Kevin Peterson Re-Released from the Chicago Bears, Michael Hunter Joins Giants Practice Squad

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Former Oklahoma State cornerback Kevin Peterson has been released just days after being released and re-signed with the Chicago Bears.#Bears informed CB Kevin Peterson he will be placed on waivers. He talked about his wild week in Thought No. 6 here. https://t.co/1al6ZD7oMC— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) September 2, 2016Peterson was released last Tuesday but was re-signed for the Bears’ preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns, according to The Oklahoman. Brad Briggs reported the next day that Peterson was released again to make room for corner K’Waun Williams. The Bears’ transaction sheet lists that Peterson was one of 12 players officially released on Sept. 3.In other news, former Oklahoma State cornerback Michael Hunter has signed with the New York Giants’ practice squad.CB Michael Hunter has signed with the Giants practice squad, per source.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) September 4, 2016Hunter, who played for the Cowboys after transferring from Indiana, signed with he Giants as an undrafted free agent in May. Hunter was one of ten players recently signed to the practice squad. He is officially listed on the practice squad on the Giants’ website.The Giants have concluded their preseason and will open their regular season against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 11.last_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 93 Jarrell Owens

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Let’s keep this 100 days of summer rolling on with No. 93, junior defensive end Jarrell Owens.How he got to OSUA three-star prospect out of Palestine High School (Palestine, Texas), Owens was originally committed to to play closer to home at TCU. Six months after his commitment to the Horned Frogs, second-year DL coach Joe Bob Clements, convinced Owens to make a trip to Stillwater. Two days later, he had decommitted from TCU and was ready to sign with the Cowboys.What he’s done in StillwaterAfter a redshirt year in 2014, Owens began contributing immediately as a redshirt freshman, earning meaningful reps in a rotation headlined by Emmanuel Ogbah and Jimmy Bean. He was both productive and disruptive. That year he finished with 11 tackles (8 solo), three tackles for loss, three sacks, three QB hurries, a pass breakup and a forced fumble.In 2016, Owens earned a starting spot opposite Cole Walterscheid and started 12 games. He tallied 25 total tackles (17 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and three QB hurries. He also showed his athleticism during one of Oklahoma State’s Piesman-nominated plays.Wild play alert courtesy of @CowboyFB defense.#Big12FB on FS1 https://t.co/9wNohKypWe— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 22, 2016During the off season, Owens hones his tackling skills in a way that may seem unusual to some. He hunts feral hogs — and catches them with his bare hands.Role in 2017Owens looks ready to defend his starting spot and should definitely be featured in the Cowboys’ two-deep end rotation which Mike Gundy expects to operate hockey-like line rotations. Between he, Jordan Brailford, Cole Walterscheid and Vili Leveni the Cowboys boast as talented and deep a group of rotation ends as Mike Gundy has had. Any one of them could have a huge game at any time and each one will need to have multiples for the Cowboys to reach their potential.Noteworthy Stats and highlightsHad a career-high two tackles for loss, including a sack against Southeastern Louisiana last season. In the Alamo Bowl, he was disruptive, recording four tackles, a tackle for loss and two QB hurries.last_img read more

Eriksson: England will never win World Cup

first_imgEngland Eriksson: Why ‘tired’ England will never win the World Cup Chris Burton 19:39 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. England World Cup Premier League The former Three Lions boss believes global glory will remain elusive for as long as the Premier League refuses to introduce a winter break England have been warned by Sven-Goran Eriksson that they will never win the World Cup for as long as the Premier League refuses to introduce a winter break.The Three Lions will go in search of global glory once again this summer, with Gareth Southgate the latest man to be charged with the task of delivering on expectation.There is slightly less pressure on the current boss than Eriksson faced during his spell at the helm, with the Swede having worked with the so-called ‘Golden Generation’ between 2001 and 2006. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp He suffered two quarter-final defeats on a World Cup stage and fears England will struggle to progress much past that point while players continue to be pushed to breaking point domestically.Eriksson told The Offside Rule Exclusives : “In 2006 I thought we should win it, I thought there wasn’t any team better than us, so that was a huge disappointment.”He added on the class of 2018: “I think they have a good chance and I’m positive they will do well. They have a lot of new young players who are doing great in the Premier League but they need luck with injuries.“That’s always a big problem for England, that and tiredness. I’ll say it again, they will never win the World Cup if there isn’t a winter break.”Pressed for any advice he would offer to Southgate, Eriksson said: “Do it your way, use your head, don’t listen to other people and don’t read the press.”Eriksson has spent time in domestic and international management since leaving the England post, with Manchester City, Leicester and Mexico among the sides he has worked with.He is now 70, but there remains a desire on his part to stay in football and he has not ruled out taking ownership of a team at some stage in the future.Sven-Goran Eriksson GFX“I will probably go into football in another way. Maybe on TV,” he explained. “Then I think about buying a football club somewhere, not in England, it’s so expensive.“It won’t be in Sweden either because of the rules about club ownership. But, I am planning something which is going to be on a very low level in another country.“I’m not quite ready to slow down. Football has been my life and I miss it. I miss the Saturday or Sunday afternoons when the adrenaline in the body goes up, it’s just not the same watching it on the TV.”last_img read more

