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  • Three Matchups To Watch In the OSU-TCU Game

    first_imgLet’s get right to work.1. The President vs. TCU Cornerback Ranthony TexadaJames Washington is a walking highlight reel that’s only gotten better since a slow day in Lawrence. And here’s the thing: teams know who he is. He’s preseason All Big 12, the only returning 1,000-yard receiver, and he had incredible games against a lot of these teams in recent years. Over the last three games, he’s averaging 130.7 yards per game, so he’s hitting a stride and now it’s time to see what one of the best defensive coaches in the league are going to throw at him.The unlucky winner of the “who has to guard No. 28 game” is likely to be junior Frog Ranthony Texada. Texada had himself a bit of a game a couple of weeks ago when he housed a stop/curl route thrown by Seth Russell, showing off his ball skills. Texada didn’t play last year in Stillwater because of injury and will be eager to prove himself against one of the nation’s best.Also, we got our hands on some footage from the practice facility in Fort Worth earlier this week where Coach Gary Patterson has mentioned that the first person to move has to guard No. 28 on Saturday.Only one way to celebrate a road win in Waco: #MannequinChallenge pic.twitter.com/elsxEbQhmz— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) November 6, 20162. Mason Rudolph vs. Horned Frog Quarterback Kenny HillYou can win a lot of games in the Big 12 if you’re ahead in the “arm(s)” race, and boy are the Cowboys enjoying that advantage this season. It’s fair to say Mason is 1-1 vs. the pair of elite throwers he’s faced (beat Mahomes, lost to Russell) and while Kenny Hill isn’t elite, he’s a ballplayer. You may remember him from opening night in 2014 when he broke Johnny Football’s single game record at Texas A&M, but the fall was hard and now he’s surfaced and earned the job in Fort Worth. After getting benched in the home loss to Tech, Kenny Hill had his best game of the season against the Bears. To give Hill a fair shake, we have to do some serious stepping back for some semblance of objectivity to see what we have here (because let’s be real, No. 2 has been lighting up defenses like a Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center). Here are some stats to compare the two: screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-3-53-38-pmHill isn’t a chump, he’s having a good season but I think you gleam more from who is around him in the standings. Passing efficiency (a number that adjusts for completion percentage, yards per attempt and touchdowns/interceptions) stats have Mason top ten in the country ahead of Mahomes and Mike Leach’s quarterback Luke Falk at Washington State, while Hill is just a hair short of beating out Jake Lanning, Iowa State’s predominantly running quarterback. Hill had a career day on the ground last week, but Mason is tied with Alabama freshman phenom Jalen Hurts and Houston’s Greg Ward, Jr. in “points responsible for” while Hill is chasing Arkansas’ Austin Allen (who runs a plodding Big 10 attack). Again, Hill can throw the rock and has an embarrassment of riches in playmakers with running back Kyle Hicks and dynamo KaVontae Turpin, but Rudolph has been “unstoppable” and the Pokes will have an edge this weekend because of it. Color me excited about this matchup.Plus, I’m not totally sure how to feel about comparing Mason to a guy who fans were saying this about three weeks ago.3. TCU Defensive End Josh Carraway vs. Cowboy Left Tackle Victor SalakoIt was an absolute revelation when Victor Salako transferred to Stillwater in the spring of 2014 when his program called it quits at UAB, especially in the wake of the devastating loss of NFL-hopeful Devin Davis in 2013.  And while last year was an adjustment, OSU’s gentle giant Victor Salako stands at 6’6” and 335 pounds and looks to be a handful for one of the conference’s best pass rushers in senior Frog Josh Carraway.We’ve missed big time chances to see what Salako can do with other productive rushers lining up at the left end spot (K-State’s Jordan Willis and KU’s Dorance Armstrong, Jr.), but not this week. While I think Mason’s improved footwork has only helped out the line, how well Salako protects the No. 2’s blindside will only help the #Rudolph2Washington connection. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

