China. Both former European colonies were returned to China in the late 1990s.The studio for actress Yang Mi said in an earlier social media post that it had sent a termination notice and stopped all co-operation with Versace.The luxury house said the shirts had been removed from all sales channels on July 24 and destroyed.The Associated Press

The Freshman Connection

Ohio State football’s current freshman class might hold a go-to offensive duo that Buckeye Nation could enjoy for years to come in quarterback Braxton Miller and wide receiver Devin Smith.Miller and Smith have combined for three touchdowns through the Buckeyes’ first four games, and at least one OSU coach expects the first-year duo’s productivity to continue.In both players’ first game in Scarlet and Gray on Sept. 3 against Akron, Miller found Smith in the end zone late in the contest for his first career touchdown pass. Smith’s catch, which went for 14 yards, was his first career touchdown as well.The two freshmen didn’t stop there.On Saturday against Colorado, Miller linked with Smith on a 32-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.Smith described that play as “too easy” for he and Miller.“(Colorado) played a little outside on me,” Smith said. “And I ran a post on that play and I was wide open.”The next time the players connected for a touchdown — a fade by Miller in the third quarter, which required Smith to catch the ball and drag his feet in the end zone — was evidence enough to suggest that the two players might be developing an on-field relationship, which players and fans alike can rely on.“(Smith and I are) comfortable in practice in the things we do,” Miller said. “We take time out to throw the ball.”Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Jim Bollman said he hadn’t initially considered the burgeoning relationship between Smith and Miller.Bollman said it makes sense that the two players would be helping each other succeed.“Well, it’s interesting because I hadn’t thought about that at all,” Bollman said. “Naturally, both players coming in together at the same time, you can see that situation evolving between receivers and quarterbacks who are getting some opportunities to play early.”Of the five passes Miller completed against the Buffaloes, Smith caught three for a total of 64 yards.Smith said the relationship fans see between he and Miller on the field extends far beyond Ohio Stadium and the practice fields.“(Miller) is sort of quiet, funny a little bit,” Smith said. “We walk to class. Everybody’s asking him questions and stuff like that, he’s real cool about it. I think that’s what makes him a great kid.”After Smith’s three catches for 64 yards on Saturday, he is now tied for the team lead in receptions with eight and leads in team in receiving yards with 183.And how’s this for a relationship — the night before the Colorado game, Smith even said he dreamt about catching touchdown passes from Miller.“That’s what I was thinking about the whole time,” Smith said.Other freshmen, including receiver Evan Spencer and linebacker Ryan Shazier, have seen playing time for the Buckeyes, but Miller and Smith have set themselves apart from their classmates.Bollman is optimistic the Miller-Smith partnership will evolve as the team moves into conference play.“It’s good to see, no question about it,” Bollman said. “We hope (they) continue to improve.”Miller agreed.“We (Smith and Miller) are getting a connection on the field,” he said. “(We’ll) just keep working for the next game.”Miller and Smith will attempt to continue their shared success on Saturday when OSU hosts Michigan State in its Big Ten opener. Kickoff at the ‘Shoe is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

Montpellier and PSG began Championship race

← Previous Story GREAT BRITAIN’S HANDBALL STARS SPREAD THEIR WINGS Next Story → Kiril Lazarov’s “Best 7” team-mates! Championship race in French LNH started with two impressive wins of candidates for the title. Montpellier showed fantastic form on the beginning against newcomer in elite – Billere 50:24 with fantastic performance of Dragan Gajic (12), while PSG beat Cesson Rennes 34:23 (Abalo 8, Honrubia 6, Hansen 5) in the first match under new management and structure. Toulouse and Aix played 34:34. France handballFrench handballLNHMontpellierPSG

