Shoeless Joe Pic May Bring $100K

first_imgSharon Bowen thought her late husband was a bit crazy for buying a scrapbook filled with black and white photos of Cleveland ballplayers from the early 1900s — but not anymore.It turns out that book held what may be the only autographed photo of Shoeless Joe Jackson, the Holy Grail of baseball signatures.Jackson, who was tossed out of baseball for throwing the 1919 World Series and remembered in the movie Field of Dreams, was illiterate and rarely signed anything but paychecks and legal documents, making his autographs among the rarest in sports.How many Jackson signatures are in existence isn’t clear, but most experts agree that it’s probably less than 100.But this is the first signed photo authenticated by autograph experts, according to Heritage Auctions, which is handling the sale of the century-old photograph this month.It could fetch at least $100,000, according to the Dallas-based auction house.“If I were a betting man, I’d say the chances of another one surfacing would be highly unlikely,” said Joe Orlando, President of Professional Sports Authenticator, which validated the signature and photo.Bowen’s husband, Bill, first saw the scrapbook about 10 years ago. It was stored in a barn near Cleveland and belonged to a couple whose family was friends with Frank W. Smith, a photographer with The Plain Dealer newspaper.He shot the photo of Jackson along with those of Hall of Famers Christy Mathewson and Napoleon Lajoie during spring training in 1911.The family offered to sell the scrapbook five years ago to Bowen’s husband because they knew how much he treasured the 60 photos. The price tag: $15,000.“I told him ‘absolutely not,’” Bowen said. “Luckily for me, I lost that argument.”Her husband kept the book in a trunk, looking at it almost every day and showing it off to friends. A collector all his life, he appreciated its history and connection to his hometown.Not knowing the book’s sky-high value, they never locked it up or worried about keeping it out of sight. “It wasn’t an investment,” she said.Bill died at age 67 last April, and the family decided someone else should enjoy the photos.The signed photos of Jackson and other members of the Cleveland Naps, the team that later became the Indians, will be sold in New York City on Feb. 21. The photo of Jackson — taken the year he became the only rookie to hit over .400 — had an online bid of $42,000 as of last week.A baseball bearing Jackson’s shaky signature brought $78,000 in 2011. Even a scrap of paper with his autograph sold for $23,100 nearly 25 years ago.The experts at Heritage Auctions were skeptical when the Bowen family contacted them. “We get calls and emails on a daily basis about stuff that turns out to be reproductions or they’re not authentic,” said Chris Ivy, the company’s Director of Sports Auctions.That changed quickly once they saw the images. They sent the photos to Professional Sports Authenticator whose sports memorabilia experts looked at them from all angles.“Our job is to be the skeptic, especially if it is too good to be true,” said Orlando.They first set out to determine that the photographs were originals and from the early 1900s, and they looked at the story behind the scrapbook and its origins.And they verified the autographs — not an easy task when it comes to Jackson’s childlike signature. It’s known that Jackson more or less signed his name by mimicking a pattern that his wife had made. She often signed his name, too.The experts at PSA looked at the pen pressure and the spacing of the Jackson signature while comparing it to other examples.“The stars aligned,” Orlando said.Mike Nola, official historian for the Shoeless Joe Jackson Society and a board member of the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum in Greenville, South Carolina, said he can’t remember seeing another signed photo of Jackson.There are well over four dozen legitimate Jackson signatures that he knows of, including several bats and at least a dozen baseballs, he said. “That’s still pretty rare especially by today’s standards when guys are signing everything,” Nola said.(JOHN SEEWER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Boston Marathon 2016 Results

