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Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Team news & TVAtletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Team news & TV

first_imgAtlético Madrid v Real Madrid Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Goal 17:15 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Karim Benzema Antoine Griezmann Atletico Real Madrid UCL 10052017 Getty Atlético Madrid v Real Madrid Primera División Real Madrid Atlético Madrid The Madrid derby will be played for the first time in the Wanda Metropolitano with both sides needing wins to keep touch at the Liga summit Madrid’s famous derby breaks new ground on Saturday as Atletico Madrid welcome rivals Real to the Wanda Metropolitano for the first time.The clash, always a tense 90 minutes of football, takes on great importance for both sides after less than scintillating starts to the season.  Madrid -3 19/20 with dabble Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player To put it simply, neither team can afford a defeat that could see them fall further behind La Liga pace-setters Barcelona.But who will triumph in the maiden Wanda derby clash? Game Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid Date Saturday, November 18 Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Antoine Griezmann Atletico MadridIn the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football and by stream via Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on beIN Sports and by stream via beIN Sports Connect. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Atletico Madrid players Goalkeepers Oblak, Moya, Werner Defenders Godin, Filipe Luis, Savic, Vrsaljko, Lucas, Juanfran, Gimenez Midfielders Partey, Koke, Saul, Carrasco, Fernandez, Gaitan, Gabi Forwards Griezmann, Torres, Correa, Vietto, Gameiro Diego Simeone has a fully fit squad at his disposal for the derby and he will hope striker Antoine Griezmann can return to form after some disappointing displays of late.With Diego Costa unable to feature for Atleti until January due to the club’s transfer ban, Angel Correa is in line for a start alongside Griezmann on Saturday.Potential starting XI: Oblak; Juanfran, Godin, Savic, Lucas; Gabi, Partey, Koke, Saul; Correa, Griezmann. Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Casilla, Luca, Moha Defenders Vallejo, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Theo, Achraf Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Llorente, Asensio, Isco, Ceballos Forwards Ronaldo, Benzema, Vazquez, Mayoral There are still plenty of injury niggles for Zinedine Zidane to contend.Gareth Bale is still out with a hamstring problem and will play no part against Atletico, while Keylor Navas is back in training, but not yet ready to return and Mateo Kovacic also needs more time to recover from his injury.Better news sees Dani Carvajal available again after a heart problem, while Luka Modric is also in contention despite being described by Zidane as “off-colour” in training on Thursday.Potential starting XI: Casilla; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Isco; Ronaldo, Benzema.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Cristiano Ronaldo Real MadridMadrid are 5/4 favourites to win, according to dabblebet , with Atletico priced at 23/10 and the draw available at 12/5.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets. GAME PREVIEW Diego Simeone Atletico Madrid 2017There is more at stake than usual on Saturday as Zidane’s men make the trip to Atletico’s shiny new home for the first time.Neither Madrid nor their bitter rivals have been in great form so far. The Merengue have fallen eight points behind Barcelona at the Liga summit and currently share third place with Atletico, sitting ahead currently on goal difference. After such a spectacular start to life on the Bernabeu bench Zidane is now feeling the pressure a little, and three points at the Wanda Metropolitano would be more than welcome. Real must beware, however, as they will be facing up against another coach who will be desperate for victory. Diego Simeone’s place as a Colchonero legend is beyond question, but he cannot help but be worried by the slump his team have entered in this, his seventh season in charge. While league results have been slightly under-par, Atletico face the added disappointment of an underwhelming Champions League campaign that may end prematurely if they do not get their act together in the final two group games. A win over Real could serve as to kick start their spluttering season, meaning Zidane can take absolutely nothing for granted in this must-see derby.last_img read more

Brockie’s goal drought doesn’t worry SundownsBrockie’s goal drought doesn’t worry Sundowns

first_imgMamelodi Sundowns Mamelodi Sundowns pleased with Jeremy Brockie despite goal drought 22:38 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jeremy Brockie, Mamelodi Sundowns Backpagepix Mamelodi Sundowns PSL Brockie is yet to fully hit the ground running since joining Downs, but the technical team is willing to give him all the time in the world to settle Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach Manqoba Mngqithi says the technical team is satisfied with Jeremy Brockie’s contribution so far, saying the lanky striker needs more time to settle to his new surroundings.The 30-year-old hasn’t found the back of the net in all domestic competitions since October 2017, but that is not a cause for concern for the Brazilians. Sundowns advanced to the Last 16 of the Nedbank Cup when they beat the National First Division side Cape Town All Stars 1-0 at the Athlone Stadium in Cape Town last Friday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mngqithi, who deputized for the suspended Pitso Mosimane against Cape Town All Stars, is adamant that the New Zealand-born marksman will soon rediscover his old form. “We are very satisfied with what he has done,” Mngqithi told the media. “You must remember, it’s been a very short space of time he’s come in from a team that plays very differently from us, and that adaptation period doesn’t take a short period of time. I’m sure you know what he can do, and that is the reason why we have him,” he said. Brockie has been warmly welcomed Sundowns and the only thing missing now is his first goal for the 2016 African champions.He moved to South Africa in 2014, and since his arrival, Brockie is the country’s top goalscorer with 54 goals.Brockie has made four appearances for Downs this year, playing in three league game against Cape Town City, Kaizer Chiefs and Platinum Stars, while the other appearance came in the Nedbank Cup against All Stars in Cape Town.He will be hoping to score his first goal if he selected to play in their next league game against Free State Stars on February 21 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.last_img read more

10 months agoEx-Spurs boss Redknapp: Arsenal, Chelsea NOT title contenders10 months agoEx-Spurs boss Redknapp: Arsenal, Chelsea NOT title contenders

first_imgEx-Spurs boss Redknapp: Arsenal, Chelsea NOT title contendersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp feels there’s three genuine contenders for the Premier League title this season.Liverpool currently sit six points clear of Spurs and seven of Manchester City.And Redknapp believes it is a three-horse race.“I think it’s a three horse race,” he told talkSPORT. “Liverpool are the favourites now which is a big turnaround.“But Tottenham are in great form at the moment and they are genuine title contenders.“Spurs are still in it, you can’t write them off. They are bang there, the way they are playing at the moment.“I can’t see anybody else getting into it.“I watched Arsenal yesterday and they are nowhere near in my opinion.“I know they’ve had injuries, but at the back they are still very poor.“And Chelsea are just so reliant on Eden Hazard. Without him you couldn’t really see them challenging, they’re still short of a frontman.“So really, I think there are three runners and I think it will be very tight.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Twinkle Khanna on reply to PM Narendra Modi: Only party I endorse has vodka shots and a hangoverTwinkle Khanna on reply to PM Narendra Modi: Only party I endorse has vodka shots and a hangover

