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BLUES UPSET NO. 9 LIONS

first_img Preview Matchup History Fellow veteran forward Max Lindsay put the Blues up by two just 1:14 into the second frame, burying a rebound off of a Matt Heffernan point shot.The Lions got on the board six minutes later as Reid Jackman notched a powerplay marker; however, the Blues answered right back as rookie forward David Thomson scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season, wiring the puck into the top corner of the net.MHKY: TORONTO GOAL! David Thomson scores top corner to put the Blues up 3-1 at York! pic.twitter.com/RftR8tYZlc— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) November 25, 2018 Watch Live Full Schedule Roster The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s hockey team notched their second straight victory with a 3-1 upset win over the No. 9 nationally ranked York Lions on Saturday night (Nov. 24) at Canlan Ice Sports.HOW IT HAPPENED: Fourth-year forward Matt Campagna opened the scoring late in the first period, receiving a pass from Kevin Lavoie and deking around Lions goalie Alex Fotinos to find the back of the net. Toronto held the one-goal lead at the first intermission.MHKY: Matt Campagna’s ‘silky hands in front’ gives Toronto a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission at York! #WeAreTO pic.twitter.com/vIrFtVrEsR— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) November 25, 2018center_img Next Game: at Ryerson University 11/29/2018 | 7:15 p.m. Rookie goalie Alex Bishop made 21 saves in his second straight victory.UP NEXT: The Blues travel across town to take on the Ryerson Rams this Thursday night (Nov. 29). Puck drop is set for 7:15 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Live Statslast_img read more

PPP/C rejects misinformation peddled by Govt Ministers

first_img… says Opposition salary increase sitting in Parliament’s bank accountThe 32 members of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) in the National Assembly have not collected one cent of the salary increase that was foisted on it when the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government unilaterally increased the salaries of its Ministers by as much as 100 per cent along with other Members of Parliament (MPs).PPP/C Chief Whip Gail TeixeiraThe disclosure was made by PPP/C Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, who was forced to interrupt the debates for the 2017 National Estimates to offer the clarifications and to reject the misinformation being peddled by the Government Minister.The insinuation was proffered by Government speaker, Minister with responsibility for the housing sector, Minister Valerie Sharpe-Patterson.Minister Sharpe-Patterson in her presentation sought to give the impression that the members of the political Opposition had in fact accepted the salary increase, as was the case with members of the Government’s side of the House. Teixeira immediately rose to her feet to challenge the assertion made by Minister Sharpe-Patterson.After a brief back and forth between Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland and members of the House, Teixeira informed the members that the Minister was erroneous in her assertion.The PPP/C Chief Whip instead told the House that her party has in fact requested, of the Clerk of the National Assembly, the setting up of a bank account to deposit the increases.The money is meant to be turned over to a charity to be chosen by the PPP/C.She said the Clerk was written to by the Opposition requesting that the increases in their salaries be deducted and paid into the account.Teixeira also dismissed the assertion made by the Minister that the PPP/C had actually said that it would refuse the increases.She said the PPP/C is on public record saying that the money will be going towards a charity of its choosing and that the money has since been accumulating in the bank account facilitated by the Clerk of the National Assembly.In an Extraordinary Official Gazette published on September 25, 2016, a mere four months after taking Office, it was noted that the order for the increases of 50 per cent was made on September 23, by Finance Minister Winston Jordan.According to the order, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo will be paid $20,580,000 per annum which works out to just over $1.7 million per month.Vice Presidents received $11,135,064 per annum or $927,000 per month. Senior Government Ministers are slated for a $10 million annual salary at $869,000 per month, while Junior Ministers will receive close to $700,000 per month.Parliamentarians were paid $2,402,532 each year. Increases were also given to the Chief Whips and the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly. (Gary Eleazar)last_img read more

