Cricket Australia ‘arrogant’ and partly to blame for ball-tampering, report finds

first_imgAustralia cricket team Support The Guardian Read more Share via Email Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up The strong words of the review are likely to lead to calls for more lenient sentences for Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. Smith was handed a 12-month ban, Bancroft nine months and Warner – who was identified as the ringleader – a 12-month ban and a guarantee that he would never hold a leadership role with the national team.The 147-page report, produced by the the Ethics Centre, was scathing of CA.“The most common description of CA is as ‘arrogant’ and ‘controlling’,” it said. “The core complaint is that the organisation does not respect anyone other than its own. Players feel that they are treated as commodities.“Australian cricket has lost its balance … and has stumbled badly. The reputation of the game of cricket, as played by men, has been tainted. Women’s cricket remains unaffected.“The ball-tampering incident at the Newlands Ground in South Africa can be seen as an aberration … However, to think this would be mistaken. We have seen evidence that the structures built around elite cricket are oriented to winning, without properly counting the cost.”The report was also critical of the widespread use of sledging . It said the drive to win meant players were frequently asked to “play the mongrel”. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. 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Share on Pinterest Steve Smith David Warner Topics Share on Facebook news Cricket Australia releases damning findings of cultural review – as it happenedcenter_img Read more Share on Messenger The Cricket Australia chairman, David Peever, said he accepted responsibility for what happened in South Africa.“We wanted to know what was wrong and what we could do better,” he said. “We voluntarily commissioned the review because we wanted to look in the mirror.”But he rejected calls to resign and said he was “looking forward immensely” to the future of Australian cricket.Test captain Tim Paine, who replaced Smith, said he understood the findings of the review into players’ on-field behaviour that led to the establishment of a players’ charter.The Players’ Pact will become “the overarching statement as to how cricketers in Australia should play the game, respecting its traditions”.Paine said he was not surprised the report found players “lived in a bubble”.“Potentially we got a little bit wrapped up in our own self-importance. We are the lucky ones playing for Australia. It’s not our cricket team, it’s Australia’s cricket team and I think for a little while we lost that.”But he would not be drawn on whether the report should lead to leniency for his former teammates.“I don’t think it’s about blame so much. I think everyone has admitted over the last 12 months that there have been mistakes made. To sit here and blame people isn’t going to help anyone.”Vice-captain Josh Hazlewood added: “We’d love to see [Smith, Warner and Bancroft] back playing as soon as possible, but it’s not our decision.”Peever said the sanctions for the three players would stand.The report made 42 recommendations including the establishment of an ethics commission, and mandatory leadership training for senior players.It also recommends that the award of the Allan Border medal take into account character and behaviour as well as performance, and that selectors take into account a player’s character as well as their skills when picking teams.The report also recommends that the role of vice-captain “be de-coupled from that of ‘heir apparent’ for the captaincy”, and that the player’s anti-harassment code be modified to ban abusive sledging.Cricket Australia has fully supported 34 of the recommendations, is considering seven, and rejected one, which would excuse players from international T20 to play Sheffield Shield and grade cricket.Many sections of the report were redacted. Cricket Australia said this was due to defamation risk, at the advice of external lawyers, due to the honesty of the review. Since you’re here… Australian ball tampering Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Cricket Share on WhatsApp Cricket Australia has been branded “arrogant” and “controlling” and partly responsible for the ball-tampering incident that led to bans for former captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner.An independent report into the organisation’s culture found there was “strong systemic and organisational input” into the decision to cheat during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town in March.Interviewees said Australian cricket’s governing body adopted bullying behaviour, ostracised people and created a “win-at-all-costs” mentality that pushed players to “play the mongrel”. Australia sport Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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9 months agoAthletic Bilbao push to sign Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Athletic Bilbao push to sign Tottenham striker Fernando Llorenteby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAthletic Bilbao are pushing to sign Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente.Llorente is eager for more action and Bilbao hope to re-sign the centre-forward this month, says El Correo.Bilbao now plan to go on ‘full offensive’ to bring Llorente back to Spain.The 33 year-old is off contract in June and has spoken of an ambition to play again for Bilbao.New Athletic president Aitor Elizegi has said Garitano deserves to work with a ‘reinforced squad in full’ and has given his approval to the pursuit of a new striker. last_img

