Everton have banned a supporter for allegedly posting homophobic and racist comments about a Malaysian fan on Twitter. The target of the abuse was Ric Wee, who was in the news in February after his plans to see the Toffees play live for the first time in 30 years were undone when the Barclays Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at Goodison Park was postponed. An Everton spokesman said: “The club has contacted a supporter informing them of our decision to ban them from all Everton matches indefinitely after they appeared to have posted homophobic and racist comments linked to the club on the social media site Twitter. “This is a breach of our ticket terms and conditions. “Everton has a zero tolerance policy on racism and homophobia.” The club spokesman confirmed Everton sent a letter on Friday to the Twitter user, who has seven days within which to write back asking for a review of the decision, providing supporting evidence. Press Association
Dear Editor,Driving along what appears to be the new route for Mashramani 2019, I have encountered the roadways defaced with some crude, oversized, dreadful numbers slovenly painted in a hodgepodge manner on the road surface.Initially thinking this was the act of some unhinged and deranged person, I was horrified to learn that it was the work of the Georgetown municipality. I had to ask myself, does the Council really expect so many vendors? Why waste so much paint and so many man hours? Why do the numbers have to be so big and obnoxious? Surely, they could have used a road marking stencil kit with pre-spaced numerals constructed from sturdy reusable Polypropylene boards with 200 mm font sized numerals.Must the Georgetown municipality be allowed to continue to behave in such a vulgar, unprofessional and unprincipled manner until the end of time? Can’t the new Council raise the bar on city management?My question is – can we ever truly have a developed capital city when our City Council has a third world mentality?Sincerely,Sean Moniz
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 171214No change in thought process this morning. Snow is pushing off to the east this morning, with action only around over the eastern third of the state and leaving quickly. The best snows are already in the Appalachians. We stay cold for a couple of days behind last night’s clipper system as north winds dominate, but temperature moderation going to attempt a push into the state this weekend.High pressure behind the system keeps us dry today into most of tomorrow. We have to keep an eye on some lake snow potential both days, but that mostly lingers in the northeast. Sunshine should be a dominant player over central, western and southern parts of Ohio, but clouds will likely hold firmer up north. Temps will continue to moderate statewide Saturday, with only north central and northeast Ohio staying closer to freezing.Sunday looks wet, but not until later in the afternoon. Strong southwest winds will be in to start the day Sunday, and rains push in for midafternoon over western Ohio, spreading east from there. We like rain totals of .25”-.50” over about 90% of the state, Models are in disagreement on whether we see a secondary push of moisture after midnight Sunday through midday Monday that can bring a little more liquid. Either way, it will be a nice little batch of rain that will get rid of most snow cover.Monday afternoon we go drier behind that system, and we stay dry through Thursday morning. Temperatures moderate through the period, and will be normal to even slightly above normal by midweek next week. Our final front of the 10 day period arrives late next Thursday afternoon into Friday the 22nd. This front again brings mostly rain, as the cold air waits to arrive until after the moisture is gone. We look for a few hundredths to .3” of rain over 70% of the state. That system will be the one that puts the nail in the coffin for a white Christmas, unless cold air can come faster.Dry for the 23rd into the 24th. Extended models are suggesting a potential late Christmas Eve system that goes through Christmas day. This system does not have as strong of characteristics this morning, but we are not going to remove it from the extended forecast window completely. If it can survive, and if the air is cold enough, we still may have a chance at a white Christmas…but for now those thoughts have to go on life support.