first_imgBOSTON— The Ethiopians swept the 2016 Boston Marathon, nearly sweeping the Kenyans entirely off the podium in the 120th running of the race, on Monday April 18.Lemi Berhanu Hayle won the 120th edition of the men’s race, and Atsede Baysa overcame a 37-second deficit on the women’s side for Ethiopia’s first-ever sweep of the world’s most prestigious marathon.Hayle finished in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 45 seconds to beat defending champion Lelisa Desisa by 47 seconds. Yemane Tsegay was an additional 30 seconds back to round out an all-Ethiopian top three.“In sports, sometimes that happens. But not always,” said Desisa, who also won the 2013 race. “It is the performance on the day.”Kenya had dominated the Boston Marathon since the professional era began in 1986, winning the men’s race 14 straight times from 1991-2004 and 20 out of 22 before Desisa earned the first of his two victories three years ago.But the Kenyans have been beset with doping problems. The World Anti-Doping Agency put the country’s athletics program on probation after more than 40 athletes tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs since the 2012 Olympics, including three-time Boston winner Rita Jeptoo.Instead, it was its East African neighbor that had its anthem played over Copley Square — twice. Ethiopia claimed its sixth title in the men’s race — including three of the last four — to go with six more in the distaff division.Hayle (HAY-lee) pulled away from Desisa as they crossed over the Massachusetts Turnpike heading into Kenmore Square. He tapped his chest as he ran down Boylston Street, held his arms out to bask in the cheers of the crowd and then, after crossing the finish line, did a celebratory skip-jump.Baysa trailed by 37 seconds at the 35-kilometer checkpoint before chasing down Tirfi Tsegaye on Beacon Street in Brookline, two miles from the finish line. The two-time Chicago Marathon champion won by 44 seconds in 2:29:19.Joyce Chepkirui was third — the lone Kenyan to medal.Most of the top Americans, including 2014 winner Meb Keflezighi, skipped the race after running in the U.S. Olympic trials in February. Other countries pick their Olympic teams by committee, and the performances in Boston could help Monday’s top finishers earn a ticket to Rio de Janeiro.“This is a major marathon,” Baysa said through an interpreter. “We don’t know what they are thinking, but we are confident they will select me.”Zachary Hine of Dallas was the top U.S. man, finishing 10th. Neely Spence Gracey, of Superior, Colorado, was the first American woman to finish, coming in ninth.Gracey was born into marathoning: Her father was the No. 2 American in Boston in 1989; the next year she was born on race day while he was running. She and Sarah Crouch, of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, were among the leaders through the first seven miles before falling behind.“The energy was spectacular,” said Gracey, who ran against Crouch in college. “We were commenting back and forth saying: ‘Wow! We are leading the Boston Marathon. We need to take this in and relish the moment.’”On a clear day with a slight headwind, cool temperatures at the start warmed to 62 degrees by the time the winners reached the Back Bay. It warmed further as the day went on — an added challenge for the 27,491 runners who left Hopkinton in four waves on Monday morning.Fifty years after Bobbi Gibb sneaked onto the course and became the first woman to finish the race, more than 14,000 women were in the field that made the 26.2-mile trek to Copley Square, where a commemorative logo greeted them at the finish. Gibb served as the grand marshal this year, riding down Boylston in a sports car before breaking a ceremonial finish-line tape.Defending women’s champion Caroline Rotich was among the first to fall out, dropping away from the leaders at a water station about 5 miles in and walking to the side of the road. No reason for her withdrawal was available.Baysa, 29, also fell out of the lead but never stopped running.She was out of the picture as the women’s leaders ran through Heartbreak Hill, but soon after the TV cameras picked up a bobbing yellow figure running along the side of the road. As she gained, it was clear that she had saved enough energy for the winning kick.She caught Chepkirui on Beacon Street in Brookline with about 2.5 miles remaining, then sped past Tsegaye on the run toward Kenmore Square. The gap grew larger over the final mile and Baysa turned onto Boylston Street all alone.“Winning the Boston Marathon is very big,” she said. “To win the Boston Marathon means that I am the best athlete in a very competitive field, including my teammates.”Hayle, 21, earned his first major marathon victory. He has run four smaller marathons since 2014, winning three and finishing second in Dubai in January.Marcel Hug of Switzerland won his second straight wheelchair race in a three-man sprint to the finish. Ten-time champion Ernst Van Dyk was second by 1 second and he held off third-place finisher Kurt Fearnley in a photo finish, winning by the width of a tire.Tatyana McFadden, of Clarksville, Maryland, won the women’s wheelchair race for the fourth year in a row.JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

‘Virat, picture please.’ King Kohli obliges young fan

first_imgVirat Kohli is a fan favourite wherever he goes and he cares for his fans equally. From social media posts to interactions, he has always been very vocal and thankful about the support he has received from his supporters around the world.The most famous cricketer in the planet, Virat Kohli etched his name in Indian cricketing history when he scored 97 and 103 to lead India to only their seventh Test victory in England. Spurred on by Kohli’s 200 runs in the match and some excellent batting from Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, India crushed England by 203 runs in the third Test of the five-match series. The series now stands 2-1 in favour of England.Kohli is the leading run scorer in the series and now stands the chance of breaking Sunil Gavaskar’s record for most runs in a Test series. He needs 335 more runs to go past Gavaskar’s tally of 774 runs in four matches against West Indies in 1970-71.Virat Kohli is loved and admired by fans across the cricket world. And the Indian team is equally popular – in England, Indian fans have turned up in huge numbers to support their team and captain.Also read – Virat Kohli breaks Sourav Ganguly’s record as Test captainRecently, he uploaded a video of Indian fans cheering for the team and said: ” Thank you everyone for your constant and unconditional support for us. Your cheers and love motivates us to keep trying harder every time!”One of the best feelings watching this video! Thank you everyone for your constant and unconditional support for us. Your cheers and love motivates us to keep trying harder every time! Kohli (@imVkohli) July 16, 2018In a separate video that went viral on social media, while other Indian cricketers refused to sign autographs for a fan, Kohli was the only one who obliged.Recently, another video is doing the rounds. Apparently shot at Trent Bridge, a young fan calls out to Kohli for a picture.Also read – Virat Kohli dedicates historic Test triumph to Kerala flood victimsKohli, who was signing autographs, reached out to the young boy and took a selfie with him.Kohli was accompanied by two security officials as he went around signing autographs and clicking pictures with ardent fans, who were waiting for him outside the ground.Also read – Trent Bridge Test victory could not have come at a better time: Virat KohliKohli has also won over English fans – he received standing ovations after his hundreds at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge. Kohli was also presented the Barmy Army’s International Cricketer of the Year award upon his arrival in England in July.last_img read more

