About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Fulham defender Chambers: We’re improving under Ranieriby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham defender Calum Chambers is adamant the club are improving despite Saturday’s 2-0 loss to West Ham United.The Cottagers are still bottom of the Premier League, having conceded 42 goals in 17 games.But Chambers, currently on loan from Arsenal, says the club are making strides under new boss Claudio Ranieri.”We’ve improved a lot of things over the last few weeks,” Chambers told Standard Sport. “Things are changing, things are looking positive. “We feel we played alright against West Ham, we created chances but we just didn’t put them in the back of the net. We’ve got to stay together, be positive. “We’ve got an important week coming up next week and we have to be ready for that.”We knew how important a game this was for us. We created a lot of chances and didn’t finish them, you can get punished in this league for that.”
NC State scored a huge come-from-behind victory Thursday night, as sophomore forward Beejay Anya hit a game-winning jump hook with no time remaining on the clock against LSU to move his team to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. As you’d imagine, the fans back in Raleigh were just a bit excited. The below video, which shows a few hundred students celebrating on campus, has gone viral.Here’s Anya’s shot, for those who missed it. The party is on in Raleigh. The Wolfpack will get No. 1 Villanova on Saturday, and if they win that one, look out.
Jamaica is slated to benefit from the implementation of the Local Economic Development (LED) programme, which seeks to enhance governance at the community level.This is being facilitated under the CAN$28.2 million Caribbean Local Economic Project (CARILED), being executed in CARICOM member states over a six-year period, through funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)-funded.A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was recently signed between the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) for the undertaking.Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, who provided details during his Sectoral Debate presentation in Parliament on Tuesday, June 11, said a National Coordinator has been identified and is slated to commence duties in July.Additionally, he informed that the Ministry has advertised positions for Local Development Officers for posting in six parishes shortlisted for the programme’s execution.The Minister explained that the LED aims to establish economic activities/enterprises in 150 communities across Jamaica; support at least 300 small and micro enterprises enabling them to attain financial viability and/or expand their businesses; and positively impact the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by the time the programme matures fully.Mr. Arscott said that while the administration moves to strengthen community governance and “equip our citizens to be valuable participants in the decision-making process”, it is important that tangible ways of advancing local development through economic empowerment of the citizens be identified and pursued for implementation.In this regard, he said that the administration has adopted the LED as a “new policy initiative and strategy” to enable local authorities, primarily parish councils, as well as communities and other local stakeholders, to play a major role in growing the local economy, creating jobs, and reducing poverty within their jurisdictions.“It is imperative that we establish avenues for communities and cooperatives to engage in economic activity. This will, in the process, make a significant contribution towards national economic development,” Mr. Arscott contended.In pointing out that the project will not be confined to the six parishes earmarked for the project’s implementation, Mr. Arscott said the Ministry has been “seeking other opportunities” to forge collaborative relationships to enhance the LED.“We are now prepared to move aggressively to implement (the) LED programme in Jamaica,” he declared.Contact: Douglas McIntosh
New Delhi: The CBI was on Friday granted seven-day custody of aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar by a special court here after the court denied him anticipatory bail in the matter earlier the same day. The probe agency had sought custody of Talwar in connection with a UPA-era aviation scam, two years after the agency had registered an FIR in the case.The lobbyist, who was already in judicial custody, lodged at Tihar Jail, in a PMLA case, is the first person the agency will question in custody, in connection with the case. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The case pertains to allegations that during senior Congress leader Praful Patel’s time as the Civil Aviation Minister, several profitable air routes and timings were given to private foreign airlines, causing huge losses to the national carrier. While neither Talwar nor any other person is named in the CBI’s FIR, the agency had moved an application in a special court here, seeking custody of the aviation lobbyist, who is also named as an accused in the Air Asia scam and the Advantage India NGO case. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAs Talwar was produced in court on Friday morning, his counsel moved an anticipatory bail plea before special Judge Anil Kumar Sisodia, who denied the plea and dismissed the application after hearing arguments. The CBI then presented an arrest memo, with the court deciding to announce whether Talwar will be sent to police custody or judicial custody after lunch. The defense had argued that the probe agency’s arrest memo did not fulfill all requirements as prescribed by the Supreme Court of India. However, granting CBI Talwar’s custody, the court added that he can meet his lawyers and family members between 5 to 6 pm on alternate days, rejecting the request to meet family members every day. Special judge Sisodia also said that a prescription for his daily medicines must be provided to the CBI’s investigating officer, with a medical check-up to be done every 48 hours. He is to appear before the court again on August 2 at 2 pm. The case that CBI has sought Talwar’s custodial interrogation for pertains to a PIL filed in the Apex court in 2012, which alleged large-scale corruption in the Civil Aviation Ministry during the UPA regime. The Supreme Court had then directed the central agency to register cases to probe these allegations, after which three FIRs and one Preliminary Enquiry were registered by the CBI. This case alleges that “foreign airlines were given unrestricted entry into India and major routes were given to them without taking any reciprocal benefits for Air India”. The CBI goes on to allege that despite warnings of huge losses to the national carrier, Civil Aviation Ministry officials had dishonestly given pecuniary benefits to private, domestic and foreign airlines. Specifically, the CBI alleged that up to four international air routes and nine domestic air routes were awarded to private airlines such as Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, Go Air, Indigo, Spicejet, Paramount Airways, and others, while Air India withdrew its services from these routes. Taking cognizance of this FIR, the ED had registered a money-laundering probe against Talwar, who was earlier questioned and arrested by the financial probe agency in connection with the case. The ED’s probe had revealed that Talwar was paid Rs 272 crore to secure air traffic rights for airlines such as Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Air Arabia. The ED had also questioned Patel with regards to this case, after allegedly finding a link between him and Talwar.
ESPN analyst and legendary football coach Mack Brown, ACM award winning recording artist Jack Ingram, and Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, are excited to announce Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M) will return for a fifth year.This annual fundraising event will take place on April 20-21, 2017 in Austin, Texas. Talent will be announced soon.Over the past four years MJ&M has raised over $5 million benefitting a handful of youth organizations that all reflect MJ&M’s goal to empower kids in their community.“We continue to be amazed with the outcome of MJ&M,” said Coach Brown. “Friends from across the country come together to support this amazing effort to empower kids, all while having a great time that they won’t soon forget. We cannot wait to make an even greater impact in 2017.”MJ&M continues to impact the lives of children throughout Texas, California, Louisiana, and more than 23 countries around the world. Every year, MJ&M supports select organizations that share the principals’ goal to empower kids. Funds raised through MJ&M 2017 will support The Rise School of Austin, just keep livin Foundation, HeartGift, Cure Duchenne and Dell Children’s Medical Center.Like the previous years, the MJ&M line up will include a gala and concert on April 20 hosted at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre.Previous MJ&M headliners include Dierks Bentley, Kasey Musgraves, Toby Keith, Sheryl Crow and John Mellencamp.Ingram added, “With this being our 5th anniversary year we want to celebrate the impact of MJ&M in a big way. We are committed to making the music and experience the best yet. I always appreciate old friends and new being willing to show up and perform to make MJ&M the most impactful, fun event of the year. Two nights of non-stop talent – you will not want to miss it.”April 21 will be a jam-packed day with a golf tournament being held simultaneously with a once-in-a-lifetime fashion show chaired by Lifestyle expert and co-founder of Yummy Spoonfuls, Camila Alves McConaughey. Veronica Beard, Badgley Mischka, Lela Rose and MILLY were the featured runway designers in years past. The 2017 designer will be announced soon.April 21 will conclude back at ACL Live at the Moody Theater for a singer-songwriter line up of talent unmatched by any other singer-songwriter event. Eric Church, Little Big Town, Lyle Lovett, Bobby Pinson and dozens of the biggest names in music have participated over the past four years and the lineup coming together for 2017 promises to be the best yet.“Camila and I are proud to join our dear friends to raise awareness and money for these important charities,” said McConaughey. “We always have a great time being home in Austin and have made numerous new friendships over the years since MJ&M began. That’s what it’s all about – coming together to help kids succeed.”For more information about Mack, Jack & McConaughey or to sign up to receive further announcements about the 2017 event, visit www.mjm2017.com.
