4. Inside the FireworksCreated By: NotaDrone 3. Hong Kong Fireworks 2015Created By: Team Blacksheep Flying a drone through a fireworks show is certainly impressive. But is it legal?Video footage of a drone flying through a fireworks show (like the clips below) is awe-inspiring…but like many dangerous things, it’s also illegal.Can I Use My Drone at a Fireworks Show?NO! Flying a drone through a fireworks show is not only illegal, it’s a felony that is punishable by up to a $40,000 fine and a minimum of 5 years in prison with a maximum of 10 years. Still think that footage is worth it? This is because local law enforcement will establish a no-fly zone around a public fireworks show area. Once they do this, you might as well be flying your drone at an airport in the eyes of the law.There are also other dangers associated with shooting a fireworks show with a drone. For example, if a firework were to hit your drone and bounce towards a crowd, bad things can happen. There’s also the whole ‘getting your drone destroyed by an exploding firework’ thing… that’s no fun.You can shoot a fireworks show from a safe distance away as long as you are not in an active no-fly zone. Just make sure to contact local law offices to see if there are any temporary no-fly zones you need to know about. Also, be on the lookout for any fireworks helicopter tours that may be going on in your area.Can I Fly A Drone Through Fireworks I Shoot Off?This question is a legal grey area and you should look at both your state and local laws regarding this issue. Not just the FAA, but also the local fire department who have authority when it comes to fireworks. If you want more information regarding this subject, I highly recommend checking out Gregory McNeal’s article “Flying A Drone Through Fireworks May Land You In Prison” on Forbes.ConclusionI personally recommend not risking it. You know there are going to be some dummies out there who will shoot drone footage through fireworks shows. Just watch their videos when they upload them on the 5th of July. Oh, and be sure to leave some comments so they’ll have something to read on July 6th after posting bail.In the meantime, here are 5 videos showcasing drones flying through and near fireworks show. Again, this is dangerous and illegal, but the footage is undeniably stunning.1. Fireworks Filmed with DroneCreated By: Nick Ti 5. 2015 Detroit FireworksCreated By: Green Sky CreativeThis is a great example of footage shot from a safe distance. I’m not sure if you can legally fly a drone in downtown Detroit, but the video is nonetheless awesome.Want some more drone inspiration? Check out a few of the following links:15 Videos That Prove Drone Piloting Isn’t EasyReach New Heights of Inspiration With These Drone VideosConcept Art: The Apple DroneHave you ever shot drone footage through a fireworks show? Should it be illegal? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 2. 4th July 2014 Nashville FireworksCreated By: Hytchme
In this Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 photo, West Bromwich Albion’s Gareth Barry gestures, during the English Premier League soccer match against West Ham United, at The Hawthorns, in West Bromwich. Barry will make a record 633rd Premier League appearance if he is selected by West Bromwich Albion against Arsenal on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. Barry is currently level with Manchester United great Ryan Giggs on 632 appearances. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)Arsene Wenger was days away from winning the Premier League for the first time as Arsenal manager. Michael Owen was English soccer’s latest player of the season.The original Ronaldo had a couple of months left as the world’s most expensive player.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s a huge number when you think about it,” Barry said ahead of his potentially record-breaking game. “It’s gone so quickly.”Barry played 365 league games for Villa, 132 league games for Manchester City, 131 league games for Everton and has featured in four league games for West Brom.Having started out as a center back equally comfortable at left back, he is now an out-and-out holding midfielder—perhaps the best position on a soccer field for someone his age, as it involves a player using his head as much as his legs.Barry credits his longevity to avoiding serious injury and to support from some now-retired former teammates.“No one has said, ‘What are you doing still playing?’” the 36-year-old Barry said. “Everyone said, ‘Play as long as possible.’ You stop when you stop enjoying it and I’ll know when I’ve had enough and can’t keep up with the boys.”ADVERTISEMENT It was May 2, 1998, and in a fairly non-descript occasion at Hillsborough, Gareth Barry—a 17-year-old defender with floppy dark hair and already a cultured left foot—came on as a 49th-minute substitute for Aston Villa in its 3-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.A remarkable, if understated, career was born.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMore than 19 years later, Barry is still playing in England’s top division and, on Monday, will break the Premier League’s appearance record if selected by West Bromwich Albion for its away match at Arsenal.It will be Barry’s 633rd appearance in the most-watched league in the world, surpassing the record he held jointly with Manchester United great Ryan Giggs. Of his current tally of 632, he has started 600 of them. It is a testament to Barry’s longevity, adaptability and quality that he has lasted so long in the fast-paced, blood-and-thunder world of English soccer. 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Only last year, he was being hailed as “one of the best English players ever” by his then-coach at Everton, Roberto Martinez, who is admittedly prone to hyperbole, after a man-of-the-match performance against Man City in the League Cup semifinals.He was a much-cherished member of City’s Premier League title-winning team in 2011-12, shoring up the midfield to allow Yaya Toure to rampage forward. He had turned down a move to Liverpool to join City.Barry has slotted seamlessly into his new surroundings at West Brom, where he has replaced another veteran midfielder in Darren Fletcher.“They’re bastions of this sport,” West Brom manager Tony Pulis said. “The young players at our football club, I hope they realize how lucky they are to see someone of that quality and that ilk.”Barry has worn the captain’s armband for England on several occasions among his 53 caps for his country. Globally, however, the most vivid image of Barry in an England jersey was in 2010 when he trailed in the wake of Mesut Ozil in the build-up to Germany’s final goal in its 4-1 win in the round of 16 at the World Cup.Outside of the Premier League era that started in 1992, goalkeeper Peter Shilton holds the appearance record for England’s top flight with 849 games. Former Chelsea defender/midfielder John Hollins has made more outfield appearances in the top flight than any other player, with 714.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
Rihanna wants to buy a UK soccer club.The 26-year-old singer is said to be “really serious” about setting up a sports academy in her native Barbados and then becoming a chairwoman or owner for a team in England, so much so she has been getting some advice from her friend, Chelsea player Didier Drogba.A source close to the Bajan beauty said: “At first we thought Rihanna’s desire to be involved with soccer on a business level would soon blow over.”We figured she was still on a high from the World Cup. But now it’s becoming clear she really is serious.”She’s talking about setting up a football academy in her native Barbados. Then her big dream is to be involved with a UK club.”While Rihanna has previously confessed to being a Liverpool fan, it is also thought the ‘S&M’ hitmaker could consider taking over a club in Los Angeles.RihannaThe source added to the Daily Star newspaper: “Britain is like a second home to her, although she’s also hinted she may do something with an LA team.”Rihanna was a big fan of the recent World Cup in Brazil over the summer and posted several pictures on Instagram page of herself supporting the home nation until they were ruthlessly dumped out of the competition 7-1 by Germany.The star then went on to support Germany in the final, which they won by overcoming Argentina with an extra-time winner from Mario Gotze.Rihanna is not the only big name star who has been interested in taking over a UK team as rapper Snoop Dogg previously admitted he was thinking about investing in Scottish champions Glasgow Celtic and P. Diddy was said to be in talks to buy Crystal Palace in 2010 because he likes their name.advertisementWhat’s more, Hollywood legend Tom Hanks is a big fan of English heavyweights Aston Villa, also because he is a fan of their moniker, and Sylvester Stallone has been to watch Everton on several occasions.
