iPhone 7 to come with force touch home button, says Wall Street analyst

first_imgDays are numbered before the world witnesses another iPhone. Apple is all set to unveil the iPhone 7 at its annual event in September. And as expected, internet people can’t get enough of iPhone leaks and rumours. The latest one in the series comes from some Wall Street analysts. Here’s what they has to say.Some analysts at Cowen and Company have claimed it to the Business Insider that the upcoming iPhone will come with a “force touch home button”. A force touch home button means it won’t be a button in literal sense, but just a small touch sensitive surface, similar to what we have seen in phones like HTC 10, OnePlus 2 and 3.This statement comes days after a report by MobiPicker claimed the same thing. Since MobiPicker had leaked images, we can believe it. That’s how internet works, right?But the analyst has something other than photos to back his claim. He cited his “field checks” to support the claim.Another report by 9to5mac says that Apple “will feature haptic feedback to simulate a click, using the same approach as Force Touch”. The MobiPicker report also suggested a home button, which sits flush with rest of the body. As long as the fingerprint scanner, which Apple calls Touch ID, is concerned, we don’t see why that should be a problem.Another claim by the Cowen analysts also conforms with the earlier rumours of an absent audiojack and a waterproof body.The rumours so far have been of mixed sort. While many have suggested the iPhone 7 will not have a 3.5mm audiojack, many have shown proof with photos. advertisementThere have been reports that claimed the iPhone 7 Plus will sport a dual-camera setup, which were later refuted by saying Sony has issues delivering sensors, so it can’t happen. But then we have seen photos of a large dual-camera too. The legitimacy of these reports is equally doubtful for each and every one of them. So we suggest you to take this report also with a pinch of salt. September is not that far, anyway.last_img read more

Boxing Day Test: Kohli, Pujara look to pile on the agony for Australia on Day 2

first_imgAfter frustrating Australia on the Boxing Day, India will be hoping to pile up more agony and post a big total on the board on Day 2 of the ongoing third Test between the two sides in Melbourne.Virat Kohli called it right at the coin toss and the visiting team made the most of a docile pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which was packed to the rafters with more than 70,000 people flocking the iconic venue to watch the much-anticipated Test.Debutant opener Mayank Agarwal made hay as the sun shone on Friday in Melbourne. After stitching a 40-run stand with makeshift opener Hanuma Vihari, the Karnataka batsman made his debut a memorable outing by bringing up his half-century. However, 27-year-old Agarwal missed out on a maiden century as he fell short of the landmark by 24 runs, getting a faint edge down the leg off Pat Cummins.Agarwal’s exit paved the way for captain Virat Kohli, who was booed as he walked out to bat by the MCG crowd. Nonetheless, it was business as usual for the India captain as he signalled his intentions early by driving the Australia pacers at will.Kohli helped India pick up the scoring rate as he combined with Cheteshwar Pujara and stitched an unbeaten 92-run stand in the final session of the first day. The Australia bowlers kept it tight but weren’t rewarded.Captain Tim Paine’s dropped catch that handed Kohli a reprieve towards the end of the day’s play only added to Australia woes.advertisementGolden opportunity for India to bat Australia out of the TestIt’s a golden opportunity for the senior pros of the team – Kohli, and Pujara to help India reach 400 for the first time in an overseas Test this year. Both the batsmen love batting for long periods of time and the lifeless MCG pitch, an echo of the last year’s Boxing Day wicket that was rated “poor”, will only make their job that much easier.Temperatures are expected to soar high on Friday in Melbourne and it isn’t good news for the Australian bowlers, especially their pacers who were made to work hard on Day 1 as the pitch was offering no real movement or pace for them to work with.Fending off the new ball threat on the first session of Day 2 should be Kohli and Pujara’s priority as Australia, as pointed out by Travis Head, will be hoping for some magic with the red cherry early on Friday morning.”We would have liked to have 4-5 wickets tonight, but it is a massive morning and if we can still get them down two wickets in the morning, it will be good while the ball is still reasonably hard and a couple left-handers coming later on,” Head had said.If Kohli and Pujara survive the first hour, it’s certain India will be in the driver’s seat. The visitors had added to their batting strength by bringing in Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja for the ongoing Test and the move may come in handy as the middle-order will be hoping to capitalise on the good work done by the top four so far in the Test.It remains to be seen how Nathan Lyon, who went wicketless after getting very little assistance from the pitch, goes about his business on the second day. If the off-spinner, who has been India’s biggest threat with 16 wickets so far, remains ineffective on Day 2, expect India to bat long and make sure they take defeat out of the equation.Also Read | India vs Australia: Aussie commentator apologises after insulting Mayank Agarwal on airAlso Read | Australia regret dropping Virat Kohli on ‘tough’ 1st dayAlso See:last_img read more

