Lukaku not interested in Chelsea revenge, claims Everton boss Martinez

first_imgEverton boss Roberto Martinez says summer signing Romelu Lukaku is not interested in getting revenge on Chelsea this weekend.The Belgium striker left Stamford Bridge in the summer in a £28m move after refusing to be a bit-part player under Jose Mourinho following the arrivals of Diego Costa and Didier Drogba.Lukaku and his new side will welcome Chelsea to Goodison Park on Saturday but Martinez says his frontman will not be worried about bloodying the nose of his former employees.“His motivation is not about facing Chelsea but building his status at this club,” Martinez said. 1 Everton striker Romelu Lukaku in action against Arsenal last_img read more

Giants outright five players, including three infielders

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–A new president of baseball operations is expected to make significant changes to the Giants’ 40-man roster this offseason.But the new executive the Giants plan to hire won’t have to make big decisions regarding five players the franchise outrighted to Triple-A Monday.San Francisco announced that infielders Kelby Tomlinson, Chase d’Arnaud and Miguel Gomez as well as pitchers Casey Kelly and Tyler Herb were outrighted to Triple-A and moved off of the 40-man roster. The Giants had …last_img read more

Safer stoves for all township homes

first_imgThe creators of a clean cookstove urge businesses to step in and help out families that have no electricity, as part of their social responsibility. And they promise their appliances are safer than paraffin stoves. Families who have used the clean cookstove say unlike paraffin stoves, this product gives off no smell. (Images: Supplied) • Africa urged to invest in artists as visionaries • Mentors dared to be different • Drones used to fight crime in South Africa • What African universities can do to attract academics back from the diaspora • Drones used to fight crime in South Africa Melissa JavanThe Protostar clean cookstove was created to replace paraffin stoves, the cause of so many devastating shack fires. Burning paraffin is also a major cause of respiratory illness.The team that produced the Protostar stove is now exploring sponsorship options to get one of these stoves into each household in South Africa.Danie Crowther, the chief executive of Proto-Energy, manufacturer of Protostar, says the company wants businesses to help them. “We give an opportunity for businesses to be part of this initiative, depending on their corporate social investment. We want to give stoves to every household that are currently using paraffin stoves.”The clean cookstove uses methanol fuel instead of paraffin. And not only are there health and safety benefits, there are financial benefits too. It costs between R8.50 and R10 for a 500ml bottle, which lasts for four hours of cooking. Paraffin may be cheaper at R7 for a bottle, but this only lasts for an hour and a half of cooking, Crowther explains.Where it startedIn 2009, Rudolph de Bruin, an industrialist, the chairman of Amed Private Equity Fund and the co-founder of Sephaku Holdings, approached the industrial designer, Ken Hall, with a request to design a low-cost, clean cooking stove – referred to as a cookstove by the Global Alliance for Cleancook Stoves, the site reads.“This stove needed to be durable, robust, safe to use and had to use clean cooking fuel (methanol) instead of noxious and dangerous paraffin. In South Africa, 25 million people cook their food on unstable paraffin stoves, breathing the toxic fumes that result in much more lung damage and disease than that caused by smoking.”Proto-Energy’s appliance passed the tests set by Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and the company is now working in partnership with the initiative, which is led by the United Nations Foundation. It says nearly 3 billion people in the developing world cook food and heat their homes with traditional cooking stoves or open fires.Business Day Live, an online financial news portal, says the alliance has set a target to introduce clean cookstoves in 100 million households by 2020. “Several African countries have joined the alliance and launched ambitious projects to address the problem. South Africa’s government has to date not expressed any interest in joining this programme.”Doing their homeworkCrowther says his company started its research in KwaNdebele, outside Pretoria. “We first gave away a stove each to 10 households to test the product. We came back, did some modifications and a survey. That was just for experimental use.“We then gave [a stove] to 100 families and did the same. We had to test it before selling it.”Sales began in Diepsloot only. “We started in August 2013. We had promotions and took the customers’ numbers. Our team then called the customers to find out how the product was doing.“The sales went slowly. We picked up a few mistakes with the product,” Crowther admits.About 5 000 stoves were sold in Diepsloot. “We invested about R15-million for research and development,” he says.“We worked in Diepsloot for a year. In August 2014, we then said that the product was now ready to be sold everywhere. Then we began to start rolling the product out to wholesalers. The wholesalers sell it to spaza shop owners.” Danie Crowther says they invested about R15million for research and development of this product.The first big client was Africa Cash & Carry. “We are starting to distribute the product all over the country now. Within the last month (June), our sales have grown up to 60%. From August 2014, we have sold between 10 000 and 12 000. We have a big footprint in Johannesburg – areas like Tembisa, Soweto and Alexandra. We are selling the products as far as Limpopo.”Proto-Energy has 21 direct employees. “We have about 100 self-employed people who sell the fuel and stoves.”Other productsProto-Energy also sells heaters separately that can work together with the stoves, says Crowther. Other accessories sold separately include a braaier, oven and a night light. The night light replaces a candle.He says it is very exciting to be part of this initiative. “I recently spoke to five families in Alexandra, which was inspiring. The learners used to be called ‘smokas’ because the paraffin smell stayed on their clothes. Now they no longer smell like paraffin nor fuel.”For more information, visit Proto-Energy.last_img read more