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25 days agoMcTominay adamant ‘a lot of things to come’ from Man Utd under Solskjaer

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say McTominay adamant ‘a lot of things to come’ from Man Utd under Solskjaerby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveScott McTominay insists there is a lot of things to come from Manchester United.The Red Devils have endured their worst start to a season in 30 years after Monday’s draw with Arsenal.But Scotland international McTominay remained positive after the match.He told Sky Sports: “It’s a great mix here with the coaching staff and the gaffer has had his say on the style of play. There’s a lot of things to come from this team and hopefully we can take things from these games that we’re dominating.”In football it’s about fine margins. We’ve got a young, hungry squad at the club who are all dying to play for Manchester United and get the results on the board.” last_img read more

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Willie Taggart Getting Crushed For Postgame Quote After Loss At Virginia

first_imgFlorida State head coach Willie Taggart on the sideline.TALLAHASSEE, FL – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Willie Taggart of the Florida State Seminoles on the sidelines during the game against the Florida Gators at Doak Campbell Stadium on Bobby Bowden Field on November 24, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. The #11 Ranked Florida Gators defeated the Florida State Seminoles 41 to 14. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)Florida State blew another lead in the fourth quarter on Saturday night, falling on the road to No. 25 Virginia, as the Seminoles dropped to 1-2 on the season.It was a bizarre game with a weird finish, as Florida State’s offense nearly tied the game on a long drive with time expiring.The Seminoles ended up being rushed to get a play off with the final seconds ticking off the clock and got stopped short by the Cavaliers’ defense.Florida State head coach Willie Taggart is facing some criticism for his postgame explanation. “Well I didn’t call the plays, Kendal [Briles] called the plays. He had the play called and we just didn’t get it done,” Taggart said.This Taggart quote: “Well I didn’t call the plays, Kendal [Briles] called the plays. He had the play called and we just didn’t get it done.” https://t.co/cUziTyIuqc— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) September 15, 2019That just doesn’t come across very well, especially after a loss.Florida State has been arguably the country’s most-disappointing team through three weeks. The Seminoles are 1-2 and could miss a bowl game for the second straight season.The Seminoles are set to host Louisville at Doak Campbell Stadium next Saturday in a must-win game.last_img read more

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Four Baltic Sea Ports Join Forces on Onshore Power Supply

first_imgzoom Four Baltic Sea ports, namely Estonia’s port of Tallinn, Swedish ports of Stockholm and Finland’s ports of Helsinki and Turku, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aiming for a common approach for a new onshore power supply for vessels on September 9.The aim of the cooperation is to actively contribute to reducing negative effects on the environment, according to the parties.As passenger ferry quays in Helsinki, Stockholm, Tallinn and Turku are located close to the city centres, the four ports agreed that one option for reducing or even eliminating all the negative effects is to connect ferries to the onshore electricity grid while berthed.With the MoU, the parties plan to set a common approach for the new onshore power supply in three aspects – the ports will provide newly built connections with a voltage of 11 kV and a frequency of 50 Hz, they will jointly encourage other ports and shipping companies to follow the initiative and recommendations concerning onshore power supply standards, and they will continue to work to minimize the negative effects on the environment of port operations and shipping in the Baltic Sea region.The signing of MoU took place in Helsinki during the Baltic Ports Organisation’s (BPO) Conference session IV, which was titled “Baltic Sea as a model region for clean ports and shipping”.The ports of Tallinn, Helsinki, Stockholm and Turku previously signed agreements on development, cooperation and continuation of efforts for a better environment during periods 2009-2014 and one specific initiative the ports agreed to work on together was electricity connections for vessels.last_img read more

