Owen Farrell ready for England’s ‘brilliant tour’ to South Africa

first_imgThe Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Share on Twitter Saracens Share on WhatsApp Topics Rugby union Farrell has captained England before but this will be the first time he has led a camp. The appointment seems a natural one. It is not hard to imagine it becoming permanent. Nevertheless, he inherits an unfamiliar run of three consecutive defeats, while Eddie Jones muses, as he did last week, on the lack of unity he sensed developing in England’s disappointing Six Nations campaign.It falls to Farrell to lend new direction, should that be required. Jones rang to tell him of the “massive honour” but they appear not to have discussed the coach’s other concerns.“Lack of unity?” said Farrell, when asked to consider Jones’s assessment of England’s Six Nations, and he paused for a few seconds to gather his thoughts. “I’ll have to see what is being talked about. I can’t really say. I could sit here talking about England but I haven’t thought about it too much yet. I don’t want to start just blabbing. I’ve been concentrating, especially this week, on what’s in front of us.”If England are searching for a way out of the sudden slump they find themselves in, after prolonged and unparalleled success, they could do worse than study the example set by Saracens this season. Their run of seven consecutive defeats in all competitions, either side of Christmas, did not appear to trouble them. They finished the regular season having scored more points than any club since 1999, when the Premiership was a 14-team affair, and with the best points differential ever.“I thought it was a brilliant period for us. We would be a lot worse off if we hadn’t had it,” said Farrell of the seven consecutive defeats. “ It was a bit unfamiliar but we did a lot of figuring out. We have definitely come out the other side the better for it.” Share on Pinterest England will hope to apply a similar aptitude for problem solving on the tour to South Africa this summer. Farrell may not be thinking about this one just yet, but the puzzles requiring his attention are set to continue well after the end of May.Meanwhile, three men have been fined after they hurled foul-mouthed abuse at Jones the day after Scotland’s Calcutta Cup win in February.Footage released online showed the group approaching the 58-year-old for a photograph as he left Manchester Oxford Road railway station to catch a waiting car.Richie Cleeton, 22, Connor Inglis, 25, and Brett Grant, 23, from Edinburgh, all pleaded guilty to a public order offence of using threatening abusive words and behaviour, or disorderly behaviour, likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.Sentencing the trio at Manchester magistrates’ court, chair of the bench Joe Bangudu said: “This was a short-lived but disgraceful incident. Your language, although described by your defence as industrial, we think was vile and therefore unacceptable directed to anybody. The location where you chose to display your drunken behaviour was in a public vicinity, with not just Mr Jones in that proximity.“No one should ever have to put up with such language and behaviour. We have not seen any sort of remorse by you. That is a concern.”Cleeton, of Carrick Knowe Avenue, was fined £120, Inglis, of Cornhill Terrace, received a fine of £105 and Grant, of Drum Crescent, was given a financial penalty of £140. All three were also ordered to pay court costs of £115 each.Mr Bangudu said Grant had prolonged the behaviour and language by opening the car door once Mr Jones was inside. England rugby union team Eddie Jones Owen Farrell Share on LinkedIncenter_img Reuse this content Share via Email news Eddie Jones puts heat on England in search for World Cup game changers Share on Facebook Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Read more Share on Messenger Owen Farrell is relishing the prospect of England’s summer trip to South Africa. The tour captain took time out of Saracens’ preparations for Saturday’s Premiership play-off against Wasps to speak for the first time since his appointment.“South Africa is a brilliant tour, a brilliant challenge,” he said of the land that hosted his first England trip, in 2012. “This tour is one we’re going to enjoy. They are a good team that is under new coaching, so we probably don’t know what we’re going to get. The key is to be ready for anything.”last_img read more

Bittersweet: Pique on Barcelona’s season after they lose Copa del Rey final to Valencia

