Posted by Eoin McConnell Oct 2nd, 2008 Back in May I shared some thoughts about how I would choose between different Servers based on RISC architecture and Intel based architecture. My decision making was based on three basic tenets in terms of choosing the right CPU architecture1)tChoice and the ability to pick between multiple suppliers.2)tPerformance3)tSystem Cost and Total cost of OwnershipAs you probably know by now, we launched the Xeon Processor 7400 Series (codename; Dunnington) on September 15th. The performance results delivered by systems based on the Xeon 7400 processor are astounding when you actually compare with performance delivered by systems based on RISC architecture. Who would have thought that you could get this level of performance from Xeon at a fraction of the cost of comparable RISC based architectures. The Xeon 7400 is designed for high-end enterprise workloads like your typical database so I decided to look at the latest database results. If you get a chance, then check these out for yourself at tpc.org. Amazing performance, a fraction of the cost and you can choose from multiple Vendors and Operation System combinations. – HP Proliant DL 580 4s system delivered 634,825 tpmC at $1.10/tpmc. This compares with an equivalent POWER 6 based system at 629,159 tpmC at $2.49/tpmCI also decided to look at how many users a Xeon 7400 based system could support in an SAP environment. For this comparison I took a slightly different approach to look at a 4s Xeon 7400 based system as compared to a 2S UltraSPARCT2 system. You may ask why I made this strange comparison, well to me a 2S UltraSPARCT2 system is a 4S system in disguise in terms of system capability, memory supported and most of all the price! – HP Proliant DL 580 4s system supported 5,155 users. This compares with an equivalent UltraSPARcT2 based system at 4,170. Oh and a similar system with 64GB memory is about $32,000 for HP DL580 and a T5240 is about $56,000Ok, I’ll stop doing direct comparisons now as I can understand how this could read as Intel marketing. I’m really excited by these results and wanted to share with you, please check these performance results out here at intel.com.Here are also some links to articles that I found written about Intel Xeon 7400 offering ‘RISC-Class performance at a fraction of the cost’. Wall Street Journal, Internet News, The Register In the next few weeks I will share some further thoughts on comparing Xeon with RISC, but in the meantime, what do you think?Related Blog Links:It’s official – Intel Xeon Processor 7400 Series (Dunnington) has launched Six More Benefits of 45nm HP Announces World Record 4-Socket TPC-C Result IBM Announces World Record 8-Socket TPC-C Result Previous Blog links:So what does RISC really mean to you?
The World Cup finalists Croatia continued their shaky start to qualifying with a 2-1 defeat by Hungary. They had taken an early lead in Budapest through Ante Rebic after 13 minutes but lacked defensive organisation and allowed Adam Szalai to draw Hungary level 20 minutes later, before Mate Patkai scored the winner for Hungary from a corner in the 76th minute. The result means Croatia are fourth on goal difference in Group E, which includes Wales, after their 2-1 home win over Azerbaijan on Saturday. Cyprus Croatia Topics Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Euro 2020 Share on Twitter Belgium Eden Hazard marked his 100th cap with an early goal to set Belgium on their way to a comfortable 2-0 win in Cyprus. Michy Batshuayi got the other goal for the top team in the Fifa rankings, who began their campaign last Thursday with a 3-1 home win over Russia and now have six points from their opening two games in Group I.Hazard opened the scoring after 10 minutes with a curling shot after Batshuayi had set him up. It was his 30th international goal. Batshuayi doubled the score eight minutes later, running on to a pass over the top of the home defence from Thorgan Hazard, knocking it past the onrushing goalkeeper Urko Pardo and sliding the ball into the net from a tight angle.Belgium, without Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku due to injury, cruised through the rest of the contest to take to 12 games their unbeaten record against Cyprus.Poland made it two wins out of two at the start of their qualifying campaign after second-half goals by Robert Lewandowski and Kamil Glik gave them a 2-0 home win over Latvia in Group G. In the group’s other games an Eran Zahavi hat-trick steered Israel to a 4-2 home win over Austria while Slovenia were held to a 1-1 home draw by North Macedonia. Poland, who beat Austria 1-0 away in their opening match, lead the way with six points from two games. Israel and North Macedonia have four each and Slovenia have two while Austria and Latvia are pointless. Hungary Alex McLeish says Scotland must ‘kick on’ after nervy win over San Marino Josh Magennis strikes late for Northern Ireland to beat Belarus Share on Messenger Latvia Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Read more Read more Poland Reuse this content
The Week in Women’s Football: Review of The Making of the Women’s World Cupby Tim Grainey17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThis week, we review another recent book that came out around the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. Kieran Theivan (based in England) and Jeff Kassouf (the founder of the excellent U.S.-based women’s football site the Equalizer) have together written The Making of the Women’s World Cup: Defining Stories from a Sports Coming of Age (Robinson, London, 2019).The book is a solid review of the previous seven Women’s World Cups. This new work certainly has a lot of information about the American team, as they won three finals, lost another and hosted two World Cup Tournaments in 1999 and 2003. Delightfully, the book—rather than a straight history—looks at the past tournaments through legendary players and teams such as Marta and Brazil in 2007, Nadine Angerer and Germany in 2003 and 2007 and Kelly Smith and England in 2015.In Chapter 1—The Early Years—Jeff Kassouf makes the point that the first Women’s World Cup (not yet having that currently strong brand as FIFA was unsure of whether it would be successful but rather called it the First FIFA World Championship for Women’s Football for the M&Ms Cup) drew strong attendance in China (where officials encouraged people to attend to boost their bid on the 2000 Olympics, which they narrowly lost to Sydney, Australia). The Americans surprised the other teams with their different attacking, pressing style as 1991 Golden Ball Winner Carin Jennings (now Gabarra) said: “I think it was the start of the U.S. women’s national team programme and the start of a programme that won three World Cups and four Olympic gold medals. That was the start of the culture of the U.S women’s national team. That culture has never wavered. That is a culture of mentality, competitiveness and hard work, along with talent. So, I think it was the start of that. That