Blaszczykowski goal cements Poland’s place in last 16

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Poland will play Switzerland in the last 16 of the European Championship with a big question hanging over its head: Has star striker Robert Lewandowski left his goal-scoring boots at home?Poland cemented its first appearance in the tournament’s knockout stage with a 1-0 win in Marseille on Tuesday against already eliminated Group C opponent Ukraine.Usually so clinical for Bayern Munich, and the top scorer in Euro 2016 qualifying with 13 goals, Lewandowski not only failed to find the net in Poland’s three group-stage matches, he also failed to have a single shot on target.Second-half substitute Jakub Blaszczykowski struck the winner for Poland in the 54th minute. Poland qualified second from the group behind Germany. Both finished with seven points, but Germany had a superior goal difference.Lewandowski missed a sitter in the first half. Given time and space in front of goal by a scything pass from Arkadiusz Milik through Ukraine’s defense, he aimed for the top left-hand corner, but side-footed the ball high and wide.Lewandowski squandered other chances, too, failing to connect with a fizzing cross from Milik and, moments later, getting tangled in his own feet in front of goal and firing weakly past Andriy Pyatov’s right-hand post.Coach Adam Nawalka insisted that he’s not concerned, predicting that Lewandowski will score against Switzerland on Saturday in Saint-Etienne.Instead of dwelling on Lewandowski’s drought, he focused on the striker’s link-up play with teammates, saying he is “doing a lot of fantastic work” and is “the steam power of the locomotive we have.”“The fact that Robert Lewandowski hasn’t scored a goal yet is not a problem whatsoever for our team,” he said. “It’s just a matter of time. He’s creating more and more chances and I think he will score in the next match.”Blaszczykowski quickly rewarded Nawalka for bringing him on for the second half, taking the wind out of Ukraine’s sails with his goal from a cleverly worked short corner.Poland’s Jakub Blaszczykowski, left, scores his side’s first goal during the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Ukraine and Poland at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)Found with a pass from Milik, Blaszczykowski turned right then left to make space for himself and curled in a left-footed shot.Polish fans, who comfortably outnumbered Ukrainian supporters in the 67,000-capacity Stade Velodrome, celebrated by lighting at least two flares, an action likely to bring a fine of at least 1,000 euros (US$ 1,130) for Poland from UEFA.There were brief scuffles in Marseille’s Old Port neighborhood ahead of the match, with riot police firing tear gas and detaining at least two people after rowdy fans threw bottles, and more brief clashes outside the stadium itself, where police used a water cannon and more tear gas to disperse unruly Poland fans.Inside the stadium, Poland was content to sit back for much of the second half, leaving Lewandowski alone up front, with little opportunity to redeem himself.Left winger Bartosz Kapustka will be missing for Poland against Switzerland, having picked up another yellow card in the second half.Nawalka called Switzerland, which advanced as the runner-up to France in Group A, “one of the more interesting” teams at Euro 2016, but said his squad is powered by “faith and optimism.”“It’s great to see the team is progressing,” he said. “We haven’t conceded a goal and we are still going forward.”Poland against Ukraine pitted two countries that have had contrasting fortunes since they co-hosted Euro 2012.Ukrainian football has suffered in the successive waves of turmoil that have rattled the country, with two of its top four teams last season displaced by fighting with separatists in eastern Ukraine that has killed more than 9,300 people.Poland has gained in strength. Bottom of its group in both 2008 and 2012, it now advances for the first time with a team that is solid defensively, conceding no goals in Group C against Northern Ireland, Germany and Ukraine.But it will likely need Lewandowski to start firing on all cylinders for its adventure to continue.last_img read more

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Lewis Hamilton unlikely to kneel during American anthem at F1’s US Grand Prix

