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New season of Indian weddings kicks off in Turkey’s Antalya

first_imgAntalya, Turkey’s tourism capital, has picked up where it left off in 2017 as a favorite destination for Indian couples seeking to tie the knot. The southern resort city saw its first Indian wedding of the year this Monday at a luxury hotel in the Belek district.A significant majority of India’s billionaires and wealthiest families are holding their marriage ceremonies abroad each year with Turkey being a very new market for India in terms of wedding tourism.Read it at Daily Sabah Related Itemslast_img read more

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Stunning KO loss ‘big lesson learned’ for Folayang

first_img“I tip my hat off to Martin Nguyen. He did his homework well and came very prepared,” he said. “Because of this, my hunger for improvement remains unsatiated. This is a big lesson learned. I believe challenges inside and outside the cage always bring out the best in us. I assure you that the journey doesn’t end here.”In December of 2014, Folayang was dealt with a devastating defeat when he took a flying knee and soccer kicks to the head from Russian Timofey Nastyukhin.READ: Folayang preparing for Nguyen’s speed The 32-year-old Folayang went on a four-fight streak since then, including a stunning stoppage of Japanese legen Shinya Aoki in 2016 to earn the lightweight belt.“The odds were not in my favor last Friday. Nevertheless, Team Lakay and I will exert our best efforts to wave our Philippine flag more triumphantly in 2018.”ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe last time Eduard Folayang got knocked out, he bounced back and became a world champion.It’s hard not to bet on the Filipino MMA star to redeem himself after suffering a KO at the hands of Martin Nguyen on Friday night in the main event of ONE: Legends of the World.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa It was a brutal loss for Folayang, who laid flat on his back after walking into a crushing right hand by Nguyen in the second round.Folayang, who relinquished his lightweight title, vowed to make his way back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Nguyen knocks out Folayang for ONE lightweight title “I assure my followers and the fans of Team Lakay that I am alright and there is nothing to be anxious about. I am still in good physical condition,” said Folayang, who commended his foe and good friend Nguyen.center_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Magic Johnson on why he won’t ask Lonzo Ball to change his shotlast_img read more

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Perpetual Help-Jonelta rules NBTC 3×3

first_imgLATEST STORIES FEU escapes Adamson for share of 3rd spot The 3×3 tournament featured a total of 16 teams, which were divided into four groups of four with the group winners advancing to the semifinals.The tournament also helps the Philippines’ bid to qualify for the 3×3 event in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by adding to the country’s ranking points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUniversity of Perpetual Help System-Jonelta of Laguna took home the gold after topping Santa Clarita International School-Iloilo, 21-19, in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 NBTC Tournament at SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.The Saints took down Santa Clarita International School-Iloilo in the down the wire finale, 21-19, behind the heroics of Kenneth Eugenio and Duke Madelo.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:55Cops raid Manila office of Bayan, nab 3 activists for guns, explosive02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country director Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Aside from Madelo and Eugenio, the winning Saints include Paulo Paras and Michael Joseph Homo.UPHSJ eliminated Southwestern University-PHINMA of Cebu in the semifinals, 21-18, while Santa Clarita earned their spot over Calayan Educational Foundation-Lucena, 15-11.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Saints opened their campaign in the group stages by beating Camp David-New Zealand, 21-11, before following it up by victories over Hope Christian High School-Manila, 14-12, and University of Baguio, 19-12, for a sweep of Group C.Meanwhile, the SWU-Phinma Cobras salvaged third place over the Calayan Cougars, 21-14. View commentslast_img read more

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Rio Paralympics: Take a bow Devendra Jhajharia, says Virender Sehwag

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi, cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag paid rich tributes to Devendra Jhajharia who clinched second Gold medal for India at the ongoing 2016 Rio Paralympics. Jhajharia broke his own world record to win gold in the men’s javelin throw F46 event, taking India’s tally at this edition of the Paralympics to four medals — two golds, one silver and a bronze.Jhajharia won gold in the javelin event at the 2004 Athens Paralympics with a record throw of 62.15 metres, becoming only the second gold medallist at the Paralympics for his country, and improved upon it with an attempt of 63.97 metres at the Olympic Stadium (Engenhao) here on Tuesday. (Nothing is impossible, says Jhajharia)The 36-year-old is currently ranked third in the world.#Paralympics is pyaara-lympics. Bow down to #DevendraJhajharia fr d Gold&new World Record.He won Gold in2004as well pic.twitter.com/s4DzALa5hG Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 14, 2016#DevendraJhajharia is a true testament of the fact that grit, will power & faith can make you achieve great heights! Congratulations champ! sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 14, 2016While Congress President Sonia Gandhi said “entire nation is proud” of Jhajharia’s success, PM Modi took to Twitter to congratulate the para-athlete.Congratulations to Devendra Jhajharia for the historic and well-deserved Gold at the #Paralympics. We are very proud of him. #Rio2016 Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 14, 2016Golden moment for #India! Congrats to #DevendraJhajharia for Gold in #Paralympics Javelin throw & a new world record pic.twitter.com/FFK9WfSLQJadvertisement Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) September 14, 2016Even Bollywood megastar too took to Twitter to praise the Rajasthan-born Jhajharia.T 2379 – Another Gold at #Paralympics for #DevendraJhajharia ..! Incredible feat .. You have given all Indians great Pride ..! COME ON INDIA Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) September 14, 2016last_img read more