first_imgBittersweet: Pique on Barcelona’s season after they lose Copa del Rey final to ValenciaBarcelona’s four-year Copa del Rey title-winning streak came to an end on Saturday after they lost the final 2-1 to Valencia. advertisement Reuters BarcelonaMay 26, 2019UPDATED: May 26, 2019 09:21 IST Copa del Rey final: Messi’s 2nd half goal went in vain as Valencia beat Barcelona 2-1 on Saturday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLionel Messi scored but it was not enough for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey finalKevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno scored for Valencia in the final Valencia are worthy champions and it’s also been a good year for us: PiqueValencia beat Barcelona 2-1 to win the Copa del Rey on Saturday, ending the Spanish champions’ four-year winning streak in the competition and denying them a domestic double.Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno struck first-half goals to give Marcelino’s dominant Valencia control of the final in Seville’s sweltering Benito Villamarin stadium.Record 30-times Cup winners Barcelona struggled without injured forwards Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele but Lionel Messi pulled the Catalans back into the game with a close-range finish.Goncalo Guedes missed a gilt-edged chance in stoppage-time for Valencia but they held on to win their first major trophy since last lifting the Cup in 2008.”I’m so happy because for me, my family, it’s incredible,” said Valencia captain Dani Parejo. “A club like Valencia deserves a lot more joy like this. I don’t have the words, it’s incredible.”We’ve made history in a really significant year, our centenary year.”Valencia finished fourth in La Liga after a strong second half of the season, reaching the Europa League semi-finals and ending an impressive campaign with this victory.Valencia worthy champions: Gerard PiqueBy contrast, Barcelona’s campaign collapsed in the last fortnight as they threw away a three-goal Champions League semi-final lead to be eliminated by Liverpool before letting the Cup slip out of their hands.Barcelona were bidding to lift themselves from their humiliation on Merseyside by securing the ninth domestic double in their history, but despite Messi’s efforts they were over-run by a determined and well-drilled Valencia side.Gerard Pique was forced to clear Rodrigo’s effort off the line before Gameiro blasted Marcelino’s side ahead in the 22nd minute after good work from Jose Luis Gaya.advertisementThe Catalans failed to create openings and Rodrigo nodded home the second after Carlos Soler whipped a ball across the face of goal.Messi struck the post with a delightful outside-of-the-boot effort before slotting home the rebound when Jaume Domenech saved Clement Lenglet’s header for his 51st goal of the season, but it was not enough.”Valencia are worthy champions and it’s also been a good year for us,” said Pique.”It’s always a good year when you win La Liga but the expectation was to have an even better year and that’s not been the case. The season ends with a bittersweet feeling, because it could have been better.”We aren’t worrying about the manager’s future, we must analyse ourselves and try to improve. The other decisions aren’t in our hands, but we’ve said more than once that we would like him to stay on.”Also Read | Lionel Messi finishes Europe’s top scorer for 3rd straight yearAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 ValenciaFollow BarcelonaFollow Copa del ReyFollow Lionel MessiFollow Gerard Pique Nextlast_img read more

Warby Parker Debuts First Clip-On Glasses

first_img How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Shinola’s New Detrola Watch Collection Is As Modern As It Is Colorful Desert Wing’s Sharp Angles Bring Drama to the Desert Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App We’ve been obsessed with Warby Parker since they made their debut a few years back. The glasses they make are stylish, affordable, and they give back to the community — what’s not to like? Now the eyewear label has come out with something new. This week Warby Parker launched the Windsor collection, featuring their first clip-on glasses. To be honest, we’ve always pictured clip-on glasses to be accessories for nerds. We can’t remember the last time we saw somebody using clip-on glasses, but Warby Parker has changed our mind. “We’ve been wanting to expand our collections to include clip-ons for a while now, but wanted to make sure they were introduced in the right way,” says David Gilboa, Warby Parker’s co-founder and co-CEO. “Our new Windsor clip-ons offer a classic silhouette, but the premium leather-wrapped stainless steel injects modern design intelligence. They are both functional and attractive.”Each pair of the clip-on glasses is wrapped in premium leather and features polarized lenses. Plus, they look really cool. “It’s about being able to modify your favorite frame in a matter of seconds,” says Gilboa. “Clip-ons are the easiest way to look stylish and go back and forth between sun and optical styles.”Now, thanks to the Warby Parker clip-on sunglasses, we don’t have to switch back and forth between two pairs of glasses — optical lenses and sunglasses. We can just carry around one pair.  Warby Parker, you’ve done it again and we can’t wait to see what you guys come up with next.For more information, visit warbyparker.com. The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags last_img read more

Wartsila to Equip Kraken FPSO with Topside Power Module (UK)

first_img Print  Close zoom Wärtsilä will supply a 62 MW topside power module solution for a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel to be deployed at the Kraken oilfield located in the U.K. sector of the North Sea. This EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) award has been given in December 2013 by Armada Kraken Pte.Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Malaysia based international offshore oilfield services provider, Bumi Armada. The project will comprise the EPC delivery of two identical power generation modules, each housing two 16-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF multi-fuel engines with generators, waste heat recovery units and all related fuel, oil and air and other utility systems. The modules are designed by Wärtsilä Ship Design. The engines are capable of being operated on a variety of fuel types, including treated well gas, heavy crude oil, and marine diesel oil (MDO). The ability to utilise produced gas and crude means that little or no MDO will need to be shipped to the FPSO. This will notably reduce operating costs. Furthermore, the efficient gas-fired power solution will have significantly lower levels of CO2 emissions compared to conventional technologies.Bumi Armada will be using a recently built Suezmax tanker for the FPSO conversion, which will have a storage capacity of 600,000 barrels. The Wärtsilä equipment will be delivered in mid 2015, and the FPSO is scheduled to start the production at the Kraken field in 2016.“Wärtsilä is the marine and oil & gas industries’ leading solutions and services provider of power solutions. Our vast experience with multi-fuel technology and our ability to integrate complex projects provide the level of reliability that global operators expect. This engagement with Bumi Armada endorses the fact that our integrated power module solutions offer the critical fuel flexibility and the high levels of efficiency and availability that successful offshore operations demand,” says Magnus Miemois, Vice President Solutions, Wärtsilä Ship Power.The Kraken oilfield development is one of the largest new oilfields in the U.K. sector of the North Sea, and among the largest investments announced for this sector in 2013. Approximately 140 million barrels of heavy oil are expected to be extracted from the Kraken field over the coming 25 years. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Wartsila, January 28, 2014last_img read more

