first_imgStory Links The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s rugby team fell  97-8 to the OUA defending champion Queen’s Gaels on Saturday, September 15 at Varsity Stadium.TORONTO STATS: Griffin Giles scored Toronto’s lone try, while Tudor Chirila added a penalty goal.UP NEXT: The Varsity Blues travel to Waterloo this Saturday, September 22 to take on the Laurier Golden Hawks. Game time is set for 1 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

EURO 2012: Benzema at the double for France

first_img0Shares0000LE MANS, France, June 5 – France thanked a brace from Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema as they thumped Estonia 4-0 in an impressive Euro 2012 tune-up to give Group D rivals England food for thought.Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery set the ball rolling in the northern town of Le Mans with the opener on 24 minutes before Benzema made it 2-0 eight minutes before the break as the French found their form. Benzema added another just two minutes after the restart before Paris Saint Germain forward Jeremy Menez made it four in stoppage time.On the negative side for Laurent Blanc’s men a central defensive partnership of Philippe Mexes of AC Milan and Valencia’s Adil Rami had a few nervous moments but that failed to take the gloss off a morale-boosting win and, as a former stopper himself, Blanc should be capable of passing on some tips to his backline.The coach said he was satisfied overall.“It’s three wins in three and so we can be satisfied. In some areas less so but overall it was a good evening,” said Blanc, ho noted even so that “sometimes we put ourselves in difficulty” at the back.He forecast that against England “it will be more difficult, a more rigorous test and we will have to play it in simpler fashion.”Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye was a driving force in midfield while Ribery bagged his third goal in as many outings after Benzema neatly set him up before bagging his own 14th and 15th goals for his country – the first a fine curling individual effort and the second laid on by Ribery.Menez bundled in his late goal after coming on as substitute for Benzema along with Olivier Giroud, who replaced Florent Malouda.France have now gone 21 games unbeaten and the memories of a disastrous 2010 World Cup are finally beginning to fade away.They meet England next Monday as they open up their programme before further pool meetings with co-hosts Ukraine and Sweden and Blanc says they are showing signs of forming a dangerous unit.On Benzema and Ribery’s linking up well together on Tuesday’s evidence he told reporters: “Ribery and Benzema have enormous potential and they have shown that with their clubs – though they still have to fulfil it with France.“Collectively, we are moving forward (but) the moment of truth comes on June 11,” he concluded.Turkey upset Ukraine in final warm-up matchThe 2012 European championship’s co-hosts Ukraine slumped to a 2-0 loss to Turkey in their last warm-up match ahead of the European Championships at Ingolstadt in Germany on Tuesday.Fenerbahce midfielder Erkin Caner and Besiktas forward Mustafa Pektemek scored one apiece for Turkey to upset Ukraine with just a week remaining before their opening encounter at Euro-2012.Turkey, the Euro-2008 semi-finalists, roared on by locally-based support, looked more focused from the start, while Ukraine, who fielded an experimental line-up, sat back in defence, relying on counter attacks.In the 28th minute Turkey went into the lead through Caner, who received a precise left-wing cross from Pektemek just into the area and slotted the ball into the net past Ukrainian ‘keeper Andrei Pyatov.Shakhtar defender Yaroslav Rakitsky had a chance to level two minutes before the break but his 11-metre header from Alexander Aliev’s well-struck freekick was saved athletically by Fenerbahce goalie Mert Gunok.After the interval Ukraine’s manager Oleg Blokhin brought on veteran forward Andriy Shevchenko in an attempt to boost his team’s attacking prowess but the Turks still dominated play and kept Ukraine defence under pressure.In the 70th minute Pektemek made it 2-0 for Turkey, firing in from close range following Tunai Torun’s cross from the right to clinch the win.In the closing stages Shevchenko missed a clear scoring opportunity as his close-range shot rebounded off the crossbar with five minutes to go.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Davies urges Transportation Minister to replace Taylor Bridge