Man City’s Yorkshire defence learning Spanish

first_imgManchester City Man City’s Yorkshire defence learning Spanish to communicate with team-mates Sam Lee Last updated 2 years ago 05:30 10/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) John Stones Kyle Walker Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Raheem Sterling Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero John Stones has revealed that he and his England team-mates have been picking up Spanish instructions to help marshal the back-line John Stones has revealed that Manchester City’s predominantly Yorkshire defence sometimes communicate with their team-mates in Spanish.Stones, from Barnsley, has been joined by Bradford-born Fabian Delph and Sheffield’s Kyle Walker in the City back-line in recent weeks.Man City 15/2 to beat Napoli 2-1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Argentina international Nicolas Otamendi has been Stones’ regular centre-back partner of late, playing in front of either Brazil goalkeeper Ederson, a natural Portuguese speaker who can also communicate in Spanish, or Chilean Claudio Bravo.Stones revealed shortly after arriving from Everton last summer that he would occasionally converse with his new team-mates in basic Spanish around the training ground to help settle into the team.And he now says those interactions have extended to the pitch, and that his fellow England internationals have got in on the act, too.”It’s a mix between Spanish and English,” Stones says of how the defence and goalkeepers interact during matches.”We kind of pick up the Spanish – and [Otamendi] is learning English – so it’s good to know what they’re saying and how to communicate with others on the pitch, it’s good.”Stones most likely sticks to English, however, when he tells fellow Yorkshireman Walker that he is the best right-back in the world.John Stones Kyle Walker Manchester CityJohn Stones Kyle Walker Manchester CityThe England right-back has enjoyed a superb start to his City career following his move from Tottenham in the summer, and Stones says a combination of the Blues’ welcoming dressing room and Pep Guardiola’s tactical set-up has helped him become the best.“The way he gets up and down the pitch is why for me he’s probably the best in the world and I keep telling him that,” the 23-year-old added.“Kyle has fitted in straight away. It was the same for me when I came, I just fitted in straight away. The boys were great and I think that’s why he’s playing as well as he is.“He wants to keep winning, keep on keeping clean sheets and getting better. That’s why he’s the player he is and the person he is, he wants to keep on getting better.“I think it’s down to the team, if he’s so high there is always someone back to cover his position. It’s down to the manager and players to ensure that happens and at the moment it all gels quite well together.”Stones admits he was frustrated to have seen Stoke City score twice in City’s 7-2 victory on Saturday, goals which ended the Blues’ run of six clean sheets in the Premier League and Champions League, but he believes the back-line made yet more progress in their first match since the impressive victory at Chelsea before the international fixtures.“We conceded two goals which is frustrating from my point of view,” he said. “We will go away and work on that and I think it’s been a great run of defensive play from all of us and I think we showed that today.“It was a bit of an unlucky first goal which was a bit of a sickener really because we have been playing so well and I think from the past previous games we have kept clean sheets and done so well defensively and brought that into today’s game, but that gets overshone with conceding two.“As a back four and a keeper we have shown real progress and hopefully we can take it into the next game.”He added: “I won’t really be thinking about it tonight as such – but it’s always in the back of your head. As a defence and as a team we did everything we could. If everyone watches the game back and sees the defensive things we did, the blocks, the tackles that allow us to go up the other end and score, it’s progress again from Chelsea.”That was a big win. But then you can’t underestimate Stoke, they’ve been on a good run and have quality. To score seven against them is credit to us.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Michigan 4-Star WR Reportedly Considering Transfer

first_imgA general view of Michigan's stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 27: A general view of Michigan Stadium during the first quarter of the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Michigan Wolverines on September 27, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)A former Michigan Wolverines four-star recruit is reportedly considering a transfer ahead of the 2019 season.Oliver Martin, a four-star recruit in the 2017 class, has reportedly entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal.The former top recruit had 11 catches for 125 yards and 1 touchdown in 2018.ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren broke the news. “Per a source, Michigan wide receiver Oliver Martin is in the transfer portal,” he tweeted.Per a source, Michigan wide receiver Oliver Martin is in the transfer portal.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) June 5, 2019Martin was ranked the No. 29 WR in the country coming out of high school in 2017.He chose Michigan over Notre Dame, Michigan State and Iowa, among other programs.Stay tuned for more developments regarding his potential transfer.last_img read more

Dry Bulk Shipping ETF Rolled Out

first_imgzoom The dry bulk shipping industry has seen the launching of its first tailor-made freight futures exchange-traded product, the Breakwave Dry Bulk Shipping ETF (BDRY).The fund has been set up by Breakwave Advisors in partnership with ETF Managers Group (ETFMG).Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are used for tracking of stocks, futures and derivatives for lower fees than actively-traded funds, making them an attractive alternative for individual investors.The fund aims to reduce the effects of rolling contracts by using a laddered strategy to buy contracts while letting existing positions expire and settle in cash, a joint press statement said. Furthermore, it is planned to progressively increase the fund’s position to the next calendar quarter three-month strip.As informed, the BDRY provides long exposure to the dry bulk shipping market through a portfolio of near-dated freight futures contracts on dry bulk indices.In practice, this means that investors get the exposure to dry bulk freight without the need for a futures trading account.“We are thrilled to bring such an innovative product to the market, allowing investors to participate directly in the exciting world of dry bulk shipping,” John Kartsonas, Founder and Managing Partner of Breakwave Advisors LLC, said.“Freight futures have historically exhibited strong cyclical returns, but for most investors it has been a very hard-to-access market. For the first time, through BDRY, a wide range of market participants can now directly access the dry bulk market using a simple, transparent, equity-like investment product.”The fund will hold freight futures with a weighted average of approximately three months to expiration, using a mix of one-to-six-month freight futures, based on the prevailing calendar schedule.Capesize contracts will be the key focus of the initial freight futures of the fund reaching 50 pct share, followed by Panamax contracts with 40 pct and  Supramax contracts with 10 pct, rebalancing annually.The launching of the fund comes at a time when the dry bulk shipping is experiencing an upturn again following several years of underperformance.last_img read more