Russian GP: Valtteri Bottas pips Lewis Hamilton to grab pole position

first_imgValtteri Bottas has put Mercedes in the front row for Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.Bottas’s Mercedes teammate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton finished second while Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen to start in the second row.Hamilton’s Ferrari title rival Sebastian Vettel, 40 points behind the Briton with six races remaining in the battle of four-time world champions, will start third at the Black Sea circuit.The pole, in a track record of one minute 31.387 seconds, was only the second this season for Bottas, who is 110 points behind Hamilton. It also came at the track where last year he celebrated his first win.Enjoyed that. Let’s get it tomorrow. – @ValtteriBottas #RussianGP F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) September 29, 2018″He’s driven brilliantly this weekend and he just did a better job,” said Hamilton, who had been fastest in the first two parts of the session and looked set for a career 80th pole until he went wide at turn seven.”My last two laps of Q3 weren’t great — you can’t always have it — but we’re still in contention for tomorrow,” added the Briton, who will be chasing his eighth win of the campaign.YES! #RussianGP F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) September 29, 2018Vettel, who had led an all-Ferrari front row in Russia last year with Bottas third, hoped Sunday could see the tables turned.”I just spoke to Valtteri and reminded him what happened last year so maybe we can turn that around this time,” the German told reporters.advertisement”It was important to get as close to them but it is true they have been very quick. It is a long race and the tyres will be important. We should’ve been a lot closer,” he added.”The car felt alright so that makes me happy. If there is a gap we will go for it.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Patrick Bamford double sends Leeds back into Championship top two

first_imgShare on WhatsApp “In the first half we imposed ourselves. In the second half, after the red card, we solved the game more easily,” said the Leeds manager, Marcelo Bielsa. “I’m proud of the performance because all the players played at a high level.”The Blades can go back above Leeds with a victory at St Andrew’s but Bielsa said he was undecided on whether to watch the match. “I am more interested in the result than the game,” he said. “We have five more games and we want five more wins. We are playing well as a group and are coping with the pressure.”Bristol City were 3-0 up within 19 minutes against fellow play-off contenders West Brom and held on despite a second-half scare. Josh Brownhill, Andreas Weimann and Jack Hunt put Lee Johnson’s side in charge but it was a nervy finale after Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez pulled the score back to 3-2. “The first 20 minutes were as good as it gets from us,” said Johnson. “I just wish the lads had let me enjoy it for the rest of the game. Instead, we gave away two disappointing goals.“Overall, I couldn’t be happier. We have beaten three promotion-chasing sides since the international break, which is great for confidence.”Derby remain outside the top six after slipping to a 2-0 defeat at Blackburn, Joe Rothwell and Bradley Dack ending Rovers’ run of three successive defeats. “If you drop your standards in this league, if a lot of your players are not at their best, it’s hard to win games,” said the Rams manager, Frank Lampard.Sheffield Wednesday kept their own play-off hopes alive with a resounding 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest. A Marco Matias double and George Boyd’s goal leaves Wednesday four points behind sixth-placed Aston Villa. “Unfortunately games are running out but we’ve still got a bit to play for and who knows?” said the Wednesday manager, Steve Bruce.Swansea were convincing 3-1 winners against Stoke, who had two players sent off for fouls on Dan James, the midfielder impressing in front of Wales manager Ryan Giggs.Middlesbrough move up to seventh after ending their six-match losing streak with a 2-0 win at struggling Bolton. Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson confirmed the players and management are still owed their March wages by chairman and owner Ken Anderson. “We have not been paid and there’s no news on that,” he said. “The scenario hasn’t been addressed. People won’t keep coming into work without the wages. People are finding it difficult to keep the club functioning properly. The lads and the staff are low.” Read more Leeds United Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Leeds United returned to the automatic promotion places thanks to a 2-0 win over 10-man Preston North End at Deepdale.Patrick Bamford broke the deadlock just after the hour, 13 minutes after Ben Pearson’s sending off for two yellow cards, and added a second with 14 minutes to go to seal a victory that sees Leeds leapfrog Sheffield United, who face Birmingham on Wednesday. Championship Share on Facebookcenter_img Share on Twitter How did Norwich City become so dominant in the Championship? Reuse this content Topics Share on LinkedIn Share via Email newslast_img read more

