Olympic Flame on its Way to Rio

first_imgATHENS— The Olympic flame is now in the hands of the organizers of the Rio de Janeiro Games. The handover too place in Athens on Wednesday, exactly 100 days before the opening ceremony in Brazil.Dressed as a high priestess, actress Katerina Lehou led the brief ceremony at the Panathenaic Stadium, a horseshoe-shaped marble venue where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.Lehou, who lit the flame in Ancient Olympia last week, used a torch to light a cauldron inside the Athens stadium.The flame, placed in a lantern, was handed over to Greek Olympic Committee president Spyros Kapralos, who, in turn, passed it to Rio Games organizing head Carlos Nuzman.Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who is fighting impeachment over allegations of erroneous budget figures, declined an invitation to visit Greece for the lighting ceremony and start of the Olympic torch’s six-day journey around Greece.During the Aug. 5-21 Games, Nuzman said, Brazilians would come together in celebration.“Our mission, dear friends, is bigger than Brazil itself. We represent all the peoples of South America,” he told a crowd of several thousand Athenians.In a highlight of the Greek torch relay, the flame made a symbolic stop Tuesday at a United Nations-run refugee camp in Athens. The torch was carried by Syrian refugee Ibrahim Al-Hussein.After Wednesday’s ceremony, the flame will travel to Switzerland, where it will visit the United Nations building in Geneva and the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.The flame will reach Brazil next Tuesday, starting in the capital of Brasilia. Organizers say it will reach most of the vast country’s 200 million population, covering 20,000 kilometers (12,000 miles) by road and 16,000 kilometers (10,000 miles) by air to reach hundreds of cities and towns in a giant effort involving 12,000 torchbearers.The torch will reach Rio’s Maracana Stadium for the opening ceremony on Aug. 5.“We will take the Olympic experience to every corner of our country, to every state capital,” Nuzman said. “When you arrive in Rio there will plenty of music, poetry and excitement. … Rio is ready to deliver history.”DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

In The Spotlight – New South Wales Country Mavericks

first_imgIn the ninth edition of In The Spotlight, the New South Wales Country Mavericks’ Steph Halpin speaks about her team’s preparation in the lead up to the Elite Eight. How does it feel to be a part of the 2011 Elite Eight series?It’s a pretty big honour to be playing in the inaugural Elite Eight series. Being part of a competition that shows the most elite players across our country is definitely a great experience for me and a great showcase for the aspiring Touch players out there!How is your team’s preparation going in the lead up to the event?The girls have shown a lot of commitment towards our preparation. Being from a range of country areas that are many hours away from each other, the distance makes it hard to train regularly.  We have however had a few quality sessions that have helped us to work on our game as a team and focus on the key aspects that we believe will take us through to the finals and win the Elite Eight series.What would you say are the strengths of your team?The youth of our team is definitely a major advantage coming into this series! We have several young players that have played at New South Wales and Australian levels on many occasions which is definitely a bonus. I also think our team has a lot of heart, and in tough games it comes down to who wants it the most and I believe that we do!Who do you expect to be your toughest opponents?This tournament was aimed to make all eight teams as equal as possible, so in my eyes every opponent will be very tough. Each team has a variety of great players but this tournament is about putting it together as a team and in the end it will come down to who performs best on the day.What would it mean to you to win the Elite Eight series?To win this inaugural Elite Eight series would be an absolute honour. To be on showcase to the rest of the Touch community and to be the most elite team in Australia is definitely a label I would like to receive and so would my fellow team mates! I think that winning this series would show the young country Touch players that if they can be dedicated to their game they can make the elite ranks as well!Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every team in the Elite Eight series. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League, go to www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com and don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook by clicking on the following link:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384last_img read more

10 months agoJuventus striker Moise Kean ponders January options

first_imgJuventus striker Moise Kean ponders January optionsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus striker Moise Kean cannot rule out a January move away.Kean is eager to secure regular first team football after spending much of this season in the stands.A loan move away has been mooted for the youngster and he says: “Sincerely, I do not know what will happen in January.”The club will decide what to do and I only think about training and continuing to work to build something for the future. “If I feel ready for an experience abroad? I do not know yet. All I want is to become better.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