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first_imgRoyal Caribbean Orders 5th Quantum-Class ShipRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd has ordered a fifth Quantumclass ship from Meyer Werft in Germany to be delivered in the fall of 2020 … Read More Update: El Faro Confirmed to Be FoundThe wreckage found at the bottom of the ocean on the 31st of October has been confirmed to be the illfated El Faro cargo ship that sank on October 1st having succumbed t… Read More World Maritime News Staff Maersk Line Shelves Optional NewbuildsDanish container shipping giant Maersk Line does not plan to exercise the previously announced options for six 19630 TEU vessels and two 3600 TEU feeders and will postpon… Read More CEO of Fredriksen Group Arrested in NorwayChief Executive Officer of the Fredriksen Group Jo Lunder was arrested by Norwegian police in Oslo on Wednesday Reuters reports… Read More Gallery: Cracked Bulker Stuck in Mexico to Be ScuttledCracked Mexican bulk carrier Los Llanitos which is stuck on the rocks near Barra de Navidad a small town located on the western coastline of the Mexican state of Jalisco … Read More last_img read more

Porters Lake Provincial Park Opening to Honour Veterans

first_imgNova Scotia’s veterans will be honoured at the official reopening of Porters Lake Provincial Park on Friday, July 29. The ceremony will feature a commemorative tree planting and will include the presentation of “parks packages” to representatives of the Royal Canadian Legion by Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Natural Resources. The packages contain passes for free camping at Nova Scotia provincial parks and parks memorabilia. Each of the 15 legion zones will receive a package to help generate funds for their respective activities. “This ceremony will honour our veterans, but it is really they who have honoured us with their patriotism and courage,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “We are pleased to recognize their contributions to the people of this province by dedicating these reopening ceremonies to them.” Cecil Clarke, Minister responsible for the Year of the Veteran, said it is essential that none of us forget the sacrifices veterans made. “This is the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. We need to remember Canada’s veterans, who helped to re-establish peace throughout Europe, and our peacekeepers’ profound contributions in places like Cyprus, the Congo, Egypt, and the former Yugoslavia.” There are about 400,000 veterans of the Second World War and the Korean War and 500,000 Canadian Forces’ veterans in Canada, with as many as 100,000 living in Nova Scotia. The province has 35,000 members of 119 legions within 15 zones. The devastation caused by Hurricane Juan provided the Department of Natural Resources with the opportunity to redevelop the popular campground at Porters Lake Provincial Park. The upgraded park now has larger, more modern, campsites, new road and water systems, and 10 campsites offering water and electrical hook-ups. More than $1 million in improvements, jointly funded by the province of Nova Scotia and the federal disaster relief program, have been completed by local contractors. Everyone is welcome to attend the official reopening ceremony, which begins, rain or shine, at 10 a.m.last_img read more

RCMP uncover store of cocaine and 40000 fentanyl pills in Metro Vancouver

first_imgVANCOUVER – Mounties have announced charges against two Metro Vancouver residents in connection with police uncovering a large shipment of cocaine and 40,000 fentanyl pills.Police say they were alerted to a shipment coming to Vancouver in February 2016 and found three suitcases full of cocaine in a refrigerated container that arrived from Brazil.RCMP say in a news release that officers intercepted two people shortly after discovering the drugs and gathered enough evidence to search an apartment in Richmond, B.C.Police say they found a one kilogram brick of methamphetamine and bags of pills containing fentanyl, the opioid that has been largely responsible for the overdose death crisis sweeping the country.Forty-eight-year-old Yan Chau Lam, also known as Andrew Lam, of Richmond, has been charged with conspiracy to import, trafficking and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, while Gertrude Cheong of Vancouver faces trafficking and conspiracy charges.Both accused have been released on bail and are scheduled to be back in court on Oct. 31.last_img read more

Easterseals Southern California Receives ThreeYear Grant From Bob Hope Legacy

first_imgThe Bob Hope Legacy has extended its commitment to EasterSeals Southern California with a three-year, $750,000 grant to further support the development and expansion of the Bob Hope Veterans Support Program.“Since its founding in 2014, the Bob Hope Veterans Support Program has grown quickly to become an effective and celebrated provider of employment transition services for local veterans,” said Miranda Hope, Legacy member and Vice President of the Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation. “This program is a great tribute to the legacy of my grandfather, Bob Hope, who cared deeply about veterans and their families for six decades.”Launched with a three-year $1.1 million dollar grant from The Bob Hope Legacy to begin serving veterans in San Diego County, the program has since expanded to serve veterans in Orange County as well. The additional funds will allow the program to increase coverage in those counties and extend services throughout Southern California.“To date more than 700 veterans have gone through the program. We are thrilled to support an organization that empowers veterans with access to the tools, support and resources they need to gain meaningful employment and thrive,” Hope added. “I know my grandfather would be proud to have his name and foundation’s funds tied to such an effective and meaningful program.”The program will receive $250,000 per year for the next three years from the Legacy, facilitating the hiring of more Employment Specialists, providing veterans with unique one-on-one coaching and employment support and referrals to other resources such as ongoing education, VA benefits, physical and mental health support, housing and financial assistance to smooth the transition to civilian life.“The Legacy’s continued commitment to the Southern California veteran community has had a direct and positive impact on the lives, well-being and employment success of hundreds of veterans and their families,” said John Funk, director of the Bob Hope Veterans Support Program at Easterseals Southern California. “It is our incredible honor and privilege to serve this community and honor the Bob Hope Legacy.”Updates on the program’s expansion and stories of success will be posted on easterseals.com/ESSCBobHopeVeterans. Veterans or potential employers interested in learning more about the Easterseals Bob Hope Veterans Support Program can also call (760) 737-3990.last_img read more