first_imgTwinkle Khanna on reply to PM Narendra Modi: Only party I endorse has vodka shots and a hangoverTwinkle Khanna clarified that just because she responded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments about her in a recent interview does not mean that she is endorsing the ruling party.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 26, 2019UPDATED: April 26, 2019 14:35 IST Twinkle KhannaTwinkle Khanna has clarified that her response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks are not an endorsement of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. The only party she is likely to endorse involves vodka shots and a hangover, she joked.”Nothing more, nothing less – A response does not translate into an endorsement. The only party I am likely to be a part of at this point would involve liberal amounts of vodka shots and a hangover the next day. #PartyingShot,” the actress-turned-author wrote. A screenshot of Twinkle Khanna’s tweetOn Wednesday, Akshay Kumar turned interviewer for a “candid and completely non-political” conversation with PM Narendra Modi. During the conversation, the prime minister joked that he is the reason for the actor’s happy married life.”Main aapka bhi Twitter dekhta hoon aur Twinkle Khanna ji ka Twitter dekhta hoon. Kabhi kabhi toh mujhe lagta hai ki woh mere upar gussa nikaalti hai Twitter pe, toh uske kaaran aapke parivaarik jeevan mein badi shaanti rehti hogi. Unka pura gussa mujpe nikal jaata hoga isliye aapko araam rehta hoga. Toh is prakaar se main aapke kaam aaya hoon,” PM Narendra Modi laughed.Twinkle, who is known to speak her mind without mincing any words, replied, “I have a rather positive way of looking at this. Not only is the Prime Minister aware that I exist but he actually reads my work,” she wrote.Akshay revealed in an interview with Hindustan Times that PM Narendra Modi’s light-hearted dig at Twinkle put him in a tight spot. “I did not know where to look. I was stumped by his wit, and the very sporting manner in which he said it. I didn’t know what to reply. I could only laugh embarrassingly and I thought to myself – ‘ek taraf biwi, ek taraf desh ka Pradhan Mantri. Both have powerful portfolios in my life. It’s best to stay quiet,'” he said.advertisementALSO READ | Akshay Kumar tells PM Narendra Modi: I wanted to be a martial arts teacher but landed up in actingALSO WATCH: PM Modi has non-political chat with actor Akshay Kumar at 7 Lok Kalyan MargGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Akshay KumarFollow Twinkle KhannaFollow PM Narendra Modilast_img read more

James Bond’s Creator Ian Fleming Found Inspiration in Jamaica and So Can YouJames Bond’s Creator Ian Fleming Found Inspiration in Jamaica and So Can You

first_img1. Fleming Villa Aerial View 2. Bedroom of the Fleming Villa 3. Al fresco bath at the Fleming Villa 4. The freshwater pool (not pictured: the salt water pool) and beach 5. Tropical cocktails aplenty at Bizot Bar 6. Hardcore lounging on a white sand beach 7. One of the Lagoon Cottages 8. A Beachside Villa 9. Just an example of one of the many activities on offer 10 Best Books by Ernest Hemingway, Ranked Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini Take a Peek at Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Swanky Miami Retreat The tropical environs of Jamaica proved a mighty muse to Ian Fleming. As a commander during World War Two, he was assigned to patrol the island for U-Boats and fell so hard for the place he vowed to return post-war. When he did in the ’50s, he built a bungalow on a lush swathe of land and dubbed it GoldenEye after one of his wartime operations.All of this is laid out in the book GoldenEye: Where Bond Was Born­, which describes in detail Fleming’s relationship with Jamaica. It was here that he conceived of the man who made him famous, James Bond. His series of 007 novels was banged out on his trusty typewriter while on an annual two month sabbatical from his day job at the Sunday Times. The book Dr. No is set in Ochos Rios, where GoldenEye is located, and its film adaptation was shot in the area.Today, the writer’s five-bedroom villa is dutifully preserved, his writing desk as he left it, and ready to be occupied for a price. It’s part of record exec Chris Blackwell’s luxe GoldenEye resort. Added to the property and slightly more affordable are 22 additional units, including villas bordering either the beach or lagoon, and six lagoon-side cottages.To give a sense of the exclusiveness of the resort, one just needs to look to the trees lining the gravel driveway, all generously donated by illustrious guests such as Kate Moss, Johnny Depp and Bill Clinton. Its extravagance befits a discerning special agent (circa the Daniel Craig era) who favors La Perla bathing trunks, Church’s oxfords, and bespoke Tom Ford suits. Both villas and cottages feature private gardens with outdoor showers, handmade linens, and Logitech sound systems.Perhaps, while taking a dip in one of two pools (fresh and salt water), lying on the white sand beach, or launching a kayak from your private dock, creative lightning will strike as it did for Fleming and you’ll write the next great American novel. You can also attempt to stay upright while paddleboarding, perfect your crow pose in a sunset yoga class, or catch your dinner with the help of a local fisherman. Or if you prefer a more sedentary itinerary, just kick back, soak up the sun, catch female guests attempting to recreate Ursula Andress’s sexy, dangerous entrance, and save your strength for the Bizot Bar, where you’ll need to resist the urge to order a martini.Speaking of Bizot, in addition to being the place to sip on Bond-approved cocktails, the beachside restaurant also serves casual Jamaican fare. If you prefer your food fancy, there is the Gazebo, where you can dine al fresco on a terrace overlooking the lagoon and catch the sunset, while eating lobster and jerk chicken. Not a bad way to end the day.It’s certain that Fleming’s GoldenEye was more rustic than this deluxe iteration, but Blackwell’s GoldenEye is a suitable Bond lair and offers a licence to chill (sorry, couldn’t resist).center_img Welcome to Funner, California (Yes, It’s a Real Place) For Sale: The Stunning Bahamian Island Where Fyre Festival Didn’t Happen Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Montego Bay Trio to Receive National AwardMontego Bay Trio to Receive National Award

