Minister Grange Congratulates Jamaica Commonwealth Games Team

first_imgThe Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has said that she has nothing but praise for the Jamaica Team which came out of the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Australia with a record 27 medals.“It is the first time that Jamaica is winning this many medals at the Commonwealth Games with a significant number of the medals coming from the field.“We must take notice of how well Jamaica did in the field events which is a mark of the overall progress that we have been making in track and field.“There were more striking firsts: Aisha Praught-Leers history making gold-medal run in the Steeple Chase which was followed by Natalia Goule getting Jamaica’s first medal ever in the Women’s 800m when she took the bronze and the Sunshine Girls beating New Zealand for the first time in an international tournament to win the netball bronze.“And then we must specially acknowledge our athletes who won medals in the same event as did Frederick Dakers and Travis Smikle who won gold and silver in the Discuss; Kimberley Williams and Shaneika Ricketts who won gold and silver in the Triple Jump; Ronald Levy and Hansle Parchment who won gold and silver in the Men’s 100m Hurdles and Christiana Williams and Gayon Evans who won silver and bronze in the Women’s 100m.Congratulations from an appreciative nation to the Jamaica Commonwealth Games Team, including the coaches and other members of the support staff,” Miss Grange concluded.last_img read more

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Via Rail places 989million train order with Siemens for key rail corridor

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Via Rail has selected Germany’s Siemens over Bombardier Inc. for a $989-million contract to build new rolling stock as the Canadian passenger rail service renews its fleet of locomotives and cars for the rail corridor between Quebec City and Windsor, Ont.The company confirmed the contract that will see trains built in California.Deliveries will begin in 2021 for entry into service the following year.Via Rail and Siemens also announced a 15-year technical services and parts agreement valued at $355.5 million.The Canadian rail company requires 32 new trains to maintain its current capacity of 9,100 seats. The equipment must be able to run on electricity once that is installed along the route.Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau has said the decision to bypass Bombardier and workers at its plant in La Pocatiere, Que., is justified because Canada’s free trade agreements with the European Union and the United States doesn’t allow Via Rail to favour Bombardier in the awarding of contracts.last_img read more

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City to hold public hearing on proposed CoOp gas station

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has scheduled a public hearing for the proposed Co-Op Gas Station development.The hearing, originally scheduled for November 26, is now set to take place on December 10.  It will allow members of the public to voice their concerns or support for the proposed gas station.On July 11, 2018, the City hosted a public engagement event to gather feedback fromneighbouring residents regarding the proposed development. The proposal details for the project can be viewed HERE. “Originally the site was zoned correctly, but for some reason, it got rezoned, and now I have to make an application again for it to have the gas and propane.”Currently, Co-Op is waiting for the third reading, a public hearing, followed by Council’s final decision on the project.“As far as the City planner stuff, they are in favour of that location,” said Lussier.The public hearing for the proposed Co-Op gas station is scheduled for December 10 at the Fort St. John City Hall Council Chambers.center_img The City says the information gathered during the event and the online survey was reviewed and used to inform the regulations and landscaping requirements being proposed within the Zoning Amendment Bylaw.In addition to the surveys and comments received at the public engagement event, a resident submitted a petition against the proposed development with 23 signatures from residents of neighbouring Mackenzie Place at the engagement event on July 11.Fort St. John Co-Op General Manager, Brad Lussier, says the proposed gas station will provide multiple services.“There will be a 2,800 square-foot convenience store, which will have seven-days-a-week propane service, and, of course, a car wash. We’ve looked at the area, and it’s very high density for residential, so that’s why we identified that property as a place to put up a store.”The proposed site location is at the corner of 114A Avenue and 100 Street.Lussier says he has to resubmit an application due to the rezoning of the proposed site.last_img read more