first_imgTopics Ferrari vow to fight Lewis Hamilton to the bitter end of 2017 season Reuse this content Formula One 2017 Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Colin Kaepernick Read more Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Mercedes GP Since you’re here… “Sebastian has been a strong fighter all year,” he said. “He has had a few issues technically but the car is as good as it’s always been. I anticipate they will be very strong this weekend and for the next four races. I have to keep the pressure on, there is no reason to back out. I have to keep pushing forwards.”Fernando Alonso announced in Austin that he will remain with McLaren for next season. He had been deeply unhappy with their underperforming Honda power unit for the past three seasons, has not won a race since 2013 and has scored only eight points this season. The team opting to switch to Renault engines for 2018 was crucial to his decision.“McLaren has the technical resource and financial strength to be able to very quickly win races and world championships in F1,” he said. “Although the last few years have not been easy, we have never forgotten how to win and I believe we can achieve that again soon.”His deal is understood to cover more than one year but with options for the future, although the 36-year-old did not give any further details.center_img Motor sport Lewis Hamilton has said he has no plan to join the protests that have been taking place across the US by kneeling during the national anthem before the US Grand Prix in Austin this weekend. The British driver, who could win his fourth world championship in Texas, had said he was considering making the gesture but insists that at the moment he is fully focused on winning the race.Hamilton has expressed his support for the protests, which were instigated when the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat or knelt during the anthem at NFL games last year as a reaction to racial injustice and police brutality. Hamilton had said he had been thinking about joining the protest when on the grid in Austin but, while he reiterated his support for the cause, did not want to be distracted from his goal. Share on Twitter news Lewis Hamilton Formula One Share via Email The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on Pinterest “There has been a lot of mention of it,” he said. “I know a lot of people in America, black and white people, so I get a good view of what is happening here and about the movement, which is pretty huge. I respect it highly. The movement that Kaepernick started is awesome and I am very much in support of it – but I am here to win. That is the top of my priority at the moment, so I am not really focused on anything else at the moment.”Hamilton leads Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by 59 points and can take the title in Austin if he finishes 16 points ahead of the German. Should Hamilton win the US Grand Prix, he will become world champion if Vettel finishes sixth or lower. If the 32-year-old finishes second, he will become world champion if Vettel finishes ninth or lower and Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas fails to win.Should Hamilton take the title he will become Britain’s most successful driver, hence victory being his priority.The US president, Donald Trump, denounced the anthem protests as unpatriotic and called on NFL franchises to fire or suspend players, and suggested fans should boycott matches.However, Hamilton is concentrating only on the race: “I am not going to allow all the BS surrounding this topic to pull me down in striving to win this world title,” he said. “I’ve worked really hard to be where I am today and while I do have opinions and feeling towards the whole situation, at the moment I have no plans on doing anything.”Hamilton has enjoyed a 73-point swing his favour in the five races since the summer break. He has won four. Vettel, in contrast, went out in a first-lap crash in Singapore, finished fourth in Malaysia and retired with a spark plug failure in Japan. Despite his advantage, Hamilton is taking nothing for granted, though.last_img read more

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Easy World Records to Break: How to Become No. 1

first_img 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Commons/WikimediaLook, I probably don’t know you personally, so don’t take this the wrong way, but I just don’t think you’re ever going to be the world’s strongest man. Or the fastest. Or the tallest. And you’re probably never going to own the world’s largest collection of stamps or bake the biggest cake or grow the biggest pumpkin.But you know what you could do? You could set the record for the fastest mile run while wearing a cowboy hat and bathrobe and carrying two Greenwing Macaws. Or you could build the world’s largest penny-farthing bicycle. And maybe you could even set the record for eating the most Peanut Butter M&M’S while standing naked in Times Square, which would probably only be like, 10 or 15 minutes before New York’s finest took you down with extreme prejudice.However, those easy-to-break world records are also — how does one put this? — stupid. Sure, you could be the first one to complete this or that inane or obscure or inscrutable goal, but it’s hardly an accomplishment if no one else will ever care. Instead, today we’ve found five easy world records — monitored by both Guinness Book of World Records and RecordSetter — to break that might actually get you a few free beers (or at least a nod of genuine admiration).Most Stamps Licked In One Minute Editors’ Recommendations The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked center_img The current Guinness Book of World Records record for the most stamps licked and applied to envelopes is 70, and it has been held by a gentleman from Nepal since 2010. Sure, averaging more than a stamp a second is impressive, but it’s not some pseudo-inhuman feat that you shouldn’t even dream of rivaling. Nay, this is a record that’s not only within the realm of possibility to beat, but one that might just earn you the kind of bragging rights your years warming the bench during high school football games failed to satisfy. “Hey, I licked and applied at least 71 stamps in 60 seconds, can you buy me a drink? Well, can I buy you a drink? OK, can I buy myself a drink?”The World’s Biggest Disco BallCommons/WikimediaAt present, the biggest disco ball ever created measured more than 33 feet in diameter. It was made for the band Chic, who have been belting out hits since the late 1970s and setting world records for displaying massive balls — er — disco balls since 2014. Yes, creating a sphere that’s more than 33 feet across and covering it with reflective squares will take effort, but if you set your mind to it, you really can’t be stopped. The only question is … why set your mind to it?The Fastest Heel-to-Toe 10-Meter “Sprint”The world record for walking 10 meters heel-to-toe is 10.58 seconds. You could walk heel-toe-heel-toe faster than that, right? Just keep practicing and focusing on your balance and you’ll have it in no time. And the larger your feet, the easier it becomes to attain this record. Like say Shaquille O’Neal decided to go for this record: at a basically unheard of size 22 foot, he would have to take half the steps of many contenders. Granted, you’re not Shaq, but … if you were, that would help a lot here.Fastest Chess Board SetupDavid Kinney/FlickrThe current RecordSetter speed record for setting up a chessboard from random distribution dumped onto the board is just over 24 seconds. It was set in mid 2015, and look — it’s impressive. But if you keep at it, you will beat this record. My advice is not to worry too much about your own speed, but about the luck of the positioning of the pieces when you dump them into the middle of the board, as required for this record attempt. Bad pour of the pieces? Just start over. The fact is, the record time hasn’t shrunk dramatically in many years off attempts, so if you stick with it, this is one you can attain.The Largest Collection of All Sorts of StuffGuinness World RecordsAt the time of this writing, the world’s largest privately held collection of rubber ducks belongs to a woman who has just over 5,630 rubber duckies. The largest collection of jigsaw puzzles was numbered at just under 1,050 a couple years back. The biggest collection of teddy bears was a bit over 8,000. These records are all impressive at first glance, but then you realize that all you need to do to surpass them is spend money. Buy 5,700 rubber duckies, and you’ve got a lock on the rubber ducky record. By 1,100 puzzles, and you have that one in place with a margin. Get 8,500 bears for good measure, and then get yourself some counseling sessions, because that’s a bit crazy … but still a record.When you’re ready, check out Guiness’ instructions on how to break (or set) a world record. How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? last_img read more

