Little League optimistic the season will happen

first_imgMaine-Endwell Little League President, Joe Chesna, is optimistic the season will be able to start at some point. Chesna says even if the season is canceled, the local league’s could still take matters into their own hands to play games in the future. “A lot of that is up in the air right now but once we ultimately get the green light we will determine what the most effective way to proceed is,” says Chesna. “Obviously the parade is a great day for our community and our kids so we will figure out some opportunity to make this as much about the kids and the community as we can.” “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter. “Maybe it happens in September, I hope that’s not the case but we are going to try and be creative and work with the other leagues. Something so that the kids have the chance to compete and allows them to have some fun despite being inside for the past few months or so,” he says. Chesna says there has been a great deal of support from the towns of Endwell and Union. The league is in good hands financially and hasn’t been affected by the delayed start to the season. When and if there is a Little League season to be played, Chesna says they will look to hold the annual parade or a play ball day to kick off the 2020 season. center_img TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) – For now, the Little League season is pushed back until May 11. Leaders around the Southern Tier are working with Little League International to put a plan in place for the season to start. The fields are currently in game shape but due to town order they should not be played on. This includes any practices or everyday use of the fields. As both a coach and a parent, Chesna understands the frustration but urges town residents to stay off the fields. “It’s frustrating just as a parent and as a coach seeing the kids who usually want to be outside this time of year playing with their buddies.” “It gets a little tough being inside or more distant but there are bigger issues out there but we’ll make something work at some point in time,” he says. “If Little League International doesn’t sanction a season we could always do something local to make sure these kids do play and we get our season,” says Chesna.last_img read more

Helena Morrissey steps down as chief executive at Newton IM

first_imgThe company said that, in that new role, Morrissey would continue to be an adviser to Newton and represent it and its parent BNY Mellon Investment Management in the financial services sector.For now, Smits has been appointed to Newton’s board of directors in addition to becoming its chief executive designate.Smits’s most recent job has been that of CIO at Adams Street Partners, where she was also a member of the executive committee.Newton said Smits would be based in London and “actively involved in managing Newton’s business and focus on expanding its presence in key growth markets”.Harris said the company was extremely thankful to Morrissey for her contributions as chief executive.“Under Helena’s leadership, Newton has developed into a globally recognised asset manager and valuable BNY Mellon investment boutique, with strong investment performance across real return, fixed income, multi-asset, global and equity income strategies, along with a market-leading responsible investment proposition, all driven by the firm’s team-based investment approach,” he said.Morrissey said the time was right for her to move on to the next phase of her career.“I am looking forward to assisting Hanneke over the coming months while also continuing my roles with the Investment Association and the Financial Services Trade and Investment Board, among others,” she said.Morrissey is leaving her role as chief executive immediately, and Smits will take up the full chief executive role in due course, subject to FCA approval. Newton Investment Management has announced its long-time chief executive Helena Morrissey is stepping down from the top management role and will be replaced by Hanneke Smits.Mitchell Harris, chief executive of Newton’s parent BNY Mellon Investment Management, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Hanneke to Newton’s board of directors and as chief executive officer designate.“She has deep investment knowledge, an impressive track record of developing senior leaders and investment professionals, and proven expertise growing a global firm across developed and emerging markets.”Morrissey will become chair of the non-executive board of directors after stepping down from the chief executive role.last_img read more

a month agoMan City boss Guardiola: Why De Bruyne angered me

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Why De Bruyne angered meby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Kevin De Bruyne angered him during their 8-0 thrashing of Watford.De Bruyne had a hand in five of the Blues’ eight goals, including scoring the last, a rasping right-footed drive that gave Ben Foster no chance. But Guardiola said, “Kevin sometimes is a special player, sometimes he sees something the other guys cannot see on the pitch, not even off [it].”Sometimes I’m a little bit [angry] when the simple ball you lose it, how with your quality you can lose it? “But he is incredibly talented player, and sometimes you miss it from here, loses it from here but sometimes his vision up front and the quality he has [is incredible].” last_img read more

