2 nabbed with ganja, ammunition

first_imgTwo persons are in Police custody after 333 grams of cannabis and 100 live rounds of ammunition were found in their possession at Seven Miles, Potaro Road, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).Reports are ranks of the F Division (Interior locations) conducted a search on Saturday morning at about 06:30h on a lorry which was heading to the interior. During the search, the items were unearthed in the vehicle.As such the two men were arrested as investigations continue.last_img

Former Fort St. John man arrested on terrorism charges released from custody

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — The Immigration and Refugee Board has ordered that a former Fort St. John man that was acquitted 2017 of four terrorism-related charges be released from custody until he is deported.According to the CBC, at a detention review hearing on Friday, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada ruled he must be released from custody until he is deported from Canada.Othman Hamdan came to B.C from Washington state 16 years ago on a refugee claim and was arrested in Fort St. John in the summer of 2015 when he was originally charged with four terrorism offences.- Advertisement -Hamdan, a Jordanian national, was acquitted of those charges by a B.C. Supreme Court judge in September 2017. Immigration authorities arrested him and determined at multiple detention reviews that he poses a danger to the public.The CBSA said that Hamdan made himself out to be a cheerleader for the Islamic State in many of his 85 Facebook posts as he glorified and encouraged lone-wolf attacks in Canada, the United States and other western countries.Hamdan cast his activity on Facebook as an alternative news source, providing his followers with another view of events in the Middle East as he relayed the message of a terrorist organization.Advertisement The CBC says Hamdan must meet 25 conditions before he is released.  The CBC says a spokesperson for the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada would not elaborate on what those conditions would be or when he would be released.last_img read more

Airplane trouble temporarily grounds A’s

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — An already exhausting road trip got worse for the A’s when damage to their charter aircraft out of Texas caused about a four-hour travel delay late Sunday.The A’s bided their time in the Texas visiting clubhouse after playing four games in a 48-hour span. They reached their St. Petersburg hotel about 4 a.m. Monday — some 15 hours before beginning a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.“We’ve having a tough trip,’’ said A’s manager Bob Melvin, …last_img read more

New Air France Dreamliners raise the bar in premium economy.