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Lanner: rugged vehicle surveillance NVR

first_imgLanner Electronics launched the V6S, a next-generation rugged, fanless vehicle surveillance NVR, designed for public transit video surveillance, recording and analytics. V6S, being the robust vehicle surveillance NVR, can operate under wide temperature range, indicating its excellent reliability in harsh environment. V6S is powered by the 7th Generation 14 nm Intel Core i7-7600U SoC, offering power-efficient performance and accelerated graphics performance for vehicle computing needs.Designed for mobile surveillance, the new V6S series offers 1 x GbE RJ45 ports plus 10 x RJ-45 PoE ports for IP camera connection, and two removable 2.5” HDD/SSD drive bays for the storage of recorded footages. For wireless connectivity, V6S is internally built with 1 x full-sized Mini-PCIe with dual SIM card reader, 1 x half-sized Mini-PCIe, and 1 x external Mini-PCIe 3.0 with dual SIM card readers, which allows 4G/LTE module to be removable externally.V6S comes with an external power adapter with Li-ion battery for 15 min. backup (SKU A1). The external power adapter (modeled LVP-POE936BA01) supports +9~36VDC vehicle power input, ignition on/off, delayed Power-on/off, 19V/60W system output, & 56V/180W PoE output and 18.5VDC. The capacity of the Li-ion internal battery is 2600mAh, which supplies 15 minutes system power backup.Since vehicles are constantly in motion, non-flat road surfaces may be frequently encountered. By taking this into considerations, V6S is compliant with E13 standard and has passed MIL-STD-810G shock and vibration resistance certifications to ensure proper operations when traveling on non-flat surfaces. Temperature is another concern when installed within a vehicle interior. Therefore, V6S is built to support wide temperature range, from -20 to 60°C.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Maxim: PMICs drive optimized power for automotive ADAS functionsNext Mouser: STM32H7 MCUs with Arm PSA protection for connected deviceslast_img read more

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The Oklahoma State-Texas Game in One Infographic

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.AdChoices广告 Ed. note: Here’s Saturday’s action in one infographic. I asked Michael to draw it up in paint to match the hilarious nature of the end of that game. He didn’t oblige. As always, his work is awesome.Week4_vs_UTlast_img read more

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Maurizio Sarri aims to lighten the mood at Chelsea after Conte era

