Ashes 2017: Moeen Ali to lead England XI in warm-up ahead of Perth Test

first_imgAll-rounder Moeen Ali will lead the 12-man England XI squad against Australia XI in a two-day warm-up match starting on December 9.Australia will host England in a warm-up game from December 9 to 10 at the Richardson Park in Perth.”Ali is the only player from the 11 that played against Australia in Adelaide to feature in the match,” the England Cricket Board said in a statement on Thursday.”He is joined in the 12-man squad with the five players that did not play in Adelaide, plus six players from the England Lions (Ben Duckett, Keaton Jennings, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone and Mark Wood), who are now based in Perth at a training camp.”England XI: Moeen Ali (captain), Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Mason Crane, Tom Curran, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes (wicket-keeper), Keaton Jennings, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone, Mark Wood.last_img read more

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Leaving home Growing number of NL outports make wrenching choice to resettle

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Raymond Blake can still see his mother, a strong woman raising six kids alone after his father died, dissolve into tears as the schooner pulled away from their home in remote southern Newfoundland.It was a Monday in July 1969. They were leaving all they’d ever known in Pushthrough, a tiny fishing settlement of 150 people, for a new start across the water in comparatively modern Hermitage.“The next thing you know, I was crying and my brothers were crying. I didn’t quite know what was really going to happen,” Blake recalled.“I’ll never forget my mother leaving her home.”The same scene of wrenching loss played out countless times through the 1950s and ’60s as communities agreed, as part of a government push to centralize workers and services, to abandon cherished villages for larger places.Resettlement is a word that to this day conjures intense, very mixed emotions in Newfoundland and Labrador.Still, sparsely populated outports, where many argue the heart of this province beats strongest, are emptying at a quickening pace — although not fast enough for those who question government costs.Seven communities with names like Great Harbour Deep and Snook’s Arm have relocated since 2002, including three since 2016. Another three — North Boat Harbour, La Poile and Little Bay Islands — have asked the province to consider moving them.The process is community driven — permanent residents must vote at least 90 per cent to relocate. Municipal Affairs calculates whether it’s cheaper to move them than provide services over 10 to 20 years.If approved, the province offers homeowners $250,000 to $270,000 depending on the size of the household to help them set up elsewhere.Relocating those seven communities has saved government about $30 million so far, said Municipal Affairs Minister Andrew Parsons. And more are considering moving to be closer to health care as the province of just 528,000 people ages, he added.“When you’ve got to get in that boat and go along the coast just to get access to medical appointments, and as you get older you need more and more of those, it just becomes more trying,” Parsons said.“Given the fact that we’ve had three in the last three years, there’s no doubt I think that you’re seeing a greater examination of the possibility (of moving) by these communities, and there are more that have expressed interest.”Many residents hate to leave the places where they were born and raised but also want to be close to children and grandchildren who’ve long ago left.“It’s tough. It’s an emotional process.”Before politics, Parsons was the lawyer who acted for residents in Grand Bruit, meaning “big noise” for the waterfall that cascades down its cliffs, as they resettled eight years ago.“This is a decision that they make but that doesn’t make it a positive one, or one that they’ve relished or enjoyed. It’s one, in many cases, that’s driven by necessity.”Parsons represents the Burgeo-La Poile district in southwestern Newfoundland. He often travels by boat along the isolated coast between Burgeo and Grey River, past the lonely remnants of long deserted outports.“It’s amazing seeing these graveyards that are still there and, in some cases, houses and huts,” he said in an interview.Larry Short, a chartered accountant and investment advisor in St. John’s, says today’s resettlement incentives are a “Band-Aid solution.”Provincial finances were hammered when the price of oil crashed in 2014. It now has a daunting overspending problem as net debt hits historic levels. Yet, Short says there’s a glaring lack of will to right-size government budgets.“Nobody really wants to talk about it because the political cost is too high,” he said in an interview. “I’d much rather that the province addressed it before the mainland bankers close in.”Short is among those calling for tough decisions about what services government can afford, along with more tangible plans to attract and keep young workers in the province.It’s an emotionally fraught but crucial and overdue conversation, he said.Blake knows better than most the complexities of resettlement.Moving to Hermitage wasn’t all bad, he said. There was better schooling and running water.“The flush toilet was something that I was fascinated with.”But resettlement for his family and many others — even with some government financial help — was traumatizing, he said. He and his brother have written to the premier and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking for an apology.“Communities did have to agree and there was compensation but it really wasn’t a choice at all. Many had to go because everyone else was going.“It’s a story about a generation.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