Why I Think Texas Will Win the Big 12 and Crash the College Football Playoff

first_imgOn the evening of Sep. 4, 2016, Texas Longhorns gadget quarterback Tyrone Swoopes dove head-first into the burnt orange end zone at Darrell K Royal Stadium in Austin, Texas for a third and final time. With outstretched arms, he manage to extend the football past the white of the paydirt and simultaneously lift Texas to a 50-47 double-overtime victory. As teammates embraced him with a celebratory dogpile a few yards away from his landing spot, ESPN’s Joe Tessitore bellowed into the mic four words that have proven every bit as infamous as they are elusive.“Texas is back, folks!” Tessitore shouted, punctuating a season-opening victory over No. 10 Notre Dame.Few people would have predicted at the time that Swoopes and his end-game heroics would signal not the beginning of a new era, but rather the end of a current one. On that particular night, Texas was, indeed, back. They were the toast of college football. But as fast as its rise to relevance was, its stay was equally fleeting. What appeared to be a corner turned for third-year coach Charlie Strong ended as a second consecutive 5-7 season. Eighty-three days later, he was out of a job. The only back Texas was, it turned out, was back in the market for a head coach.Tom Herman, Strong’s successor, could be on the cusp of a similar breakout Strong briefly enjoyed as he enters his third season coaching in Austin. After a tumultuous 7-6 season in his inaugural season, Herman and his Horns strung together an impressive 10-win season last year that culminated with a Big 12 title game appearance and a Sugar Bowl victory. Expectations at Texas are high. Texas, some might even say, could be back. And here’s why:1. An elite defenseBig 12 football is antonymous with restricting defenses. Most teams in the league run a spread, uptempo offensive system that generates points, creates Saturday shootouts, and pressures defenses so consistently they amount to nothing but a muleta for the end zone of the opposing team’s offense. Points are scored as frequently as Tom Herman smacks his gum on the sidelines. But as nearly every program in the conference adapts to that reality, Texas has managed to stay stingy on defense.Last season, Texas ranked second nationally in fourth-down conversion percentage allowed, 18th in third-down conversions, and third in the league in yards per play while holding teams to 25.9 points per game, a mark that was well ahead of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Baylor and Kansas, and just behind Iowa State, TCU and Kansas State. They should be even better this year under Todd Orlando, who is quite clearly the best defensive mind in the conference.And perhaps best of all for UT: the anchor of the defense — Caden Sterns — is back. After starring as a freshman safety last season, Sterns, the reigning winner of the Defensive Freshman of the Year, could be be an All-Big 12 caliber enforcer on the back line. Sterns and fellow safety Brandon Jones are the most dynamic and talented 1-2 safety duo in the Big 12 … by a pretty substantial margin. Even with eight starters gone from last year’s defensive unit, Orlando and Herman have recruited so consistently well that the Longhorns will simply reload at every position.2. Sam Ehlinger is going to be a Heisman contenderEarlier this summer, at an event at his alma mater Louisiana Tech, Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw offered up this controversial take on Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger.“He ain’t that good.”Ain’t that good! That’s like giving Torchy’s Tacos a two-star review. (For the record: we all know Torchy’s is a five-star.) Ehlinger had a 19:2 touchdown-to-interception ratio from a clean pocket last year which was among the country’s best, and his 113.5 passer rating from a clean pocket, according to Pro Football Focus, leads all returning Big 12 quarterbacks. Even in a league that features Jalen Hurts, Brock Purdy, Charlie Brewer and Alan Bowman, Ehlinger is the clear-cut best signal-caller in line to make a push for the Heisman Trophy. The damage he can do not just with his arm (he’s the top returning QB in total passing yards) but also with his legs (he’s the top returning QB in total rushing yards) unlocks opportunities for himself and for Texas.3. OU’s retoolingThis is perhaps Texas’ biggest benefit. Since the College Football Playoff’s inception, only one Big 12 program — Oklahoma — has busted down the Final Four door. Not TCU. Not Baylor. Not even Texas. And this year, after losing its second consecutive Heisman Trophy winner, OU appears to actually be retooling.Jalen Hurts is at QB, and the Alabama transfer should be good and serviceable. Heisman-good, though? Probably not. The playing field on which OU has held a gigantic advantage, at quarterback, has been leveled.Another question mark for OU is the defense, which was abysmal last year. Under first year coach Alex Grinch, optimism seems to be flowing out of Norman. But until he proves as good a hire as many have suggested it was for Lincoln Riley, it’s still a spot that can’t be counted as a strength. At least not yet. And until OU figures out its identity, which for years has centered around elite quarterback play, Texas should have the upper hand on its rival not only with a defense-first identity, but with the best quarterback in the league running the show. If OU’s history of college football playoff appearances should teach us one thing, it’s that warts on a team can be hidden by an elite quarterback. In the case of Texas, it’s the biggest reason to buy preseason stock in them finally crashing the playoff, finally announcing to the world that they are, in fact, back. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Mexico style surprised Arena