Drug peddlers handinglove with police says Meghalaya High Court

first_imgShillong: A report by the Meghalaya High Court has suggested that illicit drugs were openly being sold in Shillong, as the peddlers connive with the state police to keep the business thriving.It also stated that students of prominent schools and colleges in the city were involved in the trade, some as traffickers and others consumers. The court had taken up the case based on a PIL filed by chairperson of Meghalaya State Commission for Protection of Child Right Meena Kharkongor. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghSome of the schoolchildren, as young as 11 or 12, get involved in the trade despite knowing the antecedents, said the report, which has not been made public, but a copy of which was available with PTI. “Police are not taking any action at all and they are in connivance hand-in-hand with the peddlers,” it asserted. The narcotics are openly procured from Kalain area in Assam’s Silchar district, and sold in around 30 places in the city, including high-security areas near the gates of the Assam Rifles, and police beat house besides the city’s police bazaar area, the court said in the report. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”The places where drugs are easily available usually go unchecked, with the peddlers moving at liberty,” it said. The high court has also sought improved coordination among the opioid substitution centres, narcotic cell of police, customs and the intelligence agencies to curb the growing menace. It directed the state government to set up separate jails for drug users to prevent them from mingling and influencing other inmates into becoming addicts. According to sources in the government, Additional Senior Government Advocate S Sengupta has forwarded the report of the high court to the administration. They also said the court has directed the state government to submit documents, detailing the ways adopted to stop the sale of illicit drugs in the state.last_img read more

Will eastern oil pipelines lead to lower prices at the pump for

“I don’t see how it’s going to benefit consumers. I just don’t see it.”CALGARY — The Conservatives in Ottawa are staunch supporters, the New Democrats have called it a “win-win-win” and the premiers of Alberta and New Brunswick have loudly touted the benefits of an oil pipeline from west to east.But the degree to which Eastern consumers will benefit at the pump is unclear, as it’s up to the pipeline’s customers — oil producers at one end and refineries at the other — to determine which barrels go where.“One thing that I’ve learned over the years is the market will do what the market will do and it’s difficult to predict beforehand,” said Geoff Hill, oil and gas sector leader at Deloitte Canada.The crude could flow to Eastern refineries clamouring for cheaper domestic supplies. Or, offshore buyers may drink it up. Most likely, it will be a combination of both.“If you’re a supplier of oil, you’re going to be sending it to whoever gives you the highest price for it,” said Hill.“You’re probably going to see a healthy amount of export as well as domestic supply, depending on the market for oil at any given time.”Calgary-based pipeline giant TransCanada Corp. is in the process of determining what, precisely, the market wants out of its Energy East pipeline through a process known as an open season, which will wrap up in June.Energy East involves configuring part of TransCanada’s underused natural gas mainline between Alberta and Quebec to handle oil, as well as laying down a chunk of new pipe to the East Coast.The line, which could carry up to 850,000 barrels of oil per day, would deliver crude to refineries in Montreal, Quebec City and Saint John, N.B.TransCanada rival Enbridge Inc.has a plan of its own to reverse the flow of an existing pipeline between southern Ontario and Montreal — Line 9 — in order to send Western crude east. So far, it has not announced plans to extend it to the East Coast.Eastern refineries have been struggling, as they rely on expensive crude imported from overseas. Most are configured to handle light, sweet oil, not the heavy stuff produced in the oilsands.That imported oil follows prices of Brent, a benchmark for light crude produced in the North Sea. Brent trades at a big premium to West Texas Intermediate, the inland North American light benchmark, even though the two are of similar quality.Last year, Eastern refineries imported some 720,000 barrels of oil per day from overseas suppliers — many of which are far from being political allies — to meet virtually all of their needs, said Alex Pourbaix, president of energy and oil pipelines at TransCanada.“There’s a very significant prize,” he said of the Energy East proposal.Alberta oil prices, which themselves trade at a discount to WTI, should improve with the new Eastern market access, he said. At the same time, the ailing refineries should see better profit margins.And consumers are likely to benefit to some degree as well, Pourbaix added.“Just removing reliance on a higher priced, much more risky feedstock I think will have an impact on the perception of scarcity, which should have an impact on gasoline prices,” he said.“In any sort of market, if you add an incremental volume of supply to a fixed level of demand, you should see some price benefits.”Pourbaix expects that, at least in the beginning, Energy East will carry light oil. Large amounts are being produced in the Bakken formation, underlying parts of Saskatchewan and North Dakota, as well as central Alberta. Some oilsands producers also upgrade their crude into a refinery-ready product called synthetic crude oil.“What we’ve seen so far is that there’s been a lot of interest to use this pipeline to move light to the Eastern Canadian and Eastern U.S. markets.”But if heavy oil producers want to ship product east, too, the pipeline will be capable of moving both types of crude to various locations in batches, Pourbaix said.Though the Eastern market is thirstiest for light oil, Irving Oil’s massive refinery in Saint John can handle some heavy grades.But it’s not necessarily Eastern Canadian refineries that producers are eager to access.Accessing the port at Saint John, N.B., would enable them to ship their oil, perhaps unprocessed bitumen from the oilsands, to lucrative overseas markets by tanker.Oil company Cenovus CEO Brian Ferguson was frank about his company’s preference in a February interview, saying it was the export option that was most enticing about TransCanada’s proposal.And Alberta has blamed its budget squeeze on insufficient capacity get oilsands crude to tidewater.“I would say the real target here is to get it to the deep sea port at Saint John and export it either down to the U.S. Gulf or to India or wherever — whoever wants it,” said Roger McKnight at En-Pro International, which helps clients manage their fuel and energy costs.“I don’t see how it’s going to benefit consumers. I just don’t see it.”Even if refiners do replace pricey barrels imported from overseas with cheaper Canadian crude, it doesn’t necessarily follow that their lower costs will be passed on to consumers, said McKnight.“There’s some confusion here, because the prices at the pump do not follow the input costs of crude, they follow the whims of the Wall Street speculators,” he said.“So we could have situations where crude could actually go down, but the prices of gasoline could go up because the speculators see some geopolitical threat on the horizon and they’re guessing that the price of gasoline is going to go up.”14:16ET 19-04-13 read more