BBL 2019: Cameron Bancroft hits first fifty after return from ball-tampering ban

first_img India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 9, 2019UPDATED: January 9, 2019 18:22 IST Cameron Bancroft scored 59 for Perth Scorchers against Melbourne Stars (@FoxCricket Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCameron Bancroft scored his first fifty since his return from the ball-tampering banBancroft had been banned for 9 months for his role in the ball-tampering scandalBancroft is currently playing for Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash LeagueCameron Bancroft, who recently returned to competitive cricket after serving a nine-month following the ball-tampering scandal, hit a 42-ball 59 to script a six-wicket win for Perth Scorchers over Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League. Chasing 147 to win, Bancroft’s blazing half-century helped the Scorchers reach home with 14 balls to spare.Bancroft, whose ban ended on December 29, recently revealed he worked sandpaper on the ball upon David Warner’s insistence. Warner and Steve Smith were banned for a year and the two are currently plying their trade in the Bangladesh Premier League. David Warner and Steve Smith played against each other in a BPL match on Sunday.Warner was run out for 14 for Sylhet Sixers while Smith only managed 16.However, Warner has found form too. On a day when Bancroft scored a stroke-filled 59 in Melbourne, Warner scored a 47-ball 59 for Sylhet.Steve Smith has so far scored 16 and 0 in his two matches forComilla Victorians in the Bangladesh Premier League.On Monday, Australia suffered their first ever Test series defeat to India at home. Following the defeat in the Boxing Day Test, calls have grown for the return of the banned trio. Aaron Finch flopped at the top of the order even as rookie Marcus Harris gave a good account of himself.Undoubtedly, David Warner’s absence at the top and Steve Smith’s absence in the middle-order hurt the Aussies who have struggled with an inexperienced batting line-up.But it remains to be seen how soon the trio are reintegrated into the Australian side, especially after Bancroft and Smith made some sensational revelations during the Test series against India.advertisement”Dave [Warner] suggested to me to carry the action out on the ball given the situation we were in the game and I didn’t know any better,” Bancroft told Adam Gilchrist on Fox Cricket. “I didn’t know any better because I just wanted to fit in and feel valued really. As simple as that.”The decision was based around my values, what I valued at the time, and I valued fitting in… you hope that fitting in earns you respect and with that, I guess, there came a pretty big cost for the mistake.”Also Read | Will IPL performances decide Steve Smith and David Warner’s World Cup berths?Also Read | Was being a father and husband at home: David Warner on time away from cricketAlso Read | BPL 2019: Smith, Warner fall cheaply in 1st high-profile match since ball-tampering sagaFor 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 Tags :Follow BBL 2018-19Follow Big BashFollow Cameron BancroftFollow ball-tampering banFollow Perth ScorchersFollow Melbourne Stars BBL 2019: Cameron Bancroft hits first fifty after return from ball-tampering banBBL 2019: Cameron Bancroft scored 59 for Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League to mark his return from the ball-tampering ban. Bancroft had been banned for 9 months for his role in the ball-tampering scandal which erupted in South Africa last year.advertisementlast_img read more

UP student accuses Chinmayanand of rape

first_imgShahjahanpur (UP): The postgraduate student, who had levelled harassment charges against Swami Chinmayanand, on Monday alleged she was raped by the BJP leader who also physically exploited her for one year.Addressing media persons here, she claimed that the Shahjahanpur police was not registering the rape case. “Swami Chinmayanand raped me and even exploited me physically for one year,” she alleged before media persons, her face covered with a black scarf. “The Delhi Police has registered this complaint at Lodhi Road police station and has forwarded it to Shahjahanpur police, which is not registering the rape case,” she said. “On Sunday, the SIT quizzed me for about 11 hours. I have told them about the rape. Even after telling them everything, they have not arrested Chinmayanand yet,” she said. See P6last_img read more