Oscar winning music composer A R Rahman today agreed to be the Goodwill Ambassador of the Indian Olympic contingent, joining cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, ace shooter Abhinav Bindra and Bollywood star Salman Khan.Tendulkar, Salman and Olympic gold medallist Bindra had earlier accepted the role offered by the Indian Olympic Association.The IOA said that it has also received an official written confirmation from Rahman. “It’s absolutely an honour and my pleasure to be a goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent scheduled for August 2016,” Rahman said in a release issued by the IOA.Welcoming Rahman on board, IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said, “I would like to welcome AR Rahman on board as a goodwill ambassador of Indian contingent for Rio Olympics. It’s our privilege to have the Oscar winning living legend-music composer on board to spread awareness and promote the Olympic movement.“As per our plan to reach out to maximum people in the country for Olympic Sports, we are happy that Mr. Rahman has come forward from the field of music to support our athletes and we already have Salman Khan from Bollywood, Abhinav Bindra from Olympic Sports and Sachin Tendulkar from Cricket. I am sure Mr. Rahman will inspire our sportspersons.”There was a huge uproar after Salman was appointed Goodwill Ambassador ahead of other sporting luminaries. Former and current athletes were up in arms against Salman’s appointment and demanded to know why someone from the field of sports was not named by the federation.The IOA immediately went into damage-control mode and requested Beijing Games gold medallist shooter Bindra and Tendulkar to be Goodwill Ambassadors. Sachin Tendulkar, Salman Khan and Abhinav Bindra had earlier accepted the role offered by the IOA Music composer A R Rahman. File Photo – The Hindu SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT celebrity May 12, 2016 × Music composer A R Rahman. File Photo – The Hindu Tendulkar accepts IOA’s invitation to become goodwill ambassador Published on SHARE sport RELATED COMMENTS
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. atkDavid Williamsfootballindian football First Published: November 10, 2019, 4:35 PM IST New Delhi: Australia international David Williams was awarded the Indian Super League (ISL) Hero of the Month for October after a brilliant to his life in India. The 31-year-old saw off competition from several star names in the India’s top tier competition including Bartholomew Ogbeche of Kerala Blasters, two-time Golden Boot winner Ferran Corominas of FC Goa, Sergio Castel of Jamshedpur FC and goalkeeper Amrinder Singh of Mumbai City FC.Williams has been rewarded for his outstanding performance last month scoring three goals and one assist for his new club ATK in the Indian Super League 2019-20 season. The former Wellington Phoenix striker scored a brace against Hyderabad FC in a 5-0 home game and the decisive winning goal against Chennaiyin FC in the away game.He emerged as a clear choice by a panel of seven experts, comprising of commentators. A two-day voting by fans gave Ogbeche an edge over Williams, however the expert panel clearly voted for the Australian unanimously.Williams received the Hero of the Month Award trophy from his coach Antonio Habas ahead the ATK’s home game against Jamshedpur FC on Saturday.Born in Brisbane, Australia, Williams had training stints with Belgian side Club Brugge KV and Premier League team Liverpool during his youth before signing his first professional contract with Queensland Roar. The striker has played for various A-League sides over the course of his career and also for European clubs like Brondby and Haladas. The Australian international was in Wellington Phoenix’s books last season, where he scored 11 goals in the A-League and developed a lethal partnership with Roy Krishna, with whom he is plying his trade at ATK in ISL this season.
