Angels’ Mike Trout to have season-ending foot surgery

first_imgBecoming his own man “I kind of knew when I first got my MRI a few weeks ago that I would probably need surgery at the end of the year to get it removed,” Trout said Sunday. “Just got worse. We tried everything. The training staff has been awesome. Some days it would feel good. Some days, once the thing cleared up, it was tough to walk.”Trout was scheduled to fly with the team to New York on Sunday evening for a series with the Yankees that starts Tuesday. He is to return to Los Angeles on Thursday and have surgery later in the week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“It just didn’t get better,” Trout said. “It’s been that way for a couple weeks. We tried injections, tried the cryoablation (cold fluid) — thought that would help. As soon as I went out there and started running, it flares up. After it clears up, in about 30-40 minutes it’s tough to walk on.”Trout finished with a career-high 45 home runs, 104 RBIs and a .291 batting average, putting him in contention to win his third AL MVP award along with four second-place finishes. The 28-year-old outfielder had 110 walks, a .438 on-base percentage and 1.083 OPS in his first season after agreeing to a $426.5 million, 12-year contract, baseball’s largest deal by total and average salary. View comments “I heard it’s a pretty easy rehab, like a four-week thing,” Trout said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judo champion who defied Iran’s rules now in hiding Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout watches his home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Trout’s season is over.The Los Angeles Angels say the eight-time All-Star will have surgery on his right foot this week because of Morton’s neuroma, a thickening of tissue around a nerve leading to toes that causes pain.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical “It’s my mindset coming in ever year, I want to be best player in the league,” Trout said. “Ever since I was a kid, that’s always been my mindset, just be the best. Thinking about being done when you have two weeks left, it sucks. I was having my best season.”Asked whether he thought he would be able to play if the Angels were in playoff contention, Trout said: “Oh yeah, for sure. Obviously, if we were in a playoff race, we would try to be out there, even if DH-ing, or whatever I could do to help the team win.”Trout last played on Sept. 7. He said Saturday he hoped to play in Sunday’s series finale against Tampa Bay as a designated hitter. He felt pain when running the bases Sunday morning.Los Angeles already has been eliminated from postseason contention.Trout has a .305 average in nine major league seasons with 285 homers, 752 RBIs and 200 stolen bases.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Hidden healers treat Hong Kong protesters PLAY LIST 02:20Hidden healers treat Hong Kong protesters00:50Trending Articles01:10Border Patrol building 30-foot wall in Arizona02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

PH beach volley counting on hometown support to boost SEA Games bid

first_imgAs part of the teams’ buildup, the LVPI is staging the Rebisco International beach volley competition on Nov. 15 to 17 at Mall of Asia´s Sands by the Bay where the Philippines will be going up against New Zealand, Hong Kong, Palau and SEA Games favorite Thailand.“It will boil down to our commitment and mindset. But we worked very hard in training,” said Sisi Rondina, the energetic indoor volley star who has agreed to suit up for the beach volley team in this SEA Games.“We just have to treat each game as the championship game,” she added.The beach volleyball competitions begins on Nov. 29 to Dec. 6 in Subic.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Bernadeth Pons and Sisi Rondina. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—The Philippine women’s beach volleyball team is banking on homecourt advantage to provide the needed boost for its gold medal bid in the coming Southeast Asian Games.As host, the Philippines is allowed to field in two squads each in the women’s and men’s competition.ADVERTISEMENT Rice industry paralysis Letran topples San Beda, nears NCAA Season 95 titlecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? The women’s team is composed of the pair of Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons and the duo of Dzi Gervacio and Floremel Rodriguez. The men’s side features Edmar Bonono and Jude Garcia, and Anthony Arbasto and James Buytrago.This year’s teams will be tasked to end the country’s long medal drought in the sport. The last time the Philippines made the beach volleyball podium was in 2005 in Manila courtesy of Heidi Ilustre and Diane Pascua.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“With all the support we received, our teams are hoping to get far in this SEA Games,” said team manager Cha Soriano in Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Amelie Hotel in Manila.“We want our players to be in Subic early. We want our players to familiarize themselves with the viscosity (thickness and consistency) of the sand in the actual venue. That should give us the homecourt advantage,” said Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI) training director Peter Cayco. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games Priority legislation in the 18th Congress MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