Kim Ekdahl Du Rietz is back for Sweden

Kim Ekdahl Du Rietz is back to Swedish national team! Sweden will be stronger for experienced left back in upcoming period which brings World Championship 2019 in Germany and Denmark, but also domestic EHF EURO 2020 which will be finished in Stockholm. “In our eyes, Kim is a world-class player in both the defense and attack game. My faith and hope is that he will make our team even better and even harder for the opponents to defeat, “ says Swedish national coach Kristján Andrésson to the Swedish handball federation .The new PSG Handball star won Olympic silver medal in London 2012 with Swedish team.Sweden will play against Austria and Spain in the upcoming EHD week. BRUTALLY HONEST, Kim Ekdahl Du Rietz: Handball was never my passion – A lot of players would like to take year-off Kim Ekdahl Du RietzSwedish handball ← Previous Story Japan 2019 set goal high – 300.000 spectators! Next Story → VIDEO: “Wild boy from SG Nußloch” – Christian Zeitz read more

Dentists will stop using metal fillings that have been used in teeth

first_imgDentists will stop using metal fillings that have been used in teeth for 150 years Although the fillings are perfectly safe, they carry a heavy environmental burden. Image: Shutterstock THE USE OF dental amalgam fillings are to be phased out in Europe – and it’s for environmental reasons.The use of the silver-coloured fillings, that contain several metals including mercury, is to be phased out gradually starting from this Sunday 1 July.From then, dentists will no longer use amalgam fillings on the teeth of children under 15 years of age, or on pregnant or breastfeeding women (except for in limited circumstances).The President of the Irish Dental Association Dr Kieran O’Connor said the new EU regulations are being brought in with the aim of reducing the amount of mercury in the environment.He said that Ireland had signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which “brought about a global agreement to reduce environmental contamination caused by mercury”. Image: Shutterstock Share128 Tweet Email10 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/4096952 It includes a ban on new mercury mines, the phase-out of existing ones and the phase down of mercury use in a number of products and processes. By Gráinne Ní Aodha 40,764 Views Friday 29 Jun 2018, 6:15 AM 29 Comments “Placing or removing amalgam fillings can cause mercury waste to be released into the environment and that is why its use is being phased down. However, it will continue to be a treatment option for all other patients for the time being,” he said.But the fillings are safeDr Eamon Croke, who helped to produce the IDA’s patient information leaflet on this issue, stressed that dental amalgam fillings are safe.“Dental amalgam has been in use for over 150 years and its safety and reliability has been well researched,” he said.Many people who have amalgam fillings may be wondering about their safety. Many will have had these fillings for a long time and they will be working very well. Their removal is to be avoided because it usually leads to the creation of a larger cavity.He added that there would be some cases where a dental amalgam filling would still be the best option, and in those cases the dentist would explain why.Medical card patients should also note that dentists are not permitted to provide them with white fillings for their back teeth.While the use of amalgam fillings may eventually stop completely, further research and testing of other filling materials is needed before amalgam can be replaced. Short URL Jun 29th 2018, 6:16 AM last_img read more

Les réserves dhélium pourraient être épuisées dici 25 ans

first_imgLes réserves d’hélium pourraient être épuisées d’ici 25 ansMonde – Prix Nobel de physique en 1996, le professeur Robert Richardson a alerté la presse quant à l’inquiétante diminution des stocks mondiaux d’hélium. D’après les dernières estimations, ceux-ci pourraient être épuisés dans les 25 à 30 prochaines années.Gaz inerte non inflammable, l’hélium ne sert pas seulement à gonfler les ballons ou déformer les voix. Il est un gaz précieux, l’un des plus utilisés sur la planète pour refroidir les aimants superconducteurs notamment, ou dans la fabrication des cristaux liquides LCD et des fibres optiques.  À lire aussiPourquoi l’hélium change-t-il la voix ?Robert Richardson, prix Nobel de physique en 1996 et chercheur à l’université de Cornell, a tenu à alerter l’opinion quant à la diminution des réserves d’hélium, dont la plus grande se trouve à Amarillo au Texas. Elle contient près d’un milliard de mètres cubes de ce gaz, soit la moitié du stock mondial. Dans un entretien publié sur le newscientist.com, le chercheur rappelle que l’hélium est une ressource finie, qui ne se renouvellera pas quand l’humanité l’aura épuisée. Pour lui, si ce point est souvent oublié, c’est en raison du très faible prix auquel est vendu l’hélium.Robert Richardson dénonce le gaspillage de ce gaz non recyclable, issu de le dégradation radioactive des roches. Il appelle à une utilisation raisonnée, en excluant pour commencer tout usage récréatif. Le professeur préconise également d’augmenter le prix de ce gaz précieux. “Les États-Unis fournissent près de 80% de tout l’hélium utilisé dans le monde. Le problème est que ces ressources s’épuiseront dans environ 25 ans et que le gouvernement américain vend l’hélium à un prix ridiculement bas” déplore-t-il.Le 29 août 2010 à 18:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Nasa la construction du rover Curiosity bientôt achevée