Canadian home building to plunge 30 by 2015 costing the economy 150000

OTTAWA — Canada’s housing market is slowing dramatically in terms of both sales and construction, dragging down economic growth and putting some 150,000 jobs at risk in coming years, a mortgage industry association warns in its spring report.[np_storybar title=”Housing slowdown? Canadians don’t seem to think so” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/05/22/almost-half-of-canadians-are-keen-to-buy-property-despite-cooling-market/?__lsa=4ee4-54d8″%5DA new report suggests nearly half of Canadian homeowners intend to buy a property in the next five years, despite a cooling off in the housing market. Read more [/np_storybar]The Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals stops short of calling the ongoing slide that began about nine months ago a crash, but chief executive Jim Murphy says policy-makers should stop trying to tighten lending rules further and start thinking about helping for first-time purchasers.“They’ve gone enough in terms of regulatory changes and we’re seeing a real slowdown in the overall housing market. The federal government wanted that to happen, but the question is how much … and what is that impact on the overall economy,” Murphy said Wednesday.“Some people thought the market would come back(this spring). Well it hasn’t come back. It is a definite trend.”Murphy notes that his organization never agreed with the perception that Canada had a housing bubble problem, but any concerns on that front have been dispelled following last summer’s action by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and the bank regulator to tighten mortgage rules and loan underwriting practices.Since then, home resale activity has fallen 8.3% and housing starts by 15%. They are likely to fall further, the report says.CAAMP predicts that by mid-2015, national home construction will fall to about 150,000 units annually, or about 25-30% less than the 205,000 average for 2011-2012. That will result in about 150,000 fewer construction and indirect jobs, such as in the real estate sector and support industries.In the Toronto area, the tumble will be even more dramatic, with starts dropping 50% to about 22,000, leading to a loss of about 35,000 jobs.Vancouver — the other municipality known for its hot housing market — starts are expected to fall by a third to about 13,000, resulting in a loss of about 7,500 jobs.Quebec urban areas are projected to lose about 15,000 starts and 20,000 jobs.Among the major markets, Calgary and Edmonton are expected to buck the trend. The report says the two Alberta cities will see home construction activity increase, generating 2,500 additional jobs each.“Until now, housing has played a major role in the recovery from the 2008/09 recession,” CAAMP chief economist Will Dunning notes. “That economic driver is disappearing as we see housing related jobs dry up and consumer confidence erode at a time when the national recovery is struggling to pick up steam.”Last week, the Office of Superintendent for Financial Institutions gave notice it is looking into whether it needs to lower the amortization period to 25 years for homeowners with over 20% equity, so-called conventional mortgages that do not require government-backed insurance.“You question why all these things need to be done in an environment where the market is slowing dramatically,” said Murphy.Instead, Murphy said he has asked Ottawa to consider indexing the RRSP homebuyers plans, or giving more flexibility to qualifying first-time buyers in terms of amortization periods to lower monthly payments.There is also some good news in the report, including that most Canadian homeowners are having little difficulty meeting mortgage payments and are in fact paying off their debts faster than required.Almost seven in 10 homeowners responding to an online survey said they have fixed mortgages and are paying a lower interest rate (3.52%) than last year (3.64%). Some 18% of respondents said they had increased their payments in the past year and 16% said they had made lump sum payments.As well, most mortgage holders said they expect to repay their loan 3.4 years earlier than the 25 year amortization period.The Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals based its estimates and projections on a number of sources, including raw data and an online survey of about 2,000 homeowners and renters that was conducted in April by Maritz. read more