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Stars Announced For 2013 Toyota ProCelebrity Charity Race

first_imgSource:PR Newswire The red carpet and race cars are ready as Toyota announced today the participants from film, television, music, sports and the military who will compete for checkered flag glory in the 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race.The 37th annual charity race will take place April 20 on the 1.97-mile street course in downtown Long Beach, Calif., as part of the 39th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.The field of racers will navigate the new 210-horsepower Scion FR-S race vehicles through high speed turns to benefit Racing for Kids, a national fundraising program supporting children’s hospitals throughout the United States.This year’s field of popular celebrity racers includes: • Cristian Castro: Grammy Award-nominated and best-selling Mexican pop singer. Famous from a young age, one of his best known albums is ” Mi Vida Sin Tu Amor ,” with four singles in the top ten of Billboard’s Hot Latin tracks. In April, he will release a new album ” Primera Fila ,” celebrating 20 years as a singer. • Kate del Castillo: Mexico’s most acclaimed actress, best known for her starring role in long-running mini-series “La Reina del Sur.” Other credits include “Under the Same Moon,” “Trade” and a guest appearance on the Showtime series “Weeds.” • Brett Davern: Actor who stars as Jake Rosati in MTV’s hit series “Awkward.” Other credits include the film, “Beautiful Ohio” and appearances in “Cold Case,” “CSI: Miami,” “In Plain Sight,” and “Medium.” • Jenna Elfman: Actress known for her quirky role on the TV series “Dharma & Greg,” which earned her a Golden Globe Award. She now stars as the first lady in the family comedy “1600 Penn.” Film credits include “Friends with Benefits” and “Keeping the Faith.” • Jessica Hardy: A multiple world record-holder in swimming and a 2012 Olympic medalist. A Long Beach, Calif. native, she also does motivational speaking and served as an ambassador for the United States Olympic Committee Team For Tomorrow. • Jesse Metcalfe: Actor best known for his role as a teen gardener on “Desperate Housewives” and who currently stars in the TNT continuation of “Dallas,” based on the 1978 series of the same name. Film credits include “John Tucker Must Die” and “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.” • Dakota Meyer: Former U.S. Marine who received the Medal of Honor for his 2009 actions in Afghanistan. He wrote, Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War, fundraises with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, and has partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the Hiring Our Heroes program. • Jackson Rathbone: Actor best known for playing Jasper Hale in the hit “Twilight” movie series. Other film credits include “The Last Airbender.” • Michelle Rodriguez: Film actress best known for her tough girl physical roles, including starring in the record-breaking sci-fi film “Avatar,” the successful “Fast & Furious” franchise, the 2012 hit “Resident Evil: Retribution” and as a tough LAPD cop in TV’s “Lost.” • Jeremy Sisto: Actor best known for playing Billy Chenowith on the series “Six Feet Under.” He also played Detective Cyrus Lupo on “Law & Order” and currently stars in the series “Suburgatory.” • Mark Steines: Emmy award-winning journalist and host of the Hallmark Channel’s new how-to show, “Home & Family.” He spent more than 17 years on “Entertainment Tonight,” establishing himself as a trusted and charismatic figure in entertainment news. • Wanda Sykes: Emmy award-winning comedian, writer and actress who ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America. She has hosted her own late night talk show, “The Wanda Sykes Show” and has appeared on TV shows including, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and films such as “Evan Almighty.” • Michael Trucco: Actor best known for playing Samuel Anders on SyFy’s acclaimed series “Battlestar Galactica” and Justin Patrick on the USA Network series “Fairly Legal.” Other credits include appearances on “Revenge,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “One Tree Hill.” • Rutledge Wood: Auto racing analyst on Fox Sports/SPEED and co-host of “Top Gear USA.”Pro drivers competing against the stars for the title include motocross champion and MTV’s “Nitro Circus” star Andy Bell, 2012 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race winner and comedian Adam Carolla, Olympic gold medalist swimmer Tyler Clary and National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) driver Melanie Troxel.“This talented and inspiring celebrity group will not only help Toyota share the story of this long-running charity event, but they also will feel the rush behind the wheel on the famous Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach track,” said Les Unger, Toyota national motorsports manager. “The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race thrills both the participants and the crowds while giving back to kids in our communities through donations to Children’s Hospital of Orange County and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.”Rounding out the field is Glenn Faber, partner and general manager of Los Angeles area Keyes Toyota, as well as two charity auction winners: Dave Pasant, a retired insurance executive, and Carter Lay, philanthropist and LAY’S chips heir.The Toyota Pro/Celebrity race is one of the longest-running, corporate sponsored events of its kind. Since 1991, Toyota has donated more than $2 million to the Racing for Kids organization, on behalf of this race and its participants. In addition to Toyota’s contributions, a $15,000 donation will be made in conjunction with the 16th annual “People Pole Award.” Sponsored by People magazine, the award honors the pole-position winner of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race qualifying session on April 19.To learn more about the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, visit www.toyotaracing.com/series/toyota-pro-celebrity.html.last_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,349.44, down 63.50 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 12 cents, or 0.92 per cent, to $13.16 on 30.8 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up $1.68, or 5.2 per cent, to $34.00 on 9.5 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Up 66 cents, or 3.57 per cent, to $19.16 on 5.5 million shares.Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX:EFN). Financial Services. Up six cents, or 0.62 per cent, to $9.67 on 5.2 million shares.Fortune Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FT). Miner. Down two cents, or 5.41 per cent, to 35 cents on 4.9 million shares.BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Wireless communications. Up 49 cents, or 2.94 per cent, to $17.17 on 4.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Telus Corp. (TSX:T). Communication services. Down 15 cents, or 0.32 per cent, to $47.13 on 799,610 shares. The company is buying the western operations of AlarmForce Industries from Bell Canada. Telus will pay about $66.5 million to acquire about 39,000 customer accounts in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan — representing nearly 40 per cent of the total AlarmForce customer base in Canada.last_img read more