has always been there. Every person who has ever played for the US national team is connected in that regard (pages 18-19).” Chapter 2—The Birth of the Lionesses—focuses on the 2015 event in Canada through the prism of England’s path to third place. Theivan profiles Steph Houghton (Manchester City) and her elevation to team captain at the comparatively young age of 26—over previous captain Casey Stoney (31)—by former women’s national team head coach Mark Sampson, even though Houghton had missed the 2007 World Cup and 2009 Euros through injury. Houghton recalled: “I’d just moved to [Manchester] City and I had been given the armband, but in terms of my international career I was nowhere near being a regular starter. So for me I just wanted to make sure I was in the squad. Mark said he saw me as a leader of his team, but obviously there were a lot of candidates like Fara Williams and Jill Scott, who had played a number of times for England, Kelly Smith was still involved at that time, and of course Casey, who was current captain….I will always remember sitting down with him at St. George’s Park around April. I’d had the armband a few times and no way did I think it would be a possibility for the long term, but I remember him saying what I brought to the team and the sort of things he was looking for in his captain, and then he asked me if I would take the role and be the leader of the team. Obviously, you’re delighted but the rest of the conversation was a bit of a blur….For me it wasn’t working against them [the senior players], it was a case of using their experience and using them as fellow leaders to create a team environment and a special environment where we loved playing for England (pages 26-27).” Houghton is still one of the core members of the team in defense and has over 100 caps for a side that has reached the semifinals of the last two consecutive Women’s World Cups (2015 and 2019) and it was fascinating to hear in-depth from her about England’s preparation and progress to a bronze medal in Canada.Chapter 7 on Kelly Smith was entitled England’s Golden Girl Arrives—and profiles one of the leading ambassadors of the game. The former English international forward emphasized the importance of league soccer for the development of the domestic game. Smith discussed the 2005 European Championships which England hosted, which were televised throughout Europe: “The 2005 experience was amazing because we didn’t have to qualify for that tournament, and obviously it was hosted in our home country. It meant we got to play in front of our home fans and we really wanted to develop the game, and TV coverage was starting to happen, so we really wanted to play well to get people talking about women’s football. It was great because you’d go to the grounds and you’d be playing in front of fifteen to nineteen thousand, which I think was a record at that time for a women’s game. It was a lot of fun to play in (page 121).” This reporter was in Sweden and Russia for most of the tournament, where the games were televised and the tournament was an important step in the growth of the game in Europe. Smith felt quite the let down when she went back to her domestic league, even though she played for Arsenal which won the European Club Championship at the end of the 2006-07 season: “It was difficult because you know mentally what is coming from international football. But when you’re not playing at that level week in, week out and you’re playing some league games that you had won before you’d even walked onto the pitch, it makes that step up more challenging. Some of the players would have friendly bets between themselves to see what the scoreline was going to be because that’s how it was. There were probably only a few teams you knew you’d get a good game against—Charlton and Everton. You’d get into bad habits when it’s too easy. You don’t do your defensive work because you can get away with it. But at international level you can’t do that. The players knew going into the big games that you had to be switched on, and we made sure of that because we knew the magnitude of the game. The players are fitter and faster at international level, and we need to adjust to be ready for that (Page 122).” England qualified for the 2007 WWC in China but as Kieran Thievan wrote: “But all the talent in the world wouldn’t be able to compensate for the current state of domestic football in England, with players only training two to three times a week with their club, and having to balance their daily lives with their football., even though Arsenal own the league title, two cups and what is now the Women’s Champions League title (page 128).” It will be interesting to benchmark the attendance figures and reaction in the country between 2005 and 2021 when England again hosts the European Finals, in which should be an outstanding event.Chapter 8—A Hat-Trick and a Worldwide Movement focuses on now-retired American forward Abby Wambach and the prelude to the 2015 Tournament in Canada, where the games were designed from the beginning to be played on artificial turf. Wambach led an international group of 40 players and positioned FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Federation that their plan violated European charters and Canadian law for gender discrimination equality as men’s World Cups never had nor would ever be held on turf fields. Wambach said in March 2013: “We’ve worked so hard as female athletes—not only here in the United States, but internationally—to grow the game and in my opinion, I think this is taking a step back. All of the men’s international players around the world would argue the same point. A lot of these guys will not play on an artificial surface because it is an injury-prone surface and I don’t blame them (Page 143).” Kassouf writes: “Wambach would state after a January 2015 meeting with FIFA officials that the playing surface decisions were set in stone, but she would also later point out that FIFA officials had promised her that there would never again be a Women’s World Cup played on artificial turf. That’s hardly a binding contract, but it was clear that this type of battle for equality was going to be necessary, whether in 2015 or down the line (Page 145).” In France this past summer, all the games were held on grass pitches and I believe that this is a non-issue now for future tournaments, and we have Wambach and other vocal players to thank for that. Kassouf continues: “Around that same time, FIFA announced an increase in prize money for the Women’s World Cup, which was a small victory that at least appeased players. Women’s players had long been told to be thankful for what they had. The two years of battling the bigwigs over what women’s players felt was, morally and legally, gender discrimination, proved to be the exposition to the approaching tidal wave for the fight for equal rights (Page 145-146).” FIFA doubled the prize money amount (from $15 Million to $30 Million) in late December 2018 for the 2019 Women’s World