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Peace River North MLA Dan Davies has sent a letter to Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claire Trevena, asking her to make it a priority to replace the aging Taylor Bridge.In his letter, Davies gave a brief history of the bridge, the second such structure to cross the Peace River at Taylor. The first suspension bridge built during construction of the Alaska Highway opened in 1943 and collapsed 17 years later, before being replaced by the current bridge in 1960.Davies said that the 58 year-old bridge was given an urgency rating of 4 out of 5 two years ago, and should be replaced. He mentioned that the bridge is regularly reduced to single lane traffic while welders repair cracks in its metal deck. Davies pointed out that when the previous bridge collapsed, motorists were forced to drive over the railway trestle for three years while the new bridge was built, an option that would likely not be allowed today should the span be required to close.- Advertisement -Davies also mentioned the recent widening of the South Taylor Hill, and that Taylor Rob Fraser has mentioned support for the Alaska Highway to be widened to four lanes through his community. Because of this, Davies said he is asking Trevena to make building a new four-lane bridge over the Peace River in Taylor a high priority.Davies’ letter can be found below.last_img read more

Blaze in attic destroys house

first_imgFire Department investigators determined the cause of the blaze to be electrical, Padilla said. He said the fire started in the attic, and that about 70 percent of the roof was engulfed in flames by the time the 30 or so firefighters deployed arrived. Padilla said the blaze wasn’t visible to neighbors until it breached the roof. “We really couldn’t get into the house,” Padilla said. “We had to go defensive right away.” — Gideon Rubin (661) 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LEONA VALLEY – An overnight fire destroyed a Leona Valley home early Monday morning, fire department officials said. Firefighters were dispatched at 12:42 a.m. to a house in the 40200 block of 97th Street West and had the blaze knocked down within an hour, but still the home and its contents couldn’t be saved, Fire Department inspector Sam Padilla said. One firefighter was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation, Padilla said. He said the house was unoccupied at the time, and there were no other injuries. Padilla said the house was valued at $450,000 and the contents at $90,000. Adjacent property was threatened, but not damaged. last_img read more


first_imgTHE COUNTY may have record unemployment – but not enough Donegal people applied for government jobs recording this year’s census, it was revealed today.In fact a local politician has managed to persuade the department behind this year’s Census to re-advertise positions which could bag those chosen more than €2k!Donegal South West Senator Brian Ó’Domhnaill has welcomed the decision of the Central Statistics Office (CSO) to re-open the recruitment process for Census Enumerators in Donegal. “Recruitment officially closed after 15,000 applications were registered online. However, the CSO didn’t get enough applications from people in Donegal. I contacted the office and it confirmed that it would reopen the recruitment,” explained Senator Ó’Domhnaill.“It gives people in Donegal a second chance to consider this great job opportunity. I strongly urge those who are seeking work to apply, so they can gain valuable experience and get back on to the jobs market.“There is only a short window available, as applications close at midnight tonight. The job involves a minimum of 25 hours per week between March 8th and May 13th this year, mostly in the evenings and at weekends. Successful applicants will be fully trained and paid an average of €2,200. A mobile phone and other material will also be provided,” said Senator Ó’Domhnaill.RECORD UNEMPLOYMENT – SO WHY DIDN’T DONEGAL PEOPLE APPLY FOR CENSUS JOBS? was last modified: January 14th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New bin Laden audiotape broadcast

