Feds Relax Rules For Immigrant Applicants With Disabilities

first_imgImmigration Minister Ahmed Hussen made a much-anticipated announcement that will be embraced by some and criticized by others. Going forward it will be easier for persons with disabilities and their family members to immigrate to Canada.Known as “medical inadmissibility” due to excessive demand, for the past 40 years, the law allowed the government to deny people residency in Canada because they or an immediate family member have a disability or medical condition that could place “excessive demand” on publicly-funded health and social service programs. Those often hit were parents of children with disabilities who were denied residency.Read it at CanIndia Related Itemslast_img read more

Raisman embraces role as ‘Fierce’ advocate for abuse victims

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Gymnast Aly Raisman poses for photos at the 2016 Team USA Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Calif. Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman’s gymnastics career has set the stage for what she believes is the next chapter in her life: as a spokesperson for victims of sexual abuse. The 23-year-old detailed her own history of abuse by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor in her recently released autobiography. Raisman says the book is just the beginning in her quest to bring change to her sport. AP FILE PHOTOThe people come forward to Aly Raisman almost daily now. Random strangers. Men and women of various ages, races and backgrounds. They see the six-time Olympic medal-winning gymnast out in public and approach with a hug to give and a story to tell.It was jarring at first, if Raisman is being honest. When she pitched her autobiography “Fierce” to publishers last summer shortly after the 2016 Olympics, she intended to focus on her journey from tenacious prodigy to champion. And while all of that is in there, the part of her experience that’s resonated the most since the book’s release earlier this month is the one she wasn’t sure she’d be able to share.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC It’s Chapter 22, titled “The Survivors.” In it, Raisman outlines how she was abused by former national team doctor Larry Nassar, how he “groomed” her by presenting himself as a friendly ear and how she feels he was empowered to continue over the course of years by those in charge at USA Gymnastics.Raisman spent weeks working on the section, revisiting it again and again, trying to get it just right. Or at least as close to right as she can get.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I put in a ton of thought whether how I wanted to come forward about this,” Raisman told The Associated Press. “What I realized at the end of the day is that I want change and I want people to understand what exactly abuse is. It’s very complicated. It’s very confusing. I didn’t know that I was being abused because I was manipulated so horribly.”In the process, Raisman discovered the abuse Nassar committed against other female athletes — including allegations from Olympic teammates McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas — is a very small part of a much larger problem that extends far beyond the actions of just one man. It’s why she took those painful memories and put them on paper, to share with the world that, as she says over and over again: “It’s not OK. It’s never OK.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The 23-year-old’s new calling makes thinking about a return to competition in time for the 2020 Olympics seem trivial.“This is the focus,” Raisman said.A focus that has turned her into an unexpected symbol of strength for others who share their experiences.“Unfortunately sexual abuse is far too common,” Raisman said. “I’ve realized how many people are affected by it and it’s disgusting. That’s why I want change.”Raisman has become an increasingly outspoken critic of USA Gymnastics, blaming the governing body for a lack of oversight on Nassar’s conduct. The 54-year-old spent nearly 20 years as the team doctor for the U.S. women’s elite program, often working with athletes one on one. Raisman declined to get into specifics about the abuse she was subjected to, but her experience falls in line with what many other have claimed against Nassar: that he touched them inappropriately while describing it as proper treatment.ADVERTISEMENT Nassar pleaded guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault in Michigan on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) and will face at least 25 years in prison. He still faces additional criminal charges and has been named in more than 125 civil lawsuits filed by former athletes. Nassar’s downfall began following reporting by the Indianapolis Star in 2016 that highlighted chronic mishandling of abuse allegations against coaches and staff at some of USA Gymnastics’ more than 3,500 clubs across the country.Raisman has not taken any legal action against Nassar, though she’s not ruling it out. Her larger concern is educating young athletes and their parents on the warning signs while loudly clamoring for change. She has seen a familiar pattern repeat itself over the last 18 months: another gymnast comes out claiming abuse by Nassar, and USA Gymnastics follows with a news release attributed to no specific individual that praises them for their courage.One of the most decorated Olympic athletes of her generation doesn’t just want words. She wants action.USA Gymnastics has taken several steps in recent months. President and CEO Steve Penny resigned under pressure in March and was replaced by Kerry Perry, who takes over on Dec. 1.The organization hired Toby Stark, a child welfare advocate, as its director of SafeSport over the summer. Part of Stark’s mandate is educating members on rules, educational programs and reporting. The federation also adopted over 70 recommendations by Deborah Daniels, a former federal prosecutor who oversaw an extensive independent review.It’s not enough for Raisman. She points out Penny wasn’t fired but instead forced out. Though Nassar’s relationship with USA Gymnastics officially ended in 2015 after an athlete came forward about potential abuse, he was still allowed to continue working at Michigan State University while also volunteering at a USA Gymnastics-affiliated club.“That is just unacceptable to me,” Raisman said. “(That gym) is a part of USA Gymnastics. USA Gymnastics is responsible for kids at that gym. Instead of doing their job, they let Larry keep working there.”Raisman would like to see more extensive change in leadership at USA Gymnastics. She never imagined being an agent for change as she dreamed of the Olympics while growing up in Needham, Massachusetts, but she’s embracing the role as she comes to grips with her own victimhood.Chapter 22 wasn’t the end, only the beginning.“I’m still, as you see, processing it,” she said. “I’m still at a loss for words. I’m having so many people come up to me, telling me they had similar experience, that they filed a complaint and it was ignored. I will do everything I can to make sure those people are heard.” LaVar Ball, eccentric patriarch of basketball prodigies Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View commentslast_img read more

