TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sacked Southampton chief Les Reed in line for FA jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSacked Southampton chief Les Reed is in line for the FA’s technical director’s post.The Daily Mail says Reed is a strong contender to become the FA’s new technical director as they aim to make an appoint before January.He will take over from Dan Ashworth, who is poised for a similar role at Brighton in the new year.Reed, 66, who left his role as Southampton’s head of football development last month after eight years, is vastly experienced and one of a number of candidates to be interviewed.The FA also spoke to Les Ferdinand but QPR’s director of football ruled himself out of the reckoning. They also considered Kevin Thelwell, who fills a similar role at Wolves.
OTTAWA – The federal prison service plans to introduce needle exchange programs in a bid to reduce the incidence of infectious diseases among inmates.The move, which comes after years of pressure from prisoners and health advocates, was quickly denounced by the union representing prison guards.The Correctional Service says programs will be unfurled in June at Atlantic Institution in New Brunswick and Grand Valley Institution for Women in Ontario. The lessons learned will be applied to a full national roll-out in January.The initiative will give federal inmates access to clean needles in an effort to limit the transmission of infectious diseases, such as hepatitis C and HIV, the prison service said in its announcement.Costs of the program will come from existing budgets.From 2007 to 2017, the prevalence of hepatitis C in prison declined to 7.8 per cent from 31.6 per cent, while HIV dropped to 1.2 per cent from just over two per cent, according to federal statistics.However, these infections are still far more widespread behind bars than among the general public.The current approach to prevent and control blood-borne and sexually transmitted infections includes screening, testing, education, substance-abuse programs and treatment.A 2017 Correctional Service memo, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, advised Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale that the idea of a needle program warranted consideration.It said a program to provide clean drug-injection needles to prisoners could reduce the spread of hepatitis C by 18 per cent a year.The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network has long argued for needle-exchange programs in prisons and applauded the planned program as a sign the federal government “recognizes the solid and mounting international evidence” about the effectiveness of needle programs in preventing infections.In 2012, the legal network helped launch a constitutional challenge in Ontario court against the federal government over its refusal to make sterile injection equipment available to prisoners.The network says the litigation “is still necessary” to ensure the government implements needle programs in all federal prisons in accordance with the evidence and public health principles.Correctional Service officials have previously raised concerns about syringe needles being used as weapons.The Union of Canadian Correctional Officers said the planned new program “represents a dangerous turning point” and accused the prison service of closing its eyes to drug trafficking in institutions.The initiative “poses a real threat for correctional officers and will put the lives of many inmates at risk,” the union said.In its announcement, the Correctional Service said the safety and security of staff, the public and inmates are “of utmost importance.”— Follow @Jim Bronskill on Twitter
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues his tour of the East Coast today with a stop in St. John’s, N.L.Trudeau is expected to visit the new Core Science Facility site at Memorial University where he is scheduled to highlight support for a science, research and education infrastructure project and deliver remarks.Later, the prime minister is to meet with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball and visit the provincial legislature.Trudeau was in Halifax Thursday where he told an audience of black Nova Scotians that an incident of racial profiling on Parliament Hill indicates racism and systemic discrimination still can emerge anywhere in Canada.The Federation of Black Canadians has said several participants in a Feb. 4 lobbying event in Ottawa were asked to wait in the parliamentary cafeteria where a security guard referred to their skin colour and requested their departure, despite rules that allow civilians with the appropriate passes to be in the area.Following his trip to Newfoundland, Trudeau is to travel to Toronto where he and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen are to meet members of Operation Black Vote later today.The Canadian Press