Alberta seeking intervenor status in Burnaby Kinder Morgan appeal

first_imgEDMONTON (NEWS 1130) – Alberta will be seeking intervenor status in Burnaby’s appeal of the NEB approval of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says BC is playing a dangerous game–particularly with the Canadian economy.“As Canadian who are operating in an increasingly uncertain international economy, now more than ever we should be standing together,” says Notely.“We’ll be seeking standing, as we have in other appeals, to intervene, to argue the position that we’ve been taking all along,” she says. “The NEB has the authority to make these decisions and that the certificate issuing authority that the municipality in that case has is very limited.”In the meantime, Notley says there are a number of things Ottawa can do to deal with the delay strategies.“It is without question Ottawa’s project and it needs to get done. It cannot be allowed to be delayed and delayed until such time as people walk away in frustration.”Notley says Alberta representatives will be speaking with the federal government to encourage it to use those tools.Alberta’s ban on BC wine was lifted on February 22nd.last_img read more

More Acts Added To Little Kids Rock Benefit

first_imgCheap Trick, Social Distortion’s Mike Ness, and Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna with Beastie Boys’ Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, have been added to an all-star roster paying tribute to Joan Jett at nonprofit organization, Little Kids Rock’s sixth annual Little Kids Rock Benefit.The event will be produced by Steven and Maureen Van Zandt at New York’s iconic Hammerstein Ballroom at The Manhattan Center on October 23.The organization’s mission is to ensure the continuation and revitalization of music education in economically challenged public schools across the country through teacher trainings, instrument donations, and offering curricula rooted in popular music.The benefit will honor legendary musician and leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, Joan Jett as the “Rocker of the Year.” Performers paying homage to Jett’s music will include Alice Cooper, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Cheap Trick, Tommy James, Kathleen Hanna with Ad-Rock, Darlene Love, Glen Hansard, Mike Ness, Jesse Malin, Brody Dalle and Jake Clemons, who will be honored as the “Big Man of the Year.”Each year, the “Big Man of the Year” award honors an artist or philanthropist whose contributions have helped build a world where kids can live rich, purposeful lives. The award’s title pays tribute to the initial honoree, the late Clarence Clemons, who embodied the spirit of giving back to children and to making the world a better place. Television producer and co-author of Big Man, Don Reo, will present the award to Clarence’s nephew, Jake Clemons. Guitar Center CEO, Mike Pratt, will also be honored for his support of the charity.The annual event, this year presented by Guitar Center, will take place on Thursday, October 23 at 6:30 pm at the Hammerstein Ballroom at The Manhattan Center (311 W. 34th St.), a longstanding supporter of Little Kids Rock and a 2014 event sponsor.Following in his uncle’s footsteps, Jake has been a supporter of Little Kids Rock since 2009 and sits on the organization’s honorary board. During this time, Clemons has visited participating classrooms, contributed on Glen Hansard’s “Drive All Night” EP, which raised funds for Little Kids Rock, performed at several benefits and raised proceeds for the nonprofit during his 2013 show at the Stone Pony. He also recently released his solo debut EP, Embracing Light.Another focal point of the evening will be a live and silent auction, in which select items are already live for bidding at including the chance to play live on-stage with Joan Jett and all of the other artists at the event. Other items that will be available for bidding include dinner with Maureen and Steven Van Zandt, limited edition Citizen Watches, and the ultimate Atlantic Records experience, which includes the opportunity to perform a four song showcase in front of the Chairman/CEO of Atlantic Records. All proceeds will enable Little Kids Rock to bring free lessons and instruments to over 135,000 disadvantaged public school students in 28 cities.Limited tables are available at various sponsorship levels, and limited show-only balcony tickets are now available for purchase at $250 for a single seat. Annually, this event raises enough funds to bring music education and instruments into the lives of tens of thousands of additional public school children who otherwise would not have access due to school budget cuts.RESERVE YOUR SEATS: or call 973-746-8248.last_img read more

Indigenous teens from Australia embark on cultural exchange program in Calgary

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsTwo 15-year-old Indigenous girls from Groote Eylandt in Australia traveled halfway across the globe to Calgary.They’re here to attend a women’s police conference and to visit the Tsuut’ina Nation.APTN‘s Chris Stewart met up with them after their 30-hour flight.last_img