Cup. We would expect that amount to continue to rise ahead of the expanded 32 team tournament in 2023.Kassouf also included interesting insight from Heather O’Reilly [who will retire from the sport at the end of this NWSL season for the reigning champions North Carolina Courage] who, “would describe the World Cups proximity to the U.S. as the perfect scenario: “The feel of a home World Cup without the pressure of being hosts (Page 147).” The level of American support in cities close to the border, particularly in Winnipeg and Vancouver, was overwhelming and a contributor to the American victory in the tournament.In Chapter 9—Australia’s Kids are Allright—the review of Australia’s Women’s National Team is a stellar job, focusing on the restructuring of the nation’s regional development system. The discussion of the Matildas 2007 World Cup campaign in China—where they opened the tournament by blasting Ghana 4-1, tied Norway 1-1 and then came back from 2-1 down to tie Canada in their last group game to advance to their first ever knockout round on an injury-time shocking goal from Cheryl Salisbury. I had covered three of Australia’s four tournament games in China—including that stunning draw in Chengdu that shattered the tournament dreams of the 2003 semifinalists Maple Leafs. Canada seemed to be cruising to a runner-up spot in the group and the knockout stage, including an 85th minute goal from Christine Sinclair, before Salisbury’s late goal just before the final whistle drew the Matildas level, vaulting the Australian side into second place in the group. Australia finished second on five points to Norway’s seven while Canada finished third on four points and the sight of the Canadian players crying and distraught on the field at the conclusion of the game sticks to me to this day. The game had been postponed a day because of a typhoon warning, though the media were not told about the delay until we were at the stadium, and the weather was not particularly threatening at that point from my standpoint. The Matildas then fell to eventual finalists Brazil 3-2 in another stirring match in Tianjin, coming back from an early 2-0 deficit and gave the favorites some troubling moments but never quit attacking; Brazilian forward Cristiane scored the winner in the 75th minute. Despite the narrow defeat to the ultimate 2007 runners-up, the Australian players after the match were cordial with the media and proud of their accomplishments; they had started a path for the national team that has led to their powerhouse status in present times and helped to propel the launch of the soon to be 12-year-old W-League the next year. The Australians, their coach Tom Sermanni and his vibrant and articulate group of players was one of the highlights of that tournament for me.This book is quite well researched and written by two experts in the game.Their focus on teams allow them to discuss key issues of the Women’s World Cup—FIFA’s initial reticence, equality issues in later years, development of youth programs and coaching regimes (Australia/Germany)—and leaves the reader with a solid understanding of the roots of the Women’s World Cup, the leading tournament and most highly visible advertisement that we currently have for the women’s game. This should be on all women’s football fans’ shelves.Tim Grainey is a contributor to Tribal Football. His latest book Beyond Bend it Like Beckham on the global game of women’s football. Get your copy today.Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimGrainey TagsOpinionAbout the authorTim Grainey FollowShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd centre-back Maguire: Leicester should be happy with dealby Freddie Taylor16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Maguire says Leicester were reluctant for him to join Manchester United.United made Maguire the world’s most expensive defender when they paid the Foxes £80m for his signature. And Maguire says the deal was good for both parties.”[The fee] doesn’t bother me at all,” Maguire told Inside United. “It’s something that I can’t affect. Leicester wanted to keep me and they are in a great position as a club.”Manchester United wanted to buy me and they came to an agreement. It’s probably a good deal for both parties and it’s something now where I want to concentrate on my football.”
Jaws of Life, defibrillators and ground search and rescue vehicles are just some of the things that will enhance safety in communities provincewide, thanks to help from the province’s Emergency Services Provider Fund. In total, 222 volunteer fire departments and emergency response organizations across the province will benefit from the fund, with 124 of those projects being announced today, March 19. “Firefighters and first responders are the backbone of our communities”, said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “This fund supports the work they do everyday to keep us safe in our neighbourhoods, town and cities. I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to the many volunteer firefighters and emergency services workers for their self-less dedication to their communities and to our province.” Announced in September 2007, the fund began as a one-time, $5-million initiative. However, it has grown to almost $8.5 million to address the unique equipment and infrastructure needs of Nova Scotia’s volunteer fire departments and emergency response organizations. These organizations include ground search and rescue, lifeguards and ski patrols. “This financial support will help many volunteer firefighters and first responders get the equipment they need to stay safe while they respond to the safety needs of Nova Scotians in communities across the province,” said Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “It also assists these groups to purchase equipment to help keep our families safer in our homes and on our roads.” Wayne MacDonald, deputy chief of the East River Valley Volunteer Fire Department, was one of the first recipients to receive funding under this initiative. “With government’s help, we now can buy the much-needed equipment sooner,” said Mr. MacDonald. “We are buying new radios for communications, breathing apparatus bottles, masks, nozzles and proper hoses. One of our biggest purchases was the thermal imaging camera, which will help us to find the source of the fires sooner.” The fund also supported the infrastructure needs of various emergency groups and fire stations. The Berwick Fire Department for example, will receive $250,000 towards the construction of a new fire station. “We know that this fund will not fix everything or purchase every piece of equipment. But, it is a big step in the right direction,” said the premier. The fund was application-based and provided for a maximum of $250,000 for eligible projects. Projects have been approved for every county in Nova Scotia. A complete list of projects funded through the Emergency Services Provider Fund can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/muns/espf .