  • Mike Gundy: What’s Been Accomplished Here Is Nationally Impressive Over Last 10 Years

    first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. One of the themes of this 2016 Bedlam week is how much Oklahoma State has grown up when it comes to being recognized as a nationally-relevant program. Playing for four conference titles in six years will do that for a university.Mike Gundy, however, deflected the recognition back onto the players and fans on Monday in his press conference. It was actually a pretty cool moment.“I don’t think anybody …  would argue that over the last eight years — I forget how far back — but, that we’ve become a year-in-year-out top 20 program,” said Gundy. “So a long time ago, when we started this, my goal was to put a quality team on the field so that people that loved Oklahoma State football knew every Saturday we had a chance to win.”It’s actually better than top 20, Mike. Here are the overall college football winning percentages nationally over the last eight years. This is for all teams over 70 percent.screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-11-16-23-amOklahoma State is 12th. And it is actually 10th if you count only teams that have been in Power 5 conferences for that entire time.“For me, there’s not a lot more that I think about than what we can do to be successful tomorrow. But, I do get satisfaction in knowing that we have changed the thought process and the mental approach or the outlook for the Oklahoma State fans that have watched us for years and years.“It’s not only wins and losses, and you guys know me, but it’s what we’re doing off the field — last year we were 1,000 on our APR — our graduation rates, the success that our players have when they leave our program, all those things are important to us.“You can make comparisons, but I think what’s happened here is about as impressive as anything that’s happened anywhere in the country in the last ten years.”Eight, ten, whatever. The point is that it is amazing.We can whine and moan about how Gundy hasn’t won more Big 12 titles and hasn’t beaten OU often enough, but the reality that Oklahoma State is a top-two team in a Power 5 conference is startling. Here is my unofficial tally for top-two teams in Power 5 conferences since Gundy took over.Pac-12: USC-OregonSEC: Alabma-LSUBig 10: Ohio State-WisconsinACC: Clemson-FSUBig 12: OU-OSUThis is a world I want to live in!So yeah, maybe Mike Gundy is weird (OK, he is weird) and maybe he hasn’t taken down Bob Stoops as much as we would like. But Oklahoma State is a national force in the college football world, and that, as Gundy noted, is impressive.last_img read more

  • Recruiting Roundup: Presley Destroys Jenks, Illingworth Remains Undefeated

    first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Jenks Football has been the standard for high school programs for years not just in the state of Oklahoma, but in the region. So when a team like Bixby runs them off the field in a 57-7 win on their own turf … you know something wild went down.That something wild was the Presley brothers.OSU commit Brennan Presley followed up his six-touchdown season opener with an all-around aces performance against the Trojans. He caught two touchdowns, pulled down three interceptions, and 144 yards receiving. His younger brother, Braylin, a running back, scored four times. Here’s a look at Presley’s night: As for the rest of the OSU commits, here’s how they fared in Week 2 of the high school slate.Shane Illingworth, QBIllingworth and his Norco squad improved to 2-0 this week. He threw for three touchdowns and had 326 yards passing.Another @shane_wayne0411 TD pass right into the hands of @philesp12 🤲@norcofootball | @CowboyFB | #PrepZone pic.twitter.com/ZCzfLyrfBk— FOX Sports Prep Zone (@prepzone) September 7, 2019Zach Middleton, RBBishop Kelley star Zach Middleton and his squad opened their season Friday with a 33-14 loss to Booker T. Washington.Cole Thompson, LBThompson and Norman defeated rival Norman North 31-24.Here’s a quick look at #OKState commit Cole Thompson (@cole_thompson11) from tonight. He helped the Norman Tigers to a 31-24 win over Norman North. #OKPreps pic.twitter.com/kGqLtw0mQQ— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) September 6, 2019Other Quick-HittersBefore a visit this weekend, OL commit Cade Bennett and his Notre Dame prep team improved to a 2-0 with a win over Gilbert (Az.)After missing his entire junior season, DL commit Grant Mahon missed Denton Guyer’s game this weekend with an ankle injury.Waco Connally corner Korie Black and teammate Trent Pullen, an OL, lead team to 35-17 win over Glen Rose.Bixby corner Jordan Reagan, also an OSU commit, pulled down two interceptions in their win over Jenks.last_img read more

  • Did Sampaoli ask Messi if he should bring on Aguero?

