4 days agoEx-Man City boss Pearce: Liverpool will win title comfortably

first_imgEx-Man City boss Pearce: Liverpool will win title comfortablyby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveStuart Pearce says Liverpool are a certainty to win this season’s Premier League title.The Reds’ lead at the top was reduced to six points after Sunday’s draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.But former Manchester City manager Pearce is adamant Liverpool will be crowned champions in May.”I think Liverpool will win the Premier League comfortably this year,” Pearce told talkSPORT.”I’m not sure they’ll go unbeaten, but I can’t see them losing more than two games. They’re still clear favourites.”Those could be against Manchester City, potentially, but if you go into the game against your nearest rivals with a six-point buffer, it will put real pressure on Man City to come out and play.”That might just suit Liverpool.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Parenting Resource Centres on Track for Year End

first_img The resource centres are being established by the National Parenting Support Commission. Story Highlights Parents also learn about their responsibilities under the law and the consequences of not fulfilling them. Plans are on track for the establishment of approximately 80 parenting places island wide by December 2013.Speaking at an awards luncheon for teachers at the Jamaica Observer’s headquarters in Kingston on Friday (Oct. 25), Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites said the resource centres are being established by the National Parenting Support Commission, to provide parents with best practices on how to support their children’s education.He underscored that parental support is crucial to the development of children, and urged more parents to get involved in their child’s educational development.Established by the Ministry of Education, they are providing critical support and guidance to parents as they undertake the increasingly difficult task of child rearing.The centres, considered one-stop-shops, provide a comfortable and attractive place for parents to go for information, courses, workshops, mentoring, recreational activities, income support training  and when possible, diagnostic and therapeutic services.Parents also learn about their responsibilities under the law and the consequences of not fulfilling them, particularly as it relates to abuse or neglect.In the meantime, he said the Ministry has already retrained more than 200 under-deployed teachers and reassigned them, with their consent, to other areas including Special Education/Alternative Secondary Transitional Education Programme.The special luncheon honoured approximately 22 teachers from the Eastern Region who have assisted with the production and sales of the company’s educational publications.The recognised teachers have actively employed the use of Jamaica Observer products, such as the weekly Study Centre and TEENage magazine, to aid in their students’ education. The centres provide parents with best practices on how to support their children’s education.last_img read more

From Where I Stand Jody Wilson Raybould releases book ten years in

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsFormer attorney general of Canada and justice minister Jody Wilson Raybould has released her book “From Where I Stand,” ahead of the federal election Oct. 21 where she is running as an independent candidate.Wilson-Raybould held a book signing event in Vancouver where a long line of people stood to meet her.Roechelle Gaudet from Alberta was one of them.“I’m very excited, it’s an absolute honour to shake hands with this lady,” said Gaudet. “She stands for everything I believe in and everything I stand for back home.“I’m thrilled and can’t wait to see her back in the House of Commons.”Wilson Raybould says the book took her ten years to finish and provides insight into the relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples.It provides potential solutions on how to move forward with true reconciliation and to rebuild nations.“We can move beyond the history of denial of rights in this country when it comes to Indigenous peoples and to create the space for Indigenous nations within Canada to re-build,” said Wilson Raybould. “And one of those solutions that not only have I been advocating but Indigenous peoples for as long as I can remember is a frame work for rights recognition and to enable Indigenous communities to translate the minimum standards for example in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples the full box of rights that is section 35 of our constitution into practical and meaningful benefits on the ground in communities.”Wilson Raybould is currently on the campaign trail trying to hold her Vancouver-Granville seat as an independent.At a campaign rally in Vancouver recently, she committed to pursuing the truth and change through non-partisan co-operation.“My time in federal politics I don’t think is done and my grandmother always taught me that you have an important voice you need to use your voice and use it to ultimately use it to improve the lives of people so that’s what I’m going to do,” she said.Wilson-Raybould left the Liberal party over the SNC Lavallin affair.She’s hoping to hold the seat against Liberal party challenger, Taleeb Noormohamed, a 42 year-old tech entrepreneur.Also running in the riding is climate activist Yvonne Hanson for the NDP, former Ottawa political staffer Zach Segal for the Conservatives, and Naomi Chocyk, a one-time constituency staffer for Wilson-Raybould, for the People’s Party of Canada.Wilson-Raybould, who was once a B.C. regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations, quickly became one of the stars Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his team promoted heavily in their 2015 bid for power.But Wilson-Raybould precipitated a crisis for Trudeau’s government last winter with allegations she had been inappropriately pressured by the prime minister, his office, other ministers and bureaucrats to end the criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.Wilson-Raybould quit Trudeau’s cabinet over the affair, followed by cabinet ally Jane Philpott. Trudeau eventually kicked both women out of the Liberal caucus and they are now seeking re-election as Independent candidates.Philpott, who also spoke at the rally, told the crowd that independent voices can make a difference in the House of Commons.“Do not ever doubt what one person can do,” Philpott said. “We will not be silent and we will not stand down.”[email protected]@inthehouse7last_img read more