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La NouvelleÉcosse célèbre sa première Journée du patrimoine

first_imgLes Néo-Écossais profiteront d’un nouveau jour férié le 16 février prochain. La vice-première ministre, Diana Whalen, et le ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, Tony Ince, ont officialisé la Journée du patrimoine de la Nouvelle-Écosse aujourd’hui, 6 février, à Province House. « Beaucoup de Néo-Écossais voulaient une journée de congé au milieu de l’hiver. J’ai fait des pressions pendant près de 10 ans pour l’obtention d’un jour férié en février et je suis très heureuse que ça devienne une réalité, a déclaré Mme Whalen. La Journée du patrimoine de la Nouvelle-Écosse donnera aux Néo-Écossais l’occasion de célébrer notre patrimoine culturel collectif et l’apport de tous les Néo-Écossais. » Les élèves du préscolaire jusqu’à la 12e année ont contribué à nommer ce nouveau jour férié et à choisir les personnes, les lieux et les événements qui seront célébrés dans les prochaines années. Cette année, la Journée du patrimoine rend hommage à l’Afro-Néo-Écossaise Viola Desmond. En 1946, Mme Desmond avait été arrêtée pour avoir refusé de quitter la section réservée aux Blancs dans un cinéma de New Glasgow. Une exposition de documents liés à cette affaire sera mise en ligne sur le site Web des Archives de la Nouvelle-Écosse en février. « Rendre hommage à Mme Desmond durant le Mois du patrimoine africain est tout à fait pertinent, a déclaré M. Ince. Son histoire illustre parfaitement la force de caractère pour laquelle les Néo-Écossais sont reconnus. » Plusieurs activités commémoratives auront lieu partout dans la province en même temps que les activités du Mois du patrimoine africain. La « North End Business Association » organise un atelier à la succursale nord de la bibliothèque d’Halifax pour créer une pièce commémorative, et « Music Nova Scotia » tiendra un concours pour la composition d’une chanson. Au cours des sept prochaines années, le ministère des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine travaillera avec les collectivités pour célébrer la Journée du patrimoine de la Nouvelle-Écosse et rendre hommage aux personnes, lieux et événements choisis qui seront : « En plus de profiter d’une journée de congé, nous nous rappellerons officiellement tous les ans un volet de notre histoire riche et variée, et cela nourrira notre fierté par rapport à notre province, son passé, son présent et son avenir », a ajouté M. Ince. Le Musée maritime de l’Atlantique et le Musée d’histoire naturelle à Halifax, de même que le Musée de l’industrie à Stellarton, seront ouverts et l’admission sera gratuite. La Journée du patrimoine de la Nouvelle-Écosse sera célébrée tous les ans le troisième lundi de février. Les bureaux du gouvernement provincial seront fermés durant les heures normales de travail le 16 février. Pour des renseignements sur les normes du travail, allez à http://novascotia.ca/lae/employmentrights/NovaScotiaHeritageDay.asp. Pour des renseignements sur Viola Desmond et les personnes, les lieux et les événements qui seront célébrés dans les prochaines années, allez à http://heritageday.novascotia.ca. Pour les activités qui rendent hommage à Viola Desmond et célèbrent le mois du patrimoine africain, allez à http://ansa.novascotia.ca/events-calendar. en 2016, Joseph Howe en 2017, le patrimoine mi’kmaw en 2018, Mona Louise Parsons en 2019, Maud Lewis en 2020, Africville en 2021, Edward Francis Arab en 2022, Grand-Pré. last_img read more