    first_imgWorld Cup Did Argentina boss Sampaoli ask for Messi’s permission to bring on Aguero? Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 21:57 6/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Lionel Messi Sergio Aguero Argentina 2018 World Cup Getty Images World Cup Argentina Nigeria v Argentina Nigeria Lionel Messi Sergio Agüero African All Stars The Manchester City striker was introduced in the 80th minute, but it appears that the manager may have consulted the Barcelona superstar first Did Jorge Sampaoli ask Lionel Messi for permission to bring on Sergio Aguero during Argentina’s dramatic 2-1 win over Nigeria at the World Cup?The South American side needed to beat the Super Eagles in their last game of the group stage to secure their progression to the last 16, but looked to be heading out after a Victor Moses penalty had cancelled out impressive Messi’s first-half opener.With just 10 minutes left, Sampaoli had a difficult decision to make with the Manchester City star sitting on the bench having also been withdrawn in the second half of the 3-0 defeat to Croatia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar But it appears that the coach may have asked captain Messi for permission before making the call to bring off defender Nicolas Tagliafico for Aguero.Argentine news outlet TYC Sports filmed Sampaoli speaking with Messi prior to Aguero’s substitution, with the Barcelona superstar nodding his head in response to a question, believed to be “Lo pongo el Kun?” In English, that loosely translates to “Shall I put on Kun?”The Manchester City striker, who scored Argentina’s goal in their 1-1 draw with Iceland, was not involved in his side’s winning strike against Nigeria, however, with defender Marcos Rojo the hero.The Manchester United defender, inexplicably in the Nigeria penalty area in the closing stages, fired a superb volley into the bottom corner from Gabriel Mercado’s cross just moments after a brief scare with VAR for an accidental handball in his own box.The win saw Sampaoli’s team finish second in Group D, five points behind Croatia and one above Nigeria, and the Albiceleste will now face Group C winners France in the last 16.Despite the need for a late goal to earn a first win of the tournament and keep his team in it, Sampaoli feels they deserved their late fortune.”After the penalty we got nervous and were worried about not going through, but we were very happy at the end,” he said.”As I have said before, my players play with heart, they are true rebels. They had a very difficult thing to do, and this is now a good opportunity for the future.”The first half today was great. Now we need consistency in the future. We’ve managed to do so and have been able to go through. Every match is a final. We need to be cohesive to win against France.”last_img read more

  • Owen: England must avoid World Cup ‘what ifs’

    first_imgWorld Cup ‘England must have no regrets’ – Owen hopes 2018 side avoid his World Cup ‘what ifs’ Chris Burton 23:54 7/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Marcus Rashford Gareth Southgate England Belgium World Cup 2018 Getty Images World Cup England Colombia v England Colombia Harry Kane The ex-Three Lions striker admits to having been left wondering what could have been in his career and hopes similar emotions can be avoided in Russia England have been told “don’t live with regret”, with Michael Owen looking to the class of 2018 to avoid the “what ifs” which clouded his World Cup career.The former Liverpool and Manchester United striker formed part of the so-called ‘Golden Generation’ which were expected to deliver international glory for the Three Lions.They were, however, to endure several demoralising defeats on the grandest of stages, with European Championship and World Cup heartache suffered under the weight of intense expectation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar England’s class of 2018 have been freed of that pressure and performed admirably on Russian soil this summer, with Owen calling on Gareth Southgate’s side to make the most of a favourable draw and ensure that they head home free of any thoughts regarding what could have been.He wrote in a column for the Daily Mail: “I would say to the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and the rest of the squad: take this opportunity. Don’t live with regret.“Some of these players, like that trio, will probably get the chance to play in another World Cup. But you never know.“Certainly for many of the squad there won’t be another chance to play in a tournament that only comes around every four years. And they certainly are unlikely ever to be in a World Cup draw like this again.“They’re playing with confidence and style. Take that out on to the pitch against Colombia. Seize this moment and play with the flair we know that you have.“England have a huge chance now in this tournament. That’s not to say that they yet have a huge chance of winning it. But there is an opportunity to flourish and go deep into the tournament.“I spend plenty of time thinking about ‘what ifs’ when looking back on my England career. Over the next week, this team can ensure they don’t have to live with that when they’re retired.”Harry Kane Panama hattrickEngland are set to face Colombia at the last 16 stage in Russia, with the quarter-finals set to deliver a meeting with either Switzerland or Sweden.If the Three Lions are to make it that far, then talismanic skipper Harry Kane will likely have to add to the five goals he has already delivered, with the Tottenham striker proving to a global audience that he is one of the best players on the planet.Owen added on a fellow frontman: “Now the rest of the world is realising what we’ve all known for a few seasons: Harry Kane really is a world-class finisher. “Your brain panics when you know there’s a good opportunity. Your heart beats faster and your breath shortens. All of which causes you to tense up.“That’s the difference between Sterling, who will chip in with goals, and Kane, who is natural finisher and scores 30 a season.”last_img read more