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October 2018 Financial Report Released

first_imgAuditor General Michael Pickup issued a report on his 2018 financial audit work today, Oct. 2. The report contains three chapters. Chapter one: Financial Audit Work ResultsIn this chapter the auditor general presents information reported by his office and by auditors of government’s organizations and noted that:– government presented financial information that is reliable and meets accounting standards– significant deficiencies in financial controls were found at IWK Health Centre, Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission, Cape Breton- Victoria Regional School Board, and Strait Regional School Board– significant deficiencies in financial controls reported in 2017 at Housing Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Health Authority have been addressed– some weaknesses in financial controls, raised by auditors annually, remain unfixed year after year — guidance needed for managers to identify and account for social events and meeting costs “While financial statements from government organizations are fairly presented, several organizations, such as the IWK Health Centre and the Nova Scotia Health Authority, need to fix their financial controls on a more timely basis,” said Mr. Pickup. Chapter two: Nova Scotia’s Finances from 2018 Public AccountsThis chapter provides highlights to encourage public discussion on the province’s financial results and condition. The auditor general makes no comment on the actual decisions and choices of the current or prior governments in relation to such policy choices. The key messages are:– over the last ten years, the long-term debt of the province increased by $4.1 billion and the last decade shows a trend of worsening sustainability. This means that future governments are left with managing this debt as it makes revenue and expenditure decisions– the province’s annual debt servicing costs remained relatively constant throughout the past 10 years with a total of $7.4 billion in interest paid on net long-term debt. This represents funds that could not be used for other purposes– of the province’s $12 billion in annual revenues, about one-third comes from the Government of Canada. A significant portion of the province’s revenue, it has remained relatively constant over the last ten years. At over 30 per cent of revenues, this indicator provides a sense of how important federal dollars are to the province– annual expenses are up $2.9 billion (32 per cent) since 2008 to serve a population that increased by 2 per cent– annual revenues are up 29 per cent from 10 years ago. Revenue growth is mainly from increased personal income tax revenues. “Financial indicators as one measure of the province’s financial condition show that over the past 10 years there has been a significant decline, however, the last five years have seen less increases to total debt than the five years before that,” said Mr. Pickup. Chapter three: Followup of Prior Year Observations and RecommendationsIn this chapter, the auditor general provides updates on the status of various matters reported in prior years and notes that:– government is not acting fast enough to manage fraud risks. Nearly 80 per cent of government departments and organizations have not completed fraud risk assessments– overall, government departments and organizations not disclosing travel and hospitality expenses in 2017 are now disclosing travel and hospitality expenses. Five other organizations were not until the requirement was brought to their attention by us– while steps were taken to address board vacancies, some vacancies remain– the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Pension Plan remains in serious financial condition and there is no formal plan to address the deficit. The plan is 78.4 per cent funded and has a $1.4 billion deficit with the province responsible for half “It is troubling that while there is a $1.4 billion deficit in the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Pension Plan, there is no formal plan on how this deficit will be dealt with,” said Mr. Pickup. “The Province of Nova Scotia, in working with the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union, should present Nova Scotians with a formal plan to address this significant matter which is costing working teachers, retirees, and Nova Scotians,” he stated. The full report and videos are available at www.oag-ns.ca.last_img read more

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Former CP editorinchief Scott White to head Conversation Canada

first_imgTORONTO – Scott White, who served as editor-in-chief of The Canadian Press for 16 years, has been appointed to lead The Conversation Canada.It’s a national non-profit journalism start-up expected to launch this spring.Bringing together academics and journalists, The Conversation Canada will be part of a global network of analysis and commentary to be written by academics and edited by journalists.Prior to his stint as editor-in-chief at CP, White served as Washington correspondent for the wire service and also did a term as British Columbia bureau chief.Most recently, White — who has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management — was a vice-president with Postmedia Network.last_img

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Jewelry store workers fight off wouldbe thieves with swords in Mississauga Ont

first_imgMISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Three jewelry store workers wielded swords to fight off four would-be thieves during an attempted robbery in Mississauga, Ont., police said.Const. Danny Marttini said the incident took place around 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday at Ashok Jewellers when four masked suspects got out of a truck and one person began smashing the store’s windows.Surveillance video released by police in an effort to identify the suspects shows one man jumping inside the store before three employees rush him with swords drawn.Another suspect pulls the man back outside the store through the broken window as the employees flail away with swords — one of the employees fell while swinging his sword.“This could have gone wrong in so many ways,” Marttini said.One of the suspects then pointed a gun inside the store. The suspects then fled, got in the truck then sped away through a red light, narrowly missing a collision with two transport trucks.“I don’t know how they didn’t kill themselves or anyone else for that matter,” Marttini said of the suspects, who left empty handed.Police believe three of the suspects are men and aren’t sure about the fourth. The getaway car is a dark-coloured Dodge Durango, she said.Despite the successful efforts by the employees, Marttini said it’s best to leave the crime-fighting to police.“We don’t condone violence to fight violence,” she said. “It’s better to save yourself than your property. Your life is more important than jewelry.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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12 ARTISTS FROM MANIF DART 9 – THE QUEBEC CITY BIENNIAL ANNOUNCED