Football Terry McLaurin drafted by Washington Redskins in 2019 NFL Draft

Ohio State redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) catches a pass in the first half of the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 1. Ohio State beat Northwestern 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe second Ohio State wide receiver came off the board at the 2019 NFL Draft as Terry McLaurin was taken with the No. 76 overall pick to the Washington Redskins in the thirdround Friday.McLaurin pulled in a Big Ten second-most 11 touchdowns in 2018, along with 701 yards on just 35 receptions for team-high 20 yards-per-catch average.His 11 touchdowns this past season bring McLaurin to a career total of 19, which both rank No. 6 in program history for season and career receiving scores.McLaurin would go onto play in four victories over Michigan, three bowl game wins and assist in back-to-back Big Ten Championships in the past two seasons.The five-year receiver was a primary contributor to a Ohio State receiving core that assisted former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins in setting new records for Big Ten passing yardage and touchdowns in a single-season, along with school records for yards and touchdowns through the air in a single game.From 2015 to 2018, McLaurin did not miss any of Ohio State’s 54 games, which displays a durability that should help him at the next level, along with the 4.35-second 40-yard dash time he posted at the NFL Combine. read more

The Sun criticised for irresponsible front page of boy with devil mark

first_img Source: Sarah Wollaston MP/Twitter THIS FRONT PAGE from The Sun in the UK has come under fire today, with many commentators accusing the newspaper of going on a witch hunt. Source: Lee ‘Budgie’ Barnett/Twitter There has been an angry backlash on Twitter for what has been described as “irresponsible reporting” with many pointing out that it should not have printed the boy’s face on the cover of the national publication. (Note: The blurring in the photo above was done by TheJournal.ie)A number of MPs have also got involved in the fight. Conservative MP Sarah Wollasto is also a GP. She tweeted: V good point. The Sun’s front page is even more irresponsible when you think of Victoria Climbié. http://t.co/NEkinemvxy (via @ns_media )— Beloved Internet Personality (@Glinner) July 29, 2014 Very nicely done. RT @JamieDMJ: Getting a medieval vibe from today’s front page of The Sun. http://t.co/QA7LpJSgm0— Lee ‘Budgie’ Barnett (@budgie) July 29, 2014center_img .@TheSunNewspaper should pull their damaging front page story with photo of a child. He does not carry ‘mark of devil’ he is a real child!— Sarah Wollaston MP (@sarahwollaston) July 28, 2014 Source: Graham Linehan/Twitter She also told the Huffington Post that she would be reporting the item to the Press Complaints Commission.It is a completely outrageous headline, and to link that with an identifiable picture of a child is wholly inappropriate on every level.“This is absolutely not lighthearted. What possible justification can there be for including this child’s face, or for saying this child is marked by the devil? It is the most irresponsible piece of journalism I have seen for a long time.”Meanwhile, writer Graham Linehan also exclaimed that “Leveson did not happen”. He also referenced the Victoria Climbié abuse case, as referenced by the New Statesman. Victoria Climbié was an eight-year-old girl, living in London, who was tortured and murdered by her guardians who cited fear of Satan in court as a reason for beating the young girl.In the piece, the boy’s mother says she and her fiancée are mystified as to how the mark appeared on her four-year-old son. A close-up of the skin appears to show two circles and two lines creating a burn-like mark. The boy’s injury has since healed.Many people on Twitter believe it to be a burn from a hairdryer but the pair said looking at the mark made them think “something unnatural had visited my boy”. “Something or someone made the sign on him but we just can’t explain how.”She also likened it to something that would happen in a Sci-Fi movie and admitted that she had contacted a US website which claims to specialise in alien abductions.A statement from The Sun following the controversy said the story had already been publicised by the boy’s parents through Facebook.“We sought to treat it in a lighthearted fashion, highlighting the apparently fanciful link to the occult.“We are conscious of the code and guidance around paying parents. We did not encourage the parents to embellish or expand the story; it came to us, and had already been the subject of discussion (raised by the parents) on social media.“It’s also worth noting that no concerns were expressed about the child’s welfare. An unusual mark appears, the mother gets it checked out by a doctor who confirms there is no medical reason why it should be there, and discharges her. Social workers are not involved.”The report does not make the front page of the Irish Sun but the story does appear on page 19. RTÉ apologises for ‘confusion caused’ by Gaza woman footage‘From time to time, we screw up’: Sky News reporter on picking up MH17 luggagelast_img read more