‘Show some respect’ – Pep rules out move for Mbappe

first_imgPep Guardiola says there is no chance of Manchester City signing Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain.City had been linked with a fresh, £200 million move for Mbappe over the weekend.The Premier League side have tried to buy the World Cup winner on two previous occasions; Monaco rejected an approach in the summer of 2016 when he was still largely unknown outside of France, while in 2017 they were beaten to his signature by PSG. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Goal understands that City also monitored his situation in Paris this summer, hopeful that any UEFA sanctions over Financial Fair Play would force the Ligue 1 champions into a sale.In the past week UEFA has reopened an investigation into PSG’s finances, and it was subsequently reported that City are once again keeping a close eye on the situation.But Guardiola moved to flatly deny the story at his press conference ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Hoffenheim.”That is not going to happen,” he said. “Sometimes I don’t understand where the news comes from. Manchester City aren’t going to spend the money that Mbappe deserves, or that PSG deserves. PSG are not going to sell this kind of player to any other club in the world in the next years, I guess. “That is not going to happen, Mbappe is not going to come here, we are not going to swap Raheem [Sterling] or another top player that we have.”I don’t understand where sometimes the news comes from, I don’t understand it. People should be more respectful of PSG, respectful of Manchester City, for the players from PSG, for the players from Man City, they should have more respect.”Of course I am the second person to know exactly which players are targets, which players I want to sell or something like that. But it is what it is.”City take on Hoffenheim having started their Champions League campaign with defeat to Lyon on match day one, and Guardiola insists the game in Germany is crucial.”We have five finals to qualify [for the next round]. In the Champions League we don’t have time to lose a lot of games. We missed the first one so we know the situation we are in. We have five finals, tomorrow is the first one.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s probable XI ahead of Cape Town Test vs South Africa

first_imgAfter a monumental 2017 season per-dominantly in the sub-continent, Virat Kohli’s men are all set to go on a year-long journey, where they will find little or no resemblance to what they have played on in the last 365 days.Kohli’s men won 37 matches across all formats — the second most in a calendar year. But, 2018 will provide a stiff challenge to the World No. 1 Test team.India will first tour South Africa for three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is. Following that they will play a tri-nation series including Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and after the Indian Premier League, the real deal starts. India will tour England for three T20Is, three ODIs and five Tests from July to September. After that, they will travel to Australia towards the fag end of the year for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.WATCHBut first things first, a sensational year for Kohli’s team means that most of the players are in form. Therefore, captain Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri will have a problem of plenty regarding the team selection — a good thing going into challenging conditions in South Africa.So, who all will be in Kohli’s final XI as they look to rewrite history against the Proteas? To decide that, one must take into consideration the conditions. So, what will the conditions be like across the three Test venues in Cape Town, Centurion and Johannesburg?If pundits are to be believed, the visitors have an advantage of playing the first Test at Newlands as that will be the closest they will get to home conditions. Due to little rain, the pitch in Cape Town surely won’t have the required ingredients to be a typical South Africa track consisting of pace, bounce and swing. One can expect little grass cover as well. So most likely it will assist the pacers to begin with and then slow down and cracks may well appear come Day 4 and 5.advertisementReuters PhotoIf that is indeed the case, the combination becomes really important. Will India go with two spinners and pacers each with Hardik Pandya playing as the seaming all-rounder? Or will India go with the extra pacer and play just one spinner? The situation is tricky because one just cannot ignore the hosts’ attack. They are all set to unleash fury on India with Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander all ready and available. Therefore, an extra batsman can’t be ruled out either.Players who are assured of a birth in the first Test are Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya and Wriddhiman Saha. The choice of the second opener depends on Shikhar Dhawan’s ankle injury. Dhawan is back and hitting the ball in the nets but if he fails to get fit, then KL Rahul is all set to open with Vijay otherwise the coach has made it clear that the southpaw is the first choice to open alongside the Tamilian. So nine spots are done and dusted.Now here comes the tricky part. The bowlers. For the first time in many years, India have a great pool of in-form pacers to choose from on an overseas tour and the team management will have to take a call on whom to leave out among Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah.AP PhotoKohli has preferred Shami, Umesh and Bhuvi as his choice of pacers when all have been available but keeping conditions in mind, it is likely that Ishant will get the nod ahead of Umesh. The Delhi pacer is not only the most experienced of the lot but also tall and it will help him extract bounce from the wicket which is key in South Africa. Ishant was terrific in the recent series against Sri Lanka where he picked up 8 wickets in two Tests and overall he got 14 in 6 matches. Shami has to be an automatic choice because of his ability to reverse the ball and hit the deck hard and make the ball do something. Bhuvneshwar’s ability to swing the ball might not come in handy after the new ball becomes old but his inclusion gives Kohli variety and also little bit of batting — something that will be key to India’s success.Now coming to the spinners. Unlike in the sub-continent, India will have to think through it for their upcoming tours and more often than not, they are likely to go with one of them. So who gets the nod and who sits out? Jadeja and Ashwin are third and fourth in the Test rankings for bowlers and leaving either could be difficult. Again…if conditions are considered, Jadeja might play ahead of Ashwin because he can generate sharp turn and bounce at a good speed. On the other hand, Ashwin has been India’s most successful bowler over the last couple of years in whites and is an automatic choice especially after his growth in batting. Ash has more variations and can adjust according to the pitch. Also, Ashwin has to be a better batting option in Tests than Jadeja considering he has four Test tons and 11 fifties to his name whereas the latter has eight fifties in red-ball cricket.advertisementNice little rhythm the bowlers are getting into at the moment #TeamIndia #SAvIND BCCI (@BCCI) January 2, 2018The think-tank has to decide between how they want to go with it because not giving away 20 wickets or taking them as well won’t be easy — either way. The headache for Kohli and Shastri is — do they trust their batting prowess enough to go with just five specialist batsman and trust Saha and their two all-rounders enough to withstand South Africa’s pace and also an in-from slow left-arm orthodox Keshav Maharaj? Therefore, going in with four specialist bowlers – three pacers and one spinner? Or they play the extra batsman in Rohit Sharma at six? And just go with three bowlers and Pandya as the fourth?ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