first_imgAir France is offering some inexpensive opportunities to experience the first brand new aircraft type added to its fleet since the arrival of the Airbus A380 in 2009.The carrier’s first Boeing 787-9 took over the  4.5-hour daily flight from Paris Charles De Gaulle  Airport to Cairo on January 9 but it will also initially be used on shorter routes in Europe.The Dreamliner will move to long-haul service on the airline’s Paris-Montreal route on May 1 after the second of 16 787-9s arrives in spring. But there are opportunities to experience the newest addition to the Air France fleet on the cheap within Europe before that date. From February 6, flights AF1680/1681 between Paris and London-Heathrow and return will be flown by the first 787 (except on Wednesdays), with one-way economy fares offered at bargain prices as low as 66€.   With the deployment of the second aircraft, the airline is planning a round trip between Paris and Lyon in between flights to Canada to give flight crews an extra opportunity to rack up take-offs and landings.The new plane highlights one of Air France’s weaknesses:  its inconsistent cabin product, particularly in business class. Its business product ranges from aging angled lie-flat seats, especially in the A340-300 fleet and on the 10 A380s delivered since 2009, to the revamped cabins of the Boeing 777s. The rollout of the newest 777 product started in June, 2014, and it will still take until December, 2017, before all aircraft have been refitted.   Currently, 44 of 68 Boeing 777-200ERs and -300ERs have been upgraded. The airline will also keep its A340s for some time — nine of the airline’s 11 A340-300s, some over 20 years old, will only be phased out within the next three years. Air France fleet director Nicolas Bertrand told Airline Ratings during a 787 demo flight that the plan was to replace them one by one with the incoming Dreamliners.Because the ancient A340 cabins will continue to offer customers only a fraction of the comfort of the newer aircraft interiors, the biggest uncertainty surrounds the A380 fleet. “We are now making a plan and shall start retrofitting a new product from 2019”, says Bertrand, meaning that it will take at least until 2020, more than 10 years since the superjumbo’s   introduction, before passengers can expect to see enhanced A380 cabins matching the offerings of 777s or the 787.The wild variety of product levels won’t be helped by the introduction of the first Airbus A350-900s at Air France, planned for September 2019.  While partner KLM took the first 787s in November 2015, and now has eight in service, Air France will take the lead with the A350s.Air France’s Dreamliners offer 276 seats versus 294 on the 787-9s operated by KLM, the reason being that the Dutch don’t have a dedicated premium economy cabin. KLM has an “Economy Comfort” section, with an enhanced pitch of 35’’, that is otherwise an identical product to Economy. Air France takes pride in its new premium economy, which is making its debut on the 787s with a dedicated cabin (rows 11-12) with 21 seats in 2-3-2 configuration. “We use the Zodiac Airgo FX Premium seats and enhanced the pitch from 38’’ in our previous product to 40’’ now,’’ customer experience manager Fatou Gueye tells Airline Ratings. This is not the roomiest premium economy in the sky  —  JAL and China Airlines are offering up to 42’’ with the same seat hardware — but Air France’s newest product is easily among the best offerings  currently available, boasting a bigger recline of 130 degrees versus 123 degrees in the previous  fixed shell seats that were an industry innovation when introduced by the airline in 2009.  The screens for the 787’s in-flight entertainment system from Panasonic, as on the 777s, have been enlarged from nine inches to 11 inches.  Welcome innovations on the new product is the much larger foldout table, which can support a laptop easily, and new footrests which come up higher than previously to make the seat more comfortable for many passengers.A new feature in the otherwise unchanged business cabin is a smallish bar corner in a space next to door 2L.  The Air France 787 is also the first aircraft of the carrier’s 225-strong fleet to be wi-fi-enabled, a move that comes late compared to other international carriers such as Lufthansa or Emirates. “The technology wasn’t good enough, but now it is time,’’ says Bertrand.  Air France/KLM repeated this mantra and refused to sign up for on-board WiFi for years, allowing the competition to gain big advantages. The Panasonic eXConnect system using Ku-band satellites seems to work fairly well and fast, according to people who have used it on Air France’s 787 flights. However, the airline charges for data packages, the most customer-unfriendly solution, as passengers have no idea how fast their package is used up. Rather than offering a flat fee like Lufthansa, Air France charges from 5€ for 20MB, 10€ for 50MB and 30€ for 200MB. In September, Air France-KLM had signed with provider Gogo to equip a total of 124 long-haul aircraft of both carriers, 68 Boeing 777s and 15 Airbus A330s at Air France, but again only starting at the end of 2017.  There is also no word on any plans for the A380.last_img read more

HB 183 would offer tax credits to incentivize helping young farmers get started

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseHouse Bill 183 was recently introduced by state representatives Susan Manchester (R-Waynesfield) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) to create a tax credit program that would incentivize retiring farmers to sell or rent to beginning farmers in Ohio.“I am grateful for the opportunity to introduce this legislation with Rep. Patterson who will help bring the next generation of Ohio farmers into the agricultural industry and ease the financial burden for retiring farmers,” Manchester said in an April 10 press conference. “I’ve seen this scenario played out first hand in my own district where retiring farmers without family successors are looking for someone to take over their operation but face tough financial barriers when selling their land or assets. This program would incentivize retiring farmers to look to beginning farmers to take over their operations by decreasing their tax burden on selling or renting their land and assets. It would also set beginning farmers up for success by giving them the opportunity to farm and learn best practices through a financial management program.”The language in HR 183 is modeled after a similar 2018 program in Minnesota that has already encouraged 162 established farmers to sell or rent to beginning farmers for a total of $1.4 million in tax credits. Proponents are hoping the Ohio program will have similar success.“Established farmers and ag producers would receive a state income tax credit when they sell or rent agricultural assets like land, machinery, building facilities, or livestock to a beginning farmer. The credit is equivalent to 5% of the sale price, 10% of the cash rent or 15% for a cash share deal,” said Jenna Beadle, director of state policy for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. “Beginning farmers could also receive a tax credit up to $1,500 for taking a qualified financial management course but do not receive tax credits for buying land or other farm-related items. A beginning farmer is defined as an Ohio resident who has been farming for less than 10 years with a net worth of less than $800,000 and cannot be a relative of the established farmer.”Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio Farmers Union and the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association are supporting the bill. The program will likely have a proposed $10 million cap over 5 years, at which time the program can be renewed if it has been successful. The Ohio Department of Agriculture would determine the eligibility of candidates and the organizational framework for the program. The young farmer candidates must provide the majority of labor on the farm.“Farming is a very financially challenging occupation to get into,” Patterson said in the press conference. “The idea is to help our young people now and make this this transition into farming because it is our No. 1 industry in the state of Ohio. We recognize that and we celebrate opportunities for our young people to go into farming.”last_img read more