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NSBI Approves Innovation Rebate

first_imgNova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. Since 1971, Michelin’s Pictou County site has been home to the company’s second-largest rubber-mixing operation. The facility also produces passenger-car and light-truck tires, curing membranes and houses corporate offices. Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. is taking new steps to develop its Pictou operation with new equipment that will be the first of its kind in North America. The company is proceeding with a $14,278,000 total capital investment to install an innovative semi-finished manufacturing process, creating products that will be used in Michelin sites across the continent. New equipment will create a previously imported product and will improve efficiency with faster production processes, increasing capacity of the facility and global competitiveness. The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $3,569,500 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $14,278,000. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $2 million and $15 million. An approved rebate is 25 per cent against eligible project costs. the Innovation Rebate Program was developed in consultation with Nova Scotia companies the program provides financial incentives on projects that enable a company to increase innovation capacity through private-sector capital investments or adoption of new technologies and business processes the program provides a 25 per cent rebate based on eligible project costs, as defined in the Innovation Rebate Program Guidelines the total project cost must be between $2 million and $15 million. The maximum amount of eligible project costs to which the rebate will be applied is $15 million the maximum rebate amount for an eligible project, including related parties, cannot exceed $3,750,000 over a 24-month period the innovation rebate works as a rebate against a company’s direct costs and is only paid out once the project is complete Information on NSBI transactions can be found athttp://www.novascotiabusiness.com/fundingdisclosures . -30-center_img Quick facts:last_img read more

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ONGC fined Rs 205 crore for green norm violation

first_imgGuwahati: The Pollution Control Board, Assam has slapped a fine of Rs 2.05 crore on PSU firm Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) for allegedly violating an order by the Supreme Court and causing pollution to the environment. The board’s order was issued considering violation of environmental laws in six wells of the state-owned energy behemoth in Assam. “Pollution Control Board, Assam, is constrained to inform you that you have nonchalantly violated the provisions of law in force causing pollution to the environment “Environmental compensation fine amounting to Rs 2,04,90,000 only has been assessed as per formula provided by the NGT, Principal Bench,” said the order dated September 5, 2019.last_img

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Conservatives say Energy East would prevent dependence on Saudi oil

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal Conservatives are invoking the risk of dependence on oil from countries like Saudi Arabia as an argument to revive the Energy East pipeline, even though the pipeline was intended to carry oil almost entirely for export.Pierre Paul-Hus, a Quebec MP, told reporters Monday that it is time to stop being “hypocritical” about energy supply. He said Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s proposal to sit down with TransCanada is aimed at making Canada self-sufficient in oil.Study of the project, which was opposed by many Quebec municipalities, revealed that it would have served almost exclusively to export Alberta oil to foreign markets.TransCanada abandoned the pipeline one year ago after the National Energy Board modified the environmental assessment process.In a speech Sunday aimed at beginning the countdown to the Oct. 21, 2019 federal election, Scheer said a Conservative government would seek to revive the project.The pipeline, opposed by environmentalists and Indigenous groups among others, was a key issue in the last federal campaign, especially in Quebec.last_img read more

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Moroccan Artisan Product Exports Increase by 93% over Last Year

Rabat – Moroccan artisan product exports have performed well in January to July 2018, increasing by 93 percent from the same period last year.According to statistics from the Ministry of Handicrafts, Social Economy and Solidarity, Morocco’s handmade exports have increased notably.Brassware tops the list of artisan exports; demand abroad multiplied by 7.4 compared to the amount shipped in 2017. Pottery and stone also performed well. The jewelry industry posted a 99 percent increase in exports, followed directly by wood and wrought-iron sectors, whose sales rose by 82 percent.Exports of traditional carpets and clothing increased by 19 percent and 9 percent, respectively.The primary importers Moroccan handmade products are European countries. Italy imported the largest volume of artisan products, followed by Belgium.Handmade exports to the United States grew by 32 percent, which together with Arab countries accounted for 65 percent of total handicraft export turnover.Read also: Exports of Moroccan Handicrafts Record 32 Percent Increase in 2017 Efforts to preserve handicrafts industry The artisan sector is of a great importance to Morocco as it reflects the kingdom’s identity and heritage. The supervising ministry is deploying efforts to preserve craftsmanship by signing several agreements to promote handicraft products abroad and improving artisans’ working conditions.In 2017, the Ministry of Handicrafts signed three agreements.The first aimed to engage craftsmen in an English training program to improve their communication and the sale of their products. The supervising ministry signed the agreement with the American Embassy and the American Language Center.The second agreement signed by representatives from a number of Moroccan and American organizations aims to improve the quality of Moroccan handicrafts, the attractiveness of artisan products in the US market and matching handicraft products to contemporary trends.The third agreement reflects the ministry’s desire to preserve Moroccan heritage, especially carpet-making. The supervising ministry signed an agreement with the National Museum Foundation to launch a carpet museum in Marrakech.In June 2018, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani received a delegation of the national trade unions who requested the expansion of health coverage to cover craftsmen, who constitute a large number of Moroccans. The request is still being examined. read more

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Stocks move broadly higher, led by technology companies

