Trent Boult became only the third male New Zealand cricketer to claim an ODI hat-trick as New Zealand beat Pakistan by 47 runs in the first ODI at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.Boult joined Danny Morrison and Shane Bond in the history books of New Zealand as he absolutely shut out the Pakistan top order to inflict their first loss in nine matches.During the Pakistan innings, Shadab Khan had claimed three wickets in four deliveries but Boult topped that with a hat-trick.Pakistan had dominated the first hour of play with Shaheen Afridi and Shadab, both ending up with four wickets, but it was the tail of New Zealand batting that propelled them to a defendable total of 266.Boult first bowled danger man Fakhar Zaman off his pads, before Babar Azam nicked through to slip and Mohammad Hafeez was trapped in-front, with the home side in a funk at 3/8.What better man to interview Trent Boult after play than fellow NZ ODI hat-trick hero – Danny Morrison #PAKvNZ pic.twitter.com/UvQlWh1fnTBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 7, 2018Boult had missed the Twenty20 International series to attend the birth of his first child but it didn’t take long for him to announce his arrival in the ODI series.Shoaib Malik and Imam ul-Haq, who was just four years old when Malik made his debut against West Indies at Sharjah in October 1999, combined to slowly rebuild the Pakistan innings, in similar fashion to Taylor and Latham in the first.advertisementArdent Pakistan fans had to dig a little deeper for optimism when a double strike ended the 63-run fourth-wicket partnership, as Pakistan fell to 73/5. Firstly, Lockie Ferguson dismissed Imam (34 from 36 balls), who mistimed a pull to de Grandhomme, with the catcher then nabbing Malik (30 from 50) the next over, who picked out Williamson at mid-off.Sarfraz Ahmed and Imad Wasim also combined effectively. Sarfraz was his usual busy self and although Imad focused more on resistance in the early part of his knock, successive maximums in the 36th over signalled Pakistan weren’t going down without a fight.The skipper soon reached his half-century as the pair clocked up their century stand, which threatened to give this match the climax it deserved until de Grandhomme (2/40, plus two catches) picked up the vital scalp of Sarfraz (64 from 69 balls) as the match entered the final ten overs. Imad reached fifty before Southee got his man, while Ferguson claimed the wicket of Shaheen as New Zealand got their series off to a promising start.Earlier, after winning the toss and electing to bat, New Zealand’s George Worker and Colin Munro didn’t last long, the former edging tamely to Sarfraz Ahmed off Shaheen Afridi (4/46) before the teenage sensation removed his fellow opener lbw.The early inroads shackled the New Zealand batsmen in the middle overs, but Kane Williamson and Taylor kept the scorecard ticking along before the former picked out short midwicket off a Shadab long hop.Latham, who boasts an exceptional record in Asia, joined Taylor at the crease as the duo set about hitting over half of their team’s total. It wasn’t a demolition job by no means, just accomplished batting, calmly finding the gaps without too much risk. Only 20 of Latham’s 68 runs came from boundaries, but the Kiwis were hitting five runs an over without breaking sweat.With Taylor and Latham in control, Shadab (4/38) then bowled a potentially match-defining over when he trapped Latham and Henry Nicholls in front off successive spinning deliveries. He then got Colin de Grandhomme edged at slip two balls later.Another big wicket followed when Taylor was bowled by Imad the next over, with New Zealand’s mid-to-lower order all but wiped out.Some cagey batting followed from the tail until Ish Sodhi hit 24 providing an unlikely cameo with three welcome sixes off Hasan Ali at the death. Boult also smashed a maximum off the last ball by Junaid Khan as Pakistan conceded 50 runs off the final five overs in an innings full of ebb and flow.Pakistan will look to level the three-match series when the two teams meet in the second ODI on Friday.(With ICC inputs)
Jammu, Nov 22 (PTI) The General officer commanding (GoC) of 16 Corps Lt Gen Paramjit Singh Thursday reached out the people of Rajouri district’s Hillkaka belt, once operation hub of the Pakistan terrorists in 2003, a defence spokesman said. Lt Gen Singh first visited Hill Kaka and paid homage to the soldiers who laid down their lives, and interacted with people who provided assistance during ‘Operation Sarp Vinash’, an operation undertaken by the Indian Army to flush out terrorists who had made bases in Hill Kaka Poonch-Surankote area of Pir Panjal range in Jammu and Kashmir during April-May 2003, the spokesperson said. In the ensuing operation, the Indian Army had killed 64 terrorists belonging to various jihadist outfits. A medical camp was also organised Thursday at Hill Kaka and during interaction with the villagers, Lt Gen Singh distributed communication equipments to the remote hamlets of the region for emergencies during winter. Sports equipmet to include cricket kits, football kits and nets were provided to the children. The GOC of Nagrota based White Knight Corps (16 Corps) informed the villagers that Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjay, has confirmed that all the impediments in construction of road to Hill Kaka have been addressed and good progress will be seen in coming days. Singh expressed his gratitude to the locals for their contribution in bringing peace. He thanked the locals, saying the Indian Army could not have achieved astounding success without their support. He commemorated the historic Poonch Link up Day by laying wreath at Naman Sthal, the War Memorial at Poonch. He was joined by veterans and senior army officials in laying wreaths and remembering the supreme sacrifice of the soldiers and the citizens of the region for defending Poonch, this day in 1948.advertisement In 1948, during the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir between Indian Army and Pakistani forces, Poonch withstood a seige by the Pakistanis from November 1947 till relieved by an Indian Offensive, Operation Easy which commenced on 20 November 1948. The besieged garrison, then commanded by Brig Pritam Singh was maintained by air supply. The day marks the historic link up carried out by Brig Pritam Singh’s forces with Brig Yadunath’s forces from Rajouri at Danna Ka Pir on 21 November 1948. The White Knight Corps and people of Poonch celebrate the historic Poonch Link up Day with gaiety and fervor every year. PTI AB CK