UG branch to open in Essequibo Coast

first_imgRegion Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Chairman Devanand Ramdatt has announced that currently, the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) is presently in negotiations with the University of Guyana to establish a branch of the tertiary institution within the region.Ramdatt was at the time speaking at the flag raising ceremony held at the Anna Regina Community Centre Ground to mark Guyana’s 47th Republic anniversary.He said he met recently with a team from the University of Guyana and possible options were explored. The Regional Chairman said a branch of the University of Guyana will provide opportunities, as well as avenues for young people to enhance their qualifications. He has also acknowledged publicly during his brief address that youth employment is a major challenge within the region; as such, the RDC is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that youths are qualified and can become more marketable in the competitive world of work.Addressing the gathering at the flag raising ceremony in the presence of Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix, the Chairman also lobbied for a cultural centre and a agro-processing facility to be established within the region.Speaking on the country’s Republic status, Ramdatt said those great leaders; Dr Cheddi Jagan and Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham, were visionaries who fought during the struggle for Guyana to become an independent nation and therefore called on all Essequibians to practice their civic duties as citizens for a better Region Two.Ramdatt also called for persons working in the productive sector to be respected, noting that Region Two is an important region for the development of Guyana.“Don’t preach unity, practice”Ramdatt also echoed called for the Government to work in cohesive efforts for national unity as opposed of using forums to preach unity, ” I must make it known that there was never a time at the RDC that we have ever been divided on development issues”.The Regional Chairman further stated that it is his desire for Region Two to be a clean region, not physically but from all social ills, including domestic violence and suicide.He also used the opportunity to lobby for better conditions and opportunities for rice farmers within the region and for a careful assessment to be made in the rice industry.“We cannot ignore that the Region Two economy is not struggling, there were a lot of people who were flooded, therefore 80 per cent of 50,000 persons depend on rice. We therefore need a careful assessment in the industry, rice farmers need help,” Ramdatt said. (Indrawattie Natram)last_img read more

Folau anti-gay row headed to court as mediation fails

first_imgBut Folau and his camp emerged some four hours later with no settlement.“Very, very disappointed by the outcome today,” said the devoutly religious Folau. “I’d like to thank those who’ve supported me throughout this time. I’ll continue to stand up for the freedoms of all Australians.”The case is now expected to head to the Federal Court and could potentially drag on for years.Super Rugby’s record try-scorer, who was on an Aus$1 million-a-year (US$700,000) four-year contract, is reportedly seeking Aus$10 million, including for lost sponsorship and marketing opportunities, a sum reports say could be ruinous for Rugby Australia.The sport’s governing body said it too was “incredibly disappointed”.“We remain confident in our processes and will continue to do what is required to defend the values that underpin our game,” Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby said in a brief joint statement.Folau was fired in May for breaching Rugby Australia’s code of conduct after posting that “hell awaits” gay people and others he considers sinners.The fullback took his case to Australia’s Fair Work Commission, asserting that he simply posted sentiments from the Bible and was unfairly dismissed.However, Rugby Australia insists his sacking was purely contractual, saying Folau had agreed not to disparage anyone over their sexual orientation following a similar controversy last year.Hopes of a resolution were slim with the two sides trading barbs beforehand.Folau claimed in a television interview Thursday evening that Rugby Australia offered him money to take down the offensive post, but said, “I couldn’t live with that”.The governing body called the allegation “completely false”.– PM pledges new law –Before the hearing, Folau released a video on his website demanding an apology and an admission that his sacking was wrong.“First and foremost, I am hoping for an apology from Rugby Australia and an acknowledgement that even if they disagree with my views, that I should be free to peacefully express my religious beliefs without fear of retribution or exclusion,” the 30-year-old said.Rugby Australia chief Raelene Castle set out the organisation’s stance in an email to the rugby community, saying it had “acted with complete professionalism and integrity at all times”.“This is an employment matter and does not concern his religious beliefs or his ability to express them freely,” she said.The dispute has proved divisive, with many outraged over Folau’s comments but others, including the Christian lobby, defending his right to free speech with calls for better guidelines on religious expression.Prime Minister Scott Morrison, himself an evangelical Christian, said such disputes showed the need for legislation protecting people against discrimination based on their faith.“Religious freedom is one of the cornerstones of what we are as a country, and it’s important our laws reflect that,” he said in a televised interview Friday from Japan, where he is attending the G20 summit.“Now we committed to put in place a Religious Discrimination Act. We’re going to do that. We’re working very hard on that right now,” he said.Folau launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay his legal fees, but it was shut down after raising more than Aus$700,000, with the GoFundMe platform saying it would not “tolerate the promotion of discrimination or exclusion” and that the donations would be refunded.In response, the Australian Christian Lobby launched a new fund and raised more than Aus$2 million in two days before pausing the appeal Thursday, saying it had enough money “for now”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Rugby star Israel Folau, a devout Christian, was sacked over a homophobic comment on social media. © AFP/File / Saeed KHANSYDNEY, Australia, Jun 28 – Fallen star Israel Folau and Rugby Australia look headed for a long and costly court battle over his sacking for homophobic comments after last-ditch conciliation talks collapsed Friday.The country’s Fair Work Commission had ordered the two sides to a closed-doors mediation hearing in a bid to avoid legal action over a dispute that has polarised Australia.last_img read more

Man tasered by Whittier Police

first_imgWHITTIER – Police officers used a taser to subdue a man during a traffic stop early Sunday morning. After the car was stopped near the intersection of Beverley Boulevard and Palm Avenue at 1:32 a.m., a fight broke out, according to Lt. Steve Dean of the Whittier Police Department. The man was looked at by paramedics but not hospitalized, according to Dean. Police have not charged the man with anything at this time, said Dean. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