A timeline of key events in the Ontario Tory leadership race

first_imgTORONTO – A timeline of the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race:Jan. 24: Patrick Brown, then the leader of the party, calls a last-minute press conference to deny a pending news report about sexual misconduct allegations. He decries them as “categorically untrue.” Minutes later, CTV News airs a story in which two unnamed women make allegations of sexual misconduct against Brown dating back to his time as a federal member of parliament. The allegations have not been independently verified by the Canadian Press.Jan. 25: Brown issues a statement in the early morning saying he will step down as party leader to focus on clearing his name.Jan. 26: The PC caucus names Tory legislator Vic Fedeli as interim leader. Fedeli vows to root out the “rot” from within the party. The caucus further recommends that Fedeli carry the party through to the province’s spring election, but the party executive announces a leadership contest will be held instead, with a winner to be announced March 10.Jan. 29: Former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford, brother of the notorious late mayor Rob Ford, becomes the first person to declare his candidacy for the party leadership. He says he plans to wrest control of the party from elites and give a voice to the grassroots members.Feb. 1: Former Ontario legislator Christine Elliott announces her bid to contend for the party leadership. Elliott came second to Brown during the last contest to select a new leader in 2015. Elliott is the widow of late federal finance minister Jim Flaherty.Feb. 5: Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney, daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, ends days of speculation by announcing her candidacy for party leader.Feb. 8: Social conservative and parental rights activist Tanya Granic Allen announces plans to join the leadership race.Feb. 11: Brown publishes the first of several Facebook posts in which he vows to clear his name and questions the credibility of the women who brought allegations against him. He openly challenges the veracity of CTV’s reporting on its original story and points out discrepancies in the women’s accounts that he says prove their accusations are false.Feb. 15: The leadership candidates meet for the first of two televised debates. During the conversation all four voice opposition to the Liberals’ increase to the minimum wage and reject a proposed carbon tax that would have been the cornerstone of Brown’s election platform had he remained as party leader.Feb. 16: Brown joins the leadership race with less than an hour to go before a registration deadline. He says his name has been cleared and he wants to focus on getting Ontario back on track. Earlier that day, Fedeli announced Brown had been kicked out of Tory caucus.Feb. 21: Brown’s quest to regain the Tory leadership is given the green light after the party nomination committee gives him a stamp of approval for a run in the spring election. The committee also approves Brown’s competitors in the contest, save for Mulroney who had previously been vetted when she secured a riding nomination in late 2016.Feb. 26: Brown withdraws from the Tory leadership race, saying it has been difficult on his family, and his candidacy has distracted from the policy discussion needed for the party as it heads toward the spring election. His announcement comes hours after Ontario’s integrity commissioner says he has launched an investigation into a complaint filed by Tory legislator Randy Hillier into alleged misconduct by Brown.Feb. 28: The party extends the deadline for members to register to cast a vote amid rising complaints that the necessary documents were not reaching people on time. The original registration deadline, set for March 2, is pushed back to March 5. Later that night, the candidates meet in Ottawa for the second and final televised leadership debate of the contest.March 3: The party issues a further extension to the voter registration deadline, moving it to March 7, and also extends the deadline for casting an actual ballot to noon on March 9.March 6: Ford, who had been raising questions about abortion access in the province, clarifies his position by saying that while he himself is pro-life, he believes the abortion matter is resolved. He pledges, however, never to muzzle members of the caucus if elected and allow them to vote with their conscience.March 7: The party extends the voter registration deadline for a third time, setting it at 8 p.m. on March 8. Originally, voting was supposed to close on that day.March 8: Ongoing challenges with mailing registration papers to party members leads to significant backlash on several fronts. Ford, alleging that party insiders are only getting the registration materials out to select members, says the election process was “not transparent.” He, Mulroney and Granic Allen all call for the Leadership Election Organizing Committee to push back the date of the vote. Committee Chair Hartley Lefton defends the process, saying it was passed by senior leadership in accordance with the party constitution. Later that day, lawyer Jeffrey Radnoff, representing a disenfranchised party member, files an injunction application in Superior Court in a bid to extend the race.March 9: A Toronto judge hears arguments on the request to extend the voting period, but ultimately rejects the application, meaning the leadership race will go on as scheduled.March 10: After hours of delays, party officials announce they are reviewing the results of the election. Lefton tells a raucus crowd that the “allocation of a certain list of electors” needed to be resolved, as it could affect the final result.last_img read more

Malaysia Airlines may be sold or shut down PM Mahathir Mohamad

first_imgKuala Lumpur: Malaysia Airlines may be sold or shut down, Malaysia’s leader said Tuesday, the latest bad news for a carrier that has been in crisis since suffering the loss of two planes. The 71-year-old airline has been on the ropes since 2014 when Flight MH370 disappeared and MH17 was shot down by a Russian-made missile over war-torn Ukraine. With the carrier teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, sovereign wealth fund Khazanah stepped in to take it over several years ago and major reforms were instituted, including cutting thousands of staff. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepBut it has continued to fare poorly and its performance was blamed in large part for a set of poor financial results released by Khazanah last week. Responding to questions about the airline’s future, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told reporters in parliament: “I think it is a very serious matter, to shut down the national airline. “We will nevertheless be studying and investigating as to whether we should shut it down or we should sell it off or we should refinance it.” Official news agency Bernama reported that Khazanah last week posted a pre-tax loss of 6.3 billion ringgit (USD 1.54 billion) for 2018, compared with a pre-tax profit of 2.9 billion ringgit the year before. Mahathir, 93 and in his second stint as premier, is seeking to reduce a mammoth national debt inherited from the previous, corruption-plagued regime.last_img read more