first_imgNasa : la construction du rover Curiosity bientôt achevéeLa construction du rover Curiosity devrait s’achever sous peu de temps. Une fois terminé, le dispositif entamera un voyage pour Mars d’ici la fin de l’année.Le nouveau rover de la Nasa est impressionnant. Lourd d’environ 70 kilogrammes, il est capable de se déplacer sur Mars pendant une durée de 12 ans. Son secret ? Une petite pile atomique fonctionnant au plutonium 238. Pour l’heure, les chercheurs du Jet Propulsion Laboratory, finissent d’assembler les éléments et de tester l’appareil qui sera prochainement transféré au Centre spatial Kennedy.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALe lancement de l’engin est prévu d’ici la fin de l’année d’une fenêtre de tir s’ouvrant du 25 novembre au 18 décembre. Les scientifiques prévoient son arrivée sur Mars pour août 2012. Une fois sur la planète rouge, Curiosity récoltera une série de données qui serviront à déterminer si la planète rouge a un jour abrité la vie.Pour réaliser cette mission, Curiosity a été doté d’instruments beaucoup plus sophistiqués que ceux de ses prédécesseurs Spirit et Opportunity. Il dispose notamment d’un chromatographe en phase gazeuse, ainsi que d’un ensemble d’instruments pour analyser le sol, le proche sous-sol et l’atmosphère. La Nasa a retenu en tout quatre sites sur lesquels Curiosity opérera ses analyses : les cratères Holden, Eberswalde et Gale ainsi que la vallée Mawrth.Retrouvez les images du rover Curiosity sur Maxisciences en cliquant ci-dessous :https://www.maxisciences.com/nasa/decouvrez-en-images-le-rover-curiosity-en-phase-finale-d-039-assemblage_art13940.htmlLe 14 avril 2011 à 09:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Nike Unveils Adapt BB SelfLacing iPhoneControlled Basketball Sneaker

first_img Nike is elevating athletes’ performance with a new high-tech shoe: Meet the Adapt BB, Nike’s iPhone-controlled and self-lacing basketball sneaker.On Tuesday, Nike unveiled the Adapt BB in a press release, and described how this advanced shoe helps basketball players achieve the right fit on and off the court. Athletes can use the Nike Adapt app on a smartphone to adjust the sneaker’s fit settings without manually tying laces. Nike’s Adapt BB, which costs $350 and is available for pre-order on Nike’s website, will start shipping on Feb. 16.Nike developed the Adapt BB to help basketball players stay comfortable during games. According to Nike, a basketball player’s foot can expand by a half-size during play. Nike’s Adapt BB helps players with an advanced power-lacing system, the Nike Adapt app, and continually updated firmware, so they don’t have to compromise their performance to adjust shoes. Stay on target “We picked basketball as the first sport for Nike Adapt intentionally because of the demands that athletes put on their shoes,” Eric Avar, Nike VP Creative Director of Innovation, said in the press release. “During a normal basketball game the athlete’s foot changes and the ability to quickly change your fit by loosening your shoe to increase blood flow, and then tighten again for performance is a key element that we believe will improve the athlete’s experience.”Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum wearing the Nike Adapt BB sneakers. (Photo Credit: Nike)Here’s how the Nike Adapt BB works: When a basketball player steps into the Adapt BB, the shoe’s custom motor and gear train adjust themselves to keep the foot snug. Nike claims that the underfoot lacing’s tensile strength can pull 32 pounds of force to keep the foot secure. Next, FitAdapt tech helps the Adapt BB mold to the shape of the player’s foot: The player can use the Nike Adapt app or manually touch the shoe to add different fit settings and change the sneaker’s LED colors. These steps enable the sneaker laces to loosen or tighten during game play.“Being one of the first athletes to wear the shoe and being picked as a representative of the future of Nike basketball means a lot,” Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics’ small forward, said in the press release. “That the app allows the ability to put the shoe on and touch the button, change the colors, see the percentage on the battery…it’s just cool.”Visit Nike’s Adapt BB website page to learn more about specifications, sizing, and shipping information. Best Sneakers of Summer 2019Nike Adds Self-Lacing Adapt Tech to Huarache Shoe More on Geek.com:Nike Is Designing Self-Lacing Sneakers That Will Only Cost $350Nike Announces Paul George 3 ‘NASA’ Sneaker and Clothing LineNike to Release Superman-Inspired LeBron 3 ‘SuperBron’ Shoelast_img read more