The province is taking an important step toward ensuring quality student learning in light of the enrolment and fiscal challenges facing public education. Education Minister Marilyn More announced today, Dec. 23, that respected educator Ben Levin will conduct a two-month review to provide advice to help the department and school boards improve the learning experience and outcomes for students. “Dr. Levin will provide advice and recommendations on how to ensure the education system in Nova Scotia meets the needs of tomorrow’s students,” said Marilyn More. Mr. Levin, a professor and Canada Research Chair on Educational Leadership at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and a former deputy minister of education in Ontario and Manitoba, has expertise in large-scale education reform and the role of government policy in education. “The issues facing education are very clear. We must improve student outcomes at a time when we have rapidly declining enrolments, and significant financial pressures,” said Ms. More. “Dr. Levin has a proven track record in developing reasonable, practical solutions for the challenges that exist in today’s education system.” Mr. Levin’s report will focus on strategies to maintain the quality of learning experiences and outcomes for students, while addressing issues that include making the best use of human resources within schools and boards, optimal use of school buildings, improving student and parent engagement, teaching and assessment practices, and improving school-family relationships. The report will not address issues of governance or funding models. The budget scenarios given to school boards earlier this fall will not be part of the review. “The public education system in Nova Scotia has served the province well; but education can never stand still in the face of changing circumstances,” said Dr. Levin. I look forward to contributing some ideas on how Nova Scotia schools can continue to support high-quality learning for all students within the realities of our times.” “Dr. Levin’s work will add value to the work already undertaken by department and school board staff to come to grips with the challenges facing education,” said Ms. More. “This will be another important piece of information to support us making the right decisions for students and families. We are at a crossroads and it is more important than ever that we take the steps necessary to manage our school system in a way that matches the number, and needs, of the students it serves.” Vic Fleury, president of the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, said he supports the decision to engage Mr. Levin. “This is a good initiative and we will certainly co-operate. School boards want to contribute to finding ways to make public education in Nova Scotia more cost effective,” said Mr. Fleury. In Nova Scotia, student numbers have dropped by 30,000, or 18 per cent, over the last decade, and will continue to decrease by another 17,000 students over the next 10 years. Enrolment declines and the province’s bleak financial picture is forcing government to look at more efficient ways to deliver public education. A final report is planned for the end of February.
BALURGHAT: In view of the recent spate of attacks at state-run hospitals by outsiders, Chief Medical Officer of Health (South Dinajpur) Dr Sukumar Dey has sought 24-hour police protection in all state-run facilities across the district. Dr Dey has sent a letter earlier this week to District Magistrate Nikhil Nirmal, in which he has appealed for tight police arrangements in all urban and rural hospitals of South Dinajpur.Expressing his concern over the issue, Dr Dey said: “I have already delivered a letter to the DM of the district seeking round the clock police protection. We have the latest NRS instance in our hands.” According to him, the district Health department has urged the DM for 24-hour police deployment at Balurghat District Hospital and Gangarampur Sub-Divisional Hospital, along with Rashidpur, Harirampur and Tapan block primary health centres, located in rural belts.
Los Angeles: Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” will soon become the highest-grossing film at the worldwide box office. Disney has announced that the superhero epic, directed Anthony and Joe Russo, has minted USD 2,789,200,000, which is only USD 500,000 short of “Avatar’s” USD 2,789,700,000, and once weekend ticket sales are tallied, it should cross the amount.”Endgame” has been in theatres for 13 weeks and Disney recently re-released the movie with additional footage. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”A huge congratulations to the Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios teams, and thank you to the fans around the world who lifted ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to these historic heights. “Of course, even with the passage of a decade, the impact of James Cameron’s Avatar remains as powerful as ever, and the astonishing achievements of both of these films are ongoing proof of the power of movies to move people and bring them together in a shared experience. The talented filmmakers behind these worlds have much more in store, and we look forward to the future of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Pandora,” Alan Horn, co-chairman and chief creative officer of the Walt Disney Studios, said in a statement. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige also announced the benchmark during a Comic-Con presentation in San Diego.