The screen never goes dark for Stranger Things Canadian producer Shawn Levy

first_img Twitter Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment About 10 years ago, Shawn Levy figured it wouldn’t bode well for his health or that of his family if he continued to direct movies at the feverish pace at which he had been churning them out. So the Montreal-born filmmaker decided he would start his own production company in Hollywood and search out properties for others to direct for a spell.But Levy continued to be a moviemaking machine for several years after setting up his 21 Laps production company. He has done a couple of Night at the Museums, Cheaper by the Dozens and Pink Panthers, as well as the Tina Fey-driven Date Night and This Is Where I Leave You, not to mention Big Fat Liar, Real Steel and The Internship. Apart from Fey, he has worked with Steve Carell, Steve Martin, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, Christopher Guest, Ben Stiller, Hugh Jackman, Mark Wahlberg, Jonah Hill, Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.A favourite filmmaker among actors, Levy is also considered to be among the most consistently bankable directors in the business. His films have grossed close to $2.5 billion. Levy did step back a tad from his frenetic directing pace, but if he had envisioned a more sedentary life on the production side, he was soon to learn that mastering his golf game would have to wait.As fate would have it, 21 Laps was behind the biggest TV/streaming hit of the year, Stranger Things. A no-name, low-budget sci-fi horror series created by the unknown Duffer brothers, it began streaming on Netflix in the summer, and a second season is in the works. Advertisementlast_img read more

SNCLavalin CEO aims to ease worries over ongoing court case diplomatic woes

first_imgMONTREAL – The head of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. tried to assuage concerns over criminal charges at home and diplomatic tensions with the government of Saudi Arabia, saying the challenges will not hurt its business.“Despite the political issues we’ve had to contend with, our business is solid,” chief executive Neil Bruce told analysts during a conference call.On Oct. 10, the Montreal-based company’s stock plunged to its lowest level since early 2016 after federal prosecutors announced they would not invite SNC to negotiate a remediation agreement over fraud and corruption charges that stemmed from alleged dealings with the Libyan regime under Moammar Gadhafi between 2001 and 2011 — “a completely distant era,” Bruce said.“It’s when I did my MBA at Newcastle University, to put it in perspective.” While the perceived spurn “makes no sense…it hasn’t had any impact whatsoever in our ability to bid and win work,” he said.“However, it has generated a whole bunch of conversations where we need to go and talk to clients about stuff that, frankly, we’d rather not talk about.”In February 2015, the RCMP charged SNC and two subsidiaries with paying nearly $48 million to Libyan public officials to influence government decisions. The RCMP also hit the company, its construction division and a subsidiary with one charge each of fraud and corruption for allegedly defrauding various Libyan organizations of about $130 million.A conviction could bar SNC from working with the federal government for up to 10 years.A preliminary inquiry kicked off Monday in Montreal. SNC’s recent appeal of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada’s decision to forgo an invitation to settlement negotiations is ongoing.Bruce confirmed he was in Saudi Arabia last week, but said he steered clear of the government’s Future Investment Initiative event in the wake of the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Bruce also pointed to an “unfortunate diplomatic incident” between Canada and Saudi Arabia when a tweet regarding human rights from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland set off a trade embargo by the monarchy last August.“We continue to monitor the situation closely and we’re engaged with our clients,” Bruce said, but insisted the 9,000-plus staff and robust revenues — $992 million last year — in the country remain unaffected by the row.Laurentian Bank Securities analyst Mona Nazir said SNC has a “low probability” of entering into negotiations with prosecutors, “particularly given that their decision is counterintuitive to Canada’s newly adopted legislation.”Client conversations have sprouted talks about privatization and the sell-off of a chunk of SNC’s massive engineering and construction unit, Nazir said in a note to investors.The company is eyeing the potential sale of part of Ontario’s Highway 407 to showcase the real value of the toll road.“I don’t think we’ve actually said, ‘Breaking the company apart’…We’ve already started on looking at all the options, but we’re not going to be drawn into talking about what they are and making all that public,” said Bruce, who came aboard three years ago to turn around the scandal-plagued firm.“We will be looking to hopefully maximize on the full extent of the (407) transaction — or not, if it’s not going to give us what we expect.”On Thursday, SNC reported a third-quarter profit of $120.7 million, up from $103.6 million a year ago.Profits amounted to 69 cents per share for the three-month period ended Sept. 30, up from a profit of 59 cents per share a year earlier, the company said.Revenue totalled $2.56 billion, down from $2.63 billion in the third quarter of last year.On an adjusted basis, SNC earned 96 cents per share for the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of 78 cents per share in the third quarter of 2017.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 67 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.SNC’s outlook forecasts an adjusted profit of $3.60 to $3.85 per diluted share for 2018.Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC)last_img read more