TORONTO – Dave Bidini asks “what if” a lot.As in, what if the mainstream press didn’t care about George Clooney building a house on Lake Cuomo? Maybe, just maybe, he says as he sprinkles in a few profanities, communities would be better off.Next month, the prolific musician, author and general man-about-Toronto, will be trudging door to door delivering his most recent creation: a 20-page broadsheet newspaper called the West End Phoenix. It will be a community rag, served without advertisements every month or so, with a focus on a few west-end neighbourhoods.“We used to have a whack of really, really great community papers, but they’re all glorified flyer-mobiles now,” Bidini says, his voice rising.“Goddammit, we’re in Toronto, we’re in this amazing city and we’re in this catchment in the west end where there are so many stories and we need a paper that will focus on the community. And you know what, the lane is wide open for us.”Bidini is betting on the community where he lives to respond. He has budgeted about $300,000 for the first year for eight to 10 issues and says he’s raised about 40 per cent of the funds needed. The money comes from a mixture of what he calls patrons, those who have shelled out $500 to $25,000. Count artists Margaret Atwood, Yann Martel and Serena Ryder among the donors.He says he has about 1,100 subscribers thus far and is hoping for 5,000 within a year. He’s going local.“We, as of a society, have to punch open those front doors and roll open those garages,” Bidini says. “In our times, it’s important for us to better know each other.”There is a paucity of community newspapers in Canada, according to research by a Ryerson University journalism professor. April Lindgren runs the Local News Research Project that puts numbers to the mass extinction of news organizations. Her research has led her to dub the situation across Canada as “local news poverty.”Since 2008, 194 news organizations have closed in Canada, either outright or due to mergers, her research shows. Only 62 new ones have popped up over the same time period. She is continually updating the numbers, she says.“News is becoming a luxury item for a community,” Lindgren says.Someone like Bidini finds himself in the perfect position to launch a newspaper, she says.“You need money, education, background and contacts,” Lindgren says.Bidini can tick off some of those boxes and is using his contacts to find money.“I’m having dinners and coffees with potential patrons trying to shake the trees,” he says.Lindgren points to American research that shows people who live in more affluent communities tend to have more access to more local news than people who live in poorer communities.Yet she’s excited for any new news outlets, especially if it’s local.“Research shows the availability of local news is as important to a well-functioning community as a functioning sewer system, good roads, public health services and good schools,” she says.Nearly 700 kilometres north of Toronto, Jeff Elgie speaks of his burgeoning local news empire from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. He runs Village Media and his crown jewel is SooToday.com, a digital-only news organization based in the northern Ontario city.They have news sites in four other Ontario cities: North Bay, Barrie, Timmins and Guelph, and they’re expanding. They’ve built their own publishing software that powers their sites and they also license it to other news organizations in Sudbury and Thunder Bay where they take a cut of digital sales, he says.Elgie is bullish on local news. He says on an average weekday, SooToday.com sees about 90,000 hits and 42,000 unique visitors, totalling about 15 million hits a month. This from a community with a population 73,368, according to the 2016 census.He says about 97 per cent of traffic is from local stories.“What we’re just doing is what a community newspaper did 20 years ago,” Elgie says. “It’s not that brilliant, really, we’re just focusing on local.”He says he won’t go anywhere near Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver, but is targeting small- to medium-sized cities with populations from 40,000 people to 200,000. He also targets areas that have their own distinct persona, learning from their struggles in Barrie, Ont.“Barrie seems to act a little differently and in some ways behaves a bit more like (a) commuter community where there is not as much interest in engagement in purely local news, so we struggle there,” he says.Another important factor is the competition. He’s looking for places with a weak media landscape. He points to Guelph as a good example. They had already planned to go in there because it fits the profile, but when the local paper, the Guelph Mercury, closed in early 2016, they raced to enter the market and opened up shop eight days later with two former Mercury reporters in tow.The next experiment is to test an even smaller market: Elliot Lake, Ont., with a population of 10,498.They’ll leverage SooToday’s site since it’s so close and they’re already covering issues like crime and health care. He says he already has commitments from companies to buy ads that have nearly covered the new operations launch costs.Like newspapers of yore, his company is making money off obituaries, which they post for free but make advertisement dollars off of their popularity, and classifieds.