USA advance to a ninth CONCACF Gold Cup semi-final

first_imgTHE United States advanced to a ninth successive CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final thanks to a first-half blitz and 2-0 win over El Salvador.USA – semi-finalists in 2015 – had two unlikely players to thank, defenders Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj, for the quarter-final victory in Philadelphia on Wednesday.Boosted by the reinforcements of Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey, as well as captain Michael Bradley, it was Gonzalez and Lichaj who scored quick-fire goals to sink a spirited El Salvador outfit.A towering header from Pachuca centre-back Gonzalez gave hosts USA the lead with four minutes of regulation time remaining in the first half.And USA put the result beyond doubt in the second minute of additional time after Lichaj combined with Dempsey – looking more like a forward than a full-back as he doubled the lead.Bruce Arena’s USA will now meet Costa Rica for a place in the tournament decider in Santa Clara on July 26, though he will be hoping for an improved performance defensively.USA named a completely different XI following their final Group B game against Nicaragua – a 3-0 win last week.Bradley, Altidore, Dempsey, Tim Howard and Darlington Nagbe came into the line-up, along with Gonzalez, Lichaj, Justin Morrow, Matt Hedges, Paul Arriola and Gyasi Zardes.There was just one change for El Salvador. Having booked their spot in the last eight as one of the best third-placed teams thanks to a 1-1 draw against Jamaica, Eduardo Lara selected Alexander Larin with Ruben Marroquin making way.USA and Lichaj made a shaky start. The Nottingham Forest defender’s attempted back pass fell short and Rodolfo Zelaya pounced, but Howard was quick off his line to stop the El Salvador forward in the third minute.The Americans had a great chance themselves four minutes later. Gonzalez’s shot inside the six-yard box was somehow saved by Derby Carrillo on the line then eventually blocked for a corner after Hedges’ follow-up effort.It continued to be a lively affair as Altidore received the ball from Nagbe and turned his opponent inside the area but Carrillo was up to the task.Fouls crept into the niggling contest. However, El Salvador continued to match it with their highly-fancied opponents, that was until USA’s quick-fire double before half-time.Gonzalez pushed up for a set-piece and rose highest to head home Bradley’s free-kick and break the deadlock in the 41st minute.El Salvador were left shell-shocked in first-half stoppage time when Lichaj – in an advanced position on the edge of the area – was played through following a stunning turn by Dempsey and coolly slotted the ball through the legs of Carrillo.El Salvador emerged from the break with plenty of tenacity – Denis Pineda dispossessing USA and firing a powerful low effort agonisingly wide of the post seven minutes into the second half.The El Salvadorians then wasted a great two-on-one opportunity as they broke forward on the counter-attack. And USA continued to live dangerously as Pineda got in front of two opponents and headed over the crossbar from inside the six-yard box. … to play Costa Rica for place in deciderlast_img read more

Abhinav Bindra hopes new shooting order will make sport more attractive

first_imgThe ISSF (International shooting body) has rung in some changes to international events that will rob a number of existing male shooters of their favoured competitions.The ISSF announced recently that the double trap event will be replaced by trap mixed gender team event, while 10m air rifle mixed gender team event will replace the 50m rifle prone event. The 50m pistol men event will be taken over by 10m air pistol mixed gender team event. All this is being done in an effort to correct the gender imbalance in medal events at the Olympics.Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra was at the centre of it all in his capacity as Chairman of ISSF Athletes committee. He may be at the risk of losing some friends but is not backing down. “The idea of mixed events is driven from International Olympic committee’s 2020 agenda which calls for 50 per cent gender equality to start in Tokyo. Shooting is a sports where we had 9 men’s events and 6 women’s events and we had to find parity. Mixed events is something that can help find that balance,” he spoke in Mumbai.The changes are set to affect some seasoned Indian shooters too who could have been potential medal prospects for Tokyo. For the record, double trap is the event that gave India its first shooting medal through Rajyavardhan Rathore’s silver at Athens in 2004. The prone event has seen shooters like Gagan Narang and Joydeep Karmakar winning medals at international level, while the 50m pistol category has been Jitu Rai’s pet event.advertisementBindra was more forthright in acknowledging the resistence from fellow shooters in his write up on the ISSF website. “We can understand that many athletes would not be satisfied with this. In fact, none of us are and we realize that this is a very difficult scenario. The Athletes Committee requests that everybody should look at the bigger picture and consider the many factors that are important for us to ensure our strong presence within the Olympic movement,” he wrote.On the other side of the spectrum, a number of female shooters would fancy an opportunity to have more medal events. Besides mixed events may draw more crowds. Bindra thinks so. “I think it’s a great idea which will make for much more interesting viewing in future.”With the cycle of four years till the next Olympics just underway, it may be time now for many of the men shooters to dust off the disappointment and begin preparedness for the new order.last_img read more