Vijay was last seen in AR Murugadoss’s Sarkar, which turned out to be a hit venture for the producers. Currently, the actor is busy shooting for Thalapathy 63, his third film with director Atlee, after Theri and Mersal.The shooting of Thalapathy 63 is currently underway at the EVP Studios in Chennai. We told you earlier that a football stadium set has been erected in the studio, where important sequences from the current schedule are being filmed. Now, new photos from the shooting spot have found their way to the internet.In the leaked photos, Vijay is seen sitting on a wheelchair with a cervical collar support. He is overseeing the women’s football match that is underway in the film. Rumour mills are churning out reports that his character in the film will suffer severe injuries at the hands of the villains.Here are the photos: Vijay in a wheelchair at Thalapathy 63 shooting spot Thalapathy 63 shooting spot Thalapathy 63 shooting spotEarlier, Thalapathy 63 was touted to be a sports drama, which is based on women’s football. Going by the speculation, Vijay will essay the role of Michael, coach of the Tamil Nadu women’s football team.As of now, the makers have completed 70 days of shooting and are expected to wrap up the film in the coming weeks. Apart from Vijay, Nayanthara, Jackie Shroff, Yogi Babu, Vivekh and Prem are part of the supporting cast. Produced by AGS Entertainment, Thalapathy 63 will hit the theatres on Diwali 2019.Also See | Thalapathy 63 shooting spot accident: Vijay to provide monetary aid to injured electrician SelvarajadvertisementAlso See | Malayalam actor Siddique: Vijay may be a superstar, but he’s not a good actorAlso Watch | Watch: Amy Jackson flaunts her 19-week baby bump in new video
The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens This Indoor Market Takes You to Japan Without Ever Leaving New York City Your Guide to a Road Trip Across New York State Piggyback Bar Editors’ Recommendations Next Chef Leah Cohen (who owns the acclaimed Pig & Khao in New York City’s Lower East Side neighborhood) uses her Filipino upbringing and annual expeditions to the region to inspire her Southeast Asian-leaning menu at Piggyback Bar, which is located on Jersey City’s bustling Harborside waterfront. This is drinking food at its finest. We’re talking about dishes like Korean honey butter wings, five spice chicken liver pate, and a kimchi pulled pork sandwich. Piggyback Bar boasts a solid wine list, and cocktails like the Mint Condition (gin, mint liqueur, simple syrup, orange bitters, egg white, and lime) are almost too easy to drink.South HouseThis three-level bar and restaurant brings a taste of Austin, Texas to Jersey City with its southern fare and Delta Blues live music schedule. The space is vast and offers games like pool and shuffleboard to keep thirsty patrons occupied as they sip their cocktails, which are excellent, by the way. Try the sweet, spicy, smoky El Jefe, a mix of rye, mezcal, Cherry Heering, orange curacao, jalapeño demerara syrup, and Angostura bitters, or choose from an impressive wine and beer list. When you’re feeling peckish, Lone Star State favorites like a Frito pie and brisket sandwich will help soak up the booze.RoofTop at Exchange PlaceRooftopWhile we spend much of our time downtown when we visit Jersey City, its stunning waterfront neighborhood is not to be missed. Perched high above the street, the multi-level indoor and outdoor RoofTop at Exchange Place offers sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. It’s designed with a retractable glass roof, so you can enjoy it no matter the weather or season. The cocktail list has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a refreshing gin spritz or a strong and stirred Manhattan variation. Plates include lots of shareable options such as flatbreads, pimento cheese dip, and a charcuterie board with all the fixings. The menu also features big salads, sandwiches, and entrees if you want something more substantial. Check out the DJ-fueled parties on weekend days and nights.HotelsResidence Inn by Marriott Piggyback Bar Piggyback Bar Piggyback Bar 1 of 4 Previous Community Cider Programs Make Cider and Benefit Charity 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. Tony Shi Photography/Getty ImagesLocated directly across the Hudson River from downtown Manhattan, Jersey City is an often overlooked neighborhood that some consider the sixth New York borough. While we wouldn’t go that far, Jersey City is a place that is worth your time. Easily accessible from New York City (it takes about the same time to get to Jersey City from Manhattan as it does from Manhattan to Brooklyn), the bustling community is full of incredible restaurants, high-end cocktail bars, great shopping, and plenty of solid hotels. If you hang out near the waterfront, you’ll find the best view of the New York City skyline in the area. Whether you’re looking to embark on a staycation adventure away from NYC or are traveling to the city and want a cheaper place to stay that has a ton to offer, Jersey City is the best bet. Here are our favorite places to play, shop, eat, drink, and sleep there.Things to DoWhite Eagle HallStephen OlkerIf you love to see live music, White Eagle Hall is the place to do it in Jersey City. The newly restored historic theater is a stunner — original design details like a wrought iron, wrap-around balcony and 28-foot tin ceiling with two stained glass atriums reckon back to yesteryear as you watch your favorite modern bands take the stage. We’re not sure if it’s the design of the building or White Eagle Hall’s sound team (most likely a mix of both), but the acoustics in the venue are fantastic, no matter where in the house you’re standing. We checked out the band Real Estate when we visited, and for people of fairly average height, we’re happy to say that if you stand strategically to the side of the venue, you can see the stage perfectly. While we only had drinks when we were there, the venue also serves food on the balcony if you want dinner and a show.ShoppingCoolvinesThis wine, beer, and spirits store is your one-stop shop to grab everything you need for a fantastic party (or simply that bottle you’ve been eyeing). Coolvines sells a wide variety of both big and small brands, as well as a selection of specialty foods like cheeses, charcuterie, jams, and chocolates. Look out for complimentary tastings and in-store events so you can learn about new brands and try before you buy.Another Man’s Treasure The folks at Another Man’s Treasure travel the country looking for the absolute best vintage clothing and accessories for their store, so don’t expect to dig through dusty bins to find a diamond in the rough. The men’s selection is one of the better we’ve seen, whether you’re looking for an old leather jacket, military fatigues, cowboy boots, or Hawaiian shirts. The shop even carries a curated selection of vinyl from nearby Iris Records for all you audiophiles out there.Restaurants and BarsFrankieWalking into Frankie is like walking into a really well-decorated friend’s house. Bright greenery, chic lighting fixtures, and cool artwork make you want to trade your own possessions for this curated dwelling. The Australian cafe serves fresh, seasonal fare and specializes in natural wines, which we think is one of the best selections in the area. We suggest starting with the labneh, which is garnished with peach, pistachio, and honey, and the Murray’s Cheese stracciatella with olive oil and black pepper. The grilled garlic shrimp with nam jim is an absolute must