first_imgWorld Cup Mexico style in shock Germany win surprised former USMNT boss Arena Omnisport Last updated 1 year ago 03:35 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mexico - cropped Getty Images World Cup Mexico Germany v Mexico Germany Panama The ex-United States head coach was surprised by how El Tri approached their World Cup opener against the reigning champions Mexico’s shock World Cup win against Germany surprised former United States coach Bruce Arena because it contradicted their usual style of play.  Juan Carlos Osorio’s side claimed an impressive 1-0 victory over the reigning champions in their opening Group F match, Hirving Lozano’s first-half strike securing a well-deserved triumph.Arena, who oversaw USA’s failure to qualify for the World Cup from the CONCACAF section in which Mexico triumphed, was impressed by how they restricted Germany, but expects the usual suspects to reach the latter stages. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “Naturally, Mexico had a very good performance against Germany, upsetting them with a 1-0 victory,” Arena told Omnisport when promoting his new book.”One would think they’re in good shape to qualify out of group play and be in the round of 16.”They had to defend with a lot of numbers for a lot of the game. That’s not really Mexican football, but they were all committed to do it and did an outstanding job.”At the end of the day I don’t think there’s going to be many changes or surprises in this World Cup. When all the smoke settles I think you’re going to see all the big boys that are usually there in the end.”Panama dramatically denied USA a place at Russia 2018 and lost their World Cup debut 3-0 to Belgium, with Arena predicting similar results in their remaining fixtures.”I saw Panama play against Belgium, they lost 3-0. Not surprising, I thought out of the teams that qualified for the World Cup out of CONCACAF, Panama was the weakest one,” he said.”You know the U.S. beat them 4-0 at home in game nine of the Hex, we drew with them in Panama. They’re probably a team that’s going to have a difficult time at the World Cup and not get out of the group play.”Bruce Arena USA PanamaThe USA will host the 2026 World Cup alongside Mexico and Canada after their joint bid was selected at last week’s FIFA Congress in Moscow.MLS was born out of the USA hosting the 1994 edition and Arena believes the return of football’s grandest competition will have a positive effect on the domestic league and its players, though he thinks new initiatives are needed to maximize the potential impact.”Having the World Cup in the US in 2026 is going to be terrific for our country, for our soccer environment. It’s going to bring much more attention to American players, to our league and help to continue to grow the sport,” he added. “I think between now and 2026 we can make a bunch of changes in our country to help grow the sport and hopefully over the next couple of years we get a little bit creative, we set some good policy and we succeed with it.”Outspoken, honest, and game changing—Bruce Arena’s memoir What’s Wrong with US? is available now wherever books are sold. For more information, visit https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062803948/whats-wrong-with-us/.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Roma style hid Alisson strengths

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: Roma style hid Alisson strengthsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is delighted with the impact of Alisson this season.The Reds splashed out £67million on the goalkeeper from Roma.Liverpool have conceded just eight times in 20 matches – a staggering eight fewer than title rivals Manchester City.And Klopp has admitted he’s been surprised by just how good the Brazilian has been.Asked which Liverpool player has surprised him this season, Klopp told ESPN Brasil: “Well, maybe that Ali is such a good football player.”It was always very clear that he was a very influential player with the ball, but that he’s this good I didn’t see it, honestly – maybe because of a different style Roma played.”That was a little bit of a surprise, and a very nice surprise.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

New Business Opportunities from Plastic Ban

first_img Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says the ban on plastic will allow for the creation of new investment opportunities. The ban, which starts January 1, 2019, affects the importation, manufacture, distribution and use of single-use plastic carrier/shopping bags; expanded polystyrene foam, commonly referred to as styrofoam; and plastic drinking straws. Story Highlightscenter_img Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says the ban on plastic will allow for the creation of new investment opportunities.The ban, which starts January 1, 2019, affects the importation, manufacture, distribution and use of single-use plastic carrier/shopping bags; expanded polystyrene foam, commonly referred to as styrofoam; and plastic drinking straws.Minister Vaz, who was speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, said that new jobs and businesses can be generated through the manufacture of plastic alternatives, and this could give rise to a new industry.“I am very optimistic in terms of alternative packaging and the business opportunities that are going to come out of this for entrepreneurs,” he pointed out, noting that many persons are already looking at business prospects.He shared that discussions are being held with the EX-IM Bank and the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) regarding the provision of financial support for businesses seeking to restructure their operations to comply with the plastic ban.Senator Matthew Samuda, who also spoke during the session, said that the framework exists for manufacturers to take advantage of what is a national and regional opportunity.He commended the work being done by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries to develop the bamboo industry and explore ways in which the product can be utilised in satisfying the demand for plastic alternatives.“A lot of concessions are made to registered manufacturers in regard to how they bring in equipment, especially if they do so under the free zone legislation, as a lot of these (alternatives to plastic) can be packaged for our Caribbean neighbours,” Senator Samuda pointed out.Under the legislation, approved free zone enterprises can benefit from duty-free imports on raw materials for use in manufacturing.last_img read more

Les écoles pourront mieux appuyer les élèves atteints dun trouble du spectre

first_imgLes écoles reçoivent une nouvelle ressource qui les aidera à appuyer les élèves atteints d’un trouble du spectre de l’autisme. Le guide « Élaboration et mise en œuvre de programmes pour les élèves ayant un trouble du spectre de l’autisme » est un outil pratique pour les enseignants, le personnel de l’école et les équipes de soutien afin de les aider à répondre aux besoins des élèves atteints d’un trouble du spectre de l’autisme (TSA). « En tant que province, nous nous sommes engagés à aider les personnes atteintes d’autisme et leurs familles pendant toute leur vie, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de l’Éducation. Ce guide est une autre façon d’aider nos écoles à travailler avec les forces et les défis de chaque élève et de leur donner l’appui dont ils ont besoin pour réussir. » Le guide inclut des renseignements sur la façon dont les élèves atteints d’autisme apprennent, ainsi que des stratégies pratiques d’enseignement. Il aborde les comportements difficiles et les problèmes de transition tels que passer d’une activité à une autre, ce que les enfants atteints d’autisme trouvent souvent difficile. Il offre également des conseils pour aider les écoles et les parents à bien communiquer et à offrir du soutien coordonné. « Cette ressource est un mélange unique de renseignements fiables et de stratégies pratiques, et elle sera utilisée souvent, a dit Anne Sangster, enseignante au centre d’apprentissage de l’école secondaire Auburn Drive. Elle m’aidera à mieux comprendre les troubles du spectre de l’autisme ainsi que la façon dont les élèves atteints d’un TSA apprennent. » Des enseignants, les spécialistes de l’autisme des conseils scolaires, le personnel du ministère de l’Éducation et des professionnels de la santé ont contribué à l’élaboration de ce guide, qui mise également sur la recherche et les pratiques exemplaires des autres provinces. « Le fait d’avoir cette ressource dans les écoles de la Nouvelle-Écosse contribuera à l’évaluation des élèves atteints d’un TSA et de l’élaboration de programmes à leur intention, a dit Dr Susan Bryson, professeure et titulaire de la chaire Craig en recherche sur l’autisme au IWK Health Centre et à l’Université Dalhousie. Il s’agira d’une ressource précieuse pour le personnel des écoles et les familles qui travaillent ensemble pour faire en sorte que les jeunes atteints d’un TSA obtiennent la meilleure éducation possible. » Chaque école en Nouvelle-Écosse recevra le nouveau guide. Le gouvernement provincial offre également un financement ciblé aux conseils scolaires pour des ressources et du perfectionnement professionnel liés à l’autisme, ainsi que la planification de la transition pour les élèves atteints d’un trouble du spectre de l’autisme qui commencent à fréquenter l’école. Le nouveau guide peut être consulté au studentservices.ednet.ns.ca .last_img read more