first_imgWhat Sarri had actually tried to get across was that fun and winning should go hand in hand. Yet even that sounded strange, if only because football can be such a serious business. In fact, there were a few times when I had to check my headphones to make sure I was hearing correctly, not least when Sarri announced that the transfer market bores him and he prefers to develop his players with good coaching. A check with Chelsea’s press officer confirmed that the former Napoli manager had not demanded that Roman Abramovich buy him Neymar for £500m and a pair of gold shoes. Share on Messenger Maurizio Sarri Share on Pinterest Share via Email Chelsea ‘My objective is to have fun’: Sarri unveiled as Chelsea manager – video Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri in no rush to contact Hazard and Courtois on futures Read more Reuse this content The Fiver: sign up for our free football email. When Claudio Ranieri first arrived in the Premier League, he caused a minor stir because of his inability to speak to the media in English. “Ranieri finds trouble in translation” was the headline in the Guardian after Chelsea lost to Everton in November 2000, which goes to show how tough it was for the affable Italian during his early days as an outsider in a strange and suspicious country.The man who would eventually lead Leicester City to the title was the Manuel to English football’s Basil Fawlty, raising the hackles with his inability to communicate with players and supporters. Yet at least Ranieri’s insistence on speaking to the media in Italian gave rise to one of the great comedy episodes. The story goes that when Ranieri had finished giving a detailed three-minute answer, his interpreter would nod and say “It’s a game of two halves” in English. Share on Facebook Topics Whether or not this is an urban myth is not entirely clear. But let’s agree that it definitely did happen given that the tale came to mind when Chelsea’s media team had to correct a couple of mistranslations after Maurizio Sarri’s unveiling at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. Sarri had introduced himself to the English media in Italian, just like Ranieri did back in the day, and the interpreter had made one or two small errors.Point No 1: when Chelsea’s new manager revealed that he wanted to add “a pinch of quality” in central defence, he had actually mentioned central midfield. Makes sense, I thought, my mind drifting back to the February evening when Tiémoué Bakayoko played as though his shoelaces were tied together during a 4-1 defeat by Watford, the January evening when Antonio Conte looked at Ross Barkley as if he was a piece of pineapple on a pizza and the September evening when Chelsea completed their Danny Drinkwater coup.Moving on, then, point No 2 referred to the moment when Sarri appeared to suggest that entertaining defeats can be more enjoyable than boring wins. Here was a reminder of how much language matters, how one slip of the tongue can alter our impression of a manager before he has even taken charge of his first game. It was the kind of comment with the potential to make José Mourinho add Sarri’s name to his big book of Poets, Philosophers and Other Romantic Losers. In red ink. And capital letters. comment Play Video Sarri is different. The 59-year-old is a former banker who never played professionally and, although he is yet to win any trophies, there is a reason he has developed close friendships with Pep Guardiola and Arrigo Sacchi. “Ours is not a sport but a game,” he said. “Anybody who plays a game started doing it as a child for fun and the child in us must be nurtured because this often makes us the best. To create play that is fun is the first thing to obtain a style for a high-level squad.”That beautiful, refreshing sentiment was not said for effect. Sarri meant every word, proof that he is not afraid to stand out from the crowd. Conte liked to talk about the need to work hard. His successor’s buzzword is “fun”.Admittedly that can make Sarri sound a little like an enthusiastic children’s party entertainer whose sunny world view is about to be crushed by a room of screaming brats and tired parents, while there is a strong chance that a slow start would leave him vulnerable to being dismissed as an overly cheery fraud who must adopt a win-at-all-costs mentality. Look how Guardiola was received after his first year in England.The refusal to conform can make people uncomfortable and it is debatable if a manager with Sarri’s track record will succeed in his quest to lighten the mood at Chelsea. On the one hand he could be an inspired appointment. On the other we could be six months away from the damning articles about where it all went wrong. “At first Maurizio had a smile on his face every day,” a top inside source will say. “But you could see he was losing the will to live when David Luiz kept responding to everything he said by sticking his fingers in his ears and shouting ‘La La La La’.” Chelsea, who are having an uncertain summer, might have to accept that their reinvention as the freewheeling Funtime Sarris will take time. Encouragingly, however, there are signs that the tone of the conversation is changing. Suspicion has become less fashionable than a willingness to engage with fresh ideas, empathy a more desirable and modern quality than attention-seeking abrasiveness.More than anything, the reaction to England’s World Cup run showed that people crave a connection with their team. Almost 20 years after the chuckles at Ranieri’s expense, English football is prepared for a new way of talking. Listen closely enough and it might put a smile on your face. Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp 1:06 Maurizio Sarri looks like a subtle change of direction for Chelsealast_img read more

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Spurs ready for Champions League and Dortmund – then a much-needed break