as it was one of the best things we ate this year. Frankie’s burger is one of (if not the) best burgers in the neighborhood. The beef patty is crisp and charred but incredibly juicy and topped with roasted garlic aioli, pickles, and cheddar. The dish is served with house-cut fries that are sprinkled with chicken salt. Don’t miss the insanely good pavlova for dessert, which is topped with seasonal fruit (we had a tropical mix), yogurt, citrus, and herbs.DullboyDullboy/FacebookDullboy serves the best cocktails in Jersey City, whether you’re looking to sip a signature creation or craving a classic. We sampled a little bit of both when we were there, and it was difficult to leave because everything was so damn good (and the staff is awesome). The tropical-tinged Maxine was our favorite, mixed with blanco tequila, banana-infused rhum agricole, creme de banana, Lillet Rose, Fernet-Branca, and house bitters. Another must-try is The Stark, which combines bourbon, Yellow Chartreuse, Amaro Nonino, honey syrup, and lemon juice. The food is fantastic too, and we highly recommend the duck fat tater tots, double cheeseburger, and chicken nuggets, which are battered in chipotle buttermilk and served with rhubarb foie gras syrup. Wash it down with a perfectly refreshing Japanese highball from the Suntory Toki Highball machine.Mathews Food & DrinkThis lively neighborhood eatery serves up new American fare and inventive cocktails in a sunny, friendly setting. There are plenty of options for our vegetarian friends and lots of meaty delights like pork belly croquettes, lamb bolognese, and a hot honey crispy chicken sandwich, which is a must-try. The staff will be able to guide you through their excellent wine list, or you can spring for a signature cocktail like the Cool Rummings, a robust mix of bourbon, blackstrap rum, vanilla, Cappelletti, Jamaican bitters, and a menthe rinse. Mathews’ brunch menu is just as excellent, so make sure you visit on weekends as well.Piggyback Bar We don’t discriminate when it comes to hotels — we like the big chains just as much as the independent boutique hotels, as long as they are done right. Jersey City’s Residence Inn by Marriott is one of the most comfortable and well-appointed places we’ve stayed as of late. The rooms are designed for an extended stay; along with amenities like big, beautiful bathrooms and super comfy beds, the studio-style rooms are stocked with a fully-equipped mini kitchen, including a fridge, microwave, dishwasher, stovetop, and everything else you need to cook a homemade meal. We know this sounds like a silly observation, but our room also had an iHome dock with a hookup for the current phone model. We’ve stayed at dozens of places that include the useless old model in the room, so this is a breakthrough in our minds (you know it’s true). The property has an onsite fitness center that’s open 24/7, so you can work out anytime on the go. But the best part about this Residence Inn by Marriott is the complimentary daily hot breakfast. It’s stocked with every morning delight imaginable, from fresh fruit and oatmeal to sausage, bacon, eggs, and roasted potatoes. There’s even a waffle maker for those who crave something sweet in the morning. We enjoyed the burrito bar, which has all the fixings for mini breakfast burritos that make for the perfect fuel before a day of sightseeing. The friendly staff is there to fulfill your every need, so don’t hesitate to ask them for assistance, whether you simply forgot your toothbrush or want help with restaurant reservations.
Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has welcomed Red Stripe/Heineken Jamaica’s $2.16-billion (€14-million) investment in a new state-of-the art production line at the entity’s brewery on Spanish Town Road in Kingston. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has welcomed Red Stripe/Heineken Jamaica’s $2.16-billion (€14-million) investment in a new state-of-the art production line at the entity’s brewery on Spanish Town Road in Kingston.The new Line 8 facility, which was commissioned into service in October 2017, brews Jamaica’s world-renowned Red Stripe Beer and Dragon Stout for the CARICOM, North American and United Kingdom markets.It has an output of 40,000 bottles per hour, which will enable it to produce 3.5 million cases of the beverages per annum.During a tour of the facility on Friday (April 6), Mr. Shaw said he is pleased with this latest infusion of automaton and sophisticated equipment in Red Stripe’s production process.He also hailed the company for incorporating cassava in the ingredients used to brew beer, through collaboration with more than 100 farmers.The Minister further praised the management for taking steps to introduce measures and initiatives aimed at enhancing the employees’ welfare, which, he noted, will contribute to boosting their productivity.“I really want to commend you on the example that you are setting in the manufacturing sector in Jamaica,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw said based on discussions with Red Stripe’s management, there is great anticipation that the entity will further boost cassava production over the next several years, “involving small farmers (who own) their own plots, so (that) everybody can (share in) the profits”.“The good news is we are not short of land. Nearby here, between St. Catherine and Clarendon, we are going to have about 20,000 acres of land available, 70 per cent of which is already irrigated,” he informed.For his part, Red Stripe’s Managing Director, Ricardo Nuncio, said the Line 8 production facility is part of a broader slate of investments being made to expand the entity’s operations.Other areas, he indicated, include construction of new warehouses to store raw materials and finished products, and expanding the entity’s mill to process more cassava, which, he emphasised, “is definitely something that can only grow… (and) we are really excited about that”.“So it’s a lot of investments because we believe in this company. We believe Red Stripe can really be big across the world… it’s a great brand that represents Jamaica and is what Jamaica is all about,” Mr. Nuncio added.Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) President, Metry Seaga, who was also on the tour, said he is pleased with what he saw, describing it as a “great investment”.“I am happy that (this is) one of the first tours that the Minister is getting to do, to see a facility like this. (This demonstrates that) manufacturing is alive and well in Jamaica and. hopefully, under the Minister’s leadership, it is going to flourish,” Mr. Seaga added. Story Highlights Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw said based on discussions with Red Stripe’s management, there is great anticipation that the entity will further boost cassava production over the next several years, “involving small farmers (who own) their own plots, so (that) everybody can (share in) the profits”. It has an output of 40,000 bottles per hour, which will enable it to produce 3.5 million cases of the beverages per annum.