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks moved broadly higher in early trading on Wall Street Thursday as technology stocks offset declines in the banking sector.Apple rose 2.8 per cent as it continues to announce new products. Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants soared 6.4 per cent after reporting earnings that were far better than analysts were expecting.Biogen, a major biotechnology company, took a 29 per cent nosedive after stopping a trial for an Alzheimer’s drug. Other health care stocks also fell. JPMorgan led a decline in banks with a loss of 1.8 per cent.Bond prices continued to rise, sending yields lower, a day after the Federal Reserve said it expected the economy to slow down and that it no longer expected to raise interest rates this year.KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 62 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 25,806 as of 10:20 a.m. The S&P 500 index rose 0.3 per cent and the Nasdaq composite rose 0.4 per cent.BIOGEN BOMBS: The biotechnology giant plunged after the company halted development of a highly anticipated Alzheimer’s drug. The company and its partner determined that the drug would likely be ineffective.Like its peers, the drugmaker spends heavily on research and development in the hopes that revenue from a successful drug will make up for the costs.GUESS NOT: Clothing retailer Guess gave investors a disappointing fourth-quarter report and forecast, sending shares 14.5 per cent lower.The company’s fourth-quarter profit and revenue both came up short of forecasts. Its profit forecast for the year also fell far shy of Wall Street’s expectations.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

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SecretaryGeneral condemns senseless double bombings in Baghdad

The car bombings near the Iraqi Ministry of Justice and the Baghdad Provincial Governorate Building in central Baghdad are the deadliest since the explosions on 19 August that killed around 100 people in the capital.Mr. Ban “strongly condemns these senseless and indiscriminate acts of violence that repeatedly target the innocent and aim to disrupt Iraq’s recovery,” his spokesperson said in a statement.“The Secretary-General urges all Iraqis to unite in the face of these deplorable acts and to work with heightened urgency to protect Iraq’s political progress, including by adhering to the date of 16 January 2010 to hold free and fair national elections,” the statement added. The Security Council also condemned today’s attacks in a statement released to the press by Ambassador Le Luong Minh of Viet Nam, which holds the rotating monthly presidency of the 15-member body for October.Council members reiterated that “no terrorist act can reverse a path towards peace, democracy and reconstruction in Iraq, which is supported by the people and the Government of Iraq and the international community.”Last month Iraqi President Jalal Talabani called on the UN to set up an independent international commission to probe deadly bombings and attacks that have struck the country since 2008, including the 19 August blasts. 25 October 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the double bombings which killed and wounded hundreds today in Baghdad, and called on all Iraqis to work to protect the progress the country has achieved so far. read more

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Quebecor secondquarter earnings improve on strength in Videotron segment

The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Quebecor Inc. reported significantly improved second-quarter earnings of $140.2 million, driven by strength in its Videotron mobile phone segment.The Montreal-based company’s net income attributable to shareholders was $140.2 million, or 55 cents per share, up significantly from $42 million, or 18 cents per share in the same quarter of 2018 — figures that have been restated to reflect a change in accounting requirements for lease agreements.Revenue was $1.06 billion, up 1.8 per cent from the same period of 2018.Adjusted income from continuing operations was $136.2 million, or 53 cents per share, compared with $105.9 million, or 45 cents per share, a 29 per cent increase.Analysts had expected revenue of $1.07 billion and adjusted income of $127.7 million, or 49 cents per share, according to financial data firm Refinitiv.The company’s Videotron telecommunications segment — which operates wireless and cable services in Quebec — saw revenue growth of 11.9 per cent for mobile phones and by 2.6 per cent for internet access.Mobile subscribers increased by 38,300 in the second quarter of 2019 compared with a growth of 31,900 in the same period of 2018.The company announced in June that it would make deep budget cuts and eliminate 68 jobs at its TVA Group Inc. television broadcasting segment as it grapples with the globalization of content and new competitors.“The corporation’s operating profits continued to show strong growth, driven by Videotron. It demonstrates our ability to deliver on our action plans, which target promising investments for the corporation’s future,” said Pierre Karl Peladeau, president and chief executive officer of Quebecor.The Montreal-based company has been locked in a viewership battle with BCE Inc., owner of Bell Canada and Bell Media, as the rivals clashed in some specialized niches, including sports.In April, Quebecor temporarily suspended TVA Sports’ signal for Bell subscribers until a judge ordered the return of the service. Quebecor has criticized Bell for not paying it royalties that reflect the fair value of its specialty channels, especially TVA Sports, which is suffering because the Montreal Canadiens missed the playoffs two years in a row.In July, Bell Media scooped up Groupe V Media, giving it a conventional French-language channel to compete against TVA. read more

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Indonesia must tackle rising discrimination and violence says UN human rights chief