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States must take effective measures to prevent torture – UN chief

26 June 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today exhorted States to take effective legislative, administrative and judicial measures to prevent torture, calling the practice a brutal attempt to destroy a victim’s sense of dignity and sense of human worth that can never be justified. “There are no exceptional circumstances whatsoever – whether a state of war, or a threat of war, internal political instability, or any other public emergency or national security situation,” the Secretary-General said in a message to mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, being observed today.“States’ obligations also include the duty to provide effective and prompt redress, compensation and rehabilitation for all torture victims,” he said. “On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we honour the men and women who have suffered, enduring their ordeal with courage and inner strength. We mourn, too, those who did not survive.”He pointed out that the recent entry into force of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances was a welcome addition to international human rights law, describing enforced disappearance as another manifestation of torture.Mr. Ban urged all United Nations Member States to allow full and unhindered access by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to all places where people are deprived of liberty, and called on those countries that have not done so to ratify the Convention against Torture.“At a time when the legitimate aspirations of people in many regions of the world for greater freedom, dignity and a better life are too often met with violence and repression, I urge States to respect the fundamental rights of all people.“Torture and other forms of cruel, degrading and inhuman treatment and punishment, wherever they occur and whatever the circumstances, can never be justified.”In a separate statement to mark the Day, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned that those who perpetrate torture will be brought to justice no matter how long it takes.She gave the example of Argentina’s former prison director, Abel Dupuy, who ordered the systematic torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of possibly hundreds of political prisoners during the country’s military dictatorship in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Mr. Dupuy was last year convicted of his crimes and sentenced to life in prison, 30 years after he started ordering the torture of those arrested.“Torture is illegal, and if carried out on a systematic basis can amount to a war crime or a crime against humanity. No circumstances, however exceptional, justify the use of torture against anyone for any reason. Neither a state of emergency nor conflict, neither the fight against terrorism nor the fight against crime excuses the use of torture,” said Ms. Pillay.She lamented that despite the blanket ban on torture under international law, despotic governments and dysfunctional criminal justice systems perpetrated the crime every day.“As we have seen very graphically in North Africa and the Middle East over the past few months, men, women and even children are tortured in detention simply for expressing their political views, in order to force confessions, or just because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Ms. Pillay.She said that those perpetrating torture and those who gave the orders did so with an expectation of impunity, but thanks to the courage and determination of victims and survivors, and the tireless efforts of human rights defenders, accountability is increasingly taking place and the perpetrators should no longer expect to get away with such heinous crimes.“Prosecutions of the sort we are witnessing now, decades after the commission of the criminal act of torture, send a powerful message. The strengthening of international justice mechanisms, including the rapidly maturing International Criminal Court (ICC), means that the chances of torturers being snared one day, either on the national or international level, has greatly increased.”The UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, meanwhile, said a funding shortfall has forced it to reduce support to many organizations providing psychological, medical and social assistance to thousands torture survivors throughout the world. Support to legal aid programmes, crucial to fight impunity and bringing perpetrators to justice, has also been affected.“After 30 years of achievements in rebuilding lives of victims of torture, the future of many projects is now at risk because of a reduction in voluntary contributions by donors,” said Mercedes Doretti, the current chair of the Board of Trustees of the Fund.In his message, the Secretary-General urged the international community to support the fund and thanked all governments and other contributors which have provided assistance. He also commended individuals and organizations that provide medical, psychological, legal and social assistance to torture survivors and their families.Ms. Doretti said further support was needed to continue funding projects, including those in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) assisting victims of sexual violence, programmes for genocide survivors in Rwanda, and a project in southern Iraq providing reconstructive surgery to dozens of victims of punitive ear amputation, a brutal method of torture systematically used under Saddam Hussein’s regime.Contributions to the fund rose to $11.6 million in 2008, but donations by UN Member States have been dwindling over the past two years to just over $9 million last year, according to Ms. Doretti.The funding shortfall has forced the board to cut the number of grants it awards by 10 to 20 per cent, she added. read more