  • Media Charged to Inspire Social Change

    first_img He urged greater emphasis on highlighting social issues such as good governance, poverty reduction, environmental protection and community development. Story Highlights “You, the media, have immense influence on society and have the capability to change the mindset of our nations’ citizens. Now, more than ever, the Caribbean needs media professionals, who use this power for national good,” he said. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has charged media organisations to use their platform to teach, influence, sensitise and mobilise people to build a climate of change in their societies. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has charged media organisations to use their platform to teach, influence, sensitise and mobilise people to build a climate of change in their societies.He urged greater emphasis on highlighting social issues such as good governance, poverty reduction, environmental protection and community development.“You, the media, have immense influence on society and have the capability to change the mindset of our nations’ citizens. Now, more than ever, the Caribbean needs media professionals, who use this power for national good,” he said.Minister Bartlett was delivering the main address at the Caribbean Broadcasting Union’s (CBU) Caribbean Broadcasting Awards held on August 14 at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston.The awards programme, which is in its 24th year, recognises excellence in Caribbean media.Minister Bartlett commended the CBU for its work to prioritise regionalism through information dissemination, while promoting journalism excellence.“We need, in fact, more media bodies like CBU that facilitate discussion and analyses of development issues affecting the region and its people,” Minister Bartlett noted.He also hailed the news agencies and journalists recognised. “It brings me great pleasure to celebrate the very best in Caribbean media and pay homage to those individuals and organisations whose exceptional work help to inform, educate, entertain and tell the region’s stories,” he said.President of the CBU, Gary Allen, saluted the entrants for promoting the best of the profession.“In our industry, if you are committed to ensuring that our democracies remain strong in the work that you do, you know that you are all winners,” he said.The award ceremony, under the theme: ‘Building Resilience to Climate Change: Business, Content and Technology Options for Caribbean Media,’ recognised broadcast material from 2017.There were more than 180 submissions from over 12 countries in the English, Dutch, French and Spanish-speaking Caribbean, including entries selected by the public through online voting for the People’s Choice Award.Great Belize Productions Limited and the RJRGleaner Communications Group were the big winners, each copping awards in categories including best in: climate change; coverage of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support; documentary; magazine; news item; investigative report and disaster resilience.Both media entities also won the inaugural Golden Conch Shell Award. Entrants for this category submitted a portfolio of at least four publications (television, radio, print or digital) exhibiting outstanding coverage of events or issues that had regional impact or significance.Winners received trophies and cash prizes of US$500 each.Attendees included Vice President of the CBU, Amalia Mai; Chief Executive officer of Public Media Alliance (PMA), Dr. Sally- Ann Wilson; Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica, Professor Anthony Clayton; Executive Director of the Commission, Cordel Green; among others.last_img read more

  • Sensitise people to stop power theft Mayor

    first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim has urged Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation ( CESC) to hold camps in every locality to prevent theft of power.He was addressing an awareness drive programme at Metiabruz on Friday. He said some people in connivance with the touts are tapping power from CESC’s supply lines for their benefit. “This is very risky and some people have died while doing this,” he maintained. Hakim said if somebody dies due to the fault of CECC, then the organization is bound to pay compensation to the person. But no compensation is paid when some accident takes places leading to loss of life while tapping power from the CESC’s main line, he said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe regretted that in Kidderpore and Garden Reach two people died while tapping power. Hakim urged senior officials of CESC to hold awareness camps in every locality and to provide electricity connections. “Many people are reluctant to take CESC line as they have to pay deposit money to CESC and submit some documents on the basis of which connection is given to them. Just to avoid this people resort to unfair means,” he said adding drives should be conducted to create awareness. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayTapping electricity line from CESC is a major issue in many areas. This cause additional pressure on the electrical transformers which become inoperative. It takes several hours for CESC to repair the fault and sometimes the transformers have to be changed causing inconvenience to the residents. In the fringe areas the problem is every more acute. CESC officials said camps will be held in different localities urging people to take CESC connection and avoid tapping of power which is both illegal and risky. Mobile vans with public address system will visit the areas to create awareness.last_img read more