“Indonesia has a rich culture and history of diversity and tolerance. At the same time, it risks losing this if firm action is not taken to address increasing levels of violence and hatred towards religious minorities and narrow and extremist interpretations of Islam,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay.Speaking at a press conference in the capital, Jakarta, Ms. Pillay commended the South-east Asian nation for its high rate of ratification of international human rights treaties. It is party to eight core human rights conventions. At the same time, during her talks with the Government, the High Commissioner stressed the importance of translating Indonesia’s international human rights obligations into domestic law.“I have seen that this process has begun in many areas and encourage the Government to continue with this and resist any back-sliding in legislative standards at the local or national levels,” she stated.She added that Indonesia remains a young democracy, which has suffered from decades of military rule, and still has to strengthen accountability mechanisms aimed at identifying responsibilities for past and present human rights violations.A fundamental principle of international human rights law, she continued, is non-discrimination.“Indonesia has a rich culture and history of diversity and tolerance,” she said. “At the same time, it risks losing this if firm action is not taken to address increasing levels of violence and hatred towards religious minorities and narrow and extremist-interpretations of Islam.”During her visit, Ms. Pillay met with representatives from the Ahmadiyya, Christian, Shia and traditional belief communities. “I was distressed to hear accounts of violent attacks, forced displacement, denial of identification cards and other forms of discrimination and harassment against them,” she said. “I was also concerned to hear that the police have been failing to provide adequate protection in these cases.” She said she was also shocked to hear the level of discrimination and injustices that many women victims of violence that she met with said they had faced. “I am particularly concerned to hear about the arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement of Sharia Law in Aceh, enforcing brutal punishments of stoning and caning, and raids on hair salons and other places where people gather, creating an environment of intimidation and fear. “I was also concerned to hear about police violence against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community and urged the Government to ensure their protection. I also encouraged the Government to ensure sexual and reproductive rights of unmarried girls and women,” said Ms. Pillay.While on her visit, the High Commissioner continued, she learned more about the “extent and egregious nature” of past violations of human rights, from the killings of communists in 1965 and of students in the late 1990s, to later crimes in the Aceh region and what is now Timor-Leste. “I was encouraged to learn about the conduct of a number of high-level inquiries and the passing of a law in 2000 on the establishment of human rights courts,” she stated. “I, however, regret that these steps appear now to have stalled and have so far not led to credible prosecutions of perpetrators. There is a need to strengthen the political will to address serious human rights violations that took place in the past.”Indonesia, she added, has “shown great promise in coming out of a dark period of history and transforming itself into a vibrant democracy.” The UN official has also offered the Government the assistance of her office to further help in promoting human rights and good practices. “We would be glad to help in any way we can in a sustained effort to improve the human rights of all the inhabitants of Indonesia,” she said. read more

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Metso receives Chilean mining suppliers award in the crushing and mills segment

first_imgMetso has received two awards due to the results in the Second Ranking of the Chiliean mining suppliers. The study by Phibrand, organised by the Editec Editorial Group and sponsored by the Mining Ministry, Aprimin and Imagine Chile, measured for a second time the perception that mining companies have regarding suppliers of equipment and services in the national mining industry.The opinion research was based on survey carried out in April and May 2013, with 350 people participating. Six percent of the survey was completed by top managment professionals, with 32% area managers and 62% operational headquarters, all having purchase responsibilities and linked to different site engineering firms around the country.Metso was awarded first place in the category of most successful company in the crushers and mills segment. Metso also received the award of second place in the category of most representative brands in the national mining industry.In the First Ranking conducted in 2012, 40% of those surveyed felt that Metso was the most successful company in the field of crushers and mills in the surface mining industry.  In 2013, 43% of those surveyed affirmed the same perception. Metso also obtained the spontaneous mention of 28% of the respondents as the second most representative company of the mining industry.This study details the current scene of the suppliers industry in national mining. The research aims at suppliers of large scale mining who base their business strategy on scientific information of the market. Thus, the suppliers can improve their dissemination and the mining companies can make wiser decisions to choose a product or a service.last_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Tuesday

first_img Jun 26th 2018, 7:55 AM http://jrnl.ie/4091792 Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 8:42 AM The 9 at 9: Tuesday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. 11,826 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #COLLUSION The widow of Pat Finucane, a solicitor murdered in Belfast in 1989 in his family home, will take a case calling for a full public inquiry into the crime to the UK Supreme Court today.2. #TOLERENCE A US border security chief says he has temporarily stopped launching criminal prosecutions of migrants who illegally enter the country with children.3. #FRANCO An 85-year-old Spanish doctor will appear in a Madrid court today, the first person to go on trial over thousands of suspected cases of babies stolen from their mothers during the Franco era.4. #COMREG Phone company Eir has been fined €23,500 for continually overcharging customers after it assured a court it had implemented measures to prevent the problem from happening again.5. #MIND THE GAP Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan will today seek Cabinet backing to draft legislation forcing employers to publish gender pay gap data, RTÉ reports.6. #BUZZ Buzz Aldrin, the US astronaut and the second man to walk on the Moon, is suing two of his children and a former business manager alleging they stole money and are slandering his legacy, the BBC reports.7. #HARLEY-DAVIDSON US president Donald Trump is lashing out at Harley Davidson over its plans to shift some manufacturing of its iconic motorcycles overseas to avoid retaliatory European tariffs imposed last week.8. #CALIFORNIA A 77-year-old-man set a fire to lure firefighters to his Southern California retirement home so he could shoot them, local authorities have said. The attack killed one firefighter and wounded another.9. #HOT Finally, Met Éireann has reported that it may stay up to 15 degrees during some nights in the week ahead so experts have given some advice to stay cool at night. By Adam Daly Image: Shutterstock/LARISA DUKA 1 Comment Short URL Share Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/LARISA DUKAlast_img read more

