first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike melansoncenter_img Early last week, protests broke out in Egypt and immediately, the government responded by blocking social networks like Twitter, and later Facebook and Google. Then, the government took the extreme step of shutting down nearly every ISP in the country, even blocking Blackberry and SMS. Today, the final slice of the Internet pie, a smaller ISP that provided access to key financial institutions, was also taken down.In the meantime, Google got together with Twitter and one of its most recent acquisitions, SayNow, to create a speech-to-tweet service to help Egyptians get the word out using voice lines.The company wrote on its blog that, “Like many people we’ve been glued to the news unfolding in Egypt and thinking of what we could do to help people on the ground.” They came up with the tweet-to-speech project over the weekend:We worked with a small team of engineers from Twitter, Google and SayNow, a company weacquired last week, to make this idea a reality. It’s already live and anyone can tweet by simply leaving a voicemail on one of these international phone numbers (+16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855) and the service will instantly tweet the message using the hashtag #egypt. No Internet connection is required. People can listen to the messages by dialing the same phone numbers or going to twitter.com/speak2tweet.Already, the service is being used and you can listen to one woman describe the situation in Egypt, saying that there is word that they will again lose phone service and be unable to even communicate via phone. According to the speak2tweet account, users don’t need an account, so the service is open to all. If nothing else, much of what this situation in Egypt has proven is that there is little way to completely disconnect a people from communicating with the rest of the world, even if you shut down every major ISP in the country. ReadWriteWeb’s Curt Hopkins has been keeping an eagle eye on the situation there and reports the variety of legacy technologies in use to keep people connected. Speak2Tweet is just another example of how current and legacy technologies can be paired together to bridge the gap.To listen in, check out the stream of audio Tweets coming in from Egypt. The only thing we need now is audio translation tools. What do you say, Google? Now would be the perfect time to bust out with the real-time audio translations, don’t you think? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web last_img read more


first_imgCheck out these great tips on how to make the most of your Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera’s RAW files inside DaVinci Resolve and FCPX.Creating One-Light Dailies from BMDCC DNG RAW files in ResolveIf you’re trying to get your Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera RAW files into an editable format the free DaVinci Resolve Lite software (as well as the full version of Resolve you received when you bought the camera) will help you quickly make that happen. In this straight forward tutorial, Dan Kanes walks through how to correctly set the color space for your DNG RAW files and transcode them to Pro Res quicktime files in DaVinci Resolve 9.1. Dan also demonstrates how to adjust your white balance and exposure adjustments in your RAW files and make global changes to all your footage to create one light dailies.Blackmagic Film to Video Plugin for FCPXAdam Roberts is a London based DP who has been sharing his progress with the BMDCC and on his blog.  He has some great tutorials and camera tests (previously shared on Premiumbeat here) which are well worth a watch if you’re looking into getting a BMDCC or trying to get started with the one you’ve just bought/hired. In this post Adam has been beta testing a Final Cut Pro X plugin created by Nick Shaw from Antler Post Production which allows you to apply the Film Log to Rec. 709 LUT (similar to what Dan Kanes does above) but without leaving the FCPX timeline.BMD Cinema Camera – Movie Making MachineDirector of Photography Shane Hurlburt has been preparing to shoot the upcoming feature Need for Speed and has posted this lengthy report on how he’s tested the BMDCC’s RAW capabilities to see if it could be the main camera for the shoot. If you’re hungry for technically detailed soaked camera tests then this is for you. Shane covers everything from sensor sizes, bit depth, filters, cages, eye-piece adaptors, lenses and more. Its a great example of what else is required to turn the basic BMDCC body into a feature filmmaking machine.last_img read more


