India bleeds blue for sportperson of the year Virat Kohli, finds Mood of the Nation poll

first_imgHe’s the International Cricket Council’s Men’s Cricketer of 2018, one day International player of the year and test player of the year as well as captain of choice for both the best ODI and test team of the year respectively. With such domination in his field, it comes as no,He’s the International Cricket Council’s Men’s Cricketer of 2018, one day International player of the year and test player of the year as well as captain of choice for both the best ODI and test team of the year respectively. With such domination in his field, it comes as no surprise then that Virat Kohli also dominated India Today’s Mood of the Nation survey in which he was judged as the sportsperson of the year.Kohli’s superlative performances on the pitch, which saw him become the fastest to cross 10,000 runs in the ODI format, and inspiring leadership skills have seen him emerge as a youth icon. What’s more impressive is that he’s delivering results not just in India but also abroad as evident by the centuries in South Africa, England and Australia. India’s historic series win in Australia both in test and one-day formats demonstrated how under Kohli the men in blue have come of age, no longer underdogs as they take on rivals in their own turf. Off-field he’s one of the most valuable celebrities, serving as brand ambassador to 18 brands and also one of the biggest social media influencers with a following running in millions both on Twitter (28 million) and Instagram (28.9 million). On the popular photo-sharing platform Instagram, Kohli earns a reported $120,000 per post according to HopperHQ, the Instagram post scheduler, making him the highest-paid Indian on the list and ranked 17th in the world.What Kohli wears, does and says becomes a topic of conversation such as when he suggested a cricket fan to “go live somewhere else” after he stated that he preferred watching Australian and English batsmen over Indians. It’s one of the signs of how passionate Kohli is about his profession and his nation.advertisementNEXT | No country for minorities in India, finds Mood of the Nation pollPREVIOUS | Padmaavat propels Deepika Padukone as Bollywood’s queen: MOTN polllast_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Cardiff striker Lee Tomlin delighted to make Peterborough return

first_imgDONE DEAL: Cardiff striker Lee Tomlin delighted to make Peterborough returnby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeterborough have re-signed Cardiff City forward Lee Tomlin on loan for the rest of the season.The 29-year-old previously played for the League One side between 2010 and 2014, before spells at Middlesbrough, Bournemouth and Bristol City.The deal had been expected to go through on 1 January, but Tomlin could feature against Rochdale on Saturday.He has made only 16 Cardiff appearances since joining in July 2017, and spent time with Nottingham Forest last term.”I feel like a kid again, I have got a smile on my face and I cannot wait to get started. It feels like coming home. It is a club that I love and a club that I have wonderful memories of,” Tomlin told the Posh website.”It is not just a sentimental move for me though, I am here to help the club try and get promoted.”We have wonderful facilities at the club now, it has come on a lot since I was here the first time so there has been a lot of investment and the players are quality players.”It has taken a little while to get completed but that is all done now and I can concentrate on playing football. I am looking forward to the challenge.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Improving business jet market could offset CSeries duty overhang says analyst