Halifax submits its bid for Amazons second North American headquarters

first_imgHALIFAX – Halifax has submitted its pitch to lure online retail giant Amazon to the city, but even the bid’s biggest proponent admits it’s a long shot.Mayor Mike Savage would not reveal specifics about the city’s submission for the company’s new headquarters, but said Halifax’s quality of life was emphasized.“If Amazon wants to give employees a city that they can fall in love with, I think Halifax is that city,” said Savage in an interview ahead of Thursday’s deadline for proposals.“If it comes down to … the inducements that a province or a city can offer, financial only, then we’re most likely not a player. But if it comes down to a bigger picture, which includes a number of things, then I think Halifax has a very competitive case to make.”More than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada have expressed interest in pursuing the project, and Savage conceded Halifax’s bid is a “long shot.”But he said regardless of whether Halifax wins, the effort has positioned the city to attract other tech businesses.“The city has been growing for a number of years now. We’ve become a tech hub. We could not have bid on this five years ago. But now we have so many companies in that sector that have proven that you can make a living in Halifax,” said Savage.Amazon announced last month that it is hunting for a second North American office, saying it would spend US$5 billion to build the new headquarters for as many as 50,000 employees.The company said it wants to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an international airport; have direct access to mass transit; and be able to expand that headquarters to more than 740,000 square metres in the next decade.Savage said he’s aware Halifax does not meet all the requirements, but said that doesn’t mean the city is not a “serious competitor.”Canadian cities including Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Edmonton, have expressed interest in pursuing the project, but it is unclear how many will submit a bid by Thursday.Amazon has said it will make a final decision on the second headquarters next year.last_img read more

Los Angeles is first in US to install subway body scanners

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Los Angeles’ subway will become the first mass transit system in the U.S. to install body scanners that screen passengers for weapons and explosives, officials said Tuesday.The deployment of the portable scanners, which project waves to do full-body screenings of passengers walking through a station without slowing them down, will happen in the coming months, said Alex Wiggins, who runs the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s law enforcement division.The machines scan for metallic and non-metallic objects on a person’s body, can detect suspicious items from 30 feet (9 metres) away and have the capability of scanning more than 2,000 passengers per hour.“We’re dealing with persistent threats to our transportation systems in our country,” said Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske. “Our job is to ensure security in the transportation systems so that a terrorist incident does not happen on our watch.”On Tuesday, Pekoske and other officials demonstrated the new machines, which are being purchased from Thruvision, which is headquartered in the United Kingdom.“We’re looking specifically for weapons that have the ability to cause a mass-casualty event,” Wiggins said. “We’re looking for explosive vests, we’re looking for assault rifles. We’re not necessarily looking for smaller weapons that don’t have the ability to inflict mass casualties.”In addition to the Thruvision scanners, the agency is also planning to purchase other body scanners — which resemble white television cameras on tripods — that have the ability to move around and hone in on specific people and angles, Wiggins said.“We really want to be effective and we need the ability to have a fixed field of view, but we also need to be able to move that field of view as necessary,” Wiggins said. “Deploying these technologies together gives us that accuracy and minimizes any delays.”Wiggins would not say how many of the machines were being purchased, but said they would be rolled out in subway stations in the “coming months.” Employees and police officers first have to be trained on how to use the equipment.Signs will be posted at stations warning passengers they are subject to body scanner screening. The screening process is voluntary, Wiggins said, but customers who choose not to be screened won’t be able to ride on the subway.But some passengers saw the screening as an added layer of security.“I guess it is a good, precautionary thing,” Andrea Kirsh said, a 22-year-old student from Corvallis, Oregon, who was travelling through Los Angeles’ Union Station on Tuesday. “It makes me feel safe. As a civilian I think we often don’t know what to look for or what we would be looking for.”Passengers who rode down an escalator to ride the Metro Red Line at Union Station in Los Angeles on Tuesday were screened as Pekoske and other officials looked on. But after the news conference and media demonstration, officials packed up the equipment and carted it off.The TSA tested body scanners in New York’s Penn Station in February and has also conducted tests at Union Station in Washington, D.C., and at a New Jersey Transit station during the 2014 Super Bowl.In December, a Bangladeshi immigrant injured himself by setting off a crude pipe bomb strapped to his chest in a subway passageway near Times Square in New York City.Metro has previously tested several different types of body scanners, including airport-style screening systems where passengers walk through a scanner. The pilot program was meant to evaluate the accuracy and capacity of the portable machines.About 150,000 passengers ride on Metro’s Red Line daily and the subway system counted more than 112 million rides last year, officials said.___Follow Michael Balsamo on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MikeBalsamo1 .last_img read more