Big W never ceases to charm players

first_imgIndoor tennis is typical of Europe where, in winters, the snow cover is thick and the winds are chilly. The obvious choice was to play on indoor carpets or indoor hard surfaces with no interruption from nature.In the good old days at Wimbledon, players had to as much fear the surface as the weather because the combination of the two could make it so difficult on slick grass.Times have changed – literally.When the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club decided that a retractable roof was a must for the Centre Court, reactions were mixed. But now it is accepted that Centre Court is fine to play on even under cover.In an age when tennis players have the next week’s schedule fixed months in advance, nobody wants to stay beyond a fortnight at Wimbledon. And another reason is that players did feel the pressure of playing more than one match in a day in case rain delays wrought havoc.Thanks to the retractable roof at Wimbledon, this fortnight we have seen marquee matches on the Centre Court despite sharp showers outside. On Tuesday, for instance while the big players continued with their matches under lights, a total of 43 matches got washed out.So efficient is the referee’s office at Wimbledon that matches are rearranged for the next day and the time lost is made up. However, a suggestion has already been made that in the next expansion plan at the All England Club, Court One should also have a retractable roof! A local paper reported that this proposal will be discussed later in 2012 after the London Olympics, though reactions have been muffled.advertisementTENNIS at Wimbledon has undergone as big change, as I had written last week. Grasscourt specialists are extinct and if today some players do approach the net for volleys, it’s more a strategy to negate the opponent.And that’s how, on Friday, we got to see the huge Jo- Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic engage in net duels.Former Wimbledon champions like Goran Ivanisevic and Richard Krajicek have played on the slower Wimbledon this fortnight in the seniors’ event on Centre Court, with a bewildered look on their faces.The grass is slower and, when the retractable roof is pulled back, it looks nice. Yet, the purists don’t really like this.So how does the next proposal to make Court One playable in all kinds of weather work? Insiders say nothing is going to be done till the end of the Olympics in 2012.There is just a three- week gap between the end of The Championships and the Olympic tennis competition. The bigger charm for participating nations is that the Olympics will be played on grass.In the normal course, one would have imagined, with the wear- and- tear on grass, it would be impossible to get the courts ready for the Olympics.One cannot forget that towards the end of July in 2012, there is as much chance of rain as now. But nobody is worried about how the courts will be readied for the Olympics as the ground staff efficiency at Wimbledon is of a high order.Tennis was never a high- profile event at the Olympics when it was reintroduced as medal sport at Seoul in 1988. In that year, Steffi Graf won all the Grand Slam titles and the Olympic gold to make it a ‘ Golden Slam’. From Roger Federer to Venus and Serena Williams, each one has spoke about the romance which Wimbledon will again offer next year, though it’s about the Olympics.Past greats like John McEnroe feel Federer will bounce back and win more Grand Slam titles if he can sustain his hunger. But I am certain Federer craves for an Olympic singles medal and next year again assumes significance. AT A time when the playing surface at Wimbledon has offered no huge surprises, there has been predictability. Bad bounce is not to be seen and the ball comes at a height and pace where any player can adjust his strokes.Some of the clay-court specialists and hard-court tennis lovers play on Wimbledon with the same comfort, though the smarter ones believe in bending their knees to execute shots with more grace.Unlike The Championships, the Olympic draw is very different.It is not a draw of 128 but half the size in singles. But what’s more important in this is, all the top players don’t get into the singles and doubles draws as the emphasis is more on country representation.advertisementRomantic relics like Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi are hoping they can play their fifth Olympics together, having first played at Atlanta in 1996. If someone says they are a medal prospect, take it with a table spoon full of salt.Then again, based on the ATP and WTA rankings in June 2012, we will get to know in which draws Sania Mirza, Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna get in.Am I thinking too early about it? Not so, since from the Williams sisters to lesser- known tennis journeymen, the Olympic tennis event is already being discussed.last_img read more