PBA: TNT fends off Columbian to inch closer to no. 2

first_imgMiguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Google Philippines names new country director Barangay Ginebra is the other only team left to challenge ElastoPainters for the second spot, having three games more left to play in the first round.“Our focus now is to win our last game this Sunday. The rest? We have no control over it. Whatever happens, happens,” Ravena said.TNT closes out its elimination round campaign against ousted NorthPort this Sunday at Araneta Coliseum.Columbian ended the conference with a 4-7 record but is still set to play yet another game—a waiting one—as its bid for a playoff berth now lies on the results of Magnolia, Alaska, and NLEX’s last two games.The ScoresADVERTISEMENT Jayson Castro leads TNT KaTropa. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — TNT grabbed the lead early and held off Columbian’s last-ditch rally for the 101-98 win Friday in the PBA Philippine Cup action at Ynares Center here.“We knew how important our last two games our. So we stuck to the plan,” KaTropa coach Bong Ravena said. “There were lapses.”ADVERTISEMENT “Knowing the game, [situations like these happen] … I hope it just doesn’t happen again,” Ravena, in Filipino, said of TNT’s near meltdown. “Fortunately we had a cushion.”The Dyip managed to narrow the gap to just three points in the final 48 seconds of the game behind Rashawn McCarthy, but Columbian’s skipper missed a chance to send the game to overtime as his attempt from top of the rainbow only hit the rim’s front iron.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsTNT drew 20 points from its grizzled playmaker Jayson Castro, while Ryan Reyes and Troy Rosario each pumped in 19 markers. Two more members of KaTropa posted 12 or more points.The victory propelled TNT—now 7-3—closer to idle Rain or Shine, which half a game ahead at no. 2, to stay in the hunt for the last twice-to-beat incentive. Zion Williamson in action as NCAA Tournament wraps up first round LATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event TNT 101 – Castro 20, Reyes 19, Rosario 19, Pogoy 14, Williams 12, Heruela 8, Taha 4, Carey 2, Semerad 2, Washington 1, Cruz 0, Trollano 0, Miranda 0.Columbian 98 – Perez 22, McCarthy 17, Camson 14, Corpuz 13, Calvo 13, Khobuntin 11, Faundo 4, Reyes 3, Celda 2, Cabrera 0, Escoto 0, Cahilig 0.Quarters: 20-19, 47-37, 80-67, 101-98.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Maryland Commit Diamond Stone Tried To Party At Wisconsin-Milwaukee This Weekend, And Things Didn’t Go Well

first_imgMilwaukee product Diamond Stone, a five-star center and the No. 5 overall player in the 2015 recruiting class, committed to Maryland over his home-state Badgers back in late March, and Wisconsinites are not happy about it. According to multiple tweets, Stone tried to go to Madison UW-Milwaukee to party this weekend, and was not treated well by the spurned fans.Just saw Diamond Stone get kicked out of a party. Sucks to suck man— Blake Laufenberg (@BlakeLaufenberg) April 26, 2015Well I was the bouncer at a party and kicked diamond stone out so I’m feeling pretty accomplished— Payton teDuits (@Paytonteduits) April 26, 2015stone1Diamond stone just got kicked out of this party lmfao— Jordyn Jablonski (@Jblonks_) April 26, 2015Diamond Stone got kicked out of a party we were at.— Bucks in 7 (Shaq) (@AGruett32) April 26, 2015No one likes Diamond Stone— Blake Laufenberg (@BlakeLaufenberg) April 26, 2015Diamond stone came to UWM last night and he got kicked out of every party he went tried to go to— Alex Peterson (@APeterson32) April 26, 2015Stone probably shouldn’t be too surprised, but he’ll also have plenty of party opportunities when he makes it down to College Park. [The Victory Lap]last_img read more