Yamuna crosses danger mark CM urges people to evacuate

first_imgNEW DELHI: Yamuna was flowing at 205.36 metres, just above the danger mark of 205.33 metres, a Delhi government official said on Monday. A portion of the Nigambodh Ghat in east Delhi was flooded on Monday as the Yamuna river breached the danger mark in Delhi in the evening, officials said.The Old Iron Bridge over Yamuna was aslo closed for traffic movement due to raised water level in the river, officials said. “The bridge has been closed for general traffic from both sides as a precautionary measure for public safety from Monday morning till further orders,” a statement stated. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderEarlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that Haryana released 8.28 lakh cusecs of water on Sunday evening and excess water will reach Delhi within 36 to 72 hours. “Water can reach here during the next two days with full force, all our officers and ministers are monitoring the situation 24×7,” the CM said. He appealed to those staying in the floodplains of Yamuna to evacuate and shift to the tents set up by the Delhi Government. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe Chief Minister also requested the people of Delhi not to panic as the government is taking all possible measures to effectively deal with the situation, which may affect residents of low lying areas in six districts (North, North East, Shahdara East, Central, and South East) where Yamuna flows through. As part of preparedness to combat the situation, the Delhi government has already started to evacuate people and take to tents on both the sides of Yamuna. So far, 2120 tents have been set- up with facilities like electricity, water, food and toilets. “Shift to the tents by 6:00 PM in the evening and not to return till water recedes, as the nature of flow in Yamuna can’t be predicted,” appealed CM Kejriwal to the people of Yamuna floodplain. He also urged the people to take care of the children as they may get into the river to play or take a bath. He recalled the instance of two deaths reported last year. “Next two days are very crucial. We are monitoring the situation”, said the Chief Minister. He also said that Delhi Government is coordinating with the Central Government and the Lieutenant Governor’s office and all concerned agencies. The entire government machinery is focused in tackling this emergency situation in the next two days as every life is precious for the government, the Chief Minister said. “Around 53 boats are ready for the rescue operations and 30 boats have been already placed in 30 locations, where higher impact of the flood is anticipated. Delhi Government has set-up an emergency contact number 22421656 and the SDM Preet Vihar the nodal officer of the control room could be contacted at 21210849,” said a senior official. The water level in the Yamuna crossed the warning mark on Monday, prompting Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to call a meeting of departments concerned to assess the situation and review arrangements in place.last_img read more

Alberta citys cartoon cannabis spokesman up in smoke after parental backlash

first_imgLEDUC, Alta. – Buddy has gone up in smoke.The official cartoon cannabis spokesman for the City of Leduc, just south of Edmonton, only lasted about a week before the administration decided to roll him on to the shelf.The cartoon pot plant, wearing a police hat and carrying a clipboard that reads “Rules,” was on the city website with the message “Buddy wants you to know the rules about cannabis in Leduc.”Despite plenty of positive comments about the campaign, there were others who said using a cartoon character would encourage children to use marijuana.“We thought that putting a face like Buddy would just help connect him with residents,” said Leduc spokeswoman Nikki Booth. “The negative ones were really focused around parents being concerned that their kids had driven past our road signs and seen Buddy and thought he was really cute.“When we designed him, at no point were we thinking that people would think that we were trying to market cannabis to children.”Leduc council decided to pull the Buddy campaign at its meeting this week.Booth said despite his brief five days on the job, he did get the public’s attention and generated a lot of buzz.“He did create a lot of conversation in the community and the region. We’ve had about 4,000 hits to our website in a very, very short period of time,” Booth said. “In all of the prior education about our new bylaws, the highest number we hit about people going to our website was 58.”The public response creates a dilemma for marijuana retailers hoping to promote their products with legalization less than a month away.“There’s a huge need to promote. We’re allowed to have branding and advertising done at the point of sale within the four walls where minors can be guaranteed not to be present,” said Jason Kujath, president of 51st Parallel Inc., which will operate 15 cannabis retail stores in Alberta.“Outside of those four walls, it’s going to be very hard for us to capture markets and brands.”Kujath said it’s tempting to try and reach out through advertising to a young, hip group of customers but it’s not worth it.“If we’re out of compliance and the regulator shuts us down for any reason, that’s a day we’re not actually operating,” Kujath said. “I think if you look at the fines, the penalties, the punishments that can occur from being out of compliance, it’s literally not worth it.”A Calgary marketing professor said there are already substantial restrictions on the parallel liquor industry and it will be difficult for cannabis retailers.“There is that fine line where I want to target a customer base that is interested in the product which is mostly, I would assume, younger customers and at the same time one of the things is your marketing should not be appealing to kids,” said Mohammed El Hazzouri, at Mount Royal University.El Hazzouri said Alberta already has rules that prohibit the promotion, packaging or display of cannabis products that could be considered appealing to young people.“Restrictions on cannabis advertising and packaging will generally mirror what’s in place today for tobacco and there are a lot of restrictions on what you can advertise for tobacco.”— By Bill Graveland in Calgary. Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Prison watchdog slams investigation of deadly riot in Saskatchewan