Advertisement AdvertisementThe biggest boxing fight if the year between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin is taking place this weekend in Las Vegas, and just like always big fights have their own charm, excitement, anticipation. However, apart from the fighters themselves, Ring girls play a crucial role during the boxing match and the lead-up event during fight weeks, from holding the championship belts, posing behind fighters during weigh-ins and also carrying the placards during the interval of each round to reminding people about the which round is about to come.Premier Mexican beer company Tecate has been a major sponsor for big boxing fights for quite a while now and Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin have been their brand ambassador and the beer company also employs the ring girls which add a whole another level of charm to the fights.Two such ring girls are Kayla Fitz and Dessie Mitcheson — two ridiculously attractive models who had worked GGG vs. Canelo events in the past.However, Boxing fans won’t be able to see them this time, as they both have been fired by Tecate, because they made a video that was deemed too hot for the beer brand. The women say they teamed up with famed director Chris Applebaum and made a scorching hot mini-movie — wearing bikinis and drinking Tecate — but it didn’t go over well with their bosses.“They said it was too sexy,” Dessie told TMZ Sports at the Ignite Cannabis Launch Party.“It looked too much like a commercial. No one was paid for it and we got fired. I actually got physically pulled off the stage during weigh-ins and we got canned.”This is a very ridiculous reason to get fired. In fact, this video could have only brought more eyeballs to the ad and thus bringing Tecate more publicity.VIDEO:
Karbonn announced a new mid-ranged 4G VoLTE smartphone in India called Aura 4G. Karbonn aura 4G phone is launched in two brand new colour variants – Blue-Champagne and Coffee-Champagne. This 4G VoLTE smartphone is available at a price tag of Rs 5,290.In terms of specifications, the smartphone is quite appealing than many other phones at the similar price. Karbonn aura 4G features a 5-inch HD display and offers a resolution of 720×1280 pixels. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor.Also Read: TSMC begins A11 chip production, likely for iPhone 7s & iPhone 8This Karbonn phone packs 1GB of RAM which is further paired with an 8GB of internal storage. The storage space can be further expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card. On the camera front, the smartphone comes with an 8-megapixel camera on the rear panel which comes with LED flash option. On the front, the smartphone comes with a 5-megapixel camera.Karbonn Aura 4G also comes with several connectivity options like — 4G VoLTE connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, micro-USB, 3.5mm headphone jack, and GPS. Furthermore, the smartphone offers a decent battery backup with the 2150mAh battery.Back in March this year, Karbonn launched another smartphone under the similar price tag, called the Aura Sleek 4G. The smartphone lacks a bit on the camera front, and also on the battery set up when compared to the Aura 4G. In terms of specifications, the Aura Sleek 4G sports a 5-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 480×854 pixels. The smartphone is powered by a 1.25GHz quad-core processor. Furthermore, the device comes packed with 1MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The storage space can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card.advertisementAlso Read: CCI to probe Airtel, Vodafone for alleged unfair business ways against JioOn the camera front, the Karbonn Aura Sleek 4G packs a 5-megapixel camera on the rear panel, while on the front the device fits a 2-megapixel selfie shooter. the smartphone further runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Furthermore, the Aura Sleek 4G is backed by a 2000mAh non-removable battery. On the connectivity front, the smartphone includes several options like — Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, headphones, FM, and also 3G, 4G support.
Les Néo-Écossais auront l’occasion d’apprendre l’incroyable histoire de l’exploration et de la découverte de l’Arctique canadien qui a débuté il y a un siècle. L’exposition itinérante intitulée « Expédition : L’Arctique », réalisée par le Musée canadien des civilisations en collaboration avec le Musée canadien de la nature, sera présentée au Musée maritime de l’Atlantique à Halifax du 30 avril au 21 juillet. Elle contient des dizaines d’artéfacts des années d’expéditions maritimes, glacières et terrestres dans l’Arctique. « Le Musée maritime de l’Atlantique aide les Néo-Écossais à mieux apprécier notre histoire maritime, notre rôle continu dans l’exploration et la cartographie des océans, ainsi que l’élaboration de recherches et de technologies novatrices, a dit Leonard Preyra, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. Grâce à cette exposition riche en artéfacts, les visiteurs néo-écossais auront la chance d’explorer la vie, la culture, le patrimoine et le paysage de l’Arctique. » Le voyage de découverte présenté dans cette exposition coïncide avec la période où le navire du musée, le CSS Acadia, explorait les eaux de la région est de l’Arctique dans le cadre de sa mission inaugurale. « Cette exposition sur l’expédition dans l’Arctique complète très bien les célébrations du 100e anniversaire du CSS Acadia cette année », a dit M. Preyra. L’exposition réexamine les triomphes et les tragédies de l’expédition canadienne dans l’Arctique de 1913-1918, qui a coûté la vie à 17 hommes, dont la plupart sont décédés d’hypothermie, d’un accident ou de famine. Elle aide également les gens à comprendre la région ouest de l’Arctique canadien et la culture de ses Premières nations. « Nous sommes ravis de partager l’histoire de l’un des plus grands voyages de découverte et d’exploration du Grand Nord avec le Musée maritime de l’Atlantique, a dit Mark O’Neill, président-directeur général de la Société du Musée canadien des civilisations. Grâce à nos expositions itinérantes, nous élargissons notre public et nous joignons les Canadiens peu importe où ils habitent afin de raconter les histoires qui ont contribué à façonner notre pays. » « Expédition : L’Arctique » est la première de quatre expositions qui seront présentées au Musée maritime de l’Atlantique et au Musée d’histoire naturelle cet été qui explorent le Grand Nord et dont les thèmes touchent le Grand Nord. Pour plus d’information, consultez le museum.gov.ns.ca/mmanew ou suivez le Musée de la Nouvelle-Écosse sur Twitter @ns_museum.
New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency has seized five fabricated hand grenades, one timer device, three electric circuits, suspected explosive substance, components used for making IEDs and rockets and several incriminating material from Bengaluru, it said Tuesday. The seizure was made from Soladevanahalli area in north Bengaluru based on leads provided by Jamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh terrorist Habibur Rehman, arrested for his involvement in a 2014 blast in Burdwan in West Bengal. The blast case had unearthed a larger conspiracy to carry out several attacks in India and Bangladesh. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! NIA said in a statement the hand grenades seized in Bengaluru were fabricated for use in terrorist activities in the state. On June 25, Rehman was arrested in Bengaluru was sent to police custody by an NIA court. He was charge-sheeted as absconder in Burdwan blast case being probed by the agency. “While evading arrest as absconder, he was a part of a JMB module which intended to wage war against the democratic set up of the State by conspiring to commit terrorist acts,” the agency said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed He and other JMB members raised funds through dacoities in Bengaluru city in 2018, it said. Following the seizure of hand grenades and other material, a fresh case has been registered at Soladevanahalli police station against Rehman and other JMB cadres. Two persons were killed in a bomb explosion in a rented house in Burdwan on October 2, 2014. Later, it came to light that those present in the house, suspected to be JMB members, were preparing bombs, ammunition/arms, and organising terrorist training camps for a larger conspiracy to carry out terrorist attacks in India and Bangladesh.