Poll suggests majority of Canadians backs outright ban on guns in urban

first_imgOTTAWA – The vast majority of Canadians favours a total ban on guns in urban areas, a new poll suggests.According to the poll, conducted by Ekos Research Associates for The Canadian Press, 69 per cent of those surveyed agreed with the statement “I think that there should be a strict ban on guns in urban areas.”Support was highest in Quebec at 76 per cent and lowest in Alberta at 48 per cent.The federal Liberals are currently at work on legislation to follow through on campaign commitments to tighten up restrictions on guns, though an earlier suggestion a new bill could be introduced before the end of the year now seems unlikely.The Liberal plans don’t involve any kind of total ban and, indeed, no political party has ever suggested the idea, noted Ekos president Frank Graves.But widespread support for the concept suggests there’s room to simply stop tinkering with existing gun laws and put in place something more ambitious, he said.“I’m not saying the operationalization wouldn’t be complex but this isn’t a moon shot and it’s been done in other jurisdictions,” Graves said.“I think Canadians would settle for something close — it wouldn’t have to be a strict ban, but anything to move the needle here.”Guns are not involved in the vast majority of crimes in Canada but there have been increases in gun-related violence.Statistics released last month showed that 2016 was the first time since 2012 that shootings were the most common method of homicide in Canada. Statistics Canada also reported that 2016 was the third year in a row that the number of firearm-related homicides rose.The agency also reported last month that 587 people took their own lives with the use of a firearm in 2014, up from 544 the year before.A standard response to why government doesn’t go further to crack down on guns is politics and the perception that urban Canadians view the issue far differently than rural dwellers, who use guns to hunt for food or protect themselves in remote regions beyond the every-day reach of law enforcement.The political divide has played itself out repeatedly during national debates on gun control. In 2011, two NDP MPs from Thunder Bay, Ont., were disciplined when they broke ranks and voted in favour of the Conservative government’s legislation to repeal the gun registry.During the Conservative leadership race earlier this year, a clear position on firearms-related policy was a must-have for candidates, many of whom actively courted firearms enthusiasts.But the Ekos survey suggests there’s support across the political spectrum for restrictions that are limited to urban areas — 86 per cent of respondents who identified themselves as Liberals, 56 per cent of Conservatives and 75 per cent of New Democrats backed an urban ban.The automated land line and cell phone survey of 2,287 Canadians was carried out Nov. 10-30 and is considered accurate within 2.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.In 2015, the federal Liberals made several campaign commitments related to firearms. They’ve fulfilled some, including a revamp of a national advisory board and increased funding to the provinces to address gun violence.That money was announced last month at an event in Surrey, B.C., where a federal by-election is underway in a community that has a long-standing issue with guns and gangs.The Liberals also pledged to require enhanced background checks for anyone seeking to buy a gun, and prospective buyers must also show a license. Those who sell guns would, among other things, be required to keep an inventory of stock and sales.Their platform also promised to get more weapons off the streets by strengthening controls on handguns and assault weapons.A group that includes family members of women killed at a shooting at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal in 1989, as well as survivors of a shooting at Montreal’s Dawson College in 2006 and one at a mosque in Quebec City last year gathered on Parliament Hill last week to press the Liberals to commit to a firm timeline for the changes.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said work is underway on related legislation.“It is an important topic and efforts in the past in dealing with a topic that has the potential to, in some places, be controversial has ended up foundering,” he said.“When I put forward the legislative package I want to make sure that it’s a package that will succeed. That’s my objective and we’ll get it done.”People whose lives have been changed directly by gun violence say they’ve been waiting too long.last_img read more

William F White Intl Reinforces Commitment to Northern Ontario Film Industry with