UP Governor prefers talking about biryani and kebabs when asked about rape incident

first_imgUttar Pradesh Governor Aziz Qureshi at an iftar party on Friday night. He made the remarks while talking to reporters after the feast.Biryani and kebabs are gastronomic delights whose mention is more important than the rising cases of gang rape and murder for Uttar Pradesh Governor Aziz Qureshi. This can be the only explanation for Qureshi brushing aside media queries on crime cases in the state, including the one in Lucknow in which the victim was tortured before being gang-raped and then murdered.”Did you taste the biryani? It was great. And kebab was also nice. Leave other things aside,” Qureshi said before walking past the cameras of television crews in Lucknow on Friday night. The UP governor made this comment after attending the roza iftar party hosted by Advocate General V. C. Mishra.The mediapersons had sought the response from Qureshi on the gang rape and murder of a lab technician of the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences. A mother of two children, the woman had failed to save her husband two years ago even after donating one of her kidneys.Originally from Gorakhpur, the widow was working to ensure good education to her 11-year-old son and five-year-old daughter. Her brutalised body was found inside a school in Lucknow’s Mohanlalganj area on Thursday. But these facts apparently didn’t evoke any empathy in Qureshi, a Congressman, who has recently developed tremendous proximity with the leaders of Samajwadi Party. Qureshi, who is also the Uttarakhand governor, has been given additional charge of Uttar Pradesh.advertisementQureshi is not alone in making such insensitive comments as state Sports and Youth Welfare minister Narad Rai said crimes against women take place all over the country. “Such kinds of crime take place all over the country. I will pray to the God to give us strength to fight against the evils,” he said on Saturday. Sadly, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav still appears to be supporting his son Akhilesh Yadav’s government. “Going by the population of the state, I must say that there are many states where the rate of crime is higher than UP. We cannot stop every crime in the state. I believe the women are most secure in UP,” he said.But the insensitive comments did not end there.  G.P. Prajapati said in Amethi: “We cannot deploy a police officer for the protection of every woman in the state. After all, even the police are human.”As per a report from 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh, more than 240 rape cases have taken place in the last three months. Meanwhile, the police claimed to have cracked the gang rape and murder case and arrested three persons. The police said one of the killers wanted to marry the victim. He along with his two friends committed the crime when she didn’t agree for marriage.last_img read more

Matt McQuaid, Cassius Winston lead Michigan State over Michigan

first_imgWintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Matt McQuaid scored a career-high 27 points, Cassius Winston converted the go-ahead layup in the closing minute, and the Spartans rallied to beat No. 10 Michigan 65-60 in the Big Ten final on Sunday.Top-seeded Michigan State (28-6) scored the game’s final 10 points to capture its first championship since 2016. No other program has won the conference tournament as many times as Michigan State, and this one was particularly sweet.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, logisticsAfter all, the Spartans prevented a championship three-peat by Michigan (28-6) and beat their rivals for the third time this season.“I asked them all today, ‘What do you want to do?’” Izzo said. “Pregame meal, ‘What do you want to do? You want to play for the (NCAA) Tournament or you want to play the game?’ That sounds like a stupid question, but if you knew where my guys were at as far as physically, it was a good question to ask. Once they said ‘We want to play the game,’ I said, ‘You just gave me a license for 40 minutes of hell, so you better get going because I’m not letting up.’” “They responded and I think they enjoyed it,” he continued. “So did I.”McQuaid nailed a personal-best seven 3-pointers. Winston, the Big Ten Player of the Year, had 14 points and 11 assists as Michigan State won for the 10th time in 11 games.“It’s always big,” McQuaid said. “Michigan’s a really good team. Beating them three times … it’s hard to do.”Both teams were awarded No. 2 seeds in the NCAA Tournament and will play Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. Michigan State faces Bradley in the East Region, while Michigan goes against Montana in the West. The Wolverines beat Montana last year on the way to the national championship game.Ignas Brazdeikas led Michigan with 19 points. Jordan Poole scored 13. Jon Teske had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Zavier Simpson added 10 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Dominic Thiem edges Roger Federer in 3 sets to win Indian Wells title Read Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments But the third-seeded Wolverines fell again to Michigan State after blowing their chance to win the league by losing to their rivals twice in the final four regular-season games.“You lose three times in a season to your rival, it’s gonna hurt” Isaiah Livers said. “But we’ll use it as motivation for the NCAA Tournament. I’m glad we don’t have a week or two weeks to sit there and think about that last game. We can get right back to playing.”Michigan led by 13 early in the second half, but Michigan State went on a 13-4 run to tie it at 48 with just over seven minutes remaining.The Wolverines were up 60-55 after Livers hit a 3 with 2:29 left, but they didn’t score again. McQuaid answered with one of his own to start the game-ending run and Xavier Tillman made a tying layup for Michigan State.After Simpson missed a 3 for Michigan, Winston drove to his left for a layup — which Teske thought he blocked — to put the Spartans on top 62-60 with 28 seconds left.Brazdeikas then missed a pull-up jumper that got tipped by Aaron Henry with 14 seconds to play. Teske and Tillman went up for the rebound, the ball got knocked out of bounds and the referees gave possession to Michigan State after a review as Michigan coach John Beilein screamed on the sideline.Henry made a free throw and missed the second, making it a three-point game. Poole then appeared to get bumped by Winston — Michigan State had a foul to give — just before he launched a long 3 off the dribble, but there was no call.The Spartans’ Kenny Goins hit two free throws to make it 65-60 with two seconds left.AHRENS INJUREDMichigan State forward Kyle Ahrens was relieved X-rays showed his left ankle wasn’t broken after he was taken from the court on a stretcher in the first half, though the extent of the injury was not clear. Michigan State’s Matt McQuaid (20) celebrates after shooting a 3-point basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball championship game against Michigan in the Big Ten Conference tournament, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)CHICAGO — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had one simple question for his team. He got the answer he wanted, and the sixth-ranked Spartans picked up their sixth Big Ten Tournament championship.Now, they’ll try to bring home the biggest prize of all.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte He expects to have an MRI once the softball-sized swelling goes down.Ahrens landed awkwardly when he collided in midair with Goins going for a defensive rebound with 4:34 left in the first half.He clutched his lower left leg as he screamed in pain. Medical personnel placed an air cast on his leg and teammates gave him hugs before he was wheeled away, pounding his chest as he was taken to the back. He returned to the sideline on crutches in the second half.BIG PICTUREMichigan: The Wolverines have their sights set on another big NCAA run after losing to Villanova in the championship game last year.Michigan State: The Spartans head to the tournament with high hopes, though their rotation figures to be a little thinner after Ahrens went down.UP NEXTMichigan: NCAA Tournament.Michigan State: NCAA Tournament. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Krausslast_img read more