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Samsung Galaxy S4 hits Canadian shelves starting April 27

TORONTO — Samsung’s next flagship phone, the Galaxy S4, will hit Canada as early as April 27.Mobile providers are now taking pre-orders for the new five-inch smartphone, Samsung’s rival to Apple’s iPhone.Those who pre-order a phone in advance, for about $200 on a three-year contract or $700 without a contract, should get it by the end of the month.The phone is then expected to go on sale on May 3.Samsung is highlighting a slew of software features as the main differentiators for its latest Galaxy phone, including a bolstered photo app and gestures that allow the device to be controlled without touching the screen.

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Office of Research Services launches second podcast series

Brock University’s research podcast, Consider This, is back for its second year.Produced in partnership with the community network Niagara Connects, this second series consists of conversations that explore what’s important to Niagara and beyond.In each episode, a Brock University researcher and a community partner exchange views on challenges we face in Niagara and elsewhere, such as assisting children with reading struggles, boosting nutrition, and encouraging youth to become more physically active. The podcasts are recorded in the new Goodman School of Business media studio.“The Brock-community conversations allow us to learn from one another and combine our unique knowledge and experiences so that we can, together, meet these challenges,” said Gary Libben, Vice-President, Research.“Consider This builds yet another bridge between Brock researchers and our wider community,” he said.The first Consider This podcast of Series 2, Helping children with reading challenges, is a discussion about the challenges some children face with reading. Programs available to motivate vulnerable readers have proven to be very effective. Joining host Barry Wright in the podcast studio were Ashley Short, executive director of the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region and John McNamara, professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University.Listen to Consider This 2-1 below, or you can find all Series Two podcasts here. Consider This Series 1, which ran from September 2014 to May 2015, was produced in partnership with Brock’s radio station CFBU. In this series, groups of three Brock researchers discussed a wide range of issues, which can be found here.Building age-friendly communities (May 2015)The Pan Am Games: A boost for the Niagara Region? (April 2015)Deliberate deception: The heads-up on fraud (March 2015)Building effective international research partnerships (February 2015)What gives us a sense of well-being? (January 2015)How can we build a sustainable society? (December 2014)Bullying: from classroom to workplace (November 2014)Social skills development for children and adolescents living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (October 2014)Shall We Dance? The Shifting Power Balances of China, Russia and the United States (September 2014) read more

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RPAC lower court replacement project costs about 70K