first_img Jevon Lewis, Aristel Saint-Joy, and Lloyd Nelson will receive the Badge of Honour for Gallantry for their courageous efforts in rescuing five persons, including a baby, after heavy rains flooded roads and buildings in St James in November of last year. Story Highlights Jevon Lewis, Aristel Saint-Joy, and Lloyd Nelson will receive the Badge of Honour for Gallantry for their courageous efforts in rescuing five persons, including a baby, after heavy rains flooded roads and buildings in St James in November of last year.The three will receive their award at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony, scheduled for Monday (October 15), National Heroes Day, on the lawns of King’s House.Mr. Saint-Joy, a 22-year-old barber at Groomer’s Barber Shop on Union Street, Montego Bay, who hails from Anse-d’Hainault, Grand’Anse, Haiti, moved to Jamaica in 2014. He resides in Spot Valley, St. James, with his wife and two young daughters.Thirty-eight-year-old Nelson, also a barber, lives at Hart Street, Montego Bay, and works at Shantia’s Salon (two doors down from Saint-Joy’s barber shop). He is the father of three children, and sometimes moonlights as a singer.For his part, 27-year-old Lewis, who hails from Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, has been making a living as a fruit vendor on St. James Street, Montego Bay, for five years and is the proud father of a four-month-old son.Wednesday, November 22, 2017 seemed like a regular rainy day to all three gentlemen. However, what they thought was a light drizzle turned into a lot more.“I was at work waiting for the rain to stop, but then I looked outside and I noticed the water was rising and persons were being evacuated from nearby buildings,” Mr. Saint-Joy told JIS News.To the alarm of everyone in Groomer’s Barber Shop, the water started coming closer and closer to the shop’s door.Two doors down in Shantia’s Salon, Mr. Nelson also noticed the rain falling heavily, but thought nothing of it until water started rising and threatened to flood the salon.“The rain was falling, but no one really thought there would be a flood. The rain fell for hours and hours until I saw the water rising, but people still did not take it seriously. When the water got to the steps (of the salon), persons still did not get alarmed, but then the water got to the doorway and persons decided that now was the time to evacuate,” Mr Nelson states.As the rain continued to fall, flood waters continued to rise, so intense was the flooding that the staff at the salon retrieved their valuables and were forced to find refuge on the roof of the building.Mr. Nelson, however, stayed back to save some appliances at the salon, wading in and out in waist-deep water to save as much as he could. However, a chilling cry stopped him in his tracks.“Someone on the roof cried, ‘ova deh suh, ova deh suh!’ pointing across the street to the Union Street Auto Shop. I knew there was a young lady working there who recently had a baby, plus she had a young daughter as well. Both were with her in the building,” Mr. Nelson informs.The Barber notes that he saw the young woman and her children leave earlier, but did not know they had returned.Mr. Nelson tells JIS News that he did not spare a second thought, and swam his way towards the auto shop, dodging floating cars and debris on the way across, determined to rescue the woman and her children.Meanwhile, Mr. Lewis, who usually sells on Deer Lane but found himself on Union Street that day, also heard the cries from the persons on the roof and swam in the direction of the auto shop, joining Mr. Nelson, who was already on the scene.Jevon Lewis prepares a papaya to be sold from his fruit stall. He will receive the Badge of Honour for Gallantry for his courageous efforts in rescuing five persons, including a baby, after heavy rains flooded roads and buildings in St James in November of last year.Mr Nelson says he tried opening the door to the auto shop to take the trapped persons out, but to no avail.“I tried to use a gas drum that was at the doorway to break the glass door, but it was not working. So I took my merino (undershirt) off, wrapped it around my hand and broke the glass,” he tells JIS News.“When I got access, I was handed the baby first, the baby girl seemed at the time to be about five months old. I realised there were still two women and two children inside – a little girl and boy – for me to take out,” Mr. Nelson recalls.Meanwhile, as Mr. Saint-Joy’s colleagues made their way to the roof of the Barbershop, he and another co-worker stayed behind to secure some of the shop’s appliances. However, something caught their attention across the street.“I saw a rescue attempt taking place across the street, so my co-worker and I offered our assistance,” Mr Saint-Joy states.He then swam across the street and proceeded to assist Mr. Lewis and Mr. Nelson in the rescue of the women and children, helping them to climb to the roof of the auto shop and a nearby wall.Except for one of the ladies sustaining a large wound to her foot after stepping on broken glass from the shop’s door, any other injuries sustained by the five persons were minor.Mr Nelson states that since the rescue last year, he has been called a hero. However, he does not see himself that way, as he did what any well-thinking person would do – saved another human life.Lloyd Nelson grooms the hair of a client at Shantia’s Salon in Montego Bay, St. James. He will receive the Badge of Honour for Gallantry for his courageous efforts in rescuing five persons, including a baby, after heavy rains flooded roads and buildings in St James in November of last year.“When everyone started to call me a hero, I did not feel like one. I just knew I was doing something good, and it’s a good feeling to have saved them and, hopefully, someone would have saved me if I was in that position,” he tells JIS News.Mr. Saint-Joy states that he did not think twice about his heroic deeds, as he believes that is what he was meant to do. “I feel like it’s my job to help people,” he states.On their pending National Honours, all three men expressed gratitude for the recognition.“I feel good about it and I really appreciate it,” Mr. Saint-Joy tells JIS News.Mr. Nelson states that during a walkthrough to assess the damage to downtown Montego Bay, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, commended him on his bravery.A few weeks later, one of the women he rescued wrote to the Prime Minister detailing his courageous acts.“A couple weeks later, I got a call from the Prime Minister’s secretary, who told me I was going to receive a National Award, and I was very happy and grateful,” Mr Nelson expressed.All three men have seen the persons they rescued, all of whom continue to express gratitude to the heroes.“I have seen the mother of the baby; she told me thanks and the child’s father not only thanked me but also bought me a top-of-the-line shear, and I really appreciate it,” Mr Nelson notes.For his part, Mr. Saint-Joy says he is looking forward to taking his family to the awards ceremony. Mr. Lewis has opted to take his mother, while Mr. Nelson stated that he will be making the journey to Kingston alone.When asked if they would go through their daring rescue again, dodging floating cars and debris in murky, dangerous waters, all three men gave a resounding yes. Mr. Saint-Joy, a 22-year-old barber at Groomer’s Barber Shop on Union Street, Montego Bay, who hails from Anse-d’Hainault, Grand’Anse, Haiti, moved to Jamaica in 2014. He resides in Spot Valley, St. James, with his wife and two young daughters. The three will receive their award at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony, scheduled for Monday (October 15), National Heroes Day, on the lawns of King’s House.last_img read more