Klopp responds to Mignolet rumours

first_imgTransfers ‘Nobody knows about the future’ – Klopp responds to Mignolet rumours Dom Farrell 04:19 2/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Simon Mignolet, Liverpool, 17/18 Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Porto v Liverpool Porto UEFA Champions League The Liverpool manager has confirmed Loris Karius will start the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie against Porto Jurgen Klopp insists he is not thinking about Simon Mignolet’s future following reports the goalkeeper’s Liverpool career is in doubt.Ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 tie against Porto, Klopp confirmed he would abandon his previous rotation policy for cup competitions when it came to the last line of defence.That means Loris Karius will retain his place at Porto having dislodged Mignolet last month, with reports having suggested the Belgium international could be sold in the summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Nobody knows about the future, or I don’t know about the future,” Klopp fired back when it was put to him the decision meant Mignolet’s days at Anfield were numbered. “In this business it is always the same – it says nothing about that.”It’s not for me to think about these kind of things. I have to make a decision for tomorrow night and that’s all. No problem.”Klopp was also left holding his tongue after Liverpool were talked of as potential Champions League winners ahead of their tie against Porto.The dazzling attacking play of Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, along with a relatively favourable draw against the Portuguese champions, has led to Liverpool being tipped as dark horses to become kings of Europe for a sixth time in their history.Speaking alongside his manager at a pre-match news conference, Firmino sidestepped comparisons between himself and Salah and Paris Saint-Germain stars Neymar and Edinson Cavani.When it was Klopp’s turn to talk, Liverpool’s against-the-odds Champions League triumph in 2005 was raised but the former Borussia Dortmund boss was in no mood to entertain any parallels being drawn.”I have no idea. If we would be in the final we would try to win it, for sure, but it’s such a long way away,” he said.”It’s not enough to say I don’t like it, actually I hate to talk about the round after the actual round.”Jurgen Klopp LiverpoolJoking to underline his point, Klopp added: “Only because I am a friendly person I answer the question, because we are in public. Usually if someone asks about the next round I leave the room immediately.”We are live on television – that’s why I didn’t do it.”A year ago, competing in the Champions League was only a possibility for Liverpool and Klopp is keen to focus on a present and tangible reality.”On a good day we are really strong but tomorrow we need to be outstandingly strong to get a result at Porto,” he said.”Last summer we dreamt of it but now we are here. The last 16 means 16 really, really good football teams face each other.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more