first_imgOTTAWA – The Correctional Service of Canada told the public a story about a deadly 2016 riot at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary that didn’t match the findings of its own investigation, which was itself “superficial, expedient and self-serving,” the federal watchdog on prisons reported Tuesday.Correctional investigator Ivan Zinger wrote in his annual report that the prison service should not investigate itself in cases involving a riot, a death or a suicide in solitary confinement.The violence at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary involved 185 prisoners and left one inmate dead, eight prisoners injured and a large part of the institution uninhabitable.Jason Leonard Bird, who was serving a sentence of less than three years, was stabbed to death during the riot; five other inmates have been charged with murder. Most of the injured were hit by shotgun pellets when the prison authorities moved in. The riot did an estimated $3.6 million in damage.Zinger said that while the prison service’s internal investigation concluded the riot was random, spontaneous and unforeseen, his office found that bad food, and not enough of it, were contributing factors to the riot, contradicting the prison service.After the board concluded that the riot was unrelated to food, which was not supported by his office’s preliminary findings, he launched an investigation. The correctional service finally acknowledged that food was a factor in March, in a summary released publicly that still omitted other facts, Zinger said.“CSC’S public account of these events, released in March of this year, is selective and misleading. It does not match the findings of its own internal investigation,” he said.Zinger said his report on the riot raises serious concerns about the adequacy and the appropriateness of the correctional service investigating itself though its internal National Board of Investigation.“When I first received the board’s report in late November last year, it raised a series of red flags. Its ‘random event’ theory was not credible and the rest of its findings struck me as superficial, expedient and self-serving,” Zinger told reporters in Ottawa on Tuesday.The corrections ombudsman also takes issue with the fact that although 85 per cent of riot participants were Indigenous and 49 per cent of those who rioted were affiliated with gangs, neither factor was mentioned in either version of CSC’s report.“My own review concluded that the riot and violence cannot be explained or understood without reference to the prevailing conditions of confinement and population management at Saskatchewan Penitentiary.”He said those who rioted were housed in integrated living units, meaning different Indigenous gang members were living in close quarters, and few were in rehabilitation programs.“Given these circumstances, and the fact that CSC does not have a co-ordinated national gang and gang-affiliation strategy, it’s difficult to escape the conclusion that the majority of these young Indigenous men who participated or incited riot were warehoused in a federal facility that offered little hope for early release, opportunity or opportunity for a better life,” he said. “The reality is that many of these men had little to lose.”He said the internal board of investigation made no recommendation about Indigenous people in the prison system and had nothing to say about the influence of gangs in Canadian penitentiaries.Anne Kelly, the correctional service’s commissioner, said it’s continuing to integrate the lessons learned from the Saskatchewan Penitentiary riot into its daily operations to ensure that similar situations can be prevented in the future.“The riot’s impact on staff, offenders and others has not been forgotten, and we are using the results of the subsequent investigation to address the factors that resulted in this tragic incident.”last_img read more

Trans Mountain CEO says pipe construction could restart in 2019 on NEB

first_imgIt will nearly triple the capacity to 890,000 barrels a day.The NEB named Lyne Mercier, Alison Scott and Murray Lytle to the panel that will conduct its reconsideration of the project.By Dan HealingTHE CANADIAN PRESS Indigenous groups who are affected by the marine shipping issues but weren’t allowed to engage in the previous NEB process because of scope limits might have a difficult time preparing submissions in time, said Keith Stewart, senior energy strategist with Greenpeace Canada.“Indigenous consultations are inextricably intertwined with review of marine impacts – orcas have important cultural significance – so charging ahead on this before sorting out the Indigenous consultation piece seems like a mistake,” he added.Furthermore, the process is tainted by the fact that the government insists the project it now owns will be built no matter what, Stewart said.The expansion will include a new pipeline running roughly parallel to the existing, 1,150-kilometre line that carries refined and unrefined oil products from the Edmonton area to Burnaby, B.C. “Sure, it’s possible,” he said. “If things go according to the timeline that’s been now started with the NEB and they have a recommendation by the middle of February and the government takes a few months for additional consultation, an order-in-council could be as early as next summer.”He added construction is expected to take about 30 months, depending upon seasonal adjustments, which would mean the pipeline could be operational in 2022, about two years later than the most recent predicted in-service date.The federal government approved the Trans Mountain expansion project in November 2016, following a recommendation by the NEB.But the court cited insufficient consultation with Indigenous communities and a failure to assess the environmental impact of additional oil-tanker traffic in overturning that ruling.Last week, the federal government ordered the NEB to go back and conduct a review of tanker traffic, paying special attention to the affect on killer whales, and issue its report no later than Feb. 22.Environmentalists were quick to criticize the NEB’s schedule, which calls for public comments by next Wednesday on draft factors for the environmental assessment, the draft list of issues to be considered in the hearing and on the design of the hearing process itself.center_img CALGARY, A.B. – The president and CEO of Trans Mountain Corp. says its sidelined pipeline project could be back on track by next year under a new National Energy Board hearing schedule, setting it up for a possible 2022 opening date.The timeline unveiled by the federal pipeline regulator on Wednesday is “reasonable and fair,” said Ian Anderson, the former CEO of Kinder Morgan Canada who became head of the resulting Crown corporation when Ottawa closed its $4.5-billion purchase of the pipeline and its expansion project in early September.He told reporters in Calgary it’s possible expansion project construction that was halted when the Federal Court of Appeal overturned its NEB approval earlier this month could be restarted in 2019.last_img read more