FUNERAL TAKES PLACE OF MAN MURDERED IN DERRY, LETTERKENNY MAN STILL CRITICAL

first_imgThe funeral has taken place of Derry man, Patrick Harkin, who was killed in the city last weekend in an attack which has left a Letterkenny man ‘critical’.The 49-year-old republican, who was originally from Creggan, died after an attack at his home in Bayview Terrace last Sunday.His funeral cortege made its way from Creggan to St Mary’s church today. Parish priest, Fr Stephen McLaughlin, said the Harkin family had suffered “great grief”.“The last six days since you as a family got word of Paddy’s death have undoubtedly been days of unbearable anguish,” he said.“You have had to endure the initial shock of hearing the news of his death and then the distressing fact that he died as a result of a violent attack in his own home.”Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness and Martina Anderson removed the Irish tricolour from Mr Harkin’s coffin before it was carried into the chapel for Requiem Mass. Mr Harkin’s son Sean carried a photograph of his father as he followed the coffin out of the church, after the funeral.Paul Greatbanks, 46, from Bayview Terrace in the city, appeared in court this week charged with the murder of Mr Harkin.He was also charged with the attempted murder of Paul Mythen, 39, from Letterkenny who was taken to hospital in a critical condition.FUNERAL TAKES PLACE OF MAN MURDERED IN DERRY, LETTERKENNY MAN STILL CRITICAL was last modified: February 26th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Scientific journals get Web treatment

first_imgScientists frustrated by the iron grip that academic journals hold over their research can now pursue another path to fame by taking their research straight to the public online. Instead of having a group of hand-picked scholars review research in secret before publication, a growing number of Internet-based journals are publishing studies with little or no scrutiny by the authors’ peers. It’s then up to rank-and-file researchers to debate the value of the work in cyberspace. The Web journals are threatening to turn on its head the traditional peer-review system that for decades has been the established way to pick apart research before it’s made public. Next month, the San Francisco-based nonprofit Public Library of Science will launch its first open peer-reviewed journal, called PLoS ONE, focusing on science and medicine. Like its sister publications, it will make research articles available for free online by charging authors to publish. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ Open to world But unlike articles in other PLoS journals that undergo rigorous peer review, manuscripts in PLoS ONE are posted for the world to dissect after an editor gives them just a cursory look. “If we publish a vast number of papers, some of which are mediocre and some of which are stellar, Nobel Prize-winning work – I will be happy,” said Chris Surridge, the journal’s managing editor. It’s too early to tell how useful this open airing will be. Some open peer-reviewed journals launched in the past year haven’t been big draws. Still, there appears to be enough interest that even some mainstream journals like the prestigious British publication Nature are experimenting. Democratizing the peer-review process raises sticky questions. Not all studies are useful and flooding the Web with essentially unfiltered research could create a deluge of junk science. There’s also the potential for online abuse as rogue researchers could unfairly ridicule a rival’s work. Supporters point out that rushing research to the public could accelerate scientific discovery, while online critiques may help detect mistakes or fraud more quickly. The open peer-review movement stems from dissatisfaction with the status quo, which gives reviewers great power and can cause long publication delays. In traditional peer review, an editor sends a manuscript to two or three experts – referees who are unpaid and not publicly named, yet who hold tremendous sway. Changing views Careers can be at stake. In the cutthroat world of research, publishing establishes a pedigree, which can help scientists gain tenure at a university or obtain lucrative federal grants. Researchers whose work appears in traditional journals are often more highly regarded. That attitude appears to be slowly changing. In 2002, the reclusive Russian mathematician Grigori Perelman created a buzz when he bypassed the peer-review system and posted a landmark paper to the online repository, arXiv. Perelman later won the Fields Medal this year for his contribution to the Poincare conjecture, one of mathematics’ oldest and most puzzling problems. Editors of traditional, subscription-based journals say the peer-review system weeds out sloppy science. The traditional process isn’t designed to detect fraud (referees rarely look at a researcher’s raw data), and prestigious journals have unwittingly published bogus work. Last year, for example, Science retracted papers on embryonic stem cell research by a South Korean cloning scientist who admitted falsifying his results. Work submitted to PLoS ONE, for instance, is debated after publication by colleagues who rate the research based on quality, originality and other factors. Commenters cannot alter the paper, which becomes part of the public record and is archived in databases. If there is disagreement, authors can respond to comments. To prevent abuse, the site is monitored for inflammatory language and the postings can’t be anonymous. Radical approach “The fact that you get published in PLoS ONE isn’t going to tell you whether it’s a brilliant paper. What it’s going to say is that this is something worth being in the scientific literature, but you need to look at it more closely,” Surridge said. Another open peer-reviewed journal, Philica, launched earlier this year and takes a more radical approach. Authors are responsible for uploading their research to the Web site at no cost and without any peer review. Comments are anonymous, but users whose identities have not been verified by site administrators are flagged with a question mark next to their comments. Philica co-founder and University of Bath psychology professor Ian Walker said the system discourages authors from publishing fake studies because others can rat them out. “Imagine if somebody puts up absolute garbage, you will have plenty of reviews that will say, `This is terrible, terrible, terrible,”‘ he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Malky Mackay: Managers and fans need to set the tone