Klopp admits Liverpool have been lucky

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists the team have had their fair share of luck so far this season as they remain unbeaten in the Premier League.Ahead of their game against Manchester City, the Reds should have lost the reverse fixture at Anfield as Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty with the scores at 0-0, but Klopp feels that luck is required to win titles.“You can’t go unbeaten so far if you don’t have luck,” he said, according to Goal.“You need luck.”“We have had much in the years before and not much this season, but we had these moments when Mahrez missed the penalty and then there was the goal we scored against Everton.”“But I would say that even then we deserved to win against Everton and we deserved the point against Man City – and that’s because of the consistency in the performances so far.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“The boys are completely focused. The one time you are not focused, even if you’re at 99%, you will slip. You fail. That’s how it is.”Speaking about his team’s title credentials, Klopp said:“We’re a different team. We’ve improved since last year, as we had to. These boys are of a different level and quality, that’s true. I trust them 100 percent.”“We’re all in this situation, we’re all in the same mood 100%. That’s the mood in which we go to City.”last_img read more

Luis Muriel snubbed Milan offer but happy at Fiorentina

first_imgSevilla forward Luis Muriel who is newly signed to Fiorentina says he is very happy to be with the club, as he had given his word to Fiorentina some time ago and had to snub Milan offer.The Colombia international was in Bologna airport this evening but travelled to Florence by road, where he’ll have his medical tomorrow.“I am very happy to be here,” Muriel told reporters as he arrived for a loan move with option to buy, according Football Italia.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Also, there have been rumours about how he turned down an offer from Milan, as he had given a nod of acceptance to Viola director Pantaleo Corvino.“I had already spoken to Fiorentina and gave my word to them some time ago, so now I am here. I am really eager and cannot wait to get started.”“Returning to Serie A is very important to me, as I know this style of football well. I can’t wait to get out there and start proving myself.”last_img read more

Police arrest woman accused of fatal Memorial Day weekend hit and run

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a woman who they said is responsible for a fatal hit and run during the Memorial Day weekend.Miami Beach Police have charged 33-year-old Latravia Reed with first-degree murder, grand theft, leaving the scene of a crime and fraud.According to police, Reed killed 38-year-old Steven Beech after both left a nightclub together and tried to purchase narcotics.Investigators said the victim was trying to keep Reed from leaving with his money when she ran him over on 20th Street and Liberty Avenue.Reed is also accused of trying to use the victim’s credit cards.She remains behind bars without bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