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Play Video Read more Spurs do not play again until Saturday week at Burnley, meaning a much-needed break is in store, and by the time they go to Dortmund for the second leg on 5 March, the cavalry – in the shape of Harry Kane and Dele Alli – are expected to be back. Kane has targeted the Burnley game for his return from ankle ligament damage, while Alli, who has a hamstring problem, should not be too far behind him.And so the clarion call has gone out. Jan Vertonghen urged the club’s fans to turn out in force, setting aside their misgivings about Wembley to create the sort of atmosphere that was felt during the run to the same stage of last season’s Champions League, while the players must find a way to summon yet another display of resilience.“I think you can feel the energy in the eyes of the players,” Pochettino said. “We were talking in the meeting and it’s completely different.“You can feel that it’s the Champions League, that it’s going to be a massive game with, I hope, a full stadium at Wembley and, of course, the energy and motivation is going to be there. Whatever happens, I am going to reward the players with some days off, so they can breathe a little bit and enjoy, because the schedule has been crazy.”Since the November break Spurs have taken 33 points in the league – only Liverpool, with 35, have more – while they pulled off what had been described as a mission impossible to emerge from their Champions League group, with a Wembley win over Internazionale and a draw at Barcelona. Tottenham had taken only one point from their opening three games. Share on Twitter Share via Email It has been a punishing schedule for Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham players. Since they returned from the November international break they have played 21 times in 78 days, fighting against tiredness and injuries without reinforcements from the summer or winter transfer windows while also dealing with the unsettling delays over their new stadium.The 22nd game comes on Wednesday night at Wembley and it is the biggest of the lot – the first leg of the Champions League last 16 against Borussia Dortmund, the Bundesliga leaders. But when Pochettino looked into the eyes of his players during Tuesday’s team meeting, he saw what he wanted to see. He is not quite sure how but they are ready for one more push. Borussia Dortmund Jadon Sancho: ‘It hasn’t been easy. I’ve had to work for this’ Champions League Not for the first time, Pochettino complained about how Spurs had to face Leicester last Sunday, rather than Saturday – which was when Dortmund played their Bundesliga game against Hoffenheim. To him the extra 24 hours of rest are crucial and he suggested they had cost him the services of Danny Rose, who suffered a shin injury against Leicester.“With one day more, maybe Danny can be available, but to reduce the time in between both games – Sunday and Wednesday – is nearly impossible,” Pochettino said. “It will be impossible for him to start. We will see if he can be on the bench.”With Ben Davies out with a groin injury, Spurs are expected to start Vertonghen at left-back. Dortmund have selection problems of their own and they will be without Marco Reus (thigh), Paco Alcácer (shoulder), Julian Weigl (flu) and Lukasz Piszczek (foot). Jadon Sancho is set to start, although the 18-year-old England winger’s return home got off to a bad start when he forgot his passport and delayed the team’s flight.It promises to be a gripping occasion and the Wembley attendance will not be capped, meaning Spurs can hope for a huge crowd.“We had some great Champions League games at Wembley last season and we need that again,” Vertonghen said. “It definitely helps when the stadium is full and rocking. I bet we will see that.” Reuse this content 1:41center_img Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Tottenham seal qualification for Champions League last 16 on drama-filled night at Camp Nou – video Share on Facebook It is difficult to quantify what the results have done for team spirit and belief and, unsurprisingly, it has led to some fighting talk.Nobody inside the camp wants to forget, too, how they beat Dortmund at home and away in last season’s group stage, took four points from Real Madrid and ran Juventus close in the last 16.“We can beat anyone,” Vertonghen said. “We have shown that last year. Over two games we were the better team against Real Madrid, who were the eventual winners of the trophy. That is why it was a shame we could not do better last year because we felt we should have done better.“That is why everyone has the feeling we can do it this year. We feel so good as a team and we know a couple of guys will come back [from injury] after the first leg as well.” Tottenham Hotspur Read more news Share on Pinterest Topics The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of footballlast_img read more

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55million Contract Awarded for Gold River Bridge

first_imgA $5,517,945 construction contract for the Gold River Bridge on Trunk 3 in Lunenburg County has been awarded by the Department of Transportation and Public Works. The contract was awarded to Dexter Construction Co. Ltd. to replace the existing bridge and provide a temporary, one-lane detour bridge during construction. The project is scheduled to be completed by September 2008. “This bridge is a vital part of the Lighthouse Route,” said Jamie Muir, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “It’s not only a critical lifeline for residents, but a memorable route for visitors.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

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Youth Unemployment Lowest on Record Since 1976

first_imgYouth unemployment in Nova Scotia reached a record-setting low in June, according to Statistics Canada. New data released by Statistics Canada today, July 5, shows the youth unemployment rate at 9.8 per cent, the lowest since the monthly Labour Force Survey began in 1976. The youth employment rate was 60.6 per cent in June. The last two months have reported the highest youth employment rates in the monthly Labour Force Survey records. Across all age categories, the unemployment rate was 6.6 per cent in June, a slight rise compared to 6.5 per cent in May. Unemployment rates have remained below seven per cent in every month of 2019. “We are pleased to note low unemployment rates and especially the improvements for Nova Scotia’s younger workers,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey. “Government will continue to build on these successes by supporting youth to find meaningful careers through Graduate to Opportunity and other government programs.” Youth employment gains are outpacing labour force growth in 2019. Youth employment increased by 6,300 while the labour force grew by 3,700, comparing the first half of 2019 with the same months of 2018. To date in 2019, the youth unemployment rate has averaged 12.5 per cent. There hasn’t been a lower six-month average for youth unemployment since the summer of 2008. More information on recent labour market results for Nova Scotia is available at https://www.novascotia.ca/finance/statistics/news.asp?id=14958 .last_img read more