Report: Manchester City 9 Burton 0

first_imgGabriel Jesus grabbed four goals as Manchester City all but secured their place in the EFL Cup final with a crushing 9-0 first-leg victory over Burton Albion on Wednesday.The Premier League champions have now put 16 goals past lower-league opposition in the past four days, Pep Guardiola’s men having thrashed Rotherham United 7-0 in the FA Cup on Sunday.Kevin De Bruyne’s first headed goal in English football set the hosts on their way, with Jesus adding a quickfire double before Oleksandr Zinchenko fortuitously opened his City account. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Jesus took his tally to four either side of Phil Foden’s tap-in, before Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez completed a miserable night for Burton’s cup heroes.7 – Manchester City are the first English league side to score at least seven goals in consecutive games in all competitions since Don Revie’s Leeds United back in October 1967. Heaven. #CarabaoCup pic.twitter.com/vniTiD8jQm— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 9, 2019It took City five minutes to unlock the Burton defence, David Silva’s pinpoint pass picking out De Bruyne’s run and the Belgium international made no mistake with his header.Despite falling behind Burton rallied and Marcus Harness should have equalised in the 12th minute, but Saturday’s hat-trick hero blazed Lucas Akins’ cross over the bar.City’s control of proceedings was never under threat, though, and in the space of seven minutes the hosts were four goals ahead as Jesus and Zinchenko struck.Having pounced on a loose ball after Leroy Sane’s shot was saved by Bradley Collins, Jesus doubled his tally from Silva’s pass – the striker taking his time before slotting it in off the post.GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL @gabrieljesus33! 3-0  #cityvbafc #mancity pic.twitter.com/Fok9JEtXOd— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 9, 2019City’s fourth was harsh on the visitors as Zinchenko’s attempted cross looped over Collins, but there was no doubting the quality of Jesus’ hat-trick goal as he converted Mahrez’s cross to the back post.Four minutes after replacing the impressive De Bruyne, Foden had his second Etihad goal in as many games, the youngster profiting after Jesus had been held up by Burton’s defenders.Jesus would not be denied a fourth moments later, though, as Sane beautifully controlled Mahrez’s pass on his chest before finding the striker, who applied the finishing touch.After setting up Walker for City’s eighth, Mahrez completed Burton’s misery with a goal of his own, the Algeria international poking the ball past Collins to round out a one-sided semi-final encounter. What does it mean? Seventh final awaits CityCity’s 11th EFL Cup semi-final could not have started any better with Guardiola’s side already planning for next month’s showpiece, which would be their seventh appearance in the showpiece. For Burton boss Nigel Clough – who won the competition twice as a player – he will just hope the aggregate score does not bring further embarrassment in the second leg.Joy for JesusAfter struggling in front of goal at times this season, Jesus was in fine form as Burton were easily brushed aside. His second treble at the Etihad Stadium means he has now scored 11 goals in his last seven starts for City in all competitions.Harness rues missed opportunityWhile it may not have stopped the City juggernaut, Harness’ miss at 1-0 could have at least slowed the hosts down and brought a moment of celebration for the travelling Burton fans. As it was he cleared the crossbar and City ran riot afterwards.Key Opta Facts1986 – Burton Albion’s 9-0 defeat is the heaviest League Cup defeat by any side since Liverpool beat Fulham 10-0 back in September 1986, and is the largest ever margin of defeat in the semi-final of the competition. Gap. #CarabaoCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 9, 2019- City have won 13 of their last 15 EFL Cup matches against sides from a lower division (D2), scoring 50 goals.- City are the first side in the top four tiers of English football to score at least seven goals in back-to-back matches in all competitions since Leeds United did so in October 1967 (9-0 versus Spora Luxembourg in the Fairs Cup and 7-0 against Chelsea in the top flight).- The 9-0 victory is Guardiola’s joint-largest margin of victory as a manager, alongside Barcelona’s thrashing of L’Hospitalet by the same scoreline during a Copa del Rey match in December 2011.- Jesus has now scored two hat-tricks at the Etihad Stadium, only Carlos Tevez (four) and Sergio Aguero (10) have netted more home trebles for City since their move away from Maine Road.What’s next?City’s attention turns back to the Premier League title when they face Wolves on Monday, while two days earlier Burton will hope for more joy against Gillingham. read morelast_img read more

Haynes King, No. 3 Dual-Threat QB, Announces Commitment

first_img BREAKING: Texas A&M has landed a commitment from elite 2020 QB Haynes King from Longview (Texas) High School.King provides insight into his decision-making process.Details (FREE): https://t.co/i6TuOBEENe— Gabe Brooks (@gabrieldbrooks) July 17, 2019The addition of King added a noticeable boost to Texas A&M’s recruitment ranking as well.247Sports now ranks them as No. 12 in the nation and No. 5 in the SEC.Last year the Aggies enjoyed a pretty successful first season under Jimbo Fisher. They went 8-4 in the regular season, finishing second in the SEC West to Alabama.Texas A&M went on to crush unranked NC State in the Gator Bowl to finish with their first 9-win season since 2013 and a No. 16 AP ranking. A general view of Texas A&M's football stadium.COLLEGE STATION, TX – OCTOBER 03: General view as Mississippi State Bulldogs kicks off to the Texas A&M Aggies in the first quarter on October 3, 2015 at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)Longview High School quarterback Haynes King is coming off a stellar junior year where he completed 69 percent of his passes for 3,877 yards and 42 touchdowns. With top colleges across the country eager to get his commitment, he has decided where he’ll be playing college football.According to Gabe Brooks of 247Sports, King has committed to Texas A&M.The Texas A&M campus was one of four schools that King made an official visit to over the past two months. The others were Auburn, Duke, and Tennessee.247Sports rates King as a four-star prospect and the No. 79 overall player in the country. He is the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, and the No. 13 prospect from the state of Texas.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit: Hype Around Michigan, Miami OCs Is ‘Disrespectful’ To Maryland’s Mike Locksley