From Rakul Preet to Dhanush here is how heartbroken celebs reacted to

first_imgIndia were undone by a smart and determined Kiwi sideTwitter/Cricket World CupIndia’s failure to defeat New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final has broken the hearts of millions of fans across the world. Despite being the favourite team to lift the trophy, Virat Kohli’s team stumbled in front of the Kiwis in the knock-out game.From Aamir Khan to Amitabh Bachchan, celebrities across the country have hailed the Men in Blue for performing brilliantly to enter the knock-out stage with ease. Likewise, Tamil celebrities too have praised the team India for putting up an excellent performance in the tournament and hailed MS Dhoni, who has come under criticism from a section of fans for failing to ensure his team’s victory.India lost to New Zealand by 18 runs in the first semi-final played at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground. Chasing 240, the Men in Blue lost three quick wickets in less than 10 runs and were struggling at 92 runs for the loss of six wickets.Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni’s good partnership brought India back to the game, but the duo failed to ensure the team to cross the winning line. Nonetheless, the fight back shown by the team is being appreciated by celebs.Here, we bring to you tweets posted by Kollywood stars:Dhanush: Really proud the way our boys played, Rohit 4 his record breaking 5 centuries,Bumrah bein d spear head of our attack,Virat 4 leading us all d way till here. nd d young guns Pant, KL n also to Jadeja 4 d way he played today. Chin up boys , we are proud of u.Siddharth: At least we didn’t go down without a fight. Well played amazing #TeamIndia. And very well played #NewZealand. Was a very difficult game to watch for my heart. So close:(Karthik Subbaraj: So disheartening… But still Great fight & we all are so Proud of you #TeamIndia … Big Salute !! And somehow felt like crying to see Thala walking out after that run out…. Love you always MSD!! The LEGEND @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/CpZYhw287hCinematographer SR Kathir: Always in our hearts as Captain Cool!!! The inspiration for millions! The new meaning for determination! Our very own Thala of Cricket! Proud of u @msdhoni What a career man!!! RESPECTArchana Kalpathi: I grew up watching matches where we switched off the TV when Sachin got out. Now we are glued to the match till the very last over because we believe every last player can win it for us. Well played India Proud to bleed Blue #Always #Forever #TeamIndiaVignesh Shivan: Well played kiwis U guys were outstanding:) we want u to lift the cup.. cos u jus beat the best team in the world ! Thank u for all the entertainment Brilliant World Cup season for India:) jus one off day! It’s ok:)wanted to see @msdhoni lift the cup though but it’s ok:)Rakul Preet Singh: Huh!!! And that’s why they say anything can happen in a sport !! A good comeback attempt nevertheless !! there is always another time !! IndiaaaaaaaSuniel Shetty: Yesterday was ours, today was theirs… You win some, you lose some… Well played Team India. Will always be your FAN!Kabir Duhan Singh: We will remember this fight for a very long time . #INDvsNZL #Teamindia #CWC19R Sarath Kumar: No words, dumbfounded,can’t blame anyone,team played well, kept us in high spirits, finally the rain was the spoiler and that had the final say, semifinal played in two parts ,cheer up guys, special kudos to Dhoni and Jadeja #indiavsNewzealand @msdhoni @imVkohli #TeamIndiavaralaxmi sarathkumar: I’m sad..!! Jus very sad.. #CWC19 #TeamIndia you deserved to be in the finals… but it’s a game and at the end of the day thank you for entertaining us nonetheless.we will always love you #dhoni..n support our team forever. #indiaforever #dhoniforever #thaladhoniforlife..Pooja Hegde: Heartbreaking to see India lose today but #Dhoni you beauty, you proved today why you’re my favourite… he gives every match his all and he really tried hard to pull through for us…Much love and respect to our former skipper ❤️Madhavan: Heart broken… well tried India .last_img read more

Cleanup Efforts Continue In West Houston After Last Weeks Historic Floods

first_img 00:00 /02:31 Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 8When Melissa Alfaro noticed water rising in her garage last Monday morning, she was relieved when it looked like the rain was slowing down. So, at around 2:45, she went back to bed for a couple of hours.“But then my grandson woke up to use the potty,” Alfaro says. “And he stepped into the water when he got off the bunkbed and he started screaming, ‘There’s water in the house!’”It turns out the rain didn’t stop and the family ended up with at least a foot of water in their house, located near Clay Road and Hwy 6 in West Houston.“We actually saw snakes swimming inside the living room, so yeah, it was pretty scary,” Alfaro added. Their neighborhood was just one of many areas hit hard by last week’s devastating floods. Fast forward a week later, where Alfaro’s husband stands in the driveway, grilling dinner on the barbeque pit next to the open garage. Inside, signs of mildew are starting to show up on the sheetrock. Sitting on the curb of nearly half the homes on their block are piles of trash bags, soggy carpet, and carpet padding. The Alfaros lost most of their furniture, including the kids’ beds.The water may be out of a lot of homes, but some areas near the Addicks Reservoir are still completely submerged. On North Eldridge north of Interstate 10, for example, the road looks more like a boat ramp. Beyond the orange and white road blocks in the shadow of the Omni Hotel, the four-lane road is swallowed up by water. It’s so high that only the treetops are showing.Cecilia Valencia and her husband were on their way home from church and stopped to check out the sight. She says the road closures have made traffic brutal.“I have a friend who works right here at Conoco Philips. We live ten minutes up the road it’s taking her an hour now to get to work,” Valencia says.Further west, along Saums Rd. and Barker Cypress, plastic grocery bags and other leftover flood debris tangled in tree branches indicate how high the water had risen. As a couple of ducks paddle through what are normally soccer fields at Cullen Park, Doug Evans is about to get to work at the nearby Velodrome. His cycling organization operates the banked track inside the park, where they rent out a specialized type of bike. Because the containers holding nearly 40 cycles flooded, Evans explains, each one will have to be completely disassembled.  “All of the parts have to be taken off. Everything has to be cleaned, dried, re-lubricated, and then put back together,” he says.Back in Bear Creek Village, down the street from the Alfaro family, Michael Wilson is washing his car in the driveway. He’s lived in the neighborhood for 25 years and says he’s never seen anything like this flood.  “It is what it is,” Wilson says. “We just have to go with the flow and take care of what we’ve got.” Sharelast_img read more