“In the Soo, we have more used vehicles than Auto Trader does,” Elgie says.Back in Toronto, Bidini already has a few shoestring budget stories to tell. An old high school friend “who’s done very well” will cover printing costs. There is no rent for the newsroom space because they are considered artists in residence at the Gladstone Hotel.He’s pumped for the first issue, which will feature “massive photos and massive illustrations” to go along with both short and long stories.“We do whatever we want to do,” Bidini says.Then it’s back to the what ifs. What if the West End Phoenix is no different than the scores of news outlets that died?“Who knows, maybe we’ll be that, man,” he says, “but we’re gonna try.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misstated the number of issues the West End Phoenix will publish per year.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Political analyst Joan Walsh announced on Saturday that she would be moving to CNN next year after MSNBC said it had decided not to renew her contract as a paid contributor, a decision that has caused an uproar on social media.“I am overwhelmed by the support I’ve received today from all of you. And I’m thrilled to tell you I’ll be heading to CNN in the new year,” Walsh tweeted. “Thanks to everyone who made this happen. A Christmas miracle.”Earlier, Walsh had said on Twitter that she had learned of the New York-based network’s decision Friday while baking pies with her daughter. Her followers have expressed their dismay with the trending #KeepJoanWalsh tag.MSNBC says the paid-contributor list is reviewed annually. It says while Walsh’s contract wasn’t renewed she’s “a key voice” who’s “absolutely still welcome” and would be invited to appear on shows.Walsh says she’s proud of the work she did. She tweets she’s given her “heart and soul to the network,” from the George W. Bush years through today.MSNBC hosts Chris Hayes and Joy Reid have tweeted in support of Walsh.
FREDERICTON – A New Brunswick retiree who just wanted to buy cheaper suds is about to find out if his 2012 beer run to Quebec will change the nature of Confederation.The Supreme Court of Canada is to make a key ruling Thursday on interprovincial trade, in a case that began when Gerard Comeau was stopped by police with 14 cases of beer and three bottles of liquor in his trunk.“I’m a Canadian citizen. I can go and shop wherever I want. You can buy clothes, shoes, jewellery, everything and bring it over. How come beer is limited?” Comeau said Wednesday from his home in Tracadie, a small community in the northeast of the province.The low-key, 64-year-old retired NB Power linesman was fined nearly $300.But a New Brunswick trial judge ruled that the charge violated constitutional law, overturning a ban on bringing alcohol across provincial boundaries.It quickly became a test case with wide implications.Comeau’s lawyer has said the ruling could have the power to shift a host of laws across the country governing everything from selling chickens to how engineers and other professionals work across provincial lines. Some trade experts have said a Comeau victory could trigger lawsuits across the country seeking to dismantle similar government-run corporations for cannabis.Many provinces have intervened in the case against Comeau, while a team of lawyers with an interest in the constitutional issues offered to represent him for free, and the Canadian Constitution Foundation volunteered its assistance.He said he never would have been able to afford the legal fight without the help.“Any of these big cases they’ll drag it and drag it until you’re out of money and have to give up,” he said.At issue is a section of the New Brunswick Liquor Control Act prohibiting anyone in the province from having more than 12 pints of beer not purchased through a liquor store in the province.The trial judge said the law is at odds with Section 121 of the Constitution Act, which reads “All articles of the growth, produce, or manufacture of any one of the provinces shall, from and after the union, be admitted free into each of the other provinces.”Judge Ronald LeBlanc said the original framers of the Constitution never intended that laws should blatantly block the free flow of goods within their new country.During that trial, a senior vice-president of the New Brunswick Liquor Corp., said Quebec prices are cheaper because the producers deal directly with the retailers and the government doesn’t add a mark-up.He said in New Brunswick, where the sale of liquor must be through NB Liquor outlets, the corporation adds a mark-up of as much as 89.8 per cent.The New Brunswick government has argued that the case threatens to end Canadian federalism as it was originally conceived. But Comeau said his interest is more personal.“I want to know about me as an individual. Can I go and buy whatever I want, wherever I want and take it home? It’s a simple question. That’s what I want to know,” he said.Comeau said he continues to buy cheaper beer in Quebec — as recently as last weekend.“It doesn’t change my life much. I’m still Gerard Comeau,” he said laughing.Comeau is also hoping to finally be reimbursed for the trunkload of alcohol that was seized more than five years ago.