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Fear of jejune enthusiasm

first_imgAs India awaits the verdict on the new national government, exactly after 10 days from now, diplomatic circles are worried about a repeat of the same or worse scenario in the corridors of international relations should Narendra Modi return to power. After a microanalysis of the performance of Modi government’s five years in the areas of international affairs, most of the foreign relations experts feel that his comeback as the prime minister would be a huge setback in transforming India into a strong, booming, and associative country. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyDuring the Modi regime, social bickering, and general hostility affected India’s ability to run a successful foreign policy in the neighbourhood. Our shrinking influence in the India Ocean region and in South Asia is a direct outcome of Modi’s lack of foreign policy homework. Modi government’s random and immature dealings with our neighbours have resulted in a serious dislocation in our relationships in our immediate ambit. Be it Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Maldives, Nepal or Bhutan, we only have alienated friends. Also Read – The future is here!Modi has always been in election mode after becoming prime minister in 2014. For the first two years, he was in the playfulness of a massive election victory. For the next two years, he made himself overburdened with the pleasure of being the sole saviour of his Bhartiya Janata Party in state elections. Finally, his whole focus is on somehow winning the 2019 general elections. Therefore, for a full five years, Modi has been running a mad race for self-gratification. He spared no opportunity to hug fellow world leaders without having any strategic perception. He believed in the self-assumed power of his personal charisma in dealing with foreign policy matters. But his jejune enthusiasm for developing personal chemistry miserably failed, especially with China and with our other immediate neighbours. Modi is not one of those to accept their mistake. He belongs to a breed which does not learn from the mistakes. Foreign policy wizards are of the opinion that unless an alternative diplomatic strategy is adopted, India will not be able to maintain its international position in times to come. It requires a change in the leadership of the government because Modi will again prove to be Modi and it would make any different policy articulation impossible if he is at the helm of affairs for next five years also. Modi will never realise that hugging a world leader does not lead to any pledge in international diplomacy. He will always refuse to accept that personal charisma cannot be a foreign policy tool in dealing with world powers. He is not able to understand the importance of intensive homework when it comes to performing on the global stage. What he has said in a boastful manner in his various TV interviews during electioneering, anyone can predict that Modi will not accept the fact that his hug diplomacy has totally failed and different approaches are crucial in regaining the trust of our neighbours, including Pakistan and China. Only a prime minister with a changed mindset will be able to take India into a new foreign policy direction. Serving tea with own hands, taking to a dinner out in a small isolated restaurant, changing the costumes three times a day and putting forward uninvited one-sided hugs are not something that can be defined as using soft power. In a world undergoing multi-power disorder, you need a more specific, sincere and well thought out approach. But Modi’s perpetual denial mode is the principal hurdle in presenting India as a country with liberal, stabilised and comprehensive ideas in the world rung. I know several foreign policy scholars who were staunch supporters of Modi till five-six years back and expected that his hyperbole of diplomatic reforms would be translated into action once elected. All of them are now lamenting to the wall. They describe the Modi government as a government in which ‘only Modi counts’ and a government that is ‘bowing to the powerful and bullying the weak’. These scholars see Modi as compulsorily deferential to the US and China. The net result of this has been the neglect of old friends like Russia and Iran. According to one of the prominent diplomacy scholars, ‘there is no coherent vision driving the frenzied visiting and eventing that we have witnessed for some time’. In fact, the situation around us and the world over has changed drastically over the past few years with the coming to power of new authoritarians, or “alpha-males” in China, the US, Russia, Japan, Turkey and India. It needs major corrections. India is in a situation where it cannot rely on any other world power to promote its prosperity. Why any other established power would like to see a potential competitor rising? Therefore, our way forward lies in true strategic autonomy. The US nowadays is pulling back and unwilling to underwrite an international order. China is moving in a blankness in an ever-expanding manner. India’s real strategic focus should be on China. The multi-faceted provocations from China require an Indian response across the entire rainbow of power — from economics to politics to military to ideas. Pakistan is a key distraction but unity of the subcontinent requires neutralisation of Pakistan too. Can we hand over the responsibility of facing these challenges to Modi again? Can Modi alter the path of India’s foreign policy? Is his diplomacy track record convincing for India’s bright and sustainable global future? Will he be able to dilute his obstinacy so that India can march in the right direction of foreign affairs? There is a serious wave of apprehensions in the Central Hall of Indian diplomacy. Unless our next government ensures that it will listen, not lecture; learn, not threaten; foreign policy course is bound to be directionless. India has to enhance its economic and border safety by earning the respect of others and showing respect for them. Foreign policy is effectively the assertion of many individual countries intersecting on the global marketplace. It is not something that you can decide on your whims and fancies. You have to figure out how to get your interest served in a way that meets the interests and needs of these other countries you deal with. In international relations, a great deal has to do with historical circumstances and sense and perception of people. Foreign policy summits are no Lady Gaga events. Formal or informal, they always have outcomes in formal shape. When we thump our chests for any surgical or crude strike, we must realise that when diplomacy ends war begins. The next Prime Minister of India has to be vigilant of the fact that the purpose of foreign policy is not to provide an outlet for his own sentiments of hope or indignation; it is to shape real events in a real world by safeguarding our national interests at the same time. Modi, therefore, does not qualify for the top job again. (The author is Editor & CEO of News Views India and a national office bearer of the Congress party. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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American Justin Gatlin Narrowly Defeats Usain Bolt in 100