zoom A subsidiary of Klaveness Ship Holding AS, T. Klaveness Shipping AS, has declared an option for the construction of one 80,500 DWT combination carrier at Zhejiang OuHua Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in China.This puts the total number of orders for combination carrier at Zhejiang OuHua Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in China to three vessels. The third vessel is estimated to be delivered in January 2017 and will be part of the Cabu fleet of vessels.Klaveness has further declared an option for the construction of two 82,000 dwt Kamsarmax vessels at Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in China and has resold the contract for one of the vessels to an external party. The same party has also purchased one of the sister vessels ordered by Klaveness in 2013.The building program now consists of 8 vessels, whereof Klaveness owns two of the vessels, one with delivery in 2015 and one with delivery in 2016.Klaveness Ship Holding, April 1, 2014
zoomImage Courtesy: Norwegian Maritime Authority The MS Magellan, owned by the Greek company Global Cruise Lines, has received a fine for violating the legislation on fuel sulphur limits in the world heritage fjords.According to the Norwegian Maritime Authority, the cruise ship was hit with a violation fine of NOK 700,000 (USD 80,000) after it entered two world heritage fjords with sulphur values far beyond the legal limit values.On April 16, the NMA received notes of concern about smoke emissions from the Bahamas-registered cruise ship, which was berthed in Flåm. These were followed up by an inspection on board when the ship arrived at Geiranger the next day.The NMA surveyors measured the sulphur content of the ship’s fuel to be 0.17 %, over the maximum allowed sulphur content of 0.10% in the world heritage fjords.Tracking of the vessel’s AIS signal shows that the vessel made ports of call at both Eidfjord and Flåm in the days preceding the port of call at Geiranger. Both of these ports are located within the North Sea ECA.The NMA explained that the extent of the violation is significant in this case, where a ship has sailed a considerable distance within the emission control area using a fuel with an excessive sulphur content.“Furthermore, as an aggravating factor, emphasis is put on the fact that the new rules concerning the world heritage fjords were violated. Overall, this implies that violation fines at a historic high level are imposed on the company,” NMA said.Alf Tore Sørheim, Head of Department of Operative Supervision, informed that NMA will have an increased presence in the world heritage fjords in the upcoming months with a focus on “making sure that the new environmental requirements are met.”“The NMA has made efforts to ensure safe and effective controls of sulphur emissions. Our surveyors are equipped with handheld devices that provide an immediate indication of whether the vessel satisfies the requirements or not. Moreover, we have invested in sensors which can be attached to a drone to detect sulphurous exhaust gases,” Sørheim added.
Nominations are being sought for awards that recognizeorganizations and individuals who protect marine habitat in theBay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine. “These awards applaud the efforts of Nova Scotians and others whohelp protect our beautiful Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine and thelife they support,” said Environment and Labour Minister KerryMorash. “I encourage nominations for these awards so that moreNova Scotians can be highlighted and we can all follow theexcellent example they set.” The department’s Bay of Fundy Awards recognize public involvementin environmental management, stewardship and education. There aretwo categories for these awards. The Business Partnership Award is presented to an individual whohas led or participated in a partnership that promotesresponsible and sustainable use of the natural environment aroundthe Bay of Fundy. The Environmental Awareness Award recognizes efforts to increasepublic knowledge and understanding of environmental issues in thebay. Nominees may be involved in public awareness activities thatbenefit the marine environment or cause a positive change inpublic behaviour. Two categories of awards are also presented by the Gulf of MaineCouncil on the Marine Environment. The Longard Volunteer Award honours the memory of one of thecouncil’s seven founding members. Art Longard was a long-timeemployee of the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Fisheriesand Oceans Canada. He dedicated countless volunteer hours to theconservation of marine life in the Gulf of Maine. “The conservation efforts of single individuals and larger groupsmake such significant impacts on our marine life and our coastalcommunities,” said Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Chrisd’Entremont. “These awards give us an opportunity to show ourappreciation and say thank you.” The Gulf of Maine Visionary Awards recognize an individual’s ororganization’s innovation, creativity and commitment toconservation of marine life in the gulf. Recipients are chosenfrom the five jurisdictions that border the gulf — Nova Scotia,New Brunswick, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. The deadline for submitting nominations for Bay of Fundy and Gulfof Maine awards is Friday, Oct. 8. Nomination forms are availablefrom and may be submitted in writing to:Patricia Hinch Nova Scotia Environment and LabourPO Box 697Halifax, NSB3J 2T8or by e-mail to: email@example.com . The Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine awards are presented each yearat the Gulf of Maine Council Visionary Award ceremony.
Sherbrooke Village’s annual, award-winning Old Fashioned Christmas celebration will once again enchant visitors with a spectacular opening night tree lighting at a new location. The event will run on two consecutive weekends, Nov. 24-26 and Dec. 2-3. This year the official tree lighting has been relocated to St. James Presbyterian Church lawn at 7 p.m. followed by the traditional candlelight procession to the performance centre, all within Sherbrooke Village gates. A visit from Santa and a fireworks display will round off the opening evening on Nov. 24. There will be hot chocolate and treats available. Opening night last year attracted more than 7,500 visitors with a total of 11,500 over two weekends. “This is a very emotional and exciting year for Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas with lots of changes, but all of them for the better,” said committee chairperson Heather Laybolt. “With the number of visitors growing steadily we will keep all activities within the village gates, so people can experience the magical feeling of Christmas from days gone by in a fun and safe manner.” New events include visits to Whoville, an ultimate Santa race, and guided lantern tours of the village. Another wow factor this year will be the spectacular lighting of more than 50,000 lights adding to the festival ambience between Nov. 24 and Jan. 6, 2018. That is twice as many lights on display as in previous years. The lights will be on daily from 5-10 p.m. Other activities include the annual Jingle Run/Walk, closing parade, and dance. During its 24 years of celebration, the Old Fashioned Christmas at Sherbrooke Village has attracted thousands of visitors and been named one of Nova Scotia’s top events in by the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. For more information visit sherbrookevillage.novascotia.ca or call 1-888-743-7845.