Dont believe in showmanship of a child Neha Dhupia

first_imgMumbai: Neha Dhupia says as a mother she likes to be private and does not believe in “showmanship of a child.” Neha and her husband, actor Angad Bedi, welcomed their daughter last year in November. “I’m not the type of mother who believes in ‘oh today my child learned this so watch it on a video.’ I don’t believe in the showmanship of a child at all. I don’t force my daughter’s videos on anyone,” the actor told PTI. She said she would want to raise her daughter exactly the way she was brought up: fearless, humble and respectful. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger “Before she was born, I was very fearless. Now I’m careful about myself, that I shouldn’t fall ill. I have become a lot more fearful but I don’t let it trickle down to her. I want my daughter to be extremely fearless.” Neha was recently part of an interactive session with mothers as part of Bio Oil’s campaign ‘Unstretched journey’. The 38-year-old actor said they had a discussion on the beats of motherhood and had a “no pretence, heart to heart” conversation with each other about the emotional and physical changes one goes through. Neha said motherhood can be overwhelming and initially she was scared. “I was scared of the expectations of this beautiful little human who would come to this world, whose entire life, learning, nourishment depends on me. Will I be good enough? Apart from that nothing else worried me.”last_img read more

10 Tips for Visiting Morocco

Rabat – Morocco welcomed one million tourists every month in 2018, and that number has only grown in 2019. For prospective tourists, there are plenty of detailed travel guides out there and experts who are eager to share their knowledge of Morocco. But one list can’t include everything, so here are ten more tips for visiting Morocco. It’s colder than you thinkWeather forecasts for Morocco usually don’t give you an accurate idea of how hot or cold you will actually feel. It will usually be hotter or colder than you expect.  Winter inland travelers should be well aware of the frigid temperatures. But if you’re traveling to Morocco’s Atlantic or Mediterranean coasts between November and April, you may want to reconsider your packing list. Daytime temperatures in Morocco’s coastal cities seldom drop below 50 F (10 C). If you’re living in a cold part of the world, you might think these are pretty nice winter conditions. Don’t let the numbers fool you. You will be cold. Not every building has functioning heating systems, the air along the coast is very wet, and winds are strong. Each of these factors can make you feel colder than expected. Winter is also Morocco’s rainy season, so be prepared. I suggest bringing a winter coat, rain boots, and warm pants, especially if you plan on going out and about at night.Moroccan city of Ifrane, 70 kilometers south of Fez Show up earlyTaking the train is a great, inexpensive way to get around Morocco. However, trains can be unreliable. To ensure you don’t run into any problems, you should plan to arrive at your destination about an hour later than the time posted on your ticket or the ONCF schedule, especially if you have to switch trains at some point. Delays can set you back up to three hours for no apparent reason. Sometimes they can be even worse—I once took a train from Rabat to Tangier that was delayed for seven hours due to high winds. If you’re trying to make a flight or check-in to accommodation, be sure to allow enough time for any train delays.   Don’t fear the street foodMorocco’s street food gets a lot of flack, and I totally understand why. I’ve had my fair share of food poisoning during my time here. But I don’t think it’s right to limit yourself to hotel breakfasts and dinners at fancy restaurants just because you’re worried about upsetting your stomach.The best way to avoid a severe bout of food poisoning is to steer clear of uncooked vegetables, even in sandwiches. Don’t get anything that contains lettuce. It’s also important to not overdo it. Don’t eat street meat more than once a day as this might be pushing your stomach’s limits. However, desserts and bread should be fine in any quantity.It’s entirely possible for one meal to ruin the rest of your day, so if you do decide to take a chance on street meat, save it for the evening.  Above all, trust your judgment. If a place looks totally empty, extremely dirty, or the employees seem uninterested in serving you, look for another spot to eat. If you don’t have a Moroccan family that is willing to share their meals with you, street food is the next best thing. Moroccan chicken brochette Fear the tap waterThe tap water is a different story. You don’t gain anything from taking a chance on some questionable water. There are no amazing flavors to be experienced or memories to be had from tap water. Risking your bowels is just not worth it. Do not drink any water that you have not seen come directly from a sealed bottle or filtration system. This includes the water jugs at casual dining spots and the glasses of water served with beverages at cafes. That water comes from the sink. Don’t drink it. Bring your own bottle of water wherever you go. If you don’t have a personal filter, you can easily find bottled water at small stores or supermarkets. I have an especially sensitive stomach, so some bottled water can still make me uneasy. I only buy brands with labels that feature a small picture of a baby and the accompanying phrase “idéal pour les bébés.” This ensures that I won’t have any problems. Some areas in Morocco have tap water that won’t upset your stomach, but it’s best to play it safe.You should only be paying around 3 MAD ($0.30) per liter of bottled water. I once paid 15 MAD for two liters of Sidi Ali. Don’t be like me. Tap water in Morocco Try the juiceYou will, without a doubt, see many standalone juice vendors while traveling in Morocco. All of this juice is fantastic and you need to try it at least once.Juice varieties include orange, strawberry, ginger lemonade, pomegranate, hibiscus, and sugar cane, to name a few. You’ll find even more options at restaurants and cafes. My all-time favorite Moroccan street juice is sugar cane and lime; however, limes are usually hard to come by in Morocco, so most vendors use lemon. You can add ginger to this blend as well.                           Be warned: some vendors do not use filtered water in their concoctions, and it’s hard to tell when they do. Fortunately, most juice blends don’t actually include water. You can ask the vendor for clarification on this matter. Additionally, despite my dramatic warnings, a minor amount of tap water won’t do much damage to most people. Healthy adults will probably only feel slightly nauseous. Exercise caution with children, though. Orange juice street vendors in Morocco Keep medicine with you at all timesLife is too short to not sample the delicious meats, juices, and desserts offered by Moroccan street vendors. However, I fully understand that there is always a risk associated with consuming things that your body is not used to. And you can never be sure of the sanitary standards of restaurants, cafes, or food stalls. This is why it is important to always carry medicine for any stomach issues that may arise. Although pharmacies are commonplace and tend to be well-stocked, you don’t want to take any chances or risk miscommunication. It’s important to bring Imodium or Pepto-Bismol while traveling anywhere, so don’t forget to take these medicines with you to Morocco.  Dried figs are your best friendIf you’re prone to experiencing stomach discomfort while traveling, invest in a bundle of dried figs. A kilo should cost you around 30 MAD, or $3. If you’re anything like me, this will be the best purchase of your trip.  Whenever you’re feeling blocked up, have a handful for a snack. You should feel relief in less than 20 minutes.Dried Figs  Cafe restrooms are open to the publicUnlike the US, most Moroccan cafes (and some restaurants) don’t require you to buy anything before using their restrooms. There are very few public bathrooms in most Moroccan cities, so don’t hesitate to go to a cafe and ask where the toilet is. The word “toilet” is easily recognizable, so there is no need to worry about not being understood.   Carry toilet paper and hand sanitizerThat being said, some restrooms in cafes, restaurants, and train stations do not have toilet paper or hand soap. In some places, you may be obliged to pay a woman a dirham for a piece of toilet paper. To avoid any confusion or discomfort, you should always carry toilet paper and hand sanitizer with you.  Don’t be friendlyShopping in traditional Moroccan marketplaces, or souks can be both an exciting and intimidating experience. Kindness in foreigners is sometimes mistaken for weakness. When shopping in Morocco, you need to forget your manners and sense of etiquette and learn to ignore or reject offers from salespeople. Although many tourists have pleasant experiences, some have reported experiencing aggression from sellers in busy tourist areas, namely Marrakech.Shopkeepers may relentlessly pressure you to buy something from them. Men wielding hawks, snakes, and monkeys may thrust the animals in your face against your will. Even the ladies offering henna may grab you without your consent.In some big cities, people might give you unsolicited help with directions or forcefully carry your luggage and then demand a tip for their unwanted services. Female tourists may be asked out on dates by men in the street.  In each of these situations, it’s important to be firm and say no if you don’t want whatever is being offered to you, or simply ignore them. You will not hurt anyone’s feelings, I promise. They will move on quickly. Morocco is a top tourist destination, and this industry is only further developing. With plenty of good reasons to visit and dozens of reputable travel agencies, Morocco will be the trip of a lifetime for families, friends, couples, and solo adventurists. read more