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: QUEBEC CITY – Yesterday, less than four months before the launch of its winter biennial, Manif d’art 9 – The Quebec City Biennial, presented in collaboration with the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ), unveiled a portion of its program at a press conference held at the Quebec Government Office in London!Speaking to guests including Quebec’s General Agent in London John Anthony Coleman, the curator of Manif d’art 9 and director of Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, Jonathan Watkins, announced a dozen artists who will be taking part in the biennial; among them are select English artists and a group of Canadian artists whose works will be shown in three galleries in Birmingham in 2019.Claude Bélanger, General and Artistic Director of Manif d’art, was alongside Jonathan Watkins to introduce these twelve artists to the English art world. Chosen from among the hundred-odd artists who will take part in the 9th edition of the Quebec City Biennial, they include English artists Oliver Beer, Cornelia Parker, Haroon Mirza and George Shaw, as well as Tomás Saraceno (Argentina), who is currently exhibiting at the Palais de Tokyo, Vija Celmins (Latvia), who has pieces in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Shayne Dark (Saskatchewan), Shuvinai Ashoona(Nunavut), Christiane Baumgartner (Germany), Jim Holyoak (British-Columbia) and Caroline Gagné (Quebec). Ontarioartist Meryl McMaster is also on the program in Quebec City and will subsequently show her work at Ikon Gallery. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Four Canadian artists, including three from Quebec, will display work in two other galleries in Birmingham, Stryx and the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC). Jonathan Watkins discovered these unique artists while he was preparing the biennial, and the wish to introduce them to English audiences was born.“We are very proud to see the work of artists from here earning international recognition, thanks to the network that Manif d’art creates with its guest curators. The heart of our mission is to promote artists from Quebec andCanada so that their work can be disseminated abroad. I’m very happy with this partnership, which provides a wonderful showcase for our artists,” said Claude Bélanger, General and Artistic Director of Manif d’art.Manif d’art 9 – The Quebec City Biennial is the must-see contemporary art event in Quebec. From February 16 to April 21, 2019, this unique winter biennial will showcase the talents of artists from here and abroad in several different venues in Quebec City, organized around the theme Small Against the Stars, Large Against the Sky*. On the program: the main exhibit at the MNBAQ featuring about twenty artists, solo exhibits of approximately ten artists in various galleries, and the public art segment that includes approximately ten artwork pieces.The official unveiling of the program for the 9th edition will take place on December 4, 2018, at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec  Jonathan WatkinsJonathan Watkins has been Director of Ikon Gallery since 1999. He has previously worked for a number of years in London, as Curator of the Serpentine Gallery (1995-1997) and Director of Chisenhale Gallery (1990-1995).He has curated a number of large international exhibitions including the Biennale of Sydney (1998), Facts of Life: Contemporary Japanese Art (Hayward Gallery, London 2001), Quotidiana (Castello di Rivoli, Turin 1999), Tate Triennial (2003), Shanghai Biennale (2006), Sharjah Biennial (2007), Negotiations (Today Art Museum, Beijing 2010) and the Guangzhou Triennial (2012). He was on the curatorial team for Europarte (Venice Biennale, 1997), Milano Europa 2000, (Palazzo di Triennale, Milan 2000), and Riwaq (Palestinian Biennial 2007). He curated the Iraqi Pavilion for the Venice Biennale in 2013 and Floating World, Bahrain in 2017. In 2019 Watkins curates Small Between the Stars, Large Against the Sky, at the Quebec Biennial.Jonathan Watkins has written extensively on contemporary art. Essays have focused on the work of Giuseppe Penone, Martin Creed, Semyon Faibisovich, Yang Zhenzhong, Noguchi Rika, Caro Niederer, Beat Streuli and Cornelia Parker. He was the author of the Phaidon monograph on Japanese artist On Kawara.About Manif d’artOne of Canada’s foremost contemporary art biennials, the Manif d’art – The Quebec City Biennial presents the work of some 100 artists from all disciplines. In addition to exhibitions, the event offers an array of activities based on a central theme, distinct for each edition. Since its inception in the fall of 2000, over 30 cultural organizations have helped to make this international festival an absolute must on the arts scene. Its far-reaching program appeals to specialists and novices alike.  Manif d’art 9 – The Quebec City Biennial will be held in the winter of 2019 is done in collaboration with the MNBAQ.About the MNBAQThe Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec is a unique museum complex in Quebec City bringing together art, architecture and nature. The museum owns a vast and definitive collection of Quebec art, including more than 38,000 works covering 400 years of history. It includes one of the largest collections of religious art in Quebec, a major collection of Inuit art, and an esteemed collection of contemporary art comprising more than 9,000 works, including sculptures, prints, ceramics, photographs, drawings, videos, installations, digital art, and media art. In 2016, a fourth pavilion, the Pierre Lassonde, was inaugurated to showcase the Museum’s contemporary art collection from the 1960s to today. The striking glass and steel building marrying history and contemporary design is where contemporary art from Quebec – including Inuit art, decorative art and design – is now displayed.*Story of the Street’ by Leonard Cohen. Copyright © 1993, Leonard Cohen, used by permission of The Wylie Agency (UK) Limitedlast_img read more