What happened to the gay couple who lost everything in Grenfell Tower

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Gay couple lost everything in London tower block fire but this is how luck saved their livesLet Hawaii Happen – A Surprise LGBT Wedding videoSandi Toksvig and boxer Nicola Adams among Diva Award winnersRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/what-happened-to-the-gay-couple-who-lost-everything-in-grenfell-tower-inferno/ The official tribute will take place at midday today (14 June), with many holding a minute’s silence.The burned out shell of Grenfell Tower, as well as other London buildings, were lit green at 00:54.This was the time a fire was reported in a flat last June.Kensington and Chelsea Council said 52 households remained in temporary accommodation and 83 are in permanent homes.Another 68 are in ’emergency’ accommodation – 42 in hotels, 22 in serviced apartments, and four staying with family or friends.How gay couple survived Grenfell Tower inferno by a twist of fateAmong the survivors were a same-sex couple, Jules Ng, 31, and Lee Stewart, 30. They lived on the 21st floor, three down from the top of the tower.Speaking to Gay Star News, Jules said: ‘I was away because I was at work in Crawley, staying in a hotel, doing a four-day activity. And on Tuesday night, my boyfriend came to the hotel because it was his birthday yesterday – the day of the fire.‘Thank God he did.‘We got here at Tuesday night. And at 3am on the night of the fire, we got a missed call from the landlord.‘The vibrations woke us up, and my boyfriend called back to ask what was going on. That’s how we found out what happened.‘I went to check online, and we saw the videos and articles. We saw our building burning down. It was horrific.’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Jules Ng and Lee Stewart in their new home in Queen’s Park, Londoncenter_img A year after the Grenfell Tower inferno, many survivors are looking back at the London inferno that killed 72 people. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The management consultant and IT developer couldn’t believe the image at first.‘I just thought, “Oh my god. Is it happening? Am I seeing this right? We’re here, but think of the people inside! It’s the middle of the night, people are trapped? Our possessions, our home – seeing it burning down was horrifying.’The couple lost all their possessions.‘For me, it’s all the stuff on my laptop. I haven’t backed anything up, photos and files and documents. Both of us – I’ve got gifts from my 18th and 21st birthday that are probably lost. They were watches from my family, really beautiful watches. I barely wore them because I loved them. My boyfriend lost his LP records. He’s a big Michael Jackson fan, and he’s got lots of memorabilia. We’ve both lost personal laptops, and all of our clothes.’Surviving one year onShortly afterwards, the two volunteered at the nearby center to help sort and pack donations to be delivered to those less fortunate than them.Thanks to a JustGiving page, they managed to raise £8,567 to replace what they lost.But the couple still moved five times in the space of five months, before finally settling in a place in Queen’s Park, London.The two have traveled the world since the day they lost their possessions, including Portugal, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and Spain.This is how you can help the fire victimsThe Kensington and Chelsea Foundation is continuing to raise funds, and you can also donate clothing, bedding, toiletries to help points around the local area.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more