first_imgThe Odisha government is taking measures to face the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani, which is likely to hit the State’s coast in the Puri district on Friday evening.Twelve senior officials were on Wednesday assigned for supervision of restoration works in the coastal districts of Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Cuttack. All concerned departments were also pressed into service to focus on saving lives and property in case of any eventuality. The State government’s Health Department has set up control rooms at all levels of administration.‘Foremost priority’“Evacuation and rescue of people likely to be affected to safe places, restoration of road communication immediately after cyclone, and proper distribution of relief materials with zero casualties are is the foremost priority of Odisha Police,” said State Director General of Police R. P. Sharma.Also Read As cyclone Fani approaches, RTGS warns against selfies near the sea  While the District Collectors were busy preparing the administration to evacuate people from villages close to the sea or villages alongside the rivers from Thursday, senior police officers have been sent to the coastal districts to coordinate with the district administration and other connected line agencies and field functionaries for rescue and relief operations.MCC suspendedThe office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Odisha has also taken several measures to ensure the safety of the electronic voting machines (EVM) in the constituencies along the coastal region of the State, where simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections were held recently. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has suspended the model code of conduct (MCC) from 11 coastal districts of the State to facilitate relief and rescue operations. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had on Tuesday urged the ECI to lift the MCC for this.Also Read  Mr. Patnaik had also urged the ECI to postpone polling in the Patkura Assembly constituency under Kendrapara Lok Sabha seat. The ECI had earlier fixed May 19 as the date for the polling in Patkura. Polling in the constituency, which was scheduled to be held on April 29, was adjourned due to the death of Biju Janata Dal nominee Bed Prakash Agarwalla on April 20. The Commission had not passed any order in this regard till Wednesday afternoon.Cancellation, reschedulingAs many as 74 trains have been cancelled by the East Coast Railway between Bhadrak and Vizianagaram from Thursday in view of the cyclone. Examinations scheduled in all colleges under the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT), scheduled to be held on May, 2, 3 and 4, have been rescheduled to May 25, 27 and 28 respectively.According to the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), Cyclone Fani lies over west-central and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal, about 680 km south-south-west of Puri on Wednesday. It is likely to have landfall in Puri district coast on Friday with a maximum sustained wind of speed 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph.The districts of Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur may experience extremely heavy rainfall during the landfall. Cyclone Fani: INCOIS warns of damage along east coastlast_img read more


first_img The official said the Home Ministry had given the clearance to deploy the extra seven CRPF battalions (each battalion comprises around 1,000 personnel) last year. “They couldn’t be deployed last year and it has been decided to move them to Chhattisgarh on an immediate basis. Most were on election duty. As they set up camps in the interior pockets and increase their presence, it will be difficult for Maoists to escape using these routes,” he said.The action by security forces at the Madhya Pradesh-Maharashra-Chhattisgarh trijunction, where Maoists were trying to raise a new armed group, was also discussed at the meeting.In 2017, after security forces came to know of a new unit called the “Vistara platoon” that was trying to gain a foothold at the trijunction, extra personnel were rushed to the area. The Ministry has asked the States about the steps taken to reduce the number of casualties due to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and measures to check the flow of funds to Maoist groups. Mr. Gauba asked the Maoist-affected States to have more inter-State operations and joint operations.The meeting was attended by the Chief Secretaries and Directors-General of Police of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Bihar, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Madhya Pradesh. Representatives of the CRPF, the BSF and the ITBP were also present. Nearly 7,000 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel are to be deployed in the inaccessible areas of Abujhmad in south Chhattisgarh to fill the “security vacuum” and plug the gaps through which Maoists escape when operations are launched, a senior government official said.The Union Home Ministry has asked the States to continue the offensive against “urban activities of CPI (Maoists) and its front organisations”, according to a note accessed by The Hindu.Last year, 10 persons, including human rights lawyer Sudha Bhardwaj, were arrested by the Maharashtra police for allegedly being associated with Maoists, a charge denied by them.This year, 60 operations have been conducted, in which 34 Maoists and 17 security personnel were killed in Chhattisgarh, the worst-affected State. Since 2016, as many