No date set for TrumpXi summit trade parleys on White House

first_imgWashington DC: No date has been set yet for a summit meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, the White House said on Monday noting that the trade negotiations between the two countries still continues. “In terms of whether or not we have a date set, not yet. We’re continuing the negotiations with China.” “When we have an announcement for the two leaders to sit down, we’ll certainly let you know,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at her news conference. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingShe was responding to questions on reports that a summit meeting at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in the US state of Florida has been put off as China considers the US President as “unreliable” in view of him walking away from talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Sanders ridiculed such a view. “I would say that’s absurd. The President is going to make a deal if it’s a good deal. He’s going to make a deal if it’s in the best interest of America. If he doesn’t feel like it’s a good deal, it’s not worth just signing a piece of paper,” Sanders Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiangsaid. She argued that the President didn’t feel like what was on the table was enough. “The President is 100 per cent committed to denuclearization of the Peninsula, and he’s going to make sure that whatever we do furthers that process.” “We’ll see what happens with North Korea, the same way we’re going to see what happens in the negotiations with China. They’re ongoing,” she said. Trump is going to make sure whatever deal the US gets is in its best interest — that it’s fair and reciprocal trade; that it protects intellectual property; and that it actually has safeguards to make sure that the Chinese follow through with whatever commitments that they make, Sanders said. The two leaders will sit down for talks only when the negotiations are complete, she asserted.last_img read more

Paris international symposium lauds Moroccos efforts to combat extremism

Paris – International symposium “The Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue in the Feminine,” held on Tuesday in Paris, hailed efforts by Morocco to fight extremism and promote Islam values of moderation.In the “Call of Paris” after the event, initiated by AFACOM and ISESCO, the participants underlined Morocco’s support through the training of imams (religious leaders) in many countries pursuant to the instructions of King Mohammed VI.Morocco’s initiatives are meant to help spread a moderate Islam, fight radical deviations and encourage interfaith and intercultural dialogue, said the lecturers. In this respect, the Call of Paris refuted any confusion between Islam and fanatical deviations which are largely condemned by Muslims who are the first victims, particularly women and children. read more

Third Annual Jidar StreetArt Festival Kicks Off in Rabat

Rabat – Cementing Rabat’s reputation as a place of artistic expression and cultural diversity, the Third Annual Jidar Street-Art Festival got underway April 21.Scheduled to span ten days, this year’s annual event is being held under the theme of multiculturalism.The 22 international artists set to decorate the walls of Rabat were chosen on the basis of their artwork, “inspired by their national heritage, the ancient cultures of their countries or simply for their fascinating works,” said the event’s organizers, the EAC- Boulevarassociation. The artists originate from several countries, namely Morocco, Spain, Germany, Italy, Colombia, Romania, Ukraine, Egypt and Mexico.Moroccan artists participating in the event include Mehdi Zemouri and AyoubAfrofatcap.Jidar 2017 promises to result in a colorful and compelling scenic view that will enrich the urban landscape of the city.The street artists’ work will showcaseMayan symbols, Byzantine-inspired drawings, medieval prints and Ukrainian folklore figures, which will be engraved on ten walls of the city.Half a dozen Spanish artists will jointly create “a visual identity” in Rabat’s skate park under the supervision of Spanish artist, AntonyoMarest.At the same time, three young African artists will work together to create “Residence Grafitti Connexion,” on Avenue Al Marsa,highlighting “the extraordinary vitality of an artistic movement that has taken off in the streets of several African capitals,” explained organizers.Finally, classes will be held at the National School of Architecture in Rabat with AntonyoMarest and the Grafitti Connexion group from April 28-30 to exhibit a street art performance. read more

UN labour agency calls for new culture to promote workplace safety

“Injury and disease are not ‘all in a day’s work.’ Fatalities, accidents and illness at work can be prevented,” Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), said in the lead up to the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, which will be observed on 28 April.Each year, two million lives and $1.25 trillion of the global economy are lost to work-related accidents and illnesses, according to a report released by ILO to mark the Day. The report, entitled “Safety in numbers,” also says that on average, working lives are cut by about five years due to work hazards or early retirements caused by disability.”We must promote a new ‘safety culture’ in the workplace – wherever work is done – backed by appropriate national policies and programmes to make workplaces safer and healthier for us all,” Mr. Somavia said.To mark the Day, thousands of workers and employers around the world are expected to participate in activities to draw attention to workplace hazards. In Geneva, ILO will hold a roundtable discussion on the challenges of reducing the toll of death, injury and sickness at the world’s workplaces. The discussion will focus on successful prevention techniques and their improvement of business performance. read more