NEW YORK — Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison has died.Publisher Alfred A. Knopf says Morrison died Monday night at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She was 88.She was the first black woman to receive the Nobel literature prize, awarded in 1993. The Swedish academy hailed her use of language and her “visionary force.”Her novel “Beloved,” in which a mother makes a tragic choice to murder her baby to save the girl from slavery, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988.Hillel Italie, The Associated Press
VANCOUVER – The bank accounts of a Toronto brokerage are frozen to protect consumer deposits after Ontario’s real estate professional regulatory body discovered “a substantial amount” missing.The Real Estate Council of Ontario issued a freeze order for the first time in about six years on Nov. 1 against RE/MAX Right Choice Inc.“This is very rare,” said RECO spokesman Daniel Roukema, who could not elaborate further on the sum of money in question.The Toronto brokerage, located at Centerpoint Mall in the north part of the city, did not immediately respond to requests for comment and its website appeared to be down. A person with the mall’s answering service told The Canadian Press the office appeared to be closed, despite its hours indicating it should be open until 9 p.m. ET.RECO discovered the discrepancy between how much money the brokerage should have held in trust in its accounts and the amount it possessed last week during a routine check, Roukema said.People making an offer to buy a home in Ontario must provide proof of a deposit — typically about five per cent of the sale price — to the seller either when the offer is made or shortly thereafter. The brokerage of the realtor representing the buyer will hold the deposit in the brokerage’s real estate trust account until it must be paid to the seller on the closing date.RECO froze the brokerage’s accounts to protect consumers from further harm, Roukema said.It’s urging homebuyers and sellers who are involved with the agency or their lawyers to contact the council, he said.“If anyone has deposited money, then they do have options to file a claim,” he noted. RECO protects eligible deposits up to $100,000.RECO’s investigation is ongoing and the council has not been in contact with police, Roukema said.RE/MAX Integra, a sub-franchisor that represents about a third of the worldwide RE/MAX network, terminated Right Choice as one of its franchises Monday, Oct. 23 — prior to RECO beginning its investigation, said Galen Wright, a consultant with Toronto-based FleishmanHillard’s reputation management practice, in an email.“We recognize that buying a home is one of the most important decisions a person can make,” the statement said. “We pride ourselves on the values of honesty, fairness and accountability, and we support RECO in their efforts to protect consumers.”Wright said RE/MAX Integra is unable to provide further details on why it terminated the brokerage’s contract.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said CDIC insures eligible deposits, based on incorrect information from the source.
WHISTLER, B.C. – Hudson’s Hope has won for their solar power project at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities Community Excellence Awards.The awards showcase municipalities and regional districts that have implemented projects and programs that demonstrate excellence in meeting the purposes of local government in BC. The awards are designed to profile promising practices and to create successful pathways and incentives for others to follow.Hudson’s Hope won the excellence in service delivery award for their solar power project. The District has installed 1550 solar panels on nine municipal facilities, creating B.C.’s largest municipal solar project and making Hudson’s Hope the most-solarized community per capita in the province. Last year, 510 kilowatts of grid-tied solar panels were installed at nine Hudson’s Hope municipal facilities, including the curling rink, arena, District Office, public works shop, tourist information centre, museum, swimming pool, regional fire hall and sewage treatment facility. Hudson’s Hope received a $1.35 million grant from the Strategic Priorities Fund/Federal Gas Tax Fund through the Union of BC Municipalities for the project.“We are proud to be a leader in electricity self-generation,” says Mayor Gwen Johansson, “and we appreciate the BC Hydro net-metering program that helps us achieve it and make this possible. This project will reduce our Municipal District electrical costs for these buildings by an average of about 60 percent. It will also be a source of community pride and contribute to our long-term economic development. We are thrilled by the benefits that come with our move to a clean energy future.”