as 635 operations have been launched in the State, where 370 Maoists and 179 security personnel were killed.The Abujhmad forests are not on the revenue map and the dense jungles are used by Maoists as their hideouts. It was here in February 2017 that the Central Committee, the top decision-making body of the Maoists, met and decided to pick a new leader, Basavaraju, replacing Muppala Lakshman Rao, alias Ganapathi.Review meetingUnion Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba convened a meeting of the States affected by Left-wing extremism (LWE) last week where the redeployment of CRPF personnel and other issues were discussed. This was the first such review done after Amit Shah took charge as Home Minister in the second term of the Narendra Modi government. The extra personnel would be deployed in the interior of Bijapur and Sukma districts also. At present, around 44,000 Central forces are deployed in the State other than the State police.last_img read more


first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments LATEST STORIES Kings battle Elite Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Dennis Rodman may not have been the most “rational” player on the court during his heyday, but the retired forward is now looking to be the voice of reason for a far greater cause.As tension between the US and North Korea rises due to threats of a nuclear war, the eccentric NBA Hall of Famer bared his intention to prevent such catastrophe from happening.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I just want to try to straighten things out for everyone to get along together,” the five-time NBA champion told “Good Morning Britain.”Rodman, of course, is one of the few people to have a relationship with North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-Un, whom he has visited on multiple occasions over the past few years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Dennis Rodman returns to North Korea hoping to ‘open the door’The 56-year-old American also said that the feared dictator was “just like everybody else” and enjoyed “cool things” like singing karaoke. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  “Every time I see him, he’s always calm, he’s always smiling, especially when he’s with family,” he told host  Piers Morgan.“We sing karaoke, we do a lot of cool things together.”Dennis Rodman has spoken about his friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: pic.twitter.com/mu592c5la7— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 6, 2017“To me, in person, without all the things that have gone on on TV and potentially a war or something like that, if you see him just sit at a table, he’s just like everybody else,” Rodman added.ADVERTISEMENT “He’s always laughing, smiling, talking to his people—that’s it.”Although he has close ties with Kim, Rodman is also an avid supporter of US President Donald Trump, whom he publicly endorsed back in 2015.“I think if the president even tries to reach out for Kim, I think it will be a great possibility,” he shared.“Things can happen if Donald Trump, if they sit down, and have some type of mutual conversation. It don’t have to be like a friendship type of conversation, just a mutual conversation saying, ‘Hi, I would love to engage in some words and politics and over the history of your country and my country and just try to start some dialogue.’ I think that’ll open up maybe the door just a little bit.”  Khristian Ibarrola /ra Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more


first_imgHer tough-girl persona almost never cracked in public.When it came time to announce her retirement, with her mother, father, sister, brother-in-law, boyfriend and support team watching from the back of a crowded room at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday afternoon, Patrick broke down in tears.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I feel like this is where my life should be headed, and sometimes we just get kind of nudged there,” she began. “Sometimes it’s big nudges and sometimes it’s little.”The 35-year-old Patrick paused several times to compose herself to announce that she will race only in the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 next year and then she will walk away from a sport where success was elusive even as she grew into a superstar with multiple labels, not the least of which was savvy businesswoman. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Murray splits with coach Ivan Lendl for second time View comments “I met with her and her agent once,” Ganassi said. “I think it is a good idea for her to do, in fact I think it’s a great idea. The business-side of the deal still has to work.”Ganassi already has Cup star Kyle Larson in his camp practically begging for a shot at the Indy 500. Would he enter one-off entries at Indy for both Patrick and Larson?