first_img Compared to the other two programs, Maryland has flown under the radar. Most are expecting a rebuilding season for Locksley, and the Terrapins’ ceiling in a rough Big Ten East is in question. Kirk Herbstreit thinks it is a bit ridiculous that Gattis and Enos are getting more hype at their new stops than Locksley, who had the biggest role in crafting Alabama’s offense last season.He called it “disrespectful” on ESPN’s “The College Football Podcast With Herbie & Pollack.” Via 247Sports:“I almost take more away from what he did at Arkansas than what he did at Alabama,” Herbstreit said about Enos on the latest episode of The College Football Podcast. “I think it’s been misguided over the summer with (new Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis) and Dan Enos at Miami as if they were the offensive coordinator and they were the guys that kind of produced the Alabama offense with (quarterback Tua Tagovailoa). I’m probably close as anybody to this Alabama team…“I really feel people are disrespecting Mike Locksley by trying to celebrate Dan Enos, and trying to celebrate Gattis, I think they’re really taking away from what Mike Locksley did. And he was the guy that was really pushing the buttons, so I think they were part of it but it’d be no different than hiring a position coach at some other school. So these guys were not calling plays.”Most of the talk centered on Enos, who is also a former coordinator at Arkansas and head coach at Central Michigan. Herbstreit cautioned people from assuming he’d take a system that was dynamic with the likes of Tua Tagovailoa and Jerry Jeudy, and plug it right in at The U. The same can probably be said of Michigan, even though the talent is probably a step up there from Miami at the moment.Miami and Florida kick off at 7 p.m. ET tonight. Next Saturday, Michigan gets its start against Middle Tennessee State, while Maryland opens the Locksley era against Howard.[ESPN] Maryland coach Mike Locksley at Big Ten Media Days.CHICAGO, IL – JUL 18: Marylands Terapins head coach Michael Locksley is seen at Big Ten football media days on July 18, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)Alabama football had a truly star-studded offensive staff last year. Arguably the three biggest names involved—offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, co-OC Josh Gattis, and quarterbacks coach Dan Enos—have all moved on.Locksley is getting his second chance at a head coaching job. He previously had a pretty brutal tenure at New Mexico, but landed the job at Maryland, where he has deep roots, especially in the Terrapins’ DMV recruiting territories.Gattis may be making the most intriguing move. He was set to join Locksley as Maryland OC, but was snagged by Jim Harbaugh, where he is reshaping the Michigan offense. The two have feuded a bit this offseason as well.Enos will be making his debut at his new school tonight. He is now the OC at Miami, who face Florida in the first Week Zero game.last_img read more