Kiev: Ukrainians went to polls Sunday in the second round of an extraordinary election with a comedian who plays a president on TV expected to win in a stunning rebuke to the political establishment. Forty-one-year-old Volodymyr Zelensky’s bid to lead the country of 45 million people was initially dismissed as a joke when he announced his candidacy on New Year’s Eve. But now all opinion polls suggest incumbent President Petro Poroshenko is heading for defeat amid widespread anger over poverty, corruption and war. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USZelensky’s victory is expected to open a new chapter in the history of a country that has gone through two popular uprisings in two decades and is mired in a five-year conflict with separatists in the east. Polling stations opened at 0500 GMT as voters from Ukrainian-speaking regions in the west to Russian-speaking regions in the war-torn east went to cast their ballots. Speaking outside a polling booth in the capital Kiev, Galyna, 81, said she voted for Zelensky. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Because I am against Poroshenko,” said the pensioner who refused to give her last name. Zelensky has tapped into widespread frustration over graft, poverty and a conflict with separatists that has claimed some 13,000 lives. But others doubted whether the consummate showman would be able to take on the country’s vested interests, negotiate with the likes of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and stand up to Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Viktoriya Olomutska in Kiev suggested many voted for teacher-turned-president Vasyl Goloborodko, Zelensky’s character in the popular TV show “Servant of the People”, now in its third season and available on Netflix. “People have gone mad,” said the 39-year-old Poroshenko supporter, adding many pinned their hopes on “a fictional character”. Seventy-eight-year-old Maria said it was incomprehensible to her that a majority supported Zelensky. “There cannot be so many fools in the country,” she fumed. “But no, apparently there are!” A survey by the Rating pollster this week showed Zelensky winning 73 per cent of the vote against 27 per cent for Poroshenko. Exit poll results are expected at 1700 GMT and the first preliminary results several hours later. The stakes are high for a country dependent on international aid and seen as a buffer between the European Union and Russia. Poroshenko, 53, has argued Zelensky is a political novice unfit to be a war-time commander-in-chief. On Saturday, Poroshenko made a last-ditch plea to voters, begging Ukrainians to think twice before backing his rival.
Rabat- After the Turkish company Genel Energy announced that Morocco’s coasts contain a significant oil capacity, government officials in the Canary Islands are urging Madrid to pressure Morocco citing concerns of environmental protection.Dreams of oil are to be a reality in Morocco’s Atlantic waters, yet Canaries government officials are asking Madrid to call on Morocco not to start the extraction process.According to Al Massaa, this campaign led by Canaries authorities is claiming a threat to the environment, due to the close proximity of Morocco to the Islands. The oil raw material capacity in Morocco’s shoreline is believed to be over 9,000 million barrels.According to the same source, this move comes after Genel Energy‘s recent discovery of oil in Morocco’s offshore waters announced last Thursday. “We’re against this project for two principle reasons,” explained the mayor of Fuerteventura.“The environmental risks, firstly, but then also the possibility of the reduction in tourism. These islands live exclusively on the tourism industry and a project of this nature, with the elevated risk of accidents that it brings with it, could threaten the main income to these islands,” he added. Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
The AFA president truly believes Lionel Messi will return to the Argentina National team, but he requested the local media to let him rest until next year.After the latest heartbreak that Argentina suffered in the last World Cup by getting eliminated against France in the round of 16, the local press feared that Lionel Messi would bid farewell to the national team and never play another tournament with the squad. But new statements from the AFA president have surfaced, in which he reveals he spoke with Lionel Messi and is convinced the player only needs to rest until next year so he can feel motivated once again.El titular de AFA sostuvo que no piensa “dar un paso al costado” por la actuación de Argentina en el Mundial. (Vía @BonelliOK)https://t.co/Rhk0ZEYnvv— Radio Mitre (@radiomitre) July 24, 2018Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“We will always trust Messi, we have to leave him be for a while and let him rest from the National Team. Let the man start his tournament in Spain and maybe next year… we will see what happens. I believe we have a very healthy back and forth relationship. I believe Leo deeply loves the Argentina National team but this last World Cup result was a hard blow for him, but Argentina really needs him,” said AFA president Claudio Tapia to Radio Mitre in Argentina.#AFA Tapia: “Yo creo que Messi va a seguir”: https://t.co/kIvY1uCC1a pic.twitter.com/e3M98yDpAn— TyC Sports (@TyCSports) July 24, 2018During 2019 we have a Copa America next summer in Brazil, the general idea for AFA is to sign a competent manager who can form a competitive enough squad that can practice for the better part of the year before the tournament, and then only add Messi to the new generation of players who will represent their country for the upcoming years. AFA’s intentions are to include a 34-year old Lionel Messi to the final list for the Qatar World Cup in 2022.