Hyperloop explained in 10 images

first_imgYesterday evening, around a year after first teasing it, Elon Musk revealed the Hyperloop to the world. It’s a futuristic mass transit system that would essentially run alongside regular trains, and would only replace planes for trips of short distance. It’s all a bit complicated, so if you can’t be bothered to read through a 57-page PDF, these 10 images should roughly explain the Hyperloop concept in a just a few seconds.The proposed tube from San Francisco to Los Angeles would cost either $6 billion if it was for people only, or $10 billion if it could also fit road vehicles. The tube would only reach a maximum of 1,000 miles, or else it would become too expensive. Musk explained that, with the vehicle version of the tube, passengers could simply drive their car right into the pod, similar to how you can drive your car onto some ferries.In very simple terms, the Hyperloop works similarly to how an air hockey table does, except the air hockey table would include linear electric motors. Aluminum passenger pods would reside within the tubes, and the tubes would stand above the ground resting on support columns in order to avoid interfering with any kind of human infrastructure. Each tube would be around 50 to 100 feet apart from one another, and loop back together at end points. The loopway is necessary in order to keep air flowing through the tunnel, which helps push the pods along.The pods contain air bearings, resembling something like skis, that also shoot bursts of air to push it along. So, it’s like an air hockey table where the puck also shoots its own blasts of air. Linear electric motors would be used in order to help increase or reduce speed, while solar panels help generate energy to run the transit system.Both air bearings and linear electric motors have been proven to work just fine, so now it’s just a matter of proving they can work in this capacity. Also, it’s a matter of convincing someone to build it, and getting a state to allow it. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Hyperloop concept carsHyperloop concept carsConcept of Hyperloop aluminum passenger pods.Hyperloop energy chartEnergy per passenger comparison chart.Hyperloop concept podHyperloop passenger pod concept. The pods need at least five miles of space from one another in order to safely come to a full stop. They can reach a maximum of 800mph.Interior of Hyperloop podHyperloop concept pod interior.Hyperloop passenger pod interiorHyperloop passenger pod interior. A version was also proposed that could fit cars.Hyperloop tube streamlinesStreamlines from Hyperloop speeding along the tube system.Hyperloop skisAir bearing skis that move and support the pod through blasts of air.Hyperloop tubeHyperloop tube runs from Los Angeles to San Francisco, with a maximum distance of 1,000 miles. It would connect major cities that aren’t across the country from one another.Hyperloop tube and solar panelsHyeprloop tube and interior, with solar panels gathering energy.Suggested Hyperloop routeSuggested Hyperloop route from San Francisco to Los Angeles. We can only hope it’ll be called the Hyperroute. In theory, it would be possible to include other branches as shown in the diagram, but local stops would be out of the question.Air hockey tablesBonus: Basically, the Hyperloop works largely the same way these do, but with motors.Concept of Hyperloop aluminum passenger pods.last_img read more

E coli six enfants hospitalisés à Lille après avoir mangé des steaks

first_imgE. coli : six enfants hospitalisés à Lille après avoir mangé des steaks hachésCe jeudi matin, six enfants du Nord-pas-de-Calais étaient hospitalisés au CHU de Lille pour une infection alimentaire liée à un type rare de bactérie E. coli. Tous avaient consommé des steaks hachés auparavant, achetés dans les magasins Lidl.”Ce matin, il y a six cas d’enfants hospitalisés à Lille pour une infection alimentaire liée à une bactérie E.coli”, a affirmé à l’AFP une porte-parole de l’Agence régionale de santé (ARS). “Ils sont tous dans un état stable. Leur état reste sérieux, mais pas préoccupant. Leur pronostic vital n’est absolument pas engagé”, a-t-elle ajouté, alors qu’une source hospitalière avait indiqué hier soir que l’état de santé des quatre premiers enfants hospitalisés était “jugé préoccupant par les médecins”. Un septième enfant, également hospitalisé, a pu rentrer chez lui mercredi après-midi. Mais ce matin, trois des six enfants étaient sous dialyse, précise l’ARS.À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Les enfants, âgés de 20 mois à huit ans, ont été victimes de diarrhées sanglantes importantes apparemment liées à la consommation de steaks hachés surgelés de la marque “Steaks Country” vendus dans les magasins Lidl.  Ils auraient été intoxiqués par un “type rare” de bactérie E. coli, mais l’ARS précise que “cette infection à Escherichia coli ne présente aucun lien, à ce jour, avec l’épidémie récemment survenue en Allemagne”, qui a fait 37 morts dans ce pays et 38 au total en Europe. Les résultats des examens réalisés au CHU de Lille devraient être communiqués dans la matinée.Les lots de steaks hachés rappelés par le fabricant, SEBLe fabricant des steaks hachés, la société SEB, basée à Saint-Dizier (Haute-Marne), a annoncé le rappel de tous les lots concernés, cette nuit. Sont concernés les steaks hachés surgelés de la marque “Steak Country” porteurs des numéros de lot 10/05/11, 11/05/11 et 12/05/11, des dates limites de consommation 10/05/12, 11/05/12 et 12/05/12, et du numéro d’identification vétérinaire FR 52 448 02 CE. SEB demande aux personnes qui ont acheté ces produits de ne pas les consommer et de les rapporter en magasin. Un numéro vert a été mis à disposition des consommateurs : 0800.802.511. Le 16 juin 2011 à 09:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Paul Pogba booed Man Utd fans react to midfielders introduction