When MS Dhoni suggested a Rs 10,000 fine, no one was ever late again for team meetings

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 15, 2019UPDATED: May 15, 2019 14:18 IST MS Dhoni stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain in 2017 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAnil Kumble had introduced Rs 10000 fine for every latecomer in the teamMS Dhoni added a twist to Kumble’s suggestion which turned out to be a masterstrokeMS Dhoni stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain in 2017MS Dhoni loves outsmarting the oppostion with his quick thinking, innovative field settings and clever bowling changes. But he also knows how to keep errant teammates in line without having to raise his voice in anger. India’s former mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton revealed how MS Dhoni ensured his colleagues were never late for training or for team meetings.MS Dhoni is extremely disciplined and younger players in both the Indian and Chennai Super Kings teams admire his work ethics. Paddy Upton joined the Indian coaching staff in 2008 and asked players what they should give up if they were late. Anil Kumble was then captain of the Test team while MS Dhoni had taken charge of the Indian ODI side the previous year.Both captains had a suggestion in mind but MS Dhoni’s idea came with a bit of a twist.”When I joined the team Anil Kumble was the captain of the Test team and MS Dhoni was the captain of the ODI team. We had a very self-governing process. So we said to the team ‘is it important to be on time for the practice and team meetings?’ Everyone said yes it is.”So we asked them if anyone is not on time is there anything one should give up? We discussed it amongst ourselves and the players, and eventually, it was left to the captain to decide,” Upton said.Anil Kumble felt every latecomer should be fined Rs 10,000 but MS Dhoni devised a different punishment.MS Dhoni decided if a player was late, the rest of the side would pay up Rs 10,000. Each!advertisement”In the Test team, Anil Kumble said that the consequence would be a ten thousand rupees (10,000) fine which the person who was late would have to pay. And then we had the same conversation with the one day team and there also MS (Dhoni) said that ‘yes there should be a consequence. So if somebody is late, everybody will pay 10 thousand rupees fine!’ Nobody was ever late from the one day team again,” Paddy Upton said.Anil Kumble retired from Test cricket in 2008 and MS Dhoni took over as India captain in all three formats. Dhoni, who had already led India to T20 World Cup glory in 2007, would go on to win the 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy. Under MS Dhoni, India also became the No.1 Test team in the world.Also Read | IPL 2019: Why Virat Kohli has been unable to do what Rohit and Dhoni do so oftenAlso Read | How India’s World Cup-bound players fared in IPL 2019Also Read | For MS Dhoni, Team India is above everything else: Virat KohliAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow India national cricket teamFollow Anil Kumble When MS Dhoni suggested a Rs 10,000 fine, no one was ever late again for team meetingsMS Dhoni’s punishment for latecomers proved to be effective. He came up with an innovative idea to ensure no player was ever late for team meetings or training sessions.advertisementlast_img read more

Program Sheds Light On Energy Use In StraitHighlands

first_imgStrait-Highlands area residents can participate in a free home-energy awareness survey and receive free compact fluorescent light bulbs, on behalf of Conserve Nova Scotia and the Strait-Highlands Green Action Project. The two-phase program is part of the Shared Atlantic Vision for Energy Efficiency (SAVE) plan. In the first phase, Strait-Highlands Green Action Project staff will visit participating residents’ homes in Richmond and and Inverness counties, and Port Hawkesbury, between June 7 and 21, to measure home energy use, including heating systems, insulation levels, air leakage and appliances. The information will help measure energy use in the area and will be the basis for sustainability goals under the Federation of Green Municipalities green municipalities program. Staff will also educate participants about the benefits of energy-efficient lighting and energy-efficiency programs offered by Conserve Nova Scotia. “This program will help residents in the Strait-Highlands area understand their energy use and discover ways to save,” said Bill Dooks, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia. “Not only will residents save money and save energy with compact fluorescent lights, but they will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the community.” “One of the focuses of the Strait-Highlands Green Action initiative is to educate the public on energy efficiency and conservation,” said John Beaton, project co-ordinator for the Strait-Highlands Regional Development Agency. “Partnering with Conserve Nova Scotia to deliver this program to residents of the Strait-Highlands region is a win-win solution.” Compact fluorescent lights use 75 per cent less energy, last up to 10 times longer, and can save about $40 in electricity costs over the lifetime of the bulb. Each compact fluorescent light can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about one-quarter tonne. The program’s second phase will include bulb giveaways in exchange for residents’ energy information at locations throughout the Strait Highlands region. Details of the second phase will be announced in the coming weeks. To schedule a time for your energy-awareness survey, please contact the Strait-Highlands Green Action Plan at 902-625-3929, ext. 230. The SAVE program is an initiative of the Council of Atlantic Premiers. During the four-province campaign, 97,000 compact florescent light bulbs will be distributed. Of those, Nova Scotia will distribute 45,000 bulbs through municipal electrical utilities, regional development authorities and community not-for-profit groups by September. Similar campaigns have been announced in Canso, Kentville and Pictou County.last_img read more