  • BC Liberals stand corrected on claims IamLinda was NDP plant

    first_imgKELOWNA, B.C. – British Columbia’s Liberals say they “stand corrected” on claims the NDP planted a woman at an election campaign event to confront Christy Clark.The brief encounter last week between the woman and Clark has generated a buzz on social media as the hashtag #IamLinda became a rallying point on Twitter for people who oppose the B.C. Liberal government.When asked Wednesday if they believe the woman was an NDP plant, the Liberals issued a short statement that says: “We’re happy to stand corrected.”A video posted online last week shows Clark in a North Vancouver market shaking hands with a woman who introduces herself as Linda and says she would never vote for the premier and begins to explain why.Clark then cuts her off.“You don’t have to. That’s why we live in a democracy,” Clark says before walking away.“Thanks goodness. Hopefully you won’t get elected in,” the woman calls after her.Two people connected to Clark’s campaign later accused the woman of being a New Democrat plant and tweeted a picture of her with Nicholas Simons, a New Democrat member of the legislative assembly for Powell River-Sunshine Coast.The Clark encounter went viral and has been shared or retweeted thousands of times on social media. The hashtag had been used more than 34,500 times on Twitter by Wednesday at midday.In its statement, the Liberals say: “As the premier said, we are fortunate to live in a democracy where we are able to respectfully disagree with each other.”Clark said she didn’t know the answer when asked earlier this week what evidence workers on her campaign had for claiming the woman was an NDP operative.“You’ll have to speak to the people who tweeted that out,” she added.Voters go to the polls in British Columbia on Tuesday.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

  • Government commits to move away from Phoenix and build new pay system

    first_imgOTTAWA – The federal Liberals say the flawed Phoenix pay system is destined for the ash heap — and the government will spend $16 million over the next two years looking for a replacement that can rise in its place.The commitment to begin development of a new pay system is included in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s latest budget and comes just one day before angry civil servants were set to protest the second anniversary of the launch of the problem-plagued system.Starting in April, the government will begin efforts “on a way forward on a new pay system” in consultation with technology providers, pay system experts and public service unions.In the meantime, the budget provides a sobering estimate of just how long it will take — and how expensive it will be — to deal with problems created by the current pay system.The budget sets aside an additional $431.4 million over six years to fix existing pay problems for more than 300,000 workers.Since its launch in February 2016, tens of thousands of federal employees have been underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.The government says it will also consider changing tax laws so civil servants who are dealing with pay issues are not forced to pay taxes they may owe on mistaken overpayments until their pay problems are resolved.The budget also opens the door to a potential settlement of lawsuits that have been launched as a result of the pay debacle.At least one civil service union is hailing the budget measure as a positive step.last_img read more

  • Should we presume consent on organ donation

    first_imgAre you an organ donor? Are you sure? Because while the vast majority of Canadian say they support organ donation, when it comes to following through… somehow the paper gets lost, or the call never gets made, or the conversation with loved ones never happens. So a new bill in Nova Scotia aims to change that by presuming consent to donation unless citizens in the province opt out. If it becomes law, it would be the first of its kind in North America.This approach has been tried and failed before, so will it succeed now? If it does, what happens if a deceased person’s relatives object to his or her presumed consent? How long are the waitlists for organs in Canada right now and will this help? And crucially… what’s behind that lack of follow-through from the majority of Canadians? What’s causing us to preach it publicly but back out in private?GUEST: Andre Picard, health reporter, The Globe and MailAudio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_04152019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

  • The Elders Voice Alarm At New Israeli Settlement Law

    first_imgThe Elders today expressed alarm at new measures adopted by the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, on 6 February that retrospectively recognise Jewish settlements in the occupied territories that are built on confiscated Palestinian land.
 