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Misogyny and entitlement Killer of businesswoman to serve at least 15 years

first_imgHALIFAX – The stepfather of a Montreal-born businesswoman and yoga instructor has denounced the “misogyny and entitlement” of the Halifax man who was ordered Wednesday to serve at least 15 years in prison for her murder.Nicholas Butcher stabbed his common-law partner, 32-year-old Kristin Johnston, to death inside her Halifax-area home on March 26, 2016. He was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder in April.The conviction carries an automatic life sentence, but Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Joshua Arnold ruled Wednesday that the 36-year-old man would be able to apply for parole after serving 15 years, less 880 days for time served.Tom Bourne, Johnston’s stepfather, told reporters afterwards he was always taught to forgive people.“But what I have to forgive here with respect to this is pretty significant,” said Bourne outside of the courtroom.“I have to forgive the stabbing death of Kristin; the misogyny and entitlement, cruelty and objectification of Krissy; his 10 hours of stalking behaviours and his controlling behaviours; his invasion of her privacy.”Bourne said his natural instinct would be to “do to him what he did to her,” but that he has to try and move past that feeling.“I can only speak for myself here, but if I don’t manage to forgive him, I’m going to be pretty twisted and beaten up forever,” he said.Bourne said Johnston’s death has caused “misery” and “suffering” to her mother, her father, her siblings, and so many others.“What was particularly hard to deal with was the trashing of Krissy’s reputation during the trial,” said Bourne, likely referring to how Butcher claimed he was acting in self defence when he stabbed Johnston.“Not content with killing her, he proceeded to try and kill her reputation.”Arnold recounted the harrowing details of the murder Wednesday as Butcher, wearing a dark suit and glasses, sat emotionless at his lawyer’s bench.He described how Butcher read Johnston’s Facebook messages, which discussed her desire to end their relationship.Butcher twice showed up unannounced to an apartment where Johnston was hanging out with friends, the second time finding her becoming intimate with someone. Butcher then demanded she return home with him.“Shortly after they arrived (home), Kristin Johnston changed her clothes and was lying in bed at her most vulnerable. Mr. Butcher then murdered Ms. Johnston. He put a pillow over her face and stabbed, slashed and cut her in the neck 10 times,” said Arnold.“Mr. Butcher then attempted suicide by cutting his own arm with a knife and a razor lying next to Ms. Johnston in bed. When this did not work, he stabbed himself in the neck 13 times. When this did not work, Mr. Butcher retrieved a mitre saw from storage in the basement, brought it to the bedroom, and then cut his own arm off.”The jury heard that Butcher’s right hand had been surgically reattached.Arnold said Butcher — who has a law degree — lived a “pro-social” lifestyle before the murder and does not have any prior involvement with the criminal justice system.But he noted there was some indication of “forethought” prior to Johnston’s death.“The nature of his offence, and the circumstances surrounding its commission, the actions of Mr. Butcher stalking Ms. Johnston during the evening he murdered her, murdering his common-law partner while she was at her most vulnerable, and in her own home, and in her own bed, warrant a significant increase beyond the 10-year minimum,” he said.“The circumstances of his crime overwhelm his previous good character.”Parole eligibility for second-degree murder must be set between 10 and 25 years.Johnston, whose brother owned a Bikram yoga studio in her hometown of Montreal, came to Halifax in 2011 with dreams of opening her own studio.She was quickly embraced by the local yoga community, becoming known as a kind and determined businesswoman with a magnetic personality.“Kristin Johnston’s family, friends and community loved her and miss her. People gravitated to her. She was the glue that bonded her family, and bonded many other groups of friends, including the peaceful yoga community,” Arnold noted in his decision.Despite her passion, Johnston’s studio shuttered about a month before her death.Friends testified at the trial that Johnston wanted to leave her Halifax life behind, and was “ready for a new chapter” in Tofino, B.C., where her sister lived.Crown lawyer Carla Ball had argued Butcher should not be allowed to apply for parole for 17 years, noting that he and Johnston were in a domestic relationship.Prosecutor Tanya Carter said the decision sends a strong message of deterrence.“As my colleague Ms. Ball had mentioned during our submission, we have seen an upward shift over the years, and that’s reflective of courts giving greater significance to the significant breach of trust that exists in domestic homicide,” said Carter.“Being in the relationship gives the murderer the opportunity, the access to that person that someone else wouldn’t have. As we argued, the facts suggest she was asleep and unable to defend herself.”Defence lawyer Peter Planetta had argued his client should be eligible for parole after 10 years, pointing to mitigating factors such as his clean record and prospects for rehabilitation.Planetta said Wednesday’s ruling was disappointing for his client.“At the end of the day, this is a terrible tragedy,” said Planetta just after Butcher was escorted out of the courtroom by sheriffs.“There’s a young lady who’s dead and a young man, both of them had promising lives, and one person is dead and the other one is sentenced to life in prison. That’s certainly not going to be any solace to the victim’s family and whatever the outcome of this hearing was not going to be satisfactory to Mr. Butcher either.”Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