CALGARY – A survey suggests Canadians have a generally positive impression of Muslims but that view doesn’t apply to some of the religion’s leadership and beliefs.The poll, commissioned by Think for Actions and Insights Matter, found 78 per cent of Canadians agreed Muslims should adopt Canadian customs and values but maintain their religious and cultural practices. Some 88 per cent of those surveyed said Muslims should be treated no differently than any other Canadian.But 72 per cent of respondents also believed there has been an increasing climate of hatred and fear towards Muslims in Canada and that it will get worse.Results of the poll — an online survey of 1,048 Canadians done from March 13 to Aug. 12 — were released Saturday at The Unity Conference in Calgary on Islamophobia, discrimination and systemic racism.“The biggest takeaway is Canadians who are friends with a Muslim or know a Muslim individual have a positive view of Islam and Muslims and are more welcoming to them,” said Mukarram Zaidi, chair of the group that commissioned the survey.“Fear is the greatest factor. The majority of Canadians believe the issue of racism has increased. They are concerned about the issue of general racism and hate crimes, religious discrimination, homophobia and anti-Semitism.”Public perception isn’t all positive. The survey found 56 per cent believed that Islam suppresses women’s rights. There was a 54 per cent approval for imams and 35 per cent for Muslim leadership.“There needs to be work done within the Muslim community and their leadership to understand that the common person does not hold a lot of respect for what they’re doing,” said Zaidi.“Children born and raised in North America need to become an imam, because when they stand up and speak, they can speak English clearly and they can relate Islam to North American culture.”Calgary Imam Syed Soharwardy, founder of Muslims Against Terrorism and the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, understands why Canadians would be suspicious of Muslim leadership. He said many imams discuss only religious teaching and morality when they should speak out against fanaticism, extremism and intolerance.“Many Muslim leaders do not condemn ISIL, the Taliban, al-Qaida,” said Soharwardy. “A lot of imams are doing it, but not enough.”Soharwardy, who was born in Pakistan, said imams should be fluent in English or French and have a good understanding of Canadian society.“I think most of the imams, who come from overseas and outside of Canada, they still live in silos. They still do not help people to integrate in the mainstream Canadian society.”Soharwardy has personal experience about the need for good language skills when talking to Canadian-born Muslims.“At our mosque I speak in English and Urdu, like a bilingual sort of thing. My own son says, ‘Papa, when you speak English that is fine, but as soon as you start talking Urdu, you just turn me off’ — and he understands it.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
HUMBOLDT, Sask. – One family got the worst news, the other the best.After believing Humboldt Broncos hockey player Parker Tobin had survived the team’s bus crash late last week in Saskatchewan, his family was told there had been a mistake.He was actually dead.It was Xavier Labelle, whose relatives had been mourning his death among the 15 killed on the bus, who was alive and recovering in hospital.“That was a tough phone call,” Drew Wilby, a spokesman for Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice, said Monday in Regina.“I don’t think enough can ever be said. All I can do is offer our sincerest apologies, our sincerest condolences and sympathies, in particular to the Tobin family on the news that they would have received.”Wilby said authorities mixed up the identities of the two 18-year-old players, partly because they had similar builds and had dyed their hair bright gold for the playoffs, along with their teammates.Tobin, a goalie, was from Stony Plain, Alta., where he was known for his voice as a previous announcer for his hometown Flyers hockey team.Labelle is a defenceman from Saskatoon. His brother had previously posted an online tribute on the weekend about losing his best friend.“All I can say is miracles do exist,” Isaac Labelle wrote Monday on Facebook.“My deepest condolences to the Tobin family.”A spokesperson for the Tobins and the Labelles released a statement on their behalf Monday, saying the two families are “grieving together.“They hope the focus will remain on those grieving and those recovering, not the confusion in an unimaginable tragedy,” the statement read, adding that both families are asking for privacy.The Broncos junior team was heading to Nipawin on Friday when their bus collided with a semi truck carrying peat moss at an intersection north of Tisdale, about 200 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon. RCMP confirmed that 15 people had died in the crash and 14 were injured.Two people have since been released from hospital and, of the dozen that remain, four were listed in critical condition.Over the weekend, Tobin’s family had tweeted that their son was alive.“This is one of the hardest posts I have ever had to make. Parker is stable at the moment and being airlifted to Saskatoon hospital,” Rhonda Clarke Tobin wrote on Twitter shortly after the crash.People reacted online with relief that he had survived.Wilby said the Tobin and Labelle families were notified of the error Sunday night — the same night thousands of family members, friends and fans attended a solemn prayer vigil in the team’s home rink. A few candles still flickered Monday morning outside the Elgar Petersen Arena, and a Broncos Strong sign sat on a bench near the entrance.Both families have been understanding under the circumstances, Wilby said.The coroner’s office was following a standard procedure to identify the victims, he added — but it was challenging.Relatives were involved in identifying the remains of the bus crash victims at a makeshift morgue, said Wilby. Dental records are the best way to identify the deceased but those can take days to track down, especially given that the hockey players were from all over Western Canada, he said.Officials are confident all the other victims have been properly identified, said Wilby.“This is unprecedented in Saskatchewan’s history,” he said. “Let’s all pray that something like this never happens again.”Saskatchewan Health Authority CEO Scott Livingstone, who spoke at a news conference Monday about the health system’s response to the crash, wouldn’t answer questions about the mix-up and directed them to the province’s justice ministry.“We saw the absolute very best of Saskatchewan in one of the absolute worst situations possible,” Livingstone said about the response to the crash.Former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy — who survived a 1986 bus crash just outside Swift Current, Sask., that killed four of his teammates — also met with some of the survivors in hospital. Everyone is in a state of shock trying to process what happened, he said.“What I know in these types of situations is we can’t start pointing fingers. We have to stick together,” he said about the mistake.“Everybody that I’ve met here are trying to do the best they can.”Nick Shumlanski, the first of the Broncos to be released from hospital, posted a statement on Twitter thanking people for their support.He also said he was lucky to have escaped with only minor injuries.“The doctor told me it was truly a miracle that I was able to get up and walk away from the accident with very minor injuries and a couple of scars on my body.“Although reality hasn’t really set in yet, it is truly devastating to have lost so many close friends, brothers and amazing coaches. Times are tough right now but the support you all have shown is so amazing,” he wrote.