8 Best Beard Grooming Kits for the Modern Beardsman

first_img Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits How to Shave With a Straight Razor 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Choosing a beard grooming kit is an easy and affordable option when you need to resupply your beard grooming essentials. Not only do beard grooming kits offer a bundle of practical products which you receive all at once, but the very nature of being bundled also lends itself to discount prices. And we all love a discount. The kit should include more than just products though, it should also include tools. Any beard grooming kit worth its salt should come stocked with an arsenal of beard brushes, combs, and trimming scissors. No matter how good you think the beard oil, beard balm, or shampoo and conditioner are, you need tools to evenly distribute these products throughout your beard and keep those tangles at bay.Hero Images / GettyFinding the Best Beard Grooming Kits For YouOf course, whether you sport a short stubble, clean shaven on the sides with a manful mustache, or flaunt a full-face beard – the required products and tools for keeping it in shape will vary. There are essentials, however, that you should be looking for when it comes to everyday beard upkeep. A good beard grooming kit will include:Beard oil: You’ll find this in damn near every kit as it’s one of the most basic elements in any man’s grooming collection. It’s essential for keeping the skin under your beard fresh and healthy, staving off itchiness and irritation, and softening facial hair.Beard balm: Beard balms promote beard growth and help thicken your whiskers. Balms also condition the beard and skin underneath, moisturizes to prevent beardruff, and acts as a styling component – or pomade, for longer beards.Beard comb: Combs are an essential tool for evenly distributing product throughout your beard as well as training your hair to grow a certain way. (Yes, that mane on your face can be directionally tamed.)Beard brush: A beard brush works similarly to a beard comb for training your facial hair to grow a certain way, however, it’s a bit thicker in size to handle longer, bushier beards. The bristles are a bit longer, but they’re usually made from a non-synthetic material that is less rough on your skin than the everyday comb. Trimming scissors: For the men who like a tight-knit beard or a sharp mustache, trimming scissors are a must-have. Not only are the great for keeping that well-kempt appearance, trimming actually keeps the health of your beard hair in its best shape by removing split ends, extra long hairs, and flyaways.Beard shampoo and conditioner: These aren’t absolutely necessary, but if you’ve used a beard shampoo and conditioner before, you’ll know that your shaving experience is made much easier afterward. Together they wash away the excess dirt and oil your beard retains throughout the day while managing to keep essential oils your beard needs to thrive.Not all of our picks for beard grooming kits contain every item on the above list, but most do a pretty good job of covering the basics.Best Beard Grooming KitsBadass Beard Care Styling Kit – $70Our buddies over at Badass Beard Care have a great grooming kit that takes the cake on our best bang-for-your-buck option. It includes everything you need to keep your facial hair under control, from healing beard oils and balms to a practical bundle including a sturdy wooden beard comb (which you can upgrade for just $6), a boar-hair beard brush, and your choice between black or silver trimming scissors. Getting all of these items, at this price, is quite the steal already. If you happen to sport a stache, this kit also offers their malleable mustache wax, and just for purchasing, these guys throw in a trial-size beard wash.Shop NowMaison Lambert Ultimate Beard Kit – $65Packaged in a rustic wooden cigar box, Maison Lambert’s ultimate beard kit features the best of their high-quality, handmade organic products along with a beautiful wooden beard comb for distributing during application. The kit comes with their subtle, yet pleasantly-scented conditioning beard oil, a style-ready beard balm, a beard shampoo, and acomplimentaryy beer body soap. All in a handsome wooden box. Need we say more?Shop NowDuke Cannon Military Grade Grooming Kit – $75The only tool you receive in Duke Cannon’s military grade grooming kit is a handy Stanley screwdriver, but don’t let the lack of scissor or comb deter you from this battle-ready bundle inspired by the branches of the U.S. Military. The kit contains a heavy-duty 2-in-1 tea tree hair and body wash (which also works fantastically for keeping beard hair in top shape), a high-quality and conditioning shaving cream, two ‘Big Ass’ bricks of soap (both with their own enticing scents), and a juniper berry-hinted cologne – all packed inside a durable and authentic, military-grade .30 cal ammunition can. Hooah!Shop NowBirchBox Man Limited Edition Badass Beard Kit 2.0 – $48BirchBox Man always knows what your beard needs in order to shine. Its Beard Kit 2.0 features a heap of favored beard grooming products, ranging from Northern Fir Beard Co.’s stunning beard oil, a nourishing Cliff Original beard balm, Anthony’s conditioning beard wash, and Billy Jealousy’s versatile beard control mix. Top that off with The Cut Buddy’s hair and beard shaping tool, Ezra Arthur’s wide-toothed beard comb, and you have no excuse for not putting on your best face.Shop NowPercy Nobleman Ultimate Beard Grooming Box – $250Hailing from good ole Great Britain, Percy Nobleman has set up to establish what a well-groomed man should be since their start in 2013. The brand’s grooming kit offers all of its best-selling goods, which features anything and everything a bearded beauty like yourself needs to succeed.  Stored in a hand crafted, beautiful rosewood box that includes a mirror for easy grooming anywhere, and single compartments for keeping things organized, their kit boasts a conditioning oil, a beard wash, a mustache wax, a beard balm, Percy’s coveted Gentlemen’s styling wax for your hair and beard, as well as a palm-friendly beard comb and sharp shaping scissors. Shop NowZeus Ultimate Grooming Kit – $136A little cheaper than Mr. Nobleman’s stacked kit, Zeus offers their own version of a fully-loaded grooming kit, packed with everything you need for the ultimate grooming regimen. Featuring five tools such as a boar brush, a boar pocket brush, a natural horn wide-toothed comb, a mustache comb, and their stainless steel trimming scissors, there is no excuse for not keeping your beard in its highest form. Zeus has also added their verbena lime-scented products into the mix, which consist of their organic beard oil, a beard shampoo and conditioner, and a workable beard balm.Shop NowWizard Beard Grooming Kit – $28Sometimes you just can’t afford to drop a pretty penny on a kit that you may not use all of or as frequently as its price would warrant. Luckily for you, Wizard’s comprehensive kit of products lets you put forth your best Gandalf impression without sacrificing it all. Featuring just the essentials, the Wizard beard grooming kit has a beard oil and beard balm to keep up a healthy beard, and a beard comb and brush to keep those whiskers tidy and tamed.Shop NowBeard Wrangler Mini-Crate from Mancrates – $70And finally, there’s the Beard Wrangler Mini-Crate, which is actually delivered in a tiny crate containing Renegade’s line of grooming products, including the brand’s beard shampoo bar, beard balm, beard oil, boar-bristle beard brush, and a handy hand towel. And, while the kit doesn’t come with scissors or an edging tool, it does come with a miniature laser-etched crowbar, for all your future tiny-crate opening needs.Shop NowAnd now that you’ve got the tools to do the job right, learn how to shape your beard perfectly every time. Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Carillion Canada says its soldiering on despite UK parents financial woes