first_imgHe said managers knew how to conduct themselves but were sometimes abused at games.“It’s a difficult situation, it really is,” he told STV. “The heat of the game is something. There’s the pressure that’s on a coach to produce results that’s another huge thing. “It’s a very precarious time we’re in at the moment in terms of how little time people get in a job. “You’ve got to understand the mindset of how somebody’s feeling and the pressure that’s on them from chairmen, from the press, from the public.” He added: “These things actually all come into play as well as the fact that if there’s a large number of people abusing somebody, people are only human and as long as it doesn’t go overboard, I think that’s something that’s got to come into it. “There’s also the general way you carry yourself and you have to carry yourself as well but these guys know that.”“I suffered abuse from inside my own dressing room from people,” Mackay joked. “But I think you’ve got to try as much as you can to try to blank it out and focus on the boys on the pitch.“As far as I was concerned it’s like playing. You play in front of a hostile atmosphere or a big crowd and to play the game you’ve got to block the fans out or you would spend your time just looking around the stadium.”He added: “I think it’s the exact same with managers. You’ve got to make sure you’re out there and you try as much as you can to focus on what’s on the pitch.“There’s obviously going to be events that take place but the pressure that’s on managers right now is immense.”Mackay, speaking at an event to highlight the latest intake of young players to the Scottish FA Performance School programme, emphasised the need for supporters to take note of their own actions and how everyone had to work to make sure that grounds were enjoyable for families.“I think if there’s 30,000 or 40,000 people singing a song against you or using language against you then of course there’s a responsibility on people to try to change that,” he said.“You want to bring families to football. “You don’t want that [abuse] to be heard and I know there’s more and more responsibility on associations and football clubs throughout Europe to try to make sure that’s stamped out so that it becomes a family-friendly arena to come and watch a sport.”He added: “We have got a responsibility in a huge sport to make sure that it’s a product that everyone can come to watch.“We’re no different from anybody else. We’ve got to make sure that we’re proud of our game.” Scottish FA performance director Malky Mackay has said all parties need to be aware of their responsibilities to the game to create the best atmosphere at matches.The former manager was speaking after a controversial match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox where Hibs manager Neil Lennon’s gestures to the Rangers fans after a goal and the supporters’ treatment of Lennon made headlines.Police Scotland are investigating the actions of the former Celtic boss after complaints from the public and are now also looking into a threat made on social media against Lennon. Speaking generally, Mackay said managers were under more pressure than they have ever been and that it could be difficult to focus in a hostile atmosphere. last_img read more

Sandton to get Park Inn by 2010

first_img28 January 2008Belgium-based Rezidor Hotel Group has announced plans to build a Park Inn hotel in Johannesburg’s financial centre of Sandton by 2010 to complement the group’s existing Radisson Hotel Sandton, which is due to open later this year.The Park Inn Sandton will feature 192 rooms and is expected to welcome its first guests in April 2010 – in time for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.“South Africa is an upcoming destination for business and leisure travellers,” Rezidor Hotel Group CEO Kurt Ritter said in a statement last week. “The government has prioritised tourism as a key economic sector, and international arrivals increase continuously – we are expecting new heights in 2010 when the country hosts the Fifa World Cup.”Consisting of leading brands like Radisson SAS, Country Inn, Hotel Missoni, Park Inn and Regent, the Rezidor Hotel Group features almost 300 hotels in operation and under development in 47 countries worldwide.The Park Inn Sandton will be situated directly across the road from the Gautrain station, and will have the benefit of being the closest hotel to the underground station that will link commuters on South Africa’s first underground railway system directly to the OR Tambo International Airport, Rosebank and Pretoria.The new hotel will also be in close proximity to the JSE, headquarters of many multinational corporations, and the Sandton Convention Centre, and only a few hundred metres away from Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square – two of the country’s finest shopping meccas.According to Rezidor, Park Inn is their fastest growing brand, with more than 100 hotels in operation and under development in Europe, Africa and the Middle East since the brand was launched in early 2003.The Park Inn brand is said to represent a young, dynamic and colourful mid-market brand, promising “the best sleep in town”.“With the existing Radisson and Park Inn hotels in Cape Town, as well as the recently signed Radisson hotels in Port Elizabeth and Sandton, this marks another milestone of the development and commitment of The Rezidor Hotel Group in South Africa,” the group said.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more