Work Continues to Upgrade More Public Beaches – PM

first_imgStory Highlights The Government is continuing work to improve more of Jamaica’s public beaches, in order to enable greater access to these facilities. “The Ministry of Tourism, through the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), has been improving our beaches and I know that there is a programme which is underway. For example, last month…the TEF spent $38.3 million to improve the Marking Stone Beach in St. Mary,” he said. This assurance comes from Prime Minister, the Most Hon Andrew Holness, who said the Government is committed to doing everything possible to ensure “that the average Jamaican can have access to our beaches.” The Government is continuing work to improve more of Jamaica’s public beaches, in order to enable greater access to these facilities.This assurance comes from Prime Minister, the Most Hon Andrew Holness, who said the Government is committed to doing everything possible to ensure “that the average Jamaican can have access to our beaches.”“The Ministry of Tourism, through the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), has been improving our beaches and I know that there is a programme which is underway. For example, last month…the TEF spent $38.3 million to improve the Marking Stone Beach in St. Mary,” he said.The Prime Minister was addressing his quarterly press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kingston, on Wednesday (Aug. 15).Mr. Holness said he is aware that some of the island’s public beaches are in such deplorable conditions that they limit access, hence the ongoing programme to upgrade these facilities.“I want the public to know that the Government is hearing the concerns and that we have a programme in place (to improve the beaches). We are taking note and I am certain next year we will have a significant number of our beaches improved, so that the public can have access to what was given to us by God and cannot be taken away by any man,” he said.In the meantime, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, informed that a draft Beach Access and Management Policy is now with Cabinet.“As soon as it is deliberated, we will make it public and if there is requirement for further consultations, based on Cabinet directives, we will do so, because what we want is a holistic policy that works for everybody – works for the investor and works for the public,” he said.The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) manages a number of the island’s public beaches, including the Dunn’s River Beach and the Ocho Rios Bay Beach in St. Ann; the Fort Clarence Beach Park in St. Catherine; and the Bluefields Beach Park, and Long Bay Beach Park 1 in Westmoreland.The agency has explained that public access does not mean free access or unrestricted access, but refers to accessing the recreational facility free from discrimination and preserving the right to book once the facility is available.The Corporation undertakes operational activities, such as the provision of lifeguards, cleaning of the beach and other exigencies, for which nominal fees are in place. In some instances, these fees are subsidised up to 80 per cent of market rates when compared with other privately operated facilities.last_img read more

Experts say NBstyle uncertainty is avoidable You need rules written down

first_imgA week after New Brunswickers voted in a provincial election that proved to be a surprising cliffhanger, confusion remains over who will lead the province. But it doesn’t have to be this way, according to advocates and experts.The problem, says Duff Conacher of Democracy Watch, is that the rules that purport to govern what happens after an inconclusive election are unwritten conventions that don’t necessarily apply to New Brunswick.“If you want to have a fair and democratic legislature and a fair election … you need these rules written down,” says Conacher, an adjunct law professor at the University of Ottawa.On election night, Premier Brian Gallant’s incumbent Liberals won 21 seats — one fewer than the Progressive Conservatives under Blaine Higgs. With 49 seats in the legislature, and two smaller parties with three seats each, neither major party has enough seats to form a majority.Still, Gallant has insisted that under an unwritten constitutional convention, incumbent premiers are always given the first opportunity to form a government by recalling the legislature and testing the confidence of elected members — even if the incumbent party has fewer seats than their rivals.Gallant has said the legislature will convene for a throne speech by Oct. 23 at the latest.Higgs has cited another convention, which states that the party with the most seats should be called on by the lieutenant-governor to form a government as soon as possible.The problem is that neither man is right, Conacher says.The conventions cited by Gallant and Higgs only apply to the jurisdictions where they have been used for years, he says.The last time New Brunswick had a minority government was almost 100 years ago, which means the province doesn’t have any of its own conventions to determine what should be done.“It’s unprecedented,” says Conacher. “So there is no tradition. There are no rules. There are no conventions.”The conventions established by Ottawa and the other provincial governments can provide guidance, but they are not considered definitive, he says.Having faced similar challenges in the past, the parliaments in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand have all spelled out their post-election conventions in so-called cabinet manuals.“They haven’t had any problems with their minority government parliaments since,” says Conacher. “Why? Because everyone knows the rules.”If the cabinet and the legislature comply with these written rules for several years, then they become constitutional conventions.Peter Russell, one of Canada’s leading constitutional scholars, says cabinet manuals are a good idea.“It would reduce uncertainty, but not remove it,” says the University of Toronto professor emeritus.In Britain, for example, the cabinet manual clearly states that when an election does not result in a majority for a single party, the incumbent government is entitled “to wait until the new parliament has met to see if it can command the confidence of the House of Commons, but is expected to resign” if it becomes clear it is unlikely to secure enough support.If such a rule was in place, Russell says, New Brunswick’s Tory leader would be prevented from describing himself as “premier-elect,” a term that doesn’t really exist anyway because premiers are not directly elected.And if a government tried to violate one of those written conventions, the Speaker of the legislature and the lieutenant-governor would both be justified in saying no to the premier, Conacher says.But there’s a catch.Since cabinet manual rules are typically non-binding, Democracy Watch says some key rules should be made law, including rules about which party gets to try governing first, when the legislature will open and how a vote of non-confidence is defined.However, such laws would be difficult to pass, says Mark Walters, a professor of constitutional law at McGill University in Montreal.Conventions codified as legal rules would probably require a formal constitutional amendment, mainly because such a set of laws would affect the office of the lieutenant-governor — the Queen’s representative at the provincial level.“Perhaps the real obstacle to replacing the conventions with written legal rules is just the complexity of the task,” Walters said.“To move to a different system based upon clear and strict rules would really require wholesale constitutional change. It’s possible, but it would be a daunting task of constitutional writing that would open up many other aspects of our system of constitutional government to critical scrutiny.”Conacher says the eight rules Democracy Watch has contemplated at the provincial level would not require that much effort because each change could be enacted through a simple act of parliament.last_img read more