first_imgCAIRO, Egypt — Osama bin Laden issued new threats in an audiotape broadcast on Arab television Sunday and accused the United States and Europe of supporting a “Zionist” war on Islam by cutting off funds to the Hamas-led Palestinian government. He also urged followers to go to Sudan, his former base, to fight a proposed U.N. peacekeeping force. His words, the first new message by the al-Qaida leader in three months, seemed designed to justify potential attacks on civilians — something al-Qaida has been criticized for even by its Arab supporters. He also appeared to be trying to drum up support among Arabs by accusing the West of targeting Hamas, a militant group that fights against Israel and now heads the Palestinian government. Citing the West’s decision to cut off aid to the Hamas-led government because it refuses to renounce violence or recognize Israel, bin Laden said Washington and Europe were waging war on Islam. “The blockade which the West is imposing on the government of Hamas proves that there is a Zionist, crusaders’ war on Islam,” bin Laden said. President George W. Bush was told about the tape Sunday morning. The intelligence community has informed the White House that it believes the tape is authentic, said Bush’s spokesman, Scott McClellan. “The al-Qaida leadership is on the run and under a lot of pressure,” McClellan said at a Marine base in Twentynine PalmsZZSB, where Bush was having lunch with military families. “We are on the advance. They are on the run.” Al-Qaida is not believed to have direct links to Hamas, which is an outgrowth of the Muslim Brotherhood. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri was quick to distance the group from bin Laden, declaring that “the ideology of Hamas is totally different from the ideology of Sheik bin Laden.” The groups do, however, share an anti-Israel ideology that calls for the destruction of the Jewish state. And recent reports in Middle East media have said al-Qaida is trying to build cells in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Lebanon and Sudan. Israel has indicted two West Bank militants for al-Qaida membership. Israeli government spokesman Raanan Gissin said it appeared bin Laden decided to issue the verbal assault to deflect growing Arab animosity toward al-Qaida. That criticism peaked in December when the leader of the al-Qaida in Iraq group, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, claimed responsibility for the bombings of Jordan hotels that killed many Arabs. “This is something the Arab world can agree upon,” Gissin said. Bin Laden “has been criticized for the destruction and carnage he’s causing the Muslim nation. He’s looking for another justification,” Gissin said. “Criticizing Israel sounds more politically correct.” The U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad — a former ambassador to Afghanistan — said the tape was another attempt by bin Laden to gain attention for his cause. “He wants to be relevant to the situation, wants to get attention that he still is a player,” Khalilzad said on CNN’s “Late Edition.” The voice on the tape sounded strong and resembled that on other recordings attributed to bin Laden, but its authenticity could not be verified independently. Al-Jazeera television appeared to have had the tape long enough to make significant edits, with its news reader providing background comments. The network broadcast about five minutes of the tape in all. Bin Laden’s remarks touched on the full range of issues that anger militant Arabs and other Muslims. Many of them see a renewal of a Christian- and Jewish-inspired Western “crusade” to dominate the Islamic world and to confiscate Muslim lands and resources — particularly oil. Bob Ayers, a security expert with the Chatham House think tank in London, said the tape may be bin Laden’s way of playing cat-and-mouse with those hunting him. “It’s when people have kind of forgotten about him, when he’s not been on the news, that the tapes emerge,” Ayers said. “It’s kind of his way of thumbing his nose at the U.S. and saying, Hey, I’m still out here, and you haven’t caught me and you can’t.’ That’s what he’s saying.” Concerning Sudan, bin Laden called on “mujahedeen and their supporters, especially in Sudan and the Arab peninsula, to prepare for long war again the crusader plunderers in Western Sudan. Our goal is not defending the Khartoum government but to defend Islam, its land and its people.” “I urge holy warriors to be acquainted with the land and the tribes in Darfur,” he said, adding they should be aware that the rainy season approaches and that will hamper their movement. Al-Qaida has targeted Western forces in Africa before — including its attacks against U.S. troops trying to bring peace to Somalia in 1993. The fighting in Darfur began when rebels from black African tribes took up arms in February 2003, complaining of discrimination and oppression by Sudan’s Arab-dominated government. The government has been accused of unleashing Arab tribal militia known as the Janjaweed against civilians in a campaign of murder, rape and arson — a charge it denies. At least 180,000 people have died — many from hunger and disease — and 2 million people have been displaced in the vast, arid region of western Sudan and as refugees in neighboring Chad. The United Nations has described the conflict as the world’s gravest humanitarian crisis. The United States has described it as genocide. Negotiators are trying to broker a peace deal between warring factions by an April 30 deadline. Members of the African Union have agreed in principle to hand over peacekeeping duties to the United Nations this fall. The Saudi-born bin Laden set up headquarters in Sudan after he was forced to leave his homeland, but Khartoum expelled him under threats from the United States. He moved to Afghanistan, where he trained fighters and organized the Sept. 11 attacks. He is believed hiding in the rugged mountains on the Pakistani side of that country’s long border with Afghanistan. In Washington, U.S. intelligence officials said bin Laden was living separately from top deputy Ayman al-Zawahri and, in a sign he has to be careful about whom he trusts, surrounded by fellow Arabs. The al-Qaida chieftain, who last issued a message broadcast by Al-Jazeera on Jan. 19, also made a point of trying to justify attacks on civilians. He said citizens of Western countries were equally responsible with their governments for what he termed the “war on Islam.” “I say that this war is the joint responsibility of the people and the governments. While the war continues, the people renew their allegiance to their rulers and politicians and continue to send their sons to our countries to fight us,” bin Laden said. In his last message, bin Laden offered the United States a long-term truce but warned that al-Qaida soon would launch a fresh attack on American soil. But no new attacks on the United States have occurred. In the Sunday broadcast, bin Laden called for a global Muslim boycott of American goods similar to the recent ban on Danish products after the publication of caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad that outraged the Muslim world. The Al-Jazeera news reader said bin Laden, in a portion of the tape not aired by the Qatar-based broadcaster, also scoffed at Saudi King Abdullah for his calls for a “dialogue among civilizations” and blasted liberal Arab writers for participating in the Western cultural invasion of Muslim lands. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Civilian troop tours Tennessee air base