Officials still working out how much oil leaked from derailment in Manitoba

first_imgST-LAZARE, Man. — Canadian National Railway says it doesn’t yet know how much oil leaked from a derailment in western Manitoba, but it says trains are now running on the line again.The railway said Saturday there was “a partial leak” of crude south of St. Lazare, Man., but it was contained and none had reached the Assiniboine River.When asked on Sunday about how much oil spilled, and how many of the 37 cars that derailed on Saturday leaked, a CN spokesman said it’s “still being assessed.”Transportation Safety Board spokesman Alex Fournier says investigators from the board spent Sunday at the site, but he didn’t have information about the quantity of the spill either.Barry Lowes, reeve of the Rural Municipality of Ellice-Archie, Man., which surrounds St-Lazare, said Saturday that “quite a bit” of oil had spilled and there was a foul smell in the area.CN says no one was injured in the derailment and there was no fire reported, and the cause of the wreck remains under investigation.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Prince Harry Attends Closing Ceremony Of Invictus Games

first_imgPrince Harry attended the closing ceremony of the third Invictus Games in Toronto last week.Prince Harry Attends Closing Ceremony Of Invictus GamesCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukThis year was the biggest yet, involving 17 nations and over 550 competitors.Prince Harry founded the international sporting event in 2014 after a visit to the US-based Warrior Games. Seeing the amazing affect the competition had on wounded, injured and sick service men and women and their families, inspired Prince Harry to expand the concept into an international version, involving soldiers from across the world. HRH served in the Army for ten years, rising to the rank of Captain and undertaking two tours of Afghanistan and has since become passionate about the lives of servicemen and women.Video: Prince Harry’s speech at the closing ceremony of The Invictus Games“You have delivered the biggest Invictus Games yet, with the most incredible atmosphere, making our competitors feel like the stars they are’ said Prince Harry in his closing speech. He also urged spectators and competitors to carry the spirit of the games home with them. ‘Make a plan about how you are going to use the experience of this week, to help lift up all those around you. It might be something big, like starting a new project for young people. Or, it might be something small, like reconnecting with an old friend. It doesn’t matter how big or small your step is – just take it.”The word ‘Invictus’ meaning unconquered embodies the fighting spirit of the wounded, injured and sick service personnel and what these tenacious men and women can achieve, post injury.All week in Toronto, 550 competitors from all over the world were taking part in 12 adaptive sports – Prince Harry was in Toronto to watch them, all as well as meeting some of the competitors, their supporters and handing out medals to winners.A focus for the games this year was the importance of friends and family, and recognising the vital support they give to loved ones recovering from injury. The Prince met the UK team earlier this year at The Tower of London.During his time in Toronto, Prince Harry also held bilateral meetings with David Johnson, The Governor General of Canada, The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, and the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, who was leading the USA team delegation of the Invictus Games.Prince Harry spoke during #WEDay Toronto and at the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research Conference, where academics share their research and ideas to improve care for members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families. HRH was also joined by Former President Barack Obama, former second lady of the U.S. Jill Biden and Former Vice President of the U.S. Joe Biden to watch wheelchair basketball.The 2018 Invictus Games will be held in Sydney, Australia.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more

Feds allege misspending at Manitoba tribal organization

first_imgAPTN National NewsA federal government audit of a Manitoba tribal council’s books allegedly uncovered more than $260,000 in “inappropriate or questionable” payments to the two former grand chiefs and staff member during their time in office, according to Aboriginal Affairs.In a letter dated July 25, addressed to current Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO) Grand Chief Terrence Nelson, obtained by APTN National News, Aboriginal Affairs said they conducted an investigation into the payments made to the SCO’s former grand chiefs Morris Shannacappo, Murray Clearsky and his chief of staff Michael Bear between the fiscal years 2010 to 2013.Nelson was elected in January and after the allegations. The letters says if the SCO can’t provide proof the payments were legit by Friday the feds will expect the money to be repaid.Nelson told APTN some of the payments can be explained and he’s been in contact with Aboriginal Affairs.“We cooperated completely with the forensic auditors. The complaint came in from staff originally a while back and the chiefs acted on it. The chiefs were the ones who removed the former grand chief,” said Nelson. “This is not a court of law. If there is criminal activity, obviously that will be forwarded to the RCMP. The chiefs are very clear nothing will be covered up.”Auditors dug through SCO’s books for three weeks, said Nelson.According to the letter, auditors allege Clearsky used an unauthorized debit card, connected to SCO’s bank account, for nearly $28,000 in purchases and cash withdrawals between July and September 2013 for a treaty awareness event.Other allegations include alleged improper pay increases, travel expenses, healing lodge expenses and purchase of a vehicle by Shannacappo.“The car was never paid for by SCO funds,” said Nelson, who added he’s responded to the feds and the process of finding out exactly what is owed in continuing.For the complete list of the allegations read the letter here.Nelson said he’s just begun to reach out to Clearsky and Bear for their side of things.The SCO chiefs ousted Clearsky last October when the allegations read more