Climate change suddenly a crisis on Parliament Hill as support for Green

first_imgNation to NationThe federal Conservatives may keep hammering the Liberals over its carbon tax but haven’t offered a solution of their own.“It’s been about 400 days since Andrew Scheer said he was going to come up with a climate plan and we’re a few months away from the election and we still have not heard anything,” said Liberal MP Dan Vandal on Nation to Nation.The Trudeau government’s carbon tax makes things such as filling up at the pumps several cents more expensive.The Conservatives jumped all over it as the country heads into an October election.And according to MP Cathy McLeod their plan is coming soon.“Certainly our leader has indicated very clearly that in the next few weeks he will be releasing our plan. Climate change is real. It’s a problem and it needs a global solution,” said McLeod.Meanwhile, NDP MP Rachel Blaney told Canadians that the Trudeau government hasn’t been a leader on climate change and that Canadians are getting impatient.“The reality on the ground is that this is a huge concern for people. Canadians want to see action. They want to see it now,” said Blaney.Both the NDP and Liberals supported an emergency debate on climate change this week.It’s something that Green party leader Elizabeth May asked for last fall but none of the other leaders showed up and it didn’t end up doing anything.May said it should be a coincidence other parties appear to be supporting the crisis now since the Green’s recent by-election victory in the British Columbia riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith.“I welcome this entirely,” she said. “But I think that it’s not an accident that this is a response to the growing strength of the Green party across the country.”Last October, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned drastic cuts to emissions are needed in the next decade to prevent global warming from becoming catastrophic. That report suggested the Liberals’ target under the Paris climate-change agreement, which would mean cutting annual greenhouse-gas emissions by about 28 per cent compared to what they are now, is nowhere near enough.The Liberal motion, which was to be debated Thursday, asks MPs to recommit to the Paris climate-change accord by meeting the existing targets for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and toughening them as is required to meet the accord’s stated objective of keeping global warming as close to 1.5 C as possible.NDP leader Jagmeet Singh intends to cut Canada’s greenhouse-gas emissions almost in half over the next decade as he stakes out a claim to being a climate-change champion in the looming federal election.Singh presented a motion in the House of Commons Monday, laying out eight broad strokes of the party’s climate-change platform. The motion asks for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to declare “an environment and climate emergency” as well as pledge to cut emissions more deeply, eliminate government aid to the fossil-fuel industry and cancel the planned expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.“We want to reflect the urgency people are feeling,” Singh said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press.That urgency for him means a slow end to the Canadian oil sector, which Singh says is on its way out whether Canadians like the idea or not.“This is the direction the world is headed,” he said.– with files from The Canadian PressN2N@aptn.calast_img read more

Joe Oliver wants to lower taxpayer exposure to the housing market —

TORONTO — Finance Minister Joe Oliver says Ottawa won’t be making any protective moves in Canada’s housing market.At a news conference Thursday, Oliver says the government’s long term aim is to gradually reduce taxpayer exposure to the residential real estate market, but there is no specific plan.Oliver’s predecessor, Jim Flaherty, moved four times to tighten mortgage lending rules in an effort to cool a hot real estate market.The minister’s comments follow an IMF warning on Wednesday that the housing market and household debt represent key risks to the Canadian economy.An IMF official estimated Canada’s housing market was over-evaluated by roughly 10% on a national scale, although in some regions those estimates could reach as high as 20%.The IMF predicted a soft landing for the housing market, but warned Canada could be at risk of a sharp correction if interest rates rose too quickly and the job market suffered a downturn.The finance minister spoke to the media Thursday ahead of his first pre-budget consultation roundtable in Toronto. read more

At Oslo forum Ban warns capacity to meet humanitarian needs under unprecedented

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is greeted by Svein Mollekleiv, President of Norwegian Red Cross upon arrival at the headquarters in Oslo, Norway. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with VISTA Group at Norwegian Red Cross. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Humanitarian Forum at the Norwegian Red Cross Headquarters. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gets a tour of the Norwegian Red Cross from Svein Mollekleiv, President, including explanation of the Red Bench Initiative to Promote Dialogue. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas “From the earthquakes in Nepal to avalanches in Afghanistan, from Ebola in West Africa to many other frontlines of conflict and disaster, civil society organizations are playing an ever growing role,” Mr. Ban underscored in his address to the forum, which focused on the role of civil society in humanitarian emergencies.The Secretary-General highlighted the role of local organizations as a vital link between the government and global and grass roots associations, especially at a time when the UN and its partners are aiming to assist nearly 79 million people worldwide.He pointed out that during a disaster, such organizations could be faster and more flexible than larger entities. Attuned to local context, culture, language and needs, civil society organizations provide bonds of solidarity and trust – with women’s groups playing a particularly valuable role in supporting a society’s economic and social fabric.“Yet,” Mr. Ban remarked, “I am keenly aware that this service comes with great sacrifice. Last year, 88 per cent of all attacks against humanitarian workers were against local aid workers.”He emphasized that the international community must do more to sustain the critical role of civil society. “As we create a more diverse, inclusive and truly global humanitarian system, we must use the strengths of all actors.”In May 2016, the Secretary-General will convene the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, at which civil society organizations would be important stakeholders. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses Oslo Summit on Education for Development Side Event “Partnership for Education”. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas ‹ ›As part of the lead-up to the Summit, civil society organizations have helped to organize eight regional consultations, reaching out to nearly 15,000 people in 135 countries.“The rise of global humanitarian action is one of humanity’s greatest moral achievements,” Mr. Ban said. “Today our goal is a world where every woman, man and child in need can receive some form of assistance and protection from the impacts of disaster, conflict, displacement, hunger or disease.“This world is now within our grasp. Together we can make this vision a reality.”Also today, Mr. Ban addressed a “Partnership for Education” event, which focused on three critical issues: equity in education; closing the education gap and leveraging digital solutions; and ensuring education in emergencies.“We need teachers and students. We need telecoms companies and civil society organizations. We need policy-makers and app developers. We need to stand strong,” he told the gathering. “When we put every child in school, provide them with quality learning, and foster global citizenship, we will transform our future.While in Oslo, Mr. Ban also met with the country’s Foreign Minister, Børge Brende, and thanked him for Norway’s strong and consistent support to the UN. He also briefed him on UN efforts to find a political solution in Syria and to achieve an end to the crisis in Yemen, including through a humanitarian pause.In addition, the two leaders discussed the current state of the Middle East peace process, as well as the negotiations underway for next week’s Third International Conference on Financing for Development. read more