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Pot tourists can smoke it where they buy it in San Francisco

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – The smoke was thick and business brisk at the Barbary Coast Dispensary’s marijuana smoking lounge, a darkened room that resembles a steakhouse or upscale sports tavern with its red leather seats, deep booths with high dividers, and hardwood floors.“There’s nothing like this in Jersey,” said grinning Atlantic City resident Rick Thompson, getting high with his cousins in San Francisco.In fact, there’s nothing like the Barbary Coast lounge almost anywhere in the United States, a conundrum confronting many marijuana enthusiasts who find it increasingly easy to buy pot but harder to find legal places to smoke it.Only California permits marijuana smoking at marijuana retailers with specially designed lounges. But it also allows cities to ban those kinds of shops.Unsurprisingly, San Francisco is the trailblazer. It’s the only city in the state to fully embrace Amsterdam-like coffee shops, the iconic tourist stops in the Netherlands where people can buy and smoke marijuana in the same shop.San Francisco’s marijuana “czar” Nicole Elliot said new permits will be issued once city health officials finalize regulations designed to protect workers from secondhand smoke and the neighbourhood from unwelcomed odours. The lounges are required to install expensive heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to prevent the distinct marijuana odour from leaking outside.Other California cities are warming to the idea.The city of West Hollywood has approved plans to issue up to eight licenses; the tiny San Francisco Bay Area town of Alameda said it will allow two; and Oakland and South Lake Tahoe each have one lounge. Sacramento, Los Angeles and other cities are discussing the issue but have not authorized any lounges.Jackie Rocco, the city of West Hollywood’s business development manager, said residents and cannabis businesses complain there is “no safe place, no legal place, to use it.”Rocco said city officials envision smoking lounges set up like traditional bars, but for now the idea is more concept than plan.Meanwhile, lawmakers and officials in other states are dithering over the issue.Massachusetts marijuana regulators considered approval of “cannabis cafes.” But the proposal came under withering criticism from Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration and law enforcement officials, who claimed among other things that opening such businesses would lead to more dangerously stoned drivers.The five-member Cannabis Control Commission ultimately yielded to pressure by agreeing to put off a decision on licensing any cafes until after the initial rollout of retail marijuana operations, expected this summer. Members of the panel, however, continue to support the idea.“Those who wish to consume cannabis are going to do so whether social sites exist or not, and are going to make driving decisions regardless of where they consume,” said Jim Borghesani, spokesman for the Massachusetts chapter of the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project. “Social sites will simply give cannabis users the same options available to alcohol users.”In Colorado, one of the first states to broadly legalize, lawmakers failed in a close vote to make so-called “tasting rooms” legal. However, cities may do it, and Denver has authorized lounges where consumers bring their own marijuana, issuing a single permit so far.Nevada has put off a vote on the issue until next year. Oregon has considered and rejected legislation. In Alaska, regulators rejected onsite use last year but are scheduled to revisit the issue next month.San Francisco has allowed medical marijuana patients to smoke in dispensaries for years, though there was uncertainty over whether the practice was authorized when California voters in 1996 made the state the first in the nation to legalize cannabis use with a doctor’s recommendation.The Barbary Coast, which received its state license in January, first opened as a small medical dispensary in 2013. It expanded and opened its smoking lounge to medical users last year. On Jan. 11, the shop opened to all adults when it received its California recreational use license. The state started issuing those on Jan. 1 and continues to approve dozens of applications a month since voters broadly legalized the use and sale of marijuana.Thompson travelled from Atlantic City to celebrate his 27th birthday with his cousins, who live in Oakland. They decided to celebrate in style, getting as high as they could in San Francisco.The three 20-somethings bought a variety of buds and the quick-acting “wax,” a potent pot concentrate, and settled into a booth with all the accoutrement they needed. After customers purchase at least $40 worth of product, the Barbary Coast will supply bongs, joint rollers, “rigs” for wax smoking and just about any smoking tool desired.They smoked and debated the merits of smoking buds versus wax. The verdict: There’s something innately satisfying about smoking buds, but wax gives a quicker high even if it requires a hotter flame and more elaborate setup to smoke.Barbary is in a once-rundown neighbourhood that is gentrifying. Two other dispensaries with smoke lounges are three blocks away. Three flat-screen televisions tuned to sports hang on the lounge’s brick walls. Outside the enclosed room, customers line up at the dispensary’s glass counters to buy marijuana.General manager Jesse Henry said Barbary’s owners plan to open a bigger store and smoking lounge about a mile away, across the street from a popular concert hall, after city health officials finalize regulations for on-site consumption.“This city is built for tourists,” Henry said. “We put a lot of work into giving them a San Francisco experience.”__Associated Press writers Michael R. Blood in Los Angeles and Bob Salsberg in Boston contributed to this report.__Elias and Blood are members of AP’s marijuana beat team. Follow them at https://twitter.com/paulelias1 and www.twitter.com/MichaelRBloodAP. Find complete AP marijuana coverage here: apnews.com/tag/LegalMarijuana___This story has been corrected to show Jackie Rocco is business development manager for West Hollywood, not Los Angeles.last_img read more