Trust with US must be built before Korean Peninsula can be reunited

“Without any trust in the US there will be no confidence in our national security,” Ri Yong Ho said, and underscored: “The DPRK Government’s commitment to the denuclearization is solid and firm.”Yet, “if the party to this issue of denuclearization were South Korea (Republic of Korea) and not the US, the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula would not have come to such a deadlock,” he explained, underscoring the “firm determination” of Chairman Kim Jong-Un, “to turn the Korean peninsula into a land free of both nuclear weapons and threats.”The Foreign Minister cited “significant goodwill measures” in the past year, such as stopping nuclear and missiles tests, dismantling the nuclear test site, and pledging not to proliferate nuclear weapons and nuclear technology.“However, we do not see any corresponding response from the US,” he said.“Instead of addressing our concern for the absence of peace regime in the Korean peninsula, the US insists on the ‘denuclearization-first’ and increases the level of pressure by sanctions to achieve their purpose in a coercive manner,” he stated, adding that it even objected to the “declaration of the end of war.”“The key to consolidating peace and security in the Korean Peninsula is to thoroughly implement the DPRK-US Joint Statement adopted in June at the historic summit in Singapore,” he said, explaining that it contains principle issues, such as seeing a “complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and humanitarian work between the two countries.”Once achieved, the Korean Peninsula, “the hottest spot in the globe, will become the cradle of peace and prosperity that contributes to security in Asia and the rest of the world,” he said.On domestic matters, the Foreign Minister pointed out that in April, Mr. Kim put a new focus on economic construction, which he called “a historic task” requiring a peaceful environment “above anything else.”“The international society should support and encourage” these efforts in response to “the bold decisions and good-will measures we have taken” for a peaceful Korean Peninsula, he stated.Turning to the Security Council, he noted that it had not acknowledged the “momentum for peace on the Korean Peninsula,” observing that the 15-member body had even rejected UN Member States’ proposals to issue presidential statements welcoming the DPRK-US summit and Joint Statement.In conclusion Mr. Ri urged the UN to “get rid of the stigma that ‘UNSC equals US’ as early as possible.”Full statement available here. read more

Brock will celebrate Bottled Water Free Day

Communities and campuses, including Brock, will mobilize on March 10 for Bottled Water Free Day.Brock staff, faculty and students all have their own goals for the second annual day.Iain Glass, director of food services, said Brock Dining Services plans the following initiatives:Customers who come in with their own cups (16-24 ounces in size) will get a further discount of 50 cents on the already reduced combo price, which includes fountain beverages.The reusable Brock Dining Services stainless steel water bottle will be sold at a 25 per cent discount when purchased with a chef’s feature entrée for that day.The Market will feature water dispensers with fresh lemon/cucumber/orange slices. Customers can fill their own containers or their purchased stainless steel containers.Bottled Water Free Day is co-ordinated by the Canadian Federation of Students, the Polaris Institute, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Development and Peace and the Sierra Youth Coalition.Some participants are seeking a complete ban of the sale of privatized bottled water on Canadian campuses. They are asking college and university administrations to promote investment in accessible public water infrastructure.In Canada, more than 81 municipalities, seven school boards and nine campuses have committed to ending the privatization of water and phasing out the provision and sale of bottled water.In February, the University of Canberra became the first university in Australia to ban bottled water sales. It has a campus population of almost 13,000 students and staff.Richard Mitchell, associate professor of Child and Youth Studies, is a proponent of banning plastic water bottles at Brock. He is the academic co-chair of Brock’s Sustainability Co-ordinating Committee and a researcher with the Brock Environmental Sustainability Research Unit (BESRU).“I support the ban of plastic water bottles on campus and will continue in my role with both of these Brock groups to achieve this,” said Mitchell.“While I speak only in terms of my own research activities and perspectives, and not on behalf of either of these larger Brock entities, I support a full plastic water bottle ban in the same way as Memorial and Ryerson Universities, U. of Winnipeg and U. of Ottawa have already achieved.”Meanwhile, the Brock University Students Union (BUSU) is throwing its support behind the day’s initiative.“Our businesses will participate in a one-day ban (of bottled water),” said Nazir Khamis, BUSU general manager. read more