Some AIDS work in Africa mismatched from actual causes says UNbacked report

The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said that a series of reports from Kenya, Lesotho, Swaziland and Uganda showed a “relative lack of evidence-based policies and programmes.”On Lesotho, for example, which has the third highest adult prevalence in the world, the study shows that there is an ‘exceptionally high’ number of multiple and concurrent sexual partnerships before and during marriage, UNAIDS said. “Yet, according to the report, national prevention strategies do not explicitly address concurrent partnerships and no activities are designed specifically for adults, married couples and people in long-term steady relationships.” Meanwhile, the agency noted that efforts in Kenya are aimed at the general population. “Even where the evidence shows a clear need for it, Government funding aimed at other most-at-risk groups, such as sex workers, their clients, men who have sex with men and injecting drug users is ‘negligible or non-existent,’” UNAIDS said.At the same time, some countries under study have already begun to adapt. Uganda, for example, recommended the establishment of clear policies, standards and guidelines to improve counselling and testing services, IEC (information, education and communication) and behaviour change interventions for married and long-term sexual partners, people living with HIV and at-risk groups.“Swaziland also recommended that married, cohabiting and steady couples be acknowledged as a priority population and, further, that stronger political leadership for HIV prevention be exercised in order to build widespread engagement to address the complex norms underlying the level of vulnerability to infection in the country,” UNAIDS said. “The leadership demonstrated by the countries that have undertaken this analytic work is a first and important step towards building effective prevention strategies,” said Mark Stirling, Director of UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa.The Analysis of Prevention Response and Modes of Transmission Study series is supported by national AIDS authorities, UNAIDS and the World Bank. Mozambique and Zambia are preparing forthcoming reports.Debrework Zewdie, Director of the World Bank’s Global HIV/AIDS Unit, said, “These syntheses use the growing amounts of data and information available to better understand each country’s epidemic and response, and identify how prevention might be more effective. They are guiding the programmes we support.” 27 May 2009The publication of potential “mismatches” between prevention strategies and the actual causes of HIV/AIDS in some African countries has already helped to improve efforts to combat the disease, according to the lead United Nations agency on the issue. read more

Fast probe of bird flu cases vital to prevent human pandemic says

With Viet Nam confirming 10 more human cases of bird flu, bringing the total since mid-December to 24, 13 of them fatal, the United Nations health agency is stressing the critical need for full information to assess the risks of a pandemic that in a worst-case scenario could claim tens of millions of lives worldwide.“Rapid field investigation of each new case is essential to ensure timely detection of clusters of cases occurring in family members or health care workers,” the World Health Organization (WHO) says in its latest update.“Such cases can provide the first signal that the virus is altering its behaviour in human populations and thus alert authorities to the need to intervene quickly,” it added of the H5N1 virus, which has caused 69 reported infections, 46 of them fatal, since the first human case linked to widespread poultry outbreaks in Viet Nam and Thailand was reported in January last year.The agency has repeatedly warned that H5N1 could mutate into a new human virus with pandemic potential. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-20, which was not related to the present virus, is estimated to have killed between 20 million and 40 million people worldwide.Nearly 140 million domestic birds have died or been culled over the past year in southeast Asia in an effort to curb the spread of the disease. WHO is concerned that continuing transmission to humans might give avian and human influenza viruses an opportunity to exchange genes, facilitating a pandemic. read more