HALIFAX – A Halifax mother whose three-year-old son was beaten to death is calling for Criminal Code amendments that would add an offence for violence against children.Allisan Tucker’s son Matthew suffered more than 30 blows to his head, a spiral fracture to his leg and blunt force trauma to his pancreas when his father James Peter-Paul beat him to death in October 2010.The 31-year-old woman says Peter-Paul pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to eight years in prison in January 2012, but was granted full parole last May. He was originally charged with second-degree murder.Tucker said the Criminal Code should include an offence that differentiates violent crimes against adults from those against children, such as the United Kingdom’s offence of cruelty to persons under 16.“It’s not something that you think about. You don’t expect your child to die,” said Tucker in an interview Friday.“I’m not looking to reopen cases. From a legal standpoint, we can’t do that. We want to move forward. It’s not about attacking the person who did it. It’s about adding an offence in the law that specifies violence against children on top of the crime that was committed, whatever it may be — like assault or murder.”Tucker pointed to the cases of 12 Canadian children who were killed or allegedly killed by adults, including five-year-old Quinn Butt of Newfoundland, whose father Trent Butt is accused of first-degree murder.On Friday afternoon, Tucker met with Halifax Liberal MP Andy Fillmore to discuss the issue.Fillmore’s office said he was not available for comment, but Tucker said the MP told her that he would bring her concerns to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould as part of a planned criminal justice overhaul.In a statement from the Justice Department, spokesman Ian McLeod said the Criminal Code already comprehensively prohibits all forms of child abuse in charges such as assault, assault with a weapon, aggravated assault and murder.“In addition, evidence that an offender abused a person under the age of 18 in committing an offence is an aggravating factor for sentencing purposes,” McLeod said in an email.“As well as the criminal law protections, all provinces and territories have in place child protection legislation to protect children from abuse.”Isabel Grant, a professor in the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, said she doesn’t see a gap in the Criminal Code that needs to be filled.Grant noted the Criminal Code lists several aggravating factors that relate to children that must be considered in sentencing for such crimes: One is a requirement to look at a victim’s age, and another addresses a breach in trust.“Where bodily harm is caused to the child, there are a number of different provisions that cover that crime,” said Grant in a phone interview from her home in Vancouver.“Murder charges are available in that situation and are not uncommonly successful.”Tucker described Matthew as a “sweet” boy who loved Thomas the Tank Engine and the movie Cars.Tucker had custody of Matthew during his short life, but he had started to ask about his father, who lived in Indian Brook, N.S. Tucker said she slowly allowed Peter-Paul into Matthew’s life, first with visits in public places and eventually she trusted him enough to leave Matthew with Peter-Paul, his girlfriend and two children.Tucker was in Toronto for a week and Matthew was staying with Peter-Paul when she received a call that her son had fallen in the bathtub and died. It wasn’t until almost a year later, following an autopsy, that she found out Peter-Paul had beaten their child to death.“He had a spiral fracture in his leg, which is only caused by manually twisting. He had more than 30 traumas on his body including his head and the one that hit his pancreas made it rupture and poisoned him, which caused his death,” said Tucker.Tucker said she now plans on personally reaching out to the families of other slain children to garner support.——Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.
The driver was successfully located and brought back to FSJ. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North Peace SAR had success after being requested by the RCMP to locate a missing person.In the afternoon of Monday, November 26, 2018, the RCMP requested the Search and Rescue team to find a male driver who was turned around on the back roads up north.The driver originally called 911 for assistance and the SAR team located the driver around Mile 126 on the Jedney, as his vehicle was stuck in the snow.
BEIJING — Chinese internet users have lost access to Microsoft Corp.’s Bing search engine, setting off grumbling about the ruling Communist Party’s increasingly tight online censorship.Comments left Thursday on internet bulletin boards accused regulators of choking off access to information. Others complained they were forced to use Chinese search engines they say deliver poor results.Bing complied with government censorship rules by excluding foreign websites that are blocked by Chinese filters from search results. But the government has steadily tightened control over online activity.Microsoft confirmed in a statement Bing was inaccessible. It says the company is trying to “determine next steps” but gave no details.The Associated Press
The Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) has been placed on high alert following the multiple explosions in parts of the country today.All passengers have been requested to arrive at least four hours ahead of their flight.
He held talks with the Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mohamed ibn Chambas, on the strategy for the summit, which the Secretary-General called an attempt to salvage the 2003 Linas-Marcoussis peace agreement between Côte d’Ivoire’s government, opposition and rebel groups.He met Ivorian Prime Minister Seydou Diarra, Ghanaian President John Kufuor, the summit co-host, and South African President Thabo Mbeki.After his meeting with Mr. Kufuor, Mr. Annan told waiting journalists, “I’m hopeful that we will be able to build on the progress we made in Addis Ababa and help move the process forward. But it is extremely important that the leaders who are coming here put their nation first and come determined to patch up their differences, to forget individual ambitions and to think of the people and the nation.”And I think if they come with that spirit, they may surprise themselves.”In addition, Mr. Annan was to have a special tête-à-tête with Côte d’Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo.Shortly after the Secretary-General arrived last night, he consulted his Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire, Albert Tévoédjré, who heads the UN peacekeeping operations there, known by its French acronym ONUCI.The peace process in Côte d’Ivoire has hit an impasse largely over differences of interpretation of the peace agreement by Mr. Gbagbo and the opposition Force Nouvelles. Mr. Gbagbo suspended his support for opposition ministers in the transitional government in May and the Forces Nouvelles left the government.The Accra meeting follows on the heels of the “mini-summit” hosted by the Secretary-General earlier this month for nine West African leaders at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Tomorrow’s meeting would group the leaders of all 15 ECOWAS members.
