18 days agoReal Madrid ace Eden Hazard: I’ve heard the chatter

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid ace Eden Hazard: I’ve heard the chatterby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEden Hazard hopes he’s gone some way to silencing his critics after his first goal for Real Madrid.Hazard struck in victory over Granada on Saturday.And he said, “The first goal is always complicated, but then you play with more confidence. I hope to score many more for this great club. It is important to score. “People are talking and I have heard many things.”That is why it is important to score goals for me.” last_img read more

Students stage protest over teacher transfer

first_imgAPTN National NewsStudents at Stobart High School in central Saskatchewan are protesting the transfer of one of their teachers.They say that too much cultural programming has been cut from the school, and they plan on circulating press releases and continuing to protest until they get answers.APTN National News reporter Larissa Burnouf was there, and has their story.last_img

US stocks rise again as investors hope for trade progress

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks in the U.S. and Europe continued to rise Tuesday led by industrial, technology and energy companies as well as retailers.The latest round of trade talks between the U.S. and China ended without word of progress, but no evident signs of setbacks either.Railroad operator Union Pacific made the largest gain in the S&P 500 index after it named an industry veteran to a top executive position.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 20 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 2,570 as of 10 a.m. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 245 points, or 1 per cent, to 23,776. The Nasdaq composite gained 45 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 6,869. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 7 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 1,413.Trading has been extremely volatile for the last few months, but if Tuesday’s early gain endures, it will be the third in a row for the S&P 500. The index hasn’t had a three-day winning streak since late November.TRADE TALKS: There was no evidence Tuesday morning that the U.S. and China made significant progress in their latest round of trade talks, and experts say it will take months for them to resolve the causes over the trade war, which include disagreements over Beijing’s handling of technology and intellectual property. But after the market’s plunges in October and December, investors have become notably more optimistic about an eventual deal. An agreement between the two biggest economic powers in the world could remove a major obstacle to global economic growth.ALL THE LIVE-LONG DAY: Union Pacific surged 9.6 per cent to $152 after it hired longtime Canadian National railroad executive Jim Vena as its chief operating officer. Vena will oversee the company’s effort to implement a new scheduling program based on what other railroads including Canadian National have been doing for years.Other transportation and industrial companies also jumped Tuesday as investors became more optimistic about continued economic growth. Rival railroad Norfolk Southern gained 3.1 per cent to $156.298 while aerospace giant Boeing rose 2.1 per cent to $334.89 and construction equipment company Caterpillar climbed 2.4 per cent to $131.29.ENERGY: Like stocks, oil prices continued their recent rally. U.S. crude was on track to rise for the eight day in the last nine as it jumped 2 per cent to $49.48 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was up 1.7 per cent to $58.32 a barrel in London.U.S. crude dropped from about $76 a barrel in early October to a low of $42 a barrel on Dec. 24 as investors worried about slowing economic growth and a supply glut. The modest recovery in oil prices has sent energy companies higher, and the S&P 500 index of energy companies has risen 7 per cent so far in 2019.LEADERS: Among technology companies, Apple rose 1.2 per cent to $149.65 and Microsoft gained 0.9 per cent to $102.99 while IBM added 1.8 per cent to $120.23. Among consumer-focused companies, Amazon rose 1.8 per cent to $1,660. Amazon surpassed Microsoft to become the most valuable publicly-traded company on Monday and built on that lead Tuesday. Elsewhere Nike picked up 1.2 per cent to $76.66.POWER DOWN: California utility PG&E slumped another 10 per cent to $17.05 after S&P Global Ratings slashed the company’s credit rating to non-investment grade or “junk” status. The stock had plunged 22 per cent Monday on reports PG&E was considering filing for bankruptcy, as it faces huge potential legal liabilities related to deadly wildfires in 2017 and 2018.BONDS: Bond prices fell and yields rose, a sign investors expect continued economic growth and higher interest rates. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.70 per cent from 2.65 per cent late Monday.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 108.88 yen from 108.59 yen. The euro fell to $1.1437 from $1.1478 and the British pound slip to $1.2737 from $1.2770.OVERSEAS: Germany’s DAX rose 1.3 per cent while Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 1.7 per cent and France’s CAC-40 was 1.1 per cent higher.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gained 0.8 per cent and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong added 0.2 per cent. The South Korean Kospi gave up 0.5 per cent.____AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAPMarley Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