TORONTO – The president of Tim Hortons is fed up with the leaky brown tops on its coffee cups that haven’t changed a bit in 20 years — so much that he pushed the company to turn over a new leaf — literally.Alex Macedo said Thursday that six of the brand’s locations are experimenting with more environmentally-friendly lids emblazoned with a maple leaf, adding they have been rigorously tested by thousands of people who climbed hundreds of stairs and drove plenty of kilometres with cups in hand to design a cap that will cut down on the leaking.“If we don’t make these adjustments, we will fall back in time,” Macedo said.“The only people who are going to be pissed off are dry cleaners and car-washing companies. They will wash fewer shirts and fewer cars.”The lid change is just one aspect of the company’s plan to admit mistakes, some of which caused it to fall behind competitors, and make significant changes to win over consumers and franchisees alike.Macedo and Duncan Fulton, the chief corporate officer at Tim Hortons’ parent company Restaurant Brands International, said in a meeting with The Canadian Press that customers will soon see new packaging, marketing campaigns and an emphasis on being environmentally friendly.The initiatives are part of a raft of changes the company recently announced including all-day breakfast, a kids menu, delivery, digital kiosks and a loyalty program.They’re the product of hours of meetings the executives had with franchisees, feedback they received from customers and gripes they’ve heard from their top ranks.“Our head of marketing, who is in charge of packaging, has fallen in love with the Boston cream doughnut,” said Fulton. “Every day I watch him as he gets his Boston creme doughnut, takes it out of the bag looks at the doughnut and looks at the bag and the top of the Boston cream doughnut is smeared inside the bag.”“He is (saying) functionally this is the worst way in the world to serve someone a doughnut with a fresh topping, so packaging has to get at (the) environment, function and design.”He and Macedo said the pressure to change packaging has also mounted in recent months as environmentalists have pushed restaurants to ditch the use of plastic straws unless individual customers ask for them. Tim Hortons most recently that it is “actively reviewing” the use of straws.Macedo doesn’t know which kind of packaging environmentalists will turn their attention to next, but said “we need to be ahead of whatever is next.”That includes looking beyond plastic to the brand’s perception, which came under fire in recent months because of a dissident association, which claims to represent at least half of Tim Hortons franchisees.The Great White North Franchisee Association has publicly argued with Tim Hortons over everything from alleged misuse of a national advertising fund to cuts to employee benefits after Ontario’s minimum wage hike, but Macedo has previously vowed to patch things up.“We think it is not wise to drag the brand through the mud in the public eye because there are 1,500 families that depend on the brand to make a living,” Macedo said, emphasizing that his focus is on keeping franchisees profitable and customers happy.He aims to do that with a new marketing plan he hopes to roll out later this year with a focus on true stories, including one about a Kenyan hockey team that played hockey with little equipment at a mall and has embraced the brand so fervently that Tim Hortons will fly the players over to skate with NHL stars.Another will feature a story Tims staff stumbled across about a girl with a hearing impairment who often heads to Tim Hortons after school with friends. She used to have a hard time communicating that she wanted to order a doughnut or hot chocolate.“It was wintertime and she would blow on the glass and write hot chocolate so the (Tim Hortons staff) would know. The next week (she) came in the lady that had served her had on her own learned how to sign hot chocolate and doughnut,” said Fulton.“They are at a Tim Hortons today shooting the story with the actual lady (and girl). It is what the brand is all about.”Follow @Tara_Deschamps on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX: QSR)
Two Canadians who hit the big time in Hollywood will be honoured in Ottawa this year with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.Michael J. Fox – star of Family Ties, Spin City and the Back to the Future films – and Martin Short – formerly of SCTV and Saturday Night Live – are among the laureates announced Thursday by the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation, which this year marks the 25th anniversary of the awards.Other laureates include Quebecois film and TV director Jean Beaudin, the National Arts Centre’s Brigitte Haentjens, and First Nations indigenous writer, director, filmmaker and actor Yves Sioui Durand. “The 2017 laureates are among the world’s finest and best-loved performing artists,” reads a statement by Simon Brault, director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. “As Canadians, we are extremely proud of them and share in their success as they reflect Canada’s boundless creative spirit and its enduring impact on audiences around the world.”Fox, 55, was born in Edmonton and raised in Burnaby, B.C. He moved to Los Angeles at 18, where he landed the role of Alex P. Keaton on the long-running sitcom Family Ties. The Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning actor was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991, which he made public in 1998. Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement
APTN National NewsTwo years ago, Gull Bay First Nation had a healthy million dollar surplus.Now, the northern Ontario community is almost broke and its books are in a mess.Chief Wilfred King was in charge when the finances were healthy, but he lost the election and left office for two years.He was reelected in January.King says that while he was away, the band’s general accounts were drained.Even the welfare accounts had a shortfall.APTN’s Matt Thordarson visited the community to find out what went wrong and how residents are coping.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Charlie Lake Elementary will be hosting a walk for ALS on May 30th.The walk was born at the school from personal connections the students and staff had with ALS. Students will raise money through online pledging, door to door pledging, and with a bake sale. All money raised from the event will be given to the ALS Society.Charlie Lake added some friendly competition to their fundraiser challenging other schools in the district to raise money for the cause. The principals of the schools who raise the least amount of money will have to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The walk will start at 1:00 p.m. on May 30th.