Groundbreaking for Zone expansion to be held Wednesday

The next step in a project to significantly expand Brock University’s fitness centre will take place next week.A groundbreaking ceremony for the Zone Fitness Centre expansion will be held Wednesday, April 24 at 10 a.m. in the Walker Sports Complex courtyard, which will soon be closed off to allow for the construction work to get underway.The existing Zone, opened in 2001 when Brock’s enrolment was significantly lower than it is today, is the smallest of any Ontario university. Unlike when it opened and students had to purchase memberships to use the space, all Brock students now have access to the fitness centre through the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) Student Life fee.Last year, students voted in favour of funding the project, which will see the Zone triple in size from 4,300 square feet to 15,500 square feet.It will be funded through a $17-per-credit fee for all full- and part-time undergraduate students over a period of five years, starting in September 2020, when the expansion is completed.Wednesday’s groundbreaking will include comments from past and current BUSU presidents, Brock officials and others, along with a photo opportunity. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.What: Zone Fitness Centre GroundbreakingWhen: Wednesday, April 24, 10 to 11 a.m.Where: Walker Sports Complex courtyard, Brock University read more

Over a hundred in Mosney direct provision centre register to vote in

first_img Monday 18 Mar 2019, 10:00 PM Mosney Direct Provision centre, Co Meath Image: Asylum Archive Many of the people we met had been living in Direct Provision for several years – they were very happy to learn they had a voice in the local elections.“Sometime we can take our own democracy for granted. There’s a democratic deficit in some of the countries people are coming from.”Non-EU citizens can only vote in local elections in Ireland. EU citizens can register in both the locals and European elections, both of which will be held on 24 May. Similar registration drives have taken place in Cork recently.Stephen Murphy, a social inclusion worker at Cork Council Centre, says that over 300 people have registered to vote since registration drives were launched.For many people, there was a lack of awareness of their eligibility to vote. “Not only people coming to Ireland but also their Irish colleagues,” Murphy has said.  Related Read HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE living in two direct provision centres have registered to vote in the upcoming local elections.Migrants living in direct provision centres in Mosney, Co Meath and Clondalkin Towers, Co Dublin have been signed up to vote following a recent registration drive. “You’re dealing with communities that are incredibly isolated, communities with little recourse,” Sean McCabe, a candidate for Cabra/Glasnevin in the upcoming local elections, has said. Over three days in Mosney and Clondalkin, McCabe and a number of residents of the centre went door-to-door, he says, registering people to vote. “We did our very best to reach people who weren’t in at the time,” McCabe has said. “It was met with great support.” Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4542192 By Cónal Thomas Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 24,878 Views 59 Comments Share523 Tweet Email Mar 18th 2019, 10:00 PM 13.03.19 ‘There had been enormous worry’: Direct Provision centre to remain open – and three others get the green light Over a hundred in Mosney direct provision centre register to vote in upcoming local elections Registration drives have taken place in Dublin, Cork and Meath recently. Mosney Direct Provision centre, Co Meath Image: Asylum Archive As part of the Shape Your City campaign, developed by local businesses and communities, Murphy has spearheaded 15 events to register people to vote. The only requirement is that people have resided in Ireland for six months. McCabe has said that the reaction to registration drives in Mosney and Clondalkin was largely positive, that it has raised awareness of those eligible to vote in the upcoming elections. “If you have all the local candidates and councillors canvassing Mosney and Clondalkin, then you have something transformational.”last_img read more

AdamTots Presents Show Some Respect

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Municipal Corporation to undertake infrastructure development of city

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 16, 2016 – Newly installed Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Senator, Councillor Delroy Williams, says the Municipal Corporation will undertake a comprehensive programme of infrastructural development across the city.  He said this would facilitate significant local economic activity, while supporting the Government’s national growth agenda.  The new Mayor was giving his inaugural address during Thursday’s (December 15) installation ceremony at the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation on Church Street, downtown Kingston.Among the priority areas, Senator Williams said, are the expansion of the city’s seaport; continued renovations in downtown Kingston; and increasing the speed of development approvals.Senator Williams said pivotal to these activities is timely implementation of provisions under the Town and Country Planning Act, Local Improvement Act and Building Act.  “We are committed to the orderly and progressive development of our city,” he said.Noting the Council’s cognisance of its role in the national growth agenda, Senator Williams gave the Corporation’s undertaking to execute its tasks to this end effectively and efficiently. “We will act within the statutory powers to be a facilitator,” he said.   “Development must be in keeping with the principles of good town and country planning. The management and enforcement of planning development and building control in the city will take center stage in our administration of the Municipal Corporation,” the Mayor emphasized.Senator Williams also underscored the need to establish “better synergies and linkages” to facilitate economic growth.   “We must not be obstructive to growth and development. But this must take place in a context of order and respect for the law. We must build a vibrant economy and the Municipal Corporation will play its role (in this regard),” he added.Senator Williams said the Corporation is also committed to facilitating cruise-ship stopovers in Kingston, and assured that “we will join hands with those who have been championing the effort”. He noted that entertainment is also critical to Kingston’s social, cultural and economic landscape.Senator Williams said the industry must be facilitated, based on its potential to create small, medium and large business opportunities.   “We are committed to facilitate and not hinder, but we must operate in the context of order. We must understand that Kingston cannot be the Pearl of the Antilles without the entertainment industry; but, equally, we cannot be the pearl without order. Central to our vision is order,” he emphasized Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provocenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more