first_imgTORONTO – A spokesman for the Canadian subsidiary of insolvent British construction giant and state contractor Carillion says it’s business as usual in Canada despite the parent company’s collapse on Monday.Cody Johnstone says that Carillion Canada is not in liquidation and its 6,000 employees in Canada continue to be paid, along with its subcontractors and suppliers.He says the Canadian leadership team is looking at how to ensure continuity of operations after the parent company’s decision to go into compulsory liquidation after weekend talks with creditors failed to get the short-term financing it needed to continue operating.In a research note, Raymond James analyst Frederic Bastien says Carillion bought Ontario contractor Vanbots Construction about 10 years ago and won contracts to build the country’s first two private-public partnership hospitals.He says the focus in Canada now is on P3 ownerships, facilities management and other recurring activities such as road maintenance, remote workforce camp operations and power line construction and maintenance.Bastien says Carillion’s Canadian assets, which include equity positions in several hospitals — including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto — would be attractive for a number of large potential buyers in Canada.last_img read more

Algeria Courts Trump Administration Seeking to Edge Out Morocco

Rabat – With a recent diplomatic visit to Washington, Algeria has set its eyes on strengthening its relationship with the Donald Trump administration.Algeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ramtane Lamamra, visited the US last week, meeting with the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, and various members of Congress to discuss Algerian-US relations, security issues in Libya and the Sahel, and the North African country’s interests in the Western Sahara.The Algerian official also advocated his country’s position vis-à-vis the question of Western Sahara, in an attempt to influence the US stance of the issue. Algeria is Polisario Front’s major, and has always been accused by Morocco as a party in the conflict. Lamamra, former Algerian ambassador to the US, will probably try to use his contacts in Washington to lobby for his country’s interests. Since these interests collide with those of Morocco, this means the competition between the Moroccans to influence US decision making is going to intensify. The Algerian minister sought to promote his country’s experience in fighting terrorism, which he said is based on “legitimate self-defense,” as well as the national reconciliation program launched by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in 1999 with the aim to get armed opposition forces to give up arms in exchange of amnesty.During his meetings with US officials and congressmen, the Algerian minister presented an image of his country as a” stable and reliable” partner in North African and the Arab world, trying to convey a message that Morocco is not the only model for peace in the region.The Algerian minister presented his country as a valuable security partner for the US, especially as the Trump administration has expressed its concerns over the situation in the Sahel region. Fighting terrorism is an area in which Morocco has become a major ally for the US and European partners such as France, Spain and Belgium.Lamamra’s visit also focused also on economic cooperation, meeting with the congressional Algerian caucus members to talk about the “investment climate” in the country. Algerian officials are courting American businesses in hopes of attracting investment for their country’s struggling economy.Algeria’s economy has been largely dependent on oil revenues for decades, and the crash of oil prices since 2014 has led the government to look for ways to diversify the country’s revenue sources.The minister said that economic cooperation needs to be strengthened, pointing to sectors which have expanded, like agriculture and pharmaceutical industry.Algeria could be looking to strengthening relations with the White House to counter Morocco’s friendliness with Europe, as well as to capitalize on the defeat of Hillary Clinton, who was seen by some as “pro-Morocco.”How much Algeria is really attractive to the current US administration is yet to be seen.The country benefits from its strategic geographical position, where it shares borders with six African countries, as well as experience in dealing with terrorism. But recent attacks, including on a gas site in 2013, and the country’s opaque political system and the deep economic crisis threatening social peace all prove that Algeria is not as stable as it tries to present itself.It also one of Africa’s main oil exporting countries, but the policies of the national oil company, Sonatrach, have on many occasion driven investors out of the country. read more

Three arrested for hooting at John Amaratunga in Wattala

Three people were arrested for hooting at Minister John Amaratunga in Wattala during an event over the weekend.The Minister was in Wattala to lay the foundation stone for a new school. Some residents of the area objected to the land being taken to construct the school. A protest was staged while some people hooted at the Minister as he spoke at the event.The Minister said the construction of the school will go ahead despite the protest. (Colombo Gazette)