first_imgMONTREAL – A recovering business jet market could help Bombardier Inc. to offset the overhang from Boeing’s petition against its CSeries commercial jet, an industry analyst said Wednesday ahead of a second round of duties being slapped on exports to the U.S.“We are pleased with the encouraging signs seen so far, as business jets represent a key driver of Bombardier’s profitability,” Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets wrote in a report.He pointed to a webinar conducted Tuesday by analytics and online aerospace trade publication Flightglobal that pointed to improving fundamentals in the business jet market.Poirier said the session indicated that pre-owned aircraft prices are stabilizing and that used plane sales increased 10 per cent in the first half of 2017, pushing inventories back to the level prior to the downturn and flight activity is increasing in the U.S. and Europe.That mirrors data from a JetNet Summit last month which showed that sentiment has improved over the past year but remains below 2014-2015, said analyst Seth Seifman of J.P. Morgan.He said trends in aircraft use and sale of used planes is offset by price weakness.After peaking at 1,136 industry new business jet deliveries in 2008, they dropped to 660 in 2013. Seifman expects them to fall to a low of 630 this year before picking up slightly in 2018.Demand for business jets is normally closely tied to U.S. corporate profits, but not so much since the recession because of excess supply of new planes, the stigma of flying private, low confidence and focus on cost-cutting.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) is a global leader in business jets, selling Learjets, Challenger and Global aircraft around the world. It is also developing a long-range Global 7000 that is expected to enter service in about a year.Business jets are expected to generate about 35 per cent of Bombardier’s revenues in 2020, up from about 30 per cent in 2017, and about half of the company’s consolidated adjusted EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes).“We remain confident in the company’s ability to further strengthen its leading position in the business jet segment as market conditions continue to improve,” Poirier added.Soon after joining Bombardier in 2015, CEO Alain Bellemare presented the company’s five-year turnaround plan.The Montreal-based company said it expects overall revenues will grow five to six per cent annually to exceed US$25 billion by 2020 with earnings more than doubling to seven to eight per cent.The forecast was delivered long before Boeing filed a petition against the CSeries last April. The Chicago-based company argued that Bombardier sold the jets to U.S.-based Delta Airlines at an unfairly low price with help from government subsidies in Canada.Bombardier has denied the charge but was slapped by the U.S. Department of Commerce with preliminary countervailing duties of 220 per cent. It is expected to announce large preliminary anti-dumping duties on Thursday.A final decision on export duties will depend on a ruling in December by the department or the U.S. International Trade Commission early next year on alleged harm to Boeing.last_img read more