Canada Goose reports secondquarter profit up raises outlook for full year

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:GOOS) TORONTO — Canada Goose Holdings Inc. beat expectations as it reported a second-quarter profit of $49.9 million and raised its outlook for growth for the year.The luxury parka maker says the profit amounted to 45 cents per diluted share for quarter ended Sept. 30 compared with a profit of $37.1 million or 33 cents per diluted share a year ago.Revenue in what was the company’s second quarter totalled $230.3 million, up from $172.3 million in the same quarter last year.On an adjusted basis, Canada Goose says it earned 46 cents per diluted share in the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of 29 cents per diluted share a year ago. Analysts had expected a profit of 26 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.In its outlook, Canada Goose says it now expects annual revenue growth of at least 30 per cent compared with its earlier forecast for at least 20 per cent.The company also expects annual growth in its adjusted net income per diluted share to be at least 40 per cent compared with its earlier guidance of at least 25 per cent. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Smith Broman lead Winthrop past Campbell 9086 in Big South

first_imgBUIES CREEK, N.C. — Nych Smith and Bjorn Broman, who sat out the previous game with injuries, combined for a clutch five points in the last 19 seconds and Winthrop fended off Campbell 90-86 on Thursday.Smith, Winthrop’s top scorer at 16.0 ppg., scored a career-high 27 in his return, hitting a dagger of a 3 with 19 seconds left that pushed the Eagles (10-5, 2-0 Big South Conference) ahead by five, 88-83. Campbell (8-8, 1-1) answered with a 3 of its own but Broman sealed the win with a pair of free throws a five seconds left.Chris Clemons, who leads the nation in scoring with 29.3 ppg., scored 34 against the Eagles. He threw down a dunk with 44 seconds left that cut the gap to 85-83, fed Jordan Whitfield for a 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining that made it 88-86. His attempt at a game-winning 3-pointer was blocked by Adam Pickett as time ran out.Clemons was 10-for-28 shooting and 4-for-14 from deep. His six assists were a season high.The Associated Presslast_img read more

1000 children to receive access to inclusive child care

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development has announced that 1,000 children with extra support needs will have access to inclusive child care with the help of SCD and ASCD programming.The funding is part of a three-year, $30-million investment through the Early Learning and Child Care agreement with the Government of Canada.The ministry says this funding, announced in February 2018, will reduce waitlists for inclusive child care and improves access to programs across the province for children with extra support needs. “Every parent wants the best for their child, yet many families with children who have extra support needs have been struggling for years to find quality care,” said Katrine Conroy, B.C. Minister of Children and Family Development.“This investment is a key part of our vision of affordable, quality child care for every B.C. family who wants it.”Supported Child Development (SCD) can include:One-On-One help for children who may need assistance during meals or to take part in activities with peers.Information and training for child care staff to help them make their programming more inclusive, such as creating a visual schedule to help children better understand their daily routine, or allowing children to begin their day earlier to be better oriented before the day begins.Working with families to link them to other local resources and support groups in the community, or to help them access medical and other needed services.The Province is investing more than $1 billion in child care over the next three years through Childcare BC, moving towards its long-term vision of a universal childcare system in B.C.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP issue warning after a series of overdoses

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are issuing a warning following a series of recent overdoses.According to RCMP, the Alberta Health Services EMS responded to approximately 14 overdose calls within the last four days.Police say investigations revealed a common trend of purple and pink coloured pills suspected to be heroin. Grande Prairie RCMP along with AHS, are cautioning individuals who engage in illegal drug use to exercise extreme caution when purchasing, and using illicit drugs.Individuals experiencing an overdose can show the following symptoms;breathing slowly or not breathing at allnails and/or lips are bluechoking or throwing upmaking gurgling soundsskin is cold and clammyNaloxone kits are available at pharmacies, community clinics and emergency departments.If you suspect an individual is experiencing an overdose, call 911 immediately.For more information on drug overdoses, you can visit read more