“I’d have to talk to Larson about that,” Ganassi smiled.Larson and Patrick are close friends, and he posted on Twitter he was happy for her following her Friday announcement: “She’s done so much for Motorsports. I’m excited for her and her future adventures!! #Namaste.”Patrick is the only woman to have led laps in both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. Patrick ran the Indy 500 from 2005 through 2011. Her highest finish was third in 2009, and she was the first woman to lead laps in the race when she paced the field for 19 trips around the Brickyard as a rookie.Patrick was highly marketable early in her career even though wins were rare. She won the pole for the Daytona 500 in 2013, but finished 24th in the standings the last two seasons. She won her only IndyCar race in 2008, in Japan.Sponsorship trouble surfaced this year, too. When no strong opportunities for next season presented itself, Patrick decided to call it a career next Memorial Day weekend.“I think it’s awesome and it will make for a huge month of May that she’s back there,” said Stewart, who spent half of his career trying to win the Indy 500. “It would be really cool to see her face on the Borg-Warner Trophy, if she can pull that off.”Patrick had been adamant she would never return to IndyCar or the 500, but changed her mind as she realized her competitive options were dwindling.“I know I always said I’d never go back to Indy, and I was always being honest,” she said. “Well, things change. I know now you can never say never. I’d been going through this in my head and kept asking myself, ‘How am I going to get the words out and say it’s over?’ And trust me, I lost my (stuff) a few times over that. Danica Patrick cries he speaks with the media during a news conference before Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. Patrick will end her full-time racing career after running in next year’s Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500. ( AP Photo/Darryl Graham)HOMESTEAD, Fla. — She started in go-karts when she was 10, and was a national champion two years later. By the time Danica Patrick turned 16, she was on her own in Europe, pursuing a racing career.Patrick was a fearless woman in a sport almost exclusively comprised of male drivers. She raced hard, sparred with her rivals off the track and rarely flinched while becoming one of the most recognizable athletes in the world.ADVERTISEMENT “But this seems right, and this seems good.”Patrick told AP she had only informed about 10 people of her decision prior to Friday’s announcement. Everyone had been extremely happy with the path she’s chosen. She said longtime boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. “has never been more excited about something about me in his life.”Stewart praised Patrick for her time at SHR, and said his team would never have expanded to four cars without her assistance. Kevin Harvick will try to win a second championship in four years for the organization on Sunday, and Stewart said Patrick has been a huge part of the team’s success.He was disappointed to learn she’s ready to stop driving.“I am happy that she is doing it on her terms, but I am sad because I feel like there are wins under her belt that she can still get,” Stewart told AP. “I thought she’d go road racing or back to IndyCar or something along those lines, because I think that’s where she can be successful.”Patrick’s fame was launched in IndyCar, and her relationship with former sponsor GoDaddy made her one of the most recognizable female athletes anywhere, from Super Bowl commercials to race days in the green-and-black firesuit. She has a winery in California, a line of athletic wear and an exercise and fitness program. Patrick said she’ll have more time to spend on those ventures after the Indy 500.Her career crossroads was put in motion when GoDaddy left auto racing after 2015, then new sponsor Nature’s Bakery was unable to fulfill its three-year commitment to SHR and Patrick. The team pieced together sponsorship all year, but the deal for Almirola next year made Patrick expendable.“I didn’t want to be pushed into anything, and everyone can relate, sometimes things just shift and change around you,” she told AP. “Especially with me and the sponsor situation. I’ve never been there before. I’ve always had a sponsor. It forces you into thinking about things and nothing was lining up easily. If I don’t feel like I can run better than where I am, then I don’t want to do it. And, there have been times that I could not have been more miserable.“That’s not why I come, and I feel like it takes away from everything else I accomplished. I don’t want to be remembered for the things that didn’t go as well. I want to be remembered for the things that went well.” Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’center_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:31Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Patrick has known for at least a month that she will end her career next season at the Indianapolis 500, a decision that will bring her full circle and return her one last time to the storied track that made her famous. Discussing her decision with The Associated Press a few hours before her announcement, Patrick was giddy with excitement and thrilled at the chance to take one more spin around Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Patrick told AP it took her many months to come to the realization her career is all but over. Once she accepted it, she began putting together plans for “The Danica Double” over the last several weeks.