CSIS welcomed energy industry info about alleged threats documents show

first_imgClayton Thomas-Muller (left) at a protest in Paris. (APTN file)APTN NewsThe Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) routinely welcomed reports from the energy industry about perceived threats, and kept such information in its files in case it might prove useful later, newly disclosed documents reveal.Canada’s spy agency is supposed to retain only information that is “strictly necessary” to do its job, and the spy agency is now facing questions about whether it collected and hung on to material about groups or people who posed no real threat.Details of the CSIS practices are emerging in a case mounted by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) in the Federal Court of Canada.Clayton Thomas-Müller of Pukatawagan Cree Nation in Manitoba is a regular campaigner at demonstrations and protests at home and abroad.He said the abuses alleged by the BCCLA occurred under former prime minister Stephen Harper and could be continuing under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“Of course, CSIS says that they’re not guilty of anything,” he said from Winnipeg Monday.“The fact of the matter is we have no reason to think anything’s changed from the Harper era to the Trudeau era.”In a February 2014 complaint to the CSIS watchdog, the Security Intelligence Review Committee, the BCCLA alleged the spy service overstepped its legal authority by monitoring environmentalists opposed to Enbridge’s now-abandoned Northern Gateway pipeline proposal.It also accused CSIS of sharing information about the opponents with the National Energy Board and petroleum industry companies, effectively deterring people from voicing their opinions and associating with environmental groups.The review committee dismissed the civil liberties association’s complaint in 2017, prompting the association to ask the Federal Court to revisit the outcome.In the process, more than 8,000 pages of once-secret material, including heavily redacted transcripts of closed-door hearings, have become public, providing a glimpse into the review committee’s deliberations.During one hearing, a CSIS official whose identity is confidential told the committee that information volunteered by energy companies was put in a spy service database.“It is not actionable. It just sits there,” the CSIS official said. “But should something happen, should violence erupt, then we will go back to this and be able to see that we had the information? It is just information that was given to us, and we need to log it.“Should something happen after and we hadn’t logged it, then we are at fault for not keeping the information.”Civil libertiesThe review committee heard from several witnesses and examined hundreds of documents in weighing the civil liberties association’s complaint.The watchdog concluded CSIS collected some information about peaceful anti-petroleum groups, but only incidentally in the process of investigating legitimate threats to projects such as oil pipelines.Advocacy and environmental groups Leadnow, the Dogwood Initiative, and the Council of Canadians are mentioned in the thousands of pages of CSIS operational reports scrutinized by the review committee.But the committee’s report said that CSIS’s activities did not stray into surveillance of organizations engaged in lawful advocacy, protest or dissent.A CSIS witness testified the spy service “is not in the business of investigating environmentalists because they are advocating for an environmental cause, period.”Still, the review committee urged CSIS to ensure it was keeping only “strictly necessary” information, as spelled out in the law governing the spy service.And Thomas-Müller offered this advice – albeit sarcastically.“I know that when I’m not spying on people I’m not generating thousands of redacted pages of documents,” he cracked.Chilling effectThe civil liberties association told the committee of a chilling effect for civil society groups from the spy service’s information-gathering as well as comments by then-natural resources minister Joe Oliver denouncing “environmental and other radical groups.”One CSIS witness told the committee that Oliver’s statement did not flow from information provided by the spy agency.“As a service, we never found out where he was coming from, where he got this information or who had briefed him,” the unnamed CSIS official said. “So we’re not sure where he got it. But it wasn’t from us.”The review committee found CSIS did not share information about the environmental groups in question with the National Energy Board or the petroleum industry.The association wants the Federal Court to take a second look, given that CSIS created more than 500 operational reports relevant to the committee’s inquiry.“The main impression one draws from the (committee) report is ‘nothing to see here, look away,’ when in fact there is a lot to see here,” said Paul Champ, a lawyer for the association.Dozens of censored CSIS records say the reporting was further to “the Service’s efforts in assessing the threat environment and the potential for threat-related violence stemming from (redacted) protests/demonstrations.”Spy serviceSome of the documents reveal that CSIS itself is questioning whether it is going too far, noting that the spy service is “pressing on the limitations of our mandate.”The notion that information on some groups or individuals was gathered incidentally is “cold comfort to people whose names might end up in the databanks of Canada’s intelligence service simply because they expressed a political opinion on Facebook, signed a petition, or attended a protest,” Champ said.One document refers to the Dogwood Initiative as a “non-profit, Canadian environmental organization that was established in 1999 ‘to help communities and First Nations gain more control of the land and resources around them so they can be managed in a way that does not rob future generations for short-term corporate gain.”’The passages before and after the description are blacked out.“This court case will take some time to play out,” Champ said. “Right now, we are focused on getting access to as much information as possible so we can properly make our main arguments about how these CSIS activities violate the law.”– With files from Kathleen Martens and the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Dunnville boy dies of injuries