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Try This Horns herald holidays

first_imgThe Big Horn Brass Holiday Show is part of an annual tradition that began in 1983. The concert will feature contemporary and traditional carols, performed by the 16-member band. Big Horn Brass consists of musicians from the region’s symphonies, ensembles and brass bands. The holiday show will include guest vocalist Shirley Nanette, a member of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, and benefit the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.When: 7 p.m. tonight.Where: LifePoint Church, 305 N.E. 192nd Ave., Vancouver.Admission: $25, $10 for students.Telephone: 360-735-7278Web: http://bighornbrass.orgThe holiday concert is one of many options for getting out and about this weekend.Travel through the woods with SantaTake a trip on the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad’s Christmas Tree Train, where visitors can enjoy the ride, visit with Santa and take home a Christmas tree of their choice. The historic railroad ride travels through the forests of north Clark County on a 10-mile round-trip that includes Moulton Falls and a 330-foot rock tunnel.When: 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. today and Sunday.Where: Chelatchie Prairie Railroad station, 207 N. Railroad Ave., Yacolt.Admission: $15, $14 for seniors, $10 for youth, $8 for children; trees are $20 to $40; family packages (four tickets plus a tree) are $55 to $75Telephone: 360-686-3559.Web: http://bycx.com ‘Belles’ offers a little fun-filled holiday chaosFamily dynamics take the stage in the contemporary production “Christmas Belles.” The Futrell Sisters are anything but festive as the church Christmas program slips into chaos, with a grumpy Santa and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. Will they be able to save the holiday show and solve their own family issues before Christmas Eve?When: 8 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday.Where: Serendipity Playhouse, 500 Washington St., Vancouver.Admission: $15.Telephone: 360-834-3588Web: http://serendipityplayers.orgSugar plums and snowflakesCelebrating an annual holiday tradition, Columbia Dance presents its 15th annual production of “The Nutcracker.” Audiences will be treated to the dancing Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, the Snow King and Snow Queen and others as Clara travels to the Land of Sweets with her transformed nutcracker Prince.When: 2 and 7 p.m. today, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday.Where: Royal Durst Theatre, 3101 Main St., VancouverAdmission: $18, $10 for children 12 and younger.Telephone: 360-737-1922Web: http://columbiadance.orgReturn to Middle Earth with ‘The Hobbit’Set before the first “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is a simple hobbit who lives in the Shire, sheltered from the larger world. That is, until the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a group of dwarves arrive, convincing Bilbo to help them on their quest to reclaim their homeland. Bilbo and the group find their journey fraught with dangerous orcs, goblins and an encounter with Gollum and his mysterious gold ring. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is rated PG-13.last_img read more

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Road crash kills 2 traders

first_imgRoad accident logoTwo mango traders were killed after a truck hit a battery-run auto-rickshaw from behind in Sapahar upazila of Naogaon district on Friday morning.The deceased are Abdul Salam, 27, son of a certain Majed Hossain, from Bakrail Bishnathpur village in Sapahar upazila and Hiron, 30, son of one Siddik Bepari from Borochar Samaiya village in Bhola sadar upazila.Police said Salam and Hiron were going by an auto-rickshaw to a zero-point area of the upazila to buy mangoes from wholesalers.A Chapainawabganj-bound rice-laden truck knocked the auto-rickshaw from behind as soon as they got into the vehicle in Godownpara area around 8:00am, leaving the two traders dead on the spot, the law enforcement said.Police have seized the truck but its driver managed to flee the scene, said Sapahar police station officer-in-charge Shamsul Alam Shah.“We are processing to file a suit in this connection,” he added.last_img read more

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The Weirdest And Worst Game Of Thrones Fan Art