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The delegation toured Arnold and saw the testing capabilities of the wind tunnels there. Every U.S. military aircraft, most of NASA’s rocket engines and spacecraft, and many commercial aircraft have been tested at Arnold since 1951. Antelope Valley business and civic leaders traveled to Arnold Air Force Base in Tennessee as members of the Air Force Materiel Command Community Leadership Program. The Materiel Command is Edwards Air Force Base’s parent unit. The leadership program is designed to give civilian leaders from communities surrounding Air Force bases the opportunity to learn more about the Air Force’s mission at other bases and to meet community leaders from Air Force bases around the country. The Antelope Valley delegation included Alis Clausen, Southern California Edison’s region manager for public affairs; Rex Moen, manager of governmental affairs for Fiberset; and Les Uhazy, Antelope Valley College’s dean of mathematics and science. They heard from Materiel Command commander Gen. Bruce Carlson and Arnold’s commander, Brig. Gen. David Stringer. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Parole sweep nets numerous arrests in South Whittier

first_imgSOUTH WHITTIER – Members of a multi-agency task force Wednesday morning wrapped up a two-day operation targeting local parolees that resulted in eight arrests, the recovery of quantities of methamphetamine and other drugs, and the take down of an identity theft ring that used forged checks to raid victims’ bank accounts, task force members reported. The sweeps by the South Whittier Task Force, which included probation officials and sheriff’s deputies, also uncovered a drug-sales operation at a home where the occupants had set up surveillance cameras and motion detectors, presumably to tip them off to police, members of the task force told the Whittier Daily News. Officials also said they broke up a fairly sophisticated identity theft ring. They said the ring stole people’s identities, then created fake checks to drain the victims’ bank accounts. For much more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Doherty planning to clip the wings of vulture funds today

first_imgDonegal Deputy Pearse Doherty will today bringing legislation to the Dáil to crack down on vulture funds to stop them selling family homes.His proposal is a ‘No Consent, No Sale’ guarantee introduced where a bank cannot sell a home loan without the permission of the mortgage holder.This is already part of a voluntary Code of Practice on mortgages for the banks, but they are not bound by it. The new law will make it mandatory for all banks and financial institutions operating here.It is part of a new nationwide campaign against the vultures.Deputy Doherty said: “In November of last year, a State-owned bank that had been bailed out by the Irish people (Permanent TSB), brazenly announced that it was selling over 6,000 family home loans to an unknown entity.“This was a new low in Irish banking- these loans were meeting their arrangement. “They were being thrown to the vultures despite doing the right thing of engaging and making a permanent arrangement with the bank.“It is fundamentally unfair and I believe unacceptable to most Irish people – yet the Government and Central Bank will not act to stop it.“Our bill, which will be introduced tomorrow, simply puts into law the Code of Practice the Central Bank itself wrote in the nineties.“The Code is voluntary which means it is not issued under Section 117 of the Central Bank Act.“Indeed, as we saw from Permanent TSB the bankers don’t even know of its existence – that is about to change. “In the last Dáil, Minister Michael Noonan told Paschal Donohue TD (now Minister for Finance himself) with regard to the Code of Practice on the Transfer of Mortgages that: ‘Notwithstanding its voluntary nature, I expect that best practice dictates that the Code be applied by all institutions to all classes of residential property’.“That was only six years ago, so what has changed and why?“This Bill marks a start in Sinn Féin’s campaign to defeat the vultures and end the arrears crisis.”Mr Doherty was joined at a briefing for TDs in Leinster House yesterday by iCare Housing CEO David Hall, and Social Democrats election candidate Carly Bailey, whose mortgage was sold to a Vulture. Doherty planning to clip the wings of vulture funds today was last modified: January 24th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:daillegislationPearse Dohertyvulture fundslast_img read more