Anita Hill opens up about Me Too her testimony Kavanaugh and the

first_imgTORONTO — Stories of women who have been sexually harassed, assaulted or mistreated have dominated the headlines and social media for more than a year as the message of Me Too has spread across nearly every industry around the world.But now one of the movement’s most prominent icons says society needs to learn to recognize and address situations that could lead to sexual harassment long before they become full-blown lawsuits and crises.Anita Hill, the U.S. attorney and academic who accused a Supreme Court Justice nominee of sexual harassment decades ago, spoke with The Canadian Press ahead of a Dec. 3 visit to Toronto to deliver a speech at the Canadian Women’s Foundation annual The Exchange breakfast.“Often managers don’t want to address these issues in these workplaces so they send everyone to HR, but I would love for a manager to be trained to identify behaviours that are likely to escalate to more egregious behaviour and to not only identify but know how to respond,” Hill said.“When you don’t prevent gender harassment it creates this permissive culture in the workplace and in many cases that permissive culture becomes an incubator for much more serious behaviour.”Hill became a household name in 1991, when she testified against Clarence Thomas, saying he sexually harassed her while was her supervisor at the Department of Justice. She also alleged that he asked her out several times and often discussed sex at the office.Following Hill’s testimony, the Senate confirmed Thomas to the Supreme Court in a 52-48 vote. A CBS and New York Times poll conducted just after the testimony found 54 per cent of respondents thought Hill’s accusations were untrue and she faced significant public backlash.Nonetheless, she galvanized the women’s movement, which drew comparisons between her case and the recent accusations levelled by Christine Blasey Ford and two other women against Justice Brett Kavanaugh, which were not enough to prevent him being named to the Supreme Court.Following her testimony Hill said she saw the number of sexual harassment complaints more than double, legislation pass allowing for recovery and compensation for victims of sexual harassment and an openness around discussing the problem.“We had a record number of women who were willing to come forward and share their stories and many of them raised a generation of children who understood that sexual harassment was wrong, that it was illegal and that they did not deserve to be treated in that way,” Hill said.“Unfortunately things like the Kavanaugh hearing set us back…but I think we are much smarter now, much more informed and there are much more people working on this than there were 27 years ago and that is why I think we can make progress.”However, Hill stressed that progress cannot come without paying particular attention to those who face added barriers because of their ethnicity, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation.Hill said research has shown that minority women who come forward with claims of sexual harassment are sometimes treated differently from their majority peers.“Sexual harassment can impact any woman, but it will not necessarily impact all women in the same way,” Hill said.Several women have reached out to her over the years seeking advice on how they can come forward with sexual misconduct claims. The volume and intricacies of their situations and her busy schedule mean she refers them to organizations and people that can likely help, but Hill said there is never a simple answer as to what these women should do.She said it is hard to know why some industries have been rife with sexual misconduct accusations against public figures, while others, including Canada’s Bay Street, have been much more quiet since the Me Too movement began with a wave of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein last October.Hill argues that coming forward is difficult for anybody, especially because research she’s read suggests 60 per cent of those who make such claims will face retaliation.Many also face difficulties navigating non-disclosure agreements — a silencing tool that she noticed was rampant after her testimony. Violating such an agreement can trigger legal implications and make it difficult to find another job.“There is still a lot of resistance. I don’t think there is smooth sailing for anyone,” Hill said. “My situation is different because it was so public and was politically driven, but I don’t know that anyone who comes forward and makes a charge of sexual misconduct, harassment, can have an easy time in a system that often assumes that they are not being truthful.”That system is also grappling with stories of unintended consequences stemming from Me Too, including men who are refusing to take meetings with or mentor women for fear of being wrongly accused of misbehaviour.Hill hasn’t heard of any instances of this kind of backlash, but said it “worries” her because it could “become an excuse for not doing the things they weren’t doing anyway.”She feels it also shows why men need to be part of the Me Too conversation.“We need men to be on board with us, not only because in many cases they are the decision-markers, but also because sexual violence affects them,” she said.As Me Too moves forward, she said it’s important that its proponents do not underestimate “the resistance,” which she saw in full force following her own testimony.“As much progress as we have made, there were efforts to reduce that progress or nullify that progress,” she said.“I am hoping at this point, we can move and work in our spaces, whether it be the private or public sector, to become problem solvers, to see sexual harassment not as something you want to address as a risk or a lawsuit, but because it occurs in your workforce and is causing institutional damage.”Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Trump weighs dramatic tightening of US embargo on Cuba

first_imgHAVANA — The Trump administration is weighing what could become the most serious tightening of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba in more than two decades — a move that could unleash lawsuits against foreign companies that have invested on the island.A 1996 law known as the Helms-Burton Act give Americans the right to sue companies profiting from properties confiscated by Cuba’s government after its 1959 socialist revolution. But every U.S. president since Bill Clinton has suspended the key clause, known as Title III, in part because it could alienate U.S. allies whose companies have invested in Cuba.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo now says the administration is suspending Title III again, but only for 45 days instead of the standard six-month suspension, and the issue is under review.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Man arrested near Spirit River after series of gun battles last Friday