He has very close personal relations, they have a huge financial stake and he is the chief advisor to the prime minister. He needs to recuse himself. That’s what the Conflict of Interest Act calls forOTTAWA — Pointed questions are beginning to swirl around Nigel Wright, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s chief of staff, and whether he used his position to further the financial interests of friends at Barrick Gold Corp.Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson is following up with Wright after the disclosure that he was lobbied twice by Barrick, the world’s largest gold producer, in May.Wright has known Barrick founder and board chairman Peter Munk for years and is particularly close to his son, Anthony, who sits on Barrick’s board of directors.[np-related /]Indeed, in a 2011 magazine article, Peter Munk disclosed that Wright is godfather to Anthony Munk’s son. Wright worked with Anthony at Onex Corp., the private equity investment giant from which Wright has taken a leave of absence to work for Harper.Wright also served as a director on the board of the Aurea Foundation, a charitable foundation established by Peter Munk and his wife in 2006 to support the study and development of public policy. He resigned from the board shortly before joining Harper’s office in November 2010.In a story in the April 2011 edition of The Walrus, Peter Munk lavished praise on Wright.“I’d rank Nigel Wright among the mere handful of people I’ve met in whom I have complete trust,” Munk was quoted as saying. “He’s just one of those rare human beings with whom you feel totally comfortable in seeking an opinion or discussing complex issues, on any subject.”According to a report summary filed by Barrick with the federal lobbying commissioner, someone from the company — the report does not identify who — contacted Wright on May 14 to discuss international relations and international trade.Nine days later, a second report indicates, Barrick talked to Wright again on the same subject matter — this time along with Harper’s foreign policy adviser, Andrea van Vugt, and his principal secretary, Ray Novak, who is Harper’s point man on government-to-government relations.Barrick’s contact with Wright came shortly after Harper blocked a resolution on Argentina’s claim to the Falkland Islands during the Summit of the Americas in Colombia in mid-April. The Globe and Mail reported at the time that Harper’s stance infuriated Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who stormed out of the conference, muttering, “This is pointless. Why did I even come here?”Barrick operates a mine in Argentina and is developing another controversial open pit gold and silver mine that straddles the border between Chile and Argentina.Companies were “freaked out” that Harper’s performance at the Summit of the Americas was making it harder for them to obtain permits from the Argentine government for their mining operations, said New Democrat MP and ethics critic Charlie Angus.“What I was told was Canadian permitting suddenly got a lot more difficult, that there was an immediate blow-back on Canadian mining interests,” Angus said.“We don’t know what was said at the meeting (with Wright). But we know what the interests were for Barrick, ” he added.“There would have been an obvious reason they would want to meet … They’re interested in getting permitting for a very controversial mine site and they don’t need the prime minister making waves.”The NDP is contemplating a formal complaint with the ethics commissioner’s office, Angus said, adding that Wright should not have participated in any discussion involving Barrick, regardless of the subject matter, given his relationship with the Munks.“He has very close personal relations, they have a huge financial stake and he is the chief adviser to the prime minister. He needs to recuse himself. That’s what the Conflict of Interest Act calls for.”The ethics commissioner’s office appeared to be unaware of the matter until contacted by The Canadian Press.“We will follow up with Mr. Wright,” said Margot Booth, spokesperson for Dawson’s office. “Beyond that, the office cannot comment on individual cases.”Asked about the propriety of Wright being lobbied by Barrick given his ties to the Munk family, Andrew MacDougall, Harper’s communications director, would say only: “Mr. Wright did not take part in any decision with respect to Barrick Gold.”MacDougall declined to discuss publicly the subject of Barrick’s lobbying.Barrick spokesperson Andy Lloyd did not respond to a request for further information about who lobbied Wright and the precise subject matter. He confirmed that the lobbying report summaries were accurate and noted that Barrick “is registered to lobby on various matters that affect our business.”“All of our lobbying activities are carried out in accordance with the regulations,” Lloyd added in an email.A person doesn’t necessarily need to be involved in actual decision-making to wind up in a conflict of interest.Under the Conflict of Interest Act, a public office holder is supposed to recuse himself or herself from “any discussion, decision, debate or vote on any matter” which could result in a conflict.The act describes conflict of interest as the exercise of “an official power, duty or function that provides (the public office holder) an opportunity to further his or her private interests or those of his or her relatives or friends or to improperly further another person’s private interests.”On the advice of the federal ethics watchdog, Wright set up a “conflict of interest screen” when he joined the Prime Minister’s Office. The screen is meant to ensure that Wright abstains from any participation in matters relating to Onex, its subsidiaries and affiliates or even involving general policy matters, such as tax treatment of the private equity industry, that could affect Onex.The question now is whether Wright should also have recused himself from discussions involving Barrick.Harper, when he was in opposition, used to rail against cronyism in the PMO, Angus said.“It was always this thing of who you know in the PMO and that’s what Mr. Harper said he was going to change. And yet, time and time and time again when there’s ethics issues, they just shrug them off.”
MUMBAI, India — State run Indian oil giant Oil and Natural Gas Corp. denied Tuesday that it and two other state-run oil companies have jointly bid $5-billion for a stake in six Canadian oilsands assets owned by U.S. energy giant ConocoPhillips, the Press Trust of India reported.However, the PTI report suggested the companies haven’t completely ruled out making an offer at some point.“I can categorically say that we have not made a bid yet for the $5-billion deal,” ONGC chairman and managing director Sudhir Vasudeva told PTI.Vasudeva said that ONGC is looking for overseas acquisitions, but declined to comment on specific deals or timelines.News reports Monday, quoting anonymous sources, said that ONGC, Indian Oil Corp. and Oil India Ltd. made a joint, non-binding bid for the Canadian assets in July.Canada’s federal government has been ambiguous about its position on major acquisitions by state-owned foreign companies. Although the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper is general in favour of foreign investment in Canada, it has blocked two major deals since coming two power.A $15-billion purchase of Calgary-based Nexen Inc. by China’s CNOOC has been overwhelmingly approved by shareholders but the deal will require approval by the federal government.India imports three-quarters of its oil and its state-owned oil companies have been looking to secure energy supplies overseas to meet rising domestic demand.Executives at the three Indian companies could not be reached for comment on the PTI report.“We do not comment on market rumours,” said ConocoPhillips spokeswoman Davy Kong.