Five stories in the news for Friday, Jan. 4___LAWMAKERS TO RAISE IMPRISONED CANADIANS IN CHINA While it was not the initial reason for the trip, a group of six MPs and Senators heading to China say they will be bringing up the detention of two Canadians. Diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor were arrested last month in China in a move that has been described as retaliation for the arrest of a Chinese telecom executive at Vancouver’s airport. Conservative M-P Michael Cooper will be on the trip and he says they are planning to engage with Chinese officials in as constructive way as possible, with the obvious objective of seeing these two Canadians returned safely and as soon as possible.___ONTARIO JUDGE TO DISCUSS CARDING REPORTAn Ontario judge who issued a report on the police practice of street checks, widely known as carding, is set to discuss his findings today. Justice Michael Tulloch issued a report earlier this week saying carding has little to no value as a law enforcement tool and should be significantly limited in the province. The report does allow that police may have legitimate grounds to conduct street checks in certain circumstances, but notes those are very specific and the practice as a whole should be sharply curtailed. Tulloch is set to speak about his conclusions and recommendations in a news conference in Toronto at 11 a.m.___TV SKIT ON TRUDEAU’S INDIA TRIP CALLED RACISTA scene mocking the prime minister’s ill-fated trip to India last February was must-see TV on New Year’s Eve in Quebec. But the character playing a pot-smoking Justin Trudeau is not what has Radio-Canada on the defensive. Instead, the French arm of the C-B-C has been under a barrage of online criticism from people claiming a part of the sketch involving a gorilla — with Donald Trump’s signature hair and red tie — knocking over talking cows was racist and made a mockery of Indian culture. Critics of the show, known as “Bye bye,” also bristled at a scene in which the Trudeau character is seated and plays a flute as gasoline-pump hoses rise from baskets on either side of him.___ACCEPT CONFESSION OG GIRL’S MURDER: CROWN TO JURYThe Crown is urging jurors to find no reasonable doubt when they decide the fate of a man who confessed to killing a 12-year-old girl in British Columbia in 1978. In closing arguments at the B.C. Supreme Court murder trial of Garry Handlen, Crown counsel Gordon Matei told the jury that an undercover officer did not coerce the man to admit he abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered Monica Jack. Handlen has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder but confessed in 2014 in a videotaped recording heard in court that he grabbed the girl while she was riding her bike near Merritt.___KEVIN VICKERS CONSIDERED A POLITICAL OUTSIDERKevin Vickers has been described as a national hero for his role in stopping a gunman’s attack on Parliament Hill in 2014, but New Brunswick pundits say he’s largely seen as an outsider as he considers a political bid in his home province. Vickers, who has served as Canada’s ambassador to Ireland for the past four years, announced this week he may be interested in seeking the leadership of New Brunswick’s Liberal party. The out-of-the-blue statement came days after former premier Brian Gallant confirmed he would be stepping down as Liberal leader sooner than expected.___The Canadian Press
Tel Aviv: Israeli researchers reported Wednesday that violent attacks against Jews spiked significantly last year, with the largest reported number of Jews killed in anti-Semitic acts in decades, leading to an “increasing sense of emergency” among Jewish communities worldwide. Capped by the deadly shooting that killed 11 worshippers at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue on October 27, assaults targeting Jews rose 13 per cent in 2018, according to Tel Aviv University researchers. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThey recorded nearly 400 cases worldwide, with more than a quarter of the major violent cases taking place in the United States. But the spike was most dramatic in western Europe, where Jews have faced even greater danger and threats. In Germany, for instance, there was a 70 per cent increase in anti-Semitic violence. “There is an increasing sense of emergency among Jews in many countries around the world,” said Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, an umbrella group representing Jewish communities across the continent. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”It is now clear that anti-Semitism is no longer limited to the far-left, far-right and radical Islamist’s triangle it has become mainstream and often accepted by civil society,” he said. Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry releases its report every year on the eve of Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, which begins Wednesday at sundown. This year, the report comes just days after another fatal shooting attack Saturday against a synagogue in southern California. The attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue on the last day of Passover killed one woman and wounded three other people, including the rabbi. In addition to the shooting attacks, assaults and vandalism, Kantor also noted the increased anti-Semitic vitriol online and in newspapers, including a recent anti-Semitic cartoon that appeared in The New York Times’ international edition. It depicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a dog wearing a Star of David collar and leading a blind and skullcap-wearing President Donald Trump. The Times has since apologized, calling the image “offensive,” and vowing to refrain from publishing such bigoted cartoons again. Still, it sparked outrage among dozens of American Jewish groups that subsequently sent a letter calling on the newspaper to “become far more sensitive to anti-Semitism in the future.”
Confidence among small and medium-size businesses continued to fall in June, the latest survey from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business shows. The CFIB says its index fell to 62.1 from 64.8 in May, essentially wiping out gains made since last summer when concerns about Europe’s debt situation burst open. Business owners in Alberta, with an index of 73.3, and Saskatchewan at 72.5, have collectively been the most optimistic in Canada for 11 consecutive months. Entrepreneurs in Manitoba are above the national average and those in Newfoundland and Labrador are close to average. Optimism lags in Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia (56.4). The index is on a scale of 0 to 100, with an index level above 50 meaning owners expect their businesses’ performance to improve in the next year. The CFIB says past results suggest index levels normally range between 65 and 70 when the economy is growing at its potential. The June findings are based on 748 responses from CFIB members in a web survey. The findings are considered accurate to within 3.6 percentage points 19 times in 20. “The weight of concern over the prospects for world economies continues to push business confidence down in Canada,” said Ted Mallett, CFIB’s chief economist and vice-president. “If there is any good news, it is that our numbers suggest the economy is still growing, albeit at a slow pace.” Declining confidence is prompting business owners to become more conservative in their hiring plans. The CFIB says 15% of respondents expect to increase full-time staffing levels in the next three to four months compared with 21% who said the same in May. Twelve per cent said they will cut back, versus 10 per cent in May. Overall, 40 per cent of business owners described their state of business to be in “good” shape, about three-times the 12 per cent who said their state of business is “bad.”