first_img Facebook TORONTO – William F. White International Inc. (Whites) has announced that its Sudbury location will be expanding with a new office and warehouse.  Whites Sudbury originally opened its doors in 2014 to share space with Northern Ontario Film Studios, a former ice rink transformed into a soundstage by local producer, Hideaway Pictures.The new location will be housed in downtown Sudbury and will encompass a total of 4,691 square footage, complete with a dock level bay and drive-in bay.  The increased warehouse space, parking lot and increased accessibility will allow Whites Sudbury to service clients more efficiently.William F. White International’s future Sudbury location at 922 Cambrian Heights Drive (CNW Group/William F. White International Inc)“Sudbury is easily one of the fastest-growing regions in the Canadian film and television industry and our upcoming expansion is the perfect complement to that success,” says Whites’ Chairman/CEO, Paul Bronfman. “Since opening our office in 2014, we’ve provided Northern Ontario filmmakers with access to equipment and services they previously never had, and now we want to reaffirm that we’re here to stay.” Twitter This news comes following William F. White’s reception held in Sudbury last fall, where representatives from New Metric Media, Hideaway Pictures, JoBro Productions and others came to toast and celebrate Northern Ontario’s growing industry.  While Sudbury is experiencing an impressive increase in production, it’s also causing a chain reaction that is influencing North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and others.“With unparalleled access to beautiful landscapes, it’s no wonder some productions are choosing to shoot here,” adds Whites Sudbury’s Josh Desormeaux. “There’s a certain something here you can’t find down south and the forthcoming expanded space will hopefully draw even more clients.”Whites Sudbury has recently provided productions including “Cardinal,” “Letterkenny” and “Pyewacket” with lighting and grip, camera, specialty equipment, location services and more.                                           William F. White International Inc. (Whites) (www.whites.com) is a Comweb Group member company. Founded in 1963, Whites is Canada’s oldest and largest provider of motion picture, television, live event, digital media, and theatrical production equipment with offices across the country. The company services productions of all sizes from coast to coast and has the most extensive inventory of state-of-the-art production equipment in the industry, including the very latest in technological advances. Whites has established a reputation for excellence and is recognized by Canadian and international producers as one of the best production rental and sales firms in the world. Whites is also partners with Sparks Camera & Lighting Ltd., a leading Budapest, Hungary-based provider of motion picture production equipment servicing western and eastern European producers.  Sparks was originally co-founded through Whites as a joint business venture with the late Oscar Award-winning cinematographer, Vilmos Zsigmond. The Whites Group of companies include Whites Location Equipment Supply Inc. (Whites LES) (www.locationequipmentsupply.com)Comweb Corporation (www.comwebgroup.com) is the parent company of William F. White International Inc.  Founded by Paul Bronfman in 1988, the company has grown to encompass horizontally integrated firms dedicated to providing expert production services, studio facilities and equipment to the Canadian and International film and television industry.  Comweb Corporation is a major shareholder in Toronto’s largest film and television studio complex, Pinewood Toronto Studios (www.pinewoodtorontostudios.com).  In addition to Comweb’s first class production equipment and studio facilities, Comweb Corporation includes Comweb Aviation Inc. which is the first company of its kind to specialize in private jet charter services to the film, television and broadcast industries. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Cenovus agrees to sell Saskatchewan enhanced oil recovery assets to Whitecap

first_imgCALGARY – Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) says it is selling its majority stake in a Saskatchewan enhanced-oil recovery project to Calgary-based Whitecap Resources Inc. (TSX:WCP) for $940 million.The deal is the last on a list of four asset sales the major oilsands producer vowed to complete to help pay for its $17.7-billion acquisition of most of the Canadian assets of Houston-based ConocoPhillips earlier this year.It has previously agreed to sell its Palliser assets in southeastern Alberta to Torxen Energy and Schlumberger for $1.3 billion, its Suffield operations in southern Alberta to International Petroleum Corporation for $512 million and its Pelican Lake heavy oil assets in northern Alberta for $975 million to Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ).Incoming Cenovus CEO Alex Pourbaix says in a statement that the sale will allow the Calgary company to retire the entire $3.6-billion bridge facility associated with the ConocoPhillips purchase before year-end.Cenovus has said it will identify other assets for sale this year to take the total raised to between $4 billion and $5 billion.In a separate release, Whitecap says the purchase of Cenovus’s 62 per cent interest in the Weyburn, Sask., project will boost its overall production in 2018 by about 25 per cent to about 74,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.The Weyburn project has been in operation since 1954. Cenovus began injecting carbon dioxide into its oil-producing underground formations in 2000 to enhance oil production and extend the life of the field.last_img read more

Once illegal settlers now these 4 lakh voters being wooed by all

first_imgGurugram: On a petition filed by Defence Minister, the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered that 900 metres around the Indian Air Force depot were illegal. It was later reduced to 300 metres by the court after politicians from all parties highlighted that how it would be difficult to accommodate the four lakh people who are settled around the area.Subsequently after court’s permission, some of the houses were also given electricity and water connections. Various houses and shops in the Sheetla colony being sealed, a situation that has not gone well with thousands of residents residing in the area. What, however, generated controversy was the sealing of a mosque last year which after hue and cry was made to function. On his recent visit, Gurugram MP Rao Inderjit Singh minced no word in highlighting that irregularities were maintained by the officials giving licences to the people around the ammunition depot. He also, however, highlighted that now since the people were settled, their interests had to be taken care of. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsEven as objections were raised by Airforce officials to prohibit the setting up of civil establishments, a number of civil setups have only grown around the area. Not only the Airforce station but even an Army cantonment area that is located few kilometres away face the similar challenges. On the repeated complaints by Defence personnel, a plea was filed seeking the intervention of judiciary into the matter. The real estate development over the years has led to unchecked rise in the commercial establishments. The presence of the Maruti Suzuki factory further expedited the real estate development. Automobile garages, wedding banquet halls, marble market and various consumer showrooms began to be set up in the vast swathes of land around the Defence land. The issue has been in controversy for long where various prominent citizens including the sitting MLA Umesh Aggarwal has advocated of the relocation of the Airforce station. At present, the High Court has directed the DC office to only remove the civil establishments situated around 300 metres area of the Airforce ammunition station.last_img read more