“Nothing that was being presented excited me, then about three weeks ago, I just blurted out, ‘What about Indy? Let’s end it with the Indy 500,’” she said. “This ignites something in me. But I am done after May. Everyone needs to put their mind there. My plan is to be at Indy, and then I’m done.”Patrick would not reveal who she will drive for in either race next year, but Chip Ganassi Racing is the likely ride at Indy. Ganassi has room to field additional cars — he’s scaling down from four full-time cars to two next year — and would give Patrick a car capable of winning. Roger Penske and Michael Andretti both have full lineups announced for next year’s Indy 500.Patrick will not be driving in the Daytona 500 for Stewart-Haas Racing, team co-owner Tony Stewart told AP. Patrick moved from IndyCar to NASCAR after the 2011 season, and has been racing Cup cars for SHR since 2012.  She is being replaced after Sunday’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway by Aric Almirola.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more


first_imgFor some strange reason football is synonymous with Bengal, although Goa and Kerala will claim equal suzerainty over it.In the early 1980s, I landed in Kolkata having grown up in Delhi. Imagine my horror, when I, a cricket junkie, found Kolkata was completely football crazy. The towering statue of Goshto Pal on the maidan, at the very intersection where the holy trinity of the megalopolis football craze converged – Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting – was nothing short of a pilgrimage for a neophyte like me. Having played football in school and a more bruising form later in the tea plantations, I too trooped to the makeshift stadia to make my tryst with the Kolkatan version of the beautiful game. And the passion on display was unbelievable – Shyam Thapa with his bicycle kick, the speedy Subhash Bhowmick, Subrata Bhattacharya tall and stately in defence, Gautam Sarkar, Mohd Habib, Mohd Nayeem and many more were part of a fabled pantheon worshipped by all of us.ArtistryBut this flirtation with football was to receive a rude jolt. Two Iranians landed in the city – Majid Bakshar and Jamshed Nassiri – and they opened up a whole new playing style. Nassiri was the poacher in the strike zone while Majid was the playmaker and ball passer. They made a fantastic combine, Majid with the flair, daredevilry and derring-do in the mid field, making the play for his compatriot Nassiri who struck home with dexterity and timing. The duo came from the province of Khuzestan and Majid even represented Iran in the 1978 World Cup played in Argentina. Both came to Aligarh Muslim University to pursue higher studies, but were spotted by talent scouts and recruited by East Bengal. Subsequently, they joined Mohammedan Sporting Football Club and Kolkatans flocked to the maidans.advertisementThe duo’s entry into the football cauldrons of Kolkata was a defining moment in Indian football. Football supporters were astonished at the artistry with which the two Iranians played the game in stark contrast to the the rest of the league. This first glimpse of real football was ‘revolutionary’ a term that may be politically incorrect given that Kolkata was then in the throes of Leftist rule. The end came swiftly as the more talented of the two – Majid – was debilitated by substance abuse. He returned to Iran, while Jamshed stayed on in his adopted city Kolkata.Jolt number two came with the advent of the Nehru Cup in Kolkata in 1982. My memory of that tourney was of the Uruguayan player who could throw the ball into the D such was the power of his throw. The robust playing style, the smart set pieces and the sheer agility of the Uruguayan players was a delight to watch as they vanquished China 2-0 to win the inaugural tournament. The Uruguayans had shown all too well, why the South American style was a killer app in world football. Two years later in 1984, Poland showed their hard tackling man-to-man marking style and defeated China. Kolkatans awoke with a start to the pace and speed on display in the Nehru Cup final.BrillianceThe final decapitating blow to the ‘art form’ practiced on Kolkata’s maidans came with the introduction of live television which beamed pictures of the 1986 football World Cup for the very first time. India’s love affair with the World Cup football tournament started in 1982, when for the first time the semi finals and final had been telecast live on Doordarshan. There was also deferred telecast of some of the earlier round matches. Brazil’s brilliance in that tournament, showcased by the attacking flair of Zico, Socrates, Falcao and Toninho Cerezo, won them many supporters. In the eighties, the majority of India supported Brazil.Over the years that changed. In 1986, for the very first time the entire World Cup was telecast live in India. With