History turned to ashes

first_imgPerhaps there cannot be one objective definition of loss or agony. And when it is of magnitude as that of Notre Dame, hearts sear in pain and torment. As decades of heritage went up in flames, uncountable memories, moments and meanings were buried deep and destroyed. Such creations are iconic and they remind us of the immense creativity and masterstrokes of our forefathers that have stood the test of time. The cathedral has an extraordinary power as a symbol of France and sympathising with the French in their moment of loss, people from all over the world mourned together. France’s loss was their loss, too. After all, Notre Dame is a summit of human achievement — a timeless expression of the quest for goodness, beauty and comprehension of mankind. It was indeed a ‘part of us is burning’ feeling as most aptly put by French President Emmanuel Macron. The Paris cathedral has a specific place in the collective consciousness, in France, in Europe and everywhere else in the world. It has been the most visited monument in Europe for epochs, through war and peace alike. This stone structure speaks of French history and its roots where the Christian faith held a decisive spot. With this history turning into ashes within hours, the 96-metre high spire vanishing into oblivion and the smoke clouding the Paris skyline; it was a heart-wrenching sight for hundreds of those who witnessed the collapse. Notre Dame, meaning ‘Our Lady’ in English, has been a witness to several key historical moments, with almost 13 million people visiting the cathedral every year. Just outside is a plaque that marks ‘Point Zero’ — the official centre of the capital and the marker in France from which all distances to Paris are measured. From Napoleon Bonaparte’s coronation as emperor in 1804, Joan of Arc’s beautification, several world leaders attending the memorial services for former French presidents Charles de Gaulle and François Mitterrand, to remaining largely unscathed during the two World Wars, ringing of the tenor bell to mark the end of Nazi occupation in 1944 and holding the centre stage for literary depiction in famous novels; Notre Dame has transformed itself into a character. Fifty people have been assigned to investigate the fire. As flames ravaged the cathedral’s roof, praises poured in for the ‘courage and determination’ of firefighters who ‘risked their own lives’ to salvage the building’s stone structure and its twin towers. President Macron has vowed to reconstruct it within five years and to make it ‘even more beautiful’. However, the real challenge will be to convert this catastrophe into an opportunity to come together and rebuild one of the earth’s most beautiful and historic epicentres.last_img read more

Italy lifts travel warning for Egypt resorts

first_imgROME – Italy on Sunday lifted a travel warning for Egyptian beach resorts imposed last year but continued to advise tourists to stay away from other parts of the country, saying there was still “instability and turbulence”.The foreign ministry had issued the warning in August 2013 following Islamist president Mohamed Morsi’s ouster by the military and a crackdown on protests.In its statement on Sunday it said the government in Egypt had now ended a state of emergency and ceasefire. “There is however still a climate of instability and turbulence that could lead to clashes in squares in different parts of the country,” it said.“The ongoing and difficult phase of transition that Egypt has been going through in these months also prevents us from excluding the possibility of hostile or terrorist actions,” it said.Italian tourists have traditionally been among the most numerous visitors to the land of the Pyramids and around one million visited in 2010, the last year president Hosni Mubarak was in power.Egyptian authorities said 400,000 Italians visited the country’s resorts in 2013 before the travel warning.The decline in tourism since the fall of Mubarak has hobbled Egypt’s economy.last_img read more

Moroccos Election to UNHR Council an International Recognition of Reforms Diplomat

first_imgRabat –  Morocco’s election to the UN Human rights council (for the 2014-2016 mandate) is an international recognition of the importance of reforms adopted by the country, said this Tuesday Morocco’s ambassador and permanent representative to the UN office in Geneva, Omar Hilale.This is a recognition of the international community to the pertinence of the democratic reforms conducted by Morocco and for its positive and efficient role, said the diplomat who was guest to MAP’s forum themed “Morocco’s commitment in human rights.”This is also a defeat for Morocco’s enemies who have been ceaselessly endeavoring to tarnish the Kingdom’s image, he went on. The diplomat went that the invitation extended by Moroccan officials to four UN rapporteurs for human rights to visit Morocco in the 2014-2015 period is further evidence “Morocco’s commitments for human rights.”He added that Morocco’s adherence to the UN special process is part of “a proactive approach on such sensitive issues as torture, arbitrary detentions and violence against women”.Hilale further explained that Morocco’s experience in human rights matters is the fruit of a long process of reforms based on participation and consensus, noting that human rights promotion is an irreversible constitutional commitment.The constitution adopted by referendum in 2011 is “a genuine charter” of human rights, he insisted.last_img read more