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Heavy Rain Across Morocco Reveals Faulty Infrastructure, Fraudulent Projects

Casablanca — The heavy rains experienced across Morocco this past week have revealed faulty infrastructure in various cities.In its November 28 edition, Moroccan daily Assabah detailed several fraudulent infrastructure projects as revealed by the heavy rains this past week. The projects, which had reportedly required billion-dirham investments, could not stand the test of heavy rain, as seen by the floods in cities like Casablanca, Rabat and Agadir. Recent road repair projects, in particular, were revealed to be especially faulty, as puddles and puddles of rain appeared last week. Assabah details Casablanca’s roads in particular: the poor infrastructures of Boulevard Zerktouni, Rouhani and Abdelmoumen made it hard for citizens to travel. In Tangier, the damage caused by mother nature was particularly bad. Flooding forced drivers to reroute, causing congestion in the city’s main highways. The local population, in response, called out Amendis, the city’s water and electricity operator for poor infrastructure management.And it’s not just the roads. Omar Kaokab, a traveler passing through Casa Port, noticed rain seeping through the train station roof and shared the following video on social media:Casa Port was only opened a year and a half ago.It must be noted that regionally, Morocco’s infrastructure is comparably one of the best. In the World Economic Forum’s “Global Competitiveness 2015” report, Morocco’s railroad infrastructure was ranked 1st in North Africa, 3rd in Africa and 6th in the Arab World. Globally, however, the country was ranked 55th.Though the country has progressed in terms of infrastructure, it still has a long way to go, and perhaps authorities should take a closer look at how infrastructure projects are carried out. read more

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China’s Xi to make 3-nation Europe visit starting Thursday

BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Italy, France and Monaco from Thursday to March 26.The country’s foreign ministry announced the visit in a statement Monday.Italy’s coalition government has sent mixed signals over whether it will sign a proposed agreement to join China’s Belt and Road infrastructure investment drive.China’s trillion-dollar initiative to forge a new Silk Road aims to expand commerce by building ports, railways and other infrastructure across more than 60 countries from the South Pacific through Asia to Europe and Africa.Projects under the initiative have faced complaints that they leave host countries with too much debt, and with too little work going to local companies.Italy’s Undersecretary of State Guglielmo Picchi tweeted earlier this month that Italy should not sign the agreement.The Associated Press read more