VIDEO: Moving a Sea Giant into PlaceVIDEO: Moving a Sea Giant into Place

first_imgThe 13,000 TEU boxship NYK Hyperion, built in 2013, called at Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk, Poland, on Tuesday, September 1st, thus becoming the fourth ship pertaining to the G6 Alliance to call at the container terminal within a new service added to the port.The video features the containership’s arrival at the terminal with the assistance of two tugs that pulled the mega structure to the berth.Earlier this year, six of the world’s leading container shipping companies comprising the G6 Alliance (APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Hapag-Lloyd, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line) decided to extend their Loop 7 service to the Baltic adding Gdansk to their ports of call. Gdansk is the only port on this section of the Baltic Sea capable of handling ships with a capacity exceeding 13,000 TEU.The service operates on the following route: Qingdao – Shanghai (Yangshan) – Hong Kong – Yantian – Singapore – Rotterdam – Hamburg – Gdansk – Gothenburg – Antwerp – Southampton – Singapore – Yantian – Qingdao, and the alliance’s vessels will dock regularly at Gdansk once a week.The DCT terminal is undergoing major construction work which will soon double its handling capacity to 3 million TEU per annum in the first phase of its expansion.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

ICC World Test Cship Security delegation from Sri Lanka Cricket to visitICC World Test Cship Security delegation from Sri Lanka Cricket to visit

first_imgKarachi: A two-member security delegation of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC)will reach here on Wednesday to decide if it is safe for its national team to tour Pakistan in October for a round of the ICC World Test Championship. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani said that the Sri Lankan delegation will visit the grounds and hotels where the teams will stay in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad besides meeting the board, police and security officials. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh He said the Sri Lankan board has said it would take a final decision on sending its team to Pakistan for the two-Test series based on the report by its security delegation. “The Sri Lankan security delegation will be in Karachi on 6th August and then travel to Lahore and Islamabad,” he confirmed. Top test teams stopped touring Pakistan after terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009. The Sri Lankan team was in the middle of a Test match and was going to the Gaddafi stadium when its bus came under attack. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Since then no Test matches have been played in Pakistan neither a full bilateral series although Zimbabwe, Kenya, ICC World Eleven, Sri Lanka and West Indies have come for short visits to Lahore and Karachi to play limited over games. Mani said he was confident the Sri Lankan board would give due consideration to PCB’s request to play the ICC Test Championship matches in Pakistan. Mani said that the PCB’s thrust was now to convince other boards to send their teams to Pakistan and said the top officials of Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board will also be visiting the country soon.last_img read more

NRC Gogoi wonders how excluded people could move Foreigners TribunalNRC Gogoi wonders how excluded people could move Foreigners Tribunal

first_imgGuwahati: Senior Congres leader of Assam Tarun Gogoi on Sunday wondered how the government asked the 19.07 lakh people left out of the final NRC list to move the Foreigners Tribunals for inclusion of their names as they have not been declared foreigners.After 19.07 lakh people did not find their names in the final National Register of Citizens published on Saturday, the Assam government asked them to appeal to the Foreigners Tribunals and said the administration would provide legal support to the Indian citizens who were left out. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In places of the Foreigners Tribunals, Gogoi called for setting up an appellate body headed by a retired Supreme Court judge to hear the cases of those excluded in the NRC. State Congress president Ripun Bora said those left out can move the Foreigners Tribunal in 120 days but the Centre must clarify from who will issue the speaking order in this case and from when the period of 120 days would start. “Foreigners Tribunals are for declaring people foreigners and they would make appeals there. So why should the excluded people go to the Foreigners Tribunals on their own? They have not been declared foreigners by the government,” Gogoi told a press conference. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KGogoi was the chief minister of Assam when the NRC updation process began in the state in 2015. He referred to the announcement of the government that those excluded from the NRC list will be able to move the Foreigners Tribunal to get themelves included, and as long as one’s plea remains sub-judice, the person cannot be treated as a foreigner. “It’s going to be harassment for the people. It will be a long drawn process, moving from one court to another, to get themselves included in the NRC. If they are not satisfied with the Tribunal’s verdict, they have to go to the high court and then the Supreme Court”, the Congress leader said.last_img read more

The Tuesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top storiesThe Tuesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Tuesday, July 18———FEDS UNVEIL PLANS TO CLOSE TAX LOOPHOLES: The federal government is proposing measures to tighten loopholes for private corporations that it says enable many Canadians to “unfairly” cut down how much tax they pay. Finance Minister Bill Morneau unveiled plans Tuesday designed to prevent some business owners from using legal strategies to shield part of their income in order to gain tax advantages. Even Morneau himself, who had a successful business career before entering politics, admitted that if the changes are introduced, he will likely pay more taxes going forward. The possible changes include steps to prevent business owners from using their private corporations as a way to shift their income among family members subject to lower personal tax rates — even if those relatives are not involved in the business. The federal government also released proposed changes to target those who gain tax relief through passive investment income, which enables corporate owners and employees to make one-time investments from $100,000 of pre-tax income and retain them for 10 years.———TRUDEAU STICKING BY SUPPLY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will continue to defend the supply management system that protects the Canadian dairy industry in talks on revamping NAFTA. A U.S. House subcommittee raised the long-standing trade irritant at its hearing on North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations today, suggesting Canadian measures to protect the industry will be a sticking point. Congressman Ron Kind, a Democrat from Wisconsin, says he does not want to jeopardize a crucial trading relationship with Canada. However, Kind says the system should be “fair and balanced” and he does not believe that is currently the case. The Trump administration released a summary of its objectives for the new NAFTA on Monday, which include seeking better access for its agricultural exports. Trudeau says Canada has signed significant trade deals with Europe, North America and elsewhere while still protecting the supply management system and will continue to do so.———TRUMP’S NAFTA PUSH WORRIES CANADIAN RETAILERS: The CEO of Harry Rosen Inc. says it would be a catastrophe for Canadian retailers if Ottawa gave in to U.S. demands to raise the value of goods American stores can send to Canada tax and duty free. The U.S. is calling for the so-called de minimis threshold to be increased from C$20 to a “value comparable” to its US$800 limit. The request is one of the American administration’s objectives for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Larry Rosen says it would create a huge disadvantage for Canadian retailers, who must charge taxes and whose goods would become comparatively more expensive as a result. He says it would be a boon for U.S. border towns, like Buffalo, as Canadian retailers including Harry Rosen would move a chunk of their businesses, like warehouses, south of the border. Canada’s de minimis threshold has remained the same since 1985, but is a hotly debated topic with some lobbying government to increase the figure, while others staunchly oppose a change. The Retail Council of Canada has advocated against raising the amount, saying even a small increase could lead to job losses.———CACHE CREEK, B.C., RESIDENTS PREPARE TO GO HOME: Residents of Cache Creek, B.C., are thrilled to be heading home after being rushed out by a fast-moving wildfire, but fear an uphill battle in repairing the community’s tourism economy. Lisa Balouch, manager of the Sunset Motel, says the loss of 11 days of visitors is significant, not only to hotels but also to restaurants, gas stations and other businesses dependent on tourists. More than 40,000 people remain out of their homes as 155 wildfires burn across the province. Cache Creek, located in the province’s Interior with a population of about 1,000, was the first major community to be evacuated after the wildfires broke out July 7. Officials said while the 520-square-kilometre Ashcroft fire continues to grow and burn out of control, the imminent threat to Cache Creek has diminished and residents can return starting Tuesday. But the village will remain on evacuation alert, meaning people must be prepared to leave again at a moment’s notice.———LOTTERY WINNER DONATES TO B.C. WILDFIRE RELIEF: A British Columbia lottery winner says he will donate some of his cash to the province’s wildfire battle. Jason Labby of Kamloops won $500,000 playing the Extra on the July 7 Lotto Max draw. Labby hasn’t said how much he will donate but that a portion of his winnings will help people affected by scores of wildfires. Labby also intends to use his windfall to buy a home. Another item at the top of his bucket list is to “relax more.” About 40,000 people have been ordered out of their homes by wildfires that have scorched more than 1,880 square kilometres of timber, bush and grassland since the wildfire season began on April 1.———SEARS CANADA GETS OK TO START LIQUIDATION SALES: Liquidation sales at dozens of Sears Canada locations slated for closure could begin as early as this week after an Ontario court signed off on the plan Tuesday. The sales can start Friday and run no later than Oct. 12 with the deep discounts happening only at the 59 department and Sears Home stores that have been slated for closure. Sears lawyer Jeremy Dacks told the hearing to approve the plan that it was “crucial” the retailer be permitted to begin sales of its merchandise, furniture, fixtures and equipment as soon as possible so it could “maximize” benefits for its stakeholders. The majority of the sales will be overseen by a third-party liquidator with current employees being asked to stay on the job until the sales are complete and the locations are shut down. Sears Canada has been operating under court protection from creditors since June 22 when it announced its plan to shutter 59 stores and cut approximately 2,900 jobs.———AUDIT FLAGS ISSUES WITH VETERANS’ FUNERAL BENEFIT: Veterans Affairs Canada is promising action after an internal audit found the families of some recently deceased veterans may not be getting the funeral benefits they deserve. Veterans who died because of their military service or whose survivors can’t afford a proper burial are eligible to have some funeral costs covered. How many families aren’t getting that money wasn’t in the audit, but it did say the estates of only a fraction of the roughly 21,000 veterans who die each year are being assessed to determine whether they qualify. That includes 3,000 veterans who were receiving disability benefits when they died, but whose families were never contacted about whether they were eligible for financial help with the funeral. The audit also raises concerns that veterans who were homeless, poor, single or widowed when they died were more at risk of being overlooked than others. Veterans Affairs, which has long struggled with complaints from veterans about difficulties obtaining support and services, says it is now looking at ways to ensure more access to the program.———FORMER CANADIAN SKI COACH TO APPEAL SEX-CRIME CONVICTIONS: A former high-performance Canadian ski coach convicted of 37 sex-related charges involving the exploitation and sexual assault of his young female students is appealing the verdict. Bertrand Charest’s lawyer argues the trial judge erred in several instances and that his client should be acquitted on all charges or granted a new trial. Quebec court Judge Sylvain Lepine called Charest a sexual predator when he convicted him last month on charges involving nine of the 12 women who’d accused him. The crimes date back more than 20 years when he trained aspiring professional downhill skiers. Charest, 52, was acquitted on 18 of the charges, while the court said it didn’t have jurisdiction over two other counts that happened abroad. The 57 charges included sexual assault, sexual exploitation and one of sexual assault causing bodily harm. Charest has been detained since his March 2015 arrest and the sentencing phase of his case is set to begin Aug. 23.———TRUMP SIGN REMOVED FROM LUXURY HOTEL: The “Trump” sign is no longer on the Trump International Hotel and Tower in downtown Toronto. Workers removed the sign from the 65-storey tower Tuesday. U.S. President Donald Trump never owned the building, but the Trump Organization ran the hotel and licensed his name to it. The building’s owner, JCF Capital, announced a deal last month that would see the U.S. president’s name removed from the property. It’s unclear when the name will be changed, and the company’s website still lists the property as bearing the Trump name. Trump-branded properties, including a recently opened tower in Vancouver, have been the target of protesters angry about the U.S. president’s policies.last_img read more

2016 census reveals anglophone population in Quebec rising despite language laws2016 census reveals anglophone population in Quebec rising despite language laws

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s English-speaking community has grown more in the past five years than during any census period over the last four decades, says the executive vice-president of the Association for Canadian Studies.Census data from 2016 that was released Wednesday shows the percentage of Quebecers whose first official language spoken is English increased to 14.4 per cent from 13.5 per cent between 2011 and 2016.While immigration data from the census has not yet been released, Jack Jedwab said the increase in Quebec’s anglophone population is likely due to more immigration as well as fewer people leaving the province for other parts of Canada.“I think we can safely assume, if we look at historic trends, that when there is political and economic stability, the out-migration from Quebec diminishes,” he said. “That, combined with immigration, are probably the two factors that explain why we see this growth in English speakers.“This is the most significant increase of any five-year census report we’ve seen in the last 40 years.”English as a mother tongue increased in Quebec to 9.6 per cent last year from nine per cent in 2011, while English as a language spoken at home rose to 19.8 per cent from 18.3 per cent over the same period.First official language is defined by Statistics Canada as a citizen’s primary language between English and French.The agency defines mother tongue as a citizen’s first language learned at home in childhood and still understood by the individual.While anglophones might be more numerous in Quebec, the director general of an organization that links more than 50 English-language community groups in the province says services in the language are still lacking.“We still worry about our schools,” said Sylvia Martin-Laforge of the Quebec Community Groups Network. “And we also worry about the quality of services to the English-speaking community in health care.”Quebec’s strict language laws, which bar francophones from attending English-language schools, are a major reason why English school board attendance is falling, she said.She added that anglophone parents are also increasingly choosing to school their children in French, while speaking English at home.What would give a significant boost to anglophone institutions, Martin-Laforge added, is if the government permitted immigrants from British Commonwealth countries who moved to Quebec to attend English schools.Jedwab said the overall number of francophones in Quebec has increased since the last census, but that the percentage has fallen.The percentage of people who listed French as a mother tongue decreased to 78.4 per cent in 2016 from 79.7 per cent in 2011.With a population of roughly eight million, Quebec has more than one million people whose first official language spoken is English, according to the census.Quebec nationalist activists said the census numbers represent a disaster for Quebec francophones.Eric Bouchard of the Mouvement Quebec francais said the province needs to “end institutional bilingualism” in order to help preserve the French language.That involves ending all English-language services delivered by the state.“When you phone a public department and you are told: ‘For English press 9’ — that means there is no need for anyone who lives here to learn French,” he said.He suggested paying newcomers $400 a week to take French lessons so immigrants aren’t tempted to immediately enter the workforce without the necessary language skills to earn a good job.“After one year everyone who comes here will know French and can find good jobs in French,” he said. “That’s inclusion.”Bouchard said the decline of the French language needs to be taken as seriously as climate change.“If nothing is done, French will be over,” he said. “The francophone elites need to take their head out of the sand.”last_img read more