Michigan Cop Sues Police Department Says He Was Pressured

A Mundy Township police officer filed a civil lawsuit against Mundy Township and its police department alleging they pressured him to portray former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves (left) as guilty of an alleged sexual assault. Photo by Rachel Woolf/Associated Press.A Mundy Township police officer has filed a lawsuit against the township and police department, claiming that they pressured him to paint a former Michigan State basketball star as guilty of an alleged sexual assault.Officer Brian Ogle filed the suit in a Genesee County Court on May 4 accusing the department of punishing him for reporting state law violations by the township and police department to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, The Detroit News reports. Wayne County is handling the investigation into former basketball player Mateen Cleaves.In his complaint, Ogle asserts that his rights under Michigan’s Whistleblowers’ Protection Act were infringed upon and says he “found himself at odds with defendants because he would not acquiesce to defendants’ pressure to portray Mr. Cleaves as guilty of sexual assault.”Per The Detroit News, the Mundy Township officer began his investigation into Cleaves in September 2015 and informed the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office on Nov. 17 of “suspected violations” by the township and department. In a suspected retaliation, the township informed Ogle that he was in violation of their regulations on Feb. 4, the news site reports. According to the lawsuit, Ogle was then suspended for two days without pay.He is now seeking over $25,000 for lost and potential earnings, as well as emotional damages, the Detroit Free Press reports.According to Dean Yotis, Ogle’s attorney, his client was the first on the scene of the alleged sexual assault that took place Sept. 15 and had an opportunity to interview the victim.“He concluded there had not been a crime committed. And the work environment after that was full of tension, and it got to the point that he got suspended for two days,” Yeotis said.Cleaves, who played six seasons in the NBA, is accused of holding a 24-year-old woman against her will in a Mundy Township Hotel and sexually assaulting her, according to the Detroit Free Press. The former basketball star now faces charges of unlawful imprisonment, second-degree criminal sexual assault, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual penetration, and two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. If charged, Cleaves could spend 10 to 15 years behind bars, the publication also reports.The former Detroit Pistons player took to Twitter on March 16 to deny the allegations, writing, “My family and I are devastated by these false charges. I am innocent and the allegations are without merit.”Frank J. Manley, Cleaves’ lawyer, deemed the charges “outrageous, false and catastrophic to his career.” Per The Detroit News, Manley also told reporters Tuesday that he hopes the accusations made in Ogle’s lawsuit will be promptly investigated by the prosecutor’s office.“It’s troubling to me that somehow it appears the lawsuit, if true, that pressure was brought upon Ogle to conform his testimony to a certain narrative,” Manley said.Cleaves is scheduled to be back in court on May 17, The Detroit News reports. read more

Football Big shoes to fill for incoming commits like Trevon Grimes

Ohio State commit Trevon Grimes attends the Buckeyes’ game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State had a good football season, with some real NFL talent shining through. Unfortunately for Buckeye fans, a majority of that talent is leaving for the 2017 NFL Draft.Most of the impact will be felt on the defensive side of the ball, as long-time OSU cornerback Gareon Conley and stud safety Malik Hooker both decided to chase the dream of playing on Sundays. With half of the secondary gone, and Buckeyes across the country waiting patiently to hear what upcoming redshirt junior cornerback Marshon Lattimore decides, the Scarlet and Gray have more than one incoming option who can step up in a big way on defense.On offense, OSU will be without its best playmaker on offense with the loss of Curtis Samuel. On top of that, Noah Brown surprised some with his decision to leave early after essentially just one year of play.OSU has more than enough incoming talent to help fill roles, but the expectations on the freshman are going to be steep.On the top of OSU’s 2017 recruiting haul are cornerbacks Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade. Respectively, the duo is the No. 1 and No. 4 cornerbacks in the nation according to 247Sports.com.Barring Lattimore’s decision, either one or both of the young cornerbacks could be thrust into a contributing or starting role. Okudah has one interception and one fumble recovery in his career, but has the size and talent to step up at the next level.Wade, on the other hand, who has been committed to OSU for nearly two years, is a bit undersized compared to Conley and Lattimore. He has the speed to stay with nearly any receiver, but will need an increase in his physicality in order to play at a level comparative to his veteran counterparts.Raekwon McMillan has been making plays since his first year with the Buckeyes, but there is still real promise in the linebacker unit even with his departure. Although now redshirt senior Chris Worley and now junior Jerome Baker had stellar years, the name Baron Browning might be the next big name in the middle for OSU.Browning, the No. 9 prospect according to 247Sports.com, recording 189 tackles, four sacks and eight forced fumbles during his time in high school. Standing at 6-foot-2 and 229 pounds, he is a near carbon-copy size wise of McMillan.Size aside, Browning will potentially be replacing a linebacker who had over 200 tackles in his time in Columbus, and was a field general pre-snap for OSU. Although he has the resume behind him, it’ll take big time play to fill the shoes of McMillan if Browning gets the chance.Offensively, OSU has a potential replacement at H-back for Samuel in now sophomore Demario McCall. As for the loss of Brown, the Buckeyes have a plethora of receivers, but a potential replacement in either freshman Trevon Grimes or Tyjon Lindsey.Grimes and Lindsey are the No. 5 and No. 6 wide receivers in the nation according to 247Sports.com. Although both sustained season-ending injuries, each can make an impact in their own way.Grimes has a size similar to Brown, while Lindsey has speed similar to Dontre Wilson. Even though there are more experienced options, the group brings in a combined 2,780 yards and 40 receiving touchdowns.Although each position could see an upperclassmen take over, there are more than a few freshmen who could steal the spotlight. read more

Higuain made his competitive Rossoneri debut but made little impact

first_imgMilan coach Gennaro Gattuso believes that Gonzalo Higuain can give them a great deal this season even after they flopped in the second half of the match against Napoli.Gattuso also Gattuso had gone 2-0 up during the second half, however, just within 30 minutes Napoli had turned it around to lead 3-2 with a Piotr Zielinski brace and Dries Mertens tap-in.“Up until the 55th minute he was very much involved and the second goal also went through his feet. Then he too dropped intensity levels like the rest of the team, but I am sure he can give us a great deal this season.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Tiemoue Bakayoko came off the bench for his debut after the loan move from Chelsea.“He has to learn how to receive the ball and that means having the right positioning and posture. A week of training isn’t enough to knock some weaknesses out of a player and that is why I tried to use the old guard tonight.”last_img read more