Mexico being the hosts the tournament gained notoriety. Almost overnight, pocket dynamo Diego Maradona became a star with fans all across the globe, and Kolkata being no exception. Whatever bad feelings Maradona may have created with his ‘Hand of God’ goal, he erased with the second, ensuring the quarter final between England and Argentina will never be forgotten.OutsidersThe goal, which was voted the “Goal of the Century” in 2002 on the FIFA website, saw Maradona running past five English players before scoring. With 20 minutes to go, the introduction of John Barnes as a substitute changed the tide of play in England’s favour, as he pinged in cross after cross into the Argentine penalty area and with just nine minutes left, England striker Gary Lineker got onto the end of one and scored. Lineker almost repeated six minutes later but was unable to reach the ball thanks to a timely block by Olarticoechea: 2-1 to Argentina remained the final score line.advertisementThe goals made Maradona a superstar. In the semi finals, he struck twice in the second half as Argentina beat Belgium 2-0. The final against Germany did not see the same magic but Maradona did enough to see his country home. With seven minutes remaining, a pass from him gave Jorge Burruchaga the chance to score the winner for Argentina.Argentina’s victory managed to turn Kolkata’s world upside down. Maradona’s staggering display of running, passing and goal scoring was viewed as a tour de force and since then, nothing has remained the same. Now, whenever Kolkata, Goa, Kerala or other urban agglomerates in India go gaga over football – be it EPL, Champions League or the World Cup – it reminds one of Begaane Shaadi Mein Abdullah Deewana. This iconic song from the Bollywood film Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hain, which literally means that you are dancing at some unknown person’s wedding, is something Indian fans have had to do, World Cup after World Cup, as Indian football has remained on skid row. Consigned to the rubbish heap of history, it will be some time before the nation can take part in the beautiful game, on the world stage.last_img read more


first_imgUncle: Half of Europe want Real Madrid midfielder Llorenteby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent and uncle of Marcos Llorente has cast doubt over his future at Real Madrid.The midfielder was named man of the match for the Club World Cup final victory over Al Ain on Saturday.Julio Llorente, his uncle and agent, admits going into the tournament they were preparing to leave Real next month.”We will remember this throughout his life because it is the first title in which Marcos has won,” said Julio Llorente.”To continue in Madrid is nice, but we knew it was not good for his development. We had the plan to leave on-loan until the match against Rayo.”Since the season ended with Alavés, I’ve been called by half of Europe, including Champions League teams.”I was surprised he did not have more participation.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgHAMILTON — The federal NDP says if it is elected this fall it will expand Canada’s health-care system, starting with fast-tracking a universal drug plan to ensure a late 2020 start date.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says if his party forms government after the October federal election, it will inject $10 billion annually into a national pharmacare program.The NDP proposal would see the pharmacare program start sooner than an expert panel recently recommended.The panel said a national list of prescription drugs for pharmacare should be established by Jan. 1, 2022, and be expanded no later than Jan. 1, 2027.The NDP policy comes in a new “commitments document” — dubbed A New Deal for People — unveiled today at the Ontario NDP convention in Hamilton.In remarks provided to the media in advance of his convention speech Sunday morning, Singh says the plan would save families who already have insurance coverage $550 a year.“For the first time, every single Canadian can count on this,” he said. “If you need medication, if someone you love needs medication, you can get it — period. Paid for with your health card, not your credit card.”Singh said the NDP plan would also eventually expand universal coverage to dental, vision and hearing care as well.The 109-page document also contains promises to create 500,000 more affordable housing units, expand grant programs for post-secondary education and address the cost of cellphone service and high-speed broadband.The party is pledging to spend a billion dollars in 2020 to enhance child care across the country.The document also promises to restore door-to-door mail delivery to all communities that have lost it — which would cost $100 million — and to establish a gasoline-price watchdog to monitor fuel prices and prevent “gouging.”The party says it would raise government revenues to pay for its policies through a number of measures including increasing corporate taxes and by creating a so-called “wealth tax.”Taxes on the richest Canadians — those with net worth of $20 million or more — would jump by one per cent, generating several billion dollars annually in revenue.