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Irish farmers warned about Bluetongue virus after outbreaks in France

first_img Short URL Image: sheep image via Shutterstock 9 Comments Share19 Tweet Email5 Irish farmers warned about Bluetongue virus after outbreaks in France There have been 657 reported outbreaks in France since the start of this year. Jun 24th 2017, 10:51 AM Image: sheep image via Shutterstock Saturday 24 Jun 2017, 10:51 AM http://jrnl.ie/3461839 10,296 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Michelle Hennessy THE DEPARTMENT OF Agriculture has warned Irish farmers about Bluetongue virus after a high number of outbreaks in France in recent years.Bluetongue is a viral disease of animals like cattle, sheep, goats and deer and it primarily transmitted by midges. Signs of the virus in an animal include a swollen face or swollen udders in a cow and nasal discharge, though there may be no signs at all.In 2015 France reported the re-emergence of this virus in sheep and cattle and as of 16 June this year, there have been more than 2,000 reported outbreaks in the country, with 657 of those occurring since January 2017.This week the department issued advice to farmers and urged them to be vigilant and ensure they are fully aware of the presenting clinical signs. They are also advised to report any suspicion of disease to their Regional Veterinary Office (RVO) without delay.The department said particular care should be taken when importing animals from affected countries in the EU.last_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Monday

first_img 9,838 Views Share2 Tweet Email Monday 25 Feb 2019, 7:59 AM Image: Shutterstock/Tatiana Bralnina Image: Shutterstock/Tatiana Bralnina No Comments https://jrnl.ie/4511412 The 9 at 9: Monday Here’s the news as you start your day. By Stephen McDermott EVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #BREXIT Leo Varadkar will meet Theresa May at the first EU-Arab summit in Egypt this morning, amid rumours that the British Prime Minister could delay Brexit beyond March.2. #OSCARS It was an evening of surprises at the 91st Academy Awards last night, with Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody and Roma the big winners in Los Angeles.3. #GANGLAND Children as young as 13 are becoming involved in the Kinahan/Hutch feud, TheJournal.ie has learned.4. #FATAL RTC A teenager killed in a single-vehicle collision in Co Carlow has been named locally as Eamon Kavanagh.5. #INQUEST An inquest into the 1974 IRA pub bombing that killed 21 people in Birmingham will begin today, RTÉ reports.6. #JOB SHARING The Department of Education intends to tackle teacher shortages by hiring for roles that will be shared between secondary schools.7. #BAD LANGUAGE Met Éireann staff have been told not to talk in terms of “despair” and to use positive language when discussing climate change.8. #EXTRA MARKS A Fine Gael Senator is proposing to change the CAO applications system to award points for social and athletic involvement.   9. #WEATHER It’s set to be a warm start to the week, with dry conditions and temperatures hitting 17 degrees in parts of the country today. Short URL Feb 25th 2019, 7:59 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Toddler hospitalized after being struck in Homestead driveway

first_imgHOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a toddler to the hospital after, police said, she was struck by a neighbor pulling into a driveway in Homestead, Saturday afternoon.According to Homestead Police, the driver did not notice the child while returning home, along the 1700 block of Northeast Ninth Drive, and accidentally hit her.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene and transported the child to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in good condition. She sustained minor injuries to the lower extremities.No charges have been filed.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Khammam AISF takes out rally seeking faculty facilities in

first_imgKhammam: The members All India Students Federation (AISF) district committee on Monday took out a huge rally in Khammam from Pavilion Grounds to DEO office demanding the government to solving the students’ issues.After the rally, the members laid siege to District Educational Officer (DEO) office and raised slogans against the government. Speaking on the occasion, Federation’s district secretary I Rama Krishna said students were facing hardships in schools due to lack of basic facilities besides absence of adequate number of teachers. Also Read – Thimmapur villagers pledge to go plastice-free Advertise With Us He demanded the government to provide all necessary facilities in schools besides textbooks and uniform to students. He also requested the government to implement Right to Education Act in toto. After the siege programme, the Federation leaders submitted a memorandum to DEO. A large number of students attended the programme. Federation district president M Laxman, leaders Madhu, Subhan, Hareesh, Arun, Jai, Sravan Kumar, Swathi, Mounika, Meghana, Keerthi and others attended the programme.last_img read more