first_imgAs we careen into the final seasons of Game of Thrones, it’s hard not to notice that the showrunners are trying to pack as much plot as they can into each episode. That’s not surprizing – adapting mammoth doorstop books into a TV show is hard work, and with a cast of characters this big it’s almost impossible. But the show continues to pull boffo ratings and drive the conversation, so all’s well that ends well.One of the many ways that GoT has infiltrated the geekosphere is, of course, with fan art. Tumblr and DeviantArt are full of takes on the world of Westeros, the franchise’s most iconic characters, and more. And while a lot of that fan art is incredible, some of it… is not. Weird fetishes, inept rendering and more await you as we journey into the weirdest and worst Game of Thrones fan art on the Internet.View as: One Page Slides1. Cersei TicklingOf course, there’s plenty of tickle fetish material in the Game of Thrones art world, but this piece is especially funny for how tiny they drew Tyrion. You could pick him up and put him in your vest pocket!2. Jon Snow DuckI’m sorely tempted to write George R. R. Martin and ask him “you know, the books are pretty good, but what if the main characters were actually ducks? Maybe you should delay them a little more and rewrite around that.”3. Wild GasThe inflation fetishists have found Game of Thrones and are busily pumping the leads up with air. Maybe if Daenerys gets enough gas in her she’ll be able to have her dragons tow her like a zeppelin.4. MSPaint Golden CrownThere’s a dude out there who is trying to tell the entire story of A Song Of Ice And Fire using MSPaint drawings. It was almost impossible to pick just one, but this shot of Khal Drogo and his six-pack giving a molten gold crown to Viserys Targaryen tickled us on many levels.5. Realistic BrienneYes, we know Brienne of Tarth isn’t supposed to be conventionally beautiful, but this portrait – assembled from descriptions straight from GRRM’s pen – looks like something from Ren & Stimpy.6. Melisandre WedgieStannis Baratheon has made some dumb choices in his life, but giving a wedgie to the Red Priestess would top them all. This drawing is by a dude who basically specializes entirely in wedgie art, because it’s 2017 and that qualifies as a job.7. Sonic Jon Snow”You know nothing, Jon Snow. Except for the fact that you gotta go fast!” Sega’s speedy blue hedgehog is required inclusion in every fandom, and casting him as Ned Stark’s bastard son is par for the course.8. Littlefinger’s Prize SparrowOne of the weirdest things I learned in my trawl through Game of Thrones fan art is that a lot of people are horny for Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish. This fine illustration depicts the artist’s OC (original character) luring the devious schemer to bed with her anime womanly charms.9. The Joy Of MotherhoodThere are a lot of bizarre drawings of Dany and her dragons on DeviantArt, but this is the only one that looks like it was drawn by a guy on the Atlantic City boardwalk for ten dollars.10. The HoundI have to give the artist credit for at least trying to get some of the personality of our dear Sandor Clegane across in this rendering, but it’s hard to not see the weird square boobs and take him seriously.11. Ned Stark As A WolfAnd lo, where there is a popular TV series or other media property, there will be a teenage girl on hand to draw every single character as a dog or a wolf. So the prophecy has always foretold.12. Smother Of DragonsI guess, as puns go, it’s not that bad, but I can’t help but feel bad for that poor reptile. Also the person who had to sacrifice their curtains to contain mega-fattened Daenerys’s honking hooters.13. The King In The Narrow SeaCool sword, Stannis. Be a shame if you dropped it in the water, because it’s bigger than you are and all.14. Khal Drogo And Shadow The HedgehogThey absolutely would be friends and nothing you have to say could ever convince me otherwise so don’t try in the comments because I swear to God I won’t read them.15. Daenerys PortraitI really don’t know what’s going on here except that the Mother of Dragons looks like she just got finished doing a community theater remake of Gummo. Really rough look.16. Daenerys PortraitEven in the world of Game of Thrones, there must be art to hang in motel rooms.17. The Huckleberry HoundYou know, why not. Martin hasn’t even written the last book yet, there could be anything in there. At this point, we should just consider all of this fan art canon and call it a day.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.AdChoices广告last_img read more

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Why invest in Belarus

first_imgDirect access to the market of the Customs Union and Common Economic Space (Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan); abolition of internal customs barriers; completion of the formation of Common Economic Space; liberalization of foreign exchange transactions; the country’s geographical position; the intersection of rail and road routes, oil and gas pipelines, communication systems, water and air communications between the industrialized Western Europe and Asia are some of the reasons why one should invest in Belarus. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There is also political, social and economic stability. The country also has an abundance of skilled labour. The state relies on public-private partnership. A key advantage for investing in Belarus is reducing of the share of public sector and privatization of state property. This ensures efficient use of resources.For large strategic enterprises of Belarus refused to quick sale of state assets. National legislation provides for various forms of investor participation in the privatization process. The Investment Agreement with the Republic of Belarus provides investors with additional incentives and preferences. This allows the investor to establish additional safeguards to protect their capital and also get preferential treatment and incentives for the investment project.last_img read more

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Man caught near Nepal border with expired visa

first_imgDarjeeling: A Russian national was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly travelling and staying in India without any valid visa.The 45-year-old man, Sergei Demin had left his country, Russia around 8 years ago. He used to often travel around Delhi, Kolkata, Siliguri and Nepal. He has been residing in India for the past 5 years without a valid visa. On Wednesday, when he was entering India from Nepal, the SSB at Panitanki (Indo-Nepal border) near Siliguri became suspicious. He was frisked. A passport was found. However, his visa had expired long back. Sergei had come in through Birtamore in Nepal and crossed over Mechi bridge to enter India. He was the arrested by the SSB. Sergei can converse in Nepali, Bengali and Hindi. He told police he had landed at Delhi Airport in 2011 and headed for Nepal. After his visa had expired he had started residing in far flung South Kali area of Nepal. From here he used to frequent Kolkata via Siliguri. In Kolkata, he was taking lessons in Sanskrit. This time as well he was headed to Kolkata to continue with the lessons. He claimed that after his visa expired in 2014 he was unable to return to Russia. Police recovered Rs 60,476 from him. Police have started an investigation. “We are probing from where he got the money. Does he have any link or what is his actual purpose of visit or stay in India and Nepal,” stated a police source.last_img read more

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