ROME – At the Golden Gala meet here Thursday American sprinter Justin Gatlin narrowly defeated Jamaican Usain Bolt, capturing the 100 meter gold with a time of 9.94 seconds.Bolt, who received the silver, finished with a time of 9.95 seconds, suffering his first major loss since his false-start disqualification at the 2011 world championships in South Korea.  Jimmy Vicaut of France finished third with a time of 10.02 seconds.“That was ridiculous – a perfect start and then I just cropped off,” Bolt said. “I think it was this perfect start that threw my game off. I have to do more strength work, I guess. I think it needs just some time to get it all back together. At the end it was just not me.”Bolt, who is a six-time Olympic champion, appeared to have difficulties in the first 50 meters of the race despite getting out of the blocks strongly. He appeared to be catching Gatlin toward the finish, but he was a little too late.“My legs did not have the energy,” Bolt said. “At 50 meters I had some problems, but the rest of the race was not bad.”Despite being the current world-record holder in 100-meter races, Bolt has gotten off to a surprisingly slow start this year. In his first race this year, he won with a slow time of 10.09 in the Cayman Islands, even though he was suffering a hamstring injury. He defeated his training partner Kemar Bailey-Cole in a photo finish, who finished with the same time.Bolt remained positive after his defeat acknowledging that he is going through the motions in the early track season that will prepare him for the world championships in Moscow in August.However, Gatlin presents a formidable hurdle in Bolt’s quest to capture gold in Moscow. Gatlin has won all five of his 100-meter races this year. He ran 9.97 seconds in Doha, Qatar, and a wind-aided 9.88 in Eugene, Ore., last weekend.Thursday was the first time that Gatlin and Bolt had raced each other since last year’s London Olympics final. Bolt won the race with a time of 9.63 seconds, while fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake took silver with 9.75. Gatlin finished third with a 9.79.Gatlin is managing to get back to his winning ways since he was suspended in 2006 for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, ultimately leading to a four-year ban. At the time of his suspension he was the reigning Olympic champion, having won the 100 at the 2004 Athens Games.Bolt will now travel to Oslo, Norway, to compete in the 200 and then return to Jamaica for the Jamaican championships. Gatlin will now focus his attention on the U.S. trials this month. read more

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Urban Meyer Kevin Wilson discuss Ohio StateIndiana game

The No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) will open divisional play this weekend when they travel to Bloomington, Ind., to face the Indiana Hoosiers (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten). First-year coach Urban Meyer doesn’t want a let down against the Hoosiers, saying OSU can’t afford to look beyond Saturday’s opponent yet. Meyer discussed his team’s upcoming match, as did Indiana coach Kevin Wilson, during Tuesday’s Big Ten Conference football coaches’ teleconference. Looking past the Hoosiers? After back-to-back wins against ranked opponents, including a 63-38 drubbing of then-No. 21 Nebraska Saturday, the Buckeyes seem to be a confident bunch. Meyer appears to be attempting to keep a lid on the confidence. Meyer said it’s important for his team to realize there is plenty of football to be played before they can be considered a great team. “These kids are 6-0 and a lot of people are telling them how good they are,” Meyer said. “Quite honestly, we have a long way to go.” It is something that, arguably, happens every year in college football. Teams can win a big game against a ranked team, ride that high all week, and then lose to an inferior opponent that they underestimate a week later. Meyer said he is not concerned with his team’s focus as it prepares for an Indiana team that has lost its last three games. “We’re not at the point that we can start overlooking anybody,” Meyer said. “I’m concerned about execution and stopping them, not overlooking them.” Nebraska win bodes well for the future Considering the number of recruits OSU hosted on Saturday, the win against the Cornhuskers could have major implications on Meyer’s program for years to come. Meyer wasn’t able to give an exact number of recruits in attendance, but said that “there were a lot” of prospective Buckeyes in the Horseshoe. Meyer also said the atmosphere in the stadium during the Buckeyes’ win left an impression of some of the nation’s elite high school prospects. “It’s a little risky sometimes to have a bunch of recruits come in on a big game, because if you fail and you lose, it’s miserable,” Meyer said. “The atmosphere was tremendous. The way we won in the second half, that was very critical for recruiting.” Miller a Heisman hopeful? As one of college football’s leaders in rushing yards per game, and the quarterback of the Big Ten’s only unbeaten team, sophomore Braxton Miller, is gaining hype as a Heisman Trophy contender. “He’s one of the best players in the college game,” Wilson said. Wilson did say that, “there are better players out there,” but pointed out that the sophomore quarterback will only improve as he grows into Meyer’s system. “He’s young,” Wilson said. “Knowing a little bit about him, and knowing the coach that he’s got, he will get better and better. You’re not seeing the best of him.” A key component in winning the Heisman Trophy is having big games on big stages against ranked opponents. Miller might have done that last Saturday, rushing for a career-high 186 yards and scoring two touchdowns in a win against Nebraska. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, however, was not willing to anoint Miller as a favorite for college football’s most prestigious individual award. “That’s up to you guys,” Pelini said. Award winners The Buckeyes’ Saturday win has resulted in national accolades for several players on the team. For his five tackles-for-loss in the win against the Cornhuskers, senior defensive end John Simon has received three national awards including the Chuck Bednarik Award’s national player of the week award on Tuesday. Simon received the Lott IMPACT player of the week award, as well as College Football Performance defensive player of the week award, on Monday. Miller, who rushed for an OSU quarterback record 186 yards and a touchdown, was honored with the Davey O’Brien quarterback of the week award. After rushing for 140 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries against Nebraska, junior running back Carlos Hyde was named the Big Ten’s co-offensive player of the week. Thanks to a 76-yard punt return in the third quarter against the Cornhuskers, junior wide receiver Corey Brown was named the Big Ten’s special teams player of the week. Pat Brennan contributed to this article. read more