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Shares of Ballard Power Systems up after responding to short sellers report

first_imgVANCOUVER – Shares of Ballard Power Systems Inc. shot up in early trading after the company fought back against a short seller’s report that questions the company’s prospects.Ballard shares were up 65 cents at $4.36 in early trading, up nearly 18 per cent from Friday’s close.The fuel cell company says it expects to report record annual revenue of approximately $120 million, based on preliminary unaudited financial statements for its 2017 financial year.Last week, Spruce Point Capital released a report on Ballard with a “strong sell” recommendation.That was followed by two days of declines for Ballard shares, which dropped 13.4 per cent on Thursday and 8.6 per cent on Friday.Ballard says the short-seller’s report “contained a number of unsubstantiated forward-looking statements, assumptions and opinions, as well as other statements and assertions that are simply false.”A conference call to review its fourth quarter and full-year results is set for March 1.Companies in this story: (TSX:BLDP)last_img read more

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Sleeman moves to purchase Calgary’s Wild Rose Brewery

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – An iconic name in Alberta beer could be owned by a Japanese juggernaut.Sleeman, originally founded in Guelph, Ontario, but now under the Sapporo banner, is making a bid to buy out Calgary-based Wild Rose Brewery.Wild Rose CEO Bill McKenzie confirms the bid but won’t be commenting until shareholders have a say.They’re set to vote on the offer May 9.Wild Rose was founded in 1996 by two entrepreneurs who turned a former World War Two hangar into a brewhouse

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UN chief appoints eminent persons to boost support for worlds poorest nations

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed a Group of Eminent Persons to advise on the support needed to help the world’s poorest nations achieve their development targets, ahead of a major international conference on the least developed countries (LDCs) slated for next year. The group consists of 10 members chosen for their “high international stature, expertise and strong commitment to global development,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.Co-chaired by Alpha Oumar Konaré, former president of Mali, and Jacques Delors, former president of the European Commission, the group will raise public awareness and build strong political commitment in support of the world’s 49 LDCs in key areas, including trade, investments, technology transfer, official development assistance and adaptation to the effects of climate change.Its establishment comes ahead of the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) due to take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 30 May to 3 June 2011, which is considered a “milestone event,” according to the statement.The Istanbul conference will assess the implementation of the Brussels Programme of Action for the LDCs – the outcome document adopted at the 2001 LDC conference – and reach agreement on a new generation of international support measures for the LDCs.The 10-year Brussels Programme of Action outlines measures to be taken by both industrialized nations and the LDCs themselves to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development. It includes specific commitments on good governance, enhancing the role of trade in development, reducing vulnerability to natural disasters, protecting the environment, mobilizing financial resources, and speedy implementation of steps to reduce the debt burden on poor countries.UN officials, including Mr. Ban and the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Cheick Sidi Diarra, have stressed the need for strong international support to help LDCs achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight globally-agreed targets to halve poverty and other socio-economic ills by 2015.The Group of Eminent Persons also comprises Sir Fazle Hassan Abed, the founder and chairperson of BRAC, the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee; Nancy Birdsall, the founding president of the Center for Global Development; Kemal Dervis, vice president and director of Global Economy and Development at Brookings Institution, and a former head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP); and James Wolfensohn, chairman and CEO of Wolfensohn & Company and former President of the World Bank.Hiromasa Yonekura, chairman of Sumitomo Chemical Company Ltd.; Louis Michel, a member of European Parliament and formerly the European commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid; Louis A. Kasekende, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Uganda and formerly executive director at the World Bank; and Sir Richard Jolly, Honorary Professor of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, are also members. 25 August 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed a Group of Eminent Persons to advise on the support needed to help the world’s poorest nations achieve their development targets, ahead of a major international conference on the least developed countries (LDCs) slated for next year. read more