A 15-year old Dunnville boy involved in a crash in West Lincoln this week has died of his injuries.The accident happened at the intersection of Silver Street and Caistorville Road on Wednesday. Police say a minivan carrying six people collided with a pickup truck. A 37-year-old woman who was driving the minivan remains in critical condition.The condition of the four younger children is improving. The teen’s name is not being released, and his family is asking for privacy at this time.

Buckeyes hold at No 2 in latest AP poll

OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard and OSU junior defensive end Jayln Holmes (11) celebrate after Hubbard’s sack during the first quarter against Tulsa on Sept.10. The Buckeyes won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe Ohio State football team enjoyed a bye week after defeating Oklahoma 45-24 last Saturday, and remained second in the weekly Associated Press Top 25 Poll. OSU trails only Alabama, who topped Kent State 48-0 on Saturday.Louisville remained at No. 3 following another impressive day from quarterback Lamar Jackson, while Michigan easily handled Penn State 49-10. Clemson rounds out the top five.Michigan State dropped to No. 17 after a 30-6 loss at home at the hands of now-No. 8 Wisconsin. Quarterback Tyler O’Connor struggled for the Spartans, throwing three interceptions and failing to find the endzone.Five Big Ten teams are ranked within the top 25 this week, an identical mark from the last AP poll. Nebraska moved up to No. 15 after dispatching Northwestern 24-13.The Buckeyes received four first-place votes. Alabama had 50 first-place votes, Louisville had six and Michigan had one. read more

Candy Crush Saga makers trademark the word Candy

first_imgTHE MAKERS OF the popular mobile game Candy Crush Saga are facing criticism after it trademarked the word “Candy.”The company behind the game, King, trademarked the word last week to help protect the game from intellectual property infringements.According to Reuters, it’s obtained a trademark from the EU, which will not only apply to computer games, but to other areas such as clothes and footwear. A similar trademark was approved by the US Patent and Trademark Office.Reports have said that a number of developers whose apps contain the word ‘Candy’ were emailed by Apple, asking them to remove the app or prove it doesn’t infringe upon its trademark.In a statement to GamesIndustry, the makers saying it wants to protect its game title from imitators who also use the word ‘Candy’. We have trademarked the word ‘Candy’ in the EU, as our IP is constantly being infringed and we have to enforce our rights and to protect our players from confusion. We don’t enforce against all uses of ‘Candy’ – some are legitimate and of course, we would not ask App developers who use the term legitimately to stop doing so.Candy Crush Saga launched on Facebook in 2011 and exploded in popularity. The puzzle game became both the top downloaded free app and the top grossing app in 2013 and has been downloaded more than 500 million times.The game itself is being investigated by the UK Office of Fair Trading to see if it’s exploiting younger users and whether new guidelines are needed.Read: Can video games actually make you smarter? >Read: This man owns 11,000 video games and is now a world record holder >last_img read more

1982 Missile Command record beaten in 56 hour gaming session

first_imgMissile Command was released in arcades in 1980 as well as on the Atari 2600. Just two years later a high score was set that hasn’t been bettered in the last 31 years. However, over the weekend, one dedicated player finally managed to beat it.The 1982 record was set by Victor Ali who played the arcade version for 56 hours and set a score of 80,364,995. The reason it has stood so long is probably down to the time required to even get close to such a score. Who has 56 hours to spare?Yesterday, another Victor, Victor Sandberg from Sweden, live streamed a single coin game of Missile Command that lasted 56 hours, 5 minutes, and 53 seconds. While not obliterating the record, he most certainly beat it by posting a final score of 81,796,035.Will it be another 30 years before that record falls? I doubt it. This record has certainly drawn a lot of interest and it’s likely more people will attempt to beat it now if they have access to a Missile Command arcade board. Anyone who wants their record to stand for any length of time needs to game for a lot longer and maybe break the 100,000,000 points barrier if that’s even possible.There’s actually two ways to set a record in Missile Command. They are using Marathon settings or Tournament settings. To play indefinitely you use Marathon settings as new cities are awarded to the player every 10,000 points. Tournament settings don’t reward progress with new cities, therefore making it much harder to play for very long periods of time. As you’ve probably guessed, both Victors set their records using Marathon settings.last_img read more