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Di Canio warns Sarri over Hazard

Di Canio warns Sarri over Hazard

first_imgFormer Italian forward Paolo Di Canio has warned his compatriot Maurizio Sarri that he will have to change his tactics in order to extract Eden Hazard’s full potential at ChelseaThe 27-year-old had an outstanding World Cup campaign for Belgium this summer and captained the national side to a third-place finish in the competition, which is highest the Red Devils have ever reached.Three goals and two assists in six games saw Hazard being awarded the Silver Ball award, which goes to the second-best player of the World Cup.But whether he remains a Chelsea player come the end of the summer transfer window on August 9 remains to be seen, although Sarri is hopeful that he can convince the Belgian to remain at Stamford Bridge and he revealed it would be a pleasure for him to make Hazard an even better player than what he already is.However, for Di Canio, the main concern that Sarri should be focusing on is how he can make the free-spirited Hazard prosper under his rather rigid style.“I’m wondering if he [Sarri] will be able to bring his idea of football,” said Di Canio, according to SportsKeeda.“He needs to improve in the management of the world-class players who don’t want to be closed in a specific role.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“For example, a player like Hazard wants to play free on the pitch but we know that Sarri wants players to respect a specific role on the pitch. Sarri will need to work on it.”Sarri nearly led former club Napoli to their first Serie A title in 28 years last season after finishing just four points off winners Juventus and Di Canio reckons that the 59-year-old fully deserves the opportunity he has at Chelsea.“I’m happy [for Sarri] because he deserved it [to be the manager of Chelsea],” said Di Canio. “He paid his dues.“He arrived in Napoli where he got lot of points and he was so close to interrupting the domain of Juventus. Now, he finds himself into another reality.“I don’t want to compare Napoli with Chelsea, but Chelsea are a world-class club in terms of organisation. And the Premier League is the best football league in the world.”Di Canio used to play in the Premier League for Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham and Charlton Athletic.last_img read more

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Emery impressed with Arsenals winning run

Emery impressed with Arsenals winning run

first_imgUnai Emery has hailed Arsenal’s brilliant run after they thrashed Fulham 5-1 on Sunday to record a ninth win in a row in all competitions.Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both grabbed a brace alongside a fine teamwork that was brilliantly finished by Aaron Ramsey to complete the rout on their London neighbours.The win means Arsenal are currently level on points with Tottenham in the Premier League ahead of the international break.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We are happy but also calm because we know it’s difficult each moment and each match, “Gunner’s head coach Emery told Sky. “Today we are happy. We are going to continue in our process with this victory.“I think we need to feel together. With the supporters, the club, the players. This spirit and mentality is very important for us and then we show our quality together and we can be happy like today.“It’s a process to know each other better after every training and after every match. We are getting better between the players and with the tactical system.”last_img read more

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