“The Liberals and Conservatives have been working for the people at the very top instead of working for you,” Singh said. “We are going to change that.”The party would roll back corporate tax cuts provided by previous governments to 2010 levels, an increase from the current 15 to 18 per cent, generating billions more for government coffers a year.Singh said the party would also institute a 15 per cent foreign buyers tax on residential purchases to prevent housing markets from overheating.The NDP does not make a specific promise to balance the federal budget.“In all cases, we will manage debt and deficits responsibly, borrowing when required to defend the services that Canadians and their families rely on, and moving to balance when prudent,” the document says.Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Tsuu T’ina Nation says a First Nations water bill proposed by the Harper government would leave its people parched in the midst of a major water shortage crunch.Alberta has been termed as a “bellweather” region in the global crisis over water scarcity and the Tsuu T’ina Nation reserve, which borders the southwest city limits of Calgary, finds itself fighting with the industrial, agricultural sectors along with neighbouring municipalities over an increasingly dwindling resource.During a presentation before the Aboriginal affairs committee Tuesday, a Tsuu T’ina Nation band councillor said the Harper government’s proposed bill S-8, an Act respecting the safety of drinking water on First Nations land, would sever Ottawa’s treaty responsibility to the First Nation and put it at the mercy of Alberta’s water regime that doesn’t recognize its rights over water.“The issue here is what if there is a conflict between the drinking water needs of a First Nation and a water allocation for irrigation or industrial purposes,” said Coun. Regena Crowchild. “The proposed act makes it very clear that water allocations by the provinces will be paramount over the drinking water needs of First Nations.”Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt, who appeared before Crowchild, told the committee the bill is necessary to improve the water situation for First Nations across the country by creating water-related regulations on-reserve.“Until regulations are in place, we know that achieving long-term sustainable progress will be challenging,” said Valcourt. “Modern equipment and good intentions are great, but they need regulations to support them. That is why all municipalities and communities off reserve across Canada have regulations in place.Valcourt said Ottawa is not trying to give any province jurisdiction over First Nations territory, but is simply creating a framework that would allow for regulations comparable to what exists off reserve.According to Crowchild, however, First Nations don’t need Ottawa’s help on this front and Tsuu T’ina is already developing its own water regulations.“All indications are that the proposed Act will simply adopt provincial laws and regulations regarding safe drinking water and waste water systems,” said Crowchild. “But the reality is that a large amount of water pollution on reserve lands is caused by weak provincial water standards…or by lack of enforcement of the law and regulations by the province.”The Tsuu T’ina, which signed Treaty 7 in 1877, chose the location of its 69,000 acre reserve between two rivers, the Bow and the Elbow, in hopes of securing water sources in perpetuity.“All of these sources of water have been largely polluted by industrial, agricultural and residential development,” said Crowchild, during her presentation to the committee which is studying the bill. “That is why we are very concerned about water pollution and safe drinking water.”For over a century, Alberta has relied on a water allocation regime based on water licenses which relies on a “first in time, first in right” principle, which essentially gives priority to those who have held licenses the longest.The Tsuu T’ina took Alberta to court over the issue. The matter is before the Alberta Court of Appeals. As it stands, however, the nation holds no water licenses, but maintains Treaty 7 is the only license the nation needs.The Tsuu T’ina Nation currently purchases its water from Calgary, brings in trucked water and also relies partially on underground water sources that are heavy with iron content.Drained by agricultural and oil and gas demands, Alberta’s rivers have faced 20 to 80 per cent declines in water levels over the past 100 years. Tsuu T’ina Coun. Gilbert Crowchild said southern Alberta would be bone dry within 50 years.Crowchild said Ottawa has a treaty responsibility to the Tsuu T’ina to help offset the expected spike in costs for keeping the taps flowing on the reserve.Under the proposed legislation, Crowchild said Ottawa is “washing its hands” of its responsibility.“Why is it we have to buy something we have never paid for in our life?” said Gilbert Crowchild.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more