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Harper hoping to rake in Waterloo votes

It’s been a long time coming, but we are now into the final week of the federal election campaign, and Stephen Harper is trying to defy the polls and win a fourth term as prime minister.During today’s event in Waterloo, Harper invited a family onstage and had them throw money on a table to the sounds of a cash register ringing. The demonstration was intended to show what Liberal policies would do to the family’s pocketbook.CHCH’s Lisa Hepfner will have more on the start of the final week of the campaign tonight on the Evening News at 6. read more

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Fortis to add 22 million in first quarter from expropriation payment

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 30, 2013 4:33 pm MDT Fortis to add $22 million in first quarter from expropriation payment ST. JOHN’S, – The Newfoundland and Labrador government will pay approximately $22 million to Fortis to compensate for the expropriation of the firm’s stake in a hydroelectric dam.The St. John’s-based power and gas utility (TSX:FTS) was part owner of the Exploits River dam in central Newfoundland, which was taken over by the province in 2008.A news release says Fortis will value the payment from the province at “approximately $22 million, after tax,” in the first quarter.The company says Fortis held a 51 per cent interest in the Exploits River Hydro Partnership through Fortis Properties Corp.The payments are related to the expropriation of hydro dams and water and timber rights from Abitibi-Bowater. read more

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Alberta Securities Commission accuses man of defrauding Facebook investors

by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 8, 2015 12:01 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 8, 2015 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta Securities Commission accuses man of defrauding Facebook investors CALGARY – The Alberta Securities Commission is accusing a Calgary man of defrauding investors looking to buy shares in Facebook’s initial public offering out of more than $1.5 million.Securities commission officials have issued a notice of hearing for Nelson Peter Bradbury.They allege he lied to investors about his having an inside track on Facebook Inc. initial shares, how he intended to use their money and how he’d be paid.They also allege Bradbury converted investment funds for his personal use, used them to pay returns to other investors and provided false records.Bradbury is also accused of handling investment contracts without proper registration and without a prospectus or exemption.None of the allegations has been proven.A hearing is to take place next February in Calgary.Facebook went public in May 2012 with a market value of more than $100 billion. The price per share was $38.The current stock price for Facebook shares sits at about $106.(CTV Calgary) read more

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Crackdown on journalist and activists jeopardize human rights in Iran UN expert

“Silencing these critical voices is unacceptable – it undermines public debate and deprives Iranians and the rest of world of important information on the reality in the country,” declared UN Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed, who is mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor and report on the situation in Iran.“The recurrent use of vague references to threats to national security, propaganda against the system and insult to authorities to prosecute and detain journalists or activists is in contradiction to both international norms relating to freedoms of expression and association and the principle of legality,” Mr. Shaheed stated.The independent expert expressed special concern at the arrest, detention and trial of Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter, and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, a correspondent of the United Arab Emirates newspaper The National.Mr. Rezaian’s trial began last week in Teheran behind closed doors on charges of ‘espionage, collaboration with hostile governments, gathering classified information and disseminating propaganda against the Islamic Republic.’ The journalist has been arbitrarily detained since July 2014, including for a number of months in solitary confinement, and wasn’t formally charged for nearly 10 months.“Journalists must be protected, not harassed and prosecuted for doing their jobs. The detention and trial of Mr. Rezaian and Ms. Salehi not only violate their individual rights, but also intimidates those working in the media in Iran,” he stressed.The independent expert was equally disturbed by the detentions of Atena Farghdani and Nargis Mohammadi, known for their human rights activism. Ms. Farghdani, a children’s rights defender and artist, was recently sentenced to a 12 years and nine months prison term for ‘spreading propaganda against the system, gathering and colluding against national security and insulting members of the Parliament and the Supreme Leader.’As for Ms. Mohammadi, the former Vice-President of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre and one of the founders of the group ‘Step-by-Step to Stop the Death Penalty,’ she was arrested on May 5 in order to serve the remainder of the six-year prison sentence she had received in April 2012 on charges of ‘assembly and collusion against national security, membership in Defenders of Human Rights Centre, and propaganda against the system.’“Human rights defenders play a fundamental role in ensuring a democratic society which respects human rights,” the expert said, reminding the Iranian Government of its responsibility to ensure human rights defenders do not face prosecution for promoting and advancing human rights in the country.Mr. Shaheed’s call has been endorsed by human rights expert Mads Andenas, who currently heads the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, as well as the UN Special Rapporteurs on human rights defenders, Michel Forst; on freedom of expression, David Kaye; on independence of the judiciary, Gabriela Knaul; and on torture, Juan E. Méndez. They jointly urged the Iranian authorities to release all journalists and rights defenders who have been arbitrarily and unlawfully arrested, and currently face detention and prosecution.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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Ohio State womens soccer set for weekend series against Iowa Nebraska