first_imgSPIRIT RIVER, A.B. – One man is in custody after allegedly trespassing on a rural property near Spirit River and getting into an altercation with multiple victims that included gunfire.At approximately 3:00 last Friday afternoon, members of the Spirit River RCMP were called to a rural property south of town after a male suspect was found trespassing on the complainant’s neighbour’s property. When confronted, the suspect drove off in a vehicle, while the complainant called 911 and followed in his own vehicle.Shortly thereafter, the suspect pulled over and fired several rounds from a handgun striking the complainant’s vehicle. The suspect then headed south, until it followed another passing vehicle into a yard that led to a rural home. Once there, the suspect pointed his firearm at the male driver and demanded his vehicle. The female passenger took the keys and retreated inside the residence not wanting to give keys to the vehicle while her four-year-old daughter was still in the back seat. Inside the residence, a round was fired by the suspect that missed the female victim when he again demanded she hand over the keys. The victim handed the keys to the suspect and updated 911. During this altercation between the female passenger and the suspect, the male driver had entered his residence and retrieved a long gun. He exited his residence and confronted the suspect while he was transferring stolen property from one vehicle to another. The victim told the suspect to surrender and drop his weapon. The suspect then fired at the victim, discharging multiple rounds. The victim fired back at the suspect but did not strike him. Thankfully, none of the victims were injured in this incident.The suspect departed on foot. RCMP arrived and contained the area. With the assistance of RCMP members from Grande Prairie, Fairview, and Police Dog Services the suspect was apprehended a short time later without incident.Ian Preston Letendre (30) of No Fixed Address is facing 25 Criminal Code Charges including:Break and Enter to a residenceDischarge firearm with intent to endanger life (x3)Pointing a firearm (x3)Mischief (x3)Careless use of a firearmUse firearm while committing an indictable offence (x2)Transport firearm in a careless mannerPossession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose (x2)Possession of a loaded restricted firearm (x2)Possession of a property obtained by crime over $5000Armed robberyCareless storage of a firearmUnlawful possession of a firearm in a vehicleUnlawful possession of a firearmPossession of a firearm obtained by crimeFail to comply with RecognizanceLetendre was remanded into custody and appeared in Grande Prairie Provincial Court today.“This was a dynamic situation where the suspect’s actions posed an imminent threat to rural residents. With the support of area residents and the collaboration of responding RCMP members, we were able to bring the incident to a quick resolution where thankfully no one was injured,” said Sgt. Ryan Frost, Spirit River Detachment Commander.last_img read more

Alberta energy war room must avoid online morass preaching to choir experts

first_img“The idea of putting someone’s face on a poster and holding it up at a government press conference, I’ve never seen that before,” says the longtime opponent of oilsands expansion and international program director at Stand.Earth, a grassroots environmental group.The Kenney government aims to get its $30-million Calgary-based war room running this summer. The goal, Kenney has said, is to fight against what he calls a foreign-funded “campaign of lies and defamation” that he says has caused economic hardship by landlocking Alberta crude.Kenney has said one measure of the war room’s success would be improved public opinion about pipelines and resource development. Political observers say that requires crafting messages that resonate outside Alberta while avoiding social media mudslinging or preaching to the choir.Kenney spokeswoman Christine Myatt says personal threats and abuse are never acceptable and urges those who disagree with Berman to do so respectfully.Picard, who runs the Oilsands Strong Facebook page, says unleashing abuse was not the intention of singling out Berman, but he added “professional protesters” like her should be held to account at a time when Alberta is struggling.“There’s people in Alberta who are losing everything.” Aside from the potential for online vitriol, the war room is problematic because the focus should be on tackling climate change, Berman says.“He’s wasting precious time,” she says of Kenney.Many details, including who will lead the war room, remain to be fleshed out. Kenney has said it’s to use a mixture of advertising, publicity and social media and that staff will be able to fire volleys without having to wait hours or days for approval.The premier feels the soft-power approach of the past has not worked. CALGARY, A.B. – Tzeporah Berman only learned of her cameo appearance at an Alberta government news conference about its so-called energy war room after a flood of nasty messages.Industry advocate Robbie Picard held a poster calling the prominent environmentalist an “enemy of the oilsands” as he introduced Premier Jason Kenney at the Calgary event.Berman says dozens of violent, sexist social media messages and a few frightening voicemails followed.center_img “There’s been this notion, amongst many in the Canadian energy industry, that if we just keep our heads down and try not to be noticed and be low-profile and defensive, that somehow those organizations will walk away and focus maybe on Saudi Arabia or Russia or Venezuela,” Kenney said at the news conference.“The weakness has been an invitation for an increasingly aggressive and increasingly dishonest campaign.”Mount Royal University political scientist David Taras says the war room, by its very nature, is set up for conflict and that creates pitfalls.“Give someone a hammer and they’re going to find something to hammer. Sometimes the best policy is not to respond. Sometimes the best policy is to allow someone else to respond. Sometimes the best policy is just to listen to others and watch the debate unfold,” he says.“You can’t be drawn into the morass of the internet. You have to be able to speak on behalf of Albertans in a way that Albertans can be proud of.”Pollster Janet Brown says she hopes the war room will do some public opinion research early and tailor its message accordingly.The focus should be on those not firmly entrenched in either the pro- or anti-oil camps, she says.“If they take messages that make perfect sense to Albertans and just assume they’re going to make sense to other Canadians … that could be problematic.”Brown says the war room would be wise to avoid Twitter, where few minds can be changed, and focus its social media resources elsewhere, such as paid YouTube ads.“If the war room is just spending their time on Twitter being outrageous, it will probably work in the favour of Greenpeace,” Brown says.Berman says her group has seen more people wanting to donate in recent days, and she and her colleagues are looking to incorporate more compassion into their climate change messaging.“We have, to a certain extent, been too simplistic or careless about the changes that need to happen. They are going to be hard and it’s not easy,” she says.“I understand when Albertans don’t want outsiders telling them what to do.”last_img read more