Your Chance To Challenge Hugh Jackman To Squash In NYCYour Chance To Challenge Hugh Jackman To Squash In NYC

first_imgHere is your chance to see if you have what it takes to battle Wolverine on the court!CharityStars is partnering with Hugh Jackman to offer one lucky fan the chance to go head-to-head with Wolverine in a singles squash match in New York City. All proceeds of the auction will benefit Hopeland, a charity started by Hugh’s wife that is very near and dear to their heart.An estimated 25 million children in the world are growing up apart from their families. While governments and non-government organizations provide a range of services to support these vulnerable children, few try to prevent parent/child separation by targeting root causes. The absence of preemptive strategies is immensely costly for children and their families, and drives wasteful spending on band-aid and often harmful solutions.Hopeland is a non-profit organization that believes that every child belongs in a family. They want a world where every child grows up in a family with all of the protection, love and opportunities that strong families provide. All money raised will go to the FAMILY campaign which will conduct a landmark experiment to evaluate the impact of cash transfers as a cost effective solution to address the drivers of family separation, and improve the overall well-being of at-risk children and families, with a special focus on female-headed households with more than two dependent children.The auction – which runs until December 21 – can be found here.last_img read more

Michael Bublés son doing well after cancer treatmentMichael Bublés son doing well after cancer treatment

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Singer Michael Bublé’s wife says their 3-year-old son, Noah, is “well” following treatment for cancer in Los Angeles.Speaking at a news conference Monday in her native Argentina, actress Luisana Lopilato said in Spanish that Noah has a long recovery ahead of him. She says the experience has made her value life more. “Thank God my son is well,” she said.The family last shared an update on Noah in February, when they said he was progressing well in his battle against the disease. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook Media reports quote Lopilato, who married Bublé in 2011, as adding, “When things like those that happened to us occur, your take on life changes. Now I value life much more, the now and the today.”“I would like to thank people for their support, for the prayers they said, for their love. And I want them to know that they reached us and that it helped us a lot to come through this.”last_img read more

School District 60 provides construction update on Anne Roberts Young schoolSchool District 60 provides construction update on Anne Roberts Young school

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a School District 60 Board meeting on Monday, Staff provided an update on the construction progress of the new elementary school Anne Roberts Young.Assistant Superintendent of Special Projects, Doug Boyd, says the progress is coming along at a good pace, with portions of the school, such as the gym, already erected.“If anyone had the opportunity to drive by, it’s pretty exciting as we’re actually seeing a building now. Part of the precast has been erected for the daycare, music room, and gym areas.” According to Boyd, structural steel will be delivered to the site starting this week with the installation taking place next week following the May long weekend.“Structural steel is arriving this week. The erection of that will start the following week after the long weekend.”The new elementary school received the name Anne Roberts Young at a School District meeting in April, named after Fort St. John’s first registered nurse.The new elementary school is being constructed from across the Fort St. John Hospital at a cost of $31.3 million. Construction started in 2018 and is expected to be complete by the Fall of 2020.last_img read more

UN urges greater assistance for foreigners camped in Tunisia after fleeing LibyaUN urges greater assistance for foreigners camped in Tunisia after fleeing Libya

The United Nations refugee agency today called for greater assistance for foreigners who entered Tunisia after fleeing violence in Libya, after several people died in a fire in a border camp and in clashes that broke out during protests to demand resettlement.On Sunday night, a fire at the Choucha border camp killed four Eritreans and destroyed 20 tents. At the time of the fire, more than 4,000 refugees from Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan were staying in the camp, Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.On Monday, a large group of the former migrant workers and refugees from Libya surrounded the UNHCR office at the camp demanding immediate resettlement. They also made death threats to the UNHCR staff, forcing them to leave the premises.The demonstrating refugees angered the local Tunisian community when they blocked a main road on Tuesday morning and clashes broke out between various groups in the camp that left at least two other people dead. Some 500 locals joined in the violence and tents were looted and burnt, and many camp residents fled into the desert before the Tunisian authorities were able to restore order.“We are again calling on donor and resettlement countries to contribute additional help for the humanitarian evacuation programme carried out by IOM (International Organization for Migration), and to offer additional resettlement slots for refugees,” said Ms. Fleming.UNHCR led a small inter-agency team to Choucha on Wednesday which found that two-thirds of the camp had been looted or destroyed. Many of the camp’s residents lost most of their possessions and are currently staying in makeshift tents or out in the open.“Efforts to ease tension are currently under way,” said Ms. Fleming. “UNHCR staff have been meeting with representatives of all communities in the Choucha camp, as well as with the Tunisian central and local authorities. Security at the camp, as well as finding separate solutions for migrants and refugees are at the top of the agenda,” she added.Meanwhile, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the health situation in the besieged Libyan city of Misrata remained critical although fighting is currently less intense. There has been no reliable information on casualties as no proper medical records could be kept during the fighting, WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva.He added, however, that an average of 12 deaths and 70 injuries are believed to have occurred daily in six existing hospitals in Misrata at the height of the fighting.Mr. Jasarevic said that there has been shortages of specialized nursing staff, mostly in operating theatres and intensive care units, as well as lack of midwives and dialysis nurses.“Doctors specializing in areas such as nephrology, neurology, psychiatry, oncology, paediatric cardiology and maxillofacial surgery are also needed. Many doctors have worked continuously for more than 80 days, almost round the clock and are exhausted. In addition, most have not received the salaries.”Shortages of such medicines as chemotherapy drugs, anti-tetanus, anti-toxoid drugs, as well as most children’s vaccines and antibiotics have reached critical levels, according to Mr. Jasarevic.Libya has been engulfed by fighting since a pro-democracy movement opposed to the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi emerged in February following similar protests in Tunisia, Egypt and other countries across North Africa and the Middle East. 27 May 2011The United Nations refugee agency today called for greater assistance for foreigners who entered Tunisia after fleeing violence in Libya, after several people died in a fire in a border camp and in clashes that broke out during protests to demand resettlement. read more