Business owners need to teach staffers about password safety

first_imgNEW YORK — It may seem obvious: Companies’ computers, mobile devices and accounts need secure passwords. But many small business owners don’t take the time to educate staffers about these very basic forms of cybersecurity. And staffers may not know that their passwords could be easily guessed by hackers and cyberthieves.Whenever there’s news of a data breach at a big company, or people hear of a friend’s email being hacked, many computer users realize they need to change their passwords. It’s a good start, but not enough. A study by researchers at Virginia Tech’s Department of Computer Science found that it’s fairly easy to guess how people modify their passwords after a breach. The researchers used a computer program that was able about half the time to figure out what a new password was based on an existing one. A cyberthief could also use such a program. So, owners who want to increase their cybersecurity need to not only ask employees to change their passwords, but to also come up with entirely new ones — changing a password like “aardvark123” to “aardvark124” isn’t secure.But new passwords can also be problematic. Companies that make password protection software periodically release lists of the most common passwords and they include “123456” and “qwerty,” the letters in the top left-hand corner of a keyboard. “Password” is also popular as are “Iloveyou” and “starwars.” But even when computer users try to personalize their passwords, using their first names or favourite teams (the most often-used passwords in Britain included the names of soccer teams like Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea).An employee might think that a hacker will never know the name of a pet. But if cyberthieves do some searching on social media, they can find the name and figure out a password like “Fluffy123.”The IRS advises computer users to get creative and do a little free associating. For example, think of a series of items like those in your living room and create a password out of them. The IRS came up with BlueCouchFlowerBamboo. The Department of Homeland Security has a list of tips for creating passwords that can be given to employees — owners can download it from the agency’s website at https://bit.ly/2dhCdH7 .Cybersecurity experts advise against using the same password — or guessable variations of one password — for multiple accounts and devices. Employees may balk at having to remember different passwords, but keeping track of them can be simplified with password management software. It’s a bad idea for staffers to keep printed lists of their passwords in their desks.Owners who want to step up their security should consider multi-factor authentication, which requires a password and a security code sent by text or email. Many financial institutions now use multi-factor authentication for online customers. Small businesses can buy multi-factor authentication software and apps or sign up with vendors that provide the service._____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Former Fort St John resident in custody following home invasion robbery in

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – A former Fort St. John resident is in custody and facing multiple charges following an early morning home invasion robbery of a senior citizen in Prince George.According to Prince George RCMP, at approximately 3:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 12, a lone male suspect entered the patio door of an apartment in the downtown area of Prince George. The apartment was occupied by an elderly female who was asleep in her bed at the time.Police say the suspect forced his way through the apartment, assaulting the victim in the process. A number of items including a small quantity of cash were taken when he fled a few minutes later. The suspect was located a short distance away and was taken into custody.37-year-old Phillip Christopher Wood, currently of Prince George, has been charged with the following Criminal Code offences:• Break & enter to commit robbery• Robbery• Assault causing bodily harm• Fail to comply with UndertakingRCMP say the victim was transported to hospital by paramedics for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.Wood is expected to appear in court at a later date.last_img read more

Campaign for byelection in four Assembly constituencies concludes

first_imgKolkata: Campaign in four Assembly constituencies where by-election will be held on May 19, came to an end on Friday afternoon. By-election in Nowda and Kandi Assembly seats will be held on May 20.The seats at Bhatpara, Islampur, Darjeeling and Habibpur (ST) seats fell vacant as the MLAs who had been elected from these seats in 2016 are contesting in the Lok Sabha polls. Bhatpara Assembly seat under Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat has drawn maximum attention where Madan Mitra of Trinamool Congress is contesting against Pawan Singh of BJP. The seat fell vacant after Arjun Singh, former Trinamool Congress MLA left the party and to contest on BJP ticket in the Lok Sabha poll. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMitra won the by-election from Bishnupur (West) seat in 2009. In 2011, when Mamata Banerjee came to power, he was elected from Kamarhati and became the Transport minister in Banerjee’s Cabinet. He got involved in multi-crore Sarada scam and resigned. He lost the Assembly election in 2016. Mitra is confident about his victory. Binay Tamang is contesting as a Gorkha Jana Murti Morcha from Darjeeling Assembly seat. The seat fell vacant after Amar Singh Rai went on to contest as a Trinamool candidate in the Lok Sabha election. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAbdul Karim Chowdhury of Trinamool is contesting in the by election from Islampur seat that falls under Raigunj Lok Sabha seat. MLA Kanaia Lal Agarwal is contesting in the Lok Sabha from Raigung seat. Amal Kishku of Trinamool is contesting from Habibpur (ST) seat. The by-election in Nowda and Kandi Assembly seats will be held on May 20. The MLA from Nowda in Murshidabad district, Abu Taher Khan is contesting in Lok Sabha seat. Apurba Sarkar who was the MLA from Kandi is contesting against his mentor Adhir Chowdhury in Berhampur seat.last_img read more