Ending historic session UN Assembly adopts Declaration of Commitment on HIVAIDS

The 16-page Declaration, entitled “Global Crisis – Global Action,” addresses a wide range of issues: leadership; prevention; care, support and treatment; HIV/AIDS and human rights; reducing vulnerability; children; alleviating the disease’s social and economic impact; research and development; HIV/AIDS in conflict and disaster-affected regions; resources, and follow-up.”The HIV/AIDS challenge cannot be met without new, additional and sustained resources,” states the Declaration. It calls for reaching, by 2005, the overall target of $7-$10 billion annual expenditure on the epidemic in low and middle-income countries and those experiencing or at risk of rapid expansion. The text also supports the establishment of a Global HIV/AIDS and Health Fund “to finance an urgent and expanded response to the epidemic based on an integrated approach to prevention, care, support and treatment.” The Declaration calls for the adoption of national strategies and financing plans for fighting HIV/AIDS by 2003. Also by that date, HIV/AIDS priorities should be integrated into the mainstream of development planning. Prevention “must be the mainstay of our response,” the Declaration states. It calls for the establishment of national goals for reducing HIV prevalence rate among people aged 15-24 by 25 per cent by 2005. Prevention targets should be in place by 2003, as should universal precautions in health-care settings to prevent HIV transmission.The Assembly also pledges to ensure, by 2005, “that a wide range of prevention programmes which take account of local circumstances, ethics and cultural values, is available in all countries, particularly the most affected countries.” Those should include education encouraging responsible sexual behaviour, including abstinence and fidelity, as well as expanded access to essential commodities, including condoms and sterile injecting equipment.By 2005, at least 90 per cent of all young men and women aged 15-24 should have access to education and services necessary to develop “the life skills required to reduce their vulnerability to HIV infection.” Also by mid-decade, the HIV prevalence rate among infants should be reduced by 20 per cent. In addition, the Declaration calls for strengthening health care systems and addressing the affordability of HIV-related drugs, including antiretrovirals, by 2003. Concerning human rights, the text calls for legislation to eliminate all forms of discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS and members of vulnerable groups by 2003, and outlines a number of measures geared towards the empowerment of women.On vulnerable groups, the text calls for national strategies, by 2003, to help those at greatest risk to new infection, “as indicated by such factors as the local history of the epidemic, poverty, sexual practices, drug using behaviour, livelihood, institutional location, disrupted social structures and population movements.”In its section on children orphaned and affected by HIV/AIDS, the Declaration sets out a series of measures to help them, including counselling, school enrolment, access to food, shelter and social services, and protection from abuse.The socio-economic impact of AIDS should be addressed, according to the Declaration, through the implementation of national poverty eradication plans which deal with the impact of the pandemic on livelihoods, families and communities. “With no cure for HIV/AIDS yet found, further research and development is crucial,” the Declaration states, calling for increased investment in the search for a vaccine. It also advocates stepped-up research to improve prevention and treatment.Noting that conflict and disaster contribute to the spread of the pandemic, the Declaration calls for AIDS programmes for people destabilized by armed conflict, humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters. On follow-up, the text calls for national periodic reviews of progress towards achieving the commitments set out in the Declaration. It also requires the Assembly to consider such progress for at least one full day during its annual sessions. “We recognize and express our appreciation to those who have led the effort to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to deal with its complex challenges,” states the Declaration. “We look forward to strong leadership by Governments, and concerted efforts with full and active participation of the United Nations, the entire multilateral system, civil society, the business community and private sector.” read more

Afghanistan UNESCO chief horrified at suicide bombings targeting of media

“The killing of civilians is completely unacceptable and the targeting of media professionals is particularly reprehensible as it aims to undermine the fundamental human right of freedom of expression and communities’ right to obtain the information they require for the exercise of their democratic rights,” said Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Abdul Qodus, a cameraman for the privately-owned TV station Aryana, and a driver employed by the same company, were killed when a Taliban suicide bomber caused an explosion shortly after a first suicide bomb attack in the same location.“I am particularly horrified by the cynical tactics of the bombers who waited for a crowd to gather on the spot of a first attack before unleashing a second explosion. The use of bloodshed to suppress information and human rights is particularly heinous,” added Mr. Matsuura.UNESCO is the only UN agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. read more