The so-called “Regularisation Law” constitutes a provocative violation of international law that further blights the chances of a just and durable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
 
It runs directly against UN Security Council Resolution 2334, passed in December 2016, which reaffirms that “the cessation of all Israeli settlement activities is essential for salvaging a two-state solution, and calls for affirmative steps to be taken immediately to reverse the negative trends on the ground that are imperilling the two-state solution”.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, said:“This law is highly damaging both to the prospects for peace in the region, and to Israel’s international reputation as a state that respects the rule of law. Prime Minister Netanyahu should show leadership to overturn this law, paying heed to the objections of Israel’s Attorney General, broad segments of Israeli society, and members of his own Likud Party.”Gro Harlem Brundtland, Deputy Chair of The Elders and Prime Minister of Norway at the time of the Oslo Accords, added:
 
”All settlements on occupied Palestinian land are illegal under international law – whether or not Israel chooses to recognise them. Settlements are a major obstacle to the two-state solution, which must be based on the 1967 border. I am dismayed by this new law, which aggravates existing tensions and compounds injustice, making the prospects for peace more remote.”The Elders note that these measures are only the latest in a series of actions by Israel in support of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, including the approval last month to build 600 new homes in settlements in East Jerusalem. Such actions violate international law and are prejudicial to peace.last_img read more

  • Sun Life Financial beats market expectations for latest quarterly earnings

    first_imgTORONTO – Sun Life Financial Inc. has reported that its profits rose in the latest quarter, beating market expectations due in part to growth in its wealth businesses.The Toronto-based company, primarily known for its life insurance, reported net income for the quarter ended Dec. 31 of $641 million or $1.05 per share, compared to $560 million or $0.91 per share in the same quarter last year.Thomson Reuters analysts had estimated $634 million in net income or $1.02 per share.CEO Dean Connor says Sun Life’s fourth quarter capped off a year of improved momentum in a number of fronts, including the launch of new digital offerings in Canada and the continued building out its wealth and asset management businesses.Sun Life’s revenue was $8.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to $2.4 billion last year.The insurer says the increase was largely due to the decreases in interest rates in the fourth quarter in 2017 compared to increases in interest rates in the same period in 2016.Companies in this story (TSX:SLF)last_img read more

  • Marrakech Airshow 2016 to Take Place in April

    Rabat – The 5th Annual International Exhibition of Aerospace Industries will be held from April 27 to 30 at the Royal Air Force military base in Marrakech.Under the patronage of King Mohammed VI, the fifth Annual International Exhibition of Aerospace Industries Marrakech Airshow 2016 will provide a great opportunity for businesses and investors to display their newest projects.This four day exhibition, which has now become a global meeting of industrialists of aeronautics and space in Africa, expects over 20,000 visitors. This year, the Marrakech Airshow expects more than 200 exhibitioner from over twenty countries to present their new innovations in the aerospace industry.According to the organizers, this ehhibition is part of “Morocco’s strategy to develop its aviation base and strengthen the aviation sector, notably in terms of industrial investment and technology transfer.”After the success of the four previous editions, the Marrakech International Airshow has grown in size and credibility. This airshow is welcomed by many big names in the global aviation industry.The organizers added that “These aircraft manufacturers see Morocco as the gateway to the promising African market for civilian, military aviation and business aviation.” read more

  • Spanish police arrest 7 after Uber Cabify cars attacked

    BARCELONA, Spain — Police in Barcelona say they have arrested seven people on suspicion of attacking cars that work with ride-hailing apps like Uber and Cabify as part of a protest by taxi drivers.The attacks occurred Friday night after taxi drivers announced an indefinite strike protesting a regional government plan to regulate the ride-hailing services that they argued was too lax.Catalan public television showed images of protesters trashing cars allegedly used by app-hailing services. One group reportedly smashed a car’s windows while the driver was inside.Emergency services said they treated a driver after he suffered an anxiety attack when his car was attacked by a group of men.Taxi drivers are continuing to block a major street in downtown Barcelona on Saturday.The Associated Press read more