Man who targeted cars parked near hospitals showrooms held

first_imgNew Delhi: A person who committed theft after breaking the windows of the cars was arrested from South Delhi.According to police, the accused had made self-made equipment through which he used to break the glasses of cars within seconds and fled with the bag containing valuable items. “The accused had thought that people who are visiting hospitals or showrooms will carry cash with them so he targeted the cars standing nearby by the two places,” police said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsPolice further said that in order to curb the reoccurring thefts in cars by breaking their window glasses alongside the Ring Road, a new strategy formulated and staff in plain clothes is deployed as spotters. This strategy worked and accused caught red-handed while he was just started running after stealing a lady’s purse from a car after breaking its window glass. During interrogation, accused Upender disclosed that he also has a history of previous involvements in PS Civil Lines, Hisar. The team under SHO (Defence Colony) Arvind made the arrest.last_img read more

Security guard arrested for harassing minor girls

first_imgGurugram: In an appalling case reported from Gurugram, a security guard was arrested on Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulting minor girls on the pretext of playing with them in the park.The 42-year-old accused was identified as Sudama, he has been charged with sexually assaulting two minor girls. Reportedly, he has been sent to judicial custody. A complaint was lodged at the Palam Vihar police station alleging that a security guard who had been working in a house at Sector 23, misbehaved with two minor girls and touched them inappropriately, while the girl was playing in the park. After the complaint was lodged the local police officer reached the spot and the accused was nabbed by the police. the accused has been booked under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences(POCSO) Act. Reportedly, during the preliminary investigation, Sudama confessed to the charges levelled against him by the victim’s parents. he told the police that he would pretend to play with them in the park and while giving them a swing he would often touch them inappropriately. The incident comes in the light of the district court sentencing 20 years’ rigorous imprisonment to a 22-year-old man held guilty of raping an eight-year-old girl in February 2017. The additional sessions judge Raj Rani Gupta also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the convict for aggravated sexual assault, punishable under section 6 of the Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and criminal intimidation. The man was sentenced to a further year of rigorous imprisonment for failing to pay the fine. The Sector 18 police station had registered a case against Shiv Kumar, a native of Bihar, on February 9, 2017. Gurugram along with its counterpart Faridabad is leading in terms of sexual crimes against minors. In 2018, there were 120 cases of sexual crimes against minors while in 2017 thee were 110 cases. Not only sexual crimes but the law enforcement officials also have to deal with increased cases of human trafficking.last_img read more

Gallery Womens Gymnastics vs West Virginia University and Temple University

Freshman Colby Miller poses during her mount for her balance beam routine during the Ohio State gymnastics meet against West Virginia University and Temple University in St. John Arena on March 2. Credit: Anna Ripken | For The LanternThe Women’s Gymnastics team took on West Virginia University and Temple University on March 2 at St John Arena. Photos by Anna Ripken