The RPAC lower basketball courts under construction during winter break.Credit: Kristen Mitchell / Editor-it-chiefIt is common to see four pickup basketball games going on at once in the gyms of Ohio State’s largest recreational center.However, players at the RPAC have found two of the four basketball courts in the lower Tom W. Davis Special Events Gym roped off since around Thanksgiving, senior associate director of facilities for OSU recreational sports Dave DeAngelo said.A broken piece of equipment is to blame for the closure, DeAngelo said.“We had a problem with an air handler that broke in a room directly north of the gym,” DeAngelo said. “Heating hot water from the air handler went all over the floor. It caused the building to go into fire alarm mode from the steam. Water causes the boards to warp. That happened pretty quickly after we got the water cleaned up.”The replacement wood for the courts did not arrive until Jan. 6, at which point construction began immediately. DeAngelo estimates the project should be completed the week of Feb. 24.DeAngelo said there is an outstanding insurance claim for the repairs. The cost of the project is estimated to be about $70,000, though the facility would only have to pay a $25,000 deductible if the insurance claim goes through.This is not the first time the RPAC has had to deal with this kind of problem. In Spring Semester 2013, a sprinkler head went off during an intramural basketball game that necessitated repairs to Court 4, the same northernmost court in the lower gym.Only Court 4 needed to be redone in this instance as well, with adjacent Court 3 shut down in order to house the equipment for the repairs and to keep people’s shoes off the damaged court. DeAngelo said the maintenance workers at the RPAC were able to prevent the water from damaging Court 3 after the leak.“We preventatively cut a trench in the floor to prevent water from getting any further,” DeAngelo said.Basketball players at the RPAC have had to deal with larger crowds and longer waits to get into a game with only two out of the four courts in the lower gym available for play. There are a total of 12 wood courts available for use at the RPAC.“It definitely seems to be more crowded on the courts than all of the other times I’ve been here,” said Derek Green, a first-year graduate student of history.Derrell Northern, 31, a banker for Chase Bank on High Street, estimated that it took about 30 minutes for someone arriving at the gym to find a spot in a game at about 1 p.m. Feb. 2.“I would say there are at least 10 to 15 people waiting to get into a game,” Northern said. “If we had more courts, it would cut down on the time because there’d be more games, not just two.”DeAngelo expressed frustration at the timing of this reconstruction.“It’s the busiest time of the year for us, so it stinks that it’s down right now,” DeAngelo said, citing New Year’s resolutions and the start of the intramural basketball season in January as the primary reasons for increased activity.In order to manage the decreased space for the intramural basketball games, DeAngelo said more games were added to the Adventure Recreation Center on West Campus.Players who are tired of waiting on the sideline to play pickup games only have to deal with the congestion caused for a few more weeks, provided the project stays on time.“We’re a few weeks away, and will be very happy to have it back,” DeAngelo said. read more

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National Lottery hacked Millions of customers warned to change passwords

first_imgThe National Lottery has been hacked The National Lottery has been hackedCredit:Glyn Genin/PA The National Lottery has warned more than 10 million players with online accounts to change their passwords due to a security breach.It said hackers had made attempts to access accounts and that limited information may have been viewed.It urged all online customers to change their passwords, particularly if they use the same email address and passwords for several sites.The mass attack, said to have been done using a technique known as “credential stuffing,” was successful in accessing some 150 accounts. Some activity took place in fewer than ten accounts.Camelot, the lottery operator, said no customers had lost any money.It is contacting all 10.5 million online customers and put a warning on its website stating: “As part of our regular security monitoring, we have seen some suspicious activity on a very small number of players’ accounts. “We have directly contacted those players whose accounts have been affected. We are advising players to change their password as a precaution, particularly if they use the same password across multiple websites.”Camelot said the hacking attack appeared to have begun on March 7.A spokesman said: “Since then, the activity has been extremely low level and very sporadic – and almost indistinguishable from normal player activity.”center_img The tactic of credential stuffing is said to involve using computers to fire the same email address and password combination at a large number of websites in a bid to get access to an account.The combination of email address and password will have been leaked and sold to fraudsters.Camelot said it had reported the security breach to the police and the Information Commissioner’s Office and was liaising with the National Cyber Security Centre.It added: “We would like to reassure our players that we do not display full debit card or bank account details on their online National Lottery accounts.​ We have suspended all of the affected accounts and have directly contacted these players to help them re-activate their accounts securely.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Maptek adds Evorelution open pit scheduling solutions to product suite

first_imgMaptek and Orelogy Group have signed an agreement for Maptek to acquire the suite of Evorelution products from Orelogy. Maptek will deliver the advanced strategic mine scheduling optimisation capabilities within Evorelution to the global mining industry, augmenting geological modelling and mine design functionality in Vulcan software. Orelogy will continue to offer specialist mine planning services to customers globally, and will apply Evorelution and Vulcan in its consulting work. Evorelution is an open pit mine scheduling solution that maximises value by delivering practical, high-value schedules more cost effectively and up to ten times faster than other methods.‘Orelogy has created a next generation scheduling and optimisation solution in Evorelution,’ commented Maptek General Manager Peter Johnson. ‘Maptek is pleased to partner with them.’Orelogy has developed and delivered Evorelution successfully from its Perth head office for several years.‘Maptek has validated our belief that we have a world class scheduling solution,’ commented Managing Director for Orelogy, Steve Craig.‘Maptek also welcomes key staff responsible for developing Evorelution,’ added Johnson. ‘They will add a new dimension to our strategic solutions, along with expertise to support customers globally.’last_img read more

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