  • Rif Protests Mourners of Accused Activists Father Demand Release of All

    Rabat – Hundreds of mourners have attended the funeral of Rif protest activist El Mortada Iamrachen’s father in Ajdir, near Al Hoceima, on Friday.Mourners marched in procession while the deceased was taken to his burial. Media reports indicated that throughout the march no political chants were heard.However, once the deceased was buried, mourners went in a demonstration to demand the release of Rif protests detainees and denounce the government’s attitude towards the region. Iamrachen was released to attend his father’s funeral after he was detained for allegedly “praising terrorism.” Following his release, Rif protests detainees defense team revealed that he will be prosecuted on provisional liberty while he awaits trial in July.The former Salafi and moderate activist is being prosecuted based on fake news propagated by some media outlets which claimed that Iamrachen tried to smuggle weapons into the Rif from Libya.His arrest has been widely criticized as the activist is known for his moderate stances. Unlike hard-core leading activists of the protests movement, Iamrachen was in favor of dialogue with the government.Ninety-three protesters and activists have been arrested since the situation in Al Hoceima and its nearby areas escalated in May.Leading activists of the movement are currently under detention in Casablanca where they are facing serious charges including “undermining state security” and “undermining citizen’s loyalty to state institutions.”Calls for their release has become a top priority for the eight months of protests in the region demanding social and economic justice. read more

  • Fiat Chrysler recalls over 660K trucks steering could fail

    DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler is recalling over 660,000 heavy-duty trucks worldwide because a loose nut can cause a loss of steering control.The recall covers Ram 3500 pickups from 2013 through 2017, as well as 2500 pickups and 3500 Chassis cabs from 2014 through 2017.The company says it’s aware of eight crashes and one injury that could be related.READ MORE: Fiat Chrysler recalls pickups; power steering can failFiat Chrysler doesn’t have a date yet for owners to be notified. Dealers will inspect a steering linkage nut. If it’s properly tightened it will be welded to a sleeve to keep it in place. If it’s loose, a steering assembly will be replaced.Most of the trucks are in the U.S. and Canada.The Associated Press read more

  • Moroccan Minister Sues Website Rejects Damning Allegations in Bouachrine Case

    Rabat – Moroccan Minister of State for Human Rights, Mostapha Ramid, has been accused of advising Toufiq Bouachrine’s defense to pressure plaintiffs by Moroccan newssite Barlamane.com.Amid the allegations by the Moroccan website, Ramid announced via Facebook that he would sue Barlamane.com for false reporting. Barlamane.com suggested that Ramid advised Bouachrine’s defense to delay their client’s trial, allowing more time to pressure plaintiffs to withdraw their charges. The Minister of State has denied all allegations. Journalists reported that Ramid would advise Boucharine’s defense, also claiming that Ramid coerced lawyers in Meknes and Tetouan to defend Bouachrine’s interests. He also advocated that the Moroccan lawyers maintain the right to recourse with foreign lawyers.Barlamane.com argues that the Minister of State failed in his duty to promote neutrality in Bouachrine’s case. In response, the Minister posted to Facebook, indicating his intention to sue the site “which has been used invent lies” against him.Bouachrine is the director of Moroccan newsource Akhbar Al Yaoum. He was arrested February 24 on charges of sexual assault, rape, and human trafficking filed against him. He appeared before the court yesterday, the first of several court dates ahead. read more