Then-junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber (5) watches her teammates during a game against Purdue Sept. 29, 2013 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 1-0.Credit: Michele Theodore / Managing editor of contentWith only three games left in the regular season, the Ohio State women’s soccer team is looking to make a push into the Big Ten tournament with a pair of home games this weekend against Iowa and Nebraska.The Buckeyes are 5-8-3 overall and 2-5-3 in the Big Ten following a double overtime draw against then-No. 24 Michigan. With OSU ending three of its last four games with ties, coach Lori Walker said the team has learned how to overcome mistakes made on the field.“What we’ve tried to focus in on is, everybody’s going to make a mistake in a soccer game,” Walker said. “It’s how we respond to those mistakes that should gauge who we are.”Walker said the game-tying goal in the final seconds of regulation in last Sunday’s game against Michigan was a prime example of the heart and character of the team.She added that along with maintaining their attack and possession, she’d like to see the Buckeyes apply more pressure defensively to limit the opponent’s chances of scoring.   “Clearly there’s still room for us to stop giving up at least one goal a game. That’s got to end at some point,” Walker said.Junior midfielder Michela Paradiso said the team isn’t allowing recent disappointments to distract it and is focusing instead on the effort given on the field.“We’ve gotten a lot of goals scored on us late, which is definitely demoralizing,” Paradiso said. “But we keep trying to ramp up the energy and keep being competitive so we don’t let that get the best of us.”Senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber said the team has learned to rely less on individual play and more on working together as a unit over the recent stretch of games.“We’re definitely playing better soccer than what we were in the beginning,” Gruber said. “We’re combining more, not just trying to take on one-on-one ourselves.”With the season winding down and the Big Ten Tournament approaching, Paradiso said the Buckeyes will need to give it their all in the final games to qualify for the postseason.“We need these last three games to get us into the Big Ten tournament,” she said. “We’ve got to definitely play with a lot of heart and energy out there and leave it all on the field with no regrets.”OSU is scheduled to face Iowa on Friday at 7 p.m. and then Nebraska on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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Heres What Happened Today Friday

first_imgPARTING SHOTYesterday the European Space Agency released this video of a Mars 3D flyover. Take a tour of the Red Planet…(Video: ITN/YouTube)First published 21:00.Here’s What Happened Yesterday> Updated 22:58NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of today’s news.A small bonfire smolders near by one of the Tom Kelly Flats in Dublin this morning, after a fire which broke out after stored pallets were set alight ahead of Halloween (Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland).IRISH Water restrictions in Dublin will now be in place until at least Thursday.A human body part was found in Meath.Former solicitor Thomas Byrne told a court he was intimidated by a former client. [RTÉ]Direct Democracy’s Ben Gilroy appeared in court over alleged trespassing.Trinity College students voted to keep Tom Lenihan as union president.Gardaí are appealing for information about missing teen Starr Carew and 66-year-old Stacia Purcell.A Donegal-based garda has been found guilty of harassing two female colleagues and sexually assaulting one of them. [RTÉ]Ulster Bank is here to stay and it’s putting €10 billion of high-risk or non performing assets into a ‘bad bank’.The HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention underspent its budget by almost €2 million last year. [INM]Smoking has been banned in all areas of Dublin maternity hospitals.Dublin Fire Brigade had a tough night last night dealing with Halloween trouble.Lorries higher than 4.65 metres are no longer allowed on Irish roads.WORLD#LOS ANGELES: A TSA officer was killed in a shooting at LAX with a number of people also injured.#PAKISTAN: The Taliban in Pakistan has said its leafer, Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a drone strike. [BBC]#SPYING: Papers from Edward Snowden have revealed close cooperation between Britain, Germany, France, Spain and Sweden in internet and phone surveillance. [The Guardian]#BRITAIN: BBC Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini has been arrested on suspicion of historical sexual offences.INNOVATIONOne of the founders of Hailo said the company’s future is in self-driving cabs. [The Guardian]This app will take perfect panoramic photos without you having to move your phone at all. [Business Insider]The entire tech world is surprised at how good North Korea‘s Android-based tablet actually is. [The Verge]last_img read more

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