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CBI court reserves order on Ratul Puris surrender application

first_imgNEW DELHI: Special CBI court on Wednesday reserved the order on surrender application of Businessman Ratul Puri, who is accused in Agusta Westland money laundering case. Special CBI judge Arvind Kumar will pass the order on Puri’s application tomorrow. Puri moved the application, through Advocate Vijay Aggarwal and stated that he wants to surrender before the CBI court in the ED case of Agusta Westland money laundering case. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us Senior Advocate Siddharth Luthra, who is appearing for Ratul Puri argued: “Today, there is an arrest warrant against me. I want to surrender but the ED does not want to arrest me right now. Can I be deprived of my right to move bail plea? I wish to surrender. They do not want to take me into their custody.” Special Public Prosecutor DP Singh said that ED cannot take him in their custody since Puri is already in the remand of ED in the Moser Baer bank fraud case. “We cannot take him into custody. Law doesn’t permit us. He is already in custody in another case. He has no control over his body. How can he come and say take me in custody in AgustaWestland case?” he said.last_img read more

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BNP makes false allegations sensing defeat Quader

first_imgBangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoRuling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday claimed that BNP is making ‘false and baseless’ allegations sensing its imminent defeat in the forthcoming 11th parliamentary elections, reports UNB.”With the election getting closer, BNP is becoming isolated. It’s looking for excuse to quit the election race bringing false and baseless allegations,” he said while conducting electioneering in Companiganj upazila in the afternoon.Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said although BNP is not present in the field for electioneering, they are active in the diplomatic arena and media.He said, the creation of job facilities for youths was given importance in the Awami League election manifesto unveiled on Tuesday. “One member of every family will be given job if we come to power again. We’ll work for the welfare of homeless people.”The ruling party leader sought votes for ‘Boat’ to keep up the ongoing development trend.last_img read more

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Man commits suicide after killing wife

first_imgKolkata: A middle-aged man from Howrah hanged himself after he allegedly killed his wife by slitting her throat.The incident took place on Danesh Seikh Lane in Howrah’s shibpur area on Tuesday morning. Police said Bablu Pathak, a tailor by profession was found hanging from the ceiling fan inside his room, while his wife Papri was found in bed with her throat slit in the adjacent room.The couple used to live in a government residential apartment situated on the third floor of a building. The matter came to light when Pathak’s elder brother, Shibu Pathak came to their house to meet the victim at around 9.30 am on Tuesday. The incident triggered tension among locals. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe informed the police that he knocked on the door for several times but none responded. He brought a local resident to the spot who pushed the front door from outside. As a result, the door opened and Pathak’s elder brother was shocked to see him in hanging dead from the ceiling. They immediately informed the local police. When police entered the apartment, they found the woman lying dead in bed with blood all around.The investigators recovered a chopper and a knife from the room, which were later sent for forensic examination. According to a preliminary investigation, police suspect that Pathak had killed his wife and then committed suicide. A suicide note was also recovered from the room where Pathak mentions that nobody was responsible for their deaths. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe victim’s elder brother also told the police that he talked to him over phone on Monday evening and the victim said that he was unwell. He called him several times since Tuesday morning but the calls remained unanswered and then he decided to visit his younger brother’s house. The air-conditioning machine was on when the police entered the apartment.Police also came to know that there was a quarrel between the couple for sometime due to some financial reasons. Police are investigating all possible angles into the incident. Both the bodies have been sent for the post-mortem. A detailed probe has been initiated in this regard.last_img read more

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VIDEO Miguel Cabrera steals bearded fans heart in funny foul ball moment

first_imgMiguel Cabrera is secure enough in his masculinity to appreciate another man’s beard.Cabrera followed a foul ball into the seats during last night’s game, and while one bearded fan was tracking the ball, Cabrera grabbed him by the face with his glove and gently stroked his facial hair. Beard guy was surprised to find Cabrera copping a feel and briefly stared longingly into the Triple Crown winner’s eyes.Cabrera had him at hello. This is funny.last_img

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