Iran has the potential to take the world with it America isnt

first_img Thursday 20 Apr 2017, 7:17 AM ‘Iran has the potential to take the world with it’ – America isn’t happy with nuclear deal “The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran.” Apr 20th 2017, 7:17 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 49 Comments US SECRETARY OF State Rex Tillerson declared the Iran nuclear deal a failure last night but left open the possibility the Trump administration will uphold it nonetheless.The top American diplomat sought to reinforce the notion that the US is aggressively countering Iran’s destabilising behaviour throughout the Middle East, even though President Donald Trump so far has not pulled out of the deal. Tillerson spoke a day after certifying to Congress that Iran is complying with its obligations under the 2015 deal, a requirement for Tehran to continue receiving relief from nuclear sanctions.“The JCPOA fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran,” Tillerson said, using an acronym for the 2015 nuclear deal. “It only delays their goal of becoming a nuclear state.”He said the deal, brokered by former President Barack Obama’s administration along with other world powers, represented the “same failed approach” the US has taken to North Korea.Like with the North, Tillerson said, the Trump administration was unwilling to be patient with Iran, ticking through a list of countries where he said Iran was supporting terrorism and violence.Tillerson’s hastily arranged statement before cameras at the State Department reflected the competing forces pulling at the Trump administration as it develops its policy toward Iran. On the one hand, Trump wants to show he’s being tougher than Obama toward Iran, but on the other hand, he’s not yet ready to rip up the deal.“On notice” Source: Vahid SalemiTrump as a candidate vowed to discard or renegotiate the pact, and shortly after taking office his administration put Tehran “on notice” that its troublesome behaviour would no longer be tolerated. But neither Iran nor the other world powers that negotiated the agreement have any interest in re-opening the deal, and US companies stand to lose billions if the deal is scuttled.Proponents of the deal have long acknowledged it doesn’t address concerns about Iran’s non-nuclear behavior, such as its ballistic missile program or support for Houthi rebels in Yemen. Obama and others argued it was narrowly tailored to take the most dangerous prospect — a nuclear-armed Iran — off the table.The deal’s critics, though, say it fails to achieve even that goal because key restrictions on Iran’s nuclear development sunset after a decade or more. With some of those critics now in office, Tillerson’s comments marked the first time that position has been echoed by the US government.Still, since taking office, Trump has stopped promising he’ll gut the deal. Tillerson said that decision will be made as part of a governmentwide review of Iran policy currently under way.“The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran,” Tillerson said.In an ominous warning, Tillerson linked Iran’s behaviour to that of North Korea and said that with both countries, the US would no longer engage in “strategic patience.” The US has been exploring ways to address the threat of North Korea’s nuclear program, which is significantly farther along than Iran’s.“An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea — and to take the world along with it,” Tillerson said.Read: Another death row inmate’s life spared in Arkansas Share Tweet Email Image: Vahid Salemi A missile is displayed on a truck with an anti-Israeli banner which reads in Persian” Death to Israel”, while Iranian armed forces commanders review an army parade next to a portrait of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. A missile is displayed on a truck with an anti-Israeli banner which reads in Persian” Death to Israel”, while Iranian armed forces commanders review an army parade next to a portrait of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Image: Vahid Salemi By Associated Press 15,785 Views Short URL last_img read more

Abbott urged to act on Cyprus at G20 Summit

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Tony Abbott, has been urged to lead the discussion at the forthcoming G20 Summit and exert the necessary pressure on Turkey to recognise the Republic of Cyprus and withdraw its naval interference from Cyprus’ EEZ, facilitating the peace process for the benefit of all, including Turkey.PASEKA President Procopiou wrote to Mr Abbott and urged him to exert all his influence on Turkey to comply with UN SC resolutions and EU directives to withdraw their army and recognise the Republic of Cyprus. Mr Prokopioy says all Australian Greek and Cypriot people will be grateful to the Australian government if it decides decide to act in order to save the peace in this very sensitive area of the world.last_img