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

first_imgApp Store Official Charts for the week ending December 30, 2018:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Minecraft Mojang2. Heads Up! Warner Bros.3. Bloons TD 6Ninja Kiwi4. NBA 2K19 2K5. Plague Inc. Ndemic Creations6. Facetune Lightricks Ltd.7. Toca Hair Salon 3 Toca Boca AB8. Geometry Dash RobTop Games AB9. The Game of Life Marmalade Game Studio10. Stardew Valley Chucklefish LimitedTop Free iPhone Apps:1. Amazon Alexa AMZN Mobile LLC2. Color Bump 3D Good Job Games3. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream Google LLC4. Snapchat Snap, Inc.5. Instagram Instagram, Inc.6. Netflix Netflix, Inc.7. Polysphere Playgendary8. Fortnite Epic Games9. TikTok – Real Short Videos musical.ly Inc.10. Spotify Music Spotify Ltd.Top Paid iPad Apps:1. Minecraft Mojang2. Procreate Savage Interactive Pty Ltd3. Toca Hair Salon 3 Toca Boca AB4. GoodNotes 4Time Base Technology Limited5. Notability Ginger Labs6. Heads Up! Warner Bros.7. Geometry Dash RobTop Games AB8. Bendy and the Ink Machine Joey Drew Studios Inc.9. Goat Simulator Coffee Stain Publishing10. Stardew Valley Chucklefish LimitedTop Free iPad Apps:1. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream Google LLC2. Netflix Netflix, Inc.3. Fortnite Epic Games4. Kick the Buddy: Forever Playgendary5. Roblox Roblox Corporation6. Paper.io 2 Voodoo7. Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game Amanotes Pte. Ltd.8. TikTok – Real Short Videos musical.ly Inc.9. YouTube Kids Google LLC10. Helix Jump Voodoo__(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Four Islamists killed south of Algiers ministry

first_imgALGIERS – The Algerian army killed four armed Islamists overnight in an ambush south of the capital, the defence ministry announced Thursday.“During an operation carried out by a unit of the ANP (Algerian army)… four terrorists were eliminated at around midnight, during an ambush” on a road near Berrouaghia, in the Medea region, 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of Algiers, the ministry said.Weapons recovered by the soldiers included a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a Simonov semi-automatic rifle and two grenades. Last week, the ministry said two jihadist militants were killed in a mountainous part of Medea, which was a heartland of the Islamist insurrection during the devastating civil war of the 1990s.Violence attributed to Islamists has declined considerably in recent years.But groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb continue to attack strategic targets in the eastern Kabylie region, around the capital and in the south, where around 40 hostages were killed during the siege of a remote desert gas plant one year ago.last_img read more