Gruden Raiders gave Chiefs too many mulligans

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Coach Jon Gruden knows the Oakland Raiders aren’t nearly good enough to overcome a litany of mistakes if they want to be able to beat one of the top teams in the league like the Kansas City Chiefs.So when the running backs lose three fumbles, a key penalty wipes out a fourth-down conversion and a player jumps offside on a third-down stop that denied Oakland a chance to try to put together a game-winning drive, the Raiders ended up on the short end of a 40-33 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.The loss made the Raiders (2-10) the first team to be officially eliminated from the playoffs, although Gruden is not quite ready to turn his focus to the draft and the future.“We don’t look ahead right now. We are looking at the Pittsburgh Steelers, that’s all we are doing,” Gruden said. “I’m really proud of our team. We fought back yesterday and made it 33-30 in the fourth quarter. We got them third-and-5, we get a stop and we jump offside. We gave Kansas City too many mulligans. We fumbled the ball to them three times. We had a fourth-and-1 called back, and we gave them first downs by jumping offside. We are not looking ahead to nothing except the Pittsburgh Steelers. I can assure you that, at least on our side of the building.”Despite another loss that sent the Raiders to their 12th season of at least 10 losses in the past 16 years, Gruden was able to glean some positives, especially with the play from the offence.Oakland ran for 171 yards for its biggest day on the ground since Week 2 in 2017. The Raiders averaged 6.1 yards per carry but were hurt by the fumbles from Doug Martin, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington.Quarterback Derek Carr had one of his best games yet, throwing for 285 yards and three touchdowns, while extending his streak of games without an interception to seven in a row, tying Rich Gannon’s franchise record.Carr even managed to stretch the field a bit, completing five passes that travelled at least 15 yards downfield, tied for his most in a single game in the past two seasons.“I think the offensive line has gotten healthy. I think that helps,” Gruden said. “I think we’re healthier up front. Derek has played good football. I think that’s a great combination. When you’re healthy upfront and you’ve got some continuity with your linemen, you’re able to pass-protect and block better. It has an effect on every phase of your offence. Derek has been hot. He’s been playing well. He’s really picking up the system well. He made some great audibles yesterday. He made some great throws. I’m excited about that.”But it wasn’t enough in part because of the fumbles, the holding penalty on centre Rodney Hudson that wiped out a fourth-down conversion on the opening drive and the offside penalty against Fadol Brown that extended Kansas City’s game-sealing touchdown drive.NOTES: Gruden explained why he used a challenge after Kansas City scored a TD late in the first half on a pass to Travis Kelce, even though coaches aren’t allowed to challenge scoring plays. “I knew exactly what I was doing, by the way. It wasn’t a very sensible thing to do but I wanted to challenge Al Riveron in New York City to look at it because I have people in the press box telling me that’s not a catch. Seeing plays overturned by somebody you can’t even see, I thought with three timeouts and seven seconds left I’d use one of my timeouts by giving Al a little extra time to look at that play. I knew exactly what I was doing.” … Gruden said he wasn’t sure if either OL Donald Penn (groin) or RB Marshawn Lynch (groin) will be able to return from IR and play down the stretch. … Oakland claimed OL Denzelle Good off waivers from Indianapolis and waived Ian Silberman.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLJosh Dubow, The Associated Press read more

With loss to Notre Dame Ohio State mens ice hockeys season over

The No. 3 seed Ohio State men’s ice hockey team lost Saturday to No. 2 seed Notre Dame, 3-1, in the CCHA tournament semifinals at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The loss brought the Buckeyes’ (16-17-7) season to a close, while the Irish won against No. 4 seed Michigan, 3-1, on Sunday to take home the championship title. Each team scored a goal in the opening period. OSU sophomore forward Ryan Dzingel received a pass from freshman forward Anthony Greco and scored his 16th goal of the season to put his team ahead, 1-0. Sophomore forward Tanner Fritz picked up the second assist on the play. The Irish answered less than a minute later on a 3-on-1 breakaway following a Buckeye turnover. OSU coach Mark Osiecki said a team like Notre Dame capitalizes on opponents’ mistakes more often than not. “I just think that was a good response by a (veteran) team. The only frustrating thing there was that we turned the puck over, so it comes back to bite you a bit, but good teams find a way to respond and they did,” Osiecki said. OSU senior goalie Brady Hjelle stood tall in the first period, as Notre Dame outshot OSU, 11-5, including eight straight attempts within the first five minutes of the game. The second period went scoreless. The closest either team came to earning points came when OSU junior forward Alex Lippincott hit the post two minutes into the period. The officials signaled no goal on the ice and the call stood after the review showed the puck only partially crossed the goal line. The game winner came 3:50 into the third when Notre Dame junior center T.J. Tynan scored a power-play goal off a face-off. Notre Dame sealed the victory with an empty netter with 1:10 remaining. The Buckeyes were unable to cash in either of their two power-play opportunities. The Irish special teams went 1-for-3 on their chances. OSU was outshot 44-17 in the contest. Hjelle had 41 saves, and Notre Dame junior goalie Steven Summerhays made 16 stops. The limited number of attempts on net was an issue the Buckeyes battled through at multiple points this season. “Coach had been stressing shooting the puck all year, and I don’t think it was trouble, I think it was a mindset. We could’ve thrown more pucks on net, but that’s how the game turned out and you can’t do anything now,” Dzingel said. Despite coming short of the conference championship game, Osiecki said he was not disappointed in his team’s performance, on the night or on the season. “We said to our guys after we were proud (to) get to this point, to get on this great stage, it’s been a while for our program,” Osiecki said. “I’m awfully proud of what they went through this year.” read more