Five issues the parties are ready to fight over as campaign begins

first_imgThe Liberals’ pitch on this front is less about cutting people’s costs and more about what they’ve done to increase government supports, from the 2016 Canada Child Benefit that consolidated multiple family-oriented programs and increased benefits for nine out of 10 recipients to their measures on making home-buying more affordable. They point to statistics showing that 278,000 children have been lifted out of poverty on their watch.Underlying the promises is an economic red flag that indicates why many voters feel stretched: Canadians have some of the highest levels of consumer debt in the developed world.JobsThe cost of living might not seem as scary to people who feel as though they have secure jobs that pay well, but urban Canada hasn’t been exempt from the disruptions of the “gig economy” and the decline in manufacturing jobs that have been the mainstays of small and medium-sized centres’ economies for generations. For example, General Motors’ announcement last winter that it would close its Oshawa factory hit hard. The Liberals tout their carbon price — and the rebate taxpayers in the affected provinces get in compensation — as an economist-approved way to reduce Canada’s greenhouse-gas emissions with maximum efficiency. People who lead low-emissions lifestyles actually get rewarded with hard cash, they point out.The New Democrats and Greens would both toughen the rules on industrial emitters, but are broadly OK with the direction the Liberals took with their carbon tax. On the flip side, the Liberals’ decision to spend billions of dollars buying the Trans Mountain pipeline to get the project past regulatory hurdles hasn’t helped them with environmentalists.The Conservatives call the Liberal carbon policy an additional burden on overtaxed consumers that doesn’t account for people who have to spend a lot on home heating and driving gasoline and diesel vehicles. They vow to replace it with a system requiring big industrial emitters to spend on green technology.AffordabilityClosely related to environment policy are the cost of living and what the government should be doing to help Canadians who feel they can’t make ends meet. The Conservatives have put this issue at the heart of their campaign, settling on “It’s time for you to get ahead” as their slogan. Besides getting rid of the carbon-price backstop, they promise to cut taxes on home heating and parental benefits paid under employment insurance, among a raft of pledges aimed at reducing Canadians’ bills.The New Democrats have talked up a plan to cut cellphone costs, a large expense in many household budgets. OTTAWA — Here are five issues the major federal parties have been preparing to fight this election over.Climate changeLiberals and Conservatives seem eager to campaign on the Trudeau government’s signature environmental policy: the price on carbon-emitting fuels in provinces that don’t have equivalent systems of their own. It applies in Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan, and the Liberals have said it will cover Alberta starting in January. The tax starts at $20 per tonne of carbon-dioxide emissions and is to rise to $50 a tonne by 2022.center_img Albertans have been angered by a lack of progress on oil pipelines, which means their oilsands products sell at a steep discount against world prices because they’re hard to get to buyers, kneecapping the provincial economy. China has made it all but impossible for Canadian producers to sell products like canola there (more on that below).Nevertheless, Canada’s unemployment rate in May was the lowest it’s been since the 1970s, and has since ticked up just slightly. Average wages are near record highs.Canada and the worldJustin Trudeau declared after his 2015 election that Canada was back, newly keen on multilateralism and doing its bit internationally. Then the bottom fell out: U.S. President Donald Trump’s unpredictability, China’s new assertiveness, Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and designs on the Arctic, Britain’s being consumed by its departure from the European Union — all make Canada’s efforts to navigate global politics much tougher than in 2015.Canada reached a new North American free-trade agreement with the U.S. and Mexico, which is either the successful result of standing firm against a mercurial U.S. president in a largely defensive action or a capitulation to American demands on multiple fronts. The view largely depends on one’s political stripe.China is furious with Canada over its arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. extradition warrant. In response, China detained two Canadians there and obstructed agricultural imports. Canada has assembled lots of international support, but has not seen any of those retaliatory measures undone.Trudeau has had successful summits, including a chummy appearance this summer in Montreal with Donald Tusk, outgoing president of the European Union Council. He also had a disastrous trip to India, where the lasting memories were of him and his family in Indian-style garb, and the invitations to receptions sent to Jaspal Atwal, a Sikh separatist who was convicted of trying to murder an Indian politician on Vancouver Island in 1986.EthicsThe Liberals came into office promising openness, transparency and good conduct. Under the previous Conservative government, parliamentary secretary Dean Del Mastro was convicted of violating the Canada Elections Act and sentenced to jail time. The criminal trial of then-Conservative Sen. Mike Duffy ended in his acquittal by a judge who found he’d been the victim of scheming in the Prime Minister’s Office to get out from under a scandal over senators’ expenses.Nobody from Trudeau’s government has gone on trial, but the Liberal leader himself has twice been found to have violated the conflict-of-interest law — once over a vacation he took at the private island of the Aga Khan, the wealthy religious leader and philanthropist, and another in the SNC-Lavalin affair.That affair led to a slew of resignations — Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from cabinet, followed by their eventual expulsions from the Liberal caucus, Trudeau’s closest aide Gerald Butts, and the early retirement of Canada’s top bureaucrat — and preceded a sharp drop in Liberal poll numbers last winter.Wilson-Raybould described a months-long campaign out of the Prime Minister’s Office to get her, as Canada’s attorney general, to arrange a deal with SNC-Lavalin to head off a prosecution over allegedly corrupt dealings in Libya. Trudeau has said his priority was saving jobs at the Quebec engineering firm and that although he and his aides didn’t recognize how Wilson-Raybould was receiving their efforts, they ultimately had their hearts in the right place.The Conservatives link the SNC-Lavalin debacle to the failed prosecution of former vice-admiral Mark Norman over leaked information on a shipbuilding contract, saying both are evidence of Trudeau’s ruthlessness.The Canadian Presslast_img read more