LeBron James Issues Defiant Response to Fox News Host

LeBron James has been openly political in recent years. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)LeBron James won’t simply “shut up and dribble” like a Fox News anchor told him to.After Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long came to his defense Friday, Feb. 16, James himself hit back at Laura Ingraham over his criticism of President Donald Trump.James said on “Rolling with the Champion” Thursday, Feb. 15 that Trump “really don’t give a f— about the people,” which led Ingraham to proclaim that he should “keep the political commentary to yourself or as someone once said, shut up and dribble.”“It’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball,” she also said on “The Ingraham Angle.”Wade had remained silent until he posted a photo with lights reading “I am more than an athlete.”And if there was any doubt that he was referring to Ingraham, his caption ended speculation.“#WeWillNotShutUpAndDribble,” it said. King James also may have indirectly responded to Ingraham on Snapchat, posting a carefree selfie poolside.“Smiling through it all!” his caption read. “Can’t believe this is my life.”LeBron’s like, ‘Laura who?’— Hemal Jhaveri (@hemjhaveri) February 16, 2018 read more

The Outcomes of Groups A And B Will Be Decided Today

Monday marks the end of the beginning of the World Cup: the simultaneous matches phase. At 4 p.m. EDT, all teams from Group A will kick off: Brazil will play Cameroon in Brasilia, Brazil, while Mexico will play Croatia in Recife. FIFA schedules these matches simultaneously so that no team might benefit from knowing the score of the other match ahead of time, which could potentially impact strategy.These are the final matches of the group phase and therefore will determine who advances. Sometimes, working through the permutations is easy — as it is in Group B, where the Netherlands and Chile have already guaranteed advancement and are playing only to determine who finishes first in the group. But other cases, like the United States’ Group G, are more complicated.FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup forecasts project the results in a probabilistic fashion, showing each team’s odds of winning and advancing from its group. But we’ll also be working through the possibilities in a more detailed way with matrices, such as the one you see below:That was the simple case I mentioned before: Group B, which will play its matches at noon Monday. The Netherlands will advance first in the group if it beats Chile or draws with it; Chile will do so if it beats the Netherlands by any margin. Australia and Spain are already mathematically eliminated from the tournament, and their game won’t make any difference.But the Chile-Netherlands game matters more than you might think: Up for grabs is the right not to have to face Brazil in the Round of 16, which the second-place team from Group B will probably have to do.Brazil’s Group A is more complicated, even though most scenarios result in Brazil finishing in first place. Cameroon has been eliminated. Brazil is almost certain to advance, but there are wild-card scenarios where it might not. Mexico can guarantee advancement with a win or draw against Croatia. A Croatia win means that it advances while Mexico almost certainly does not. This is what that group looks like:I’m assuming, as a default, that all wins come by a 2-1 scoreline while all draws are 1-1. Cases where the exact score matters are highlighted in yellow.Brazil and Mexico, for instance, are tied atop Group A with four points, but Brazil is ahead on the goal-differential tiebreaker. If both teams win their matches Monday, both will advance with seven points. Will Brazil advance as the first-place team? Yes, if both wins come by our default 2-1 scoreline or under most other realistic scenarios. But it’s theoretically possible that Mexico could surpass Brazil — for example, if it beats Croatia 3-0 while Brazil beats Cameroon 1-0.The more treacherous case for Brazil — albeit extremely unlikely because it’s so heavily favored to beat Cameroon — is if Brazil and Mexico lose. In that case, Croatia will qualify first in the group. Brazil and Mexico will be stuck on four points and tied for second. If Brazil lost by a wider margin than Mexico, it could fail to advance.There’s also one case where Brazil would be denied advancement outright. That comes if it loses to Cameroon, and Mexico and Croatia draw. Then the group standings would be: Mexico 5 points, Croatia 4, Brazil 4, Cameroon 3. Mexico qualifies first and Croatia and Brazil are tied for second. But Brazil would be guaranteed to lose the goal-differential tiebreaker because it and Croatia currently have the same goal differential (+2) and Brazil’s would worsen with its loss while Croatia’s would stay the same with its draw. Fortunately for Brazil, the probability of this happening is only about 0.5 percent. read more