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Chelsea manager Lampard not advising Abraham on international decisionby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard does not want to get involved in the national team conundrum facing Tammy Abraham.There is speculation that Abraham will have a choice of representing England and Nigeria on the international stage.While he is likely to pick England, there is a possibility he will choose the easier path to a starting spot with Nigeria.When he was asked about the situation by reporters after his side’s 5-2 win over Wolves in the Premier League, Lampard said: “No. No, that’s not my choice. “I know Tammy’s been in England squads before and I’m not surprised Nigeria would want him, but that’s a question for him I suppose.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Bilateral trade between Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China increased from US$58 million in 2000, to US$382 million in 2017.This, according to Commercial Counsellor, Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Jamaica, Jianghong Fan.He notes that Jamaica remains his country’s largest trading partner in the English-speaking Caribbean.Mr. Fan points out that besides alumina, Jamaica will shortly commence lobster exportation to China, whole adding that his country is the third largest source of local imports.He was speaking at the recent launch of Chinese heavy-duty truck manufacturer Shacman’s operations in Jamaica, at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston.Meanwhile, Mr. Fan said China is now the biggest source of foreign direct investments for Jamaica.This, he noted, is evidenced by the many projects that have been completed or are under way involving about 16 Chinese entities, whose activities have generated nearly 10,000 new jobs.Notable among these, Mr. Fan said, is Jiuquan Iron and Steel (Group) Company Limited (JISCO), which operates the Alpart alumina refinery in Nain, St. Elizabeth.The entity plans to invest approximately US$6 billion to expand Alpart’s facilities and production capacity, and to develop the Jamaica-Gansu Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone (SEZ).This facility is deemed pivotal to the Government’s Logistics Hub Initiative (LHI), development of which is being spearheaded by the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA).The LHI aims to position Jamaica as the fourth node in the global supply chain. The other facilities are located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Rotterdam, Netherlands; and Singapore.The Jamaica-Gansu SEZ is one of a number that JSEZA Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Eric Deans, says the Authority is developing in 10 parishes.It is also one of the three largest, the others being the Caymanas and Vernamfield Aerotropolis SEZs in St. Catherine and Clarendon, respectively.Mr. Fan said the projects being pursued by JISCO, coupled with infrastructure/road developments undertaken and being implemented by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC), “are generating economic growth for Jamaica”.Meanwhile, Mr. Fan said Jamaican products are expected to figure at the China International Import Expo, which is slated for November 5 to 10, 2018 at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre in Shanghai.He said the expo is an annual event “where fine Jamaican brands, including Blue Mountain Coffee and Reggae music, will find a ready market”.Mr. Fan said the launch of Shacman Jamaica Limited represents further expansion of the bilateral relations Jamaica and China share.Its establishment results from a partnership forged between Jamaican firm, Tank-Weld Group, and Shacman, a State-owned entity.Under the collaboration, Tank-Weld Group, the largest supplier of building materials locally, will through its subsidiary, Tank-Weld Equipment, be the sole dealer for Shacman trucks in Jamaica.Shacman Jamaica’s operations will be facilitated through Tank Weld’s recently transformed purpose-built regional maintenance facility at Ferry, St. Catherine.The partnership also involves JN Bank, which will facilitate commercial loans for persons purchasing the trucks, and is expected to go a far way in providing reliable units for local haulage contractors requiring heavy-duty vehicles.Mr. Fan said the Chinese Government “attaches great importance” to its ties with Jamaica, and will work with its local counterparts to promote the “sustained and in-depth growth of our friendly partnership for common development”.He anticipates that this will “deliver real benefits to our two countries and people”, and adds that the Tank Weld-Shacman partnership “will strongly prove this”.Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon, Audley Shaw, who also spoke at the launch, said China’s engagements in Jamaica are welcomed, and asked Mr. Fan to convey to his Government “the high appreciation and regard that the Government and people of Jamaica have for China for this expanding relationship that we have”.