TORONTO — A panel at the Ontario Securities Commission has approved a $10.1-million settlement agreement with Toronto-Dominion Bank after the lender’s currency traders shared confidential information in chatrooms to gain a potential advantage in foreign exchange transactions.As part of the settlement, TD Bank will make a voluntary payment of $9,300,900 to the securities regulator and an additional payment of $800,000 to cover the costs of the OSC’s investigation.TD’s internal audit group will also conduct an audit of its compliance with the FX global code, a set of principles for the foreign exchange market.TD Bank agreed as part of the settlement approved today that their currency traders exchanged confidential information, such as the existence of stop loss orders, with traders at other financial institutions over a period between 2011 and 2013.TD also agreed that it did not have a sufficient system of controls and supervision in place in relation to its foreign exchange business during that time.Royal Bank is also seeking a settlement with the OSC in a hearing scheduled later this morning in Toronto. Companies in this story: (TSX:TD)The Canadian Press
“The Syrian Arab Republic is encouraged to expedite systematic, predictable and high-volume movements to complete the safe removal of chemical materials,” the OPCW-UN joint mission said in a note to journalists.Accompanied by naval escorts from China, Denmark, Norway and Russia, the Norwegian cargo vessel ship is sailing for international waters where it will be met by British naval escorts. In addition, Finnish experts are onboard the Danish vessel.Also today, the OPCW-UN mission confirmed that in-country destruction of some chemical materials has taken place.The removal of the chemical agents out of the country involves transporting them to the port of Latakia and onto commercial vessels provided by some Member States. They are then loaded onto a United States ship and will be destroyed at sea using hydrolysis.In accordance with the decisions of the Security Council and OPCW Executive Council, Syria’s chemical weapons are being transported outside its territory to ensure their destruction in the “safest and soonest manner,” and no later than 30 June 2014.Despite delays reported by Joint Mission Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced hope last week that the 30 June target date for completion would be met.The removal of the most critical material for destruction began in early January, in line with an agreement brokered by Russia and the United States under which Syria renounced its chemical weapons material and joined 1992 Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons.The Mission said that it “welcomes progress to date” and reiterated its continued close working relationship with the Syrian Government and Member States to implement Security Council Resolution 2118 and decisions of the OPCW.
This includes a record 13 touchdowns (the previous career record for any punt returner was 10). Hester also has five touchdowns from kickoff returns (good for eighth on the all-time list9Despite playing for a good defensive team for much of his career and not even returning kicks full-time for parts of it.) and is looking to break his present tie with Deion Sanders for most non-offensive touchdowns in NFL history.Kick and punt returns normally aren’t a big enough part of the game for a good returner to produce much value unless he also does other things well. But Hester is so insanely good he may be as close to an exception as you’ll ever see.Determining how much value Hester added on kick returns is relatively simple. Taken on a season-by-season basis, a typical NFL kick returner would have scored about 1.8 touchdowns on Hester’s attempts, while Hester had 6.0. This leads to about an extra .20 points per game.10Actually it’s .204 points per game, compared to .208 if you estimate the value of additional field position directly.But where things get interesting is with punts. With teams taking such crazy measures to avoid giving him the ball, Chicago’s punt return game benefited greatly whether Hester actually touched the ball or not.11Giving Hester credit for Chicago’s entire return game is neither an aggressive nor a conservative assumption. If the rest of the special teams squad was below average, it’s possible that Hester provided even more value than the squad as a whole.Since 2006, when Hester joined the team, Chicago has had the highest number of yards per punt return, resulting in the best average starting position, and has scored a touchdown on one of every 21 returns. The average for teams other than Chicago was one TD every 82 punt returns. And that’s not even counting all the times other teams punted short or out of bounds to avoid a return.According to ESPN’s “expected points added” metric, Chicago’s punt return game was worth about .15 expected points over expectation for each of the 668 punts they faced, or about .80 points per game total.Combining this .80 with the .20 Hester gained returning kickoffs, he was probably worth around 1 point per game overall.We’re obviously not talking Aaron Rodgers-type value here. But football is a 46-on-46 sport: It’s hard for any one player (aside from a quarterback) to matter much. A reliable 1 point per game is pretty significant.Chicago had an average margin of -2.1 points per game last year, so with Hester’s departure, let’s say the team is starting out in a 3-point hole. If the offense gets worse or the defense gets better, it could go either way from there.Detroit LionsExpected wins: 8.3Playoff probability: 38 percent (25 percent to win the NFC North)Super Bowl win probability: 3 percent Last year, with quarterback Aaron Rodgers missing half the season due to a broken collarbone, the Packers finished with just an 8-7-1 record, and gave up more points than they scored. Despite all that, they still eked out an NFC North division championship for the third year in a row.In the eight games in which Rodgers played more than the opening drive, the Packers went 6-2 with an average margin of victory of 7.4 points. In the eight games that featured the smorgasbord1Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien and Seneca Wallace all started games in Rodgers’s absence. of Packers backups, they went 2-5-1 with an average margin of defeat of 8.8 points. It’s difficult to disentangle a quarterback’s performance from that of his teammates (or his coaches), but the Packers’ 2013 results are perhaps the best evidence yet that Rodgers is the real deal.2Though not quite Peyton-esque.Since Rodgers took over for Brett Favre in 2008, the Packers have been one of the NFL’s best franchises. They’ve won the fourth-most games (they’re in essentially a four-way-tie behind the Patriots) and a Super Bowl (as many of those as anyone else over that period, and one more than the Patriots). ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) is one of the most all-encompassing quarterback rating systems out there today.3Note this isn’t necessarily a compliment. In a phenomenon I like to call “The Paradox of Quarterback Metrics,” beyond a certain point, the more information a QB metric takes into account, the less it tends to tell you about the quarterback. Rodgers’s QBR in the last six years is 72.9, second only to Peyton Manning’s 80.7. Rodgers performs fantastically well in a variety of other quarterback metrics.But that’s what happens when you a) play for a good team and b) don’t throw interceptions. These are strongly related. Most interceptions are thrown when the quarterback’s team is trailing (about twice as many as when it’s ahead), and they become more and more likely the more his team is down or the closer they come to the end of the game4Being ahead or behind one score is 0-8 points, two scores is 9-16 points, three scores is 17+ points.:Interceptions are often (even largely) a product of completely rational risk-taking by desperate quarterbacks. A logical implication of this is that if a quarterback is too conservative, he can throw too few interceptions, which can be just as bad as throwing too many.Despite his various successes, it’s possible Rodgers fits this description of an overly conservative quarterback. For example, with his team down by two or more scores (9+ points) he has thrown only three interceptions out of 354 passes attempted (0.8 percent) in his career. This is typically when quarterbacks throw the most INTs, because they’re trying to get their teams back into the game, and high-risk strategies often give them the best chance to win. Overall, quarterbacks throw interceptions about 3.5 percent of the time on average in those situations, with even most great quarterbacks breaking 3.0 percent. Peyton Manning, for example, has averaged 3.1 percent, Drew Brees has averaged 3.3 percent, and even Tom Brady has thrown 2.3 percent (slightly above his career average).5Based on play-by-play from 2001 through 2013.Being insufficiently willing to gamble even when circumstances are dire can be good for a QB’s stats, while bad for his team. And there’s evidence of this in Rodgers’s record as well: He has only engineered six fourth-quarter comebacks in his career — good for 149th all time (Russell Wilson already has eight).There’s nothing wrong with giving your team the lead and then keeping it.6I vividly but hazily recall this being Troy Aikman’s response when someone asked him about his lack of fourth-quarter comebacks back in the ’90s — and he had one about every 10 games. But Rodgers has averaged one fourth-quarter comeback every 14.5 games. This is staggeringly low, even for a player whose team isn’t behind that often. Brady has played for an even more consistently good team and has a fourth-quarter comeback once every 6.2 games. Both brothers Manning have averaged one every six games, Ben Roethlisberger has one every 6.2, Drew Brees and Joe Flacco have one about every eight. Favre (surprisingly) had one only every 9.9 games.But the good news for Packers fans is that Rodgers has some pretty low-hanging room for improvement: If he starts taking more calculated risks (likely sacrificing his stats a little in the process), the Pack may be even more dangerous.Chicago BearsExpected wins: 8.4Playoff probability: 39 percent (25 percent to win the NFC North)Super Bowl win probability: 3 percent Editor’s Note: FiveThirtyEight is running a series of eight NFL previews, one division at a time, to highlight the numbers that may influence each team’s season. America’s favorite weekly soap opera is about to begin; get prepped.Green Bay PackersExpected wins (using implied power ratings from Las Vegas point spreads): 9.4Playoff probability: 55 percent (41 percent to win the NFC North)Super Bowl win probability: 6 percent Last year the Detroit Lions finished 7-9, the second-highest win total of quarterback Matthew Stafford’s career. Despite throwing for 4,650 yards and 29 TDs, Stafford now faces headlines like this one from Fox Sports: “Stafford needs to bounce back in a big way.”According to that article, Stafford “must cut down on his crucial mistakes when it’s make-or-break time.” Presumably, this refers to the six fourth-quarter interceptions Stafford threw in one-score games last year.But, see above: Interceptions are hard to interpret. Stafford also had seven touchdowns under those circumstances, and four of his six interceptions were with his team trailing.12Also known as the best time to throw interceptions. So let’s break down Stafford’s interception rate a bit further:With his team down 2+ scores, his interception rate is 2.5 percent. If anything, this may be too low.With his team down one score or less, his interception rate is 2.8 percent. This is probably just about right.With the game tied, his interception rate is 2.2 percent, which is below average.With his team up 2+ scores, his interception rate is about 3 percent, which is a little high, but not necessarily a problem considering the sample size.With his team up one score or less, his interception rate is pretty high: 3.8 percent overall and a whopping 6.7 percent in the second quarter.In other words, if there’s one spot where Stafford has been making an unusually high number of mistakes it hasn’t been “make-or-break time,” it has been earlier in the game, when his team is up one or fewer scores and most QBs would play it safe (league average interception rate is around 2.3 percent under those circumstances).Of course, while throwing interceptions with your team up one score isn’t generally wise, it could be worth it if it’s helping you gain a ton of touchdowns. Indeed, Stafford throws a good number of TDs in these situations.While that 4.5 percent is good, it’s only 0.5 percentage points better than average — in other words, it’s not a very good trade-off considering his interception rate under these circumstances is 1.5 percentage points higher than average.To generalize a bit, you can think of the sum of a player’s touchdown rate and interception rate as his “aggression level.” Stafford is a fairly aggressive quarterback overall, but his aggression level while ahead by one score or less in the second quarter is 10.4 percent, which is off the charts compared to the league average of 6.8 percent. This isn’t really the best time to get aggressive, and it isn’t really working for him.Minnesota VikingsExpected wins: 6.5Playoff probability: 17 percent (9 percent to win the NFC North)Super Bowl win probability: 1 percent Last season, the Chicago Bears finished 8-8, fitting for a team with one of the best offenses (not led by Peyton Manning) and one of the worst defenses in football. That’s a good excuse to talk about their special teams.For as yet unknown reasons, Chicago let its best player7Relative to his position. go.While Devin Hester never developed into the double-threat