first_imgKennedy’s last week of original episodes before he retires as host of the show, will air the week of June 24th, and Ayed will kick off the new season of IDEAS in September 2019. As producer and host, Ayed will chase new ideas and challenge diverse perspectives alongside listeners.“I have dedicated my career to discovering the world, covering some of its most intense moments. I had the rare privilege of witnessing monumental events up close, learning about the ideas and movements transforming the world first hand,” said Ayed. “While I’ve investigated the why, how, what, when and where, I’ve had a burning ambition to go deeper. I am passionate about the opportunity to finally connect the disparate dots, and to marshal all my energy to uncover the critical ‘why’.”“Paul Kennedy took listeners on incredible journeys into thought that always promise a surprise or two. These are the reasons I have been an Ideas listener for years,” added Ayed.Paul Kennedy has been the host of IDEAS since 1999, when he succeeded the legendary Lister Sinclair. He won national and international recognition for his work, including an ACTRA award for best Canadian radio documentary.Each episode hosted by Kennedy in the week of June 24–28, 2019 will revisit documentaries and projects that go back over his four decades as a contributor and host, including his first IDEAS documentary, The Fur Trade Revisited (1977).For nearly two decades, Nahlah Ayed has covered the major stories of our times: from the international refugee crisis, to the annexation of Crimea and the conflict in Ukraine, to the Brexit referendum and the political chaos that follows, to the international diplomatic efforts to sign agreements on Iran’s nuclear capability and tackling the climate crisis. Her work has been recognized repeatedly, through multiple national and international awards and countless nominations, as well as three honorary degrees from Canadian universities for distinguished achievement.A former parliamentary reporter for The Canadian Press, Ayed is a graduate of Carleton University’s Master of Journalism program. She also holds a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a B.Sc. in genetics from the University of Manitoba. Ayed was born and raised in Winnipeg and is the author of A Thousand Farewells, a book about refugeehood.IDEAS is CBC Radio One’s program of contemporary thought, exploring everything from culture and the arts to science and technology to social issues. Challenging Canadians to think analytically for over 50 years, Ideas is best known for its ground-breaking documentaries and mixed formats that explore ideas that matter the most to Canadians. The program airs weekdays on CBC Radio at 9 p.m. ET (9:30 p.m. NT) and repeats weekdays at 4 a.m. ET (4:30 a.m. NT). For more information about upcoming episodes and behind the scenes extras, visit: CBC/Radio-Canada:CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. CBC today revealed Nahlah Ayed, award-winning foreign correspondent for CBC News, will become the new host of the iconic national CBC Radio One show, IDEAS. Longtime host Paul Kennedy announced earlier this year that he would step down at the end of the current season.Nahlah Ayed has been based in London for seven years. A veteran of foreign reportage, she’s covered major world events over nearly two decades in Europe, Asia and Africa, including nearly a decade living in and covering conflicts in the Middle East.“Nahlah has traveled the globe covering major world events. We welcome her home to Canada, and look forward to her unique perspective, and to watch her build on the accomplishments of Paul Kennedy,” said Cathy Perry, Senior Director of CBC Talk Radio. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Vancouver restaurants feed poor Xmas meal

first_imgAPTN National NewsFor many people who live on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Christmas is a tough time of year.Many depend on what little money they receive from social assistance and community organizations to get by.Well, this year, over a hundred disadvantaged women and children were treated to a chef-prepared Christmas meal by two of the top restaurants in Vancouver.APTN National News reporter Tina House has this story.last_img