VANCOUVER – Vancouver has launched itself into new territory in dealing with what its deputy manager calls a “frustrating” situation involving two hotels that have been home to some of the city’s most vulnerable people.After failed attempts to compel the owners of two decaying hotels in the Downtown Eastside to make improvements that would bring them up to code, the city announced Monday it had filed a notice of expropriation for the Balmoral and Regent hotels.The hotels were previously closed because of structural and safety concerns, the city said in a news release. More than 300 of the city’s lowest income tenants needed to be relocated when they were shut down.Deputy city manager Paul Mochrie said it’s the first time the city has pursued expropriation with the purpose of providing public housing.“What we’ve got now is two buildings that are empty with no conceivable prospect that they would be restored to a point where they can be used as housing. We’ve got a city with a housing crisis,” he said in an interview.“So now city council has authorized the next step, which is a pretty extraordinary one, to pursue expropriation off those two properties.”It’s also a process that the city can’t find has been tried elsewhere, he said.“We certainly have been looking at how other jurisdictions manage their problem buildings, but in this case, this action was taken not necessarily based on what other people have done or other cities have done, but really where our council felt it needs to go with respect to securing property for very desperately needed housing,” Mochrie said.No one from the Sahota family, which owns the two properties, was immediately available for comment and the family’s lawyer, Michael Katzalay, said he hadn’t had an opportunity to discuss the matter with them.The Balmoral and Regent hotels are known as single-room occupancy buildings, or SROs. It’s a model of housing that sprang up in Vancouver as transient housing for loggers and fishermen, but has since become what Mochrie said is an important stock of low-income housing.The city said it made an offer to the owners to purchase both hotels for a value based on independent appraisals but the offer was rejected, and the owners now have 30 days to ask for an inquiry before council considers the expropriation.The city says it closed the buildings because the walls, ceilings, floors and plumbing were not maintained to adequate standards.“It is extremely frustrating,” Mochrie said.“They’ve now let these buildings deteriorate to the point that they’re now sitting there empty with no conceivable plan to do anything with them.”Mochrie said the city is also facing challenges with other privately owned SROs, as landlords either aren’t maintaining the buildings or are finding it necessary to increase rents to cover their increasing costs.“These two are kind of worst case examples, but there’s a much bigger kind of challenge we have, just given our reliance on these privately owned SROs as housing for low-income and in many cases very vulnerable tenants,” he said.Bringing the Balmoral and Regent hotels into public ownership could contribute to the city’s long-standing goal to replace SROs with self-contained social housing, the city said in the release. Over the next 10 years, the city wants to replace 50 per cent of the remaining SROs, totalling about 2,000 rooms, with new social housing.Council has directed staff to explore partnering with the provincial and federal governments on the plan.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version erroneously said SRO stands for single-resident occupancy.
A Canadian sports economist believes Calgary’s already decided on the Olympics, and he’s warning the price tag of hosting could snowball.Moshe Lander, from Concordia University in Montreal, is uncomfortable with the city spending $30-million on a bid he feels is “pre-determined.”“This just looks like it’s for show for the public, to make everyone feel that everyone did their due diligence, but the reality is the games are not going to make money — and the reason for pursuing the games is for reasons other than economics,” he said.Lander said Calgary should already know roughly what facilities are ready to go and what needs to be upgraded, but there are always going to be unforseen costs.“I kind of liken this a little bit to the idea of you get a quote from a contractor for home renovations — and when you get the quote from the contractor, this is what it costs to do the project. But, when they actually start ripping apart the walls and taking this out, and they realize there was something else that they didn’t anticipate, or there was this damage wasn’t realized at the time — bit by bit this starts to add into the cost,” he said.He said the International Olympic Committee’s offer of just under a billion dollars to help with hosting the games could be the perfect excuse to add on project after project — maybe even a new arena.“If you don’t rebuild the Saddledome in time for the 2026 Olympics, by that point the Saddledome will be 40 years old. Is there any conceivable way that whoever the mayor is of Calgary at that time can say ‘now that the Olympics have come and gone, now let’s spend the money and replace the Saddledome?’,” Lander said.He said the $4.6-billion price tag that’s being thrown around will only grow.
TORONTO – A former money manager involved in insider tipping of information about Amaya Gaming Group Inc. has agreed to pay a $350,000 penalty and $50,000 in investigation costs as part of a settlement with the Ontario Securities Commission.Under the conditions of the settlement approved today, former co-chief investment officer and portfolio manager of Aston Hill Asset Management Benedict Cheng is prohibited from trading any securities or derivatives for six years.Among other things, Cheng is also prohibited from becoming or acting as a director, or officer of any issuer, registrant or investment fund manager for six years as well.In 2014, Cheng learned about Amaya’s impending acquisition of the parent company of online gambling site PokerStars because funds he managed agreed to participate in the financing for the transaction.Before the acquisition was publicly announced in June 2014, Cheng informed his Aston Hill subordinate, senior vice president John David Rothstein, and said he could pass on the information to others.Also as part of the settlement, Cheng has agreed to co-operate with OSC staff in its ongoing investigation into illegal insider activities in securities of Amaya, including testifying as a witness.“Mr. Cheng’s involvement in insider tipping was a serious breach of Ontario securities law,” said OSC commissioner Mark Sandler in his oral reasons for the settlement approval. “The improper use of insider information leads to unfair advantages for those who use it and can undermine confidence in the integrity and fairness of public markets.”