for Chicago that the team hoped (much less the triple-threat he was at the University of Miami), he is almost certainly the greatest punt returner in NFL history.8Some of that field position is no doubt due to Hester’s reputation and the fact that teams went to great lengths trying to avoid kicking him the ball — so he probably grabbed the ball in better positions. But the average Chicago field position from a non-Hester return was around the 30 yard line. And the fact that Hester was able to take so many returns and still do so much with them is remarkable in its own right. Adrian Peterson now has more than 10,000 yards rushing and 91 touchdowns in his seven-year career, giving him over 2,000 more yards and 24 more touchdowns than anyone in the last seven years. Yet the Vikings finished 5-10-1 last year, their third 10-loss season in four years. They haven’t had a top-10 offense since Brett Favre’s miracle year, nor before that since the Randy Moss era.The utility of the running game in football is still an open question. While pass-heavy offensive approaches typically gain points (and wins) more efficiently than run-heavy ones, we’re nowhere near game-theoretical dominance. In other words, however marginal it may become, the running game still has its uses:The threat of the running game forces defenses to defend multiple strategies, which makes the passing game more efficient.It’s low-risk and eats up the clock: A team that is ahead may be willing to give up a small amount of per-play value in order to shorten the remainder of the game and decrease the chances of a costly turnover.Runs gain positive yards more consistently than passes, which can be useful in a number of ways beyond average yardage. For example, very good running backs (or running games) set up a higher number of second-and-short situations than passes do, and these can be better than first downs.Of course for Nos. 1 and 2 to work most efficiently, you have to run effectively. And running effectively mostly means No. 3.While Peterson breaks a larger share of long runs than typical running backs, he is neither a consistent gainer nor a producer of high-leverage situations.Obviously Adrian Peterson’s long runs are worth something: They’re worth a lot of yards. But yards are easier than ever to come by in today’s game. No matter how great a running back is at breaking long ones, he’s not going to be as efficient at gobbling up yards as his team’s passing game is (no matter how mediocre the team’s quarterbacks are).On the other hand, the better a team is at strategically maximizing the running game, the more valuable those “bonus” yards become — because the running plays that produce them are no longer taking the place of passes.In other words, if you can’t run consistently, it doesn’t matter if you can break a bunch of long runs, because you’d still be better off passing. But if you can run consistently, those long runs become gravy.None of this is to say that Peterson’s shortcomings necessarily reflect poorly on his running skills, no more than we can say the same for any running back’s underperformance. Peterson has simply produced a little below average at the bread-and-butter stuff that keeps the running game relevant, and this undercuts the value of his long runs considerably. With a better offensive line, or quarterback, Peterson’s value would improve doubly.Read more of FiveThirtyEight’s NFL season previews.
Junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber (5) attempts to win the ball during a match against Pittsburgh Aug. 28 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorNearly three weeks after the team’s last home game, the Ohio State women’s soccer team is scheduled to return to Columbus to face Illinois. The matchup with the Fighting Illini (5-2-1) will be the conference opener for the Buckeyes, as they look to improve upon their current 6-1-1 record, including a 3-0-1 slate at home.The Buckeyes are currently on a three-game winning streak, continuing last week with a sweep at the Hoosier Classic. After goals from junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber and senior midfielder Danica Wu, the Buckeyes defeated Central Michigan 2-0 Friday.Buckeye goalies, senior Rachel Middleman and sophomore Jillian McVicker, helped shut out a St. John’s team, 1-0, that had been averaging 3.5 goals per game.“I (was) very proud of our squad… to be put in a situation to play a rested team on a Sunday morning was unfortunate,” said coach Lori Walker. “We stepped up to the challenge and played very well as a team.”Following Sunday’s match, the Buckeyes have moved up near the top of the Big Ten in some defensive categories as they begin conference play Friday. OSU now ranks third in goals against and corner kicks allowed, and fourth in total goals allowed, only giving up five goals through its first eight games.The teams last met in Bloomington, Ind., for the 2012 Big Ten Tournament championship. The Buckeyes took home their third Big Ten tournament title when they defeated the Illini, 2-1.Coming into the season, the Fighting Illini were picked to finish third in the preseason coaches poll, one spot better than the Buckeyes.Offensively, Illinois is led by redshirt-junior forward Janelle Flaws with eight goals and senior midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo, who has four goals of her own. Although the Illini have scored 28 goals on the season, they have given up 18 goals defensively in eight games.The game is set to start at 5 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
SRK Consulting, one of the world’s leading resource consulting groups, has opened a new practice in Hong Kong, its seventh in Asia and 50th around the globe. The new office strategically positions SRK to take advantage of rapidly growing demand for resource consulting services in the region. “Hong Kong was chosen to service both the Chinese and international finance sectors, Hong Kong listed companies and state owned enterprises” said Brian Middleton, Director of the new company and Vice Chairman of the SRK Group, “and will complement our offices in China, Indonesia, Mongolia and Australia.” The Hong Kong office will be led by Dr Gavin Chan, a Senior Consultant Geologist relocated to Hong Kong from Australia. His expertise lies in geological due diligence, project analysis and exploration targeting. The new office will be supplemented with local hires and supported by specialists from its sister offices. “The establishment of the new office in Hong Kong will enable SRK to better serve our potential and existing clients and strengthen our relationship with the regulators,” said Chan. “With Hong Kong being a key global mining financial hub, its location on the doorstep of the world’s most significant resource investment country, China, having a presence in Hong Kong has become increasingly important for resource consultancies,” he added.