By the numbers Ohio State rolls Penn State as Barrett takes control

OSU redshirt sophomore QB J.T. Barrett (16) stiff arms Penn State redshirt sophomore defensive end Garrett Sickels (90) during a game at Ohio Stadium on Oct. 17. OSU won, 38-10. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOn Saturday morning, the Big Ten East’s four heavyweights (Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State) were all undefeated in conference play and a combined 22-2 on the season (those two losses were against currently undefeated teams in Utah and Temple). After a stunning victory by Michigan State and an excellent performance by OSU, the true top dogs of the division have become just a little more clear.With the season already halfway done, OSU coach Urban Meyer still seems no closer to deciding on which quarterback will take the reins to the offense than he did during the entire offseason. After OSU’s most dominant performance of the season, however, it doesn’t seem to matter. At least not yet.Despite once again falling behind early and failing to score in the first quarter, the OSU offense stepped on the gas in the second and put up 21 unanswered points against a stout Penn State defense en route to a 38-10 blowout win.Ever since Meyer began to phase J.T. Barrett into the game more last week, the redshirt sophomore quarterback has been electric, leading the Buckeye offense to 10 touchdowns and a field goal in 11 red zone appearances. Barrett finished the game completing all four of his passes for 30 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 102 yards and two more touchdowns on 11 carries on the ground.Redshirt junior Cardale Jones ended the game 9-of-15 passing for 84 yards, his lowest yardage total for the season. Meanwhile, junior running back Ezekiel Elliott, a stalwart for the Buckeye offense, pounded away 153 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. In total, OSU managed to gain 429 yards and 25 first downs against one of the top defenses in the nation.Penn State junior quarterback Christian Hackenberg, claimed by some to be the highest-rated quarterback for next year’s NFL draft, was ineffective all night long, finishing the night 7-of-13 passing for 120 yards. However, true freshman running back Saquon Barkley looked impressive for the Nittany Lions as he gashed the Buckeye defense for 194 yards on 26 carries after missing the previous two games for Penn State.Penn State will host a struggling Maryland team next week as it fights to become bowl eligible, while OSU will travel to Rutgers in search of its nation-leading 21st straight victory. By the numbers:4: OSU’s current win streak against Penn State, its longest in the history of the programs.17-13: The all-time record between Penn State and OSU, favoring the Buckeyes.1: The amount of losses OSU has suffered against Big Ten competition at night in Ohio Stadium. The team that beat them? Penn State in 2008 by a score of 13-6.23: The number of consecutive games in which redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas has caught a pass for the Buckeyes. He currently leads the team with 433 yards and 30 receptions.108,423: The number of fans crammed inside the ‘Shoe last night, the second-largest crowd in history to watch the Buckeyes play.9: After last night, Elliott became the ninth running back in OSU history to rush for 3,000-plus career yards. He currently has 3,028 yards to his name.38: Under current coach James Franklin, Penn State prides itself on having a great defense.  The 38 points put up by the Buckeyes were the most given up by Penn State in a game since 2013, when the Nittany Lions also played in Columbus and got embarrassed 63-14. 3: Since 2010, Penn State has allowed its opponents to rush for more than 300 yards in a game only three times. All three times, it was against the Buckeyes inside Ohio Stadium. read more

Travellers leave bath tubs fridges and mattresses behind among 250 tonnes of

first_imgThe gates at the entrance to the site have now been padlocked, with a skip behind them holding some of the waste.  Pictures of the scene show the extent of the fly-tipping, with rubbish left all over the field from planks of wood to old furniture. The group of local residents who co-own the land have been told it will cost in the region of £100,000 to clear up the site. Contractors estimate there are 250 tonnes of waste on the land. Bath tubs, fridges and mattresses were left strewn on a private field by travellers after they were evicted.The debris was among an estimated 250 tonnes of waste the group left behind them when they were forced out of the site in Bromley, south east London. They had only been in the area for two weeks. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Fly-tipping in Bromley Credit:Grant Falvey /LNP Credit:Grant Falvey/LNP Fly-tipping  Fly-tipping The field where they set up camp is located near Bickley Manor and Blackbrook Lane. Local police posted a picture of the mess on Twitter, saying: “The travellers have moved on from the site. Sadly they didn’t take their rubbish with them #flytipping.” Credit:Grant Falvey /LNP Fly-tipping Credit:Grant Falvey /LNP The local council is investigating the fly-tipping.  The travellers’ arrival prompted anger from residents, who contacted the council to complain.One local told the New Shopper that people in the area were “up in arms” when the group arrived and started amassing rubbish. last_img read more

Kylie Jenner becomes worlds youngest selfmade billionaire on back of makeup empire

Kylie Jenner has become the youngest self-made billionaire at the age of 21, according to Forbes, after using her Instagram influence to build a lucrative make-up empire.The make-up entrepreneur and reality television star has overtaken Mark Zuckerberg, who became the youngest self-made billionaire aged 23 in 2006.Ms Jenner, the half-sister of Kim Kardashian, has used her 128m followers on Instagram as a customer base, as many follow her for fashion and make-up tips.The entrepreneur owns 100 per cent of Kylie Cosmetics, the three-year-old beauty business that did an estimated $360 million in sales last year, and most of her sales are done online. Much of it is driven through social media.She has attributed her rise up the rich list to her vast and dedicated following, telling Forbes: “It’s the power of social media.“I had such a strong reach before I was able to start anything.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Recent sponsored posts show the young woman posing with vitamins promising glossy hair, and “detox” tea, which is said to give the user a flat stomach.  Jenner was ranked at number 2,057 out of 2,153 on this year’s list. Of the total, 1,450 members are self-made.The number of billionaires in the world is decreasing, according to the list, with 2,153 billionaires on the 2019 list, down from 2,208 in 2018. The total combined net worth of this year’s billionaires is $8.7 trillion, down from $9.1 trillion in 2018.For the second year running, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos topped the list with a net worth of £131bn, with Bill Gates, who previously held the top position for a record amount of time, second with £96.5bn. Her first foray into the cosmetics industry was through selling her lip kits, promising her followers that they could replicate her famous pout. Now, she sells eyeshadows and eyeliners, and is broadening her range later this year.The star also makes what is rumoured to be tens of thousands of pounds through Instagram influencing, being paid by companies to endorse their products. read more