WatchThis is precedentsetting First Nations poised to challenge Nova Scotias marijuana monopolyWatchThis is precedentsetting First Nations poised to challenge Nova Scotias marijuana monopoly

Chief Bob Gloade of Millbrook First Nation said the community has invested in a cannabis company and is considering opening a storefront.“We’re focusing on the retail side of it going forward and we’re working on details in that respect,” he said, adding that for now the community isn’t considering launching its own production.“We’re still looking at a couple of years out before we’ll start seeing the benefits from an economic standpoint … but it will have a significant impact,” Gloade said.Sipekne’katik Chief Michael Sack did not respond to multiple requests for comment, but Rebagliati confirmed that he met with the community leader in March and again this week.Sipekne’katik First Nation in Indian Brook, N.S., has plans to grow cannabis and sell it directly to consumers, while Millbrook First Nation is considering retail locations, bypassing the provincial Crown corporation slated to control sales once the drug is legal on Oct. 17. ROBERT F. BUKATY / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS McGill University law professor Mark Walters said the situation raises important and controversial legal and constitutional issues.“Legal conflicts on this point are bound to flare up in many places across Canada,” he said in an email, noting it appears many First Nations are making plans to grow and sell cannabis.Walters, the F.R. Scott Professor of Public and Constitutional Law, said it’s difficult to say whether provinces have the right to prevent First Nations from selling cannabis on reserve.He said the “orthodox” legal answer would be that provincial laws on cannabis sales will apply on reserves, unless a First Nation could show that regulating the sale of cannabis was a custom, practice or tradition integral to its distinctive culture, which might be extremely difficult to do.However, Walters said there’s a strong argument that federal law protects a much broader right to Aboriginal self-government than the courts have so far acknowledged.“There is considerable room here for an interpretation of the law that would acknowledge Indigenous rights of self-government over this issue,” he said. Peter J. Thompson/National Post In Nova Scotia, the sale of pot will be government-controlled.“We have said all along that our approach to legalization is through a public health lens and that we will start well-regulated and tightly controlled,” a Department of Justice spokeswoman said in a statement.“At this time, we are not considering a retail model outside of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation.”The province’s stringent stance doesn’t appear to deter First Nations communities, with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs indicating it is exploring the economic opportunities of cannabis.Rebagliati said the Mi’kmaq community in Indian Brook has a strong plan, and he’s put together a “gold-medal team” to help them reach their goal.“The model is to go seed to sale and that boosts the margins quite substantially and gives them a competitive edge,” he said from B.C. “They came to me with their ideas and they are super progressive.“First Nations are looking for job opportunities and economic opportunities for their people, and this is a new industry that has a lot of those opportunities and potential for substantial financial gain.”First Nations are looking for job opportunities and economic opportunities for their people, and this is a new industry that has a lot of those opportunities and potential for substantial financial gainRoss Rebagliati HALIFAX — Nova Scotia First Nations appear poised to take on the province’s marijuana monopoly — including one Mi’kmaq community that has enlisted Olympian Ross Rebagliati to roll out a “seed to sale” cannabis operation.Sipekne’katik First Nation in Indian Brook, N.S., has plans to grow cannabis and sell it directly to consumers, while Millbrook First Nation is considering retail locations, bypassing the provincial Crown corporation slated to control sales once the drug is legal on Oct. 17.The government says selling cannabis from a privately owned storefront will remain illegal in Nova Scotia, but Rebagliati argues that First Nations lands are federal jurisdiction and they are within their rights to set up dispensaries.One Indigenous group is already capitalizing on the cannabis marketSenators say yes to marijuana bill, but with dozens of amendmentsFirst Nations entrepreneurs big winners of Manitoba cannabis planThe disagreement could set the stage for a potential constitutional showdown over cannabis sales.“This is precedent-setting,” Rebagliati, a gold-medal snowboarder, cannabis expert and entrepreneur said in an interview this week after his second visit to the Mi’kmaq community formerly called the Shubenacadie First Nation. “It’s rather unfortunate (the province) is taking that route.”Canada’s provinces and territories have opted for one of three retail models for over-the-counter cannabis sales: Private, public or a hybrid of the two.Ross Rebagliati of Canada skis to victory in the first-ever Men’s Giant Slalom snowboarding competition Sunday Feb. 8, 1998 in Yamanouchi, Japan. A Nova Scotia First Nation has enlisted Olympian Rebagliati to roll out a “seed to sale” cannabis operation that appears poised to challenge the province’s marijuana monopoly. read more

Turkish miner who survived says company to blame last of 301 bodiesTurkish miner who survived says company to blame last of 301 bodies