Major General Kamal Gunaratne today denied claims that he had revealed war secrets in his recently released book.Speaking to reporters outside the Seethawakapura Urban Council following an event attended by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Gunaratne said that all the war secrets he knows will go with him to his grave. Gunaratne was accused of revealing war secrets in his book ‘Road to Nandikadal’ which was released recently.Gunaratne said that after 35 years of service he will never betray his country or the army. (Colombo Gazette)
A state of emergency is in effect in Baltimore, Maryland after a night of rioting.Troops from the National Guard are positioned with police around the city today. At least 200 people have been arrested following the violence yesterday, but over 2,000 are outside today peacefully cleaning the place they call home. Community members of Baltimore continue to sweep away the remnants of the violent riots yesterday. Rage has gripped the city, but residents want to do their part to clean the mess. Hundreds were seen yesterday running wild in the streets, looting businesses, burning buildings and cars. Vandals also threw bricks, rocks and bottles at police, injuring more than a dozen officers. Two are still in serious condition at the hospital. The violence exploded in the hours just after the funeral service for Freddie Gray. He died more than a week ago after being severely injured while in police custody. With the chaos on the streets yesterday Maryland’s governor declared a state of emergency. 5,000 troops from the national guard are dispersed throughout the city alongside Baltimore Police. Gerald Stansbury, president of the NAACP Maryland branch says Gray’s death is just another example of a black life being lost at the hands of police. “Baltimore has a long history of police brutality and racial profiling and Mr Gray’s death represents another example in a series of tragedies of black lives being lost at the hands of someone in blue uniforms.”Buildings and cars were set on fire, and there were a number of clashes with police. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has imposed a curfew set to go into effect tonight between 10 pm and 5 am. She has been taking a lot of heat from residents who believe the mayor didn’t act fast enough as the situation unfolded yesterday. “I understand that from the outside you don’t know — you can’t see everything that I see. You don’t know all of the different moving pieces.”“I know in order for me to respond I have to do the work. While I have an obligation as the chief spokesperson I also have an obligation as chief executive and that work needed to be done.”“We worked swiftly and it is a very delicate balancing act when we have to make sure we are managing, but not increasing and escalating the problem.”A mother recognized her teenage son in the group of rioters. She grabbed her child and started smacking him on the head. It was all captured on video. Her son had just thrown rocks towards police, and that is when the mother stepped into action. While he managed to break free of his mom’s grasp, she kept him away from the rest of the teens involved in the violence. The police commissioner says this mother has set a good example of how parents should react to such horrifying acts by their children.The Baltimore Orioles postponed last night’s game and will also be postponing tonight’s game against the White Sox following the riots. Public schools are also closed today and all school trips from the surrounding area to Baltimore have been cancelled. Streets are calm but police are still guarding the city, preparing for the mandatory curfew tonight.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Barbra Streisand is making history with her new album.Billboard says Streisand’s latest release, “Partners,” debuted on top of its 200 Albums chart, making her the only recording artist to issue No. 1 albums in six consecutive decades.The album sold 196,000 units in its first week of release. “Partners” is a collection of duets featuring such talents as Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Michael Buble and John Mayer.Streisand thanked her fans in a statement Wednesday, saying she appreciates their energy and support.The 72-year-old entertainer’s first No. 1 album came out almost 50 years ago: “People” topped the charts in October of 1964. Her other top albums include “The Way We Were,” ”A Star is Born,” ”The Broadway Album,” and “Love is the Answer.” by The Associated Press Posted Sep 24, 2014 11:19 am MDT With ‘Partners,’ Barbra Streisand becomes only artist to score No. 1 albums 6 decades in a row AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Fiat Chrysler, UAW reach tentative contract deal; terms not disclosed by The Associated Press Posted Sep 14, 2015 10:54 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 15, 2015 at 5:21 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – The United Auto Workers union and Fiat Chrysler have reached a tentative deal on a new contract that will set the pattern for pacts with General Motors and Ford.Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but both sides said a news conference would be held Tuesday evening.The union was seeking hourly pay raises for longtime workers who haven’t had one in a decade. It also wanted to at least close the gap between new hires who start at about half the $29 per hour that longtime workers are paid.Fiat Chrysler wanted to hold its hourly labour costs steady while GM and Ford wanted to cut theirs to be more competitive with foreign automakers.Contracts with all three companies expired Monday night but were extended while talks continued.
Yemen’s first national child labour survey – which was carried out with the support of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Social Development Fund – revealed that of the country’s 7.7 million children in the 5-17 age group, 17 per cent are working, with many performing unpaid work. “The survey reveals the alarming extent to which Yemeni children are deprived of their rights,” said ILO’s Regional Director for the Arab States, Nada al-Nashif. “The protection of Yemen’s children must be a priority for the international community. Yemen’s development depends on it.” Child labourers are defined by the study as “anyone under the age of 14 who is employed, and those in the 14-17 age group who work more than 30 hours a week, or are involved in any designated hazardous economic activities and occupations.” In addition to the 1.3 million child labourers, the report finds that more than 300,000 children aged 14 to 17 work in conditions and activities considered suitable for their age. The report goes on to state that working children and child labourers are far more likely than others to skip or drop out of school. It also stresses that widespread poverty, population pressure, political instability and limited opportunities for employment outside agriculture have a significant impact in their livelihoods. In a news release, ILO noted that Yemen has ratified its two key conventions on child labour accepting that 14 is the minimum age for employment, and recognizing that children under the age of 18 cannot be employed in hazardous work. While a majority of countries have adopted legislation to prohibit or place severe restrictions on the employment and work of children, conventions on child labour continues to exist on a massive scale, sometimes in appalling conditions, particularly in the developing world, the agency added.