  • Canada renews CHOGM threat

    On the move to impeach the Chief Justice, Roy said that Canada continues to follow developments with regard to the case very closely. “It speaks to broader issues of concern, including judicial independence. We are deeply troubled by recent reports of intimidation of judges in Sri Lanka, and reiterate the importance of judicial independence. This means ensuring that judges are allowed to conduct their work professionally, in accordance with the law, and without any form of political interference,” the Foreign Ministry spokesperson told The Sunday Leader. The spokesperson also said that Canada is ‘deeply troubled’ by recent reports of intimidation of judges in Sri Lanka, and reiterate the importance of judicial independence. In a renewed threat, Canada says Prime Minister Stephen Harper will not attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka next year unless there is an improvement in the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.Canadian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Chrystiane Roy told The Sunday Leader that the Canadian government feels the Sri Lankan government continues to fail victims and survivors of the war. Harper had initially made the threat in September last year to boycott the meeting and one year on the Canadian government feels that there is still no progress on the human rights issue on the ground.Heads of government from the Commonwealth are scheduled to attend the key conference in Sri Lanka next year. Chrystiane Roy quoted Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird as saying recently that the Sri Lankan government must finally put the people of the country first.His comments were in response to the report by a UN panel on the action taken by the UN during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka.“Canada also notes the Secretary General’s comments and will work with the international community to ensure mistakes made in Sri Lanka are not repeated,” Roy quoted the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister as saying. “Prime Minister Harper has clearly stated that unless there is significant progress on political reconciliation, accountability and respect for human rights in Sri Lanka, he will not attend the CHOGM hosted by Sri Lanka in 2013,” Roy said. read more

  • Heroes of 1818 UvaWellassa rebellion declared patriots

    President Maithripala Sirisena today declared 82 heroes of the 1818 Uva-Wellassa rebellion, who were sentenced to the capital punishment and were expatriated, as patriots.The President signed the gazette declaring the 82 heroes of the 1818 rebellion as patriots at a historic ceremony named ‘Uththamaabhiwandana’, which was organized by the Department of Government Information. It was held at the Magul Maduwa in Kandy. Chief Prelates of Malwatta and Asgiriya chapters, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Ministers, Parliamentarians, and family members of the heroes of the 1818 rebellion took part in the event. (Colombo Gazette) read more

  • Gunman with pushchair shoots man outside primary school

    first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A police cordon near St George's Primary School, Penilee, Glasgow, following a shooting near the school The man suspected of shooting Mr Monaghan has been described as wearing a blue padded jacket, blue jeans, a dark woollen bobble hat and a woollen scarf covering his face. There was no child in the buggy he was pushing.Chief Inspector Simon Jeacocke said: “We do believe it was a targeted attack but nonetheless this took place near to a local primary school at the start of the school day, when the area was busy with parents dropping off their children.”Although it would appear that there was an intended victim, anyone could have been injured as a result, putting young children and innocent people at risk.”He said the pupils were safe in school but additional police patrols would be provided in the area to provide additional assurance in the coming days.Roads leading to the school were cordoned off yesterday as a forensics officer combed the pavement outside the building. Detectives were also studying CCTV footage and conducting door-to-door inquiries. A police cordon near St George’s Primary School, Penilee, Glasgow, following a shooting near the schoolCredit:PA A gunman pushing a child’s buggy has shot a key figure in Scotland’s bloodiest gangland feud outside a primary school.The culprit shot Ross Monaghan, 35, who had just dropped his child off at St George’s RC Primary School in Glasgow’s south side. He was later discharged from hospital after treatment for a shoulder wound.Armed officers and a police helicopter rushed to the scene after gunshots were heard outside the school at around 9.05am. Police Scotland later confirmed they were treating the attack and attempted murder and they were not ruling out it being linked to gangland crime.Mr Murnaghan is a member of the Lyons crime gang and was cleared at the High Court in Glasgow in May 2012 of the murder of Kevin “Gerbil” Carroll in an Asda car park in Robroyston. A turf war with another gang over drugs has resulted in several murders in the north of the city in recent years.After a loud bang was heard, the suspected gunman made his escape and police arrived at the scene along with concerned parents. A witness told STV News she heard a loud bang “like a firework” while waving goodbye to her son.Mohammad Almfauani, 33, was taking his two daughters, to school when he saw a man being shot by another man close to the school gate around 9am.He told STV: “This was actually my two daughters’ first day at the school, I can’t believe this has happened. I stopped my car not far from the school gate and was about to let my daughters out when I spotted two guys walking towards the gate.”I thought one of the guys, couldn’t have been that old, was carrying a gun. I was thinking that the guys must just be playing as this was really close to the school gate.”I wasn’t sure if it was real or not but I told my kids to wait in the car just in case. But then I saw the guy shooting the other, it was so loud. I knew then that it was real. The guy ran up the opposite end of the street from me and I thought I saw him put the gun away but I can’t say for sure.”last_img read more