Outspoken general named Trumps top security adviser

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump savages media at Florida rallyFebruary 19, 2017In “World”Trump says Obama wiretapped him during campaign; gives no evidenceMarch 4, 2017In “World”Trump will get wake-up call when he takes office, Obama saysNovember 15, 2016In “latest news” By Jeff Mason and Patricia Zengerle | WEST PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTONU.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with his new National Security Adviser Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster after making the announcement at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida U.S. February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque(Reuters) U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday named Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser, choosing a military officer known for speaking his mind and challenging his superiors.McMaster is a highly regarded military tactician and strategic thinker, but his selection surprised some observers who wondered how the officer, whose Army career stalled at times for his questioning of authority, would deal with a White House that has not welcomed criticism.“He is highly respected by everybody in the military and we’re very honored to have him,” Trump told reporters in West Palm Beach where he spent the weekend. “He’s a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.”One subject on which Trump and McMaster could soon differ is Russia. McMaster shares the consensus view among the U.S. national security establishment that Russia is a threat and an antagonist to the United States, while the man whom McMaster is replacing, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, appeared to view it more as a potential geopolitical partner.Trump in the past has expressed a willingness to engage with Russia more than his predecessor, Barack Obama.Flynn was fired as national security adviser on Feb. 13 after reports emerged that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about speaking to Russia’s ambassador to the United States about U.S. sanctions before Trump’s inauguration.The ouster, coming so early in Trump’s administration, was another upset for a White House that has been hit by miscues, including the controversial rollout of a travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries, since the Republican president took office on Jan. 20.The national security adviser is an independent aide to the president and does not require confirmation by the U.S. Senate. He has broad influence over foreign policy and attends National Security Council meetings along with the heads of the State Department, the Department of Defense and key security agencies.NOT AFRAID TO QUESTION THE BOSSRepublican Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a frequent Trump critic, praised McMaster as an “outstanding” choice.“I give President Trump great credit for this decision,” McCain said in a statement.A former U.S. ambassador to Russia under Obama, Michael McFaul, a Democrat, praised McMaster on Twitter as “terrific” and said McMaster “will not be afraid to question his boss.”McMaster, who flew back to the Washington area from Florida with Trump on Air Force One, will remain on active military duty, the White House said.Trump also said Keith Kellogg, a retired U.S. Army general who has been serving as the acting national security adviser, as chief of staff to the National Security Council. John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, would be asked to serve the administration in another capacity, Trump said.“He has a good number of ideas that I must tell you I agree very much with,” Trump said of Bolton, who served in Republican President George W. Bush’s administration.Kellogg and Bolton were among those in contention as Trump spent the long Presidents Day weekend considering his options for replacing Flynn. His first choice, retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, turned down the job last week.McMaster, 54, is a West Point graduate known as “H.R.,” with a Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was listed as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2014, partly because of his willingness to buck the system.A combat veteran, he gained renown in the first Gulf War – and was awarded a Silver Star – after he commanded a small troop of the U.S. 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment that destroyed a much larger Iraqi Republican Guard force in 1991 in a place called 73 Easting, for its map coordinates, in what many consider the biggest tank battle since World War Two.As one fellow officer put it, referring to Trump’s inner circle of aides and speaking on condition of anonymity, the Trump White House “has its own Republican Guard, which may be harder for him to deal with than the Iraqis were.” The Iraqi Republican Guard was the elite military force of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein.Trump relies on a tight, insular group of advisers, who at times appear to have competing political agendas. Senior adviser Steve Bannon has asserted his influence by taking a seat on the National Security Council.McMaster’s fame grew after his 1997 book “Dereliction of Duty” criticized the country’s military and political leadership for poor leadership during the Vietnam War.Trump’s pick was praised by one of the president’s strongest backers in the U.S. Congress, Republican Senator Tom Cotton, who called McMaster “one of the finest combat leaders of our generation and also a great strategic mind.”“CRITICISM AND FEEDBACK”In a July 14, 2014, interview with the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Georgia, where Fort Benning is located, McMaster, then the base commander, said: “Some people have a misunderstanding about the Army.“Some people think, hey, you’re in the military and everything is super-hierarchical and you’re in an environment that is intolerable of criticism and people don’t want frank assessments.“I think the opposite is the case. … And the commanders that I’ve worked for, they want frank assessments, they want criticism and feedback.”That attitude was not always shared by his superiors, and it led to his being passed over for promotion to brigadier general twice, in 2006 and 2007.On McMaster’s third and last try, General David Petraeus – who at one point was also on Trump’s candidate list for national security adviser – returned from Iraq to head the promotion board that finally gave McMaster his first general’s star.Then a colonel, McMaster was commander of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment that in the spring of 2005 captured, held and began to stabilize Tal Afar on the Iraqi-Syrian border.The city was held by Sunni extremists, a crossing point between Syria and Iraq for jihadists who started as al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia under Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and morphed into Islamic State after he was killed.McMaster’s preparation of the regiment is legendary: He trained his soldiers in Iraqi culture, the differences among Sunnis, Shi’ites and Turkomen, and had them read books on the history of the region and counterinsurgency strategy.It was a sharp change from the “kill and capture” tactics the United States had used in Iraq since the invasion in March 2003, and to which the Obama administration returned in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.The strategy was largely a success, although McMaster’s use of it and especially his willingness to acknowledge that Iraqis had some legitimate grievances against one another and the occupying coalition forces, did not endear him to his superiors and helped delay his promotion to brigadier general.The strategy did not survive the departure of McMaster’s troops, with Tal Afar falling into the hands of Sunni militants. Along with the west part of Mosul, it is now a key objective in the battle to rid Iraq of Islamic State.(Additional reporting by John Walcott and Sarah Lynch in Washington; Writing by Frances Kerry and James Oliphant; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Peter Cooney) read more