“Among vaccine-preventable diseases, none is more deadly than measles,” said UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Country Representative Steven Lauwerier in a news release. Measles is a viral respiratory infection that spreads through air and contact with infected mucus and saliva, thrives in congested, unsanitary displacement camps. Many children have never been immunized before as a decades-old conflict has made it difficult for health workers to reach remote areas from which they come.So far this year, almost 5,700 cases of suspected measles have been reported across the country, more than the total number of cases in 2016. More than 100,000 people have come to Baidoa, in Somalia’s south-western region, in search of assistance, including at least 70,000 in March alone.The threat of famine once again looms large over Somalia. Up to a million children are, or will be, acutely malnourished this year, with one in five requiring life-saving treatment. “And we know only too well from the 2011 famine that measles, combined with malnutrition and displacement, is an especially lethal combination for children,” said Mr. Lauwerier. “The only way to prevent sickness and death from measles is to make sure all children receive the vaccine.” The Baidoa campaign is being conducted in partnership with Somalia’s Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO), and several non-governmental organizations.Children are also given a vitamin A supplement to boost immunity as well as de-worming tablets.
According to the new UN refugee agency (UNHCR) report, Stepping Up, of 7.1 million refugee youngsters of school age, more than half do not attend lessons.The barriers that prevent them from accessing learning become harder to overcome as they get older, the report shows.Only six in 10 refugee children attend primary school – compared to nine in 10 globally – and only around two in 10 refugees get a secondary education, compared to the world average of more than eight in 10.The trend is even clearer in higher education, where only three in every 100 refugee children are able to pursue their learning, compared with the world average of 37 in 100.‘Sad and dumb’ policy ignores refugees’ potential“It’s not just sad, but it’s also dumb,” Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the agency’s High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi, told journalists in Geneva. “Not investing in refugees, people who have fled war zones …is not investing very simply in the future of its people; the people have to be the future teachers, architects, the peacemakers, artists, politicians who are interested in reconciliation, not revenge.” According to the UNCHR report, the problem mainly affects poorer countries which offer shelter to families fleeing conflict and natural disasters, despite frequently lacking sufficient resources themselves.In wealthy regions such as Europe, most countries have placed refugee children into mainstream education, Ms. Fleming explained, with the exception of Greece and a handful of Balkan States, “where refugees are in limbo and still seeking asylum”.In Greece, ‘thousands and thousands…languishing dangerously’ United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi meets with Rohingya refugee children at a mental health programme in Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh. (April 2019) © UNHCR/Will SwansonHighlighting the critical situation for refugees and migrants in Greece, the UNHCR official warned that there continue to be “thousands and thousands of asylum seekers, many of them children, many unaccompanied minors who, given the lack of capacity of the Greek State, are not able to access education and are really languishing dangerously in many parts of the country, particularly on the islands.”Stateless children are another of the agency’s biggest concerns, Ms. Fleming continued, noting that their lack of identification documents means that they are often refused access to school.Asked about the hundreds of thousands of displaced Rohingya people who fled Myanmar amid a military operation in 2017, she highlighted that many children – and particularly those over 14 – have struggled to get an education in Bangladesh camps, amid a lack of resources.Turkey praised for ‘exemplary’ approach to refugee youngstersOn a more positive note, the UNHCR official welcomed the “exemplary” approach of Turkey, which has helped refugees to learn the national language so that they can go to school more easily.Mexico has also supported a UNHCR programme that has helped refugees to move to the north of the country, she said, where 100 per cent of refugee children have enrolled in school.In Africa, meanwhile, the agency is working with more than 20 countries to expand education opportunities for refugees, while States including Uganda, Ethiopia and Djibouti have also made changes to their education policy to allowing refugees access to secondary and tertiary learning.👩🏿🎓👨🏻🎓👩🏼🎓👨🏽🎓👩🏾🎓👨🏾🎓👩🏻🎓👨🎓👨🏼🎓👩🏽🎓👨🏿🎓👩🎓100% of refugee children deserve a good education📚📚📚📚📚📚63% of refugee kids are enrolled in primary school📘📘24% are enrolled in secondary school📕3% are in universityIt’s time to step up. Read our latest report: https://t.co/bd0d0ME4di pic.twitter.com/PIgyX27mz5— UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) August 30, 2019 And on Latin America, Ms. Fleming welcomed Peru and Colombia’s open-arms education policy for Venezuelan refugee children who arrive without identification papers.Citing a lack of funding as the primary cause of refugee enrollment in secondary school, UNHCR is appealing to Governments, the private sector, educational organizations and donors to provide investment to change the traditional approach to refugee education.With sufficient funding, UNHCR’s “secondary school initiative” aims to focus on building or refurbishing schools, as well as teacher training.In addition, refugee families will receive support so that they can cover the expenses of sending their children to school, often outside the camps or communities where they have found shelter.An important part of the UNHCR appeal is for more refugees to be included in national education systems, instead of being “corralled” into unofficial learning centres.“Where you have a country that has a decent national school system, all we’re asking is, please allow the refugees to attend,” Ms. Fleming said. “This does not happen everywhere. What we often have are host countries of countries taking in thousands and thousands of refugees but basically sequestering them and expecting the international community to take care of them in all ways, hoping that the war will end and they will go home quickly. But the reality is…that the average time that refugees stay in exile is 17 years.”If refugee youngsters are allowed access to educate the local system, “they’ll learn the language (and) the potential that they will return home and rebuild their country is much bigger,” she insisted.