Colombia Goldfields has made significant advances towards preparation of its environmental baseline study for the Marmato Mountain gold project in Colombia. The study will form the basis for the company’s future environmental permits and its social and environmental impact statement (EIS). Vegetation cover maps of the Cascabel Basin have been completed and soil sampling is underway for each vegetation type. The company has also purchased and installed a permanent solar powered weather station to measure temperature, wind direction and velocity, rain, solar radiation, relative humidity and evaporation. The first detailed water monitoring ever undertaken at Marmato was completed in December 2006 at 18 locations in three creeks and two locations on the Cauca River. The sampling was a joint effort with Corpocaldas, the state environmental agency responsible for the environment in the department of Caldas. Due to unregulated discharge from the mills and the lack of any tailings disposal facilities at Marmato, cyanide levels are toxic in all locations and the amount of suspended solids is many times above acceptable levels.Colombia Goldfields has established that it has no current environmental liability for these past practices and has already received approval for drilling from Corpocaldas under an approved environmental management plan. Nevertheless, the company intends to meet or exceed modern global standards of environmental stewardship in the preparation of the baseline study and subsequent EIS.Colombia Goldfields has engaged, or will engage, a number of leading environmental consultants to assist in this work. LHC Consultores Ambientales has been engaged to implement the environmental strategies in Colombia; additionally Colombia Goldfields intends to hire an independent external consultant to oversee environmental gathering and collecting practices. Knight, Piesold and Co conducted a review of the Colombian terms of reference for the completeness and compliance with International Banking Institution Standards for preparation of social and environmental impact statements, and their suggested changes are being incorporated into the work.This work includes repetition of the water sampling programme every four months. The company has also mapped all areas of solid rock waste disposal and outlined areas of inherent slope instability both for future mining and for monitoring dangers to the present town of Marmato.In the Zona Alta at Marmato Mountain the company has purchased the majority of the legal small mines and a large number of the small mills. To improve the environment the mills will be shut down and dismantled and the mines will be closed to commercial production but will be kept open for exploration drilling and sampling. The benefits for the community include: elimination of unsafe mining practices; improvement of the water quality by reducing and eventually stopping toxic waste disposal and solid effluent discharge; assistance to the government in environmental management; and it will improve the quality of life for the inhabitants of the Municipality of Marmato.
After a two-month hiatus, sport salmon fishing returns to the Columbia River on Friday with the opening of summer chinook, steelhead and sockeye seasons.The daily bag limit will be two adult salmonids, which may include up to two hatchery chinook, but no more than one hatchery steelhead. Sockeye also may be retained as part of the limit. The season is expected to remain open through July 31, when the rules change to the fall management regime.The forecasts call for 63,100 summer chinook and 198,500 sockeye, both down from 2016.The one-hatchery steelhead limit is the new wrinkle this year.State fish managers expect just 130,700 summer steelhead to return to the Columbia this year, the lowest number since 1980. The forecast is especially weak for wild steelhead destined for the Snake River and the Columbia upstream of Priest Rapids Dam near the Tri-Cities.The daily bag limit of one hatchery steelhead with no night fishing also applies through Oct. 31 in the Cowlitz River downstream from the Lexington Drive/Sparks Road bridge; the Lewis River downstream of the mouth of the East Fork; Wind River downstream of Shipherd Falls, the White Salmon River downstream of the county road bridge and in Drano Lake.Oregon is limiting Deschutes River anglers to one steelhead a day through the end 2017, with a total fishing closure in September. Oregon also is limiting John Day River anglers to one steelhead a day with a steelhead retention closure during September and October.
Need to know:Unsecured debt in UK households is at a record high.A financial education programme to address sensitive financial issues should incorporate all benefits, including employee assistance programmes (EAPs) and retail discounts.Employers can use a range of communication methods, but they must assure employees that they can discuss sensitive subjects confidentially. Viewpoint: The case for considering employees’ financial wellbeing is compelling Significant proportions of employees are facing increasing financial challenges. For example, demographic and policy changes, rising education and housing costs, an ageing population and rising state pension age, mean that the financial pressures facing employees are only likely to intensify over the coming years.But why should employers be concerned if their employees are experiencing financial pressures? Well, in a nutshell, because poor employee financial wellbeing will ultimately impact upon an organisation’s bottom line. There is a wealth of evidence indicating that poor financial wellbeing impacts on health in terms of poor psychological wellbeing, higher stress and anxiety levels, and lower levels of good health. This, in turn, impacts productivity in terms of poorer job performance, reduced concentration, lower productivity and absenteeism. This provides a compelling case for employers to consider the financial health of their workforce and to reflect on their responsibilities and opportunities.There is no one perfect solution to poor employee financial wellbeing. However, a good starting point for support would be to identify the needs of employees. [Employers could] consider segmenting the workforce by generation or income level in order to target relevant financial information based on their likely financial pressures. Also, if an employee is going through a significant life event, for example, marriage or the birth of a child, this can be used as an opportunity to target financial information to remind them to examine their changing needs and priorities. Communications can be refreshed about the benefits already on offer to employees that may help them save money and reduce spending. Or [an employer can] simply provide introductory links to external sources of help, such as charities that offer debt advice and assistance.Overall, by supporting employees’ financial wellbeing [an organisation is] demonstrating that [it is] a responsible and supportive employer, which can increase engagement and employee willingness to go the extra mile.Catherine Rickard is senior research fellow at the Institute for Employment StudiesBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswy Discussing an employee’s personal financial issues in the workplace is a subject hesitantly approached at best; for the employee, they need to have some assurance that any problems will be treated with the greatest confidentiality, and that opening up during a discussion will have no bearing on their role and responsibilities or their future at the organisation.Darren Laverty, partner at Secondsight, says: “There are two taboos in the workplace at the moment: mental health problems and financial problems. [Employees] are reluctant to talk about them so they need to feel there is some confidentiality about the whole thing.”There are also notable differences between the generations, says Katie Vye, senior Money at Work consultant at Jelf Employee Benefits. “Times have changed; previously, [people] weren’t comfortable discussing the subject of money in general,” she says. “That’s very much a generational thing. In my experience, younger employees, especially [the] millennial generation, are very open to talking about their finances and I think that derives from the fact that we have a very debt-ridden society now.”Financial issuesThe issues that affect