Goodman helps high school students pitch ideas to local business

For Benny Li and Jordan Crowther, a recent marketing project was about more than getting a good grade, it was about helping a local business.While competing in a term-long marketing activity through Brock’s Goodman School of Business, the Grade 11 District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) students fronted rival teams that each pitched solutions to marketing challenges faced by local independent health food store The Peanut Mill.Students from A.N. Myer and Sir Winston Churchill secondary schools heard directly from the St. Catharines business about marketing challenges before teams from each class were paired with members of the Brock Marketing Association to help fine-tune their pitches.After completing in-class presentations, two teams from each school, including the ones headed by Li and Crowther, were selected to present to Peanut Mill staff members and Goodman representatives at Brock on Thursday, May 16.The teams of A.N. Myer Secondary School student Benny Li and Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School student Jordan Crowther tied for first place during a marketing exercise that partnered local high school students with members of the Brock community and The Peanut Mill health food store.Li, a 17-year-old student at A.N. Myer in Niagara Falls, said the experience of analyzing a business and then preparing a marketing presentation allowed him to take part in a different type of learning than he normally encountered in the classroom. His team focused on a new hashtag for the company’s social media platforms.“Working with Brock and The Peanut Mill has been a great way to learn real-world marketing skills, and to manage finances and improve presentation skills,” he said.Crowther, a 16-year old student from Sir Winston Churchill in St. Catharines, said the exercise would pay dividends in her career journey as well. Her team focused on growth in the area of online meal planning resources and promoting in-store consultations.“It’s a really great program. This has been the best assignment,” she said. “We learned a lot about how to make people like our presentation and get them on our side. I want to be a real estate agent, and this has been really great practice.”When the presentations came to a close, Crowther and Li’s teams finished in an unprecedented tie for first place, which Li said showed the quality of the work from both sides.“It felt great knowing that we tied with a team who set such a high standard,” he said. “The result showed us what a great job we did and that our hard work paid off.”Peanut Mill owner and General Manager Jason Sebeslav said the result reflected the overall quality of every presentation.“This was our first time participating in this marketing challenge with high school students and it was a real pleasure and an honour to have all of these young, creative minds focused on our business,” he said. “It was very difficult to choose a winning group because all of them had some great ideas and presented them professionally.”David DiPietro, Experiential Education Co-ordinator in Goodman, said the exercise allowed students to participate in the type of immersive activities that have made Brock a leader in experiential learning in all seven of its Faculties. Goodman has worked with local organizations and high schools to stage the activity four times in the last two years.“It’s a reality of what they will face in their post-secondary studies as well as the workplace,” he said. “Exercises like this, that partner students with real local clients, help them to get an early jump on developing skills they will use for the rest of their lives.”DiPietro was also encouraged by the final projects the students delivered.“After seeing the presentations, it’s clear that the groups from both schools would be ready to take on University-level projects in the Goodman School of Business,” he said.Cristina Greco, Goodman’s Recruitment Co-ordinator, said that in addition to showing students they could succeed at Brock, the exercise also served as an important recruiting tool.“It helped to develop a great rapport with the local high schools and to provide a touch point for students as they prepare for post-secondary learning,” she said. “By working with our team, we can serve in a type of mentorship role as well as offer familiar faces the students already know when they decide to study here. We also build lasting connections with teachers, who will then communicate what Brock is doing for their students.”While the teams wrapped up their projects, Sebeslav said their presentations meant his staff could get to work further examining the students’ suggestions.“There are a lot of good ideas to think about and sift through,” he said. “It’s hard to say right now which of those we’ll act upon, but the students’ presentations have certainly got the wheels in our heads turning.” read more

New roof bolting plant to strengthen successful Minova operation in China

first_imgMinova has continued to raise the pace of its business development in China and it is now set for further growth with the establishment of a roof bolt production plant in Tai’an.  Since its formation in late 2005, Ruichy Minova has experienced increasing demand for its products from the Chinese mining authorities as they continue their drive for improved safety throughout the country’s vast mining industry.  Ruichy Minova is now widely recognised by the Chinese mining industry as a leading supplier of strata reinforcement and ground control technology for enhancing underground safety and increasing productivity.Located in Beijing, Ruichy Minova offers, through its regional service network, rapid response to mine customers when they experience problems in underground operations such as roof cavities and unstable ground. Minova International says the key to the company’s success in China has been the ability to adapt its “technologies and products and to deliver local solutions which suit the specific demands of the Chinese market. Combined with a strong management team, local product development and manufacturing and a well-trained sales force, the China operation has now become a major contributor to the Minova Group.”The company’s Beijing factory manufactures a wide range of resin products including Bevedol, Bevedan, Carbofill and also Minova blended cement grouts such as Tekseal and Tekflex sprayable membranes. All the application pumps and associated equipment are designed specifically to meet the demands of individual customers and produced in China.Ruichy Minova is due to open the new roof bolt production plant in Tai’an, situated in the western Shandong province centred round Mount Tai, in March 2009. It follows on from the success of products such as Carbofill, Geoflex and Tekfoam for a number of applications including stabilisation and cavity filling. When this new manufacturing facility for roof bolts and steel components is up and running, Ruichy Minova will be able to provide a full range of ground support technology products to China’s mines.last_img read more

Donaldson UltraWeb filters available for offroad applications

first_imgDonaldson Company, the worldwide manufacturer of filtration systems and parts, recently released more than 50 Donaldson Endurance air filter sizes that are now available for off-road applications. Manufactured using Donaldson’s advanced Ultra-Web nanofibre technology, these air filters are described as “the best choice for off-road applications as they help reduce maintenance costs and increase equipment uptime.” Donaldson Endurance air filters protect engines and help them last longer by providing better initial and overall efficiency compared to conventional cellulose media.The company states that off-road customers will see several advantages including ultra-long filter life. With the use of ultra-web nanofibre technology, submicron contaminants load on the surface of the filter media instead of dispersing throughout the depth of the filter where there is less area for air to flow. This high dust-holding capacity promotes longer filter life. Other advantages include ultra-high efficiency and ultra-engine protection – Donaldson Endurance air filters reach 99.97% efficiency quicker than conventional cellulose filters and have an overall efficiency up to 99.99%. As a result, Ultra-Web filters for off-road equipment provide improved engine protection and can deliver increased power and lower life cycle costs, according to Donaldson.last_img read more

VIDEO Is this the ultimate in dog shaming

first_imgEVERYONE’S FAVOURITE INTERNET dog Maymo has been at it again.Is there no depths to the levels of dog shaming his owners will go to? Here’s a montage:YouTube/CrackRockCandyIf you want some more dogshaming, look no further. A taster:VIDEO: This dog is an excellent thief>Tumblr of the Day: Dogshaming>last_img