PCR personnel rescues two persons from burning car

first_imgNew Delhi: In a brave effort, the Police Control Room (PCR) unit of Delhi Police rescued two persons trapped in burning car near Dilshad Garden.According to police, the staff of PCR MPV of Shahdara Zone on the intervening night of May 18-19, the PCR MPV staff consisting of I/C ASI Rishi Kumar, gunman ASI Naresh Kumar and driver constable Surender received a call that two persons are entrapped in a burning car. “Two persons were trapped in the burning car and struggling to come out. Without wasting time, the MPV staff immediately broke the window glass of the car and pulled out both persons trapped inside the car,” said DCP PCR. Saving accident victim On the intervening night of May 18-19, the PCR MPV staff consisting of HC Rakesh women constables Billa, Raveena and constable Ghanshyam noticed that two persons were coming from Shadipur flyover and going towards Moti Nagar, riding on a motorcycle. In the meantime, one Hyundai Creta Car (white colour) came from behind at high speed, driven rashly and negligently by the driver and hit the motorcycle near front gate No. 1 Moment Mall. The MPV staff alerted the other MPVs by flashing a QST regarding the offending vehicle. They also rushed to the aid of both the injured identified as Vishal and Prakash and admitted them to Acharya Bhikshu Hospital. They also caught an offending vehicle. Saved snatching victim On the intervening night of May 18/19 SI. Shyam Lal and ASI Gajender Singh were performing their duty on PCR MPV. They noticed that one scooty borne assailant and a girl were scuffling. The accused was trying to snatch the mobile from thegirl and she was struggling to foil his attempt. The PCR Staff apprehend the scooty borne accused, identified as Sahil and save the victim. PCR caught robber: On the intervening night of May 18/19 the PCR MPV staff received a PCR call of robbery at C-Block in Mansoravar Garden. The PCR staff noticed that public persons were chasing three boys. On seeing the PCR van, the boys changed their direction and started running in another direction. The PCR staff succeeded to apprehend one of the suspects identified as Vikas.last_img read more

Commentary Fighting Irish resemble 2002 Buckeyes

Ohio State and Notre Dame football fans don’t always get along, but when comparing the 2002 Buckeyes and the 2012 Fighting Irish, silver and gold might have more in common than they would like to admit. For starters, defense seems to have been a pillar for both squads’ success. The 2002 Buckeye defense allowed an average of 13 points per game during the run and they held five of their opponents to seven points or less. This years, Notre Dame has given up 10.3 points per game and held five of their opponents to seven points or less. The greatest challenge for OSU’s 2002 team was their final game against the Miami Hurricanes offense that averaged almost 42 points per game during the regular season. Likewise, Notre Dame will try to tackle an Alabama team that has put up 38.5 points per game this season in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 7. For the 2002 Buckeyes and 2012 Fighting Irish, their defenses were stout enough to will them through some tight contests. This year, Notre Dame has won five of their games by seven points or less including two games (Stanford on Oct. 13 and Pittsburgh on Nov. 3) which went into overtime. The latter contest, which was the closest to ending the Fighting Irish’s perfect season, ended, 29-26, in triple overtime. Seven of OSU’s 14 games during the 2002 season were decided by seven points or less. Perhaps the most memorable of those games was the 10-6 victory against Purdue when a former OSU quarterback Craig Krenzel completed a 37-yard game-winning touchdown pass to former wide receiver Michael Jenkins with less than two minutes left in the game. In his first full season as a starter, Krenzel did not put up outrageous video game-like numbers. Then a junior, he threw for 2,110 yards passing, 12 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 59.4 completion percentage. Plenty of other quarterbacks around the country put up more impressive stats, but it likely did not matter to Buckeyes fans because of the season he put together. Redshirt freshman quarterback Everett Golson has shared time under center with junior Tommy Rees in his first season playing for Notre Dame, but he is without question the starting quarterback of his team now after strong performances down the stretch. Much like Krenzel, his stats will not wow any avid sports fan that looks at them a decade from now. In 11 games played, Golson has a 58.9 completion percentage and thrown for 2,135 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. He ranks 79th in the FBS among quarterbacks in passing yards but if he leads the Irish to a win on Jan. 7, Golson might live in the same lore as Krenzel. Coming into the 2002 National Championship Game the Buckeyes were an 11.5-point underdog against the dominant Hurricanes. OSU was taking on the defending national champions, which were riding a 34-game win streak and held a 54-8 record since the beginning of the 1998 season. A similar task awaits the Irish. As of Dec. 3, Notre Dame is listed as a nine-point underdog against the Crimson Tide, this season’s defending national champions, but also have a 60-7 record over the past five seasons. Like the Scarlet and Gray of 2002, the Fighting Irish might need to inspiring football to overcome such odds. But don’t be surprised if Golson and Notre Dame are raising up a crystal football at the conclusion of the national championship game. read more