Miner Cetin Esmer speaks to the Associated Press as he joined fellow miners and their children to commemorate the Soma mine accident victims and protest the government’s labor policy in Savastepe , Turkey, late Friday, May 16, 2014. A Turkish mining company defended its safety record Friday, four days after over 250 people died in an underground blaze at its coal mine in western Turkey.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel) Turkish miner who survived says company to blame; last of 301 bodies found by Desmond Butler, The Associated Press Posted May 17, 2014 7:24 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAVASTEPE, Turkey – Miner Erdal Bicak believes he knows why so many of his colleagues died in Turkey’s worst mining disaster: company negligence.And he knows one other thing — he’s never going back down any mine again.Bicak, 24, had just ended his shift Tuesday and was making his way to the surface when managers ordered him to retreat because of a problem in the Soma coal mine in western Turkey. Workers gathered in one area to hastily put on gas masks.“The company is guilty,” Bicak told The Associated Press, adding that managers had machines that measure methane gas levels. “The new gas levels had gotten too high and they didn’t tell us in time.”The miner also said government safety inspectors never visited the lower reaches of the Soma mine and have no idea of how bad conditions get.Government and mining officials have insisted, however, that the disaster that killed 301 workers was not due to negligence and the mine was inspected regularly.Akin Celik, the Soma mine’s operations manager, has said thick smoke from the underground fire killed many miners who had no gas masks. High levels of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide have also been a problem for rescue workers as well.Bicak, whose leg was badly injured and in a cast, recounted his miraculous escape late Friday while at a candle-lit vigil for Soma victims in the town square of nearby Savastepe.On Saturday, rescue workers retrieved the bodies of the last two miners missing in the disaster, putting the death toll at 301, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said.He said 485 miners escaped or were rescued.“Until today we had focused on search and rescue efforts. Now we will be focusing on investigations, on what will happen about production,” Yildiz said.“The true cause of the accident will be assessed … through different dimensions,” he added. “There will be lessons to draw for the mining world.”Public anger has surged in the wake of the Soma coal mine fire. Police used tear gas and water cannon Friday to disperse protesters in Soma who were demanding that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government resign.On Saturday, police increased security in Soma to prevent new protests and detained lawyers who scuffled with police after objecting to identity checks, NTV television reported. The lawyers came to offer legal advice to the victims.In Istanbul, police using their shields and batons pushed back a small group of protesters trying to leave some coal near a monument at the city’s main square, Taksim, in a show of solidarity with the Soma victims, the Dogan news agency reported.Recalling his ordeal, Bicak said he ended up about a kilometre (.6 miles) underground with 150 people Tuesday afternoon when he heard an explosion. He said they were given old oxygen masks that he thought hadn’t been checked in many years.Bicak and a close friend tried to make their way to an exit, but the smoke was thick. The path was narrow and steep, with ceilings so low the miners couldn’t stand up, making it difficult to leave quickly. He and his friend took turns slapping each other to stay conscious.“I told my friend ‘I can’t go on. Leave me here. I’m going to die,’” Bicak said. But his friend said to him, “‘No, we’re getting out of here.’”Bicak eventually made it out of the mine with his friend — by then lapsing in and out of consciousness. He said he lost many friends and out of the 150 miners he was working with, only 15 made it out alive.Company officials have claimed safety standards were high, that there were gas sensors at “50 locations” and that all employees were provided gas masks.“We have brought (the mine) to the level of one of the most advanced mines in Turkey regarding safety,” Alp Gurkan, chairman of Soma Holding, told reporters at a news conference in Soma on Friday.The Milliyet newspaper said Saturday it saw a preliminary report by a mine safety expert who went into the Soma mine that suggested smouldering coal caused the mine’s roof to collapse. The report said the tunnel’s support beams were made of wood, not metal, and there were not enough carbon monoxide sensors.Labour Minister Faruk Celik said investigations have been launched by both prosecutors and officials but “there is no report that has emerged yet.”Bicak said the last inspection at the Soma mine was six months ago. He said mine managers know that government inspectors only visit the top 100 metres (yards) of the mine, so they just clean up that part and the inspectors never see the narrow, steep, cramped sections below.Mine owners are tipped off up to a week before an inspection, said Ozgur Ozel, an opposition lawmaker from the Soma region who has criticized the government for not adopting the International Labor Organization’s convention on mine safety.Bicak says his mining career is now over.“I’m not going to be a miner anymore. God gave me a chance and now I’m done.”___Suzan Fraser contributed from Ankara.___Follow Desmond Butler at read more

Production shines in summer sunProduction shines in summer sun

Car production in July climbed 4.6 per cent to 140,793 units Output for the year-to-date was up 1.2 per cent Export production rose by 9.5 per cent in July and 7.8 per cent year-to-date July CV output on par with last year Provisional output data released today by the Office for National Statistics show that: Production figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that: July 2003 CV production dipped 0.5 per cent on July 2002 Output up 1.3 per cent over seven months to July on the same period last yearFor more on July car and CV production, please download the press release by clicking on the link below.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Mens volleyball Topranked Buckeyes to face conference opponents Quincy and Lindenwood overMens volleyball Topranked Buckeyes to face conference opponents Quincy and Lindenwood over

OSU redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Lesson goes to serve in the set against No. 4 Long Beach State. OSU won 3-1. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Lantern ReporterThe top-ranked Ohio State Men’s volleyball team (13-0, 4-0 MIVA) is set to play two matches this weekend. Friday they will face Quincy University (3-8, 1-4 MIVA) and Saturday they will take on Lindenwood University (0-11, 0-6 MIVA).After setting the program’s longest win streak with its 33rd straight victory, OSU now sits four games shy of Loyola University’s 40-game win streak set in the 2014-15 seasons. Two wins this weekend would bring OSU that much closer to the national mark.The all-time record of 47 straight wins was set by UCLA in 1983-1985.“Honestly, and I don’t know if people believe this, but I don’t think about that at all,” said redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Leeson. “It’s not something that I go into each match thinking about. It’s something to defend and we’re going to the best of our ability continue to do that, but I don’t think I add any pressure on myself more than I already do.”QuincyThe Quincy Hawks come to Columbus having only beat the Buckeyes twice in the 53-game history, and having never beat OSU inside St. John Arena. The Buckeyes have only lost 14 total sets against the Hawks since the teams first met in 1993.The trip to Columbus will be a homecoming for Ohio natives redshirt junior setter Thane Fanfulik and senior middle blocker Jarrod Kelso, both from Hilliard, Ohio, and junior outside hitter Anthony Winter from Olmsted Falls, Ohio.Kelso and Winter are slotted in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots in kills per set for the Hawks with 2.10 and 1.70 kills, respectively. Fanfulik comes into the matchup averaging 7.21 assists per set.“I think the challenging thing for us is that we just got to stay focused,” OSU coach Pete Hanson said. “We can’t play down to the level of the opponent. When we talked about that in practice this week about ‘Hey, we got to set a standard and play to our standard.’”LindenwoodIn OSU’s short history with the Lindenwood Lions, the Buckeyes have won all eight matches. Despite its historical dominance against the Lions, OSU is not looking past them this weekend.“They’re young,” Hanson said. “They haven’t won too many matches, but they could come in and just create problems by playing hard and playing with energy if our guys don’t respond. So, we’ve talked more about our response to that physically and mentally and playing our game.”Lindenwood has two players ranked in the top-five in four statistical categories within the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Junior libero Ryan Vorderer is ranked No. 4 in digs per set with 2.25. Lindenwood’s freshman middle blocker Sam Schindler has the fifth-best hitting percentage in the conference at .332, and holds the No. 2 spot in blocks per set and aces per set with 1.16 blocks per set and 0.42 aces per set.Schindler trails OSU senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson, slotted in the No. 1 spot, and OSU senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, slotted in the No. 2 spot, in hitting percentage. Johnson, attacking at a rate of .442, earned his third straight MIVA Offensive Player of the Week honor on Tuesday, becoming the first player since Shawn Sangrey in 2011 to win the award in three consecutive weeks.OSU begins the weekend’s play against Quincy on Friday at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena. On Sunday, the Buckeyes take on Lindenwood in St. John Arena at 4 p.m. read more