Death of the phrase book and rise of smartphone translation apps leads

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Vicky Gough, schools adviser at the British Council, said: “It’s fantastic that so many of us are ready to give foreign languages a go to make the most of our holidays, and smartphone technology can be a great first step in getting directions and finding out basic information.  “However, this technology has its limits and can’t replicate the linguistic and cultural nuances of human conversation.  “In fact, as our survey shows, it can potentially lead to a whole new level of confusion with phrases lost in translation.”She said that “nobody wants to be stuck staring at their phone screen all holiday”, so learning a few phrases in advance is a good investment. More than two-thirds learnt to say “Hello” and “Goodbye” It was once considered a staple of any holiday packing list, on a par with sunscreen, a pack of cards and flip-flops.But the phrasebook is now becoming a thing of a past, with its demise hastened by the rise of smartphone translation apps, according to research conducted by the British Council.Google translate and other apps are increasingly popular among the younger generation, who have complained that inaccurate translations are leading to embarrassing faux pas.Over 60 per cent of 16 to 34 year-olds said they have used their smartphones and apps to help understand the local language, with just 39 per cent opting for a phrasebook.  A poll of a poll of 2,000 adults, commissioned by the British Council, found that relying on technology brings its own perils, with more than one in five of this age group reporting that an inaccurate translation on their phone has led to misunderstandings while on holiday.   “As the UK repositions itself on the world stage, more of us being able to speak a little of another language will be key to the country’s long–term competitiveness,” she added.65 per cent of those surveyed said they still rely on locals being able to speak English, and almost a third said they avoid going to a restaurant if the menu is not in English.Just over a fifth said they did not learn any words or phrases before their trip.   Of those who did study some phrases in advance, over a quarter of British adults said they learnt how to ask for two beers, or other drinks, in the local language during their most recent holiday abroad.”Please” and “Thank you” the most common words learned by holidaymakers, with almost three quarters opting to learn these.In addition, more than two-thirds learnt to say “Hello” and “Goodbye”, and 28 per cent learned the phrase “How much does it cost?” More than two-thirds learnt to say "Hello" and "Goodbye" Technology has its limits and can’t replicate the linguistic and cultural nuances of human conversationVicky Gough, schools adviser at the British Council read more

VIDEO HANDBALL LOVE Filip sends kisses to Chema

← Previous Story HSV fourth team in Cologne! Next Story → EHF CUP: Danish Holstebro booked ticket for Nantes! chema rodriguezFilip JichaHandball Love Tough second match between MKB Veszprem and THW Kiel (28:29) with many reactions afterwards, had also some emotional moments between the players. Look at the “polite conversation” between Czech’s star Filip Jicha ( World’s BEST PLAYER 2012) and Spanish star from Hungarian team, Chema Rodriguez. At the end, we saw some kisses…

Qatar and Brazil to open WCh 2015

← Previous Story KANJIZA CUP 2014 – DAY 1: Szeged VS Gorenje, Vardar against Tunisia Next Story → KANJIZA CUP 2014: Vardar easily beat Tunisia! The Qatar 2015 Men’s World Championship match schedule has been confirmed. With 17 match days and 88 matches the WCh will be played from 15 January to 1 February 2015 in three competition halls in one single city.These are the groups of the preliminary round:Group A: Spain, Slovenia, Qatar, Belarus, Brazil, ChileGroup B: Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Austria, Tunisia, IranGroup C: France, Sweden, Algeria, Czech Republic, Egypt, United Arab EmiratesGroup D: Denmark, Poland, Russia, Argentina, Bahrain, GermanyAll those matches will be played in the three newly built arenas Lusail Multipurpose Hall (LMH), Qatar Handball Association Complex (QHC) and Al Sadd Multipurpose Hall (SMH).LINK Qatar 2015 read more