first_imgManchester United star Paul Pogba started on the bench after a series of poor displays but with the Red Devils level with their opponents, Mourinho turned to the World Cup winner.Fans were quick to disapprove though as they booed the introduction of Pogba, Express UK claims.The central midfielder has had an unimpressive season as United sit way down in eighth position in the Premier League and fans couldn’t believe what they were hearing on social media.A fan tweeted: “Did some of our own fans just boo Pogba. I’m finished.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Another added: “Pogba boo’d as he came on from the home fans. The club is falling apart, Well Done Jose.”And a third explained: “Boos when pogba comes on. Jose really is deceiving the fans. Astonishing.”The game ended 2-2 after a back and forth battle at Old Trafford.An error from David De Gea helped Shkodran Mustafi’s header into the net before Anthony Martial replied quickly. The match exploded in the second half with a Marcos Rojo own goal giving the lead back to Arsenal but Jesse Lingard netted seconds later to save what would have been another unfortunate night for United.last_img read more

Prosecutors reviewing case of CTran driver involved in fatality

first_imgChief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Scott Jackson said Tuesday that he is reviewing police reports in the case to determine whether to file any criminal charges against driver Al Purvis. Jackson said he expects to have a decision within a week.The accident occurred Dec. 2 as Purvis, a 17-year veteran driver, was driving C-Tran’s popular No. 4 bus through downtown Vancouver on the way to the Delta Park MAX station.As he made a left turn from westbound Eighth Street onto southbound Washington Street, he struck Margaret McCluskey, 88, in the south crosswalk, according to police. She was dragged under the left rear wheels of the bus and killed instantly.It’s not yet known how Purvis failed to see McCluskey in the crosswalk, though a witness said he was turning into bright sunlight.last_img

Local gun sales permit applications mixed

first_imgIn the wake of last week’s Colorado shooting, the status of gun sales and concealed weapon permits in Clark County appears mixed.Local firearm sales have not spiked after the shooting, according to the owners of two Vancouver pawn shops that sell guns.However, “fear is a powerful motivator,” said Dave Fox, owner of Continental Loan & Jewelry Co. He has had no customer feedback about the shooting. Neither has pawnshop owner Jeff Lanford, of the Lucky Loan Pawn Shop in downtown Vancouver.“We haven’t seen any increase at this point in time,” he said.However, support specialists for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said they’ve seen an increase in the amount of permits processed within the past week. Specialist Emily Cain estimated the office received 30 concealed pistol license applications Tuesday and another 30 on Monday.People may be renewing their permits, Cain said, since the permit is only good for five years.For new applicants, she says the process is pretty easy. If an applicant hasn’t committed one of a number of prohibited crimes, can pass a background check and is 21 or older, they get the permit.“We’re one of the more lenient states,” Cain said.In Oregon, by comparison, applicants must complete a concealed handgun safety class and receive certification before they can get their permits.last_img read more

Bits n Pieces Guitar fest says aloha to spring

first_imgPicture the warm, friendly, comfortable weather in Hawaii. Ahhh. Now tilt your inner ear and listen to the natural musical accompaniment.What you’re hearing in your head is the mellow, slidey, tropical tone of the slack key guitar. That’s a Hawaiian guitar technique that’s all about sweet-sounding open tunings and a delicate finger-style touch. Ahhh.So let’s evict this cold, slimy Pacific Northwest winter with some of that warm Ahhh. On the first day of spring, Vancouver’s own Hawaiian arts and culture organization, the Ke Kekui Foundation, will host the first Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival in the region, as part of its 2014 schedule of offerings.“We at the Ke Kukui Foundation are bringing Hawaiian culture, music, dance and spreading it wherever we can,” said Executive Director Deva Leinani Yamashiro.Ke Kukui hosts an annual Cultural Lu’au every winter as well as a huge summer festival featuring hula classes and competitions, craft workshops, music and more. This “Three Days of Aloha” festival draws thousands from across the nation. Plus, Ke Kukui offers ongoing courses in Hawaiian language, history, cooking, culture, horticulture and music. There are even monthly music jams.And now there’s what’s being called the First Annual “Portland Style” Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival. It will be emceed by Harry B. Soria, the same Hawaiian gentleman who comes to Vancouver every year to emcee those “Three Days of Aloha.” Yamashiro said Soria has long wanted to get Ke Kukui involved in bringing the annual festival, a tradition in Hawaii since 1982 that has recently spread to other U.S. cities, to Portland.last_img read more

Vancouver man suspected of DUI hurt in singlevehicle crash

first_imgA Vancouver man who is suspected of drunken driving was injured in a single-vehicle crash on state Highway 14 in Skamania County on Wednesday evening. Robert A. Haverkate, 59, was driving a 2000 Jeep Cherokee west on the highway about 7:15 p.m., five miles west of North Bonneville, when the Jeep left the roadway and went into a drainage ditch, according to a memo issued by the Washington State Patrol.The vehicle then returned to the roadway, crossed the highway and struck the eastbound guardrail, which caused it to overturn, according to the memo. The vehicle came to rest on the centerline. Haverkate was taken to PeaceHeath Southwest Medical Cente,r where he is listed in satisfactory condition. He was cited for suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants.last_img