employees are wide ranging. Nudge Global’s Financial education yearbook 2017, due to be published in early 2017, found that one of the most common type of support employees ask for is around retirement planning. Tim Perkins, director at Nudge Global, says: “Fifteen years ago, it was just about [employees] making sure they were making the most of what was on offer and they didn’t necessarily need to worry so much about what their employer was doing for them, but now the conversations around retirement are more sensitive, it’s more: ‘Am I going to have enough, am I going to be able to retire?’”Debt management is a key financial issue that is increasing in precedence. PricewaterhouseCooper’s UK consumer credit outlook report, published in November 2016, found that unsecured debt in the UK reached an all-time high of £270 billion in 2016. Credit card, overdraft and personal loan debt stands at the equivalent of close to £10,000 per UK household. “The other thing we’re starting to see is significant student debt,” says Laverty. “It’s not unusual to talk to young people who have already got £50,000 or £60,000 worth of debt to deal with before they can move on in life.”The emotional attachment to a debt situation can be used to the employee’s advantage through financial education, says Laverty. “If [employees] are feeling emotionally bad about the debt situation, [financial education programmes can] capture that feeling and use that as the motivation, the driver to solve the problem. [Employees will] remember that pain and they’ll never want to [feel] that again, and that can serve them forever.”The employer’s roleDiscussing such issues in a work setting may seem an uncomfortable concept for many employees, and for employers, sensitivity is just as important. Nudge Global’s research found that confidentiality is key in the provision of a financial education support mechanism for 77% of employers. The research also found that 84% of employers said they have a role to play in helping employees with sensitive financial matters.Heidi Allen, head of insights and engagement at Neyber, says: “The employer is, in the vast majority of cases, the primary source of income, and there comes with that an inherent sense of responsibility. Although it is not the employer’s responsibility to say ‘this is what you need to do’, it is its responsibility to have open conversations. The fact that it provides the income but doesn’t provide the emotional or support elements that go alongside providing a large amount of money each week or month is really quite sad.”However, the line of responsibility should be made quite clear, says Jeanette Makings, head of financial education at Close Brothers Asset Management. Many employers will feel that it is not their place to address such personal issues. “Financial wellbeing is obviously a big topic and everyone recognises that worrying about money actually does affect physical and mental wellbeing, as well as engagement and productivity in the workplace,” she says. “But in terms of staff actually divulging personal information in the workplace, I’m not sure many employers want that. I think they want staff to know of the benefits and the support available should they need it, but I’m not sure they would want employees to tell them about their problems.”An effective financial education strategy that supports an employee’s sensitive financial situation should incorporate every benefit available in an organisation. “It should help those who are struggling with budgeting and managing debts, it should signpost the fact that [the employer has] say, a workplace loan available, or if it has an employee assistance programme (EAP) or debt counselling and get routed through to debt charities,” says Makings. “Financial education would always reference that, and also things such as childcare vouchers, retail discounts, coupons, and telling people not to borrow from payday lenders or use their credit cards, those sorts of things.”Engaging communicationsIssues such as debt counselling, debt consolidation and the related support available can be addressed in wider financial education presentations and workshops. Employees can then be offered the opportunity to follow up on a more personal basis in a one-to-one meeting, or even to watch a webcast in private.This is where an employer might encounter reluctance from employees to open up about sensitive issues, so a careful approach is needed. Addressing problems such as debt in a workshop environment might not have the desired effect or take-up rate because there is not that level of privacy, says Laverty. It can be more effective to run general financial education workshops and seminars, and signpost employees to sources of information.“If we talk about financial education and having control of finances, there’s a number of subjects we cover,” says Laverty. “Then we tell [employees] that there’s debt [information] and they can privately register to get involved online and it’s dealt with discreetly. [We] can’t tell the employer who’s doing what, but the employer can rest in the knowledge that there’s an easy way to reach out to people. We’ve got to avoid [employees] putting a guard up, and be gentle and nudge them into the right place. It’s a stepping-stone approach.”Key to engaging employees with financial education is ensuring that from day one of its launch it has clear messages about the organisation’s strategy behind the programme. “Set the context about why the organisation is doing this,” says Nudge Global’s Perkins. “It might be that there have been employees that have had trouble, it might be a very public [corporate and social responsibility] CSR agenda. It might be that as part of a global wellbeing focus [the employer] wants to support people.”Additionally, it is important that employers emphasise the independence and confidentiality of a financial education programme. “Where employers are introducing a programme that doesn’t [sell products], where it is independent and there’s no pressure on employees to take a product, that’s a strong positive, inclusive message to go out to people with,” says Perkins.Employers have a role to play in creating a positive message around the importance of financial education and communicating that, if needed, further confidential support is available for employees. Admiral Group provides tools to help staff manage financial concerns Insurance group Admiral offers its employees financial education through its Ministry of Money programme.The Ministry of Money, represented by a green pig, is designed to be a humorous way to get more serious messages across to the workforce. Admiral also runs a Ministry of Health to focus on health and wellbeing, and a Ministry of Fun, which organises events across the organisation.Admiral works with Jelf Employee Benefits to provide financial wellbeing presentations to employees on subjects including pensions, ‘know your benefits’, and approaching retirement. Admiral also distributed a spending diary to help employees manage their daily spending.Admiral also offers two savings schemes that evolved from a Christmas savings club. It partnered with Cardiff and Vale Credit Union and Barclays to give employees the opportunity to save with either scheme through payroll, and have access to their savings at any point in the year. Additionally, the employer pays for initial advice from an onsite financial adviser on any issue other than pensions, and a legal clinic once a month.Richard Thorne, head of HR policy and complex case management at Admiral Group, says: “The idea of doing [this] is to let people make their plans in work time so they’re not distracted from their job. If something’s on site, it’s easy to get to, there are no physical barriers to getting there. It means that people can hopefully alleviate their concerns as quickly as possible.“We try to offer as many routes as possible to people to try and promote their financial wellbeing and planning.“Even if people present to work, if they’ve got worries about money on their mind, they will be distracted from doing a good job, so it’s our job to try and make it as easy as possible for them. We can’t fix their financial worries for them, that is their responsibility, but the more tools we can put into the toolkit for them to choose from to either get out of trouble, prevent it from happening or make the right choices is better for us.”