Before signing any documentation with Radiance, the District was seeking support from the Board to move forward with the project.The Board voted in favour to receive more information before signing documentation and making the upgrades to the lighting. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a special School District 60 board meeting on Monday, Trustees looked into the matter of upgrading lights at all School District facilities.According to School District Secretary-Treasurer, Brenda Hooker, they have been in discussions with Radiance Energy for the past six months regarding an LED lighting upgrade to all facilities.Hooker says other Districts have been working with Radiance to upgrade lights and say the new lighting bring benefits such as improving the classroom environment and lowering hydro costs when compared to the standard fluorescent lighting.
Patna: The RJD on Monday released its manifesto, titled ‘Pratibadhta Patra’, promising reservation for SCs, STs, EBC and OBCs in proportion of their population in the private sector and the higher judiciary. The ceiling – a 50 per cent cap – had been broken after giving 10 per cent quota to the weaker sections among the general category so the people belonging to these categories (SCs, STs, EBC and OBCs) should be given reservation on the basis of their population, party leader Tejashwi Yadav said while releasing the manifesto here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The apex court had fixed a cap of 50 per cent on total reservation and the Centre last month justified in Supreme Court its recent law granting 10-per cent quota for Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs), saying it was brought in to promote “social equality”. Advocating extension of quota for them in higher judiciary and the private sector, the manifesto also vowed to carry out caste-based census in 2020-21. Pointing out that the RJD, also agrees with the Congress manifesto, it said, the party “completely endorses” the ‘Nyay’ scheme of the Congress, which would be beneficial to states like Bihar. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Tejashwi Yadav was accompanied by Rajya Sabha member and party’s national spokesman Manoj Jha, Bihar RJD chief Ram Chandra Purve and others at the release of the party’s manifesto. The RJD also demanded from the Centre to make public the Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC) data, carried out by the UPA government. Releasing the manifesto, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, also the leader of the opposition in the state, said that “it is not the manifesto of RJD, rather it is a ‘pratibadhta patra’ (commitment document) of the party”. A helpline number would be launched and a help centre set up in major cities of the country for the people of Bihar living outside the state, the manifesto said. The party would ensure that six per cent of gross domestic product be spent on education and four per cent on health, he said. “If our (party’s) government is formed in Bihar, then we will remove the ‘illegal’ tag on toddy and make it ‘legal’….The move to make toddy illegal has rendered many belonging to economically weaker sections jobless. “My father Lalu Prasad, when he was the chief minister, had abolished tax on toddy,” the RJD leader said. Replying to a query on his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav’s recent activities, Tejashwi evaded a direct reply, saying “the press conference has been organized for releasing the manifesto today”. According to the seat-sharing formula for the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar announced by the opposition ‘Mahagathbandhan’, 20 seats will be fought by the RJD and nine by the Congress. Of the 20 constituencies, the RJD has left the Ara seat to the CPI(ML) Liberation. Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) and Mukesh Sahni’s Vikasheel Insan Party (VIP) will field candidates on five and three seats respectively. Former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustan Awam Morcha (HAM) has been given three seats. The seven-phase election in Bihar is scheduled from April 11 to May 19.