Giancarlo Stanton Will Need To Slug Like Barry Bonds To Beat Roger

2007Prince FielderMIL351550 2006Ryan HowardPHI411758 2001Barry BondsSF492473✓ 2007Alex RodriguezNYY391554✓ 2010Jose BautistaTOR361854 Want a late-season home run barrage? Juice up.MLB players who hit the most home runs before the end of the season after hitting 35 or more home runs through 116 games 1998Sammy SosaCHC432366✓ 1999Sammy SosaCHC461763✓ HOME RUNS That means Stanton will need the kind of performance not seen since the steroid era to beat Maris’s old record — a tall order, even for one of history’s greatest power hitters. Of course, maybe juiced balls are the equivalent of steroids for today’s batters, which would certainly boost Stanton’s odds. Either way, to get there, he’ll have to stay nearly as hot as he’s been in this recent streak over the entire rest of the year.Check out our latest MLB predictions. 1990Cecil FielderDET351651 Based on 72 hitters. For 162-game seasons only. Implication of PED use based on the Mitchell Report, failed drug tests and player admissions.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, Lahman database 2001Sammy SosaCHC412364✓ 1998Ken Griffey Jr.SEA411556 1961Roger MarisNYY441761 1998Mark McGwireSTL462470✓ 1997Ken Griffey Jr.SEA362056 Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is on some kind of hot streak. With yet another home run on Sunday (he’s homered in four straight games and nine times this month), Stanton now has 42 on the 2017 season — and 21 in his last 33 games. Just when it looked like Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees was going to usurp Stanton’s crown as the game’s top power hitter, Stanton has reclaimed it with a vengeance.Stanton’s season is already historic; only 11 times in the 162-game-schedule era1Since 1961. has a batter hit 42 or more home runs in his team’s first 116 ballgames. But Stanton can set his sights on another historic mark: the pre-steroids single-season home run record of 61, set by Roger Maris in 1961.Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds later surpassed Maris’s mark.2Bonds holds the current record with 73 home runs, set in 2001. But McGwire and Sosa either admitted to or tested positive for using performance-enhancing drugs, and Bonds was mentioned prominently in the Mitchell Report (which investigated the use of steroids in baseball), thus tainting their accomplishments in the eyes of many fans. So for Stanton, breaking Maris’s “record” would bring cachet even if it isn’t technically the record anymore.And by the numbers alone, Stanton — who needs 20 more home runs by the end of the season to best Maris — has an outside shot at the feat. For every batter who hit at least 35 homers in the first 116 games of a 162-game season,3This sample included 72 players. I recorded how many homers each managed over the rest of the season. About 11 percent managed to hit at least 20 more home runs. 2002Alex RodriguezTEX372057✓ 1999Mark McGwireSTL442165✓ So there’s a chance. But if you look at who did the homering over the rest of the season, Stanton’s odds might need to be adjusted downward more than a little. Of the eight hitter-seasons in our sample with 20 or more home runs between Game 116 and season’s end, all came in the steroid era, and only one — the great Ken Griffey Jr. — belonged to a player never associated with performance-enhancing drug use. The most by a recent player was the 18 late-season homers that Jose Bautista hit in 2010. YEARPLAYERTEAMTHROUGH 116 GAMESREST OF SEASONTOTALPEDS? 1997Mark McGwireOAK/STL352358✓ read more

Inconsistent Buckeyes go 11 in weekend play

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team jumped out to a one-set lead (26-24) against No. 19 Michigan, but dropped the next three sets (17-25, 16-25, 19-25) en route to a 3-1 loss Friday night. The Buckeyes seemed energized during the highly contested first set, which saw 16 ties and eight lead changes, winning on a game-point kill by outside hitter Anna Szerszen. The momentum did not hold for the Buckeyes, however, as Michigan jumped out to an early 7-1 lead to start the second set. OSU never recovered from the early deficit and headed into the break with the match tied at one set a piece. After the break, Michigan picked up right where it left off, jumping out to a 9-2 lead to start the third set. OSU cut the lead to 9-6 but could never climb back in the set. The last set was close through the first-half, featuring three ties, but Michigan began to pull away after gaining an 11-10 advantage. With Michigan’s lead 23-15, OSU began to fight back, riding outside hitter Katie Dull’s three consecutive kills, but fell short in the end. For the Buckeyes, Dull had a team-high 18 points with 15 kills, two aces and a solo block. Betsy Hone led the Buckeyes with 30 assists and Sarah Mignin was the team-leader in digs with nine. The Buckeyes had trouble getting into a rhythm the entire night. Following the game, the team spent some extended time in the locker room to work things out. “We had a really good conversation that was much needed,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “I think we are going to be better tomorrow. “We were just disconnected and it’s my job as a coach to get everyone connected again. The dynamic needed to be tweaked and it just didn’t feel like our team today, but we’ll move forward.” The Buckeyes recovered quickly, turning around Saturday night to sweep Michigan State at St. John Arena, three sets to none (25-20, 25-22, 25-18). Michigan State found itself leading the first set 14-8 before the Buckeyes made five consecutive points to get them back in the game. A kill by middle blocker Mariah Booth brought up game point, and a kill from Dull sealed the first set for the Buckeyes. Set two was close throughout, seeing seven ties and three lead changes. Michigan State led 10-8 before the Buckeyes scored nine unanswered points, making the score 17-10. OSU increased its lead to 21-13, but the Spartans fought back with six unanswered points of their own, making the score 21-19. A 4-3 run to close the set gave OSU the 2-0 set lead. OSU jumped out early in the third set and never looked back. At 23-17, a kill by middle blocker Kelli Barhorst gave OSU match point. A 24-18 Spartan error gave OSU the match. Dull posted a match-high 18.5 points with 14 kills, two aces and a solo block. Amanda Peterson led the Buckeyes with 31 assists while Mignin was the team-leader in digs with 8. With the win, Ohio State improves to 14-3 on the year and 2-2 in conference play. read more