Reed Business Information has been relatively quiet since divesting or closing big chunks of its publishing business in the aftermath of the recession, but the company made more significant M&A moves this week.RBI announced it’s sold a 51 percent stake in Reed Construction Data to Warburg Pincus, a New York-based private equity firm. Additionally, RSMeans, a division of RCD, has been split off from its parent company and sold to The Gordian Group, a portfolio company of Warburg Pincus.Terms weren’t disclosed for either deal. “We are excited about partnering with the management teams and employees of RCD and RSMeans,” says Alex Berzofsky, managing director of Warburg Pincus, in a statement. “For RCD, customers will continue to benefit from RBI’s involvement and Warburg Pincus’ commitment to investing, innovating and growing the business. For RSMeans’ customers, the combination with The Gordian Group brings together the leading construction cost businesses in complementary markets that will enhance and create better products and tools for the end market.”The sales follow leadership changes for RCD over the past year. Iain Melville stepped down after 7 years as CEO last June, and was replaced by Graeme McCracken, formerly COO for RBI’s International businesses, in January. There’s no word on whether McCracken or other senior leadership will remain in their roles after the sale.The move also comes as RCD’s main competitor, the construction-data division of McGraw Hill, is up for sale.The divestitures of RCD and RSMeans are the latest for RBI—once the largest b2b publisher in the U.S.—after mass sell-offs and closings of its magazines and publishing businesses in 2008 and 2009. RBI has shrunk to just 6 percent of total revenue ($933 million) for parent company Reed Elsevier—almost $600 million less than what it generated 5 years ago.
FlockXchange.com exists both as stand alone platform, where each business sector is sponsored by a publisher, and as a ‘white labeled’ software solution. Publishers can choose either option or a combination.Fig. i) shows ‘Rock Products’ as sponsors in the Aggregates’ sector. Here, the branded results pages feature the sponsor publication and their customer’s content. Fig. ii) shows http://resources.mining-media.com/, Mining-Media’s ‘white label’ version of the FlockXchange platform. Mining Media received free sponsorship on FlockXchange with their white label license, adding traffic to their customer’s content automatically mirrored on FlockXchange.Required Deliverables● Substantial new revenue from current advertisers● Enticing new prospects and renewed activity for what had previously been shut-out accounts● A state-of-the-art, user-friendly, mobile-friendly interface● The fastest onboarding on the planet — minimizing the sales team’s learning curve and bandwidth● Complete subscriber database integration● Minimal maintenance and automated delivery of leads to sponsors with full company and contact information, and the exact content they had viewed in an easy-to-download spreadsheet via email● User friendly admin and informative activity reports.“We have been exceptionally pleased with the working relationship we have with the Xposure Team. The level of service is outstanding and their licensing and development rates are very very affordable. We are continually evaluating the platform with our clients and their agencies, adding features and working in partnership with Xposure to create a road map for the product lifecycle that will make the Resource Center the state of the art digital lead generation platform for our clients.” Jones enthused.Immediate benefits for MMI and their customers● Capability to offer state-of-the-art, bleeding edge digital product to our clients● Increased automation of sales and marketing to and for our clients● New revenue stream directly corresponding to our customers’ success● Integration of access to content via our publication websites and newsletter, making both assets vastly more valuable● Products that compete with Google and other non-traditional competitors● Advertisers/sponsors receive contact information from prospects and customers including phone/email/title/company, as well as the content and downloads they viewed● One-click distribution of posted assets to social media outlets● All media types can post: video/PDF/PPT/catalogs/promotions/webinars/audio● Industry prospects and customers are subscribers and users targeted to your content● Traffic is constant and derived via search, advertising, email marketing, and social media● Pay only for actionable leads (CPC) “Now, three years in, we are not only very pleased with the software and the revenue it creates, but what is really exciting is that advertisers and their agencies are adopting this product because it delivers tangible results and can be tracked. We are extremely optimistic about what we can offer in the future,” Jones added.“We were behind in our digital offerings, and we didn’t want to just catch up — we wanted to lead,” Jones said of MMI’s aim. FlockXchange offered a highly innovative, user-friendly platform to not only deliver their goal but exceed it! In 2015, Mining Media International (MMI) was looking for innovative digital solutions to improve their digital directory products and offerings, which had become in desperate need of an upgrade. They also wanted to make print production easier and current using exports from the digital products.“Our digital directory and content business wasn’t where it needed to be. Basic banners, newsletters, and email blasts were often given as free add-ons to our print sales and buyers guides. We had essentially trained our own customers that digital advertising was low value just when we needed to be finding new streams of revenue to combat the first indications of declining print revenue,” David Jones, director of marketing, said.“B2B print products are still strong in our sectors, but the industries we serve had been facing a long, tough business cycle resulting in shrinking ad budgets and clients that needed to show more results and value for their ad budget.”MMI had already begun the process of better managing and monetizing subscribers by working with a third party subscription management platform. The concept of email marketing to subscribers was a relatively easy sell to both their clients and sales team. What was needed next was a complete digital product suite that could capitalize on this investment and further leverage subscriber data.The Challenges● Clients were hungry for state-of-the-art digital products from B2B publishers● A large amount of clients’ advertising spend was going to non-traditional digital competitors such as directindustry.com, Google and social media● MMI’s internal sales team had been reluctant to sell digital products in part because of the learning curve and perceived inferior revenue opportunitiesClearly, MMI needed a new way of delivering digital for both its customers and its sales team.MMI went to Xposure, a New York City-based shop that had already established a track record of delivering imaginative revenue streams for B2B publishers. Through Xposure, MMI began to explore a new platform they were developing as a combined approach to digital buyers guides and client generated content.Xposure — as hybrid tech shop and digital marketing agency — is uniquely qualified to deliver a solution that provides publishers with new revenue, advertisers with quality leads, and audiences with valuable content.After a remarkably short time establishing priorities and key deliverables, MMI was ready to launch “white label” buyers guides and, most recently, their lead-generating Resource Center based on Xposure’s FlockXchange directory/content social platform. The FlockXchange Platform delivered the following features for Mining Media: About FlockXchange.com and XposureThe Xposure portfolio has evolved since 2001 to meet the ever-changing needs of publishers as they’ve embraced the digital business model, leveraging the web, mobile, big data, eCommerce, and cloud-computing. For information on how FlockXchange can help your media brand generate revenue, check out the website or contact Stephan Gittings at Sgittings@getxposure.com, or at (212) 625-1738.