Open to Cong support but with a rider KCR

first_imgHyderabad: The TRS on Tuesday said a federal front of regional parties proposed by its supremo and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is open to taking support from the Congress to form a government at the Centre, as long as they don’t ask for the driver’s seat.Rao has been pursuing his idea of a federal front of non-Congress, non-BJP regional parties since last year, and TRS spokesman Abid Rasool Khan’s statement that his party is ready to do business with Rahul Gandhi-led outfit is seen as significant, ahead of the Lok Sabha poll results next week. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”KCR (as Rao is popularly known as) is very firm that the federal front should be in the driver’s seat and run the government,” Khan said. In case the front falls short of numbers to form the government, the option of the Congress supporting it from outside would be explored, he said. “But, the government would be of the federal front and Congress will have to extend support from outside. We are very firm that regional parties should be in the driver’s seat. The prime minister’s post should go to one of the constituents of the federal front. The prime ministerial candidate will be a consensus candidate from among the constituents (of the federal front)”, Khan said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenHowever, DMK President MK Stalin on Tuesday said he saw no chances for a non-BJP, non-Congress “third front” post-Lok Sabha polls, but a decision could be taken only after May 23, the counting day. Stalin’s remarks come a day after TRS supremo and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekara Rao, who has been pushing for a non-Congress, non-BJP federal front of regional parties, called on the DMK chief here. Stalin, also Tamil Nadu Leader of Opposition, said Rao had not visited the state for forging alliances. “He did not come to form alliances. He came to Tamil Nadu to offer prayers in various temples and on that basis, sought an appointment with me for a courtesy call. That is all,” he told reporters here.last_img read more

Handicrafts exporters to get benefits under MEIS scheme for exports to Iran

first_imgNEW DELHI: Rakesh Kumar, Director General – EPCH informed that the exporters especially from Moradabad were facing problem with respect to export shipment made to countries which are in Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) list and e-BRC could not be generated by the concerned banks for exports to listed countries including Iran. As a result, the exporters were unable to get MEIS benefits. Kumar further said that EPCH took up the matter regarding non-issuance of e-BRC at the highest level in the Minister of Textiles, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Ministry of Finance and DGFT and with the constant follow-up, the DGFT has issued Public Notice No. 8/2015-20 dated 14th March 2019 in the matter that a declaration by the exporter along with a self-attested copy of the proof of payment such as Foreign Inward Remittance Certificates/Statements etc. can be given to the DGFT for claiming MEIS benefits. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraRK Passi, Chairman – EPCH said that it had been a long pending demand of handicrafts exporters and solution provided by DGFT is a very welcome step and would certainly boost the morale of the exporters for their future endeavors. Rakesh Kumar, DG – EPCH said that with this initiative the exporters are going to get a much needed MEIS benefits for their exports and it will energize them to continue their efforts towards enhancing exports from the country. The Handicrafts exports during the year 2018 -19 is Rs 26590.25 crores registering a growth of 15.46% during the same period last year, however, the exports of handicrafts to Iran is around Rs. 500.00 crores, informed Kumar.last_img read more

PDP activist succumbs to injures after militant attack

first_imgSrinagar: A Peoples Democratic Party activist, who was shot at by suspected militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district, succumbed to injuries at a hospital here on Monday, an official said. Mohammad Jamal, who was shot at inside his residence at Zungalpora village on Sunday night, succumbed to injuries at the SKIMS hospital, the official said. PDP president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the killing of her party worker. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “Heartbreaking. Party workers in Kashmir put their neck on the line & have to suffer for their beliefs,” Mufti tweeted. “Ironic that such mindless violence is justified in the name of Islam in the month of Ramzan. Shame on these cowards who call themselves Muslims.” Former IAS officer-turned-politician Shah Faesal and CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami also condemned the killing. “The reckless killing of civilians at the hands of both the parties involved in the conflict continues unabated. Whether a civilian is killed by the bullet from one side or the other side, it is loss of precious human life,” Tarigami said in a statement. “Whose ’cause’ is fulfilled by the killings of civilians? Unfortunately, it is a Kashmiri who is getting killed every day,” the CPI(M) leader added.last_img read more