MovieBob Reviews the best and worst summer movies of 2016

first_img No. 5 – Pete’s Dragon1/5This was a lovely surprise! The gonzo bizarre original is a childhood favorite of mine, but I was enchanted by this retooling that mashes up E.T., THE Iron Giant and Where the Wild Things Are into a soulful, smart meditation on growing up without growing out of the magic of childhood. Between this, The BFG and Kubo and the Two Strings; 2016 was the year of truly wonderful family films… that basically nobody went to see. Guess they should’ve put a fucking Minion in there somewhere.<><><> Yuck. Alright, enough of that. Now for the good stuff!The top 5 best movies of summer 2016 No. 5 – Warcraft1/51/5Ugh. Look, I wanted this to be as good as anybody, if for no other reason than Duncan Jones had a terrible year and perhaps could’ve used a hit. Everyone’s heart was in the right place on this one and they tried really fucking hard; but in the end Warcraft was just a big tedious mess so far up its own ass that even the hardcore fans who could understand it couldn’t be bothered to care. For some reason China really liked it so we’re probably getting a sequel; but 5 minutes of watching these nothing characters blather on with tedious world building is enough to remind you why Lord of the Rings stuck all that business at the beginning of the first one.<><><>center_img Oh hey, it’s that time of year again!In all honesty, it’s starting to get pointless trying to do these lists. Time was, summer movies actually meant something: it was when studios brought out their blockbuster big guns because the kids were off from school and they’d sell more tickets. But now, the definition of “summer” seems to keep getting extended further back into the spring, partly to fit more movies in and partly because in a globalized film industry when you want to watch a big movie matters increasingly less than when China wants to watch a big movie.What that means is that I had to stretch the definition of summer for my list all the way back into fucking May to properly reflect the full sweep of Hollywood’s version of summer, and even then it feels a little incomplete both as a blockbuster diagnosis and as a test of overall quality: 2016’s best “summer” type movie, Captain America: Civil War, came out in April. My favorite movie so far period, Everybody Wants Some, was all the way back in March and so was the worst movie of the year, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.So why do a summer list episode at all? Because it’s Labor Day Weekend and nothing anyone cares about is opening in theaters. So let’s get started, beginning at the bottom:The 5 worst movies of summer 2016last_img read more

Goodnight VR Prince Palmer Luckey Leaves Oculus

first_img British Airways Tests VR Entertainment on Select First-Class Flights’Doctor Who’ Returns This Fall With Interactive VR Game Stay on target As successful as this tweet was, maybe I should’ve went with one of these Newt Gingrich photos instead?— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) August 10, 2015We’ll never forget you, Palmer. Well, I might.@therealcliffyb Couldn’t resist. 😉— Sean Pelletier (@PellyNV) August 6, 2015— keep calm and evcon (@evcon) August 6, 2015Humanity will never be the same.#timemagazine –— Nibel (@Nibellion) August 6, 2015He’s reaching his final form.@therealcliffyb— Dnut Scott-Dunkin (@devonsoft) August 6, 2015center_img Welp, it finally happened. Palmer Luckey, the Boy King/old-timey baseball player who helped Kickstart the modern (questionable) virtual reality boom, is no longer at Oculus. According to UploadVR, Oculus’s parent company Facebook hasn’t detailed exactly why the creator of the Oculus Rift headset has left the company he founded and earned millions of dollars off of, but if you’ve been paying attention, it’s not too hard to figure out what probably happened.During the slow descent into fascism that was last year’s American presidential election, we learned that Luckey was helping to speed the process up by donating cash to far-right online political groups. More recently, Oculus also lost a lawsuit alleging Luckey violated a non-disclosure agreement with ZeniMax. The jury awarded ZeniMax $500 million.So instead of toughing it out in an industry that clearly (and rightfully) has turned on him, Luckey is taking or is being forced to take his ball made of billions of dollars and going home. Celebrate (or mourn) Luckey’s departure with these dank memes about the Little VR Prince. May his feet remain bare, his politics remain awful, and his VR hair remain coiffed.Look at him go. He’s flying away!.@TIME I got a cover for ya— Matt Ufford (@mattufford) August 6, 2015He’s heading toward uncharted virtual worlds.The graphics are amazing.— The Daily Dot (@dailydot) August 6, 2015No realm is beyond his reach.I decided to photoshop @Time‘s VR cover image too. Into nightmares. #waterlevel— Janelle Vanderwall (@s0osleepie) August 6, 2015Oh no! Watch out Palmer!@dailydot @TIME— Danny Espinoza (@abcdannye) August 6, 2015He’s making new friends. Maybe they’ll appreciate him more.@BillCorbett @dailydot Marvel’s running out of characters…#RiffTraxVR— Andrew Horn (@bbofun) August 6, 2015 I’m pretty stoked for this issue of @TIME— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) August 6, 2015last_img read more

Audit District 112s 63M health care liability misreported

first_imgSome of Washington’s Educational Service Districts and the State Auditor’s Office are at odds over whether districts complied with federal law to report their financial statements, including Southwest Washington’s Educational Service District 112.According to the State Auditor’s findings, ESD 112 failed from September 2016 through August 2017 to correctly report $6.3 million in future liability to the state Heath Care Authority, which provides health care to retired state employees. According to the auditor’s office, the district should have reported the liabilities under a specific set of accounting standards — Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 45 — but did not. The Auditor’s Office issued similar findings for eight other Educational Service Districts last month.The district, however, disagreed with the findings, saying the GASB 45 reporting standards don’t apply in this case. Furthermore, GASB 45 is set to retire, as the Governmental Accounting Standards board adopts new accounting standard this year.If it sounds like a bureaucratic technicality, that’s because it is. ESD 112 isn’t missing $6.3 million. They just didn’t report it the way the state says they should.“It’s not something that we failed to pay out or report,” said Gavin Hottman, chief financial officer for ESD 112.District officials added the organization has not reported this liability for nearly a decade, saying the accounting standards were never applicable, but it was never an issue before.last_img read more